A year of Bude & Beyond

A run through of our top posts for the year 2021, a year which almost everyone found hard – but not all the bad news was down to Covid.

Here are the main events, with some highlights and low points.

January featured news of gas explosion at a house in Traly Close where, astonishingly and thankfully, no one was hurt.

In February, local people mourned the death of a local musician in a crash on the A39.

On a positive note, the campaign to save Bude’s Storm Tower began.

In March, Bude Crematorium plans were submitted, dividing the community for and against. A film crew was also in Bude, down at Widemouth, one of many last year.

There was something of a local democracy revolution in April, in the lead up to Town Council elections. The historic red finger post sign at Red Post was also stolen.

Cornwall Council’s election was held in May.

In June, popular Bude postmaster, Luke Francis received a birthday honour from The Queen.

In July, Bude Golf Club submitted a planning application to extend pay and display parking; meanwhile, another sad dog over a cliff event ended in the animal’s fatality. The Grace Hopper Cable also made the news.

Back in August, people woke to the dreadful news of a devastating fire at Elements. Again, miraculously, no one was hurt. Blush Bude was also destroyed in the fire.

August was a busy month when Bude also got gridlocked. Lifeboat Day was cancelled but Bude Pride took centre stage in its first festival in the town.

In September, a man in his 80s sadly died in Bude Canal trying to rescue his disabled daughter. Meanwhile, a housing plan for Stratton drew attention, along with one for Flexbury Church. An Mor Hotel was also sold.

October brought Bude’s first vegan eatery to the town, which was – and is – a great success!

By November, as Omicron reared its head, people were queueing round the block for Covid vaccinations and boosters. Bude was also urged to have its say on parking and speed limit changes. Bude was first in Cornwall to offer an electric car scheme. Across the border, the massive Pyworthy Solar Farm was approved.

In December, the new development at Maer View, Poughill, was announced and, to end on a positive note, a stolen Border Collie from Holsworthy was found by Police in Warwickshire, and locals were invited to have their say on Summerleaze Downs.

Thanks to everyone who has read and engaged with Bude & Beyond. I haven’t always enjoyed the vitriolic comments on Facebook but that’s modern life. We will see you in 2022. Thanks to our sponsors and to Rob and Dean for their IT input.

Happy New Year to you all and here’s to …

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