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St. James’s Flower Festival, Kilkhampton

By Helen Shingler: I popped along to St. James’s Church in Kilkhampton on Sunday to take a look at their Flower Festival. This year it was set in the churchyard instead of inside the church, possibly due to the Covid situation.  Luckily, the rain held off all weekend and the […]

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‘Staycationers’ urged to be ‘Water Warriors’

New meanings to words develop all the time. Staycationing used to mean holidaying at home; now it means not a holiday abroad. Anyway, Staycationers are now being urged to become #WaterWarriors and make the right choices when visiting beaches, rivers and lakes this summer in a new Environment Agency campaign […]

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Launceston MIU closed until October

Launceston Minor Injury Unit has closed until 1st October, due to staff shortages (coronavirus and pinging). The announcement has seemingly come out of the blue and has taken everyone by surprise at what is a busy time with services under pressure. Presumably, this will place extra strain on Stratton MIU […]

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Busy old Bude …

It’s definitely the summer holidays. You always know when you need to add 10 minutes onto your journey to get in to the town due to volume of traffic and plethora of huge camper vans, and when parking is at a premium. Dropping daughter off for work this morning (it […]

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Bude’s Heritage Day was a sunny success

Well done to Janine King and her team for yesterday’s Bude Heritage Festival day, which was the first non-virtual event to take place at the Castle this year. The weather was kind, so it was lovely to see people enjoying the sunshine while listening to The Bencoolen Wreckers, Launceston-based The […]

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Young people urged to get vaccinated

Prof Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has warned of young people struggling with serious illness from Covid and urging them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. It is not correct that young people are magically immune from […]

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Bude Coastguard callouts – two in quick succession

Friday was a busy day for Bude’s emergency services with two Coastguard callouts in quick succession. First, the team was paged at 2.36pm to help the SW Ambulance Service extract a casualty who had fallen and hit her head on rocks at Duckpool Beach. DEvon Air ambulance was also on […]

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Yellow warning of thunderstorms

There is a yellow warning for thunderstorms this evening and into the weekend in the SW. From around 8 pm this evening, thunderstorms and heavy rain may lead to travel disruption and flooding. By Sunday, these should have moved east. There is also a yellow warning for wind today: strong […]

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Covid deaths in SW care homes

A major report published yesterday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) tells of the devastating impact of coronavirus on care home settings across the UK. Now, a full set of figures showing the number of deaths registered as COVID-19 for each individual care home in the UK, from 10th April […]

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Cornwall turns increasingly purple on the Covid map

The Covid-19 incidence rate in parts of Newquay now shows that more than one person in every 100 has the disease. St Columb Minor and Porth are also heavily hit (rate of 933.3) . Case rates are shown per 100,000 people for the 7-day period ending on the date shown […]

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Kitty’s Herbery – now ‘reborn’ in Bude

You were probably as surprised as me when the lovely St Kitts Herbery near Camelford closed. Their premises always looked and smelled so wonderful with their luxury products ranging from fragrance and skin care to food. I had assumed the closure was another victim of the pandemic, but in fact, […]

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Fundraiser for Valencia

Lovely little lass, Valencia, was born very poorly, starved of oxygen, unable to breathe for herself, floppy and lifeless. MRI showed Valencia had global damage to her brain resulting in grade 3 severe HIE (hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy). As Valencia grew, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, affecting all limbs; she cannot […]

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Busy Bude weekend

Like thousands of others (it seemed) I was at Summerleaze beach on Sunday baking in the heat. The sea was warm – that was packed, too. I was there because family were in the south-west and wanted to try surfing, despite the waves being minimal, and the heat being excessive. […]

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Businesses – how can you help us?

I know. It’s a bit different. Usually, it’s how can we help you? Throughout the pandemic, as a non-profit-making community online newspaper/magazine, we have, and will continue to be, supportive of local businesses, sharing promotional items as much as we can on Instagram and Facebook/Twitter. We get more requests than […]

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Covid rates up as local businesses proceed with caution

So, ‘freedom’ day! I was in Bude this morning. There seems to be less social distancing on the streets, but the businesses I visited are all still adhering to social distancing, masks and cleanliness guidelines. On social media, there are requests to be kind. Sad that we have to request […]

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