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Wildfire yellow warning for next 5 days in Cornwall/Devon

From Police alerts: Over recent months Devon and Cornwall has suffered from several incidents of wildfire particularly on the moorland areas of Bodmin moor, Dartmoor, Exmoor and other open spaces across the force area. The Fire service have provided the following information regarding an increased risk of wildfires across the […]

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RNLI urges Easter caution by the sea

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is encouraging anyone planning to visit the south west coast this Easter to know the risks to protect themselves and their families. The lifesaving charity begins the rollout of its lifeguard service this weekend on around 23 beaches in the region.   But with […]

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Bude Sea Pool officially reopens later this month

From FoBSP: Following the Government Guidelines, the Pool will officially reopen on Monday 29th March, just in time for the Easter holidays. All Pool visitors and users are asked to continue to follow social distancing set out in the Roadmap, which means from 29th March, outdoor gatherings of either 6 people […]

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Lifeguards working hard to be beach-ready for Easter

By RNLI: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on beaches across the south west. The charity will deliver their usual lifeguard […]

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Can we get the railway to Bude?

By Richard Wolfenden-Brown: Everyone involved with Connect Bude is absolutely thrilled to hear that the persuasive community effort, initiated by Dr Michael Ireland, and brought to fruition by the determined campaigning of Okerail and countless others, has achieved the historic outcome of ‘reversing Beeching’ and reinstating regular passenger rail services […]

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SW highest occupancy rates in summer 2020 than any other area

From the Office for National Statistics: The South West of England saw the highest rates of occupancy, in accommodation businesses that were open, in 2020 In the South West of England, occupancy increased from 19% in April 2020 to 72% in August. No other English region exceeded 58% occupancy after […]

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Save our Storm Tower

The campaign to save Bude’s Storm Tower, Compass Point, has so far attracted 16% of funding on its Crowdfunder site. This morning, the amount pledged stood at £8,376. The Storm Tower is in serious danger due to ongoing coastal erosion of the Compass Point cliffs below, if left untouched the […]

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Bude finalists in Cornwall Tourism Awards

Good news that some Bude businesses made an appearance in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, 2020-21, given what a terrible year tourism has had, generally. Gwelmor holiday home at Widemouth Bay made the finals in the Dog-friendly Business of the Year category. Bude Holiday Resort was commended in the Holiday Park […]

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Cornwall to host G7 summit

It seems hugely optimistic that we will be hosting anything here in June but the announcement has been made that Cornwall (especially Carbis Bay, to be precise) is to host the G7 Summit. Responses are mixed among the general public but Cornwall Council, Devon & Cornwall Police, and Visit Cornwall, […]

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Covid update as Police Commissioner urges people not to visit their second homes

It’s rather sad that peering at an interactive Covid map has become as much a part of my daily routine as walking the dog! So, now we are up to the 7 days ending on December 31st. Meanwhile, today, 6th January, hospitals in the UK now have over 30,000 Covid […]

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Tier 4 people turned away from Tier 1 Scillies

On Christmas Eve at St Mary’s Airport, 5 people were turned away having travelled from Tier 4 regions for a holiday. Words fail me that people are still doing this! The Scilly Isles is now the only Tier 1 area in the country. What a great idea to try to […]

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Visit England advises on tier 2 guidance

From Visit England: There are some updates to tier 2 guidance: Holidays The guidance confirms that holidays in tiers two can continue as before. In Tier 2, residents are able to travel within their local area and stay overnight in hotels and other holiday accommodation, but should only do so […]

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The impact of Tier 4 on the SW tourism

Visit Britain has issued information which may be useful for Cornwall and Devon, relating to the new regulations and guidance. Although Cornwall is Tier 1 (medium risk) the events happening in the rest of the country will impact tourism in the SW. Basically, anyone from Tier 4 should not be […]

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More people in tier 3 will impact Cornish tourism

All 32 London boroughs and the City of London, and parts of both Essex and Hertfordshire will be moved to Tier 3 restrictions, coming into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 16 December, the government has announced today.  As part of Tier 3 restirctions, people are not supposed to travel […]

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Castle unveils new plaque for Bude’s Pamela

Having spent some years researching and writing a book about Pamela Colman Smith, who spent her later years in Bude living both at Upton and what is now the Bencoolen Inn, I was thrilled to be invited to the Castle Heritage Centre to see Pamela take her rightful place in […]

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