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New parents cut off from support says NSPCC

Dear Editor, This week the NSPCC and a coalition of early years charities issued a stark warning about the risk of failing a generation of babies born during the pandemic. Together, we have written and sent an open letter to Secretary of Health and Social Care,  Matt Hancock,  to say we do […]

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More protection needed for adolescents says NSPCC SW

By: Sharon Copsey, Regional Head of Service for the NSPCC in the South West   The NSPCC’s ‘How safe are our children? 2020’ report has revealed the scale of abuse against adolescents for the very first time. The report showed, compared to younger children, adolescents are twice as likely to […]

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Thanks from a Budehaven parent …

A Budehaven parent has asked me to share this, which I am delighted to do: Today is results day and the day we close the door on a special place that has been part of our lives for the last 8 years with both our girls attending there. Without the […]

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Letter to councillors from Bude resident

Dear Bude – Stratton Council Members,          I understand you have on the agenda an item to decide whether the cliff path from Crooklets to the Sea pool should be widened to 10 feet so cyclists may use it.  For many years there has been a very large notice board at […]

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NSPCC SW says ‘Talk Pants’

It can be a daunting prospect to talk to our children about sexual abuse. It isn’t as straightforward as talking to them about crossing roads or dealing with strangers. But whilst we all hope that our children will never be a victim of such crimes, we know that sexual abuse […]

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Reader view – town council needs to consult more on downs land

From Chris Jewell: You would have thought that BSTC would have learnt a lesson from the farce last year over the Ivor Potter Hall’s attempted name change. However it seems not. They are ploughing on, giving consent to a project that will use the pitch and putt premises on Summerleaze […]

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The thorny issue of the re-opening of Cornwall

Business Cornwall raised the thorny issue of tourism opening up again in Cornwall in early July (as is yet to be confirmed but has been suggested).  We await Government guidance, expected today, to know exactly what is possible, and will share it when we have it. Be great to stop […]

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Where’s all the dog mess coming from?

  Reader viewpoint: Thanks to a reader called Bill for this question. Being a dog owner and walking locally due to lockdown, I was wondering why there is so much dog mess around in Bude at the moment. Normally we’d blame the mass of holidaymakers around town but I’m not […]

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Repurposing the red phone box

I remember the red phone boxes when growing up. They’ve all but disappeared from the streets of the United Kingdom. Those that remain though, have sometimes been turned into something special. Something different. Something that the local community needs. We have one in Stratton. It’s been turned into a kind […]

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Project Lock Down Diaries

A new Facebook group has started in Bude called Project Lockdown Diaries. The group is the brainchild of Clair Roberts of The Kitchen Front. The page is now administered by Clair, along with Hilary Curtis and Harry Pearce, and is already yielding some fascinating information about people’s hopes and fears, […]

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Letter from NSPCC SW

As we do our best to navigate these extraordinary times, we must all ensure that children and young people in our communities are protected from harm. Whilst schools are closed to most students and other community-based services are suspended, children will be more isolated, exposed and distanced from vital support […]

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Strange times.  Atlantic Rise and COVID-19

Particular concern re Covid-19 affects Bude’s older residence. Here is one view of these very strange times indeed. Feel free to send your thoughts on any subject. Written by John Gimson.  These are my personal views, and are not to be regarded as representing all residents: It is over 5 […]

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Nothing in the Budget for social care

From The Alzheimer’s Society: In the Spring Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave no mention of any spending increase for social care. While the money outlined for NHS and local authorities to deal with Coronavirus is good news, it’s astonishing funding for social care appears to have been completely ignored. This […]

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Connect Bude urges action to help combat climate change

From Connect Bude: Given the obvious global nature of climate change, the issues can sometimes seem so overwhelming that it is hard to think of simple actions we can take locally to make a positive difference here in Bude and Holsworthy. One way is to support Connect Bude, the 340 […]

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SW NSPCC praises regulation of social networks

Dear Editor, I’m hugely encouraged by the landmark plans announced by the Government to give Ofcom powers to regulate social networks. The safety of children online has been compromised for too long, but this breakthrough could pave the way in setting a global standard in protecting children in their digital […]

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