Following the Government advice issued on the 16th March regarding social distancing, the protection of vulnerable people and home working, the Town Council has made the difficult decision to close our buildings to the public. The Council Office, Parkhouse Centre, Castle and Library will be shut to the public from today Tuesday 17th. The public toilets will remain open and contact with the office can still be made by phone and e-mail.
The Council has not charged any organisation who have cancelled their bookings in recent days and will refund any prepayments made.
They have also postponed planned public events for the next twelve week period. This includes:
April 4th- Grand Opening of the New Bencoolen Play Park.
April 18th – Proclamation Ceremony at The Triangle for Gorsedh Kernow
April 30th – Annual Town Meeting held at The Parkhouse Centre
8th May – VE Day Celebrations – Garden Party on The Castle Lawns
7th June – Bude Earth Day (they are exploring how to hold a virtual event)
As it stands, events for July onwards remain in the diary, starting with Battle of Stamford Hill Commemoration and Heritage Day on the 18th & 19th July.
The Council priority is the health and wellbeing of the community and they feel it would be inappropriate to continue supporting social gatherings at this time. Their position will be reviewed in line with guidance issued from the Government over the coming weeks and updates will be issued across our websites, social media and via local media.
They understand this is a difficult time for everyone and urge those concerned to follow the current NHS and Government guidelines on what to do.
There are already many wonderful community initiatives coming to action to support those most at risk and isolated including a Facebook group set up called ‘Bude and Surrounding areas Quarantine Support Group’. Once the Council has looked at how remaining services can be delivered, they will assess what can be done to support the wider community with the resources available.
Finally, the Council urges everyone to look out for the most at risk within our community especially those without internet connections or social media; they may be particularly isolated from local news and feel cut off at this difficult time.