The 4th Annual General Meeting of Connect Bude is to be held in the Gallery, The Falcon Hotel, Bude on Saturday 30 October 2021 from 11.00 to 12.00.
Members of the public are invited, but only paid-up members will be able to vote on any proposals presented at the meeting. Supporters will not be allowed to vote. Please note that the venue may require you to wear a face mask until you are seated in the room.
Connect Bude now has approaching 400 members/supporters and 18 Corporate Members. After the AGM, they will be inviting questions from the floor and, hopefully, recruiting new members. People wishing to become Individual Members (£10 per person), Business Members (£20 per business) and Supporters (£Free) can do so at the meeting or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The key objectives of the organisation are:
a. To campaign to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Rail Network, initially via Okehampton.
b. To promote the new rail service between Exeter and Okehampton and campaign for suitable connecting bus links until the railway is re-instated to Holsworthy and Bude.
c. To ensure the track bed of the former railway is protected against further development.
d. To garner the widespread community support of individuals, elected representatives and businesses, in order to achieve the first three objectives.
Connect Bude is supporting colleagues at OkeRail in their drive to promote and support the new daily service from Okehampton to Exeter which is due to commence before the end of the year.
In March this year, Connect Bude submitted an application to the Department of Transport for funding under the ‘Restoring Your Railway: Ideas Fund Round 3’, the outcome of which is expected imminently. With other lines reopening and feasibility studies being funded across the country, the time is right to build the membership of Connect Bude, allowing the group to launch a major campaign to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Railway Network.