News from Bude-Stratton Council in brief

Info from the newsletter for those who have not seen it. This is the link for the newsletter and the Mayor’s column:


Bencoolen Park Vandalism 

Bencoolen Park has seen a spate of vandalism over the last few months, with the safety fences being vandalised and brickwork being removed from the walls. It’s really sad to see this continuing to be a problem. We are urging anyone who sees anything untoward to report this to us by emailing


Virtual Christmas Fayre

This year the annual Christmas Fayre will be held online due to the current restrictions in place. Launching on the 21st November there will be a range of ‘stallholders’ and events taking place.
You can join the Facebook group now ready for the big day.


Cornwall Heritage Award

The Cornwall Heritage Awards took place in October this year, somewhat later than planned and with a slightly different format than previous years. Congratulations to everyone involved in winning the “Contribution to the Environment and Circular Economy” award.


October Full Council saw a variety of topics on the agenda. 

A section of land in Stratton which has been offered to the Council was reviewed; this land forms part of an S106 planning agreement. The land being gifted is earmarked for public parking and for a community growing space/allotments.
The Council agreed in principle to accept the gift of land with the details of the offer being reviewed and followed up by committees.
The Council agreed to release £5,000 of reserved funds to replace the lights along The Stand, these will be upgraded to LED lights which are much more energy-efficient, the facilities team are working towards having these ready for the Festive season, along with the further enhancements being made to the Christmas lights in The Triangle this year.
Remembrance Sunday
In light of the current Coronavirus restrictions in place, we can confirm, unfortunately, there will be no parade or march past this year and no large church service. We will do everything in our control to mark this day respectfully and properly within the current guidelines but this will be by invite only.
In normal years the show of public support for Remembrance Day is marvellous but this year we must regretfully ask that you stay away. You will be able to view the wreath-laying ceremony online on the day, as we will be videoing the ceremony at Shalder Hill.
We know not being able to attend this year will be disappointing to many but suggest the public mark this day in alternative ways this year, with their families at home or by visiting the memorials at their own convenience over the month of November to pay their respects.
The Chatty Bench 
The Town Council was approached by a local resident earlier this month with an idea to install ‘chatty benches’ around the Bude-Stratton area, a place where people can go and sit and don’t mind others sitting for a chat as well.
Two locations have been identified by public consultation to install the ‘chatty bench plaques’ the flag pole benches on Summerleaze downs and at The Triangle. We hope this will support the community at a time when loneliness and mental health awareness is more important than ever.
Tree Planting 
Bude-Stratton Town Council is delighted to have been donated over 400 trees by Holsworthy Lions Club in conjunction with the Woodland Trust. These trees will mainly be planted around Bencooleen play park and Stamford Hill wood, we are looking for 40 volunteers to support the planting of these trees, hopefully during November. If you wish to be a part of this fantastic event, please email 
Town Team 
Bude-Stratton Town Council held an extraordinary Full Council meeting on Friday 16th October 2020 and agreed to the formation of a Bude-Stratton Town Team to drive local economic growth.

The Town Team will create a Bude-Stratton Town Plan, which will identify and support a small number of strategic projects to bring economic prosperity to the area. Cornwall Council grants are available from November and we need volunteers from the following sectors to get involved!

High Street Representatives up to 4
Voluntary sector up to 2
Education up to 2 representing Primary and Secondary sector
Youth Organisation X 1
Health Care sector X 1
Transport sector X 1


Consultation – Telephone Box at Bush


In the early part of 2020, Bude-Stratton Town Council were approached by BT in relation to telephone boxes being discontinued in the local area and if the Council would be interested in purchasing them.

Upon consulting with BT we have secured the kiosk located in Bush along the A39. We are now asking residents of the local area to provide their opinions on the purpose of this kiosk going forward. The survey is here.


Since being able to re-open in July, the team have enjoyed welcoming back visitors and locals to enjoy all that The Castle has to offer.

Cafe limelight is open, offering takeaway or table service. The Heritage Centre has seen great joy this week with the recent Wheres Wally? event that took place, encouraging children to get out and about into museums. The Galleries continue to offer an exciting array of exhibitions free for all to enjoy over the coming winter months.

Weddings and civil ceremonies are still going ahead in line with government guidelines. To find out more about how we can make your day magical including our  ‘Winter Wonderland’ package, get in touch with our Cafe & Wedding Supervisor Katherine Taylor on
01288 353305.



In line with the current Covid regulations, The Library has adapted the way its services are accessed.

Click & Collect – Click and reserve your books online at Cornwall libraries, when they are issued to your card, they are ready for collection in our lobby area. Click Here. 

Book & Browse – Phone Bude library on 0300 1234111 (option 4) and book a 15-minute slot to come and browse the books in the library. You can book to browse in the main library and/or the children’s library. You can also book to use public computers.

Pick & Mix – We can pick a mixture of books for you, to save you having to reserve individual books online. Please send us a private message on our Facebook page with your request.

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