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If you would like to get in touch please contact us by:

Emailing
office@bude-stratton.gov.uk

Telephoning
01288 353576
Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.30pm
and 1.15pm to 4.00pm

Writing to
Bude-Stratton Town Council
The Parkhouse Centre
Ergue-Gaberic Way
Bude EX23 8LD

Visiting
Visit our offices in person
Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.30pm
and 1.15pm to 3.30pm 

Cornwall Council

At present, Cornwall Council has responsibility for the provision of the following services – please follow the link for relevant further information and enquiries:

My area is an online resource from Cornwall Council allowing you to input your postcode to access all the relevant services and key information for where you live.

 

Bude-Stratton Town Council

Bude-Stratton Town Council is responsible for delivering the following services:

The Parkhouse Centre Car Park and Neetside parking bays

Bude in Bloom

Public Toilets

Poughill Cemetery

Bude-Stratton Town Council owns, manages and operates or leases out the following properties and land on behalf of the local electorate:

The Castle Bude is licensed for all civil ceremonies. Grade II listed and steeped in history, it offers lots to see and do for free, whatever the weather. Open daily from 10.00am The Castle is home to The Heritage Centre, Café Limelight, two galleries (Willoughby Gallery and Blanchminister Room) and a gift shop.

The Castle Grounds are mainly laid to lawn and are free for all to enjoy. During the summer months local bands such as Bude Metric Brass perform from the bandstand and many community events both large and small take place. The grounds are available to hire for both community and private events.

The Parkhouse Centre is not only home to Bude-Stratton Town Council Offices but has four rooms for hire all with WiFi, large screen television and a hearing loop , as well as the multi-functional Ivor Potter Hall  which can be set out for parties, dinners, dances, conferences or performance and features a theatre-style lighting room, stage and dressing room. There is also an adjoining fully equipped kitchen.

The Triangle is a community space in a central Town location at the foot of Belle Vue. Originally known as the Shute Triangle it was, prior to the arrival of a Town mains water supply, home to a water pump where those residents without wells would collect their water. Today the area is laid to lawn and fully enclosed by a low height traditional Cornish stone wall. With benches, a fountain and a prime location, the Triangle is a popular spot to relax, picnic and watch the world go by.

The Triangle is suitable to hire for small community events and performances.

This area is part of the site of the Battle of Stratton, a battle of the South West campaign of the First English Civil War which took place on 16th May 1643. It was fought between the Cornish Royalist forces of Sir Ralph Hopton and the Parliamentarian troops of the Earl of Stamford. It resulted in a defeat for the Parliamentarians, despite their greater numbers and ‘defendable’ position, confirming Royalist control of Cornwall whilst destroying the Parliamentarian field army in Devon. For those with further interest, an information board at the Battle site gives much more information on the conflict, whilst The Heritage Centre houses a resident exhibition as well as a large original painting by the celebrated artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.

The land was purchased by Bude-Stratton Town Council in 1997, using grants and locally raised funds, to not only preserve this important historic site but equally to provide free community access for leisure purposes to walks and an environment full of wildlife, flora and fauna.

The total area is 30 acres or 12.1 hectares and includes woodland, river, water meadow and grazing pasture with public footpaths and access routes.

Summerleaze Downs is a large recreational area favoured by walkers and those seeking sporting recreation with stunning views over Bude’s beaches, to the North and South and beyond. Central to the downs is the flagstaff made from the mast of The Elizabeth, wrecked in 1912 in heavy seas whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport.

The Pitch and Putt facility is owned by Bude-Stratton Town Council and is currently closed. It is due for a major refurbishment.

Bude Cricket Club was founded in 1870 and in 2013 Bude-Stratton Town Council redeveloped the dilapidated pavilion, which is leased from the Town Council by the Bude North Cornwall Cricket Club. Find out more by visiting their website.

Bencoolen Play area situated adjacent to the River Neet on the main approach in to the Town, is fully fenced and suitable for all ages. There is a separate area within designed especially for toddlers.

Poughill Play area is a small fenced area with play equipment sited adjacent to the large and free Poughill car park and cemetery.

Shalder Hill is the large grassed knoll to the rear of the Parkhouse Centre on Neetside with footpaths leading to the war memorial and meteorological station. It was created on a previous flat expanse of land out of surplus sand, mud and soil from the earthworks undertaken to build The Castle.

Bude’s Meteorological Station dates to 1896 and is one of 600 in Britain. It became fully automated in 2014 with all data now being sent electronically to the Met Office in Exeter.

Bude’s War Memorial sits atop of Shalder Hill and was worked upon by the famous sculptor, Walter Marsden, being unveiled at the dedication service by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall in November 1922. 

Bude Canal as built was approximately 35 ½ miles in total length. A testament to Victorian ambition and engineering ingenuity, the first 2 miles from Bude inland is a broad canal whilst the remainder was a tub boat canal including 6 inclined planes. The Heritage Centre is home to resident displays and artefacts for those who wish to explore its fascinating history further.

At Helebridge Wharf, the Barge Workshop houses various local heritage artefacts, including a Bude Canal wooden tub boat – a boat not just of local interest but of national significance. During the summer period of late July to the end of September, the workshop is open to the public on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, thanks to members of the Bude Canal and Harbour Society

Maer Gardens is a large sloped triangular grassed area which overlooks Crooklets beach and Summerleaze Downs.

Rattenbury Gardens is situated in the heart of Stratton Town, being a small triangular paved and hard landscaped area with benches.

Poughill Cemetery Bude-Stratton Town Council own and manage the main cemetery at Poughill with its sizeable free to use car park. In addition, our Facilities team maintain Poughill Churchyard for the Stratton Deanery’s Anglican St. Olaf’s Church.

In 2014 we completed the building of our own new works unit here in Bude. This has made us more self-sufficient, even helping us meet our environmental goals as we have installed solar panels and harvest rain water, whilst at the same time giving us greater control of costs and increasing local job opportunity.

The Old Forge was originally built as part of the Canal Development Project. The canal’s work-horses were shod here and leatherwork and wheels for wagons were made in the forge as well. It was also where much of the repair work for the lock gates and canal was undertaken. The original flooring inside was constructed from planks rescued from the wreckage of the Bencoolen, who’s figurehead may still be found in the Heritage Centre.

The Old Forge found new life as the home to the Town’s museum known under various names until Bude-Stratton Town Council relocated it to The Castle and it became the Heritage Centre.

There is currently an ice-cream kiosk located at the town side end of the building which is leased after a tender process.

On the lower, lock-gate side of the Old Forge an additional section was built which now houses three craft units which are currently leased out by the Town Council.

The Tea Rooms were originally the stable block for The Castle and can be found on the Lower Wharf end of the drive. The building is currently leased out by the Town Council.

Bude-Stratton Town Council provides the decorative lighting along The Strand and in the Triangle, most of the flower planting around the town as well as at Rattenbury Gardens in Stratton in addition to maintaining miles of rural public footpaths in Bude, Stratton and Poughill on behalf of Cornwall Council.

CONTACT US

If you would like to get in touch please contact us by:

Emailing
office@bude-stratton.gov.uk

Telephoning
01288 353576

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.15pm to 4.00pm

Writing to us:
Bude-Stratton Town Council
The Parkhouse Centre
Ergue-Gaberic Way
Bude
EX23 8LD

VISIT US

Visit our offices in person
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm
and 1.15pm to 3.30pm