Our commitment to the Armed Forces Community

On 4 May 2023, Bude-Stratton Town Council formally signed the Armed Forces Covenant, committing to providing more visible and ongoing support for our Armed Forces Community. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • the establishment of a Lead Cllr for the Armed Forces in the Bude-Stratton community
  • developing a section on the BSTC website to provide news and information to further the understanding of the contribution the Armed Forces community has made 
  • promoting organisations supporting the AF Community through sharing and linking to social media
  • encouraging the inclusion of AF Community at Town Council events
  • and assisting where possible with the observance of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. 
Shalder Hill

Dates for Your Diary

Meetings are held monthly for the Royal Naval Association and Royal Marines Association Bude branches:

  • RNA – First Thursday of the month
  • RMA – Last Thursday of the month

Both take place at the Falcon Hotel:

Falcon Hotel
Bude
EX23 8SD

Tel: 01288 352005



Meetings for the Bude & Stratton Branch Royal British Legion take place as follows:

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm

RBL Building
Burn View
EX23 8BY

Calendar (for website)

Royal British Legion D-Day 80th Anniversary Commemorations

The Royal British Legion (RBL) is set to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day with a series of significant events on the 5th and 6th of June 2024. These events, taking place both in the UK and Normandy, along with community events throughout the UK, aim to honour a pivotal moment in our history.

An open invitation is extended to Normandy veterans, families of the fallen, descendants of Normandy veterans, and all members of the public. This is a unique opportunity to come together in remembrance of the sacrifices made for freedom.

For more information on these commemorative events and how to participate, please visit the RBL’s D-Day events web page.

Bude-Stratton Town Council is proud to support the RBL in promoting these events and encourages our community to take part in this moment of historical significance.

D-Day Landing
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Tony Gibbs Elected as New Chair of RNA Bude Branch

At the Annual General Meeting of the RNA Bude Branch, Tony Gibbs was elected as the new chair, succeeding Steve Cowling.

With a remarkable 37-year career in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Gibbs brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

Beyond his military service, Gibbs has been actively involved in the Bude community, serving as a Town Councillor and Chair of the Town Team.

In his inaugural address to members, Gibbs expressed gratitude to his predecessor and outlined his vision for the future, emphasising the importance of camaraderie and social cohesion within the association. He plans to implement a comprehensive social programme and enhance communication channels to better serve the members.

Gibbs invites active participation from members and looks forward to engaging with them in shaping the future direction of the RNA Bude Branch.

Local Hero Honoured in 2024 New Year Honours List

In recognition of his outstanding dedication to the community, Godfrey Harrison, President of the Royal British Legion Bude & Stratton branch, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours List.

Harrison, an 85-year-old formal naval gunner, has been an integral part of the local Royal British Legion branch for over three decades. His commendable service includes spearheading the annual Poppy Appeal in Bude-Stratton, which achieved a remarkable fundraising total of £14,750 in 2019.

The Bar to the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) bestowed upon Godfrey Harrison underscores his significant contributions to the well-being of the Bude-Stratton community. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Mr Harrison for this well-deserved honour and express our gratitude for his tireless efforts in making our community stronger.

Godfrey Harrison BEM New Year Honours List 20234

Memorial Service for Lt Cdr Stuart (Polly) Parrot – Tues 19 Dec 2023

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt Cdr Stuart (Polly) Parrot. In remembrance of his life and service, a memorial service will be held at Bude Methodist Church on Tuesday 19 December 2023, at 1200.

Polly’s family has requested the Royal Naval Association (RNA) to organise a Guard of Honour, inviting serving members and veterans of our Armed Forces to participate. Your presence and support would be greatly appreciated.

Details:
Date and Time: Tuesday, 19 December 2023, at 1200
Location: Bude Methodist Church
Rig: Uniform, Blazers, Medals, Head Dress, or Smart Dress

To participate in the Guard of Honour, please meet at 1130 by Park House Car Park. We encourage the community to spread the word about this service, honouring the life and legacy of Lt Cdr Stuart (Polly) Parrot.

Bude Royal Marines Association Raises £2,300

The Bude Branch of the Royal Marines Association (RMA) has once again demonstrated their commitment to community support by raising an impressive £2,300.

The funds have been generously donated to the Central Funds Charity Account, earmarked to assist those in need within the Armed Forces community.

This substantial contribution reflects the dedication of our local RMA members to making a positive impact on the lives of others. The funds channelled into the Central Funds Charity Account will play a crucial role in providing assistance where it is most needed.

Find our more about the Royal Marines Association HERE.

Royal Marines Association

80th Anniversary D- Day 6th June 2024

On 6th June 2024 we mark the significant 80th anniversary of D-Day. Exciting plans are in motion for this historic event and we’re thrilled to present the official details from the Royal British Legion. Bude-Stratton Town Council is actively involved in planning commemorations and we’ll keep you informed as developments unfold.

Explore the Royal British Legion’s D-Day Celebrations:

Bude Commemorates Remembrance Sunday

Bude residents demonstrated unwavering resilience as heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of Remembrance Sunday. Despite the weather, a dedicated crowd gathered to pay their respects in a moving ceremony.

The solemn occasion began with a two-minute silence, impeccably observed, accompanied by the poignant notes of the Last Post and Reveille played by bugler Emma Inch. The procession, led by motorcycles from the Triangle, culminated in a heartfelt service at Bude Methodist Church.

In a powerful display of unity, veterans stood shoulder to shoulder with representatives from Bude RNLI, Royal Marines, Bude Fire and Rescue Service, and various other essential services and community members. Their collective presence underscored the community’s commitment to remembering and paying tribute to those who served.

A special thank you goes to Bude & Stratton Royal British Legion for their unwavering commitment to honouring our heroes. Their dedication adds a profound layer of meaning to this annual tribute.

We express our gratitude to all who attended, despite the challenging weather conditions, to join in this meaningful tribute to our fallen heroes. The resilience and unity displayed by the community are a testament to the enduring spirit of Bude.

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Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2023

The details for this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday commemorations for Bude and Stratton are as follows:

  • Saturday, 11 November, 10.45am at Bude Triangle

  • Sunday, 12 November, 9:30 am at Stratton War Memorial, followed by a service at St Andrew’s Stratton

  • Sunday, 12 November, 10:30 am – Parade from The Strand, Bude, followed by a service at Bude Methodist Church (around 11:15 am)

To join the Bude parade, please gather at The Strand bus stop.

Local Associations Make a Difference for Community Causes

In a heart-warming display of community support, two recently held events raised funds for worthy causes.

Royal Naval Association’s Trafalgar Night Annual Dinner: A Generous £760 for Cornwall Hospice

At the Royal Naval Association’s Trafalgar Night Annual Dinner, attendees demonstrated their generosity by raising an impressive £760. This sum will be donated to Cornwall Hospice, supporting their essential work within the community.

Royal Marines Association’s Collection Day at Morrisons: £1,200 to Aid Veterans in Need

Over last weekend, the Royal Marines Association organised a collection day at Morrisons, collecting a significant £1,200. These funds will be directed toward providing well-deserved holidays in Bude for veterans in need.

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ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY NEXT STEPS CAREER FAIR

Are you a service leaver or a family member of someone currently serving in the Armed Forces?

Cornwall Council are holding a Armed Forces Community Next Steps Careers Fair at Heartlands in Pool, near Redruth, on Wednesday, September 27, from 10am to 4pm.

This FREE event connects individuals and businesses, providing opportunities for service leavers and their families to meet with recruiting employers.

Don’t miss out on the chance to discover exciting career prospects and access support. Book via Eventbrite today https://orlo.uk/64vNz

RNA AND RMA DONATE £200 TO SUPPORT BUDE AT WAR EVENT

The Royal Naval Association (RNA) and the Royal Marines Association (RMA) have made a sizable contribution of £200 to support the upcoming Bude at War event, scheduled from Friday 15th September to Sunday 17th September. 

This generous sum was raised through a recent raffle and charity auction. The RNA and RMA committed to bolstering this local community event and their combined efforts resulted in the collection of £150. Adding to this, the RMA generously chipped in an additional £50, bringing the total amount raised to £200.

It is hoped the funds raised will help to further enhance the Bude at War event. The RNA and RMA will be actively participating at the event and they welcome anyone that wants to come along to show their support. 

For more information about the Bude at War event click here

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D Day 70 Years On

COMMEMORATING THE 79th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

Dave Worth, Chairman of Bude & Stratton Royal British Legion, paid tribute to the fallen heroes of D-Day by laying a wreath at the Shalder Hill Memorial. Representing the Bude branches of the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, and Royal Marines Association. 

This year, the commemoration held even greater significance as it paid tribute to a local hero, Alan Litchfield, a D-Day veteran from Bude who sadly passed away in April. 

As we remember D-Day and its enduring legacy, let us take a moment to reflect on the bravery and selflessness of those who fought for our freedom. Their sacrifices shall never be forgotten, and their stories will continue to inspire future generations.

ARMED FORCES WEEKEND – 23-25 June, 2023

Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated Armed Forces Weekend from the 23rd to the 25th of June! We’re thrilled to share that Cornwall Council will be hosting this extraordinary national event in Falmouth. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as Falmouth becomes the vibrant backdrop for the largest military pageant ever held in Cornwall!

You won’t want to miss out on the excitement as there is an impressive line-up of 30 separate events and captivating displays throughout the weekend. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an aviation fanatic, or simply looking for a fantastic day out, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

To help you plan your weekend adventure and ensure you don’t miss any of the highlights, we encourage you to check out the official guide. It provides a detailed list of all the thrilling activities awaiting you during this incredible celebration of our armed forces. Simply visit the following link:

Armed Forces
Image ©UK MOD Crown Copyright 2022

MARKING 80 YEARS OF THE TURNING POINT IN THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC – MAY, 2023

To mark the 80th anniverary of the Battle of the Atlantic, you will notice the Union Flag flying on Shalder Hill and the White Ensign on the Elizabeth Mast on Shalder Hill. 

The Battle of the Atlantic has been called the “longest, largest, and most complex” naval battle in history. It took place during World War II, between the Western Allies and the Axis powers, particularly Germany. 

The Battle of the Atlantic started almost immediately after the Second World War began, and involved thousands of ships covering millions of square miles of ocean with the advantage regularly shifting from side to side. The Allies gradually overcame German surface-raiders by the end of 1942 and the major threat of U-boats by May 1943, although losses due to U-boats continued until the end of the war in 1945.

Supporting organisations

Forcesline SSAFA

Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline, email and live chat service providing support for serving (regulars and reserves), ex-Forces and their families. 

Tel: 0800 260 6767 (9am – 5pm Monday-Friday)

Combat Stress

For over a century, Combat Stress has been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues such as PTSD, anxiety and depression. It provides specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict.

Tel: 0800 138 1619 (24/7)

Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) provides professional help and advice to veterans, anyone supporting a veteran, their families and dependants. Types of help include transition from service to civilian life, bereaved families and changes in disablement.

Centurion Tel: 02392 702232

Email: Veterans-UK-VWS-South@mod.gov.uk

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion helps members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families, supporting serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week. 

Tel: 0808 802 8080

Bude-Stratton Branch – 5 Burn View, Bude                                                  

Email: Sarah.mallard@hotmail.co.uk

Royal Naval Association

With more than 250 branches in the UK and overseas, RNA is a family of current and former Naval Service personnel, relatives and supporters of the country’s Royal Navy. 

Get in touch with the Hon Secretary, Bob Gelder, Bude Branch at: bobgelder1@gmail.com  

Bude Surf Vets Cornwall

BSV gives Military Veterans, Blue Lights Services and their families an opportunity to socialise, surf and support one another in an informal and friendly setting, without judgement or questioning. 

c/o Zuma Jay, 20 Belle Vue Lane, Bude
Tel: 01288 354956