New era for Bude Library under pioneering partnership

Bude Library and Information Service is remaining at the heart of the community with Bude-Stratton Town Council officially taking over management of the service in a new partnership with Cornwall Council.

The Town Council marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 1 March outside the main doors of the building on the Wharf.

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Cutting the ribbon was Mayor of Bude-Stratton Town Council Bob Willingham, joined by library staff Sally Travers-Clapp, Barbara Gibson and Robert Andrew, Bude-Stratton Town Councillors and Cornwall Council’s Library and Information Service  Client Relationship Manager James Webb .

Mayor Bob Willingham said: "I am delighted that Bude-Stratton Town Council is taking over the library, by this action we have secured the long term future of the library for the people of this parish and others who use this valuable service.”

“I want to thank Cllr Peter Moores and Christopher Sims, the former Bude Community Link Officer, for their forward thinking to investigate devolving the library to the Town Council.”

Mark Berridge, Castle and Communities Manager, will manage the service in addition to his current duties at The Castle (which is also owned and run by Bude-Stratton Town Council).

He said: “I think Bude can really benefit from having the library under Town Council management as our town now has a greater say over the service.”

“We are actively encouraging residents to join the library and to make use of the services available. Come on down, we’ll be delighted to sign you up for a library card. Plus, since The Castle is but a minute away, there’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a nice cuppa and a cake, or a light lunch, after signing up.

“Lastly, I’d like to remind all existing library users that there will be no change to the current great service they are familiar with, and we’ll be looking at what other activities we can provide.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We have been working closely with town and parish councils and community groups to find the best custodians for local libraries through our Library Transformation Programme. 

“Our aim has always been to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services aligned to local needs. As a result of our agreement with Bude-Stratton Town Council, local residents will be able to continue enjoying their library for many years to come.”