Sam Davis has been appointed as the new Chief Officer of Cornwall IFCA. Sam will be shadowing the current chief, Eddy Derriman until his retirement in March 2015.
Sam Davis was previously the Principal Scientific Officer and has been with Cornwall IFCA, and formerly Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee since 1999. Sam will be the first woman to be appointed to the chief officer role of any of the ten Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities in England. Sam was born in Cornwall and has dedicated her professional career to managing the natural environment in Cornwall.
Sam said” I am excited and honored to be taking on this role. Cornwall IFCA has some significant challenges to meet over the next few years, however I will be working with a great team and will be building on some significant recent successes.”
Cornwall IFCA manages the inshore fisheries around the Cornish coast to the six nautical mile limit. Cornwall IFCA is responsible for managing the sustainable exploitation of marine resources in its district. It does this by creating and enforcing local byelaws, as well as enforcing relevant EU and national legislation.
Story posted 29 July 2014
The parents of a secondary school pupil from the Bodmin area have been given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1,245 for failing to ensure their child attends school on a regular basis.
The parents pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to ensure their child attended regularly at Brannel Community School. The court was told that the Year 11 pupil had 168 unauthorised absences out of a possible 176 sessions between 5 November 2013 and 31 March 2014. This meant he had attended just 8 sessions ( 4 full days ) during this period.
As well as the £1,245 costs the parents were also each ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 each.
John Heath, the Council’s Principal Education Welfare Officer, hopes that the sentence will send a very clear message to other parents and carers who are failing to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly.
“Education Welfare Officers in Cornwall work closely with schools, parents and pupils to try to sort out attendance issues” he said.
“This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation. They will try to find out the reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try and get the child back into school. This includes offering support or signposting to other agencies. “
“Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or even sent to prison."
Story posted 29 July 2014
Thousands of businesses in Cornwall have given young people an insight into employment and careers over the summer by providing a work experience placement.
The past few weeks has seen over 5700 Year 10 and Year 12 students from Cornwall’s schools sampling the world of work. Over 3000 businesses opened their doors to students to do work experience.
‘‘Local employers are incredibly supportive of the Work Experience Scheme in what is an immensely valuable opportunity for every pupil involved” said Gavin Stephens, Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership, which manages the Work Experience Scheme for schools.
“Schools, young people, their teachers and parents really appreciate the way that employers and businesses support the work experience scheme in Cornwall” he added. “Without this, many young people would not get their first taste of work and the expectations, responsibilities and joys that come with their future career. We want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to them all”.
Students found work experience placements in every employment sector in Cornwall including retail, engineering, primary schools, hairdressers, restaurants, hotels, estate agents, building contractors, hospitals, and with Devon and Cornwall Police.
Typical comments from employers fed back to schools about their students included: “Just absolutely outstanding, the best students I have had in eight years of taking them. They are a credit to the school’; “We really appreciate their hard work. They were helpful and enthusiastic at all times”.
Some students impressed their employers so much that they secured paid part time and summer jobs, and many will be missed following their Work Experience placement. One such student is Sam Weedon, from Wadebridge School.
Tom Irons, Manager of MGC Engineering Ltd said: “It’s not the same at crib time without Sam. It’s been a pleasure having Sam here for work (and life) experience!”
Seven parks and open spaces in Cornwall have once again been recognised as being amongst the best green spaces in the country as they are awarded prestigious Green Flags.
The Green Flag national award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. The award is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The Council’s Green Flag winners are:
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Planning said, “Huge congratulations to everyone involved with all of our Green Flag winners. This is a prestigious award and I’m delighted that seven popular parks and open spaces in Cornwall have retained their Green Flag status. This is great recognition for staff and volunteers who work so hard to make sure these well used and much loved locations can continue to be popular with local residents and visitors of all ages.”
Cornwall Council has been chosen to examine how the complicated licensing system in England can be simplified with the aim of creating a single business licence.
The Council has been awarded grant funding from the Better Regulation Delivery Office (part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills), to carry out a pathfinder project, the only one in England, to explore how the Local Government Association’s Rewiring Licensing proposals can work in practice to create a new licensing blueprint.
At the moment, businesses have to apply to their local authority for a variety of licences. The aim of this project is to examine what changes councils need to make for it to be possible for a single business licence to be issued on a licence-for-life basis; to simplify the process of setting up businesses and make it easier for businesses to work with councils.
The grant will give Cornwall Council the opportunity to map out existing licensing workflows and understand what changes would need to be made to deliver the objective of a single business licence.
Various services within Cornwall Council issue around 8,000 to 10,000 business authorisations a year. This includes services such as licensing, food and Health & Safety, environmental protection, Street Works, housing, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, Trading Standards and registration. Having to make several applications to a number of various Council services can impact on the local economy and inhibit growth.
Cornwall Council Head of Public Protection & Business Support Allan Hampshire said: “The project is expected to take six months and will include mapping a typical set of activities for both start-up and established businesses. We will also want to work with local businesses and trade associations to better understand their needs in terms of a simplified licensing system. We will be exploring options that will work better for councils and businesses such as a single licensing application form, a council licensing single point of contact, online accessibility and flexible payment options.”
Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “This Government is ripping out the red tape that holds firms back. We’ve scrapped over 1,000 regulations, saving firms £1.5 billion and we’re on track to be the first government in modern history to leave office with fewer regulations than when we came in.
“I am delighted that a simplified licensing system is being examined by Cornwall Council; this would help free businesses from unnecessary bureaucracy and enable them to focus on creating growth and jobs.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Our successful award application demonstrates that this Council is highly regarded and I am delighted that we have been chosen to spearhead this important piece of work.”
St Eval has become the first parish council in Cornwall to produce its Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.
Local councils across the UK were given the powers to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans as part of the 2011 Localism Act. Since then more than 60 parishes across Cornwall have begun work on developing plans for their local areas.
St Eval became one of the first local councils to formally designate its parish as a Neighbourhood Development Area following concerns over Ministry of Defence (MoDʼs) plans to sell some of its land at Trevisker. The proposal to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan was seen by both the parish council and the local community as an opportunity to shape future development in the area at the same time as safeguarding and enhancing valued characteristics.
Since then St Eval has successfully consulted local residents on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan through extensive community engagement events, questionnaires and social media sites. The plan was then submitted to Cornwall Council for legal compliance checks.
The next stage of the process involves a formal consultation process carried out by Cornwall Council. This began on 16 July and will run until 27 August. Once this has been completed the Plan will move forward to the independent examination in September, with a referendum being carried out in the autumn.
Julie Baker, Chair of St Eval’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, said “We are extremely pleased to have reached this milestone as it represents almost three years of hard work by the local community and our supporters. It is a big step towards our vision of producing a balanced and sustainable neighbourhood plan which will reflect our aspirations for future development within the parish. We look forward to moving into the next important phase".
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “I congratulate the community of St Eval on being so advanced with their NDP. Neighbourhood planning is a powerful tool that puts local residents in the driving seat in planning for the future of their community.”
Story posted 25 July 2014
Earlier this month a delegation representing Visit Cornwall travelled to Finistère in Brittany to strengthen their partnership with Finistère Tourisme – a counterpart tourism development agency - and to attract new, high spending overseas visitors.
The visit started with a meeting at Brittany Ferries HQ in Roscoff, to showcase Cornwall as a tourism destination among the French and German markets. Over the summer, the ferry company is proposing one-day car tours in Cornwall. This type of package works well for the company but there are issues with a lack of accommodation availability for groups and longer stays. Over the next few months, Visit Cornwall will help them identify additional accommodation providers in Cornwall and provide some new visual content for the Brittany Ferries website and on board information points.
During a 3-day programme of visits and meetings, Visit Cornwall was presented with local initiatives to develop the promotion of religious and maritime heritage. At the Abbey of Landevennec - monastery ruins from the late 5th century - they are testing a new approach to site interpretation with some potential joint opportunities with Cornwall for developing augmented reality applications that can revive historical buildings.
A meeting with the Observatory on maritime heritage of the University of Western Brittany demonstrated their integrated approach to preserving and promoting elements of maritime heritage (docks, boats, fishermen communities, chapels, etc) whilst enabling economic development in historical harbours.
Finistère Tourisme shared its knowledge of developing “tourism routes” to promote heritage, specifically heritage harbours, lighthouses, painters and churchyards. It is focusing on awareness and understanding of the offer to reinforce its visibility among visitors - selecting the most iconic and impressive sites; consistent signage along the trail; site interpretation; targeted marketing.
Finistère Tourisme and Visit Cornwall have agreed to join their expertise to better promote and market their complementary maritime and cultural tourism offers. The two tourism development agencies will share content and data from their digital and marketing tools; jointly work on the promotion of the high-end tourism offer; and look at European calls for proposals supporting international projects in the sector.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture Julian German said: “I am convinced that Cornwall and Finistère can learn from one another. In Cornwall we can learn how to better promote cultural tourism trails which attract high value visitors and will have a positive benefit for our economy and those working tourism. I look forward to joint projects being developed for the benefit of one and all.”
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall said: “There are many similarities between Finistère and Cornwall and our Breton friends were keen to learn of our digital marketing and social media activities as well to learn about the success of great Cornish food and drink work and our high quality accommodation. We have agreed to increase our collaboration and joint working for the benefit of Cornwall and Finistère alike.
Story posted 25 July 2014
The Outreach NHS Health Checks team in Cornwall have been getting mud on their boots recently, carrying out health checks with farmers.
The team, which is part of the national free NHS Health Checks programme, has been targeting groups of people who traditionally keep their health problems to themselves and often only visit their doctor when symptoms are well advanced, making their conditions harder to treat successfully.
They have recently had great success setting up health checks with fishermen, and are now reaching out to farmers over the age of 40, with partners Mole Valley Farmers. Paul Tippett, branch manager at their St Columb store, has provided a quiet space, with signage to draw in customers. So far, they have carried out 88 Health Checks over the last 3 months, and the next dates are 12 August at the St Columb store, and at the Camelford Show on 13 August.
Julie Edwards, Head of Communications explained the reason Mole Valley Farmers want to support this Health Checks programme: “As a farmer-owned business, we think this is a wonderful initiative and we are very pleased to be able to support the NHS Health Check programme in this way. We are very aware of the pressure experienced by farmers running busy businesses and often, people will ignore health issues because of time constraints.
“Therefore, having the opportunity to be able to take a range of health check tests in a relaxed environment and discuss the results with a professional is a really positive step and will hopefully reduce health issues and possibly save lives in the future.”
Mole Valley Farmers also invited the Outreach Team to share their stand at the Royal Cornwall Show. 30 checks were carried out for farmers and their families, and five people are being given support to improve their lifestyle, based on the results of the tests carried out.
The Health Checks examine several elements – height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol, which are used to calculate the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
The check itself takes about 20 minutes and includes a discussion of the results and any steps which can be taken, for instance to reduce cholesterol or blood pressure. These conditions can often be prevented, even if there is a family history. In some cases the person may be advised to visit their GP if their results indicate more serious problems. This happens in around 11 per cent of Health Checks and is a measure of the success of the programme in reaching more people who traditionally don’t take their health problems to their doctors.
Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: “‘Health Checks are an important part of the strategy to improve the health of people in Cornwall. Working together with Mole Valley Farmers in this way helps us to reach people who might otherwise not see a doctor until it’s too late, so we’re very pleased to promote this partnership.”
Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, said: “‘We are delighted to be working with Mole Valley Farmers to target this group of people, as part of our Health Checks Programme. Helping individuals to make good choices about their lives and health is an important part of the work of the Health Promotion Service, and improving people’s health and wellbeing in this way reduces cases of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.”
The Health Checks team will be at Mole Valley Farmers, St Columb on Tuesday 12 August, from 9am to 4pm, or you can catch them at the Camelford Show on Wednesday 13 August. Talks are also underway with Farm Cornwall, which is helping the team link with the cattle markets in both Liskeard and Truro, with a view to offering Health Checks at both sites.
For more information about Health Checks, see NHS Choices or call the Public Health Information Line – PHIL – on 01209 215666 or the Outreach Team on 01872 248584.
Story posted 25 July 2014
A passing out celebration for eight new firefighters who have joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and are to be posted at Hayle’s new Community Fire Station when it opens later this year, has been held at Penzance Community Fire Station.
An invited audience, including proud friends and families, local Cornwall Council members and representatives of Hayle Town Council witnessed the presentation of certificates to the new recruits by Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury and the Mayor of Hayle, Mr Graham Coad.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: “I was delighted to join local members John Coombe and John Pollard together with family and friends of the new crew of 8 firefighters as they passed out at Penzance station after an intensive training period. This was a great occasion and heralds the first truly new fire station in Cornwall for 66 years. It was fantastic to see the pride in their achievement as they prepare to safeguard their community. My thanks to family and employers whose support will enable them to serve Cornwall.”
The eight new recruits showed off their skills and took part in two drills featuring a car fire and a rescue from a house fire.
The evening also included the official naming of a new fire appliance, “St Michael” which was blessed by Rev Julyan Drew, and music from Hayle Town Band.
Story posted 25 July 2014
The launch of the 2015 Cornwall Best Bar None Scheme took place at Sound Nightclub, Penzance on Tuesday 22nd July. Sound retained the title as the overall winner of Cornwall Best Bar None 2014 for the second year in a row and was runner up in the National Best Bar None competition last November.
The Best Bar None Scheme is open to all clubs, pubs and bars in Cornwall and the owners and managers of licensed premises from across Cornwall attended the launch event including those that are interested in applying for accreditation this year, as well as already accredited venues including Sound, The Vault, Eclipse Nightclub and The Tremenheere who won ‘Best Large Pub’ in 2014 (one of 10 J.D. Wetherspoon accredited premises). Other partners were also present including the Cornwall Licensing Forum Cornwall and Parish Councillors, Cornwall Council Officers, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and representatives from the training sector.
They were welcomed by Cornwall Councillor Pat Harvey, who has supported the Scheme since it was first introduced in 2010. Cllr Harvey encouraged involvement in the 2015 Scheme saying “The aim of Cornwall Best Bar None, in addition to promoting excellent management practice, is to help create a safe and enjoyable social environment for our residents and visitors to enjoy” Other speakers included Lisa Vango from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Jez Bayes, Alcohol Strategy Lead for Cornwall and Robert Matthews providing a trade perspective.
The Cornwall Scheme meets the standards set by National Best Bar None and is managed by the Cornwall Licensing Forum that includes representation from Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, Devon & Cornwall Police and licensed trade representatives. To become Best Bar None accredited, licensed premises will need to meet minimum standards for licensing legislation including prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance, health and safety and protection of children.
Venues that become accredited will be entered into a competition to be voted best in category and ‘Best Bar None’ for the year.
Story posted 25 July 2014
Cornwall Council’s bereavement services have been awarded Gold Status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
The prestigious award recognises the high level of service provided to funeral congregations, funeral directors and clergy. The ICCM set the standard for the burial and crematorium industry.
This is the fifth year running that the Cornwall Council run Penmount Crematorium has achieved the highest standard but it is the first time that the authority’s cemeteries have been entered for the Bereavement Assessment scheme.
News that both the Crematorium and the cemeteries have achieved Gold Status has been welcomed by Susan Cannan, the Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, who said “We are delighted that Penmount Crematorium has been awarded a Gold rating in the Charter assessment for the fifth consecutive year. We are equally delighted that the first year that Cornwall’s cemeteries have been assessed has resulted in a Gold Rating for them as well”.
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, added “This is a testament to the hard work of the staff who work in our bereavement services who take great pride in ensuring the best possible experience for the bereaved at a sad and difficult time in their lives.”
“We are very proud of the work put in by all our staff, including those who work at Penmount Crematorium and those who work for our partner Cormac at the cemeteries in providing a first class service that has now been nationally acknowledged as excellent”.
A publicly owned, self-financed facility administered by Cornwall Council, Penmount crematorium is housed on a secluded country estate of 28 acres, 11 of which have been developed as Gardens of Remembrance.
The authority is responsible for twenty-four operational cemeteries throughout Cornwall and currently carries out around a third of the burials that take place every year.
Story posted 22 July 2014
Midas Group Ltd have started work on the conservation and refurbishment of two redundant Grade II* Listed buildings at King Edward Mine near Camborne. The project will give a new lease of life to the former Count House and Carpenters’ Shop complexes, creating nine affordable workspaces for local businesses, ready for occupation from March 2015.
Phil Kitchener, Midas Site Manager said: ‘The Midas Group Ltd is very pleased to be awarded the King Edward Mine heritage project to add to the list of mine attractions like Geevor Tin Mine and Heartlands that we’ve been involved in. The site team leading this project bring good background knowledge of the skills required with this type of refurbishment on Grade II* Listed buildings.’
In order to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating so the refurbished buildings are as sustainable as they can be and in compliance with best practice in heritage conservation, Midas have brought in specialist skills to work on the project as Phil went on to say: ‘We will be using specialist heritage contractors to apply traditional skills and materials to conserve the two buildings. The work will include lime pointing, lime washing to the external walls, traditional carpentry, stonework and scantle slate roofing skills.’
A specialist project like King Edward Mine is a rare construction opportunity and Midas intend to go the extra mile to pass this building knowledge on to the next generation by bringing apprentices onto the site, as Phil explained: ‘By supporting apprentices and working with local colleges we feel that local young people will not only learn new skills, but gain an interest in historic building conservation which is so important for working in Cornwall. Many historic buildings are looked after by voluntary organisations and so we are also planning to hold a community training day where anyone interested in trying their hand at heritage conservation can come and have a go!’
Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy & Culture, said: “Bringing historic buildings such as these back into economic use not only ensures that they are saved as part of Cornwall’s Mining World Heritage Site, but also creates much-needed ‘grow on’ spaces for local businesses. In addition, conservation projects such as this offer an excellent opportunity to train the next generation in traditional building skills, such as working with Cornish slate. The KEM Workspace Project will create high quality, distinctive work spaces just outside Camborne, which we will be marketing primarily to the creative industry and knowledge economy sectors and ready for occupation early in 2015.”
Trevor Humphreys, Project Management Consultant for Cornwall Council, said that he was excited to have the opportunity to bring these buildings back to life, but that: “There are many challenges still to overcome, not least the mine shaft that has been found underneath the Count House building!” Trevor Humphreys Associates specialise in bespoke heritage and arts based projects including the award winning Porthmeor Studios and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum that has just opened its doors with a new exhibition. “By working in partnership with Cornwall Council our enthusiastic project team are committed to providing an exemplary project which will be an asset to the local community and the wider ERDF Convergence Programme’s legacy.”
St Ives based architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole is providing conservation architectural services for the project. Paul Perry, lead architect said: ‘PBWC Architects are delighted to be involved with such a unique heritage project as we are based here in Cornwall. We take pride in being part of the team which will conserve and convert these buildings within the World Heritage Site. We are one of the few architectural practices to specialise in historic building conservation in Cornwall and we bring experience of delivering other successful ERDF projects here and on the Isles of Scilly.’
King Edward Mine, former home of Camborne School of Mines, was bought by Cornwall Council in 2009 and is substantially leased to a local charity to run as a mining heritage attraction. The site is recognised as having Outstanding Universal Value as the best preserved mine within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site (WHS) for the pre-1920 period. The entire complex is within the WHS and includes sixteen buildings Listed Grade II* and South Condurrow Stamps Engine House which is Listed Grade II.
King Edward Mine Museum is an award-winning heritage attraction containing extremely rare milling equipment that has been expertly restored and brought back into working order by volunteers. The museum is run by a local charity and full details of opening times and attractions on offer are available on the King Edward Mine website.
The King Edward Mine Workspace Project will support the long-term sustainability of this important part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage and has been made possible through a grant from the ERDF Convergence Programme and investment by Cornwall Council.
Stroy posted 22 July 2014
All things Cornish are set to be a big hit at this year's Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany. Cornish food and drink, music, dancing and art have all made a big impression on festival goers and exhibitors in the past and this year will be no exception.
This year, the Festival is set to take place from 01 to 10 August 2014 and Cornwall will have an exhibition there to promote Cornwall as a tourist destination as well as showcase Cornish produce and culture.
Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, who will be attending the festival, says: “The Lorient Festival is an important platform to attract people to Cornwall. It is evident that many people have heard of Cornwall and we need show what Cornwall has to offer. Our environment, our heritage and culture, our food and drink, are strong reasons why people decide to come to Cornwall and they are not weather dependent. Cornwall has much to offer and we need to make sure that we are actively participating on the international stage to ensure that everyone knows this."
Celtic regions from across the globe attend the festival every year, with the Cornish being joined by Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, the Acadie region of North East Canada as well as bands and dancers from across Brittany. It's an opportunity to celebrate Celtic heritage, languages and culture in a bonanza of music and dance, food and drink. Over 600,000 people visit the festival each year, which takes over the southern Breton city of Lorient over the ten days in August.
Visit Cornwall and MAGA will be working with Cornwall Council to put on an exhibition of the best attractions and activities that the region has to offer as well as details of the language, music and culture that has been the signature of Cornwall’s distinctiveness. The stand will be manned by volunteers who are giving their time and language skills to ensure that visitors are well informed and welcomed. Over the 10 days of the festival, thousands will visit the stands and it is hoped that some of these will translate into future visitors helping to boost the Cornish economy.
In addition, producers from across Cornwall will be coming together to show festival goers a small sample of the outstanding food and drink on offer back home. Visitors will be able to sample Cornish brewed beer and cider courtesy of Skinners Brewery, pasties from Trevethicks and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream from Roddas, all brought to the festival by Cornish caterers Downright Delicious. Last year the local newspaper heralded the humble Cornish Pasty as ‘the revelation of the festival’ and 2014 will see even more people experience the delights of traditional Cornish cuisine.
Each year the Lorient festival invites a delegation of Cornish musicians and dancers to perform alongside those from the other Celtic nations in the main festival programme. This year 5 piece Cornish folk/rock band Tredanek, the award-winning Canoryon Lowen choir from St Neot and Truro based Cornish dance group Hevva will be taking part in concerts, workshops and presentations throughout the week as well as representing Cornwall in the Grand Parade, which itself attracts some 60,000 spectators. The groups will also be performing at the Cornish stand, helping to ensure it is lively and vibrant.
In addition visual artist Sandra Boreham will be representing Cornwall in the visual art exhibition and two films from Cornwall, Skath by Paul Farmer and My yw genys, by Alban Roinnard, will be part of the film programme.
Jenefer Lowe, responsible for the Cornish delegation, said “Lorient is an excellent showcase and provides an annual chance for us to celebrate Cornish culture alongside other Celtic nations and regions on an international stage. I am grateful to all the performers, producers and volunteers who will be taking part this year and look forward to a successful festival.”
Story posted 22 July 2014
Cornwall Council has applied for funding from the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme to rebuild or refurbish six schools in Cornwall.
Minister of State David Laws announced in May that the Government was allocating £2 billion for the second phase of the PSBP programme to fund major rebuilding and refurbishment projects to address the needs of schools in the very worst condition. Under the programme, which runs from 2015 to 2021, local authorities, dioceses, sixth form colleges, academies, and multi academy trusts were invited to submit expressions of interest for an entire school site or for one or multiple individual buildings. 261 schools across England benefited from the first phase of the programme.
The Government has set very strict criteria for applying for the PSB2 programme, with funding only available for schools which need to be either completely rebuilt or where a building needs major refurbishment works.
The Council commissioned locally based architects to visit schools who had confirmed their wish to be included in the Council’s submission for the Priority Schools Building Programme to carry out surveys to identify whether or not the schools met the criteria. Following consideration of these reports and previous information on schools’ condition held by the Council, six schools were identified as meeting the criteria for submissions for funding. Schemes at a further seven schools were initially considered but did not meet the Government’s criteria for funding.
As a result the Council’s Access and Infrastructure Team, part of the Education, Health and Social Care Directorate, has now submitted expressions of interest for the following schools:
Andrew Wallis, the Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said, "We are delighted the Government has allocated a further £2 billion to improve the conditions of schools across England and will be working hard to ensure that schools in Cornwall benefit from this funding. The criteria for applying for the funding was very strict which meant that we were not able to include all the schools we initially considered but we are confident that these six schools have a very strong case. I would like to thank the Council staff and the headteachers and governors from the schools for their hard work in putting together the expressions of interest which we have submitted today.
“We are hopeful that the Government will look carefully at the submissions and will also be working with our MPs to secure this much needed funding.”
The Council anticipates that the total value of the works needed to be carried out at the six schools is in the region of £40 million, however, any final value of schemes will be decided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), should the school(s) be identified as meeting the criteria and of high enough priority by the EFA to include in the programme.
In addition to the above, the Council is also aware that an independent bid is being put forward by Tretherras School in Newquay and, where possible, the Council has provided information needed to support that bid.
The Council is hopeful that the Education Funding Agency and the Government will consider all the schemes put forward by the authority. The decision on the submission is expected sometime in December.
Story posted 22 July 2014
Friday 01 August will be a real red letter day for Newquay when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Harbour to meet representatives of the Newquay Rowing Club and walk around the new Treffry Centre.
The Royal visit is the result of a letter to Buckingham Palace from John Cuthill, the Chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, the oldest club on the gig rowing circuit, inviting the Duke to see the historic gigs owned by the club and meet the rowers and club officials who have worked so hard to make the club one of the most successful in the country.
Based at Newquay Harbour, the club was formed in 1921 with three old gigs – Newquay (built in 1812), Dove (1820) and Treffry (1838). Now a thriving club, with a strong membership of all ages, the three historic six oared pilot gigs are still in use today and are regularly rowed in races. The club received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2005.
As well as sighted rowers, the club also has a number of blind rowers who use oars which have been modified by putting a groove in the loom end which enables them to determine the attitude of the blade in relation to the surface of the water. The first blind rowers joined the club in January 1999 and regularly race with sighted crews and attend the World Championships in the Isles of Scilly each year, usually beating several sighted crews.
John was delighted when his invitation was accepted by The Duke of Edinburgh and is looking forward to showing him around the historic Tunnel, built by Joseph Treffry in 1844 to provide the vital link between the pack-horses delivering minerals along the tram way and Newquay harbour where the minerals would then be shipped to South Wales for smelting, and which is now used to house the club’s pilot gigs, and the club house.
“This will be wonderful day for the Rowing Club and the people of Newquay” said John. “We are very proud of our club and look forward to showing the Duke what we have achieved over the last 93 years.
“However, although the club is continuing to thrive, we urgently need to raise funds to improve our facilities. We want to move our historic gigs from the Tunnel where the 12 degree slope and seeping water make it a hostile environment for wooden boats to a new purpose built gig store, with training room, changing room, showers, kitchen and a function room.
“We have already raised £140,000 towards our £190,000 target through a mixture of fund raising activities and grants from Sport England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newquay Town Council, as well as other organisations, but we need to do more and hope the Duke’s visit will help to raise our profile even higher and help us reach our target”.
Also present will be Jonathan Treffry, whose family built the Tunnel and has provided financial support for the gig which bears his family name and was built for his family’s company in 1838.
After being welcomed to the Harbour The Duke will walk to the quayside where four of the club’s gigs, including the three original gigs – Newquay, Dove and Treffry- and Dall Lewyer ( built in 2003) will be standing.
He will have the opportunity to look at the gigs and meet their crews. These include:
He will then meet representatives of the Trustees of Newquay Pilot Gigs, including Chair John Bawden; Mrs Dawn Tarran, Chair of the Ladies Committee, Ted Taylor and Ms Tatia Churchill, as well as sponsors Jotun Paints Europe, North Shore, Andy Loos and Lt Col Philip Hills, Chair of Cornwall Heritage Trust. He will also be introduced to representatives of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, including President Norma Edwards, Chair Jason Nicholas, Deputy Chair Julie Arthur, Ann Curnow-Care and Treasurer Ted Gundry.
The Duke will then walk to the RNLI building on the harbour where he meet RNLI President Norman Bailey before being shown around the Tunnel where a number of historic photographs of Newquay, the club and the gigs will be exhibited. He will also be invited to unveil a slate plaque bearing the words “To commemorate the visit to Newquay Rowing Club by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT on 1 August 2014"
Following the visit to the Tunnel the Duke will visit the new Treffy Centre which has been constructed by Cornwall Council following the destruction of the original building which was used as fishermen’s stores, a shop and an office in a fire in May 2009. The new building, which was built using Seaside Towns and European Fisheries funding, has eight stores with four offices above for use by the fishing/marine industry.
“The new building, together with a number of other initiatives including new cranes, secure working areas and improved storage facilities will greatly assist the fishing industry working out of Newquay Harbour’ said Captain Andy Brigden, Cornwall Council’s Maritime Manager, who will accompanying The Duke on his tour of the building.
After being shown around the interior of the Treffry Centre the Duke will be invited to go out to the balcony area to watch the crews of four gigs go out of the harbour into the bay towards the Treffry Centre and salute the Royal visitor by lifting their oars into the air.
Story posted 22 July 2014
Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood is inviting people in Cornwall to join the Royal British Legion “lights out” campaign on Monday 4 August by turning off their lights for just one hour at 10 pm and leaving a single lamp or candle burning to commemorate the declaration of the Great War 100 years ago.
The aim of the Royal British Legion (RBL) campaign, which is based on the words uttered by Sir Edward Grey about “lamps going out all over Europe” on the eve of Britain officially entering the First World War, is to encourage 100 million people to light candles across the UK for an hour to remember each and every one of the service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.
“The First World War affected every town and village in Cornwall” said John Wood. “At the outbreak in August 1914, thousands joined up, and the Duchy soon became a vital part of Britain’s all-consuming war effort.
“Ships of the Royal Navy, aircraft, even airships arrived to defend the sea lanes off Cornwall’s coastline, in a concerted campaign against marauding German submarines. On the home front, for four gruelling years, Cornish men and women worked tirelessly to support those fighting in distant battles overseas.
“A century has passed yet there is a strong connection with the First World War through family histories and community heritage. Conflict raged on a scale never seen before and Cornwall played a crucial role in the struggle.”
The Council has set up a dedicated area on its website containing information about the history of the War and how it affected Cornwall. The web pages titled “Cornwall Remembers” also contain information about national and local events being staged to commemorate the centenary. This includes details of the extensive programme of events, poetry, music, lectures and exhibitions being staged by Truro Cathedral.
195 sets of Cornish brothers were killed during the conflict, along with 10 sets of Cornish fathers and sons – with 13 Cornishmen killed in action at sea just 32 hours after war was declared. 14 ships with Cornish crews were also lost, including the crew of HMS Amphion which struck a German mine in the early hours of 6 August while defending the eastern approaches to the English channel. Despite the valiant efforts of the captain to stop the engines, the ship was destroyed, killing 150 British sailors, 13 of whom were from Cornwall.
John Wood will be hosting a special ceremony at County Hall, Truro at 10.30am on 4 August to mark the declaration of the war and remember those from Cornwall who lost their lives in the conflict.
The ceremony will include the formal rededication of a plaque containing the words of a Resolution of Cornwall County Council dated 29 July 1919 giving thanks for the ending of the war and commemorating those who died for their county.
The plaque, which previously hung in Old County Hall, will be unveiled in its new home in New County Hall, by Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho who will read out the words of the Resolution. This will be followed by prayers led by the Very Reverend Roger Bush, Dean of Truro who will re-dedicate the plaque in the honour of the fallen.
Cornwall’s High Sheriff Charles Williams, Cornwall Council’s Vice Chairman Ann Kerridge and Chief Executive Andrew Kerr will then take it in turns to read out the names of the 13 men who lost their lives on HMS Amphion.
The ceremony will end with Cornwall Councillor and poet Bert Biscoe reading one of his own poems about the conflict.
The Great War also affected children in Cornwall – with school log books of the time showing that local children collected money for Belgian refugees, donated their pocket money, collected eggs for wounded soldiers, and picked blackberries to make jam. A selection of some of the original log books will be on display in the main entrance to New County Hall.
“This was a momentous time in the history of Europe” said John Wood. “Many men and women lost their lives during the struggle. Many returned home to make the new society which emerged, and many of those struggled through their lives with the memories, the indelible images of horror etched in their minds - many never, or only rarely spoke of their ordeals. “
“Over the next four years nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lives, fought and died in the First World War. There will be many community activities taking place across Cornwall and I would ask everyone to join in and remember ”.
Story posted 22 July 2014
A recent meeting held in St. Erme Community Centre saw the creation of a new resident led forum set up to support people living in Park Homes in Cornwall. The group held its inaugural meeting and AGM where it was unanimously agreed that the forum should be established, and a committee of park home residents was voted in to take the forum forward.
“I am so pleased that those who attended showed their strong support to setting this forum up” said Derek Cordier, Chair of the Forum, “I feel we have a strong committee of dedicated people who all live in park homes and who will be able to work well together to get the forum established and offer support to other residents in Cornwall.”
A constitution for the forum was also agreed at the meeting which sets out its objectives which include:
Councillor Geoff Brown, Ward Member for Newquay Central and Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities at Cornwall Council said “Setting up this independent forum is a really positive and important step and we are committed to continue to develop our understanding of the needs of people living in Park Homes”
The first committee meeting has already taken place and the members are in the process of writing to all park home residents in Cornwall to make them aware of the forum and ask them to become members. With support from Cornwall Council, they will also be applying for funding to help the group carry out its objectives.
“Cornwall Council’s Localism team and other services will continue to support the forum and all park home residents in Cornwall” said Mark O’Brien, Cornwall Council’s Community Network Manager leading on this piece of work, “and we want to ensure that all park home residents are aware of the benefits of becoming part of the forum where important support, information and advice will be made available to them.”
Dianne Eade, Secretary of the Forum added “If you are a park home resident please look out for our welcome letter which will be coming out to you shortly. If you would like to find out anything more about the forum or are able to help by offering to post copies of letters into your neighbours letterboxes, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.”
The forum can be contacted via email@example.com.
Story posted 15 July 2014
Cornwall Council’s Higher Trenant offices in Wadebridge are to become the new headquarters for CORMAC Solutions Ltd, the authority’s arms length highways and construction company.
The company, which employs around 1,600 staff, is currently looking to relocate its Head Office at Castle Canyke in Bodmin as it is at full capacity and needs to move to a larger building to enable all its different services to be based under one roof.
Over the past few months the company has been investigating the potential for a move to Higher Trenant with staff from the Council’s property service. This has concluded that relocating the head office to Wadebridge is the most practical option, with CORMAC staff due to complete the move by the Summer of 2015.
News of the move has been welcomed by Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, who said “I am pleased that we have been able to find a sustainable future for Higher Trenant offices in a way that also meets the needs of CORMAC”.
“This move also confirms our commitment to having a strong public sector presence in the town of Wadebridge”.
Arthur Hooper, Managing Director for CORMAC said “CORMAC is delighted to have acquired the lease for Higher Trenant. This enables the company to bring more of its staff under one roof, which in itself will enable CORMAC to deliver further efficiencies in our back office operations.
“We will continue to retain an operational presence at Bodmin and will be continuing our presence at Scorrier and other sub depots throughout Cornwall.”
The move will also enable services which currently have some of their staff working in Higher Trenant to bring them together in the new Bodmin offices which will enable them to deliver services in a more efficient and cost effective way.
The Council will be working with all affected staff to ensure the success of the move.
Story posted 18 July 2014
Voters have elected Reginald George Peter Williams (The Conservative Party Candidate) as the Cornwall Councillor for the Mabe, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias electoral division.
The results of the by election held on Thursday, 17 July were :Candidate Votes cast Reginald George Peter Williams (The Conservative Party Candidate) 406 John Anthony Ault (Liberal Democrats) 405 Peter Tisdale, (UK Independence Party UKIP) 271 Linda Margaret Hitchcox (Labour Party) 107 Karen Sumser-Lupson (Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall ) 58
The turnout for the by election was 28.6%
Story posted 18 July 2014
On Friday 18 July at 2.30pm, Ava Munro, a talented Year 6 pupil at St Nicolas’ School, Downderry, will be launching her poetry book at a special book launch event which will then be followed by the school fair.
As part of the Cornwall Dyslexia Service Book Writing Project, Ava is the 6th pupil to become a published author, following in the footsteps of five other young writers, who have all experienced some literacy or dyslexic difficulties and who have had the opportunity to write their own books in this way.
For Ava this book has enabled her to share her love of words “It was so much fun writing this book because there were no boundaries. I enjoyed working with my class and being able to choose what went in the book. I chose poetry and creative writing because I LOVE words. I love writing poetry because I don't have to think about the rules because there are no rules. Before knowing I was dyslexic I had a hard time doing literacy and did not feel equal. I don't feel like that anymore.”
She has worked incredibly hard on this project, both with the poetry and also with the ideas and designs to accompany her written work. In fact, the whole class has become involved in this book project, contributing to one of the pieces of work, where they chose their best bits from their own writing which was then woven into a story by Ava, the whole class then created a patchwork of art to accompany the story-it’s all in the book!
Cath Hayes, Ava’s class teacher explained how this project has had an impact on Ava’s learning. “The book project has done wonders for her in many ways - she has become more confident in her abilities as an author which is great but also she has had to organise herself by gathering the poems, take responsibility for getting the photos together, delegate jobs to her classmates and lead them in the project. We have seen their respect and admiration for Ava increase too which has been fantastic for helping her feel like a leader not just part of the crowd.”
This book is a little different from the other books in the series, as Ava is the first girl to be involved and the book ‘A mug of imagination’ is a collection of poetry and other fictional writing demonstrating her love of words.
Ava’s mum explained “Writing this book has been a fantastic experience for Ava and her school. Ava has crawled out of her small tight chrysalis and spread her wings. It is a delight to see and I cannot thank the School and the Cornwall Dyslexia Service enough for this opportunity…Ava has had a lot of fun writing this book of poetry. She has loved sharing the journey with her teachers, her classmates and the school. Most importantly Ava has enjoyed being able to share her love of poetry and words with all of you”
Jane Trapmore, Dyslexia Adviser for Cornwall reflected “ Every pupil involved in writing their own book have brought many rewards, in particular watching a young person grow in confidence and stature as a learner, and this project has been no exception. It has been a pleasure to work with Ava and her teachers at school.”
Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children and Young People said: “Well done to Ava and all the people who have helped her for their hard work and dedication in putting this book together. I’m sure it will be an inspiration to all the young people out there who face similar difficulties.”
Story posted 17 July 2014