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Gold for Cornwall Council's bereavement services

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:43

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

Categories: Cornwall

Work starts at King Edward Mine to save two historic buildings and create workspace for local businesses

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:50

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

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall to be showcased at 2014 Festival Interceltique

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:41

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

Categories: Cornwall

Council bids for Government funding to rebuild and refurbish six Cornish schools

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:58

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:

  • Helston – three schemes have been proposed – including replacing C Block, replacing C block and E Block and a whole school replacement option.
  • Humphrey Davey School – replacement of Block 2 (general teaching )
  • Hayle Community College – Block 1, main block / general teaching and Block 6 – general teaching and Sports Hall. 
  • Budehaven Community School – Science, DT and Art Block
  • Treviglas Community College  – replacement of 6 x double Elliot buildings to permanent accommodation.
  • Biscovey Nursery and Infant Community School – main block roof replacement.

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

Categories: Cornwall

Red letter day for Newquay as HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visits Newquay Rowing Club

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:58

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:

  • Newquay – six junior rowers and their coaches  Steve Webber, Justin Philips, Danny Beckerleg
  • Dove – six rowers with cox Mark Morris
  • Treffry – six ladies ( the 2013 county champions) with cox Steve Jones and Jonathan Treffry.
  • Dall Lewyer – members of the Cornish Rowing Association for the Blind, six blind rowers and their escorts, cox Derek Applewhite and shore manager Dr Christine Hunter

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

Categories: Cornwall

Council Chairman invites people in Cornwall to commemorate World War One

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:38

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

Categories: Cornwall

Park Home residents' forum up and running to offer support

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:24

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:

  • representing the interest of park home residents in Cornwall and informing them of their rights
  • building relationships and improving communication with Cornwall Council and other organisations
  • to engage, communicate and distribute information to park home residents in Cornwall Council
  • to support new and existing qualifying resident associations.

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 d.eade.cornwallparkhomesforum@gmail.com

 

Story posted 15 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

CORMAC confirms move to Higher Trenant

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:47

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

Categories: Cornwall

Results of Mabe, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias by election

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:31

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

Categories: Cornwall

Book number six published by young Cornish author

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:04

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.”

500 books have been printed and will be available for sale on the day at £5 each and afterwards from secretary@st-nicolas.cornwall.sch.uk  or dyslexia@cornwall.gov.uk 

 

Story posted 17 July 2014 

Categories: Cornwall

Residents 'pass out' at St Austell Community Fire Station after completing Phoenix Project course

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:33

A group of ten residents from three Cosgarne Hall properties will be ‘passing out’ at St Austell Community Fire Station on Friday 18 July 2014 after completing a Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project course.

The course aimed to engage some of the most vulnerable people affected by homelessness in training and activities to improve their self-esteem and confidence as well as allowing them to gain qualifications to help them to move forward with their lives.

All participants were given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN level one qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques. The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. Alongside this, the course includes fire and road safety advice, as well as train the trainer and presentation skills.

Throughout the course participants had the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities.

Paul Walker CFRS Deputy Chief Fire Officer “I am genuinely pleased that this group of vulnerable people have benefitted from the established learning outcomes associated with our highly valued and accredited Phoenix Course. Working in partnership with a wide range of organisations across Cornwall, our professional and dedicated Phoenix Team are making a measurable positive difference to the lives to those participating in the programme. I look forward to building a stronger partnership with Cosgarne Hall and I’m sure that the 10 individuals who have participated in this course have had a challenging yet rewarding experience which will help them grow in confidence and provide the foundation for a more positive life experience.”

Kate Heath, Volunteer and Activity Coordinator says, “This has been a  fantastic opportunity for Cosgarne clients to gain accreditation and practice skills that will improve their self-worth and motivation to achieve.  All too often the stigma unfairly attached to people living in supported accommodation or having a history of homelessness prevents them from fully participating in society.  This week has allowed some of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in St. Austell to learn, enjoy and achieve whilst breaking down barriers to inclusion and redressing the often negative stereotyping attached to our client group.  It has been a pleasure working with the Phoenix Team and supporting the participants through this programme of engagement.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said:  “The courses delivered by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service through the Phoenix Project are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Cosgarne Hall, we can really make a difference to the lives of individuals. I am encouraged to see how the Phoenix team is able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

 

Story posted 17 July 2014

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Council welcomes £500,000 Big Lottery funding for mental health scheme for young people in Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:52

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, has welcomed the announcement that Cornwall is to receive £500,000 from the Big Lottery’s HeadStart programme for a project to help young people prevent the onset of mental health issues and design ways of accessing support if they need it. 

The funding announced today will support a 12 months pilot project involving young people in the Penzance, Hayle and St Ives area and Saltash, Liskeard, Looe, Torpoint and Callington.  The results of this pilot will then be used to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding.

In November 2013 the Council was invited by the Big Lottery to submit a bid for funding to help support young people aged between 10-14 years to deal better with difficult circumstances, and help manage emotional and mental health challenges before they become serious issues. 

A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fundrevealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry, with fifty nine per cent saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week. However, only around 25 per cent of young people needing treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18.

The HeadStart programme aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems. Focusing primarily on schools, the HeadStart partners will offer a range of approaches, including peer mentoring, mental health ‘first aid’ training, online portals and special resilience lessons helping pupils aged 10-14 feel they have support at in the classroom as well as at home and tackling the stigma that can often surround the issues of mental health.

 “This crucial investment from Big Lottery to involve young people in the design and re-shaping of services that help and identify improved ways of working to prevent the onset of mental ill health has come at an important time for the Council” said Andrew Wallis. 

“We look forward to working with young people and our partners to improve support and intervention in school, in the community and at home which will enable children, particularly those who are more vulnerable, to deal with the challenges of growing up and support a healthy life into adulthood. Our young people in Cornwall are, and will continue to be, an integral part of the development of the project. “

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Public and businesses invited to help shape the way Cornwall deals with flooding

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:48

Communities, business and members of the public have just two weeks left to help shape the way Cornwall deals with the problem of flooding in the future.

As part of its role as a lead Local Flood Authority the Council is required to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to improve Cornwall’s preparedness and resilience in the event of flooding and manage the risks involved.

The draft strategy was published last month and members of the public have until 31 July 2014 to give their views on the proposals.

“Flooding is a real risk faced by residents and businesses across Cornwall” said Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning.  “While it is not possible to prevent all flooding, residents, businesses and the relevant authorities can work together as a community to try and reduce the risk and minimise the potential damage that flooding can cause.“

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy provides an overview of the flood risk issues in Cornwall and the potential sources of flooding.  The strategy sets how the Council and partner authorities propose to work together to manage local flood risk from a variety of sources including surface water, groundwater, sewers, rivers, coastal and tidal flooding.  It considers the pressures that are likely to influence future flood risk in Cornwall and sets out a series of themes to help manage these risks.

“Following last winter’s storms, flooding is very much at the forefront of people’s minds” said Edwina Hannaford.  “We have been working on our flood strategy for some time and now, more than ever, it’s important that we address the issues but also recognise the limitations and constraints.”

“We are keen to hear the views of businesses, community groups and residents, and to work with them to minimise the risks and damage caused by flooding.  By publishing this local strategy we hope to provide a greater awareness of the issues and to be transparent and open in our approach to interpreting national strategy at an appropriate local level.”

The draft strategy and supporting documents can be viewed and downloaded at www.cornwall.gov.uk/floodrisk. or you can view a hard copy at New County Hall Reception in Truro or at libraries throughout Cornwall.

Story posted 16 July 2014

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Young people's pregnancy and abortion rates continue to decline in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:01

Rates of abortion amongst young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have fallen in 2013, with the most rapid decline in younger women. Figures released by the Department of Health show that the rates for under-18s dropped by 18 per cent from 11 cases per thousand in 2012 to 9 in 2013.

Figures for the 18 and 19-year old group also fell, continuing a trend which began in 2010. Overall, the total abortion rate in Cornwall (for women aged 15-44) reduced from 13.3 to 12.5 cases per thousand, a six per cent reduction.

Nationally, the abortion rate has fallen to the lowest it has been for 16 years. Rates for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are lower than the national average of 15.9 per thousand for all women, and 11.7 for those under 18.

This latest data comes at a time when Cornwall continues to also see a decline in its rates of teenage pregnancy. Information from the Office of National Statistics shows that Cornwall’s average rate of teenage pregnancy was 26.2 per thousand women under 18 in March 2013, down from 30.6 per thousand the previous year.

This encouraging decrease in the number of abortions, particularly for women under the age of 19, combined with a decline in the rates of teenage pregnancy, indicates that women are able to access effective forms of contraception to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

Easy access to a full range of contraception is vital in supporting women to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Cornwall Council provides comprehensive, free, confidential contraception services for all women in Cornwall, as part of its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Sexual Health Strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Louise Sweeney, Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health Coordinator, said: ‘It is vital women of all ages, especially young women under the age of 25, are able to access a range of contraceptive services to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Long-acting, reversible contraception, like the implant or IUS, is particularly important as it is very effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy. This is because it can’t be forgotten or used incorrectly, something that may happen unintentionally when using the pill or a condom.

‘Our C-Card scheme in Cornwall teaches young people how to use condoms correctly and there are over 200 places in Cornwall they can get free condoms through the C-Card scheme. Young people aged 16–25 are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, so it is important young people use condoms in addition to hormonal contraception to help prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.’

There is information on how to access these services on the Cornwall young people’s website EEFO and the Cornwall Sexual Health and Contraception website. The most important thing if you live in Cornwall is to know where to go to access these services and you can do this by going on the EEFO or Cornwall SHAC websites.’

Denis Cronin, Public Health Consultant, added: ‘When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it is important that women are able to access unbiased and non-judgemental advice quickly. Emergency contraception is also available to help prevent pregnancy. If any woman is concerned or unsure what help is available she can contact her GP, pharmacy, local sexual health service, or Brook if she is under 25.’

Councillor Andrew Wallis, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: ‘I am a firm supporter of the C-Card scheme and would like to see more practitioners in contact with young people, able to support and register them onto this great programme. We must do all we can to enable our young people to lead a healthy life.

‘We have got to talk about contraception, condoms and healthy relationships. Young people need to know how and where to get contraception and we need to remove barriers to accessing contraception that living in a large rural county can bring. We must make sure our young people are confident enough to seek help when they need it.’

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Cape Cornwall becomes first school in Cornwall to receive prestigious Equalities award

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:50

Cape Cornwall School has become the first school in Cornwall to win a prestigious award in recognition of its commitment to equality. The Equalities Award is a nationally recognised scheme that pays tribute to schools and children’s centres proud of their inclusive ethos and willing to go the extra mile in demonstrating compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

To gain the award, schools have to show that they are meeting a number of criteria.  These include demonstrating how they are supporting pupils and families from all backgrounds, celebrating the achievements of disabled people and promoting positive role models and providing opportunities for learners to enjoy cultural and enrichment experiences that reflect and celebrate diversity. 

Staff and governors at Cape Cornwall carried out a comprehensive audit and produced a compelling collection of evidence for external assessment.  This included providing information on the use of their pupil premium, the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities and a wide range of data, including lesson plans, training materials and minutes from meetings. Staff also led assemblies on high profile international events such as the campaign by Malala for education for all girls across the world and the abduction of the girls from a school in Nigeria

Congratulating the school for its achievement Dr Chris Derrington, Director of the award scheme said In achieving this award, Cape Cornwall School has demonstrated a very strong and genuine commitment to equality for all its students.  The staff clearly work extremely hard to promote diversity at every level; they challenge inequality and show a genuine determination to foster harmonious relationships.  These are important messages that help to breakdown stereotypes, raise aspirations and prepare young people for the responsibilities and experiences of later life. The evidence they supplied in order to achieve the award speaks for itself and really showcases their commitment to equality for all groups and individuals irrespective of ability, ethnicity or gender.’ 

The award has been welcomed by Headteacher Julie Nash who said “I’m am delighted but not surprised that Cape Cornwall has become the first school in Cornwall to gain this outstanding and prestigious award.  Inclusion, equality and fairness are values that are threaded through the DNA of Cape Cornwall school; never before have I worked anywhere quite like it! People; students, staff and parents, look after one another here.  It’s a very happy school and one where we value each other’s  differences and appreciate the richness this brings”.

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said “I was really pleased to be able to present this award to Cape Cornwall School. This award recognises the hard work of the teaching staff, the Governors and the students. It is a proud moment for Cape Cornwall School. Well done.”

Local Cornwall Councillor Sue James added "This award, added to the 'good' OFSTED rating, shows what an excellent secondary school St Just has. The staff are passionate about achieving the best for all their students and this award clearly recognises that. They have set the bar for other Cornish schools to aspire towards."

Chair of Governors Gill Joyce said “This is an excellent achievement for the school, due to the ongoing dedication from the teachers, students and supported by Governors.  As Chair of Governors, I am even more delighted that we are the 1st and only school in Cornwall to have been recognised in this way with this award”.

For more information about the award, see www.equalitiesaward.co.uk

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Thinking of childminding?

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:05

Free information sessions are available between September and December for people who are considering a career in childminding.  

The briefings, organised by Cornwall Council, are informative sessions explaining what is required to become an Ofsted registered childminder.

Led by Cornwall’s childminder network co-ordinators, the informal sessions will offer details on essential qualifications required, background information on Ofsted and the process for registering.

For information on the dates and venues available, visit the Family Information Service website at www.cornwallfisdirectory.org.uk and head to the ‘Childcare Provider’ section, or call the team on 0800 587 8191.

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Park Home residents’ forum up and running to offer support

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:52

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:

  • representing the interest of park home residents in Cornwall and informing them of their rights
  • building relationships and improving communication with Cornwall Council and other organisations
  • to engage, communicate and distribute information to park home residents in Cornwall Council
  • to support new and existing qualifying resident associations.

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 d.eade.cornwallparkhomesforum@gmail.com

 

Story posted 15 July 2014

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Cornwall to apply for grading under Gold Standard Framework for housing advice services

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:19

After achieving a score of 72% in a peer review with colleagues from Devon, Cornwall Housing can now apply for grading under the Government’s ‘Gold Standard’ framework to assess and improve the quality of its housing options and advice services.

The ‘Gold Standard’ national improvement programme, launched last year to help local authorities improve their housing options and advice services to prevent homelessness, has attracted a high take up nationally with 97% of local authorities on board but only around 50 Authorities having completed the peer review stage.

Local authorities must score at least 60% via a peer review, a rigorous off and on-site assessment of a range of services on offer, to be able to go on to make an application to reach Gold Standard status.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “I would like to congratulate the team for an excellent performance. Cornwall Housing has demonstrated that tackling homelessness effectively is a key priority for Cornwall and the Council.  The peer review is an important benchmark for assessing the quality of our services, and the improvement plan will ensure that Cornwall maintains a strategic focus on housing and the prevention of homelessness”

To reach Gold Standard status, councils will need to meet ten key commitments including offering a comprehensive prevention service, with advice and support for single people as well as families in need and adopting a local No Second Night Out scheme to help prevent new rough sleepers from becoming entrenched into a street lifestyle

Cornwall Housing Ltd has been working with the 11 Local Authorities in Devon to develop peer review partnerships so each authority can participate in a peer review over a 12 month scheduled programme. 

Lead Reviewer for the Devon & Cornwall Grouping Alison Mawson said: “Cornwall is only the second authority, with Torbay being the first, in the Devon & Cornwall grouping to participate in a peer review.  All Local Authorities in the grouping intend participating in the process and are showing real commitment to improvement across the peninsula”.

Areas tested via the peer review process include

  • the effectiveness of the overarching homelessness strategy
  • the quality of the content, navigation and ease of access of the relevant web-pages
  • the quality of advice provided to households using the service

the effectiveness of partnership working in preventing and tackling homelessness.

Story posted 14 July 2014

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Speak Cornish Week 21-26 July

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:07

Cornwall holds a special place in the hearts of people across the world.  With Cornish people recently being granted minority status, ‘Speak Cornish Week’ is a timely celebration of our unique heritage.

The Cornish language partnership, MAGA, are hosting Speak Cornish Week between 21-28 July, and are encouraging YOU to get involved.

All you have to do is film yourself saying a few words in Cornish, and share it online using social media with the hashtags #10sfylm #speakcornish.  MAGA will be sharing their own 10 second films too. Wherever you are, let’s all get involved and show our love for Kernow! 

Cornish Language Partnership Chair Councillor Julian German will launch the week online so watch out for his film which will be shared on 21 July, followed by a week of activities including a fish and chip supper, taster sessions, pub sessions and church services. One highlight will be the performance of GogMagog in Perranporth on Friday 25 July which includes English and Cornish languages, and this performance will follow an afternoon of Cornish ‘gems’ in Perranporth. The main event will be a language fair on Falmouth moor on the 26 July – so come and join in with some Cornish language activities, music and dance!

“Speak Cornish week is a great initiative” said Cllr German. “It doesn’t matter how much or how little Cornish anyone has, we should all use it and take pride in it. Everyone can join in with the film challenge – all you need is a phrase in Cornish and your phone or camera to show your support. It is also a good time to decide to learn more Cornish!”

All of the information is on www.learncornishnow.com where you can also find fun phrases to try, an overview of Speak Cornish Week, as well as a link to the calendar of events, and further updates.

Story posted 15 July 2014

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Celebrations as the poet Charles Causley's house is saved!

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:24

photo Steve Tanner

Sir Andrew Motion Patron of the Charles Causley Trust cutting the ribbon to officially open Charles Causley’s house, 

Celebrations have been held in Launceston to mark the launch of the poet Charles Causley’s house as a centre for a writer in residency programme. This sees the fruition of a long held ambition of the Charles Causley Trust to bring the house back into use to support literature projects. Kent Stanton, the Trust’s Chair said “It is as a result of teamwork, dedication and determination that we have managed to realise the dream of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons”.

The Charles Causley Trust was established prior to Causley’s death with the aims of developing the poet’s house as a centre for the celebration of his life and writing and to promote new literature activity in the community.  In 2007 the Trust purchased his house, located in Launceston, Cornwall.

The Trust was successful in securing £50k of funding from Arts Council England together with an investment of £116k from Cornwall Council to allow it to undertake the development of the house. The Trust is also grateful for the considerable in kind support that it has received from Launceston Town Council and Literature Works. A Design Team lead by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects and Trevor Humphreys Associates as Quantity Surveyor were appointed, together with Ron Bullock Ltd as the main building contractor.

The house was in need of significant structural repairs and renovation throughout. The external walls of the property were coming away from the house – leaving a gap of several centimetres between the skirting board and the edge of the floor in places! There were also damp problems throughout the property and modernisation was required – for example house now benefits from central heating for the first time in its history.

The ethos of the project is that the space should be ready for a resident to walk in and find a useable space that they can make themselves at home in straight away. Residents will also have the privilege of using the two reception rooms which have been restored back to just how they were when it was Causley’s home. The Trust referred to its photographic records (including some 360° panoramic shots) which enabled them to reinstate the rooms accurately after the building works were completed; hanging pictures in just the same spot that Causley had and putting his treasured belongings back on the mantelpiece. The vision was for the house to be a place of both energy and contemplation and the Trust hopes that many more writers will be inspired to create new works whilst sat at Causley’s desk.

The garden has now been planted up taking as its inspiration plants that are referred to in Causley’s poems. The planting was undertaken by a team of students from the Practical Horticulture RHS Certificate Level 2 course at Duchy College. The garden also includes a unique sculpture inspired by Causley’s poems created by Owl’n’Wolf (Joseph and Céline Holman). A Garden Poems pamphlet is available as a free download at iTunes by searching for  ‘Charles Causley’.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German said:  “It is fantastic to see the house restored into such a welcoming and inspiring space. The redevelopment was one of the ten priority projects named in Cornwall’s White Paper for Culture in recognition of its significance to the literature sector and culture in Cornwall.”

Cornwall Council member for Launceston Central Alex Folkes said: “I am thrilled to see this wonderful project successfully achieved and delighted that it will see Launceston established as a centre for literary activity for Cornwall and beyond. Charles Causley remains a Launceston icon and he can now inspire thousands more through physical links to his life in this house as well as through his poems and the annual Causley Festival of arts and literature in the town."

The first poet in residence at the house will be Dr Alyson Hallett. The residency will give Dr Hallett the opportunity to work on a third collection of poems, whilst engaging a range of participants through a programme of events and activities that will encourage and inspire creative writing and poetry appreciation.

Literature Works (the literature development agency for the South West) is working closely with the Trust to support the residency project, which has also attracted funding from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. 

 

Story posted 08 July 2014

 

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