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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

Categories: Cornwall

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

Categories: Cornwall

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

Categories: Cornwall

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

 

Categories: Cornwall

Shops fail checks on deadly goods

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:22

A series of recent spot checks on shops in Truro found many prepared to sell age restricted products to an underage young person.

Under the supervision of Cornwall Trading Standards officers, 15 year old Imogen visited twelve shops across Truro and attempted to purchase a variety of age-restricted products.  Worryingly half of the shops tested failed and proceeded to sell her the product illegally.

By the end of the day, Imogen’s haul included: two 18 rated DVD’s; one 18 rated video game; two lottery scratch cards; one can of spray paint and, most worryingly, a knife with a 15cm blade.

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer said, “In order to buy the products we have test purchased, you need to be 18 years old with the exception of the scratch cards, where you need to be 16.  While some of the shops were great, promptly asking Imogen for photo ID and then refusing her purchase, others were not so good, with one even admitting that they shouldn’t really be selling the product to her, which was very disappointing.”

All of the shops visited will now receive either a letter congratulating them on refusing the test purchase or a visit from a Trading Standards Officer advising them of their legal responsibilities.”

Cornwall’s Trading Standards regularly carry out test purchasing of age restricted products such as tobacco products and alcohol.  Anyone with any information concerning shops or pubs serving persons under the legal age is urged to contact Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191.

Story posted 14 July 2014

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Stray dog list goes online as fall in numbers of strays reported

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:59

Details of stray dogs which have been handed into the Council or picked up by the Council’s Dog Welfare team are now available on the Cornwall Council website so those who have lost their dog are now be able to view the register online.

The enhanced service is launched as it is reported that, for the second year running, the number of stray dog handed into the Council has fallen.

From April 2013 to April 2014, there were 1,295 stray dogs reported to the Council – down from 1,574 in 2012/13; a reduction of 247.

The Council’s Head of Public Health and Protection Allan Hampshire says:  “We have a robust system in place for re-charging the owners of stray dogs for the costs incurred by the Council in picking up strays and arranging for them to be looked after.  The onus has to be on dog owners to make sure that their dogs do not stray.  A stray dog will foul and can potentially be a danger to road users and others.

The onus is also on the owner to make sure that their dog has an id tag and is micro-chipped so that dog and owner can be reunited quickly. 

We hope that the free dog micro-chipping events we have held in partnership with Dog’s Trust over the past few months, which has seen over 1500 dogs micro-chipped, will lead to a further reduction in the number of stray dogs reported to the Council.  In partnership with Dogs Trust, we are able to offer free dog micro chipping until March 2015.

To book an appointment, just call dog welfare and enforcement on 0300 1234 212.”

The stray dog register has always been available for the public to view at any reasonable time however, it is now published as a live document on the Council’s website and will automatically update when a new case is reported to the Council.  It is hoped that this will help the owners of lost dogs to locate their pets and to overall increase the number of stray dogs that are returned to their owners.

However, owners should be aware that the Council is not available to return dogs outside of normal office hours. The Council has a duty to provide a minimum of one drop off location to receive stray dogs out of hours and its collection service exceeds this minimum requirement and ensures that stray dogs are in a safe location. All dogs are housed at licensed boarding establishments and the dog’s welfare is an important consideration during their stay in kennels.

When the dog is returned to the owner or re-homed via an appropriate charity, the dog’s details will be taken off the website.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said “Clearly we have a duty to pick up stray dogs and in so doing keep the public safe, protect the animal from harm and hopefully reunite dog and owner. It is pleasing to see that although a significant figure the number of strays is reducing and this is I am sure is due to our very responsible dog owners but when a dog does go walk about, our team are often able to assist in its recovery.” 

Organisations such as Dog Lost will be directing the owners of lost dogs to the Council’s website so that they can check to see if their dog has been reported to the Council.

 

Story posted 11 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Results of Illogan by election

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:51

Voters have elected David Ekinsmyth (Liberal Democrat) as the Cornwall Councillor for the Illogan electoral division.

The results of the by election held on Thursday, 10 July were :

Candidate

votes cast

David Raymond Ekinsmyth (Liberal Democrat)   

277

Stephen Anthony Richardson (Mebyon Kernow The Party for Cornwall) 

217

Adam Nicholas Philip Desmonde (Conservative Party)

215

Clive Edward Polkinghorne (UK Independence Party)

156

William Trevor Chalker (Labour Party) 

129

Paul Thomas Holmes (Liberal Party In Cornwall)

121

Jacqueline Norma Merrick (Green Party)

  50

The turnout for the by election was 32.4% 

 

Story posted 11 July 2014

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Children encouraged to lose themselves in this summer's Mythical Maze reading challenge

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:31

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, run by Cornwall libraries and The Reading Agency, is encouraging children to spend the summer discovering mythological creatures at libraries across Cornwall.

The theme this year is Mythical Maze and over the summer holidays, young bookworms aged four to 12 will be set the challenge to read six books and will get a sticker for each book they read. Once all six books have been read, children will receive a medal for completing the reading challenge.  Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

There will be a variety of events taking place in libraries across Cornwall to support the Challenge, ranging from creative workshops to hands on animal encounters.

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships said: “In 2013 more than 7500 children in Cornwall took part in the summer reading challenge, improving reading skills and confidence and having a great time sharing books and celebrating their achievements.

“We want to encourage even more children to take part in this fantastic free summer activity in 2014.”

Anne Sarrag, summer reading challenge director for The Reading Agency, says: “Mythical Maze is all free fun, which is top news for parents. So mums, dads and carers, pop down to your local library and find out more about what’s happening locally, and help your children discover a love of stories this summer whilst they maintain and develop their reading skills over the holidays.”

Mythical Maze, which is free to join, starts on Saturday July 12 and finishes on Saturday 06 September. 

The activity this year has been designed by children’s book illustrator, Sarah McIntyre.

Libraries are free to join, free to use, and give you access to a fantastic collection of books, films, music, information and more. For more information visit the library pages on our website, pop along to your local library or call the library service on 0300 1234 111 and ask about taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Story posted 08 July 2014

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Praise for Cornwall's Together for Families programme

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:28

Cornwall has been praised for its work in turning around the lives of 475 families with the most complex needs over the last two years.

Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced that 52,833 of the most troubled families in England had been put back on track by local authority teams since April 2012.  

This means that:

  • children are back in school for three consecutive terms where they were previously truant or excluded
  • high levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced
  • and/or adults that were on benefits have been in work for at least three months

The Secretary of State said that councils had risen to the challenge of helping whole families improve their lives, through a ‘tough love’ approach that combines intensive and practical support.

“To have helped so many families so quickly is testament to the hard work and determination of troubled families teams across the country” said Eric Pickles.  “Nobody is saying that troubled families will become model citizens overnight but turning them around starts with getting kids off the streets and into school, giving them a better chance in life, and helping adults into employment or better able to work.”

Cornwall’s partnership Together for Families, which includes Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Health commissioners, Probation, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Youth Offending team, Careers South West, community safety and domestic abuse teams, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector (including Action for Children and Addaction), was set up in 2012 following the launch of the Government’s “troubled families” programme.

The aim of the three year national programme, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2012, is to support local organisations, which are working with families identified as having the most complex needs.  Under the programme key workers work with families to identify the support they need to address their problems and then help them to access a package of both mainstream and specialist support

Local partnerships can apply for up to £4,000 of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government for each family they successfully support to change their behaviour.  This funding is allocated in two phases - an upfront fee and a “payments by results” part which is dependent on providing evidence of positive achievements. Families who meet the criteria for the programme are offered additional support from a range of partner agencies from across the area.

Welcoming the positive comments from the Secretary of State Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh, Chair of the Cornwall “Together for Families” partnership, said “The Together for Families programme is about providing tailored support to families who really need it.  The success of the programme in Cornwall means we have been able to work with local services to make the changes that are required to provide timely and efficient support for those families with the most complex needs.”

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young Families, said “Working with the families directly enables the partner agencies to help overcome the difficulties the families face.  The results of this programme shows that tackling the issues as a family unit helps achieve real positive outcomes.”

 

Story posted 10 July 2014

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Call for ideas and support for Cornwall to be once again 'The Land of Steam'

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:12

A group of Cornwall Councillors has thrown their weight behind calls for Cornwall to capitalise on its steam heritage and want to hear the ideas of interested individuals, groups or organisations who want to see Cornwall once again known as 'The Land of Steam'. 

At a meeting in Truro facilitated by Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood, it was agreed that here in Cornwall there is a passion for anything steam – from trains to traction engines, beam engines to boats. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, who leads and co-ordinates the interest group, said “Steam trains and traction engines attract huge attention and enthusiasm from people of all ages.  We want to bring their ideas together and harness their energy to help take this project forward.”     

Council Chairman John Wood said “We are interested in all ideas, big or small!  For example, I would love to see a regular steam train service into Cornwall, with branch lines running connecting steam specials too.”

He added: “Steam is a key part of our history – famous names like Richard Trevithick, William Murdoch and the Great Western Railway helped to make Cornwall great, driving us forward in the fields of industry, transportation and agriculture.  It is also a vital part of our present, with our famous steam railways, steam fairs and many individuals, societies and groups dedicated to keeping steam alive.” 

Councillors agreed that they want to ensure that steam is an important part of our future and pledged their support for the current campaign to restore the turntable at St Blazey in order to facilitate running steam trains into Cornwall. 

They also felt that there is an opportunity to work on a broader front to truly reawaken Cornwall as the land of steam which would have considerable benefits for tourism, the economy and Cornwall’s communities.  They hope that the Government’s announcement last week about investment in the modern Cornish rail network will provide scope to encourage heritage projects.

Councillor Derek Elliott, whose idea it was to form a group, said: “I feel extremely confident that with the combined drive and passion of enthusiasts, councillors and the general public, we can work together to achieve some outstanding successes for the people of Cornwall.”

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Portfolio Holder for Transport & Waste, said: “Why is the railway such big business in Cornwall? Because Cornwall loves railways. Ever since the early horse-drawn rail-roads and Trevithick the Cornish have conducted this affair with passion and commitment. Only one thing, perhaps, tickles the Cornish engineering romantic more than locomotion and that is steam locomotion. Around the World, in peoples' minds, Cornwall is closely linked to steam. It's a relationship founded in history and portrayed vividly through generations of Great Western marketing, Betjeman verse and endless streams of postcards, books and branch-line afternoons. The formation of an informal group of Councillors to promote and campaign for the interests of heritage rail seems more natural than nature. The present is always an interplay between past and future, and Cornwall's future is as much bound up in its heritage as it is in the opportunities of the future - is there scope for a modern steam engine”

Anyone interested can contact the Members’ group c/o Stephen Foster in the Council’s Localism Team (email: stephen.foster@cornwall.gov.uk or by post to Room 75, Liskeard One Stop Shop, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ).  Please mark your correspondence ‘Land of Steam’.  

 

Story posted 10 July 2014

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Major step forward for Redruth Brewery as CORMAC starts building work

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:17

Transformation of the Redruth Brewery site is set to begin this week. CORMAC will be starting work on securing the site and clearing growth so that further building surveys can be carried out.

The works, which are being led by Cornwall Council, mark the start of the wider regeneration project across the site which has been given the go ahead following confirmation of a £1.7m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme.

Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “This is great news for Redruth and for Cornwall. Work is starting on a key site for improving Redruth’s economic fortunes.  A site which will provide critically important access to Cornwall’s documentary heritage. Cornwall Council has drawn together a package of funding to turn this dream into reality and it is fantastic to see a physical start been made on the site after months of preparation.”

CORMAC Contracting Ltd have been appointed to construct a flood alleviation scheme, carry out demolition works and create an accessible public space for a range of activities which will provide a suitable setting for historic buildings and new development.  These works are due to be completed in Spring 2015. 

Minimal activity will take place in the early stages as the project involves quite extensive planning and design co-ordination before any major works can commence. 

Hoardings will be installed in approximately four weeks’ time, and will be used to display information, tell stories about the place and the journey the development will take. The existing fencing and plywood hoarding, to the rear of the site, will be replaced with a mesh fencing panel, creating a safe and attractive space for everyone to engage in the activities on site.

Welcoming the start of the regeneration works, Ian Newby, CORMAC’s senior project manager said “This project is regarded by Cormac Contracting Ltd as a pivotal development for Redruth and we are delighted to be associated with it”. 

 

Story posted 08 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

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

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:13

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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