A passing out celebration for eight new firefighters who have joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and are to be posted at Hayle’s new Community Fire Station when it opens later this year, has been held at Penzance Community Fire Station.
An invited audience, including proud friends and families, local Cornwall Council members and representatives of Hayle Town Council witnessed the presentation of certificates to the new recruits by Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury and the Mayor of Hayle, Mr Graham Coad.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: “I was delighted to join local members John Coombe and John Pollard together with family and friends of the new crew of 8 firefighters as they passed out at Penzance station after an intensive training period. This was a great occasion and heralds the first truly new fire station in Cornwall for 66 years. It was fantastic to see the pride in their achievement as they prepare to safeguard their community. My thanks to family and employers whose support will enable them to serve Cornwall.”
The eight new recruits showed off their skills and took part in two drills featuring a car fire and a rescue from a house fire.
The evening also included the official naming of a new fire appliance, “St Michael” which was blessed by Rev Julyan Drew, and music from Hayle Town Band.
Story posted 25 July 2014
The launch of the 2015 Cornwall Best Bar None Scheme took place at Sound Nightclub, Penzance on Tuesday 22nd July. Sound retained the title as the overall winner of Cornwall Best Bar None 2014 for the second year in a row and was runner up in the National Best Bar None competition last November.
The Best Bar None Scheme is open to all clubs, pubs and bars in Cornwall and the owners and managers of licensed premises from across Cornwall attended the launch event including those that are interested in applying for accreditation this year, as well as already accredited venues including Sound, The Vault, Eclipse Nightclub and The Tremenheere who won ‘Best Large Pub’ in 2014 (one of 10 J.D. Wetherspoon accredited premises). Other partners were also present including the Cornwall Licensing Forum Cornwall and Parish Councillors, Cornwall Council Officers, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and representatives from the training sector.
They were welcomed by Cornwall Councillor Pat Harvey, who has supported the Scheme since it was first introduced in 2010. Cllr Harvey encouraged involvement in the 2015 Scheme saying “The aim of Cornwall Best Bar None, in addition to promoting excellent management practice, is to help create a safe and enjoyable social environment for our residents and visitors to enjoy” Other speakers included Lisa Vango from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Jez Bayes, Alcohol Strategy Lead for Cornwall and Robert Matthews providing a trade perspective.
The Cornwall Scheme meets the standards set by National Best Bar None and is managed by the Cornwall Licensing Forum that includes representation from Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, Devon & Cornwall Police and licensed trade representatives. To become Best Bar None accredited, licensed premises will need to meet minimum standards for licensing legislation including prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance, health and safety and protection of children.
Venues that become accredited will be entered into a competition to be voted best in category and ‘Best Bar None’ for the year.
Story posted 25 July 2014
Cornwall Council’s bereavement services have been awarded Gold Status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
The prestigious award recognises the high level of service provided to funeral congregations, funeral directors and clergy. The ICCM set the standard for the burial and crematorium industry.
This is the fifth year running that the Cornwall Council run Penmount Crematorium has achieved the highest standard but it is the first time that the authority’s cemeteries have been entered for the Bereavement Assessment scheme.
News that both the Crematorium and the cemeteries have achieved Gold Status has been welcomed by Susan Cannan, the Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, who said “We are delighted that Penmount Crematorium has been awarded a Gold rating in the Charter assessment for the fifth consecutive year. We are equally delighted that the first year that Cornwall’s cemeteries have been assessed has resulted in a Gold Rating for them as well”.
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, added “This is a testament to the hard work of the staff who work in our bereavement services who take great pride in ensuring the best possible experience for the bereaved at a sad and difficult time in their lives.”
“We are very proud of the work put in by all our staff, including those who work at Penmount Crematorium and those who work for our partner Cormac at the cemeteries in providing a first class service that has now been nationally acknowledged as excellent”.
A publicly owned, self-financed facility administered by Cornwall Council, Penmount crematorium is housed on a secluded country estate of 28 acres, 11 of which have been developed as Gardens of Remembrance.
The authority is responsible for twenty-four operational cemeteries throughout Cornwall and currently carries out around a third of the burials that take place every year.
Story posted 22 July 2014