Pondhu Primary School pupils take on an exciting challenge with Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership and local businesses
On Friday 7 November pupils aged 10 to 11 from Pondhu Primary School took part in a Junior Enterprise Challenge Day to design an eco-building organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership
The pupils formed into ‘companies’ for the day and received support from Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust(CSBT), Leslie Cornell Building Restoration, NatWest Bank, Premier Inn and student ambassadors from Cornwall College St Austell. So that they could be more aware about some of the concepts around eco-design they actually got to try sustainable building methods, including clay plastering and cob mixing. The challenge also linked into a Green Schools Challenge open to English and French schools being run under the Interreg funded ECOBEE Project of which CSBT are lead partners. The children were able to share eco-design ideas online as part of the challenge.
At the end of the day the pupils took part in an exciting presentation to showcase their design ideas to a team of judges. Competition was fierce but the judges gave the prize to winning team FRE Houses for their inspired eco-designs
“The Junior Enterprise Challenge Day provided the pupils with the opportunity to learn about sustainability as well as work as part of a team. It was fantastic to see their creativity and enthusiasm” said Kate Whetter Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Education Business Partnership. She continued “Key to the success of the day was the wonderful support from local businesses”.
Nicole Solomons project manager the CSBT ECOBEE project said: “Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust are always happy to help with teaching children about sustainability and how buildings can be designed to reduced their environmental impact. It was great fun working with the children, and seeing their enthusiasm to learn. We look forward to judging their designs alongside the other schools from the south west who are involved in the ECOBEE green schools challenge.”
Leslie Cornwell said “The Cornish Cob Society, supported by Leslie Cornell Building Restoration - Cob and Lime Specialists are delighted to be involved with this project. Children of all ages will learn and experience first-hand, the benefits of using sustainable materials in construction.......with an excuse to get muddy!!”
He continued: “We, at the CCS, hope that more schools and colleges throughout the County, will grasp the opportunity in giving their students an unforgettable and amazing experience regarding cob and clay as renewable, recyclable and sustainable construction materials”.
“It was a fantastic, really well organised day which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The pupils were incredibly enthusiastic, focused and hardworking throughout. The future of sustainable development looks to be in very safe hands” said Richard Martin Yr 6 teacher.
Story posted 11 November 2014
Russian embassy honours World War Two veterans in Cornwall for their part in transporting crucial supplies to Russia
At a ceremony yesterday (10 November 2014) at New County Hall in Truro, Russian Deputy Ambassador Alexander Kramarenko presented Ushakov medals to veterans from Cornwall who took part in World War Two Arctic Convoys which the Russian embassy says allowed Russian soldiers to defeat the Germans on the Eastern Front.
Alexander Kramarenko was joined by Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE and representatives from the Armed Forces at the medal presentation ceremony.
More than 3,000 men died during the maritime campaign that Winston Churchill was said to have called the "worst journey in the world".
The Russian Embassy wrote to survivors in May 2012 that it intended to award them with the Medal of Ushakov as a symbol of the country's gratitude. On the 10 March 2014, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding the Ushakov Medal to the British veterans of the Arctic Convoys.
Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood said: “It was a great honour and privilege to be a part of such an important ceremony. The recognition and subsequent awards are long overdue. The passing of the years does not diminish the significance of the contribution made by these brave and determined veterans. This is recognised by the fact that the Russian Government is making these awards. Without the Arctic convoys the outcome of the war could well have been very different. At last these unsung heroes, who played such an important part in the war effort as they took part in hellish Arctic convoy missions through the North Sea in winter, are being recognised for their immense contribution to the allies war effort.”
The group are among 3,000 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys who will be presented with Ushakov medals.
Story posted 11 November 2014
Cornwall Council wins John Connell Technology Award for the work of the Wind Turbine Assessment Panel (WTAP)
Chris Selby, Mark Hitchens and Simon Hall from Cornwall Council with the John Connell Technology Award
Cornwall Council has won the John Connell Technology Award for the work of the Wind Turbine Assessment Panel (WTAP), including its nationally recognised document, ‘Environmental Health Minimum Information Requirements for Wind Turbine Planning Applications’.
Just over a quarter of UK adults are adversely affected by noise*. The Noise Abatement Society helps find practical solutions and champions vital advances in noise reduction for the public benefit.
The Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards, the only awards of their kind, are named after its far-sighted founder, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 – when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. Supporters of this bill included John Betjeman, T S Eliot and Spike Milligan. John Connell called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’. Over 50 years later, the cost of noise to society is immense in its negative effect on productivity, learning, health and social cohesion. These awards acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, recognising organisations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions and pioneered practical, innovative solutions to reduce noise pollution.
The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 05 November, at the House of Commons, hosted by Mike Weatherley MP for Hove and Portslade. The John Connell Technology Award was presented by Defra Minister Dan Rogerson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs, and resource and environmental management, and Member of Parliament for North Cornwall.
Cornwall Council Head of Public Protection & Business Support Allan Hampshire said: “I am delighted that such an eminent organisation as the Noise Abatement Society has recognised the work of Cornwall Council’s Community and Environmental Protection Unit. Acoustic assessment of wind turbines requires highly specialised technical skills and the team has developed the guidance to assist developers whilst maintaining protection of the community and the environment”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “It is great that our highly skilled team has been rewarded for their work in this very specialised field.”
Wind power is an ever growing area of power generation that without suitable restrictive use can cause significant detrimental impact from noise on the local community. The level of noise information from wind turbine manufacturers and acoustic consultants was very inconsistent.
Cornwall is a prime location for large and small scale wind turbine developments. Cornwall Council’s Community and Environmental Protection team established WTAP to develop clear and enforceable guidelines for the minimum information required to assess noise reports accompanying planning applications for wind turbines; and to offer the best advice to colleagues (Planning and Development Service), applicants, agents, acousticians and turbine manufacturers re the positioning of wind turbines in the county, so that noise impact for those living near wind turbine developments is minimised. They also developed a consistent appraisal of noise data after installation.
WTAP’s document ‘Environmental Health Minimum Information Requirements for Wind Turbine Planning Applications’ provides definitions of the various types and sizes of wind turbines; details on the type of assessment for the category of turbine being considered; specific examples and a comprehensive checklist so that the developer submits the required information; and links to relevant national guidance.
Members of the WTAP train other colleagues within the Council so that a uniform approach is assured for the benefit and protection of their customers. Their work has been recognised nationally and is also being used in other areas in the country.
Cornwall has over 400 operational turbines. WTAP’s achievements have resulted in only 3% of these being subject to a noise complaint in 2013/14. As wind turbine developments take some time to be installed it is hoped that complaints will drop further due to the scrutiny and recommendations of the WTAP.
Story posted 10 November 2014
Fire Service and Electrical Safety First urge people to be mindful of using electric heaters and charging devices after a number of serious incidents
People are playing with fire in their efforts to find cheaper heating options this winter, research by Electrical Safety First has revealed, with many unaware of the dangers that the alternatives can pose.
With concerns about rising energy prices forcing people to use portable heaters in order to warm their homes, the charity is joining forces with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to warn of the risks associated with these items and overloading of sockets as part of Electrical Fire Safety Week, which runs from 10 – 16 November.
Electrical Safety First’s research found that 78% of people were worried about the rising costs of energy bills, and over half would use portable heaters as an alternative to keep warm this winter.
However, it was also revealed that many could put themselves and their loved ones at risk by using the heaters incorrectly. 38% of people admitted that they would leave a heater switched on and unattended, whilst 21% would leave one switched on overnight. With portable heaters having caused 73 deaths, around 1000 injuries and over 3,800 fires since 2009/10, the dangers posed by using them incorrectly are very real.
Also of serious concern to CFRS is the use of chargers for E-cigarettes. Nationally there have been over 100 incidents where chargers have overheated and caught fire including one fatality in a serious fire.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable when using portable heaters. Those aged 80 and over made up nearly 40% of the fatalities caused by portable-heater fires last year, even though 33% of people would use a portable heater to keep an older relative warm.
In order to minimise the danger, Electrical Safety First and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have produced the following guidance for heating your home safely and using electrical appliances:
- Never leave portable heaters unattended
- Never leave them on whilst sleeping
- Never leave de-humidifiers on whilst sleeping or going on holiday
- Ensure that portable heaters are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over
- Ensure they are at least a metre away from any combustible materials, such as paper or curtains
- Never buy second hand halogen heaters
- Never power a halogen heater from an extension lead – these can easily be overloaded and cause fires
- Regularly inspect your heater for damage. If it’s damaged – don’t use it
- Never overload sockets
- Always use an RCD (residual current device)for use with external or internal festive lighting
- Never leave any electrical appliance, mobile Phone or E-cigarette on charge whilst you are out or at night whilst asleep
Emma Apter at Electrical Safety First said: “Having a warm home this winter is something everyone deserves, so we welcome portable heaters as a low cost option at a time when energy costs are spiralling. However, it is vital that the dangers associated with these items are understood – particularly as our research suggests that people are putting themselves and their loved ones at risk by using them in an unsafe way. By following the short, simple guidance, people can stay safe and stay warm this winter”.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager Mark Pratten added: “With winter approaching, people will be considering the costs of heating their homes and many will be seeking cheaper alternatives. Yet the cost counting may not stop there if portable heaters are used incorrectly. Instead of saving money, you could be looking at fire, injury and even death. Also as the festive season approaches, we urge people not to overload sockets for festive lighting; always use RCD’s (residual current devices) at all times. We also want to inform people to be mindful of E-cigarette and mobile device chargers. If left on for long periods it could cause a serious fire through overheating. As winter takes hold it is vital that people take our messages on board and follow the advice.”
If you are elderly, have underlying health issues, caring for a vulnerable person or young children and are worried about fuel bills, debts, keeping warm or your home being cold or damp, then you can find out about Winter Wellbing which offers access to a range of services to help you stay warm and well this winter.
This will be the fourth year that organisations across Cornwall have joined forces to run ‘Winter Wellbeing’, a campaign that aims to reduce preventable winter deaths and help those at risk of ill-health and fuel poverty.
For advice and access to services provided by the programme’s 30 partner organisations, call Freephone 0800 954 1956.
Electrical Safety First is a Charity dedicated to reducing deaths, injury and damage caused by electricity. Free home fire safety assessment advice is available on the CFRS website page or call 0800 3581 999.
Story posted 10 November 2014
Building work has started on the Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park which is being created to strengthen Cornwall’s growing marine renewables sector.
The Devon & Cornwall division of Midas Construction has won the contract to build the business park, which is part of the £24 million investment by Cornwall Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Government in the regeneration of Hayle Harbour.
Hayle is already home to Wave Hub Ltd, which operates the world’s largest marine energy test site 10 miles from the North Cornwall coast, as well as three marine energy demonstration zones.
The new business park is designed to accommodate companies in the growing marine energy sector and is being built on the site of a formal coal-fired power station at North Quay in Hayle now owned by Cornwall Council.
It will offer 2,500 sq metres of managed workspace including 900 m2 of modern office accommodation over two floors with Superfast fibre broadband and seven light industrial units varying in size from 200 to 250 m2. It is expected to open in summer 2015 and create 120 jobs.
Representatives from Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), marine energy industry and Midas Construction have officially marked the start of work on site.
John Pollard, Councillor for the Hayle North and Leader of Cornwall Council said: “This new business park will cement Cornwall’s position at the forefront of the development of marine energy, and as the local councillor I am proud to see Hayle – which is already home to Wave Hub - playing such an important part in this fast-growing industry.”
Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the ERDF Convergence programme, said: “The marine renewables market has huge potential and the business park further enhances our unique offer to this growing global industry, thanks to ERDF investment. The sector is a priority for the LEP because of its ability to create high value jobs and is something we are committed to further developing through the next European programme in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”
John Coombe, Cornwall Councillor for Hayle South said “Cornwall is the natural home to marine renewables and the development of this site will help further strengthen our ability to deliver cutting edge technology in the sector. The Marine Renewables Park will further secure Hayle’s place in Cornwall’s development of marine energy and most importantly provide employment.”.
The Cornwall division of the Midas Group, one of the largest independent construction companies in the UK, has been awarded the contract to build the business park through Cornwall Council’s contractor framework, which enables the firm to tender for capital projects.
Jobs will be created locally throughout the 40-week build, as well as apprenticeships and training placements for those interested in careers in the construction industry, with up to 60 people expected to be working on site.
Mike O’Neill, divisional director for Midas Construction in Devon and Cornwall, said: “We are delighted to be Cornwall Council’s chosen developer for this cutting edge new business park. It is fantastic news for Cornwall that a local construction firm is delivering the work as it enables us to provide apprenticeship schemes, create jobs in the local area through our sub-contractors, and to offer vital local training opportunities to help people to explore career opportunities in the construction industry.”
The Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park (MRBP) and Wave Hub are vital elements of the Offshore Renewables Development Programme, a wider programme of work that aims to enable and accelerate the commercial realisation of offshore renewable energy within Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Plymouth from initial concept, through development and testing to launching the product in the marketplace.
Claire Gibson, Managing Director of Wave Hub, said: “This business park is something the industry and our customers have told us they need so we expect it to be a real catalyst for the further development of marine renewable energy in the region.”
Hayle MRBP is being developed as part of a collaborate package of investment in Hayle Harbour and North Quay, with £11.6million of funding from the ERDF, an £8million investment by Cornwall Council, and £4.25million from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the project is being managed by the Cornwall Development Company, the economic development company of Cornwall Council.
Story posted 10 November 2014
Bude resident Adam Michael has been fined £100 and been ordered to pay costs of £500 for failing to clear up after a dog in his control fouled at Summerleaze Downs in Bude.
Magistrates in Bodmin, who heard the case today in Mr Michael’s absence, also ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge.
Welcoming the sentence, Allan Hampshire, Head of Public Protection and Business Support at Cornwall Council said “We are committed to ensuring people enjoy their local environment, free from the nuisance and health risks often caused by dog fouling. General litter bins and dog waste bins are, therefore, provided where dog mess can be disposed.”
“Most dog owners are responsible and clear up after their dog but there is a small minority who leave this offensive type of litter on our streets. It is to these we will issue fixed penalty notices which, if unpaid, will result in legal proceedings.”
“The issue of dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is one that concerns many residents of Cornwall. This fine sends a clear message to the minority of irresponsible dog owners that if you don’t clear up after your dog, the courts will fine you accordingly”.
Story posted 07 November 2014
With Cornwall already experiencing the first of this year’s winter storms, local communities are being encouraged to develop plans to ensure they are prepared for emergency situations such as floods, snow or major fires.
Cornwall experienced twelve major storms between December 2013 and March 2014, causing huge damage to coastal infrastructure in 245 locations, including the closure of the main rail line into Cornwall at Dawlish. All of Cornwall was affected in some way, including flooding of property and land at Wadebridge, Perranporth, Looe, St Ives, Bude, Portreath, Penzance, Fowey, Mevagissey and Penryn and damage to sea defences, beaches, piers, breakwaters, harbours and cliffs. A number of people were forced to temporarily leave their properties, and many businesses, including fishing and tourism related businesses, suffered considerable financial losses.
With the likelihood of more severe weather during the coming months the Government is supporting Cornwall Council to work with statutory agency partners to help local communities improve their resilience by drawing up Community Emergency Plans. The aim of the plans is to make the most of the knowledge and community spirit within a small geographical area to help reduce the risk of harm to people and property by agreeing what action individuals and groups can take before, during, and after an emergency incident and speed up the recovery process.
A number of local communities in Cornwall are already developing Community Emergency Plans and now consideration is being given to use some of the “community fund” element of the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme received from Government to provide small grants to individual communities to encourage other areas to follow their example. it is proposed that the grant could come in two parts, the first to support the work to develop the scheme and the second once the Plan is adopted be used to help buy equipment and resources. Under the proposal being considered any communities which have already finalised their Community Emergency Plans would also be eligible for a grant to help them deliver their plans.
“Community Resilience is about communities planning ahead and taking steps to become better prepared for emergencies” said Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning. “Local communities have a key role to play, both during the event and in the recovery phase. Developing Community Emergency Plans not only provides communities with a comprehensive plan so they can deal better in the early stages with any future emergency, but also helps to further enhance the sense of community and neighbourliness throughout the local area”.
Information about community resilience in Cornwall is available from the Cornwall Community Resilience Network website. The website has been developed in partnership with the Cornwall Community Flood Forum, and provides information about how to develop and publicise community emergency plans. A toolkit is also available to guide communities through the process of establishing groups and writing plans.
“The Cornwall Community Flood Forum is a community-led initiative committed to supporting communities, households and businesses at risk of flooding” said Roy Taylor, Chairman of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Cornwall Council Member for St Blazey.
“We are an association of Town and Parish Councils, community groups, businesses and individuals with an active involvement in flood risk management. The Forum has an interest in all flood related activities within Cornwall. We are guided in particular by the following aims: Supporting communities in becoming better prepared, Raising flood awareness within Cornwall and Promoting a partnership approach to flood risk management and community engagement.”
Funding is still available for households and businesses which were affected by last winter’s floods. Owners of homes and businesses flooded internally between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 have until 30 November to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the Government’s Repair and Renew Fund to purchase improvements and measures to help protect their property from future flooding.
“While we know that around 300 homes and businesses were affected by the floods, we have only received 75 applications for support so far” said Rob Andrew, Assistant Head of Localism and Devolution. “People have until the end of November to submit an application and I would encourage anyone whose property has been affected to check out if they are eligible to apply for funding“.
With the South West one of the areas worst affected by the storms last year, the Council is joining with partners, including neighbouring local authorities, to lobby the Government to provide additional funding for flood defence works.
Council officers have drawn up a comprehensive report which sets out the social, environmental and economic impact of last winter’s storms which will be considered by members of the Council’s Environment Portfolio Advisory Committee at its meeting on 14 November. The report details the flooding and coastal damage caused by the severe weather between December 2013 and March 2014, with information about the impact on roads, rail, air and maritime facilities, heritage assets, flood protection and water and sewage supplies, power and communications infrastructure and public buildings and property.
It also considers the social impact of the floods on individuals and communities, the impact on key industries such as tourism, retail, manufacturing and fishing and the impact on beaches and the coastline, wildlife and the natural landscape.
“This report highlights the scale of the impact of the storms on Cornwall” said Edwina Hannaford. “Our neighbours in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are also drawing up similar reports on the impact in their areas and , once each is complete, we will be using them to produce a peninsula report which we will be presenting to the Government as part of our case for more funding “.
Advice and guidance on dealing with emergency situations such as flooding is available from the Environment Agency website and from the Council’s website. Members of the public can also visit the website developed by the Cornwall Community Flood Forum to provide information about what to do in a flood.
Story posted 07 November 2014
Voters have elected James Michael Mustoe (The Conservative Party Candidate) as the Cornwall Councillor for the Mevagissey electoral division.
The results of the by election held on Thursday, 6 November were:CandidateVotes James Michael Mustoe (The Conservative Party Candidate) 348 Michael Williams (UK Independence Party UKIP) 281 Charmain Louise Nicholas (Labour Party Candidate) 204 Christopher Stewart Maynard (Liberal Democrat) 197 Katherine Elizabeth Moseley (The Green Party) 50
The turnout for the by election was 32.53 %
Story posted 07 November 2014
Members of the Council’s Cabinet have approved a draft budget and business plan aimed at creating a leaner, more resourceful organisation that delivers essential council services in the most efficient and effective way within reduced levels of Government funding.
The recommendation will now be considered at the meeting of the full Council on 25 November. Setting next year’s budget and council tax in November rather than in February 2015 will enable savings to be made earlier and will save the Council around £7m to £9m.
Since 2010 the Council has been forced to find savings of £170m in its budget as a result of cuts in Government funding. It now needs to save a further £196m over the next four years.
“This is not the budget we want to present to people in Cornwall but it is the best we can produce in these challenging financial circumstances which are not of our making” said Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard. “Our key aims are to reshape the organisation to deliver services in a different way and strengthen our partnerships with the rest of the public and community sector in order to make as many savings as possible without cuts to frontline services.“
The Council published its initial budget proposals in September. Since then the proposals have been considered in detail by Members at meetings of the Council’s Portfolio Advisory Committees, by Council staff and more than 1,000 people at 19 public and 10 partner consultation events across Cornwall. Hundreds of members of the public also gave their views via the Council’s website or through comment forms available in libraries and one stop shops or by post.
All 1,499 comments and suggestions made during the consultation were considered by members of the Cabinet and a number of the suggestions have been incorporated in the revised budget proposals which were formally approved by the Cabinet yesterday.
“The Cabinet is responsible for presenting a budget to the Council and the draft put forward for approval have been revised following the extensive consultation which has taken place over the past few weeks” said John Pollard. “We have considered all the responses and have made a number of changes to the original proposals as a result of this feedback. We have not been able to take every suggestion on board but, where this has not been possible, we have explained the reasons for this decision.”
The unprecedented scale of the savings required means that all areas of the Council are affected by the draft proposals. However, rather than simply ‘salami slice’ every service, the authority has developed a four year plan which will help protect the three key priority areas identified by the public and Members during last year’s budget consultation. These are services for the most vulnerable in society (including vulnerable adults, children, older people and the poorest), public transport, and road repairs and maintenance.
“We were determined to focus on what Cornwall will be like in 2019, rather than what we need to cut” said John Pollard. “This budget, the Council’s strategy which underpins it, and the Business Plan which will implement it have been designed to help us to create a new organisation which will provide services for local residents”.
The recommendation will now be considered at the meeting of the full Council on Tuesday, 25 November. This meeting will be webcast.
Posted on 6 November 2014
A young artist from Truro whose colourful design of a Cornish engine house with a festive feel has been chosen by the Chairman of Cornwall Council John Wood as his 2014 official Christmas card was presented with a special prize at New County Hall this week.
All Year 6 pupils in Cornish primary schools were invited to submit designs for the Christmas card on the theme of “Cornwall Land of Granite”.
The entries were judged by Cornish artist Dick Twinney who selected the design by Lilli Heron, from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Truro, as the winner.
“It was really a pleasure judging the children’s artwork for this project” he said. “I was amazed by the many different interpretations of the chosen theme which made choosing the winners extremely difficult, especially the final five which were all excellent but in different ways. Congratulations to all the children that entered and keep up the good work art-wise.”
“I was delighted to receive such a wide variety of interpretations of the theme I had set “ said Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood. “I am very grateful to all of the children and their teachers who found the time to produce so many delightful illustrations.
“I was with Dick when he chose the winner and I am really pleased with his choice. Dave Taylor has done an excellent job in reproducing it perfectly. It really will be a pleasure distributing such a lovely card , my sincere thanks and congratulations to Lilli Heron.”
There were also four runners up who were invited to County Hall to meet with Chairman John Wood, Dick Twinney and Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
The youngsters, who were accompanied by their parents and their class teacher, are:
- James Nettleinghame, St Cleer Primary School, Liskeard
- Joshua Davis, St Mary’s Church of England School, Truro
- Tom Benyon, St Mary’s Church of England School, Truro
- Isobel Sherwood, St Mary’s School, Truro
Lilli’s winning design has been turned into a card by the Council’s Senior Graphic Designer Dave Taylor who was on hand at the presentation to show the young artist how this was done.
A selection of entries will now be displayed at County Hall throughout the festive season.
CORMAC in discussions with Nottinghamshire County Council over creation of new company to deliver highways services
Following the success of CORMAC Solutions in delivering high quality and cost effective highways services in Cornwall, senior CORMAC staff are in discussions with Nottinghamshire County Council over plans to jointly deliver their highways services from October 2015.
The CORMAC Solutions portfolio of services also extends to grounds and open spaces, design and maintenance, facilities management, supply chain and support services and construction.
The proposal, which involves the creation of a new jointly owned company to deliver highways related services, will be considered by Nottinghamshire County Council on 11 November when its Members will be asked to support the development of a business case with CORMAC. Once completed the business case will be submitted to both authorities for further consideration.
Announcing details of the proposal Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships, said this was an exciting opportunity for CORMAC, the Council and Nottinghamshire which would enable CORMAC to share its knowledge, experience and reputation in the marketplace with Nottinghamshire County Council.
“With dwindling budgets it is important that the Council makes best use of all its assets, including CORMAC”said Adam Paynter. “Continuing to support CORMAC in its endeavours to provide economic benefits to Cornwall through the exploration of business opportunities such as this, will help contribute to a reduction in the overall cost of the services CORMAC provides to Cornwall Council.”
“As well as the potential financial benefits to Cornwall and the Council, these arrangements will also ensure that best practice is shared in the local government community. Nottinghamshire County Council will see savings and better services in their area.”
The Managing Director of CORMAC Arthur Hooper is delighted at the opportunity to work with Nottinghamshire County Council. “This is a very exciting time for CORMAC” he said. “Over the past twelve months CORMAC has also been accepted onto Somerset County Council’s capital delivery framework, which allows us to bid for contracts in this area, and we have recently secured a number of surfacing contracts in the Swindon area. We are currently in discussions with a number of other local authorities regarding their future delivery options as we attempt to build on CORMAC’s recent successes.”
“The creation of the new company with Nottinghamshire will enable us to create new jobs in both Nottinghamshire and Cornwall at the same time as bringing much needed revenue back to the Council“he said.
Adding that there was a great deal of work to be done to meet the anticipated commencement date of October 2015, Adam Paynter said he was optimistic that the discussions would be positive and that any decision would be made in the best interests of the Council and the people of Cornwall.
First for Cornwall Council as Commercial Food and Safety team deliver sous-vide myth-busting training
Cornwall Council’s Commercial Food and Safety team have become the first in the country to provide a specialist sous- vide training course to enforcement staff, college tutors and business representatives.
Sous-vide, French for "under vacuum" is a cooking method where vacuum-packed food items are placed in a temperature controlled water bath for longer than normal cooking times and at a lower temperature. This cooking method is increasingly being used as it can provide a more succulent, consistent and easy to prepare product compared to conventional cooking. However as sous-vide differs from conventional cooking methods, some local businesses have been apprehensive about using it.
To address some of questions which have been raised by businesses and make sure that safe food is provided, last week members of the Council’s Commercial Food and Safety team delivered a unique training course to the invited audience which included:
- a presentation by microbiologist Andy Elliott from Public Health England explaining the science behind sous-vide
- An insight into the equipment available, provided by Clifton Food Range of Weston-Super-Mare
- An overview of Cornwall Council’s sous-vide Safer Food Better Business procedural insert, presented by Brian Edgeler, Food and Safety Officer For Cornwall Council
- A cooking demonstration comparing sous-vide and conventional cooking, by Ryan Venning accompanied by Luka Toffani from The Porthminster Beach Café.
Steven Gorniak, Senior Environmental Health Officer for Cornwall Council, explained ”this was the first course of its kind bringing together industry, local college tutors and regulatory staff in one room to discuss, learn and have hands-on experience of sous-vide.”
“We hope that this will be the first of many similar training events. I would like to thank everyone who made this course possible and also all those who attended”.
If you would like to find out more about sous-vide cooking or receive a copy of Cornwall Council’s sous-vide Safer Food Better Business insert, please contact Cornwall Council, Public Protection and Business Support, Commercial Food and Safety by emailing email@example.com or by telephoning 0300 1234 212.
Story posted 03 November 2014
This will be the fourth year that organisations across Cornwall have joined forces to run ‘Winter Wellbeing’, a campaign that aims to reduce preventable winter deaths and help those at risk of ill-health and fuel poverty.
Winter Wellbeing won the Community Action Awards run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas. The awards recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households and have helped secure increased funding for Winter Wellbeing.
Over the last three years, we’ve helped 6,200 people and reached many more with useful information and advice. This has saved 530 hospital admissions. We would really encourage anyone who struggles in the winter months, to get in touch and see if we can help.
Winter Wellbeing provides information, advice and practical help for people at risk of the effects from cold and damp housing. This includes a helpline providing advice and referrals to agencies that can help households with practical measures, access to grants and information about ways people can help themselves.
The service can be accessed through a freephone number, 0800 954 1956, operated by Community Energy Plus. The local charity and social enterprise will be providing advice about staying warm and combating damp and mould, as well as assisting vulnerable householders with applications for insulation and heating schemes.
Targeted support will also be aimed at those most at risk, identified through referrals from sources such as GPs, clinical teams, volunteers, carers, job centres, social services, pharmacies and our partners.
The campaign also produces a Winter Wellbeing Guide, full of practical advice and tips on how to make homes warmer and healthier. It is available at locations across the county including from One Stop Shops, libraries, hospitals, job centres, food banks and health centres.
Stuart Bourne, Acting Director of Public Health for Cornwall Council and Council of the Isles of Scilly, said: ‘Every year we estimate there are around 300 preventable deaths related to the cold weather. 11 per cent of households locally live in fuel poverty and cannot afford to keep warm and well, slightly above the national average of 10 per cent. Through Winter Wellbeing, we have been able to offer emergency support, but also help people make lasting changes that will improve their health for years to come with the joined up partnership approach of ‘reducing fuel poverty, improving health and progress to work’
Jeremy Rowe, Chair of Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “I am pleased that we are able to continue and expand the excellent partnership working built up over the last three winters. Together, we are seeking to help reduce the risks to people and reduce pressure on health and social care services, voluntary and community sector, as well as the emergency services this winter.”
Nicola McCheyne, Senior Manager- New Projects and Energy Policy at Community Energy Plus, said: “Rising energy costs are a major worry for householders on limited budgets so it’s vital that people who are struggling to heat their home and are at risk of becoming ill from living in a cold home can access help to stay warm and well this winter. Our achievements over the past three years have attracted national attention, but our challenge now is to secure funding to ensure that we can provide a comprehensive package of services to support the vulnerable members of our community in the winter.”
Funding comes from several partners. It is led by Public Health Cornwall Council, with support from Crisis and Care (Cornwall Council), Council of the Isles of Scilly, Inclusion Cornwall, NHS Kernow, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Community Foundation, Cornwall Rural Community Council and Age UK.
- "A huge difference mentally and physically, I am able to function and keep my independence and continue giving back to the community with my volunteer services."
- “We have a problem with damp in the property and being so cold had made it worse and aggravated my daughter’s asthma.”
- “My wife is paraplegic and it was very difficult with no hot water or heating. After help we were very grateful as my wife bathes every day as I do.”
Story posted 03 November 2014
St Eval to become first community in Cornwall to hold referendum into Neighbourhood Development Plan
People living in St Eval will become the first community in Cornwall to have the opportunity to vote on their Neighbourhood Development Plan when a formal referendum is held on Thursday, 27 November.
Local councils across the UK were given the powers to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans as part of the 2011 Localism Act. Since then more than 60 parishes across Cornwall have begun work on developing plans for their local areas.
As a Neighbourhood Planning ‘front runner’, St Eval was one of the first local councils to formally designate its parish as a Neighbourhood Area and the steering group drew on support and advice from members of Cornwall Council’s Localism Team, Planning Department, CRCC and Locality to navigate the process and produce their Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The primary driver for the parish was concern over Ministry of Defence (MoD’s) plans to sell some of its land at Trevisker. The proposal to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan was seen by both the parish council and the local community as an opportunity to shape future development in the area at the same time as safeguarding and enhancing valued characteristics.
A formal consultation was carried out on the Plan between 16 July and 27 August this year, with an independent examination taking place in September.
The last stage of the process is a referendum which is being carried out by the staff from Cornwall Council’s elections service in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government elections.
The question for voters taking part in the referendum on 27 November will be "Do you want Cornwall Council to use the neighbourhood plan for St Eval to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?".
The Notice of Referendum has been published on the Cornwall Council website, and poll cards have been sent to voters registered in the parish of St Eval. More information about the Referendum is available from Electoral Services in 01579 341234 or from the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/elections.
Julie Baker, Chair of St Eval Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group, said “We are thrilled to have reached this point as it represents almost three years of hard work by the local community and our supporters. The formal referendum will be the final step towards our objective of a balanced and sustainable neighbourhood plan which reflects our vision of future development within the parish”.
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “I congratulate the community of St Eval for all their hard work in bringing their Neighbourhood Development Plan to the finishing line. This is a significant milestone for not only the community of St Eval but Cornwall as the first plan to come to referendum. I hope this will be real spur to the other 70 plus communities in Cornwall who are developing their plans. Once through the referendum, local planning applications can be determined by locally agreed planning policies. This is Localism in action.”
A number of suggestions for savings put forward by Members, Council staff, local residents, businesses and partners during one of the most comprehensive public consultations ever held by Cornwall Council are being recommended to the Cabinet when it meets to discuss its four year budget and business plan next week.
The Council published its draft proposals for saving £196m over the next four years in September. Since then the proposals have been considered in detail by Members at meetings of the Council’s Portfolio Advisory Committees, by Council staff and at 19 public and 10 partner consultation events across Cornwall where members of the public, organisations and partners were asked for their views on where cuts and savings could be made and to come up with any suggestions for increasing income. Members of the public were also able to give their views via the Council’s website or through comment forms available in libraries and one stop shops or by post.
All 1,499 comments and suggestions made during the consultation have now been considered by members of the Cabinet and a number of the suggestions have been incorporated in the revised budget proposals which will be formally considered by the Cabinet on 5 November.
“We have had an unprecedented response to this year’s consultation, with more than 1,000 people attending the budget consultation events and hundreds more sending us their comments and suggestions via our website, through libraries and one stop shops, or by post” said Council Leader John Pollard. “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to look at the proposals and then come back to us with their views.”
The original draft budget and business plan focused on the priorities set out in the new Council Strategy to protect services for the most vulnerable in society (including vulnerable adults, children, older people and the poorest), public transport, and road repairs and maintenance. The importance of protecting these areas has also been highlighted in this year’s budget consultation where protecting the most vulnerable and roads and transport issues were at the forefront of discussions.
There were also calls for the Council to do more to generate income, manage contracts more efficiently and identify further efficiencies in areas such as management and staffing to help protect front line services where possible. All these areas are included in the revised budget proposals, which identify £29m to be delivered from income generation opportunities, and £31m savings to come from the Council’s pay bill.
“We have considered all the responses and have made a number of changes to the original proposals as a result of this feedback” said John Pollard. “We have not been able to take every suggestion on board but, where this has not been possible, we have explained the reasons for this decision.“
The main changes to the original budget proposals include:
- Increasing the Adult Social care budget by £3.8m to cover the previous year’s overspend thereby protecting services to the most vulnerable.
- Reducing the level of savings required from the Discretionary Rate Relief scheme which provides business rate relief support for charities and non profit making organisations from £800,000 to £400,000 in 2017/2018. This will help minimise the impact on charities and clubs which work with the most vulnerable people in Cornwall.
- Protecting the rural bus network which helps local residents to access education, employment and social activities across Cornwall.
- Reducing the funding to voluntary and community organisations by £400,000 to reflect the work which is taking place to reduce duplication and operating costs by sharing staff and buildings, develop a new way of commissioning services and the potential for funding from the Government’s £320m Transformation Challenge Fund.
- Increasing the efficiency savings and income from Community Safety by £413,000.
- Delaying the implementation of the School Crossing Patrols savings to enable a comprehensive risk assessment to be carried out.
- Increasing savings from waste budget by £210,000 over the four years mainly from additional income from the energy to waste contract but with some reduction to the opening hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres.
- Through working in partnership with the RNLI we have agreed a new contract which will maintain the same level of lifeguard cover on the 57 beaches supported by the Council with a reduced contribution of £950,000.
- Increasing savings from the Transport and Waste budget by £324,000 in 2017/2018. This will be delivered by savings from the development of an integrated transport network for Cornwall and improvements from vestment from the Government’s Growth Deal.
- Additional £1.7m savings from the pay bill as the result of the collective agreement in relation to contribution related pay.
- Using reserves to support the budget to allow time for the significant structural changes to be implemented and new models of service delivery to be developed. In particular this will allow additional time to work with local communities and town and parish councils to develop alternative models for libraries and help the private sector to develop a sustainable model for the tourism promotion activities led by Visit Cornwall over the longer term.
Following the meeting of the Cabinet on 5 November, the final decision will be made by Members at the meeting of the full Council on 25 November.
A Truro kebab shop which persistently breached its licensing hours over the past five years has had its premises licence revoked following a review application by Cornwall Council’s Licensing Compliance team.
During a meeting of the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee in St Austell on 29 October, councillors were told that the owners of One Stop, based in New Bridge Street in Truro, had regularly breached the licensing hours from 2009 onwards. Licensing Compliance Manager Bob Mears told the Committee that making the review application was a last resort after all efforts to work with the premises and ensure compliance had proved unsuccessful. The premises had previously received warnings in 2009 and 2011, and were given a formal caution in July 2013 before being finally prosecuted on 19 August 2014.
Following the prosecution it was felt that the only option left was to review the licence and apply for the revocation as a result of persistent breaches over the years.
Supporting the Council’s review application, Police Licensing Officer Sue Edwards said that, although an application had been made to transfer the premises licence on 4 October, the police felt that the previous owner was still involved in the day to day running of the business.
Following the hearing Mr Mears said, “The last thing the Council wants is to see a business shut down and it is disappointing that this premises saw fit to continually breach their hours. They have chosen to ignore previous help and advice, warnings and cautions and it has now reached a point where the Council and Police have been left with no option but to call for the review. “
“We are very keen to work with businesses to ensure that the law is complied with but when operators continually breach their licensed business hours we also have to consider the position of other businesses in the area that do comply and operate within the limits of their licence.”
One Stop have 21 days to submit an appeal to the decision.
Story posted 30 October 2014
One person in Cornwall who was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Hours list and three people who were all awarded the British Empire Medal were presented with their honours by Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE at special ceremony at New County Hall in Truro on Tuesday, 28 October.
The Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations.
Mrs Margaret Byrne, from Paul, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to education and the community in Mousehole and Paul.
The MBE is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community and the citation notes Margaret’s long and distinguished career in education and her energy, professionalism, determination and enthusiasm which have been of huge benefit to her local area.
The three people receiving the British Empire Medals were
- Raymond Blaker, from Penzance, for services to charity and the community in Penzance. Raymond has been involved in the community and with local charities for more than 28 years. After spending 25 years working as a traffic regulator at the bus terminal in St Ives, he retired in 2011 only to return to work six weeks later for two days a week due to popular demand. His charity work began with his local chapel in 1990 when he started fundraising to build a hospital and a school in Gambia. He then began building and refurbishing dolls houses and chess sets to raise money. Since then he has auctioned his dolls houses to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice, the Friends of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease; Help 4Heroes, the Fire Service Benevolent Fund, the Royal Marines Hassler Company and a local pre school nursery and after school club. He also makes greeting cards with local photographs to help raise money for the local RNLI and the Madron Brownies.
- Christopher Hore, Delabole, Webmaster for the Royal Naval Association, for voluntary services to veterans. Chris has worked as a volunteer for the Royal Naval Association for 15 years. During this time he designed the first RNA website and helped the RNA areas and branches to develop their own websites. He was a founder member of the Delabole branch in 1983 and has held a number of positions in the branch and the local area. He then became the RNA webmaster, supporting the design and testing of their new website and is now involved in updating the site with the latest information on a daily basis.
- Michael Watts, Penzance, for services to animal welfare and the community in Devon. Michael has been involved in charitable and voluntary work since childhood, helping to raise funds for Cancer Research at coffee mornings and summer fairs as a young boy. He became a RSPCA volunteer at the age of 14, arranging camping and day trips for children at the age of 15, and at 16 raising money for pensioners to go to the local pantomime and arranging their Christmas party. He has been an Animal Collection Officer for the RSPCA’s South Devon branch for the past 16 years, regularly working in the evenings, weekends and on his days off to rescue lost, sick and injured domestic, farm and wild animals. Among his most memorable rescues were helping to clean over 400 oiled seabirds in 2007, and rescuing 200 sheep from severe floods. Michael moved to West Cornwall in January and has now set up a Small Animal Care Unit at Humphry Davy School where he works as a Small Animal Care technician. An excellent communicator and teacher, he also has a natural talent for fund raising and was the Devon branches most successful fund raiser. In 2012 he was awarded the RSCPA’s Silver Badge for exemplary service.
Miss Rachel Tanner, from Torpoint, was also awarded a British Empire Medal for services to British interests in Kabul and to charity work, but was unable to attend the ceremony and will be presented with her award next month.
First established in 1922 to replace the Medal of the Order of the British Empire, the British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded for meritorious civil or military service. The BEM was awarded in the UK until 1992 when it fell into abeyance. The honour was then re introduced in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations when it was awarded to 293 people from across the UK in The Queen’s Birthday Honours on 16 June.
As well as receiving their awards from the Lord Lieutenant, everyone receiving a MBE or a BEM also has the opportunity to attend one of Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace Garden Parties.
“These awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the dedication and hard work provided by local volunteers who make a real difference to their communities” said Col Bolitho. “All five medallists are worthy recipients and I am honoured to have the opportunity to mark their commitment to others and thank them on behalf of the people of Cornwall”.
Cornwall’s Workplace Health programme has been recognised for its innovation, good practice and significant achievement by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
It received their highest accolade – a three-year endorsement for demonstrating sustainable and consistent health improvement outcomes. Cornwall was one of 14 organisations who were presented with their certificate by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Vice President of RSPH at the national Health and Wellbeing Awards.
The Royal Society of Public Health is an independent, multi-disciplinary charity, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. The awards are designed to highlight at national level the projects and initiatives which are positively impacting people’s lives on a daily basis. They recognise achievement in the commissioning, development and implementation of health improvement and community wellbeing strategies and initiatives.
The Workplace Health programme works with businesses across Cornwall to support them in improving the health of their workforces. Almost 200 businesses are signed up to the programme (as of March 2014) and an estimated 40,000 employees benefit from the work being done in this area.
The awards ceremony was held on 28 October in London. Claire Shelley from GE Money in Truro joined Rachel Faulkner, Workplace Health Co-ordinator, and Matt Lenny, Head of Social Marketing for Public Health in Cornwall, to represent the Workplace Health team.
Councillor John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, was delighted to hear about the award. He says: ‘The Healthy Workplace scheme is an asset to the businesses of Cornwall and it is good news that it has been recognised in this way. The work the team does, supporting companies to focus on the health and wellbeing of their employees, not only improves the health of those members of staff who take healthy options available to them, but also saves the companies themselves money. Staff absences are reduced, which result in efficiencies, reduced costs for agency staff, and improved staff motivation and morale.’
Businesses involved in the Workplace Health programme have introduced a variety of options to support their staff, ranging from stop smoking support, wellbeing assessments and NHS health checks, food box deliveries, and various workshops including mental health awareness, stress in the workplace, and lower back pain prevention. Also offers including reduced rate sport or gym membership, and signup for online healthy weight programmes.
Rachel Faulkner, the Workplace Health Co-ordinator, together with Rose Knuckey, Assistant Co-ordinator, offers support to businesses, and runs the Healthy Workplace awards, an accreditation scheme giving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to companies which have reached certain standards in their provision for staff.
A further award, Mentor level, has been introduced in the last year, for companies which have been at Gold level for a year already, and are prepared to mentor other organisations coming up through the scheme. GE Money, YMCA Cornwall and BT Truro have been awarded Mentor level, and there are currently 18 Gold, four Silver and three Bronze award holders.
If you think your organisation or business could get involved with the Healthy Workplaces Scheme, then visit the website at www.behealthyatwork.org. You will find case studies of local businesses taking part in the programme, and examples of what you could do. There is a contact form on the website to find out more information or to sign up.
Statistics from the CIPD in 2011 show that sickness absence costs companies on average £673 annually per employee, and some companies in the scheme have reported savings of over £20,000 over a year, in agency staff costs. The next awards ceremony will be on Monday 9 February 2015. It is a great place to meet other companies already involved in the programme and share ideas. Any interested organisations are welcome to attend; more details will follow on the website.
Photo: (l to r) Claire Shelley, GE Money; Rachel Faulkner, Workplace Health Coordinator, Public Health Cornwall; Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Vice President of RSPH; Matt Lenny, Head of Social Marketing, Public Health Cornwall
Story posted on 30 October 2014
An enthusiastic day of washing cars at New County Hall in Truro this week, led by the Chairman of Cornwall Council John Wood and supported by Dales Seat and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, has raised more than £650 for Kernow Young Carers.
The car wash was the first in a series of fund raising events organised by a group of Cornwall Council staff and young carers set up following the Chairman’s decision to adopt Kernow Young Carers as his official charity.
The car washing team, which included staff from Cornwall Council and Action for Children, young carers and their families, crews from Truro and Helston fire stations, volunteers and service users from the Echo Centre in Liskeard and , of course. Council Chairman John Wood, washed 58 cars between 10 am and 4pm, raising an impressive £657.84 during the day. The event was sponsored by Dales Seat, who provided the car washing equipment.
“A brilliant effort and my sincere thanks to everyone who gave of their time and to all those kind people who paid to have their car washed”. said John Wood. “My chosen charity really has struck an accord with everyone I come in contact with so hopefully we will be able to ‘make a difference’ to the lives of many children”.
Angela Andrews, Senior Commissioning Manager from the Council’s Education, Health and Social Care Directorate said everyone had had great fun washing cars in return for donations towards Kernow Young Carers.
“A huge thank you to everyone who took part and supported our young carers in Cornwall” she said. “It is important that children and young people are supported in situations where they take on caring roles to enjoy positive childhoods where they are able to learn, be safe, achieve, develop friendships and enjoy positive, healthy childhoods just like other children so they can aspire to achieve their full potential.
“This week’s car wash event was a really good start for the young carers. We had a lot of help, especially from the Fire Service, Action for Children and young carers, Council staff, volunteers and service users from the Echo Centre and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts.”
One of those taking part in the event was Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said “My thanks to all those who gave up their time to wash so many cars and raise over £600 for young carers in Cornwall. It was great to see different Cornwall Council departments come together and help raise this money”.
While there are currently 588 known carers in Cornwall, Census statistics suggests that the true figure is nearer to 4,000 with 1,217 young people aged 0 – 15 providing unpaid care, and a further 2,682 aged 16 to 24. Many young carers do not come forward as they see nothing unusual about their role and its part in their family life.
Other events which are being planned by the fund raising group include a Donation raffle on 25 November; a best dressed office competition in December; an online cryptic quiz being staged during January; a black and gold day in February when staff and Members will pay £1 to wear the Cornish colours for the day; a “Goodwill” bank event in March where staff and members can donate skills or some of the time which others can then “purchase”; a cake and bake sale in April and a sponsored bike ride along cycle trails across Cornwall during the May half term.
Story posted on 29 October 2014
Music for Youth came to Truro to welcome 2,000 primary school children from across Cornwall to two Primary Prom concerts on Friday 17 October. Taking place at the Hall for Cornwall, Truro, audiences listened to energetic and inspiring performances by their peers from their region.
Primary Prom concerts embody the dynamism of what is unique about young musicians. The concerts have an atmosphere that is unparalleled to many events taking place at the Hall – when the majority of the audience is aged 11 and under and the performers are all 21 and under - you can understand why! The excitement and energy in the concerts from both the performers and audiences was exhilarating to hear – from the first rapturous applause from the audience to the polished performances by these talented young musicians.
The concerts aim to inspire a new generation of young people to take up music through watching the achievements of their peers - to wonder whether they could one day do the same on these stages... and be motivated to learn something new – whether it be a new piece of music, in a new style, using different instrumentation. Accompanying the concerts are resources for their teachers to help navigate the programme and look out for key aspects of the music being performed.
The concert began with an energetic performance by No Poets Hear, a 15 piece ensemble from Humphry Davy School who opened with the Special’s classic ska song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’. Other ensembles performing on the day were Penzance Youth Wind Band, Canzonetta (Choir from St Joseph’s School in Launceston) and the Penzance Youth String Orchestra.
“The fact that all the performers in this concert were young people was particularly inspiring for the young audience.’ said Tanya Moore, Manager of the Cornwall Music Education Hub. ‘It really made them realise that they too could become accomplished musicians and perform on that stage one day!’
And finally, what is great about our Primary Proms, is that everyone is a musician and a performer. In all the concerts, the audience had the opportunity to shine as well, with all the performances ending with a finale of song and action.
Did a new generation of potential musicians return to their schools last week after their experiences?… time will tell.
A short video from the event can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xXPE17KBU
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