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Project to explore history of old Redruth brewery site is launched

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:29

Image attached courtesy of John Baughan 

A community history project is launching this September to explore, gather and share the stories of Redruth and in particular the old brewery site which will be the home of the Heritage Lottery Funded Kresen Kernow, the new archive centre for Cornwall.

The Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place, Redruth will play host to the community history project’s launch at 5pm on Friday 12 September. 

The team will also be on hand to give out information about the project at Redruth Community Centre on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 September, 10am-3pm, as part of Redruth’s Mining and Pasty festival where there will be a display about the history of the area, and free guided tours around the perimeter of the Brewery. On Friday 12 September representatives of Azook’s project (another Heritage Lottery Funded initiative) will also be in attendance at the Community Centre with their mobile digitisation studio.

Iain Rowe, participation officer on the Kresen Kernow project says:“We are interested in hearing from anyone who was linked with, or has stories, memories, photos or film footage of, the Brewery, as well as the knitwear and bacon factories, Penventon Park, hotel and nightclub, as well as any information relating to the fuse works, foundry, bone and saw mills, or even rugby on the Brewery Field.”

Cascade, a Cornish educational theatre company, is leading the project. Kit Maher, Cascade’s artistic director, said “We are proud to be part of this project. Cascade has been running community projects for 20 years and is well placed to provide an exciting series of creative events in Redruth. Cascade's aim is to share, spread and celebrate the stories of Redruth and in particular those relating to the old brewery site.  There is a huge wealth of history and many tales to be told about the old brewery site and Cascade is passionate about unearthing as much as possible and celebrating the amazing past of Redruth. If you have any stories to share, reminiscences to repeat or you just want to join in the fun then come along and see what’s going on.”

Azook’s Richard Trant says: “We are keen to introduce to all those interested in the memories and heritage of Cornwall captured by camera, cine film and audio recording over the last 100 years and more. We are interested in seeing any material that may be hidden in your attic or garage, or your own memories. We can digitally preserve these memories and record interviews in our Mobile Digitisation Studio.”

For more information, or to book a tour, please contact Iain Rowe at or on 01872 323127. You can also find out up to date information on Facebook at or on the Kresen Kernow website pages.


Story posted 05 September 2014

Categories: Cornwall

'A Hard Rock Life!' mining exhibition opens at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:29

Miners eating pasties, c1895. Courtesy of the Cornish Studies Library

It’s ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place Redruth this September, as the library’s new exhibition about mining in Cornwall opens on Friday September 12 to tie in with Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival.

The exhibition looks at the lives of those working in Cornwall’s mines, predominantly in the 19th century, including bal-maidens and children. Documents will be on display related to some of the terrible mining disasters which occurred, including the official report into the Levant Mine disaster. The exhibition will also feature material related to Cornish migration, including letters and posters.

On Saturday September 13 Dandy/Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan will be at the library leading ‘Mini Mining Cartoon Masterclasses’ Drop into the Library at any time between 10am and 2pm to join in the fun, and you can also contribute to our massive mining scene! 

Kim Cooper, Principal Librarian at the Cornish Studies Library, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Nick back for another brilliant cartoon workshop, this time inspired by our mining exhibition. Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival gives us a great opportunity to participate in events in the town, as well as showing off our fantastic mining collections, which are designated as having international importance.”

For further information, telephone the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216760. ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ will be on at the Cornish Studies Library until September 30 during regular opening hours.


Story posted 05 September 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth hold alcohol awareness event

Corwall Council News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:32

As part of Safer Cornwall’s multi-agency campaign ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ tackling issues surrounding alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour, Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth teamed up to open the Old Boots Store in Fore Street Redruth on 20 August to provide advice on alcohol and healthy living. 

Addaction were on hand providing specialist advice and guidance and the Health Promotion Service provided free Health Checks to the 40+ age group and general lifestyle information with the support of volunteers from Healthy Redruth.  Questions and Answers CIC were also available to promote a new project called ‘Local Jobs for Local People’.

Officers from the Police, town and Cornwall Councillors, Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team and community volunteers also undertook a walkabout around the town centre speaking with businesses and members of the public, delivering community bulletins and noting any issues to address.

Helen Page from Healthy Redruth said ‘It was a really interesting day and we spoke to lots of different people. Healthy Redruth was keen to be involved as alcohol can have such a huge impact on our lives and health. We spoke to groups of young people who had fun with the beer goggles and learned how to keep themselves safe on a night out. We also spoke to a man who had started drinking alcohol at 8am that morning and wanted to get help to change. We gave out lots of unit cups and alcohol calorie counters. Did you know that a bottle of wine contains the same amount of calories as 3 Mars Bars? Or 3 large bottles of lager is the same as a Big Mac and fries?’

Sue Clark the Operations Manager Specialist Services for Addaction Cornwall said “Addaction staff were available throughout the day and were pleased to engage with a number of younger people providing information on YZUP (Addaction’s Young People’s Service)”  The phone contact for YZUP is 0333 200 0325.

Sarah Necke, a Community Safety Officer from Cornwall Council said “It was a great opportunity for Safer Cornwall to align their ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ campaign with the goals of Healthy Redruth and our partner agencies.  The multi-agency walkabout speaking with members of the public and businesses was a positive experience and enabled us to talk with the community about any concerns they had in relation to crime or anti-social behaviour in their area, which will be tackled wherever possible by Safer Redruth.”

Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information and advice on the Safer Cornwall website.

Story posted 04 September 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Council sets out draft budget proposals

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:14

Cornwall Council has today published its proposals for saving £196m over the next four years and is asking members of the public, partner organisations and staff to give their views on the draft budget and come forward with any other ideas for saving money.

The Council's aim is to strengthen its 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 authority is seeking to devolve at least £34m of services to town and parish councils and to work on integrating services currently run by government departments, the NHS, voluntary and community sectors and Cornwall Council.

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 are determined to focus on what Cornwall will be like in 2019, rather than what we need to cut” said Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard.

“Budgetary constraints and the changing nature of Local Government require a different approach and, as we said last year, we want to build a resilient and sustainable Cornwall and not simply reduce the services we provide.

“To this end we have worked with Councillors, officers and partners to develop this budget, the Council’s strategy which underpins it, and a Business Plan which will implement it.  Our commitment is to create a leaner, more resourceful organisation that delivers essential council services in the most efficient and effective way.  This also means having the courage to make some extremely difficult decisions.

“At the same time we have been pressing the Government to change the way local government is funded to give Cornwall a fairer share of the money it allocates to councils to provide services.  We currently receive less than half the money per head of population than that given to Hackney and if we were funded in the same way as an average urban council we would receive an additional £48m a year.  We are continuing to have discussions with Ministers over the need to recognise the cost of providing services to people in Cornwall and have recently sent a submission to the Independent Commission set up to look at this issue setting out how we think the system should be reformed.”

Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said “Over the past few months we have looked closely at everything we do to see how we can protect services by becoming more efficient and changing the way the Council is run.  We started with the money we spend on ourselves and have already identified more than £30 million of savings through a radical restructure of senior management, reducing the use of consultants and agency staff by 59%, and a local pay agreement with staff.  This work is continuing, with further savings due to come from ongoing restructuring and the sale of surplus buildings, but the sheer scale of the savings we need to make means we cannot rely on these actions alone. “

"We are looking to work much more closely with the rest of the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.  We will be seeking to integrate our services and to share support functions and buildings wherever possible.  But we know that front line services will also be hit and so we have worked with elected members, with partners and with the public to understand where they feel savings can be made and which services should be protected."

“However we are also looking to the future and to developing the skills, jobs and infrastructure that Cornwall needs.  We persuaded the Government to allow decisions on spending our European funding to be made in Cornwall, and we have seen significant Government investment in our rail, air and road links. We are also investing £50 million in match funding for the next round of the EU convergence programme."

“The draft budget proposals include some things which we would want to do regardless of the need to make savings.  These include further reducing the number of buildings and working more closely with partners to share costs.  Others are savings we would prefer not to have to make and which we know will have a significant impact on the people who use these services.  But, faced with the need to save £196m from our budget , we have very little choice.

“However even implementing all these proposals will still leave us with a £6 million shortfall and this figure could rise depending on Government funding decisions.  We have already ruled out a number of options as unacceptable in the current circumstances and, rather than have to revisit them in the future, are asking people to come forward with any ideas on areas for savings we might have missed or where we could go further than we are currently suggesting.

The draft budget proposals are based around four key areas:

  • Working with staff to reduce the pay bill – including further restructuring and the transfer of staff to new models of delivery and arm’s length companies
  • New models of delivery – including integrating health and social care services; devolving further services to town and parish councils and community and voluntary groups (eg libraries ); creating trusts and partnerships to deliver services such as culture and tourism, and seeking external partners for services such as parking. 
  • Management improvements – including delivering more services digitally and through the website; reducing administrative costs in areas such as IT and postage; more effective procurement and contract management and sharing buildings with partners and community groups;
  • Increasing income – taking a more commercial approach in areas such as public protection, licensing, planning, and waste.

“We recognise that many people will be concerned at the impact of some of these proposals but the stark truth is we cannot protect services and save £196m by continuing in the same way” said Alex Folkes.  “We have to become more efficient and change the way we run the Council.  By doing this we can support key services for vulnerable children and adults, and help people who are struggling to make ends meet by maintaining council tax support.   We will also be supporting the bus network and continuing to fix potholes and maintain our roads.

“We now want to hear the views of people in Cornwall on these proposals.  We are holding 20 public meetings during October  so people can give us their views on the proposals and any new ideas”.

Following today’s publication of the draft budget, the proposals will be considered in detail by the Council’s Portfolio Advisory Committees during September. 

As well as the public meetings in October there is also an online form where people can give their views and make any suggestions. -

This consultation will close on 29 October.

All the comments and suggestions made by members of the public and partners will then be used to produce a revised draft which will be discussed by the Cabinet on 5 November and then the full Council on 22 November when the final decision will be made. 

You can read more detailed information in the following documents:

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