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.
Students from Saltash.net Community School will ‘pass out’ on Friday 05 December 2014 at Saltash Community Fire Station.
The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.
Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Saltash.net Community Schoolhave shown great enthusiasm in participating in all aspects of the programme. We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Saltash.net Community School have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance.”
The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13-17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.
“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service.” said Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds. Once again it’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators as they grow in confidence.”
Story posted 05 December 2014
Tia Joslyn, the Youth MP for Cornwall Mid and Tabitha Wethers, the Youth MP for Cornwall East joined more than 250 elected members of the Youth Parliament at a national debate in the House of Commons.
The 285 11 to 18-year-olds discussed the living wage, work experience, the voting age and a range of other issues chosen by a ballot of 876,488 young people, of which over 2000 young people from Cornwall took part.
The event marks the start of Parliament Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness about politics and democracy in the UK with this year’s focus on encouraging political engagement in young people. More than 300 organisations, including charities, schools, museums and community groups are involved in the programme of events.
“Having never visited Parliament before, it was a hugely exciting moment when we walked into the Chamber, and sat down on the green benches which are enriched with history” said Tia Joslyn. ”The debates were so insightful and it was incredible to listen to so many passionate young people.
“If you watched this event, you must agree that it's impossible to say young people are disinterested in political affairs. The winning campaigns were increasing the living wage and improving mental health services - two extremely worthy causes.”
Tabitha Wethers added “The House of Commons really reminds me of how great young people have and continue to be great and getting involved with politics, and it really shows how interested and passionate they are about improving not only their local communities, but nationally try to make change.”
The votes cast for the other topics were:
- Everyone should be paid at least the Living Wage: 156;
- Votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections: 117;
- Better work experience and careers advice: 78;
- Bring back exam resits in English and Maths: 33;
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP, who attended the debate, said: “We have seen Britain’s young people at their best – informed, articulate and passionate. You have demonstrated what Parliament and politics can be at its very best”.
Speaking on the topic of improving mental health services, the young person who introduced the winning debate, Francesca Reed, from the South West, said “The bottom line is that mental health issues affect every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly through supporting a friend, and therefore we need mental health education to a be a compulsory part of the curriculum, and we need to be consulted on how mental health services should be improved.”
Story posted 08 December 2014
Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards officers have teamed up with Age UK to provide free electric blanket testing this month. And as well as protecting homes officers will also be on hand to protect people’s wallets as well with advice on getting the best deals on electricity and gas bills.
Jane Tomlinson, Trading Standards Manager, explained “Whenever we run these free testing sessions we find that over a third of the electric blankets are unsafe. Electric faults can easily lead to overheating, house fires and electric shock and with the blankets usually being tucked away out of sight for most of the year it is important that they are checked before being used again.”
Staff from Age UK and Trading Standards are holding four safety sessions at Age UK Day Centres across Cornwall between Thursday 4 December and Wednesday, 10 December. People are being encouraged to drop in for a coffee and chat while their electric blanket is being tested. There will also be a wide range of other useful advice and information available, including the advice on getting the best deal on energy bills.
The safety sessions are to be held between 10am and 2pm at:
- St Austell Day Centre on Thursday 4 December
- Falmouth Day Centre on Friday 5 December
- Truro Day Centre on Monday 8 December, and
- Newquay Day Centre on Wednesday 10 December
For more information about the sessions please call 01872 266388
Worried about those Christmas tree lights? We can test those for you too………..just bring them along to one of the sessions.
Story posted 02 December 2014
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