Community Newsletter 25th October 2021

St Breward Band – Back in Concert Saturday 30th October

St Breward Band and Bugle Band will be holding a combined Concert in Bugle Village Hall New Street Bugle St Austell PL26 8PG on Saturday evening 30th October, commencing 7.30pm.
Entrance is free with donations to Cancer Research.
More information from Band Secretary Samantha Baker    07774 655155


Quiz Evening and Grand Draw at The Old Inn Friday 12th November

Quiz starts at 8pm, Quiz Master Trevor Sleep. Book your table at The Old Inn 01208 850711
Quiz Night Raffle prizes include vouchers for Golfat St.Kew, and goods from Woolacott’s, Barnecutt’s and local Supermarkets.                 The Charity Grand Draw for Parkinson’s UK will also be drawn during the evening

Health and Well Being Project; Seetec Pluss

Positive People offers a lifeline to people who are not in work to build confidence and hope.

Have fun, get involved… we offer people a chance to get involved in their communities and have fun through a range of activities

Live the life you want. Achieve your aspirations.    


SeetecPluss supports people of working age to develop
skills, move forward with life and find the
career of their choice.

They are specialists in work, wellbeing, health
and disability.
They work with a range of funders to offer
personalised support for individuals.
They also work with hundreds of employers
across the county and beyond.     

To find out more about either project, please contact:                                                                                           Natalie Brown     on 07341 004930




Cornwall Council Covid-19 updates August 2020


  • Changes to the Planning System 2020 – Recording of the briefing session

If you couldn’t attend Cornwall Council’s briefing session on 18 August about the Government’s recent and proposed changes, you can:

View a recording of the session online                                                                              Download a copy of the presentation slides                                                             Download the questions and answers from the session


  • Planning for the Future – Government consultation paper on the changes to the planning system

The Government has published a white paper called Planning for the Future which is a consultation paper on changes to the planning system. It is aimed at streamlining and modernising the planning process with a new focus on design and sustainability to ensure that more land is available for development where it is needed. The consultation closes on 29 October 2020.                                                                                                                The Government has also published a further document on short-term measures which includes changes to the standard method for assessing local housing. The consultation for this document closes on the 1 October 2020.                          Cornwall Council’s Planning team has produced a briefing note summarising the key proposals

Preventing exploitation of children and young adults

A new three-year  strategy to prevent the exploitation of children and young adults aged up to 25 has been launched in Cornwall.

Exploitation is where someone takes unfair advantage of others to gain something for themselves. It occurs when a person is persuaded to do things in exchange for something that they need or want (coercion), or threatened or forced to do things by people with more power than them – this can be someone of a similar age to the child or young adult being exploited, as well as an adult.
There’s more information, including how to report any concerns on Cornwall Council’s website.

Stay alert, be COVID aware

There’s a  new film  from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection team with safety tips to help visitors, residents and local business prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep Cornwall safe.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

There’s still time for local councils, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund for projects that aim to tackle and raise awareness of loan sharks. But you’ll need to be quick as the deadline for applications is midnight on 31 August. 

The fund is formed of money seized from illegal money lenders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. For the first time this year joint applications are being accepted from up to four groups, which means a potential total grant of up to a maximum of £20,000 to fund a joint project.

You can find out more and download an application form from Anyone who is interested in applying for a grant but needs more information can contact Dave Monk, LIAISE Officer, on 07864 928758 or


Update from Cormac

Cormac Highways & Environment teams are gradually getting back to normal after scaling back their work activities due to government COVID-19 guidelines.

Highways:  initial focus is on the maintenance of the main routes. Surfacing, surface dressing and some site-based programmes started at the beginning of June. They are also keen to take advantage of lower traffic volumes and public footfall in some areas, as this minimises disruption for everyone, particularly local residents and businesses.

They will be carrying out essential surface dressing across the county over the next few months. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation they won’t currently be posting letters to individual households. Signs will be put up well in advance to notify local residents of the need to move parked cars to allow the work to be done without any delays.  Roads often have to be closed to provide enough room for works to be carried out safely.

Verge management: this year, Cormac have reviewed their programmes and have significantly reduced the areas of rural verges cut. Like many councils across the country, they cut highway grass in rural areas for’safety reasons only’, to preserve visibility for road users and to provide a safe space for pedestrians. This allows Cormac to fulfil safety requirements while fully committing to protecting wildlife and the wider environment.

Keeping updated: the highways updates are posted on the Cormac website programming pages so that you can see what’s happening in your area and when.

Staying connected: Cormac wish to ensure that communication line are kept open so that problems can be reported and dealt with. To report a highway or footpath problem (including potholes) please contact the highway services and fault reporting . 

To read the whole newsletter from Cormac, please click here.


Citizens Advice, Cornwall: Newsletter

Citizens Advice Cornwall  is asking  for your opinion on how to improve  their services in the longer term. Their Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:

“We know the demand for independent, accurate and free advice is going to massively increase after the lockdown and it’s vital that people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have somewhere to turn to. That’s why it’s essential we start planning now.”

How You Can Help
Citizens Advice is part of the community and we need your suggestions about how we can reach more people in your area. We can consider running more outreach services, making use of technology to deal with more cases online or via webchat and social media, finding new ways to reach more remote rural areas and making sure people know how to access our services.
We may need to recruit new volunteers but we need to find safe places for them to work and to meet clients confidentially. Our annual budget is reducing so are there any ways you or organisations you work with might be able to support us? Email your comments to

For further details and to read the whole newsletter, please click here

Contacting Citizens Advice   Although our offices and outreach operations are closed during the Covid19 restrictions, we are still continuing to offer our services to the public:     

Text ADVICE to 78866 or for debt issues, text DEBT to 78866 and we’ll call you back within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

Call us on 03444-111444 Mondays to Fridays between 10am and 4pm

Check our website at for useful, up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects and to take part in a webchat session.                                                                         

Inclusion Cornwall Newsletter 12th June

Cornwall Council’s Early Years teams have created a new guide for preparing children for Early Years transitions, such as starting reception. There is support for parents and carers, as well as information and advice for settings and other professionals. There are resources for all children with specialist and targeted information for children with SEND. Visit

Ban on evictions extended by 2 months to further protect renters Find out more

Cornwall-based Shallal Studios has been awarded emergency funding for Picture Post, a new art activity project linking isolated artists during COVID-19, partnering with Project Ability to build a creative community. A weekly activity pack with ideas and inspiration for making art will be available to download via the Picture Post website.  Shallal Studios is encouraging people to get involved with the project online.

DEVON and CORNWALLDWP have updated their resource sheets aimed at people facing redundancy. Access them here