Wednesday, 28 April 2010

£25,000 for Perranuthnoe Improvements!

Villagers in Perranuthnoe are celebrating an injection of £25,000 to fund a major revamp for their Church Room, creating a home for a wide variety of community groups. A public meeting is being held in the parish church at 7.15pm on Friday, April the 30th to showcase the planned improvements and residents are invited to share their ideas for the new activities which could take place in the building.

The £25,000 will pay for improvements to disabled access, a hearing loop, damp-proofing and a redesign of the kitchen area and numerous small details which will make a big difference especially to the very young, the elderly and the disabled members of the community.

Coby Llewellyn, Church Treasurer explains, “We are fortunate to have a very active community in Perranuthnoe. It’s a relatively small space, but this funding, coupled with some very creative ideas put forward by local people, means that we can turn the Church Room into a comfortable, flexible space; a real focal point for village life.”

The villagers raised the first £2,700 through its popular Open Gardens event, volunteers then applied to the Church and Community Fund who granted £5,000 and to the Big Lottery Fund who granted the maximum £10,000. Villagers were delighted with these grant awards and the final piece of the jigsaw was found from Church reserves and generous private donations.

Volunteer, Katie Kirk, said “These projects only work if everyone brings a little something to the table – be it knowledge, time, ideas, energy or finance. Last year villagers turned out to a really useful consultation event and gave us their ideas for improvements to the fabric of the building. Now the building plans are finalised we are inviting people to share their ideas once again, looking towards the new activities that could take place once the build-work has been completed.”

Ideas already suggested include art classes, a photography club (already under way), keep fit, relaxation and gentle exercise, computer classes, games nights, a book club and music rehearsals, but if readers have any new ideas, please contact Katie Kirk before the meeting on PZ 710907 or email

Michael Ball, Church Warden said “We have had tremendous support from so many people in the village and we would like to thank all those who open their gardens to the public each summer, the people who make and serve all the refreshments, the washer-uppers, the stall holders and raffle-sellers, the people who’ve designed the project as well as those individuals who’ve quietly given financial donations.”

The presentation on Friday 30th will be short with plenty of time afterwards for people to view the plans and actively share their ideas over a cup of tea.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Cabin Planning - Third application

A new proposal has been submitted for the cabin. The last one has been withdrawn. The Parish Council, for some reason, has not been sent copies of the application even though it was registered on 23rd March. However, I popped down to St Clare this morning and the receptionist very kindly made copies for me. These are available for viewing at Churchtown House. I welcome anyone to come and take a look. Please give me a call first on 07812 653 348.

The plans differ from the last in that there is now a staff toilet included. In addition foul drainage is now connected to the mains via a new pumping arrangement on the Cliff House development and the new Cornish hedge is now approximately 1.25 metres high on the roadside (90cm on cabin side). Other than that, on a very swift perusal, the plans appear to remain the same as the second incarnation. Opening hours 8am - 8pm.

As always, letters of support or objection should be addressed to planning at St Clare with, ideally, a copy to me. The Parish Council is trying to arrange a special meeting to discuss this as the consultation period is 8th - 29th April. This period falls directly between the monthly meetings so unless a special meeting can be arranged Parish views cannot be expressed.

I notice that on another thread there are a number of anonymous views, both in support of and objecting to this proposal. Can I urge those people to express their views in writing? If you feel strongly enough to express yourself on the website, isn't it worth exercising your democratic rights by making your views known to the Parish Council?

Hope to hear from everyone who has a view - for, or against!

Please note that as the previous applications were withdrawn, any letters sent regarding the application are now filed away. New letters will have to be written.



Sunday, 4 April 2010

Key Found

If anyone has lost a key in the Perranuthnoe area please tel 01736 710565