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Gwennap Church


Diamond Jubilee Fete

The Gwennap Parish Community Fete committee is putting the finishing touches to plans for the Diamond Jubilee Fete, which will be held at The Richard Jory Playing Field, Pulla Cross, on Saturday 2nd June 2012. Amongst the many attractions will be free ice creams and drinks for children, free fair ground rides, children's fancy dress competition, Lanner Silver Band, raffle and many other stalls and games.

Commemorative mugs celebrating the Jubilee will also be presented to children on the day.

Fully Sussed event a success

The recent 'Fully Sussed' mountain bike event held at Wheal Maid was a great success, with many bikers turning out to race in what was wonderful sunny conditions. Below is a video of highlights from the day.

New parish councillor

Following the resignation of Cllr Squibb, David Lanyon of Crofthandy was elected unopposed as a Parish Councillor for Gwennap Parish Council.

Crime figures drop

PC Charlie Staines reported to the Parish Council that just two crimes had been recorded in the parish between 18th June 2009 and 23rd July 2009. This was a reduction on the five recorded for the same period in 2008.

Devon and Cornwall police have information about the police officers that serve the parish and their priorities for the parish on their website here.

New chairman for the Parish Council

The Parish Council has unanimously elected Cllr Kevin Furnish to be its new chairman. Cllr Ray Humble was elected to the post of vice-chairman.

New floodlights for the playing field

In January's Parish Council meeting the Council resolved to replace the existing floodlights on the playing field. The new lights will be more efficient, reducing the electricity bills incurred when they are used.

The lights are used during evening training sessions by Frogpool & Cusgarne football club.

Chairman's report

Following the monthly Parish Council meetings the Chairman, Irvin Herbert, compiles a report which gets published in the West Briton (Truro & Redruth editions). We are now publishing this report on the website, so making it more widely accessible.

Parish precept down 3% for 2009/2010

It was resolved at December's Parish Council meeting to accept a 3% reductions in the precept for the next financial year. The Precept is the portion of the Council Tax paid to the Parish Council annually and is put towards the cost of work carried out on the maintenance of footpaths/bridlepaths and the Playing Field, clearing litter from the Parish roads and emptying the rubbish bins along with other Council business.

This reduction comes having kept the precept unchanged for the last four years.

Councillors felt that some reduction was necessary in view of the current financial climate. In view of the likely large capital spend on the Portakabin replacement, it was not considered possible to cut the precept by anymore than this amount, but it was felt that any reduction in parishioners outgoings would be welcomed.

Police surgeries taking place in Gwennap

Following successful police surgeries taking place in other areas of Cornwall, we are now starting to have similar police surgeries in Gwennap parish. These will take place 30 minutes prior to the monthly Parish Council meetings, with the first surgery taking place on 18th December at 6:30pm. This will be at Frogpool Chapel Rooms.

These surgeries will be hosted by PC Charlie Staines, the beat manager for this area. He will be assisted by PCSO Paul Woodward.

The surgeries are your chance to bring particular issues you have to the attention of the police. You will have the chance to talk one-to-one with police officers if you need to bring up any private issues.

Phillip Roscorla welcomed onto the Council

Following another round of adverts inviting applications for co-option onto the Council, it was decided to invite Phillip Roscorla of Frogpool to join the Parish Council.

Mr Roscorla signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office at the Parish Council meeting on 27th November and was welcomed to the Council.

New benches around the parish

New bench The Parish Council has recently replaced a number of seats in the Parish. Most are in memory of individuals who have worked to make the Parish a better place to be. Some have been placed to offer a comfortable seat in a convenient place. This work has benefited the entire community from Crofthandy to Frogpool to Gwennap. The Council has also refurbished areas of grass to be more stable for foot traffic, relocated errant roadsigns and repaired/ renewed bus shelters.

Parish tree warden scheme

Do you have an interest in Trees? The Parish Council have been asked by the County Council to nominate a person or persons as the Parish Tree Warden(s).

What does being a Parish Tree Warden involve?

  • You do not need to be an expert
  • An information pack and training is available from the County Council
  • You would gather information and do local tree surveys
  • You would give advice
  • You would raise awareness of any tree(s) under threat
  • Unfortunately, you wouldn�t get paid � it�s a voluntary role!

If you are interested, please write or e-mail the Clerk of the Council.

New Councillor wanted!

The parish council have a vacancy for a new councillor. Do you want to make a contribution to your local community? Have you any interests or skills that could add to the way the council operates? Could you discuss problems from different geographical areas with equal consideration?

The council meets for monthly meetings in the evenings with the occasional day event. If you are interested then write to the Clerk, Alan Blamey, before 25th September 2008 at 1 St Aubyns Terrace, Pulla Cross, Truro TR4 8RZ. Alternatively by email to

Gwennap residents vote for landfill closure

Thank you to all residents that took the time to reply to the letter in our summer newsletter regarding the offer of money by SITA in exchange for an extension to the life of the landfill.

Of the 75 replies, 50 were against the proposal and 25 in favour. The Parish Council has informed the County Council that it did not want the proposed extension. This decision was echoed by both neighbouring Parish Councils at Caharrack and St Day.