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Friday 05 August 2011
Beacon LNR Green Flag Award - Four Years in a Row!

Celebrating Green Flag Award 2011
Celebrating the Green Flag 2011 Award at the Beacon
at the Beacon LNR
The Beacon LNR (Local Nature Reserve) has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the fourth consecutive year!

The Beacon covers in excess of 87 acres of land and lies at the heart of Bodmin and is jointly owned and managed in partnership by Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council and with the valuable input of the community representatives who participate in the Beacon Management Advisory Group.

Launched in 1996, the Green Flag Award is the nationally recognised standard for Parks and Open Spaces that recognises achievements in management and development of green spaces.

This year, there were seven Green Flag Award winners in Cornwall, only three of which are in the North Cornwall area (Bodmin Beacon, Bude Canal and Marshes and Kit hill in Callington).

In order to be recognised applicants must meet minimum standards for site presentation and be able to demonstrate good systems and procedures for management and development. The Beacon was judged by two Green Flag assessors who spent the afternoon on the site, asking numerous questions of Officers from both the Town Council and Cornwall Council. The Chairman of the Beacon Management Advisory Group was also on hand to experience the judging process and to deal with questions regarding the involvement and input of volunteers at the Beacon.

Retaining the Green Flag Award is a fantastic achievement as it is notoriously difficult to maintain the momentum with which to continue to satisfy the judging criteria and improve year-on-year.

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. Retaining the Green Flag for a further year is a reflection of the hard work that goes into managing the site and the progress that has been made in developing the site under the Higher Level Stewardship Agreement from Natural England.

Councillor Ken Stubbs, Chairman of the Council’s Properties Committee said, ‘this award demonstrates what an asset the Beacon is for the town and how important and valuable this area of open space is to the local community. The Beacon continues to offer wildlife a habitat rich environment in which to thrive and the people of Bodmin a nature reserve to enjoy and explore on their doorstep.’

Further information on the Green Flag Award Scheme can be found on the Keep Britain Tidy website www.keepbritaintidy.org.uk
 
Pictured above: Bodmin Deputy Mayor K Stubbs with children from St Mary's School, Coralie Barrow, Countryside Officer and David Ferris, Chairman of the Beacon Management Advisory Group.

 


Wednesday 27 July 2011
Return of Bodmin Market on the Folly a great success

Event Manager Sarah Horne with
Bodmin Market on the Folly official opening 2011
Mayor R Solomons at opening
ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE - BODMIN’S NEW “MARKETEERS”.

That’s the message Bodmin’s new market operator has for Cornwall as “Bodmin Market on the Folly” makes its return after an absence of over 20 years.

Over 20 stalls opened for business at 9.30am and within minutes queues had already formed around many of the stalls.

The much-anticipated market transformed the centre of town with Mount Folly alive with friendly banter and brightly coloured market stalls and is expected to provide a boost for the whole town centre.

“I am thrilled so many people came to support us”, said market operator, Sarah Horne. “I hope our blend of local traders selling as much local produce as possible at ‘better than supermarket’ prices will continue to represent an attractive offer for Bodmin people.”

Bodmin’s new market on the Folly was opened at 12.00 noon by Bodmin Mayor, Councillor R Solomons who cut the official ribbon (pictured right).

Commenting on the occasion, Councillor Solomons said; “It was truly a great day and the weather couldn’t have been better for the launch. Historically, Bodmin has always been a market town. In fact it’s the only market town in Cornwall that is mentioned in Domesday Book of 1086. Back then it comprised some 120 acres of land, 68 houses - and a market! When I became Mayor, I also officially became Clerk to the Market so it is fitting and timely that I can have the pleasure of officially opening something that truly belongs to this town”.

The Mayor thanked Sarah Horne and Councillor Nick Walter for their hard work putting the market together in 2 months. The Market on the Folly also proved to be a big draw for business in the town.

“The reaction of shop keepers has been very positive”, said Councillor Solomons. “Reports were heard during the day of shop and bank staff commenting that it was turning out to be one of the busiest Thursdays in years”.



Thursday 21 July 2011
Bodmin in Bloom Picture Painting Competition

Bodmin in Bloom
Bodmin in Bloom picture award 2011
Picture Competition Winner
The Bodmin in Bloom award presentation for the annual Bodmin infant and primary school picture painting competition was held on Thursday July 7th in the Shire Complex.

The evening was well attended with children and parents enjoying refreshments provided by Deputy Mayoress, Marion Stubbs and Bodmin Town Council.

The Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons presented the prizes with his Mayoress, Nola Solomons.

There were 4 classes for the competition entitled ‘Scarecrow in a Garden’ and after independent judging of over 400 entries for which each child was congratulated and will receive a certificate, the following awards of a plaque were made.

Class 1; 1st Evie, St Petrocs; 2nd. Ruby St Petrocs, 3rd. Abbie St Petrocs. Class 2; 1st Faye St Petrocs, 2nd Abigail Beacon Infants, 3rd. Charlotte St Petrocs. Class 3; 1st. Caitlin St Marys, 2nd. Sophie St Marys, 3rd. Rosie St Petrocs. Class 4;1st. Eleanor Berrycoombe, 2nd. Jess St Marys, 3rd. Morgan St Petrocs.

The overall winner from all classes was Faye Hanson from St Petroc’s School (pictured right with Bodmin Mayor, Councillor R Solomons) who received a special prize of her painting beautifully framed and donated by Stable Art of Bodmin. Faye is only six years old and yet this is the second time she has won an art competition. Her father, Ashley Hanson, is coincidently a local artist, who has been selected for this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and has recently had an exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery, Bodmin and the Hotel Penzance.

In addition to the painting competition Bodmin in Bloom also encourage flower and vegetable planting by providing tubs with seeds for the children to grow. The school award for best flower tub went to Robartes Infants and best vegetable tub went to Berrycoombe school. A special certificate was awarded to Robartes Junior School for their sustained approach to vegetable production for use by the school which involves the children at all stages.

The Bodmin in Bloom Committee is slowly growing in strength of numbers and welcomes new members.

The Committee would like to thank Bodmin Town Council for their continued support and congratulate the Parks and Horticultural Team for the excellent floral displays and tidy green spaces in Bodmin which everyone can enjoy.




Tuesday 12 July 2011
Bodmin Market to Return to the Folly

Bodmin Town Council is pleased to announce the return of the Bodmin Market after an absence of some 20 years.

The Town Council recognises the important role and function that local markets can play in supporting the economic wellbeing of market towns, adding extra colour and interest to the town centre.

The Town Council is supporting the market and has contributed Officer time to liaise with the Market Operator and to put in place the necessary arrangements (access to land and buildings and the documentation needed to facilitate a market) to contribute to a successful market.

Media release from the Bodmin Market Operator follows:

25 NEW RETAILIERS TO BEGIN TRADING IN BODMIN NEXT WEEK

That’s the message Bodmin’s new market operator has for the town as “Bodmin Market on the Folly” makes its return after an absence of over 20 years.

A total of 25 stalls will be open for business from 9.30am next Thursday, 21st July and then every 1st and 3rd Thursday in the month – rain or shine!

The much-anticipated market will once again transform Mount Folly with lively banter and brightly coloured market stalls and is set to be officially opened at midday by the Mayor, Cllr Ralph Solomons.

“I am thrilled so many traders want to come and do business in Bodmin”, said market operator, Sarah Horne. “I am especially delighted that the vast majority of our new market traders are local to Bodmin. “For example, to have Little Halgavor Farm offering their meat and eggs direct from their land literally a couple of miles up the road is fantastic.”

The market will offer a large variation of products: cheese, home baked bread, oils and cooked meats; fresh fish; savories and cakes all produced in Bodmin; as well as plants and cut flowers. Sarah explained about a specialty stall run by a local mum and one-time chef at Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant at Watergate Bay: “Frankie will be offering a range of baked goods “free from” artificial ingredients and suitable for those with food allergies. It’s surprising how many people are affected by food intolerances and this will mean anyone coming to the market will be able to buy Frankie’s cakes and bread safe in the knowledge they won’t be ill.”

Whilst the market will offer a great deal of local produce, Sarah was keen to point out that shoppers can expect much more of a traditional street market: “Traders will be offering everything from hardware and tools, art supplies, socks and scarves to hair and nail accessories; and from wooden toys and teddies to fishing bait and tackle and pet supplies”, added Sarah.

Asked how she felt about the new market opening next week, Tammy Searle, from Pets Corner on Lower Bore Street, said: “I’m SO excited. I can’t believe it’s really happening!”

Commenting on how she hopes the market will provide a positive boost to the town centre, Sarah said: It’s going to be lots of fun with lots to see and buy and I hope “market day” will once again be the day everyone will want to be in town – remember: 1st and 3rd Thursday every month – rain or shine – starting next Thursday!”





Monday 11 July 2011
New seats and interpretation for the Beacon

New Bench design
New seating for Beacon
by Thrussell and Thrussell
The Beacon is about to welcome new bespoke seats, and a new interpretation board which truly captures the essence of the site and its importance to local people.

The Beacon has received funding from Natural England, for a new interpretation board, site leaflet and a set of collectable bookmarks.

The special project is a community engagement project that has involved local community groups and schools in designing the new benches and interpretation for the Beacon, including children from the Beacon Infants, St Mary’s and Robartes Junior School, the Beacon Volunteers the Bodmin Cubs and the Bodmin Local History Group.

Julian German Cabinet Member for Waste Management, Climate Change and Historic Environment said:

“The project to improve Bodmin Beacon’s seating and interpretation provisions is a fantastic project which clearly demonstrates Cornwall Councils commitment to developing quality open spaces with community support.”

“Not only will the project deliver improved facilities on site, it will bring a new level of understanding and enjoyment of the reserve, promoting wildlife and history at the heart of the community.”

The local artist blacksmiths Thrussell and Thrussell have been working with various community groups to design the five new seats that will be both functional and also a piece of interpretative art which site users can enjoy. The seats capture and interpret the site as an important place for habitat and wildlife, a place for recreation and walks and a place with history, they will be fabricated in steel and galvanized to ensure longevity, with an image relief in the back rest which depicts various aspects of the Beacon.

Councillor Kenn Stubbs, Chairman of Bodmin Town Council’s Properties Committee said,

"The seats will enhance the visitor experience to this wonderful nature reserve in the heart of the town, giving people the facility to sit and relax whilst pondering the beauty around them."

The locations of the new seats will be decided through site user consultation to ensure they are located in preferred locations offering important resting points and an opportunity to appreciate the fantastic views that surround the Beacon.

The new site leaflet which will be available from the Visitor Information Centre in the town and interpretation board with seasonal update panels up on site will be a welcome addition to the reserve enabling visitors and site users to discover more about their open space.

Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin West and a member of the Beacon Management committee said

”I am so pleased that we have been able to give people the information they asked for in public consultation in a way which will delight everyone who uses them”

The Beacon is jointly managed in Partnership by Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council with 80% grant funding being provided by Natural England via a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement. The Beacon has achieved Green Flag Status for the past three years which recognises this as a valuable green space in the heart of Bodmin. The seats and new interpretation boards are due to be installed in July.

For more information regarding the project please contact Stephen Facer at Bodmin Town Council 01208 76616 or Coralie Barrow at Cornwall Council on 01208 262857. You may also wish to view the Bodmin Beacon website which is managed in a partnership between Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council here: http://www.bodminbeacon.org.uk





Wednesday 06 July 2011
Mayor launches new book on historical Murder case

At the launch of the book
Book launch
'From Vision to the Noose'
A new book, ‘The Vision to the Noose’, was officially launched by The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ralph Solomons, on Friday 1 July 2011.

The venue for the launch - Shire Hall in Bodmin - was perfect for the occasion. Formerly the Assize Court, this was where two main characters from the book, William and James Lightfoot, were sentenced to death in 1840.

Approximately 60 guests attended the event, including Dan Rogerson MP and several descendants from the Lightfoot family.

In what is her debut book, author Jill Batters, paints a picture of life in mid-19th century Cornwall and tells, for the first time, the full story of one of Cornwall's most famous murders, that of Nevell Norway by the Lightfoot brothers, William and James…

"An amiable and much respected local merchant is murdered late one night during a suspected highway robbery, on the road between Bodmin and Wadebridge. A London detective is brought down to the tightly knit Cornish community with instructions to ‘Solve the case and ensure that a culprit is found and hanged’. With one victim and a story that eventually leads to three women being widowed, eleven children being made fatherless and several families left devastated, it is small wonder that over a hundred and seventy years later echoes still reverberate around the area. But why do these feelings still run deep? Maybe because this is not just another murder case, for as this tragedy unfold, we find, woven within the intrigue, another quite different story." (From the back cover)

‘From the Vision to the Noose’ can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre, Shire Hall, Bodmin, Bodmin Town Museum, The Bodmin Bookshop in Honey Street, the Wadebridge Book Shop or on-line at www.chrisbatters.com

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Pictured above right – Bodmin Mayor Ralph Solomons, Aurthor Jill Batters and Dan Rogerson MP at the book launch in Shire Hall.





Monday 04 July 2011
Bodmin Heritage Day 2011 in pictures

Bodmin Heritage Day 2011
Traction Engine
Traction Engine
On a Saturday 2nd July, Bodmin celebrate its Heritage Day in glorious sunny weather.

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Friday 24 June 2011
Riding and Heritage Day celebrates its 25 birthday (and its 542nd!)

Bodmin Heritage Day
Bodmin Beast
Captured Beast!
On Saturday 2nd July Bodmin will celebrate the 25th Riding and Heritage Day since it was revived in 1986.

All the usual events will take place. Fore Street, Turf Street and the bottom of St Nicholas Street will be closed for the day.

From 9am there will be street stalls in Fore Street, a Craft Fayre in the Shire House Suite and the Railway Collectors Association Model Exhibition in the Public Rooms. At 10am The Ragadaziow, the elders of the town dressed in black robes and leather masks meet on Mount Folly followed by the Muster of the Helliers – young men from Bodmin in kilts and war paint ready to hunt the Beast on the loose in Bodmin.

From then on there is entertainment all day on Mount Folly culminating in a grand procession down Fore Street starting at 3.15 and the Trial of the Beast on the Folly at 4pm. The Town Criers Championship starts with the first cry at 12 noon at Bodmin Library. The town’s school children dance from the Library to Priory Park starting at 1pm. At 2.30 in the afternoon there will be a football match between Bodmin Veterans and an invitation side.

On Sunday morning St Petroc’s bones are processed, assembling at St Mary’s Catholic Church at 9.45am to Mount Folly, where the Mayor of Bodmin, Town Councillors, Church Representatives, Musicians, Children carrying Riding banners and members of the public gather. The Mayor and Consort present the Chairman of the Riding Committee and his Lady with the Riding Garland and Beribboned Stave.

Then everyone processes via Priory Park to the Church for the Riding Service this celebrates the return of the famous casket holding St Petroc’s bones, following the theft in 1177.

At 2pm there will be a Cornish Wrestling competition at the Football pitch in Priory Park. Bodmin

Riding and Heritage Day is unique to Bodmin and was old when it was first recorded in 1469. By 1700 Halgavor sports were being held and 100 years later there was wrestling and a grand ball. The traditional Riding was probably last held in 1825. It was revived first by Bodmin Rotary Club in 1974 and ran for two years. In 1986 it was revived again to commemorate the 1549 Prayer Book Rebellion. For many years the town was thronged by people in Tudor or medieval dress and huge crowds gathered to watch the re enactment of the hanging of Bodmin’s mayor.

Programmes are available from shops, supermarkets, the Town Council and Tourist Information


Heritage Day 2011 Itinerary...

policy  View an itinerary of Heritage Day 2011.





Monday 06 June 2011
Royal Visitor meets Town Council's Tourism Officer at Du Maurier Festival

One of the UK's most prestigious literary festivals has welcomed a royal visitor for the first time in its history.

Annually, the Daphne du Maurier Festival is held at Fowey and attracts thousands of visitors keen to celebrate the novelist's considerable talent as well as explore the surrounding areas.

The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the festival, the first royal visit since the event started in 1997 and one of Bodmin Town Council’s Officers was there to meet Her Royal Highness.

The Countess was firstly treated to a performance by Andy Secombe, son of the late Sir Harry Secombe, who talked of his new book, giving a fascinating insight into what life was like growing up with his father.

The Countess was then escorted by Malcom Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall to meet key representatives from Cornwall’s Tourism Industry of which Wendy Wright, BTC’s Tourism Officer was one.

Of the Countess, Wendy said “Meeting the Countess was a lovely experience. It was clear she was very interested in Cornwall’s tourism industry and was very pleased to listen to the local issues and challenges that the industry face”.

After her meeting with the tourism industry representatives, the Countess of Wessex enjoyed a private lunch at the Fowey Hall Hotel and continued her visit to Cornwall at Fifteens at Watergate Bay.






Wednesday 25 May 2011
Artists to perform ‘live’ at Bodmin’s Shire Hall

Ashley Hanson & Janie M McDonald
Ashley Hanson and Janie M McDonald Exhibition
'Live' Exhibition at Shire Hall
North Cornwall artists Ashley Hanson and Janie M McDonald are exhibiting at Shire Hall Bodmin from 28th May until 18th June and as part of Open Studios Cornwall, they will be performing ‘live’ in the gallery above the Tourist Information Centre.

They will move both their studios into the gallery and will be working ‘live’ in front of the back drop of an exhibition of their latest work.

Janie M McDonald said “We are both very excited about this opportunity to ‘perform’ in this fabulous space and to talk to members of the public about our work".

Janie’s work is constructed using textiles and mixed media and started with endless sketching of the holes in the rocks at Trebarwith Strand. “I started experimenting with the nature of ‘holes, emotional and physical, how they are both there and not there. I’ve also been looking at the way that the tide is constantly deconstructing the beach and putting it back together again around a range of fixed objects. There and then not there.”

Talking about his paintings Ashley said "They are expressions of my love of colour and the coastal landscape. I am particularly interested in harbour towns with their mix of the natural and the man-made. Working in series, I combine shapes and imagery and use multiple viewpoints to define the uniqueness of each place. My work has been described as a ‘harmony of opposites’ - I can’t argue with that!’’.

Throughout the Whit holidays over 200 artists from all around Cornwall are opening their studios, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see them at work. A free guide to Open Studios is available from visitor information centres.




Friday 20 May 2011
bodmin Celebrates new Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Mayor Choosing 2011
Mayor Choosing 2011
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Bodmin Town Council officially recognised its new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the annual Mayor Choosing event yesterday. 

The new Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons and the new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kenneth W Stubbs, were welcomed into office at the traditional ceremony held in the Public Rooms.

A welcome reception was held in the Shire Suite for invited guests.

You can view images of the Mayor Choosing event for 2011 in the gallery to the right.

 


Monday 16 May 2011
Rhododendrons Removed at Victoria Square

Victoria Square
Victoria Square - Rhododendrons cleared
Rhododendrons Cleared
At the Bodmin Town Council Play Area in Victoria Square it was found that the rhododendrons running parallel with Omaha Road were infected with a disease called Phytophthora ramorum commonly known as Sudden Oak Death.

This disease not only infects oak trees, but many other types of plant species including rhododendrons.

After consultation with Cornwall Councils County Forester it was decided as this is a very intrusive disease that the only option was to remove the rhododendrons at Victoria Square.

This work was completed in April with the planting of trees along the bank to replace some of the removed rhododendrons.

In the future, when funds become available the bank beside the play area will be grass seeded and a post and rail fence erected to stop any misuse of the bank.

Removing the infected rhododendrons has opened up this area and many of the residents who live in the flats opposite have commented how nice it is to be able to see the play area instead of the rhododendrons.




Thursday 28 April 2011
Bodmin in Bloom 2011 - Front Garden Competition

Bodmin in Bloom
Front Garden Competition 2011
Front Garden Competition
If you love your lupins, cherish your chrysanthemums or are dedicated to your delphiniums, then this message is for you!

The Bodmin in Bloom Committee are seeking entries for the Front Garden Competition. All you have to do is return your entry form to the Council Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin PL31 2DQ by no later than 30 June 2011 and your front garden will be included in the judging.

Judging will take place during the last week of July and all entrants will be invited to an Award Evening in September.

Entry forms are available from the Town Council Offices or can be downloaded from the link below (requires latest version of Adobe Reader).

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So why not have a blooming lovely time in your garden this weekend and prepare for a fantasmagorical feast of flowers?

Bodmin in Bloom is an initiative aimed at BRIGHTENING BODMIN.
 




Wednesday 27 April 2011
Risk Management Certificate Awarded

Bodmin Town Council's Accounts Assistant, Claire Aldridge, was recently awarded the International Certificate in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management.

Claire had to pass two exams to gain the award.

The award is good news for Bodmin Town Council as it strengthens its position with respect to risk management. It conveys to the townspeople that the Council holds in high regard best practice and good governance in all aspects of its work.



Wednesday 20 April 2011
An Eggciting time at the Shire Hall this Easter

Easter 2011
Easter Events at the Shire Hall
Shire Hall Events
Easter has finally arrived and there’s lots happening at Bodmin’s Shire Hall over this bank holiday weekend to entertain all the family.

It all kicks off on Wednesday 20th April with the return of the ever popular Squashbox Theatre and the mischievious pixie, Skillywidden and all of his friends. The show starts at 1pm on Mount Folly Square and is free for all to enjoy.

Running across the whole bank holiday, starting on Thursday 21st April is the popular Eggciting Easter Hunt. This year all of the answers are based on famous Cornish landmarks. All egg hunters who are successful in finding the 10 clues will receive a special chocolate treat.

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place throughout the Shire Hall and on Mount Folly Square.  Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer, said, "We would really like to thank both Morrison’s and Asda who very kindly sponsored this event”.

Staying on the Easter theme, in the foyer children (or adults!) are invited to make Mad Hatter Ears or Bertie Bunny headdresses.

Also happening across the weekend, is an exhibition and sale of paintings by locally based artist Jackie Richardson. The exhibition is free to all and is a collection of paintings mostly based on local landscapes and landmarks.

The Shire Hall is open across the weekend as follows:

Good Friday 10am until 5pm (Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm)
Easter Saturday 10am until 5pm (Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm)
Easter Sunday Closed
Bank Holiday Monday 10am until 5pm (Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm)
Tuesday 26th Normal opening hours resumed.



Monday 18 April 2011
Clean up after your dog!

Clean up after your dog!
New Exhibition for Town Museum
Dog waste bin
Dog fouling on our public walking areas and green spaces has been causing a lot of concern to the residents of Bodmin.

For responsible dog owners/walkers it is also frustrating as they often witness other dog owners not complying with the legal requirement to clear up dog fouling.

Bodmin Town Council provides a number of dog waste bins which are emptied in Partnership with Cornwall Council.

Cornwall Council has a Fouling of Land by Dogs Order which covers all of Bodmin making it an offence not to remove and safely dispose of dog faeces. The maximum penalty for commiting an offence under a Dog Control order is £1000 in a Magistrates Court.

Please act responsibly and pick up after your dog at all times. It is also important to note that dogs are not permitted in any children’s play areas due to the associated health risks.

5 Reasons To Clean Up After Your Dog...

  • It's the law.   Just like littering, it's unlawful NOT to pick up after your dog, and is subject to a fixed penalty notice.
  • Dog poop is unhealthy.   Abandoned dog poop can host diseases and/or parasites which can infect other dogs who come into contact with it, or be transmitted to people who accidentally step in it and track it home.
  • Dog poop bio-degrades slowly.   In the recent cold weather, poop freezes and, will remain where you left it for several weeks to several months.
  • It's common courtesy.  Cleaning up after your dogs shows respect for your neighbours and your community. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog's poop for others to look at, step in or clean up.
  • Bodmin Town Council encourages responsible dog owners to set a good example.  When you pick up after your dog, you are part of the solution in keeping Bodmin clean and poop-free so before you leave the house ensure you are carrying poop-bags with you.




Wednesday 06 April 2011
New Exhibition for Town Museum

St Lawrence's Exhibition
New Exhibition for Town Museum
Bodmin Town Museum
Bodmin Town Museum on the Mount Folly re-opens for the season on Monday 18th April.

This year there will be a much larger display devoted to St Lawrence’s Hospital.

As a tribute to the imminent wedding of Prince William to Catherine (Kate) Middleton, a display of photographs of past royal weddings will be on display with some souvenirs available.

There will also be a popular quiz for the under 14’s, with a prize of a £10 gift token for each winner of the two categories.

Opening hours are 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays 10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. April to September.

The Museum is closed Sundays and Bank Holidays and Admission is free (donations welcome).







Wednesday 30 March 2011
New Mayor and Deputy Elect

Councillor R SolomonsCouncillor Ralph Solomons will be welcomed into office as the new Mayor of Bodmin during the Mayor Choosing ceremony which takes place on 19 May 2011, after being unanimously elected by his fellow Members. Having spent 37 years in the town and many years as an active member of the Town Council, he is a widely recognised and well respected figure.

Ralph was born in London and was evacuated to Lancashire for most of the Second World War. After attending grammar School and working in a number of clerical jobs, he began work in commercial television and eventually became a Studio Manager. In 1971 he retired from the film industry and moved to Little Petherick as the sub postmaster and during this time was co-opted onto St Issey Parish Council.

Councillor Solomons later moved to Bodmin and joined the Cornwall County Library Service where he worked until 1999. Throughout his career in the Library Service he was an active member of Nalgo/Unison, holding both Chairman and Branch Secretary posts for many years. In 1991 he was elected to Bodmin Town Council and was subsequently re-elected twice more before retiring in 1999.

He has also been a member of the Bodmin French Twinning Association for almost 30 years, acting as Treasurer for the last 4 years. Councillor Solomons and his wife Nola will be known to many as proprietors of the Bodmin Antiques Centre which was located at Townend up until 2005. Today he is a familiar face at Lanhydrock House where he is a Volunteer Room Guide on a weekly basis throughout the season.

Councillor Solomons was extremely honoured to be elected and said, “As Mayor I hope I can use my years of experience in Local Government for the benefit of the people of Bodmin. In particular I would like to see the Bodmin Masterplan start to become a reality, so that Bodmin can become an even better place to live and bring up families and that our business community can thrive once more”.

Councillor K StubbsCouncillor Ken Stubbs, Deputy Mayor Elect was born and educated in Leeds and spent much of his working life in the Textile manufacturing industry. However, due to the closure of the Yorkshire textile mills in the late 60s, he was subsequently was offered a position in Southern Africa. Ken and his family left England in 1970 and spent the next 31 years in Southern Africa until his retirement.

Having always dreamt of retiring to Cornwall, Ken and his wife Marion left South Africa in 2001 and came to live in Bodmin. Since retiring he has been able to spend more time on his interests including genealogy and has been able to trace back relatives to 1612. He also enjoys working in the garden, walking the Camel Trail, travelling - especially to the USA and Europe and enjoys listening to New Orleans Jazz.

When interviewed recently Councillor Stubbs said “Marion & I have always enjoyed working in and for the community in which we have lived. It is a privilege to be a member of Bodmin Town Council and I look forward to my new position with the Council”.



Wednesday 23 March 2011
25 years of service to town

Graham Young
Graham Young - 25 years of service
25 Years of Service
At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17 March 2011, the Mayor, Councillor M Denholm, made a presentation to Graham Young, the Council’s Grass-cutting Supervisor, in recognition of 25 years service to Bodmin Town Council.

Mr Young joined the Town Council on 21 February 1986, initially working as assistant to the Sexton in the cemetery.

The Town Clerk advised the Council that “Mr Young epitomises the public service ethos, with pride of place that is second to none. In fact, even when he was of sick with a fractured ankle he came into the Council Offices to let us know that he thought the grass in certain areas in the town needed more attention. He always demonstrates excellent care and attention to his work and works hard to get the best out of the workforce which oversees the day-to-day grass-cutting in the Council’s own parks and open spaces and also the contract work that BTC undertakes for Cornwall Council on the housing estates and roadside verges in the town.”

The photo shows the Mayor, Councillor Maggie Denholm, presenting Mr Young (accompanied by his wife, Jeanette) with a certificate and watch as a token of the Council’s appreciation of his 25 years service.


Monday 21 March 2011
focus on the crocus

Focus on the Crocus
Daphne Dur Maurier Festival 2011
Full bloom at Crockwell Green
Focus on the Crocus is a healthy, fun, community based, environmentally friendly way to plant in everyone’ minds, the opportunity of being part of an historic worldwide campaign, spearheaded by Rotary International, to finally eradicate Polio across the world.

In October 2010, Members of the Rotary Club of Bodmin, supported by representatives from Bodmin Town Council, planted crocus bulbs in an area at Crockwell Green.

The purple crocus represents the dye colour dabbed on children’s little ‘pinkie’ finger to indicate they have been immunised against polio in the few remaining parts of the globe where polio remains, since Rotary International commenced its campaign in 1985.

These dainty purple flowers are now in full bloom at Crockwell Green, heralding the arrival of the spring and reminding us of the Rotary Club’s relentless commitment to the eradication of polio throughout the world.


Thursday 17 March 2011
Bodmin Visitor Centre is Box Office for Du Maurier Festival

30th Anniversay
Daphne Dur Maurier Festival 2011
Daphne Du Maurier Festival 2011
From Monday 21st March, tickets will go on sale for this year’s Daphne Du Maurier Festival which is one of the biggest highlights in the Cornish calendar.

Running from 12th to the 21st May, tickets for the event in Fowey are sure to sell quickly.

Amongst this year’s acts are Ann Widdecombe and Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends with the festival culminating on Saturday 21st May with a 30th Anniversary performance by none other than Shakin’ Stevens himself.

For the first time, you can book your tickets from Bodmin Visitor Information Centre at the Shire Hall.

Tourism Officer, Wendy Wright says “Customers can either book their tickets by coming in to the office or can telephone. You can also pick up a free copy of the festival programme”.

The Visitor centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm (and Saturdays too from Easter) Cash, cheques and credit cards are accepted, although please note that there is a 50p booking fee for credit and debit card payments. Call 01208 76616.


Monday 14 March 2011
Marie Curie's Field of Hope

Priory Lawn
Daffodils on Priory Lawn
Daffodils in bloom
“I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of golden daffodils”

- WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1804)


Priory Lawn is now crowded with a host of golden daffodils.

In the autumn of 2009 five thousand daffodil bulbs, kindly supplied by Fentongollan Flower Farm, St Michael Penkivel, were planted by supporters of Marie Curie Cancer Care and representatives from Bodmin Town Council as a symbol of hope and remembrance.

This project aims to raise awareness and promote the invaluable work of Marie Curie who provide support to more than 25,000 patients across the county.

Donations were raised through local people offering sponsorship of the daffodils in memory of loved ones.

These dedications were recorded in a Commemorative Book which is now located in the Bodmin Library


Monday 7 March 2011
Good turn out on a fine day - St Pirans Celebrations 2011

Part of the Procession
St Piran's Celebration - Schools Parade
St Piran's Celebrations 2011
St Piran’s Day was celebrated on a glorious sunny morning this year and was very well supported.

The celebrations which took place a day early on Friday 4th March began with a procession involving local schools, Cornishmen, Councillors, Clergy, Voluntary Organisations and a Cornish Piper Band led by Mervyn Davey.

Members of Bodmin Lions helped to organize the event with the Joint St Piran’s Committee and also the Town Council who arranged the road closure for the morning’s procession.

The speakers for the event who assembled on Mount Folly were introduced by Bodmin Town Crier, Nick Prideaux and included Dan Rogerson MP, Rev Graham Minors, Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge, Deputy Grand Bard Maureen Fuller from Saltash, Rev Brian Coombes and Bodmin Mayor, Maggie Denholm.

After the speeches, as scores of Cornish flags were being waved, a Children’s Dance arranged by Alison Davey took place with songs led by Keith Truscott. Further drama and songs were performed by school children in St Petroc’s Church before a lunch was put on for the children in the Public Rooms.

Commenting on the procession as refreshments were being served in Shire House, Mayor of Bodmin, Maggie Denholm said;

"It's a beautiful day and we've had a fantastic turnout. It's great to see Bodmin leading the way in celebrations of St Piran's Day".


Friday 18 February 2011
A Murmuration in the Priory

Starlings
St Piran's Day
A Murmuration of Starlings, the collective term for a flock of starlings, has been seen roosting in the trees near the pond in Priory Park in recent weeks.

Whilst starlings are frequently seen in the park during the winter months, this year the numbers have been greater than usual.

Local people have commented that ‘it is lovely to see so many birds’ and that they ‘cannot remember seeing so many starlings flocking to Priory Park in the twilight’.

Long term monitoring by the British Trust for Ornithology had shown that starling numbers have fallen by 66% in Britain since the mid-1970s. Because of this decline in numbers, the starling is red listed as a bird of high conservation concern.

So the sight of hundreds, possibly thousands, of starlings in Priory Park is very special and one to treasure before migrant starlings return to Eastern Europe in the Spring.


Monday 10 January 2011
Day Early for Bodmin St Pirans Celebrations 2011

St Piran's Celebrations
St Piran's Day
04 March 2011
Bodmin’s twelfth St Piran’s Day celebrations will take place on Friday 4 March 2011 so children from Bodmin’s schools can play a full part and build upon the tradition that has made Bodmin the only place to be on St Piran’s Day.

Cornwall Councillor, Ann Kerridge, said “we have decided to celebrate St Piran a day early so the children can take part. They are the reason why St Piran’s Day in Bodmin is not only special but also so much better than anywhere else. Their enthusiasm for Bodmin, Cornwall and our heritage is infectious and brings the whole day to life. It’s also great that members of Bodmin Lions are supporting the event this year and taking care of the road closures.”

As in previous years the town is expecting Cornishmen and women from London, Bournemouth and around the country to take part.

North Cornwall’s MP, Dan Rogerson, who will be speaking on Mount Folly after the march down Fore Street said “This year I am holding an event in Parliament to let other MPs what is so special about Cornwall. This is taking place on Thursday 3rd and then I very much look forward to being with everyone in my hometown to join Bodmin’s celebration of Perrrantide on Friday. I congratulate the local organisers, the Town Council and all who take part, especially the young people who do so, for making this event bigger and better every year. I hope that as people celebrate their Cornish heritage they will remember that later in the month they can record their sense of identity in the 2011 census.”

Keith Truscott who as a member of the St Piran’s Committee does a lot of the organisation said “Cornwall to the Cornish is unique in the British Isles as the land of the saints. Whilst we must pull together with the rest of the country in difficult times, we cannot forget that Cornwall has a special place in our hearts and pass this on to the next generation.”

Adobe PDF  St Pirans Celebrations - Timetable 2011 (PDF)


Monday 10 January 2011
Bodmin Wassailers - January 2011

Bodmin Wassailers
Bodmin Wassailers January 2011
January 2011
At 12 noon on Thursday 6 January 2011, the Bodmin Wassailer’s were welcomed to the Shire House by Town Clerk, Paul O'Callaghan, standing in for Bodmin Mayor Councillor Maggie Denholm who, due to illness, was unfortunately unable to attend.

The Bodmin Wassail is one of only two surviving traditional visiting wassails which are very different from apple tree wassails. It is unique in that records confirm it has survived continuously since 1640.

The male only group visit houses in Bodmin singing two songs – one when seeking entry and another upon leaving – in return for hospitality and donations to local charities.

Commenting on the Bodmin Wassail on a previous occasion, Director of Folk South West, Eddie Upton, said “the Bodmin Wassail is an ancient tradition taking place on 12th Night and is equally significant in its own way as Padsow’s May Day or Helston’s Flora Day. The town and people of Bodmin are an essential part of the tradition – without their support and close involvement there would be no wassail.”




Friday 24 December 2010
Bodmin Wassailer’s to visit Shire House

Bodmin Wassailers
Bodmin Wassailers
A Previous Visit
The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Maggie Denholm will welcome the Bodmin Wassailer’s to the Shire House at approximately 12 noon on Thursday 6 January 2011.

The Wassailers, who receive traditional hospitality at 15 to 20 houses throughout the town on twelfth night dressed in top hats, dickie bows, waistcoats and tails, will restore a link with Bodmin Town Council dating back to the seventeenth century.

In the last three years the wassailers have extended the custom by going out in the afternoon to residential and nursing homes, shops and the library. Vic Legg of the Bodmin Wassailers said, “This extends the tradition to many more people in the town. Wassail is a living tradition in Bodmin and is changing and developing all the time so who knows what the future may bring.”

Bodmin’s Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan said “The Town Council is delighted once again to contribute to the tradition of wassail. I shall be following in the footsteps of my predeccessor Nicholas Sprey when I fill the wassail bowl with Bodmin’s finest ale as it begins its twelve hour journey across our town.”



Monday 20 December 2010
Christmas Message from the Mayor of Bodmin

Bodmin Mayor
Bodmin Mayor Councillor M Denhom
Councillor M Denholm
As we approach the end of a very challenging year and brace ourselves for the turbulent and uncertain times ahead, as a council we will be facing some difficult choices in order to deliver our services to the town efficiently and affordably.

Collectively as a town and as a council we are acutely aware that we will all have to budget very carefully as the cuts imposed upon all Councils by central government hit us all.

Over the last seven months I have been so impressed by the amount and scope of voluntary work that goes on in the town, much of which happens behind the scenes but is vital to the wellbeing of the town itself.

I cannot begin to list all of the individuals and organisations in this short message but would like to say a huge thank you to all of our unsung heroes for the time that they give to help improve the lives of others, potentially less well off, in the town.

We can all be inspired by the work that this band of dedicated volunteers do and as we enter the Christmas period perhaps we should all try to look out for and offer a helping hand to those in our community that may need a little extra help.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year — Maggie Denholm.


Wednesday 08 December 2010
St Petroc's Church Christmas Tree Festival Underway

Christmas Tree Festival
Executive Assistant Laura Hancock with Bodmin Town Council's decorated Christmas tree

Bodmin Town Council is one of many local businesses and organisations in the town to participate in the Christmas tree festival at St Petroc’s Church.

The festival is open until Friday 17 December from 10.30am to 4pm daily, except Sundays.

Pictured right: Laura Hancock (Executive Assistant) with Bodmin Town Council's decorated Christmas tree.


Friday 26 November 2010
Cornwall Council's Domestic Waste Collections - Christmas 2010

Information about Cornwall Council's Domestic Waste Collection service for Bodmin over the Christmas period 2010-2011 can be viewed here (see below).

Please note that normal collections will resume from 10 January 2011. In addition, there will be no kerb-side recycling collections on Monday 27th December, Tuesday 28th December and Monday 3 January.

Adobe PDF  Cornwall Council's Christmas Domestic Waste Collections Schedule - Bodmin - 2010.



Tuesday 22 November 2010
Cornwall Flood Fund is officially launched

Cornwall Community Foundation are asking people to donate into the fund so we can give small, emergency grants in the coming days/weeks for people affected most badly by the floods, namely in Mevagissey, St Blazey, Lostwithiel & Pentewan.

Ways to give:

  1. Cheque made out to Cornwall Flood Fund and sent to CCF, Suite 1 Sheers Barton Barns, Lawhitton, PL15 9NJ
  2. On-line at http://www.justgiving.com/CornwallFloodFund
  3. By phone to the Cornwall Community Foundation: 01566 779333 / 779865
  4. In person at the Cornwall Community Foundation offices: Suite 1 Sheers Barton Barns, Lawhitton, PL15 9NJ
  5. Any NatWest branch in Cornwall, quoting a/c 57223912, sort code 60-21-37




Wednesday 03 November 2010
Floral displays in Bodmin vandalised by BMX bikers

Bodmin Town Council has been working hard over the past few years to enhance the town’s flower displays for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors to Bodmin. The Town Council recently entered Bodmin into Cornwall in Bloom, a new initiative launched by Truro City Council and Cornwall Council, which aims to improve areas where people live. This initiative was also seen as a wider catalyst and stepping stone for town’s to enter South West / Britain in Bloom, which Bodmin Town Council is working towards for 2011.

On 6 October 2010 at the Cornwall in Bloom Awards ceremony, Bodmin were awarded the ‘Full Bloom Award’ in the category ‘Clean & Tidy – Good First Impressions – Floral’ which recognises that a high standard has been achieved for the town’s floral displays. This success was furthered when the team from Bodmin were awarded the ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Good First Impressions (floral)’.

This success has been achieved despite the ongoing damage sustained to a number of flowerbeds in Priory Park throughout the summer by a small minority of inconsiderate BMX bikers. Councillor M E Dominey, Chairman of the Council’s Promotions Committee said, ‘these bikers have been cycling through flower displays with complete disregard for the dedication and hard work that has been put into planting and maintaining these beds by the Council’s Horticultural Worker and other members of Council Parks staff. Despite the efforts of a few to destroy flower displays that can be enjoyed by everyone, Bodmin Town Council will continue to demonstrate pride in Bodmin by continuing to develop floral exhibits around the town.’

This vandal problem has also been exacerbated by some skate boarders who have caused damage to the flowerbed at Town Wall through suspected ‘grinding’ which is affecting the structural integrity and aesthetic appearance of this wall.

A number of plants throughout the town have needed replacement and this has resulted in increased costs both for the provision of extra plants and for the additional labour required to carry out replanting work. This cost is ultimately met by local ratepayers.

The Town Council will be working with the local police and using the town centre CCTV system with a view to prosecuting any individuals responsible for this criminal damage.

Bodmin Town Council is extremely proud of the improved planting scheme for the town, whilst recognising there is still room for improvement, and hopes that the local community will be equally appalled by this anti-social behaviour which is adversely affecting budgets at a time of economic hardship.



Monday 01 November 2010
Bodmin Remembrance Service and Parade

Bodmin’s Remembrance Parade and Service will take place at the war memorial in Priory Park on Sunday 14th November.

Events commence at the war memorial at The Keep at 9.30 a.m.; the parade then processes to Priory Park to join in with the proceedings there at 10.00 a.m. Prayers will be followed by the sounding of the Last Post, a two minutes silence and the Reveille.

Dignitaries, representatives from local services, organisations and individuals will then follow the Mayor in laying wreaths in memory of the fallen.

Bodmin Town Council expresses special thanks to the Mount Charles Band for their support again this year. The Mayoral Party will then salute the war memorial before processing to St Petroc’s Church for the Memorial Service at 11.00 a.m.

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Maggie Denholm invites members of the public to join her for a two minutes silence at Mount Folly on Thursday 11th November at 11.00 a.m.



Monday 25 October 2010
New Door for Bodmin's Turret Clock

Turret Clock - New Door
Celebrating Cornwall Tourism Awards

A new door and frame has been fitted to the Town’s Turret Clock.

Bodmin Town Council, owners and custodians of this landmark structure, have commissioned a new door and frame in line with Listed Building permission after an examination of the current door showed it to be in a deteriorating condition and in need of replacement.

The Turret Clock (which has Grade II listed status) was built in 1845, as indicated by the Roman Numerals on the structure’s decorated stonework. Set within the granite vermiculated archway, the new door restores the entrance of the building back to its former glory.

In line with the recommendations of the Conservation Officer, the new door was crafted from air dried Cornish oak to match the original door. Two local joiners, SJL Joinery Ltd and Emmins Carpentry from Bodmin, were contracted for the work which included hand-crafting the ironwork escutcheon around the lock.

Chairman of the Council’s Properties Committee, Councillor C R Bell said, “We’ve worked hard with the Conservation Officer to ensure the replacement door is in keeping with this historic building. We’ve utilized local materials and craftsmen and we hope the door will last as long as its predecessors. ”

Picture: Local Carpenters, Stuart Mudge (left) from SJL Joinery and Len Emmins (right), Emmins Carpentry.



Friday 15 October 2010
It’s Gold For Shire Hall’s Visitor Information Centre!

The VIC team celebrate
Celebrating Cornwall Tourism Awards
Cornwall Tourism Awards -
Gold Winners!
On Thursday 7th October the team from Bodmin Visitor Information Centre attended the 2010 Cornwall Tourism Awards having been shortlisted alongside Falmouth and Looe, for the title of best tourist information centre in Cornwall.

This year’s glittering awards ceremony was held at St Mellion International Resort where the shortlisted businesses in the 15 categories awaited their results.

The team were all smiles when Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard announced that Bodmin’s Centre had been deemed the best and were awarded the coveted Gold award by the evening’s celebrity speaker, Ben Fogle.

Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer for Bodmin Town Council said “We were totally ecstatic with our Gold award for the second consecutive year. People ask me what is our winning formula and all I can say is that I have simply got a fantastic team. This award means so much and is a great thank you to all the staff involved”

This latest win adds to the Bodmin centre’s record of four Gold awards and 3 silvers in the last 9 years. Falmouth Tourist Information Centre was awarded the Silver and Looe the bronze.

Pictured (left to right): Dawn Roberts, Ben Fogle, Monique Jeffrey-Jones, Clare Trudgeon, Wendy Wright, Debbie Noyce, and a representative from the sponsors, Carrier.  




Friday 15 October 2010
New Councillor for St Petroc's Ward - By-Election Result

Mr Nick Walter was elected in the by-election held on Thursday 14 October to fill the council vacancy on the St. Petroc’s Ward. More news to follow.


 


Wednesday 13 October 2010
Conclusion of Audit & Right to inspect the Annual Return

The audit of the Statement of Accounts for Bodmin Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2010 has concluded.

 

An unqualified opinion has been issued by the Audit Commission.

 

The Accounts are now available for inspection by any local elector for the area of Bodmin at the Councils Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).

 

The accounts can also be viewed here on this website on our documents page


 


Monday 11 October 2010
Bodmin Celebrates Success at Cornwall in Bloom Awards...

Celebrating with the awards...
Celebrating Bodmin in Bloom awards
Andy Stone & Orlando Schuoler
Bodmin Town Council’s Parks Team celebrated recognition for the improvements to the town’s flowerbed displays on the evening of Wednesday 6 October 2010 when they attended the Cornwall in Bloom Presentation Awards at New County Hall in Truro.

Bodmin were awarded the ‘Full Bloom Award’ in the category ‘Clean & Tidy – Good First Impressions – Floral’ which recognises that a high standard has been achieved for the town’s floral displays.

Not stopping there, this success was furthered when the team were awarded the ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Good First Impressions (floral)’ which also saw a cheque for £300.00 being presented by Cornwall Councillor Julian German, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment. The Council’s Horticultural Worker, Orlando Schuoler was delighted with the achievement as this was the first year that the flowerbeds had been planted with central, structural plants providing a focal point of interest, moving away from more traditional planting schemes. Plant variety has also been a key feature of the displays in Bodmin this year, with many exciting additions to the flowerbeds.

Councillor C R Bell, Chairman of the Council’s Properties Committee said, ‘this is a great achievement for Bodmin and recognises the hard and dedicated work of the staff involved and the progress that has been made with the town’s floral displays. This gives us the lever and momentum to move toward our South West in Bloom entry and we will be working with our partners and Bodmin in Bloom to be as successful as possible.’

Councillor M E Dominey, Chairman of the Council’s Promotions Committee said, ‘the success at the inaugural Cornwall in Bloom Awards is a fantastic achievement and reflects the improvement that has been made with the floral displays this year. The beds have looked really colourful and the staff have done an excellent job in raising the profile and visual interest of the town’s flowerbeds.’
 


Wednesday 06 October 2010
Free advice clinics for social enterprises

If you run a social enterprise or established community organisation and need good advice to develop your ideas further, you can take advantage of an opportunity for a one-to-one chat with a qualified adviser on behalf of Business Link.

The advisers are social enterprise specialists and will provide no-obligation, practical advice on how to grow your organisation to the next stage.

Appointments can be booked for one hour between 10am and 4pm.

For more information and to make your appointment contact Marie White: E: marie.white@co-active.org.uk T: 0845 519 5759

Adobe PDF  Business Link Flyer (PDF) with date list.
 


Monday 27 September 2010
We need your face! Winners Announced!

The Winners...
The Winners...
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As part of Bodmin’s Shire Hall’s summer events programme, the staff invited its visitors to take part in its competition to create a giant picture of all the faces of its visitors.

Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer said “It has been lovely to see so many of our visitors embrace the challenge and put pencil to paper and create some fantastic self portraits” Visitors could use pencils, glitter, pens, feathers, glitter and hair to create their masterpieces. Wendy said “It wasn’t just the children who got involved, lots of the grown ups had a go too!”

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons had the difficult job of judging the top three faces out of the 200 or so entries. Councillor Solomons commented “It was obvious to see that a lot of effort had been put into the pictures and to pick my three favorites was exceptionally difficult but my sincere congratulations go to all the winners”

The winning faces were by 7 year old Beth Townsend from Seaford, 43 year old Graham Saunders from Bath and 16 year old Evie Farnham from Norfolk.

The faces will be on display at the Shire Hall until Monday 20th September in the foyer. The Shire Hall’s next creative activity starts on Saturday 23rd October when visitors are invited to get in the Halloween spirit and create a spooky monster or Jack-o-Lantern.
 


Friday 17 September 2010
Householders in Cornwall - register now to vote in 2011

Cornwall Council officials are calling on local people to register now to make sure they can have their say and vote in May 2011 when a referendum is expected to decide whether or not to change the voting system which elects future MPs.

The Council is required to produce a new and accurate list of voters each year which then stays in force for the following twelve months.

Electoral registration forms are being posted around the August bank holiday weekend to all 250,000 households in Cornwall to enable the new electoral register to be compiled. This will then be used as the basis for next year’s referendum.

“The new electoral register will be published on 1 December and only people who are on the register will be able to vote“ explained Paul Hamill, Cornwall’s Acting Electoral Services Manager. “It is vital that people complete and return the form as soon as possible so their names can be included on the register and tax payers money can be spent most efficiently.”

The forms contain the details of all the people who are currently registered to vote at that address. If none of the details on the form have changed, the householder can either sign the form and return it in the pre paid envelope provided or register electronically by:

  • Phone
  • Registering online via a website
  • Sending a text message

Further details, including the security code that householders need to quote, are given on the form. Registering electronically is not only the quickest and easiest method, but also helps the Council to save taxpayers money.

If any details on the form have changed, people should cross through the names of anyone who no longer lives at the address, amend any mistakes or add the names of anyone new who is eligible to vote. They then need to sign the form and return it – either in the pre paid envelope or by dropping it into any Council office or one stop shop.

Paul and his team hope that as many people as possible will complete and return their forms as soon as they receive them. Otherwise a reminder will have to be sent out on October 1st to any households who have not yet replied – which will cost the Council additional money.

In addition a team of over 100 canvassers will then visit any households who have still not registered between 29 October and 17 November to help people fill in their forms.

“People are required by law to provide the information which is asked for in the forms“ said Paul. “While most people respond quickly, we always have a number of households who do not return their forms. Based on last year’s response we anticipate having to send out around 78,000 reminders and visit around 8,700 homes. If people look out for the forms and respond promptly then they can help to make savings which can go towards other essential services”.

Anyone does not receive a form is asked to contact the Council’s electoral registration team on 0300 123 1115.  


Wednesday 07 September 2010
Community Speed Watch – Your Chance to Get Involved!

Community Speed Watch

At the recent Partners and Community Together (PACT) Meeting in St Mary’s Ward it was agreed that it would be a good idea to set up a community speed watch group to assist the Police in dealing with the ongoing problem of speeding vehicles in the town.

Community Speed Watch involves teams of police volunteers and/ or police officers/ police community support officers who will stand at the side of the road monitoring traffic. Speeding vehicles will be recorded, and warning letters will be sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

More information on Community Speed Watch in Cornwall can be found on the Devon & Cornwall Police website

To volunteer to take part in a Community Speed Watch Bodmin, or to find out more information, please contact Councillor Ken Stubbs on 01208 72655 or by e-mailing kenneth.stubbs1@virgin.net
 


Wednesday 25 August 2010
We Need Your Face!

Portrait by 10 year old Maddie
Portrait by 10yr old Maddie - Swansea
With just under two weeks to go in Bodmin Visitor Information Centre's "We need your Face" competition, portraits of the information centre's visitors have literally been flooding in.

'We Need Your Face!' competition runs until Saturday 4th September. It is free to take part and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed pictures will be selected and awarded prizes. Good Luck!

For More information, visit the Shire Hall Visitor Information Centre in Bodmin. Tel: 01208 76616.
 


Tuesday 10 August 2010
Green Flag Award for Beacon LNR makes 3 years in a row!

Green Flag Award 2010
Celebrating Green Flag Award 2010
The Beacon Local Nature Reserve has yet again won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the third consecutive year running!

The Reserve covers over 87 acres of land and lies at the heart of Bodmin and is jointly owned and managed in partnership by Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council and with the valuable input of the community representatives who participate in the Beacon Management Advisory Group.

Launched in 1996, the Green Flag Award is the nationally recognised standard for Parks and Open Spaces that recognises achievements in management and development of green spaces.

This year, there were seven Green Flag Award winners in Cornwall, with only 73 awarded for the entire South West region. In order to be recognised applicants must meet minimum standards for site presentation and be able to demonstrate good systems and procedures for management and development.
Bodmin Town Council is the only local (parish and town) council in the South West to be associated with winning a Green Flag Award. All other sites are managed by principal authorities (Borough, District, County or Unitary etc).

Retaining the Green Flag Award is a fantastic achievement as it is notoriously difficult to maintain the momentum with which to continue to satisfy the judging criteria and improve year-on-year.

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. Retaining the Green Flag for a further year is a reflection of the hard work that goes into managing the site and the progress that has been made in developing the site under the Higher Level Stewardship Agreement from Natural England.

Further information on the Green Flag Award Scheme can be found on the Keep Britain Tidy website www.keepbritaintidy.org.uk

Picture: (from left to right): Councillor R J Micek; Tammy Searle, Beacon Management Advisory Group (Community Representative); Councillor M E Dominey; Jon Cripps, Cornwall Council Site & Trails Ranger; David Ferris, Beacon Management Advisory Group (Community Representative); Matt Hodges, Cornwall Council (College work placement); and Peter Davies, Chairman of the Beacon Management Advisory Group.
 


Tuesday 28 June 2010
Death of Councillor Angie Duffin

The late Councillor Angie Duffin
The late Councillor Angie Duffin
Bodmin Town Council is extremely saddened to announce the death of Councillor Angie Duffin after a period of serious illness.

Councillor Duffin joined the Council in June 2005 and since that time has made significant contribution to the Council with particular interest in youth and community matters.

Her commitment was such that she could often be seen attending council and committee meetings with her oxygen supply, but that did not in any way inhibit her astonishing dedication to the town she cared so much for.

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Maggie Denholm, commented that ‘although small in stature, Councillor Duffin had a huge heart and contributed greatly to the Town and its community well being. Bodmin Town Council pays tribute to her and the work that she carried out and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this sad time. Councillor Duffin will be sorely missed.’

 




Tuesday 22 June 2010
Computers For Africa Return to Bodmin

Once again, Computers 4 Africa are returning to Bodmin, inviting you to donate your unwanted PCs, laptops and any other working IT Equipment.

On 6th and 7th July, Computers 4 Africa will be holding an appeal at Former Focus, Respryn Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DQ, between 8AM- 6PM. You are welcome to drop in and donate your unwanted PC’s, laptops, notebooks, monitors, etc that are less than 5 years old and that are in working condition.

Your donated IT equipment will be sent to school children across Africa and will be used to teach them vital skills.

All computers donated to us are securely data-wiped before being shipped to Africa. Computers 4 Africa’s desire is to see children in Africa reach their full potential.

Although we know that computer lessons are not the only way to educate a child, IT education is a useful tool that provides a child with the opportunity to develop a skill that can transform his or her life and the lives of their future families.

For more information about this registered charity, visit www.computers4africa.org.uk

 

Wednesday 16 June 2010
Cornish Wrestling back at Bodmin Beacon after 150 years

Cornish wrestling will be making a comeback at Bodmin Beacon wrestling ring for the first time since 1860 with a tournament on Sunday 4 July.

Organised by Cornwall Council, Bodmin Town Council and the Cornish Wrestling Association, the Bodmin Beacon tournament will see the 100 foot diameter wrestling ring back in use after a gap of 150 years. Bodmin Beacon wrestling ring was an important site for the sport in its heyday, with crowds of thousands gathering to see top wrestlers such as local hero Billy the Fish.

The Bodmin Beacon tournament will include an open competition plus categories for under 16s, under 14s and under 12s. Cornish wrestling is a stand-up style, and the aim is to throw the opponent on his back from a standing position.

Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin West, said: “Cornish wrestling is Cornwall’s oldest sport, dating back several thousand years. I’m delighted to see this tradition returning to the Beacon and hope that the tournament will become an annual event in the future. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic and come along to watch the Cornish wrestlers fight for the title of Beacon Champion on 4 July.”

M Denholm, Mayor of Bodmin, emphasized how the event underpinned the heritage aspect of Bodmin Riding Day: “Bringing Cornish wrestling back into Bodmin will be an important day for us. The Cornish Wrestling Association was formed in Bodmin in 1923 to standardise the rules and promote Cornish wrestling in Cornwall and worldwide. I am absolutely delighted that this old traditional form of sport has come back to us in my year as Mayor of the town and look forward to watching and supporting the wrestlers on what I’m sure will be an exciting day.”

The tournament starts at 2.00pm on Sunday 4 July in the wrestling ring at Bodmin Beacon and is free to watch. It is one of a number of local events being staged as part of Bodmin Riding and Heritage weekend, a celebration of local culture and history.

To find out more about the Cornish wrestling tournament, ring Coralie Barrow, Coast and Countryside Officer, on 01208 262857.
 
The Cornish Wrestling Association is keen to compile an archive on the sport and would welcome any stories about Cornish wrestling heroes. Anyone with relevant information can contact the association via their website www.cornishwrestling.co.uk or share their information with the association at the Beacon tournament on 4 July.


Adobe PDF  Cornish Wrestling Event Poster (PDF)
 


Monday 07 June 2010
AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2009/10 - NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF DATE FOR EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

In accordance with Regulations 13, 14 and 16 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003, the Accounts and other specified documents will be made available for public inspection by any interested party.

They will be available between the following dates; 22 June – 19 July 2010, Monday to Friday between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm at Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ.

Notice is given that on, or after, Tuesday 20 July 2010 local electors for the area to which the accounts relate may exercise their rights under sections 15 and 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to question the Auditor about or make objections to the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2010 in writing to: Lee Budge, District Auditor, The Audit Commission, 2nd Floor, Stephenson House, 47-49 Calenick Street, Truro, TR1 2SF.

Date: 7 June 2010

Anne McAuley FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER
  


Tuesday 18 May 2010
Commemorative Book Presented to Bodmin Library

The Presentation
The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Bob Micek, presented the Bodmin Field of Hope Commemorative Book to Jesse Foot of Bodmin Library on Tuesday 18 May 2010.

The Commemorative Book has been put together with names of loved ones recorded and for whom daffodil bulbs have been planted at the Bodmin Field of Hope at Priory Lawn.

The book also contains photographs from the planting day to when the Field was in full bloom. 5,000 golden daffodils bloomed in February and March and provided a spectacular display and the appeal has raised £1025 in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The book can now be viewed and is held in the Cornish Studies section at Bodmin Library.

Photo left to right: Lynda Thomas (Community Fundraising Manager with Marie Curie Cancer Care), Councillor R J Micek (Mayor of Bodmin), Jesse Foot (Bodmin Library) and Kim Mullis (Bodmin Town Council).
  


Wednesday 28 April 2010
A successful day out for Beacon Dog walkers

More than 150 people turned out on Bodmin Beacon for a chance to learn more about looking after man's best friend.

Organised by Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council, Pets Corner and two local dog behaviorists the event on Sunday 11th of April was a chance to take your canine pet for a free health check offered by the charity, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

The PDSA said: “The day was a total success we checked 43 dogs and our target is 22”.

There was a steady flow of people visiting the veterinary nurse who checked, teeth, eyes and ears, while giving advice on diet and exercise. Also on hand were St Francis Home for Animals who were offering discounted dog chipping, and Bonofido and Come to Heal dog behaviour specialists who ran workshops and a fun and games session for dogs of all abilities. Pets Corner a local shop supplied prizes and supported the day with a harness display.

Chairman of the Beacon Management Advisory Group, Peter Davies said: "The Beacon event provided a great opportunity to meet with fellow users (and their dogs) and provided to be a well attended and positive occasion.”
  


Tuesday 13 April 2010
Marie Curie Coffee Morning A Success

The Daffodil Field of Hope
The Daffodil Field of Hope
Last Friday, Bodmin Town Council hosted a coffee morning in support of the Field of Hope planted last Autumn in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Supporters were invited along for a coffee and delicious cake and had the opportunity to view the Commemorative Book where names were added in memory of loved ones and visitors could also visit the Priory Lawn where 5,000 golden daffodils, kindly supplied by Fentongollan Flower Farm, are now in full bloom. An amazing sight and a great treat for visitors to Bodmin.

The Coffee Morning raised another £226 which brings the total raised for the new Bodmin Field of Hope to £1,051.

Lynda Thomas, Community Fundraising Manager, said “I would like to thank The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Bob Micek and members of the Town Council for helping us with this new project for the town.

Bodmin Field of Hope is now one of thousands of Fields planted throughout the UK on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care. If anybody would still like to have a name included in the book or make a donation please call us at the Truro office on 01872 260 500. The book will be placed at Bodmin Library once updated towards the end of April.” To access a Marie Curie Nurse, speak to your GP or district nurse. For more information, please visit: http://www.mariecurie.org.uk
  


Tuesday 23 March 2010
Marie Curie Coffee Morning - Friday 9 April 2010 at 10.00 a.m

Daffodils
Daffodils
The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor R J Micek will be hosting a Marie Curie Coffee Morning on Friday 9 April 2010 at 10.00 a.m. in the Shire House Suite. This follows on from the Field of Hope daffodil planting event on the Priory Lawn in which the Council, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, participated and helped to raise funds back in November 2009.

It is hoped that this event will go some way in raising additional funds for Marie Curie and as such all are welcome to attend. It would also be greatly appreciated if anyone is able to make and donate any cakes/refreshments to sell on the day.

Lynda Thomas, Community Fundraising Manager for Marie Curie will be attending the coffee morning and bringing along the Commemorative Book which includes all the dedications made by those people who kindly sponsored the daffodils in memory of loved ones.


Adobe PDFEvent Poster (PDF).
  


Wednesday 17 March 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – ‘20’S PLENTY FOR US’

On Friday 26 March 2010 at 7.00 p.m. in the Shire House Suite, Bodmin Town Council will host a Public Meeting which will include a presentation by Rod King of the ‘20’s Plenty for Us’ organization.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider the concept of a 20 m.p.h speed limit throughout Bodmin, in order to improve road safety for the local community.

This meeting was instigated following representations to the Council by the St Nicholas Street Traffic Calming and Conservation Group.

It is anticipated that representatives from the Police, Cornwall Council and various other local organisations will be in attendance at this meeting and members of the public are invited to attend and join the debate.

  


Friday 05 February 2010
Town Council Welcomes Haiti fundraisers to Shire Hall

Shelterbox and Town Council
Haiti Fundraisers Shelterbox and Bodmin Town Council
Outside Shire Hall
Following the recent devastating news of the earthquake in Haiti, an enthusiastic team from Cornwall College Business decided to do something to help.

They chose to join forces with the local charity Shelterbox to raise money and help with the vital aid work they are carrying out for the people of Haiti.

The team completed a walk of approximately 85 miles between Wednesday 3 February and Friday 5 February. The walk commenced from the Cornwall College campus at Saltash via the St Austell campus, the second day took them on to the Camborne campus, before finishing at the Business Space in Truro on 5th February. The route took the team through many towns and villages, allowing them to collect along the way and a shelterbox was carried by the team for the duration of the walk.

As a gesture of support for the good work being undertaken by the team, the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor R J Micek and Bodmin Town Council welcomed the team to Shire Hall on Wednesday 3 February and provided them with light refreshments to see them on their way on the next leg of their journey to St Austell.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity, specializing in emergency shelter provision. We instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each box supplies a family of ten with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced.

Since 2001, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following over 80 disasters in more than 52 countries.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to this worthwhile cause can visit the Shelterbox webpage at: http://www.justgiving.com/ccb-shelterbox

Pictured are the team from Cornwall College Business outside Shire Hall along with Councillor R J Micek (Mayor of Bodmin), Mrs Rita Micek (Mayoress of Bodmin) and Councillor E T Denholm.


NEWS UPDATE...   (Mar 23 2010)

Cornwall College Business have announced that as a result of their efforts and the generosity of the public, they were able to raise £4,656.00 for the Shelterbox charity.



  


Tuesday 02 February 2010
St Piran's Day - 5 March 2010

Friday 5 March 2010 will see the people of Bodmin commemorating and celebrating St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall.

The day begins outside the Library, with a procession commencing at 10.30am (assemble 10-10.15) including children from the town’s primary schools and Bodmin College. As the procession passes down the town’s historic Fore Street the procession will pause to pay a mark of respect at the Flamank Stone. The procession will arrive at Mount Folly where there will be speeches from local dignitaries including the Mayor and the Deputy Grand Bard, followed by rousing choruses of “Hail to the Homeland” and “Trelawney”.

After making their way to St Petroc’s Church, each school will perform songs, dances or plays associated with the rich, cultural history of Cornwall.

Androw Hawke Chairman of Bodmin St Piran’s Committee who has worked hard to facilitate the day in partnership with Bodmin Town Council said “ This event grows year on year and we are hoping for great support from the local community to make St Piran’s Day 2010, a day to remember.”

Cornish Associations from across the country have already taken up the invitation. The distinctive St Piran’s flag will be flying across the Mount Folly and there will be Cornish stalls and music. The Flag of St Piran is a vertical white cross on a black background and St Piran is said to have adopted these two colours from seeing the molten tin spilling out of the black ore in his fire.

Councillor Bob Micek the Mayor of Bodmin said “the involvement of young people is the reason why St Piran’s Day in Bodmin is so special. Their enthusiasm for Bodmin, Cornwall and our heritage is infectious and brings the whole day to life”.

The day concludes at 19.45 on Mount Folly when Trelawney will be sung following the evening procession which leaves the Library at 18:30pm (assemble 18.00-18.15) led by Cornish Piper Merv Davey and the town’s cadet and scout organisations.

CONTACTS: Androw Hawke, Chairman – Bodmin St Piran Committee 07050209716 Paul O’Callaghan, Town Clerk, Bodmin Town Council 01208 76616.

STALLS on MOUNT FOLLY: Cornish Language Partnership, Cornish Language Fellowship, Cornish Tartan Store, Cornwall Family History Service, Cornwall Heritage Trust, Cornwall Centre for Volunteers.

Adobe PDFView Programme of Events (PDF)

  


Thursday 14 January 2010
Irish Yew Trees – The Old Cemetery, Bodmin

The Old Cemetery
The Old Cemetery
Further to Advice from the County Forestry Officer, Bodmin Town Council will be carrying out remedial pruning of all the Irish Yew Trees in the Old Cemetery, Bodmin.

These trees have not been pruned for a number of years and for their long term health and survival, it is recommended to reduce the height of the majority to around 6 feet. For the poorer specimens, the height will be further reduced to around 3 or 4 feet to give them the best chance of regeneration.

The trees will then undergo an annual prune to maintain their height, and we are expecting that the arisings will then be able to be used for medicinal purposes, in the production of anti-cancer drugs.

Anyone requiring further information can contact Judith Hayes (Projects Assistant) or Stephen Facer (DCE) at Bodmin Town Council on 01208 76616.

  


Monday 04 January 2010
Ancient Tradition Restores Link To Town

Bodmin Wassailers
Bodmin Wassailers
Bodmin’s Wassailers, who receive traditional hospitality at 15 to 20 houses throughout the town on '12th Night' (6th January, being 12 days from Christmas Day) will restore a link with Bodmin Town Council dating back to the seventeenth century when they commission a new Wassailing Bowl in the presence of the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Bob Micek.

Dressed in top hats, dickie bows, waistcoats and tails, Bodmin Wassailers are one of only two surviving traditional visiting Wassails and are very different from Apple Tree Wassails. The Bodmin Wassail is unique in that records confirm it has survived continuously since 1640 although it was certainly well established even then.  The male only group visit houses in Bodmin singing two songs – again this is unique – one when seeking entry and another upon leaving – in return for hospitality and donations to local charities.

In the last three years the wassailers have extended the custom by going out in the afternoon to residential and nursing homes, shops and the library. Vic Legg said “This extends the tradition to many more people in the town. Wassail is a living tradition in Bodmin and is changing and developing all the time so who knows what the future may bring.”

Bodmin’s Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan said “The town council is delighted once again to contribute to the tradition of wassail. I shall be following in the footsteps of my predeccessor Nicholas Sprey when I fill the wassail bowl with fine wine as it begins its twelve hour journey across our town.”


Adobe PDFRead the full article about Bodmin Wassailers here which also has links to more information(PDF).
  


Thursday 03 December 2009
Bodmin Christmas Lights Switch-On

Christmas 2009
Mayer, Mayeress and Elves...
Mayor, Mayoress and Elves...
Bodmin’s Christmas celebrations kicked off at 6pm on Friday 27th November with entertainment by the Pirate FM Roadshow. Father Graham from St Petroc’s Church led a lively procession of school children singing carols along Fore Street and onto the Mount Folly, where they were met by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Maggie Denholm. Carol singing on the folly was led by Alicia Allen of Bodmin College.

The whole of the Mount Folly area was thronged with people of all ages enjoying the festive atmosphere and music. Cornwall’s girl band, Eden, supported by ‘Charlie’ who has been touring with Pirate FM performed their song and dance routines. On the invitation of the Mayor, Councillor Bob Micek, Ros and Leah McNary on behalf of ‘Help for Heroes’ switched on the lights of the magnificent Christmas tree on the Folly.

The street entertainment, Chloe the Clown and the juggler, was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed by the young people. The star of the show was Father Christmas accompanied by his helpful elves, in his magical grotto in the Shire Hall, who gave presents to over a hundred children.

Despite the inclement weather the event was a huge success and the organisers Bodmin Town Council and the Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to thank everyone who had contributed to the evening including Julian Murch, Andy Rowe and their team for repairing and putting up the Christmas lights around the town, Barnecutts, Morrisons and Asda for their donations and the ladies from the Inner Wheel for handing out the mince pies.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to One and All


Wednesday 18 November 2009
Citizen’s Award for Museum Curator

Citizen's Award for Bodmin's
Mrs Tooze receives Citizen's Award
Museum Curator, Mrs Tooze
The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor R J Micek hosted the Museum Luncheon on Friday 6 November 2009, at which he was extremely pleased to present Mrs Maureen Tooze with a Citizens Award on behalf of Bodmin Town Council.

Mrs Tooze recently announced her resignation from the post of Honorary Curator after more than twenty four years which represents a wealth of hard work, pride and dedication to preserve the culture, heritage and history of the town.

Mrs Tooze (picture right with her husband Brian on far right) was born and has spent her entire life in Bodmin and will continue to work as a volunteer in the Museum following her retirement.

The Council were also pleased to note that Mrs Tooze had recently scooped the first prize in the inaugural Cornwall Celebrates Volunteers Awards in the Cornwall Celebrates Culture category.


Tuesday 17 November 2009
Footsteps To Copenhagen - Cyclists arrive in Bodmin.

Footsteps To Copenhagen
Cyclists arrive on Mount Folly
Cyclists arrive in Bodmin
“Footsteps to Copenhagen” is an initiative set up by a range of local organisations including Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall WI, Cornwall Transition movement, Event Cornwall, Coast, and Truro Cathedral.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of climate change in the lead up to the United Nations talks taking place in Copenhagen in December.

Declarations and pledges signed by people throughout Cornwall were recently collected and carried by a relay of cyclists starting in Penzance on October 24 October and ending at Saltash on Saturday 31 October.

During their journey, the cyclists arrived on October 28 in Bodmin where they were met by the Reverend Canon Minors on Mount Folly (see picture right).

The promotion of the “Cornish Declaration”, which sets out the intentions of Cornwall residents and visitors to lead sustainable lives, urges the Government to be instrumental in reaching a deal at Copenhagen which will keep global temperature rise to below the critical 2°C.

For more information about the initiative, you can view Truro Cathedral website's feature or download the document; Cornwall's March To Copenhagen! here:

Adobe PDF Cornwall's March To Copenhagen! (pdf) 

Footsteps to Copenhagen Project Co-ordinator
Luci Scholes
luciclaire@yahoo.com
01872 241239
07909 530 730



Thursday 5 November 2009
Bodmin Christmas Lights Event - Friday 27 November 2009

Switching on Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights Event
Friday 27 November 2009
The kick-off to Bodmin’s Christmas celebrations takes place on Friday 27 November when young and old are invited to come along to Mount Folly and enjoy the music of Pirate FM and local girl band Eden from 6.00 p.m.

At approximately 6.30 p.m. Father Graham, St Petroc’s Church Choir and Father Christmas will lead the children’s lantern-lit procession which will assemble outside the Library and process down Fore Street, singing carols along the way.

On reaching Mount Folly the procession will be welcomed by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Maggie Denholm, who will join in the carol singing accompanied by Bodmin College Jazz Band.

At approximately 7.15 p.m. the lights of the Christmas tree will be switched on, followed by Father Graham and the choir leading the singing of more traditional carols on the Folly.

The Visitor Information Centre will be hosting a Santa’s Grotto where children can meet Father Christmas and receive a gift and there will also be an opportunity to join the Mayor for light refreshments in the Shire Hall. The Jury Box Gift Shop within the Shire Hall will remain open for the evening.

Throughout the evening many of Bodmin’s shops will also remain open and there will be street entertainment including Juggler Dan Brazier and Chloe the Clown to add to the festive atmosphere.

To promote this event and attract visitors, Bodmin Town Council have agreed to provide free parking in Priory Car Park from 6.00 p.m.

Both the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Council would like to thank Morrison’s Supermarket and Malcolm Barnecutt’s for their support by generously donating 1,000 and 300 mince pies respectively.

Thanks are also due to Julian Murch, Andy Rowe and their team of dedicated volunteers who assist with this event year on year by carrying out maintenance to the Christmas lights, testing of electrics, as well as the putting up and taking down of the lights in all weathers. The Town Council would also wish to extend its thanks to Chris Wilkes, Chairman of Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Elaine Ferguson.


Wednesday 21 October 2009
Footsteps To Copenhagen

“Footsteps to Copenhagen” is an initiative set up by a range of local organisations including Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall WI, Cornwall Transition movement, Event Cornwall, Coast, and Truro Cathedral.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of climate change in the lead up to the United Nations talks taking place in Copenhagen in December.

One of the key elements is the promotion of the “Cornish Declaration” which sets out the intentions of Cornwall residents and visitors to lead sustainable lives and urges the Government to be instrumental in reaching a deal at Copenhagen which will keep global temperature rise to below the critical 2°C.

Members of the public are also being encouraged to sign up to the Initiative’s top ten pledges about personal actions they can take to mitigate climate change.

Declarations and pledges signed by people throughout Cornwall will be collected and carried by a relay of cyclists starting in Penzance on October 24 October and arriving in Saltash on Saturday 31 October. The cyclists will be visiting key villages and towns along the way where they will gather up declarations and pledges collected from the public and organisations by local event organisers.

For more information about the initiative, you can view Truro Cathedral website's feature or download the document; Cornwall's March To Copenhagen! here:

Adobe PDF Cornwall's March To Copenhagen! (pdf) 

Footsteps to Copenhagen Project Co-ordinator
Luci Scholes
luciclaire@yahoo.com
01872 241239
07909 530 730



Friday 16 October 2009
Shire Hall Scoops Two Cornwall Tourism Awards!

Winners!
The VIC team celebrate
The VIC team celebrates
Bodmin Visitor Centre is top of the pops - and that's official.

The centre and staff have scooped the top tourism ‘Oscar’ for Visitor Centre of the Year, 2009, at the prestigious annual Cornwall Tourism Awards, held at the Headland Hotel in Newquay.

Beating off competition from across the County, Bodmin proved they are the best at giving all visitors to the Information Centre what they want – good, up-to-date information and exceptional levels of customer care.

Being the winner of the Cornwall Tourism Best TIC Award is not a new experience to the team at Bodmin. They have entered seven out of the eight years the Awards have been running – winning the gold, four times and the silver, three times.

“It was very much a team effort,” said Wendy Wright, tourism officer. “We have great esprit de corps and always put our customers at the centre of everything we do.”

“The staff are always looking for ways to drive up their standards. This summer one of the most popular improvements to the VIC services was the creation of a range of leaflets on free and purse-friendly days out. ”

But the success didn’t end there. The Courtroom Experience visitor attraction which is a re-creation of a real Victorian murder trial, was awarded the Bronze award for Best small Visitor Attraction in Cornwall, with Pendennis Castle taking the Silver award and Penlee House in Penzance taking the Gold.

Wendy said “This was the first time the Courtroom Experience had been entered into the Tourism Awards so to be awarded the bronze was such good news. Bodmin has really been put on the tourist map.”

The team at the Shire Hall including Wendy Wright, Debbie Noyce, Clare Trudgeon, Monique Jeffrey-Jones and Dawn Roberts are now eagerly awaiting news to see whether the Visitor Centre has been short listed in the regional South West awards.

Councillor Michelle Griffiths, Chairman of the Town Council’s Promotions Committee, commented “To remain in the top echelons of the Cornwall Tourism Awards year on year is a remarkable achievement and only possible with huge amounts of hard work and dedication – this is great news for the Shire Hall team and for Bodmin!”


Tuesday 13 October 2009
Beacon LNR User Survey

The Beacon LNR
The Beacon LNR
In February 2009 Bodmin Beacon celebrated the completion of a new stewardship agreement with Natural England securing £120,000 worth of funding.

The funding will help the reserve reach its full potential as a haven for wildlife and a local educational and community resource.

If you would like to provide some feed back about the Local Nature Reserve, please download the questionnaire and return to: Bodmin Town Council, Shire House, Mount Folly, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ.


Adobe PDF Beacon LNR General User Questionnaire
       (download pdf)


Monday 05 October 2009
New Field of Hope for Bodmin

Ready to plant...
Marie Curie
Marie Curie Cancer Care supporters
Bodmin Field of Hope Priory Lawn, Priory Park.

By kind permission of Bodmin Town Council 5,000 Daffodil bulbs will be planted on 15 November between 11am and 2pm by Marie Curie Cancer Care supporters as a symbol of hope and remembrance.

You can sponsor a daffodil in memory of a loved one and have their name entered in the Commemorative Book - money raised will help fund the Marie Curie Nurses working in the homes of terminally ill people in your area.

We are seeking help from local organisations and individuals to help with planting and promotion of this new project. If you would like to help in anyway please call the fundraising office. Bulbs for this project have been donated by The Hosking Family of Fentongollan Farm, St. Michael Penkivel. Marie Curie Cancer Care is working in partnership with Bodmin Town Council.

To sponsor a bulb or for more information please call the fundraising office on 01872 260500 or download a coupon / form to print and fill in the details to send here. These forms are also available at are available from Reception at Bodmin Town Council, Shire House.


Monday 28 September 2009
Beast of Bodmin colouring competition

Over the summer months, staff from Mount Folly Square’s Shire Hall invited visitors to come and design what they thought the elusive Beast of Bodmin might look like.

There were over 300 designs – some traditional black-panther style, others with multi-coloured stripes and some were even covered with glitter and brightly coloured feathers- but it was Nevena Solomon’s ingenious use of recycled sweet wrappers and attention to detail that really caught the judge’s eye.

The Mayor said “There were so many imaginative designs but Nevena’s Beast of Bodmin really stood out. I love the way she used recycled materials. She really does deserve to win the top prize”.

Nevena was invited to the Shire Hall where the Mayor and Mayoress gave their congratulations and presented Nevena who is eight years old, with her very own Beast of Bodmin and commemorative certificate.

The runners-up in the competition were 10 year old, Erin Cryer from Lancashire and Bet Saunders from Romsey in Hampshire.

To see images of the results and Nevena Solomon's winning entry, connect to Bodmin's Visitor Information Website.


Monday 21 September 2009
Shire Hall celebrates a double success!

It was smiles all round this week at Mount Folly’s Shire Hall, as the staff received news that they have yet again been recognised as one of the best in Cornwall.

The Visitor Information Centre has been short listed in this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards and will be announced as the Gold, Silver or Bronze award winner at a black tie gala evening on 15th October at the Headland Hotel, Newquay.

But the celebration doesn’t end with the Visitor Information Centre.

Following the news a few weeks back that the Courtroom Experience Visitor Attraction was named in Little Chef’s guide as one of the top family days out in the UK, the staff were delighted to hear that the Courtroom too has been short listed for an award for the best small visitor attraction in the county.

Tourism Officer, Wendy Wright said “On hearing the news I was absolutely delighted for all the staff at the Shire Hall. They really deserve this recognition, be it Gold, Silver or Bronze, I am very proud of them” .

The team at the Shire Hall are no stranger to success at the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Last year they were awarded the Silver for best Tourist Information Centre and in 2007 they were announced as the Gold winner.


Monday 27 July 2009
Green Flag Award for second year for Beacon LNR

Green Flag Award
Green Flag Award for Beacon LNR
Bodmin Beacon LNR
Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to announce that the Beacon Local Nature Reserve (LNR) has won the Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, for the second year running.

Councillor Spear, Chairman of Bodmin Town Council's Properties Committee said, ‘The Beacon continues to be a unique and quality public open space on the doorstep of the town and this excellent reaccreditation with the Green Flag Award for 2009 recognises the hard work and progress that has been made. However, there is a lot more work to do and with the ongoing support and partnership with Cornwall Council and Natural England the Beacon will continue to be a real asset for the town.'

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. Retaining the Green Flag for a further year is a reflection of the hard work that goes into managing the site and the progress that has been made in developing the site under the Higher Level Stewardship Agreement from Natural England.

The Beacon LNR is managed in partnership between Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council and with the valuable input of the community representatives who participate in the Beacon Management Advisory Group.

Pictured with the Green Flag on the Beacon are: Councillor R J Micek, Mayor of Bodmin; Councillor P Kerridge, Bodmin Town Council; Peter Davies, Chairman, Beacon Management Advisory Group; David Ferris, Community Representative & Beacon Management Advisory Group Member and Peter Gardener, Cornwall Council Sites & Trails Ranger.
 


Friday 24 July 2009
Bodmin Court Room Experience listed in top 51 attractions...

Court Room Experience
Charlotte Dymond Courtroom Experience
Guilty or not guilty?
Little Chef Reveals the UK’s Top 51 Family Days Out

-  Public nominations highlight some hidden treasures

- The Courtroom Experience at Bodmin’s Shire Hall comes 33rd in new Summer Guide

The Courtroom Experience at Bodmin’s Shire Hall, which is a recreation of a Cornish Victorian murder trial, has beaten off stiff competition from the UK’s top visitor attractions to be crowned number 33, in a brand new family days out guide created from public nominations.

When research earlier this year showed that British families were not spending enough quality time together, the iconic roadside restaurant chain Little Chef decided to do something about it and launched its Bring Back Family Days Out campaign. Public nominations flooded in, with families sharing their personal favourites, including both high profile attractions and places off the beaten track.

The final top 51 – chosen to celebrate 51 years of Little Chef restaurants - was based on the number of nominations, the accessibility, cost and appeal to a family group. The guide, available in all Little Chef restaurants and at www.littlechef.co.uk, includes something for everyone with excursions including well known destinations such as Alton Towers, Legoland and London Zoo, plus hidden gems such as The Forbidden Corner, Ironbridge Gorge museum, Towneley Hall in Burnley, Alnwick Castle and The Courtroom Experience.

Tom Hutton, one of the authors of a Rough Guide to Britain, said: “Ask the majority of adults to list the things they remember most about their childhood, and the odds are that days out with the family will be one of them. “The final 51 is an eclectic mix of days out demonstrating the range of fascinating things to do and beautiful places to visit in the UK. It’s great that the public hasn’t overlooked the less obvious attractions either.”

Cathy Stevenson, Marketing Director at Little Chef, said: “We’re really pleased with the response we have had to the Family Days Out campaign and hope that the guide will provide much needed inspiration to many families over the summer holidays and beyond. “Many of the attractions are free or have low entry fees, making it really easy for families to spend time together. The Out and About map, available in restaurants, also has a number of discount vouchers to help a make things even easier.”

The 51 Days Out guide can be found online at www.littlechef.co.uk and on the Out and About map, which can be picked up free of charge in all Little Chef restaurants.

The Top 51 Days Out:

1 The Forbidden Corner
2 Brighton Pier
3 Day out in York
4 Alton Towers
5 Legoland Windsor
6 Ironbridge Gorge Museum
7 Blackpool Pleasure Beach
8 Natural History Museum
9 Alnwick Castle
10 Towneley Hall Estate & Park 11 London Zoo
12 Chessington World of Adventures
13 Chester Zoo
14 Eden Project
15 Cadbury World
16 Keswick
17 Drayton Manor Theme Park
18 Heights of Abraham
19 Longleat House & Safari Park
20 Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
21 Leeds Castle
22 Warwick Castle
23 Magna
24 Lost Gardens of Heligan
25 Wroxham/Hoveton/Norfolk Broads
26 Charmouth Beach
27 Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
28 Glasgow Science Centre
29 Twycross Zoo
30 Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
31 Camperdown Country Park
32 Aberdeen Maritime Museum
33 Courtroom Experience
34 East Somerset Railway
35 Howletts Wild Animal Park
36 Carlisle Castle
37 Cannon Hall
38 Cambridge University Botanic Garden
39 Salcey Forest
40 RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve
41 Carsington Water
42 Look Out Discovery Centre
43 Hatfield House
44 St Leonards Farm Park
45 Nature in Art
46 National Forest Llama Trek
47 Abbotsbury Swannery
48 Markeaton Park, Derby
49 Woking Lightbox
50 Lichfield's Children's Trail
51 Moss Bank Park

The Courtroom Experience is open Monday to Saturday. First session is at 11am and runs on the hour throughout the day. The last session is at 4pm. A family ticket is £9.80. Find out more about the Courtroom Experience.


 


Monday 29 June 2009
Temporary Closure of Priory Park - Children's Play Area

Temporary closure of play area
Monkey Tree coming down
The Monkey Puzzle tree was control felled this morning (Monday 29 June 2009) at 10.15 a.m. by Special Branch Trees.

The Priory Park children's play area will remain closed for the duration of the works.

Bodmin Town Council apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For further information, please contact Stephen Facer, Deputy Chief Executive on 01208 76616.
 
 


Monday 22 June 2009
Computers 4 Africa - Local Appeal

Computers 4 Africa would like to invite to donate your unwanted PCs, laptops and any other working IT Equipment.

Your donated IT equipment will be sent to school children across Africa and will be used to teach them vital skills.

On 14th and 15th July, Computers 4 Africa will be holding an appeal at Former Focus, Respryn Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DQ, between 9AM- 5PM (see website for more details). You are welcome to drop in and donate your unwanted PC’s, laptops, notebooks, monitors, etc that are less than 5 years old and that are in working condition.

All computers donated to us are securely data-wiped before being shipped to Africa.

Computers 4 Africa’s desire is to see children in Africa reach their full potential. Although we know that computer lessons are not the only way to educate a child, IT education is a useful tool that provides a child with the opportunity to develop a skill that can transform his or her life and the lives of their future families.
 
 


Wednesday 3 June 2009
Audit of Accounts 2008/09

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF DATE FOR EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003, the Accounts and other specified documents will be made available for public inspection by any interested party. They will be available between the following dates;

17 June - 14 July 2009, Monday to Friday Between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm

at Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ

Notice is given that on, or after, Wednesday 15 July 2009 local electors for the area to which the accounts relate may exercise their rights under Sections 15 and 16 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to question the Auditor about or make objections to the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2009 in writing to: Alun Williams, District Auditor, The Audit Commission, 2nd Floor, Stephenson House, 47-49 Calenick Street, Truro, TR1 2SF.
 
 


Friday 5 May 2009
D Day Commemoration and Parade

D Day Commemoration
Beacon Management Representatives
Standards Parading at the event in 2004
On Sunday 14 June 2009, the Cornwall Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be parading and laying up their Standard.

The Council very much hopes that the public will turn out in their numbers to support this Commemoration as it is only because of the great service of these brave men and their colleagues in Normandy in 1944 that we can all enjoy the civil liberties that we do today.

The Normandy Veterans Association commemorates all those men who fought on and after D Day in 1944 to liberate France, Belgium and the Netherlands from enemy occupation; which was a pivotal campaign in the Second World War and a turning point in bringing peace to Europe.

The Parade will assemble in Priory Park, Bodmin at 2 p.m. on Sunday 14 June 2009. Following a short Service of Commemoration at the War Memorial, the Veterans will parade to St Petroc’s Church Bodmin where the Standard will be laid up. The Lord Lieutenant, Lady Mary Holborrow will take the salute.

The Mayor, Councillor Bob Micek, commented ‘this will be a particularly poignant occasion and a chance for Civic Dignitaries from across the County to pay respects to these brave Veterans as it is likely that because of their increasing frailty, the youngest members of the Association are approaching their mid-80s and some members are much older, that this will be their final parade’.

Notes for Editors

Further information about this event is available from Paul O’Callaghan (Town Clerk) or Laura Hancock (Executive Assistant)

Bodmin Town Council Shire House Mount folly Square Bodmin PL31 2DQ
t– 01208 76616
f – 01208 264764
e- paul.ocallaghan@bodmin.gov.uk or laura.hancock@bodmin.gov.uk

Further information about the Normandy Veterans Association is available from: Mr Eric Lomax, Hon Treasurer, Cornwall Branch Normandy Veterans Association - (01736) 374195.

 


Tuesday 5 May 2009
Beacon Local Nature Reserve Higer Level Stewardship Agreement

Beacon Local Nature Reserve
Beacon Management Representatives
Beacon Management Representatives
On Tuesday 21 April 2009 the newly formed Beacon Management Advisory Group celebrated the success of entering into a new ten year Agreement with Natural England.

The Higher Level Stewardship Agreement replaces the former Countryside Stewardship Agreements that were previously in place on an individual basis with Bodmin Town Council and North Cornwall District Council.

This new Agreement takes a holistic view of the site and will enable the implementation and the delivery of the aspirations detailed with the Management Plan for the Beacon local Nature Reserve, which will lead to on site improvements for the promotion of the wildlife and for the benefit of the many users and visitors to the Reserve.

The Beacon is a unique Local Nature Reserve given its close proximity and location in relation to the town centre and affords people the opportunity to discover nature on their doorstep. With the formation of a Management Advisory Group for the Reserve, which includes a balance of Community and local council representation, the public’s interest and views will be a key factor to the development of the Beacon Local Nature Reserve.

(Pictured Above: left to right are: Sarah Knight, Community Representative, Beacon Management Advisory Group, Jon Cripps, Cornwall Council, Coralie Barrow, Coast & Countryside Officer, Cornwall Council, Peter Davies, Chairman, Beacon Management Advisory Group, Peter Gardner, Cornwall Council, Stephen Facer, Deputy Chief Executive, Bodmin Town Council, Hugh Tyler, Natural England Advisor (front) and David Ferris, Community Representative, Beacon Management Advisory Group).

For more information about the Beacon Local Nature Reserve, please contact Stephen Facer, Deputy Chief Executive via e-mail stephen.facer@bodmin.gov.u
 


Wednesday 29 April 2009
Daring to mention "Christmas" in April?

Christmas 2009
Turning on the Christmas Lights
Can your business take part?
Although Christmas may seem a long way off, the Bodmin Christmas Lights Committee thought you might be interested to learn what is being put in place to make Christmas 2009 a special event in Bodmin town centre:

:- Switching On Event...

This year the Christmas lights will be put up on Sunday 22 November, with the official switching-on event (including late night shopping and entertainment on the Mount Folly) taking place on Friday 27 November.

:- Gutter Cleaning...

During the course of the summer months, engineers will be checking the electrics and fittings for the lighting on the exterior of the buildings using a cherry picker. This will provide an opportunity to check and/or clean the guttering on your property.  Why not take advantage of this opportunity by making a donation to ‘Bodmin Town Christmas Lights’.

:- Small Christmas Trees...

If you would like to purchase a small Christmas tree for display outside your shop, please contact Elaine Ferguson on 01208 269250 who will be pleased to take your order and make the necessary arrangements for the fixing of the tree.

:- Sponsorship...

We hope that many businesses in the town will want to take part. If you would like to sponsor some of the lighting or make a donation, please contact Bodmin Town Council on 01208 76616. Alternatively you may wish to volunteer with the Bodmin Christmas Lights Committee who maintain, repair and erect the lights. Please contact Andy Rowe on 01208 73847 or Julian Murch on 01208 269523 for further information.
 
To obtain further information on any of the above please contact Chris Wilkes (Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry) on 07968 488282 or Bodmin Town Council on 01208 76616. Visit the Bodmin Town Christmas Lights website at – www.bodmin-christmas-lights.co.uk

  Christmas Lights 2009 Poster (PDF) Download


- Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry - working with Bodmin Town Council -
 
 


Friday 24 April 2009
CleanCornwall Week

CleanCornwall Week
CleanCornwall
Staff making a difference
On Thursday 23 April 2009 Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council worked in partnership to litter pick Kinsman Estate and Treningle View, before setting off across the Beacon Local Nature Reserve.

All of this work was carried out as part of CleanCornwall week. A large amount of litter was collected and in some cases it is disappointing to note that a proportion of this waste comes from instances of illegal fly tipping, which was uncovered as part of boundary hedge maintenance work on the Beacon Local Nature Reserve.

With the removal of this material from site, the identified areas will be monitored in the future to deal with any recurring / repeat problems.

Feedback from the staff involved on the day highlight another negative aspect that detracts from the natural wildlife and beauty that the Beacon Local Nature Reserve has to offer on the doorstep to the town.

A small minority of dog owners are continuing to fail in their responsibility to pick up after their pets and dog fouling is an unacceptable practice and one which can lead to health risks for both people and other dogs as well as being unsightly and a bad experience, should you be unlucky enough to step in it.

Please pick up after your pets and help look after the Beacon Local Nature Reserve. The Beacon LNR is an 84 acre site for the preservation and promotion of wildlife and it would be a pity if this was spilt by a few inconsiderate people.

 


Thursday 12 March 2009
Annual Town Meeting - Thursday 19 March 2009

Bodmin Town Council’s Annual Town Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 19 March 2009 prior to the Finance, Staffing and Performance Management meeting.

This meeting is open to members of the public, who are able to ask the Council questions. Any Bodmin Town resident wishing to raise specific matters which require detailed answers is requested to give prior notice with details in writing to the Town Clerk, Council Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ.

The Council is particularly pleased to welcome Dean Ashton, Corporate Director for Children, Schools and Families for the new Cornwall Council as the guest speaker. He will be providing a presentation entitled ‘Some Numbers’ which provides an overview of the challenges faced by the new unitary authority and outlines its aspirations for the future.

 


Monday 08 February 2009
Quality Town Council Status re-accredited for Bodmin

Quality Town Council Status
Quality Town Council Status Re-accredited
Cllr Lance Kennedy with Sue Swift
Bodmin Town Council is pleased to inform that it has been reaccredited with Quality Town Council status.

The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 following the Government's Rural White Paper, 2000.

The aim of the Scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils. The Scheme is supported by six National Stakeholders, the Commission for Rural Communities, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Local Government Association, the National Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks.

The Council was awarded Quality Status in November 2004, which is a demonstration of the high standard that the Council has achieved across a wide range of criteria. The Scheme was amended in June 2008 to include additional tests to better reflect the increased professionalism of local councils. In order to achieve Quality Status, parish and town councils must demonstrate that they have reached the standard required by passing a range of tests on electoral mandate, qualifications of the clerk, council meetings, communication and community engagement, annual report, accounts, Code of Conduct, promoting local democracy and citizenship, terms and conditions and training. Bodmin Town Council has been reaccredited against this expanded range of criteria.

The Mayor, Councillor Bob Micek, commented, ‘I am extremely pleased that the Council has been reaccredited as a Quality Town Council which reflects the Council’s high standards and is effectively a ‘kite mark’ demonstrating best practice in all areas of governance.’

Picture shows former Mayor, Councillor Lance Kennedy, being presented with the Quality Status certificate by Councillor Sue Swift, Chairman of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils at their Annual Conference in Truro on Saturday 7 February 2009.

 


Thursday 22 January 2009
Ever wondered where your recycling goes...?

Recycling
What happens to your recycling?
Bodmin Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is holding a Half Term Open Day on Thursday 19th February from 9am to 3pm.

There will be hourly tours of the recycling facility where visitors will be able to see where half of Cornwall’s recycling is processed before it is sent on to become another product.

WRAP and Recycle for Cornwall will also be at the event giving advice on composting and recycling as well as running paper-making and compost safari workshops.

To book your place on the MRF tours please contact the SITA Cornwall Helpdesk 08456 300 300 and select option 1.

 



Tuesday 6 January 2009
Garden Waste Sacks Available from Town Council Offices

Bodmin Town Council Offices now stock Garden Waste Sacks for grass cuttings which are removed by local waste services and recycled as compost.

You can obtain these sacks from the Council Office Reception on Mount Folly.

Sacks cost 25 pence each or £5.00 for a bundle of 25.

 


Thursday 11 December 2008
Bodmin Framework Development Brief

The latest Development Brief document for Fore Street North and South is available to download here in two parts.

A display of the Development Plan can be seen at Shire Hall's Visitor Information Centre in Bodmin which will be shown until mid January.

To download, right click on each part and select Save Target As. Save to your Desktop and open with Adobe Reader 7 or above. You can download Adobe Reader for free here.

Adobe PDF  Bodmin Framework Development Brief - Part 1 PDF  (Sections 1-3)

Adobe PDF  Bodmin Framework Development Brief - Part 2 PDF  (Sections 4-6)

 


Monday 8 December 2008
Bodmin Lichen and Fungi Event...

Bodmin Lichen and Fungi Event
Headstones and crosses in Berry Cemetery
Headstones in Berry Cemetery
A report by Liz Cartwright, Cornwall Wildlife Trust
 
Twenty two people attended the St Petroc’s and Berry Tower Cemetery lichen and fungi event on the 15 November in Bodmin.

The event was organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust for the Cornwall’s Living Churchyards Project with help from two local experts in the form of Bob Hodgson, a lichen specialist and Pauline Penna from the Cornwall Fungus Recording Group.

The most interesting areas for lichens in St Petroc’s churchyard were the north wall of the church and the Chapel of St Thomas Becket where the yellow/orange crust Xantholyta chrysodeta (a very uncommon species for Cornwall) was noted. Trees in St Petroc’s churchyard and Berry Tower Cemetery were of moderate interest for lichens. The stone and granite crosses in Berry Tower Cemetery were interesting but the limestone and slate stones were less so. Approximately 70 species of lichen were identified at each site.

With regard to fungi, the mown grass around St Petroc’s provides ideal habitat for waxcaps, a group of fungi often associated with ancient grasslands. Other grassland species also occur here, one species of interest included the Cordyceps militaris or Scarlet Caterpillar Club, so called because it grows on the buried pupae of a moth. Berry Cemetery had a wider range of habitats and the decaying tree stumps were particularly fruitful; several waxcap fungi were also noted in the Cemetery.

Many enthusiastic people came from across the county to share their knowledge and learn more about lichens and fungi, so thank-you to everyone who came.


 


Wednesday 3 December 2008
Another good turn out for the great turn on...

Bodmin Lights Ceremony 2008
Ellen Hunter and Mayor of Bodmin R J Micek
Olympian Ellen Hunter with Bodmin Mayor, Councillor R J Micek
Scores of people turned out on Friday 28 November to join the turning on of the Christmas tree lights ceremony on Mount Folly, Bodmin.

Crowds were entertained on a chilly evening by Pirate FM, with dance performances by The Vanity Girls, music from Mount Charles Band to accompany the carol singing, balloon modelling from Chloe the Clown and juggling performed by Dan Brazier.

Members of Bodmin Community Church reported that they served free hot drinks to over 300 people, many of whom would have also appreciated the mince pies that were generously donated by Morrisons and Barnicutts.

After speeches from Chris Wilkes, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mick Ryan from Vitalise Churchtown, the countdown to the turning on of the lights began and Bodmin Town Council was very pleased that Olympic Gold Medalist, Ellen Hunter, was present to turn the tree lights on. Ellen, who is picture right with Bodmin Mayor R J Micek, won two gold medals for cycling during the Paralympics in Beijing.

Particular thanks are due to Julian Murch and Andy Rowe and their team of volunteers who give up their time throughout the year to prepare the lighting displays and carry out the challenging task of installing the lights and taking them down again after Christmas.


 


Wednesday 19 November 2008
Children make a difference during Clean Cornwall Week

Thomas Crane
Thomas Crane
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A Report by Sara Carthew
Community Safety Sgt, Wadebridge Police Station

On Saturday 27th September a group of children from Bodmin took part in a Litter Pick as part of the Clean Cornwall Week.

Choosing to clean the route to their school, St Petrocs, they started at the top of Pound Lane and went into Priory Park, Launceston Road, Boxwell Park and part of Love Lane.

Overall they collected 6 full bags of rubbish, from bottles and cans to bits of a babys pram!

The idea to join in came from Thomas Crane, 8 years old, who when walking to school one day saw an elderly couple picking up rubbish in Pound Lane. They saw his interest and told him that when walking into town they occasionally gathered up any rubbish to keep the environment clean for everyone to enjoy. Thomas was very impressed and asked his mum if he and his friends could help. This led to him taking part in the Clean Cornwall Week this Autumn.

North Cornwall District Council kindly provided all the equipment and protective clothing for the event.

Police Community Safety Sgt Sara Carthew who organised the event and provided information packs on community safety and health would like to say a big thank you to all those who took part, giving up their time for Community Action!


 


Tuesday 18 November 2008
Double Olympian Lights Up Bodmin

Turning on the Lights 2008
Turning on the Christmas Lights 2008

Mount Folly Bodmin
Bodmin’s Christmas celebrations will begin on Friday 28 November with the switching on of the Christmas lights.

The children’s procession will assemble at 6.25pm outside the library. The group will be led by Father Graham, St Petroc’s Choir and Father Christmas down Fore Street, singing carols accompanied by Mount Charles Band. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Maggie Denholm will then welcome the procession to Mount Folly and join in the carol singing.

Chris Wilkes, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mick Ryan from Vitalise Churchtown will give speeches prior to the switch-on at 7.10pm. The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Bob Micek will then invite Olympian Ellen Hunter to switch on the lights of the Christmas tree which will be followed by more carol singing.

Bodmin Town Council is very pleased that Ellen Hunter has agreed to switch on the Christmas lights this year. Ellen won two gold medals for cycling during the Paralympics in Beijing and is an inspiration to us all.

Why not join us for carol singing on the Mount Folly and enjoy a festive mince pie?

The organising committee would like to pay particular thanks to Morrisons and Barnecutts for their very generous donation of mince pies for this important festive occasion in the town.

There will be late night shopping throughout the evening with many of Bodmin’s shops remaining open and allowing a great opportunity to buy those special Christmas gifts. There will be other entertainment including Pirate FM, the Vanity Girls, Mount Charles Band, balloon modelling from Chloe the Clown and juggling performed by Dan Brazier. You can even get free refreshments during the evening from inside the BCA rooms on the Folly, courtesy of Bodmin Community Church.

Thanks are due to Julian Murch and Andy Rowe, and their team of volunteers who give up their time throughout the year to prepare the lighting displays and carry out the challenging task of installing the lights and taking them down again after Christmas.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the cost of installing the Christmas lights should make cheques payable to ‘Bodmin Town Christmas Lights’ and send them to Bodmin Town Council, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin PL31 2DQ.
 


Monday 17 November 2008
Nominate your school for a free day of activities

Vitalise Churchtown offers local disabled schools a free day of activities.

National Charity Vitalise is asking people from the Southwest to nominate their disabled school for the chance to win a free activity day its Churchtown Centre in Lanlivery. Pupils from the winning school will be given the chance to choose from a wide range of activities around the accessible adventure centre’s 12-acre site, including climbing and abseiling, archery, canoeing and farm activities.

Disabled Schools from the Southwest can be nominated by staff, students and parents. The selected school will then be invited to visit Vitalise Churchtown for the day between January and April 2009 and enjoy the activities on offer.

This fantastic opportunity is funded by the Friends of Churchtown, long running supporters of Vitalises Churchtown Centre in Cornwall. Set on a beautiful site in the village of Lanlivery near Bodmin, Vitalise Churchtown is a fully accessible Centre offering activity breaks, day activities and day services to adults and children with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

Churchtown has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing services for all abilities and offers a range of activities from climbing and abseiling to canoeing and archery. The Centre has a small working farm, climbing tower, zipwire and nature trail, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool.

If you would like to nominate your school, all you need to do is fill in a nomination form, available from Tamsin Whitehead on 01208 872 148, email ctevent@vitalise.org.uk or visit www.vitalise.org.uk, telling us why the school you nominate deserves to win. The closing date for nominations is 19th December 2008
 


Monday 20 October 2008
Bodmin Visitor Information Centre Awarded Again!

VIC Staff Receive Silver Award At
Annual Cornwall Tourism Awards 2008 - Bodmin VIC Receive Silver Award

2008 Cornwall Tourism Awards
It was all smiles and champagne for the team at Bodmin Visitor Information Centre on Thursday 16th October, celebrating yet another award at the annual Cornwall Tourism Awards.

The staff were presented with the silver award, proof that they are still one of the best Tourist Information Centres in Cornwall.

Acting Tourism Officer Debbie Noyce said "This is brilliant news. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. It is a real testament to the staff's excellent customer service".

Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer, who is currently on maternity leave added "The staff are such a great team and they should be really proud of themselves for this great achievement".

The awards ceremony was held at the Headland Hotel in Newquay and was presented by flame haired comedian, Ruby Wax. Bude TIC received the Gold and Looe the Bronze. Bodmin and the other winning TICs will now go on to be judged in the regional awards.’
 
 


Tuesday 23 September 2008
New Play Area Opens At Victoria Square

Fun Times Ahead
New Street Ranger for Bodmin and Camelford
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Bodmin Town Council is pleased to announce the opening of a new play area in Victoria Square, Bodmin, as part of the Council’s rolling programme of play area improvements.

Funding for the play area was generously provided by Wombwell Homes via a Section 106 Agreement which is a mechanism that delivers community benefits as part of the planning process.

The play equipment being provided is aimed at the under 5’s and includes:

  • A Tournicolo mini roundabout
  • A Pirate Playhouse
  • A Spinner Roundabout
  • A Pig Springer

A Picnic Table and Penguin Litter Bin are also provided.

The play area has been fenced with 1.2m high tango rail bow top fencing, which includes a self closing pedestrian gate.

Councillor L A Spear, Chairman of the Council’s Promotions Committee said, ‘I am very pleased to see this new play area for this part of the town which follows requests from local residents and demonstrates good partnership working between the Town Council and the Developer.’
 
 


Wednesday 17 September 2008
Visitors from Grass Valley enjoy a taste of Bodmin

Twinned Town Visit
New Street Ranger for Bodmin and Camelford
Representatives from Grass Valley
& Bodmin
Grass Valley in California is the sister city to Bodmin and on Friday 29 August a welcome reception was held in the Shire House for two of their prominent citizens, Elizabeth MacKenzie and Mark Applegate.

Elizabeth serves as one of Grass Valley's Chamber of Commerce Board Members and her companion Mark is a world class archery competitor.

Many of the residents of Grass Valley have visited Bodmin over the years and returned home with glowing reports.

Mark and Elizabeth made plans to visit the town as part of their holiday travels through France, England and finally Wales where Mark is taking part in an international archery competition.

Picture left: Mark Applegate & Elizabeth Mackenzie with Mayor Cllr R Micek, the Mayoress (left) & Cllr T Dehnholm OBE DL (right).

 


Tuesday 2 September 2008
New NCDC Street Ranger for Bodmin and Camelford

Debbie Atwill
New Street Ranger for Bodmin and Camelford
New Street Ranger for Bodmin
and Camelford
Debbie Atwill recently joined North Cornwall District Council as a Street Ranger for Bodmin and Camelford.

Since starting work in April 2008 Debbie has been involved in all manner of Cleaner Neighbourhood and Environmental related activities, including:

  • Investigating fly tips that have been witnessed by members of public.
  • In partnership with a really keen member of the community, we have set up a litter picking group in Lanivet.
  • Investigating domestic refuse sacks for evidence of who is leaving them out far too early for collection.
  • Contacting the registered keepers of abandoned vehicles and following the procedure for their removal.
  • Following up requests from the public for litter bins, dog waste bins and street name plates.
  • Planning responsible dog ownership days, including dawn and dusk walks ready with the Fixed Penalty Notices.
  • Cleaning graffiti with members of the local community.

Debbie’s colleagues include Dave Wrench (Street Ranger for Wadebridge area), Rodney Hancock (Street Ranger for Launceston and Bude), Denise Taylor (Senior Street Ranger) and the Street Wardens.

‘We are here’, says Debbie, ‘to help keep our streets tidy, clean and a safe place for us all. If you see me on the streets then do say hello - I look forward to meeting you very soon! ‘

Debbie is also very interested in the Lanson Initiative to Tackle Environmental Refuse (LITTER). LITTER are a group of residents who work hard in their spare time to keep their neighbourhood clean through direct action and educational intervention and Debbie would love to see a similar group set up in Bodmin. For more information on LITTER please see their website: http://www.launcestonlitter.org.uk/

If you have a Street Scene issue that you think Debbie may be able to deal with then please call her on 01208 262800 or 07768 775928.


 


Monday 28 July 2008
St Mary's Ward - Two Vacancies 2008

Applications are invited from residents, or others appropriately qualified, in Bodmin for the voluntary position of Councillor to Bodmin Town Council.

Please apply in writing by no later than 9.00 a.m. on Friday 15 August 2008 setting out in detail your reasons, knowledge and ability for seeking to fill the vacancy.

Applications will be received and the appointments made at the Council Meeting on Thursday 21 August 2008. Please address your application to:

The Town Clerk
Bodmin Town Council
Shire House
Mount Folly Square
BODMIN
PL31 2DQ


 


Wednesday 18 June 2008
The Statement of accounts ending 31 march 2008

The Statement of Accounts
The Statement of Accounts Ending 31 March
The Statement of Accounts ending 31 March 2008 will be available for public inspection on the following dates: 4 - 31 July 2008, Monday to Friday between 10am – 2pm.

They will be available at

Shire House
Mount Folly Square
Bodmin
Cornwall
PL31 2DQ.

The District Auditor is Alun Williams

The Audit Commission
2nd Floor, Stephenson House e
47-49 Calenick Street
Truro
TR1 2SF

The Auditors appointment date is 1 August 2008

 



Friday 16 May 2008
New Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for Bodmin

Mayor Choosing 2008
Bodmin's new Mayor B Micek and Deputy Mayor M Denholm
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Bodmin Town Council has elected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor. 

The new Mayor, Councillor R Micek and the new Deputy Mayor, Councillor M Denholm, were welcomed into office at the official Mayor Choosing ceremony in the Public Rooms on Thursday 15 May 2008.

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Tuesday 8 April 2008
New figure for town museum

New Figure for Town Museum
New figure of Cornish man for Town Museum
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Having felt for a number of years that the Windsor Chair next to the range in Bodmin Town Museum’s ‘Cornish Kitchen’ needed a male figure, Museum President, Peter Davies, was pleased to receive the Museum Committee’s support when he suggested this to them.

Funding for a new figure was received from the Blisland Commoners Association. The lifelike statue - a Cornish farm worker reading the first edition of the Cornish Guardian - can now be seen in the Cornish Kitchen along with the many other Town Museum exhibits.  

“The outcome has been very pleasing”, said Mr Davies, “and my thanks goes to ‘Robert Farrow Workshops’ for the quality figure and I am delighted that the figure is now in situ, particularly in time for the opening of the new season. The chair belonged to my grandparents, which I gifted to the Museum several years ago. I can remember feeling very proud and grown up when allowed to sit in it in my grandparents’ scullery and feel equally proud today for it to be still in use, all be it, of a sedentary nature.” 

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Michelle Griffiths, was pleased to be invited to the ‘unveiling’ of the figure on Monday 7 April when the Museum opened its doors for the 2008 season.

 
You can find out more information about the Bodmin Town Museum, including opening times, here.

 


 



Tuesday 13 February 2008
St Piran's Day Celebrations

St Piran's Day 2008
St Piran's Day
After giving a lead in the campaign for a Cornish public holiday by giving council staff a day off in 2007, Bodmin is making St Piran’s Day extra special on 5 March 2008 by extending the celebrations throughout the day with the support of all the schools in the town.

The day begins at Town Wall, Bodmin, with a procession commencing at 10.30am (assemble 10-10.15) including children from the primary schools. During the procession there will be a slight pause at the Flamank Stone in Fore Street before the procession reaches its destination at Mount Folly.

Once at Mount Folly there will be speeches by invited guests from the Cornish community and this will be followed by each primary school performing two songs or dance of their choice. After lunch there will be an entertainment by pupils of Bodmin Community College.

Androw Hawke Chairman of Bodmin St Piran’s Committee who has masterminded the day in partnership with Bodmin Town Council said “St Piran’s Day 2008 in Bodmin will bigger and better than ever. The event lasts all day with three processions taking place, the afternoon procession which leaves Mount Folly at 14.00 (assemble 13.30-13.45) is open to “One and All” and all Cornish organisations are invited to take part. The Bournemouth Cornish Association has already taken up the invitation and we urge all others to attend as well. Mount Folly will be decked out in St Piran banners and there will be Cornish stalls and music throughout the day. This will be the basis for even more in subsequent years when Bodmin will be the only Place to be on St Piran’s Day”.

Councillor Philip Kerridge of Bodmin Town Council said “Bodmin Town Council has given the campaign for a public holiday a kickstart by giving staff a day off. Since then more than a thousand people have signed petition on the Downing Street website. The best possible impetus for a holiday would be if all these people and more came to Bodmin on 5 March.”

The day concludes at 19.45 on Mount Folly when Trelawney will be sung following the evening procession which leaves Town Wall at 18:30pm (assemble 18.00-18.15) lead by Cornish Piper Merv Davey and the town’s cadet and scout organisations.

Contacts: Paul O’Callaghan, Town Clerk, Bodmin Town Council 01208 76616 Androw Hawke 07981736177 Philip Kerridge 07968 892195

  St Piran's Day Poster (PDF)




 
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