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Tuesday 22 September 2015
Narisa Hall Criminal Damage


The Narisa Hall is a relatively new community building (rebuilt in 2010) and is used by Bodmin Town Band with other community groups using the building on a room hire basis.

This building has been repeatedly targeted by vandals and the Council would urge any member of the public who witnesses any suspicious activity or criminal damage taking place to report this to the Police.

This ongoing and repeated criminal damage is drawing Council resources away from routine grounds and property maintenance work and incurs additional costs that could be better utilised in other areas of the Council’s work.

The repair costs to date are around £2,500. The Town Council would appeal to the public to report crime to the Police should they see it happen in their town.

Below: Recent damage to Narisa Hall


Narisa Hall




 


Wednesday 9 September 2015
Priory Park enjoys another impressive floral year


2015 has been a busy year for the Town Council’s Parks Team. New flower bed designs were added to the Priory Lawn and a new seating area was created to the east of the War Memorial.

Flower bedMany visitors to the town have commented upon the standard of planting and the vibrant colours of the flower beds and the hanging baskets on Mount Folly.

The Drum Head Bed symbolises the drum head altar, often seen on the battlefield. The anchor commemorates all of those who served in the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in the Merchant Marine Service.

In 2015, the Commonwealth Bed displayed the Maple Leaf as a tribute to the support provided by Canada to the United Kingdom during both World Wars.

In WW1, Canada was the first of the Commonwealth (then Empire) countries to declare their support for this country. Many Canadian servicemen were killed during both wars.

Flower bedSeveral other and five new trees have been planted on the Priory Meadow.


Left and above: two of the new flower bed designs.
 








 


Wednesday 9 September 2015
First phase of new play area for Berryfields


The Town Council is pleased to report that Phase 1 of the new Berryfield play area has been completed.

The area now provides a three bay swing set, a stand on see-saw and a stand-on button roundabout. Colourful Matta safety surfacing has also been added.

Local Town Councillor, Deputy Mayor, Jacquie Gammon who is a resident of the area has stated; ‘I am very pleased that we have been able to deliver the first phase of the play area programme. This has taken a great deal of hard work and time but it is undeniably worth the effort, when we manage to provide play equipment of such high quality for children in the Berryfield area.’

It is hoped that Phase 2 of the development can be undertaken in 2016.

Below: The new equipment and matting at the Berryfield play area.

Phase 1 of the new Berryfields Play Area





Friday 4 September 2015
New benches dedicated to all those who have served their country


On Saturday 15 August 2015 the Council hosted an event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day which marked the official end of hostilities in the Second World War.

The event took place in Priory Park, Bodmin, and included the dedication of two new benches near the War Memorial to mark both WW1 and WW2.

The benches were made by David Ogilvie Engineering and were installed by the Council’s Parks Team adjacent to the War Memorial in Priory Park. The area benefits from a semicircular wooden wind shield and a path from the car park to the new seating area to enable less-abled members of the public to enjoy the area with their comrades.

It seemed particularly fitting that the new seating area was dedicated by Canon Graham Minors who as well as being the Regimental Chaplain to the Rifles Association in Bodmin is also a Town Councillor.

As part of the event, Bodmin Women’s Institute dedicated a Liquidambar tree to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Bodmin Branch.

Below: The new benches dedicated on the 15 August 2015 in the new area near the War Memorial.

benches

 
Below: The plaque dedicated to all who have served this country

plaque




Friday 7 August 2015
VJ 70 Event – Priory Park – Saturday 15 August 2015 – 11:00 a.m.


On Saturday 15 August 2015 there will be an event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day which marked the official end of hostilities in the Second World War. The event will take place in Priory Park, Bodmin, and will commence at 11:00 a.m. with a commemoration at the War Memorial when the Mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Bodmin. This will be followed by a dedication of two new benches near the War Memorial to mark both WW1 and WW2.

As part of the event, Bodmin Women’s Institute will be dedicating a tree to commemorate their 70th anniversary this year.

Bodmin Mayor, Lance Kennedy, said ‘it is important that the Town pays tribute to those who members of our armed services who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War so that we might enjoy the civil liberties that we enjoy today. Also to pay tribute to those, like the Women’s Institute, who did so much to keep the Home Front going and foster the Great British Spirit’.

Below: one of the new benches that will be dedicated near the War Memorial on Saturday 15 August.

Bench to commemorate the end of hostilities in the Second World War




Monday 27 July 2015
Priory Car Park - Essential Maintenance Work


Bodmin Town Council is currently undertaking essential maintenance work to its Priory Car Park. CORMAC Solutions Ltd is carrying out much needed resurfacing work to the bottom tier of the Car Park.

The Car Park is open during these works with parking spaces remaining available in the middle and on the top tier of the car park.

This work has been scheduled to take place during the summer holidays to mitigate the impact to school traffic. The work is anticipated to last for around 4 working days (commencing Monday 27 July 2015) and the Council would ask that car park users remain patient whilst these works are in progress.

As soon as practicable the car park will reopen so that normal business can be resumed.







Monday 27 July 2015
Tree Planting in memory of Peter Davies


On Tuesday 7 July 2015 members of the Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory Group and members of the community came together to commemorate the invaluable community work carried out by Peter Davies who sadly passed away in May 2013.

Peter spent many incalculable hours supporting a wide range of community groups and organisations in the town from the Beacon Management Advisory Group, Bodmin Town Museum, Bodmin Local History Group and numerous other associations as well as serving as a North Cornwall District Councillor and Town Councillor.

The Beacon Management Advisory Group wanted to recognise Peter's time and dedication to the Local Nature Reserve by way a modest and appropriate legacy that would reflect Peter's enjoyment of this site and the nature that can be found on the town's doorstep. In memory of Peter a Craetagus Pauls Scarlet (ornamental hawthorn) tree was planted during a small ceremony as a tribute to a man who was passionate about preserving the Beacon as a legacy for all to enjoy.

tree plantingMrs Yvonne Davies was present at the ceremony and was very touched that the Beacon Management Advisory Group had wanted to recognise Peter in this fitting and sympathetic way.

Mr David Ferris, Chairman of the Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory Group said, 'the people of Bodmin have much to thank Peter for over the years in one or another role and for his ever friendly and approachable countenance.'

Cornwall Councillor and Bodmin Town Councillor Ann Kerridge said, 'I'm really pleased that Peter will be remembered by a tree on the Beacon, his appreciation of both our natural environment and Bodmin's history was second to none.'


Pictured – Mrs Yvonne Davies planting the tree together with James Clapp (Countryside Ranger, CORMAC Environment).





Thursday 02 July 2015
Silence for Tunisia Victims – 12:00 noon Friday 3 July 2015



There will be a minute’s silence nationally for the victims of the Tunisia tragedy at noon on Friday 3 July 2015.
half-mast flag
In Bodmin, the Mayor invites all members of the community to join with him on the Mount Folly at this time to mark the silence.

Flags at the Shire House and Shire Hall will be flown at half-mast on Friday as a mark of respect for all those killed in last Friday’s shooting in Tunisia.

In Bodmin we will particularly remember Stephen Mellor from the town who was killed and be thinking of his wife, Cheryl who was wounded.






Thursday 02 July 2015
Accounts for year ending 31 March 2015 - Subject to Audit



The Bodmin Town Council accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 can be viewed online below in PDF format.

Please note that at this present time the accounts are subject to Audit:


  Accounts for year ending 31 March 2015 - Subject to Audit (PDF)


The Councils audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.

The audit is being carried out by:

Barrie Morris, Grant Thornton UK LPP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT. Tel 0117 305 7600





Monday 22 June 2015
Sound the Retreat – Priory Park, Bodmin – 26 June 2015




PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!


Bodmin Town Council apologises but due to circumstances outside our control the Sound the Retreat has been cancelled this evening.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


(Original Article below...)




The Band and Bugles of the Rifles will Sound the Retreat in Priory Park on the evening of Friday 26 June 2015.
Buglers
This colourful and spectacular performance will take place on the Football Pitch (assuming the weather is good) and will commence at 6:30 pm. and lasts for approx 45 minutes.

The Rifles enjoy the Freedom of the Town and will Sound the Retreat in exercise of that Freedom. The Council hopes that the public will come and watch the performance and support our Armed Forces.

Bodmin Mayor, Lance Kennedy said ‘The freedom of this historic County town remains the highest honour we can bestow; it is with gratitude to those who have served and currently serve in our armed forces that we recognise their sacrifice and service.

History has shown us, and world news reaffirms on a daily basis, it is only by professionalism, courage and dedication of those who volunteer preserve our right to enjoy civic freedoms.

It is with pride that on behalf of the Council and residents of Bodmin we reconfirm the extending of the Freedom of the Town of Bodmin to the Rifles.’




Friday 05 June 2015
Accounts for year ending 31 March 2015


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF DATE FOR THE EXERCISE OF ELECTORS’ RIGHTS

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 and The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011 No.817)

Each year the Council’s/Meeting’s annual return is audited by an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the opportunity to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to them. For the year ended 31 March 2015 these documents will be made available on reasonable notice on application to Anne Banks, Responsible Finance Officer between the following dates;

19 June to 16 July 2015, Monday to Friday between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm at Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ

Local electors and their representatives have rights to;

  • Question the auditor about the accounts; and
  • Object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose on 21 July 2015 and until the audit has been completed.

The Councils audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.

The audit is being carried out by:

Barrie Morris, Grant Thornton UK LPP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT. Tel 0117 305 7600

This announcement is made by:

Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

Date of Announcement – 5 June 2015





Tuesday 26 May 2015
TripAdvisor Award for Bodmin Town Council’s Visitor Attraction


It was smiles all round at the Shire Hall this week, as the team learned that its visitor attraction,the Courtroom Experience, is to receive a Certificate of Excellence for 2015, from the online review site, TripAdvisor. Trip Advisor

The Courtroom Experience has had a presence on TripAdvisor for the last twelve months and the members of staff have been eagerly monitoring the customer feedback.

Delighted with the news, Information Officer, Wendy Wright said, “We have always believed that the Courtroom Experience is a fascinating piece of history in Bodmin town centre, but to have an organisation like TripAdvisor, give us the thumbs up, is amazing!”

Councillor Sarah Horne, Chairman of the Town Council’s Promotions Committee said “To get feedback of 96% of reviewers stating that your attraction is excellent or very good is an outstanding achievement. I would urge anyone who hasn’t visited this attraction to go along to the Shire Hall and try it for yourself.”

The Courtroom Experience has been run by Bodmin Town Council since 2000. It celebrates the heritage of the Shire Hall by recreating the infamous trial of Matthew Week. Visitors are invited to watch the Victorian trial and then make a judgement as to whether they think Matthew is guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Charlotte Dymond. Afterwards, there’s a chance to visit the tiny holding cells, below ground, where Matthew and many other poor souls would have awaited their fate.

The Courtroom Experience is open all year round with tours taking place from 11am and hourly throughout the day. It is child friendly, a great place to visit with your school or group and is also open to owners with their four legged friends.

For more details on the Courtroom Experience including the full opening hours and admission prices please visit bodminlive.com website.


Below: The Courtroom Experience

The courtroom experience





Friday 22 May 2015
New Play Equipment for Fair Park Play Area



Spring is here at last! It has been a long winter but we are now beginning to see signs of spring in Bodmin.

Following the promise undertaken last year, the Town Council has now installed two items of play equipment, for the smaller members of our community, in Fair Park.

The new multi-play item provides the opportunity for climbing, sliding and sensory amusement, whilst the, two-seater, grasshopper springer has already provided a great opportunity for several budding rodeo riders to polish up their skills!

Below: The Grasshopper Springer at Fair Park

Grasshopper Springer





Friday 10 April 2015
Bodmin Beating of the Bounds 2015


 

Over 100 people participated in the Beating the Bounds which took place on Wednesday 8 April 2015.  The event, which takes place every 5 years, was organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Bodmin and Lions Club of Bodmin with support from Bodmin Town Council.

 

The 14 mile walk was enjoyed by all ages and offers a unique view of the town as walkers crossed fields, meadows, brooks, streams, rivers and through wooded areas.

 

At key locations the Mayor hurled coins into the river with Phil Wrixon deputising as Town Crier shouting the customary 'Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Thus far extends the ancient borough of Bodmin.  Oller boys Oller!'

 

The organisers would like to thank all those involved in making this event happen with special thanks extended to all landowners for permitting access so that this ancient custom and tradition can continue for future generations.



Mayor, Councillor Andy Coppin being 'bounced' by members of the Rotary Club and Lions Club of Bodmin on the town boundary stone at Callywith Gate near Steppes Farm

Beating of the Bounds 2015

Below: Walkers enjoying the rugged terrain of Bodmin's town boundary

Walkers walking town boundary


For further information please see the 'Beat programme' below which details the history of the walk and the route taken by walkers.

  Beat programme 2015 (PDF)





Friday 10 April 2015
Bodmin Town Council consults on minor changes to the Car Parking Order.


 
Bodmin Town Council is consulting on minor changes to the Car Parking Order.

See the PDF document below to view these changes.

  Parking Order Amendments 2015 (PDF)





Thursday 02 April 2015
Go! Bodmin - Initial meeting of new Forum


 
You are invited to the initial meeting of Go! Bodmin - a forum set up to address the issues faced by Bodmin's disability community.

Our initial meeting will discuss the creation of a ShopMobility scheme and who would like to be involved.

After the initial meeting the forum will continue to meet to plan a strategy for addressing the accessibility issues faced by the disability community.

For more information contact Councillor Pete Skea - telephone 07766 514395 or email cllrpskea@bodmin.gov.uk and Richard Brown - telephone 07747 343637 or email rich@cdco.org.uk .

Meeting details:

Date: Monday 13th April 2015
Venue: Shire House Suite
Time: 9.30 am - 11.30 am

  Go! Bodmin Forum Flyer (PDF)





Friday 27 March 2015
Redesigned Entrance at the Beacon


Beacon
Bodmin Town Council has carried out some minor works to improve the main entrance to the Beacon LNR to enable wider access for all users of the site including parents with buggies.

This redesigned entrance links in with the recently installed new footpath which assists with the creation of an improved footpath link with St. Guron's Way.

The Council hopes that the removal of the timber kissing gate helps with easier access for users of the Beacon.

These works were carried out by the Town Council's in-house team using granite stones sourced locally from De Lank quarry.




Tuesday 24 March 2015
Commemorative Events in 2015


70 VE DayBodmin Town Council will be working with the Bodmin Branch of the Royal British Legion on commemorative events to mark the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II and recognise the supreme sacrifice made by service men and women and civilians.

Victory in Europe Day commemorations (VE70)

Friday 8 May 2015 - 3:00 p.m. - VE 70 – The Mayor will lead the two minutes silence on the Mount Folly. The silence is being observed nationally and is timed to coincide with the moment Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation on VE Day in 1945.

Sunday 10 May 2015 – timings to be confirmed – VE 70 event by War Memorial in Priory Park.

70th Anniversary VJ Day (VJ70) – The Council will also be hosting an event on Saturday 15 August 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The Mayor, Councillor Andy Coppin, said ‘It is important that we reflect on the sacrifices made by those in the Armed Forces and by civilians on this 70th anniversary of VE and VJ Days and remember those who gave so much for our freedom.’ More detailed information about these events will be uploaded in due course.




Friday 27 February 2015
Bodmin Attractions need your help!


A group in Bodmin has been working on putting together a brand new app for Bodmin.

The app, which will be free for locals and visitors to download, will showcase old and new Bodmin, taking the user on an interesting trail around the historic county town.

Wendy Wright, Information Officer for the town’s Information Centre said “With this app we want to show the user Bodmin’s rich heritage; show how the town has developed over the years.” She added “Just think of all the history that can be learnt from Bodmin Jail or from the old Assize Courts. It really is amazing how much heritage there is in this town!”

Councillor Sarah Horne, Chairman of the town council’s promotions committee said “We are asking for the whole community to get involved with the production of this app. If there are residents that have some interesting photos of Bodmin- old or new - that they are willing for us to use, we’d love to hear from them.”

This is the second project of the Bodmin Attractions group, which is comprised of Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin Town Museum, Bodmin Jail, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and the Courtroom Experience.

It is hoped that the new app will mimic the success of the Bodmin Attractions’ Leaflet that was published in July 2014.

Members of the public are asked to take their images to the Information Centre at the Shire Hall on Mount Folly Square in Bodmin or send an email to Wendy Wright, Information Officer.

Perhaps, while you're there have a browse around and experience some of Bodmin's rich history in the Shire Hall’s courtrooms.




Wednesday 17 February 2015
Silver Award for Shire Hall Team


On Thursday 12th February, Bodmin Visitor Information Centre was again named as one of the best tourism businesses in the Westcountry, at the annual South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The event, being described as ‘a record finale to a record year’, culminated in the presentation of 98 trophies. The awards broke the previous record for entries with 425 submissions being considered, each going through a rigorous 3-stage judging process of marking, visits and panel meetings.

Held at the stunning location of the Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare, the team from the Shire Hall’s Information Centre was thrilled, when it was announced that they were to be awarded the silver for the category of best tourist information centre.

The Information Officer, Wendy Wright, was very happy for the Information Centre to be recognised and said “I am delighted that our small team has been awarded again. Everyone at the Shire Hall works so hard and makes a great contribution to everything that we do. The staff should be justly proud of themselves”

The Tourist Information Centre reports to Bodmin Town Council’s Promotions committee which is chaired by Councillor Sarah Horne who commented “the Shire Hall team have shown great consistency over the years in their offer of a high quality service and have done so well at keeping Bodmin firmly on the map”

The Shire Hall Team will now be considered for the national, England for Excellence Awards, results of which will be announced at an awards ceremony on 11th May.

Pictures - Below: Information Officer, Wendy Wright together with Information Assistant Talisa Powell at the awards ceremony. Bottom: The Team's Silver award outside the Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare.



 

 



Thursday 29 January 2015
Innovative Town Centre Improvements


On Monday 19 January 2015 Bodmin Town Council hosted a shared space presentation in the Shire House Suite to key stakeholders regarding the opportunity to take a fresh approach to traffic management in the town to deliver positive benefits for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ben Hamilton-Baillie www.hamilton-baillie.co.uk who is a internationally renowned expert on innovative solutions for reconciling traffic movement with quality public spaces in cities, towns and villages, gave a thought provoking presentation based on examples within the UK where this concept has been delivered and is working even better than expectations.

The proposals, whilst at first glance may appear to be counter intuitive, would result with motorists becoming more engaged with their surroundings, reducing speed as they enter the newly defined shared space, enabling people to move more freely and with greater confidence. Data recording has shown that in areas where shared space has been employed, pedestrian accidents have significantly reduced.

The Shared Space concept offers a real opportunity to redress the balance away from vehicular priority, enabling the removal of stop / start features such as pedestrian controlled traffic lights which would maintain traffic flow but at reduced speeds to around 17 to 19 mph. This opportunity for Bodmin would create a place where people would want to spend time and to dwell in a place to enjoy the amenities. Bodmin currently suffers from the 'nip in and out' trade as the shopping experience is marginalised by traffic.

For a case study of a town where shared space scepticism was turned into pride of place reality and free movement for all, the shared space concept has delivered economic and dwell time benefits for the community. To discover more about the potential positive benefits please visit website www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vzDDMzq7d0&feature=youtu.be for the Poynton, Cheshire case study.

The Poynton project won the 2013 Highways Magazine Annual Awards for congestion reduction, and was runner-up in the 2013 CIHT 'Streets' awards (Highly Commended). It was one of three finalists in the Academy of Urbanism "Great Streets" award 2014.

The funding that has been secured will also see an improved cycle link through the town improving Bodmin's connectivity with the cycling hubs at Cardinham and Lanhydrock and also result with the Camel Trail link coming into the town centre realising the economic spend per head by cyclists in the towns local businesses and as capitalised on by Wadebridge and Padstow.

The Town Council is fully supportive of the shared space concept as it is a real opportunity for the positive development of the town. The Town Council is aware that other town's in Cornwall are keen to pursue shared space for their communities and Bodmin can be at the cutting edge and take the lead for Cornwall.

For recent press coverage of this concept please see http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/BODMIN-SPECIAL-Innovative-plans-regenerate-town/story-25935395-detail/story.html#comments




Wednesday 21 January 2015
Two Bodmin Town Councillor Vacancies For St Marys Ward


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

  Notice of Vacancies in Office as Town Councillor (PDF)





Friday 9 January 2015
Bodmin St Piran's Day Celebrations 2015

St Piran's Day 2015
St Piran's Day
BODMIN ST PIRAN’S DAY COMMITTEE Invite the people of Bodmin to celebrate St Piran’s Day with them and the children on Thursday 5th March 2015.

The celebrations will commence with a parade down through the town to the Mount Folly where invited dignitaries will address the gathered crowd which will be followed by the children singing and dancing.

The children will then be escorted to St Petroc’s Church where they will present their own contributions to mark St Piran’s Day and celebrate by eating a good old Cornish Pasty.

Parade will commence at 11.am from the Library on Lower Bore Street.

All are welcome

  St Piran's Day Poster (PDF)



 


Tuesday 6 January 2015
New Bodmin Produce Market



New Bodmin
Market
Produce Market
The New Bodmin Produce Market begins on Friday the 13th March at 10am in St Petroc’s Church. The official opening will be carried out by Councillor Andy Coppin the Mayor of Bodmin at 11am.

If you, or someone you know, wants a stall in the Market then please contact me on paulellis007@btinternet.com and we can arrange it. Otherwise come along to the Market have your lunch there from the stalls serving fresh cooked food and then buy some more Cornish produce to take home from the varied produce available.

The Markets will occur on the second Friday of the month from the 13th March until the last one for the year which is on Friday the 9th October. Put the dates in your diary so you don’t miss any. During the first three Markets I will be offering the prize of a food hamper worth £50 made up of Cornish produce some of which, I hope will come from the stalls in the Market. I haven’t decided yet whether I give tickets away or sell the tickets for the raffle but they might be just given away for the first Market.

If you think that someone is making a large profit from this then think again. There are no salaries, even for me, and any profit will be given to local Community Groups by means of an application procedure in the Autumn.

Come along to the Market and spend some money knowing that it is a Community event and you will be supporting Bodmin’s local groups.

For more details you can go to the Website at www.bodminproducemarket.co.uk and our Facebook Bodmin Produce Market. The latter is under development.





Wednesday 24 December 2014
The True Spirit of Christmas and Community in Bodmin


Thanks to the hard work of a lot of lot of community minded people, the replacement Christmas tree has been installed on the Mount Folly.

The tree was officially lit up live on television yesterday evening (Tuesday 23 December) by the Mayor, Councillor Andy Coppin, ably assisted by Norman Trebilcock of Fleet. This has only been made possible because of the generosity and effort of a number of people, including Chris Mason and Andrew Ball from the Forestry Commission, Senior NCOs and soldiers from 232 Port and Maritime Squadron, Adrian and staff from Wanless Electrical, Paul Taylor from Lite Electrical, the Local Police and PCSOs and Bodmin Town Council staff. Thanks are also due to the members of Bodmin Band who turned out at very short notice to provide music for the event.

Many of those attending the event commented that the lighting up of the tree and the sound of the brass band playing Christmas Carols on a crisp winter’s evening was a great start to the Festive Season.

A poignant moment during the proceedings was the Reverend Canon Graham Minors saying prayers and presiding over a period of silence as a mark of respect for those who had tragically lost their lives in the recent accident in Glasgow City Centre.

Whilst the initial act of vandalism to the tree by a few antisocial people was depressing and demoralising for the Town Council and the public, the work of the people mentioned above and the huge amount of support from the community truly reflects the spirit of Christmas and Community in the town.

The Mayor, Town Councillors and all Town Council staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

Below: Photographs taken during the night showing public support for the new tree and lights. Among them members of Bodmin Band and Mayor of Bodmin, Andy Coppin.













Monday 22 December 2014
Christmas Message From The Mayor


On behalf of The Town Council I would like to wish all the townsfolk of Bodmin, both past, present and of course our many visitors, a very Merry Christmas.

It was my honour to be elected Mayor in May, having lived in our town all my life. 2014 has been a busy year and poignant year as we commemorated the start of World War One a century ago. As we sit in our warm homes, surrounded by friends and family this Christmas I would ask that we spare a thought for the many people that gave up all of their future Christmases so that we could live our lives in freedom and peace.

Please, also, consider members of our current Armed Forces and emergency services who will be on duty whilst the rest of us enjoy our Christmas Holiday.

We also commemorated the World War with a stunning red white and blue light display on our towns Christmas tree. This alongside some improved lighting in the town, especially on the mount folly, made for a spectacular lighting up event at the end of November. I have never seen our town looking as good and I once again thank the Christmas Lights Committee and our own Council staff for their achievements.

Sadly, some small-minded person or persons chose to attack the tree lights and then the tree itself, forcing us to remove it, causing much sadness to myself and many others in the town. However, Bodmin, in true community and Christmas spirit has come together along with some like-minded companies and organisations to replace our tree and our lights.

I am so grateful for all the offers of help and this has truly renewed my faith in how strong the Christmas Spirit is in Bodmin. Please remember this renewed Christmas and community spirit by looking out for anyone alone over the holidays and most importantly be safe and kind to one another as we look forward to the New Year.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year




Thursday 18 December 2014
Vandals Wreck Town Centre Christmas Tree


Tree Damage
Sadly repeated vandalism has meant that the Christmas Tree on Mount Folly had to be taken down this morning.


The electric cable to the lights had been cut in a number of places and the tree damaged to such an extent that the trunk had badly split and was a safety hazard to members of the public.

However, we have had offers of help from numerous members of the public, local businesses and the local Army unit, and the Town Council is looking at putting up a replacement tree on Monday and lighting it up sometime on Tuesday.

Andrew Ball and Chris Mason of the Forestry Commission are very kindly assisting with the replacement tree and Paul Taylor of Lite Electrical, the firm that supplied the lights that were vandalised has very kindly offered replacement lights free of charge.

Eager Beaver Tree Services and Wanless Electrical, both Bodmin firms, are on standby to assist. The local police are currently carrying out investigations into the vandalism and are reviewing CCTV footage.

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Andy Coppin, has commented that ‘the mood in Bodmin was very sombre this morning, but the community and businesses have rallied round and with the council staff, some of whom have cancelled booked leave next week, we are hopeful that a replacement tree will be in place before Christmas’




Wednesday 17 December 2014
Bodmin Riding and Heritage Weekend 2015


The Bodmin Heritage and Riding Weekend will be on the 4th and 5th of July 2015.

On the Saturday join the crowds and watch the chase of the fearsome Bodmin Beast around the town finally ending up with its trial on Mount Folly.

Sample the goods of the Street Market and the Craft Fair. Come and have a meal in the Food Festival or just buy some Cornish Produce for a treat at home. Watch the street entertainers and listen to the music from the groups ranging from the Town Band to street buskers.

Heritage DayThe children have their own areas with face painting, a clown, stalls and games together with a bouncy castle. Watch the re-enactors fight battles and learn their skills of war and peace.

Come into Priory park to see the music tent for aspiring talent and dance, song and music with a Celtic theme.

On the Sunday join the people re-enacting the return of St Petroc’s bones after they were stolen in 1177 by France. They walk from Mary’s to Mount Folly where there is a brief service and then onto St Petroc’s Church for their return followed by a Riding Service. After the service there is a barrel of ale in the church or outside Chapels for all participants.

For times look at the Website at: bodminridingandheritage.org.uk or at Bodmin Riding and Heritage Face book. If you can offer help on the day or before please contact Paul Ellis on 0120878839 or paulellis007@btinternet.com




Friday 24 October 2014
Bodmin Remembrance Parade and Service 2014


Bodmin’s Remembrance Parade and Service will take place at the War Memorial in Priory Park on Sunday 9 November 2014.

Events commence at The Keep at 9.40 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.

All members of the public are very welcome to attend. Bodmin Town Council expresses special thanks to Bodmin Town 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 Andy Coppin also wishes to invite members of the public to join him for a two minutes silence at Mount Folly on Tuesday 11 November at 11.00 a.m.




Friday 12 September 2014
St. Petroc's Close school traffic exit arrangements – Priory Car Park


During the summer building works have been taking place at St. Petroc's C of E VA Primary School by the Shaylor Group, the Contractors appointed by the School / LEA to expand the St. Petroc's CEVA Primary School. This work has seen two (2) additional classrooms being provided based on a direct need arising through the school admissions process resulting in an increase by up to a maximum 90 students.

The additional space created by these classrooms will inevitably result in additional peak time vehicular movements and to assist with the ongoing traffic related problems at peak travel times, the Town Council has agreed to trial the following for the autumn school term:


  • The charging period in the Priory 2 Long Stay Pay & Display Car Park will be amended to 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. to assist with parent / guardian parking at the school finishing / picking-up time;
  • St. Petroc's Close will be used as an exit route to alleviate traffic problems at the Turf Street / St. Nicholas Street junction. This route will only be operational between 3.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. weekdays during term time to assist with some school traffic exiting the Priory Car Park at the end of the school day.
  • This arrangement will be for a trial period i.e. the autumn term which runs from September through to December. New signage will be installed to facilitate this as an exit route.


The Town Council is working with St. Petroc's School and its partners, which includes Cornwall Council and the Police to explore options to mitigate traffic congestion at peak times that the school expansion will incur.

St. Petroc's School have issued parents / carers a new Travel Brochure which sets out and highlights new measures being introduced to reduce traffic congestion which includes a permit system for the Victoria Square Car Park (Cornwall Council owned and managed) to facilitate dropping-off and picking-up of school children. For further information on the School Travel Brochure please contact St. Petroc's School directly.

The Town Council would emphasise that St. Petroc's Close should be used as an exit route only and that between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. the Priory 2 Long Stay Car Park is a pay and display facility where valid tickets must be displayed in vehicles parked in this area.




Monday 08 September 2014
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT


ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2014

Audit Commission Act 1998 The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011
Date of Notice: 04 September 2014

Notice: The audit of the Council’s Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2013 has been concluded on 28 August 2014 by Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Publication of Accounts: A copy of the Statement of Accounts and the Auditor’s certificate and report thereon has been published.

Local Government Elector’s Rights : A local government elector for the parish may obtain, inspect or take a copy of the Statement of Accounts and Auditors Certificate and Report by arrangement with the Town Clerk at the address below or are available on the Council website www.bodmin.gov.uk

Mr Paul O’Callaghan, TOWN CLERK Bodmin Town Council, Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ Monday to Friday 10.00 to 14.00

Copies will be provided to any local elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return.

Signature and name of the person giving Notice on behalf of the Council:
Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER


Adobe PDF  Annual Return - 31 March 2014 (Audited) PDF.




Thursday 31 July 2014
Annual return for the Financial Year ended 31 March 2014 - Subject to Audit


The Annual Return for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 (subject to Audit) is now available in PDF format.

Adobe PDF  Annual Return - 31 March 2014 (subject to Audit) PDF.




Tuesday 14 July 2014
First World War Commemorations


The Team Rector and Churchwardens of St Petroc’s Parish Church and Bodmin Town Council wish to welcome the public to two special commemorative events to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

On Sunday 3 August 2014 at 3.00 p.m. there will be a Memorial Service held at St Petroc’s Parish Church to remember all those, especially from the local community, who were caught up in the courageous but tragic events of the First World War.

There will also be a Candlelit Vigil at St Petroc’s Parish Church on Monday 4 August 2014. Candles will be lit from 9.30 p.m. and the Service will commence at 10.15 p.m., with the last candles being extinguished at 11.00 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to attend both of these events.




Thursday 03 July 2014
First World War Centenary Commemoration


First World War Centenary This year sees the Centenary of the start of the First World War which was a turning point in World history. As part of the Town’s commemoration the Town Council, St Petroc’s Church, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and the Royal British Legion are planning a series of events between 2014 and 2018 to honour and remember the lives of those who served in and were affected by the war.

As part of that commemoration a series of flower displays have been designed for Priory Park that are linked to First World War poetry and will form a reflective commemorative trail which, suitably refreshed, will be a fitting tribute through the duration of the 4 years commemoration until 2018.

This links with plans to plant commemorative trees in the park and throughout the town.

Priory Park - The War Memorial lawn

The Poppy Bed

In 2014, the Royal Naval Association gifted a number of poppy seeds to Bodmin Town Council. It was intended that these seeds should be planted in remembrance of those who fought in World War 1. The ‘Poppy Bed’ is situated to the right hand side of the Priory Park War Memorial. The bed is circular in shape and is planted with Flanders Poppies edged with Artimesia Stellariana and has a red Cordeline Australis at its’ centre. The inspiration for this bed is the famous poem; ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian surgeon whilst he was in charge of a field hospital during the second battle of Ypres in 1915.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Horticultural Practice

The War Memorial and Priory Park

The theme of Bodmin in Bloom’s planting in 2014 has been inspired by the fact that this year marks the 100 Year Anniversary of the start of World War 1.

Although situated in the far south-west of the country, Bodmin was not immune from the realities and impact of the Great War. The town itself was a ‘garrison town’, home to the headquarters of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI).

The 1st Battalion of the DCLI was one of the first to be sent to France. On 23rd August 1914, at dawn, the battalion had their first encounter with the enemy. On that day Private William Thomas Gow became the regiment’s first casualty of the war.

In November 1914, the 2nd Battalion of the DCLI joined the fray and the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion mobilised at Bodmin.

Not all who enlisted joined the army, many went into Naval Service and, indeed, many horses from local farms were requisitioned for the purpose of pulling guns and wagons at the Front.

For the Fallen

In order to provide continuity in relation to our planting of flower beds, the poem entitled ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon has been used.

‘For the Fallen’ contains what, perhaps, are the most famous lines, which are recited in churches and cemeteries across the world, during the period of Remembrance.

Binyon composed his poem while sitting on the cliff-top looking out to sea from the north Cornish coastline and a plaque marks the location at Pentire Point, north of Polzeath.

The poem was written in mid-September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of the First World War. During these weeks the British Expeditionary Force had suffered casualties following its first encounter with the Imperial German Army at the Battle of Mons on 23rd August, its rearguard action during the retreat from Mons in late August and the Battle of Le Cateau on 26th August, and its participation with the French Army in holding up the enemy at the First Battle of the Marne between 5th and 9th September 1914.

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

1st Stanza

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free.

War Memorial

The first stanza of the poem appertains to the War Memorial itself. It is the place at which we gather to remember all of those who served their country, irrespective of the role that any individual played. The War Memorial is a symbol of our pride and sadness.

2nd Stanza

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.


Drum Head Altar Flower Bed


The second stanza of the poem is the inspiration for the ‘Drum Head Altar’ flower bed, which stands behind and to the left of the War Memorial.

The drum head altar was a common site on the battlefield. When the military Padre visited servicemen in ‘the field’, there would inevitably be no altar to focus upon. Consequently, the regimental drums would be placed in the manner shown, in order to provide an altar.

Each year, many regiments in the British Army hold a ‘Drum Head Service’ as part of the military tradition.

The drums on our altar are representative of ‘military drums’. That is, they are coloured predominantly blue with a crimson panel. The three bottom drums are snare drums; the bass drum is placed upon the heads of the tenor drums and the top drum is the tenor.

The drum skins have been created using white Allysum; the brackets are detailed with Echeveria and purple and blue Lobelia.

The Infantry Horn, the cipher of the DCLI has been placed at the front of the altar and is planted up with Altanathera (gold), the apron, upon which the altar is built and is planted with Echeveria Elegans.

The two flags adorning the altar are; the Union Flag and the DCLI Flag.

Union Flag and DCLI Flag


Community Involvement

3rd Stanza

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

The third bed is referred to as ‘the Soldier Bed’ and was designed and will be planted by year Groups 7 & 8, from Bodmin College. This group won the opportunity to work with Bodmin in Bloom on this project. Each child was asked to design a garden for the park. The winning entry (below) was submitted by Jamaya Cabo, however due to the complexity of the bed has been planned to plant for next year, plants will be propagated in the polytunnel.


Soldier Bed Design
The design below by Tutor group 8.4 has been chosen to be planted this year; a mannequin will be planted up to represent a soldier in the centre of the bed.

Soldier Bed Design 2


4th Stanza

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

This is, perhaps, the best known verse of the poem and is generally recognised by those who hear it.

The fourth flower bed is referred to as the ‘Sunset Bed’. It is domed to represent the Earth and is planted up with broad striped bands of colour which reflect the change of light from night to day, when viewed from west to east. When viewed from east to west, the colours represent day, through sunset, into night.

The compass surrounding the bed has been set out to reflect true North; South; East and West.


Sunset Bed


5th Stanza

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

6th & 7th Stanzas

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

These stanzas are reflected in the final bed, which is known as ‘The Star and Moon’ bed. The moon is planted up with Artimesia Stellariana and Osteospermum, whilst the star is planted with Cordeline Australis; Artimesia Stellariana; Leucanthemum and Nemesia.


Star Flower Bed



Commonwealth ‘Peace’ Bed

This bed is situated on the Priory Lawn, closest to the upper tier of the car park. It is planted in colours from the flags of our (then) Empire Allies (now ‘the Commonwealth’).

Among others, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa contributed service personnel to fight alongside British Forces.

During WW1, the Empire (including Great Britain) mobilized a total force of 8,904,467; approximately 908,371 were killed and 2,090,212 were wounded; 191,652 were listed as missing, or as Prisoners of War and the total number of casualties was 3,190,235*.
*Statistics provided by WW1 Casualty Death Tables.

Ceremonial Bed

The final bed relating to the WW1 theme is situated on the bank behind the third tier of the car park. This ‘Ceremonial Bed’ is a new addition to the Priory Park and is planted up using a selection of carpet bedding plants and succulents.

The Commemorative Bed currently displays the image of the Light Infantry Horn. This is intended as a tribute to all of those who have served their country, in both war and peace time.





Friday 13 June 2014
Accounts for year ending 31 March 2014


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF DATE FOR THE EXERCISE OF ELECTORS’ RIGHTS

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 and
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011 No.817)

Each year the Council’s/Meeting’s annual return is audited by an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the opportunity to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to them.

For the year ended 31 March 2014 these documents will be made available on reasonable notice on application to Anne Banks, Responsible Finance Officer between the following dates; 4 July – 1 August 2014, Monday to Friday Between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm at Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ

Local electors and their representatives have rights to;

• Question the auditor about the accounts; and
• Object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose on 5 August 2014 and until the audit has been completed.

The Councils audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.

The audit is being carried out by: Barrie Morris, Grant Thornton UK LPP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT. Tel 0117 305 7600

This announcement is made by: Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

Date of Announcement – 13 June 2014




Tuesday 10 June 2014
Harold Vanderwolfe is made an Honoured Burgess


During the Mayor Choosing Ceremony on 17 May 2014, the Council was delighted to see retired Councillor Harold Vanderwolfe made an Honoured Burgess.

The Former Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs presented Mr Vanderwolfe with the Award as his last act as Mayor.

Mr Vanderwolfe is the first person to be made a burgess since 2001, when the honour was bestowed on Peter Fitzgerald.

The 89-year-old, who was wounded in the allied invasion of Normandy on 12 August 1944, is a Bodmin boy, born in what is now Flaxmoor Terrace. Following the war he joined the staff at St Lawrence's Hospital, where he became Acting Senior Nursing Officer.

Mr Vanderwolfe became a North Cornwall District Councillor in the 1980s and in 1991 he joined Bodmin Town Council, twice serving as mayor. Councillor Stubbs commented that Mr Vanderwolfe had proved to be a popular Mayor and a Councillor who commanded respect: "Harold was always a person you could go to for information and advice, which he gave willingly. Earlier this year, it was a sad day when Harold decided to retire from the council. He is certainly missed by all.”

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Andy Coppin echoed Councillor Stubbs’ sentiments and commented that this was a particularly poignant occasion with 2014 marking the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Below: The presentation by Councillor K Stubbs to Harold Vanderwolfe during the Mayor Choosing event.





Tuesday 10 June 2014
Honoured Citizen Award given to Mrs Iris Podmore


During the Mayor Choosing Ceremony on 17 May 2014, the Council was delighted to see Mrs Iris Podmore awarded with the Honoured Citizen Award.

The Former Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs presented the Award as one of his last acts as Mayor.

The Council recognised the selfless charity work carried out by Mrs Podmore over the years and considered that her voluntary work had made an invaluable contribution to many local people.

Iris Podmore, a stalwart of the Methodist Church, grew up in Bodmin and taught at the County Primary School and later at Berrycombe School. She has written a history of Bodmin Methodist Church, and, said Mr Stubbs, has always given great encouragement to young people in the town and keenly followed their development. He recently commented: "Iris has played a very active part in the life of Bodmin through numerous organisations, including the history group, Old Cornwall Society and the Bodmin Museum, where she is still a volunteer and supporter. She is a very busy person but still finds time to visit the sick and housebound in the community, as well as those in residential homes. My wife Marion and I have found her to be a very humble and unassuming person, and she is an inspiration to all.”

Below: The presentation by Councillor K Stubbs to Mrs Podmore during the Mayor Choosing event.
 




Monday 9 June 2014
Preparations for Heritage Day 2014 in full swing


It’s now only a few weeks to the Bodmin Riding and Heritage weekend on the 5th and 6th July. Preparations are now in full swing.

Heritage Day on Saturday the 5th July is even more packed with events than last year. The programmes have been distributed around the shops in Bodmin and its surrounds and you can see the amount of activities that are occurring around the Town.

We have the stalls in Fore street advertising local groups and charities, on Mount Folly there is a full programme of activities for the day. In the Priory Park Car Park there is the Food Festival containing fresh food and produce to buy together with fresh cooked food so you’ll have a wide choice for your lunch.

We have historic cars and motorcycles for you to look at and you can go back in history visiting the Historic encampments of the Iron Age group, The Vikings and the 32nds Regiment of Foot. For the young children there is a children’s area run by Snuggles Nursery with stalls and games so you can leave the children in safety.

In Priory Park there is the Bodmin Future Heritage stage where young people can listen to live music or take part in open jam sessions. There are also several dancers and musicians busking around the Town, watch out for the circus acts, courtesy of Proper Cornish and Kellys. See if you can wake up a statue by putting some money in their bucket, or look up to the stilt walkers around town. Also, why not go on your very own hunt for the Beast of Bodmin, hidden in the shops of Bodmin? Pick up a trail sheet from the Visitor Information Centre.

We also have the Beast rampaging around the Town chased by the Ragadaziow and Helliers. All the pubs will have live music playing and the Ragadaziow will be performing mummer plays outside some of the pubs . You’ll recognise the Ragadaziow because they will be carrying a casket with the bones of St Petroc inside.

At 1:00pm the children from the local schools will be parading down Fore Street to the Riding Tune. We will have Bodmin Band leading the procession together with other bands with the children performing the Riding Dance. They will be judged by the Major from Mount Folly. The children will then cross Turf Street and dance into Priory Park where they will be given something to eat, courtesy of Proper Cornish, and drink. The Mayor will then congratulate the Schools for their effort.

At 15:49, the year of the Prayer Book Revolution, the Beast will be brought to Mount Folly in a noisy, bawdy procession containing all the acts and bands that have taken part in the day. At Mount Folly the beast will be charged with being wild and rude, unkempt and uncivilised, disturbing the peace and frightening the children and being an affront to decency.

After the Trial there will be Cornish Wrestling in Priory Park run by the Cornish Wrestling Association.

 



Monday 2 June 2014
Installation works at Fair Park


Works commence on site this week at Fair Park in preparation for the installation of the new Quest multi play unit and additional basket swing.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential preparation works and hope to see completion of all works by the end of June-early July in time for the school summer holidays.  

Below: Pictorial representation of the new Quest unit being installed.

Quest Unit



Friday 23 May 2014
Vandalism at Priory Park


Once again, the trees within the Priory Park have been targeted by vandals.

On the evening of 21st May 2014 a young ‘Acer’ tree was completely destroyed (see photograph below). This destruction was unnecessary, vexing and costly.

As we walk through the Priory Park today, we can enjoy the spectacle that is provided by the numerous trees, which were planted by our predecessors many years ago. It was the Town Council’s hope that that legacy would be added to, through the planting of a number of specimen saplings. To date, almost all of those saplings have been destroyed.

The Priory Park belongs to the community as a whole and not to the mindless few, who seem intent on spoiling others pleasure. If you see any act of vandalism being committed on any of the Town Council’s properties, please report the incident to the police immediately, using the non-emergency 101 telephone number. Alternatively, you may report the matter to the Town Clerk, on 01208 76616.

Below: The ruined Acer tree in Priory Park.

Ruined Acer Tree





Thursday 15 May 2014
New Bodmin Mayor Elected

New Mayor
Mayor A J Coppin
A J Coppin
Councillor Andy Coppin was elected to serve as Mayor of Bodmin for 2014/15 at the annual Mayor Choosing ceremony on Thursday 15 May 2014.

Once again the ceremony was held in the St. Petroc’s Parish Church which provided a breathtaking venue to mark the special occasion. Following the ceremony, a Cornish Buffet Reception was hosted in the Shire House Suite.

Councillor Coppin considered it an honour and privilege to be elected as Mayor and recently commented:

"Having lived and worked in Bodmin all my life, I joined the town council to give something back to the community. I am extremely proud of our town; there are some amazing people here. As Mayor I will be an ambassador and will hope to match the truly excellent work achieved by Ken and Marion Stubbs. They will be a very hard act to follow. I hope my youth and enthusiasm will encourage others to appreciate what Bodmin has to offer”.

During the ceremony Councillor Lance Kennedy was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor.

The final act carried out by the former Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs was the presentation of two awards. Mrs Iris Podmore received an Honoured Citizen Award and Mr Harold Vanderwolfe received an Honoured Burgess Award.





Monday 12 May 2014
New Commemorative Flower Bed in Priory Park


Website readers may have noticed a recent increase in the level of activity, by BTC Park Staff, in Priory Park.

On the bank adjacent to the upper tier of the car park, work has commenced on the new Bodmin Town Council Commemorative Flower Bed. This bed will be circular, with a diameter of sixteen feet, and will be angled at approximately 30 degrees to ensure that visitors to the park can enjoy a clear view of the chosen theme, which will be depicted in carpet bedding.

It is anticipated that, once established, the bed’s theme will change throughout the year.

Below: Bodmin Town Council Parks Staff work on the new flower bed in Priory Park.

Plant Sale






Wednesday 07 May 2014
Bodmin in Bloom Plant Sale Success


Committee Members from Bodmin in Bloom were very busy at the Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 3 May 2014, raising just under £100 to help with their work.

There were some lovely plants on sale at very good prices - all the plants had been donated by the volunteers.

If you missed it this year, you should keep an eye out for future sales.

Bodmin in Bloom is a project aimed at making Bodmin brighter, cheering up the town with floral displays and organising the School’s painting competition.

The group are always looking for new volunteers – for more information please contact the Town Council on 01208 76616 or e-mail seniorprojects@bodmin.gov.uk

Below: The Plant sale on Bodmin's Mount Folly

Plant Sale




Friday 25 April 2014
Exciting New Play Equipment For Fair Park Children's Play Area


Bodmin Town Council will be investing in a new piece of multi-use play equipment for the Fair Park with installation scheduled to take place before summer 2014. The new 'Quest unit' will replace the existing central piece of play equipment which was installed in the early to mid 1990's and which currently comprises the climbing hoops and frame and the two slides.

The new piece of equipment demonstrates the Council's commitment to its rolling programme of play area improvements which has seen significant investment take place through a phased delivery. The new equipment is being provided and installed by Mant Leisure at a cost of £20,000.00 plus VAT and will include a standalone basket swing accessible to all ages and abilities. The new equipment and the impact absorbing safety surfacing comply with BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177 respectively.

The Priory Park children's play area will also be welcoming installation of the final phase of multi-coloured bow top fencing which will replace the wooden section of fencing adjacent the pay and display car park.

Bodmin Town Council also owns and manages the Victoria Square play area and will be taking on responsibility for the small play area in the new Beacon Heights development at Northey Road in the coming months.

Quest Unit
Above: Planned for installation at Fair Park - the 'Quest Unit'.
Below: Also planned for installation - Basket Swing


Basket Swing



Friday 25 April 2014
Spring 2014 Edition Of The Beacon View Newsletter


The latest edition of The Beacon View newsletter is now available and may be viewed below.

Articles include a report on the Beacon LNR's recent Green Flag award, information about the Bodmin Beacon Questionnaire 2013-14, recent works at the Beacon and a report on the Chimney Sweeper Moth.

Adobe PDF  The Beacon View - Spring 2014.pdf




Wednesday 16 April 2014
Bodmin Heritage Day - Saturday 5th July 2014


On Saturday 5th July Bodmin will resound to the great festival of Heritage Day.

There will be a wild and dangerous ‘beast’ roaming the town chased by the Helliers and then brought to trial at the end of the day by the Ragadaziow. There will be dancing, music and singing throughout the town with spectacular stalls in Fore Street and a cafe culture in Honey Street with entertainment all day.

In the Priory Car Park there will be a food festival with vintage car and motorbike displays. A fearsome hoard of Vikings has been invited and will set up camp for the day. There is an Iron Age encampment also representing the tribes that used to live on Bodmin Moor. We have representatives from the 32nd Regiment of Foot marching and drilling in their bright scarlet uniforms. 100 years ago our boys in the Regiment were fighting against that nasty Napoleon so they need all the support that we can give them.

We have a children's area for children up to 8yrs. This is being organised by Snuggles Nursery in Bodmin and there will be stalls and activities going on throughout the day provided by Snuggles, the Bodmin Community Church and other groups.

In the Priory Park there will be the Bodmin Futures Stage with an ‘open mic’ event, so any youngster or teenager who wants can come along and play, sing or perform on the stage. We are also hoping to have rope activities in the park for the entertainment of all.

There will be lots of groups busking around the town for the day including the Renaissance Dancers, a very popular dance group, who aim to make the event interactive, educational, fun and visually stunning.

The events will start at 9:00am and at about midday there will be the Children's procession down Fore Street. At 3:50pm the ‘Beast’ will be paraded down the town in a total cacophony of noise with all the entertainers joining in the procession. At 4:00pm the ‘Beast’ will be tried and after that, at 5:30pm there will be a Cornish Wrestling Competition in the Priory Park.

It's a day full of Cornish entertainment and is the most popular festival day in the Bodmin area and some say beyond. Put it in your diary and come and enjoy the celebration.

More information and details about the acts and events will follow.

32nd Regiment

Above: Picture depicting 32nd Regiment.
Below: Viking re-enactment group at Par beach, August 2013. Picture by Paul Williams.

Vikings


Monday 24 March 2014
Two Bodmin Town Councillor Vacancies For St Leonards Ward


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 Monday 12 May 2014 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 Adjourned Council Meeting on Wednesday 21 May 2014.

Please address your application to: The Town Clerk Bodmin Town Council Shire House Mount Folly Square BODMIN PL31 2DQ




Friday 21 March 2014
Spring has sprung in Priory Park


After a long hard winter, the first signs of spring have begun to appear in Priory Park.

Members of the Parks Team and our resident Horticulturalist have been extremely busy over the past few months and the fruits of their labour have resulted in a riot of colour throughout the park.

Several new species of plants have been introduced to the flower beds, including the daffodil variety ‘Rip Van Winkle'. There is a spectacular multicoloured display of both primulas and polyanthus along the bank of the pond and hyacinths are to be found in several of the flowerbeds scattered around the park.

Grass cutting has now started and the Parks Team are busy around all of the BTC sites preparing for summer.

The Priory Park is an absolute gem in Bodmin’s crown, so why not take a wander through and look at the flowers?

Below: 'Rip Van Winkle'
Rip Van Winkle

Below: Primulas and Polyanthus
Primulas and Polyanthus

Below: Hyacinth
Hyacinth





Thursday 13 March 2014
Bodmin St. Piran’s Day – Wednesday 5 March 2014


Bodmin St. Piran’s Day on Wednesday 5 March was by far the biggest and best celebration to date with over 380 local school children participating.

It was clear that this day is firmly in the Bodmin calendar by the number of spectators lining the Fore Street to watch the parade as it wound its way to the Mount Folly with the St. Piran flag flying high and proud with Merv Davey playing the pipes. This year saw the involvement of the schools from the surrounding parishes which brought the community together under the umbrella of Cornish culture and heritage.

Bodmin was proud to welcome the Lord Lieutenant, Colonel E Bolitho OBE, who joined the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs in leading the parade which arrived at the Mount Folly for the signing of Trelawney and dancing coordinated by Alison Davey.

St. Petroc’s Church hosted the performances by each of the schools and this year the standard was extremely high.

The Bodmin Joint St. Piran Committee thank all the people of Bodmin and the surrounding area for their support in commemorating this important civic day.

Kernow Bys Vyken!

St Pirans Day 2014




Friday 28 February 2014
Muscovy ducks spotted around the duck pond


Over the past few months we have seen several different species of duck visiting Priory Pond. One of the unusual looking species is the ‘Muscovy’ which is red black and white (as shown in bottom right of picture below).

Muscovy ducks




Thursday 27 February 2014
Vacancies for Town Councillor - St Leonards Ward


Notice of vacancies in office of Town Councillor along with details of how you can apply may be found in the following document:

Adobe PDF  Notice of Vacancies.pdf



Tuesday 04 February 2014
ST PIRAN’S DAY IN BODMIN – Wednesday 5 March 2014


Bodmin’s fifteenth St Piran’s Day celebrations will take place on Wednesday 5 March featuring the traditional parade which will assemble in the area of the Town Library in Lower Bore Street (from around at 10:45 am) for a 11.00 a.m. parade with Cornwall's Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Edward Bolitho and Bodmin Mayor Ken Stubbs to the accompaniment of a Cornish Piper to Mount Folly where Trelawny will be sung after the loudest “Oggy Oggy Oggy” chants in Cornwall and some short speeches.

Once again children from all of Bodmin's schools and some from the surrounding parishes join together for the most important part of the day's celebrations. In addition to taking part in the march, chanting, dancing and singing, they will be performing in St Petroc’s Church after the march.

Bodmin Lion Kevin Marshall who chairs the committee which has been organising Bodmin's 2014 St Piran's Day said: “Once again Bodmin will be the only place to be on St Piran's Day. What makes Bodmin so special is that we base our day around our children who are the future of Cornwall. Their enthusiasm is infectious bringing Cornwall's traditions alive in a unique way not seen anywhere else. My committee is delighted that Cornwall's Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE has chosen to come to Bodmin on Cornwall's most special day.”

As in previous years Bodmin is expecting to welcome Cornishmen and women from London, Bournemouth and around the country to take part. Keith Truscott who helped set up the first St Piran's Day and has been keenly involved ever since said: “Bodmin's St Piran's day gets better every year.”

TIMETABLE:

10:45 am Assemble Lower Bore Street, Bodmin outside the Town Library
11.00 am March down Lower Bore St, Fore Street to Mount Folly stopping at the Flamank Stone – accompanied by Cornish Piper Mervyn Davey

SPEAKERS:

Mount Folly Speakers Introduced by Town Crier, Nick Prideaux: Ken Stubbs Mayor of Bodmin, Col Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge (Vice Chairman, Cornwall Council).
 



Tuesday 21 January 2014
Bodmin Town Council – Budget 2014/15


Bodmin Town Council has set a council tax increase of 1.99% on its Precept for 2014/15.

The Council has managed to keep the increase to that level despite a cut in the Council Tax Support Grant that it receives from Government of £18,900 (10.6% reduction on the grant received for 2013/14).

One of the significant costs for the coming financial year is replacement of the roof on the Shire House, which is an expensive business but will keep this Grade II* listed building in good condition for the future.

Ralph Solomons, Chairman of Finance, said: “prudent financial housekeeping and the hard work put into working though the budget cuts last year has been of considerable help as we set the budget for the coming financial year. The budget contains sufficient funding to assist the community group with providing Christmas lights in the town centre, which we know is appreciated by many people in the town. Added to this is the cost to provide public conveniences in the town, which is £58,000 and includes rates and the cost of dealing with vandalism which has been on the increase in recent months”

The total expenditure of the Council to cover operation costs will be £1,289,295 and the Precept for 2014/15 will be £907,620 representing an increase of 1.99% on 2013/14.

For Further information please contact Councillor Ralph Solomons, Chairman of Finance, on 01208 74609 Or Bodmin Town Council 01208 76616

Adobe PDF   Precept Notificatiion Table (PDF)





Monday 13 January 2014
Launch of Bodmin Flood Management Plan


Local residents living in areas of flood risk and representatives from community organisations are invited to attend the launch of Bodmin’s Flood Management Plan on Thursday 23 January 2014 at 7.00 p.m. in the Shire House Suite, Bodmin.

The Bodmin Flood Management Plan primarily aims to raise awareness to flood risk, signpost residents to sources of relevant advice and guidance and to encourage more people in areas of flood risk to sign up to flood warnings. It is also hoped that volunteers will come forward to assist with community resilience and to champion preparedness to their neighbours for flood risk.

Volunteers can also help inform and shape the plan with their invaluable local knowledge about historic and recent flood events, assist with identifying drains that are either blocked, suffer from frequent blockages or do not seem to be emptied frequently enough to mitigate surface water and the risk of flooding in the area.

Local organisations and associations might also be best placed to offer support and help to the community either during or post flood events.

The draft Bodmin Flood Management Plan has been prepared by Bodmin Town Council with support from Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency.

Should you require further information about the draft Bodmin Flood Management Plan please e-mail policy@bodmin.gov.uk

Adobe PDF   Letter to local residents - Bodmin Flood Management Plan (PDF)

Adobe PDF   What to do before, during and after a flood - Environment Agency (PDF)





Thursday 03 January 2014
Flood Advice during extreme weather conditions


The Cornwall Community Flood Forum (CCFF) offers the following flood advice for homes and businesses affected by the present extreme weather conditions and flood warnings.

Adobe PDF   Flood Advice Booklet (PDF)

Adobe PDF   Flood advice contact card (PDF)




Friday 20 December 2013
Christmas 2013 message from Bodmin Mayor Councillor K Stubbs


Christmas message 2013  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m sure many of us will of course be looking forward to a welcome break with some time away from work. However, I also appreciate that others will be working right through the Christmas period ensuring vital services are delivered.

May I take this opportunity to send my sincere thanks to them. As we look to enjoy the Festive Season in the company of our families and friends, it is worthwhile taking time to remember those who are alone at Christmas. Please spare a few minutes to check on elderly neighbours and see that they are alright especially in the stormy wintery weather conditions.

With every best wish for a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year.

Councillor Ken Stubbs, Mayor of Bodmin




Thursday 5 December 2013
3rd Bodmin Scout Group - Chrismas Post delivered - 20p per card


Your local cards delivered - 20p per card - by our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Helping raise vital funds for the group, giving local children the opportunity to experience new things, make friends, and have fun.

PL31 Bodmin area only.

(Last collection 13th December)

Collection boxes can be found at:

Halifax, Celtic Produce, HBH Woolacotts, Stan Mays Stores, Card Factory, Bricknells, Costcutter (College Lane)

Adobe PDF   Christmas Post flyer (PDF)




Monday 11 November 2013
Bodmin Remembers



Bodmin Remembers


Wednesday 13 November 2013
Shire Hall Awarded Fifth Gold!



Shire Hall Award




Thursday 31 October 2013
Annual Audit for the year ending 31 March 2013

Under the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SL 2011/817) Bodmin Town Council is required to advise that the annual audit has not been concluded and that no audit opinion has been issued within the required timescales, 30 September 2013.

Adobe PDF   Copy of Auditor's letter (PDF)

Grant Thornton UK LLP the Council’s external audit provider has advised the Council that this is due to there being a lack of capacity currently with their senior auditors to review and sign off the accounts. This is a short term delay and this work should be completed in the near future. However the Town Council 2013 Annual Return, Subject to Audit may be viewed below.

Adobe PDF   2013 Annual Return (Subject to Audit) (PDF)




Tuesday 15 October 2013
Help us plan Bodmin's future

Cornwall Council would like your feedback on proposals for the economic and house growth of Bodmin over the next 20 years.

This includes thinking about things such as:

  • Where new offices and industrial space should be built
  • Where new house should be built
  • How we should plan for future school provision
  • How we improve the Town Centre
  • How we improve the cycle and bus networks
  • How we make changes to the road network

The consultation will be for 6 weeks from Monday 21 October to Monday 2 December 2013. All information will be available on Cornwall Council's website from 21 October at: www.cornwall.gov.uk/bodmintf. You can also come and talk to us and view the proposals at Bodmin Town Council's Shire Hall Suite on:

Friday 25 October - 10am - 4pm
Saturday 26 October - 10am - 4pm
 
This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about some revised proposals and to help us to make some key decisions for the future of your town.

Adobe PDF   Consultation flyer (PDF)




Wednesday 09 October 2013
High hopes for Bodmin VIC at Cornwall Tourism Awards

Wendy Wright's team at Bodmin's visitor information centre at Shire Hall are in the running for more success at the Cornwall Tourism Awards black tie dinner compered by Radio Cornwall's Daphne Skinnard at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, on 7 November.

If Bodmin wins the award for 5th year in a row, the centre run by Bodmin Town Council will be fast tracked to the South West Awards which it won earlier this year and in 2012. In 2012 Bodmin came second in the national VisitEngland competition for the best tourist information service.

Following government changes to council tax late last year 2013 the town council had to reduce its spending. This had a big impact on the tourist information staff in Shire Hall who like many of their colleagues faced the threat of redundancy and had to be re-interviewed to retain their jobs. Wendy Wright's team also took on extra work when the council's front desk reception was moved from Shire House as part of the cost-cutting measures.

Town clerk, Paul O'Callaghan said: "This is brilliant news! After the budgetary and staffing ups and downs that we have been through this year this is an outstanding achievement."

The judging took account of web searches, emails, telephone calls and visits, plus any available additional evidence. More than ever before, judges were looking for an on-line presence that inspired and informed visitors, with good management of online reputations and active use of facebook and twitter. The panel was looking for all elements of the business to be excellent, with some of them outstanding.

Town Councillor Phil Kerridge said: "To be amongst the winners, given the level of competition, is very significant. This along with the recent success in South West in Bloom once again demonstrates the high quality of staff employed by the town council."




Tuesday 1 October 2013
2013 Bodmin in Bloom Front Garden Competition Results

The annual Bodmin in Bloom awards celebrated the best of Bodmin’s gardeners, with the number and quality of entries as good as any previous year.

Mike Armstrong, Chairman of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee, praised all the competitors gathered in the Shire House Suite for their efforts in what had been another challenging season, although was pleased to see that the weather had improved from the monsoon conditions of last year.

Mike commented ‘the judging panel thought that the standard this year had been particularly high, making judging difficult. There had been some outstanding floral displays, with gardens of all sizes bursting with colour’.

Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs, echoed these comments and said that he ‘was pleased to see so many entries in what was a very late start to this year’s growing season. They should all be congratulated and feel a great sense of satisfaction at their horticultural achievements which made Bodmin a brighter place to live and visit’.

The Mayor praised the dedication and hard work of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee led by Mike Armstrong and Mike Seaman and the team of judges that give so kindly and unstintingly of their time and effort. Prize Winners in the various categories were as follows:

Public Houses – First Prize – The Borough Arms; Second Prize – The Garland Ox; Third Prize – The Weavers. Care Homes – First Prize – Pendrea House: Second Prize – Athelstan House; Third Prize – The White House; Special Award for Effort and Enthusiasm by Residents – Berryfields House. Domestic Front Gardens – First Prize – Mrs A Hoskin; Second Prize – Mr D Dennis; Third Prize – Mrs E Hicks; Highly Commended – Mr R Cox; Mr A Jennings; Ms L Newton and Mrs S Smith.


Pamela Hayne receives an award

Pictured above: Pamela Hayne receives an award on behalf of the residents of Berryfields House


Mr Dennis receives his 2nd Prize

Pictured above: Mr Dennis receives his 2nd Prize for 2013 Front Garden Competition

Bodmin in Bloom is an initiative aimed at BRIGHTENING BODMIN.



Monday 02 September 2013
6th Consecutive year Green Flag Award for Bodmin Beacon

Green Flag 2013
Green Flag 2013
From left to right: James Clapp from Cormac Solutions, Coralie Barrow from Cornwall Council and Mark Hawken from Bodmin Town Council
Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve Advisory Group has welcomed the sixth consecutive Green Flag award for its outstanding green space. It is among a record-breaking 1,448 parks and green spaces that include, Kensington Gardens, Regents Park and the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol that received the prestigious Green Flag Award this year.

Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve is 87 acres of traditionally managed wild flower meadows and community woodland in the heart of Bodmin. The reserve is jointly owned and managed by Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. The award is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

To be awarded a Green Flag Award the site management plan is submitted for a desk top assessment, which is followed by a visit from a Green Flag judge who meets the owners, managers and site users and volunteers on a site walk where they judge the adoption of the management plan and the quality of the open space against eight strict criteria.

The Chair of the Advisory Group, David Ferris says: “The Advisory Group meets many of the people who use the Beacon and where we can, we use the information gained to enhance the management plan. The recent survey is such an instance where information gained will influence the plan. As a group we welcome peoples’ ideas and thoughts about the Beacon and its use.”

The 2013 Judges visit report noted; “Good works have been done to make the site presentable including a superb leaflet and seating and also noteworthy are the bookmarks created by St Marys Catholic Primary School and the Beacon Infant and Nursery School – well done.

“The diversity of the flora and fauna is a major feature to the landscape and the wild flower meadow areas are a real feature of the site.”

Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge said; “I am particularly pleased that the assessors praised the bookmarks produced by Bodmin primary school children. Bodmin Beacon is a major part of theses children's heritage and I hope they come to know and love it.”

Councillor Lance Kennedy, Chairman of Bodmin Town Council’s Properties Committee, said: “In congratulating all involved it is important to explain that on the other side of the town the Meadow is responding to the ongoing work programme to produce another outstanding green space. The Town Council continues to discuss with those involved in any future developments how we can increase the managed green spaces to ensure the growth of areas for future residents to enjoy as a priority.”

The Judges comments and observations will be fed into the new emerging management plan for the site. The Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory group who guide the management of the site are also looking for ideas and comments from the site users and non users,

If you would like to complete the online questionnaire about the management of Bodmin Beacon LNR visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Bodminbeacon or request a paper copy by calling Cornwall Council on 03001234 202. If you would like to vote for Bodmin Beacon to be your favourite Green Flag Park please visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk and register your vote for the annual People's Choice Award. The vote will close at midday on 1 October and the winner of the 2013 People’s Choice will be announced on 9 October at a ceremony in London.





Friday 26 July 2013
Maintenance to Memorial Clock

The Town Council in conjunction with the Cumbria Clock Company are in the process of overhauling the internal workings of the St Lawrence’s Memorial Clock mechanism.

The work will involve the removal of the clock movement, the cleaning of all parts and the undertaking of any necessary repairs.

This will leave the clock in good working order for the centenary commemoration of the outbreak of World War I in 2014.




Monday 08 July 2013
Public Rooms - applications for business plans

The Town Council is conscious that there has been a lot of media interest in the Council’s decision to close the Public Rooms which has seen an emergence of various community groups all championing to save the building and to retain it for future community use.

Town Councillors are cognisant that there could well be more community interest and groups coming forward in time. The Council also recognises that groups will need some time and latitude to prepare business plans as well as putting in place any constitutional arrangements in order that they can then ‘bid’ for the property with any other interested groups.

The Council agreed at its Adjourned Council meeting on 23 May 2013 that the deadline for applications from the community to submit their business case / plans is by no later than 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 31 December 2013 which will enable the Council to consider applications in line with its own budget setting process for the 2014/15 financial year.

To register your interest in bidding for this asset, or for further information, please contact Stephen Facer, Acting Town Clerk on 01208 76616 or e-mail stephen.facer@bodmin.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can e-mail generic queries in connection with the disposal of the Public Rooms to policy@bodmin.gov.uk




Monday 24 June 2013
Accounts Approved Subject To Audit

Now available for viewing are the Council's Accounts Approved subject to Audit.

The Council's audit was conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.

The audit was carried out by Grant Thornton UK LPP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT. Tel 0117 305 7600.

Adobe PDF   Bodmin Town Council - Accounts Approved Subject To Audit





Monday 24 June 2013
Bodmin in Bloom Front Garden Competition 2013

If you keep a luscious lawn; display heavenly hydrangeas; or you are very protective over your petunias then this message is definitely for you.

The Bodmin in Bloom Committee are seeking entries for this year’s Front Garden Competition. All you have to do is complete a very simple entry form and return it to the Council Reception Desk at the Shire Hall, Mount Folly, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ by no later than 19th July with judging scheduled for the end of the month.

Entry forms are available from the Shire Hall or can be downloaded below.

So why not get involved and prepare for a feast of flowers and help to Brighten Bodmin?

Adobe PDF   Competition Entry Form





Monday 10 June 2013
Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of elector's rights

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 and The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

Each year the Council’s/Meeting’s annual return is audited by an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the opportunity to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to the accounting statements.

For the year ended 31 March 2013 these documents will be made available between the following dates;

24 June – 19 July 2013, Monday to Friday: between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm at Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ.

Local electors and their representatives have rights to;

  • Question the auditor about the accounts; and
  • Object to the accounts or any item in them.

Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose on 22 July 2013 and until the audit has been completed.

The Council's audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.

The audit is being carried out by: Grant Thornton UK LPP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT. Tel 0117 305 7600 This announcement is made by: Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB

RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

Date of Announcement – 10 June 2013



Friday 07 June 2013
Priory Car Park - reducing the cost of annual permits

At the Adjourned Council meeting held on 23 May 2013, Bodmin Town Council agreed to allow Annual Priory Car Park Permits to be paid by Standing Order.

This decision allows users of Priory Car Park to benefit by agreeing to purchase an annual permit but spread the cost over a whole year via monthly instalments at the reduced annual permit rate. This would mean monthly instalments for an annual permit would cost £16.67.

If you wish to take advantage of this method, please contact Anne Banks on 01208 76616 to arrange.



Thursday 06 June 2013
Planting for a brighter Bodmin

Brightening up Bodmin
Planting event at Kew Klavji
Residents from Kew Klavji
Young people from a local housing estate in Bodmin have been busy planting in an effort to encourage the Town's success in this year's South West in Bloom competition.

The initiative originated from Town council staff member Selina Jay, who lives at Kew Klavji on Rhind Street. The idea was to include local residents and young people from the estate in something that would be seen by passers-by on Rhind Street, something they could be proud of." said Miss Jay.

"I contacted Devon and Cornwall Housing to see if they were able to support me and other residents with enhancing the area with railing planters for the barriers which run along the entrance to the estate.

"We worked in partnership with Mai Evans, the housing association's community development officer, to plan a planting event during the May half-term to encourage the youngsters on the estate to participate, along with their families, and to brighten up and take ownership of the area."

With some help from Bodmin Town Council's own horticulturist Orlando Schuloer and his apprentice Yasmin Chappell, Residents from Kew Klavji will now manage the newly planted area.

If you have any cost effective ideas of how to enhance the Town with floral displays please contact: Bodmin in Bloom Committee via Bodmin Town Council or if you would like to become a Committee Member and help make Bodmin 'Blooming Marvellous', please contact the Council on 01208 76616  






Friday 24 May 2013
Councillor Vacancy for St Marys Ward

BODMIN TOWN COUNCIL ST MARY’S WARD – 1 VACANCY

After nominations to the Parish Council election for Bodmin Town Council 1 vacancy exists.

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 12:00 noon on Friday 14 June 2013 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 Special Council Meeting on Thursday 20 June 2013.

Please address your application to: The Town Clerk Bodmin Town Council Shire House Mount Folly Square BODMIN PL31 2DQ.

This website contains further information about the Town Council's services and calendar of meetings .



Friday 17 May 2013
Bodmin Mayor is re-elected

Re-elected:
Mayor Ken Stubbs
Bodmin Mayor - Ken Stubbs
At the annual Mayor Choosing ceremony which took place on 16 May 2013, Councillor Ken Stubbs was re-elected to serve as Mayor for the ensuing year.

The ceremony was held in the St. Petroc’s Parish Church and was a breathtaking venue which more than complemented the occasion.

Councillor Andy Coppin was re-elected to serve as Deputy Mayor, a role which he had carried out amiably during the preceding year.

The Council following elections on 2 May comprises the following Councillors. The town is now split into three Wards which aligns with the Cornwall Council Ward boundaries.

The Council is very pleased to welcome Councillor Jacquie Gammon, Councillor John Gibbs, Councillor Ann Kerridge (also re-elected to Cornwall Council – St. Mary’s Ward), Councillor Peter Skea and Councillor Shaun Stephens who will each be serving their first term of office with Bodmin Town Council.

Below: Proceedings during the Mayor Choosing event at St Petroc's Church.

The Mayor Choosing event at St Petroc's Church

Bodmin Town Council membership, by Ward, is as follows:

Councillors 2013

St Leonard's St Mary's * St Petroc's
Margaret Denholm Andrew John Coppin John Ronald Gibbs
Jacquie Gammon Ann Mary Kerridge Sarah Joan Horne
John Henry Hartill Philip Kerridge Lance Godfrey John Kennedy
Jacob Marwood Lyne Shaun Robert Stephens Peter Lloyd Goar Skea
Harold George Vanderwolfe Kenneth Wilfred Stubbs Ralph Solomons

* There is currently one Councillor vacancy for St Mary's Ward.






Friday 26 April 2013
30 minute free parking for Local Council Elections

On Thursday 2 May 2013 Bodmin Town Council has agreed to provide a 30 minute free parking concession in its Priory Car Park to assist people turning out to vote for candidates standing for election for both the Town Council and Cornwall Council seats.

Pay and Display is still in operation on the day and will be enforced for anyone parking for longer than 30 minutes between the normal operational hours of between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

Councillor P Kerridge, Chairman of the Council’s Promotions Committee said, ‘the Town Council is pleased to assist in this way and hopes that this incentive will get more people out to vote for both the Cornwall Council and Town Council elections.’



Wednesday 17 April 2013
Local Council Elections

Full Elections of Councillors to Parish/Town Councils and Cornwall Council will take place on Thursday 2 May 2013.

Due to the recent boundary changes, Bodmin is now divided into three wards – St Mary’s, St Leonards and St Petroc’s.

At this present time, St Leonards Ward has enough candidates standing for the available positions. St Mary's Ward requires an additional candidate to fill one available position. St Petroc’s Ward is the only ward that will require an Election as there are seven candidates standing and only five Member positions available.

For the most up to date information relating to the three wards and the candidates for both Bodmin Town Council and Cornwall Council we invite you to check the Cornwall Council website at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=33561 .



Tuesday 26 March 2013
Easter rubbish and recycling collections

Refuse and recycling and garden waste collections will continue as usual over the Easter period.

Residents whose collections are due on either Good Friday or Easter Monday should put their rubbish, recycling or garden waste out for collection as normal.

Cornwall's household waste and recycling centres will also be open as normal all over Easter.



Wednesday 06 March 2013
St Pirans Day more popular than ever

Fine weather met with a great turnout for Bodmin's celebrations of St Piran's Day on Tuesday 05 March 2013.

The traditional parade which was accompanied by the sound of drum and Cornish piper was a great success and the children taking part in the procession really enjoyed themselves on their Patron Saints Day.

The Chairman of the Bodmin Town Council's Promotions Committee, Councillor Phil Kerridge, conveyed his thanks to all who helped to make St. Piran’s Day a great success.
  
Stephen Facer, Deputy Chief Executive of Bodmin Town Council said after the event; "This year, we saw more people lining the street to witness the parade compared to previous years and events of this nature are not possible without the back-office support and behind the scenes work that goes into facilitating this type of event."

Special thanks are extended to the Lions Club of Bodmin for their event support and stewarding.


Below - procession along Fore Street
St Pirans Day 2013





Tuesday 26 February 2013
St Pirans - Children's painting competition

A public exhibition to display children's paintings in connection with St Piran is being held in the Shire Hall between 26 February 2013 to 15 March 2013.

This exhibition showcases junior and infant school artwork as part of a children’s painting competition which this year takes the theme of ‘The International Celtic Congress’ which Bodmin is proud to host from 1 to 5 April 2013.

This painting competition has been organised by the Bodmin Joint St. Piran Committee as a further way to get local children thinking about their Patron Saint and as a way to engender cultural distinctiveness and identity / belonging to this great County, in which they live, learn and play.

Adobe PDF   Competition Poster


Below - Paintings now on display at the Shire Hall
Paintings on display





Wednesday 20 February 2013
Cornwall Together - Reducing The Cost Of Living

Cornwall Together
Cornwall Together
Promoting a better energy deal
Cornwall Together aims to reduce the cost of living by bringing people from all walks of life together to negotiate a better deal for everyone.

Energy bills have risen by over £700 on average since 2004 – that’s an increase of 140%. In 2013 we face a 50/50 chance of black outs. Recent price rises are likely to push an additional 300,000 people into fuel poverty. That could mean another 65 people a day will die because they can’t afford to heat their homes.

That’s why we started by bulk buying electricity, gas and heating oil. We helped 10,000 people to join together in the first round with average savings of £133 for those that decided to switch their energy supplier. Over £150,000 went back into the pockets of Cornish households. But it’s not just about joining forces to save money, we’re working with the NHS, Cornwall Council and other public, private and third sector partners to alleviate fuel poverty and improve public health. Ultimately, we want to support people to work together to achieve something that they might not manage to do on their own.

Round 2 - How it works

On 8th February this year, energy suppliers bid against each other to provide the cheapest energy prices for our members across the following payment categories: Direct Debit, Payment on Receipt of Bill and Prepayment.

Between 18th February and midnight on 17th March, people will be able to register for Cornwall Together at www.cornwalltogether.com or by Freephone on: 0800 772 0925. They’ll need to have a recent energy bill to hand if they have one.

Once they’ve registered they’ll be given a quote that tells them the possible saving they would get if they switched to the winning company in their category, alongside a best-of-market quote so they can make an informed decision.

They can switch immediately or they can wait and switch later (so long as it’s before the 17th March)*. Either way, the final price will depend on the final amount of people who switch. The more people that switch, the more everyone will save and Cornwall is now buying alongside Scotland, Exeter, Birmingham and Solihull via UK Together (www.uktogether.com).

The campaign

We want to reach the whole of Cornwall, so there’s an announcement in the leaflet that accompanies the council tax bill, a leaflet drop to all Cornish households, advertising in the press, radio and outdoor plus a series of community drop-in sessions and town-centre road-shows. We’ll be using Facebook, Twitter and local networks to promote the campaign.

*It’s slightly different for heating oil – you have to make a decision on whether to switch as soon as you have the quote.


Adobe PDF   Cornwall Together leaflet

Adobe PDF   Cornwall Together Postcard






Thursday 14 Febraury 2013
Closure of the Public Rooms

The decision to close this property has been taken as a consequence of the reforms to the Council Tax Base which has cut around 14.5% from the Town Council’s budget. These budget cuts have been imposed by central government as it looks to devolve the way in which council tax benefits are calculated and subsidised. This together with the fact that the Public Rooms are in need of significant refurbishment to bring the facilities in line with modern user expectations has resulted in the Council needing to make some very difficult decisions about its services and properties.

Whilst the Public Rooms offers a large space at low hire cost, it is in need of roof repairs in excess of £117,000, a bill that simply cannot be serviced by the current room hire income and the use that the building receives.

The Council has a number of other listed buildings in its property portfolio and the decision has therefore been taken to market the Public Rooms with a view to dispose of the building in the near future.

Therefore the following decisions have been made with regards to the closure of the Public Rooms;

  • Only new bookings up to and including the 31 March will be taken
  • The Public Rooms will continue to be used for existing bookings to 30 April 2013. Hopefully, this will help support customers whilst they explore alternative accommodation / venues such as local schools, church halls, scouts, community centres and sporting community groups.
  • From 1 May 2013 the door to the Public Rooms will be closed to business.
  • Existing bookings up to 30 June 2013 will be reallocated within the Council’s other venue hire premises with the hirers consent (wherever possible). The quoted Public Rooms price for this period will be honoured for any reallocated hirings.
  • Following 30 June 2013 alternative venues will be offered where appropriate but at the current rates for the use of that venue. Should customers wish to take up the use of alternative venues a new booking form will need to be completed.


The Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all hirers for their custom over the years and wishes all groups and organisations that have used the premises all the best in securing alternative venue(s).

Should you have any questions or would like any further information about your particular booking then please contact the Facilities Administrator Jemma Andrews on 01208 76616.




Thursday 14 February 2013
Bodmin VIC celebrates another gold award

Bodmin VIC Gold Award
South West Tourism Gold Award
South West Tourism Awards
Bodmin Visitor Information Centre were celebrating this week after adding yet another award to their repertoire.

This time it was the regional South West Tourism for Excellence Awards and in competition for the title of best Tourist Information service, alongside Bodmin, were Falmouth, Woolacombe, Lyme Regis and Gloucester Tourist Information Centre.

The Eden Project provided the venue for this year’s glittering event with Lloyd Griffith, Comedian, hosting and Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard making the announcements.

The staff from Bodmin were left completely speechless when it was announced that the Bodmin office was to be awarded a joint Gold award alongside the team at Gloucester with Woolacombe taking the Silver and Falmouth and Lyme Regis sharing the bronze prize.

Talking about the Bodmin office the judges said that “The team goes above and beyond expectation in devising new ways to meet the needs of visitors. It is a fantastic service which encourages repeat visits to the TIC and the local area”

Councillor Phil Kerridge, Chairman of the Promotions Committee commented on the Shire Hall’s news. "Once again our staff in Shire Hall have beaten the strongest opposition in the South West from much bigger towns. Once again it's because they've proved they always go the extra mile for their customers. It would be great for the town if they can go one better and win the national award later in the year."

Bodmin’s latest award is in addition to their recent win at the Cornwall Tourism Awards where they were named as the best tourist information centre in the county.

For more details contact Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer 01208 76616 Wendy.wright@bodmin.gov.uk




Friday 18 January 2013
Two New Councillor Members Co-Opted

At the Full Council Meeting yesterday evening (Thursday 17 January) the following Councillors were co-opted to fill the vacancies on the Town Council.

Councillor Sarah J Horne was co-opted to fill the vacancy on St Petroc’s Ward

Councillor Rob Taylor will represent St Mary’s Ward.



Monday 7 January 2013
Bodmin Wassail warmly welcomed

Bodmin Wassailers
Annual visit of Bodmin Wassailers
Annual visit to Shire House
The Bodmin Wassailer’s once again made their annual visit to to Shire House on Saturday 5 January 2013 en route to various parts of the town of Bodmin.

At 12 noon Town Clerk Paul O'Callaghan, Bodmin Mayor Councillor Ken Stubbs, Deputy Mayor Councillor A Coppin and other Bodmin Town Councillors warmly welcomed the Wassailers who come dressed in top hats, dickie bows, waistcoats and tails.

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.

Bodmin’s Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan said “Once again, the Town Council is delighted 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.”



Thursday 20 December 2012
Christmas Message from the Mayor

Christmas Greetings
Christmas Greetings from the Mayor
Bodmin Mayor, K W Stubbs
We come to the end of another year which as a Town we have had our highs and lows, but the coming year is going to be even more difficult not only for the Town Council but also for us all as individuals.

In these austere financial times, the Council is going to have to make difficult decisions in order to provide the best value for money for the residents of Bodmin.

On the brighter side we have had many highlights in the Town during this year. The ones that spring to mind are the Olympic Torch Relay, Armed Forces Day, Street parties for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the opening of the rebuilt Narisa Hall by Princess Narisa.

One thing that has impressed me most since being inaugurated as Mayor is the large number of charities, support groups and service organisations in the Town that devote their time and fund raising activities for people less fortunate than themselves.

Without these organisations many of these people would be left by the wayside especially at this time of year. These organisations deserve all the help they can get and must be congratulated on the excellent work they do.

I have had the pleasure of attending several Carol Services where primary school children took part. Their behaviour and enthusiasm impressed me immensely and left me with a very positive feeling about the youth of today.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs.



Tuesday 11 December 2012
Crying Out Loud

"Oyez!"
Bodmin Town Crier, Nick Prideaux
Bodmin Town Crier, Nick Prideaux
Bodmin, together with many town’s in the country, has a Town Crier who accompanies the Mayor at Civic Events. In 1976 Nick Prideaux, an outside worker with Bodmin Town Council, was asked to stand in as Town Crier at a Judges Church Service.

Following the resignation as a result of ill health by the current Town Crier, Nick was pursuaded to continue in the role.

A Town Crier or Bellman, is an officer of the Court, who in Medieval England, was the chief means of making public pronouncements to the people of the town since many could not read or write. Royal proclamations, local byelaws, market days and adverts were all proclaimed by a Town Crier throughout the centuries.

By tradition, dating back to the 18th century, a Town Crier dresses elaborately in a coloured robe, breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. They carry a hand bell to attract people’s attention shouting “Oyez Oyez” before making an announcement.

Nick continued to learn ‘on the job’ and then some 12 years later he was invited to join the Guild of Town Criers, which involved entering competitions. In 1988 the Bodmin Lions held a competition, at which Nick won first prize. Since that time Nick has won many competitions all over the South West and is still going strong.

Thirty six years later at the age of eighty Nick is still crying out loud. His most recent accomplishment was at Tiverton, when on 2 October 2012 he was awarded the Second prize.



Wednesday 5 December 2012
Consultation on the Draft Bodmin Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan

Exhibition being held in Bodmin Library One Stop Shop, Lower Bore Street, Bodmin Monday 10th December 1pm-5pm • Local community invited to comment.

The purpose of the Conservation Area Appraisal is to clearly define the special interest, character and appearance of the Conservation Area, and to suggest any possible amendments to its boundary.

The appraisal will inform Development Management decisions and policies and act as a foundation for further work on design guidance and enhancement schemes. The appraisal will look at the historic and topographical development of the settlement, analyse its present character, identify problems and pressures and make recommendations for its future management.

Detailed advice on the future management of the Conservation Area is set out in the Bodmin Conservation Area Management Plan, which forms part of the appraisal.

Copies of the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan including suggested Conservation Area boundary changes will be available at Bodmin Library One Stop Shop. It will also be available on the Council’s website from the 10th December 2012, comments from the public are sought by 1st February 2013.



Tuesday 4 December 2012
Good turnout for Bodmin Christmas Event

Light rain and drizzle didn't dampen Christmas spirits in Bodmin as Mount Folly was packed for the annual switch on of the Christmas tree lights on Friday 30 November.

Before the switch on at 7 pm the event was overseen by PIRATE FM's James Dundon. There were long queues to visit Santa's grotto which continued until nearly 9 pm long after all the other events had finished.

The fun also include a light show, a puppet show and carol singing accompanied by the town band.

Responsibility for the big switch on was shared by the comedian Kernow King, mayor Ken Stubbs and Christmas lights campaigner Hayley Lang.

Bodmin's mayor Ken Stubbs said; "It was a fantastic evening on Friday and the Santa Grotto was a great success as usual. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the Bodmin Town Council staff and others for their efficient and friendly commitment. Another job well done."

Below: Festive fun on the Folly and an elf helper on the night...

Festive Fun on the Folly


Elf helper





Tuesday 4 December 2012
Christmas Recycling and Rubbish Collections 2012

The following details are Cornwall Council's waste disposal arrangements for Christmas 2012:

This is the first year that everyone in Cornwall will have the same collection service. The Christmas and New Year arrangements will be new to a lot of people, but it means that we will be back to normal by 3 January 2013.

Rubbish and clinical waste collections will be suspended on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Residents will receive a full collection the following week on 1 and 2 January 2013.

Recycling will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This will all be collected on Saturday 29 December.

Garden waste will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This will also be collected on Saturday 29 December.

This information is summarised in the following PDF document:


Adobe PDF   Cornwall Council waste disposal arrangements - Christmas 2012.


Recycling at Christmas

Christmas cards and envelopes: In the kerbside recycling collection they should be placed in the cardboard sack. White envelopes should go into paper sack, coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper:  Most Christmas wrapping paper can be recycled, although we cannot accept paper coated with foil or plastic. All non shiny paper can go in the paper sack.

Cardboard: Cardboard boxes should be flattened and put into the cardboard recycling bag. Big pieces of cardboard or large amounts can be flattened and bundled together and put out next to the recycling, or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Chocolate and biscuit tins:  You can put empty metal chocolate and biscuit tins into the sack for plastic bottles and cans.

Additional recycling: Excess amounts of recycling can be put it into carrier bags and put out with your recycling. Please be extra carful with glass and put it in a rigid or sturdy box.

Household Waste Recycling Centres: The HWRC sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The normal site opening times are 9am to 4pm.





Wednesday 28 November 2012
Councillor Vacancies for St Marys and St Petrocs Wards

ST MARY’S WARD – 1 VACANCY

ST PETROC’S WARD – 1 VACANCY

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 12:00 noon on Monday 7 January 2013 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 17 January 2013.

Please address your application to: The Town Clerk Bodmin Town Council Shire House Mount Folly Square BODMIN PL31 2DQ

This website contains further information about the Town Council's services and calendar of meetings .



Tuesday 13 November 2012
Shire Hall Strikes Gold - Again!

Gold!
VIC Winners at Awards
Bodmin VIC Team at Awards
Bodmin Town Council's golden girls in the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) have once again beaten all the opposition in the Cornwall Tourism Awards at the Headland Hotel, Newquay on Thursday 8 November.

Wendy Wright who manages the centre said: "We were expecting stiff competition this year because the other shortlisted TICs Falmouth and Bude are both excellent and given that we have already won the Gold for the three previous years, we really didn’t expect to get it again. So we were really pleased with the result."

To be named a winner in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, the staff from the VIC were subjected to rigorous mystery shopping including an email, telephone call and personal visit. In addition, the staff had to complete an application which asked questions about all aspects of the running of the office. The judges of the awards were very complimentary about the Shire Hall centre stating that Bodmin is “A very impressive TIC with great customer focus”.

This latest win adds to the team’s recent run of successes. In February of this year, the office was named as the best tourist information in the South West and a couple of months later, it was named as one of the best offices in the whole of England, second only to the city of Manchester, in the Visit England for Excellence Awards.

Phil Kerridge, who chairs the town’s promotions committee said; "This is absolutely fantastic news and a great tribute to Wendy and the team in Shire Hall. And remember the VIC isn't just for tourists. If you're looking for what’s on in Bodmin, details of clubs in the area, coach bookings or Christmas gifts ideas, it's well worth popping in and having a look”.

With their latest win under the belt, the team will now be considered for an award in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which takes place in February and ultimately could go on to the national competition for the second year running.



Monday 29 October 2012
2012 Bodmin in Bloom Front Garden Competition Results

The annual Bodmin in Bloom awards celebrated the best of Bodmin’s gardeners, despite them having had to battle against the wettest summer for over 100 years.

Mike Armstrong, Chairman of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee, praised all the competitors gathered in the Shire Suite for their efforts in what had been a challenging season.

Mike commented ‘the judging panel thought that the standard this year had been particularly high, making judging difficult. There had been some outstanding floral displays, with gardens of all sizes bursting with colour’.

Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs, echoed these comments and said that he ‘was amazed that anyone has managed to brave the monsoon conditions and grow any sort of floral display. They should all be congratulated and feel a great sense of satisfaction at their horticultural achievements which made Bodmin a brighter place to live and visit’.

The Mayor praised the dedication and hard work of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee led by Mike and Ann Armstrong and the team of judges that give so kindly and unstintingly of their time and effort.

Prize Winners in the various categories were as follows:

Public Houses – First Prize – The Weavers; Second Prize – The White Hart; Third Prize - The Garland Ox.

First Prize Award - Public Houses

Pictured above: Carol Medlen of the Weavers receives her award from the Mayor


Care Homes – First Prize – Berryfields House; Second Prize – Pendrea House; Third Prize – Castle Hill House.

First Prize Award - Care Homes

Pictured above: Pamela Hayne receives an award on behalf of the residents of Berryfields House

Domestic Front Gardens – First Prize – Mr and Mrs R Cox; Second Prize – Mrs E Hicks; Third Prize – Mr and Mrs D Dennis; Highly Commended for small garden – Mr D Greenaway; Highly Commended – Mr A Jennings.

First Prize Award - Best Front GArden

Pictured above: Mr Cox receives the cup for best front garden

Bodmin in Bloom is an initiative aimed at BRIGHTENING BODMIN.



Thursday 25 October 2012
Priory Park - Multi-play facility open for use

The colourful new unit
New play equipment for Priory Park
now open for use in Priory Park
A new multi-play facility has been installed in the Priory Park play area and is now open for public use.

Aimed at children from age six upward, the colourful new unit replaces the previous wooden facility and as a bespoke design, will add a fresh dimension to multi-play in the park.



Thursday 25 October 2012
Notices of vacancy in office of Town Councillor



Tuesday 23 October 2012
Beacon Advisory Group Opportunity

Are you a Beacon regular? Do you enjoy exploring the woodland, lanes and meadows? If so, perhaps you would like to play a part in guiding management of the Nature Reserve?

The Bodmin Beacon Advisory Group are looking for enthusiastic, committed people who have an interest in their environment and would be willing to help manage the Reserve both for wildlife and the wider community.

The advisory committee provides guidance to Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council on the management and development of the Reserve. This is a wide ranging remit and embraces topics as diverse as education, access, conservation and land management.

Applications are sought for 2 positions on the Bodmin Beacon Advisory Group. You may be a regular user of the Reserve or live locally and have other relevant interests including natural or local history, less able access or outdoor education.

Meetings of the Advisory Group are generally held every three months either on site or in Bodmin and the role is voluntary.

The next Beacon Management Advisory Group meeting will be on 10 December at 6.30pm. We would love to hear from you so please submit your application of interest by writing to: Coralie Barrow (Countryside Officer) Cornwall Council Environment Windwhistle House , Cooksland Road Bodmin, PL31 2RH For Further details please contact Coralie Barrow on 01208 262857 Email coralie.barrow@cornwall.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2012.



Friday 19 October 2012
New multi-play equipment almost ready...

Coming soon...
New multi-play unit for Priory Park
The new multi-play unit
A brand new multi-play unit for Priory Park's Play Area will soon be completed for the benefit of the town's youth.

It is hoped that the facility will be available for use from Tuesday 23 October 2012.

The new equipment, costing £17,000, replaces the old wooden unit that had been a feature of the Play Area for many years. Intended for children Primary School age and older, the new unit will also benefit from new safety surfacing.

It is hoped that the colourful facility will add a fresh dimension to multiplay as it is a unique bespoke design.

Speaking about the upgrade and about the recently installed new bow top fencing in the park, Mayor Councillor K W Stubbs said he was grateful to the Park's Department for the hard work done to improve the facilities in the Priory Park Play Area for the young people of Bodmin.



Wednesday 10 October 2012
Vandalism blights Youth Shelter

Councillor L G Kennedy with
Councillors reveal damaged rivets at Skate Park Shelter
Mayor, Councillor K W Stubbs
Bodmin Town Council has been, in the interest of public finance and safety, forced to remove the youth shelter adjacent to the Skate Park following systematic and systemic acts of vandalism.

Within a few months of its installation in April 2010 at a cost of £2,985.00 (ex VAT) the roof had to be removed and repainted due to offensive and obscene graffiti, the Perspex sides having suffered not only the same level of obscenities were damaged beyond repair due to fire. The seats and rear panels were also the subject of the same explicit language and graffiti but were able to be cleaned.

The latest damage has consisted of the shearing and removal of the seat securing bolts and rivets, damage that required considerable force of a sustained and determined attack.

As a result the seats have become dangerous and one has already had to be removed.

The Town Council cannot permit this sort of obscene graffiti to remain in the proximity of a junior school and young people genuinely using the Skate Park; neither can it permit commitment of public funds to continued and increasingly expensive repairs to the shelter.

Cllr Lance Kennedy, Chairman of the Town Council’s property Committee and Cornwall Council Division Member said, ‘the Council cannot continue to tolerate these ongoing, persistent and mindless acts of vandalism which is impacting upon the Council’s budget and ultimately the pockets of local residents via the Council tax. The vandals are carrying out these organised and systematic attacks with a combination of brute force and specialist tools to remove fixings which is putting the health and safety of children and young people legitimately using this facility at risk.’

Councillor Ken Stubbs, Mayor, said, ‘the persistent nature of these attacks has had a financial impact which simply cannot be tolerated and sustained. Given the health and safety risk resulting from the vandalism there was no other option but to remove this shelter.’




Tuesday 09 October 2012
Annual Return - Conclusion of Audit

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT AND RIGHT TO INSPECT THE ANNUAL RETURN ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2012

Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act 1998
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

The audit of the accounting statements for Bodmin Town Council for the year ending 31 March 2012 has been concluded.

The accounting statements are available for inspection by any local government elector for the area of the Bodmin Town Council on this website or on application to: Mr Paul O’Callaghan, TOWN CLERK Bodmin Town Council, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ.

Copies will be provided to any local elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return.

Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER Date: 9 October 2012



Wednesday 3 October 2012
MacMillan Coffee Morning a great success

In support of
MacMillan Cancer Care
On Friday 28th September, the Shire Hall played host to Macmillan Cancer Care as part of the organisation’s annual fundraising event – the World’s biggest coffee morning.

Over 100 local people including the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Ken Stubbs and Mrs Stubbs, attended the event raising over £200 in donations.

Commenting on the event, the Mayor said “It is wonderful to see so many people supporting this very worthwhile event”.

This is the third year that the coffee morning has been held in the Shire Hall bringing the total raised for Macmillan in the region of £600.




Tuesday 2 October 2012
Bodmin's Bloomin' Marvelous

Silver Award for Bodmin
South West in Bloom Silver Award 2012
South West in Bloom 2012
Bodmin has another award to add to recent glory after scooping silver in the South West in Bloom Sargent Cup for small towns.

South West in Bloom is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society whose judges are looking for much more than top notch gardening. Marks are also awarded for environmental responsibility and community participation.

Councillor Madrea Dominey and Deputy Chief Executive Stephen Facer travelled to the awards ceremony in Weston-super-Mare and were stunned to discover that Bodmin won silver. Stephen Facer said: “2012 was the first year we entered the competition and we were mainly looking for advice and feedback from the judges to improve the town in the future. Getting the silver award in a year which has been so difficult for horticulture was quite unexpected and a huge tribute to the Council’s Parks Team.

Judges were most impressed by the Beacon, Priory Park and the Priory Meadow project (wildflower area using seed harvested from the Beacon) and the Children’s Painting Competition run by Bodmin in Bloom. Bederkesa Court was also highly commended for their floral displays.

This follows the success of Wendy Wright and staff in the tourist information centre who won gold in Cornwall and the South West before coming second to Manchester in the national finals of the National Tourism Awards.

Councillor Madrea Dominey said: “This is bloomin' marvellous for Bodmin and the town council but the real point is to improve the town for residents and visitors. Once again we have shown what Bodmin can do. We have the second best tourist information centre in the country as well as putting on great events for the Olympic Torch and Armed Forces Day.”

Contact for more details or photo opportunity: Stephen Facer, Deputy Chief Executive, Bodmin Town Council 76616.




Tuesday 25 September 2012
Patching Works - Priory Car Park 2

Patching works to the car park closest to the Football Club are currently being conducted this week.

It is hoped that these works will be complete on Friday 28 September.

The patching is being undertaken in time for the annual fireworks display due to be held on Monday 5 November this year.

Bodmin Town Council apologises for any inconvenience.




Friday 17 August 2012
New Narisa Hall is officially opened

Princess Narisa Chakrabongse
Princess Narisa at the official opening of the new Narisa Hall
at the official opening
Bodmin Town Council was honoured to welcome Princess Narisa Chakrabongse and her husband to the official opening of Narisa Hall on Friday 10 August 2012.

The new building in Priory Park replaced the original Hall which was opened in 1957 by the one year old Princess. This building was sadly destroyed by fire on the night of 11 December 2009.

The Princess’ father, Prince Chula, who aside from running the famous White Mouse Racing Team and writing a number of excellent books, was the generous benefactor of the original Hall.

There were numerous uses for the original hall including a school nurse clinic and meeting room for community groups but in latter years was largely used as a practice room for Bodmin Town Band.

The Council is currently in discussions with the Band regarding a new lease for the facility and it is hoped to arrange an official handover in due course.

Throughout the rebuild process, the Council worked with its insurers, Zurich Municipal, loss adjusters, Cunningham Lindsay and local surveying firm RTP Surveyors. The main contractors were Cornish building firm Gloweth and the final landscaping and planting was carried out by the Council’s own Parks Team. During the event,

Princess Narisa unveiled a plaque and made a speech about her fond memories of her father and her family’s longstanding association with Bodmin. She was also taken on a tour of the new facility which included a display with information about her father and the original Narisa Hall.

Bodmin Town Museum also presented her with a book written by local historian, Peter Davies.

Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs said, “It was a very great pleasure to meet Princess Narisa and her husband. She thoroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony and meeting everyone present. I am sure she took away very fond memories of the time she spent with us all and Bodmin will always be close to her heart.”





Tuesday 31 July 2012
Bodmin Beacon is given 5th award for a quality green space

Celebrations
Celebrating the Green Flag award on the Beacon Local Nature Reserve
The Green Flag Award
Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve has scooped the prestigious Green Flag Award for five consecutive years, confirming it is among the best in the country.

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, highlighting sites which are free to use and open to everyone.

To gain the award, parks and public spaces have to meet a range of criteria including providing a welcoming, healthy, safe and secure environment, as well as be clean and well maintained and involve the local community.

“The Green Flag Award is a quality mark of healthy and well loved parks and gardens,” said Councillor Steve Double, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the Environment.

“When asked 'what is the Green Flag for?' I say it is a recognition for the management of Bodmin's Nature Reserve and what it offers users; an area where Bodmin's inhabitants to relax and enjoy themselves,” said David Ferris, Chair of Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory Group.

“As the Chair I am proud to be associated with the nature reserve and all it stands for and recognise that we need to continue care, management and development of our precious space.”

Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge said: “I am so proud to have an open space like the Beacon in Bodmin, I urge everyone in the town to get to know it better, there is something for everyone.”

Bodmin Town Councillor Phil Kerridge said, “For the naturalist the wildlife on the Beacon is totally special. For the general visitor if you've missed the stunning views across the moor and mid Cornwall then you've missed something of Cornwall that you really shouldn't.”

Last year the Beacon attracted more than 200 votes narrowly missing out on a place in the nationwide top ten even though it was by a large margin the best supported site in Cornwall.

Voting for the best Green Flag site takes place on the Keep Britain Tidy website http://greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org

Please register your support on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ to recognise the Beacon as one of the best sites in the country. The Beacon is a fantastic habitat rich asset on YOUR doorstep, so vote today!


Pictured above (from left): Sites and Trails Officer John Cripps, Sites and Trails Ranger James Dutton, Cornwall Councillor Anne Kerridge, Bodmin Town Councillor, Phil Kerridge and Chair of Bodmin Beacon Management Advisory Group, David Ferris



Wednesday 25 July 2012
Vandals spoil fun for chilren under five

Damaged
The under five's play equipment
The under five’s Aquatica multi-play unit in Priory Park is currently out of use due to mindless acts of vandalism.

Bodmin Town Council have sourced replacements parts for this unit at a cost of just over £200 which will, of course, be met by the tax payer.

As the weather improves and Bodmin receives a higher number of visitors due to the Summer Holidays, this could not have happened at a worse time for children wanting to use the park facilities.





Friday 20 July 2012
Rare orchid found on the Beacon

A rare sight...
Greater Butterfly Orchid
The Greater Butterfly Orchid
A beautiful orchid that has disappeared from half of its range in England during the 20th century has been recorded for the first time on Bodmin's Local Nature Reserve, the Beacon.

The Greater Butterfly Orchid (pictured right) has greenish white coloured flowers with a vanilla scent that gets stronger at night to attract moths which are their main pollinators.

Among the other notable and rare species to be found on the Beacon are Snipe, Climbing Corydalis and the Chimney Sweeper moth which is a tribute to the success of the conservation measures undertaken on the Beacon by Bodmin Town and Cornwall Council, who jointly manage the site.

Stephen Facer, Bodmin Town Council said, "Most people know that the walking and views from the beacon are simply stunning but for the serious naturalist there is a whole lot more to be discovered some of which is wholly unique to the Beacon."

Coralie Barrow, Cornwall Council said, “Many of Britain’s orchids are threatened and good land management practices are key to reversing this worrying trend. To discover we have Greater Butterfly orchids on the Beacon is really rewarding news and the management techniques will be evaluated to ensure the orchids are given every opportunity to spread.”

Special thanks to Ken Preston-Mafham for finding and identifying the Greater Butterfly Orchid at the Bodmin Beacon. Additional information on the Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve can be viewed on the bodminbeacon.org.uk website.





Friday 29 June 2012
Bodmin Riding Weekend 2012

Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8 mark two linked occasions on Bodmin's event calendar as the town looks forward to Bodmin Riding 2012.

Heritage Day on the Saturday will once again feature many of the well known traditional aspects of the event as the town celebrates its history and myth. There will also be a number of exhibitions and displays to view as well as some Cornish Wrestling which will be held in Priory Park, organised by the Cornish Wrestling Association, later in the afternoon.

Fore Street will be closed to traffic enabling visitors to browse freely among the shops and stalls.

Programmes for the Riding Weekend events have been printed and are being distributed throughout the town. You may also pick one up at the Bodmin Town Council offices on Mount Folly.

Adobe PDF You can view an itinerary of both Heritage Day and Riding Sunday here.

Bodmin Riding Day on the Sunday will include a procession in commemoration of St Petroc when the Saint's bones will be carried through the town before being taken into the remains of St Thomas's chapel, next to St Petroc's church.

Speaking of the event, John Hartll, Chairman of the Bodmin Riding Committee said: "Fingers crossed for some good weather over the weekend, so come along into the town and enjoy yourselves".





Tuesday 19 June 2012
Register now to be able to vote in forthcoming elections

Householders in Cornwall are urged to register now to vote in Police and Crime Commissioner elections and in local government elections next year 7 June 2012.

Cornwall Council officials are calling on local people to register now to make sure they can have their say and vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place in November 2012 and the local council elections in May 2013.

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. This process usually takes place in the Autumn but is being brought forward this year because of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Electoral registration forms are being posted out in mid June to all 250,000 households in Cornwall. This will then be used as the basis for the elections in November and the local council elections the following May.

“The new electoral register will be published on 16 October and only people who are on the register will be able to vote“ explained David Cunningham, Cornwall’s Deputy 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 the cheapest, thereby helping 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.

David 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 in early August 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 in September to help people fill in their form.

“People are required by law to provide the information which is asked for in the forms“ said David . “While most people respond quickly, we always have a number of households who do not return their forms. 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.





Thursday 14 June 2012
Bodmin is getting ready to bloom...

Bodmin is hoping to follow on from its previous success at the local ‘Cornwall in Bloom’ Awards.

In the last two years the town has achieved a ‘Full Bloom Award’ in the category ‘Clean and Tidy – Good First Impressions – Floral’ in 2010 and won ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Parks and Gardens’ in 2011.

This year, Bodmin will be entering the larger ‘South West in Bloom’ competition and hope that this will be the catalyst for wider community and business sector involvement.

Judging of the Town is to take place in early July 2012 and our outside Parks Team are working hard to improve areas of the town, with both floral schemes and general tidying/ smartening up of areas including painting railings, refurbishing benches and weed spraying.

All of which are important roles to ensuring our entry is as good as possible.

If you are a business or organisation and are keen to get involved over the coming year with making Bodmin a ‘blooming’ marvelous place, please contact Selina Jay, Projects Assistant on 01208 76616 or via email to selina.jay@bodmin.gov.uk





Friday 08 June 2012
Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Electors’ Rights

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 and The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

Each year the Council’s/Meeting’s annual return is audited by an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to the accounting statements. For the year ended 31 March 2012 these documents will be made available between the following dates;

22 June – 20 July 2012, Monday to Friday Between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm

at Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ or here on this website.

Local electors and their representatives have rights to;

  • Question the auditor about the accounts; and
  • Object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose on 23 July 2012 and until the audit has been completed.

The Councils audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice. The audit is being carried out by: Audit Commission, 2nd Floor, Aspinall House, Aspinall Close, Middlebrook, Bolton, BL6 6QQ

This announcement is made by:

Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER Date of Announcement – 8 June 2012





Wednesday 06 June 2012
Mayor promotes Armed Forces Day Bodmin in new video

Armed Forces Day Bodmin
Armed Forces Day - Show Your Support
Saturday 23 June 2012
A short video advertising Bodmin’s Armed Forces Day has been locally produced featuring the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken W Stubbs.

The introductory video, put together by Chris Batters, gives a visual tour of where some of the activities associated with the occasion will take place, including Priory Park, the War Memorial, Narisa Lawn and Bodmin’s football pitch where a military parade will round off the day’s event.

The video then takes the opportunity to feature some of Bodmin’s attractions which can be sampled by visitors on the 23 June.

You can view the video on Bodmin Town Council's Armed Forces Day website here.

In addition to the video, other promotional materials advertising Bodmin’s Armed Forces Day on June 23 are now being distributed as the occasion draws closer.





Tuesday 29 May 2012
Silver award for Bodmin Visitor Information Centre

Silver Award Winners
It’s official; the Visitor Centre in Bodmin’s Shire Hall is officially one of the best in England according to the judges of the Visit England for Excellence Awards after having won a Silver Award in the Visitor Information category at the prestigious ceremony.

The Silver Award is one of the highest accolades for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. The team from the Shire Hall was presented with their Silver Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said "In a year when we received a record of 392 high quality applications winning a Silver Award is a considerable achievement. Bodmin Visitor Information Centre has achieved one of the highest accolades for excellence in tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. I warmly congratulate them".

The newly appointed Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs commented on the news. “With tourism being so vitally important in Cornwall, to continually achieve excellence and at this level, is truly outstanding.”

Speaking on behalf of Bodmin Visitor Information Centre, Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer said “The last six months have been fantastic for my team at the Shire Hall. This latest award is true testament to the staffs’ commitment to first class customer service and excellent team work and to have been recognised nationally as one of the best is amazing”

Also winning awards in the Visitor Information category were Manchester taking the Gold, Greenwich also awarded the silver prize and Chesterfield and Harrogate received a joint bronze award.



Monday 21 May 2012
Mayor heralds Olympic Torch event as an outstanding success!

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs, heralded the Olympic Torch Relay event on Saturday 19 May 2012 as an outstanding success.

The Town Council run event at Fair Park was supported by Bodmin College and a large number of community and voluntary groups from the town. It was an opportunity to showcase the many sporting and outdoor activities available. It was a great family fun day, which was enjoyed by people of all ages.

It is estimated that there was between 2,500 and 3,000 people that attended throughout the day. There were great performances from Bodmin Town Band and Big Bang Music and Children’s Samba Band as well as Dan Brazier’s juggling and a Zumba demonstration by Mike Truscott of M Body Fitness.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was a brilliant performance by Will Coleman and Kernocopia based on historic Cornish Sporting Achievements in the fields of Cornish Wrestling, Surfing, Sailing, Rugby and Rowing.

Thousands of people lined the streets, from Westheath Avenue through to Dennison Road to cheer on the torchbearers as they ran through the town, helping the Olympic Flame on its way to London and the Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012.

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs, said ‘it was a brilliant event which brought the whole community together to celebrate this historic occasion!’.


Early afternoon at the Fair Park

Above - People beginning to gather at the Fair Park during the afternoon

Mayor of Bodmin, K W Stubbs with wife Marion enjoying the day

Above - Mayor of Bodmin, K W Stubbs with wife Marion enjoying the day

Kernocopia perform infront of the crowds

Above - Kernocopia perform in front of the crowds


The torch procession passes the Fair Park

Above - The torch procession passing the Fair Park along Westheath Avenue




Friday 18 May 2012
bodmin Celebrates new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2012 - 2013

Mayor Choosing 2012
Mayor Choosing 2012
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Bodmin Town Council officially elected its new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the annual Mayor Choosing event yesterday. 

The new Mayor, Councillor K W Stubbs and the new Deputy Mayor, Councillor A J Coppin, 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 2012 in the gallery to the right.

 


Wednesday 09 May 2012
Bodmin has honour of hosting armed forces day event 2012

People from across Cornwall will be gathering in Bodmin on Saturday 23 June 2012 to support Britain’s Armed Forces.

This will be the curtain-raiser in the South West for the National Armed Forces Day event which is being held in Plymouth on the following Saturday.

The aim of the day is for the people of Cornwall, and Bodmin in particular, to honour the commitment of the Armed Forces. To that end it was decided to theme the day as a “Garden Party” with entertainment being provided throughout the day and with many of the town's attractions offering free admission to the public.

Each of the Services will be setting up a “Village” of sideshows and static displays and the event would culminate in a Muster and Sunset with bands on the football pitch. This format differs from previous years, but fits well with the Plymouth event which will include more formal parades by the military.

Jonathan Coode, Deputy Lieutenant and Chairman of the Organising Committee, said ‘this is a great opportunity for the people of the County to say thank you to our brave service men and women, and the veterans, for all the great work that they have done serving Queen and Country, so that we might enjoy the civil liberties that we do. This is an open invitation to everyone to come and join us in Bodmin and support the event’

Plans are now well in hand – don’t miss out, put the date in your diary and come along for a fun day and show your support for our brave service personnel.

For more information about the event, visit the Armed Forces Day - Bodmin website or contact Stephen Facer on 01208 76616 or email; stephen.facer@bodmin.gov.uk





Tuesday 10 April 2012
Bodmin Information Centre shortlisted for top national award.

Bodmin Town Council's Visitor Information Centre team are smiling from ear to ear after learning news that the centre has been named as a finalist in the Visitor Information provider category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

As a finalist, the Shire Hall's Visitor Centre now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter. The team will have to wait until then to find out what award they receive but are guaranteed either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award. The other contenders for the coveted prizes are Chesterfield, Harrogate, Greenwich and Manchester.

Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. This is no small achievement in a year when we have received a record number of submissions. The quality of submissions this year has been outstanding and Bodmin Visitor Information Centre can justifiably take credit and pride in earning a place at the top of their category in England. I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.

Councillor Linda Spear, Chairman of the Promotions Committee said "To be named as one of the best Tourist Information Centres in the country is outstanding. This really is the icing on the cake after the VIC team's earlier success this year."

This news comes after the Bodmin office was named as the best of its kind in Cornwall and awarded the top prize at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer for the Information Centre said "To have won the Gold Award in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards was one thing but now to have been recognised as one of the best information centres in England really is quite another. People often ask us what is the secret to our success and I can only attribute it to the fantastic team that we have here and the great support that we receive from Bodmin Town Council." Wendy added "Whatever award we receive on the 22nd May it will be a great testament to the team and all their fabulous work!"




Wednesday 25 April 2012
Bodmin Olympic Torch Relay Event - Preparations Update

Bodmin Town Council is extremely excited to announce plans for the arrival of the Olympic Torch on Saturday 19 May 2012.

A family fun day will take place in the Fair Park, Corporation Road, from 1.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m., culminating in the arrival of the Torch at 5.58 p.m.

There will be something for all the family with a range of free entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and juggling. Bodmin Town Band will provide music throughout the afternoon and Kernocopia will stage a special theatrical performance. Local sports and youth organsations will provide demonstrations and further information about their clubs. A range of local community groups will also be on hand with stalls and activities to fundraise and promote their organisations.

For many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the Olympic Torch on the first day of its 70 day journey around the U.K., so don’t miss it! Come along and show your support for your local torchbearers. Please arrive early and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the run up to the arrival of the torch.

The official sponsors of the Olympics will be onsite to entertain the crowds and this may be an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact Bodmin Town Council by telephone on 01208 76616 or by emailing laura.hancock@bodmin.gov.uk

Additional information regarding the Torch Route can be found online at: http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay

Further information on Kernocopia can be found at www.kernocopia.co.uk or by emailing info@kernocopia.co.uk

Adobe PDF   View the poster for Bodmin's planned event here.




Friday 23 March 2012
Bodmin in Bloom front garden competition 2012

The Bodmin in Bloom Committee is very pleased to be running the Front Garden Competition again this year and are seeking entries.

It doesn’t matter if your front garden is large or small, the Judges are looking for colourful gardens bursting with bright blooms.

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 2012 and your front garden will be included in the judging.

Judging will take place during July and all entrants will be invited to an Award Evening sometime in September or October. Entry forms are available from the Town Council Offices or can be opened and saved to hard disk below:

Adobe PDF   Entry form - Bodmin in Bloom Front Garden Competition 2012

Mike Armstrong, the Chairman of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee, said “With spring approaching, now is a great time to get out in your garden and start planting for summer colour. We look forward to your entry in the Front Garden Competition”.

Bodmin in Bloom is an initiative aimed at BRIGHTENING BODMIN.



Tuesday 13 March 2012
Olympic Torch Relay Event

The Council is busy preparing an exciting event to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Bodmin on Saturday 19 May 2012.

The special event will take place at the Fair Park from 1.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. with free entry for local people and visitors. A range of activities will be available to keep the family entertained including a bouncy castle, face painting, juggling, balloon modelling, music and theatre performances.

Local community groups and sports clubs are invited to participate by providing demonstrations and promoting their activities.

The event will culminate in the arrival of the Torch at Westheath Avenue at approximately 5.39 p.m. From this point it will continue along Higher Bore Street, Dennison Road, Priory Road and proceed to Liskeard.

This is extremely exciting for the town as the worldwide media will be closely following the Olympic Torch Relay on its first day – it will certainly be a day to remember!

Adobe PDF   View the poster for Bodmin's planned event here.

To find out more about the route the Olympic Torch will be taking go to the official London 2012 website

For more information about Bodmin's planned event, please call 01208 76616 or email Executive Assistant, Laura Hancock.



Friday 9 March 2012
Planted Daffodils in bloom at Beacon Road

In Bloom
Daffodils at Beacon Road
The daffodils at Beacon Road
Hundreds of Daffodils heralding the coming of Spring can be seen lining Beacon Road at the patch of ground near the junction to Robartes Road.

The bright yellow flowers were planted last October as a Community Project involving Bodmin Town Council and members of Bodmin Community Church.

The initiative was described by Deputy Mayor Councillor K Stubbs as 'a partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display'.





Friday 2 March 2012
Jacob Lyne is elected as Bodmin Town Councillor

Jacob Marwood Lyne (Liberal democrats) has been formerly elected as a Bodmin Town Councillor.

At only 19, Jacob has become the youngest Member of Bodmin Town Council by many years.

He beat three other candidates for the St Mary's Ward vacancy by a strong margin.

The election results were as follows in order of votes:

Jacob Marwood Lyne: 442 votes

Robert Taylor: 213 votes

Paul Ellis: 194 votes

Christopher John Mark Wilkes: 141 votes

Adobe PDF   The official Declaration of Result of Poll can be viewed here.






Friday 24 February 2012
By-Election for St Mary’s Ward – Important Information

Residents from St Mary’s Ward are encouraged to vote for a new Town Councillor on Thursday 1 March 2012. The Polling Stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Provided you are on the electoral register you can vote at the following Polling Stations, depending on your address.

Please note that no polling cards have been issued and you do not need a polling card to be able to vote.

People who live in the following roads vote at the St Mary’s Parish Centre:

Alexandra Road
Barn Lane – all even numbers from 2 – 46 and Reservoir Apartments
Bawden Road
Beech Drive
Berrycombe Hill
Berrycombe Vale
Blowinghouse
Blowinghouse Lane
Bodiniel View
Boskear Lane
Boundary Road
Broomfield Drive
Browning Drive
Burden Close
Cheery Tree Close
Chestnut Grove
Dawe Crescent
Dunmere – Valley View Park
Fair View
Flamank Park
Foster Drive
Jago Close
Jubilee Terrace
Kay Crescent
Kinsman Estate
Kirland
Kirland Road
Little Kirland
Maple Close
Midway Road
Monument Way
Old Market Place
Park Drive
Paull Road
Pethybridge Drive
Quarry Park Terrace
Queen’s Crescent
Rock Lane
Rowan Close
Sandra Way
Sacrletts Well Road – Alderly, Beechcroft House, Scarletts Well Cottage
Sherwood Drive
St Georges Crescent
St Lawrence
St Lawrence’s Hospital –Parc Carow Flats
St Leonards – The Cat & Fiddle, The Bungalow – Stan Mays
St Marys Close
St Marys Crescent
St Marys Road – Abbey Mews
St Prian Close
Sycamore Close
Tanwood View
Town End – Rosevallon House
44 Town End – Rosevallon Lane
45A Town End
47 Town End
Tredanek Close
Trelawney Close
Trelawney Road
Treningle View
Vivian Raod
Westheath Avenue – St Marys Gardens
Westheath Road
Whitestone Crescent
Whitestone Road

People who live in the following roads vote at the Shire House Suite:

Agar Terrace
Armchair Corner
Barn Lane – Numbers 7, 9, 11 & 13
An Gof Gardens
Beacon Court
Lance Drive
Barton Close
Beacon Hill – Beacon Hill Mews
Beaconsfield Terrace
Bederkesa Court
Berrycombe Road
Berrycombe View
Bodinel Road
Cardell Road
Chapel Lane
Clifden Terrace
Copshorne Road
Cribbage Terrace
Elizabeth Close
Elm Grove
Finn VC Estate
Fore Street
Gregorys Court
Higher Bodiniel Road
Higher Bore Street – Hampstead Terrace
Ivy Cottages
Kerhuon Court
Pearces Court
Russell Mews
Russell Place
The Brambles
Hillside Court
Hillside Park
Kestennen
Lower Bore Street
Margaret Crescent - Margaret Corner
Ranelagh Mews
Ringway
Robartes Road
Salisbury Terrace
Scarletts Well Park – Camel Court
Scarletts Well Road – Shire Oaks Barn
St Leonards – all properties except the Cat & Fiddle and the Bungalow (Stan Mays)
St Leonards Terrace
Statham Road
Talvenydh Court
Torwood Close
Town End – all properties except Rosevallon House, 44 Town End – Rosevallon Lane, 45A Town End, 47 Town End, Western Terrace.


There are 4 Candidates standing for election (in alphabetical order):

Paul Ellis (Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall)

Jake Lyne (Liberal Democrat)

Robbie Taylor (Retired Cornwall Fire Service Officer – Independent)

Christopher John Mark Wilkes (The Conservative Party Candidate)


If you are unsure about which station to visit in order to vote, please contact the Electoral Services Department at Cornwall Council – 01579 341234




Tuesday 21 February 2012
St. Piran Children's Painting Competition - now underway

Children's Painting Exhibition
Children's Painting Competition
Now underway at the Shire Hall
The Bodmin St. Piran Committee's children’s painting competition is now underway with entries already being exhibited in Bodmin's Shire Hall Visitor Information Centre Gallery.

The competition is being trialed this year as a further way to get local children thinking about their Patron Saint and as a way to engender cultural distinctiveness and identity in this great County where they live, learn and play.

It is anticipated that judging will take place in the week following the St. Piran’s Day parade. The judging panel will consist of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bodmin, together with Councillor R J Micek. Prizes are being donated by the Bodmin Lions.

Following the judging, prizes will be awarded as follows:

The painting / collage selected as overall winner will be professionally mounted and framed and will receive a cash prize of £15.00.

The First and Second runner-ups will also have their work professionally mounted and framed and will receive cash prizes of £10.00 and £5.00 respectively.

All remaining pieces of work displayed in the Shire Hall will each receive a certificate from the Bodmin Joint St. Piran Committee highly commending them for their work.

The exhibition of children’s work runs in the Shire Hall from 27 February to 16 March 2012.

Should you have any queries regarding this competition, or if you would like any further information or clarification on the above points, please contact Paul Ellis on 01208 78839 or via e-mail paulellis007@btinternet.com





Wednesday 08 February 2012
Bodmin Visitor Information Centre - Officially Excellent

Celebrations
Winners of excellence award
Bodmin's VIC Team
The best tourism businesses from across the South West were celebrating last night (6th February) at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and among the finalists was Bodmin Town Council’s VIC (Visitor Information Centre).

In competition for the title of best Tourist Information service, alongside Bodmin, were Bristol, South Somerset, Dorchester and the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre who themselves have won the Gold title for the past two years as well as taking a Silver Award in the Enjoy England competition in 2011.

This year’s awards event was hosted by well known TV presenter Teresa Driscoll, with the presentations themselves made by journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and a frequent TV commentator on travel and tourism.

The staff from Bodmin, were left completely speechless when it was announced that the Bodmin office was to take the Gold with Gloucester the Silver, Dorchester the bronze and Bristol and South Somerset both being named as Highly Commended award winners. The judges cited the in house leaflets and the team’s commitment to providing excellent customer service as reasons for the Bodmin Office’s Gold Award.

Councillor Linda Spear, Chairman of the Promotions Committee was over the moon with the news and said “Big congratulations to all those involved. The staff have worked really hard in promoting Bodmin and this is a great achievement indeed”

The latest award adds to the Bodmin team’s recent win at the Cornwall Tourism Awards where they also scooped the Gold Award for Best TIC but also took the title of winner of winners for their consistency over the years. The team will now go forward to represent the South West region at the Enjoy England Awards in May.





Thursday 02 February 2012
Bodmin St Piran's Day celebrations 2012

St Piran's Day
Celebrations
Bodmin’s thirteenth St Piran’s Day celebrations will take place on Monday 5 March. The event will feature the traditional parade which will assemble outside the Barley Sheaf in Higher Bore Street at 10:15 am. The parade will then progress to Mount Folly with Cornwall's new Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Edward Bolitho, to the accompaniment of a pipe band. Upon arrival, after the loudest “Oggy Oggy Oggy” chants in Cornwall and some short speeches, ‘Trelawny’ will be sung.

Once again children from all of Bodmin's schools are the most important part of the day's celebrations. In addition to taking part in the march, chanting, dancing and singing, they will be performing in St Petrocs Church after the march and contributing to a painting competition which will be on display in Shire Hall from 24 February.

Bodmin Lion Kevin Marshall who chairs the committee which has been organising Bodmin's 2012 St Piran's Day said: “Once again Bodmin will be the only place to be on St Piran's Day. What makes Bodmin so special is that we base our day around our children who are the future of Cornwall. Their enthusiasm is infectious bringing Cornwall's traditions alive in a unique way not seen anywhere else. My committee is delighted that Cornwall's new Lord Lieutenant has chosen to come to Bodmin on Cornwall's most special day.”

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

Keith Truscott who helped set up the first St Piran's Day and has been keenly involved ever since said: “Bodmin's St Piran's day gets better every year . What will be new this year is a painting competition which will be displayed in Shire Hall. We have raised money to gives prizes for the best entries. We are more interested in paintings that capture the spirit of Cornwall and St Piran than finding artistic masterpieces.”


Adobe PDF   St Piran's Day - basic event itinerary (PDF)








Monday 24 January 2012
Bodmin Town Council Budget set for 2012 - 2013

Bodmin Town Council is pleased to confirm its budget for the coming financial year (2012 / 2013) with a total expenditure of £1,322,028 and a Precept of £1,022,000.

This represents an increase of 1.97% on a Band D Property which is equivalent to an increase of 8 pence per week.

Keeping the increase to this level has only been made possible by prudent financial management and efficient housekeeping, and followed some hard decision-making by Councillors in a budget meeting lasting over 5 hours.

The good news for motorists using the Priory Car Park in the town centre is that the Town Council has frozen its car parking charges, to help support the town centre economy during times of austerity. This budget makes provision for the cost of elections, not only any by-elections that might occur in this year, but also some funding toward the cost of the full elections in May 2013.

This year sees a reduction in core administration costs, with budget savings including a target reduction of 20% in printing and postage by more effective use of email to send documents and electronic invoicing for those people using our services and facilities that are online.

The budget also includes provision for the town centre CCTV system, which is recognised as being a vital tool for community safety.

The Council is also setting aside funding for building repair, which should help to keep costs down in the future.

All of the Town Council’s income is generated from the sale of services, room hire, cemeteries, car parks or the council tax. The Town Council receives no grants from Central Government nor any share of the Business Rates collected in the town. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Town Council does not receive support from the Government to offset the cost of council tax increases up to 2.5%.

Bodmin Town Council supports and assists a large number of organisations in the community. Click here for further information on the range of Town Council services.




Monday 16 January 2012
Local Period Drama Production - Premiere in Bodmin

Bodmin Community Cinema is proud and privileged to be able to bring you the Premiere of 'The Murder of Nevell Norway', the new film from Chris Batters', SW Film & Theatre Productions part of CB Productions SW group.

This is a fantastic local period drama telling the story of the murder in 1840 of the wealthy merchant Nevell Norway from Wadebridge, by William & James Lightfoot.

The murder took place on the road between Bodmin & Wadebridge near Pencarrow, and following their eventual arrest, they were tried and convicted in the courts at Shire Hall, Bodmin. They were then imprisoned and eventually hanged in Bodmin Jail.

The production used many local actors and extras, also many of the locations in the story are still in existence and allowed filming to be carried out around Bodmin and Wadebridge. Come along and see whom or what you can spot.

The Premiere is on Thursday 16th February 2012 , in the Shire House Suite , Bodmin. Doors open at 7.15pm .

As it is the premiere the Mayors of both Bodmin and Wadebridge are being invited to attend , we are looking for this to be a black tie event, especially as the press, radio and television are being informed about this special night.

It is advised that you book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Such is the interest in the film, and the number of people connected with the making of it, we are expecting a sell out. It has been only 3 days since we set this up and we have already sold a third of the tickets. We will be charging only £4 per ticket for the event which includes a drink and canapes on arrival.

Profits from the ticket sales will help the cinema survive. Phone us on 01208 77446 or email us here with 'Premiere Tickets' as the subject.

If there is sufficient demand we will hold a second screening at a later date. Chris will have DVD's of the film available for sale on the night at a reduced price of £5. Profits from the DVD will help fund his next production.

We hope you can come along to what will be a fantastic evening. Don't forget our regular screening will be on the following day - Friday 17th February with 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' (15) in the Public Rooms and this month's film is 'Submarine' (15) next Friday - 20th January. Check the Bodmin Community Cinema website for details.

 
Adobe PDF   Premiere Poster (PDF)




Friday 13 January 2012
Bodmin Masterplan - Public Consultation

You can help shape growth and development in Bodmin over the next 20 years by offering your views.

The work undertaken to date on the Bodmin Masterplan has been incorporated into two documents and consultation on these will take place shortly.

A meeting for this purpose has been scheduled for Friday 3 February between 12.00pm - 7.00pm. at the Public Rooms in Bodmin.

Link to the Cornwall Council website for further information about this meeting plus documentation about the Bodmin Masterplan.

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Thursday 12 January 2012
Volunteers needed to help with new scheme to help with elderly

At a Full Council meeting on 17 November last year, Bodmin Town Councillors were given a presentation by Janey Comber from the charity, Contact the Elderly.

The charity is currently looking for local volunteers in the hope that its services can be offered to make a difference to the elderly in Bodmin.

Keen to support the initiative, Bodmin Town Councillors wish to encourage individuals and community groups from the Bodmin area to become involved.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

"We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month" (from the Contact the Elderly website).

You can find out more about how Contact the Elderly make an impact and how you can help with their plans for the Bodmin area by visiting the Contact the Elderly website.

 
Adobe PDF   A brochure produced by the charity can be viewed here (PDF)




Wednesday 11 January 2012
By Election For Bodmin Town Council

An election is to be held to elect a new councillor to represent St Mary’s ward on Bodmin Town Council.

The by election has been called after more than ten electors petitioned the Returning Officer calling for an election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frederick Hancock.

The Notice of Election will be formally published on Thursday, 26 January.

Anyone wishing to be a candidate can get nomination papers from the Deputy Returning Officer based at Luxstowe House, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ (01579 341234).

If more than one person stands for election a poll will take place on Thursday, 1 March 2012.



  


Wednesday 11 January 2012
Narisa Hall nears completion

Almost finished...
Narisa Hall
The new Narisa Hall
The work to rebuild Narisa Hall in Priory Park is almost complete.

The new building replaces the previous structure which was destroyed by fire in December 2009 due to an arson attack.

Bodmin Town Council is pleased with the build quality and with Gloweth Ltd, the principal Contractor, in providing a much needed and modern community facility for the benefit of the town.

RTP Surveyors have also seamlessly project-managed the rebuild and the Council would like to thank both firms for their professionalism and friendly, efficient working practices.

A formal opening of the new building is being organised for early this year.



  


Friday 06 January 2012
Warm Reception for Bodmin Wassail

Filling the Wassail bowl
Bodmin Mayor R Solomons
at the annual Wassail visit
On Friday 6 January 2012, the Bodmin Wassailer’s graced various parts of the town of Bodmin with their traditional costume and songs.

One of their stops included the Shire House where they were warmly recieved at 12 noon by Town Clerk Paul O'Callaghan, Bodmin Mayor Councillor Ralph Solomons, Deputy Mayor Councillor Ken Stubbs and other Bodmin Town Councillors.

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.





  


Thursday 22 December 2011
Bodmin Wassail - annual visit to Shire House

In the New Year, the Wassailers will continue its link with Bodmin Town Council dating back to the seventeenth century.

Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons will welcome the Bodmin Wassailer’s to the Shire House at 12 noon precisely on Friday 6 January 2012.

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, 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, “Wassail is a living tradition in Bodmin and is changing and developing all the time.”

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.”



  


Friday 16 December 2011
Conclusion of Audit for year ending 31 March 2011

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT AND RIGHT TO INSPECT THE ANNUAL RETURN ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2011

Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act 1998
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)


The audit of the accounting statements for Bodmin Town Council for the year ending 31 March 2011 has been concluded.

The accounting statements are available for inspection by any local government elector for the area of the Bodmin Town Council and can be read at our Council Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly, Bodmin or viewed here:

Adobe PDF  Annual Return 2011  (pdf)

Paper copies can be provided to any local elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return.

Anne McAuley FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER Date: 16 December 2011



  


Thursday 15 December 2011
Christmas Message from Mayor, Councillor R Solomons

Bodmin Mayor
Bodmin Mayor R Solomons
Councillor R Solomons
A s the old year draws to a close I can’t help but be acutely aware of how difficult 2011 has been for so many sections of our community. If all the predictions prove to be correct 2012 could well be even more austere. With this in mind I and the rest of Bodmin`s town councillors must approach next year’s budget with even more circumspection than usual.

Probably the most enjoyable part of taking on the role of Mayor is the wide range of people I get to meet and talk to from all walks of life. What is most striking is the number of people who put in so much effort, frequently voluntarily helping those members of our community less fortunate than ourselves. To all of you, and you know who you are, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do, Bodmin would be the poorer without you.

I have also enjoyed talking to groups of young people, you are our future and I find your youthful optimism so inspiring.

Of all the events I have taken part in, this years Remembrance parade has been the highlight. To see the numbers of people of all ages turning out to take part, makes me feel that if we can continue to remember and honour our past it bodes well for the future.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

— Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons



  


Tuesday 13 December 2011
Bodmin braves weather for Christmas Lights

Despite the miserable weather, Bodmin’s Christmas celebrations kicked off in high spirits with many people braving the elements to view the switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights on Friday 2 December.

Bodmin Town Band led a lively carol-singing procession of school children from the Library to the Mount Folly, where they were greeted by the Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons.

Following the speeches, the lights were switched on by Mr Nick Prideaux, a familiar face to the town as Bodmin’s Town Crier. A reception was then hosted in the Shire Hall with refreshments available to all, providing some much needed shelter from the elements!

Father Christmas accompanied by his helpful elves was on hand in his magical grotto in the BCA Rooms and gave presents to more than 80 local children. Entertainment on Mount Folly was provided by Pirate FM and local band Blue Eyed Candy. 

Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry wish to extend their thanks to all local traders and businesses who supported the event.

Special thanks are also due to Julian Murch, Andy Rowe and their team for their tireless efforts in repairing and putting up the Christmas lights once again this year and to Bodmin Market on the Folly and the Bodmin Riding & Heritage Committee for their support and use of gazebos.

Sponsors who supported the Christmas Lights event this year included:

Accommodation Bureau, Barnecutts, Bennet & Jones, Bodmin Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, Bunts, C Nicholls Solicitors, Folly Tearooms, Harleigh Vets, Keith Chapman, Lidl, Livingstones Jewellers, Martin & Budge, Moods, Morrisons, Nash & Co, Sainsburys, Specsavers, Sproulls, Steve Andrews Tyres, The Book Shop, Honey Street, The Old Tea Chest, The Property Shop, Tulip, Turquoise Kebab Shop, Viraj, VK1 Hairdressers, Webbers Estate Agents.



  


Thursday 5 December 2011
Notice of vacancy in office of Town Councillor

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 BODMIN TOWN COUNCIL ST MARY’S WARD NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF TOWN COUNCILLOR

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Frederick Mervyn Hancock has ceased to be a member of Bodmin Town Council and that a casual vacancy exists in the St Mary’s Ward.

2. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at the Council Offices, Luxstowe House, Liskeard PL14 3DZ (phone 01579 341234) by TEN (or more) electors for the said Ward, an election will be held to fill the vacancy.

3. If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by 5pm on 23rd December 2011, the Town Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

DATED this 5th day of December 2011

Paul O’Callaghan Clerk to Bodmin Town Council
Shire House
Mount Folly Square
BODMIN
Cornwall
PL31 2DQ

Councillor Hancock had been a Member of the Council since June 1999 and was a conscientious Member of a number of the Council’s Committees. He served as Deputy Mayor in the civic year 2005/06. He will be particularly remembered for his work as Chairman of the Trustees of the St Lawrence’s Community Church, which has been of much benefit to both the Church and local community and has helped to ensure that the Church goes from strength to strength. The Mayor has written thanking him for all his hard work as a Councillor over the years and wishing him all the very best for the future


  


Monday 28 November 2011
Christmas and New Year Refuse Collections

Refuse Collections
Christmas Refuse Collections 2011
Christmas and New Year
Cornwall Council refuse collection arrangements for Christmas and the New Year 2011 - 2012 can now be viewed here in PDF format.

Information can also be found on Recycling, garden waste, clinical waste and bulky items over the Christmas and new year period in this document.


Adobe PDF  Cornwall Council Refuse Collections Christmas 2011         (pdf)



  


Monday 21 November 2011
Volunteers ensure Town Lights go up for Christmas

Tall Order!
Putting up the Christmas Lights
Putting up the Christmas Lights
Bodmin's Christmas Lights have been put up throughout the town centre in readiness for Christmas.

A team led by Andy Rowe, Julian Murch and Paul Hotham worked quickly during the early hours of the morning of Sunday 20th November to fix the lights to their various locations.

The volunteers had already put in many hours of unpaid service to help maintain as well as erect the lights.

Stephen Facer, Bodmin Town Council's Deputy Chief Executive, who was also assisting on Sunday morning said;

"The lights have been put up again this year by the dedicated volunteers to ensure that the town is bright over the Christmas period".

"The volunteers would like to thank all those business that have made donations this year to the continuing refurbishment of the town's Christmas lights and those that permit use of their power to brighten up the town during the festive period".
 
  


Friday 11 November 2011
Visitor Centre Team do the double!

It was smiles all round on Wednesday 9th November as the town council’s information centre attended the annual Cornwall Tourism Awards at St Mellion International Resort.

Hosted by Sue Perkins of the Great British bake off fame and attended by tourism professionals from across the whole industry, it was an evening full of surprises, and not least for Bodmin’s Shire Hall team.

The staff from the VIC, Monique Jeffrey-Jones, Clare Trudgeon, Debbie Noyce, Dawn Roberts and Wendy Wright, were shortlisted in the Tourist Information centre category alongside the Looe and Bude Offices.

Daphne Skinnard from Radio Cornwall, the evening’s compere, announced that Bodmin were to be presented with the Gold award with Looe and Bude awarded a joint bronze. Of the Bodmin team the judges said “All round excellence, with very significant efforts made to provide first-rate service.

The in-house produced themed guides are an excellent example”. However, that was not to be the end of the success as the VIC team were awarded the accolade of the night “the Winner of winners” The judges said that this was awarded for the team’s consistency and commitment to excellence across the ten years that the awards have been running in which time they have collected 6 gold and 3 silver awards.

Chair of the Promotions Committee, Councillor Linda Spear was over the moon with the VIC’s news and said ““Congratulations to all involved in what is real excellence and consistency”.

The VIC’s Tourism Officer, Wendy Wright said “The team is so pleased with the awards and to be announced as the winner of winners was beyond our wildest dreams. I am so proud of each and every one of the staff”

The VIC’s success follows the Parks Team’s own recent success in the Cornwall in Bloom Awards both of which really help to put Bodmin firmly on the map.

The VIC is now in with a strong chance of being shortlisted in the South West Tourism Awards that take place in February so fingers crossed!




Tuesday 08 November 2011
Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Town

Details of the route the Olympic Torch Relay will take through Cornwall on Saturday, 19 May 2012, the First Day of its historic journey through the UK, have been released by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to announce that Bodmin has been selected as one of the towns on the Olympic Torch Relay Route.

The Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons, said;

‘The announcement that the 2012 Olympic torch will be coming to Bodmin has revived memories from my boyhood, when as an 11 year old school boy my class was taken on a day trip to Wembley Stadium to watch some of the athletics. These were the first games since 1936 and the outbreak of the Second World War so only 59 countries took part one of them being Afghanistan. At the time my hero was Arthur Wint a Jamaican studying to be a doctor in London who I used to watch training on our local running track. He competed in the Olympics 400 and 800 yards winning gold in the former and silver in the latter. He inspired me to take up athletics when I went on to Glendale Grammar School that autumn, where in my final year(1953) I won the athletics "Victor Ludorum" and the 400 yards final at our annual county athletics meeting".

It is hoped that the Olympic Torch Relay visiting Bodmin will similarly inspire the young people of the town to take up sport and be the medallists of the future. Now that this announcement has been made, the Town council will be working with LOCOG, Cornwall Council and other groups and organisations in the town on the arrangements for the event in Bodmin.

The Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan, commented that this is an outstanding opportunity to showcase the town to the world’s media, particularly as the torch will be coming through Bodmin on Day 1 of the Relay and Bodmin Town Council will be working hard to maximise this opportunity and show Bodmin at its best.

More information on the event in Bodmin will be posted in due course and further information on the Olympic Torch Relay in Cornwall is available on Cornwall Council's website




Wednesday 02 November 2011
Support Your Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - West Cornwall Hospital, St Michael's Hospital and Royal Cornwall Hospital - need your support to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

We have launched the formal listening exercise on our NHS Foundation Trust Plans. This consultation will run from 1 September to 27 November 2011 and will cover how we will be run once we are an NHS Foundation Trust, our membership proposals and our strategic vision for the future.

You can view the details of our plans in our RCHT Foundation Trust Consultation Document and respond via our online consultation response form here on our website. We also have Easy-Read versions of the Consultation Document and Response Form.

You can also attend one of our Consultation Events meeting at our Bodmin public meeting on Thursday 10 November at 12 noon at:

Shire House Suite
Mount Folly
Bodmin
PL31 2DQ





Monday 30 October 2011
Daffodil Planting Event - 'a fantastic example of partnership'

Joining Forces
Community Daffodil Planting
Council and Church volunteers
Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Community Church joined forces on Saturday 29 October 2011 and carried out a very successful daffodil planting event on Beacon Road. The group planted somewhere in the region of 100kg of daffodils along the roadside on Beacon Road opposite Celtic Produce.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs commented “This is a fantastic example of partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display”.

Richard Powell, Pastor of Bodmin Community Church, was extremely pleased that the first joint venture between the Council and the Church had been such a success. “It was really good for the church to have the opportunity not just to talk about the good news but to be good news by doing something practical out in the community”, he said. “We hope to have many more opportunities as a church to be a blessing to Bodmin in the future”.

Special thanks are also due to Bodmin Market and Celtic Produce who provided hot drinks and homemade cakes which were greatly appreciated by the volunteers who had worked on the planting.






Wednesday 26 October 2011
Luncheon for Lady Mary Holborow, former Lord Lieutenant

Framed Certificate presented to
Framed Certificate presented to Lady Mary Holborow
Lady Mary Holborow
On Tuesday 27 September 2011, Bodmin Town Council hosted a special luncheon to mark the recent retirement of Lady Mary Holborow after 17 years as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

During the luncheon the Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons, presented Lady Mary with a bouquet of flowers and a framed certificate in recognition of the exemplary service she has rendered to the County of Cornwall during her tenure as Lord Lieutenant.

Photo by: Clemens Photography.






Wednesday 19 October 2011
Daffodil Planting Event – Saturday 29 October 2011

Joining Forces
Community Daffodil Planting
Community Daffodil Planting
Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Community Church will be joining forces on Saturday 29 October 2011 to carry out a daffodil planting event on Beacon Road.

The group will be on site from 9.00 a.m. through until lunchtime on the triangle of land opposite Celtic Produce (between Robartes Road and Beacon Road).

This is a fantastic example of partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display.

The group would be very pleased to welcome any members of the public who wish to help out and if you are able to attend it would be helpful if you could bring your own trowels, shovels etc and please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

  


Friday 14 October 2011
Bodmin celebrates success at Cornwall in Bloom Awards

Cornwall in Bloom 2011
Bodmin in Bloom 2001
Group Winners
Bodmin Town Council’s Parks Team celebrated recognition for the improvements to the town’s flowerbed displays on the evening of Wednesday 12 October 2011 when they attended the Cornwall in Bloom Presentation Awards at the Eden Project.

Bodmin were awarded the ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Parks and Gardens’ which recognises that a high standard has been achieved for the town’s opens spaces and play areas. This achievement saw a cheque for £250.00 being presented by Richard Budge, Truro City Council Parks Manager, as this award was sponsored by Truro City Council.

The Council’s Horticultural Worker, Orlando Schuoler was also nominated and recognised and was presented with a certificate for ‘Nomination for Local Hero.’

This award and recognition demonstrates year-on-year improvements in all aspects of park management, from litter, grass cutting and colourful, structural well maintained flowerbeds and displays providing a focal point of interest. Plant variety has also been a key feature of the displays in Bodmin this year, with many exciting additions to the flowerbeds.

Councillor K W Stubbs, Chairman of the Council’s Properties Committee said, ‘this is a fantastic achievement for Bodmin and recognises the hard and dedicated work of the staff involved. The parks team are a real credit to the town and this award and achievement gives us confidence to enter South West in Bloom in 2012.’ Bodmin Town Council has been working hard over the last few years to brighten up the towns flowerbeds for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents and visitors to the town and these awards recognise the visual impact achieved with the planting schemes. We have had many nice comments from the public regarding the parks and floral displays and this achievement recognises the improvements we are making.’

Pictured (left to right) – Selina Jay, Projects Assistant (Bodmin Town Council), Ron May, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Mark Hawken, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Andy Stone, Foreman, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Orlando Schuoler, Horticultural Worker (Bodmin Town Council) and Richard Budge, Parks Manager (Truro City Council)

  


Thursday 29 September 2011
Narisa Hall - work in progress

Under construction...
Narisa Hall
The rebuilding of Narisa Hall
Work to rebuild Narisa Hall in Priory Park is now underway with construction company Gloweth Ltd busy on site.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Narisa Hall will have greater accessibility for the benefit of the community and is hoped to be finished in the Spring of 2012.

The new building will replace the previous structure which was sadly destroyed by fire in December 2009 due to an arson attack.

  


Tuesday 27 September 2011
Last chance to see Light... Fantastic! Exhibition

Part of Still Life With Sunlight
Part of Still Life With Sunlight
at the Light Fantastic! exhibition
Light… Fantastic! - an exhibition, of paintings by Wadebridge artist Liz Cleves, and of photographs by her husband Ivor Cleves, is currently on show at the Shire Hall, Bodmin and will come to an end on September 28.

Visitors say they find the pictures in this exhibition exuberant and involving.

Both artists are fascinated by the way that light works to give unusual aspects to familiar subjects.

Liz’s fascination is very much with the different palettes demanded, on the one hand by her works that depict Cornwall, and on the other by her depictions of Oman. Her paintings run the gamut from realistic watercolour depictions of landscape around Cornwall to near-abstract works of Cornwall, and of Oman, as well as still-life in abstract guises.

Ivor is taken up with how light coming from behind a subject can give immensely strong and vivid images with high contrast. Also, in how heightened contrast in itself can make the ordinary into the extraordinary, when familiar objects project into and take over everyday space. He also presents some very detailed panoramas of Cornwall.


  


Monday 05 September 2011
Cornwall residents urged to register now to vote in 2012

Cornwall Council is encouraging local people to register now to make sure they can vote in 2012. Police Commissioner Elections are expected to take place in 2012 and local by-elections could also occur at short notice, so it is important to register now.

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 were posted before the August bank holiday weekend to over 250,000 households in Cornwall to enable the new electoral register to be compiled for use in 2012.

“The new electoral register will be published on 1 December and only people who are on the register will be able to vote“ explained Denise Holwill, Cornwall’s 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.

Denise and her team hope that as many people as possible will complete and return their forms as soon as they receive them. If the Council receives a response by 22 September, this will prevent a reminder form being sent out. Any households who do not reply by then will be sent a reminder form at the beginning of October – 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 21 October and 14 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 Denise. “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 80,000 reminders in October and subsequently visit around 30,000 of those homes which have not previously responded to our forms. 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 who does not received their form can telephone Cornwall Council Electoral Services to request a replacement on 0300 123 1115.



 


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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