My Contribution to Outreach April 2024

Posted on: 27th March 2024

My Contribution to Outreach April 2024 is below but a pdf copy of the whole magazine, is here: Outreach complete for PP April 2024

Outreach April 2024


As I write, a few things about to come out publicly are not quite there but, by the time you read this, an appeal for money and support to buy and conserve the 2* Listed Chapel Building in St Just and a wonderful stargazing evening in Botallack on 2 April, will be out there.

As part of Dark Skies week a member of the Bodmin Observatory is coming to Botallack Count House on 2 April to guide us through our amazing dark skies. In the event of cloud blocking our view, he has a back up technology plan so it will go ahead regardless of the weather. Look out for posters, on-line information from the National Trust or contact me, as booking will be essential.

Also, a reminder of the Cornwall National Landscape (previously Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONB) photography competition, with Dark Skies and Youth categories. Details can be found on the Cornwall National Landscape website and I’m told there will be prizes!

There will also be an on-line Dark Skies event, from the Bodmin Observatory, the evening of Wednesday 3 April.

St Just Miner’s Chapel Trustees are asking for you to donate what you can afford, spread the word, volunteer your time to fundraise, including arranging events at the Chapel, and lastly, share your ideas on what place in our community you would like the Chapel to take. If you can help email or visit the St Just Miner’s Chapel website.

Another building looking for volunteers, money and ideas to secure its future is the Parish Hall in Church Road, Pendeen. I saw some of you at a recent public meeting held there and hope more of you will come along when the committee run a follow up meeting. Performers and creative folk will be particularly welcome to share their vision for the building as a performance and creative space.

I’m sure most of you have heard that arrangements for collecting our waste and recycling are changing. To be fair, this was being discussed and was approved back when I was the Cabinet Member responsible so we are talking 2019! That aside, and a reminder, we will be getting caddies to collect our food waste (if you have any) and that will be collected every week. You will get a new, smaller wheelie bin and that will be collected one week and your other recycling (cardboard, plastic, glass and paper) the other week. This new service is being gradually rolled out throughout Cornwall and we will be the 3rd area to change. We will all get a leaflet about the changes very soon (we might have them by the time you are reading this) and the new bins and food caddies will likely come in June and we’ll start using them in July.

The Town Council website is undergoing a revamp and I’ll include a new link when it is ready. In the meantime, I would encourage folk to visit the existing Town Council’s website as you will find information on our meetings, local road closures and other local information and news. If you are on a community groups committee and are looking for funds for a new project, you will also find information about our community grant scheme and all you need to apply.