Second home tax used for scheme
Money from council tax from second home owners in Cornwall is
helping to create affordable housing in one of the country's most
expensive areas. Twelve detached bungalows are to be built in St
Minver, not far from the pricey seaside resort of Rock.
A community land trust has selected buyers according to strict
criteria. North Cornwall District Council is providing a £544,000
loan for the initiative, funded by the second homes council tax.
Each of the buyers has paid £50,000 for the plot with foundations
and a timber frame and will then complete the homes themselves. The
properties, on land at Penmayne Farm, will be freehold but they will
have constraints to ensure they remain affordable. The scheme is
another example of how funding from second homes council tax is
essential in enabling the delivery of new affordable homes.
It is thought to be one of the first self-build schemes by a
Community Land Trust anywhere in England and a second scheme is
planned for Blisland early in 2008
Tintagel at centre of a Bomb scare
The Bomb squad were called out to Tintagel on
Saturday 1st September, after they received a call from local
resident Keith Turner. Keith, formerly the owner of the local Londis
store at Tintagel, was digging in an area that used to be a
outbuilding of the store, the building was being cleared to make way
for a house, when he came across a WW2 bomb buried in the rubble.
The Bomb squad arrived to discovered that the bomb was actually a
smoke bomb which had not detonated. The area was cordoned off by the
authorities until about 10.00pm and the smoke bomb taken away for
August Bank Holiday 2007
High summer has been a bit of a wash out for beach
lovers, to say the least, but the past few days have seen an
increase in tourists who are making up for the lack of rays earlier
in August, with record numbers of holiday makers hitting the local
beaches. And the good news is that the sunny weather is set to
continue well into the week, giving folk the opportunity of an
extended seasonal break. The sea is at its warmest at this time of
Boscastle gets hit by flooding again. 21st
Just has Boscastle was almost recovered from the
deluge that hit the harbour village in 2004, it has been hit once
again by flooding that has submerged properties in the centre of the
lower village under 2-3 feet of water. Most of the flood defence
work that was instigated by the 2004 deluge was nearing completion,
but it would appear that the measures that were implemented have not
been as successful as hoped.
Unitary Council for Cornwall - What do you think?
By now many residents of North Cornwall should have received a
leaflet that gives a balanced view of both sides of the proposal.
This was sent to 6000 homes randomly selected across North Cornwall.
If you did not receive one of these the NCDC Leaflet can be
and you can also
view the letter
from the Chairman of the Council that was sent with the leaflet.
The consultation period on the proposal will finish on the 22nd June. The Government are also keen to hear
your views, you can email any comments you may have to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info
A snapshot of North Cornwall in 2001:
There were more people over the age of sixty than there were under
the age of 20. The average age in North Cornwall was 42 compared to
41 in the South West and 39 across England. There were slightly more
women in the population than men. Just over 97% of the District
described themselves as British White. More people worked in the
Wholesale/Retail Trades/Repair of Motor Vehicles industry than in
any other industry. Men worked longer hours per week than on average
in the South West and England. Women worked longer hours per week
than on average in the South West, but worked shorter hours per week
than on average across England.
More people work at or from home than on average across the South
West and England. More people are self-employed than on average
across the South West and England.
Over 40% of homes in North Cornwall were owned outright, which was
higher than on average across the South West and England. 8.2% of
dwellings in North Cornwall were second homes, which was just over
350% more than on average across the South West, and over 1250% more
than on average across England. Of people living in a couple, more
people were married or re-married than on average across the South
West and England. Less people considered their health to be good
than on average across the South West and England, and more people
considered their health not good in North Cornwall than on average
across the South West and England.
More people in North Cornwall had no qualification than on average
across the South West and England. 11% of people in North Cornwall
provided unpaid care. More households in North Cornwall owned a car
than on average in Cornwall, the South West and England.
Wedding venues in North Cornwall on the increase.
Civil weddings are now able to be performed at many
unique locations throughout north Cornwall. The rise in popularity
of this kind of wedding ceremony as seen many local public houses
and restaurants has well as accommodation providers such as hotels
and self catering establishments, gear towards catering for this
growing market. Non-religious marriages are conducted by a local
Superintendent Registrar and can take place in any
approved venue licensed by the local authority.
Launceston poet's home acquired by trust
Charles Causley lived in the house for 50 years
Fans of Cornish poet Charles Causley have bought his
Launceston home, Cypress Well. A loan from an anonymous donor
helped the Charles Causley Trust buy the three-bedroom £125,000
terraced house in Ridgegrove Hill. Charles Causley, who died at the
age of 86 in 2003, lived in the Victorian house for 50 years.
Charles Causley Trust chairman Kent Stanton said the house would be
turned into an educational centre. They are hoping to install a
writer and residence and bring poetry to local schools and hold
seminars for local people. The downstairs rooms will be kept as a
time capsule to be opened to the general public. Causley was born
and educated in Launceston, where he also taught after World War II.
He started writing in the 1930s and published more than 50 books and
collections of verses for adults and children. He was awarded the
Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967 and was made a CBE in 1986.
Boscastle village bridge plan dropped
The river burst its banks after heavy rainfall in 2004
Plans for a controversial modern bridge in a Cornish village have
been dropped because of local opposition. (see below)
The Environment Agency wants to replace the original Elizabethan
bridge at the mouth of Boscastle harbour after it was damaged by
severe flooding in 2004. But its modern design proposal angered
local people who said it was a "monstrosity" and "completely out of
keeping" with Boscastle's character. A new plan will now be
developed by the National Trust and Environment Agency. At a public
meeting held earlier this month, hundreds of people objected to the
plans which would have seen a curved steel and granite bridge being
built. The river burst its banks in August 2004. Homes were flooded
and cars were swept away when about 440 million gallons of water
swept through Boscastle. The Environment Agency is widening and
deepening the river, to increase its capacity when rainfall levels
are high. The agency says Lower Bridge has to be replaced so that it
does not obstruct swollen river water.
Wadebridge wetland a success.
The tidal wetlands that were created along the
Egloshayle stretch of the river Camel on the outskirts of
Wadebridge have been deemed a roaring success, encouraging all
sorts of wildlife, flora and fauna to establish in this new wetland
Boscastle village bridge plan opposed
The flood defence scheme will see the river Valency widened.
Hundreds of people have objected to plans for a modern bridge in the
Cornish village of Boscastle where river floods caused millions of pounds worth
of damage. The Environment Agency says Lower Bridge in
needs to be replaced as part of a flood defence scheme under way at
the river Valency. A petition against plans for a new curved steel
and granite bridge attracted 600 signatures in three days. A public
meeting is being held on Wednesday to discuss the bridge plans.
Residents say the proposed new bridge will spoil the character of
the village. The Environment Agency is widening and deepening the
river, to increase its capacity when levels are high. The agency
says Lower Bridge, near the harbour, has to be replaced so that it
does not obstruct swollen river water. The river burst its banks on
August 16th 2004. Homes were flooded, buildings demolished and cars
were swept away when about 440 million gallons of water swept
Top QUEEN tribute band in North Cornwall this
A popular QUEEN tribute band who performed on the Charlotte Church
Show are set to wow fans at an open air concert at
Camelford in Cornwall in July. South London rockers. THE
BOHEMIANS, were watched by thousands as they played out the credits
on the Ch4 show last October. Now the four-piece are bringing their
high-energy show to Cornwall and are due to take to the stage at
Camelford FC's new ground, Trefrew Park, on Friday 27th July. Formed
in 1996, The Bohemians perform all over the world and are fast
becoming the UK's leading tribute band. They appeared on ITVs Queen
Mania in 2005 and even supported former Queen guitarist Brian May in
1999. The concert will commence at 6.00p.m. with the gates opening
an hour earlier. Top local entertainer MICHELLE PLUESS will start
the proceedings with her lively rendition of many of your favourite
songs from the
70's onwards. She will be followed by the inimitable JOHNNY
COWLING who, in many people's eyes, stole the show
in 2006. Johnny's voice, stage presence and personality make him a
great favourite throughout Cornwall and he is surely destined for
greater things. Johnny and Michelle are local legends and with
Queen's classics pounding the night air it should prove to be
another unforgettable occasion. Celebration Fireworks (Southwest)
Ltd. will light up the skies after the last track to bring the
evening to a memorable
conclusion". For more info
Padstow harbour re-opened 01/05/2007
The harbour at
Padstow has been re-opened after the construction of
a new wall costing more than £1.5m.
Parts of the original harbour wall, which dates back to the 16th
Century, were starting to collapse. A new 112ft (34m) wall made from
filled concrete pipes has now been built on the seaward side of the
harbour. The original harbour wall was in urgent need of repair as
it forms part of an important flood defence which protects nearby
properties from water damage. A tidal gate which controls the level
of the water in the harbour could not be operated during the
construction work. As a result, the times when boats could enter and
leave were restricted. The new wall will now be faced with stone
which should be finished by July.
Gaia centre at Delabole gets new lease of life 16/03/2007
Delabole renewable energy centre is gaining a new lease of life
by opening its doors to an educational centre which has moved into
classrooms at the Gaia Centre. The Gaia centre went into
administrative receivership in March 2003 and was forced to close
three years ago. Since then it has seen little use. Cornwall County
Council has leased the entire building, which was previously a
visitor attraction that focused on the use of renewable energy
technology. North Cornwall Education Out of School (EOS) is a pupil
referral unit for up to 50 students which supports pupils who have
been excluded from mainstream schools, Other uses for the buildings
are being considered and include an exhibition hall and a cafe. EOS
deputy manager James Smith said that the move to the Gaia Centre was
a "very positive step". "Staff and students are very happy to be at
the Gaia Building and appreciate that it is a special place to work"
said Mr Smith.
"We have not forgotten its former role as the renewable energy
centre and sustainability will form a theme to the work the students
do here." Students at EOS study the core curriculum of maths,
English, science, ICT plus other subjects such as art and catering.
The new building means staff will now be able to provide access to
other practical subjects such as CDT.
North Cornwall bus passengers hurt in collision.
Two passengers have been injured in a collision between a bus
and a car at St Issey in north Cornwall.
Emergency services were called to the scene on the main road through
St Issey just before 9am on Wednesday 7/3/07.
Two bus passengers on the single-decker coach, a man and a woman,
were airlifted to hospital. The woman suffered facial injuries. The
man suffered a broken collarbone. It amazes me that there are not
more incidents of this nature considering the speed's that some of
the local bus/coach drivers achieve.
The road had to be closed for a few hours but has now reopened. Do
you have any stories relating to speeding public transport around
our narrow lanes.
If you do e-mail us here at:
North Cornwall planners against Holiday park's
North Cornwall planners are recommending that plans for
wind turbines near a Grade 1 listed church in north Cornwall are
refused. The plans for 30ft (9m) high, six kilowatt turbines to be
used to power holiday lodges at the Treetop Holiday Park in Week St
Bude are being opposed because the site is so close to
the church and an 11th Century castle in the village. The North
Cornwall district council planning committee said that the plans
were being recommended for refusal because of the impact it would
have on the historic landscape. As well as being 164ft (50m) away
from the church, the land borders a conservation area containing the
small castle. North Cornwall District Council's planning committee
says it has concerns the masts would stand out in the high and
North Cornwall Residents offered free radon test
North Cornwall District Council, with the Health Protection
Agency (HPA), is offering free tests for homes likely to have higher
than average radon levels. Radon levels are higher in the South West
than the rest of the UK
Radon is a colourless and odourless gas which exists naturally
across the UK, but is found in much heavier concentrations in
Cornwall. The test consists of placing two small plastic discs in a
property for three months which are returned to the HPA. Residents
will be informed of the results and if necessary given advice on how
to reduce radon levels in their property. Cllr Linda Spear said:
"Residents entitled to this free test will be sent a letter in the
coming week and I strongly urge them to take up the offer to have
their property tested." The council and the HPA will also be holding
three advice and information events next week at
Camelford Methodist Church,
Launceston Town Hall and at the Westberry Hotel,
A herd of cattle at Fentonadle are on 40 pints of
beer a day.
A North Cornwall farmer is believed to be the first in the
county to experiment with breeding beef cattle on beer.
The Limousin herd at Woodland Farm in Fentonadle get through up to
40 pints of local brew a day as part of their enviable diet. And
they even get a massage to help produce the speciality Kobe-style
beef, based on traditional Japanese production methods. Farmer
Darren Pluess says the cattle are not harmed by the diet. "They are
completely happy and they do like drinking beer," he said. "Beer is
basically, hops, water and barley which is consistent with their
diet anyway. "We have problems digesting it, but they are ruminants
and it suits them better." True Kobe beef is produced in Japan,
exclusively by the expensive Wagyu cattle, but outside of the
country it the meat can be sold as Kobe-style beef. At Woodland Farm
in North Cornwall, the beer, which is kept in 1,000 litre vats, is
tapped into the sheds of the five Limousin cattle. Two of the
recipients, Olly and George, named after actor Oliver Reed and
footballer George Best respectively, appear to be enjoying the diet
which is complemented by regular massages to encourage tenderness.
Mr Pluess's wife Katy said that Saturday night could get a bit
rowdy. "If they don't have enough and they run out, when we bring
the beer in they get incredibly excited and run riot. "I don't think
they're alcoholics because they do have water as well if they want,
but they certainly do enjoy it." The result is fatty well-marbled
beef with burgers from the herd fetching up to £40 each in London
restaurants. "You can't really taste the beer, it just tastes like
really, really good beef," said Mr Pluess.
North Cornwall drivers can ill afford this!
The government's proposal to introduce road pricing
will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your vehicle and
paying a monthly bill to use it.
The tracking device will cost about £200 and in a recent
study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a rural
florist and £194 for a delivery driver.
A non working Mum who used the car to take the kids to school paid
£86 in one month.
On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked.
Somebody will know where you are at all times.
They will also know how fast you have been going.
So even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit*
you can expect an additional fine with your monthly bill.
If you care about our freedom and stopping the constant bashing of
please sign the petition on No 10's new website
This affects anyone who owns a car or motorcycle.
Its not limited to speeding.
They also know where parking restrictions etc are located.
And of course...you!
(Additional The No10 site has LESS than 100 thousand signed up to
There are over 30 million vehicles and drivers in this country.
Just to register 1% of those against this proposal there needs to be
300k signed up!
And the closing date is 20/02/07.
Did you know about this I didn't.
Add the weight of your voice!
Pass this information on to anyone who owns a car or motorcycle.
Living in a rural community necessitates the use
of private vehicles just to conduct our day to day lives so you will
be adversely affected by this if you use a private vehicle to get
So Sign up now!
Cornwall S.S.A.F.A Forces Help
S.S.A.F.A.-the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and
Families Association was established in 1885 by an officer who
appealed for funds to look after the families of soldiers fighting
in Africa. Since then it has been helping service and ex-service
people and their families. Today there are over 7,000 trained
working not only in the British Isles but also in many parts of the
world where ex-service people have settled. The scope and scale of
the work done is enormous, ranging from helping the elderly widow of
an ex-soldier to coming to the aid of a young family which has got
into difficulties. The S.S.A.F.A can give advice and if they cannot
help they usually know a man who can! Much of the work involves
finding grants to help with financial problems and showing people
how to help themselves. Anyone who has earned a day's pay in the
Forces, including reservists and the Territorial Army, is entitled
to our help for himself or herself and their dependents. In Cornwall
the S.S.A.F.A Forces and the Royal British Legion work very closely
together to provide help and assistance. Their work is strictly
confidential. It only needs a phone call and a caseworker will call
and discuss the problem with a client. Even if it is only a chat
that is needed, they are there to listen. In this area just call
Campaign against delaying dualling of the A30
A campaign group has been formed to fight a decision
to delay the dualling of 2.5 miles (4km) of the A30 from 2008 to
2016 at the earliest. At a recent public meeting on, the South West
Regional Assembly said the plans for Bodmin Moor would be delayed
because they were not high priority. Residents and councillors say
the delay will make the road even more dangerous and stifle the
local economy's growth. The assembly said it would review its road
priorities in 18 months' time. More than 50 people attended the
public meeting Cardinham Parish Hall to express their concerns about
the postponement. The A30 from Temple to Higher Carblake across
Bodmin Moor is the last stretch of the single carriageway across the
moor, and is a well-known bottleneck.
The chairman of Blisland Parish Council, said the change in priority
had angered many people and promoted the plan for a campaign group.
The S.W.R.A. Transport Policy Manager defended the decision, but
admitted that it would not be looked at for some time.
He said: "We have a problem that we only have a certain amount of
resource and we have to decide where that resource will go."
"We carried out some discussion with stakeholders in the region and
there was a regional event."
"Given that we were only given a few months to carry out this
prioritisation process, we did what we could and we looked at all of
the issues, and it is truth is that some of the areas with issues
will remain unresolved."
Flood defence scheme turned down
Plans for flood defence scheme in a Cornish town have been turned
down due to lack of funding.
The £2m scheme in the Flexbury area of Bude was one of a number of
flood prevention projects being considered by the Environment
Agency. The agency has announced it cannot afford to carry out the
Bude work from the £28m it was granted for south west schemes over
the next two years.
Schemes at St Ives, Boscastle, Padstow and Plymouth are set to
continue. The last serious flood in Bude was in 1999 when 25
properties were affected, and part of the problem was a lack of
capacity in the Crooklets Stream. The agency proposed putting in
culverts and defences to prevent streams getting blocked by debris.
The last serious flood in
Bude was in 1999.
MI5 check the vulnerability of our water supplies
Security service personnel from MI5 have visited the
South West to investigate how vulnerable the region's water supplies
are to a terrorist attack. A group of about 20 agents from MI5 and
Scotland Yard looked at reservoirs and drinking water works operated
by South West Water (SWW) and Wessex Water.
The visit was to see if supplies could be poisoned, but was not in
response to a specific threat.
Meanwhile..... Cornwall County Council officials fork out
£160'000 for bottled water ??? The contract, for £40,000-a-year
over four years, comes as the council is cutting the adult social
services budget by £2 million.
The councillor in charge of corporate support, Brian Higman, said
that bottled water could actually save the council money.
He said: "What if the water that came out of the tank was
contaminated? That would cost us much more than the water itself. Do they know something we don't
Fields flooded for wildlife haven
Channels are being dug through flood defences on the
River Camel Work has started on one of the largest habitat
restoration schemes ever seen in Cornwall.
An area the size of nearly 25 football pitches near Wadebridge is
being flooded to help bring back species such as the otter and the
The project on the River Camel is costing about £100,000, and most
of the work will be completed within weeks.
Four channels will be dug through flood defences and drains widened
in the area which is already a wildlife haven.
The flood defences have been in place for about 150 years to protect
prime agricultural land from flooding caused by the river. Under the
scheme - which is being funded by the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs - four landowners will be compensated for 20
years for the loss of the land. Once the area is opened up and
seawater comes though the flood-banks for the first time in more
than a century, the land will revert to saltmarsh and mudflats.
Passers-by on the nearby
Camel Trail will soon notice the
differences soon, but the area will not be opened up to the public
straight away because of the sensitive nature of the new habitat.
|Wheat & Chaff ? Help us sort it !
Whether you live here or not, if you have used a
business or service in North Cornwall please let us know what your
experiences with them was like. Good or bad,
we want to know.
Make North Cornwall an even better
Found something wrong that needs putting right.
Then let us know. Whether it's a dodgy road junction, an unclean
beach, a forgotten footpath !
Tell us about it.
Calling all holidaymakers
If you have stayed with any accommodation provider
in North Cornwall then let us know. Whether the service you received
was good or bad, we
want to know.
North Cornwall accommodation
Holiday makers who have used accommodation in
North Cornwall are being asked to give us there feedback with
regards there experiences using accommodation in the area, but we
also want to know how you, has an accommodation provider in
Cornwall, feel about the way the area is promoted via the internet.
to give us your feedback.
Please follow the Country Code
Bude Canal to be regenerated. 08/11/06
After many years of hard work, the
Regeneration Partnership have secured funding to the tune of £3.8
million. The money will be used to restore the navigation on the
lower part of the canal so that craft can travel from Bude to Helebridge and improve the lower wharf area for public access. The
old locks at Rodd's Bridge and Whalesborough Farm will be repaired
thus enabling craft to travel between the two once again. Public
access along the towpath and links to inland parts of the canal will
be improved. Work is expected to begin early in 2007.
Valency river to be deepened in the valley.
Today "1st Nov 06" saw the start of work to
make the Valency river deeper and wider. The work will take about
£4.5 million and two winters to complete. The car park will
also be raised and relocated somewhat and next winter the work will
be completed with the moving of the bridge that caused the blockage
in the heart of the village when it was flooded in 2004. The
blockage was a major contributing factor in why the flooding of the
upper harbour areas was so devastating. The work is necessary has
increased warming of the globe means that flooding will be a far
more likely possibility in the future.
Keep Devon Tidy Dump it in Cornwall.
Plymouth city council has signed a seven year
contract with Viridor Waste Management to take the
rubbish to Lean Quarry near Liskeard from 2008. A Cornish MP has criticised
the decision to dispose of
Plymouth's waste in a landfill site in the county of Cornwall, once
the site in Chelson Meadow is full. The contract will
see lorries taking 24 trips a day along the A38. Viridor's managing
director said the waste would be used to generate methane which
could then be used as power.
Apparently the site in Liskeard could cope with the extra rubbish as
it holds three million tonnes of waste.
Mr Breed, Liberal Democrat MP for South East Cornwall, had said it
was "irresponsible" of Plymouth to dump its
waste in its neighbour's back garden. Devon County Council wants to
expand the landfill site in Deepmoor near Torrington, which is also
expected to reach its capacity within the next four years. The
county's other two landfill sites, at Broadpath, near Uffculme, and
Heathfield, near Bovey Tracey, have space for the next 10 years.
Councillor Chris Pattison said: "This contract will give Plymouth
medium-term certainty as well as flexibility to develop its
long-term strategy for the city's waste, considering the latest
The council said the contract was an interim measure to allow it to
investigate, plan and install new systems.
We think Cornwall has enough to do dealing with the volume of waste
produced within the county already.
Have your say... E-mail us:
PROPOSED FARM SHOP AT SLAUGHTERBRIDGE, CAMELFORD,
Research shows that customers want to buy more locally produced
produce whose origin can be identified. Some customers are having to
travel up to 10-20 miles to the nearest Farm Produce Shop, this type
of shopping is more environmentally friendly as it reduces road
miles. Major Supermarkets transport Cornish produce hundreds of
miles before bringing it back to Cornwall to sell. To that end,
plans have been submitted to build a Local Farm Shop to sell and
support local farm producers and growers
offering home produced Products. It is hoped that the project
will eventually create up to 10 Jobs for local people.
If you are a local producer or consumer who thinks
they would benefit from such a outlet then
click here for more details on how to support this project..
North Cornwall town of Padstow
celebrates the naming of the new Tamar Class Lifeboat.
Padstow lifeboat was officially named on Sunday 17
September at 2.30pm in the harbour at Padstow. Also unveiled was a
plaque to mark the opening of the new lifeboat house at Trevose
The vessel, the
"Spirit of Padstow", has been bought from a
legacy bequeathed by the late gin heiress Heather Allen.
These Tamar-class lifeboats have self-righting capability and weigh
in at 31.5 tonne. The 52ft (16m) long vessel has a crew of up to
seven people, a top speed of up to 25 knots (28.8mph), and onboard
computers to assist in rescues.
The benefactor who made this all possible was one Miss Allen, known
as Mickie. Miss Allen was a member of the family which founded
the Beefeater gin company, lived near Padstow. She died in August
2005 in her 80s, leaving £9m to a charitable trust, £2.5m of which
bought the boat.
The town's former lifeboat, the Tyne-class James Burrough, was also
paid for by Miss Allen.
The total cost of buying the new boat and building the new lifeboat
house and slipway at Trevose Head, one of Cornwall's oldest lifeboat
stations, is about £5.5m.
RNLI divisional inspector Simon Pryce said the naming ceremony was a
day to remember for the whole community.
He said: "It's been a long wait for
Padstow, and many months have
been spent building the boathouse and fitting out the new lifeboat,
but all that has reached a successful climax."
There have been more than 16 lifeboats in four boathouses at Padstow
The Trevose Head station ensures cover along a 38-mile (61-km)
stretch of coastline.
Become a crew member
Lifeboat crews come from many different backgrounds and
all walks of life. Today only one out of every ten crew joins with a
professional maritime background. Butchers, bakers, teachers, garage
mechanics, office workers, company directors, plumbers,
police officers, bar staff and office clerks can all become crew
Imagine for a moment that youíre part of the crew on a lifeboat.
Itís 2.30am on a freezing January morning and the pagerís just woken
you from a deep sleep in a snug warm bed. You then head out to sea
in complete darkness and 10m waves rise and fall around you, ready
to swamp you at any moment. Strong gale force winds throw the
lifeboat around like a toy. A fishing trawler is in difficulties 23
miles out to sea.
And you still want to volunteer for this?
To become a lifeboat crew member, you need to:
§ be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18
§ be under 45 years old (inshore lifeboat) or 55 (all weather
§ pass a medical and eyesight test
§ be physically fit
§ live and/or work close to a lifeboat station
§ pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year
§ be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
§ enjoy hard physical work
Crew members also need good personal skills. This means you need to:
§ get on well with other people
§ communicate easily - that means talking and listening!
§ obey orders when required to
Being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment, which could
ultimately include risking your life. Your commitment isn't only
measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new
equipment and faster boats mean that regular training programmes
also account for much of your spare time. You may also be asked to
help show visitors around the station and with local fundraising.
Whatís in it for you?
The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and
support. For you itís an opportunity to achieve and to save lives
and a chance to be part of our world class rescue service. We can
offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling voluntary jobs
If the thrill of a shout and the teamwork appeal to you, and you
think that you have what it takes to be that special kind of person,
North Cornwall celebrates
centenary of Sir John Betjemans birth.
John Betjeman is buried in north Cornwall and this
year (2006) is the centenary of his birth. A 12-hour long Cornish
birthday party for Betjeman, who was Poet Laureate from 1972 until
his death in 1984, is being held on Monday. Famous names joining the
Polzeath event include Harry Enfield, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen,
Martin Clunes and our own Laurence Reed.
Money raised by the day will be donated to the new Padstow Lifeboat
Station. John Betjeman spent holidays at Trebetherick when he was
in later years, his uncluttered poetry captured Cornish life in a
very unique way. Church bells will ring out at 1200 BST, including
St Enodoc, at
Daymer Bay, where John Betjeman is buried. Betjeman
wrote the famous "Summoned By Bells" and the tolling of the bells
will show he has not been forgotten.
Worry over Boscastle bridge plan
A complex flood relief scheme for a Cornish river
is being considered by district councillors. The River Valency in
Boscastle caused millions of pounds worth of damage when it burst
its banks two years ago. People were rescued by helicopters, homes
were flooded and cars swept out to sea when about 440 million
gallons of water swept through the village. But some residents are
concerned at Environment Agency plans to destroy a 19th Century
The agency wants to move the village car park and realign the river
channel upstream. It said this should reduce the risk of flooding to
one in 75 years. The environment agency's area project manager, said
the plan is to replace the Lower Bridge near the harbour with a
larger bridge further down stream. Some villagers fear the work will
not prevent future floods. Boscastle residents are not convinced
that moving the bridge is the answer. One resident remarked "I
can't see that shifting it 30ft (9m) is going to make any particular
difference to the blockage it could cause. "It's going to be roughly
the same size with roughly the same dimensions, so it's still going
to be a narrow choke, if you like, at the end of the river."