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The Cove Macmillan Support centre

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The Cove Macmillan Support Centre

Every day, 9 people in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly hear the devastating news that they have cancer. That’s over 3,300 people every year. The ripples a cancer diagnosis can cause can affect families, friends and work colleagues.

With a huge increase in the numbers of people affected by cancer anticipated by 2030, thousands more local people may end up feeling lonely and isolated.

That’s why we are building The Cove Macmillan Support Centre in Cornwall, the first dedicated centre of its kind in the County.

The Cove has been designed with patients and their families in mind, with the simple goal of helping anyone affected by cancer to live their lives as well as possible.

Key areas of support within this new state of the art building will include:

*information about how to cope with cancer and its treatment

*a dedicated financial advice service

*complementary therapies

*a room especially for young people affected by cancer

The centre will open in mid-2016, and will help and support around 13,000 people every year -patients, their families and friends.

The centre will cost around £3 million to build and equip, and we are fundraising for the final £1 million of that figure in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly.

We would love your community to become involved with fundraising for the centre, and this could be your local school, business, pub or social group.

To find out more about The Cove, or to get involved with our appeal, please visit or call 0300 1000 200.

You can also email your local contact, Emma Wright at

Newly Co-opted Breage Parish Councillor

At the meeting on Tuesday 8 September 2015 Mrs Karen La Borde from Praa Sands was co-opted and welcomed to the Parish Council.

She replaces Ian Davis who resigned in June due to being unable to give the time needed because of family illness.

The Council’s thanks go to Ian for all he did whilst a member of the Council and to Mrs La Borde for applying for co-option.

In her application letter Mrs La Borde said that she would like to become involved with her Parish Council in order to protect the local community and environment where she lives.

She was certainly thrown in at the ‘deep end’ and became involved very quickly at the meeting as the Clerk had been taken poorly and the meeting was somewhat extraordinary. Back to normal next month!

Mrs La Borde is very much welcomed to the Parish Council.

Change of date September Parish Council Meeting


Mrs Carol Macleod

Clerk & RFO to the Parish Council

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Tel: 01326 574781 Mobile: 07767165077










The Clerk will be out of the office from 10th to 18th August inclusive. If you have an urgent matter please contact

either the Chairman: Cllr Mrs Wyvern Batt Tel: 01736 850210

or the Vice-Chairman: Cllr Pete Greenough Tel: 01736 762647.







Breage Parish Council Clerk

Please note that the Parish Clerk will be unavailable for telephone calls or appointments from 10th to 18th August 2015. Please make contact by telephone with one of the Parish Councillors listed under the Parish Council if you have an urgent query. Thank you.

Funeral Directors – if you wish to purchase a grave or carry out an interment during this time please telephone Cllr Pete Greenough on 01736 762647. Thank you.

Parish Councillor Co-option Vacancy

BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL – Parish Councillor Vacancy


Breage Parish Council is seeking to co-opt a member to the Parish Council


The person co-opted must receive a majority of votes of those councillors present and voting at the meeting at which the co-option takes place. Parish Councillors are volunteers who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place to live and work. They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives. Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

To appreciate what is involved in being a Parish Councillor you need to know what a Parish Council is, and what it can and cannot do. The Parish Council is nothing to do with the Church or the Diocese; nor is it a voluntary and community sector body. Your Parish Council is the local authority closest to the electorate. A Parish Council is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972.

A Parish Council also provides services for the local people. These will range from recreation grounds and play areas, to cemeteries and allotments. What is provided is down to your Council. There is a list of the activities that a Parish Council has the power to provide. Like any statutory body it can only do the things for which the law or any governing document gives a power.

The Parish Council has one particular asset that is extremely valuable – it has the ability to set a Precept, (sum of money), which is collected from all residents through the Council Tax system. With the right to levy a form of taxation come some duties. In particular there is a duty to behave in an ethical manner according to a Code of Conduct (declaring interests and leaving the room when likely to be prejudiced) and a duty to have the annual accounts subjected to audit under the aegis of the Audit Commission.

Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.

All elected Councillors retire after a four year term, but casual vacancies may well arise in the intervening period. The next full elections will be in May 2017

To become a Parish Councillor you will need to be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination and a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  1. be registered as a local government elector for the parish;
  2. have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish;
  3. your principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
  4. have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.

 Certain people are disqualified from becoming Councillors. You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • work for the Parish or hold paid office under the council which has the vacancy; or
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order; or
  • have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, in the past five years; or
  • have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

You may have an issue about finding the time to undertake extra tasks; the council meets on the first Tuesday of each month for two to three hours and sometimes longer. You may feel uncertain about the knowledge required to be a Councillor and may feel overawed by those who have done the job for, what may seem to you to be, a long time. The simple question is the key to what is going on and all good Councillors should use the key word – “Why?” on a regular basis. Why not come a meeting to observe?

Should you be interested in this vacancy you must be sure you are eligible to stand and then formally make application to the Clerk giving some personal details: former work, interests, how long you’ve been in the Parish, why you wish to be a Councillor, etc. You are welcome to do this by E-mail. This should be done by Friday 14 August 2015.

Mrs Carol Macleod

Clerk to Breage Parish Council                                                        

 If you wish to contact the Clerk with questions about the vacancy please do so by Friday 7th August

on 01326 574781/07767165077 or