All posts by Carol Macleod

Kernow Carers Service

Support for those who care
Many people take care of a loved one, neighbour or friend, often without looking upon themselves as Carers. Kernow Carers Service recognises the invaluable contribution and commitment of Carers and offers them support through a number of Carers’ Forums throughout the county. Forums give Carers a voice about the services they receive and any concerns or issues they have. All Carers will receive a warm welcome at the meetings, so please come along.
The next meeting of the
Helston Carers Forum
will be held in The Ceremony Room, One Stop Shop,
Isaac House, Tyacke Road, Helston TR13 8RR
Thursday 10th November 2016 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
For further information please contact :
Chris Watkin, Forum Administrator
Cornwall Rural Community Charity, 2 Princes Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2ES
Telephone: 01872 243531 or e-mail:

2 New Parish Councillors

Breage Parish Council co-opted and welcomed two new Councillors at the meeting on Tuesday 13 September 2016: Tony Woodhams from Praa Sands and Chris Ralph from Breage.

There had been 3 applications for 2 places that were open because of the recent resignations of Pete Greenough and Graham Higginson. The other applicant, Richard McKie stood down during the second round of the election in deference of Mr Ralph’s qualifications.

All three were thanked for applying and Mr McKie was asked to think about applying again at the next elections in May 2017.

Cornwall Association of Local Councils – vacancy part-time Local Council Support Officer


Cornwall Association of Local Councils:

Local Council Support Officer

Salary up to £12,000 per annum – minimum 16hrs per week

The Association seeks a part time support officer for its small office based in Truro.

The role will support the County Officer providing legal advice and guidance to member councils. Local council experience and good interpersonal skills are essential. A flexible approach to working hours is required.

Visit the CALC website to download your application pack:

Or alternatively, email us on:

Closing Date: Midday, Sunday July 31st  2016

Cornwall Association of Local Councils

1/1a Riverside House

Heron Way




Telephone : 01872 272648

Breage Parish Council – Parish Councillor Vacancies

BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL – Parish Councillor Vacancies


Breage Parish Council is seeking to co-opt 2 members to the Parish Council

The persons 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;
  1. your principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
  2. 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 but on the second Tuesday in January and September. The meeting is 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? The next meeting will be on Tuesday 2 August, 7 p.m. in the Parish Rooms.

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 26 August 2016.


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 8th August and then from 24th  August on 01326 574781/07767165077 or

Carleen Village Hall Chairman’s Annual Report June 2016



Once again I am pleased to report that the village hall has had another very successful year, your continued support has helped to maintain the very high standards that we strive to achieve.  A list of the various functions as follows:-


:  Monthly Flea Market

:  Carleen & District Annual Show

:  Christmas dinner

:  Bingo

:  Soup & Pudding

:  Carn to Cove Theatre

:  Weddings & Private Parties


Then we have the clubs who use the hall on a regular basis such as the:-

Yoga classes, Table Tennis club, Art Painting classes, Short Mat bowls club, Computer Club, Line Dancing & Samba drums.

The hall is also widely used for private parties, receptions & other functions.


Carleen & District Show

My congratulations to one and all for another excellent show of vegetables, flower arranging, baking etc. you name it and it was there. The amount of entries submitted surpassed everyone’s expectations, there was a fear that the hall would not be large enough to display all the goods, but with their usual dexterity, cunning and careful planning the show committee somehow achieved this. My admiration goes to the individuals who put in so much hard work to make the village show the success it was, a pat on the back of the public who supported and displayed so many various items.

A special thank you goes to the show’s sub-committee who organised and ran this event, headed by Mrs V. Treloar (Chairperson) and Michael Hibbitt (Sec) with their many helpers. Our thanks to Rev. Dr Peter Johnson for opening the village show with trophies & prizes presented by Mrs Angie Johnson to the different category winners.


Christmas Lunch and Raffle

The Christmas lunch was again a very successful event and enjoyed by all that attended. Many thanks must go once again to Carole and Chris in organizing this event which was extremely well received by our guests & a big thank you to committee members their spouses & friends for carrying out kitchen and waiting duties. Mary and Ruth continued with the responsibility of the annual Christmas Draw and they were able to attract many prizes from local businesses.


Village Pantomime

The pantomime group have a serious problem in attracting interest from the local community especially the younger element of the parish to partake in this activity, which is a great pity as many parishioners ask all the time when the next production will take place. We will try again this year to stage a pantomime but it is up to you, the community, to make it happen.

It’s a shame that with the additional influx of people in the area they do not appear to get involved with the village activities or interest in existing facilities that are readily available. Hopefully this will change in the near future.



We are in the process of raising funds for a defibrillator with a cream tea & raffle organised for 9th July 1.00 – 4.00pm

We are also looking for funding to tarmac and resurface the front entrance of the car park to provide additional disabled parking and safer access to the hall.


Future Events

Looking ahead we have the Carleen and District Show on 10th September 2016, Christmas Dinner for the Senior Citizens in December any suggestions from yourselves will be more than welcome as at the end of the day as these activities are put on for your enjoyment.


Thank Yous

My personal thanks must once again go to all the present committee for their dedication and tireless work involved in running this hall to the very high standards we set ourselves.

A special thank you for Mary Broome (secretary), Fiona Woodman (treasurer) & thanks to Carole Higginson our booking clerk. Note: Could all activity groups try to give Carole their block booking dates in advance to prevent any double booking, this would be a big help.

Thanks to all our spouses and partners who help with events and projects when they can.


To Dave Walton our caretaker who cleans and looks after the hall and opens for activity groups when he is available, also Carole Higginson, Chris Greenough, Janet Brazier and Jan Lloyd for running the monthly soup and pudding lunch which has been a great success.


Sad news to report on the passing of Roma Champion a stalwart user of the hall.



In Conclusion

In concluding my report, we all hope that the village hall will continue to go from strength to strength and maintain its high standards and of course look forward to your continued support.

There are additional vacancies available on the committee and new blood is always very welcome, younger personnel with fresh ideas and forward thinking is essential for the village hall to prosper, we look forward to receiving applications in the near future to join our hard working committee.


Chairman Carleen Village Hall Committee


A M Ackland