You have been alerted to the closure of Paddington station over Christmas this year to allow for electrification and Crossrail works.    This is just a quick follow up to remind you that the six-day closure starts on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th through to Thursday 29 December.  This will mean trains are very busy on Friday 23 December, and we are recommending customers to book ahead and travel early if they can.

Trains will start and finish at Ealing Broadway throughout the closure with customers completing their journey by London Underground.  There are no lifts at the station.  We are therefore strongly recommending that customers who will find using Ealing Broadway difficult, to change trains at Reading and travel to and from London Waterloo.  South West Trains have agreed to accept GWR tickets to support this.

Full details are on our website on a dedicated page including details on travelling with bikes, our sleeper service and our Pullman dining service.

We are using every avenue we can to alert customers including posters, leaflets and announcements on trains and at stations, social and traditional media and Meet the Manager events at key stations, anything you can do to help us spread the message would be very helpful.

If you have any questions about the improvement work, or our plans during the closure, please contact me and we will do our best to help.

Best wishes

Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: | T: 01793 499424 – MD’s office


Notice of planned works over Christmas this year.

Full details are on the website but the key thing to note is that London Paddington will be closed to all rail services from Saturday 24 December to Thursday 29 December.

This will mean GWR rail services starting and finishing at Ealing Broadway, where customers can make a connection to the underground, or scheduled bus services for travel into London.

Ealing Broadway does not have step-free access.  It is therefore recommended that customers from the West of England, who are travelling with heavy luggage, children, or who find steps difficult to change at Reading and use services from there to London Waterloo.  This will mean a longer journey and customers will be alerted to the changes well in advance so they can plan ahead.


Children’s Hospice South West – Santas on the Run

Sunday 4 December 2016, 11.00am and 3.00pm

The Eden Project, St Austell


Children’s Hospice South West’s Santas on the Run is a sight to behold. Hundreds of Santas take to paths of the Eden Project in this 2k festive fun run. The run is not about speed or fitness so the whole family is all invited to take part.


Whether you have little ones in pushchairs, plan to dance your way around or are looking to set a record time – it’s a great day out for everyone! How about trying to get a big team together to help us celebrate the charities 25th Anniversary year? You can run with family, friends or colleagues – you could even make it your staff Christmas party this year!


Entry includes Santa suit, a special 25th Anniversary commemorative medal and festive treats.


Entry fees: Adult (16+): £15.00, Child (3-15): £7.50, 2 years and under: Free, Family (2 adults, 2 children): £37.50, Group of 10: £135.00…By taking part in our festive fun run, you and your family will receive free entry into the Eden Project.


Sign up for the event at


Any help that you might be able to offer us is much appreciated.


Many kind regards


Alice Beard

Trainee Fundraiser | Children’s Hospice South West

Little Harbour, Porthpean Rd, Porthpean, St Austell  PL26 6AZ

t: 01726 871800 Ex. 813 | m: 07500 081981  | w:


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