Following the announcement of the five day Christmas travel period, we thought it would be helpful to let you know about our Christmas and New Year services.

Services will run normally on 23 December. On Christmas Eve late afternoon and evening services will be amended to prepare for our usual closure on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Heathrow Express trains will run on Boxing Day.

There are no planned improvement works in this area affecting our services between Christmas and New Year. London Paddington remains open and services to London will operate normally throughout.   

If you are travelling via Bristol Temple Meads or Gatwick Airport there are some local changes from Sunday 27 December which can be checked on our Christmas travel page

As with all current journeys, we are asking customers to please check their journey before travel on and book in advance reserving a seat, and for advice about travelling with confidence there is more information on

We will be happy to help if there are any questions or queries.

Jane Jones | Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway
GWR | 4th Floor | Capital House | 25 Chapel Street | London | NW1 5DH
E: | M: 07525 275 485


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Good afternoon,

This Christmas more of us than ever before will be shopping online for our presents. 

Attached is a useful guide to provide helpful tips on how to avoid being a victim of online fraud whilst online shopping. 

We hope this is useful – for more useful tips on staying safe online simply visit 

All the best, 
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CHRIstmas rubbish, recycling and Garden waste collections

Christmas rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections

As in previous years, there will be no rubbish and recycling collections on Christmas Day

Collections due on Christmas Day:

  • Rubbish due to be collected on Christmas Day will be collected Friday 1 January.
  • Recycling due to be collected on Christmas Day will be collected Saturday 2 January.
  • Garden waste due to be collected on Christmas Day will be collected Saturday 2 January.

Waste and recycling will be collected on the normal collection days during the rest of the Christmas period. People should ensure their bins, recycling and garden waste (if subscribed to this service) are out by 7am as collection times may be earlier or later than usual.

These details will be posted to residents of Cornwall as part of their collection calendar. Further information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Cornwall Council’s Waste and Recycling team on 0300 1234 141.

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Good evening,

This month Get Safe Online’s campaign is ‘Back to Basics’ – providing tips and advice on how to stay safe online. Attached is a useful leaflet providing tips and advice directly from our team of experts. 

If you’d like to learn more we’d also like to invite you to join an exclusive webinar that is taking place this Thursday 15th October at 11am to raise awareness of the risks of going online and what you can do to protect yourself.

Our CEO and leading expert Tony Neate will be joined by online safety experts from the City of London Police, Microsoft and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. It will be led by award winning journalist Linda McAuley – so will be engaging and helpful.    

We’d love to see you there and if it’s of interest the Zoom sign up page can be found here:

You’ll have the opportunity to put your questions to the panel as well as hear from a university lecturer who was conned out of £25,000 of his savings.

We hope to see you there.
Many thanks
Get Safe Online team
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Public Sector Bodies (web site and mobile applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018

Breage Parish Council is a progressive Council and is aware of the requirements of the regulation, Public Sector Bodies (web site and mobile applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

The purpose of this note is to explain the process and the ongoing development of the website in order to reassure our users of our intentions.

At the present time the scale, usage and updating of the website is carried out in house by the Council’s sole employee.

It is considered that it would place a “ disproportionate burden” upon the finances and resources of the council to implement the full changes being recommended. It is therefore Breage Parish Council’s intention to carry out annual reviews of our on-line services to ensure that we deliver the best possible service to our Parishioners and the wider public.

Over the course of this change should you require any item on the website in a different form i.e. larger print, enhanced contrast please contact the Clerk:

via the web site or

01326 574781


cemetery shute hill breage maintenance work starting 7 september 2020

Essential heavy contractual maintenance work will be taking place from 7 September 2020

Breage Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience. In the interests of Health and Safety should you wish to lay flowers or visit a grave during this time please contact the Clerk and give notice for when you wish to visit. The Clerk will then liaise with the Contactor and arrange for you to safely visit. Thank you.

Carol Macleod

Clerk to Breage Parish Council

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I thought you might like to see the recent film made by our interim Managing Director Matthew Golton which you can view, and share!, on

The film has been sent to local and regional media along with a media release about travelling safely over the summer, which you can read here

As the release notes, we have identified services that are used by high numbers of school students. These will all be operational by the end of August so that we are ready for students and pupils when term starts.   There will then be a further increase in services from Monday 14 September.  This will bring weekday services back to 94% of our December 19 timetable, Saturday services back to 90%, and Sundays back to 76% of our planned May 20 timetable. 

We have also proposed two new flexible season tickets to the Department for Transport, one that would allow travel on any three days in seven and the other that would allow any 12 days in 28. This will support those commuters and business travellers who want to combine working from home with working in the office.  We will update you when we have news on this.

Thank you again for your understanding as we work to get back to full strength. We remain fully committed to providing the best possible service to support both business and leisure customers.

Jane Jones | Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway
GWR | 4th Floor | Capital House | 25 Chapel Street | London | NW1 5DH
E: | M: 07525 275 485

Great Western Railway update

The additional Cornwall and Devon services that we added on Saturday (25 July) are working well.  The vast majority, 80/90% of customers are wearing face coverings and journeys seem to be going well.  

I thought it would be helpful to give some advance notice of improvement work taking place in Devon and Cornwall this autumn, and I have set out details below.  

There is more information on and

As we get closer to the work taking place, we will be letting customers know about the temporary changes through traditional and social media, and through information on trains and at stations.

Jane Jones

Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway

Toby Elliott

Head of Communications | Network Rail Western

  • Track renewals and level crossing upgrades will take place between Taunton and Exeter St Davids between Monday 28 September and Friday 2 October. Buses will replace rail services on this route. Direct trains between London Paddington and the south west will continue to run using a different route. 
  • Buses will replace trains on the branch line between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 October. A limited service will continue to run to/from Exeter Central from Paignton, but most services will terminate at Exeter St Davids. 
  • Bridge decking replacement will take place on the Tamar Valley Line between Plymouth and Gunnislake from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November. Buses will replace all trains to/from Bere Ferrers, Bere Alston, Calstock and Gunnislake. An amended train service will continue to operate for stations in Plymouth. This is similar to the work that was undertaken in December last year.

More rail services for Cornwall AND DEVON

As lockdown is eased, we are expecting more customers to return to rail, especially for journeys to the South West. To support that we are adding a number of additional services for Cornwall and Devon from Saturday 25th July.

This will mean three additional services from London Paddington on Saturdays. Two running to Plymouth and the third running directly to Paignton. This will restore direct services to Torbay in time for the summer.  We will also be adding four additional round trips (8 services) on our local trains between Exeter/Plymouth and Penzance.  

During the week, we will extend four London services through to Penzance, restoring direct London services to Cornwall. We will also add a further six round trips from London Paddington (12 services), two running to Exeter, one to Plymouth and three running direct to Paignton.   In addition to the London services, we will also be adding a further three round trips (6 services) between Exeter/Plymouth and Penzance. This should provide the extra capacity needed to support safer travel through the summer. 

We are asking customers to wash their hands, travel off peak if they can, use mobile ticketing if possible and to wear a face covering unless exempt.  We have increased our cleaning regimes including an overnight viricidal spray.  We have extra staff at key stations to offer help and guidance, and processes in place to help customers maintain social distancing as much as possible. This includes a counted places system on our long distance services. 

We have also confirmed plans to support the return to school in September. Many of the services that are heavily used by schools and colleges are already operational, where they are not, we intend to bring them back into service before 2 September, so that we are ready for students and pupils when they need us.  

We are also planning a further timetable uplift on 14th September and will be in touch with more detail on this closer to the time.  

As always if you have any questions or queries, on the timetable, or any aspect of our services, please do let me know.  We want to be as much help as possible in safely supporting efforts to get back to business.

Jane Jones | Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway
Milford House | 1 Milford Street | Swindon | SN1 1HL


11 JUNE 2020


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More than one-in-three people (36%) in the South West have been the target of a scam since lockdown came into effect across the country, according to new research by Citizens Advice Cornwall.

Over half of people (58%) are worried someone they know will fall foul of a con. And the large majority of people (88%) reported they felt wary of coronavirus scams.

Citizens Advice Cornwall and Trading Standards are encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others they think could be at risk.

Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:

“Our data shows that the last few months have been very difficult for a lot of people across the region. And despite this, we’ve seen appalling evidence of opportunistic scammers taking advantage of people’s worries and concerns.

“One-in-three local people have been targeted by a scam since lockdown began, showing we all need to be on high alert.

“It’s really important we all do our bit and report anything that looks like a con when we see it. By learning how scammers operate, and helping each other understand what to look out for, we can all work together to stop fraudsters in their tracks.“

To help stop more people being fleeced by these types of scams, Citizens Advice Cornwall and Trading Standards are sharing the following tips on how to spot them:

● Look into installing a call blocker to help combat telephone scams

● Talk to your bank immediately if there is any suspicious activity or transactions from their account or credit cards

● Report the scam to Citizens Advice who will give you advice on what to do next and report the scam to Trading Standards

● Report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

● If you or someone you know is struggling to pay bills or outstanding debts Citizens Advice may be able to help.

You can also take the following steps to safeguard yourself and others:

● Be suspicious if you’re contacted out of the blue, even if it’s from a name you recognise

● If it sounds too good to be true it probably is

● Never send money to someone you’ve never met

● Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you

● Don’t be rushed – you never need to make a decision straight away and if you feel pressured say “no”

● Suspect a scam? Hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line or use another phone to call

● Don’t suffer in silence – speak out about scams.