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St Just in Bloom

St Just in Bloom have decided to go ahead with both the Gardening and Photographic Competitions this year. Many people have had more time to spend on their gardens this spring, and the Gardening competition should be a strong one. The theme for the Photographic competition is ‘Climate Change and Me’. We are looking for a few more entries this year, perhaps taken during your daily exercise.

Application forms will be available from Clemo’s at the end of next week. Judging will take place on Thursday 6th August. Good luck!

Reopening of your town/village high streets

Cornwall Council is committed to helping local communities stay as safe as possible as we collectively manage the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

This toolkit has been developed in order to assist local communities in managing the specific needs of your local area. The Council is keen to enable and empower communities to take action at a local level. They are here to support you as you put measures in place to protect and support residents, businesses and customers, while maintaining a safe environment for all.

The attached link to the Cornwall Council Toolkit is about facilitating social distancing in the High Street. The Town Council and individual Councillors are very interested in hearing about any potential measures/changes you may wish to suggest. If you wish to comment please use the comments page on this website or email

High Street Toolkit

if you would like this information in another format please contact: Cornwall Council, County Hall Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY Email: Telephone: 0300 1234 100

Message from the Cornwall Community Foundation

CCF is unique amongst Community Foundations in that it runs Crisis Funding all year round. Various trusted groups throughout the County hold pots of money to help individuals on the front line of crisis, at the very minute that they need it. This is regularly reported on and the reserves topped up accordingly. This gives us an exceptional relationship with grassroots organisations in Cornwall who deal with those in crisis.
We were, therefore, very well placed to roll this out to the Emergency Fund quickly and efficiently and were already proactively approaching key organisations, to offer funding, even before the lockdown was announced.
The £100,000 we received from Cornwall Council early on was a game changer and – I am certain – spurred on many others to contribute. We received this money on the 27th March and had allocated all of it by the 27th April 2020. The recipients were many and varied, ranging from Foodbanks, Community Centres and voluntary organisations providing community kitchens and essential services to those self- isolating and shielding. All of these organisations have had to adapt to meet the needs of their beneficiaries and we accommodate them in any way we can. Many have lost up to 90% of their volunteers as they are over 70 or have underlying health conditions and almost all of their regular food and cash donations have all but disappeared.
To give you an example – we funded Disability Cornwall, at the very start of lockdown, for a project in which they anticipated they would need to provide 40 people with healthy meals and provisions. They, as many others discovered, vastly underestimated the community need and soon realised that their clientele numbered over 300! Thanks to the Cornwall Council donation we were able to offer a further £5,000 in funding and we still have additional funds available should they need it going forward.
We have dozens more stories to share, since the start of the lockdown we have distributed over £438,000 in Emergency and Crisis funding, to hundreds of groups, benefitting thousands of individuals. 

We need you to encourage groups in your particular area to apply for funding. We have tried to make the application process as simple as possible, with many differing ways in which groups, both constituted and unconstituted can apply. You are the eyes and ears where we cannot be and in tune with your communities at grass roots level, therefore ideally placed to point people in our direction. Our team at CCF may all be home-working, but it is business as usual as regards advice and help that we regularly give to applicants, so please encourage people to ask. We really do want to help as many people as we can to get through this terrible time and the economic and social impact that will undoubtedly be with us for some time.

Please do all you can to help us reach as many people as possible.

With grateful thanks
Wendy Reading,
Grants Manager, Cornwall Community Foundation
07966 376994

Site visit to Plain an Gwarry 27 May 2020

A site visit is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27th May, or if the weather is not suitable, Thursday 28th May. This visit is to judge the plan of work to repair a wall. Due to Health and Safety and current Government guidance, some form of cordon will be needed to be put in place within the interior of the Monument in order to help establish a safe distance between the archaeologists and members of the public who may accessing the Monument. it is proposed that this cordon be put established by the temporary relocation of the HERAS fencing which is currently along the site boundary. Scheduled Monument Consent for this archaeological works is held


Since the start of lockdown six weeks ago, St Just Town Council has opened its Library porch twice weekly to receive donations for the Food Bank, given that the usual collection points in the town are no longer accessible. Supervised by local councillors and council staff volunteers, donations have flooded in, along with rising levels of cash donations. On 2nd May, for example, in two hours cash totalling £200 was received, along with a full carload of food donations.

Town Mayor Marna Blundy says:
“We are proud of our generous community who have stepped up by searching both their cupboards and their purses to offer help to others. We have also appreciated the support of the National Trust, and Emily from the Red Box campaign for their donations. We know the need for Food Banks is, sadly, increasing, with referrals to our local Food Bank already up by 40%, and the impact of the lockdown likely to become more pronounced as time goes on; so continued support is vital. Well done, residents of St Just Parish. Keep up the good work!”

Donated tins and other dry goods to the food bank

Deputy Town Mayor Sue James adds:
“Alongside this, a community effort in Carnyorth, setting up a roadside bring and buy charity stall where people are trusted to leave appropriate donations, has raised over £350 for local Food Banks in just three weeks.”

All donations are initially taken to the storage depot in Penzance, where requests are processed and arrangements made for deliveries across the area, including to St Just and Pendeen. All fresh foods are sourced in Penzance, and deliveries made on Thursdays.

Residents in Pendeen continue to make their donations at Costcutter during shop opening hours, and those in St Just can drop off donations to the Library porch on Mondays and Saturdays between 10am and 12noon.

The Plain an Gwarry / Plen an Gwary

The Town Council understands and shares the concerns of residents over the removal of the granite wall bounding the Plain an Gwarry / Plen an Gwary.

The Council, along with Cornwall Council, Heritage England and our local archaeological adviser, sprang into action on 16th March, ensuring that all measures would be in place for reinstatement.

The Co-operative Group are attempting to correct the matter, and Heritage Consultants in Bristol are liaising with Historic England to submit a Scheduled Monument Consent application for the rebuilding of the wall. Prior to this they will be undertaking a programme of archaeological recording of the section of the Monument with has become exposed. Due to the restrictions relating to social distancing associated with COVID-19, this will require a temporary 2m cordon to be placed in the public area of the Monument, and the Town Council as given consent for this.

Inevitably this whole process will take time, but we are committed to ensuring that the Plain / Plen is restored appropriately. Before this happened, we were already in the process of negotiating improvements to pedestrian access at both entrances including a handrail at the Market Street entrance steps at the request of residents.

May issue of Outreach

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Pendeen Outreach Team can produce only a few paper copies of Outreach Magazine. However, issues have been online since February 2017. Please print a copy for any of your neighbours who have no online facilities.

Versions of Outreach and adverts can be emailed on request from members of the Outreach Team (email addresses are on the front page of this month’s issue).The May issue of Pendeen Outreach is now online at the following link: