Kammbronn Connected Issue 1 - September 2021

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KAMMBRONN CONNECTED The Latest News From the Camborne Parish

The Big Three


PARK GERRY CONSULTATION PLANS 2021 Camborne Town Council P: 01209 612406 E: enquiries@camborne-tc.gov.uk A: Passmore Edwards Building W: www.camborne-tc.gov.uk


GREEN WEEK COMES TO CAMBORNE "The Great Big Green Week is the UK's biggest ever event for climate and nature. There are 4500 events taking place at more than 1000 locations with over 200 local green weeks - including Camborne! Together people are celebrating the ways their community is stepping up to protect our planet, and we are asking decision makers to step up too." The Climate Coalition We've celebrated the Great Big Green Week for the first time in Camborne this September, and you can read more about it on page 7...

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Hello and welcome to our first newsletter in a while! It has been a very difficult time for everyone as the world slowly shifts back to normal but we are committed to keeping the community informed on what is happening in their Parish. This includes the exciting news that the consultation on the Park Gerry Project has been completed and the results are currently being reviewed, this project will be funded by Camborne Town Deal. Featured in this newsletter are a variety of updates on what has been occurring within the community including an introduction to the new council that was elected in May; the acquisition of Rosewarne public toilets and; the success of our recent Green Week which coincided with our Climate Action Plan for Camborne and is available to view on our website. Be sure to look out for the next newsletter to keep informed on what’s happening within the community. Samantha Hughes Camborne Town Clerk


Camborne Town Council are committed to supporting the community. Grants are available to assist and support local groups and organisations.

Who have we funded so far this year?

Cornwall Pride CIC £500

Create CIC £4,976.68

Troon Village Lights £2,265 Camborne RFC £5000

Root Training CIC £1,725

WHERE THE MONEY GOES We awarded Camborne RFC with a grant of £5000, and this is what they will be using the grant for;

“Camborne RFC is delighted that the Town Council have provided a grant towards refurbishment of the Grand Stand roof at the Recreation Ground. Replacement of the roof is part of a wider programme of renovation of the Club’s facilities which will be achieved via the Camborne Town Deal funding and similarly we are grateful for the Town Council’s support”. Richard Simeons, Honorary Secretary.



PARK GERRY CONSULTATION Park Gerry is a beautiful green space within Camborne, which currently consists of three large fields. The aim for this space is to create a 'Green Health Corridor', to provide a hub for activities and making the most of nature in one of Camborne's largest residential areas. In July this year, the Town Council received the fantastic news that £957,000 had been sourced from the Town Deal and Section 106, for developments in Park Gerry. With ideas for the park including a wheeled-sports area, a sports pavilion, and plenty of trees and wildflowers, it's easy to see why this is becoming such exciting news within the community! Your thoughts on the designs for the park and it's features would be hugely appreciated, you can head to the website to fill out a survey form, and sign up for regular updates on the park and it's development.

BEACON PHONE BOX BECOMES SWAP SHOP On the 30th August, Beacon Phone box reopened it's doors to the community, but instead of being used to make calls, it has been repurposed into a village Swap Shop. Rachel Tripconey and her partner Luke received kind donations from local businesses to construct some shelving and make the phone box look as good as new! Villagers are welcome to leave anything that be be reused or rehomed by somebody else, such as books, DVDs, CDs, jigsaws and plants. There is also a seed swap box, and a small items box which often contains fairy doors! They are now thinking of other ideas for the village, and plan to hold a meeting in the Beacon Inn before Christmas to talk about what they would like to do in 2022, including getting together a Beacon Village Committee to ensure everything runs smoothly! The box will be open 24/7, 365 days a year.




Zoe Fox

Mike Champion


Deputy Mayor

John Cosgrove

Lee McDonald

Roskear Ward

Roskear Ward

Ryan Congdon

Colin Godolphin

David Atherfold

Rhisiart Tal-e-Bot

Roskear Ward

Trelowarren Ward

Trelowarren Ward

Troon Ward

Nigel Miles

Sally Weedon CC

Val Dalley

David Wilkins

Trelowarren Ward

Troon Ward

Trelowarren Ward

Treswithian Ward

John Morgan CC

Jeff Collins

Morwenna Williams

Phili Mills

Treswithian Ward

Treswithian Ward

Roskear Ward

Treswithian Ward

Contact Your Councillor

Chris Lawrence

Nick Heather

Roskear Ward

Troon Ward

If you have any issues or queries to raise to one of your councillors, you can head to the website below for their contact information:


TOWN COUNCILLOR IN THE SPOTLIGHT John Cosgrove is a Town Councillor for the Roskear Ward. He is a member of the Labour Party and Vice-Chair of Camborne Town Deal. We thought we would catch up with him, to let you know some more information about your local councillor. How long have you been a Town Councillor? 'I was one of the original Town Councillors when the council was first set up in 1985. At that time I served a full four year term.' What made you want to run for Town Councillor? 'A wish to help make Camborne an even better place to live.' What did you do before you were a Town Councillor? 'I taught for almost 40 years in both secondary and primary schools. My career started at Pool School in 1981 and I retired in 2019 after 12 years as a headteacher in Reading.' What is your proudest achievement since being a Town Councillor? 'Still to come…'

What is your favourite thing about being a Town Councillor? 'The ability to make a difference to people’s lives.' What is one interesting fact about yourself? 'I have written four books.' Where is your favourite place in the Parish? 'Pendarves and Treslothan Woods especially The Reens. (I love the North Cliffs and Reskajeage Downs but although they are within the parish boundary we don’t usually think of them as being part of Camborne.)' If you could create a slogan for Camborne, what would it be? 'Rich heritage; better future.' How do you like to spend your free time? Do you have any fun interests or hobbies? 'Walking, reading, writing.'



TOWN CLERK SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS STAR COUNCIL AWARD Camborne's Town Clerk Samantha Hughes has been nominated for the prestigious Clerk of the Year Award with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards 2021. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Samantha was appointed as interim Town Clerk, after the former Town Clerk retired. She rose to this challenge and went above and beyond to keep her team upbeat, engaged and positive throughout the most challenging and unprecedented times the Town Council would have to face. During her weekends off work, Samantha hand-delivered contact sheets to communities in the Parish with little or no digital connectivity, giving up her own time to keep the community connected. Samantha kept the moral up wherever she could, offering flexible working hours for parents and carers within the council, and worked alongside the library team to create new ideas and ways that the community could stay engaged with the library through multiple lockdowns. Going above and beyond for her community, Samantha's achievements have been recognised and highlighted by this prestigious award, and we wish her all the luck for the final in October. Samantha says: “I am extremely honoured to be a finalist and want to thank the Councillors for their support and the team for how we have supported each other and managed to move forward despite the many challenging circumstances, we always put community first.”

BOOK CORNER Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I firmly believe everyone should read this book. Haig explores his personal relationship with depression and anxiety in a way that I think many of us will relate to, whether these are issues we have faced or not. Part memoir, part self help book, part general musings, this book is great for when you feel like giving up. Unlike other “selfhelp” type books this book will not make you feel patronised or preached at. It will make you laugh, cry and feel seen all while acting like a shining light in the darkness. It seems extreme to say but this book changed my life, I’m not saying it will change yours but I’m pretty sure it will put a smile on your face. Emry Robinson, Library and Council support assistant



RELIEF FOR CAMBORNE The public toilets in Rosewarne carpark have been successfully acquired by the Town Council. The toilets are to be refurbished and reopened in the Autumn. The facilities were closed in 2016 by Cornwall Council, and include ladies, gents and a gender-neutral accessible toilet. The refurbishment will ensure the facilities and surrounding areas provide an attractive entrance to the town for those who use the carpark. The Town Council has also made progress in extending CCTV coverage from the town to cover the toilets and surrounding area. ‘We will provide safe, clean and well managed public toilets. We look forward to re-opening the facility for public use over the coming months.' Dave Garwood, Amenities Officer

CAMBORNES FIRST GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK The Great Big Green Week has come to Camborne for the first time between the 18th-26th September 2021. To kick off the week, we held a 'Green Fair on the Square', with stalls and from local organisations, including Nature Connects, Community Energy Plus, Fairtrade Camborne and the lovely ladies from Queens at 46 with their re-purposed clothing and reusable products! We also had some free workshops from Create CIC and Upcycle Kernow in the Donald Thomas Centre. Amazing creations were made from recycled clothing and glass. Although the weather was a bit damp, we still had a lovely afternoon, sharing the message about climate change and ways that we can all help to make a difference. The Green fun doesn't end there, with more exciting activities to get involved with, such as Green & Cleans' Litter Pick, The Red Cross Guerrilla Gardening session, bug hotels and nature crafts being made in the Library, and a new Earth Café launching later in the week. Find out more: www.camborne-tc.gov.uk/events