Liskeard Community Fair
Liskeard’s Community Fair has been a popular annual event for several years now, it is a chance for local organisations to get together and promote themselves to the residents of the town.
It is the perfect way to find a new hobby, support group or charity that you may not even have known we have in the town. It is also a great way for the groups to network with each other.
The 2020 event was due to have been held at the end of March but had to be cancelled at short notice due to the lockdown. To keep everyone safe the 2021 event will not be able to go ahead in person. But you can still find out about the organisations and how to get involved on this page.
Liskeard Bowling Club – www.liskeardbowlingclub.co.uk
Liskeard Bowling Club was founded in 1914.Firstly at a site at Lux Park then after 10 years moved to it’s permanent site at Varley Lane.
It is a well established club affiliated to Bowls Cornwall and Bowls England,
Four Skittle Teams play out of the club house during the closed season in the East Cornwall League.
The Club has its own Car Park providing space for 50 plus cars.
The season starts between the 1st/2nd week of April and lasts until mid September with a full programme of games with entries to National and County. Ladies and Mens Leagues are played with also club competitions and friendlies in between.
The club has two 2nd level coaches who are willing to coach beginners and established players to improve their game.
Liskeard welcomes New Members and beginners of all ages and abilities.
The club is equipped to offer everything you need
To start. Open days and coaching are available during the season. All dates and information will be posted on the website, Facebook and local newspapers.
The Club House provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere for both bowlers and Social Members with a well stocked bar.
Many social events are held during the closed season with Christmas time being very special.
Please take a look at the website for full information.
South East Cornwall Tourism Association – www.secta.org
Why Join Us? It’s free!
SECTA – the South East Cornwall Tourism Association exists to support you and your business by providing information, training and ensuring that we have a seat at the table of a whole host of local groups to represent you and your concerns.
By joining SECTA, you will have FREE access to the following:-
- SECTA’s committee members will represent you at Cornwall’s Tourism Alliance, and other groups that effect out industry bringing your concerns to those that can effect change.
- Subsidised training events, covering a full range of topics that will help you run your business safely and successfully. Tell us the skills you need and we will source the training both formal and informal.
- Networking meetings where you can meet other members, exchange ideas and share best practices.
- Information meetings – what’s new in our area.
Whether you are new to the industry or have been working in it for many years, we need your enthusiasm to drive the Tourism agenda forward and your wealth of experience to help and support each other. Working for yourself can be insular and new legislation or rules can be confusing but as a SECTA member you are never alone.
- Our Newsletter is packed with vital industry updates, forthcoming events and local news.
- Our dedicated Facebook page is where we post up to the minute information and a place for you to swap ideas, ask questions etc https://www.facebook.com/groups/179564269117883
- We also offer SECTA Members the opportunity to take part in our green scheme Eco Cornwall & Quality in Cornwall our inspection scheme.
SECTA only needs to cover its costs and this is why basic Membership of SECTA is free. You only pay for training events that you choose to attend. Just go to the Facebook page and join us NOW !
Liskeard Together – Liskeard Together website
Based on the 5 ways to well-being, we help those not in paid work to take a step towards training, work or connecting with a local community project.
We offer free online courses on budgeting (Your Money Matters), getting back to work (Your Future Matters) and interactive cooking sessions (Feed the Family) – you can find leaflets, and introductory videos, about each of these courses are linked in the right hand column ⇒
Walk and Talk Group
The Walk and Talk group allows people to come together whilst enjoying an activity to help keep them healthy in the fresh air. The group is relaxed and friendly, it had been especially beneficial for those who are a little isolated or may live alone. We walk regularly weather dependant, usually on a Thursday meeting in central Liskeard. People have the opportunity to meet each other, make friends and chat whilst we walk various routes around the Liskeard area. We conclude the walk with a cup of tea and more chat in a local café.
Arts and Craft Group
The Arts and Craft Group is a great place to come along, meet new people, chat and relax in a friendly atmosphere. Participants have found the group to be a great space to cut off from every day worries and relax whilst learning new craft skills. The group is facilitated by volunteers. Each week we make various items that are suggested and agreed by the people attending group. New participants especially find this good way to become involved in the Liskeard Together project helping build their confidence of attending a group and enabling them to move onto other courses and activities we have to offer.
Some cooking sessions have been facilitated by the Real Junk Food Project. These sessions are very popular and offer an opportunity to learn new cooking skills, gain knowledge, hints and tips of cooking low cost meals and deserts. Participants plan, prepare and cook dishes each week that they can take home and enjoy. A recent group cooked various new recipes including, Noodle soup, Fork Biscuits, Banana Bread Pudding, Pizza and Pasta dishes and Victoria Sponge cake, yummy!!
We have also had an outdoor cooking session with Curious School of Wild. People really enjoyed making Curious Wild Soup. It is exciting cooking outdoors and in nature. People really enjoyed the session and embraced the setting.
We have a great new exciting project starting soon where we will be developing a community garden. We will be looking for participants and volunteers to help, learn new skills and grow with us.
Your Money Matters
Your Future Matters CV workshop
Feed the Family
Liskeard Old Cornwall Society – www.kernowgoth.org
Probably the longest standing organisation in the District, Liskeard Old Cornwall Society was formed in 1928 becoming part of the Countywide Federation whose Centenary year was in 2020. There are currently 42 individual Societies with the aim of “Safeguarding Cornwall’s unique sole and identity through a sound knowledge of its past”. In Liskeard we aim to achieve this in a number of different ways.
Guest speakers give illustrated talks on a variety of Cornwall related topics at our meetings, which are held in the Public Hall at 2.30pm on the 2nd Friday of the months September to April. These are open to both members and non-members and include refreshments and a raffle. Annual membership is a modest £10.
Traditional Cornish ceremonies are organised every year; Mid-Summer’s Eve Bonfire, Crying the Neck and Beating the Bounds. The more recent events of Family History Day and the Community Fair will see us sharing some of gems from our archive, which housed on the top floor of Stuart House. Visitors are welcome every Wednesday or by appointment.
Outside the District when we fly the flag for Liskeard, almost literally as our banner is always a presence, are held annually; St. Piran’s Day Parade in Truro, Oak Apple Day in St. Neot, Federation Summer & Winter Festivals and the Gorsedh Kernow Ceremony, these take place at different locations each year.
Sharing our “sound knowledge of the past” is as important to us as recording it. Currently our President does this by posting a short piece of local social history on to our Liskeard Old Cornwall Society Facebook page, which currently has 930 followers, and on our page in the Federation’s website kernowgoth.org
For any enquiries regarding our activities please contact Brian Oldham by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liskeard Macular Support Group – www.macularsociety.org
Currently CLOSED during Covid restrictions.
Last Tuesday of the month (not December), in the Doniert Room at Liskerrett Community Centre. Meetings are open to anyone affected by central vision loss. Family, friends and carers welcome.
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, with nearly 1.5 million people currently affected and many more at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement, but there is still no cure and most forms of the disease are not treatable.
Do you have any old bikes gathering cobwebs in your shed that you would like to donate for our macular research fund? Our chairman Robin uses his mechanical skills to restore and sell on unwanted bicycles with the proceeds going towards the charity, last year he raised more than £400. If you have an unused bike you would like to donate please call Robin on 01503 250421 or email email@example.com
Children’s Hospice South West – www.chsw.org.uk
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) exists to make the most of the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions, which means they are likely to die in childhood. Our belief is that the best way to do this is to wrap our care around families who have received this devastating diagnosis.
Around £11 million per year needs to be raised every year from voluntary donations to ensure that we are able to continue to care and support over 500 families, who see CHSW as a lifeline, from the point of diagnosis through to bereavement and beyond.
This past year has caused us to think virtually, raising money in alternative ways – through our regular exercising (£1 a walk), paying a lockdown £1 per day, playing online scrabble £1 per go, Just Giving in lieu of birthday presents or Christmas cards – which have added to our kitty surprisingly well!
We have always been so well supported by local people that we as a committee of just 8 of us, wish to say a very big thank you for all the kindness shown in this our 30th year of offering special services to families where there is life limiting illness.
Making Space for Nature – Making Space for Nature Website
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is investing in urban green spaces delivering the Making Space for Nature project.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is investing in urban green spaces delivering the Making Space for Nature project.
We are working with University of Exeter to improve open spaces. Making space for nature is working in in seven towns across Cornwall to improve public open space for wildlife and access. An area approximately the size of 28 rugby pitches will be wildlife and people friendly.
Three MS4N sites have been selected in Liskeard, in conjunction with Cornwall Council Members and Liskeard Town Council. These equate to 5.7ha of urban green space. These are Lanchard Woods, St Martins Churchyard and Castle Park.
Making Space in Nature are looking for volunteers in Liskeard, their priorities are:
- Regular litter picking at Lanchard Woods
- Establishing a community-run ‘Friends of Castle Park Group’
- Activities for young people in these sites
There are more details on this PDF poster about volunteering opportunities
Lyskerrys Youth Club – www.youngpeoplecornwall.org
The Lyskerrys youth club usually takes place every Friday evening at the Liskerrett Centre and is run by Young People Cornwall, The Youth Club is free for all aged 11-19 years old.
Groups are split into 2 ages – 11-13 years 5.15-6.45pm / 14-18 years 7-9pm
Lyskerrys youth club offers a safe social meeting space for young people, and a chance to take part in positive activities, such as games, arts, craft and music, youth café, cooking, pool table, air hockey and games consoles. As well as opportunities to access information, advice and guidance, training, environmental and community work in order to facilitate the personal and social development of young people.
During lockdown there is an online youth club via zoom – details on the website
Find us on Facebook Lyskerrys youth club for up to date information.
We also welcome anyone who may wish to volunteer with us to get in touch for more details.
Stuart House – www.stuarthouse.org.uk
Since restoration work was completed by the Stuart House Trust between 1988 and 1999, Stuart House has become Liskeard’s Arts and Heritage Centre with ….
• The late 15th century house (with major additions in the early 17th century and some more development since), now a Grade 2* listed building with many original features – open to the public at no charge
• Permanent historical displays including The English Civil War locally and the Birth of a Baby in the House during it, information boards on aspects of Tudor and Stuart life, and about the History of the House. A room devoted to an exhibition about Henry Rice’s buildings in Liskeard
• A varied programme of events, talks, temporary exhibitions (art, craft, heritage and others) and sales.
• A flourishing café
• A beautiful, award winning ‘hidden’ garden
• Heritage Activities: A Heritage Group (not currently active) helped to produce the Town Trail and a series of exhibitions and talks
The Henry Rice project produced the Henry Rice Trail, Album, and permanent exhibition in the Rowse Room on the top floor.
Involvement in Liskeard’s Heritage activities, such as “Liskeard Unlocked’
• A base for the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society
• Concerts held in the Gallery, and occasionally in the garden
• An Artist in Residence
• A regular Craft Club and Garden Club
• A Research Hub (originally funded through the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, which Stuart House was part of)
• A permanent House Manager
• Rooms for hire to different groups including Liskeard Poets and the Liskeard Writing Group
• Lots more, including enthusiastic volunteers, without whom the House could not survive
The Dreadnought Centre – www.thedreadnought.co.uk
The Dreadnought Centre is a registered Charity who have been working for over 40 years with children, young people and their families in Cornwall, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives – be it emotional, behavioural or physical. Looking behind behaviour and providing support to explore and recognise feelings and emotions. With an ethos and philosophy of offering unconditional acceptance in a non-judgemental environment, providing positive adult role models for young people and enabling them to make decisions for themselves.
The Dreadnought Centre has volunteering opportunities to work alongside young people to help them develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
Kernow Credit Union – www.kernowcreditunion.co.uk
During the pandemic, all our Service Points have had to close for obvious reasons but the Main Office at Redruth has continued to operate with Officers and staff working from home. New back office and telephone systems have been put in place to ensure that our service to members and new members are as trouble free as possible. In normal times Kernow Credit Union operates at Barclays Bank in Liskeard on a Thursday 10-12 noon.
Go to our web site www.kernowcredit union.co.uk for more information on our savings and loans
Kernow Credit Union is interested in anyone who would like to volunteer at the Liskeard service point once the lockdown ceases and the Liskeard point can once again operate. Full training will be given. More information about volunteering for Kernow Credit Union.
Liskeard Arts – www.liskeardartssociety.org.uk
Who are we? Liskeard Arts is a member of The Arts Society, a national organisation with over 350 affiliated societies and more than 90,000 members. This provides access to over 300 professional speakers and a wide range of subjects from some of the country’s top experts.
What do we do? Talks, discovery days, tours and visits. Our main activity is the 9 talks per year. We aim to provide entertaining, educational and often amusing talks of the highest quality, delivered by professional speakers from academic, media and literary backgrounds. Discovery days allow exploration of a topic in more depth. Foreign and UK tours have been held together with a range of more local visits.
For more information about our talks and activities see the Liskeard Arts website
Liskeard Silver Band – www.liskeardsilverband.com
Liskeard Silver Band is based in the South East of Cornwall and has been closely linked to Liskeard since 1832! We are proud of our links with Liskeard and the Band has a strong community spirit, regularly taking part in local parades, carnivals, floral dances and concerts.
We welcome all new players, with ranges in age from 10 in our training band to over 70 in the senior band. We are an inclusive and friendly group of people who enjoy playing music.
Our practices are held every Wednesday from 7pm and are led by our Musical Director, Ann Brown. Since the Covid pandemic, we have been holding our practices online via Zoom as we have been unable to meet up to practice indoors.
Sadly, most of our events were cancelled last year; however we were able to take part in the Carols in the Car Park event which was held in Morrison’s car park in December. Our Events Calendar for 2021 is already starting to fill up with many events scheduled to take place later in the year.
Guide Dogs – www.guidedogs.org.uk
Guide Dogs provides a wide range of services for children and young people and adults and we’re here for the whole family, providing support and advice on a range of issues, including education.
Guide Dogs is looking for collection box coordinators and community fundraisers in Liskeard to help in fundraising tasks. To sign up to help you just need to go the website at the below link, enter your postcode and apply online. https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-for-guide-dogs/
If you can’t join our fundraising group then please help us to raise awareness of how to assist people with sight loss during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can sign petitions for current campaigns on our website or read some helpful suggestions about how to support those who are working or volunteering with people with sight loss for the first time.
Relay for Life – liskeardrelay.org
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on Cancer Research UK, at the end of 2020 they had to cut research funding by £45 million.
This is around half of what the charity would normally expect to be spending at this time, and it means dozens of potential life-saving projects and hundreds of world-class scientists have been left unfunded.
This devastating blow is on top of the £44 million cut made to current grants at the start of the pandemic.
Sadly, these new cuts are only the first phase of the dramatic reduction in research spending. Earlier this year, Cancer Research UK warned that steps like these might be unavoidable if the UK’s medical charities didn’t get the urgent support they needed.
Despite this Liskeard Relay managed to raise £21 000 in the year up to August 2020 and we are hoping to reach that figure again this year. Our Relay will be virtual this year but we are determined to fundraise in as many different ways as possible.
Normally we would be out collecting on the streets and holding many activities which people can engage in eg cake stalls, car boot sales and just standing collecting on streets and in supermarkets in and around the area of Liskeard but of course for the past year these opportunities have been much fewer.
We are, however, still holding virtual events like our quizzes, virtual walks, coffee mornings. We would love to see you at any of those events which are advertised on Facebook and on our website. As well as that, we have also included a page with some fundraising ideas which you might like to organise yourself or with a group of friends. There are also details of the Bake Off Competition which anyone can get involved in. We are happy to promote any ideas on our pages – take a look at this fundraising ideas calendar for inspiration on events you could hold
Or you might just like to help us by donating to our relay, or enter our prize draw, details in the column on the right →
So……. if you do hold any event for us or have any spare cash that you could donate at this time here are some easy ways to donate to our Relay:-
- Go to the Liskeard Relay website where you can easily donate to relay or donate to a team if you know anyone in one of our teams.
- Go to Donate to Liskeard Relay for Life and your money will be sent straight through to CRUK
- Alternatively, if you don’t like donating online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange for someone to collect money or a cheque from you.
Thank you for any help you can give us at this time.
Carrie Richards – 07902 906440
Liskeard Relay 2021 Prize Draw
Tickets for our 2021 prize draw are now available by emailing your name, telephone number and the number of tickets you would like to email@example.com Donations (suggested £1 per ticket) can be made to Liskeard Relay For Life on Hope Kernow.
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Christians Against Poverty – capuk.org
UK poverty is real, with millions locked in its miserable grip. Christians Against Poverty is committed to bringing life changing freedom and good news to people in desperate need. Now Liskeard and Looe have their very own frontline CAP debt centre.
It’s a completely free, non-profit making service, which has been funded by donations and grants. The new centre is a partnership between a group of local churches – St Martin’s Liskeard, the Liskeard & Looe Methodist Circuit, Greenbank Community Church, Grace Church in Morval and Light & Life Free Methodist in Liskeard.
The people CAP help have often suffered multiple life traumas – the kind of unexpected events that would sink you if you were hit by just one, never mind three, four or five. Family illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown and poor mental health are some of the causes that can trigger an unstoppable spiral into debt and poverty.
37% of people have told us that they were afraid to leave the house before they got help from CAP – whilst 35% have sadly considered or attempted suicide as a way out of debt.
CAP doesn’t pay off its clients’ debt. Instead it helps clients by:
- Analysing their income & expenditure
- Advising what income is available (after covering essentials) to repay debt
- Teaching budgeting skills
- Advising the best way to deal with debt
- Taking over responsibility for dealing with those who are owed money
- Making arrangements to repay the debt
Clients often feel an immediate release by calling CAP and seeking help. We bring relief and good news to the poor and needy.
Please call freephone 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org for more information.
To find out more about the centre or maybe lend a hand – contact CAPLiskeard@outlook.com or call 07539 473754 (Mondays and Fridays)
Darren Arulvasagam – 07539 473754 (Mondays and Fridays)
What is the CAP Money Course?
The CAP Money Course is a free course that will teach you budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks you will get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt.
Whether you feel pretty organised or whether it’s like a lucky dip every time you try to draw money from your account, the CAP Money Course will help you take complete control of your finances. There are extra resources for those on low incomes, self-employed people, couples, families and those preparing for retirement – whoever you are, the CAP Money Course will be relevant to you.
Liskeard Town Forum – www.liskeardforum.org.uk
The Liskeard Town Forum is focused on the regeneration of Liskeard, and the building of community cohesion.
Any resident of Liskeard, and the surrounding area, can use the forum to raise ideas that would make our community a better place to live.
Over the last two years the forum has worked on a number of such projects, and below is a quick update on what we have been doing.
- Liskeard To Moorswater Steps
Liskeard Town Forum members raised the issue of the steps between Old Road and New Road that made it difficult for those with limited mobility, cycles and prams to get to the centre of Liskeard from Moorswater and Dobwalls. Following work done by the forum, Highways England have agreed to progress feasibility work for this scheme during their financial year of 21/22. Though this is a small step, (pun intended) it is a necessary part of getting the issue of the steps resolved.
The forum’s report can be read here: https://www.liskeardforum.org.uk/?page_id=303
- Car Parking Charges
Liskeard Town Forum has raised the issue of the parking charges in Liskeard town centre. During the November 2020 lock-down Liskeard Town forum led a campaign for free parking during December 2020. At the start of 2021, Liskeard Town Forum, along with Cornwall Councillor Cllr Craker, have written to Liskeard Town Council to suggest a joint working group to get a fair arrangement on parking charges for Liskeard.
- Safe A38
Liskeard Town Forum actively supports the campaign for a safer A38 and attends their meetings, offering support by contacting relevant agencies and political groups.
- Birds and Bees
A resident suggested that the environment around Liskeard could be improved by encouraging birds and bees. Liskeard town forum is currently progressing this project and is developing links with local projects. We hope to have some physical progress on this project soon.
- Liskeard Presentation
The forum continues to promote a tidy Liskeard, and regularly challenges building owners to support the community by having tidy shops and house fronts. This work is ongoing but has seen the tidying up of a number of buildings around the town.
In normal times, the Liskeard Town Forum welcomes residents and community groups to our regular public meetings. You can read more about our work by checking out our website here: www.liskeardforum.org.uk
Look out for our full report coming soon, and in the meantime, please feel free to contact the forum on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornwall Home Library Service – Cornwall Home Library Service Website
We urgently need people to help us to support those who cannot get to libraries. This is a vital service that we run in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service in Cornwall. It is very rewarding and involves any or all of selecting, delivering and collecting books for someone who finds it difficult to get to the library.
Some of our customers would love to have someone to bring them to the library so that they can choose for themselves, others would use our online library catalogue to select themselves.
What We Do
If you can’t get to us, the Home Library Service can bring the library to you – free!
It is for anyone who is unable to use the library because they have a disability, long-term illness or caring responsibilities which make it difficult for them to get out. Tell us the sort of books you like, and Royal Voluntary Service volunteers will deliver them to your home. Or tell us exactly which books you would like and we will do our best to get them for you – you can browse and reserve items yourself using our online library catalogue. You can choose from books in ordinary print or Large Print and audiobooks.
If you or someone you know would like to use this service, or if you would like to volunteer as a delivery driver contact Sharon Skinner – details in the right hand column