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Volunteer gardening at castle park

 

gardening club poster

 

6.2.24

Measles Awareness and MMR Vaccination

Cases of measles are rising across England, including among children. It’s an infection that spreads very easily and for some people can cause serious problems. It is particularly easy to catch in environments when in close contact with others, such as nurseries and schools. There are currently large outbreaks in London and Birmingham, and we have experienced some outbreaks in the south-west already. We anticipate that it is only a matter of time before we see measles outbreaks in Cornwall.

The best protection against measles for children and adults is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine.

Key messages

  • MMR is a preschool vaccination normally given at 12 months and 3 year 4 months to protect against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Parents and guardians should be encouraged to check their children’s MMR status in their red book or contact their GP practice as soon as possible if they are not sure.
  • it is never too late to catch up on any missed MMR vaccinations, contact your GP to book an appointment.
  • Symptoms include a high fever, sore red watery eyes and a blotchy red-brown rash.
  • Measles often starts as cold-like symptoms. NHS guidance says it is fine to send a child to school with a minor cough or common cold, provided they don’t have a temperature. School attendanceis vitally important to children’s learning and health.
  • If a child has measles they should stay off nursery or school for at least 4 days from when the rash first appears, and avoid close contact with babies and anyone who is pregnant or has a weakened immune system.

What you can do to help

  • Check your own and your family’s MMR vaccination status and book vaccinations with your GP if you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. MMR is given over two doses, and both doses are needed for full protection.

If you are due to have had 2 doses of MMR but have not yet received them, no matter what age you are, you should contact your GP to get   vaccinated as soon as possible. MMR vaccination is free.

If you can’t remember if you have had any, 1 or 2 doses of MMR vaccine, check your personal child health record (the Red Book). If this doesn’t help, speak to your GP.

It’s better to have 2 doses of MMR vaccine now rather than risk being unprotected.

For further information see

1.2.24

COMMUNITY FAIR APPLICATIONS WELCOMED

The Community Fair will be held here at the Public Hall on Saturday 20th April between 10am and 1pm.  It is a great place to find out about groups and organisations in this area.  It’s free for organisations to have a stand and free entry for the public.  Come along, have a look around and a cup of tea.  There’ll be lots of friendly groups to join and organisations giving advice.

If you’d like a table at the Community Fair please complete the Application Form as stated by Monday 26th February.

 

24.1.24

24.1.24

Community Champion awards 2024 – Nominations Open

Do you know someone who has made a positive difference to life in Liskeard. Why not nominate them for an award?

Here’s the nomination form: CCA nomination form 2024

Closing date 19 February 2024

21.1.24

Police newsletter

The Police have sent us their latest Newsletter.  You can read it here .

17.1.24

LISKEARD AND KOPYCHYNTSI TWINNING

Councillor Simon Cassidy, the Mayor of Liskeard, has met with Bogdan Kelichavyi, Mayor of Kopychyntsi Municipality, on 19th December, 2023, and signed a twinning scroll officially twining the two towns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.12.23

LISKEARD CORNISH CHRISTMAS 2023 SURVEY

We’d be very grateful if you would fill in this survey by Friday 6th January and share it as widely as possible.

Feast Cornwall and Liskeard Town Council funding helped make Liskeard’s festivities on December 9th really special. The funding contributed to workshops with schools and community groups to make lanterns and to the entertainment during the day, the Masquerade Lantern Parade and the entertainment in the Market Canopy after the parade.  We need to provide feedback about what people thought of the event.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LightsUp23

19.12.23

CORNWALL COUNCIL CONSULTATION

Residents are being asked for their views on proposals to make parking more affordable for those who need to regularly park in a Council car park.

A consultation has been launched today (Thursday, November 30) on plans which will cut the cost of a seasonal parking ticket by 50% for Cornwall residents.

Available for drivers who live in Cornwall for at least six months of the year, the Resident Season Ticket can be bought to cover a six, seven or 12 month time period. Tickets are valid for use in one specified car park and beneficial for people who regularly need to park during the week.

An example of the cost of the Resident Season Ticket based on current prices:

  • St Agnes, Tregantle, Camborne and Cawsand – £100 for six months and £200 for a year.
  • St Austell, Redruth, Launceston, Bodmin and Penryn – £153 for six months and £288 for a year.
  • Truro, St Ives, Falmouth and Bude – £255 for six months and £480 for a year.

The proposals also seek to introduce a trial for overnight motorhome parking at The Crescent car park in Bude. Available to fully self-contained motorhomes, a specific tariff will apply, set in line with fees charged by other local providers.

Other proposals are:

  • Old Bridge Street car park, Truro – to extend the maximum stay duration in this short stay car park, with an associated increase in charges after three hours.
  • Church Street car park, Falmouth – to remove the Reserved Parking Permit option.

Richard Williams-Pears, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “We remain committed to putting the infrastructure in place to make it easier for people to choose more sustainable options for how they travel. Road transport makes up about 25% of Cornwall’s carbon emissions and so we all need to look at the journeys we make and the impact this has.

“However, we also know that there are residents who have no option but to drive and regularly park in one of our car parks – for example for work, or because there is no on-street parking near their home. And so, we’ve listened to what people have said and are proposing the Resident Season Ticket as a result.

“Drivers can continue to benefit from the JustPark ‘multi use’ sessions which also vastly bring down the cost. Up until now the ‘multi use’ sessions have been valid for one car park however – in response to feedback – we are making changes to the system which will enable drivers to use their sessions across all Cornwall Council car parks.”

The consultation closes on 21 December 2023 – read the full details of the proposed amendments and how to have your say. Information is also available in libraries and Cornwall Council car parks across Cornwall.

6.12.23

DEFIBRILLATOR LOCATIONS IN LISKEARD

We have updated our poster for the defibrillator locations in Liskeard.  You can download a copy here.  If you know of any not on the list please let us know, just pop an email to tourism@liskeard.gov.uk and they will update it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.11.23

UKRAINIAN EVENT

We are having another Get Together for Ukrainian people and their hosts. Please share this poster with any families hosting guests from the Ukraine.
Drop-in event on Sunday 3 December from 10am – 12.30pm at The Public Hall, 3/5 West Street, Liskeard
• Meet other Ukrainian people and hosts
• Find out about the area and ask questions
• Meet the Cornwall Council Homes for Ukraine team
• Find out about plans to twin with Kopychyntsi
There will be tea, coffee and cake, but feel free to bring something Ukrainian to share
More information from office1@liskeard.gov.uk

10.11.23

UPDATED CORNWALL COUNCIL NUMBERS AND OTHER USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION

We’ve been given some new contact numbers at Cornwall Council, so have updated our information sheet.  You can download it here

08.11.23

HILLFORT PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORT

To all who are interested in education in Liskeard!

Here at Liskeard Hillfort, we are absolutely delighted to officially confirm that Liskeard Hillfort Primary School is…a “Good” school, in every category!

This report, brief though it actually is, reflects a lot of work by colleagues and children alike.  I cannot state how proud I am of all concerned.

The report rather speaks for itself, but I especially appreciated the comments about how “Reading is at the heart of the school’s work”, the “high expectations for pupils’ behaviour”, the “positive relationships” that children have with staff and how Liskeard Hillfort is “a welcoming and happy school”.

Informally, the comment that I was most proud of was that the lead inspector would have been very happy to send his grandchildren here!  We received this comment in our final feedback, but you won’t find it in the report itself!  What a lovely thing to hear!

We look forward to continuing to be at the heart of the Liskeard community, providing for children and for all of our futures!

Dr Tim Cook – Headteacher  &  Councillor Julian Smith – Chair of Governors

You can read the report on the Ofsted Website

26.10.23

MAYOR’S CHARITY CHEQUE PRESENTATION

The Mayor, Councillor Simon Cassidy, presented a cheque for £465 to the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank today from his Mayor’s Charity fundraising this year.

picture of cheque presentation

20.10.23

COMMUNITY LEVELLING UP GRANT EVENT

Cornwall Council are holding a Community Grant Information Event at the Public Hall on Thursday 9th November between 2pm and 5pm.  Reserve your space at this drop in event by emailing as per the below.

poster for grant event

 

17.10.23

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND TRADERS ASSOCIATION BUSINESS EVENT

The Chamber of Commerce and Traders Association are holding a business event on Thursday 19th October at the Eliot House Hotel.  If you’ve got a business or are a manager in or around Liskeard pop along.

16.10.23

REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE

The Remembrance Day Parade will take place on Sunday 12th November, leaving the Cattle Market car park at 10.30am.  If you are taking part in the Parade you will need to have read the Risk Assessment before the day.  The Royal British Legion will have copies available for you to read too.

Here’s the Remembrance Day Road Closure information.

Here’s what you need to read:  Risk Assessment for Remembrance Day Parade 2023

 

Posted 10.10.23

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

On Friday 29th September we are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning here at the Public Hall in the Emily Hobhouse Room between 10am – 12.30pm.  There will be a cake competition for anyone to enter (get your entry here by 9.45am), games and a raffle all to help this great charity which supports many people.

PHASING OUT OF HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT

Cornwall Council are currently consulting on the removal of publicly funded school transport to Liskeard from four locations:

  • Joan Moffat Close to Liskeard Hillfort School
  • St Cleer to Liskeard School and Community College
  • Lamellion to Liskeard School and Community College
  • Dobwalls to Liskeard School and Community College

Please see below Pedestrian Route Assessments for these four routes, so you can see where the safe walking route has been identified to Liskeard.

If any changes end up being made, Cornwall Council would phase the ending travel assistance on these routes. This would mean they would no longer agree new applications for travel assistance (on the grounds of an unsuitable walking route) for the Academic year 2024-25 onwards. Children who have already been offered transport assistance will continue to receive this.

The consultation runs until 1 October 2023 and can be accessed here: Phasing out Home to School travel assistance on routes deemed suitable for walking | Let’s Talk Cornwall

The background to this is that Cornwall has in 2022/2023 seen an increase in the region of 20% in the number of applications for transport for young people aged 5-16 with EHCPs compared to the previous year. Unfortunately, neither Cornwall Council’s budget nor the county’s resources (such as buses and taxis) are growing at the same rate, so in order to continue to fulfil their statutory duties, Cornwall Council need to explore every single avenue that they can to protect those limited resources.

The outcome of the engagement will be a determining factor on the final decision around the eligibility for new applicants. The routes assessments will also be freshly reviewed prior to the implementation of any changes.

Cornwall Council generally provide home to school travel assistance only to children who live beyond the ‘statutory walking distance’ where they can be expected to walk to their nearest suitable school (two miles for children up to the end of Year 3, and three miles for children from Year 4 onwards). There are some exceptions to this, for example for children unable to walk to school because of a disability. The Council also have a statutory duty to provide travel assistance to children who live within statutory walking distance of their nearest suitable school, but who cannot reasonably be expected to walk to their nearest suitable school because the route is deemed unsuitable to walk.

EDG0529-251 – Lamellion to Liskeard School & Community College

EDG0529-286 – Higher Coombe to Liskeard School and Community College

EDG0529-237 – St Cleer to Liskeard School and Community College

EDG0529-246 – Dobwalls to Liskeard School and Community School

FESTIVE DISPLAYS IN LISKEARD

Christmas has come early as work starts on the town’s new festive display.  Contractors will be pull testing the existing fixings, installing new cross-street wires, eyebolts and wall-mounted brackets on Thursday and Friday evening next week but the display will not be switched on until late November.  After that the lights will illuminate the town every night through the Christmas period.  The new display will be made up of 100% LED bulbs which are more efficient than standard bulbs and the decorations are made from recycled PET plastic bottles.

There will be lights in Liskeard this Christmas

Liskeard Town Council has voted unanimously to appoint a specialist lighting company to provide Christmas lights in the town, following a consultation which showed that three quarters of local people who responded supported the move.

The Christmas lights have historically been organised by volunteers who have done an amazing job over the years, including through the difficulties of the Covid restrictions.  However, the future of the lights had been under threat because of the increasing costs, increasing health and safety requirements, falling voluntary donations, and the burden of putting the lights up safely falling on a few people’s shoulders.

Last month, Liskeard Town Council agreed to an open tender process to appoint a specialist company on a three year contract to install and take down the lights every year and provide new vibrant displays.  However, mindful that this would mean a small rise in council tax (about 11p a week for a band D household) the Council said it would not go ahead until it had consulted local people.

There was a three week consultation, publicised widely through the local press and social media, with options to fill in online or paper survey forms.  The short survey asked people if they lived in Liskeard, whether they supported paying for the lights, even though it would mean a small rise in council tax, and gave space for comments.  75% of people who responded supported paying for the lights.

The company chosen is Blachere Illumination UK, who provide lights to many towns and cities nationally, including other towns in Cornwall.  The selection panel were impressed by their eye-catching lighting designs and, equally importantly by their rigorous approach to safety and effectiveness.  They put a strong emphasis on their lights being environmentally friendly, both in their manufacture and in using the minimum amount of energy.

Because of the need to comply strictly with safety guidelines, some of the fixing points which have been used previously will no longer be suitable.  That is likely to result in fewer lights, especially this year, but the new lights will have more impact and will harmonise with each other with a silver and gold colour theme.

Mayor of Liskeard, Simon Cassidy, said, “We really appreciate people taking the time to respond to the survey.  We respect the fact that not everyone was in favour, and there were many thoughtful comments, especially relating to the difficulties people are having with the cost of living crisis.  However, we got a clear result from the consultation and I was struck by how many people said that having the Christmas lights is very important for them and their families.  It brings some joy at a dark time of the year and encourages people to come together in the town centre.”

Shared Prosperity Fund and Good Growth Information Event

Info received from Councillor Nick Craker:

I am hearing from some businesses and other community groups about how challenging they are finding navigating the Government funding that’s currently available in Cornwall via the Shared Prosperity Fund and Good Growth team.

South East Cornwall has historically been the poor relation to many other areas of Cornwall, so it is reassuring that Cornwall Council have specifically committed to supporting projects in South East Cornwall.

However, we do need to get applications in from our area, in order for the Council to be able to support us. The data is showing that the Council is receiving far fewer applications from SE Cornwall, than other areas. Please can you help by spreading the word to any business or community group that might be interested in applying for funding. Details on what is currently available can be found here: Funding Opportunities – Shared Prosperity Fund (ciosgoodgrowth.com)

Rural fund: community infrastructure and assets (£4.6m)

Youth engagement (£2m)

Digital upskilling (£2m)

Green upskilling (£2m)

Community capacity fund (£1.225m)

Community levelling up programme (£7.6m)

There is also an in person events being held in Saltash on 7 September starting at 10:30

This event will cover the following topics:

  • Find out about how Good Growth Shared Prosperity Funding could help your business or community organisation
  • How to make a good quality application
  • Opportunity to discuss your project ideas on an individual basis
  • Opportunity to network

The event will start with a presentation overview of the funding and how to apply.

You are welcome to attend from 10:30 for a presentation of approximately 35 mins and then discuss your project or join later in the event to discuss your project proposal.

The team will be able to discuss all parts of the Good Growth Shared Prosperity Funding opportunities with colleagues available from Growth Hub, Community Capacity Fund, and Community Levelling Up

 

Book your free ticket to go along here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/good-growth-shared-prosperity-funding-opportunities-and-how-to-apply-tickets-695860245727

VOLUNTEERS WORKING AT HIGH WOOD

Local volunteers worked with Protect Earth early in September in High Wood.  They made really good progress cutting down small conifers to enable native species to grow. There will be another volunteer weekend in November – details are on the Protect Earth website here: https://www.protect.earth/events/71nid1fd2uyqjyzyyj88k9l7enf31n

 

 

 

 

man in wood

 

 

 

An oak sapling freed from surrounding conifers.

Some of the plants already thriving at the margins of the conifers:

broom, bramble flowers, self heal, enchanters nightshade, heather and blackberries.

people with trees

Liskeard Christmas lights – what do you think?

Do you want Christmas lights in Liskeard?

The Christmas Lights are an integral part of Christmas in our Town and have been for over 40 years.

Organising the Christmas lights has always been done by a group of volunteers and paid for by voluntary contributions from businesses and the public, in addition to grant support from your Town Council – this is no longer sustainable.

Over the last few years, the amount of money raised has dwindled considerably, and the number of people volunteering to support the team has fallen, despite recent campaigns for more volunteers. There have been changes in legislation as well as increased costs for insurance and energy and in addition, the lights ultimately need replacing with updated displays and more environmentally friendly lighting – but the money simply hasn’t been there to do this.

Local traders have told us this that if there are no longer Christmas lights in the Town Centre it will really affect their businesses.

We are now at the brink, but all is not lost.

There is an option we would like you all to consider:

The Christmas Lights could be paid for entirely by the Town Council. In this scenario we could employ a specialist company to install and take down the lights every year and provide new vibrant displays.

The Town Council will meet on 29 August to decide whether to agree a three-year contract with a lighting company chosen through an open tender process.  If this were agreed, it would mean a very small rise in our council tax – this would be about 11p a week for a band D household.

Mayor of Liskeard Simon Cassidy said, “This is a big decision, and we really want to know what local people think before we make it.  We appreciate that times are hard for many people and that is why we have kept our part of the Council Tax precept amongst the lowest in Cornwall for the past four years.  At the same time, we know that Christmas lights bring people into the town centre, enabling us to celebrate Christmas together and supporting local businesses.”

To tell us what you think please click on this link to fill in the very short survey.   Please respond by 9am on Friday 25 August.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RSRQRH2

Christmas lights in Liskeard

Lights in Plymouth, Helston, Sidmouth and Bodmin as an example of the sort of lights a specialist lighting company could provide.

Victim Care

There is a new website launched by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner which helps victims of crime access support services across Devon and Cornwall.  You can download one of the posters if you wish.

Posted 26.7.23

TORPOINT CIVIC SERVICE

The Deputy Mayor Councillor Christina Whitty and her consort, Terry, attended the Torpoint Civic Service on Sunday 16th July for Councillor Gary Davis the Mayor of Torpoint.  Also in attendance was Captain Jane Roe, ADC, RN from HMS Raleigh.

Posted 18.7.23

Deputy Mayor and Captain
Deputy Mayor, consort and Captain

LISKEARD UNLOCKED 2023

This September Liskeard Unlocked will again be sharing the town’s stories with walks, talks, displays and the chance to see behind doors which are usually closed.  The national theme for Heritage Open Days this year is Creativity Unwrapped and, as well as celebrating past and present creativity, we’re giving adults and children opportunities to explore their own creativity.

Here’s the full programme: Liskeard Unlocked events and the Open Studios Map and Information.

 

As always, check the Tourist Information Centre for more details and to book.

Posted 12.7.23

Safer Cornwall Survey

The Safer Cornwall annual Have Your Say survey is open! The survey will be open until Friday 11th August.  Please support and promote the survey through your own social media, contacts and networks. The link below takes you to the Safer Cornwall survey page where you can access the survey and also link to our Report and Support help pages.

The survey is also being promoted at pop-up and engagement events that are going on across Cornwall through the summer months.

Have Your Say on crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues that affect community safety in your local area.

Take part in the survey – it’s completely anonymous and only takes a few minutes.  Here’s the survey:

Surveys

 

 

Posted 12.7.23

HELP SHAPE HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES IN CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

Sharing information of survey to help shape our health and care services.  Full details below.

The NHS, local councils, voluntary, and community services are working together as part of a Integrated Care System to make Cornwall and Isles of Scilly a better place to be born, live and grow old.

To help ensure we focus on planning, delivering and improving the services that matter the most to you, please complete our survey, which runs until Saturday 30 September 2023.

Staff and volunteers from across the Integrated Care System are out and about across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly holding ‘community conversations’ with local people at events, community groups, hospitals and GP surgeries.

We will use your feedback to shape the way we deliver health and care services through the development of our ten year Integrated Care Strategy.

Anonymised survey results will be shared with organisations in the Integrated Care Partnership.

You can complete the survey by using the following link: https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/integratedcarestrategy

Posted 4.7.23

Armed Forces Covenant

On Friday 23rd June 2023 at 1400, a ceremony will take place at the Public Hall, Liskeard to mark the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by Liskeard Town Council.

Serving members of our Armed Forces will be accompanied by representatives of the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Veterans and Cadet Forces will be in attendance.

A short service of remembrance will also be undertaken at a Drumhead Service during the event.

Posted 20.6.23

 

Tree Planting to Commemorate the Coronation

The Mayor Councillor Simon Cassidy, Cornwall Councillor Jane Pascoe and Councillors Julian Smith and Richard Dorling planted a Magnolia tree in Thorn Park in Liskeard yesterday to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III.

This lovely tree will eventually grow to 10m with dark purple blossom in spring.

Posted 25.5.23

planting a tree

Annual General Meeting and Election of Mayor

At last night’s Annual General Meeting and Election of Mayor (18th May) Councillor Simon Cassidy was elected Mayor and Councillor Christina Whitty Deputy Mayor. The evening was attended by fellow Councillors, visiting dignitaries and invited guests. They Mayor’s Chaplain, Theresa Conway, said prayers. Rose Ramwell and Ethan Mort were Mace Bearers for the evening, Rose being the first female to be appointed to the position of Mace Bearer for the town.

The Mayor presented Councillor Whitty with a Certificate in appreciation of her 20 years local government service having been a Councillor since 2003. The Liskeard Silver Band was presented the Honourary Freedom of the Town, Wildanet and Cornwall Council received a Certificate of Appreciation and the 1st Liskeard Scout Group received a cheque for funds raised at the recent Coronation event when they worked with Liskeard Radio for a great event in Castle Park.

Posted 19.5.23

Mayor signing declaration

Mayor signing declaration

Deputy Mayor signing declaration

Deputy Mayor signing declaration

Certificate presentation

Freedom of the Town to Liskeard Silver Band

Certificate presentation

Presentation to Wildanet and CC

Cheque presentation

Cheque presentation to Liskeard Scouts

Beating The Bounds in Liskeard

Beating the bounds is an ancient custom which is still observed in some English and Welsh parishes. The custom dates from Anglo-Saxon times.
A group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish to share the knowledge of where they lay.
This walk will take you to the boundaries of Liskeard.

Packed lunches can be collected in, if a support car is available at the first stage and taken to Treworgey Manor, where we will have a lunch break.  Walkers can join for all or part of the walk.

Be aware that B & M car park now has a time limit, please use alternative parking areas.   You can see all the information, times and route on this Schedule.

Posted 6.4.23

Defibrillator Locations in Liskeard

Here’s the latest update of our defibrillator location poster.  Feel free to download it and display it anywhere you can.  It might just save a life!



 

Posted 4.4.23

Easter Holiday Activities

The Time2Move Holiday Programme for the Easter holidays is live.
The programme offers fun physical activities, games and wider activities plus a funded meal for every child. Activities this Easter will be taking place across Cornwall throughout the Holidays. All children are welcome to attend,
and it is completely FREE for children that are eligible for benefitsrelated Free School Meals.

As a parent or guardian of a child eligible for benefits related free school meals you will need your child’s unique code in order to access the activities for free. You can access your child’s code quickly and easily at:
www.cornwall.gov.uk/time2move
Once you have this code you can search and book on activities here:
www.activecornwall.org/T2MHolidayProgramme 


The activities are all delivered by approved providers with the main focus on fun and enjoyment. So please search for activities near you, book your child’s place over the holidays.

Posted 28.3.23

Annual Town Meeting and Liskeard’s Community Champions

 

On Thursday 16th March in the Public Hall, Liskeard had its Annual Town Meeting and Community Champion Awards.  As well as the Chair’s report and presentations from Safer Liskeard, the Run Together Group who talked about how they had used the grant they received from the Town Council, information about the Grants available from the Town Council was given and Rose Ramwell from Liskeard Scouts talked about the exciting trip she is fund raising for to the World Jamboree in South Korea.

Community Champions 2023

John Bond

– John welcomes everyone to his shop to play war games on a Wednesday night.  It’s a great, safe place for all ages to meet up and have fun.  He’s put his own time and money into providing this for young and old and it’s greatly appreciated.

Stephen Sullivan

– Steve has overcome personal issues and has devoted his time and resources to running a boxing club.   He supports young people and is a true community champion.

Christopher Sutton

– Christopher has volunteered for many years for the Foodbank, even when ill.  He is now an active member of the SEPSIS charity and uses his photography skills to raise money for them by selling cards.  Christopher also helps at the Salvation Army and St Martin’s Church.  He is happy and a “glass is always definitely full” person.

Maureen Smith

– Maureen is a pioneer and co-founder of Liskeard Town Traders.  She works hard to boost and promote the town.  She has been involved in many of the activities in the town and has worked hard in difficult times.

Linda Moore

– Linda’s work with the Welcome Back Fund has brought fun activities and decorative flower planters to the town and she’s working on another project to access funding which has already in progress with other traders.

Sandra Dawes

– Sandra has been manager at M & Co for many years and she has always worked hard to support the town.  She often organised charity fashion shows and has also allowed us to display projects during Liskeard Unlocked highlighting Women Workers in businesses 100 years ago.

Ploughman’s Festival

The Ploughman’s Festival team put on a Market and free music festival each summer (baring rain and COVID).  They work really hard and showcase local talent as well as promote local businesses and organisations.  The amount of work involved in putting on such an event shouldn’t be underestimated and we recognise all volunteers from the past and now.

Lights Up

There is an amazing team that have been working to bring festive lights to the town for many years.  There have been a few changes over the time, but, all of their volunteering is recognised with thanks for a great job, well done.  You are all “Top People”

Posted 22.3.23

 

group of people
certificate presentation

 

certificate presentation

 

 

PLANTING OF ROWAN TREE TO COMMEMORATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN PASSMORE EDWARDS

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were joined by Brian Oldham, President of Liskeard Old Cornwall Society at Thorn Park on 14th March to plant a Rowan tree to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Passmore Edwards (Chrissie Butler from BBC Radio Cornwall was also there to capture the moment).

Passmore Edwards was born in Blackwater near Truro on 24 March 1823.  He was a journalist, newspaper owner and philanthropist.  A lifelong champion of the working classes he is remembered for the 70 major buildings that were established as a direct result of his bequests.  These included hospitals, drinking fountains, libraries, schools, convalescence homes and art galleries.  Liskeard Library is an original Passmore Edwards building, designed as a purpose built library for the town in 1896 and currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.

There will be an exhibition ‘The Life and Good Works of John Passmore Edwards’ and an illustrated talk at the Public Hall this Friday (17th March) starting at 6.30pm.

Entry is free and refreshments will be provided.

 

Read all about it and see the photos here.

Posted 15.3.23

LISKEARD’S COMMUNITY FAIR RETURNS

Come along to the Public Hall, West Street, Liskerd, PL14 6BW on Saturday 1st April between 10am and 1pm and find out about groups to join or organisations that offer support in our area.  There’ll also be fun activities to take part in too, along with refreshments served by Liskeard Scouts which will help them raise funds for the group.  It’s free entry, so come along and find out about groups or organisations that you may never have known existed.

 

Download the poster here.

Posted 15.3.23

HIGHWAYS CONSULTATION – ST CLEER ROAD, LISKEARD

Cornwall Council is proposing traffic calming on St Cleer Road, Liskeard and prohibition of motor vehicles on a section of road between St Cleer Road and Tregay Lane. Also, a change of junction priority with a new connection to Clover Drive and prohibition of motor vehicles except for access along the U6174. The traffic calming along St Cleer Road includes speed cushions, rumble strips, localised road narrowing, a raised table junction and asymmetrical build outs with a priority give way layout. Finally to ratify the existing double yellow line restriction on St Cleer Road, from its junction with Culverland Road to the burial ground, by removing the current timeplates to make the restriction No waiting at any time.

The main purpose of the proposed changes will be to reduce vehicle speeds and improve pedestrian and cycling safety along the lengths of road affected, as part of the current overall town plan for Liskeard. It is therefore intended to revise the main route (between the northern and eastern approaches to Liskeard) so that through traffic will travel along Granite Way/Carlton Way, instead of St Cleer Road.

This Letter gives further details and a feedback form which can be sent to Cornwall Council and this map shows the proposals.

Here’s the link to the consultation:  https://www.engagespace.co.uk/cornwall/consultation_Dtl.aspx?consult_Id=2174&status=2&criteria=I

It is also possible to look at the plans and give feedback by Email: traffic@cormacltd.co.uk or phone: 01872327281 by 30 March 2023.

Posted 14.3.23

Accessible Allotments in Liskeard

 

Liskeard Town Council is pushing forward with its work to improve accessibility around Liskeard, including the allotments and Thorn Park.

 

We are exploring adapting an existing plot at Pengover Road and having discussions with Trevethan Meadows phase four development around provision for an accessible allotment on the new development.

 

Following a meeting of Liskeard Town Council on 29th November 2022, it was agreed to take forward the proposal first suggested back in 2021 for an accessible allotment.  Liskeard Town Council allocated funding for a disability consultant to support the council in generating sensible requirements for the allotment or gardening space, which will be fed into a well-balanced design.   

 

Maximising on this funding and time, Liskeard Town Council is also examining how to make Thorn park more accessible by improving the provision of gates, pathways, benches, signage and play equipment.  Funds for this work will be taken from the King George V Playing Fields Trust, with the aim of improving the space for everyone in the town.

 

Cllr Annette Lee-Julian said: ‘We would like to make the allotment plots inclusive to all. So we are exploring what options there are, and researching suitable designs for people with mobility issues, and a wide range of disabilities. It is well known the benefits of having an allotment on Mental Health, so therefore we need to ensure that the allotments are accessible to everyone.’

 

Cllr Ambler added that: ‘It was great to see the broad support at Liskeard Town Council to improve accessibility around Liskeard, and in particular thanked Cllr Julian Smith, and the staff at the Town Council, for their help in bringing forward these discussions.’

 

As part of the discussion at full council, general accessibility issues around the town were discussed, and Councillor Annette Lee-Julian, and Councillor David Ambler are interested in hearing residents views on issues they find in relation to the accessibility of the town centre, and ideas on how it can be improved.

 

It is important Liskeard is accessible to all those who live, work and use the town.  We would like to hear about issues affecting those with accessibility about the area, be they visual, audio or mobility.  These experiences can then be fed back into further discussion at Liskeard Town Council.’   

 

 Cllr Annette Lee-Julian can be contacted on annetteljliskeard@gmail.com

 

Cllr Ambler can be contacted on d.ambler@liskeard.gov.uk

Posted 31.1.23

Consultation on the Proposed Cornwall Devolution Deal

Cornwall Council are asking for your views on the proposed Cornwall Devolution Deal. They are holding a public consultation event in Liskeard on Thursday 9th February.

This is an ideal opportunity for all to go along and ask the questions you need answering.

Residents, groups and clubs are encouraged to go along and also to fill out the consultation questionnaire.

Thursday 9th February 2023

 6.30pm

Public Hall, 3/5 West Street, Liskeard, PL14 6BW

Here’s the website with the information:

https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/bigdeal

If you haven’t already done so, submit your views on the consultation questionnaire by midnight on Friday 17th February at the latest.

Here’s the link:

https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/bigdeal/survey_tools/consultation-questionnaire

Posted 27.1.23

Community Champion Awards

We are looking for the 2023 Community Champions and you can nominate someone who has made a real, positive difference to life in Liskeard up to 9am on Monday 20th February. The categories are:

  • Outstanding individual
  • Outstanding group or business
  • Outstanding young person who is under 18

You can download the Nomination form here  or collect one from our office (9am-1pm weekdays) or the Tourist Information Centre on Pike Street (10am-4pm weekdays, 10am-1pm Saturdays).  Just make sure you return it to the office or email it to office1@liskeard.gov.uk  by the deadline.

The only people who can’t be nominated are Councillors, Town Council staff, honoured burgesses and anybody who has received a Community Champion Award in the last 3 years.

Posted 26.1.23

A38 Roadworks

Information received from National Highways

A38 Lean Quarry to Dobwalls Bypass overnight closures for road marking renewal works

Friday 27 January to Thursday 2 February 2023

 National Highways operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A-roads. This email is to let you know we will shortly be carrying out essential road marking renewal works on the A38 past Liskeard.

The work will start on the evening of Friday 27 January and finish on the morning of Thursday 2 February and will take place overnight between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

 To minimise disruption, we’ll work on weeknights only when there are fewer vehicles on the road. During the day and weekend we will keep the road open as usual.

The work is currently programmed as follows:

  • Friday 27 and Monday 30 January full overnight closure of the A38 eastbound entry slip at Liskeard for 2 nights from 8pm until 6am the following morning. The diversion route will involve joining the A38 westbound at A390 roundabout, turning off towards Moorswater Industrial Estate and left at the junction. Continue, and turn left to rejoin the A38 eastbound.
  • Tuesday 31 January – full overnight closure of the A38 eastbound, from at Dobwalls bypass (New Road junction) to Liskeard (A390 junction) for 1 night from 8pm until 6am the following morning. The diversion route will exit the A38 towards Liskeard B3254 and continue. At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A390 towards Liskeard Business Park, and continue. At the roundabouts, follow signs to re-join the A38 eastbound.
  • Wednesday 1 February – full overnight closure of the A38 eastbound entry slip at Dobwalls bypass for 1 night from 8pm until 6am the following morning. Traffic will join the A38 westbound towards Dobwalls & Bodmin, continuing till the roundabout. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the A38 eastbound where the diversion ends.

There will be a fully signed diversion route in place during the full overnight closures, but please allow extra time for your journey.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes. Please monitor www.trafficengland.com to keep updated.

If you would like further information about this work, please contact National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 open 24/7, who will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person, or email: info@nationalhighways.co.uk

For information on all our works in the South West please follow us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST

Posted 26.1.23

High Wood update

Local people braved the weather earlier this month to help the Protect Earth team plant 900 trees in previously cleared areas at High Wood.  The trees are a mixture of native species, including some like Cornish Elm and Plymouth Pear which were not already found in the wood.  The area where they were planted already has some naturally regenerating saplings and together they will form a woodland canopy in time.

The Protect Earth team continues on site this week removing Christmas tree sized pine trees to allow native trees to thrive.  Later in the year specialist loggers will take out some of the mature pine trees to let in light to promote new growth and to enable more natural growth for existing native trees.

Protect Earth have also been awarded a National Lottery grant to put up bird and bat boxes, install a picnic bench and add information boards.

If you’re interested in the project, get in touch with Protect Earth by emailing: help@protect.earth, You can sign up for more events on www.protect.earth/events or ring 03003020065

 

Posted 23.1.23

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Some of the 900 native trees planted in High Wood last weekend.  The tree guards are made of cardboard and will biodegrade.

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The view from the upper path at High Wood where small conifers have been taken out to allow native trees to thrive.

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In the foreground are some small native trees which will now have the light and space to grow well.  Behind them is a row of felled pines.  In time the pines will be chipped and used to make biochar.

trees

The oak in the middle has grown in an unnatural cramped shape because of the surrounding pines.  These will be thinned out to allow natural growth.

Whole Town Meeting to Discuss King Charles’ Coronation 

Come along to the Public Hall on Tuesday 31st January at 7.30pm to come together and discuss plans you have for the King’s coronation.  Everyone is welcome, groups, organisations, individuals – come along and network with each other.

Posted 20.1.23

The Community Fair Returns To Liskeard

FREE to attend – the Community Fair is coming back after its Covid break.  Come along on the morning of Saturday 1st April and have a look at all the amazing groups there are to join, organisations that offer support, or just have a cup of tea in the Wheal Phoenix Room and chat to other visitors.

If you’re a group or organisation that would like to attend then complete this Application Form and return it to the Town Council office by Monday 20th February.  If you can’t print it just pop to Reception any morning and pick one up.

Posted 19.1.23

Life Saving Training and Defibrillator Locations

FREE Life saving training, including CPR and defibrillator use, open to all, on Saturday 11th February 2023 10.30am – 12 noon in The Public Hall , Liskeard . Full details of how to book on the poster .

Also, do you know where all of the #defib machines are? Check the poster, or even download it and display it in your window.

NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Posted 18.1.23

 

Devolution Deal For Cornwall

Cornwall Council are asking for your views on a proposed new devolution deal for Cornwall .
You can read about the proposed new deal and make your views known on their consultation link below. Make sure you put in your comments by 17th February 2023 using the link below.

Posted 10.1.23

 

Check to see if you’re entitled to Pension Credit

If you’re over state pension age and on a low-income, the Government’s Pension Credit scheme gives you extra money to help with the cost of living and it can also entitle you to help with other costs.
Around a third of eligible people don’t claim this. Could this be you? Check to see if you’re entitled to the top up by using the link below. After all, what have you got to lose apart from a few minutes checking.

Posted 10.1.23

Consultation on Cornwall Council’s Draft Budget

Cornwall Council are seeking views on their plans to deliver their priorities within the budget available to them. Their proposals build on the actions they have already taken to reduce the size of their organisation, tackle the housing crisis, turbo-charge the economy, and make Cornwall the first place in the UK to be net carbon neutral.
You can have your say by using the link below by midnight on 15th January.

MAKING SPACE FOR NATURE IN LISKEARD

The Making Space For Nature project is coming to a conclusion at the end of March but between now and then they still have plenty of volunteering sessions and opportunities for you to get involved. Here are a couple that you may like to join in with. Contact details are there for each one.
Liskeard:
1. Lanchard Woods: Path creation day at Lanchard woods to be held on 13th March, 9:30-3:30 for more information contact Jenny: jenny.heskett@cormacltd.co.uk
2. Castle Park: Community orchard gardening day, to held on 25th February from 10am till 3pm. For more information contact Melissa: Melissa.Ralph@cornwall.gov.uk
Further information is available on the Cornwall Council website:

Winter Support In Liskeard

With the cold weather here there is lots of Warm Space support available in the town offering food, drink and even craft opportunities.

Here is the poster with all the information and a map.

Posted 3.1.23

Honoured Burgess Awards

What an honour at the Full Council meeting on 20th December to have presentations for three new Honoured Burgesses for Liskeard.   Brian Oldham, Martin Gilbert and Annie Purdon received Certificates and medals from the Mayor, Simon Cassidy.

Here is some of the information from the nomination form for Brian.

Brian Oldham – Volunteered at Lanhydrock, spent many hours in the Local History Room in Liskeard Library, the Archive of the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society in Stuart House and the Research Room of the Liskeard and District Museum where he developed a deep interest in all aspects of Liskeard’s varied history. He is in his sixth year of volunteering at the Museum and his fifth as President of the OCS with Crying the Neck and regular OCS meetings with invited speakers.

Brian keeps Cornish traditions alive while bringing the town to the attention of the wider public. He is well qualified to lead his walking group on fortnightly rambles.

We know that events such as Liskeard Unlocked (part of national Heritage Open Days) wouldn’t be as great as it is without his help, all of which Brian plays a major role in, Liskeard has gained a reputation across the county as a town that is proud of its Heritage and takes every opportunity to promote it.

Brian can often be seen litter picking near his home and was amongst a group of volunteers who worked at St Keyne Well and Lock 21 on the old canal at Lamellion to keep them clear of the ever present weeds and brambles.

His social history book entitled ‘A Peek into Liskeard’s Past’ is for sale at the Tourist Information Centre, with all proceeds going to Museum.

Well done Brian, thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

Here’s our second very worthy recipient of the Honoured Burgess Award and medal, Martin Gilbert.

Here’s some information from Martin’s nomination form.

Ask him and he will say of himself that he’s “not a General, but just one of the foot soldiers”. Yet Martin Gilbert, is one of the backbones of Liskeard.

He runs his store, Gilberts Outfitters in Fairpark Road during the day and in the evenings and weekends Martin rolls up his sleeves and is first to volunteer his services in and around the town. He is a mastermind of the Lights Up event, up and down ladders stringing up lights and decorations and helping to erect the Christmas tree on The Parade. Ask him how many meters of bunting are needed to cover Liskeard town centre, and he’ll tell you to the centimetre!

A long-standing member of the Liskeard and District Sports Association, he helps to run their bar. He is a member, too, of the Liskeard Chamber of Commerce and an indispensable supporter of the Liskeard Show.

Where traffic-management for events are concerned, Martin is your man and will be seen behind a stop/go board managing the motorists and keeping the pedestrians safe.

Liskeard owes this modest community-minded citizen a huge debt. We cannot underestimate quite how much behind-the-scenes work Martin Gilbert does for our town.

Thank you Martin for everything you have done, and continue to do.

Our third worthy Honoured Burgess award recipient was Annie Purdon.

Here is some of the info from her nomination form:

Annie moved to Cornwall in the early 80’s when St Martin’s Primary School opened. She joined the staff as the Head of the Nursery department until she retired at the age of 55 years. Annie also joined St Martin’s Church Choir and is still an active member. Annie and other members ran a luncheon club on a Wednesday at St Martin’s Church Hall. The 2 course meal was cooked at Pengover Home and collected by volunteers ready to be served for lunch.

Annie is a Committee member of the Liskeard Branch of Cancer Research and for many years on the Saturday morning could be found cooking the Big Breakfast which would help to raise funds for the annual Art Exhibition Event.

Annie is also involved with Children’s Hospice South West. On the first Saturday in December when the Santa’s on Bikes come through the town you will see Annie on The Parade with a collecting bucket waiting to wave them on. Annie also sells Christmas cards to raise funds for the Hospice.

For several years while we are at home enjoying our Christmas dinner Annie has cooked it at the Salvation Army building for members of the community who live alone, since Covid this no longer happens but it has not stopped Annie from providing some Christmas meals. Annie and other volunteers ran a food bank out of Wesley Church on Friday afternoons. Some people visited regularly each week and Annie soon got to know who would be alone for Christmas so she made a list and provided a meal.  Another one of Annie’s volunteering roles is at the Royal Cornwall Show in the catering tent. Annie has done this for several years.

Like most of us when you volunteer for one thing you tend to get involved in other things, this can be said of Annie too. For as well as all the volunteering, she decided to join the Town Council. Annie served on the Council for 15 years, was Mayor for 2 years and went to Buckingham Palace. Annie took the Muffineer with her to show Prince Charles. He asked for it back, to which he was told “No”.

Thank you Annie for all you have done and continue to do.

Thank you Councillor Naomi Taylor for the photos.

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Also at the meeting the Town Clerk, Stephen Vinson, was awarded a Certificate marking 35 years service in Local Government.

certificate presentation

Certificate presentation

Certificate presentation

Certificate presentation

Christmas Rubbish and Recycling Collections

There will be some changes to rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections over the #Christmas period and also a change to real Christmas Tree collections.

Collections

• No collections will take place on Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022.
• Recycling or garden waste due to be collected on Boxing Day will be collected on Saturday 31 December 2022.
• Rubbish due to be collected on Boxing Day will be collected on Monday 2 January 2023.
• All other collections will remain as normal, including collections on the bank holidays of Tuesday 27 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023.

Real Christmas Trees

This year, in line with most other local authorities, we will only collect real Christmas trees from households that are subscribed to our Garden Waste Collection Service, and the trees will only be collected from the boundary of those homes. It is important that trees are not placed out in public areas for collection, as these will not be collected.

This information has been provided to every household in Cornwall via our annual service leaflet, which is currently being delivered across the county.

Further information, if needed, can be found on their website, or by calling 0300 1234 141.

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/christmas-waste-and-recycling-collections/

posted 16.12.22

Liskeard’s welcome to Ukrainian refugees 

Liskeard welcomed a number of Ukrainian families and individuals to a coffee morning on Sunday (4th). It was the first time some of the refugees had met other Ukrainians since arriving in the local area and many were making plans for the future. The Mayor Cllr Simon Cassidy, Liskeard Town Councillors, Cornwall Councillors for Liskeard Nick Craker and Jane Pascoe, local MP Sheryll Murray and the Homes for Ukraine team at Cornwall Council were on hand to talk about what’s going on in the local area, listen to their stories and share information.

Cllr Nick Craker who is also Chairman of the Council’s Communications and Engagement committee said “It was lovely to meet our new Ukrainian friends who are living in our local area. Some of their personal stories were incredibly eye-opening and made me realise just how damaging and destructive the war still is. We are a welcoming community in Liskeard and I am pleased we were able to extend the hand of friendship to our new residents.” 

Cllr Simon Cassidy, Mayor of Liskeard said “It was a real honour to meet up with members our the Ukrainian community in South East Cornwall. It was pleasing (but not surprising) to hear how welcome they have been made to feel in here.”

The organisers of the coffee morning at Liskeard Town Council would like to thank the Ukrainians for coming along, as well as their host families for all they have done during the past year.

Six posted 13.12.22

THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is planning to open more police station front desks – and wants the public to help decide their locations

Six police enquiry desks are opening this financial year after Commissioner Alison Hernandez committed to invest in some of those which closed almost a decade ago.

Front desks are ideal places for residents to report crime, get advice on crime prevention or victim services and connect policing to local communities.

When not dealing with people face to face Police Enquiry Officers are able to deal with non-emergency email contacts, reducing pressure on the force’s 101 service.

The first round of openings has seen Newton Abbot, Tiverton, Penzance, and Truro front desks reopen this week, with Bude and Falmouth stations due to reopen in early 2023.

Now the Commissioner has detailed a set of criteria for deciding which ones open next, with public support one of the determining factors. She is asking the public to give feedback in a survey which runs until the new year.

“Early feedback from communities where police enquiry offices have reopened have been extremely positive,” the Commissioner said.

“Crimes have been reported, a vulnerable missing person given shelter and assistance and crime prevention information handed out.

“The project has so far created 26 part time police enquiry jobs and helped ease the pressure on police contact centres by enabling more people to meet an officer or police member of staff in their community.

“I know more communities would like to see their police stations reopened to the public and I am absolutely committed to delivering more openings. Public support was a vital component in deciding the first locations for this investment, so now I’m asking people to let me know which stations they would be most likely to use if their front desks were reopened.”

Anyone wanting to have their say is being asked to choose three preferred locations from a list of 44 police stations in the Devon and Cornwall Police area. All stations on the survey, which can be completed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DYPSW66 and will remain open until midnight on January 2, 2023, are currently operational and have the potential to have their front desks reopened.

The other criteria which will determine which police enquiry offices reopen are:

·  Feasibility– whether the level of investment needed to bring the space back into use is reasonable, whether planning permission is required etc.

·  Impact on the station – such as having to relocate a policing team to enable the works.

·  Location and distance – geographic location and distance to next nearest open front desk

·  Population size – in terms of resident population and anticipated seasonal increases

So far this year Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Penzance and Truro police station enquiry offices have been reopened. Bude and Falmouth offices are due to reopen in the new year.

For details of address and opening hours of the 15 police front desks already open in Devon and Cornwall visit https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/police-enquiry-offices/.

posted 9.12.22

Mayor plants oak tree to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II

 

The Mayor, Councillor Simon Cassidy planted an oak tree in Thorn Park this week with the Mayoress, Cornwall Councillor Jane Pascoe and Town Councillor Julian Smith.  The Mayor said:

“We have planted this tree on behalf of all the people of Liskeard in memory of our late sovereign lady Elizabeth II who devoted her life to our service. Her Majesty was an extraordinary person, and a constant presence and example for each of us, guiding and serving us all for as long as many of us can remember.  We will always remember her service.”

Councillor Julian Smith, Chair of the Town Council’s Facilities Committee said:

“This tree will grow to represent the long period of stability which the late Queen gave to our country through her long reign.”

An oak was chosen by the Town Council as it holds a special place in our nations culture, history, and landscape, it also supports more life than any other native tree species in the UK.  An oak tree can live for many hundreds of years and during that time will absorb atmospheric carbon and lock it up for centuries.  In our parks they also have an important to role to play by reducing pollution and providing shade.

Thorn Park is a fitting location for the new oak tree as it is one of the 506 parks, playing fields, recreational grounds and green spaces across the UK established and protected in memory of HM King George V. King George’s Fields are distinguished by heraldic panels carved in stone, one depicting a lion and the other a unicorn and if you look closely these can be seen either side of the main entrance to Thorn Park.

The oak tree has been provided by the Forest for Cornwall in partnership with the Woodland Trust (https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/landmark-tree) and planted in support of the Queens Green Canopy https://queensgreencanopy.org and to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II.

 

posted 6.12.22

Festive Activities in liskeard

Here are a couple of posters showing the events in and around town on 3rd December which has free parking in all Cornwall Council car parks and also a poster showing many of the events throughout December.  If you are organising an event don’t forget to tell the Tourist Information Centre by emailing tourism@liskeard.gov.uk.

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Winter support in liskeard

Full details of warm space support is available on our Health and support page.

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Applications welcome for pengover allotments

Applications for an allotment at Pengover are welcome from anyone who is 18+ and lives within the Town Council boundary.

More details on our Allotments page.

poster offering allotments

Posted 16.11.22

Castle street road closure

Road closure information for Castle Street Liskeard November 2022

Posted 15.11.22

2023 boundary review – revised proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) are consulting on proposals for revising parliamentary constituency boundaries. There are NO changes proposed in the South East Cornwall constituency. The consultation runs until the 5th December 2022. The consultation is currently live on their website in the link below.

www.bcereviews.org.uk

A single reference copy (not for removal) is available in the Town Council office during normal opening hours 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Mon – Fri.

Posted 11.11.22

For sale – 20 wooden trestle tables

We are replacing our old wooden trestle tables in the Public Hall with lighter weight aluminium ones.  These tables measure 79cm high x 67cm wide x 180cm long and they are VERY heavy.

Offers IRO £25.00 per table but we need to sell as a job lot.  Collection only from the Public Hall, West Street, Liskeard.

For further information please contact Jacqui Orange, Facilities Manager on 01579 345407 (9am – 1pm) or email facilities@liskeard.gov.uk.

 

Posted 10.11.22

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picture of table

picture of table

LISKEARD MAYOR PRESENTS ARTWORK TO FRENCH TWIN TOWN ON HISTORIC GOODWILL VISIT

 A mosaic artwork depicting an iconic local landmark, the granite tor known as the Cheesewring, has been presented by Councillor Simon Cassidy, Mayor of Liskeard, as a gift of friendship to the people of Quimperlé, Liskeard’s twin town in northwestern France.

Liskeard’s Mayor and Town Clerk visited Quimperlé last week on a goodwill visit to re-establish relations between the two towns. It was the first such visit since the pandemic crisis and was also timed so that Liskeard’s representatives could pay the town’s respects during the period of Remembrance to a part of Europe particularly affected by the wars of the twentieth century.

‘I’m passionate about recreating the connection between our two towns,’ said Councillor Cassidy.

‘We’re very grateful to the people of Quimperlé for the warm welcome they gave us on our visit, and we very much look forward to developing greater opportunities for mutual cooperation and cultural exchanges,’ Councillor Cassidy added.

‘Although the visit was brief it was important because it laid the foundation for a renewal of the link that unites our two towns,’ said a spokesperson for Quimperle.

‘It’s a great honour to have my work presented as a gift from my hometown to our friends in France,’ added mosaic artist Kirsty Freeman.

Mother of two, Kirsty has been supported by Liskeard Town Council’s Market Makers programme for aspiring artists and creative enterprises, and was this month accepted as a member of the South West Mosaic Artists group.

Kirsty’s work has this month also gone on exhibition at the Colour and Space Gallery in Perranporth and at the new DAK Art Gallery, which has recently opened on Pike Street in the centre of Liskeard. She will also be showing her mosaics at the Christmas Craft Fayre which will take place at Liskeard’s Public Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd December.

‘We’re all so proud of Kirsty’s successes, and especially that the Mayor chose her work to represent to our twin town something the talent, energy and brilliance of Liskeard,’ said Alec Charles, who mentors Kirsty as part of the Market Makers project.

 

Posted 8.11.22

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Mayors with wreaths

Mayors at memorial

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Liskeard Unlocked 2022

Liskeard Unlocked will take place soon with lots of great events happening between 9th and 18th September in and around Liskeard.  You can read all about it on the flyer

LISKEARD ROADSHOW TO TACKLE COST OF LIVING CRISIS By the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

 

The Citizens Advice Money Roadshow is coming to Liskeard to help people in the area with their cost of living concerns, including paying energy bills, rising rents and food prices.

The roadshow – the first of its kind in East Cornwall – takes place on Wednesday 14 September at Barras Street outside Webbs House, between 10am to 4pm and is open to everyone.

Citizens Advice Cornwall Financial Capability Co-ordinator, David Morton, said:

“We’ll be offering free and independent information to show people where they can get help with their money problems, including energy bills, debt, rent and benefits.

“We know people’s finances are under more strain than ever before, causing real stress and hardship, with many have to make the hard choice between heating and eating.

“We can help by looking at people’s household budgets, seeing if savings can be made and if grants and benefits might be available. Our energy team can also look at ways people can save money through energy efficiency around the home and access help and support for vulnerable people and budgeting.”

Last year, Citizens Advice Cornwall helped more than 9,000 people in the county overcome their problems, including debts, benefits claims and housing.

Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:

“We expect the number of people seeking our help with money problems to increase substantially in the Liskeard area in the next year, so I hope people will take this opportunity to find out what assistance might be available from our expert team.”

Consultation on Major Highway Proposals

Liskeard Town Council is consulting on some major highway proposals around the town and in the town centre. The Council is urging all residents and visitors to have their say on the biggest changes to the town’s layout in years.

Read the press release

Sustainable Warmth Fund

Find out about Cornwall Council’s “Sustainable Warmth Fund” grant. This can pay for  improvements to homes that lower the building’s carbon footprint and operating costs. Home owners of qualifying properties are eligible. Here’s the Flyer and here’s the Leaflet.  Have a read of them both to see if you can get help to keep warm.

Freedom parade

The Road Closure for the Freedom of the Town for the Royal British Legion is now available here .  It covers two short times on Sunday 14th August for the Parade from the former Cattle Market to the War Memorial and back.

FOR SALE – Mobile sling hoist £450.00 ONO

The Beka CARLO Alu 185 is a flexible battery-operated mobile sling hoist that can be used for lifting and moving and it is also appropriate for bathing or taking a shower and for transfer to the toilet.

The hoist was purchased by Liskeard Town Council as part of the redevelopment of the Public Hall but is no longer needed.  For further information or to view the hoist please contact facililites@liskeard.gov.uk.  Please note that the purchase may be subject to VAT.

Collection from The Public Hall, Liskeard, PL14 6BW

details of hoist for sale

hoist sale

Making Space For Nature Events in Liskeard

Great opportunities to join in the summer holiday events program with the Making Space for Nature team.  Learn about glade scything and help improve the path at Lanchard Woods on 8th August and also volunteer gardening session at Castle Park on 17th August.  Check out the poster for full details.

Liskeard’s Community Champions

The Community Champion Awards for 2020 and 2022 were presented at the Annual Town Meeting in the Public Hall on 30th June, 2022.  You can find out all about the winners and their dedication to the town here:

Community Champion Award winners 2020

Community Champion Award winners 2022

Shared ownership homes in liskeard

Coastline will be releasing their final 11 shared ownership plots at the above site, for sale on 18th July 2022.

They’d love to encourage local people who are interested in purchasing a shared ownership home in Liskeard to find out more.

Help to Buy South link: https://www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk/find-a-home/property-details?id=72796&bedrooms=2&IDType=2

Coastline’s website: https://coastlinehomeownership.co.uk/liskerrett-vale-liskeard/

 

Coastline Housing

Find out lots of useful information on the Summer 2022 Citizens’ Advice Bureau newsletter.

CAB Newsletter

Read about the A38 safety consultation events on the National Highways Poster.  The consultation closes 22nd July, 2022.  Find out more and subscribe to updates on the National Highways website

A38 safety consultation

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 S.14: Temporary Prohibition of Traffic

Location:         Castle Street, Liskeard

Timing:            28th June 2022 to 29th June 2022 (19:30 to 06:00 hours)

Contact:          Diana Shlyapnikova, Sunbelt Rentals on 0370 0500792.

The above closure has been approved.   Please click the following link to view a map and associated documents:

https://one.network/?tm=128323200

 

 

Beating the Bounds

Walk the boundary of Liskeard on our Beating the Bounds walk later this month.  Starting at the boundary stone by the bus stop on the roundabout by Morrisons / Costa at 10.30am on Sunday 29th May.   Check out the schedule and join us for all, or part, of the route.  Just wear appropriate footwear, bring water and sun cream.   All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Dogs on leads are welcome.

 

Please refrain from taking photos along the route of items belonging to the land owners who have kindly allowed access and placing them on social media or in the public domain.

Beating the bounds schedule

Annual Town Meeting – 30th June 2022

You are invited to take part in the Annual Town Meeting, at 7pm on Thursday, 30th June, 2022. The meeting will be held in the Public Hall, Liskeard, PL14 6BW.  (re-scheduled from 9th June)
The Town Meeting is an annual statutory public meeting of the town’s electors, acting effectively as an annual review of the Council year.  No Council decisions are made at this meeting, but it acts as a great opportunity for electors to find out what’s been going on, what’s lined up for the next year, as well as hear how the grants given by the Town Council have been used and to raise issues of interest.

There will be updates from the Mayor, Town Councillors, the Youth Council, Liskeard Police and an opportunity for public participation in an open forum. The Community Champion Awards will also be presented to their worthy recipients.

Community Champion Awards 2022

Do you know an amazing person, someone who has made a real, positive difference to life in Liskeard?  Why not nominate them for an award?

The categories include:

  • outstanding individual
  • outstanding group/business
  • outstanding young person (under 18)

 

Nominations close at 9am on Monday 23rd May.  Here’s the nomination form.,

 

The Awards will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting, at 7pm on Thursday, 9th June, 2022. The meeting will be held in the Public Hall, Liskeard, PL14 6BW which everyone is invited to.

Annual Town Meeting

Awards Poster

Safer Liskeard and Police PoP Up Drop In Sessions

Following on from discussions at the Safer Liskeard meeting on Tuesday, there will be a Liskeard Police & Safer Liskeard Community Drop-In pop-up shop in the centre of the town for members of the public to come and talk to a range of partners about any community safety issues. This will be an opportunity to listen to those concerns and provide collective reassurance to the community.
Liskeard Town Council have offered Unit 3, Guildhall, Fore Street, Liskeard, to provide members of the public with the opportunity to speak to staff and get face-to-face advice from different services and partners.
It will be open on Friday 6th May, Friday 13th May and Friday 20th May between 10.00am – 2.00pm (3-week trial). The one-stop safety pop-up shop has very kindly been provided by Liskeard Town Council free of charge.

drop in sessions

Retail Premises To Let

An opportunity has arisen to let retail units located in the heart of Liskeard, suitable for a range of uses including food retail, therapy rooms or offices.

Unit 2:  A retail unit in the historic Grade II-listed Guildhall on Fore Street, Liskeard, PL14 3JA adjacent to Beddoes Fruit and Vegetable shop.  The premises was last used as a fishmonger.  The accommodation consists of 19.9sqm of floorspace plus a separate WC accessed via the communal area at the rear of the unit.  Guide rental is £3,459.00 per annum.

Unit 3:  A retail unit in the historic Grade II-listed Guildhall on Fore Street, Liskeard, PL14 3JA adjacent to The Little Shop of DVDs and Games.  The premise was last used as therapy rooms.  The accommodation consists of 23sqm of floorspace plus a separate storeroom and WC accessed via the communal area at the rear of the unit (total 31.5sqm).  Guide rental is £3,459.00 per annum.

For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact facilities@liskeard.gov.uk or call 01579 345407 between 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday.

Town Centre Gets Spring Clean!

Liskeard Town Centre has received a spring clean this week thanks to funding support provided by Councillor Nick Craker’s Community Chest Grant.

The Town Council working with local residents and Liskeard in Bloom identified a number of areas in the town that required attention including signs, railings, bus shelters, and streetlamps.  The project also targeted graffiti, fly-posting , stickers, dirty pavements and steps.  Local contractors, Brothers Cleaning Group Ltd have been busy pressure washing and cleaning throughout the town.  Lewis Chant-Seeley and his team have been on-site from 4am to help keep disruption to local residents and businesses to a minimum.

The clean-up builds on recent local community action to clean-up Culverland Park and work undertaken by volunteers from Liskeard in Bloom to tidy up the old ATS building.  Councillor Craker said “Cleaning up Liskeard is just one part of the wider work we have been undertaking to make our town look clean, tidy and welcoming. Supporting the shops and businesses in Liskeard to welcome trade back into our town has been a priority. A clean town is a welcoming town and I hope to see businesses thriving in Liskeard.”

Liskeard is looking to welcoming visitors and local residents back after a difficult time on the high street.  This year also marks the town’s entry into the South West in Bloom Pennant Cup Competition.  John Hesketh from Liskeard in Bloom added “Liskeard in Bloom is built on community engagement, and it’s through working alongside our partners in the Town Council and business community that we won a Gold Award for the Pennant Cup in 2019. After taking a break during the Covid lockdown, we’re back in 2022,  determined to get the cup! Our Jubilee-themed planting (and a couple of secret showstoppers in the town) builds on the groundwork of the Spring Clean, and we’re delighted to see the whole town pulling together again.”

For further information please contact Jacqui Orange, Facilities Manager, Liskeard Town Council, 3-5 West Street, Liskeard, PL14 4JP.  Tel. 01579 345407 between 9am – 1pm or  Email facilties@liskeard.gov.uk.

2 men on steps

Liskeard Town Council / Ukraine

There was a show of solidarity today in Liskeard as the Town Council raised the Ukrainian flag alongside the Union flag above the Public Hall.

Mayor of Liskeard Councillor Simon Cassidy said:

“We are all horrified by the situation that has developed in Ukraine and as a council we affirm our belief in the cause of freedom.

We fly the Ukrainian flag to demonstrate our solidarity with the Ukrainian people in this difficult time.

On behalf of the people of Liskeard, we are honoured to fly their flag, and we stand alongside them, offering our thoughts and prayers for this tragic violence to end”

Press Release:  Ukraine Flag on Public Hall

Ukraine flag flying on Public Hall

Help for the Ukraine

Dobwalls United Church will be open from Thursday 3rd March to Monday 7th March between 9 – 11 am to receive donations of  items listed on the flyer, to be sent out to Ukraine on Wednesday

Ukrainian support poster

Help promoting local Businesses and events

The Your Liskeard website and social media can help you promote your business and the Visit Liskeard one can publicise events happening locally.  Read all about how.

Liskeard Christmas logo

Citizens’ Advice Newsletter and Redundancy Factsheet

Lots of useful information and contact details on the Citizens Advice Newsletter and info that anyone at risk of redundancy would need to know CAB Redundancy Fact sheet.  If you know anyone it could help please share the info.

Updated Defibrillator Locations – January 2021

Download one of the posters showing all the defibrillators in the town here

Poster showing location of defibrillators in Liskeard