Momentous Change

A message from Cornwall Council Carbon Neutral Cornwall

Cornwall’s wonderful community spirit has once again, predictably, excelled and it is with that marvellous spirit that we will be able to endure and thrive during these unprecedented times of the Coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

We hope you are well and keeping healthy. If you or someone in your family has the virus we hope you recover well.

The Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March marked a temporary but momentous change to the way we live our lives in Cornwall and the rest of the UK, with unprecedented restrictions on freedom of movement to limit the effects of the Coronavirus.

With travel currently restricted to three very specific reasons Cornwall’s roads are quiet. Whilst we can’t know what the long-term effect will be, there will be time, once the restrictions of the Coronavirus have diminished, for us to reflect and consider the low carbon learning and how we have all been able to adapt and innovate.

Council staff and other organisations and businesses are able to take part in online meetings and keep in touch with each other, family and friends through online apps. With transport being one of the highest causes of greenhouse gas emissions in Cornwall, we will be looking at how the Coronavirus has reduced Council business mileage and travel in general throughout Cornwall.

Whilst we can’t know what the long-term effect will be, there will be a time, once the restrictions of the Coronavirus have diminished, for us to reflect and consider the low carbon learning and how we have all been able to adapt and innovate. We and others will also be considering how Cornwall’s wonderful community spirit can carry on helping people whilst benefiting the environment.

New Climate Change Planning Development Document
Whilst social distancing has meant we have had to limit public meetings and events, the Council will be seeking views on how planning rules can combat climate change from 30 March until 15 May 2020 online. You can contribute ideas and comments on the scoping document online and through other means. We will be making paper copies of the document available on request and there will be online events and question and answer sessions on Skype. To comment on the scoping Climate Change DPD and for more information about how to comment please visit our website.

We do hope you stay well but remember if you or someone you care about is taken ill, through the Coronavirus or another illness, we now know that people recover better if they can see a tree.

We hope you will still be able to enjoy your own garden or a nearby walk, whilst observing the Government’s two metre distance guidelines, to keep your spirits up during these extraordinary times.

Kind regards
Cornwall Council Carbon Neutral Cornwall

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Showing the Love for Our Coastline

Once again, CFWI Climate Ambassadors teamed up with our Climate Coalition partners for a Valentine’s Day (almost) Show the Love event in February, this time kindly hosted by The Godolphin in Marazion. About 100 WI members, RSPB staff and volunteers, local environmental organisations and members of the public, as well as our local MP Derek Thomas, joined us for two hours of coffee, cake (WI cake of course), and conversation. The plan was that this would be followed by a beach clean, but Storm Dennis put paid to that, and the pounding of the waves outside the window was a good reminder of the battering our coastline is taking. Dr Dave Watkins from Cornwall Council gave a talk on the Council’s Mount’s Bay Shoreline Management Strategy – mainly about protecting infrastructure but abandoning many sections of coastline.

In the current pandemic, it is more important than ever to hold the Government to its climate pledges. So if you can’t get out, how about writing to your MP to Show the Love for the planet?

– Pippa Stilwell, Climate Ambassador

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Help Sew Masks for Community Carers

We were contacted by Cornwall Cloth Masks, a local initiative whose aim it is to sew cloth masks that will be used by nurses and community carers visiting vulnerable people in their homes.

The group is working on the basis of an approved pattern that can easily be sewn by people with some degree of sewing experience.

If you think you’d be able to help out, please have a look at the pattern here.

The group is  working on setting up a system that will allow them to collect the sewn masks (safely!).

If you have further questions, please contact Natalia from Cornwall Cloth Masks on

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At-Home Crafty Idea from Wilcove WI

Celia from Wilcove WI is part of the team responsible for running their four-corner craft days. She would like to share her instructions for making beautiful homemade painted gift tags.

She says, “I thought it would be a good way to keep positive, enjoy and experiment with watercolours” using equipment you may already have in your home.

Click here for Celia’s full instructions. 

Thanks, Celia!

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Easter Crafting in Mawnan

Mawnan WI has been keeping in touch with its members and looking at ways to keep members’ spirits up. An Easter craft workshop had been scheduled prior to Covid-19 and, with everyone isolating at home, the WI decided that they would just do it from their homes!

The workshop leader forwarded some ideas and the challenge was issued to make something and send a photo of it. There were quite a lot of members who were there in spirit, but had all manner of excuses from “I’m erecting a metal shed” to “I’m power hosing the outside of the house”! There were those who were finishing off sewing projects, the knitters completing jumpers and the off piste cooks. Unsurprisingly the good weather had beckoned many into the garden, weeding and planting seeds. However, the true participants produced a range of items including Easter cards and bunny bunting.

How is your WI carrying on during the pandemic? Are you coming up with innovative ways of keeping members connected? We’d love to hear from you! Send your stories to

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St Minver Friends in Need Receives Grant of £3000

A network of community volunteers in St Minver are celebrating after receiving an anonymous donation of £3000 to continue to fund twice-weekly meals for vulnerable residents self-isolating due to COVID-19.

So far they have relied on the generosity of local chef Paul Ainsworth, but this grant means the meals can be supplied for the next 12 weeks.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit Cornwall, local businesses and individuals wasted no time in coming together to organise a network of volunteers and print leaflets to distribute to over 2500 households in St Minver. Within a week there were over 50 volunteers organised into geographical areas – the bulk coming from the SeaGirls WI.

Volunteer coordinator Morwenna Vernon said “The enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteer team is remarkable. We are working together so well and it seems the community are glad we’re there to support them, whether it is a meal, doing their shopping, walking the dog or just phoning for a chat. We’re all in this together; we call the people we are supporting FINs which stands for Friend In Need because we all need one of them some time!

‘We were over the moon to have been given £3000 to continue to fund our service. The gift made us all very emotional at the kindness of strangers in these unprecedented times.”

Owner of The Mariners, Paul Ainsworth, donated trays of eggs, 50 fish pies, 50 cottage pies, 50 portions of soup, pizza and cake to start the project off; as well portions of spotted dick, syrup sponge pudding and crumbles. All meals were prepared by his fantastic kitchen team coordinated by Paul Dodd.

Now Marc Dingle of Blue Tomato and Steve and Jason of The Pityme Inn have taken over and are preparing 50 meals every Tuesday and Friday – charging simply for the cost of ingredients.

The Friends In Need service also includes shopping, prescription collection, dog walking and newspaper delivery.

Friends in Need received a good write-up on Cornwall Live, as well as a mention on BBC Radio Cornwall.

For more information, visit the Facebook page or website or email

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Your Voice Can Make a Difference

Over the past weeks, we have all been  been inspired by stories of communities pulling together to help those who are vulnerable. Even in these difficult times, beautiful things are possible when we work together.

The Climate Coalition would like to send you some motivation – highlights of last month’s Show The Love campaign – to remind you that your voice can make an impact too.



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Latest Federation Event Cancellations

Please note that the following events have been cancelled:

  • 20 March – Posh Afternoon Tea (Chy Noweth an Conteth)
  • 30 March – Winning Ways with Flowers (Chy Noweth an Conteth)
  • 22 April – Spring Countdown (Regal Theatre, Redruth)
  • 27 April – Spring/Summer Craft Workshop (Marshgate)
  • 1 May – Chairman’s Coffee Morning (St Erme)
  • 2 May – Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival (Powderham Castle) – postponed until July
  • 4 May – Garden Workshop Day (Pencarn)
  • 7 May – Spring/Summer Craft Workshop (St Erme)
  • 11 May – A Day of Art and Music (Withiel)
  • 15 May – Spring/Summer Craft Workshop (Marazion)
  • 21 May – Helford River Guided Walk
  • 26 May – Heavenly Greenery (Jacobstow)
  • 4 June – NFWI Annual Meeting (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 4-6 June – Royal Cornwall Show – postponed until September
  • 23 June – Singing for the Terrified (Cuddra)
  • 10 July – Art Tour of St Hilary Church
  • 13 July – Stithians Show

We will keep you up-to-date with any further cancellations.

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NFWI Update re Annual Meeting at Royal Albert Hall

In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the new Government advice regarding social contact, the NFWI has made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June, and to postpone the Wales Conference on 26 April until later this year. We have been keeping a very close eye on the situation over the last few weeks but as the number of cases is rising and advice is becoming stricter, we believe this is the most responsible decision to make, even at this distance from the June event. We make this decision with great sadness and we know many members will be very disappointed, as we are, but we always prioritise the health and wellbeing of our members above anything else. We are still working out the practicalities involved for both events, but we wanted to let members know as soon as possible.

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Denman Update

A message from Denman:

Denman is postponing all courses and specific events that were scheduled to run until 12 April. Please contact Denman directly if you have a booking to discuss how you wish to proceed.

We understand that many of you are concerned about current bookings and may wish to receive a refund, however we are all conscious of the financial impact this period of closure may have on Denman and therefore request you to consider postponing your booking to a later date rather than cancelling if this is possible.

Please note that we will review all future courses again in a week’s time and will update you accordingly. Thank you for your continued support for Denman.

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