Truro Together November December 2022

A local #community magazine containing community, business and charitable editorial in the the Truro, Cornwall area. 8,300 copies printed and hand delivered by Royal Mail to residences and businesses in TR1 1 and TR1 2 postal code areas. Copies available at Visit Truro Information Centre and Tescos in Truro.

A local #community magazine containing community, business and charitable editorial in the the Truro, Cornwall area. 8,300 copies printed and hand delivered by Royal Mail to residences and businesses in TR1 1 and TR1 2 postal code areas. Copies available at Visit Truro Information Centre and Tescos in Truro.


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November / December 2022 Issue 4

Fri 18 th Nov Festive Friday

Sponsored by Great Western Railway

With Pirate FM’s Johnny Cowling & Lucy Start – includes Christmas

Lights Switch-on, parade with Father Christmas, markets &

entertainment – the fun starts from 3pm

From 23 th Nov Wednesday Late Night Shopping

On Wed 7 th , Wed 14 th & Wed 21 st Dec main shopping streets traffic-free

from 2pm & Street Food in Boscawen Street from 3pm

Truro Farmers Market – BIG Christmas Market

Selected dates from Friday 2nd December

From Wed 7 th Dec Finding Father Christmas

Grotto at Truro Cathedral

See website for all dates, booking essential

Sat 17 th Dec Street Food in Boscawen St

With main shopping streets traffic-free all day

Sat 31 st Dec New Year’s Fireworks

Family display at 7.30pm & New Year’s display at midnight

For information on Truro’s festive events go to:

visittruro.org.uk @visittruro





Events brought to you by

Truro BID, Truro City Council

& Truro Farmers Market

Visit Truro is a service provided

by Truro City Council



Useful Numbers

Age UK helpline (Cornwall):

01872 266 383

Services include iTea & biscuits, exercise

classes & social clubs.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650

Citizens Advice Cornwall: 0800 144 8848

For a call back (exc weekends)

Text: ADVICE to 78866 or DEBT to 78866

Samaritans - if you need someone to talk to,

they listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to

do. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

(24 hr response)

Festive Friday image

courtesy of Truro Bid

Hello & welcome!

What a year 2022 has been! We pay tribute to

HRH Queen Elizabeth II and wish King Charles

every success in his new role (p20).

Truro City Council and Truro BID have been

busy planning and organising Christmas and

New Year festive fun for all residents and

visitors. (see p2, 6, 13, 21, back cover)

Some special gift ideas from Cornish craft

artisans and the RSPB (p26) and we celebrate

Truro winning, ’South West in Bloom!’ (p25)

Have a thought to anyone who may be

spending Christmas on their own this year,

find it in your heart to help in some way, be

it offering them a seat on Christmas day, to

giving them a gift or donating to charity.

Kindness, sharing and love is a free and

precious gift you can give to anyone.

Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Christmas,

With love,


Next Copy Deadlines -

January / February 2023

Editorials: 29th Nov

Advertisers: 30th Nov

Meet the Team

Publisher, Editor & Sales

Therese Cooklin - 07786 735711

Magazine Designer

Mathew Peet, Digital Bear Design - 01949 839206

Content is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however Truro

Together part of Abstract Niche Ltd cannot be held liable for loss or

damage, caused by errors or omissions. Inclusion of advertisers does

not indicate our endorsement of their products or services.

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Celebrations launch

with Festive Friday

Truro’s Christmas Lights will be switchedon

as part of Festive Friday which takes

place on 18th November this year. Festive

Friday is sponsored by Great Western

Railway and brought to you by Truro BID,

in partnership with Truro City Council and

Pirate FM.

To build up to the Christmas Lights Switch-on,

Pirate FM’s Johnny Cowling and Lucy Start

will be in Truro from 3pm, and at 5pm there’ll

be entertainment from the stage in Boscawen

Street organised by Hall for Cornwall. At 7pm

Johnny Cowling, Truro’s Town Crier and other

guests will switch-on the city centre Christmas


Following the switch-on, there will be a

celebratory parade around the city featuring

performers, music and Father Christmas.

This year’s Festive Friday parade is inspired

by Treasure Island, Hall for Cornwall’s Family

Christmas Show, so dressing up as pirates is


The Big Festive Shop Small Market, hosted

by Duchy Fairs will be on Lemon Quay until

9pm for Festive Friday, and on Saturday

19th November, with gift ideas from over

60 independent traders.

From 23rd November five Late Night Shopping

Wednesdays are taking place giving plenty of

opportunities to shop for gifts at Truro’s

independent and high street stores, enjoy

the city’s eateries after dark, and soak up the

festive atmosphere.

Truro Farmers Market’s BIG Christmas

Market will be open until 9pm for Late Night

Shopping Wednesdays in December. Find

them on Lemon Quay on selected dates from

2nd December until Christmas offering local

produce, street food, gift ideas and live


For more details and information on other

festive events in Truro see p2 and go to:

visittruro.org.uk @visittruro

Festive Facts

Truro’s Christmas Lights are funded and

installed by Truro BID each year, thanks to the

380 or so Truro Businesses who pay the BID


• Town Crier, Lionel Knight and his wife Carol

have supported both the city and Truro BID by

giving past donations to improve the Christmas

Lights, including the Angel Lights.

Truro BID have been busy delivering reindeer

shaped Christmas lights to local businesses so

that illuminated reindeer will be decorating

over 80 of the high street’s windows from 18th


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Truro Homeless Action Group

Providing free hot cooked breakfasts to local homeless and

vulnerable people every day of the year – except Christmas

Day and Boxing Day when we cook a Christmas meal instead.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact

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Creating quiet

connections in


Quiet Connections is bringing together

quieter people in Truro to gently connect

at Colours Café, where it’s okay to talk

and it’s okay to be quiet too.

The Monday Meetup welcomes people who

may be more introverted and looking to meet

like-minded people, and those who experience

social anxiety and want the opportunity to

begin connecting with others in a safe and

understanding space.

Michele Cheesman, who leads the meetup, knows

what it’s like to feel socially anxious and wants

people to feel able to connect in their own way

and at their ownpace.

“Sometimes walking through the door is a

massive achievement. There are no expectations.

Just enjoy sharing space and connecting in a

Help Maria’s

Animal Shelter

Maria’s Animal Shelter protects small

animals in need of rehoming. Based

in Probus, Truro, the shelter takes in

neglected, abandoned, or unwanted

pets, and offers a second chance through

adoption or permanent residency.

The shelter specialises in rabbits and guinea pigs,

and aims to prevent problems through education,

training and advice for anyone involved in the care

of small pets.

Since the charity was founded by Maria Mulkeen in

2000, the demand for rescue services has skyrocketed

because of the pandemic, cost of living crisis and

continuous misconceptions about small animals. The

shelter now sees over 300 animals a year, with only 3

members of staff to manage everything.

Colours Café,


way that feels good to you. If that means quietly

listening or knitting, colouring, or reading, that’s

okay” Michele says.

“Over time, as people learn more about each

other, they become closer and more connected.

To me, there’s nothing better than being able

to find a new like-minded buddy to comfortably

chat and share with in life.”

Participant, Rose Burch, says “It’s a chance to

be me without judgement. I have a sense of

belonging, feeling safe and comfortable in a

group for the first time in a long time.”

Quiet MeetUps run in Truro, Helston, Falmouth,

Hayle, Redruth, St Austell and Liskeard. Find out

more at: quietconnections.co.uk/meetups

Other ways to get involved include sponsoring

permanent residents, donating food, bedding,

or saleable items for fundraisers, donating nectar

points or shopping through Amazon smile,

giving time or sharing a skill, supporting the

shelter financially or fundraising for the charity.

Simply spreading the word, and sharing online

content also helps encourage people to adopt

not shop bought pets. To find out more or get

involved, contact the shelter or visit the website.

Alongside adoptions, the shelter offers weekly

volunteering opportunities for hardworking and

reliable people who want to be part of the team.

w: mariasanimalshelter@hotmail.com

t: 07980 951 540


8 Truro Together is part of Community Together

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Down to the

woods today?

Many people find walking amongst

trees a wonderful way to relax,

letting the mind wander from

everyday cares.

The sights, sounds and smells of a woodland

walk are more calming – and exhilarating -

than just looking at a screen. This is especially

true in winter when the open countryside

can seem bleak and inhospitable. Cornwall

is blessed with wonderful woodlands, many

of them accessible by public footpaths or

bridleways. Good, old-fashioned Ordnance

Survey maps can help you find them, most

dating back centuries: they were the paths

used by local people. Recently, a new kind

of path - a ‘permissive path’ - has been

developed, designated for public access

to land that is privately owned, or within a

nature reserve, like those under the care of

the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Whichever path

you use, remember there is a Country Code

that should be followed (see the relevant

page on the gov.uk website).

Watering a young tree: © The Tree Council

The Cornwall branch of the CPRE is a

charity campaigning for conservation

and environmental issues. They seek to

safeguard their green fields, farmlands and

spectacular coastal landscapes and are

particularly keen to support the plans for

ambitious tree-planting all over Cornwall,

called ‘The Forest For Cornwall’. Schemes

range from a few tree seedlings for Primary

School children to plant, covering many

hectares for new woods, or joining up

existing tracts of woodland. The aim is to

create a total of eight thousand hectares of

tree canopy across Cornwall. Many agencies

are working together to achieve this goal.

The Environment Agency, DEFRA, Natural

England and the Forestry Commission

are all involved. The National Trust, the

Woodland Trust, Cornwall Wildlife

Trust and the Cornwall AONB (Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty) are all leading

players. There are plenty of activities for

volunteers: planting, preparing ground,

or doing some after-care. If you’d like to

get involved, see the relevant websites.

The Tree Council’s National Tree Week

begins on Sunday 27th November, marking

the start of this year’s planting season.

Woodland stream: Photo Mary Poad, © Cornwall’s AONB

For more details visit:


10 Truro Together is part of Community Together


Red Elephant

Beer Cellar

Red Elephant Beer Cellar is located

at 14 High Cross, next door to Truro

Cathedral. They provide an excellent

shopping and drinking experience,

specialising in quality beers.

This unique venue recently made it into the list

of the top 20 ‘Coolest places to see in Cornwall’.

They have eleven craft beers on draught,

and over 200 beers in bottles and cans. There

is a large selection from local Cornish breweries

and an extensive selection of Belgian and

German beers hard to find elsewhere. Also

available is a selection of ciders, soft drinks,

and a small selection of wines and spirits.

Everything in the shop is available to drink on

the premises, or to take away.

Regular Comedy Nights are also a feature: the

next one is scheduled for 6th December. With

Christmas fast approaching they will soon be

stocking plenty of gift ideas for beer-lovers:

Beer Advent Calendars, Beer and Glass

Gift sets, and much more. A visit to see

their remarkable Christmas tree is strongly


Show this magazine when you visit, and you

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How to make your

bathroom more


Did you know whilst 90% of packaging is

recycled within our kitchens, only 50% is

being recycled by consumers in the bathroom.

As a result, our recyclable bathroom waste

accounts for 30% – 40% of total landfill waste

(Chartered Institution of Waste Management).

What many people don’t realise is that there are

excellent plastic free or reusable alternatives to the

single use plastic items we use daily. Below is a

summary of some of the great alternatives available:

Toothpaste tablets

A fantastic way to swap out plastic toothpaste tubes

is with a refillable glass jar of “toothpaste tabs”.

These little tablets do everything that toothpaste

does but contain cleaner ingredients, pack a mintier

punch and are zero waste. All you do is chew for 3-5

seconds and brush as normal!

Reusable deodorant sticks

There are some great refillable alternatives to

disposable plastic deodorants which also use all

natural ingredients. You may wonder if these work

as well but you’d be surprised with how good the

results are and all whilst being toxin-free.

Reusable cotton swabs

An easy replacement to combat the billions of

single-use cotton swabs that are consumed every

day. There are reusable swabs available which are

high quality, super durable and easy to clean with

water and a little soap. And most importantly can be

used safely up to 1,000 times.

Reusable make up remover pads

No need to purchase single use pads over & over

again, reusable organic cotton pads are available.

They are plastic-free, super soft, washable and



“Eco nappies” are

now widely available

and replace the

majority of fossilfuel

based plastic

components with


materials such as

bamboo and corn

starch. The other big

benefit here is that

these are also free

from nasty chemicals

and are much kinder

to a baby’s skin.

Eco-Homemaker, an online shopping platform, is

on a mission to make your life easier when it comes

to eco-friendly shopping for your family. All of the

above products are available on their website and

are tried and tested by the local owners and their

young family.

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at Truro Cathedral

Illustration by Natasha Robinson

Truro Cathedral is hosting a Father Christmas

Grotto and unique storytelling experience

7 th 14 th 19 th 20 th & 21 st December

To book tickets for this magical Christmas experience

with Coppice Theatre go to: VISITTRURO.ORG.UK

Funded by

For information on all Truro’s festive events go to

visittruro.org.uk @visittruro


The Choughs


Dance Group

We have been in existence for

more than 50 years known as “The

Choughs Wheelchair Dance Team”

We competed nationally for many years with

great success and trophies to prove it.

There are less teams nationally now sadly,

so we no longer compete but miss the

competition element, travelling to different

parts of the country and meeting other teams

and forming long term friendships.

Our membership has reduced, partly because

of the Covid virus but also because of illness.

We would love to have some more interested

dancers to join us please, to make our sessions

even more enjoyable. Ladies/Gents of any age!

The group consists of friendly people who love

music and dance! If you are unable to dance

on your feet, for medical reasons, and would

love to give Wheelchair Dancing a try please

join us! You don’t have to be a wheelchair user!

We dance to many different types of music,

old and new. There is obviously a great social

aspect to the afternoon as well, chat and, of

course, tea and biscuits.

I’m sure you will get hooked!! Come and give

it a try! Or just watch for a session!

The Group meets on Wednesday afternoons

2pm – 4pm at St Newlyn East Village Hall.

Plenty of car parking, accessible building with

disabled facilities.

We do have some wheelchairs available if you

do not have a manual chair but electric chairs

are fine for dancing!

For more details contact:

Christine on: 01872 270 882

Margaret on: 01637 881 732

AKOOSTICA - Live open mic session

- Bert Biscoe runs with his daughter, Molly

Where: Ale House, Quay Street, Truro from 8pm

Thursday November 24th, December 8th

and January 12th 2023

Performers welcome - spoken word, singers,

songwriters, musicians

14 Truro Together is part of Community Together

Truro Choral Society

Christmas Concert

Truro Symphony Orchestra and St Mary’s Singers

Music by

JS Bach

Vaughan Williams


McGlade (world premiere)


Details: www.trurochoral.org

Truro Cathedral, Saturday

December 3 rd 7.30pm

Tickets £20 (U19s free)



01872 262466

News from Truro Foodbank

Truro Foodbank currently has just over 7

tonnes of stock; distributing 6 to 6.5 tonnes

every month. They are running just over a

month in hand as they approach winter.

In the six months from 1st April to 30th September

2022 they fed 2500 people. When Simon Fann -

Truro Foodbank manager started in 2019 they

fed 2800 in the whole year; demand is therefore

virtually double what it was three short years ago.

Harvest festival donations usually finish by the end

of October and in previous years have resulted

in a much needed boost to their stock; this year

they are just helping the foodbank keep pace with

what is going out.

Many new people are coming into foodbank.

Many have jobs but the income is not secure or

high enough to feed their family size regularly.

One in every three people fed is a child.

Some people ask: Why do you want a referral

voucher from an agency? Why do we have to

give our name? The answer is that providing

food is not enough

- individuals need

help and advice

from a specialist

person who

can assist the

circumstances that

have led to crisis.

There are about

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Some of the team from

Truro Foodbank

100 places that can issue a referral voucher. When

a customer has a voucher it means the foodbank

know they have spoken to someone who can help

their circumstances.

People coming into a foodbank are not judged

in any way and are given items that suit their

needs and requirements. Toiletries are also given

where possible. They work with larders such as

Nochildgoeshungryprobus and other agencies

such as CHAOS and Cornwall Food Action

because they believe collaboration is the best

way to maximise help for people and to prevent

food waste. If you can help or need help, visit their

website: www.truro.foodbank.org.uk


News from

Truro City Council

At times of national

significance, most

recently the passing

of Her Majesty Queen

Elizabeth II, we are

reminded that Truro

plays an important role

as the county town.

As the sad news emerged

from Balmoral, we began

to adhere to the official

protocols and procedures

that we are required

to follow as a local

government organisation.

This included Truro hosting

two proclamations for both

the county and the city.

Conversations are taking

place concerning the

coronation of King Charles

III, and we also look

forward to welcoming the

new Duke and Duchess of


At other times of the year,

the Truro City Council

teams assist with a number

of social events, as well as

organising and managing

all civic events.

The next event of this kind

will be the Remembrance

Sunday parade and service.

We work closely with the

Royal British Legion and

Truro Cathedral to mark this

important day.

Shortly after, the city’s

Christmas celebrations

begin at Truro Business

Improvement District’s

(BID) Festive Friday event,

which this year will take

place on Friday 18th


It’s an early start for the

parks team that day to

set up the city council’s

portable stage. It is also a

busy time for our marketing

and communications

team, as they spread the

word about the exciting

Christmas programme.

We once again welcome

the return of some of our

favourite events, many of

which are either free or

at a minimal cost to the

residents of Truro.

Each year, Truro City

Council sponsors Camborne

Youth Band, who perform

in the city at Christmas

time, and this year will be

no different, with the date

to be confirmed.

Another firm favourite

in the Truro diary is the

New Year’s Eve Fireworks,

organised by our events

department, working with

the local community.

Every year, we gather on

Lemon Quay to welcome

the New Year with a

fireworks display at

midnight, with kind

permission from Truro

School. In 2019, we were

pleased to add a family

display earlier in the

evening so that children

could attend.

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Sadly, neither event was

able to take place in

2020 or 2021 due to the

Covid-19 pandemic, but

we look forward to hosting

this special occasion once

again this year.

Then, as we head into

2023, the fun will start all

over again for St Piran’s


Aside from events, we are

working on a number of

projects, which will benefit

the residents of Truro.

This includes the Warm

Welcome project, in

partnership with the

CHAOS Group. The

initiative was set up to

provide people with

warm places to visit

during the winter, which

will alleviate rising fuel

bills. Refreshments are

provided and people are

encouraged to bring an

activity of choice, such as

a board game or a pack of


Other projects that have

been in development are

the proposed Boscawen

Park Sports and Recreation

Hub, and New Life for City

Buildings, both part of

Truro’s Town Deal.

As these projects move

to their next stage, your

feedback is vital. To find

out more about these

and other Town Deal

projects, please go to


where you will also be able

to submit feedback.

For all other enquiries,

please contact us on 01872

274766, or email info@


Please also follow us on

Facebook @trurocitycouncil,

where you can check for

updates and message us

directly, and see our

website for further details:


Finally, we would like to

take this opportunity, on

behalf of Truro City Council,

to wish you all a very merry

Christmas and a happy and

healthy new year.

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18 Truro Together is part of Community Together

The Mayor of Truro’s Autumn Diary

words by Stephen Webb

Every year groups visit each other to forge

deeper friendships and better understanding.

I was pleased to welcome the Morlaix visitors

for the first time in a couple years (because of

travel restrictions). They had a very busy week

including a tour of Truro City with Councillor

Biscoe. In October a group from the Truro will

travel to France to continue the bond.

The Proud Old Boys

The Proud Old Boys - a group of elderly

gentlemen who meet for a drink at Victoria

Gardens - asked me to join them. They were

planting a tree in memory of those who

had moved on. They all grew up or were

associated with Truro, and meet regularly

to enjoy a pint and share stories of those

that were no longer with them. They love

socialising, meeting up, and aim is to leave a

legacy. “Raise a glass to them and money for

charity”. I raise a glass to the Proud Old Boys.

Long may their legacy continue.

© Emma Hill

Truro - Morlaix Twinning Association, the

welcome and the week.

The Twinning of Truro and Morlaix was an

initiative between Truro City Council and the

councils of Pays de Morlaix in1979 by Mr JJ

Cleach of Morlaix and Mrs DM Ansari of Truro,

having shared a common trade between

Cornwall and Brittany for thousands of years.

Truro Lions Club dinner

I enjoyed being guest of honour and speaker

at the Truro Lions Club 50th anniversary at the

Falmouth Hotel. A lovely evening, (one that

got me onto the dance floor for the first time

for as long as I can remember!) The members

of the Lions Club, like many other groups in

Truro, give up their time to volunteer in events

in and around Truro. I said in my speech that

one thing that surprised me was how few

volunteers do so much. Recognising that

we are very often busy nowadays with in

day-to-day living, it was really nice to be able

to thank Truro Lions Club for all of their help

given over the last 50 years.

Merry Christmas

I wish you love, warmth, health and

community to get us through this winter.

Reach out, ask for help and do not give up.

Continue in the face of difficulties, and I

encourage us all to look out for each other.

I hope you have a Happy Christmas, and a

blessed New Year.

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Tribute to HRH The Queen from

Truro City Council

It was with great sadness that we

learned of the death of Her Majesty

the Queen on Thursday 8th

September. Throughout her life she

served our country with remarkable

commitment and dedication,

whilst leading us through times

of enormous social change and

especially at times of national crisis,

most recently the Covid pandemic.

Her visits to Truro and Cornwall will remain a very

special memory for those in our communities.

One of the memories for the people of Truro

was the Silver Jubilee Tour in 1977. Her Majesty

The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

were greeted by local dignitaries outside City

Hall before going on a walkabout, culminating

at Truro Cathedral.

Another notable engagement was the Maundy

Thursday visit on 31st March 1994. Her Majesty

The Queen was accompanied by HRH The Duke

of Edinburgh as they visited the Royal Cornwall

Museum. The royal couple again visited Truro

Cathedral, where The Queen presented 134

Cornish people with Maundy money.

The Queen’s

Legacy from The

Mayor of Truro

One of our greatest strengths as a nation is

for our sovereigns to leave a legacy for future

generations. Her late majesty had the ability to

be aware of her feelings, and those of others,

her surroundings and the ability to adapt, as

needed. Queen Elizabeth did that with virtue.

© PR4

I don’t think any monarch has reigned through

such changes. Imagine steering the whole

Royal family through incredible changes from

political to technological. The shift in power

as well as the opening of hearts. If I learned

anything from her Majesty’s life it would be her

stoic ability to remain present. And her ability

to grow and adapt to change even when the

world is watching.

The Proclamation

Operation ‘London Bridge’. Two days after

her passing the Proclamation of the New

Monarch on the steps of Westminster Abbey

took place, with the attendance of the High

Sheriff, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, and the

Mayor of Truro. With social media and

television everybody knew what the news was.

Traditionally, the announcement would be

delivered without many knowing the details.

First, in the capital, then in the capitals of each

county, then later that day in each parish.

Spreading across the land in a perfectly

orchestrated way to inform as many as possible

in the shortest time.

In all my robes as the Mayor of Truro, it felt

like and I knew I was taking part in something

special. Although not a monarchist, I do like

culture, heritage and tradition. To take part in it

is something even more special. Synchronised

at 6.00pm the same day I returned to the steps

of Truro cathedral to read the proclamation

for the parish of Truro along with 212 other

parishes throughout Cornwall.

20 Truro Together is part of Community Together

What’s on this Christmas

Artisan Market

Saturday 12th November

Truro Cathedral | 10.00 - 16.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Creative Wellbeing for Children

Saturday 12th November and Friday 23rd December

Truro Cathedral | Sessions at 13.30 and 14.45

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Made in Cornwall Christmas Market

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November

Truro Cathedral | 10.00 - 18.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Advent Service

Sunday 27th November

Truro Cathedral | 18.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Open-Air Carol Service on the Forecourt

Wednesday 21st December

Truro Methodist Church | 18.30

W: truromethodist.org.uk

Nine Lessons and Carols

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th December

Truro Cathedral | 19.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Live Nativity Tableau - with carols

and punch

Saturday 24th December

Truro Methodist Church | 16.00

W: truromethodist.org.uk

Small Business Christmas Market

Wednesday 30th November

Malpas Village Hall | 15.00 - 19.00

W: malpasvillagehall.com

Hall for Cornwall Family Christmas Show:

Treasure Island

Thursday 1st - Saturday 31st December

Hall for Cornwall | Various showings

W: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Twelve Days of Christmas - Trail

Saturday 3rd - Saturday 31st December

National Trust Trelissick | Daily 10.00 - 16.00

(closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

W: nationaltrust.org.uk

Trelissick Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

National Trust Trelissick | 10.00 - 16.00

W: nationaltrust.org.uk

Small Business Christmas Market

Sunday 11th December

Malpas Village Hall | 11.00 - 15.00

W: malpasvillagehall.com

Midnight Mass

Saturday 24th December

Truro Cathedral | 23.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Christmas Day Service

Sunday 25th December

Truro Cathedral | 10.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Christmas Day Worship

Sunday 25th December

Truro Methodist Church | 10.00

W: truromethodist.org.uk

Pets Carol Service

Thursday 29th December

Truro Cathedral | 14.00

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Concert by Mediaeval Baebes

Thursday 15th December

Truro Cathedral | 19.30

W: trurocathedral.org.uk

Carol Service and Mince Pies

Saturday 17th December

Truro Methodist Church | 18.00

W: truromethodist.org.uk

Visit Truro Visitor Information,

30 Boscawen Street, Truro TR1 2QQ

t: 01872 274 555 w: www.visittruro.org.uk

Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm

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A Different Kind of Christmas - reflective

workshop for those experiencing loss,

anxiety or sadness at Christmastime

Monday 19th December

Truro Methodist Church | 19.30

W: truromethodist.org.uk

A service provided by Truro City Council

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk



Truro City


autumn report

As we approach winter, flora and

fauna in our wild spaces adapt to

cope with the changes to their

habitat, food supply and weather.

We have many different mammal species in

our green spaces, including Badgers, Bats,

Deer, Rodents and Foxes to name a few.

Many of them overcome the challenges of

harsh winter through behavioural changes.

Hibernation and torpor are two of these.

Hibernation is a period of dormancy to

conserve energy, often preceded by periods

of heavy feeding to develop fat reserves.

Torpor is a period of reduced activity, which

can be broken to allow for feeding depending

upon external conditions. You might see bats

feeding on warmer winter evenings.


also adapt their

behaviour to

suit changing


These are very


even varying

greatly within

the same


A fox caught on our wildlife cam.

A good example would be butterflies, part of

the lepidoptera family, who must overcome

cold conditions in order to survive the winter.

Some species spend the winter as dormant

adults, such as Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell,

Peacockand Coma. They sometimes overwinter

in our homes, entering in autumn when the

buildings are relatively cool and dry. The Red

Admiral can enter partial dormancy, breaking to

feed during milder weather.

A common carder bee feeding on nectar and collecting

pollen from purple toadflax.

Other species spend their winter in a larval

stage, as an egg or pupae, or otherwise

migrate further south depending on species.

Bees are very diverse with their adaptations

for winter. Colony bees and solitary bees

vary greatly. Honeybees spend their winter

protecting their queen as a small, female

colony. They feed on honey stores built up from

nectar. Bumblebee colonies die out and the

new Queen finds a suitable site to hibernate.

Solitary bees vary greatly depending on the

species, but generally adults die in winter and

leave their offspring larvae to hatch in spring.

There are, however, some exceptions to this.


trees are

dormant during

winter, losing

their ability to


and grow after

losing their

leaves in

Autumn. This

means winter

A gatekeeper butterfly.

is the best time for planting trees, reducing the

amount of disturbance and allowing the root

base to easier establish in Spring. As winter

conditions become harsher and food resources

deplete in Northern and Eastern Europe many

bird species migrate to the UK during winter

months. These include thrush species like

Redwings and Fieldfares, as well as Bramblings,

who travel to feed on the numerous hawthorn

berries and beech masts within our woodlands

and hedgerows. The amazing green spaces

which are managed by Truro City Council’s

Rangers are fantastic biodiverse areas hosting a

broad range of wildlife, including those detailed


22 Truro Together is part of Community Together

I want to save money

on my energy bills.

Where can I get

some help?

At the Citizens Advice Powerhouse

Project, we can give you the skills to

budget for your energy bills, improve your

home efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint

and help keep you warm - and it's all free of charge.

To take part in this scheme you must live in Cornwall,

be aged 16-25 and not in education,employment or training.

It's also open to people on zero hours contracts, those at risk of homelessness and people

with an Education and Healthcare Plan. We're also open to people leaving care.

Contact Powerhouse for more info:


Or call: 07762-824211

Bert Biscoe’s Guided Walks around Truro

Monday and Friday at 10am.

£7.50 per person

Book via Visit Truro Information Centre,

30 Boscawen Street, Truro TR1 2QQ.

t: 01872 274555

e: tic@truro.gov.uk

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk



where your

old stamps


Use them up by 31 January 2023 - all stamps will

have barcodes on them.

Go to: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps


Wednesday &


09.00 -16.00

on Lemon




Colours Cafe Truro

Mon 6.00-7.00pm

Hendra Hall Truro

Tues 9.30-11.00am

Thurs 9.30 -11.00am

Chacewater Village Hall

Thurs 6.00-7.30pm


Contact Anya

07912 561413

Registered Iyengar Yoga teacher

All abilities and all ages

Truro business

staff offered FREE

wellbeing session

Truro BID have organised a FREE

Wellbeing Day on Monday 21st

November starting 9.30am until

4.30pm for all Truro City Business

owners and workers in conjunction

with UK Pranic Healing in Cornwall.

The energy sessions last 10-15 minutes but

will be half hour slots, treatment is non touch

and will help relieve stress and tension, giving

inner calm, peace and more focus just in time

before the busy Christmas period starts! There

are only a limited number of slots available

and booking is essential.

room next to Truro Bid Offices on the 1st floor

above the library.

Visit the web link to book your preferred time.


If the time has been double booked, then

you will be offered an alternative. If there is

enough interest we will run more sessions.

The sessions will take place in the meeting

24 Truro Together is part of Community Together

Truro wins at

‘South West in


Yesterday was the South West in

Bloom Award presentations at

Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne.

Notwithstanding not competing last

year, and the drought this year, Truro

achieved a Gold medal.

The city was crowned category winners,

winning the Portman Cup, and the

Best Portfolio. Truro was nominated for

Outstanding Competition Effort with The

Friends of Coosebean. Facilities and

Parks Officer,

Richard Budge,

said: “I would

like to thank

our partners

and active


who helped us

achieve these

results: the

Truro in Bloom

committee and

their hard work

all year round,

the Community

Judges John Yoe and Jim Collins

with Barry Cooper, Head Gardener at

Victoria Gardens.

and Friends’ Groups for all the projects

and areas they maintain, the & Your

Neighbourhood; entries who do wonderful

work. Friends of Sunny Corner, Friends of

Fairmantle Street, Friends of Edward Street

and The Friends of Coosebean; and finally,

Biffa Waste for keeping the city and our streets

clean! The Truro BID team, traders, and

business communities for all their continued

support; the allotment holders and Truro

residents, who maintain their gardens to such

a high standard”.

West in Bloom panel. Congratulations to a

student from St Mary’s C of E school - Sam

Oatey - who collected an award, and produced

our promotional video of the In Bloom

campaign on our behalf”.

“My final thanks go to the Truro City Council

Parks department and the Countryside

Rangers who create outstanding floral displays

throughout the year with dedication, passion

and continue to engage with a wide range of

community groups and activities”.

Councillor Steven Webb, Mayor of Truro

added, “The city council would like to

congratulate and say a thank you to everyone

for all you do, not only for the judging day,

but the whole year around. You keep our city

looking amazing!!”

“Thanks to all the schools who enter our

painting competition, judged by the South

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk


Christmas gifts inspiration for

your loved ones...

Serenmaid Cornish


Bespoke Cornish Hampers - Cornish food or

product hampers, all made in Cornwall. All

hampers can be delivered locally or posted.


Facebook: serenmaid cornish hampers

Republic of Happy -


Fun and colourful homewares for colour and

pattern lovers, including cushions, kitchen

textiles, art prints and wrapping paper.



Craftycleave -

handmade gifts

Bespoke glass gifts made in Cornwall. Handmade

to order for personalisation with a name/s, date or

a unique message. Sea Glass Art & Gifts Certified


Facebook and etsy: Craftycleave

26 Truro Together is part of Community Together

Find out more about Truro's Christmas celebrations

with our free Christmas guide, available from the

Visitor Information Centre

Address: Visitor Information Centre, 30 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QQ

Tel: 01872 274555

Email: tic@truro.gov.uk

RSPB - Bird Feeders

Give a bird a place to feed with these window bird feeders,

which come in a selection of styles. This charming gothic

arch window feeder has three handy trays.

They also make bird watching easier as they entice birds

to windows where they can be easily viewed. A win-win

for both the birds and us!

Gothic arch window feeder: £18.99

Gilliflower Pottery

Beautiful handmade stoneware mugs, bowls and platters,

as well as tiny bowls and decorations- great for stocking






small business

Hand Made, Aari

Embroidered wool

shawls, ethically sourced

from artisans in Kashmir.

£65 - £95



Pohutukawa - Bag

& Accessory maker

Limited edition handmade bags, scarves

and purses in bright, stylish Harris

Tweed & Liberty fabrics. As presents, all

can be gift-wrapped and mailed direct.



To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk


Truro Together

Brain Matter


Can you fit all the listed

words into this grid?

Christmas Criss-cross

Can you fit all of the listed words into this grid?









dd One HAPPY Out










hich one of these Christmas stockings is different from the rest?









BAZAAR Which one of these JINGLEChristmas WINE stockings is

BELLS different from the MERRY rest?


Matching Pairs















with a












has a











Can you pair up

each parcel with a

letter with its twin

which has a










(answers on p30)

28 Truro Together is part of Community Together


Truro Bridges

Community Cafe

We are now nearing the end of our second

programme of events. We have done

various activities, ranging from woodcarving

to mindfulness, song and dance.

Attendance is gradually increasing and the

participants are forming a supportive group,

though always welcoming to new people.

We are always looking for new ideas for

sessions and people to help deliver them.

There is also the possibility of running an art

group alongside the usual sessions, for which a

small charge will be made for materials.

Refreshments are available free throughout the

day, and participants are welcome to bring

their own lunch or get something from nearby

takeaways. We have regular ‘chatty lunches’


We would like these

sessions to be

community orientated

and led by the

participants. This would allow people to discuss

local issues of concern or things they would like

to see happen.

The days will be part of the Warm Welcome

project, which allows people to enjoy time in

a heated building and enjoy a hot drink and

chat. The Moresk Centre is open on Thursdays

from 9am to 4.30 until end of February.

For further details contact

lindsay@headweb.co.uk 07880745961 or


/Truro Bridges Cafe


Programme 2022 – 2023

The Society will meet every 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning on Tuesday 8th November

at St George’s Church Hall (St George’s Road) 7.30pm.

Future talks

Nov 8th ‘WINSTON GRAHAM’ by Karin Easton

Dec 13th ‘Sets & Spells’ (Part 1) - Hanover Cove to Waterfall Bay’ by Roger Radcliffe

Jan 10th MEMBERS’ NIGHT’ – Bring a tale, an object, a song or dance.

Guest: Nev Meek, President of Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

Feb 14th – tbc

March 14th ‘P.C. Benney, St Agnes policeman 1895 - 1919’ by Clive Benney

All are welcome to attend. There is a small charge and a raffle will take place. You will be able to

join (re-join).

President: Bert Biscoe: 01872 242293 or bertbiscoe@btinternet.com

Treasurer: Michael Sterry, Truro.

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk



What’s going

on at Truro

Community Library?

Cards for Good Causes

Opens Monday Matching 17th October Pairs - Thursday

22nd December. Charity Christmas cards

and gifts with each sale helping to raise

funds for UK charities.

Can you pair up each parcel with a letter with its twin which has a number?



Mondays at 14.00 and Wednesdays at

10.00 – join for stories, music and craft

activities for babies and pre-schoolers.


Reading Group

1st Thursday of every month at 14.00 – join

the group to discuss books you’re reading

or have read. There’s no set book, just

come along and share a love of reading.

Odd One Out

D 4

Poetry Which one Group

of these Christmas stockings is different from the rest?

2nd Thursday of every month at 14.00 –

enjoy reading or writing poetry? Come and

join this friendly and supportive group to

share a love of poetry and the written word.

Material Girls A B C

Every Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00 – join a fun,

CARDS informal social PRAYER group of like-minded crafters

ELVES using a variety SACKof skills and materials. Chat,

exchange ideas and skills and drink tea!










Address: Truro Community Library,

Union Place, Truro, TR1 1EP

Tel: 0300 1234 111

Email: truro.library@liscornwall.org.uk


Do you love reading or would you like

to start your reading adventure?


If the answer is yes then why not join us

at Truro Library and enjoy an afternoon of

books, lively conversation and feedback.

Just bring along your latest reading and

it can be fiction or non- fiction and share.

Our group does E not have a set book so it

is good for those who prefer not to read

something they may not enjoy or stick to

deadlines. We are a friendly group and

make everyone welcome. If you are new to

the idea of exploring 6 the written word or

maybe shy there will be no pressure.

We have access to the Loop if you have

hearing problems so do not let being hard

of hearing put you off!

When: 1st Thursday every month

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Contact: Angela Bell

e: aangela@btinternet.com

t: 01872 276 707 or ask at Truro Library










A and 5, B and 4, C and 1,

D and 6, E and 2, F and 3.

Matching Pairs.indd 2 07/10/2022 9:54:41

From December every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month

Wednesday 7th & 21st December, 4th & 18th January

Shortlanesend Village Hall, School Hill,Truro, TR4 9DU

Starts: 6.45pm - All welcome over 18 years old

To book email: therese@trurotogether.co.uk

For private healing sessions please email or call 07786 735 711

To advertise please call 07786 735 711 or email marketing@trurotogether.co.uk



Family Fireworks from 7.30pm

and Midnight Fireworks

Set off from Truro School,

watch from Lemon Quay.

For more information go to



This years fireworks sponsored by


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