Truro Together January February 2023

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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St Petroc’s Winter Fundraiser

Tea on the Square at Malletts

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

Walk a mile for Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Complimentary copies delivered by Royal Mail to 8,300 homes and businesses in Truro.

Copies available at Visit Truro Information Centre.

Supported by:

Homeless Advice Line

01872 264 153


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January / February 2023 Issue 5

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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)

Be Amazing & Volunteer

Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall

Walk a mile a day in January


Walk way by Victoria Gardens, Truro

Hello & welcome!

Happy New Year! - a time to reflect on all that

has happened in 2022, take stock of what we

have achieved, things we might have done

better, and how we can improve our lives as

we go into 2023.

Life has become tough, but these things could

either drag us down, or are conquered with the

inner strength of positive thoughts, words and

actions to help us through.

I was moved while attending the Blue Light

Carol Service at Truro Cathedral in December: a

service for the Police, Fire and HM Coastguard

services. These courageous and selfless

individuals put their lives at risk daily to save

and help others - and poignantly sacrifice family

time in order to keep everyone safe. Daily

gratitude is essential for what we have, whatever

small things we can find to try and help others as

much as we can will surely bring us good health,

fortune and prosperity.

With love,

Marie Curie volunteer

Collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal

Contact Lynda on: 01872 260500


Next Copy Deadlines -

March / April 2023

Editorials: 31st Jan

Advertisers: 1st Feb

Transport Access People (TAP)

need Volunteers (see p10)

Contact Helpline: 01872 223 388

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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Give choral

singing a try in

the New Year!

Truro Choral Society is celebrating its

60th year with a varied programme

of music.

Most of the music we sing is from the

established canon of classical masterpieces;

occasionally we perform modern compositions.

In 2023 we are performing works by Elgar and

Mozart on 11th March, Mozart’s Requiem in

June, and Handel’s Messiah in December.

We also run “Come and Sing” days when the

public are invited to join us for impromptu

performances. Our performances are almost

always in Truro Cathedral; this gives amateur

singers the opportunity to sing in this

wonderful building.

There’s no audition, and rehearsals are

supportively led by our Music Director, Martin

Palmer on Tuesdays at 7 pm at Truro Prep

School, Highertown TR1 3QN. It’s not essential

to be able to read music and newcomers will

find the size of the choir enables anyone who

can sing in tune to get to grips with classical

choral singing. If you’d like to give the choir

a try, then our first rehearsal is on Tuesday

January 10th 2023.

Choir fees are £144 per year (pro-rata for

part-year), though membership is free for

Under 19s and students, and there’s no charge

for the first three trial rehearsals. Lots of details,

and pictures, are at www.trurochoral.org or

by emailing membership@trurochoral.org

you can find out more about our friendly choir.

Farmers Market


The market will take a break following

their last market on Christmas Eve.

They will return on Saturday 7th


From Saturday 7th January, the market will only

be on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm, and it

will just be prime produce traders.

The Wednesday markets will resume on

Wednesday 15th February, when the timings

on both days will return to 9am to 4pm.

A shout out to Stuart (on right) and some of the team setting

up farmers market every week.

For updates go to the Farmers Market

Facebook page, @trurofarmersmarket

Instagram page, @truro_farmers_market

Website, www.trurofarmers.co.uk

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Mon 6.00-7.00pm

Tues 9.30-11.00am

Thurs 9.30 -11.00am

Chacewater Village Hall

Thurs 6.00-7.30pm


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All abilities and all ages

Need a laugh? Come to Truro Comedy Night!

Every LAST Thursday of the month, enjoy a laugh at

Red Elephant Beer Cellar at Truro Comedy Night.

January 26th and February 23rd - 6 up and coming

comedians take to the floor to air their new material.

10 minute slots. No booking required

March 30th - Elephant in the Room Comedy Night.

Pop in to book your tickets.

Red Elephant Cellar, 14 High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AJ.

(Next to Truro Cathedral entrance)

t: 01872 278361

e: shop@redelephant.beer

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Walk a mile a

day this January

and raise funds

for charity

Citizens Advice Cornwall is issuing

a challenge to the public to shed

Christmas calories by walking or

running the distance of a marathon

over January while raising money to

help their local community.

People are invited to walk or run 26.2 miles

over the month – either in one go or bit

by bit.

Launching the fundraising initiative, Citizens

Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin,

said: “January is a challenging time for many -

grey, rainy days coupled with post-Christmas

bills. This challenge is a great opportunity to

get out in the fresh air, work off those extra

pounds and help raise money so we can help

people in our community who are struggling.”

Community Fundraising Officer, Tamsin

Chapman-Gunner, said: “Your efforts will help

support our vital services providing advice for

everyone in the community. The cost of living

and energy crisis has seen the need for our

services increase more than ever before, we

need the help of the general public to be able

to meet this need.”

Last year Citizens Advice helped almost 9,000

people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

writing-off debt worth a total over £1 million

and gaining income worth over £8.1 million.

Members of the public can sign-up

for the January Challenge by visiting


and selecting the “fundraise” option, email


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Truro Foodbank held its second community

food collection in December, and collected

a huge amount of food at Truro Tesco

Superstore, over four days.

This collection will enable them to provide

emergency food parcels to help people living in

and around Truro this winter. They would like to

say a huge thank you to Tesco, The Trussell Trust,

all their volunteers, and everyone who donated,

who were most generous.

Simon, lead organiser of Truro Foodbank

said, “Thirty three tonnes of food were given

out when I joined three years ago, and the

amount has now risen to seventy tonnes: higher

than the national average! Food distributed

over the full year will increase to over one

hundred tonnes. Referral agencies are available

to give out vouchers to people-in-need. If in

doubt about who to seek help from come in and

ask any of the team, and they can point you in

the right direction”

Simon and his team at Truro Foodbank having distributed

all the food in these empty boxes over a two hour period!

Simon advises, “do not leave it too late to seek

advice from the Foodbank. If you are struggling

or need food, come in and get advice. There

are various organisations planned during the

sessions”. See below for the schedule.

Truro Foodbanks cover the North coast:

Perranporth, Porthtowan, St Agnes to the South

coast up to St Mawes. Open drop-ins can be

found twice a week at Truro (left side of Truro

Cathedral) and at All Saints Church.

Truro Foodbank location and times

Unit 4, Church Walk, Truro, TR1 1JH

Monday 3pm - 6pm | Wednesday 10am - 12pm

All Saints Church, Higher Town

Friday 10am - 12pm




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TAP (Transport Access People) has

been taking regular bookings for Edith’s

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years old and lives alone, with no

immediate family, in the Bodmin area.

This is Edith’s Story, written in her own


Edith’s Story | The Biggest Step

Initially, a nice young social prescriber, called Jo,

put me in contact with TAP (Transport Access

People) as I was feeling less confident on my feet

and had been struggling to access bus routes

since the first lockdown.

I have always been fairly confident, I am actually

quite headstrong, but ever since the pandemic

hit, I have become more hesitant and have seen

a deterioration in my own health and general

wellbeing. I know that I must go to my Oncology

appointments, but I was so scared and struggling

to face them - especially with so many mixed

messages in the media. So, perhaps the biggest

step for me, was that first one, just outside my

own front door.

gentleman in the transport office, who was

down to earth and able to explain how the trip

works - I couldn’t believe that Volunteers were

able to provide a service straight from my front

door to Treliske & then back again.

I explained that I was a little unsteady on my

feet but could still get up and down fine. He

reassured me further and said that the driver

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I was a little apprehensive during my first trip

to Treliske. I must have called, at least, half a

dozen times - checking whether everything was

going ahead and if the driver was still coming.

I shouldn’t have worried, as Colin (my driver)

arrived early. Just like the young gentlemen in the

Transport Office, he was helpful, a good listener

and assured me that he would be right there

waiting for me after my treatment had finished.

I must admit, I wasn’t feeling my best after my

treatment, but just like he promised, Colin was

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Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a

clean house. Fresh smelling, sparkling and virus free.

But have you ever thought about what’s actually in

your cleaning products and whether they leave more

than just a nice smell?

extreme cases, 100 times more contaminated largely

because of household cleaners and pesticides.

Interestingly, in the EU and the UK the only

ingredients that are required to be biodegradable in

cleaning products are “surfactants” (agents used to

increase spreading and wetting properties) – all other

substances (including microplastics) are not restricted

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Fortunately for us, there are a growing number of

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As recommended by The Ethical Consumer, the

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24/7 Community Gateway

Cornwall’s charities and community

groups have combined forces to support

the most vulnerable people through a

challenging winter.

Community Gateway launched to provide a single

point of access to a range of voluntary sector support.

In response to increasing living costs and pressures

across the health and care system in Cornwall and

the Isles of Scilly, a unique partnership of more

than 50 voluntary organisations have been

working with NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Integrated Care Board to offer ongoing support to

communities across the Duchy.

The Community Gateway is a dedicated

telephone line available for everyone and

provides a single point of access to a wide range

of professional voluntary sector support. It will

provide a ‘gateway to independence’, working

with people to identify their needs and put

appropriate packages of support in place.

The Gateway aims to create personalised plans

that prevent hospital admissions, reduce social

isolation, and improve wellbeing. It will also


connect people to mental health support,

community activities and wider winter support

including hot food and warm spaces.

People can access the Gateway via a dedicated

telephone line (01872 266383), and email

address: gateway@ageukcornwall.org.uk to

speak to trained staff and find local support that’s

right for them. In addition, staff members in the

community will be available to offer one to one

and group support.

A network of more than 35 community hubs

will be offering winter support for people of all ages,

such as drop-in sessions on energy saving and debt

advice, as well as a warm place to go and talk to

someone or take part in activities, including craft and

cookery classes. Free hot drinks and refreshments will

also be on offer in most spaces.

As well as offering a lifeline for members of the

community, the Gateway will also offer a single

point of access to voluntary sector support for GPs,

other healthcare professionals and community


The Gateway is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a

week, 365 days a year – including Christmas day.

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News from

Truro City Council

Happy New Year!

As we welcome the New

Year, we would like to reflect

on an exciting 2022.

One of the most notable

moments for us in the past

year was back in June

when work began to

restore the clock tower on

Truro’s Municipal Buildings.

In late November, the

historic bells were removed

from the tower as part of

the restoration.

Cllr Bert Biscoe shared with

us the interesting history

of the clock tower and the

Municipal Building.

The current clock and tower

are not the original ones.

There was a fire in 1914,

when the clock half-fell into

the Council Chamber of

City Hall.

Three of the four sides of

the granite tower needed

to be reconstructed. They

were rebuilt using concrete

and steel. The steel has

since corroded, which is the

cause of the current works.

The current clock was

donated by Mr Lewis

Daubuz, a local resident

and the Vice Warden of

the Stannaries. His portrait

hangs in the Council’s

committee room.

He is also the namesake

of Daubuz Moor and was

famed for the gardens

and plantations he

established on the

adjacent site now known

as Treseder’s Gardens.

In the Council Chamber,

there is a brass plate

commemorating Mr

Daubuz’s donation, though

it states that the donor was

anonymous. However, it

was later revealed in the

Netherton’s Almanack

that Mr Daubuz was the

generous benefactor.

City Hall and its clock

tower is a significant part

of Truro’s history. City Hall

was built as an expression

of Truro’s civic strength, a

product of its economic

wealth. It contained all

the instruments of civic

governance, including the

Fire Station, the Police

Station, the town council

and the Magistrate’s


At the time, it was a

popular idiom to describe

the court, or being due in

court, as being ‘under the

town clock’.

The Magistrate’s Court

was also the Stannary

Court, which heard cases

under Stannary Law. The

privileges of the stannaries

were legislated following

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the creation of the Duchy

of Cornwall in 1337.

City Hall is still the rightful

home of Truro City Council,

and the work to the clock

tower is vital to restoring

and protecting the vast

history and heritage of Our

Great Little City.

We look forward to

seeing the completion

of the works to the clock

tower in the spring of this


In the meantime, if you

have any interesting facts

about City Hall or the clock

tower, we’d love to hear


Email your facts or stories

to communications@truro.


For updates on the work

and other projects, please

follow us on Facebook

@trurocitycouncil, and visit our website: www.truro.gov.uk

You can also call on 01872 274766.

Pictures kindly supplied by Cornwall Council.

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Mayor’s Diary

words by Stephen Webb

Sea Cadets and Royal

Marine Cadets

December started with life lessons and

seeing these young sea and marine cadets

win awards for all their hard work in

preparing themselves for life’s challenges.

I wondered what I could talk to them about:

when my speech wrote itself in the first 10

minutes of the evening. C/Sgt (SCC) Freya

Peachey started by showing a presentation

that was not saved from the night before.

That moment you want to be swallowed up

by a big hole in the ground. Freya handled it

perfectly and as the evening went on it got

more enjoyable as things clearly did not go

to plans. What better wisdom is there than

when things 'go wrong'; we can

learn to deal with what we receive. The whole

evening was brilliant, and my speech focused

on embracing the unknown and advising

the sea and marine cadets that things very

rarely go exactly to plan - and that is all right.

Congratulations to the City of Truro Sea and

Royal Marine Cadets for all their awards, and

to Freya and the team winning most of them

this year.

© PR4 Photos

want to express my deep gratitude to all the

volunteers, and everyone who donates. It may

not feel like it at times, but it is really making

a difference. These initiatives, although not

unique, are needed more than ever.

In the photo, myself and Sue Boorman (I’m

not sure about the rest). Sue is one of the

only original founding members from 25

years ago.

More information: www.sea-cadets.org/truro

Truro Homeless Action


There is one group in Truro who have been

feeding the homeless for nearly 25 years.

Twelve months ago I had no idea they existed:

The Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) run

by volunteers is a lifeline to many, especially

in this cold weather! Such deep dedication

on many projects rarely lasts more than the

initial excitement. This one is different, and I

I have been Mayor for over eighteen months

and approaching the last few. I am starting to

reflect my time as mayor. Did I make a difference?

I turned 50 in December - a milestone

I never thought I would see when I ended

up paralysed over 30 years ago. Here I am,

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Chairperson – City of Truro Unit – Alex Lamb

4 Troop Commander – Alpha Company Royal Marines Cadets – Lt (SCC) William Chapman RMR

Cornwall District Officer – Lt Cdr (SCC) Ben Nash

Cornwall Deputy District Officer – Lt (SCC) Jan Cooper

(I’m standing up behind you) – Officer In Charge – C/Sgt (SCC) Freya Peachey

living the most incredible life (albeit painful

and difficult at times). The King’s coronation

will be my last big event before handing

back my robes, and taking off the chain. I

will never see Truro in the same way, and I

look forward to continuing the work I started

- building a vision for Truro the City and

Cornwall, and working with so many people,

moving their projects forward will be who I am

from now on. I love it.

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Lighting accounts for 15% of a typical

UK household’s electricity bill, so it’s

worth looking at cutting costs here

where you can.

LED Light bulbs last

up to 5 times longer

than halogen bulbs

and use less energy to

run, so the savings are

made on electricity

and replacement bulb


Bring in your old bulb

and let the team at

Mallett’s Home

Hardware find the LED

equivalent to start

saving pounds.





prepares for

her 30th Great

Daffodil Appeal

Lynda Thomas, Community

fundraiser with Marie Curie is

now gearing up for her 30th

Great Daffodil Appeal.

The last three years have been very challenging

for everyone but Marie Curie volunteers are

keen to get back to organising collections and

placing the little daffodil boxes in shops and

businesses to raise vital funds for the charity.

Lynda said: “I love this time of year when

volunteers will be supporting the charity’s

annual flagship fundraiser – the Great Daffodil

Appeal. Marie Curie was forced to cancel its

public collections for the past two years due to

the pandemic. This year collections are going

ahead across the UK and I would like to ask

new and existing supporters to come forward

to show their support. We’re so excited that

this year we’ll be dusting off our big yellow hats

and getting back out there again to host our

much-loved collections.

We can’t do this alone, though. We rely on

volunteers to donate their time to help us

raise as much money as we can so that we can

continue to work and ensure Marie Curie is

there for terminally ill people, and their families

in their final days, weeks, months.

Volunteering at a collection is not only a

great way to support Marie Curie but also

a chance to meet new people in your local

community. Our team will support you from

the moment you sign-up too, making sure

you have everything you need to safely

encourage the public to donate and wear

one of our iconic daffodil pins.”

The charity is dependent on public donations

so that its nurses can continue working on the

frontline caring for people at the end of life in

their own homes. Donations also support its

Information and Support line, which provides a

listening ear to anyone dealing with any aspect

of death, dying and bereavement.

During the Great Daffodil Appeal the annual

National Day of Reflection will take place. On

Thursday 23 March, the charity is encouraging

everyone to wear a daffodil pin and take a

moment to show their support for the millions

of people bereaved during the pandemic and

remember the people we’ve lost.

To sign-up to volunteer to collect for Marie

Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal please visit:

Mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Lynda

Thomas on 01872 260500.

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What’s going

on at Truro

Community Library?


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.

Poetry Group

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

Every Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00 – join a

fun, informal social group of like-minded

crafters using a variety of 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 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 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

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



Truro City

Ranger’s Report

Toby Cogan and Anna Cormie

As we welcome the new year,

there are plenty of flora and fauna

to look out for. From early winter

to early spring, one of the many

fungi we see is the Scarlet Elf Cup


This vibrant red

fungus can

be found on


branches and

among the leaf

litter on the

floor. As they

prefer the damp

and shade, you

A scarlet elf cup on the forest floor

will have to look closely from path edges to see

if you can spot these small cups. While inedible

for humans, they are a winter food source for

rodents and slugs to enjoy and have been used

in medicine to stop bleeding by the Oneida

Native Americans. It is said in European folklore

that elves would drink from these small cupshaped

fungi, giving them the name Scarlet Elf

Cup. However, one of our volunteers likened

the fungi to a paint pot so they may have many

uses. If you’re lucky enough, you may not only

see a Scarlet Elf Cup but also an elf itself!

It is in early to


when female

badgers, Meles

meles, (sows)

give birth to

their young,

placing them

in a chamber

A badger caught on our wildlife camera

A young wren fledgling

with bedding typically made from hay, grass

and ferns. It may seem unwise to raise young

during one of the coldest months of the year,

but there is clever reason why badgers do this.

Although badgers can mate at almost any time

in a year, they only have this one litter a year

due to delayed impregnation. This means that

when the cubs are ready to first emerge from

their dens after 8-10 weeks, spring is already in

full swing with plentiful food sources available.

This is a fantastic adaptation giving the young

the longest time possible to fatten up before

the following winter.

During these winter months many small

insectivorous small birds leave the UK or switch

to eating seeds/fruits. But not the Eurasian

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes! Weighing

only around 10g or just a little more than a

£1 coin, wrens have to continuously forage to

find enough food. Wrens are the UK’s most

common breeding bird, with an estimated 8.6

million breeding territories.

However, during prolonged cold winter

conditions their population can suffer declines

when every cold, long night is a battle for

survival. Often for these tiny birds, all the

weight they’ve gained during the day foraging

is used to keep them warm overnight!

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I am Daniel Patchett, a geography

graduate at the University of Exeter’s

Penryn campus.

I stumbled upon this campus in Cornwall

by a happy accident. I had booked to go

to Exeter University’s Open Day, unaware

of the existence of Penryn or the campus

located there. The day before Dad and

I were to travel I glanced at the form on

the kitchen table - and was surprised to

see the address read; Penryn Cornwall,

not Exeter. I looked it up and found that

the university had a campus in Cornwall.

So, we booked an Airbnb in Falmouth,

and headed down.

When we arrived, I fell in love with

Falmouth and knew this was where I

wanted to study. Three years later, I am

yet to leave! I did consider a few other

places, providing a more traditional

urban experience, but none of them

appealed to me quite like Falmouth.

The vibrant, lively Cornish town set

on the coast in the middle of open

countryside was very appealing,

especially as I am not a fan of big


It was the perfect place. My time

at university was affected by the

Covid19 pandemic. When I returned to

Falmouth in July 2020, the place was

unlike the buzzing town I had come to

live in 2019.

I was able to get through the

lockdowns, with the help of friends I

lived with at the time, and the town

itself. I went frequently on walks in the

fresh coastal air and spent days on

the beaches; experiences I would not

have had in a city environment. So, I

am grateful and glad to have chosen

Falmouth as the place in which to study

and live.

I am still in Falmouth and up until the

end of the summer season I was working

as a mixologist at the Hotel Meudon.

My reason for staying is that Cornwall

has become my home and I don’t fancy

leaving! From the day I first came here

with my Dad I have loved

Cornwall, and I will view it

as my home for years to

come - I do not envisage

leaving. I am currently

concentrating on a career

in writing.

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News from

Truro BID

Truro BID delivers events, projects and

services for Truro, Truro’s businesses &

everyone working in the city centre. They

are business led & not for profit.

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had

an enjoyable Christmas and all businesses

experienced good trading over the festive

period, especially given the current economic


It was great to have a number of shops

popping up in Truro for the festive season

and witness the city being in full swing in the

lead up to Christmas!

© PR4Photos

as well as Truro City Council and the Hall for


The lights were switched-on pirate style to

complement Hall for Cornwall’s Christmas

Show, Treasure Island, and we just had to share

some images!

We were also delighted to work with Coppice

Theatre to bring back Finding Father

Christmas at Truro Cathedral, the unique

grotto and storytelling experience, which ran

for five dates in December.

© PR4Photos

We deliver the Christmas Lights each year,

made possible due to the 380 or so businesses

who pay the Truro BID Levy, so we hope

everyone enjoyed the lights whilst they

shopped and worked throughout the festive


As you may know, Truro BID was responsible

for kicking off the city’s Christmas celebrations

with Festive Friday on 18th November, which

featured Truro’s Christmas Lights Switch-on and

a parade. It was great to work with Pirate FM’s

Johnny Cowling and Lucy Start on the event,

© PR4Photos

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The next event that we’re organising is the

annual ‘City Clean Up’ where we work with

Newham BID, local businesses, organisations

(including Truro City Council) and residents to

spruce up Truro via cleaning, sticker removal

and litter picking. It’s a chance to do some extra

cleaning in addition to the services provided

by Biffa.

Thank you to everyone who worked with us

on the Christmas events and to everyone who

came along.

City Clean Up will be taking place on Thursday

16th to Saturday 18th March. To get involved

and give as little as an hour to help clean up

the city, either as a Truro business or resident,

email: sian.knights@trurobid.co.uk in the first


© Hall for Cornwall

As well as events, we provide services for Truro

based businesses. We’d like to reach out to

those working in Truro City Centre, to invite

you to monthly Shopwatch meetings, where

you can share local crime related issues and

knowledge with other businesses, the police

and Truro BID.

Although crime itself is not positive, the

Shopwatch meetings are a helpful forum where

employees in Truro can feel supported and find

out about the ongoing work behind the scenes

to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The first Shopwatch meeting for 2023 is on

Tuesday 10th January and all Truro City Centre

based businesses are welcome to attend.

Finally, with the Christmas Lights coming down

and signifying the end of the festivities, we

really do urge everyone to continue to support

Truro’s shops, eateries and service businesses

during the winter and beyond.

We appreciate that it’s a difficult time for many,

although please do support the high street as

much as you can. You can do this by shopping

in person, getting a coffee whilst out, having

your haircut in Truro or using the local legal,

financial and property firms.

Truro businesses please feel free to contact us

on 01872 273 999.

Alun Jones, Truro BID Manager

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What’s on January & February

Murder Mystery at the Museum

Friday 9th December - Monday 13th

February, during usual opening hours

Royal Cornwall Museum

w: royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Tuesday 10th January, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Welsh National Opera Orchestra: New

Year Concert

Wednesday 11th January, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Creative Wellbeing for Children

Saturday 14th January & Saturday 11th

February, 13.30 - 15.45

Truro Cathedral

w: trurocathedral.org.uk

The Commitments

Monday 16th - Saturday 21st January,

various performances

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Chorister Experience Day

Saturday 21st January, 12.30 - 15.30

Truro Cathedral

For boys in years 2, 3 and 4

w: trurocathedral.org.uk

Cushion Concert

Saturday 21st January, 14.30 - 15.30

Truro Cathedral

w: trurocathedral.org.uk

Royal Marines Band

Sunday 22nd January, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

An Inspector Calls

Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th January, various


Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Silent Disco Yoga & Meditation

Saturday 28th January, 17.30 - 19.45

Truro Cathedral

w: trurocathedral.org.uk

Jess Gillam

Sunday 29th January, 18.00

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Motionhouse - Nobody

Tuesday 31st January

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Strictly Ballroom

Monday 6th - Saturday 11th February,

various performances

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

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The Lavender Hill Mob

Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th

February, various performances

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Beyond the Barricade

Wednesday 22nd February, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

The Magic of Motown

Thursday 23rd February, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Michael - Starring Ben

Friday 24th February, 19.30

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Fireman Sam Live!

Saturday 25th February, 12.00 &


Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.uk

Rock of Ages

Tuesday 28th February - Saturday 4th

March, various performances

Hall for Cornwall

w: hallforcornwall.co.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

Like & Follow us on


A service provided by Truro City Council

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 - 24 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@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk

OR text the words ‘ADVICE POWERHOUSE’ to 78866.

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


Truro Together

Brain Matter

Left Overs

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common saying when read from left to right and line by line.


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Eight free healing

spots available

Monday 23rd January 10am - 3pm

Is life overwhelming you? Are you finding it

hard to concentrate? A healing session may be

just what you need. Each session is designed

to de-stress, help you find clarity, inner peace

and calm. Plus the chance to walk around the

beautiful Pinetum gardens for free!

As part of our well-being programme for

Cornwall, Pranic Healing in Cornwall are

offering free sessions with a free day pass to

Pinetum Gardens in St Austell on 23rd January.

8 half hour sessions are available taking place at

the Stone Barn Cottage at Pinetum Gardens, St

Austell. Booking essential.

Please book online:


For more information on Pinetum Gardens

visit: www.pinetumgardens.com




Life is becoming pressurised and

stressful for many of us. If you

have children you may find they are

picking up on these stresses and with

pressure of their own they are prone

to illnesses and low self esteem.

New to Cornwall, Pranic Healing in Cornwall,

are offering a series of fun, relaxing wellbeing

sessions to children between ages 6 and 17.

The sessions aim to give them coping

mechanisms to deal with simple emotions

like worry, anger, sadness helping them to be

happier children, sleeping well and having

better focus and concentration at school.

Next set of four sessions start:

Wednesday 1st February. Each session

is £6 or book 4 for £20.

Course sessions: February 1st and 15th and

March 1st and 15th.

For more information contact Therese

on: 07786 735 711

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



Local Care Home

Celebrates 30thanniversary


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Truro Old

Cornwall Society

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The Society will meet every 2nd Tuesday

of each month 10th January and 14th

February at St George’s Church Hall (St

George’s Road) 7.30pm.

January 10th - Members Night - Bring a tale,

and object, a song or dance.

Guest: Nev Meek, President of Federation of Old

Cornwall Societies

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


President: Bert Biscoe, 3 Lower Rosewin Row,

Truro TR1 1EN – 01872 242293

Treasurer: Michael Sterry, Truro.










Better late than never.

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1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6.45pm

4th,18th January|1st,15th February | 1st,15th March

Shortlanesend Village Hall, School Hill,

Shortlanesend, Truro, TR4 9DU

t: 07786 735711 | healing@pranichealingcornwall.co.uk

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


Pranic Healing Cornwall and Pinetum Gardens are holding a wellbeing day

on Monday 23rd January from 10am - 3pm.

Only 8 slots available - healing held at the Stone Barn Lodge overlooking

the pine gardens and with free access to PInetem Gardens on the day.

Booking essential - more details at: www.trurotogether.co.uk/pinetum

See inside page29

Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush Rd, Holmbush, St Austell, PL25 3RQ


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