Truro Together May June 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, many of the shops, cafes and places of interest as well as in Tescos and Sainsbury.

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, many of the shops, cafes and places of interest as well as in Tescos and Sainsbury.


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TRURO<br />

<strong>Together</strong><br />


Quiet Connections<br />

Dementia diagnosis<br />

Meditation for Inner Peace<br />

Community Football Sessions<br />

The orange button<br />

What happens at CHAOS<br />

Hear from <strong>Truro</strong> City Rangers<br />

Treat a friend to cake and tea at Mallets<br />

Complimentary copies delivered by Royal Mail to 8,300 homes and businesses in <strong>Truro</strong>.<br />

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<strong>Truro</strong> Homeless<br />

Action Group<br />

Need Volunteers & Funding<br />

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March/April <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Issue 76

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TRURO<br />

<strong>Together</strong><br />

Useful Numbers<br />

Age UK helpline (Cornwall):<br />

01872 266 383<br />

Services include iTea & biscuits, exercise<br />

classes & social clubs.<br />

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650<br />

Citizens Advice Cornwall: 0800 144 8848<br />

For a call back (exc weekends)<br />

Text: ADVICE to 78866 or DEBT to 78866<br />

Samaritans - if you need someone to talk to,<br />

they listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to<br />

do. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org<br />

(24 hr response)<br />

With you in <strong>Truro</strong> - confidential treatment to<br />

those with alcohol & drug issues or close to<br />

them. Western House in <strong>Truro</strong>. Open 9-5pm<br />

10-4pm Sat<br />

Referral line: 01872 263 001<br />

Chaos Group - delivers street outreach on Thurs<br />

& Sun evening delivering food, bedding & warm<br />

clothing.<br />

t: 01872 246 725<br />

The Big Issue - there are a team of Big Issue<br />

sellers in <strong>Truro</strong>. You’ll know Nick & Briony who<br />

sell by M&S and Stuart and Dean. They have<br />

to buy copies and then sell on for a no-sale<br />

no-return basis. Please if you buy one - take<br />

one. Sellers are working not begging.<br />

Meet the Team<br />

Publisher, Editor & Sales<br />

Therese Cooklin - 07786 735711<br />

Magazine Designer<br />

Mathew Peet, Digital Bear Design - 01949 839206<br />

Content is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however <strong>Truro</strong><br />

<strong>Together</strong> part of Abstract Niche Ltd cannot be held liable for loss or<br />

damage, caused by errors or omissions. Inclusion of advertisers does<br />

not indicate our endorsement of their products or services.<br />

Boscawen Park in Spring<br />

Hello & welcome!<br />

Every morning I am amazed when I open the curtains<br />

and see beautiful Cornwall and nature working its magic<br />

in front of me. I am so grateful!<br />

There are so many wonderful people and organisations<br />

in Cornwall coming together to help people who need a<br />

helping hand. I hope you find this issue inspiring for you<br />

to help or can find help from the articles written.<br />

I was blessed to meet Pam and Jan, the chair and<br />

secretary of <strong>Truro</strong> Homeless Action Group. They and<br />

all the volunteers carry out amazing work on such a<br />

shoestring budget. They are in need of volunteers to<br />

help with their cause, see p4 if you want to help.<br />

When COVID-19 struck back in 2020, communities came<br />

together in ways never seen before, and cohesively<br />

formed friendships with new neighbours, tourists, family,<br />

acquaintances and strangers together. We shared in life’s<br />

fragility and how we are on a tipping balance between<br />

survival and extinction, so stop a moment and breathe…<br />

ground yourself.<br />

Kindness and love are free to give - remember we are<br />

all human beings finding our way, learning lessons<br />

no matter how harsh things seem at the time, there is a<br />

reason for everything. Take care.<br />

With love,<br />

Therese<br />

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Volunteers required<br />

for <strong>Truro</strong> Homeless<br />

Action Group<br />

THAG - <strong>Truro</strong> Homeless Action Group was<br />

formed in 1997 by Ann Boorman and a group<br />

of like minded people who started a Breakfast<br />

Club to give homeless and vulnerably housed<br />

people a better start to their day.<br />

Currently, the church hall of St John’s Church on<br />

Strangways Terrace is where breakfast is served<br />

everyday from 7 - 9 am.<br />

A team of loyal volunteers arrive every morning<br />

to offer clients a warm welcome, refuge from the<br />

weather, a full English breakfast, tea, coffee and<br />

takeaway sandwiches. THAG also gives out a<br />

range of useful items to clients such as clothing,<br />

shoes, toiletries, sleeping bags, flasks - mobile<br />

phones can also be charged.<br />

On Christmas and Boxing Day, instead of<br />

breakfast,a full roast turkey lunch with all the<br />

Mental Health Awareness<br />

The 15th – 21st <strong>May</strong> is Mental Health<br />

Awareness Week, creating a great opportunity<br />

to reach out to people you know and discuss<br />

mental health.<br />

Cornwall Council have an ‘Orange Button’<br />

scheme. Someone wearing an Orange Button<br />

has undertakentraining in mental health or suicide<br />

prevention training and is comfortable talking<br />

about suicide in a non-judgemental way. People<br />

struggling with mental ill health, having thoughts<br />

of suicide or worried about a friend or family<br />

member, can now “push the button” when they<br />

see someone displaying a distinctive orange<br />

badge and ask them for information and support.<br />

If you wish to do this training yourself, see<br />

healthycornwall.org.uk/training for information.<br />

ð If you are worried that someone you know is<br />

suicidal, ask how they are. Most people who<br />

feel suicidal do not get the chance to talk about<br />

it before the act on their thoughts. By listening<br />

and engaging in conversation you could help<br />

someone to stay safe long enough to re-evaluate<br />

their thoughts and get the help they need.<br />

Volunteers Mary (right) and <strong>June</strong> (left)<br />

trimmings and Christmas pud is provided! Presents<br />

are also given out and the atmosphere is great.<br />

THAG couldn’t do their amazing work without the<br />

volunteers and a range of marvellous supporters<br />

including The Food Bank, local churches, St John’s<br />

PCC who provide us with the hall, and a range<br />

of benefactors who provide us with funds and<br />

donations.The clients are always extremely<br />

grateful for all the help they are given and would<br />

join the volunteers in thanking everyone who<br />

make up the wonderful THAG community.<br />

THAG are always looking for willing volunteers<br />

to help with our rewarding work - if you can<br />

spare a few hours a week/fortnight/month<br />

from 7 - 9 am to help us provide a better start<br />

to the morning for the homeless and vulnerable<br />

of our area of Cornwall - we would love to hear<br />

from you - contact Jan via email -<br />

pestivien2000@yahoo.co.uk<br />

It is a myth that<br />

talking about suicide<br />

can put the idea into<br />

someone’s head. You<br />

don’t have to feel<br />

like you need to find<br />

solutions to their<br />

problems. Actively<br />

listen to them;<br />

don’tjudge them.<br />

Encourage them to<br />

seek professional help.<br />

Medical Emergency: When someone is seriously<br />

ill or injured and their life is at risk: 999<br />

Other support:<br />

- jo@samaritans.org. Helpline: 116 123<br />

- Cornwallft.nhs.uk/suicide-liaison-service<br />

- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental<br />

health response line: 0800 038 5300<br />

- NHS general information – call 111<br />

- CHILDLINE under 19<br />

www.childline.org.ukHelpline 0800 1111<br />

- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)<br />

www.thecalmzone.net: 0800 58 58 58<br />

- SHOUT anyone in crisis Text: 85258<br />

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The <strong>Truro</strong><br />

Loops Project<br />

Words by Loic Rich<br />

The <strong>Truro</strong> Loops Project is about<br />

re-connecting our City with its natural<br />

maritime and rural surroundings.<br />

I grew up on the North Coast of Cornwall,<br />

then moved to <strong>Truro</strong>, where I eventually<br />

became a local councillor. Always keen to get<br />

out and enjoy walking or cycling locally in the<br />

countryside since attending <strong>Truro</strong> Sixth Form,<br />

I was always aware of the beauty of the former<br />

Newham Railway line, with its proximity to<br />

Calenick Creek that takes you - especially on<br />

hot dry summer days - away from the stress<br />

and pressure of A level studies (with a sneaky<br />

lunch-time stroll just a stone’s throw from the<br />

bustle of the City!)<br />

A walk with a girlfriend in my early days as a<br />

Cornwall Councillor rekindled my passion for<br />

this trail, and when I met some local residents<br />

at Boscawen Park to discuss how to make<br />

Malpas Road safer for walkers and cyclists, the<br />

idea of a bridge across the River to Newham<br />

came up, and then with it, all the potential<br />

connections, including the Newham Trail,<br />

morphed into what is now known as the<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Loops.<br />

Essentially, a way for locals and visitors alike,<br />

to take in the best of both worlds, Town and<br />

Country, whether on foot, bike, and where<br />

possible with pushchairs, wheelchairs, and<br />

other forms of active or assisted travel. Let’s<br />

rediscover our connections with nature, and<br />

get healthier, fitter, and happier at the same<br />

time.<br />

But all of this vision required hard work,<br />

dedication, commitment, and in the past few<br />

years an incredibly good team of volunteers<br />

has put in a great deal of effort and energy to<br />

bring about not only the completed sections<br />

of the <strong>Truro</strong> Loops, but also the necessary<br />

feasibility studies, and adminsitrative work,<br />

such as fundraising, bid writing, and organising<br />

community walks and exhibitions, all to raise<br />

public awareness.<br />

The result is considerable support for the<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Loops, some big successes such as the<br />

improved Newham Trail, and support from<br />

the <strong>Truro</strong> Town Deal fund for the proposed<br />

pedestrian and cyclist bridge at Lighterage<br />

Quay, which would realise a vital sustainable<br />

and accessible connection between Boscawen<br />

Park, Malpas Road and Newham, including<br />

connecting to the Newham Trail.<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> River Working Group CIC is the vehicle<br />

behind the vision, and leading members: Sue<br />

Brown (chair), Birgit Hontzsch, Alan Street,<br />

Richard Fish, and Stephen Bohane have played<br />

a vital part in making the <strong>Truro</strong> Loops a reality.<br />

Both Cornwall and <strong>Truro</strong> City Councils are long<br />

standing partners of the <strong>Truro</strong> Loops Project,<br />

with a range of local businesses: Stephens<br />

and Scown, Vitamin Cornwall, the Old Bakery<br />

Studios, and Mei Loci landscape architects<br />

giving considerable support.<br />

For more details on the <strong>Truro</strong> Loops please<br />

visit www.truroloops.co.uk<br />

If you would like to volunteer with us please<br />

email truroloops.info@gmail.com or<br />

call 01872 276 630 for more information.<br />

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The CHAOS Group works at the heart of<br />

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of support, opportunity and creative<br />

solutions, to help make positive change.<br />

Whether it’s wellbeing, mental and<br />

physical health, employment, skill sharing<br />

or connecting communities, we’re<br />

passionate about helping one and all.<br />

CHAOS stands for Community Helping All of<br />

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any donations here at CHAOS HQ before<br />

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The CHAOS Group also includes CHAOS Farm<br />

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Eden, located at Bodelva near St Austell. Freshly<br />

picked, seasonal vegetables donated by the<br />

farm are a great way of making sure there’s fresh,<br />

healthy food available.<br />

Our weekly larders operate from three different<br />

venues in the <strong>Truro</strong> area.<br />

Monday (11am-12pm) – Trelander Village Hall<br />

Tuesday (11am-12pm) – Malpas Road<br />

Community Centre<br />

Wednesday (2.30pm-3.30pm) –<br />

Malabar Community Annexe<br />

These larders are great for more than food,<br />

there are hot drinks provided and at times hot<br />

food is available depending on supply. Pop<br />

along for a cuppa, and sit down for a chat with<br />

the community whilst you’re there.<br />

Stayathome Cornwall is where it all began, our<br />

CQC Regulated care agency provides a variety of<br />

support services to all ages across Mid Cornwall<br />

with more than 20 years’ experience. Next door is<br />

Iconic Hair & Beauty, our very own hair and beauty<br />

salon here in <strong>Truro</strong>, the team work hard to deliver<br />

treatments and services that promote physical<br />

and emotional wellbeing. With a real focus on<br />

inclusion, everyone’s welcome. More recently,<br />

CHAOS Digital provides affordable and<br />

professional digital media services, including<br />

broadcasting, video & audio production as well<br />

as live events and social media management and<br />

much more. Did we mention we have our very<br />

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here to help shine a light on those that deserve it.<br />

Bringing that CHAOS flare to every production.<br />

Locally we work with various supermarkets and<br />

suppliers to arrange division of any surplus food<br />

among the community and make sure nothing<br />

If you’re in need of a support or would like<br />

more information, you can contact The<br />

CHAOS Group on 01872 277600 or via<br />

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will see how we can help.<br />

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<strong>Truro</strong> City<br />

ranger’s report<br />

Anna Cormie<br />

<strong>May</strong> and <strong>June</strong> mark the start of warm<br />

summer months, a welcome sight to<br />

many people and our wildlife. Our<br />

wild areas in <strong>Truro</strong> now have a more<br />

obvious presence of flora and fauna<br />

brought out by the warmer weather<br />

and longer days.<br />

One wildflower<br />

that is best<br />

seen in <strong>May</strong><br />

and <strong>June</strong> is<br />

the Southern<br />

Marsh Orchid<br />

(Dactylorhiza<br />

praetermissa). It<br />

favours marshy<br />

areas with<br />

damp chalky<br />

soil, but can<br />

also be found<br />

in drier areas.<br />

Likely due to the<br />

changes in agricultural practices, the southern<br />

march orchid has sadly vanished from 20%<br />

of its original range, but this beautiful flower<br />

can still be found if you know where to look.<br />

Daubuz Moor, our lovely site off of Moresk<br />

Road, is the perfect marshy riverside habitat for<br />

this wildflower. In amongst the green grasses of<br />

our meadows, accents of purpley-pink can be<br />

found if you look closely. Once you’ve found<br />

one, you will see many more around –<br />

particularly in the second meadow.<br />

While you may be less likely to spot them,<br />

other new life to be found on our sites are<br />

newborn Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus).<br />

These adorable fawns are born in <strong>May</strong> and<br />

<strong>June</strong>, with mating season having been the<br />

previous summer, and will hide in the long<br />

grasses and bracken while they find their feet.<br />

Deer can be illusive, often preferring to keep<br />

their distance from humans but hopefully we<br />

will be able to capture images of these baby<br />

deer on our wildlife cameras to share with you.<br />

Butterflies will also be on the wing now, some<br />

of these will have hibernated as adults over<br />

the winter. Others, such as the Holly Blue<br />

(Celastrina argiolus), have overwintered as<br />

chrysalises formed the previous autumn.<br />

These stunning little blue butterflies can be<br />

found in the Northern Meadows in Coosebean<br />

Woodland, a real hotspot for butterfly life.<br />

Holly blue numbers peak in <strong>May</strong>, followed by a<br />

second peak in July and August when the next<br />

brood of butterflies appear.<br />

Want to help your local pollinators? Join in<br />

‘No Mow <strong>May</strong>’. This simple exercise of not<br />

mowing your garden for the month of <strong>May</strong><br />

can boost the volume of food available for<br />

our pollinators. To optimise your garden for<br />

pollinators, allow your lawns to grow freely<br />

for the month of <strong>May</strong>. This month is when the<br />

soils tend to be warm enough for grasses and<br />

flowers to start really growing and provide food<br />

for pollinators. In general, if we cut back on our<br />

grass cutting to once a month, we can allow<br />

pollinators to make the most of our gardens,<br />

and if we rotate areas that we don’t cut at all we<br />

can ensure our gardens are always providing<br />

food for our local pollinators.<br />

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Providing free hot cooked breakfasts to local homeless and<br />

vulnerable people every day of the year – except Christmas<br />

Day and Boxing Day when we cook a Christmas meal instead.<br />

If you would like to make a donation, please contact<br />

pestivien2000@yahoo.co.uk for the THAG bank details.<br />

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News from<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> BID<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> BID delivers events, projects<br />

and services for <strong>Truro</strong>, <strong>Truro</strong>’s<br />

businesses and everyone working<br />

in the city centre which are over<br />

and above the services provided<br />

by local authorities and statutory<br />

agencies. They business led & not<br />

for profit.<br />

We hope you are enjoying the colourful<br />

bunting in the city which we funded and<br />

installed at Easter to brighten up <strong>Truro</strong>.<br />

From <strong>May</strong> until September, we are<br />

looking forwarding to welcoming the <strong>Truro</strong><br />

Antiques & Collectables Market back to<br />

Lemon Quay for ten dates on the second<br />

Saturday and fourth Wednesday each<br />

month.<br />

We support both the <strong>Truro</strong> Antiques &<br />

Collectables Market, and the monthly<br />

Cornwall Shop Small Market by lending<br />

out our colourful gazebos as the markets<br />

help generate footfall by creating a<br />

destination that will benefit many other<br />

resident businesses.<br />

On Saturday 1 July we’re excited to be<br />

hosting Children’s Day the sixth year. There<br />

will be more, mostly free entertainment<br />

and activities than ever before including<br />

spectacular mountain bike stunt shows<br />

and, new for <strong>2023</strong>, skateboarding demos<br />

and performance parkour demos on<br />

Lemon Quay.<br />

Children can have a go at skateboarding,<br />

performance parkour, circus skills, dance<br />

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shops and eateries will have family friendly<br />

in-store activities and offers. For details<br />

see the Children’s Day advert on the back<br />

cover!<br />

We are also putting on a new event on<br />

Sunday 30 July, the <strong>Truro</strong> Classic Car Show<br />

which will take place on Lemon Quay from<br />

10.30am to 3.30pm. The show will be a<br />

relaxed and rare opportunity to see a wide<br />

variety of cherished classic and vintage<br />

cars, and enjoy live entertainment. Cars on<br />

show include a collection of Morris Minors,<br />

‘Whistling Billy’ The Racing ‘White’ Steam<br />

Car, Jaguars, Mercedes and a Bentley.<br />

The <strong>Truro</strong> Classic Car Show will be free to<br />

attend and Macmillan Cancer Support will<br />

be fundraising on the day.<br />

Both Children’s Day and the <strong>Truro</strong><br />

Classic Car Show are being brought to you<br />

by <strong>Truro</strong> BID and sponsored by Coodes<br />

Solicitors. Details of all events in <strong>Truro</strong> are<br />

at: www.visittruro.org.uk<br />

and a balance and pedal bike obstacle<br />

course. There will be street entertainment<br />

popping up across the city, plus many<br />

On behalf of <strong>Truro</strong>’s businesses, please<br />

continue to support our cities shops,<br />

eateries and service businesses as much as<br />

you can. <strong>Truro</strong> businesses please feel free<br />

to contact us on 01872 273 999.<br />

Alun Jones, <strong>Truro</strong> BID Manager<br />

www.trurobid.co.uk<br />

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News from<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> City Council<br />

Our City<br />

Boscawen Park is looking outstanding<br />

with the duck pond and shrub areas all<br />

receiving a huge amount of revitalisation.<br />

The City centre itself has also seen huge<br />

clean ups and improvements on our<br />

herbaceous borders and areas that have<br />

been neglected since Covid.<br />

The team in Victoria Gardens has also been<br />

hard at work and you will see that many<br />

areas have been cut back, cleared and<br />

replanted.<br />

You can really see the difference that these<br />

teams have made throughout the whole of<br />

the parks and gardens within the City. This is<br />

due to the fantastic work, commitment and<br />

dedication of our wonderful staff and they<br />

make me very proud to be their manager.<br />

I must say that the Spring bulb displays<br />

this year have looked absolutely stunning<br />

throughout the whole of the City. We have<br />

received many compliments from residents<br />

and visitors.<br />

Café & Tennis Pavilion<br />

All building and construction works are<br />

complete and we are currently in the<br />

process of awaiting for the tarmac to be laid<br />

around the outside of the facility, so that this<br />

can then be signed off by Cornwall councils<br />

planning department, under the building<br />

regulations.<br />

These facilities include a cafe, which will<br />

host 40 inside and 20 outside, as well as<br />

toilet facilities for the cafe users.<br />

There is also new changing, shower, and<br />

toilet facilities for the tennis users of the<br />

courts. There is also the addition of public<br />

conveniences at the far end of the new<br />

facility.<br />

Also, in amongst the development is a room<br />

which has been constructed, which will be<br />

leased to the <strong>Truro</strong> loops project.<br />

As stated earlier we are now waiting for the<br />

tarmacking to be undertaken, which will<br />

include the whole of the car park area at<br />

Boscawen Park.<br />

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Nursery Development<br />

We are now in the position that all the<br />

polytunnels have been covered and<br />

constructed on site and are now in use.<br />

The nursery team grew all the winter<br />

displays in these facilities last year. They<br />

are now in the process of starting to move<br />

plants over when they get to a big enough<br />

stage, from Boscawen Park Nursery for the<br />

summer displays this year.<br />

We still haven’t been successful with trying<br />

to find a company to install the two large<br />

green houses required to complete the site.<br />

Quotes have also been received for the<br />

design and planning application to<br />

construct a chemical store.<br />

Hendra Play Area<br />

The play area has also seen significant investment over the last 12 months. We have<br />

resurfaced the five-a-side kick about area with tarmacadam and all of the play equipment<br />

received new safety surfacing.<br />

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News from<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> City Council<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Public Cemetery<br />

The cemetery at St Clement Hill has<br />

also seen significant investment in the<br />

tarmacking programme, carrying out<br />

necessary repairs to potholes and areas that<br />

have been damaged by tree roots. There<br />

has also been the installation of a new path<br />

going up through the newer section, at the<br />

top of the cemetery, all of which has been<br />

well received by visitors.<br />

The maintenance team have also been busy<br />

in the construction of a new parking area at<br />

the top right-hand corner of the cemetery,<br />

which will then in turn, in the future become<br />

the access road to the new Cemetery purchased<br />

many years ago.<br />

Tree Work<br />

Following on from the report from our tree<br />

surveyor, we have been busy carrying out<br />

lots of work on trees in and around the<br />

Parks and Cemetery. Most of this work<br />

is sadly associated with ash dieback,<br />

something that we are going to see a<br />

huge increase in over the coming years.<br />

Treffry Road<br />

The team have been busy working with the<br />

community planting a native woodland at<br />

Treffry Road, planting over 250 trees in<br />

association with the Forrest for Cornwall<br />

project. In January this year the addition of<br />

a community fruit and nut orchard was also<br />

planted at the top of the slopes, along with<br />

two thousand Crocuses in the suds area.<br />

This was all funded by the <strong>Truro</strong> Rotary<br />

Club.<br />

Victoria Gardens<br />

We are currently working on getting<br />

costings for the refurbishment of the<br />

bandstand and top shelter. This is a project<br />

that is long overdue and have tried to<br />

raise grant funding and interest from the<br />

community in previous years.<br />

For <strong>Truro</strong> City Council enquiries,<br />

please email info@truro.gov.uk, or<br />

call on 01872 274766.<br />

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Meet the<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Elect –<br />

Carol Swain<br />

words by Carol Swain<br />

I am by birth a Lancashire lass. I moved to<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> on impulse, almost 20 years ago, after<br />

going through a difficult time which badly<br />

affected my Mental Health and led to me<br />

having to retire very early from my job in the<br />

NHS. The City very quickly started to feel like<br />

home.<br />

Over these two decades, my life has seen<br />

a lot of changes – I have recovered from<br />

my illness, been back to college full time<br />

and discovered my creative side, done<br />

various types of voluntary work, fallen in<br />

love, re-married, become a carer and then<br />

a widow and made many wonderful friends<br />

and happy memories.<br />

In 2018, I was co-opted as one of the City<br />

Councillors for the Tregolls Ward where I<br />

still live. Two years ago, the electorate was<br />

kind enough to keep me on, and now I find<br />

myself the <strong>May</strong>or-elect of our great little<br />

City. I am humbled by the trust that my<br />

fellow councillors have put in me, to carry<br />

on where Steve leaves off, and I will do my<br />

level best to be worthy.<br />

All of <strong>Truro</strong>’s residents, businesses and<br />

organisations are facing a lot of challenges<br />

at present. It is time to roll up our sleeves,<br />

embrace change and work together to<br />

make <strong>Truro</strong> the best that it can be for<br />

everyone, both now and in the future.<br />

As Councillors, we would be foolish to ever<br />

pretend that we have all the answers.<br />

Carol Swain<br />

Please come and talk to me if there are new<br />

things that you’d like to see happen, or<br />

anything that you think the Council could<br />

do better.<br />

To sum up how I feel at this moment, if<br />

anyone had told me, when I was sitting in<br />

a show-house and writing out a cheque<br />

to pay for my plot reservation fee, that<br />

20 years later I would be <strong>May</strong>or-elect<br />

of <strong>Truro</strong>, I would have said that it was<br />

impossible!<br />

Thank you <strong>Truro</strong>, one and all.<br />

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Celebrating<br />

International<br />

Womens Day<br />

On Saturday 11th March, Inspiring<br />

Women’s Network (IWN) put on a<br />

fabulous night of entertainment and<br />

delicious food for a gathering of 97<br />

people, their biggest event to date.<br />

Nourallah Chakroun<br />

the founder of IWN with<br />

her amazing team of<br />

volunteers organised<br />

this amazing event.<br />

Nour - as she is known<br />

to most is unassuming<br />

and modest but with<br />

a passion for helping<br />

women from all ethnic<br />

backgrounds, she spent<br />

most of the evening in<br />

the kitchen conjuring<br />

up food for nearly so<br />

many people. Behind<br />

the scenes, Michelle,<br />

Rawda, Maher, Fatimah,<br />

Jennifer, Nat, Trees, Val,<br />

Maryam, Sara, Clare,<br />

Anne, and Mubeen the<br />

amazing helpers made<br />

sure everything ran<br />

smoothly front of house.<br />

There was entertainment all evening …Megan<br />

Elizabeth entertained all with her powerful and<br />

heart-rending voice performing classic hits.<br />

InspirAsian Dance, Charlotte & Abbie took<br />

everyone on a magical and spiritual journey and<br />

Charlotte’s exquisite Indian dance performances<br />

captivated everyone.<br />

Sara, Nour’s youngest daughter - only 9 years<br />

old gave her first performance on the cello<br />

and bravely opened the event performing<br />

delightful pieces that warmed everyone’s hearts.<br />

Sara’s cello teacher, Liz also performed with<br />

passion and talent.<br />

Keynote speakers - Shraddha and Sally (School for<br />

Social Entrepreneurs in Cornwall)- both delivered<br />

powerful and passionate and inspirational talks<br />

and Louise, their MC who lightened the evening<br />

with boundless energy and ‘sparkling’ hosting.<br />

She flawlessly brought everything together on<br />

the night and made sure everything was running<br />

smoothly!<br />

The day would not have happened without the<br />

help of amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly<br />

on the day.<br />

IWN wanted to thank local businesses for their<br />

generous donation: The Therapy Room - <strong>Truro</strong>,<br />

Susy Ward Ceramics, Tate St Ives, Bedruthan<br />

Hotel & Spa, St. Eval , Josh’s Chocolate, The<br />

Greenbank Hotel, St Justin , Furniss Biscuits ,<br />

Bread & Butter <strong>Truro</strong> , Plaza Cinema <strong>Truro</strong>, Willow<br />

& Stone, The Flower Press Shop, The Cornish Tea<br />

& Coffee Co.<br />

For more information on IWN visit:<br />

www.inspiringwomennetwork.co.uk<br />

Nourish<br />

yourself at<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Nourish<br />

Hub<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Nourish Hub has been established by local<br />

people to try and rebuild the community after<br />

difficult events of the last few years. By offering<br />

the opportunity to learn how to make healthy<br />

meals, taught by professional chefs the aim is<br />

to encourage people who have some or no<br />

cooking experience, to come out for a pleasant<br />

evening, socialising, meeting new people and<br />

offer advice to everyone in the community.<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Nourish Hub is fully inclusive and welcomes<br />

everybody and any age group. With the support<br />

of many local businesses and <strong>Truro</strong> Cathedral<br />

café the aim is to have regular sessions with<br />

food and expert advice or talks from experts to<br />

assist anyone in our community. Two successful<br />

events have been held already with a third event<br />

on Wednesday 17th <strong>May</strong> in <strong>Truro</strong> Cathedral Cafe<br />

- all welcome. Further details can be found at:<br />

www.truronourishhub.co.uk or Facebook.<br />

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Open<br />

Gardens<br />

The following gardens are kindly throwing open their gates<br />

and helping to raise vital funds to protect Cornwall’s wildlife<br />

and wild places. Visit a garden to see incredible examples of<br />

wildlife gardening, buy beautiful plants, and enjoy a cuppa<br />

and delicious cake!<br />

APRIL<br />

Sunday 23rd<br />

Lower Penbothidno<br />

Penbothidno Lane,<br />

Constantine,<br />

Falmouth, TR11 5AU<br />

MAY<br />

Sunday 14th<br />

Trenarth<br />

High Cross, Constantine,<br />

TR11 5JN<br />

Sunday 21st<br />

2 Trenance<br />

Cottages<br />

St Newlyn East, TR8 5HU<br />

By appointment only:<br />

Woody Hollow<br />

JUNE<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

11am to 4.30pm<br />

Lethytep<br />

Penadlake,<br />

Lanreath, PL13 2PG<br />

Sunday 25th<br />

Duloe Manor<br />

Duloe, Liskeard,<br />

PL14 4PW<br />

JULY<br />

Sunday 9th<br />

Bolts Quarry Farm<br />

Penvorder Lane, St Breward,<br />

Bodmin, PL30 4NY<br />

St Minver, Wadebridge,<br />

Cornwall, PL 27 6RD.<br />

Please email gilbertwoodyhollow@hotmail.co.uk or call<br />

07519 018043 to book a visit between April and September.<br />

Time of Events:<br />

2-5pm<br />

unless stated otherwise<br />

Entrance: £6<br />

AUGUST<br />

Sunday 6th<br />

5pm to 8pm<br />

Goenrounsen<br />

House<br />

Carnego Lane,<br />

Summercourt, TR8 5BQ<br />

Sunday 20th<br />

Lavethan<br />

Blisland, Bodmin,<br />

PL30 4QG<br />


Sunday 3rd<br />

South Bosent<br />

Dobwalls, Nr. Liskeard,<br />

PL14 4LX<br />

Sunday 17th<br />

Pedn Billy<br />

Bar Road, Helford<br />

Passage, TR11 5LF<br />

Kindly<br />

supported by:<br />

For more information go to:<br />

cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/opengardens<br />

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Outdoor<br />

Wellbeing<br />

As we head into the summer months,<br />

the season brings lighter mornings<br />

and longer evenings, giving us more<br />

opportunities to spend time outside.<br />

Warmer weather and more sunshine<br />

may inspire us to get out more; to<br />

get some fresh air and vitamin D, and<br />

to become less sedentary and more<br />

active.<br />

Getting outside and surrounding ourselves with<br />

nature is great for overall wellbeing. We have<br />

seen from the pandemic that being outdoors<br />

in the natural world is important for positive<br />

mental health, as it helps us to connect with the<br />

world we live in and be present in the moment.<br />

Nature gives us the means to awaken our<br />

senses – for example, the sight of green trees,<br />

the sound of birdsong, the scent of flowers, the<br />

feel of the breeze across our skin, maybe even<br />

the taste of something you’ve foraged (– but<br />

ensure you know what you are eating in case<br />

it is not edible to humans!) Becoming aware<br />

of what we are experiencing with our senses<br />

helps us to be more mindful and appreciate the<br />

beauty that is all around us.<br />

In <strong>Truro</strong> there are lots of green spaces,<br />

including Boscawen Park and Victoria Gardens.<br />

There are also walks along the river or along<br />

various footpaths. Plus, it is less than an hour<br />

on the bus to Perranporth beach, where we can<br />

enjoy the sand and the sea.<br />

There may be outdoor fitness classes like<br />

ParkYoga or ParkRun, or you could go for a<br />

jog or a power-walk. Take advantage of the<br />

pleasant weather, as exercising outdoors is<br />

great for the body and the mind – and better<br />

than being in a sweaty gym! Exercising creates<br />

chemical changes in the brain, which then<br />

boosts our mood – which is why we often feel<br />

great after a good workout. If there is a sport<br />

or activity that you have not tried before, why<br />

not give it a go? Learning new skills, starting a<br />

course, or taking up a new hobby can all lead<br />

to an increase in confidence in addition to<br />

greater wellbeing.<br />

The summer will also bring more outdoor<br />

events like festivals, live music in the bandstand,<br />

and outdoor markets, such as the ones<br />

on Lemon Quay. Alternatively, you could create<br />

your own events like family fun days or picnics<br />

in your garden or local park. Connecting with<br />

others is important for our mental health, and<br />

activities such as holidays with family or coffee<br />

al fresco with friends can help strengthen our<br />

interpersonal relationships.<br />

Inviting others to join you in activities can<br />

also count as kindness and giving to others.<br />

This is one of the ‘5 steps to mental wellbeing’<br />

(www.nhs.uk), along with the aspects<br />

mentioned above – connecting with others,<br />

being mindful, being active, and learning new<br />

skills. We might also add eating healthily and<br />

sleeping well to this list.<br />

So let’s put a focus on our<br />

wellbeing and get outside<br />

and enjoy the day!<br />

Holly P<br />

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<strong>Truro</strong> and Newham businesses spruce up<br />

the city’s streets<br />

Businesses and organisations from<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> and Newham, along with local<br />

residents, came together last week<br />

to help spruce up the city’s streets as<br />

part of a three-day clean up.<br />

The fifth <strong>Truro</strong> City Clean Up event,<br />

organised by <strong>Truro</strong> BID, took place on<br />

Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th March. <strong>Truro</strong><br />

BID and Newham BID, along with a number<br />

of businesses, organisations, and community<br />

groups all joined forces to clean, tidy and<br />

litter pick.<br />

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<strong>Truro</strong> BID Manager, Alun Jones said: “We’re<br />

delighted that in spite of the weather so<br />

many <strong>Truro</strong> businesses were able to take<br />

part. Thank you to everyone involved<br />

especially when the weather wasn’t very<br />

inviting!”<br />

Despite two litter picks being cancelled a<br />

total of 80 bags of rubbish were collected<br />

during the City Clean Up event - a fantastic<br />

achievement.<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> BID, which also helps to improve the<br />

city’s environment by funding and installing<br />

the city centre’s bunting and part funding<br />

the floral hanging baskets each summer with<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> City Council, is planning another City<br />

Clean Up for next spring 2024.<br />

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What’s on <strong>May</strong> & <strong>June</strong><br />

Weekly or Monthly<br />

Zebs Youth Centre – Young People<br />

Cornwall<br />

Free drop-ins for young people between<br />

11-25 years old.<br />

Sessions for wellbeing, those out of work,<br />

cooking, music and other fun activities.<br />

Contact:Kelly.gleeson@ypc.org.uk<br />

07422 505 665<br />

Zebs Youth Centre, The Leats, <strong>Truro</strong>,<br />

TR1 3AG<br />

Mondays: <strong>Truro</strong> Good Afternoon Choir -<br />

1pm -3pm<br />

Contact: 01761 472 468<br />

<strong>Truro</strong> Methodist Church, Union Place<br />

TR1 1EP<br />

1st Monday each month - <strong>Truro</strong> Pain Café<br />

and the -Monthly Guest Speaker & relaxation<br />

session refreshments available - 2-4pm<br />

Contact Libby - libby.huddy@imagineif.net /<br />

07496 825 523<br />

Ground Floor Room, Royal Cornwall<br />

Museum, River Street<br />

Every Monday - Quiet Connections<br />

6pm - 8pm<br />

For those who want to get out but need a<br />

quiet safe space, to be yourself. Creative<br />

activities available free of charge or you can<br />

bring with you. Free coffee/tea and biscuits<br />

provided. Venue: Colours Cafe, <strong>Truro</strong> but<br />

check the website for any changes.<br />

www.quietconnections.co.uk/truro<br />

Thursdays - 2pm - 3.30pm<br />

Sunshine and Showers Peer Support <strong>Truro</strong><br />

– get together: Walk around Boscawen Park<br />

– meet in the car park<br />

<strong>May</strong> Events<br />

<strong>May</strong> 12th - 20th<br />

Fowey festival<br />

Music, creative workshops, art trail, secret<br />

garden trail and more.<br />

www.foweyfestival.com<br />

right on the beach. Live music,<br />

celebrity chef demos and more.<br />

www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk<br />

<strong>June</strong> Events<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16th - 25th<br />

Golowan Festival<br />

Penzance’s Golowan Festival based on the<br />

traditional Cornish midsummer festivals.<br />

Parades, music, theatre, dance and children’s<br />

entertainment.<br />

www.golowanfestival.org<br />

<strong>June</strong> 17th<br />

Murdoch Day<br />

A day to celebrate inventor William Murdoch.<br />

Famed for innovating the use of coal gas<br />

lighting to replace oil and tallow. His home in<br />

Redruth was the first house in the UK to be lit<br />

by gas in 1792<br />

www.discoverredruth.co.uk<br />

<strong>June</strong> 25th - July 1st<br />

Mevagissey Feast Week<br />

Celebrating the Feast of St Peter. Live music,<br />

flora dances, carnival and fireworks.<br />

www.mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk<br />

Please check details with the organisers<br />

before traveling to the event. <strong>Truro</strong> <strong>Together</strong><br />

takes no responsibility for any of the<br />

information provided here.<br />

Thank you to Visit <strong>Truro</strong> and a Feast of<br />

Cornish Festivals for the information<br />

provided in producing this page.<br />

Visit <strong>Truro</strong> Visitor Information,<br />

30 Boscawen Street, <strong>Truro</strong> TR1 2QQ<br />

t: 01872 274 555<br />

w: www.visittruro.org.uk<br />

Open: Monday - Saturday<br />

9.30am – 4.30pm<br />

Like & Follow us on<br />

@visittruro<br />

<strong>May</strong> 12th - 14th<br />

St Ives Food and Drink Festival<br />

The only UK Food Festival that takes place A service provided by <strong>Truro</strong> City Council<br />

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<strong>Truro</strong> <strong>Together</strong> Brain Matter<br />


Across<br />

8<br />

1 Boulders (5)<br />

4 Violent rotating windstorm (7)<br />

8 Person employed by the<br />

government (6,7)<br />

9 Intelligent sea animal (7)<br />

10 Mistake (5)<br />

11 Floor covering (6)<br />

13 Jewish republic (6)<br />

16 Long, narrow passageway (5)<br />

18 Localised ulcer or sore (7)<br />

21 Timber strip running along the<br />

21<br />

base of a wall (8,5)<br />

22 Soiled by smudging (7)<br />

Spot the Difference<br />

23 Staggers (5)<br />

Down<br />

1 Very fast (5)<br />

2 Shoemaker (7)<br />

3 Metalworker (5)<br />

4 Gambling place (6)<br />

5 Angles (7)<br />

6 Transmitting live from<br />

a studio (2,3)<br />

7 Hold spellbound (7)<br />

11 Vehicle framework (7)<br />

12 Voter (7)<br />

14 Mediocre (7)<br />

(answers on p31)<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

9 10<br />

11 12 13 14<br />

15<br />

16 17 18 19 20<br />

22 23<br />

There are ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

15 Sealed in a tin (6)<br />

17 River that flows through<br />

Paris (5)<br />

19 Not affected by alcohol (5)<br />

20 Outer surfaces of<br />

an object (5)<br />

the Difference<br />


There are ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

Apologies for crossword clue mix-up. See www.trurotogether.co.uk/crossword<br />

for correct clues for March/April issue<br />

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Energy Scams<br />


Citizens Advice South Hams and<br />

other organisations are seeing an<br />

increase in energy-related scams.<br />

The latest scams include:<br />

> People claiming to be from Ofgem who<br />

ask you to change your bank details or ask<br />

for personal information to receive the £400<br />

government energy support funds. You don’t<br />

need to do anything to claim the money if you<br />

have an account with an electricity supplier.<br />

> Scammers have also been approaching older<br />

and disabled people telling them they qualify<br />

for extra money but asking them to provide<br />

their bank details.<br />

> Criminals are also approaching people to<br />

say urgent work is needed on their homes to<br />

bring them up to environmental standards or<br />

falsely claiming to be approved government<br />

contractors carrying out compulsory energy<br />

efficiency measures.<br />

> Claiming to be calling from an energy<br />

supplier offering a refund.<br />

> Pretending to be a debt collector asking for<br />

money owed to a supplier that’s gone bust.<br />

Scammers use social media and emails, but<br />

also still use traditional approaches, like calling<br />

at the door, phoning you or sending a letter.<br />

You can spot a scam if:<br />

> An offer seems to be too good to be true<br />

> You’re pressured to transfer money quickly<br />

> You’ve been asked to give away PIN<br />

numbers and passwords.<br />

The good news is there are things you can do<br />

to protect yourself from being scammed:<br />

- Don’t click on or download anything you don’t<br />

trust – eg. if you get an email from a company<br />

with a strange email address. Doing this could<br />

infect your computer with a virus.<br />

- Make sure your antivirus software is up to date.<br />

- Some scammers try to get your personal<br />

information – for example, your National<br />

Insurance number. They can use this to hack<br />

your accounts. If sites ask for this type of<br />

information without an obvious reason, check<br />

they’re legitimate.<br />

- Make sure you have a strong password for<br />

your email accounts. If you’re worried about<br />

remembering lots of passwords, use a password<br />

manager.<br />

You can find out about common financial scams<br />

on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website.<br />

If you think someone is calling to trick you into<br />

giving them money or your personal details,<br />

hang up and call 159. This is a secure service<br />

that connects you directly with your bank.<br />

If you think something is a scam or you’ve<br />

been victim, contact Action Fraud on<br />

0300-123-2040. You can also find lots of useful<br />

information about scams at citizensadvice.org.uk<br />

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ISSUE 13<br />


Rise for Renewables<br />

We live in a high-energy world. From<br />

the devices we use to the cars we drive<br />

and the heating we turn on, energy is<br />

constantly being used up and in the case<br />

of fossil-fuel energy, not replaced.<br />

Therefore, it is crucial that in a world suffering<br />

from an extreme climate crisis, we shift our<br />

demands from polluting, unsustainable<br />

energy production transitioning to a cleaner<br />

and greener energy supply: renewable energy.<br />

In the last decade, the UK has seen a surge in<br />

the percentage of the country’s energy supply<br />

provided by renewable sources, from a mere<br />

4.2% in 20121 to a tenfold increase of 40% in<br />

2022. By decarbonising our energy demands,<br />

we not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions<br />

that contribute to anthropogenic global<br />

warming, but also reduce our energy bills as<br />

most renewable energy is cheaper than fossil<br />

fuel sources now.<br />

There are many sources of renewable energy<br />

used globally such as wind, solar, geothermal,<br />

biomass and hydropower, however the primary<br />

source in the UK is wind due to the windy<br />

conditions we are all too familiar with! Wind<br />

energy accounted for 26.8% of the UK’s<br />

electricity generation in 2022 whilst the<br />

use of coal -the most polluting fossil fuel- is<br />

continually decreasing. However, this increasing<br />

supply of renewable energy requires storage,<br />

which is being developed through battery<br />

storage facilities in the UK, such as the one<br />

opened recently in East Yorkshire. It is ‘Europe’s<br />

biggest’ battery energy storage system,<br />

essential for growing the use of renewable<br />

energy so that wind and solar energy can<br />

be utilised even when energy is not being<br />

actively generated by the weather conditions.<br />

The benefits of such battery storage systems<br />

include increasing energy security, reducing<br />

dependency on foreign gas imports and<br />

accelerating the UK’s transition to the net zero<br />

target. The UK’s goal to decarbonise all sectors<br />

of its economy by 2050 is ambitious but crucial<br />

for the green revolution and the transition<br />

to renewable energy is arguably the most<br />

important task for the UK.<br />

Battery storage systems are efficient as they<br />

reserve and release energy when needed.<br />

At times of peak demand, energy is released<br />

which lowers energy cost whilst also keeping<br />

electricity running. It is estimated by the<br />

UK Government that by 2050, £40 billion<br />

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Spot the Difference<br />


There are ten differences between these two pictures. Can you spot them?<br />

could be saved in the energy system due to<br />

technologies such as battery storage. The<br />

different methods of battery storage being<br />

developed include compressed air energy<br />

storage, flow batteries and mechanical gravity<br />

energy storage. You can learn more about them<br />

here: https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/<br />

energy-explained/what-is-battery-storage.<br />

ORD<br />

in the usual way,<br />

he letters in the<br />

o form a word<br />

the Coronation.<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

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But every revolution starts small. In our own<br />

homes, we have the power (pun intended!) to<br />

revolutionise energy 9 usage by taking small and 10<br />

simple steps. By turning the thermostat down<br />

(especially as the weather gets warmer…<br />

hopefully!) and changing older bulbs to more<br />

15<br />

energy-efficient and cheap LED bulbs, we<br />

can all make a true difference. Furthermore,<br />

insulating our walls, roofs, lofts and floors can<br />

massively reduce 21energy consumption due to<br />

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(6,7)<br />

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lace (6)<br />

11 12 13 14<br />

16 17 18 19 20<br />

22 23<br />

5 Angles (7)<br />

6 Transmitting live<br />

from a studio (2,3)<br />

7 Hold spellbound (7)<br />

11 Vehicle framework (7)<br />

12 Voter (7)<br />

14 Mediocre (7)<br />

15 Sealed in a tin (6)<br />

17 River that flows<br />

through Paris (5)<br />

19 Not affected by<br />

alcohol (5)<br />

20 Outer surfaces of<br />

an object (5)<br />

heating and we can also switch to renewable<br />

energy suppliers such as Ecotricity and Good<br />

Energy. Everything we do can contribute to<br />

cleaner energy and therefore, a greener planet.<br />

1https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/<br />

system/uploads/attachment_data/file/208607/renewable_<br />

energy_in_2012.pdf<br />

2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/<strong>2023</strong>/01/2022-renewableenergy-uk-electricity/<br />

3 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/24/<br />

limits-on-renewables-will-keep-uk-energy-bills-higher-this-winter<br />

4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-64179918<br />

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