News in brief

Gorseth honour: St Ives Town Council mace bearer Ray Bridgewater has become a Cornish Bard, recognising his accomplishment in studying the Cornish language. He takes the Bardic name Golowyn Lowen.

School applications: Parents and carers in Cornwall can now apply for school places if their children are starting primary school or moving up to secondary school in September 2024. If your child was born between 1st September, 2019, and 31st August, 2020, you need to apply for a reception place. For parents and carers of children currently in year 6, you need to apply for your preferred secondary school. The deadlines for applications are:  secondary school, 31st October, 2023; reception classes, 15th January, 2024.

Verdant Little Palais

Palais IPA: Verdant Brewing Co has launched a customer collaboration with Little Palais, a small bar and bottle shop in St Ives, known for its innovative cocktails and hand-made ice creams. The 6.5% ABV IPA, named after the venue, is hopped with Amarillo, HBC 586, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin, bringing excitingly pungent fruits, weeds, and dank.

Crime survey: Police and crime commissioners from around the South West have launched a survey to explore how crime is affecting rural communities. If you’d like to take part, the link to the survey is here. There is a separate survey available for victims of crime. This is open to anyone who has been a victim of crime in the past two years, even if they have not reported it to police. The link to that survey is here.

Cheap bus fares: A bus fare cap of £2 remain in place until the end of October. Until 31st October, if you’re making a single bus trip, the government initiative means you will pay no more than £2 for your journey.

Skate provision: St Erth Parish Council has been awarded £76,000 to create a mini skate ramp in a playground which current lacks provision for children and young people aged seven and over. The money has come from Cornwall Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy.