News in brief

Play area closed: The play area at Palemon Best, St Ives, is closed until Friday, 25th November. Essential maintenance is taking place.

RNLI challenge: We’re being invited to raise funds for the RNLI this December by running 24 miles throughout the month. The Reindeer Run Challenge is designed to be a fun and festive way to get active and be a lifesaver. Sign up and find out more here.

Toilets closed: Dove Street public toilets, in St Ives, are temporarily closed while essential maintenance takes place. The toilet will re-open on Tuesday, 29th November.

Volunteers sought: Devon and Cornwall police are looking for volunteers to help support the Volunteer Police Cadet groups who volunteer within their local communities. They attend various events throughout the year and help with the smooth running of weekly sessions. This is an opportunity for someone to use their personal qualities and skills within their community and learn, alongside Police Cadets, how Devon and Cornwall Police operates. There’s more information here. The closing date is 31st December.

New councillor: Senara Wilson-Hodges has been co-opted into St Ives Town Council, representing the Halsetown ward. Born in Zennor, Senara comes from a fishing and farming family, and is an independent film maker. She lived and worked in London before returning to Cornwall in 2009 to bring up her family. She is a founding member of the skate park group.

Forest grows: Hundreds of thousands more trees are set to be planted across Cornwall after a £686,000 government cash boost to expand woodlands was awarded to the Forest for Cornwall. The investment, from the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ Nature for Climate Fund will contribute to a three-year project to create more woodlands and tree cover throughout Cornwall helping tackle climate change. It will enable Cornwall Council to launch two new funds and support packages to help farmers and landowners start planting up to 385 hectares of new woodlands to significantly expand the Forest for Cornwall.

Sextortion warning: Police are asking people to be vigilant against sextortion/blackmail scams after seeing an increase in reports. Sextortion is when people send each other sexually explicit photos or videos and one of the parties threatens to share the content unless the other person pays them money. They may also threaten to share images with family and friends unless a fee is paid. “Even if you have mutual friends, do not trust these people, and please protect yourselves by not sharing images,” say Police. “This is taking place on all social media platforms and dating websites. Do not pay any money, as the offender may request further payment.”

Catch up in Lelant: The Lelant Village Hall committee, in association with Hope Community Church, has unveiled a new venture. Coffee, Cake, and Catch-Up will take place from 10am until noon at the hall on the second Thursday of each month, starting this September.

Jazz online: St Ives Jazz Club, which meets every Tuesday evening in the Western Hotel, now has a YouTube channel. There are performances to watch, and new content being added regularly. Find the channel here and make sure you subscribe.

Food recognition: Adam Handling, head chef at Ugly Butterfly, in Carbis Bay, was a runner-up in the best chef category of this year’s Food Reader Awards. Food is a magazine widely distributed for free across the Westcountry.