News in brief

Keep warm this winter: Cornwall Council is reminding residents who may be concerned about rising energy prices that free and independent advice on fuel bills and home heating is available. Together with partners, including the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, the council runs a Winter Wellbeing programme to help people stay warm, safe and well during the colder months. Find out more on the council website.

Marketing vacancy: St Ives Town Council is on the lookout for a digital marketing apprentice, with a start date on 11th October. For a full job description, visit the town council website.

Peter Beard pottery

Potter of the week: Peter Beard is Leach Pottery’s potter of the week. Peter’s work has always been inventive and intuitive. His forms are strong and simple, but have complex surfaces which draw the viewer to look more closely. Each piece works as a whole, combining harmony of form and pattern. His influence is mainly nature and landscape. Peter uses techniques of layering glaze and painting patterns with wax between layers of glaze, the wax acting as a resist between layers. This is a meticulous process which creates complex patterns and textures within the glazes. The work is stoneware.

Town council vacancy: There is a vacancy for a St Ives town councillor in the Lelant ward. If you’re over 18 and live or work in the parish, then you are likely to be eligible. The deadline to apply is 8th October. Find out more on the St Ives Town Council website.

Apply now for school places: Applications are now open for places for school starters or for secondary school transfers in September 2022. If your child was born between 1st September, 2017, and 31st August, 2018, you will need to apply for a reception place. For parents of children currently in year 6, you need to apply now for your preferred secondary school. Find out more here.

Tour of Britain legacy: Planning permission has been approved for a £7m state-of-the-art Cornwall Cycle Hub, in the week the Tour of Britain comes to the county. In a partnership between British Cycling, Cornwall Council, and Sport England, the hub, to be built on council-owned land near the Newquay Aerohub Business Park, will also be a destination for people to come and enjoy the 54 acres of enhanced natural environment. The project is part of the council’s investment into cycling across Cornwall.

Local lifeboat shout: St Ives inshore lifeboat was launched at lunchtime on Monday (30th August), answering a call to help a local casualty in a vessel by Smeatons Pier. Senior helm George Deacon led three volunteer crew. Pain relief was administered at the scene, and the casualty dropped back to the lifeboat station.

Charity partner: The National Coastwatch Institution is now the official local charity for the three local Co-Op stores in St Ives. Find out more in the stores. NCI is also appealing for paperback donations for its book stores.

Walters on the Beach

Beach life: Walters on the Beach is the latest addition to the Carbis Bay estate, enjoying a prime position overlooking the beach. Guests will be able to enjoy lunch, dinner, bar snacks, and a cocktail menu. It joins other estate eateries the Beach Club, The Gannet, Ugly Butterfly and The Orangery.

New identity: Original Cottages, the biggest family-owned independent holiday letting company, has revealed a new visual identity, uniting its 20 local agencies across England and Wales. Locally, it operates as St Ives Holidays, based at 9 High Street.

Blues go green: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will introduce electric and low-carbon fuel vehicles into its fleet to help reduce its carbon footprint while continuing to provide vital services to Cornwall’s residents. The first four new electric vehicles have been introduced into service and allocated to fire safety protection officers. The service, like the rest of Cornwall Council, is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030.    

New nursery funding: More funding is available for nursery places for two-year olds in Cornwall. The extra places are being created to support children and their parents as part of the recovery from the covid pandemic. Over the last 12 months children have not received the same type of socialisation with their extended families and friends, as they would have done pre-pandemic. To find out more visit

Commemorative trees: Landmark trees celebrating community heroes, places and events are to be planted in towns and villages across Cornwall. As part of the Forest for Cornwall programme, 213 trees will be supplied for free to town and parish councils. The trees, which can be planted to commemorate an individual in the local community, a specific place or an event, will be ready for planting between November and March. The saplings will include 20 young oak trees grown from acorns from Cornwall’s oldest oak, the Darley Oak, which is estimated to be between 500 and 900 years old.

Green and pleasant land: Working in partnership with Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the government has announced a major nature recovery project to restore and regenerate around 21,000 hectares of land in Cornwall. And up to £1m will support businesses in developing green technologies and establish Cornwall as a pilot area for a new e-bike support scheme. 

Little Goat Gruff

Sustainable belly boarding: Little Goat Gruff, at 40 Fore Street, St Ives, is offering free hire of wooden belly boards, as a sustainable alternative to the cheap, polystyrene boards, which are being bought and discarded. Keep Britain Tidy estimates that 16,000 polystyrene boards were abandoned on our beaches last year. This doesn’t include the many thousands of boards that have been disposed of responsibly, but still ending up in landfill/ incineration.