News in brief

Scam warning: Police are warning the public to beware of scams involving messages which seem to be from a family member/friend asking for money or vouchers. Criminals try to contact victims by email, WhatsApp message, and other forms of messaging, purporting to be known to the recipient and giving a storyline for a (normally emotive or emergency) reason why they need money. The fraudsters normally pretend to be in a hurry, most likely to entice their victims to take immediate action, asking for money to be transferred or for vouchers to be purchased and for the codes to be given to them.

Knighton Mill

Potter of the week: Knighton Mill Pottery is Leach Pottery’s potter of the week. The pottery began as an idea in 2015. American-born potter Ian Morrison began building the workshop in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, after working for a year as a production potter at the Leach Pottery. The pots are a contemporary look at traditional salt-glazed utilitarian wares, combined with the arts and crafts tradition, reflecting Ian’s 17 years’ experience as an international potter.

Homes boost: Cornwall delivered the second-highest number of affordable homes in England in 2020-21, government figures show. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities has revealed that 814 affordable homes were completed in the Duchy. The London borough of Newham topped the chart, with 1,275, while Tower Hamlets, also in London, was third with 804. 

Sea safety: Wild swimmers are being urged to make sure they are visible when in the water and stay away from boats and ships. The warning comes after a swimmer was swept out to sea near Newquay. Fortunately, they were wearing a pink swim hat, which it made it easier for rescue teams to locate her. There have also been several incidents where swimmers have come dangerously close to vessels in recent months. 

Energy efficient homes: Cornwall Council has been awarded £7.8 million to help make 400 homes more energy efficient and lower their carbon emissions. Two fuel poverty schemes will run in tandem. The first will see 370 properties of private tenure that are not on the gas grid be helped, with the installation of heating powered by renewable sources, and better insultation. The second will involve 30 social housing properties that are on the grid having their mains gas removed and replaced with renewable heating and improved insulation. 

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.

Take care with waste: Residents across Cornwall are being urged to recycle more by sorting their items before they set off to visit their local household waste and recycling centre (HWRC). Analysis of waste at Cornwall’s HWRCs found that an average of 22.4% of items disposed of in the general waste container could have been recycled using the fortnightly kerbside recycling service, or placed in more suitable containers at the sites.

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.

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.