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Laura Crosland

Potter of the week: Laura Crosland is Leach Pottery’s potter of the week. The St Ives-based potter’s new range of skilfully carved pieces, alongside her beautifully elegant tableware, are made from an off-white stoneware clay called Earthstone. The selection includes exquisitely carved vases, lidded jars, and yunomi, using glazes such as copper green, cobalt blue, and tenmoku. Recently Laura has been working to lower her firing temperature. This new selection shows a group of forms in a combination of new glazes, alongside Laura’s signature ones.

GWR community fund: A new Community Fund launched by Great Western Railway is inviting applications to support local communities and address areas of social need. The deadline for applications is 27th June. From funding barber shop collectives to helping young people enjoy rural spaces, as part of GWR’s franchise agreement with the Department for Transport, the train operator is committed to supporting schools, colleges, councils, community, and other not-for-profit organisations by aiding a number of initiatives. Find out more and apply here.

Coast rescue: National Coastwatch Institution watchkeepers assisted in the rescue of a young man from rock below their station on Sunday (29th May). Falmouth Coastguard tasked the Porthmeor lifeguards to attend the incident. They came across on a personal rescue craft and eventually assisted the casualty aboard, before returning him to safety.

Council vacancy: A vacancy has arisen on St Ives Town Council in the Halsetown ward, following the resignation of Suzanne Tanner. If an election is necessary it will take place by 18th August. Otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

Care support update: As part of its Delivering Better Care programme, Cornwall Council has improved the help and support service for people contacting them, making sure that the care and support on offer has a focus on helping people to get the best out of their lives. More information is available on the council website, while there is also a short video which explains the approach in more detail.

St Ives Cider bottles

Cider gold: St Ives Cider has won two gold medals in the 2022 Taste of the West awards. The golds went to Farmhouse, a still cider coming in at 6% ABV, and sparkling Godrevy Gold (4.5% ABV).

Safe place: Latest crime figures show Devon and Cornwall remains one of the safest places in the country. Devon and Cornwall continue to have the third lowest crime rate out of the 42 forces in the country. While the latest Office of National Statistics crime figures for January to December 2021 report a 5.9% increase in recorded crime, this is likely due to crime returning to pre-covid levels and follows national trends.

Scam alert: Scammers, some claiming to be from Cornwall Council, are cold calling residents with misleading claims about spray foam insulation. Other cold callers are trying to sell residents unsuitable foam insulation products that could potentially do more harm than good.  

Gary Webster, fair trading team manager at Cornwall Council, said: “As energy prices are set to rise even further, many households are looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home to cut bills. However, there have been recent examples of residents being cold called and offered spray foam insulation. Whilst the product itself can be a legitimate method of insulation, it is not suitable for every property, and can cause more harm than good if applied in the wrong circumstances.” 

Biathlon cancelled: The St Ives Surf Life Saving Club Biathlon has been postponed again this year. “SISLSC Biathlon 2023 is in the planning, we will be back,” the club said on social media. “Other events are being planned this year on a much smaller scale. We will keep you all updated.”

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. 

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.