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Latest news from the Civic Office

Supporting Reslience Communications as they Recieve two Queens Award for Enterprise

The Chairman was delighted to support the Lord Lieutenant as he presented two Queens Awards for Enterprise to Resilience Communications in Torpoint. 

The Company won two awards for export and innovation having increased their exports by 1300% over the last three years. The Chairman Mary May said " it is so encouraging to visit companies such as Reslience who embody the spirit of Cornwall.  They have come up with an innovative product right here in Cornwall - I am delighted that they have achieved these awards".

Charity Cricket Match raises funds for Kernow Young Carers

For the third year running the Cornwall Councillors beat officers at the highly competive annual cricket match kindly hosted by Truro Cricket club.  

Over £250 was raised for the Chairman's charity Kernow Young Carers. 

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Chairman hosts exchange students from Australia at County Hall

The Chairman was delighted to host a group of sensory deprived students from Australia at County Hall during their visit to Cornwall.  The visit was part of an exchange visit with young people from Cornwall from the 'get out there' programme who had recently had the opportunity to visit Australia.

All the young people are affected by some level of sensory impairment and yet embrace life to the full. The Chairman said "I was aware that the group of young people from Cornwall were welcomed by the Governor of Perth during their visit in 2015 and was keen to offer their Australian friends the same opportunity. They were an amazing and inspiring group who it was a pleasure to spend time with."

Civic Awards presented to local heroes

The Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor Mary May presented Civic Awards to 34 worthy recipients at a reception at County Hall on Wednesday 9th May. The awards are held annually and give Members the opportunity to pay tribute to the inspirational people in their communities who really do make a difference, with each councillor having the opportunity to make one award.

The recipients came from all over Cornwall, from Saltash to Penzance and were nominated by their local Cornwall Councillor.  They ranged from litter pickers; charity fundraisers; people who have transformed their local open spaces; an ambassador for Rowing in Cornwall; a neighbour who responded in a crisis and a group of those involved in the community response to the devastating floods in Coverack.

Councillor Mary May said “Cornwall has the very best people – people who give and keep on giving to their communities not for personal gain but to improve the lives of others.  Both I and my fellow Councillors are truly grateful to them for all they do and are delighted to be able to say ‘thank you’.”

Spectacular Fundraising Concert held at Hall for Cornwall in aid of Chairman's Charity

The Hall for Cornwall was the venue for the very first fundraising concert held by a Chairman of cornwall council. Young talent from all over Cornwall performed including, choirs, dance troupes, soloists and singer songwriters.  The Chairman was extremely grateful to the Cornwall Music Education Hub for directing the concert; The Hall for Cornwall and other sponsors and Patrick Bailey who hosted the evening.

Reception for Cornwall's Talented Athletes

On the 9 January, nearly 100 talented athletes and VIPs from around the county gathered to celebrate their success at the launch of the GLL Sports Foundation Programme. New to Cornwall, this develops the partnership between Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall Council and GLL in recognising talent and creating sporting ambassadors within the local community.

Chairman of Cornwall Council Mary May opened the event, with Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Adam Paynter, Leader of the Council and High Sheriff of Cornwall also in attendance as VIP guests. The first to present was Mike Thomas, CSP Director about the Cornwall Talented Athlete’s Scheme, who spoke of previous Sporting Stars that the programme had supported on their journey to success such as Helen Glover MBE, and Melissa Reid, both extremely successful Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall presented on the second programme of the evening, Young and Talented Cornwall which supports particularly talented under 23s in the county to better allow them to reach their full potential, through financial awards.

Special guest, David Wetherill, a Paralympic Table Tennis player performed a demonstration match against Chris Brown from Table Tennis England. David talked through techniques and skills during the match, as well as saying a few inspiring words for the athletes about his journey to success. Wetherill said: "It was an absolute honour to speak about my experiences growing up in Cornwall and to learn more about the fantastic opportunities and possibilities now open to talented athletes here. I am so proud to be from this amazing county and forever grateful for the support everybody has shown me!"