Community News
 January 2018 - the PL24 nature reserve project
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Work has started on a new project for PL24: a Nature Reserve!!!
We have had Carl Morris in doing some work for us, paid for by our local Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, thanks to Becky Hughes. We have applied for funding from Grow Wild, but we won't know if we have got that for some time yet.
The site will not be open to the general public 24/7 because of health and safety issues, but the plan is that it will be accessible to supervised groups. Groups such as Guides, Scouts, Brownies etc.; Groups with learning difficulties, dementia, disabilities; 'leisure' groups such as art and crafts groups; photography groups; school groups. These  groups will be encouraged to run their own workshops eventually but initially workshops will be run by a sub group of PL24 Community Association, to help spread the word. We hope to run willow coppicing and willow weaving, various craft activities. Keep an eye on our facebook page(pl24 community) and other local Facebook pages with whom we already share information, our PL24 Community Magazine and this website.
The site is owned by Imerys and they have licensed it to us for the foreseeable future and have also promised us 2 lorry loads of aggregate so that we can create a circular path through the different habitat areas which will be accessible by all.
The aim is to create diverse habitats within the area, encouraging and protecting wildlife and native wild flowers and birds. We will have a wet area, with a small pond, willow area, bracken area, wild flowers and native trees. The area, once sorted initially will be manageble and sustainable.
Locally we have various flora and fauna experts which we will call upon to help with such things as identification and other advice.
We hope to hold events and talks off site, put displays in the Par Library and other community spaces to let the community know what is going on and also to encourage people to think of other areas where similar plans could be put into action.
If anyone is interested in joining the nature reserve group, please contact Gill at [email protected]


 June 2017 - news from the Parish of Par
Parish Church St Blazey spire appeal
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin St Blazey Gate and the Mission Church of the Good Shepherd Par Green............

'We are delighted to announce that the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Biscovey, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for essential repair work to the spire and tower. The project aims to stabilise and make safe the crumbling 168 year old spire and tower of the Church. The project will also carry out conservation work in order to preserve and inform the local community, and our many visitors, of the two scheduled monuments and the extensive varieties of flora and fauna within the Churchyard.  Development funding of £25,000 has been awarded to help progress the plans to enable the church to apply for a full grant at a later date.  The Church is of significant importance as it was the first commission of the eminent Victorian architect George Edmund Street, who at the age of 22 had the opportunity to design and build his first Church - that of St Mary’s Biscovey. The site for the building of the church, on the perimeter of  the Parish, was given unconditionally by Edward Carlyon of Tregrehan House in 1847. Full details of the history of the Church and of Street may be found on our website at www.parparish.co.uk
If anyone who has shared family occasions at St Mary’s or those in the community who would like the Church preserved into the next century, would like to make a donation towards the development and restoration project please do contact either the Churchwarden or the webmaster on the Parish website. Thank you. Jill Hore & Anne Weaver

Link to contact details: https://www.parparish.co.uk/contact-us/

  June 2017 - news from Par Sports & Leisure track
A group of local people are setting up a charitable community benefit society for the future administration of the running track .............

'You will have seen that the track has been taken over by ‘Better’.  Better will run it until our community group can assume full responsibility.  

We are nearly finished setting up a charitable community benefit society.  This sort of society gives you a strong voice in what we do and how we do it.  More details will be available soon – but if you wish to know more now, just ask.

There are lots of ways in which you can be involved in our community effort.  Please print off the attached document and leave the completed form in the PL24  box attached to the notice board in the front garden of 84 Par Green.

 
 March 2017 - news from the Eden Project
Eden Project have appointed Ann Marie Blackmore to a new role called ‘Living Well to Work’ Co-ordinator.............

'We have received funding from the European Social Fund to support clients with diabetes and help them back into the work place whether this is via education or a volunteering route. We are currently running a free ‘Walking Group’ every Wednesday around the gardens and Biomes- participants are referred via their GP (Social Prescription) or can self- refer, and an organised, safe, ability focused walk is arranged with qualified Walk Leaders. This usually lasts between 20 mins and an hour and offers an opportunity for participants to meet socially, especially if clients have become withdrawn and isolated. The environment is more than welcoming and clients can enjoy a cuppa in the café afterwards!
My job is initially to try and identify participants in the local community who are diabetic and of working age and need the support to connect with some sort of employment/education. I can offer 1-2-1 support and help clients focus on a more positive outlook to improve life style and well- being. We are encouraging people to come along and participate in the walking group initially and take it from there!

You can contact Ann Marie at the Eden Project on (01726) 818811