The Crantock Bale Push is all about supporting good causes and doing our part to give back to our local community. Each year the event is held to support a number of worthwhile organizations to help raise both money and awareness. This year we are supporting the following organizations:• Crantock Church Roof • Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall • Cubert School • Crantock Memory Café • St Petroc’s Society
Crantock Church Roof
Hopefully you will all have seen the article in last February’s edition of the Crantock Parish Magazine, which was entitled “Our Precious Church in Crisis”. In it the Appeal Committee told you that the state of the roof has deteriorated to the extent that only a major project to replace the tiles on the Southern elevation will be sufficient to preserve the Church of St. Carantoc for future generations. It was replaced at the end of the nineteenth century by Fr. George Metford Parsons and was one of the most ambitious Anglo Catholic restorations in late Victorian Cornwall. The nails which hold the tiles on have rusted through and are giving way, so that regularly, in strong winds, tiles are blown off and water leaks in, which if left unattended, will destroy the fabric of the Church.
Inevitably this undertaking is going to cost a considerable sum and so, as well as approaching a number of grant making charities for help, the committee will also be looking to the local community for their support. It is planned to start the work in May 2015. So now is the time for us all to turn our attention to raising the necessary funds. The more that we can show that we are trying to help ourselves, the more likely it is that charity trustees will be willing to support our cause.
A number of fundraising events will be happening during the coming months, starting with the Church Fete on 30 July. On 29 August there will be a concert in the Church by the wonderful Kelsey Singers, followed by refreshments, and the raffle, with its excellent prizes, will be drawn that evening. The raffle tickets are included in this issue of the Parish Magazine. Do please buy as many as you can and return your stubs and money to either of the Church Wardens (Malcolm Leslie and Veronica Gray) or to the Cosy Nook. Every pound raised will help the cause. In October we will have our annual fundraising Gift Day, when everyone will be encouraged to make their contribution to the Church. Similarly, local individuals will also be doing their bit to raise funds – for example, the Fiesta Committee have generously donated the remaining funds in their Fiesta Account to the appeal; Jo Herd, is running in the 2015 London Marathon to help raise funds for the project. Please think whether there is some way that you too could do your bit to support us. Any amount of money raised, whether large or small, will be hugely helpful and we would be so grateful.
There will be more information about each of these events during the coming months, but we really hope that everyone will be as generous as they can be in supporting this enormously important cause. Thank you for reading this.
Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall
Every day in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 9 people hear the devastating news that they have cancer. By 2030, the number of people living with cancer in the Duchy will be double the current population of Penzance.
Macmillan Cancer Support aims to support people with a cancer diagnosis and their family and friends through every step of the journey, and this is only achievable through public donations as we receive no Government funding.
In Cornwall, we employ Macmillan professionals who are based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. These clinical nurse specialists in areas such as palliative care, lung cancer and skin cancer help to provide clear information, emotional and practical support to ensure that people do not feel that they are facing cancer alone. For many people living with cancer, money worries are the biggest cause of stress and worry after their diagnosis. This can lead to isolation and even means some people with give up their treatment. Macmillan funds a benefits advisor within the Cornwall CAB to help hundreds of people every year to claim financial support they are entitled to but not claiming. We also fund emergency grants to help with heating bills, transport and personal items such as wigs. In 2013 we helped 218 families in Cornwall with over £68,000 given out in these emergency payments.
We are continuing to invest in local services through a new GP scheme, a schools project coordinator and a libraries project.
As well as our local services, the national Macmillan charity offers support through a free phone helpline (0808 808 00 00), website (www.macmillan.org.uk), free leaflets and online training which is accessible to anyone with questions about cancer. We believe no one should face cancer alone, but we can only ensure this doesn’t happen with your support now and in the future. Thank you for choosing to support Macmillan here in Cornwall.
Cubert School after School Football Club
Monday afternoon sees over 40 children aged 5 to 11 take to the playing field at Cubert School to take part in the football after school club. Rain or shine the children turn up every week full of enthusiasm and raring to go. Several parents help with boot laces, which is great, as it allows the four “full time” volunteer parents to sort things out on the pitch.
In 2009/10 the Bale Push helped us to buy our initial equipment, some training aids and some balls, since then numbers increased steadily and we needed more equipment. Top of the list was more goal posts, our old ones are very old and held together with Duck Tape.
It has been a good year for the children, playing competitions at Treviglas and Tretherras. The girl’s team even won the Newquay Schools Year 3 and 4 Cup and were presented with their medals by England Ladies Players who had taken time out from Training in Bristol to visit the event.
Latest update: The Crantock Bale Push has already forwarded a cheque to purchase the new goal posts ready for the start of the new academic year.
Crantock Memory Café
‘Good luck!’ to all taking part in this year’s ‘Bale Push’ from the village’s newest community venture – Crantock Memory Cafe.
Just like those who will be pushing the bales, and the hard-working team who organise this fantastic event, we at the Memory Cafe are aware of the importance of team work!
Our small but dedicated group of volunteers spent last autumn planning and training in preparation for the monthly meetings which began in January, with the aim of providing a friendly and relaxed afternoon for those suffering from or concerned about memory loss, and their carers. We provide a range of games and activities, music and opportunities to reminisce on a range of stimulating and interesting topics, liberally mixed with chat, laughter and home-made refreshments. We are currently building up packs of resources that connect with our past including photos, postcards, childhood toys and games and everyday domestic items. If you might have some small items that you think may be of interest to us, either to loan or donate, please contact David on 01637 830617.
Although only eight months old we are already seeing the benefit to all concerned and noting how mutual support and interaction show positive results. We are delighted that the Bale Push organisers have chosen us as one of their chosen charities as this will allow us to extend the range of opportunities and facilities we are able to offer our members. We welcome guests from Newquay, Cubert and Newlyn East as well as Crantock itself, and new visitors and helpers are always welcome.
If you would like further information about our Memory Cafe please ring Joan on 01637 831347 or Di on 01637 830544.
St Petroc’s Society
Did you know that Cornwall currently has the second highest number of rough sleepers in the UK? Did you also know that the average life expectancy of someone rough sleeping is 42?
St Petroc’s Society is a Cornish charity that help and support single homeless people throughout the county. They have a resource centres in Truro and Penzance where homeless people can get vital support and access to services as well as offering shower, laundry and food facilities and access to a GP surgery. The Society also have 48 bed spaces offering supported accommodation at various locations around the county when firstly entering the accommodation they are each given a ‘Welcome Pack’, as very often the clients have no toiletries, these consist of a towel, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razor, toothbrush and toothpaste.
A dedicated Assertive Street Outreach team who locate and support rough sleepers into accommodation, a No Second Night Out project offers early intervention and intensive support for those finding themselves new to rough sleeping. The Society also provides specialist services to homeless young people and carries out preventative work in schools throughout the county.
St Petroc’s rely upon the goodwill and support of the local community for a variety of donations and have worked extremely hard though some very challenging austere times to keep services available for some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
St Petroc’s needs your support!