Porthleven Community Group and the Big Lunch

On Sunday, the Porthleven Community Group organised Porthleven’s own Big Lunch on the Moors. The weather gods were very kind by providing clear blue sky for the entire event. The event was opened by the Mayor of Porthleven and then Porthleven’s own and very unique Signing Choir started the day off. It was a very informal affair with families just relaxing in the sunshine.

Many of the catering business in Porthleven kindly provided food to be shared by the community. The business which donated food are: Amelie’s, Sea Drift, Atlantic Inn, Kota Ki, The Square, Corner Deli and Blue Haze.

Porthleven’s fisherman association lent one of their large gazebos to give a little shade if required. Porthleven Town Council kindly provided a grant to help with the costs like the free face-painting.

Much merriment was had during the many games of rounders, in which both adults and children joined in. All the children who participated each got a medal to remember the day.

Massive credit and a well done should be given to the community group who organised the day. This group is going from strength to strength in what is does. I really enjoy working with them, and it just shows when people get together things can be achieved that are of benefit for all the community.

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The Porthleven Duck Race

The (first) Porthleven Duck Race was held on Saturday 30th at 3pm on The Moors near the river. This event was organised by the Porthleven Community Group. I counted at least twenty homemade ducks in different styles and designs, which was just fantastic.

Before the start of the eagerly awaited race, the Mayor of Porthleven, Mark Berryman was invited to pick the best made (or looking) duck. An unenviable task as you can please only one child and upset the rest! It was a close vote, but the JCB duck was picked as a worthy winner.

Just before the race started, the Mayor was presented with his very own Mayoral Duck, dressed in full regalia. It was then time for the race. The ducks were loading on the launching tray, and then released. Cheers of encouragement were shouted along the course, and I am sure this encouragement came more from the adults who had ducks in the race.

Prizes were given for the first, second and third placed ducks. The winner was also given a free ticket to Flambards one to eleven, which had been kindly donated to the group by Flambards. The winner being the JCB duck! My own duck came a pleasing third.

A huge thanks should go to the community group for organising this. Special mention should go to Tim Pryke, who braved the cold waters to launch and retrieve the ducks. The group has more fun events planned, so if you want to help or take part in this, just come to the next meeting. They even provide cake for those who turn up!

Here are a selection of pictures from the event:

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The race entrants

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The Mayor and competitors

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And they are off

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The Mayor and the winners

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The Mayor and his duck

Saturday morning spent making a duck and eating cake

On Saturday, Porthleven Community Group held one of its regular coffee mornings for anyone to come along for a chat over a cup of tea, and a piece (or two) of cake.. The group provides all this for free, as the group members make all the cakes.

There is also a suggestion board for people to comment; which allows the group to prioritise any projects the residents of Porthleven wish to see started.

Also provided today was material to make a paper mache duck, which will then take part in a duck race from the bridge leading onto The Moors to the harbour. This even starts at 3pm next Saturday.

As with any fun-like competition, entries are not only from children. As many of the group members and parents also made ducks. Including me. There was some good natured rivalry between some of the adults on who’s duck would actually make it to the end of the course!

A huge thanks should go to the Porthleven Community Group who continue to help make Porthleven a better place to live in. Well done!

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The start of the duck

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The finished duck – Colin

Porthleven Community Group Holds Successful Coffee Morning

The Porthleven Community Group held a very successful coffee morning on Saturday, 29th September. It was great to see and talk to so many people who attended. The cakes on offer were made by the group, and both the cake and tea were free to everyone. That way no-one feels left out.

For me, when I talked to various people the hot topic was on the proposals for Shrubberies Hill. I am slightly worried on so many rumours that are circling in Porthleven that are not true. I did my best to explain the facts on both sides of the arguments, so people can decide either way if they want to support, or not.

There was some fantastic raffle prizes kindly donated by the businesses of Porthleven, and this raised £64! So well done. In fact well done to all of the group who gave up their time to bake, help out etc. And to all who turned up making it a very successful morning.

The groups Facebook page is HERE  for more details on their activities.

The large selection of cakes!

Group members and coffee morning guests

Porthleven Community Group’s Coffee Morning

The Porthleven Community Group held its first coffee morning on Saturday at the Public Hall. The aim of this coffee morning was to bring people together to chat, and swap ideas over a piece of cake and hot drink. All this was free, with all the cakes ( I had to try them all n0t wanting to upset anyone!) having been made by the group.

From what I saw, the coffee morning was a great success with many people exchanging ideas and writing those ideas down. With this information it is hoped to target issues that people feel most strongly about, or would like to see improved. The group knows there is no magic-wand to wave, but understands if you get people together there is more change of succeeding.

So well done to all of the group, and I look forward to the next meeting to discuss the various options that people suggested during the event.

The Home-made Cakes

Porthleven Community Group

Last night I attended the third meeting of the Porthleven Community Group. This group is the reformed Porthleven Residents Association. It was really good to see so many people turn up to take part in this meeting. It is important to note, this group is not about just moaning about various issues, but wanting to help people who have ideas and wish to see them carried out.

Members of Porthleven Community Group

The wish of the group is to be a hub for all groups in Porthleven to be able to come together in one place. Sometimes different groups are all trying to achieve the same thing, but do not know other groups are on the same course. So it was great to see two representatives of the Porthleven Bowling Club at last night meeting.

The group is going though a consultation phase, which I hope will end up with group having three priories it wishes to progress. The group is well aware of not trying to change the world, but trying to do something for the community, that is achievable. The community group recently had a stall at the Porthleven School PTA fete (see picture), and last night those who ran the stall informed the rest of the community group of the great responses it had.

A further event is planned in the form of a coffee morning on Saturday 26th May between 10am and midday. This is part of the process of consultation to see what people want to see happen in Porthleven. The tea, coffee and cake will be free! All you have to do is turn up and give your views, or just chat with others.

The community group has had some success already with the award of a grant from Coastline Housing for £275. I have also agreed to award £200 out of my Community Fund. They plan to use some of this money to get a website up and running which will keep people informed on the groups procress.

I always like working with groups like this because they get involved and give time to make their areas a little better. If you want to get involved you can have a look at their Facebook page HERE and suggest ideas/solutions. Or better, turn up at the meetings.

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