£5k raised for Porthleven School at the Fire Extravaganza

The Fire Extravaganza, held at Porthleven School last Friday evening raised amazing amount of £5000. This money will be used to buy ipads for the children at the school.

Huge credit and praise must go to all those who gave their times to make the event such a success. This includes Leigh Yates who works marvels when raising money for the school and was the brains behind this event.

I attended the event, and was very impressed with the entertainment on offer. This included a huge fire-breathing dragon, and entertainers displaying their skills by juggling objects on fire. The event was finish with a spectacular firework event that lasted ages.

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In charge of all the sausages, Jane

In charge of all the sausages, Jane. Picture by Brian Aitkenhead

The CIC marquee pack with those who attended the event

The CIC marquee pack with those who attended the event

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Some of the entertainment on offer at the event. Picture by Brian Aitkenhead

Some of the entertainment on offer at the event. Picture by Brian Aitkenhead

Dedication of Porthleven School’s Remembrance Garden

On Friday, I attended along with many parents, children, military personnel, religious ministers and staff from Porthleven School for the dedication of Porthleven School’s new Remembrance Garden.

This was a lovely service with three religious ministers, two from RNAS Culdrose, and St Barts minister each taking turns during the dedication.

Porthleven has strong links with the military, not only with those who went to fight in far-flung lands, but with RNAS Culdrose whose personnel have often made Porthleven their home.

The Remembrance Garden is wonderful, and was made by the children of the school. The school should be very proud of the work, as it is a fitting tribute for those who served, but more importantly, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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The Garden of Remembrance at Porthleven School

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Massive turnout for Porthleven’s Torchlight Procession.

After a gap of a couple of years, Porthleven’s torchlight procession took place on Bank Holiday Monday. Having been involved with the procession before, I knew it always had a good turnout. However, I never though the turnout would be this big.

When Porthleven Band led the procession up Fore Street and could no longer be seen, Fore Street was still full of people and still more people were joining the procession. It was an amazing sight. I reckon in trying to do a headcount near 600 – if not more – took part in the event. And the community group sold 360 torches.

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The success of the event is down to the hard-work of Porthleven’s Community Group. They did not do this on their own because this event was a partnership with Porthleven School PTA and Porthleven Band.

Thanks should also go to Suzie at Four Crows Gallery who sold the candles leading up to the event. Naomi our local youth worker and Bruno one of the local lifeguards who acted as first aiders. And Porthleven’s Town Warden who helped act as marshall during the event.

It would be remiss of me not to mention Ann Minors, who almost singlehandedly re-introduced torchlight many years ago after Gala Week disappeared from the calendar. Her previous hard-work helped make torchlight the success it is.

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Since the event, I have had many many fantastic comments from people. Many have said how they could not remember a bigger turnout. How it was great to have the sing-song at the end of the event.

Those involved should be very proud of their achievements in organising and running the event. It just shows what can be achieved when people get together.

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Porthleven’s Torchlight Procession is back!

On Bank Holiday (26th) Monday, Porthleven’s torchlight procession will take place after a gap of a couple of years. Previously this event has been one of the highlights in Porthleven’s calendar. And now it is back, I hope will go on to be bigger and better.

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This event is back due to the co-operation between Porthleven Community Group and Porthleven School PTA. The original organiser, Ann Minors has also been part of this new partnership. Like previous years, a collection will be made on behalf of Cornwall Hospice. It is great to see various Porthleven organisations working together to achieve something for everyone.

The torches for the event will be sold for £2, and all the money from the sale of the torches will be reinvested for the following years torches. However to start the ball rolling again I agreed to use some of my community grant money to pay for the torches.

The torches will be on sale from Friday 23rd at various location in Porthleven. They will also be sold from 12 midday from the harbour head and at the event.

The event will start at 8pm near the Harbour Inn, and the procession will be led by Porthleven Town Band. The band will lead the procession though a designated route that takes in many of the streets of Porthleven; finally parading down past the institute and finishing at the starting point.

Hopefully I will see you there.

Porthleven School’s New Playground

This morning I was invited to Porthleven School to help unveil the new children’s playground. This is a fantastic addition to the school. What is really impressive, is all this money came from fundraising led by the school’s PTA. The fundraising started in September 2011 and in a short period the PTA raised nearly £12,000, with £9,000 of that money being spent on the play equipment.

This money came from businesses in Porthleven including £2000 from the Harbour and Dock Company, Porthleven’s Surf Club – £1,000, my Cornwall Councillor fund – £500, with the rest coming from fundraising activities. It is great to see such a strong and dynamic PTA who are always coming up with new and ‘interesting’ ways of fund-raising for the school.

Porthleven’s PTA can be rightly proud of their achievements, and with the team they have, nothing will stop them from making the school better for the children and families. Well Done!

The new play equipment at Porthleven School