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13 March 2015

A very successful evening was held at County Hall last week. We took the opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to the members and supporters of the Royal British Legion. This was to recognise the sterling work they carried out in 2014, an especially busy year for the Legion, being the centenary of the start of the First World War.


Representatives came from all over the Duchy; awards were presented and certificates of thanks were given to all of the branches of the Royal British Legion.

Last Wednesday I attended the Food and Farming Day at the Royal Cornwall Showground.  My thanks and congratulations go to all those involved with the organising of such a remarkable event.  Everyone taking part was so enthusiastic, they gave freely of their time and the children were really appreciative.  The event clearly demonstrated just how important it is for us to ensure that everyone, and especially our young people, understands where our food comes from and how it is produced.

Children were given the opportunity to grind wheat, sieve flour, make dough and then see the bread cooking.  They could also make butter, cheese and ice-cream.  There were also cooks on hand with cookery demonstrations and workshops, so it really was a truly educational experience. 

So great is the demand from the schools that next year is fully booked and the Royal Agricultural Association has had to implement a rota for schools.  

Well done to everybody who was involved in the event.  Well done to the children who were a credit to their schools and a big thank you to the busy farmers, producers and processors who gave so much to make it such a brilliant success.

I recently went up to Oxford to visit my daughter as she has recently managed to gain employment in the area. They say that Oxford is one of the most expensive places to live and I do believe this is true as she has to pay over £800 per month for a one bedroom flat near Oxford with a view of the Didcot Power Station cooling towers from the garden.   I really do sympathise with our young people when it comes to finding accommodation they can afford.  Driving around the County was not an easy prospect with the potholes (surprising for what is reputed to be a wealthy County but demonstrates that all Councils face hard choices) and the traffic congestion was so bad I was pleased to get back to Cornwall.

I attended the ‘Best Bar None’ awards celebration last week.  It really was great to meet such an enthusiastic group of Pub Landlords who are taking the trade to a new level.  Hospitality, but above all, customer security was very much to the fore and once again Cornwall has led the way with such initiatives as ‘Newquay Safe’.  Councillor Geoff Brown introduced the evening; Councillor Pat Harvey presented certificates of achievement to the participating pubs and I then had the pleasure of presenting the awards to the winners of the various categories.

March is going to be a very busy month and I am looking forward to representing the Council and the people of Cornwall at a wide range of what I sincerely hope will be successful and enjoyable occasions for all concerned. 

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