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British Empire Medals presented at a moving ceremony

At a special ceremony held at County Hall in Truro, by kind permission of The Chairman Cornwall Council, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, presented four British Empire Medals awarded in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018. All of the recipients are outstanding examples of those who selflessly give to their communities and whose efforts are recognised by The Queen with the British Empire Medal.

The recipients were joined by family members and friends and heard details about the achievements of each person read by the Chairman, Councillor Mary May. The Lord-Lieutenant presented each recipient with their British Empire Medal on behalf of HM The Queen.

The medallists honoured were:

Robert (Bob) Charleston from St Ives - For voluntary services to the Coastguard Rescue Team

Bob served as a police officer for 30 years.  He joined HM Coastguard in 1984 and has lead the team as Station Officer for the past 18 years.  During his time at St Ives he has taken control of hundreds of incidents being instrumental in assisting or saving the lives of many members of the public.

Russell (Russ) Hall from Lostwithiel - For services to Policing and the community in Fowey and Looe

Russ originally served in the Royal Navy and saw active service in the Falklands War.  He left in 1987 to join Devon and Cornwall Constabulary where he served for 26 years retiring in 2013.  The next day he was sworn in as a volunteer special constable.  Since then he has supported the neighbourhood teams but has specialised in Marine Policing.  He uses his own boat and his contribution to policing in Cornwall has been remarkable and outstanding.

Barbara Hawkins from Port Isaac - For services to charity and the community in Port Isaac

Barbara is a tireless fundraiser and volunteer for a wide range of causes.  She uses her artistic and creativity to raise money for organisations such as the RNLI – who she has supported for many year – for whom she paints an annual picture which is made into a Christmas card and sold to raise funds.  She also supports a local charity providing support to children and families in Kosovo and has visited the country to run art classes and train women in handcrafts. 

Ann Boorman - For services to homeless people in Truro

Since 1998 Ann has led a team of people providing support and help to homeless people in Truro.  A founder member of Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) she soon became the group’s chairman who have served over 48,000 meals – 7,000 personally cooked by Ann.  She has steered the group through three changes of premises, each time setting up a new kitchen without a break in service to the people who relied on her. 

Rame Peninsular Male Voice Choir receive their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Rame Peninsular Male Voice Choir were delighted to recieve their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2018 during a rousing concert in Torpoint.

The Lord Lieutenant, supported by the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor May May and Deputy Lieutenant Admiral Mike Wood presented the choir with their award noting their significant fundraising achievements. 

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North Cornwall welcomes HRH Princess Alexandra

HRH Princess Alexandra visited North Cornwall on the 31st July and undertook a wide range of engagments during her time in Cornwall. 

She started the day with a visit to Norton Barton Artisan Food Village where she heard about their future plans for the site and saw the successful businesses already established - including Cornwall Charcuterieand Popti Bakery.

After Bude she dropped in to the Cornwall at War Museum where Steve and Sheila Perry showed HRH their impressive collection of militaria including uniforms and personal items to large scale planes and vehicles and introduced many of their dedicated volunteers.

It was a short drive to Camelford where HRH visited the newly refurbished Camelford Town Libary and Information Centre and officially opened the town's new band stand.  Camelford did the Town proud - an amazing turnout from the community was on hand to cheer and greet HRH as she met many of the dedicated local community groups before she opened the bandstand. 

Celtic and Co from Newquay celebrate achieving a Queens Award for Enterprise

From small beginnings grow great things, which is just what has happened in Newquay to Celtic and Co.  A family concern which started very small with just Nick and his wife Kath running every aspect of the business they have grown and branched out over the past 27 years which has culminated in the achievement of a Queens Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales.  Following a tour of the factory and the opportunity to meet with the staff the Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by the Chairman of Cornwall Council, was delighted to hand over the award to Nick and Kath and their team in Newquay. 

The Lord Lieutenant presents the BEM to Mrs Leigh Yates of Porthleven for services to education 

The Lord Lieutenant was delighted to present the British Empire Medal for services to education to Mrs Leigh Yates of Porthleven at Helston Community College this week.  Leigh has been a tireless fundraiser for Porthleven School having raised over £350,000. 

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall enjoy their annual visit to Cornwall

Cornwall gave Their Royal Highnesses a proper warm Cornish welcome when they visited Fowey at the start of their three day visit inJuly.  The residents and visitors were out in their hundreds to welcome TRH to the Town.

During the visit they had the opportunity to really get involved in the community as they named the new Fowey gig 'Q', met pupils from local schools, presented a 30 year Long Service Certificate to to the Cox of the RNLI lifeboat, visited local shops and met representatives from community organisations.

Their Royal Highnesses went onto visit Wheal Kitty where they saw Cornish Businesses Finisterré and The Canteen and The Duke of Cornwall attended an Ocean Plastics Solutions Day co-ordinated by Cornish Charity Surfers Against Sewage. Later that day The Duchess attended a 15th birthday reception for the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Day 2 saw Their Royal Highnesses undertake an enjoyable visit to the Isles of Scilly and on day 3 they finished by visiting the Community Store and Village Hall in St Tudy.

They were as always overwhelmed and grateful for the extremely warm welcome they were given every visit.