Welcome to Helston Town Council’s Website. Here are a few words that express my thoughts of being mayor of this wonderful community.
November began with the launch of the Poppy Appeal. Yet again this year Helston did us proud with excellent support. The final exhibition by the WW1 Heritage Group was very well received at the Museum. The Remembrance weekend began on Friday 9th with a Vigil at the Cottage Hospital - well attended despite the wild weather. Followed by a wonderful Concert at St Michaels Church on the Saturday – an evening of fine music.
On the Sunday, a fitting tribute was given on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, as over a thousand members of our community and RNAS Culdrose attended the moving Royal British Legion Ceremony at The Grylls Monument on a fine, crisp sunny morning. The day continued with a service at St Michaels Church in the afternoon and concluded with the Lighting of the Beacon at Helston AFC in the evening. Throughout the weekend we enjoyed the excellent music from the Military Wives Choir and our wonderful Town Band. The month ended on Friday 30th with the spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-On evening with street stalls, fireworks and entertainment. Again a great show of support.
There is a keen sense of pride and appreciation of our heritage in Helston, with its characterful and historic buildings – including our famous Museum, The Guildhall, St Michael’s Church, and other buildings with fascinating stories behind them, going back over the centuries. We are the second town in Cornwall to receive a Royal Charter in 1201 from King John. Since then, Helston (Cornish- Hellys) has played an important part in the growth of industry in Cornwall, being a prosperous centre for mining, markets and tourism.
Today the town has a lively, friendly atmosphere with a busy main street and plenty of historical attractions that keep the town’s heritage alive. Walking past the stone miners’ cottages, numerous shops, restaurants and old pubs, there is a lovely traditional feel to the place. The Coronation boating lake and park are great for families, and there are plans to develop this area even more over the next few years as the town grows.
We have an excellent relationship with our navy families. All working on RNAS Culdrose, the busy nearby Air Station which supplies skilled aviators, engineers and flight deck crews to protect Royal Navy Ships and Submarines, above, on and below the waves.
Helston is known as “The Gateway to The Lizard” United Kingdom’s most southerly point, with its unique flora and fauna, wonderful beaches, historical villages and dramatic coastline.
I am honoured to represent such a lovely town in the depths of beautiful Cornwall.
Councillor John Martin
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