A message from the Mayor
Dear all, hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, although I am sure it is now fast becoming a distant memory.
At the end of last year in my role as Mayor, I had the honour of attending a number of different Christmas celebrations and concerts, and it was wonderful to see the community engaging in far greater numbers since the end of the pandemic. The sight of happy faces was truly uplifting, as was hearing the sound of joyful voices engaged in singing and the variety of different music genres being provided in our town.
My wife and I joined a number of local volunteers and organisations to help the Helston and District Foodbank with the packing and delivery of their Christmas food hampers. The term ‘Food Hamper’ is really quite deceiving as their hampers are far more than the name suggests – each parcel caters for the number of adults and children receiving it and has regard to any special dietary requirement. A typical hamper would include both fresh and tinned meat, fresh vegetables, tinned fish, vegetables, fruit and soups, biscuits, sweets, crisps, a Christmas pudding and custard. In addition, through the support of our local churches, every child received a gift-wrapped present appropriate to their age. The Foodbank delivered 125 hampers to feed over five hundred people during the Christmas period, all of whom, without this provision, would not have been able to afford a Christmas dinner.
In January I returned to meet with workers at the Mustard Seed and had the pleasuring in presenting to them a cheque, totalling over £1,300.00, from the Mayor’s charity – this amazing total has been collected from donations and fundraising activities that have taken place since May 2023
New Year, New Ventures
The Town Council is wholly committed to protecting and enhancing the town centre and as we enter and celebrate the New Year, may I take this opportunity to welcome the ‘new’ businesses that have opened since the latter end of 2023, to name but a few, the Helston Book Store, Kernow Fish Limited, and the Pica Rico Deli – thank you for investing in our town and for those yet to pop in to say hello, please do visit and show your support.
As many of you will be aware, one of the speed monitoring cameras has been positioned on the Redruth Road at the request of local residents. Monitoring of speed was conducted between 28th November and 12th December. The maximum legal speed is 30mph and during the day it was pleasing to note that the average speed recorded was below this (30mph). However, there were some worrying speeds recorded in excess of 50mph. Please, if you are a driver, be mindful of your driving speed and stay within the speed regulations.
Celebrating 27 Years of the Emergency Service Co-Responder Provision
Helston Fire Station recognised and celebrated 27 years of Co-Responder provision (from our local Fire Stations in Helston, Mullion and St Keverne) this January. 11 of the present highly qualified and dedicated firefighters were able to attend the celebrations; together they have over 172 years of service with Cornwall Fire & Rescue and are, invariably, the first on the scene to provide medical care in situations from road traffic collisions through to farm accidents across the Helston and Lizard area – all need to be able to get to their station within four minutes of a call. It was humbling to talk with the team, collectively they make very little of what is such an important service provision to our area and our sincere thanks are extended from us all to this small and highly dedicated team.
We have an exciting year ahead of us…
Join me for Helston’s St Piran’s Day celebrations on Saturday 2nd March, commencing with Helston Bakes in the Guildhall (who will be crowned Helston’s champion Pasty maker, or Hevva Cake baker?), followed by the Lantern Parade in the early evening at the Coronation Park. Our thanks go to the City of Lights for organising the parade on the Town Council’s behalf and for facilitating both school and community workshops to design and create the lanterns.
The planning for this year’s Flora Day celebrations is also underway and I look forward to seeing the town decorated in its glory. To this end, may I extend my thanks to you all for your support of our town as we look forward to spring coming soon.
Hellys Bys Vyken
Councillor Miles Kenchington
Helston Town Mayor
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