Celebrating Community in the Constituency

It was both a surprise and a disappointment that our attempt to win the world record for the largest gathering of pirates on Sunday did not succeed. Obviously, the aim was to secure the record but if you put this to one side Pirates on the Prom felt like a great success. Everyone I met was in good spirits, the prom (our most treasured but under-utilised treasure) was packed with people being entertained and amused and the sunshine was truly glorious. It was good to see Penzance in full swing and people coming together because we love and want to celebrate Penzance. Credit must go to Andy Hazlehurst and his team for bringing the whole thing together. A remarkable effort. Following the attempt, I walked along to Newlyn and attended the Blessing of the Fleet service which seemed a fitting end to the day and start of this year’s fish festival.

Over the weekend Newlyn and Penzance had to be the busiest places in Cornwall although I know of many other events taking place including Mousehole (Male Voice Choir Concert) and St Martin (Craft and Horticulture Show). David Cameron was much derided for celebrating what he described as the Big Society. If you take a minute and step back and consider what is achieved (seen and unseen, big and small) through the work of volunteers to enrich lives and celebrate communities

Following the attempt, I walked along to Newlyn and attended the Blessing of the Fleet service which seemed a fitting end to the day and start of this year’s fish festival. Over the weekend Newlyn and Penzance had to be the busiest places in Cornwall although I know of many other events taking place including in Mousehole (Male Voice Choir Concert) and St Martin (Craft and Horticulture Show). David Cameron was much derided for celebrating what he described as the Big Society. If you take a minute and step back and consider what is achieved (seen and unseen, big and small) through the work of volunteers to enrich lives and celebrate communities

David Cameron was much derided for celebrating what he described as the Big Society. If you take a minute and step back and consider what is achieved (seen and unseen, big and small) through the work of volunteers to enrich lives and celebrate communities then, whatever we call it, the activities of this past weekend in West Cornwall remind us that we have a community spirit that is difficult to extinguish for which I’m cheered.

On September 8th and 9th I’m delighted to host once again the Health and Wellbeing Fairs. These events bring together as many organisations as possible involved in helping and advising senior members of our community. Together, the intention is to help to ensure people have what they need to reduce household bills, stay healthy, stay warm, safe and well fed and have the opportunity to meet new people this winter. The events start at 10 am at Helston Central Church on the Friday and Pengarth Day Centre on the Saturday.