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Co-op Local Community Fund
24th October 2019

Following an application we made to the Co-op Local Community Fund we are most pleased to have received the following Email:

Congratulations! Friends of Par Beach has been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.

The funding round will open on 27 October 2019 and close on 24 October 2020.

During this funding phase, Co-op Members will be able to choose you as their local cause.

Every time a member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes in their community, so it’s important you raise your profile and encourage members to choose your cause.

To get you ready for the launch, please encourage your supporters, volunteers, friends and family to become a Co-op Member. They can join online at

We’ll contact you next week when the round opens with more information about how the fund works. We’ll also invite you to a special webinar so you can ask questions and find out more.

Congratulations once again, we’re looking forward to supporting your project and helping you make great things happen in your community.

Best wishes,

April Armstrong

Co-op Local Giving Manager

FoPB Calendar 2020
9th October 2019

FoPB are pleased to announce the availability of our 2020 Calendar created as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations and featuring selected pictures submitted by you, our supporters.

At the cost of just £5:00 the Calendar is available from our Treasurer, Mike Freemantle (01726 816454) or place an order here on the website via the Contact Us page, putting 'Calendar' in the Subject box.

Celebrating the first 10 years | Report
11th August 2019

Rather than write a long article about how the day went at our 10th Anniversay event I find a lady I was introduced to on the day writes Rowena's Cornwall Wildlife Trust Groups blog. Follow this link to read her blog of our big day; A day to remember in Par. Thank you Rowena.

Civic Award
1st May 2019

Four proud members of Friends of Par Beach, plus our Countryside Manager Jolyon Sharpe, assembled at the Cornwall Council Chamber in Truro on Wednesday evening to receive our Civic Award from Chairman of the Council, Mary May.

FoPB were nominated by our Local Councillor Jordan Rouse, who sadly could not be at the event, in recognition of our work and dedication towards helping look after the Beach and Nature reserve. Many thanks to Jordan for his nomination and support of our efforts.

Joined by many amazing people who have done work in the Voluntary sector in Cornwall over the last year, the event was rounded out by a splendid reception in the Council Chamber. A great evening enjoyed by all, where we met so many interesting and hard working residents of Cornwall, all doing their thing because they care about their local community'

And, of course, thank you to all our members for their support without whom we would not exist.


Cornwall Civic Award
24th March 2019

Email from Cllr Jordon Rowse to FoPB Chair Richard Parks.

Good evening Richard

I am writing to tell you that I have nominated Friends of Par Beach for the Cornwall Civic Award. Each Councillor is allowed to nominate one individual, but I have requested that Friends of Par Beach as a group are given this award as a sign of appreciation for all that you do.

This year is a special one as Cornwall Council are celebrating their 10 year anniversary, which is particularly apt as I understand FOPB are also celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Within the word limit I was allowed, this is what I wrote on my application form, copied and pasted for ease of reference: -

 “This group deserves a Civic Award because of their hard work and total dedication to Par Beach, and not just the beach, but the whole nature reserve site.

Friends of Par Beach (FOBP) were founded in 2009 so this year, like Cornwall Council, they will also be celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

The FOPB team are complete stalwarts. Since 2009 they have worked incredibly closely with Cornwall Council to help manage the asset that is Par Beach.

Par Beach is the jewel in the crown for us not just in Par, but in the Par, St Blazey and wider St Austell Bay area. However, having such an asset comes great difficulty managing it.  This is where FOPB have proved to be our community’s unsung heroes, a group of committed volunteers working with Cornwall Council to manage this great asset.

FOPB have work parties each month tackling different issues on the beach, from cutting back the footpaths through the dunes and the reserve to make them more accessible, to creating Otter Holts to encourage otters on site, or holding litter picks.

I am nominating Friends of Par Beach for the Cornwall Civic Award because the beach would not be the same without them.”

This is simply a small token of my appreciation for all that FOPB do and to our partnership at the beach. I have been blown away by the support of FOPB, particularly you Richard on the Management Group, and I believe this is one of the reasons why there are so many positive things happening at the beach at the minute.

I wish you good luck with your nomination and, if successful, the presentation ceremony and reception is to be held at County Hall on the evening of Wednesday 1 May 2019. I would be delighted to invite the FOPB Officers (Chair, Vice Chair etc) to come along with me on the evening.

Thank you once again.

Oll an gwella/all the best,


Cllr Jordan Rowse

Cornwall Councillor for Par and St Blazey Gate

Biodiversity Walk | Report
16th January 2019

Back in the Summer of 2018 we held a Biodiversity Walk for our and Friends of Luxilian Valley members.

Click here to link to Steve Barber's Dropbox and see a selection of pictures taken on that day. Many thanks Steve.

Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
PL24 Community Association, Tesco,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Tesco PL24 Community Association