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Co-op Local Community Fund Update
25th November 2019

Co-op Local Community Fund

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP US...

If you have a Co-op membership card vote for us at membership.coop.co.uk/causes/33650.

As a member when you shop with the Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund. You can choose a local cause that you want your 1% to support.

No Co-op membership card? then enquire at your local store or online at coop.co.uk/membership.

As a member when you buy selected products and services from them, including their food stores, they put 5% of what you spend into your Co-op Membership account.


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 https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration.

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,

Jordan

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.


Merry Christmas
22nd December 2018


Pacific Oyster 2 | Report
27th November 2018

Following a particularly wet and windy morning the weather became much kinder by 13:00 hrs when we gathered at our Beach Hut to conduct our second Pacific oyster survey. With Matt Slater of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Shoresearch we were joined by three additionl members of FoPB, besides myself and our chair, Richard, plus three members of the Three Bay Wildlife group.

Once again we conducted our survey along the man-made rock and boulder groynes at the Western end of the beach where Par river joins the bay. This time we worked along the wider of the two groynes, which worked well with the additional manpower, and one womanpower, we had. We reached a total of 1700 Pacific oysters, along its length, after two hours work.


September Work Party | Report
30th September 2018

Our first 2018-19 Work Party was to prepare for important work to be done by Cornwall Council to improve the concrete path opposite Park Leisure that leads to the seat on the dunes overlooking the bay. The plan was to widen the path so that wheelchairs may use it more easily and to create a passing bay. In addition we tackled the clearing of gorse and other invasive species to improve the view from the seat.

Many thanks to our supporters who came bearing gifts (nice biscuits) and the visiting couple who rejoined us with a generous donation.

They say every picture tells a story so take a look at our before and afters...

Before:                                                                              After:

 

 

The Team:


Pacific Oyster | Report
25th September 2018

The weather was kind on Tuesday, 25th September when Matt Slater of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Shoresearch came to Par Beach and taught us how to survey an invasive species, the Pacific oyster. This non native has been becoming increasingly common all around Cornwall and a new project has been set up to Monitor its spread and where necessary control its numbers.

We conducted the survey along the man-made rock and boulder groynes at the Western end of the beach where Par river joins the bay. Working along the narrower, 2 meter wide, of the groynes, which fitted the survey parameters, we reached a total of 600 Pacific oysters, along its length, after two hours work.


WE NEED YOUR HELP
22nd September 2018

WE NEED YOUR HELP AND IT WILL ONLY COST YOU A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME.

We have been shortlisted for an award from Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving and need your help to win one of the 165 awards being made this year.

Details of our bid can be found at...

skiptongrg,co,uk/apply-for-funding/2018-shortlisted-groups/south-west/friends-of-par-beach/

Or, if you would like to view all the applications in the South West then go to...

skiptongrg,co,uk/apply-for-funding/2018-shortlisted-groups/south-west/#apply-map.

Please vote for us, and, if you have more than one email address, you can have more than one vote. This is all about supporting Par Beach and it's Local Nature Reserve, so ask friends and neighbours to help.

The deadline is 12th October so please do it now, whilst you are thinking about it.

Thank you.


AGM | Report
13th September 2018

Friends recently held their 9th AGM on Thursday, 13th September 2018. Yet another year has flown past!

Held as usual at The Gott Hall in Par the event attracted a reasonable 29 people, to hear reports given by the Chair, Richard Parks and Treasurer, Mike Freemantle.

Richard outlined the many and various events and activities that we have attended or organised including two new events, an Easter Trail and Bio-diversity Walk which both proved very successful, plus the continually popular quiz evenings and thanking all the people involved in organising and running the various events over the past year.

With the election of officers, Richard Parks remains as The Chair, and Mike Freemantle remains as Treasurer but due to an impending move out of Par, Jules Jonklaas has steped down from the committee which has left us without a Secretary as nobody came forward for the role. Jules has agreed to continue to organise our quiz nights for which we are very pleased.

Phil Gadd, Gill Butler and Tamsyn Howes remain as Committee members, but we are losing Cathy Trodd, and would like to thank her for all her efforts and support over the last few years. We are pleased that Caroline Ward has joined our number as well as Jan Phillips who has returned to the committee after a number of years absence.

The AGM then had a short break for refreshments and socialising, and this was followed by a very lively and totally absorbing presentation by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT). Have a look at http://cornwallsealgroup.co.uk/. Whilst on the website take a few moments to follow the, HAIRSTORY and seals, article and cast your Vote in support of CSGRT. Or to go directly to the voting page follow this link https://www.hairstory.com/1-planet/1-planet-cast-your-ballot/. Your vote counts!

Altogether it was a successful and friendly evening, and the plentiful food prepared by Janet Parks was much enjoyed, so thanks to Janet for her efforts on our behalf.


Ranger Work Party | Report
5th September 2018

A small team from Friends of Par Beach joined forces with our Ranger, Jenny Heskett, and her small team with the aim of repairing the damaged picnic benches in the picnic area adjacent to the main car park. Having successfully replaced and repaired the timbers of the two wooden picnic benches lets hope people are not so thoughtless as to use the table tops for their hot barbeques in future!

  


Bat Walk | Report
25th August 2018

Fifty people, including a number of family groups, and two dogs attended the Bat Walk presented by Dr Carol Williams of the Bat Conservation Trust. It was a sunny evening with a cool wind so hopes were high of a good turnout which proved to be the case for both people and bats.

Carol gave an introductory presentation to improve our understanding of these fascinating creatures and then as the sun set and dusk crept up on us we armed ourselves with a number of bat detectors and set off towards the orchid fields to seek out our only flying mammals.

After some moderate success identifying some Common Pipistrelles the group moved back to the Duck Pond area as dusk moved into darkness under a splendid full moon. The bat detectors really came alive in this environment with both Common Pipistrelles and Soprano Pipistrelles being heard and fleetingly seen. Finally Carol managed to tune in and identify Daubenton's Bats over the lake.

We were also rewarded with two Herons circling over the lake in the moonlight, quite eerie and awe-inspiring!

                           


Environment Agency Notification
9th August 2018

Environment Agency (EA) Notification

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE –  Par Beach Duck Pond, Par Sands

I would like to confirm that the sample taken on _09/08/2018 from _Par Duck Pond for algal analysis …

 *    had a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)  

 The sample was taken from the lee shore where the algae would probably be at their highest concentration. This is not necessarily representative of conditions in the whole water body. You are recommended to make regular inspections to check for scum formation.

 Many waters are susceptible to problems with blue-green algae, typically between June and November. Once algal numbers are high, the bloom is likely to persist throughout the season, declining only at the onset of winter weather conditions.

 You are encouraged to take whatever steps you consider necessary to inform users of your water of these statements. If you need further advice on health matters, you should contact your local Environmental Health Officer


Passage for Par | Report
24th June 2018

Over three days, 22 - 24 June, the Passage for Par performances took place on Par Sands. An evening performance on the Friday and Saturday followed by a morning performance on the Sunday.

The performances were commissioned as part of Groundwork (www.groundwork.art), a season of exhibitions and events presented in special places in Cornwall, May to September 2018. Produced in partnership with Dance Republic 2 and Artsadmin, with support from Falmouth University's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA).

At the turn of the tide thirty women began their passage across Par Sands. The performance was best viewed from a distance as the thirty women moved rhythmically across the tidal landscape from the Eastern end to the Western end of the sands tracing meandering pathways through the wet sand, showing movement and shape as a collective form against the backdrop of St Austell Bay.

The cast of thirty women - selected from Cornwall, the UK and abroad - had worked intensively over the last two weeks on the beach to discover, adapt and refine the work as it had emerged. Their steps had been influenced in part by the traditional dances of Brittany and Cornwall. Each day they experienced radically different conditions and noticed new features of the site and of the practice of moving together as a collective form.

The acclaimed choreographer, Rosemary Lee, visited many of Cornwall's most beautiful beaches before deciding to work on Par Sands. She had chosen Par because of its dramatic contrasts - between the industry of Par Docks and the green slopes of Gribbin Head - and because of the exceptional beauty of the tidal expanse, with its glittering deposits of quartz and mica.

She was also intrigued by the biodiversity of the area. The china clay industry has had a visible impact on the landscape around St Austell and has dramatically altered the flora and fauna of the area. The flora of the port and beach at Par has also been affected by marine traffic introducing species from ports around the world. A high proportion of these species were able to seed and establish themselves in the various habitats the beach provides; in total 878 flowering plant species have been recorded.

Whilst the performances of Passage for Par will leave no physical trace on the landscape, Rosemary Lee hopes that its presence will linger in the memory and become part of the history of this special place.

 

 


The Big Lunch and Dog Show Report
3rd June 2018

FoBP had a presence at The Big Lunch and Dog Show with our Gazeebo and Display plus some Stone Painting for our younger visitors.

The weather was kind this year and there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. Our Stone Painting proved popular, if somewhat messy at times, but nice to see the creative talents in action.

                           

 


Easter Fun Trail Report
1st April 2018

On the overcast but thankfully dry morning of Easter Sunday we held our first ever Easter Fun Trail. The trail started and finished at the, Friends of Par Beach, beach hut and encompassed the beach, orchid field and dunes. Along this route were eight Easter egg markers containing an interesting fact, relating to the environment, and an alphabetical letter to be noted. At the end of the trail the participants had to work out that the noted letters spelt 'Beach Hut' and all children were rewarded with a Cadbury Cream Egg whilst the parents were given a bag for life. 21 family groups participated, totalling 37 adults and 40 children, and a good time was had by all.

The picture shows a group of happy children recieving their eggs and the adults with their bag for life whilst the family dog wonders where his reward is!


Spring Beach Clean Report
4th March 2018

Today we held our annual Spring Beach Clean, and the weather gods were most kind to us. Following the bitterly cold spell, with snow and wind, it was touch and go that the event could take place, and even with a sudden warming the day before it decided to rain heavily through the night right up to 07:30hrs this morning. Low and behold, the rain stopped, the clouds passed away and the sun came out to give us a glorious spring day.

Sixty One (61) volunteers turned up for us including several family's with young children and a group of pupils (eco squad) and teachers from Poltair School in St Austell. They all worked very hard and at the end of the event the beach was sparkling. Our thanks go to all who made it such a worthwhile day.


January Work Party Report
28th January 2018

Friends of Par Beach held their first work party of the New Year today and concentrated on removing some invasive species from the dune area near to our new Beach Hut .

Using our Hut for the first time as base camp for the work, we were pleased to welcome our biggest turn out for some time, including several new faces, and many thanks to all who turned out on a pleasant morning.

Pictures show Mike and Phil clearing up around our brand new sign, kindly donated to us by Jolyon Sharpe of Cornall Council Countryside Department, and the group having a well earned half time tea break.

Whilst pausing with the digging we were very happy to observe the work already being undertaken on the newly re-furbished play area next to Milo's Restaurant.

Friends has played a big part in selecting the supplier and encouraging the Parish Counciul to undertake this initiative.

However great praise and thanks must go to Councillor Doug Scrafton who has really driven the project with the Council and at last we will have a great new facility at Par Beach, no more than it deserves.

If you feel like getting involved in one of our work parties, keep a look out on our website or facebook page or for a poster put up around the area, including in our brand new notice board.

   


New Notice Board
11th January 2018

Our brand new, shiny bright, notice board was installed successfully today.

Friends of Par Beach would like to thank, very much indeed, Jolyon Sharpe, Countryside Officer, for this generous gesture, and for his continued support of our group.

Pictured below are Chair, Richard and Treasurer, Mike showing off our latest acquisition which sits nicely alongside our Beach Hut.

 

 


Christmas Greetings
22nd December 2017

The following poem was sent to us by The Conservation Volunteers (https://www.tcv.org.uk). This is by way of a thankyou from them to our Group but also reflects our thanks to you, our membership!

 A Christmas poem for our Community Groups from us to you!


Snow is falling all around

Frosty footprints on the ground

Berries crowd the silvered trees

As birds head south across the seas

 

Nature prepares for harder times

But work remains for those left behind

And Community groups keep busy

as Jack Frost goes to work

And even when it's drizzly

Cold hands hold hoes, or spades or forks

 

So in this winter season

We send our thanks for all you do, 

And as you prepare for the coming year

We send warm festive greetings to you


Beach Hut
26th November 2017

Before starting the work party on Sunday 26th November, Events Manager Phil and Chair Richard managed to put up our brand new sign on our recently painted Beach Hut, which will now form the headquarters and meeting point for many of our future events at the Beach or in the Local Nature Reserve. We are very pleased with the result and we owe a lot of thanks to Jolyon Sharpe of Cornwall Council who helped us fund and site our new HQ '.

     


November Work Party - Report
26th November 2017

On Sunday 26th November we had one of our regular winter work parties, and this time we helped to clear and widen the access path between the western car park and the existing path which runs around the Orchid field.

This was originally laid by the Council, specifically to help with access to the beach for wheelchair users and others with mobility problems, but sadly has not been maintained due to financial issues. The path was made up of clay waste which hardens quickly and stays almost white in colour, which also makes it good for people with sight issues. A group of ten volunteers plus a small dog cleared the length of the path in two hours, an amazing effort in mostly appalling weather. Many thanks and very well done to all who came along. Tea/coffee and biscuits were as usual handled by Chair Richard, who also managed to arrange the only ten minutes of dry weather, and a glimpse of the sun, during the whole morning, for this well earned break.


Par Carnival Celebration Awards 2017
23rd November 2017

On Thursday 23rd November, Treasurer Mike and Chair Richard attended a wonderful event at the Railway Club in St Blazey in celebration of the Par Carnival this year. A lot of local organisations and clubs who helped with the Carnival received an award for their efforts, and Friends of Par Beach were one of the lucky recipients with thanks for putting on the annual Beach Art Competition, as part of Carnival week. Lots of money was raised including some large amounts for two Cancer Research groups.

Prizes were handed out by Councillors Pauline Giles and Jordan Rouse, and a pleasant evening was had by all.

                         


SAS Autumn Beach Clean.
3rd November 2017

News Article from Cllr Jordan Rowse:

“When I found out that Surfers Against Sewage were holding a national autumn beach clean I felt that, as the Chairman of the Par Beach Management Group, it was something I had to get involved with.

Each year our coastal communities brace themselves against the winter conditions that create a ‘Perfect Storm’ of plastic pollution on our beaches. The Autumn Beach Clean extends deep into this darker, colder time than any other beach clean project. When, in the absence of summer’s tourist spotlight, the health of our coastlines can slip from the nation’s mind.

Along with over 300 other Beach Clean Leaders, I joined Surfers Against Sewage and their partners; The Crown Estate, Greggs, Parley For The Oceans and Ecover to unite, inspire and empower my community to take action to help create Plastic Free Coastlines.

Par Beach is perhaps the PL24 area’s most important asset and, with it being one of the only growing dune systems in Europe, it faces many challenges, plastic pollution being one of them. By engaging the community in beach cleans it helps make our great asset more enjoyable to use, but more importantly helps protect our beach and dunes from plastic pollution, helping create a plastic free coastline.

I’d like to thank everyone who turned up to help, Friends of Par Beach for their support and The Ship Inn for generously putting on tea and coffee for our volunteers.”

     



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