Church and Community Working Together

This project has been made possible by the Church and Community working together to define requirements. The £25, 000 funding has been achieved by the generous grants of £10,000 from The National Lottery – Awards for All, £5,000 from The Church Community Fund and the remainder from monies raised from the Perranuthnoe Open Gardens, Local Fund raising events, Church Reserves, and Generous Private Gifts.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Grand Opening

The Cornishman Newspaper gave us a good report and 2 excellent pictures of the "even" - here are few more shots courtesy of James.

Monday, 31 January 2011


Monday 31st January 2011

Grand Opening of the Newly Refurbished

Over 90 people turned out last Saturday to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Church Room in Perranuthnoe. The ribbon was cut by the oldest resident, 97- year old Miss Marie Vellenoweth, with help from the youngest, 10 week old baby William David Green. Two years ago the room was very cold, damp and crowded with no design features for small children, the elderly or the disabled. The refurbishment project has created a space that is now welcoming and inclusive, suitable for a wide range of community activities.

Miss Vellenoweth gave a momentous opening speech following something of a family tradition. Her Grandfather, William Vellenoweth, always known as ‘Bobba’, was Churchwarden and was the last person to have been married in the church before it was restored. His Son, William, Marie’s Father, was then the first person to be christened in that newly-restored Church.

Young William David Green is the son of Emma and Jonathan Green and Great-Grandson of Joe and Virginia Laity, another farming family from Perranuthnoe. With her commanding presence and bold voice Marie said ‘Today I find myself wondering what young William David Green will say perhaps some time towards the end of the 21st Century when his turn comes to cut another ribbon.’ Then, with a no-nonsense manner, Marie promptly snipped the ribbon and declared the refurbished Church Room open to all.

Residents filled the building, spilling out onto the lane to share memories, drinks and delicious snacks prepared by Andrea Robinson and her team.

The project group thanked all the members of the community who had freely given so much time, money and experience.

PROJECT FUNDINGThis £30k project took two years to plan, fund and build. In February 1999 an interactive consultation event was held and 77 residents gave their detailed suggestions. Some ideas were acted upon immediately (summer furniture to go outside) and the rest sculpted the main refurbishment project. Half the funding came from grants (£10k from the Awards for All Lottery Fund, £5k from the Church and Community fund) and amazingly the other £15k was generated entirely by congregation donations and the Open Gardens fundraising team.

BUILDING IMPROVEMENTSThe £30k specifically paid for damp-proofing and rendering the walls, a new non-slip floor, built in cupboards, extra electrical sockets, a hearing loop, a new toilet suitable for the elderly & disabled, a baby-changing table and toddler toilet seat, an enlarged kitchen complete with a new cooker, an extractor fan, a fold-down serving hatch, a fire-escape stable door to improve ventilation, a new path from the kitchen direct to the outside seating area and redecorating throughout. Noticeboards are being ordered for the inside and the outside of the building. All these things were highlighted as priorities by residents in the original consultation event two years ago. The work was completed by Mike Berris’ local building firm ‘Home Works’.

NEW ACTIVITIESAs well as a thriving stitchers’ group, camera club, coffee mornings and church groups, several new activities are planned in Perranuthnoe.

Tom and Ben from Network Training Cornwall came to give computer advice and have agreed to run a Photoshop course. To join this course, residents should call Martin Holland on 710820 or

Mira Love is offering yoga classes beginning on Friday 4th Feb with gentle yoga from 9:30-11am and chair-based exercises from 11:30-12:30. For more details, call Mira on 719352 or

Pippa Young will soon be running an Art Club. Residents interested in joining this are encouraged to contact Pippa on 710475 or

Others expressed an interest in games nights, private parties and music practise. Residents with ideas who need help to establish a new group should contact Katie Kirk on 710907 or

The room is now available to all members of the community for £6 per hour / £12.50 per half day. Lettings Secretary John can be contacted on 711487 or

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

29th January 2011

Grand Opening of the Perranuthnoe Church Room

Saturday 29th January 11am

The ribbon will be cut at 11am then expect tea, coffee or a glass of wine, light nibbles and a short presentation followed by time to look around and chat with others about future activities.
The room will remain open until 4pm for any afternoon visitors.

This building is now available for use by any member of the community.
We hope this will be a whole village community event.
Everyone is welcome.

Project Aims
To open up the building for use by the wider community
To make the building accessible to all as far as is reasonably practicable.
To make best use of the space available
What’s New?

The main room is now fully damp-proofed and re-decorated with a new floor, a fitted hearing loop, extra electrical sockets, built-in lockable cupboards and spaces in which to stow the folding-furniture. The kitchen has been extended and now has a new cooker, extractor fan, extra electrical sockets, a stable-door fire-escape and a small serving hatch. We have use of a folding ramp to assist wheel-chair users into the main room and we plan to locate one or two sturdy arm chairs close to the WC entrance. The WC is one large cubicle fitted with a disability alarm, extra grab-rails, toddler seat and baby-changing facilities. Special community noticeboards are being ordered for inside and out to avoid posters blocking the light from the windows. A separate store has been built for bulky, outdoor furniture, freeing up activity space within the building. To hear more about activities, please come along to the Grand Opening!

Room Fees:
£6 per hour
£12.50 half a day
£25 whole day

To check availability or to make a room booking, please call John on (01736) 711487 or email

Thank You

We would like to thank all the people who have given their time and energy either by raising funds or by developing the project. Funding was gratefully received from Awards for All Lottery Fund, the Church and Community fund, the Open Gardens fundraising team, the Church’s own funds and the many generous private donations.

Thank you all!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

4th January 2011


The Building was "handed back" from the Builder on Monday 3rd January 2011.

This perfect timekeeping is thanks to the skill and dedication of our Builder, Mike Berris "Home Works" and the subcontractors they employed. Many thanks must also goes to David Grant who has acted as the "client" on behalf of the Room Management Committee throughout the project. Many others need to be thanked for their contributions and we hope to make suitable recognition to them at the GRAND OPENING - date to be fixed shortly .
Above a few pictures of the Renovated Room to whet your appetite.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

26th December

Work continues to progress very well - the New Floor has now been laid, Cupboards painted, Locks fitted and the Kitchen units are in place. The Toilet area has been fitted with New Hand Rails and Wash Basin - the end is in sight.
Watch this space for the GRAND OPENING announcement !

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

8th December

The Deaf Loop is installed and functioning.

The cupboards are now completed, with knobs and locks.

The hand basin is installed in the Toilet area.

The The Brand New Cooker (donated by a very generous village family) is awaiting installation.

The new door into the kitchen has been painted.

The stainless steel kitchen units are about to be installed.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

24th November

The walls have now had their first coat of paint and the cupboards are almost completed.
Skirting boards are in place.
The kitchen has been fitted with multiple sockets and the new enclosed florescent lights are in place.
Excellent progress is being made - the end is in sight !