Affordable Housing – In the Parish

The proposed housing scheme adjacent to Sithney School Playing Field secured planning approval on 9th June 2015 and will see the construction of 20 new homes.  12 homes will be for affordable rent (2 x 1b flats, 6 x 2 bed houses and 4 x 3 bed houses) and 6 homes will be for shared ownership (4 x 2 beds and 2 x 3 beds).  The remaining two homes are 3 bed open market properties.  Also included within this scheme is an area of public open space and a car park.  The car park will be first and foremost for school use.

All properties will be advertised through Cornwall Homechoice.  In order to be eligible for a property, you should ensure that you are registered by visiting or by calling 0300 1234 161.  Your eligibility will depend partly upon your ability to evidence a local connection to Sithney Parish, in the first instance, or, if it is necessary to cascade out , to Breage, Porthleven, Wendron and Crowan Parishes or, ultimately, the County of Cornwall.  What qualifies as an ‘Area Local Connection’ and ‘County Local Connection’ is defined in the completed Section 106 agreement.

The Cove – Macmillan Support Centre – in Cornwall

Every day, 9 people in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly hear the devastating news that they have cancer. That’s over 3,300 people every year. The ripples a cancer diagnosis can cause can affect families, friends and work colleagues.

With a huge increase in the numbers of people affected by cancer anticipated by 2030, thousands more local people may end up feeling lonely and isolated.

That’s why we are building The Cove Macmillan Support Centre in Cornwall, the first dedicated centre of its kind in the County.

The Cove has been designed with patients and their families in mind, with the simple goal of helping anyone affected by cancer to live their lives as well as possible.

Key areas of support within this new state of the art building will include:

*information about how to cope with cancer and its treatment

*a dedicated financial advice service

*complementary therapies

*a room especially for young people affected by cancer

The centre will open in mid-2016, and will help and support around 13,000 people every year-patients, their families and friends.

The centre will cost around £3 million to build and equip, and we are fundraising for the final £1 million of that figure in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We would love your community to become involved with fundrsiing for the centre, and this could be your local school, business,  pub or social group.

To find out more about The Cove, or to get involved with our appeal, please visit or call 0300 1000 200.

You can also email your local contact, Emma Wright at

Councillor Vacancies


After nominations to the Parish Council election for Sithney Parish Council two vacancies exist.

In accordance with the Representation of the people Act 1985 s21 920 b), the Parish council has been instructed by Cornwall Council to fill the vacant seats by Co Option at its meeting to be held on the 5th January 2016.

For further information about the role of a parish councillor, and the co option process please contact the clerk.


Merlin MS Centre



November 2015

People in Sithney, living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions, can now access specialist physiotherapy and exercise sessions closer to home, through a new service launched by Cornish charity, the Merlin’s MS Centre.

Cornwall’s only purpose-built MS therapy centre, which is based in St. Austell, is providing a weekly outreach service as a pilot project at Aspire South West, Hayle. This is a further development for the charity which has been doing some home visits to assess the needs of people living with long-term neurological conditions.

The team at the charity provides one to one sessions with a specialist neuro physiotherapist once a month and weekly group exercises classes, both seated and standing, designed to help people better manage their symptoms, improve health and well-being, and reduce isolation. The sessions are held every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12 noon – people are asked to book in advance.

Located just off the A30 the venue is at Marsh Lane Industrial Estate, and therefore accessible for existing and new clients living in areas including: Marazion, Penzance, St. Ives, Hayle, Camborne, and Redruth. The aim is to also offer carers and service users a chance to get together for refreshments after the exercise sessions at the venue or at a nearby cafe. The charity is currently looking for volunteers who could help serve refreshments once a week or arrange social gatherings for the groups.

Melissa King, a neuro physiotherapist, who heads up the therapy team at the charity, said: “This provides a much-needed and valuable service for people living in this part of Cornwall, who would otherwise struggle to get to the centre due to difficulties with transport, mobility or travel costs. We are delighted to be based at this venue taking some of the services offered here at the Merlin MS Centre out into the community”

Rob Johns, co-owner of Aspire Southwest Ltd said: “We are pleased to be able to partner with the Merlin MS Centre and bring such a valuable service to the local area. Therapy sessions and ongoing rehabilitation are vital for people living with a neurological condition and we are looking forward to working closely with the charity to improve the long term care needs of the people using the service.”

Cornwall has one of the highest rates of MS in the country with more than 1000 people diagnosed with this incurable condition, which is normally diagnosed in young adults typically aged 20 to 40.

Since the centre opened in 2009, it has seen a significant growth in service users who have other neurological conditions which have similar symptoms to MS including difficulties with mobility, balance, speech, cognitive function, as well as fatigue, bladder and bowel problems.

Supervised exercise therapy involving moderate progressive resistance is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to help people with MS improve mobility and reduce fatigue. (NICE clinical guideline 186 – Issued October 2014

Funding to launch the pilot project came from grant making trusts. The group exercise sessions will cost the same as at the Merlin MS Centre (between £3 and £4) – while one to one physiotherapy is £17 per session for MS/£40 for non MS. Anyone in receipt of Personal Independent Payments (which are replacing Disability Living Allowance) can use this income to pay for the sessions and MS Vouchers are also accepted. Booking for the sessions must be made in advance by calling the centre on 01726 885530

If successful, the charity will look to offer outreach services in other parts of Cornwall.

More Information

The Merlin MS Centre is an independent charity located in mid-Cornwall, which provides a range of expert care, support and therapies predominantly for people whose lives are affected by MS, but also for those with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There are on average 60 people a day who come to the centre. The charity receives no Government funding and therefore derives its income from fundraising activities in the community; hiring of the centre’s conference and therapy rooms to external clients, plus income from grant making trusts.

Cornwall has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), in mainland Britain, with more than 1000 people currently diagnosed with the condition – twice the national average- although the reason for this is not known. MS is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms include loss of mobility, visual impairment, decreased cognitive function, incontinence, and difficulties with speech or swallowing.

The therapies provided by our organisation include individual and group physiotherapy, occupational and exercise therapy; podiatry; hyperbaric oxygen therapy and complementary therapies. In addition the charity provides twice weekly day respite, enabling carers to have a break from their caring duties, plus a number of social groups.

The support services include counselling, carer support, advice and information (the centre is an information hub for the MS Society) and the charity also has a free adapted mini-bus service. All services are heavily subsidised or provided free of charge.

External Link

Cornwall Community Foundation – Update August 2015

Cornwall Community Foundation

Together we’re stronger

The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) is an independent charity that invests in communities to improve the lives of others in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We mainly support volunteer-led, grassroots community groups and individuals in crisis. Since 2003 the CCF has invested £6m into the community, over 2000 local projects have benefited in Cornwall. The CCF awarded £741,000 to a total of over 600 community projects in 2014. We support every parish in Cornwall and all the money that we raise stays in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

In the last few years the CCF has supported the St Erth Residents Association, St Erth Methodist Chapel and the St Erth Concert Band.

We have 35 grant programmes, the projects that we support range from foodbanks and youth projects to village hall repairs and crime prevention. You can find more details about our grants on our website at

We are an independent charity and rely on donations to fund us and continue our services.

You can support us as a Friend of the CCF for as little as £25 a year. You will receive up-to-date information in our newsletters about where your money is going and how it is helping people around Cornwall, as well as being invited to our popular “Seeing is Believing” events which visit projects that have received grants. You will receive invitations to many other events, including the annual Friends’ Drinks party.

For information and advice on how you can get involved and make changes to your community contact us on 01566 779333 or

A394 Roadworks Update

From our Ward Councillor, Cllr John Keeling MBE on 12th July 2015

A lot of work is going on and following a meeting with Cormac management the good news is that the traffic lights will be gone in about 3 to 4 weeks rather than the August/September deadline they were working to. Andy James, General Manager for Cormac, and someone I have worked with a lot in the past has listened to the concerns of local councillors and residents and stepped up the hours of the workers and also going over to a shift system of working. Though the lights will be removed during the first week of July there will be back in the late Autumn for a short time to install/replace gullies and drains. Though I am not an engineer the sheer amount of material being used to shore up the collapsing road is impressive ( some 4500 tons of 6C??) with I guess different grades being used prior to top soil finishing off. I also saw how they shored up the road temporarily for Flora Day with many 1 ton bags of stone against the side of the bank as temporary solution. The local member Phil Martin has been working hard towards finding a good ending to this saga and is to be congratulated.