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Nearing completion

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

The mayor of Camborne, councillor Jean Charman

The mayor of Camborne, councillor Jean Charman

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WORK on the Public Rooms at Trevu is nearing completion, restoring it to its former glory and making it a fitting tribute to the history and heritage of our town.

It was a struggle saving this iconic building but it was achieved through the support of Coastline Housing and the financial intervention of the Camborne, Roskear, Tuckingmill Townscape Heritage Initiatives (THI).

The THI, which started in Camborne in 2008, uses match-funding to facilitate repairs and renovation to traditional buildings.

It is funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council and Camborne Town Council.

Over the years 28 buildings have been improved, preserving the important architectural heritage of our town – walk around and see for yourself how much has been achieved.

At Trevu, the Manager's House, Forge and The Old Fire Station have also been restored.

Number 27 Basset Road, once a burnt-out shell, has been refurbished, while the RSPCA shop and exterior are transformed and Camborne Church, now resplendent with new railings.

Defining poverty is hard but eliminating it is harder. In our area statistics confirm a high level of poverty, but people in the community are helping and supporting those in need.

Churches Together have established a foodbank to help local families – contributions of food can be left at most churches and chapels in the Camborne and Redruth area.

Last January they provided 2,000 families with meals, this January the number is 6,000.

The Salvation Army runs a soup kitchen two nights a week and an average of 35 people take advantage of this, including many young people in houses of multiple occupation who simply having paid their rent cannot afford food. We need to remember there are people without enough money, parents who work but do not earn enough to provide basic necessities for their families.

In the words of philosopher John Bradford: "There, but for the grace of God go I."

Congratulations to Camborne Wesley, which raised £4,563 for Macmillan Cancer Research. The next town council surgery is tomorrow at the council offices in Basset Road.

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