Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Falmouth drops 22 places in the Sunday Times Good University guide

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth University has dropped 22 places in the latest Sunday Times Good University Guide. Falmouth had been ranked 72nd but has now fallen to 94th. Exeter...

New editor for Western Morning News

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Western Morning News has appointed Philip Bowern as editor. Founded in 1860, the WMN is Cornwall’s only daily local newspaper.  It now has an average...

Cornwall Council shortlisted in three categories for Municipal Journal awards

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s Municipal Journal awards, celebrating excellence in local government. County Hall is challenging for the prize...

Cornwall needs a new “Office for Environmental Protection” as Local Nature Partnership calls for more funding, and authority, to balance economic growth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall needs to “up its game” if it is to succeed in its declared ambition to protect wildlife, according to a new report, which calls for...

Justice delayed, again, in the strange case of the water pipe in Hayle which all the authorities insist is nothing to do with them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 14-year-old question about who is responsible for an underground water pipe in Hayle is going to have to wait even longer for an answer, after...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s university students to get same-day, on-campus private testing

By Rashleigh MacFarlane University students and staff at Falmouth are to be tested for Covid-19, with same-day results, using a new simple “spit” process conducted on campus. The University...

Cornwall’s alternative education provider gets new 10-year contract

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The families of children who are excluded from school have been told of a new 10-year contract with the Trust which provides their education. The Camborne-based...

Villagers register their local pub as a “community asset” in a bid to keep it open

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in the tiny hamlet of Newton-in-St Martin, on The Lizard, are trying to rescue their local pub – which is up for sale and at...

Who ate all the pies? Government reveals who scoffed the most during Eat Out To Help Out

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, which cost taxpayers £180 million to subsidise the hospitality sector, saw North Cornwall top the local “league table”...

A brief history of protest and change brightens the beach at Porthtowan

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A mural has been erected at Porthtowan beach depicting a timeline of some of the most successful protest movements over the last 200 years. The mural...

We haven’t given up on mining courses at Penryn, insists Exeter University

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The University of Exeter has insisted that it intends to provide “a strong future for mining” despite halting new undergraduate admissions at its Penryn campus. The...

Cornwall’s world class mining engineering course, once run by the Camborne School of Mines, fears it is now “game over”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s world-class mining engineering degree course is to be “paused” with no new students admitted next year. The move, by the University of Exeter, has sparked...

EXCLUSIVE: As Cornwall’s schools prepare to welcome back their pupils, simple mathematics suggest that more than 2,000 could be in quarantine within a fortnight

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 2,000 Cornish pupils could be sent home almost as soon as they return to school if Covid-19 infections follow the same pattern as in...

Edward Carlyon, coroner 1964-2002, dies aged 84

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The city of Truro is mourning the death of former coroner Edward Carlyon, who died at the weekend, aged 84. Mr Carlyon, a solicitor, served as...

Academic subjects retreat from Cornwall as university student numbers decline

By Rashleigh MacFarlane University courses for students wishing to study English, maths  and heritage management in Cornwall have been “paused” because of the impact of Covid-19.  The decisions follow...

Some of Cornwall’s indoor swimming pools might never reopen, warns new report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane At least a fifth of Cornwall’s publicly-owned indoor swimming pools could close permanently without a dramatic change in policy, according to a new report. Cornwall Council...

On the road again: Cornwall’s pupils prepare to catch the school bus

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Pupils planning to catch a school bus next week are being advised to watch out for some differences to their pre-Covid-19 routines. Some peak-time bus services...

EXCLUSIVE: 100% of Cornwall’s schools expected to reopen next week, following Covid-19 risk assessments

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Every school pupil in Cornwall is expected to be back in their classroom next week, after 100% of the county’s schools completed a satisfactory risk assessment...

More than 1,300 petition Cornwall Council to reverse its single-vote planning decision to allow a large four-bedroom house in Rame’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 1,300 people have signed a petition calling on Cornwall Council to reverse a decision to approve plans to build a new...

Cornwall’s headteachers welcome latest government U-Turn on exam results

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall headteachers have welcomed the government’s latest U-Turn on exam results. David Barton, Executive Officer of Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers said the chaos should never...