Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Cornwall’s badgers: proposal to vaccinate, rather than cull, kicked into the long grass for at least six months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s badgers will have to wait at least six months before County Hall considers a call to vaccinate them against bovine TB, rather than shoot them....

The moment Cornwall has been waiting for is close at hand

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of the more eye-catching attempts to breathe new life into Truro’s night-time economy opens its doors for the first time this evening. Single Mingle will...

St Austell & Newquay MP calls for cheaper beer

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called for cheaper beer to be served up in the March budget. Mr Double has pledged his support...

St Ives remembers the lifeboat disaster of 1939

By Rashleigh MaFarlane Thursday 23rd January 2020 marks 81 years since the John and Sarah Eliza Stych lifeboat launched in a violent gale to the aid of an unknown...

Newquay dogs home to close for “reconfiguration” of business model

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Francis dogs home, Porth, Newquay, is to close its kennel doors to new admissions with immediate effect – and is looking for new homes...

National Pot Hole Day helps “celebrate” repairs to Cornwall’s roads

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 25,000 potholes had to be repaired in Cornwall’s roads last year, County Hall has confirmed.  This is approximately six times as many as were...

Councillors finally get the chance to debate badger culling on Cornwall Council farms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors will finally get the opportunity to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting next week. The council owns more...

Royal Cornwall hospital chiefs admit that “early discharge” may result in harm to patients

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The reality of the Royal Cornwall hospital “black alert” has been laid bare in an internal memo written by a senior clinician. The memo, leaked to...

Vandals deface 5,000-year-old burial chamber in west Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Archaeologists have been dismayed by vandalism to the Mulfra Quoit, a Neolithic dolmen between New Mill and Porthmeor in west Penwith.  Someone has painted “alien” figures...

Centuries-old stone cross, demolished by a traffic accident a year ago, is back in place outside Truro Cathedral

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s ancient Celtic crosses is back in its rightful place in Truro city centre following a joint restoration project by Cornwall Archaeological Unit and...

Fines and suspended prison sentence for Torpoint waste site manager

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The manager of a waste transfer station has been given a 12 month suspended prison sentence and banned from working in the waste industry for five...

“Bait” – the Cornish fishing drama – nominated for two Bafta film awards

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The film Bait – a ground-breaking movie about Cornwall’s historic fishing industry – has been nominated for two Baftas. Starring Edward Rowe (Kernow King), the black...

Royal Cornwall hospital back on “black alert” as patient pressures mount

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall hospital at Truro has again declared a “black alert” – meaning it is close to having to turn patients away. Hospital bosses have...

Planners approve Helston flood defence scheme

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have approved a major scheme to prevent flooding in Helston, despite objections from neighbours. The Environment Agency plans to build a new flood defence...

Born to run: the West Cornwall doctors offering an alternative route to good health

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A GPs’ surgery in Penzance is today (Saturday) becoming the first in Cornwall to offer a “park run” as one of its therapies. The Alverton Practice...

Councillors called to briefing about the disease threatening Cornwall’s ash trees

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Councillors are being urged to attend a special briefing about ash die-back, a fungal disease which is threating Cornwall’s trees. The briefing, scheduled for Friday 10th...

How Cornwall’s wild beavers are protecting villagers against flooding, and could help shape government policy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Villagers at Ladock, near Truro, may have a cete of beavers to thank for protecting their homes against flooding, according to research published today (Thursday.) A...

Cornwall’s Music Education Hub gets a slice of government funding

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Music Education Hub has been guaranteed government funding to continue encouraging youngsters through the next academic year. Although Cornwall Council no longer provides instrument tuition...

St Austell D-Day hero among Cornwall’s New Year Honours awards

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A D-Day veteran from St Austell has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. Harry Billinge, 94, is often seen fundraising for the...

Tate St Ives to close for toilets upgrade

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tate St Ives art gallery is to close for two weeks next month for building work.  The gallery will be closed from 7th January until...