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Starting today – a new way to read Cornwall Reports

By Rashleigh MacFarlane From 11am this morning (Friday) Cornwall Reports is introducing a new “day pass” for only 40 pence. Readers will gain 24 hours’ access to all parts...

Sits Vac: Plymouth Argyle’s footballers seek new head coach

By Peter Tremayne Plymouth Argyle have sacked head coach Ian Foster after just three months in charge.  The football team attracts many fans from South East Cornwall. Mr Foster,...

Just say no: the next “City of Culture” nonsense is already on the horizon

By Julia Penhaligon There are no Cornwall Council elections this year but already thoughts are turning to what the political parties might have to say when they come knocking...

EXCLUSIVE: Is football coming home? Don’t ask us, says County Hall, we haven’t got a clue

By Peter Tremayne The chances of Truro’s footballers starting the next season at Cornwall Council’s £11 million new mini-stadium at Langarth remain a mystery, as the 31st March deadline...

Cornish language speakers urged to attend County Hall weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornish language enthusiasts are being encouraged to attend County Hall, Truro, next month for their annual festival.  It runs from 12th-14th April. The Pennseythen Gernewek 24...

Cornwall Reports: all you can read for only 40 pence per day, but subscriptions up for the first time in seven years

By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports is making some changes to the way that readers access the website. From 5th April, we’ll be offering a day pass - that’s 24...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

Isles of Scilly journalist Clive Mumford dies, aged 85

By Graham Smith The journalist Clive Mumford, who for decades reported from the Isles of Scilly, has died aged 85. His grandfather Charles Mumford opened the newsagents in St...

What else can you do when your football team has just lost a 7 goal thriller in the final minute of extra time?

It is rarely the case that Port Isaac is short of celebrities.  Liverpool football club manager Jurgen Klopp thought the best way of shedding the bitter taste of Sunday's...

Jumpers for goalposts: fixture crisis means Truro City must now play 12 games in less than five weeks to finish the season

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s fixture crisis took another turn for the worse last night when a “home” game, played in Gloucester because Taunton was again waterlogged, had to...

Back to the future: Cornwall’s Tories duck the opportunity to seek a tourism tax, opting instead to take money from local taxpayers to fund a 1970s-style Tourist Board

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council should take “an active leadership role” in the Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP), according to an official County Hall report coming to next week’s...

This evening’s Truro City “home” match – in Taunton – is again postponed because of waterlogged pitch

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football fans have been told to cancel any plans they might have had to travel to Taunton this evening (Tuesday) - the "home" match...

Going to the match: another 400-mile round-trip for Truro City fans who want to cheer their “home” team

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of Truro’s footballers will again have to travel to Gloucester on Saturday if they want to cheer their “home” side. The fixture against Chelmsford will...

End of an era as Pirate FM changes its name – to, er, Radio Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s most-listened-to local radio station, Pirate FM, is changing its name to become two new brands - Hits Radio Cornwall and Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall. The...

Jethro’s statue is on its way to Trago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A life-size statue of Jethro is due to finally go on display in May.  It will occupy pride of place in the main car park at...

EXCLUSIVE: Operation Corduroy – what it means to the privatisation of Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has tried to explain why it called its proposed privatisation of Newquay airport “Operation Corduroy” – a codename not immediately obvious to prospective investors...

Welcome to the oasis – and read all about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has more local news titles than any other part of Britain, according to a new study.  But most of those titles are concentrated in the...

BBC “extra” channels pose threat to local radio

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC plans to create an “extension” to Radio 2, via a new digital music station, look like further eroding the corporation’s own shrinking local radio audience...

Is football coming home? Er, not quite

By Peter Tremayne Fans of Truro City football club will have to travel to Taunton for home matches until the rest of the current season. In recent years Truro’s...

Who still listens to the wireless? BBC Radio Cornwall slumps to third place

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of people listening to BBC Radio Cornwall has fallen to only 80,000, compared with 116,000 for the same quarter last year. The latest audience...

It pays to advertise: how Cornwall’s taxpayers are funding the “Guardian-reading, tofu-eating wokerati”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Ever since Suella Braverman blamed the world’s problems on the “Guardian-reading, tofu-eating wokerati” the world has been watching for signs that some of those Guardian readers...

What’s in a name – apart from your reputation? Local news publishers wrangle over Cornish Stuff

By Graham Smith A remarkable spat is developing between the original publisher of the local news website Cornish Stuff and the new owner of its internet domain name. Solicitors’...

News about news: Cornwall Live launches bid to grab more BBC Cornwall cash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A remarkable spat has broken out between BBC bosses and the publisher of the Cornwall Live local news website, Reach PLC. The government is today (Monday)...

“People, Planet, Pounds” – is this the Tories’ 2025 election slogan?

By Julia Penhaligon For three years Cornwall’s Conservative County Hall has relied heavily on one word to describe their supersoaraway administration of the public purse: “brilliant.” In particular, since...

The public has spoken – but we’re not sure what they said

By Julia Penhaligon Spin doctors are trying to think what to say about the latest survey of residents’ opinions about local government in Cornwall. The 87-page report of County...

New Cornish Stuff admits it has nothing to do with old Cornish Stuff

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornish Stuff local news website has confirmed that it has no connection with the previous website of the same name. Last week Cornish Stuff said: ...

Former ITV Westcountry political correspondent dies

By Graham Smith The former Westminster editor of ITV in the South West, Ed Boyle, has died.  He was in his 70s.  Mr Boyle’s broadcasting career spanned five decades....

Cornish Stuff rides again – but WHOIS in the saddle?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The local news website Cornish Stuff is back – but with a mystery new owner. The Mousehole-based website launched in 2016 as the brainchild of Milo...

Arise, Sir Richard: Cornish Pirates rugby boss gets New Year honour

By Peter Tremayne The owner of the Penzance-based Cornish Pirates rugby club has been knighted in the New Year honours. Dicky Evans – now to be known as Sir...

Truro City’s win at Torquay puts a smile on faces at Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne Hopes that the publicly-funded £11 million mini-stadium under construction at Langarth might actually be commercially viable received a remarkable boost yesterday (Tuesday) when nearly 4,000 people...

Football: how many will attend today’s “local derby” between Truro City and Torquay?

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers travel to Torquay today (Boxing Day) for a fixture which could indicate if they might one day be capable of attracting crowds to a...

Cornwall Live to offer “premium” service for £2.99 per month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Live, which seven years ago pioneered a dramatic switch from a stable of long-established and well-respected local newspapers to an internet-based offer based on pop-up...

The mouse that roared – village football team where one fifth of the local population turn out to watch home games submits plans for new ground

By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s smallest league football teams has announced plans for a new ground. Mousehole, which last year won promotion to the Southern League Divison One...

Only 18.1% of people in Cornwall regard themselves as Cornish, according to ONS

By Julia Penhaligon Fewer than one person in five in Cornwall identifies as Cornish, according to the Office for National Statistics. The finding stems from data collected during the...

Read all about it (while you can) – Cornwall Live loses more than a third of its readers in 12 months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Live has escaped the first major cull of local news websites, as publisher Reach imposes its latest round of job cuts. At least 13 local...

Lots of empty spaces for football fans forecast at council’s new sports hub

By Peter Tremayne First the good news:  Truro City beat St Albans in a game of football yesterday (Saturday.)  Now the bad news: Only 166 people bothered to watch. ...

Stalemate: government snubs Cornwall’s chess players

By Julia Penhaligon There are some aspects of Michael Gove’s Levelling Up Fund which are truly baffling.  In September, Mr Gove invited local councils to submit an “expression of...

Truro City football club splits from Cornish Pirates rugby club – and gets cosy with rugby league team instead

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football club, which plans to start next season at the yet-to-be-constructed Langarth sports stadium, has announced that it is now owned by the same...

The “business plan” for Truro City encounters political turbulence as councillors ask why their local football teams are not similarly blessed with public cash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall’s gamble on an £11 million sports hub at Truro encountered its first serious political opposition this morning (Tuesday) when Launceston councillor John Conway asked...

If you can meet with triumph and disaster: work continues to build a 3,000-capacity new home for Truro City despite the absence of spectators

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” for a publicly-funded £11 million “sports hub” in Truro – to be built by Cornwall Council primarily as a new home ground for...

That’s all folks: Cornwall’s devolution debate is over – until the next general election

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s Conservative group leader Linda Taylor has tried to put a brave face on yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) government announcement about devolution, which leaves Cornwall without any...

Cornwall Live and local newspaper staff prepare to face another round of job cuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Staff at Cornwall Live and its associated local newspapers – the Cornishman, West Briton, Cornish Guardian and Western Morning News – hope to find out this...

The numbers don’t add up: County Hall finally publishes its “business case” for building a new sports ground for Truro City football club, leaving many more questions than answers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The sports hub which is intended to provide a new home for Truro City football club will cost more than £11 million, according to its outline...

FA sets out to count Cornwall’s football pitches

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Local sports teams have been asked to contribute to a major survey to count how many football pitches there are in Cornwall. The Football Association is...

BBC Radio Cornwall audience shrinks again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall’s audience has shrunk again, losing 4% of the station’s listeners compared with the same quarter last year. The publicly-funded local radio attracted 21%,...

Truro’s footballers fear it really could be “jumpers for goalposts” next year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council and its wholly-owned house-building company, Treveth, are scrambling to provide a pitch for Truro City’s footballers in time for the start of next season....

“I wish it could be Christmas every day” – County Hall gets ready to boogie

By Julia Penhaligon Some Cornwall Council executives are anxiously flicking through their diaries and searching for reasons why they might be unavailable for a Christmas Party organised by chief...

Another BBC Radio Cornwall presenter says goodbye to the microphone

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another chapter in the long-running saga of local radio presenters no longer being on air at BBC Cornwall is about to close with the final episode...

The long view: when you watch the news from Gaza tonight, remember the boys from Bodmin

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The tiny strip of land known as Gaza, clinging to the eastern Mediterranean coast, is only one tenth the size of Cornwall.  It is home to...

A year late and 66% over-budget: but County Hall presses on with its “Creative Cluster”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The construction of a £10 million “Creative Cluster” workspace of offices and studios in Penzance has been delayed by a year. The Cornwall Council project was...

Football and rugby teams in need of crystal balls to glimpse their futures next season

By Peter Tremayne The Cornish Pirates rugby team might have to stop being a fully professional club next season.  Eighteen months ago long-term funder Dicky Evans announced he was...

Channel 4 offered Virgin Orbit editorial control of “documentary” about Cornwall’s space project

By Peter Tremayne Channel 4 surrendered editorial control of its documentary about Cornwall’s space ambitions to Virgin Orbit, according to a Freedom of Information answer. A remarkable television programme...

Don’t blame me, Sunak tells Cornwall, it’s all the fault of the previous government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It is not every day that a Prime Minister speaks to local radio in Cornwall.  Liz Truss famously never managed it at all. This morning, from...

A lesson in joined-up local government: Newquay says “hello-goodbye” as council spends money in both directions

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has awarded itself £365,426 from the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund to stimulate Newquay’s winter tourism economy – just as the council-owned Newquay Airport is...

Job done! How Cornwall Council won its “war on want” and is now poised to axe its cost of living crisis strategy group

By Anne North Twelve months after a headline-grabbing “summit” to announce the creation of an anti-poverty task force, Cornwall Council’s Conservatives are scrapping the group which last September they...

I’m Clara, fly me: Can “rollinfunky” rescue Newquay Airport?

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport bosses have dipped a toe into the thoroughly modern marketing technique of hiring a social media “influencer” in a bid to shore up passenger...

Russell Brand show planned for Plymouth on Friday is now postponed

By Peter Tremayne The promoters of comedian Russell Brand’s scheduled performance in Plymouth on Friday have postponed the event, following allegations of serious sex crimes. A statement on the...

Clock is ticking as plans for Truro’s “community sports hub” struggles to reach even the starting line

By Peter Tremayne There is still no planning application for any “community sports hub” which Truro City footballers hope will be ready in time for the 2024/25 season. Although...

Plymouth Pavilions ponders Friday’s Russell Brand show as politicians have their say about sex claims

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Pressure is growing on the Plymouth Pavilions venue to cancel Friday’s scheduled performance by comedian Russell Brand, following allegations against him in the Sunday Times and...

The core of Cotehele’s appeal

Gardeners and volunteers at the National Trust’s Cotehele, near Calstock in South East Cornwall yesterday (Saturday) put the finishing touches to a giant apple mosaic as part of annual...

To boldly go, again (continued page 94)

By Peter Tremayne Readers keen to know more about what goes on at Cornwall’s spaceport might be interested in the latest exchange of Freedom of Information questions and answers:...

Life-size statue of comedian Jethro seeks a permanent home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There is one of Charlie Chaplin at Leicester Square, London.  Caerphilly has Tommy Cooper.  Morecombe, naturally, has Eric Morecombe.  Aylesbury has a statue of Ronnie Barker....

Not quite satire: Channel 4 missed a trick with its inside story about Cornwall’s attempted rocket launch

By Peter Tremayne A Channel 4 television documentary about Cornwall’s space ambitions has offered a fascinating close-up view of what went on in the months leading to the failed...

County Hall updates it social media profile picture: what do you think of when you think of Cornwall Council?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council appears to have staggered into the minefield of brand identity, after updating its profile logo on social media. The update was made at about...

Own goal: Duke of Cornwall gives the World Cup final a miss, despite being President of the FA

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Duke of Cornwall is facing criticism today (Sunday) for failing to attend the women’s football World Cup final in Australia, where England play Spain at...

Cornwall’s boozers can start early on Sunday for women’s football World Cup final

By Peter Tremayne Pubs and clubs across Cornwall will be able to open for Sunday’s women’s World Cup Final between England and Spain after Cornwall Council and Devon &...

From bending it like Beckham in Newquay to a World Cup final: how Katie Robinson is set to become the poster girl for Cornish football

By Peter Tremayne A small football field in Newquay seems an unlikely place to produce a World Cup finalist. Katie Robinson was born in 2002, the same year that...

A 60-minute romp through the cultural history of Zennor

Some say The Archers is just an every day story of country folk.  But some have never been to Zennor.  If you think rural Cornwall is in any way...

Woke up this morning feeling fine

By Graham Smith Despite the crowds and the traffic chaos, despite the rain, and despite the fact that I am half a century older than most of those packed...

Founding editor of Cornwall Live quits

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The woman who inflicted Cornwall Live on the seekers of local news has resigned. Jacqui Merrington, formerly editor of the Cornishman and the West Briton, had...

Tales from the crypt: Penzance artist’s depiction of the “stinking rich” removed from exhibition

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Cornish artist claims his work has been removed from an exhibition at Falmouth’s Trebah gardens because it was “too depressing.” Andrew Swan, 58, had been...

Faith, trust and pixie dust: Kate raises yet more cash for charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Kate Orchard, aged 101, has become the oldest person ever to fly above the stage at the Hall for Cornwall. She volunteered to raise cash for...

Radio Cornwall audience shrinks a bit more

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of people listening to BBC Radio Cornwall fell further during the past three months, according to the latest data from the broadcasting industry's Radio...

Cornwall Live takes money from the BBC but is not passing it on to reporters, says NUJ

By Graham Smith The National Union of Journalists has accused the publisher of Cornwall Live of taking money from the BBC to cover its own business overheads rather than...

When Saturday comes: Truro still going “home” to Plymouth

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers are due to kick off what they hope will be their final “home” season in Plymouth on Saturday (5th August.) Truro now play in...

U-Turn in Fowey as church leaders ditch their “men only” rule about vicars

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Church leaders at Fowey have reversed their ban on women priests and will now advertise for a new vicar, with or without a Y-chromosome. The newly-elected...

Rock of ages

My Generation:  Roger Daltry (79) and Pete Townshend (78) the only two surviving members of The Who, performed at the Eden sessions last night.  The packed audience loved it.

Truro City footballers will be back in Cornwall in time for 2024/25 season, insists County Hall – but details of who can use new pitch, and when, remain elusive

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A planning application to build a new football ground in Truro will not be submitted until 11 months before the 2024/25 season kicks-off. The new pitch,...

It’s a deal! After more than a year of “negotiations” the “Celtic Heritage – Cornwall-Wales Collaboration Agreement” is signed, meaning, er, not very much at all, really…

By Julia Penhaligon It started as a “strategic alliance” in February 2022 and has blossomed into a full-scale “collaboration agreement.”  And that, really, is about as much as you...

Jumpers for goalposts? Cornwall Council aims to build a new home for Truro City football club in only 12 months

By Peter Tremayne A planning application is expected "dreckly" to authorise work on what is expected to become the new home of Truro City football club. Construction has already...

The sun shone on Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day – but truth was the first casualty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The battle for any objective “truth” about Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day looks set to continue.  While many people clearly enjoyed the flag-waving spectacle of people in...

Cornwall’s Kate Kennally wins “chief executive of the year” at the Municipal Journal awards

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s Kate Kennally has won the “chief executive of the year” award at a ceremony hosted at Westminster by the Municipal Journal. She beat four...

Edward Braxton Reynolds: The man who gave Cornwall its first sex shop has died, aged 82

By Tony Bonnici When Truro magistrates’ court was told by the defendant in a sex shop licensing hearing that he would be unable to make revised court dates because...

World Cup football comes to Falmouth next month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s football fans can get behind their team in an “alternative” World Cup fixture at Falmouth next month. The Kernow football team is due to play...

Does Cornwall have the council of the year? Er, no

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council came away empty-handed from a lavish awards ceremony bash at a London hotel last night (Thursday.) Nominated in the category “Council of the Year”...

BBC Radio Cornwall staff walk out in protest at programme cuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Journalists, presenters and technicians from BBC Radio Cornwall joined colleagues across the country yesterday (Wednesday) in walking out in protest at plans to merge programmes with...

What’s another year? The curious case of the missing planning application puts questions over whether football is ever coming come home

By Peter Tremayne A formal planning application to build a new football ground for recently-promoted Truro City has still not been submitted to Cornwall Council, more than six months...

The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible: Tory councillor defends “men only vicars” for Fowey

By Lee Trewhela The former chairman of the Cornish church which became embroiled in a “sexism” row after choosing to employ a male vicar rather than a woman has...

Still going after 167 years: Cornish and Devon Post keeps it grip in Launceston

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornish and Devon Post newspaper has completed its move to new offices – from Launceston’s Westgate Street to Southgate Street – making it one of...

Who will be first to rent a desk in Cornwall’s £5.2 million “space cluster?” Excellent value, includes bespoke car parking

By Peter Tremayne Job creation at the Cornwall Space Cluster appears to be getting off to an extremely sluggish start, more than a month after the £5.2 million building...

Man who wanted to sail the Atlantic in smallest-ever yacht sinks, abandoning plan to reach Falmouth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man who hoped to set a new world record for sailing the Atlantic ocean in the smallest-ever vessel has abandoned his plan after sinking in...

Senior councillor quits Fowey church as row over “men only” vicar rule intensifies

By Lee Trewhela A member of Cornwall Council’s cabinet has resigned as chairman of a Cornish church as a ‘sexism’ row continues following its decision to advertise for a...

“Culture & Heritage” get £560,000 from Shared Prosperity Fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro Cathedral, the spiritual headquarters of Cornwall’s Christians, is to get £112,410 from the Shared Prosperity Fund. The cash award, decided by Cornwall Council, is part...

The curious case of the race to evict Newquay’s military aircraft museum so that the council could leave its hangar empty

By Peter Tremayne The vacant hangar at Newquay airport which once housed exhibits for the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre remains empty, more than a month after County Hall evicted...

Is there anybody out there? BBC bosses ponder Radio Cornwall’s vanishing audience

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall’s woes got worse yesterday (Thursday) when the industry’s latest listening figures suggest its audience is continuing to shrink. With a reach of 107,000...

BBC Radio Cornwall presenters look set to escape the axe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There are signs that a trio of BBC Radio Cornwall presenters are to survive the latest cuts as the corporation forges ahead with plans to merge...

Cornwall’s £20 million Eurovision singalong

By Peter Tremayne About 100 revellers enjoyed drinks and nibbles at Cornwall’s spaceport last night (Saturday) while watching big screen coverage of the Eurovision song contest. The future of...

The Who? Eden Project to host rock band that helped define a generation

By Graham Smith The two surviving members of seminal 1960s rock band The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, are to perform at the Eden Sessions on 25th July....

Cornwall Council agrees to spend £602,000 on Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day of flag-waving and military parading next month will cost more than £600,000 – with more than £350,000 coming from Cornwall’s taxpayers –...

Truro City win promotion – but football’s still not coming home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro City’s footballers are celebrating their promotion to the National League, the sixth-tier of English football, after a season-ending 3-2 win over Bracknell Town. But the...