West Penwith local news

On yer bike: Tour of Britain cycle race is still on

By Richard Whitehouse Elite cycling race the Tour of Britain is set to come to Cornwall in September with the Grand Depart first stage going through the Duchy. The...

Coronavirus closes Jubilee Pool, Penzance

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The open-air Jubilee swimming pool at Penzance has been forced to close because of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency.  The café will also close immediately. The historic...

Camborne’s Trevithick Day, and the World Pilot Gig Championships, cancelled because of Covid-19 – as Visit Cornwall urges tourism industry to “Keep Calm and Carry On”

By Anne North Camborne’s Trevithick Day, due to have been held next month, has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.  The World Pilot Gig racing championships, due...

St Just is now looking to host a two-week production of Cornish culture, including The Ordinalia, in September 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Just Ordinalia Company has postponed its production of a 14th century dramatic telling of the New Testament until late next year. The company is...

Dead whale is towed out to sea

By Peter Tremayne Members of the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team have helped tow the dead 60-foot fin whale from Parbean Cove, Nare Point, The Lizard, and out to sea....

Stranded whale was malnourished, say experts

By Peter Tremayne The 60-foot fin whale which died at Parbean Cove, The Lizard, on Friday had an empty stomach, according to scientists who carried out the post mortem...

60-foot fin whale dies after stranding at The Lizard

Photos: Clean Ocean Sailing A police statement said: "At 3.50pm on Friday February 14th, a fin whale of approximately 60ft in length became stranded on rocks at Nare Point...

Cabinet reshuffle exposes the flimsiness of the Truro stadium election campaign promise

By Graham Smith Here today, gone tomorrow: the December visit of the then Chancellor Sajid Javid to the Penzance rugby club ground was heralded at the time as making...

Why the latest bust-up at the Rugby Football Union could herald the end of the Truro stadium dream

By Graham Smith The question of whether top-flight elite athletes should be able to earn as much as they can during their professional playing careers has cast a huge...

Labour Parties in North Cornwall and St Ives nominate Emily Thornberry as their leader

By Graham Smith Labour Party members in the North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies have nominated Emily Thornberry to be their leader. Last night’s (Tuesday) decisions means that across...

How to spend £25 million on a Penzance facelift

By Richard Whitehouse More details have emerged of how Penzance could use £25 million to improve its town centre. Penzance was one of four towns in Cornwall which were...

Skybus to quit Newquay Airport hangar and base all engineering operations at Land’s End

By Richard Whitehouse Isles of Scilly flight operator Skybus has announced that it will leave its hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay in May. The move will mean that all...

Council leader lays down the law on anti-Semitism

By Anne North Cornwall Council has adopted a definition of anti-Semitism, posing the threat of sanction against councillors who seek to speak out about political problems in the Middle...

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...

Truro stadium: all eyes on the 11th March budget

By Peter Tremayne The future of a possible Truro sports stadium and hotel might become clearer in March, after Chancellor Sajid Javid set a date for his first budget....

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...

New car parking plans for Minack Theatre

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s iconic Minack Theatre has submitted plans to create a permanent car park extension after finding that some of its spaces were being used by beach...

Plan to improve Coverack sea defences

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has put forward plans for new sea defences in Coverack after a sea wall was damaged by a major flood. CORMAC, a company wholly...

Penzance’s Cliff Hotel, once a dangerous drugs den, could soon be converted to flats

By Peter Tremayne Plans to restore the Penzance Cliff Hotel should be determined early in the New Year.  The building has been in a poor state of repair for...

Cornwall’s Extinction Rebellion climate activists get ready for a busy 2020

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Climate change campaigners in Cornwall are preparing for another large-scale protest early next year. Extinction Rebellion (XR) supporters are organising special “training events” in Falmouth to...