• Altarnun Parish Council

    Welcome to Altarnun Parish Council

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    Altarnun War Memorial

  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Altarnun Village


  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Winter Jamaica Inn

    Winter Jamaica Inn

  • Summer Jamaica Inn

    Summer Jamaica Inn

Welcome to the website of Altarnun Parish Council


(St Nonnas - The Cathedral on the Moor)

The parish of Altarnun lies on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor and covering 15,014 acres, is the largest in Cornwall. From the rugged moorland in the west of the parish, across to the unspoilt villages of Altarnun and Bolventor which boasts the world renowned Jamaica Inn, to the picturesque farmland and rural hamlets in the east, the diversity of rural Cornwall is reflected here. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and the remains of this occupation and also that of the Bronze and Iron Ages can still be found. The Doomsday Book recorded seven settlements within the present parish boundaries, Altarnun then known as Penpont.

We are proud of our rural environment and work with the community to protect, preserve, and continually improve it for all.  This has included, seeking the provision of sufficient affordable housing for local people, road safety and traffic management improvements, installing a public access defibrilator and building public conveniences in Altarnun, following the closure of the original facilities by Cornwall Council.

Emergency notice
Cornwall Council’s concern as Covid-19 cases rise across our area
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For more information please contact our Clerk using the contact us section or phone number above

                             IMPORTANT MESSAGES - PLEASE READ

PLANNING: For recent planning applications and decisions being made within the Parish during the period monthly meetings were not held, please refer to our Planning page-click the link: Parish Council>Planning

ALTARNUN PARISH COUNCIL NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020: Published under 'Parish Council' menu > Reports & Audits

Altarnun Village

One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall lies in the valley of Penpont Water just off the A30 trunk road. Altarnun has retained its historic charm and character, something the Parish Council and residents work hard to keep up, including its picturesque packhorse bridge by the church, a variety of traditional cottages, the village hall which houses the local shop and post office and the church hall which supports many community and social events.

The stunning parish church of St Nonna is known as the Cathedral of the Moor. It was built largely in the 15th century in the Perpendicular style, with its bell tower standing 109 ft (33 m) high. It is notable for a fine Norman font and old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails which date to 1684. The screen is one of the finest 15th century examples in Cornwall; it has three gates and the carved cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are extraordinary.

More modern evolvements are a thriving primary school and preschool situated just up the hill at Five Lanes, numerous sports and social clubs, for both the young and more mature and our twinning with Gueltas in Brittany, France.

Latest Altarnun Parish News

Covid-19 Message From Craig Dowler

Covid-19 Update From Craig Dowler


July 2020

As the current health situation persists, we want to remind everyone to look after their neighbour!

We are all going to continue to experience the now familiar unprecedented difficulties, both practical and economic for longer than perhaps originally anticipated. We still don’t know exactly what will happen from one day to the next as our 'new normal' keeps evolving. 

Monthly council meetings have resumed, albeit remotely, so may I kindly ask that if there are pressing matters, that these are brought to the attention of the clerk, myself or other councillors you may know to deal with in the most practical way. However, bare in mind you are able to join our virtual meetings, with log on details available from the clerk upon request.

In Altarnun we are more fortunate than most, having space around us and a relatively small population, most of whom know one another. Can I just remind all residents to keep a close eye on family and neighbours, within the government guidelines that will apply from time to time. If your neighbour is subject to one of the following: living alone, elderly, not computer literate, suffering any kind of ill health, disability or disadvantage please offer to help if safe to do so or seek help from the relevant agency.

People may need shopping, dog walking, collection of medications or simply a friendly phone conversation and it will be up to all of us to make sure that everyone in the parish eats well, stays safe and stays in touch. Our immune system needs good food, fresh air and exercise to work properly.

Here is a regularly updated link to Cornwall Council’s latest information about the situation to keep you informed: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/

The most vulnerable people may not see this information and so can we all make a small effort to draw attention to anything which is relevant and make sure it has been seen.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it!

Craig Dowler

Chair Altarnun Parish Council. Tel: 07733309654

Altarnun Primary School


July 2020
Altarnun Primary School - Proud to be Good!

Many congratulations to Kristina and the team at Altarnun Primary School on achieving an OFSTED rating 'Good' after their inspection in March 2020.  Please view the report that they are so proud of here: https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50151756

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