Mill Green Phone Box Library


February 2021
The Library - pre completion (stock photo only)

A decision has been taken to delay the opening of the library facility until the current government restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to do so.

We are delighted that the library is now ready to go and serve the community but at the same time are frustrated by the circumstances we are dealing with. However, there has been a massive effort throughout the community to get to this point, for this the parish council is very grateful, and we can assure you that a substantial stock of literature waiting to be installed and consumed! 

Cornwall Council Car Parks During Lockdown


January 2021
Cornwall Council Car Park Notice of Charges

Cornwall Council will suspend parking charges in all of its car parks until 17th May 2021 as part of efforts to further limit the spread of coronavirus and to support residents.

The move will mean that some civil enforcement officers and back room staff, due to a reduced service, can be redeployed to support the Council’s Covid-19 response, as well as help residents who rely on on-street parking at home, or live in resident only parking zone areas.

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:

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:

Covid Testing at Polson Bridge


June 2020
Covid Testing now available locally

With effect from 30 June 2020


Testing will start in the following locations in Camborne and Launceston from Tuesday 30th JuneUntil Further Notice. The sites will operate from 10:30am-4pm unless detailed otherwise by the national testing website (details below).

Camborne – Camborne College Car Park, Church Road, Pool, TR15 3FH

Launceston – Launceston Rugby Football Club, Polson Bridge, Launceston, PL15 9QR

The following testing site is already deployed as follows:


In location until

Opening Times



St Austell

Until further notice


St Austell Information Service, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5DR

The Mobile Testing Units are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see military personnel in attendance. 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR TESTING?  These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TEST  The test can be booked online at the following address:

If there is no access to the internet people can ring 119.

AT THE TEST CENTRE   The centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles. Once you have your booking confirmed, make your way to the testing station at your allotted time. The test will be conducted while you remain in your vehicle. On arrival you will be given instructions on what to do by the testing site personnel. Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed until you are instructed to open them. You will conduct the test without leaving your own vehicle. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.

The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing. You will be guided what to do by mobile phone. On arrival you will be shown a number to ring where you will speak to the person standing outside your vehicle.

You will be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.

For guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time. Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bac hand wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test. Also take tissues so that you can cough into them and blow your nose before swabbing. 

TEST RESULTS   You will be informed of your test result within three days, usually via a text message.

HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS   Please note that the NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service. These are located at Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard in Cornwall and the Bannams site in Barnstaple, Sandy Park in Exeter and on the hospital sites for Torbay and South Devon and Derriford. Access to these services is via the employer route.

PEOPLE AWAITING ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL   Further sites in Devon and Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment. At this stage, sites are open at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have external testing facilities by appointment ONLY through contacting the primary care provider.

Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Five Lanes


March 2020
Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Great news! The Five Lanes defibrillator is up and running and available for use. Not that we want it used but this fantastic community facility has been long-awaited and the Parish Council is delighted to announce the fruition of the project and once again express its thanks to those who have supported it, especially The British Heart Foundation and our extremely kind local supporters , whose financial aid and voluntary maintenance services are greatly appreciated.

The Parish Council also plans to convert the Mill Green box into a small free community library run on an honesty system. Work will shortly start as soon as pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Altarnun Church Hall Restoration

Altarnun Church Hall


March 2020
Altarnun Church Hall Restoration

Altarnun certainly does epitomise community spirit. At the March parish council meeting a representative of the Altarnun Church Hall Restoration Group lobbied the council for a donation to assist the completion of significant and essential renovation works to keep this grade two listed building open. Councillors heard how the hall was put to use for the benefit of all and it is certainly one of the live bloods of the area. The restoration group has been successful in raising over £25,000 already, enabling the completion of a lot of the work identified. However, a shortfall of £3500 exists to complete everything required on the urgent works phase and the council was pleased to say ‘yes’ to the request for help and agreed a donation of £500.

A big plea goes out to anyone else who can lend a hand in anyway at all. Please get in touch.