Hospital Cars - A message from Adrian Parsons


October 2021
Hospital Cars

I am concerned regarding the closure of local healthcare facilities which is causing residents inconvenience and in some cases distress, where there is a difficulty in arranging suitable transport, in having to travel further for treatments and appointments.

With Altarnun Parish Council’s support I want to promote the hospital car services that are provided via Age UK and Volunteer Cornwall. By contacting either of these bodies, with as much prior notice as possible, at least 48 hours, a door to door car service should be bookable. I must stress these services are currently for pre booked appointments only and no other purpose.

Please make note of these numbers and use when required. Costs will apply and will be discussed in detail at the time of booking. Drivers will normally be a member of our local community, which makes things a little more comfortable and personal.

Age UK 01872 223388

Volunteer Cornwall 01872 265300

In our area both bodies are looking to recruit volunteer drivers. Again contact for application is through these telephone numbers. Milage is paid at 42p per mile and full induction training is given free of charge.

Cornwall Councillor Adrian Parsons

Annual Parish Council Report


May 2021
Craig Dowler

In what has been a unique and challenging year to say the least, I am chuffed as a mole to say that Altarnun Parish Council has managed to operate unhindered which reflects the marvellous commitment off the councillors to ensure our community has the stewardship that it deserves. I have particularly enjoyed the open and inclusive atmosphere which has encouraged participation from everyone who has attended our meetings, the outcomes of which I hope will prove to be for the benefit of all parishioners.

We were extremely fortunate to welcome two new councillors off great calibre this year, Carl Green and Lauren Coles whose contributions to date have been greatly appreciated and I hope that hey remain a part of the team for many years to come.

Our longstanding commitments to improve facilities within the parish saw the Riverside toilet block and the Mill Green phone box library come to fruition. Unfortunately, the opening of both was delayed by Covid but I am sure that these will prove to be significant community assets for years to come.

The Community Infrastructure Levy scheme has started to deliver funds into our bank account which will allow us to consider similar schemes for the continuous improvement of the parish. Once again, the challenge will be to identify the right scheme in the right place to maximise the resource and deliver something that is worthwhile. We would very much welcome constructive suggestions for such schemes for consideration, bearing in mind there is only a five-year time scale in which to spend the money.

During my frequent travels around the parish I am well aware that the community pulls together constructively and generally feel able to flag up any concerns in the knowledge that their voice will be heard, and those concerns acted upon.

The chair and committee of Altarnun Village Hall are proposing a community event later this year to reenergise clubs, societies, and organisations in the parish after Covid. The parish council will be proud to be part of the initiative and will be very much open to working with local groups to nurture, help and support their aims and goals and seeing them being able to grow again and perhaps deliver a report to next year’s parish meeting, which offers a platform for these groups to publish their achievements and foster enthusiasm for the future.

In our role as consultee for local planning applications, we have generally been supportive of the schemes that have been tabled this year but were acutely analytical off the potential impact they may have on our rural environment and have commented accordingly. The greater percentage were supported but of course, sadly, not all were approved by the planning authority.

Following the local council elections I am delighted to congratulate Adrian Parsons on his re-election as a Ward Councillor. Adrian has done a wonderful job over the last four years and we look forward to more of the same. He not only supports our meetings by his attendance but does a lot of work on our behalf behind the scenes.

Also, huge thanks go to all our suppliers that have helped us over the last 12 months, especially Shaw Welding for the new cemetery gates, My Parish Council for our fantastic website, Cornwall Association of Local Councils for their invaluable guidance and administrative support, Anthony James for his work at Bolventor and most of all to Paul Smart for putting in so much time & effort to the upkeep of Altarnun, Five Lanes, Trewint and our impressive parish Cemetery.

At the end of 2021-22 I hope to be able to report more successful burrowing’s!

Cllr Craig Dowler Chair - Altarnun Parish Council

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.