The Porthtowan Community
Porthtowan has a strong sense of community and the beach is one of our main focal points. At the centre of our village is the Village Hall, literally 200yds from the beach. The village hall is an excellent venue hosting a range of clubs and organisations and has a licensed bar and is available for functions. A major project in the village currently is the restoration of the sand dunes. A big, complicated and long term initiative managed by a partnership between the Porthtowan Dune Community Group and Cornwall Council. Porthtowan has a brilliant Surf Life Saving Club which teaches a wide range of marine skills to all ages. The following features just a few of our Community Champions.
The PBMG brings together the following people, groups and organisations. All focused on delivering a better Village environment for everyone
Cornwall Council Officers
Cornwall Council Councillor (Chairman)
Village Hall Committee
Surf Life Saving Club
Porthtowan Beach Association
Porthtowan Dunes Community Group
Porthtowan Ward Parish Councillors
Typical projects currently focused on:
Beach and village environment
Blue Flag and Seaside Awards
Disabled ramp and Access for All to beach (includes braile signage and audio description).
Porthtowan Marketing (destination) video.
Supporting any initiative within the community focused on beach improvement and making the beach accessible to everyone.
The Porthtowan Beach Association (PBA) directly supports the activities of both the Beach Awards Team as well as the Access for All Team. These teams are subgroups of the PBA. The Beach Awards Team is totally focused on ensuring the Blue Flag comes home to Porthtowan for 2015 and beyond and the Access for All Team is currently looking at the possibility of providing disabled access onto the beach. The PBA works in partnership with Cornwall Council. The PBA is fully constituted and is supported by a wide membership of both individuals and Business Blue Flag Sponsors. Individual membership is just £5 per year and anyone, anywhere in the world can be a member. (PBA Constitution). The PBA supports any initiative within the community which is focused on beach improvement.email
Porthtowan’s Organic Community Garden – growing space for locals
Mount Pleasant Eco Park identified the need for growing space from feedback in questionnaires distributed in and around Porthtowan. Many local people said that they would like to grow their own fruit and vegetables but did not have the space.
In early Autumn 2010, the Community Garden was launched and the first six organic vegetable plots were levelled and rotavated. There is now also a large communal growing space on site, with a rain water harvesting system, composting space and polytunnel.
The group supports the ethos of the Eco Park by providing a productive, sustainable and beautiful community space for all to enjoy. Plans are in place to start the area’s first Community Supported Agriculture scheme, providing food boxes to local residents.
If you are interested in renting an organic allotment or becoming involved in the Community Garden Scheme, whether as an individual, communiy group or school, please contact us!
Contact: 01209 891500email
Beach Access for All
Porthtowan Beach Access for All. Imagine not being able to simply walk onto a beach, or not being able to see or perceive the view. Simple things that most of us take for granted. As part of the beach awards team we are determined that this wonderful place is as accessible to all as possible. We are just at the start of working out what we can do but we promise we will give it our best efforts so that whatever your ability you can enjoy Porthtowan beach. “Access for All” was started by Chris Hines. Contact PBA for updates.
Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club. The Club currently has well in excess of 100 members, from Nippers as young as 7, to veterans in their 70s, who all enjoy the relaxed, family atmosphere as well as the camaraderie and competitive nature of our sport. We encourage all our members to take lifesaving qualifications, compete for the club in carnivals and championships and take part in fundraising and community activities.
Porthtowan Youth Project and Playpark
The Porthtowan Youth Project is raising funds to carry out surveys to assess the viability of developing the land behind the Village Hall. Discussions have taken place to have an amphitheatre/picnic area and conservation area where there are natural springs, a small outdoor gym and a possible skate park/bowl. The Youth Project and Village hall committee also run and maintain the excellent sandy playpark in the village that is so popular all year with locals and visitors. Contact Mandy Vercoe or Sonrisa Lee.
Porthtowan Beach Awards Team
The Porthtowan Beach Awards Team (PBAT) is responsible for the yearly applications for the Seaside Award and the International Blue Flag Award. Working in partnership with Cornwall Council it hopes to win both awards for the 2015 season. The local lead is John Barrow. John can be contacted at email@example.com
The key project in the village currently is the restoration of the sand dunes. A big, complicated and long term project managed by the Porthtowan Dune Community Group with the PBMG.
The Great Eggcase Hunt Project
Administered by The Shark Trust www.sharktrust.org. Local lead is Lyn Davies. This group aims to record sitings of Shark, Skate or Ray egg cases or “mermaids purses” along Porthtowan’s coastline. Contact Lyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
St Agnes Marine Conservation Group is made up of friendly volunteers from all walks of life who really care about the environment and who between them have a vast amount of knowledge which they would love to share with you, however much or little you know already. You might enjoy putting a few names to already familiar plants and creatures, filling in a bit of detail about their lives, or making some new acquaintances. You do not have to remember all the detail, just be prepared to be amazed at what is out there and how they exist. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to come along to any of the events which take place over the year, details of which are on the website. Do give it a try – we would love to see you there!
Contact Daniel Murphy email@example.com
The Porthtowan Clean Up Project is run by St Agnes Marine Conservation Group to help clean up rubbish from our beaches and get the community involved in ‘hands on’ conservation. The Oceans are vastly important to life on Earth, they regulate our climate, maintain bio-diversity and provide food. Rubbish in the Ocean causes serious harm to wildlife and poses a threat to our food.
If you would like to get involved or know more please go to our website www.st-agnesvmca.org.uk or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porthtowan Village Hall
Porthtowan Village Hall is a large venue including a bar and private parking.
It is used by a variety of groups including Pre School and an amateur dramatic group (PPADS).Evening groups include yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and Chi Kung
The Hall is an excellent venue for private parties and weddings
To make a booking enquiry, click here or telephone Bill Bynoth on: 01209 890627
For all other enquiries please contact Bill Bynoth on 07813 944482
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