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Seeing is Believing Launceston

28 March 2014

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Every year the CCF takes donors and supporters to visit projects where our grants have made a difference to the community.  20 supporters attended the event in the Launceston area on Thursday 27 March, including members of the business club ‘Cornwall 100 Club’.

The guests visited the South Petherwin Allotments, the Tregadillet Songbirds and finished the tour with a cup of tea and a discussion about the aims of the CCF kindly hosted by Tamsin & Bill Sowerby. The visits were organised by Friend of the Foundation Tessa Phipps.

It was an opportunity to meet project leaders and discover the real stories behind creative projects. Mark Mitchell, Managing Director of the Cornwall 100 Club member Cornwall Glass said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the medley of songs by the Tregadillet Songbirds in their lovely Community Centre. We were made very welcome by thirty members of the choir, and it was truly wonderful to witness and share in their enjoyment. I was really struck by what a difference a relatively modest amount of money can make to a community group and the 'ripple effect' and benefits this has had to the wider community as the Tregadillet Songbirds travel far and wide sharing their love and talent for singing. Both projects visited today are very worthy recipients of C100 grants, I am very glad I was able to witness the huge difference these grants have made and the genuine and sincere appreciation that both groups clearly wanted to share.’

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South Petherwin Allotments was started in 2009 on a field kindly leased by local farmer Ian Trehane and his wife Kathryn. The primary purpose of the community allotment is to enable people to grow their own fruit and vegetables at an affordable cost on their own doorstep, thereby reducing the carbon footprint for individual members. The allotment benefits members of the community in so many ways, not only does it offer people with a sense of achievement, but it provides a safe place where people can make friends, share learning and enjoy working together. With the aid of a £1,323 grant from the Cornwall 100 Club, allotment holders have recently planted an edible hedge which has the dual benefit of protecting the allotment crops from wind damage and managing the weeds and rodents without the use of pesticides.

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The Tregadillet Songbirds choir was founded in 2011 to promote the enjoyment of singing and to raise money for charity. The choir received £600 from the Cornwall 100 Club in March 2013 towards a keyboard, stand and stool for use of the choir together with the costs of sheet music, which under copyright rules cannot be photocopied.

The choir has proved hugely popular and currently has forty members and a wide repertoire to suit all tastes. The Songbirds welcome all comers and no audition is required, just enthusiasm. The choir has given concerts at a number of different venues; these are not only very popular, but have enabled them to raise considerable amounts of money for charity.

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