Directors volunteer to Operation Surf

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Alec Short volunteers to coach vets from Operation Surf Project in preparation for England’s first ever Adaptive Surfing Open

England’s first ever Adaptive Surfing Open took place over the weekend in the stormy seas of Watergate Bay, Newquay. 18 adaptive surfers from the UK, USA, Italy & France competed across five divisions to take the inaugural titles. The event, which was the first of its kind here in England, follows a global push to celebrate and provide for adaptive surfing. An integral and developing part of the sport for surfers with a variety of disabilities, and an area lead by the the world governing body, the international surfing association.

The surfers competed in divisions based on their functional surfing ability; Prone Division, Sitting/ Kneeling Division, Assisted Division, Open Division & Standing Division. The conditions may have been less than ideal with autumnal low pressures kicking the sea into motion and heavy rain, but nothing would dampen the spirits of the surfers as they enjoyed a day of rivalry and socialising. As contest organisers seeked to learn for the development of additive surfing, as well as identifying potential Team England athletes for the upcoming World Adaptive Surfing Games in California.

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Day of ticket sales to Save the Children Syria Appeal

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This morning we donated £1089 to Syrian Save the Children Appeal,yew!

6 weekend @59 and 15 sat/sun @45 total £1089.

We might normally only do a couple on a day like today just before Xmas, good work all round. team

They are stoked to receive the donation that can translate to.

10 months of food for a family of six
141 Heaters to keep families warm over this winter.
70 Post-Natal visits for a new Mother

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Lizard CHILD trust and PANTS cancer charity benefit from 10th Masked Ball

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TWO Cornish charities have benefited from more than £1,000 thanks to the directors of the annual Summer Masked Ball.

Masked Ball founder Kelvin Batt presented a cheque for £800 to The Lizard C.H.I.L.D Trust in addition to a payment of £300 for the Pants Cancer Charity, based in Falmouth. He said: “We feel strongly about being able to help local charities. We also put a lot of hard work into the community food festival at Porthleven. We also hope that local businesses have benefitted from both events this year.”

The donation to The Lizard C.H.I.L.D Trust will go towards the Helping Hand Award. Tracey Griffiths, training and development manager said: “Feedback from families who use the services of the trust revealed that there is increasing strain on finances during the school holidays that finds them unable to access local activities.

“The Helping Hand Award aims to help remove some of the barriers to accessing a variety of fun packed and challenging activities for children during the school holidays.”

The Masked Ball celebrated its 10th anniversary last month with 6,000 revellers enjoying three days of music at a cliff top location near Porthleven. The event has grown from just 250 partygoers in a single marquee, to a business with an annual turnover in excess of £500,000.

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Summer Ball raises over £2000 for local charities.

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Organisers of the annual Summer Masked Ball, which took place at Beacon Crag, Porthleven and attracted over 5,000 revellers, have donated more than £2,000 to local charities.

Falmouth-based Pants Cancer Charity, Surfers Against Sewage, Lizard CHILD Trust and Porthleven Lights all received much-needed funds to help them achieve their goals.

Porthleven Lights vice-chairman Roger Taft said: “We’re very pleased with the donation from the Masked Ball. The money will help with the renewal programme and installation of new LED lights.

Masked Ball director Kelvin Batt said: “We’re once again delighted to be able to give something back to the local community. At the Masked Ball, we also pledge to support local businesses and services wherever possible when planning and building the event.”

Porthleven Lights benefited to the tune of £250, while Pants Cancer Charity received £300, Lizard CHILD Trust were given £500 and Surfers Against Sewage was awarded £1,000.

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Porthleven Christmas lights given a financial boost from food festival

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The Porthleven Food and Music Festival committee has met for the first time to start planning for the 2017 event, which will be held between April 21 and 23.

The festival, which attracts around 20,000 visitors to Porthleven over three days, costs over £65,000 to put on. The money to enable the festival to happen is raised by sponsorship, traders’ income, an auction and a small amount of funding from Porthleven Town Council and the Cornwall Council Community Fund.

The Porthleven Food and Music Festival is not just about showcasing amazing food from the county, but also raising money for local causes. For the 2016 festival, Porthleven Lights Committee was chosen as the local organisation to be supported.

This year the committee was able to award Porthleven Lights Committee £1,732 which is half of the money raised from the festival auction.

Roger Taff, who is part of the lights committee said: “I would like to say thank you on behalf of the lights committee for this generous donation. We never expected this much and we as a committee are really grateful for the support. This money will enable us to replace, renew and repair Porthleven’s lights”.

David Turnbull, the 2017 festival committee chairman said: “The lights add to the magic of Porthleven and therefore we as a committee were very pleased to be able to support the lights committee.

“As next year’s committee starts to plan for 2017, I would like to thank all those volunteers who helped make the 2016 event a success. I look forward to building on the success of Hannabeth Johnson who led the committee in 2016.”

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Over £7000 raised for Save the Children Refugee Appeal from Porthleven Concert

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Over 1,000 people took part in a charity fundraising concert in Porthleven to help refugees.

The Long Road, held on the village’s Moors playing field all afternoon and into the evening, has raised more than £7,000 for Save the Children in Syria.

Alongside the music, there was plenty for families to do in the afternoon.

The event had been organised at short notice by the team behind the Masked Ball music festivals, including Alec Short and Kelvin Batt.

Mr Short said: “We’d like to express our thanks to Porthleven Town Council for allowing this to happen and all the amazing sponsors and supporters.”

Porthleven’s councillor Andrew Wallis wrote on his blog: “The feedback from the event was all positive, and there are even calls for more events like this in Porthleven.

“Even the weather gods delivered too, with an almost clear and sunny day and warm evening.

“Porthleven can be proud it has done its bit in helping those caught-up with the crisis in Syria.”

Hallowe’en Ball donates over £2000 funds for two schools.

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A FAMILY Hallowe’en party has pledged funds for two schools on the Lizard peninsula.

The Creepy Crawly Ball, which takes place at Rosuick Organic Farm, St Martin, has promised proceeds from the event to Coverack Primary School and St Keverne Primary School.

Joint head teacher Tom Harman said: “Children, staff and governors at the schools were absolutely delighted to hear that the proceeds of the Hallowe’en party would be heading their way.

“We are delighted the children of Coverack and St Keverne will not only have the opportunity to enjoy the event, but also the proceeds.

“We are extremely grateful. The proceeds will be used to enhance our outdoor play resources which the children will have access to at lunchtimes.”

At the event, Squashbox Theatre will perform Skillywidden, a puppet show about faeries and pixies of Cornwall, and there will be seasonal storytelling from actor John Brolly, a funfair, family disco in a ‘crashed UFO’, with prizes for the scariest dancing.

Children can meet Thor the barn owl, brought by Tegan Shainberg.

A pumpkin-carving workshop will showcase the largest pumpkin in Cornwall, from a competition run by the Kehelland Trust.

There will be a pirate treasure hunt with prizes, and a fancy dress parade.

The event is organised by Masked Ball Productions.

Managing director Kelvin Batt said: “We have always pledged to support local charities and organisations through the Masked Ball events. As the Creepy Crawly Ball is a family event and a ‘first’ in Cornwall, I thought it would be fitting to donate the proceeds to the local schools.

“If successful, we can look at making it an annual fixture.”

The ball will be held next Friday from 4pm to 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5, free for those aged 3 and under, and from or from The Cornish Candy Shoppe, Helston; The Corner Deli, Porthleven; Mawgan Post Office and Stores; The Galleon Chip Shop, Mullion; The Cornish Food Box Co, Truro; Roskillys, St Keverne and The Croust House, St Keverne.

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Mayor’s Charity Fund, aided by a donation from the Halloween Masked Ball

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The Mayor’s Ball, which had been a great success, thanking the Mayoress for her table decorating and organisational skills. He advised that the profit for the Mayor’s Fund, which was aided by a donation from the Flambards Masked Ball and the proceeds from the Mayoress’ crossword competitions, had enabled him to make a donation of £1000 to the League of Friends of the Helston Community Hospital with another donation to be made. The Mayor further advised that he had supported the Helston Food Bank and Mustard Seed projects with the aid of local businesses and had raised money for young people in the town with awards being given for sport, charitable work overseas and support for Helston Community College music department by purchasing a musical instrument for a talented student who was unable to afford one.

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