As the year advances it is customary to reflect on events throughout the year. One of
the most visible changes is that the Trust has taken delivery of a new blue tractor to
keep the beach clean and welcoming. After a social media campaign the tractor has
been named Looe b’Lou – a name suggested by Cheryl Turner. The Trust are
grateful to the financial donations towards the tractor from West Looe Town Trust
and Looe Town Council.
You may also have seen our new water refill station on the seafront – which has
proved very popular and the Trust are proud to be playing a part in reducing the use
of plastic in the town. The cages on the beach for reusable beach items have
proved very popular and the Trust are pleased to be working so closely with the
Looe Marine Conservation Group who have assisted with this project.
We have continued to work with other members of the Looe Bathing Waters Project
to improve the quality of bathing water in Looe. The vital support given to this from
across the community continues to pay dividends and the Environment Agency have
just announced our best ever rating of “good” for 2019. This is very impressive
progress in a matter of a few years from poor, through sufficient to good and it will do
a great deal to reinforce the town’s reputation as an attractive tourist resort.
Trustees were pleased to be able to support organisations in the town by charitable
donations of money or office support and look forward to continuing this support.
The Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol has had a very successful year and our wonderful
team of volunteers are working on various projects for next year – including some
very exciting new additions. Check for updates on our website and facebook page.
Our volunteers work very hard – not only in the museum greeting and assisting
visitors, but also helping to research and organise items both in the museum and
from home. If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact the
Trust Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01503 263709.
The ‘New’ Guildhall has been host to several weddings this year – local couples and
visitors from further afield. The Guildhall Chamber is a lovely place for a wedding
ceremony, with the stained glass windows and the impressive vaulted ceiling. We
have hosted small ceremonies with just two witnesses (and a dog) to large groups
with 60 guests. We can vary the layout to make it a truly personal wedding so if you
are thinking of popping the question over the festive season – then contact the office
to book the Chamber for your special day.
As always, Looe will look fantastic at Christmas with the lights around the town. The
Trust has a new lighting scheme to make the Rose Garden look festive and will be
working with Looe Harbour Commissioners to welcome Santa to his grotto.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous 2020!
The Chairman and Trustees
14th November 2019
Tractor being off-loaded after delivery
September 2019 News from the East Looe Town Trust
Throughout the summer you will have seen our hard-working maintenance team out on the beach and the seafront. We have had some lovely summer weather and are pleased that so many people visited and enjoyed their time on our beach. Our distinctive orange Kubota tractor has become a familiar sight on the beach over the years – but this will now change. The Trust have been supported by other organisations in the town and have taken delivery of a replacement tractor – a blue New Holland tractor which, following a competition on facebook, will have a name – look out for the new tractor and follow us on facebook to find out what name it has been given.
After much hard work and co-operation with other agencies – this summer saw the installation of the water refill point on the seafront. This free to use facility is easy to use and is suitable for most types of water containers. The Trust are pleased to make such a positive contribution to the reduction of single plastic use in the town and continues their work to reduce waste and improve our environment.
Despite summer coming to a close, the work doesn’t end and there will now be some much needed maintenance work on some of our buildings. You may have noticed the scaffolding around the Watchtower on the seafront – this is for essential maintenance of the building – including replacing guttering as well as some work on the stonework, roof and windows.
The Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol has had a busy season so far, with visitors enjoying the regular puppet shows on a Tuesday. The museum is staffed by volunteers who work very hard on new displays and exhibitions as well as activities for all the family to enjoy. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help in the museum or help to maintain the exhibits then please contact the Trust Office for more information. The museum also has a wealth of information and photographs for those people interested in tracing their family tree. Please call in and speak to our friendly volunteers who would be delighted to help you find out more about your family as well as general information about the interesting history of our town and occupants.
12th September 2019
Re-Filling Water Containers
Water Fountain at East Looe Town Town Beach
East Looe Town Trust have installed a water fountain on East Looe Seafront, close to the ramp leading to the beach.
This free to use facility is provided to help reduce single use plastic containers. The water fountain enables most types of water containers and is perfect for access to easy and clean water.
The simple push button device has a filtered water flow of one gallon per minute.
Phil Gibson, Chair of East Looe Town Trust said ‘We are delighted to provide this facility at no cost to all users and to help everyone (and their dogs) remain hydrated. We hope it will make a positive contribution to the reduction of plastic use in our beautiful town’.
It reinforces other measures the Trust have recently taken to reduce waste and help make the area environmentally friendly.
21st July 2019
There have been a few changes to Trust staff in the last few months – Jane Day is now in place as Trust Manager and she has been joined by Nina Bond as Office Administrator. Our maintenance team of Antony and Billy have been joined for the summer, by Sim Daley. You will often see them out and about, not only looking after the beach, seafront and Wooldown areas but also doing essential maintenance on our historic buildings – such as the Guildhall and the Museum.
Our beautiful, multi award-winning museum is open until November. Due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, our museum was one of five Cornish museums to benefit from a successful bid to the Coastal Communities Fund to use virtual and augmented reality technology to take visitors on a compelling immersive and interactive journey to the past.
We are hoping that visitors and locals will have the time and suitable weather to enjoy our wonderful beach. The team work hard to maintain the beach and would ask that you use the suitable bins – including the cages for larger bulky items. The Trust work closely with other agencies with regard to water quality and conserving our environment and hope that you will all help keep our beach litter-free. With help from Looe in Bloom we are now working on improvements to the appearance of the Rose Garden. For further details on our projects and work within the town, please visit our website - www.eastlooetowntrust.co.uk
We look forward to supporting many local events, of which Looe Carnival Week is one of them - with activities starting on 29th July, with the sand modelling competition on the beach on Wednesday 31st July and of course the Grand Carnival Procession on Saturday 3rd August.
From the Chairman and Trustees
19th July 2019