EAST LOOE TOWN TRUST NEWS

Trust Prepares for Summer Season

The summer season is fast approaching and Trust staff are busy getting the beach and seafront into great condition to welcome visitors and locals. This year we will trial bins for disposable barbecues, as these are potentially dangerous for our staff to handle and, when still hot, can melt our bins! Barbecues are permitted only if they do not cause danger or annoyance to other beach users. We will also put cages on the seafront where people can putitems like boogie boards, buckets, spades, waterguns etc. One will be for bulky, broken items, so they don't block up our bins and the other one will be for items people don't want to take home, but which someone else can use. Hopefully this will help reduce the amount of waste and the avoid some items ending up in the sea.  

In June the Trust hopes to take delivery of our new tractor so we can continue to take seaweed off of the main part of the beach and smooth the beach out of holes and sand mounds. The Trust is very grateful to generous contributions from West Looe Town Trust and Looe Town Council towards the cost of the tractor -over £22,000.

After 2 1/2 years with the Trust, Trust Manager, Anona Vazquez-Masson is leaving us. She has been an enormous assetto the Trust, introducing much-needed modernisation, and will be greatly missed. Our best wishes go to Anona and her family. We hope to have a new Trust Manager in place soon to keep the Trust on track with all the work coming up. Simeon Daley is joining Antony and Billy in the Maintenance Team over the busy summer period keeping the seafront, beach and Wooldown clean and tidy.  

Our beautiful, multi award-winning museum opened for the season on 1st April, with many changes and improvements already in place and more to come soon. It is well worth a visit to find out fascinating and surprising things about the history of Looe and its people.

From the Chairman and Trustees

 
 

20th May 2019

Re-opening of the Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Goal : Captain Bond Cutting the Tape to Open the Museum
Captain Bond Cutting the Tape to Open the Museum

Re-opening of the Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Goal

On the 1st April the Museum opened its doors for a new season with a flourish of good news and achievements. To mark the opening for the new season the puppet based on Captain Thomas Bond sliced through the ribbon with his sword. Captain Bond was a famous son of Looe and Commander of the East Looe Volunteer Corps, The Diehards, established to defend the town during the Napoleonic wars 1798 – 1810 Their motto was ‘Never Say Die’

Mayor, Armand Toms (pictured with Museum staff) said how pleased he was with the success of the museum and what a credit the 19 volunteer staff were, and its success was down to their fantastic effort.

The museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts which give an insight into the Town’s history over the ages. Entry fee has been held at £2.00 per adult with children under 18 free entry.

Petra Stephenson, Manager of the Museum volunteer group, said how pleased she and her fellow volunteers are in their success and being able to tell stories from Looe and involving the whole community.

Petra said ‘The museum’s share of a recent £700k grant (£135,000) we won will be used to towards an immersion reality project in conjunction with Falmouth University - we look forward to being able to use the Reality possibilities in the Museum to enhance our artefacts and stories of Looe’.

Last year the Museum attracted approximately 5,000 visitors and over 1,000 children.

The museum will remain open until mid-November. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 11.00am to 4.00pm. Weekend opening is 11.00am to 1.30pm, longer if there are sufficient volunteers.

Further details on the Museum are available on our website www.eastlooetowntrust.co.uk

3rd April 2019

Trust News

News from the Trust

March 2019

As spring and the beginning of the holiday season approaches, the Trust is busy preparing.

We are about to invest in a new tractor to help us maintain the Town Beach in peak condition for residents and visitors. This is just one of the many things the Trust spends its funds on: we are looking at further repairs to the Guildhall in the next few years and ways to make encourage more use of the wonderful chamber and other rooms, as well as expanding the project to look at a long-term use for the Old Lifeboat Station and Watchtower. We will keep you up-to–date as these develop.

Another investment we have recently agreed is to improve and renew the signage on the seafront, so those using the beach and seafront will have clear information on how to use those areas safely and so everyone can enjoy them. We will also be giving our workshop a much-needed facelift, with roof repairs and images of Looe in the windows. We will also give our faithful white pick-up a makeover, with a wrap to show she belongs to the Trust and advising against feeding the local seagulls, so they don’t develop bad habits and cause problems for people.

The Trust allows many organisations to use our land and facilities, and this year will see part of the Looe Live festival back on the beach, holiday activities run by the United Beach Mission, Looe Lions Easter Egg Hunt and Cinema on the Beach, to name but a few. We look forward to seeing lots of people enjoying the wide range of activities this year and hope the weather will be kind.

Our wonderful maintenance team – Antony and Bill – are doing some work on the Wooldown to support our ongoing project to encourage more long-horned bees (a rare species), and other work to encourage more biodiversity by removing dead trees, unwanted buddleia and saplings that threaten to crowd out the undergrowth in the wooded area on the edge of Barbican Hill. The wood they are cutting down will be made into log habitats in the woods for invertebrates and small mammals.

In a bid to reduce the waste and bulky items (polystyrene boards, buckets and spades etc) from going into our rubbish bins, our Maintenance Manager had the bright idea of putting cages onto the seafront for visitors to use: one for broken items and another for things they don’t want to take home, but are happy to leave for others to use. We hope this trial will prove successful and encourage everyone to make use of it.

Our lovely museum is about to open its doors again – on 1st April – with new exhibits and far more information and history on our new screens, with funds generously awarded by the Co-op Community Fund and the South West Museums AIM – both of which our volunteers were proud to win last year.

Finally, our website https://www.eastlooetowntrust.co.uk has had an update which includes daily information on Looe weather, tides and bathing water conditions.

From the Chairman and Trustees

18th March 2019

SEASONAL STAFF WANTED

SEASONAL STAFF WANTED
SIX DAYS PER WEEK FOR SIX WEEKS+ FROM 15TH JULY 2019
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The role involves manual work, so applicants must be physically fit. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team maintaining the beach, seafront and other Trust properties. This is a public-facing role, so candidates must be approachable and represent the Trust and Looe positively.
There is the potential for the period to be extended, depending on weather conditions.
This role could be done by one or two people over the period, if other commitments did not allow for the whole period.
Job specification:
1. The tasks would cover removal of rubbish from the seafront bins, Wooldown and clearing any rubbish found on other Trust properties.
2. The successful candidate/s would be contracted to work 6 days a week – with Tuesday as a rest day.
3. The work hours would be 7:00am – 1:00pm.
The wage offered would be in excess of the minimum wage.
This will not involve driving, so applicants will have no requirement for a licence.
There will be a trial period of 1 week during the Easter Holidays – during the week beginning 15th April 2019, although there is some flexibility on precise dates.
Background information on the Trust is available on our website: www.eastlooetowntrust.co.uk
The Trust would welcome enquiries in person, vie telephone or email from those who are interested.
Closing date for expressions of interest: 29th March, 2019
Enquiries to the Trust Manager, 1st Floor Guildhall, Looe PL13 1AA
Tel: 01503 263709, Email: info@eastlooetowntrust.co.uk

5th March 2019