NEWS ARCHIVE for 2020

Christmas

The Trustees and staff would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.

The office is closed to the public over the Christmas period but are always contactable by email or phone if there are any urgent issues.

Nadelik Lowen

24th December 2020

November News

At the recent meeting of the board of Trustees, Brian Galipeau has agreed to remain in the position of Chair and Andy Bishop has taken the role of Vice-Chair - both elected unanimously.  Phil Gibson has stepped down as Vice-Chair but will continue to have an active role on the board of Trustees.  2020 has been a most challenging year for all of us but the Trustees and staff look forward to continuing the good work of the Trust.

16th November 2020

October News

Emerging from Lockdown


Trust staff have been working hard since early May, and there was plenty to do to catch up from the brief furloughing of two staff members at the beginning of lockdown.  We were pleased that we were well prepared for the nation's emergence from lockdown, and the pleasant summer weather which brought visitors back to Looe; and we do understand how important an attractive beach and seafront is to the economy of our town.  Although the Trust has neither the means nor the power to enforce the Covid distancing regulations, we were pleased that overwhelmingly people were observing the 1 metre plus outside distancing rule on the beach and seafront.  (Anecdotally, there were a lot more windbreaks in use on the beach, which could be a sign of people taking extra Covid care!) The Pier Cafe, Beach Cafe and seafront concessions business have all worked hard to be Covid secure and provide a good service for customers, from great cups of coffee to kayak hire.


St. Ives Steeplejacks paid a visit to inspect the top of the Guildhall clocktower, assess and fix water ingress issues recently.  The Trust has also engaged specialist heritage surveyors, Scotts of Truro, to advise on long term maintainance of this landmark Grade 2 listed building, and we are expecting to do more work on the Clocktower before long, with the inevitable pressure on our funds.

The brilliant Looe Old Guildhall Museum volunteers have found their enforced Covid closure highly frustrating but have been busy, not least working with Mr Colin Raddy to bring the Raddy Collection of 700 glass plate photographs to public view.  Having secured a grant from the South West Museums group, the collection has now been fully digitised and is being catalogued.  Petra Stephenson and the team hope to have a significant public exhibition ready for the Spring.  Most importantly the Old Guildhall Museum will be reopening for booked visits from 13th October.

Finally, we were delighted to welcome two new businesses to Trust properties.  First Quirky boutique opened, and is a colourful presence in the Guildhall Rose Garden.  Since the recent arrival of another national retailer opposite in Fore Street, Looe is strengthening its reputation as a shopping destination for major branded fashion and leisurewear.  (It's great to see the Guildhall Barbers, Guildhall Market and Pier One coffee shop back and busy as well.) Second, the new Cheese Emporium & Deli opened in Higher Market Street after a cheerful socially distanced opening ceremony led by our Mayor Cllr. Martin Gregory, Mayoress Julie Gregory, Deputy Mayor Cllr Edwina Hannaford and Country Councillor Armand Toms.  The Cheese Emporium is next door to the Ocean & Earth Thai Select restaurant whose many regular customers are delighted to see them back.


Brian Galipeau, Chairman, on behalf of Trustees

12th October 2020

CORONAVIRUS - COVID19

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak our offices will be closed to visitors until further notice.

You can still contact East Looe Town Trust by telephone, email or post and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Phone - 01503 263709 / 07494127778

Email - info@eastlooetowntrust.co.uk


Keep an eye on our website and social media for any further updates.

18th March 2020

Community News - January 2020

New ELTT Chairman

It was an honour to be appointed chairman of the East Looe Town Trust for the coming year, and I pay tribute to the skill and hard work of Phil Gibson who steps down as chairman after two years. He has agreed to take up the vice chairman role and I am grateful for his experienced back-up.


Christmas and New Year celebrations

The Trust was delighted to contribute again to Looe's Christmas lights and celebrations. This Christmas we invested in a new low energy catenary which created a cheerful canopy of lights above the Rose Garden. It was a great setting for seasonal events, choirs and band. Trust staff and resources also supported the brilliant town display masterminded by the Harbour Commissioners and Looe's enthusiastic Christmas lights volunteers. Trust staff also pitched in to help with the excellent children's, and midnight firework displays on New Year's Eve on the East Looe seafront. They had an early start next morning cleaning up broken glass and making the seafront clean and safe ready for the New Years Day swim.


Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol

We salute the hard work of our volunteer museum team who have now moved the exhibits back into the museum which had been moved to allow for significant building works in the Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol. The listed building, which is in the care and ownership of the Trust, required internal wall trusses following structural engineering advice. The work was carefully done, and we think you will hardly notice it. Pop in when the museum reopens in the Spring and check it out yourself.


Listed Building projects

Listed buildings are expensive to maintain. Our first priority project is the restoration of the Old Lifeboat Station and Watchtower, for which we are seeking funding.  An early stage of the project is public involvement and consultation, which could feature events this Easter.


Second, the Guildhall Clocktower is again going to be clad in scaffolding, which will allow several things to happen. The displaced weathervane will be replaced, and the clock faces and mechanism will be inspected and repaired. A full survey of the clock tower structure and masonry will be completed by a specialist surveyor and specifications drawn up for work later in the year.


Dogs on East Looe Beach

Trustees have noted that Cornwall Council are reviewing their rules about dogs being allowed onto beaches controlled by them.  But ELTT would like to make it clear that East Looe town beach, which is owned and maintained by them, will remain fully dog free throughout the year. We recognise that every day of the year can be a sandcastle day on our beach and standards of hygiene and good behaviour will be maintained year round.  Second beach and Hannafore are dog friendly.


New town centre boutique

Finally we are delighted that Q for Quirky has decided to open their new boutique in Looe. It will join their successful branch in Tavistock.  You will find them in the Guildhall Rose Garden where the town council used to be - and will be amazed at the transformation.


 

Brian Galipeau

Chairman, on behalf of Trustees.

28th January 2020

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