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