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Launcells Parish Council


Welcome to the Launcells Parish Council Website

Launcells has been an interactive parish since 2013, offering online access to its residents and beyond.  

We have just upgraded our website to comply with the new website regulations for 2020.

Please browse and let us know what you think and please tell us if there is anything that you feel the website could add to benefit users. 

Thank you 

Launcells Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting 04/04/24

Notice is given that Launcells Parish Council will be holding a parish council meeting in Launcells Parish Hall on Thursday 4th April 2024 at 7.30pm.

If you would like to share your views on an agenda item, but are unable / uncomfortable attending, please email your comments to no later than midday on Monday 1st April.

View the agenda

Voting staff needed

Do you want to be part of the democratic process and earn some extra money?

We’re looking for people to work at our polling stations or count venues at the upcoming elections:

  • Police Crime Commissioner election - 2 May 2024
  • General Election (date to be announced)
  • Local Unitary and Town and Parish Council elections - 1 May 2025

We’re looking for staff across Cornwall at our 450 polling stations - particularly in North and South East Cornwall. We need a presiding officer and poll clerks at every polling station on the day and count staff able to work from 10pm overnight to help us count the votes.
All polling station staff receive full training and are paid a fee plus travelling expenses. The gross fee for a Presiding Officer is currently £295, with Poll Clerks receiving £221 before tax. Count staff receive £12.00 per hour.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds, identities and ages (over the age of 18). Don't miss this chance to be part of history and have some fun at the same time!

Find out more

Could you be Cornwall's first climate commissioner?

Could you be one of the first commissioners for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Climate Commission?

A new Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Climate Commission is recruiting its first Commissioners to work with the region's leaders, organisations and communities to tackle ecological issues. If you'd like to step forward or know someone who'd like to, click the button below. The deadline is 8 April.

The commission is an independent organisation bringing together people and organisations to help drive, support, and track climate action.

Find out more

Do you need a HUG?

Warm up your home with the Home Upgrade Grant Scheme

Are you tired of high heating costs and a cold home? The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) Scheme is here to help. This grant-funded energy efficiency scheme from the Government aims to improve the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of homes that do not use mains gas as their primary heat source.

We're working in partnership with OVO Energy Solutions to deliver this scheme across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. With a range of energy-saving measures, the scheme aims to reduce heating costs and improve general health and wellbeing.

The scheme runs until March 2025 and aims to help around 500 eligible homes.

Check you're eligibility and apply

Help to beat exam stress

Are you a parent or carer of a young person taking exams this year?

Exams can be very stressful for students of any age, but there is help and guidance available.

Parents, carers and young people in Cornwall can find a wealth of mental health support on the Start Now website. The resources from Headstart Kernow, part of Together for Families at Cornwall Council, have been created with young people themselves.

The stress can sometimes seem overwhelming, but there are ways to keep stress levels in check; stay focused and fresh and even have time for friends. Check out Start Now’s tips and tools and find the ones that work for you.
Find out more

Davidstow Harvesting

We will be working across the western side of the forest to fell areas of trees that are fully mature or storm damaged. We will be clearfelling these areas, which means removing all the trees at the same time. Clearfelled areas can look stark to begin with, but the area will soon green up and provide important habitat for birds, small mammals, invertebrates and reptiles. The clearfelling process forms part of a sustainable forest ecosystem and marks the end of the timbers’ current life cycle and the start of the next growth stage.

Harvesting trees is an important part of sustainable forestry and well managed forest support more wildlife. We carry out thorough wildlife surveys before starting work. While harvesting timber, we take every care to minimise wildlife and habitat disturbance, adapting our work as needed.

We will rest the ground for a year or two before we plant new trees. We will choose productive timber species suited to expected future climate conditions, such as Sitka spruce, radiata pine and noble fir.

There is more information about this work on our website at

Get registered and check your photo ID for May elections

Are you registered to vote in this year’s Police and Crime Commissioner election?

Cornwall will go to the polls on 2 May and vote for the next Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner. And it's the first time you'll need voter ID to vote in person.

There are a number of ways to cast your vote. You can vote in person at a polling station, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Registering to vote is quick and easy. It only takes five minutes and can be done online. Once registered, you can request a postal vote application.

Remember...the deadline to register to vote is midnight on 16 April.

Register to vote

Help if you're struggling to pay your Council Tax bill

If you have no income, or you're on a low income, you might be able to apply for help to pay your Council Tax bill.

You can claim Council Tax Support if you own your own home or rent.  You can also claim if you are working or unemployed.

Entitlement to Council Tax Support is based on how much income, capital and savings your household has.

If you're already in arrears please get in touch with our team. We can help you work out a plan, which might help you worry a little less. 

We also have lots of information on other financial support that might be available if you, or someone you know, is struggling on our worried about money webpage.

Council Tax Support

Norovirus is increasing in Cornwall

Cases of the nasty Norovirus are increasing across Cornwall, and we need your help to stop the spread. 

If you have sickness and/or diarrhoea, please do not visit a healthcare setting (GP surgery, hospital or care home).

Instead stay at home, keep hydrated and keep washing your hands regularly with soap and water (alcohol gels won't kill norovirus). Stay off work (or school) and away from others until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days. 

How to stop Norovirus spreading

Why you should get your blood pressure checked

An estimated 4.2 million adults in England are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure. Left untreated, it can significantly increase your risk of a fatal heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or vascular dementia . 

If you're aged 40 and over, you can get a free blood pressure check at a local pharmacy.  Click on the yellow button below to find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks near you. There's no need to book!

Visit the NHS website

Fourth CIL fund round launches

Community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local councils can now apply to the fourth round of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund.

With grants available of up to £100,000, the fund aims to support infrastructure projects which help ease the impact of a development or help a new development to happen.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2024.

Find out how to apply

Free climate change course

We're offering free climate change training to help individuals and community groups learn more about how to reduce your carbon impact. The sessions will run during March and April.

The one-hour online course is aimed at anyone wanting to learn about:

·   the science behind climate change

·   how global warming will impact Cornwall

·   the role of government, local authorities, businesses and individuals in tackling the issue.

To book a place click the button below or for more information visit Lets Talk Cornwall. 

The site also includes a dedicated Employer Hub and a Hub for people with special educational needs.

Book your place

Eat well - spend less

Tune in to episode eight of our Eat Well, Spend Less cookery video series from our Healthy Cornwall team!

We'll give you tips on how to eat healthily on a budget with everyday ingredients from your local shop. In this video we create Cottage Pie - a good option for a completely adaptable meal which could be vegan or veggie - made with any sort of mince.

It's packed full of vegetables too - at least 2, or even 3 of your 5 a day. Perfect comfort food after a busy day.

Watch the video

Bookings are now open for Time2Move Easter activities for children aged 5-16.

Activities are taking place across Cornwall during the Easter holidays, from 2-12 April.

Sessions are FREE to those eligible for free school meals with a unique code. Activities including multi sports, forest schools, circus skills,water sports and lots more. And every session includes a healthy meal for all children

Book now!

Join the 'Healthy Families Pilot' Programme

Do you want to help your family live a healthier lifestyle? Do you have a child aged 5-12 who is above their ideal weight? If so, you might be eligible for a new free programme from Healthy Cornwall and Gro Health.

This programme will give you and your family access to the Gro Health app, which is an award-winning tool to track your nutrition, activity, sleep and mood. You will also get personalised support and guidance from a health coach from the Healthy Cornwall team.

To apply you need to have at least one child aged 5-12 in your household who is above their ideal weight for their height and age. You can check this using this easy NHS BMI calculator.

But hurry, this is a pilot scheme and there are only 60 places available. Don't miss this chance to make a positive change for your family's health and happiness!

Find out more

New jobs and careers website for Cornwall

There’s a new website for jobs, careers, courses, and skills for residents and businesses in Cornwall.

The website, created by Cornwall Council, aims to boost the economy by highlighting local career and training opportunities for people of all ages.
As well as jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, the website is full of useful information and tools for young people, adults, employers, teachers and parents. It provides information on upskilling, exploring new careers, getting your first step on the career ladder, preparing for interviews and more.

The site also includes a dedicated Employer Hub and a Hub for people with special educational needs.

Find out more

Measles: it’s not just a kids’ problem

Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • high fever
  • rash – sometimes starting around the ears
  • sore red eyes
  • cough
  • aching and feeling unwell

If you think you may have measles call your GP first before attending a clinic, or contact NHS 111.

Make sure you have had your 2 doses of MMR vaccine. If you haven’t contact your GP now.

Little moments together

The more we chat, play and read with our kids, the more we help build their brains. Any time, anywhere, whether at home or out and about, it all adds up.

There’s no need to buy lots of toys or have big days out. Wherever you are, simply chatting back and forth, answering your child’s questions and sharing special moments together all help their brain to grow and develop secure and strong connections. Just what they need to get off to the right start at school.

The Start for Life website is packed with simple ideas from other parents on how to build these little moments into each day. It includes lots of examples of tips and activities for you to do together with your child at different ages, as well as links to find further support in your local area.

Get little moments together ideas

New planning rules to limit short term lets in Cornwall

We're welcoming the government’s introduction of new rules requiring planning permission for properties to be used as short term lets.
The changes, announced by Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on a visit to St Agnes last week, are aimed at limiting the number of short-term holiday lets.
It means that a planning application will be needed for anyone renting out their main or sole home for more than 90 nights a year, and are intended to provide support in areas where short-term lets are preventing local people from renting or buying a home. The new rules also propose other changes including a national mandatory register of  short term lets.

The new rules won't come into immediate effect and we're waiting for more details from the Government. 

Read more

Stop. Think Fraud!

Criminals are great pretenders. They may contact you pretending to be a trusted person or company.

A new national campaign Stop! Think Fraud aims to help you understand the different types of fraud and the tactics which criminals can use against you. 
The website helps you learn the tactics criminals use so you can see the different types of fraud, how to better protect yourselves and the people you know, as well as ways to report if you have been a victim of fraud. 

Learn fraudster tactics and stay safe

The NHS and Government have launched a dental recovery plan to give patients fairer, simpler and easier access to dental care.

The plan includes offering dentists 'golden hello' cash incentives for working in under-served areas and taking on more NHS patients.

It will also send teams into schools to treat children's teeth.

You can read the plan on the Government's website.

You can now get on-the-day appointments at primary care hubs if you're suffering from the symptoms of minor illnesses.

The hubs are run by a GP or other healthcare practitioner experienced with minor illness, who can offer advice and onward care including issuing prescriptions.

Contact your GP surgery in the usual way and, if appropriate, an appointment will be made for you at a nearby hub.

The aim is to ease urgent, on-the-day demand for GP appointments, allowing surgeries to focus on their patients with long-term conditions. Hubs are being set up across Cornwall, with at least 8 in place already and more being added.

Find out more about the new primary care hubs.

Free NHS talking therapies can help

Are you or someone you care about struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety?

Free NHS Talking Therapies could help. They're confidential, delivered by accredited NHS practitioners, and can help if you're suffering with excessive worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

You can access free help - in person, by video, over the phone or as an online course - by referring yourself to an NHS Talking Therapy service, or by asking your GP to.

Find an NHS talking therapy

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Some of Cornwall’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are trialling new recycling services, including paint reuse, wetsuit reuse, and free DIY waste disposal.

Paint reuse

Truro HWRC has introduced a new paint reuse service. Residents can drop off new or good quality left over paint for others to collect, free of charge. The service will be rolled out across more HWRC sites later this year. 

Wetsuit reuse

After a successful launch at St Erth (Hayle) and Newquay, three more HWRCs are now collecting old wetsuits – St Day (United Downs), Falmouth and Penryn, and Bude. All wetsuits are donated to the Wave Project to help support surf therapy programmes. 

DIY waste

Charges have now been removed for the disposal of asbestos, plasterboard, soil/rubble, and tyres at eight HWRCs, for an initial six month trial from 2 January. Residents can now dispose of up to eight bags or four sheets of material per week at St Erth (Hayle), Falmouth and Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell, Tintagel (Bowithick), Bude and Saltash. 

Please note that during this time Bodmin, Connon Bridge, Redruth (Pool), Helston, Launceston and St Day (United Downs) HWRCs are unable to accept this material. 

There’s more information on all these services on

The successful skills training programme Train4Tomorrow has won funding from the Department for Education to boost employment opportunities across Cornwall and Devon. 

The programme, led by Devon County Council and delivered in partnership with Cornwall Council, will get £6.4million in 2024/2025 to enable more than 2,000 adults to access Skills Bootcamps in a variety of dynamic sectors.

Skills Bootcamps are available in a range of sectors. New for this year will be Skills Bootcamps in childcare, heavy goods vehicle driving, and creative sectors such as film production, photography, and media.

Find out more about Train4Tomorrow.

Did you know that millions of people in the UK are using the NHS App to manage their health the easy way?

From viewing their health records and test results to ordering prescriptions, the NHS App makes managing your health easier.

Find out how you can order repeat prescriptions using the NHS App.

Find out how you can securely view your health records in the NHS App

A brilliant place for children

Pupils from 9 primary schools helped launch a new wellbeing journal at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro this week.

Called My Brilliant Place to be ME! the journal has been created for the young people of Cornwall. It’s all about helping them learn to look after their wellbeing and feel good!

Headstart Kernow have created the journal with help from primary school children across our communities and it contains a range of activities and information that young people can work through at their own pace, at school, at home or on the move. The launch coincided with this week's Children’s Mental Health Week.

The journal is free and available to everyone online. Printed copies will also be available to local children through schools.

Find out more

Health advice messaging service launches

A new messaging service called ChatHealth has been launched in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, connecting children, young people and their families with health visitors and school nurses.

You can text the service about a variety of topics and get a call back within 48 hours on topics including:

  • Sleep
  • Child development
  • Support with behaviour
  • Toileting
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Keeping safe and healthy
  • Childhood illnesses and support with medical conditions at school
  • Emotional, mental health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Drugs and alcohol

There are three dedicated numbers which operate Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays):

Young people aged 11-19 can text 07312 263 096 
Parents or carers of children aged 0-5 can text 07312 263 423
Parents or carers of children and young people aged 5-19 can text 07312 263 499

When you send a text message you'll get an automated reply confirming your message has been received. A trained healthcare professional within the health visiting or school nursing teams will be in touch within 48 hours.

Find out more

New health programme supporting armed forces veterans 

A new ‘social prescribing’ programme, has been launched in Cornwall aimed at supporting our armed forces community with their mental and physical wellbeing. 

Two Armed Forces Community Social Prescribing Link Workers - both of whom have served in the armed forces themselves, have been recruited. Their job will be to help veterans and their families access help like medical care and mental health support, as well as support with housing, finances and employment. 

Research shows that ex-service personnel are more likely to present with complex healthcare needs in comparison with the UK general population and around 60% of military personnel with mental health issues do not seek help.  
Find out more

Sign up for e-billing and make managing council tax quick and easy

Need your council tax bill? No need to scrabble under the bed, rifle through the filing cabinet in the garage, or waste time trying to locate the right ‘pile’.

When you register for e-billing, you can access your council tax bill wherever and whenever you want. If you need it for proof of ID, you can log in and download it with just a few clicks, no matter where you are.

If you want to make a payment, see your balance or download your documents they’re all in one secure place online. And, you’re helping the environment by saving paper.

You can watch the video to see how to set up an online account or Go straight to our registration page if you're feeling confident. Or, if you've registered already, you can check your account here.

More on managing your council tax online
Childminders to get £600 golden hello

Leaving school or looking for a job, a new career or way to work from home while looking after your family?

Set yourself up as a childminder and you could get a £600 grant from the government to cover your start-up costs.

You don’t need qualifications to be a childminder but you will need to show you've got an interest in early years education and register with Ofsted.

Find out more

FREE healthier relationships courses for parents in Cornwall

Whether you're parenting together or separately, one of the best things you can do for your child is to improve the relationship between you as parents.

And no matter where you are in your parenting journey, you can learn to manage stress and communicate more effectively with one of our workshops, groups or courses.
The courses can be accessed online, entirely on your own, or through a group workshop at which you meet other parents and professionals face-to-face and include:
  • Me, You and Baby Too – a course for all new or expectant parents
  • Arguing Better – a course for parents with a child of any age
  • Getting it Right for Children – a course for separating or separated parents
Find out more

This New Year it’s time to get Healthy Cornwall

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to get active, lose weight, or quit smoking, Healthy Cornwall can help you make changes for a happier, healthier lifestyle.

From walking groups to kids’ activity clubs, not to mention our hugely successful weight loss football league, Healthy Cornwall has a whole host of free support sessions available across Cornwall, throughout January and beyond.  Find a group that's right for you by visiting the website at

And if meeting in person isn’t your thing, Healthy Cornwall still has plenty to offer, including online weight loss support programmes and their Smokefree text message service.  Just text SMOKEFREE to 82228 to receive regular support before, during and after your quit attempt.

Or why not join others in one of Healthy Cornwall’s Facebook groups, offering advice on healthy eatinggetting active and quitting smoking. Or you can get regular top tips direct to your inbox, by signing up to Healthy Cornwall’s regular emails.

Find out more

Could you be saving money on your childcare?

Families in Cornwall could be saving money on their childcare costs but some simply don’t know what support is out there.

The Childcare Choices website brings together all the existing childcare offers in one place so parents can get the help that fits their family, including:

  • tax-free childcare
  • 30 Hours childcare
  • Universal Credit childcare

You may be able to take up more than one childcare scheme at a time and more help is on the way:

  • some working parents with children aged 2 will be able to access up to 15 hours of childcare from April 2024
  • some working parents with children aged 9 to 23 months will be able to access up to 15 hours of childcare from September 2024 
  • some working parents with children aged 9 months to school age will be able to access up to 30 hours of childcare from September 2025

There will be more support for primary-school aged children coming too. 

Check what you're entitled to

New Library Service PINs

The Library Service are introducing PIN numbers to all library memberships from December 4.

You'll need a PIN to reserve books, use our public network computers or access our online app PressReader. 

On December 4, the Library Service will set all library card PIN numbers to the last four digits of the account number on your library card.

After this date, please log into your account on the Library Catalogue to reset your PIN to something more memorable to you.

If you need help, please come into one of our libraries and ask a member of staff to give you a hand.

Visit the Library Service website

Ready, Steady... Grow - bookings open!

Healthy Cornwall now have dates available to book onto their new, FREE Ready, Steady…Grow prenatal and postnatal health and wellbeing programme.

The sessions focus on the health and wellbeing of both baby and you, discussing a variety of health topics such as healthy nutrition and getting active, in a relaxed, informal and comfortable environment.

Sessions are now available to book in a variety of locations throughout Cornwall and online. Head to the Healthy Cornwall website now to book.

Keep an eye out for flyposting

There is no formal definition of flyposting, but it is generally taken to mean the display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner. 

Unauthorised flyposting on both public and private property is a criminal offence. It can result in fines being given out by the Magistrates Court, or a fixed penalty notice up to £80 being issued by Cornwall Council or the Police. 

Please advise local residents of this if you are approached for advice. Also, if you are aware of examples of flyposting and can identify the perpetrator, you can report this to Cornwall Council for investigation using these links:

We are aware of lots of people coming down with coughs and colds and feeling generally unwell.  Help stop the spread of germs by taking simple steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Use tissues to trap germs
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • Put used tissues in the bin as quickly as possible.

Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.
If you don’t feel well enough to go to work or carry out your normal activities, please try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. For more information visit People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (

Learn First Aid Gestures


Community Emergency Plan

The community emergency plan document can be found here

It was created in 2018 and distributed to all parish households - some details have changed but the general information is still relevant.

November 2020

Covid - 19 Directory amended pdf here

Launcells Parish Defibrillators

The first defibrillator is located at Launcells Parish Hall in Grimscott - EX23 9LS

The second is It is located at the Red Post Inn, by the post box - EX23 9NW.

As before, should you need access to this "self-guiding" piece of equipment, just phone 999 and follow the instructions on the cabinet. You will then be given the access code to open it. The machine then tells you how to use it.

We would hope to arrange another set of training for the use of a defibrillator, once we return to normal, but in the meanwhile, attached is the note that was in the Parish Magazine a while back.

What is a Defibrillator?

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