Heritage Crime – Devon and Cornwall Police, Rural Affairs: September 2020

What is it?
Heritage crime is any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings. Heritage assets are sites which are considered to have value to the heritage of England, are important to our history and give a social and economic benefit to our communities.

What do you need to do?
Reduce heritage crime with simple crime prevention measures. Land owners, rural businesses and members of the public should be vigilant reporting any suspicious activity to the police noting vehicle details and descriptions.

How can you prevent this?
• Identify the heritage assets in your area, be vigilant and aware of the threat owners and managers of heritage assets should assess risk using the
Historic England heritage asset risk assessment tool
• Raise awareness and extend sense of community ownership
• Carry out appropriate prevention with good management and measures such as restricting access, tactical planting, CCTV and lighting.
• Heritage asset owners and managers should liaise with the Devon & Cornwall Police Rural Affairs Team

Be proactive:
Anyone able to offer information relating to heritage crime is asked to email 101@dc.police.uk, call 101 or Call crimestoppers anonymously 0800 783 0137.

Join Devon & Cornwall Alert, Watch schemes and local social media groups so that you can find out what is happening in your area.

The Devon and Cornwall police rural affairs team have produced a calendar which highlights rural issues throughout the year to focus problem solving activity for police, partners and public with key messages and prevention activity.


The Chacewater and Devoran Surgeries would like to inform patients that they will be providing a Flu vaccination service but have yet to confirm all of the details of how and when these will happen.

Once they have finalised their plans they will be notifying patients.

Please keep checking our website for further details.

United Downs Deep Geothermal Power – PROJECT UPDATE

UDDGP Final Testing Phase – Week Ending Friday 7th August.
It has been a very busy June, July and start to August at the UDDGP site despite the difficulties of managing social distancing and COVID related delays. This culminated in around 9 days of testing in order to better understand the geology and temperature of the deep well.

We would like to reiterate our appreciation and thanks to the local communities who have supported us throughout. We are disappointed that we cannot have public Drop-In sessions for you to see what is going on and talk to the team, we hope this update will answer some of the questions you may have.

The recent announcement regarding the governments “Getting Building” initiative, which the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP announced on 4th August has raised some question about the UDDGP project and its objectives. The aim of the UDDGP project has always been to prove that geothermal power can be produced in Cornwall and this is still our
primary focus, however, GEL is more than happy to undertake a trial of lithium extraction technology at the United Downs site using the geothermal brine. This is a great opportunity for Cornwall to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research, leading the way not only in the UK but Europe. This trial will not happen for some time as expert consultation
and planning will be needed. This news has travelled fast and we are pleased that our project will be featured on BBC Countryfile. More details will be posted on our social media.

Geothermal Testing Results
During the first stage of our final testing phase we successfully retrieved a number of good quality core samples from between 4 and 5km depths in the production well, which have now been sent away for analysis. This was part of a suit of geology tests, all of which will give the team vital information about the Porthtowan Fault zone and the geothermal
reservoir in general. We were also able to measure the temperature in the deep well, which was 188C, more than sufficient to produce electricity, which is the purpose of the ERDF and Cornwall Council funding. GEL collected a lot of data as well as sending brine (geothermal fluid) and the core samples away for analysis. Many people have asked for these results via our social media, but it is going to take some time to properly analyse the results in a number of laboratories.

Geothermal testing next steps
There will be a second short phase of testing around mid-September (COVID permitting). This will focus on flow testing the deep well (water production and water injection). We will issue another project update in a couple of week’s time with more details.

GEL Website
We have been working hard in the background creating a new website for GEL that includes information about our geothermal projects instead of having separate ones. We are just making the final finishing touches and it will be launched as soon as possible. The launch will be announced on our social media (details below).

If you have any questions regarding the above information, do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you
Dr Ryan Law
Managing Director
Geothermal Engineering Ltd

A warm welcome to our new Parish Councillor

Cllr. James Beer

James was born in Truro and attended Bosvigo Primary followed by Truro School. He left Cornwall for further education and, after obtaining a degree and teaching qualification, spent his working career as a teacher in Hertfordshire.

James retired in 2010 and returned ‘home’ in 2014 with his wife and they bought a property in Pink Moors. They are both practising members of the 8 Saints Cluster, worshipping at St Pauls Church, Chacewater, and are members of the ‘Open the Book’ team.

James is the dedicated co-ordinator of the St Day speedwatch initiative and a co-opted governor at St Day and Carharrack School. He is a keen vegetable gardener and enjoys reading crime fiction. James also watches live and televised sport, particularly rugby, which he played for many years.

James has excellent communication skills and will represent local views and opinions, together with building strong relationships with local people to encourage them to engage with the parish council.

We look forward to James’ participation in the parish council, in bringing about change, whilst maintaining the distinctiveness of the village and surrounding area – making a positive and useful contribution to the further improvements in the village, its environment, facilities and for the residents.

St Day Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor

If you would like to put something back into St Day and wish to be considered for the above position, please apply in writing to:

Sarah Moore (Clerk to St Day Parish Council)

Chytek, Mount Carbis Road, Redruth, TR15 2LD  – or by email to stdaypc@gmail.com

Please include a short CV and statement, with your application.

Applications should be received by Thursday 16th July, 2020 to be considered by the Parish Council thereafter.

You don’t need to give up lots of time, just be prepared to get involved in your local community. The Parish Council generally only meet once each month – on the second Monday evening – with no meeting in August.

If you require further information please contact the Clerk on 07826 856262 or at stdaypc@gmail.com


We are pleased to announce that we will be reopening Devoran Surgery from 08:30 – 13:00 Monday – Friday with effect from Monday, 13 th July

The surgery will be open for prescription collections and for pre-booked appointments only.

To minimise footfall in the surgery please still phone the normal number 01872 562200 for enquiries, test results or to book an appointment. Please do not try and call into the surgery as we will be unable to help you with these requests.

All patients who previously collected their medication from Devoran will now be able to do so for any orders placed after 4.30pm Thursday, 9th July.


Saturday 29th August CLOSED

Sunday 30th August CLOSED

Monday 31st August CLOSED

In a medical emergency, please dial 999

If you require any medical advice please telephone 111 (NHS 111) and you will speak to the National Out of Hours service