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Deborah Hinton (nee Vivian) returned to Cornwall after many years of exile, living and working in London. She has been actively involved in the voluntary and the statutory sectors at national and local level for over 45 years, as a board member, trustee, director, employee and volunteer in organisations covering a wide range of issues  from special needs housing, through mental illness, death and bereavement, to  criminal justice and horticulture. Now she spends her time striding along the cliff tops, making ceramic mermaids and supporting Cornwall’s rich culture, its theatre and arts; she is a Board Member of the Royal Cornwall Museum and the ‘Visitor’ for the Henry Smith Foundation for Cornwall and South Devon.

1. Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Because it is my home, my family have been here since the 12th century, it is part of my identity and where I belong.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us? 

The unveiling of the portrait of my ancestor Sir Richard Hussey Vivian cleaned and re-hung at the top of the marble staircase at the Royal Cornwall Museum, from whence it had been unceremoniously removed some fifteen years previously. My crowning achievement.

3. What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Carn Brea – from the A30, the beating heart of Cornwall.

4. Care to share your favourite corner of hidden Cornwall?

St Winnow Churchyard, overlooking the Fowey Estuary, the family burial place and arguably the most beautiful churchyard setting in  Cornwall.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Inequality largely between rich incomers and an impoverished indigenous population.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

The  lack of low cost housing and decent jobs that leads to the mass exodus of the Cornish young people.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

The Community Foundation with its ‘bottom up’ approach provides seed corn finance at local level where it is most needed, it demonstrates how much can be done with very little.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

CCF can create real change at grass roots level and help to mitigate the worst effects of Universal Credit.

9. When you are out of Cornwall, what do you miss most?

 Cornwall itself, there is nowhere to compare with it.

10. What one word would you choose to sum up your Cornwall?

Unconquerable.

11. Your favourite Cornish place name?

Playing Place – derived from Plen an Gwari, uniquely, across Cornwall in medieval times there were thirty eight ‘Plen an Gwari’, open air theatres,   for theatrical and sporting events and for performing the Ordinalia.

12. Give us a Cornish Language word!

‘ Hiraeth’ – A yearning to return to that which no longer exists or never existed, it is untranslatable.

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Tim Smith was born and brought up in London but has lived in Cornwall since 1999.   He had a small accountancy practice in Launceston which he sold last year so that he could retire.   Now he plays tennis, gardens and does other voluntary work.   He is a Cornish convert.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Since I came to Polperro on holiday in 1954, I have loved everything that Cornwall has to offer; the beautiful coastal scenery, the ruggedness of Bodmin Moor, the market towns and the delightful villages.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

A wonderful holiday at Widemouth Bay in 1970: great surfing, hot Cornish pasties, an excess of scrumpy, all to the tune of In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry.

3. What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

The Camel estuary, one of the loveliest places in the whole world.

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

Tregardock beach, it is worth the climb down, try playing beach cricket at low tide.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Low incomes: Cornwall is the poorest county in England, we need better paid, less seasonal and more secure jobs.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

The infrastructure: we need better roads, better rail services and better broadband.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

Eddie George: he was passionate about the CCF and so was Vanessa.   I learnt from him how the CCF could make a difference.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

With deprivation, in the most deprived areas in our towns and villages.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

The peace and tranquillity.

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Magnificent

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Mevagissey

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Dydh da = Hello

 

 

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Nicky Marquis was born & grew up in Cornwall, went away for university and work but returned to live in 1999. She volunteered for CCF, & became a Trustee in 2014, bringing her HR expertise to help.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Born here, it’s deep in my soul.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

Going to Church Cove, Gunwalloe after school on summer afternoons when I was a little girl…& eating jam sandwiches.

3. What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Swooping down the A30 & crossing the Tamar.

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

The beech wood hidden in the valley below my house.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

The lack of affordable housing.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

The inequality

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

It really makes a difference

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

Getting funds to small voluntary groups – even relatively small amounts can achieve so much. The CCF team are so knowledgeable about matching funds to deserving projects.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

The fresh sea air

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Home

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Praze-an-Beeble

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Yeghes da – Cheers!

 

 

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James Williams was born at Tregullow, grew up in Cornwall, travelled the world for work… and came back with Sarah (who was captured from Devon). He became a Trustee of CCF in 2003 and was chairman for 7 years until 2014. He was Chairman of Falmouth University for eight years and he is a member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall. Every two years he leads the group that selects the winner of the Trelawny Plate to celebrate the Cornish person who embodies true ‘Cornishness’. He walks the coastal path with unruly spaniels, body boards wet suit free at Porthtowan, and farms the most delectable Red Ruby Cornish beef.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

It’s in the blood. Born here, brought up here…

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

Leaving Twickenham in April 1991 with 60,000 other Cornish in delirious silence when we had won the County Championship against all the odds

3. What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Crossing the Tamar going westwards (of course) on the A30

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

The Great Flat Lode behind Carn Brae, some of the finest mining architecture of all

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

As the Cornish economy increasingly prospers, too many people are being left behind especially in our towns

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

Ensure that our young people have the opportunity to learn great skills, and that employers bring in the well paid jobs to match those skills

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

The incredible resilience and the cheerfulness of our voluntary organisations up and down the county. CCF with its funding and advice helps solve problems from the bottom up, which works much better than someone issuing instructions from the top down

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

Recognising the problems and identifying the problem solvers at local level

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

The night sky free of light pollution on a frosty night

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Disarming

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Perranzabuloe or Goongumpas have impact, but Chacewater brings with it all sorts of mysterious associations and must be the favourite.

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Agon taze eze en neave (Our Father, which art in heaven)

 

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Kirsty Philpott, Grants Manager at the Cornwall Community Foundation for 11 year, born and bred in Cornwall. Kirsty enjoys all sports including running - as it’s the best way to see the Cornish countryside and helping on the family farm.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

It’s my home and that of my families, we are so lucky to live in a place of many different landscapes and traditions.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

I am not sure its treasured however seagulls and ice-creams come to mind, need I say more.

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

The countryside and new born lambs.

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

The family farm, the place I grew up, which has now been in the family for over a century.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Cornwall, like most counties, has many issues and working at the Foundation has opened my eyes to many of these. What currently alarms me  is the amount of families, mostly working, accessing support from the foodbanks.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

More support for our traditional industries, they make Cornwall what it is today.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

Local people, local projects, local money.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

The greatest thing about the Foundation is that it is so diverse and we can be both proactive and responsive to areas of need, meaning many issues can be supported.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

Home

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Unique

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Splatt

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Da bo na? meaning: alright or no?

 

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Oliver Baines, Chief Executive of the CCF - I came to Cornwall as an innocent in September 1981. Within a month it had captured me. With all its different facets, its cantankerousness and generosity, the Cornish love of life and celebration, and our amazing natural diversity - it all created an irresistible attraction for me. While its traditional industries were, and still are, in a parlous state, its people have remained resilient, tough, self-reliant and proud. How could you not fall for such an extraordinary place?

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Because I love its sheer diversity, of people, landscapes, wildlife, lifestyles. Because living in Cornwall is all about being passionate.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

My first visit to Botallack, in the autumn of 1981, with blue skies and raging seas crashing into the rocks below the Crown mines. That was the moment that I fell in love with Cornwall.

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Our viaduct (we call it the Brunel viaduct though it’s not) across the water meadow by the Fal next to our house. Thirty years after I first saw it, it still takes my breath away.

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

The secret sandy beach at Hemick on the south coast, only approachable through a tunnel at low tide. Perfect.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

The housing crisis, the result of shocking inequality.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

I’d like it to be much, much more self-sufficient.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

It’s a fabulous organisation. It presses all the right buttons about local giving, making small grants to create real difference, covering every inch of Cornwall. It treasures the things that really matter – social and community life, volunteer activity, love of place and people.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

These are troubled times. The CCF can reinforce the social safety net that supports our precious communities.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

Obviously, Mary's pasties.

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Heart-warming.

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Oh dear. Splattenridden, Lanteglos, Hantergantick, Nancegollan, Ardevora Veor... there are hundreds of wonderful names!

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Dydh da!

 

 

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Lady Mary Holborow DCVO was Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall for 17 years and the first Chairman of the Foundation. Lady Mary is very involved with the CCF as Vice President and is a dedicated volunteer of the Friends Committee.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Nowhere quite like Cornwall – stunning coastline, welcoming and friendly people (even when I was new to Cornwall fifty years back) and independence of spirit

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

The opening of Eden in 2001 was a very special moment.  I was Lord Lieutenant at the time and had been involved throughout the long planning and building process

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Tin mines at Chapel Porth

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

The Ladock Holy Well

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Poverty

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

More employment opportunities for young people growing up in Cornwall, encouraging them to stay in the county

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

I was one of the founding members of the CCF – it was the opportunity to help so many small and deserving charities that appealed

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

With disadvantaged young people., struggling to get a foot on the ladder

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

Cornwall’s lovely gardens – and of course my dog

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Precious

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Ladock of course

 

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Evelyn Boscawen of Tregothnan, is the Chairman of the CCF and established Tregothnan Foundation, a fund administered by the CCF.  Tregothnan has been a working estate since 1334, and has plans for the next 700 years…

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

I love it, it is a beautiful part of the world, it is authentic, whilst evolving

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

The Royal Cornwall Show

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Welcome to Cornwall sign at the Tamar

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

Asparagus Island

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Rural transport

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

Aside from transport, I would like to see more affordable housing

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

To create activity, especially social

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

In creating self-belief

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

Home

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Exciting

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

a) Lands End!  Self-explanatory and dramatic

b) Indian Queens

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

'Verow Trelawny bras?                  (And shall Trelawny live?)

'Verow Trelawny bras?                  (Or shall Trelawny die)

Mes ugens mil a dus Kernow       (Here's twenty thousand Cornish men)

A wodhvydh oll an kas.                  (Will know the reason why!)

 

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Caroline Dudley, OBE, an archaeologist and formerly Director of the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, has been a volunteer at CCF HQ for the past three years. Caroline’s experience is invaluable in helping the CCF’s grants team in administering grant schemes.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

Cornwall is where I was born and brought up, and I am proud to come from a long line of Cornish men and women, most of them with connections to the mining industry.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

Long summer days on the beach at St. Agnes with our family almost every day in the school holidays, unless it was actually raining!  Picnic lunches with homemade pasties, Corona pop and Neapolitan ice cream between two wafers.

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

I love the Cornish coast, from the cliffs at Hell's Mouth to the bay at St. Ives, the incomparable river estuaries of the Fal, the Camel, the Helford and Fowey, Marazion, Lamorna Cove – I could go on!

4. Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

Chapel Porth, my mother's favourite cove.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Replacing the investment which may be lost after we leave the EU.  Cornwall still needs major improvements in infrastructure if it is to redress the inequality in the county with the rest of the UK.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

Cornwall has made such enormous strides since I was a child, and I want to see all the good things that have happened continue to develop.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

I wanted to use my experience to contribute something to Cornwall when I retired, and as I have had experience in administering grant schemes the CCF seemed like an excellent fit.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

I think the CCF does a marvellous job in directing funds to those mainly small organisations all over Cornwall who do such an invaluable job in supporting the disadvantaged in our communities.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

The landscape, the light, the soft air and the historic towns and villages.

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Home

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Skinner's Bottom

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Niwl - means mist

 

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Ann Higham, second home owner in Fowey for 17 years, is an active supporter of the CCF Cornwall Club and the Second Home Owners Scheme.
 

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

It's where our family is happiest. For me Cornwall has a strong sense of place.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

Remembering  our children out exploring the nearby woods by themselves, experiencing that freedom and excitement.

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Catching the first mackerel of the Year, the smell of wild garlic then inventing new ways to cook them.

4.Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

Bedruthan steps and lost up the river Fowey on a high tide are both mystical places to me.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

Low awareness that pockets of Cornwall have very severe poverty levels and the lack of diverse career opportunities for the young to create long and meaningful livelihoods.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

I would change people's current perception of Cornwall as a county of tourism, Poldark and Doc Martin. There's a thriving university, a world class food industry, high speed internet for technology and creative industries and a great renewable energy sector, to name a few. But many more are needed.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

The Cornish community has done so much to make us feel welcome over the 17 years. After arriving as an outsider I had the preconception that I was going to be treated as such.  Whether it be at the pub quiz or participating in the carnival, locals are so welcoming; I felt that it was time that I contributed and gave back.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

At the grassroots level, I am always impressed by the way that the CCF grants impact directly and positively on people's lives, providing that crucial helping hand.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

The air, the light, the walks and the people.

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Magic

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Zennor

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Chacking, hope I'm right and this means thirsty!
 

 

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Mark Mitchell, Chairman of Cornwall Glass Ltd and Vice Chair of the CCF, was born and has lived in Truro most of his life. Mark worked from the age of 18 in the family business that now employs over 200 people at 16 sites across the South West of England. Cornwall Glass established their named fund in 2009 and since then the Cornwall Glass Fund has invested a total of over £50,000 in community projects across Cornwall.

1.Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

It’s my home, I’m a born and bred Cornishman and I lived here for all of my 46years! I love the pace of life and the wonderful, genuine characters in our community.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us…

It was being able to walk all my four children to the same local primary school, at the same time. I gave me such a sense of belonging with a hint of nostalgia…it was the school I attended as a boy too.

3.What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

An easy one to answer; Perranporth Beach from Liskey Hill when the tide is out, walking along the wonderful stretch of sand, then heading off for some cakey tea.

4.Care to share your hidden corner of Cornwall?

If I’m allowed I’d like to share the Isles of Scilly – the scenery, the unique light and the tranquillity.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

For me it’s affordable housing and the proliferation of second homes as well as the importance of allowing our children to be educated in their first choice local  school, especially at primary level.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

It’s a bit cheesy but even on a grey day if you look through those clouds the sun shines brightly.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

We have a successful family business, providing for 250 families in the South West and we wanted to make a tangible difference by establishing a charitable fund for the wider benefit of our local community.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

The reach of the Foundation is far and wide within our wonderful county. The team have unrivalled local knowledge, matching much needed funds to both deserving and make a difference causes.

9. When you are out of Cornwall what do you miss most?

Apart from my own bed, the view of Truro Cathedral.

10. What one word would you use to sum up Cornwall?

Memorable

11.Your favourite Cornish Place name?

Port Wrinkle

12. Give us a Cornish language word!

Lowen teylu – Happy family. I’m hoping you’ll let me have it as one word!

 

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Jane Hartley, High Sheriff of Cornwall, has lived in Cornwall for over 25 years with her family, where she has set up a holiday business.  Jane, Vice Chair of the CCF, is an enthusiastic Cornish philanthropist.  Her family charitable trust - the Albert Van den Bergh Charitable Trust - has established a named fund with the CCF.
 

1. Why are you passionate about Cornwall?

I love Cornwall for its countryside, beaches and people. There is something about living in Cornwall that you feel free and you can be yourself at whatever tasks you set yourself. Following a hard day's work the beach and the beautiful countryside is so accessible for a quick run with the dogs.

2. Share a treasured memory about Cornwall with us

I moved to Cornwall 27 years ago and my parents-in-law very kindly gave a drinks party to celebrate Rob and my engagement. Someone very kindly said to me I would never be accepted by the Cornish, I would need to live here for at least 40 years. Only in Cornwall would a comment like that be said! I feel 27 years on having been asked to be High Sheriff of Cornwall I have been accepted. That is the joy of Cornwall, there are no rules.

3. What Cornish sight makes your heart sing?

Easy. Running  out to the cliffs between Holywell Bay and Polly Joke looking over towards Trevose head. The views up the coast are spectacular, but in May/June are unbelievable, with the sea pinks and wild blue orchids bursting out all over.

4. Care to share your favourite corner of hidden Cornwall?

Holywell Bay. It is such a special beach, no sign of civilisation can be seen from any direction. Sunset over Gull Rocks; the best.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue in Cornwall?

It makes me sad to think that we live in this beautiful county and it is still the poorest. While I enjoy the beauty so many people are struggling to survive.

6. What would you change about Cornwall if you could?

Very little. I would like this supposed EU funding to directly benefit the lives of the  many people in Cornwall who really need it. I would also like the Cornish to have a more upbeat approach to life, on a sunny day they  can't resist but to say 'oh it will be raining tomorrow'.

7. What inspired you to support the CCF?

I wanted to give back to the county that I love.

8. Where do you think the CCF can help the most in Cornwall?

I think they are doing an excellent job at trying to improve the quality of life of people and communities  in Cornwall. If we were able to get more philanthropists interested in supporting CCF we could make a much more significant difference. There are gaps, area we are unable to support. With more support CCF could make a larger impact on the community we live in.

9. When you are out of Cornwall, what do you miss most?

The freedom to run walk and swim out in the countryside.

10. What one word would you choose to sum up your Cornwall?

Free

11. Your favourite Cornish place name?  

Come-to-Good

12. Give us a Cornish Language word!

Towan - means sand dune