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  Blooming Hayle – Jubilee Edition, June 3rd

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Blooming Hayle 2011 was attended by thousands of people

Hayle in Bloom will be hosting the biggest party of the year on the King George V Memorial Walk in Hayle on Sunday, June 3rd. This year it will be combined with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations to bring you an even bigger festival than 2011.

There will be bands, choirs, dance events, lots of stalls, yummy food, water-based activities such as gig rowing and jet skiing, bird watching, historical guided walks, ice creams, fun for the children, parades and lots more!

And, why not bring your street party down to the Memorial Walk and let’s see if we can stretch from the greenhouses to the Black Road with them? Like last year, businesses, charities and organisations can, for a small fee, put up a stall and the road will be closed from 11am until 6pm. Set up is from 11am until 11:50am and the event will be opened at noon with a ribbon cutting, rousing chorus of God Save the Queen and the band leading the way along the Walk.

Come and bring friends and neighbours to enjoy the Memorial Walk - our “jewel in the crown”. Put the date in your diary and, if you want a stall or street party space, book early.

All enquiries to: bloominghayle@hayleinbloom.org.uk or contact Bob Mims on 01736-757910.

For the latest information go to www.hayleinbloom.org.uk

  Time Bank Skill Swap

A new skill swap scheme has launched in Hayle which lets people swap skills with each other such as gardening, baking and ironing. Known as a Time Bank, it launched in Hayle in the winter is looking for more people to join in.
Volunteer Cornwall, who run a similar scheme in St Austell, is hosting the Hayle Time Bank. Jude Thomas, the Volunteer Centre Manager explained how it works “Basically by being part of a Time Bank lets you do the things for other people that you are good at and enjoy and in return you can get help with what you dislike or are unable to do.”
The type of skills swapped on a Time Bank are those that you could reasonably expect a neighbour to do for you; such as basic DIY, gardening, baking, cooking, cleaning, shopping, ironing, sewing, card making, dog walking, car washing, computers, music lessons and many other possibilities.
Any exchange of skills is traded on how long it took, so an hour of dog walking earns an hour of gardening. Emily Hudson, who runs the St Austell Time Bank said “The advantage of the scheme is that you get exactly what you put in. You don’t have to do a direct swap of skills with the same person which is why we call it a bank. One week you might do something which takes 3 hours, so that’s 3 hours banked, which you can then spend at another time.”
Following the success of the Time Bank in St Austell, Volunteer Cornwall is now able to roll out the scheme to other towns which include Pool, Truro, Newquay, Liskeard and Bodmin after receiving support from the Big Lottery Fund and Volunteer England.
Hayle Time Bank is free to join, and a great way of receiving and giving help to others and it can help to nurture skills that are useful in the workplace. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Jude on 01209 217614 or email judyt@volunteercornwall.org.uk

  MS Therapy Centre
  Are you or do you know someone in your local community that would be able to fund raise or volunteer to support Cornwall’s only MS Therapy Centre.
We are looking for people in your community to form a Fundraising Group – it’s a great way to meet new friends, have fun and at the same time support a local charity.
There are all sorts of ways you can help - from holding coffee mornings, cake bakes, sponsored knits, fashion shows and dinner dances to organising more active walks, and runs, or simply distributing collection tins and posters in your local area or occasionally helping at our events.
If you could spare a few hours a month then we would love to hear from you. We will help you and your friends get started with a fund-raising action pack - full of ideas, tips and advice. You just need to bring enthusiasm, a few ideas and have somewhere to meet – the local pub, village hall, school or in someone’s home.
If you are interested, please call Sarah Snell, Community Fundraising Manager, on 01726 885530 or e-mail sarah@merlinproject.org.uk. Thank you.
Other ways you can get involved
We are also looking for new volunteers at the centre itself. If you are computer literate we need you. We have voluntary positions to help on a Thursday or Friday in our administration office, this would include reception duties, answering the phone and helping with thank you letters.
Please contact Holly Hambly, administration assistant, hollyhambly@merlinproject.org.uk
Are you green fingered? We are always looking for people who can help in our beautiful gardens.
Our Oxygen Department, which is the only one of its kind in Cornwall is looking for voluntary Chamber Operators, full training is given for this vital supporting role which will see individuals assisting people before, after and during their dive sessions as well as helping with maintaining patient records.
To volunteer in the Oxygen department or the gardens please contact HBO Manager, Brett Seaborne brettseaborne@merlinproject.org.uk
About the Charity
The Merlin MS Therapy Centre provides therapies and support for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions. It was opened in April 2009 following a seven year fundraising campaign, spearheaded by Dr Derek Murphy, a retired Medical Doctor, and his wife Eileen.
Cornwall has the highest incidence of MS in mainland Britain – the reason for this is as yet unknown, but there are more than 1000 people currently diagnosed in the county. Located in Hewas Water, near St. Austell, the centre sees on average 60-70 people a day.
The services provided include physiotherapy, exercise therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, complementary therapies, counseling and support for carers - all of which are offered at heavily subsidised rates for MS clients.
A new minibus, which was funded by a grant from the Duchy Health Charity, will enable more people, who may otherwise remain isolated and without the support they need, to be transported to the centre.
As s a means to generate income for the charity and to provide a community resource, the centre has treatment and conference room facilities for hire for health care professionals and other corporate bodies.
Unfortunately, as the charity receives no Government funding, it is reliant on the local community to fund the annual operational costs of £250,000. In 2011, the charity subsidized £80,000 worth of therapy services.
01726 885530
Bradbury House, Hewas Water, St Austell PL26 7JF
  Combating Damp in Old Buildings
  A damp building isn’t nice. As well as feeling unpleasant it allows molds and fungi to prosper, which can cause respiratory problems and affect asthma sufferers . Old buildings in particular tend to suffer from damp, as many are built of porous material such as cob or stone and rab, and will hold moisture within the structure of the walls.
Moisture arrives in a house in three ways. Either it comes in from outside through a failed render, from below when the drainage has been compromised, or it is generated by the inhabitants through cooking and washing and condensates on the walls. This last cause of damp is the most common out of the three in cob or stone houses, but is often mistaken for moisture coming in from outside.
Cob and stone both have a very high thermal mass. That is to say, they store heat like a radiator brick does, taking a long time to heat up and cool down. With energy getting ever more expensive, we tend to heat our houses in short bursts. The air within the house heats up, but if the walls have a high thermal mass, they tend to stay cooler. When this happens, the moisture in the air condensates on areas of the walls that are coldest. Paint peels, mould spores form. Nasty. Back when such houses were built, they would not have had the condensation problem for two main reasons; 1) The flow of air through the building would have been much greater due to draughts through less efficient windows and doors, and 2) because they would have used lime, which is breathable, allowing a degree of moisture to pass through the wall. Gypsum, which is the most commonly used finishing plaster, does not have this ability to such a degree. To my mind, Lime is the single best weapon we have in combating damp in such a situation. Leaving doors and windows ajar is an expensive option in the winter when the problem is at its worst.
As an external render, lime is generally much more suitable than cement when working with cob and stone walls. Cement is a hard and inflexible material, and is liable to crack over time if the walls experience any movement. It also lacks the breathability of lime, so when it does crack, moisture can enter and be trapped unnoticed within the wall, and may cause serious problems if left untreated. Lime will accommodate some movement in a building. It tends to form a number of small hairline cracks, which will self heal over time due to a chemical reaction within the material which allows calcium carbonate crystals to form and seal the crack.
In conclusion, if you live in an old house with damp problems, don’t start tanking the walls with an impermeable barrier - it just hides the problem for a while. Make sure your drainage and gutters are functioning as they should, and if you’re having work done, do consider using lime. Make sure you employ a reputable tradesman though - someone who is used to the quirks of the material.

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