HELP for the elderly and vulnerable during COVID-19

To all Parishioners

If you are self-isolating, vulnerable, lonely, at risk, need vital shopping, or a prescription collected, there is just one number to call.

Callington Town Council
01579 384039

Leave a message stating your name, address and phone number with your requirements.

Your message will be picked up by one of our Town Council staff, who are working remotely.

Your call will be transferred to one of our Volunteer Group Organisers (Lions, Rotary, Battling-On, Churches Combined or Town Council Staff).

The Duty Organiser for that day will inform one of their volunteers of your message and you will be contacted by that volunteer.

All volunteers have been issued with ID cards and receipt books. This is to prove they are genuine and that you can trust them.

How you pay will be discussed between yourselves and the volunteer.

This help program is currently available between 9:00am and 2:00pm and run between Monday to Friday.  If requirements increase and the volunteers are available, we will endeavour to extend the hours.



Help for the vulnerable during COVID-19

During these unprecedented times the Town Council have taken the decision to have the April edition of the newsletter delivered door-to-door where possible, rather than having it available from various outlets, which are currently closed due to Covid-19. The newsletter will also be available on our website at

Attached to each newsletter will be information about helping those most vulnerable in our community, it reads:

‘For those vulnerable in our community that are alone, without any friends or family network, help may be at hand. The Town Council is co-ordinating offers of support from some of our local voluntary groups, to collect vital prescriptions and essential groceries to our residents.

Please don’t sit at home and worry, contact the Town Council and we will do our best to assist you during this time.

Telephone 01579 384039 and leave a CLEAR message with your name, contact details and address.

Alternatively email’

Stay safe.

April market CANCELLED

Following Government guidelines we have had to cancel the Town Market due to be held on Sunday 5th April. A decision about the May market on Sunday 3rd May will be made in mid April.

Town Council Office and Buildings CLOSED

The Town Council offices and Town Hall Complex are now closed to members of the public effective from Tuesday 24th March until further notice. These measures have been put in place to avoid the virus spreading and to protect our staff, Councillors and the community.

We feel that the best way to serve you in light of COVID-19 is to closely follow the guidelines set by the Government, Public Health England and health officials.

If you need to contact the Town Council, our phone lines are being monitored so please call 01579 384039, leave a CLEAR message and someone will get back to you.   We may not have all the answers at this time but we will do our best to put you in touch with the services you need.

We encourage everyone to remain indoors and keep safe!  If you have a Cornwall Council enquiry regarding, waste collections, Council Tax and Business Rates etc please call 0300 1234 100.

Let’s try and stay safe, help others where possible and follow Government guidance. The sooner we beat this virus, the sooner we can all get back to our normal lives.

Message from the Mayor and Portreeve, Mrs Suzan Tolman

‘Please be kind’

As guidelines for self-isolating and social distancing come into play, we have found that most, if not all, of the events planned in and around Callington over the next month or so have been postponed or cancelled. We understand and appreciate that precautions need to be taken to protect ourselves, but we also need to make sure that those who are vulnerable are not being forgotten.

We are currently finalising the April edition of the newsletter and are putting together some advice which may help you cope with the difficult times we are experiencing at the moment. There is a wealth of information online and on social media but we are very aware that there is a large proportion of our community that don’t have access to a computer or a tablet let alone the internet!

Please, please do not sit at home and worry; there are people out there in the community who want to help you. You can call the Town Council offices on 01579 384039 between 9.00am and 2.00pm and we will get help to you as best we can or pass your details on to one of the voluntary groups who can help you. There are some wonderful people in Callington who are ready and willing to help you with anything from getting your shopping, walking your dog to posting a letter or just having a chat.

We are entering a time that has not been seen before not only by our residents, but across the whole world. The next few months will be tough, especially for those who are already socially isolating, people with underlying medical conditions, the homeless, those facing reductions in household income and of course all of our local businesses.

We need to be responsible in our actions and encourage others to do the same. Most of all we need to be kind and considerate to others.

Can we also take this opportunity to give thanks and praise to those in our community who are still going to work to keep our lives as safe and normal as possible, such as care workers, lorry drivers, delivery couriers, supermarket teams, chemists, surgeries, volunteer groups and community staff along with our emergency services, NHS and government staff and agencies at all levels.

Please stay safe dear people

FREE Family Film Show – CANCELLED

In light of current Government guidelines with respect to the COVID-19 virus, we have cancelled the FREE Family Film Show due to be held on Saturday 21st March.

Community Day – POSTPONED

Following guidance on how to effectively control the spread of COVID-19 we have decided to make the decision to postpone Community Day on Saturday. To ensure that vulnerable members of our Community and our staff stay safe we feel that this is a sensible and responsible decision to make.

We will, of course, set another date later on in the future and will make this date public as soon as we can.

Callington Community Day

Are you looking for something to fill your spare time?  Are you bored of sitting at home, want to try something new?  Do you want to get involved in a Community activity?

then come along to Community Day on Saturday 14th March in the Town Hall 9.00am to 12 noon.

Come and see for yourself the huge variety of clubs, groups and organisations that Callington has to offer, from national organisations like the Lions Club, U3A and Rotary Clubs to smaller clubs like Callington Camera Club, Callington Community Arts and Callington Heritage Centre and many, many more!  Meet their representatives and find out more.

You will also be able to meet the Mayor and other Councillors to have a chat or raise a concern or issue that you may have within the Town.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

Callington Market – Sunday 1st March 2020

The March market will be held on Sunday 1st March from 10.00am until 2.00pm in the Town Hall. There is FREE parking in all the main car parks and refreshments will be available. Toilets, including disabled and baby changing facilities, are available within the Town Hall complex.

For more information please call 01579 384039 or email




With reference to the public notices published on 29th January 2020, in respect of three casual vacancies on this Town Council (two for Callington Ward and one for Kelly Bray Ward), Cornwall Council has confirmed that no requests were received asking that an election be held.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant of Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986, Callington Town Council has three vacancies arising by way of co-option.

1. Written applications to fill the vacancies (stating which ward) should be submitted to the Town Clerk at the address below by noon on Friday 20th March 2020 giving a short statement on why you want to become a Councillor together with a précis of your background and skills that you can offer the Council.
2. Candidates will be requested to attend a meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 24th March 2020 from 6pm in the Council Chambers, Town Hall to meet with members and discuss the application.
3. If more applications are received than vacancies to be filled, the Town Council will decide which of the applications is to fill the vacancies.
Mrs Helen Dowdall

Town Clerk & RFO
Callington Town Council
New Road
PL17 7BD
Date: – 27th February 2020

Qualification Categories

Regarding the arrangements for the filling of any vacancy where co-option applies, Town Council may co-opt as a member any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve, provided he or she satisfies at least one of the following qualification categories:-

(a) is registered as a local government elector for the parish;
(b) has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish;
(c) his/her principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish;
(d) had during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.

Further information

Cornwall Council – Be a Councillor
It takes All Sorts (NALC)

Contact the Town Clerk, Mrs Helen Dowdall on 01579 384039 or email who
would be happy to discuss this further and/or arrange a meeting with existing Councillors who can tell
you more about their role.

Come along to a meeting and see what goes on. Agendas with supporting documents are posted on the
Callington Town Council website 5 days before the meeting.