Meeting Minutes, Monday 6th July 2020

Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference 8.00pm Monday 6th July 2020 Item   Action Present Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair) &  Deputy Mayor William Collins, Cllr Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council), Julia Greig (All Saints Church) , Paul Elliott (Mz Chamber of Commerce), Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group),Rev Paul Benney (Methodist), Michelle […]

Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference

8.00pm Monday 6th July 2020

Item   Action
Present Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair) &  Deputy Mayor William Collins, Cllr Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council), Julia Greig (All Saints Church) , Paul Elliott (Mz Chamber of Commerce), Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group),Rev Paul Benney (Methodist), Michelle Carne ‘Home Group’  
Apologies Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery). Rainbow (Head Teacher Marazion School),  
Minutes Minutes of 29th June duly approved for publication on website.  
Matters arising Open High Street Fund was an agenda item was deferred until the next Town Council meeting. However it is unlikely Marazion will be able to benefit from the fund.

PE to check re mobile testing dates for Pz – not achieved. It seems the only way to find out where a test are being done is to book one. You are then directed to the nearest station which could be Plymouth.




PE to enquire with Director of Public Health Cornwall.

Town Council DL welcomed Michelle Carne of the Home Group to the meeting and explained what the Marazion Support Group was and how members represented various organisations within the town to work together in a joined-up way.

DL said the Folly Field toilets were ‘up and running’ and reopening the Square toilets were on the Agenda for the next Town Council meeting.

The play area was also on the agenda for the next Town Council meeting. The Government has said playgrounds can re-open, but there are strict conditionings governing this.

WC said that involved sanitising hands on entry and leaving, close parental supervision to ensure social distancing, Limited numbers, no eating or shouting, and special cleaning regime for the inside of play tunnels where the virus might remain active.

MC said she passed the playground in Hayle at the weekend and is was packed with adults & children.

DL said that he personally approved of the use of the town square by the Cutty Sark which belongs to the town trust. Not formally approved by the Town Council, but Gov’t view was to ease planning restrictions to assist businesses get back on their feet.

PE said he thought t was a great idea, and hoped it remained in place after covid as it gave the town a vibrant continental feel.








DL Toilets








DL Play Area

Chamber of Commerce PE said that businesses were on the whole operating again, with the notable exception of the Godolphin. DL said he had heard it will re-open later this week.

PE said it was not as busy in town as had been hyped up by the media and that Cornwall was not awash with tourists, although it was obviously much busier around town.

PE said he had checked with DL who had no objection to the suggestion that the Chamber of Commerce pay for ‘keep your distance’ signs around town. This was to demonstrate that the Chamber were aware of local concerns about social distancing from ‘infected tourists’ and investing in some measures to control that. Also the signs would serve as a reminder to locals to keep their distance. A design saying keep a dolphin apart’ was likely which got around the fact that the Government is prone to changing rules… is it 2m or 1m plus?

As shops open home deliveries and pop up stalls are reducing although Katies Cornish Hot Pots, Lafafa and Baker Toms still operate at the moment.

MzCSG Mk said he will be shopping this week for 3 or 4 people – the other ‘regulars’ now click and collect or have made their own arrangements.

Prescription delivery is still carried out by volunteers on Tuesday and Thursdays.

MS managed move is progressing well – cats will be returned to her, but dog is to be permanently rehouse with current ‘foster dog parents’

JH has a care package in place with helpers attending am and pm. JH is booked in for 2 weeks at a care facility to enable Mrs JH to have some respite.

Morrisons have donated more food which MK will collect.

School JR not present and no update provided.  
Surgery JB not present and no update provided.  
Churches PB said the Methodist Church would remain closed until August, but they are using the time to do maintenance and decorating. On-line services continue through the Lizard and Mounts Bay (LAMB) social media network.

JG said the first service was held at All Saints on Sunday. 15 attended and enjoyed meeting despite no singing and social distancing measures.

More services were scheduled on Sundays and Wednesdays.

The View magazine is ready for upload







PE to upload View.


Home Group MC thanked us for allowing her to attend and said she was impressed by the work of MzCSG. MC advised is a Community Outreach Worker for, Empowering Independence Countywide Outreach Service (Part of Homegroup). Michelle is covering the area from Lands End to Hayle. She has had some clients in Marazion.

As a Support Coordinator Michelle empowers independent living for people who have a physical health need or disability, learning or neurological issues and helps customers to access the support available to them.  Can offer support up to 6 months 

Advice, signposting, and support is given to help with things like housing, finances, debt, health issues, safeguarding etc. MC assesses people for support and organizes a support plan & coordinates the support based on a person cantered approach.

Currently not working in the Community face to face due to lock down. Support is currently offered over the phone or digitally – Looking at Home visits currently and how to carry out these safely with PPE etc.   ‘Drop In’s used to take place at St Johns Hall every Thursday 10 am-12 noon but due to CV19 the community can contact my self during this day/time for quick support, advice, guidance and signposting

There is also a Gateway advice Line that is available Mon –Fri 9 – 12 noon (excluding bank holidays) or can send in referrals to: 

MC e-Mail:

Drop In Thursdays 10.00 am – 12 noon please ring Michelle 07590779024 during these times, alternatively, ring 07710709527 or for Core Service up to 6 months support, Gateway advice line 9.00 am – 12 noon Mon – Fridays excluding Bank hols.

DL said MC was welcome to attend future meetings if she thought that would be beneficial and that we would probably be contacting her regarding some vulnerable people we have identified through the MzCSG.




















AOB GR said BB was home and looking much better.

WC said everything in town seemed to be going well and visitor numbers weren’t as big as expected.

PE asked about VJ Day celebrations – Originally when VE celebrations were cancelled due to lockdown it was hoped VJ could be celebrated more actively on 15th August.

DL said it was unlikely that VJ Day could be celebrated as hoped due to increased numbers of people in town bringing with it difficulty in social distancing.

PB suggested that Remembrance Sunday in November might be a better time to commemorate VE/VJ assuming there isn’t a 2nd spike.



  Next zoom meeting – 8.00pm Monday 13th July  
  These minutes were approved at the forum meeting on 13th July.