The Project List
We’re not just a promoter of great events, we’ve got our fingers in all sorts of pies! We love anything to do with bringing people together and making our community a better place. See the list of our projects below – some are ACTIVE (happening now!), some are IN PLANNING (we’re working it out) and some are just seeds of IDEAS. If anything you read on here inspires you and you want to help us make it happen in some way, just get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Please note: this list was updated in Winter 2018 - join our mailing list to keep up to date with the progress, latest news and events.
The Old Library
Bodmin’s Library was built for the community of Bodmin, and our plans will ensure that it stays open for the community to enjoy. We’re now based inside the Old Library, and our fantastic community team of volunteers are doing a great job of doing up the place to get it open in time for our programme of events. A series of taster events are happening in the Old Library the run up to its official opening - Find out more here!
We’re on the brink of signing a 10-year lease, and the future is looking bright. Our fundraising campaign The Next Chapter has been launched, which will enable us in the long run to buy the Old Library and keep it for Bodmin’s community. For more details about what we’re doing visit The Old Library pages and sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.
The St Petroc’s Sessions
Our established St Petroc’s Sessions are church concerts with a twist! We have seen some sell out events and real show stopping performances, from the likes of Fairport Convention, This is the Kit, and most recently, The Cuban Brothers. The events are a unique opportunity to get up and dance, have a drink (or two!) at our pop-up bar, and enjoy the festival atmosphere in Bodmin’s unique and beautiful 15th Century church. Keep an eye out for announcements on our events page, here.
We have a varied and exciting programme of performances planned for 2019, in The Old Library and in other venues across Bodmin and beyond. You can see the listings on our events page or find out more about our large-scale productions with Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre, below. If you’d be interested in volunteering at any of our events we’re on the lookout for stewards and other events volunteers – get in touch or register your interest in our other volunteering roles here.
Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre Collaboration
Following our success in working with local theatre maker Ben Kernow and his company Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre to co-produce 'A Dickensian Christmas' in 2018, we're co-producing another exciting show for winter of 2019: 'The Ballad of Cassidy McTavish'. It will be performed at the Old Library and will also tour to local village halls and community centres on dates in November and December. You can follow them @hahumahtheatre on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, or visit their website at hahumahtheatre.co.uk
Words in Woods
Working with KEAP, Story Republic, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival and Cardinham Woods, we will create a one-day festival of storytelling, poetry, music and spoken word in the magical surroundings of the Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. There will be activities, performances and workshops in the garden at Woods Café, and with an emphasis on attracting families, the event will be accessible, fun and creative. A series of workshops will happen beforehand in the Old Library and will feed into events in the festival, which will take place on Sunday 28th April 2019.
The Bodmin Barrow
We’ve received a grant of £400 from Cornwall Glass Fund to build a market barrow on wheels. We’ll lend it out to enable anyone who wants to start their own business (but who needs a bit of a leg-up) to get their foot in the door. We intend to lend the barrow, along with a pedlar’s licence and insurance, to local people to help their business grow. The funding is secure, and now we’re looking for skilled folk to build it. Get in touch if you think you can help.
Bodmin Community Christmas at The Old Library
We see The Old Library as a hub for the community, and we’d like to welcome anyone in the community who’d like to spend Christmas day here with us, to come along and enjoy a jolly lovely day. We’ll be appealing to local suppliers to donate all the trimmings for a festive waifs and strays Christmas in 2019. If you think you can help either on the day or in the planning stages, please get in touch.
PROJECTS IN PLANNING:
These projects have had some thought put into them and we’ve started conversations with partners and funders about the possibility of making them happen.
A large immersive, imaginative play-space for early years. Mini play shops and services, dress up, for ages 18months – 6 years old, to come and be imaginative. This will include a programme of children’s theatre and workshops. Hoping to open in Summer 2019.
Bodmin CAN (Community Action Network)
Bodmin CAN is a community initiative that brings together local individuals and organisations who are interested in working together to address a variety of community needs. Bodmin CAN will look to improve the wellbeing of people in the town, as well as the physical landscape (i.e. tree planting) and the overall prosperity of those who live in the area. The initiative will engage with projects already in the pipeline, as well as being the catalyst for new projects.
Made in Bodmin
Creative skills and business training for unemployed and inactive people in Bodmin. April 2019-March 2020
With the Made in Bodmin project, we will engage thirty people who are either unemployed or inactive in some of the most deprived areas and offer them the opportunity to learn three creative skills, which will lead to the creation of a portfolio of sellable products. These will then be offered for sale in the Made in Bodmin pop-up shop. Alongside the creative skills workshops, a package of business support and advice will be given teaching them about the route to becoming self-employed; setting up businesses or creating social enterprises with each other.
The Bodmin Animation Project 2019
In November 2018, we completed a project built around the tradition of community engagement surrounding the switching on of the Christmas Lights. Working with The Colour Project, local animation expert Amanda Lorens and local schools in and around Bodmin, we created an animated ﬁlm which was screened using state of the art video mapping onto the clock tower at the bottom of Fore Street. Local musician Emma Mansﬁeld also recorded a unique piece of community choral work to accompany this ﬁlm, and Truro City of Lightsran some free community lantern making workshops in The Old Library in the build up to the event. The display was a great success, and plans to produce another display for 2019 are in the pipeline.
Bodmin in Motion ﬁlm festival
May 2018 saw the inaugural Bodmin in Motion ﬁlm festival, where three theatre productions were screened in unusual spaces - The railway Children at the Steam Railway, Hamlet in St Lawrence’s Church and The Passion in St Petroc’s Church. We’re in talks with Brett Harvey, ‘Brown Willy’ filmmaker, about holding a 48-hour film challenge at The Old Library. We’re looking for a sponsor or a fundraising team to help raise a prize fund to get this exciting project rolling. Get in touch if you think you can help, or visit our volunteering page to find out more about joining our volunteer team.
The Feast of Bodmin Food Festival
We’ve got smaller events taking place as part of our Feast of Bodmin events, like our pop-up supper clubs, and unique foodie experiences, (such as the time Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall took over a steam powered dining train at Bodmin Railway in September 2018!) But the big news is that we’re planning to create a food festival in Bodmin. We’d like to use Denison Road Carpark, as the most central ﬂat space in the town. There will be marquees with demonstrations and workshops, Cornish food concessions and big long tables to eat at. The emphasis of the event will be on healthy eating, making your own food and shared dining. We’re looking at a September date to ﬁll the gap where Truro food festival is not happening. Talks are being had with some of the big agri-food companies about supporting this, and we’re looking for volunteers to form a small committee – especially people with events planning and catering experience - to help us take this project to the next level.
Bodmin’s Brilliant Business School
We’ve had several conversations with Bodmin College and Falmouth Uni, business studies teachers, employment organisations and NatWest’s community banker about up-skilling and inspiring Bodmin’s budding entrepreneurs to realise their ideas. Working with all ages from 14-up, we want to ﬁnd ways that we can help people in business and work. We think it’s as important to know that you can make a living at home as a designer as it is to start crimping pasties and work through to a company director. It’s about raising aspirations. Once we have signed the lease on The Old Library, we might trial some ideas around drop-in workshops to start pointing people in the right direction. We’re looking at a package of activities, and a collection of ideas around supporting individuals to set up their own businesses in Bodmin.
We’re currently applying for funding to pilot a project in 2019-20. The hot desks upstairs in the Library is part of this project… Watch this space!
The Burgage Plots
Up behind Fore Street there is a sizable area of woodland. It surrounds the top part of Mount Folly Car Park. It’s full of wild garlic, quite a lot of rubbish and sycamore trees. This land used to be medieval burgage plots. They were strips connected to the shops where traders would tan their leather, make their baskets, keep livestock and grow vegetables. Most of it is owned by Cornwall Council, some by a developer and some it’s unclear who owns. We want to restore and repurpose some of this area and have been talking to Heritage Lottery Fund about getting the money to do so. The project will include some archaeology and displays about the history; there will be a medieval herb community garden; a forest school; an adventure playground and a willow plantation that we can coppice to make things with. We could use a small group or sub committee who would be passionate about taking this forward, especially funding and conservation people to take this to the next stage. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in helping out with, get in touch.
A public access fridge, outdoors, that shops and cafes can leave left-over food in at the end of the day and those who need food can come and take it. Check out the community fridge in Frome to see where we got our inspiration from.
To get this project in motion we’re looking for a volunteer to speak to cafes and supermarkets to coordinate donations. Please get in touch if you can help!
These come in thick and fast. We’ve had at least one conversation with someone about each of them.
Cup Half Full Cafe
There is an issue of anti-social behaviour in Bodmin and a high level of young offenders. Something we talk a lot about is inspiration and aspiration. There is a distinct lack of both in the town. So, in discussions with a friend at the Youth Offending Service, we’ve got an idea to raise aspiration, up-skill some young people and hopefully address some anti-social behaviour issues. The Cup Half Full Cafe will be a coffee shop that trains young offenders to be baristas. We want to work with a prominent coffee company to do the training and may even be able to offer a basic food hygiene certiﬁcate too. The coffee shop will be designed and decorated by those that work there and there will be an emphasis on creativity and upcycling. Think grafﬁti wall and pallet furniture. We’re currently exploring suitable and affordable premises, possible funding and partners.
Light Up the Beacon
It’s such an iconic monument, seen from miles around. People are always asking why it’s not lit up, so we are exploring the feasibility and cost of installing some anti-vandal, solar-powered spot lights. Murals Bodmin needs murals. There are plenty of canvases. We think we need some large-scale work, maybe by an international artist; some community murals either painted by the community or designed by them and painted by and artist; and we think there needs to be a grafﬁti wall - maybe the alley next to Iceland - where young people are given a weekend workshop on how to design and paint murals with spray cans and given that wall to work on. We’ll paint over it every six months, so they can start again. We’re hoping to make this happen in Christmas 2019 as part of an expanded Lights Up Bodmin event.
Large Scale Community Theatre Project
Someone told us about a Director in Brazil who had worked with two favelas in Rio to stage Romeo and Juliet. The Montague’s came from one and the Capulets from another. We’d like to do something similar in Bodmin, with the two large estates. It will be a big community production. Maybe Autumn 2019 or Spring 2020…
The Intrepid Explorers Festival
A multi venue festival exploring ideas, concepts, music, theatre and the natural environment to take place around Bodmin.
This Projects list was updated in Winter of 2018 - join our mailing list to keep up to date with our current projects, events and news!