Christmas Lunch 2019 Success

Festive cheer filled the Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge for a special Christmas meal for those who would have otherwise been on their own or unable to cook a meal.

The cheerful celebration organised by Concern Wadebridge took place on Sunday 22nd December and saw over 80 people attend from the Wadebridge area and many other meals delivered to peoples houses who were unable to attend.

A wonderful team of volunteers helped to prepare food, provided transport, waitressed and provided entertainment and most importantly did the dishes!

Everyone who attended was also given a Christmas present which were all kindly donated by Rachel and her team at Wadebridge Slimming World.

Concern Wadebridge manager Andy Lyle said: “It really was a delightful event. Everyone was laughing and chatting away, there was a lovely, happy atmosphere.

“We are really honoured to be able to provide a Christmas meal for those who might not have been able to cook for themselves or who would have been on their own. I cannot thank the volunteers enough for helping to make it happen especially my wife Bev who cooked the main meal.

A huge thank you to all the local businesses and suppliers who either provided cash donation or food to help us provide the meal and entrainment including: Williams Dairy & Butchers, Rhoddas Creamery, Chadds, Paul Ainsworth’s Mariners at Rock, Cough Bakery, Bridge Bistro, Tesco, Total Produce, Slimming World, The Rotary Club of Wadebridge, David Bray, Sproull Solicitors, Sharp’s Brewery and Callestick Farm.”

The centre also hosted a Christmas raffle which has helped to raise nearly £250 which will be used to help those in need in our local community – thank you to everyone who donated prizes including Bricknells, Malcolm Barnecutts, Millers Countrywide, Cole, Ray and White, Carraways, Total Produce and volunteers and our members.

Concern Wadebridge would also like to thank Wadebridge Social Club, Port Isaac Rowing Club, The Swan Wadebridge, Maltsters Arms and Dollies Tea Rooms who have all recognised the charity with generous donations throughout the year.


Coasters For All

On Wednesday (3rd April) there was a lovely, sociable Coasters For All ride from Concern Wadebridge along the Camel Trail up past Bodmin.

Phil Keymer from Wadebridge Coasters Cycling Club said: “The weather was a little unfriendly so it was a more experienced group – hence the extra distance. Had some fun mending a puncture, then back via the Camel Trail Tea Gardens.
“We’re planning to hire some eBikes! If you’d like to come along (or know someone who would) please get in touch, especially you’d like us to provide a bike.”
Next Coasters For All ride will be on 1st May (1st Wednesday of each month).




Donation in memory of Wadebridge Mother

THANKS to a generous donation in memory of a local mother Concern Wadebridge has been able to purchase a multimedia screen. 

The new technology will help groups and individuals that attend a variety of groups and activities at The John Betjeman Centre. 

The money was raised by Dave Pearce and his sister Trudie McShane who held a prize bingo at Wadebridge Social Club in memory of their mother Hilda Pearce and raised £1130.00. 

Dave said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the bingo, gave raffle prizes and helped us raise such a great amount.  

We are really pleased to have been able to donate the money to cause in Wadebridge so that the money stays in the town to help local people.” 

Concern Wadebridge manager Andy Lyle said: “We are really grateful to Dave and Trudie for the donation. We have had several requests for a multimedia screen in the St Enodoc room so we are delighted to be able to provide one. 

It will be used for everything from watching films to going on the internet and is a great asset to the centre.” 

Concern Wadebridge is an independent charity – if you would like to help raise funds or make a donation to help us make a difference to the local community please contact Andy on Emma on 01208 812392. 

Concern Wadebridge Manager Andy Lyle with Trudie McShane and Dave Pearce standing by the multimedia screen that was bought with their generous donation in memory of their mother Hilda Pearce.  



Cash Boost from Co-op Local Community Fund

Concern Wadebridge is celebrating after it received £3,666 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. 

The money will be used by the charity, based at The John Betjeman Centre, for its Food For Thought project. 

Concern Wadebridge manager Andy Lyle said: “We are delighted that the Wadebridge Co-op customers choose to support our project via the Co-op Local Community Fund and helped to raise such a fantastic amount. “The donation will be used to buy new specialist furnishings for the Community Café and support the ongoing development of the new facility.  

The support will continue to help us make a difference to local people through our work at The Betjeman Centre.” 

The money was raised thanks to Co-op customers using their blue membership cards. 

The supermarket give 1% of what members spend on Co-op branded food products in its stores and selected services, as well as money raised from sales of carrier bags and Co-op scratch cards in our stores, to local projects – from improving community spaces or helping school leavers learn life skills, to simply connecting people. 

Wadebridge Co-op raised £10,789 in total with £3,666 going to Concern Wadebridge, £3,552 to St Mabyn Scouts and £3,571 to Wadebridge Girlguiding. 

Wadebridge Co-op Manager Paul Bowden said: “We are very grateful to our local customers who have helped to raise such an amazing sum for the three local charities. The next three charities are yet to be confirmed.” 

Wadebridge Co-op staff Anne, Olivia, Manager Paul Bowden with Concern Wadebridge Centre Administrator Em Wherry and volunteer Annie Harrison and Co-op Staff member Penny 


Five Star Rating For Platform One

Our wonderful Platform One Cafe has received a Five Star rating by Cornwall Environmental Health – the highest rating you can get!

Platform One serves everything from tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes to hot home cooked meals, Cornish pasties and puddings. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Cornwall Council Commercial Food and Safety Officer Natasha Jenkins presenting manager Andy Lyle with the Centre’s 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating. 




Crowds Celebrate Community Hub Re-opening

The plaque unveiled by The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE

Concern Wadebridge was full to bursting for its official relaunch at the beginning of October. 

The charity, which is based in The John Betjeman Centre on southern Way, was celebrating the re-opening of the building following a £450,000 refurbishment. 

The building, which includes part of the former Railway station in Southern Way, has had extensive roof repairs and complete restoration of the railway canopy and inside of the building has been transformed to accommodate new toilets, a modern kitchen and a community café. 

Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE lead the ceremonies by unveiling a new plaque to mark the reopening. He said: “It was a real privilege to open the refurbished centre and to follow in the distinguished footsteps of Lady Falmouth. 

“It was such a pleasure to meet your army of volunteers and to hear of the variety of work that they doThat, combined with the range of uses the centre is put to shows me just how important Concern Wadebridge isIn particular all that it does to the foster the spirit of community is of the highest value, I think this is such a key part of life down here.” 

Concern Wadebridge supports people over 50 and or have a disability but the centre and its facilities are open to everyone to use. 

It hosts daily a variety of classes and activities and the rooms are available for hire for everything from charity events to children’s birthday parties and will soon be holding its first wedding reception!

Alan Weeks ( Chairman of the John Betjeman Centre) gives his vote of thanks

Concern Wadebridge Chairman Alan Weeks said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to show off our new facilities, it has been a vision we have had for many years and I am very proud of the end results. 

“Our team works hard to provide facilities and care for people in the community by providing a welcome place to come to have a cup of tea and take part in a variety of activities. We rely on a large team of volunteers who give their free time to help us achieve so much for the community, without them this place would not exist 

The momentous occasion was witnessed by dozens of visitors, volunteers, trustees, local and Country dignitaries including The High Sheriff of Cornwall Paul Young-Jamieson and his wife ClaireNorth Cornwall MP Scott Mann, Chief Executive of Cornwall Hospice Care Paul Brinsley and Wadebridge Town Mayor Philip Mitchell amongst others. 

Councillor Mitchell said: “I was delighted to attend the opening Concern Wadebridge’s new community hub. It was fantastic to see so many people using the facilities and in future we hope that the Town Council will be able to work together with all the volunteer groups in Wadebridge and to help build a stronger community.” 

Visitors were treated to a cream tea and had the opportunity to look around the new facilities and speak to suppliers and a variety of local community groups who held displays on the day including Tesco, Unique Mobility, Cornwall Hospice Care, Age UK, GM Coachwork and Wadebridge Kitchens. 

During the event The High Sheriff of Cornwall Paul Young-Jamieson and his wife Claire kindly donated a mobility scooter, which will be added to the fleet for people to hire. 

Manager Andy Lyle said: “After 7 years of planning we were delighted to open the refurbished centre. The centre is a community hub run by the community for the community and the turn out showed how much the community embraced all that is achieved through the many services. 

Also on this day the new community kitchen was assessed by Cornwall Environmental Health and we are so pleased it was awarded a five star! 

“All in all the centre is up and running, supported by the volunteers in making such a difference to our community and to people’s lives. It is a centre that all can be proud of. 

To find out more about Concern Wadebridge, the activities, trips, or to volunteer please call Andy or Emma on 01208 812392.  

Concern Wadebridge & Tesco staff with new mobility scooters

To Padstow and Back in Style!

Thanks to the generosity of local people Concern Wadebridge has been able to purchase two brand new mobility scooters opening a world of opportunities to users.

A total of £4,000 was donated to the charity, which supports people over 50 and or have a disability, by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

It is a community grant where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

The two scooters will become part of the fleet at Concerns Wadebridge’s Shop Mobility Centre which also has wheelchairs, boot scooters and walking aids.

Wadebridge Tesco Store Manager Sarah Guy said: “It is fantastic that Tesco is able to help the community and make a difference.”

Concern Wadebridge & Tesco staff with new mobility scooters

Left to right: Nicola Baker Launceston Mobility Centre Ltd passing keys to Wadebridge Tesco Store Manager Sarah Guy, with Concern Wadebridge Manager Andy Lyle and Marion Willetts, who works at Tesco and helped with the grant application.

The new scooters, which were purchased from Launceston Mobility Centre, have been adapted for comfort and durability whilst being used on the Camel Trail.

Nicola Barker from Launceston Mobility Centre Ltd said: “We are proud to be able to continue supporting Wadebridge Concern by providing equipment that enables local people as well as holiday makers to access and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Wadebridge.”

Concern Wadebridge, which is a member of the Shopmobility scheme, helps members of the local community to access Wadebridge, to go shopping, attend appointments and the new scooters can even go along the Camel Trail to Padstow or Bodmin and back again!

Concern Wadebridge Manager Andy Lyle added: “We are so grateful to Tesco and the local community for voting for us to receive this community grant. It will open a world of opportunities for people.

“We have had one grandmother who had been waiting for 17 years to fulfil her ambition of going along the Camel Trail with her granddaughter. It’s simple things like this that help to enrich people’s lives.

“We also loan equipment for people to take away on holiday or to use when visiting the Wadebridge area, again this can make a real difference to someone’s holiday meaning they can enjoy extra experiences with the whole family.”

There is a £5 Membership charge to cover Insurance and a daily charge (donation) of £5 for scooters, £3 for wheelchairs and walking aids.

Those using the equipment will need to go through a competence assessment and familiarisation instruction before using a mobility scooter. For more information call 01208 812392.

Christmas tree

Wadebridge Charities Join Forces To Spread Some Festive Cheer

Concern Wadebridge has received a magical Christmas make-over thanks to the creative talents of the town’s U3A.

Members of the U3A’s Papercraft and Patchwork groups, made up of over 25 local women, have spent the last couple of months handmaking beautiful decorations to hang on a large Christmas tree in the reception.

Concern Wadebridge, formerly Wadebridge Concern for the Aged, is a small local independent charity supporting local people who are over 50, based at The John Betjeman Centre in Southern Way. It provides a Community Hub where people can enjoy various activities or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and meet friends old and new.

Other local charities also use the centre throughout the week including the Memory Café, Carers Support, Quakers, St Mary’s Church and Speak Ability. U3A Papercraft Leader Sue Wherry said: “We are delighted with the tree and must thank Trelawney Garden Centre who helped us purchase the tree at a very good rate.

“Christmas can be a very lonely time for some people and this will help bring a bit of happiness for all of those that attend Concern Wadebridge.

“We have had a great fun making the decorations together and preparing for the festive season.”

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge added: “It is with support of local businesses such as Trelawney as well as those that attend the centre that makes it so special. A huge thank you to the members of the various craft groups who have made the decorations this Christmas and helped make the centre feel more festive.

“Why not call in at the centre and enjoy the Christmas spirit over a cup of tea and a mince pie and help support this wonderful local charity.”

To have a look at the Christmas tree or find out more about Concern Wadebridge, the centre is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Christmas opening Times: The centre will close at 12pm on Friday 22nd December for the Christmas break and reopen on Wednesday 27th December – Friday 29th December from 11am to 2pm for tea and coffees. The Centre will also be closed on Monday 1st January and re-open as usual from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Paul Ainsworth

Michelin Chef Paul Ainsworth becomes Patron of Concern Wadebridge

“Concern Wadebridge really does live up to its name. It’s there for people in the Wadebridge Area. It provides invaluable support to individuals and their families, and the service is first class. We’re really lucky to have such a terrific group of professionals and volunteers working in the community, your legacy will continue to help Concern Wadebridge make a difference to local older people”.

Paul Ainsworth


Cornwall Show June 8th 9th and 10th

ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW 2017  June 8th, 9th and 10th End of day 2, what a day helped so many people get around the show! Even provided a charging point for those who ran out of power!!
Thank you to Launceston Mobility for promptly sorting out a battery problem and Cornwall Churches Together for giving us a home..

Churches Together in Cornwall & Concern Wadebridge have joined forces to help people get around at The Royal Cornwall Show.
Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs and Walking Aids will be available to hire to help get around the show. Equipment will be available on the day from The Churches Together Tent.
To book your scooter, wheelchair or walker for the show phone :

Wadebridge Shopmobility on 01208 812392.