Cornwall Highest Award Given To Concern Wadebridge Manager

A community stalwart has been recognised for his hard work for a Wadebridge-based charity.

Manager of Concern Wadebridge Andy Lyle is to receive a Cornwall Council Civic Award for his dedication to the charity and helping residents in the area. This is the highest award the Cornwall Council can present.

Andy has worked at Concern Wadebridge for the past five years; the charity supports people over 50 and or have a disability but the centre and its facilities are open to everyone to use.

During his time he has helped to make many positive changes including opening the centre to a wider community, helping to gain funding for numerous projects and support groups, gaining funding for three community minibuses, setting up Shopmobility and Holiday mobility schemes, amongst other things.

Andy also helped to secure funding and the organisation of a £450,000 refurbishment to the charities’ headquarters in 2018. The building, which includes part of the former Railway station in Southern Way, had extensive roof repairs, a complete restoration of the railway canopy and the inside of the building was transformed to accommodate new toilets, a modern kitchen and a community café.

He was nominated by Cornwall Councillor for Wadebridge East Stephen Knightley, he said: “I was delighted to nominate Andy for this award. He has worked endlessly to support the local community over the years.

“More recently during the Covid-19 pandemic he has helped to create and manage a variety of services for the vulnerable in our community by providing a hot meal deliveries, a shopping service, prescription collections, telephone befriending and transport to health with his growing team of volunteers.

“I am looking forward to sharing this special moment with him at the official award ceremony in September.”

Andy said: “For once in my life I was speechless! This was not expected, and the award is as much for the dedication of the trustees, staff and volunteers who have been on this amazing journey with me.

“The centre is an amazing resource for our community and we have been fortunate to develop Concern Wadebridge to be one of the leading local charities providing much needed support to our local community, thank you Stephen for your nomination, as we work together in making a difference to others.”

Concern Wadebridge Chairman Alan Weeks said: “On behalf of my fellow trustees I would like to congratulate Andy for gaining this award for the charity.  The charities base at the John Betjeman Centre has been transformed over the past few years by the hard work of Andy, his staff, and flock of volunteers.  They have transformed the centre from a small group into the major community hub of Wadebridge and surrounding area.

“This would not have happened without Andy’s knowledge, experience and unstoppable enthusiasm and he is very deserving of this award.”

In a letter announcing his award Chairman of Cornwall Council Hilary Frank said; “I am delighted to inform you that after careful review of the nominations, the panel was unanimous in its decision that you should be one of this year’s recipients.

“The panel was particularly impressed with your dedicated service to the Betjeman Centre and the outstanding contribution you have made to the life of the centre over the years.”

The official presentation on the award will take place at New County Hall on Tuesday 29th September.


Coronavirus Update

Concern Wadebridge is delighted to announce that, in line with Government guidelines, as of 12th April 2021 we are able to offer a take-away service Monday to Friday between 10a.m. and 2p.m.   Outdoor seating on the patio is available, but limited to three tables seating 4 persons.  takeaway menu

We will continue to offer the following services.

  • A Hot Meal Meals on Wheels Service – Menu
  • A Frozen Food Service
  • A Fresh Meat & Veg Service
  • A General Grocery Service
  • A Prescription Service
  • Transport To Health / Delivery of Medical Equipment

And anything else we get asked for!

We are also providing The Hub for The Wadebridge HOPE Initiative, where all areas of our Community are working together to support vulnerable people living in our local community. The HOPE Initiative includes county councillors, town councillors, faith groups, schools, voluntary sector and local businesses.

This is also part of a wider Cornwall initiative called Corona Cornwall ( where you can find out more about what is happening locally in communities and how you can get involved.

We now have 60 volunteers some already working out there in the community, with others waiting to fill in where needed. This week has seen yet again an increase in demand on what we are delivering.

With the additional support provided by local businesses and two Chef’s volunteering from Paul Ainsworth’s, we have been able to provide meals for the front line services here in Wadebridge, by supporting our Dr’s Surgeries and Chemists.


Manager Andy Lyle said: “I know I keep saying this BUT you are the unsung heroes of our community, making a difference to the lives of others as they isolate within their own home and without what you are doing, they along with their families (who live away from Cornwall) would be struggling each and every day during these uncertain times.”

If you require any help please contact the centre on 01208 812392 – we are open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am- 1pm.




The Trustees and Management of Concern Wadebridge is working within the Government Guidelines and reviewing daily any changes that might occur.

The trustees have installed anti bac dispensers for use when entering the building and for people to use after using the toilets and washing of hands.

At this moment in time there is no plan to close the centre (some groups have cancelled until after Easter; COPD, Friday Night Dance and Goldies) but the rest of the Activities, Café and Transport Services are open as usual. If you do find yourself having to self-isolate please do not hesitate to contact the centre and we will try to help as we can.

We will keep you updated if there are any further developments.



Helping Hand in The Community

A WADEBRIDGE resident has been given a new lifeline thanks to Cornish charities and businesses working together.

Brenda, who is a regular visitor to the Concern Wadebridge’s community hub in Southern Way, needed a new three-wheeled walker.

The 80-year-old, who suffers from Parkinson’s, needs the aid to help her walk safely so Concern Wadebridge manager Andy Lyle made some phone calls and thanks to a grant from Cornwall Community Foundation was able to purchase one for her.

Andy said: “Brenda is a regular at the centre and we see first-hand what a difference the walker makes to her. Thanks to the Cornwall Community Foundation grant and help of Unique Mobility in Launceston who supplied the walker.”

Mrs Thould said: “I am absolutely delighted with my new walker. It makes such a difference to my everyday life. I cannot thank Concern Wadebridge enough for their ongoing support.”


Replacement Sign Delight

CONCERN Wadebridge is delighted after a new direction sign has been erected in the town helping people to find the growing Community Hub.

At the start of the year one of the charity’s signs was removed from its prime position at the end of Trevanion Road – a Facebook appeal asking for information on its whereabouts sparked a lot of reaction and disappointment amongst local residents and users of the centre.

Concern Wadebridge hosts a variety of activities for everyone, all ages and abilities from energetic Zumba classes to singing for fun, chair-based exercises and has support groups for Dementia, Stroke and Parkinson’s to name a few. It also organises trips out in its minibuses, provides hospital transport and has a community café offering home cooked food and cakes.
Concern Wadebridge manager Andy Lyle said: “The sign, which we had made, had been in place for more than three years and we could not understand why someone would remove it.
“We checked with Cornwall Council Highways and they confirmed that they had not removed it – we are still in the dark of why it was removed or where it is.
“Concern Wadebridge provides a community hub for local residents of all ages including support groups, exercise classes and a place to socialise with friends old and new. We also provide shop and holiday mobility schemes where people can hire wheelchairs or mobility scooters to help them get out and about – for people coming to the centre for the first time, signage is vital.”
Cornwall councillor for Wadebridge West Robin Moorcroft saw the posts and within hours confirmed that Cornwall Highways would provide an official direction sign.
Cllr Moorcroft said: “I am delighted to have been about to support Concern Wadebridge in helping them get a new sign. The centre is a great benefit to the local community.”
Mr Lyle added: “If anyone does know where our old sign is, it would be great to have it back as it cost over £150 and we could put it somewhere else. It can be returned to the centre – no questions asked!”


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.