Village unites to solve problems
RESIDENTS of Mousehole have banded together to set up an informal group dedicated to solving the village's problems.
LOVE Mousehole held its first meeting in the Old Coastguard Hotel on Saturday, attended by 35 people.
The group, which has no committee or agenda, will meet informally to discuss issues and organise events.
Its first project is a Mousehole Walkabout on Saturday, March 9, where villagers will sweep the streets, clearing litter and tidying up.
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Alice Maddox, who helped organise the first meeting, said: "I've heard it said that there's no community left in Mousehole, I don't think that's true. There are lots of small community groups who are very interested in what they do. This is an informal group of people that can get involved in everything and can help out the other groups."
At the first meeting Leon Pezzack gave a presentation about flooding problems in the village, inspiring the group's first walkabout project.
Of the 35 people in attendance some were second home owners. Mrs Maddox, who works at the Old Coastguard, said they expressed an interest in wanting to help out when they could.
"A group like this is really important," she said. "Things eventually get lost, or watered down, as fewer and fewer people want to get involved.
"The nice thing about living in a village are the quirky things that happen all the time. This is a good opportunity for everyone to get to know everyone – to get to know who's in the village again."
Sylvia Pezzack said the first meeting went very well.
"It's a great way for people who don't know each other to get together and work together. There's a community spirit to a certain extent – there are a lot of individual groups – but this a way of combining everyone."
The Mousehole Walkabout group will meet at 1.30pm on Saturday, March 9, at Mousehole Memorial.