On the road to Porthleven, you'll come to the Penrose Estate where you can talk the 7 mile circular walk down to the coast skirting Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall separated from the sea by a long sandbar. Start from the free car park in the Amenity Area.

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After almost a whole century my Grandfather William Frederick Ivey passed peacefully away at his home in Helston on 4th October 2000 aged 97. What he left behind was a legacy of local history illustrated in the books that he published during the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.

Helston Community College is part of a local Education Co-operative Trust. The College's ethos and work is under-pinned by the co-operative values: self–help, self-responsibility, equity, equality, democracy and solidarity; and the co-operative ethical principles: honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. The Trust works together to improve and enhance opportunities for all young people in the local community.

The nearest airport is Newquay Cornwall Airport which is approximately 35 miles (56 km) north-east of Helston. This is the main commercial airport for Cornwall with regular scheduled services to many parts of the UK.

Helston is twinned with the following towns:[36]

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The Helston Museum, founded in 1949, occupies the building originally designed as the town's Market House in 1837, with two separate buildings—one for butter and eggs, the other the meat market. The exhibits are mostly concerned with Helston's agricultural and market town history. The museum also hosts art exhibitions and has a shop selling all things Cornish.

Entries are invited for the Helston in Bloom's 'Your Gardens', Go to the website here for more info and forms

There are several good restaurants in the area and many country pubs serving meals in the villages around. Helston is the gateway to the Lizard peninsula and to the Helford River. A trip through the Helford valley is an opportunity to visit some beautiful villages such as St Anthony in Meneage and Helford Village. A little further afield is the village of , approached from Helford Passage on the north bank of the river. A ferry runs across the river here in the summer months.

With our local schools, the College is in the process of establishing a Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust. During this time of transition, Mr Jenkins will be Head of College whilst Mrs Bryant will undertake the role of Executive Head Teacher.

We recognise that it takes a whole community to educate a child and so we are committed to working in partnership with parents, carers, statutory agencies, community organisations and other educational establishments. With everyone working together, we are able to draw on all the resources available to meet the needs and aspirations of our students.

She will take the lead on the development of the Multi-Academy Trust and oversee the development of the new College buildings.

The consultation responses are now available on the College website.

Helston’s timeline stretches back a long way. The Saxons were here in the 6th century, King John granted a charter in 1201, making the town the second oldest in Cornwall, and through the centuries Helston, as so many major towns in the country, prospered on the back on tin mining and later with the coming of the railway and the boom in early tourism. Reasons to visit Helston

Helston is situated along the banks of the River Cober in Cornwall. Downstream is Cornwall's largest natural lake Loe Pool, formed when a shingle bar blocked the mouth of the river by rising sea levels forming a barrier beach. To the south is the Lizard Peninsula, an area important for its complex geology and wildlife habitats.[22]

Not far from the museum is St Michael’s Church, also worth a visit. It contains some fine Elizabethan brasses and an impressive 24 branch chandelier, given by the Earl of Godolphin in 1763.

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We would like to congratulate our Year 11 students who received their examination results this morning.

There are several churches including St. Michael's Church, a humble church with stained-glass windows and a tall bell tower which can be heard throughout the town. In the surrounding graveyard there is a monument to Henry Trengrouse, the inventor of the rocket fired safety line — a device for aiding in the saving of lives in a shipwreck.

The bustling market town hosts a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture. An outstanding feature at the end of Coinagehall Street is The Monument, which was built in 1834 in the memory of Humphry Millet Grylls, a local banker and solicitor whose actions kept open the local tin mine and saved 1200 jobs.

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The OPC (Genealogy) for Helston is is Gillian Hart, who can be contacted at opc.requests@outlook.com.

The Guildhall is just by the traffic lights. In the past it has been a market house and Magistrates’ Court but today it is the Town Hall with the Council Chamber on the first floor. The ground floor is still known as the Corn Exchange, where there are frequent coffee mornings, craft markets and jumble sales.

Helston has three primary schools. These are Parc Eglos, St. Michael's and Nansloe. The catchment area of Helston Community College includes these and many other schools from the surrounding villages.

Coingaehall Street on a beautiful summers evening.

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 Helston Town Council has a facebook page which gives up to date news on council events and meetings and items of local interest.

The canon from the wreck of H.M.S Anson which stands outside Helston Museum.

The town has an active sporting scene, with Helston RFC, Helston Athletic FC and Helston Cricket Club all having prominent roles within the community. The Swallows Gymnastics Club is also extremely popular within the area. Helston holds an annual road race An Resek Helys (The Race for Helston)[34] and an annual triathlon.[35]

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The School Houses in grammar school days were Coleridge, Kingsley and Tennyson. Alfred Tennyson's local connection was through his writing.


[37] Helston is served by two local paid-for newspapers, The West Briton and The Packet: both offer a selection of news and local pictures. The area is also covered by a free delivered newspaper, the Helston News & Advertiser established in April 2000.

The nearby Goonhilly satellite station, currently closed, is to be given a new lease of life soon when government funding will turn it into a space and communication centre, plans are afoot to upgrade the existing antennas and reopen the visitor centre. Watch this space. 

Mrs Bryant will oversee the strategic direction and leadership of the College and will scrutinise its standards and achievements, and provide challenge to the leadership team.

Following his retirement, the band appointed John Hitchens as their new Musical Director . The band has continued to flourish under John’s direction: in 2003, they were crowned Cornish First Section Champions, and in 2004 they gained promotion to the National First Section.

I would like to thank everyone for their very kind wishes as I take up the duties of Mayor. My consort Jonathan and I are really looking forward to being at the centre of Helston life.

Helston (Cornish: Hellys)[1] is a town and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated at the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of Penzance and 9 miles (14 km) south-west of Falmouth.[2] Helston is the most southerly town on the island of Great Britain and is around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) farther south than Penzance. The population in 2011 was 11,700.[3]

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