Helston pupils get sneak peek behind the scenes at town council PICTURES

Falmouth Packet: Helston pupils get sneak peek behind the scenes at town council: PICTURES Helston pupils get sneak peek behind the scenes at town council: PICTURES

Youngsters from Helston’s three primary schools were given a chance to look behind the scenes of the town council last Thursday.

At the start of the ‘youth engagement’ event, pupils from the school councils of St Michael’s, Parc Eglos and Nansloe were all given a name badge before making their way to the Corn Exchange.

Here they met mayor Jonathan Radford Gaby and his wife Wendy, the mayoress, as well as town clerk Chris Dawson and macebearers Fred Angove and Paul Cook all dressed in civic robes They received a welcome and brief introduction before being split into groups to carry out different activities, each lasting about 15 minutes.

This saw the children creating ice cream sundaes, before tasting them; a question and answer session in the mayor’s parlour; and a quiz where the answers could all be found in the council chamber.

When they had completed all three activities the pupils were briefed on how to speak in council meetings and practised using the microphones, ready for a debate in the council chamber.

This began with each school reading and sharing their arguments for and against the motion, which was “There are plenty of places to go and things to do for young people in Helston.”

Mayor Mr Radford-Gaby then made a proposal for the pupils to vote on.

At the end of the evening each school was asked to give feedback, while pupils received a big thank you for joining the town council at the event.

Shelly Price, from the council, said: “They all seemed to really enjoy it. The idea is to try and engage with the local primary schools about what happens in the council.”

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1:09pm Sat 6 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think that would have been an excellent learning curve for the children, I would imagine they did all enjoy it.

The greater understanding anyone has of the workings of a local council can only be a good thing, and help aliviate any misconceptions that may previously have been held.
I think that would have been an excellent learning curve for the children, I would imagine they did all enjoy it. The greater understanding anyone has of the workings of a local council can only be a good thing, and help aliviate any misconceptions that may previously have been held. Gillian Zella Martin 09

6:48pm Sat 6 Jul 13

Red Eric says...

I am by no means a fan of party politics at Town Council level, but it would appear a combination of competent councillors from the Lib Dems the and the Tories have produced a winning combination at the top, and have restored the reputation of Helston Town Council by brilliant initiatives such as this, from it has to be said a very low point.

I know that some of the older and out of touch Councillors such as Ronnie Williams think having a winning political combination such as this is evil he has said so many times in the pub.

But most people judge a Council by results, and things like this are a real result.

What will be most interesting to see will be if this winning combination is a one off, or their reputation is further enhanced when the results of the national Town Centre Manager and HBIP competitions are announced. By working together an enormous amount has been achieved for Helston, and I hope Helston gets the awards they truly deserve.

As Gillian says above, many people are under a total misconception about what a Council can and cannot do. Its usually people who moan the most who fall in the category, and in some cases have never been to a council meeting in their life.

Over to you Ron Edgecumbe.
I am by no means a fan of party politics at Town Council level, but it would appear a combination of competent councillors from the Lib Dems the and the Tories have produced a winning combination at the top, and have restored the reputation of Helston Town Council by brilliant initiatives such as this, from it has to be said a very low point. I know that some of the older and out of touch Councillors such as Ronnie Williams think having a winning political combination such as this is evil he has said so many times in the pub. But most people judge a Council by results, and things like this are a real result. What will be most interesting to see will be if this winning combination is a one off, or their reputation is further enhanced when the results of the national Town Centre Manager and HBIP competitions are announced. By working together an enormous amount has been achieved for Helston, and I hope Helston gets the awards they truly deserve. As Gillian says above, many people are under a total misconception about what a Council can and cannot do. Its usually people who moan the most who fall in the category, and in some cases have never been to a council meeting in their life. Over to you Ron Edgecumbe. Red Eric

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