THIS week’s Cornish Times leads with villagers telling us about how everything went ‘pop’ with all manner of household appliances when they were hit with a power surge during planned electrical improvement works by an energy company. They have praised the action taken by the company in the wake of the crisis.

A South East Cornwall mother raising funds for the National Autistic Society has recorded for us in vivid detail what it is like to take part in the London Marathon, with all its highs and lows.

We also report on how nearly 2,000 emergency food supply packages were given out to local people by a food bank during the last year.

Meanwhile, an expert is scouting around Liskeard’s rooftops to spot where seagulls are nesting so a plan of action to control the birds can be devised.

We also look at how South East Cornwall campaigners’ attempts to go plastic-free have been shown great support at a public meeting and in supermarket packaging protests, while staff at a takeaway in Callington have taken part in a litter-pick and have produced special posters to combat litter problems in the town.

There has been angry opposition to the plans for a new business park in Dobwalls, where residents fear a return to the village’s former traffic problems. Perhaps likely to be more popular are plans, currently in their early stages, for a farm near Pelynt to be the location for a football golf course, a craze currently sweeping the nation.

A South East Cornwall farming family whose land is the base for the veterans’ charity Battling On have been honoured at the 2018 Soldiering On Awards, while Liskeard has handed out Community Champion Awards to a number of its residents who make a difference and make the town a good place in which to live.

We also have a page of pictures of Scouts from all over the district who took part in Torpoint’s St George’s Day parade.

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