Helston Community Interest Company

Helston Community Interest Company Annual General Meeting

The Helston Community Interest Company AGM is on Wednesday 26 July, 2.30-4.30 in Room 4 at CAST. If any member of the public would like to attend please contact marketing@discoverhelston.co.uk no later than 5pm Friday 14 July.

What we do

Helston CIC is a not-for-profit company, helping to make Helston become a vibrant and forward-thinking place that people are inspired to visit and proud to live in. 

Since 2018 we’ve been finding ways to help bring everyone together with creative projects including:

  • securing Town Vitality Funding to develop a Place Shaping Plan for Helston
  • developing the Discover Helston brand to underpin our work
  • publishing and distributing the Discover Helston magazine
  • creating and developing content for the Discover Helston website, Discover Helston Facebook group and Discover Helston Instagram platforms designed to keep residents and visitors informed of the events, places to visit and things to do in town
  • developing a series of Discover Helston Artisan Markets first run in 2020
  • organising a Christmas business window competition in the town centre, harnessing the creative skills of our business community on a project that can be enjoyed by the public.

Our Aims

Our main aims are to: 

(1) promote the assets and qualities of the town.

(2) work in partnership with others to support local business; and to support the development of a vibrant and flourishing cultural offer.

(3) work in partnership with others to promote and foster pride in the town centre amongst business and residential communities; and to promote Helston’s heritage and history.

Working in partnership

Bringing together local and regional groups, organisations and authorities helps us to achieve more. We work closely with the following groups to deliver useful, joined-up projects that promote and protect Helston: Cornwall Council, Helston Town Council, The South Kerrier Alliance, the Helston Chamber of Commerce and the Helston Climate Action Group.


Minutes & Reports

Chair’s AGM Report

Minutes AGM 26-07-2023


Get in Touch

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Jenny Morris – Chair

Jenny was previously an Associate Professor and Researcher at the University of  Plymouth. She and her family have lived in Helston since 1998, having moved here from New Zealand.  When planning their move back to the UK they were keen to find a place where quality of life was important and they found that in Helston. Jenny is a member of Helston Medical Centre Patient Participation Group.  Jenny enjoys the community spirit in the town especially around Flora Day and the Christmas Lights switch on. 

Jude Carroll – Company Secretary

Jude is a retired teacher who still enjoys contact with young people through helping with education workshops at Helston’s wonderful Museum of Cornish Life.  She has lived in Wendron Street since 2000 with her husband and thinks Helston is a special place with much to offer residents and visitors.

Teresa Gleadowe

Teresa is director of the studio complex and not-for-profit visual arts organisation CAST. She was previously director of the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.

Dave Potter

Dave first came to Helston in 1978 and has for many years considered it to be home.  Since retiring from the Royal Navy in 2011,  he has been involved in a number of voluntary roles in the town and across Cornwall. A keen supporter of professional road racing, he successfully  lobbied Cornwall Council to host the 2021 Tour of Britain cycle race.  Winning a by-election in 2015, whilst a Town Councillor he organised informal meetings with like-minded people to discuss local issues.  Over a period of 5 years, this group has developed into the HCIC.

Perfection is, on a cold morning, a walk around Loe Pool followed by a pasty and a pint in the back bar of The Blue.  The crackle of the fire and peace within the room never fails to lift the spirits.

John Martin

John is a Cornwall Councillor for Long Rock, Marazion and St. Erth. He was previously a Cornwall Councillor for Helston South and Mayor of Helston. Up to 2005 he was a Curriculum Manager for Art & Design Higher Education at Cornwall College then Design Manager at Flambards. He moved to the Helston area in 1995.

David Turnbull

Having spent the majority of his career in the construction industry, David and his family moved to Helston in 2009. As a voluntary Director of South Kerrier Alliance CIC he managed the construction of The Old Cattle Market building in 2013 and led the transfer of Coronation Park to SKA, overseeing the refurbishment works in 2019.

One of the founding trustees of South Kerrier Heritage Trust, David helped negotiate the transfer of The Museum of Cornish Life to community management and acts as Secretary to the Trust. He also served on the Porthleven Food Festival Committee for nine years, five as Chair. David can often be seen running the Penrose Estate trails or, when the weather is good, swimming at Porthleven.

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