Helston Community Interest Company
What we do
Helston CIC is a not-for-profit company, helping Helston to be a vibrant and forward-thinking place that people are keen to visit and proud to live in.
There’s already a great community buzz in Helston – and since 2018 we’ve been finding more ways to help bring everyone together with creative projects including:
- developing the Discover Helston brand to underpin our work
- publishing and distributing the Discover Helston magazine
- creating and updating the Discover Helston website, designed to keep residents and visitors informed of the great events, places to visit and things to do in town
- introducing a Sunday Market series, with the aim of running three or four larger artisan markets each year
- organising a business window competition in the town centre at Easter and Christmas, harnessing the creative skills of our business community on a project that can be enjoyed by the public
Working with Helston Town Council, we have secured £100,000 of funding for 2021/2022 from the Town Vitality Fund. This money is being used to support the development of projects to help revitalise the town centre. The project work is being overseen by the Helston Place Shaping Board that was formed in December 2020.
Our main aims are to:
- Promote Helston’s unique assets and qualities as a special town where impressive heritage meets a modern community and a warm welcome.
- Create a forum to represent businesses and organisations.
- Encourage and support the development of a vibrant and flourishing cultural offer.
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:
Get in Touch
For any enquiries regarding HCIC please email: email@example.com
Jenny Morris – Chair
Jenny was previously a Senior Lecturer 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 Vice-Chair of the Helston Place Shaping Board, tasked with implementing Helston’s £100,000 Town Vitality Fund grant. Jenny enjoys the community spirit in the town especially around Flora Day.
Brendan Thomas – Finance Director
Brendan is the owner of Bumble Bee Accountancy. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and lived overseas for many years in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand before returning to his home town of Helston in 2014.
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 is now Chairman of the Helston Place Shaping Board. David can often be seen running the Penrose Estate trails or, when the weather is good, swimming at Porthleven.
John is a freelance photographer, graphic designer and musician. 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.
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 2020 with her husband and thinks Helston is a special place with much to offer residents and visitors.
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.