Hello and welcome to our newsletter! Today is Monday, so you'll be excited to find out what song is being released for you to learn for The Kernow Bedroom Choir - the excellent Cornish shanty South Australia! If you haven't had a look at the videos, even if you have no intention of singing along, please do. Dan Woodfield is wonderfully charismatic and does a fantastic job of presenting and teaching the songs.
We're also on to week two of the heritage Drawing Challenge and this week we're asking for drawings of the Bodmin & Wendford Railway, which opened in 1834.
At the end of last week, we emailed you with a link to a survey - I know, not another survey?! I also know that to answer the survey is quite hard, we're asking you about how you think you'll feel in three month's time. But it is quite important. We're trying to figure out how we move forward with planning and programming, will people come to events, even if we're told we can? And if not, will people consider paying to watch online content? It shouldn't take you long, 10 minutes. But it will will help us and our partners a lot...
Below you'll find a whole list of incredible events, resources and services which will hopefully provide some inspiring activity. I have been blown away by the ingenuity, creativity and determination by organisations and individuals to keep people entertained, connected and motivated. When we start to see restrictions eased and people begin to venture out again, I know that this creative community spirit will continue and that intoBodmin will be doing everything we can to make sure that people feel confident and able to participate in helping everyone in Bodmin adjust and adapt to whatever the new normal looks like.
Please stay in touch and let us know of all the great things happening that we’ve missed!
Fin intoBodmin Managing Director
Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre's IT'S GRIMM! Online Podcast Platforms | Fridays | 7:00pm | FREE
You are invited to a magical and musical realm every Friday, as intoBodmin and Ha-Hum-Ah Theatre (A Dickensian Christmas & Oh No It Isn’t) bring you an anarchic audio play adaptation of the Grimm Fairy Tales. They’re about 15 minutes long, suitable for the whole family (6+) and after each episode you are invited to email suggestions for things that will make it into the next episode. Listen to all the episodes now.
Bodmin Rides Again: Community Drawing Challenge Social media | Thursdays | FREE
intoBodmin and Bodmin Riding & Heritage Festival want to keep everyone engaged in the Bodmin Rides Again project and interested in Bodmin’s amazing heritage. Why not get involved in our Drawing Challenge? Each week we will release an interesting piece of Bodmin’s history that we would like you to draw for us. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page!
The Kernow Bedroom Choir Social Media | FREE
Singing songs has been a way of bringing communities together for generations, so intoBodmin and Kernow Bedroom Choir have teamed up to create a short series of tutorials to teach people some of Cornwall’s most cherished folk songs. Each week you are invited to learn a part, record yourself and take part in the virtual Kernow Bedroom Choir. Join us on our social media channels and get involved!
Cornwall Pride's: Isolation Idol Zoom | Wednesday's | 8:00pm | FREE
This is Isolation Idol - enjoy some entertainment from the comfort of your own home and vote for the winner! Cornwall Pride are also looking for singers to perform and be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes. If you think you've got what it takes, send your videos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange: Creative Events Zoom | FREE
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange are hosting a variety of creative events online! From home school activities to art sessions to crafty workshops. Click onto the image to head to their website and find out more!
Virtual Community Friendship Cafe Facebook | FREE
Cornwall Hospice Care have recently announced the opening of the Virtual Community Friendship Café on Facebook. It's a virtual drop-in space for those who need support, a place to share experiences, to make friends and for sharing wellbeing activities and information.
Help At Hand App | FREE
Pentreath have been working with the Bodmin G.P. Surgeries to create this app to provide you with helpful information and resources in the Bodmin area and beyond. This includes mental health support, to local food deliveries and to things to keep the kids occupied. The app is available to download now.
Support from Positive People Online | FREE
During these challenging times, Positive People are still providing support for those that are currently unemployed. Positive People are supporting individuals to overcome their barriers and gain employment, education and training. This can be delivered virtually through telephone calls and other digital means.
Life in lockdown: Share your story
Via email | FREE
The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust want to know what lockdown life is like. Share your story of life in lockdown: What’s your situation? What’s good about it? What’s bad about it? What helps? To share your story email Kate Atkinson: email@example.com
Online stories from The Story Republic and The Writers' Block YouTube | FREE
The Story Republic and The Writers' Block have teamed up to bring a new series of online stories! Writers, Keith Sparrow, Penny Gunter, Olivia Lowry and Jo Lumber, have written new stories being read by individual performers from The Story Republic. Stories will be shared every two weeks on The Writers Block Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Physical Postcards: Making the most of the post | FREE
Dance Centred have been awarded funding from FEAST and Arts Council England for this new project to get people moving and help people feel less isolated during these times.Each batch of postcards will have an inspiring image the front and a dance idea on the back. If you know of anyone who would enjoy receiving a postcard please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07939167526.
Positive People: Chaos TV Chaos TV website | Monday-Friday | 10am-4pm | FREE
Funded by Positive People, Chaos TV is here to help connect communities. It’s fun, exciting and informative and has something for everyone and will contribute towards your wellbeing! Click on the photo to take a look at the schedule and watch live.
Social Prescribing Directory Online | FREE
The Cornwall Social Prescribing Team have been working together to bring resources together into one place about COVID-19. To stay information head over to the Social Prescribing Directory, which is updated on a regular basis with loads of new projects and information.
The Writer's Block: Online Masterclass Zoom | 20th May | 10:00am | £15
Join an online masterclass class with Wyl Menmuir. This Man-Booker nominated author will help participants find ways to kickstart a fiction project. He will use his extensive experience to inspire writers whilst at home.
Cornwall Regimental Museum Online | FREE
The Cornwall Regimental Museum have created KEEP KIDS, a bi-monthly learning activity sheet for kids! These worksheets are designed to help parents with home learning while kids aren't at school. They have also created a code-breaking spy worksheet!
Story Time with Above Bounds Every day | 8pm | FREE
Gather together for a traditional story. Above Bounds (remember the excellent Elves and the Shoe Maker at The Old Library last year) are going live on Facebook every evening with bedtime stories for you and your little ones.
Man Down Cornwall Facebook | Mondays | 7:00pm | FREE
Let's talk about it! On Monday evenings Man Down are doing a live stream on Facebook from 7pm for a chat open to anyone and everyone during this very uncertain period.
The Writer's Block: Little Story Seekers YouTube | Monday's | 10:00am | FREE
Storytime for young children! Every Monday morning The Writers' Block will be uploading fun and interactive online video sessions for children aged 2-5 years.
Bodmin Bear Hunt Google Maps | FREE
Have you been on a teddy bear hunt during your daily walk? If so, we've created a Bodmin Bear Hunt Map where you can add your own teddy markers and keep an eye out for other ones near you.
Cornwall Council Newsletter
Cornwall Council have a regular e-newsletter on support and services, which is free and informative. If you would like to sign up simply click on the image and enter your details.
Gecko Theatre YouTube | FREE
Gecko Theatre have a variety of their past performances on YouTube and Institute is the next to be online for free for the first time ever! Watch their captivating production, bringing physical theatre to your living room.
Miracle Theatre Mondays YouTube | First Monday of the month | FREE
Enjoy a night out at the theatre with Miracle Theatre over on their YouTube channel! On the first Monday of each month they will be sharing one of their performances, which will be available for you to enjoy for 30 days.
C Fylm Film Club at Home
Wednesday Evenings | FREE
Missing Bodmin in Motion Film Club? C Fylm's Film Club at Home is a great way to continue the community feel of film club screenings from the safety and comfort of home. The films will be available on streaming services and afterwards you can join in with discussion of the films too.
Cornwall Pride's Free Fabulous Pub Quiz Zoom | Friday Evenings | FREE
Cornwall Pride have created a free fabulous pub quiz, hosted by the amazing Layla Zee Susan on Zoom. Enjoy a fun evening and maybe win a prize or two! Head over to their Facebook page for more information.
The Shows Must Go On! YouTube | Friday Evenings | FREE
Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing full-length performances such as Cats the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday evenings, which can be viewed for 48 hours on the YouTube channel, The Shows Must Go On.
Shakespeare's Globe for Free YouTube | FREE
Always wanted to watch a show at the Globe? Well now is your chance! Shakespeare's Globe in London are uploading past performances for you to watch at home during these tough times. What are you waiting for? Head over to their YouTube channel and immerse yourself in some theatre.
#KneehighWindows Facebook, Twitter & Instagram | Everyday | FREE
Kneehigh theatre have created the #KneehighWindows challenges to keep people creative. Each day they post a new challenge, simply share your creation and they share their favourites! Take a look on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to get involved.
Bodmin Junior Parkrun
Sunday mornings | Facebook | 9am | FREE
Bodmin Junior Parkrun are going to try and do a Facebook live event every Sunday at 9am to keep everyone active and they'd love you to join in with them. Keep an eye on their Facebook page on Sundays at 9am, or to see their upcoming events.
Well done Bodmin!
Amazing people doing amazing things in the local community!
COVID-19 Hotline | 01208 455 163 Free first response telephone service
The Bodmin Town Council COVID-19 Response Team hotline is run by a team of Town Councillors and local volunteers and is designed to help those with no internet access to cope with isolation: particularly when they have problems accessing food or medicine, or in a household emergency. Please spread the word and pass the number on to family and friends.
Bodmin Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group
There are COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook groups popping up everywhere, and the Bodmin group is run by locals who are there to help support the most vulnerable with errands, information distribution and emotional support. Head over to Facebook to join.
Takeaway from The Hive Bodmin Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays | 10am-1pm, 5pm-7pm & 12pm-2pm | Prices vary
Get your foodie fix and support a local business. The Hive Bodmin are providing Sunday roasts, pizzas, delicious desserts and much more! Head over to their website to find out more and take a look at the menu.
Cake boxes from Huckleberries
Huckleberries in Bodmin are doing once a week deliveries of delicious cake boxes full of sweet treats! They are also making cakes for special occasions such as birthdays. Prices vary depending on what is in the box, so check out their Facebook page for more details.
A group of bikers from Bodmin are turning their passion into positivity by helping the elderly and vulnerable. Initially started by army reservist Kye Smith with the assistance of fellow reservist Brandon Lee, their mission is to use their bikes to get out into the community and help those who can’t leave their homes.
Get Bodmin Fit with Liv Facebook | FREE
Liz is doing an amazing job of keeping Bodmin moving through the use of fitness live streams on Facebook. From the comfort of your own home you can join in and stay active! Check out her Facebook group for updates on times.
KBSK Communtiy Dance Video
Adie at KBSK set herself the challenge to get as many people as she could up and dancing! She reached out to local businesses, community organisations and key workers and encouraged them to take on her challenge. Click on the image to see the amazing result!
If you've enjoyed this good news, here are some ways that you can help us...
If you love what we do and want to help us get back on our feet once things get a little brighter, please consider donating any amount by Paypal, send us a cheque or email us for bank account details. While we’re really lucky to have funding from Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Cornwall Council and Big Lottery, there is still a large proportion of our commitment to match fund, which comes from ticket sales and room hires. We're feeling the strain from having to cancel our events and close the doors of the Old Library, and if you can afford to give, every £1 will help.