June 6th when Val Richards, their School Crossing Patrol, retires after 28 years helping children to cross the road safely. Val began her career as a School Crossing Patrol when her son volunteered her to stand in for just a week to help out until a permanent patrol could be found’ Val enjoyed the job so much she decided to apply for the permanent post herself. Since she began in 1973 Val has become an important part of the community, helping children cross the road safely on their way to and from school every morning and afternoon.
The children still need to cross roads safely even on wet and windy days, but the weather never put me off and I have lots of very happy memories. I’ve enjoyed watching the children grow up to become adults and parents themselves, and eventually seeing their children safely across the road to school too. Headteacher Dr Jones will present Val with flowers, cards and a present from the children, Pest And Building Inspection parents and staff of Mount Charles school at a special ceremony at 10.05 am on Wednesday, June 6th.
Val always has a smile and wave for everyone and, although she will still be part of our community, we will miss her standing at the side of Victoria Road every week day. Val will also be presented with a commemorative plate from Cornwall County Council Road Safety Unit by Joan Mallard, County Road Safety Officer. Although we are very sad to see Val leave, we can quite understand that after 28 years she would like a lie in on Monday mornings. We hope someone just as dependable as Val will step forward for us to pass her lollipop onto.
From expert advice on surfing the Internet, talks from best selling authors and exhibitions of pottery. June is a very busy month for libraries in West Cornwall which are jam packed with all kinds of talks, events and activities – many of which are free of charge. These range from expert advice on surfing the Internet and word processing at Camborne Library, culminating in an invitation to go WILD and learn to have fun with the Internet for young parents on June 18th and June 25th. Falmouth Library is promoting local arts and crafts, with displays and exhibitions of jewellery, cards and local crafts, while Hayle is giving people the opportunity to create Holiday Havoc on Friday, June 1st.