The Community House, St. Buryan, is a Charity Organisation in St. Buryan, about 5 miles west of Penzance. Holding many charity fund raising events throughout the year including events for Cancer Research UK, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, RNLI and many other charities. Read more
We are pleased to announce that we have acquired two more BMW 1200 RT (P) motorcycles to join our existing fleet of three.
The Charity was made aware of the BMW’s availability by Devon Freewheelers who were selling them. The BMW’s, in Blood Bike livery with Blue’s & Two’s will greatly enhance the Cornwall Blood Bike fleet as the amount of volunteers have ballooned to 56 since our appearance on BBC Spotlight and this year’s relaunch event in April at Damerell’s, not to forget all the Newspapers that have been so kind to us.
The decision was made earlier this year to make the fleet all BMW so as volunteer riders would be familiar with the bikes layout no matter which one they rode. They are currently being valeted and having our logo attached to them. As usual, the servicing and maintenance is all done up by Damerell’s Motorcycles at Indian Queens which is where we hold our Bike Nights and is our adopted base.
The Charity is soon to allot one bike per area within Cornwall and are well on their way to purchasing a brand new BMW in 2016 because of the generosity of the Cornish public and local businesses who understand that like the Air Ambulance, we serve EVERYONE in the Cornwall and without the public, we wouldn’t exist. The message about the Cornwall Blood Bikes NOT being funded by the NHS is getting across. People are now recognising us and understand what we do and we are getting more and more enquiries from local businesses wanting to sponsor a bike for which we are eternally grateful.
Sponsorship brings its own rewards with advertising and in some cases, naming of bikes as is the case with our flagship BMW bike which was named after Tayla Saunders, the young girl that was killed at the Lanlivery Vintage Rally in 2013.
Meeting the Author Jane Pollard.
A rather muddy scene greeted us at the Lanlivery Steam Fair on Saturday morning. The thoroughfares were well and truly churned up which suited my Super Ten just nice but were a little harsher on the BMW RT no. 4. Steve and I set up the bikes in between the Air Ambulance and Fleet with the smell of breakfast thick in the air.
We had only just finished unravelling the CBB banner when we were approached by a couple who started to ask about the Charity.
Turns out, the lady was none other than the Cornish author Jane Pollard (aka Jane Jackson). We discussed at length, the Charities work and the impact this work has on our community.
As well as putting some money in our collection pot, she has kindly donated 2 of her novels, signed while we were there, to be auctioned at our next event. Already read by my formidable mother in law, (ex-History teacher) i believe she is now a fan.
This is what she wrote to us soon after the event. This includes a précis of what Jane does and some of her career.
I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Ian and Steve from cornwallbloodbikes.org at Lanlivery Vintage Rally on Saturday 12th Sept. My husband is known as ‘The Rotavator Man’ and when I accompany him to rallies I usually take along a few hard-back copies of my books to offer as raffle prizes. Seeing Ian and Steve and their magnificent machines we went over to ask if they’d be interested. They were, and I learned about the fantastic work they and the rest of their team do – on call at night in all weathers providing a vital service.
I mentioned I write books: The longer ones, written as Jane Jackson, are historical romantic fiction based on Cornish backgrounds such as the Packet Service, (Dangerous Waters; Tide of Fortune) building a railway line (The Iron Road) trials of the first marine steam engine (Crosscurrents)
I’m also writing a contemporary series, Polvellan Cornish Mysteries, as Rachel Ennis. These are set in a coastal village not a million miles from my home. The third of these, ‘The Loner,’ my 30th published book, came out as an e-book on 1st October and is doing well in the Amazon charts.
I used to teach the craft of novel writing at Ad.Ed, on writing courses, and as part of the MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. Because I’m constantly asked ‘how do you write a book’, I put together a couple of humorous talks. These are interactive – I talk for ten minutes and explain the ‘ingredients’ then divide people into groups of four, give them pictures to work with, and they have twenty minutes to come up with two main characters and the outline of a plot. It’s a wonderful ice-breaker and people realise they are capable of far more than they ever imagined. It also gives them a much deeper understanding of what goes into writing a book.
If you think this might appeal as a fund-raiser, do let me know.
It was a pleasure to meet you and a privilege to learn about your work.
For more info
The Loner Polvellan Cornish Mysteries Series No. 3
e-book pub. Accent Press 99p 1st October.
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