Latest Parish News

Tackling isolation in the elderly rural communities of west Devon and East Cornwall

Work Skills South West CIC has been selected by Crowdfunder and Legal and General to be a Community Legend. What that means is if we raise funds through Crowdfunding, Legal and General will support the project with additional funding. We are one of only ten projects to be selected across the UK and we really need your help.
WSSW’s project is aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness for the elderly living in our rural communities. We really need everyone to get behind this campaign. The Creative Ageing project aims to raise funds for a dedicated wheelchair friendly creative workshop where the elderly can come to make friends and undertake a range of activities designed to support their health and wellbeing.
It is important to note that “Loneliness is as big a killer as obesity and as dangerous as heavy smoking, It can increase a person’s chance of dying by 26%.” NHS Choices.  In East Cornwall and West Devon there are many individuals living in villages and hamlets who simply don’t see anyone from one week to the next.  The Creative Ageing project has been designed to be sustainable so once the workshop space has been funded it will run continuously.
Part of the Creative Ageing project is to deliver a range of workshops to encourage individuals to explore their creative side.  Our Centre, Merryhue Farm, will provide Alpaca, Angora and sheep’s wool from our rare breed flocks so that participants can knit, weave and felt a range of products. Other activities will include painting, carpentry / carving, pottery and photography. The produce from these workshops will be sold through a local shop which has kindly agreed to support the project, and the proceeds will be split with 50% going back into the project for materials and 50% being donated to other local community groups or charities chosen by the elderly.

This project is unique and if successful could provide a blueprint for other community groups to follow. Please help us get the word out. More can be found on our website or go to Crowdfunder and look for Creative Ageing.

Housing needs survey results

Further to the recent survey carried out in St Mellion and Pillaton parishes, a final report has been published on Cornwall Council’s website at the link below. If you would like further information, please contact the Clerk using the ‘Enquiries’ form on this website.


Homechoice and Help to Buy South West

If you are looking for affordable housing to buy and/or social housing to rent in Cornwall, please ensure you register with Homechoice and Help to Buy South West respectively. Links to their websites are below.

Reporting fly-tipping and other issues

Fly-tipping, potholes, missed waste collection and other issues can be reported to Cornwall Council on-line - see details here

Width restriction signs for Clapper Bridge

CORMAC has installed width restriction signs at Amy Tree and in Pillaton in an effort to prevent large vehicles using Clapper Bridge. Photos here (1, 2, 3, 4)

Formal renaming of Church Lane

Church Lane as been named formally so that Royal Mail and the emergency services have this on their records. Nameplates have been installed at each end of the lane (see here) with the Cornish translation of ‘Bownder An Eglos’. We are now looking to name other roads in the parish. Please get in touch if you want to know more.

Welcome to the St Mellion Parish Council website

St Mellion is located between Callington and Saltash in the east of Cornwall, between the Lynher and Tamar Rivers, and partly within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is one of the smallest parishes in Cornwall with a population of less than 408 and an area of 2,985 acres.

The parish economy is mainly agricultural although it is also home to St Mellion International Resort, an extensive golfing and leisure venue with four star accommodation and hospitality facilities.

St Mellion has a primary school, a church, a methodist chapel and a village pub, as well as Crocadon Farm which holds regular local producer fairs and markets.

The Parish Council has six Councillors (including a Chair and Vice Chair) plus a Parish Clerk. Ordinary meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7pm in the Church Hall, St Mellion.

There is also an annual meeting in May which is held straight after the 'Annual Meeting of Parish Electors' and directly before the Parish Council's ordinary meeting for that month.

In addition to these set meetings, the Parish Council occasionally holds extraordinary meetings and 'public meetings', for example, to hear parishioner views on large, local planning applications.

All of these meetings are held in public with parishioners and other interested parties encouraged to attend. Notices, agendas and minutes are posted on the two notice boards in St Mellion village (one by the phone box, one in The Glebe) as well as being published on this website (on the Meetings page).

If you have any enquiries about Parish Council matters, please contact the Clerk using the details at the foot of this page. Please note that standard ‘office hours’ are afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Helping you care for your community

Cormac will provide a trailer, delivered to your door, which comes complete with everything from secateurs to shovels, bin bags to wheelbarrows, for your volunteer group to tackle that neglected corner of your village or town.

Download the Cormac flyer for more details

St Mellion Parish Council Community Grant Scheme

St Mellion Parish Council has set up a ‘Community Grant Scheme’ using the £25k compensation payment received from the developers of the Newton Ferrers solar farm.

The scheme is intended to assist projects run by community and voluntary groups in St Mellion parish and can be used to support a range of activities (e.g. community facilities, local environment projects, etc.).

Grants of £100 to £5,000 are available for individual projects and can be used to ‘match fund’ financial support from other sources.

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07539 480310 or