press release from Treverbyn Community Hall
Volunteers and staff at Treverbyn Community Hall were amazed that their efforts to provide support for the community during the Covid-19 crisis have been recognised by a visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall.
During the past three months staff and volunteers have been busy putting in place measures to help local residents. From weekly phone calls and a hardship fund to food deliveries and emergency food parcels to setting up a jigsaw library and distributing useful contact information, the hall has helped in excess of 500 people.
The Duke & Duchess of Cornwall visited Treverbyn Hall and Community Garden on Tuesday morning as part of a series of visits to communities and organisations who have been responding to the recent crisis.
photos by Anne Bala
Sue Waterfield, Chair of Trustees, said “We are really honoured to have had the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit; we are a small charity in rural Cornwall and it is the very last thing that we would have expected. I think it’s brilliant that the commitment that our staff, Sara and Amanda, have shown during this emergency has been recognised; but perhaps more importantly was the opportunity to acknowledge and thank all of our volunteers who have been supporting people during this time. Much of which we would not have been able to do without their assistance.”
Sue went on to say “Normally our hall is where people come together, but since April it has been a quiet place but what this time has really shown to us is that Treverbyn Community Hall is much more than a building. It’s the people who make it tick and that in times of crisis we know now that we can rely on our friends and neighbours. It has been an honour to have had the opportunity to share some of the issues that local people have experienced and the different ways that we have tried to tackle these problems with their Royal Highnesses.”
The royal couple spent time talking with some of The Hall’s volunteers, hearing first hand about their experiences and what it meant for them to be on the frontline. They also met with representatives from Cornwall Community Foundation, who have helped fund the work at Treverbyn and The Hive, a Cornish charity that is working to tackle food waste and food insecurity by batch cooking, vacuum packing and freezing food which is then distributed through community groups like Treverbyn Community Hall. After spending some time in the community garden the Duke & Duchess met some of the teachers and students from Treverbyn Academy before departing.