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  1. Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg as meal'

    BBC News UK

    Drinkers in tier two areas of England could order a Scotch egg with their pint to keep in line with post-lockdown rules, a cabinet minister and Cornwall MP has said.

    Under new restrictions from Wednesday, pubs in those high-risk areas can only open if they function as a restaurant. And alcohol can only be served as part of a "substantial meal".

    Environment Secretary - and Camborne & Redruth MP - George Eustice told LBC Radio that Scotch eggs would constitute such a meal "if there were table service".

    Downing Street has not ruled out tier two drinkers being able to order a Scotch egg, but would not set out the difference between a snack and a meal.

    The prime minister's official spokesman said: "I'm obviously not going to get into the detail of every possible meal.

    "But we've been clear: bar snacks do not count as a substantial meal but it's well established practice in the hospitality industry what does."

    Find out more here.

    Scotch egg
  2. Cornwall and Scilly prepare for tier 1 changes

    BBC Spotlight

    Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will come out of the lockdown on Wednesday into the lowest tier of restrictions - tier one.

    Cornwall is the only part of mainland England where pubs and hotels can re-open fully with social distancing guidelines.

    Pubs in tier two areas, including neighbouring Devon, can only serve alcohol as part of a "substantial meal" and people will have to leave when they finish eating under the new restrictions.

    Dr David Strain, a senior clinical lecturer at Exeter University, said the reason the government made that decision was because Cornwall had enough outdoor space so that people have not had to congregate indoors.

    He added that caution was still needed.

    Quote Message: [People in Cornwall] are a lot more cautious than in other areas around the country. Just because they can start getting together again, it doesn't mean they're going to. We have this lower tier system and we want to do everything to protect it to make sure that we can have as normal a Christmas as possible, but clearly Christmas this year is never going to be the same as it has been previously." from Dr David Strain Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter
    Dr David StrainSenior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter
  3. Covid cases in Cornwall and Scilly remaining stable

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The number of cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly remains stable at 51.

    The England average is now 152.

    In the week to last Monday, there were 290 new cases in the areas, down 194 on the previous week.

  4. Call for better beach dog ban signs

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Better signs are needed to ensure that dog owners know when they can and cannot take their pets on to Cornish beaches.

    That was the call from Cornwall councillors this week as they reviewed the new arrangements which came into force on beaches this summer.


    Cornwall Council has Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place on 43 beaches around the Duchy and this year set new guidelines in a bid to harmonise the rules which had previously been different for individual beaches.

    Under the new restrictions beaches without Blue Flag or Seaside Award status had dog bans in place between 10am and 6pm in July and August.

    Those which have Blue Flag or Seaside Awards had bans from May 15 to September 30, again from 10am to 6pm.

    The changes meant there was more time for dog owners to take their pets to the beach.

    Feedback following the changes has been mixed with dog owners welcoming the move while some were unhappy.

    Rob Nolan, Cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “I have had a good deal of emails and calls about this over the last few months. Signage is the one clear thing that emerges from this and it is something we need to do (improve) ...

    “Falmouth and St Ives have town beaches that are very busy and used almost as parks.

    “In those areas people would like to go back to restrictions from April to October.”

    Councillors said improved signage and an improved webpage providing details of the restrictions was needed.

    The committee agreed to have the current restrictions in place for another 12 months and that another review should be conducted after that.

  5. Schools asked to join Cornish music festivities

    Matt Small

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Schools across Cornwall are being encouraged to get involved in Lowender Nadelik - a celebration of Christmas music in mid December.

    MusicAbility in partnership with the Cornwall Music Education Hub is hosting the celebration , which will include a concert from St Mary's Church Penzance and recordings of performances that schools are being invited to submit.

    It is open to all schools who submit videos or recordings with a Christmas theme.

  6. Sixth-form colleges shutting classrooms a week early

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    All of Cornwall's sixth-form colleges will be closing classrooms a week early from 11 December.

    Bosses said teaching would go online for the last week of term, with students being supported in their homes.

    The principal of Truro and Penwith College, Martin Tucker, said the move would help to prevent the spread of coronavirus and allow families to have more time together.

    He said: "We've got students that travel a long way - in Truro, they're not all from Truro ... and we're appreciative of what people are trying to achieve over the Christmas period."

  7. 'Christmas garden' lights display to end 'rubbish year'

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A 17-year-old boy who has put up a free Christmas lights display by himself has said he hopes it gives people something to smile about after a "rubbish year".

    Dan Noall, a trainee electrician, said it took him three weeks to put the display up at Bodriggy Court, Hayle.

    House covered in bright Christmas lights

    He said manufacturing the lights is a family business and the display is in its 23rd year -but this is the first year they have "gone public", making it bigger and brighter and sharing on social media.

    "We've had a lot of positive reactions - hundreds of likes... The Angarrack lights display isn't happening this year and we are kind of like the mini Angarrack," he said.

    NHS and rainbow lights

    Sheena Collick who lives in the town said: "A lot of us in Hayle have named it the Christmas garden...Such lovely people and it makes me proud to live here!" she said.

    Dan Noall said he wanted the display to be Covid-safe and a planned switch-on procession they had hoped for will be delayed until Christmas 2021.

  8. Why 2020 has been good for England's beavers

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    A lot has happened in 2020, but one thing that might have been overlooked is the re-emergence of the beaver in England.

    A five-year government trial into the reintroduction of beavers into the wild ended, citing a long list of benefits, while new beaver homes have been set up in enclosures around the country

    Both Cornwall and Devon have seen their reintroduction.

    What's so good about the beaver - and why isn't everyone a fan?

    Find out more here.

    Beaver in Devon
  9. Covid tests for students going home for Christmas start

    BBC Spotlight


    Universities in the South West will start testing students on Monday as they get ready for the government's Christmas travel window.

    An evacuation-style plan aims to get students home safely for the festive holiday.

    University bosses in Plymouth and Exeter said students travelling home during the window between 3 and 9 December should take two tests, three days apart.

    Students from the region studying elsewhere are also due to be returning home after similar testing.

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    Video caption: Could Cornwall see a Lithium-ion battery revolution?

    British Lithium is prospecting in the county to find economically viable seams of the element.

  11. Tim Smit: Cornwall is 'what everyone yearns for'

    BBC Spotlight

    Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit says he's "delighted" Cornwall will be placed in tier one from Wednesday after the lockdown ends.

    Sir Tim Smit

    Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight are the only three English regions to be designated tier one by the government.

    Sir Tim said: "Our hearts go out to the other parts of Britain that are not (tier one) because we are one nation.

    "Others are having terrible hardships and the sooner we are out of this and the vaccine is available the better for all of us.

    "Cornwall is tremendously blessed and if Covid has taught us anything, it has shown us that the natural assets we have are what everyone yearns for.

    "So I'm imagining that lots of people will want to come and visit us over the coming few years which is great for Cornwall."

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    Video caption: DIY SOS: New house revealed to grandchildren

    The DIY SOS team transform a bungalow where three brothers have been sleeping in a shared room.