When you try and do some good, good things invariably happen, and late this evening, we received this lovely letter from Richard Madeley, proud resident of south east Cornwall.
Richard, from all the team, a huge and heartfelt thank you.
I have lived all over the country – born and bred in Essex and London; moved north at twenty to Carlisle and the Scottish Borders; down to Leeds and across to Manchester before, at forty, pinging back to the capital. I have experienced daily life embedded in very different, and wonderful, communities.
But my heart – and that of my wife – lies in Cornwall.
Cornwall either calls to you, or it doesn’t. We spend many months of the year in a tiny hamlet on the coast between Looe and Polperro. But a merely romantic notion of place is not enough: one needs solidity, practicability, and modernity.
Liskeard, which we discovered when we came to Cornwall in 1998, is a wonderful, thriving social and economic community and we have come to love it and to depend on it.
Liskeard is of course an important railway halt on the main London-Penzance line; it lies on one of the best trunk roads connecting east and west Cornwall. It matters.
But the town has a wonderful sense of self and its duty to serve the surrounding Cornish community, too. Most importantly, yet hard to describe or precisely define, it has a living, beating heart. It is connected to itself, in the sense that it works competently as a whole. I could write hundreds of words explaining why, but all you have to do is spend a day in Liskeard. You’ll see. You’ll ‘get it’.
Over the years we have watched Liskeard, with its limited resources, constantly striving to update itself and remain relevant. In fact I think the town has earned the motto: ‘Always Trying To Be Better’.
The people of Liskeard deserve all the help they can get to improve and rejuvenate all that they have already accomplished. I commend their town bid, and am not at all surprised that they have swiftly organised themselves to take advantage of a sudden opportunity.
Liskeard is a proud, warm, and aspiring Cornish town. I love it, and admire it. Its people deserve encouragement and assistance and the Portas Review is a terrific way to meet their honest desire to renew and rejuvenate the community.
Written with a full heart.
Richard Madeley, March, 2012.