Welcome to Godolphin Cross
Godolphin Cross is a lively community of 700 people, hosting a primary school - but very little else. It was formerly served by two churches, two village shops and a pub. The shops were converted into residential use over 10 years ago, and a similar fate befell the C. of E. church in 2005.
In 2012 a street party was held near the school to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, with games for all ages in the garden of the Old Rectory. A number of residents felt we must not lose the community spirit experienced that day and Godolphin Cross Community Association (GCCA) came into being in 2013. We were registered with the Charity Commission as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on 29th February 2016. The membership of the association is open to all those permanently resident in the village of Godolphin Cross and surrounding hamlets
By the time the Godolphin Arms pub closed in October 2015, the ability of the community to meet up and get together had been severely curtailed, and Godolphin was in danger of becoming a dormitory village only.
As a CIO we were in a strong position when the local Methodist Chapel became available for purchase. The chapel was the very last space in the community where villagers of all ages could meet together for social, educational and recreational purposes. Following a strong, locally supported fund raising campaign we purchased the Old Chapel for the village in November 2017. It is now also the registered office of the GCCA
The Old Chapel
Update on The Old Chapel, Godolphin Cross As you will be aware work started this week to install new disabled accessible toilets, modern drains and a “green” heating system in the Chapel. The work will cost £250,000 and will be completed by Symonds Builders from St. Ives who were the company that did such a good job on updating and refurbishing the actual Chapel space last year. The work will take another 12 weeks to complete and given that the parts of the building we are working on are over 170 years old we have a difficult job to do not least because of the very tight “footprint” that the Chapel stands on, close to a number of neighbours (myself included). We have also had to take into account the risks of Covid 19 and Symonds have issued specific risk assessments and instructions to their staff about safer working and contact with other people. These assessments are available on request. Godolphin Cross Community Association apologises unreservedly for the noise and disruption caused this week but this will lessen considerably now that we have almost completed the demolition phase of the work. GCCA appreciates your patience and forbearance on this matter and we hope that the finished job will be enjoyed by you all especially those with specific needs and those of us getting a little longer in the tooth! If you have any queries or concerns regarding this work please contact me in any of the following ways Email: email@example.com, Phone: 07479 969 334, call in or write, I live in The Old Forge right next door to the Chapel itself. Please do contact me for any matter which you think relevant. Thanks all. Richard Mckie Chairman
Following a strong, locally supported fundraising campaign, the GCCA purchased the old Methodist chapel in November 2017
The chapel had become the very last space in the community where villagers of different ages could meet together for social, educational and recreational purposes. Since the purchase, we have made significant progress in securing it's future with various community groups now using the space.
Phase 1, renovating the large hall is completed. Phase 2 to create accessable toilets is about start.
The GCCA Trustees
Richard has spent 35 years in community and youth work.
His focus as GCCA Chairman is helping organise the spaces communities need to do those activities; transferable skills and contacts from local and national organisations are also proving useful.
Clive moved into the village in 2016 from Cheshire, where he was a company director and Chartered Surveyor handling property management, in particular industrial buildings. Avid bird watcher and ringer, who now volunteers locally on recording bird sightings and for Natural England on the Lizard NNR. Member of the Breage Neighbourhood Plan steering group.
Married to Kay with one son Hugh
Terry has lived in the village since 2008 after semi-retiring as the Managing Director of a print supplies company, responsible for a large staff team and used to dealing with many suppliers and negotiating deals. With three sons/wives and ten grandchildren, Terry believes this gives him an insight into what families need and want. Terry’s also a keen supporter of Sheffield United and also enjoys coarse fishing, archery and being out in the garden.
Sharon moved into the village in 2008 with husband Terry, she has three sons who are all married and 10 grandchildren. She is semi-retired as a PA for a small printing supplies company. She is a bit of a crafter in her spare time (enjoys making beaded jewellery), and is also the editor of the local Chronicle magazine
John has lived in the village for several years, is a regular attender at Germoe Parish Church, as well as a steward of the WOW lunch club and coffee morning. A former draughtsman, recently retired, John is an enthusiastic and loyal volunteer.
Kate has lived in Godolphin Cross since 2010 with her husband and three young sons, who attend the local primary and secondary schools in the area..
Kate runs her own businesses from home and prior to setting up her own companies Kate worked in London in various roles as an internal communications/ employee engagement consultant. Kate is a younger Trustee and enjoys running, cooking and attending live music events.
A born and bred Cornishman, small holder, local historian and the son of a Tin Miner, Steve is a lifetime village resident, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area, its history and heritage.
Steve’s book on the historic World Heritage Mining site in which he has always lived is a long time sell out, but there are plans to revise, re- write and put in on line, a well as in hard back.
by Richard McKie
Godolphin WI is a friendly group that welcomes new members. We run a varied programme once a month throughout the year reflecting our different interests.
We usually meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the schoolroom of the former Methodist Chapel for a varied programme of activities and speakers. For more information please contact the secretary, Debbie Thom on (01736) 761293
Godolphin Primary School
by Richard McKie
The school places a high emphasis on promoting pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education and for life in modern Britain. Pupils are courteous to visitors and pupils of all ages mix well together when learning and at playtimes. They show respect to one another, their teachers and other adults in the school. Pupils that spoke with the inspector say they enjoy school and feel ‘included and special’. Older pupils willingly take responsibility for looking after younger children that helps to promote an inclusive and caring school environment.
Funders for the GCCA
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas (Administered by Cornwall Development Co.) allocated a grant to the project to save Godolphin Chapel thereby protecting its continued existence as a Village Hall providing community space for the residents of the village.
The Mather Partnership Estate Agents have undertaken to donate 5% of their professional fees for the satisfactory completion of sale of any residential property within the GCCA area as defined in our constitution.
HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a generous donation for the purchase of the former village chapel.