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About Us

Where we started

When all three banks closed in Camelford in rural North Cornwall, the landlord of the old NatWest building offered it to a charity for community use & the Old Bank team took up this project. In 2016, a core group of 4 volunteers and original trustees did a lot of the work, but we also had help from youth volunteers (thank-you NCS) and donations of advice, labour and materials from many other individuals & organisations.

Where We Are Now

Recently Camelford Community Larder has joined The Old Bank Camelford. The larder played a vital role in assisting the local community through the Covid-19 lockdowns with emergency food parcels. As we reopen, we are continuing the run larder events and having local groups and clubs hire the space. We have also received a grant fund from Defra which has allowed us to renovate the kitchen and offer cooking classes which enable people to cook healthy meals on a budget.

Our Trustees

Becca Shearing

Hi, I’m Becca and I am the Chair of the charity. I started volunteering at the Community Larder at the start of 2022 and became a trustee a few months later. I bring lots of skills to the table, most of which have come with me from my careers in the voluntary sector and social work. Volunteering has been an important part of my life for more than 25 years and I have a passion for helping in my local community. As chair of the charity, it is my responsibility to ensure that everything runs smoothly which can be a challenge but is very rewarding. We are always here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need to.

Melissa Northey

Hello I'm Mel. I've been a trustee of the Old Bank since July 2022. Having volunteered for about a year I wanted to join as a trustee, to help to build and support the charity, and the growing communities. This is my first trustee position, and it is important to me, that as a charity we can continue supporting the people within our communities. I am the fundraising trustee for the Old Bank Charity.

Tina McGrath

Hello, I am Tina and I have been a trustee of the Old Bank since April 2021. My background has always been working in children’s services either in the public, private or third sector. I have also been a trustee of HomeStart Kernow, so have experience of being a trustee. I have a passion for improving outcomes for children, young people, and families. I am the designated Safeguarding Lead for The Old Bank.

Harvey Symons

Hi I'm Harvey. I helped start off the renovations at The Old Bank with my NCS team in 2016. I've since joined as a trustee with one of my roles being IT support for the charity. I believe it's important for Camelford to have a community space that's available to everyone at an affordable price.