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Web design success for local boy
Keith Charman at work
Keith Charman spends many hours on his website

Keith Charman has lived and worked in Polruan in South East Cornwall all his life.

He taught himself web design and now runs the village's popular website.

Polruan Website
Pay a visit to Keith's website for all the latest news on Polruan.

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+Keith Charman taught himself web design.

+He runs the village website.

+Former villagers from all over the world visit the site.

+The website continues to grow and now has images.

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Polruan boy Keith Charman has always been interested in computers.

He taught himself how to design webpages and now produces the village website. It is very successful with people emailing Keith with compliments from all over the world.

Looking across to Fowey from Polruan
Keith's house looks across to the harbour at Fowey

"At first it was just one page," says Keith. "I started to get more ambitious and the site grew. I have got a digital camera now so I’ve been putting images on to the pages."

Many people who used to live in the village read Keith’s webpages. "They like to know what is going on," says Keith. "I send out general emails letting them know when a new page has been added."


One of the site’s popular series is called Hear-say. It features village news and is full of information.

"You never know how many people are on the internet reading your pages," says Keith. "I have lots of holiday makers emailing me saying they’re pleased to keep up to date with the news from their favourite spot."

Keith also produces a newspaper version of Hear-say which is delivered to all the houses in the village.

"I want to make the website bigger and better," says Keith. "You can get lost in time when you’re working on a computer. Before I know it I will have spent four hours on a web page."

Keith Charman
Keith looks out for stories on his bus

Keith was born and bred in Polruan. He runs the village bus service. He is always out with his bus having started the business back in 1985.

"I do the local school run every day and run village trips to the major towns in the County."

The bus trips give Keith a chance to catch up on village news and get feedback on the latest pages on his website.

Keith keeps himself busy. When he is not adding pages to the website, or driving the bus, he is working on village matters as the parish clerk.

When he gets a moment to himself he likes to sit in his lounge watching the world go by. Keith lives at the top of the hill in Polruan. He looks out over the harbour, the estuary and towards Fowey. "You can get lost in the view," says Keith. "There is always something going on, and it’s usually better than watching television."

Also meet:
The local ferryman
Pat Bate
Mavis Cocks
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