Cornwall

Camelford 'community launderette' opens

Camelford Community Launderette
Image caption The launderette is in a former printing works and has meeting rooms for hire

A "community launderette" has opened in a Cornish town.

The facility was created after members of a toddlers' group at St Thomas's Church in Camelford said they could not afford washing machines.

The launderette, which will also act as a meeting place, was created with the help of £53,000 of rural aid money.

It was officially opened by Bishop of Cornwall, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton and the Reverend Steve Wild, chair of Cornwall Methodist District.

Project developer Amanda Evans said many parents living in affordable housing said they did not have enough space to dry their children's school clothes outside.

'Rains a lot'

Their homes also did not have space for a washing machine, and the nearest launderette is six miles away in Tintagel.

Ms Evans said: "It's the Cornish weather, it rains a lot, and a lot of people on benefits were living in unfurnished flats without anything like washing machines."

The four washing machines and four tumble-driers have been plumbed in at a former printing works off Market Square.

There are also meeting rooms for hire and free wi-fi.

The government-funded East Cornwall Local Action Group supplied most of the money.

Two managers have been appointed for the launderette, which will be open every day except Wednesdays.

Organisers are also recruiting volunteers to help in the launderette.

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