About the Friends
The Friends of Thanckes Park was constituted in Spring 2010 with the aim of furthering the social,
economic and environmental public benefit of the park; and to support the owners of Thanckes Park
(Cornwall Council) in the renovation, development and maintenance of the park, as an amenity for local
people and to stimulate interest in its historic and heritage value, through a variety of events and
The efforts of the Friends are coordinated by the Management Committee,
which meets on the fourth Thursday of most months in Room 10 in the Torpoint Council Chambers. This room
is provided rent-free by Torpoint Town Council, a kind gesture for which Torpoint Town Council have our
About the Park
Thanckes Park is situated on the outskirts of the Torpoint old town.
It slopes down from the A374 to the foreshore at Thanckes Lake with Thanckes RN fuel depot to the North and the
southern side being bordered by housing and allottments. Within the park are the local bowling and tennis clubs,
a children's swing park, a skateboarding venu, and open areas popular with dog-walkers. There is also a tranquil,
walled garden, called the Benodet Friendship Garden, that was opened in September 2009. This has a roofed stage
with provision for lighting and amplification. The garden also has a bar/kiosk this is usually open during events
held in the garden. Further towards the foreshore is the remains of the old quarry that once provided roofing
slate for the area.
September 2014 Newsletter Available
The September 2014 newsletter is now available for download from our website. Please
click here or visit our Newsletters page to download
Annual General Meeting – Wed 24th September 2014
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Thanckes Park will start at 07:00 p.m. on the
24th September 2014 in the Committee Room of the Council Chambers, York Road, Torpoint.
You can find details in the
latest edition of our newsletter.
Top Field for Sale?
When we started campaigning to have Thanckes Park included in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge,
we thought that the top field would be included in the area to be protected. At the start of voting,
Cornwall Council even showed a picture of the top field in our entry on the QE2 Fields website.
However, it soon became apparent that was in error and that there are plans to sell the top field
for either a supermarket or for housing.
Cornwall Council asked whether the Friends of Thanckes Park supported these proposals. We felt that
we should ask the community for their opinion and represent the majority view. We canvassed by way of
a questionnaire and via the forum. Of those who responded, 90.4% said to leave the top field as a green,
recreational space, 3.4% said to build a supermarket, 2.7% said to build housing, 1.4% said to build
either a supermarket or housing, and 2.1% said they had no opinion. The Friends of Thanckes Park have
made these results available to Cornwall Council and put forward the public opinion to retain the top
field as a green, recreational space.