Welcome to Penwith’s online newspaper.The site is very new at the moment and is under still construction, so some parts of it may change over the coming months. To this end we have made the site as flexible as possible so that it can be developed over time and in response to your thoughts and suggestions.  The more feedback you give us, the more we can make it a site that suits us all, so please tell us what you like, what you don't and why. 

As you can tell from its name there is more than a nod in the direction of the late Peninsula Voice which contributed so much to local politics and culture. The difference here is that this is online and therefore open to us all to write and comment, about anything we want.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is recognized in international human rights law under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that "[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference" and "everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print".

So here's the place where you can post news, views and all the stuff you want to share. 

You might have a burning issue you would like to write about. You might want to talk about the greatnew business/project/event that you have started. You might just want to comment on an article with which you agree or disagree. Or just start a discussion about something that you’re interested in.  Do it, it's easy.  And if you have pictures or videos you'd like to share, we would love you to post them.

We won’t edit or change anything that you have written, but on the other hand, we would like the site to be enjoyable and interesting, so if you see something you find unacceptable, do let us know.

The site will evolve over time, adding functions and widgets according to the merest whims or fervent demands of its users. Keep letting us know what changes make sense to you, what you'd like to see, and what you can offer: eg you might want to start an Agony Aunt column (just a thought).

At the moment there are just a few of us, but the site is only going to work with a whole bunch of people getting involved writing, publicising, criticising, sharing. 

Peninsula Voices was set up by a small group of people who wanted there to be a truly inclusive and democrat online newspaper for West Penwith. A paper which is run by all of us and for all of us. The project is still very new and we are still very much finding our feet. What form the group takes and how exactly it is run is still under discussion. We are considering becoming a not for profit Community Interest Company which is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

The group so far consists of Nick Harpley, our fantastic web developer; Pam Otto, the instigator of the site, 50 Degrees choir member and lecturer at University Falmouth; Emily Kavanaugh, owner of local business Pure Nuff Stuff and Mike & Liz Sagar Fenton who also run a local business. Our lovely chough logo was designed for us by the very talented Jenny Armitage (dancingfeatherstudio.com/‎). 

Eventually, each of the sections of the site, politics, business, arts etc. will need to have an editor/moderator who keeps an eye on that section and keeps it up to date. It won’t take up much of your time to do this; half an hour, a few times a week. If you have a passion about a particular topic and think you might be interested, please do drop us a line using the Contact button and we'll be delighted to hear from you. 

We hope that over time, Peninsula Voices will become a really thriving online community, reflecting the diversity of the place we live in. Enjoy!