Battle For Trevalga
Trevalga is an ancient farming community which preserves the traditional, rural way of life. Its working farms, popular B&B’s, artists and childcare providers bring untold value to the surrounding area. It is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a unique spirit felt by all who visit it. Gerald Curgenven, last Lord of the Manor of Trevalga, left the village in the care of Marlborough College because he trusted them to protect it. Not only the land but the community. Now they plan to betray his legacy and profit from it. Marlborough College has received years of rent from Trevalga and now they claim that they are forced to sell the village due to charity law. A representative from the Charity Commission advised that they did not think that Marlborough College’s ownership of Trevalga should breach the college’s charitable status. Nearly 40 people could be made homeless if the sale goes ahead in its current manner, including children and the elderly. Trevalga could soon become another ‘Second Home Ghost Town’ which would damage the local economy and further shut Cornish people out of the local housing market. We are asking that Marlborough College cease to proceed at this indecent pace. The speed with which this sale is being executed greatly reduces our chances of finding a sympathetic buyer willing to honour the wishes of Gerald Curgenven and preserve Trevalga. We are asking the college to work with the Trevalga community to come to a suitable and amicable arrangement for the future of the village.