Roseland Online was started in 2009 by Mark David Hatwood and his friend Martin. With no dedicated online community magazine for the Roseland at that time, Mark felt the Roseland Peninsula was in need a platform that would: inform the locals of what was happening in their area in an easily accessible online platform – with the speed of instant updates; help promote Roseland businesses; and to help promote the area’s outstanding credentials worldwide through the internet in an unbiased way.
As a not-for-profit enterprise, Roseland Online has grown steadily to become a much-used community resource and in 2011 expanded to cover all 15 parishes of South Central Cornwall, including Cuby, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Ladock, Mevagissey, Philleigh, Probus Ruan Lannihorne, St Ewe, St Gorran, St Just in Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.
Its steady growth means it now regularly enjoys up to 30,000 hits and 2650 unique visitors per day. Because of this success, Roseland Online continues to reinvent itself with a new look and extra features. Improved navigation and interactivity keeps it in touch with our growing communities and has made it even more accessible to everyone, both locally and worldwide.
Roseland Online has a growing team of volunteers including 10 feature writers, local sub editors and a host of contributors. It also reinvests its funds back into the community, helping local sports teams and community groups prosper. And in 2015/16 alone it allocated or dated over £10,000.
It’s founder editor-in-chief, Mark David Hatwood, has also used Roseland Online’s platform to spearhead many community initiatives, working with companies like BT to oversee the roll out of Superfast Broadband for the Roseland and, as its Chairman, helped ‘The Hub’ radio for South Central Cornwall obtain a lucrative Ofcom license.
Roseland Online offers all 15 Parish Councils free pages for their unabridged Parish Minutes and Agendas, helping to get information out to those who otherwise can’t make meetings, and its Facebook and Twitter feeds keep everyone up to date with any new developments on the website on an hourly basis.
Peter’s family have lived in Trewithian for over 35 years. After his mother died, Peter and his wife Sue renovated the cottage with a view to moving there permanently. That dream was realised in 2013 when Peter retired after working for more than 37 years for the Foreign Office both at home and overseas.
Both Sue and Peter like walking with the dog. Sue runs the garden; Peter loves anything to do with the sea and boats! They have two grown up sons (one married) who are frequent visitors to the Roseland.
We are always open for new ideas and suggestions. So if you would like to join Roseland Online’s growing team, helping it to give more to the residents and businesses of South Central Cornwall, Mark would welcome your contact. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Roseland Online has been extremely active in campaigning for superfast broadband across the Roseland peninsula. They have raised awareness of broadband issues across the peninsula, and acted as the focal point for residents and businesses to register their interest. Roseland Online have engaged with Superfast Cornwall in a highly positive and effective way, highlighting the areas of demand and exploring the opportunities for rolling out as much superfast broadband as possible. They take the holistic view, and their key motivation has always been focussed on the potential benefits for the community as a whole. There is no doubt that such an enthusiastic and positive engagement with the Superfast Cornwall programme will ensure that the best possible solution within the parameters of the programme is delivered to The Roseland.”
Julian Cowans, Programme Manager, Superfast Cornwall – Cornwall Development Company
“St Just in Roseland Parish Councillors are always keen to keep members of the public up to date with what is happening in the parish. Publishing the agendas and minutes of the main parish council meeting on Roseland Online is a valuable addition to the monthly article in the Roseland Magazine and will provide a more detailed insight into the work of the parish council. I hope that having access to the agenda through Roseland Online will encourage people to come along to a council meeting and find out more about the work of the Parish Council.”
Cllr Mrs. Chris Williams, Chairman of St Just in Roseland Parish Council