• Altarnun Parish Council

    Welcome to Altarnun Parish Council

  • St Nonnas Church 1

    Altarnun War Memorial

  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Altarnun Village


  • St Nonnas Church

    St Nonnas Church

  • Winter Jamaica Inn

    Winter Jamaica Inn

  • Summer Jamaica Inn

    Summer Jamaica Inn

Welcome to the website of Altarnun Parish Council


(St Nonnas - The Cathedral on the Moor)

The parish of Altarnun lies on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor and covering 15,014 acres, is the largest in Cornwall. From the rugged moorland in the west of the parish, across to the unspoilt villages of Altarnun and Bolventor which boasts the world renowned Jamaica Inn, to the picturesque farmland and rural hamlets in the east, the diversity of rural Cornwall is reflected here. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and the remains of this occupation and also that of the Bronze and Iron Ages can still be found. The Doomsday Book recorded seven settlements within the present parish boundaries, Altarnun then known as Penpont.

We are proud of our rural environment and work with the community to protect, preserve, and continually improve it for all.  This has included, seeking the provision of sufficient affordable housing for local people, road safety and traffic management improvements, installing a public access defibrilator and building public conveniences in Altarnun, following the closure of the original facilities by Cornwall Council.

For more information please contact our Clerk using the contact us section or phone number above


ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN 2019-20 & NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS - Now published-click the link:  2019-20 AGAR & Notice of Public Rights

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY IN OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR: As of 17th June 2020, the role of Parish Councillor has become vacant - click the link (Parish Council >Notice Board). Contact the clerk by phone or by email to take the opportunity to serve as a member of Altarnun Parish Council 

PLANNING: For recent planning applications and decisions being made during the Covid19 pandemic please refer to our Planning page-click the link: Parish Council>Planning

Altarnun Village

One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall lies in the valley of Penpont Water just off the A30 trunk road. Altarnun has retained its historic charm and character, something the Parish Council and residents work hard to keep up, including its picturesque packhorse bridge by the church, a variety of traditional cottages, the village hall which houses the local shop and post office and the church hall which supports many community and social events.

The stunning parish church of St Nonna is known as the Cathedral of the Moor. It was built largely in the 15th century in the Perpendicular style, with its bell tower standing 109 ft (33 m) high. It is notable for a fine Norman font and old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails which date to 1684. The screen is one of the finest 15th century examples in Cornwall; it has three gates and the carved cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are extraordinary.

More modern evolvements are a thriving primary school and preschool situated just up the hill at Five Lanes, numerous sports and social clubs, for both the young and more mature and our twinning with Gueltas in Brittany, France.

Latest Altarnun Parish News

Covid Testing at Polson Bridge


June 2020
Covid Testing now available locally

With effect from 30 June 2020


Testing will start in the following locations in Camborne and Launceston from Tuesday 30th JuneUntil Further Notice. The sites will operate from 10:30am-4pm unless detailed otherwise by the national testing website (details below).

Camborne – Camborne College Car Park, Church Road, Pool, TR15 3FH

Launceston – Launceston Rugby Football Club, Polson Bridge, Launceston, PL15 9QR

The following testing site is already deployed as follows:


In location until

Opening Times



St Austell

Until further notice


St Austell Information Service, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5DR

The Mobile Testing Units are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see military personnel in attendance. 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR TESTING?  These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TEST  The test can be booked online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test

If there is no access to the internet people can ring 119.

AT THE TEST CENTRE   The centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles. Once you have your booking confirmed, make your way to the testing station at your allotted time. The test will be conducted while you remain in your vehicle. On arrival you will be given instructions on what to do by the testing site personnel. Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed until you are instructed to open them. You will conduct the test without leaving your own vehicle. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.

The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing. You will be guided what to do by mobile phone. On arrival you will be shown a number to ring where you will speak to the person standing outside your vehicle.

You will be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.

For guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time. Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bac hand wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test. Also take tissues so that you can cough into them and blow your nose before swabbing. 

TEST RESULTS   You will be informed of your test result within three days, usually via a text message.

HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS   Please note that the NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service. These are located at Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard in Cornwall and the Bannams site in Barnstaple, Sandy Park in Exeter and on the hospital sites for Torbay and South Devon and Derriford. Access to these services is via the employer route.

PEOPLE AWAITING ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL   Further sites in Devon and Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment. At this stage, sites are open at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have external testing facilities by appointment ONLY through contacting the primary care provider.

Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Five Lanes


March 2020
Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!

Great news! The Five Lanes defibrillator is up and running and available for use. Not that we want it used but this fantastic community facility has been long-awaited and the Parish Council is delighted to announce the fruition of the project and once again express its thanks to those who have supported it, especially The British Heart Foundation and our extremely kind local supporters , whose financial aid and voluntary maintenance services are greatly appreciated.

The Parish Council also plans to convert the Mill Green box into a small free community library run on an honesty system. Work will shortly start as soon as pandemic restrictions are lifted.

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