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A brown loaf... and a job as a lollipop man, please

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

From left, Councillor Pat Rogerson, Michelle Morris of Malcolm Barnecutt, Jane Lewis of CORMAC Solutions, and school crossing patroller Terry Warne

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Staff have taken a fresh approach to filling two long-term "lollipop" patrol vacancies in Cornwall by teaming up with a local bakery.

With job adverts failing to attract interest, CORMAC Solutions took their recruitment drive to Malcolm Barnecutt in Bodmin, setting up in the bakery to give shoppers a chance to find out about the school crossing patrol posts outside Bodmin College.

Jane Lewis, CORMAC Solutions' school crossing patrol co-ordinator, said: "The two school crossing patrol sites outside the college have been vacant for some time and we are finding it difficult to fill these fulfilling positions.

"So we are grateful for the support from Barnecutt's which has helped to spread the message – many people stopped to talk to us to find out more and took leaflets away with them.

"I hope as a result we will be able to fill these vacancies – the job would suit someone who is community-minded and has spare time morning and afternoon."

Michelle Morris, of the bakery, said it was pleased to support and promote the patrol saying it was "a vital job to the local community". Bodmin College principal Brett Elliott added: "We are wholeheartedly supporting the local authority in the advertisement to appoint a crossing patrol near to the college.

"We are extremely concerned that for 10 months the students have been subjected to unsupervised road crossings which poses significant risk to students and drivers."

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