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We are drawing heavily upon the fact that Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of this month. After all our title is Love Saltash, not “Mildly Appreciate Saltash”, or “Complain about Saltash” or worst of all “Ignore Completely Saltash.” We appreciate, however, that Love means different things to different people and we’ve taken

the broadest view that we all need some love in our lives - be that for Nature, Animals, People, God, even for Saltash itself - as the giving and receiving of love is what we are most likely to hold on to when everything else falls away.

of the income required to keep us publishing and delivering our copies to you. Please show a little love to them this year, and if you know of any others who might like to support Love Saltash you’d be showing us a little love by sending them our way.

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This month’s dramatic front cover was brought to you by local amateur photographer Kelly Hine. Kelly explains, “I have always been the type who can’t go anywhere without taking a pic.. But this last couple of years I’ve started to get a real passion for it. Where as before I would just snap away now I’m the type that will stand on a rock until I get the perfect wave coming in.. Even if I get wet doing it. I just love seeing the end result of a pic and enjoy catching a great shot in a way someone else might not look at it.I find it’s something that I can do anywhere and anytime.. It’s the freedom of it.”

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advice or information included in the magazine. We are delighted if you want to share our content, but would appreciate that you would let us know by tagging us online or getting in contact. We are people who like people and would love to have a conversation. @LoveSaltash To advertise with Love Saltash, contact Cornerstone Vision on 01752 225623 or email michelle@cornerstonevision.com


Contents 6 - 10

In Brief

19 - 21 My Friend Betty 24 - 25 Devolution and Us 28

Forest For Cornwall: A First For


Page 19

30 - 31 “Look Like You, Only Fresher”, Says

Rebecca of Saltash Aesthetics

32 - 33 Longmead and Pillmere Welcomes

Bees and Butterflies

34 - 35 The Love Tree 36

U3A Have Had a Busy Year

37 - 39 Stories of Romance 40 - 41 Warm Winter Coats

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44 - 45 Art at Ashtorre 46 - 47 Flowers of Hope 48 - 49 Saltash Community Ambassadors 50 - 51 Employability For All 52 - 53 David’s Countdown to Success 54 - 55 Burraton Community Players: The

Final Curtain

57 - 63 Out and About 64

Calstock Arts

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In Brief

Cornwall College Saltash to

close Cornwall


get an informed view of their next steps.” A spokesperson from Cornwall College said the closure has been a very sad and difficult decision to make. “This decision results from the reduced funding for post-16 learners in colleges which has shrunk by 30% over the last ten years,” they continued. “The recent increase in funding for learners aged 16-18, while welcome, does not go far enough in covering even inflationary costs; it brings funding up to 2010 rates. In this uncertain financial climate difficult decisions are needed. “We are now working with all of our learners at Saltash to map out exciting progression opportunities to allow them to make the most of

Saltash will close its

their talents and ambitions.”

doors in July 2020.

These options include studying at Cornwall College

The Saltash site has

St Austell and Duchy College Stoke Climsland.


A helpline is available for students, parents and


vocational education and



students from South East Cornwall and Plymouth for 35 years. Margaret Butfield, head of campus at Saltash said it was “very sad news for everyone”. “We have been overwhelmed by the response from previous students and their families who have been reminiscing about their positive experience at Saltash and voicing what a great team we have,” she continued. “Each vocational area has planned progression routes for every learner and have met or will meet any concerned parents or guardians to discuss options on a one-to-one basis.


meet the teaching and support staff and generally

carers for further information on 0330 123 2523.

Good News for

the Core

“We have also carefully planned a transitional

The Core has now officially been signed over

timeline that will enable both learners and parents

from Cornwall Council and has been given a 30-

to experience the facilities at our other campuses,

year lease on the building. As many of you will

remember the building has been

in touch.

known as both K2 and K3 when

• holding fundraising events for

it was run by Cornwall Council’s’

The Core to raise money to

youth services. Sadly back in

keep their doors open.

2014 cuts were made to youth

• coming and volunteering your

services across the country

time and skills!

and they withdrew funding for

• recommending their charity to

youth work. It was then, that the

corporate or local businesses

Management Committee agreed

that might be interested in

to approach the Council with a

sponsoring them.

business plan stating that they would like to take

Charlotte continued, “We feel that we have so much

on the running of the building and the youth work

going on for the whole community, not just young


people that we are changing our name to reflect

It has been a long journey. Four years after the

this. We will now be known as ‘The Core Youth and

committee changed the name to The Core and

Community Centre’.

became a registered charity, they have now been

“We are planning to have a big launch now we are

granted the lease.

official tenants in the spring and will welcome the

Charlotte Carpenter, Youth Work Coordinator at the

whole community to come and celebrate with us……

Core explained how these changes will affect the

watch this space!

provision and activities they offer the community.

“Thank you for your continued support and please

“Nothing will change for the young people we

do get in touch if you would like to help in any way.”

support and we will continue to offer our varied

hello@thecoresaltash.co.uk or 01752 843176 or

youth work programme” she said.

follow on Facebook for up to date information on

“We will also continue to provide a community hub

what’s on.

for all the groups who currently use the centre.


“The biggest change will be that we will be asking for local people’s support more! We are now responsible for the maintenance, bills and general day-to-day running of The Core, which will come with a huge price tag! “ Ways of supporting the Core are: •

recommending the centre for room hire/ birthday parties and meetings

offering to be on their list of local tradesmen, for example; plumbers, builders, electrician, painters etc. will all be needed in the future for repairs and leaks! If you are happy to be on their list of people to call then please do get



Construction is due to be completed by March 2020 on improvements to pedestrian and cycle


In Brief routes in Saltash, many frustrated motorists will be

position of the mini-roundabout will encourage

delighted to hear.

lower speeds on the approach to the crossing.

The scheme had been proposed by Cornwall Council

Whilst the existing school crossing patrol would have

and been put out to a public consultation before

been a plausible alternative position for a pedestrian

work started in November last year.

crossing, the Council determined the proposed

The findings of the public consultation determined

location will benefit people accessing the amenities

that the shared use paths between Longstone

on Plougastel Drive from both directions, east and

Park and Burraton Cross, and between Pillmere

west, and at all times of day.

Roundabout and Gilston Road, are going ahead

The route improvements will be expected to deliver

as planned. Some respondents supported this for

real advantages over the use of the car for short

reasons of improved safety when making short

local trips by being convenient, safe, direct and

journeys by bicycle. The main reason for objection

comfortable, therefore encouraging greater uptake

cited was concern about conflict between cyclists

for commuting and leisure purposes. The primary

and pedestrians/vehicles on the path. Whilst this

objective is to improve the environment for cyclists

concern is understandable, Cornwall Council felt

but also to help facilitate pedestrian movement.

that the shared use route would not unduly hinder

By improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

pedestrians/vehicles. The path will be a minimum

accessing the rail station, it’s hoped that more

2.5m wide which is deemed adequate for the

people will cycle there and commute by train to

expected level of use and will be appropriately

work, reducing the number of people travelling by

signed to warn users of the shared nature of the

car over the Tamar and west further into Cornwall.

route. It is also expected that the route would

Local people are welcome to visit www.

mainly attract leisure or less confident cyclists, and

engagespace.co.uk/cornwall to find out about

not cyclists who would rather travel at higher speeds

current consultations, register your interest in Local

on the road.

future consultations or see what has happened as

Objections raised during the consultation meant

a result of past consultations. You can also have

that proposed loss of parking in the vicinity of 86-88

your say online within the time period of the

Callington Road, No Entry restrictions at Longview


and Lollabury Road and a proposed No Right Turn


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There has been lots of conversation regarding the

recent transfer of Saltash Library from the control of Cornwall Council. Saltash Town Council was approached two years ago by Cornwall Council as they needed to offset the approximate £3million annual cost to run libraries throughout Cornwall. Libraries in Cornwall have come up with numerous solutions to stay open and become sustainable. Some Councils have sold off the original space and moved their libraries to smaller buildings. Some have opened up the space for multi use, with a combination of business premises, space for other community organisations and retail and hospitality businesses. Some are forming Community Interest Companies and Charities to run the library space themselves without the support of ratepayers, and others are asking their ratepayers to support Town and Parish Council run spaces so that local people do not lose library facilities. In last year’s precept, Saltash Town Council set aside £150,000 for running costs and maintenance of the library and they have also applied for a public works loan to replace the large glass wall and develop the mezzanine floor so it can be used as rentable office space. Cornwall Council agreed to pay to replace the flat roof and have given £30,000 towards the project to cover salary costs for a full year.


However this arrangement will still require Saltash Town Council to be responsible for ongoing upkeep, redevelopment, repairs and staffing costs for the remainder of the 25 year lease. It is hoped that a viable business plan will be forthcoming from the Town Council to show how the building can generate income to offset these costs, in a similar way to what is being planned for the refurbished Station. Concerns have been raised regarding the feasibility of a profitable café due to the library’s closeness to Saltash Leisure Centre with its established café facility and whether Cornwall Council will continue to keep the carpark free of charge to attract as many visitors as possible to the Leisure Centre and Library who need to travel by car. However the idea of a Saltash Hub, where the library space is used by a wide variety of local community organisations, charities and providers of health and well being services was trialled recently at the My Saltash event. There is also a list of library activities and events running throughout February on the Council website, www.saltash.gov.uk and a Facebook page set up @ Saltash Library Hub to help build a community around greater public use. Another Facebook group has been set up to ask local people if they think the library is fit for purpose in its present form or not. @Saltash Ratepayers Alliance is also suggesting that a referendum should be held to see if ratepayers are happy with the ways that their money is being spent and are seeking view points on their page. Ideas and comments can also be directed to local councillors whose email addresses can all be found on the Council website, www.saltash.gov.uk/memberlist. As with all forms of local government, the more people who get involved in the discussions in respectful ways, the greater opportunities we have to work together to create new plans and strategies to give the people of Saltash the best possible options for the years ahead.


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Your regular update from

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with the new Dementia Voice Singing Group, and some great trips on the Community Hopper buses.

Dementia Voice Singing Group Are you affected by dementia? Do you enjoy music and singing? Dementia Voice’s much-anticipated music and singing group “Do you Mind if I Sing?” starts on 23rd January. Come and join us for a fun morning of singing at the Wesley Church. It will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. 10.30am to 12 noon, with refreshments provided. Everyone affected by dementia is welcome, whether a carer or someone living with dementia.

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Betty on her wedding day

My Friend Betty Betty was born in Menheniot in November 1919

to build the Tamar Bridge. This is where she met

where she lived until she was aged four. She and

Leonard and romance blossomed amongst the hot

her family then moved to live in Ford, Devonport

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Article by Margaret Holley

upstairs window so that she could watch the football matches held at Kimberley Stadium.

Betty had always wanted to work in the local chemist in Saltash owned and run by Mr. C.E.Underhill. One day, she plucked up the courage to knock on Mr. Underhill’s door and asked if she could work for him. He was very welcoming and asked her inside to meet his wife and fortunately offered Betty

After attending North

work as one of his shop assistants. So at the age of

Road school in 1934 she

16 her career began. However, Betty always wanted

worked at Seccombes

to work with medicine and very soon worked her way

Bakery - one of two

to the dispensary working in a job which she found so

shops at the top of

interesting. Betty mastered three computer systems

North Road demolished

over the years and always cared for the staff around


Local her. She made fresh pasties for everyone each week and always made a cake for birthdays. The staff said she was respected by all. Her day began at 8.30am and finished at 8pm six days a week. During the war, when the town had to be completely blacked out, Betty could hardly see her way to walk home so said she had to feel the edges of the shop windows to find her way. Betty’s dispensing career spanned nearly sixty years as she did not finish work until she was in her eighties. In the 1940s Betty and Leonard wanted to be situated in the middle of Fore Street opposite Belle View Road and Betty had attended there since first moving to Saltash. This was not to be as the church was hit by an incendiary bomb which destroyed


However, Betty applied for a licence and she and Leonard were married at Burraton

She told Leonard she would stay out for a while and he said he would go in one more time, he turned back to wave to Betty as he went. A little later, Betty’s brother who was surfing with them, rushed out to help Leonard who was in trouble. Betty went to them and watched, paralyzed as Leonard died on been back to Polzeath since…… It was fortunate for Wesley Church that Betty was a member because she could

“...during a surfing session, Betty was seized with cramp and had to leave the water. She told Leonard she would stay out for a while and he said he would go in one more time, he turned back to wave to Betty as he went.”

Church. Betty borrowed a wedding dress from a friend which fitted her perfectly and she carried a bouquet of red roses, her favourite flower. Leonard had been called up and entered army war service, as were so many others at that time and so he was married in army uniform. Betty recalls that he was sent all over the world during the war years. After marrying, they rented a property in Symons Road where they brought up their two daughters. After the war Leonard moved from the bakery to Dawes Creamery (where Dawes Court flats are now), situated on Saltash Waterside. Betty and Leonard loved to surf, taking every available opportunity to travel to Polzeath with their surf boards to enjoy the waves. They spent many holidays there and Betty said these were wonderful


Sadly, one morning, during a surfing session, Betty was seized with cramp and had to leave the water.

the beach. He was in his early sixties. Betty has not

married at Wesley Church. This church was then



play the piano and as there was no-one else to do this in church it became her regular Sunday job. She was also a Sunday School teacher, and a Church Steward in later years. Betty is renowned for her cake making abilities and over the years has made hundreds for special occasions including

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Betty on her 100th birthday


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devolution and us

placed to know what will work to improve their

attended a localism summit held in Wadebridge

neighbourhood and their lives and the role of

alongside 55 Parish Councils, organised by Cornwall

government and funders is to enable local people to

Council and Locality.

realise their ambition and put their entrepreneurial

Locality is a national organisation that considers

spirit to work.

how to reinvigorate localism and unlock the power

A Report which can be found in full on their website

of community. They aim to devolve power and


control, not just to local councils but to grass roots


communities (people

urges all levels of government, especially local

who live here) to

authorities, to embrace the need to put people in

address and have an

the driving seat and work with communities as

equal voice in local

genuine partners in making lasting local change.


It says that the assumption that devolution will

Article by Karen Pilkington

Recently representatives of Saltash Town Council


Locality believes in

somehow automatically trickle down to people and

many people



neighbourhoods is misguided.



The Report claimed research from NCVO (National

Council for Voluntary Organisations) has shown that

without other fundamental democratic shifts in

civil engagement in devolution to date has been

local involvement can reinforce the impression

weak. In a survey of 249 voluntary and community

that devolution is just ‘another layer of politicians’

sector organisations, 84% said their organisation

widening the gulf between citizens and local

has not contributed in any way to the development


or delivery of devolution plans in their area. The

One way of countering this, the report suggests, is

most common reason for not engaging was a lack

the example of Frome Town Council. Frome believes

of awareness (45%). This was followed by a lack of

that it is the community that has the expertise, skills

engagement by local government (40%) and a lack of

and ideas, and it is the role of councillors to seek

time and resources (27%).

this out. Frome uses community panels for decisions

The Report went on to say that when community

on different things – going where people are, into

participation is narrow, there can be a dominance of

more informal settings, having proper consultations

those with the loudest voices and those that have the

in accessible venues that people go to and feel

confidence, skills, wealth and time to participate. It

comfortable. They also make use of participatory

urges that even where community governance is led

budgeting tools to have conversations with the

by a small group of passionate and involved members

community and make joint decisions about how local

of the community, it still needs to be based on broad-

budgets are spent.

based participation, community engagement and

They also use professional facilitators for engagement

active relationships.

–this is crucial to ensuring that all people are heard,

It also claimed that centrally imposed models,

not just those with the loudest voices.


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Roper James Solicitors are expanding to provide expert legal advice to Saltash and South East Cornwall We are delighted to announce our modern and progressive practice is soon to be providing professional and friendly legal advice to communities both sides of the River Tamar. Along with our existing offices in 3 St Andrew Street Plymouth, we are opening a second office at 6 Fore Street, Saltash, providing a range of legal services to meet the needs of the communities around the East Cornwall area. Our dedicated, professional and friendly staff will be on hand to guide you through a variety of legal circumstances that can arise in life to include: • Wills and Estate Administration

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Forest for Cornwall: a first for Saltash

donated by the Woodland Trust and non-native

17 December at Tincombe, Saltash. Pupils from

species such as gingko and damson supplied by

five Saltash schools, and representatives of Saltash

Cornwall Council to ensure diversity and resilience to

Town Council, Saltash Environmental Action, the

threats such as climate change and disease.

Woodland Trust, Cormac, Cornwall Council and

The Mayor of Saltash Town Council Councillor Gloria

partner organisations, charities and businesses

Challen said: “The town of Saltash is honoured to

joined in planting trees on a sunny launch day.

be part of the first phase of the tree planting of the

These are the first trees of the flagship Forest for

Forest for Cornwall.

Cornwall project which is a key part of Cornwall

“Saltash has an incredible community and I am proud

Council’s plans to help Cornwall become carbon

to see so many people here today so we can start to

neutral by 2030. The trees will not be planted in

make a change to Cornwall becoming carbon neutral

a single forest, but spread across woods, parks,

by 2030. On behalf of our community I would like to

farmland, towns, villages and gardens.

thank the team for delivering this project.”

Once completed, the programme aims to extend

The Forest for Cornwall is Cornwall Council’s first,

canopy cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total

large-scale project to get under way as part of its

land area and capture 1% of Cornwall’s

Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme which was

current greenhouse gas emissions, working

approved by Cabinet in July in response to the

alongside other natural climate solutions

climate emergency.

to draw carbon from the atmosphere.

More information on the Forest for Cornwall and

The saplings planted were a mixture of

how to get involved is at www.cornwall.gov.uk/

native trees including oak and beech


Article Edited by Adrian White

The Forest for Cornwall was officially launched on


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right option for you. No treatment is risk free so your practitioner should also be advising you about possible side effects and how they can support you with aftercare if required. At no point, should you feel pressured into make an immediate decision about treatment. A word of warning…. ‘Sadly the aesthetic industry is, in my opinion, under regulated’ says Rebecca. ‘With no mandatory regulation, I have seen too many people in tears about the treatment and service they have received with less reputable providers. Worst still, I have also seen people ignored when they have experienced a side effect post treatment. I feel this is unforgiveable - surely we have a duty of care to offer an informed consent process, safe treatment and appropriate aftercare.’ Therefore, when you attend for consultation or treatment don’t let price be your only question make sure you ask the right questions: what are the qualifications of the practitioner? A doctor or nurse will be listed on their professional register (GMC and NMC) so you can check this. How long have they been practicing aesthetics? What aftercare is available if a side effect is experienced? If your gut instinct tells you that this is not the practitioner for you, then walk away. Having an aesthetic treatment can be a wonderful experience. There are so many talented and experienced practitioners who can take you through the journey of looking and feeling great. Just do your research and find a practitioner who shares your vision and who you feel at ease with.



Longmeadow and Pillmere Welcomes Bees and Butterflies

Article by Saltash Environmental Action

Saltash was once part of rural England, a haven for wildlife. As it has become urbanised, habitats have been lost, and Nature has been pushed out. But Nature is known to be good for us humans in many ways – providing pleasing landscapes, helping us relax and sleep, and pollinating our food crops. SEA is planning to work with local residents to convert some of our plain grassland areas back to the original wildflower meadows. Anyone walking round Pillmere or Longmeadow Road in recent weeks may have noticed lots of vigorous activity with rakes and dumpy bags. Local residents and SEA members have been working – with the help of the Town and County Councillors – on the first step, to weaken the grass so that it does not overwhelm the wildflowers. The cut grass is raked off and seeds of Yellow rattle sown – this plant actually feeds off the roots of the grass. Then in Spring, typical native wildflowers such as ox-eye daisy and cornflower will be sown. The images show Beth Hodgson helping her mum raking prior to sowing yellow rattle at Pillmere: and the SEA team working on Longmeadow Bank.


Residents surrounding Pillmere Meadow are hoping to create a view from their windows that is more interesting than plain grass, as well as more attractive for wildlife. And Longmeadow Road residents want to maintain and extend the flower planting in the bank behind Longstone Park, that was started by Mariusz who has now returned to Poland. We are not anticipating to see intensive flowerbeds like those seen on some of the verges in Plymouth, or even those dramatic borders at the London Olympic Park in 2012. Those are expensive and require seriously hard work, such as skimming off the topsoil and probably re-sowing each year. Our more eco-friendly route takes a few years to develop fully. The meadows might be less striking to humans but more attractive to insects because the flowers will be natives. And importantly, this method requires much less labour (mainly, one cut and rake in Autumn – hay-making season!) so is much more feasible for community groups. It should be well worth keeping eye and an ear open next summer in Pillmere and Longmeadow for the sights and sounds of insects returning to what we hope will be renewed havens for wildlife.

Beth at Pillmere


The Love Tree



Our front cover image, by Kelly Hine, is based on a very old beech tree in a road side hedge near Trematon, travelling towards Ince and Erth Barton from Saltash.

The tree, which is well over 200 years old has names carved all over it, apparently, and rather shockingly a tradition started because there was a leper colony

nearby. Perhaps the innate sadness of this piece of history, combined with it’s popular description as “The Love Tree”, has drawn Saltash folk to this local landmark throughout the years. The Beech has been named as one of Cornwall’s Magical and Mysterious Trees and its’ appearance on a Facebook post last year in Saltash Community Group by Greg Martin caused quite a flurry of reminiscences from folk who had carved their names for eternity. Tattoos in the bark such as R.S, A.C, P.E, I LUV U, L.L FOR D.S, J.H, R.C, G.B LOVES ? Life is not always kind or able to sustain the passions that cause us to mark out our love in this way,

Photos by Kelly Hine

and so this ancient tree stands as a chronicler of what was, rather than what is now. In our research for this article, we did come across a hand made book called The Beech Tree by Tom O’Reilly, Chris Bowden, Charles Summers and Lizzy Lister, written in 1998.

Tom says in the book, “She has seen the rise and fall of the empire, the horseless carriage, the steam engine, shirehorses ploughing the earth, Plymouth on fire, ten generations of farmers and landowners.” He recalls his conversation with a farmer about who carved the names on the tree. “It be the young ‘uns, court’in couples ‘n boys on motor cycles, some of ‘em. I can remember being there when I was a boy. I carved me own name up there somewhere!... She be the pretties’ tree for miles, I don’t know of any tree bigger, not even on ‘is lordships estate……I’ve always said it be the most sexy of tree.” Tom concluded, “The Outlook of the Beech reminds me that life is

far too precious to be rushed, and to stop and look at nature and the things we love before it’s too late. It’s easy to spend too much time going nowhere fast. A step back is needed; to work with nature, not against her, is the way forward.



U3A have had a busy Year Article by Jeanne Milton

Saltash U3A enjoyed a very diverse season last that another dance is being planned. year with many different activities carried out The Club enjoyed talks from Lucy Simister about Charles by the different groups and a variety of speakers Babbage and the Computer and Robert Hesketh on at their monthly meetings. Before the start of Devon Smugglers. The December meeting was the this season some groups had finished and were annual Christmas Social. As usual the Committee replaced by new ventures – cultural explorers provided the food spread and the Ukulele group played and a ukulele group. The former was welcomed songs and carols for entertainment . with a lot of interest and trips were planned to Another walking holiday has been planned by Roger Guernsey and Italy. The latter attracted a lot of Fursier for a week in the Isle of Wight and 4 members of interest from those who had never played an the Spanish group are preparing to sit GCSE at Saltash. instrument previously. A performance was planned for net. There is never a quiet moment in the Saltash U3A. the Christmas Social. To find out more, go to www.saltashu3a.org.uk The newly formed Table Tennis group attracted more and more members and although many hadn’t played since their teenage years they accepted a challenge from the Wesley Church Table Tennis group. The one thing that stands out from all U3A groups is a sense of enjoyment which is so important. Not sure if it was a win for the U3A but it must have been close! John Bond from the Table Tennis group suggested an U3A Barn Dance. This was welcomed and proved to be a huge success with more than 70 members enjoying Members of the committee the evening. It was so successful




Our Stories of Romance, celebrating St Valentines Day, come from the website mazedtales.org.

Recognising the Cornish as master storytellers, Mazed Tales breathes new life into old tales. If you have a tale to tell, or would like a visit from one of their team, find them online at www.mazedtales.org or listen to a podcast at thefolklorepodcast.weebly.com for a bedtime story treat.

The story of three rivers: Tamar, the Tavy and the Taw. In a cave deep beneath the ground an earth

light hearted nymph and as she grew older Tamara

nymph was born to two earth spirits. They called

began to explore. One day, she found herself above

the child Tamara and she grew to be radiant to look

ground and unusual for her kind Tamara adored the

at and bubbling in spirit.

sunshine. Taking every opportunity she was given,

Now, the life underground was not suited to a

Tamara took herself along the earthen passages to a


Local new destination above ground. Best of all she liked the moors where the sun was high and bright. Living in the moors at that time were many giants, Tamara’s parents hated and feared the giants for they were rough and wild. Two young giant brothers called Tavy and Tawrage spotted Tamara out exploring the moors and they

both decided she was to be theirs. Tamara spent some days teasing the two giants. Running into sight and then disappearing on a chase across the moors. One day the two brother giants came across Tamara napping under a bramble bush at Morwenstow and sat down either side of her trapping Tamara between them. You would perhaps think it would be terrifying for an earth nymph to wake up between two huge giants, Tamara loved the attention and played along with their game. Tavy and Towrage were serious about Tamara as both had fallen in love with her, they vowed to keep her there until she had made a choice between them. The three sat laughing together as dusky clouds rolled down across the moors. Tamara’s parents missed her bright laugh and set out to seek her. Seeing his daughter with the giants made her father growl with anger at his most hated enemies. Try as he did, Tamara would


not be persuaded to come home to their rich, dark cavern. Anger burst from him, rather than let his daughter marry a giant, he cursed her to turn into a river of water flowing always to the sea. Crying Tamara melted before her father and her tears carried her on her first following to the sea.

along by her side. Towrage woke late, realising what had occurred he ran to an enchanter in the hills. The enchanter changed Towrage into a stream like his brother. But in his desperation to catch up and find Tamara, Tawrage took a wrong direction, and was forced to run away

When Tavy woke up, he ran heartbroken to his

from her always. Tawrage, Tavy and Tamara still flow

father. The giant understood his son’s grief would

from the moors all the way to the sea - but now we

not heal. He transformed Tavy into a stream, running

call them Taw, Tavy and Tamar.

beside Tamara. Tavy would seek her always, running

Retold by Anna Chorlton

THE FAITHFUL FRIEND Where do you go, boy?”

younger one. It was the younger one who whined

asked Thomas Parkin of the

and begged prettily for food. The family couldn’t

dog that visited his house in

resist. When the meal was over and all scraps eaten,

Saltash.   Every day the dog

the two dogs turned and left.

would turn up at the door and wait patiently until someone in the house took pity on him and gave him some scraps of meat. He would wolf down a couple and then trot off with the rest dangling from his mouth. No one knew where he took the meat. The family wondered at the mystery. The little dog didn’t look underfed. Why was he storing the meat? Wouldn’t it go bad?  They tried to follow but the dog was too quick and too cunning for them. Then one Sunday the dog turned up with a blind mastiff in tow. The mastiff walked slowly and carefully. He was nudged along by the smaller dog until they arrived at the Parkin’s door. Both dogs sat; the big old blind one and the small

The whole family followed the pair as they made their slow way out of Saltash to a field. They watched as the younger dog guided the old one to a wellworn bed in a sheltered corner in the brakes. The mastiff sniffed and then curled himself up with a sigh. The younger dog sat down beside him. From then on the small dog would come for his daily meat which he would take up to the old blind dog in the field. Somehow the dogs would know when it was Sunday or a feast day and the pair of them would turn up at the door to join in the festivities. This went on until the old dog died. Thomas Parkin told the tale to Robert Carew who wrote it in his book A Survey of Cornwall in 1602. It made such an impression that when Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe, published his book on his travels through the British Isles in 1725 and described Saltash, he mentioned this story. Retold by Liz Berg





They say charity begins at

home and that is exactly what has happened in the town of Saltash. Having compassion for those



councillor Averil Pinckney launched a warm coats initiative






obtained permission to give free coats and warm clothes




Maurice Huggins rooms to those who have fallen on hard times…and it has gone from strength to

family late one evening, so I opened up for half an

strength. The councillor, who also founded the charity Eva’s Little Stars, contacted the local food bank and asked them to inform their recipients of the times she would be available to hand out warm children’s and adult clothing during the winter months and that this service would be available as long as the stock allowed. Since that first day in December she has had a massive response from both those in need with members of

Article by Christine Griffin

the public donating not only warm clothing, blankets and winter boots but also



Christmas presents, and one lady even donating


full Christmas lunch for


family who had all but cancelled Christmas. Averil said: ‘I had a special request from a

hour one Sunday for them to come along and they left with warm coats, trainers and gloves. Such a small thing helps so much. ‘One less fortunate family had the benefit of receiving coats, hats, duvets, toys, selection boxes and lots more…they gave me a huge hug to thank me. It was the third time I was moved to tears that day. ‘The generosity of the people of Saltash never ceases to amaze me and I have been overwhelmed by the response. I would like the scheme to go on for as long as people need the help, so I will be running it while the Maurice Huggins Room in Victoria Gardens is still available for use. ‘I would also like to thank the council for allowing me the space.’ If anyone would like to donate warm clothes or pick up items, Averil will be there on Fridays between 11am and 3pm, or is available to contact by email on A.Pinckney@saltash.gov.uk



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CAFE EXHIBITION at Ashtorre Rock 14 February - 19 March Right under the Brunel Bridge at Saltash Waterside, PL12 4GT and open 10-4 daily.


TAG is a self-help group of keen amateur painters who meet weekly at Ashtorre Rock to share their experience and enthusiasm. This varied work and much more can be seen - and bought - at the exhibition.


Images © Bob Bennett, Roger Adams, Wendy Conway, Yvonne Evans

Two images demonstrate different approaches to a subject popular with painters and exhibition visitors alike.

Bob Bennett's Safe Harbour lets his simplified boat forms huddle in a slightly distorted lean to the left. The towering harbour walls make them as once seem small and vulnerable yet protected, whilst the choice of deep tones for the hulls and the mud bring a sombre, reflective feel to the composition.


Both of the paintings show boats dried out above the tide and both play on that iconic 'full-frontal' view, the v-shape of the bow.

Yvonne Evans's boats in Tenby also lean but more freely and randomly. This time, the buildings towering above seem like casual, bustling onlookers. The brighter, lighter colours and the free cartoon-like style help to create an optimistic, summery vibe. These boats are ready to burst out onto the next tide.

Comment by John Forster


Day Trips

Flowers of Hope Snowdrops are a symbol of Rebirth, Hope and Sympathy, perhaps not as traditional as Roses, but definitely something to consider for Love the Second Time Around. If you want to show someone you love they are important to you and remind them of your love, the Snowdrop flower would be a perfect gift. For the Gardeners amongst you, you might be interested in traveling across the Tamar to Buckland Monachorum to see one of the best collections of snowdrops in the world burst into fragrance and colour at The Garden House’s first ever Snowdrop Festival, which takes place until March. The Festival will showcase the world renowned Matt Bishop Snowdrop Collection, one of the most diverse collections of named and naturalised snowdrops in the UK.    Planted in huge swathes across the garden’s stunning ten acres, snowdrops are scattered across banks and in borders, in plain sight but also tucked away in secret corners.  Over 100 named varieties of snowdrops which bloom from early October through to April, are carefully labelled, tucked into herbaceous borders and naturalised with early flowering bulbs. The vast collection was established by Galanthus (snowdrop) expert Matt Bishop, former head gardener at The Garden House, to include many unusual varieties. Matt is the principal author of the galanthophile bible, Snowdrops: a Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus (Griffin Press, 2002) and now


has his own worldwide snowdrop business. Matt added more to the collection in 2019, so it now numbers over 100 named varieties, some of which are extremely rare. The stunning Garden House display has become a must-see on the Galanthophiles (snowdrop lover) calendar. Typically Galanthophiles will travel long distances to see very unusual blooms, with some paying thousands of pounds to buy the least common varieties. The Garden House team now hope the snowdrop collection will become a nationally recognised collection, though many varieties remain yet to be formally identified.  “We really wanted to celebrate our snowdrop collection which is not only extraordinarily pretty,” said The Garden House General Manager, Donna Wadham. “It’s a unique chance to see some of the most unusual varieties of snowdrop in an exceptionally beautiful setting. We are thrilled Matt Bishop has added to our collection for 2020. It’s loved by experts and garden lovers alike - the Snowdrop Festival seems like a great way for people to access and enjoy snowdrops.” More details on the Festival which is open FridaySunday, 11-3pm until the end of March can be found at www.thegardenhouse.org.uk/ Saltash Hopper has a day trip planned for February 8, 10.30am to 4pm. Call 848348 to book or pop into No 4 Fore Street.



Saltash Community Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors were a “credit to the school”,

Working alongside the Festival organisers, the

remarked a member of the public. Supporting the

Ambassadors demonstrated excellent leadership

Saltash Christmas Festival, the team of students

skills: coordinating the arrival of more than 200

helped throughout the day to set up stalls,

Santa-driven motorbikes was no mean feat!

helped traders, kept people safe and ensured the

Mr Oakes, Assistant Headteacher, commented “The

Community was able to enjoy the fantastic activities

students were simply excellent. We had so many

on offer.

positive comments from stall holders and members of the public on how the students conducted themselves throughout the day. We were incredibly proud of their efforts.” Saltash Community School is also a spend partner with the national scheme Time Credits. The Ambassadors who took part will now earn Credits to be able to spend at various locations around the Country. Lesley Porch, who coordinates the Ambassadors, said “Schemes like these are so incredibly important




cohesion. We want our community to see how fantastic our students are; at the same time, we want our students to realise how important it is to be active members of their community.” Thanks also to Stella Baker at Bakers Coffee House for giving them all a hot chocolate to warm them up.






Together for Families, part of Cornwall Council,

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Article by Karen Pilkington

David’s countdown to success Local Resident David

next 31 years glowering at the screen, smouldering in

Chapple had a brush

what might have been, but he managed to overcome

with stardom many

his disappointment with a passion for comedy, both

moons ago, which

arranging stand up shows with comedians locally

has left him with

(more please David!), and, incredibly, walking


hundreds of miles to see his favourite acts.


desire for fame and

David explains, “In March of 2019 the comedian


Mark Watson was doing a 26 hour marathon gig for

David appeared on the long running TV Game Show

Alzheimers in London. As one of the many events

Countdown way back in 1989. He vividly remembers

relating to this I walked from the Leicester comedy

the pain of narrowly losing to an “octochamp” on his

festival to his gig, a marathon a day for four days,

eighth game. David’s victor, Tim Morrisey went on to

arriving during the gig.”

be a Champion of Champions on the show.

This act of insanity opened the door to a chance

Many people in David’s position would have spent the

meeting that was to bring a certain justice to the

David’s triumphant meeting with Mark Watson after walking 108 miles to see him


David’s original Countdown appearance in 1989

cruelly shortened career that David had mapped out for himself as a Game Show Master. He continues, “One of the many celebrities who turned up to support Mark Watson’s gig was Rachel Riley (of Countdown fame). I got speaking to her and mentioned I was a contestant all those years ago. She told me that you can reapply after a ten year gap, and encouraged me to do so, so I reapplied and got accepted and filmed in October in Manchester.” The show was screened on January 20, so we can now reveal the result without you having to turn away now. David won! David explained, “I am on for three days, so I won two and then forgot how to do numbers on the third game. “Being Champion for a couple of days has finally put 31 years regretting losing completely out of my head. LOL.“

David’s prize haul in 2019 including the much coveted Winners Teapot




The Final Curtain


In 1990 a group of local residents decided to liven up the community of Burraton. Main instigators of the project were Hylda Clay,

and spurred the writing team onto devising more “offthe-wall” scenarios such as “Aladdin in Graceland” or the eco-friendly junk-band version of “Robinson Crusoe”.The whole of the Baggs family became prominent members of the

Peter Harris and Christine Woolcock.

group with son Jonathan

Their initiative

winning the prestigious Calor

was a local pantomime group

Gas vocal award in 1996.

involving people of all ages

A further new member was

getting together to produce

Gloria Leadbitter who with

pantomimes and raise funds for local good causes.

artistic invention and flair, a


unique capacity for ferreting

script was duly written and

for bargains in charity shops

February 1991 saw their debut performance, “Sleeping Beauty”. Amongst the participants, playing the Dame, was Leigh Hughes. The production was a success and so launched a 30 year run!


and a sewing machine that burnt red hot was to provide costumes for some twenty years. Soon to become regular members, and eventually “veterans”, David Yates carved out a niche for himself as the usually inept villain while Diane Sweet was to act across the whole range of parts from slightly

During the 1990s, Calor Gas ran an annual “Village

gormless comedy to seductively evil temptress.

Pantomime” competition throughout Cornwall. The

Jill Price joined the group and rapidly lent her

Players were enthusiastic competitors and often

production and writing skills allied to the portrayal of

attended the final awards ceremony. They received

over-the-top eccentrics.

much praise along the way for all aspects of their

Article by Leigh Hughes

shows: in 1995 Peter Harris was chosen to perform


Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma” at the ceremony: his vocal expertise playing Friar Tuck and singing a parody which extolled the delights of “Friar’s Tuckshop” went down a storm. A key new member of the group Peter Baggs joined in 1992: Peter was the group’s technical whizz who loved creating spectacular effects


By the late 1990s the group were firm favourites on the Saltash pantomime scene and consistently introduced hordes of youngsters to the magical world of pantomime. Virtually all of the youngsters began as chorus members and then made their way into feature roles. They were attracted by the inclusivity of the group and the welcome offered by their adult

colleagues: there were no membership fees and no

the talents of Leigh Hughes, Jill Price, Les and Kate

age-related restrictions on casting whatsoever.

Williams both in writing and production to the full.

The friendly fun-filled atmosphere of rehearsals and performances encouraged the group to expand its repertoire and in 1997 the group produced their first farce, “Post Horn Gallop” warmly received by audiences. It was to be the first of seven and gave many opportunities for those who lacked confidence in their singing abilities. Sue Court made her debut in one such and enjoyed the experience so much that she moved into the pantomime world with effervescent alacrity.


In 2010 the adult members of the group launched into their first “Murder Mystery” evening with “Murder at Deadwood”. The format of a partly improvised script, loads of audience interaction and a pasty supper proved hugely popular and subsequent “murders” have occurred (amongst others) “On the Burraton Belle”, ”In the Readers Circle”, “Behind Bars” and, most fittingly perhaps, “In Pantoland”.

SAD DEPARTURES, DIFFICULTIES FACING THE FINAL CURTAIN. AND CHALLENGES. Reluctantly the Players have decided that, in the face

Sadly along the way, Hylda Clay and Roisina Allen who

of a dwindling membership, all things must come to

had worked tirelessly for the group passed away in

an end.

1997 and 1999 respectively: they were much missed.

They do so proud in what they have achieved in

The bitterest blows to the group though came in

terms of pleasing audiences, raising money for good

2006 and 2007.

causes ... and having heaps of fun along the way!!!

Peter Harris had been at the centre of the Players

To celebrate their achievement and to thank

since their inception:

audiences for their continued support

his energy and untiring

enthusiasm encouraged others and spurred them on

over the years the Players are hosting a grand finale.

further. Whether producing,




29 there will be a special


evening at the Burraton





organising publicity or selling


tickets, his dedication to the

event will offer a chance

group never waned.


to see displays of archive


material from over the years,

apparently won a battle with

take part in a fabulous fun




cancer, he passed away.



quiz, relive some of the

A second untimely tragedy occurred in 2008 when

memories of the years.and see the presentation to

Peter Baggs also succumbed to cancer. Peter had

the most recent charity.

been the backstage powerhouse for all productions:

Tickets (£5.00) will be available from early February

hugely resourceful, he liked nothing better than

at Piglets, Fore Street, Saltash and are likely to sell

grappling with seemingly impossible technical

quickly for this one-off event .

challenges created by over-creative script writers and nailing their solutions.

For further information please contact Leigh Hughes

The players responded to these difficulties utilising

on 01752 842109.


Saltash Town Band is looking for a Bb Bass player

Saltash Town Band continues to go from strength to strength and has many and varied engagements for 2020. Both Junior and Main Band are playing at the Saltash Speech and Drama Festival Finale on February 3. They also are playing for the Saltash 75 commemorations of VE Day in May, as well as making regular appearances at events in the town and as far away as Padstow and South Brent. The Main Band is attending the annual West of England Regional Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Torquay on March 14. The band boasts healthy, adult and junior sections and has a most successful training band. Saltash Town Band is currently looking for a Bb Bass player to fill just one vacant seat, and would welcome inquiries from interested musicians. Contact us via our website or our band manager direct on 07718 906335 or email alisonevans1986@hotmail.com


Out and About

Your guide to What’s On locally Tea and Cake plus a Bar raising money for Cornish Blood Bikes and the Wreckers trip to Estonia Tideford British Legion | 7.30pm | £5 (under 16s free) | INFO Mary Wells 07970033960

problem is, however small, if you’re feeling down and need a chat then pop along for a cuppa. Having someone to offload to can prevent a small issue becoming a mental health problem.  After all a problem shared is a problem halved! Every Tuesday | The Core| 6-7pm | INFO Simon  07837529525

Horizons @ The Ashes Bar

Apple Pruning Workshops at Cotehele

Saturday 1 february Wreckers Racing Evening Fundraiser

High Energy Indie and Alternative Floor Fillers Ashes Bar Kimberley Stadium | 8.30pm

Sunday 2 february France V England Six Nations Rugby Live at a Pub near you | 3pm

In the orchard for an introduction to apple tree pruning with Cotehele’s gardeners. Part theory, part practical. Tools provided, but wrap up warm and wear suitable clothing. Every Tuesday. Also on Wednesday 8 Jan. Cotehele National Trust | 10.30-1pm | £25 booking essential | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele 01579 351346 option 0

Monday 3 february Mary’s Country Dancing Group

Country dancing for ladies over 60ish. Nothing serious, just come along for a cup of tea and biscuits, meet friends and enjoy a bit of dancing. Every Monday | St. Nicholas and Faith Church Hall | 2pm - 4pm | INFO Lynda lynhollister@msn.com

Saltash Suns Under 12’s Basketball Training from Raiders Youth Coaches. Every Monday | China Fleet Country Club | 6pm | email info@plymouthraiders.com for more details

tuesday 4 February Sight Loss Awareness Day ISight Cornwall are hosting this information day with demonstrations of the latest technology to support visual impairment. Saltash Library | 11am | INFO 01872261110

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Dementia Drop In Cafe

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If you are living with dementia or have been effected by dementia then drop in for a chat and a cup of tea and a piece of cake and find out what services and activities are available in the area. All welcome. Every Tuesday | Community Market, 4 Fore Street | 10am - 2pm | Free | INFO info@dementiaPL12.uk www.dementiaPL12.uk

New members welcome for this new book club running in the tranquil and calming atmosphere of Just Be. No licence to kill for menopausal sufferers needed after all. Just Be Saltash Waterside | INFO and contact details on their facebook page

Saltash Kernow Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesday afternoons and evenings. All levels of players and ages welcome. Whether you want to be competetive and play in the league or day tournaments, or just want to play for fun, bowls are provided and players are there to help you learn. Tuesday afternoons and evenings | Church Road, Saltash | 1.30pm - 4pm & 7pm - 10pm | INFO Yolanda (Club Secretary) 01752 849945

Dementia Voice PL12 Walking Group Affected by dementia? With the support of trained walk leaders, people living with, or affected by, dementia can enjoy safe walking routes. Walks vary in length from 30 to 90 minutes. Every first and third Wednesday | 10am | INFO 07512 098117

Saltash Probus Club For retired professional and businessmen meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Saltash Guildhall | 10am | INFO Bruce 01752 846835

Saltash Ladies Choir


Saltash Ladies Choir practice every Wednesday. New members welcome, especially top sopranos! Every Wednesday | Burraton Methodist Church | 7.15pm - 9.15pm | INFO Secretary Nicola Cooper 01752 217990

Community Hopper Link to Town Centre – Supermarkets – Tamar View Nurseries Every Wednesday morning | INFO 01752 848348 or pop in to No 4 Fore St for a timetable.

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Saltash Men’s 60+ Luncheon Group As part of the Saltash Live at Home Scheme, a small group meet in an aim to provide a congenial atmosphere to converse and build friendships. Every Wednesday | Ploughboy Pub, Liskeard Road | 12.15pm - 2pm | INFO Sarah 01752 848728

thursday 6 February Play Rugby All Year Round

Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty, 44 Fore Street, Saltash, PL12 6JL


Tuesday and Thursday- Senior (18+)male training. Youth training for Under 9’s to Colts from Tuesday to Friday evenings | Saltash Rugby Club, Moorlands

Lane | 7 - 8.30pm | Free | INFO Lee Maher, Club Secretary 07720 826664 or Noel Hill, Club Chairman 07882744265 | 02touch@saltashrfc.co.uk

Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic

Saltash Macular Support Group The meeting is open to anyone affected by central vision loss. Family, friends and carers welcome. Offering the chance to talk and share information about treatment, the services available and staying independent. First Thursday every month | St. Anne’s Care Home | 10.30 - 12 noon | Free | INFO 01579 350283

Card Making Every Thursday during term time Saltash Scrapstore Fore Street | 1-3pm | £3 per person

FRIDAY 7 february Reading Retreat Until Feb 10, get away for a few days peace, comfort, tasty, healthy food and uninterrupted time to read without having to travel for miles. Lower Marsh Farm Landulph PL12 6NG|INFO & pricing 01579 212100 www.lowermarshfarm.com/ reading-retreat/

Produce Market On the First & third Friday of every month CEPL12 hold a popular local producers’ market in the Community Hub at no 4 Fore St. You can pick up locally grown fruit, veg & flowers; fresh bakery goods; local honey; locally reared meats, as well as a selection of locally made craft items. 4 Fore St Saltash | 10am – 2pm | INFO or to book a stall 01752 848348

Saturday 8 February Food Market and Table Top Sale Local food traders will be bringing along their produce for you to try and buy.  Come along and find a bargain or unearth a new treasure from our table toppers. Many local charities will be attending so please support them.  Church Fundraising Stalls will also be present.  Refreshments will be available including Bacon Rolls and Toasted Tea Cakes

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Dementia Voice PL12 Veterans Group Anyone connected to the Armed Services and is affected by dementia is welcome. Every two weeks | SHADO Centre, Plougastel Drive | 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Drumming Fun A fabulous percussion experience for adults with Dementia Callington Memory Café | 2pm | INFO www. drums4fun.co.uk

Raising Funds for the Community Cake Stall, Plant Stall and Raffle. Everyone Invited Harrowbarrow Village Hall nr Callington | 12 noon | £5

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Scotland V England 6 Nations Rugby at a Pub Near You | 4.45pm

Sunday 9 February O’Reilly and Murfin Tin Whistle Playing Extradordinaire Catch this world renowned exciting duo playing Irish Tunes and Country Soul Rod and Line Pub Tideford | 4pm

Tuesday 11 February Pay As You Feel Meal The Real Junk Food Project is a group committed to taking perfectly good food that stores would have to throw away and recreating it into tasty meals. They are now hosting a meal every month, on a pay as you feel basis, open to anyone who would like to come along. Every second Tuesday | Wesley Methodist Church |

12pm - 1.30pm | Pay as you feel | INFO Jess Sneyd jessicasneyd@gmail.com 07510 138595

Valentines Sweet Tree Workshop Truly Scrumptious Lower Fore Street | 7pm | £15 | INFO and to book text 07580083083

wednesday 12 February Forder Film Club Showing of Bait, about the trials of a Cornish Fisherman in a small town struggling to cope with the change modern life brings. Forder Community Hall | 7pm | £3 members or £6 to include annual membership of the club | INFO www. cfylm.co.uk

DECAF - Saltash Live at Home Activity group to support anyone living with dementia. All Live at Home members welcome to join in. Programme of activities for the year: music, willow craft, animal party, crafts etc.

COMING UP AT THE PLYMOUTH JAZZ CLUB Jazz, in all its forms, seems to have quite a following in Saltash and the surrounding area. The Plymouth Jazz Club has been running since 1984 with the sole objective to bring quality live jazz music to the local area. It promotes a wide range of jazz styles by top line artists from the UK, Europe and USA. Featured artists & bands have included Clare Teal, Alan Barnes, Scott Hamilton, Greg Abate, John Etheridge, Mark Nightingale, Jim Mullen, Karen Sharp and many more. All newcomers will be guaranteed a grand old welcome at this friendly, lively club, so if you are interested in trying something new, or rekindling an old passion why not give your ears a treat. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For all events, admission £10 (Members £8, full time students £5) Tickets on the door; information 01752 774343 www.plymouth-jazz-club.org.uk


Sunday February 2 Derek Nash with the Martin Dale Quartet £10 “Derek Nash is at the forefront of the British Jazz Movement” - The Guardian. Sunday February 16 - The Riviera Ramblers - £10 A welcome return of John Shillto’s swinging hot rhythm jazz band which was a big hit on it’s first visit to Plymouth Jazz Club one year ago.

Every second and fourth Wednesday | Burraton Church | 2pm - 4pm | INFO Sarah Clook or Liz Hewer 01752 848728

Careers Fair Meet local and national employers face to face New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth | 10am-2pm | info@ukcareersfair.com www. ukcareersfair.com

Thursday 13 February


Singing for the Brain Fun morning of singing for those affected by dementia. Every second and fourth Thursday | Wesley Methodist Church | 10.30-12

Friday 14 February Michael Jackson Tribute Band Saltash Social Club | 7.30pm

Valentines Day Meal 3 Course meal with entertainment from Terrie May McNulty. St Mellion | £96 per couple | INFO and to book 01579 352070

Valentines Meal at St Germans Three course meal with one red rose. The Scholars | 6.30pm | £30 | to book 01503 230600

Sunday 16 February

Dinky Donut Workshop Take the kids to learn to bake and decorate donuts. Sessions at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Truly Scrumptious Lower Fore Street | £6 | text 07580083083 to book.

Tea & Toast

Tea and Toast is a social morning to catch up with old friends or to make some new ones. Every third Tuesday | St Stephens Church Saltash | 9.30am

50 Things Ranger Day Full day in half term packed with activities for youngsters including mud sculpting and campfire cooking and much more. Lanhydrock National Trust Bodmin | 10am | see website for event timings and admission prices.

TUESDAY 18 February

Wednesday 19 February Soccer Road Show Half Term activities run by Plymouth Argyle for football mad 5-14 year olds. Saltash Community School | 9.30am-3pm | £13 online booking, £18 on day | INFO 01752 562561 www.argylecommunitytrust.co.uk

Trematon WI New members always welcome. Every third Tuesday | Saltash Baptist Church, Culver Road | 7.30pm | INFO Gill Higgins 01752 847483

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Out and About Screening of Peter Rabbit China Fleet Country Club | 2-4pm | £3 | visit their website for details and to book

Learn to Make Sourdough Bread Calstock Hall | 10am | £65 all ingredients and further support inc | INFO holistickitchenacademy.com

Saturday 22 February RYA ESS Navigation Course For inexperienced and beginner skippers, course runs over 2 days. Cargreen Yacht Club | Visit their website for pricing and to book.

Sunday 23 February

Saturday 29 February Dapper Joe An evening of Doo Wop, Jive and Stroll Saltash Social Club |7pm | £10

Burraton Players Send Off in Style A chance to see displays of archive material from over the years ,take part in a fabulous fun quiz, relive some of the memories of the years.and see the presentation to the most recent charity. Burraton Community Centre | £5 available from Piglets, Fore Street | INFO Leigh Hughes 842109

The Reflection Tour Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman need no introduction to folk lovers worldwide. Calstock Arts Centre | 7.30pm | visit their website or see page 64 for info and to book.

Wedding Fair China Fleet Club | 11am-3pm | FREE | visit their website for more details

Half Term Rock Pool Ramble Free but donations warmly received for Looe Marine Conservation Group. No booking required, meet at the Coastguard Station, Hannafore Beach West Looe | 11am | INFO loomvca@gmail.com

Wedding Fair Call Chrissie on 01579350044 to book your complimentary drink on arrival Pentillie | 1pm | FREE | INFO weddings@pentillie. co.uk

England V Ireland 6 Nations Rugby at a Pub near you | 3pm

Wednesday 26 February Leap Year Party with Saltash Live at Home 3.45pm | Kirsty 01752 842303/07922025792


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What’s on at Calstock Arts Thursday 6 February Calstock Film: Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019) Cert 15 A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Calstock Film operates under the C-Fylm licence, so you need to become a member on your first visit, if you haven’t already signed up elsewhere. C Fylm annual membership of £6 includes the first film, £4 for subsequent films. Tickets on the door only. Please remember to bring your membership card. 7pm Doors and refreshments, 7.30pm start. Saturday 8 February Xhosa Cole Quartet Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award – aged 22 – Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of the finest talent based in the UK. This band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard Bop greats, lighting up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era. Featuring classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards, as well as original works from members of the band. Tickets: £12 advance, £13 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID. 7pm Doors and refreshments, 8pm start. Thursday 20 February Calstock Arts: Judy (Rupert Goold, 2019) Cert 12A Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out


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