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‘Real honour for the people of Torpoint’ – Mayor Coun John Crago

Prestigious award for the Torpoint plan Torpoint Town Council and the Torpoint Neighbourhood Development Plan group have won a prestigious National Urban Design award from the Landscape Institute for its work on the Torpoint Vision. The award was presented to the Mayor of Torpoint, Clifton Emery Design and representatives at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday November 24. The Torpoint Vision project was submitted to the Landscape Institute by partner agency Clifton Emery Design. The urban design agency have been working alongside Torpoint Town Council and the Torpoint Neighbourhood Development Plan group for the past eighteen months. They have taken the responses and feedback from residents and transformed it into a glittering vision of what Torpoint might look like in years to come. The winning submission in the class of Urban Design sets out a physical vision for the SouthEast Cornwall town of Torpoint. The Vision will now underpin the Neighbourhood Development Plan, which the town is actively working towards. The judges at the Landscape Institute Awards said that the Torpoint Vision “was a robust and

deliverable project clearly supported by a fully-costed and realistically phased business plan – a piece of delightful work.” Neil Emery from Clifton Emery Design, who has been working with the Torpoint team from the beginning said: “As a designer, it’s always an honour to be shortlisted for an award, but to win: that is a real achievement. On behalf of my team at Clifton Emery Design, I’d like to congratulate Torpoint on this impressive and prestigious award.” He added: “As an agency, we are excited to continue to work with the town, to translate this vision into a reality.” The Mayor of Torpoint Councillor John Crago added: “This is a real honour for the townspeople of Torpoint; a symbol of all the hard graft and teamwork. We are very, very proud – today is a great day for Torpoint. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in our success so far.” The Torpoint Town Council would like to thank the following for all their contributions; Torpoint Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group, Neil Emery and the team at Clifton Emery Design, Neal Jillings at Jillings Heynes Planning and the residents of Torpoint for their ongoing commitment and support. Torpoint Mayor Coun John Crago pictured at the awards ceremony with representives from Clifton Emery Design and the Neighbourhood Development plan group


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Cheques presented to local health groups Proceeds from the annual Garden and Craft Show organised by Torpoint Allotments Association have been presented to the Friends of Rame Group Practice and Torpoint and Rame Community Nurses Friends. Association chairman Chris Moore presented cheques for £175.50 each to the two organisations.

Special ceremony to mark launch of Operation Encompass as charity A ground-breaking initiative to safeguard children who witness domestic abuse has been officially launched as a charity. A special ceremony was held at Antony House to mark the occasion and among those attending was Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline. Operation Encompass was the brainchild of David Carney-Haworth, when he was a police sergeant in Devonport. David, who has since retired, created the initiative five years ago as a result of a conversation with his wife Elisabeth, who is headteacher of Torpoint Infant and Nursery School. They identified shortcomings in procedures which meant that schools were often unaware of the fact that children had witnessed domestic violence. Operation Encompass ensures that a nominated and specially trained Key Adult within schools is notified by children’s social care services as soon as possible after an incident has occured. The initiative has been implemented by several police forces up and down the country and has gained support from many other organisations. Guests at the launch event at Antony House included the Lord Lieutentant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho, the High Sheriffs of Cornwall Mrs Jane Hartley and Devon, Angela Gilbert as well as Captain Ellie Ablett, Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh. A special ceremonial cake was provided by HMS Raleigh to mark the occasion. The official launch of the charity marked another important milestone in a busy year for Operation

Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline, cutting the ceremonial cake, flanked by David and Elisabeth Carney-Haworth and Captain Ellie Ablett, Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh.

Encompass and the Carney-Haworths. Earlier this year David and Elisabeth were invited to a reception at Clarence House and were able to talk to the Duchess of Cornwall about Operation Encompass and its continuing efforts to see the scheme in every school for every child.

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Plymouth’s community radio station Cross Rhythms has secured a further five year broadcast licence from Ofcom, guaranteeing the station will be on air until at least 2022. The pioneering work of Cross Rhythms Plymouth started in March 2007, after it was granted an initial five year licence by Ofcom, which was further extended in 2012. The station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 96.3FM, is committed to promoting Christian values in the public arena as well as supporting charitable and public sector organisations which contribute to the strengthening of the local community. Cross Rhythms is manned by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, led by station manager Dave Simpson. Dave said: “We are thrilled with being awarded a licence for a further five years! It is a very exciting time for the city of Plymouth with the upcoming spotlight on Mayflower 400 and to have our new licence running beyond 2020 is great news. “We have a brilliant team involved in the station Dave Simpson and look forward to developing what we have in this next licence period. Our partnerships with organisations and charities who are working for the good of the city will continue to develop and we are excited to bring more interviews, information and uplifting content to the people of Plymouth through our broadcasting.” Cross Rhythms founder Chris Cole said: “This is such a great

encouragement to the team of young people (and older folk) behind the voluntary work of Cross Rhythms who work really hard for the genuine love of what they are doing. “This all started in 1983 when we launched a weekly 30 minute show of contemporary Christian music on Plymouth Sound. From that humble beginning we extended into festivals, magazines and eventually launched Cross Rhythms community radio in Stoke-on-Trent in 2002, followed by Plymouth in 2007 and Stockton-on-Tees a year later.” Chris Clewer, chairman of Churches Together in Plymouth (CTiP) said: “Churches Together in Plymouth is delighted that Cross Rhythms have had their licence to broadcast extended for another five years. “The station has gone from strength to strength in their programming and include so many relevant and informative voices from the community. Their message of faith, music and life, interspersed with words of wisdom and challenge, is much needed by all generations in the city. Cross Rhythms Plymouth has become an essential part of the fabric of the city.” Local MP Gary Streeter said: “I know that the station is well listened to by many people in the area and the diversity of material is much appreciated. I believe Cross Rhythms Plymouth is making a very positive contribution to our local culture.” To listen to Cross Rhythms go to

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Much loved local artist Liz Jones has made a evacuated to a small hamlet called Pencuke. Her magnificent donation to The Black Prince Flower paintings always contain a small white dog (Rascal) Boat Procession which takes place annually in and two caterpillars which are often mistaken for Millbrook Kingsand and Cawsand. worms. Sometimes, as in this painting, they contain Liz was introduced to the Procession by the owner local figures. of Panache Gallery in Kingsand, Jan Ferguson, where The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession is a festival her paintings are for sale. Liz loved it so much that which dates back to pagan times. It is a festival which she decided to paint a picture of the Procession and bids farewell to winter and welcome to spring and donate it to the Black Prince summer. A colourful festival to raise funds to enhance this full of music and dancing with well loved local event. traditional Morris teams, town This original painting, criers, maypole dancing and entitled ‘Launching The Black a village fete, culminating in Prince’, is an acrylic on canvas the launch of the Black Prince valued at over £500 and will Flower Boat by volunteers be raffled, with tickets costing from HMS Raleigh, with a £1 each. prayer for a good harvest The Black Prince Flower Boat from land and sea. Procession is sponsored by the The painting was officially Torpoint and Rame Peninsula handed over to Mrs Lesley Lions Club and 20 per cent Weeks, the Chairman of of the funds raised by the the Black Prince Crew on raffle of this superb painting Cawsand Beach, the setting HMS Raleigh sailors carry the Flower Boat will go to the Lions for them for the painting. The painting to distribute to local charities itself is currently on display in with the remainder going to support the Black Prince Panache Gallery in Kingsand and over the next few Flower Boat Procession. months will also be displayed in Millbrook. Liz came to painting later in life after working in The raffle tickets are currently on sale on the Rame factories for many years, and has taught herself Peninsula at Cliff Top Cafe in Whitsands, Millbrook to paint straight to canvas without sketching.  News in West Street, Millbrook, Panache Gallery Nowadays, she is a member of the  Association in Kingsand and Rame Framing in Antony or by of British Naive Artists and her paintings are sold contacting any member of the Black Prince Crew. The worldwide including one which hangs in Plymouth draw will take place on May 1 2017 at the Black Prince Massachusetts, sent to America on the USS Stark Flower Boat Procession in Cawsand Square. which followed the footsteps of the Mayflower which For tickets or any queries, please contact: Lesley on  sailed from Plymouth in 1620. 01752 822721; Julie or Clive 01752 823635 or Panache She developed a love of Cornwall after being Gallery 01752 823280

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Torpoint area becoming more dementia friendly The chances are most of you reading this article will know of someone struggling to cope with memory problems. It may even be you, if at a certain age you are forgetting names and where you parked the car. This can be embarrassing and time consuming, writes Penny Madge. Now imagine you come into town; your shopping done you come out of the shop and are ready to walk home. Suddenly your mind is a blank and the route home is lost to

you. You cannot remember where you live. We can all try to imagine the fear we would experience in this situation but pride is often stronger. So you wander in increasingly anxious circles rather than admit to a stranger you are lost. This is probably the last time you venture out alone - your independence has gone. This scenario is uncomfortably easy to imagine. With one person diagnosed every three minutes and one in three people over 65 years of age developing dementia it could very easily be you or me next. And what help and support could we expect from our local community? Continuing friendship from friends and neighbours? Understanding and patience from local shopkeepers when you struggle to recognise the ‘foreign’ money in your purse? Support to allow you to feel a useful and valued member of the community for as long as possible? Sadly even these basic needs cannot be guaranted today. Over 60% of people with memory Enjoying baking and bowling at the Torpoint problems feel they have lost friends Memory Café since diagnosis and until recently Torpoint had no social outlets for those with dementia to make new friends. We now have two thriving Memory cafes and fortnightly Dementia friendly walks with plans for more activities in the future. But fear and stigma are still very much alive resulting in isolation and depression even in a close community like ours. Fear is overcome by knowledge so if you feel a little daunted by trying to talk to your neighbour with limited speech or would like to have tips on how to help your

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confused customers or simply want to know more about this increasingly common illness why not come along to one of our regular lighthearted 40 minute dementia awareness sessions held in St James Church Hall. Visitors are also very welcome to call in at the Memory Café meetings held at St James Church on the third Wednesday of the month from 2pm and the Scout Hut in Millbrook on the first Tuesday of the month at 2pm. You may be surprised at how happy the atmosphere is and how good the cake is! Visitors and volunteers equally welcome. For more information contact Penny Madge on 01752 822014.

The true cost of kittens Few think when they buy that adorable little kitten from a website or social media that it can lead to a lifetime of heartbreak and vet’s bills. It’s hard to resist the cute appeal of the fluffy kitten, the wide-eyes and the tiny squeak, but not everything is always as it seems. The brutal truth is that breeding kittens is a profitable business for some, and profit can be more important than welfare. With thoughts starting to turn to Christmas and the inevitable kitten and puppy gift requests to Santa, Cats Protection SE Cornwall are asking locals to support a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the plight of kittens being sold underage or in poor health. Kittens need the essential nutrients from their mother’s milk until they are old enough to be fully weaned. If they’re taken from their mothers too early, it can affect their physical and mental development, leading to permanent health conditions, and even death. The kittens also lack socialisation, and may have severe emotional and behavioural issues as they grow up. Mothers may also be bred repeatedly, producing litter after litter, at great cost to their own health and welfare. Inbreeding can result in catastrophic genetic mutations, which may not be obvious until medical problems develop. Cats Protection are asking people to write to their MPs to support a change in the law that bans kittens from being sold at under 8 weeks old, and stricter controls on the definition of commercial cat sales. They believe that welfare should always be put ahead of profit. Local branch co-ordinator Cathy Gardner encouraged any potential kitten-buyers to make intelligent choices: “Always double check the age of any kitten being sold, ask to see the kitten with its mother, and observe the health and behaviour of not just the kitten, but also of the mother and report any concerns, however minor.” She added: “We always have plenty of gorgeous cats and kittens desperate for new homes. We charge a small rehoming fee but that’s not profit – all our cats are vet-checked, vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and are free from parasites such as fleas and worms, saving potentially major costs for our adopters in the long term. For more information, visit the campaign page at or contact the branch on 01752 929 752.

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In memory of Arthur Corbridge A special presentation took place at the Festival of Remembrance Poppy Launch Concert at St James Church. Deputy Mayor of Torpoint Coun Lambert Keise was presented with a life size photo of the late Arthur Corbridge and a special collage of HMS Renown and her sister ship HMS Repulse. Arthur was a member of the HMS Renown Association, serving on board between 1939 and 1945 and was an Arctic Convoy veteran on the ship. He laid a wreath in Torpoint on behalf of the Association for many years up until he physically was unable to do so and then a trainee from HMS Raleigh did it for him. After his death it was requested that the picture could somehow be placed at HMS Raleigh and the TS Ramehead Sea Cadets indicated they were happy to accept it. The HMS Renown Assocation holds its annual reunion in Plymouth every year but sadly due to dwindling numbers of the original ships company and those remaining suffering health

problems, 2016 will be the last one to be held. The picture of Arthur and the HMS Renown and Repulse collage will be placed in the special rooms set aside in Raleigh for the cadets and organisers feel sure that they will be something that will inspire them in what will hopefully be a future naval career opportunity.

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Torpoint Remembrance Parade was attended by sailors and officers from HMS Raleigh along with the Commanding Officer Captain Ellie Ablett, Torpoint Mayor Coun John Crago, VIPs and representatives from all local clubs and societies. Children from local schools and various clubs, forces and veterans attended the parade which was led off by the HMS Drake Volunteer Band. On completion of the parade through the town a service of Remembrance was held at Eliot Square near St James Church including a wreath laying ceremony. Torpoint Mayor John Crago laid the first wreath followed by Capt Ellie Ablett, and then by the youngest recruit from Raleigh. Wreaths were then laid by representatives from the British Legion and the local clubs and societies attending. A service conducted by Rev Lynn Parker followed. Before the parade marched back through the town a salute was taken by Captain Ablett and the Mayor.

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Thanks for your support in 2016 November saw the Lions firstly involved in the Poppy Appeal concert as joint organisers with the Royal British Legion Cornwall District. The Lions assisted by taking entry money for the concert and running a draw to raise money for the appeal. The concert involved four choirs Reflections, a local South East Cornwall choir, Carbeile Junior School Choir, Torpoint Lady Singers and Rame Peninsular Male Voice Choir and for the first time ever all four choirs joined to sing. After a short break members of the audience joined the choirs in communal singing remembering days gone by. Prayers of remembrance were conducted by Rev Lynn Parker including a two minute silence with Standard bearers from various organisations showing their respect. Master of Ceremonies and part organiser John Tivnan was delighted with the usual support from the local community in raising money to support veterans and serving members of the armed forces. Secondly Lion President Andy Brownhill Laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday as a representative of the club. As a former member of the armed forces Andy is familiar with what it is like to serve his country. It was an amazing turn out by all the clubs, organisations, individuals and the local community showing their respect. Christmas celebrations around the town began with the Christmas Lights switch on and the arrival of a visit from Santa in his special sleigh asking all

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Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club dinghy prize-giving Winning sailors and volunteers who help run the races were recognised for their hard work, achievements and racing successes at Torpoint Mosquito’s 2016 dinghy prize-giving, held at the clubhouse in November. The evening was hosted by the Sailing Secretary, Dinghies, Steve Roberts, with a good turnout of dinghy sailors, volunteers and their families despite the horrendous weather courtesy of Storm Angus. Prizes are usually offered to first, second and third placed crews in a series of races across the season. This year the club presented more than 40 awards in total including awards for the best girl and boy cadet who have progressed into racing.  These were won by Grace Cowd and Ross Harvie respectively. Grace’s sister Bethan Cowd, was recognised for her commitment to sailing for turning up week in, week out, and presented with the Commitment Award.  Jack Mann (who scooped seven prizes in total) was awarded Best Overall Helm whilst George Dalley received the Paddle of Persistence.  A special award for Services to Dinghies was made to Jenny Roberts for all the work she does for the dinghy section in the race hut and generally, and all the other volunteers, without whom the section could not function, were rewarded with a small token of thanks.  As well as being presented with one of the club’s cups - often invested in memory of distinguished club members of the past - winning sailors also received a small trophy to keep. These trophies were provided for by sponsors.  Sponsors for the 2016 trophies included: Peninsula Plumbing, RW Carter Excavations, Kilby’s Restaurant, G & R Electrical Wholesalers, The Jetty and Swift Sails. To conclude, on behalf of all the sailors, Jack Mann gave a vote of thanks to the dinghy secretary for all his hard work in running the section over the year, which was supported by the club commodore, Steve Creek. 

Girl Cadet Grace Cowd who has progressed into racing with Club President, Tony Ayers

Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey receiving awards from Iain Grey of G & R Electrical Wholesalers

Steve Roberts said: “I would like to thank everybody who has supported me since I took over the section this time last year. I couldn’t have managed without the support of all the volunteers safety boat crews and start hut team members, and most of all, the dinghy sailors who turn up regularly and race.  I would also like to sincerely thank all our sponsors and offer my congratulations to all of the 2016 prize winners”.   Prize-winners: Autumn Series 2015 1, Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey 2, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin. Winter series 2015 1, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 2, Geoff Hall. Spring series 2016 1, Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon 2, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 3, Bill Shimell. Summer Monday series 1 sponsored by Peninsula Plumbing Fast Class 1, Tony Ayers and Grace Cowd 2, Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey 3, Mark Helyer. Medium Class 1, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 2, Noah Rees 3, Bill Shimell. Summer Thursday series 1 sponsored by RW Carter Excavations Fast Class 1, Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon 2, Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd 3, Mark Helyer Medium Class  1, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 2, Geoff Hall 3, Richard Richmond. Summer Monday series 2 sponsored by Kilby’s Fast Class 1, Tony Ayers and Grace Cowd 2, Nik and Sam Lye 3, Mark Helyer Medium Class 1, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 2, Bill Shimell 3, Phil Johns. Summer Thursday series 2 sponsored by G & R Electrical Wholesalers Fast class 1, Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd 2, Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon 3, Steve Roberts and Ruby PearceCasey Medium class 1, Jack Mann and Ron Goggin 2, Steve Crowder 3, Phil Johns. Dinghy Regatta sponsored by The Jetty/Swift Sails Fast Class 1, Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd 2, Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey Medium Class 1, Bill Shimell 2, George Dalley. St Luke’s Hospice Charity Race Rob Loader. Best Overall Helm Jack Mann. Boy cadet Ross Harvie. Girl cadet Grace Cowd. Paddle of Persistence George Dalley. Services to Dinghies Jenny Roberts. 

Bethan Cowd receiving the Commitment award from Club President Tony Ayers

Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey being presented with the Autumn series award by Club President Tony Ayers

Awards photography by Keith Watts

New members Nik and Sam Lye with sponsor Dave Kilby

Jenny Roberts receiving the award for Services to Dinghies from Steve Roberts

Christmas Craft Fair Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club is holding a Christmas Fair at the Clubhouse in Marine Drive, on Sunday 4 December from 12 noon until 3pm. All welcome; a chance to buy unique gifts and cards without the big crowds. There will be arts and craft stalls, teas, coffees and homemade cakes and a chance for the children to get artistic; for just £1 children can have fun creating some Christmas crafts.

All the prize winners at the Torpoint Mosquito dinghy awards ceremony

Honours all round at Cawsand Sailing Club awards evening After a successful and enjoyable season, Cawsand Bay Sailing Club members gathered in Cawsand’s Congregational Hall, for their annual prize giving for this season’s races. Club Commodore, Mark Lentell said: “It is so nice to see so many different winners this year.” Club President, Andy Negus added: “It was brilliant to see our younger members Noah Rees and Finley Morgan taking awards. They and others like them are the future of our club.” The club holds five different series of races through the season, plus the two-day regatta and a long distance event, The Around The Sound Challenge. The prize winners were as follows: The Wakeup Series Peter Grzelinski; The Sunday Series Ian Turpitt and Fleur Young; second Cliff Webb; third, Brian Jones; The Thursday Evening Series  Mark Lentell; second Brian Jones;  third Noah Rees; The Holiday Series Andy Negus and Brian Luxford; second Peter Grzelinski; third Mark Lentell and Amy Pearton; The Personal Handicap Series Brian Jones; second Chris Slater and Jo Pearton; third Bryony Pearton; The Around The Sound Challenge Andy Negus and Brian Luxford; CBSC Annual Regatta Noah Rees; second Andy Negus and Brian Luxford; third Anthony Smith; Regatta Catamaran results Richard Clarke and James Sparks; second Andy Clarke and Iain Gray; All Series Combined Peter Grzelinski; second Mark Lentell and Amy Pearton; third Ian Turpitt and Fleur Young; All Series, The Best Junior Bryony Pearton; The Most Improved Sailor  Finlay Morgan; The Laser Radial Class Winner Noah Rees; The Single Handed Trophy Peter Grzelinski; The Capsize Trophy  Chris Slater and Jo Pearton; The Persistent Oar Jeremy Dain; The Clubman Trophy, voted by the membership  Vi Slater, for her outstanding contribution to the success of the club.  

Commodore Mark Lentell presents the trophy to the winners of The Sunday Series of races Ian Turpitt and Fleur Young

Commodore Mark Lentell presents a trophy to the winners of The Around The Sound Challenge, and the Holiday Race Series Andy Negus and Brian Luxford

Commodore Mark Lentell presents the Single Handed Trophy to the winner Peter Grzelinski who also won the Wakeup Series and was the Combined Series Winner 

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For unto us a child is born ‘The greatest gift that I can give is me.’

A year ago this month my husband Simon and I found out we were expecting our first child, a time of great excitement and anticipation. Is it a boy or girl? What will he/she be like? Are we going to be any good as parents? Soon after l went on an Advent retreat day at Buckfast Abbey. During the day I found myself in their beautiful quiet chapel; the one with the amazing stained glass window of Jesus. In the chapel I was drawn towards a statue of Mary, Jesus’ mother. It was there I suddenly had a connection with Mary I’d never had before. Mary knew what I was going through. Mary had been there: the excitement and anticipation; the nervousness; the giving of yourself to give life to another; the overwhelming feeling of love towards the unborn child inside. Of course, Mary’s experience was far more wondrous, dangerous and fragile than my own, yet in that moment I knew how she felt, and she knew how I felt. The realisation that God had given Simon and I a truly wonderful gift, a child of our own to love and cherish welled up inside. A beautiful baby boy was born to us in August this year. Yet Mary’s child wasn’t just a gift to her from God; her child would be and continues to be the greatest gift ever, to the

whole of humanity, to you and to me. Isaiah foretold this to the world in his prophecy, a passage which is commonly read at Christmas services. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6. God chose to be born as one of us, so He could be with us, love us, and ultimately the Easter story follows on from Christmas when Jesus dies for us. This year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas advert sums up the Christmas story itself, effectively God says: “I wanna find the greatest gift I can give my family... The greatest gift that I can give is me.” God gave himself on that first Christmas so that we might know his love and peace in this world. So, as Mary gave of herself and God gave her and us Jesus; let us accept the greatest gift ever given, and give ourselves to God and to those around us this Christmas. I pray that the blessing, love and peace of the Christ-child will be with you and those you love this Christmas season.

The views expressed in this column are not necessarily the views of Churches Together in Torpoint

See Cornwall from a kayak! The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is behind a fantastic opportunity to see one of the most spectacular parts of the UK’s coastline from a kayak, as part of an expedition led by seasoned paddlers. For a fourth year, MCS is organising a kayak challenge to help raise funds for its vital conservation work, and after two events around the Isles of Scilly, the five day paddle-fest returns to Cornwall, where it began in 2014. Seeing all the Cornish coast has to offer from a 17ft long sea kayak that carves through the water at four knots, crossing bays and rounding headlands to then ‘nose’ into caves, gullies and archways will be an experience like no other. With no engine the effect on the environment is minimal so the paddler is ‘at one’ with breathtaking surroundings. This is a trip of stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife, highly experienced guides and all in aid of the UK’s leading marine conservation charity. Leading the expedition is Nick Arding who has worked with MCS over the last four years. Nick comes with an outdoors pedigree that is hard to match – so all the kayakers will be in safe hands. Nick Arding OBE spent 23 years as an officer in the Royal Marines and led a Royal Navy expedition to climb the North Ridge of Mount Everest. Nick is a highly experienced rock climber and mountaineer, having climbed and ski toured in many areas across the world during the past 30 years. Nick is a trainer and coach in Remote First Aid and a BCU 5 star leader and Level 2 coach and ISKGA guide. In 2013, Nick and his wife sea kayaked

Fundraising expedition led by expert paddlers will give a sea view of the Cornish coast

the length of Britain for MCS, raising almost £4,000 and received the charity’s Fundraiser of the Year award. The following year they ran the first kayak challenge around Cornwall. Next year’s event takes place from Saturday May 6 to Wednesday May 10 2017 and will start from Port Mylor, near Falmouth. Accommodation is in tents. No previous kayaking experience is necessary – although it might be a good idea to sit in one before you go! After initial training the group of up to 18, will head to the Carrick Roads estuary by Falmouth, then off towards Rosmullion Head, eastwards past Towan Beach and the austere cliffs of Nare Head. ‘Ralph’s Cupboard’, Samphire Island, ‘Deadman’s Cove’, and Mullion Cove will be visited before

College students in training for the Ten Tors Challenge Students from Torpoint Community College have completed more training in preparation for the Ten Tors Challenge. At the beginning of November nearly 40 students set off from Two Bridges and finished at Four Winds Car Park. Later in the month the students remained at college to complete navigation and safety training before planning their routes for a further walk in challenging weather conditions. Luckily there was a lull in the storm and the students and adult volunteers walked up the west side of Dartmoor to finish at Willsworthy Range Car Park. The next walk is on December 4 with the prospect of festive hats.

hitting the Atlantic swell off the Lizard Peninsula,and round to ‘Lizard Point’. Paddlers will also get an opportunity to take part in a beach clean and get first hand experience of the shocking rubbish that’s washed up, dropped or blown on to our beaches day in day out. Paddlers can either pay an initial deposit of £95 and raise a further £600 for MCS or pay £695 in full. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and with just 18 available you’re encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To find out more about the expedition visit: Scilly challengers from previous events have commented: Robyn Shilland: “The whole week was an incredible experience. The guides were fantastic and adapted to everyone’s ability levels, and continuously helped us, as a group and individually, to improve. The challenge was well organised and perfectly suited to a group of mixed experience.” Mike Hunter: “It was the most amazing experience, well organised and expertly led by our friendly, supportive and knowledgeable instructors. I learnt a lot about sea kayaking, conservation and also more general stuff about camping and all kinds of things from the other participants.” Georgina Smith: “We learnt about rescues, which is a useful skill. And when one member of the group got in “the zone” and headed far away from everyone else they showed how they could kayak super fast when required.” Chris Edgar: “I feel more connected with the marine environment, with a sense that there is a lot of work needed to support and protect these areas.”

Torpoint Neighbourhood Watch Office The office provides a service to the local area with regard to Neighbourhood Watch and crime prevention issues. The office is open to the public at the following times: Mondays – 0930 - 1230; Wednesday – 0930 - 1230; Friday – 0930 - 1230 The office is situated at Torpoint Police Station telephone number 01752 817858. Also available from the office and reasonably priced are crime prevention items which include shed/vehicle alarms and personal attack alarms.

Diary Dates Dec 2 - Community Health Around Torpoint (CHAT) Christmas Festive Tea Dance at the Council Chambers 3pm to 5pm. Details from Becky Lingard, Tel: 823251 Dec 8 - Ferryboat Entertainers Christmas Concert, Cornerstone Church at 7.30pm in aid of church funds. Free admission. Grand raffle. Dec 10 and 11 - Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre at Mount Edgcumbe House Saturday 10am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 5pm. Dec 16 - Torpoint Lady Singers Joint Concert with The Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir at St James Church, 7.30pm in aid of Derriford Hospital’s Gold Dust Appeal Dec 17 - Royal British Legion Christmas Dinner at the CouncilChambers 7pm for 7.30pm. 2017 Feb 2 to 4 - Torpoint Players present Dick Wittington by Alan Frayn by permission of Stage Right Creative Limited. More details to follow. Feb 18 - Mayor’s Valentine Ball at the Council Chambers. Further details later. Jun 24 - Torpoint Town Partnership Fun Day at The Lawn in Thanckes Park. Details Later. Jul 15 - Torpoint & Rame Peninsula Lions Club Fete Community College Grounds. To add to this list please email: mike_val@ Updated 14/10/16

£750 is raised for Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK on behalf of the Torpoint Committee Members would like to thank friends and family for their help on the November coffee morning and stall and the switching on of the Christmas Lights on November 26. Secretary Val Andrew said: “It was such a success with a fantastic total of £748.24 raised in all. Thank you everyone for all your support.”

Family’s thanks Pat Helyer and family would like to say a big thank you to family and friends for their caring cards during Pat’s stay in hospital, also for the many cards and condolences during the sad loss of her husband Terry. Pat hopes to be home soon.

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President Rosemary Slee welcomed everyone to the November meeting and introduced guest speaker John Hartley, who gave a talk entitled Life in Mongolia, providing a most fascinating insight into the country.  In the brilliant photographs he had taken we saw the geography, history and the amazing scenery and we were taken on a virtual tour where we saw how the country is now developing, how the nomads live alongside their herds of animals which are so important to them, including the last species of wild horses in the world, as well as some beautiful native birds. We all learned so much about this amazing country. Rosemary thanked Sue for arranging the very enjoyable Birthday dinner at the Liscawn Hotel and for the transport that evening. Sue reported on the visit to the Eden Project by five members for a very interesting day entitled Inspiring Women, where the speakers were Julia Roberts, NFWI Treasurer, Ann Jones, NFWI ViceChair and Gordon Seabright, Eden Project director.  This was most enlightening visit and we were also able to look at how the Eden Project is developing. Rosemary thanked members who had brought along their craft items for the tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church starting on November 26, the same day as the Torpoint Lights Switch-on.  Rosemary also asked members to provide Christmas food for the Craft Fair to be held at the Library on December 2, and for help for the morning.  The Group Carol Service will be held on December 16 at Maryfield Church at 2pm and the Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday December 14.  Competition Results: Letter R - 1st Cath Olufsen, 2nd Rosemary Slee, 3rd Ann Mitchell and Flower of the Month: 1st Betty Tarrant, 2nd Jean Morgan, 3rd Enid Gaved. The next meeting ‘Chocolatier of Looe’ will be held on January 25 at 7.30pm at St James Church Hall and visitors are always welcome. 


Saint Piran – who was he and where did he come from? Guest speaker Angela Penrose, came to tell us about Cornwall’s patron saint and the work of the St Piran’s Trust.  Like so many saints he was Irish.  He managed to float himself to Cornwall across the Irish Sea on a millstone (one of his many miracles), and landed on  a beach which bears his name - Perranporth.  The most important site managed by the Trust is St Piran’s Oratory nearly two miles away at Perranzebuloe.  This is the

remains of a tiny church which could have begun as a hermit’s cell in about 800 - 900 AD. It became completely covered by sand and was excavated in 1835.  In 1910 it was re-excavated and given a concrete shell to preserve it.  In 1980 it was given a further preservation by being covered in sand and Marran grass.  Now, after umpteen negotiations with Natural England it has again been uncovered but without a roof so visitors can see inside.  Now, every year pilgrims walk there on St Piran’s Day, March 5. Earlier in the meeting birthday posies were awarded to Sue Price and Linda Beatson.  Members voted that the New Year’s lunch would again take place at the Royal Yacht Club and Di will kindly arrange this.  Tea was served by Sue Selkirk and Wendy Baker. 

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Members of Wilcove WI held a successful coffee morning in November, with a variety of stalls and plentiful homemade cakes. A total of £200 was raised for Cornwall Air Ambulance, the local charity chosen by the members. The November meeting included a lively talk by William Shimell, entitled ‘But what is your day job? Life and times of an opera singer.’ The talk summarised the highlights of his career, interspersed with humorous anecdotes about the practicalities of being an international opera singer, and we were able to listen to some beautiful examples of his singing. Members were asked to wear their wellies to the meeting to take part in the ‘Wear your Wellies for Wildlife Day’ fundraising initiative by the charity Cornwall Wildlife Trust and this certainly provided an additional note of fun to the meeting! Two members of Wilcove WI enjoyed the hospitality of Downderry & Seaton WI for their Craft Day in November, learning new skills with Christmas in mind. Wilcove WI was able to reciprocate with their Scandi Craft Afternoon on December 1, and members of Wilcove and other local WIs made Christmas ornaments and cards with a Scandinavian feel, or just enjoyed the company of others while doing their own crafting. Wilcove WI won’t have a standard meeting in December, but members of all local WIs are invited to the first Wilcove WI Carol Service, to be held on December 16 at 2 pm in Maryfield Church. Refreshments will be provided after the service. The next meeting will be held on January 17 at 7.30pm in Cove Hall, Wilcove. The speaker will be Heather Hunt and we will be painting ceramics, based on the principle that ‘Getting arty makes you happier’ – an excellent idea to help banish those postChristmas winter blues! Anyone interested in joining Wilcove WI can be assured of a warm welcome at this meeting!


Speaker at the latest meeting at the Community Hall, Kingsand was Jack Asquith who presented a talk on trains, boats and planes. Jack began with a journey on HMS Torquay cruising around the Mediterranean and then crossed the Atlantic in 1965 with a passage down the St Lawrence seaway. He visited Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Niagra Falls, Halifax, Nova Scotia which is the home of the Canadian Navy and on to New York with views from the top of the Empire State Building. Pictures from HMS Torquay were shown taking part in the Royal Fleet Review on the Clyde in August 1965 when Her Majesty reviewed 73 of her ships, including the first nuclear powered Submarine HMS Dreadnought. Jack served on HMS Victorious and HMS Fearless from 1966-71 and we were shown flying stations from the carrier and exotic destinations from HMS Fearless. We were also shown slides on his visit to the West Indies and South America during his submarine service 1975-77 Jack’s real hobby is railways and he showed slides from the end of steam and the rise and fall of Deltic diesel electric locomotives and the development of electric traction. He also showed pictures from a steam rally at HMS Sultan and of the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, with the artist David Sheperd’s Locomotives Black Prince and The Green Knight which David had purchased from British Rail for £3,000. Although these engines are now owned elsewhere, the railway was saved by the funding from David’s sales of his wild life paintings. The new steam locomotive Tornado is now running on the main line at a cost of £3 million to build. The show concluded with a slide showing a vision of what may soon come to Mount Edgcumbe in the form of a miniature ride-on railway for the Park. Jack answered many questions and was thanked by the Chairman Stephen Michael for such an interesting talk and some brilliant photographs. The Chairman Stephen Michael said the London Theatre Weekend was very successful and has been asked for a repeat next October Christmas Lunch at Whitsand Bay Hotel is now confirmed for December 15, with the coach leaving Millbrook at 12.25 pm. The next meeting is on December 8 at the Community Hall Kingsand at 2.30pm. Everyone over the age of 50 is welcome.

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