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St. Day Newsletter In this issue St. Day Feast Programme Cornwall Councillor Parish Council News W.I. Local Churches Local History St. Day in Bloom Lantern Celebration Tree News Sunny Days

And lots more!

Issue no. 46 May 2014 Published by St. Day Parish Council 1

approaching me who are very From our concerned over the announcement these proposed cuts. I have Cornwall Councillor ofwritten my objections to Cornwall Local Needs Housing is very important to rural communities and the second phase of housing at Poldory in Carharrack has been completed and the houses are all occupied by local people. The young families are very happy with their new homes (some for rent and some shared ownership) and they were also delighted with the quality of finish and the room sizes. I was pleased to be there to see the keys being handed over to the young family who will have their first home together there. Cornwall Council is proposing to stop the mobile library service and I am getting a number of people

Council and have highlighted my concerns – please help to support me and those who use this valued service by also writing to Adam Paynter at Cornwall Council. Carharrack, despite being approximately 4 miles from Redruth and 8 miles from Truro, is a very rural parish. It has only one shop and no post office and the bus services have been severely reduced. Gwennap parish has no shop or post office and St Day, despite having a small library service at the Star Inn, still has a number of people who rely on the mobile service. The mobile library service is very important to (Continued on page 3)


this community and it makes a real difference to how people in rural areas live their lives. I am very aware of the huge savings that Cornwall Council will have to make to balance the budgets however there must be some way of ensuring that services such as the mobile library continue to support those living in isolated rural communities. European Metal Recycling, United Downs. An appeal against Cornwall Council Planning Committee’s decision to refuse the application had been lodged at the last minute. The appeal was heard on the 19th February at the Council offices in Camborne and I attended and presented evidence to the planning inspector on the reasons the planning committee refused permission for a fourth scrap yard at United Downs. The inspector’s decision should be announced in a few weeks. My Community Chest funding for the financial year 2013/14 has now been allocated and I have now received my funding of £2,000 for 2014/15. This will be available for community

groups so, if you know of one locally in need of funds, please let me know. My 2013/14 funds were allocated as follows: Improving Carharrack’s Environment – operation planter signs 120.00 Frogpool & Cusgarne FC – new line marker 328.28 Day-light Group – St Day Winter Lantern Parade 400.00 Sunny Days Nursery, St Day – planters & notice boards 550.00 Crofthandy Village Hall – patio furniture 484.00 Holy Trinity Church, St Day – hearing loop system 300.00 Carharrack & St Day Junior Band 500.00 Carharrack Old Cornwall Society – railway track plaque at Ting Tang 60.00 Friends of St Day & Carharrack School – Cascade project 257.72 Total 3000.00 Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall Councillor, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day

Sunny Days Pre-school and Nursery Bye Bye Bobby Bobby Dyer has been a committed member of the Sunny Days Nursery team for many a year. It is therefore a great pity that we have to say goodbye to her, due to ill health. The committee wanted to thank Bobby for her constant hard work, especially over the past difficult couple of years. Her ever developing knowledge and skills will be very hard to replace. We hope you will join us in wishing Bobby every success in the fu(Continued on page 7)


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Mark Johnson & Bernadette Fallon 30th April 2014 In January local mining historian and author Allen Buckley gave a scintillating illustrated talk on the history of Dolcoath Mine; The Biggest, The Best, the Richest, at Teyluva Children's Centre. Allen opened his fascinating subject by referring back to a previous Cornish mining expert and author, Bryan Earl, who once remarked that “there is only one thing more dangerous than Cornish mining – and that's writing about it!” Allen went on to summarise the historical development of what he described as perhaps the most important mine in the world which made a significant contribution to world mining expertise. By the 1720s Cornish historian William Borlase described Dolcoath as one of the principal copper mines; prior to this it had been worked for tin, down to the water table. Subsequently, copper was found underneath. The Old Dolcoath Mine stretched from Stray Park, Camborne, to Dolcoath Avenue, and was nearly as deep as it was long. From 1740 -70 it made a profit of £33,000 or about 36 million pounds in today's values, just from copper mining. An efficiency drive in 1765, in response to falling copper prices, brought about the successful amalgamation of Old Dolcoath and

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Janet and David welcome you to their new B&B. Set in its own grounds with off street parking, situated in the middle of Church Street. We have 2 double rooms, 1 twin room and a family room, all with on suites, free WiFi, TV, DVD, tea and coffee facilities. From the conservatory enjoy our full English breakfast while overlooking lovely views of the garden and unwind in the evening in our comfortable lounge. If you have friends or relations looking for somewhere to stay, you are more than welcome to check us out.

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ture and a speedy recovery.

Spring is in the air This term has been very busy as always. We have welcomed lots of new faces to Sunny Days, with new children and staff joining both rooms. The children have been busy learning about bugs and insects in their environment, searching both in nursery grounds and on tiring walks around the community! We have also been reading Elmer and The Gruffalo and using these themes to develop our acting skills and creative development. We have used Fruit and Veg shops and traditional foods from other countries to investigate being Healthy. The children have taken part in an Easter Egg hunt which was very well attended by parents and a good time was had by all. We have also started practicing the Feast day dance and are looking forward to having some school children coming in to help us.

Some exciting times ahead

The children are looking forward to an outing to Carharrack Park on 20th May which we hope many families will attend; this is always a great chance to meet other parents and enjoy the time with your child. We are also looking into some fun events to raise money for our setting, starting with a Pyjama day as Sunny Days would like to update some vital equipment, especially our Role Play.

Future Silly Fundraisers will be coming to a Nursery near you!! Skills and Talents We are lucky enough in Sunny Days to have staff members with special skills or talents such as Playing a guitar or gardening, but we are always looking for volunteers from our local community who could share their skills, talents or knowledge with the children. If you are interested in having a space for your child at Sunny Days Nursery then please contact Gemma on: 01209 821868


from where he won a scholarship to Christ Church College, Oxford, gaining a 1st class honours degree in history, in 1922, and subsequently became a fellow of All Souls there; he was the first working class boy to be so admitted to All Souls. He bought the only house he ever owned, Polmear Mine, on Porthpean Road, where he wrote 'A Cornish Childhood,' in 1942; his more academic classic, 'Tudor Cornwall,' had been published earlier, in 1941; he sold the bungalow in 1953. A.L., as he came to be known, moved his mother and a housekeeper into his house, which he furnished with fine pieces from Oxford, including oil paintings by contemporary artists. The walls he lined with books which he would later claim drove him out of the charming house at Polmear Mine and into Trenarren House, a magical place he had always been fixated upon with its lovely valley, village and favourite walks to Blackhead. Owned by the Hext family, Trenarren became vacant to lease for twenty years, at just the right time for A.L. and, his mother having died during their time at Polmear Mine, Rowse moved in with Beryl Cundy, his housekeeper. Its size as well as its situation was key for Rowse; with its nearly thirty rooms, including servants' quarters and two large attics, it solved his book storage problems. The two years which the speaker spent with A.L. at Trenarren were from 1996 to 1998, when he died. Here she helped him receive guests from all walks of life and from all over the world, including the Queen Mother's jockey and Prince Charles. He never lost touch with his roots, however, and was always a keen supporter of local history groups such as Pentewan Old Cornwall, and heritage projects, such as

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Bullen Garden, followed later by South Entral, Stray Park, Wheal Gons and Roskear Broas mines to form the New Dolcoath Mine. In 1780 it employed 2,000 people, and for 25 years in the eighteenth century it was the biggest copper producer in the world, whilst from 1850-1920 it was the biggest tin producer in Cornwall and had a big influence in both the Cornish and national economies. By 1910 mining had penetrated here to the 550 fathom level, about 3,000 feet below surface. Cornish tin and copper production peaked around 1860 with a similar peak for tin again in the 1870s, when the three largest mines, Dolcoath, Devon Great Consols and Clifford Amalgamated each employed over 1000 workers; thereafter the tonnage fell continuously. The list of mine steam engines employed at Dolcoath is itself a potted history of the Industrial Revolution; 1746 Newcomen 40-inch, 1753 Newcomen 54-inch, 1768 Newcomen 63-inch, 1771 Newcomen 70inch, 1776 Newcomen 45-inch, 1779 Newcomen 60-inch. Engineer James Watt commenting in 1783 on the economic problems then facing Dolcoath, created by drawing ore from such great depths, said, “Had we not furnished them with the means of drawing water, almost all the deep mines would have been abandoned.� February brought retired Cornish teacher and biographer, Valerie Jacob, to give a fascinating glimpse of Cornish born historian AL Rowse, whom she served as housekeeper in his last years, with her beautifully illustrated talk, Tregonissey to Trenarren; The Cornish Years of AL Rowse. Born c. 1903 in Tregonissey, St Austell, Rowse was schooled locally at Carclaze Elementary and St Austell County School,

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St. Day Messy Church

Messy Church met to-

came to a fun filled afternoon to celebrate Messy Easter. There

gether on April 6th in the Methodist Church. 25 children and adults

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If you are not one of those owners, please read on: Thank you and we are very sorry if you get blamed along with less responsible dog owners. Everyone knows that the vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and do pick up after their dogs – please conThere have been numerous comtinue to do so and thank you again. plaints from the general public in reA message for the general public cent weeks about dog owners allowing their pets to foul the pavements If you would like to report dog fouling – and streets in St Day and then not Cornwall Council will investigate all clearing up after them. complaints that are received - although the level of service that it can If you are one of those owners, provide will obviously vary depending please read on: upon the quality of information that is Cornwall Council recently introduced a provided. For example Cornwall Dog Fouling Order that covers all of Council would be in a better position to Cornwall to ensure all areas of Corntake action if you were able to provide wall have the same levels of enforcea full description of what happened ment for dog fouling. (including date, time, location, what Failing to clean up after your dog you witnessed, description of the dog/ has fouled will result in a fixed penal- owner and as much information as ty being issued - which is for £80 possible about the incident) and also (reduced to £50 if paid within 10 any information regarding the offenddays) or prosecution where, if found er which could include name/address guilty, you would face a maximum (if known), vehicle registration number fine of £1000. or any other identifying feature. You Whilst there is only a limited number may be asked to provide a witness of Dog Welfare and Enforcement Of- statement, although you will be providficers in Cornwall, there are also ed with information and help with many other Cornwall Council officers that, and, if the fixed penalty is not who are able to issue fixed penalties paid, it is likely that you would be (many of which are not uniformed of- asked to attend court. ficers) as well as most PCSOs - this St Day Parish Council is currently in means that there is a relatively high discussions with the Cornwall Counchance that you will be caught cil Dog Wardens to see if a better should you not clear up after your service can be provided in St Day to dog has fouled. identify those people who are not It is also worth bearing in mind that it clearing up after their dogs. is not an excuse in law to say that It is only with people getting inyou were not aware of the fact that volved and reporting problems in the dog had fouled - so you can be their neighbourhood that we will held responsible even if you did not be able to solve more problems see the incident, or even if it is witand take more enforcement action nessed whilst the dog is straying. on issues such as dog fouling.

A message for dog owners


Bernard Williams & Son N.A.F.D.



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Parish Council News The Parish Council normally meets on the second Monday of each month, (except in August), at 7:00pm in the Community Room in Mills St.. There is car parking available in Barracks Lane. The meetings are open to the public (unless an item has to be taken in private) and agenda item 3 is always for public participation (limited to 15 minutes). It is sometimes necessary to arrange extra meetings, often concerning planning applications. Notices of all the meetings are displayed on the notice board at least 3 days before a meeting. Minutes of meetings are displayed on the notice board and also on our web site Parish Councillors Bobby Dyer 820021

Sandra Hatcher 820986

Donna Jones 820573

Jim Moores 820160

Geoff Nankivell 820201

Steve Penny 820774

John Newcombe 820841

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek 21136

Clerk to Parish Council

Steve Edwards 821829

Bus Services The Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transport together with 2 officers came to a recent Community Network Panel meeting for the local villages where the parish representatives stressed the effects which the cut-backs in services are having on residents, particularly those who do not have access to a car. The bus companies have improved services on routes where they can make a profit but will only run other services if they are subsidised. The existing subsidised services are out to tender and are expected to cost more but the government grant is not increasing so it is probable that there will be further cutbacks somewhere in the county. Concessionary fares cost the county ÂŁ5.5M and school transport ÂŁ13M

group response. Our main criticism is that it concentrates more on building new houses than improving employment prospects. Play Equipment C.C. has found the money to repair the damaged slide at Wheal Jewel Playing Field but we await action. Tree Planting Thanks to our new tree warden 650 trees and shrubs have been supplied as part of The Big Tree Plant and planted free of charge by The Conservation Volunteers at Wheal Jewel Playing Field.

Town Clock After much hard work by our clerk bids have now been submitted for the work. To meet the requirements of the Heritage Lottery Fund we Cornwall Local Plan The document have to incorporate community and edsets out how Cornwall should develop ucational involvement. Our thanks to over the next 15 to 20 years. This the Daylight Group led by Claire Sumlengthy document has been discussed merson, and Lesley Trotter and Lesley Moreland for their help with this aspect. by the Parish Council and the Mining (Continued on page 19) Villages Group who have submitted a 12

Sandy’s Head Shave Event

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Target £10,000 I am having my dark locks shaved off. Why am I sacrificing my hair? Because I’m passionate about the invaluable service the Merlin MS Centre provides.

You still have time to donate via your tab bar at or at St Day Post Office The Merlin MS Centre provides a range of expert care, support, therapies, respite day care, understanding and laughter to improve the lives of those affected by Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions such as Stroke, ME/CFS, Parkinson’s. Cornwall has the highest rate of MS in mainland Britain and the Merlin MS Centre is the only MS therapy centre in the county. They receive no Government funding so rely on fundraising to support their work.

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A big thank you to all those who helped make this years lantern celebration a huge success. It was brilliant to have you all on board again. Haylestorm Samba who were out in force this year, partly due I think to the delicious refreshments on offer in the Church hall! Aggypella Choir, who sang magnificently, Cascades, Kit and Carol who, dressed for the occasion, and led the procession, all the stewards, without whom the procession would not be possible, the artists and lantern makers, St. Day and Carharrack School, Sunny Days Nursery, The Traveller Space, the WI and Father Simon. The Lantern Celebration grew out of a desire to bring a little light and laughter to the rather dull winter months that follow Christmas. It is incredible to think that since its rather humble beginnings in 2008 it has grown so much in size and ambition. Establishing the Day-light Group in 2010 has enabled these ambitions to be realized. We have come along way over the last seven years and had the opportunity to try and achieve things that no other lan(Continued on page 17)


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tern event in Cornwall has done. This is largely due to the commitment of The Day-light Group but also to the amazing venue, that is The Old Church. It has formed the backdrop to all the lantern celebrations, it is perfect, as it is a magical, atmospheric dark space free of light pollution. It has provided the inspiration for much of the art-work, the stained-glass in particular. It will be very difficult to imagine a lantern procession that does not involve the use of this amazing space. We very much hope that the Old Church is given back to the Community so that it can resumes its crucial role as host to a wide range of unique events. Over the years The Day-light Group have tried hard to create an event that highlights the many talents of the community of St. Day and Carharrack by combining creativity with heritage. This year was no exception. We created magnificent lanterns, large and small, on the theme of St. Days journey across the sea from Brittany to Cornwall. If that wasn't challenge enough (Continued on page 22)

PILATES YOGA FUSION CLASS for BEGINNERS at ST DAY COMMUNITY CENTRE Focus on core strength, spinal stability, posture, strength, toning & flexibility. Every Monday 10.30am – 11.30am. TRIM & TONE PILATES CARDIO CLASS BEGINNERS Pilates with Sports Conditioning, toning & strength exercises to improve posture & help you lose weight. Every Thursday 3pm – 4pm. All drop in by arrangement only. £6.00 per class. Pre Paid 6 Consecutive Classes £18.00 Flexible 6 Class Pass £27.00 Valid for 12 weeks from date of purchase. FLEXIBLE FRIENDS: Adapted & modified Pilates Yoga & Ballet - Movements & stretches are performed while sitting in a chair. Standing postures included for those who wish to try. Drop in £4.00 per class. 6 Class booking £12.00 REGULAR CLASSES @ The Tate Gallery St Ives, Illogan, Mount Hawke, Blue Lotus Scorrier & St Day. CONTACT HELEN 01209 200 726 / 07817 044 607 17

Second Monday of every month ‑ Pop In ‑ 11:00 am ‑ 1:00 pm ‑ A chance for a soup and sweet lunch, chat and fellowship. Tuesdays 2:30 pm ‑ 4:00 pm Bright Hour—a fellowship meeting for ladies and men. (Not in August) Wednesdays 4th Wednesday of the month 12 noon for 12.15 Luncheon Club 1st and 3rd Wednesday—(not in Aug.) Ray’s Bargain Bin 10.00-3.30pm Thursdays 10.15 am Coffee, Prayer and Bible Study Other special events are organized, details can be found on the Church door or notice board. Contacts Church services and activities Ralph Gilbert 821100 Junior Church – Bobby Dyer 820021 Hirings – Janet Homer 820881 Notices all around the town with latest details of services and events 18

The Methodist Church in St. Day warmly welcomes you to share with them in their events and activities. Methodism has been present in St. Day for many years. The Methodist Church and family seek to serve and follow Christ's teaching as a group of believers and individuals. We extend the love of God to all. Friendly fellowship, transport no problem, Comfortable surroundings, genuine love and support

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See separate article for more inforEmergency Planning This winter has mation. seen many communities badly affected Old Church It is disappointing to find by severe weather and in many cases that the old church has been cordoned the emergency services were overoff following an inspection by the insur- whelmed and people were left to cope ers. It is part of the World Heritage Site as best they could. Fortunately we and receives many visitors during the were largely unaffected. However the summer and is used by local groups. fire at the St.Day Inn was a serious The Parish Council has written to the threat to life and could have spread to diocesan authorities urging them to other properties. There was also a carry out any necessary work. power cut of about 90 minutes which affected a wide local area, but some Flooding C.C is looking into the prob- communities in other parts of the counlem of the flooding on the road from try were without power for several Pink Moors to Tolgullow . days. Without electrical power many houses including those with oil central Housing Sanctuary Housing appears heating would be without heating. to have pulled out of the scheme in There are other events which could afTelegraph Hill but we understand that fect the community as a whole and the Devon and Cornwall Housing As- particularly the old and frail. Snow and sociation is willing to take it on includ- icy roads could cut us off, there could ing the doctor’s surgery project. be a serious road crash etc. The cut backs in local government mean it has Empty Properties We are still waiting fewer resources to deal with such for the action promised by C.C. on the events and local communities may overgrown properties. have to be more self-reliant. To this Tidyup, Saturday May 17th Volunteers end we are preparing an Emergency are required for a litter pick and filling Plan. Please see separate article for sunken graves in the burial ground. details and how you can help. Please see separate article for details. Police Last month there was an inPlease help. crease in the number of crimes reportFire at St. Day Inn This was probably ed to the police. We have asked the the most serious incident in St.Day for police to attend the next Parish Council many years. Although much of the meeting. building was damaged the residents To report incidents and suspected were able to escape and local resi- crimes ring their new number 101 dents came forward to offer support. If it is an emergency ring 999 Redruth retained fire crew was on sce- These incidents are then added to the ne 13 minutes after receiving the call crime statistics for the area, which is and Falmouth full time crew took 14 not the case if you ring the local team minutes followed by other units which on 01209 202324 prevented the fire spreading to other properties. Unfortunately it will be sev- Chairman John Newcombe 820841 eral months before the pub will re- Clerk Steve Edwards 821829 19

Parish Councillors’ attendance details During the last Parish Council year from May 2013 – April 2014 the attendance record of Parish Councillors at Parish Council meetings was as shown below: Bobby Dyer

83% - 10 of 12

Sandy Hatcher

80% - 8 of 10

Donna Jones

80% - 8 of 10

Jimmy Moores

92% - 11 of 12

Geoff Nankivell

100% - 12 of 12

John Newcombe

100% - 12 of 12

Steve Penny

100% - 12 of 12

In addition our Cornwall Councillor, Mark Kaczmarek, attended 10 of the 12 possible meetings and Parish Councillors also represented St Day at meetings of several other organisations.


Do you have memories of St. Day in the past? We’d love to print your memories here in the Newsletter. If you’d like some help get them down on paper then get in touch. Call Nigel on 820441 or leave a message in the Post Office.

Carharrack and St. Day Retired and Pensioners Club Hi everyone may I on behalf of the committee and club members wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year So…. How about jcoming to join us in our club. We are always looking for new members with new ideas. Our club members are a very happy go lucky group of people. I am sure you would love to spend a couple of hours with us on the 1st Monday of each month 2pm—4pm at the Mills Hall, Carharrack. We usually have live entertainment, talks, demonstrations or music, not forgetting the cup of tea and biscuits! We also have some good trips lined up for this year , as follows: 5th May—Sportsmans Arms for 3 course meal and a Mystery Tour 25th May—Horse Drawn barge Trip on the Tiverton Canal (21/2 hours) £25. 28th June—Tavistock Market with Fish and hips on the way home £10—meal extra 14th July- Coast Road to Bude and then Homeleigh Garden Centre £11 All trips pick up from St. Day, Carharrack, Lanner and Redruth. So if you would like to know more or to book a seat please ring: Janet 01209 822070 or Ellen 01209 202577 We would love to hear from you. Ellen Caskey, Secretary


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they were then painted beautifully using invisible blacklight paint. The excitement for me was to see the lanterns transform from pure white into a stunning tableaux of colour and light in front of The Old Church. None of us had any idea how this would look until the black lights were switched on at the end. The results were incredible, the paint was translucent, giving the effect of stained glass. It was a shame that the black light was washed out by the security lights in the school playground, if we do it again another year we will know to relocate anything black light sensitive. The story of St. Days journey was again brought to life by years 5 and 6 children who created a fabulous animated video using blacklight paint. With the help of local artists Jonathan Hayter and Verena van der Berg they created and animated their shadow puppets. The lanterns this year, with the exception of Neptune were all made and painted by dedicated members of the community. 22

If you would like to find out more about the Day-light Group then contact or call 821684. We have exciting plans and opportunities if we receive lottery funding for The Clock-tower. We would also like to thank our funders; FEAST Cornwall, Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Councillors Community Fund, and St.Day Parish Council. Photos by Dan Murphy 23

Reflections A memory, a summer evening, an outgoing tide.....and to remember someone you love On Sunday 8th June, Cornwall Hospice Care will be holding a moving remembrance event on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth. Anyone who would like to take part is invited to write the name of their loved one and a short message if they wish on a tag which will be attached to a gerbera flower and put on a specially handcrafted raft. Just before 7pm, with some words of poetry and gentle music, the raft will be floated out to sea with the outgoing tide, and pulled by a local gig club. If you are not able to join us, but would like to add a flower and message to the raft, please let me know and I will ensure your flower is included. To receive a tag for the event, please call Clare on 01726 66868, alternatively you can download a form from our website 24

Parish Council responsibilities People often ask what the Parish Council does for the people of the parish – how many of these could you have listed? Street cleaning and weed spraying in the centre of St Day The Parish Council owns and maintains the burial ground in Church Street Grass cutting in both the open and closed sections of St Day churchyard. This is partly funded by Cornwall Council but is organised by the Parish Council. The open section is actually the responsibility of the Church and the closed section is the responsibility of Cornwall Council Grass cutting at Telegraph Hill crossroads Footpath maintenance. Again this is partly funded by Cornwall Council but is organised by the Parish Council Organises the annual ‘St Day in Bloom’ competition Pays for the Community Centre toilet to be open to the general public. This used to be partly funded by Cornwall Council but it has now withdrawn funding Garden maintenance. The mine truck at the bottom of Telegraph Hill, the flower bed on Church St/Church Hill, Buckingham Terrace gardens and the Town Clock gardens are all maintained by the Parish Council and in 2014/15 the small area of planting on Vogue Terrace is to be added to the list The Parish owns and maintains the bus shelters in Church Street and at Vogue The Parish Council owns and maintains the skate park and shelters on the Vogue playing field Street furniture. The Parish Council maintains the public benches in St Day The Parish Council organises regular litter picks in the parish In recent years the Parish Council has paid for the War Memorial gates to be repainted (these were originally bought by the Parish Council in the late 1980s) and for the inscriptions on the War Memorial and on the memorials in the Tolgullow Playing Field to be redone. The Parish Council was also instru25

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mental in having the three parish stones at Trefula, Tolgullow and Tresaddern erected and in having the ‘St Day stone’ wall built at Telegraph Hill crossroads The list above contains the visible things which the Parish Council does but it also Represents the parish on many committees and makes sure that St Day’s voice is heard Considers all planning applications in the parish and reports its comments to Cornwall Council Gives grants each year in November to support, mainly local, organisations Plans for St Day’s future – at the moment the Parish Council is leading the way in trying to obtain funding to repair St Day Town Clock and War Memorial and take it back into local public ownership. It is also pushing the case for a new affordable homes scheme on Telegraph Hill which will incorporate a much-needed doctors’ surgery Deals with the many day-to-day problems which arise and reports regularly to Cornwall Council when potholes appear, litter bins overflow, play equipment is damaged and so on And finally …… you wouldn’t be reading this Newsletter if the Parish Council hadn’t agreed to take it over when the Action St Day Group folded!

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In the Days of Noah! Most people, even if they are not particularly religious, know the story of Noah and the Ark, and how it rained constantly for forty days and forty nights. I sincerely hope that when you read this the sun will be shining and a long, balmy summer will be in prospect, but as I write this in mid-February, I do keep checking outside the window for the odd passing ark! It has been a dreadful few months, and for many people homes have been damaged and livelihoods have been badly affected. We live in Portreath and have been touched as friends and family from all over the country have been phoning to check we are safe following newsreels that have made the national television about the storms lashing the Cornish coastline. The response of family, friends and neighbours when disaster strikes is usually one that helps us to see the goodwill that can be found in people as they rally together to give support and shelter to those in distress. Fortunately, in our village only the harbour wall and the beach has been battered, and if anything, local businesses have profited by the crowds of ‘stormwatchers’ drawn to look at the majestic, awesome power of the sea and the wind. But If there is damage or injury, we often refer to these as ‘acts of God’. Are we right to label them in this way?

global climate change. Many others may disagree and see the extremes of climate as part of the natural cycle of weather that has fluctuated from one ice age to another over the millennia of world history. For many today, belief in God does not enter their frame of reference. Others with a belief system that includes God, see Him as a distant observer who does not get actively involved in things on earth. Certainly for Noah, and for generations of Jews and Christians who read the Old Testament, God clearly is shown with power over nature but such ‘acts of God’ seem largely related to ‘plagues and pestilence’, showing us perhaps the power of God, but not much about His personality. I have not spent much time ‘stormwatching’ but when out walking our dog, I do stop and gaze and marvel at the awesome power of the stormy sea crashing against the harbour wall, lifting spray high into the air, and tossing masonry as if it were children’s Lego. I then ponder the Gospel passage about Jesus asleep in a boat, out at sea with his disciples when a storm breaks out and threatens to swamp the boat. Jesus stands and commands “Peace, be still” and the storm immediately subsides and the experienced fishermen in the boat are struck with awe, asking “Who is this that even the wind and the waves obey him?” And I believe Jesus, were He standing on Portreath beach, would have that self-same power to calm the stormiest, windiest spring tide.

The Christian message proclaims Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. He reveals God to Many thoughtful people may attribute these recent extremes of climate to conse- us. As we study the life and personality of Jesus, we glimpse the life and personality quences of environmental neglect, with (Continued on page 39) humans as causal agents in the process of 27

HELP!! Can you help with either of the following? – Litter Pick – we have a steady group of 10-12 volunteers who meet 3 or 4 times per year and spend an hour or so helping to keep St Day clean and litter free for everyone. This is followed by coffee and biscuits and everyone goes home for lunch with a clear conscience and feeling that they have done their bit for St Day. You too could benefit from that wonderful feeling that only a small number of people have been enjoying for the last few years – and it’s very simple to achieve! All you have to do is turn up for the next litter pick on Saturday 17th May at 10am in the back room of the Community Centre. Litter grabbers, bags and high visibility jackets will be provided and you will be made very welcome. Or, if you are really serious about lending a hand, you could try – Helping with maintenance work in the burial ground – some of the graves in the Parish Council owned burial ground in Church Street (behind the bus stop and next to the old church) have started to sink. The Parish Council is going to order an amount of topsoil to level them off but the job will be completed a lot more quickly and much more cheaply if we can organise a bunch of volunteers to do it rather than having to pay a contractor. Remember, the Parish Council’s funds come from your Council Tax so, the cheaper we can get jobs done, the more jobs we can do! The group of volunteers will be meeting at 10am in the car park in front of the old church on Saturday 17th May. Please bring along a spade and a wheelbarrow if you are able to. Isn’t it great to have two opportunities on the same day to feel good about yourself?? Seriously, we really do need a hand to get these jobs done and we would love to see as many people as possible – everyone will be very welcome. REMEMBER – Saturday 17th May at 10am! 28


Readers correspondence Did you go to school with Michael Jay? Dear Reader, Many years ago I went to St.Day School. The headmaster then was Mr Gilbert, my main teacher was Miss Hensley. I recall the names of some of my class : Carole Pascoe (she lived in Carharrack as I did) Leslie Vanstone, Eric Berry, Anne Trevithick, Does anyone in St Day remember me…………….. Michael Jay? As it was some 60 years ago or so it might be a hard job to trace anyone, but you never know. My e mail address is : Editor. If anyone wishes to contact Michael and does not have access to email, I will put you in touch.


Bough Wow Tree News! This year has so far been a mixed tale of woe and fortune for the trees of St Day. The now infamous winter storms of 2014 wreaked havoc and destruction to hundreds if not thousands of trees across the county and the South West. The constant battering was too much for many of our mature trees; indeed St Day lost a large Monterey Cypress on the edge of the rugby field along with an old sycamore in the Old Churchyard which narrowly missed the church itself along with several headstones. The huge amounts of salt, blown inland, off the Atlantic in the gales has also burnt off a lot of the foliage on trees in more exposed positions. Still, from death springs life; St Day was lucky enough to be allocated a large number of young trees in The Big Tree Plant campaign, funded by Defra and the Forestry Commission, run by The Conservation Volunteers. About 650 native trees were planted in March at Wheal Jewell Playing Field to provide shelter from the elements, habitat for wildlife and to improve the atmosphere of the area. The species are hawthorn, hazel, mountain ash, oak, alder, crab apple, willow and some beech. Over the years this planting scheme will mature and will benefit the local community by improving this open space by adding interest and diversity to our village. The Parish Council are maintaining the project with Iron Orchid Landscapes and are looking to mulch the planted areas with woodchip to give the trees the best possible start. This will need volunteers so if you can help please get in touch with Mic (820484). Thanks to Steve from the PC for his enthusiasm on the project, Matt Odgers for the consultation, Claire North from TCV for organising the planting and the team at Iron Orchid.






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These things have been in St Day and Gwennap By Richard R Blewett St Day and Gwennap in the Middle Ages (first published in February, 1966) The names of the men who supplied the St Day Pilgrims’ Hostel are known. There are three men of one family called, in 1327, Cusgaron, William, Philip and Robert; there was surely a man called Corlan (six of the surnames on the original document in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London, have been effaced by time). He lived at what is now Wheal Gorland. ‘Corlan’ is a Cornish Celtic word meaning ‘sheepfold’. So the pilgrims should have not gone short of mutton with sheep on the very doorstop. Others were Robert Crowgey (the ‘crow’ rhymes with ‘how’), two men with the name William Treviskey, Batholomew Lanner, Henry Ennis or Ninnis, Nicholas Trevarth, Robert Trevince, William Pensignance (modern Pennance) and last, the man who lived on the ground I occupy, David Burnwithian. The 1327 spelling was Brounwehan. What would I not give to receive a ghostly visit from David and persuade him to talk, if only for an hour! What questions would my readers like to ask him? Or would they flee from his presence with incoherent stammerings? The family and relatives of David Brounwehan (tax1/3) all perished in the plague known as the Black Death, 22 years after the 1327 tax rolls, in 1349, when it is estimated by one historian that 20,000 people died in Cornwall. The surname never appeared again. Throughout the Middle Ages (let’s make the dates easy to remember by a real mental effort! – 1000 to 1500 A.D.) there was no increase in population. At the time of the Norman landing in 1066 the British population was less than 3,000,000. By 1600, 5 centuries later, it was no more than 3,000,000. By 1700 it was only about 7,000,000 and by 1801, the year of the first census, it had risen to about 10,000,000. In 1965 it was about 50,000,000 and where do we go from that figure? In the Middle Ages scientific contraception was, of course, unknown. A healthy husband and wife would produce during their married life at least 10 or 12 children, only 2 of them surviving to replace the parents – hence population was at a standstill. And no wonder. One method of feeding infants was through a bullock’s horn, the pointed end of which was perforated and placed in the baby’s mouth. The horn was held in such a manner that milk could be poured into it through the upper wide end. Where are all the babies gone, Long time ago? Even as late as the 18th century the baby’s dead body was sometimes thrown out on the rubbish heap. (Continued on page 36)


St. Day Feast Events

Bingo with Brian & Yvonne Tuesday 24th June at the Community Centre at 7.30pm In aid of the Christmas Lights & The Community Centre.

We would like MORE Adults to join in the FEAST DANCE.

Street Fair & Entertainment

Dance Practices

St Day Methodist Church

Please come along to a practice at the Church Hall Tuesday 10th June and Tuesday 17th June at Children 7 pm Adults 7.39pm If you are unable to attend please call Linda on 01209 842408 before Saturday 28th of June to book your position in the dance.

Wednesday 25th June at 7 pm at Market Square In aid of 'Sunny Days Nursery' & organised by them.

Thursday 26th June at the Methodist church at 7.30 The evening of SONGS OF PRAISE will be led by Geoff Nankivell

Children's School Disco Thursday 26th June at St Day & Carharrack school 34

Procession and Tea Treat 6.30 to 7.30 Infants & Junior School pupils only. leaves the School at 2 pm led by The Carharrck & St Day Silver Band, proceeding to the playing Star Inn Vogue Saturday 28th June Ale & field. Music Festival (number 9) Adults who wish to join 11 am to 11 pm Proceeds the procession are asked to 'Sunny days Nursery' & to follow the children at Cornwall Air Ambulance. the back 30th June Hog Roast & Country Band in the marquee 9pm to 12 midnight

Feast Dance

Assemble outside the Parish Church Children's Dance 6.30 pm th Adults Dance 7.15pm Feast Sunday 29 DRESS CODE FOR June DANCE Ladies long,dress, ST DAY PARISH gloves, flower in hair CHURCH 9.30 am Feast Gentlemen Shirt with bow Parish Mass 7.30 pm tie, dark trousers or kilt. Feast Concert by Holman Climax Male Voice Choir Mr John Northey will chair the concert. Programmes ÂŁ5 & a retiring collection th

Feast Monday 30 June

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How did the people behave at Church – especially at the service of Mass? They stood about in groups gossiping in voices that drowned the voice of the Priest. The service was in Latin and in most cases mumbled. Men wore their hats in Church – the doffing of men’s hats in Church began at the orders of Archbishop Laud about the first half of the 17th century. At the sounding of the bell signifying the raising of the Host there was a sudden and deep silence. The Pilgrims would behave in the same way as the St Day worshippers. The Pilgrims found their language problems difficult. In the 14th and 15th centuries most of the natives of the parish would be using their native language – Celtic Cornish – in which ‘man’ = ‘den’ (deen); ‘woman’ = ‘benen’; ‘boy’ = ‘map’ or ‘maw’; ‘girl’ – ‘mowes’; ‘mutton’ = ‘mols’; ‘beef’ = ‘bowyn’ and ‘egg’ = ‘oy’. As late as the 18th century in a few Cornish parishes the majority of the Church congregation did not understand a sermon preached in English. Midlanders would not be able to read Chaucer’s English which was that of the Royal Court in London and Northeners could not understand Midland English in which William Langland was writing Piers the Plowman in the 14th century. Whence came the Pilgrims? And what form of English did they speak? And did they all speak the same form of English? Well, they have told St Day people all the news of the districts through which they have come, they have worshipped at the St Day Shrine, they have purchased keep-sakes of their visit to take home with them, at the Hostel they have told their stories as naughty as any that Chaucer’s Pilgrims told on the road to Canterbury, they had been ‘made easy and partaken of the best’ at the Hostel, they had paid their bills and now it only remained to bid farewell to their host and set off on the Ridgeway for St Michael’s Mount. See them trekking up the track through Busveal and across Carnmarth. They must beware of tree-covered Trevethan. Trees have always flourished there – the soil is alluvial washed down by millinia lasting rainstorms before man appeared on earth. Where trees are, malefactors may be gathered together – so Pilgrims beware! On they go along Carn Brea, Camborne Beacon, then the heights of Crowan. The Ridgeway is ended – now no heights remain to the end of the pilgrimage. The route now lies through Praze an Beeble, the sites of Leedstown and Townshend (both modern) to Relubbas and Goldsithney and, at low tide, across to the Mount. Some of them have come to discharge a vow, some to gain an answer to prayer, some as a penance imposed at their confessional of their home parish. On their journey, at any place where tolls were to be paid, Pilgrims were free to pass. Their persons were declared inviolable. Any who harmed them was certain of a long spell of Purgatory if not never-ending existence in the lower reaches of Hell. It is not known when the Pilgrimages to the Mount began. They came to an end at the Reformation about the middle of the 16th century – they were suppressed at the Mount in 1538. A dreadful thing happened there in 1472. John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, with many followers, came as Pilgrims. They stole £10 from the treasure chest at the shrine of St Michael, I wonder of they had come through St Day and stole (Continued on page 40)


LIVING & LEARNING IN ST DAY Emlyn Stone Fabrications Action St Day Group to make St Day a better place to !live and work

All types of Welding Aluminium, Cast Iron, Lead, Steel

Two and a half years of work have paid off and St Day is to have a whole new play area at the Wheal Jewel Playing Field. The play equipment that is there was well past its sell by date years ago and the Action St Day Group with the help of Scott James, Bryony Nicholls and Mervyn Smallwood of Kerrier District Council Regeneration team have put together £65,474 of funding granted by the Liveability Community Pot, Cornwall County Playing fields Association, Cory Environmental Trust, St Day Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chest, Devon & Cornwall Housing, Living Spaces, the Local Network Fund, the Neighbourhood Community Chest Grant Fund, Lt. Comdr. J Mills, the St Day Jubilee Committee and the Action St Day Group. Quite a list but it’s quite a sum of money and it shows that the support is wide based.

If you can’t buy it – We’ll make it

The project started with the selection of potential contractors and Rolf Necked of Kerrier DC Engineering Service provided a select list and has kept in touch with the project right through and, since the completed play area is to be maintained by KDC, he will always be involved. Five contractors were asked to submit a scheme and their designs were exhibited at St Day & Carharrack School to be commented on by the pupils and their parents. As well as being shown at the school a public display was viewed at the Action St Day Group Annual General Meeting and from the comment forms completed one contractor came out on top. The prices submitted were keen and "best value", other than just price, determined the final choice. The chosen suppliers are Company, who also supplied the play equipment at Tucking Mill. Up until recently Company were part of the Lego Group so we are dealing with people who understand children very well, and adults who like playing, sorry, designing with Lego.

We Weld/Repair Anything from MOT Failures to Gates and Railings, Specialised Aluminium, Cast Iron and Brass etc.


The final design is made up of eleven separate pieces that set out to appeal to young people from two or three up to fifteen or sixteen. There are two sets of swings, two twizzley sticks, these are real fun, two very modern roundabouts (one you can sit in and the other you can use in all sorts of ways), a rocking ‘wasp’, a spinning bowl, a ‘standup’ seesaw, a play house, come slide , come climbing frame and a monster climbing frame the likes of which you will have never seen before. It is 18 feet (5.5 metres) across and about 10 feet (3 metres) tall and is certainly the most exciting piece of kit you will have seen in a long time. The whole set up is to provide interesting and challenging and exciting "FUN" and it will belong to the young people of St Day and, please can I have a go sometimes.


For Free Quotation Phone Office: 01209 820990 Mobile 07767 792434 The order for the installation has been placed and completion will be around the end of September. When it has been completed an official opening will be held with all the pupils from St Day School doing the honours. The date for the opening has yet to be fixed but there will be notices giving the date, time and place. 37

Need Help with Financial Problems? There is lots of free, confidential help and advice available. Help can come from all directions:CAB Cornwall - Tel. 0844 499 188 text CAB 82727 and they will provide free independent debt and money advice. They will be able to discuss your needs and will prioritize what is right for you and can even represent you in County Court hearings. National Debtline - phone free on Tel. 0808 808 4000 Christians Against Poverty - gives free debt help to anyone Tel. 0800 328 0006 Payplan - provides free advice on debt and budgeting, including debt management plans and Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) Tel. 0800 280 2816 Family Information Services (FIS) - holds a wide range of information about children’s services and Money Matters Tel. 0800 587 8191 Jobcentre Plus - for income support, employment support allowance, job seekers allowance. For information, advice or to make a claim. Tel. 0800 055 6688 To find out more information on benefit entitlement go to where there are a range of calculators to let you know what benefits you could claim. Cornwall Works Hub - is the gateway to a range of support to help people with health problems and other workless residents of Cornwall, including those worried about redundancy return to work and will source the best help for you, free of charge. Tel. 01872 355015 Money Advice Service - Independent service set up to give free, unbiased money advice online, on webchat, over the phone, in printed guides and face to face Cornwall Housing - Housing, Council Tax and benefits advice please contact your local One Stop Shop in person Tel. 0300 1234 161 NHS Direct - Health advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (Continued on page 39)


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Tel. 0845 4647 Winter Wellbeing - for advice on how to save money and keep warm and well Tel. 0800 954 1956 The England Illegal Money Lending Team - cracking down on unlicensed lenders Tel. 0300 555 2222 Worrying about paying Council Tax? Call Council Tax Customer Services on Tel. 0300 1234 171 the sooner they know the sooner you can stop worrying. Cornwall Council has a fund to help and it is called the Exceptional Relief and Transitional Support Fund. If you are of working age and receive Council Tax Support call the Benefits Contact Centre by phone: Tel. 0300 1234 121 or email

Money problems do not solve themselves, and the longer you leave them the more difficult it is for you to sort things out.

Grant funding

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of God. And yet, his life does not show us much about ‘plague and pestilence’ but instead overflows with love, mercy and compassion. He shows us something of the power and mystery of God, and he touches us with the breath-taking love of God. So I have to settle for a mysterious God who I shall never fully understand. I settle for a God with awesome power, but with a heart of love. I settle for a God who longs for us to turn to Him in trusting prayer. And to this God, I take all the storms of my own life and those of people who are on my heart, believing that in each of these storms, He is willing and able to proclaim afresh “Peace, be still.” Rev Dr Peter Knibbs, Rector of the Eight Saints Cluster of Churches

Are you the Treasurer/ Secretary/Chairperson of a local club or organisation? Does your club or organisation need funding for a particular scheme? Do you know of an individual who is trying to raise funds for a particular cause or project? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions then it could be your lucky day! A local grant fund has funds available for distribution to worthy causes in St. Day For further information please contact Steve Edwards on 821829 39

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anything from mine host at the St Day Hotel? In an inventory of the Shrine dated 1535, amongst the memento tokens at the Shrine were 43 rings. One of the sources of income of the Shrine was gold and silver offered before the image of St Michael. It was from this hoard that the Earl of Oxford helped himself. In 1478 Pope Gregory granted the remission of one third part of the penance ‘to all the faithful who should seek the welfare of that church or visit it with alms and offerings’. Now they are homeward bound but they surely will make a short stay at St Day where they were so well treated on the way down. That was very good mutton from Gorland! Pilgrims fostered social intercourse. People of every rank and class were brought together and what a change of life and scene for the Pilgrims as well as health-giving excitement for the bondmen, villains, freemen (if any) and lord of the manor of St Day. I hope he escaped the thieving fangs of the earl of Oxford. The Chapel of the Holy trinity is closed. Woe betide the man who attempts to open it. The priest, if not already involved in concubinage, might marry a local girl and get his living in the already developing tin industry. There was already a furnace for smelting the tin at Vogue, which derives its name from the Cornish Celtic word ‘fok’ (pronounced fook) – singular; ‘fogow’ plural, = furnaco, furnaces. The final ‘-ue’ in Vogue was medieval ‘-ow’. The English equivalent word was ‘Blowing House’. The Chapel roof was stripped of any lead that might be on it and that is the reason why the body of the chapel became a ruin long before the tower which was a landmark for another two centuries. The lead taken from the roof of Glasney College in Penryn was taken to the Isles of Scilly and used for the roofing of fortifications there. Even before the closing of the chapel, industrial immigrants were entering Gwennap for the getting of tin. In 1327 there were only 42 taxpayers in the parish, paying a total of £2.2s.6d (£2.13). In 1523 there were 136 taxpayers, a rise of 224%, paying a total of £17.9s.6d (£17.48). Among the newcomers were the Chynoweth, Saundry, Jose, Jeffrey, Harry, Michell, Williams, Bawden and Morrish surnames that survive in St Day and Gwennap to this day.


The ‘Oil Club’ helps more people save on their fuel bills Residents are saving money on heating oil by having deliveries on the same day each month. By using an independent local supplier we not only get a discount but also have experienced good service in extreme weather! To join in and save on your oil costs you need to order through Nigel Knight on 820441. You can also order online by emailing your details and order to In order to receive a discount you must place your order with Nigel, please do not phone our supplier direct, this could result in you getting a double delivery!

Deliveries are made on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.


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More Messy Church were lots of crafts to make (and eat) including decorating eggs and crosses, making butterflies and paper flowers, making edible birds’ nests and constructing our own Easter garden. We did notice that a few adults were sneakily making their own items! We went on to have Ron Mole explaining the feast of the Passover, complete with all the symbolic food used during the feast which we all got to taste. Father Simon then retold the Easter story and we all lit a candle to symbolise the light reentering the world on Easter Day. A party tea followed and the session finished at 5pm. The next Messy Church will be held on May 25th 3-5pm in the Parish Church please do join us.

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Who? YOU and CASCADE Theatre

– Where? – ST DAY – When? 7th – 18th July – Ring 820483

Remember ‘Bal Kov’? Did you hear about ‘Sticklers’?

What about ‘If’ & ‘The St Day Olympiad’? THIS YEAR’S TOPIC IS BRITAIN SINCE THE 50s . . . and what an era to celebrate!!!!


WITH YOUR HELP  PLEASE  Carol, Hilary and Kit have already spent time with a group of wonderful ‘St Day Elders’ to gather stories and Kit and John are working with some of the school children to develop this year’s

ST DAY SPECTACULAR . . . and this is where you come in . . . IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO! We would LOVE more people in the community to become involved and

there is scope for all sorts and as much or as little time and involvement. No pressure, no conditions, no limits, as long as it is legal! SO MANY CHOICES AND SO MANY CHANCES

ACTING – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – are you now a teenager who was in one before? How about some ADULTS taking part in the performances with the young people and children? The joy of ‘Community Theatre’ is that you can play a small or a big part and you don’t HAVE to be at every performance if you don’t want to . . . one day be in a crowd and the next be in the audience . . . (Continued on page 45)


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ART - NO SKILL NECESSARY for those from 5 to 95


Clare, from the village, will be making all sorts of ‘stuff’ for the show. There will be big stuff and little stuff; there will be paint and there will be glue; there will be paper and there will be cardboard . . . there might even be withies, lanterns, puppets and sets! Sessions with Clare will be in the evening and daytime . . . watch this space or ring 01209 820483 and ask for Hilary! JUGGLING? COSTUME – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY Hilary, from the village, will be designing and making costumes for EVERY-

BODY. Sewing, cutting, gluing and sticking . . . you’ve heard of knit and natter . . . well these sewing bees are sew and glow!




Music of any sort can be played in the street, in the playground, in the corridors – we can have music everywhere! Your choice. Your instrument. As many shows as you like. MAKING SWEETS?


Shall we have A duo? A quartet? A choir?



Lights – Sound – Photography – Film . . . Our lighting man is willing to train anyone as he does his job SNAKE CHARMING?



We have had a real mixed bag of meetings since I last wrote. February brought the Annual meeting. We whipped through the official business, the committee were all happy to stand again therefore they were duly voted back for the coming year, reports read we were able to continue with the rest of the evening. Clare Summerson, organiser of the town’s annual lantern parade is always keen to involve, in one way or another, as many as possible in the fun. Clare arrived with bundles of withies, masking tape, paper and glue and from these simple things she showed us how one could make a fish. Having made it look deceptively simple it was our turn to try our hand, by the end of the evening we had a mini shoal. Unfortunately there wasn’t time to complete the job which was to cover the shape with tissue paper, Clare invited any of us who would be interested to go to school the following day to complete our fish. A few took her up on the offer and thoroughly enjoyed reverting too childhood glueing and sticking paper on the fish which were proudly carried aloft on the day of the lantern parade. March meeting started with a connection to the prior month. We had a brief visit from Carol Brooking of the Cascade Theatre Company. She and her partner Kit will be known by sight as they lead the Lantern Parade also acting as comperes. Carol wanted to tell us about a possible future project in which she hopes we might become involved. Our speaker for the evening was Helen Kinane, already a familiar face to those who attend her Monday class in the village. Helen teaches a mix of Pilates, Yoga and Ballet to help improve posture and mobility, that in turn may help to alleviate the aches and pains we all tend to get. We started with a few simple head and arm movements while still seated. We then advanced to standing. Fortunately were allowed to hold on to our chairs, trying to stand on one leg while moving the other to various positions caused a lot of wobbling and giggling, I don’t think any of us will be auditioning for ballet school in the near future. One lady did say, after the head exercises, that her neck felt definitely easier and less stiff We hold a Bacon Butty morning in aid of a chosen charity each year, this year was no exception, we were kept busy serving the sandwiches and a selection of desserts also the book and home made cake stalls did very well. Instead of a charity benefiting this year we were very happy to give a cheque for £300 to the Parish council towards the repair and maintenance of the clock tower. April we welcomed ladies from Mount Hawke and Chacewater institutes to a Cheese and Wine tasting evening. Jenny, our secretary, found herself unexpectedly in the spotlight for the evening owing to the speaker being unable to come. Guided by the speaker’s own notes Jenny did a brilliant job. We had (Continued on page 51)



Welcome to Homecroft and St. Day Surgery Newsletter. Our aim is to provide regular updates on all aspects of the Surgery’s news. Contact details & Opening times at the St Day Branch Monday

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Telephone: 01209 820518 Homecroft Surgery, Illogan (main branch), Telephone 01209 843843 Open Monday to Friday 8 am till 6pm

Repeat Prescriptions These can now be ordered through the surgery website using THE WAITING ROOM, please contact reception to register and for more information. ADVANCED PRE-BOOKABLE APPOINTMENTS can also be made through THE WAITING ROOM via our website SURGERY NEWS Evening Surgery at Homecroft is now on a Wednesday 6.30 - 7.45. Appointments are bookable in advance and are designed for patients who cannot attend the Surgery during regular opening hours. We would like to welcome Mavis Kirby to our Nursing Team, Mavis is the new Senior Nurse, and will be running Minor Illness clinics at Homecroft & St Day. The Homecroft website has lots of up to date information and useful links. 47

Holy Trinity Church St Day Summer Events 17th May May Fayre 10am-12noon Church Hall 29th June Feast Sunday Mass 9-30am 13th July Cream Teas 2-30pm Carew Cottage St Day (Marlene Richards) 24th July Coffee Morning 10am-12 Trenow St Day (Anne Kinsman) 25th July Family Beetle Drive 7pm in the Church Hall 8th August Barbeque 6pm in the Vicarage garden 29th-31st August

Flower Festival “God’s Glorious Cornwall” with

photographs of Old St Day. Thank you to all who supported the Easter Hamper Raffle & Quiz. The winner of the raffle was Mrs Jean Vanstone and the Cornish Quiz was won by Miss Anne Kinsman.

Scorrier Christian Fellowship

SCORRIER CHAPEL (Opposite the Crossroads Lodge) ARRANGES THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS EACH SUNDAY Morning Meeting 10.00am Prayer Meeting 6.30pm Evening Meeting 7.00pm For further information please contact Tim Jenkin 01209 899009 and visit our website 48

Mobile Library Service Cornwall Council is at the moment undertaking a review of its mobile library service and, to be realistic, it is unlikely that the result of the review is going to be good news for anyone. Current restrictions and lack of funds mean that Cornwall Council is having to make cuts in most areas and the best that can be hoped for is that the mobile library service to St Day will be reduced, the worst is that it will be cut altogether. For those of you who use the service this will, no doubt, come as quite a blow but help is at hand. You may have seen in the local media that the Star Inn at Vogue, in partnership with the Cornwall Library Service and the Pub is the Hub, has opened a new library service. This means that, whatever Cornwall Council throws at St Day by reducing the mobile library service, St Day will still have a local library! All the services you would expect from your local branch library – take out books, order new books, internet access – are now available from 12.00 until 23.00, 7 days per week (much better opening hours than you will find in any other library!) As you would expect from the library service this is all free plus you can sit in comfort whilst looking through books and making your choice and you can even enjoy a cup of coffee (or something stronger). Can you get all of that at Redruth library? Why not take a walk down to Vogue to see what the new library has to offer? This is an initiative which deserves to be supported and, let’s face it, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it and the chances are that the mobile library service will have disappeared by then! Go on, give it a try!!

New Times The Mobile Library visits the area fortnightly on Tuesdays It stops at these places and times. Next visit 11th Feb. 03001234111 for more Tolgullow 09.00 - 9.10 information. 49


Holy Trinity Church Contacts: For weddings, funerals and baptisms Fr. Simon Bone, Vicar : 01872 822862 The Rectory, Church St, St. Day

Churchwardens: Annette Hillman 821030 Sue Manley 820187 Hall Bookings Sheila Braddon 820285

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cheeses form Cornwall. France and Spain and various types including Brie, Camembert and Blue plus wines to complement them. Amazingly after so much nibbling and sipping we all found room to enjoy the buffet supper. Hopefully no one had nightmares after all the cheese.

Forthcoming events May 14th Singers

Old time Music Hall with the St Paul’s

June 11th

Mark Norton of Prima Bakery

July 9th

Dawn Boyce on Needle Felting

August 13th

Jenny Davies Using up leftovers

Monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 700 p m in the church hall. Do come along and meet us, we are happy to welcome you as a guest for an evening.


ST DAY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SPRING SHOW What a wonderful spring day we had on Saturday 15th March for our 39th Spring Horticultural Show at the Community Centre. After so many weeks of bad weather and so much rain we were blessed with good weather and we had plenty of entries. Very many people came to look around and support the show, they all seemed to enjoy it said how nice it was to see the spring colours. The spring flowers were a delight to see and we had plenty of entries in that section as well as the floral art where the entrants arranged excellent exhibits which must have been hard for the judge to decide on the winner. The needlework, Craft and Art sections were well supported. The photography section is very popular these days with many people having the use of digital cameras, this is rather a large section and we are working towards a way of displaying the photographs on large boards in (Continued on page 56)

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The competition is open to all properties within the civil parish of St Day. Only hanging baskets, flower tubs and window boxes will be considered. Please do nothing to obstruct the pavements. Entry forms can be obtained from St Day Post Office and should be returned to the Post Office or to the Parish Clerk at : Kinsmans Barns, Mt. Pleasant, St Day. Judging will take place in late July and all entrants will be notified of the judges’ decision. 54

The King

Once upon a time, there was a King who was much loved by his people; he looked after their health, and the defence of the realm. He announced to the people that their gardens were too small to grow enough for their needs, so he built food factories and gave the people cheap yet tasty food. What the King did not reveal was he was adding ingredients to their food that would make some of them overweight, many would get very sick with diabetes, heart disease, strokes, arthritis, and many other ailments. Some others would have mental issues like anxiety, depression and a new disease called ADHD, many of those that survived would then get a disease called dementia which would rob them of their memories. People died before they could retire and claim the Kings pension, then the King had another idea, he would set up new factories that would make medicines. Those that had long term illnesses would have no choice but pay for these new gifts from the King. The King loved them

and would never do anything to harm them so they thought. The royal coffers grew, and the royal bankers (who had been warned and only ate healthy food free from the nasty ingredients) applauded the King for his great wisdom. Some of the Kings servants were distraught at the manner in which the people were being treated, and tried to warn their countrymen, but the King employed security officers who would apprehend them before they left the castle. But one day a servant successfully avoided the security officers, he found a small group of people, he explained to them what was going on. But they did not believe him, they laughed at him, they even scolded him. “Our King is good and he loves us, why would he want to hurt us� they jeered. The servant travelled the land trying to tell the story to anyone who would listen, but he met the same reception wherever he went. The security guards shuffled as they told the king that more servants had escaped their guard. The King laughed, “My people love me, they will not be believed, Give the people cheap alcohol, give them television, they will sit in their houses, feel good, and the alcohol will also keep the damn fools from reaching an age where they can draw their pension. For more information contact: Greg Woods, Terapia (Cornwall) cic email or Tel 01209 822506


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time for the next Spring Show, hopefully. We also had a Cookery Section along with Eggs and children’s sections, which were all of a high standard. The competition as always was good and judges had many hard decisions to make, all the winners seemed happy with their prizes. The cups and rosettes were presented at the end of the day by Steve Edwards, Clerk to St Day Parish Council, he did a grand job with presenting the cups and auctioning a cake! Well done Steve. The people of St Day and surrounding areas did themselves proud this year and if they didn’t have time to put in an exhibit many of them still came for a good look around and to support the show. Our next show will be on the third Saturday in October, 18th October 2014. So now is the time to think about planting your flowers and vegetables and preparing your needlework, etc ready for October. The committee would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to enter the show and lets hope the show continues for many a year to come, also many thanks to all the helpers on show day. They would also like to thank the judges for their time and effort in the difficult job they have to do. If anyone is interested in joining our committee and helping to keep the show the success it is please contact Mandy on 01209 820 157. Mandy Show Secretary


St Day Town Clock and War Memorial – update That’s it – the funding bids are in!! After a hectic couple of months gathering together all sorts of information – contractors’ tenders, work schedules, agreement letters from Cornwall Council and much, much more – our funding bids were put in the post on 31 March. Now we wait! The total project to renovate the building, update the clock movement and provide a number of heritage and community events centred on the building will cost in the region of £100,000 which is around £50,000 less than first indications from our surveyor suggested. For that we were very grateful! To date we have a guaranteed contribution from Cornwall Council of £20,000 and St Day Parish Council has budgeted for a figure of £10,000 with a further promise of £500 from the W J Mills Grant Fund, leaving around £70,000 to find. To fill this gap we have applied for £40,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund and £20,000 from SITA Environmental Trust to cover the heritage and repair works and £7,435 from Cory Environmental Trust to update the clock movement. This will leave just over £2,000 to be raised within St Day and we are confident that St Day will not be found wanting – up to now we have raised almost £800 and the fund raising hasn’t really started! As an example of this we recently received a cheque for £300 from St Day WI which was the proceeds from

a bacon butty lunch they held at the end of March (that’s an awful lot of bacon butties!) This was a wonderful effort from the ladies of the WI and very much appreciated and we know that several other organisations and businesses have promised similar financial support and fund raising efforts. As soon as we hear back from our potential funders we shall be asking people to get fund raising! We have already been told that Cory Environmental Trust will have considered our application at the end of April but it is likely that we shan’t hear from the HLF or SITA until sometime in the summer. All being well we hope then to start work in the autumn with phase one of the project being completed in around 20 weeks. The building will then have to be left to dry out before the internal walls can be repointed and the job finished in the spring of 2016. During the period from autumn 2014 until spring 2016 the Day-light Group in St Day will be putting on a number of events which we hope as many of you as possible will get involved in and enjoy, starting with a lantern parade (they are pretty good at those!) when the work gets underway. Once we hear from the funders, providing we are successful, we will publish more details of what is planned and we hope you will all want to join in and be a part of making sure that the future of St Day Town Clock and War Memorial building is secured. Watch this space!! St Day Parish Council 57


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W J Mills (Cottages) Trust The W J Mills (Cottages) Trust is a Trust which was set up back in the 1930s with the intention, amongst other things, of providing homes for the ‘poor and needy’ in St Day. Since that time the Trust has moved on and now has over 40 properties in St Day, including the development of 7 new bungalows off Barracks Lane which were built to house people with specific physical problems. There are also 5 flats and a number of one and twobedroomed houses. Times have changed since the 1930s and we would all like to think that the 1930s definition of ‘poor and needy’ has moved on too. With this in mind Trustees are now happy to accept applications from those who feel that

they would benefit from living in one of the Trust’s properties but, obviously, each individual’s circumstances and connections with the local area are taken into account by Trustees when allocating properties. All of our properties are currently occupied but we do quite regularly have vacancies so, if you would like to be considered for a Trust property in the future, it would be wise to make an application now. Applicants normally have to be over 60 years of age and will need to complete an application form which can be obtained either by writing to: Carol Freeman Clerk to the Trustees, The Mills Street Community Room, Mills St., St Day, Redruth, TR16 5LL. or by calling in the office at the above address during the following times: Monday 2.00 – 3.30 Thursday 9.30 – 11.00 or by calling the Clerk to the Trustees on 01209 822589 or by emailing the Clerk at


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Breage Church, where he headed the appeal to preserve its important wall paintings. March saw local history author and retired teacher, Eric Rabjohns, sharing the delights of 'Cornish Pop Bottles,' focusing particularly on Carharrack, where there used to be five pop works, including Jolly's, which began in the 1880s and diversified by the 1890s to a production centre at Rosewood Farm, Carharrack. The firm still survives, but having first moved its operational centre in 1977 to United Road, Carharrack, then to where it still is, on Pool Industrial Estate. Bottled pop became popular from the invention by Hiram Codd, who in 1873 perfected the Codd bottle. He realized that the insertion and capturing of a marble in the neck of a bottle would provide a new and effective way of sealing mineral water and soda bottles without corks or external stoppers. His bottle used the effervescent pressure of the mineral water itself to force a marble against a rubber washer in the upper ring of the neck of the bottle. This made for a very efficient and durable seal. He also patented a special groove in the lip of the bottle to make the seal. Tipping the bottle to the other side after pouring allows the marble to re-seat itself after only a measured amount of fluid passes, limiting the drinker to one swig or drink. The bottle could easily be resealed by shaking it vigorously, and then tilting it upside down to cause the marble, under pressure, to re-seat itself over the mouth of the bottle. (Information supplied by Cecil Munsey, 'Codd (Marble-In-The-Neck) SodaWater Bottles, THEN and NOW!' 2010.) There are some seven hundred different varieties of Codd bottle known. Although there were five com-

petitors making and selling pop out of Carharrack, there were none in St Day, which did however provide the major part of the market with 10,000 thirsty miners and their families in the vicinity. April brought consultant architectural historian, Eric Berry, to show and talk to the group of the photographic delights of St Day Revisited, during which Eric projected slides of postcard collections belonging to Redruthian Paddy Bradley and old St Day boy, Paul Annear. Many fascinating views were enjoyed of old, often now vanished, shopfronts from the Georgian town of St Day, along with favourite views of blind David Annear, the water carrier, topping up his barrel at Vogue Shute, the former impressive St Day Brickworks, once sited where the 'Saints' Football Club and field now are, where stood its magnificent Hoffman and beehive kilns, as well as the Town Clock with its long ago demolished surrounding wooden Market House, and evocative scenes of St Day Old Church in its heyday. St Day Old Church has unfortunately suffered a major blow from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, whose assessor recently made a contentious survey and report on the condition of the building, which he judged, in our view incorrectly, to be dangerous. The problem arose when the said assessor went in 'blind,' having no apparent knowledge of either the history of the building or the stabilisation works already applied to it in 1999 and 2002. Some works are necessary to repair some of the window frames, which are not, however, in any serious danger of collapse - as was suggested in the report. This excuse has been used to close the building to all public access and erect a most unsuitable fence (Continued on page 62)


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to supposedly 'protect' the public. This means that the planned Pet Service suggested by the Vicar, and also the finale to Holy Trinity Summer Flower Festival, on 31st August, are now in serious doubt for this season, unless the supposed remedial works are carried out on time. But don't hold your breath; the first deadline for these will already have passed by the time this goes to press without any such work having been carried out. Have we not been here before? We need your support to prevent it from happening again; we have to rise up as a community with one voice and oppose the erroneous conclusions of the report – else we have a new 'Telegraph Hill' saga bang in the middle of both St Day Conservation Area (recalling that the Old Church was made the first listed building in St Day,) and the local Mining Area World Heritage Site and Mineral Tramways Trail. Citizens of St Day unite! Please note our next event;

Saturday 17th May at 2.30 p.m.

UNCOVERING ST PIRAN; a guided visit to the excavation of St Piran's Oratory at Perranporth, led by EILEEN CARTER. Meet in laybys on the road northwards to Mount (pass Perran Sands Holiday Camp, take a left at the white house [Tollgate Farm], signposted St Piran's Oratory, Park in one of the several laybys on the left of this road.) Eileen will meet us there and we'll walk across the dunes to the dig. This is a very exciting opportunity to see what has been discovered, for the first time since the site was covered in 1980.

The Village Brunch

Saturday 31st May St. Day Methodist Church 9.00am until 1.00pm Cereal/Toast/Fried Breakfast/ various beverages All items 50p.

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NEWS FROM YOUR VILLAGE SCHOOL MUSICAL FIRSTS We are incredibly proud to announce that in the Spring Term there were 2 musical firsts for our pupils. Firstly our School Choir under the leadership of Alison Pooley, supported by Hilary Thomas, very successfully took part in the Truro Music Festival for the first time competing against other Cornish school choirs and came 4th in their category. And secondly at our Easter Event at the end of last term our newly formed School Band made their first public performance in our Celebration Assembly. The Band is open to all our children who play an instrument and includes violinists, drummers and recorder players who all take lessons at school and brass players learning with Carharrack and St Day Silver Band. GREAT NEWS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL ROLL Our school roll is set to rise again in September when we expect to have over 160 pupils in our school family. Consequently we are currently advertising for a class teacher so that we can open an additional full-time class in Key Stage Two in September. After Half Term we will be starting our gradual Transition Programme for the new Reception pupils with “Getting to Know Us” Sessions, Meetings for parents and Home Visits for all the 34 children we know are coming to our school. We look forward very much to welcoming them. EVENTS THIS TERM Events we are looking forward to in the Summer Term include School Camps at Carnyorth and Porthpean, a trip to the Minack Theatre to see “George’s Marvellous Medicine”, the Murdoch Day Parade, School Sports Day, working with Cascade Theatre Company and most of all our own St Day Feast. We look forward to enjoying them with you all. Headteacher Mrs, J. Green B.Ed. Email Telephone 01209 820456 63

The Big Tree Plant

The Conservation Volunteers, which is the UK’s largest practical conservation charity, works with volunteers from the local community to help manage and improve public green spaces. The charity is currently running a project called the Big Tree Plant which aims to plant 75,000 trees across the UK this winter. In Cornwall it is looking for land with public access with room to plant a minimum of 250 trees The trees are provided and planted free of charge!!! If you have land which you would be happy to open up to public access and on which you would like to have trees planted then please contact either the Parish Clerk or any Parish Councillor (contact details are elsewhere in this newsletter). Equally, if you do not own any land but know of a suitable site and can give us details so that we can contact the owner, then also please contact the Parish Council.

New Times The Mobile Library visits the area fortnightly on Tuesdays

Tolgullow 09.00 - 9.10 Town Clock 09.15-10.00 School 10.05 - 10.25 Crofthandy 11.00 -11.10

It stops at these places and times. 03001234111 for more information. . 64

An Emergency Plan for St Day At various times over the last few years Cornwall Council has suggested to parishes that they should have an emergency plan in place so that, if a natural or man-made disaster occurs in any given area, local people will be ready and prepared to cope. St Day Parish Council, along with most other parishes, has, until recently, thought that there is no need for such a plan in St Day. Understandably, when most people think of disasters, they think back to the scenes of the past winter with the floods in Somerset and other parts of the country and they think ‘St Day is on the top of a hill and we don’t get floods’. Not quite right – only the village centre is on top of a hill and some lower lying parts of the parish have suffered flooding problems in the past. However recent events, both elsewhere and more particularly in St Day, have shown that we need to think more widely on this subject and consider all eventualities. We often see helicopters flying above St Day, either on the way to or from Treliske Hospital or from RNAS Culdrose – what would happen if one of those were to crash on the village? Unlikely? Happily, yes, but it happened recently in Glasgow when a helicopter crashed onto a public house. Who would have predicted that? Looking closer to home who expected the fire a couple of months ago in the St Day Inn? Fortunately the fire was contained and didn’t spread to other (Continued on page 66)


properties but it could easily have done so and then the problem would have taken on totally different proportions. As it happened the quick thinking of a few people in knocking on doors and warning people living nearby of the potential danger to them and their properties meant that everyone was prepared but – what if it had not been detected so quickly, what if it had spread along the properties on that side of Fore Street and then down Telegraph Street? Would those few people have been able to cope? Where would the people living nearby have gone in the middle of the night when they had to leave their homes? What if some of them were elderly or infirm? What if some people had needed emergency first aid before paramedics arrived? What if we needed to isolate the electrical supply in some properties? The list of ‘what ifs’ is endless. An Emergency Plan will legislate for all of this by identifying local halls etc., where people can go in an emergency, ensuring that access can be gained to these halls and organising groups of people to care for them. We can also identify groups of people within the St Day community who have the particular skills to help us cope in the immediate aftermath of an emergency – medics and first aiders, electricians, plumbers and people with good organisational skills and many more. The bottom line is, of course, that it is most likely that St Day will never need to activate its Emergency Plan but isn’t it worth a few hours’ work now to orFormer or serving Equipment - we need people who Police officers ____ own any of the following: Doctors ____ 4x4 owners ____ Nursing staff ____ Tractor owners ____ First aid ____ Chainsaw owners ____ Vets ____ Generators ____ Electricians ____ Pumbers ____ Traffic management ____ ganise a plan and then we can all sit back in the knowledge that, if the worst were to happen, St Day is prepared for it? St Day Parish Council is prepared to put in the few hours’ effort, all we want from you is to be prepared to inform us if you have any of the skills or equipment which we are looking for. You will find elsewhere in this newsletter a list of skills which we need to identify within the community and also an equipment list, all of which could be useful in an emergency. If you have any of these please contact the Parish Council with details. You can either call any of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk – the telephone numbers are in the Parish Council News section of this newsletter – or you can email the Parish Council at Alternatively, if you see a Parish Cllr, just let them know or drop the completed reply slip in the box in St Day Post Office. We do hope that everyone in St Day will get behind this project – it can only work if we get the right amount of support. 66

An Emergency Plan for St Day In order to make this plan effective we need the following: Organisers - people who are willing to be the first or second points of contact if an emergency arises and are prepared to be responsible for contacting others and organising particular aspects of the plan Skills - we need people who have experience in any of the following areas: If you have any of these skills/equipment and are willing to help in the case of an emergency until the emergency services arrive please contact the Parish Council as indicated in the article. Alternatively you can place a tick by the skills/equipment you can offer, put your name, address and contact details below and put this slip in the box in St Day Post Office. Thank you!! Name; ………………………………………….. Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………… …….. Contact details: (Telephone no/email ………………………………………………..


If you know of anyone who would struggle to cope in difficult circumstances and you are unable to help them, please let us know their details below (you should contact them first to get their permission for this). It may be someone who would have difficulty if they were without power for a length of time or who would not be able to get to the local shops during one of our infrequent spells of snowy weather. Name: ………………………………………….. Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………… ……. Contact details: …………………………………………………………………….. This slip can also be put in the box in St Day Post Office. 67



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