Bodmin Life | Issue 3 | March/April 2022

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MAR/APR 2022

Caring for staff and environment An inside look at Proper Cornish The Community Voice of BODMIN In associatION with Bodmin Way

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Hello Bodmin! With Spring only just around the corner we are genuinely so excited to bring you your latest edition of Bodmin Life. With each passing edition the magazine gets brimming to over-full with all your positive community news, and we love being able to help spread the word! In this edition, we have a fantastic update from Plastic Free Bodmin on page 27, as well as a run-down of the United Nations’ sustainability goals from Russell Cosway on page 7. Make sure you check out pages 20 and 21 for our exclusive interview with the team at Proper Cornish - putting the ‘Cornish’ in ‘Pasty’! We had a fantastic morning chatting to their operations team and finding out how the county’s best traditional goods are made. Bodmin Way has lots of news and events across their pages on 15, 16 and 17, plus we have a look at the history of Lanivet with a wonderful story written by Lindy Margach on pages 34 and 35. We chatted to Jack Brown from Earth23 and Revd Elaine Munday who are both doing amazing work in Bodmin for different reasons - Earth23’s mission is to support people in the community living with mental health problems (page 31) and Revd Elaine leads ‘Our Gate’, a food sharing initiative set up at the start of 2020 to address food poverty in the area (page 13). In case you hadn’t noticed or seen on our Facebook and Insta pages (if you don’t follow them already it is worth it with so much daily news), your weekly video Wosson and shout outs are back! We have added business admin specialist Claire Fry to our fabulous Life Media team and not only that, we are now on the lookout for a Junior Content Writer and a Junior Sales Executive. If you are interested in applying for either role, or you want to share your news with us pop Rosie an email (see our details below) and we will get back to you. In the meantime we hope you have a fabulous Spring, and don’t forget to check out the Wosson pages for all the great community events happening right on your doorstep! See you soon!

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St Piran The Cornish legend


celebrate him annually in March e here in Cornwall, but who was St Piran - and why do we throw annual celebrations in his honour?

St Piran was actually Irish and was a bishop, said to perform ‘miracles’. But despite his extraordinary talents, the kings of Ireland reportedly had St Piran thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck. Despite this, he arrived at Perranporth where he built a chapel and was visited by the masses. It is said he also accidentally discovered tin, leading to a theory that the black and white Cornish flag is to represent the black rock leaking hot tin. Cornwall has since been renowned for its tin supply. St Piran’s Day is celebrated on 5th March each year, and in Bodmin the community took part in the traditional parade through town, which started at the Old Library at 11am led by the Mayor and with the accompaniment of a Cornish piper. The parade continued to Mount Folly, where ‘Trelawny’ was sung with the loudest chanting of ‘Oggy, Oggy, Oggy’ in Cornwall! Local school children gave presentations at St Petroc’s Church before tucking into a pasty lunch.

St Piran’s Profile Where was he from? Ireland, exact location unconfirmed Patron Saint of… Cornwall and tin miners. Occupation St Piran was a bishop (although his Irish peers were not impressed by his ‘miracle’ making ways…) Where did he live? After floating all the way from Ireland, he washed up at Perranporth and set up a chapel, but he was known to travel across Cornwall to preach his word to the communities that would listen. Died… C. 480 and it is thought he might be buried in Exeter Cathedral. It’s said that he lived to the grand old age of 200! Special talent Discovering tin.


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ch issue, Russell Cosway from looks into one of the United a Nation’s 17 goals to show how our community could be part of a global change. World leaders signed up to these 17 Sustainable Development Goals with the aim to deliver them by 2030. In this edition, we focus on Goal 13: Climate Action...

There is a perception problem with climate ‘activism’ recently - organisations like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain have hit the headlines with extreme forms of protest. This is not what the SDG13 is all about, but we do need to be activists. Climate change is generating more extreme weather, which causes events like droughts, floods and violent storms. These events are affecting water supplies, food production and the health of all life. Immediate action is needed to stop this situation getting any worse than it already is. Each and every person, especially those in developed countries, has a responsibility to take some form of action to help - climate action.

What difference can one person make? It can seem petty or insignificant as to what a single person can do, but I’m sure you can think of one person who has inspired you to do something new or differently. What if your action inspired others? Every one of us has the power of action. It may be small, but that doesn’t make it less meaningful. Think about: ● Changing where you buy - the more local the better; ● Home insulation or turning the heating down or lights off; ● Starting a conversation with others about climate change. However, action is so much more visible in a community. Perhaps you could find a group in your area which is working on the issues. If not, could you start one with your friends?

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Students at Callywith College in Bodmin have bright futures on the horizon as they receive excellent university offers from across the country. Georgia Stevens, who previously attended Holsworthy Community College and is studying A Levels in Law, History and Geography, plus an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), has done extremely well to receive an offer to study Law at Oxford University. Georgia shared: “I felt very excited and proud of myself when I got my offers - it's so nice to feel like you're being rewarded for your work.

“My time at Callywith has been very influential in encouraging me to apply to Oxford through the Oxbridge scheme here. The Oxbridge application process can seem scary at first, but my lecturers were so supportive and helpful throughout the whole process.” Amelia Wilson, who previously attended Bodmin College and is currently studying A Level Geology, Geography and Environmental Science at Callywith, plans to study Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Amelia said: “I'm really excited to move away and go somewhere new and meet new people.

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Callywith College students looking to the dreaming spires of Oxford University and beyond Getting to study what I really love is going to be really fun as well. “If I hadn’t been able to study geology here at Callywith, I think my future would be looking very different. I’m so lucky to go somewhere with such a wide range of courses.” Callywith College Principal Jon Grey said he and staff at the College are thrilled for all of the students to receive offers so far: “This is what Callywith is all about. We are here to support students to develop their academic, professional and personal knowledge, skills and experiences so that they can seize opportunities for their future.

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Bodmin is very fortunate to have great community spirit including a host of voluntary organisations. As part of the Bodmin Civic Award Scheme, people living locally are invited to nominate volunteers in the community who they feel deserve special recognition. The aim of this scheme is to recognise and celebrate volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to Bodmin and its residents. This might include volunteers who have given their time for a cause or for others in our society, or someone who is helping an organisation to develop and thrive. There are three categories - Outstanding Volunteer,


Outstanding Young Volunteer and Team Spirit Award. These awards are a great way to congratulate and thank volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community. Awards are presented by the mayor at the annual Mayor Choosing civic event in St Petroc’s Church. Do you know of a local volunteer group or individual volunteer who deserves recognition for their contribution? To make a nomination simply complete the form, available from Bodmin Town Council reception or download the form from the BTC website Nominations for 2022 close on 22nd March, so get your nominations in now!

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i th the cost of living on the up, it’s a difficult time for people on low wages, no income and even people working. With mouths to feed, sometimes people may wonder how they’re going to be able to get their weekly food in, on top of additional bills.

Revd Elaine Munday and a team of people from the community have come together to address this. ‘Ourgate’ was set up at the wake of the March 2020 lockdown by Revd Elaine and her husband Joseph. Revd Elaine is Pioneer Minister of St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin and understands first-hand the effects the pandemic, lack of jobs and low wages has had on local families in the last two years. “There are a variety of needs,” Revd Elaine told Bodmin Life. “Because we weren’t able to go anywhere (during the lockdown), we knew it was going to be a challenging time and there would be difficulties in getting what was needed. “My husband and I started something known as Ourgate and started putting some items out at the front of our house, so people could pick up anything they needed if they were passing by during their daily exercise.” Ourgate soon became well-known amongst the community, with local businesses and organisations such as the Factory Shop, Asda, Morrisons, Cardinham Woods Café and Lanivet School donating all sorts of produce. With these amazing donations, Revd Elaine, Abigail Cavalera, who is the church community project worker and their band of volunteers have been able to achieve so many creative projects to support and encourage

the community. Alongside the food needed, snacks and activity bags, essential baby bundles, health and wellbeing bags and care bags with toiletries and household items have been put together for those in need or at crisis point. “There’s other people out there equally in need that are not recognised,” Revd Elaine said. “They’ve perhaps got families, jobs, mortgages, but they can’t make ends meet. They can walk past here and collect what they need, so there’s no judgement. It’s just being out there and being available and it shows people that someone cares.” During the 2020 lockdowns, Ourgate received wonderful donations of organic plants and vegetables, as well as freshly baked goods to lift people’s spirits. Pet food and bird seed was also put out, encouraging local children to occupy themselves in the garden while being at home. Revd Elaine added: “There has been such a variety of people from the community coming together at Ourgate. It really is a wonderful team effort.” Ourgate is based in the St Mary’s Crescent area and, as long as the weather is dry, items will always be available for people to take what they need. Revd Elaine has a Facebook page where she shares updates.



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What can we learn from a medieval moorland priest? Bodmin Way investigates…



i dden away at St Meubred’s Church, Cardinham, is the oldest brass memorial in Cornwall.

It is a memorial to Thomas Awmarle, rector of Cardynham 1356-1401 and is kept covered to protect it from bats. Brasses are rare in Cornish churches and this brass is even more unusual because it is of a priest dressed in a cassock and hood, not vestments, and because he is wearing a sword. So that everyone can share in this treasure, the church has just had a brass replica made which is on display. It will be dedicated by the bishop of Truro on 7th May at 2.30pm. Cardinham then and now is right on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Was Bodmin moor such a dangerous place in the 14th century that even priests went armed? Knife crime isn’t just a modern phenomenon. In the 14th century most men carried a weapon and were ready to use it not only for protection but to avenge the slightest insult. Thomas certainly lived in interesting times. He lived through the Black Death, which struck in 1349 - a few years before Thomas took up his post - in which Bodmin lost half its population and through a second, almost equally bad outbreak in 1360-62. He lived when the climate was dramatically changing. Colder, wetter weather brought famine and sky-rocketing prices. The country faced political turmoil in the peasants’ revolt of 1381 and King Richard II was violently deposed and starved to death. Few medieval parish priests received much formal education. Alongside Thomas’ duties he farmed the glebe, the land in the parish donated to him. Much of the glebe at Cardinham lay on Bodmin Moor so he would have grazed sheep there in the summer. St Meubred’s Church has been a place of prayer for over 1,000 years. Its people have faced catastrophes and its priests have been practical men, rooted in their communities. Then as now we need each other.


Bodmin Way’s community support and events Bodmin Team Ministry Sunday Services St Petroc’s Bodmin 10am St Stephen’s Nanstallon 10am (first Sunday of the month) St Meubred’s Cardinham 9.30am St Hydroc’s Lanhydrock 9.45am Lanivet Parish Church 11am

Lent and Easter Events Wednesday 2nd March Ash Wednesday 10am St Hydroc’s and 7pm St Petroc’s Eucharist with imposition of ashes

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March and April Concerts

Friday 4th March St Piran’s Day Celebrations 11am procession along Fore Street to Mount Folly and on to St Petroc’s Church

Saturday 19th March St Mewan Sinfonia 7pm A Spring Concert for Bodmin. Classical string music by Elgar, Corelli and relax with a licensed bar (open before and after the performance and during the interval)

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Friday 25th Lanivet Methodist Church (5 miles)

Saturday 5th March Family Fest with pancakes at the One for All Hall

Sunday 6th March First Sunday of Lent services across the Bodmin Team Sunday 27th March Mothering Sunday services across the Bodmin Team Sunday 10th April Palm Sunday services across the Bodmin Team Thursday 14th April Maundy Thursday 7pm St Petroc’s Agape Friday 15th April Good Friday services of reflection 9.30am St Meubred’s, 10am St Hydroc’s, 2pm St Petroc’s, Lanivet and St Hydroc’s Friday 17th April Easter Sunday services across the Bodmin Team


Lanivet One for All Hall (Enquiries 01208 832 684) Sunday March 6th Craft Fair 10am 3pm Sunday 20th March Rat Show Sunday 3rd April Craft Fair 10am 3pm St Stephen’s Thursday 3rd March and Thursday 7th April Parish tea party 2pm For more details and updates visit


Bodmin Way launches a new project to support the vulnerable and elderly It is led by focal ministers Sara and Dave Bryon, who have been working with us for some time and have shown real commitment and skill at coming alongside those needing encouragement and practical help. They are now expanding this role to the wider community. Sadly, we see the crisis in adult social care all too clearly in Bodmin and the surrounding villages. Our experience with individuals has sometimes been acute. With the support of our volunteers, we are caring for people who have little support from anyone else. An issue that concerns us greatly is the scheduled removal of the energy cap in April. People are going to see huge rises in their bills. How will those on low incomes cope? There are some very vulnerable people in our community. You might know someone who would value the support of Sara and Dave. Contact either of them on 07818 941275 or email Revd Paul Holley - Chair, Bodmin Way

Something for the kids! On February 12, Bodmin Way Youth Club welcomed young people who have attended from the start, as well as new members! The club had fun at the Valentine’s Special, decorating heart-shaped biscuits with

icing, playing games and disco dancing. They have ‘specials’ at key times in the year but usually play table tennis, learn a craft, have a go on the keyboard, sing, play games and learn dance moves from YouTube. When the weather is good, members can play outdoor games in Priory Park or do a treasure hunt around the town.

The next club is on Saturday, 12th March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at St Petroc’s Parish Centre (next to Priory Park). It’s for children aged 11+ with free entry. See BodminWay for club dates. Parents are requested to complete a consent form. For more info email


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Beacon Quilters - Meeting on the second and Beacon Quilters - Second and fourth Monday of the month, 7pm-9pm at Callywith College. Contact Mary Norman for information 07460313777.

Bodmin Gaolbirds WI craft club - Craft club meeting open to members and non-members on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7pm-9pm at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall with various craft demonstrators.

Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club - The Bodmin branch meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10am, the Lanivet Inn. Find the club on Facebook for further information. Bodmin Camera Club - The group meets on Monday evenings at St Petroc’s Parish Hall. Go to for information on how to join and club updates. SkillSHARE - Meets every Tuesday, 1pm-4pm, at 81a Fore Street. Learn a new skill or develop familiar ones. Refreshments served.

Bodmin Gaolbirds WI - The Bodmin Gaolbirds meet on the second Wednesday of the month, 7pm-9pm, Lanhydrock Memorial Hall. Come for a taster session, membership fees not due for the first two months. See their Facebook page for more information.

Family activities Lanivet Baby Group - Thursdays, 9.30am-11am at Lanivet Community Centre, for children aged 0-2. £1.50 per child, hot drink included. Join their Facebook group for more information.

Bodmin Gaolbirds WI jumble sale - Saturday, 14th May, 10.30am-1pm, Lanhydrock Memorial Hall. St Mewan Sinfonia concert - St Mewan Sinfonia will be having a concert at St Petroc’s Church on Saturday, 19th March at 7pm, with a licensed bar by the Spirit Box. Tickets are £7.50 with under 16s free, and are available on the door or in advance from The Spirit Box, Celtic Produce, Chris Nicholls Solicitors and Alex Fit.

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Award winning Cornish pasty maker cares for staff and environment An inside look at Proper Cornish


i th numerous quality awards to their name, including a double award in 2020 for both their bakery and their tasty products, Proper Cornish in Bodmin aims to be the best Cornish pasty maker in both county and country. So where did it all start? Three Cornishmen, Phil Ugalde and brothers Chris and Dave Pauling, started trading from their kitchen table in 1988. Taking a stand for Cornish heritage and quality, they took the Pauling family recipe, worked with local farmers to develop ingredient specifications and started hand-crafting exceptional Cornish pasties. The founding core principles of fresh vegetables, original filling recipes and hand-crimped pasties are still proudly adhered to today. Although steak is always a firm favourite, they offer over 200 recipes and hand-crimp a staggering 60,000 pasties a day. When their kitchen table became too small for demand, they relocated to commercial premises on the Walker Lines Industrial Estate. One more move now finds the company in a huge, bespoke, refurbished state-of-the-art bakery with an adjoining modern office block. Chris Pauling, managing director, told Bodmin Life: “To be called a Cornish pasty, it has to be made in Cornwall and only contain certain ingredients, which must be uncooked when the pasty is assembled, crimped at the side - not the top - and then slowly baked to develop and release the famous Cornish pasty taste.”



“To be called a Cornish pasty, it has to be made in Cornwall and only contain certain ingredients, which must be uncooked when the pasty is assembled, crimped at the side not the top - and then slowly baked to develop and release the famous Cornish pasty taste.”

In addition to their hand-crimped pasty range, they also offer a range of high-quality sausage rolls, slices and turnovers and cater for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. Their new vegan range consists of 7 flavoursome recipes and is proving extremely popular. Gerald Allen, operations director, told Bodmin Life: “There are many perks for those who work at Proper Cornish, including yoga sessions and subsidised massage, free access to golf and spa facilities at a local hotel, free pasties for lunch daily, fresh fruit weekly and seasonal festivities, as well as a new low-cost canteen and quarterly Director led barbecues (when restrictions allow). Employees also benefit from free health checks and flu jabs and a cycle scheme where bikes can be loaned for a weekend or for getting to and from work. Also, to support our employees, we have a team which manages mental health first aid as well as an employee assistance programme which provides a 24/7 confidential free helpline for all colleagues. Our care for the physical and mental health of our colleagues has been recognised by a Gold Healthy Workplace Award.” The company is now a major employer in Bodmin, currently employing about 220 employees and is growing. With onthe-job training and opportunities, the food industry offers people a versatile and fascinating career. The Company pays competitive wages which exceed the National Living Wage, with an 18-year-old earning the same as a 23-year-old right from the start. Proper Cornish is leading the way environmentally too. Its policy is to replace conventionally fuelled company cars with electric ones and to provide charging points. It has already started the journey to cut out single-use plastic in some of its packaging and is investigating an alternative to the pallet covers used by their contractors, with a view to completely eliminating non-recyclable resources. In recognition of a recent environmental project to remove single-use plastic from part of its process, Proper Cornish partnered with Plant One Cornwall to plant a number of trees native to Cornwall in the Flushing area. What’s more, none of the company’s waste goes to landfill. Andigestion in Holsworthy, in one year, has converted Proper Cornish’s food waste into electricity that’s the equivalent to powering the average home for 22 years! Proper Cornish is embarking upon measuring their carbon footprint to help them further reduce their impact on Cornwall.



Marathon - The Bodmin Way (Beacon Beast) Fancy a new challenge this spring?

Bodmin will hold its maiden marathon on Sunday, 24th April on a course rightly named the Beacon Beast with its elevation of nearly 3,000 feet. Participants will be able to take in the sights of Bodmin as they speed along roads, pavements, tracks, footpaths, stiles and through Bodmin Beacon’s local nature reserve. Medals will be presented to everyone who completes the challenge outside St Petroc’s Church, the largest parish church in Cornwall. The circuit is a combination of the Bodmin Way’s walking and cycling routes, encompassing five historic churches that make up the Bodmin Team Ministry, with new sections to complete the 26.2 miles in a unique and challenging figure-of-eight course. David Bidgway, the main instigator behind the marathon for Bodmin, said: “We have enjoyed every moment of our journeys along this route and look forward to seeing both local runners and those who dare from around the UK cross the finish line with a ‘beastly’ smile on their face.” Sharon Hambley, Race Director, said: “I am excited to share the route with the running community. It has everything a long-distance event needs, road, mud and hills in a beautiful setting, all brought together by the local historic churches which connect our communities.”

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Bodmin has joined more than 800 other communities which have pledged to tackle the problem of avoidable plastic waste. Plastic Free Communities, a grassroots campaign run by Surfers Against Sewage, empowers and connects people to free their communities from avoidable, throwaway plastic.

At a public event at the end of January, kindly hosted by Bodmaxx, the group started to engage, educate and encourage change. The team was very grateful to have the support of SUEZ (Recycling and waste management services) and the Environment Agency. At the end of January, the PFB group joined the Bodmin Tidy it Team litter pick. Together they collected ten bags of litter - a positive start to Bodmin’s plastic free journey.

Organiser Beth Woodley

Campaign lead, Beth Woolley, said: “Plastic Free Bodmin is not about removing all plastic, it’s about looking at single use plastics and working out how we can remove them from our lives. We’re not about everyone being perfect, we’re about the whole community doing their bit to make a positive change.”

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Ingredients: Whole or half shoulder of new season lamb, that has grazed on our own farm in wild herb and flower rich meadows on the north Cornish coast and upon Bodmin Moor Extra virgin olive oil Crushed garlic Oregano Rosemary Salt Pepper Onion Water

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METHOD 1. Add the Crushed garlic, Oregano, Rosemary, Salt, Pepper to the Extra virgin olive oil in quantities that you think will be good (there’s no right or wrong). 2. Rub the mixture all over the lamb and allow to marinate for 2 hours. 3. Put the chopped onion in a roasting tray and place the lamb shoulder on top of them. 4. Fill the tray with about 1cm of water. 5. Roast in a preheated oven at 210° for 45 minutes then wrap in foil and cook for a further 12 hours at 100°. 6. Top up with water if needed during the cook. 7. When cooked, allow meat to rest while making the gravy from the juices! 8. Reduce juices, down to about a cupful. 9. Add some cornflour to about 1/3 cup of hot water stir and then add to the juices, and cook until the gravy thickens. 10. Serve with a plateful of your favourite veg and roasted wilja potatoes. Ansum!

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Breaking the stigma Earth23’s mission to support people in Bodmin


i th an increasing number of people experiencing poor mental health in Cornwall, Earth23 - a Community Interest Company and charity based in Bodmin - is providing a safe, welcoming place for people in the community to seek support.

Led by a board of volunteers, Earth23 came to fruition almost two years ago. Jack Brown is a member of the board and a founding member of Earth23. He is working towards becoming a psychotherapist, as well as having a diploma in social care and levels 2 and 3 in counselling. Jack himself has attended numerous groups in the past which didn’t seem to address some of the general issues many people face. This led him to come together with a friend during the lockdowns in 2020, mutually agreeing that a support group for mental health was needed in Bodmin. After receiving the initial funding from various organisations to help get the group started, the board’s aims are now to be self-sufficient and also to help set up similar groups up across the country. This not

only provides a safe space for those who need it, week in, week out, but it alleviates some of the pressure experienced by counselling services who are swamped by referrals and have waiting lists of up to nine months. “We’re a group of volunteers and like to think it’s a human service set up for humans,” Jack said. But what about Covid-19 and how it has affected people’s mental health? Jack continued: “Covid made people aware of just how many people are struggling everyone has a level of mental health, but it’s the stigma surrounding mental health that needs addressing. We need to be more upfront about it, and I think the small organisations and the work they’re doing needs to be talked about more.” Earth23 consists of five board members who volunteer their

time to run the group, but without the support of the community and its businesses, they wouldn’t be able to help so many people. “I’ve always said, I just want to create a safe, non-judgemental place for people to grow,” Jack said. Earth23 has fundraising pots in a number of local businesses in Bodmin, the funds of which will help the group become a selfsufficient community grassroots project, able to help more people. Every Thursday evening, Earth23 holds a talking group for anyone seeking support at Bodmin Town Football Club between 7pm-9pm. Come along, socialise with others and be listened to by like-minded people. For more information, join Earth23’s Facebook page


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Uncovering history


dmin Old Cornwall Society has o been looking into one of the town’s most historic buildings, as well as the background of Reverend John Eyre, who was born in Bodmin and went on to spread the word of God.

Bodmin’s Congregational Church was formally instituted in the Tudor Porch House in Pool Street after John Eyre - aged 19 at the time - preached at the Mount Folly in 1773. Eventually, the porch with the room over the top was destroyed, and a passage cut through to a yard behind. John Eyre was born in Bodmin in 1754. Educated at Bodmin Grammar School, he was apprenticed to a clothier when he was 15 years old. During his apprenticeship he started holding public religious meetings in the Town Hall - and so offended his father that he was thrown out of his house. John joined Lady Huntingdon’s College in South Wales and later became a Minister at Lady Huntingdon’s Chapel at Tregony. John eventually became a curate at St Giles, Reading, followed by St Luke’s, Chelsea. He was ordained Deacon in 1779 and joined St Luke’s in 1782. He was a very popular preacher and active in benevolent schemes; was one of the founders of the London Missionary Society and of the Bible Society and significant in promoting schools for the education of the poor. On his return to Bodmin, Revd Eyre secured the town hall as his base for preaching the gospel to the town. His fame increased and both poor and rich flocked to Bodmin to hear the word of God. Stephanie Thomas, President, Bodmin Old Cornwall Society

Respect, protect and enjoy… Here in Cornwall, we are lucky enough to have the most beautiful, awe-inspiring walks right on our doorstep. The NFU have given us some tips and advice to share with you so you can feel confident that you’re doing the right thing when you’re out and about on your next countryside walk! Be mindful of others, including wildlife… Doing simple, commonplace things ensures you don’t disturb working farmers, wildlife or livestock. Stick to footpaths to protect crops and wildlife, leave gates and property as you find them, don’t block gateways or paths with your vehicle, and keep away from machinery and farm animals.

Bodmin Porch House, Pool Street

Protect the countryside for future generations… Litter and fires can be dangerous to wildlife - so make sure you take your litter home and make sure any cigarettes, barbecues and naked flames are properly extinguished. Dog mess can be harmful to farm animals, so bag it and bin in, and keep your dog on a short lead around animals. The only time you should release your dog is if you’re threatened or being chased by cattle. Enjoy the countryside responsibly… Taking care when walking in the countryside means you can enjoy the surroundings. Planning your walk, giving animals plenty of space and making sure someone knows where you are, are great ways to feel at ease when out and about in Cornwall’s vast landscapes. For further advice, go to


Lanivet in history


Walk through Lanivet with Lindy Margach

e story goes that it was once said of Lanivet, h ‘it’s a lot more than two fish and chip shops and a pub’.

And although today one of those fish and chip shops is long gone and the former garage and petrol pump are nothing but a memory, they serve as an introduction to a village and parish that have played a starring role in the history of county and country since Bronze Age times. The principal settlement is Lanivet village, which hugs the eastern boundary of the parish and is home to the 15th century church, the latest in places of worship which have stood on this site for more than 900 years. Its daughter church, St Stephen’s, was established in the nearby village of Nanstallon in the late Victorian era.


The Lanivet Inn

As the Bronze Age (3300BC to 1200BC) led to the development of international trade, Cornwall came into its own – and the parish of Lanivet led the way with its rich deposits of tin and the growth of overseas trade via the then-navigable river Camel and the thriving port of Padstow. Certainly the Romans were impressed by Lanivet’s bounty. From their base in Exeter, they ventured as far as Tregear from where the roadway to their most westerly fort just north of Mulberry Quarry can still be traced. This facilitated the continuing tin extraction and transportation of tin to their famed bronze smelters in France and Italy. Cornwall, of course, also has a rich farming history – and Lanivet parish is no different. Many of its landholdings were documented in the early 13th century, since when some of the small hamlets – Bodwannick, Bokiddick, Lamorick, St Ingunger, Trebell, Tregullon, Tremore and Woodley – have atrophied to single farmsteads. By the end of the 17th century the Manorial lands of Rosewarrick, Tremore and Bodwithgie were in the ownership of the Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock; while those of Bodwannick and Resperie came under the aegis of the Arundells of Lanherne.

An article in the Truro Diocesan Gazette of March 1929 suggests that St Bennets – the religious house on the outskirts of Lanivet village – was founded in 1411, shortly after Benedict Giffard succeeded to the lordship of Lanivet. There is some doubt that it was an abbey – it was not believed to be linked to any religious order – but it was seized during the dissolution of the monasteries and converted into a private mansion which passed through many ownerships over succeeding centuries. Fortunately, Lanivet is possibly the only parish in Cornwall which maintained its muniment box – the container for its ancient deeds and documents which was archived in 1923. It contained, among other things, a note that the parish was fined 66s 8d in 1497 by King Henry VII “for contempt”; and the receipt for £36 13s 4p paid in 1539 for the four greatest bells from the Priory Church in Bodmin. The box also contains indentures of apprentices and a bundle of bonds to save the parish from the maintenance of bastards.

Welcome Stranger Lanivet

The need for improved transport links in Cornwall in the early 19th century meant that the old roads linking Bodmin with Lands End (now the Old Coach Road) and St Austell (the road to Reperry Cross) were superseded by the building of a turnpike road which offered an easier gradient than either of the old routes. Fortunately for the village of Lanivet, the building of the A30 dual carriageway bypassing the village to the south, returned the now A389 to a more tranquil carriageway. So as we wander down to the Lanivet Inn for a lunchtime pint; or cross the road for our fish and chips, perhaps we may take time to ponder on our rich history, pause to thank our predecessors for keeping such careful records of our past and wonder what future generations will think of what our generation has made of our village and parish.


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The power of Mind Music Meeting regularly in Bodmin, Cornwall’s Mind Music group is part of Cornwall Mind’s services, encouraging a combination of instruments and vocals to create a spectacular impromptu performance.

Office renovations The Webbers estate agency offices in Bodmin have recently undergone an impressive state-of-the-art refurbishment.

Caroline Segolo, the group’s facilitator, encourages musicians of any ability to participate in a way that lets them excel, enjoy and emerge as even stronger performers. Caroline said: “Music expresses feelings through sound and song, making it accessible to everyone. People can shine in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.” The aim of Mind Music is to support people with mental health issues, increase their self-esteem and confidence, and improve their emotional wellbeing through making music. For an update on Mind Music contact

In recent weeks, the Webbers team have been entrusted to sell the West Carclaze Garden village, a large eco-development on the edge of St Austell. Local director Hannah Jeffery said: “We are thrilled with the refurbishment of our work environment, it has been exciting to oversee the improvements and create the West Carclaze sales suite which is positioned on our first floor. “Our team have been thrilled with the feedback from visiting clients, with one wall featuring a classic wallpaper image of Fore Street in our historic town.” Andrew Simpson, a main board director of Webbers, added: “We are continuing our campaign across the 14-office Webbers network to update and showcase our award winning brand ensuring that our offices reflect the overall success of the team. Further to this we have also recently launched a striking new for sale board design. “I would like to thank all local tradesmen involved in our refurbishment and our office staff who have battled through inconvenience during a continued busy time for our business.” You can see the new refurbishment for yourself by visiting the Webbers Bodmin office on Fore Street.


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Buy Handmade, Support Local Monthly craft market heads to Bodmin

After the success of a packed Christmas market organised by the creative team at Bodmaxx, a monthly craft market will be held in Bodmin, featuring a range of creative businesses offering beautiful handmade gifts and treasures.

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This craft market will be held on the first Saturday of the month between 10am-2pm at the Old Library.

Bodmin’s GP practices EXPECTED to merge, creating new purpose-built health centre

Do you make gifts, treats and treasures that you think should be included in the market? Sellers with public liability insurance are welcome to get in touch with Julie at intoBodmin on for more information.

The Bodmin Primary Care Improvement Project has submitted an application to combine the Carnewater and Stillmoor GP practices to create one purpose-built health centre for the community. The proposed scheme, at the Beacon Technology Park, will address the need for more clinical rooms and space for additional services, allowing for further training and employment opportunities and future-proofing Bodmin’s healthcare provisions. The existing surgeries are ‘no longer fit for purpose’, according to Bosvena Health, and are unsuitable for modern healthcare facilities. However, both of the buildings will remain open until the new, modern surgery is up and running in late 2023/early 2024. Bosvena Health said: “The move will allow the practice to expand its range of services and offer a better environment in which to see patients. The scheme will increase capacity to meet existing and future population needs.”


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