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opener! Who would have thought so many of us would have known the author of "50 Shades of Grey" and the ingredients of a Bloody Mary cocktail. Guess the common image of W.I ladies spending all their time baking or doing handicrafts is not quite right, are they actually reclining on a chaise longue with a book and a drink at their elbow? March. Marlene arranged a Beetle Drive for the evening. One might have thought a quiet game and the chance for a pleasant chat? Oh how wrong one can be, the room erupted with shouts, laughter and general mayhem. Thank goodness for supper to revive everyone. The following a day a group went on a I cannot believe that May is here visit to Caerhays Castle. They were so already. We have had a really busy lucky, having had such terrible weather three months and now here we are they had a beautiful spring day. Some thinking about Feast and it's were able to walk round the gardens, celebrations. sadly many flowers had suffered from We started in February with the Annual the recent bitter weather, two ladies meeting, at which all the existing even ventured for a stroll on the nearby committee was re elected. Having beach. The house itself had a lovely dealt with the business matters of the warm and homely feel to it. The electric group it was time for the entertainment, lighting is kept very simple as tribute to which was provided by members. the fact it was one of the first in the Liz began by reading some of the country to be lit by electricity, among funny things her friends and family the many interesting things to see was have said and done over many years. one of the largest collections of I'm sure all of us have had similar minerals in the country, many from experiences but have not had the local mines. foresight to write them down. So often The month ended with our Bacon Butty these touching or funny moments are morning. Unfortunately it was awful forgotten and lost, so thanks to Liz for weather but we still raised over ÂŁ200 sharing her memories and maybe which is to be shared between sparking some of our own. the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Frances followed with a couple of her Cinnamon Trust. We are so grateful for own poems, a humorous one on the those who turn out to support us at antics that some of our Summer these events. visitors get up to, the other, more April. Time for our annual celebration thought provoking, concerning the of all things Cornish. Bake the heavy homeless. cake, shake the creases from those The finale of the evening was a quiz tartan scarves and kilts and tune up (Continued on page 5) devised by Sandra. Quite an eye 4

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the voices. The members and guests were greeted on arrival with a hall decked out with tables decorated in black and gold plus St Piran flags with balloons hanging on the walls. Greg Wood provided the entertainment, his jokes had us in tears of laughter and we raised the roof with song, needless to say no evening is complete without the usual generous buffet provided by members.

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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 Jim Moores 820160 Geoff Nankivell 820201 John Newcombe 820841 Steve Penny 820774 Two Vacancies Clerk to Parish Council Steve Edwards 821829 Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek Parish Council Elections As you may have read in the papers, in common with many other parishes, there was no election in St Day as there were only 5 nominations to fill the 7 vacancies on the Parish Council. The Council will now have to co-opt 2 Councillors. Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should contact the Clerk at the number above or on Town Clock The Parish Council has now received an updated summary of the work required from the building surveyor to be presented to potential funders. It considers that the weather vane may be unsafe and we have brought this to the attention of Cornwall Council who still own the structure. The Parish Council has recently met with Cornwall Council to discuss the way forward. (Continued on page 7)


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Council Tax As you will doubtless realise, this Council along with most other parish and town councils, had to increase the parish precept portion of your council tax, partly to cover work that Cornwall Council will not be doing in the parish. The average in the county for a band C property is £61.97 whilst for St.Day it is £34.17, that is 55% of the county average and other band properties will be similarly less than the average for the county. We still await details of the amount Cornwall Council will be paying us to maintain the closed part of the churchyard, and the payment for footpath maintenance has not increased for several years, despite rising costs. Toilets Cornwall Council is no longer contributing towards the cost of keeping the Community Centre toilets open to the public. The Parish Council has decided to pay for the opening over the summer and to review the situation in September. Housing Developments The Parish Council has been consulted about the number of houses which they would like on the site of the overgrown property at Vogue and in the field to the rear; the view was that the proposed number was excessive, leaving insufficient open space. We understand that a housing association has reached an agreement with the owners of land at Telegraph Hill, and it is hoped to have a doctors’ surgery as well as housing. Cornwall Local Plan Working with the other 5 parishes in the Mining Villages Group we have submitted our dissatisfaction with how Cornwall Council wishesCornwall to develop up to 2030. The plan concentrates on providing housing and on the larger towns, paying little attention to the needs of the rural areas. Housing Needs Register The Parish Council has been supported by several other local councils in its view that the figures used for determining the need for affordable housing are flawed. Last month there were 104 people on the Homechoice Register for St.Day but, of these, 66 were in the lowest band of need as they already have a property. Also people can have their name down for houses in 3 different parishes. Lantern Parade This was an outstanding success and impressed all (Continued on page 11)


St. Day Winter Lantern Celebration It is true to say that once again it was a wonderful community event, a magical evening of Light, Celebration and Hope. This year we achieved something beyond all our expectations – the lantern procession with 6 spectacular lanterns interspersed with a huge number of beautiful hand held lanterns, in the shape of stained glass windows and candles was bigger than ever. The procession, followed by the amazing and unique, community made animation, Paper Scissors Stone, showed the Old Church, quite literally, in a new light. The evening would not have been complete without the wonderful array of home-made cakes and the fabulous live music in the Church Hall. A big thank you to everyone who supported this year’s spectacular celebration organised by the Day-light Group. This year we not only had support from The Parish Council and The W J Mills Grant Fund, but also from Emlyn Stone, John Penglase, The Star Inn, Make Do and Mend, The Post Office, The Launderette, Father Simon, St Day & Carharrack School, Sunny Days Nursery and many, many volunteers. A DVD of the event can be purchased for £5, available from Make Do and Mend, The Post Office or by calling Clare on 01209 821684 There will also be a screening of the DVD during Feast Week, on Fri 7th June at 7pm, including a recording of the live projection, the original animation and an exclusive behind the scenes documentary. Its time now to start planning next year’s event; we want to make it bigger, better and even more spectacular. For this we need your help, ideas and support. We simply couldn't do it without the community of St Day. Check out the website for more info on the animation 8

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who watched the parade and the pictures projected onto the façade of the Old Church. Our thanks go to Claire Summerson and her band of helpers. Spring Show Congratulations to the organisers of another successful Show. Litter Pick Please meet on Saturday 1st June at the Community Centre back room at 10am to tidy up around the area before Feast. Please come along and help. Footpath 8 Killifreth to Pink Moors. With help from our Cornwall Councillor we have done work to reduce the build up of water by the bridge. Our thanks go to James Williams and his staff for clearing the mud, Andrew Douce for supplying hardcore and to Eric Richards for levelling the hardcore. All at no cost to the parish. Planning Application for a scrap yard at United Downs This was opposed by this Parish Council and has now been rejected by Cornwall Planning Committee. (see article from Mark Kaczmarek elsewhere in this newsletter) One Stop Shop The Redruth One Stop Shop is now located in Redruth Library in Clinton Road and can handle many of your dealings with Cornwall Council. Police The police continue to report low levels of incidents in the parish – hopefully this is not due to people not reporting incidents. To report incidents and suspected crimes, ring their new number – 101 If it is an emergency ring 999 These incidents are then added to the crime statistics for the area, which is not the case if you ring the local team on 01209 202324 Chairman John Newcombe 820841 Clerk Steve Edwards



St. Day and Carharrack Community School activities Now that Spring has finally sprung we have begun to work in the greenhouse and the garden area to plant seeds and plan for what we might grow to eat, admire and encourage insects into our garden and grounds. Already the Outdoors Club and classes have enjoyed cold sessions outside exploring the wooded area. This has involved building dens and collecting bits of wood to create structures and sculptures. During February staff and governors spent an afternoon working together to develop the potential for the outdoor space, setting up old tyres and filling with manure and compost mixture for future planting. This is all part of the school plan to ensure that the wonderful school grounds are used to

their utmost so children learn to enjoy the great outdoors. Each Tuesday the outdoors Club meets to plant, identify, explore and have fun as can be seen from the accompanying photographs. So far we have planted potatoes, broad beans, peas, beetroot and a variety of 12

annual flowers. We aim to plant more each week as the weather improves and ensure that we are planting flowers that attract insects and bees in particular. We have been helped by Carnon Downs Garden Centre who are managing a Cornish schools gardening project and have sup-

plied schools with a variety of seeds. We are looking to work closely with the garden centre as part of our project. In addition we have received donations in the form of plants and compost from Bailey's Country Store, Penryn, Chacewater Garden Centre and Cornish Garden Nurseries at Perran-ar-Worthal. We are also grateful to the W J Mills Grant Fund and Carharrack Parish Council for their kind donations towards the purchasing of willow sculpture kits to enhance our natural environment. At the time of writing an application for funding has also been sent to St Day Parish Council. It is envisaged that we will buy two domes and linking corridors which will grow and provide a lot of fun and imaginative play for the children. In addition Barclays Bank is also providing financial support for our outdoor work so we can upgrade our tools and make repairs to our shed, paint the den and improve the Early Years outdoor space. There is still a great deal more we are planning to do and if you would like to know more please contact the school and come and visit us. Viv Horne, Anna Butler, Richard Carter (Outdoor Group Governors) 13

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St Day Football Club End of season report As we come to the end of the season, and what a season it has been with the horrendous weather creating one the most disruptive seasons we can remember, everyone is now looking forward to the end of the season for a well earned rest. So many games were called off and this has caused the last few weeks to be particularly hectic for all and the players have had to cram in many games during the weekday evenings as well as the Saturday games. There are still a few more games however to be played, with the first team still hanging in there, second in the Jolly’s Combination League at the time of writing. It is a very close call and we are keeping our fingers crossed! A highlight of this season has obviously been our 1st team winning the Combination League Cup, beating Illogan RBL 2 - 1 in the final. Man of the Match Cup also went to one of our players, Gavin Boon. Very well done to Matt Harris, Andy Trathen and all the team. As a result of winning this match, we then go into the Evely Cup Final against Polperro, winners of the East Cornwall League, to be played at Penryn on Sunday May 12th. Our 2nd team with Alan Williams and John Swan are still doing well in the Trelawny Division 1 league – at the time of writing they are top of the league, but again it is very tight. John Swan, a long serving clubman, is standing down at the end of the season as joint manager of the reserve team. St Day AFC would like to thank John for all his hard work over the years and we hope, and are sure, that he will continue to be a ‘Saint’!! Thank you Swannie. The 3rd team with Kieran Leah is in a very respectable mid league position. It has been a tough season and Kieran and the team have done well. They had very bad luck in the semi-final of the Russell Hall Cup and we still say well done boys even though you were knocked out. The Youth section of the club continues with great success. They have been very fortunate in being awarded many items including tracksuits, (Continued on page 18)


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balls, cones etc., by Redruth Charity Trust at their presentation evening on Sunday 28th April – very many thanks to the Trust. The section had a very enjoyable trip to Plymouth Argyle on March 2nd, 102 people went which is the biggest ever trip that Plymouth Argyle has entertained. They enjoyed a tour, an hour’s coaching session and watched the match. They are returning to Argyle again in May when the Under 8s are entered into a 6 aside tournament on 11th May and the Under 10s and Under 12s in a 6 aside tournament on 19th May. We have entered all teams into a lot of tournaments throughout the summer months as games have now finished. Bodmin Youth, Sharon Wood and St Just are hosting them. During Whitsun week we are having another Plymouth Argyle Soccer School on Wednesday 29th May, the cost is £10 per child and flyers will be distributed throughout local schools and the club. The Soccer School will also be visiting in the summer, provisional dates are 14th and 15th August, this is obviously a 2 day event and the cost is to be confirmed. Cornwall FA will also be holding a 2 day Skills Event, again date and cost to be confirmed. All above events will take place at Vogue Park. Ladies’ Day was very successful with the ladies enjoying some pampering whilst also enjoying a glass of wine (or 2!!) and some delicious cakes, strawberries and cream. Football that day unfortunately was again a washout, due again to the weather and waterlogged pitches, so it certainly was dedicated to the ladies. We have hosted a couple of semi-final games for the Combination and Trelawny Leagues recently and have earned great praise from officials and visitors for our hospitality and organisation, a compliment to the many hard working volunteers, too many to mention individually, but as a club we are very proud and appreciative of the time and effort put in by such loyal clubmen and ladies. Many thanks to all. New club ties will be on sale very shortly, price to be confirmed, all hand made and very smart. Keep your eyes open for them on the website or in the clubhouse. Our Youth Presentation evening is to be held on Friday 31st May in the grand marquee at Vogue Park, to be followed by the Football Club Dinner & Dance on Saturday 1st June There has to be a limit on the number of people we can accommodate in the marquee, so it is important to get your tickets soon, watch out for details on the website, or in the clubhouse. St Day AFC must offer its sincere thanks to our sponsors this season, without whom we would not be the successful and growing club for all the (Continued on page 20)


Can you help deliver this Newsletter? We have a list of around 20 willing helpers who have each volunteered to deliver this newsletter to your door four times per year. Obviously we allow them time off to go on holiday and, of course, there are sometimes other very good reasons why they cannot deliver. In these circumstances it then falls to Steve Penny, who organises deliveries, to arrange a substitute or, more often, to do two rounds himself. It would be so much simpler if Steve had a reserve list of volunteers who were willing to step in to lighten his load when needed. If you are willing to help when one of our regulars can’t deliver or, indeed, are happy to go on a reserve list for a regular round, please contact Steve on 820774 or Nigel, the editor, at Without volunteers there would be no Newsletter! 19

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family that we are today. If your business would be interested in being a sponsor for next season, please contact Mark Leah or Mark Etherington to discuss the options for your company. Finally, thanks to all the hard working members of St Day AFC, ’The Saints’, for your efforts all season Long may we continue to grow for the good of the club and the whole community.

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St Day Parish Church March, as you may imagine, was a very busy time for the Church. Mothering Sunday was made extra special by all the ladies in the congregation being given posies by the children. The service was followed by coffee and the sharing of a delicious Simnel cake made by Hazel Beard. Throughout Lent an Emmaus course was run by Father Simon and Father Tony and it was well attended. Holy week, the week preceding Easter day, was celebrated in the traditional way of the Church. It began with the Passion Reading and distributing of Palm Crosses on Palm Sunday. Wednesday saw the Stations of the Cross and Thursday, the Maundy Thursday Mass during which the Washing of the Feet was re-enacted by Fr Simon and Father Ian. This proved to be a very profound moment. This was followed by the Maundy Thursday Watch until 10 p..m. Good Friday saw the church being stripped bare of all its religious finery which created a reflective atmosphere for the Mass and Veneration of the Cross that day. Easter Eve we held the Service of Light where the new Paschal candle was blessed and brought into church. This will be used at every baptism this year. Easter Day was a wonderful occasion, made even more so by many visitors attending the Mass. The church looked magnificent, especially with the Easter flowers beautifully arranged by the ladies of our church. Both adults and children were given Easter gifts of chocolate eggs and bunnies. A truly special week!

Summer Events at Holy Trinity Church June 16th 2.30pm - Cream Teas in the Garden at Carew Cottage July 17th 10am - 12 noon Coffee Morning at Trenow, Forth-an-Eglos July 19th 7pm - Family Beetle Drive in the Church Hall August 19th 7pm - Barbeque in the Vicarage Garden September 13th 7-30pm - Cornish Evening & Skittles in the Church Hall These events are open to everyone so please do come along and join in the fun 21


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. Wednesdays 4th Wednesday of the month 12 noon for 12.15 Luncheon Club 1st and 3rd Wednesday—(not in Dec.) 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 23

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 offered to all.

From Revd. Canon Tony Neal of St Day Church. We will soon be celebrating the Feast of Saint Day the Patron Saint of our village, an event that is eagerly anticipated and, when it arrives, enjoyed by all. Like many Cornish saints Saint Day had Breton connections and was the Abbot of Landevednec Abbey in Brittany. The Abbey still exists and there is a good relationship with the Diocese of Truro; indeed our own Cluster Rector Peter Knibbs paid a visit there recently with Bishop Tim and the Reverend Steve Wild. As far as we know Saint Day, the man, dates from the 6th Century CE and it is most likely that he was the person who first brought the Christian faith to this area, thus his name was given to the village and his place in history was assured. However, it has to be said that we do not know a great deal about our saint, other than what has already been said above, but we do know that former generations of rheumatism sufferers who asked for his prayers were said to gain healing for their condition. Very useful in Cornwall where the disease is especially prevalent! A priest once asked some children in an assembly “what is a saint?� and received the answer that a saint was a dead vicar! Now that is a little depressing if only priests are going to be saints and they have to be dead to to achieve it. But what makes someone a saint is not an irrelevant question as we think of our own Saint Day and living, as we do, in the Land of the Saints. Well, in the Roman Catholic Church the process of someone becoming a saint is quite long and complicated. Lots of evidence has to be found that requests to the proposed saint to pray to God for us have been answered by God. In the Church of England the process is much like the Celtic pattern that made Saint Day a saint, which is that if the community thought someone shows evidence of being good and holy that is enough for that person to be declared a saint. In our own time we tend to think that saints are only ever seen in stained glass windows or depicted in statues, and that achieving saint hood is impossible for us or anyone we know. I don't think I believe that. My experience of being a parish priest for over 40 years is that there are far more saints around than we think and while they may well be church going Christians that is not always the case. Some of the most unlikely people can be saints and they can be living in our communities now. I venture to suggest that to be a saint is simply to strive to be a true and proper human being. It's as simple, and as difficult, as that for those of us who believe and those of us who cannot. We thank God at this time for Saint Day but we also thank God for all those other saints who are not in stained glass windows but might be living in our community! 24

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St Day Snooker Club The club recently held its A.G.M., where another successful year was reported. At the conclusion of the meeting Baynard Braddon was presented with a framed Life Membership Award and a gift voucher, having stepped down as Treasurer , a post he had held for the past 30 years. On the playing side the various leagues and competitions have just finished. In the Mining Division Snooker League, the Division 1 side finished in 5th place, whilst in Division 2 the sides finished in 4th & 9th positions respectively. The John Knights Pairs competition was won by father & son Mike & Aiden Johns, Aiden also recorded the highest break of 65 in Division 2. Two sides entered the Falmouth & District Billiards League. The St.Day (A) trio of Dave Annear, Brian Wills and Bill Holland won the pre-Christmas open league. The new year handicap league finished with St.Day (A) & St.Day (B) in joint runners-up spot. In the open Team Knockout Final the St.Day (B) side of Harvey Mennear, Paul Wakling and Malcolm Hume won against Playing Place. Individually Dave Annear lost in the open singles final to Dave Trembath (Carharrack) and in the handicap final Malcolm Hume won a close match against club colleague Terry Kempe. In the County Billiards 82 year old Charlie Gay reached yet another County Final. In an earlier round he overcame last year’s champion, Dave White (Bude), but lost to Steve Downing (St. Rumons) in the final at Bodmin . It was Charlie’s 18 th final of which he has won 13. Having also won the County snooker title on 7 occasions his dual achievements are unlikely to be surpassed. Some consolation for Charlie came when St.Day won the County Team Billiards League with team mates Joe Graham and Dave Trembath. Another honour for the club was Joe Graham being chosen to officiate at the World Billiards Final in Leeds between 18th & 28th October. A short break now follows before the Summer Billiards League and then the start of the new season in September. Keith Manley. 28


St. Day Feast Programme D.V D Event With Malcolm George At the Community Centre Friday 31st May at 2 pm also at 7.30 pm Subject Queens Jubilee 2012 St Day Fore street party. also St Day Feast 2012 procession of children & both evening dances. In aid of Christmas Lights & the Community Centre Entrance £1

Time 7.30pm Venue Community Centre, St.Day STREET FAIR & ENTERTAINMENT Date Wednesday 5th June Time 7.00pm Venue Market Square, St.Day Organised by, and in aid of, `Sunny Day`s Nursery`.

DANCE PRACTICES We would like MORE ADULTS to join the Feast dance. Please come along to the practises and support YOUR Feast. Dates Monday 20th May & Tuesday 28th May Time Children 7pm to 7.30pm Adults 7.45 to 8.30pm Venue St.Day Parish Church Hall If you are unable to attend please call Linda on 01209 842408 before Saturday 8th June. 13 to book your position in the dance .

ST.DAY METHODIST CHURCH SONGS OF PRAISE Date Thursday 6th June Time 7.30pm Evening led By Mr Geoff Nankivell D V D on the 2013 The St Day Lantern Street Festival Paper-Scissors-Stone (Refreshments & Donations welcome ) Community Centre Friday 7th June at 7.30 pm The Day Light Group

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DANCE PRACTICES Proceeds to Curnow School We would like MORE ADULTS to and St.Julia’s Hospice Hayle join the Feast dance. Please come along to the practises and th FEAST SUNDAY 9 JUNE support YOUR Feast. Dates Monday 20th May & TuesST.DAY PARISH CHURCH day 28th May 9.30am The Feast Sunday Parish Time Children 7pm to Mass 7.30pm Adults 7.45 to 8.30pm 7.30pm Concert - Stithians Male Venue St.Day Parish Church Hall Voice Choir If you are unable to attend please Chair - Maggie Lister call Linda on Programmes £5.00 01209 842408 before Saturday 8th Retiring Collection June. 13 to book your position in the dance . th FEAST MONDAY 10 JUNE (Continued from page 30)

Procession & Tea Treat – leaves the school at 2.00pm and proceeds to the Playing Field. Procession led by Carharrack & St.Day Silver Band

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Sunny Days Nursery, St Day From April 2013 2 year old funded places will be available to most families with an income of less than £16,190 per year. If you think you may qualify please speak to Bobby at Sunny Days Nursery (01209 821686) to find out more. 3 and 4 year old funding is also available for all children from the term after their third birthday. In order to prepare for more two year olds we looked at our provision and decided to have a change around. The new baby room - with a large Panda Bear on the wall - is warm and inviting. A range of toys just right for the under 2’s are interestingly displayed. Our littlest ones have enjoyed using this cosy space and knowing that it is especially for them. The two year old space is now enticingly divided into well defined areas such as the book corner, messy, role play and carpeted play areas. Children are now much more independent at choosing what they want to do. All the children get together at times but they enjoy having their own space as well. This term seems to have flown by, especially the second half. Despite the wet and cold weather children have continued to enjoy the outside space, however for shorter periods of time. Inside the pre-schoolers have loved the ‘three little pigs’ role play area. I’m not sure if the cleaner was quite so keen on straw everywhere! They have retold the story with puppets, rhymes and masks. Next term our role play will be a garden centre. We have already planted cress and potatoes and prepared a bed for planting. We are 32

grateful to Carnon Downs Garden Centre for their kind donation of seeds and compost. If you have any spare tomato plants, or similar, or containers, they would be very much appreciated. This year we had a special invitation to join in with the St Day Lantern Parade. The children were enthusiastic with their drawings, for the projection onto the old church, and lantern decorating. The finished effect was fantastic. Thank you to Claire, Jaz and the rest of the group for letting us join in. Our entries to the St Day Horticultural Show had a Cornish theme with flags, salt dough pasties and pictures created by the children. We also watched class 2’s country dancers in their Cornish tartan, made heavy cake and heard stories about the Cornish Giants to celebrate St Piran’s Day. We had a lovely sunny day for our Ester Egg hunt. However it was rather cold, unlike last year when some of the eggs melted in the heat! It was great to see children with their families sharing the fun. The children sang songs and played on the field as finding their eggs

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Parish Council Elections By the time you read this newsletter in mid-May the election date of 02nd May will be in the past and St Day, along with most other local parishes, will not have had an election as not enough people have put themselves forward as candidates. It is quite a sad state of affairs, particularly in such a thriving parish as St Day, that very few people are prepared to give up just a few hours each month of their own time to make sure that the village they live in continues to thrive and be such a vibrant place to live. Parish Councillors work quietly in the background, they don’t stand in Market Square shouting loudly to all concerned about the excellent work they do – perhaps they should? Did you realise, however, that, without St Day Parish Council, there would be: No burial ground closer than Redruth No future for the Town Clock, other than in private ownership No regular maintenance & grass cutting in the Town Clock garden & Buckingham Terrace garden No regular maintenance & grass cutting in the churchyard No play area and skatepark at Vogue No street cleaning in the centre of St Day No regular maintenance of local footpaths No weed spraying in the centre of St Day No regular financial support for a whole host of local organisations & projects such as The Winter Lantern Parade, Christmas Lights, Sunny

Days Nursery, St Day & Carharrack Community School, St Day Football Club, St Day Christmas Tree Festival, St Day Messy Church, St Day Horticultural Society – all of these local organisations have been helped in just the last 3 years No parish website and many, many other smaller, everyday projects You wouldn’t even be reading this Newsletter now as the Parish Council helps to produce it, pays for it and organises its distribution so all you have to do is to pick it up from your door mat!! So what’s coming up in the future? The two main projects on the horizon will be the take over and repair of the Town Clock and the continued push for a doctors’ surgery in St Day so that local people no longer have to travel to Chacewater and Redruth to get access to the facilities they deserve. Surprised? Did you think the Parish Council did nothing? Disappointed you’ve missed the chance to put something back into your community? Well, you’re in luck, you haven’t – yet. There will be two casual vacancies on the Parish Council after 02nd May and these will be advertised on the Parish Council notice board in Market Square and in the Post Office and other prominent windows in the village. If you are interested in putting yourself forward to fill one of these vacancies, look out for the notices (they could well be around by now) and write us a letter. You will be welcome! 34


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not need to take such extreme measures as the owners live on site and are well known to the community they have served for so long. Residents have put up with so much traffic over the years and the closure of the landfill site has seen a marked improvement on the roads serving the area; this planning application was not needed and not welcomed. I also pointed out that the Geothermal Dear Resident Energy Site, which was given planning permission by the same Great news!! Strategic Planning Committee, The proposed 4th scrap yard at would help to attract many more United Downs Industrial Estate by businesses wanting to locate to European Metal Recovery, which this industrial estate. is the largest scrap metal On the 2nd of March St Day held business in Britain, was turned its Lantern Festival and what a down by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on fantastic event it was – every year it gets better and better with so the 23rd of April. I was able to many people putting in so much take the time off work to speak against the planning application, work and achieving a spectacular night which was enjoyed by young highlighting that it should be and old. Well done every one. refused because it was an inappropriate use of industrial Some of you may have been land which has existing planning aware of my charity walk on the permission for 6 industrial units on 24th of March in aid of Cornwall what is a Gateway Development Hospice Care. The 3hr walk at the entrance into the industrial started at The Star Inn at Vogue, estate. It would, when developed, St Day and 53 people turned up to have provided much more support the fund raising event employment than the 6 jobs which took in Gwennap Pit, where promised by EMR and would have teas and coffees were provided at put existing local jobs at risk. The the visitor centre which kindly 6.5 metre (22ft) steel perimeter opened that morning especially security fencing which would have for the event. One visitor from surrounded the 2 acre site would (Continued on page 38) have been an eyesore. The 3 existing scrap metal business do

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Newcastle staying with a St Day family which came on the walk bought the tea pot that served the tea as a souvenir! We then walked to the top of Carn Marth and then to the Holmans’ Test Mine Quarry. It was downhill all of the way back to the Star Inn for an excellent Sunday lunch which was included in the £7.50 booking fee. All of the proceeds were donated to Cornwall Hospice Care and we collected over £400 on the day. A special thank you must go to the landlord and landlady, Mark and Rachel Graham, and all of the waitresses who worked so hard preparing and serving all of the food. Many people are asking when I will be doing my next walk – this will most likely be in September/ October and I will publish the date, time and venue in the next parish newsletter. By the time this is published the Cornwall Council elections will have taken place and hopefully, fingers crossed, I will still be your Councillor and for those in Gwennap and Carharrack your new Councillor.

Grant funding 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.

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These things have been in St Day and Gwennap By Richard R Blewett Outline of history – Religion. St Day and Gwennap (first published in December, 1965) We have recently been reading of the celebrations at Penryn of the 700 th anniversary of the foundation of Glasney College. It was a monastic institution; all that remains of it are a few stones in a wall. From the inner page of the cover of this St Day Church Paper we have all read, ‘At some unknown date before 1269 the Chapel of St Day in Cornwall was put under the protection of the Holy Trinity and became famous as a place of pilgrimage’. The Chapel was sited between what is now called Trinity Villa and Chapel Street and a fair number of its carved and curved stones remain. The Chapel stood in Gorland (long before it became known as ‘Wheal Gorland’). The Cornish word ‘wheal’ is from a Celtic word ‘huel’ or’ whel’ and means ‘a mine’. In a survey made in 1281 a jury found that four acres of glebe land was annexed to the ‘Chapel Sancte Trinitatis’. The donor of the land had given it in return for two weekly masses to be sung on his behalf in ‘ the Chapel Aforesaid’. But these masses had not been celebrated so the donor had begun to sell ‘the acres aforesaid’. A bargain’s a bargain. Attached to the Chapel was a cemetery. The late R.C. James who wrote, about 30 or so years ago, a painstaking ‘History of the Parish of Gwennap in Cornwall’ stated that about 40 years earlier he remembered excavations there when human bones were found in large quantities and a small glass cross. I have heard of various interesting finds there in recent times – pieces of engraved slate slabs, even a marble slab with readable inscriptions. If anybody knows of these a record could be made of them. I am convinced that ancient relics of old St Day are found occasionally by people who do not recognise them for what they are and are broken up or buried. Not many years ago during some drainage work behind the old Parish Workhouse – now Burnwithian Terrace – a heavy triangular door lintel came to light on which the word ‘MORTUARY’ was deeply incised. The lintel is now 6 feet underground! One of the men who helped to bury it told me the story. A very gracious thing was done when two stones, each carved with a double cross, relics of the old St Day Chantry Church, were built into the wall of the porch of Trinity Villa; they are set one on each side of the entrance door and have been left as bare granite. ‘If I ruled St Day’ I would have every stone cut in a curve, that can be found in the township, beginning with those at the west end of the disused church, built into a column as near a public thoroughfare as possible and surmounted, with the permission of Scorrier House, by the only remaining crocketed pinnacle of the ancient tower. It is in the grounds of Scorrier House – the best place for it until it can be embodied in a permanent memorial for even a 39

slight glance of all that pass by. ‘What mean ye by these stones?’ Of the origin of the Shrine, to which the pilgrims were directed at St Day, as they wound their weary way to St Michael’s Mount, nothing is known. Charles Henderson, one of the greatest of Cornish historians, had evidently examined records of Bishop Bronescombe of Exeter and would certainly have noted any information about a St Day shrine. He does not mention it in his notes on Gwennap Parish. ‘Wayside chapels such as St Day’, wrote Henderson, ‘were frequently used by the Bishops for ordination services during their journeys through Cornwall.’ On the 15 th August, 1427, Bishop Lacy ordained the following persons to the First Tonsure in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity within the parish of St Weneppa – Richard Guavys (Gwavas), John Leyte (Laity), John Nicoll, Henry Gille (Gill), Ralph Nicoll, Thomas Harry, John Spicer, illegitimate, John Vyntow, the like, David Rawlin (Rowling), Stephen Crane, Robert Crane and John Hunter. This is not important history but it may be of some interest to know of the only men in the parish who could then read and write. The Church gathered them into its net. They were known as ‘Clerks’, they had entered the first stage to the Priesthood and probably got no farther. But they were ‘Clerks’. This is the origin of the word in the phrase, ‘Clerk in Holy Orders’. I think we should all be interested to be at that Ordination Service. Each of those 12 men had their head shaved, or the part about the crown of the head, as a sign that they had taken the first step to entering the priesthood. A service of that kind would draw as many spectators as a modern Harvest Festival! The Chapel of the Holy Trinity was a Chantry which was an endowment for the maintenance of priests to sing masses, usually for the soul of the founder or for the souls of people who died rich enough to leave money to the Chapel to pay for masses for their souls’ welfare. And so under the title ‘Bequests to the Trinity’ we have seen 12d (5p) left in 1420, 3d (1p) in 1447, 8d (3p) in 1503 and 6d (2.5p) in 1510 – typical of many. That little lot together would be equal to £10 in modern value (1965). What sort of people were the Pilgrims? Were they in any way like the modern pilgrims who visit St Day each summer and make it the centre of holiday wayfaring? One of the definitions of ‘Pilgrim’ is ‘wayfarer’. Were they in any way like the St Day Pilgrims who wend their way to Walsingham each year? Some of the Pilgrims to the Mount were paying the penalty (pennance) pronounced by their Confessors. Judging from Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry – ‘The Canterbury Tales’ – begun about 1373 – the Pilgrims to the Shrine of St Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral were a well mixed lot – the ‘clerke’, the ‘frankeleyn’, the ‘knight’, the ‘lawyer’, the ‘merchaunt’, the ‘millere’, the ‘nonne prestes’, the ‘pardoner’, the ‘phiscien’, the ‘prioress’, the ‘wife of Bath’. They travelled in company for protection against robbers of the highway. They amused each other by telling stories and these stories Chaucer put into poetic form. Some of the stories would not be suitable for a Church Paper. 40

News from your local village school Fundraising Projects Probably the most exciting event for us over the past few months has been the arrival of the “trim trail” on our school field. We would very much like to thank everyone who has helped with the fundraising - £5000. Our next fundraising project is the upgrading of our school library including the provision of a set of “e-readers”! We have already started on a range of fundraising events one of which you already know about our monthly SCHOOL QUIZ. The April Quiz on Spring & Easter has been available via the school, the church, the St Day General Stores, the Post Office, the Animal Feed store and the Carharrack Club for £1 and sheets should be returned for marking by Tuesday 7th May either to these outlets or to school. A cash prize will be presented each month. May’s Quiz will have garden questions and is out in the first week on May. We are very grateful to Lorna and Martin in St Day General Stores, who have sponsored our new school football kit, and also to the Post Office who have given us a donation for practise balls and to Aquamacs who donated funds for training tops. We are also very grateful to one of our grandparents who has donated a considerable amount of money for us to use to enhance the outdoor learning area for our reception class, with a role playhouse, trellis and archways and planters for growing. Bag2School is a simple way of making cash and you may be able to help by having a clear out and bagging up unwanted textiles including clothes, hats, belts, bags, soft toys, curtains and bedding. Bag2School will be collecting from our school on Friday 24th May and special collecting bags are available from the School Office.

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SCHOOL FUNDRAISING EVENT - Please keep an eye out for the posters. We would love to see you there!

School Camps Our Year 3 and 4 pupils are off to Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre in the first week of May and our Year 5 and 6 pupils are off to Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre in the first week of June for a fun-packed programme of outdoor adventurous activities.

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our gradual Transition Programme for the new Reception pupils with “Getting to Know Us” Sessions, Meetings for parents and Home Visits from Tuesday 6th May for all the children we know are coming to our school. If you plan for your child to start with us in September, but you have not yet been through the application process, please come and see Mrs Hill, in the School Office, so your child can join our Transition Programme as soon as possible. If you would like to know more about what our school is like please join us for our SCHOOL OPEN DAY on THURSDAY 11th JULY – all welcome . Thank you to all community members who have given our pupils and staff such fantastic support again this year. Jenny Green, Headteacher

More St Day & Carharrack Community School News A large roar filled the air around St Day & Carharrack Community School this week when their new Trim Trail equipment was officially declared open. The honour of cutting the opening ribbon went to Zak and Nicole who are the eldest and youngest children in the school. The first person to com-

plete the trail was Owen, chosen because it was his birthday. The safety rules were demonstrated by members of Class Four during assembly. The Trim Trail adventure play equipment is a fun way to encourage healthy and active play. It improves gross motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and core strength while children enjoy climbing, traversing, stretching and scrambling over and around the equipment. The school, parents and friends have had a host of fund raising events to raise the money necessary for the purchase of the equipment and the children are very appreciative. 42

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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The Vicar would heavily censor them or cast them out completely. Some of the Pilgrims, we, with our modern high standards of morality, would describe as downright rogues. The ‘Pardoner’ was a spell -binder who could convince an audience of its avarice and covetousness and when he had got them on the verge of tears he would offer them, on payment, pardon for their sins. And that is how he got his living – he could probably neither read nor write. This is how Chaucer wrote part of the Pardoner’s tale – in Middle English, the language spoken by the St Day Pilgrims – I stoned lyk a clerk in my pulpet, And when the lewed peple is doun y-set, I preche, so as ye han herd before, And tello an hundred false japes more, Than peyne I me to strecche forth the nekke, And est and west up-on the peple I bekke, As doth a dowve sitting on a berne. Myn hondes and my tonge goon so yerne, That is joye to see my bisinesse, Of avarice and of swich cursednesse Is all my preching, for to make hem free To yeve her pens, and namely un-to me. The rogue! What said he in his prayers at Canterbury? It is certain that many such rogues approached the Shrine of the Holy Trinity at St Day as well as many people in many stages of saintliness. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear the Middle English language spoken on a recorder?



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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 two-bedroomed 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.



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St Day Historical & Conservation Society Local Historian Lesley Trotter recently gave St Day Historical & Conservation Society a fascinating glimpse of what life must have been like for the wives left behind in Cornwall, in her brilliant illustrated talk, Husbands Abroad. Contrary to popular belief, many of these women, whose husbands joined successive waves of emigration from Cornwall, mainly in the nineteenth century, did not just lead passive lives servicing or indulging their husbands' ambitions to make their fortunes abroad by keeping the home fires burning, but also made new independent lives for themselves and their children, often not because of the husband/father's absence but in spite of it. Probably one of the best known such wives was Jane, wife of the great Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick, who was apparently left well provided for on one of his many foreign forays, only to discover that her financial situation was extremely precarious, thanks to Richard's many oversights in completing his intended provisions for her, such as paying rent on the family home for only six instead of his intended twelve months, and forgetting to pay the life insurance premiums. She also never received any money from him whilst he was away in Peru, even though he was earning substantial amounts of money, and when he finally returned home, after some eleven years, during which time it is said he never wrote home to his family, Jane was dismayed to find that all her letters to him were still unopened stuffed into his jacket pocket! Jane and their children meantime had had to rely on the generosity of her brother Henry Harvey, but other wives, probably the majority, were not so fortunate when left in similar situations. We only know of the hardships suffered because of surviving family letters and the more spectacular cases of the consequences of neglect gleaned from newspaper accounts and the sorry tales revealed in the Poor Law records. Whilst some husbands did succeed in making adequate financial provision by investments from which their wives would receive an income whilst the men were away, by far the most popular method was that of sending money home, which was often a highly 'moveable feast' in practice. Quite apart from the uncertainties inherent in the international mail system of the times, there were the added logistical problems of converting currencies, of bank notes issued by foreign banks not necessarily being accepted as legal tender here, and of banker's drafts from somewhere like Chile needing to be converted. A lucky few received gold nuggets, but mainly remittances from abroad arrived in cash, and often only sporadically, which must have made financial planning at home a constant head(Continued on page 51)


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ache, never knowing if or when a payment might be received. Some of the wives rose magnificently to the challenge, perhaps finding employment of their own at home or making good investments in the good times, but more often than not, perhaps, severe hardship ensued, sometimes leading to early infant mortality and/or family break-ups. Some men exploited their absence by taking advantage of easy divorce laws abroad to try to evade their responsibilities at home, a tactic given short shrift by the Overseers of the Poor at home upon whom such families would otherwise have quickly become a charge. The Workhouse was an ever-present threat for abandoned and destitute families, especially those deserted by husbands who made new families abroad unbeknown to their wives, and wives would do almost anything to avoid this fate. There were, however exceptions to the stories of hardship, with some wives travelling to join their husbands abroad for spells; one such who emigrated to America to be with her husband nevertheless returned home to Cornwall for the birth of every one of her five children, ten Atlantic crossings just to grow her family! Other wives were successfully provided for by arrangements their husband made with their male neighbours at home, since a wife had no separate legal identity from her husband until the late nineteenth century and so could not operate a bank account. These neighbours acted as trustees for the husbands and paid the wives regular amounts from the money sent home by the husbands according to their instructions. There is still much research needed to give a fuller picture of how many of the social and economic problems of the times were resolved, a project which Ms Trotter is firmly embarked upon for the completion of her doctorate. Local Historian and Pool Community School deputy-head, Paul Annear, gave the Society its April talk with a wonderful rĂŠsumĂŠ of the life and memories of R R Blewett, in Never A St Day Man. His West Briton obituary, on 27th April, 1972, describes Mr Blewett as having been variously Cornish Bard, lecturer, writer, historian; a born teacher, headmaster, broadcaster, Methodist preacher, atheist, evolutionist, chairman, secretary, councillor, socialist, biochemist, botanist, graduate, researcher, musician, columnist, correspondent, sailor, analyst, statistician, surveyor, sociologist, information officer, anthroponomist, poet, and meteorologist...above all he was a great character. As a Methodist preacher he also adopted the position of atheist and evolutionist, the former more in the vein of acting as Devil's advocate, the latter as a hard -nosed scientist. As a teacher he was formatively attracted to improving the conditions of people, especially children, living in slum conditions, initially in Birmingham; an early influence on Blewett was the notable Methodist preacher, Dr J H Jowett. He arrived in Birmingham, from his native Leedstown in January 1902 to complete his training as a certified teacher in the recent aftermath of the December 1901 public riots against the pacifist position adopted by Lloyd George against the Boer War. He spent his first two years of further education studying for a degree in biochemistry; his first job was at Lanlivery where he became, at the age of twenty-five, the youngest headteacher in Cornwall, and in(Continued on page 52)


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stituted evening classes to make up for the poor attendance of the children often pulled out of school by their farming parents to work the land. He also established a Men's Reading Room and library, to help educate their parents and to encourage their children back into school. He was always an innovative teacher and involved his children in both agriculture and horticulture, creating a model farm school for Cornwall. He was inspired to write poetry by the beauty of nearby Bodmin Moor and became known under the pen-name 'Obiter Dictum,' meaning 'something said in passing,' as a local newspaper correspondent, 1908 -12. In 1916, during the first World War, he took up the position of quartermaster on HMS Vivid in Plymouth, before transferring to HMS Revenge; here, serving in the Royal Navy as a reservist, whilst his wife Jane ran the school back in Lanlivery in his absence, he developed his interest in surnames. During this period he witnessed the sabotaging of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919. Back in Civvy-street, after the war, he found he couldn't cope with his former way of life at Lanlivery and looked for a secondment, whilst Jane kept the helm for him at the local school. Eventually he arrived as headmaster of the Boys' school at St Day, in 1921, in a former mining village which he found he could relate to easily by its similarity to his native Leedstown. Here he also became Secretary of the Relief Committee, administering the soup kitchen set up by the Williamses of Scorrier in the church Mission Room. He also took an interest in develop(Continued on page 53)

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ing a local water supply and became involved in charity work for local choirs. He was a member of Gwennap Parish Council and became Secretary of St Day Community Council in 1926, and also re-found his Christian faith and became a Trustee of St Day Wesleyan Chapel where he also preached. Controversially he sparked a debate on Evolution in the Masonic Lodge. He also stimulated the creation of local community amenities by personally contacting William John Mills in Torquay to seek funding for community activities such as the formation of a silver band and premises for a playing field and pavilion. The field is still the home of St Day Rugby Club. He stimulated a revival in the town celebrations for St Day Feast and organised his children to march on St Day Feast Monday through the village, accompanied by the band, to the Playing Field, where games and other entertainments were to be, and still are, had. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Mills Trust which provides accommodation for the elderly in Mills Street, St Day, named after its patron and benefactor. Many people in the audience shared fond memories of his time as their headmaster. After he retired in 1943 he began a new career as a Civilian Lecturer on Cornish Surnames, until 1958. In 1959 he won the Royal Institution of Cornwall's Jenner medal for his important work in this field, and he was created a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1961 with the honorary title of 'Den an Growan,' meaning 'Crowan Man.' He was awarded an honorary MA degree from Exeter University in 1969; in 1964 he began writing his series of articles, These Things Have Been, for the Parish Magazine, which continued until 1970. He met with Sir John Betjeman and A.L. Rowse. He also stirred up some controversy with his sociological researches into the living conditions of local people, the results of which, even today, are considered too sensitive for general consumption. His legacy overall though was one of a much-loved local polymath, even though, to his everlasting amusement, he once overheard himself referred to as 'Never A St Day Man.'


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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.

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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.

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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. 56

St. Day Newsletter  

May 2013 Edition

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