St Minver Link 180 - ept/Oct 2011

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The Issue 180 September/October 2011

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Lingham Hall St Minver School Community Hall and Gallery for Hire

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Living Bee Exhibition And restaurant opens Easter.

GROUP TRAVEL COACH EXCURSIONS Dunmere Road Garage, Bodmin PL31 2QN. 01208 77989 3/4Sep 3/4 Sep 24 Sep 12 Oct 30 Oct 5 Nov 12 Nov

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The St Minver Link Committee Chairman ------ Brian Crank ----------------- --------------01208 869120 Editor ----------- Jennifer Gordon ----------- ----------01208 816470 Distribution --- David Topliffe -------------- -------------01208 869636 Photographer - Martin Broadfoot --------- ------------01208 863705 Editorial -------- Mike Arnott ---------------- --------------01208 863695 Diary Editor --- Pat Crank -------------------- ----------------01208 869120 Secretary ------ Kerensa Beer-Robson ---- ----------01208 869102 Treasurer ------ Jen Edwards ---------------- ----------------01208 869101 Advisers -------- Ann Jeal, Dorothy Housego. When emailing committee members please be sure to mention Link in the subject line.

To have something published in Link By Email (addresses above) Articles , general interest items ---------------------- Jennifer Local clubs and organisations ---------------------------- Mike Council or Local Government news ----------------- Kerensa By Post Send to Jennifer Gordon, 19 Guineaport Parc, Wadebridge PL27 7BY .

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To receive Link by post To receive the remaining issue of Link to be published this year in the post send your name and address and a cheque for £3 made out to St Minver Link to: David Topliffe, 2 Greenbanks Rd, Rock, Cornwall PL27 6NB.

Our next Issue is the November/December issue (No 181). Material for publication in it must reach us by October 1st. St Minver Link is a not-forprofit community magazine produced by volunteers. The Link committee do not necessarily agree with opinions expressed by contributors. Any funds in excess of those needed to produce the magazine are given to local good causes.

To advertise in Link You can place your advertisement in the next issue only or in the three remaining issues to be published this year - simply visit www.stminverlink,org or contact Martin on 01208 863705 or Brian on 01208 869120.

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CAMEL ESTUARY COMMUNITY MAGAZINE Issue 180 September/October 2011

Link St Minver

Like links in a fence we will unite To create a fine community With willing hearts, with hands held tight. Neither keeping in nor shutting out But holding fast a fellowship A refuge from adversity. Anna Alexander

Highlights News



“One Hundred and Eighty” Link’s 30 Anniversary -------------- 18 Congratulations - Stan and June’s Diamond Anniversary------- 21 Charity Bowls Match Raises £600 ------------------------------------ 24 Friends of the Camel Trail ---------------------------------------------- 26 St Minver Silver Band (old photograph) ---------------------------- 29 Tribute


Goff Richards -------------------------------------------------------------- 30 St Minver Silver Band Pays Tribute----------------------------------- 31 Features Soap Victim ---------------------------------------------------------------- 32 RA King’s Troop back at Carruan-------------------------------------- 33 Visit by Bishop Tim ------------------------------------------------------- 34 Brownies Donkey Derby Success ------------------------------------ 35 Simply Amazing - School summer show ---------------------------- 36 Uncle Jim’s shaking the Plum Tree! ---------------------------------- 40 Mably Diary 1850 - 1950 ----------------------------------------------- 42 The Perceval Dance Band - early 1930s ----------------------------- 48 Let's put the pensioners in jail ---------------------------------------- 51 St Minver Tithe Map ----------------------------------------------------- 53 An Airman’s Prayer ------------------------------------------------------ 55 Regulars Book Review - ‘The Levelling Sea’ ------------------------------------ 47 Brain Gym ------------------------------------------------------------------ 49 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage ------------------------------------ 50 Doc Spot -------------------------------------------------------------------- 27 Probus Club ---------------------------------------------------------------- 28 St Minver Lowlands Parish Council----------------------------------- 56 We Will Remember Them ---------------------------------------------- 31 The Link Events Diary ---------------------------------------------------- 57

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“One Hundred and Eighty!” St Minver Link Celebrates its 30th Anniversary This is the 180th issue of St Minver Link. For 30 years ‘the Link’ has been a vehicle for local people to publish their stories, poems, photographs and ideas as well as including items for interest and amusement. During this time it has been selffinancing and able to make some donations to local good causes in latter years. Thirty years ago the parents of Princes William and Harry got married on July 20th. On December 19th the 47ft Watson Class Penlee Lifeboat Solomon Browne went to the aid of the mini-bulk carrier MV Union Star after its engines failed in heavy seas. Both vessels were

lost with all hands. 16 people died including eight volunteer lifeboatmen. 1981 was also the year Cornwall Rural Community Council wrote to Parish Councils suggesting parishes publish a village

The cover of St Minver Link issue 1. 20

magazine. St Minver Highlands and St Minver Lowlands Councils responded to this good idea. The purpose of a village newsletter or magazine would be to further opportunities for contacts among the diverse members of the local community. It was to be ‘independent of religious and political bias’. The post of Editor was advertised. Anna Alexander was the first Editor, Helen Richards was styled Editorial Assistant, the first Treasurer was Mike Dell (then headmaster of St Minver School, still located at Tredrizzick) and Assistant Editor was John Beck who took over when Anna left a year later. The first issue was produced November 1981 free of charge because it had been financed by grants from both Parish

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Councils. (Thereafter the charge was 20p for an average of 39 pages). John Hewitt designed the cover to represent the four villages of this large parish – the quay building for Rock, the church for St Minver Church Town, the ploughing tractor for Trebetherick and Pentire Point for Polzeath. Each is a cameo drawn inside a link of a chain with obvious reference to the magazine’s objectives. The ubiquitous seagull fills the centre space. Anna’s poem (though revised) has been repeated on the first page ever since. The emerald green cover paper of this first issue was not repeated and it was some time before the six cover colours settled into those that reflect the seasons when this increasingly successful magazine appears. There were no illustrations to begin with, but soon photographs were published regularly. Parishioners with specialist knowledge were asked to write on interesting subjects so that there would be a reliable core for every issue and page 23 of the

A copy of page 5 of St Minver Link issue 1. Most of what is said is still true today.

first issue lists topics it was hoped wouldproduce future articles of interest. The two pages of Forthcoming Events was not regularly repeated for many years – too many venues and too many organisers to contact was probably the reason. There’s an appeal for a volunteer typist in the page devoted to Personal Notices and Exchange & Mart. Ann Jeal responded

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and so joined the Committee from issue no.2. The separately typed pages went for photocopying to Wadebridge Printers run by Peter Chapman in Trevanson Street. Individual plates had to be made for advertisements and had to remain unchanged for a year. Financial support for the first issue of St Minver 21

Link came from 31 businesses and they make interesting reading. D & A Philp Supermarket Polzeath ‘The last of the real grocers still weighing our finest sugars, fruit, cheese, bacon and ground coffee’. 15 of those advertisers are still trading today and some are still advertising. Joan Baird and Ann Jeal took over the job of finding advertisers each year and collecting the revenue. This was very time consuming and quite often people were out and that meant returning often more than once to secure an advertisement. Finally they had to ensure that there were enough advertisements to complete a page and if there was not a full page Ann and Joan would approach a business who might just fill that one space. Contributors who continued to serve the magazine well were Eileen De Vos (gardening) and Edgar Anstey (book reviews). ‘In the Roar of the Sea’ by S. BaringGould, the novel with romantic local interest, 22

was the first book review. The Editor’s list of suggestions – Farming, Poetry, Short Stories, Children, Parish History and Sport – produced items from a large section of the community in subsequent issues. One of those who answered the appeal for Distributors was Sylvia Cock who is STILL delivering door to door in the Pityme and upper Rock Road 30 years later! What a commitment- this lady deserves a medal! Jennifer Gordon Individual articles for Link began to be produced on a computer in issue 112 (May/June 2000) and the magazine moved totally to computer design with issue 116 (Jan/Feb 2001). Chapman’s printers closed and with issue 152 (Jan/Feb 2007) Link moved to full lithographic printing enabling much higher quality and the reproduction of pages in full colour - this issue had four pages of colour photographs. Colour printing is very expensive and was unsustainable without an increase in income so it

was tentatively decided to offer colour advertising. We needn’t have worried as advertisers jumped at the opportunity. For issue 154 (May/June) 2007 local artist Roy Ritchie was commissioned to re-interpret the front cover cameos in colour and a change was made to a cover material that would make better use of the colour printing. The revenue from colour advertising has financed many pages of colour editorial and has also allowed us to donate cash to local good causes. I would like to be able to say that the future for Link is rosy, but sadly I can’t. We simply do not have enough people to produce the magazine and one serious illness could kill it altogether. What we need is someone with experience to help with, or take over, the administration and selling of the advertising. Then someone else with experience to help with, or take over, the graphics design and desk top publishing. Any takers? Brian Crank

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Congratulations Stan and June Rock residents Stan and June Lennox celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this Year. June is an active member of the WI and Inner Wheel while Stan belongs to Rotary and plays golf at St Enodoc. They married at the church of St Mary at Selly Oak on April 28th 1951. The announcement in the local paper said “The church was beautifully decorated with Spring flowers. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, gardenias and lilies of the valley, and wore a white embossed satin gown with a Honiton lace veil which had been worn by her great-greatgreat-grandmother, Lady Bruce, and handed down to brides, in each generation since. The bridesmaid, Miss Mary Warner, was dressed in

primrose taffeta and carried a bouquet of deep cream roses and freesias. The best man was Mr. Stanley Bevan, of Barnt Green. Canon R. B. Jolly, of Kidderminster (great-uncle of the bride) officiated at the service with the Vicar (Rev. P. Parry).” They were joined by their family and friends at Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club for their anniversary celebration where Chef Henry Waterworth produced a meal for which he is famous. The following day all the family (this only happens “once in a blue moon”) were able to watch the Royal Wedding. In the evening there was a special Fish Supper when hats suitable for a wedding were to be worn. Stan was a Scoutmaster when

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he got married and was involved in scouting for many years. He wrote a report for Link 154 (May/June 2007, p44) on the centenary of the scouting movement. The Link Committee congratulates Stan and June and wishes them many more happy years together.


Cancer Research Uk - St Minver Branch

Grand Jumble Sale Rock Institute October 8, 2pm

Friends of the camel Trail Inaugural AGM Wadebridge Town Hall Friday Sept 9, 7.30pm For more information contact Wendy Kingsbury 01208 863608

Wadebridge Choral Society‟s New Term Wadebridge Choral Society has now completed its 2010/11 programme with its final summer singing concert at St Minver Church. The Choir’s Summer Singers, some thirty-five of the total number, conducted by Director of Music Nick Danks and accompanied by Jo Naylor performed, for a full audience, a programme of contrasting moods and textures including lyrical part-songs by Arthur Sullivan and Edward Elgar, lively madrigals by Thomas Morley and Franz Abt and a selection of English folk-song arrangements by John Rutter. All were enthusiastically received. The Choir now recesses until September 6th when rehearsals commence at the Goods Shed in preparation for the Christmas concert at St Minver Church on December 17th. Wadebridge Choral Society is always pleased to welcome new members, so telephone the Hon. Secretary, Annabell Woolcott 01208 815322 or email for information.Alternatively, look up our new website:, a mine of information.

End of the Season for Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club With all the major events of the season completed, there are

Harvest Supper Perceval Institute 6pm for 6.30 .Tickets £5 from Spar (Rock), Newslines and St Minver PO. 24

only a few events now before the end of the Club’s sailing season. In September, the Club’s own September Brea Buoy Cup will be competed for over the first weekend of the month. Also the Shrimper fleet will be running their Autumn Shrimper Fest towards the end of the month, a five-day festival of sailing and socialising; successful enough last year for the organisers to give this new event a second running. October is the end of the Club’s season with only a few races to round off the year. And, of course, there is the annual Laying-up Dinner and Dance, which will see many up-country members coming to Cornwall for their final glimpse of the County for 2011. However, the social life of the Club goes on and Steward Richard Smith and Chef Henry Waterworth will welcome members to the Friday Fish Suppers and the Sunday Carveries over the winter months. We welcome local stories and photographs.

Fizz, Feathers and Food Rock RNLI Fund Raising Summer Party

Trebetherick & Polzeath WI

Once again Gus and Jaye Guest generously made their Autumn beautiful house and garden available for this occasion and about a hundred guests enjoyed champagne and hors Lunch d’oeuvres. Thankfully the rain held off while they were entertained by a magnificent display of falconry presented by Soup, Roll and David Buncle of South West Falconry. He had brought with Pudding for a Fiver! him an English Barn Owl, a Harris Hawk, an Eagle Owl and a Cararcara [the latter three are not native to this country]. Rock Institute They were put through their paces displaying their wonderful Sat October 15 flight and the ability to instantly hunt an electronic vole hidden in a fur glove. Strange how all the seagulls and pigeons 10am to 5pm disappeared! Then everyone enjoyed a buffet supper Lunch - £5 produced by the committee and other generous supporters. Jaye Guest has been active in the Rock Lifeboat since its inception and more recently as Secretary of the Rock RNLI Fund Raising Committee for approximately ten years but she Cancer Research Uk has decided the time has come to retire. - St Minver Branch The evening raised £3,500 for the RNLI Funds for saving lives at sea. The Quay Quilters

present a

Quilt & Patchwork

Exhibition Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club October 17 - 19 10am to 4pm Admission £2 (includes refreshments)

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North Cornwall National Trust Association

Charity Bowls Match Raises £600

On Saturday August 6th there was a charity Short Mat Bowls Competition held at St Minver Short Mat Bowling Club in Nocturnal Wildlife memory of Tony Watson who passed away August last year. The event was held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Night and BBQ Support who helped Tony through the last few months of his Pentireglaze, Friday life. Sept 2, 7pm till dusk There was a great turn out of teams, some travelling from as far at St Agnes to play. Throughout the day we managed to £2 per person (bring your raise £600, which I’m sure will be greatly appreciated by own food for the BBQ). Macmillan’s. Booking essential The group stages saw Camelford through with 5 points and 16 shots, Withiel with 4 points and 8 shots, Landrake 6 points and (01208 863046) 21 shots, and St Minver with 6 points and 26 shots. The first Polzeath Mega semi was run very close going down to the last bowl by Ken Horrell from Withiel clinching the win and a place in the final. Beach Clean The second semi was won by Landrake by 5 shots against St Polzeath Marine Minver. The final was closer than the score represents with Landrake, skipped by Neil Gribble, winning 12 shots to 4 Centre, Sept 17, against Withiel. 1-3 pm. The whole day was a great success, everyone had a good time Proms at the and ultimately raised lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Minack The Watson family would like to thank everyone for their Sept 25, 2 - 5 pm. participation and making the day enjoyable for all involved. Also thanks to Ring O’Bells (St. Columb), Sharps Brewery, Cost £23 (includes coach). Pick up points in Julian Foye, Williams Cinemas, Crealy, Sainsburys, Tesco, and Wadebridge and Bodmin Macmillan Solicitors for their kind donations. Karen Watson

Hay Cut and Rake (Practical Conservation)

Lundy Bay, Oct 1, 10am - 3pm. Bring your own food More info 01208 863821

Country Houses of Cornwall (a talk by Paul Holden)

Rock Institute, Oct 14, 2.30 - 4.30pm

The winning team, Landrake, being presented the trophy by Members £3. Guests £3.50 Maddie Watson (Tony’s great grand daughter) with Richard Contact Bob Reason Watson (Tony’s son- extreme left) and Karen Watson 01840 230173 (Tony’s grand daughter - extreme right).


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Tre Pol Pen Handbell Ringers We have grown in strength and now have 10 enthusiastic ringers. We have had a very successful and busy season playing at many venues locally. We are now taking a break for the Summer and

then it will be full steam ahead preparing concert programmes to play at various organizations starting off with the VIPs at Bodmin. Carols are always hugely popular at many old people’s homes

where the audience enjoy a good sing-along. Tony Priest is our new Secretary and if you would like us to come and play for you his number is 01208 863450. Betty Scrope

Tre-Pol-Pen members at their AGM. From left, Gill Gowan, Gwen Hambly (Treasurer), Barbara Martin (Chair), Betty Scrope (Music Director), Lydia Johnson, Tony Priest (Secretary), Liz Rowe and Angela Thomas. Sadly two of the longest serving members, Jo Stephen and Jenny Handoll, were unable to attend.

Trewint Playing Field Update Both Parish councils have paid for a full topographical survey which has been done and RIBA (Royal Institute for British Architects) has been contacted to obtain a list of accredited architects in our area. - one of these will eventually be selected. There will then be a feasibility study which will be followed by the task of looking for funding. If there is someone in the Parish with experience in this area who would consider helping out the Parish Council would love to hear from you. All the latest news will be posted on the Link website: Visit our website -


Coffee Morning Cakes, Bring and Buy, plants, Raffle Rooke Mill Chapel Amble By kind invitation of Sarah and David Harris.

Wed Sept 7 10am to 12 noon Admission £2 Proceeds shared between church funds and muscular dystrophy.

North Cornwall National Trust Association

The Cornish Years

Friends of the Camel Trail Back in February, Cornwall Council floated the idea of a Friends Of The Camel Trail Group and arranged a meeting in Wadebridge Town Hall in March. The meeting was promoted on Radio Cornwall and over 150 people turned up to hear the reasons behind the idea. Representatives from the Camel Trail Partnership and also Cornwall Council were on hand to answer any questions. Since that initial meeting, a small group of enthusiastic supporters of the idea have met on several occasions with a view to moving the idea forward. The meetings have been largely positive and lively, resulting in the formation of The Friends Of The Camel Trail. The formal Constitution has been adopted and lists the Friends aims and objects as being (in a nutshell) to preserve the trail and its environs for all and to promote its wildlife, heritage & history. The Friends are an independent group but will work with other interested parties and all the various trail user groups for the benefit of this beautiful asset that we are lucky enough to have in our area. The Friends group has arranged its inaugural AGM, to which everyone is warmly invited. They encourage all users of the trail to get involved. The AGM will be in Wadebridge Town Hall on Friday September 9th at 7:30pm. For further details contact Derek Julian on 01208 816779 or 07725 557 331; Dawn Roberts on 01208 831208 or 07870 332 184; or Graham Brinsden on 01208 813422.

A Walk Around Lanhydrock

(Valerie Jacob talks about The weather on Thursday June 16th was rather inclement but the life of Dr A L Rowse) approximately 30 people fro the North Cornwall National Trust Wadebridge Town Association and two dogs gathered for coffee and biscuits before being taken on a fascinating walk around Lanhydrock Hall estate with Matt Lewis the Head Ranger. We saw the allotments which looked extremely healthy and are being very September 23 carefully tended by local residents. We were also shown the 7.30 - 10 pm proposed route for the new cycle trails which will be a Members £5 Guests £6 wonderful addition to facilities for families to use in the future. We learnt many details about plant habits and growth and the Contact Bob Reason changes made to the original garden which was constructed in 01840 230173 the mid 19th century. Jane Windeler 28

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„Doc Spot‟ We invited the Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Practice to contribute a regular feature on current health issues.

Teenagers take notice Have you had your MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination? There is an epidemic of measles on the continent and we strongly advise young people who have not had the MMR to get immunised. So why not make an appointment with your surgery? More information on this and other teenage health issues can be found at

Seasonal ‘flu injection For those who are eligible (see Whyitshouldbedone.aspx ) We shall be starting our seasonal ‘flu vaccination programme in early October. Please watch out for information posters in the surgery, on our web site and via the reminder on your repeat medication slip as we no longer send out reminder letters for ‘flu vaccinations. Please also note that the seasonal ‘flu vaccine is not available privately. Boots chemists have previously offered this service.

Patient Participation Group The practice has recently set up a patient group. The aim of this is to improve communication and to make sure that patients have input into the range and quality of services provided. If you would like more information about this please ask at reception. Contact us on: 01208 812222 (Wadebridge), 01208 862545 (Rock).

Moor Harmony North Cornwall Moor Harmony is a recently formed Ladies’ Barbershop chorus. We are a small group who have a great time during our rehearsals; we practise singing techniques and how to improve our voices whilst learning how to sing in four-part harmony barbershop style. Our rehearsal night has been changed to Tuesdays from July 5th. We had our first public performance; a guest spot at a concert in Helland Village Hall which we all greatly enjoyed and we received many lovely compliments about our singing. We are pleased to welcome new members. So if you are a lady who loves to sing then please come along to our rehearsals. All abilities and ages (over 16) are welcome. We meet from 7.15pm until 10pm every Tuesday at Helland Village Hall. We are a friendly bunch who would love to see you there. If you would like to join us to see what a great time we have please phone Mel Baber to reserve your place. Telephone 01840 212312. Visit our website -

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Bridge Afternoon and Tea Rock Institute Thurs Nov 3 2pm Tables and cards provided Raffle. Tickets £12.50 (table £50 in advance)

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St Minver Probus Club June meeting The after lunch speaker was Tom Miller who gave us a well appreciated talk on football from the perspective of the referee. Tom played football until an injury cut short his playing. He was a football referee for 18 years at semi and professional level. He talked about how the Laws of the game were very concise compared to many of the other sports, with only 17 Laws. Two of the Laws cause the most discussion, Law 11, Offside, and Law 12, Fouls and Misconduct. He talked about how football had changed with the amount of money in the game due to the televised coverage and the resulting salaries of the top players. This has been accompanied by players increasingly disputing refereeing decisions and use of foul language. Unfortunately, this behaviour, which is seen on television, is copied by many who play the game, and makes it hard on those at colleges and local clubs who try to coach the correct way to play. In his opinion, he did not expect technology to be introduced as incidents often occurred when the game was active and therefore would require the game to be stopped for a technology review. July meeting The after lunch speaker was Revd Jonathan Mosedale who gave us a very interesting talk on Wood, Wine & Whiskey. Jonathan has been involved in


researching the influence of oak casks on the colour and flavour of whiskey and wine for many years. He did a D Phil at the University of Oxford followed by a 4-5 year research project in Montpellier, France. The reason oak barrels were initially chosen for storing wine and whiskey had nothing to do with the flavouring effects they have: it’s simply that in the past, barrels were used as all-purpose containers, and oak is a tightgrained wood capable of making leak-proof barrels ideal for storing liquids in. The shape of the barrel makes it extremely strong and once on its side it can be moved by rolling, even when full. He explained that the use of oak can have a profound effect on the resulting whiskey or wine, affecting the colour, aroma and flavour. This affect is due not only from the interaction of the oak, but also from the transformation that happens to the oak as a result of the seasoning and heating treatments during the coopering process. The cost of barrels varies between £150 and £500, with the highest cost being for the French oak. Because oak barrels are expensive, casks previously used for sherry or bourbon are used for whiskey. American whiskey production is a nearly inexhaustible generator of used barrels, due to a United States regulation requiring the use of new, freshly charred oak barrels in

the maturation of bourbon and many other types of whisky. Only after a minimum of three years maturation is the spirit legally defined as Scotch whisky. In practice, most Scotch whisky matures for much longer. A proportion of the whiskey in each cask evaporates annually and is lost to the heavens. This is known as the ‘angels’ share’. Winemakers are convinced of the relationship between oak growth rates and the flavour and quality of their wines. French white oak is considered best in Europe for oak casks due to its finer grain and richer contribution of aromatic components. Oak trees used can range from 70 – 200 years old but are typically between 80–120 years old prior to harvesting. Because new barrels are expensive, adding approximately £1 to the cost of a bottle, barrel substitutes have become increasingly popular. These can range from small oak chips in teabag -like nets to barrel staves bolted into the inside of the tank. This has the benefit of imparting intense oak flavouring in a matter of weeks at a much lower cost This practice was outlawed in the European Union until 2006. Oak chips are still not allowed in whiskey production. St Minver Probus Club welcomes any enquiries from new and prospective members. Telephone the secretary, Roy Birchwood, on 01208 880549. Robert Lawrence

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What has the National Trust been up to? Sunshine and rain makes the grass grow (and everything else), so this summer we’ve been spending quite a lot of time cutting back vegetation along the many miles of paths we look after as well as keeping the grass cut at our car parks and picnicking areas. We’ve also been recording the number and species of

butterflies at Lundy Bay, counting pyramidal orchids at Fishing Cove fields, accommodating the Doc Martin film crew at Doyden, Port Quin and Port Gaverne, helping pupils at St Minver school make bird boxes, having beach fun days, attending the Royal Cornwall Show and leading a guided walk around Pentire

Point. If you would like to take part see the advertisements in this issue for the Nocturnal Wildlife Night and BBQ on Friday September 2nd, the Polzeath Mega Beach Clean on Saturday September 17th and the Hay Cut and Rake on October 1st .

St Minver Silver Band Do you recognise anyone? I read with interest the article on St Minver band, as so many of my relatives have played with the band over the years. But it prompted me to dig out the attached photograph , which I believe to be an early picture of the band. I am not aware of the date, but I think that the man at the bottom, front right (as you look at the photo) is my grandfather, Frederick Worden. If it is, then the picture is pre 1918, because his is one of the names read out from the Roll of Honour on Remembrance Sundays, and is inscribed on the war memorial. I thought the picture might be of some interest, and it would be fantastic to identify more of the bandsmen. Sadly, if it is pre-first world war, then there are probably many more names on memorials. If you can put a name to a face please get in touch and let us know. Fred Prior

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Goff Richards 1944 - 2011 One of Cornwall’s best loved composers and musicians passed away on Saturday June 25th at his home in Stockton Heath, Cheshire. Goff was born in the village of St. Minver where he spent his early years with his mother Charlotte, father Will and sister Joyce. Music played a big part in his life as both his parents were practicing musicians. Charlotte was the local church organist and Will was the conductor of St Minver Silver Band. Goff was a member of the church choir, had piano lessons at the age of eight and his uncle Jack Wills, a local brass band arranger, influenced Goff with his experience. Keen on sport, especially cricket and surfing, Goff was a lively character with a great sense of humour. Singing was his first taste of music but before his piano lessons began he would join sister Joyce as a drummer whilst she played the piano. He first heard a brass band when he was nine. He was overcome with the sound and he pestered his father to give him a leading role in St Minver Band. Trombone lessons followed and Goff taught himself to play the saxophone. It was during his years at Bodmin Grammar School that strong friendships grew and before long Goff was forming bands and musical groups. By now his only wish in life was to make music, and in 1963 he was accepted at the Royal College of Music in London. He returned to Cornwall and became Head of Music at Fowey School at the remarkably young age of 21. He also found time to perform with his ‘Goff Richards Jazz Band’ and to be involved with local brass bands. His first success as a composer came in 1970 when his march ‘Quest’ was published 32

with the help of composer Sir Malcolm Arnold. In 1973 he gained international recognition when he arranged ‘The Shepherd’s Song’ for the King Singers. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Salford University and he was a regular arranger of music for BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’. Goff has composed and arranged countless pieces for brass band, and still found time to become an international adjudicator, conductor and lecturer visiting Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and Norway to name but a few. He served on the BBC’s Central Music Advisory Committee and was a member of the British Music Writer’s Council. Goff’s love of and association with Cornish music never weakened and he became president of the South West Brass Band Association, Holman Climax Male Voice Choir and was a music adviser to the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. He was an external examiner for Salford University and

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a great inspiration to many music students. Goff was proud of his Cornish ancestry and will always be remembered as one of Cornwall’s most talented and famous musical sons. He was made a Bard in 1976, taking the Bardic name of Gwas Mynver (Servant of St Minver). Goff will be sadly missed by family, friends and those who worked with him in the musical world. He has been an inspirational figure, with a passion for life. His wonderful arrangements will live on in our hearts

forever as we listen to them being performed by bands and choirs in the years to come. I for my part will always miss his love, great sense of fun, wisdom and wonderful company. Joyce Buse There will be a memorial concert in thanksgiving for the life of Goff Richards featuring Holman Climax Male Voice Choir and St Minver Silver Band, Saturday, 7.30pm September 17th at St Menefreda church.

St Minver Silver Band Pays Tribute Goff’s association with the St Minver silver band started at a very young age. in 1954 he persuaded his father to help reform the band after its closure during the second world war. As a teenager he played trombone under the baton of his father. in the 1960’s he was the bandmaster, giving way to his uncle Jack Wills in the 1970s. More recently he was made bandmaster emeritus of the St Minver band in recognition for all the work he has done for brass bands. The tribute to Goff took place during the concert on Polzeath beach. Geoff Burton current bandmaster, gave a very emotional speech with Goff’s sister Mrs Joyce Buse, also a well known local musician, standing beside him. Geoff had known Goff only for the 15 years he has lived in Cornwall but had previously many contacts with Goff, because of his involvement with choirs and

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bands in the area - he really spoke from the heart. A minute’s silence was then held before the band played Abide With Me, a hymn arranged by Goff. The tribute concluded with a march made famous by Goff, Barnard Castle, written for the Barnard Castle band. Barry Goodright.



Soap Victim I used to share David Attenborough’s admiration for the inventiveness of the crow family, but lately, their reputation has become a little tarnished. This doesn’t mean that I won’t put out a few stale crusts when available, to watch the crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and various members of the gull family squabble over them. I remember the time when I was nearly hit by an oyster shell which a passing gull dropped in the hope of smashing it and thus being able to eat the contents; and the many times when a crow will appear on the lawn with a slice of white bread in its beak which it places in the bird bath, the better to make it edible. No, that will all continue as normal. Just two days ago I spied on the lawn what looked remarkably like a cuttlefish being eaten by a crow and muttered to myself about the littering habits of the bird. It flew away leaving behind what it was eating and I went to pick the offending article off the grass only to find that it was a piece of white soap ! A small piece had been pecked out of it but the cake of soap was otherwise fully serviceable. I had visions of someone


washing themselves in Porthilly stream with a crow or jackdaw stealing their soap – but who would wash outdoors in this weather, I wondered ? How else would a crow find a bar of soap ? One supposes that the soap looks not unlike a discarded slice of bread, and the crow trying to eat it and finding it not quite to its taste. da elin B There the matter would have ed der wil rested but for my noticing a Be small, dark brown item on the lawn which at first I took to be doggie ‘doo’ but on closer inspection turned out to be another bar of soap, also with peck marks on it, only this time it was made with coal tar. No wonder the crow abandoned it as it must have tasted quite foul. Picking up one bar of soap might be a crow’s mistake, but to find two bars on the same lawn might show that there is a supply of partly used bars of soap somewhere in the neighbourhood that is attractive to the bird. I thus wonder if there is someone out there who wishes to discard partly used bars of soap, would they be kind enough to bin them as I don’t really need to wash my grass ? Thank you. Anon (Name and address supplied)

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They‟re back at Carruan in September! The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery Free Open Day Saturday September 24th In a break from their ceremonial duties in London, soldiers and horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will conduct their summer camp at Carruan Farm, Polzeath. You will be able to see them exercising their horses on the beach. On the last day of their visit in 2009 they all dressed up in fancy dress. The Right Section will be conducting an Open Day at Carruan Farm on Saturday September 24th from 2pm. Admission is free and the displays will include military riding, in -hand jumping, tent pegging and mounted games. In 2009 it was spectacular. Photos: Brian Crank.

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Visit by Bishop Tim At the end of June, the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Tim Thornton, spent the day in North Cornwall. The Bishop began the day with a visit to RNLI Rock lifeboat station, where he was shown over the station's inshore lifeboat and learned about the fundraising capabilities of the lifeboat shop. Then it was off to Churchtown, to the home of David and Elizabeth Eliott, for the Bible Study Group and lunch. After lunch it was time for a visit to Sharp's Brewery, where Ed Hughes, with his customary bounding enthusiasm, conducted an ale tasting for Bishop Tim and his party. Not too much of the heady brew, though, because next stop was St Minver School, where Bishop Tim addressed an assembly in the Lingham Hall before going on a classroom tour. He also saw an icon of St Aldhelm, painted by John Coleman, in the garden of a house built on the ruins of St Aldhelm's Chapel in Chapel Amble. 36

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Brownies Donkey Derby Success St Minver Brownies held their main fund raising event of the year in August and raised £700. The weather was kind and it was lovely to see lots of local faces among the crowds. Many car booters came and while the crowds browsed for bargains St Minver Band provided some lovely music. The BBQ sizzled away and the burgers, sausages and bacon baps sold extremely well. We would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Taylor from Ray Davies foods for donating the bacon and to Little Bodieve Holiday Park for supplying the burgers, sausages and

rolls. We would also like to thank the lovely ‘Trebetherick 'T' Ladies’ from Trebetherick and Polzeath WI for supplying and selling a range of home-baked refreshments and contributing almost £200 to the day’s takings. The Donkey races were a big hit with the crowds and there was plenty of betting and cheering - many children even got a chance to race in one of the many races or just enjoy a leisurely donkey ride around the field. Girl-guiding is a registered charity and we completely

rely on fundraising to be able to run our unit. At St Minver we are extremely lucky to have our own hut which we have had now since 1982. Without the efforts of the late Pam Cleave who spent many hours fund raising along with committee members, mums and dads, we would probably still be meeting at the Rock Institute. So thanks once again to all those involved and who helped out. Without such people it would be impossible for us to continue to run our hut and unit for the girls of the parish. Katrina Davies Photo: Brian Crank.

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Simply Amazing! The Year 6 children of St Minver School performed Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat during the last week of the Summer Term. A great deal of time and effort went into producing the show and the end results were well worth the effort. There was a very positive response from members of the audience, many of whom commented that it was one of the best productions that they had seen in years! The children's singing, dancing and acting was amazing, and special thanks must go to all of those adults that helped in bringing this show to life; stage builders and designers, choreographers, wardrobe and makeup, singing teachers, lighting and sound etc.


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The audience was joined by a special guest, the previous Headteacher of St Minver school, Mr Nick Lane, who, following the show presented prizes and trophies to all of the Year 6 leavers. Mr Paul Howard, Year 6 teacher and the show's director, made a cameo appearance as Pharoah, much to the amusement and delight of the audience!

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St Minver Map The article on page 50 refers. Printed here to take advantage of colour printing.


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Uncle Jim‟s shaking the Plum Tree! By Val Cole One day last summer, I paid one of my regular visits to Richard and Kathy Hore’s shop in Trebetherick to buy my eggs and veg. I try not to look in their Charity Shop too often as I always find something else to take back to my already well loaded home. To say our house is definitely not ‘minimalist’ would not be an overstatement. However, on this particular day as I pulled into the shop, I saw something hanging on the door I just

could not resist. It was a picture of a little girl from many years ago, in her best frock and bonnet. Now we need another picture hanging on our walls like ‘a Toad needs a side pocket’ as Mum used to say. So, despite Pearl Bickham’s expert sales pitch, pointing out what a quality picture frame it was, I told myself I really didn’t need it and resolutely drove away without it. That night, I woke up thinking ‘I wish I’d

‘Auntie Wainright’, AKA Pearl Bickham, with the picture at Kathy Hore’s charity shop in Trebetherick. Last year the shop made an amazing £2,400 that was donated to cancer related charities - congratulations to all concerned. Photo: Brian Crank. 42

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bought that picture of that lovely little girl.’ Somehow I was drawn to her. I decided to buy her in the morning if she was still there. By the next morning I had gone down with a bug so that was that! All through the next two weeks I thought about her now and again and wondered if she was still there. In the end I decided that if she was meant to be mine, she would be. That afternoon I asked Nev to see if she was still there when he went for the eggs. He returned with the eggs and said ‘She’s there and Kathy has put her back for you.’ Needless to say he was despatched to bring her home. After a major reshuffle of pictures, we found the right place for her to be and I took my first good look at her. In her apron she held some Plums and underneath was a small beautifully written piece saying ‘Gathering Plums, Miss Harriet Sutcliffe.’ Then I knew why I’d been so drawn to her. In my Mum, Kath Rooke’s (née Cock) latter years she reminisced about her childhood a great deal and this particular story I listened to on quite a few occasions! And this was it!

One of the major highlights of their year was when Uncle Jim shook the Plum tree! They were allowed to go and pick some as they fell, to take home to “Mam.” When the day came they raced round spreading the word, “Quick, Uncle Jim’s shaking the Plum tree!” Terrific excitement! Uncle Jim did the shaking and they did the gathering! I presume some of Uncle Jim’s family were gathering too! And obviously eating some! Mum said looking back, the Plums were rolling round the ground in the pig dung, but that didn’t seem to matter nor did they suffer for it. They proudly took their harvest home to ‘Mam’ and she made big jars of lovely plum jam. Later on in life, when my cousins and I were school age, ‘Mam’ or Gran to us, still made lovely jam, when she could get some Plums and when we girls went there from school, she would have homemade Splits and Plum jam ready for us. Yummee, the most delicious I have tasted!

I often wondered why she left the stones in though, if you forgot and bit into one on a tooth filling, you saw stars! I figured she couldn’t spare the time to de-stone My mum, Kathleen and her siblings, all those Plums! However, not long ago I Eunice, Marion, Laura and little brother heard on the radio, that you should leave Morris were brought up in Porthilly, Rock the stones in Cherry jam as it greatly and, as with many families back then, enhances the flavour so I have decided to times were hard. But when Mum looked give dear old Gran, the benefit of the back over their lives she could see that doubt and say that probably goes for the diet they lived on would be highly Plums too! approved of in today’s affluent lifestyle. This is Mum’s story of Uncle Jim shaking They had fish straight out of the sea, fresh the Plum Tree, yet again more precious rabbit, home grown vegetables and fruit memories. Do you think Miss Harriett and very little in the way of fat and sugar. Sutcliffe, the lovely little girl in my picture, And indeed when all four sisters passed enjoyed gathering Plums as much as away they had very good eyesight, most Kathleen, Eunice, Marion, Laura and little of their own teeth and died of old age. brother Morris did? I very much doubt it! Visit our website -


Mably Diary 1850 - 1950 Part 1 Polzeath WI and Trebetherick WI merged in 2008 to form Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. In the archives of Polzeath WI was a handwritten scrapbook based on a Mably family diary covering the period 1850 to 1950. We believe that the scrapbook was prepared for a WI competition but we are not really sure. It makes fascinating reading and we have decided to serialise it in Link. The photographs are scanned copies of those in the scrapbook. We have not changed the spelling, punctuation or grammar - what you read here is exactly as per the handwritten version. This material is copyright and must not be reproduced elsewhere without the prior permission of the Link Committee and Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. Diary 1850 – 1950 of Elizabeth, wife of William Anthony Joanna wife of John Druscilla wife of William Mary Hannah wife of Richard Mably Trewisson Farm St Minver Generations of Mably’s have made Trewiston their home. On the day of my marriage to John Mably, his Mother handed me the box containing diaries and notes made by her Mother-in-Law. She explained to me hat this had been the custom in the Mably family for four generations. I was told to continue the tradition of noting down events in the Parish. I am afraid that I have not always been 44

conscientious about it, but to make up for it, I now intend in this winter of 1950 -51 to sort these notes and write them down in one book. So now I can had it down to my Son’s wife on his wedding day, next Autumn. Trewisson farm, where I live lies almost in the centre of the Parish of St Minver. Our Parish has Port Quin Bay, Padstow Bay, the River Camel as its boundaries, the 4th being the Parish of St Endellion and St Kew. It is divided between the Highlands and the Lowlands each with their own Parish Council and includes St Minver Church Town, and the hamlets Trevanger, Tredrizzick, Penmayne, Stop Tide, Rock, Trebetheriick and Polzeath. Of the Manors, Penmayne, Trewornan and Pentire only

the second has an ancient Manor house. We have some very old farms, some already mentioned in 1300, like Trevelver, Roserrowe and Cant farm and many not so old ones like Trenant, Pentire Glaze, Keiro, Moyles and Trelawder. I am putting a map of the Parish (see page 38) and a list of some fieldnames in the pocket in the cover at the back of this diary (overleaf). A few such as Lower Trebetherick farm have disappeared. Mably’s

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have owned and or worked in most of them, even down to the present time. In the time of my husband’s great-grandmother, Elizabeth, wife of William Anthony Mably, who makes the notes in this diary from 1850-1875, every farm kept a flock of Sheep and the Parish was famous for its beef cattle, mostly dark red north Devon crossed with Hereford, which was sold on the first Tuesday in the month at the Wadebridge Market, famous throughout the County. Up to the first World war this Market was held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday and afterwards changed to 2nd and 4th Monday’s and is now alternate Monday’s. Up to 1904-5 Cheag Hawkey of Treglines was the Auctioneer when he sold the business to Mr S.T Button. Oxen were once used for ploughing and other farm work. Mr Bestwitherick of Trelvelver used the last of these Oxen in 1882. When these Oxen were used on the road they had always a horse in front to lead them. The fields produced Wheat, Oats and Barley. In 1861 there were 626 people in the Highlands and 485 in the Lowlands, all in all 1111. After 1855 Miners came to work in the Lowlands, but after Polzeath mine closed in

1856 and Pentire Glaze in 1857 and Trewissom Mine in 1861, these Miners went away again and there were left only 568 people in the Highlands and 421 in the Lowlands, making 989 altogether. Trewissom Mine opened again for a short time towards the turn of the Century and some of its outbuildings are still to be seen in Polzeath. In the time of my husband’s Grand-mother, Joanna, wife of Richard Mably, who kept the notes from 1875-1900, beef cattle replaced the flocks of Sheep and more and more, especially after the Spring of 1879 when many of the Sheep got Flu. This change went on faster because of labour difficulties and neglect of hedges and the low price of wool, which only fetched 7½d 1 a bag in 1879. Joanna also noted the stopping in the 90’s of the fresh water Mill at Dinham, which used to grind Corn

Trewornan Manor. twice a week. The Salt tidal water mill at Dinham, which used to grind bone had stopped working shortly before. One or two old parishioners remember even now, when there were small boys going around the farms collection rags and bones for this Mill. This bone meal was used for manuring root crops. Shilla Mill at Polzeath, with all its cogs and machinery made of wood, was another Mill in the Parish which used to grind the farmers and labourer’s Corn. This Mill stopped

List of field names Undertown Field Yonder Treglyn Moor Mowhay Meadow Yonder Well Park Lower Snail House Meadow Great and Little Bee Park The Fore Dore Middle Hobby House Cornish Pool Sloggett Meadow Corner Cupboard Field Skippers Close Tristram Field The Greenways The Little Good Field

Cost or Loss Field The Lightning Purse Field The Box Lister Beacon Park Oaten Earish Folly Meadow The Peas Hill Grandfathers Meadow Three Cornered Moor Madams Orchard Trevan and Gilson Cliff Run Steer-right Screetchers Field Frying Pan

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Jackets Field Gentle Jane Meadow Little Bee Park Lower Daisy Park Weavers Bottom Parnells Stitch Laundress Close Bowling Field Goose Meadow The Worthy Dollard Field Horny Wink Paqueese Run Perlegga Field


working towards the end of the Century. Joanna also noted that it was Frank Coleman from Trevanger farm who was the first farmer to use artificial manure and feeding cakes which he had fetched from Bodmin Road, in 1887. Joanna notes these prices: Wheat fell from 19/-2 a Cornish bushel (3 Imp bushels) in 1879, to 15/- a Cornish bushel in 1880. In 1881 Barley only fetched 10/- a Cornish bushel. She was told by her husband John, that these prices had dropped as a result of free import and American competition. After these bad years many farmers went Bankrupt and went either to bigger farms westward, or sailed away to do seasonal work in the U.S.A or emigrated for good to Canada, Australia or America. Passages to New York were advertised in the papers, such as: West Britain. This paper was read jointly by several farmers, one would take it and the neighbouring farmers would send someone next day to fetch it, so was handed round and read by about six neighbouring farmers. Steerage was 3 gns3 a head single or 6 gns return from any Station in Great Britain, or inclusive use of 46

Pentireglaze Farn.

Trevelver Farn. mattresses and with all bedding, crockery and cutlery provided for ÂŁ6.13.6.4 Great Grand-Mother

Elizabeth notes wages in 1875 being, for agricultural labourers 12/- per week and perquisites, which were wood for fuel and a patch for potatoes, ploughed and

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manured by his farmer and equivalent to 1/ - per week. The pay for those not having these advantages is 2/65 a day. These wages did not rise much until the turn of the Century when they rose to 12/- 14/- per week and rising further to 15/- in 1908 and 28/- in 1912. The same perquisites of one hundred faggots of wood and the trunks of the trees were given and the twenty yards of potato ground on which the labourer could plant 1 bushel of potatoes and which was ploughed and manured by the farmer. This is in 1950 still the custom with some farmers. During the 1914 -18 War wages rose sharply to 46/-. Before 1900 steady labourers used to be paid on “reckon day” which was once a month and apprenticeship to a farmer was very common. The farm hands did “journey work”. Four cartloads of Sand from Rock beach to St Minver area or five to Trevelver was a “journeys work” or two hundred barrows a day of manure wheeling. When ploughing lay ground 6, say on a twenty acre field, the earth furrows would form the basis of five to six heaps on the field. On it would be put six to seven loads from a ditch, three loads of Beach sand, then three loads of farmyard manure. This heap would be turned after fourteen days and then after fourteen days it would be turned again and after yet another fortnight farmhands would wheel this manure on the field. The crop rotation in the Parish has always been, three years lay, one crop of Wheat, one crop of lent Corn 7 (Oats or Barley) if more than 2 Strawcrops 8 were had then an extra crop of roots was planted and the 3rd lent crop would be seeded out, after which the lay years would come again.

All leases in “them days” laid down that one should not have more than 2 Strawcrops in succession. Mother in law Drusilla has not noted down any startling changes in her time of keeping the diary, which is from 1900-1925. Only after the first World War the Parish changes with the building of some houses in Trebetherick and Polzeath for people who come down for the holidays. The coming of the Motor car has made this difference. In my own time, much more building has been down since 1930 and the beaches, once even in August empty, are now crowded during the holiday months and especially on Sundays when 30 – 40 busloads come down to Polzeath, besides many cars. Some of us in the farms take in holiday guests as well. Our Parish in July and August is nowadays crowded with foreigners from up country. After the dreadful slump of 1932 farming changed once again and now we see more and more churn’s at the farm gates. In the morning, along the Roman Road comes the green lorry, stopping at every farm gate, collecting the milk churns and taking them to Lostwithiel. Our Parish has now 3 of the Counties few T.T. 9 Farms. All farms have now turned over as much as possible from hand labour to Machinery, the horse has gone the way of the Oxen, the Tractor has come to stay. No farm is self sufficient in food any more. We all go to the shops. Nowadays, the guaranteed prices, given to us during the last War have made our incomes more stable and our labours more rewarding even though wages are now set at £5:4:0 per week, for a 44 hour week. The rent for tied cottages is limited to 5/- per week and there is the same demand for the

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perquisites as before. The egg packing Station with its collecting vans, saves that long journey to Market and they give a very much better price, which I, like most of us farmers wives, pocket for myself!! In the kitchen life has changed too, no more clome oven 10 for me, the Baker’s Van calls regularly. I don’t have to cook and serve the meals for the crowds of farm hind’s of former days and Richard does not have to feed the Tractor on Sundays!! With my new stove and the hot water it would be much easier now than in Great Grand-Mother’s time. This gives me time to visit my friends and go to the Women’s Institute. We can now go to Wadebridge by Bus several times a day. John has his fortnightly Market in Wadebridge and the young ones have the Picture Bus on Tuesday and Saturday evenings. We all go in the Summer on the long Bus Tours to other parts of Cornwall and even to London. I have also my Women’s Institute outings. The farm hands instead of in the olden days only having a free time to go to Padstow on Whitsun Tuesday and Polzeath on St James’s Wednesday and for the young men

in the 80’s and 90’s before the time of Cricket their game of rounders on Porthilly beach on Good Friday morning, have now their week-ends free. I hope the extracts of the Diaries of Elizabeth, Joanna, Drusilla Mably and, myself will show these changes taking place. To be continued. 1

7½d. Seven and a half old pennies. There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. So 7½d would be just over three new pence today. 2 19/-. 19 shillings. Equivalent to 95 pence today. 3 3 gns. Three guineas or three pounds three shillings. Equivalent to three pounds fifteen pence today. 4 £6.13.6. Six pounds, thirteen shillings and six pence. Equivalent to six pounds and sixty seven and a half pence today. 5 2/6. Two shillings and sixpence, normall known as ‘half a crown’. Equivalent to 12 and a half new pence. 6 Lay Ground. Grass. 7 Lent corn. and 8 Strawcrops. We have consulted with three local farmers and searched the internet but have not been able to find explanations of these terms. The general view is that these terms refer to cereal crops. If you know different we would like to hear from you. 9 T.T. Tuberculin Tested. 10 Clome Oven. a type of masonry oven with a door made of clay or cast iron door. The oven would be built into the side of the chimney breast.

Beware The Phantom Surfer She creeps in when you’re out bowling, She sees the waves down there rolling. She steals your shoes and steals your suit, Then down to the beach by the scenic route. The surf is great – she’s in an hour, Then back home and has a shower, Hungry now – she needs some lunch, What’s in the fridge that she can munch? 48

She finds some cheese and makes some toast, But a coffee is what she needs most. She tidies up and clears away, you’d hardly know she’d been today. Just one thing though – there outdoors some surfing kit, which may be yours! Can you bring it in please !

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Levelling Sea by Philip Marsden

Harper Press £18.99 hardback from Wadebridge Bookshop The sight of the Jubilee Queen on the Camel Estuary from Daymer Lane is not to be compared with the view from Philip Marsden’s house which overlooks ‘the constantly shifting shapes’ of Falmouth Harbour, although a fleet of Cornish shrimpers in glorious weather currently competing for a Rock Sailing Club Trophy is breathtakingly beautiful. What most people share is a love of the sea and this is something you feel from the shore. Mariners, however, do not love the sea: ‘you can admire it from a dock: you can be drawn to it, awed and terrified by it.’ Much of this book superbly illustrates these emotions. The reader is immediately captivated by the intensely personal affection the author has both for the sea and particularly for the sailing vessel which trades, transports, fights, struggles or simply drifts on water. Although this is a book about the spectacular rise of a major Cornish harbour and the characters associated with it, personal vignettes provide delightful colour from the early picture of Grandfather and Ratona to the Epilogue and Ratona’s successor, Liberty. A quick glance at the end of the book at both the extensive notes on each chapter and the

huge bibliography provide testimony to the scholarship in his story. Philip Marsden is described as a ‘romantic historian’ , no doubt fuelled by his degree in anthropology and his extensive experience as a travel writer, but the underlying strength of this book is a deeply important survey of one of the great ports in the fast expanding world of sail. Gems emerge on almost every page, some of them excavated from Record Offices and Libraries throughout the country. We learn about Glasney College, Budoc Church, Pendennis Castle which made a little king of Sir John Killigrew, Stealford (the nickname for Helford infested with pirates), the wonderful Burghley map, Turner’s sketchbooks, Cornwall’s first newspaper and much , much more. But, from our very first introduction to the author’s grandfather, it is the eclectic panoply of extraordinary individuals which breathes life into the panorama of Falmouth. The Killigrew family dominate the early pages, with piratical Sir John, and only slightly more respectable successor, Peter, supported by King Charles ll , steering Falmouth into a new golden age of sail. Peter Mundy, George Withiel and Pirate Avery appear briefly, but colourfully, as do Michael and Samuel Kelly, in the 18th century. Falmouth was always a town of outsiders and it is no surprise that a naval port should attract immigrants from overseas. Sephardic Jews had been landing at Falmouth since the 17th century and a new wave arrived in the 1740s, and we are introduced to Zender Falmouth and Barnet levy. But it was the Quakers who perhaps

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exercised the greatest influence and George Fox who left the most significant mark on the town in the 1760s. In sharp contrast to the Pellew family, represented most colourfully by the swashbuckling Edward, scourge of French shipping in the 1790s, who achieved most significant naval distinction with Edward being appointed Admiral of the Mediterranean in the Napoleonic Wars. How odd then to read of a Grand Concert in 1802 at Wynn’s Hotel, led by a freed slave from West Africa, Joseph Emidy, a violinist and composer who ‘might have been a Mendelssohn or Beethoven’ but whose music no longer survives. First flute in the 1802 concert and writer of the tribute, is James Silk Buckingham. Pictured by Philip Marsden as quintessentially a Falmouth man, propelled

into seaborne adventure before settling in the second half of his life to campaign for causes of high moral value. Elected as an MP in 1832 he vigorously pursued his causes, but frustrated with Westminster, planned to sail around the world in a ship of ‘Temperance, Education, Benevolence and Peace’. The idea came to nothing but somehow it admirably introduces the end of Marsden’s story. This book is a joy to read. It is delivered with pace, elegance and vigour, coupled with an endearing personal imprint with which lovers of Cornwall, the sea and sailing ships will readily associate. It is available from Wadebridge Books where Anna and Rob are happily installed as new (ish) owners.

The Perceval Dance Band - early 1930s

Back row: Stafford Couch (violin), Jack Wills (trumpet), Charlie Tabb (violin). Front row: Ted Withel (drums), Wilfred Old (banjo), Jack Richards (saxophone), Gordon Haynes (trombone). 50

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4. Romeo and Juliet: Leslie Howard and …………………… 5. South Pacific: Rossano Brazzi and ………………… 6. The Apartment: Jack Lemmon and …………………..

Sudoku Puzzle Unfamiliar with Sudoku? All you have to do is to fill each of the 9 sub squares (marked with heavier lines) with the numbers 1 to 9 without repeating any number. In addition, a number must not appear twice in any row or column of the puzzle as a whole.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written & Illustrated by Joan Cockett On the way to Wadebridge with a friend, we somehow found ourselves discussing enthusiasm and the driving force it can be. I had recently taken part in two very different shows at Rock Institute and was later reflecting on this. The first show in May was with the group known as Eclectic Contemporary Art in which art students from Falmouth, established painters and a photographer took part. The work was varied with some small paintings and others very large. One filled the entire stage area and was on a dance and music theme. The wide range of ages of the exhibitors, from 24 to 82 years made for a stimulating variety. A comment in the visitors book read: “There is a feeling of great joy in this show.” Look out for us again next year in May! The second exhibition in July in which I took part was with the Cornwall Watercolour


subsequent visitors seemed to enjoy the show without this addition! Many of us are keen gardeners, and express our enthusiasm through the way we plant our gardens. Recently, returning from Wadebridge on the bus, I Society - a show which met a passionate gardener. celebrates the diversity of She got on the bus carrying a watercolour. Some artists, large fuchsia plant, and particularly the two collapsed onto the nearest botanical painters, use the seat which happened to be medium delicately while where I was sitting. With an others use considerable apologetic laugh she said “I impasto. There are no rules looked at the trellis in my about what you can and garden this morning - there cannot do with watercolour was a gap I just had to fill so and the various methods are I’ve bought this plant.” She well exploited - always with explained she wasn’t able to enthusiasm. Some dark and drive after a recent fracture mysterious landscapes come to her wrist but that didn’t from several painters who work mainly inland where deep valleys and streams, and windswept trees are the sources of inspiration. Others find expression in coastal seascapes full of light and air. Jazz musicians and dancers feature in other colourful paintings. On the opening day, it was noted that two people surveyed the show with their sunglasses on; “such mystery . . . . such atmosphere!” However, all We welcome local stories and photographs.

stop her getting on the bus to get the perfect plant to fill the gap. All gardeners will sympathise with that feeling and sitting with a plant pot on your feet and foliage up to your eyebrows is a pleasant price to pay. That fuchsia will surely thrive - its had a good start. As I write, the St Endellion

Music Festival is about to begin, and we hear the first signs as musicians come to stay in nearby houses, and the sound of a flute or the blast from a trumpet reminds us that enthusiasm also entails hours of practice. That can be the lonely part, but the coming together of so many

musicians generates a warmth that gives us all a chance to hear some wonderful music. My battered Chambers Dictionary defines enthusiasm as an ‘Intense interest, a god-inspired zeal’ (Greek). Whatever your personal interpretation, seize it and use it.

Let's put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home!  This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.  They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying it out.  They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.  Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.  A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.  They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.  They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.  Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free, on request.  Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

BewilderedBelinda  Each senior could have a PC, a TV ,radio and daily phone calls.  There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.  The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised, lights off at 8pm and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out. Anon

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The St Minver Tithe Map - Part 2 By Mike Arnott . Illustrations by Joan Cockett In his father’s footsteps Robert Kearsley Dawson was a seven year old lad at Bodmin in 1805 where his father was in charge of the first Ordnance Survey of our part of North Cornwall. By the age of 18 he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers and soon after took part in the mapping of Scotland and then of Ireland. In 1831 in the run-up to the introduction of the Reform Bill he was recalled from Ireland and put in charge of the surveying of the proposed new Parliamentary Boroughs. Not long after he had completed this work the Act for the Commutation of Tithes was passed in midAugust 1836. This laid down that payment of tithes in kind was to be completely replaced by payment in money. Within a fortnight Dawson, now 38 years old, was appointed Assistant Commissioner in the Tithe Commission, based in London and charged with the supervision and regulation of the vitally important operation of map making. Other Assistant Commissioners were soon appointed with delegated powers to oversee the implementation of the Act at local level. They had the responsibility of confirming that any local agreements which had been reached on the money payments to be made in lieu of payment in kind, either prior to the Act coming into force or since but before October 1st 1838, conformed to the provisions of the Act. For those districts where agreements between the titheowners and the tithepayers could not be reached or where the Assistant Commissioner considered the agreement reached was unfair to either of the two parties he then had powers to impose the terms himself. On December 28th 1836 a notice was fixed to the door of St Minver Parish Church giving notice of a ‘Parochial Meeting of Landowners and Titheowners within the limits of the said Parish, for the purpose of making an Agreement for the general Commutation of


Tithes’. An advertisement about the meeting then followed in West Briton on January 6th and January 13th 1837 and the Meeting was duly held in the appointed place on the appointed date, the 18th of January, at the ‘Inn, kept by Edwin Wilce in the Church-Town’ commencing at eleven in the forenoon. The notice and advertisements were signed by D Stephens, W A Yeo, Samuel Symons and the attorney for Charles Lemon. There then followed months of discussion and negotiation within the parish between the tithe owners and the landowners which resulted in a ‘Parochial Agreement’ on how to proceed being drafted by the end of the year. Reaching this agreement fairly quickly must have been helped by the fact that there was no ground for disputation of ownership of the tithes. The Vicarial, or small tithe, had been assigned to the vicar of St Mynfra in 1269 and the Impropriate, or great, tithe, had been sold to the rector of St Minver, the Rev. William Sandys, in 1789. Furthermore the two largest landowning families in the parish, Stephens of Trewornan and the Sandys, were close friends. For example over forty years earlier Sandys’ uncle, the Rev William Sandys, rector of St Minver, had paid for the bridge to be built at Trewornan and twelve years later in 1849 Edward Stephens was to marry Caroline Sandys. The general principles having been agreed and tenders called for the valuation and survey work required, another Parochial Meeting was held on January 10th 1838, again at the New Inn at St Minver Church-Town. Three local valuers were chosen to do the Apportionment, Mr Bishop of Endellion, Mr Coad of Liskeard and Mr Paynter of St Breock. Their job was to decide on the monetary productive value of each piece of land and thus what the annual amount to be tithed should be. A choice remained between two of the surveyors who had tendered. It was

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decided to ask William Kearsley Dawson’s opinion as to which should be chosen. There is nothing in the remaining documents left in the tithe file indicating whether or not he proffered an opinion, but Murray Vicars of Exeter was the surveyor who did the work with the specification by the Meeting that it should be for the purposes of the Act a ‘firstclass map’. While the Tithe legislation was being drawn up Dawson had tried very hard to make sure that the 11,764 maps that were going to be needed should be of good quality, properly surveyed according best practice. But his plans were turned down by Parliament on the grounds of cost. The opportunity was lost to have accurate basic mapping of the whole of England and Wales that would have served the future needs of the country well into the future, dealing for example with inclosures, surveys for the routes of canals and railways and so on. The outcome was that less than 20% of the tithe maps made were given the ‘first-class’ seal. The survey work on making the St Minver map started quickly and so did the work of the three valuers. The Tithe Commission office sent out a questionnaire which was completed and returned by April 9th 1838. Parishes were designated ‘Corn’ ( Arable) on the one hand and ‘Pasture’ on the other according to their main activity. St Minver was definitely Arable, the reply in the questionnaire showing just over 50% of the land classed as such. The soil of the Arable was given as Shiliot1 1/3rd and Clay 2/3rds, the subsoil was given as Slate followed by Killas. The soil of the Pasture land was given as Clay and the subsoil as Killas2. The cropping pattern given for the arable land was a rotation of Wheat 1 year, Barley or Oats 1 year, followed by three years of Clover; in fact Charles Pym, an Assistant Tithe Commissioner, stated in his report of April 3rd 1838 that ‘a large portion of the Arable land is

out only two years’. The fifth question in the questionnaire asked ‘What description of Timber grown in the Hedge-rows, or otherwise; Oak, Elm, Ash or Beech?’ The answer written in was ‘Not a Tree in the Parish’. It is just possible that this response was correct and there were no such trees in the Parish at that particular time. What is more likely is that there were no trees of that nature currently being grown with the specific intention of their being a cash crop. The Common, now mainly occupied by the St Enodoc Golf Club, was put down as occupying ‘Three Hundred and Sixty Acres’ which, because of ‘..the scanty herbage and depth of sand from the shore …. Are not worth more than Ten Pounds’ That meant a productive value of not more than £10 per annum. The answer to the question about stock shows the place of sheep in the local economy, the return for them showing a total of 3,000 whereas only 100 cows were being kept, barely enough to provide for local dairying demand. The 300 bullocks returned in the questionnaire (in this context bullocks meant oxen) would have been used as draught animals, put to the plough and other equipment and used to pull carts on the rough country roads or to work in the fields. The 50 horses listed in the return would, in the main, have been concerned with personal travel for the better off in the St Minver population of just over 1,100, much as a posh car is today. The procedures laid down in the 1836 Tithe


Shiliot is slatey, stoney ground with thin soil. Killas is sedimentary rock that has been changed by heat from granite intrusion. 2

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Act were close to their end when another Notice was properly affixed to the door of the Parish Church on the 28th of May 1842 by Mr Thomas Bishop stating that the Draft of the Apportionment of the Map and the Bills of Costs were deposited at the the house of Mr E Wilce within the Parish and were open to the inspection of all the parties interested in the Lands and Tithes of the said Parish during the whole of the next 21 days. This was followed by a Meeting on the 21st of June at the Molesworth Arms. At this meeting it was reported that no objections had been received. There was however one problem raised at the meeting concerning the map. The original St Minver map had indeed been classed as ‘First Class’ and sealed as such, giving it full legal authority as the definitive map of the parish which could be used to resolve any subsequent disputes over boundaries. That map was retained by the Tithe Commisioners and can now be found in the National Archive (ref: IR 30/6/137). The two copies, one for the landowners and one for the Church, the latter being date stamped ‘Received at the Tithe Commissioners SEP 3 1841’, were only judged to be second class thus having no legal status. There must have followed some acrimonious exchanges between Murray Vicars, the surveyor, and the St Minver landowners, who had paid for first class copies. Murray Vicars then entered into correspondence with the Tithe Commission Office which ended in 1842 with Vicars making accusations against Robert Kearsley Dawson, the man in overall charge of all surveying matters . This was foolish and fruitless. The copies retained their status as second class, although the error in the copies related only to one small patch of ground, five perches or less than a fifth of an acre. It is not known what the final outcome was between the landowners and Murray Vicars. It is known that in 1838 Vicars was already selling copies of his St Minver map in two parts from his address in Paul Street Exeter, advertising them as first-class. After 1839 they were no longer advertised. This alone raises


further questions to which we probably will never know the answer. The last of these three articles will look at some of what the Tithe Map and the Apportionment, together with the 1841 census, tell us about St Minver at that time. The Apportionment document shows the agreed acreage, ownership, occupation and tithe assessment for every piece of land identified on the map and the census lists everyone living in the parish, giving their sex, age, occupation and whether they were born in the parish or elsewhere.

Sources In addition to the sources given in the first article the following should be added; H M E Holt. Assistant Commissioners and Local Agents: their role in tithe communication. Agricultural History Review, 32. 189-200. R Kain An Atlas and Index of the tithe files of mid-nineteenth-century England and Wales. R Kain and R Oliver. The tithe maps of England and Wales; a cartographic analysis and county by county catalogue. St Minver Tithe Map and Apportionment, Cornwall Record Office, (digital version of the diocesan copy available on disc).

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An Airman‟s Prayer Joan Rowell (née Morris) from Rock was an engine fitter on Hurricanes during the war at RAF Harrowbeer just over the border near Tavistock in Devon. She invited Pat and me to accompany her to the 70th anniversary of the station which was operational from 1941 to 1945 and was home to 2,000 personnel at its peak. During this time 62 people were killed in the course of their duties. It was not until one walked past the old aircraft dispersal points with their circular tarmac areas and protective grassed banks of earth that one could imagine the frenetic

activity that once took place there and the sounds and smells of taxiing aircraft. It was an interesting visit which was both emotional and enjoyable. On one of the many stands was a handwritten sheet of paper headed ‘An Airman’s Prayer’ which is reproduced below. A search of the internet failed to reveal its source - does anyone know? In fact there seems to be quite a few very different Airmen’s prayers. There is an excellent website if you wish to discover more: Brian Crank

An Airman’s Prayer The pain has stopped For I am dead My time on earth is done Out in a hundred years from now I’ll still be twenty-one My brief sweet life is over My eyes no longer see No summer walks No Christmas trees No pretty girls for me I’ve got the chop, I’v had it My nightly ops are done Yet in another year I’ll still be twenty-one Visit our website -


St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Gillian Thompson, Clerk  01726 882145. and no date has been set for this, which will mean a road closure and that requires 3 At its Annual Parish Council months’ notice! Meeting, Cllr Mrs Carol Mould Trewiston Lane – Highways was unanimously elected to serve as Chairman for a further advises the potholes from the junction with Rock Road to year and Cllr Mrs Gail Webb Trewiston Lodge Nursing Home was unanimously elected as have been added to the repairs Vice-Chairman. list. Traffic Consultation Trewiston Lodge Nursing Home Cllr Gisbourne advises that the – Highways reports the “slow proposals have been signed off down – elderly persons” sign by Cornwall Council’s and road markings, near the Committee. It is now only a Home, are on their Signs’ question of waiting for Programme for the next installation, for Traffic Calming financial year, subject to in Rock Road and Polzeath. confirmation of available Bus Stop, Shores Lane budget. Junction Daymer Lane – Highways There had been problems with advises the ‘dirty’ road sign at travellers standing in the wrong the top of the lane may be due spot and quite literally ‘missing to age and weathering. It will be the bus’ as a consequence. The checked and if it can be Council has, therefore, cleaned, they will action. negotiated the re-siting of the Affordable Housing bus stop, to a site near to the Polzeath dog bin, opposite the garage. Readers will be aware that at Hopefully, this will avoid any Tredrizzick and Penmayne a further confusion. of rural exception sites Other Traffic Matters number have been developed for Penmayne – Highways has affordable housing. There may undertaken to carry out some be a possibility of something immediate ditch clearing and similar at Polzeath if there is a pothole repairs at Penmayne willing landowner with suitable and advises we are on the list land adjoining the development for next financial year for road boundary. If you are such a resurfacing and dressing. landowner of potential sites at However, there may be a delay Polzeath or New Polzeath, because the new eco homes please contact Mr Steve need to be connected to the Cranmer, Cornwall Council’s water and sewerage systems Affordable Housing

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Development Officer. Tel: 01208 265630; Email: Stephen.Cranmer@cornwall.go

Older Children’s Play Area / Community Building A structural survey has been carried out and Architects have been approached to assist with the project.

St Minver Summer Fete Organized by Cllrs. Nicola Gibson and Sharon Gilbert, this year’s event was another great success, with local organizations benefiting. A special thanks goes to Mr Richard Buse for his help with the car parking and St Minver Silver Band, for being in attendance.

Council Meetings A Full Council Meeting is held on the first Monday of each month (except August) and a second meeting is held on the third Monday of the month (except December) to deal (mainly) with planning applications. All Meetings commence at 7.30pm and are held in the Council Chamber, Rock Methodist Church. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend and may address the Council during the Public Forum, which is held at the start of each meeting. Forthcoming dates:

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The Link Diary Whilst we try hard to avoid mistakes they can, and sometimes do happen. If we are made aware of any mistakes we will update the details on our website

Regular Events 5-11 Club (Sunday School). Sunday Sept 11, Oct 9 at Perceval Institute. 10.50am. Art Group. Friday Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct 7, 14, 28. at Perceval Institute. 10am - 12noon. Carvery Lunch (open to prospective members). Every Sunday throughout the winter at Sailing Club. Midday to 2.30pm. Contact: 1209 862709. Drama Group. Saturday Sept 10. Oct 8. at Perceval Institute. 10 - 11.30am. Fish Supper (open to prospective members). Fridays at Sailing Club. 6.30pm . Contact: 01208 862709. Garden Society Meeting. Wednesday Sept 28. Oct 26. at Rock Institute. 2.30-4.30pm. Contact: Jennifer 01208 816470. Moor Harmony Ladies Babershop Chorus rehearsals. Tuesdays at Helland Village Hall. 7.15-10pm. Contact: Mel 01840 212312. Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls. Mondays from Sept 26 at Rock Institute. 2-4pm. Contact: David 01208 869636. Short Matt Bowls Club. Tuesdays and Fridays at Lingham Hall. 6.45 - 9.15pm. Contact: Phil 01208 841695. Singing, Adult Education. Tuesday Oct 4, 11, 18. at Perceval Institute. 10.30am-noon. St Minver Football Club Training. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trewint Lane. Contact: Roy 01208 880549. St Minver Highlands Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday Sept 12. Oct 11. at Perceval Institute. 7.30pm. St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Meeting. Monday Sept 5. Oct 3. at Council Chamber, Rock Methodist Chapel. St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Planning Meeting. Monday Sept 19, Oct !7. at Council Chamber, Rock Methodist Chapel. St Minver Pre-School. Monday - Friday (Term time only) at Trewint Lane. 9am - 3pm. Contact: 01208 869511. St Minver Senior Circle. Alternate Tuesdays Sept 13, 27. Oct 11, 25. at Rock Chapel. 10.30am - 12 noon. Contact: Betty 01208 869068.

St Minver Silver Band Juniors. Thursdays at Band Room. 6.30pm - 8pm. Contact: 01209 816156. St Minver Silver Band practice. Tuesdays at Band Room. 7.30 - 9.30pm. Contact: 01208 816156. Tre Pol Pen Handbell Ringers. Fridays at Rock Chapel. 10am. Contact: Betty 01208 869003. Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. Thursday Sept 1. Oct 6. at Rock Institute. 7pm. Contact: Bridget 01208 862326. Whist Drive. Tuesday Sept 27. Oct 25. at Perceval Institute.

September Thu 1 - Sun 3 - WI talk 'Cornish Yarg' by Carol from Lynher Dairy. Rock Institute. 7.30pm. Cost: non-members 20p. Contact: Audrey 01208 863467. Thu 1 - Tue 6 - Exhibition by Porthilly Gallery. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Free. Fri 2 - Nocturnal Wildlife Night and BBQ, National Trust Association. Pentireglaze. 7pmdusk. Cost: £2 (Bring your own food. Booking essential. Contact: 01208 863046. Sat 3 - Wadebridge Beekeeping Group Meeting. Off Ball Roundabout Wadebridge. 2pm. Cost: Free. Contact: Bee Centre 01208 863718. Wed 7 - Tue 13 - Exhibition Nick Reader. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Thu 8 - Coffee Morning. Cakes, bring and buy, plants, raffle. Proceeds 50:50 Church funds and muscular dystrophy. Rooke Mill, Chaple Amble. 10am-12noon. Cost: £2. Fri 9 - Friends of the Camel Trail Inaugural AGM. Wadebridge Town Hall. 2pm. Cost: Free. Contact: Wendy 01208 863608. Wed 14 - Sun 25 - Exhibition Gwynngala. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Sat 17 - Memorial Concert for Goff Richards. Holman Climax Male Voice Choir and St Minver Silver Band. St Minver Parish Church. 7.30pm. Cost: Retiring collection for Hospice South West. Fri 23 - The Cornish Years'. Talk by Valerie Jacob on the early life of Dr A L Rowse. National Trust Association. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7.30pm.

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Cost: £5 members, £6 guests. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Sat 24 - Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery Display. Carruan Farm. 2pm. Cost: Free. Sat 24 - Marriage Preparation. 9.30am-3pm. Perceval Institute. Sun 25 - Proms at the Minack. National Trust Association. Minack Theatre. 2-5pm. Cost: £23 including coach. Pickup at Wadebridge and Bodmin. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Thu 29 - Sun 2 - Exhibition John Tregembo. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm.

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St Minver Parish Church. 7.30pm. Cost: Tickets £5 (privilege seats £8) available from Spar (Rock), Newslines and St Minver PO.. Contact: 01208 863778, 01208 862922. Sat 8 - Jumble Sale in aid of Cancer Research UK. Rock Institute. 2pm. Tue 11 - Thu 13 - Exhibition Maggie Wombwell. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Fri 14 - Talk 'Country Houses in Cornwall' by Paul Holden. National Trust Association. Rock Institute. 2.30-4.30pm. Cost: Members £3. Guests £3.50. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Sat 15 - WI Soup, Roll and Pudding Autumn October Lunch. Rock Institute. 10am-5pm. Cost: £5 (in Sat 1 - Hay Cut and Rake Conservation day. aid of Handstand appeal - Marshall Janson). National Trust Association. Lundy Bay. 10amContact: Janet 01208 869636. 3pm. Cost: Free. Tools provided. Mon 17 - Wed 19 - Quilt and Patchwork Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Exhibition by the Quay Quilters. Rock Sailing Sat 1- Harvest Festival Supper. Perceval Club. 10am-4pm. Cost: £2 (including Institute. 6pm.Tickets £5 from Spar (Rock), refreshments). Newslines and St Minver PO. Tue 18 - Tue 25 - Exhibition Andrew Jago. Mon 3 - Thu 6 - Exhibition Mary Reed and Ginny Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Sewell. Rock Institute. 5pm on the 3rd 10am on Thu 20 - Sat 22 - Perceval Entertainers Show. other days until 10pm (6pm on last day). Perceval Institute. 7.15pm. Cost: £7 (including Thu 6 - WI Meeting with talk on Bee Keeping by supper). Tickets available from Newslines and St Eddie Old and Heather Jago. Rock Institute. Minver PO. 7.30pm. Cost: 20p non-members. Thu 27 - Sat 29 - Exhibition Alex Cox. Contact: Audrey 01208 863467. Rock Institute. 10am-10pm. Fri 7 - Truro Cathedral Choir in Concert.


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Anglican Church Services Weekday Services TuesSt Minver Evening Prayer 5.30pm WedSt Minver Holy Communion 10am WedSt Michael Evening Prayer 5.30pm *SatSt Enodoc Evening Prayer 5.30pm *British Summer Time only Sunday September 4th 8am St Enodoc 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday September 11th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday September 18th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday September 25th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday October 2nd 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Harvest Service Evensong Evensong

Sunday October 9th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday October 16th 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday October 23rd 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday October 30th 9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

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Catholic Church Services WADEBRIDGE, St Michael’s Church. Mass: Sundays 8.30am. Confessions: Fridays 10.30 - 1am. BODMIN, St Mary’s Abbey. Mass: Sundays 10.30am. Confessions: Saturdays 11 - 11.30am. PADSTOW, St Saviour & St Petroc Church, Mass: Saturdays 6.30pm. Confessions: Saturdays 5.30 - 6pm. TINTAGEL, St Paul The Apostle Church, Mass: Monday - Thursday 10am, Friday 6pm, Sunday 10am, Vigil Saturday 6 pm. Confessions: Before and after Mass and any other time on request.

Methodist Church Services Rock Methodist Church 11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church

(Worship takes place at Wadebridge Primary School) 10am Every Sunday Morning.

Trelights Methodist Chapel Sundays 6pm

Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational 10 am Every Sunday.

Quaker Meetings Sunday mornings at 10.30 in the John Betjeman Center, Wadebridge (next to library). All are welcome. Polzeath Area Residents’ Association

Hospital/Surgery Car Service If you need transport please ring one of our voluntary drivers: Mr Harry Hardcastle (01208 862343), Mr Harold Sillifant (01208 862989) or Mr Gary Cooper (01208 869165) Standard charges are based on 40p per mile and include reasonable waiting time: Wadebridge (£8). Bodmin (£14), Truro (£33), Port Isaac (£8), St Austell (£22), Falmouth (£35), Hayle (£37), Newquay (£20) and Plymouth (£37 - excluding bridge toll). Please Note: If you are receiving income support, you should take your book with you for reimbursement.

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Useful Telephone Numbers Churches Anglican St Minver Vicarage Rev Jonathon Moasedale)...... 01208 862398 Warden Mrs Elizabeth Elliott .. 01208 863905 St Endellion Rectory (Rev Dr John May)................ 01208 881041 Catholic (Bodmin) ..................... 01208 72833 (Tintagel) ............................ 01840 770663 (Wadebridge) ........................ 01208 72833 Methodist (Rock) ...................... 01208 863481 (Tintagel) ............................ 01840 770274 (Wadebridge) ...................... 01208 812887 Multi-denominational (Tubestation Polzeath) .......... 01208 869200 Quaker (Wadebridge) ............... 01208 812336 Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital ..................... 01208 251300 Drug Helpline ............................ 0800 776600 Port Isaac Surgery .................... 01208 880222 Rock Surgery ........................... 01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital ............ 01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre ......... 01208 812222 Libraries Wadebridge ............................. 0300 1234111 Bodmin ..................................... 01208 72286 Police Non-urgent calls ...................... 08452 777444 Crimestoppers ............................ 0800 555111

Veterinary Surgeries and RSPCA St Minver Beavers (Alison Cox) ...01208 862839 G & P J Nute (Wadebridge) ....... 01208 813258 St Minver Brownies (Kathy Hore) 01208 862340 Fore Street Surgery (Bodmin) ...... 01208 75252 St Minver Cemetery Committee RSPCA (St Columb) Animal Centre 01637 881455 (Mary Drummond-Dunn) ......01208 863491 St Minver Cricket Club General Numbers (Edward Curtiss) ...................01208 862067 Air Ambulance HQ (Roche) ........ 01726 890444 St Minver Cubs (Nigel) .............01208 815102 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley) ..... 01208 814564 St Minver Football Club British Legion-St Minver (Fred Prior) ....... 01208 (Roy Birchwood) ...................01208 880459 862543 St Minver Flower Show Cancer Research UK (Joan Cock)..........................01208 862144 (Jane Bendall) ..................... 01208 862113 St Minver Post Office .................01208 863366 Carn Awn Singers St Minver Pre-School ................01208 869511 (Barbara Richards) .............. 01208 880575 St Minver School Citizens Advice Bureau ............. 08444 99 4188 (Mrs Austin Secretary) ...........01208 862496 Cornish Consumers Helpline ..... 0845 650 3122 St Minver Scouts (Robert Watson)01637 889 190 CRUSE Bereavement support ....... 01726 76100 St Minver Senior Circle (Jo Holt) .01208 863993 DEFRA .................................... 01872 265500 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Electricity Customer Services ........ 0800 365000 (David Gill) ..........................01208 862440 St Minver Silver Band Friends of the Earth - Camel (Jill Goodright) .....................01208 880509 (Tony Wainwright) ............... 01208 880846 St Minver Sunday School John Betjeman Centre............... 01208 812392 (Marjorie Mabyn) .................01028 862678 Old Cornwall Society Margaret Bartlett ................ 01208 816307 Trebetherick WI (Pat Crank) .......01208 869120 Padstow Harbour Master ........... 01841 532239 Tre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers (Betty Scroupe) ....................01208 869003 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk Wadebridge & District Angling Assoc (Helen Hyland) .................... 01208 812289 (Jon Evans) ..........................01208 812447 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Gillian Thompson)............... 01726 882145 (Pam Hall) .......................... 01208 862957 Perceval Institute (Maureen) ..... 01208 863366 Wadebridge Choral Society Polzeath Area Residents Association (Annabelle Woolcott)) ...........01841 815322 (David Short)........................ 01208 862568 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Chris Bartlett) .....................01208 814468 (Ursula Burgess) .................. 01208 863198 Wadebridge Post Office ............01208 812813 Relate Relationship counselling ... 01726 74128 Water Helpline .........................0800 1691144 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell) ... 01208 869420

Emergency Electricity .................................. 0800 365900 Gas ........................................... 0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine ....................... 0845 4647 Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguard ............999 Rock Lifeboat Station ............... 01208 863033 Samaritans .............................. 08457 909090 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club ... 01208 862709 Women’s rape/abuse centre ........ 01208 77099 Rock Water Taxi ....................... 07778 105297 St Minver & District Garden Society (Jennifer Gordon) ................. 01208 816470


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Property & Grounds maintenance Gardens, Lawn Turf, Jet Wash Cleaning, General Repairs, Block Paving, Small Building Works, Stone Walling, Garden Furniture. Fixed Price Written Quotes.

No job too small, multi-skilled handyman

Graham Powney 01840 213561 - 0797 4032 950

Natural Touch Therapies

Delabole Therapy Room. Mobile service available.

Massage Indian Head Massage Reflexology Hot Stone Massage Facials Contact Mandy

01840 212976 or 07930 277442

To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).


Rock Television and Electrical Services For all your electrical needs.

01208 863788 Take Home Some Fresh Fish

DENNIS KNIGHT FISH MERCHANT Fresh Fish Daily Take home some fresh fish for your freezer after your holiday. We pack it in an insulated container with crushed ice for your journey. 1 Azime Court, Rock, (opposite Di's Dairy).

We Also Let Quality Furnished Holiday Cottages

Tel: 01208 862422. Mobile: 07831 535226

A proper nursery growing plants in a lovely setting Specialities of herbs & herbaceous perennials

Wide range of shrubs, climbers & trees Coastal plants, marginals, bedding & hanging baskets Deliveries by arrangement. Open every day Quality plants, expert advice Laveddon Mill, Bodmin PL30 5JU (between Bodmin & Lanivet on the A389)

Tel: 01208 72837 64

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A C U P U N C T U R E is a safe and natural therapy which has been used successfully for thousands of years. Recent clinical studies have shown it to be effective in treating many problems. Find out if it can help you. Guy Nott-Bower MBAcC has trained both in the UK and China. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Skills include acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, TENS, laser acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle advice. He also teaches Tai chi and interprets Mandarin. Book an appointment for a home visit or come to his Clinic in Blisland.

PICTURE FRAMER For all your framing needs including bespoke frames and frame restoration

01208 831303 / 07887 586461

01208 831303 ** 07802 705104 All enquiries welcome

Wayside Cottage, Tregawne, Withiel Nr Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5NR

To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).



Muts Cuts Qualified City & Guilds Dog Groomer Ring Kerri 01840 211786 07921 637055

ROCK ROAD, ROCK 01208 862122

Gable Cottage Newhall Green St Teath, PL33 9ES

Closed pm October 1 to February 28 and every Sunday st


Building Contractors

01208 869170 07774 132832

 New Builds  Extensions  Renovations  Roofing  Plastering  Patios  Block Driveways  Facias & Gutters Estimates free of charge

Car Park Space Rock Close to the beach Contact Charlie 07971 684737, email 66

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To meet demand, we require properties of distinction -Rock, Daymer, Trebetherick and Polzeath - for our discerning clients base In return, we offer: • a highly personal service and a local presence; • home office 24/7; • excellent customer service; • personally-supervised changeovers with a dedicated housekeeper for each property; • peace of mind with a complete lettings and management service; • a high-ranking website, supported by offline marketing; • a proven track record of achieving high occupancy rates, strong rental income and 80% return rate.

To register interest, please call the dbholidays team

0845 201 3980

Inspirational Home Furnishings Huge Selection of Giftware Made to Measure Service Fabrics and Curtains Blinds and Poles Cushions Lighting and Furniture Sewing Workshops

Tel: 01208 814023

17 Polmorla Walk, Wadebridge PL27 7NS

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Looking for the perfect holiday venue? We can offer you an excellent selection of handpicked properties in Rock, at Daymer Bay, Trebetherick, Polzeath, and surrounding areas. From the booking service we provide, to the additional services we offer, we can tailormake your perfect holiday

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Higher Hawksland Farm, St Issey, Nr Wadebridge PL27 7RG

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To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).


Farm Shop & Licensed Restaurant Open Daily from 9.30am Mid-March to end of October

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Trebetherick, between Rock and Polzeath (next to Estuary Estates) Open Tues-Sat, late night by appointment Spacious, glamorous surroundings combined with good service and expert advice within a friendly atmosphere Wella colourists Tigi stockist Classic and Fashion cutting Gift vouchers available Free parking

Tel: 01208 869600

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We will plan your conservatory and all associated building work and construct it to the highest standard. New Pilkington Active Solar Control and self-cleaning glass as standard. Also Windows, Doors, Fascias and Soffits.

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