St Minver Link Issue No. 223 Winter 2019

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Issue 223 - Winter 2019

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


Hospital Transport Service . . . . . . . . . 24

Around and about

Events in the Area . Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centenary for Glanvilles . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Successful Year for St Minver Cricket . . Wadebridge Firm Wins Award . Award . . . . . . . St Enodoc Winter Fees . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver Silver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give Endelienta a Try! . Try! . . . . . . . . . . . . . Link Makes Financial Awards . . . . .

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St Minver Hockey Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Memories From the Past . Past . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A St Minver Kitchen . Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 North Coast 75 raises £3000 . £3000 . . . . . . . . 24 Remembrance Mural . Mural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club . Club . . . . . 32 Caling All Amateur Photographers . . . 33

Our Farms, Your Food . Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 SeaGirls Take Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 News from St Minver School . School . . . . . . . . 28 St Minver Pre School . School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Wadebridge Primary Academy . . . . . . 31 Interior Design . Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 St Minver Brownies . Brownies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Business Spotlight - Old Forge Garage . 45 Featured Artist- Jules Stenning . Stenning . . . . . . 42 Polzeath Coastguards . Coastguards . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Junior Link . Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . Cottage . . . . 48 Aren’t We Lucky! . Lucky! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Fitness with Julia . Julia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 It’s a Vet’s Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Gardening made easy . easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

St Minver Remembers . Remembers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

What Is Hypnotherapy? . Hypnotherapy? . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Jess Memorial Surf Competition . Competition . . . . . 38

Nutrition and the Menopause . . . . . . . 63

100 Year Anniversary . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

A St Minver Kitchen . Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Stuart Robertson . Robertson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Quiz Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Book Review . Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Winter Foot Guide . Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Regular Items Reverend Dr Elizabeth Wild . . . . . . . . 20 We Will Remember Them . Them . . . . . . . . . . 20 Events at St Endellion . Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Ring Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Local Telephone Numbers . Numbers . . . . . . . . . . 70 Quiz Quest- answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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Events in the Area There is always something happening in the area so have a look and make sure you don’t miss out.

Keep Britain Tidy

Beachcare Polzeath Saturday, December 21st Beach Clean with Polzeath Marine Group

meet at the car park 9.30 Just turn up to join in All equipment is provided Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions

Wadebridge Choral Society

Saturday, December 21st 7.30pm

Christmas Concert Carols for the choir and carols for audience Seasonal readings Conducted by the Choir’s Director of Music: Nicholas Danks Mulled wine and mince pies during the interval Tickets £12.50 available from Wadebridge bookshop or from members of the choir. This is a popular event, so book your tickets as soon as possible.


St Minver Community Christmas Fayre Saturday, December 14th at the

Rock Institute 12noon until 4pm Stalls, Raffle, Refreshments, St Minver Junior Silver Band Come along and support this community event Everyone is welcome

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Centenary for Glanvilles One of the oldest shops in Wadebridge, Glanvilles, recently celebrated its centenary. Ernest Glanville,senior, started the business back in 1919 after coming home from the Great War, visiting farms to mend harnesses and taking ironmongery and household goods with him. In the 1930s he bought three cottages on Polmorla Road and Glanvilles was opened. The shop has a very loyal customer base, with people travelling from all parts of the country to take advantage of the wide of range of kitchen, houseware and lighting goods which fill the shop. Rosie Hamm has now taken over the reins of the shop from her parents, Charles and Brigitte Glanville and has noticed a change in recent years, with customers concerned about the provenance of products ( they buy from British manufacturers when possible) and also about the environmental impact of their purchases.

FRESH FROM THE SEA Fresh Crabs and Lobsters landed daily in Port Isaac from our own boat ‘Mary D’ . We also have a small seasonal selection of sustainably caught Cornish fish, mussels, oysters and smoked fish, locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes and lots more . Why not call in to see today’s catch or enjoy a crab sandwich or lobster salad and a glass of wine?

01208 880849

Calum and Tracey Greenhalgh, Fresh from the Sea, 18 New Road, Port Isaac, PL29 3SB

(Situated at the top of the hill near the Pea Pod Gallery)

Christmas Services Christmas Eve- 24th December St Endellion Egloshayle Church -

Sung Eucharist

Live Nativity


St Minver

Midnight Mass


Crib Service


Carol Service

Sung Eucharist


St Minver 4.30pm

St Enodoc

St Kew Church Christingle

St Endellion 10.30pm

Family Carols


St Enodoc 3pm

Holy Communion 9.15am

Holy Communion 11.30pm

Christmas Day - 25 December St Michael

St Peters

St Breoke

Holy Communion & Carols

Family Holy Communion



Holy Communion 10pm




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Successful Year for St Minver Cricket Club I expect most readers will be aware of what a wonderful summer it has been for English cricket but may not have heard of our own local success story. St Minver Cricket Club was able to field two adult teams in the Cornwall Cricket League. The club’s second team was reestablished under the captaincy of Karl Daley, providing an opportunity for a number of local teenage cricketers to enjoy the challenge of playing adult cricket; the second team did not just field a team but coasted to the league title in Division 6 East, only losing 2 games in the whole season. Stand out performances for the 2nd team included batsmen Matt Gilbert, scoring three hundreds, Jake East, scoring two hundreds and bowler Nigel Hocking taking thirtythree wickets .Major

contributions with bat, ball and in the field were made by local youngsters Tom Durrant, Charlies Edwards, Ben Lamb and Will Hanson. Promotion means the team can now look forward to local derbies against Delabole, Wadebridge and Pencarrow. St Minver first team did exceptionally well to retain their place in a very competitive Division 2 East. The team managed to finish 8th under the guidance of captain Ben Hawken. Positive morale was established within the team, resulting in a run of great results in the second half of the season. Exceptional individual contributions included Ryan Pooley averaging nearly 50 with the bat, Ross Keast taking 31 wickets, Charlie Hawken taking 29 wickets and Will Durrant performing with both bat and ball.

Wadebridge Firm Wins Award

across the industry ,offering landlords and tenants alike an exceptional service. We joined Peach Lettings, the Wadebridge this group over a year ago and it has been a tremendous based lettings and property management agency, has won support in how we have High Performing New Agency at grown and nurtured Peach. It the prestigious Agent Rainmaker was wonderful to have our Community Awards Ceremony. achievements acknowledged by The Award was presented by our peers.’ Agent Rainmaker founder Sally Peach Lettings is an Lawson, former Chairman of independent lettings agency ARLA (Association of Residential which focuses solely on lettings Lettings Agents) and actress and property management. Sally Phillips of ‘Miranda’ fame. Peach Lettings can be found at Susan Rowlands and Belinda Unit 6, 1 Bess Park Road, Trenant Crawford who launched Peach Industrial Estate, Wadebridge, Lettings in February 2018 Cornwall, PL27 6HB. Tel: commented, ‘We were thrilled 01206 226129, email: hello@ to receive the Award. Agent Rainmaker is a collection of ‘new breed’ lettings agents who collaborate to raise standards


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The successful season was celebrated at a presentation evening held at the Long Cross Hotel. The evening not only recognised the performances on the pitch, but also acknowledged the major contribution that Marion and Lawrence Hawken make to ensuring that there is a St Minver Cricket Club for now and many years in the future. St Minver Cricket Club is looking for new players for next season, email if you would like to find out more about this successful local club. Also, the clubhouse is available for hire for parties or other events and celebrations, please email for more information. Leigh Durrant

St Enodoc Restructures Winter Fees

St Enodoc Golf Club has restructured the pricing for the forthcoming winter season in order to make golf over its championship layout more appealing to small groups with individual green fees starting from as low as £37.50 per person. Available on weekdays from now until March 31st, 2020, 13 golfers or more will be charged £37.50 whilst golfers playing in a group of between five and 12 will pay £40 per green fee. For more information on St Enodoc Golf Club, please visit

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St Minver Silver Band Our Christmas season of carols and concerts will have started by the time this issue of the Link has appeared. The senior band will be playing at some 15 venues in December and the Training Band will be putting on a Christmas concert at Rock Chapel on Dec. 6th starting at 7 pm. Admission will be free and everyone is welcome to come and sing along. The full list of Christmas engagements is isted below: We are always looking for new members for both the Training

Band and the Senior Band. As a result of some of our Training Band (TB) players progressing to join the Senior Band, we are particularly keen on recruiting new players for the TB. Anyone of any age who is interested in joining the band either as an experienced player or as a beginner can contact us on the phone numbers listed below. Please contact Kevin Ackford (07866 510297) or Garry Gauss (01208 814170) for further information.

St Minver Silver Band Christmas Concerts Sunday, 1st December, 6pm

Padstow Lights Switch On

Thursday, 5th December,6pm

St Minver Lights Switch On

Christmas Concert - Rock Chapel- Friday, 6th December,7pm Training Band Saturday, 7th December, 5pm

Polzeath Lights Switch On

Sunday, 8th December, 5pm

St Merryn Lights Switch On

RBL Christmas Concert. Padstow Wednesday 11th December, 7.30pm Social Club Friday, 13th December, 6pm

Wadebridge Late Night Shopping

Saturday, 14th December,7pm

St Mawgan Chapel Carol Service

Sunday, 15th December, 3pm

St Issey Church Carol Service

Sunday, 15th December, 6pm

St Minver Church Carol Service

Tuesday, 17th December, 6.30pm

Rock Bakery Carols

Sunday, 22nd December, 3.30pm

Lewis Delicatessen Carols

Monday, 23rd December, 6pm

Pickwick Inn, St Issey, Carols

The Olde House, Chapel Amble, Tuesday, 24th December, 4pm Carols Tuesday, 24th December, 6.30pm


Each day presents itself As an empty page, There to be written upon Or pictures to be drawn. There we may record Poems of rhythmic beauty Prose of tragic thoughts, Paintings of coloured shapes, Drawings of harsh realities. Take courage, Take love, Take kindliness And thus holding The brush of existence, Paint and write for yourself A day of beauty framed With love and kindliness. Hang it in the gallery of your life. by B. M. Le Main.

Rock Sailing Club Carols

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Message from

Reverend Dr Elizabeth Wild Holy Habits

Rector of the North Cornwall Cluster of Churches

Our churches are exploring something called "Holy Habits" at the moment. We are trying to grow in how we live out our faith by spending time with each of 10 Holy Habits over a two year period. The idea is that we will get familiar with each habit and explore and practice it until it becomes second nature. And as we grow in living out these habits, which are all based on things that the earliest Christians did, we hope that we will find ourselves better able to share the good news of God's love and justice in all that we do in our lives. So what are the habits, and

which habits are we exploring now? Well we decided to begin by exploring the Holy Habit of ’Eating Together’, so in September and October there have been all sorts of ways that we have tried Eating Together with other people as a spiritual practice. We have eaten with our families and friends, with other church members and with people we don't know so well. We have thought about the fairness of how we share food in our world today and my favourite - we have enjoyed eating together with children from St Kew, Port Isaac and St Minver schools who have come to our churches for the "Experiencing Harvest"

programme. I hope that as we continue with the other Holy Habits, Eating Together will be something that we continue to do and that in our eating together we will find a place at the table for the God who has provided us with such an amazing world, and who loves us so much that he has come to meet us in Jesus. The next Holy Habits we will be exploring - in November and December - are ‘Gladness and Generosity’. So, as we continue to eat together, I hope that we will also find we can grow in joy and in giving whatever we can for the good of others. Every blessing, Revd Elizabeth

We Will Remember Them

Joan Aline Dickson BURY, St Minver Eric William JAYNE, Wadebridge Paula Jane May ROGERS, Wadebridge Eileen Joy FAIRCLOUGH, Wadebridge Marjorie Joyce KEAT, Wadebridge David Henry GLOVER, Wadebridge Julie HARVEY, St Minver Desmond CAPP, St Minver Marjorie Netta BLAMEY, St Minver Margaret Nicole COLLIS, Wadebridge Lisa Adeline STRAKER, Wadebridge Jaqueline MCILRAITH, St Minver Brenda STONE, Wadebridge 20

Ivy Gwendoline COWLING, Rock Jaon MCGARRICK, Wadebridge David GILBERT, Wadebridge Anthony Joseph ZACKEY, Wadebridge Beatrice Amelia OSBORNE, Wadebridge Claudia Jean EGGINS, Wadebridge Barbara Elizabeth Ann BOSLEY, Trebetherick Olive Betty RUST, Wadebridge Mary Elizabeth KILLINGLEY, St Minver Marianne Alexandra BARRY, St Minver Noreen Patricia Anne BURT, Wadebridge Marion Ada MEWTON, Wadebridge Margaret CROUDACE, St Minver

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Give Endelienta A Try! When Bishop Bill Inde retired in 2008, he decreed that St Endellion, with its renowned music festivals, should become a centre for the Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall largely because the area was lacking in cultural opportunities and venues. Our new Rector at the time, the Reverend John May , a poet and an artist, was appointed with this mission in mind.

lovely area using it as a place to work or a centre from which to carry out activities in the locality. A Poetry Group and a Festival Book Group meet here monthly, as does a regular Make Club for children and their parents.

Furthermore, for four years now, an artist , a composer and a writer have each been offered an opportunity to stay on site and incorporate the ‘ spirit of place’ into their work. They give Endelienta as an organisation was established an account of their experiences at the end and now arranges a diverse programme of their week. The resulting work and the of concerts, Quiet Days and Exhibitions revelations of ‘looking at things in a different throughout the year at St Endellion Church way’ and with artistic eyes is amazing. around the established Easter and Summer Now, with the new hall at St Endellion, Music Festivals. opportunities will be enhanced and extended. In addition, we have the North Cornwall It has been reported that in the past year Book Festival that has just celebrated its alone over 5,000 people have attended events seventh year very successfully, with best selling authors and poets as well as very well at Endellion. If you have never been to an Endelienta event , look out for the posters, get attended days for schools. the leaflet and give it a try. There is something The Stone Barn at Endellion provides for everyone here on our doorstep! accommodation for groups from all over Janet Townsend

the country who want to spend time in this

Link Makes Financial Awards Link has once again been busy helping local organisations by making financial awards.

Pre School and both Wadebridge Primary

In the past year, among other things, we have supported St Minver Guides with the purchase of tents; St Minver Silver Band have been able to buy more music; both St Minver and Polzeath Residents Associations were able to improve their Christmas lights and the Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech had an award towards the hire of a piano for the Festival week.

awards to help with the costs of their Year 6

We have pledged financial support towards the St Minver Community Hub and the

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Academy and St Breock School have had presentations. Link also helped local woman, Emily Borton, hit her fundraising target for a 75 mile walk she completed in September. Link is committed to using any excess funds to support local communities and good causes. The application process is very simple

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This picture of St Minver Hockey Club was sent to the Link by local historian Malcolm McCarthy. Can anyone shed light on the date or the people?

Memories from the past

After the last issue of Link (summer 222) featured a walk from Egloshayle to Dinham Bridge, via Hingham Mill and Lemail, I received a phone call from Win Hoskin, who was a resident of Polzeath for 30 years and who worked in the post office there. Win, and her sister Peg, were born in a cottage at Lemail which is now completely gone, the ruins of which I referred to in my article. They lived there while their father worked as a ‘blaster’ at the quarry and the cottage was situated between two quarries. Once the seam of blue elvan had been worked


out, he then had to ‘blast’ at the Sladesbridge quarry (Jewells). Win had many stories about her years there, and I was particularly taken with the story of how twice a year, the mill leat would be cleaned. The leat would be closed and, as it emptied, she and her sister would have to stand by with buckets with which they caught between 70 and 80 trout. They would then have to bring the trout in and gut and clean them, ready for the meal ,which would be eaten on the river bank, for all the men who would spend the

day shovelling out the mud and debris in the leat, to keep it flowing for the mill. They would have the trout, fried in her grandmother’s huge pan, with home made bread and farm butter. The cottage had no running water, so this had to be collected from a well. She also told me about ‘picking the mill’ twice a year, where the mill wheel would be hoisted up and little metal picks would be used to roughen the stones to make sure they would grind the corn effectively. If you have a story about any of the walks or articles we feature, please get in touch.

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Events at St Endellion

Endelienta-Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall

Book tickets online at; by phone 07787 944935; accompanied under 16s free to most concerts – please check the website. Sunday, December 1st 3pm

The Portorius String Quartet

The Quartet formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017 where they receive chamber music tuition from Krysia Osostowicz, leader of the Dante Quartet. They will perform string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. £8 to include tea and cake. Accompanied under 16s free.

Saturday, January 4th

The Chris Treglown Foundation presents Sure On This Shining Night

An evening of beautiful music to welcome in the New Year, performed by members of MJUK Music and Arts, winners of the Chris Treglown Fund. £10. Accompanied Under 16s free

Sunday,January 19th 3pm

Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert

Three outstanding young music students from the school showcase their talents in this Sunday afternoon concert - a regular feature of the Endelienta calendar. £8 to include tea and cake. Accompanied Under 16s free

Friday, January 24th, 7.30pm


The multi award-winning folk duo bring their captivating take on the folk tradition to St Endellion. Combining vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and traditions of the British Isles. £10. Accompanied under 16s free.

Friday,February 7th, 7.30pm


North Cornwall’s Melange blend a stunning mix of voices with instrumental energy. Adrian Jones’ piano weaves between the solid root of Neal Jolly’s bass, while Morwenna Gee and Lynette Rentoul build rich textures and close harmony tension in a repertoire that melds classic jazz with Latin and contemporary songs. £10. Accompanied under 16s free.

Saturday, February 29th, 7.30pm

Cornwall Camerata - J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos 3, 4, 5 and 6

The maiden performance by this new chamber orchestra features soloists Phil Montgomery-Smith, Paul Comeau, Emma Jose, and Karen Green. Conductor: Janet Wright.

£10. Accompanied Under 16s free.

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‘North Coast 75’ raises £3,000 Last year I decided that I wanted to undertake some sort of challenge to raise money for a few charities that are very close to my heart. I wanted the challenge to involve minimal financial input so that all the money I raised could go to my chosen charities. Fortunately, we are lucky enough to have a fantastic asset right on our doorstep – the coast path. I needed to be able to complete the challenge in a long weekend due to work commitments so settled on the ‘North Coast 75’, walking 75 miles from Port Quin to St. Ives in three days. The charities that I chose to support were the Rob Stephenson Trust, The Eve Appeal and the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund. Rob, Louise and I were all agriculture students at Newcastle University. Sadly Rob and Louise both lost their lives in 2016. Rob’s family have set up the incredible Rob Stephenson Trust in his memory. The trust collects unloved and second-hand sports equipment and sends it abroad

to places where it can be put to good use. The fund is also available to support individuals closer to home, and also local clubs that need help to improve their facilities. So far, the trust has supported causes in over 10 countries, from cricket in India to rugby in Brazil. Louise was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer in early 2016 and passed away at the beginning of July the same year, aged just 24. Before her death, donations were made to help fund Louise’s pioneering treatment and even after she died donations continued. When the treatment couldn’t save her, Louise’s family decided to do something good with the money and set up the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund to help young people with an interest in livestock farming develop their careers, as well as donate to the Eve Appeal, a charity researching and supporting gynaecological cancers.

Over the summer, fundraising events included, a charity dance fit class, yoga on the beach (thanks to The Point, Rosie Rotheram and Sophie Leightley!), and a coffee morning at the Perceval Institute (thanks to all local businesses who donated raffle prizes, which raised a combined total of £650). On the 20th of September I set out from Port Quin on a beautiful day to complete the 75 miles and make it to St. Ives. Each day provided plenty of challenging walking, stunning scenery and a seemingly endless amount of beaches. On Sunday the 22nd I have never been happier to see St. Ives, despite really enjoying the challenge. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and made donations, including the Link committee who very kindly sponsored me for £150 and helped me to reach nearly £3000, which will be divided between the three causes. Emily Borton

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Polzeath Coastguard Update by Matt Sutherland After a quiet winter and spring, things got a lot busier over the summer and even more so during autumn! We were called to two ‘shouts’ in the same area of Reedy Cliff just North of Port Quin. Both incidents had challenging stretcher carry outs to waiting ambulances; do take extra care in this area as it’s remote, very hilly and quite hazardous. A callout at Pine Haven just South of Port Isaac was for a male who fell in the valley at Pine Haven and sustained head and neck injuries. The Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Coastguard helicopter were tasked, with help from our flank team, Boscastle Coastguard. Also, a fisherman got his legs stuck in the mud at Gentle Jane. We were first on scene and located the casualty. Wadebridge Fire and Rescue along with a number of other fire stations were tasked along with the HM Coastguard mud team from Falmouth and got the person out. Now it’s the wildest time of the year we also wanted to be a little proactive and give some tips that are particularly relevant in this season. Wind and Wave Safety - Top Five Safety Tips 1. Selfies; it’s not worth risking your life for ‘that selfie’. Keep off groynes, piers, jetties and harbour walls. Big waves can knock you over in a flash. If you can feel the spray, you’re too close. 2. Wave Dodging; playing ‘dares’ with waves is dangerous in the best of weathers. Rocks and walls can be slippery, often there’s nothing to grab hold of if you’re caught off balance and rogue waves and strong currents can sweep you out to sea in seconds. 3. Doggie dont’s; do keep your canine friends close and on leads if you’re out on the cliffs or the coast. You never know when an ‘interesting’ smell or meeting another dog can lead to

trouble. If your dog gets stuck or trapped, call the Coastguard for help; we have teams out and about at all times, trained for fast response. 4. Cliff crises; avoid a crisis on the cliffs by staying well away from the edges, especially in windy conditions when you and children are at risk of being caught off balance. During and after bad weather, cliff faces are especially unstable and landslides and rock falls are common. 5. Keep in touch; keep a note of tide times so you don’t get trapped and take a fully charged mobile (ideally with a location or ‘find me’ app) so you can call for help if things go wrong. Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. If you or anyone is in trouble on the coast, don’t delay calling for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Women In Farming

‘Now that you're married, you'll give up all that silly nonsense about wanting to be a farmer won't you?’ I well remember this being said to me in my twenties when I'd been farming in partnership with my father for several years. I'm pleased to say things have improved a bit since then! But maybe not as much as they should. Over the years we have had several sales reps on the farm who, despite being told that I am the decision maker, have insisted on delivering their sales pitch to anyone other than me just as long as they were male! There have always been women who have excelled in both the business and the practical side of farming and been recognised for doing so. There have been many more who do this without that recognition, being seen as ‘only the farmer's wife’ who feeds a few chickens and baby lambs. This ignores the fact that they probably do all the farm accounts and administration as well as weighing lambs and feeding cattle, husbands and children. Luckily, things have changed! Both the President and the South West Regional Director of the National Farmers Union are extremely capable women who challenge government and others to ensure that our high standards of food safety, animal


and environmental welfare are upheld in any future trade deals. Many women are running successful farm businesses in their own right or working in proper partnerships. More are adding value to their farm produce by further processing. We have some great women entrepreneurs here in Cornwall. Catherine Mead is the Managing Director of Lynher Dairies who make the celebrated Yarg cheese. Since 2007, Rebecca Tonks has scaled up St. Ewe Free Range Eggs to supply four of the largest supermarkets and a number of South West wholesalers. Tanya Olver and her husband founded the awardwinning Cornish Duck Company in 2006 after spotting a gap in the local market for completely free range, high quality duck. Caroline Drummond, MBE, is the Chief Executive of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) and received the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture honour at the 2017 British Farming Awards. Women in farming is nothing new. After the agricultural depression of the 1870s, British agriculture was largely neglected by government. The development of refrigeration and the Industrial Revolution impacted heavily on British farmers. Countries were suddenly able to transport produce across huge distances

to the ports. Meat, eggs, grains and other goods were transported on ships from Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Britain also depended heavily on Germany for wheat, flour and sugar beet. By the outbreak of the First World War Britain was 60 per cent reliant on imports for food supplies and other commodities such as fuel and fertilisers. When the German U-Boat campaign cut off Atlantic Ocean trade routes, feeding the UK population of 45 million people became an increasingly domestic challenge. As thousands of men went to war, women were brought in to help keep food production up. The Women's Land Army was established. 23,000 women were recruited to work fulltime on the land. There were three main sections of work agriculture, forage (hay making for food for horses) and timber cutting. The Women's Land Army was reestablished before the Second World War. The Land Girls, as they were called, undertook milking, lambing, ploughing, digging ditches and rat catching amongst other things. They were paid 28 shillings a week (approx. £1.40) some 10 shillings less than the average wage for a male farm worker. Let’s hope that sort of pay gap is a thing of the past!

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SeaGirls Take Flight in St Minver

After a hiatus of 3 years, St Minver has a Women’s Institute once again – but this time it’s slightly different. A group of mums with primary school-aged children have driven the re-founding of the local WI, and the first two meetings of the group have included women in their twenties up to those in their sixties – and those who would prefer not to say! WI meetings are a mixture of speakers and creative activities, with the overall ambition being to raise money for the benefit of local charities – and to have fun. The WI also can influence policy and decision-makers worldwide, and with a young and growing WI group the hope is to positively impact the world around them. Newly elected President, Nici Couch, was inspired to set up the WI when reminiscing about her childhood, and attending a number of WI events with her grandmother. She feels it is vital to keep a sense of community, conversation and interaction in this modern age where life often revolves around the touch of a button. She says it’s a joy to be elected to lead the ladies of Rock and Polzeath, and follow in the footsteps of the original WI which was founded in 1954. “My grandmother Vi Hewitt was a stalwart

of the local WI, and for all of us who grew up around here, our memories of local events, whether it was the WI Christmas fayre, school fun run or the church summer fete, the WI were working hard at the heart of it. We only hope we’ll be able to live up to their example.” Nici says they will work with other community groups at the new Christmas Fayre. “Rock and Polzeath is a close-knit community, and we’re already looking forward to our first fundraiser which is the St Minver Community Christmas Fayre, teaming up with the St Minver School PTA, Scouts, Guides, Brownies and St Minver Pre School. “ The SeaGirls found their first speaker in St Minver, with psychologist Jo Coker providing a fascinating account of her involvement in the Channel 4 show ‘Married at First Sight’, as well as her wider work as a relationship counsellor. Nici paid tribute to the support received from the Cornwall Federation of WI. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month in the Rock Institute at 7:30pm. For more information or to find out about joining the WI, please follow us on Instagram @SeaGirlsWI or contact us on Annie Vernon

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St Minver School News Ernest Hemingway said “There is no friend as loyal as a book” and at St Minver School we are inspired to put reading at the heart of our learning journey.

St Endellion Book Festival This year, we are taking a close look at reading across the school and it was marvellous to kickstart this with an inspirational visit to the Schools’ day at the St

believe that it is through exposure to a broad range of It was a special privilege to hear Martin Brown, illustrator high-quality literature that children develop their spoken of the Horrible Histories series, and written skills and we are speak about what motivates passionate about finding the him to draw, while a writing right texts for each of our workshop with children’s young readers. author Liz Kessler inspired us Harvest Brunch with “don’t get it right, get it written.” Finally, we met Matt Just before half term, we came Windle, former Birmingham together to celebrate Harvest time with our traditional Young Poet Laureate, boxer Harvest Brunch. It was and mentor - “A word burst really pleasing to be eating comes first!” We strongly from additional tableware bought with PTA Funds, which ensured the whole school could sit down to eat together without relying on any single use crockery or cutlery. As usual, our families were incredibly generous in providing food for the brunch. So much so, that we were able to give some to future pupils and friends at Happy Days Nursery for their own miniHarvest and further surplus to Wadebridge Foodbank to support local people in crisis. The children are always very pleased to be able to help those in need and we were proud to receive a certificate of thanks from the Foodbank. Endellion Book Festival.

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Lanhydrock House, Truro Museum, St Minver Church and Newquay Zoo.

are, most definitely, an incredibly talented bunch!

children are enjoying ÂŁ500 worth of new play equipment provided from PTA funds, to enhance playtimes and to promote positive play. Another example of how all our families make a difference to the children through PTAorganised fundraising events. We are very grateful indeed!

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Sporting Achievements Meanwhile on site, the

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St Minver Pre-School has had a busy autumn term so far and the children have been learning about farming and harvest. We have talked about how our food grows and where it comes from. The children have learned that wheat is used to make bread, they have ground some maize to help understand this process and they have also made their own delicious bread. They have also enjoyed a visit from a real tractor and learned about the range of jobs the tractor is used for on farms. They couldn't believe how big the wheels were! The children were lucky enough to sit in the tractor cab and pretended to drive. They have been able to see and explore real farming equipment and enjoyed role playing 'farmers'. The children taste tested lots of different fruits and vegetables and recorded which ones they did or didn't like. We went blackberry picking in the local area and, as well as eating some, we used the blackberries to make paint. The children then created pictures in our nature area with the blackberries. Great messy fun! The children also planted cress seeds to take


home and look after, teaching them about growth, changes over time and caring for our environment. Using lots of autumn vegetables, the children will be making a delicious, nutritious soup, using real peelers and knives to prepare the vegetables. Learning how to use real cooking tools safely is something we teach our children from a young age. These life skills teach independence and increase confidence, encouraging the children to 'have a go'. St Minver Pre-School would like to say a big thank you to The Link who have very generously donated ÂŁ500. This will be used to help towards the cost of replacing the roof to the outside play area. We are in need of more funds to achieve this so please support us. On Saturday 14th December, the Christmas Community Event will be held at Rock Institute and St Minver Pre-School will be taking part in this so please try to save the date! For any enquiries, please call St Minver Pre-School on 01208 869511 or e-mail

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News from Wadebridge Primary Academy In Year Two at Wadebridge Primary we have been trying to find out ‘Do all superheroes wear capes?’ At the start we thought that just people on TV were superheroes. We thought they wore special outfits like Spiderman, The Hulk and Wonder Woman. We were quite wrong! Thanks to Wadebridge Police, Wadebridge Fire Service and a local paramedic and midwife, we found out that superheroes are all around us! We found out that these superheroes are always there to protect us and keep us safe. We had a great time exploring the ambulance, the fire engine, the police car and we even got to use the huge hoses on the fire engine. Now we know that Superheroes don’t always wear capes….. sometimes they are undercover!

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St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Offers Free Two-Week ‘Taster Sessions’

Every year the club hosts the ‘Watson Tournament’ in honour of former Rock resident and club founder member Tony Watson. Clubs from Cornwall and Devon take part in a friendly competition with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Relief. This year it was £1,000. The photo was taken in the club hall during one of the competitions. St Minver Short Mat Bowls club are offering free two-week ‘taster sessions’ to anyone who would like to have a go at this sociable all year round indoor sport. The club meets most Tuesday and Fridays at the primary school hall in Rock (Lingham Hall).

Short mat bowling is an inexpensive sport; there is an annual fee of £17, in addition to a £2 charge for each session (which includes tea and biscuits).

If you decide to join the club and take up the sport you will need a pair of bowling shoes, a pair of light grey trousers or a grey skirt and Short Mat Bowls can be played by people of any age and to have a go all you need to do is will need to purchase a club tee shirt. just turn up on a club night at Lingham Hall. Most people start by borrowing a set of bowls The club will provide all of the equipment from the club for which there is no charge. you will need and provide tuition. Your first Later, most members buy their own set for two visits are free and tea and biscuits will around £200 - they will last a lifetime. Second be provided. The club say that it would be a hand they can be bought for much less. good idea to contact the club secretary (Pat Finally, if you want to play against other clubs Crank 07972 712950) before coming to make you will need to be affiliated to the Cornwall sure it is not one of the evenings the school is Short Mat Bowling Association, which also closed. involves a small fee. 32

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Calling All Amateur Photographers!

Do you like the new Link covers? Feedback to this change has been very positive, but we’d really like to involve Link readers in the new look magazine. So far we have used a classic estuary picture, taken by Link committee member Barbara LeMain; an autumn view of trees at Lanhydrock by John Beckett and this edition, another Link committee member, Nici Couch, has contributed the photo of the hens at Trevathan Farm Shop. We would like you to send in any photos you think would make a good cover picture. We publish Link four times a year so the pictures need to reflect the four seasons if possible. Martin Broadfoot, the Link photographer, has put together some top tips to help you take a better picture- this advice is relevant for any photographs which are sent to us.

1.Pictures should be at least 1-2 Mb. Make sure you set your camera or phone to high resolution 2.Take pictures in a good light but don’t have subjects standing in front of a window or other light source. 3.Hold the camera or phone very still – try and rest on something if possible to eliminate ‘camera shake’. 4.Always check the background. 5.Front cover pics must be taken in the local area. We welcome photos from any amateur photographers. To give you an idea of what we’re looking for, local professional photographer, Nick Reader, has kindly allowed us to use this stunning photograph.

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Interior Design Tips to Refresh Your Home Stepping into the Design Trends of 2020 Nicola O’Mara - Mindfulness

Mindfulness is emerging as a clear trend for 2020 where it nestles in perfectly alongside the mainstays of ‘sustainability’ and ‘wellness’. As with sustainability and wellness, mindfulness in our interiors makes the case for creating our homes as a refuge from the stresses of the outside world. Think low furniture, floor cushions, plenty of indoor plants, natural materials and a calming palette of natural tones and whites. Bliss.


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elements popping up all over your Pinterest board in the coming year. A few fun design surprises add joy and warmth to your home, especially if you have a young family. What does this look like? Pops of colour, artwork referencing pop culture and playful design decor are all ways to embrace the spirit of play in your home.

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Nature’s Inspiration

Colours are such a personal thing, but some just ooze calm. It’s safe to say we will be swooning over restorative colours taken straight from nature. Earth tones will remain big news for the foreseeable future, as will orange, pink, and various shades of blue and green in both warm and cool hues. Ripe olive green is also being touted as a super-chic option for any space in your home. Keep the look modern and fresh by introducing an unexpected accent colour. We are talking about pairings such as taupe with periwinkle blue, rust and pink or lilac, and mustard with dusty pink.

Some trends are set to be so major that they surpass all others. These are trends that work harmoniously with all other trend predictions for the year ahead whilst also being the predominant and without doubt the ultimate trend of the year! For 2020 the hottest trend is all things glass lighting! From retro shaped mid-century statement lights with stunning glass features to boho-chic chandeliers; it is all about glass. Glass lighting is fabulous due to its ability to be incorporated into so many different interior aesthetics as a result of its multi-faceted design flexibility. Whether it is sleek frosted glass scandi style lamps that emit a gentle hygge glow or the perfect trio of glass pendants above a kitchen island, there’s isn’t an interior trend that glass lighting can’t heard it here first!

Organic Beauty

It’s going to be all about keeping a strong connection with the natural world via our interiors in 2020, and to this we say: Yes! Natural materials and organic forms are already well and truly entrenched in our interior loving hearts and we can look forward to more of this next year and beyond. Rattan, linen, jute, timber and artisanal décor items that are perfectly imperfect go a long way to giving your space a personal touch. This is a look you can embrace wholeheartedly or via a few strategically placed handmade treasures on a bookshelf.


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1st St Minver Brownies Busy Making and Baking!

The summer flew by and before we knew it the girls came flooding back into the guide hut with stories of their summer, but were glad to be back at Brownies for more adventures and laughs. This term we set a challenge for the girls to cook something at home and bring to Brownies to share with everyone. This challenge is part of their baking badge and the girls had to present what they had cooked, tell us what ingredients they used, and how they made it....well I had no idea what wonderful cooks these girls are. Every homemade treat was utterly delicious, and I went home feeling very full! We decided it was time to challenge the girls even more and we held a ‘Bake Off’. The girls were split into two teams and given ingredients and a full list of instructions. They 36

were almost left to their own devices to make macaroni cheese. Again, the girls excelled and their macaroni cheese was excellent. Not only are we still getting used to the new guiding programme, we are also working on a penguin challenge badge this term. We have made some super penguins to hang on the Christmas tree and these, along with some other homemade crafts, raffle, ‘Santa’ and lots, lots, more will be available to buy at the village Christmas Fayre at Rock Institute on Saturday December 14th, 12 until 4. This will be a truly wonderful community event, so please get the date in your diary and come along . In the weeks ahead we will be heading to Newquay Zoo to visit the penguins and learn a bit more about

these wonderful little fellows. We will also be attending Remembrance Sunday at St Minver Church and then participating in the guiding carol service at Egloshayle church in early December. We have places available at Brownies if you have a daughter aged between 7 and 10 who would like to come and join in with our activities. Come along one evening and meet us on Wednesdays during term time in our HQ @ Trewint Playing Fields or you can contact us via information-for-parents/ register-your-daughter or call Katrina on 07866004349

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St Minver Remembers

Jamie and Lyndsay Mercer were determined that the sacrifice of so many during the last hundred years of conflict was not forgotten. They also wanted to mark the 100 year anniversary of Jamie’s family owning the pub, The Fourways Inn. So they commissioned a mural for the wall which has drawn a great deal of attention, particularly after the story appeared on BBC Spotlight. Coincidentally, Martin Broadfoot, Link’s photography guru, has managed to painstakingly restore the photograph on the left which shows the congregation leaving St Minver Church after the first Remembrance Day Service in November 1919.

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The Jess Memorial Surf Competition September 28th 2019

to one surf therapy lessons, helping young people gain confidence,which impacts on their whole life, including improving their school work. The charity is local, with a head office in Newquay , but they offer lessons from ERA Adventures at Polzeath on a Saturday. With our Jess dying from depression we feel as though this charity does help young people with mental ill health, to learn something new and feel good about themselves. This year we had our own rash vests, with ‘Jess’ on them, We were very well looked Our ninth annual surf from Cornish Granite Sport competition in memory of our after from Alex Roads from who sponsored us, so a big Polzeath Surf lifesaving Club beautiful daughter Jess, was thank you to Paul Hancock. well attended, even though and also Llyr Farragher from They were in bright colours so ERA Adventures for our water the judges could spot them; the sea conditions were very challenging. The heats were 15 safety; there were no incidents, they are all washed and ready minutes each and 20 minutes so that was good, thank you. for next year which could be The entry money went to the October 3rd 2020. in the finals, so the 4 judges Wave Project,which gives one It was the second year of had a full day doing a great job, having to use binoculars to spot them out surfing the Mabel & Wailin in the big waves. It was fantastic to tandem event watch the experienced surfers, catching the 6-8 foot waves and completing a range of technical manoeuvres. The youngsters and surfers who were not confident in the big surf, surfed the inside sections having fun especially in the tandem event (thank you to TJ’s for the paddleboards).

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having the event trailer from Paul Vincent, of Vincent Tractors, which meant we had somewhere dry to do all the paperwork; we have previously used vans but it’s not so convenient, so a huge thank you to him. We’d also like to thank Rob Harris for arranging it all and letting us run the competition from Tristram car park which is a great vantage point to watch and judge the competition. It was lovely to see all the families parked up in Tristram cliff car park , catching up with each other and enjoying the day whilst helping other young people who have mental and physical problems in their lives. After the competition we moved down to the Sandbar, loaded up with trophies and prizes. Jamie, as always, provided scrumptious food and also donates all the money from the food to the charity, so thank you very much Jamie. Before the presentation of the trophies (which are made by Jess’s dad, Alan, and the prizes, donated by local businesses) Poppy, who has surf therapy

Jack Evans & Joe Hayward in the tandem event lessons, read out her own poem about how the lessons have helped her. Dave O’Diamond provided the music, to get us all up and dancing whilst trying to sell raffle tickets! After the raffle, we finished with the amazing band Mahoustic. It was a truly wonderful day and night to remember our Jess with family and friends whilst helping other young people by raising an amazing £2,518 for the Wave Project. Thank you to everybody for coming and supporting this event and all the businesses, as without them this event could not be held: Sandbar, Ann’s Cottage, TJ’s, Ocean Blue,Whitewater Gallery, Polzeath Marine Centre, St. Moritz Cowshed, Nathan Outlaw, Stepping Stone Restaurant, Cracking Crab, Cornwall Waverunner Safaris, Steve Daniel’s Surf, Cornish Granite Sport, Origin Coffee, Jules Stenning, Iroka, Nalu beads, Surfgirl/Carve magazine.

Results Under 12 1st George Rule-Hobson Joint 2nd Mabel Harrison and Jack Evans Under 16 1st Sam Hearn 2nd Ollie Keats 3rd Sam Stonebridge Ladies 1st Rosie O’Neill 2nd Rhône Doyle 3rd Vickie Wheeler Men’s Open 1st Liam Murray-Strout 2nd Harvey Tregidgo 3rd Pete Blackburn Masters 1st Will Doyle 2nd Nick Evans 3rd Wailin Harrison Tandem 1st Liam Murray-Stroud & Jago Beer-Robinson 2nd Lewis Handley & Ryan Hughes 3rd Mabel & Wailin Harrison

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Junior Link Compiled by Nici Couch

The children at St Minver School created these maps of London using the bookcreator app on their iPads. This one on the left is Willow’s

This map was created by Lockra and Ben

This map on the left was the work of Hannah and Juno


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This lovely piece of work on the left is from Harriet & the article on the right is from Millie. The two posters below are from Bo Gregson in Year 3 and Lola Merryman in Year 4.

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Jules Stenning by Ann Jones, Art Editor

Jules has always enjoyed being creative and, Above: Selection of gemstone and gold rings from an early age, loved the idea of ‘making’; Below: Eco Silver & Gold Rock Pool Bangle sewing and devising intricate origami models were favourite childhood pastimes. Her creative interests had to play a secondary role for quite some time as she forged a successful career in nursing, working as a Staff Nurse at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. Jules loved this work, enjoying the camaraderie, sense of purpose and teamwork that a career like nursing brings, but the job became increasingly stressful and, after twenty five years of nursing, she decided that she needed a change of direction. Whilst she was a nurse she had made a few forays into the world of stained and fused glass and realised that glass was a medium that she really enjoyed experimenting with. 42

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Copper Sunset drop earrings She created large stained glass panels, fused glass bowls and plates. It was these early influences that she returned to, some years later in her jewellery. On leaving nursing, she felt she needed some time to think and plan for the future and took a part-time job at a local garden centre where she worked in the plant area, giving advice to customers and using her artistic flair to design plant displays. Little did she realise that her love for the outdoors and the natural world would have an impact on her future artistic work. Jules now had more time to pursue her creative interests, and she enrolled on a local silversmithing course. This became her passion and something she wanted to pursue. The move to Polzeath from Bath became an obvious one for her and her husband. They had holidayed in the village for many

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years and had bought a house there in 2008. Relocation was, as Jules says, a natural extension of where their lives had been heading for some time. And it is in Polzeath, in her garden workshop, that she creates her beautiful eco jewellery, drawing inspiration from the coast, beaches and countryside around her, finding her ‘imaginative breath of fresh air’ in her much-loved North Cornwall. Despite re-locating to Polzeath Jules has continued to volunteer on the Glastonbury Festival re-cycling team, reinforcing her ethos that recycling should be at the heart of her business, using Eco Silver and 9ct Eco Gold to create her striking, highly individual pieces of jewellery. She uses 18ct Fairtrade Gold for special items of jewellery, is on the Fairtrade Gold register, a member of the National Association of Jewellers and her jewellery is hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office. Jules loves using Fairtrade Gold, a bright, fine yellow gold that, in Jules’s words, ‘shines like the sun’ and in doing so, she knows she is supporting miners, their families and communities in developing countries. As well as using recycled precious metals, recycled glass beads from Africa and ethically sourced Cornish gemstones, she uses the unmistakable blue glass from Bombay Sapphire gin bottles (once the gin has been consumed!) The distinctive blue glass is broken into small pieces, fused in her kiln and then set in silver for earrings, rings and necklaces. The result is stunning and reflects her love of vibrant coastal colours. Jules creates beautiful, ethical jewellery for the eco conscious; each piece is unique, with different textures, forms and colours used to reflect the natural world. More of her work can be seen in the Wild Garlic Studio in Trebetherick, the Zeath Gallery in Polzeath and on her website Instagram: julesstenningdesign Facebook: julesstenningdesign Email:

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The Old Forge Garage in St Minver was one of the first businesses to support the Link by advertising in the very first edition, in November 1981, and their advertisement has remained unchanged since then, apart from the change to the Trebetherick telephone codes. ( Viviennes of Wadebridge has also advertised since the first edition). John Smith first came to work as a mechanic at the garage in March 1978, for the then owner, Bob Patterson. He and Jan had decided to move from Hertfordshire for a better life for the family and education for their children, Iain and Jo. Within 18 months, Bob decided to sell the business to John and Jan and for the first two years, they ran the garage single handed, a situation which wasn’t really sustainable, so they took on Roger Worth, who stayed with

them for 35 years! In those early days, John and Roger would carry out all the pre and post MOT work but had to take cars to another garage for the actual test, so in 1988, John and Jan invested in an extension and MOT bay. In 2000, all the small petrol companies were squeezed out by the big multinationals, and the Old Forge reluctantly gave up the forecourt petrol pumps. On leaving school, Iain spent 6 months travelling in New Zealand and Australia, with Julian Harris of Trelights and started working with John on his return. Daughter Jo, trained as a ward clerk at Treliske hospital and is now an HR manager for 12 nursing homes, including the local Windmill Court. The business is thriving with an expert team of mechanics who have joined John and Iain. Chris French, who

Left: The Old Forge team of Chris French, John Smith and Iain Smith Above: The Old Forge Garage, back in the 70s when John and Jan Smith took over.

specialises in electronics and electric or hybrid vehicles and Ron Lewis, who is their vintage car expert. Jan, who has always taken responsibility for all the accounts, has now retired and the role is now shared between Helen and Vicki. This firmly established local garage has had another evolution – Iain is now the proprietor and John is working for him. ‘It’s working well’, said John, ‘At least it means I can take a holiday and properly switch off!’ One of the first things Iain decided to do as the new owner of The Old Forge Garage, was to update the advert – here at the Link we are wondering if this version, on page 44, will remain unchanged for 31 years, like the previous one. 45

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At ‘Gully Cove’ 1919 Kathleen outside St Enodoc Church - about 1960 In 1919, my grandmother, Kathleen Stokes, was living in Eastbourne with her two children; my mother, Phoebe (8) Allen (12). Her husband, Harry, a successful barrister, had died in Calcutta from typhoid aged 33, five months before Phoebe was born. Kathleen came home from India, trained as a secretary and started work to support her young family. During the 1914-18 war, the children of her sister, Nell Oakley, lived 46

with Kathleen in Eastbourne. In 1919, Nell was home from India for the summer and arranged to rent St Enodoc Cottage from Major and Mrs Faulkner who had taken a 20 year lease on the cottage. Nell negotiated a stay of six weeks at 5 guineas a week. They were met at Wadebridge Station by Mr Dingle with a large wagonette drawn by two horses. The cottage was primitive, but they were welcomed by Mrs Frances Mably of Shortlands who brought milk, bread and

butter. A friend from Calcutta, Elsie Bent, and her four children soon joined them renting Linkside and they told stories of swimming at Gully, diving into the diving pool and long walks carrying the lunch baskets to spend the day at Cowrie and Lundy. In Nell’s words “they spent six weeks of glorious sunshine, learning to swim in the rock pools and enjoying the magnetic attraction of Trebetherick and Daymer Bay”. Her children told wonderful stories of their childhood in

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Katheen’s 9 Great Grandchildren at ‘Gully’ in 2019 Cornwall with treasure hunts, dances at Rock Institute and tennis parties with John Betjeman. Nell Oakley returned from India in 1936, after the death of her husband, to settle in Trebetherick, building her home, Whitebays and White Walls, Trevale and Darrah. She became Head of St Johns Ambulance in Cornwall and was awarded

an MBE. Kathleen spent every summer in Trebetherick at Coolgreena with a large party of her siblings’ children and their friends who slept on the verandah with boys on one side and girls on the other. In 1938, Kathleen Stokes built Pauntley (the name comes from the village of Pauntley in Gloucestershire) and lived there until her death in 1962. Nell’s daughter, Joan and her

husband Ray Hechle, lived in Trevale and for many years ran the Harbour Shop in Padstow. Two nieces and a cousin have settled in Cornwall and my life as a photographer began, aged 8, buying a camera for half a crown from the Jumble Stall at St Minver Church Fete. A hundred years on, the descendants of Kathleen and Nell, their brothers and sisters and Elsie Bent still go to “their beach” opposite Stepper which they christened Gully. In August this year, 31 of us, including 25 direct descendants of Kathleen and Elsie, spent a magical day on Gully with low tide swims in the morning and a very rough high tide swim in the late evening. We had the beach to ourselves and it was our beach for the day. Prudence Cuming

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett ‘A cauliflower is a cabbage with a college education’, so wrote Mark Twain – that made me smile. From a purely visual point of view I much prefer the cabbage; I have never been inspired to draw a cauliflower, but cabbages can be very interesting, with their layers of crinkly


leaves, sometimes tinged with crimson. I got carried away with drawing them at one time, in fact the only time, when I actually grew some in the garden. The illustration you see here celebrates the occasion. I called them Splendiferosh Cabbageo Giganteam ( you

won’t find this in ‘A Little Latin for Gardeners’). It is often the unexpected that we find interesting and sometimes beautiful. On a mellow September day, warm, and with a low sun, the dried seed heads of echinops and eryngium looked infinitely more beautiful than the few remaining flowers in the garden, and closer inspection showed they were festooned in cobwebs, glinting gossamer-like in the sun; it can be a heart stopping moment. Likewise, to walk down to the beach at Daymer Bay, a pale low sun silhouetting Stepper Point, the expanse of sand gleaming, the sea grey, but catching glints of sun. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic crimson and orange sunset to be beautiful. The writer Somerset Maugham once said, ‘Beauty was a bit of a bore’. He wasn’t writing about Victorian marble sculptures, but that’s what comes to my mind, the conventional acceptance of beauty; how often in a museum have we hurried on past the sculptures, looking for some inspiration elsewhere, and finding it perhaps in a simple blue and white pot, 17th

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century or thereabouts. A while ago I was in the Port Isaac Surgery waiting room, and glancing around at the crowded room, I took a magazine from the much used pile; Country Life, I believe. A small column told the story of a 17th century Lady , who lived with her husband, Sir Somebody. He was called away to fight abroad, and while he was gone, his lonely wife decided to plant a garden. It was to have been parterres, paved paths, fruit trees, some espaliered against mellowstone walls, and roses cascading over her boundary walls. Her neighbour, a Lord, was also away fighting; when, after a year the two men returned, her husband was overjoyed to see his wife, happy in her beautiful garden. The Lord next door, though, was dismayed to find she had encroached over the path to his property, and over

his boundary walls;( there is nothing new under the sun…) He said she must rectify the problem, but the next day, so enthralled by the beauty of it all, he relented and told her she could keep it as it was, as long as she presented him with one perfect rose every Midsummer Day, a custom that has carried on ever since by descendants of the Lord of the Manor. I was called out of my reverie into the surgery, and when I came out the magazine had gone. I loved that story;I

expect there is a Single Rose Lane or alley somewhere in the City of London. The Lord of the Manor could have requested an enormous bunch of flowers, or the fruit from her trees, but a single perfect rose was all he asked, a symbol of his appreciation of her garden. Enjoy the good days we will have through the winter – and suddenly it will be spring……

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Aren’t we lucky! Local walks

by Morwenna Vernon

Tidying up a bookcase recently, I came across a book I hadn’t read for a long time. ‘A Portrait of Padstow’, was written by my late father, Frank Sluman, and illustrated by Paul Spencer. I had forgotten that the book included nine walks in the Padstow area and thought I’d use one of these for this edition. This time it’s a very short, circular walk, but one which I have done many times and hopefully will do many more. I particularly remember it being our standard Brownie nature walk, as our Brown Owl, Mrs Clatworthy, was always determined to get us outdoors in the fresh air and gave us tasks to complete along the way! It’s not suitable for wheelchair users but is manageable with a pushchair as there are only a couple of shallow steps and no stiles. I wouldn’t recommend it during any period of wet weather as it can become quite muddy. Starting from the bandstand in Padstow – right in front of the Chough Bakery, head 50

around the quay. Pass the Cory shelter which was erected in 1938 in memory of Sir Herbert Cory, whose family originated in Padstow and who founded the Cory Shipping Company. On passing the Shipwrights Inn, take a moment to look at the milestone on the wall which has 259 1/4 miles written on it. This was previously positioned on the tracks at the Padstow Station and marks the number of miles from there to Waterloo Station. Bear left where the path goes up towards the mini golf, this is also the route to the ferry point when it’s low tide. Continue along the path until you come to the war memorial and enjoy the fantastic views of the estuary. My companion on this walk was my niece, who reminded me that we always say hello to Arthur Sluman, my great uncle, who died in WW1 and whose name is on the memorial. Go through the gate and take an immediate left up a couple of steps and follow the path, keeping the hedge to your left. This path

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gives you some interesting views of Cant Hill and Porthilly, as well as towards the Iron Bridge. If you look to your right, in the second field, you will see a prehistoric burial mound, called Trig Troll, which was excavated in the nineteenth century. The path leads into a narrow lane and a junction,where there is a granite water trough, which used to supply the water to the dairy at Prideaux Place. Head left under the arched bridge and you will find yourself outside the beautiful Elizabethan manor house, Prideaux Place. If you are lucky, you will see the deer, as there is a large and thriving herd, there is evidence of the deerpark being here since 450 AD. Legend has it that if the deer die out, then so does the Prideaux family. In February 1927 the herd was supplemented with a new master buck sent via the Great Western Railway by King George V from the herd at Windsor. Unfortunately the animal did not

get the chance to improve the bloodline as was hoped, for the following morning the gamekeeper set out to cull the old master buck and shot the King’s buck instead. Passing Prideaux Place on your right, take the first left down Fentonluna , where you will see many beautiful old properties. As you continue down towards the harbour, you will return to where you started, by the bandstand. The walk took about 45 minutes, but could take longer if you stop every time there is a breathtaking view, so allow plenty of time!

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Stuart Robertson

30 years with St Minver Scout Group

Stuart has been in 1st St Minver Scout Group since his 8th birthday and started as a Leader at the age of 18 at the request of Group Scout Leader at the time, Richard Watson. He has been there ever since. Stuart has a very welcoming and encouraging nature and has over the years seen many boys and girls progress through the group. He wishes he had kept a list , but we know it runs into hundreds. That includes all the leaders that are currently working in the Scout section alongside him: Rob 20 years, Martin 12 years, Ormy and Taran 1 year each and Joe who has just turned 18 is about to start his journey into leadership. In Stuart’s time as a leader, he has taken Scouts on camps to Snowdon and France, along with lots of camping activity closer to home – Port Quin, Washaway, and Truro to name but a few. He also took part in the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile which was December 1998 – January 1999. As part of the leader team, Stuart helped to train the selected few from Cornwall who were aged between 14-18 during the once in a lifetime Scouting event.


Stuart joined over 30,000 Scouts and leaders from all over the world for this amazing event. During his 30 years as a leader, Stuart has had several roles: Scout Leader, Group Scout Leader, County Leader Trainer, Sub Camp Chief at Cuboree, Deputy District Commissioner, District Commissioner. However, through all the time he has had District and County roles, his commitment to 1st St Minver has always been his priority. Stuart was awarded the Scouting Medal of Merit in 2005 for ‘keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.’ Stuart takes a pride in everything he does and is keen for our Group headquarters to be smart. We all now regularly paint the chipboard floor a pale shade of grey – now affectionately know by us all as Scout Hut Grey in order to keep up his, and now our, high standards.

Uniform is a key part of Scouting and Stuart takes pride in his appearance as he believes the leaders should set an example. This can be seen in public at the Remembrance service that is held in St Minver Parish Church each year (Stuart has not missed once since the age of 8) and at St George’s parade every April – as you might expect, 1st St Minver without fail, always look the smartest, even if we are a little biased. As well as Scouting, Stuart has many other volunteering roles in the community including Rock RNLI shore crew, Wadebridge School Governor, Commodore Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club and many others over the years, too many to list . It has been an honour and a pleasure to work alongside Stuart, who I can call a true friend and asset to the local community. Robert Watson Leader, 1st St Minver Scouts

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Fitness With Julia


Let’s Care For Them Please! The knee joint is one of the most vulnerable in the body. It has to be strong enough to bear your whole body weight in actions such as walking and stair climbing, and yet it has to have enough ‘give ‘to let you get up and down from chairs and the floor. The structure of the knee joint is that of a hinge and it allows movement in one plane only. It can bend or straighten. Tight ligaments help to form a strong joint and as the knee is not built to rotate or move sideways, injury can occur if this happens. One of the muscles that controls the knee is attached to the ligaments and cartilage. This gives ease of movement, but also makes the joint vulnerable to injury. As we know knee bends form the basis of many exercises and actions we do in every day life. If you are not used to regular exercise or are experiencing problems with your knees it is especially important to start slowly with good technique and keep the knee bends shallow, until your muscles strengthen enough to control the joint . Knee problems can happen as a result of a) Weak thigh muscles - so a gentle approach including exercises such as the sit to stand or seated leg

extension can help, not only to prevent injury but promote good leg strength b) Unsafe exercises - the knee becomes vulnerable when the bend is greater than 90 degrees and there is a strain on the ligaments which over time can be overstretched and no longer stabilise the joint . Remember,,

do not let the hips go down below the level of the knees! c) Poor alignment - knees should always be directly in line with the hips and ankles. In the bent position the knees should be over the front feet and you should always be able >continued on next page

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Winter Foot Guide by Victoria Gill BSC(Hons) Podiatry (Mpod) Podiatrist The average person walks about 100,000 miles in a lifetime that is more than four times the circumference of the globe. As the weather becomes colder and we return to our shoes, boots, and wellies, make sure you spare a thought for your feet. Feet can be the most neglected part of our body; they remain enclosed in socks and shoes with little thought for their wellbeing until a problem occurs. Keeping a close eye on our feet is incredibly important, especially as we get older and the skin becomes more fragile. Any untreated problems, like cracked skin, corns, hard skin, or ingrowing toenails can have a huge impact on both our mobility and independence. During the winter months, cold temperatures can make keeping your feet healthy an even greater challenge, particularly if you suffer from poor circulation. There are a number of common complaints that can arise as the

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>continued from previous page to see the big toe on the inside of your knee. d)- poor performance- another move that requires care and skill is straightening your knee from a bent position. Take care not to snap or ‘ lock’ the

knee joint straight . Keep it ‘soft’ this can jar the joint and over time increases wear and tear. This is important during weight bearing exercise and also seated body toning and gym work. If you are having a problem with your knees, don’t forget it

movement and in some cases can be incredibly painful. This Chilblains Chilblains can occur when your condition can last from a few toes become cold, as the cold minutes to a number of hours. reduces the size of the blood Thankfully, both these capillaries in your toes, which complaints can be avoided by in turn means the blood flow is keeping feet warm and dry in restricted. Chilblains make the properly fitted footwear. This toe appear red and blistered, could be achieved by simply and are usually intensely itchy. wearing extra pairs of socks, If you try to warm your feet up or shoes with a thick sole too quickly, the blood vessels to provide an extra layer of get larger and blood rushes insulation. Wool, cashmere, and to your toes which can cause bamboo socks are all proven to pain, swelling and further be very successful in keeping redness. Chilblains usually improve within 2-3 weeks and your feet warm. do not usually require medical If your feet do get too cold it attention, but do try to avoid is very important to gradually itching or picking the skin. warm them up. It is important Raynauld’s to remember not to apply Raynaud’s phenomenon is direct heat to your feet as this another condition which could cause a thermal injury. affects your blood circulation If you are worried about and can be made worse by anything I have raised in this cold temperatures, it often article please either contact affects your toes and fingers. a qualified Podiatrist, who is Although it is relatively common and does not usually registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) cause any severe problems, or your GP for further advice this condition can make the skin change colour, can restrict and guidance.

is never too late to strengthen up the thighs and do exercises which will not aggravate but help in the long run. For more information on this and classes which might be suitable ( such as chair based fitness) contact Julia on 07815987172

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It’s a Vet’s Life! Dr Nicky Hallows BVMS MRCVS, Clinical Director at Nute Veterinary Surgery in Wadebridge. Most of our work in the surgery involves cats, dogs, rabbits, cows, horses and sheep, but we are sometimes called upon for more exotic species.

cockerpoo came in for her first vaccines and we were able to offer her 4 weeks free insurance which she will hopefully carry on with for life-but not need to use too much!

Last week I was out castrating an alpaca. He had become a bit of a handful for his mates and we needed to calm him down a bit. Alpacas originate from Peru but they are increasingly popular as pets and their fleece can be used for clothing. They are sociable animals and generally well domesticated, but if riled, they can ‘spit’. Spitting is a bit of a euphemism as what they are actually doing is bringing up a bit of stomach acid. Although generally saved for fellow alpacas, vets approaching with a surgical kit and an eye on their prized possessions have been known to be spat at. We had fun and games catching and restraining our patient, but the job was done and our patient is recovering.

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We have also had quite a few hedgehogs brought in recently. There is a charity called Prickles and Paws which take on hedgehogs if we have had to treat them. Sometimes they come in with injuries that need a little 60

There’s lots of things that you can start early with a puppy to help prevent problems later on. Imagine if you didn’t clean your teeth for 8 years, your teeth and breath would be pretty grotty, well it’s the Crumble the cockerpoo same for our pets. Sometimes with Nicky we see dogs and cats with attention, other times it is less really bad teeth. There are obvious and we did have to dental specialists who will x-ray a hedgehog last week. perform fillings but usually Wherever possible, unless a the teeth we see either just hedgehog is obviously unwell need a good scale and polish or injured it is best left alone. or removing, because they Skin Problems have gone past the point of Back to the more routine saving. Animals aren’t very animals, we have seen a lot of good at lying back with their animals with skin problems mouths open so dentals recently. Skin problems and always involve a general allergies are probably the anaesthetic. We had a dog most common reason that today that needed 34 teeth we see dogs. Dogs can be removing! It was a rescue dog allergic to all sorts of things, and had the worst teeth we from grasses and pollens to had ever seen. It took nearly 3 food or dust mites. There are hours to remove all the teeth lots of treatments available, but once things have settled but often these allergies down he will be feeling much need managing for life. This better and it’s amazing how is one of the many good well cats and dogs can eat reasons why getting your pet with no teeth. If you want to insured from a young age is <continued on next page really important. Crumble the

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Gardening Made Easy by Nick Bacon

Patio Gardening Choosing the site: Consider the options. What aspect will it have? If the garden is south facing you can build as close to the house as you like in the knowledge that its shadow will not be cast on the patio. Levelling up: If the patio is to adjoin the house the level of the paving it uses must be at least 15cm (6 inches) below the damp proof course. If you have a sloping site, you may need to build a retaining wall to contain soil. Rain and the Patio: Good drainage is vital when laying a patio, allow for a fall away from the house of about 2.5 cm in every 1.5m (1 inch in 5ft) Welcome Wall: A low surrounding wall or a low double wall for plants can enhance a patio, so too can planting pockets or a small pond. Weed Prevention: If a patio is to be built on timber decking rather than stone, check that the timber has been pressure impregnated with preservative. Before positioning the decking, lay down heavy gauge polythene sheeting which has been perforated to allow water to drain away as this will prevent weeds growing up through the slats. Local Stone for Effect: Brick paths near the patio should be of a single colour as a mixture of colours will detract from the patio and from the garden’s unity and harmony. <continued from previous page

avoid this, then you can try brushing your dog’s teethbest done from an early agewith special dog toothpaste and toothbrushes or book regular dental checks.

Saving Space: Restrict the number of potted plants to a minimum. Hanging baskets and window boxes are just as colourful and will not overcrowd the patio.

Planting on Patios: Because a patio is really an extension of the living area of the house it should be planted to look attractive all year round.

Scented Planting: Grow containers of scented herbs such as curry plant, fennel, lavender, lemon verbena, mint, rosemary and thyme to perfume the air. A typical autumn container which will be ready to burst into colour at the time of year is a must of red and white hardy chrysanthemums all edged with variegated ivies.

Contrasting Foliage: Variegated or yellow foliage will complement green leaves, lysimachia, aucuba, elaeagnus, euonymus and philadelphus are all good for contrast.

Winter Colour: Growing colourful evergreens are worth a try ; Aucuba Japonica, Rozannie Variegata or Pyracanth, Coccinea ‘Lalandei’ both have cheerful red berries. Of course you can pot up dwarf fruit trees, vegetables and tomatoes . Old gardeners never die they just go to pot!!! Next issue….Back to Basics: Growing Veg

Christmas Treats With Christmas fast approaching, it’s another timely reminder to keep those Christmas goodies that are Christmas baddies for dogs and cats well out of the

way. Chocolate is the most common poisoning we see but raisins, grapes, onions and garlic also need avoiding. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year from Nicky and all the team at Nute Vets.

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What is Hypnotherapy? by Amy Grand BSc. Psych; HPD; DSfH Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist Bridge Hypnotherapy I have just moved into my new practice at Pen-y-Bryn in Wadebridge, and I must admit that the whole process was quite stressful. I found myself having to utilise all my hypnotherapy skills to manage the stress and keep on top of things. It occurred to me that having these skills and being able to put them into practice whenever necessary has changed my life. I am now a far more optimistic and positive person as a result of hypnotherapy. It occurred to me that many people reading this, may not know a great deal about hypnotherapy and how it can help. For many, I expect it conjures up images of ‘hypnosis’ such as people dancing like chickens on stage or a Little Britain character using the phrase ‘you’re back in the room’! Although very funny, this sketch show does not help people to understand how helpful hypnotherapy can be for many everyday problems.

access the unconscious mind. Positive suggestions are spoken to the client to create new ways for the person to think. During the session, a person cannot be made to do anything that they don’t want to do (despite the claims by some stage and television hypnotists). The ‘trance’ state, as clinical hypnotherapists refer to it, is a very normal and natural feeling that we all experience several times a day. It is like a daydream or when you are falling asleep in front of the television. You are aware of what is going on around you, but you are relaxed and comfortable, somewhere between full wakefulness and drifting off to sleep. This state is an essential part of balancing our emotions and maintaining good mental health. It replicates the process that occurs when we sleep and dream; our memories are filtered and consolidated and our neurotransmitters balanced Deep State of Relaxation and replenished, allowing us to again, pay full attention to Hypnotherapy is a complimentary therapy where the task at hand. Negative Voice a deep state of relaxation is Hypnotherapy helps to stop induced. During this state, the negative voice in our head. a client’s conscious mind The positive suggestions rests and the therapist can


given provide new responses for the client. The negative voice might say ‘you can’t do that’; you’re too scared’ ‘that’s too much for you too handle’. However, as a result of hypnotherapy, the part of the brain that deals with these emotional responses (the anterior cingulate gyrus) now has alternatives. Hypnotherapy can help with a range of different issues. It is particularly good at helping people to manage anxiety and depression and any conditions that occur as a result such as IBS or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It helps with increasing confidence and motivation, managing everyday stress and habit change. Hypnotherapy can also be used to help with relationship and communication issues, as well as issues of sexual dysfunction and problems with sleep. If you would like more information about how hypnotherapy works, please feel free to give me a ring for an informal chat or come and see me at the new practice, which is now up and running.

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Nutrition and The Menopause by Faith Toogood you are taking HRT or not. One issue that many people struggle with is weight gain. As we go through the menopause, muscle mass reduces which means that we require fewer calories to maintain our body weight. We therefore need to be careful to adjust our intake to avoid the slow creeping weight gain that can affect many women during this period of time. Combatting this potential loss of muscle The perimenopause. There are many changes to our mass with keeping active and incorporating resistance and bodies that occur during this strength activities into your day perimenopausal phase, both to day life is a great idea. physically and emotionally. From the age of 35 we start to Periods can become irregular and heavier; cholesterol levels lose calcium from our bones, upping our risk of developing can change which increases osteoporosis. Taking HRT helps the risk of cardiovascular disease; blood pressure can rise; to protect us from bone loss calcium is lost from your bones but there are plenty of dietary changes that we can make to which increases the risk of osteoporosis. Other symptoms improve our bone health. These include eating plenty of fruit, can also include hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, weight vegetables, dairy foods, calcium fortified non-dairy alternatives gain, poor concentration, headaches and even joint pains, as these are a great source of calcium. many of which can be due to falling oestrogen levels. Vitamin D also plays an Diet & Lifestyle changes important role in bone health. It is made in response to skin During menopause many contact with direct sunlight women will take HRT but and is only possible between some cannot or choose not April and September in the UK to for a variety of reasons. For (but still tricky for some in the all women however, diet and summer). It is recommended lifestyle changes can make that all adults consider a big difference to symptom severity regardless of whether supplementing vitamin D, 10 I have decided to focus on the menopause in this issue as I have had several requests for advice in this area recently. The menopause is in essence the time in a woman’s life when periods stop. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. When people talk about going ‘through’ the menopause, they tend to be referring to the period of time leading up to the actual menopause.

micrograms per day at least during the winter months and for women over the age of 65, all year round. The risk of cardiovascular disease rises during the menopause so combat this by making healthy choices; less saturated fat; oily fish once a week; eating plenty of fibre rich pulses and vegetables; reducing high sugar and high salt processed foods and keeping portions healthy. Foods rich in plant oestrogens such as soya and linseeds are also good for the heart so can be worth giving it a go, especially aiming for calcium enriched soya products like linseed bread, yoghurts and even edamame beans before reaching for supplements.

Caffeine and alcohol can worsen symptoms so if you find that these make you feel worse then perhaps reduce or cut them out altogether. Certainly sticking to the healthy limits for alcohol (2-3 units per day) and having 2 or 3 alcohol free days each week is important. In summary, making some simple nutritional changes can help to reduce menopausal symptoms, protect bone density and reduce cardiovascular risk.

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A St Minver Kitchen

In the last two editions of Link we included recipes from an old cookery book owned by Ian Hughes of Kenhendra. The recipe book previously belonged to Miss Andrews, the housekeeper of St Minver House, who was the aunt of his great grandmother. Here are two more intriguing recipes from ‘A New System of Domestic Cookery’

Christmas Dinner at the Manor, circa 1840.

Norfolk Punch.

Stuffing for roast turkey

In 20 quarts of French brandy put the peels of 30 lemons and 30 oranges, pared so thin that not the least of the white is left. Infuse 12 hours. Have ready 30 quarts of cold water that has boiled. Put to it 15 pounds of double refined sugar and when well mixed pour it upon the brandy and peels. Add the juice of the oranges and of 24 lemons, mix well. Strain through a very fine hair sieve into a very clean barrel that has held spirits and put 2 quarts of new milk. Stir and then bung it close. Let it stand 6 weeks in a warm cellar. Bottle the liquor for use, observing great care that the bottles are perfectly clean and dry and the corks of best quality and well put in. This liquor will keep many years and is improved by age.

Roast turkey may be stuffed in various ways, a veal stuffing being the most common. Where truffles are to be had, take about 2 pounds, peel them, select the small ones and after chopping pound them in a mortar, with an equal quantity of the fat of bacon rasped. Make the stuffing with this, mixed with some of the larger truffles whole, put them into the body of the turkey and let it hang for several days. Then roast it with a piece of fat bacon laid over the breast and paper over that. This being an expensive dish use sausage meat rather than veal and chestnuts rather than truffles.

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Mystery of a Lost Sword and Scimitar by Betty Balmford Published by Spiderwise £8.95 from Wadebridge Bookshop The Autumn Edition of Link advertised this book as ‘a historical novel for young persons under the age of 91 and, of course, their parents’, an assertion repeated on the title page of the book. There is an intriguing interpretation arising from the final phrase that the parents of young persons aged, say, 90, will enjoy this book, which I commend to the unbelievably healthy and antiquated readership of Link! Betty Balmford is no stranger to the art of composition, having written two pantomimes in Singapore, and more recently produced ‘Modified Rapture’, a story of Gilbert and Sullivan, in Wadebridge Townhall. Writing a full-length novel for a wide age-range combining an exciting mystery in the context of major historical events is a quite different challenge. The narrator, 11 year old Luke Gibbs, is introduced immediately, as is his best friend from school, Guy Villiers. Their holiday plans are abruptly changed as a result of an accident to Luke’s Grandfather in France. The author seizes the opportunity for Luke to explain why Grandfather was in France, and there follows a delightful vignette of the shooting down of a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War and his subsequent rescue by a French farmer. The planned holiday venue has changed from Luke’s house in Treyarnon, Cornwall, to Guy’s Oxfordshire mansion, with roots in the 11th. Century. The mystery is introduced almost immediately on arrival at the entrance of the gate to the historic estate. On the centre of the gate was a large metal plaque in the shape of a warrior’s shield crossed with a sword and scimitar. After a brief reference to the Crusades, Guy alluded to the loss of the weapons as part of treasure mislaid in 1649 by a Harry de Ville who fought with the King against Oliver Cromwell. The story moves at a commendable pace, and over breakfast, Luke hears about secret passages in the Tudor wing of the mansion. The boys then make a

fishing trip during which Luke dives into the river and finds a metal rod in the shape of a horseshoe, later identified by Guy’s uncle Chris as part of a spur, probably dating from the 1640s, the time of the Civil War in England. Further information is revealed about the history of the house, including a secret room off the secret passages and the story of buried treasure somewhere on the property. It is at this point that the author makes a brave decision. Guy’s Uncle Chris delivers a long history lesson on the English Civil War: its relevance to the Manor is hinted at but left for later. The visit to an archaeological site results in Luke’s sandal buckle becoming loose, and another mystery is revealed as Luke hears about the inexplicable escape of Royalist Harry and his family from arrest in the private chapel on the Estate. There are now three unsolved mysteries. It is at this point that the author makes another brave decision. Armed with information discovered in an ancient box which fell from a chimney after a huge storm, Uncle Charles relays to the boys details of the Crusades with particular reference to the massacre at Hattin in 1187. This section asks much of the readers, particularly the younger generation who have become accustomed to a digital approach to the studying of History. The extensive bibliography at the end indicates the careful research the author has undertaken to provide both colour and fact. The book has now reached its climax and Luke’s loose buckle provides the opportunity to solve the first of the mysteries. A tent peg is the cue for the second revelation, and an 8 line verse leads to the solution of the third. Betty Balmford has displayed wonderful inventiveness in creating her own particular mystery, and has taken great care to embellish the tale with historical authenticity. There are a number of spelling, punctuation, and syntax errors in the text, but these can be corrected when the Second Edition is printed!

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Ring Sizing Stuart Robertson is the proprietor of Robertson’s Jewellers Ltd. with a shop in Wadebridge, and two shops in Launceston. Stuart has studied, and qualified in all aspects of his trade with The National Association of Goldsmiths and particularly enjoyed his studies in gemmology. Stuart grew up in Rock and has always been a keen supporter of St. Minver Link.

In this article, I will tell you something of the processes required to size a ring from a jeweller’s perspective. This will give you an indication of what is considered when sizing a ring up or down, and what physically happens. Most precious metal rings can be sized, but the jeweller will consider what the consequences might be of that action. Often, the cost is virtually irrelevant due to the value – either actual or sentimental - of the ring, and the fact there is little point in owning a piece of jewellery which cannot be worn because it does not fit the owner. In sizing down a ring, a piece of the ring shank (the part at the back of the ring, at the underside of the finger) will be removed. The piece varies according to the dimensions of the shank, and of course the number of sizes the ring needs to be reduced by. Very approximately, this equates to one millimetre per size, but the jeweller will consider the width of the sawblade being used. The now cut edges are filed to remove any rough edges and saw marks and to create an edge perpendicular to the shank. Using ‘ring pliers’, which have one jaw which is ‘D’ shaped so as not to damage the inner curvature of the ring, the two edges of the shank are bent together to meet perfectly flush


with no gaps. The ring is then soldered together. The solder used must be of the same carat as that with which the ring is made. If solder of a different carat or fineness is used, the melting temperatures of the different metals vary, and the process will not work correctly. Once the ring has cooled, any excess solder is then removed using a half-round or ‘D’ shaped file, and emery paper. The ring is then placed on a solid ring-stick called a ‘triblet’ and is shaped using a leather headed mallet. (see photo) The final stages are to check the size is as that which was specified, and to thoroughly clean and polish the ring, using a polishing mop and ultrasonic cleaning bath. When sizing a ring up, the same process as described is used, except for the fact that a piece is inserted of the same carat as the ring to the desired size. The ‘shank wire’ is drawn through a ‘draw plate’ to ensure it is exactly the same diameter as that of the ring. It is a fallacy that a piece of ‘old’ ring can be inserted successfully, often any impurities in the metals can cause issues during the process. It is far better to use new shank wire. It is also a common misconception when a ring shank is worn thin, that a jeweller can ‘thicken it up’. Precious metal cannot simply be plastered on!

The process described above would need to be done, but adding an entire, or ¾ shank as necessary. This is done in such a width of shank wire as to restore the ring to its new condition, which will then give many years of wear. The precious metal removed during a sizing down process is normally scrapped, as it is usually such a small amount that it is considered of no real use to the customer, and it’s scrap value is allowed against the price of the entire repair. Of course, if a customer specifically requests that the piece is returned to them with the job, it can be. Any item which is stone-set will require the stonework to be carefully checked before the alteration is carried out, and afterwards. Often, just because a customer knows their ring needs resizing, they may not

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have considered the settings and claw-work to stones in their ring. It is a good opportunity to discuss this with the customer, and make any recommendations for any work which would be advisable and perhaps could be carried out at the same time as the sizing work. Some stones are particularly heat sensitive, and unless a laser-weld device is used, often stones will need to be unset at the workshop for the work to be carried out, and then re-set afterwards to avoid any damage. During the process of sizing, and certainly when re-shanking a ring, the hallmark can

St Minver Probus Club

The August meeting of the club was held at the Pityme Inn. After lunch and club business, we had a talk on loud-speakers. Very appropriate, you might think, but these were the electric ones in boxes-sorry, enclosures. The perfect-volume speaker was Peter Parsons who demonstrated a real enthusiasm for his electric friend. The loud-speakers in question were manufactured by Spendor, a BBC design, used by the corporation as monitors, costing several thousand pounds each. That didn’t stop Peter setting about one with his electric screwdriver, though, to show us what was inside. You can have as many electronic gizmos as you like, but what really matters is the quality of the materials used in the speaker, the skill of those building it and of course how accurately it is put together.

sometimes be lost. Whilst the jeweller will make every attempt to save the hallmark, it is not always possible, but the option can be given to re-hallmark a piece – we tend to use either London or Birmingham Assay Office. I have been fortunate to visit the Birmingham Assay office and to see the entire process used in this ancient procedure of guaranteeing the fineness of items made from precious metals. In the case of a ring which has been made in white gold, owing to the fact that all white gold jewellery is finally given a plating of the naturally occurring To reproduce music properly, and as near as you can get to a live performance, you need just 3 actual speakers – (tweeter, woofer and mid-range), you need a separator, to divide up the sound according to wavelength, and you need a cabinet of the correct dimensions). The materials used are important - for example, bextrene for the bass/mid cones and Baltic Birch ply for the cabinet. The former must be precisely constructed and the latter must prevent resonances of the wrong kind. Do all this, assemble it with the utmost care, and you get a speaker that you might not be able to switch on from Singapore, or listen to on the bus but, boy, does it sound good! In fact, the same principles apply to good musical instruments. That’s why they cost so much! Anyway, that was the talk, and the screwdriver was whipped out again for reassembly. We then had a hearing testrange, not volume. We were

white metal, Rhodium, a sized ring would benefit from being re-rhodium plated after the work is complete to make it look as good as new. If you have a ring which does not really fit you properly, or worse still – is not worn because it does not fit, please come and talk to us about it and have it made to fit you so that you can enjoy it. Stop worrying about the next generation who might eventually inherit and whether or not it will fit them, they can have the same process carried out when the time comes. Meanwhile, live for today and enjoy your jewellery! subjected to sounds at 20 Hertz (very low), then up steps to 10 kilohertz. (so high it went straight in one ear and out of the other) And we all passed! Children can apparently hear up to 20 kilohertz (that’s hearing; their volume, unless sleeping, is at least twice that…) Bats can hear 80 to 90 kilohertz, thus proving that, whatever else Probus members are, they are not bats. The music we got, which all sounded fabulous, was Tchaikovsky, Bach and James Last. ‘A Summer Place’ finished off the lunch and talk in a relaxed and most pleasant fashion – perfect! It was whistled all the way home. Thank you, Peter and loudspeakers, for a most informative and enjoyable experience. If this sort of thing interests you, please consider joining us. Just contact our secretary, Roy Birchwood, on 880549. We can’t always guarantee music, though. Tony Priest

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Local Church Services for December, Januar Venue

December 1st






St Kew

9.30am HC

6pm CS

9.30am HC

9.30am AAW

St Peter

9.30am MW

9.30am HC 4pm CC

9.30am MW

9.30am HC

St Endellion

11am SE

11am SE

11am SE 6pm T

11am SE 4pm BC

11am SE

11am SE

11am AAW

6pm CS

11am HC

11am HC

11am HC

3pm E

3pm E

3pm HC

3pm E

3pm E

6pm E

6pm CS

6pm E

St Enodoc

11am HC 4pm C 3pm E

St Michael

6pm E

St Breoke

8.30am HC 6pm A


10.30am HC

St Minver

9.15am HC 6pm E

8.30am HC 6pm CC

St Conan’s

8.30am HC

8.30am HC

Betjeman Centre

10.30am HC

Key to abbreviations for above FC Family Communion AAW All Age Worship E Evensong HC Holy Communion MF Memory Friendly MW Morning Worship BC Blue Christmas CC Carols by Candlelight SE Sung Eucharist CUW Christian unity -Wadebridge Town Hall C Christingle US United Service E Evensong CSM Covenant Service - Methodist Church CS Carol Service T Taize WT Worship Together

10.30am MF

9.30am HC 9.30am MW

8.30am HC 10.30 am WT 10.30am HC



10.30am US

10am CSM

10.30am HC

Anglican Weekly Services: Tuesdays Egloshayle Church, 8.30am Morning Prayer St Endellion Church. 8am Holy Communion


Egloshayle Church,10.30am Holy Communion, St Minver Church, 10am Holy Communion St Michael’s Church, 5.30pm Evening Prayer

Thursdays St Breoke Church, 8.30am Morning Prayer


St Conan’s Church, 6pm Evening Prayer

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February 26th





9.30am AAW

9.30am HC

9.30am AAW

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am MW

9.30am HC

9.30am MW

11am SE

11am SE

11am SE

11am SE

11am SE

11am CSM

11am HC

11am AAW

11am HC

10.50am R

11am HC

11am AAW

3pm E

3pm E

3pm HC

3pm E

3pm E

3pm E

3pm HC

9.15 am HC 6pm E

6pm E

6pm E

6pm E

9.15am HC 6pm E

6pm E

6pm E

8.30 am HC

9.30am AAW 9.30am HC 9.30am HC

8.30am HC

3pm B

10.30am WT 10.30am CUW

10.30am WT

8.30am HC 10.30am HC

10am HC

9.30am MW 11am SE

9.30am AAW 9.30am HC 11am SE

8.30am HC 10.30am WT 10.30am HC

10.30am WT

8.30am HC

8.30am HC

8.30am HC

10.30am HC

10.30am HC

Catholic Church Services Wadebridge St Michael’s Church. Mass: Sundays 8.30am. Bodmin St Mary’s Abbey. Mass: Sundays 10.30am. Padstow St Saviour & St Petroc Church, Mass Saturday 5.30pm. (Confessions 5.30 6pm). Tintagel St Paul The Apostle Church Mass: Sundays 5.30pm. more at

10.30am MF

10.30am HC

Methodist Church Services

Rock Methodist Church 11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church Cornerstone, Trevanion Street.Sundays 10.30. All Age Worship 1st Sunday each month. Rocks for Primary School children 10.15-11.30. Creche available Trelights Methodist Chapel: Sundays 6pm Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational. 10 am Every Sunday.

Quaker Meetings

Sunday 10.30 am John Betjeman Centre, (next to library). All are welcome.

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Local Telephone Numbers


Catholic (Bodmin & Wadebridge) -----------01208 72833 (Tintagel)------------------------- 01840 770663 Methodist (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)------ 01208 863481 (Wadebridge)--------------------- 01208 812887 Multi-denominational (Tubestation Polzeath)------------ 01208 869200 St Minver (Warden Mrs Ruth Varcoe)-------01208 862954 (Warden Mick Sumra)------------- 01208 862550 Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge-01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital------------------ 01208 251300 Frank About Drugs------------------0800 776600 Drinkline-------------------------- 0800 9178282 Port Isaac Surgery----------------- 01208 880222 Rock Surgery---------------------- 01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske)------------------------ 01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre-------- 01208 812222 Libraries Cornwall Library Renewals-------- 0845 6076119 All Libraries----------------------- 0300 1234111 Reference Library------------------ 0800 0322345 Police Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)---------101 Crimestoppers-----------------------0800 555111 Emergency / Helplines Age UK---------------------------- 0800 1696565 Concern (Wadebridge)------------ 01208 812392 Electricity (Western Power Distribution)------ 08006783105 EDF Energy 105 National Domestic Violence Helpline--------------------------0808 800 5000 National Gas Emergency Service----0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine 111 Parentline Plus (24 hour)--------- 0808 8002222 Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, Coastguard-------------------------------------999 Samaritans------------------------ 08457 909090


Women’s rape/abuse centre Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)----- 01208 869420 ------------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999 Rock Lifeboat Station ------------- 01208 863033 Water Helpline-------------------- 0800 1691144 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club (John Wade)---------------------- 01208 862709 Veterinary and RSPCA Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)------- 01208 813258 Rock Water Taxi Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)------------01208 76403 (Boat -during operating hours)--- 07778 105297 RSPCA Animal Centre ------------- 01637 881455 (offices)-------------------------- 01208 862815 RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour----- 0300 1234999 St Minver Beavers Strandings Hotline------------------------------ Debbie Davison 07802825234 0345 201 2626 St Minver Brownies General Numbers (Kathy Hore)---------------------- 01208 862340 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)------ 01208 814564 St Minver Cemetery Committee British Legion-St Minver (Gillian Thompson)--------------- 01726 884024 (Fred Prior)----------------------- 01208 862543 St Minver Cricket Club------------ 07950 862506 . Cancer Research St Minver Cubs (Nigel)------------ 01208 815102 (Gina Snelling)------------------- 01208 862820 St Minver Football Club Citizens Advice Bureau (Roy Birchwood)------------------ 01208 880459 (Advice Line) ---------------------08444 99 4188 St Minver Post Office-------------- 01208 869426 Cornwall Council------------------- 0300 1234100 St Minver Pre-School-------------- 01208 869511 CRUSE Bereavement Care Cornwall----------------------------01726 76100 St Minver School------------------ 01208 862496 St Minver Scouts Animal Welfare & Veterinary Laboratory------------------------ 01872 265500 (Robert Watson)------------------01637 889 190 EDF Energy--------------------------0800 365000 St Minver Senior Circle John Betjeman Centre------------- 01208 812392 (Alec Chambers)------------------ 01208 592956 St Minver Short Mat Bowls North Cornwall Cluster of Churches (Rev’d Dr Elizabeth Wild)--------------------- 07758407661 (Pat Crank)----------------------- 01208 869120 Old Cornwall Society St Minver Silver Band (Margaret Bartlett) -------------- 01208 816307 (Gary Gauss)---------------------- 01208 814170 Padstow Harbour Master---------- 01841 532239 Tubestation Polzeath-------------- 01208 869200 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk University of Third Age-------(Joan Proctor) 01208 (Lee Dunkley)--------------------- 07773194876 814416 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Wadebridge & District Angling Association (Gillian Thompson)--------------- 01726 884024 (Dave Churcher)------------------ 01208 812748 Perceval Institute Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Maureen Rickard)---------------- 01208 869426 (Stewart Privett)------------------ 01208 869435 Polzeath Area Residents Association Wadebridge Choral Society (David Short)--------------------- 01208 862568 (Annabelle Woolcott)------------01208 815322 Polzeath Marine conservation Group-07779896650 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Polzeath Post office---------------- 01208 863430 (Mick Stone)---------------------- 01208 812912 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club Wadebridge Country Market 07971447584 Hazel---------------------------- 01208 832398 Relate Relationship Counselling (St Austell)-------------------------01726 74128 Wadebridge Post Office ----------- 01208 812813

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Interior Design for your Holiday Home Holiday letting expert, Annabel, gives her thoughts on interior design in your holiday home. When styling their holiday home, I always advise owners to follow their own taste and put their personality into it whilst also considering how much appeal it will have to a wide range of guests.

Keep updating I have heard the words “But I like it like this” when discussing with owners how the dated décor of their property may not be appealing to customers hence the reduction in bookings after several years of no changes being made.

Be a bit daring I see many holiday properties furnished with similar fixtures and fittings and I like to encourage owners to be a little experimental in order to ensure that their property stands out from the crowd.

Coastal cool For a coastal property you may want the interior to be more neutral whilst also making an impression - but the whole nautical look has been overdone and it’s time for a change. Beautifully-decorated, sharp white walls with royal blue sofas look incredible. Greys and pink or pastel greens add colour, vibrancy and style so don’t be scared to add these shades in. Get rid of the modern pine, lighthouses, porthole mirrors, rope bannisters and oars if possible.

Cosy cottage For a romantic country cottage, I would opt for luxurious printed fabrics, soft lighting, big squashy sofas and a cosy décor. Colourful Cornishware crockery provides that quintessential cottage character along with crisp white bedlinen and quilted bedspreads on deep mattresses.

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Pick Your Own Or Ready Picked Home Grown Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Black currants and Red currants Home produced beef, lamb and free-range eggs and Seasonal Vegetables. Homemade jams, pickles and marmalades. Local produce, cheeses, country crafts, gifts, country wines and ciders. Breakfast, Lunches, Delicious Homemade Cakes and Cream Teas Children's Play Area & Pets Corner. Find us at St Endellion Near Port Isaac on the B3314 Book for a traditional Sunday roast!

Tel 01208 880164



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A Splash of Colour Quality Painting and Decorating Services Russell Combellack

07800 855 605 01208 815 872 Local Wadebridge Firm

Housekeeping and Cleaning services throughout North Cornwall. Changeover cleaning, Housekeeping, End of build and Tenancy cleans, Domestic cleans and Deep cleans. Tailor made packages to suit all requirements. Tel:07817 236602



Carpet Trader

Over 25 years experience built around great value & service


Karndean LooseLay is: faster and easier to fit, suitable for raised access floors, easy and economical to repair, possible to install over most existing hard floors, requires little or no adhesives in most installation and is 100% recyclable.

Opening Times: Mon - Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm Trevanson St, Wadebridge opposite Lidl’s

Tel: 01208 368643

Email: l 84

Wanted - Holiday Homes in Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath areas.


R Mears & Sons Chimney Sweeps & Stove Instalations Established over 30 years Vac Brush. Full CCTV investigations. Pots, Cowlings & Bird Protection fitted. Chimneys Lined. Solid Fuel Appliances, Rayburns, Woodburners, Stoves, etc serviced. Fully Insured. Tel: 01840 261221 Tavistock: 01822 664554

Mob: 07737 533 392 85

Nursery Stores Rock Ltd 01208863328

Nursery Stores the local convenience shop. We have a wide variety of everyday essentials, treats and luxuries. An excellent off licence and a great range of groceries supporting may local producers and growers. Seasonal products are sourced throughout the year so come and take look. Check us out for fresh local, UK and international fruit and vegetables. A wide range of local and continental cheeses, local sausages and bacon, local cream and yogurts. A good selection of Williams & Son Butchers meats, joints and Creedy Carver free range chickens. Stocking a range of Fee's Foods frozen fish pies, lasagne, curries and more also locally made fresh quiches and treacle tarts. A great range of treats including Kernow chocolate, Buttermilk fudge and Furniss biscuits. A fine selection of International and Cornish Trevibban Mill & Camel Valley Sparkling and still wines. Many local and international beers and ciders including Sharp’s Brewery and Padstow Brewery Ales, Cornish Orchards and Haywood ciders plus many more. Come and take a look. 86

Printed by St Austell Print Company Ltd. 01726 624900

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