St Minver Link, Issue 226. Autumn 2020

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Issue 226 - Autumn 2020


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


Around and about Events in the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Children’s Hospice SW. SW . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Local Author Wins National Award . . . 23 St Minver in 1851 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 North Cornwall Book Festival . . . . . . . 46 A Good Age for Learning . . . . . . . . . . 47 Local Photographs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Tractor Run Returns! . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Advice from the RNLI . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 St Enodoc Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Supporting our Immune System


Stargazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Business Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Wadebridge Primary Academy . . . . . . 30 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . . 32 News from St Minver School . . . . . . . 34 It’s a Vet’s Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Featured Artist - Lynne Muir . . . . . . . . 38 Junior Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 St Minver Community Hub . 44 St Minver Pre School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Aren’t We Lucky! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Regular Items

Quiz Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

St Minver Silver Band Update . . . . . . 17

Hospital Transport Service . . . . . . . . . 59

We Will Remember Them . . . . . . . . . 19

Gardening made easy . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Rosie’s Recipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Book Review. Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Wadebridge Tennis Club. Club. . . . . . . . . . . 21

Message from Carol Mould . . . . . . . . 64

SeaGirls WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Parliamentary Update-Scott Mann MP 65

St Breock School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . 66

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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.

Tractor Run in aid of Prostate Cancer UK This popular event will be taking place on

Sunday, 13th September Leaving Penally at 9.30am Come along and watch a convoy of restored tractors take to the road! Anyone who wishes to support the objective of the Tractor Run should either send a contribution direct to Prostate Cancer UK (0800 074 8383) or contact Tony Gabriel (862592).

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Keep Britain Tidy & Polzeath Marine Conservation Group

Beachcare Polzeath Beachclean dates:

Saturday Sept 19th 3.30am Mega Beach Clean meet at the Marine Centre

Wednesday, October 21st 9.30am Friday, November 20th 9.30am meet at Beach Car Park Just turn up to join in - social distancing measures will be in place All equipment is provided Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions

Church Services Link is not including times of services in this edition as this is still changing due to Covid 19 restrictions. Up to date information can be found on the relevant websites: North Cornwall Cluster: Wadebridge: Or by phoning: 07758 407 661( St Minver) 01208 813580 ( Wadebridge)

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St Minver Silver Band As local residents and visitors will have noticed, the band has not appeared in public at all this summer. We have been obliged to follow guidance from the government and Brass Bands England which prohibited, and continues to prohibit, us from getting together, even for rehearsals. Early in the summer we were told that we could start rehearsing out of doors in groups of no more than 6 people. We were just arranging to do this when this guidance was changed to apply only to “professional� musicians. For amateur groups such as ours the situation at the time of writing is almost where it was at the beginning of lockdown – no rehearsals at all are permitted. In addition, while the present guidelines on social distancing are in place, even if we had been allowed to play in public with restricted numbers, it is difficult to see how our Polzeath beach concerts could have been safely organised. The band committee therefore took the decision to abandon these for this year. Our Musical Director is continuing to offer one-to-one Zoom sessions and he can give oneto-one lessons in the band room. However, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will be able to play in public again this year. This is a huge disappointment to us and we can only hope that things will be better in 2021. In the meantime, you can get updates on band news on our Facebook page. This also has information on how to make donations to the band, either directly or through which, with many retailers, will divert a small percentage of any online purchases to a nominated organisation, at no cost to the purchaser. When we are able to return to the band room, anyone who would like to learn to play a brass or percussion instrument, or any player who would like to join us, should contact Kevin Ackford on 07866510297 or Garry Gauss on 01208 814170. All ages are welcome. Our rehearsal nights are Tuesdays 7 till 9 pm and Thursday 7 till 8.30 pm for the Senior Band, and Thursdays 6 till 7 pm for the Training Band.

Thank You to The Rock and Area Volunteers We would like to record our grateful thanks to all the local volunteers who rallied around to help the elderly and vulnerable folk of the Parish during the recent lockdown period. In particular Jo Coker for three months of 5.30 am starts to efficiently organise the daily papers from Bricknell's of Wadebridge and getting them distributed around Rock via Theo, Claire and the team. Also Malcolm and his staff at The Nursery Stores for doing the early opening for the local over 70's to get their shopping in a safe environment. Chris and Jason and their team at the Pityme Inn have also done well with their takeaway meals and delivery of our Sunday Lunches ( thanks Sam) . Our grateful thanks for being there when we needed you. Frank & Anne Renals, Trelyn, Rock Visit our website -


Remember Loved Ones by Moonlight and Support Children’s Hospice South West Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has had to adapt many things over the last few months including the care and support it offers to children, as well as its fundraising events which help to fund the vital support it offers to local families. CHSW’s 11th annual Moonlight Memory Walk was due to take place in Falmouth in March and would have seen hundreds of people completing the 5 mile sponsored walk around the town in memory of loved ones. The event was postponed to 26th September however, the charity has decided to use this opportunity to adapt the event and open it up to people across the South West and beyond. The charity is inviting people to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one and raise vital funds through its new Memories by Moonlight event which will include some elements of the annual Moonlight Memory Walk, but


with the flexibility for people to be involved however they wish. Instead of being held on the Moor, a Memories by Moonlight ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook from CHSW’s Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell at 9pm on Saturday, September 26, giving people the opportunity to light a candle and join together virtually for a special evening of reflection. The poignant and uplifting ceremony will feature readings from all three of the charity’s children’s hospices – Little Harbour, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Bridge House near Barnstaple. It will also include music, poems and a two-minute applause to celebrate loved ones whose names will appear on the screen. Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW said: “ We are obviously sad not to be able to bring the Moonlight Memory Walk to Falmouth this year as it is such

a special evening, however we are delighted to have this alternative option.” “We hope our new Memories by Moonlight event will give people a lovely way to support the work we do while remembering their loved ones.” Everyone who registers to take part in the event, which is being sponsored by National Friendly, will get the chance to join the virtual memory ceremony. People can then choose to simply donate in memory of their loved one, or complete a walk or activity that reminds them of their loved one at a time and location that suits them and ask friends and family to make a donation towards this. Participants will receive a beautiful memory pack in the post, which will include a candle bag to decorate, memory box to personalise, along with a tea light to light on the evening and a booklet to accompany the memory ceremony. Kiley added: “We look forward to connecting with everyone joining us for the memory ceremony on the evening of September 26, which we are sure will be a very special night.” To register to join the Memories by Moonlight ceremony simply visit www. Registration is just £10 and a memory pack, along with details of how to access the Memory Ceremony, will be sent in the post. For more information about the event, you can also call the CHSW Fundraising Team on 01726 871800.

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During Lockdown St Minver church warden, Ruth Varcoe called for some under 70 year olds to clean the church as it was accumulating cobwebs at an alarming rate. Step forward this band of willing volunteers ( 4 out of the 5 are from the Link committee!) who dusted, swept, cleaned and polished until it looked as clean as a whistle! L-R: Helena Arnold, Jo Coker, Ann Jones, Jacqueline Fleming, Morwenna Vernon

























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Rosie’s Recipes

Rosie’s Apple Flan The Magimix was launched in the UK, from France, in 1976 through a company called ICTC which was based in London. The Magimix was revolutionary at the time as it was a food processor rather than a mixer, as was the Kenwood. Through a chance meeting, I was asked to demonstrate the Magimix around the country and also in some top London stores including Harrods ! The concept was so new, people were overmixing/ processing, so I was employed to demonstrate how get the best results. Making pastry was very popular, easy to make & demonstrate. This recipe was designed to be foolproof! ICTC asked me to write a dessert recipe to be written on the china fluted flan dish & Rosie’s Apple Flan was the result! It They became very popular in my freelance cookery business. I was asked to do the dinner parties for Sir Adrian & Lady Cadbury for his Year in office as High Sheriff of The West Midlands, in 1994. I had to do about 25 dinner parties over the year, when they were required to have High Court Judges for dinner at their home when the Judges were sitting at the Birmingham court. Sir Adrian said we should have a chocolate pudding because of the family name & asked me to suggest another recipe, hence Rosie’s Apple Flan which became a firm favourite & I often made one for them after the year finished!




Make the pastry and line a 20cm flan tin

225g plain flour

Spread the uncooked pastry with apricot jam

1-2 tblsp icing sugar 150g butter 1 egg Filling 50g butter 1 egg apricot jam 50g sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together and add the beaten egg and baking powder. Spoon the mixture on the top and cover with the grated apple. Bake at 180’ Gas 6 for 30-40 minutes. Turn heat down if necessary

½ tsp baking powder

Serve warm. Before serving dust with a mixture of icing sugar and cinnamon.

3 - 4 grated apples

Freezes well.


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SeaGirls continue to meet - virtually! Like the rest of the world, SeaGirls WI has been exploring how technology can alleviate the isolation of lockdown. Meetings have moved online and members have welcomed the chance to learn new things whilst keeping their evening glass of wine just out of the view of the camera on their laptops. First up was Jo Coker, SeaGirls member, psychologist and relationship counsellor, who talked about the mental challenges of isolation. Right at the start of lockdown, this made us aware of the tests ahead and how to come together as a community to support each other. We next heard from myself, with my background as an Olympic rower; I was able to outline how the monotony of training in an elite sport bears a close resemblance to the Covid lockdown. Stuart Robertson of the Rock inshore lifeboat talked about the RNLI, and our Cornwall Councillor Carol Mould explained how the St Minver Community Hub was planned for the playing fields at Trewint Lane. She talked about the intended role of the Hub and the progress on fundraising. Marc Dingle ran a regular yoga session which has stimulated an interest in yoga amongst some trying it for the first time. We were also lucky to hear from the Shoreditch Sisters, a London WI with a younger membership who told us about the challenges and opportunities of their WI experience. East London and North Cornwall don’t have a huge amount in common, but the WI provides that common ground and it was great to hear firsthand from the Sisters. Plum and Sarah Bray both ran hugely successful quizzes to provide

some light relief – with vital chocolatey prizes. WI took a break during August because of it being such a busy time for members, but we will return in the autumn. Finally, SeaGirls WI welcomed its first baby, as I had my second son, Rory, in June. I was delighted to have another boy but my only regret was that he’ll never be able to join the WI! Annie Vernon

Wadebridge Tennis Club

Wadebridge Tennis Club, like all sporting venues and life itself, came to a standstill mid March. The club was allowed to re-open at the end of May with individual lessons and singles play only, unless you were from the same household in which case doubles was permitted. At the time of writing I am pleased to say that at the start of the new school term (September) we are planning to be back up and running with a fully loaded program. There will be individual coaching, group coaching, club nights and much much more. During the lockdown I think a lot of people that took certain things for granted will appreciate those involvements when normality returns all the more. A normal summer at Wadebridge Tennis Club would see children's holiday camps, tournaments and open days encouraging existing and new players. If you are reading this, no matter your age or stage, and fancy getting involved in Wadebridge Tennis Club please just get in contact. James Brobin

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A Letter From St Breock School This school year has not been as we expected. A return to school in June meant we had to re-evaluate how as a school we maintained our connection with our whole community. The staff set about planning and executing tasks and challenges that would excite, ignite and be accessible to all. We have been delighted with how our school community has responded in making everyone feel part of our team. One of those tasks was to create a time capsule. In school we have created one with photographs of the children taking part in activities at home and at school, a timeline of COVID events from Y6; a description of how the symbol of a rainbow became a symbol of thanks for the NHS; a fact file about Captain Tom; a hand sanitiser and masks; a poster about why it was important to stay at home and a poster thanking keyworkers. I also wrote a letter to the person who finds it‌ Sian Hall, Head of School To whoever has come across this time capsule, How wonderful that you have found this little piece of history we have put together to mark this unprecedented period. We hope this goes some way to explain the experiences in our school community from March to July 2020. St Breock School is part of a small, happy community. Our motto of Learning, Love and Laughter is at the core of everything we do and seek to develop. Across the World we have/are experiencing the strangest of times. During January and February, we heard stories across the media of Covid-19 spreading, from a cluster in China, across the world. On the 18th March, in our staff meeting, we watched a news broadcast where, our Prime Minister, Boris Johnston announced on the 20th March, school would close. This was something that had never 22

been executed before. This was quickly followed by an announcement that on the 23rd March the country would go into lockdown to protect the NHS amid the increasing threat. We were unable to leave our houses, other than for shopping for necessities, a daily walk or run, medical need or to travel to work if you were a keyworker. Overnight parents were to become their child’s main educator, with no idea when this imposed lockdown would end. School Leaders had to adapt and change like never before in order to support staff, parents and children through the unprecedented time. The situation caused financial uncertainty for some and the anxieties that go hand in hand with that unknown. However, it also allowed us to press the pause button and take notice. There were many positives to the imposed

time at home and time away from the fast pace normality of life. Time could be spent with family, time to discover our local surroundings, time to learn new skills. There was an appreciation of those keyworkers who were putting others before themselves, particularly those that worked on the frontline of the NHS. We all stood on our doorsteps on a Thursday evenings for 10 weeks at 8pm and clapped for them. The symbol of a rainbow became unified with thanks and hope. People would put the symbol in windows, on doors, on walls and in gardens. The feeling of comaraderie and community was strong, with people locally going out of their way to support an elderly neighbour they had never spoken to before or provide free meals for those in need. The stories of kindness were endless. As a school we learnt to stay connected remotely, through video, social media

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and Google Classroom. As we moved through March, April and May it was surprising how quickly we became acclimatised to our ‘new normal’. Home Learning became a balance of the National Curriculum and the opportunity to learn from family members too. This included the extended family, with Granny teaching a cookery lesson over a Skype call. It was announced that on the 1st June some classes would return to school. As a team at St Breock we worked hard to ensure all the necessary measures were in place to keep staff and children safe. The children returned happy and calm. We used our newfound remote learning skills,

with the support of those staff members who still had to stay at home, to create activities that children in school and those at home could access. It was important to maintain that feeling of connection for us all. At St Breock we believe that each child is unique and tailor their learning journey to meet their needs. This felt like the perfect opportunity to create something memorable to mark this. So, we asked our community to design their own unique fish, which represented them and to add it to our St Breock River at the front of school. It was so heart warming to see children and their families come to place their fish in the river. It is my hope that it remains there for some time to mark this period

Local Author Wins National Award Local author, Annie Vernon, was delighted that her book 'Mind Games' was nominated for the Outstanding Sports Writing category in the Telegraph British Sport Book Awards. However, she was stunned when she heard she had won the award. Sadly, due to Covid, there was no glittering awards dinner, instead she recorded her acceptance speech at home in St Minver. The book is about sports psychology and draws on Annie's experiences as an

elite rower, competing at two Olympic Games, winning Olympic silver and two World Championship titles. Annie interviews 70+ elite sportspeople, asking them , amongst other things, what they believe was their motivation to achieve and about their pre match superstitions. Annie's self deprecating humour permeates the book and there are many references to growing up on a North Cornish dairy farm!

in history. As we approach the end of the Summer term, my thoughts are looking forward to September when we now know we will be returning to school in an almost normal way. I hope, that whilst this time has been challenging, there have also been many positives and lessons learnt on what is most important. My wish is that we can ensure these lessons become our legacy and we continue to remember to be kind. At St Breock our focus is now on September and how we will support our community to be together again through Leaning, Love and Laughter. Sian Hall Head of School – St Breock ‘ I am honoured and privileged to have been given this award. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it,' said Annie.

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Supporting our Immune System by Faith Toogood We are all navigating our way through a particularly strange and, on many levels, stressful time. Who knows what the world will look like when this article goes to print (so much can change so quickly as we all now know!), but one thing I can be pretty certain of is that now is a great time to be investing in our own health and wellness, specifically our immune system! With so much out of our control at the moment, this is one area over which we have a huge amount of control….. and, most importantly, the power to make a huge difference. Before I start, let’s just clear up the notion of ‘boosting’ the immune system! We don’t want to boost it; an overactive immune system is bad news so we want to support it to do its wonderful job, keeping us healthy and well. There are 7 main areas to focus on (very briefly ) Diet Hydration Supplements Exercise Sleep Stress Alcohol | caffeine 1)Diet. Variety is key. Focus on including protein in your diet (this could be plant or animal based). Protein is important for lots of reasons


but specifically our body uses it to produce antibodies which are immune cells that help to fight infection plus rebuilding tissue. Carbohdyrates are also crucial, especially the non starchy veggies and fruit. The more colour and variety you can consume, the wider the range of nutrients you are getting in your diet, all of which will help to support your immune system. Healthy fats are also really important because these help the body to absorb fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin D which we know play a crucial role in our general and immune health. 2)Hydration. Being well hydrated not only helps our bodies to do what it does best: detoxify (no juice fasts or green teas needed here!! Your body does its own detoxification brilliantly!). Being well hydrated helps to transport oxygen around the body which, in turn, supports the immune system (and all of the other body systems) to do its job well. 3)Supplements. Getting nutrients from food first is always the best way but occasionally supplements are useful. Vitamin D is an important one that is worth investigating. Additionally vitamin C has been widely used to support the immune system and we know that it

can reduce the severity and duration of the common cold. Keep intakes below 1000mg, however, as doses above this can cause loose stools and provide no additional benefit! 4)Get moving! Even a 20 min blast of activity has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the immune system. 5)Sleep! So important and SO underrated. Taking time to sleep (6-8hours / night of restorative shut-eye) is crucial to our immune health. 6)Stress. Take time to discover ways that work for you to manage stress. When we are stressed, the chemical balance of our body shifts and normal functions are put on hold whilst we remain in survival mode. Now is a great time to learn how to chill out. 7)Limit alcohol / caffeine. Alcohol means that your body needs to prioritise processing this so other essential (possibly immune supporting) functions are put on hold whilst the body gets rid of the ‘poison’. Caffeine, can raise levels of anxiety and cortisol through the caffeine content and this in itself can negatively impact the nervous system which, like our entire body, is inextricably linked to immune health. All the best and keep well, Faith.

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The People of St Minver 1841- 1911

Richard Jackson, the brother of a St Minver resident, has been under lockdown in Manilla, where he is an academic. Here are some more of his discoveries as a result of researching the 1851 census.

The most obvious fact is Population of St that there weren’t many Minver Parish, people in St Minver in the 1841-1911 late nineteenth century. The whole parish in 1851 had fewer than 1,250 people, which is rather fewer than the present population of, say, Polzeath alone (1,450 in 2017). And 1851 was the high spot in population terms for St Minver in the nineteen hundreds because of a shortlived spate of lead and copper NOTE: Highlands North (Blue) , Highlands South (RED) and Lowlands (Black) were the three divisions of the parish of St Minver used in all the mining activity along the nineteenth century censuses. north coast at the time. over 815 people. more, many of its then Secondly, the centre of the inhabitants appear to have parish’s population in the The third thing clear from thought so. We can conclude late nineteenth century was the graph is that in the first that because, as throughout Church Town , St Minver, decade of the twentieth almost all of Cornwall, St. which had a population century the population Minver consistently lost of around 170 people in increased, not by a great deal population over the rest of 1841; the inland villages of (at less than 1% a year), but it the century following 1851. Trevanger and Penmayne increased. Why? Well, first of Not only did the Cornwallall the figures shown include both had about 90 people, born across the county everyone who happened Tredrizzick had 70 and migrate in their thousands to to be in the parish at the Trebetherick 55. Rock and North America (where, by the successive Census dates. Polzeath were tiny places way, there are now at least Visitors are included and, with 45 people each in 1841. seven places called St. Minver) strictly speaking, should Despite its proximity to the and Australia, but also to the not be. However, removing sea, St. Minver was a parish growing industrial centres them would make very little whose people were farmers, of the rest of England. More difference to the conclusion focused on the land not the than eight hundred people reached: there were as sea, even if it did produce born in Cornwall, for example, many visitors (travelling mariners. were residents of the West services such as tailors and People who nowadays think Riding of Yorkshire’s textile shoemakers), lodgers and that St Minver is such a town by 1891 . As a result of boarders (such as miners) pleasant, quiet spot, might this emigration, by 1901 the in the 1850s as there were already small population of St. have found it just a little too Continued on page 27 Minver had declined to just quiet 170 years ago. What’s Visit our website -



by Patrick Cronin-Coltsmann Astronomy and Astrophysics PhD Student University of Warwick The Autumn Night Sky As summer turns to autumn, stargazing suddenly becomes a lot easier. Come September, the sky will be completely dark by 9pm, and by October, you can stargaze easily at 8pm! Today we’ll look at some sights you can check out from your own back gardens! The latter half of this year is a perfect opportunity for planet spotting, we’ll have three planets to check out: Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. look like a circle, that’s because Saturn’s rings Jupiter are also very bright and you’re seeing them You can find this planet in the southern sky, around the planet! Saturn is named after the moving west as the months go by. Come father of Jupiter in Roman mythology, and November the planet will be very close to he’s equivalent to the king of the titans in the horizon and will set later in the night, so Greek mythology, hence the moon’s name. it’s best to check it out sooner rather than later. It’ll be one of the brightest lights in Mars the sky, so it’s hard to miss. If you have a You would need to stay up quite late to see pair of binoculars or a telescope, when you Mars in September, but it rises much earlier get a closer look at Jupiter you might see in October and November. In October, you what seem to be four small stars all lined up can find Mars low down in the eastern sky next to it. These are actually four of Jupiter’s just below the constellation Pisces - the fish. moons! Jupiter has 79 moons, but these four In November, Mars will have moved to the are the brightest and are called the ‘Galilean southern sky and will be higher up. Mars is still moons’ because they were first discovered bright, but because it’s so much smaller than by Galileo Galilei 400 years ago. Jupiter is the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, it doesn’t named after the king of the Roman gods, who stand out as much. What is unique about is equivalent to the king of the Greek gods, Mars is its colour, it has the nickname ‘The Red Zeus. The Galilean moons are all named after Planet’ due to the iron oxide dust that covers mythological figures connected to Zeus. its surface. You can actually find iron oxide on Earth, but we just call it ‘rust’! Mars is named Saturn after the Roman god of war, equivalent to the Wherever you see Jupiter, you can see Saturn Greek god Ares, not to be confused with the trailing behind, just to the east. It’s also very constellation Aries - the Ram. bright, so if you spot one, you’ll spot the other. Saturn’s moons aren’t as bright as Jupiter’s, Meteor Showers because Saturn is almost twice as far away as This autumn you’ll also have the chance to Jupiter, but if you’re lucky you might catch catch a couple meteor showers: a glimpse of its biggest moon Titan. While looking at Saturn through binoculars or a In October there are the Orionids, you can find telescope, you’ll be able to tell that it doesn’t them in the constellation Orion, in the eastern 26

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for about a week either side. The meteors in a meteor shower always come from the particles left behind by comets that have In November there are the Leonids. You can passed by the Earth. For the Leonids this is find this meteor shower in the constellation the comet Tempel-Tuttle, for the Orionids it Leo - the Lion, in the eastern sky, but again, is Halley’s comet. Comets are usually named only if you stay up past midnight. The shower after the people who first discovered them, peaks on the 17th.. so they might have odd names. In July, you For both of these, at the peak, you should be might have seen the comet NEOWISE, this one able to spot a shooting star about every five was actually named after the space telescope minutes, but they’ll be coming less frequently that first found it. sky. But you’ll need to stay up past midnight. The shower peaks on the 21st.

Here’s a photo I took myself of Jupiter. You can clearly see three of the four Galilean moons lined up in their orbits, the fourth may be hidden behind Jupiter itself. You can also see the different bands of clouds of Jupiter. Jupiter’s atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium but it is the trace amounts of other chemicals that give Jupiter its colour. The bands have different colours due to differing amounts of ammonia ice in the clouds. The People of St Minver continued from previous page tourists and holidaymakers by 1911. What was really behind the increase in population was neither visitors nor some sort of revival of local birthrates and reduced emigration: it was in-migration to St. Minver. Migration of outsiders into St. Minver had existed, but in a very small way, throughout the period 1851-1901, usually as a result of the locally-born marrying someone born outside of Cornwall. But in the following decade whole families of outsiders arrived. Notice that it did not suddenly increase once the Cornwall Railway (later GWR) station at Bodmin Road (now Parkway) opened in 1858. The real ‘boom’ occurred in the decade 1901-1911, once the first motor vehicles began to appear. But that will be looked at in a future article.

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Business Spotlight

Three New Local Businesses

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Cathy Millar had considered the option of working freelance for the past few years, but never felt it was the right time to make that leap of faith.” I decided, early in 2020,that considering the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years why don’t I just do it? So,

Cygnets Hair Salon They say that opportunity only knocks once, and Laura Spratt, owner of the new Cygnets Hair Salon in Wadebridge, has grasped the chance to have her own business. After 17 years of working in the very popular Nirvana Hair Salon, 7 of those years as the 28

in the first week of March I began operating as Office Caddy – the best move I made, if a little scary! I have over 20 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing and communications, with extensive involvement in the manufacturing, wholesale & distribution industry. Due to the variety of my experience, I can offer a range of services to start ups, entrepreneurs and established companies looking to outsource those time-consuming jobs.” My work is remote, which means I offer a service that allows me to work from anywhere! I can manage email remotely, provide assistance with daily administration tasks and run companies’ social media

accounts all from home. I live at Pityme; it’s central to where I need to be for my family, and I can operate from home or wherever there is Wifi. If a client needs me, I am on hand and can visit as and when. My family are all in the area and my late grandmother, Violet Sleeman, would love to know that I am able to live & work in the place she loved the most. One of the best outcomes is that I can work all this around my dog walking company, Pentire Paws– I’ve finally got my work life balance. I live and work in the most beautiful part of the world and I certainly don’t take it for granted.

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manager, Laura was about to return from maternity leave after the birth of her twins,

Connie and Reuben, when lockdown started. Hearing the decision from the owners

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of Nirvana that they had decided not to reopen the salon post lockdown, Laura decided to take the plunge and take on the lease of the premises that was previously Beare's Pantry ( opposite Iroko). Four of her previous colleagues at Nirvana, Amy, Rachel, Chloe and Flo have also joined her at Cygnets, where they are offering the full range of services including cuts for men, women and children, colours, bridal and special occasion hair ups. "With 9 month old twins, the timing wasn't ideal", says Laura, "But I knew I had to take advantage of the

opportunity. My family has been amazing in getting the new salon ready in time for our opening in mid July. Everyone was working flat

out and it was such a great feeling when we were able to welcome our first customers." To contact Cygnets, phone 01208 814414

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Rock Food Truck Another business which was provided with an opportunity during lockdown was the Rock Food Truck, run by mother and daughter Lainey and Lauren. ‘As soon as lockdown struck, and with other food outlets being shut, mum and I realised there was an opportunity for a food truck on the Pityme Industrial Estate, to supply local people and those who were still working, whether in one of the many businesses on the estate or builders in the area. From having the first idea, to starting business, it was only four weeks and that included

Photo: Martin Broadfoot commissioning a custom built trailer being made in London,’ said Lauren. You only have to look at the lengthy queues which form outside the local shops to know that there was a need for locals to grab something quick in their crib or lunch break. ‘We have set our prices fairly and believe we are offering real value for money. We use local produce,

we source our meats from butchers to ensure it’s of a high quality and we make everything we can ourselves, so nothing is processed and it’s as healthy as possible. ‘ Their leap of faith paid off as the business has proved extremely popular. The Rock Food Truck is open, Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 1:30pm on the Pityme Industrial Estate.

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Wadebridge Primary Academy

The children at Wadebridge Primary Academy have been busy during the past few months of lockdown thinking about their community. They have also entered a competition and designed posters to encourage people to stop leaving litter on the Camel Trail. The winners were delighted with their arty prizes kindly donated by Tesco. Their posters were put up along the Trail and were spotted by Nigel Wiggett of Bridge Bike Hire who is having the posters professionally printed so they will last longer. Mrs Halpin, Teacher 30

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Cornwall School Games

The Cornwall School Games is a major event for Primary and Secondary schools each year. Usually, schools enter qualifiers for many different activities, and, if successful, compete at the finals. This year the finals were due to be held at Poltair School, St Austell. For obvious reasons, the games were cancelled, but ‘Active Cornwall’ made the games virtual by allowing schools to sign up and enter events from their own school or home via the power of social media. During the week of Monday 22nd June to Friday 26th June, 10,000 participants and nearly 40,000 individual results were registered, with over 100 Primary schools entered including Wadebridge Primary Academy. We used our social media platform to communicate with our pupils who are currently unable to come to school, and ensured all our teachers and pupils took part in school. The aim of the week was to get active and have fun, and we certainly did that! As the results were released on Friday via Facebook, it was clear that Wadebridge Primary Academy had done well. The first result was a Gold for Year 2 Gymnastics, and then the medals kept on coming! Lots of silver and bronzes medals. And so it came to the result of ‘Overall Primary

School Winner’. To see ‘Wadebridge Primary Academy’ on the Primary School Winners Facebook post was something everyone in the school community was delighted with! To be the winners of the very first Cornwall Virtual School Games is a huge achievement and a wonderful way to reward all of the pupils, staff and parents of our school. We must make a special mention to our pupils who currently cannot be in school. It was amazing to see so many of them being active at home and representing Wadebridge Primary with such enthusiasm! Thank you to our parents for submitting results and getting involved too. Finally, a massive well done and thank you to our wonderful pupils in school who kept up their enthusiasm for the 14 different activities all week. With the current situation and the uncertainty that is surrounding us, the way they have settled back into the adjusted way of school life has made all staff extremely proud. Being #CornwallVSG2020 Primary Champions is the icing on the cake! We will use our win to really promote being active at school and at home. The Games aims to inspire children of all abilities to be active. This is an ethos Wadebridge Primary Academy is definitely dedicated to doing for all our pupils. Luke O’Dwyer – Teacher

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett

The Lockdown Sketchbook It is mid July 2020, and we are slowly coming out of the Coronavirus Lockdown – nearly four months after it was imposed, so I am reflecting on these weeks by looking at my Covid 19 sketchbook; what does it say about all those weeks of isolation? Everything around me became more

intense, a pot of blazing red tulips being the starting point. These tulips were a free gift with a bulb order, and the irony is that the rather special ones that I ordered were eaten by mice, snails and slugs and the free ones, left on a metal chair, in a plastic pot, put on a wonderful display, making people smile as they came in through the gate, defiant in the face of lockdown! The next drawing I did was the Marmite jar. While three quarters of the population were looking for, and buying up toilet rolls, I was looking for a jar of Marmite, apparently unobtainable. I was talking to a friend on the phone and laughing about this, (and our priorities) and a couple of weeks later a small, heavy parcel arrived, gift wrapped: a large jar of Marmite, and a tag which read ‘ A Little Bit of Gold Dust’. I painted it radiating light… thank you Jude – a gift to remember! The next sketchbook page has a painting of a decorative teapot, given to me by a friend who was replacing her china, some time ago, and it landed on the windowsill where it has been ever since.


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from a children’s story – the urn part of a secret garden mystery. I am,of course, so lucky to have these surroundings; lockdown for many has been a very traumatic experience. What the future holds for us

all is unknown, but the good things will hopefully endure; community and our sense and appreciation of it, clean air, the chance to ‘hear’ the silence. It’s made us aware of what we have.

It makes me smile, Janet, everytime I look at it, with its slightly jaunty air, and lockdown made me give it a more considered look. There are many stories of my cottage garden in my sketchbook (as there always have been). They seem a little darker and more mysterious than usual in the Lockdown series. In a secret corner, alongside some golden bamboos, is an urn, revealed amongst the growth, a surprise when you spot it. I’ve always thought of this area of the garden as ‘Vole’s Corner’ – you can often spot them, their little bright eyes glistening, darting in and out, like little vacuum cleaners, hoovering up food. ‘Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes, I just sits…’ I don’t know who said that , but the fact is one’s surroundings can have an intensity not noticed before. The teapot becomes a jaunty character Visit our website -


St Minver School News

Our Y6 class photo, created while maintaining social distancing Following the Government’s announcement in May that schools could re-open to priority groups, St Minver School was happy to welcome back just short of 60 children to our Keyworker, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pods on June 2nd 2020. Of course, our re-opening was tinged with sadness, since 120 children from other year groups remained at home. Our job then, became how to connect those learning in the building with those learning at home. During this time of restrictions, we have all turned to technology more and as a school we have become Google Classroom users. We know and appreciate that many children have been missing their friends very much indeed, so It was amazing to see them praising their peers’ work via their virtual classroom and to see children at home submitting photos and videos of their home learning projects in a plethora of different forms. Again, limited access to school meant that we were unable to run our usual ‘bumping up’


transition days, so Google Classroom became the platform for teachers to leave welcoming video messages for their new class. We hope this will go a long way to reassure those who have not been in school since closure in March that we are ready; we understand that they might be a little nervous and that their teachers will make it right for each and every one of them. We will begin the September term with Friendship Fortnight, a chance to reflect and remember what it means to be a member of Team St Minver and to uphold the school motto each day – Be brave, Be kind, Belong. Our Year 6’s of course, will be moving on to the next stage of their education in September and so we puzzled over how to provide them with the traditional class photo with which to remember this particular milestone. Into the breach stepped our talented member of staff Mrs Liz Hore, who, with her photographic editing skills and a sprinkle of ingenuity, produced the most fantastic ‘class’ portrait – all

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shot while maintaining social distancing (and in fact photographed over a number of days). Thank you, Mrs Hore! A very powerful tool for connection for us this summer term was The Cornwall School Games – in its 10th Year now, but this year in a ‘virtual’ form. A series of daily challenges allowed children to perform ‘personal best’ physical tasks and to submit their scores for school to collate and send in. We were delighted with the engagement, both at home and in school, with many children doing ALL the challenges EVERY day! We especially loved the bonus points available for getting a parent or sibling to join in, for completing your challenge in fancy dress or for getting out of the house and ‘Making Up the Miles’ on foot, by bike, skateboard or scooter. We love being active and, as we reimagine life in school post-Covid, we remain committed to using physical

activity to enhance attainment, increase engagement and to promote the wellbeing of adults and children alike. One project that grabbed all our interest this term was putting together information and artefacts to be buried in our 2020 Time Capsule. We made leaflets about the coronavirus epidemic, we included Government literature, the children wrote accounts of their experiences of this time and we even popped in some hand sanitizer! Due to be open in June 2050; we wonder what the children of St Minver School will glean

A home challenge submitted during Cornwall School Games

Digging to bury the time capsule

from our collections; perhaps some of our pupils will, in fact, be parents of the school by then too and will be able to offer first-hand accounts! And so, we are ready and excited for the full opening of our school in September, including welcoming thirty new children to our reception class. Things will be a little different, with social distancing, no additional visitors to school and staggered starts and finishes to our school day. As a team, however, we are delighted to be opening the whole school again and to driving forward on our mission to provide a full and active curriculum for all children. Mrs J Rodwell Head of School

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It’s a Vet’s Life! Dr Nicky Hallows BVMS MRCVS, Clinical Director at Nute Veterinary Surgery in Wadebridge.


What’s in the Vet’s Box? To lighten the mood, this issue, I have a little quiz for you! Below are some pictures of bits of kit from ‘the vet’s box’. I’ll give you some clues and give you the answers at the end. 1. We use this for cows. If their stomachs have become full, it’s an essential bit of kit. We call it a Red Devil. 2.This bit of metal work is about three inches long and would typically be used in a dog. 3. Back to cows again. These instruments look like something from a torture chamber but we use them to help with blockages.


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4.This is used for horses and is about a metre long. On the end is a circular rotating rough metal disc. Open wide!

5. This bit of kit has a lead lined room all to itself.

How did you get on? Here are the answers........ inject local anaesthetic into the teat and then get to work with this clever bit of kit. 1.The Red Devil is used for cows with bloat. This is when, for various reasons, a cow gets 4.This is a float or electric rasp. Horses’ teeth a build up of gas in its rumen, the largest of grow continually and if they are not ground its 4 stomachs. The side of the cow blows up down evenly by chewing they can get painful tightly and sounds like a drum. We make a spikes or ridges on them. The float grinds small cut with a scalpel blade in the skin then them down so they are smooth and meet push this firmly into the cow’s stomach and evenly. You wouldn’t fancy the dentist coming screw it in place. We then take out the central at you with this one would you! rod and there is a rush of gas out. Strictly no 5.Finally we have our x ray machine. There are smoking at this point! all sorts of things that x rays help us diagnose 2.This is a bone plate. We would use it on a from broken bones to collapsed lungs to dog with a broken leg fixing it into place with stones or bones stuck in stomachs. special screws and a drill. I hope that this has been an educational quiz 3.These are devices for cows teats that have for any budding vets or farmers. Take care and become blocked. Sometimes a bit of hard see you soon. flesh, scar tissue or other organic matter means that milk can’t flow out properly. We

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Featured Artist

Lynne Muir by Jacqueline Fleming, Art Editor

out-do the other. As a child she was never happier than when making. Hours were spent drawing, cutting and colouring paper dolls with a huge array of clothes. Later, four years at art college - the final two spent studying illustration under such tutors as John Nash and Edward Bawden, followed by a Lynn Muir has been salvaging wood thrown up by winter storms onto beaches along the North Cornish coastline for over thirty-five years. Boughs and branches, fence posts and planks, Lynn looks for well weathered pieces with wonderful grain. This search for materials is the beginning of Lynn’s process. Once home, she leaves the wood outside 38

for the rain to leech out the salt and the sun to dry it to the core. Lynn also journeyed to reach Cornwall. She had a happy post-war childhood in North East Essex, a land of tidal estuaries and marshes. Hers was a fun-loving family. She recalls large family parties with story-telling Irish relatives, each trying to

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couple of years of what Lynn describes as her only ‘proper job’, creating large design pieces for the theatre and retail trade. Married with a young family, and living in a village on the rugged edge of North Cornwall, Lynn made wooden toys for her children from her carpenter husband’s off-cuts. The realisation that her pieces did not have to be functional led to Lynn becoming a renowned maker of wooden figures. Lynn established her workshop near Bude in the mid-1980s. She achieved recognition from the Craft Council, showing her work each year at both a trade and craft fair, receiving annual invitations to exhibit in the USA. Lynn’s pieces can be found in private collections around the globe. She continues to successfully sell to galleries across the country. Describing her work as ‘illustration in three dimensions’, Lynn makes clear that she doesn’t view herself as an artist or a sculptor. Lynn Muir is a maker. More specifically a toy maker, using the Victorian definition of toy – something to delight, charm, amuse (and not necessarily for children). Indeed, Lynn won British Toy Maker of the Year, for a selection of pieces, early on in her making career. Lynn knows the kind of person each figure will be when

selecting a piece of wood – found, acquired, occasionally donated, never purchased - and before she even starts cutting. She has a procedure, working on a number of figures at the same time. Not interested in hand carving, the first of the three main areas of Lynn’s workshop are where her pieces of machinery are found – the biggest being a bandsaw which she describes as her ‘carthorse’. The blade of a jigsaw is used in the same way a pencil is used to draw. After cutting comes sanding – she has a wide variety of sanders. After sanding, painting. Lynn’s painting desk

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being the second area of her workspace. She uses acrylics from multiple small pots. If one needed evidence that Lynn has been painting her figures for a long time one only has to glance around her studio and her house to see jar after jar, tin upon tin, of used paintbrushes. Sanding and painting is the to and fro stage in Lynn’s making process. Layers are added on and then taken back, over and over. It is this careful detailed investment that gives deep visual texture, a certain quality of ‘a life well lived’ patina, to the skin and 40

clothing of her figures. Even those which have only just had the finishing touches added - hand stamped details to a flowing frock, a piece of reclaimed supermarket fruit bag netting adding a tweak to a posh hat, a tiny flick painted onto the moustache of a Latin styled bather – seem as if they have been present in our world for years. The third area of workspace is Lynn’s photographic booth. This is where her ‘ladies and gents’, as she calls them, come to have their photos taken, an essential part of her marketing process - before

being packed up in recycled cardboard boxes for their onward journeys across the country or back over the ocean from where as pieces of wood they might have originated. Lynn has various painted backdrops which suit the different styles of figures she makes. She calls these boards ‘waves’, ‘grass’, ‘sky’. The understated descriptions belie the details of the scenes in front of which her figures will pose. So, finally finished and ready for the camera emerge from Lynn Muir’s workshop a crowd of very singular individuals. Most of whom look as if they could be uncles and aunts just arrived from the 1950s, with some, Lynn feels, slightly disapproving influenced in design of both dress and expression by the decade she still dislikes. Ladies in their Sunday best cotton dresses. Frequently a delightful hat atop their carefully coiffed locks, maybe with a bird or three perched on the hat. Smartly turned out gents in tweed jackets and ties – perhaps bow ties – or hand-knitted fair isle jumpers. Occasionally Lynn photographs a group of figures, as if they have gathered at a moment’s notice to sing together. From time to time a pair appear as a tentative couple, one hesitantly making what might be construed as a romantic gesture to the other.

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glances provide an internal narrative. Lynn says this is because we all think more or less the same things as we are all human. Her work is solitary. Lynn works alone. And yet she is surrounded by ‘her people’. People, she says, slightly frowning, that she personally can’t identify with and to whom she doesn’t really relate. For Lynn Muir, rather than the end result, the joy is the making. Find Lynn on Instagram @ lynnmuir.woodenfigures and Facebook Lynn Muir wooden figures. Lynn’s work is at Southwold Gallery, www.; Byard Gallery in Cambridge www. Mid Cornwall Galleries at St. Blazey Gate

Bathers in sensible swimsuits. Sometimes mermaids. Lynn has a very special group of female figures, Weather Women. These have hair being gale-blown almost horizontally sideways like the bushes and trees of Cornish coastal hedgerows. They wear full length dresses, swirling in the strong breezes, upon which Lynn hand paints phrases from Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast, her font perfectly capturing the iconic sound of an announcer’s tone.

However they are arranged, the individual strength of each of Lynn’s people comes from the solid grounding provided by their wooden base. The thoughtfulness of how each has been dressed. The manner in which their painted hands are held about or across the body. And of most significance are the expressions on each character’s face – Lynn’s illustrative skill. The viewer almost knows what they are thinking; their looks and

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Junior Link

Compiled by Nici Couch

Famous People by Olivia Marshall Famous people all around Always being seen and heard Making Music, Film and Art Odd for them to be so known Under pressure while being on stage Surely they would want to hide? Paparazzi and camera flashes Elsewhere they are in the papers Offers for work come thick and fast People with cameras and filming crews Lies made up to sell the news Exhausted from all the lights and crowds!

Congratulations to these children from St Minver School who sent in their poems about Famous People. We love receiving your poems, pictures or stories and you receive a book token and a certificate if your work is printed! Send it to:

Famous People by Daisy Mellowship Famous people in history. What, do they mean to me? Albert Einstein discovered the theory of relativity. Mozart brought his music to the world! Of course we must include Vincent van Gogh. Up and away when Amelia Earhart over the Atlantic Sea! Shakespeare gave us Romeo and Juliet. Plato is considered by many to be the most important philosopher who ever lived. Emmeline Pankhurst threw herself in front of the Kings horse to give women the vote. Of course we can’t forget John Lennon, who took music to a whole new level. People like Winston Churchill did so much for our country. Lastly we have Florence Nightingale; the founder of modern nursing Everyone has made the planet better!


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Famous People by Eva Newman Famous People! Familiar faces walk around town Asking people where to go. Mountains of tourists waiting in line Obeying the queuing rules. Unfortunately we need to go So no more selfies for you. Pedestrians stare at the cars going by, Embracing the moment Of spotting their heroes. Panic in the studio Listening for the car to arrive, Eventually we are ready to record again

Famous People by Reuben Couch Freddie Mercury, the greatest lead singer in the history of rock, Alice Cooper, theatrical performances designed to shock, Michael Jackson, dubbed the ‘King of POP’, Otis Reading was ‘Sittin on the Dock’, UB40 was their classic reggae hits, Salt ‘n’ Pepper knew how to ‘Push it’. Prince was ‘Partying like it’s 1999’ Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’. Pattie was looking fine. Ocean Colour Scene ‘Didn’t Wanna Fight.’ Phil Collins had something ‘In The air Tonight’, Lionel Ritchie, ‘All Night Long’ he Wanted to sing, Elvis Presley, simply unique, he was the ultimate, he was the KING.

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St Minver Community Hub Exciting Times and Future Plans

We are pleased to announce that the New Health Hub arrived on the July 11th 2020. The local community has made this initiative possible, so a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation to this worthwhile cause. Since it was first announced that the Doctors’ Surgery would close, the St Minver Community Hub Trustees have been working with the Camel Estuary Practice to reestablish a clinical service for residents. All the services are connected and the furniture from the Rock Surgery is in place. However, the surgery is awaiting confirmation from BT that the IT system has been installed. Once the systems are up and running, the opening date will be confirmed. The service offered to patients from the new Community Health Hub will be available on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. A team of nurses will provide support for residents including a prescription delivery service. This is a really exciting and important stage , because 44

it marks the beginning of the future. It signals the commitment of the St Minver Community Hub Project Team and the local community and shows that by working together, local services can be developed for the benefit of the community.

Future Plans

Plans for building the new Community Hub Building have already been submitted and approved. However, following feedback from the community and the need for additional services and cost saving measures the plans have been updated and re-submitted. Once the updated plans are approved

the Trustees will make them widely available. The new building will accommodate the existing Scout and Guide groups, along with the Football Club. It will also become the home for the Parish Council and provide a community CafĂŠ and space for meetings. In line with carbon initiatives and energy saving devices, which will form an integral part of the building, it is also anticipated that a cycle shelter and electric charging points will be provided. The challenge for the next twelve months is to raise funds so that the building can commence at the end of 2021.

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News from St Minver Pre-School We were pleased to re-open our pre-school from the end of June to the children due to start school this September. The children were in small groups or bubbles, and were brilliant in adapting to all of the changes we have put in place. They have had lots of fun in their learning, doing some fantastic writing and counting and also having lots of fun in making crowns and playing outdoors. This has helped towards their transition to school this September. We have worked closely with St. Minver School in this transition and we wish the children all the very best as they start school! As we start the new term this September, we will be working to government guidelines to care for the children coming to our preschool. We have made some changes to the pre-school and we have a number of new children starting with us. We continue to offer virtual tours to any parents who would like to consider the pre-school for their children. We have funded places available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. For any enquiries, please call St. Minver Pre-School on 01208 869511 or e-mail

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North Cornwall Book Festival At Home website as well as on Vimeo. We really hope they lift your spirits as we go into the second half of a pretty grim year. Please feel free to share them and to spread the word. And it's not only grown-ups who get to enjoy this venture. When schools return in the autumn NCBF At Home will be providing films featuring stars of children's writing and It's a great pleasure to announce the launch of illustration, each of whom will include in their North Cornwall Book Festival At Home. Partly film writing or art projects for young viewers funded by Arts Council England's emergency to do in class or at home. We're very excited fund and partly by Cornwall's own FEAST, this that, as part of this outreach work, the Festival is a series of short films featuring the writers, is collaborating with several distinguished artists and personalities you would have met sister festivals in a big online festival of this October had this year's Book Festival not children's literature headed by the children's had to be postponed to next year. A quirky laureate, Cressida Cowell, who'll be speaking blend of Zoom interview and footage shot at St Endellion at the 2021 North Cornwall by the subjects themselves on their mobile Book Festival. Full details of this, the Reading phones; the films not only give the writers a Is Magic Festival, can be found on its website. chance to tell you about their latest projects Families take note: there are plans for but give you deeply personal glimpses you Endelienta’s Make Club, which has been wouldn't get in the festival marquee, untidy running online fortnightly, to start again in desks, lockdown hair, unruly pets and all. the St Endellion Hall. For more information We have been releasing a new one on social check out Endelienta’s Facebook page or media at teatime each Friday to give a happy contact Katy at start to your weekend, and these will continue With all good wishes, up until the time when the Book Festival should have been taking place. The films The Endelienta and North Cornwall Book are available from release on the Festival's Festival teams 46

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A Good Age for Learning by Barbara Le Main

Mike Cock who lives on Rock Road and is known by many locals decided to keep busy after his lovely wife Sylvia passed away seven years ago. He tried wood turning and showed me some lovely work, but said as it got colder out in the shed and the dust was annoying he thought he would try painting. The family, I think, thought he would be painting the

inside of the house but ,no, he bought an easel, paint and brushes then dug deep and found his artistic talent. He uses acrylic and hard paper because other means are too expensive. A man of 87 years who likes to learn new things has painted some lovely pictures. Mike proves that one is never too old to learn new things.

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Contributions From Local Photographers Top left: Bluebells Near The Rumps by John Beckett Centre Left: Hedgehog in the Garden by Martin Broadfoot Bottom left: Low Tide by Barbara Le Main Bottom right: The End of Summer by Barbara Le Main

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Tractor Run Returns!

On Sunday September 13th at 9.30, there will be a vintage tractor run in North Cornwall, supporting Prostate Cancer Research. The tractors will be assembling at Penally, otherwise known as Brown Cross, where Menefreda Way leaves the B3314 and following a route which passes Amble, Three Holes Cross, Hingham Mill, Jewell’s Quarry, Pendavey, Polbrock Bridge, through Ruthern, across St Breock Downs, past Burlawn and turning down into Wadebridge, across the Platt and back to St Minver. They are planning to finish at the Fourways Inn by about 1pm. They are expecting over 10 tractors to take part so it should be quite a spectacle for those interested in vehicles which don’t get repaired by plugging them into a laptop!

Anyone who wishes to support the objective of the Tractor Run should either send a contribution direct to Prostate Cancer UK (0800 074 8383) or contact Gilbert Dingle (863325) . Peter Coster

Support Continues in Wadebridge Concern Wadebridge has continued to be extremely busy offering services to help people in the community during the Covid crisis. Since the last update we have continued to provide essential services like delivering hot meals, doing shopping, delivering prescriptions and providing transport for hospital appointments. Concern Wadebridge administrator Em Wherry said: “It has a complete different way of working but it has been so rewarding seeing how much we are able to help people.” Since the start of lockdown Concern Wadebridge has provided over 1,600 meals, 250 shopping trips and driven over 660 miles for hospital appointments. Em added: “We could have not done this without the help and support of the amazing volunteers. Over the past few months, we have had a lot of help from our regular volunteers and seen a lot of new faces with

people who were furloughed coming on board. Unfortunately for us a lot of them have had to return to work – so if there is any available to help us a few hours a week please get in touch. “We don’t know what the next few weeks or months will bring but we are here and ready to help in any way we can.” Concern Wadebridge is hoping to have a phased re-opening with part of the building opening in September, but we will not be operating a café. We hope to have everything ‘back to normal’ and reopen fully on Monday 4th January 2021. If anyone requires help or would like to volunteer please do not hesitate to contact us on 01208 812392. Em Wherry

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Aren’t we lucky! Local walks

by Morwenna Vernon Retire , Withiel & Tremore Valley

For this issue, I have returned to an inland circular walk which includes some wonderful scenery and , as usual, a lot of stiles! Park on the road which leads to Retire and follow the lane into the village, passing two converted Weslyan Methodist chapels. Apparently the second one was built towards the end of the 19th century to accommodate the growing congregation. When the lane forks, bear left, past Retire Farmhouse and then take a sharp left onto a path which looks pretty overgrown. At the end of the path is the first of many old stone stiles. The route then crosses four fields towards Withiel and gives the walker the opportunity to enjoy some breathtaking views across the

countryside. I did this walk in late June and it really was a ‘green and pleasant land’. There were four iron mines operating in this area during the Victorian age: Wheal James, Wheal Retire, Wheal Colbiggan and Wheal Rosewarrick. Tens of thousands of tonnes of iron ore were raised from what’s known as the Withiel Iron Lode. As you enter Withiel, the walk joins the Saints Way for a short distance; for any readers who are keen walkers, the Saints Way is worth doing, as it gives a very different perspective on our beautiful county. My daughter and I completed it in two non consecutive days of 14 miles a day. Withiel is an ancient settlement which was 50

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mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, as having 25 households. The church is definitely worth a visit so try and find the time to pop in. The route then goes through the village down to the bottom of a hill and a waymarked footpath on the right hand side which you follow into the woods and over a very pretty footbridge. The path is then clearly marked through woodland until it reaches the road where you turn left to Withielgoose Mills where there was previously an open cast tin mine. The route then passes through the hamlet

of Tremorebridge with its pretty cottages and follows the beautiful Tremore River; this was such a lovely final stretch of the walk . This walk took us about 2 hours, of which 45 minutes was on the country lanes and although I’m generally not keen on walking on roads, the views along the whole route were so attractive that it was worth it. I used the iWalk Cornwall app to follow the route on this walk – I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to explore our lovely area, although a Ordnance Survey Landranger map could also be used.

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Advice from the RNLI

Rip currents

else in trouble. They are difficult to spot and even the most experienced and strongest swimmers can find themselves caught out, so Last year, RNLI lifeguards dealt with more than it’s important, where possible, to use beaches 1,500 incidents involving rip currents, saving that have lifeguards patrolling on them.’ the lives of 95 people caught in them. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, try Steve Instance, RNLI Water Safety Lead for the to remember the following key safety advice: South West said, ‘Our coastline is a fantastic • Don’t try to swim against it, you will quickly place to spend time together as a family but get exhausted. there are also plenty of potential dangers, especially for those who aren’t fully aware of • If you can stand, wade don’t swim. their surroundings. • If you can, swim parallel to the shore until The main one is rip currents which cause most free of the rip and then head for shore incidents in the water that RNLI lifeguards • If you can’t swim – Float to Live by leaning deal within the UK. We are seeing a spike back in the water, extending your arms and in incidents this summer involving these legs, and resisting the urge to thrash around potentially deadly currents, which move to gain control of your breathing even faster than an Olympic swimmer and can quickly drag people into deep water a • Always raise your hand and shout for help long way from the shore. ‘It’s important that anybody venturing in or near the sea knows, • If you see anyone else in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the not just what rip currents are, but how to react if they are caught in one or see someone coastguard. 52

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During a regular training exercise at Holywell Bay beach on Tuesday 28th July, Trainer Assessor Matt Trewhella and RNLI lifeguard Ivan Ellis noticed a sudden ‘flash’ rip current had formed and two young boys were in serious difficulty. A flash rip current is a temporary rip caused by heavy surf with long wave periods, a rapid rise in sea level, or a storm. Due to the high number of bathers in the water, it was difficult to get through the crowds on the inshore rescue boat (IRB) so RNLI lifeguard Jago Griffith paddled out to assist the IRB and together they rescued the young boys. Jago and Ivan had just returned to shore when they suddenly spotted two more bathers drifting out to sea in the same rip current. They were both rescued on rescue boards and safely returned to shore.

accidental drowning across the world. The RNLI and HM Coastguard strongly advise against taking inflatables to the beach and urge people to be aware of the tide times and local hazards to avoid getting into trouble. Director of HM Coastguard Claire Hughes said: ‘We’ve seen so many times how easy it is to get caught out by the sea. That is why it is important to swim or bodyboard on lifeguarded beaches, stay within your depth, swim parallel to the shore and keep a close eye on friends and family at the beach and in the water. ‘Make sure you are always contactable at the coast by carrying a fully-charged mobile phone and if you get into trouble or see someone else in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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Quiz Quest

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1. What is the second highest peak in Cornwall? 2.Which famous female actress and comedy writer/performer lives near Fowey? 3.What is the name of the church at Tintagel? 4.How long is Cornwall? 5. What was the original name of St Austell Brewery’s award winning Tribute beer? 6.What percentage of Cornwall is designated an AONB? 7.What is the area of Cornwall? 8. How long is the Cornish coastline? 9. What is the longest river which is entirely within the county border? 10.Who was the MP for north Cornwall, prior to the election of Scott Mann MP? 11.What is the most southerly point of Cornwall? 12.What is the population of Cornwall (not during the holiday season!)? 13. Who is St Minver and St Endellion’s Cornwall Councillor? 14. Which is the biggest town, in terms of population? 15. The average wage for the UK is £30,000 but what is the average wage for Cornish workers? 16. What is the name of the open air theatre near Porthcurnow Beach in West Cornwall? 17. Who was the creator of the theatre from question 16? 18. The bridge at Tintagel Castle is a sight worth seeing, with the two sides cantilevered. But how big is the gap between the two sides? 19. King Arthur was allegedly born in Tntagel, but what was the name of his father? 20. What does a yellow and red flag on a lifeguarded beach signify? Visit our website -


Five year Ecological Management Plan for St Enodoc Golf Club In June 2020, St Enodoc Golf Club in North Cornwall, one of England’s finest championship golf layouts, embarked on a five year ecological management plan to return both its championship Church Course and Holywell Course back to a biodiverse landscape benefitting both nature and the game of golf and better reflecting the terrain on which the course was originally established over 100 years ago. Working alongside Natural England, the club has already undertaken a number of programmes to improve the natural environment, including getting rid of the scrub plant species that have inveigled their way onto both courses over the years. In addition to this, a programme of dune restoration, reinstating the more natural links landscape that James Braid would have come across when he originally designed St Enodoc back in 1890, has been a major focus of the work. In addition to working with Natural England, St Enodoc has taken advice from agronomist and golf course advisor, Chris Haspell, who has wide experience in constructing golf courses that sit naturally in their environment. He is best known for his work at the Top 100 Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Highlands of Scotland which has hosted four Scottish Opens. Chris Haspell pointed out that maintaining good quality surfaces is crucial to the success of any golf course and, coupled with an ecology plan, the course can be fun and engaging, whilst improving the environmental responsibilities for the members and guests and, importantly, in the community. In tandem with guidance from Chris Haspell, St Enodoc has been in consultation with Rowan Rumball of STRI who has produced ecological management plans for the next five years for both the Church and the Holywell Courses. “Over the last few years, I have worked with over 100 golf courses in order to restore native flora and fauna back into the rough, as golf courses have the potential to be fantastic for nature and golf simultaneously,� concludes Rumball. The long-term objective of undertaking these plans is for St Enodoc to become GEO certified as this comprehensive and widely-regarded sustainability distinction is a requirement for clubs that wish to host an R&A (the Royal and Ancient Tournament of St Andrews), something which the club is keen to do at some point in the future. By 2024, St Enodoc will have carried out eight years of conservation and sustainable coastal dune management on its two courses. From a playing point of view, golfers will continue to be able to enjoy spotting a diverse range of fauna including sand lizards, skylarks and silverstudded blue butterflies during the summer, all of which are seen on St Enodoc but are rare, or declining, across the rest of the country. For more information on St Enodoc Golf Club, please visit 58

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Gardening Made Easy by Nick Bacon

War on Weeds

Weeds are always growing so they need to be kept at bay. I have found that in these unprecedented times weeding has been hugely therapeutic.

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe How about a History lesson? The Spanish Hoe, which later became known to locals as Lord Vernon’s new village hoe in the 19th century English gardening manuals, had a pointed blade and was useful for creating shallow seed drills as well as for weeding.

Arm action is all important to be competent in using a hoe. A certain Charles Dudley Warner writing in 1876 stated there should be a broad free sweep of the hoe which kills the weeds, spares the plants and loosens soil without leaving holes and hills.

Burn For Hygiene All kinds of perennial weeds are an excellent candidate for a bonfire, though nothing will burn well unless is it really dry. Remember a fire will create least smoke when it is very hot. When having a controlled bonfire it is important to inform the fire brigade.

To get rid of annual weeds with shallow roots before they can seed or overwhelm crops and flowers the hoe for this job is the Dutch hoe or If your weeds are nettles, your soil is rich in often called the thrust hoe as it name implies Nitrogen as it is pushed away from the body. Nettles have long been used to make an iron Robert Thompson observed in his classic rich tea ; legend has it they should be picked Victorian guide The Gardeners’ Assistant it before May Day - after that the devil uses could be used without going out of the alleys them to make his shirts. (gaps between the rows), so that the ground Benefits of Nettles is not trodden on. On the other hand if you have stiff lumpy ground a more effective To attract butterflies and moths. hoe would be the draw hoe. Which is pulled towards the body. The draw hoe is probably Nettles also make an excellent fertiliser. Plants the oldest hoe design thought to originate in are gathered and soaked in water for a month; the resulting liquid can be watered directly on Mesopotamia around 4000 BC with a wood handle and a flint head. Until the 19th Century, the draw hoe was short handled and could be used in the kneeling position. Nowadays it has a long handle. Ideally, hoeing should be done every couple of days especially in spring when the rate of weed growth is at its peak. Another hoe of special interest is for weeding in between onions and other rows of vegetables it is swan necked and short handled, its blade is no more that 5cm (2”) wide. 60

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to the soil at the plants roots.

Helpful Signs from Weeds Look out for these good soil indicators growing in your garden;

health and it is worth remembering that in monastery gardening in the middle ages there was no such thing as weeds because – like dandelions and nettle every plant had its

High Nitrogen – Stinging nettle, Black Night Shade

uses either in the kitchen or in the medicine

Lime Rich – Bindweed

You may be at war with weeds, but

Lime Deficient – Chamomile

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Loam – Dandelions

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A Book Review by John Baxter

Lady in Waiting

by Anne Glenconner

Crown Paperback £8.99 from Wadebridge Bookshop This is a truly remarkable book. Completed when the author was 87 it paints an intimate picture of the English aristocracy , framed by elements of the Monarchy, notably Princess Margaret. It is a tale of immense wealth and privilege, eccentricity, hilarious anecdotes, cruel tragedy, historical interest and almost unbelievable ingratitude. Anne Glenconner was born in Holkham Hall, a mansion set in 27,000 acres of prime land, famed for its association with the Agricultural Revolution of the 18th Century. Her father, the Earl of Leicester, was on excellent terms with the Duke of York, the future King George VI, and much of the early narrative describes shooting parties and children’s play with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Anecdotal snippets are abundant: we are told that the Prince of Wales, (the future King Edward VIII) ‘had many love affairs with married, often older, glamorous aristocrats’, we learn that the bowler-hat was invented here, the top- hat being too impractical for the gamekeepers who now wore the ‘billy-coke’, and Queen Mary teaches Anne a valuable lesson at the annual children’s Christmas party at Buckingham Palace by suggesting little boxes quite often contain valuable presents. Anne chose from the liberally spread table a box containing a necklace of pearl and coral, still worn 80 years later. Her father ‘found fatherhood difficult’ and her grandfather took the opportunity to teach Anne during the War about Holkham’s treasures. This included fortnightly airing of Leonardo da Vinci’s 72 page manuscript, ‘Codex Leicester’, a study on water and stars. 62

Sold by her father to help the upkeep of the estate, it was ultimately bought by Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8 million, then the most valuable book in the world. Much of the interest in the late teenage period of Anne’s life can be gleaned from the vocabulary: debutantes, finishing school, the ‘season’, Lady of the Bedchamber, NSIT (not safe in taxis!) Anne is summoned to become a Maid of Honour at the Queen’s coronation while selling Holkham pottery in New York, and the Coronation is described vividly.

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The search for a suitable husband proved difficult. Predictably she met Colin Tennant at a ‘Deb party’ at the Ritz: son of Baron Glenconner, he’d been to Eton and Oxford, before joining the Irish and then Scots,Guards. Employment at the family bank followed. A man of immense wealth (and profligate with it), intense charm, quick wit and intelligence, but eccentricity laced with outbursts of violent temper. It is surprising the marriage survived the honeymoon: A visit to Paris sounds romantic until, unbelievably, Tennant took his new bride to a seedy hotel to watch a couple having sex; invitations to join in were turned down. The Cuba leg of the honeymoon included attendance at a cock-fight where the feathers of Anne’s hat distracted one of the birds, causing a violent outburst from Colin, accusing Anne of ruining the betting. It is amazing that the marriage survived for 54 years, and tragic that Colin rewarded his wife’s loyalty by removing her from his estate and leaving everything to a manservant. The relationship with Princess Margaret dominates much of the book, particularly after Anne’s appointment as Lady in Waiting in 1971, a position she held until the death of the Princess in 2002. Colin’s gift of a plot of land in Mustique, an island in the Caribbean he had purchased for £45,000, helped cement the friendship, and Anne writes warmly about Margaret’s many qualities, while acknowledging that ‘she could be difficult’. Mustique is entertainingly described, as is the doomed marriage with Tony ArmstrongJones and the affair with Roddy Llewellyn. It is during the heart-rending episodes of the tragic fate of Anne’s three sons that Princess Margaret demonstrates genuine care and compassion, keeping regularly in touch throughout the unbearably tense years of anxiety. Heroin addiction, HIV/Aids, and eight months in a deep coma following a motor cycle accident in Mexico, afflicted Charlie, Henry and Christopher respectively; only Christopher survived, albeit in an

environment quite different from pre-gap year expectations. Colin died in 2010 and was buried in St. Lucia, the island he purchased after selling Mustique. The funeral was a spectacular affair, and the carnival atmosphere was’ redolent of Colin’s endless parties’. Resilience is a word commonly used to describe Lady Glenconner, a quality now needed as Colin’s singlesentence will began, ‘I hereby leave every thing to Kent Adonai’, initially hired by Colin as a young boy with big ears to look after ‘Boopa’, the elephant Colin had eccentrically purchased for the island from Dublin Zoo. ‘After all I’d been was such a terrible humiliation’. Determined not to be cast down, attention was turned to the future, and this indomitable lady spends most of her time surrounded by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. ‘Lady in Waiting’ is a book not only for devotees of the Royal Family. For historians it provides both an entertaining picture of aristocratic England and Scotland during nearly a century, and also a fascinating account of Royal duties, especially interesting being overseas tours. Above all it is a vibrant personal revelation of a life of colour, privilege, reflected fame, and painful tragedy. Once started it is difficult to put down.

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Message from Carol Mould Cornwall Councillor for St Minver and St Endellion Hello

The officer will be able to deal with ticketing, dog fouling, car parking non- payment. Last Since lockdown has been lifted and our year the pilot scheme was very successful, and volunteer groups have been given a muchthe officer will again be working with Andy needed reprieve from duties, we have seen local businesses reopen and visitors returning Stewart our Beach Ranger at Polzeath. Sadly, in ever greater numbers. Whilst all our visitors due to lockdown, we were unable to recruit a are welcome there have been challenging support ranger to work alongside Andy, but issues around social distancing, and now the we are hoping, given the shorter season and wearing of masks in shops is compulsory, we the impact he made last year in and around are all having to be a bit more vigilant. Polzeath, that he will be given plenty of Parish Councils support from businesses and locals this year The Parish councils are continuing to hold and this will help mitigate the fact he is on his their meetings virtually and that situation will own. continue for the next few months at least. You Public Toilets can contact the clerks in the same way, and should you wish to address council there is a Public Toilets continue to be a problem. process to invite the public to the meetings; The main issues with re-opening have been all information available from the clerks. around social distancing and cleaning Irresponsible Parking regimes. Those toilets that have been There has been a variety of issues around devolved to parishes or other organisations irresponsible parking especially on the have been particularly challenging because road from the Oyster Catcher Pub to Francis of insurance and the cost of extra cleaning Lane in Trebetherick. The approved double and sanitizers. These costs make it even more yellow lining scheme for this stretch has inevitable that there needs to be a charge been delayed due to Covid 19, so I asked if to use the facilities and I think it is a pity that an enforceable temporary road order could be put in place to alleviate what has become the continued vandalism may well make the a dangerous black spot. I am pleased to say difference between toilets staying open or a temporary order is being put in place, so closing permanently. hopefully this will ease the situation. The decision was made not to charge for Multi Skilled Enforcement Officer the use of Coronation Gardens in Polzeath The two St Minver Parishes, along with St because of the repair costs, but it does mean Endellion, have funded a joint SLA (service the ones in New Polzeath will remain closed. level agreement) with CC to supply a full time multi-skilled enforcement officer to cover the 07870 118001 or 01208 863692 carol.mould@ area for the summer months. 64

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Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP Parliament has now closed for the summer and I am back in North Cornwall where I will be able to spend time concentrating fully on constituency matters. It has been a very difficult few months for everyone and I am very proud of you all for sticking to the lockdown so that we could flatten the curve and ,more recently, for reopening our economy in a responsible way. A lot was asked of North Cornwall, and although we have come through hard times before, this was an endurance test rather than a sprint. We have not crossed the finish line, but with the positive news about the vaccine trials last week, the end may be in sight.

Coronavirus We must, of course, be vigilant as there is the possibility that the coronavirus may come back strongly in the autumn. Over the summer the government will be preparing for this and I know contingency plans have been formulated. The Prime Minister has not discounted the potential for another full lockdown, but this will only be brought in if the situation requires it. Likewise, we are also prepared for local lockdowns and Cornwall is no exception. If there is a spike of coronavirus cases in the area then the government, local authority and NHS will respond. I used my final question in the House of Commons before the recess to ask the Minister what a local lockdown would look like, and you can watch it by visiting my Facebook page.

School Funding As part of our pledge to level up school funding across England, I was very pleased to hear that the Prime Minister has confirmed that state schools in England will receive a £2.2 billion funding increase for next year, as part of our £14 billion settlement for schools, delivering on our manifesto commitment. Every child deserves a superb education – regardless of which school they attend or where they happened to grow up. That is why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase. And with our transformative national funding formula, we are making sure the money is distributed fairly across the country so all schools can drive up standards. I have lobbied hard to ensure that North Cornwall gets its fair share, and I look forward to seeing this become a reality after successive governments have failed to address the disparity. We know that this has been a difficult year for schools, teachers and students due to coronavirus, and with this extra investment, we can ensure pupils can catch up and get the best possible start in life. As always, if my team or I can be of assistance do not hesitate to get in touch via scott@ You can also find out more about the work I do on behalf of North Cornwall by visiting wwww.scottmann., or by visiting TheRightMannForNorthCornwall

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