The Link, Summer 2022 Issue 233

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Issue 233 - Summer 2022


First published in 1981, St Minver Link is an independent community magazine produced by volunteers with all profits donated to local good causes.




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St Minver Cricket Club

Featured Artist

A Beekeeper’s Year

Business Spotlight

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Events in the area

Hospital Car Service

Country DiaryCobb Cottage

Featured Chefs

Wadebridge Camels

The Queen and Me

Scott Mann

Local News and Information

Chris Treglown Foundation

Adrian Langdon

St Minver School

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Welcome to the summer issue of Link which is jam packed as usual; we are very lucky as we always have so many interesting, well written articles. It shows what a lively community we are in St Minver and Wadebridge, there’s always lots going on! I’m sure you will have noticed that the price of Link has gone from £1 to £1.50. The last price increase was in 2012, when the magazine went from 75p to £1. This increase in unavoidable with rising printing costs, but I’m sure you will agree that it still represents excellent value for money. I’m afraid another increase is likely in 2023, but we will do our best to keep it as low as possible. I was pleased to be contacted recently as one of the phone numbers on the contacts page was incorrect; I’ve now put that right ; please let me know if you know there are any errors or omissions. Many people use it as their first point of reference to find important phone numbers. For this issue, we have reintroduced the Featured Chef. This was always very popular pre Covid, particularly as the featured chef would usually share a popular recipe with Link readers. On page 44 you can see how Link’s Martin Broadfoot went to do a photo shoot at The Old Tea House and did some tasting at the same time! This edition’s front cover is a picture of the Y6 children from St Minver School on a beach clean at Polzeath. The activity sparked a persuasive writing competition and I was fortunate to be asked to judge the entries. The standard of the writing, combined with the quality of arguments was very impressive; the young people really cared about the problem of plastic pollution. When you read the winning article, on page 48, I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Once again we welcome some new advertisers and urge you all to support these local businesses. If you are interested in advertising in the Link, please go to our website www. Enjoy the summer and take a look at all the events coming up which are in this edition - there’s loads happening as usual! Morwenna

Local Events Link Coffee Morning

In aid of the UNHCR Ukraine Appeal Thursday, 30th June Perceval Institute St Minver 10 - 12 Cake Stall andRaffle come along and support this worthy cause 10


St Minver Church Thursday, 14th July 7pm Port Isaac Chorale with 1st St Minver Scouts To Support the Fundraising for the World Scouting Jamboree 2023 Please come along and support local young people Free entry, donations welcome Raffle and Refreshments

Endelienta Events at St Endellion

Saturday 4th June, 7.30pm

Carole Cerasi Saturday, 18th June 7.30pm

Cornish Language Residency Showcase Saturday 25th June 7.30pm

Bizet’s Carmen Thursday, 30th June 7.30 North Cornwall Book Festival Author Tours: Gavin Plumley Saturday, 25th June 10am - 3pm

Art and Faith Capturing the Movement

A Reflective Day with Mary Chamberlain and Tim Steward Sunday, 10th July 7.30pm

The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn- Saltlines Friday, 15th July 7.30

Dante Festival Concert Thursday, 21st July 7.30 North Cornwall Book Festival Author Tours:

Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury Thursday, 11th August 7.30 North Cornwall Book Festival Author Tours:

Seán Hewitt Saturday, 13th August 12pm and 3pm (50 mins)

Squashbox Theatre Stones and Bones

Tuesday, 23rd August 7pm

A Grand Night for Singing To book tickets and for more information, visit:

Keep Britain Tidy & Polzeath Marine Conservation Group

Beachcare Polzeath Beachclean dates:

Saturday, 25th June 9.30am Monday, 25th July 9.30am Tuesday, 23rd August 9.30am meet at Polzeath Marine Centre

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

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Serendipity Art Exhibition at Rock Institute

Exhibition and sale of oil and mixed media paintings and ceramics by Sarah Poppleton and Jaye Guest Evening Reception on Mon 27 June 5.30pm to 8pm - all welcome

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Emma returns to Betjeman Centre I am Emma Burt, best known by my maiden name, Emma Wherry, the former Cornish Guardian reporter (many years ago) and I am so pleased to announce I am back as the new manager of The John Betjeman Centre, run by local charity Concern Wadebridge. As a proud Bridger it’s great to be ‘home’ and seeing so many friendly faces; I loved working here as the administrator so to come back as manager is a real honour for me. The centre is now open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and most of the activities are back up and running. Our café is open until 3.30pm serving breakfasts, lunches and some yummy cakes. This is a wonderful community hub and we would love to welcome everyone to use our facilities. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, safe place for everyone – of all ages – to come and meet friends and take part in activities. If you would like more information on classes, room hire or the café, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01208 812392.

Patient Participation Group

The Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Medical Practice has a Patient Participation Group (PPG). There are currently eight members, all patients registered with the Practice, and mostly resident in Wadebridge. The group meets formally, with the Practice Manager in attendance, at least four times per year. Its principal aims are to work with the Practice to improve services for patients, to facilitate good relations and communications between the Practice and its patients, and to act as a representative group to support the Practice and to influence the provision of health and social care. To help achieve this the PPG has published its first Newsletter. Its purpose is both to provide useful information about the services provided by the Practice, and to focus on a different subject of interest in each edition. Issue number one contained a helpful article on Social Prescribing. The group would welcome both new members and suggestions for future editions of the Newsletter. Contact PPG by letter c/o the Practice. John Baxter

Help For Ukrainian Families

There is a group of people who are hosting Ukrainian refugees, supporting the hosts and guests, and Ukrainian guests. They are based in Wadebridge but have people coming from the surrounding area. Information about the group can be found via their Facebook page: Wadebridge Supports Ukrainians. They are providing English language lessons, dance classes, yoga sessions and can also help with personal or household items.


Wadebridge Library

It’s that time of year when we all start gearing up for the summer and with that in mind the Summer Reading Challenge is back! The theme of the Summer Reading Challenge 2022 is: Gadgeteers and will celebrate the key role of the imagination in both reading and the sciences. It will show children that science is all around us every day and inspire them to unleash their curiosity and creativity. The Challenge is set in a fictional summer holiday club where young innovators, or gadgeteers, will come together to use creative thinking and teamwork to plan the best ever party for the town’s celebratory summer fair. Challenge participants will meet six fun characters and help them come up with cool inventions for the summer party. They will be introduced to many aspects of science engagement, including food, fashion, music and sport, something for everyone to enjoy. The Challenge is fun, friendly and FREE for children age 4 to 11yrs.To take part sign up at your local library from 9th July, read six library books by 10th September, get loads of cool rewards and your special gold medal. Please check your local Library for opening times here at

Guide Dogs Appeal for Volunteers in Wadebridge Sight loss charity Guide Dogs is appealing for volunteers in Wadebridge who could help local people with sight loss get out and about and back into the community. Guide Dogs’ My Sighted Guide service supports individuals living with sight loss to get out and about in their local area by improving their confidence, mobility, and independence – all of which could not be achieved without the support and dedication of life-changing My Sighted Guide volunteers. Sally Yigit, of Guide Dogs, says, ‘Many people with sight loss experience feelings of isolation and lose their confidence. This has been made worse by the pandemic. We’ve seen how vital volunteer sighted guides are in helping people with sight loss to rebuild their confidence and regain their independence. If you think you could help someone living with sight loss in your area, we’d urge you to get in touch.’ Partnerships are matched based on common interests and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they like – just a few hours a week

can make all the difference to someone. A Sighted Guide service user said about his experience, ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I am really happy with being able to access the gym and use the rowing machine. I am becoming more fit and have better stamina since being able to access the gym regularly’. Volunteers must be 18 or over and an Enhanced Disclosure check is required as part of the role. Full training and support is provided. To apply go to uk/volunteer or call the volunteering team on 0345 143 0191. Emma Tucker,Regional CommunicationsManager

Church Services

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Moments of Beauty Volunteer Opportunity at Endelienta and North Cornwall Book Festival! We are looking for new people to volunteer at our concerts, authors talks and family events at St Endellion. Our dedicated volunteer team is an essential part of what we do at Endelienta and NCBF - bringing an amazing programme of music, literature, visual arts and family events to North Cornwall. Volunteering with us is an amazing opportunity to:

● Meet new people and become a part of a warm and enthusiastic team. ● Make a meaningful difference to your community, promoting the Arts in North Cornwall. ● Learn new skills and gain experience in an Arts environment. ● And attend amazing concerts and events for FREE

To find out more, email Plum (our Artistic Director) at:, and visit our website:

Sea and salty breezes, Deserted winter beach, The scene my heart seizes, Peace, beauty within reach. Walking with a friend, Sharing all we feel, Unspoken to the end, Hurts and wounds to heal. Our children running free, Exploring pool and cave, Skipping near the sea, Wading; Oh! so brave. Child bent in concentration, Dwarfed by rocks and sea, And with imagination, I see the child as me. Fingers probing deep, In damp weed and sand, Shells and stones from sleep, Brought to light and hand. Exciting depth of darkness, Bells of dropping water, Splashing feet in wetness, Voices, echoes after. Srolling homeward bound, Waves frothing on the shore, Feeling with the sound Time endless: ever more. Shining windscreens glare, Noise of diggers thunder, Modern life is there, Man forever plunders. Squeals of joy persists, Brushing sand from hands, The freedon will be missed, Back in this World of Man. B M Le Main


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Tractor Run

On Saturday the 25th of June we will be holding a vintage and classic tractor road run in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance; if you wish to participate then please be at Brown's Cross St Minver by 09.30. We hope to set off around 10am; the route will be: St Minver, Trevanger, past the old Quaker Burial Ground, Treglines, left at Greenclose and on to the New Polzeath Road turning off at Pentire Glaze. We will stop at the National Trust café for a short break, then on to New Polzeath, Old Polzeath, Trebetherick, Penmayne, Trevelver, Dinham, Lower Amble, Kitts Hill, Trewethern, St Kew, St Kew Highway, where we will stop for Aunt Avis pasties, then into the Co-op car park for a short stop and then on to Tesco car park where the run will end. We hope to stop at Old Polzeath but will only do so if its not too busy. Gilbert Dingle

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Pause for Thought

Spring, as many will have observed at Easter, is a time of new life, bursting forth to brighten our world. Indeed the early wild flowers have heralded the moment when our garden flowers start to bloom, and Nature slips into second gear. Soon leaves will appear on the trees as they dress for summer. 2022 brings us a different sort of spring,though, in many respects, not a good one. The joy of Easter has been overshadowed by the appalling and incredible invasion of Ukraine by a sadistic dictator dreaming of restoring the Tsarist Russia, and the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Whether you believe in the power of prayer or not, think and pray for these innocent people in their agony. Remember, please, those in Russia who are restrained by a police state, and do not know whether their family members serving in the army are alive or dead. When we turn to ourselves, the future looks somewhere between testing and bleak, with prices of everything rocketing or in short supply, and the likelihood is that people will find it more and more difficult. Writing thoughts to help and inspire must, it seems to me, be realistic – hopeful and realistic. In the pandemic we found a greater warmth in our communities, seeking to help one another, and we shall need that generosity of spirit to continue, helping those in need. A prayer or two would help. God Bless. Peter Coster

Perceval Institute Roof Project Begins The financial support has been staggering allowing us to commence work also to replace with reclaimed Delabole slate. Local contractors Dingle and Way will start next week weather and jubilee permitting. Hopefully there are no hidden surprises! The roof team applaud you all. Andrew Millington

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Polzeath Area Residents’ Association Hospital Car Transport Service

If you need transport to hospital or your doctor’s surgery, please ring one of our volunteer drivers:

David or Bridget Pullen Susan or Graham Andrews Julien or Anne Wenger

01208 88114 Peter or Jacqui Watson 01208 880816 David or Jacky Hall 01208 863569 George Morris

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Charges are 45p per mile measured from the drivers’ home and back. Charges exclude bridge toll and hospital parking charges.

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The Grace Project

Clothing Children Within Our Community

Since the last issue of The Link magazine I can report that the Grace Project has continued to receive generous amounts of children’s clothing donations from members of our community and in excess of another twenty families have received clothing from us. We have been given some beautiful hand knitted children’s cardigans and jumpers along with an amazing donation of several brand new children’s tops and t-shirts. A team of willing volunteers has continued to meet, Banner made and usually once but sometimes twice a month, in Egloshayle Church, sorting donated by local all the donated clothes into the different ages/sizes. Many thanks must business go to all those who continue to give clothing and who give their time in Oscar Love Designs sorting the clothes. Requests for clothing have continued to be received from near and far with bundles distributed to Bude, as well as more locally to Bodmin and Wadebridge. At the end of April we were invited to attend Wadebridge Primary School, taking a selection of clothing bundles with us, to promote the project and explain how it works. Thanks must go to Headteacher Rebecca Whitlock and her team for making us so welcome. As the summer approaches and our wardrobes change we look forward to distributing shorts and t-shirts as well as pretty summer dresses and even some swimming costumes. If you or anyone you know could use some children’s clothing (0-12 years) then please don’t hesitate to contact us via email; or find us on Instagram or Facebook. Messenger can be used to make requests. All requests are treated with confidence and bundles are left for discrete collection in Egloshayle Church which is open 10am until 4pm every day of the week. Helen Eustice


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Talks and Trips 2022

Support for Port Isaac Harbour Fund

Talks and Trips is a group who meet in the Port Isaac Village Hall and has an arts focus. It is linked to Tate St Ives through their Look Group Programme.This enables curated tours of current exhibitions at the Tate and an opportunity to meet other people from different Look Groups in Cornwall. For a fee of £5 and proof of your local address you have access to a local’s pass which also gives you admission to other exhibitions in the future. With the group’s focus being about art, the aim is to also create opportunities to visit other galleries across the county plus listen to a variety of lectures . The first three talks we have planned have a Cornish focus and are led by Olive Maggs an Independent Art Historian, Adult Educator and Freelance Lecturer at the Watts Gallery in Guildford Surrey. For times and transport please contact Caroline Cleave 07966501156, better still there is now a Whats App group for you to join for information on future Talks and Trips just send a text and you can be added. Caroline Cleave

On Tuesday 12th April, the John Bray Cornish Holidays Rowing Challenge took place to raise money for the Port Isaac breakwater repairs. A total of twentynine rowers, including John Bray Cornish Holidays team members from both Rock and Port Isaac offices, as well as volunteers from the local community, each took it in turns on the two rowing machines. They completed the gruelling challenge, collectively rowing 164km – the equivalent distance of Land’s End to Port Isaac - in just nine hours! The two rowing machines, kindly leant by St Breock Primary School, were set up outside of the John Bray Cornish Holidays Port Isaac office, where passers by were able to watch the progress of the challenge, volunteer to

take part, and make donations. Every rower was treated to mini eggs, whilst each child was gifted a windmill. Jess Holman, General Manager, said “With ages ranging from 7-70+, rowing anywhere from 1km to 10km, there really were rowers of all abilities;we had no shortage of volunteers.Penny Bolton, Owner Relations Manager, said “It was a wonderful event, with the whole community coming together to support us and help us reach the distance. Pledges on the JustGiving page and donations given on the day total over £1,000, which will go directly to the Port Isaac Harbour Commissioners to support them with their harbour repairs.

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The Chris Treglown Foundation Fund 10th Anniversary Year This year marks the 10th year of setting up this fund in memory of our dear son Chris Treglown. The fund has achieved what we aimed to do and has helped many young people on their musical journey. We have been lucky enough to meet many talented young people from Cornwall and outside of the county who have a passion for singing and we have followed their success. This would not have been possible without the support of Maria Jagusz who directs the wonderful summer concerts with singers who have supported the fund and winners of the Award and also

many local people from the community who help with the running of our events,whether it be designing posters, helping with catering or being there to give advice. We are truly grateful for all you do and hope that you will come along to one of our summer concerts this year. Details are listed on the poster opposite. The 2022 Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Awards will take place in a concert format entitled Reach For The Stars. Awards will be presented to two successful singers - one from the classical genre and one from the musical theatre genre on Fri July 22nd, 6.30

pm at St Petrocs Church in Bodmin. This year we have fourteen young singers from Cornwall and it will be a concert not to be missed, so please come along and be part of the audience. We’d love to see you. For details about this concert and any of the summer concerts listed please contact Julia on 07815987172 or visit the website www. where details about the fund and how to get tickets can be found. John and Julia Treglown

St Minver Silver Band

With most Covid restrictions now abandoned, the band has resumed a normal rehearsal schedule and we are preparing for our late spring and summer round of public performances. At the time of writing, we have the following list of planned engagements: June Thursday 2nd @ 2.30 pm – Queen’s Jubilee Celebration; Proms in the marquee in Jubilee Park, Wadebridge. Wednesday 8th @ 6.30 pm – Royal Cornwall Showground; pre-show public service. Sunday 12th @ 12 noon – Port Isaac RNLI Open Day. Tuesday 21st @ 7.30 pm – weekly concert season at Polzeath beach (weather permitting). July Every Tuesday @7.30 pm – Polzeath beach concerts August Every Tuesday @ 7.30 pm – Polzeath beach concerts Sunday 28th @ 12 noon – Port Isaac RNLI Larks Day We welcome new players in any section, particularly cornet players. Any player who would like to join us should contact Garry Gauss on 01208 814170, or Peter Allen on 07980 302193. Our normal rehearsal nights are every Tuesday from 7 until 9 pm. Garry Gauss/Band Secretary


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coming to Cornwall this summer Life is a Cabaret The Waterfront Restaurant, Polzeath Wednesday August 17th 6.30pm

The Music of the Night Truro School Chapel Friday August 19th - 7pm

International Opera Singer, Maria Jagusz, directs some of the countryÕs Þnest young singers and winners of the Chris Treglown Foundation Awards Tickets £20 to include a free reception drink from 5.30pm

International Opera Singer, Maria Jagusz, directs a magical evening of music Tickets £25, includes entertainment, drinks and canapes on arrival online from Newslines, Rock 01208 863385 or Cole, Rayment & White in Wadebridge - 01208 813595 or Julia Treglown on 07815 987 172

A Night to Remember An evening of magical music and song from the world of musical theatre and opera performed by some of the country’s leading up and coming young singers

Some Enchanted Evening The Italian Gardens at Pencarrow Monday August 22nd- 7pm

Some of the countryÕs Þnest young artists performing songs from the world of musicals, opera and popular classics

Tickets £15

Sterts Theatre. nr Liskeard Sunday August 21st - 5pm

Tickets £15 / £10 01579 362382 or

It’s a Grand Night for Singing St Endellion Church Tuesday August 23rd - 7pm

International Opera Singer, Maria Jagusz, directs a wonderful selection of operatic and musical theatre classics Tickets £10 or Julia Treglown on 07815 987 172



St Minver Cricket Club St Minver Cricket Club, established in 1892, is in the small idyllic village of St Minver in North Cornwall. St Minver CC fields two adult cricket teams in divisions three and five east, with both teams aiming to push for promotion this year. We also have a darts team and two pool teams who have all had great success in their first year, we are looking to expand our teams in all sports, so if you’re interested in playing come and join our fast growing social and sports club. From the moment you enter the gates, you are greeted with a luscious green outfield and a newly resurfaced car park along with a colourfully decorated patio area with roses, geraniums and pansies in flower. These are vibrant areas to be admired where you can sit and watch the cricket on a summer’s day. Our woodfire pizza oven located in the centre of our aesthetically pleasing wild, sustainable beer garden can be fired up on a tranquil summer’s evening, allowing

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you to enjoy hours of sunlight or peaceful evenings in our well-lit area. You can relax on our new sponsored picnic tables kindly donated by local people. We would like to thank Lawrence and Marion Hawken, Ian Ringham, John and Ian Smith and Mark Hawken. We still have tables left to sponsor, so If you would like to be part of the garden, get in contact with us. We have rebranded our catering side of the club to The Wild Hop so check out our new Instagram @the_wildhop for all opening hours, events, food and drink. You’ll find things such as our new art exhibitions

we are hosting in collaboration with Phoebe Pocock Art, called First Thursdays originating from Cape town in South Africa. They will be running on the 1st Thursday of the months of June (2nd), July (7th) and August (4th) at 6pm with live music, food, drink and an array of local artists. Join us in our beer garden this summer where you can enjoy a pint of Sharps finest Atlantic Ale, Offshore and Cold River Cider, as well as a selection of other beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. We are stockist of Callestick Ice-cream for those hot summer days, enjoyed under the shade of our Tarquins’ parasols. Our expertly refurbished clubhouse with modern laminate flooring and surround sound built in speaker system, really gives a modern feel for those who want to enjoy a quiet pint by day or hire for bass boosted parties by night. Enquiries for hire can be made at or 01208 863402. Ben Hawken

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Rock Social Club Fundraising Success

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Matt Tatlow and Rob Kircher were chewing the fat at their usual table at The Rock Social Club when the subject of heart disease arose. They then started discussing the issue of there not being a defibrillator between The Pityme Inn and Camel Ski School. Given the age demographic of the local area the fundraising ideas started! £2600 was the target - a huge amount to raise. Firstly, a collection box was put on the bar, to which many members were happy to contribute, but a much bigger plan was needed. A Defibrillator Day was planned. A team was formed and the ideas came rolling in! Kerry and Matt offered to have their heads shaved, followed by Talon and Dean who would

bare their chests and have them waxed! Huge thank you to the four of you for raising so much money! Many members collected raffle and auction prizes; Tim Venning kindly ran the auction and the funds were starting to look like we could make the total. After a tense money count the total was announced - £4000! A staggering amount! Thank you to all local businesses that donated prizes for the raffle and auction. Thank you to Kerry, Matt, Talon and Dean for your dedication to the cause! Thank you to all that came and supported. The £1400 surplus will be kept in trust and used for the annual servicing and maintenance of the unit which is approx £250 a year.

A successful day and a defibrillator was ordered and has been installed. Thank you everyone Andy Masters

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Face Lift for Rock Village Institute This winter has seen a major internal face lift of Rock Village institute. We have entirely replaced the uninsulated suspended ceiling with substantial fibreglass insulation and a new suspended ceiling with low energy lighting. The kitchen has been entirely upgraded with new electric cooking facilities, new refrigerator and a new hot water system. There has been a total redecoration and the old stage curtains have been replaced with colourful new ones. We have also installed two battery car charging points. Special thanks to all the local tradespeople who undertook this work: Lawn Roc who did the suspended ceiling; Dan Bosley at Tatum Electrical; Alf Wyatt for the internal woodwork; Steve Cox for the decorating and Dave Greenwood for the plumbing. The success of the Rock Institute is very much a team effort, with Allan Caswell handling all the bookings, caretakers Sonia and Alistair Gallop, Shaun the gardener and committee members, David Topliffe (treasurer), Nici Couch, Penny McBreen, Stuart Robertson, Sandra Godfrey and Helen Rawe. For anyone wishing to view availability of the hall, please see our website: www.rockinstitute. John Bray ( chairman)

A new home is sought for the The Rock Village Institute piano. The committee are only looking for a donation towards the Institute and the buyer must arrange collection. Contact Allan at the Institute for more information.


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Tanks are Loaded and Ready To Go John Bray took thirty years to amass his collection of tanks and armoured vehicles, but they have now been sold. The collection was displayed at many local events to raise money for chairty and John particularly enjoyed taking them to the Royal Cornwall Showground every year.

Summer Exhibition at Rock Institute From 2nd to the 11th August, artist Janet Shearer and ceramicist Penny McBreen are collaborating to present a beautiful selection of vases, vessels, sculptures, lamp bases, paintings and limited edition prints at the Rock Institute. The exhibition has become a summer highlight and both women have been working hard to produce a new collection of original works. As both artists are deeply inspired by Cornwall, it comes as no surprise to see that Penny’s colourful glazes and elegant curved forms perfectly echo Janet’s painterly seascapes and studies of the coastline, whilst the abstracted aspects of Janet’s new paintings beautifully reflect the tactile nature of Penny’s raku-fired ceramics. All works will be for sale and the exhibition will launch with a private view on 2nd August from 12pm-3pm All welcome for art, ceramics, wine & nibbles. The exhibition will then be open daily from 10am - 5.30pm

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Polzeath Coastguard Update by Matt Sutherland ambulance. With an incoming tide, we quickly packaged the casualty onto our stretcher and started the long carry to Rock car park to await the ambulance. Because of his age a crew from the Cornwall Air Ambulance, arrived by car to give further assistance. The team stayed on the scene to assist with a helicopter land site if a quicker evacuation was required. Next month we also welcome two new recruits to the team, Jordan Frapwell and Rich Pascoe, both live locally and will be a great asset to the team. We look forward to welcoming them onto the team. If you see us out on patrol at anytime, please stop us to say hello. Don’t forget that if you see an emergency situation by the coast or in the sea, dial 999 Firstly, we’d like to congratulate Shaun Hawkey and ask for the Coastguard; they will then task the appropriate resources. for becoming our new Station Officer. Shaun has been a member of the team since 2014 and took over the position of Deputy Station Officer in 2020. He worked alongside Rob Harris until his very sad passing last year. The Reliable Plumber is a small, fully qualified & fully insured, Shaun is extremely capable and enthusiastic local family run plumbing business. and is already highly qualified in many areas of Coastguarding and we are all extremely confident in his abilities. We are also pleased to announce that we now carry a defibrillator in our Coastguard truck which gives us more First Aid capabilities; we have always been trained to use them but having one to hand is very valuable. Tel: 07534 311 366 We’ve generally had a fairly quiet time for call outs, but last week, just as we were were  Bathroom installations including tiling leaving our station for a training evening,  Boiler servicing, maintenance and repairs a call came into the Coastguard operation  General plumbing and breakdowns room at Falmouth that a young child had  Work done correctly and explained been knocked over by a dog on Brea beach  No call out charge (diagnostic charge may apply)  Local, friendly, knowledgeable engineer and had a suspected broken femur. The team  Your house treated with respect all responded quickly and made their way to  All work carries 6 month warranty scene. Luckily there was an ambulance first responder already on the beach, who had assessed the casualty and requested a land

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St Endellion Hall PL29 3TP Wednesday August 10th Cakes, Teas, Produce, Plants, Books, Tombola, Pictures, Vintage, Bric a Brac, Puppet Show, Games, Sideshows …

The St Endellion fete will be held in the Hall and its grounds, beginning at 2pm on the day and, as usual there will be fun for the whole family! We will have the usual stalls - cakes, plants, a tombola , books and of course the famous bric a brac stall. There will be tea and cakes and lots more. There is plenty to keep the children busy and entertained with face painting, Punch and Judy, games and competitions. As ever of course, tickets for a grand raffle with excellent prizes will be sold over the summer and on the day. Do come along and support us ! Plenty of free parking. Janet Townsend, Fete Chairman

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett It is an undeniable fact that a newspaper on the floor is infinitely more interesting that one on the desk or table.

cross if it was the latter, because it did not burn as well as The Evening News when she used it the next day to lay the fire!

This thought just came to me when I was a teenager, and came home from school one day to find my mother kneeling on the newly washed kitchen floor, chuckling to herself as she read the paper spread out on the floor. After the initial shock ( I thought she had fallen) I realised she was reading pages from The Sunday Express, a weekly column by ‘Nathaniel Gubbins’ entitled Sitting on the Fence; a satirical look at the news. One section featured the ponderings of a cat; one of our favourite comments was ‘Flossie came to tea; last of the sardines’. Which came to be a saying in our family, for any shortage of food in the house - this was during the war of course. Anyone who can remember this will be in their nineties…

My grandfather knew all about paper and ink; he was a ‘Bookbinder, Calligrapher and Layer of Gold Leaf’ and knew all about different sorts of paper. He gave me a little book of samples, which included handmade papers and vellum and a book of strips of gold leaf. I used these when I was an art student at Goldsmiths College directly after the war when materials were in very short supply; I should have kept them for their historical interest . Anyway, I’ve strayed from the newspapers, my grandfather said The Evening News burnt better because it was better quality paper - I wonder what he meant? My final memory of newspapers as a child

Newspapers turn up in odd places; my son was working at one time in an old house in Trebetherick where the floorboards were being replaced, and taking up the old linoleum found the floor covered in yellowed newspapers. Imagine the interest when they found they were from the first world war. They contained lists of recent deaths and faded photos of devastation, but there was still a Country Diary column. Nature survives; I kept the papers until they crumpled to dust. My grandfather used to pick up the evening paper ( yes, there was a second edition pre 1939, and later, I don’t know for certain when they ceased) . My grandfather would choose between The Evening News and The Evening Star and my grandmother was extremely 32

is the evocative smell of oil soaked fish and chips newspaper with its whiff of Lea and Perrins sauce – and scandal; probably a newspaper which wouldn’t find its way into the house – to be read furtively. Today we have news available all day, but we still love

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We have had beautiful spring weather this year and the birdsong has been exceptional. The blue tits are using the nesting box again, and announced their arrival with their usual loud pecking around the opening in the box. The garden warbler is back too, its distinctive hovering, like a humming bird, as it feeds on the brilliant yellow euphorbia. The lonely winter robin has found a mate, and the two are busily feeding young. The garden is alive with promise. Enjoy the spring; summer will be here, busy and vibrant, very shortly but spring is so special, so exhiliarating. our newspapers; long may they last, on the floor or the desk! As I write my diary, I am sitting looking out over the garden, lovely at this time of year with the apple blossom and all the different greens from pale golden to darker greens; by August this contrast disappears. It is the freshness of spring growth that is so brilliant, and the light so pure and clear. The grass is cut and the little grassy pathways take your eye through the planted areas. Pathways invite you, take you on a journey, even in a small cottage garden like this. If they end at a gate or a vista, they lead you on. The drawing here shows the gate here at Cobb Cottage, a slate path leading to it, plants brushing against your feet from the side. (I make a note to plant more perfumed flowers and leaves to brush against). Visit our website -


Wildlife in Summer by Adrian Langdon

Local wildlife photographer Adrian Langdon is one of our regular contributors. Anyone who is unfamiliar with Adrian’s work can take a look at his, follow him on Facebook or visit his blog: Adrian has always lived in Wadebridge; there’s not much he doesn’t know about local wildlife.

I’ve been fortunate to spend three consecutive days at sea this week off our north coast monitoring seals, birds, cetaceans and human disturbance with the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust. We divide the area into three separate trips and eventually survey all the way from Strangles, north of Boscastle down to the Carricks, just SW of St Ives. These surveys open up lots of opportunities for my photography, whilst giving the group and its associates a fantastic picture of the wildlife at that given time. The seals haul out at low tide so our journeys are always planned to be at the best sites at low water. The trust has data analysts that can identify hundreds of different seals by their patterns and age and sex. Monitoring human presence at these remote sites


get injured as a result. This is especially important when they have pups on the beaches later in the autumn. Sitting on the cliffs with a pair of binoculars is an ideal way of watching seabirds plying the routes between their breeding sites and their feeding grounds, but being on the water in a boat lets you get that much closer. Gannets is also important as we are are an ever present bird and then able to advise people how to still enjoy the area but easily identified by their size and brilliant white wings avoid disturbing the seals at vulnerable times. For example, with black tips. The nearest a kayak going close to a group breeding colony to us is on Grassholm island just off the of hauled out seals can panic Pembokeshire coast although them off the rocks and many we may also pick up birds from

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often seems like a dry barren environment. Take a walk at dusk in the dunes or wander across to St.Enodoc church and you’re sure to hear the calls of the Great Green Bush Cricket. It sounds like a sewing machine on an endless cycle and at about 7cms long has a formidable presence in the bushes and long grass of the dune systems.

Southern Ireland as they travel many miles to feed. Another favourite of mine is the Manx Shearwater; they breed in big numbers on the islands of Skomer & Skokholm, also in West Wales, but travel vast distances to winter off the coast of Brazil. As their name suggests they literally skim the waves in

what appears an effortless flight making the most of any updraught provided by the waves. Back on dry land the sand dune systems are alive in the summer and in a few spots in our locale we can find the beautiful Southern Marsh Orchid. It often surprises me how it can thrive on what

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1st St Minver Brownies can save! They also had to try and save water consumption for a week. To finish off the badge we had a visit to Suez recycling centre in Bodmin which was really interesting and the girls were all surprised at the amount of recycling that is collected at the centre. Once we had been round the centre the girls then had the opportunity

It’s hard to believe we are already half way through the year! Our spring term was full of different activities, with our main focus on zero waste as part of our Zero Waste Badge. The girls saved all their own rubbish for one week i.e.. empty crisp packets from their packed lunches, empty sweet or chocolate wrappers, empty loo paper rolls, toothpaste boxes..... it’s surprising how much rubbish a seven year old girl

to make a junk model to take home. We celebrated Chinese New Year and made Good Turn bunting and various craft items for our annual art and craft show in Wadebridge. We went on a trip to see the Avalon Youth Theatre performance of the Addams Family. We played games, sang songs and have

generally had a lot of fun the last four months. The spring term concluded with our annual Easter egg roll at Brea Hill. An annual tradition that has been carried out every year since I was a Brownie. If you have a daughter who is 7 to 10 years and would like to join in with St Minver Brownies why not register her on the Girlguiding website https:// what-we-do/brownies-7-10/ or contact me direct Katrina 07866004349.

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Featured Artist Phoebe Pocock by Jacqueline Fleming, Art Editor

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Have you ever watched the surfers down at Polzeath dip their boards to go duck dive under an oncoming wave and wondered what this looks like from below the water? Local artist Phoebe Pocock realised that this, the underwater, was her niche when she returned to painting during lockdown. Her unique perspective amongst local artists is a combination of having been a water baby since the age of five and having been given a Go-Pro at age fifteen. During her Art GCSE she had painted an underwater view of a swimmer taken in a local pool. Fast forward ten years and she is painting views from under the ocean, focusing on looking up at the waves and the surfers.

Above: Into The Blue

Phoebe paints with oils. She finds acrylic dries too quickly for her personal style. which is adding layer upon layer of paint. Oil can take hours to dry, so she has time to manipulate the paint, playing with the colour to have it

respond to her needs. She talks with excitement of layers, shadows, highlights. Sometimes she creates a preliminary sketch, sometimes she works directly on the canvas. Phoebe’s preference is for larger expansive canvases,

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she enjoys the transformation that can occur whilst moving from the smaller scale of the draft to the larger scale of the painting. She talks about the importance of composition, enhancing the original image, adding drama, using her imagination to direct her choices. Phoebe’s day starts with seeking out the basic images which she will use for an individual painting. She is fascinated by, and looks for the shapes created by, the waves and being able to see the sky from underwater. She loves the flow of the water, preferring the sea to

rivers or pools. Figures, when included, are often small in proportion to the scale of the whole composition. It can take up to two days to work up her own composition from each image. Her larger paintings can take over twenty hours across three weeks of painting, many more depending on the piece. She paints in blocks of time, leaving to take a break and then returning to the canvas, often working on two paintings during the same period. Even after the paint is dry on the canvas she still works on the piece, the final ‘dry

brush strokes’ being those of sunlight streaming down through the water. Phoebe’s lockdown piece, Board Meeting, remains one of her favourites and is also widely appreciated by her growing audience, so much so she reproduced it on a much larger scale. Whilst painting during a period of furlough from her local job, Phoebe regained her passion for her oils and brushes which had been put aside whilst she pursued a business degree. However, the learning from her degree has provided an organised

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Above: Beach Bum

framework onto which she is applying the development of her art practice. She has a website which functions not only to showcase her work but also to enable Phoebe to understand which aspects of her paintings people engage with. This, in turn, aids her search for the images she uses as the references for new pieces. Phoebe knows her audience engage primarily with the waves and the water, rather than the detailed figure of a surfer. However, she takes inspiration from - and will also work in collaboration with - local surf photographers. In the longer term she would like to take her own photographs.Her popular painting Beach Bum is her

own composition inspired by images she had noticed on social media. As well as the underwater and wave paintings, Phoebe paints portraits. Having studied History of Art at school and taken many Life Drawing classes, portrait painting satisfies her desire to paint people. She talks knowledgably and with passion about the techniques of the Old Masters – Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo being her favourites - building up layer upon layer of paint to develop prominent areas of the face, for example. Such is her enthusiasm for both waves and portraiture, Phoebe will also consider a combination

of both disciplines, a portrait of a child surfing for example. Phoebe lives and paints full time in Polzeath, her studio being located in her house which has a glorious view overlooking the beach and the ocean. As a young artist at the start of her career, Phoebe’s work is not yet represented in local galleries, however you can see her paintings on her website and her Instagram. Prints are available as well as original paintings and Phoebe will also undertake portrait commissions. Instagram: pocock_art

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The Old Tea House, Wadebridge Suzy and Dave both followed different careers before settling at The Old Tea House in Wadebridge(opposite Glanvilles). After working in office and administration roles, Suzy moved to Cornwall and initially worked in Elixir and Ocean Blue. Dave went straight into the hospitality industry from school, becoming a head chef at eighteen before then moving to BT for thirty years as an engineer and manager. Eight years ago, Suzy took the brave step of setting up a completely new business, The Old Tea House; Dave joined her in 2019 and they seem to be the perfect team. With his background as a chef, Dave makes all the soups and quiches, while Suzy specialises in the cakes and of course the scones for their renowned cream tea. She is often asked for the recipes of her delicious creations but prefers to keep them to herself .. to keep

everyone coming back for more.The Link are delighted that she’s agreed to share the recipe for her popular Yoghurt Topped Raspberry flapjack. There is a steady stream of regular and new customers, all keen to enjoy the smooth Italian coffee, the wide range of teas and milk shakes and the delicious food which is prepared from local produce whenever possible. ‘One lady rang this morning to check that her favourite cheese

scones were on the menu today,’ Suzy told me. The Sweet Potato, Coconut and Lime Soup had been very popular on the day I visited. Their biggest seller is the cream tea, which is served on pretty vintage china, but the soups and quiches are also very popular. The business is open all year, and has a loyalty card for all the regulars and gift cards. Food is their passion, and they serve breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas and also offer takeaway drinks, sandwiches, cakes and cream teas. ‘Our location is a bit of challenge, so we have to make sure our food and drinks are so good, customers really want to return time and time again,’ said Dave.

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Yoghurt Topped Raspberry Flapjack

Ingredients 500g porridge oats 175ml Golden Syrup 250g unsalted butter 175g raspberry jam 200g white chocolate 125ml full fat natural yoghurt Freeze dried raspberries ( optional to decorate ) Method Grease and line a 30cm x 20cm brownie tin Preheat oven to 190C. Gas 5 In a large saucepan melt the butter on a low heat and stir in the golden syrup Turn off the heat, add the oats to the saucepan and mix everything well together . Spoon half the oat mixture into the lined baking tray and press down with the back of spoon . Place the raspberry jam in a small bowl and mix well to loosen it up up. Spread the jam evenly over the layer of oats . Top the jam with the other half of the oat mixture and press down . Place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for 20 mins until golden on top. Remove from the oven and leave until completely cool . Yoghurt topping Melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Remove from the heat and stir in the yoghurt . Spread evenly over the cooled flapjack and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Sprinkle over some freeze dried raspberry pieces and cut into twelve pieces. Simple but delicious!

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St Minver School News March saw the return this year of the Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech and it was wonderful to be back there! We encourage all children to be brave enough to speak confidently in front of others and the Festival provides an amazing opportunity for this. As the adjudicator, Jenny Thornton explained to the children, we may well not all become Shakespearean actors, but everyone will have to speak in an interview, to explain what they need over the phone and perhaps to speak publicly in their job, too. We were very proud of everyone who performed in the poetry classes –thirtyone children overall, aged 4 to 11 – and extremely pleased that seven children were placed for a medal and that three received winners’ cups! We hope for even more performers as the festival hopefully returns to its full programme next year. Year 6 used the Spring Term to take advantage of our beautiful locality and to help preserve it too. Working with the Polzeath Marine Conversation Group, they took part in a beach clean on Polzeath beach. Finding out about plastic pollution and its devastating effects, they were able to put this into practice removing plastics from the sand, using a purpose-built trommel as a sieve. The extent of this pollution, often tiny


plastic shapes but in enormous quantities, is extremely worrying. Children at Team St Minver are knowledgeable, passionate and concerned about this issue and determined to do our bit to address the problem. Following their trip, the class wrote speeches, which they then developed into persuasive articles – one of which you will see as a

competition winner elsewhere in this magazine. Next, working with the charity, Our Only World, the children have taken part in a storywriting project about plastic pollution, to be funded and published by the charity. These will be available to purchase later this summer – watch out for it, please! Year 5 were first to go on

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wonderful Year 6 leavers to their new schools and gaining some wonderful new starters in our Reception Class too. We await confirmation from the Department for Education that we can plan and implement a new nursery class at St Minver School, as a result of the sad closure of St Minver Preschool here in the village, so fingers crossed we will have great news for you soon about that, too! a residential trip last term, with two days crammed full of activities in Plymouth. Travelling by train, they rode over Brunel’s iconic bridge, visited the amazing new museum The Box, before spending the night lulled to sleep under the shark tank at the National Aquarium. Smeaton’s Tower was a wonderful pit stop on the Hoe, before a chance to visit the Plymouth Synagogue – what a beautiful place of worship! Finally, staff and children enjoyed a little culture with an introduction to ballet for children at the Theatre Royal. Luckily, happy and exhausted children and staff had a weekend to recover from their adventures! St Minver School are committed to their residential trips and relieved to get back to them this year. Between our three trips for Years 4, 5 and 6 we seek to provide an ‘eco’ experience at Camp Kernow in Year 4, an urban trip in Year 5 and an adventurous PGL activity trip for our final

Year 6 offer. Let’s hope the two upcoming trips are as successful as our first!

As ever, don’t forget to follow our learning adventures on our Facebook page and to check out the class pages on the school’s website, where you can see more about learning in context here at St Minver School.

Now we look ahead, with preparations for the Royal Cornwall Show, for planning our own festivities in celebration of the Queen’s Be brave, be kind, belong. Platinum Jubilee, as well as getting ready to pass on some Mrs J Rodwell Head of School

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Persuasive Writing from St Minver School

When Mr Baines, Year 6 teacher at St Minver School asked me as the Editor of Link to judge a persuasive writing competition, I was unaware of the difficult task ahead of me! His class had been on a trip to Polzeath beach, where, with the guidance and help of Polzeath Marine conservation, they took part in beach cleaning. This activity, along with the preparatory work they had undertaken in class, led them to write some very compelling articles about the challenges we all face to reduce the

amount of plastic which ends up on our beaches and in the sea. The standard of writing was exceptional and more importantly, the commitment expressed within all the articles was considered and determined. There was one winner, and four runners up, all of whom received a certificate, a book token and an Easter egg.

Here is the winning article, by Poppy.

The Problem of Plastic I am a Year 6 pupil from St Minver School and this half-term we have been learning about the alarming situation of plastic pollution. On Wednesday the 23rd of March, my class and I visited the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group: a set of inspirational volunteers who fight the devastating issue of plastic in the ocean. We used litter pickers to clear the bigger pieces of rubbish from the beach and a trommel to clear the miniscule nurdles (micro-plastics that leak out of factories). The amount that we found was shocking: almost 5kg of bigger pieces from the strandline and 164g microplastics: this is around 3600 pieces of small plastic. Overall it showed us what a problem we have got our planet into. Naturally, I feel that everyone should know about the extremely horrific situation that our ocean is in. We can only change if we know the consequences so I am writing this so that our planet 48

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can be a better place. The biggest problem that we face is that an appalling 50% of plastic is single use that consequently it cannot all be recycled and sadly it ends up in the Earth's ocean. Because of population increase, over 300 million tons of plastic is being produced every year - and over 165 million tons pollute our planet. It is estimated that by 2050 plastic pollution will have tripled. This is disgraceful. Carelessly, people throw rubbish in the bin even though it can be reused or recycled. After this, it is transported to a landfill site where plastic is likely to escape. The Pacific Garbage Patch is a disturbing place; it is a major current of pure plastic, estimated to be six times the size of the UK. But what is threatening us the most is that plastic cannot rot away, it will never properly decompose therefore it pollutes Earth forever: this is an abhorrent fact. My first point is that plastic pollution has a devastating effect on marine life. Fish, turtles and dolphins are all being slaughtered. Turtles think that plastic bags are jellyfish therefore consuming them, then they suffocate and die. Dolphins, whales and seals get caught in rope and nets also resulting in a tragic death. Surely these innocent creatures have the right to live? It is devastating to know that 100% of dead turtles have all digested plastic. This should not be happening. To add to this, a devastating 276 pieces of plastic was found inside a dead 90 day old shear-water chick. 15% of its own weight was plastic - this is shocking. Although you may think that plastic does not affect us this is not true. Stunning coastlines are being destroyed, replaced with filthy rubbish: people are living in this! Our fascinating world is becoming poisoned in plastic. So do we really deserve this beautiful ocean? Additionally, we are also affected by eating fish. This is because pieces of plastic are being ingested by small fish, which is then eaten by a bigger fish, eaten by a bigger fish which is then eaten by us: this means that a lot of us are eating this nutritious food without knowing this disturbing fact. Scientists do not yet know what this may cause to human health but say it may be serious. This is extremely worrying. But hope is not lost, there are lots of things we can do such as: Reusing things like bottles and bags, recycling, using our own bags to the shop and decline unnecessary plastic packaging. This can make such a difference and if everyone plays their part we can stop plastic pollution for good. Thank you for reading this. Mr Baines with the authors of the winning articles:

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As a beekeeper I view spring with a mix of trepidation, anticipation, and excitement. Hives shut up since the end of autumn will have overwintered with varying degrees of success. With the arrival of spring, the queen increases the number of eggs she lays, building the colony up for the new season. Winter bees which worked hard to sustain the hive start to die off; it’s important that these are replaced by a new healthy population. The beekeeper must make sure that there is enough food in the hive to maintain a healthy colony, but not too much that there is nowhere for the queen to lay. Hungry spring bees are fed a solution of 1:1 sugar syrup The temptation on the first sunny day to take a peek, opening the hive to see what

Above: the first inspection of the year Left: a frame of brood (eggs) including two queen cells

is there needs to be resisted, those warm March days can give way to a cold snap. I don’t inspect my hives until we are well into April. Before then a good indication of the health of the hive can be gained by looking at the bees flying in and out of the hive- how many


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work needs to be completed; all hives are different. Floors and brood boxes need to be cleaned and changed, new queens marked, and queen excluders added ready to take are there and are they bringing the supers (the boxes in which the bees in pollen – the protein source will store honey). for the new brood. Spring bees will The first inspection will reveal gather nectar from which hives have survived trees as well as or failed, which queens have meadow flowers and superseded ( been replaced) will fill a super up if and how much housekeeping there is any oilseed

Above: every frame has to be carefully inspected Left: a new queen is marked with a white dot to make it easier to spot

rape within a three mile radius – a treasured source of honey by many but one requiring quick work, rapeseed honey sets very quickly making extraction a challenge. Spring is a time for swarming and weekly inspections are now conducted to control swarming - not only a concern for members of the public, but will leave the beekeeper with little or no honey at the end of the season. More supers are added to give the bees more work to do and room to expand; busy bees are happy bees.

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Wadebridge Camels RFC The rugby season has just come to a close and the Camels have had an amazing year. The first team gained promotion from the Tribute Western Counties West league with 5 games still to play and ended the season undefeated, winning all 26 games played both home and away.

Above: Wadebridge Camels 1st Team Below: Ben Humber enjoying scoring a try!


But at the club it’s not all about the first team as most of the players are home grown from the super youth set-up that exists within the club. There are teams for all the age groups from the Under 7s upward to the Colts and, of course, the 2nd team and players continue to filter up through the ranks with many going on to play at even higher levels with many having represented Cornwall and even some gaining their England caps. 2022 has also seen the formation of the Wadebridge Camels Girls teams and as word gets around more girls are joining the training evenings and enjoying playing rugby. Training for next season will begin in the late summer, so if anyone wishes to get involved or wishes to support the club

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in any way then please watch the club website for details or follow the club on Facebook. Adrian Langdon

Left: Wadebridge Camels Colts in action Below: Wadebridge Camels 2nd Team Bottom: Wadebridge Camels girls’ Squad

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Polzeath Beach & Water Safety Day, Funded by The Link

Lifeguard Maxi travelled to us from Bondi on his UK Tour and we were the first stop! Maxi, or Lifeguard Maxi as he is more commonly known, is the youngest ever professional Lifeguard to patrol Australia’s famous Bondi Beach, where he started as a sixteen year old trainee and has had a career well documented on award winning TV series Bondi Rescue. In 2016, Maxi became a firefighter for New South Wales Fire and Rescue, is now a Senior Firefighter and qualified Rescue Operator based at Bankstown Fire Station in Sydney. He is an award-winning Author of the Maxi the Lifeguard book series; a fun, educational series full of lifesaving tips to keep kids safe around water. He is the co-founder of social enterprise Live Learn Survive with business partner Leigh Mason. 2021 saw them publish their first Picture Book, Maxi’s Beach Rescue. Maxi’s unique career combination, coupled with his down-to-earth and affable nature has positioned him as a much-needed young, positive, male role model – a responsibility he has embraced with open


arms. "In a society that is screaming out for young, positive, male role models, Maxi is a breath of fresh air and is totally committed to playing his part in shaping the young minds of our future generations, he uses his unique platform for good by sharing his knowledge about water safety.” Maxi bought the sunshine from Bondi and with over one hundred children in attendance we knew it was going to be a success! Holiday makers, local school children, clubbies from Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club, some travelling from Berkshire just to meet Maxi and to join in the day and other surf lifesaving clubs were in attendance. Maxi got started with a brief talk about his career, the importance of flags, lifeguards and about different waves and tides. The children then got stuck into some beach relays, flag races and fantastic games. The Polzeath Coastguard joined us on the beach to put across some very important beach safety messages, showing throw line techniques, how to use a stretcher and how to carry a patient. The most important message -

Asking Maxi why he feels this tour was so important he said: “Our last trip over in 2019 was a huge success with thousands of water safety messages shared; we want to build on that and inspire the lifeguards of the future.” “Drownings are on the increase and education is key,” Maxi added. “We know through the pandemic swimming lessons and water skills have been severely impacted, I want to get the message back out to the kids before they hit the water this summer. If it saves one life the tour will have been worth it.”

what to do if you see someone in trouble in the sea or the beach/coast path…. Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard Maxi then went into First Aid training with the children, including the importance of CPR and DR ABCD. The children then went onto carry out first aid scenarios and what to do with open wounds and infections. The wetsuits then went on for some water skills and fun to finish off the most fantastic day.

Royal Life Saving Society UK figures indicate that forty four per cent of drownings happen in summer, from May through to August so now is the perfect time to get out into our communities. A huge thank you to Polzeath Coastguard, Polzeath Surf Lifesaving Club for the use of their club house and kit and, of course, Maxi for the incredible and informative day; all the children came away with so much knowledge regarding first aid and sea safety. The biggest thank you to The Link for sponsoring the day; your donation could well assist in preventing accidents and saving lives in the future. Sarah Bray


1st St Minver Scouts

World Scout Jamboree 2023 to Japan in 2018 and Ormy is

In January, all Scouts in Cornwall were given the news that they could apply for one of the thirtysix places to be part of the Cornish Contingent of the World Scout Jamboree to be held in South Korea in August 2023. 1st St Minver Scout Group has a remarkable history in terms of attendance at World Jamborees. Stuart Robertson, the Group Scout Leader went to Chile, as one of the leaders of the Cornish Contingent in 1998. It’s an experience he has never forgotten. Stuart told us: “To take part in an international Jamboree with 30,000 Scouts from all over the world was the most incredible experience. Any Scout or Leader who has such an opportunity will never forget it and will realise what an amazing organisation we are fortunate to be a part of.” Bryn Cooksley and Ormy McWilliam were selected to go


now a leader at St Minver. Perhaps it was the stories from these leaders which lit the spark for three St Minver Scouts who all applied for a place. A selection day was held and two St Minver Scouts, Barnaby and Amelia were offered a place which they immediately accepted. The third Scout, Stanley, is currently on the waiting list, in case anyone drops out, so a pretty good result for 1st St

L - R: Amelia, Barnaby and Stanley

Minver. The selected Scouts are attending monthly weekend camps with the Cornish contingent, who have agreed on the team name of Cornish Knockers! The camps are designed to form the group into a team, who are fully prepared for the big adventure in South Korea. In the meantime, there’s a lot of fundraising to be done so look out for the logo and please support these young people.

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The first event for the public is a concert to be held at St Minver Church on Thursday, 14th July. The Port Isaac Chorale will be joining the Scouts for an evening of entertainment, and a few camp fire songs! There will also be a cake stall, refreshments and a raffle. Entry is free, but donations will be accepted on the door.

been a night exercise. This year, it was decided that having not been held for the past two years, it would be held during the day. One hundred Scouts took part, and were issued a set of coCamel Run th On Sunday, 8 May the annual ordinates with which to work out the route, and were met Scout ‘Camel Run’ Incident with a number of Checkpoints Hike took place. This is an event for Scouts and Explorer along the route where various Scouts (aged 10 – 18 years old) Scouting skills were tested and marks awarded. Groups were from the whole of the North set off at varying intervals Cornwall area, and was this and took around six hours to year hosted by 1st St. Minver complete. The team of Scout Scout Group. It has been running since the Leaders from 1st St. Minver spent many weeks planning 1980s and has traditionally

and preparing the event, the coordination for which was led by one of the Leaders – Taran Mosley. Our thanks to those Leaders from the District who operated the Checkpoints, but especially to those Crew of Rock RNLI Lifeboat who volunteered to operate a first aid checkpoint at the Station. A great day was had by all, with point scoring being very close indeed, with the overall winning team being from… 1st St Minver! Stuart Robertson Group Scout Leader

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Bluntrock Brewery Bluntrock is a new brewery in Rock, set up by business partners George and Hugo. George began his brewing career at Sharps in 2016 where he worked for two years, moving on to the head brewer position at Padstow Brewing Company for four and a half years, before joining forces with Hugo and creating what is today Bluntrock Brewery. George had always wanted to build his own brewery and brand and had a particular interest in modern craft ales. Hugo,who had been working at Harbour Construction after travelling post A levels, thought the idea of brewing small batch, quality craft beers to be sold on site for the local community would be fantastic and after much hard work, the pair brewed their first beer for sale in December 2021.

where they are served on draught and in cans to take home, metres away from where they were brewed! Over the winter we paired with Fee’s Food, who hosted a few supper club nights at the Taproom; we also hosted weekly quiz nights on Thursday evenings which will restart in October.’ Both Hugo and George admit that ‘the feeling of reward from selling our first beer that was brewed out of our tanks was phenomenal. Watching how surprised customers were with the quality of the beer and then to see them enjoying themselves at our venue was the greatest feeling of achievement.’

So what are the future plans for Bluntrock? ‘We will be brewing like crazy to keep the Taproom full of delicious beer. The Taproom will also be hosting street food trucks, live music and potentially brewery tours over the summer. For the future our aim is to reach Bluntrock has a 150L brew kit, placing them in the limit of capacity of our current tanks, the Nanobrewery category, which they use to brew modern styles of beer, from hazy IPAs to and then hopefully expand by investing in a larger brewing kit, which will give us scope to fruited sours. Hugo is keen to point out, ’Our beer is small batch, meaning every brew is sold increase the reach of our beers.’ within a month of production, we also have a cold store on site, which guarantees any beer purchased at our Taproom is at its freshest. We Instagram and Facebook is @bluntrockbrewery sell our beers in our onsite container Taproom, Contact email is


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Camel Fish

Hannah Clark, who manages Camel Fish, used to work for PGL in the Mediterranean and in Weymouth, teaching children outdoor activities and sailing but came to work full time in the family business in 2010. She passed her HGV Class 1 in 2012, and has been fully involved in all aspects of the business ever since - except the actual catching of the fish! Hannah explained the background to Camel Fish, ‘The business started in 1990, when Dad went from catching fish to selling fish and after a few years he was approached by a French customer to export live shellfish. Since then the business has grown and we now have two potting boats and one trawler, all based in Padstow. Another potting boat is currently being built at Polruan.’ Last year they caught approximately 300,000 tonnes of crab and 10,000 tonnes of lobsters, as well as fresh fish for their shop. Camel Fish export 90% of the shellfish they catch to Europe, using their own fleet of temperature controlled trucks. They used to export to China as well as Europe but they were stopped due to the Chinese authorities thinking the cadmium levels in the crab were too high. This was not the case and it was found they were only

testing the brown meat in the crab and getting an untrue result. Sadly, they are still not selling to China. Camel Fish was featured in the series CornwallThis Fishing Life on the BBC as the programme followed the progress of their vessel, Delta Dawn III , as she prepared to go to sea from Padstow at the start of the fishing season. The shop sells locally caught shellfish and fresh fish and is open throughout the season. Orders can be placed on 07821 546147, or call in to see what’s available, Monday-Saturday.

SeaGirls WI update Following the folding of the Seagirls WI that Nici and Gemma ran so brilliantly for us all, several members have indicated that they would love to continue to have a community social group to meet and share activities, knowledge, and friendship. As such I wonder if you could indicate if you would be interested in joining such a group, we can then plan an initial meeting and, if there is enough interest, plan how you would like the group to Jo Coker

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We were delighted with the entries we received for The Queen and Me competition. On the left is Oscar’s picture - he also sent us a wonderful piece of writing all about when his grandfather met the Queen to receive his MBE. On the right. at the top, is Joseph’s wonderful picture of the queen with a spectacular crown and on the right at the bottom, Bluebell’s lovely picture with the crowned corgi sitting on a stool was very popular with the judges. Thanks to all competitors, these three will be receiving a prize.



Gardening Made Easy by Nick Bacon

Trees- Silhouettes and Styles A huge variety of trees is available in every shape and size. Even for the smallest garden, you can find something to add elegance and style. The 1500 or so species of tree in British gardens are divided into two main categories: broad-leaved and coniferous. The most common broadleaved trees include ash, beech, chestnut, oak and willow; the only native conifers being juniper, scots pine and yew. Nearly all broad leaved tress are deciduous, which means they shed their leaves annually while most conifers are evergreen. This provides you with the first of several choices when selecting a tree : A skeletal sculptural form in winter or leaves all year round? The shape and size of a tree is a really important factor, considerations of light and space must be taken into account when planting. Deciduous and coniferous trees are available in many shapes. The slender birch for example, bears no resemblance to the bulky silhouette of the oak, and mature scots pine is shaped like a parasol, not an inverted cone. A columnar tree such as a poplar will take up less space than a spreading one and


a parasol shape will give a certain amount of shade without blocking out natural light. More solid forms of conifers can act as wind breaks or sound barriers. Just for fun there is oddly shaped trees like the cork screw hazel. Finding out the eventual height and spread is a must before you buy. Remember you are planting for posterity. The eventual shape of a tree can be influenced by prevailing winds, pruning and speed of growth. I have listed a few trees to help you make the right choice.

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Deciduous; Acer platanoides (Norway maple), Acer rubrum (Red maple), Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam), Corylus (Hazel), Fagus Syluatica (Beech), Prunus Auium (Wildcherry), Pyrus Communis (Pear). Conifers; Abies Nordmanniana (Caucasian Fir), Larix Decidua (European Larch), Pinus Controrta (Shore Pine).


Deciduous; Betula Pendula Fastigiata (Silver Birch), Populus Alba Pyramidalis (White Poplar), Prunus Amanogawa (Japanese Cherry), Sorbus Aucuparia (Rowan). Conifers; Cupressus Macrocarpa (Goldcrest), Juniperus Scopulorum (Sky rocket)


Deciduous; Robinia Pseudocacia (Falsa Acacia) Conifers; Pius mugo ‘mops’ (Mountain Pine), Thuja Occidentalis ‘Danica’ (Golden Globe).

Above : Golden Globe creates an interesting shape


Deciduous; Betula Pendula (Youngii) (Silver Birch), Fraxinus Excelsior Pendula (Weeping Ash), Morus Alba Pendula (weeping Mulberry). Conifers; Cedrus Deodara Pendula (Himalayan Cedar), Juniperus Recurva Var Coxii

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(Drooping Juniper)

storage. It has been calculated that the mycorrhizal fungi Deciduous; Acer Palmatum Var present in a single hectare Dissectum (Japanese Maple), of soil could lock up 500kg of carbon. Early evidence Arbutus Unedo (Strawberry also appears to show that Tree) Conifers; Auraucaria Araucana mycorrhizal fungi respond particularly well to elevated (Monkey Puzzle), Pinus atmospheric co2 levels, Parvifolra (Japanese White increasing both their own Pine). biomass and that of the plant, When planting any tree my thus locking up more carbon. advice is to use professional A single application of root grow, by using this it Rootgrow Professional made helps to save our carbon at the time of planting will footprint. It can bought in support a plant for its entire garden centres. lifetime, increasing the It is well known that functional root area by up to mycorrhizal fungi play an 700 times. The plant will be important role in regulating better able to extract water the flow of carbon between and nutrients, especially from plants and the atmosphere, clay soils where phosphorous and that there are various can be difficult to obtain, mechanisms by which they thus improving growth and contribute to soil carbon

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flowering. The mortality of treated plants will also be significantly reduced, particularly in the difficult first year establishment. I believe that if every gardener used professional rootgrow, or other forms of mycorrhizal fungi, we would not only start to save our carbon foot print but we would also stand a chance of reducing global warming. Finally I leave you with the news that the local bus company Transport for Cornwall have developed a bus that runs on parsley. Not to be out done, British Rail are developing a train that runs on thyme (time!) Next issue – Vegetables and fruit disorders

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Book Review by John Baxter The A303-The Highway to the Sun by Tom Fort Published by Simon Schuster Paperback £9.99 available from Wadebridge Books ‘We never take the A303’, said our friends on departing from their holiday home in Trebetherick en route for home in London. ‘We cannot stand the traffic, especially at Stonehenge’, a sentiment expletively echoed by a friend of the author in the Introduction to this book. ’We always travel on the 303’, said another Trebetherick friend. ‘It’s far more interesting than the boring motorways.’ This charming book is not written solely for holidaymakers ‘to the sun’. Most residents in Devon and Cornwall will, at some time in their lives, have made the journey up country, and many will be aficionados of the 303, despite the frustration of the traffic, particularly around Stonehenge. Highway to the Sun is a delightful book, diligently researched, eccentrically nostalgic, and full of what one reviewer calls, ‘genuinely fascinating trivia’. Most veterans of the 303 will have their own particular reasons for recall of the highway with reference to certain notable personal markers en route. We made occasional journeys in childhood, but


only became regular users from 1979 to 2000. It is now only intermittently used but the markers we have accrued resonate on every journey on this quirky highway. The first is technically just short of the beginning of the A303. Soon after leaving Monkton on the A30 heading East is a ‘must-stop’ attraction. So important is this venue that it is often, for one member of the family, the sole reason for taking the 303. The Otter Valley Ice-cream stall used to be a small shack sited near a conveniently huge lay-by. In recent years the lay-by has become superfluous as a multi-purpose building has been created in a nearby field with ample parking space, still offering the most exquisite icecream with a tempting array of exotic flavours. Marmalade ice-cream sounds unlikely but it remains the favourite of the roué selector, and the loos apparently are of the highest class! Less attractive are the few speed-cameras. One in particular, near a Somerset roundabout, burst into life at around 1am after a mercy trip from Heathrow. For no

apparent reason the 60mph limit had been reduced to 50mph for no more than a mile and the offending yellow box always receives both ultra care and a glowering glare. Much of the congestion at Stonehenge has been intensified by the closure of the former A360, a short-cut to and from Wells via Shrewton and Chitterne, and the route to the very tired former entrance to Stonehenge. The consequent bottleneck roundabout at the Western end of the area can be a nightmare, leading to tailbacks for miles in both directions To have coincided with a visit from President Obama

is a recollection never to be forgotten. Two more personal markers to share. On the final stretch of the dual carriageway approaching the M3, a signpost on the left indicating Longparish may seem insignificant. The village rectory was, however, the home of John Woodcock, for many years the cricket correspondent of The Times, who died in 2021. For many years he raised a team of friends, colleagues, and occasionally, international stars to play against the village team. To have played in one of these matches, alongside Ritchie Benaud, was a rare privilege, always brought back to mind by the signpost. From sheer joy to poignant sadness. Just before the end of the 303 is a small air-field on the left. There, a pupil in my care at Westminster School in London learned to fly and received his pilot’s licence. We kept in touch but eleven years later, at the age of twentynine,

he was murdered by Croatian soldiers while working as a journalist for the BBC’s World Tonight programme. The name of John Schofield is commemorated in a Trust Fund in his memory to help aspiring journalists, and is often on our lips when we pass Popham. Tom Fort would recognise the motives for recalling these ‘markers’. The foreword to Highway to the Sun confirms that the A303 ‘connected people to memorable events or times in their lives’. But the book is much more than that; ‘it has history, landscape, landmarks, pubs, diners, and the indefinably(sic) quality summed up as character-and Stonehenge’. This delightful book touches upon all these, and contains a plethora of information ranging from the trivial to the profound. It is impossible to do justice to this remarkable book in a short review. A glance at the contents page gives a clue to the esoteric nature of the

text: a chapter on ‘Heston Services’ is immediately followed by ‘Dead Men and Algebraic Equations’. There is much evidence of the author’s disdain for modern planning. He is bitterly opposed to a tunnel under Stonehenge (for sensible reasons) and regards the current A303 as a ‘rump, an unmanned victim of changing attitudes and bureaucratic inertia of the small-minded, tight fisted, mean-spirited variety’: much of it settles for ‘meandering mediocrity’. Nevertheless it retains a special place in Tom Fort’s soul, and undoubtedly in the hearts of the thousands who still take the ‘Bloody 303’. If there is a significant criticism of the paperback version of this book it is the Illustrations. Many add nothing to the text, (a tractor in a field), and most lack clarity. It is a book to be consulted, (while waiting for the traffic to clear at Stonehenge?)not to be attempted at one sitting, but it will always reveal a gem or two.


Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP Ukraine

as we continue to support Ukraine against Putin’s barbaric I know that many people in assault on their nation. Putin is North Cornwall are concerned continuing his illegal invasion of about the situation in Ukraine, Ukraine, causing devastation for which I am monitoring via the Ukrainians with nearly 16 million news and briefings from the Ministry of Defence and Foreign people reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance. We are Office. The war is now in its third month and it is quite clear providing a £45 million package of support, focused in particular to me that the initial Russian on helping the most vulnerable, plan to take Kyiv in a very fast including women and children. operation and remove the We also announced a ban on Zelysnsky government was a service exports to Russia, cutting complete failure. Although it them off from our world-class is good news that the Russians accountancy, consultancy and failed in their objectives, recent history shows that Putin PR services which account for 10 per cent of Russian imports in will resort to indiscriminate violence to attempt to break the these sectors. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with deadlock. We are now seeing Ukraine, and we will continue the deployment of weapon to ensure the Ukrainian people systems that cause widescale damage and casualties and it is are receiving the aid they need and taking action to make sure important that Ukraine is able to counter such barbaric tactics Putin fails. Magistrates and defend itself. Westminster has announced further support Yesterday, we doubled the for Ukraine including aid for sentencing power of magistrates the most vulnerable and a ban – keeping our streets safe on service exports to Russia, and delivering swifter justice

for victims. Magistrates were previously required to send cases which warranted any sentence over six months to the Crown Courts – delaying justice for victims and taking up valuable court time. That is why we announced plans to allow magistrates to issue sentences of up to 12 months for a single offence instead of sending them on to a judge, freeing up Crown Courts to focus resources on more serious and complicated cases. This change will free up 1,700 extra days of Crown Court time – helping to deliver swifter and more effective justice to victims while bringing down the backlog caused by the pandemic. As always if my team or I can do anything to assist you then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Contact:Constituency: Office of Scott Mann MP, 10 Market House Arcade, Fore Street, Bodmin PL31 2JAT: 01208 74337 | E:

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Wadebridge Town Football Club PL27 6DJ Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge PL27 6JA Royal Cornwall Showground PL27 7JE Old ‘Phone Box, Trelights PL29 3TQ Old Forge Garage, St Minver PL27 6QT The Stone Barn , St Endellion PL29 3TP Tristram Car Park, Polzeath PL27 6TP The Point, Polzeath PL27 6QT The Spar Shop , The Platt, WadebridgePL27 7AE Conservative Club, Wadebridge PL27 7DR


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Obituaries John Watts John was born on 16th April 1938 in Trehaven on the Rock Road and died on the 23rd March 2022 in 'Rosewall' next door. His life was very much ‘land, sea and air! When he was a young boy, he had been fascinated by aircraft and this passion was to last all his life; he was still flying at 83. His plans to become a pilot were thwarted by the untimely death of his father which meant that at 21 he had to join his mother in the family butchery business. It was a steep learning curve, but he approached it with energy and enthusiasm, becoming chairman of Wadebridge Young Farmer’s Club which gave him the opportunity to visit farms and learn all about livestock and butchery. He developed the business and was still helping to make sausages last year. He was a man with boundless energy and at various times in his life took up photography, taking many wedding and portrait photographs in the area; angling and shark fishing (for many years his boat held the record for the biggest porbeagle shark landed by rod and line -465lb); sailing his Osprey dinghy; scuba diving (a cannon he found off Stepper Point is now in Charlestown Museum); skiing well into his 70s and training field dogs. However, it was flying that continued throughout his life. As a young man he gained a commission in the RAF Volunteeer Reserve as a pilot officer and two years later was promoted to flying officer. In 1992 he re-took his pilot’s licence and joined Bodmin Flying Club and brought a share in a Cessna 150 (a fun plane to fly as he could do aerobatics in it) a few years later he brought his own Cessna172, and accumulated over 2000 flying hours. He and Jean flew all over Europe taking friends and visiting friends. They had many lovely trips, especially to Ireland where they had had their honeymoon. John was very much a family man, and will be sadly missed by them all. His funeral service concluded with a very fitting tribute to someone who had a boundless zest for life: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’.

Michael Simmonds Michael died on the 22nd August 2021, aged 89 years. His association with the area came through his wife Jill who can remember being wheeled in her pram on to Polzeath beach and seeing the wartime invasion defences. Having spent several holidays at Daymer Bay, Jill and Michael bought the Old Post Office at St Minver in the late 1970s The family helped at St Minver fete for many years, running the egg shell game for children (where you try to find the whole eggs among the upturned opened ones on a bed of sawdust) and the second hand clothes stall, and have been much involved locally as regulars at St Enodoc, supporters of St Menefreda’s Church at St Minver, and frequent and generous attendees of St Endellion festival. Michael will be sadly missed by his large family and many friends.


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