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Issue 182 - Jan/Feb 2012

Camel Estuary Community Magazine All proceeds to local good causes

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CAMEL ESTUARY COMMUNITY MAGAZINE Issue 182 January / February 2012

Link St Minver

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

The Link Committee wish all readers and advertisers a very happy and prosperous New Year. Highlights News Free Training for Local Teenagers--------14 Restharrow Charity Shop-------------------15 Watergate Bay WW2 Plaque--------------15 Comments about Link-----------------------20 The National Trust this winter------------25 Fitness Class for Seniors--------------------30 £1,180 presented to Handstand Appeal-31 Tribute Esme Hawken---------------------------------21 Local Business Inspire Hire - Eleanor Winsor Grime----29 Guest Chef Emily Scott - Harbour Restaurant Port Isaac - The Harbour Fish Stew------------35

Features A Year in the life of St Minver Brownies-26 Brains of Britain------------------------------28 Admirals, Idlers & More - Ian Ross-------38 Freedom - Barbara Le Main---------------34 Mably Diary Part 3---------------------------41 Tke Gardener’s Hym-------------------------48 Regulars Book Review - Wessex Diaries------------24 Brain Gym--------------------------------------33 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage-------36 From the Desk of Dan Rogerson----------50 St Minver Lowlands Parish Council------51 St Minver Highlands Parish Council------52 Trebetherick & Polzeath WI---------------49 We Will Remember Them------------------20 The Link Events Diary-----------------------53

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All Saints Drama Group

Come and Join us! The All Saints Drama group is looking for new members! Children between the ages of 6 or 7 and 13 are welcome. The children will learn acting skills, enjoy games and refreshments and work towards regular presentations in church services. Free entry. Alternate Saturdays, 10 - 11.30, in St. Minver. Contact July May, 01208 881041

St Minver Churches

Treasurer Needed Andrew Millington is retiring as Treasurer and we need a replacement. If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact Elizabeth Elliott on 01208 863905.

North Cornwall Conservative Association

St Minver Branch AGM Sat Feb 4 11am Rock Institute 14

Free Training for Local Teenagers Local social enterprise ReZolve are offering local teenagers the unique opportunity to kick start a career in the bike industry through free training and work experience. Working closely with Cornwall College, ReZolve’s Bike Hub enables eligible 16 – 19 year olds to undertake a City and Guilds qualification in bike maintenance which would normally cost over £1,000. In addition the recruits will gain the practical skills needed to get employment in an industry that services the country’s second fastest growing sport. As well as time in the workshop, Bike Hub recruits will get the opportunity to go out on bike rides, learn cycling and riding skills and find out about the nutrition and health aspects of the sport. There will also be opportunity to gain experience in related jobs such as retail, warehousing, administration and marketing. Cornish bike enthusiast Shane Arthur who manages the Bike Hub said: “This is an amazing opportunity which is unavailable anywhere else in the county.” Shane is particularly keen to hear from young people in the local area between the ages of 16 and 19 who are currently not in education or employment. He explained: “This is an opportunity for all those young adults who aren’t sure what to do next. If you have left school, didn’t fancy college or haven’t been able to find a job, this is a real opportunity for you to gain skills and build towards getting a job in an industry that is really varied and fun to work in.” The Bike Hub is based at ReZolve’s warehouse facility RE:STORE on Walker Lines Industrial Estate, in a dedicated rooftop workshop which doubles as a classroom and chill out area. As part of their placement the recruits at the Hub will be reconditioning bikes that have been thrown away in order to provide low cost bikes to the local community enabling the project to have a positive environmental and social effect in the town. To find out more about the project or to get involved call Shane on 01208 265934, email or visit All bikes processed by the Bike Hub are available to buy from RE:SOURCE in Bodmin Business Park We welcome local stories and photographs.

Restharrow Charity Shop Firstly I would like to correct a mistake in the previous Link which said we raised £2,400. In fact it was £4,200 last year. This year we have done really well by raising £4,470. At the moment we seem to better each year’s total. I don’t know how long we will be able to keep doing this. Many thanks must go to the ladies that help raise this money and willingly give their time, to Audrey, Di, Angela, Peggy also to Pearl and Sylvia who both gave their time despite considerable discomfort while awaiting hip and knee operations. I would like to add my thanks to Richard and Hartley who put up shelves and hooks. They move units so we can put items on them and clear the rubbish for me even though they have enough of their own jobs to do. Also to my mum who fills in when there is no one on duty. And lastly a huge thank you to all you good people who give us goods and who come and support us. We reopen again Easter 2012. Kathy Hore.

North Cornwall National Trust

Geology Rocks! Tintagel Sun Jan 29 11am

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Pentire Head Sun Feb 12 11am

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Watergate Bay Plaque

Interpret the coastal landscape from a different perspective on these two walks. Join a local expert to guide us through the geological On this occasion having had a cold/flu/girl plague it was history of the areas. With decided that I needed fresh air and exercise and should be insights from NT Rangers walked all the way to the right, back to the middle and then all on wildlife & history too, the way to the left and back again! May I say this took us at these should prove to least an hour and a half. be fascinating walks. For those who wish to we will It was a lovely day though and the sun was bright, it was chilly and a bit breezy but the sea looked great. On the cliffs, the side finish with refreshments at a café or pub in we don’t usually visit, we saw a sign. I said “it probably says if Tintagel or at the NT you can read this you will get hit on the head by a falling rock.” offices at Pentireglaze. But ‘himself’ went over to read it. On Remembrance Sunday we were walking on the beach at Watergate Bay. We usually walk down from the car park and turn right, walking all the way to the end and back (the tide needs to be right out for this to work !)

It was a memorial plaque to airmen killed in a plane crash there and three of their would-be rescuers also killed, in 1945. We had never seen this before. If we had had a poppy on us we would have left it there. Does anyone know more about this ?

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Seaside Scrub Bash Sat Jan 14 10am - 4 pm Beach Head Hostel

Park head (SW 852 707) PL27 7UU (near Porthcothan) Help play a valuable part in managing our cliff top habitats. We need to clear scrub to open areas for grazing to benefit the diverse maritime grasslands. Soup and roll lunch provided.

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‘Trecanna Nursery & Africa Orphanage’ March 9 2.30pm Rock Institute Members £3.50 Guests £4

(includes afternoon tea) Contact Bob Reason 01840 230173

You would be forgiven for thinking that all is doom and gloom going by our present record - played 10, won 2, drawn 1, lost 7 but that is not the case! Make no mistake, from now on we will win more than we lose! How can we be optimistic? We have been in this situation before and it has not turned out as we had hoped. Well, after a disastrous start to the season and some soul searching, we have made some important changes that are now starting to show improvements all round so the future now looks much brighter. For a start we have had a change of manager. It is always unfortunate to have to part company with a manager and we are sorry it did not work out, but sometimes it is necessary. Now it’s a new beginning, new players, new spirit, new hope and new era. In the last few weeks the new manager has made a couple of important signings and there are another couple of players on their way to us but the main reason is the players are starting to play as we know they can and are getting their belief back. There is a totally different attitude and attendance at training night is good. Our performances in the last few games have improved dramatically . We never looked in danger of losing to a Tintagel side who one week before had beaten the top team in our division, and on Saturday last we made so many chances to score we really should have beaten a strong Roche side who ran out rather fortunate 4-2 winners. What is encouraging about that is we weren’t making the chances before! You will see our fixture list in various places in the village so we hope some people may be tempted to pop in and see our new spirit. There are some very interesting fixtures coming up. We finished off November in determined style but we need to get points on the board before quickly

Thur Jan 12 7.30pm

On a sad note we must record the passing of one of St. Minver football club’s most faithful past players and supporter, Duncan Haynes. Duncan loved nothing more than his week end game with St Minver and in recent years it was always a pleasure to see him arrive to watch the game and give us his support. Typical of Duncan was his wish that if there was ever a collection at his funeral the proceeds should come to us, such was his passion for the club. We therefore received from Duncan’s family a very substantial cheque indeed. Thank you Duncan, RIP.

Swallows Rest

Roy Birchwood, Secretary

St Minver LINK AGM


St Minver Football Club

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St Minver Probus Club The November meeting of the St Minver Probus Club took place at the Lanarth Hotel, St Kew, on Wednesday 16th November. The after lunch speaker was Adrian Langdon ARPS, who gave us a talk and slideshow on Wildlife Watching at Wadebridge. Adrian is the Chairman of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Photographic Group and a long serving committee member of the Trust’s Camel Local Group and warden of the Cornwall Bird Watching Preservation Society’s (CBWPS) Adrian Langdon. Walmsley sanctuary nature These included Teal, Lapwing, reserve. Golden Plover, Shoveler, Snipe, Adrian talked about the work Greenshank, Sandpiper, Grey that is continuing to improve Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit, the habitat for over wintering Kingfisher, Canada Goose, and wading birds and raise the Egret, Mallard, Heron, Snipe, status of the Amble Marshes/ Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Walmsley Sanctuary Site of Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon and Special Scientific Interest Barn Owl. Almost anything (SSSI). can turn up, such as American He also told us about the Bittern. It is no surprise that Camel Valley Wetland the area has become very Restoration project at Treraven popular with birdwatchers in meadows, the tidally flooded this country and from abroad. fields next to the Camel trail, A vote of thanks was given by which is one of the largest habitat restoration projects in Jim Watson, who expressed Cornwall by The Environment the view that we had learnt a lot about the area where we Agency and Natural England. live. We were captivated by Adrian’s St Minver Probus Club photographs, not only by the welcomes any enquiries from quality of the photography new and prospective members. but also the range of wildlife Telephone the secretary, Roy seen in Walmsley sanctuary and Treraven meadows. Birchwood, on 01208 880549. Visit our website -

St Minver Link Price Increases

The price of St Minver Link has remained at 75 pence for five years even though it costs around £1.80 per copy to print (the balance has been made up from income from advertising). With effect from this issue the price has been increased to £1 for copies bought over the counter at retail outlets - the price of copies delivered to your door or by post remains at 75 pence. At £1 we still think that ‘The Link’ represents very good value.

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North Cornwall Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Christmas over and a new year beckoning, Rock sailing National Trust With & Water Ski Club can start to prepare for a new season. 2012 will bring an improvement in the weather Association Hopefully, conditions so that sailors and water skiers alike will be able to

At Rock in October, the Institute was packed to the walls to hear Paul Holden talk about the ‘Country Houses of Cornwall’. This was a most interesting talk and I am sure it has inspired many of us to follow up on the properties we learnt about. We shall certainly be looking at some of the features that we never knew about before this talk.

enjoy our glorious estuary in warmth and safety. Once again Easter will be in April, giving the Club ample time for the many preparations that are needed before the season starts: building maintenance, ski raft refurbishment, Andromeda (the race committee boat) anti-fouled and overhauled, etc. And while this is going on, the social life of the Club - bridge, quilting, lunches and many other activities, keeps Steward Richard Smith and Chef Henry Waterworth and their helpers busy. The 2012 programme of events is now available. All members receive a copy - further copies are available from Kim. She is in the club office in the mornings and can be contacted by ‘phone on 01208 862709 or by email on In November on The Club now has a brand new website, full of information, Remembrance Day we were news and pictures. You can find this on treated to another expert talk by Elizabeth Reeves from the The Club wishes all its members, current, past and potential a great 2012 with good sailing and water Skiing. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I am sure many of you have not given much thought as to how or With Christmas now just a happy memory, Wadebridge Choral why all the thousands of Society will now set about preparing for the major concert of war grave cemeteries always the year, the Spring Concert, which this year will be held in St Endellion Church on Saturday April 28th. look so immaculate. This is mainly because the War This will be a performance of Haydn’s ever-popular ‘Creation’. Graves Commission imposes Scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, choir and standards for their upkeep. symphonic orchestra, this is a mighty work in three parts Finally, at Launceston in composed by Haydn at the height of his powers and considered November we had a hilarious his masterpiece. More details will be published in the next issue of the ‘Link’. and extremely interesting talk by Brian Metters on Rehearsals for the Choir start on Tuesday January 10th at the his career as a teacher and Goods Shed, so, if you are interested in joining in, please a chimney sweep – a very contact the Hon Secretary Annabell Woolcott on 01208 815322 strange combination, but it for details. all became clear during the The Choir also has a new website full of information - details of evening. We are holding our our next concert, our future programme, our history, personnel AGM on January 13th. and details of our Friends of the Choir scheme. This can be Jane Windeler found on

Wadebridge Choral Society


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Port Isaac Chorale 2011 was good year for the Port Isaac Chorale. It began with their musical director being presented with the MBE ‘For services to music and to the community of Port Isaac’ and no-one would dispute there couldn’t have been a more worthy recipient. For over 40 years, Janet has promoted music within the village and beyond, setting up a range of choirs and musical groups and organising many musical events The Port Isaac Chorale continues to go from strength to strength under her directorship and once again were awarded the cup for best adult choir at the Wadebridge Music Festival . The Port Isaac Chorale are a group of men and women of all ages who enjoy singing a very wide range of music together. Choir members come from all around the area, including St Minver, St Teath, Delabole, St Kew and Wadebridge and we’d like a few new members to join us. We are looking for both male and female (although males are particularly welcome). You will have to have a short, private audition with Janet Townsend MBE, and if successful, you will be expected to attend Tuesday evening rehearsals regularly. These take place during school term time and there are also occasional concerts so it’s not a huge commitment. If you’re interested, phone Morwenna Vernon on 01208 880714 for more information.

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Kilimanjaro Challenge February 10 7.30 pm Wadebridge Town Hall Members £5 Guests £6 (includes Buffet Supper)

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Comments we have received from Readers When we post the last issue of each year to readers who subscribe to ‘Link by Post’ we include a form allowing them to renew their subscription for the following year. Some readers have written comments on their form for which we are most grateful. Here is a selection: “The Mably Diary is enthralling - I read it over and over again. Many thanks for the excellent St Minver Link.” Mrs H - Stroud. “Many thanks for all your hard work - much appreciated.” Mr G, Goring-on-Thames. “Thank you very much - I love reading Link.” Mrs S - Wadebridge. “Thank you. We love reading the magazine.” Mrs B, Barnet - North London. “Thanks very much for another year of excellently-produced magazines. Standard of editing is much better than in many of today’s local and national papers.” Mr C - Walton on the Naze. “Thanks to all involved in the production, distribution and contribution of the magazine. The quality and content continues to be maintained, which is not easy. This year we were described as ‘regular locals’ which after visiting for 40 years is very nice!”. Mr C - Flaxby.

We Will Remember Them Bill BRUTY of Trewint Lane Peter CARTER of Fore Dore

Dr Paul Melville FORSTER of New Polzeath Grahame HYETT Formerly of Rock Road died in Spain August 2011 Ronald Hilary JONES of Rock Jaël Georgette LITTLEJOHNS (née BASSETT) of Tredrizzick David Paul Peter PERRY of Fore Dore Marjorie ROSS of Trewiston Lodge Olive Eileen TALBOT of Fore Dore In We Will Remember Them in the last issue we misspelt the name Of Duncan Haynes. We apologise for this


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Esme Hawken 1922 - 2011 Esme Hawken was born in North Kensington, London on December 26, 1922. Her father, Frederick Hawken, was born in St Minver and lived in the old cottage opposite Fourways Inn now know as ‘Kenhendra’. It was originally called ‘Old Inn’ and Fourways was known as ‘New Inn’ according to the 1834 census. We don’t know exactly when the Hawken family moved into the cottage as they were tenants of the Squire as were all other villagers at the time. Esme’s grandfather, Martyn, rang the bells at St Minver Church for 60 years. His wife, Emma, came to St Minver from Devon as her aunt Mrs Andrews was the housekeeper at the manor house, which is now the holiday camp. We still have all the handwritten recipes she used to prepare the family dinners, plus some interesting medicinal remedies! Martyn Hawken farmed four fields in St Minver and paid rent to Squire Sandford every quarter day. One was Guinea field, which is behind the house where Dick Blake lived and another was next to St Menefreda Cottages. We think another was Phillis fields between John and Jan Smith’s garage and Edith Goodman’s shop which was next door to where Anthony Cock and his mum now live.

Esme as chairman of the London Cornish Association at a dinner in London in the mid 70s. which was published in Link, but I cannot find it in my collection of back issues. I must have sent it to one of Esme’s contacts in Canada or Australia. It is an interesting article, if anyone can find it, as it made reference to what was going on in the village and a couple of shipwrecks, when the horse and cart became particularly useful!

St Minver changed dramatically between 1914 and 1918. Esme’s father was in The King’s Royal Rifles and was shot through the leg in April 1917. He was rescued from He also had a horse and cart and according a flooding bomb crater by the Canadians and spent the rest of the war in hospital. to his diary earned additional money by His brother Richard was in The Kensington carrying for other local farmers. Some Regiment and was killed on August 14, years ago Esme prepared a note of some of the entries in her grandfather’s diary, 1918. He was posthumously awarded Visit our website -


the Military Medal and his name is on the village war memorial. Their other brother, Jack, was a policeman in Wadebridge and did not go to war. Esme’s aunt Flo stayed in St Minver to look after her parents.

Levers, Carhart and Goodman.

Esme was a bright young girl and won a place at a well-known school in Hammersmith West London called Godolphin & Latymer. As Diane and I were Esme’s father could not bend his leg after born in 1945 and 1948 we do not know being shot, so could not come back to what it was like living in London during St Minver to help on the fields. He was the Depression of the 1930s, but the two educated at Tredrizzick School and had young sisters visited St Minver regularly a good head for numbers. He became a with her parents in the late 1920s / early bookkeeper in London and married Esme’s 1930s as we have photographs of the mother, Lily Getgood, in North Kensington whole family sitting by the front door at in 1919. Kenhendra. Our mother, Irene, was born in 1920 and Esme in 1922 in a large Victorian house near Ladbroke Grove and St Charles Square, London W10.

We don’t know much more family history in the years leading up to the Second World War. It appears that the Hawken family stayed in North Kensington throughout the war years, which must While Esme was being brought up in have been difficult as German planes London in the early 1920s St Minver village would offload their spare bombs in West was about to undergo another dramatic London before heading home. Esme gave change. Following the First World me a list of 8 addresses in the area where War, and to pay for it, the Government the family moved after being bombed out introduced death duties which meant on a regular basis. that Squire Sandford had to sell off all the tenanted cottages in the village and an Esme worked in an office in London auction was held in Wadebridge in 1926. and her sister made aviation clocks for We still have the auction particulars with Lancaster and Wellington bombers in a notes of what the properties sold for, and factory in Acton. Our mother and Esme who bought them. were sent to St Minver in 1945 and Diane was born in Kenhendra in 29 July 1945. As most of the villagers were related and had lived in their houses most of their In our early years we remember Esme as lives, they all agreed that they would a maiden aunt and full-time carer for both not bid against each other. There were her parents and our mother. She worked outsiders in the auction room who also full-time but was always around to look bid which pushed up some of the prices, after Diane and me. She loved the theatre but most families managed to acquire the and our Christmas and birthday treats homes they were living in. were outings to pantomimes at the London Palladium and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Apart from Hawken, many of the family and the Crazy Gang at Victoria Palace. names are still connected to the village, such as Williams, Treleven, Richards, Old, We think she had a boyfriend, a Canadian 22

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Air Force pilot, but the story goes that our grandfather would not let her emigrate to Canada, although she did keep in touch with the family, whom we are still trying to trace.

Centre, helped in some of the charity shops in Wadebridge, and was a regular visitor to Bodmin and Truro hospitals to see people she knew in the St Minver and Wadebridge area.

Every summer in the early 1950s Esme would bring us to St Minver on the train from Waterloo station. It was a seven hour steam adventure. Will Goodman would collect us from Wadebridge station in his tiny Austin, which was kept in an old shed on the corner of St Minver crossroad. Esme would take us to Polzeath every day on the 2pm Hawkey’s bus and bring us home at 7pm for a cooked meal made on a primus stove by aunty Flo, all the fruit and vegetables being grown in the garden.

Esme started to go downhill the day our mother had to be moved to Fore Dore Nursing Home. The Home cared for Irene brilliantly, but Esme could not cope without someone to look after.

When mother and aunt finally retired they moved back to the family home in Kenhendra. Esme had been Chairman of the London Cornish Association in 1976 / 77 and made regular visits to other Cornish Associations, in particular Gloucester, Cardiff and Oxford. When she moved to St Minver she became involved with the parish council and there is a photograph of her with other members in the Perceval Institute.

We had to sell her house in Wadebridge to finance her stay in a nursing home. She needed full-time care and spent her final years at Tropicana Nursing Home in St Columb being looked after by the very patient and wonderful Westbrook family. We cannot thank them enough for the tender and loving care they showed her, even though she did become difficult at times. Through 2011 Esme had a number of strokes and was being ferried between Treliske and St Columb. We decided to bring her back to Tropicana where she passed away peacefully on 26 September 2011.

For those of you who may remember this lovely girl, we are holding a very short Eventually they had to move to a bungalow memorial service at St Minver Church on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 11.30am. in Wadebridge as our mother, who We will then place her ashes in our suffered with arthritis, could no longer mother’s grave in the old cemetery next to manage the 17th century staircase in her grandparents and aunt Flo. Kenhendra. If any of you can attend we look forward to Esme lived with, and looked after, her seeing you in March of next year. parents all their lives and then cared for our mother as Irene’s health deteriorated. Best wishes. She did the shopping, cooking, bathing, Ian Hughes and Diane Ebeck cleaning etc and never complained. While she was looking after our mother she also Contact via Ian Hughes – acted as a volunteer at the John Betjeman Visit our website -


A Book Review by John Baxter

Wessex Diaries by John Vallins Published by Flagon Press Hardback £16.95 Wadebridge Books

It is an enormous privilege to be entrusted with the education of the young and all teachers harbour aspirations to influence the course of a life, perhaps to provide a never-to-be-forgotten spark or to rescue a teenager from a potentially tragic waste. Alan Rusbridger, the distinguished long-serving editor of The Guardian, pays a huge tribute to his former teacher, John Vallins, the author of nearly 500 contributions to The Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’, 108 of which are reproduced in this handsome book. ‘Half a lifetime ago’ writes Rusbridger , I had a rather inspiring English teacher, without whose erudition and encouragement I doubt I would have achieved much in life’. He goes on, ‘John had, knowingly or not, lit some kind of fire inside me.’


As one of John Vallins’ former colleagues and a long time friend, these words taken from a warm and generous Foreword, resonate empathetically with your reviewer. John’s distinguished pedagogic career is summarised at the end of the book, but it inevitably omits the warmth of personality, generosity of spirit and acute eye both for rural English life as well as the moving cricket ball, and now, the stationary golf ball. The sketches of life in this superb book are taken from Hardy country under the general title, ‘Wessex Diaries’. The region originated with the Kingdom of the West Saxons in the 6th century. Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, in the 19th century, consisted of 6 counties, Bucks, Devon, Dorset, Hants , Somerset and Wilts, respectively North, Lower, South, Upper, Outer and Mid Wessex. Neighbouring Cornwall was given the soubriquet ‘off Wessex’ or Lyonesse. Inevitably most of the ‘Diaries’ selected in the book are about life within easy reach of the author’s home in Somerset. But holidays taken in Cornwall have provided opportunities to write about ‘Lyonesse’, and there are six entries specifically about parts of Cornwall. A visit to Boscastle almost exactly one year after the floods introduces Thomas Hardy, who, in 1870, rose from his bed near Dorchester at 4am to travel by foot, train and pony trap to reach the hamlet before nightfall to be received by the ‘young lady in brown’ who was to

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become his wife. The appetite of prospective readers should be sufficiently whetted by the seductive titles of these gems of country life. Among them the reader will find, The Pig-handling Parson, A Pigeon called Jeremy, Briantspuddle, Wiltshire Bison, The Odcombian Leg-Stretcher, Hurdle maker, Compton Pauncefoot’s Bells, The Brave Tin Soldier, Dorothy Wordsworth’s Recollection, Cornish Mines, The Ploughing Match, Wyke Champflower, The Bowflock, The Prosperous People’s Village, Piddletrenthide, Church Fete, Smoked Eel and Rare Vintages. Tim Millar, a member of the Shave Farm

Artists in Somerset, provides the enigmatic illustrations for the book using a Japanese brush-pen, a tool intended for calligraphy but equally good for drawing. But it is the deceptively simple prose that makes this book so attractive. As Rusbridger puts it, ‘He,’ (the author) ‘is part naturist; part journalist; part historian; part anthropologist’. Readers will quickly appreciate the perceptive eye, the subtle forensic skill and the gift for a colourful narrative. It is a book to be picked up and thoroughly enjoyed for the empty fifteen minutes, if not for the whole day, and would make a wonderful present.

The National Trust this winter Winter is moving on quickly and we have been enjoying getting on with our winter jobs.

at Epphaven, we cut and burnt two pathways through the gorse at our ‘scrub and spuds’ event in November. It was a glorious sunny day, and we had a gourmet lunch of baked This autumn we have been cutting the potatoes with beans and cheese, all cooked meadows at Lundy bay with help from our on the fire. If you fancy having a go then volunteers and working holiday group. A local we will be having a similar event near farmer cut most of the grass for us which Porthcothan in January (see page 16). we then raked off, creating huge hay stacks, Hope to see you soon, perfect for an afternoon nap! Cutting and removing the hay in this way helps maintain Jenny Herbert the diversity of flowering plants and insects which thrive here in the summer months. In November the Dartmoor ponies came back. They are grazing at Doyden, Port Quin, round to Lundy Bay over the winter. They also help with maintaining the diversity of maritime grassland in the area, by grazing and trampling back the encroaching scrub. To help the ponies get around Visit our website -


A Year in the Life of St Minver Brownies Due to the extremely cold weather over the Christmas and New Year the start of the year began with a new visitor to the Brownie Hut in the form of a squirrel. Holes were bitten in our hut wall but thanks to the donation received from the Link we were able to quickly repair the hut and evacuate our new visitor!

towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, their help at Brownies is valuable with so many girls in our pack.

We finished the spring term with an Easter Safari around the village. We all descended upon Mrs Audrey Hocking for a starter The year began with of juice and crisps, which in working towards our annual return the girls did a little Art & Craft Show which is presentation of a spring held in the Wadebridge poem and song. We then Town Hall in April. The carried on with our Safari girls all made a mobile and our next stop was Mrs phone case which was all Shirley Hoare who provided hand sewn from scraps of a super main course of HotWe have had another really material. We also had a dogs and again to say our successful year at 1st St messy evening when we thanks the girls did another Minver Brownies, we now all made a garden creature super little presentation have 20 girls aged from 7 from clay. in the form of a song. Our years up to 9 years and we When love was in the air in Safari carried on past the have enjoyed a selection early February we had an late Mrs Pam Cleave’s of different activities. We enjoyable evening cooking house (our former Brown are extremely lucky to be valentine biscuits for our Owl) where we spent a few joined by two young ladies loved ones. moments of reflection and who are currently working then we carried on with our Safari and finished at the Hut with our dessert of drink and cake. The royal wedding didn’t go un-missed with us, we had a royal party where we all made party hats, played traditional party games and had some delicious party food. In the summer term we managed to get out from our hut and explore the village and we all worked 26

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The Brownie Donkey Derby - a reminder of Summer. towards our out’n about badge. The summer term finished with a trip to Polzeath, a game of crazy golf and some fun on the big bouncy castle. The girls had a brilliant evening despite the damp July weather !

the summer visitors.

Autumn began with a pyjama evening, which included some fun games as well as a delicious hot chocolate. We had our own very special harvest evening. The Brownies were split into two groups, Our annual donkey derby one group made autumn was another huge success vegetable soup and the this summer and we raised other group made puff a fabulous £800 to keep pastry cheese & tomato our hut running for another spirarls. At the end of the year. It was lovely to see evening we all sat down and some local faces amongst enjoyed our autumn supper. Visit our website -

This went towards the girls gaining their home skills badge. Nearly all the Brownies attended the remembrance Sunday Church Parade. They were all very well behaved and were a true credit to our pack. In support of Children In Need we held a children’s disco in November and we raised £50 for this special cause. Katrina Bacon 27

Brains of Britain

These extracts were sent in by Anthea Flanagan.

Beacon Radio (Wolverhampton) DJ Mark: “What is the nationality of the Pope?” Ruth from Rowley Regis: “I think I know that one. ls it Jewish?”

Contestant: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” The Biggest Game in Town (ITV) Steve Le Fevre: “What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?” Contestant: “Magna Carta?” James O’Brien Show James O’Brien: “How many kings of England have been called Henry?” Contestant: “Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth ... er Three?”

GWR FM ( Bristol) Presenter: “What happened in Dallas on November 22 ,1963?” Contestant: “I don’t know, I wasn’t watching Chris Searle Show (BBC Radio Bristol) it then.” Chris Searle: “ln which European country is Phil Wood Show (BBC Radio Manchester) Mount Etna?” Phil: “What’s 11 squared?” Caller: “Japan.” Contestant: “I don’t know.” Chris Searle: “I did say which European Phil: “I’ll give you a clue. lt’s two ones with a country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can two in the middle.” let you try again.” Contestant: “ls it five?” Caller: “Er........ Mexico? Richard and Judy Richard: “Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?” Contestant: “Forrest Gump.”

Paul Wappat (BBC Radio Newcastle) Paul Wappat: “How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and lsrael last?” Contestant (long pause): “Fourteen days.”

Richard and Judy Richard: “On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?” Contestant: “Er. ... ....” Richard: “He makes bread.” Contestant: “Er .. .......” Richard: “He makes cakes.” Contestant: “Kipling Street?”

Daryl Denham’s Drivetime (Virgin Radto) Daryl Denham: “ln which country would you spend shekels?” Contestant: “Holland?” Daryl Denham: “Try the next letter of the alphabet.” Contestant: “lceland? lreland?” Daryl Denham (helpfully): “lt’s a bad line. Did you say lsrael?” Contestant: “No.”

National Lottery (BBC1) Question: “What is the world’s largest continent?” Contestant: “The Pacific.”

Phil Wood Show (Bbc Gmr) Phil Wood: “What ’K’ could be described as the lslamic Bible?” Rock Fm (Preston) Presenter: “Name a film starring Bob Hoskins Contestant: “Er...” that is also the name of a famous painting by Phil Wood: “lt’s got two syllables .. Kor. ..” Leonardo da Vinci?” Contestant: “Blimey?” 28 We welcome local stories and photographs.


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Inspire Hire Elle (Eleanor Winsor Grime)

magazines were just not available in the South West or were very expensive due to large delivery charges. The seed began to grow. In June this year we renovated and moved into a new house at St Minver and got married ourselves at St Enodoc Church. Having spent many years in Sales and Merchandising I have a passion for all things creative and decided to combine all of I have always been interested my interests and launch my in weddings and often helped business ‘Hire Inspire’ to offer out with ideas and practical designer furniture hire and help when friends and family bespoke event styling across got married. I would offer Devon & Cornwall. to design friend’s weddings Inspire Hire offers for hire and arrange their flowers as a many items including Kartell wedding gift to keep their costs Philip Stark designed Louis down. On several occasions Ghost chairs, ‘Bubble Club’ satisfied friends suggested furniture, and has a large that I set up a business and stock of decorative items from organise weddings for a living. birdcages and giant vases to A seed had been planted in my mind. My husband Mark is originally from Devon and I am from ‘up north’ but we both share a love of Cornwall and the coast. When Mark was offered a job locally he jumped at the chance and we moved to Wadebridge six years ago. When we planned our own wedding we noticed a gap in the West Country wedding market. Many of the things we saw in the glossy wedding Visit our website -

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candelabra and vintage props. Inspire Hire offers a complete bespoke venue styling service allowing busy brides to hand all elements of decorating the venue over to us. Another popular option is the DIY service where I will come along and help couples and their families transform their venue into their own wedding wonderland. This option will suit couples who wish to do most of the work themselves. I will provide creative input, and show them how to achieve the look that they dream of without blowing the budget! For advice on any aspect of planning or styling an event please contact me on 07977 574 597. elle@inspire-hire. More information at Eleanor Winsor Grime


Fitness Class for Seniors at Rock Institute

Last November Julia Treglown started a keep fit class for seniors at Rock Institute which is proving to be very popular. As well as providing gentle supervised exercise sessions the class has become a social event much enjoyed by participants there is even time for a cup of tea. There are two classes every Wednesday morning. The first starts at 10 am and is conducted sitting down on a chair. This is intended as ‘a place to start’ and is designed to promote that all-important feeling of security. It can be of particular benefit to those who have health, mobility, balance or confidence problems. The second class begins at 11.15. It is a gentle exercise to music class - not chair based. It is designed to help with co-


ordination, balance and mobility and to be fun and enjoyable. Julia says “The exercises are functional and will help to make those every day activities easier to perform. Exercise is most effective for the older person when it is regular, progressive, targeted to meet specific needs, varied, weight bearing and combined with rest periods.” The classes cost £2 each (most people stay for both). For more information about these classes ring Julia on 01208 862802 or 0781598712. She will be happy to talk through any concerns you may have and explain about the classes in more detail. Classes start in the New Year on January 11th.

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£1,180 presented to Handstand Appeal at WI Christmas Fair

(Left to right) Audrey Canning, Trebetherick and Polzeath WI president, Marshall and his Dad, Mary Burrell, WI Treasurer. This year Trebetherick and Polzeath WI’s chosen charity was the Handstand Appeal which raises money to support Marshall Janson from St Columb who suffered terribly from Meningitis as an infant. Cheques were presented at this year’s Christmas Fair.

raising throughout the year. Local man David Topliffe added a further £180 to this which he had raised by selling plants and home-made jams - a truly remarkable achievement. The total was increased to £1,180 with a cheque from the St Minver Link committee.

Val Stockton of the WI said “What a brilliant day November 26th was - Marshall touched us all by his acceptance of his situation and his happy outlook on life.”

It was clear that Marshall also enjoyed the day spending much of it playing ball with other children who were present. He always had a huge smile on his face.

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Brain Gym David Topliffe Answers Last Issue Can you name the other half of the following pairs? 1 - Samson and Delilah 2 - Ball and Chain 3 - Half and Half 4 - John Smith and Pocahontas

5 - William and Mary 6 - Lancelot and Guinevere 7 -Bow and Arrow 8 -Tweedledee and Tweedledum

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Can you name the leading lady of these well known movies? 1 A Star is Born James Mason 4 My Fair Lady Rex Rarrison and ………………………... and ………………………... 2 Random Harvest Ronald Colman 5 Gigi Louis Jordan and ………………………... and ………………………... 3 West Side Story Richard Bayner 6 Gone with the Wind Clark Gable and ………………………... and ………………………...


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Freedom Barbara Le Main Eadie studied the writing and pictures on the screen, and sighed. She had not had a computer when she had contacted the Supermarket, but they had said there was no problem, they would supply a connection and a screen for her. Her local shop wasn’t far, yes it had been a struggle but the new lift had helped and her walking frame gave her confidence. Over the years she had got onto more than a nodding acquaintance with lots of the locals and always enjoyed passing the time of day with them. Even the people in the local shop knew her well. “Good morning Mrs Thurston.” Sally, one of the shelf fillers, “Can I help you?” Eadie always refused her help but was warmed by the caring offer. The manager, who occasionally patrolled the aisles, would always ask if all was well. The person at the till was always chatty and would help her find the change she needed. Sometimes she had forgotten something and someone would be sent to get it. A young boy or girl would pack the groceries into two bags and hang them on the clips on her frame. On the return journey she could rest on a bench and watch the world go about its business. There were always greetings from adults and children alike and maybe Mrs Price, from three doors away would be walking her dog and she would stop for a chat. Eadie couldn’t join in many of the local


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activities but there watching everyone she felt included. It was a painful process walking out and she was sure since giving up she had become less mobile. “Good morning, Future Shop, Barry speaking. How can I help?” “It’s Mrs Thurston of 11a Devlin Court. I’d like to discontinue my membership.” “I’m sorry,” he sounded surprised, “I hope we’ve done nothing to upset you.” “Oh no! It’s just not the same, you see, I miss the people.” He took the details and told her which buttons to press to break off connection and said someone would come around to collect the terminal. Eadie took a deep breath and gripped her frame as she left the lift. All the noise of the street gathered around her, she felt alive again. Perhaps she would meet Mrs Price, and the thought of handling the vegetables, the fruit and just looking at the packed shelves made her quicken her pace. ‘And all these people’, she thought.

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Guest Chef - Emily Scott

Harbour Restaurant, Port Isaac (01208 880 237) Emily has lived and worked in Port Isaac since 1999, taking ownership of The Harbour in 2007. Emily worked for three years in the restaurant industry in Burgundy and brings French and Continental influences to the dishes she creates, while her love of the fantastic Cornish ingredients available locally inspires the menu. Before taking ownership of The Harbour, Emily ran an outside catering company providing food for events such as at Windsor Castle, private dinner parties, weddings and corporate events. Emily lives in St Mabyn and has three children: Oscar, 10, Finbar, 8 and Evie, 6.

The Harbour Fish Stew 2 cloves of garlic, peeled Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Lemon juice 12 mussels Olive oil A small wineglass of white wine 1 x 400g tin good-quality plum tomatoes 2 small fillets of seabass or bream, cut in half 2 small fillets of red mullet or snapper, To make the saffron aïoli, put 3 egg yolks, a clove of garlic, a tiny squeeze of lemon juice, and the saffron with a small pinch of salt in a small magi mix. Pour in 200ml of sunflower oil slowly in a slow stream until it begins to thicken. Taste and season with a little more lemon juice, salt and pepper. Give the mussels a good wash in plenty of clean cold water and scrub any dirty ones lightly with a scrubbing brush, pulling off any beardy bits. If there are any that aren’t tightly closed, give them a sharp tap. If they don’t close up, throw them away. Heat a large, wide saucepan or stewing pot and pour in a splash of olive oil. Slice up the rest of the garlic and fry it in the oil until lightly golden. Add the basil, wine and the tomatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 10 to

cut in half 2 small fillets of monkfish or other firm white fish 4 tiger prawns, shell on 2 thick slices of crusty bread A small handful of fennel tops Extra virgin olive oil A small bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked and stalks chopped

15 minutes, until the liquid has reduced a little. Add all your fish and shellfish in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Push the fish down into the liquid and put the lid on. Cook gently for about 10 minutes or until the mussels have opened and the fish fillets and tiger prawns are cooked through. (Discard any mussels that don’t open.) Toast the bread in a hot oven and warm some plates, ladle the fish onto the plates making sure it is divided more or less evenly. Top each dish with some basil leaves, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a big blob of saffron aïoli on the toasted crostini. Lovely. PS It is definitely worth trying to get hold of Saffron. It is expensive but really works with this delicious fish stew. Emily. Visit our website - 35

Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett It all started on the way to work one morning in 1973. Driving from Crystal Palace and turning towards Old Norwood High Street we stopped at traffic lights alongside an antique shop. Inside the open door I could see a glass-fronted cabinet and on a shelf there appeared to be a row of small china dolls’ heads. I was curious. As the lights changed and we pulled away I made up my mind we must come back at the weekend. At second look did indeed reveal twelve dolls heads of various sizes. The larger heads had no eyes or hair and the smaller ones had painted hair and features - one had a white sailor hat with dark band. These would have been made for Victorian or Edwardian dolls houses. The larger heads, made from china, or bisque (unglazed china) were tinted with colour in the cheeks and lips with eyebrows above the empty eye sockets. All the heads were very muddy, “From a tip,” the shop owner told us. “£10“. he said, “for the lot.” That sounded 36

a fair price. I took them home, gave them a good clean and there they rested in a cardboard box while I wondered what to do next. Just as a talking point I took them along to my school where, to my surprise, a mixed class of 5th year pupils showed a lot of interest. Some girls made drawings of them quite surreal with their lack of eyes. One of the boy’s father was a local antique dealer and brought along a book of china marks. The heads were all either German or English and one beautiful bisque head had the mark of Heubach, Kuppeldorf, a distinguished toy-maker. Following on this interest, I decided I must do something about restoring them. I started by hunting for dolls’ eyes which took us round many of the London Street Markets - a great experience. In the Portobello Market one stallholder told us a recent sale at a local Dolls Hospital had resulted in spare parts of all sorts being sold off. She knew a friend, Jane, in the New Bermondsey

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old leather gloves with peppercorns for buttons. (I cannot underestimate the role PVA glue has played . . . .) It was fun to create characters; one small doll became Mr Wolfgang the musician. He carries a violin - a tiny brooch, out of a Christmas cracker. The biggest challenge was making hands, from wax or self-hardening clay, as some were very small. Eventually all these characters were complete, laying in a cardboard box. What should we do with them? Market who had a tin of eyes. When we got there we thought it would be a case of Well, another chance passing a ‘needle-in-a-haystack’ but the friendly of an antique stallholders knew Jane, and in no time shop provided we were handed the tin and told “50p. the answer as a pair, if you can find them.” We found seven pairs of eyes (all blue!) and I found we walked back from a local two more tiny china heads on the stall. restaurant one I had become a collector! The next step was to insert the eyes into the heads,with dark November glue and a pair of tweezers. This is not an night. There in the window of Andrus Collectus easy job - you can end up with the glue (wonderful name) was an Edwardian setting and the eyes facing in different Chemist’s Cabinet, glass doors and shelves, directions - hilarious and exasperating. with mirror backing, absolutely perfect as Eventually the heads started to acquire a home for the dolls. They are still there; some character and the replacement of hair became the next challenge. I bought the cabinet stands on a chest of drawers at Cobb Cottage. An antique dealer would some hair pieces from an old-fashioned only value the heads, but to me they hairdressers - real hair, dark brown, and this made some handsome wigs, although are part of a story. I suspect today many people would simply see the collection as embroidery silk for blondes takes some “Stuff” in current jargon, but this stuff is beating. Next, I made the bodies from not going to the tip. And, If any of you out old tights, rolled, moulded and tied there are looking for dolls eyes, I’ve still into shape. I had inherited an ancient got one pair left... ‘prop box’ from my aunt who had been on the stage and I rescued some of the old fabrics which became Victorian and Edwardian clothes. Boots were made from Visit our website -


Admirals, Idlers & More Iain Ross, Editor Wyke Register Magazine

I am often asked why are navies lead by admirals instead of generals? This comes to us from the Arabic amir, a prince or commander. By the 12th century, the Moslem fleets were the most powerful in the Mediterranean. So powerful was this influence that all of the modern navigational stars still carry their 12th century Arabian names.

the head of a ship’s company. Captain has been both a naval and army title since the 11th century. It comes to us via Old French chevetagne, chieftain, from the Latin root caput, head or leading officer.

Technically, captain is an armed forces rank only. The licensed head of any other vessel is a master. Given the source of the title, we can easily understand why Moslem fleet leaders had the title amirthe courtesy title of captain has been al-bahr,commander of the sea. The title traditionally used to address the head most certainly reached Western Europe via officer of any naval or coastguard vessel, the Crusades, being shortened slightly to regardless of the officer’s actual rank. For amiral in French, and to admiral in English. the very same reason, those holding their Masters License for operating commercial Curiously, while the heads of armies and or pleasure vessels are also traditionally navies have different titles, the heads of addressed as captain. their respective companies have the same title. The army captain is the head of an However, tradition says that those army company, while the navy captain is operating boats without their ticket


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should not be addressed as captain. Instead, they should be addressed as skipper. This was generally the case until relatively recently in the US East Coast when radio communication replaced horn signals to request a bridge opening on the Intracoastal Waterway.

because of the use of these nicknames. If the ship were large enough for more than one idler doing a specific job, all doing that job would share the same nickname. In most cases it’s easy to see how the nickname came into use. In others, we have to dig a little.

When the bridge operators talked to commercial vessels, they would know that the master was entitled to be addressed as captain. Unfortunately when talking to pleasure craft, they have no way of knowing whether they were addressing a licensed master, an unlicensed master, a crew or a guest. It was easier for the operators to address everyone as captain.

One of the idlers was the bosun. He was known as Boats. Bosun is a phonetic spelling of bo’s’n, the contraction of boatswain. This is one of the very few Sailor Talk we have that originated in English. A swain was a young man, apprentice or assistant. In nautical terms dating back to the 10th century, the boat’s swain was the young man who would do all those tasks that would assist in the efficient operation of the boat. Such tasks included securing the anchor after it has been weighed, dishing out punishment with the cat-o-nine-tails, tying the two hangman’s knots, coiling lines and ensuring that sufficient stores were aboard for the voyage.

Things are different in Alaska, British Colombia, Washington, Oregon and California. There skipper is used almost exclusively as the courtesy title over the radio. Why the difference? It is true that skipper is quite acceptable when informally addressing a licensed master at any time, and that Westerners tend to be much more informal than Easterners. However, I think that the different practice is primarily due to so few opening bridges in those waters.

Wait a minute. Backup for a second. Two hangman’s knots? Absolutely. We all know about the hangman’s noose. Few know that a second knot was used for executions at sea. The knot was tied about Skipper, by the way, comes to us from six feet above the noose, leaving a loose Old Dutch schipper, the master of a small bight (loop or bend) of about six feet in trading vessel. length. The noose would be placed about the victim’s neck, run up to a block on While we’re on the subject of courtesy the yardarm and back down to the deck. titles, many of the ship’s company had very specific courtesy titles, or nicknames. Slack would be taken out of the rope. At the appointed time, the crew would haul These nicknames were generally for the ship’s idlers. An idler was never really idle. on the bitter end* of the rope, running Rather, he was called an idler by the sailors down the deck as fast as they could. When this second knot reached the block at the because he stood no watches and could * Bitter end: Post of wood or iron to which cables, sleep through the night. Often the sailors ropes, etc are made fast. never knew the real names of the idlers Visit our website -


yardarm, it would automatically capsize and free the loose bight. With six feet of slack suddenly in the rope, the victim would drop. Upon reaching the end of that six feet, his neck would be instantly broken by the sudden jerk of the noose on his neck. Okay, back to the idlers. The sailmaker was known as Sails. The ship’s carpenter was known as Chips. The ship’s blacksmith (and as steam power was added in the mid 19th century, the ship’s engineer) was known as Blackie for the coal soot generally covering his face.

simply Doc. The Doctor was easy to find on board ship. He was noticeably heavier than the rest of the crew. Now you know why Snow White instantly knew the name of the fat dwarf, and why a modern day cook will ‘doctor up’ the food. Why was the cook called The Doctor? That’s one I’ve been unable to find. If you have that answer, please pass it on to me.

While we’re on the subject of The Doctor, have you ever boned a chicken? Would you believe that ‘to bone...’ actually started out as Sailor Talk? ‘To bone’ means to scrounge everything except the ‘bare bones’. A bosun named Bone served on the flagship Sails often had crew to assist him in his of Admiral Cornwallis from 1793 until work. Carol Hasse, a sail maker in Port about 1801. He was particularly adept at Townsend, Washington, told me the ‘acquiring’ ship’s stores from other vessels favorite phrase of the sailmaker. It was ‘a to make good his deficits, building up quite stitch in time saves nine’. The meaning was a surplus towards the end of his tour. As clear to the assistants. If they sewed fewer the bosun was departing the ship for the than the required nine stitches per inch, last time, Admiral Cornwallis was said to Sails would make them take out all stitches remark, “I trust, Mr Bone, that you will for that inch and again go for the required leave me my bower anchors.” nine. On some ships it had an additional Here’s another one for you. The Doctor meaning. For every inch without the had a perquisite. He could keep any fat required number of stitches, Boats would that he could skim off the top of the kettles lay nine stitches on the poor sailor’s back when cooking the salt beef. He sold the with the cat-o-nine-tails. skimmed fat to the ship’s purser. Originally The ship’s cooper (maker of casks) that fat was used to make candles. Later it was known as Coop. He would break was also used to make the grease that was down every cask for storage when its used to protect the spars from rain and contents were consumed, and would spray. The skimmed fat was called slush. later reassemble it for filling when the Doc’s perquisite was known as his slush opportunity arose. Because he could work fund. wood (making the barrel staves) and metal Our last idler was Doc’s assistant. He was (making the barrel hoops), Coop would known as Soups. Along with helping with assist Chips and Blackie on larger vessels the preparations and the cleanup, Soups and do all their tasks on vessels too small had the very specific job of apportioning for a cooper, a carpenter and a smith. the food, frequently some sort of soupy The ship’s cook was called The Doctor, or concoction, to the crew. 40

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Mably Diary 1850 - 1950 Part 3

Polzeath WI and Trebetherick WI merged in 2008 to form Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. In the archives of Polzeath WI was a handwritten scrapbook based on a Mably family diary covering the period 1850 to 1950. We believe that the scrapbook was prepared for a WI competition but we are not really sure. It makes fascinating reading and we have decided to serialise it in Link. The photographs are scanned copies of those in the scrapbook. We have not changed the spelling, punctuation or grammar - what you read here is exactly as per the handwritten version. This material is copyright and must not be reproduced elsewhere without the prior permission of the Link Committee and Trebetherick and Polzeath WI.

1890 A Golf Club was started at Rock with nine holes.

Wool is down to 7½d (3.1 pence) a bag. There are not many flocks of sheep left on the farms now.

In Polzeath a new Chapel is opened on ground For the birth of her youngest our labourer’s opposite the Court house where for 8 years wife got a maternity bag, which she had to services have been held. return after 6 weeks. The contents of the bag Our blacksmith Williams in St Minver has were: 1 Sheet, 2 Bedgowns, 12 Napkins, 2 added another prize to his collection for his Flannels, 3 Bands, 4 Shirts, 2 Daygowns and 2 Nightgowns implements at this year’s agricultural show. St Enodoc Golf Course at Rock - the first Club House.

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We can now go daily to Wadebridge from Rock ½lb Tea or 3 pounds of beef or a Crossover, or in a horse drawn bus run by the Blake brothers. 2 hundred weight of Coal was given or a red Mr Chynoweth from Trelawder Farm who had flannel jacket or 2/6. come home from South Africa started a Cricket The first mechanical binder was used by Mr Club in the Parish. Simmonds of Roserro. He used it only for a couple of years as it used wire for binding and 1891 this proved to be dangerous for cattle. March 9th & 10th. We had a terrific blizzard. Snow blocked all roads. That evening Sir Lewes Mr Treleaven takes over the delivery of mail from the blind postman. Molesworth, Unionist candidate, spoke at a meeting at Tredrizzick. The road to Wadebridge 1893 was impassable so he had to spend the night th January 4 My husband went to the Bellringers just outside Tredrizzick with his Agent at the Supper at which 18 were present, they had cottage of Miss Mably. 12lbs of Sirloin of beef The road to Wadebridge was only open on A leg of Mutton March 12th. 2 ½lbs Rumpsteak pie In November the new Vicar and his wife the 2 Dishes of Potatoes Rev and Mrs Chase arrive. 1 Dish of Carrots 1 Dish of Cabbage 1892 2 Plum Puddings Nine more holes were added to the Golf 1 Jelly Course. 18 Mince Pies 1892 Coffee 8 Oranges I helped the Vicar’s wife to make up parcels for the poor of the Parish. Each parcel contained Pipes and Tobacco The 7th green at St Enodoc Golf Club.


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1893 In May we had an enjoyable outing to the Choir Festival at Truro. A pair which took competitors to Wadebridge was there exchanged for 4 greys and Truro Cathedral was reached at 12.30 p.m. After the singing, tea was served to 1,000 East Cornwall choristers at 6 p.m. in the Market House, and the return journey was started at 7.15 pm. Horses were again changed at Wadebridge, and the party reached St Minver at 11.15 p.m. Visitors seem to start coming to the Parish for the Summer holidays. We have a very dry Summer, and Hay and Corn have been bad. In July 45 farmers had a big dinner at the Temperance Inn.

The Temperance Inn. evening. Nearly 800 sat down to an excellent tea in a large Marquee.

The Vicar tells me that he has started a Parish In December our first hospital nurse comes for Magazine between November the 10th and 16th 3 months. Labourer’s and their families can be thousands of Herrings are caught at Rock and nursed free of charge. sold at 1/3 (one shilling and tree old pence 1896 about 6 new pence) per hundred. Mr Sanford from St Minver house opens the A new Organ is installed in St Minver Church. Waterworks which he says have cost him £200. In July my son buys the new attraction cap of Cherry and White of the Cricket Club from Mr He has laid on Water from the stream by the Vicarage Orchard to a tank in the centre of the Frost for 1/-. Village opposite the Temperance Inn. th On December 9 Sunday morning the Ferry boat from Rock to Padstow sinks with the loss of 2 lives. The register of St Minver School shows 148 Pupils.

January 15th. We go to the first concert in our new Perceval Institute. Previous concerts had been held in the loft over the Stables at the Vicarage.



January and February we have Snow and frost Sunday School treat in July when 99 children for several weeks, consequently it will be a bad went in 6 wagons to Polzeath. year for crops. After attending a Flower Service at 1.45pm at In the Spring, Tredrizzick School again enlarged. St Minver Church the children piled into the In the Autumn our first Football club of boys of Wagons. Lovely weather. Mrs Chase told me they had:

the Village is organised.

On June 20 we all go to the house-warming party of the Perceval Institute, St Minver. The building exclusive of site has cost £500. The bands of St Teath and the Duke of Cornwalls light infantry played the whole afternoon and th

240 Splits 35lbs Saffron Cake 3lbs White Cake 4 ½ dozen Sponge Cakes 2 Loaves.

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Polzeath as seen about 1896.. 150 Visitors came to the Parish of St Minver this summer.

thousands of similar fires were at that moment girding the Empire with a circle of flame. After this we had fireworks and only came home towards mid-night after a wonderful day.

On June 22nd we celebrated Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee. The day opened with a gloomy 1898 sky but soon the Sun conquered and we had Queen’s weather, about 6 – 7 hundred partook January. Mrs Sanford places 2 lamps at the top of the excellent meal provided free to all of the Village of St Minver. Parishioners. We hope to get some new Cottages, since Sports for men, lads and maidens caused much many Cottages in St Minver have only one or two Bedrooms. amusement and considerable profit to the winners. At 10 o’clock a great Bonfire shot forth A Methodist School Hall is opened at Polzeath. its flames. It was a wonderful thought that Last week I sent away one guinea for which I Old Polzeath showing the ‘Tin Tabernacle’ - the Methodist school hall.


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received:1 Wadded quilt – double bed size chintzy covered 1 Cotton quilt 1 Coloured Blanket 1 Pair White Blankets 2 Pillow cases 1 Pair best Sheets 1 Pair Cheaper Sheets 1 Bolster case 2 Towels. I am very pleased with all these articles. The children went to see the first steam lifeboat at Padstow the ‘James Stevens’.

1900 We now regularly read the Cornish Guardian. Coal is 15/- a ton at Rock Harbour April 11th A terrible tragegy has occurred, the life-boat ‘James Stevens’ capsized while endeavouring to save the lives of the crew of the ‘Peace and Plenty’ from Lowestoft. Eight of the crew of the Life-boat lost their lives. In 1900 Druscilla wife of William Mably takes over the Diary from Joanna. Unfortunately she does not seem to have made many notes.

Padstow Harbour.

The Vicar’s wife told me that she had to buy some more Blankets for the Blanket club, from which our labourers wives receive loan of Blankets for the Winter months, from the end of October to the end of April.

Put 6 tablespoon’s fine Oatmeal or course Oatmeal ground like flour into a basin, mix it with cold water like a cream, add 6 tablespoons of white sugar and the juice of 1 Lemon.

A Harvesters Drink.

Lower end of Rock Road. This picture was captionef ‘Rock Harbour opposite Padstow.

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Add 1 gallon of boiling water, stirring well. When it is cold it is ready for use. Cost 3d (about 1 new pence) a gallon. One of the questions discussed at the Parish meeting was to have a resident district nurse at St Minver. Population Highlands 471, Lowlands 351, Total 822.

1902 My small son John is ill and we had to call in the Lady doctor from Port Isaac. She came on horse-back. Fortunately he was not taken ill at night as otherwise we should have had to go to the Rock Sands and light a Bonfire as a message to ask the Doctor from Padstow to come over. Rock Hill Methodist Chapel was built. (Photo – Rock Hill Methodist Chapel) 1905 Wages are now from 12/- to 14/- per week for all labourers (60 - 70p). Galloping field is now being closed in and so they are taking Penitant Gate away. Now my little Mary will not be afraid to pass it for fear of seeing the ghost of the man who was caught at the gate stealing a sheep.

1906 A cart and horse now brings the mail to the Beach at Polzeath, via Rock where the inhabitants collect it from the cart. It stays there until it returns to Wadebridge via St Minver in the afternoon to take the mail back again.

1907 St Minver’s new burial ground, which was the Bowling Field is consecrated by Bishop Stubbs.

1908 Yesterday, on St James’s Wednesday, (the nearest Wednesday after July 25th turned out to be a wonderful day. For days on end we had baked Saffron cake, apple pasties, Cornish pasties, and we had made plenty of cream. The farm hands had polished the horse brasses, fresh straw had been put into the Wagons. On the fields the Corn had been carried. We went to Polzeath Beach on the road passing the Quaker Burial ground and noticed how the trees had grown and were showing over the wall. Each grave has a different tree planted on it. We enjoyed, on Polzeath beach, horse racing, wrestling. We bought sweets at the booths from Gypsies who had arrived about a week before. We bought some china. We had brought our own faggots and kettle to make tea on the beach. All the children enjoyed the hoopla and the men gathered around the Pub’s booths. We all got home at about 7 p.m. We had very fine weather during the Summer and Autumn. Cattle were not housed until December 8th.

1909 For interests sake, I have noted down the food we eat these days. Most of us on the farms are entirely self

Daymer Bay before 1910..


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The ‘Angele’ funeral - November 19th, 1909. supporting. We use our clome oven once a week, for baking our bread. We start the day with fried fat bacon (from home reared and killed pigs) and potatoes. At midday we have potatoes and bacon pasty. In the evening we have boiled ham and vegetable altogether ‘Flat pot’ consisting of cabbage, turnip, ‘rudabaka’ turnip (swede) with ‘Slipper Jacks’ (a large dumpling).

December 16th. A gale blew the Cock off St Minver Church spire. January 11th. A French Schooner the ‘Madelaine’ carrying pit props, was wrecked at Port Quin. November 13th Two boats The ‘Angele’ and the ‘Island Maid’ were wrecked on the Doom Bar. The crew were buried by a Roman Catholic priest from France, at St Enodoc.

A Slipper Jack sliced and eaten cold with treacle we call ‘Kneelathers’.

This year roots fetch only 7/- a ton, but by feeding roots to the cattle these improved by The oven had to go white, then black and then £3 a hundred weight. white again before it was ready for use. Some of us boiled our pasties.

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The Gardener’s Hymn All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them ALL. But what we never mention, though gardeners know it’s true Is when He made the goodies, He made the baddies too. All things spray and swattable, disasters great and small, All things paraquatable, the Lord God made them all. The greenfly on the roses, the maggots in the peas, Manure that fills our noses, He also gave us these. The drought that kills the fuchsias, the frost that nips the buds, The rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds. The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds, The pigeons in the green stuff, the sparrows on the seeds. The fly that gets the carrots, the wasp that eats the plums, How black the gardener’s outlook, though green may be his thumbs. But still we gardeners labour, midst vegetables and flowers, And pray what hits our neighbours, will somehow bypass ours. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them ALL.

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Trebetherick and Polzeath WI At our December meeting. Adrian Langdon presented a wonderful slide show entitled ‘The Natural History of the Camel Estuary’. The professional quality and beautiful subjects of his pictures had us all enthralled. The aerial views of our beautiful area, the fabulous birds and animals held our attention, we were all unusually quiet. Adrian works on the bird reservation at Chapel Amble to Trewornan Bridge so he’d seen every bird and could name every one. Mary Burrell thanked him on behalf of us all for a lovely evening. Everyone said they had a lovely meal at No1 Rock Road last month to celebrate our 57th birthday and we’re sure we will want to go again.

At the Prime Stock Show our team did really well coming second with St Tudy, behind winners St Kew. Our fish mousse, Petit Fours and sloe gin did particularly well. Sadly, the gin was spilt on the way home! The Christmas Fair was a great success (see page 31) Next year’s programme was read out to encourage members back. Keep fit classes on Wednesdays 10-12 at the Institute are going well (see page 30). the Craft Group restarts on January 10th. Our next meeting will be on January 5th and an interesting ‘Evening with Mrs June Eddy’ will be enjoyed with everyone wearing a hat? Visitors only 20p.

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From the Desk of Dan Rogerson It’s been a busy few months both here in Corn- items of infrastructure that wall and up in Parliament, but the big news will pay back over many years from Westminster has been the Chancellor’s of unlocked potential is a difAutumn budget Statement, where there was ferent prospect. As I have said some good news for water bill payers in our in local public events, Liberal area. Democrats in Government It has been revealed that the Coalition will an- have been arguing for spendnounce a £50 rebate on water bills for house- ing on infrastructure as opposed to revenue holds in Cornwall and other South West water spending. areas from 2013-14. As a Liberal Democrat, I I have been continuing the fight against the have long campaigned on getting a fair deal problems of second homes in the area. The for bill payers in Cornwall after the botched Coalition Government recently scrapped the privatisation under the Conservatives in the Council Tax discount for second home owners, 1980s left us with the highest water bills in the and in addition Cornwall Council have introcountry, and following 13 years of complacency duced strict new rules to deal with multiple about the issue under the last Labour govern- property owners being on the electoral register ment. I also called a House of Commons debate and influencing our local election and decion the subject of water bills in the South West sions, even when they don’t live in Cornwall all recently, where I continued to call for more to year round. be done to help ease the burden on families. I Of course I am pleased that with the Liberal hope Ministers will understand that whilst the Democrats in government the 10% council tax £50 rebate is certainly a step in the right direcdiscount for second home owners, which was tion, there is further to go to fully address the introduced under a previous Conservative adproblem by helping the poorest customers and ministration, has now been scrapped. However, making sure water charges are equal across the as the 10% discount is one way of encouraging whole country. people to disclose their ownership of a second In other areas, there have been several announcements about the Coalition’s plans to get home, I am urging government ministers to consider other ways in which second homes the economy moving again. Through a multican be properly identified to ensure they do billion pound investment fund and a series of loans to businesses the National Infrastructure not appear on the electoral register. Rest assured that I will continue to press for more to Plan will support infrastructure projects such be done to tackle the increase in numbers of as transport and communication links to help second and holiday homes and the problems support economic growth over the coming they cause in our communities. decade. This includes an extra £4,200,000 for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local enterprise As always, if anyone wishes to discuss any of these issues, or anything else happening either Partnership. locally or nationally, please don’t hesitate to I certainly welcome the focus on growth and get in touch. Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a investing in long-term projects which will happy and peaceful Christmas and wish you all unlock potential for new jobs and growth the best for the New Year. across Britain. We have needed to cut day to day spending by Government as we the UK was Dan Rogerson MP, 4 Tower St, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8BQ borrowing more and more to spend on services. However, borrowing to spend on one-off 01566 777123 50 We welcome local stories and photographs.

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Queen’s Jubilee 2012

A Working Party has been formed to organise a celebration to be held over the weekend of 2nd – 5th June. As more details are worked out we will keep you informed. Traffic Matters

Rock Road Traffic Management

Members were anxious to improve the smooth running of traffic, particularly on Rock Road, during the summer months. After much research a scheme was finally put out

for official consultation with the public. Mr Gary Leeson, Highways Engineering Design Group advised us that having considered all comments and responses: Polzeath Traffic Calming The scheme was implemented as advertised. Rock Road, Traffic Calming Due to a number of comments from residents and further investigation, the new seasonal waiting restriction on the south side of Rock Road was reduced to ‘8am–6pm March 15–September 30’.

The introduction of the new scheme, combined with a more vigorous approach to parking enforcement by Cornwall Council, does seem to have improved traffic flow in 2011. Gritting It is understood that Highways will not be gritting the roads in the parish, as they are not main artery routes. It has, therefore, been decided to purchase a number of bags of salt in a bid to keep the roads open, should we experience similar weather conditions to last year.

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St Minver Highlands

Cllr Mrs Carol Mould (Chair)---- 01208 863692 Cllr Paul Blewett------------------- 01208 863126 Cllr Mrs Nicola Gibson----------- 01208 863041 Cllr MissSharon Gilbert---------- 01208 863952 Cllr Brian Gisbourne-------------- 01208 869315 Cllr Mrs Angie Morgan----------- 01208 863697 Cllr Allan Rathbone--------------- 01208 863645 Cllr Noel Strong-------------------- 01208 863892 Cllr Chris Taper--------------------- 01208 863867 Cllr Mrs Gail Webb---------------- 01208 863878

Cllr R R Harris (Chair), ------------01208 863267 Cllr Mr B P Bartlett-----------------01208 862314 Cllr Mr F B Bickham----------------01208 862055 Cllr Mr B E Lane---------------------01208 862494 Cllr Mr R J Lane---------------------01208 869689 Cllr Mr J Mably----------------------01208 863205 Cllr Mr B Owen---------------------01208 862176 Cllr Mr M Parnell-------------------01208 880990 Cllr Mrs J Shepherd----------------01208 863387

Parish Clerk: Mrs Gillian Thompson, 12 Bonython Drive, Grampound, Truro, TR2 4RL Telephone:-------------------------- 01726-882145 Email: clerk@Email: uk Website:

Parish Clerk: Mrs H Hyland, Trebartha, Fernleigh Road, Wadebridge. PL27 7BB Telephone:---------------------------01208 812289 email:

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Setting of Precept for 2012/2013

(following DEFRA cleansing standards). This reflects the high strategic importance placed The Parish Council has been considering on this beach. the Precept for the next financial year. All During the season the beach will be cleaned possible expenditure needs to be included on a daily basis. The season is considered to and Councillors are always mindful of the be from May 1st to September 30th with deep implication on the pockets of the residents. cleaning being carried out at Easter and cover Following detailed discussion it was agreed provided for half terms and Christmas. Out of to set the Precept level, for the financial year these periods cleaning will be carried out on 2012/2013, at £18,000, which remains the alternate days. same as the current year. The remit is to keep the area free of litter, to Policing include bins and a recycling facility. The beach PC Malcolm Taylor continues as our excellent clean is to be completed by 11.00 hrs at the local Police officer and provides us with a latest and there will be a £1,000 fine if it does regular report: not meet standards. Crime figures for the period 01/06/2011 to According to Cornwall Council, with this 30/09/2011 – 24 crimes (there were 21 for the contract there is a higher standard set than corresponding period in the previous year). the existing one so Polzeath should be covered They were mostly theft and criminal damage, exceptionally well. The contract has been with an increase in burglaries during August. awarded to Cory and will commence on April Crime figures for October 2011; a total of 4 1st 2012. crimes were recorded: Public Conveniences at New Polzeath • 2 x criminal damage Cornwall Council’s Scrutiny Committee has been looking at various issues, in particular the • 1 x assault provision of public conveniences. The Parish • 1 x burglary Council has been asked whether we would There were a total of 3 crimes recorded for the consider taking over the running of the public same period last year. conveniences at New Polzeath. Highways Issues A response was required within a short time. Some of our roads continue to have problems Members discussed this and would like to see with potholes. Unfortunately, there is a lack it kept open but felt there was insufficient of resources and funding at the moment. We information, and time, to make an informed continue to report any problems and welcome decision. Again, please contact the Clerk with any information on areas that need attention. your thoughts on this. Please contact the Clerk. If I can be of any assistance on Parish matters, Cleaning Contract do not hesitate to contact me. I may not always Cornwall Council Cleaning Contract has be able to answer your query or resolve your recently been put out for tender with various problem but I can point you in the direction of criteria to be met. Beach cleaning is part of someone who might. that package. Mrs H Hyland, Trebartha, Fernleigh Road, Polzeath has been classed as an ‘A’ class beach Wadebridge. PL27 7BB 52 We welcome local stories and photographs.

The Link Diary

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Rock Institute Alan 01208 869420

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Lingham Hall 01208 862496


Sun 1 - Mon 2 Exhibition Jane McDonald. Rock Institute. 3-10pm. Tue 13 North Cornwall National Trust Association AGM and Coastwatch Talk. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7 - 9.30pm. Cost: £5 members, £6 guests. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Sat 14 National Trust Seaside Scrub Bash. Beach Head Hostel, Park Head (SW 852 707). PL27 7UU Nr Porthcothan. Soup and Roll Lunch provided. Contact: 01208 863821. Sat 28 Jumble Sale. St Minver Rainbows and Brownies. Guide HQ, Trewint Lane Playing Field. 2pm. Sun 29 National Trust Geology Rocks! Tintagel. Glebe Cliff Car park (SX050 884). 11am. Cost: £2 Booking essential.

February Sat 4 North Cornwall Conservative Association St Minver Branch AGM. Rock Institute. 11am. Fri 10 North Cornwall National Trust Association Talk ‘Kilimanjaro Challenge’. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7.30 - 9.30pm. Cost: £5 members, £6 guests. Buffet supper. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Sun 12 National Trust Geology Rocks! Pentire Head. Lead Mines car park Pentireglaze. Cost: £2 Booking essential. Refreshments at NT Offices Pentire Glaze. Contact: 01208 863046.

Perceval Institute Maureen 01208 863366

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The Link Events Diary

Recurring Events 5-11 Club. Disbanded. All Saints Drama Group. Saturday January 14, 28 February 11, 25 at Perceval Institute (except Feb 11 will be at St Endellion). 10 11.30am. Contact: July 01208 881041. Art Group Friday Jan 13 ,20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24. at Perceval Institute. 10am 12noon. Fitness Class for Seniors. Wednesday 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. at Rock Institute. 10am-12 noon. Contact: Julia 01208 862802. 07815 98712. Garden Society. Wednesday January 25 February 22 at Rock Institute. 2 - 4.30pm. Contact: Jennifer 01208 816470. Marriage Preparation. Saturday February 11 at Perceval Institute. PC Meeting. Tuesday January 10, February 14. at Perceval Institute. 7.30pm. Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls. Monday Jan 9, 16, 23, 30. February 6, 13, 27 at Rock Institute 2-4pm. Contact: David 01208 869636. St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Planning Meeting. Monday Jan 16. Feb 20 at Council Chamber Rock Methodist Church 7.30 pm Contact: Gillian 01726 882146. St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday Jan 3 February 6 at Council Chamber Rock Methodist Church 7.30 pm. Contact: Gillian 01726 882145. Whist Drive. Tuesday January 31. February 28 at Perceval Institute.


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Weekday Services Tuesday St Minver Evening Prayer 5.30pm Wednesday St Minver Holy Communion 10am Wednesday St Michael Evening Prayer 5.30pm Sunday 1st January 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 8th January 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 15th January 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 22nd January 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 29th January 11am No service at St Minve 11am Rock Methodist Chapel Joint Covenant Service 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 5th February 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 12th February 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 19th February 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday 25th February 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong

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

Methodist Church Services Rock Methodist Church 11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church (Worship takes place at Wadebridge Primary School) 10am Every Sunday Morning. Trelights Methodist Chapel Sundays 6pm Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational 10 am Every Sunday.

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

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

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Air Ambulance HQ (Roche)-01726 890444 (Kathy Hore)------------ 01208 862340 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)---------01208 St Minver Cemetery Committee 814564 (Mary Drummond-Dunn)-01208 863491 British Legion-St Minver St Minver Cricket Club (Fred Prior)----------------- 01208 862543 (Richard Shrewsbury)----- 01208 812469 Cancer Research UK Clubhouse---------------- 01208 863402 (Jane Bendall)------------ 01208 862113 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---- 01208 815102 Carn Awn Singers St Minver Football Club (Barbara Richards) ------- 01208 880575 (Roy Birchwood)---------- 01208 880459 Citizens Advice Bureau-----08444 99 4188 Cornish Consumers Helpline-0845 650 3122 St Minver Flower Show CRUSE Bereavement support-01726 76100 (Joan Cock)--------------- 01208 862144 DEFRA---------------------- 01872 265500 St Minver Post Office------- 01208 863366 Electricity Customer Services-- 0800 365000 St Minver Pre-School------- 01208 869511 Friends of the Earth - Camel St Minver School (Tony Wainwright)-------- 01208 880846 (Mrs Austin Secretary)---- 01208 862496 John Betjeman Centre------ 01208 812392 St Minver Scouts Old Cornwall Society (Robert Watson)------------01637 889 190 Margaret Bartlett --------- 01208 816307 St Minver Senior Circle Padstow Harbour Master--- 01841 532239 (Jo Holt)------------------- 01208 863993 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk St Minver Short Mat Bowls (Helen Hyland)----------- 01208 812289 (David Gill)--------------- 01208 862440 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk St Minver Silver Band (Gillian Thompson)------- 01726 882145 Perceval Institute (Maureen)-01208 863366 (Jill Goodright)------------ 01208 880509 St Minver Sunday School Polzeath Area Residents Association (David Short)------------- 01208 862568 (Marjorie Mabyn)--------- 01028 862678 Trebetherick WI Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Ursula Burgess)---------- 01208 863198 (Janet Carter)------------ 01208 869637 Relate Relationship counselling------01726 Tre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers 74128 (Betty Scroupe)----------- 01208 869003 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)------- 01208 Wadebridge & District Angling Assoc 869420 (Jon Evans)--------------- 01208 812447 Rock Lifeboat Station ------ 01208 863033 Wadebridge & District Camera Club Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club-------01208 (Pam Hall)---------------- 01208 862957 862709 Wadebridge Choral Society Rock Water Taxi------------ 07778 105297 (Annabelle Woolcott))---- 01841 815322 St Minver & District Garden Society (Jennifer Gordon)--------- 01208 816470 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir (Chris Bartlett)------------ 01208 814468 Wadebridge Post Office ---- 01208 812813 St Minver Beavers (Alison Cox)---------------- 01208 862839 Water Helpline------------- 0800 1691144 St Minver Brownies

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Churches St Minver Vicarage Rev Jonathon Mosedale)-- 01208 862398 Warden Mrs E Elliott------ 01208 863905 St Endellion Rectory (Rev Dr John May)-------- 01208 881041 Catholic (Bodmin) -----------01208 72833 (Tintagel)----------------- 01840 770663 (Wadebridge)---------------01208 72833 Methodist (Rock)----------- 01208 863481 (Tintagel)----------------- 01840 770274 (Wadebridge)------------- 01208 812887 Multi-denominational (Tubestation Polzeath)---- 01208 869200 Quaker (Wadebridge)------ 01208 812336 Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge---01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital ---------- 01208 251300 Drug Helpline----------------0800 776600 Port Isaac Surgery---------- 01208 880222 Rock Surgery--------------- 01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital---- 01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre- 01208 812222 Libraries Wadebridge---------------- 0300 1234111 Bodmin----------------------01208 72286 Police Non-urgent calls----------- 08452 777444 Crimestoppers----------------0800 555111 Emergency Electricity---------------------0800 365900 Gas---------------------------0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine-------------0845 4647 Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguard----999 Samaritans----------------- 08457 909090 Women’s rape/abuse centre-- 01208 77099 Veterinary and RSPCA G & P J Nute (Wadebridge)-01208 813258 Fore Street Surgery (Bodmin)-01208 75252 RSPCA (St Columb) Animal Centre ---------01637 881455 General Numbers


A proper nursery growing plants in a lovely setting Specialities of herbs & herbaceous perennials Wide range of shrubs, climbers & trees Coastal plants, marginals, bedding & hanging baskets Deliveries by arrangement. Open every day Quality plants, expert advice


Laveddon Mill, Bodmin PL30 5JU (between Bodmin & Lanivet on the A389)

Tel: 01208 72837

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New Builds Extensions Renovations Kitchens Bathrooms Also specialists in thermally-efficient building systems

A Rock Solid Choice For Your Home Building & Improvem ent Projects Based in St Minver, our priority is always to provide value for money, excellent workmanship and superior service. For more information and to discuss your requirements, please call:

01208 862 286 / 07704 323 512

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Dingle & Way Ltd




01726 01726 891799 891799 O779O O779O 482544 482544

Penbre, Penbre, Trelill, Trelill, Wadebridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall Cornwall PL30 PL30 3HZ 3HZ


It’s about quality of life!  Specialist Neck & Back Pain Treatment  Joint and Spinal Manipulation  Soft Tissue Mobilisation  Acupuncture, Laser & Ultrasound  Treatment for Car Crash Injuries & Headaches  Sports Injuries  Post Operative Rehabilitation  Pilates Core Stability  Horse & Rider Assessment

Recognised by Health Insurers & HPC Registered

Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy for dogs  Rehabilitation  Arthritic Pain  Disc Problems

 Sprains & Strains  Overweight  Fitness & Fun

Swimming Pool, Water Treadmill & Hydrospa

Call: Rosalind Boisseau MCSP, Category A member of ACPAT Or Stella Durnall MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc, MMACP

01208 813199

01208 813199

Higher Hawksland Farm St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RGor

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

Privately owned boutique hotel in exquisite location overlooking the Camel Estuary in Rock. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short break or family holiday. Rock has long been popular for sports seasonal produce and focus on locally caught seafood. Reservations please call 01208 863394

Farm Shop & Licensed Restaurant

Open Daily from 9.30am Mid-March to end of October

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Tel 01208 880164

Inspirational Home Furnishings Gorgeous Fabrics. Poles & Tracks. Full Making & Fitting. Free measuring. Painted Furniture. Cushions & Lighting. Gifts & Homeware. 17 Polmorla Walk, Wadebridge PL27 7NS Open Monday to Saturday 10-5. Telephone 01208 814023

Established 1992 -10 Year Guarantee

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

01208 851182 07798 644 293

Looking after our clients’ property interests for over 40 years PROPERTY SALES, HOLIDAY LETTING AND MANAGEMENT, CHARTERED SURVEYORS, VALUATIONS AND ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES Rock Office: Tel: 01208 863206 Port Isaac Office: Tel: 01208 880302

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The Community Magazine for the area to the east of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall including Rock, Polzeath, Trebetherick, Wadebridge an...