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Issue 187 November/December 2012

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



Award for Rock Lifeboat Operations Manager------------------------14 PARA’ Hospital Car Service-----------------14 St Minver Fete Raises £5,000-------------15 Neighbourhood Development Plan------16 St Minver Football Club Riding High-----17 Tom Shrewsbury Select for England Under 19s--------------------------------------18 Managing Sight Loss-------------------------18 Padstow Fun Run for Cornwall Hospice Care----------------------------------19 Creative Workshops for over 50s---------19 Fun Day at School enjoyed by all---------32 Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club hosts Camel Cup------------------------------34 RNLI Fun Day on Rock Beach--------------36 Rock Social have done it again!-----------37

Regular Items

We Will Remember Them------------------27 Brain Gym--------------------------------------23 Book Review - Celtic Cornwall------------46 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage-------48 Trebetherick and Polzeath WI-------------54 From the Desk of Dan Rogerson----------56 St Minver Highlands Parish Council------55 Church Services-------------------------------58


St Minver Cricket Club----------------------20 ‘Cassino’ a poem by Fred Hocking-------26 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club---------28 ‘Hair at Nigel’s’ Celebrates 10 years-----30 ‘Sandy’ Rock Rowing Club most senior member-------------------------------42 Wadebridge Framing Workshop----------44 Tributes Diary Notes-Rock Station RLNI------------50 A celebration of music for the life of Chris A Polzeath Holiday in 1910----------------52 Treglown---------------------------------------24 The Link Events Diary-----------------------57

For Historical Accuracy

St Minver Link issue 182 page 47. The three ships – Madeleine, Angele and Island Maid were all wrecked in 1911, not 1909. For verification see Cornish Shipwrecks The North Coast by Clive Carter. This was one year after the Maclagan’s holiday at the Atlantic House Hotel (see page 52). The funeral of the Angele crew photo illustrates women’s skirts and coats length at the time. Visit our website -


Award for Rock Lifeboat Operations Manager RNLI Rock Operations Manager Mike Hewitt has been awarded the Hawkins Trophy at this summer’s Padstow to Rock Big Swim. The trophy is awarded annually by the Swim committee to the person they consider has made an outstanding contribution to the swim. Peter Tamblin, the Rock Big Swim co-ordinator said “For 2012 this was an easy decision - Mike has been a tower of strength on the committee; his knowledge, support and cando approach has been crucial to the success of the swim, not just for 2012 but over a number of years, and he is a most deserving recipient of the award.” The 2012 Padstow to Rock

Mike Hewitt receiving his award from Linda Thomas, Head of Fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Support Cornwall. Event cooordinator Peter Tamblin is on the right. Photo: Martin Broadfoot Swim has also achieved for money raised, to date landmarks, with the most £50,059.22, all of which goes swimmers ever making the to the Swim’s partner charity, journey across the River Camel Marie Curie Cancer Care, and - 340. It also set a new record will be used in the county.

PARA’s Hospital Car Service

It had become noticeable to me after settling in Polzeath for a year or so, in the mid 1980s, that one of our friends, a 70 year old local lady, Mrs Joan Baird, was often taking people for their hospital appointments in different parts of Cornwall. I, having become a member of the Polzeath Residents’


Association (PARA), thought that it would be a good idea for us to help her with this task and that was the start of the present successful Hospital Car Service. At the moment our three very able volunteer drivers report clocking up over 11,000 miles annually. In the 25 years of the Service there has not been one accident, which is an excellent record for these Cornish roads. Joan Baird, who is still remembered locally, has sadly passed away in her native country of Scotland. The Car Service has proved to

be a very useful local service, much appreciated by those needing such help often when feeling insecure, and very vulnerable. The Hospital Authority, who since 1994, has kindly presented us with an annual grant to help with the additional insurance that is needed for the service. Please ring me if you are interested, and having some time available to invest in the community would be most welcome to join this valuable and satisfying service. Reg Ironside, 01208 862126

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St Minver Fete Raises around £5,000 The morning dawned dry and blossomed into a warm summer’s day which was a great relief to all the members of our community who had worked so hard for many months to produce this muchloved traditional event. This year we were lucky enough to have Jon Cleave open the fete. He recalled how some of his family came from St Minver and that one of his family, whilst playing cricket had managed to hit the ball right over the Perceval! Our thanks go to the Cricket Club for supporting us and allowing us the use of their ground. John Cleave opens the fete - Rev John May is on the right. The St Minver Silver Band helped create an uplifting Teas in the Perceval are always All this is made possible by a atmosphere and there were popular – and it took an army huge amount of work behind plenty of games for adults and of helpers to sustain the steady the scenes and on the day, so children – all the old favourites flow of visitors, attracted by thank you to everyone who and more besides. All the helped or sorted or shifted the chance to sit down and hard work paid off as people enjoy delicious cream teas and or baked, and to Jon Cleave flocked in to enjoy themselves who opened the proceedings. cakes. and stock up on books, plants, Many people return year upon We have raised (provisionally) produce, marmalade etc nearly £5,000 to help maintain year to this traditional fete and hunt for bargains on the and it is very rewarding to see our own three beautiful kitchen and homeware stall, churches. the different generations of toys, and the ever popular furniture and bric-a-brac.

families all having fun together.

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Neighbourhood Development Plan Why and how this is different from a Parish Plan? As part of government’s Localism Bill communities have been given the opportunity to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan. St Minver Highlands and Lowlands Parish Councils decided to join forces and develop a plan for the whole of both parishes. A Development Plan is a document which deals solely with any issues that require planning permission. Housing, being the obvious one but it will cover anything that requires planning consent. Unlike a Parish Plan, a Development Plan has to be independently verified and adopted by way of a referendum, it then becomes a legal document that Planning Officers will refer to when considering planning applications. The St Minver Parish Plan was compiled 8 years ago.

it was a survey designed to ask people what they thought and what they hoped for in the future development of the two Parishes. It was overseen by a steering group and was funded by a communities grant. Recently there have been a series of events designed to update the Plan. The Development Plan will be funded by both Parish Councils. Cornwall Council will pay for the independent verification and the referendum. The fact that both councils are prepared to precept for the cost of the plan is a sign of how important we believe it to be for the future wellbeing of our communities There are a series of consultation events taking place through October and a five minute questionnaire will be available from some local shops, all information

and questionnaires can be filled in on line at the St Minver Parishes web site It is important that as many people as possible are asked for their views. If you have any queries please contact any of the parish councillors on the development plan committee Committee members Brian Gisbourne - (County Councillor and St Minver Lowlands Parish Councillor. Carol Mould (Chair), Gail Webb, Chris Taper of St Minver Highlands Parish Council. Brian Lane, Brian Owen, Jane Shepherd, John Mably, Mike Parnell. It is our hope that the Completed Development Plan will sit alongside the updated Parish Plan and both documents will serve the Parishes well over the coming years. Carol Mould

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Christmas Fair Rock Institute Saturday Nov 24

It’s all hands on deck and shoulders to the sewing machine to get ready for our Christmas Fair. This year to raise funds for the Phoenix stroke appeal we have a fantastic raffle with first prize a meal for two. There will be gifts and goodies for sale, games and refreshments. 16

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St Minver Football Club Riding High

St Minver Football Club have taken over top spot after beating previous leaders Stoke Climsland. Jason Northcott, St Minver’s in form striker, is averaging two goals per game and is the Duchy League’s top scorer for the season so far with eight goals. Revitalised St Minver football club are proud to report that up to September 29th the first team are riding high in the league and don’t intend to allow LC Phoenix to knock them off top spot in their away game there this coming Saturday. In the past few weeks St Minver have beaten two teams from the top four positions in the league and the game at Launceston College (LC Phoenix ) looks a tasty affair, as the opposition are widely fancied for their third successive promotion in as many years. A good result will give us confidence to go forward to next week’s game when we face the club at the top of the next division higher in a cup match. There are no easy games now and every bit of support we

Jason Northcott. get from spectators will help to push our players on to improve and gain in confidence. If you wish to have an entertaining Saturday afternoon watching a local team playing good football you would do well to give us a chance. Look out for our monthly fixture lists around Rock and the surrounding area and please come along . Our reserve team is back in the league after an absence of several years and have won two and lost two. However they are confident that they can improve in the next few games and with a few good signings, which we have

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made this week , they will start to climb up the table. The club have decided that our winter training from October 23rd to the end of February 2013 will take place on the floodlit all weather pitch at Camelford on Tuesday evening between 7 and 8.30pm. We feel that this is a progressive step to help the standard of coaching make full use of guaranteed conditions to improve our players performances as the season progresses. Roy Birchwood, Secretary, 01208 880549 17

Tom Selected for England Under 19s Tom Shrewsbury, who played junior cricket with his local team St Minver, has signed a year’s contract for the England Under 19 squad. The 17-yearold batsman and off spinner has impressed the national selectors with his performances this season for Gloucestershire’s Second XI. And for Tom, who spent two seasons with Redruth CC before his move away from Cornwall, England recognition would reward his hard work. England are expected to name a 16 strong squad in December for a tour of South Africa, which runs from January 21 to February 23, and includes two Tests and five one day internationals.

Tom Shrewsbury.

Tom’s father, Richard, who is chairman of St Minver Cricket Club, said: “If he is selected it would be great news for Tom, who has shown his commitment and dedication to cricket by moving away from home in search of his dream. “On the Gloucestershire CCC website, under a section about his hopes for the future, he says ‘to play Test match cricket for England’, so this would be a first step.” Tom started at St Minver CC and his talent was spotted early on by Peter Bolland, who coached

him through all the Cornwall Schools’ age groups. Bolland was also director of cricket at Redruth and Tom joined him there in 2010, where he made a century on his home debut. Bolland has a connection with coach Owen Dawkins at Gloucestershire and he recommended Tom, who was accepted on to the junior academy and then progressed to the senior academy. Tom, who is doing a scholarship at a college in Stroud, has been a regular in the Gloucestershire second team this summer.

Managing Sight Loss

It is estimated that there are 15,500 people living in Cornwall affected by severe sight loss. If you are one of them, or you feel that your sight is affecting your way of life then the Cornwall Blind Association can offer emotional and practical help. This can be achieved by visiting their Sight Centre in Truro (Newham Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2DP) or they can visit you at home. They provide advice and assessments for low vision aids, technology and gadgets to support everyday living. They can also help you claim your benefit entitlements and arrange an audio books service. The range of services offered is wide and includes access to social and sporting clubs for the visually impaired across the county. For more details telephone 01872 261110 or visit Cornwall Blind Association in Truro.


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Padstow Santa Fun Run for Cornwall Hospice Care

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2011 Santa Fun Runs raised over £32,000 in sponsorship for Bowood Golf Club the independent Cornish charity with 1,000 Santas taking Thursday over the streets of three Cornish seaside resorts. Registration Dec 6, 12 noon is now open for this year’s event and organisers are hoping Cost £17.50 the festive fund raiser will have a record year! The runs will take place on Saturday December 1st (Land’s End), Saturday A Wonderful December 8th (Padstow) and Saturday December 15th World of (Falmouth). ‘‘This year’s Santa Runs will be bigger than ever and we want Horse DrawN to get everyone into the festive spirit. 1,500 jolly Santas will be running through the streets of Land’s End, Padstow and Carriages Falmouth’’ said Rose Wiltshire, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Major Methodist Church Hall, Events Officer . ‘‘Everyone can get involved; men, women, boys Launceston and girls. You can run, jog or walk along the route and have a Nov 22, 7.30pm choice of two distances at each Fun Run.’’ Members £3, Guests £3.50 Spaces for this popular event are limited, so advanced (includes a buffet supper) registration is recommended. Registration is £10 for adults and Contact: Graham Smith £5 for children, and all Santas are encouraged to raise some 01566 777024 sponsorship from family and friends. For further information contact Rose on 01726 66868 or via email :

Creative Workshops for the over 50s

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Arts for Health Cornwall is Celebrating Age and Ambition with Nanstallon Halt an exhibition at the Exchange Gallery in Penzance in January 2013. Creative workshops are running throughout the county Saturday to create work for this event. Whether you are creatively Nov 17, 9.30am confident or have always wanted to have a go but never had Bring a rubbish sack & a pair of rubber/plastic gloves and/ the chance, these workshops are designed to suit everyone or litter picker. Well behaved who comes along. We would like you to come and join the fun dogs welcome. Price: Free. at Rock Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday afternoons from Telephone Dawn if you are th st th 2-4pm. The workshop dates are: November 7 , 21 and 28 interested on th and December 5 . 01208 831208 For further information contact: Caroline Schanche 07773 Booking Essential 669667 or Visit our website - 19

St Minver Cricket Club - 2012 Season

Our season started at the end of February with junior indoor softball training at St Minver School Hall. Sessions were available to all primary school children - not just those from St Minver School. Our coaches (Richard Shrewsbury, Leigh Durrant, Ben Hawken, Iain Smith, Steve Cock and Nigel Hocking) are CRB Checked and have Child Protection and First Aid certificates as required by the England & Wales Cricket Board and the Cornwall Cricket Board. On average we had 20 boys attend each week but unfortunately no girls so we entered two under 11 teams in the Kernow league for the season. As the evenings got lighter training continued at St Minver CC ground. As well as the two under 11 teams we also had an under 13 and under 15 team in their respective leagues.

Under 11 teams are eight aside, they bat in pairs for five overs per pair and each player, except the wicket keeper, has to bowl. The game lasts for 20 overs and can take three hours which is a long time to concentrate for some of the younger boys. The under 11 A team, under the watchful eye of Richard Shrewsbury (County under 10 manager), had a mixed season but it improved as the season went on. Our under 11 B Team manager, Leigh Durrant, had a tough time getting a team out what with the bad weather and unavailability of players but played a couple of games which gave the younger players a taste of hardball league cricket. Kernow youth leagues are made up of teams from

St Minver Under 13s. Back Row: Ben Hawken (Coach), Josh Sanders, Charlie Hawken, Harry Bray-Smith, Aljo Cock, Jake Edwards, David Greenwood, Jason Lacon-Allin (Ast.Coach). Front Row: Ed Green, Alex, Barton, Owen Arthur (c), Rob Green, Will Durant.


Wadebridge, St Austell, Gorran, Roche, Grampound Road, Newquay, Lanhydrock and us so you can see that there is a lot of travelling involved. Ben Hawken manages the under 13 team with the help of Iain Smith, Steve Cock and Jason . As a group they have won the under 11 league and the under 13 league (both twice). Under 13’s A brilliant season consisting of nine wins (league and cup) and two losses both to Troon CC in the finals of the national cup and county league cup. The weather took three games from the league, which was disappointing. The road to the county final started with a must win game against Wadebridge to win the league and with the 1st game being abandoned. It was rearranged for the next day and St Minver prevailed. The semi- finals against Werrington CC ended up with St Minver winning off the last ball with a single. This lead us to the county finals held at Grampound Road against Troon where once again they came up too strong for our side. With our side only setting a small score of 89-8, with pick of the batsmen Owen Arthur scoring 24. St Minver’s bowling attack started off well with a wicket from Alex Barton in the 1st over but then from the 5th over Troon really took control of the game. Overall a good season and

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St Minver under 13s will be looking forward to moving up to the under 15s and doing well next year. Under 15s I managed the u15’s this year and we played five games. The first was in the Cornwall section of the national cup against Menheniot- Looe which due to weather and problems we won on the toss of a coin over the phone. In the next round we played Truro at home and beat them by 70 runs (ish) thanks to an unbeaten 50 by Luke Osbourne and 43 not out by Beth Hawken. Werrington (Launceston) were our next opponents who we travelled to with a weakened team and got soundly beaten. In the league we won against Wadebridge and Lanhydrock but lost at home to eventual league winners Grampound Rd. At the end of our youth training in the second week in August we had about 50 boys and 1 girl turning up weekly. Senior Teams The St Minver 1st team plays in Cornwall Division 2 East and is captained by Rob Hawken. It is quite a young team with only about three players over the age of 24. Bad weather had a big impact this year because, unlike football, if a match is cancelled we don’t replay it - both teams get six points each and the 1st team had 10 of their 20 matches either cancelled or abandoned. The points system dictates that you get 10 points for winning

a game plus 1 point for every 40 runs up to a max of 5 points (200 runs) and 1 point for every two opposition batsman you get out. With all their problems they finished 3rd in the league which was awesome, so many congratulations to all players. The 2nd team play in Cornwall Division 6 East and is captained by Shaun Hawken.Shaun was elected captain this year but very early on in the season it was decided that he was needed in the 1st team so Richard Shrewsbury was ‘volunteered’ to take over. This year a group of six of our under 13s were able to play adult cricket for the first time and we decided to try to play two of them every week to give them experience. As it turned out all six played in two matches due to injuries, holidays etc and did themselves proud. We finished 5 or 6th in the league which was a good position that we hope to improve on next year. On the social side of the club we hold regular bingo and quiz nights and also have pool and darts teams in the Winter. The club is licensed and is open from 7pm every night. If you are interested in cricket and would like to become involved please get in contact with me on 07931900105 or via the club. Nigel Hocking Youth Manager and 2nd team player when my body allows!

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Celebration Male Voice Choir Concert

Wadebridge Male Voice Choir and Loveny Male Voice Choir

Wadebridge Town Hall Saturday Nov 10 - 7.30pm Members £3, Guests £3.50 (includes a buffet supper) Contact: Bob Reason 01840 230173

Age and ambition

Creative Workshops Rock Methodist Chapel Wednesday Oct 17, 24, 31. Nov 7, 21, 28 Dec 5 2- 4pm

The over 50s are invited to come along and create artwork for an exhibition which is being held at Penzance in January 2013 by ‘Arts for Health Cornwall’. More information from: Caroline Schanche 07773 669667


St Minver Probus Club

after it was offered at no cost to prospective tenant farmers with time, the Cornwall Railway which no takers. The farm was derelict August Meeting was constructing a line from at the time and of course over Our speaker was Richard Jones, Plymouth to Falmouth with the the years his family have made General Manager of the Bodmin support of the Great Western many changes and worked hard and Wenford Railway. Richard Railway. Both sides raced to to get it into the wonderful was a former teacher for 18-19 years but his passion was railways provide Bodmin (then Cornwall’s place it is today. This process has and he became involved with the county town) with a direct railway been helped by association with connection to London. West Somerset Railway. television series such as Poldark and Doc Martin. Following British Railway’s The preserved Bodmin & decision to close the line, the Wenford line celebrated the 25th After his forty years in farming Anniversary in 2011 of first trains Bodmin Railway Preservation which has repaid him for his hard Society was formed in 1984. To running on the line. The route work, and the ups and downs from Bodmin General to the main raise money and run the business, of farming communities, Robert the Bodmin & Wenford Railway line at Bodmin Parkway is 3.5 has faith that the farmers lot will miles which was extended in 1996 plc was registered in 1985. The change with world food shortages to include the 3 miles branch line Cornish Steam Locomotive in the future. Diversification from Bodmin General to Boscarne Preservation society moved to may be put to one side and Bodmin in 1987, bringing with Junction. farms may have to become less them locomotives, rolling stock environmentally friendly in order The combination of steam and and expertise. to provide for future generations. Cornish countryside proves A vote of thanks was given by irresistible for thousands of Robert set out much for our David Short. He not only found visitors each year. In 2011, the experienced members to think the talk very interesting but was Railway attracted approximately about and the bankers who have 56,000 visitors and its success is a sure that it invoked memories bought and converted barns next in all of us which he thought we tribute to the 200 staff, of which to farmland may look out on some 95% are volunteers. Nearly all the might share in a later meeting of controversial sights in the near the Club. steam locomotives are genuine future. Cornish engines or engine classes A vote of thanks was given by that worked in Cornwall. Two of September Meeting Roy Birchwood, for a thought the smallest engines, Alfred and The after lunch speaker was provoking, interesting and Judy, which worked at Par docks, Robert Sloman, who told us of informative talk. Perhaps were the inspiration for Bill & Ben his family’s involvement with the television could do the Roscarrock in the Railway Series books by 780 acre Roscarrock farm which series next. Rev Wilbert Awdry and his son, has three and a half miles of Christopher Awdry. coast running along its land. Since St Minver Probus Club welcomes any enquiries from new and Richard provided us with a history it appeared in the Doomsday prospective members. Telephone records it has had only four of the Bodmin and Wadebridge the secretary, Roy Birchwood, on families which have lived there. Railway, which was purchased by 01208 880549. The London and South Western Robert came from Launceston Railway in 1846, and at the same to help run the farm in 1971 Robert Lawrence

Moor Harmony Offer Singing Course If you are you are a lady who enjoys singing and would like a new hobby, then you may be interested in a course being offered by Moor Harmony. The ‘Learn to Sing’ course begins on January 3rd at 7pm and lasts for an hour under the direction of Sian Netherton and costs £20. 22

Ladies of all levels of singing ability are welcome. The course will be held at the St John Ambulance Hall in Wadebridge (just behind the cinema) and will run for 6 weeks. To book a place contact Jo Head, on 01726 852753 or e-mail

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A celebration of music in tribute to the life of Chris Treglown

Opera House, Covent Garden, Nothing will ever remove the deep sense of shock and profound Glyndebourne, and with English grief after the tragic and untimely National Opera and Opera North. death of Chris Treglown in January Among the many international this year. Much comfort and solstars with whom she has worked ace, however, gloriously cascaded are Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Placido in St Minver Church on Saturday, Domingo, Dame Felicity Lott and August 18th in an evening of won- Jose Carreras. In the 1990’s Maria derful music in tribute to Chris. moved to the Cotswolds where she began to teach, linking up Prebendary. Dr John May began with Cirencester College and Chelthe evening by welcoming the tenham Ladies College. In 2006 huge audience to a “celebration of the life of Chris through Music” she set up MJ-UK Productions and offered up a most appropriate Limited through which her pupils prayer. The Master of Ceremonies, are given opportunities to perform in several concerts throughout the Graham Renwick, then spoke of year including one ‘blockbuster’. the immense sadness borne by John and Julia Treglown after the Chris was on his way back from a deaths of Chris, Joyce and Sandra weekend of lessons and rehearsals Buse, before speaking of the initia- with Maria and her students when tive of Dave and Jo Hudson and the dreadful accident occurred. introducing Maria Jagusz. The Concert began with Maria Maria Jagusz is a most distinsinging ‘I could have danced guished mezzo-soprano who has all night’ from My Fair Lady, a performed in Opera Houses all favourite of Julia and her Mother, over the world including The Royal Joyce, and the audience became Back row: Ben Maggs, Megan Yates, Matt Berry, Rebekah Leighton, Ryan Full, Paul Bradley, Dan Holley, Barrie Cooper (musical director). Front row: Libby Priestman, Alice Baker, Sian Voller, Jenny Webster, Julia Treglown, Londa Nitotola, Maria Jagusz (director and Sam Buse.


immediately aware of star-quality. Maria then spoke movingly of the ‘privilege to be finally here in St Minver’, and affirmed that ‘we will be devoting all this evening to Chris, the great Chris’. The first of her students to sing, Sian Voller, opened with a favourite from Puccini, and then Jenny Webster effervescently sang ‘Poor Wandering One’ from Pirates of Penzance. It was at this point that the audience could appreciate the work of a gifted teacher as Maria sang with the rest of the Company as the chorus. Megan Yates, Ryan Full and Libby Priestman sang from Schonberg and Alan Merken before Maria introduced her recently qualified son, Dan Holley, who was to electrify the audience later in the programme. Maria and Paul Bradley then sang two favourites from Jerome Kern’s Showboat, Maria cleverly introducing ‘Chris’s mannerisms in ‘Old Man River’,one of Chris’s favourite songs, powerfully sung by Paul Bradley. Special guest Sam Buse was then introduced. Son of Sandra, nephew of Julia, Grandson of Joyce, Great-nephew of Goff Richards (whose composition for Ukulele Sam performed at Goff’s Memorial in Truro Cathedral), and cousin of Chris. Movingly Sam spoke of ‘my best friend Chris’, and then dedicated his George Formby Medley to Joyce who had always accompanied him until that moment. If the sigh from the audience was almost perceptible then, the applause at the end was thunderous.

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There followed the most emotional and deeply personal sequence of the whole evening, three songs especially chosen, and one written and composed, to commemorate Chris’s return journey from Cirencester. Alice Baker sang ‘Homeward Bound’, beautifully articulating some wonderfully apt phrases, ‘I’ll return to you somehow’, ‘set me free to find my calling’, ‘when the candles stop their swinging’. Candles appeared in the next piece too,’ January Night’, written and sung by Ben Maggs, and introduced by him. “Chris touched us all” he said; he was “a light in the world”. The words came to Ben when he was walking alone one night and the impression Chris made on his new friends was abundantly clear in Ben’s words, dreamily framed in haunting music. “A star in the West that shines on me”; “a candle so bright looking down on us so soon”; “your light to dry our eyes”; “your light so bright, shine on, shine on”; the silence in the Church was almost eerie. Rebekah Leighton and Megan Yates then sang ‘For Good’ by Stephen Schwartz, with the phrase “I have been changed for good because I knew you” resonating with many in the audience. The sequence concluded with Jenny Webster and Alice Baker singing ‘Come to my Garden’ by Lucy Simon,... ‘resting in my arms’ Maria then introduced a selection of songs from Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’. Chris had been invited to take the role of the Judge in the July performance with Longborough Festival Opera and it was difficult to watch without imagining Chris there. The first Act of the Concert concluded with Joyce Buse’s favourite song, Climb

every Mountain from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Sound of Music, sung by Maria and the whole company. Refreshments were generously provided in the Interval by St Austell Brewery and the Ladies of the Parish, and Act 2 began with Maria singing superbly an aria from Carmen, an Opera in which she has taken the leading role internationally. The very talented, 16 year old, Sian Voller, then sang with Maria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Londa Nitotola followed with ‘Voi che sapete’ from the same opera. Rebekah Leighton then gave a charming rendition of Bernstein’s ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story’, before Ryan Full enthusiastically sang ‘Mr Cellophane’ from Chicago by John Kander. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera was a favourite of Chris and five soloists energetically sang four of the most popular songs. Dan Holley then returned and in a tour de force gave a masterly performance of ‘Betrayal’ from The Producers by Mel Brooks. Chris had a long-held desire to play the part of Javert, the Police Inspector from Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’, turned into a smashhit musical by Schonberg and Boubil, and the Concert ended with the nine student soloists singing eight of the best songs. Each can be related in some way to Chris, but it was Ben Maggs who again brought tears to the eyes in ‘Bring him Home’. Among the phrases clearly and superbly articulated were, “Like the son I might have known”, “Bring , him peace, he was only a boy”. Not surprisingly there was a standing ovation at the end and the whole company sang ‘You

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raise me up’ as an encore. Again this was most appropriate, possibly a tribute to Chris’s parents: “you raised me up to higher than the mountains to more than I can be” Another standing ovation followed and finally one for Chris before his Mother, Julia, spoke. She talked first about the trophy she and her husband, John, had commissioned to be awarded annually to the most promising student at Cirencester and a presentation was made to Alice Baker. She then referred to the Chris Treglown Foundation Fund designed both to keep Chris’s memory alive and to help young singers in Cornwall and in Cirencester. She concluded by thanking Maria, the students, and all involved in the production. Special mention was made of the Musical Director and Accompanist, Barrie Cooper, whose brilliance (without a page-turner) gave huge assurance to all the students. Mention was also made of the Host, Graham Renwick, Dave Hudson and Martin Broadfoot who master-minded the lighting and sound respectively. In conclusion this was a profoundly heart-warming evening. A great deal of care was taken in the construction of the programme and memories and images of Chris were everywhere. The quality of the performers was outstanding and it is easy to understand why Maria Jagusz is so proud of her students, and feels so privileged to have known Chris. Julia’s words at the end provided the reassurance that the name of Chris Treglown will live, and that many aspiring singers will benefit from assistance forever associated with his name.

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Cassino ... Cassino, Italy 1944 What shall I say to Army comrades who I meet When my life is done. How we stopped for just a minute And seen by Huns with a gun. We didn’t hear the shell that hit us Just the blast that shattered our lives And tore limb from limb that few men could ever survive. We buried them there at Cassino In deep mud which was their resting place And said a few words of condolence Before the battle we faced. We stopped where we shouldn’t I know now but Oh what a price was paid Cut down before they were twenty Their futures no longer delayed.

We Will Remember Them Valerie Joy BARNETT OF St Minver Barbara Joyce CROSS of Rock Margaret Helen Donaldson DUNCANSON of Rock Minnie Gertrude FREEMAN of St Minver Peter John HOWARTH of St Minver 26

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... by Fred Hocking Sunset What shall I say to my comrades who I meet When my life is done To the thousands who died at Cassino Gave their lives for England’s freedom Now I wonder what it has become When you are fined for ‘something’ or ‘nothing’ But get away with fraud by the ton. This with God’s help I will say:Pleasantries are forgotten, what’s in your purse holds sway Very few say ‘thank you’ its ‘Get out of my way’ You’ve been tricked. Mocked and failed By our Rulers, it adds up to one large sum They are not, nor ever will be Worthy of the battles you won. Lie safe in the mud of Cassino The England you fought for has gone.

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St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club

New Uniform .What a busy time we’ve had recently. A big thank you to ‘The Link’ for contributing to the cost of members new uniform T-shirts. After much debate the club had decided to move on after 15 years to a new blue and white bowls uniform and the generous donation from The Link paid half of the cost of the new professional shirts. They enabled club members to keep an eye on their team mates as three teams from the club took on players from Dorset, Kent, South Glamorgan and elsewhere at the recent tournament at Torquay. We had a great four day stay and met some really good players (and ate well) and played well. Allan Rathbone came second in the singles and all three of our triples teams, and one pairs team, got into the quarter finals on the last day and performed brilliantly.

win the Trophy and raise money at St Minver School. A Great time was had by all and after bowling all day everyone went home happy and well fed. Dobwalls were the winners overall receiving a small trophy in recognition of their efforts. It was great that everyone involved supported the breast cancer awareness cause and wore pink on the day while raising £300 for cancer research UK breast cancer awareness. Many thanks to all our helpers, the ladies and gentlemen who cooked, who donated raffle prizes, Gladys for her savouries and always last but most importantly the washer-uppers. As we head into winter and the winter league competitions we still have time to enjoy our sport. Why not join us and have a go? The first two evenings are free and we have bowls for you to use - all you need bring is an optimistic outlook and a pair of socks. We are a very sociable club and Paint Rock Pink Tournament Christmas dinner at ‘The Point’ is already On October 7th we hosted a charity tourna- planned and there’s always Torquay 2013. ment as part of the paint Rock Pink events The St Minver club meet every Tuesday in aid of Cancer Research UK. Eight teams and Friday evening at 6.45pm in St Minver from all over Cornwall competed all day to School.

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Short Mat Bowls is a popular variation of conventional outdoor bowls and is played indoors on a special mat 45 feet (37.7 m) long by 6 feet (2.8 m) wide and is therefore suitable for village halls. Bowlers bowl their bowls (woods) from one end of the mat with the object of getting their bowl closer to the Jack (a small heavy yellow ball) than their opponent. It is not quite as simple as that but you will get the idea. To make things more difficult, a block of wood 12 inches (30cm) wide is placed in the middle of the mat which you have to bowl around. The bowls are ‘biassed’ in that they travel in a curve - a curve which varies with the speed of travel. The game is addictive - if you enjoy it you will probably be ‘hooked’ for life! At Lingham Hall in the school, St Minver Short Mat Bowling club have the best facilities in North Cornwall which you will soon discover if you get involved in playing away matches at other clubs.


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‘Hair at Nigel’s’ Celebrates 10 Years On September 10th 2002 we opened our doors for the first time. It was under some apprehension, could we continue on from Joyce, would anyone come, would we be able to put our own hallmark on the business?. I wanted to offer better than just the ordinary hair-

dressing service, that meant her own loyal clients. My further training to gain the mother, Jean, came to help on reception, and look after edge. the book work. Our little I was used to a West End team had started. standard and wanted to In 2005 we opened our bring it to Rock, also introcolour studio, this was an ducing a family feel. opportunity for more new Joyce agreed to help me equipment, approaching on Thursdays, looking after colour at a higher profes-

Jean Richardson, Nigel Richardson and Joyce Parnell.

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sional level, and also to attend to those clients that require a high level of privacy. A couple of years later, a good friend of mine said I should step up to the mark, and go through an examining body in London, to become a Master Craftsman. It was a gruelling week, a couple of months of long waiting, to hear the result. It finally came through with a job offer! - A session stylist with Hair International. Then came several months of turmoil‌ Should I leave Rock for the bright lights of London.? Should I keep the salon going, perhaps with a new stylist.? Then I thought of all the good reasons I had come here to Rock. What a lovely place Rock was, the friends I have made, and the wonderful clients that had supported us over the years, and the comfortable, friendly salon we had created. There was no decision to be made. I then decided to have a complete salon make-over, lavish new fittings and dÊcor. In 2010 we had the greatest

surprise. Caroline BowdenSmith, Features Editor, from Hair Inspiration magazine, had visited our salon under cover, and had written an article about us!

During our anniversary week, we offered all the clients champagne, also birthday cake. We tried to create a party atmosphere, in a way of a big thank-you, and to many, we gave the I was so delighted, she said special gold envelope! We so many complimentary have so many friends on things, and gave me even our books, some very local, more ideas. some stretching as far away Now we have reached our as Plymouth and Tiverton. first 10 years. So many nice Our Very Best Wishes to people have passed through you all. our doors Jean, Joyce and Nigel.

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The ‘Fun Day’ at the School Enjoyed by All St Minver School PTA arranged its annual Family Fun Day for 21st September. There was a super atmosphere and it was great to see so many of the children, and their families stay behind after school to take part in the fun! The Fun Day kicked off with the balloon release at the end of the school day. Each child released their balloon, with a label attached, to see which one travelled the furthest. At the time of writing this article, the furthest

travelled balloon has reached France! The afternoon continued with a number of stalls including Splat the Rat, Tombola, Cakes, Splat the Headteacher, Coconut Shy, BBQ and Bar. £900 was raised on the day, with funds raised going towards new outdoor play equipment. Dave Cantin.

An apt caption for the picture below would be ‘Anticipation’ as the children await their treat. Right: ‘Splosh! Headmaster David Cantin grimaces as he awaits the inevitable.

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Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club Ho Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club hosted the annual ‘Camel Cup’ Nipper Competition at Polzeath on Sunday 30 September. This is an annual ‘friendly’ event held between four surf life saving clubs on the North Cornish Coast; Polzeath, Tintagel, Crackington Haven and Harlyn and provides a fun way to bring the beach season to a close.

board in the sea and the 1km run, sprints, relays and flags on the beach. The day culminated in some less serious caterpillar and piggyback races, with Nippers from all clubs cajoling parents to join in.

Polzeath SLS Club kept all the participants fed and watered throughout the day with a BBQ and cake sale, which proved very popular. Next year the Camel Cup will be hosted by Over 80 Nippers, aged between 7 and 12, gathered on the beach to compete in various Harlyn. surf life saving events; the wade, swim and Comments Peter Winter, Chairman of PSLSC;

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“This is a great way of ending the season and allows all the Nippers to get together and test their surf life saving skills in a friendly relaxed event. We had a tremendous turn out and all had a great time – both Nippers and parents alike.” Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club has gone from strength to strength this year and its Nippers team has doubled in size since January. The Club now has over 40 Nippers, many of whom competed in the Cornish and National

events in the summer and won many medals for the club. “Concludes Peter, “Our Nippers – and their parents - put in a great deal of time and effort into training for these events and we as a club are certainly reaping the rewards of their dedication. We are very proud of them all.” Kerensa Beer-Robson For further information on joining Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club please contact: Susan Rowlands on Tel: 07775 931573 or email

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RNLI Fun Day on Rock Beach The Rock Lifeboat Fun Day was was opened by two very special guests, Anita Greenwood and Pam Waugh, who funded our D-class inshore lifeboat ‘Rusper’. Our very own pirate, Black Jack Trevelyan, alias John Perrin, provided a lively commentary and the Penny Royal Jazz Band provided toe tapping music throughout the afternoon. Scott Gibson, former Senior Helm, was presented with a Medal for long service. After an extremely wet morning, the weather cleared and a warm and sunny afternoon helped the event to raise nearly £3,500 for the RNLI. Hot pasties were available together with beer,

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wine, soft drinks and cream teas. It was a great family event with something for everybody. There were many of the old favourite beach games and races. Unfortunately the donut eating competition had to be abandoned when a plague of wasps joined the festivities! A Sea King helicopter from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, together with ‘Rusper’, the Rock Lifeboat, gave a demonstration of lifting crewmen from the lifeboat into the helicopter and then lowering them back into the lifeboat. An excellent commentary on the technicalities and dangers of such an operation was given by Philip Cardew, an ex Fleet Air Arm helicopter Continued at the foot of page 58->

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Have Done it Again! St Minver Cancer Research UK committee are exceedingly grateful to Tim Venning who recently, dyed his hair and lengthy beard a lovely shade of pink, and had it all shaved off for our charity. He allowed his sister to do the shaving and

his head and face came to no lasting harm! A Big Thank You to all who sponsored him and its ÂŁ200 towards our Paint Rock Pink Day. Jane Bendall

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But still the same fabulous view The new Restaurant & Bar at


is now open, with a team of new chefs specialising in good, local food. And that’s just the start. We will be relaunching the Health Club soon, upgrading the Golf Course, and introducing a host of new Leisure and Family activities during the summer.

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North Cornwall National Trust Association Our autumn programme opened with a really enjoyable illustrated ‘virtual tour’ of the Tamar Valley, exploring its flora and fauna, led by Dr David Price. It left us with the desire to discover the delights of the valley for ourselves and the hope that in 2013 the weather might be more encouraging to do so. Looking ahead to Christmas, we are holding a three course Christmas Luncheon at the Bowood Golf and Country Club on Thursday December 6th at 12 noon Price £17.50. Our events are open to everyone - you do not have to be a member. Why not come and join us? For details, please contact Bob Reason, 01840 230173 or Hazel Burrows, 01208 850749.

Christmas Concert at St Endellion Church On Saturday December 15th we are very pleased to welcome back the St Endellion Festival Brass Quintet to St Endellion Church. They are going to lead a candlelit concert of brass classics and traditional carols. This promises to be a very enjoyable evening for all ages and a lovely programme to have during our preparations for Christmas. Tickets are available by emailing tickets@ or from The Wadebridge Bookshop, 43 Molesworthy Street. They are £10 (unreserved seats). Children under 16 go free if accompanied by an adult.

Parish History Society Our leader, Mike Arnott, has left Cornwall. Until someone else volunteers to take over, all remaining articles and taped interviews can be sent to St Minver Link. Address details can be found on page 12.

West Briton March 19th 1887

Hair’s-Breadth Escapes at Padstow.

A remarkable accident happened on Saturday evening to the ‘bus which is driven from Bodmin to Padstow by Mr Badgery, and which arrives at 10 o’clock. Not being able to turn the ‘bus to Mrs Foley’s Square, where the baggage is left, the driver decided to reach the yard where the ‘bus is kept on Saturday nights by way of the quay. Just as the horses got upon the quay they took fright at some chains which are laid across the thoroughfare for the purpose of mooring vessels. The driver lost control of the animals as they continued to back and before he could stop them they fell over the quay, which is totally unprotected, into the mud below, a depth of about fifteen feet. Mr Badgery had managed to get down from the ‘bus but his wife, who sat on the box seat with him, was carried over by one of the wheels. Strange to say, neither the woman, the man, nor one of the horses were injured, but the other horse managed, after it had reached the mud without injury, to cut its neck badly by putting its head through the broken window of the ‘bus. Only very slight injury was done to the ‘bus by the fall, but in the endeavour to raise it the tackling broke two or three times and when it was at last got onto the quay it was almost a wreck.

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Rock Rowing Club’s most senior member In this Olympic year, when we are all being encouraged and motivated to do more exercise and sport, Sandy Towers shines out as an example to us all of how an active lifestyle need not be just for the young. Now in his 87th year, Sandy is the oldest rowing member of the club by twenty years. Not only does he row every Wednesday evening in the summer and every first, third and fifth Sunday all year round (the second and fourth Sundays are reserved for church), he also does race training and competes at regattas. At the tender age of 81, Sandy made the podium at the annual World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly when his crew won their group. Quite deservedly and very movingly, a special tribute was paid to this remarkable


rower by the championship organisers. At this summer’s event in Port Isaac, with huge swell and surf coming onto the beach, he neither asked for nor needed any help to get in and out of the boat in waist-deep water, in conditions that were challenging for the whole club. He expects no special treatment whatsoever and because of this, it is often only afterwards that others in the club stop and take stock of the extraordinary things he achieves. He has rowed out to Lundy Island and back from Clovelly three times between 2008 and 2010 (a mere 14 miles each way across open sea). He has bounced back from pneumonia this spring and a fall last winter,

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which left him with bruising on the brain, forcing him into inactivity, and with strict instructions not to do anything that would raise his blood pressure. Not an easy task for a man who has such energy and thirst for life! Now completely back to his ‘old’ self, he cycles to training and then has a long pull up the hill after rowing to get home. He can be seen barefoot in sandals all year. As soon as he gets home after rowing, the sandals get a dunking in the nearest water butt and are then hung up on the line. This routine is indicative of Sandy’s tidy and efficient nature and is a clue to his professional background Captain Towers is a navy man through and through and frequently regales others in the club with wonderful seafaring tales. He is a fount of knowledge about all things nautical and set many an inquisitive mind to rest when he explained that the reason for counting ‘2, 6, heave’ when lifting the boat comes from the respective numbers assigned to gun crew members who worked the tackle

to run the gun out ready to fire. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served until 1979. As a cadet, he first rowed and raced in cutters – big, heavy 12-oared boats – on the River Dee and then moved on to whalers in 1948. As a member of the flagship of the battleship training squadron, Sandy rowed in the wardroom crew, which held their own against the seamen and became the crew to beat. It might not be commonly known, but there were gigs in the Navy and Sandy first rowed and sailed in them in 1945 whilst at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth. His introduction to Cornwall came about on his honeymoon in 1961 to Padstow. Arriving back from sea only the night before the wedding, Sandy had relied on his wife-to-be to plan everything. Betty had no knowledge of Cornwall but had spotted an advert in The Lady magazine for Padstow and that is how they came to spend four days staying right Concluded on page 45 ->

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Wadebridge Framing Workshop

Wadebridge Framing Workshop owner Mike Polson, took over established framers Harvey Framing six months ago and is gradually evolving the business to reflect his approach to presenting works of art and mementos in their best light. Here he tells us more about his business. I trained as a framer over 15 years ago in Walcot in Bath, which is a well -known reclamation and antique district. Since then my career took a different turn in the music and film business. However, after moving to Cornwall seven years ago, the toll of travelling and being away from my

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family lead me to look for a business closer to home.� I was thinking of setting up a framing business from scratch, when I stumbled across Harvey Framing, which owner Paul Harvey wanted to sell. We shook hands on the spot in a deal which was to see Paul still being involved in a specialist role (his specialism is sports memorabilia and cross stitch). I try to take a creative approach as to what can be framed and encourage visitors to my new gallery to think objects that can be

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framed other than pictures and artwork. Of course, we do frame works of art, prints and favourite photographs, but there are so many other things that look amazing when set in the right frame. For example, have you thought about old LP records and album covers, children’s art, old band and film posters or even pages torn out of old art books picked up in a charity shop? The walls of the gallery at the workshop are filled with ideas for framing including the odd album cover as well as pencil drawings from my nine year old son Nico. I also exhibit work from Cornish artists - those who have an individual take on their surroundings. I am currently showing work from Nina Brook, Rowan Clarke

and Natasha Chambers and I’m keen for browsers to pop by to view the art and to get ideas for how to frame their most treasured things. I can offer off the shelf framing, with a range of both classic and unusual frame choices as well as a bespoke service and the workshop is equipped to take individual as well as contract orders. I also make made to order mirrors finishing them in the Farrow and Ball paint of your choice. Wadebridge Framing Workshop can be found at Unit 5, Palmers Way on the Trenant Industrial Estate in Wadebridge (near One to One gym). If you would like more information please call 01208 815720.

Sandy - Continued from page 43. on the harbourside. This was to be the start When those who had helped fund the of a long connection with the Duchy. Being launch of the club were asked to come and stationed in Torpoint as a training command- try rowing for themselves, Sandy decided to pick up an oar again after a 35-year hiatus. er for two years in the sixties gave them a chance to scout around and then, after retir- Six other older folk all had to dash off for a dinner party, so Sandy gallantly allowed ing, they moved to Cornwall in 1983. Sandy’s first contact with Rock Rowing Club them to row first, leaving him to have a go with five strapping young men who were came when Danny and Jane Diplock were setting about founding the club and writing existing members of the club. There was no to locals, asking them to help fund the fledg- preamble and Sandy was shown no quarter. ling venture. As it was for locals, youngsters “Forward ready to row,” announced Jane, that had a connection with the sea and row- the coxswain, and they were off. With his ing, Sandy and Betty happily contributed but characteristically rich turn of phrase, Sandy took no further part until after Betty’s death recalls how he felt after dashing out to the middle ground buoy and back: “I sat on a bit in 2002. Sandy’s interest in taking to the water was rekindled with a sailing trip on a of Cornwall to wait for the old pump to slow Tall Ship with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. In his down a bit and thought to myself, ‘I still like this; I think I’ll have another go.’” inimitable self-deprecating manner, Sandy said the Trust was dedicated to helping the It is to the enrichment of the club and the disabled and that he qualified by being over whole sport of gig rowing that Sandy made that decision. 70. Visit our website - 45

A Book Review by John Baxter

Celtic Cornwall by Alan M Kent

Published by Halsgrove. Hardback £24.99. Wadebridge Books. It is important to understand that this handsome book is principally an Illustrated Gazetteer, enabling readers to be aware of and visit over five hundred locations selected by Alan Kent as significantly associated with Cornwall’s Celtic heritage. What, however, is meant by Cornish Celticity? The Introductory chapter to the Gazetteer, ‘The Mist and the Stone’ attempts to answer this question and needs to be read carefully before exploring the Text. Defining Celticity has bothered historians for generations. The term Celtic clearly means something to most people but the images it conjures are varied. In academic circles ‘Celtic’ is defined either by language or by art and culture, but there is no period of time which can be easily defined a Celtic, unlike, for example, ‘The Tudors’. Alan Kent focuses on Cornish Celticity and acknowledges that, ‘Cornwall has not always found it easy to be recognised as Celtic’. However he is determined to produce evidence to deny the sceptics who have tried to debunk Cornish Celticity and who claim that after the Anglo-Saxon invasions and the Norman Conquest, Cornwall ceased to be truly Celtic. Nevertheless he agrees that Celticity has needed deconstruction and this book is part of that process. It looks at a number of different phases of Celticity in Cornwall, but argues that it 46

is part of a ‘continuum where subsequent declines and revivals inevitably take place’. In some respects the lengthy Introduction is the most important part of the book for it enables the author to guide the reader through different aspects of Cornish Celticity from literature to sport, from language to folk tales, concluding with a reference to Mebyon Kernow and devolved power. If there is an irritation in this section is it the use of the politically correct CE or BCE to date events. Readers of Link may not be aware that CE (Common / Current Era) was introduced in 1993 by EC directive; the author might have assisted the ignorant! The Gazetteer is divided into six regions of Cornwall: Penwith, West Cornwall and The Lizard, Mid Cornwall, North East Cornwall, South East Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Ten colour codes are used in each region to denote the different elements described, including Holy Wells, Stones, Celtic crosses and Contemporary features. There is plenty within a ten mile radius of Link HQ to interest readers and much has clear Celtic association. Obby Oss Festival in Padstow dates back to the Celtic Festival of Beltane and the Jesus Well on St Enodoc Holywell Golf Course has legendary ancient origins. But less convincing is John Betjeman’s Grave in St Enodoc Churchyard. Dr Kent justifies this entry by reference to Philip Payton’s recent biography of the

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‘celebrated Cornish Nationalist’, a label; strongly refuted by many. Nevertheless Betjeman loved Cornwall and can be praised for his unequivocal celebration of the legacy of the Celtic Saints. Throughout the book each entry is accompanied by helpful, and in places, scholarly text, and glorious photography enriches many of the key sites. Alan Kent, the author, and John Beare, the photographer, are superbly well qualified to tackle this formidable subject. Dr Kent was born in St Austell and now lectures for the Open University in South West Britain. He is a prize-winning poet, novelist and dramatist and has written widely on the literary and cultural history of Cornwall.

Jon Beare is also a Cornishman who, following a career of teaching, devoted much of his time to photography and has contributed to other award-winning Cornish studies. Readers looking for an appropriate birthday/anniversary/Christmas present for someone with an active interest in Cornwall should consider this book. Attractive it will look on a coffee table but it is a practical guide to both familiar and unfamiliar places. It should remain in the house both because it is heavy and deserves to be protected from the weather, but it should be consulted both before and after a trip!

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett

Monday September 3rd

like this. An elderly piano tuner from Port Isaac that used to visit us years ago I step into the garden, 8 o’clock on a said we could always check whether our beautiful warm day. There is a calmness, harpsichord was still in tune by keying in to stillness and mellow light - the end of summer. The lane is quiet now, the holiday the foghorn! (I can’t remember the note to sound. Was it E?) makers returned after some atrocious Thursday September 6th weather which led to constant traffic up and down the lane as indecision took over. Another beautiful early Autumn day. You may have read my tribute to my husband Would the sun shine long enough to give an hour or two on the beach? The answer Len in the last issue of Link and on this beautiful day we placed his ashes in the came promptly, as the wind got up, and graveyard at St Enodoc Church marking it rained and rained. In this situation I was often caught as I walked up the lane, the place with a small memorial slate having to flatten myself to the hedge to let in sight and sound of the sea. Len loved cars by. One car load of lively children that the view from the churchyard and made passed several times caused the driver to several paintings of the quarries on Brea slow down, and lean out, saying cheerfully, Hill from here, one of which hangs in our “Hello, hedge lady!” I felt as if I were part daughter’s home in London. After we of some performance art! Well, I’ve heard lowered the casket into the ground, and of the Green Man. . . Later, I walked down placed the slate we left a small posy of on the beach, where mist had descended, flowers from Cobb Cottage garden which and a mysterious light filled the estuary. I included rosemary for remembrance still expect to hear the foghorn when it is – it seemed such a right and peaceful way to say goodbye and we all sat for a while, each with our own thoughts. How fortunate we are to be part of the community here, a very special place.

Tuesday September 11th A walk around the garden prompts me to pick the Charles Ross apples, not as ripe as they usually are at this time of year, owing to the lack of sun, but they were beginning to be attacked by wasps. They will ripen on windowsills indoors and smell aromatic. 48

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They are very perfect apples to look at. You need to catch the 14 days from ripening to eating while they are still crisp as they do not store well. I end up cooking the rest. The ‘Rev Wilkes’ grandson, (a new apple tree planted a few months ago) is looking strong and hopefully will produce fruit next year. The new ‘Discovery’ tree was unfortunately discovered by squirrels, who virtually stripped it, so I haven’t had a sample tasting! The weather seems to have been good for the garden - such prolific growth and a lovely deep purple Clematis jackmanii excelled itself flowering for 8 weeks. Its large flowers giving a sense of drama against a pink hydrangea and a red and purple fuchsia. It seems, generally speaking, plants respond to a good soaking. . . .

many more in between, of course, but before I finish I must mention Aphrodite, looking down from the wall in Cobb’s garden. She is looking at the olive tree that we planted on Len’s 92nd birthday. It has tiny olives, and a pleasing grey-leaved foliage. Aphrodite appears to look a bit contemplative, but unless global warming really takes off, I’m afraid those olives aren’t going to ripen. . . .

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Diary notes - Rock Station RNLI

The summer months are traditionally our busy ones and this year is no exception with four shouts on one August day! They also included a number of false alarms like the first one.

Reported Missing On August 8th we were called at ten o’clock at night to look for a 58 year old woman who was reported missing near the estuary bank. The crew of Pete Thomas (Helm), Dan Bosley and Dave Mably set off to search the left riverbank from Rock towards Wadebridge. When they got as far as Dinham they were told by the coastguard that they were unlikely to find her as she was in Paddington Station! A Very Busy Day August 11th was a busy day. The first task was to go to the aid of a surfer drifting out to sea from Brea Hill. Neil Davis was Helm on this shout supported by Jake Bishop and Leon Burt. The surfer was found fit and well and he was able to paddle ashore by himself. While there they came across a disabled RIB which had been trying to help the surfer but its engine had then failed. The crew towed the RIB and

owner safely back to the Rock pontoon. The next shout on the same day was to help a sailing boat with a broken rudder in Hawkers Cove. The boat was beached and the owners, who were staying nearby returned home for an outboard motor which they used to drive their boat home. Our crew, Neil Davis (Helm), Phil Skingle and Leon Burt, waited until the boat was safely on its way home. The third shout was to attend a RIB which was drifting out of the estuary from the Doom Bar area. The owner had anchored it near the shore and after a brief sleep awoke to find it drifting away. With the aid of a colleague’s boat the owner returned to the RIB and we stood by to ensure he was able to start the engine and return to shore. The crew of Jinx Hewitt (Helm), Sam Bishop and Paul Hancock had not returned to base when they were tasked with the fourth shout of the day. This was to search for an overdue RIB in the Polzeath to Hawkers Cove area. The RIB was eventually found moored at a pontoon in Padstow Harbour, after which

the crew returned to base. In this case the wife had reported her husband missing when in fact he had gone to Padstow harbour; it was a pity she was not told by him! Exhausted Windsurfer On August 15th the Lifeboat was tasked to go to a windsurfer drifting out to sea. When the crew found the 22 year old windsurfer she was distressed and lying on the board unable to raise the sail because of her exhaustion and the wind and sea conditions. She was taken on board the Lifeboat and checked that she had no serious medical problems. She was then taken, along with her sailing board, to Daymer Bay where she was re-united with her fellow windsurfers. Our crew was Pete Thomas (Helm), Neil Davis and Leon Burt. Speedboat Tow-in On September 18th we had an uncomplicated shout. The Lifeboat was tasked to help a broken down speedboat. There were two men and three women in good health on board and they had anchored it because the motor had failed. The boat and crew were towed to safety. Our crew was Jinx

Hewitt (Helm), Pete Thomas and Rob Chap- and the engine stops. You can imagine that man. a boat powered a 115 horsepower motor with no one on board is a potentially very Out of Control RIB dangerous item. It was found too dangerThe most interesting shout of this period ous to try to board the speeding RIB and, was on September 22nd and you may have fortunately, while other methods to stop seen it reported in the local press. The it were being considered, it ran out of fuel Station was tasked to go to the help of and came safely to a halt. The moral is Altwo people who had been thrown out of ways Use A Kill Cord When Driving A Motor a speeding RIB in the water skiing area. Boat! When our crew (Jinx Hewitt Helm, Paul Hancock and Leon Burt) arrived the men were swimming confidently to the shore and our crew went to make sure they were uninjured. They then asked a nearby boat if they could take the men to the safety and comfort of the Lifeboat Station while the crew dealt with the runaway RIB. The problem was that the RIB was still under full power and going round in circles as the driver had not attached a ‘kill cord’ to himself when driving. If a person falls overboard, this cord will be pulled automatically

Puppy Rescue The final shout of the period was on 26th September when our crew of James Batters (Helm), Paul Hancock and Sam Bishop were able to rescue a young puppy which was very distressed as it was trapped some feet up a cliff face. It was returned to the grateful owners on a nearby beach. We are about to be issued with the new design RNLI lifejackets - more on this in the next issue. Gus Guest

I’m having great fun and making some amazing fabric works of art at friendly relaxed sewing sessions at St Kew Highway. There’s great ideas and new things to try and I’m finding free embroidery really useful as well as creative. If you have a few hours free and love chatting and drinking tea and want to explore new areas with your sewing machine why not give it a try. Or, try silk painting, beginners and advanced welcome. Jenni Milne local artist, fabric designer, quilter and silk painter holds classes at nearby St Kew Highway community Hall (near the Red Lion pub). There are morning and afternoon sessions twice a month. You can learn or improve your silk painting skills or machine embroidery and creative. The class meet 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons in the month, 1.30-4.30. Machine Embroidery, as long as a machine can drop the feed dogs or at least cover them a machine will be fine to use. £10 per session. Beginners very welcome, ultra friendly group. Ring Jenni 01208 269003. Bewildered Belinda

A Polzeath Holiday in 1910 Mr Anthony Greenstreet of Camberley sent us edited holiday diaries from 1910, which have been further edited for points of interest. He wrote: “In 1910 Colonel Robert Maclagan (Bob) 1860 – 1931 and his wife Beatrice (Bea) 1882 – 1977 were on extended leave in Britain from India. From September 5th until October 14th they stayed at the Atlantic Hotel, Polzeath with their then only child Malcolm (Baby) 1907 – 1997 and his nursemaid Lizzie. Each of the parents kept a diary. Bea, a most talented artist, spent much of her time sketching, but, unfortunately no sketch seems to have survived from her holiday – the only visual record of which is a photograph of Baby shrimping on a completely empty Polzeath beach.” King Edward VII had died earlier in 1910 and was succeeded by King George V. Others in the news were Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale and Tolstoy, who also died in 1910. Dr Crippen and Ethel le Neve were arested, the Terra Nova sailed to the South Pole and the Mauretania to and from New York in 12 days. Bob’s first entry is for September 5th “Left Paignton 10.5. At Bodmin we halted for one and half hours and occupied our time in having tea from Thermos in a wood close by. Got to Wadebridge at 3.30 and after 8 mile drive Atlantic Hotel, Polzeath at 5.” Bea’s comment was “The hotel is so comfortable and nice”. What stands out in this joint account is how active Bob is – no lounging on the beach for this 50 year old and no mention of sea bathing though his wife went in twice, she wrote “I bathed in Blackie Pool – you had to swim into it. Partly dressed in caves.” Most of Bob’s comments describe cycling, walking and golfing. Several guests are named – Mr Symonds a car owner who drove Bob to the golf links, Mrs Pugh lent her bathing dress to Bea, Miss Mercer lent Bea her bike, Mr Pugh walked with Bob to Trevose lighthouse and Mr 52

Folkard joined Bob to walk to Trevose but the ferry wasn’t working (bad weather) so they looked at Rock church and came back for lunch. On their third day “Golf with Symonds 10-3. Took a long time getting round as lost balls continuously, altogether coming home minus 3. Nice links, but difficult” Bob played three times in the early part of their holiday but doesn’t mention golf again. Instead he writes about cycle rides (mostly solo). He started off by cycling short distances (though he went to St Endellion and Wadebridge on the same day) and next to Port Isaac accompanied by his wife who wrote “Miss Mercer lent me her bike and we went 6 miles to Port Isaac.” Bea cycled only twice – not easy in the long, full skirts worn in 1910. Bob extended his range and mentions Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Tintagel, St Kew, Fowey and Bedruthan Steps. There are no comments on what he saw. “Biked to Fowey. Train from Wadebridge to Fowey and biked back. Looked at hotels in Fowey and back through Luxulyan. Home at 7”. The previous week Bob wrote “Biked at 10. Had intended to go to Luxulyan and Fowey but had puncture about 3 miles from Bodmin so had to go there to have it repaired. So only went to Lostwithiel. Good ride. Home at 7. He certainly went off for very long periods on seven occasions leaving Bea with Baby. Lizzie and other hotel guests for company. Did he need thinking time for his men and their families, the Indian princes and politicians he had been working with? A Victorian girl Bea had been taught sketching, to play the piano and, almost certainly, embroidery. Bea’s diary says she sketched on 12 occasions – Padstow, deserted houses at Port Quin, Pentire Farm, Trenant Farm. St Minver (perhaps the picturesque cottages near the church and St Minver House?), Shilla Mill and an alley in Port Isaac. This is a curious entry:- “Were driven to St Minver to a concert

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in the evening at 7.30 at which I played, Mr Symonds accompanying. “One Sunday Bob and I walked to the service at St Minver 3 miles off” I feel sorry for Lizzie in Bea’s entry for Sunday 2nd October. “Wind got higher and higher so that one could hardly stand. Lizzie struggled to St Enodoc” Did she go voluntarily? If Lizzie had kept a diary how might she have described the walk there and back? The family loved picnics. Entries include “Went up Pentire with Miss Mercer to sketch and took sandwiches . The water below was bright green. “Took tea with Bob to Shilla Mill and I sketched”, “At 12 took sandwiches to St Enodoc and sat there until church at 3”. “Took sandwiches to Lundy” and again “Tea at Lundy, all of us”. On his numerous long rides Bob would certainly have asked the hotel to provide a

packed lunch and tea. One day began at 10 when they were presumably taken by car to the ferry, crossed to Padstow and while Bea stayed there sketching, her husband walked with Pugh to Trevose lighthouse. They got back to Polzeath at 5. The next day they walked to Port Quin. 26/9 Bea wrote “Looked for cowries in Cowrie Cove. Walked to Rumps” (Is this beach any less dangerous than the one at Greenaway where I have collected cowries? 4 of my largest fit on a 20p coin. Is Cowrie Cove a local name for that beach? Ed.). On another beach visit Bea recorded “Bob and I prawned and took out the shrimps for tea at Shilla Mill” If they had returned in 2012 would they have been able to do that? What did Rock Poolers find this summer when searching with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust? Diary entries by the Maclagans for their departure are that

they left Polzeath at 8, Bob took a last cycle ride to Wadebridge and Bea “drove in a small trap, having sent 2 boxes on ahead. Got into London by GWR at 4.45. Found pram and hatbox had been left behind somewhere. However, they were delivered next day.” Mr Greenstreet asks if readers can answer 3 questions for him:1. When was the Atlantic House Hotel built and opened? 2. Where is Blackie Pool? 3. Is this the first record of anyone looking for cowries in Cowrie Cove? I did not look for them there until 1949. Jennifer Gordon. Atlantic House Hotel is being refurbished and the owners are compiling a history of the building. Visit their website, www. , and go to the History page which contains the recollections of past staff and guests. You can add to this if you have any relevant memories

RLNI Fun Day - Continued from page 36. Elizabeth Dunn and the over 12 section by Neil pilot, and Brian Bartlett, Training Officer for Rock Lifeboat. It was an extremely interesting Stephenson. The winners of the colouring demonstration of the necessary precision and competition were age 2/3, Hannah Hudson; age

the bravery of the rescue services. The Padstow Tamar Class Lifeboat “The Spirit of Padstow” visited later in the afternoon and people were invited on board to look round. The sandcastle competition was of a very high standard and won in the under 12 section by the Williams Family and in the open section by Amelia, Philip and Noah Sarles. The Treasure Island Hunt was won by Francesca; the Holey Cheese game by Max Evans in the over 12 section and by Tom Laws in the under 12 section; the Bell Run was won in the under 12 section by

4/5, Poppy Campion; age 6/7, Lilly Webb; age 8/9, Emma Laskey; over 10, Jemima Scroggie and over 12, Olivia Buckley. The “Wheelbarrow of Booze” and was won by Mr Heis. The Committee would like to pay a special tribute to Sharp’s Brewery, Jaws Pizza and Rockfish for their very generous sponsorship of the event and Barnecutt’s Bakery for their support and cooperation. All the volunteer helpers are commended for their hard work and the public for their support.

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September Meeting Our Speaker for September was Hilary Keam, recently honoured in becoming a Cornish bard for services to the Cornish dialect. She first explained the colours of the Cornish hunting tartan she was wearing. There were squeals of laughter and we were all in stitches as she entertained us with her poems reflecting on real life (à la Pam Ayres). She showed us her Cornish passport for going into Devon and beyond. She is her own warm up act for her talk about her umbrella collection. Each umbrella has its own poem. Hilary is a well travelled lady with beautiful umbrellas from around Europe, the Far East and Australia. Silk, lace and paper creatively decorated we loved them all but Hilary was the star of the show. After thanking her for a lovely evening she and husband Dennis joined us for a cup of tea. October Meeting The ladies of Cancer Research joined us at our October meeting as part of their effort to ‘turn Rock Pink’ supporting breast

cancer awareness. So at our meeting on October 4th everyone wore pink (a bit of a disappointing evening as the speaker did not turn up!) To raise money for the Pink event we put on a Soup & pudding lunch at The Rock Institute on Saturday October 13th. Also in October we had our Autumn Outing to the Theatre Royal Plymouth to see ‘Mousetrap’ on its 60th anniversary tour. Non-members are always welcome to join us on our adventures, so look out for the posters and news in The Link. Craft Group The Craft Group continue to add to their extensive list of craft projects in the coming months. Members and nonmembers of the WI make up our group meeting fortnightly Tuesdays in Rock Methodist chapel for just £2. There will be no WI meeting in November as we are going out to celebrate our 58th anniversary. Join us again on December the 6th to hear Jill Lamede the Tintagel storyteller.

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St Minver Highlands Parish Council Helen Hyland, Clerk, 01208 812289 Dave Wills Earlier in the year we lost Cllr David Wills who, sadly, passed away. Dave has served on the Parish Council for many years and provided us with great depth and understanding. His knowledge of local issues was phenomenal; he could always be relied on to provide us with a wealth of background information. He was also involved with farming issues, a stalwart of the St Minver Silver Band and a driving force behind the Self Build Affordable Housing Scheme at Penmayne. He will be greatly missed by us on the Parish Council and the wider community. Council Vacancy Filled We had two representations from local residents who expressed an interest in being considered as a parish councillor. Both were excellent and Mr Anthony Wills, of Trevelver Farm, was successful in filling this role. Policing PC Malcolm Taylor continues as our excellent local Police officer and provides us with a regular report: Crime figures for July 2012; a total of two crimes were recorded. There were a total of nine crimes recorded for July 2011. Crime figures for August 2012; a total of four crimes were recorded: one criminal damage, three thefts. There were eight crimes recorded for the same period last year. Neighbourhood policing, as a department, will be looked at this autumn. Police officers will be reduced from 250 to 125.

Waste/Refuse Collection Waste, particularly the new refuse collection arrangements, was also discussed. Cory is the company who were successful in the bid for the new contract. There are still issues, but it is improving. The schedules were not comprehensive ie Cory was not told of some bins, or some were now only emptied once a week whereas previously it was twice a week. They are revisiting these schedules. If you purchase a bin, you need to pay for emptying. In our area we have a problem with holiday homes. The collection day has changed to a Tuesday; it would be preferable to have a Friday collection. This will be looked at. It was noted that the new policy coming in would be that, if you were a holiday let, you could be treated as commercial waste in the future. We have had problems with overflowing rubbish bins at Polzeath. More frequent collections had been requested. Similarly, outside the Perceval Institute at St Minver, rubbish has not been collected and several reminders have been made. A dog waste bin was requested but Cornwall Council would prefer this to be deposited (suitably bagged) in the ordinary bin. A sticker will be placed on the bin, advising this and the refuse team will arrange for more frequent collections. Highways Issues We continue to report road condition defects. A recent response from Highways was: Observations have been passed to

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our maintenance team for repairs to be undertaken as necessary. Unfortunately, the continued poor weather conditions are adding to our list of potholes and we are endeavouring to make suitable repairs on an already restricted budget. Highlands has put in a request for more frequent sweeping of sand at Polzeath. The sand is covering the road markings and, subsequently causing parking issues etc. Please contact the Clerk if you have any information on areas that need attention. Planning Issues There are some individual planning applications, which continue to cause a great deal of concern locally. These are mainly for dwellings in the New Polzeath and Polzeath area. There have been a few applications for wind turbine installations that have caused concern for local residents, notably at Smeathers Farm and Treswarrow Park Farm and we have seen an increase in representation at our meetings. Public Conveniences at New Polzeath Following a meeting with Cornwall Council to discuss local management solutions for the provision of public conveniences we considered a way forward. A grant for improvements is available. There will be a 100% grant for fixed costs such as electricity, water rates, some business rates (where applicable). A 50% grant is offered towards cleaning costs. These grants are


only available short term. The various options were looked at, including taking on the cleaning aspect only with a view to expanding on this in the future. Income from the adjacent car park would continue to benefit Cornwall Council. Subsequently, Cornwall Council located a £1m which has provided funding for another 12 months. We shall be considering this again

next year. Please contact the Clerk with your thoughts on this. Trewint Playing Fields The Trewint Community Building is going ahead with the outside games area being completed before the building. The working group would like to get things moving and is looking to do smaller items/equipment first and apply for grants. They will

probably start by moving the football pitch orientation and then continue with the skate park etc. Polling Stations Following a Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places in Cornwall, the recommendations for St Minver Highlands are to remain the same, with the polling stations based at the Perceval Institute, St Minver and Polzeath Marine Wildlife Centre.

From the Desk of Dan Rogerson Local Post Offices A lot of people have been contacting me over the past few weeks about the future of Post Offices. I know how important post offices are to local people, and that’s why I have been backing the campaign to increase the range of government services that can be offered by Post Offices. I have been urging government ministers to support the Post Office’s bid to get contracts to provide services such as those for the DVLA like tax discs and driving licenses. Local Post Offices are at the heart of our communities, and it is right that we do all we can to support them. The Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government are also doing the right thing by protecting the long-term future of the Post Office network, by securing funding and – importantly giving a firm commitment that there will be no further closure programmes, unlike the swingeing closure programmes of previous governments. I am also encouraged that the Coalition wants the Post Office become a genuine ‘front office’ for services on behalf of local and national government. Whilst


any government must secure its services in line with European procurement regulations, to make sure it offers the best value for the tax payer, I am pleased to see that the Post Office has recently been chosen to provide services for the likes of the UK Borders Agency and the Skills Funding Agency, and I am confident that it can win more contracts to help secure the future of business for local Post Office branches. The Price of Milk I have been continuing to talk to local dairy farmers about the problems they are facing with the prices they get for their milk and dairy products. Government agriculture ministers have announced up to £5 million in additional funds under the Rural Economy Grant scheme for high quality projects from the dairy industry, which can help producers to increase their competitiveness and add value to boost their market returns. However, we can always do more, and I have signed up to support the National Farmers Union’s ‘Stop The Cuts’ campaign to help provide support and end the uncertainty for dairy farmers. I will be continuing to press

government ministers to get a fair deal for farmers in Cornwall. I am glad that an initial voluntary agreement has been reached between farmers and processors, which should mean that contracts for milk will be freely negotiated, fairer, more transparent, as well as making it easier for farmers to leave a contract if they are unhappy with the price they are receiving. I think everyone wants this voluntary Code to work out, but I am pleased that the Government haven’t ruled out changing the law if this is the only thing that would lead to a solution to the problem. I am continuing to meet with local farmers to make sure that their voices are heard loud and clear in Westminster as the Government looks to make sure that a sustainable, long-term solution can be reached so that customers, dairy farmers, and local producers can all be guaranteed a fair deal when it comes to the price of British milk. Dan Rogerson MP, 4 Tower Street, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8BQ E-mail: Telephone: 01566 777123

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Whilst we try hard to avoid mistakes they can, and sometimes do, happen. If we are made aware of any mistakes we will update the details on our website Friday November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Crime Commissioners Perceval Recurring Events December 7, 14, 21 at Perceval Institute and Rock Institute. Adult Education Singing Class Institute. 6-7pm. Saturday 17 – Pre School Tuesday November 6, 27. Perceval St Minver Computer Club Christmas Fair. Rock Institute. Institute. 10.30am – 12 noon. Thursday November 1, 15, 29. Saturday 17 – Litter Pick. Friends All Saints Drama Group December 13 at Tubestation, of the Camel Trail. Bring a rubbish Saturday November 3, 17. 9.30 Polzeath. 10.30-12noon. Contact: sack & a pair of rubber/plastic am – 11.30. December 15 all David 01208 869742. gloves. Meet Nanstallon Halt. day, Sunday December 16 2pm; St Minver Parish Council Contact: Dawn 01208 831208 Saturday December 22 10-11.30 9.30am. am at Perceval Institute. Contact: Meeting November 5, 19 December 3, 17. Thursday 22 – ‘A Wonderful July 01208 881041. St Minver Senior Circle World of Horse Drawn Carriages’. Art Group Tuesday November 6, 20. North Cornwall national Trust Friday November 2, 9,16,23, December 4 (Carol Service). at Association. Methodist Church 30. December 7, 14. at Perceval Rock Methodist Chapel. 10.30-12 Hall Launceston. 7.30-10pm. Institute. 10am - 12noon. noon. Member £3, Guests £3.50 Creative Workshops for the St Minver Senior Circle Short Mat (includes buffet super). Contact: Over 50s Wednesday 7, 21, Bowls Graham 01566 777024. 28. December 5. 2-4pm Rock Monday November 5, 12, 19, Saturday 24 – WI Christmas Fair. Methodist Church Hall. Contact: 26. December 3, 10, 17 at Rock Rock Institute 2pm. Caroline 07773669667. Institute. 2-4pm. Contact: David Wednesday -28 for four days. Duplicate Bridge 01208 869636. Tuesday November 5, 12, 19, 26. St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club ‘Seeds of Doubt’, Camhayle December 4, 11, 18. at Betjeman Tuesday November 6, 13, 20, 27 at Theatre Club. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets from One Centre, Wadebridge. 6.30Lingham Hall. 6.45-9.15pm. Friday Step Ahead Wadebridge. Contact: 10.15pm. Thursday November 7, November 9, 16, 23 at Lingham Brian 01208 812224, 14, 21, 28. December 6, 13, 20 at Hall. Thursday 29 – Exhibition St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall. Trebetherick and Polzeath WI Vivianne Borrie. Rock Institute. 6.30-10.15pm. Contact: Barry December 6 at Rock Institute. 01208 812935. December 7.30pm. Contact: Audrey 01208 Garden Society Saturday 8 Padstow Santa Fun 863467. Wednesday November 21 at Rock Whist Drive Run for Cornwall Hospice Care. Institute. 2-4.30pm Tuesday November 27 at Perceval Adults £10. Children £5. Contact: Rose 01726 66868. Memory Café Institute. Saturday November 10, 24. Tuesday 4 Turn on Christmas WI Craft Group December 8, 22 at St Breok Lights Perceval Institute 7pm. Tuesday November 13, 27. School, Wadebridge. 2-4pm. Thursday 6 – Christmas Luncheon, December 11 at Rock Methodist Contact: Margaret 07867 783728. Chapel. 10am-12noon. North Cornwall National Trust. P C C Meeting Bowood Golf Club. 12 noon. November Wednesday November 14 at £17.50. Booking essential. Saturday 10 – Celebration Perceval Institute. 7.30. Contact: Bob 01840 230173 Male Voice Choir Concert. PC Meeting Tuesday 11 – Carol Concert at North Cornwall National Trust Tuesday November 13. December Association. Wadebridge Town Valley Caravan Park. 7pm. 11 at Perceval Institute. 7.30pm. Hall. 7.30-10pm. £7 (includes Saturday 15 St Endellion Festival wine and soft drinks with Pilates Brass Quintet. St Endellion refreshments). Contact: Bob Church. £10 tickets Wadebridge Thursday November 1, 8, 22, 01840230173. Bookshop – under 16s go free 29. December 6, 13, 20. at Perceval Institute. 9.30-12.30. Thu 15 – Elections for Police and with an adult. Visit our website -


Anglican Church Services

Weekday Services Wednesday St Minver Holy Communion 10am Wednesday St Michael Evening Prayer 5.30pm Sunday November 4th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday November 11th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 10.50am St Minver Remembrance 3pm St Enodoc No Service 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday November 18th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday November 25th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday December 2nd 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong 6pm St Minver Advent Carols Sunday December 9th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 4pm St Minver Christingle 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday December 16th l1am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael No Service 6pm St Minver Carol Service Sunday December 23rd 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Monday December 24th 3pm St Enodoc Carol Service 4pm St Minver Crib Service 11.30pm St Minver Midnight Mass Tuesday December 25th 9.15am St Enodoc Holv Communion 9.15 St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Family Service Sunday December 30th 11am St Minver United Service 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Alternative Carols Please Check With The Parish Newsletter, Church Notice Boards or website For Latest Information. Minver


Catholic Church Services WADEBRIDGE, St Michael’s Church. Mass: Sundays 8.30am. Confessions: Fridays 10.30 - 1am. BODMIN, St Mary’s Abbey. Mass: Sundays 4pm, weekdays 19am (usually) 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.

We welcome local stories and photographs.

Experienced Housekeeper

Complete Holiday Home Services Lindsay Trebilcock

(References Available)

01208 812292 Mobile: 07717216257

Garden Maintenance

Grass and Hedge Cutting Garden Waste Cleared Fencing and Stone Hedging Andrew Williams 07746 411964 6 Brambleside St eath Bodmin P30 3E

Rock Television and Electrical Services For all your electrical needs.

01208 863788 Visit our website -


Muts Cuts

Qualified City & Guilds Dog Groomer Ring Kerri 01840 211786 07921 637055 Gable Cottage Newhall Green St Teath, PL33 9ES



PICTURE FRAMER For all your framing needs including bespoke frames and frame restoration Wayside Cottage, Tregawne, Withiel Nr Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5NR 01208 831303 ** 07802 705104


Babes & Bikes

Nursery Hire Cots, High chairs, Z-Beds, 3 Wheeler Single & Double Buggies. Wheelchair Hire Cycles Sales, Spares & Repairs Delivery & Collection Service 01208 815262

Building Contractors

01208 869170 07774 132832


RELIABLE AND FRIENDLY CALL STEWART 01208 841139 Extensions, Roofing, Brickwork, Carpentry, Flooring, Kitchens, Plumbing, Decking, Fencing, Painting, Paving. ANY JOB CONSIDERED

 New Builds  Extensions  Renovations  Roofing  Plastering  Patios  Block Driveways  Facias & Gutters Estimates free of charge 61

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


To make your stay even more enjoyable and stress-free have your groceries and holiday shopping delivered for your arrival. Trebetherick Stores supplies and delivers high quality fresh food, delicatessen and grocery shopping, ready-made gourmet meals and a great selection of wines for St Moritz Hotel & Perfect Example properties in the Trebetherick, Polzeath and Rock areas. Orders can be placed over the phone, by email or through our secure website. Note: For orders over £50, deliveries are free. Orders less than £50 attract a £5 delivery charge.

CAPS TONE Building Services

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

A Rock Solid Choice For Your Home Building & Improvement 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



Looking for the perfect holiday venue?

Do you have a property to rent? Contact us

We have a selection of luxury, self-catering cottages in Rock, Polzeath, Daymer and Port Isaac. To view our diverse property collection visit or T. 0845 201 3980

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

01208 813199

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Higher Hawksland Farm St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RGor

Higher Hawksland Farm, St Issey, Nr Wadebridge PL27 7RG 67

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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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.

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Tides Restaurant offers A la Carte and set menus using the best of Cornish produce complemented by an excellent selection of wines See our website for menus, opening times and special events. The Mariners Rock, Slipway, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LD 01208 863 679

Printed by St Austell Print Company Ltd. 01726 68650

St Minver Link 187 - Nov/Dec 2012  

The community magazine for the eastern side of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall.

St Minver Link 187 - Nov/Dec 2012  

The community magazine for the eastern side of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall.