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Issue 195 - Mar/Apr 2014

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Issue 195 March/April 2014

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

Link Tribute


‘Midge’ Judith Hardcastle------------- 27

Special Occasions

Audrey Hocking------------------------- 16 Jack and Val’s Diamond Anniversary-17

Around and About

Development Boundary Area Consultation--------------------------- 18 St Enodoc - a World Top 100 Golf Course!---------------------- 19 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Success-- 19 St Minver War Memorial-------------- 20 Rhowen Running Marathon for FLEET-21 Hold a Fish & Chips Supper---------- 22 News from St Endellion--------------- 22 ITV looking for Antiques-------------- 23 Polzeath Marine Conservation Group-23 ‘The Link’ helps out the JB Centre-- 23 Deanery Synod Elections------------- 24 Citizen’s Advice Bureau Cornwall--- 24 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club----------- 25 Rock Book Fair Returns-------------------- 25 St MInver Football Club News----------- 26 Choral Society News----------------------- 26

Link Presents £1,000 to PSLC-------- 39

Link donates £300 to St Minver Scouts----38


Rock and District Sports and Social Club-- 30 Interview with new headmaster---- 31 The Headmaster’s School Report--- 33 PSLC Clean Up After Storm Damage-35 Christmas Eve Magic at St Minver-- 40 A Year in the Life of St Minver Brownies-- 43

The Last Chance Hotel for Dogs---- 53 Preparing the old banger for a holiday---57 Guest Chef -Jamie Porter-----------------58 Outdoors with the National Trust------52

Regular Items

We Will Remember Them------------- 29 Moaning Morwenna------------------- 46 Diary notes - Rock Station RNLI--------- 47

Book Review - Morgan---------------- 48 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage-50 Brain Gym-------------------------------- 60 It was in ‘The Link’ 20 Years Ago----- 56

Dan Rogerson Reports-------------------- 61St Minver Highlands Parish Council--- 62 St Minver Lowlands Parish Council---- 63 Church Services----------------------------- 66 Local Telephone Numbers--------------- 67

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Audrey Hocking As Audrey approaches her 90th birthday, she shares her memories of her younger days growing up in Polzeath. Audrey Knight, as she was before she married, was born on March 22 1924 at Trenant Farm, Polzeath. She recalls walking to Tredrizzick School and that at sometime during her early school days a bus began when it was raining, so she could get a ride for one penny, to Copper’s Corner. Audrey left school at thirteen and went to work for her maternal Grandmother on the farm. She kept busy as a Girl Guide leader and after the start of the Second World War became an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) messenger. Audrey recalls that if she was at Mr and Mrs Male’s farm at Trebetherick, you could see the lights over Plymouth and the bombs exploding. She would help a local lady deliver milk in a pony and trap (the sort of speed she misses now-a-days). Audrey remembers when the road across the stream at Polzeath was built in 1935 and recalls, with other young people, helping to push cars across the stream before the bridge 16

was built. Her teenage years had their share of excitement like cycling to Wadebridge to a dance. It was a very clear moonlit night so all the girls switched off their lights. Unfortunately for them the local Bobby was at the bottom of the hill and stopped them. They were taken to court. It cost Audrey 25 shillings! There were also dances at The Rock Institute to the Jack Wills Band: this was when accordions were used in most bands. She also worked for Philp and Couch in Polzeath and tells us that is where she learnt about ‘service with a smile’ regardless of how she felt.

We welcome local stories and photographs.

Congratulations to Jack and Val Meagor on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary!

Val and Jack met at a Ball at the Foster Hall, Bodmin. It was sunny but very cold and snow covered the ground when they, Stafford Jack Meagor from Grogley and Valerie Kathleen Keat from St Minver, were married at St Menefreda Church on February 6th

1954. The vicar was the Rev Henry and the organ was played by Joyce Buse’s mum, Mrs Richards. The reception was held at the Pavilion, Rock, and they spent the first night at Plymouth before travelling up to

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London for the rest of their honeymoon. Val recalls that it was deep snow all the way.


Polzeath Residents Association


Valley Caravan Park, Thursday March 24 7 pm Everyone Welcome

Polzeath Marine Centre

The Intertidal discovery project A talk br marine scientist Caz Waddell

Tube Station, Polzeath Tuesday March 13 7 pm Free to members. Non-member £2. The talk features 3D maps of our Polzeath coastal shores and describes the interesting and weird creatures that are found there.

The National Trust

Scrub n Spuds

Vega Cove

West Pentire Saturday March 1 10am - 4pm

Lundy Bay

Wednesday March 19 10am - 4pm

Development Boundary Area Consultation Following the analysis of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Public Consultation Questionnaire and the subsequent open meeting on November 25th 2013, the NDP team have been writing a ‘Vision Statement’ for the St Minver Parishes and working on proposed solutions to the challenging topics of numbers of new houses, development areas, parking and footpaths/cycle routes. The most difficult of these topics is the development areas but a way forward has now been identified whichcould provide the basis for drafting the NDP. The draft NDP will go out to all residents across the Parishes for consultation before it is passed to Cornwall Council to go through the process laid down that eventually leads to the referendum. However, the principles and policies relating to development areas are so fundamental to the NDP that proposals for these are being made public for comment before the full NDP is drafted. Copies of the Boundary Areas Consultation Document are available to all via the St Minver Parish Councils’ NDP website html and paper copies in many of the shops throughout the Parishes. It is being well advertised to encourage every resident to review the proposals and make their views and comments known. Whilst this topic is of significance to all, it is most important for those people who own the potential development land or the residences close by. Please take the time to look at the proposals and make your views known by responding to the questionnaire at the end of the proposed document. An open consultation meeting on this topic will be held at the Rock Institute on Monday March 17th at 6.30 pm. We very much look forward to seeing your responses to the questionnaire and hope that you will also be able to attend the consultation meeting. The NDP must reflect as closely as practical the needs and wishes of the residents of the Parishes. Your feedback is vital to ensure that it does.

To reward your efforts at these events we’ll Thank you for the interest shown in the NDP and for making cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire! the consultation process to date so successful. Further

email or ‘phone for details Contact the Rangers on: 01208 863821 or email


information on Neighbourhood Planning can be found at

Carol Mould, Chairman St Minver Lowlands Parish Council and the St Minver Parishes NDP Steering Group We welcome local stories and photographs.

St Enodoc - a World Top 100 Golf Course! St Enodoc’s Church Course has been included in Golf Digest’s inaugural ranking of the ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’. The inclusion of St Enodoc represents a major feather in the cap for one of England’s oldest golf links as Golf Digest, a top international golf magazines that has been ranking golf courses for almost half a century and is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative voices in golf with regard to course rankings. St Enodoc, one of just 11 courses in England that feature in the listing, has been awarded 99th position and is described by Golf Digest as ‘A rollicking James Braid design on the southwest toe of England, lengthened in the past decade but still short and odd enough to be a cult favourite’. “St Enodoc is both honoured and proud to make it into the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses especially as the ranking has been compiled by Golf Digest which has built up an excellent reputation in the golfing world for the credibility of its course rankings,” comments Tuck Clagett, manager of St Enodoc. “Whilst St Enodoc has regularly featured in UK and European course rankings over the years, it is a great thrill for us to be able to say we have been recognised as one of the top golf courses in the world by Golf Digest.”

Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch)

Jumble Sale

Rock Institute Saturday March 1 2 pm Refreshments available.

Friends of St Minver Churches

Coffee Morning Jo’s Mill (Signposted from Chapel Amble)

Wednesday April 2 10 am - 12 noon Admission £2 (Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Raffle). Proceeds shared between Little Harbour Childrens Hospice and Friends of St Minver Church

Everyone Welcome

Further testament to the quality of the course, the Church Course has hosted numerous amateur golf events and this year has been bestowed the honour of hosting the 2014 English Women’s Amateur Championship from July 14 to 17 at which local support would be warmly welcomed.

North Cornwall National Trust Association

in the County Mixed Fours

Includes Afternoon Tea

Curious Corners of St Minver Team Runners up Cornwall

The first of the County Championship Short Mat Bowls titles was played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club when the final eight teams for the County Mixed Fours took part in the final stages of the competition. The St Minver team, comprising David Topliffe, Janet Carter, David Shaw and Trish Hodge, were narrowly beaten in the final by only three shots. An excellent achievement. Visit our website -

Rock Institute Friday March 14 2.30 - 4.30 pm Members £4, Guests £4.50 Contact: Mary Hibbert, 01208 863066’’


Rock Book Fair Rock Chapel Saturday April 19 10. 30 am - 3 pm

Admission Free (Contribution to Cornwall Air Ambulance suggested) Second hand books for sale

St Endellion Church

Barn Owls Poetry Group Inaugural Meeting

The Stone Barn, St Endellion Saturday March 1 10 am - 12 noon Cost: £7, Concessions £5. Contact: Helen 01840 212161

The National Trust

Giant Steps

Bedruthan Steps Saturday March 1 10am - 4pm

Local legend tells of the giant Bedruthan who used some rocky stacks as stepping stones for a shortcut across the beach. True tale or Victorian invention, we’ll be needing some legendary helpers to repair our stone pitched steps on the South West Coast Path. Join us for a day replacing some of the slate with oak and get that feel good factor knowing that thousands of visitors will be appreciating your handiwork. No experience necessary

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Contact the Rangers on: 01208 863821 or email


St Minver War Memorial A Request for your assistance

Dear Readers of ‘The Link’, As this is the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak the Great War, ‘the war to end all wars’ I am researching the names on the memorial in the village churchyard. Apart from those who died, there must have been many others who returned mentally and physically damaged. I am assuming that most of the names on the memorial are of the young men who worked on the land, either on their family farms or as tenants for the Squire in St Minver House (I think his name was Sanford). The war must have had a large financial impact on village life. Local historians may be able to correct me, but I believe that Government taxes introduced to pay for the war led to the selling of all the tenanted houses in the village at an auction in Wadebridge in 1925/6. I am asking local people for any memories of those named on the memorial to maintain village history for the next generation.

F Buse C H Buse F F Campbell E H Carhart J Champion J L Collings R B Collings

H Craddock A Craig R C Hawken MM W G Heard F Hoare J P Hoare R Kellow

J L Mably S H Mably A Male R Roseveare S Tom J Waters H Waters

R E G White E M Worden F C Worden S H Worden

My contact number is: 07789 638 297 and my email address is: If you want to write a letter to me, please send it to Maureen, St Minver Post Office, St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6QH. As the information is received I will ask Link to publish articles throughout the year. Photos and letters will also help to add to the history of the village. Many thanks, Ian Hughes We welcome local stories and photographs.

Rhowen Running Marathon for FLEET and a Public Access Defibrillator Rhowen Yoki is running the London Marathon on April 13th in aid of FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust), the Cornish charity that provides emergency equipment. This year their aim is to raise enough for a Public Access Defibrillator in as many locations as possible. FLEET’S goal is to get a cardiac arrest victim defibrillated in three minutes. The Automatic External Defibrillators is a Public Access Device that is located in a cabinet that is accessible to all members of the public 24 hours a day. Known as a cPAD, the device cPAD has power and a secure connection over the internet to enable the defibrillator to be continuously monitored, the temperature maintained and Ambulance Control to remotely unlock the device when needed without the need for key codes. When a 999 call is received by Ambulance Control they can confidently direct the caller to the one of these cPADs knowing that it is in full working order. As soon as the cPAD is opened, alerts are sent to nominated locals who can help with treating the patient and make sure the defibrillator is maintained so it is ready for future use. When a person suffers a cardiac arrest or heart attack, the only effective treatment is defibrillation. Currently only 5 in 100 people survive a cardiac arrest, where defibrillation occurs within three minutes this can increase to 70 in 100 people. FLEET is determined to overcome the geographical challenges that are present in Cornwall and further improve the likelihood that early defibrillation can occur. Rhowen plans to raise the allocated amount of £3,000 so that a cPAD can be installed in Polzeath for use by anyone in an emergency. It will be located on the Post Office building as the cabinet requires a broadband connection which I am able to provide from the business that we operate and it is also centrally located in the village so that the equipment can be easily accessed. Rhowen has set up a ‘Just Giving’ page which is a quick, safe and simple way to donate money at Rhowen-Yoki Visit our website -

Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch)

Fashion Show presented by Fusion and Indigo

The Point at Polzeath Monday March 24 6.30 for 7pm Tickets £12.50 (Includes canapes and a glass of wine)

Tickets available from Committee Members and on 01208 862820 All Welcome

The National Trust

Easter Egg Trail

Old Post Office, Tintagel Easter Weekend April 19 and 20 10am - 4pm Sponsored by Cadbury’s, a children’s trail with chocolate prize eggs. £2 per trail. Normal admission prices details on 01840 770024

St Minver Parochial Church Council


Perceval Institutel Tuesday April 29 7.30 pm

Election of PCC members andDeanery Synod representatives. (see page 24)


Trebetherick & Polzeath WI

Soup & Pudding Lunch

Rock Institute Saturday April 5, 12 noon - 2pm Soup, Pudding, Tea/coffees £6 Cake Stall

Polzeath Marine Centre

Rock Pool Ramble A talk by marine scientist Caz Waddell

Tube Station, Polzeath Thursday April 17

Hold a Fish and Chip Supper The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), invite you to hold a fish and chip supper on Friday May 16th to boost funds and to raise awareness of spinal cord injury issues. The fish and chip supper can be held in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre. SIA will provide a Fund Raising Pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting eight friends and asking them to donate an additional £5 means you will raise at least £40 from your supper but we will also give you additional fund raising ideas to raise even more money for SIA. The money raised will help SIA offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives, by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives. For more information or to request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email fundraising@siafishandchips. or visit

Free to members. Non-member £2. Explore the rock pools to discover wonders from rare Celtic sea slugs and stalked jellyfish to crabs, fish and anemones. Wear footwear that can Barn Owls, the Endelienta Poetry Group, is a new get wet (but not flip flops or crocs). development. It meets on the first Saturday of the month

News from St Endellion

Booking essential: between 10am and 12 noon in the Stone Barn - the first or meeting is on Saturday March 1st (see page 21) call 07779 896650.

St Endellion Church

Cornwall Music Guitar Ensemble Free concert to conclude a tuition and rehearsal week

St Endellion Church Sunday March 23 3 pm Do come along and give these talented young guitar players some encouragement and support.


A tuition and rehearsal weekend for the Cornwall Music Guitar Ensemble concludes with a free concert in the church on Sunday 23rd March at 3 pm. Do come along and give these talented young guitar players from across Cornwall some encouragement and support. The St Endellion Easter Music Festival commences on April 12th through to Easter Sunday, April 20th. For further details and booking information visit In May the Endelienta Concert series gives a welcome return to The Joyful Company of Singers, one of London’s premier chamber choirs, on Friday May 2nd and then, by popular demand, the vibrant and talented K’antu Ensemble returns on Saturday May 31st. For further details visit: We welcome local stories and photographs.

ITV looking for Antiques for ‘The Link’ the ‘Secret Dealer’ Series helps out the The TV show ‘Secret Dealers’ is returning to ITV and is on JB Centre the hunt for people to take part who could turn unwanted antiques into serious money, without even leaving the house! Secret Dealers sees three rival antique dealers doing battle in private homes for items they can sell. The competing dealers tour the house inspecting everything of value. The owners are then faced with a bonanza of surprise valuations and cash offers on some of their most prized (or not so prized) possessions. They can either accept or reject the offers and the owners must then face the choice between sentimental attachment and the chance to make a fast buck. The dealers must use all their skill to sell the items and compete to make the most profit. How to apply: rdf Television West, who make the programme, are looking for people to take part, so if you think you have any quality antique items or collectables and want to cash them in then they would like to hear from you. Telephone 0117 970 7674 or email: secretdealers@

The Betjeman Centre was thrilled to receive a £100 donation from Link to help replace their Christmas Carol sheets. The U3A choir had carol sheets that were faded and tatty and there were never enough to go round for the popular annual U3A Christmas concert. The new carol sheets are large print and easier to read and will be available for local groups and churches to borrow. They were supplied by the Bethlehem Embrace Christmas Charity in return for a donation to support their work in the Middle East helping provide clean water to Christian communities and medical supplies to the baby care unit there. The Polzeath Marine Conservation Group now lease the Marine Centre (which is situated opposite the pitch and Even the old well worn carol sheets did not go in the putt in Polzeath) from Cornwall Council. recycling bin but have been The Marine Centre is manned solely by volunteers and it passed on to the Bodmin is hoped that it will be open over the Easter holidays. Steam Railway for use on Please pop in to take a look around and to speak to one of the their Santa Christmas Carol volunteers about our amazing marine environment. When the specials. Marine Centre is closed, leaflets with details of all this years The U3A (University of the events are available from a dispenser outside. To find out Third Age) Choir would like to more about us visit our website give a big thank you to Link for supporting them. The choir which numbers 30+ We are always looking for new volunteers to man the come from all over the Link’s Marine Centre, to help with events, to assist with school circulation area and Hilary groups and to carry out surveys. Mulley who organizes the Please get in touch if you are interested by emailing choir’s printed music is one of the Link’s distributors! Visit our website - 23

Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Lease Marine Centre

Deanery Synod Elections

About the Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall

CAB Cornwall have asked us to publicize the services it offers. CAB Cornwall is a member of Citizens Advice. It delivers an advice service from 10 offices and 9 outreaches across Cornwall. CAB Cornwall provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. The service aims to provide the advice people need to help them deal with the problems they face and to improve the policies and practices that affect their lives.

Advice Services

To access the services telephone 0844 499 4188 (between 10 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday). You will speak to a trained assessor who will advise you and, if appropriate, arrange for you to receive further advice either over the phone or face-to-face.

Texting Service

Text: CAB to 82727 You will receive an automated response almost immediately to tell you that we have got your text. We will then aim to ring you back on the number that you have sent the text from within 24 hours or the next working day.


We have drop-ins across Cornwall. For full details of dropins please visit

Bodmin office

The Bodmin office is based at The Cells, Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ. There are regular drop-ins every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12.30 pm, for new clients or clients with a new issue. (An appointment service is also available on these days from 10 am to 3 pm). You may be able to get the advice you require from the website at which provides advice and up-to-date information.


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In Spring 2014 elections will take place at Annual Parochial Church Meetings which will shape the future of the Church of England. Each local church will elect representatives to Deanery Synod, who in turn will elect members of General Synod in autumn 2015 for 2015-2020. The General Synod debates matters of national and international importance, engages with key ethical and social issues, decides new forms of worship, passes legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. It is often the shop window through which the nation views the Church and its priorities. When the legislation enabling women to be bishops did not get through General Synod in 2013, many people felt that the House of Laity had failed to represent the views of the majority of church attenders. If a more broadly representative House of Laity is to be achieved in 2015, the Deanery Synod elections this coming Spring are a vital first step towards that goal. If you are a member of the Church of England this is your opportunity to bring about change. However, to take part you must be on your church’s Electoral Role.

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Winter Dreams Realised at Rock Sailing Club Frostbite sailing at Rock.

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WI Meetings

Meetings are held at the Rock Institute and everyone is welcome to attend. There is a charge of £1 for guests (tea and biscuits included).

Thurs March 6, 2 pm Speaker Caroline Cudmore on ‘The History of Buttons’. Sailors walking along the shore of the estuary on a fine winter’s day can often be heard to say ‘What a great day for a sail’, when sadly there’s not a boat in sight, only shoals of mooring buoys. The 2013/2014 winter, however, has seen a change. Organised by Mark Stacey of Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre and, in conjunction with Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club, there has been a series of races similar to those mounted by many clubs, a Frostbite Series. The series comprised seven races, run on alternate Saturdays throughout November to January and has seen a total of some 28 entries with up to 19 boats on the water for any one of them. An outstanding success! The Sailing Club has offered boat parking, changing facilities and hot snacks, courtesy of Steward Richard Smith and Chef Henry Waterworth, whilst Carl Brenton, Peter Stacey, Matthew Harbour, Jonathan Hewitt, Wendy Williams and various RNLI volunteers have lent a hand by manning patrol boats. Sadly the series came to an end on Saturday, albeit with a splendid wind of 25-30 mph resulting in multiple capsizes. Series Junior Group winner was Ormy McWilliam in a Laser 4.7, while Rokkie Group winner was Ellie Nuttall, also in a Laser 4.7. Senior Group winner and winner overall for the series was Roger Williams in his Blaze. A wealth of Cups sponsored by Reg Hambly Insurance, Freeman Sails and Charles Ferguson of Ferguson Solicitors was presented by Rock Sailing Club Commodore David Parr and Padstow Harbour Commissioner David Martin with every hope and expectation the Rock Frostbite Series will become an annual event. If you are hardy and long to sail at this time of the year, keep in touch with Mark at Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre telephone 01208 862881, who will be happy to keep you in touch with developments. Meanwhile, Rock Sailing Club welcomes membership enquiries at any time of the year. Visit our website -

Thurs April 3, 7 pm Speaker Lesley Robinson on ‘Fashion Trends - How they Happen’. All Welcome

Rock Book Fair Returns

In August of last year, a small Book fair was organised and held in the meeting room at Rock Methodist Church. We are back again this year. Our idea is to give people the opportunity to browse books now that most second-hand book shops have closed and charity shops concentrate on paperbacks. This year we will be in the Meeting Room on Saturday 19th. April (Easter Saturday) from 10.30 – 3pm. Entry is free although we now collect voluntary contributions for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and we can always put the kettle on. On line web-sites are great if you know what you want, but at Book Fairs you can find what you didn’t know you wanted! 25

Waterlogged Pitches Hold Up St Minver Football Club’s Push for the Double

We have had five Saturdays so far in 2014 and in that time we have only played two games. At the start of the month two away pitches were pronounced fit and we produced two good results. Our away league game at top club Foxhole resulted in a fine game and a 1-1 draw and in the knockout Duchy League Cup we had a comfortable 5-1 win at Holywell and Cubert. The last three Saturdays have been home fixtures but our own ground, which is recognised as one of the best draining pitches in the league, has been permanently underwater due to the persistent wet weather. At the present time there does

not seem to be any prospect of an improvement. The Managers of each team have the problem of keeping the lads ‘focused’ and ‘fit’ ready for each approaching Saturday just in case we play. First team Manager Ben Beesley has made enquiries at Camelford’s all weather pitch in order to get a game on but the charges were prohibitive and the pitch there remains unused on Saturdays which is a shame. Our form this season has continued to keep us in contention for our second promotion in as many years and if we can get a run of wins against the teams and the top of the division we may

yet end champions again. In the Duchy League KA Cup we have progressed to the last eight and there is no reason why we cannot go ahead and take the Trophy. Our reserve team continue to do well in its push for promotion from the fifth division despite losing two games recently by an odd goal. The next two fixtures against top club St Merryn and second club High Street will be a big test. More games kick off at 2.30pm and we would welcome new supporters, so do come along and enjoy a cuppa at the refreshments stall at half time.

Choral Society Prepares for Spring Wadebridge Choral Society’s Spring Concert will take place on Saturday April 26th at Wadebridge School. The main work in the programme will be Puccini’s ‘Missa di Gloria’, a work with the accepted words for the mass but with music very reminiscent of the composer’s operas. The Choir is finding it a rewarding piece to sing and is sure the audience will gain equal

enjoyment. Other choral works in the programme will be Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum Corpuc’, Bach’s ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’ and Mendlessohn’s ‘Verleih uns Frieden’. The Choir will be accompanied by the Concert Orchestra, led by Philip Montgomery-Smith, and Mozart’s ever-popular ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ will

complete a programme for all to enjoy. As always, the conductor for the evening will be Nicholas Danks, the Choir’s Director of Music. Further details will be announced in the North Cornwall Advertiser and information about the Choir can be found on the website: uk.

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‘Midge’ Judith Elizabeth Caroline Hardcastle 1937 - 2013 A special couple of hardworking Trebetherick farmers, Basil and Edna Male, became parents on December 11th 1937 with the birth of ‘Midge’, so-called due to her size. The name stuck with later individual quirky variations like Midgey-Male, Minghams, Titch, MidgeyWidge and Min. Therefore, you can imagine how disconcerting it was to be a nine-year old, receiving back her essay “My Family” with the sentence ‘ “my mum’s name is Midge”’ crossed out in red ink, with a startling written revelation, “No it’s not, it’s Judith”! What? Who was this ‘Judith’ impostor? Was I adopted?! No; it was just that my then teacher, and lifelong family friend, Brian Oaten, was, and still is, the only person I know who ever called mum by her christened name Judith. Mum always spoke fondly of growing-up at the then recently built Higher Farm-house, even during the war, with all the dogs, cats, horses, pigs, the cows, and even her Granfer Male; but less affectionately of a speckled rooster who seemed to lie-in-wait for her return from school, or collecting the eggs to ambush her squawking, flapping and chasing her. I’m unsure how long the rooster’s reign of terror lasted but childhood and life moved on. The post-war years saw an increasingly mechanised Higher Farm; the birth of a brother, Martyn thirteen years her junior; new friendships and, oh yes… the arrival of a certain ‘Harry Hardcastle’ from Leeds! Midge had attended the private Lansdowne school in Wadebridge since infant classes, and made several lifelong friends there specifically Maureen and Gill who states that neither were jealous of ‘sharing Midge’ as they also became friends! Photographs and Gill cite Midge as a healthily “well-built, nice-looking maid with a kind face, lovely smile with her hair in two small plaits,

who shared her crib [elevenses] with a nervous new girl”. Although Midge was a formidable opponent at netball, the aforementioned Yorkshire lad was becoming more of a presence and taking far more interest in Midge than her friends thought necessary! Dad professes to “being fascinated by Min’s plaits”, proving more of a nuisance than the rooster, pursuing mum around the schoolyard trying to grab those plaits! When Harry wasn’t shinning-up drainpipes or trying to blow-up the school’s toilets to impress the girl(s), he was terrorising Daymer’s beach picnickers with pre-Eval Keneval (sic) cycling stunts on a bike that had self-customised super-extended handlebars. Gill recalls that the normally idyllic Daymer Lane transformed with “Harry racing past missing us by inches. It was a giggle to Midge. I couldn’t see it as funny”! Everyone knew Midge was besotted with Harry, however, encouraged by her parents emphatic determination and her own, that she “could make something of her life”, she enrolled into Hillingdon Hospital, Middlesex, studying to become an SRN and SR Midwife. I haven’t found her letters as yet, but her postcards home reveal a classic shared by Edna, Mum and yes, me: “ Just a card/ note/ call to let you know I’m alright”! Between difficult studies and arduous exams, Midge enjoyed ‘days-out’ with her Auntie Joyce, Mr and Mrs Gibbs and fellow student nurses to London’s sights and shows. Mum’s 21st birthday celebrations have gained Visit our website - 27

legendary notoriety! The majority of guests way… especially with Pearl on the WI’s ‘Pick-ayoung and mature, either were or came from straw’ stall! I regularly worked alongside mum Methodist families; however the food, music (as she had with Edna) cleaning chalets, holiday and, most shockingly, alcohol flowed freely due homes and private residences before my entirely to Basil’s suddenly acquired talents as ‘teens and onwards in Polzeath, Trebetherick, a barman! Daymer and Rock. Midge was meticulous in Considering how rowdy this party undoubtedly every property she cared for, and the many was, I am yet to be convinced that the austere owners became genuine friends. One letter we received read: “To our family, Midge was 93 year-old Granfer Male was expected to be asleep in the adjacent room! Oh no, no, no! All synonymous with Polzeath (…) usually the first accounts concur that he was pursuing a Nurse person we saw when we arrived because she walked everywhere”, up and down Trebetherick Evans with a bottle of cider, and that all three Hill or along the cliff paths. disappeared! The chapel’s congregation was somewhat lacking the next day, along with an Mum’s sense of humour was coupled with absentee preacher, who was indeed, Granfer a seemingly indelible patience and stoicism Male! with her often time exasperating family: dad’s announcement that he was going to construct Midge’s dedicated studies at both Hillingdon an actual aeroplane from plywood boxes and Bodmin Hospitals, resulted in her surprised no-one; the fact that he got as far graduation as the SRN and SR Midwife she as fabricating an aluminium propeller did! had strived for; praised for her “ qualities of Fortunately for mum’s sanity, Harry found a a first class nurse; kind, hardworking, with friend with a pilot’s licence and genuine plane an excellent bedside manner”. I can attest that flew! Of the various creatures that joined to that; mum was a tour de force one nonthe Hardcastle clan, a certain duck ‘Daffy’, existent summer term when Andy and I both cured Midge of her poultry phobia: it takes an contracted whooping cough, with one day’s respite before we were tucked back into beds amazing mother to accept a duck sleeping in a box alongside her daughter’s bed; it requires with the measles! I swear mum could recite an outstanding superstar wife to tolerate ‘Tootles the Taxi’ in her sleep…! Nursing and Mid-wiffery were her true passion said duck into the parental boudoir (on her husband’s side of course), while her daughter is but not the love of her life; the now ex-RAF chap Harry and Midge were married on the 5th at Middlesex University! Midge loved showbiz, especially the most March (dad’s birthday, so he wouldn’t forget!) gregarious, dramatic, hardworking and 1966, living in West Ray, Polzeath, built by genuine talents. Her lifelong favourite artiste Granfer Male sixty years before. I arrived, late, was Shirley Bassey, and I was overjoyed to take on Christmas Eve 1969 during a particularly mum to see Ms. Bassey perform at The Royal atrocious blizzard, the family somehow Albert Hall where I worked for several years. managing to reach Launceston’s nursing home. Despite Basil’s strict instructions “Don’t Annual ‘must watch’ events such as The Proms, and especially The Festival of Remembrance, you EVER do that again!”, Andrew arrived on the 23rd February 1972 without any dramatic held further personal significance knowing I was involved there. It meant a great deal to meteorological incidents! my mum and grandparents, that I was granted I once asked mum if she ever regretted her choice of leaving nursing to become a full-time the privilege one year in releasing the poppies from the roof during the two-minute silence. mother and although she gave me an initial Midge was a generous-hearted woman, wry smile, her reply of “no” had the honest determination I knew her for. Midge described accepting folk as they were, loving Harry for herself as “dutiful”, whether as a daughter, sister, being Harry, and likewise Andy and I freedom wife, mother, nurse, caretaker or WI member; developing our personalities, following our she never considered ‘duty’ in a negative own paths, pursuing personal ventures and context; mum loved fun but in a responsible surviving various individual misadventures; her 28 We welcome local stories and photographs.

love and unceasing support forever present regardless. Mum was especially proud of Andy’s recent accolade of ‘Volunteer of the Year 2013’, by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts’ Staff Recognition Awards for his work within mental health; he has mum’s determination to overcome personal and physical hurdles to assist people in need. I can never thank mum enough for her principal role in supporting the arrival of Cornwall’s first breeding flock of Boreray (the UK’s most critically endangered traditional sheep), to Trenoweth in 2011, and the births in April 2013 of the first Cornish Boreray lambs. Mum’s midwifery skills were crucial when she literally ‘grabbed the ewe-by-the-horns’ enabling me to assist ‘Cocoa’ in delivering ‘Eric’! The ‘Kensa Kernow Boreray’ are as much Midge’s legacy as Basil’s, and an especially crucial one in continuing what ultimately remains of the ancient farm’s presence at the centre of Trebetherick. The increasing migration of wildlife which include sparrow hawks, hedgehogs, toads and rabbits to the sanctuary of Trenoweth was a constant joy to Midge: the badgers, especially a particular favourite ‘Nanny Stripes’ who arrives at the back door for her supper; even Edna fed this one! Midge, sadly, never became a

grandmother, but became ‘Nanny Minghams’ to the numerous cats and hens whether bought or ‘acquired’, the sheep and a certain wood pigeon; mum never managed serious conversations or consoling me on numerous occasions, with said pigeon sat on my head! Our feathered, furry and fleecy family members loved her dearly. Midge was loved and respected by all who knew her and we miss her physical presence deeply, but love never dies. Dad says he “married a legend”. I often amused her by eccentrically exclaiming, “Oh mum, I’m just not the man I was” but if I ever manage to be even half the woman she was… I concluded the ‘live’ presentation of this eulogy the only way I knew how with a wholly unexpected, slightly altered unaccompanied rendition of a song; Don Williams wrote far more succinctly than I, what my dad and all of us feel about Midge: “You’re my bread when I’m hungry; you’re my shelter from troubled winds; You’re my anchor in life’s oceans; but most of all, you’re my best friend;” But, Midge, most of all, you’re my best friend. Sarah Hardcastle

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Margaret Beatrice (Jimmy) Crawford of Trewiston Lodge Marjorie Pat Fletcher of Rock Ursula Veronica Mattos of Rock Marjory Parsonage of Trewiston Lodge Richard Absell Roberts frsa of St Minver William George Sparshott of Rock Valerie Ann Stockton of Rock Visit our website -


Rock and District Sports and Social Club The Rock and District Sports & Social Club’s beginnings date back to 1945 when a site in Shores Lane, behind the Clock Garage in the centre of Rock, was donated to local men returning from fighting in World War II by a Mr Norman Cleave. Whilst only a tin hut, it provided a welcome meeting place for the men of the area to spend their much longed for leisure time - possibly sharing their experiences of war – and to begin to regain some semblance of normal life. Although much has changed from that original building, the Club, with a membership of over 200, continues to play a key role in the life of the village, a place where

people can catch up with one another and socialise over a sensibly priced drink. But it’s not just men that go there now, women do too. In fact, it’s run by three ladies: Liz French, the Stewardess, Karen Meneer, who has worked there for over 30 years, and Sue People. Karen, who was interviewed for this article, explained why the Club has retained its popularity: “It’s a nice little bolt hole, far from the madding crowds, where you can have a quiet, reasonably priced pint. In the summer time, you can quite easily forget that there are thousands of visitors on your doorstep.” Not that the club doesn’t welcome visitors: for just

£3, a temporary, monthly membership can be taken out and visitors to the area can take advantage of the facilities on offer at the club. There are snooker and pool tables, a dartboard, free Wi-Fi and two large TVs showing Premiership football and rugby matches, racing, golf and a whole host of other sporting contests broadcast by SkySports. The staff is looking forward to the forthcoming 6 Nations Rugby and footballing World Cup in June/July. “It’s a great atmosphere here on Big Match Days,” says Karen. “Some of us get dressed up for really big sporting occasions and it’s good fun.” There is a more serious side to proceedings, however; the Club, a not-for-profit organization, supports local charities, good causes and sporting teams. On 26 March, for instance, St Minver Playgroup is holding a fund-raising evening there starring Continued at foot of page 32 


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St Minver School Welcomes New Head Teacher The beginning of the Spring term, saw a new face at St Minver School with the arrival of new head teacher Phil Banks. LINK magazine sent along a reporter to meet him, to discuss his plans and to learn a little about the man behind the head teacher’s door. A Geordie by birth, Phil left Newcastle for Lancaster University to complete his teacher training. There he met his St Teath born wife Tanya (who is now a SENDCo* teacher), which accounts for why he is a long way from where he grew up. As he explains “ We had the choice of settling in Newcastle or Cornwall, it wasn’t a difficult decision and I have no regrets about settling here”. He still lives in St The new headmaster, Mr Phil Banks. Teath and claims to love it. Phil believes there are many positives to He taught at St Teath and Trenance this system from sharing experiences, to primary schools, before becoming a wider opportunities for the children as head at Trewidland School near Liskeard. closer ties are made between the schools. The last 12 years has seen him head It also prepares children for secondary up Padstow School. In an interesting school, as by then they are likely to have development for both Padstow and St met many children from the partner Minver Schools, Phil will continue to head school with whom they will then go up to up Padstow as well as St Minver. Secondary school with. Whilst this might seem unconventional to Phil is a devoted family man, with 2 many, this is a practice that is becoming children, Chloe, 15 and Jay, 13, who are increasingly normal around the rest of the both at Wadebridge Secondary School. country. They are an active family and make the “Fewer and fewer people wish to become most of the estuary together, enjoying dinghy sailing and kayaking out of Rock. Heads these days and meanwhile the Phil claims to surf “a bit” from Polzeath current population of Heads is getting and Trebarwith but, by his own admission, older and retiring.” Phil points out “This combined with the cost saving that head he “isn’t that great”. sharing brings means that more schools Jay plays for the Camels, so Phil will be seen most Sundays on the touchline are opting for this route.” cheering his young lad’s team on. * SENDCO: Special Educational Needs However, he isn’t a rugby man himself Disability Coordinator. Visit our website -


and supports the ‘Toon Army’ travelling upcountry a couple of times a year to catch Newcastle United in action … you can take the man out of Newcastle, but you can’t take Newcastle out of the man! He grabs ‘me time’ by road and mountain biking and playing the guitar (roll on Music in the Community Day, we may get a recital!). St Minver has made a fantastic first impression on Phil, although he had some relations with the school before arriving, knowing many of the teachers, parents and children through the sports and clubs he and his family are involved in. He sees the pupils as keen and friendly and he has been made to feel really welcome by them all. When questioned about his plans for the school for the rest of the year, Phil revealed that he’3 also an OFSTED inspector. This is a real bonus for the school, as another inspection is due later in 2014 and his experience will help

get the school in good shape for that inspection. He is not about to change things radically, more to keep things running smoothly, however he will consider requests from staff and parents and to help the school progress over time. One noticeable change already, is that the school now has a Facebook Page, which is proving to be a great way to keep parents up to date. A good number of old pupils are also keeping up with the school this way. When asked if Padstow School had forgiven him for dividing his time with St Minver, he explained that as there is a strong Deputy Head and good teaching staff there, he hopes that yes he has been let off. We are sure that he will receive as warm a welcome from the wider community as he has from the school and parents and that his time at St Minver will be positive and happy. Kerensa Beer-Robson

 Concluded from page 30 comedian Johnny Cowling. and wines are just £2. Karen, who was very Events are advertised on friendly and clearly popular the Club’s website: www. with her customers, said, On “Anyone can join. The Club the website you can also welcomes new members. find details and prices We’re open from 12 noon of membership – very till 11pm every day and reasonable at just £6 per it would be great if more year for adults, £3 per year for OAPs, Juniors and people knew about us and holiday membership – and popped in to see what we have to offer.” its happy hour which is every Sunday from 11.30 to On a sad note, Rock District 1pm, during which all pints Sports and Social Club’s 32

recently retired Treasurer, Mr Richard Roberts, has died and will be greatly missed by all at the Club as he did an invaluable job for over 20 years. The Treasurer’s position remains vacant following this sad event. Should anyone be interested in this position, please contact Kelly on 0779 1072003.

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The Headmaster’s School Report Phil Banks (the new headmaster) Four weeks into my new role and what amounts to roughly 10 days at St Minver School and already I feel like I have so many new friends. The staff, parents and especially the children have made me feel so welcome in this relatively short time. I won’t pretend I know everybody by name yet, but I’ve made a pretty good start. I’ve met athletes, musicians, writers, mathematicians and artists, all of them talented, enthusiastic and unique. One of our budding artists, Freya in Year 6, just this week won the Tesco competition to design a logo for their new ‘Click and Collect Service’. Her amazing design has netted £25 for her and £250 for the school, along with 250 Jute bags with her design on for all of her friends and family great work Freya!!

The school itself is a busy hive of activity. Our infant classes have been enjoying some wonderful Forest school activities with the help of Becca Dougan. They have made homes for their stick men and some Autumn animals, they have been den building and making beautiful pictures from Autumn treasures. Last week our juniors had a visit from the local police force. PC Dave Thompson and his team came to talk to them about staying safe on the internet, I know from the parents that the message was taken enthusiastically home and many of you have been quizzed about your safety settings on Facebook and Twitter. The internet isn’t all bad though, venture on to Facebook and you will discover our new ‘St Minver School’ page. Like us and

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Reception class at the ‘Forest School’. Minver!! One of the things we are working on at the moment is the possibility of taking on and running our own canteen. We are The last two weeks has seen us take part in two interschool swimming galas. very fortunate to have a very talented team in the kitchen led by Michaela, but A number of our children ventured to its members are currently constrained Wadebridge pool, under the guidance by the limitations of the multi-national of Mr Gill to compete against our company that employs them. Our aim is local schools in a variety of swimming disciplines. As well as some outstanding to take over the running of the canteen individual performances, with some first ourselves and we are hoping that the places and personal bests, our team came very talented culinary expertise on our doorstep will be getting involved to help second overall in the festival and we are us out. We want to use local produce and very proud of them - Well done Team St expertise to offer our children the sort of high quality nutrition that they deserve. If you think you might like to get involved, please contact us at the school, we would love to make it a real community effort. I think that’s all for now, thank you all again for making me feel so welcome on this side of the river, I look forward to seeing you at some of our up and coming events. Phil Banks you’ll discover regular updates about the goings on within the school as well as regular links to our newsletters.


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Polzeath Surf Life Savers Clean Up After Storm Damage Devastates Club Hut It was all hands to the pump… spade, broom and wheelbarrow… when members of the Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club gathered on the beach to begin cleaning their Club Hut which had been so severely damaged by early January storms. “The combination of the storms and spring tides had a catastrophic effect on the hut – which tragically had undergone a complete renovation last year,” commented Chairman, Peter Winter. “Our new steel storm door was literally peeled

away and the sea flooded the first floor and basement. Fortunately all our boards and skis on the racks in the basement were undamaged, but it was the first floor that really took the brunt. The force of the water ripped out kitchen cupboards, fridges, doors and everything else in its path, including all the Club’s first aid and training equipment and even its trophy cabinet. The only thing left behind was about a foot of sand!” During the clean up members spent hours digging out and removing the sand

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and debris from the hut and then gutting what was left of the interior fixtures and fittings. The water was pumped out from downstairs and then everywhere was swept and disinfected. The hut has now been secured until the inside can be rebuilt – hopefully before the start of Club’s beach season in May. “This has been a terrible blow for the Club,” laments Peter Winter. “We are a charity and rely on fund raising and donations to function. Last year we

took the decision to spend some of this money on renovating the Club and to see it all swept away in a matter of hours is dreadful.” “However, as usual our Members have rallied and the turn out to the ‘clean-up’ was tremendous. We have also had a lot of help and support from locals - a real community effort – not only in lending a hand with the clean-up itself, but also providing tools to do the job. This week we have also learned that Link Magazine

Claire Warr from St Minver Link presents our donation of £1,000 to Peter Winter, Chairman of Polzeath Surf and life Saving Club club . This is towards the £1,800 estimated cost of replacing the club’s first aid equipment. Link has limited resources but tries to help out local organisations when it can. You can see details of all the donations made by Link at Photo: Martin Broadfoot.


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is donating £1,000 to help replace our first aid equipment; which is so generous of them.” “Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club plays such an important role in teaching sea safety skills to our local children that it is crucial we get up and running as soon as possible. We are training in the pool at the moment, but need to be back on the beach in May to prepare for competitions and exams. Hopefully with everyone’s help the Club Hut will be ready in time.” For further information on Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club please contact: Susan Rowlands on Tel: 07775 931573 or email

The steps down to the beach after the storms.

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Link Donates £300 for Scout Hut Link presented the 1st St Minver Scout Group with a cheque for £300 to be used to help with repairs to the fabric of the scout hut in Trewint Lane. The cheque was presented by Link’s Treasurer Ted Curtis. Celebrating 25 years as a Scout Leader, Stuart Robertson told us that the Scout section of 1st St Minver Scout Group has reached record numbers with 45 boys and girls aged


ten to fourteen. He went on to say “Our young people have a wonderful progression in the Group before they reach us in Scouts. Beaver Scouts starts at six years old and encourages our youngest members to enjoy a great programme of activities and adventure. Next is Cub Scouts for the eight to ten year olds where they continue with the fun and learn more skills and take part in different

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exciting activities. By the time Scouts start at ten years old, they have been part of the 1st St Minver ‘family’ for some time.” The St Minver Scout Group is very proud that one of their Scouts – Ormy Mc William (seen receiving the cheque in the photograph) has recently been selected as part of the Cornish Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan

next year. He is now faced with the task of raising £3,000 to finance the trip. There will be 60,000 Scouts at the event and Ormy will have an amazing experience. The St Minver Scout Group is open to boys and girls aged between 10 & 14. They can move onto ‘Explorer Scouts’ and eventually onto ‘Scout Network’ until the age of 25. “Some

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Christmas Eve Magic at St Minver

Late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve many people joined in a procession from the Perceval Institute behind Mary riding a donkey with Joseph at her side. Their destination was the church and, once inside, a charming Nativity scene took place. In front of a packed church the story of the birth of Jesus was performed beautifully by volunteers from the local school and some children who just wanted to join in at the last minute. Coco the donkey carried Mary up the aisle - a job which he seems to love. His previous appearance had been in Truro Cathedral - this time he didn’t have quite so far to walk! Many more children joined in on the stage to give us all a beautiful rendition of ‘Away in a Manager’ with glow sticks beaming away in the darkness. This is certainly something to put in your diary for next year.

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people still affectionately refer to our organisation as ‘Boy Scouts’ “even though that name was dropped at the end of the 1960s’. Stuart said, “The girls in our Group, as well as

those in virtually every Scout Group in the UK, are just Scouts and enjoy the same adventures, activities, skills and friendships as all Scouts the world over.”



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The County Round was next. This was made up of all the winners of the Division rounds We burst into the New Year with a bang when we won the local round of the Halford and saw Brownies from Truro, Penzance, St Trophy. This is a county competition which is Austell to name a few. Sadly, our winning broken down into heats. The first round was streak came to end when we came in second place. We had an absolutely brilliant time the District Round, which we won against at all the rounds of the Halford Trophy; the st nd (1 Wadebridge Brownies, 2 Wadebridge girls really did us proud and we received Brownies and 1st Egloshayle Brownies). many comments from other leaders about As you can imagine the girls were over the how lovely our girls were, how well behaved moon with delight at winning and we then they were and what great team work they went on to the Division Round which was displayed. held in Bodmin. This round was made up of Easter Egg Roll other Brownie Units from the surrounding area of North Cornwall. Guess what - we While working towards each round of the Halford Trophy, we continued to have plenty WON! Brownies having fun at the Egg Roll on Brea Hill

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of fun at the Guide H.Q or out and about in the area. We had our annual Easter Egg roll on Brea Hill. Some of the hard boiled eggs managed to roll all the way down Brea Hill on several occasions without breaking! We held our very own May Day in the hut and the girls made a super May Pole. They all came dressed in white, red or blue and they also made up their own May dance to perform to the Mums and Dads when they were collected at the end of the evening.

Crime Prevention The girls all worked towards and completed their crime prevention badge and to finish the badge off we had an excellent evening at Bodmin Police Hub. Wow what an excellent evening we had, the girls were able to try on uniforms, got locked up in police vans and even got to cuddle the beautiful police dog ‘Rocky’. 44

Daymer BBQ A fun night of games and a BBQ was held at Daymer Bay in early June and the girls were able to try out some of The new outdoor games equipment that we had recently purchased (large team parachute, balls, bats, skipping ropes etc).

National Cycle Week We also celebrated National Bicycle Week by working towards our Cyclist Badge. Nigel, from Bridge Bike Hire, very kindly showed the girls some general bike maintenance and then we all cycled along the trail as far as the quarry.

Hawaii Party The Summer term finished with a Hawaii feel party night. During the evening the girls made some lovely Hawaii Flower Combs to put in their hair.

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Donkey Derby

Challenge Badge. 2014 will be a very busy Our annual Donkey Derby, Car Boot and BBQ and exciting year for us. If you have a was held in August and essential funds were daughter aged between 7 and 10 years and raised to enable us to continue to run the hut she would like to join in with the fun please do come along on a Wednesday evening from for another year. We had a lovely evening, the weather was kind to us and it was lovely 6.30pm to meet us, or contact one of us on the numbers below. to see lots of local faces come and support our event. Can You Help?

World Culture

We are very lucky to have our own HQ The Autumn / Winter term was dedicated to at Trewint Playing Fields. There is also a Rainbow Pack which meets on a Thursday our World Culture Badge. We spent many evening. Rainbows are girls from 5 to 7 yrs evenings learning about our own Cornish and they have just as much fun as we do at Culture and creating a Cornish Scrapbook. Brownies. We have also spent time looking at other It would be great if we could re-open the world cultures. We made Diwali lights, Guide Unit, but sadly there are no adults cooked Shakarpara Biscuits, looked at different types of tribal masks and then made willing to take on this challenge. our own masks for our masked party the We have a small committee who run the following week. hut. The committee is in need of some new members to bring more ideas. If you have Remembrance Day read this and feel that you would like to get Many of our 18 girls came to the involved with helping, perhaps joining our Remembrance Sunday Church Parade. Amy hut committee or even running a unit, please carried the New Brownie Flag for us. Well do not hesitate to contact us for a friendly done Amy! chat. The end of term marked party night and Brownie Guiders we decided on the theme of pantomime Kathy Hore 862340 characters. We played a few traditional party Katrina Bacon 814793, games and then, as the girls were already dressed as a character, they worked together Emma Buckingham to create a short play for the Leaders. Rebecca Chaplin

2014 Wow! What a busy 12 months we have had at St Minver Brownies. 2014 marks the The Big Brownie Birthday - 100 years of Brownies!. As I am sure you can imagine the Guiding Organisation has got lots planned for our special year! We as a unit, will be participating in the Cornwall Challenge Badge as well as the National

Rainbow Guiders Debbie Wheeler Sarah Mansfield Helen Morton Committee Members Maurren Prior 862543 Mary Dunn Karen Berry Louise Rillstone

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Moaning Morwenna The latest in a series of (almost) lighthearted grumbles on issues locally that make you see red or a shade thereof. As well as a moan of my own in this issue, I have been asked to grumble by Mrs P, who -mailed me with her gripes.

Overgrown garden hedgerows Mrs P (and I know she is not alone with this one) gets hot under the collar when she tries to navigate the pavements along the Rock Road and is forced to walk into the road as garden hedgerows have encroached over on to the pavement. Now if you read my moaning in the last issue, you will know that I have a real beef with speeding traffic on the Rock Road. Speeding traffic and walking into the road to avoid an out of control hydrangea, do not make a safe combination. Just imagine for one moment ... tidy hedgerows, vehicles travelling at a moderate speed and happy pedestrians strolling along 46

safe in the knowledge that the pavement is a safe place to be. Let’s make that vision a reality then …. all of you whose hedgerows are out of control and affecting the safety of pedestrians! Filthy road signs

limits by said mud and filth? In a similar vein, I have an issue with footpath signs that are broken or obliterated by overgrown greenery. Note to self: Find out who is responsible and have a right ol’ go at them and demand some repairable action.

Mrs P is also offended by filthy road signs that are Beach Litter covered in mud, rendering them unfit for purpose. Steam is quite literally Perhaps that is why people spurting forth from my speed, blinded to speed collar now …. and I am

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really going to have a carp about this one. The January storms really sharpened my senses to the amount of rubbish that gets swept onto our beaches. Whilst walking my dog I have been rendered speechless by the sheer volume of plastic debris I see defiling our glorious beaches. I accept that the litter could have been dropped anywhere – at sea (judging by the volume of nylon rope from boats), from other beaches around our coast, from foreign shores (I picked up a juice bottle from France recently) and that you, dear readers, are not litter dropping delinquents. I’m afraid, however that once washed onto our beaches the buck stops with us to clear it. My New Year’s resolution this year was to take a carrier bag with me on my daily dog walk and to spend 5 minutes picking up what I see. I fill a bag every day … really! Anyone care to make that a resolution too? Imagine how much we could clear between us if plenty joined in! Don’t forget I will moan on your behalf and print any grumbles (sensible moaning only please) that you send me. Let me know what makes you see red by dropping me a line at morwenna@

Despite the relentless atrocious weather during the last two months we have only had one actual shout. If you recall in October last year we were called to assist in locating a fisherman who realised he was cut off by the tide rising near Greenaway. In his case he sensibly phoned the Coastguard before he was in dire trouble and the outcome was very satisfactory for everyone. The incident on January 22 also involved a young man fishing from a rocky shoreline but unfortunately with a much more serious result. Two friends were fishing from the rocks around the Rumps when one fell into the sea. His colleague immediately called for help using his mobile phone. We were tasked by the Coastguard, along with the inshore lifeboat from Port Isaac, the Padstow Lifeboat and a search helicopter from Culdrose ,to search for a person in the area between the Rumps and the Mouls. Speed was of the essence in the prevailing conditions. The conditions were rough and the helicopter crew dropped a smoke marker where they thought the casualty might be. We then carried out a search pattern exercise in conjunction with Port Isaac, centered on the marker and expanding outward. The co-ordination and communications between the Coastguards, the three lifeboats and the search helicopter worked like clockwork. Sadly this extensive search was to no avail and eventually the inshore lifeboats were stood down. The helm on this shout was Rob Young with Paul Hancock and James Bolton in the crew. Gus Guest, Chairman Rock Lifeboat

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A Book Review by John Baxter


The Life and Afterlife of a Funeral Artist by Daniel Trevose

Published by Authorhouse : paperback £9.99 Wadebridge Bookshop Readers of a certain age might recall a 1960s film comedy, ‘Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment’ in which the eponymous hero, obsessed with Karl Marx and Gorillas, undertakes a series of bizarre stunts in a campaign to win back his wife. Readers of this strange book might conclude that Morgan Creber, who moves sensually from adolescent funeral groupie to séance attender, visionary artist, witch’s accomplice, occulist and funeral director is also a candidate for ‘treatment’. It is appropriate that the book should be warmly endorsed by the recently deceased Cornish resident, Colin Wilson, who achieved international acclaim in the 1950s for ‘The Outsider’, and subsequent notoriety for his work on psychic phenomena and the occult. Moreover Wilson’s loud affirmations of his own talent led to regular descriptions in the Press as ‘Colin (I am a genius) Wilson’. This is relevant as the unattributed Preface to this book opens with the sentence, ‘Daniel Trevose Is one of the ground breakers of English Literature’. Justification for this claim is Trevose’s first novel, ‘Looking for Love in a Great City’, launched in 1956, ( the same year as The Outsider), by a London publishing house which described it as a ‘most remarkable novel by a young author of marked originality and great 48

competence in character creation and story telling’. A dismissive review in the Sunday Times caused the book to sink almost without trace and with it the author until now, 57 years later. Little is known of Daniel Trevose. The publisher of Morgan, The Life and Afterlife of a Funeral Artist, is based in Bloomington, Indiana, and copyright would appear to have been gifted to

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Donald Rawe, whose Lodenek Press is distributing the book. The surname, Trevose is strongly suggestive of a Cornish Association, but there is little of Cornwall in the story, apart from Morgan’s relationship with Sister ‘Morvoren’ (Cornish for ‘Mermaid), which features significantly amidst ‘Magickal ‘Rites in Ireland. The dedication of the book to ‘Jack Ingry’(sic) might be a reference to the late Jack Ingery, author of books on the Camel Footpath, St Minver, and Padstow and District (written with Donald Rawe). Readers might now be aware that this is a tale of unusual, not to say strange, behaviour. The publisher’s phrase ‘ combining rampant sensuality and mystic exaltation’ is accurate, but your reviewer did not find much that was ‘mordantly hilarious’. It would be unfair to describe the book as merely a tale of ‘adolescent lusts and desires’ to use Morgan’s phrase, but the reader is treated to explicit descriptions of sexual adventures with Ellen, Morgan’s cousin, Gilian his fellow spiritualist, Alice, a London prostitute who unbelievably reappears as Azoreth in rites in Ireland, Emma, a wealthy widow, Gwendoline, a witch, Zoe, another widow and Cornish Morvoren, another impressionable girl only too willing to indulge in ritual sex, embellished by various adornments and unintelligible language. This would be to undervalue the depth

of research and intellectual curiosity that underpins this book. It would also be to miss the originality of a tale that ends with a fascinating chapter on the afterlife. Amidst all the references to authors and texts, familiar and unfamiliar, the mention of Stanley Spencer’s Resurrection Paintings might prove significant. Early in the book Morgan expresses relief that he had not discovered Spencer until after his own artistic foray into visionary experience. Looking at Spencer’s dramatic ‘Cookham Resurrection’, painted between 1924 and 1927 and on display in Tate Britain it is possible to imagine the impact it might have had on a young Daniel Trevose, portraying strong autobiographical elements including the artist himself as the central nude figure supported on gravestones. This book will have limited appeal. It is possible to regard the story as simply a work of sensual fiction, set in the strange world of the occult and embellished with surprisingly explicit accounts of sexual congress. But the action is pacy and the colourful characters are sharply portrayed. Those familiar with the supernatural world of the occult and who understand the significance of arcana, kabbala and ceremonial magic, to name but three elements found here will enjoy this book, and those who hope to continue communication in the ‘afterlife’ and from the ‘other side’ will gain some speculative insight.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett

January 9th 2014 - and so we have entered a New Year, with crashing waves and storm-force gales, and flooding. A dramatic start to 2014. As waves pounded the beach at Daymer Bay, and an exceptionally high tide caused damage at Polzeath, local people stood watching the drama unfold. This morning, a warm, sunny day, but still with high winds, I stood in Cobb’s garden, listening o the roar of the sea, the loudest I have ever heard here. A walk to the beach revealed that all the massive posts and wire protecting the dunes had been ripped out, and the dunes undermined. People descending the steps from the car-park found themselves suspended-there was a 3ft drop at the bottom (see photo page 37). It was exciting to see part of the submarine forest exposed, clearly showing a branch of a tree. A larger area of the forest was uncovered than I have ever seen before. 50

Our local Book Club (the A A’s Against Altzheimers) have just been reading ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’, by Robert Tressle, a wonderful book that provoked good discussion, partly for its entertainment but also for its serious side; the social conditions of the Edwardian period, and the beginnings of socialism. One reads the story through the conversations of the workmen painting and decorating a large house known as The Cave. Tressle gives the workmen and their employers suitable names: Crass, Slyme, Sweater, Hunter although the ‘hero’ is Frank Owen. (I am not setting out to tell the story - if you haven’t read it, do!). What transpired in our discussion was our own memories of our grandparents’ houses, prompted by description in the book. In my grandparents house in Brixton, South London, life took place in the kitchen with its old range - grandma loved it, using in preference to the new gas cooker. The beef roasted hanging from a hook at the top of the oven, dripping into the Yorkshire pudding below, and on the bottom shelf the rice pudding cooked slowly, with the aromatic scent of nutmeg.

The parlour was only used for Sunday tea, Christmas and Birthday celebrations. We loved the Sunday teas: celery, winkles, and thin bread and butter, home-made strawberry

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jam,and a caraway seed cake. I loved the latter - now I wonder why! My great-aunt Emma enjoyed her tea and kept a hat-pin in her hair for extracting the winkles. She was so prim in her black silk dress, a velvet band at her throat with a cameo brooch. The hat pin was a great source of amusement to us children. After tea, I sometimes played the ancient wheezy piano. The music came from The Daily Express Community Songbook (dark blue cloth cover, gold lettering . . . . I still have it). My mother and father had good voices (they met having singing lessons) and we all joined in, to the background sound of the gas lights pop-popping. I wonder what Sunday tea would have been like here at Cobb Cottage? Oil lamps or candles provided the light and a fine fire would be lit in the small parlour. I’m sure there would have been a freshly baked loaf from the cloam oven and a cake. Being a Chapel area, would they have read from a family Bible and did they, too, sing , with perhaps a flute or violin to accompany them? I hope the children would have had a good time on the beach before tea. . . . . Back in Brixton, the doleful chime of St Matthews Church clock marked the quarter, and then the hour, as the afternoon faded away. Then came the War and Sunday teas ceased, as we all went different ways, and the time before is a vignette of memories. My grandmother was very upset that

her decorative iron railings were removed from the front garden for the war effort. It certainly changed the appearance of the neatly-kept house with its aspidistra in the bay window and lace curtains parted. When later ‘Grandma’s Landmine’ fell nearby, all the windows were boarded up for a long while, but life in the kitchen continued, the old range making the most of small meat rations and evaporated milk giving a new taste to the rice pudding. Our lives took us away for various reasons, but we were to return, to live in the attic rooms when we were bombed out, for six months. My grandparents always made us welcome and there was always a glass of ginger wine, and a slice of caraway seed-cake. . . . Erata: In the January/February issue of Link there was a misprint in my article: ‘Red apples hang like gloves of light. It should read globes (surrealism was not John Betjeman’s line).

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Outdoors with the National Trust The wind is whistling through the cracks in the door and the hail is hammering the roof insistent on being granted entry it seems! It has been a mild but wet and windy winter so far but maybe some colder and drier weather is arriving on our doorstep. We had our yearly Geology Rocks guided walk with expert geologist Jane Anderson towards thee end of last year. She was excellent at describing to us the geological history of the local area and pointing out the succession of rocks visible from Polzeath up to The Rumps. It was a popular event with all attendees and rangers learning a lot! The bringing in of the New Year brought with it some high seas and pounding waves causing much disruption along our coastline and also bringing plenty of rubbish and plastic up onto our shores. We have been working hard to help clear up the beaches over the festive period and into the New Year with litter picks occurring on many beaches with the help of lots of hardworking volunteers and lots of rubbish removed, although there is always more to be picked up! Our work removing scrub and gorse to restore maritime grassland continues still with large amounts being removed at Pentireglaze Haven and Epphaven which should have a positive affect on the biodiversity of those areas. A jacket potato cooked on the fire always tastes better after you have worked hard removing some scrub, even if it is chucking down with rain! 52

Much of our work is only achievable because of the help we receive from volunteers. If you want to get outdoors, meet some new people and help look after the countryside in your area look for the advertisements earlier in this magazine for ‘Scrub n Spuds’, repairing stone pitched steps at Bedruthen and enjoying an Easter Egg Trail. Pete Smith, Volunteer Ranger For further information about any of the above please contact the Rangers on 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@ Reparing steps at Bedruthen on a National Trust event day.

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Photo: Mike Simmonds.

The Last Chance Hotel for Dogs Sarah Louise Edgcumbe The Last Chance Hotel is a Cornish charity that saves lives, giving dogs exactly that: a last chance at life when everybody else has turned their back on them. The Last Chance Hotel (LCH) has been operating for two years now. It was started by Sam B’tard in Redruth due to the fact that thirty years of working in animal rescue led her to the realisation that a charity was needed that offered something more. When asked how we differ to other dog rescue charities, Sam often says that we are not a ‘fluffy’ rescue. This is the best way of simplifying what we do. We take in dogs from government pounds that are on ‘death row’ through no fault of their own (pounds, by law, must keep a dog for seven days, but after this they are legally entitled to kill it). These dogs have often suffered horrible abuse, severe neglect, and some were once family pets until the novelty wore off. Other charities do save dogs from death row, but they choose first, and often take pedigrees and cute, fluffy dogs. They also usually avoid misunderstood breeds such as Staffies. The ones deemed too ‘hard to home’ to bother with come to us. Or at least some of them do. There are always more that need saving -predominantly Staffies and mastiff crosses, but also ’Heinz 57s’ and other breeds who are severely traumatised as a result of past abuse. The chronic problem of over breeding in this country means that until the government steps in and changes animal welfare policy, or until members of the public stop buying from irresponsible breeders, pounds will continue to receive 120,000 dogs a year or more - the

This is Daisy who was used as a bait dog. When she arrived she had horrific injuries and spent a whole day at the Cornwall Animal Hospital having her head sewed back together and infected wounds cleaned. She then spent another day in the vets. Daisy is lucky, she will live, and will remain with us in a foster home until the end of her days. number is rising. One dog will continue to be put down every hour. The LCH does what it can, but we are overwhelmed with unwanted dogs.

Dogs as ‘bait’ The LCH is also unique in that we do not shy away from rescuing dogs that have been used as bait. We are all aware that dog fighting exists, but the use of bait dogs is an unfortunate and vile offshoot of dog fighting that many people don’t know about. Pirate FM and the West Briton have helped us to publicise this issue. A bait dog can be any breed of dog and is

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used to rile fight dogs up. The bait dog usually has legs bound and mouth tied shut before being ripped to pieces while still alive. Dogs for bait are often obtained by people who respond to dog owners advertising their their dog ‘free to a good home’ because they don’t want the animal any more. They pose as happy, respectable families knowing that no home check will be carried out and the dog will not be followed up. Please spread the word – do not rehome dogs or smaller animals in this way!! Only 1 in 10 actually find a good home. We do not shy away from these dogs because a) they need our help so desperately and b) despite the disgusting cruelty they have suffered, they often, unbelievably, still love life and love being around people, and with rehabilitation and TLC they turn out to be the most remarkable and devoted companions who bounce through life in a happy-go-lucky, fun-filled fashion. Of course, like other charities, we take in dogs that have been subjected to all kinds of abuse and neglect and sadly the number of animals being treated in this way is increasing. We operate a strict no-kill policy for all of our dogs unless we have no choice due to ill health. We have no maximum time allowance for dogs to stay before being rehomed. Some are ready to be rehomed and find their perfect family within days, some weeks, some months. Some stay with us in special foster homes until the end of their days due to terminal illness or because they are too traumatised to rehome. You can help us to continue to save these dogs in a number of ways:


receive the love and care they need, as well learn how to behave in a home setting. This is vital if they are going to be successfully adopted. We are desperate for foster homes that are child-free and cat-free as the majority of the dogs we rescue have no history and are unassessed. Assessment of each dog takes place in its foster home so we can gain a true picture of the dog’s temperament. Fostering is hard work for the first few days, but ultimately it’s extremely rewarding and you are literally saving a dog’s life.

Adopt If you are considering taking on a dog please adopt rather than buy from a breeder or pet shop. Again you are saving a dog’s life, but also helping to stop the repetitive cycle of overbreeding.

Support Us We always need your help and your help is invaluable to us. Whether you are able to donate a weekly or monthly amount, would like to fund raise for us, or would like to help us raise awareness please contact us. There are four LCH fosterers in your area – Linda Craven in Port Quin, Sarah Edgcumbe and Clare Eldridge in Port Isaac and Clare John in St Teath. If you know any of these people, please feel free to chat to them about the work the LCH does. Donations of collars, leads, toys, blankets etc are always gratefully received and much needed – any of these people can receive donations on the behalf of the LCH. If you would like to join our team please contact Linda on 07971528086 or Sarah on 07773099029. Please also check out our website for more info and details of dogs that need homes:

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These three dogs are typical of the many that are available to a new caring owner. To see others visit the website (address at foot of previous page).

Red (above) is approximately18 months old and is an ex bait dog that has come from a cruel background. Thanks to his fantastic fosterer, Derek, he has learned to play, run, and enjoy the love and security of a compassionate heart and a new lease of life. Although he still needs lots of training, he is ready to continue this with a new caring owner who will show him kindness, Nancy (above) is a mastiff cross with burns patience, love and reward. down her back and back legs. She has had a horrible background. Her fosterer said, ‘She’s VERY happy go lucky and still very much a puppy. Loves other dogs, but still needs to learn to give them space. Nancy is a really nice dog to have around. She’s always cheerful, and despite suffering appalling abuse seems to have no psychological scars at all, although she does have a few physical ones’. Rudy (left) is a 6 year old white staffy who came to us with urine burnt feet, tumours on his testicles and had been very, very neglected, Thanks to LCH care he is now a fine picture of health. All his ailments have been treated and he is putting on weight. A fine all rounder, great with children and other dogs. Whoever chooses Rudy will get a super dog with a clean bill of health. Visit our website - 55

It was in ‘The Link’ 20 Years Ago Compiled by Susan Clifford-Webb

Issue 75 March/April 1994

daughters Prudence (Joanna Rayment), Prescilla (Victoria Nicholson) and Jenny alias This issue was headed ‘The Pantomime Edition’ because ‘Beauty’ (Lizzie Gouge) awaiting the return of Master the children put on ‘Beauty Gofar (Robert Watson) and and the Beast’ . his companion Sydney Mrs Peters once again was (Jolyon Braithwaite) praised for an excellent script for and directing 23 children Unfortunately, their return did not bring happiness all under the age of 15. to the Gofar household. The performance started during the recession the four with Mistress Gofar (Laura Servants (Claire Nicholson, Sheperd) and her three

Morticia Adams (sarah Masters), Colombia (Victoria Nicholson), Magenta (Tracy Evans) and Wednesday Adams (Claire Pennington).


Madeline Braithwaite, Adrienne Evans and Leigh Anderson) were replaced by Olga – a German au-pair (Jonathon Peters) and her magnificent hoover! The Prince of Rock had turned into an ugly beast by the bad fairy Ariel (Laura Shepherd) at the Prince’s coming of age party, when he demanded that Ariel should be thrown out of his party into the duck pond. In such a hurry to leave the castle Ariel forgot to take her magic mirror which had cast the spell over the Prince and she was then in search for the mirror with the help of four villains (Jamie Buckingham, Joe Shepherd, David Rayment and Jacklyn Core). The Good Fairy Queen (Rebecca Stott and her three little fairies (Alice Sainsbury, Jacklyn Evans and Rebecca Treverton) managed to stop Ariel and the villains from their wicked deeds. Inside Rock Castle, the beast (Nadine Davis) and the staff were a most peculiar family by the name of Adams : Morticia Adams

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(Sarah Masters) Gomez Adams (Joanna Rayment) Wednesday Adams (Claire Pennington) along with other castle staff: Riff Raff (Joclyn Braithwaite) Magenta (Tracy Evans) Rocky (Steven Burt) and Columbia (Victoria Nicholson). Beauty was unable to fit into the lifestyle of the Adams family and their time warp and began to long for home when she received a letter from her sisters informing

her that their mother was very ill. Beauty pleaded with the beast to release her from the castle. The Beast sent her through Ariel’s magic mirror home to her family and friends. The Beast missed Beauty and longed for her return. When she looked through her mirror she saw that the beast was very sad and lonely so she returned to him immediately and her tears washed the ugly mask

from the handsome prince, breaking Ariel’s spell. The Prince asked Beauty to marry him and the castle staff prepared for the royal wedding Meanwhile, Olga wanted to break free from her housework and did a hilarious hoover dance. The finale was a grand wedding with an array of colours.

Preparing the old banger for a holiday Advice for the mature traveller from an aging explorer All things age, including you, with time. Obviously due to washing them too often the colour fades, the fit becomes loose and baggy. Some areas may sag and droop. Rust is rare, as is mechanical failure. The body is not as slim fitting as it once was but it’s far more comfy and you don’t have to worry so much about looking after it, or so you think. Parts may need cod-liver-oiling. Your hide may need extra lubrication. Some load bearing moving bits may need attention or replacement. But the whole thing is still fit for use and often a long run and a change of scenery is the best remedy for any creeks, groans or stiffness.

be tired and swollen. Better to take flip-flops or slippers.

Always take old undies. Old enough to be seen back on the washing line or in A&E, but comfy with no danger of rubbing or chaffing.

 Always pack a hat if the sun is ever likely to put in an appearance. Especially men with any threadbear worn areas. It might be a great solar panel up top, but heat/sun stroke will lay you up for days and cramp your style.

Pack a small folding umbrella and you’ll never use it.

If you were taking your car on a long journey  Forget your umbrella and it’ll rain cats consideration for spare lights, oil checks and and dogs causing your face to droop and a boot full of emergency provisions make bits to get soggy. sense.  Remember clothes can multi-task too, If you are off on a trip here are some of the slip your socks onto bottles of supermarket essentials to keep in mind. tipple to prevent that give-away clinking  Always take old shoes for old feet. when you check-in at the hotel.  Never take new shoes, not even for the Bewildered Belinda evening. You won’t wear them. Your feet will Visit our website -


Guest Chef Jamie Porter St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick

Pan fried stone bass, burnt leek puree, charred baby leek, crab, pickled shallots and crispy leeks An ambitious project for the home cook Ingredients 180g stone bass 1 kilo of leeks 600ml light chicken stock 600ml water Sherry vinegar 80g white crab meat 3 baby leeks 2 Shallots

Method First thing to do is to pickle the shallot rings. To do this, cut the shallot rings from the shallots and salt for 30 minutes to extract any moisture. Put the wine and red wine vinegar into a pan with the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, bay leaf & garlic and bring to the boil. Set to the side and pour on top of the shallots after have washing off the salt. Ideally I would leave these to pickle for a few days. 58

200 ml Red wine vinegar 200ml red wine 200g caster sugar 1 Teaspoon of fennel seeds 1 Teaspoon of coriander seeds 1 clove of garlic 1 bay leaf 50 grams of chives 50ml rapeseed oil

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

For the crispy leeks finely slice up the green part of 1 leek and dust with potato starch, then deep fry at 170 oC for about 3-4 minutes until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and set aside for later. The next job is to make the burnt leek puree. Cut the leeks into 2 inch chunks and heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil. Add the leeks so they are standing up and fry until burnt. Fry the leeks on the other side until burnt also and then

transfer to a saucepan and add the chicken stock and water and reduce until the leeks are tender enough to blitz into a puree. Blitz in a food processer on full speed for at least 2 minutes (you might need to loosen with a bit of chicken stock before blitzing). Add salt and sherry vinegar to taste - you need to use just enough vinegar to counteract the bitterness of the puree. Finally, pass the puree through a fine sieve to make it nice and

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smooth. For the baby leeks bring a pan of water to the boil, adding plenty of salt to the water, and blanch them for 30 seconds before leaving them to cool at room temperature. They are now ready for chargrilling later. Pick through the white crab meat and discard any shell and keep in nice big chunks. For the chive oil blanch the chives in salted water for 20 seconds and then plunge into iced water straight away. Squeeze out the excess water and blitz with the rapeseed oil and add a little salt before passing through a fine cloth so that you are left with a bright green oil. Finally, to cook the bass, season with salt and place in a hot pan with a little vegetable oil. When you can see the skin starting to crisp up a little, turn the heat down to low and leave cooking away for a good 2 minutes. Add a little cold

salted butter and turn the heat up a little and cook for a further few minutes; by now the skin should be crisping up and becoming golden brown. When you have a nice crispy skin on the bass, flip it over and flick the foaming salted butter over the fish. This will create a little buttery oven for the fish and lock all the flavour in. Continue this until the inside of the fish is warm. To test the temperature in the middle of the fish, insert a metal spike into the middle of the fish, leave for 10 seconds and then place it on your lip. If it’s cold it needs longer; if it’s warm it’s ready

to rest. Take the bass out of the pan and place on a bit of kitchen roll to rest while you are preparing the rest of the dish.To assemble the dish, warm up the leek puree and swipe along the bottom of the plate. Warm the crabmeat gently in a pan with a touch of salted butter and place on the puree. Place the rested bass on top of the crab and then chargrill the leeks and arrange on and around the bass. Add a few of the pickled shallot rings around the dish, sprinkle on a few of the crispy leeks and to finish, drizzle the chive oil around the edge of the plate.

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Brain Gym David Topliffe Answers Last Issue’s Brain Gym 1------ “ I want to be alone.”--------------------------------------------Greta Garbo 2------ “I have nothing to offer but blood sweat and tears.”---Winston Churchill 3------ “Come up and see me some time.”--------------------------Mae West 4------ “You ain’t heard nothing yet, folks.”-------------------------Al Jolson 5------ “It ain’t a fit night out for man or beast.”-------------------W C Fields 6------ “Mr Watson, come here, I want you.”------------------------Alexander Graham Bell This Month’s Quiz - Letters and Numbers Can you name the person who is identified with each quotation? 1----------- 26 L of the A 2----------- 7 w of the A W 3----------- 1,001 A N 4----------- 9 P in the S S 5----------- 88 P K 6----------- 13 S on the AF

Suduko Unfamiliar with Sudoku? All you have to do is to fill each of the 9 sub squares (marked with heavier lines) with the numbers 1 to 9 without repeating any number. In addition, a number must not appear twice in any row or column of the puzzle as a whole.

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Dan Rogerson MP Office: 4 Tower Street, Launceston, Cornwall. PL15 8BQ E-mail: Telephone: 01566 777123

Autumn Budget Statement

Since I last wrote for the Link, the big event in Westminster has been the Autumn Budget Statement in December. The Coalition Government is sticking to the plan to make sure this is a recovery that is built to last, which is the only way to improve living standards. There were announcements on help with the cost of living by freezing tax on petrol and diesel until 2015 and by cutting energy bills. New support will help more than 2.3 million households in the South West with the costs of their electricity bills, and is expected to reduce the average bill by around £50. This is on top of the £50 rebate on water bills that we are already delivering. Price controls for Western Power Distribution – which supplies electricity to Cornwall - have also been fast-tracked by the energy regulator Ofgem, which means the company will be asked to cut their costs to help reduce energy prices. The price controls will cover part of bills that energy network companies are responsible for – around 20% of the average annual energy bill. The Autumn Statement also took steps to help the high street and businesses by giving small retailers a £1,000 business rates rebate and by capping further increases in business rates. The government is improving the help and support for small and medium sized businesses, which are the backbone of the local

economy in Cornwall, when it comes to access to finance to help them grow their businesses and employ more people. Crucially, there was help for young people, as employer National Insurance Contributions for everyone under 21 was abolished, helping make it cheaper and easier for businesses to employ young people. There are also new plans to allow 16 and 17 year olds to use Job Centre Plus, lifting the cap on the number of students who can go to University, and providing resources for an extra 20,000 apprenticeships.


Water Bill

In Parliament I took the Government’s Water Bill through the House of Commons in my role as Environment Minister. The legislation is set to reform the The Weather water industry and water supplies Much of my work at the start to make sure we can cope with of the year was taken up by pressures such as climate change, dealing with stormy weather population growth and severe which lead to flooding in parts of weather events. This new law North Cornwall such as Polzeath, will also help keep water bills the collapse of iconic rocks at affordable for customers. Porthcothan Bay and damage to Crucially, it also lays the ground beaches along our coastline. for a new agreement with the I would like to thank everyone insurance industry. The new working for the emergency ‘Flood Re’ scheme is set to target services, transport and energy households at risk of flooding companies, Cornwall Council, and that have previously been voluntary groups and other unable to get flood insurance, to agencies who have been working make sure that there is certainty hard to keep people safe and to for communities that have been support people in the aftermath affected by floods. It will now of this extreme weather. go to the House of Lords to be I have been working with the debated there before it becomes Government and alongside the law. Environment Agency and Met New Jobs Office flood forecasting centre I also hosted an event for in Exeter to make sure that businesses and employers who communities in Cornwall and were interested in finding out across the country are prepared more about the benefits of taking for flooding and have as much on an apprentice as part of the help and support as possible Concluded at foot of next page

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St Minver Highlands Parish Council Helen Highland - 01208 812289 - Vacancy for Councillor

Jayne Shepherd has resigned as councillor as she is moving. We would like to thank her for her input and hard work. She has forged strong links at Polzeath and New Polzeath particularly with planning issues. Being a keen walker she has always had a interest in the footpaths, often seen walking her dog along the coastal footpath. We wish her well in her new home. We are now looking for someone to fill the vacant position. Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor? If you feel you would like to put yourself forward this is an opportunity to consider representing your area. This is a voluntary post and there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes but can be most rewarding. Please contact me if you are interested.

PC Malcolm Taylor continues as our excellent local Police officer, with PCSO Claire Drennan completing this great team. They provide us with a regular report. For the month of November 2013 there were two crimes recorded: one assault at St Minver and one assault at New Polzeath Other issues were highlighted: Concluded from previous page campaign to recruit 300 more Cornish apprentices in the next 100 days. Since 2010 Liberal Democrats in government have made it one of our priorities to create over a million new jobs and a million new apprenticeships in British businesses - but we need many more. With the support from the Government and the Cornwall Training Provider Network apprenticeships are a great opportunity


Highways Issues

We are constantly monitoring the roadways and advise the Highways Department as soon as a problem arises. Please contact the Clerk if you come across a particularly dangerous pothole.

Annual Parish Meeting

Storm damage

Although we have not been hit as hard as some areas with the weather, we have still suffered considerable damage recently. The water reached up to the public conveniences at Polzeath with the resultant sand and other debris accumulating on the roadway etc. The Polzeath Surf Lifesaving building sustained substantial damage and is currently being assessed. Subsequent high tides combined with the stormy weather continue to cause problems; one shop in Polzeath is pumping out water from its cellar.


• Livestock theft from Bodmin Rural • Farm machinery is currently being targeted • Break-ins to building sites/renovations and from shed/garages are still an ongoing issue. For the month of December 2013 there were two crimes recorded; one drink driving and one criminal damage. For the same period last year there were the same number of crimes recorded, which still remain undetected.

Come and meet your councillors and hear reports from local groups and organisations. Contact the Clerk if you have any particular item you would like raised. This will be held in March so please keep an eye on the notice boards for further details. We look forward to seeing you.

Setting of Precept for 2014/2015

The Parish Council has been considering the Precept for the next financial year. All possible expenditure needs to be included and Councillors are always mindful of the implication on the pockets of the residents. Following detailed discussion it was agreed to set the Precept level, for the financial year 2014/2015, at £18,000.00, which remains the same as the current year If I can be of any assistance on Parish matters, please contact me. I may not always be able t resolve your problem but I can point you in the direction of someone who might. for local businesses, for young people and for the Cornish economy. I am delighted to see the great work Cornish companies are doing to help give young people a chance and enter the world of work and I hope that other businesses will follow suit as apprenticeships are not only beneficial for the young person but also for the companies that employ them too. Dan Rogerson MP

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St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Gillian Thompson - 01726-882145 - St Minver Public Conveniences

in mind, members are looking at a program of refurbishing them.

Following on from Cornwall Council’s decision to close the public conveniences within the parish during the week – only keeping them open at weekends in the winter months; Members agreed to meet the funding shortfall of £310 to keep the Polzeath WCs open over the Christmas and New Year period. With so many visitors joining us over this period, this seemed a sensible initiative. Cornwall Council has recently carried out refurbishment of the toilets at Coronation Green, Polzeath.

Public Rights of Way The recent extremely wet weather has taken its toll on the footpaths in the parish and a number have had to be repaired as a matter of urgency. The path between St Moritz and Greenaway remains an issue and Members are working closely with Cornwall Council to seek a quick solution. If anyone identifies a problem with any of the paths, please report it to Cornwall Council’s Countryside Access Team on Tel: 0300 1234 202; Email: It would be helpful if you could copy me.

On the subject of public 2014/15 Budget conveniences, it is perhaps not surprising that the Parish Council Members have considered their owned toilets at Trewint, Rock are budgetary requirements for the being used more often. With this coming financial year and it has

been resolved to set the precept (the Parish Council’s share of the rates) at £43,000.

Hedges Cornwall Council have asked us to remind those who have a hedge on your property which is adjacent to a public road or right of way (a highway) advice is available in their leaflet ‘Cornish Hedge Management for hedges adjacent to highways’. This gives information on how to best look after your hedge and fulfill your legal obligations. Many private householders have a short length of roadside hedge to look after, and they have the same legal responsibilities as other owners and occupiers under the Highways Act 1980. Garden hedges growing over urban highways and footways can be a particular problem.

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Regular Events

Art Group

Fridays; 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March; 4th, 11th, 25th April; 10 am – 12 pm; Perceval Institute


Wednesdays; 9.15 am – 10.15 am; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20


Mondays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 Thursdays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70

Circuit Training

Tuesdays; 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20

Thursdays; 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20

Country Market

Thursdays; 8.40 am – 12.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact Mrs Jasper (Tel 01208 850796)


Mondays; 7 pm – 8 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact One to One Fitness (Tel 01208 814040)

Marriage Preparation

Saturday, 22nd March; Perceval Institute


Thursdays; 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March; 3rd, 1st, 17th, 24th April; 9.30 am - 12.30 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632) Fridays; 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March; 4th, 11th, 18th,

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25th April; 6 pm – 7 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632)

Roller Disco

Saturdays (every second one); 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £4.50, 50p skate hire

St Minver Highlands Parish Council

Tuesdays; 11th March, 8th April; 7.30 pm; The Perceval Institute, St Minver; All welcome to attend.

St Minver Senior Circle

Contact: Jane Paterson (Tel 01208 815252

March Events

Fake or Fortune? Antiques Valuation Day by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Saturday, 1st March; 11 am – 2.30 pm; Castle Hotel, Tintagel: Contact Richard (Tel 01208 813593)

Energy Efficiency Advisory Meeting

Saturday, 1st March; 9.30 am – 12.30 pm; John Betjeman Centre; for further information contact WREN Every other Tuesday; 4th, 18th March; 1st, 15th, 29th April; 10.30 am – 12 noon; Rock Methodist Church; Cost or the Energy Shop, The Platt, Wadebridge £1 to include light refreshments; Tel 01208 869427 Barn Owls Poetry Group, Inaugural Meeting Saturday, 1st March; 10 am – 12 noon; The Stone Barn, St Minver Short Mat Bowls St Endellion; Cost - £7, concessions £5; Contact Helen Tuesdays and Fridays; 6.45 pm – 9 pm; Lingham Hall (Tel 01840 212161 or (St Minver Primary School); Cost £2 (including tea & biscuits); first two sessions free; equipment provided “Giant Steps” – Bedruthan Steps, Storm

Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls

Mondays; 2 pm – 4 pm; The Rock Institute; Cost £1 (includes tea & biscuits); equipment provided


Wednesdays: 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £4.40


Wednesdays; 7.45 pm – 8.45 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Exercise Class Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: John Betjeman Centre; Tel 01208 812392

Damaged Repair to Steps and Path

North Cornwall National Trust Association Saturday, 1st March; 10 am – 4 pm; for further details call 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@

Scrub n Spuds at
Vega Cove, West Pentire North Cornwall National Trust Association Saturday, 1st March; 10 am – 4 pm; for further details call 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@

Jumble Sale in Aid of Cancer Research UK Saturday, 1st March; 2 pm; The Rock Institute

St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Pairs Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Tai Competition (The Lingham Shield) Chi Tuesday, 4th March; Members wishing to take part are Tuesdays; John Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Tel 01208 812392

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Computer Class

Thursdays; John Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Bring your own laptop; Tel 01208 812392

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Stroke Club

Fridays; 10 am – 12 pm; John Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Tel 01208 812392

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Tea Dance

Fridays; 2 pm – 4.30 pm; John Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Tel 01208 812392

Weekly Fitness League

requested to be at the club by 6.45pm; Lingham Hall (St Minver Primary School)

Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Meeting

Thursday March 6th; 2 pm; Rock Institute; Speaker Caroline Cudmore on ‘The History of Buttons’; Guests £1 (includes tea and biscuits). All welcome.

Life Drawing Class

Fridays; 7th, 14th, 21st March; The Rock Institute; Contact 01208 869420

Curious Corners of Cornwall

North Cornwall National Trust Association Friday, 14th March; 2 pm; The Rock Institute. Contact Mary Hibbert 01208863066

Padstow Harbour Commission Elections

Saturday, 8th March; Time TBC; The Rock Institute Wednesdays; 10 am – 12.15 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Beer & Mussel Festival Contact Heather Jordan, Tel. 01208 321771 Saturday & Sunday, 8th & 9th March; The Cornish Arms; St Merryn; for more information go to www.rickstein. Yoga Mondays (Intermediate); 6.30 pm – 8 pm; The Betjeman com Centre, Wadebridge The Intertidal Discovery Project Wednesdays (General/Beginners); 7.30 pm – 9 pm; The Polzeath Marine Centre Talk - by Marine Scientist, Caz Waddell Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge


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Tuesday, 13th March; 7 pm: Tube Station, Polzeath; Free Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Meeting admission for Members, Non-Members £2 Thursday April 3rd; 7 pm; Rock Institute; Speaker Lesley Robinson on ‘Fashion Trends - How They Happen’; Jumble Sale in Aid of Guide HQ Guests £1 (includes tea and biscuits). All welcome Maintenance Saturday, 15th March; 2 pm; Trewint Playing Fields, Rock ‘Soup & Pudding’ Lunch Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Meeting; Saturday April 5th; Neighbourhood Development Plan Development Boundary Area Consultation 12 noon - 2 pm; Rock Institute; choice of soups, choice of a pudding and Tea or Coffee all for £6. Monday, 17th March; 6.30 pm; The Rock Institute; for further information go to Art Exhibition: Alan Caswell St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Triples Wednesday 9th April – Tuesday 22nd April; The Rock Competition (The John Bray Shield) Institute Tuesday, 18th March; Members wishing to take part are requested to be at the club by 6.45pm; Lingham Hall (St Cornwall Coast Marine and Leisure Show Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th April; Royal Cornwall Minver Primary School) Showground, Wadebridge; for further information go to Annual Parish Council Meeting (Final Date TBC). Tuesday, 18th March or 25th March; St Endellion Easter Music Festival 7.30 pm; Perceval Institute 13th – 20th April; St Endelienta, St Endellion; Tel 078705 Scrub n Spuds at
Lundy Bay 548187 North Cornwall National Trust Association Wednesday, 19th March; 10 am – 4 pm; for further St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Men’s details call 01208 863821 or email sarahe.stevens@ Singles Competition (The H L White Cup) Tuesday, 15th April; Members wishing to take part are requested to be at the club by 6.45pm; Lingham Hall (St Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Annual Minver Primary School) Concert Saturday, 22nd March; 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Trebetherick Residents Association Annual Tickets £5; Contact Russ Whittaker (Tel 01208 812620) Meeting Cornwall Music Guitar Ensemble Wednesday, 16th April; Time TBC; Perceval Institute Free Concert by Young Cornish Guitar Players Rock Pool Ramble & Talk Sunday, 23rd March; 3pm; St Endellion Church Polzeath Marine Centre

Fashion Show

Presented by Fusion and indigo; Monday March 24, 6.30 for 7pm.; Tickets £12.50 includes Canapes and glass of wine; available from Committee Members and on 01208 862820

Polzeath Residents Association AGM Monday, 24th March; 7 pm; Valley Caravan Park, Polzeath; All Welcome

Boscastle Walking Week

Thursday, 17th April; Tube Station, Polzeath; Free to members, non-members £2; Booking essential (Tel 07779 896650 or

Along the Coastal Path”

North Cornwall National Trust Association Talk by Sandra Goodswen Friday, 18th April; 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall

Rock Book Fair

Saturday, 19th April; 10.30 am – 3 pm; Rock Chapel; 28 March – 8th April; Boscastle; for more information go Free Admission to or Tel 01840 250010

Easter Egg Trail

April Events

St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Ladies Singles Competition

North Cornwall National Trust Association 19th/20th April; 10 am – 4 pm; Old Post Office, Tintagel; Cost £2 per trail; Tel 01840 770024

Clothes Sale (Quay 4)

Wednesday 23rd April – Saturday 26th April; The Rock Tuesday, 1st April; Members wishing to take part are requested to be at the club by 6.45pm; Lingham Hall (St Institute Minver Primary School) Wadebridge Choral Society Spring Concert Saturday, 26th April; Wadebridge School; for further Coffee Morning & Bric a Brac/Plant Sale details go to Friends of St Minver Churches Wednesday; 2nd April; 10 am – 12 noon; Jo’s Mill (signposted from Chaple Amble)

St Minver Parochial Church Council AGM Tuesday, 29th April; 7.30 pm; The Perceval Institute

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Anglican Church Services

Weekday Services Wednesday St Minver Holy Communion 10am Wednesday St Michael Evening Prayer 5.30pm

Sunday March 2nd

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Family Service Holy Communion Evensong

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Freestyle Service Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday March 9th

Sunday March 16th

Sunday March 23rd

Sunday March 30th

11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Mothering Sunday Freestyle Service Evensong Evensong

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

1 1am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong


St Minver

Hour before the Cross


St Michael

Easter Fire Ceremonies

8am 8am 11am

St Enodoc St Michael St Minver

Easter Communion Easter Communion Easter Communion

Sunday April 6th

Sunday April 13


Friday April 18th

Saturday April 19th Sunday April 20th

Sunday April 28th

and dramatized passion

9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 1am St Minver Freestyle 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Please Check With The Parish Newsletter or Church Notice Boards Latest Information. 66

Catholic Church Services WADEBRIDGE, St Michael’s Church. Mass: Sundays 8.30am. BODMIN, St Mary’s Abbey. Mass: Sundays 10.30am. PADSTOW, St Saviour & St Petroc Church, Mass: Vigil Mass Saturday 5.30pm. Confessions: Saturdays 5.30 - 6pm. TINTAGEL, St Paul The Apostle Church, Mass: Sundays 5.30pm. For current information about these and other Services

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 Centre, Wadebridge (next to library). All are welcome. Polzeath Area Residents’ Association

Hospital/Surgery Car Service

There have been some changes to the Hospital Car Service. If you need transport to a hospital please ring one of voluntary drivers listed below: Mr Harry Hardcastle......................(01208 862343) Mr Gary Cooper..............................(01208 869165) Mr David Pullen..............................(01208 881148) The standard charges have also changed and are based on 45p per mile which includes reasonable waiting time: Wadebridge............£9 Bodmin.....................£15 Truro..........................£37 Port Isaac.................£9 St Austell..................£24

Falmouth..................£39 Hayle.........................£41 Newquay £22 Plymouth ................£41 (excluding bridge toll)

Local Telephone Numbers Compiled by Olivia Warr, Wadebridge Comprehensive School. To suggest ammendments to this list email

Coastguard----------------------------------999 Samaritans----------------------08457 909090 (Bodmin & Wadebridge) ------- 01208 72833 Women’s rape/abuse centre (Tintagel)----------------------01840 770663 -------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999 Methodist Water Helpline------------------0800 1691144 (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)---01208 863481 Veterinary and RSPCA (Wadebridge)------------------01208 812887 Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)---01208 813258 Multi-denominational Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)--------- 01208 72323 (Tubestation Polzeath)---------01208 869200 St Columb: St Minver Vicarage (RSPCA Animal Centre) --------01637 881455 (Rev Jonathon Mosedale)------01208 862398 (RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour)-0300 1234999 (Warden Mrs E Elliott)---------01208 863905 General Numbers (Warden Iain Gordon)---------01208 862388 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)--01208 814564



St Endellion Rectory

British Legion-St Minver (Rev Dr John May)-------------01208 881041 (Fred Prior)--------------------01208 862543 Doctor / Medical Cancer Research Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge------- 01208 (Gina Snelling)----------------01208 862820 812342 Citizens Advice Bureau Bodmin Hospital----------------01208 251300 (Advice Line) -----------------08444 99 4188 Frank About Drugs--------------- 0800 776600 Cornwall Council-----------------0300 1234100 Drinkline------------------------0800 9178282 CRUSE Bereavement Care Port Isaac Surgery---------------01208 880222 Cornwall------------------------ 01726 76100 Rock Surgery--------------------01208 862545 Animal Welfare & Veterinary Royal Cornwall Hospital Laboratory---------------------01872 265500 (Treliske)-----------------------01872 250000 EDF Energy----------------------- 0800 365000 Wadebridge Health Centre------01208 812222 John Betjeman Centre-----------01208 812392 Libraries Old Cornwall Society Cornwall Library Renewals Line-0845 6076119 (Margaret Bartlett) ------------01208 816307 All Libraries---------------------0300 1234111 Padstow Harbour Master--------01841 532239 Reference Library----------------0800 0322345 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk Police (Helen Hyland)----------------01208 812289 Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)------101 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Crimestoppers-------------------- 0800 555111 (Gillian Thompson)------------01726 882145 Perceval Institute Emergency / Helplines Age UK--------------------------0800 1696565 (Maureen Rickard)-------------01208 863366 Air Ambulance HQ---------------01840 213574 Polzeath Area Residents Association Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service--0300 1234232 (David Short)----------------- 01208 862568 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club Electricity (Western Power Distribution)--- 0800 365900 (Susan Rowlands)-------------01208 859161 Relate Relationship Counselling National Domestic Violence Helpline----------------------0808 800 5000 (St Austell)--------------------- 01726 74128 National Gas Emergency Service- 0800 111999 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-- 01208 869420 NHS Direct HelpLine----------------- 0845 4647 Rock Lifeboat Station -----------01208 863033 Parentline Plus (24 hour)-------0808 8002222 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, (Secretary Kim Oaks)----------01208 862709

Rock Water Taxi (Boat -during operating hours)-07778 105297 (offices)------------------------01208 862815 St Minver Beavers (Alison Cox)--------------------01208 862839 St Minver Brownies (Kathy Hore)-------------------01208 862340 St Minver Cemetery Committee (Mary Drummond-Dunn)------01208 863491 St Minver Cricket Club-----------01208 863402 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---------01208 815102 St Minver Football Club (Roy Birchwood)---------------01208 880459 St Minver Flower Show (Joan Cock)--------------------01208 862144 St Minver Post Office------------01208 863366 St Minver Pre-School------------01208 869511 St Minver School----------------01208 862496 St Minver Scouts (Robert Watson)--------------01637 889 190 St Minver Senior Circle (Joan Rowell)------------------01208 869427 St Minver Short Mat Bowls (Pat Crank)--------------------01208 869120 St Minver Silver Band (Gary Gauss)-------------------01208 814170 St Minver Sunday School (Marjorie Mabyn)--------------01028 862678 Trebetherick WI (Pam Curtiss)------------------01208 862067 Tre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers (Tony Priest)-------------------01208 863450 Wadebridge & District Angling Association (Jon Evans)--------------------01208 812447 Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Pam Hall)---------------------01208 862957 Wadebridge Choral Society (Annabelle Woolcott)----------01208 815322 (publicity, George Dale)--------01208 815981 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir (Taff Williams)-----------------01208 814717 Wadebridge Post Office ---------01208 812813 67

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Pityme Taxi (We can carry up to 8 passengers!) Fresh Crabs and Lobsters landed daily in Port Isaac from our own boat ‘Mary D’. Available cooked, dressed, in a sandwich, boxed to take home or even alive. We also have a small seasonal selection of sustainably caught Cornish fish, mussels, oysters and smoked fish, locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes and lots more. Why not call in for a crab sandwich or lobster salad and glass of wine?

01208 880849

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

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


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We only sell or holiday let in the Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac areas. We have the knowledge and experience to give you the best advice. PROPERTY SALES, HOLIDAY LETTING AND MANAGEMENT, CHARTERED SURVEYORS, VALUATIONS AND ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES Rock Office: Tel: 01208 863206 Port Isaac Office: Tel: 01208 880302


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New memorials supplied. Leaning headstones realigned. Re-lettering and cleaning. Full maintenance service. For a friendly and reliable service contact us on

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Mail Order Available We can pack fish for travelling in a fully insulated box packed with ice

01208 862422 1 Azime Court, Rock Road, Rock, Cornwall PL27 6NW Mail Order Available We can pack fish for travelling in a fully insulated box packed with ice

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Farm Shop & Restaurant

Open Daily from 9 am Mid-February to end of December

Pick our wn r eady Picked Home rown Strawberries aspberries ooseberries Black currants and ed currants Home produced beef lamb and freerange eggs and Seasonal egetables. Homemade ams pickles and marmalades. ocal produce cheeses country crafts gifts country wines and ciders. Breakfast unches elicious Homemade Cakes and Cream eas rders taken for Celebration Cakes Childrens Play rea  Pets Corner. Find us at St Endellion r Port saac on the B331

Tel 01208 880164


It’s about quality of life!

Brooks & Jeal Eddystone Road Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7AL


Free Initial Consultation Business Start Up Property Letting Advice General Business Advice Accountancy Personal & Business Tax Advice Bookkeeping, VAT and Payroll Business Forecasts and Plans Company Formation Company Secretarial Services

Tel: (01208) 812129 Fax: (01208) 816798

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

Recognised by Health Insurers & HPC Registered Call: Rosalind Boisseau MCSP, Category A member of ACPAT

01208 813199 Higher Hawksland Farm St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RGor

Glowarm Plumbing and Heating (Cornwall) Ltd Boiler Breakdowns Gas and Oil Installations Bathrooms Heat Pumps Leadwork Domestic Plumbing

Free Estimates 24 Hour Emergency call out Gas Safe and APHC Registered

01840 212457 0777 9969 484

Glowarm Plumbing and Heating (Cornwall) Ltd, Middle Fernleigh, Trefrew Road, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TP. Fax: 01840 212457. 73

Spray Insulation Cornwall

Helping Reduce Your Energy Bills

We are your local specialists in spray foam insulation and cavity wall insulation. We are based in St Minver and cover the whole of the county. Our entire team is committed to high-quality workmanship which is why a most of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

Spray Insulation Cornwall Ltd Broad Park Close, St Minver, Wadebridge PL27 6JP.

(01208) 863194 07921 157185

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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

ROBERTSON’S JEWELLERS LTD. Visit your local qualified jeweller for jewellery, giftware and the widest selection of watches around We offer a full workshop repair service for Jewellery & Watches Commissions & Insurance Valuations

Come and enjoy shopping at a real jewellers! Offering excellent prices for your Gold and Silver in any condition

Where friendly helpful service is our pleasure Wadebridge

01208 812291

Two new shops now open at

The Company of Master Jewellers


01566 773135 & 01566 773043 75

Unit 4, Great Western Railway Yard, St Agnes

T: 01872 552910 17 Polmorla Walk, Wadebridge

T: 01208 814023

Inspirational Home Furnishings

Bespoke quality made to measure curtains and blinds (made in our own workrooms) Home measuring and fitting Roller/vertical/venetian blinds Poles and tracks Fabrics and wallpaper Paint Furniture Cushions Lamps Home accessories Gifts

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Nursery Stores at your convenience Open Mon to Sat 8am - 6pm. Sun 9am - 1pm (extended during the Summer) Malcolm has owned Nursery Stores for thirty one years and during that time we have sourced some fantastic local products. We also stock a wide range of everyday essentials and groceries to create many fantastic meals. Check us out for:  Fresh local and international fruit and vegetables. Special items can be ordered with 24hrs notice.  Our wide range of local and continental cheeses, local sausages and bacon, local cream and yoghurts and a good selection of meats, joints and free range chickens.  Also Chunks fresh family pies, quality range of quiches and fresh treacle and apple tarts.  A fine selection of International and Cornish Camel Valley Sparkling and still wines. Check out some of our case deals and 3 bottle promotions in store.  Also stocking many local and international beers and ciders including Sharp’s Doom Bar available at a special case price. Malcolm, Val, Pete, Eloise and Tracey look forward to seeing you in your local convenience store.

Free Local Delivery Rock Road, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6NW. Tel 01208 863328 Patients using the Surgery should use their parking please as our parking is limited and used by three businesses.

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A not-for-profit Community Magazine for the area to the east of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall including Rock, Wadebridge, Trebetherick...