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St Minver - Polzeath - Rock - Trebetherick - Wadebridge Issue 204 September/October 2015

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Issue 204 September / October 2015

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



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Wadebridge Museum to Host ’Wadebridge Memory Day’ . . . . . 16 North Cornwall Book Festival . . . . . 16 Another Gong for Mike! . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sarah Heads for European Long Distance Championships . . . . . . . 17 Neighbourhood Development Plan . 18 Learn to Sing with Moor harmony . . 18 Padstow Harbour Commission . . . 19 Marine Conservation Group Events . 19 Pink Day - Wednesday October 28 . 20 Music at St Endelion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Land Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 National Trust Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


A Concert for Albert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Reg Ironside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29


The Treasures of Wadebridge Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wadebridge Foodbank . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Road Verges-Important plant habitats 26 Low Tide - a photograph . . . . . . . . . 31

St Minver Pupils Take a Starring Role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The LinkSupporting the local community . . . 36 St Breock Year 6 Leavers’ Party . . . . 38 St Minver School Headmaster’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Brownies Donkey Derby Raises £500 41 Automatic External Defibrillators . 54 Minver Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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Rock Lifeboat Diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 We Will Remember Them . . . . . . . . . 30 Featured Artist: Jessica Campbell-Plover . . . . . . . . 33 Seasonal Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . 46 Brain Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Book Review - Walking Away . . . . . 49 Local Character - Pam Solley . . . . . . 51 Gardening Made Easy - Shade . . . . 52 St Minver Highlands Parish Council . 53 Parliamentary Update - Scott Mann . 60 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . 65

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Wadebridge Museum to Host ’Wadebridge Memory Day’ On Monday September 21st Wadebridge and District Museum will be hosting a Memory Day in Wadebridge. This social event will include a display of local archive photographs and opportunities for people to share memories of the local area over tea/coffee and cake. You are also invited to bring along any photographs of Wadebridge and the local area to share with others. This event is part of a wider project ‘Landmark Travels – Our past in a suitcase’ which is working with schools and communities around Cornwall to unearth the stories, traditions and histories Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Heritage Trust. connected with landmarks and places. Further information on the project, and how to get For more information please call Helen Rawe on involved, will be available at the Memory Day 01208 816206. which will take place at both The Exchange at the top of Molesworth Street, and Wadebridge and Wadebridge Memory Day District Museum in Trebur House on Chapel Lane from 1 – 5pm. Monday September 21st -1 - 5 pm The ‘Landmark Travels – Our past in a suitcase’ The Exchange, Molesworth Street project is a 2-year project which is being led by Wadebridge Museum, Chapel Lane Storylines, the Institute of Cornish Studies and the Cornwall Heritage Trust, and is funded by the

North Cornwall Book Festival The three-day North Cornwall Book Festival is being held from Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25that St Endellion, Port Isaac There will be a variety of events including readings, discussions, workshops, a dedicated young people’s day and family events. The Festival’s chairman Patrick Gale will talk about his new book ‘A Place Called Winter’. The line-up of authors includes Neel Mukherjee (2014 Man Booker Prize shortlisted), Julia Copus, Patricia Duncker, and John Lanchester. Christopher William Hill, Jill Murphy, Caroline Cleave, Moray


Laing and Chris Higgins will keep children entertained. There will also be workshops for aspiring writers or bookmakers on Romantic Fiction, Starting a Novel’, Poetry, Paper Making, Illustration and writing for children. The organisers are also pleased to announce that there will be two concerts. Singer-songwriter Tom Hickox, featured recently on Jools Holland and at Glastonbury, and Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection, who provide a mix of music styles including folk, blues and rock. For more information and to book tickets go to: or phone the Box Office 07787 944935. The event is also on Facebook: NorthCornwallBookFestival. For enquiries, or to join the email list for late information, email

Volunteers Needed If you spare a day to help with stewarding and other roles call or email Ronnie on 01208 814360, The North Cornwall Book Festival is an Endelienta project supported by Arts Council England; FEAST; Cornwall Council; the Ernest Cook Trust.

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Another Gong for Mike! What a year 2015 is turning out to be for Mike Hewitt, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock RNLI. A recipient of an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, he has now been awarded the charity’s Gold Badge. The presentation was made at a special gathering of volunteers at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole where Mike was one of only three people to receive the honour. The Gold Badge recognises those who give a high level of commitment to the RNLI and, in Mike’s case, acknowledged his long-time support of the Rock station, which he has

run with an enviable level of skill and professionalism for several decades. Such is the level of respect Mike commands within the RNLI that his Gold Badge was presented to him by Tom Mansell, a senior staff member in the south west area, who said after reflecting on Mike having the firmest handshake of anyone he had ever met, that Mike was; “a shining example of the quality of volunteer the RNLI has, offering a professionalism that has ensured Rock is a well-run and well maintained lifeboat station.” Gus Guest, Rock RNLI Station

Chairman, added his praise; “It’s good to see someone who has given so much to a charity be acknowledged for their support and we are all very proud of the recognition Mike has received from the RNLI. I know he’ll wear his Gold Badge with as much pride as his MBE.

Sarah heads for Euro Long Distance Championship Many of you may have seen Rock resident Sarah Myford out running or cycling, but did any of you know that she has qualified for the Great British Triathlon team for the 50-54 age group? Sarah qualified by coming a close second in last year’s Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham and the Challenge Weymouth half triathlon last summer. This now means that Sarah will be heading for Weymouth on September 13th to represent Great Britain in the European Long Distance Championships and by ‘long distance’, we mean long as the event comprises a 2½ mile

swim, a 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile marathon distance run …. all in one day. In fact, Sarah is hoping to complete the course in under 12 hours. Mother of seven Sarah juggles her training around caring for her younger children, swim coaching for the North Cornwall Dragons Swim Team as well as her job as a Teaching Assistant at St Minver School. Soon, she will be adding to that as she embarks on a degree course in Sports Performance and Coaching at Truro in September, after which she hopes to become a PE teacher and Triathlon coach.

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Sarah’s next challenge is to take part in next year’s World Championships, for which she has already qualified by winning the recent National Aquathon, which was held in Falmouth, for her age group. The sport is poorly funded and so in order to get to the World Championships Sarah is seeking sponsorship to assist with travel expenses. If anyone is interested in sponsoring Sarah, you can get hold of by emailing 17

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+ Train rides in the garden Pencarey (Trevilly Lane, St Teath) Sunday Sept 13 2.30 - 5 pm Various Stalls Proceeds to the Merlin Centre.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Progress Since the St Minver Parishes pre-submission plan public

consultation was completed in January, discussions have been ongoing with Cornwall Council and Natural England to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is required to support the submission of the NDP for final public consultation and independent inspection. Whilst no satisfactory explanation has been obtained from Natural England as to why an SEA is required, it has become clear that without one the NDP will not progress. Cornwall Council offered to contract with consultants to undertake the SEA but to maintain full independence the St Minver Parishes NDP team decided to identify a suitably qualified and experienced consultancy and establish a contract directly. LUC (Land Use Consultants Limited) has been selected, a contract established, and the inception meeting with the relevant consultants based in Bristol held on July 18th. LUC understand the urgency for the SEA and are making good progress on a tight schedule that will have the SEA completed ready for the mandatory public consultation by mid October 2015. Further discussions with Cornwall Council to press for reducing the overall timescale for completing the NDP project resulted in their agreement to run the SEA and the NDP Final Public Consultations in parallel. This will save some 2-3 months and could enable the NDP referendum to take place around February 2016. During these discussions Cornwall Council also agreed in principle to make a significant contribution to the £10,000 cost of carrying out the SEA. Progress on the SEA and any other issues related to the NDP will be posted on the St Minver Parish Councils’ website and included in future Link articles. Further information on Neighbourhood Planning can be found at

Learn to Sing with Moor Harmony Moor Harmony Ladies Barber-shop choir offer a free of charge six week singing course on Thursday evenings in Wadebridge sponsored by the Pengelly trust. Moor Harmony meet to practice every Thursday in Wadebridge and sing at every possible opportunity. We 18

are a very sociable friendly group of ladies who just love to sing in four-part harmony, new tunes and oldies. Come along and try it, if you’ve ever wondered if you can sing. I went along last year full of doubt and now I would not miss it for the world. The course runs from

September 15 to October 15 and is held at Coffee Corner in Wadebridge (PL27 7NY) . It is led by Dick Knight BABS (British Association Barbershop Singers). More information at or telephone Pauline on 07856 218930. Janet Carter

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Padstow Harbour Commission News Following an interview with Jinx Hewitt, representing the Padstow Harbour Commission (PHC), The Link can provide an update on the various long-term, PHC projects under consideration.

Estuary Speed Limit The PHC is still in discussion regarding speed limits in the Camel Estuary. It is revisiting its original proposal – to have differing (reduced) speed limits in different zones – to take on board the feedback it has received from its varying users and develop a more manageable system. Estuary users, however, may have already noticed a change regarding speeds on the water as the PHC have been more active this year in enforcing existing speeding bi-laws: speed limit marker buoys have been positioned highlighting where limits apply and the PHC harbour patrol vessel has been carrying out daily monitoring of these areas, some of which

were previously un-policed.

Rock Car Park Expansion The proposed expansion of the car park at the Rock Ferry Point is progressing with structural engineers now being consulted. Outline plans for this development are currently on the Cornwall Council website and the PHC invites people to take at look at these. Few adverse comments have been received so far; thought to be because of the sympathetic way in which the expansion has been incorporated into the current landscape. If the project goes ahead as planned, sand extracted from the area may be used to replenish the dwindling reserves on

Rock beach but this will be subject to quality testing and licensing from the Marine Management Organisation.

Finally... Padstow Harbour Commissioners are in discussion with Rock Waterski and Sailing Club regarding the running of regattas to ensure that events go ahead in a manner sympathetic to all Estuary users and competitors get to race in the best waters possible. Additional projects on the Commission’s radar include new hard standing for CEYs and the junior sailing fleet; new facilities for the Gig Club and dinghy park and the ongoing Rock Beach sand replenishment project. Claire Warr

Marine Conservation Group Events Polzeath Mega Beach Clean

Saturday September 19, 3pm; Polzeath Marine Centre Help BeachCare, National Trust and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers clean the beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided.

Rockpool Ramble

Tuesday October 27, 10.30am – 12.30pm; Polzeath Marine Centre Join Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers exploring the wonders of the rock pools. £2 per person, PMCG members free.

Get Crafty

Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm; Polzeath Marine Centre Get elbow deep in arts and crafts making sea life creations. £2 per person, PMCG members free. For further informarion on any of these events contact 07779 896650 or Visit our website -


Pink Day - Wednesday October 28th In October 2012 the St Minver fund raising branch of Cancer Research UK turned Rock Pink for a day and over £11,000 was raised. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with breast cancer the most common type of cancer in the UK we decided to plan another fund raising Pink Day. It will simply be called Pink Day and we will be asking everyone in the local area, St Minver Highlands and Lowlands and Padstow to support us. Everyone joined in last time. Some organisations ran events prior to the day and on the day all

the businesses along Rock Road joined in by decorating their premises, running fun games and wearing pink. The St Minver Junior Band played and the Grand Draw was held with lots of wonderful prizes donated from far and wide. What will happen this year? There will be a Grand Draw, tickets will go on sale at the beginning of October, and St Minver will again be decorated. We will be selling Pink Caps for you to wear to show your support and don’t forget to wear your T-shirts from last time. Many organisations and businesses have already

been approached and pledged their support. If you have a prize you would like to donate for the Grand Draw or a ‘good idea’ for raising money and would like some help in organising it or running it please do contact me or any member of the St Minver fund raising Cancer Research Committee. Please can we make Wednesday October 28th 2015 a fun day for all to enjoy and raise as much money as possible for this very good cause. Gina Snelling 01208 862820, ginaskl@

Music at St Endelion

The Endelienta Scholars Glastonbury and elsewhere, cult taken in folk, blues, psychedelia,

singer-songwriter Tom Hickox Saturday September 26 7.30pm, St Endellion Church gives a first gig in the church where he is better known The autumn season of concerts as chairman of the Summer commences with the return of Music Festival. Though often the young vibrant Endelienta compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Scholars. Following a successful Cohen and Scott Walker, his debut last year, they return magnificently moody style is all with a programme of British his own. choral classics with Oliver Tarney Wild Willy Barrett’s (conductor) and Jamal Sutton.

pop and punk rock. With him are cellist Mary Holland, Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, and charismatic French singer Aurora Colson who tackles styles from Bluegrass to acoustic blues, Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf.

Tickets for all these concerts are £10 (free to accompanied French Connection under-16s), available from the Tom Hickox in Concert Saturday October 24 7.30, St Endelienta Box Office: telephone Friday October 23 8pm, St Endellion Church 07787 944935 or online at Endellion Church Or you A ‘folk band’ with a difference! Fresh from recording his can call in at the Wadebridge Led by the talented multisecond album after triumphant instrumentalist, Wild Willy Bookshop, 43 Molesworth appearances on Jools Holland, at Barrett, whose musical style has Street, Wadebridge.


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Rock Lifeboat Diary Tamsin Thomas

It’s always a gamble to mention that it has been quiet for the station, but business has been fairly routine.

Drifting Kayak In one incident the volunteer crew launched, along with the Padstow and Port Isaac RNLI crews, to investigate a kayak drifting off Pentire Point. The empty kayak was picked up by the Harbour boat and with no-one reported missing, the lifeboats all returned to station.


In two other call outs, the volunteers launched in the D class inshore lifeboat Rusper II to a small Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) that had capsized on the bar, but the occupants, who had a safety boat with them, sorted themselves out before the team arrived – and they also launched to a surfer believed to be in trouble on the far side of Trevose Head at Constantine Bay, but were stood down before they arrived on scene. The volunteers have also used their exercises to good effect,

only recently heading in to Butter Hole to retrieve a kayak that had been left after an incident two weeks before. Then Padstow RNLI rescued one kayak and people who had been caught out, leaving one empty kayak behind. The Rock team went in in calm conditions to get the kayak before it was dragged out to sea where it may have been spotted causing another alarm to be raised.

Fund Raising Success

On the fund raising, front June saw Jaye Guest and her daughter, Sarah Poppleton, held an art and pottery exhibition for the RNLI in Rock. The results far exceeded their expectations as Jaye reports; “We are delighted to say we have been able to donate £2,750 to the RNLI after a very successful exhibition entitled Serendipity, at the Rock Institute at the beginning of June. Despite the severe weather on the opening night, many friends of Rock lifeboat attended the preview and we thank them all for their support.” It’s hoped to run another

Sarah Poppleton (left) and Jaye Guest. exhibition next year so watch this space for more information and the dates.

Respect the Water Campaign Finally, you may have heard or read about the RNLI’s Respect the Water, which is a national drowning prevention campaign. Over 160 people die each year around the UK coast and around half these people didn’t even plan to enter the water, perhaps slipping on rocks or falling from the cliff path. The RNLI’s aim is to halve the number of coastal deaths by 2024 and this year they’ve stepped up the project to reach as many people as possible with a hard hitting advertising campaign and well placed messages. To find out more please visit

Land Wanted The St Minver Community Land Trust is looking for approximately 1 acre within the St Minver parishes for the construction of self-build affordable housing for local needs Contact Ted Rowe, Chairman: 01208 862653 or Helen Rawe, Secretary: 01208 816206 If you can help. Visit our website -


Trebetherick & Polzeath WI

WI MeetingS Rock Institute Thursday September 3rd, 7 pm Talk by Mr J Ellis ‘Bust me Bras!’. Thursday October 1st, 2 pm Talk by David Youlden ‘Laughter with the Ladies’. Everyone is welcome to attend - there is a charge of £1 for guests (light refreshments included).

Friends of St Minver Churches

Coffee Morning + Bring & Buy The Old Vicarage, St Minver Wednesday Sept 2 10 am - 12 noon Bring and Buy, Raffle, Plants and much more. Proceeds to be shared by St Minver Churches and Shelterbox. Admission £2. 22

National Trust Events Coastal Challenge

Tuesday September 1, 7pm; Port Quin. Celebrate our amazing coastline by going for a run on some of the best bits. 10k and 5k social runs with the help of Bodmin Road Runners. Join us for a BBQ after, bring your own food and drink. £1.50 per runner. Further information and booking 01208 863821 or tom.

Make hay while the sun shines Saturday September 12, 10am – 4pm; Lundy Bay Help National Trust rangers encourage biodiversity in the marvellous hay meadows around Lundy Bay (near Polzeath) by raking off the cut flowers and grasses which have set seed. Whatever the weather you’ll get a ploughman’s lunch and cup of cider/apple juice for your trouble – all at £1.50 per person. Contact: 01208 863821 or for further information.

Polzeath Mega Beach Clean

Saturday September 19, 3pm; Polzeath Marine Centre Help BeachCare, National Trust and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers clean the beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided. Contact 07779 896650 or for further information

Geology Rocks!

Tuesday October 27, 11am - 3pm; Pentire Head (near Polzeath) Join local expert Jane Anderson to guide us through the geological history of the area. With insights from National Trust rangers on wildlife and history too, this should prove to be a fascinating walk. 3.5 mile coastal walk with some strenuous sections. Bring suitable walking gear and a packed lunch. £3 per person. Information and booking: 01208 863046

Scrub ‘n’ Spuds

Wednesday October 28; Lundy Bay Bonfires, potatoes, toasting marshmallows, we’ve got the lot! Bring along the family and help us in our efforts to cut back the gorse and blackthorn and help the wildlife living at our valuable coastal habitats around Lundy Bay. To thank you for your hard work, we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire. Just remember to bring clothing that is suitable for the weather and some sturdy boots (we’ll be working about 1km walk from the car). Don’t forget your Mum or Dad! For further info and to book your places: 01208 863821 or We welcome local stories and photographs.

St Minver Probus Club June Meeting

The author has a great admirer in Lynn Goold, who in turn had many admirers today of her scholarship and presentation. She spoke for less than a half-hour, but actually we all could have listened for much longer. This was a most impressive and massively interesting talk.

about things. Apparently seventy per cent Our June meeting was held at the Pityme Inn and our of retirees want to continue speaker was Lynn Goold of working in some capacity. Fowey who talked about So when Bob was invited to ‘Daphne du Maurier’s lunch with us, he decided to Cornwall’. But the talk was give us the (very considerable) much more than that. We benefit of his experience. had a compendious account This was very valuable stuff, of the author’s life, her loves and not at all obvious. There (a man, a house and a town) July Meeting were five basic tenets: First, and the locations and people Our July meeting was also do your research, think about in the books. That must held at the Pityme Inn. Our whether there is a market for have required a tremendous speaker this time was Bob your product. Second, don’t amount of research, as names Knight of ‘St Kew Original aim too high. Third, keep were disguised in most of the Recipe Biscuits’. He talked healthy and fit. Fourth, avoid novels. about starting a business in travelling too much and live We heard how local retirement. near your work. Bob wore characters, boat-builders, If your idea of retirement is himself out travelling to one boats and the creeks and sitting on a beach, gazing non-executive directorship he bays around Fowey all at the sea, with a knotted once had) Finally, get a good featured, how she acquired handkerchief on your head, a figurehead from a boat then this talk was not for you. book-keeper, and save all your energy for the actual business. that had been wrecked But if you agree with Noel years earlier (and which she Coward (I believe it was) that He described his own brought to life in ‘The Loving “work is more fun than fun”, retirement business, which Spirit’) , the connections then Bob Knight is your man. is to manufacture and pack between her novels and local In thirty informative original-recipe biscuits at churches and landmarks. And minutes, Bob told us his own St Kew. These are sold in a how, by the 1960s she started background in business, large variety of packs and using real names of places, which started at 16 years of containers for corporate which must have made the age in a dairy. Ten years on promotions and mail-order speaker’s research rather took him to General Manager, sales. Advance planning is easier! then to set up his own firm. vital, with Christmas being in That firm grew and grew (or, What was fascinating was the sights at the moment. rather, was grown) eventually that many of du Maurier’s Finally, as a super gesture (or being taken over by a plc. novels contained absolutely canny marketing?), we were authentic persons and places, On retirement he retained a all presented with a very so that although the plots ‘little business’ serving the smart tube of biscuits in a were invented, the locations dairy trade, and decided Probus corporate style, neatly and many characters were to build it further. He came illustrating the point above not. So if they seem real, that’s across an American survey which crystallised how he felt about research. because they are! Visit our website - 23

The Treasures of Wadebrige Museum

In this series, we pick an exhibit from Wadebridge Museum and explain it’s role in our area’s rich history. In this edition we look at Death Masks. We turn our attentions this time to the somewhat grisly display of Death Masks that were previously on display at the former North Cornwall Museum in Camelford and originally in Malletts hardware store in Wadebridge. Many were displayed on the top shelf around the shop (some pictured above). Death masks were produced of well known people, lunatics and criminals to test Phrenology and to learn about peoples character. German physicians Gall and Spurzheim developed the theory in the early part of the 19th Century, that the shape and protuberances of the skull revealed character and mental capacity. Many employers could demand a character reference from a local Phrenologist to ensure that a prospective employee was honest and hardworking. Although now discredited, the British Phrenological Society, founded in 1887 was eventually disbanded in 1967. The top to images are photographs of death masks held at the museum. The lower image on the right is a typical phrenology diagram used to illustrate the ideas that were used to try to understand people’s character. Below shows some of the death masks as they were displayed at Mallets hardware shop.


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Wadebridge Foodbank

Did you know 4,000 children and 5,300 older people in North Cornwall are living on the edge of poverty? When you have no financial safety net, a sudden crisis such as redundancy, bereavement, illness or benefit delay can leave you unable to feed yourself or your family. The service is available to anyone in our local community referred to the Foodbank by a professional service (Social Services, Job Centre, Children’s Centre, Doctors Surgery etc). In exchange for a foodbank voucher the Foodbank provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food, a free hot drink, a listening ear and additional support where needed to help break the cycle of poverty. The food is donated by local people and the Foodbank is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. They aim to restore dignity and revive hope by making people aware of other services in the local area. The organisation reaches some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Last year Wadebridge Foodbank distributed over 25 tonnes of food, that’s the equivalent of 500 shopping trolleys full of food. During

Items that are always welcome Shopping list Sugar Tinned Tomatoes Rice Pudding Sponge Pudding Sweets & Chocolate treats Pet Food Longlife Fruit Juice

Jam Sauce for pasta Soap Shower Gel Deodorant Toilet Rolls Cleaning items

this period they provided 28,490 meals to local people - on average 1,149 meals per week.

The StoreHouse The StoreHouse Shop used to be a furniture and second-hand shop in Wadebridge. People now donate furniture and household items and they are either given away to local people in need or sold to raise money to support the charity. This is an effective way of recycling furniture and giving items a new lease of life to someone in need.

How you can help

The Foodbank can only do this work through the kind support of those who donate and volunteer. They need: Any items of food from the list below are always gratefully received. These can be dropped into the Foodbank Drop Ins. They must be within their sell by or consume by date, and undamaged. You can also donate items by placing them in the collection boxes at the Co-op in Wadebridge, Tesco in Wadebridge and Padstow as well as Sainsbury’s in Bodmin. Furniture, white goods and other household items that are clean, fully working and in good condition are welcome. Upholstered items must meet fire regulations. No non-digital Please turn page >> Visit our website - 25

TVs please. Small items can be dropped into the Storehouse shop or contact the Foodbank for collection of larger items. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact the Foodbank - perhaps you could organise a food collection or fundraising event at your school, workplace, church or club? It takes a lot of money to keep the Foodbank & StoreHouse running. If you would like to make a donation towards running costs, you can post a cheque made payable to ‘Wadebridge Foodbank and StoreHouse’ or consider becoming a Foodbank Friend making a regular monthly donation.

Drop-ins Bodmin Christian fellowship, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin PL31 2NS Mon and Wed 1pm-3pm St Thomas’s Church, Camelford Tues 2pm-4pm Bridgend, Wadebridge, PL27 6DA Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm The Foodbank office in Wadebridge is open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Thursday. You can call them on 01208 815374 or contact them by e-mail contact@ 26

Road Verges - one of the most important plant habitats A Plantlife study shows that Britain’s road verges are home to 703 species of wild plants, more than in any other part of our landscape, and 87 of them are either threatened with extinction or heading that way. In addition, 88% of these wild plants provide nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, making road verges essential refuges for insect life; bird’s-foot trefoil alone is a food plant for 132 species of insect. In addition, 21 of the 25 Nation’s favourite wildflowers grow on road verges. From cowslips and bluebells in spring to swathes of cow parsley and ox-eye daisies in early summer, our verges are home to most of the 25 favourite wild flowers as voted for by the public. And with 30 million drivers in the UK, they’re the most frequently viewed habitat too, providing many people with their only regular daily contact with nature. But in much of Britain road verges are still being needlessly cut down in full flower threatening the wildflowers and the wildlife that depend on them. Many councils cut verges - much too early in the year for flowers to be able set seed, and greatly reducing one of the most important food banks for our ailing bees and other pollinators. Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife’s Botanical Specialist, explains, “Over 97% of meadows have been destroyed in England since the 1930s. In many areas, rural road verges are the last remaining stretches of natural habitat for our wildlife. Road safety is the absolute priority, but we know that verges can be managed better for wildlife whilst remaining safe for motorists. This means adopting some simple changes to management – like a delay in cutting to allow seed to be set - so that wildflowers can thrive”. Plantlife has produced new management guidelines and is urging the public to sign a petition asking local councils to adopt them. Some councils are leading the way. Trials in Dorset, for example, are investigating how to combat the over-vigorous growth of grass on fertile verges (which is both detrimental to wildflowers and obscures driver sight-lines), by stripping turf, using semi-parasitic yellow rattle to stunt grass growth and even grazing verges with sheep. Plantlife is helping to showcase the work of councils like Dorset to show others that it can be done. Our guidelines are being currently being applied to 11,700 km of verge covering 2,300 hectares of verges – that’s equivalent to 2.5 times the area of remaining upland hay meadow in the UK.Dr Dines adds, “If we just give them a chance, wildflowers can return. Meadow crane’s-bill was once widespread in meadows – hence its name – but is now more commonly found on road verges. It spreads readily when cutting is delayed and it’s allowed to set seed. Maybe it’s time to change its name to ‘verge crane’s-bill’. We welcome local stories and photographs.

A Concert for Albert £2,800 raised for Cornwall Hospice Care and Cornwall Music Service Trust To begin with here is a fallacy: “Brass Bands are all very well in their place – outdoors and several miles away!” Thus runs a quote from that great Orchestral Conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham As a result of some really superb work by a whole host of musicians (and by no means were all Brass), the complimentary provision of Wadebridge School’s Main Hall and the brilliant original idea of Wadebridge Rotary Club to celebrate the musical life of Albert Ridgeley, some £2,800 has been raised from ticket sales and donations – all of which will be split equally between Cornwall Hospice Care and Cornwall Music Service Trust. The Wadebridge School Main Hall was ‘rammed’ – this description supplied by one of the essential backstage sound and lighting team – to capacity on Sunday July 5th, as people whose lives had been touched by Albert, gathered together to listen to many of the musicians well known to him. This Concert brought the whole community together with an audience from all walks of life connected by that one essential – Albert. The evening was smoothly and most engagingly hosted by the ‘Ant & Dec’ of Wadebridge, namely Stuart Robertson and Chris Hewitt who, in addition to giving us little gems of detail about Albert’s love of music and much more, advertised their respective Molesworth Street businesses shamelessly Albert used to play his Clarinet in Stuart’s jewellers shop at Christmas and in Hewitt’s Bar

Albert played the bongos with one of the concert’s bands, The Claze! Albert also played percussion for the Camel Kordians and this audience was absolutely delighted to hear this wonderful, now trio, play The Jimmy Shand 6-20 March along with a few other nostalgic pieces. No concert linked to Albert would even have been considered without the inclusion of the indomitable, Janet Elston and her Triggshire Wind and String Orchestras. These fine musicians opened and closed the Concert with perfection and great, well-deserved, acclaim. Janet had also found time to bring her Clarinet to the School Hall so she could join in with the Wadebridge Wanabees playing ‘Jambular’; versatile or what?! Thanks, Janet. We were given an insight as to how these great Orchestras – now in their 31st year – ‘grow their own’. The Whirlwinds

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is a junior wind and brass ensemble, conducted by Anna Meneer and formed specifically to help players gain that all important opportunity to practise the skills needed for ensemble performances – it’s a skill-set that needs teamwork and many of the Triggshire players have worked their way up from the Whirlwinds. Poor old Sir T B would have needed to eat his words, his hat and his conductor’s baton – bet he never had a red baton - if he had been present to listen to the magnificent St Minver Band, with whom Albert played percussion on many occasions, especially at those unforgettable summer Polzeath Beach performances. With gusto, precision and great musicality, this Band held their

audience in awe – WOW was the word to be heard ringing round the School Hall afterwards. Wadebridge Rotary Club are absolutely delighted to have played a part in helping to bring this concert right into Albert’s beloved community. The money raised and the number of musicians taking part were a sign of the affection in which he was held. “Albert would have loved it” is a treasured comment made the morning after the concert and one that is so easy to agree with. We salute you Albert. The final word goes to Sir T B: “The English may not like music – but they absolutely love the noise it makes”; And We Did! Graham Renwick

St Minver Silver Band in action at the concert.


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Reginald Sidney Ironside ‘Reg’ 1917- 2015

Reg, my father, passed away peacefully on February 6th 2015 at Penmount Grange in Lanivet, Bodmin. He will be remembered for his wide interest in life, his ability to think of new projects for the good of family, friends and the community. He had lifelong interests in the church and golf which he sustained to the end of his life. The early family life after World War 1 was not easy as his father had died when he was four, leaving his mother with four children to bring up. During these early years he developed his interest in gardening from his grandfather who lived with them. His lifelong passion for golf started when caddying at the local Golf Club and a love of the church and its music began when he joined the choir. He joined the choir of St Paul’s Church Malmesbury in the late 1920s. I can remember him saying that he had a very stern choir master. It is from those days that his love for the song ‘Oh for the wing of a dove’ came as he had sung this as a choir boy. Dad and Mum were lifelong members of the church, in the last years here at St Minver parish church. In 1931, at the age of 14, dad had the privilege to attend Saffron Walden private school. On leaving school at the age of 16 he joined the Bath Gas, Light and Coke Company, and rose rapidly to Senior Engineer. He married Betty at St Paul’s Church, Malmesbury, in 1942 and they had 68 years of a gloriously happy and memorable life together. They had three children, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. In 1947 Reg joined the Goldsmith practice in Bath as an architect and one of his many exciting projects was overseeing the design and construction of Newbridge junior school,

Reg and Betty Ironside (photograph from Link 153, March/April 2007). Betty was a founder member of Link and our secretary for many years. Her meticulously hand written meeting reports were a delight to behold. to which all three of us children attended. He then joined Ushers brewery, Trowbridge, in 1954 where he was involved in the construction or renovation of their 900 public houses. He became a director of Bath City Football Club around about 1967 and served in this capacity for a number of years. Reg retired in 1982 and in 1984 sold the family home in Bath and made the move to Polzeath where he and Betty previously had spent many a happy holiday. ‘Spindrift’ on Dunder Hill, Polzeath became their family home. A new life was just beginning for them. Dad started Polzeath Area Residents Association (PARA) - it took a while for people to get involved, but he was not the sort to give up. He was dedicated in keeping the Polzeath community alive. Among the many projects Dad pioneered; in 2003 PARA with the help of the National Trust managed to put a memorial plaque for Lawrence Binyan on Pentire (see Visit our website - 29

remembered. Among his many talents Reg was also a keen Dowser and he found many a drain! He dowsed on Polzeath Beach and discovered an iron boat 80 feet long and 40 feet wide with a 12 square foot hold in the centre! It is believed that the boat was called ‘The Lion’, it remains for his successors to prove this. My Father was a fine Christian gentleman with a natural way of helping and encouraging The lawrence Binyon plaque at Pentire Head. others to enjoy life and the community. This Link 133, November/December 2003). energy which never seemed to flag, clearly He organised the voluntary hospital car sprang from the Christian faith on which both service (still operating today). He also initiated he and Betty had built their lives and the life a cookery course club for men who were keen of their family. to learn how to cook. This was held in various His influence for the good in the St Minver venues, first at the Seascape Hotel. Dad Parish was wide and varied to say nothing always managed to get a grant towards these for his contribution to the built environment courses each year and even a sponsorship from his long experience as an architect. The from Rick Stein. influence of his life remains an inspiration and Reg and Betty launched the VIP club in 1997 challenge to us and his loss will continued for the visually impaired - it was very well to be felt by individuals and the community supported with over 20 attending, people coming from Bodmin, Padstow, Wadebridge. groups for a long time to come. He will leave a huge void in our lives and be Sadly it closed. sadly missed by all of his family. For many people, it was with his beautiful paintings through which he will be God bless you Rachael Jago

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St Minver Pupils Take a Starring Role

Children from Years 5 and 6 swapped their normal blue St Minver school sweaters for the bottle green uniform of the fictional Portwenn school. Over 2 days in in June they took part in filming for the upcoming 7th season of the ever popular Doc Martin TV series. The budding TV stars can be seen here with series regular Caroline Catz who plays Louisa in the show. Look out for them on your screens when the show is aired later this year.

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Our Featured Artist Jessica Campbell-Plover Many of you will be familiar with Jess as the young lady who recently came to work in Newslines. She is remarkable for the variety of outrageous outfits she wears and her big, friendly smile. Jess is an artist with a special interest in fashion and costume design. She studied fashion at the University of South Wales in a 3 year course. She was awarded a First Class Honours Degree. As you can imagine, Jess got a lot out of her time in Cardiff. “I learnt lots of valuable skills: how to make clothes properly, what works in design, what works in art. They both work together, you can’t separate the two.” Jess has been involved in creating visual arts since she was a child. “I’ve always made art since I was little. Then I did art and design at North Devon College in Barnstaple.” Being here in Cornwall, this latest chapter in her evolution as an artist has been helpful. “It’s been a great place to focus on my art. Working part-time has given me the opportunity to explore my own creative ideas and have Visit our website -


the time to develop them. So it’s been really good.” Since she has been living here, Jess has been creating a series of beautiful handmade cards, which are for sale in Newslines. “I collage different elements together. I’ll combine some stitching, vintage fabric and buttons, pearls, antique stamps, sequins and beads – things I’ve collected over the years. Living here on the coast of Cornwall has inspired some maritime themes: like seashells, mermaids,


make it move. So far I’ve got a magician, a clown, a sailor and a mermaid. I’ll be coming up with more characters in the circus/seaside theme.” Jess does paintings that are Another new departure for Jess is making paper puppets larger works in a surrealistic style, in which she creates her in a vintage Victorian style, own characters. which will also be available to buy in Newslines. “These “From these paintings, I puppets are very much as the create textile art, inspired by Victorians used to make them. traditional embroidery. I use So it’s a flat piece of card with vintage and antique fabrics as the base and stitch my own the image of the puppet on characters onto them, using it, which you cut out and collected sequins, beads and make yourself. It has split pearls to embellish them.” pins in the joints so you can She also makes headpieces for party and occasion wear. “A lot of the work I do is in a burlesque style and inspired by the 1920s through to the 1950s. You can message me on my Facebook page if you’re going to any special occasion and I can make headpieces or costumes to suit. I also do commissions for artworks on any theme.” Jess is going back to Cardiff in September to do a degree course in costume design. But she will be coming back for regular visits and her creations will continue to be available in Newslines. If you’d like to know more, her Facebook page is: jcampbellplover Or if you’d like to commission your own unique creation you can e-mail her: jesscampbellplover@yahoo. birds, waves, boats. It’s very different to the work I’ve done before which is more urban and focused on fashion and costume. So it’s been fun.”

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‘The Link’ Supporting the Local Community In Link 202, page 16 (February/March) we asked readers to apply for one of four £250 grants to be spent on an activity that would benefit the local community. In the event, we actually selected six:

Jess Memorial Surf Competition This is being held in favour of the charity Papyrus (Prevention of Suicide in Youngsters). We gave the the organiser, Pam Solley, £427.50 which she had paid from her own pocket to insure the event. This means that there will be £427.50 more profit to give to the charity.

Wadebridge Dragons Swim Team This is an active and competitive club providing regular training for swimmers wishing to improve their swimming, lifesaving and water sport skills. Members range from the age of 6 to adult and the membership has been steadily growing in recent years. We gave them £250 to purchase training fins.

Pityme Inn Defibrillator The Pityme Inn, Rock, has been helping raise money to install a defibrillator following the death of a regular customer. Captions Top: Pam Solley (left) accepts a cheque from Link’s editor, Kerensa Beer-Robson, for £427.50 for the Jess Memorial Surf Competition. Centre: Kerensa presents a cheque for £250 to Finn Stewart of the Wadebridge Dragons. Lower: Claire Warr, Link Diary Editor (2nd from Right) presents a £250 cheque to Andrea Drago to go towards the cost of the Pityme Inn defibrillator. Norman Trebilcock on the left represents FLEET with Sophie Smith. 36 We welcome local stories and photographs.

They have held a ‘Quiz Night’ and with other contributions and with Link’s £250 they now have enough money for the installation to go ahead.

St Minver Cricket Club They were awarded £250 to be used towards the purchase of an electronic scoreboard which the club desperately needs.

Polzeath Tubestation Community Garden A £250 grant from Link will be used to buy cotton bags to promote the planned ‘Community Garden’. Around 50% of all cotton bag sales will go into the community garden project and the remainder will be used to purchase more bags.

Wadebridge and District Museum The £250 from Link will be used to purchase materials to enable the museum’s displays to be rotated more frequently. Details of all previous donations made by St Minver Link to the local community can be found at donations-we-have-made Captions Top: Ted Curtis, Link’s Treasurer, presents a cheque for £250 to Marion Hawken of St Minver Cricket Club.. Centre: Tubestation’s Wednesday morning toddler group happily interrupted their vegetable picking to accept a cheque for £250 from Link’s secretary Sarah Roberts. Lower: Barbara Le Main, Link Editorial, presents £250 to Helen Rawe (front right) in front of delighted volunteers of Wadebridge and District Museum. Visit our website - 37


St Breock School held their Year 6 leavers party at Swallows Rest in St Minver. They celebrated with a BBQ and Disco. If the photograph is anything to go by they had a really good time. Photo: Jessica Makin We welcome local stories and photographs.

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St Minver School The Headmaster’s Report Well, we come to the end of another year here at St Minver School, and what an amazing year it has been. We have done so much over the year that it is hard to do justice to it all in this small article, but to mention just a few;

Sports We have excelled at Sports again this year too. Our Year 5 pupils took part in Aspire games at Par Athletics track and did very well indeed. We also had great success at netball, cross country, triathalon , key stage 1 festival, dance competitions, swimming and district sports. We have also taken part in a local cluster initiative called ‘Our Girls Can.’ Our Year 5 girls headed off with girls from other local schools to take part in a day of fun, physical activity at RAF St Mawgan.

They had great fun, made lots of new friends and excelled at some new and exciting activities, without any boys to put them off. Well done girls!

Museum as well as enjoying a trip to the West End to see Matilda. This certainly inspired them to put on a fantastic end of year performance.

Circus Day

Outings Many of our pupils have visited the theatre at both the Hall for Cornwall and The Minack and have enjoyed shows such as ‘Horrible Histories’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’

We have also enjoyed a number of special days in school too. I must mention beth kent and her team who put on a fantastic circus day to help raise money for children’s hospice south west. We also had an amazing pirate day, with a special visit from captain jack sparrow himself, who helped to turn our motley looking crew into worthy seamen, and women.

There have been so many trips and visits this term for our children to enjoy. They have been to Trerice Manor, The Recycling Centre, Truro Museum and Cathedral, local churches and beaches and the Goodbyes .. zoo! We have a few sad goodbyes Year 6 enjoyed their annual to say this year. Mrs Hearn, trip to London, where Mrs Smith and Mrs Every have they visited the Houses of all called it time to move on. We will miss them greatly Parliament and the Science here at school, and we wish them the very best for the future and thank them for all they have contributed to this wonderful school.

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for by the Link, so we would like to thank them very much for that. What a lovely way to end the year. We hope that you all have a fantastic summer, and look forward to doing all, or at least, of this again next year.

Would You Like to Help? Every for sound and lighting support and of course, Mr Howard, for his spectacular vision in staging the show. Many others helped out too, so I apologise if you did not get a specific mention.

Punch and Judy In the last week of this term, we enjoyed a whole school Punch and Judy performance courtesy of Professor Goodvibes, paid

One little request, if any of you out there have a few spare hours in the week and would like to come and support us in school, particularly with reading, we are always keen to hear from you. Do get in touch!

Brownies Donkey Derby Raises ÂŁ500

The Brownies annual Donkey Derby on Trewint Field was very well attended by locals and

visitors and raised an impressive ÂŁ500 for their funds. The well -stocked WI refreshment stall

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practically sold out of cakes, pasties and sausage rolls and pasties.

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki As the leaves start to fall and the breeze becomes that little bit crisper, you start to wonder what to wear in the awkward transition between light weight summer outfits and cosy cable knits. So how do you dress in this pre-autumn period? There are easy tweaks that you can make to your summer outfits that mean you can dress both seasonally and stylishly!

The Change of a Dress the early autumn months. Your favourite floral dress doesn’t have to be stored away for the winter months just yet! Why not couple with a light denim jacket and pair of ankle boots to make an effortless transition? Even add a pair of opaque black tights if the weather decides to become chilly. For a more effortless look throw on a lightweight knit over the top of a cute summer dress, so you can feel comfortable while looking great! Remodel your maxis, add a long knitted cardigan to a summer maxi dress or skirt and watch your outfit transform.

Versatile Blouses A pretty blouse is a really good choice and can easily be worn in the heat of summer by pairing with denim shorts, however, it can be just as easily worn in 42

Simply swap the shorts with a pair of dark skinnies and add a statement necklace for a different look that fits in perfectly with the tricky pre-autumn season. Or for a more feminine look team with a pleated skirt, tights and a pair of knee-high boots. Layering Simply layering your outfits can mean you can stretch your summer wardrobe throughout autumn. For example add

a black leather jacket and black tights to a white flowing playsuit to add a bit of edge to what you previously wore as a dainty beach outfit in the warm months. A must have layering item for this year is a poncho, this can be worn whatever the weather! Vero Moda vest tops are perfect for wearing on their own in the sunshine, or for layering underneath a lightweight

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Striking Knits

knit. But remember to stick to only three layers, to avoid drowning in too many clothes!

Going forward, striking out there, knits are going to be huge! This may include the pattern or some interesting Mammoth Coat detail, one of our faves is A huge upcoming trend a cut out shoulder detail. for 2015 is big textured These are perfect for now coats; these can be worn all worn with little denim year round. Thanks to our shorts and think tread temperamental weather sandals and then for the it can be added to our winter layer up and pair summer outfits on those with equally chunky soled breezy summer evenings boots! for a bold statement. For Accessorize! the colder days add tights and knee-high boots for a Use accessories to turn show stopping look! your warm-weather basics

into outfits fit for the cold. Scarves in brown, camel and mustard can instantly convert your summer pieces to more autumn appropriate combinations. For example, casually loop a camel coloured scarf around your neck with a light dress, and match with a camel coloured handbag to complete the look. In contrary with these neutral accessories, wear your bright and bold summer bags to spice up an allblack autumn attire.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett Regular readers of my diary will know that I have recently completed a commission for a painting


of the owners four cats, as imagined in Cobb Cottage garden. So, to continue the narrative, here is

the finished painting ‘Conference At Cobb Cottage’. It was with great relief that I received the

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letter from them saying how much they liked it - I could then pay in the cheque with a clear conscience! Such an unusual request prompted discussion with friends, particularly the Tuesday morning coffee drinkers, some amused, some puzzled, I think, at what I was trying to create. You may remember my last words in the July/August Link describing my garden in its full summer glory, I ended with the words. “Keep quite still, and you may even see a cat . . .” Well imagine . . . It is Wednesday 16th June, a beautiful day and I am sitting in the garden, catching up with the Sunday paper, (it takes me a week to read it). A strong shadow was cast round my chair, and I was suddenly aware of a moving shadow. A sleek, black cat emerged, looking up at me with a gentle miaow, purring his way around my chair and allowing me to stroke him. He was not completely black, having white boots on his back legs. I have no idea where he came from as nobody around here has a cat. Was he on holiday? (People do actually bring cats on

holiday - amazing - and they do get lost). This cat seemed aware of the corners of the garden where the rabbits used to burrow (now thankfully, no longer a problem). He sat under a small castiron table, as if watching. After a while we strolled round the garden together, he watching to make sure I was following, when suddenly he bolted, over the wall. I haven’t seen or heard of him since. It was a surreal incident because it is one thing to create a story, but quite another when it comes true! My friend, Sandra, thinks it is not so strange: “he obviously read the Link article!” There is no doubt that stories about cats have always captured the imagination, possibly because, although they seem to love us, they are also very independent and take it or leave it as they please. The other happening this summer has been the Cornwall Watercolour Society Exhibition at Rock Institute for 10 days which, for artists who often work in isolation is a chance to meet people and enjoy some positive feedback. The show was well

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received, according to the visitors book. I enjoy my day sitting in, and make my ‘Notes From An Exhibition’. I note many people just want to quietly view without interruption, others liked to talk about one’s paintings. So we talk about inspiration - the right textures, technique, the paper one uses, all these can be fascinating, whether the person is just starting to paint, or is a successful professional artist. One visitor was fascinated with Rock Institute as a building and how a village hall could be in such good repair. He traced its history by locating the old fireplaces, and noticed the gouged floor where doors used to close across, and admired the stage, and the spotlights on the paintings. “What a wonderful asset to the village”, he said as he left. I’m not sure whether he actually viewed any of the paintings, but he certainly enjoyed his visit. We communicate on many levels.


Brain Gym David Topliffe

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Last month’s quiz What do the letters stand for?

-Three Coins in a Fountain. -57 Heinz Varieties. -Battle of Waterloo. -66 Books in the Bible.

5 24 C means PG -24 Carat means pure gold. 6 29028 H of E in F -29,028 height of Everest in feet. 7 7 B for S B -7 Brides for 7 Brothers.

This month’s quiz These are funny Trick Questions 1 If it took 8 men 10 hours to build a wall, how long would it take 4 men to build it?

an oil lamp, some newspaper and kindling wood. Which would you light first?

2 If Mr Smith’s peacock lays an egg in Mr Jones’ yard, who 5 A truck driver is going down a one way street the wrong owns the egg? way, and passes a policeman. Why is he not caught? 3 If there are 6 apples and you take way 4, how many do you have? 4 If you had 1 match, and entered a dark room containing

6 An electric train is moving north at 100 mph, the wind is blowing to the west at 10mph. Which way does the smoke blow?

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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A Book Review by John Baxter

Walking Away Simon Armitage Published by Faber & Faber Hardback £16.99 from Wadebridge Books. Despite their common theme (walking in SW England) there is little similarity between Philip Marsden’s ‘Rising Ground’ and Simon Armitage’s ‘Walking Away’. Marsden’s scholarly tasting of the historiography of Cornwall (reviewed in Link Issue 201 this year ) is in sharp contrast to the jaunty travels of a troubadour poet who, in 2010, walked the Pennine Way and subsequently wrote ‘Walking Home’. ‘Walking Away’ offers ‘a neat symmetrical opposite to the previous adventure, specifically the north coast of the SW Coast path, a journey that by a quirk of maths is exactly the same distance as the Pennine Way.’ Another co-incidental connection with the author of ‘Rising Ground’ is revealed in the Introduction to this delightful book as Armitage mentions he was born in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden, where he grew up and which continues to be the focus of much of his writing, especially his poems. Simon Armitage is one of the nation’s most distinguished contemporary poets with a glittering array of awards and honours, including the Keats-Shelley Prize for poetry, and the award of the CBE for services to poetry. A few poems decorate the text, the most interesting perhaps being ‘Scillonia’ at the very end of the book. Armitage was determined to visit the Scillies, and to venture to Samson (he failed), and was particularly pleased to see

the grave of Harold Wilson on St. Mary’s. ‘Scillonia’ touches upon this:“Lord Harold lounges in his beachside grave, Eye sockets full of the west, pink sea thrift Crowning his skull, an acetylene wand Of purple agapanthus in his fossil fist.’ ... a neat bookend for Armitage’s journey providing a contrast with the statue of the former Prime Minister outside

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Huddersfield railway station. The introduction to the book reveals the purpose of the journey. ‘I conceived the walk as a test of my poetic reputation...... in some ways I felt as if I was testing the reputation of poetry itself’. This is because, as in his first journey, Armitage walks penniless, but barters board and lodging in return for nightly readings of his poetry. He hands round a sock inviting the audience to contribute whatever they think he is worth and, in the final reckoning at the end of the book Armitage lists entertainingly what is left in the sock after the money has been removed. Each day’s walk is meticulously planned, as is the evening performance, and he is supported by a huge suitcase, called the ‘Galapagos Tortoise’, transported westwards by car as part of the daily barter. His only literal support is a holly stick, cut from his garden, and mislaid in Newquay, a misfortune which prompted significant activity on social media, extending to Idaho! Armitage writes with wit and gentle ribbing of the eccentrics he meets en route. The richness of his poetic eye is evident throughout - sparrowhawks ‘jerking and scything’, and a raven ‘cronking and honking’ but it is his comic descriptions and self-deprecation that particularly catch attention. The death of Seamus Heaney, however, brought to his attention by a ‘mercy dash’ by his wife in Lynton, introduces a brief but heartfelt tribute to a genius, ‘the ambassadorial face of post-war poetry’, and ‘a chieftain among poets, a scholar among critics, and among readers a citizen of the world’ Link readers will be particularly entertained by the author’s appearance in the vicinity of the Camel Estuary. Polzeath is described as a ‘smart and 50

trendy resort’, Daymer Lane as ‘thirtiesstyle’ and St. Enodoc Church spire as ‘ a twisted witch’s hat’. Golfers will be aware of the ‘gauntlet’ of 2 fairways, the strictly enforced footpaths and the risk of ‘battery by golf ball and /or bollocking by golfer’. The description of golfers in Rupert Bear outfits on a Wednesday in September suggests the ‘Rabbits’ might have been active. Rock is mercifully ignored, but due deference is paid to Padstow and Wadebridge Library, the venue for his reading. The proximity of the John Betjeman Centre provides the opportunity for an unprofessional jibe. After acknowledging the qualities securing Betjeman’s place in the grand anthologies of British poetry, Armitage avers, ‘to those who see no further than his cuddly teddy-bear image, or are turned off by the air of public school Victorian Englishness that informed his views, characterised his television persona and infused his voice, a disused railway station on a disused branch line in a small country town would seem his perfect terminus.’ No-one, including Betjeman fans, should be discouraged from reading this hugely entertaining, enjoyable and comic book. Armitage seems to relish putting himself down, so when he states, ‘I’ve no doubt this is a more tiring and tiresome journey than the Pennine Way’, one senses that steep gradients, sore feet and wet weather have deflected the author from true appreciation of the majesty of the SW Coastal path. The one serious disappointment concerns the black and white photographs. Presumably taken by the author they are of poor quality and add nothing, except a sense of dreariness, to what is otherwise a sparkling, bright and immensely colourful book.

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Local Characters Celebrating community spirited and colourful local characters Caroline Harbour interviews Pam Solley

I caught up with Pam just after she and her husband had public spiritedly been laying down new duck boards across a marshy patch on a very popular footpath near St Enodoc Church. Pam has walked her dogs here for the last 40 years. Pam and her team have been responsible for decorating the Church with flowers for about 15 weddings a year for 15 years. A voluntary act that brings such pleasure to so many. She still finds time to care for elderly relatives and raise large sums of money for charity including over £20,000 in the last 4 years for CHICKS (Country holidays for Inner City Children ) by running half marathons and holding the Jess Solley Memorial Surf Competition. And now, 6 years since losing her youngest daughter Jessica to suicide, she is raising funds for PAPYRUS – a helpline aimed at preventing youth suicide. This special person agreed

to answer my questions. What was your first car? “A Black Ford Popular with a starting handle and diabolical brakes.” Is there anything you would have done differently in your life given a second chance? “I would want to understand Jessica more.” Do you have a very strong childhood memory? “Building camps in the woods.” What was the worst part time/full time job you ever had? “Working in a typing pool and longing to be outside.” What are you most proud of? “My Children’s sporting and academic achievements.” What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? “I threw a pot of gloss fencing paint over my sister’s head when we were little, whilst painting jumps for the horses.” If you could share a high tide, sunset drink with a few other people who would they be and where would it be?

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“At Broadagogue with my family.” What do you spend most of your time doing when you are not working? “Dog walking and gardening.” If you could bring back something that has gone from our world now, what would it be? “Jessica.” What was your favourite lesson at school? “Maths.” What do you enjoy most about your local area? “The natural countryside, the wild flowers and the beautiful walks.” Your husband has described you in three words as honest, caring and selfless Pam had a little trouble accepting this but acknowledged that it was probably true. 51

Solving the Shade Problem

Gardening made easy

Nick Bacon, Trelawney Garden Centre the wild such as bluebells, cow parsley, lady’s smock and primroses get their flowering over before the leafy canopy overhead becomes too dense to admit direct light in the garden. Leafier plants have sculptural qualities which add another dimension. For this situation plants worth a try include columbines, dicentra, spectabilis (bleeding heart) epimediums, hostas and pulmonarias. The much underrated fern is among the most attractive of plants for shady places. There are ferns for both moist and dry places but some Go for foliage do need frost protection. Shade plants need not be dull. Shapes and The male fern dryopteris filixmas is an different leaf textures can be put to good use. excellent starter it will thrive in any soil, Variegated forms of euonymus fatsias, hostas except water logged, and it will tolerate dry and ivies are really useful. Also many yellowshade. One of the most dramatic ferns is leafed plants prefer semi-shaded positions blechnum taburare which thrives in damp, where their foliage won’t be scorched by the lime free soils where the winter temperature sun. is not too severe - the fronds are on strong Good golden foliage plants worth trying arching stems extending nearly 1m in length. include the ornamental grass millium effusum What about bulbs aureum, rich yellow hedera helix, ‘buttercup’ Early bulbs make the best use of the fragrant flowered philadelphus coronarius temporary light under deciduous trees that ‘aureus’ and the japanese maple acer have not yet put on their canopy of foliage. shirasawanum ‘aureum’. A good combination for a stunning winter The variegated ivy hendera helix ‘goldheart’ display are sheets of cyclamen comb joined trained up a trellis tree or wall will brighten a by gold winter aconites and the nodding dull corner all year round. heads of snowdrops. The mauve carpet of Owners of problem gardens, even those with a few sunless tubs in the darkest of places such as basement steps can solve the shade problem with brightness from a shrewd choice of shade loving plant. There are areas of partial or permanent shade in every garden caused by trees, buildings and walls. Because so many plants are available for the open, sunny parts of the garden, shade shade loving plants are often considered difficult or undesirable by comparison.

Trees and their shade crocus tommasinianus signals that winter is The shade produced by deciduous trees on the way out. Spring woodland bulbs such is different from that cast by evergreens. as erythroniums and trilliums relish the low Deciduous trees allow a certain amount light values of a sunless border and make of light to reach the ground below during excellent companions for ferns and emerging autumn, winter and much of spring. hostas. A rich soil full of leaf mould or well rotted garden compost will emulate the leaf The shade of evergreens is permanent, litter of their habitat. creating a dark dry desert that would not nourish a blade of grass. Coping with dry shade A good choice of bulbs and early flowering While shade itself need not cause many perennials can take advantage of off season problems for the gardener the combination of light beneath deciduous trees. Flowers in drought and shade can. 52 We welcome local stories and photographs.

The foot of a sunless wall is often a difficult position because of dry soil that accompanies the gloom. Painting the wall white or a very pale colour will reflect a little more light, but to enjoy the wide range of shade tolerant plants water retaining ability of the soil will need to improve. A good trick to keep moisture in the ground is to shred up black and white newspaper and place a couple of inch layer in the planting hole and water it well. With adequate soil moisture it is possible to grow hydrangeas. Astrantias, Japanese anemones and the tall fragrant tobacco plant

nicoiana sylvestris. If mulching alone is not enough to retain moisture it might be worth considering a timer controlled seep hose under the mulch What was the snail doing on the motorway......... Less that one mile a day. And finally... A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. Coming in the next issue: the late autumn and winter fact file I am available for talks and demonstrations with a couple of new talks for 2016. Please get in touch if interested on 01208 814793

St Minver Highlands Parish Council Helen Highland - 01208 812289 - Policing

PCSO Claire Drennan continues working in the area and keeps in contact, attending as many meetings as she can. In her report for the month of May, there were no reports of crime, commenting, “I obviously still urge crimes to be reported as I do question if this is a true reflection or are crimes not being reported because people can’t get through on telephone number 101?” There were two crimes recorded in June 2015: one burglary and one theft from motor vehicle This compares favourably to the three offences recorded for the same period in 2014: One burglary, one drink drive and one theft. PCSO Drennan said “I would also like to bring to your attention that random thefts are on the increase

with garden furniture etc being targeted so please keep gates locked and take measures to keep items safe and secure within your gardens and grounds.”

Highways Issues

The Parish Council asked for more appropriate signage to slow down the traffic on Gutt Hill and highlight that this is a blackspot with dangerous bends; Cormac has looked at this and improved the layout. There are no plans to alter the junction at present however the new signing will give the impression that the junction has reduced in size and hopefully this will in turn reduce approach speeds. Currently, there is a road closure on Atlantic Terrace and along Atlantic Mews will follow. This is to facilitate the rebuilding of the Atlantic House Hotel as large cranes and other equipment will be

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in use. 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.

Public Conveniences

Cornwall Council is exploring various avenues of funding to safeguard the provision of public conveniences, particularly with regard to commercial opportunities. Tenders have been invited to continue running the facilities but, as yet, no decision has been made on those at New Polzeath.

Blue Flag Award

Polzeath Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status which is an achievement to be proud of. Grateful thanks to all those who have had some input on this. 53

Automatic External Defibrillators Claire Warr, Link Reporter

In this latest edition of The Link, you may have already noted the excellent fund raising endeavours of the late Brian Smith’s family who, together with the fund raising efforts of the Pityme Inn and a grant from The Link, have generated enough money to supply a FLEET (Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust) defibrillator for our local community. Brian, who passed away suddenly in April, was well known in the area and much loved by his family, who thought it a fitting tribute to endow the community with a lasting legacy in his memory. This new defibrillator will be positioned on the outside wall of The Pityme Inn on the Rock Road side. A defibrillator is an apparatus used to restart a heart or control rapid, chaotic heart beats by application of an electric current to the chest wall or heart so that it resumes its normal rhythm. Defibrillation may be vital to saving lives. Thanks to some amazing fund raising efforts, we are now fortunate to have a number of FLEET defibrillators in the area: at the Camel Ski School, St Enodoc Hotel, The Point, the Waterfront (Polzeath), Gunvenna Holiday Park and, most recently, The Pityme Inn. Once the defibrillator has been used, it needs to be replenished to enable it to work again so it is usually taken in the ambulance, which is tracked by the FLEET team, who collects it, restores it to working order and repositions it. FLEET is the brainchild of Norman Trebilcock, himself an experienced paramedic. This year the charity celebrates its 25th anniversary. During this time it has supplied and operated 47 defibrillators in Cornwall and consequently saved countless lives. To mark the occasion of the anniversary, a 25-mile, circular bike ride will be taking place on September 12th, starting in Wadebridge and taking in St Kew Highway, Delabole, Rock and Padstow. The 54

If you ever find yourself in the situation where a defibrillator is required, here are the steps to go through to access one: 1- Call 999 and ask for the Ambulance service. 2- Ambulance Control will ask where you are and what the problem is. It will take you through the ABC protocol to check ‘A’ for airways, ‘B’ for breathing and ‘C’ for CPR. It will also ask how many people are available to assist. If there are two of you, one person will be asked to administer CPR which means the other can collect the nearest defibrillator in the area as identified by Ambulance Control. 3- The cabinet housing the defibrillator is opened remotely by a control centre in Exeter. This activates the defibrillator and alerts the local first aiders to also respond (as well as the ambulance which should also be on its way). 4- The defibrillator then needs to be taken to the site where the sick person is. 5- Clear, spoken instructions are given to the user on how to use the defibrillator to assist the sick person. entry fee is a fitting £25 which will go towards the running of yet more defibrillators in Cornwall. There will also be a free barbecue and free beer! For anyone interested in participating or finding out more about this fantastic charity, visit the FLEET website The family of Brian Smith would like to thank all those that contributed most generously to their fund raising efforts.

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Minver Place Weston Street, Bermondsey, London Stephen R Pearce, July 2015.

Way back in the early 1830’s my 3rd Great Grandfather, Thomas Colman Blake and his wife Elizabeth Blake née Wills, both natives of St Minver had left for Bodmin where several of their children were born including John Blake, my 2nd Great Grand Father in 1838. However, by 1839 the Blake family had left Bodmin to live in Crosby Row, Bermondsey, in the county of Surrey. Crosby Row, which still exists, is the road that leads from Long Lane, Bermondsey to Snowsfields where the vehicle entrance to the world famous Guy’s Hospital stands. I had researched my ancestors for a number of years but it was to take quite an unexpected turn of events. Thomas and his family were not the only the natives of St Minver to live in Bermondsey. There were cousins of Thomas nearby and there were the four Coleman brothers and, like Thomas and his family, they all appear on the census of 1841. Francis Coleman, a hatter, had premises in Borough High Street about 200 yards from Crosby Row. William Coleman, also a hatter, had premises in Chiswell Street in the City of London. Another was Jonathon Coleman, a builder, who lived in Church Street behind St Saviour’s

Church which is now known as Southwark Cathedral (near London Bridge). Jonathon was in partnership with the fourth brother, James Coleman, who originally lived in Church Square, near Jonathon’s home, but by 1851 he lived at No 19 Weston Street about 300 yards from Crosby Row. Thomas Colman Blake was a carpenter and builder and I believe he was working with James and Jonathon Coleman, possibly as a foreman, on the construction of a row of six terraced houses in Weston Street that was named ‘Minver Place’. The building firm of James and Jonathon Coleman (J&J Coleman) employed over 60 men and I discovered that besides houses they also built schools and churches, mostly in a rapidly expanding London. However the events that occurred at Minver Place shook Victorian Society to its very core. Marie Manning nee De Roux & Frederick George In 1844 Minver Place was completed and Manning executed, November 13th 1849 Thomas and his family returned to St Minver. Horsemonger Lane Gaol, Newington, Surrey. (Now They were to remain in Cornwall for about 2 the site of Newington Park, London Borough of years before returning to London. Also in 1844 Southwark.) James Coleman moved into No 1 Minver Place and he became the landlord for the other 5 properties. In early May 1847, an engaged couple called Frederick George Manning and Marie De Roux approached James Coleman and asked if they could rent No. 3 Minver Place. James agreed to the rental and the Manning’s moved in shortly afterwards having married on May 27th 1847. Frederick Visit our website - 55

who was born in Taunton, Somerset was a railway guard on the Great Western Railway and Marie, a Swiss national from Lausanne, was the Lady’s Maid to Lady Blantyre, the daughter of the Duke of Sutherland. It seems that Frederick had a poor reputation; he had previously been a suspect in a train robbery. The Manning’s relationship could only be described as toxic for Marie was also involved with a man called Patrick O’Connor, a 50 year old Irishman, who was described as a customs agent. It is believed that Marie had met O’Connor when on a paddle steamer trip to Boulogne in France in 1846 while working for Lady Palk, also as a Lady’s Maid. On August 9th 1849, Marie invited O’Connor for dinner at No. 3 Minver Place. His acceptance of the invitation An artistic impression of the discovery of Patrick O’Connor’s body in the basement kitchen at No 3 Minver Place on 17th August 1849. The Police were often referred to as “Peelers” in Victorian Britain. This is because the founder of the police force was Sir Robert Peel. He was the Tory Prime Minister from 1834 to 1835 and again from 1841 to 1846. Police officers are still referred to as “Bobbies” after Sir Robert Peel, the diminutive of Robert is Bobbv.


The victim, Patrick O’Conner, murdered at Minver Place August 9th 1849.

proved to be his undoing and while washing his hands in the basement kitchen, Marie produced a pistol and shot Patrick in the

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Life of the Mannings Executed at Horsemonger Lane Gaol on Tuesday 13th Nov But she preferred her present husband. As it appeared, and with delight, Slighted sore Patrick O’Connor, And was made Frederick Manning’s wife.

See the scaffold it is mounted, And the doomed ones do appear, Seemingly borne wan with sorrow, Grief and anguish, pain and care. They cried, the moment is approaching, When we, together, must leave this life, And no one has the least compassion On Frederick Manning and his wife.

And when O’Connor knew the story, Down his cheeks rolled floods of tears, He beat his breast and wept in sorrow, Wrung his hands and tore his hair; Maria, dear, how could you leave me? Wretched you have made my life, Tell me why do you deceive me, For to be Fred Manning’s wife?

At length they all were reconciled, And met together night and day, Maria Manning came from Sweden, Maria, by O’Connor’s riches, Brought up respectably, we hear, Dressed in splendour fine and gay. And Frederick Manning came from Taunton, Though married, yet she corresponded, In the county of Somersetshire. With O’Connor, all was right, Maria lived with noble ladies, And oft he went to see Maria, In ease and splendour and delight, Frederick Manning’s lawful wife. But on one sad and fatal morning, At length they plann’d their friend to murder, She was made Frederick Manning’s wife. And for his company did crave, She first was courted by O’Connor, The dreadful weapons they prepared, Who was a lover most sincere, And in the kitchen dug his grave. He was possessed of wealth and riches, And, as they fondly did caress him, And loved Maria Roux most dear. They slew him—what a dreadful sight,

First they mangled, after robbed him, Frederick Manning and his wife.

They absconded but were apprehended, And for the cruel deed were tried, When placed at the Bar of Newgate, They both the crime strongly denied. At length the Jury them convicted, And doomed them for to leave this life, The Judge pronounced the awful sentence, On Frederick Manning, and his wife. Return, he said, to whence they brought you, From thence unto the fatal tree, And there together be suspended, Where multitudes your fate may see. Your hours, recollect, are numbered, You betrayed a friend, and took his life, For such there’s not one spark of pity, For Frederick Manning and his wife. See what numbers are approaching, To Horse Monger’s fatal tree, Full of blooming health and vigour, What a dreadful sight to see. Old and young, pray take a warning, Females, lead a virtuous life, Think upon that fatal morning, Frederick Manning and his wife.

A souvenir poem sold at the execution in 1849 (reproduced above) warning ladies in particular to lead “a virtuous life.” Marie probably learned to speak English in Geneva where her father was the Postmaster. He had already passed away before 1849.. (the illustration is copied from the original leaflet).

looking for him. Marie and Frederick both fled the next day. Meanwhile O’Connor’s friends, after further searches proved fruitless, went to the Metropolitan Police who were soon on the case with the newly formed detective branch. On August 17th 1849, James Coleman let the police in to begin searching No 3 Minver Place and they soon noticed wet cement in the basement kitchen floor. The floor was dug up with the help of two of James Coleman’s workers and the terrible secret of Minver Place was revealed. The police were soon to Visit our website - 57

head. Frederick, who had been hiding, then finished Patrick with a crowbar. They then removed a flagstone and buried him under the kitchen floor, covering his body in quicklime and vitriol. Marie, soon afterwards, went to Patrick’s lodgings in Greenwood Street in East London and removed all of his valuables including some railway shares, about £4,000 in all, a considerable sum in 1849. However, Patrick was missed at work and soon two of his friends came to Minver Place

discover that Marie had fled to Edinburgh in Scotland while Frederick had travelled to St Helier in Jersey. Whilst in Edinburgh, Marie tried to sell the stolen railway shares bearing Patrick’s name. The stockbroker, who was suspicious, told her to return the next day to collect her money but it was she who was collected by the Edinburgh Police. The arrest took place on August 21st 1849, just 12 days after the murder. After the arrest of Marie for suspected fraud, the Edinburgh Police received a telegram from the Metropolitan Police stating it was possible Marie Manning was in Scotland as she had been potentially identified by a King’s Cross Station railway ticket clerk. She had travelled by hansom cab to King’s Cross from London Bridge Station and the driver had remembered her distinctive appearance. The grim discovery at Minver Place led to the story appearing in the newspapers. Frederick was soon arrested by the Jersey Police having been spotted, unluckily for him, by an old acquaintance. At one point in the manhunt the Home Secretary was told that the Mannings had fled to Australia on the ship ‘Constant’ and a warship was sent to intercept it. This was ironic as Thomas and Elizabeth’s eldest son, Thomas Blake Jnr later sailed to Australia with his wife, Mary Ann Blake née Capp on the very same ship. When they arrived they were shipwrecked onto the coast but fortunately all survived. After a sensational trial at the Old Bailey, at which James Coleman gave evidence, the couple were found guilty of the murder of Patrick O’Connor. Early on the morning of 13th November 1849 at Horsemonger Lane Gaol, Southwark, the Mannings, who were then both 28 years old, were taken from their cells onto the roof of the building. They were both hanged by William Calcraft, 58

the Public Executioner, in front of a crowd estimated at the time to be 30,000. There were also about 1,000 police officers on duty trying to keep order. Charles Dickens attended the trial and witnessed the execution from a first floor house window. He was to write in the Times Newspaper how unsavoury the whole proceedings were and castigated the crowd for their “wickedness and levity” which bolstered the campaign to abolish public executions. It is known that the crowd sang parodies of Victorian songs including “Oh! Susanna” substituting “Mrs Manning” for “Susanna”. This well known song had only been published the year before in 1848 in the USA. The crowd also drew villains, pickpockets, low prostitutes and ruffians of every sort. Several fights broke out and many women fainted and had to be dragged out of the crowd by the police, some with their dresses disordered. This execution of a married couple had been the first in 150 years, the Mannings proved to be the last. Charles Dickens was later to base his “Bleak House” character, ‘Hortense’ on Marie Manning. Marie and Frederick are also mentioned in Wilkie Collins, ‘The Woman in White’. The motive behind the crime was pure greed; during Marie’s time as a Lady’s Maid she had become used to the trappings of wealth. The Mannings’ personal effects were later sold anonymously at a public auction. Soon afterwards James Coleman received just over six pounds in compensation for the “trouble” at Minver Place. What had shocked Victorian Society so much was the cold-blooded planning of the murder. The Mannings had gone to great lengths to secure items to assist in their cruel machinations. Shopkeepers and their assistants remembered the items purchased. Some of these had been delivered to No 3

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Minver Place, including a bushel of lime on July 23rd, a full two weeks before the murder, and the crowbar that was delivered later, wrapped in brown paper. The Mannings even employed a young girl to help clean up No 3 Minver Place after they left. William Massey, a medical student at Guy’s, had lodged with the Manning’s until 6 weeks before the murder. He had met O’Connor a number of times whilst dining at Minver Place. He also was a witness at the trial. How the Manning’s came to believe that they may succeed in their evil venture nobody really knows. It is recorded that Frederick went to his death with a quiet dignity. He spent his last days repenting the crime and attempting, with the help of the prison chaplain, to make his peace with God. Marie on the other hand went to her death cursing the British and all they stood for. She swore, until the noose was placed over her head, that she was totally innocent. I do not know if my Blake ancestors or any of the Coleman brothers witnessed the execution. James Coleman had a very good excuse to be there. However there was a ghoulish interest in the scene of the crime and hundreds of people visited Weston Street to look at Minver Place. By 1851 the name Minver Place had been dropped and James Coleman’s home at No 1 Minver Place had become No 19 Weston Street. The crime became known as the ‘Bermondsey Horror’ and Marie as the ‘Woman who murdered black satin’. The reason for the latter is because Marie had a penchant for black satin dresses. It is alleged that this very popular fashion was frowned upon until Queen Victoria took up the fashion again on the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Marie and Frederick’s waxwork effigies were to live on in Madame Tussaud’s, Chamber of Horrors right up to the 1950’s. Staffordshire figures were also produced

depicting the Mannings, a pair of these are in the collection at Dickens House. A rather dilapidated Minver Place was to survive both World Wars and was eventually pulled down in 1959. It is possible that if the events of 1849 had not occurred there would be possibly be a Minver Place, Minver House or Minver Street in Bermondsey today, sadly we will never know. What was so ironic to me is that I worked at Guy’s Hospital for over 30 years. I know all the places mentioned. I knew staff members who lived in the Southwark Council flats that now stand on the site of the former Minver Place and I have walked along Crosby Row hundreds of times, where there was staff accommodation. I have also sat and eaten my lunch in Guy Street Park which in 1841/1851 was a builders yard rented by the Coleman’s and was directly opposite Minver Place. There is much on the internet and there have been a number of books about the events in 1849, including ‘The Woman Who Murdered Black Satin, The Bermondsey Horror’ by Albert Borowitz and ‘London 1849, A Victorian Murder Story’ by Michael Alpert. The Mannings are also mentioned in the children’s book ‘Horrible Histories, Villainous Victorians’. However, there is a common error among much of the information about Minver Place and that is the name. It is described mostly as Miniver Place or even Minerva Place. Fortunately I was able to contact Michael Alpert the author of ‘London 1849’ and he was delighted when I proved to his satisfaction that the correct name was Minver Place and its link to St Minver. I also sent the same proof to The John Harvard Library in Borough High Street, Southwark, who hold records of Minver Place. I have never been to St Minver but I do hope to visit one day. I shall look forward to it, in order to pay homage to those that have gone before. Visit our website - 59

Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP

The Government has wasted no time since May 8th in setting out its agenda and implementing its election manifesto before the summer recess starts. We have seen significant milestones being passed, including the Summer Budget, the announcement of English Votes on English Laws (EVEL), progression of The Scotland Bill (devolution) and the Assisted Dying Bill, as well as bringing forward the end to onshore wind subsidy and the introduction of the EU Referendum Bill. Sadly, this period was overshadowed by the tragic events in Tunisia, which reminded us all how fragile life is, and that even in a place of retreat and relaxation, there is always a threat to our safety. Terror attacks are nothing but counterproductive for those who commit them, as the resolve of those affected only becomes stronger to repel such evil. The Chancellor’s recent budget unlocked a new vision for British politics, that rewards hard-work, entrepreneurism, business and growth, while the


vicious circle that is the welfare state, which saw us spiral into so much debt, was finally cut down to size. Among it was a compulsory living wage that will rise to £9/hr by 2020, a new 8% tax on bank profits, a new family home allowance of £175,000 per person on top of the £325,000 inheritance tax threshold, 2% of GDP on defence spending, and extra NHS funding of £10bn. Welfare cuts will be spread over a longer period, meaning we will end the deficit and reach a surplus a year later in 2019/20. Elements of welfare which concern disabled adults and children will not be reduced, while claimants of tax credits will be on a more even keel with those who do not claim them, but are likewise on lower incomes. Before the summer recess I managed to get my first ever question for PMQs. I asked the Prime Minister about Launceston Medical Centre’s expansion, and whether he could provide me on its progress. He said that it was a priority project

and hoped that it would be part of the new push to make the NHS a true 7-daya-week service. History was made in July when Cornwall Council became the first rural local authority to gain new powers through a devolution package that David Cameron signed off at County Hall. The devolution deal will see Cornwall Council adopt more powers for buses, dispersal of EU funds, and health and social care. I was also delighted to hear that Wadebridge, St Endellion and Bude had won funding of £10,000 each from Government for a Coastal Community Team project, which sees the local councils working with local companies and organisations to put the money to good use. Constituency Office: 10, Market House Arcade, Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2JA 01208 74337 http://

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To attend contact Janet Heath (01208 Trebetherick & Polzeath WI 863884) or John Warn (01208 862510) First Thursday of month; The Rock Aquafit by the preceding Sunday.Rock Gig Institute; 7.30pm Summer months, Wednesdays; 9.15 am – 10.15 am; 2pm during the winter from October Rowing Club Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20 Wednesdays; from 5.30 pm; Rock Volleyball Lifeboat Station Badminton Wednesdays; 7.45 pm – 8.45 pm; Mondays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – Roller Disco Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – Saturdays (every second one); 5.30 pm Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 – 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Wadebridge & District Care Thursdays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Cost £4.50, 50p skate hire for the Aged Exercise Class Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost – St Minver Brownies Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 Wednesdays; 6 - 7.30 pm; Guide Hut, John Betjeman Centre; Tel 01208 Circuit Training Trewint Lane, Rock 812392 Tuesdays; 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm; St Minver Parish Council Meeting Wadebridge Camels RFC Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20 Tuesdays; 8 September, 13 October; Junior Training Thursdays; 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm; from 7.30 pm; The Perceval Institute, Wednesdays; from 6.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £5.20 St Minver; All welcome to attend. Molesworth Field, Egloshayle Road; Country Market Contact: Mel Dyke (Tel. 01208 814447) St Minver PCC Meeting Thursdays; 8.40 am – 12.30 pm; Thursday, 17 September; from 7.30pm; Wadebridge Canoe Club Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact Mrs The Perceval Institute, St Minver Evening Paddle Jasper (Tel 01208 850796) St Minver Messy Church Tuesdays; 6.30 pm; Wadebridge Canoe Get Crafty! 1st Saturday in the month; 9 am Club, Trevilling. For more information: Polzeath Marine Conservation Group 12.30 pm; The Perceval Institute; light Every Wednesday during the summer breakfast, crafts, a bible story Wadebridge & District Care holiday from Wednesday July 29 St Minver Senior Circle for the Aged Tai Chi to Wednesday August 26, 10.30am Every other Tuesday; Rock Methodist Tuesdays; John Betjeman Centre; Cost -12.30pm; Polzeath Marine Centre; Church; Cost £1 to include light – Free; Tel 01208 812392 our popular marine themed arts and refreshments; Tel 01208 869427 crafts are back by popular demand! Wadebridge & District Care From strandline creations to rock-pool St Minver Short Mat Bowls for the Aged Computer Class Tuesdays and Fridays; 6.45 pm – 9 wonders, everyone can enjoy getting Thursdays; John Betjeman Centre; elbow deep in recycled craft creations. pm; Lingham Hall (St Minver Primary Cost – Free; Bring your own laptop; Tel Bring your imagination and a parent School); Cost £2 (including tea & 01208 812392 biscuits); first two sessions free; or a guardian if under 18; £2 per Wadebridge & District Care equipment provided person

Marriage Preparation

Saturday, 10 October; Perceval Institute


Thursdays; 9.30 am - 12.30 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632) * No classes 30 July & 6, 13 August Fridays; 6 pm - 7 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632) * No classes 31 July & 7, 14 August

Pityme Lunch Club

Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls for the Aged Stroke Club

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

NEW! Sewing Group

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

Wadebridge & District Care

for the Aged Tea Dance Tuesdays; 7 pm - 9 pm; The Rock Fridays; 2 pm – 4.30 pm; John Institute. For more information contact Mrs J O’Donnell 07791 779442 Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Tel 01208 812392

St Minver Football Club

Home matches at Trewint Lane, Rock; Saturdays; All matches kickoff 2.30pm. For match information contact secretary: Roy Birchwood 01208 880549

2nd Wednesday of Every Month, 12 Swimfit noon for 12.30; Pityme Inn, Rock; A social gathering with a two course set Wednesdays: 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm; lunch for £10 including tea or coffee. Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £4.40

Weekly Fitness League

Wednesdays; 10 am – 12.15 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact Heather Jordan, Tel. 01208 321771 Wadebridge Tennis Club Sessions Wednesday & Friday evenings; from 6 pm; Sunday morning; from 10.30 am; Contact: James 07881 583971 61

Wadebridge Town Band Rehearsals

Ale Festival

Friday September 4 - Sunday September 6; Bodmin and Wenford Fridays; Juniors 6 pm - 7 pm; Seniors Railway, Bodmin. Travel behind 7 pm - 9 pm; The Churchill Bars, The Conservative Club; Molesworth Street, an impressive fleet of locomotives. Wadebridge; Contact: Eric Gill 01208 The Real Ale Festival will be open throughout the weekend featuring a 815125 range of locally brewed real ales. For Wadebridge Youth Club more info go to www.bodminrailway. (Juniors & Seniors). Fridays; Juniors ( 11 years) 5.45 pm - 7.15 pm; Seniors (12-16) 7.30 pm - 9 pm; The Basement, Photographic Art The Exchange, Molesworth Street; Exhibition: Nick Reader Contact 913593 Wednesday 9 September - Tuesday 15 September; The Rock Institute Yoga

Mondays (Intermediate); 6.30 pm – 8 pm; The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge; Wednesdays (General/ Beginners); 7.30 pm – 9 pm; Contact: Jane Paterson (Tel 01208 815252)


National Trust Coastal Challenge

Tuesday September 1, 7pm; Coastal Challenge Series, Port Quin; we are celebrating our amazing coastline this year by going out for a run on some of the best bits. 10k and 5k social runs with the help of Bodmin Road Runners. Join us for a BBQ after (bring your own food and drink) £1.50 per runner Booking essential: 01208 863821 or tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.

Art Exhibition: Andrew Jago Tuesday September 1 - Tuesday September 8; The Rock Institute

Coffee Morning

Wednesday September 2, 10 am - 12 noon; The Old Vicarage, St Minver; Cakes, bring and buy, Plants and much more; Raffle; Admission £2; Proceeds to be shared by St Minver Churches and ShelterBox. All Welcome

Trebetherick & Polzeath WI

Thursday September 3, 7 pm; Rock Institute; Meeting, Speaker: Mr J Ellis, Subject: ‘Bust me Bras!’; guests welcome

Sunset, Fire & Feast Nights

Each Friday throughout September from September 4, 7.30 pm - 10pm; Bedruthan Hotel & Spa. An intimate, open-kitchen, three course seafood feast finished with a fire pit over looking the sea. Tickets £30 per person; Tel 01637 860860

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refreshments en route and a free ferry ride from Rock to Padstow. Entry is free but participants must be sponsored for more than £25. For more information go to www.fleet.

Art Exhibition: Gwynngala

Wednesday 16 September Wednesday 23 September; The Rock Institute

North Cornwall National Trust Meeting

Friday, September 18; 1.30 pm - 5 pm; Perceval Institute

Festival of Food at the Eden Project

Polzeath Mega Beach Clean

Ben Jordan - American musician from Denver, Colorado

Tuesday, September 22, 10 am - 12 pm; Perceval Institute

Saturday, September 19, 3 pm; Thursday, 10 September - Sunday, 27 Polzeath Marine Centre; help September; The Eden Project. Eden BeachCare, National Trust and welcomes a stellar line-up of celebrity Polzeath Marine Conservation chefs, including Aldo Zilli, Phil Vickery, Group volunteers clean the Ken Hom and Jean-Christophe beaches at Polzeath. All equipment Novelli. All talks and events are free provided; Contact 07779 896650 or with Eden Admission. For more for further information go to www.edenproject. information com/vist/whats-on/festival-of-foodMichael Vaughn Antiques in-cornwall

Friday, 11 September, from 7.30 pm; Hay Studio, Washaway, nr Bodmin. Ben’s songs range from intimate ballad to high energy foot stomper and everywhere in between. Tickets: £6-£8; for more information call 01208 832544

Make hay while the sun shines

Saturday September 12, 10am – 4pm; Lundy Bay; help National Trust rangers encourage biodiversity in the marvellous hay meadows around Lundy Bay (near Polzeath) by raking off the cut flowers and grasses which have set seed. Whatever the weather you’ll get a ploughman’s lunch and cup of cider/apple juice for your trouble – all at £1.50 per person; Contact: 01208 863821 or sarahe. for further information

FLEET Fundraising Cycle Ride

Saturday September 12; 10 am (Registration from 9.15 am); Starting at Wadebridge. Celebrate FLEET’s 25th Anniversary by entering this 25-mile bike ride, taking in the villages and towns of St Kew Highway, St Teath, Delabole, Rock and Padstow. There will be a celebratory BBQ with free food and drink to follow with free


Art Exhibition: Abbie Searle Thursday 24 September - Monday 28 September; The Rock Institute

St Minver Church Harvest Supper Saturday, September 26; Perceval Institute

The Endelienta Scholars

Saturday September 26, 7.30pm, St Endellion Church; The autumn season of concerts commences with the return of the young vibrant Endelienta Scholars. Following a successful debut last year, they return with a programme of British choral classics with Oliver Tarney (conductor) and Jamal Sutton; Tickets £10 (free to accompanied under-16s), available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at Or you can call in at the Wadebridge Bookshop, 43 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge


Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Thursday October 1, 2 pm; Rock Institute; Meeting, Speaker: David Youlden, Subject: ‘Laughter with Ladies’; guests welcome

Jumble Sale

Saturday October 3, 2 - 4 pm; Rock Institute; held in aid of the St Minver Branch of Cancer Research UK; refreshments available

Rock Rowing Club Meeting Friday, October 9; 6.30 pm; Rock Institute

Art Exhibition: Andrew Jago Friday October 16 - Sunday October 25; Rock Institute

North Cornwall Book Festival

Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25; St Endellion, Port Isaac; There will be a variety of events including readings, discussions, workshops, a dedicated young people’s day and family events; the Festival’s chairman Patrick Gale will talk about his new book ‘A Place Called Winter’. The lineup of authors includes Neel Mukherjee (2014 Man Booker Prize shortlisted), Julia Copus, Patricia Duncker, and John Lanchester; Christopher William Hill, Jill Murphy, Caroline Cleave, Moray Laing and Chris Higgins will keep children entertained; There will also be workshops for aspiring writers or bookmakers on Romantic Fiction, Starting a Novel’, Poetry, Paper Making,Illustration and writing for children; for more information go to: or phone the Box Office 07787 944935.

Tom Hickox in Concert

Friday October 23 8pm, St Endellion Church; fresh from recording his

second album after triumphant appearances on Jools Holland, at Glastonbury and elsewhere, cult singer-songwriter Tom Hickox gives a first gig in the church where he is better known as chairman of the Summer Music Festival. Though often compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker, his magnificently moody style is all his own.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Saturday October 24, 7.30, St Endellion Church; a ‘folk band’ led by the multi-instrumentalist, Wild Willy Barrett, whose musical style has taken in folk, blues, psychedelia, pop and punk rock. With him are cellist Mary Holland, Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, and French singer Aurora Colson who tackles styles from Bluegrass to acoustic blues, Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf. Tickets £10 (free to accompanied under-16s), available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at Or you can call in at the Wadebridge Bookshop, 43 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge

Art Exhibition: Janet Shearer Monday October 26 - Sunday November 1; Rock Institute

fascinating walk. 3.5 mile coastal walk with some strenuous sections. Bring suitable walking gear and a packed lunch. £3 per person; information and booking: 01208 863046

Rockpool Ramble

Tuesday October 27, 10.30am – 12.30pm; Polzeath Marine Centre; join Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers exploring the wonders of the rock pools. £2 per person, PMCG members free; for further informarion on any of these events contact 07779 896650 or

Scrub ‘n’ Spuds

Wednesday October 28; Lundy Bay; bonfires, potatoes, toasting marshmallows! Bring along the family and help us in our efforts to cut back the gorse and blackthorn and help the wildlife living at our valuable coastal habitats around Lundy Bay. To thank you for your hard work, we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire. Just remember to bring clothing that is suitable for the weather and some sturdy boots (we’ll be working about 1km walk from the car). for further info and to book your places: 01208 863821 or sarahe.stevens@

Get Crafty

Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm; Polzeath Marine Centre; get Geology Rocks! elbow deep in arts and crafts making Tuesday October 27, 11am - 3pm; sea life creations. £2 per person, PMCG Pentire Head (near Polzeath); join local expert Jane Anderson to guide members free; for further informarion us through the geological history of on any of these events contact 07779 the area. With insights from National 896650 or email polzeathmc@gmail. Trust rangers this should prove to be a com

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Anglican Church Services Weekday Services 10am Wed St Minver 5.30pm Wed St Michael 530pm Sat St Enod0c

Holy Communion Evening Prayer Evening Prayer

Sunday September 6th 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday September13th 9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Morning Worship Evensong Evensong

Sunday September 20th 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday September 27th 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Harvest Thanksgiving Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday October 4th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Harvest Evensong Evensong

Sunday October 11th 9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Morning Worship Evensong Evensong

Sunday October 18th 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday October 25th 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Morning Praise Holy Communion Evensong

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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 Cornerstone, Trevanion Street, Wadebridge every Sunday at 10.30. All Age Worship 1st Sunday each month. Rocks for Primary School age children 10.15 - 11.30. Creche available 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 Transport 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: St Minver Area Mr Peter Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 862452 Mrs Jacqui Watson . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 862452 St Kew Area Mr David Pullen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 881148 Mrs Bridget Pullen . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 881148 Mr Ricardo Dorich . . . . . . . . . . . 01840 770225 Mrs Elizabeth Dorich . . . . . . . . 01840 770225 Charges are based on 45p a mile which includes reasonable waiting time.

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



(Bodmin & Wadebridge) ------- 01208 72833 (Tintagel)----------------------01840 770663


(Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)---01208 863481 (Wadebridge)------------------01208 812887


(Tubestation Polzeath)---------01208 869200

St Minver

(Warden Mrs E Elliott)---------01208 863905 (Warden Martin Broadfoot)----01208 863705

Doctor / Medical

Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge------- 01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital----------------01208 251300 Frank About Drugs--------------- 0800 776600 Drinkline------------------------0800 9178282 Port Isaac Surgery---------------01208 880222 Rock Surgery--------------------01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske)-----------------------01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre------01208 812222 Libraries

Cornwall Library Renewals Line-0845 6076119 All Libraries---------------------0300 1234111 Reference Library----------------0800 0322345 Police

Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)------101 Crimestoppers-------------------- 0800 555111 Emergency / Helplines

Age UK--------------------------0800 1696565 Air Ambulance HQ---------------01840 213574 Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service--0300 1234232 Electricity (Western Power Distribution)--- 0800 365900 National Domestic Violence Helpline----------------------0808 800 5000 National Gas Emergency Service- 0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine----------------- 0845 4647 Parentline Plus (24 hour)-------0808 8002222 Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, Coastguard----------------------------------999 Samaritans----------------------08457 909090 Women’s rape/abuse centre -------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999

Water Helpline------------------0800 1691144 Rock Water Taxi (Boat -during operating hours)-07778 105297 Veterinary and RSPCA Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)---01208 813258 (offices)------------------------01208 862815 Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)--------- 01208 72323 St Minver Beavers St Columb: (Alison Cox)--------------------01208 862839 (RSPCA Animal Centre) --------01637 881455 St Minver Brownies (RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour)-0300 1234999 (Kathy Hore)-------------------01208 862340 General Numbers St Minver Cemetery Committee Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)--01208 814564 (Mary Drummond-Dunn)------01208 863491 British Legion-St Minver St Minver Cricket Club-----------01208 863402 (Fred Prior)--------------------01208 862543 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---------01208 815102 Cancer Research (Gina Snelling)----------------01208 862820 St Minver Football Club (Roy Birchwood)---------------01208 880459 Citizens Advice Bureau (Advice Line) -----------------08444 99 4188 St Minver Post Office------------01208 863366 Cornwall Council-----------------0300 1234100 St Minver Pre-School------------01208 869511 CRUSE Bereavement Care St Minver School----------------01208 862496 Cornwall------------------------ 01726 76100 St Minver Scouts Animal Welfare & Veterinary (Robert Watson)--------------01637 889 190 Laboratory---------------------01872 265500 St Minver Senior Circle EDF Energy----------------------- 0800 365000 (Joan Rowell)------------------01208 869427 John Betjeman Centre-----------01208 812392 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Old Cornwall Society (Pat Crank)--------------------01208 869120 (Margaret Bartlett) ------------01208 816307 St Padstow Harbour Master--------01841 532239 Minver Silver Band (Gary Gauss)-------------------01208 814170 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk Trebetherick WI (Helen Hyland)----------------01208 812289 (Pam Curtiss)------------------01208 862067 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk (Gillian Thompson)------------01726 882145 Tre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers Perceval Institute (Tony Priest)-------------------01208 863450 (Maureen Rickard)-------------01208 863366 Wadebridge & District Angling Association Polzeath Area Residents Association (Jon Evans)--------------------01208 812447 (David Short)----------------- 01208 862568 Wadebridge & District Camera Club Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Pam Hall)---------------------01208 862957 (Susan Rowlands)-------------01208 859161 Wadebridge Choral Society Relate Relationship Counselling (St Austell)--------------------- 01726 74128 (Annabelle Woolcott)----------01208 815322 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-- 01208 869420 (publicity, George Dale)--------01208 815981 Rock Lifeboat Station -----------01208 863033 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir (Taff Williams)-----------------01208 814717 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club (Secretary Kim Oaks)----------01208 862709 Wadebridge Post Office ---------01208 812813 65

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20 mile radius of Wadebridge 01208 863404 07740 404850

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FreshCrabsandLobsterslandeddailyinPort Isaacfromourownboat‘MaryD’.Available cooked,dressed,inasandwich,boxedtotake home or even alive. Wealsohaveasmallseasonalselectionof sustainablycaughtCornishfish,mussels, oystersandsmokedfish,locallyroasted coffee,homemadecakesandlotsmore. 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

(SituatedatthetopofthehillnearthePeaPodGallery) 66

Probate Services Prompt Support for the Recently Bereaved Obtaining Probate Acting as executors and trustees Administering the estate No estate too small or too complex Experts in Estate Tax Planning & Administration Review and redrafting of existing Wills Contact Richard for further information:

Phone: 01208 814681 email:

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE

Farm Shop & Restaurant

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

ick our wn r ead icked ome rown trawerrie aerrie ooeerrie Black currant and ed currant ome roduced ee lam and reerange egg and eaonal egetale omemade am ickle and marmalade ocal roduce cheee countr crat git countr wine and cider Breakat unche eliciou omemade Cake and Cream ea rder taken or Celeration Cake Children la rea  et Corner ind u at t ndellion r ort aac on the B

Tel 01208 880164 67

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Wadebridge Prestigious Waterside Development Last few penthouses and townhouses remaining Computer generated image of Phase 1



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Contact us for latest price and availability lists Showhome available for viewing appointments. 20, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge Cornwall, PL27 7DG t: 01208 813595 e: 69

Providers of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants to local organisations and private clients in Cornwall for over 16 years.

Nursefinders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Our range of support includes: • Supplying fully trained staff to Residential/Nursing homes.

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Home Care/Domiciliary Services. Early Intervention Support. Hospital Discharge/Aftercare Services. Live-in Care and Support. Supported Living Services including Personal Budget/PA support packages.

• Carer’s Break Cover. Ongoing recruitment programme

01872 270999 72 Lemon Street, Truro (next door to the cinema) Office Open to visitors Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

We have approved status with the local authority and are registered with CQC 70

Your Local Renewable Energy Specialists

St Minver Primary School

Pengelly Wadebridge Community Turbine

Experts in Design, Installation and Service Biomass, Solar PV and Wind Turbine Specialists Over 450 renewable installations Unsurpassed technical advice and support A range of financial solutions and incentives available Free survey and quote

Woodsaws Farm Holiday Cottages – Biomass



FREE CALL 0800 975 5635





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

Martin Way



01726 891799 O779O 482544


Camel Group Helping to create your grand design.

01208 814581 74

We welcome local stories and photographs.

Sproull Solicitors Call us: 01208 72328 Visit online: Email: Visit us at Bodmin, Camelford or Wadebridge Visit our website -


Duchy Chimney Sweep Services

Duchy Stove Installations

Our commitment to you

Our commitment to you

•We will ensure that the area around your stove is covered to keep your room dust free.

•We will vacuum sweep your chimney/liner. •We will conduct a smoke test to ensure that your chimney is operating safely with sufficient draw.

•We will provide a Certificate verifying that the chimney has been swept.

•We will fit your stove or one supplied by us. •It will be installed in accordance with ‘J’ regulations in planning control by a HETAS registered engineer

•Upon completion your stove is signed off with HETAS and your local planning department is notified who then send you a completion certificate.

Keeping you warm and safe

078 858 637 93

We are based in Bodmin 76

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


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 two 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,  

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Fresh local and international fruit and vegetables. Special items can be ordered with24hrs 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. 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 Sharps Doom Bar available at a special 8 bottle case price.

We look forward to seeing you in your local convenience store.

Free local delivery The Splatt, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6NW. Tel 01208 863328 Patients using the Surgery should use their parking please as our parking’s limited and used by three businesses.

Printed by St Austell Print Company Ltd. 01726 624900

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St minver link issue 204 September/October 2015  

The not-for-profit Community Magazine for the area in North Cornwall which includes Wadebridge, Rock, St Minver, Trebetherick and Polzeath.

St minver link issue 204 September/October 2015  

The not-for-profit Community Magazine for the area in North Cornwall which includes Wadebridge, Rock, St Minver, Trebetherick and Polzeath.


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