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Issue 206 January/February 2016

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



Around and about

Coronation Gardens Public Conveniences, Polzeath . . . . . . . . . 16 St Minver Football Club Hits the Top Spot! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 CRUK Presented with £10K cheque . 18 The Cove Macmillan Support Centre Makes Progress . . . . . . . . . 19 Fundraising Night raises over £1,300 for Local Charities . . . . . . . 20 A Cappella Celebration Hits The Right Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 St Enodoc Retains Number One Spot . 22 NDP Final Public Consultation . . . . 22 Friends of St Minver Churches say ‘Thank you’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Polzeath Christmas Festival . . . . . . . 23 Music at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 ‘Bennett to Beethoven’ . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wadebridge Town Band . . . . . . . . . . 24

Features North Cornwall Responds to Refugee Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Ruth Down Under! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 St Minver Pink Day Raises Over £5,500 . 33 From Magnum To Manila . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Rock Lifeboat Diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 We will remember them . . . . . . . . . . 26 Featured Artist: Ness Lanen . . . . . 29 Seasonal Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 St Breock School Report . . . . . . . . . . 38 St Minver School Report . . . . . . . . . . 40 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . 42 Book Review - The Road to Little Dribbling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Gardening Made Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Brain Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Parliamentary Update - Scott Mann . 56 Funeral Directors Celebrate Wills Memorial Hall Refurbishment . . . 28 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . 56 The Link Events Diary - - - - - - -52 Visit our website -


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St Minver Football Club Hits the Top Spot! As this copy of ‘The Link’ goes to press in December we sit proudly in top spot in the Premier Division after imposing our passing style on the leaders, Looe, and beating them 6-3. They have games in hand and we know there is a long way to go yet; heavy pitches will cramp our style in January and February, and we can only hope we stay free of injuries to key players. Our players have worked hard in the run up to

this season with work on the pitch and the surrounding pitch barrier. We are grateful to the Parish Council who are now improving our changing rooms with some refurbishment work in the pavilion. The club has managed to keep together most of the squad that has brought us three promotions in as many years and, together with several important signings, the team is proving itself capable of

challenging successfully in the premier division of the Duchy League. The future is looking good for St Minver FC! If you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, please come and give us your support, share a hot drink at half time ,and we will try and entertain you. We look forward to seeing you. Roy Birchwood Secretary St Minver FC

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CRUK Presented with cheque for £10,000 at Christmas Market

Wadebridge Town Hall Friday January 29 7pm Raffle, GRWE merchandise, Tombola, book stall £6 per person (Includes home-made buffet) To book: 01208 831208 or com

Bella Rose Appeal and Pancreatic Cancer research within Cancer Research UK

Johnny Cowling at The Point The Point, Polzeath Thursday January 14 7 for 7.30 pm Admission £15 (includes a Pasty). 18

On a very blustery day at the end of November loyal supporters of the St Minver branch of Cancer Research UK came to Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club for our annual Christmas Market. Each stall holder had made a real effort to dress their stall and themselves with tinsel, glitter and lights to create a very Christmassy atmosphere. Christmas music played and everyone enjoyed browsing the varied stalls. There was a gift stall, a cake stall and a craft stall along with a splendid Grand Raffle, bottle tombola and hidden treasure game. Christmas cards, diaries and a Christmas quiz were also on sale. Before braving the outside to return home laden with goodies a cup of coffee or tea and a mince pie were much needed and appreciated refreshments. We were very happy that our new Cancer Research UK area representative was able to be with us and after she drew the Grand Raffle prize winners we were able to present her with a cheque for £10,000 to help fund the vital work of Cancer Research UK. A big thank you to all who supported this event and we are proud to announce that £1,550 was raised on the day for Cancer Research UK. Gina Snelling We welcome local stories and photographs.

The Cove Macmillan Support Centre Makes Progress Every day, 9 people in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly are given the devastating news that they have cancer. That’s over 3,300 people every year. The ripples a cancer diagnosis can cause can affect families, friends and work colleagues. With a huge increase in the numbers of people affected by cancer anticipated by 2030, thousands more local people may end up feeling lonely and isolated. That’s why Macmillan are building The Cove Macmillan Support Centre in Cornwall - the first dedicated centre of its kind in the County. The Cove has been

designed with patients and their families in mind, with the simple goal of helping anyone affected by cancer to live their lives as normally as possible. Key areas of support within this new state of the art building will include: Information about how to cope with cancer and its treatment A dedicated financial advice service Complementary therapies A room especially for young people affected by cancer The centre will open in mid-2016 at the Treliske Royal Cornwall Hospital, and will help and support

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around 13,000 people every year-patients, their families and friends. The centre will cost around £3 million to build and equip, and Macmillan are fund raising to find the final £1 million in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We would love ‘The Link’ community to become involved with fund raising for the centre. To find out more about The Cove, or to get involved with our appeal, please visit www.macmillanbuilds. or call 0300 1000 200. You can also email your local contact, Emma Wright at emwright@macmillan.


Fundraising Night Raises Over £1,300 for Local Charities

Local businesses in North Cornwall came together for a Ladies Charity Evening on Thursday 3 December at Wadebridge School for a night of fashion and beauty. The event was organised by Jane Evans of Ocean Blue and Lynn Stewart a member of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club. The funds raised - £1,334 - will be split between the Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club and the Wadebridge Skate Park. The evening began with a training demonstration by the Nippers - the younger members of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club - to show the skills they learn and

how these are translated into real life rescue situations at sea. The Nippers were followed by a skate boarding show and talk by local youngsters who will benefit from the new skate park in Wadebridge. The demonstrations were followed by a presentation from Mish, who has recently opened a new lingerie boutique in Wadebridge, having been based in Bodmin for many years. Mish explained the theory behind finding a well-fitting bra and helped three ladies from the audience find the perfect bra.

The evening culminated with a fashion show by Ocean Blue Clothing, who have three stores stocking ladies clothing, accessories and giftware in North Cornwall: Wadebridge, Polzeath and Padstow. They showed 24 looks on the catwalk, which included outfits for the outdoors, casual looks and Christmas party outfits. Jane Evans said: “We started running style events to raise money for charity several years ago and they always prove very popular with local ladies and very well attended. We wanted to create a fun evening for ladies to find

Models from left to right: Shireen Cunliffe, Zoe Chappell, Nicky Roads, Jodie Harbour, Rachel Wrigglesworth, Livvy Warr, Susan Rowlands and Beth Hollett. Photo: Amber Trudgeon.


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out more about fashion trends and get beauty tips from experts who have local businesses in the area.” The evening concluded with a raffle, with one lucky lady walking away with a £250 gift voucher from Ocean Blue. The money raised from the ticket sales and raffle will be split between Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club, to help with their training, competition and equipment costs, and the Wadebridge Skate Park project. Jane concluded: “Huge thanks must go to everyone who attended our event and those who helped to make this event happen: Belinda from Arbonne, Seventh Heaven, Aruba Blu Hair Group, Salon Deco, Clare Fluin Beauty and Mish for all running stands on the night, The Shed for making beautiful canapés, Wadebridge Wines for supplying drinks for the evening and Impress51 for artwork, printing and music. Special thanks to Chris and Matt from Wadebridge School for running the lighting for the show and to all our models and volunteers who took part in the event.”

A Cappella Celebration Hits The Right Notes

On Saturday November 14th a lot of hard work and organisation paid off when the A Cappella Festival filled Bodmin Rugby Football Club with over 100 singers from all over the South West for a fantastic ‘Sing and Social’ evening. Groups of varying styles and sizes got the opportunity to strut their stuff on the risers before an informal mass singing session at the end of the evening. Moor Harmony, who hosted the event, were delighted with the response and honoured to share the stage with the other talented people that make up the vibrant and varied a cappella scene in the region. Moor Harmony are a ladies’ barberbshop chorus that rehearse every Thursday from 7.15pm at The Ambulance Hall, Wadebridge. Email with any enquiries.

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St Enodoc Retains Number One Spot in Top 100 Golf Courses

Neighbourhood Development Plan Final Public Consultation The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) that Natural England required to support the submission of the NDP for Final public Consultation and Independent Inspection was completed along with recommended minor changes to the NDP in October.

The SEA, revised NDP and revised Consultation Statement were The Church Course at St Enodoc submitted to Cornwall Council mid October. The NDP process requires the Council to manage the mandatory six week Final Public Golf Club ( has once again retained its Consultation, Independent Examination and Referendum. Cornwall position in the number one spot Council has advised that the NDP has been cleared by the Finance and Legal Departments, but despite frequent requests for further as the best course in Cornwall in the recently-updated Top 100 progress reports and arrangements for the Public Consultation, these have not been forthcoming at the editorial date for this article. Golf Courses ranking. It is understood that Cornwall Council are not required to, and will The UK website:, not, widely publicise this Consultation to Local Residents. The NDP which describes itself as ‘the only Steering Group feel that this is not appropriate and had hoped independent website dedicated to include the details in the Link but this now looks unlikely as to the best golf courses in the the Consultation is likely to be completed before the next issue world’, has placed St Enodoc as of the Link. The relevant documents will be posted on the St Best in County thanks to over Minver Parishes Councils websites and details of how to access the 40 individual reader posts of documents and advise any comments will be communicated by the course that have given the posters in shop windows and on Parish Council notice boards as Church Course an average review well as e-mails via the various communications links that have been score of five-balls. established. The accolade comes in the same Progress on the Final Public Consultation and any other issues related year that St Enodoc has been celebrating its 125th anniversary to the NDP will be posted on the St Minver Parish Councils’ website and included in future Link articles. following its inauguration in 1890, making it one of England’s Further information on Neighbourhood Planning can be found at oldest and historic golf clubs.

Friends of St Minver Churches say ‘Thank you’ A big ‘thank you’ for the portable storage unit given by the Trebetherick Residents Association to the Friends of St.Minver’s Churches, predominantly for the storage of books in a controlled atmosphere.

Michael Somers and Gerry Stone, all the relevant permissions were granted. The siting of this unit is just off the vicarage driveway adjacent to the green shed.

A civil engineering type base was formed and suitable armoured cable was installed to After some considerable effort by provide correct electrical supply


for lighting, heating (when required), and a dehumidifier. This last item has yet to be located and acquired, any offers would be welcome! A carpentry job to provide book racks is currently being progressed.

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Polzeath Christmas Festival ‘What a lovely evening!’

Residents and visitors in Polzeath kicked off the festive season on November 28 with the Polzeath Christmas Festival 2015.

The event started with music from St Minver Silver Band and a parade of illuminated and decorated surfboards by local children, from the Tubestation down the hill into the village. Once the parade had assembled around the Christmas trees in the village, John Treglown welcomed the crowd to the Polzeath Christmas Festival 2015 and launched the countdown for the switch on of the village Christmas lights - which were bigger and better than ever thanks to the support of the St Minver Highlands and Lowlands Parish Councils and local businesses in Polzeath. 

 The festivities continued in the Sandbar with Cornish Christmas cheer in the form of pasties, mulled cider and music from the inTune Choir and The Grenaways. 

Sarah Roberts, local resident said: “What a lovely evening! Big thank you to everyone involved. It was great.”

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Jumble Sale Saturday March 5 2 pm Rock Institute All Welcome Refreshments available.

Music at St Endellion The Devil’s Violin Company present ‘The Forbidden Door’ Friday 15th January at 7.30pm Acclaimed story teller Dominic Kelly joins forces with three virtuoso musicians, cellist Sarah Moody, guitarist Dylan Fowler and violinist Oliver Wilson- Dickson for an evening of dynamic storytelling accompanied by visceral, melodic live music. The result is a hypnotic cinema for the mind. Don’t open that door! As soon as the rule is laid down, we know it will be broken. Once the door is opened, then what - adventures! Expect love, loss, drama, danger, horror, humour, twists and trials.

An evening of Jazz with ‘Go! Next’ Saturday 13th February at 7.30pm Tobias Hayter (drums), Max Mees (bass), Josh Clowes (guitar), Steffan Vale (piano/altosax) and Taliesin Burkitt-Jones (tenor saxophone) take on the ideologies of Jazz and turn it on its head, delivering an experience unlike anything you will have heard before Tickets for both these events are £10 (free to accompanied under-16s), and available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at

The Devil’s Violin Company. Photo: Mark Symons.

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‘Bennett to Beethoven’ A Heritage Theatre Production in Pencarrow ‘Heritage Theatre’ – the company that presented ‘Lettice & Lovage’ in 2014, ‘84 Charing Cross Road’, ‘Relatively Speaking’ and ‘Hard Row to Porlock’ – is now in rehearsal and will be presenting its latest production ‘Bennett To Beethoven’ in early March 2016. The production takes the text of Alan Bennett (in particular two of his ‘Talking Heads’ and a 20-minute play entitled ‘Two in Torquay’ and, around these, wraps selected extracts from Beethoven’s ‘33 Variations’ piano work, played live on the Pencarrow Grand Piano. ‘Bennett To Beethoven’ is to be presented by Heritage Theatre in Pencarrow, near Washaway on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th (matinee & evening), Friday 11th (British

Red Cross Gala Evening) and Saturday 12th March 2016. Heritage Theatre has said that Lady Molesworth St Aubin has been absolutely superb in allowing them to, once again perform their production in the Drawing Room of this beautiful and fascinating house, which has its very own connection to Beethoven. The cast is made up of Tracey Renwick, Sue Ferguson, Sue Flitter, Dennis Brown, Tony Priest and Graham Renwick; with a very strong backstage team of Sound Engineer, Martin Broadfoot; Lighting Engineer, David Hudson; Prompt, Audrey Cooke; Stage Manager, Dee Rainbow; Box Office & Front of House Management June & John Holmes.

Tracey Renwick as Lettice Douffe-monot in the previous production ‘Lettice and Lovage’. As usual with Heritage Theatre the performances are for the benefit of each of its ticketing ‘sponsors’. Graham explains: ‘The tickets for all performances are to be promoted by both the ‘Friends of Pencarrow’ and the ‘British Red Cross’ who will do their level best to ‘sell’ as many of the available 60 seats (per performance) as they can through their network of contacts. You can book for any performance by calling the Box Office (01208 816067), which opens on Friday January 15th.

Wadebridge Town Band

The popularity of brass bands has declined through the years and although we all


love hearing a brass band playing, the people taking up the hobby is declining. In the future there will probably be fewer and fewer brass bands and a tradition and culture that is loved by all may be lost to our local communities forever. The Wadebridge Town Band is a brass band that has established itself with a different style to the traditional brass playing. They are collectively a brass ensemble and play pieces that suit the abilities and style of modern music. Our

aim is to produce music that lifts everyone spirits and play pieces that you all know and enjoy. The pieces range from traditional classics to modern pop/film music and the ones that will get your foot tapping and you maybe even singing along with. If you think you can help as a player and have an occasional blow with the Band please contact Chris on 0774838422. The band can only be as strong as our playing membership allows so, the more players the stronger the band will be.,

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with Rob Chapman and Dan Bosley as crew.

2015 may have been a fairly quiet year in terms of emergency call outs for Rock RNLI, but our crew volunteers have continued training for those ‘pager moments’. In the autumn Ollie Bampton and Matt Chaplin headed off to the RNLI College in Poole for an introductory crew course.

Conditions were challenging, with force 7 offshore winds, an ebbing tide and 12-foot of surf over the Doom Bar. Knowing the casualty was in need of emergency assistance, Jinx skilfully navigated the D class and his crew through the large breaking surf.

It’s thanks to training that the Rock crew were ready when called into action on Saturday 14 November to save the life of a female windsurfer who had become overwhelmed by the rough conditions. The volunteers faced strong offshore winds and a 12-foot swell on the Doom Bar as they sped to her aid.

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On arrival at the scene at 12.15pm the lifeboat crew found the casualty hanging onto The training was funded by the Lloyd’s her windsurf board near Stepper Point. She Register Foundation, a UK registered charity had become overwhelmed by the conditions that invests in science, engineering and and couldn’t make her way to shore. technology for public benefit, worldwide. The The lifeboat crew de-rigged her windsurf Trust has funded the Sea Survival element of kit and retrieved her into the D class, before Trainee Crew Courses for a 5 year period from carefully navigating back across the bar. January 2011 to December 2015, so Ollie and The casualty was returned to Daymer Bay Matthew were amongst the last to benefit where her friend was waiting, fortunately she from the partnership. required no medical treatment. Mike Hewitt, Lifeboat Operations Manager Jinx Hewitt, helm of the D class lifeboat during at Rock RNLI, says support like this is hugely this incident, says: ‘The surf was very big, it important to the charity; was a case of carefully picking our moment “Stations like ours are extremely grateful that to get out through the breaking swell. It was the Lloyd’s Register Foundation chose to fund some of the worst conditions I’ve had to take sea survival training, which teaches vital core the lifeboat across the bar. The casualty was skills to volunteer crew like Ollie and Matt. This an experienced windsurfer but had become training ensures volunteers stay safe while on completely overwhelmed by the conditions. rescue missions. It equips them with essential She was very grateful for our help, and luckily sea survival skills; providing them with the didn’t suffer any injuries.’ courage, poise and self-confidence to save Back in October the crews were also putting lives even in the most difficult of conditions.” their skills to the test with two ‘shouts’ in a Windsurfer week. On Tuesday October 27 the volunteers were scrambled around 1 pm to reports of an injured fisherman on board a small lobster boat. The vessel had headed back to Padstow but with extremely big spring tides couldn’t get alongside. The volunteers launched in the The crew were paged shortly after midday D class inshore lifeboat, Rusper II, taking with to reports of a windsurfer drifting out to sea them a basket stretcher, which they used to north of the Doom Bar. The lifeboat. Rusper II, transfer the man who had suffered leg injuries. launched at 12.08 pm helmed by Jinx Hewitt, The lifeboat crew bought the casualty back Visit our website - 25

to Rock to wait for an ambulance to take him on to hospital. As it happens, engineers from the RNLI’s support base at Saltash were at the station at the time, and had taken the engine apart for a service. Knowing there was an emergency, they managed to put it back together in just five minutes! Two days later on Thursday 29 October the volunteers were called on once again after four people were cut off by the tide near George’s Well, just north of Padstow. The crew quickly found the group who were trapped by a rising spring tide with no way of getting themselves out of the cove they were in. They were taken to safety on board the lifeboat.

Bryan receives award after 21 years service The RNLI is rightly very proud of its volunteers and has many ways of acknowledging and rewarding continued dedication and commitment. To this end our own Bryan Bartlett has been presented with an RNLI Statuette of a lifeboat man to mark his 21 years supporting the charity. Over the years Bryan has taken on various roles, including crew member and Helm, shore crew, Visits and Education Officer and Trainer. In presenting him with the honour, Rock RNLI Station Chairman, Gus Guest said; “Bryan was part of the team even before

Bryan Bartlett with his award. the station was up and running, helping to raise the funds needed to make Rock RNLI a reality. His commitment to the charity and to our local lifeboat station has been exemplary and a classic example of the dedication our volunteers show.” Finally a date for your diary: the Rock RNLI Open Day 2016 will be on Sunday 5 June. We look forward to seeing you there!

We Will Remember Them Mary Maude Gough of Windmill Court Richard Pluess of Trewiston Lodge Ann Roe of Trewiston Lodge Ruth Lilian Sperrin of Windmill Court 26

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North Cornwall Responds to Refugee Crisis One of the smartest reactions to the refugee crisis has been in north Cornwall, where vast quantities of goods have been donated to the aid effort. Volunteer organisers at Wadebridge Cornwall Refugee Aid Collection have spent three months sorting and boxing clothes, tents, sleeping bags and blankets, food, toiletries and medical supplies. Already three big lorry loads have left the sorting shed at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge carrying aid destined for refugee camps in France, Greece and Syria. Wadebridge mum Amanda Pennington set up the group’s dedicated Facebook page after shocking pictures appeared in the media of a little boy lying dead on a beach in Greece. It gained hundreds of members within just a few days. “The generosity of people all over Cornwall has been quite overwhelming,” she said. “Donations have been

Refugee aid organisers Tamar Longmuir, Amanda Pennington and Marion Willetts

been passed on to other charitable causes. Save the Children has benefited from the cash proceeds of hundreds of bin bags of rag “We have also been able and a greyhound charity to raise funds for medical has been given a pile of old supplies that one of our towels. volunteers, a trained nurse, You can drop off donated has been using to treat goods in Wadebridge at refugees in Calais.” Egloshayle Parish Church The group has also or at Impress51, 2 The Platt. organised collections in Find out exactly what’s local schools and a ‘bring needed at the Wadebridge a blanket to work’ day at Cornwall Refugee Aid Cornwall Council. Collection Facebook page Nothing goes to waste. Donated items unsuitable roups/1795111447382178/ or phone 07900 805067. to send to refugees have pouring in to our drop-off points in Wadebridge and at other locations all over the county”.

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Funeral Directors Celebrate Wills Memorial Hall Refurbishment On Saturday December 12th, R J Bray & Son of Wadebridge held an Open Day at their new Funeral Home, the old Methodist Church in Wadebridge. For the last two years, a major refurbishment and extensive alterations have taken place, which have included adding a link building between the old church and Wills Memorial Hall, and construction of a first floor throughout. Before the doors opened, David Bray invited his mother and father to cut the Cornish tartan ribbon on the chapel doors. This chapel is named after Ron Bray and will seat 80 people for funeral services. During the Open Day, over 600 people came to have a look at the transformation, which, as well as the service chapel, also includes a function room, with catering facilities, offices, arrangement rooms, a coffin display room, Chapels of Rest, mortuary and garage. As well as many locals from all parts of Cornwall, others attending included the National Presidents of both NAFD and BIFD, national representation from SAIF and the President of the Cornwall NAFD. David said “We are so thrilled to be in our new funeral home, and are overwhelmed with the good wishes we have received. Although we have altered a lot of the building, I’ve tried to keep some of the old chapel - such as the pews, altar, organ, clock and memorials. We have been contacted by a large number of 28

Ron Bray cutting the ribbon of the Chapel, which is named after him. L to r – Jean Bray, Ron Bray, David Bray.

people who were sadly unable to come to the Open Day, so if anyone wants to pop in anytime, we will gladly show them around”. News of the planned restoration was originally published in ‘The Link’ on page 46, issue 196, May/June 2014. If you visit: and click on issue 196 you will be able to scroll through the magazine to read the article.

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Our Featured Artist Ness Lannen “Like a lot of artists I’ve always made art. I’ve never not painted.” To this day, Ness carries a sketchbook with her wherever she goes so she can capture the ideas and inspirations that surround her. It could be a seascape, a landscape, a portrait or simply a feeling made visible. Ness started her formal training as an artist at Stockport College where she studied textiles and surface

patterns. She then enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire for a degree in Fine Art, specialising in print and illustration. More recently, she has done the Foundation course at Exeter in art therapy and mental health. She’s back at college again learning to be a silversmith. Obviously she is an artist who loves to go on learning and developing new skills. “I spent time in Edinburgh

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where I worked in a beautiful little gallery in the Botanics, invigilating and doing a curatorship. It was there I developed a taste for putting on shows and events. It was a lot of fun.” Like so many of us who have wound up living on this beautiful stretch of coast, Ness used to visit North Cornwall for her summer holidays. Her husband, Chris, was a professional skier till he broke


his back and Ness left her job in Edinburgh to look after him. “It was literally, shall we go north or south? Shall we go back to Edinburgh or back to Cornwall? That was 24 years ago. When Chris got the job of directing The Tube Station in Polzeath, we sold our house in Newquay and moved here. We felt that if you are going to be involved in a community project, you need to be living within the community.” Ness makes all sorts of things but she especially loves creating seascapes inspired by the coast between Polzeath and Port Isaaac. “I use an airbrush so it’s a fluid acrylic. I also use chalk pastels, charcoal, a bit of pencil, a lot of finger painting. I like working on a large scale and feeling surrounded by the work. Another thing I like to do is to take groups out along the coast path from here doing sketchbook workshops. I really enjoy seeing people progress. If there are not too many people, I’ll draw and paint as well, doing a lot of loose work with ink.” Ness also helps with a nautical themed evening called ‘Mare’s tales and mackerel scales’ put on by Jon Cleave from the Fishermens Friends. The title refers to the cloud formation as in the saying: mare’s tails and mackerel scales forecast strong gales. “We got involved in putting on a night of poetry, songs and stories in Port Isaac. Jon’s wife, Caroline Cleave is one of the artists on show in the gallery. So we started sketching the scene drawing the people performing or in the audience. Then we send the pictures to the people we’ve drawn. It’s a lot of fun.” 30

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Zeath gallery is beautifully situated in an elevated position opposite the beach car park at Polzeath. Established since 2009 the work featured is predominantly by local artists. Original contemporary paintings are shown alongside an eclectic mix of artworks, jewellery, giclee prints, cards and gifts. “The gallery is run by the artists themselves. They get involved in the hanging and there’s a panel of artists that select the work. The gallery is also staffed by the artists and we get together socially. So it’s created this lovely little community. We each have our own studio but the gallery has created this space where we can be with other artists.” If you want to know more you can visit Better still, drop by the gallery, meet the artists and enjoy the work on display.

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Ruth Down Under! Former Wadebridge pupil Ruth Knight from Polzeath is studying music at Birmingham University. Ruth was given the opportunity to take an additional year abroad. She chose and was accepted by the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Ruth enjoys sport and has rowed in the local gigs kayaks and rows in an eight for Birmingham University.


In Brisbane she tried Dragon Boat racing, which was great fun! She decided to overcome her fear of heights by joining the

University climbing club. The pictures speak for themselves!! She’s having a fantastic time, and returns to the UK in early July.

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St Minver Pink Day Raises Over £5,500 The St Minver fund raising branch of Cancer Research UK organised and held a ‘Pink Day’ on Wednesday October 28th. The aim was to endorse the National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, by raising funds for research and treatment specifically in the south west. The whole of Rock, Polzeath and Trebetherick were involved along with support from Padstow. We started the day in bright sunshine with the streets and shops decorated with pink ribbon bows, banners and balloons. Many businesses were engaged in fund raising activities. There was a coffee and cake morning at The Rock Inn; guess the number of sweets in a jar at The Beach House; guess the weight of a beautifully iced and decorated cake at Rock Bakery; guess the weight of a turkey breast at Watts the Butchers and guess the weight of a lobster at Rockfish. The Rabbits Golfing Society of St Enodoc golf club held a special golf morning and in The Tube Station there was face painting with Lauren Taylor. Everyone in the office of John Bray Cornish Holidays and those working outdoors were sponsored to wear pink. Pink cakes and pink sweets were on sale in many places. Businesses joined in by displaying banners and balloons, shop windows were full of pink items and inside staff were wearing pink. Everyone joined in by encouraging boxes to be filled with loose change. Committee members dressed in pink were on the beaches and in the streets holding buckets for donations from all those passing by. Extra money was raised ahead of the day by the Senior Citizens Club holding a lunch and by St Minver School having a non-uniform day at the end of their term. During the week The Dining Room customers were encouraged to contribute and did so generously. A Grand Draw had been organised and tickets sold throughout October. Our star prize was

an original oil painting by Jethro Jackson that he had very kindly donated. In all there were 44 prizes which had been given by our local golf clubs, restaurants, water sports centres, clothing shops and businesses. We owe a huge thank you to everyone who so kindly donated a prize. The tickets were eagerly sought after and over 2,500 sold. The Grand Draw was held in the evening at The Pityme Inn. Television personality Fern Britton very kindly came and conducted the draw and made the event very special not only by her presence but also by being a great entertainer and keeping all who were there amused. Karen and Steve of The Pityme Inn were the perfect hosts and their enthusiasm for the event before, during and after was tremendous. Whilst the day was unfolding we were very grateful to Martin Broadfoot who was capturing the spirit of the day by taking photographs which are now a permanent record of what was a very successful event. The St Minver Cancer Research UK fundraising committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this such a successful fund raising event for Breast Cancer Research. Gina Snelling

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki

Happy New Year! With each new year comes exciting new fashion trends! Here are the top ones to look out for! Colours There are five key palettes that have been predicted to be the top colours in your wardrobe for 2016! Vibrant Mid Tones Bubblegum pink plays an essentials role this year along with newer shades of coral, and pink with salmon undertones.

Jewel Tones While navy progresses as a base colour, indigo is a strong alternative to mix things up along with grape purple as a featured new colour! Burgundy is also back for Spring after its massive success in recent seasons!

Neutrals Expect base hues of khaki, hazy taupe and olive with copper and rust playing influential roles. Neutral colour palette.

Pastels Pastels are going to be one of the most important groups this coming season, cotton candy and peach will lead the pink mid tones along with mint and chambray offering greyer saturated alternatives.

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spring and grass along with brightly saturated yellow.

Top trends Ruffles: Expect to see some ruffle lined garments if the catwalks are anything to go by. In many shapes and sizes but using them sparsely has the best effect, remember not to go overboard. The Cold Shoulder: The cold shoulder is back again for 2016. If you have a chance to show them off, take it and follow in the fashionable footsteps of TV Presenter Laura Whitmore. Along with the cold shoulder trend there is also shoulder there are occasions when you want to cut-outs and asymmetrical necklines, which are appealing to the more artistic stay covered while keeping cool. Sheer minded. undershirts are perfect for just that. Mesh Crumpled Fabric: Ironing can be a bit of fabrics and lace layers will heavily feature. a hassle (especially when you’re not that Boxy Jackets: Jackets are a massive good) but even if you’re good, there are Spring thing! For this year you will see many other better things we can think a lot of boxier silhouettes with cropped of doing. This trend is the answer, precuts creating a sophisticated figure. creased and crumpled clothing. You can visit Rhowen, or one of the Raw Edgy Hems: Frayed hems or those Fusion girls, for more style advice at one left raw without finishing off are now a of her shops in Wadebridge, Padstow or top trend for the upcoming spring and Polzeath. summer of 2016. Random fringes and side cuts are appearing on denims and jackets.

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Peekaboo Black Pieces: The black pieces are features in nearly every collection with sheer panelling, cut outs, lace aspects and spider web details, which reveal a bit more skin, making it playful and sexy and certainly less boring than our usual plain black pieces. Long Sleeves with Sheer Layering: Long Sleeves don’t really come to mind when thinking of Spring/Summer. However,

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St Breock School Report What a busy term it has been

New Library Our sixteen year old library has been revitalised with new shelving. This has made the whole room look significantly bigger and has allowed us to order more suitable furniture ( to arrive in the new year) to give the whole room a different feel. The children will have an opportunity to select 150 new books when the library van calls in March. Our librarians are delighted with the new look and are even more eager to promote reading.

Advent Market Our Friends of School held their annual Advent Market on the last Friday in November. Each classroom was filled with different stalls and activities for everyone. Our media room was transformed as we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Father Christmas who, though very busy at this time of year, managed to speak to so many of our children. Thank you Santa! The cake stall and the refreshments in the hall were a hive of activity and all who gathered there were entertained by a choir of boys and girls led by Helen Whitthread. Year Five children also gave a spontaneous rendition of ‘I Believe’, a favourite song of theirs. Finally, we enjoyed a cappella singing from four of our girls who have formed a band called Fourth Power. A truly enjoyable afternoon of fun and fundraising. Congratulations and thanks to everyone.

Christmas Shop My Christmas Shop was very busy in December. Every year the children volunteer to do small 38

but useful jobs at home and are paid by their parents for doing so. Armed with their ‘wages’ they come along to the Christmas Shop and select presents for their families. The gifts are wrapped by school staff and then all presents go home to be placed under the tree at the end of term. Mums, dads and grandparents , not to mention brothers and sisters, all have a surprise on Christmas morning and also know that The money raised in the shop goes to a designated charity. This year we are hoping to raise £200 for Save the Children.

Christmas Holiday Challenge This year our Christmas holiday challenge is to write the lyrics for our Song for Rio. The children and their families hopefully will find some time in the festive season to pick up their pencils and write a song which will include the Olympic and Paralympic Values. The song will be orchestrated and then learnt by the children. We have plans for this to be put on the school website for other schools to see and then hopefully all the schools in Cornwall will be able to sing this in unison on a designated day in the summer term. More news on that in the next Link magazine! Denise Gladwell Headmistress

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St Minver School Report We have had a super Autumn term. The dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers in organising all of this is tremendous and we owe them all a huge debt of thanks.

Our Girls Can! Well done to our year Pink Day. 5 and 6 girls who took part in the ‘Our Girls Can’ sports festival at the Showground. The girls joined groups from many other schools to participate in a huge range of sporting activities and they all had a fantastic time! Well done girls!

Thank you ... Thank you Jamie Porter, In the school hall on Pudsey Day. who created a delectable lunch for our children. The children were treated to a braised beef cottage pie, which went down a storm! Thank you Jamie! It was lovely to see so many children dressed in pink to help raise the profile of Cancer Research UK and at the same time raise some money to support this fantastic 40

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their Christmas songs. charity. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

staff! Mr Howard... what can I say?!

Also, may I thank everyone who donated food for our Harvest Breakfast and also a huge thanks to all of you wonderful volunteers. This is one of the highlights of our school calendar and I know the children had a super breakfast.

Our Children in Need total was an amazing £310.36. Well done to everyone who donated Pennies for Pudsey and a huge thank you to those of you who made and bought cakes.


We had a wonderful firework and bonfire celebration. The weather was kind and you turned out in droves to support this annual school event. The PTA raised £1,700 on the night! Brilliant effort all round. Thank you to Plymouth Aquarium all who helped to create such a marvellous evening, Year 5 had a great day at especially Jean Tatum who The Plymouth Aquarium. slaved in her kitchen all As part of their topic on day (get well soon Jean!) water, the children enjoyed and Andy Pearson who workshops on Super entertained us all with his heroes of the sea and magical laser show before plastic soup! and after the display. The PTA have continued to Choir doing well ... work tirelessly and I can’t Mrs Maynard and the thank them enough. choir have been putting Children in need together some wonderful performances. They Also well done to everyone sang beautifully at the who supported our Church, and the school’s Children in Need Day Remembrance Day services wonderful cakes, super and also at the church’s 10 costumes and generous years of ‘Open the Book’ donations! service. Towards the end of the term, they will also be Many of the children had visiting some of our local really considered their residential homes with ‘change’ as did some of the

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As I write, I can hear the final rehearsals for our Christmas productions echoing down the corridor and the singing is sounding wonderful. By the time you read this, they will have been performed for parents and I am sure that they will be met with the usual critical acclaim. Well done everyone in putting these shows together. A special mention to Liz Bosley, who has been doing a stirling job creating costumes. We hope that you all had a fabulous Christmas and new year and we look forward to telling you all about our Spring events in the next issue. Phil Banks


Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett In my Country Diary of March/April 2015, I wrote about the continuing history of Cobb Cottage; Jon Godden probably wrote her first novel ‘The House By The Sea’ in Cobb Cottage; she and her husband, Roland Oakley, owned St Enodoc Cottage next door, and Cobb, all part of the same property at the time. It is known from friends and relatives that Jon preferred to write in the peace and quiet of the old cottage, and I like to think that the ink stains on the floorboards upstairs appeared when she was writing there, and upset the bottle. (Stephens Blue Black, I expect . . .) The stains remain as history. ‘The House By The Sea’ was first published in 1947, selected by the Book Society as a monthly choice, as a ‘new novelist of obvious


and brilliant promise’. The Wadebridge Bookshop got me a good copy, complete with paper jacket; friends have also found copies in the original 1947 edition. It tells the story of a lonely, middle-aged woman with a small inheritance who buys a house on the North Cornwall coast to start a new life. It isn’t long before she is involved with an American soldier, a fugitive, a deserter on the run, who seeks shelter in her house. It is a terrifying story; there is a strange understanding between them, but it is clear it can only end in tragedy.

The story has many references - local people will recognise a shop, a bridge over a stream, a sheltered cove and the whole atmosphere of North Cornwall. It is highly probable that the story was inspired by the fact that the first German Spy to be arrested in the first World War, was found here at Cobb Cottage. Jon Godden would have known this, John Betjeman told us this, and he would have known Jon Godden, as he knew the Oakley family. This was a factual story from John Betjeman not part of

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watching and noticing; it wasn’t long before the local policeman was told, and I guess re-enforcements arrived. What excitement there must have been! We used to joke with John Betjeman that we should have a Blue Plaque, but decided the Cobb walls would make it difficult to attach! The book itself is well worth the read. It suffers the Smuggler stories that he from being a bit too long was fond of telling! (it was Jon’s first novel) The German Spy appeared as Edwina confronts her at the time when it was thoughts and fears, but later known that there were the story ultimately is an German submarines in exciting read. Daymer Bay. A cameo appearance of a Cobb Cottage was semilocal Cornish lad, young and derelict at the time, and newly enlisted in the army, the spy made the classic mistake of thinking he could is perfectly and sensitively portrayed. remain undetected in this Jon went on to become remote spot. He lit fires well known – not quite so in the old fireplaces, and smoke was seen rising from well known as her sister Rumer Godden, but her the chimneys. Well, there’s always someone out there, books had perhaps a

greater sensitivity – their attachment to Cornwall was obvious. Rumer lived at St Breward for many years, and later at Windmill Cottage, Port Quin Cross. Jon continued to visit Daymer with her husband, until their marriage broke up. I hope that maybe someone may be living round here still, who remembers them, and can fill in some history for Link. Stories from the past in this area have a fascination for us, who love this place, as many others have done.

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson Published by Doubleday. Hardback £15 from Wadebridge Bookshop In 1977 Bill Bryson, a 26 year old from the American Midwest, settled in Britain. Nearly two decades later he decided to make a brief return to his homeland with his wife and two children ‘to reassure the 3.7 million Americans who apparently believed we had been abducted by aliens’. Before departure he took a trip around Great Britain and wrote the hilarious and hugely popular, ‘Notes from a Small Island’, published in 1995.

although there remains the chronology along the notional ‘Bryson Line’. Humour is the abiding characteristic of the text: silent smiles, quiet chuckles and outright laughter, loud enough to disturb passengers in the quiet carriage en route from Bodmin to Paddington, are guaranteed outcomes from reading this book. At one point, however, hilarity disappears as Bryson visits Mousehole and writes so movingly about the Penlee Lifeboat that tears might be

To mark the twentieth anniversary of that classic, Bryson, now happily re- settled, made a new journey around Britain to see what has changed, and this equally hilarious book, sub-titled ‘More Notes from a Small Island’, has emerged. A Prologue usually serves as an introduction to what follows and bears the flavour of relevance. The first five paragraphs of this glorious escapade describe the impact of an automatic parking barrier on the author’s head near Deauville in Normandy, and the remainder of the book follows an equally quirky inconsequential series of idiosyncratic observations. Following a similar route to the first ‘Notes’ from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, dubbed the ‘Bryson Line’, he sets out to explore places many people hardly visit, deviating unashamedly from any pretence of a straight line from South to North. There is no sequential story in the book and each chapter can be enjoyed in isolation, 44 We welcome local stories and photographs.

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Call Brian on 01208 869120 if you are interested are no more than wind tunnels with ads, loss of front gardens in London to create parking space, and the abandonment of whole elements of grammatical English. Scattered throughout these delightfully frank observations are references to individuals most of whom have not merited a mention anywhere for years. Among the many, Bryson introduces 0George Everest, Oliver Heaviside, Basil Brown and Nick Flynn are just a few who will both inform and delight. Unsurprisingly there is some sort of conclusion at the end of this superb book. After a list of 12 randomly pleasing ‘Britannic things’, he eloquently focuses on the five reasons he chooses to live here: the ‘delightfully and inexhaustibly distractions’, ‘a million good things he wouldn’t otherwise have had’, Britain is’ fundamentally sane’, the ‘quality of life’, and the ‘beauty of the countryside’. We should be grateful, but also be alert to the risks, as is Bryson, particularly to reason five. The random list included ‘villages with ridiculous names like Shellow Bowells and Nether Wallop’: Little Dribbling remained invisible! Visit our website - 45

shed. In such an idiosyncratic book it is difficult to identify themes but three might be manufactured: Bryson’s ‘loathings’, aspects of Britain he loves, and what has changed since his ‘Notes’ of 20 years ago. Helpfully the Chapter on Cornwall begins with a list of 12 ‘loathings’, which turn out to be 15! A selection of additions includes driving in summertime in the Westcountry, tattoos, lady dog owners who refuse to pick up droppings, and frustration with the National Trust.Despite this he clearly loves his adopted country, confirmed by his completion of a ludicrous British citizenship test. Joys include the Seven Sisters walk on the Sussex coast, 130,000 miles of Public Footpaths, provision of Higher Education, London (the best city in the world), The National Heritage Memorial Fund and Branch Line Societies. Changes are both good and bad. Stonehenge has been transformed and Oxford is much improved, but the catalogue of adverse changes makes depressing reading: High Streets without proper shops ,intrusive cell phones everywhere, buses more suitable for transfer between prisons, bus shelters that

The Late Autumn & Winter Fact File - Part Two

Gardening made easy

Nick Bacon, Trelawney Garden Centre

January The gardening year starts here and I like to take a little time out to reflect on the past season. I sort of gloat about the successes, but I also try and analyse any failures. Failures could be down to the weather, choosing the wrong variety or was ‘I to blame’. Every gardening year is a learning curve and even the more experienced gardeners learn something new. At this time of year the best piece of advice for vegetable gardeners is to bide your time, impatience and tackling things toO soon in my opinion is a recipe for disaster. Buy and Chit Early Potatoes: Now is a good time to buy because the really popular varieties sell out. All potatoes are labelled as either first early, second early or main crop (this is according to when they crop) and the tubers are guaranteed to be disease free by the growers. Wash your hands after handling seed potatoes because many tubers are treated with fungicide. Chitting must be done in a cool position so that sprouting growth stays compact. Applying too much warmth tends to produce long etiolated shoots that break off as you plant. First and second earlies should be allowed to chit or produce shoots before 46

planting. Large egg trays are used for laying out your seed potatoes. A top tip, look for small eyes (the indentations with tiny buds and place the potato at an angle so that one is facing upwards). Buds will then develop into small sprouting shoots. It isn’t necessary to chit main crop varieties, but chittled early potatoes do produce a heavier crop. First early varieties worth a try: foremost AGM, ‘Accent AGM’, red Duke of York AGM. Second early varieties worth a try, Lady Cristl, Nadine and Charlotte. Some gardeners only plant first and second early varieties to avoid blight because by the time blight strikes potatoes should have all been lifted. January is also a good time to fumigate your greenhouse before the season really starts. There are a couple of fumigation options. one is a sulphur based candle, this is a product that produces smoke that kills pests and fungal spores on the surfaces of a green house. However, some plants need to be removed before you light a sulphur candle ie peaches, nectarines and grape vines. The other option is a natural based smoke based on garlic, which deters pests and diseases. The advantages of using this method is you do not need to remove

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any growing plants and you can use this method at any time of the year. Root cuttings of perennials can be taken now oriental poppy, acanthus, sea holly, dicentra and verbascum. Cuttings made are placed in free draining compost and covered in grit. pots or trays are then placed in a cold frame. Other jobs to do in January include pruning buddleIa and elder hard back to their base. Prevent the spread of hellebore leaf spot disease by cutting out any foliage with black blotches. Cut down ornamental grasses before new shoots appear; keep potted peach and nectarine plants under cover to avoid peach leaf curl.

New shoots will develop in the direction the bud is pointing, so it is important to prune to outer facing buds to encourage outward and open growth. February Check-List: A potash rich fertiliser can be spread over the soil at the base of fruit trees. This helps to promote good flowering and fruiting. Hoe into the surface and cover with a good mulch of compost. Finish pruning fruit trees, including apples and pears but do not prune plums or gages. Crops you can sow now for your five a day; warm up your soil using cloches, then sow, hardy peas, broad beans, parsnips, early carrots and salad crops February and under cover, sow crops to plant out in Certain crops may be hardy enough to the spring, they include lettuce, brussels plant now, - garlic onion and shallots sprouts and cabbages. are good examples. But mainly the temperatures will be too low for seeds to Place rabbit guards around the base of germinate. young trees to prevent damage. Start to Get roses into shape: It’s annual pruning prepare soil where you are going to be time. Here are some simple steps to laying turf or lawn seed in April, this gives pruning shrub and bush roses; the ground time to settle. Prune out crossing shoots; by doing Finally for February, deter hungry snails this you create an open frame work, old as the weather starts to warm up they will shoots that no longer flower can also be removed. Also cut out rubbing stems that head straight for tender young shoots of delphiniums and other flowers. So ensure may cause damage to others. Crowded branches that prevent airflow around the you put adequate protection in place. rose can also be pruned. A couple of old sayings Check for die back; remove any stems If you see the under side of leaves in that have died cutting back into healthy a gentle breeze it will rain before you wood. Make sloping cuts close to a bud sneeze. when you prune, this helps to avoid die back in the future. To improve shape and If February brings no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain. flowering, pruning cuts are made just above a bud and this encourages a bud to Coming in the next issue; Top Tips and Hints for Growing Tomatoes. flower. Visit our website -


From Magnum To Manila Giles Pearman Foreword by Christopher Pearman: Our middle son, Giles, went off to the Philippines a few years ago to work with the children in the slums. Janet and myself joined him for a month and we all lived together in very basic conditions with various families. One toilet between 15 people in the kitchen without a flush! The children were like jewels with their smiles hidden behind the daily grime of their existence. Janet returned home so grateful that we had drinking water from a tap and a flushing toilet,-what luxury we live in. I remember one instance in particular. A storm drain shattered by the side of a building. It was probably three feet in diameter. Seconds later a moving torrent of rats emerged, so many you could not see an individual animal’s body. They just flowed as a grey stream of activity down the street. No one took any notice. Unbelievable! This then is Giles Story. I was fortunate enough to get my first job after University working for the multinational company Unilever and even more fortunate to end up being placed at Wall’s Ice Cream for my first role. I inherited ‘Wobbly Wobbly’ (don’t ask) and decided that exploding ice creams were going to be big. What I discovered quite quickly is that three tons of popping candy is in itself quite big and difficult to shift when your new invention ‘Big Bang’ doesn’t quite live up to its name in sales. Despite my slightly tricky start the Marketing Director continued to tolerate me and I ended up looking after brands like Cornetto and Magnum. With that came lots more pressure, a nice sports car and a reasonable amount of disposable income that I never seemed to have time to dispose of! Everything was going swimmingly, but underneath I couldn’t help thinking about the direction I was going in. As I looked around the business I only saw people I didn’t aspire to become, nice characters but just not me. At the same time as pondering these questions I was getting more fulfilment outside of work. My local church decided I 48

would be good leading youth work. Every week I was spending time with people who I could help and actually, and quite surprisingly, could help me. I had a strong faith in Jesus from a young age and here was the chance to share with kids the news that Jesus was alive and well. As the sand dropped out of my fulfilment at work, it correspondingly increased in what I was doing at Church. I shared this with a small prayer group I had at the company and one of my colleagues piped up that he was giving up his job to go and work in an orphanage near Manila in the Philippines. This sounded crazy but then my Church started to get involved with a slum feeding and educational programme in Cebu, an island to the south of Manila and I was offered the chance to go myself. My Marketing Director pondered the request for a sabbatical. We quickly struck a deal that I would work for another year then the Company would give me two years off with my job back at the end of it. Roll forward 12 months and I was celebrating my 30th birthday in the orphanage that my friend at Wall’s had stayed at. I had decided to split my time between this and the project that was being

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to be Matthew 10 v 19. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for -what you are to say -will be given to you in that hour. This had never happened to me before and I realised at that moment none of this was really about me at all, my skills or my abilities, it was about just being available and then believing the strength, wisdom and resources will be given to you to do it. Reluctantly I moved on from the Orphanage to spend time in Cebu. Again there were many memorable moments. High on the list were the feeding programmes developed for the children in the outlying villages. All it took was a very large bag of rice, a smaller bag of sugar and a giant cauldron which was heated over an open fire in the yard of the church. Then onto the flat-bed truck with the hot cauldron wedged with tree stumps. After half an hour of bumpy roads we arrived in the middle of a shanty village. The children were used to us coming and soon a ragged queue of 90 to 100 little people formed. Each was carrying some kind of receptacle to put the rice in,varying from empty cans to plastic potties, Talk about being brought down to earth, humility everywhere. These were happy smiling children aged 3 to 10, older children carrying their siblings. My parents were involved with this. They all loved to sing and so we would have a bible story before we started to share the food out. Jonah the Whale was a favourite. The whale was made out of old cardboard boxes. The unfortunate Jonah was then selected, the most impish 4/5 year old usually got the role. Jonah survived as did all those children as did myself. It was a life changing two years and all for the better. I was the one who came away enriched I am still in contact with the people I met and my church is still supporting the work in the slums. Visit our website - 49

run on Cebu Island. The kids at the Orphanage were just amazing, they had so much fun and Pastor Abbey who ran the place was just unbelievable. He had been the President of the local San Fernando Bible School but had set up this orphanage in a converted bus shelter because of his heart for abandoned children. Pastor Abbey had so much belief in me that I realized an important life lesson. We are all so much more capable of doing extraordinary things than we realise, we just need someone to believe in us and the freedom to try. One memorable example of this occurred on the first Sunday I was there. Pastor Abbey asked me to prepare a message for the church, which was also held in the bus shelter. I knew he had been a Bible School President so I was very apprehensive about the whole affair. He broke the ice by introducing me in a very serious voice “we are very honoured to have Giles from England speaking to us today. He is a very good man... Especially when he is asleep”. That got a laugh and I was off! At the end of my talk I sat down and it seemed to have gone well and I began to feel more confident. Maybe I could do this stuff, it wasn’t so different from doing a presentation at work was it? Pastor Abbey then turned to me and said ‘Right we are going to the local radio station to speak. How many people does it broadcast to? I asked? Oh about 750,000 Pastor Abbey replied and I want you to talk for 19 minutes! It was at this point that the expression pride before a fall came into mind and so we get to the studio and at that moment I realised I can’t do this! But then I took a look at Pastor Abbey and he is still smiling and he obviously thinks I can. Then I do what I would not necessarily recommend which is to open my Bible and read the first thing I see which happens

St Minver Probus Club October meeting

at both plants, he persuaded British Rail to reinstate them. (“over my dead body” was the Linwood MD’s response, but fortunately homicide was averted). Mike, using his skill in larceny, then standardised procedures and containers. (sounds familiar?)

consistent set of container This took place at the Pity-me standards. Now this might seem trivial to you and me, Inn, Rock and our speaker but as the containers were the was Mark Symons who talked means of transporting parts, about Trevathan Strawberry materials and everything Farm. else around the factory, and Not just a strawberry farm, needed to suit the fork trucks For a brief time he was a star, but eleven holiday cottages used, maybe Mike was onto appearing in the Chysler converted from barns and something. company hierarchy as number farm buildings, a farm shop, a He doesn’t however claim four. restaurant, a play room and a genius for this observation, just fishing lake! that this was the Ford system, ( No 1 was Lord Rootes.) and All this in addition to 150 whizzing all over the place in which he then proceeded to ewes, 200 beef cattle, 150 the company plane. But “pride “steal” for Chrysler’s use. chickens and a large area of cometh..” as they say. Mike After 15 months the factory arable farming, plus six acres was involved with the car that was finished and Mike had of strawberry fields and more obviously made a bit of was to follow the Avenger, strawberries in tunnels. romantically called the “E” Car. a name for himself, as he After expensive re-tooling The restaurant is open seven was summonsed to see the days a week, only closing Facilities Engineering Director, but before production could start, the Ford Capri came between Christmas and the Chrysler USA. Thinking he February half term. It seats 100 was in trouble he admitted out. Now, as every schoolboy people inside, and a further 80 straightaway that he had knew, the Capri was the car outdoors. pinched his idea from Ford. which you could get with a 3 litre engine, and which looked Probus members in the know Now that is apparently what like it was going fast “even spoke highly of breakfasts and happens in America all the time, so Mike was applauded when standing still”! The “E” lunches there. and sent to join Central Staff in Car, which could only take November meeting Devonshire House, Piccadilly, a 2.6 litre engine, was dead! Our speaker cancelled at the to work his magic (although he Mike found himself, in his last minute and Chairman, did not express it thus!) on car own words, “right down at the Mike Benwell, stood in at very production with the ominous bottom again”. short notice. rejoinder “ You don’t know what busy is yet!” ringing in his This was a splendidly After Mike’s stint in the Ford entertaining talk, for which ears. tractor factory, he shifted Mike was deservedly given allegiance to Chrysler, who His first task was to get a vote of thanks and much had just taken a major stake 140,000 car body shells (for the applause, especially as he in Dodge trucks and Commer Hillman Hunter) from Linwood, had produced it out of a hat vans (remember them?) His Glasgow, to the assembly plant at the last minute. As the brief was to double the size in Luton, in short order. He voter of thanks said, “We’re realised that the company’s of their factory. He noticed that the works were in a state method, by lorry, was hopeless. looking forward to the next instalment.” So, having discovered that of disorganised inefficiency, there were derelict rail sidings Tony Priest partly caused by lack of any 50 We welcome local stories and photographs.

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You’ll get change from 101 pence.

Pound shop


You’ll find chickens living here.



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Drake’s to the right of the Tamar.

River Island


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Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP in eastern Syria. Oil makes the organisation up to $1m a day In November I brought my which they sell to middle men first Bill into Parliament to give in the region. Therefore it is parish and town councils the essential that these revenue ability to alter speed limits streams are disrupted to through local referendums. make it harder for ISIL to buy Through a Ten Minute Rule prone to storm damage, but weapons, recruit people, and Motion, I gave a speech about expand its ideology. it would also open up North why it is important we give Devon and subsequently North RAF strikes have been an communities the power and Cornwall to more trade and integral part in the campaign ability to manage their speed footfall and would bring huge against ISIL in Iraq, with the limits. The Bill was passed by economic benefits to the area. Kurdish groups saying that MPs in its first reading, and its The Peninsula Rail Task Force without British air support, next reading will take place they would have been overrun has just published its interim in February. It’s fantastic to by ISIL. Land is being reclaimed report and the Department get my first piece of draft for Transport are now looking in Iraq thanks to the RAF, and legislation into the Commons hopefully we will see the same at this and considering its to represent the needs of findings. effect in Syria with precision North Cornwall. strikes on infrastructure and Agroecology* 178 Billion for National bases. Meanwhile, talks are In Parliament I have also sat ongoing in Vienna to decide Defence on a Agroecology inquiry how a new government can be Following the terrible events which has been set up by the implemented in Syria. in Paris, the Prime Minister All Party Parliamentary Group Tax Credits has pledged £178 billion of for Agroecology. It is taking investment for our national evidence from specialists, He also announced that after defences. Our Strategic companies and organisations, listening to MPs including Defence and Security Review myself, Tax Credits will not be with the aim to address a is a comprehensive plan cut from next April. I previously range of questions on how government policy can help to to back our Armed Forces, had expressed concern that people would be left worse off protect and enhance the soil counter-terrorism police, and and to conclude with a report intelligence agencies with the because welfare reductions which will include policy would outweigh mandatory resources they need. On top recommendations. wage rises. of this, George Osborne has announced that Police budgets Scott Mann New Exeter-Plymouth will not be cut, allowing forces 10, Market House Arcade, Railway to maintain officer numbers Fore Street, Bodmin, PL31 2JA. I have also asked the Secretary and ensuring security for the Telephone: 01208 74337. of State for Transport, Patrick public. Email: McLoughlin, about the need Attacking ISIL in Syria for a new railway line between Parliament has also approved Exeter and Plymouth via the extension of military action Okehampton. This line would * Agroecology the study be dual purpose. Not only from Iraq into Syria against of ecological processes ISIL. Within hours the RAF were would it offer relief to the that operate in agricultural conducting strikes on oil fields mainline via Dawlish, which is production systems. 52 We welcome local stories and photographs.

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Regular Events

Roller Disco

Saturdays (every second one); Aquafit 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Wednesdays; 9.15 am – 10.15 am; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Leisure Centre; Cost £4.50, 50p skate hire Cost £5.20

biscuits); equipment provided

St Minver Silver Band

Main Band Rehearsal Nights - Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.30 pm and Thursdays 7 pm to 8 pm; Learners Rehearsal Night St Minver Band Rehearsal Nights Badminton Main Band - Tuesdays (7.30pm Thursdays 6 pm to 7 pm Mondays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Sewing Group Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost - 9.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm 8pm); Learners - Thursdays (6pm Tuesdays; 7 pm - 9 pm; The Rock – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 - 7pm); Pityme Inn. Contact Institute Thursdays; 8 pm – 9.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost Garry Gauss on 0780 7913948 For more information contact St Minver Brownies Mrs J O’Donnell 07791 779442 – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70 Wednesdays; 6 7.30 pm; Guide St Minver Football Club Circuit Training Hut, Trewint Lane, Rock Home matches at Trewint Lane, Tuesdays; 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost St Minver Parish Council Meeting Rock; Saturdays; All matches Tuesdays; 12 January; 9 kick- off 2.30pm £5.20 For match information contact Thursdays; 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm; February; from 7.30 pm; The Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost Perceval Institute, St Minver; All secretary: Roy Birchwood 01208 welcome to attend. 880549 £5.20

St Minver PCC Meeting

Country Market


Thursdays; 8.40 am – 12.30 pm; Wednesday, 18 November; from Wednesdays: 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact 7.30pm; The Perceval Institute, Wadebridge Leisure Centre; Cost £4.40 Mrs Jasper (Tel 01208 850796) St Minver

St Minver Messy Church


Thursdays; 9.30 am - 12.30 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632) Fridays; 6 pm - 7 pm; Perceval Institute; Contact Sarah Graham (Tel 07984 617632)

Pityme Lunch Club

2nd Wednesday of Every Month, 12 noon for 12.30; Pityme Inn, Rock; A social gathering with a two course set lunch for £10 including tea or coffee. To attend contact Janet Heath (01208 863884) or John Warn (01208 862510) by the preceding Sunday.

Rock Gig Rowing Club

Wednesdays; from 5.30 pm; Rock Lifeboat Station

1st Saturday in the month; 9 am - 12.30 pm; The Perceval Institute; light breakfast, crafts, a bible story

St Minver Senior Circle

Every other Tuesday; Rock Methodist Church; Cost £1 to include light refreshments; Tel 01208 869427

St Minver Short Mat Bowls

Tuesdays and Fridays; 6.45 pm – 9 pm; Lingham Hall (St Minver Primary School); Cost £2 (including tea & biscuits); first two sessions free; equipment provided

Tre Pol Pen Hand Bell Ringers

Fridays, 10 am - 12 noon; Rock Methodist Chapel; have a go at Hand Bell Ringing; we are a very friendly group and beginners are welcome Call 01726 67394 or 01208 880457 for more information


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

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

Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls Wadebridge Camels RFC

Mondays; 2 pm – 4 pm; The Rock Junior Training Institute; Cost £1 (includes tea & Wednesdays; from 6.30 pm; Visit our website -


Molesworth Field, Egloshayle Road; Contact: Mel Dyke (Tel. 01208 814447)

Wadebridge Youth Club

(Juniors & Seniors) Fridays; Juniors (8-11 years) 5.45 pm - 7.15 pm; Seniors (12-16) Wadebridge Canoe Club 7.30 pm - 9 pm; The Basement, Evening Paddle Tuesdays; 6.30 pm; Wadebridge The Exchange, Molesworth Street; Contact 913593 Canoe Club, Trevilling. For more information: www. Yoga Mondays (Intermediate); 6.30 Wadebridge & District Care pm – 8 pm; The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge for the Aged Tai Chi Wednesdays (General/ Tuesdays; John Betjeman Beginners); 7.30 pm – 9 pm; The Centre; Cost – Free; Tel 01208 Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge; 812392 Wadebridge & District Care Contact: Jane Paterson (Tel for the Aged Computer Class 01208 815252) Thursdays; John Betjeman January Centre; Cost – Free; Bring your Art exhibition: own laptop; Tel 01208 812392 Alex Bradshaw Wadebridge & District Care Monday, December 28th for the Aged Stroke Club Sunday, January 3rd; The Rock Fridays; 10 am – 12 pm; John Institute Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Rubber Bridge with Tel 01208 812392 Afternoon Tea Wadebridge & District Care Wednesday, January 6th, 1.30 for the Aged Tea Dance pm; Rock Sailing & Water Ski Fridays; 2 pm – 4.30 pm; John Club in aid of the St Minver Betjeman Centre; Cost – Free; Branch of Cancer Research Tel 01208 812392 UK; £40 per table; for more information call Jane Bendall on Weekly Fitness League Wednesdays; 10 am – 12.15 pm; 01208 862113 Wadebridge Town Hall; Contact Johny Cowling at ‘The Point’ Heather Jordan, Tel. 01208 Thursday January 14, 7 for 321771 7.30 pm; The Point, Polzeath; proceeds to Bella Rose Appeal Wadebridge Tennis Club and Pancreatic Cancer research Sessions: Wednesday & Friday within Cancer Research UK; evenings; from 6 pm; Sunday Admission £15 (includes a morning; from 10.30 am; pasty) Contact: James 07881 583971

Wadebridge Town Band Rehearsals

Fridays; Juniors 6 pm - 7 pm; Seniors 7 pm - 9 pm; The Churchill Bars, The Conservative Club; Molesworth Street, Wadebridge; Contact: Eric Gill 01208 815125


‘The Forbidden Door’ The Devil’s Violin Company Friday, January 15th, 7.30pm; St Endellion Church; acclaimed story teller Dominic Kelly joins forces with three virtuoso musicians, cellist Sarah Moody, guitarist Dylan Fowler and

violinist Oliver Wilson- Dickson for an evening of dynamic storytelling accompanied by visceral, melodic live music. tickets £10 (free to accompanied under-16s) available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at www.

Charity Quiz Night Friday, January 29th, 7pm: Wadebridge Town Hall; proceeds to Cornwall Hospice Care & Greyhound Rescue West of England; Raffle, GRWE merchandise, Tombola, book stall; £6 per person (Includes home-made buffet); To book: 01208 831208 or dawn@


An evening of Jazz with ‘Go! Next’ Saturday, February 13th, 7.30pm; St Endellion Church; Tobias Hayter (drums), Max Mees (bass), Josh Clowes (guitar), Steffan Vale (piano/ altosax) and Taliesin BurkittJones (tenor saxophone); tickets £10 (free to accompanied under-16s) available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at uk

Marriage Preparation S​ aturday, February 13th; Perceval Institute

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Anglican Church Services

Weekday Services Tuesday St Minver 5.30pm Wednesday St Minver 10am Wednesday St Michael Sunday January 3rd 11am Rock Chapel 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday January 10th 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday January 17th 1 1am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday January 24th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday January 3lst 11am St Minver pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday February 7th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday February 14th 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday February 21st 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael Sunday February 28th 1 1am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Catholic Church Services

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

Evening Prayer

Holy Communion Morning Praise Evensong Evensong

Methodist Church Services

Morning Praise Holy Communion Evensong

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.

Parish Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday mornings at 10.30 in the John Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge (next to library). All are welcome.

Parish Communion Evensong Evensong

Parish Communion Evensong Evensong Holy Communion Morning Praise Evensong Evensong Parish Communion Evensong Evensong Morning Worship Holy Communion Evensong

Please Check With The Parish Newsletter or Church Notice Boards Latest Information.

Quaker Meetings

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.

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

Women’s rape/abuse centre Rock Water Taxi ---------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999 (Boat -during operating hours)-07778 105297 (Bodmin & Wadebridge) -------- 01208 72833 Water Helpline------------------0800 1691144 (offices)------------------------01208 862815 (Tintagel)-----------------------01840 770663 Veterinary and RSPCA St Minver Beavers Methodist Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)-----01208 813258 (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)---01208 863481 Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)--------- 01208 72323 (Alison Cox)---------------------01208 862839 (Wadebridge)-------------------01208 812887 St Columb: St Minver Brownies Multi-denominational (RSPCA Animal Centre) --------01637 881455 (Kathy Hore)--------------------01208 862340 (Tubestation Polzeath)----------01208 869200 (RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour)-0300 1234999 St Minver Cemetery Committee St Minver General Numbers (Mary Drummond-Dunn)-------01208 863491 (Warden Mrs E Elliott)----------01208 863905 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)----01208 814564 (Warden Martin Broadfoot)-----01208 863705 St Minver Cricket Club-----------01208 863402 British Legion-St Minver Doctor / Medical (Fred Prior)---------------------01208 862543 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---------01208 815102 Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge------- 01208 Cancer Research St Minver Football Club 812342 (Gina Snelling)-----------------01208 862820 (Roy Birchwood)----------------01208 880459 Bodmin Hospital----------------01208 251300 Frank About Drugs--------------- 0800 776600 Citizens Advice Bureau St Minver Post Office------------01208 863366 Drinkline------------------------0800 9178282 (Advice Line) ------------------08444 99 4188 St Minver Pre-School------------01208 869511 Port Isaac Surgery---------------01208 880222 Cornwall Council-----------------0300 1234100 St Minver School----------------01208 862496 Rock Surgery--------------------01208 862545 CRUSE Bereavement Care Cornwall------------------------01726 76100 St Minver Scouts Royal Cornwall Hospital Animal Welfare & Veterinary (Treliske)-----------------------01872 250000 (Robert Watson)---------------01637 889 190 Wadebridge Health Centre------01208 812222 Laboratory----------------------01872 265500 St Minver Senior Circle EDF Energy----------------------- 0800 365000 Libraries (Joan Rowell)-------------------01208 869427 Cornwall Library Renewals Line-0845 6076119 John Betjeman Centre-----------01208 812392 St Minver Short Mat Bowls All Libraries---------------------0300 1234111 Old Cornwall Society Reference Library----------------0800 0322345 (Margaret Bartlett) ------------01208 816307 (Jan Goudge)-------------------01208 815984 Padstow Harbour Master--------01841 532239 St Minver Silver Band Police Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)------101 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk (Gary Gauss)--------------------01208 814170 Crimestoppers-------------------- 0800 555111 (Helen Hyland)-----------------01208 812289 TTre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Emergency / Helplines (Tony Priest)--------------------01208 863450 Age UK--------------------------0800 1696565 (Gillian Thompson)-------------01726 882145 Perceval Institute Wadebridge & District Angling Association Air Ambulance HQ---------------01840 213574 (Maureen Rickard)------------01208 863366 Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service--0300 1234232 (Jon Evans)---------------------01208 812447 Polzeath Area Residents Association Electricity Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Western Power Distribution)---- 0800 365900 (David Short)------------------ 01208 862568 (Pam Hall)---------------------01208 862957 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club National Domestic Violence Wadebridge Choral Society (Susan Rowlands)--------------01208 859161 Helpline-----------------------0808 800 5000 Relate Relationship Counselling National Gas Emergency Service- 0800 111999 (Annabelle Woolcott)-----------01208 815322 NHS Direct HelpLine----------------- 0845 4647 (St Austell)---------------------- 01726 74128 (publicity, George Dale)--------01208 815981 Parentline Plus (24 hour)-------0808 8002222 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-- 01208 869420 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Rock Lifeboat Station -----------01208 863033 Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, (Taff Williams)------------------01208 814717 Coastguard----------------------------------999 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Samaritans----------------------08457 909090 (Secretary Kim Oaks)-----------01208 862709 Wadebridge Post Office ---------01208 812813 Churches



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Hartley Home Care Quality Care for the Community

Hartley Home Care provides care to people funding their care either privately or through the Direct Payment scheme by providing a bespoke discrete service to people in their own homes. Care is arranged to suit the individual and is not adjusted to fit in with other people’s needs. If you are looking after a loved one or neighbour and would like to have a carer to support them for anything from a couple of hours a week to several visits a day we can help. We are also looking for enthusiastic people who want to help make people’s lives better to work as Care Assistants in this area. Top rates of pay and allowances paid.

Call Sue on: 01840 213040 or e-mail us at:

To advertise in St Minver Link visit or telephone 01208 869 120



Meeting all of your building and plumbing needs Free estimates - No obligation No job too small PENMAYNE PADDOCK, ROCK, PL27 6NQ

EST. 1953

Family Fun, Fitness & Wellbeing



The Vac Sweeps

Comprehensive and expert chimney sweep service using vacuum with brush for NO MESS!

Call 01840 211089 or email


•Large Swim Spa & Hot Tub showroom •Chemicals, Filters and Accessories •Water checks and changes undertaken •Servicing and Repairs of ALL makes Holiday home hot tub? Let Spyrys keep your water sparkling clean & fresh

Unit 5 Dunveth Business Park, Wadebridge, PL27 7FE (by Tesco) 01208 813760 59

The Cleaner Cleaners!

07817 452 879 | 01208 895 676 |


Neck and Back pain Sports Injuries Theraflex specialist treatment for chronic back pain C egitered Acupuncture ecognied  health inurer Pilates classes oalind Boieau C (Categor  memer o C) 01208 813199

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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


Trenant Vale, Egloshayle,Wadebridge PL27 6AJ - 01208 814838

Plumbing & Heating Contractors          il a and renewale eating tem  eat um tem  nderloor eating tem     60

Luke & Dingle Ltd Builders, Contractors & Decorators

Established 1974

New Builds - Alterations - Extensions - We do it all Contact us for a free no obligation estimate

01208 862676

‘Keep it Local, you know it makes sense!’ Steve Carnachan

Brooks & Jeal Eddystone Road Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7AL Email: Tel: (01208) 812129 Fax: (01208) 220170


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

Wadebridge Contract Cleaning Established 1977

Carpets Upholstery Windows General Cleaning

01208 812 317 7 Broomfield Road Egloshayle Wadebridge PL27 6AU 61



a new studio shop contemporary hand-painted china by sue pullin + a range of hand-picked homewares, gifts and stationery from cornwall and scandinavia 3 M I D D L E S T R E E T, P O R T I S A A C , C O R N W A L L , P L 2 9 3 R H t: 01208 880578


Help Right Now Supporting small and medium sized businesses and private individuals since 1968 Local Chartered Accountants expert in: Accounts and Auditing Tax Planning and Compliance Business Support including VAT and Payroll Cash Flow and Profit Improvement Strategic and Succession Planning Estates, Trusts and Capital Taxes

Phone: 01208 814681 email:

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE 64

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

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

Where friendly helpful service is our pleasure Wadebridge

01208 812291

Two new shops now open at

The Company of Master Jewellers


01566 773135 & 01566 773043

Trebetherick Stores Under new management, with an exciting array of produce and delicious new menu Steph and her team are proud to welcome you into your local independent store, newsagent and off-licence, situated in the very heart of Trebetherick. Fresh bread and pastries are available daily, along with a well-stocked deli counter and a variety of locally-sourced produce. With our improved menu of gourmet food, prepared in our own kitchen, we have even more tempting take-home meals for you and your guests to enjoy. Order by phone, email or online with orders over ÂŁ50 delivered free!

Tregawne, Trebetherick, Wadebridge PL27 6SB T 01208 863349 E 66


UK Property Awards Winners

Best Real Estate Agency - Cornwall Real Estate Agency Marketing - South West England

Coastal property sales and holiday letting specialists. ROCK Radley House, Rock Rd, PL27 6NW Tel: 01208 863322

Offices also in:

WADEBRIDGE, PADSTOW & CAMELFORD. Associated Park Lane Office: 0207 079 1412 67


The Pityme Inn A traditional village pub in Rock offering a warm welcome, friendly service and quality value-for-money pub grub. Steve and Karen look forward to welcoming you.  Sunday Carvery 12noon-3pm.  ‘Open the Box’ or ‘Take the Money’ Friday Nights.  Functions.  Beer Garden.  Children’s Play Area.

01208 862228

for bookings & information.

Beers, Wines and Spirits from St Austell Brewery

R Mears & Sons Chimney Sweeps Established over 30 years

Thorough vacuum & brush cleaning. Full CCTV investigations. Chimney linings, pots, cowlings & bird protection fitted. Solid fuel appliances, Rayburns,woodburners and stoves installed and serviced. Fully Insured.

Tel: 01840 261 221 Mob: 07737 533 392 69

Nursery Stores Open Mon to Sat 8am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 1pm Malcolm has owned Nursery Stores for thirty three years. In the new year we will be making a few alterations to improve the shop. We are open as normal during these alterations. Check us out for,  

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A fantastic range of fresh local and international fruit and vegetables. 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. Blakes bakery bread and cakes every Tuesday and Friday. 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 Printed by St Austell Print Company Ltd. 01726 624900

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