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Issue 208 - May/June 2016


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Issue 208 May/June 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

Guest Chef

Bill Nimo Awarded Cross of St Piran . . . 16 Gem’s Coastal Ultra Marathon . . . . . . . 17 Polzeath Marine Centre Events . . . . . . 18 CRUK Cycle Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Have a go at wood turning . . . . . . . . . . 19 Music at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 So Heritage Theatre, What’s Next? . . . 21 Bodmin Hospital Fete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Great Cornish Cake Bake Day . . . . . . . . 22 CRUK Jumble Sale Raises £485 . . . . . . . 22 Wadebridge Festival of Music & Speech 23 The ‘Young Americans’ at Wadebridge School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St Minver CRUK AGM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Perceval Soup & Pudding Lunch . . . . . 24 St Minver FC Reach Cup Final . . . . . . . . . 25 Quiz Entrants Rewarded . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 An Invitation from Moor Harmony . . . . . 25 Padstow Harbour Commission . . . . . . 27 St Minver Silver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Lydia Johnson of Cornwall Food Store - Lydia’s Crab Cakes . . . . . . . . . . 37

Thank you and Congrats Sherri Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Judith Pollinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Spotlight on Business

Features A Little Box of Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 St Minver School Pupil Becomes a Published Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Bluebell Sundays in 10 acre Wood . . . . . . . . 40 What does a National Trust Ranger do? . . . . . 55

Regular Items Rock Lifeboat News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 We will remember them . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Featured Artist: Tracey Hunter . . . . . . 29 Fitness Tips: Charlie Francis . . . . . . . . . . 33 Seasonal Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Interior Design: The New Scandi . . . . . 42 St Minver School Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . . . . 52 Book Review - Geraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Brain Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Local Characters: Val Meagor . . . . . . . . 59 Gardening Made Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Parliamentary Update - Scott Mann . . . . . 62 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Tiny Thai Takeaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Apple Seeds Child Minding . . . . . . . . . . 46 Bespoke Shoemaker: Stewart Reid . . . . . . 48 The Link Events Diary . . . . . . . . . . 63 Visit our website -


Bill Nimo Awarded Cross of St Piran

Learning he will receive a Cross of St Piran Award, Bill Nimmo from Trebetherick says he is hoping the Bishop of Truro doesn’t stick too closely to the legend as he doesn’t fancy having a millstone hung around his neck! Bill has been chosen as one of 25 people to receive the Cross of St Piran award from the Bishop, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton. Bill was nominated by the Parish of St Enodoc who praised him as a ‘devout member of the congregation’ highly thought of by all. Bill has been attending St Enodoc since he and his late wife Mary, moved to Cornwall over 31 years ago from Surrey. Bill had services. When the vicar was about to retire been a senior lecturer at the City of London he said if they couldn’t find anyone to take Polytechnic and he and Mary had enjoyed many holidays in Cornwall over the years. “My our services, I could always do it myself. I said wife’s grandfather came from Padstow and I didn’t think I could do that and that’s when having gone to sea when I left school, I fell in my wife gave me a withering look, told me not love with the county after I came into port in to be so stupid, and so it was then a challenge Falmouth following my first voyage.” and so it started.” In fact Bill credits Cornwall with bringing him Bill added: “I used to say to the congregation into an active phase of his faith. “I always had ‘I am not qualified or competent to deliver a a faith but I wasn’t really active until I came sermon’ so I put in an extra hymn instead and here.” actually it went down rather well.” Bill has certainly been busy in the last three After 25 years of taking services the decades. He has been a member of the PCC for some 26 years, its chairman for some years opportunity arose for Bill to undertake a spanning several interregnums and is one of course as a Local Worship Leader. “So this was the original members of the Trust of St Minver all really accidental although I often wonder Friends, has been a Chapel Warden and the whether it was really accidental, who knows? treasurer, has organised many fundraising It keeps me out of mischief.” appeals to restore St Enodoc’s spire and even Bill says his efforts give him the satisfaction brought the church into the modern era by of trying to do something useful. “There’s getting electricity put into the building. always the hope something one says or does And if all that wasn’t enough, Bill also leads may strike a chord with someone else and do Evensong services, something he never some good. I shall never know, but that is not thought he’d be doing. “On two separate occasions someone said why didn’t I take important.” 16 We welcome local stories and photographs.

Gem’s Cornish Coastal Ultra Marathon Three Marathons in three Days! St Minver mum Gem Vernon is running three marathons in three days (yes you have read this right, 3) in order to raise money for two charities: Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Anthony Nolan Trust. Great Ormond Street Hospital is a charity very dear to Gemma and her family’s heart. After spending time at GOSH they have seen for themselves what an incredible hospital it is, providing exceptional paediatric care to poorly children and also support for their families. Antony Nolan contacted Gem last July, as she was a potential bone marrow match for a stranger. After some tests she was a 10/10 match and subsequently she donated in September 2015. She had never heard of Anthony Nolan and the work they do matching and coordinating donations. It really is someone’s last chance by the time they need a stem cell or marrow transplant. The bone marrow register is incredibly short of donors and she wants to spread awareness especially about how easy it was and amazing it is to possibly give someone a second chance. “Both these charities are such worthy causes I felt I needed a challenge equally as worthy. I have never done a half or full marathon before so this will be a big challenge for me. I wanted to do something challenging but

Gem’s Programme July 3rd - Zennor to Porthtowan July 4th - Porthtowan to Mawgan Porth July 5th - Mawgan Porth to Port Quin achievable,” says Gem. Whilst Gem is into fitness and she runs for pleasure and plays netball for Wadebridge Netball Club it is still a plunge into the unknown. “There is an official challenge like this called the Atlantic Coastal challenge, however it cost quite a bit of money to enter it so I decided I would rather give that money straight to the charities so I’m doing it on my own with friends and family as support crew (fingers crossed). After seeing the Atlantic Coastal Challenge over a year ago now I just knew this was the challenge I had been looking for. After giving bone marrow in September taking some time to recover and with our busy farm and family life I decided that if I didn’t set a date it just wouldn’t get done! I decided on the beginning of July (just before I turn 30)”.

If you would like to support Gem in her brave challenge you can do so at You can also follow her journey on Facebook/Gem’s Coastal Ultra Marathon Visit our website -


St Minver Brownies

Donkey Derby &

Car Boot Sale Trewint Lane Sunday Aug 7 4.30 pm

Donkey rides, BBQ, Refreshments, Bouncy Castle, Games

Fun for all the family.

Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch)

Fun Golf Day (Stableford)

Sunday October 9 12 noon Shotgun Start Holywell Course/St. Enodoc Golf Club Teams of 4 - any combination £100 per team (includes coffee and biscuits on arrival and 2 course meal).

Closing date August 31 Entry forms from: Jane Bendall, St. Petroc, Rock, Wadebridge, PL27 6JZ. Tel: 01208 862113

Friends of St Minver Churches


Tuesday May 17, 7 pm Perceval Institute All are welcome. Come along and hear what we have achieved and our plans for next year.


Events at the Polzeath Marine Centre Seaweed Pressing Saturday May 7, 12.30pm - 3.30pm; Seaweed pressing is a tradition dating back to the 17th century. It is useful for identification of seaweed species and to produce amazing works of art in the process. We will walk down to the rock pools at low tide to collect samples of seaweed (unattached samples only for conservation) and then return to the marine centre to create our masterpieces and appreciate the beauty of the seaweeds. Meet at Polzeath Marine Centre, PL27 6TA. Wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring old newspaper.

Two Minute Beach Cleans Monday May 16, 7pm - 8.30pm; talk by Martin Dorey who is a writer, surfer, VW owner, presenter of One Man and His Campervan and founder of the 2 Minute Beach Clean. Martin will explain how it all started, what it has achieved so far, its future and how you can be part of it. Meet at Tubestation, Polzeath PL27 6TB

Polzeath Lifeguards Monday May 30, 7pm - 8.30pm: our local lifeguards return to tell us more about rescues, water safety and a day in the life of a Polzeath Lifeguard. This talk will include information about particular hazards encountered at Polzeath too. Meet: at Tubestation, Polzeath, PL27 6TB

Polzeath Marine Discovery Day Thursday June 2, 10am - 4pm; Cornwall Wildlife Trust, PMCG, National Trust and many others are joining forces to bring you a marine day you’ll never forget! Come along and celebrate our seas in Polzeath, learn fun and fascinating facts about our amazing marine life, create beach sculptures, go on a rock pool ramble, help create a marine themed animated film, and so much more. It’s Free, but donations to the Polzeath Marine Conservation Group welcome. Meet at Polzeath beach. Contact for more information: or 07779 896650. Bring: Suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions

Easy Access Rock Pool Ramble Tuesday June 21, 11.30 - 2.30pm; For those that may find our usual rambles a challenge, this rock pool discovery event will be easily accessible for all ages and abilities. You can be taken by National Trust 4x4 or beach wheelchair (if available) to a base near the rock pools where a table top laboratory will be set up enabling everyone to see what can be found on our rocky shore. Meet at Polzeath Beach car park. Booking is essential, please call 07779 896650 to book a place and to discuss your needs and requirements. Please bring a carer or support worker as needed. Wear suitable warm clothing especially, if seated throughout the event and sensible waterproof footwear. We welcome local stories and photographs.

CRUK Cycle Ride to Padstow a great success

A ‘Thank You’ from Sherri

St Minver branch committee members and their supporters braved the cold to stage the ‘2016 Cycle Ride to Padstow’ and raised £632.02 in the process. It was a fun day with lots of laughter and chatter and even a quick fish and chips and tea in Stein’s where we were made most welcome. A big thank you to Bridge Bike Hire for the bikes at a reduced price and to Stein’s for the welcome break from the cold winds. Carrying all that change back on the bicycle as well as the buckets was taxing for Keith Snelling who never complained at all. The committee were staggered that we could have raised so much considering the cold weather so it was a very worthwhile day.

I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came to my surprise 80th birthday party. It was lovely to see you all there. I had a lovely time and hope you did as well I think half of Rock turned up (58 in all). It certainly made my birthday special and one I shall always remember. Sherri Smith

Congratulations Judith Maggie, Joyce, Keith, Anne, John, Gina, Estelle, Brian and Jean.

Why not have a go at wood turning? Every second Thursday of the month, the Bodmin and District Woodturners (formerly Treknow Woodturners) meets at 7 pm at St Mabyn Village Hall. Popular demand has led to an additional hands on meeting in the months of February, March, April, May, October and November on the fourth Thursday of the month - all 5 lathes being in operation. Potential new members are welcome to join us at any meeting - tools and experience are not necessary. This month¹s competition was to produce a rolling pin, won by John Brooks, Chris Long came second and Mike Mansfield third. Have a look at the website, for more information. Visit our website -

Congratulations Reverend Judith Pollinger who celebrates 20 years of Ordained Ministry. To mark this auspicious occasion there will be a Eucharist Service at 7pm on Friday 1st July at St Endellion Church with refreshments afterwards in the church hall. Everyone welcome


Royal National Lifeboat Institution

ART EXHIBITION ‘SERENDIPITY’ Exhibition and sale of oil and mixed media paintings and ceramics by Sarah Poppleton and Jaye Guest, Opening Reception: 6pm Monday May 23 – all welcome.

Exhibition open times: Tues May 24: 10am – 6pm Wed May 25: 10am – 6pm Thur May 26: 10am – 6pm

National Trust

Coastal Challenge Series #1 Pentire Head Tues May 10, Evening Pentire Head

Social running with a 10k and 5k option to choose from. Running for between 40 and 80 minutes making the most of the lighter evenings. We’ll run to accommodate everyone’s ability. If you feel like it, you are welcome to join us afterwards as we head to a local pub for a celebratory drink! All welcome but bear in mind the coast path is steep, uneven and often overlooking some steep cliffs! Runners under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no dogs. £2 per runner. Booking essential and for more info contact Tom on 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@


Music at St Endellion Madrigals Workshop Saturday and Sunday May 21 and 22, St Endelion Church; a singing workshop, popular madrigals and part-songs weekend, run by singer and musical director Helen Porter (see During the weekend participants will sing a diverse range of madrigals and part-songs in harmony ranging from the 1600s to the present day. The weekend attracts singers from all over Cornwall, many of whom belong to other choirs. To book a place contact Ian Sandbrook on ian.sandbrook@ or by phone 01840 214613. Cost is £50 per person.

Concert : ‘Come now, a roundel and a fairy song’

Friday June 3, 7.30 pm, St Endellion Church; the vibrant early music ensemble K’antu with a programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, exploring Shakespearian Songs and Dances evoking the spirit of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. With compositions by Robert Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, broadside ballads and folk tunes quoted in the Bard’s plays, K’antu’s lively mix of music will appeal to Early, Folk, Classical and World Music fans alike. The concert will be interspersed with some of the Bard’s sonnets read by author Patrick Gale and others.

Concert: ‘The Songs of Folk and Legend’

Friday June 24, 7.30pm, St Endellion Church; a series of recitals by the Cornish American Song Institute; from the Cotswolds of England, to the Fjords of Norway, to the forests of Russia, folk culture and legend have been inspirational for artists, poets, and composers. These beautiful and moving songs will be performed by students from many of America’s top schools of music at the end of their three-week course of study with their director and head of vocal studies David Sadlier Tickets for both these concerts are £10 (free to accompanied under-16s) and available from the Endelienta Box Office: telephone 07787 944935 or online at We welcome local stories and photographs.

So Heritage Theatre, What’s Next? “Bennett to Beethoven” completed its six sell-out performances to much acclaim and questions about ‘what’s next’! All very flattering for Heritage Theatre, but as anyone involved with theatre will appreciate, these events take huge amounts of planning, rehearsal and stamina from all – actors (Dennis Brown, Sue Ferguson, Sue Flitter and Graham & Tracey Renwick), musicians (Tony Priest ably supported by Kay), lighting & staging (David Hudson) and sound effects (Martin Broadfoot). stage (Dee Rainbow & Lynn Bowden) and box office/front of house (June & John Holmes) management, prompt (Audrey Cooke), artistic design (Jean Thorman) and wardrobe, bar ‘staff’ (Sue & Andrew Hamilton), set design, PR liaison with local media and marketing ‘partners’and so the list goes on! And when unsolicited comments like this arrive in the mail: “I wanted to drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed

the production tonight – well done to everyone. It was very professional and most entertaining” then just maybe it’s all been worthwhile. Here’s what Producer, Graham Renwick, of “Bennett to Beethoven” has to say – after the event: “Heritage Theatre counts itself as extremely fortunate to be able to perform inside Pencarrow – this is the second time the Molesworth St Aubyn family have invited the company to base a production inside their beautiful House. We have also been privileged to be welcomed to hold some rehearsals on-site and to introduce the staging to the Drawing Room as performance loomed, so giving the actors and backstage team time to familiarise with surroundings. “As a group of actors – albeit amateur – all we ever want, once the venue is agreed, is an audience to perform for. So, as has been our policy over a number of productions, we set out to work in partnership with

two charities who are willing to do their utmost to market the production among their membership to secure the allimportant ‘bums on seats’. Once again the theory, in addition to Heritage Theatre’s own publicity machine, worked beautifully – both The British Red Cross and the Friends of Pencarrow worked their socks off and gave us a sell-out. Their reward was to share, on a 50/50 basis, the net proceeds (£3,300) from the production; ticket sales and ‘bar’ profits less expenses. “Two lessons have been learned – 1) a matinee is popular, especially among those who prefer to drive in daylight and 2) that a Gala Evening works (in spite of this Producer’s early misgivings)! So, all in all, we believe that we have achieved what we set out to do and want to thank everyone for their tremendous support and encouragement.” As for what’s next, Heritage Theatre remains firmly tightlipped!

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WI MeetingS Rock Chapel Thursday May 5th 7 pm

Talk by Nick Bacon of Trelawney Garden Centre ‘Garden Medicine‘

Rock Institute Thursday June 2nd 7 pm Talk by Leslie Cole ‘My Life in Pieces’ Everyone is welcome to attend there is a charge of £1 for guests (light refreshments included).

National Trust

Wild Flower Walk

Sat June 4, 10am - 2pm Pentire Head Join National Trust rangers for a guided walk around the spectacular Pentire headland near Polzeath, learning about the array of wildflowers associated with maritime grassland and how they are managed for nature conservation. Approx. 6.5km, with some steep coast path walking. £3 per person. Booking essential 01208 863046

Bodmin Hospital Fete June 25th Bodmin Hospital Fete is organised by the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends and will be held on Saturday June 25th. It starts at 2pm with the Bodmin Town Crier, Nick Prideaux, announcing BBC Radio Cornwall’s Laurence Reed who will open the show. There are all the usual attractions, a miniature performing stallion, donkey rides, go karts and bouncy castle, play rooms, lazer tag, swing boats, a Fire Engine with its crew, a human fruit machine and entertainment by Tina Roberts, Firebird International with Chico and Clive and much more. The fete is held in the hospital grounds, with plenty of free parking available. It raises funds to supply services and equipment for the staff and patients of the hospital that are not supplied by the NHS. Local businesses who have helped with expenses or supplied goods are: Bodmin Nursery, Brandon Hire, West End Motors, The Lighthouse, Bridge Bike Hire, Barnecutts Bakery, Ruses Gas, Sharps Brewery, Marlin Rosettes, Eventzuk Marquee Hire and Ramsay Health Care. If any business or individual would like to sponsor the fete in any way call the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends’ Secretary on 01208 841552. Full details of the League of Friends can be seen at: 841552. Full details of the League of Friends can be seen at:

Great Cornish Cake Bake Day 2016 For the second year running Cornwall Hospice Care is holding the Great Cornish Cake Bake Day on Friday May 6th. It is also National No Diet day so you do not even need to feel guilty about eating cake! All bakers are encouraged to make/bake/sell cake and eat cake in their office, home, school or village hall to help raise funds for us. They are a Cornish charity so every penny raised will be spent on this side of the River Tamar. If you need anything (posters/balloons/serviettes/bunting etc) please email Judy at or call her on 01726 66868 (option 3) or her mobile 07974 997560. The Hospice wants to beat the total of £7,200 raised last year, all of which went to help fund the care we provide at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle.

CRUK Jumble Sale Raises £485 The Committee of St Minver CRUK would like to thank everyone that donated jumble sale items. Leftovers were not wasted and four bags of items were sent to the Cornwall Hospice shop as well as four bags of warm clothing to Syrian refugees. Quality items that did not sell will be sold in a shop in Truro. Thanks also must go to supporters who helped out as four committee members were unable to attend.


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Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech This years festival was held as usual in Wadebridge Town Hall during the first week of March. We had to start on Monday this year due to the number of Speech class entries. Indeed our first class at 9am on Monday had 70 entries but our Speech Adjudicator Eleanor McLeod listened to each one and was able to give helpful and encouraging remarks so that they went away having enjoyed the experience and looking forward to entering again next year. St Minver School always supports the Speech classes very well and the winner of that first huge class was Lillie Bray who was awarded 88 marks. Tintagel and Delabole Primary schools sent entries for the first time this year and are looking forward to coming again next year. We are grateful to every school that supports us as they are all under great pressure with so many demands on their time. The Music classes began on the Wednesday with the Adjudicator, Malcolm Rudland , awarding and commenting on some outstanding performances both instrumental and voice. Performances were given on all instruments from Accordion and Recorder to Trombone and Harp, giving audiences great enjoyment. We listened to the Wadebridge School Jazz Band entering for the first time and their always popular Samba Band. In all 15 choirs, from school to Barbershop and Male Voice, took part this year. St Breock School won both the Infants and Junior choir classes against very fine performances from the other choirs. Port Isaac Chorale was awarded 92 marks for a fine choral performance in the Mixed Choir class. St Breward and St Minver Bands and their players gave us great support in the Brass classes and again we look forward to seeing them back again next year. The week ended with a Gala Concert on Saturday evening when we heard many of the outstanding performers repeat their performance with out the pressure of competition. There were excellent performances of the first two movements of Beethoven ‘s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata - the first movement by Jez Kemp from St Ives who was awarded the Maberley Cup presented to the festival for the winner of the Open Piano class by Mr and Mrs Michael Maberley of Rock - and the well known 2nd Movement played by 17 year old Caleb Blackburn of St Tudy. The final performance of the concert was given by 16 year old Jasmine Collins who won the Grade 7 and over String class - of three very talented performers - with 92 marks.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

RNLI OPEN DAY Rock Beach Sunday June 5 Midday - 4 pm

Lots of activities and fun - with a barbecue, beach games, coastal safety information, RNLI lifeguard demonstration, helicopter and lifeboat rescue demonstration and a visit to Rock by the Padstow RNLI allweather lifeboat. Come and our see the new inshore lifeboat at first hand and then watch her go through her paces on the water.

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National Trust

Lundy Bay ‘Bio Blitz’ Saturday July 2, 1pm to Sunday July 3, 1pm

Find and record as much wildlife as as possible in 24 hours at Lundy Bay.

Become a wildlife detective by seeking out animals and plants whilst discovering facts about them from the wildlife experts. There will be bug hunting, rock-pooling, butterfly hunt, wildflower walk, small mammal discovery, reptile search, bird watching and so much more. Do it for an hour or 24 hours, the choice is yours. Get involved with as much or as little as you like. Come along and discover the wildlife on your doorstep. After a well deserved rest, and our AGM on the 18th May ( 7pm For full information: Wadebridge Town Hall), the hardworking committee will begin to northcornwall@nationaltrust. or 01208 863821 work towards the next Festival in 2017. #LBBioblitz Janet Townsend Visit our website -


The ‘Young Americans’ at Wadebridge School

Wadebridge School welcomes Wadebridge School will never be quite the same after a recent visit from The ‘Young Americans’ - a multi-talented, Californian based performing arts company, who tour the world providing opportunities for young people to explore their potential in music, dance and performance. The forty amazingly talented performers stormed into Wadebridge like a tornado, whipped everyone into a frenzy and left some very tired but incredibly inspired staff and

students in their wake.

Over the three days nearly 200 students, ranging in age from 8 to 18, participated in singing, dancing and improvisation workshops before putting together an hour long performance that astounded a packed audience. The culmination of the students’ hard work contained everything from a contemporary look at some of the great composers, to a humorous yet musical reproduction of some of our

favourite films. The audience enjoyed songs and dances through the decades. However, the finale was something very special indeed. Several students were able to showcase their extraordinary talent by taking solo roles in an abridged adaptation of The Lion King, which was simply awe inspiring. The energy, commitment and enthusiasm of the company was simply incredible and the wealth of talent that has been discovered as a result of the project, is very exciting indeed.

St Minver Cancer Research UK AGM At the AGM it was reported that payments to CRUK Headquarters for the group’s financial year totalled £21,853. Nikki Collins, our Area Manager for CRUK Cornwall, praised the committee for being dynamic, strong, creative and innovative and said we could not be thanked enough. She went on to speak of money raised worldwide and nationally and of the work that is going on reminding us of the millions of pounds spent on research and how the money soon gets used up. She said that highlights were the World Cancer Day in 2015 raising £675,000, the 2015 Virgin London Marathon raising 3 million pounds. We learnt that the the Francis Crick Institute, a

biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things, will open in the summer. It will consist of six of the UK’s most successful and academic organisations and appointed top scientists and researchers will work together. There has been a huge amount of collaboration to get this project off the ground and the six organisations have invested £650 million to get it established and to ensure that it has the resources to make a major impact. It is a unique partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College

London. When fully operational 1,500 staff will be employed, including 1,250 scientists, and it will have an operating budget of approximately £130 million per year. Nikki thanked us also for our support for the smoking ban and plain packaging. We were also told that CRUK has been chosen as one of the charities for the Royal Cornwall Show this year in June and that our help would be needed. All of our efforts would be in vain without our supporters and we very much appreciate this. Gina Snelling continues in her role as our Chairperson for a fourth year and received flowers and champagne from committee members. Maggie Day

Perceval Soup & Pudding Lunch a Success Over 60 people attended the lunch at the Perceval Institute (many more than expected) but just like the loaves and fishes there was more than enough and for some even seconds. A well supported raffle and Jo Drayson’s


preserves and toys amassed £400 are in the pipeline to include a Race Night, Table Top sale to give a total of £740.30. andanother lunch but these Many thanks to all who attended dates have yet to be finalised. and to the committee and One definite date for your diary helpers who made it such a November 18th and 19th is Julia’s successful event. Further events entertainers. We welcome local stories and photographs.

St Minver Football Club Reach Cup Final

St Minver will play in the cup final of the Duchy KO Cup at the beginning of May. At the time of going to press we are sitting firmly at the top of the Duchy Premier Division with 43 points with 6 matches to play (nearest rival, Edgcumbe, has 31 points with eight matches to play. The aim this season was to continue our push to the top of the Duchy divisions after successive promotions in the

last few years. We felt that if we continued to improve we may even get into the position of being able to apply for promotion to the East Cornwall League to join other local clubs like Wadebridge, St Teath, Camelford, and Padstow. Now it looks like a distinct possibility, but there are six games to go and we can,t afford to slip up particularly if Looe Town win all their games (they

have 30 points with 10 more games to play. We need lots more local support on match days to carry us through. We had a heavy defeat in the Cornwall FA Junior Cup, when a talented Callington side put us out in the semi-final. That hurt! But there may yet be a chance for us to redeem ourselves because if they win their semi-final of the Duchy League KO Cup we will meet again . Look out for that clash ! Roy Birchwood

Quiz Entrants Rewarded

Wadebridge and District Museum’s recent quiz contained some testing questions, but there were some very good entries and the final result was extremely close.

April. Third place winner Martha Hawker was visiting Wadebridge when she did the quiz, so received her prize by post. Welcome refreshments rounded off a very sociable event.

Winner Bill Vivian (left) and runner-up Edward Pusey (middle) are pictured receiving their prizes from Scott Mann MP at the well supported presentation in

The museum is increasing its activities, and Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood, Auctioneers and Valuers, who kindly donated the quiz prizes, have increased

An invitation from Moor Harmony

Moor Harmony, the ladies’ barbershop chorus based in Wadebridge have a new Music Director, her name is Lesley Harris and she took on the role in January. Lesley is a young enthusiastic director who is bringing her love of singing to make exciting rehearsals full of laughter and learning. Her aim is to produce a superb sound that achieves the highest standard we can achieve. We are hosting a special ‘Big

the frequency of their Fake or Fortune valuation events at the museum to monthly.

Spring Sing’ on Saturday May 14th from 10 - 4 at St Breock School Wadebridge (PL27 7XL) The cost is £5 with proceeds going to Little Harbour our charity of the year. Little Harbour is part of Children’s Hospice South West and provides care for life limited children and their families at St Austell in Cornwall.

will be something for all, whether you are an experienced singer who’d like to try a different style of singing or a novice who is keen to have a go and enjoys the thought of singing in a group of friendly and encouraging ladies. All ranges of voices are welcome so whether you have a deep low singing voice, a high voice that hits the top notes or somewhere in between there is room for you all.

This is an opportunity for any lady to join with us for the day to discover the joys of singing in harmony, Acappella style. There

Please reserve your place by contacting us before the day at at or by ringing 07856218930.

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Rock Lifeboat News Casualty care training

Our volunteer lifeboat crews have undergone casualty care training during which they took part in a number of realistic looking scenarios with ‘badly injured’ casualties. Some trained for three days, others for two weeks of evenings. Everyone passed. Volunteer Helm Charlie Toogood said, “This intensive course was of massive benefit to the whole crew and ultimately to those casualties we have to look after. The standard of training was very high, the course was superb and very thorough.”

Helicopter Training

Meanwhile, the volunteers are now working with the new Coastguard helicopter teams that took over Search and Rescue duties from RNAS Culdrose on January 1st. Our crews have already been on exercise with the new aircraft and our Chair, Gus Guest has also been to visit the new Bristow’s Headquarters that have been constructed near to the main Newquay Airport terminal.

Action ‘Nan’

Proceeds from the three week walk will be divided up between the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal and RNLI lifeboat stations around Cornwall. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Twitter and you can make a donation to Pat by visiting

As I write we are about to welcome a woman labelled ‘Action Nan’ to the station. Pat Smith is walking the length of the Cornish coast path to raise money for the RNLI, covering 297 miles from Marsland (near Bude) to Cremyll, Raising Money with the aim of raising £10,000. While we’re on the subject of fundraising, Jaye Guest and her daughter Sarah Poppleton Pat who at 67 is Grandmother to four, is hoping to complete her trek during April and are putting on another exhibition at the Rock Institute in aid of the RNLI next month. passed through Rock on Sunday April 10th. ‘Serendipity 2016’ (see page 20) Last year No stranger to a challenge, she previously completed a charity cycle from John O’Groats Jaye and Sarah donated £2,758 to the RNLI to Land’s End. Now she’s ready for her next big from a similar exhibition and now they’re aiming to beat that target! adventure; “It’s been 10 years since my last challenge. I’m We have a wonderful shop attached to the lifeboat station and each year it brings in a a sailor so I realise how important the RNLI sizeable amount of business that directly is. I go to the beaches with my children and Grandchildren and we rely on the lifeguards benefits the RNLI. But we need more help to to look after us.“ keep it open. 26 We welcome local stories and photographs.

The amount of time you give is optional, but shifts are usually around three hours long and you get to look out on the beach. Full training is given. All our volunteers say they love working in

the shop and meeting visitors, so how about joining them? For more information you can contact Annabell Woolcott on 01208 815322 or email . Tamsin Thomas

Padstow Harbour Commission Following an interview with Jinx Hewitt, representing the Padstow Harbour Commission (PHC), The LINK can give an update on the various issues and projects that the PHC are involved in.

Re-designation of Rock as a Bathing Beach Much was made in the regional and national press recently regarding bathing at Rock beach. A different spin was given depending on which report you read, however mostly all reports failed to outline the true situation. First and foremost the re-designation of Rock as a bathing beach has nothing whatsoever to do with speed limits. Rather this is entirely related to DEFRA’s criteria for designating bathing beaches in this country. Certain procedures such as providing signage and water quality testing must be maintained and if these are not, DEFRA has the powers to remove the designation. In the case of Rock, it was decided by the Parish Council, Padstow Harbour Commissioners and various stakeholders on this side of the estuary to not maintain these procedures, as it was felt there is adequate bathing at Brea, Daymer and Polzeath beaches. Consequently the designation has been removed. However, in effect nothing has changed, as it is not against the law to bathe on non-designated beaches. So, anyone who wishes to bathe from Rock beach still can.

start, the Marine Management Organisation, following testing of the sand from the car park, has granted permission for the sand to be deposited on Rock beach. This will kick start the planned beach re-nourishment project.

Hard Standing Area for Youth Sailing Fleet Previously PHC explored supporting the local youth sailing fleet by putting a hard standing area next to the Watersports Centre. However, due to this winter’s storms, concerns have been raised regarding where the structure is to be placed. This area is now going to be structurally surveyed prior to any works being carried out, which will delay commencement of works. This is still very much a priority for PHC and hopefully the work will be carried out in due course.

Harbour Patrol Vessel

The harbour patrol vessel has undergone a refit for the coming season. As the previous skipper has now been employed full time by PHC, this role is now vacant. Interviews for a new skipper are taking place and so hopefully a new skipper will be in place having learnt the ropes for the 2016 season. The boating community as a whole believe Rock Car Park Extension that the work carried out by the patrol boat has proved invaluable in giving out Due to delays on decisions from various information on by-laws and regulations council departments the work on the car regarding safe boating on the estuary park extension will not commence for the amongst locals and visitors alike. 2016 season. However, when the work does Visit our website - 27

Trebetherick & Polzeath WI

Tea to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday Sat May 21, 2 - 4pm, Rock Institute £4 per person Bookings 01208 869636

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National Trust

Ranger Day

Sat June 11, 10am - 2pm, Pentire Head Join the rangers for a few hours improving the access on Pentire Head near Polzeath. We’ll either be repairing footpaths or installing gates, helping people getting out and about on this impressive headland. All tools and equipment provided. Just bring some food and drink, wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather. Free. Booking essential 01208 863821 or email

We Will Remember Them Freda Alcock of Wadebridge Geoffrey Donald Allen of St Minver John Barnard Beaufoy of Wadebridge Grace Sheila Brookstone of Wadebridge Michael Clark of Wadebridge Edith Davern of St Minver Roger Felton Elliott of Polzeath Norma Patricia Hart of Wadebridge Jacqueline Clare Lawrence of Croanford Evelyn Blanche Milby of Wadebridge Brenda Carol Paul of Wadebridge Nair Portella of St Minver Caroline Smith of Wadebridge Reginald John Symes of Trebetherick F Anthony Wallace of Wadebridge Frederick Harold Westlake of Wadebridge


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Our Featured Artist Tracey Hunter Written by Peter Crisp “There’s something about Cornwall that grabbed me. It’s a wonderful place to paint and what a fabulous place to bring up my children.”

Like so many of us who have settled in our magnificent county, Tracey used to come here on holiday with her family. Originally from

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Northumberland, she is familiar with the natural beauty of the English land and seascapes, but it was the unique qualities of the North Coast that captured


her artistic imagination. “It’s an inspirational place. Cornwall just seems to have something else. It’s special. Initially, we didn’t plan on landing in Wadebridge, it was more of a happy accident. It’s turned out to be the best move we’ve made and now my Cornwall Art Studio,


based on the Polmorla side of town, is thriving and the family flourishing.” Tracy has painted professionally for 15 years. It is a passion, inspired by the mood and light of the environment. For a number of years her work was done in a traditional manner: landscapes and

seascapes. She still enjoys painting in this style but has discovered the urge to explore and experiment further. For the past 9 years her work has evolved and taken on more of a semiabstract role inspired by the Cubist art movement. In 2011, Tracey opened

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the Cornwall Art Studio. You can find it in the corner of the car park on Polmorla Road. “Painting on my own in the studio can be thought provoking and peaceful yet also rather lonely. After considerable thought, a big studio tidy up, a batch of studio easels, palettes, brushes, water reservoirs, tables, chairs, 99% daylight bulbs installed, I opened my doors and introduced the studio workshops.” The ethos behind the studio is simple: to bring art to everyone! “We offer a variety of workshops. Our light, airy studio provides a friendly creative environment. Whether you are a beginner, or a more experienced artist, you will be able to work at your own pace with the level of support that you require. 
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Hospice. Celebrities, politicians and artists were invited to produce an A5 piece of work to raise money in an online auction. Out of hundreds of entrants, including David Cameron, Tracey’s work came eighth in terms of money raised. She also lends her talents to the St Ives Rotary Club. “For the past 9 years the Rotary Club of St Ives has held the ‘Spot the Artist’ exhibition and Sale on the middle Sunday of the St Ives September Festival. The event enables members of the public to buy original art on A5 card

at an affordable price. The artwork is signed by the artist on the reverse side of the card.” Last September’s event was generously supported by 227 artists, including 15 whose work had been accepted for inclusion in the 2015 Royal Academy Summer Show. They sold over 90% of the 320 paintings and raised over £10,350 for charity and good causes. Tracey will be exhibiting her work in 2016 in the following locations: Enys house and gardens
April 30 to­May

2: 11 am ­to 5 pm (Address Penryn TR10 9LD www. Padstow Memorial Hall
May 14 ­to May 20: 10 am ­to 5 pm (Address Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY www. The Poly at Falmouth June 6 ­to June 11: 10am to­5 pm
(Address 24 Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG www. If you’d like to know more, please visit www. or call 07595 318630. You can find out more about the workshops at: www.

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Fitness Tips from Charlie Francis

Charlie is a certified personal trainer, exercise and nutrition specialist and Health Club Manager at The Point at Polzeath. She aspires to help others improve their lives through fitness and nutrition, believing that with the correct knowledge and support, anything is possible. You can improve your body and become a much happier, healthier person in the process.

In this new regular column, Charlie will give Link readers some simple, yet effective exercises that you can do from home.

The Plank No core exercise beats the plank. It challenges the whole body and is much easier on the lower back then most other core exercises The Plank activates the deepest core muscles which will improve muscle tone to flatten the stomach. The plank will increase your core stabilisation which reduces the risk of spinal injury. The plank will improve your posture, increasing muscle tone to prevent you from slouching or hunching the back. I recommend planking EVERY DAY! Try these variations:

Plank on Knees and Elbows Level 1: is to start planking on your elbows and knees. Keep a straight line between your knees hips and shoulders. Push into your elbows to activate the shoulders. Make sure you hold your tummy in and keep your back straight. Once you have mastered this level for 1 minute, move onto level 2.

Plank on Toes and Elbows Level 2: is to start planking on your elbows and toes. Keep a straight line between your toes hips and shoulders. Push into your elbows to activate the shoulders. Make sure you hold your tummy in and keep your back straight. Ensure you squeeze your legs. Everything should be active. When you have mastered this level for 1 minute move onto level 3.

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A Little Box of Love Indulge in a Random act of Kindness Sue realized that there must be thousands of people in her position and in September 2015 created ‘A Little Box of Love’. “It started when I decided to send five boxes of nice little items I had around to people I thought would be really pleased These are the words of St Maybyn resident Sue Quinney, founder of ‘A Little to receive a gift out of the blue. In actual fact I sent 12 in one day!” Box of Love’ - a service that enables you to show someone who is perhaps having The word spread quickly and Sue now sends out on average 60 boxes per week a bad time that you care. all over the country and indeed, for the Sue has struggled with chronic illnesses price of postage, all over the world. for over 30 years and really knows what They try to tailor the contents of the it feels like to become disillusioned and boxes to the individual if possible down hearted. Her family and friends How does it work? have always been supportive but, as Sue says, “they all lead busy lives and I would The service is free. Visit the website always automatically say I was ‘OK’ when and nominate asked how I was even though that might someone who you think would be cheered up by receiving one of the boxes. not have been the case.” The box should arrive in 14-21 days. A typical ‘Little Box’. Sue is always on the look out for sponsors and gratefull to receive donations to help with the postage. So far they claim to have touched the lives of thousands but would love this to increase to 10,000 by the end of the year. “I have to monitor each week how many we post out as funding is my greatest issue but the team and I hear on a daily basis of how A Little Box of Love touches lives!” If you would like to nominate someone visit the website or, if you like to offer help, please contact: “To be able to put a smile on the face of someone you don’t know is a truly wonderful thing! To touch lives, to make a difference for no reason other than you can. That is what A Little Box of Love’ is all about.”


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St Minver School Pupil Becomes a Published Author William Harris, a talented Year 6 pupil at St Minver School, launched his book ‘The Adventures of Iggy the Guinea Pig’ at a special book launch event at the school in March. The book was illustrated by William’s friend Daniel Meneer. William is the 8th pupil to become a published author as part of the Cornwall Dyslexia Service Book Writing Project. He follows in the footsteps of seven other young writers, who have all experienced

Below - the book cover. Above - William (left) and Daniel at the book launch.

some literacy or dyslexic difficulties and who have had the opportunity to write their own books in this way. For William this book has enabled him to share his love of guinea pigs as well as develop his literacy skills. “The decision to write this book was difficult in many ways; both physically and mentally. It took hours to write even though I had lots of ideas. Putting it on paper was a challenge for me. My favourite part of the book is the story of Iggy the Superhero.” Visit our website -


He has worked incredibly hard on this project, both with the words and also with the ideas and designs to accompany his written work. The whole class has become involved in this book project and many of William’s Year 6 class wrote ‘letters of persuasion’ inviting many well-known and local people to attend the launch including, Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and the Mayor of Padstow. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was invited. Unable to attend she replied (see copy of letter on the right) and bought one of William’s books. Trish Warne who has supported William with the book writing project

explained how this project has had an impact on William’s learning. “The Dyslexia Book Project has helped William enormously to engage with writing. He is able to edit his writing to improve it and learnt to spell some tricky words.” Jane Trapmore, Dyslexia Adviser for Cornwall reflected, “Every pupil

Matthew, Daniel and teacher Trish Warne the book signing.


who has been involved in writing their own book, has brought many rewards, in particular watching a young person grow in confidence and stature as a learner and a published author and this project has been no exception. It has been a pleasure to work with young people in school with this project.” 350 copies of ‘The Adventures of Iggy the Guinea Pig’ have been printed and are available at £5 each from St Minver School or dyslexia@

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Our Guest Chef Lydia Johnson Cornwall Food Store

The Cornwall Food Store is a local catering company delivering gourmet local fare. They have a varied menu but are happy to create bespoke menus to suit a client’s needs and dietary requirements. The company was founded by Lydia Johnson who lives close to Rock and has spent much of her childhood in the family home nearby. She trained in Florence and has worked for private clients and supper clubs in and around London. She says that she has always enormously enjoyed feeding people. You can contact her on - 07970 276 152.

Lydia’s Crab Cakes (Serves 6-8) This recipe is simple and delicious. You can make the cakes in advance and store them (unfried) in a fridge or freezer. It is also fun to make them smaller to serve with drinks together with a dollop of dill mayonnaise. crumbs on three separate plates. Dust Ingredients the crab cakes all over with the flour, 250g potatoes then dip into the egg and finally coat 300g white crab meat with breadcrumbs. 1 Tbs capers, washed & chopped 2 spring onions finely chopped 4. Add enough sunflower oil to a frying pan to come about 1cm up the Sprig chopped dill side. Heat the oil, then carefully slide Sprig of tarragon 1 lemon zest & juice & extra wedges the crab cakes in; you might have to do this in batches. Cook for about 3 1 egg minutes on each side until they are 3 tbsp plain flour 85g Panko breadcrumbs (you can crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper. At this point you can pop the buy these in Spar in Rock!) crab cakes into the oven to keep Butter/sunflower oil to fry in warm – or serve right away with dill Method mayonnaise and extra lemon wedges. 1. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of salted water for about 15 mins, drain, then return to the pan and leave to steam dry for about 5 minutes. Mash, then leave to cool. 2. In a large bowl mix the crab meat, capers, spring onions, lemon zest and half the juice, dill and tarragon. Stir in the mashed potato with some seasoning, then shape into 12 neat round patties. Transfer these to a plate and put in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up. 3. Put the flour, egg and bread 37

Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki

The Dress Code: Spring’s finally here and it’s time to dress up – from parties to festivals, a dinner date to a BBQ. We love a dress as it is stress free – pop the dress on and you are ready to go out the door. Finish the look with some clever styling and make-up inspired by the catwalk and your new hassle free capsule summer wardrobe is done.

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Summer nights mean going all out. We’ll be partying in thigh-grazing hemlines, white dresses (think tanned and toned in Ibiza) and statement lace. Struggling with the age old conundrum of the ‘smart-casual’ dress code? Add a well cut leather jacket to any more formal party dress and you’ll strike the balance with effortless cool. Stay away from costume jewellery as it is all about layered pieces of delicate silver or gold whether that is rings, necklaces or bracelets, and a leather

envelope clutch.

The 9 till 9 Summer’s all about 9 - 9 dressing – dawn till dusk is a bit too long!! Dress for work and then head straight out after work for a sundowner overlooking the sea or drop in on an early evening BBQ. Stripes tick all the boxes here and are still a massive trend through summer. Keep the shoes flat as wearing heels for twelve hours is a killer. Wear with sandals, flats or my personal favourite mix your dress with a pair of trainers or Converse style pump. Keep your make up 9 – 9 simple. Just wear a touch of concealer where necessary, bronzer on the cheeks, a good quality black mascara (it’s worth spending money on a good mascara if you don’t want panda eyes) and a berry coloured lipstick. Stay away from eyeshadow and foundation that will rub off or settle into any creases!

The Big Event Just graduated? Heading to the races? A sheer lace dress brings the fashion to formal day dressing. Choose a dress with a shorter flirty lining that has a longer line lace 38

layer to make it dress code appropriate. So when they get out the ruler at Ascot to check your hemline you are safe but with an edge! Date Dress Evening weddings, rooftop drinks, date night dinner… Up-market nights out call for something timeless and classy. The tulip style dress is not only sophisticated it is incredibly flattering as it shows off elongated calves when wearing heels and also gives the illusion of an hour glass figure as it nips in at the waist and then again just below the knee. The Closet polka dot navy and lilac dress is perfect for this occasion.

The Festival We have so many amazing

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festivals in Cornwall – the Rock Oyster Festival,

Boardmasters, The Looe Festival and Port Elliot to name but a few. We have no excuse, so find the 70’s child within and get ready to dance till dawn in a field. Look for dresses which have one or more of the following elements – bold florals in earthy colours, cold shoulders or off the shoulder, suede, embroidery details. The festival chick is also rocking headwear this year. A fedora or a wide brimmed floppy hat or simply accessorize with an artfully mess plait. Jewellery new range from Envy that is is fine but colourful with glass beads or semi precious stones storming through the south or a tassel detail. We love the east. .

You can visit Rhowen, or one of the Fusion girls, for mores style advice at one of her shops in Wadebridge, Padstow or Polzeath

Clare Fluin Beauty Clare Fluin Beauty offers a private, peaceful, beauty studio in Polzeath with easy parking, out of the hustle and bustle of the village. With 25 years of experience you’ll be in safe hands, whatever treatment you fancy. I offer a wide range of all the latest beauty therapy treatments which includes: aromatherapy, facials, hand and foot treatments, Shellac and Minx, hot and warm waxing and make up. I can easily accomodate your appointment needs, including evenings and weekends.

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Bluebell Sundays in 10 Acre Wood Peter Crisp We’re hoping and praying for fair weather in May. It’s always a delight to visit 10 Acre Wood, no matter what the weather is doing, but it’s especially delightful when the bluebells are out and the sun is shining! Beginning on May 1st, we are hosting Open Days in the wood, every Sunday in May – from 12 till 4 pm. It will be both fun and educational for children and adults. Friends of the Forest will be on hand to guide you around the wood, introduce the arts and crafts activities and answer any questions you may have. It will also be a celebration of the completion of our ‘round house’ so there


will be a few surprises: live music, story tellers, food and drink. Building the round house was a unique project that had its beginnings last summer. All materials were sourced locally and most of the work done by volunteers.

Jane Bailey, the owner of 10 Acre Wood, tells the story. “It began with sourcing the materials. The timber was the first step. The wood we used was Douglas fir and it came from Simon Jago at Hay Farm on the other side of the valley. He was doing some clearing and this provided ideal timber for our build. The logs had to be stripped of the bark, all of which was done by hand with a draw-blade.” “Once we had the timber, we were committed to the build. Then, we had to gather all the tools and equipment we’d need to get the job done. Matthew

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White, who has had the experience of building his own round house, came over from his home in France to lead the team. Then we had a group of volunteers from all over Europe who wanted to come here and learn about this simple, organic way of building.” “It began with the placing of the pad stones to support the uprights. These went up followed by the horizontal beams. We completed the roof and added the turf. Then, the stem wall was put in place: a low dry-stone wall that supports the cob walls. The cob, an ancient building material, was made with the clay that we dug up from the ground in the wood. So everything we used was simple, organic and local.” “Finally, we made the floor from granite chips which

were then compacted. It was a lot of work for a number of helpers and the end result was extremely satisfying. The round house will serve as an activity centre for visitors to 10 Acre Wood: arts and crafts, music, story-telling, lectures and readings. And we’ll be able to carry on even when it’s pouring

with rain. It’s a wonderful addition to the wood and I’m very grateful to all the volunteers who helped out.” If the weather gods smile on us, Bluebell Sunday will be a wonderful chance for one and all to enjoy this beautiful sylvan sanctuary just outside Wadebridge in Polmorla. For further details and directions, please visit the web site And if it’s chucking it down, remember what Billy Connolly said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” Hope to see you there!

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Interior Design The New Scandi Nicola O’Mara

Scandinavian design has been slowly creeping into every corner of our homes, first it was storage solutions from Ikea and now more recently we are bringing the Scandi style into our living rooms and bedrooms, so why are we so drawn towards this trend? Furniture from this nation has a quiet, understated aesthetic, perhaps as a result of the cultural mind set? Their flair is for affordable, functional furniture made from natural materials and using traditional craftsmanship. It is all about bringing calm, pure and simple functionality into the home. How do we go about creating this look? I’ve taken the liberty of providing some tips on how to achieve this style:



colour are becoming more and more popular, Furniture should be such as yellow, black, grey simple, elegant and light. and a shot of turquoise. Look out for streamlined, painted wooden furniture If you are feeling brave, you could hang a feature to help reflect light back geometric wallpaper. Use into the room. Sleek soft these colours in hints, a fabrics, tactile cushions lightshade or a picture and attractive one off pieces but avoid additional frame, rather than painting an entire room in a bold decorative features. colour.


Light, white and bright have been the key colours up until now. However, stronger injections of

Lighting Scandinavians live many months in darkness, so sunlight and fresh air

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are naturally embraced. Think large floor to ceiling windows, allowing the light to fill the room. For indoor lighting use different light sources of varying heights but remember to stick to simple designs.

Flooring Natural, light wooden floors work best indoors. This helps bounce the light around the room, but also adds texture to the surface. Do not be afraid to compliment this floor with chunky knitted rugs for added warmth.

Textiles Traditionally Scandinavians use light, soft and textural fabrics for the home. Windows can be dressed in soft natural linens. Small motif fabrics and gingham Accessories patterns used on cushions will create an authentic Mirrors should be look. everywhere; they reflect the light and produce Images lovely sparkles and texture. A great way to decorate Bring the outside in by your wall is to add simple placing lovely green plants natural images in lovely around the home, not only rustic wooden frames. Look does this connect with at green ferns and leaves, the outside, but it helps to majestic reindeer heads soften edges and provide and the blue and green a calming effect to the surroundings. tones of the fjords. Visit our website -

Finally, take the time to enjoy your new uber-calm surroundings by inviting friends around to relax with comforting food, good coffee (or a warming glass of red) and great conversation in true Scandi style‌ Nicola O’Mara Interior Design, Benwood, Polzeath, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6SX. 43

Business Spotlight - Written by Peter Crisp

Tiny Thai Takeaway

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Wadebridge Tiny Thai is a welcome addition to the variety of fine dining experiences to be enjoyed in Wadebridge. Situated next door to the Pop Gallery on the road heading out of town towards Tesco, it is truly a tiny building. Blink and you might miss it – which would be a pity, especially if you like spicy, succulent, freshly made Thai cuisine. Bpuu (pronounced Boo) grew up in southern Thailand where she learned to cook from her grandmother and her aunts. “It’s a lot like Cornwall in some ways, beautiful country surrounded by the sea, although it is a bit warmer! We’ve been living in Thailand on and off for the last ten years and then last April, we decided to settle here and open our own business. I just love to cook and with


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Tiny Thai, I get to have contact with my customers and get to know them.” Paul takes up the story. “We realized we really wanted to live in England and we wanted to settle in Cornwall because it’s so beautiful. Alf, our son, settled into school. It’s a wonderful place for a seven year old to grow up. Since we opened Tiny Thai, we’ve had an amazing response. We were made to feel very

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welcome here in Wadebridge and not just by our customers but also by the businesses in town.” Bpuu agrees. “We like living here because it’s a good education for our child. It’s a lot safer here than in Thailand and the people have been so welcoming. Also it gives me the opportunity to introduce the cooking that I love to the people and I love to feel their appreciation. To see people enjoying my food puts a smile on my face.” “I’ve been cooking since I was fourteen. It’s a tradition in Thailand for young girls to learn how to cook. It was very strict. But now I am thankful as it has turned out to be the thing I do best. I like the concept of Tiny Thai and keeping it small because I can see my customers. I used to cook in the big kitchen and never saw

the customers. With this set-up I feel a lot more comfortable and I’m free to run the business the way I like. I can keep the prices down and this means people with small pockets can afford our food.” The Tiny Thai is open for take-away from Tuesday to Saturday starting at 4.30 p.m. On Friday, you can enjoy your food in the Pop Gallery next door. It’s only been open for a couple of months and has already attracted the attention of locals and visitors alike who keep coming back for more. Bpuu has the last word: “I just want to thank the people in Wadebridge and the surrounding area for giving us such a warm welcome and come in and try our Thai food.”

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Business Spotlight - Katey Smith

Apple Seeds Child Minding

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I have always wanted to run a child care service and since becoming a mother and having to juggle a child, work and every day life, I realised that child minding was the route I wanted to take.

resources. Our service includes many different aspects of child care including pick up and drop off from school.

varied range of educational

designed to support children’s 01208 863759

We have the advantage of being able to use the close by attractions such as the beach Apple Seeds was born after much studying and qualifying on our door step, soft play at the top of the hill, the forestry with a Pass from Devon school at 10 Acre Wood, drop Katey Smith. and Cornwall Child Minders in days at the children’s centre developmental needs. We Association (DCMA) and an and many more. inspection with a Pass from work closely with parents so Ofsted. Apple Seeds was chosen that, together, we can help as a name for the business My mother, Trish Callaghan provide your children with a because an apple promotes a thriving start to life. helps run our home based naturally healthy lifestyle and Beach Haven, Polzeath. PL27 6TA child minding business in seeds represent development Polzeath. and growth. We cater for children up All of our activities are to 14 years old and offer a


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St Minver School Report Phil Banks, Headmaster Once again we can tell you about a whole host of events that have been going on at our wonderful school. The children have been as busy as ever with trips, visits and performances for all.

Roman Day Class 3 enjoyed a Roman Day, where they learnt about Roman towns and roads, army formations and food. They had a catapult challenge and used Roman Numerals to keep our scores. The children produced a film using ‘Do ink’ to give a snapshot of life in Roman times. After lunch the children prepared food for a Roman Banquet where the children chose to taste all sorts of new foods and showed wonderful manners too. A great day!

The Roman banquet at the school.

St Minver entered nearly 40 children, most of whom either received a merit or a distinction. A special mention must go to Lillie Bray in Year 2, who was awarded 1st place out of 70 Cross Country children in the Key Stage 1 category. Our cross country runners excelled at the Congratulations also to: inter school cross country race at Wadebridge.  Matilda Roberts for receiving 2nd place and Over 30 of our children participated and did Nevie Tamblyn for 3rd place in the Key Stage 1 themselves proud over the 2 mile course. category. A special mention must go to William  Amos Mayland for receiving 1st place and Greenwood who came first for his age and Daisy Lane for 3rd place in Year 3. second for the whole competition.  Jack Payn for receiving 3rd place in the Year Book Signing 5 category. William Harris’ and Daniel Meneer’s book  The Choral Poetry group for receiving 2nd launch took place on March 15th as reported place for their performance of The Boneyard on Page 35 Year 6 pupils wrote to many Rap. local and national celebrities inviting them Music Concert to attend the launch - sadly, few attended, however ,The Duchess of Cornwall, Rick Stein The end of the term was rounded off with our and Stewart Reid (author) have all written music concert, where all of our children, and back to the children who wrote them letters, a few of the staff, performed some fantastic wishing the boys every success with the pieces for friends and relatives. We have some launch. real talent in our school, some definite stars for the future. Wadebridge Festival Our children also took part in the Wadebridge As I write this, Year 6 are in London having a Festival of Music and Speech. They all did so fabulous time. I look forward to telling you brilliantly! more about this in the next issue. Visit our website - 47

Business Spotlight

Bespoke Shoemaker

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Stewart Reid

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Many years ago mass manufactured footwear forced Shoemakers to take on repair work to supplement their income. This work also declined because many of today’s shoes cannot be repaired. Some years ago, Rock resident Stewart Reid, also known as ‘Ye Olde Cornish Cobbler’ met a man who, although on crutches, continued his trade as a Bespoke Shoemaker. Stewart was entranced by the trade and proceeded to learn it with the help of the kind man. “It was my privilege to be allowed to go Stewart Reid. into his workshop and see some of the to perfectly fit each foot. The average time work he is doing”, said Stewart. Skill and patience are required and looking at the from meeting the client to the final fitting is at least four to five months. results Stewart has both. Stewart uses traditional methods to hand We all have one foot bigger than the make or repair shoes to a bespoke design. other so most shoes we purchase are All of this is carried out from his purpose a compromise. The situation is further built workshop in Rock. complicated by the fact that our feet change with time. You can contact Stewart on 01208 862069 Bespoke shoes will be individually made or 07794 753101.


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St Minver Band and Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Combined Concert Friday May 20th 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall Tickets ÂŁ6 from Newsline, Rock, Wadebridge Book Shop, or on the door

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett One week in January I was

something caught my eye. How did that get there,

passing the bus shelter

here on the seat was a red, I wondered. Someone

in Trebetherick when

heart-shaped cushion.


caught the bus and left it

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behind? Over the next few weeks, the red cushion remained - was it a message of love? One day, it was upside down - love running out? I began to weave stories. A meeting place - the heart-shaped cushion conveying the message “I will be here”. Then one day a second heart shaped cushion appeared at the other end of the seat! A declaration of eternal love? As I write the two remain, and I have no answer to my story. A heart is an emotive symbol; cakes, chocolates, Valentines’ cards. A label on Lidl’s (controversial) Jeans, knitted into jumpers, decorating furniture. We lived in the 1960’s in a ‘20’s house, where the stair banisters were decorated with cut-out hearts and small fingers loved to explore the shapes, as the children sat on the stairs. I wrote some time ago in Link about a sand sculpture in Daymer Bay - a perfect heart, with these words scratched into the sand – i love you,please don’t die - the heart is a potent symbol. The illustration here is from a childrens story I wrote about the adventures of a heart-shaped pincushion, which I bought from a craft gallery. I was attracted to its colour (and shape of course.) I later arranged pins to form the words ‘With my Love’’and wrote a story. It concerns a lady called Mrs Barney, who lives in the pink cottage who receives the pincushion through the post, without the name of the sender. She puts it in her workbox, and forgets about it, and eventually it ends up going to a jumble sale. It goes on quite a journey, before eventually returning

to Mrs Barney. “I was meant to have it!” she exclaims, and studies it more closely, realising it was made up of several pieces of fabric. It inspired her to make some fabric pictures, which sold well, and gave her enough money to travel to Canada to see her daughter and grandchildren; the power of the heart . . . My mothers’ parents both died when she was 13 years old, her mother from TB and her father, she told us, some months later, of a broken heart. A young woman recently said to me after a break-up with her partner, “He broke my heart,” said with such passion one fought back the tears. Thankfully, this heart was mended and love and trust restored. I look across to the bookshelves; Graham Green’s ‘The Heart of the Matter’, Boyds’ ‘Any Human Heart’ - we are drawn to these titles. All of which takes me back to the bus shelter, and I am no nearer to the answer. I suspect it is simple; two people who work locally meet for a quick smoke and chat in their lunch or tea break, and enjoy a bit more comfort on the wooden seat. I would like the story to be more romantic; it is the end of March, and the heart-shaped cushions are still there; the right way up . . .

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St Minver Silver Band - the latest News We are now well into the second year under our Musical Director, Kevin Ackford. Kevin’s appointment ended the three years when the band was without a permanent MD following the loss of our previous director of 10 years standing, Geoff Burton. During this time we made use of part-time visiting conductors, or else performed in ‘auto-mode’. Although the band managed to maintain our normal full programme of summer and winter events, it meant that little new music could be introduced and the repertoire remained much the same from year to year. Our new MD is a highly talented brass and percussion player, composer and arranger. Over the last 25 years he has been in charge of bands across the country from Lancashire to Cornwall, from sponsored contesting bands to ’village’ bands such as St Minver Band. His first decision at St Minver was to introduce a new repertoire of music which he felt would challenge us, but which we would enjoy, and which with practice and direction he considered we were quite capable of playing well. A year or so on and it seems that his faith is justified, judging by the reactions of audiences and the increased abilities and motivation of band members. The band is intending to make an early start on the 2016 programme by putting on a joint concert with the Wadebridge Male Voice Choir in the Wadebridge Town Hall on Friday May 20th. Further details will be available nearer the date. Our usual summer programme will commence in early June with the pre-show service at the Royal Cornwall Show, followed by the Port Isaac RNLI Sea Service on


June 12th and our initial Polzeath beach concert on June 14th. We will then be performing every Tuesday on the beach and at various local fetes and other events until early September. In parallel with the development of the Senior Band, and just as important, Kevin and his partner Barbara have this last 15 months worked very hard to re-build a Training Band. The Training Band presently comprises some 15 young players. Although most of them had not previously played a musical instrument they gave their first public performances in late summer 2015, and performed at our St Minver church concert in November. In March 2016 they were entered in the Junior Ensemble and Junior Quartet categories of the Wadebridge Music Festival and came away with the David Blake Memorial Cup and the Brass Quartet Shield (with Merit). We congratulate them and their teachers on their success and look forward to the continuing progress of the Training Band during the coming year. In spite of the success of the last 15 months, the continuing support of the local community

is vital if we are to continue to be able to fulfil the quite demanding schedule of local events that we are asked to perform each year. We are always looking for new players for the Senior Band in all sections, and new Training Band learners are also welcome (including adults). We also need support in non-playing areas of activity, for such things as assisting in publicity, fund raising and general help with band running and organisation. As part of our fund-raising efforts we held an open day in the band room on April 1st and would like to thank all who organised, assisted and attended that event. We hope to hold more such fund raisers in the future. The St Minver Silver Band was born in 1910 and is still here in 2016. We would like to think that we will still be around in 2110 (not individually!) but that will depend largely on the recruitment of new players and on support from the community. For the immediate future, we look forward to another satisfying year of progress. Garry Gauss You can contact us on 01726 823490 (Training Band) and 01208 814170/07788886997 (Senior Band).

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What does a National Trust Ranger actually do? We asked Sarah Stevens, a National Trust Ranger in North Cornwall What is your job with the National Trust?

a daily basis, and do all the admin work that comes with the job. My passion is nature “I’m a ranger working at National Trust places between conservation and hopefully Tintagel and Holywell. There through my work I manage are quite a few, most of them to enthuse others about our fascinating animals and coastal, the only inland area we look after is Rough Tor on plants. “ Bodmin Moor.” Which is your favourite

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place and why?

“We look after 32 miles of “Lots! The role is really varied, coastline so I can honestly say there are a lot of great which is part of the reason places to choose from! I love why I like the job so much. coastal walks where you have There are some seasonal miles and miles of stunning tasks such as controlling cliffs to gaze at such as at overgrown scrub in the Treligga and Dannon chapel winter months to improve which are west of Delabole, the biodiversity of the area, but I also love the areas to cutting back vegetation which are brimming with along the footpaths in the flowering plants and buzzing summer. We also monitor a variety of plants and animals with wildlife in the spring which helps us know if we are and summer such as Lundy managing our sites the right Bay near Polzeath and West Pentire near Newquay. “ way. “We manage invasive and The National Trust is an non-native species, carry out independent charity, path maintenance including isn’t it? along sections of the South West Coast Path, and repair “Yes it is, half our income and replace gates, signs, comes from members, donors benches and so on. and legacies. We also get some income from holiday “We also run a wide variety cottages, car parks, cafés and of events throughout the shops, grants, farm schemes year, work with volunteers and engage with people on and rents. Part of our income Visit our website -

goes to help National Trust places elsewhere that run at a loss such as some of the large stately homes and other areas of countryside and coast. “

You mentioned working with volunteers... “We couldn’t achieve as much without the help of volunteers, we are extremely grateful for all their help. Volunteers contribute in many ways including helping the rangers with practical conservation work, access work and with events, as well as litter picking, checking lifesaving equipment along the coast, carrying out wildlife surveys and we have a team of dog rangers – all dog walkers themselves. “But we could always do with more help! Anyone living in the Polzeath area will no doubt know of Pentire, the headland which is home to The Rumps, an Iron Age fort. The National Trust acquired Pentire Farm by public subscription to save it from a proposed housing development in 1936. A series of subsequent purchases Concluded at foot of page 57 > 55

A Book Review by John Baxter


Last of the Arthurians by Donald Rawe Published by Authorhouse Paperback £12.99 from Wadebridge Bookshop Author, playwright, poet, historian, publisher and Kernow Bard, few can compare with Donald Rawe in the depth of his knowledge of matters Cornish. This is immediately apparent in his Foreword to this novel, in which he summarises the predicament in Cornwall and the South Western kingdom of Dumnonia following the sixth-century westward expansion of Germanic invaders. They had been halted at the Battle of Badon Hill in c540 AD, and the last of King Arthur’s knights, Geraint of Dumnonia, was still ruling his SW kingdom. There are other interpretations of the Geraint legend. Philip Payton, author of ‘Cornwall’, acknowledges the ‘famous’ Geraint, but writes about another Geraint, grandson of Constantine. It was he who, in c705 AD, received a long letter from Aldhelm, the West Saxon first Bishop of Sherborne, who addresses him diplomatically as ‘Gerontius, King of Dumnonia’. Donald Rawe’s Geraint is facing the prospect of a desperate struggle against the invaders by about 560 AD without the support of any obvious successor trained in the art and science of war. Geraint’s sons, Iestyn and Selevan (Selyf ), were not fitted to succeed their father and lead Dumnonia to war. The context of the novel, however, concerns the question of their Christianity. Geraint might have 56

been a nominal Christian, and the name is connected to the parish of Gerrans (dedicated to St. Geraint). If Iestyn and Selevan are commemorated at St Just and St Levan then they must have been sincere Christians at least in later life. The novel is an attempt to explain how this might have happened and how the last of the Arthurians was also sanctified. The story is told using the author’s extensive knowledge of Dumnonia, fortified by the five distinguished

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historians acknowledged at the outset, liberally enriched with contemporary place names, and his own vivid imagination. A helpful Glossary of place, and other names, ancient and modern, is provided at the end of the saga, to which the author has thoughtfully added in my edition, Ynys Glas (Glastonbury). The reader has already been alerted to the principal purpose of the book and Donald Rawe convincingly completes his mission. Students of the author might be tempted to seek modern allusions in some of the exchanges, even in Geraint’s trenchant views expressed to Elbryn, his Armourer, early in the tale, but the general reader would be advised to concentrate solely on the story. The principal characters are colourfully drawn. Geraint emerges as a sensual 77 year-old, with a devout Christian wife, Enid, who remains close to him despite their physical separation. His relationship with 18 year-old Jowanet is key to the out come of the story and is cleverly and sensitively portrayed. Sons, Iestyn and Selyf, together with their respective partners, appear vividly throughout, and their acceptance of Christianity, together with its official adoption by Geraint, is

persuasively illustrated. Scores of other characters infiltrate the narrative, none as important as Bishop Teilo, whose influence on Geraint is emphasised early on, is evident throughout, and is critical at the very end. Predictably the novel concludes with the Battle of Longborth (Langport). Military historians will be intrigued by the author’s projections of sixth-century strategy and tactics. There is nothing in his account of the battle that does not ring true, and he skilfully maintains tension and excitement throughout. Readers might find the plethora of Cornish and Celtic place names a challenge early on, particularly as the Glossary is at the end. ‘Historical novels’ occasionally do not succeed, particularly if well-known facts are distorted. Donald Rawe is on safer ground as he acknowledges the absence of clear historical and archaeological evidence about Dumnonia in the sixth-century. The story moves at a respectable pace and can be appreciated simply as a novel. It will be interesting to see if further evidence were to emerge to support this intelligent and fascinating narrative.

What does a National Trust Ranger actually do? - Concluded from page 55

and donations has brought the total area in the Trust’s care to 543 acres, which includes Pentireglaze Farm. But we really don’t know that much about its history and would like some volunteers to help collate this information. We’re hoping to learn more about the families who lived and worked

there, how the area was farmed, the history of the buildings and the mining. “If you are interested in volunteering for this role or any others, or have any ideas about how you can help, please get in touch with me either by phone 01208 863821or email “

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Answers to last month’s quiz

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What do the letters stand for? 80 D A the W . . . . . . . . . . 80 days around the world. 12 D in a G . . . . . . . . . . . 12 dozen in a gross. 2 L B E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 lovely black eyes. 659 M of P . . . . . . . . . . . 659 members of parliament. 200 P for P G in M . . . . . . 200 pounds for passing go in Monopoly. 225 S on a M B . . . . . . . . 225 squares on a scrabble board.

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Can you answer these trick questions? How can a man go eight days without sleep? How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? How can you lift an elephant with one hand? There was an aircraft crash. Every single person died on board, but two people survived. How is this possible? What can you never eat for breakfast? What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?

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





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Local Characters Celebrating our community spirited and colourful local characters . Caroline Harbour interviews Val Meagor I spent a delightful afternoon with twinkly-eyed Val at the Farmhouse where she was born. Surrounded by green fields and photographs of her children and Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren she and her Husband Jack looked a picture of happiness after 62 years of marriage. She started life on the farm and as a child helped her Dad sell milk, butter and cream on the horse and cart up and down the Rock Road.

have loved to have been an ambulance driver!”

70 Years later she is still selling milk, butter and cream on the Rock Rd and still with a friendly smile and a kind word. “If you do that, that’s what you get back” she said. I was so interested in her stories I nearly forgot the questions.

“We had a lot of different jobs on the farm and we also took in boarders at £4.50 a week full board! But we worked for Mum and Dad so it was alright

What was your first car? She was driving a tractor from about the age of 5 or 6 – the first one in the area- but her actual first car was a Lancaster with a preselector gearbox. Do you have a very strong childhood memory? “Always working – tiling the corn and cutting it and driving the tractor and milking the cows.”

What was the worst part time/full time job you ever had?

Do you have a very proud moment you want to share? Jack said with a smile it was marrying him! What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? “When we used to cycle in to Wadebridge as a girl we used to time the journey to coincide with the school bus going up gut hill and we clung dangerously on to the ladder at the back of it and it would pull us up the hill!”

If you could share a high Is there anything you would tide, sunset drink with a few have done differently in other people who would they be and where would it your life given a second be? chance?

estuary towards Padstow.” What do you spend most of your time doing when you are not working? “Looking after my six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.“ It’s not many when you consider that her Dad was one of 13 and she had 80 cousins! If you could bring back something that has gone from our world now, what would it be? “Green fields with animals in them.” What was your favourite lesson at school? “I loved sport, all sports, but especially tennis and running and hockey and rounders.” What do you enjoy most about your local area? “Everything!” I asked her husband if he could describe Val in one word and he said “Remarkable”.

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Pests & Diseases Nick Bacon, Trelawney Garden Centre at ground level. Treatment: check compost of new plants Aphids, blackflies and greenflies. for larvae, destroy any that are found. Plants affected: most outdoor and indoor Remove dead leaves and other debris plants. from around plants. Symptoms: black, green yellow, pink or Biological control: Treat plants with grey insects on young leaves and shoots steinernema kraussei (a nematode) when feeding on sap young growth. Distorted vine weevil larvae are active in early or sticky honeydew on foliage. spring or autumn the nematodes need a Treatment: apply a winter wash to trees minimum soil temperature of 5oC. in winter. Encourage natural predators Protect individual pots and greenhouse such as hover flies and ladybirds by staging from adult vine weevils which placing grease bands around tree trunks cannot fly with a band of non drying glue. and sow tansy and rue which will repel Caterpillars both ants and aphids. There are many types of caterpillars, most Companion planting also helps tagetes, eat leaves but some eat roots, stems or calendula and poached egg plants. Use fruit. Brassicas are most affected usually an organic spray based on sambucus by the larval stage of the small cabbage nigra the common elder. Organic spray recipe: Chop up 1 kg (2 lb) white butterfly. Symptoms: ragged holes in leaves. elder leaves and soak for 24 hours in 10 litres (2.5 gallons) of water and then boil Prevention: protect with horticultural for 30 minutes, allow to cool and strain, fleece or mesh, use companion planting spray undiluted for aphids. Ants carry of rosemary and wormwood. Top tip, aphids from plant to plant. the Roman writer Pliny the Elder AD 2379 noted that chick peas when grown Vine Weevil with cabbages protected them from Plant affected: camellias, clematis, caterpillars. cyclamen, primulas, rhododendrons and Carrot Fly plants in pots. Symptoms: maggots burrow into roots Symptoms: small irregular notches are eaten out of leaf edges at night. Plants of carrots, parsnips, parsley and celery. wilt and become susceptible to breakage Female carrot flies are attracted by the

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smell released when carrots are sown too thickly and are thinned. Prevention: cover plants with horticultural fleece or mesh or 60cm (2 ft) high barriers made of clear polythene to exclude the low flying female flies. A great tip for sowing seed thinly, using just a toothpaste tube and a packet of non-fungicidal wall paper paste. First cut off the bottom of the tube and clean out well with warm water. Mix up some paste in a bowl to a gel, sprinkle your seed into the gel and mix quickly. Amazingly the wonder of physics, spaces the seed like atoms, equidistant to each other in the gel. Spoon the seed and gel into the tube roll down the tube from the bottom while squeezing the gel into your drill on your soil surface. Seeds are now spaced evenly and also have a water resevoir in the gel. Carrot cultivars such as flyaway, resistafly, parano, sytan maestro and ibiza are less susceptible to carrot fly. Also use companion plants to disguise the smell of carrots, for example onions and sage.


Symptoms: shoots, leaves and on occasions flowers covered with white powdery coating Treatment: water and mulch soil regularly to help it retain moisture. Avoid nitrogen rich fertilisers, grow resistant varieties. Do not grow susceptible varieties where soil is likely to dry out. Top tip: try this, it is totally organic. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking powder with 1/4 pint of milk and add a teaspoon of cooking oil, stir well and pour into a hand sprayer. Liberally coat both sides of leaves of the affected rose. The baking powder and the milk are the effective ingredients and the oil just helps the mixture to stick to the leaves.

Club Root This serious fungal infection affects cabbages and other brassicas, turnips, swedes and radishes. Symptoms: thickening of roots which become distorted into a large swollen mass. A diseased plant is stunted may be discoloured and will have sickly foliage.

Prevention: improve soil texture and drainage by digging in compost or leaf Plants affected: most flowering plants mould. Lime your soil, use crop rotation Symptoms: velvety grey mould on rotting because this a soil borne disease. Keep leaves down cruciferous weeds like charlock, wild radish and shepherds purse as these Treatment: remove and burn affected can harbour the disease. plants, ensure soil is well drained and plants are spaced correctly. Maintain Coming in the next issue: Medicinal good garden hygiene, ventilate Plants. greenhouse, keep weeds under control. A gardener to a friend “do you know where Powdery Mildew I can get some slug pellets around here”? “have you tried boots”? I want to poison Plants affected: many, especially them not kick them to death”! begonias, gooseberries and roses.

Grey mould (botrytis)

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Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP Broadband In January I wrote that a group of MPs had issued a critical report of BT, saying that not enough was being done to roll out broadband or provide sufficient internet speeds. The regulator of the communications industry, Ofcom, has now ruled that BT’s Openreach division must open itself up to other internet providers. As the sole controller of cables and telegraph poles, Openreach installs and maintains cables on behalf of BT which then allows other service providers to use them. Now though, BT has been told that it must open up its infrastructure and network so other service providers can install their own cables. This is a significant development, because it could mean that many rural properties which have previously been denied broadband could be connected by another service provider. I have long said that BT and Openreach has too much of a monopoly of this vital infrastructure, and this change will certainly free up the internet market. It will also make service providers more accountable. Too long have people played ping-pong between BT and their service provider when complaining about a poor 62

connection, and if service providers can install their own cables, then that makes them more accountable for the speeds they provide to their customers.

EU - In or Out? I’ve been approached by constituents who are concerned that an EU Brexit could stop funding in Cornwall. The day after the referendum, regardless of the result, we will still be a member and thus still receive funding. The referendum is not legally binding on our membership and it will take up to two years for us to leave once we invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states that EU treaties do not cease to apply until the member in question has actually left. The same applies to farm subsidies as well. On top of this, EU development funding is not infinite, and there is no certainty that we will continue to receive it after 2020 if the current tranche delivers its desired results.

Local Housing March’s Budget marked a turning point for me as North Cornwall’s MP. Many constituents will know that housing is a passion of mine, and when I spoke with thousands of people before the election, the common

theme was the provision of houses that local people can actually afford to buy. In November I welcomed the extra 3 per cent in stamp duty on second homes, and I want to see this money recycled into affordable, self-build projects for Cornish people. I quickly set about lobbying the Chancellor in person and via the Treasury, asking that the money be ring-fenced and used to fund housing through Community Land Trusts. I was not able to get this into the Housing Bill, so I was determined to get it into a Budget instead. £20 million has subsequently been allocated for the South West, which will see Community Land Trusts fund self-build projects. The beauty of self-build is that the owners can put their name to it, they have the pride in building it from the foundations up, and it is a lot cheaper than buying a normal home. Scott Mann 10, Market House Arcade, Fore Street, Bodmin, PL31 2JA. Telephone: 01208 74337. Email:

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Regular Events Aquafit Wednesdays, 9.15 am – 10.15 am; Wadebridge Leisure Centre, 01208 814 980, wadebridge@tempusleisure. Cost £5.20. Badminton Mondays and Thursdays, 8 pm - 9.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre, 01208 814 980, wadebridge@tempusleisure. Cost adult £3.90, child £2.70. Circuit Training Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre, 01208 814 980, wadebridge@tempusleisure. Cost £5.20.

Pilates Thursdays, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 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.

am - noon; Rock Methodist Church. Cost £1.50 to include light refreshments; 01208 869427. St Minver Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls Mondays, 2 pm – 4 pm (not all year); The Rock Institute. Cost £1 (includes tea & biscuits). All equipment provided. St Minver Short Mat Bowls Tuesdays and Fridays 6.45 pm – 9 pm; Lingham Hall (St Minver Primary School). Cost £2 (including tea and biscuits). First two sessions free and equipment is provided.

Rock Gig Rowing Club Wednesdays from 5.30 pm; St Minver Highlands Parish Rock Lifeboat Station; info@ Council for more Council meetings second information. Tuesday of each month; Roller Disco Country Market Perceval Institute. Saturdays (every second Thursdays, 8.40 am – 12.30 St Minver Lowlands Parish one) 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm; pm; Wadebridge Town Hall. Council Wadebridge Leisure Centre, Contact Mrs Jasper 01208 Council meetings first 01208 814 980, wadebridge@ 850796. Monday of the month except Cost Painting Classes August, 7.30 pm; Council £4.50, 50p skate hire. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Chamber Rock Methodist St Minver Brownies Chapel. Planning meetings (not all – see website), 10 Wednesdays 6 - 7.30 pm; are held on the third Monday am – 2 pm; Polmorla Car Guide Hut, Trewint Lane, Rock. of each month, except Park, Wadebridge - £3 to December. park all day. Create your own Contact Kathy Hore 01208 862340 for more information. painting under the guidance St Minver Silver Band St Minver Messy Church of artist Tracey Hunter. Cost Concert every Tuesday evening 1st Saturday in the month £30 includes canvas and on Polzeath beach from 9 am - 12.30 pm; Perceval all materials. Complete second Tuesday in June until Institute. Light breakfast, beginners welcome. early September (weather crafts and a bible story. Booking essential. www. permitting). Senior Band for full St Minver Senior Circle Rehearsal Nights - Tuesdays details. Every other Tuesday 10.30 7.30 to 9.30 pm and Thursdays Visit our website -


7 pm to 8 pm. Training Band Rehearsal Night - Thursdays 6 pm to 7 pm; Contact 01208 814170 / 0780 7913948. Sewing Group Tuesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm; The Rock Institute. Contact Mrs J O’Donnell 07791 779442. St Minver Football Club Home matches at Trewint Lane, Rock; Saturdays. All matches kick- off 2.30pm. For match information contact secretary Roy Birchwood 01208 880549. Swimfit Wednesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre, 01208 814 980, wadebridge@tempusleisure.; Cost £4.40. Trebetherick & Polzeath WI First Thursday of month 7.30 pm summer months (no meeting in August), 2pm during the winter from October; Rock Institute. Guests are welcome. Cost £1 includes light refreshments. 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. Volleyball Wednesdays, 7.45 pm – 8.45 pm; Wadebridge Leisure Centre, 01208 814 980, wadebridge@tempusleisure. Cost – Adult £3.90, Child £2.70. 64

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Exercise Class Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; John Betjeman Centre; Tel 01208 812392. Wadebridge Camels RFC Junior Training Wednesdays from 6.30 pm; Molesworth Field, Egloshayle Road. Contact Mel Dyke 01208 814447. Wadebridge Canoe Club Evening Paddle Tuesdays, 6.30 pm; Wadebridge Canoe Club, Trevilling. For more information www. Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Tai Chi Tuesday, John Betjeman Centre. Free. 01208 812392. Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Computer Class Thursdays John Betjeman Centre. Free - bring your own laptop. Tel 01208 812392.

Wadebridge Tennis Club Sessions Wednesday & Friday evenings from 6 pm; Sunday morning from 10.30 am. 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. Wadebridge Youth Club Fridays during term time. Juniors (8-11 years) 5.45 pm 7.15 pm; Seniors (12-16) 7.30 pm - 9 pm. The Basement, The Exchange, Molesworth Street. Contact Richard Hamm. Email Yoga Mondays (Intermediate), 6.30 pm – 8 pm; Wednesdays (General/Beginners), 7.30 pm – 9 pm; The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge. Contact: Jane Paterson (Tel 01208 815252).

Wadebridge & District Care for the Aged Stroke Club Fridays 10 am – 12 pm; John May Betjeman Centre. Free. 01208 Exhibition - Alex Bradshaw 812392 Sunday May 1st – Wednesday Wadebridge & District Care May 4th; Rock Institute. for the Aged Tea Dance Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Fridays 2 pm – 4.30 pm; John Meeting Betjeman Centre. Free. 01208 Thursday May 5th, 7 pm; Rock 812392 Chapel; Talk by Nick Bacon of Weekly Fitness League Wednesdays, 10 am – 12.15 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall. Contact Heather Jordan, 01208 321771.

Trewlawney Garden Centre ‘Garden Medicine‘; Everyone is welcome to attend - there is a charge of £1 for guests (light refreshments included).

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Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Combined Concert Friday May 20th, 7.30 pm; Wadebridge Town Hall; Tickets Exhibition Margo Kirkwood £6 from Newsline, Rock, Friday May 6th – Sunday May Wadebridge Book Shop, or on the door 15th; Rock Institute. Madrigals Workshop Great Cornish Cake Bake Saturday and Sunday May 21st Day 2016 and 22nd; St Endelion Church. Friday May 6th. See page 22. See page 20. Seaweed Pressing Art Exhibition ‘Serendipity’ Saturday May 7th 12.30pm in aid of RNLI 3.30pm. See page 18. Monday May 23rd, 6pm; Rock National Trust Coastal Institute; See page 20. Challenge Series 1 Pentire Exhibition David Penhale Head Friday May 27th – Tuesday th Tuesday May 10 , Evening; June 5th; Rock Institute. Pentire Head. See page 20. Exhibition - Vanessa Fawcett Polzeath Lifeguards Monday May 30th, 7pm Monday May 16th – Friday 8.30pm. See page 18. Sunday 20th; Rock Institute.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election Thursday May 5th, 6.30 am – 10.30 pm; Perceval Institute.

Two Minute Beach Cleans Monday May 16th, 7pm 8.30pm; See page 18. Friends of St Minver Churches AGM Tuesday May 17th, 7 pm; Perceval Institute; All are welcome. Come along and hear what we have achieved and our plans for next year.

June Polzeath Marine Discovery Day Thursday June 2nd, 10am 4pm; See page 18.

Exhibition Sheena BevisWhite Friday June 10th – Thursday June 16th; Rock Institute. National Trust Ranger Day Saturday June 11th, 10am 2pm; Pentire Head. See page 22. Exhibition - Simon McNair Scott Friday June 17th – Sunday June 26th; Rock Institute. Polzeath Beach Clean Friday June 17th, 9.30 am. Help keep Polzeath beach clean. Just turn up at Polzeath Car park and join our merry band of volunteers. Easy Access Rock Pool Ramble Tuesday June 21st, 11.30 2.30pm. See page 18. EU Referendum Voting Thursday June 23rd, 6.30 am – 10.30pm; Perceval Institute.

Concert: ‘The Songs of Folk and Legend’ Trebetherick & Polzeath WI Friday June 24, 7.30pm, St Meeting Endellion Church. See page Thursday June 2nd, 7 pm; Rock 20. Institute. Talk by Leslie Cole ‘My Life in Pieces’. Everyone is Bodmin Hospital Fete th Wadebridge Festival of welcome to attend - there is a Saturday June 25 , 2pm; Music ans Speech AGM charge of £1 for guests (light Bodmin Hospital. Proceeds Wednesday May 18, 7 pm; provide facilities for the refreshments included). Wadebridge Town Hall. hospital’s patients and staff. Concert : ‘Come now, a Polzeath Beach Clean Event will be opened by roundel and a fairy song’ Wednesday May 18, 9.30 am. Friday June 3rd, 7.30 pm, St Radio Cornwall’s Laurence See page 18. Endellion Church. See page 20. Reed. Lots of stalls. Free parking. PCC Meeting National Trust Wild Flower th Thursday May 19 , 7.30 pm; Exhibition - Marcus Mattei Walk Perceval Institute. Saturday June 4th, 10am - 2pm; Monday June 27th – Thursday Pentire Head. See page 22. St Minver Band and 30th; Rock Institute. Visit our website - 65

Anglican Church Services Weekday Services Tuesday St Minver Wednesday St Minver Wednesday St Michael Saturday St Enodoc Sunday 11am 3pm 6pm

May 1st St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Evening Prayer 5.30pm Holy Communion 10am Evening Prayer 5.30pm Evening Prayer 5.30pm Parish Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday May 8th 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion All Age Evensong Evensong

Sunday 11am 3pm 6pm

Parish Communion Evensong Evensong

Catholic Church Services

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

Methodist Church Services

Sunday May 22nd 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

All Age Worship 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.

Sunday May 29th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

United Service Evensong Evensong

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

Sunday 11am 3pm 6pm

May15th St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

June 5th St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Quaker Meetings

Parish Communion Evensong Evensong

Polzeath Area Residents’ Association

Sunday June 12th 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion All Age Service Evensong Evensong

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:

Sunday 11am 3pm 6pm

All Age Service Evensong Evensong

June 19th St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Hospital & Surgery Car Transport Service

St Minver Area Mr Peter Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 862452 Mrs Jacqui Watson . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 862452 St Kew Area Mr David Pullen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 881148

Sunday June 26th Mrs Bridget Pullen . . . . . . . . . . . 01208 881148 11am St Minver Holy Communion Mr Ricardo Dorich . . . . . . . . . . . 01840 770225 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Mrs Elizabeth Dorich . . . . . . . . 01840 770225 Please Check With The Parish Newsletter or Charges are based on 45p a mile which includes Church Notice Boards Latest Information. reasonable waiting time. 66 We welcome local stories and photographs.

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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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     72

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 73


d n u o r A s ’ t a h w wondered your

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in life

Call us: 01208 72328 \ Visit online: Email: \ Visit at Bodmin, Camelford or Wadebridge 74

Lawn Mowing and Garden Maintenance Philip Polkinghorne

01208 816 183 - 07891 336 181

The computer wizard • Computer sales & repairs • Internet café & printing • Inks and peripherals • New & used games • Refurbished laptops and computers DERRY COURT POLMORLA ROAD WADEBRIDGE PL27 7NE 01208 816 782

A Splash of Colour Painting and Decorating Services Russell Combellack

07800 855 605 01208 815 872 Local Wadebridge Firm


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: solutions@t-h .co .uk www .t-h .co .uk

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE 76

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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 78


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 79


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 81

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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