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Issue 212

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Issue 212 - Spring 2017

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

Morwenna Vernon joins Link . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Local Funeral Directors Charity Attempt . 12 FairShare FoodCloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Restharrow Charity hop Raises £5,000 . . .13 A big thank you from CRUK . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Trewint Lane Community Project invite . 15 Poppy Brown Wins £250 Link Award . . . . 15 New Press Officer for Rock Lifeboat . . . . . 16 £5,000 Donation for Rock & Padstow RNLI . . 16 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Events . 20 Camel River Community Boatshed receive £500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 St Minver FC are looking for triple success . . 21 Police email scam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Christmas ‘Coconut Swim’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Wadebridge Netball Club partnership . . . . . . 26 Christmas Eve at St Minver Church a wonderful time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Events at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Wadebridge Gateway Club Award . . . . . . . . . 46

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Morwenna Vernon Joins Link The St Minver Link Committee is pleased to welcome Morwenna Vernon who joins us to help produce the magazine and to take part in its plans for the future.

up to her current position as Assistant Head . She recently left that post so she could spend more time working on the family farm at Port Quin Cross.

Originally from Padstow, Morwenna crossed the Camel 39 years ago to live in St Minver when she married local farmer, Mike.

She is passionate about the local area and has watched the development of Link with interest over the years and is excited about being ‘hands on’ and influencing When their three children its future. ‘ Link is an started school, she started work with Cornwall Council’s excellent window into our community , reflecting the Adult Education Service diversity of life in the area. teaching basic English and I am always amazed at the maths to adults across Cornwall and worked her way range of articles that appear

in every edition. I am really looking forward to getting involved and working with the committee to ensure we retain the quality of the publication and keep it relevant and interesting for us all.’

Local Funeral Directors’ Double Charity Attempt

After only starting running

are attempting a double

and cycling in the last 18

challenge this year. In April

months, David and Beth Bray

they are running in the


London Marathon, in aid of FLEET (Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust), and then, in July, cycling from London to Paris, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. David explained. “We’d had thoughts of running in the marathon, and, after speaking to Norman Trebilcock, our minds were made up”. “When I was young, our family were all involved with the St John Ambulance Brigade, with dad rising to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Cornwall. I can remember him being on call evenings and weekends, and I can vividly picture the old Bedford Concluded on page 51 ->

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FairShare FoodCloud Restharrow

‘FareShare FoodCloud’ is a new and innovative project in partnership with Tesco to redistribute good quality surplus food to reduce the amount of good food that goes to waste, and support charities that are working to alleviate food poverty. So far, they have donated 3,000,000 meals to over 3,500 voluntary organisations across the country. We’re looking for charities, not-for-profit organisations, community groups and schools in Cornwall who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people who could use weekly donations of free, good quality food. This may be homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people, food banks, domestic violence refuges or children’s breakfast or after school clubs. Here’s how the project works – in a nutshell.

Charity Shop Raises £5,000 Kathy Hore and her team of helpers, Audrey, Pearl, Di, Sylvia and Angela, deserve to be congratulated on raising £5,000 selling donated second hand goods from their shop in Trebetherick. Of this, £3,000 was donated to the St Minver Branch of Cancer Research UK and £1,000 to CLIC Sargent which will fund a child home from home for a month.

Kathy and her husband Richard had occasion to visit the Sunshine Centre in Truro and noticed the • The charity nominates the day(s) each week it’s large number of men and available to collect surplus food from a designated Tesco women that were using convenience store. the facility. They felt that • The evening before a collection they are notified they should try and help via text what food is available for collection the next and donated the final morning. £1,000 towards the cost of • The surplus food will be packaged and available a third Linear Accelerator at the centre - they cost 2½ for collection from the store the next morning. • We are happy to say, this will always be a free of million pounds each. charge service to our charity partners. The charity Shop will open To find out more or to get involved please visit: http:// again at Easter and does not open on Sundays. Visit our website -


World Cancer Day a big thank you from CRUK

our thanks to Newslines and to Barnecutts for allowing us to collect outside their premises. The weather was as good as we could possibly have hoped for with the sun shining down on us and a The St Minver Local generosity on February 4th in record total of ÂŁ463.77p was Committee of Cancer Rock when we were collecting raised. Wow! What a good Research UK would like to for World Cancer Day. day we had! Thank you say a big thank you to all our loyal local supporters for their We would also like to express everyone.

St Minver Lowlands Parish Council invite you to find out all about the Trewint Lane Community Project You are invited to attend a presentation at the scout Hut, Trewint Lane to discuss the building of a new Community Hall on Trewint Lane playing fields on Saturday March 4th at 10:30 am. The presentation will begin at 11 am and the event is expect to finish at 12 noon. The Neighbourhood Development Plan (Parish Plan) identified the need for more recreational opportunities for our parishioners (Old and Young). The existing buildings that are currently used by the brownies, scouts, guides, and football club require significant ongoing maintenance so need to be replaced. The Parish Council agreed to explore the option and set up a project team comprised of parish councillors, and representatives from the guides, scouts, football club and an Architectural Surveyor. The initial plan is to replace the existing buildings (with exception of the Pre-school) with a new build that would retain the present users ie the Scout Group, the Guide Group and, Football club but have extra space that could be used for other recreational activities and use the site to its full potential. We would like to share our ideas and plans with you at this early stage as we are keen to have the views of our Parishioners and really would like this to be a Parish Project that we can all be proud of. Carol Mould, Chair St Minver Lowlands Parish Council


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Poppy Brown Wins £250 Link Award

Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch)

Jumble SAle

Rock Village Institute Saturday March 4, 2pm Refreshments available All Welcome

Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch)

The Big Breakfast

Poppy Brown, a pupil of Wadebridge School has been selected to attend a Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York in June this year. Poppy said “The program is designed to provide a global perspective through interaction with students from around the world and prepare us to succeed in multicultural environments with confidence, independence and skill. “I will be representing the UK in a variety of meetings, debates, team challenges and presentations which

will result in a Mock Global Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. “The total cost of the trip is just over £3,000 and I have been doing lots of fund raising to try and achieve this.“ Link has awarded Poppy £250 towards her target and wishes her success in achieving her target. We look forward to hearing how she got on when she returns. You can find more about the trip at : https://www. media/files/sampleschedules/2017/2017-gylc-ussample-schedule.pdf

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Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Saturday May 12 9 am - 12 noon Adults £8 Children £6 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 6-8pm Monday May 22 – all welcome.

Exhibition open times: Tues May 23: 10am – 5.30pm Wed May 24: 10am – 5.30pm Thur May 25: 10am – 5.30pm


New Press Officer for Rock Lifeboat Stuart Robertson joined Rock RNLI volunteer crew last year as ‘Shore Crew’, and together with his volunteer colleagues, is responsible for the launch and recovery of Rock RNLI lifeboat. As well as this role, Stuart has recently agreed to also take on the role of ‘Lifeboat press officer’. Stuart told us “I am delighted to be part of the volunteer crew and completed my training and assessment as Shore Crew and tractor driver last year. There is a fantastic atmosphere amongst all of our volunteers at Rock, and I’ve enjoyed every minute since I joined. Our volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Jinx Hewitt, persuaded me to take on an additional role as the Press Officer. The trouble is, I’m not good at saying no!” Rock RNLI lifeboat’s volunteer crew are on duty 24 hours a day. Stuart told us “My first real shout was at just after five o’clock one morning. When my pager sounded, I knew my role was to get to our station as quickly as possible and launch the boat ready for our Lifeboat volunteer crew to do their job in attending to a casualty who needed their help. Even at that time of the morning, our boat ‘Rusper II’ was on the water, and on the way to the casualty in a matter of minutes. 16

£5,000 Donation for Rock & Padstow RNLI

L-R Debbie Tucker, Charlie Toogood (Rock Senior Helm,) Ben Tucker and Richard Pitman (Padstow Coxswain). RNLI volunteers in Rock were delighted to welcome the family and close friends of the late John Tucker to the lifeboat station in November last year. John, who was a great supporter of the RNLI, passed away in 2016, and had requested that a donation be made, following the collection after his funeral, to Rock and Padstow RNLI. John’s family met with volunteer crew from Rock and Padstow to present a cheque to be divided between both stations for the sum of £5,192. Jinx Hewitt, Rock’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We are most grateful for this very generous donation in memory of John, which will be used to fund the lifesaving equipment and crew training we need to continue our role of saving lives at sea. John was our closest neighbour having lived just behind the station at Rock and will have witnessed first-hand many launches of our lifeboat and crew over the years. “A special thanks to his family members, Debbie, Hayley and Ben. Ben helped raised a large proportion of the donation by selling his photos. It was wonderful to be able to welcome John’s family and friends, and our colleagues from Padstow to the station to join together in raising a glass to John, and enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories. “ We welcome local stories and photographs.

Polzeath Beach Care

jackets to our team and that can only enhance, highlight and emphasise the work that we do.

Come and Help Volunteers get a great buzz out of doing their bit and we always welcome anyone interested. We welcome school groups and encourage them to not only have some organised fun but also to make them aware times a week in the off season We celebrated our sixth of the devastating impact of anniversary in May 2016 and (3-5 bags a week) and daily litter, particularly small plastic in season (around 25 ! bags have now undertaken 80 bits, to all wild and marine a week) this is a staggering consecutive monthly beach life and the environment amount of litter, mostly sea clearances and another 11 generally. Increasingly visits borne. with a very committed and are made to local schools for caring group of volunteers Over these years it is environmental awareness and who do enjoy the experience. estimated our Beachcare to undertake local litter picks. These include a couple from Group have removed in excess Beachcare nationally first Switzerland who time their of five tonnes of litter to help visits to Cornwall to coincide make visiting Polzeath a more launched in Polzeath in March 2010 with support from with a Beachcare date. pleasant experience. the Environment Agency, Amazing! Baby Bay, alongside the main Cornwall Council, South beach, is a real ‘sink’ beach Others include people from West Water and is organised Sri Lanka and Argentina and it attracting more rubbish than centrally by Keep Britain Tidy is interesting to note that the the main beach, despite its who support our ongoing majority of active volunteers size, and is a real focus for efforts, this mostly financed do not live in the immediate our efforts as Cory do not now by South West Water. area, with one couple recently clear litter there. Periodic To both organisations, and litter collections are made travelling regularly from St now to Sharpe’s Brewery, elsewhere as well, including Austell! so many thanks for your Port Quin, Greenaways, help, to keep this small part Lots of Rubbish Daymer and local coastal of Cornwall as litter free as In 2016 we collected just paths and fields. possible. We e mail monthly under 100 black sacks of Donation from Sharps on our findings and matters of rubbish on Beachcare dates interest on the beach during Brewery and 146 in total, including each month. bags reported by our I am absolutely delighted to Non-active support is also volunteers. When you add advise that Sharp’s Brewery, most welcome. in litter being picked up already a supporter of Keep Britain Tidy and the Blue Flag If you are Interested contact informally by several people Award scheme, have agreed and Cory, who tidy the main Nick Pickles 01208869742 Polzeath beach three to four to supply badged windproof Visit our website - 17

St Minver Probus Club

the Langdons were issued with badges, so the bears knew they’d had the safety training. been roughing it, in fact they At the November meeting of (Adrian’s joke, not mine). rented a campervan as big St Minver Probus Club at the Although Adrian was dismissive as your living-room, but they Pityme Inn Adrian Langdon of any danger, he had some stayed in some very remote gave an illustrated talk about very close-up pictures of places, surrounded by bear-rich an Alaskan wildlife expedition animals that your writer would forest, sometimes on their own. and it quickly became clear that like to keep at a distance. searching for wildlife in Alaska (which I’d call roughing it) His superb photographs and is not like a stroll down Cant Adrian had a wonderful presentation really did bring it Lane. collection of photographs of all alive for us. We learned of the huge variety the wildlife they encountered, At their first meeting of 2017 including humpback whales, of terrain in Alaska, and we Henry Grattan gave a talk ‘My crowds of sea-lions, caribou began to get some idea of the 2nd World War experience was (reindeer), and bald eagles, size of the place (for example, spent mainly inside my mother a moose as big as a bus the Denali National Park, all 6 in London…’ at the Pityme Inn and millions of fish. They million acres of it!) and by proxy as usual. experienced the Northern shared experiences such as Lights (though “not as good as Henry was born just before dog-sledging on a glacier with in Norway” ), and encountered peace broke out in Europe, dogs that run in the Iditarod, the Alaskan Pipeline, built up(though presumably not in the greatest Alaskan cross high to allow animal migration the Grattan household) and country race in the USA. Adrian, and to avoid melting the spent a very happy childhood his wife and a team of dogs, permafrost. (whatever your in Wymeswold, exploring the along with an experienced views on the pipeline, you have Leicestershire countryside, ‘musher’, were let loose to to admit that transporting camping and climbing trees. traverse the glacier at speed. 700,000 barrels of oil a day He and school never really got However, it was perfectly safe, over 800 miles is a massive on (you could say) but he made as they were given an ice-pick technological achievement). up for that rather barren period to slow the vehicle down. The They took a flight in an ancient later by sheer graft on a radio dogs live all summer in igloos float-plane to Brook Falls engineering course at Plymouth on the glacier, and have pups National Park, inaccessible College of Technology. It was that, unlike the bears, are by road, to see the waterfalls over and out when he was left cuddly. where bears leap at salmon in penniless by a computer error. mid-air. After safety instruction But, within a few days, he both He didn’t pretend that they’d met his future wife and secured a job on the remote Niger delta. The remoteness of the site, the Nigerian civil war, and the near certainty of malaria, hookworm, etc, possibly explains the exceptionally high salary, but the job was ideal for an ex-boy scout – building a radio base with a 100 foot mast from scratch! (well, less than scratch – he and his Nigerian team had

Alaskan grizzly bear Photo: Adrian Langdon..


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Early Recollections of Trebetherick and a cookhouse, we ate like With the enthusiasm of a 15 year old - and in wartime too - I pedalled my way up the hill from Wadebridge Station in company with about forty or fifty boys from Westcott and Harper Houses, Sherborne. Our housemasters, Thomper and Ralph Barlow had built their homes Gulland and Stepper in the 1930s on the northernmost seaview points of Trebetherick, whose limits still mark the open space with Polzeath to this day. Our purpose was a two week harvest camp providing labour for hard pressed farmers - the Olds of Pentire, a big farm at Roserrow, etc. -located within half an hour’s cycling distance from Trebetherick. Camped in Army Bell Tents (feet inwards)

horses notwithstanding food rationing and worked six days a week, prayers in the evening. The work - setting up stooks of corn...rain...pulling them down again...sun.... reset, then hopefully stacking the sheaves on farmers’ carts for dry storage and ultimate threshing. The work was arduous toil, sweat but no tears, grudgingly accepting thistles mixed in the dredge corn which seemed persistently embedded in our fingers and hands. At lunchtime the welcome sight of the farmer’s wife bringing out gallons of cold tea and Cornish pasties. Back by 5 O’clock, a cold water wash, and down the path to Greenaway Beach or wherever

<- St Minver Probus Club from previous page page to clear the bush first) Living in tents, they built workshop, kitchen and living quarters, and installed a Raydist which uses circular polarisation (no, me neither…) to locate buoys for oil exploration. Whatever Raydist is, it is incredibly accurate, to a metre in 50 miles. Moreover, once operational, it only required Henry’s attention for one week in four, leaving three to explore the bush and keep out of trouble. He described meeting incredibly friendly and cheerful local tribes and chiefs and partaking in local customs,

Peter Gell at 16 or 17.

which usually involved eating or drinking something revolting. Other perks of the job included a trip to the local hospital. (for the worms, malaria etc.) We had a graphic description of an operation with out-of-date drugs and a used scalpel, which were luxuries compared to the rest of the facilities – never complain about the NHS again! The contract ended and on his return, Henry was sent to the Hospital of Tropical Diseases near St Pancras for a checkup and general going over. Apparently, ex-pats are used for

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depending on the tide for rest and relaxation. There was great sadness when the radio told us of the death of Sir Henry Wood’s death in the 49th year of the Proms which he started in 1895. A year later (the third and final camp), the exhilaration of VJ Day and the total ending of World War 2 hostilities. A latish night with too much rough cider for young heads! With the War over, the student labour was never to return. Peter Gell, Chipping Campden research! Luckily the malaria never returned. It must have been an anticlimax to return to college, which however led to a life as a merchant seaman on deep sea Cunard vessels, most of the time accompanied by his wife Rosemary. What a wonderful and witty talk, the like of which you too can hear in person, as St Minver Probus welcome new members. Just contact the Secretary, Roy Birchwood on 01208 880549 if you are interested. Tony Priest


Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Events

If you attend any of these events make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Crocs and flip flops not suitable for Rock Pool Ramble. BeachCare Beach Clean volunteers, and National Trust background to the huge

rangers on one of our famous environmental project and Friday March 10, 9.30 am. paints a horrifying picture explorations of the shore! meet on Polzeath beach of the consequences of our It’s free for PMCG members or Help BeachCare volunteers to disregard for the oceans. £2 per person clean the beaches at Polzeath. Free for PMCG members or £2 Booking essential on 07779 Equipment provided. per person 896650 or email polzeathmc@ Free - donations welcome. Foraging with Wild Talk ‘The Pentireglaze Mine:

Rise, Fall and Afterlife’

Wednesday April 5,7pm–8.30 pm, Polzeath Tubestation. In this illustrated talk Tony Davies will explore the history and topography of the mine, the reasons behind its eventual failure in the later nineteenth century, and the remaining visible evidence of its existence and impact on the neighbourhood Free for PMCG members or £2 per person

Polzeath Beach Mega Spring Clean

Baby Lobster Release at Trevone

Saturday April 29,1 pm to 3 pm, Trevone beach Join us for a fun-filled day with the National Lobster Hatchery. We will be releasing baby lobsters to a safe-haven where they can start their new life in the ocean. You will be able to get a close-up look at the hatchlings, learn about how lobsters grow, and play some fantastic beach games. Cost: £10 per adult, £5 per child, or £25 family (2 adults and 2 children). Booking essential, please visit www. nationallobsterhatchery.

Saturday April 8, 3pm, Polzeath Marine Centre. Help BeachCare, National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Talk by Tim Nun Your Shore Rangers and Tuesday May 9, 7pm-8.30pm, PMCG volunteers to clean the Tubestation, Polzeath. beaches at Polzeath. Tim Nunn, Surf explorer and Free - donations welcome. photographer, takes us on Rock Pool Ramble! the next step in his mission Wednesday April 12, 12pm – to educate the world on 2pm, Polzeath Marine Centre the far-reaching extent of Join marine experts, PMCG marine rubbish. He provides 20


Sunday May 14,1pm-3pm, Polzeath Marine Centre. Join Megan Adams from Wild Thymes on a walk around Polzeath’s coastline to see what delicious treats we can find. With Megan’s help we will find out which plants are edible, which ones to avoid, and hopefully will be able to try some foraged snacks! Free for PMCG members or £2 per person. Booking essential: Contact 07779 896650 or

BeachCare Beach Clean

Wednesday May 17, 9.30am, It’s free but all donations welcome.

Rock Pool Ramble!

Tuesday May 30, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Polzeath Marine Centre. Free for PMCG members or £2 per person Booking essential on 07779 896650 or email polzeathmc@

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Camel River Community Boatshed receive £500 David Bray presented the Camel River Community Boatshed with a cheque for £500. The Boatshed was established in November 2015 and is based between Skinner’s Yard on Bradfords Quay and the Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge. The group exists to create a community around restoring and building boats for good causes. The emphasis is on companionship and mutual support through shared activity, sharing skills and fostering a sense of adventure. The current project is building a Highlander 12 wooden sailing dinghy from scratch. The group meets every Tuesday morning at 9.30 am and welcomes new members

who may wish to share their skills, learn new ones or just come along to share to chat and share the workplace atmosphere.

St Minver FC are looking for triple success It is ‘all systems go’ for St Minver Football Club. The first team sits proudly at the top of the Duchy Premier league and has progressed to the semifinals of the Duchy knock out cup and the prestigious Cornwall FA Junior Cup. Recently, in a pulsating Junior Cup match, St Minver came away from Torpoint with a 6-3 win and then disposed of AFC Bodmin with a 2 – 0 win in the Duchy Cup. The reserve team, not

to be outdone by their counterparts, are playing very well indeed and are top of division Three in the Duchy League, There are no boring games at Trewint Lane these days! The future looks bright with prospects of a higher standard of football for the first team next season with the possibility of promotion to the East Cornwall League and division two Duchy for the second team. Also the

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Parish Council have plans for a new building at Trewint Lane which include new facilities for the football club (see page 14). However, our expectations of more spectators for our exciting brand of football has not materialised and that is disappointing. Our fixtures can be found on our notice board at Trewint Lane or on the Cornwall County website. We look forward to seeing you at the ground. 21

St Minver Brownies

Jumble Sales

Guide HQ, Trewint Lane Saturday March 11 and Saturday May 13 both at 2 pm

Refreshments, Good quality jumble, shoes, books, toys & lots more All proceeds in aid of the Rainbows & Brownies

Police Email Scam

We have been informed of a new scam. If you receive an email which purports to be from the Police and is headed up ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)’. It will give brief details of a speeding violation or some other traffic offence and will ask you to click on a link to access the full details. DO NOT CLICK on the link as it willll probably infect your computer with malware. Just contact the Police on 101, quoting the references given in the original scam email, to get confirmation. Suspected scams should be reported using the www. site which has an easy to follow reporting link and you will also be able to forward the scam email. 22


Where does time go? A moment ago it was Christmas and trying to resolve a lovely problem: how to get 150 children, 248 adults and live donkey and baby lamb into a church which seats 180? Well you can …just! And now we are preparing for Lent and Easter. Lent a time of giving up, abstaining, taking up? We all treat it differently. So here is something to think about: our use of time. Time flies by and in all the rushing around we can forget what a gift it is. We have been given time but the question is how do we use it? Over the years here are some quotes from wiser people than me. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin, The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn “The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

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“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” William Shakespeare, Richard II “The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.” Henry James “It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.” Seneca “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes Do any of these (or all of these) strike a bell in your life? I once went on a course during which we were to have a talk on “Time management in General Practice”, the speaker turned up 15 minutes late! I never did put into practice anything he said. So at this time of year instead of just rushing around, take time to reflect, think for a while, on time and how we use it. It is a gift, are we thankful for it? David Elliott (Reader, North Cornwall Cluster) We welcome local stories and photographs.

Christmas ‘Coconut Swim’ Local parents Faith and Charlie Toogood organised the ‘Christmas Coconut Swim’ as a way to raise money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation and for research into Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. They are causes very close to Faith and Charlie’s hearts after their daughter Coco was born with ‘Alpha-1’ in late 2015. Faith and Charlie wanted a good excuse to to bring everyone together for a quick dip, followed by plenty of food and mulled wine. The boxing day swim was well supported and the event raised a staggering £1,650 which make a big difference to both causes.

Faith Togood with Coco.

We Will Remember Them Michael John Bate of St Minver Mervyn Marshall Blake of Wadebridge Jean Boucher of Wadebridge Pamela Joan Bousfield of Wadebridge Eileen Lydia Coe of Wadebridge Joseph Conleith Coyne of Polzeath Anita Violet Cutler of Wadebridge Ivy Bessie Davis of Wadebridge John Merritt Dudley of Wadebridge Joan Sybil Earl of Wadebridge Terence Henry Eddy of Wadebridge Allan James Franklin of Wadebridge Roy Edgar William Gaskin of Wadebridge Pamela Florence Gray of Wadebridge Hilda Myrtle Hawkey of Wadebridge Percy Bate Henwood of Wadebridge John Hickling of Wadebridge Hazel Gwendoline Honey of Wadebridge Clayton Irons of Wadebridge Elizabeth Annie Irons of St Minver

Stanley Brian Jeffery of Wadebridge Robert Keates of Tredrizzick Brian Edgar Lane of Tredrizzick Stanley William Lennox of Rock Phillip Thomas Mcasey of Rock Mavis Metters of St Minver Dorothy Pick of St Minver Richard Trevor Platt of Wadebridge Edith Maud Pomery of Wadebridge Maureen Priscilla Prior of Polzeath Peter Gordon Roberts of Wadebridge Patricia Rogers of Wadebridge Greta May Sargent of Wadebridge Muriel Eileen Saunders of Wadebridge Betty May Slater of Wadebridge Eva Kathleen Straffon of St Minver Edna Kathleen Taylor of Wadebridge Nicholas Ian Welch of Wadebridge Jack Williams of Wadebridge

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been fiercely sort after as only one is produced by the group per year. Collectors ask to be informed when the current year`s picture is ready, then it is first come to collect. In the past it has been subjects such as, ‘The Garden Shed’, ‘The Attic’ ‘Grandmas Kitchen’, ‘The Christmas Table’, ‘ Apologies to Botticelli’, ‘The Flower Garden’,

1 ‘I found St Evan’s partly ruined church’. From ‘Summoned by Bells’. Artist: Pheobe Lockett. 2 ‘A glorious, sailing, bounding drive. That made me glad I was alive’. From the poem ‘Seaside Golf’. Artist: Sarah Harris. 3 ‘The lichen on the saltier side’. From ‘One Man’s Country’. Artist: Norma Miles. 4‘Thick with sloe and blackberry, uneven in the light, Lonely round the hedge’ from the poem ‘Trebetherick’. Artist: Norma Miles. 2 1 3 5 ‘Across the fields to church’. Artist: Ida Need. 12 6 ‘All the happy days you gave ...’ from the poem ‘Trebetherick’. Artist: Ruth Haspell. 6 4 7 ‘Can it be that this same carriage came from Waterloo?’ from ‘Summoned by Bells’. Artist Ida: Need. 5 11 8 ‘... and all things draw towards Stepper and St Enodoc.’ Misquote from ‘Sunday Afternoon Service’. Artist: Ruth 10 7 Haspell. 9 8 9 ‘Now they lie. In centuries of sand beside the church’ from the poem ‘Sunday Afternoon Service’. Artist Pheobe Lockett. Key to painting below. 10 ‘What a breath of sea scented the Camel Valley!’ From the poem ‘Cornwall in Childhood’. Artist: Ida Need 11 ‘... large red admirals with outspaced wings basking on the Buddlia...’, From -‘Summoned by Bells’. Artist Jo Caister. 12 ‘... every blackthorn hedge leaning towards the South West gale...’. From ‘Summoned by Bells’.. Artist Jo Caister.

About this year’s painting ‘Remembering John Betjeman’

For the last 25 years the group have been meeting at the studio in the grounds of ‘Cowrie’ at Rock. Over the years the group have contributed to various charities and this year is no exception. Each year everyone applies their skills to a small area of paper, part of a larger composite painting. These pictures have

The studio at ‘Cowrie’ Rock Road, (near the St Enodoc Hotel) usually open from 10.30 am until and many more. This year the approximately 4 pm. Other times title is ‘Remembering Sir John by appointment. Betjman’. The size is 20’’x’27’ There are many other pictures by (see below) and will not be sold the members who have worked until Easter at the earliest giving hard over the last months to supply everyone a chance to view it at a range of all subjects. Mostly watercolours but a few acrylics. the studio. There are miniatures Our studio is self contained behind of the local area referred to in the house, don`t be nervous, come his many poems. in, we are very friendly!! All proceeds go to the cornwall air Fridays we may be seen hard at work from 10 am in the studio. ambulance trust.

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Wadebridge Netball Club partnership

Some of the members of Wadebridge Netball Club, in their new kit, with sponsors, Nigel Wiggett of Bridge Bike Hire and Tris Lang of Green Gecko. Wadebridge Netball Club continues its successes on the pitch with their first team, the Warriors, currently in third place in Division 3. This is their first year in this division as they achieved promotion at the end of last season so they are delighted with their success . The Wildcats are also continuing to improve, with some convincing wins in Division 5. The club has also been successful in securing sponsorship from two local businesses, Bridge Bike Hire and Green Gecko which has enabled them to buy new kit for both teams. The Club were able to thank their sponsors personally recently during a training session at Wadebridge Sports Centre.

and successful club, either as a player or a volunteer umpire or coach, contact them on or via Facebook or Twitter @wadenetball Skilled tree surgery & hedge maintenance Felling, crown lifting, reduction, pruning, dismantling & more‌ Fully Insured & NPTC Qualified Over 10 years experience No V.A.T.

Call DAN for a free quotation & advice Wadebridge Netball Club currently has over 30 members of all ages and abilities who 01208 851662 or 07850 437872 come from the local area and is still growing. If you are interested in joining this friendly 26 We welcome local stories and photographs. 26

Christmas Eve at St Minver Church - a wonderful time What a wonderful time we had again. in church again next year for a truly New additions to the gathering brought wonderful start to the Christmas new joy to our well loved occasion. Our celebrations. ensemble of actors was superb - bringing off our almost scratch production with confidence and warmth. A truly delightful host of angels shone brightly with even the smallest amongst them playing their part with a touch of magic. Of course, no production is without its hitches and this year our newly appointed donkey, Jack, decided he had had enough of the journey to Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph continued on foot and the enthusiastic greeting from the innkeepers more than made up for their weary journey !! We all look forward to seeing everyone

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Our Featured Artist Sam Isaacs Written by Peter Crisp


photographed.” Sam has a studio out on Now here’s something a the moor near Davidstow. little different: Sam Isaacs makes useful and beautiful “It’s on the old airfield. It’s works of art for the home. part of what was the mess hut. It was built by the There’s nothing unusual Canadians back in the 30s. about that, especially Then it became a piggery around here. What makes for a bit. So it’s not very it interesting is the way salubrious. But it suits me he does it. He goes by the and the kind of work I do pseudonym Reworked. because you can make Sam grew up on the loads of mess and loads of outskirts of Tintagel and noise. And it’s cheap!” has mixed feelings about “You can close the door how the town has changed. when you’ve had enough “It’s become a place of for one day. You can leave crystals and Tarot readings. stuff in various stages of You can’t get a decent development and walk loaf of bread in Tintagel away. And it’s all waiting for but you can get your aura you when you get back.”

Isaacs’ Lamps.

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So what exactly does Sam do out there on the moor? “I call it up-cycling. I find old bits of junk and car parts in all sorts of places like antique shops, scrap yards, boat chandlers. Ebay is marvellous for finding stuff. I’m just a bit of a magpie. I like things with historical interest as well. I have a particular fondness for old kitchen mincing machines” Sam makes primarily lights and lighting but he has come up with all kinds of weird and wonderful objects as well as creating things to commission. “People say: we’ve had this old thing for years. We

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don’t want to chuck it out – make something useful out of it. “I’ve made a few dining tables, some coffee tables, deck chairs - various paraphernalia. Practical Artwork is what I like to call it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is one of my tag-lines. My other line I like to use is: out with the new and in with the old.” Sam works with all kinds of materials to create his art: metal, flotsam and jetsam, fishing buoys - things that get washed up on the beach. Sam’s father is the renowned ‘Absurdist’, Bill Isaacs, and he was a definite influence on young Sam. “ I remember as a child, he used to make

things and renovate old furniture. So that probably got me started on the up-cycling approach. My dad made guitars and tampered with things.

Being a child of the 80s, people used to fix stuff more. Now when things break or get old, they throw them away and buy new. I like to fix things. One man’s rubbish is another man’s work of art.” You can see some of Sam’s work in the Zeath Gallery in Polzeath. He will also be taking part in an exhibition at the Rock Institute this summer although the dates have yet to be confirmed. If you’d like to know more, you can call Sam on 07826 807720 or email him

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Business Spotlight

Eliah’s Auto Refinishing and Vinyl Signs On Pityme Industrial Estate there is a one-woman car body shop which is the result of a childhood dream and lots of hard work and determination. The proprietor, Lise Hollands, tells her story. It began when I was a little girl. I dreamed of becoming a mechanic. I was always ‘hands on’ and very curious to find out how things came apart - even if (or, maybe, especially if ) it involved getting oily and mucky! Now here I am 45 years later running my own business on the Pityme Estate in Rock. I never realised what a tough harsh and challenging yet fascinating and rewarding journey it would be. As a young female, trying to join a male dominated profession, I faced many knock backs and endless rejections. One Saturday morning at a local garage I asked the mechanic for a job only to be told, as usual, “We don’t employ female mechanics.” The conversation was overheard by local body shop owner Mr Bruce Lewis 30 30

I soon became aware that there were so many different new ways in the world of colour and paint and that there was a great who offered me a weekend deal to learn! job carrying out small I then went to work at Ivan tasks: panel beating and Kessells (back then the spraying - never my first choice of work but it was a Volvo dealership garage way into the garage trade. with a fantastic state of the art body shop) where From that day onwards I I worked for many years got totally involved and and qualified as a panel fascinated by what I can beater and sprayer under only describe as a skilful the guidance of Bob Owen art. I was young and - a man that taught me the keen to learn. Mr Bruce harsh world of business. It Lewis had given me an was at Kessells my passion opportunity to start a for perfection was born. career in the refinishing A very tough journey lay industry.

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ahead of me. A qualified young female trying to establish myself in a so-called man’s tough and extremely physical profession. I experienced sexual harassment and discriminating behaviour but I have never allowed it to stop me from getting where I wanted to be. From Ivan Kessells I worked locally for R & J Jeffs where I carried out body shop duties for many years and qualified with City and Guilds in panel beating and vehicle refinishing, I also gained paint mixing and tinting qualifications. I have now been selfemployed for many years working not only for the trade but repairing and restoring many vehicles. Six years ago I established Eliahs in a unit on the Pityme Industrial to capitalise on my over 30 years of vehicle refinishing experience (Eliah was a

childhood nickname ). My knowledge includes techniques both ‘old school’ and modern. I have the knowledge and equipment to mix bespoke in house colours using Pearlescent3, Xirallic4, Metallic2 or solid paint1. I pride myself on quality using only the correct procedures and techniques. Vehicles are sprayed and fully cured in a environment friendly spray booth oven . The list of objects I now refinish has expanded to include motorcycles, mountain bikes, speed boats, jet skis, shrimper boats, tractors, commercial vehicles, agricultural vehicles, aeroplanes and motor homes. The list is endless and the work ranges from total re-sprays, restoration and major insurance repairs to car park scratches and dents My workshop is very well

Additional Information about paint 1 Solid paint is a single application of the colour, followed by a clear lacquer coat above it to protect the paint from chips, scratches and the weather. 2 Metallic paints are effectively the same as solid paints but with a small quantity of powdered metal added. 3 With Pearlescent paints ceramic crystals replace the metal particles. They don’t just reflect light but refract it too, splitting it into different colours. 4 Xirallic is a pigment made of aluminium oxide platelets covered with titanium oxide that shows a strong glitter effect with a distinct shimmering. It was developed by Merck KGaA in Japan.

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equipped so I can produce work that I can be proud of. In between repairing vehicles I also offer a vinyl die-cut sign service for vehicles, site advertising boards and menu boards etc. Many local businesses have taken advantage of this service. Auto refinishing is a very skilled labour intensive job and is an art. For me it has has been an incredible journey of love and sometimes heart ache! My advice is never give up on your dreams. Remember nothing is impossible and everything can be fixed ! Something I continue to tell my own daughter. Lise You can find Lise at: Unit 10d Pityme Industrial Estate, St Minver, Cornwall. PL27 6NS or call her on 07982 721285. 31 31

Birth Stones

Stuart Robertson, the proprietor of Robertson’s Jewellers with shops in Wadebridge and Launceston, explains the features of the gem stones that have been allocated to months of the year. January – Garnet The family of gemstones we refer to as ‘Garnet’ actually contains more than ten different gemstones which all possess similar chemical structures. Red varieties are the most common although more expensive varieties tend to be green or yellow. The jewellery trade tends to recognise six main types of garnet – Almandine, Spessartine, Grossular garnet,

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Almandine in metamorphic rock. Andradite and Uvarovite.

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although examples of the gem have been found in Bronze Age excavations. Pyrope garnet has less brown colour in it. Garnets are found in relative abundance, and today are mostly from African countries although are also found in Russia, India and Central and South America. The distinctive reds and browns in garnets are due to its iron content.

The Almandine is the stone most people tend to think of when garnet is mentioned. It is dark and a reddishbrown. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Ceylon Ruby’ and has been used in Garnets can be cut or jewellery since faceted then set into at least Roman times, We welcome local stories and photographs.

‘Emerald Cut’ Amethyst. Photo: Wikipedia

jewellery, but are also very effective when cut ‘en-cabochon’ which is a polished, domed cut.

February – Amethyst Amethyst is the name given to crystalline quartz in varying shades of purple, mauve or lilac. It is the most highly prized stone in the quartz family. It is said that it was a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to ensure a sober and serious mind! When viewed from different angles, amethyst often shows blue or red tinges. Stones are most usually facetted and then set into jewellery, although amethyst is also cut ‘en-cabochon’ or cut into

beads. Amethyst has distinctive inclusions which can look like tiger stripes, feathers or even thumb prints. Amethyst is found in alluvial or river deposits and some of the largest deposits are in Brazil. Amethysts from Russia have a distinctive red tinge, whilst Canadian examples are quite violet. Other sources of this popular gemstone are Sri Lanka, India, Uruguay, Madagascar, USA, Germany, Australia, Namibia and Zambia. Amethyst is often heat treated, and the colour can change to yellow, changing it to Citrine between 450 – 750 0C.

March – Aquamarine Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and gets its name from the Latin for seawater and was traditionally said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It was also said to enhance the happiness of a marriage. Aquamarine is, like emerald, part of the

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family of minerals called ‘Beryls’. The very best examples are of high clarity and in the 19th century, the preferred colour for aquamarine was sea green. Today, the most valued colour is sky blue. Because of the clarity of the stone, when cut and faceted, aquamarine shows great brilliance and is a very popular gemstone when set into jewellery. The finest examples of gem quality aquamarine are found in Brazil, but may also be found in Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. It has more recently been mined in Nigeria. Almost all aquamarines found in jewellery have been heat treated to enhance colour. One of the finest examples is set into the Queen’s Brazilian tiara.

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki Despite the cold weather and winter blues, we are starting to embrace the new styles early this year, with spring stock already making an appearance on our shop floor. Trends which were big in 2016 are continuing to make an impact into 2017 Candy Colours Time to brighten up your wardrobe with bubblegum pinks, baby blues and peppermint reds. Not forgetting lemon drop yellow which has been seen all over the catwalk, as well as making a splash among celebrities such as Beyoncé and her iconic ‘Hold Up’ video. If you aren’t the sugar-coated candy type but love the idea of brightening your look, you can utilise this sweet trend with your accessories and choice of nail colour.

Khaki Break away from black and grey this

spring with this earthy colour. Despite its autumnal colour pallet, khaki can be colour blocked as well as used to accentuate peachy pinks and mustard yellows. Plus… the utilitarian shirt dress has come back with a bang this season!

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From the cold shoulder to the sheer maxi this spring you can inject your everyday wardrobe with a flowery arrangement. skirt, from simple lace to statement fish From trousers to summer dresses, an array net, flaunting what your mama gave you of flower colouration, arrangement and the use of multi fabrics means there really is something for everyone.

The 80’s The 80’s continues into 2017 with boxy shapes, shoulder pads and nipped in waists. The bright colours associated with the era fit perfectly with the upbeat season of spring, the light at the end of the winter tunnel. And remember… embrace the super sassy and political slogans of the graphic tee.

Peek a Boo Long gone are the days when a little has never been so easy. cleavage was considered ‘risqué’, this season the more skin on show the better.


Whether bold, discreet, mismatched or symmetrical, stripes are here to stay. Spring 2017 sees the arrival of the ‘seaside’ stripe: think beach umbrellas and brightly coloured lounge chairs, nautical but with a sugary twist.

For the Guys… The tried and trusted utilitarian wardrobe and nautical styles continue to permeate men’s fashion this season. Think tailored jackets, roll neck jumpers and the bomber jacket for the changing Cornish weather. These classic menswear staples have been reinterpreted for the modern shopper. Look at layering thin knits with a classic collared polo shirt and short jacket or a light long sleeved shirt with a military style coat. Visit our website -


Interior Design Want to shake up things at home? Why not up your game and style with these designer tips? Nicola O’Mara Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

the surfaces can actually make ceilings appear to be higher, since it’s no longer obvious where the walls begin and end. Bright colours against a dark back drop, just burst with whoa!

We’ve all heard it before: light walls open up a space and make it feel more expansive, while dark walls have the opposite effect. Right? Not so. It can envelope you like a cocoon and provide a sense of comfort. Don’t limit your dark hue of choice to the walls. Paint the baseboards, moulding, window frames, and ceiling as well. Removing the visual barriers between

A super sized lamp or oversized vase can be a welcome surprise for the eye, adding interest to a space. The goal is to create a certain amount of visual friction to keep things interesting.

Dark interior with a burst of colour!

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Play with Scale.

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Don’t be a Wallflower Remember, the goal is to create a space that’s engaging to you and the people in it. One great way to achieve this is to pull your furniture away from the walls or set it at angles. This adds dimension – or visual layers – to your room, making it less of a snooze. If you have the space, try pulling that sofa away from the wall. Or buck all Atmospheric lighting, lamps, candles and expectations and pull your bed into the task lighting. middle of the room! space. Task lights work best for working

Transform with Paint

That old table you found in your parents’ attic? That flea market find that isn’t quite right? The lamp you can hardly stand to look at any more? It’s nothing that a few coats of paint can’t handle. You will be surprise how an old piece of furniture can be radically transformed,

Light, Light and more Light Not enough lamps, too many over head ceiling lights? The effect is squint inducing and far from serene, to avoid this I would suggest taking the number of lamps you think you need in a room and multiplying by three. It seems like a lot, but different types of lighting suit different uses of the

and reading, while shaded lamps cast softer pools of light, adding dimension to a room and creating a relaxed mood. If you have enough of them, you may be able to skip the overhead lighting all together. What are your thoughts on these tips? Please feel free to post your pictures and thoughts on my facebook page:, Limewash on a oak chair.

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St Minver School Report Christmas Events

Service at St Minver church. Alongside this, the PTA put on some great opportunities A belated happy new year everyone! for parents and pupils, including our Secret Although I am sure the Christmas festivities seem a dim and distant memory as you read Room, and a lovely Christmas Fayre. The PTA this. At school, we celebrated in style, as usual, are working hard this year to provide some with two fantastic performances. Key Stage 1 great experiences for our parents and pupils, performed the ‘The Innkeeper’s Breakfast’ and as well helping to raise some much needed funds for which we are hugely grateful. Key Stage 2 performed ‘Sulky Santa and the Girl Who Didn’t Believe.’ Night of Music Both shows played to packed audiences This year kicked off with an evening with and our actors once again excelled in their Johnny Cowling in the school hall. A huge roles, getting us all in the mood for a great crowd enjoyed a fun filled night of music and Christmas. Our choir also travelled around laughter, once again raising money for the some local venues, helping to liven up school and providing a fabulous night out for Christmas for a select few lucky audiences. They have also performed at the Candlemass parents and friends. Thanks PTA.

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Rock Road Investigation Class 2 have enjoyed exploring their local area, despite the cold weather. Fortunately, the rain held off and they were able to identify lots of interesting buildings along Rock Road. They are now comparing their local area with London. I am sure they will find one or two key differences!

Classroom Fire We had a close call here at school just last week, and the reality of a fire spontaneously igniting in a class of children is definitely not something that you expect to witness! However, due to the fast reactions of staff, children and Alice Watts, who was helping in class 5, the alarm was sounded, the whole school was evacuated within a few minutes and the fire brigade called. The fire started when a laptop battery pack ignited and quickly engulfed wall displays and paper. A huge deal of respect and thanks to Mr Howard, who donned his Fireman Sam outfit and grabbed the nearest extinguisher and managed to put out the fire before exiting the building himself.

all was safely contained and extinguished before we allowed the children to re-enter. I must take this opportunity to thank all the staff and children who acted calmly and sensibly throughout the situation. We have regular fire practices and routines are well embedded, so, for the majority, this seemed just like a normal fire practice. The Aspire team also stepped quickly up to the mark, and the classroom was back to normal by 6 pm and the laptops had all been taken out of use and safe replacements sourced.

Gold Standard Award We are delighted to announce that the school has been awarded the Gold standard Healthy Workplace award. Not only are we busy educating and caring for our 210 children, but it has been recognised that we care passionately about the health and wellbeing of our staff. Mr Banks and Mr Howard will attend the awards ceremony later this month.

Thank you Mrs de Selincourt!

And finally, after over 17 years service to St Minver School, we are sad to announce the retirement of Mrs de Selincourt. She has decided to hang up her whiteboard pen and move on to long holidays and early nights. We Great bravery and selflessness; you really are would like to thank her for all of her hard work our hero! A huge thanks also to Wadebridge and dedication to St Minver School and its Phil Banks fire brigade who arrived at the scene to ensure pupils over the years. Visit our website - 39 39

1st St Minver Brownies celebrate busy 2016

Hostess Badge

The date is significant as it was the birthday of The year began with the scouting and guiding working towards our founder Robert Baden Hostess Badge and the Powell and Olave Badengirls chose to invite their Powell, his wife and mothers to Brownies to celebrate Mother’s Day. In World Chief Guide. For preparation for the event, our celebration we had a French themed evening, the girls had to make with French themed invitations, place mats costumes and traditional and table decorations French cuisine such as and run through what made a ‘perfect host’. The croissants, Brie and French mothers dined in style with bread. a three-course meal of Easter Egg Roll orange juice or homemade Our annual Easter Egg roll leek and potato soup, egg is a traditional favourite and bacon pie with a side with all the girls and for the salad followed by a fruit first time ever we had a few meringue nest. Needless eggs that rolled down Brea to say, after so much hard Hill at least five times and work, the brownies all still never broke! gained their hostess badge. Summer Arts and Crafts Our Summer term was Another regular feature in dedicated to celebrating our year is the annual art the Queens 90th birthday and craft show in the Town and gaining our Entertainer Hall Wadebridge, where all the local guiding and scouting groups have their entries on display. All the St Minver Brownies took part in this event.

and Sport Badge. We had a superb evening entertaining some of our local older helpers and the Brownies enjoyed hosting the evening and finding out about their guests’ childhood experiences Working towards our sport badge included learning to play rounders, a ‘Road to Rio’ inspired evening and an Olympic games night. To finish our sport badge, we had a brilliant evening at the Flowrider at Retallick where the girls had a wonderful time

Thinking Day

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Autumn term was all about animals, where we looked at pet animals, endangered animals, making different types of animal crafts, some animal inspired foods, animal quiz, animal songs and a brilliant

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the team and we hope that they will stay with us at St Minver Brownies for the foreseeable future. Should you have a daughter aged between 7 years and 10 years who loves making things, cooking, enjoys the outdoors, playing games and making new friends, then why not bring her along to Brownies. The St Minver group meet Wednesday evenings during term time. If you would like any further information, evening at Nutes the Vets she will be greatly missed please do not hesitate to contact me in Wadebridge. by us all. on 07866004349 or email katrina. As I am sure you will Winter Remembrance Sunday was appreciate that a Brownie Sadly we no longer have a guide pack is run completely by well attended by almost group in Rock but if you think that volunteers who give up a all our Brownies who all you would be interested in running looked very smart and well few hours each week to run a guide group or perhaps helping at the meetings. This year we presented for the parade our Rainbow unit or Brownie unit have been lucky enough into Church. then please contact me or Helen to be joined by two new Goodbye Maureen Morton 07796173960 (rainbow leaders: Charlotte and Katy. The year came to a finish leader) for a friendly chat. Both are a great asset to very sadly for us at St Helen Morton Minver Brownies as we lost the wonderful Maureen Prior. Maureen had been the Guide leader here at Rock along with my Mum, Barbara Hills, for many years. Following Maureen’s retirement from running the Guide unit she continued to be a member of our Guide Hut committee and gave up her free time to help us with fundraising and at a unit meeting. Maureen was a lovely lady and was a wonderful asset to us and Visit our website -

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St Breock School Report Young Voices Day

2017 has started with a burst of activities here at St Breock with never a moment to stand still. We have 26 children from Key Stage Two who are using every spare moment to rehearse with Mrs Arnold as they prepare for their trip to the Young Voices Day at the O2 in London. They are learning a wide range of songs each with specially written harmonies. It will be a spectacular event – a chance of a lifetime.

Dance Evening

Another group of children from Key Stage Two have been rehearsing with Mrs Williams to prepare a dance which will be part of a dance Matilda Pennington who achieved third place evening at the Hall for Cornwall. Their chosen out of a field of 152 girls. What an amazing theme is Alice in Wonderland and they have achievement! choreographed the dance themselves.



St Breock were the Cluster Swimming festival Year Five had an opportunity to spend a day winners this month. The gala is specially at the BMX track at Blackwater this month and designed to give non-club swimmers chance found it to be really thrilling with something to compete and involved the eight feeder to challenge everyone. I am sure that the schools in the Wadebridge area. skills they have learnt on our own track has Studio Eat helped give them the confidence to succeed Every day brings new and delicious cooking at Blackwater. from Studio Eat led by our Bistro Manager Indoor Athletics Matt Stewart. Our Foundation Stage children Our Key Stage Two Children went to have been making bread in all shapes and Camelford for an indoor athletics competition. sizes! Each one has been as delicious and A day packed with energy, determination and appetising as the ‘real thing’! commitment. Congratulations to our Year Three and Four team who were winners and also to our Year Five and Six team who were runners up.

Workplace Award

Not only are our children winners but our staff also as we hope to be receiving a Workplace Award where we have Rowing demonstrated our commitment to the A team of our strongest rowers were invited to take part in the Plymouth Indoor Rowing well-being of our staff. We have been Championship. This is a highly contested invited to attend the award ceremony at event and our team from Cornwall really held the end of February and are excited to their heads high in Devon. Special mention to hear which medal we will receive. 4242

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Events at St Endellion Helen Chadwick Song Theatre: House of Light - Saturday March 11 Singer, songwriter and composer Helen Chadwick presents a heart-warming quartet concert of her a capella harmony songs with settings of poems. Helen will also be leading an uplifting singing workshop in the afternoon, 3-5pm,for anyone who is happy to sing without scores.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble - Thursday March 30 BSO Brass love connecting with audiences and revel in giving concerts in small rural villages. The programme will range from Bach to ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ – so something for everyone. The quintet will be joined by Cornish young brass talent for a few pieces.

Dutch Serenade - Friday April 28 A choral journey by Kamerkoor Collegium, Utrecht. This mixed chamber choir of 25 singers from the Netherlands come to St Endellion with their new conductor Dody Soetano. With a repertoire which ranges from sacred to secular, from romantic to minimal, expect a taste of choral clarity in music connecting different times and spaces.

Misbehavin’ Jazz quartet: Elemental - Saturday May 20 Misbehavin’ returns to St Endellion with the band’s latest project - new songs and instrumentals inspired by the elements. Fiery, virtuoso playing and sumptuous, earthy vocals in a relaxed, ambient vibe. This band is not to be missed. Concerts are in St Endellion church and start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (free for accompanied under-16s). You can book online at, by telephone 07787 944935 or by e mail

Exhibition: David Marl – Pilgrims - April 22 to May 7 Beautiful small acrylic paintings exploring the magical reality between dream and belief and the meaning of our existence in this world. Open weekends 11.30 to 4.30.

Exhibition: Paul Jackson and Mark Cullen - May 20 to June 18 An exhibition of exquisite pottery and colourful hand woven rugs. Open weekends 11.30 to 4.30 and on concert evenings.

Book Club - 2nd Wednesday of the months May to September A chance to discuss the work of some of authors appearing at the North Cornwall Book Festival in October in an informal setting over a glass of wine and nibbles. £3 per session. Please check the website for details:

St Endellion Easter Festival - April 8 – 16 The programme opens with a Come and Sing and includes two chamber concerts, two late night treats, a lunchtime concert at St Kew, and daily Thoughts for the Day. The St John Passion will be performed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The other two main concerts will include works by Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, MacMillan, Haydn and Brahms. Ticket enquiries to or ring 07771 796643. Visit our website -


Wadebridge Gateway Club Award David Bray, of R J Bray & Son, pictured presenting a £500 cheque, from the Bray Charitable Fund, to members of Wadebridge Gateway Club, prior to the club’s Halloween party. Wadebridge Gateway Club started over 30 years ago and has been going strong ever since. The club provides social and leisure activities for folks who are physically and mentally less able. They meet fortnightly on a Wednesday between 7 and 9 pm at the Wadebridge Social Club. Club nights provide a great opportunity for everyone to socialise, have a drink or two and, if they wish, dance at the


nightly disco. They try and celebrate people’s birthdays with a small party on club nights, and also enjoy having bigger parties for Halloween and Christmas etc which are held at local venues.

away for a few days, and they have visited many places including Chester, Torquay and Bournemouth. Sadly, due to many other commitments, they have been unable to do this of late, but hopefully it might happen again one day.

Throughout the year they try and have as many trips out as they can, making use of local charity mini-bus services. Over the years they have visited many interesting places and always manage to find somewhere for a very nice lunch.

The club would not have been able to go on for as long as it has without the support of all of its helpers, and the many local businesses, who have also been there for them, and would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of them.

For more information please For many years they used to have an annual holiday, when ring David Farley on 01208 up to 25 members would go 813637.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage

Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett A second look, like a second thought, can sometimes bring about a revelation. Having put some late flowers into a tiny slip ware jug, I made a drawing of it and discovered (after many years) that the apparent random slip decoration was a fish swimming through little waves fixing me with a decidedly fishy eye. There is nothing like drawing an object to really get to know it. A small charming pastoral piece of Staffordshire pottery, left to me by a friend, revealed a surprise detail I hadn’t noticed when I drew it. The boy and girl are funny reminiscent of medieval drawings. My little people, with thin arms and legs, rather primitive in their modelling, and surprise when I noticed what each child was holding, was the result of a second close look. He is holding a miniature King Charles Spaniel, and she is holding a pigeon (I think!) They are very small, but enrich the piece. The third item is a cyclamen; I marvel at the leaves of these small plants every year. There are so many different patterns, and so many designs that would take hours to invent. There they are, a carpet of them. Sometimes I think the leaves are almost more beautiful than the flowers - but one offsets the other perfectly. 48

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afternoon I went with friends to a concert at St Endellion. The Zoltan Trio were playing as a Quintet, with two guest performers. The concert started at three o’clock. Pale sunlight flooding the church enhancing the stone walls. First of all we heard a Mozart Quintet - crisp and lively. After the first few bars, a tiny bird appeared in the rafters - probably a wren. It surveyed for a while from its perch, then as the music gained pace flew across the players, looping-theloop, apparently in time to the music, before returning to its perch. This was sunlight, fluttering lightly across the one of those brief happenings you audience. Sun caught a red glow in might almost have missed. its wings, a momentary glimpse, as it Tea was then served in the hall, and disappeared once more to the roof. we returned to hear a beautiful A wren on the rafters, a butterfly in a performance of the romantic Brahms sunbeam, and beautiful music - what Quintet. By this time the sun was very more could one ask of a December low, and beams reached through to afternoon? These are memories to be where we were sitting in the middle treasured for the times, like William of the church. As the music enveloped Wordsworth found, “they flash upon us a butterfly appeared in the shaft of that inner eye that is the bliss of solitude”…(it doesn’t have to be daffodils …)

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg Published by Lake Union Publishing Paperback £8.99 from Wadebridge Bookshop A recent visit to Krakow, in Poland, was both enthralling and chilling. The medieval heart of the city, and the spectacular Wawel Castle, together with the nearby enormous Wieliczka Saltmine, provided warm exploratory joy. In sharp contrast, a day spent at Auschwitz and Birkenau induced sombre reflections of the atrocities of Nazism. Alex Rosenberg’s debut novel touches upon Auschwitz and the ghastly ‘Canada’ collection area in Birkenau where the belongings of victims were stored, including two tons of human hair still visible today. Most of the action of the novel takes place away from Krakow, part of it in the Warsaw ghetto where, sadly, conditions seem comparable to the appalling scenes from Aleppo in Syria relayed at the time of writing this review. Rosenberg is a Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, North Carolina, and he clearly knows his history. The story is based on four people known to the author who survived the Second World War. Some of their experiences have been combined and fresh plot elements have added to propel the narrative. The principal character, Rita, is loosely based on Rosenberg’s mother, Blanca, who was an equally strong survivor of a similar journey to Rita’s from Krakow in 1935 to Salzburg in 1947. This is an historical novel which traces the 50

experiences of Rita in Nazi-occupied Poland and then in Germany, and is intertwined with her lover, Tadeusz, whose experiences take him from France in the 1930s, to Spain in the Civil War, and eventually to Moscow under attack from Germany, before re-uniting with Rita. A third principal character, Dani, is introduced, who appears as Rita’s fellow worker making field-grey greatcoats for the German Army, and who re-appears throughout the story at unlikely moments, and who becomes Rita’s ‘lover’ in

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slightly distasteful passages. The story is littered with a variety of other characters, all of whom are sharply drawn. Three, in particular, play a significant role although appear only briefly. Urs, a final year medical student, meets Rita, an attractive young Jewess studying law in Krakow. An unsatisfactory marriage follows, during which Rita embarks on a passionate affair with Tadeusz. However Urs eventually fathers a son, Stefan, and it is the fate of the child that provides Rita with the principal impetus for her journeys throughout the war. A conversation with Erich, who shares Rita’s accommodation, reveals his knowledge of a secret which convinces him that Germany will ultimately lose the war. Rita is unaware of any details but is desperate that she should not reveal her knowledge of its existence. An even shorter meeting with Kaltenbrunner in the same accommodation, leads to Rita acquiring two volumes of Darwin, which the old man used as a pillow. “On the Origin of Species”, and ‘The descent of Man’ are to accompany Rita throughout her travails. As a story the novel has both strength and weaknesses. The environment in which

the two main characters find themselves is described with brutal clarity, and it is difficult to forget the episode in the Warsaw Ghetto. The progress of the narrative, however, seems to depend too much on co-incidence, and the conclusion is all too sentimentally predictable. A Professor of Philosophy is, possibly, writing more than just a thrilling romance amid the horrors of the late 1930s and 1940s. The exchanges between Erich, Kaltenbrunner and Rita on the relevance of Darwin pose some familiar questions. The recital by Dani of almost all of the verses of the great 19th Century Polish classic, ‘Pani’ (Lord) Tadeusz, raises the issue of nationalism, and the reader is encouraged to consider a more fundamental meaning in the book. We might conclude that Rosenberg is saying that we learn nothing from history, that neither jingoism nor crude pseudo-ideology will prevail, but that only by suffering do we achieve any meaning. Whatever, this is an intelligent novel, powerfully written, and will be particularly appealing to those with an interest in the background to, and progress of, The Second World War from a Jewish perspective.

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disease a few years ago, and although he remains happy in himself, it’s sad to see the affect this disease has on both the person themselves, and their family and friends, so we were very keen to raise funds for the Society”. “As I prefer cycling to running, I’m really looking forward to this challenge. “ I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who asks after dad. There isn’t a day that goes by,

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without people asking how he is, and this is so touching, and shows us how highly he is thought of”. How to Donate If you would like to donate to either cause, David and Beth have justgiving pages as below, or, anyone can call in to their premises of R J Bray & Son on Egloshayle Road. bray 51

A Book Review by John Baxter

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from my life by John le Carré Published by Viking Penguin - Hardback £20 - Wadebridge Bookshop The dust-jacket of this superb book informs readers that John le Carre divides his time between London and Cornwall. His fans will know that much of his writing takes place in a small study overlooking the sea near St. Buryan, but might not appreciate that a great deal of time is spent researching his stories throughout the world. ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’, published not long after Adam Sisman’s official biography, is in no way a conventional autobiography. It is, as the sub-title indicates, a collection of stories covering an eclectic range of experiences encompassing over 50 years of highly intelligent analysis of sensitive global issues, many leading to hugely popular novels. The Preface explains the Pigeon Tunnel as the reader is introduced to Ronnie, the author’s conman father, but, intriguingly, it is only towards the end of the book that a fuller picture of Ronnie emerges. Why the image of pigeons bred for slaughter in the casino of Monte Carlo should have haunted Le Carre for so long he leaves the reader to interpret. Much of what is written in these memoirs is already covered in Sisman’s 673 page biography, willingly authorised by Le Carré. He refers to it only once in ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’, ‘a recently published account of my life offers thumbnail 52

versions of one or two of the stories, so it naturally pleases me to reclaim them as my own, tell them in my own voice, and invest them as best I can with my own feeling’. ’Thumbnail version’ is a not entirely accurate description of many of Sisman’s compositions but Le Carré’s ‘voice’ and ‘feeling’ provide the pictures with his own uniquely vibrant and sensitive colour. “These are true stories told from

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memory”, writes Le Carre in the Introduction…’to which you are entitled to ask, what is truth?’ For the creative writer ‘fact is raw material, and his job is to make it sing. Real truth lies, if anywhere, not in facts, but in nuance’. Among the nearly 40 hugely entertaining and revealing stories in this memoir a few remain fixed in the reader’s mind: bizarre encounters with Harold Macmillan, Quentin Hogg, Margaret Thatcher and Yasser Arafat; touching recollections of Alec Guinness, Richard Burton and Reggie Bosanquet; and a moving chapter on the plight of the Ingush, an area in the North Caucasus contiguous with Chechnya, but barely known to the Western world. By far the most memorable chapter is about his extraordinary father, Ronnie Cornwell—fraudster ,conman, liar, social imposter and convict. It was Ronnie, however, who showed his sons affection, and who ‘fixed’ a public school education for them to ensure an essential route ‘through the class sound barrier’. His mother, Olive, however ‘crept out of our lives when I was five and my brother

was seven’. Le Carré is unable to describe her well. ‘As a child, I didn’t know her, and as an adult I didn’t understand her’. As a consequence ‘the frozen child in me showed not the smallest sign of thawing out’. There is no doubt that this filial suffering had a profound effect on the direction of his career. He fled from Sherborne ‘to get out from under my father at all costs’, and he embraced the German muse as ‘a substitute mother’. What emerges from these stories, however, provides only a few answers to the question, ‘Who is John Le Carré?’. The name is a cover for David Cornwell, and the decision to adopt a pseudonym was taken when he began writing while still a member of MI6. For a long time he denied he had ever been a spy. ‘People who have had very unhappy childhoods’, he once wrote, ‘are pretty good at inventing themselves’. For many he remains unknown, but readers of these stories will be intrigued both by the stories themselves, and the nuances he leaves the reader to discover.

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Gardening made easy by Nick Bacon

A Spring Checklist March is the month when Spring really arrives with a crescendo of colour and new growth. We can put the cold harshness of Winter behind us and be optimistic for the gardening new year.

Make your own pots for free and save money

Reduce the amount of plastic that you use. Paper pots are completely biodegradable so when plants are growing strongly and ready to go outside the whole pot can be planted into the soil and it will decompose as the plant grows. To get started you will need a pile of newspapers and some cylindrical objects to act as a mould. Wrap several strips of paper around a cylinder before folding over the base and sliding the paper off. Make plenty of different sizes so you have plenty to hand when seed sowing gets underway.

Don’t let the mice move in!

Keep a sharp eye out for signs of mice in your shed or greenhouse and set traps to prevent serious infestations. Broad bean 54

seedlings and young tips of bulbs especially tulips are a real delicacy for mice. Various traps are available from pre-baited ones to those that catch mice unharmed so you can release them a long way from your home. My tip is to buy an electronic mouse trap called “the big cheese”, I have found it to be most prolific in catching mice. The big cheese is an ultrapower electronic mouse killer and is an effective and humane way to control mice in indoor areas. Advanced circuit technology will sense when a mouse enters the trap, triggering activation as the mouse moves towards the bait attractant at the front of the unit. The mouse is dead in seconds and there is enough power from a battery set to deliver over 100 kills. The LED indicator flashes green once the trap is activated and the catch can be deposed of by simply flipping open the top lid. There is absolutely no need to touch the captured mouse. An internal micro switch together with the unique

safety features built into the design make this unit safe to use in areas where there are children and pets.

Start sowing broad beans

To get them off to a good start sow in pots using good seed compost. If sowing directly into the ground, warm up the soil first using cloches. My favourite seeds to sow include ‘Imperial Green Long Pod’, ‘Meteor’ and ‘Express’. if your site is exposed cold and windy, try a dwarf bean called ‘The Sutton’.

Dig in green manures

If you have grown green manure crops such as winter rye or field beans in your veg beds, chop up the foliage using shears then turn it into the soil a few inches deep to rot down and aim to complete this at least 3 to 4 weeks before you sow or plant on site.

Keep paths weed free

Treat gravel paths with a long-lasting residual weed killer this will keep your path clear of weeds for the coming year. Do it before any weeds have had a chance to grow. Apply

it carefully, according to the instructions on the packaging. Alternatively, try using household salt. Although killing weeds with salt may seem strange, it is effective when used cautiously. Salt is inexpensive and readily available. Salt dehydrates plants and disrupts the internal water balance of plant cells. Salt is best used for small-scale gardening where it will be easily diluted by rain or watering. If salt is used on a large scale, it can create soil conditions that are not suitable for growing plants for quite some time. Making a salt weed killer mixture at home is not difficult. You can add rock or table salt to water until it dissolves. Make a fairly weak mixture to start with – 3:1 ratio of water to salt. You can increase the amount of salt daily until the salt begins to kill the target plant. Adding a little bit of dish soap and white vinegar helps with weed killing effectiveness. It lowers the surface tension of the water, which allows the salt solution to be absorbed by the plant. Top tip from me: Why not use the salty water that you boiled your potatoes or other vegetables in.

Let’s get a taste for weeds

healthy growth. Step five: by late May early Surprising you can put June outdoor conditions some weeds to good use in should be warm enough the kitchen bittercress is a to plant out into the final good example. It seems to pop up all over your garden position to create a bright even when it is still cold for summer display. other crops to grow. Pull it Don’t let a late frost up and add the leaves to harm Wisteria salads. You can also use A late frost can kill off the dandelion leaves in the developing flowers and same way. Please do remember if you unfolding foliage of your can’t positively identify it, wisteria. If your wisteria is don’t eat it. free standing in a pot or is Sowing guide to early of modest size, on a wall it summer bedding in five is possible to trap a warm easy steps layer of air around your Step one: fill pots and plant using a large sheet of trays with seed compost, fleece. tap to settle lightly press the surface. Space seeds Got a few minutes to evenly over compost. spare Step two: cover seeds thinly Hang up sticky yellow glue with fine sieved compost or traps in your greenhouse use a layer of vermiculite. to catch flying pests such Step three: germination as white fly and sciarid fly rates vary between varieties, wait until (fungus gnats). seediings are well Remember: whatever developed with good roots hour the sun may say it’s before pricking out. Step four: handle seedlings always time for weeding. by their first leaves to avoid The dandelion that blooms today will become crushing the stem and plant. Plant individually tomorrow’s seedlings! into pots of potting Finally: never go to the compost. Water regularly, doctor’s if the office plants after four to six weeks have died add a weekly liquid feed Coming in the next issue: A using a general fertilizer summer extravaganza to promote strong and


Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP More Police Officers

I was delighted to see that my Conservative colleague Alison Hernandez, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced an extra £24 million to employ 94 additional police officers and 50 investigators. One of the biggest issues I hear from members of the public is that they want to see more police officers patrolling our streets. Having a physical police presence not only means residents feel reassured and that incidents can be tended to quicker, but that crime will also be deterred from taking place. To secure police funding in the long term, I have been campaigning alongside MPs in Parliament to get a fairer funding deal from central government, which is currently skewered in favour of urban forces.

stopping a new formula which didn’t properly recognise the challenges facing rural forces, and I’m confident that colleagues and I have highlighted this and that we will get a better deal this time around.

EU City of Culture?

Just like rural pubs, village halls and post offices, shops play a vital part in small communities and I will be bringing the report to attention of ministers. They are the lifeblood of our communities and it was great to recognise their contribution.

I was very disappointed, however, to see that the Lib Dem / Independent Cornwall Council has approved over £500,000 for an EU City of Culture bid. We often hear from Cabinet that there isn’t enough money for public Local Democracy Group toilets, services or social care, I also chaired an inquiry yet they can find £500,000 for meeting for the Local projects like this. Democracy Group which had I know that many other Sajid Javid, the Communities people in the county are and Local Government equally as angry at this. The Secretary, as special guest for Council’s primary function MPs and Peers to put their is to deliver services, and in questions to. my view it is failing to deliver, The Group is a voice in particularly in areas outside of Parliament for town and Truro. parish councils, and the Rural Shops Report theme of the meeting was centered around housing Last Tuesday I chaired development, neighbourhood the launch event for the plans and the role that local Rural Shops Report by the Association for Convenience councils are increasingly playing in the provision of Stores (ACS). The report services, such as public toilets. highlights the contribution

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are usually the only place to buy groceries and are also great places to socialise.

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All Age Worship Holy Communion 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 Saturday 5.30pm. (Confessions 5.30 - 6pm). TINTAGEL, St Paul The Apostle Church Mass: Sundays 5.30pm. more at

Methodist Church Services

Rock Methodist Church:11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church 12 noon St Minver Holy Communion Cornerstone, Trevanion Street.Sundays 10.30. Friday April 14th All Age Worship 1st Sunday each month. Rocks 12 noon St Minver Good Friday Reflections for Primary School children 10.15-11.30. Sunday April 16th (Easter Sunday) Creche available 8 am St Enodoc Holy Communion Trelights Methodist Chapel: Sundays 6pm 9.15am St Enodoc Holy Communion Tubestation (Polzeath) 8am St Michael Holy Communion Multi-denominational. 10 am Every Sunday. 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver Holy Communion Quaker Meetings Sunday 10.30 am John Betjeman Centre, (next Sunday April 23rd to library). All are welcome. 11am St Minver All Age Service

Wednesday April 12



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

Samaritans----------------------08457 909090 Rock Water Taxi Women’s rape/abuse centre (Boat -during operating hours)-07778 105297 (Bodmin & Wadebridge) -------- 01208 72833 ---------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999 (offices)------------------------01208 862815 (Tintagel)-----------------------01840 770663 Water Helpline------------------0800 1691144 St Minver Beavers Methodist Veterinary and RSPCA (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)---01208 863481 Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)-----01208 813258 (Alison Cox)---------------------01208 862839 (Wadebridge)-------------------01208 812887 Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)--------- 01208 72323 St Minver Brownies Multi-denominational St Columb: (Kathy Hore)--------------------01208 862340 (Tubestation Polzeath)----------01208 869200 (RSPCA Animal Centre) --------01637 881455 St Minver Cemetery Committee St Minver (RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour)-0300 1234999 (Mary Drummond-Dunn)-------01208 863491 (Warden Mrs Ruth Varcoe)-----01208 862954 General Numbers (Warden Martin Broadfoot)-----01208 863705 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)----01208 814564 St Minver Cricket Club-----------01208 863402 Doctor / Medical British Legion-St Minver St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---------01208 815102 Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge------- 01208 (Fred Prior)---------------------01208 862543 St Minver Football Club 812342 Cancer Research Bodmin Hospital----------------01208 251300 (Gina Snelling)-----------------01208 862820 (Roy Birchwood)----------------01208 880459 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 St Minver Scouts Royal Cornwall Hospital Cornwall------------------------- 01726 76100 (Treliske)-----------------------01872 250000 Animal Welfare & Veterinary (Robert Watson)---------------01637 889 190 Wadebridge Health Centre------01208 812222 Laboratory----------------------01872 265500 St Minver Senior Circle Libraries EDF Energy----------------------- 0800 365000 (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 Police Padstow Harbour Master--------01841 532239 St Minver Silver Band 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 Wadebridge & District Angling Association Air Ambulance HQ---------------01840 213574 Perceval Institute Concern (Wadebridge)----------01208 812392 (Maureen Rickard)--------------01208 863366 (Jon Evans)---------------------01208 812447 Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service--0300 1234232 Polzeath Area Residents Association Wadebridge & District Camera Club (David Short)------------------ 01208 862568 Electricity (Pam Hall)---------------------01208 862957 (Western Power Distribution)---- 0800 365900 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Susan Rowlands)--------------01208 859161 Wadebridge Choral Society National Domestic Violence Helpline-----------------------0808 800 5000 Relate Relationship Counselling (Annabelle Woolcott)-----------01208 815322 National Gas Emergency Service- 0800 111999 (St Austell)---------------------- 01726 74128 (publicity, George Dale)--------01208 815981 NHS Direct HelpLine----------------- 0845 4647 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-- 01208 869420 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Parentline Plus (24 hour)-------0808 8002222 Rock Lifeboat Station -----------01208 863033 (Taff Williams)------------------01208 814717 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, Coastguard----------------------------------999 (Secretary Kim Oaks)-----------01208 862709 Wadebridge Post Office ---------01208 812813 Churches



<- Continued from page 59 communities to feel like they have a louder voice in their futures, which includes devolution from central government and local authorities. The meeting will help shape future policy and I was pleased to be able to make representations on behalf of North Cornwall’s town and parish councils. Scott Mann 10, Market House Arcade, Fore Street, Bodmin, PL31 2JA. Telephone: 01208 74337. Email:

Polzeath Area Residents’ Association

Hospital & Surgery Car Transport Service There have been some changes to the Hospital Car Service. If you need transport to a hospital please ring one of our voluntary drivers listed below: St Minver Area St Kew Area Mr Peter Watson . . 01208 862452 Mr David Pullen . . 01208 881148 Mrs Jacqui Watson 01208 862452 Mrs Bridget Pullen 01208 881148 Mr Ricardo Dorich 01840 770225 Mrs Elizabeth Dorich . . . . . 01840 770225 Charges are based on 45p a mile which includes reasonable waiting time.

Carpentry and Maintenance Services Carpentry - Joinery - Shelves - Cupboards - Bookcases - Skirting - Architraves Gates - Fences - Decking - Raised beds - Facia Gutter repair/replacement

Please Phone Mr Carter 01840 213774 . Web: 59

Lingham Hall St Minver School

Community Hall and Gallery for Hire

Sports, Dances - Keep fit Shows - Parties - Meetings

£10 per hour - Regular Users £15 per hour - Occasional users Includes kitchen equipment and facilities for many sports.

01208 862496 (School Hours)

Piano Tuner & Technician 20 Years Experience St Minver

C L Tobin MPTA, HND 08708 740014



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

01208 880849

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

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



Contact us for a free valuation

01208 863322

We’ve built an excellent track record of providing impartial advice and insight on land, planning and development matters that help you maximise your property’s value. Our Land Team are well placed to maximise your land’s potential. If you own a property or piece of land you believe has development potential, we’d love to talk to you.

01208 863322

Wanted - Holiday Homes in Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath areas.

email 61 Rock I 01208 863206 Port Isaac I 01208 880302 62

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 63

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

Your feet are your connection with the earth. Be kind to them. Foot Health Check Nail Care & Cutting Corns & Callus Cracked Heels Ingrown Toenails Atheletes Foot Verrucas Heel Pain Diabetic Foot Check Toenail Reconstruction Toenail Paint

Alison Mattinson Dip.FH MCFHP MAFHP Foot Health Practitioner

07736 679 310 Home visits available 64

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

Phone: 01208 814681 email:

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE

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Farm Shop & Restaurant

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

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Tel 01208 880164

Meeting all of your building and plumbing needs

Free estimates No obligation No job too small PENMAYNE PADDOCK, ROCK, PL27 6NQ 66

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

Phone: 01208 814681 email:

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE


Friendly & Family run {01208} 895611

Hawksfield Wadebridge PL27 7LR /duchydesign screativekitch ens



Established 1996. Provides the complete range of home services Caretaking - Building maintenance Building projects • Swimming pool maintenance Grass & hedge cutting • Landscape & garden maintenance Pressure washing • Window cleaning Cleaning & Linen Hire Change Over Cleaning • Spring Cleaning

Tel: 01208 862562 - Mob: 07977 480616 Email: Web:

R Mears & Sons Chimney Sweeps Established over 30 years

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

Tel: 01840 261 221 Mob: 07737 533 392 69

Nursery Stores Rock 01208863328

At Nursery Stores we offer a wide variety of everyday essentials, treats and luxuries. We have an excellent off licence and a wide range of groceries supporting many local producers and growers. Available at Nursery Stores, • • • • • • •

Wide variety of local, UK and international fruit & vegetables Great selection of chilled cheeses, meats, sausages & desserts Frozen food including Fee Turners meals Chough Bakery bread and pasties & croissants (subject to availability) Wide range of beers, wines and spirits Groceries, household, pet supplies, soft drinks and medicines Free local delivery service, minimum order applies Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm & Sunday 9am-1pm Printed by St Austell Print Company Ltd. 01726 624900

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