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Issue 213 - Summer 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 St Minver CRUK Cycle Ride to Padstow . . 14 Sherri and Gladys raise £125 . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bodmin Hospital Fete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Trewint Playing Fields Community Project . 15 Wadebridge Singers are ‘In Tune’ . . . . . . . . . . . 15 St Minver Football Club Bag 4 Trophies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 St Minver SM Bowls Club Results . . . . . . . . 16 David Topliffe Wins SM Bowls Singles Cup . . 17 Rotary Club Time Capsule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 St Minver Silver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 CRUK, St Minver, Fund raising . . . . . . . . . . 19 St Endellion Easter Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 St Breock Headteacher retires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 St Minver CRUK AGM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital . . . . . 23 Hospital Car Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Rock Ladies’say farewell to Roy and Barbara . . . . . . 38Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Events 52 Events at St Endellion this Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 An amazing year at Rock RNLI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Features Reflective Days? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 St Minver Brownies plant shrub at St Enodoc in memory of Maureen Prior . 32 St George’s Day Parade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Fun Packed Term at St Minver School . . . . . 43 Your Photography pages . . . . . . . . . . . 47 & 49 A Chance Meeting with Dom, the Farrier . . . . 48 Never Forget 1914 – 1918 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 St Minver Football Club - a Short History . . . . 55

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St Minver CRUK Cycle Ride to Padstow The now annual cycle ride to Padstow took place on March 25th in brilliant sunshine and warm weather. This event was no hardship, just sheer pleasure for the cyclists all dressed up in pink and wearing silly wigs and clothing - the reason why we received some very funny looks from folks.

Left to Right: Maggie, Brian, Estelle, Keith, Carol, Tina, Sally, Elise, Gina, Mary, Roger, and Alan.

sparkling in the sunshine it was magical. Again, lots of laughter and fun and even a quick fish For one of our ladies it was the and chips washed down with first time on a bike in ten years! With the trail covered in banks of tea at Rick Stein’s where we were primroses, violets and flowering made most welcome. Bridge Bike Hire again gave gorse bushes and the estuary

Sherri and Gladys raise £125 Back in March Sherri Smith and Gladys May organized a special lunch at the Rock Chapel in aid of People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. 18 people attended and a raffle was held raising £125 for the charity. Sherri and Gladys would like to thank everyone who attended. Helping pets in need for almost 100 years, the PDSA touches the lives of more pets and their owners than any other animal charity in the UK today. With 51 PDSA Pet Hospitals and over 380 Pet Practices delivering lifesaving care daily, there is no other animal charity that compares to PDSA in terms of the scale and impact it has on animal welfare.


us a reduced price and I must say their bikes were a big improvement on our old ones we left at home! The total raised was £775.84 which we were delighted with and a big thank you to Padstow for allowing this collection. Maggie Day

Bodmin Hospital Fete This year’s fete takes place on June 24th in the grounds of Bodmin Hospital and we are fortunate to have BBC Radio Cornwall’s Donna Birrel to open it at 2pm. Do come along for a wonderful range of attractions – we have Avalon Youth Theatre performing excerpts from their production of Bugsy Malone, Bodmin’s Future Youth Dance Group demonstrating their extraordinary dancing skills, The Pirates of St Piran and Firebird International, Tina Roberts, with her ‘clowns’ Chico and Clive and her delightful performing miniature stallion. St Breward Silver Band will be playing and there will be all the usual attractions – a Family Dog Show, Kernow Party Karts with Go Karts, Wipe Out, Bouncy Castle and more, donkeys to groom, a Grand Draw, refreshments, cream teas, burgers and all the usual stalls some manned by hospital staff and some by the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends who organise the event. It is the League’s biggest fund raiser of the year and it is their mission to supply services and equipment for the patients and staff of the hospital not supplied by the NHS. If you would like to know more about the work of the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends or would like to help at our various functions, including the fete, go to our website: or phone on 01208 841552. We welcome local stories and photographs.

Trewint Playing Fields-Community Project

St Minver Lowlands Parish Council are considering replacing the existing buildings for the Scout Group, Guide Group and Football Club on Trewint Playing Felds and replacing these with a new building that also includes a Community Centre. Another problem is that the existing buildings are in need of repair and require significant on-going maintenance. The facilities they offer is limited and there is no opportunity to develop or expand them. In September 2016 representatives for St Minver Lowlands Parish Council, the Scout Group, Guide Group, Football Club and an architectural surveyor formed a small project team to discuss what might be possible. They developed an initial outline plan that incorporates a new Scout Group hut, Guide Group hut and Football Club. It also includes

space for a small café, a new council chamber and large meeting room, which will be available for community use. Back in March local people were invited to view the plans and ask any questions or express any concerns that they may have. Approximately 100 people came to the meeting and, following a presentation, they were invited to ask questions and complete a questionnaire the results of which are being analysed.

Wadebridge Singers ‘In Tune’

master a challenging part the satisfaction is hugely rewarding. One of the biggest pleasures I have gained by joining the choir is a whole new group of It was with a mixture of fear and excitement that I friends. We rehearse weekly in our local choirs in walked through the doors of the first InTune choir Wadebridge, Chacewater and St Columb and we all rehearsal four years ago. I had been contemplating have different backgrounds and interests but our joining a choir for some time, but a worry that I common theme is a love of singing and having fun. wouldn’t be good enough or be asked to audition The three choirs join together when we perform had held me back. in public and it is so lovely to meet up with other However those concerns soon vanished under the choir members and perform together as InTune care of the musical director Amy Sapwell. Her style Choir. is so relaxed and encouraging that even the most New members are welcome for 3 free taster nervous singer blossoms under her care. sessions. For more information visit www. Amy chooses a huge variety of different songs from or call Amy on 07895 561757. See musical theatre to current chart songs, so there is InTune on the Kelly’s of Bodmin Stage at the Royal something for everyone. She teaches them to us Cornwall Show on Saturday June 10th. by ear so there is no requirement to read music. We Judith Fisher learn songs in three-part harmonies and when we

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St Minver F00tball Club Bag Four Trophies! Cornwall Junior Cup. We came away from the final played at Lux Park, Liskard, with a creditable 3-0 victory over a very good St Stephens team, Congratulations to all our players but especially to the (last time we won the junior management teams of each cup was 1973). squad, Dave Witts and Mick April 29th: We won top spot Menhenick for the first team in the Duchy Premier Division and lan Buckingham and Mike with two league games to Green with the reserves. The spare by beating Callington It has been a very exciting supporting committee, quite 4-1. few weeks for the club, not often unnoticed, and the lads without its moments, but the May 1st: Last but not least, who have done such a good a rather tense final against lads have stuck to the task job on the pitch this season. St Dennis in the KMD and have been rewarded. Thank you - the game would The future looks bright for the Duchy League Knock-out not go ahead without you. Cup. Our opponents ran us club and we go forward with We will enjoy the end of all the way to the last 20 confidence with our mix of season presentation dinner minutes leading 2-1, but we youth and experience. at the end of May. I hope to eventually scored two goals The successes after sustained pressure and see you all next season at the st Roy Birchwood April 21 : The first cup in seeing them clear the ball off ground. the goal line several times. the bag was the prestigious See also page 55. St Minver first team have bagged three out of three trophies this season and the reserve team were champions of the Duchy third division so they get a trophy and are promoted to the second division. The last time the club had a season as successful was in the 1970’s.

St Minver Short Mat Bowls Club Competition Results Short Mat Bowls is an inexpensive and social sport that can be played by people of virtually any age. The St Minver club meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings at St Minver Primary School hall in Rock. If you want to find out what it’s all about just turn up at around 6.45 pm. (Please note we are closed from June 28th to July 24th as the hall is needed for other purposes 16

‘Theo Strout Challenge Shield’ - Mixed singles Winner: George Morris Runner up: Brian Crank ‘Bill and Molly Bruty Claret Jug’ Ladies Singles Winner: Jan Goudge Runner up: Rosemary Mitchell

Runners up:

Pat Crank Brian Crank

‘John Bray Cup’ - Triples Winners: Ian Honey George Morris Brian Crank Runners up: Harry Allen Pearl Bickham Ross Roskilly

‘H L White Cup’ - Mens Singles Winner: Brian Crank ‘Vi White Cup’ - Victor Ludorum Runner up: Roy Birchwood Currently a tie between George Morris and Brian Crank ‘Lingham Shield’ - Pairs Winners

George Morris ‘End of Season Cup’ Rosemary Mitchell Not yet played.

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David Topliffe Wins North National Trust Cornwall Short Mat Bowls Pentire Head Singles Cup Wildflower Congratulations to David Topliffe for winning the North Cornwall Short Mat Bowls competition against fierce opposition. David plays for Boscastle SM Bowls Club and is Distribution Manager of Link. In the course of the competition David defeated top players from Wadebridge, Lanteglos and Blissland clubs. The final was played against previous winner, Bob Flower of Tintagel in which David won


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decisively 32-15. Well done David!

Rotary Club Time Capsule supports Birth & Baby Appeal Helston’s Cober Valley Rotary Club have pledged their support to ‘The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal’ with their ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations. The club are asking families across Cornwall to consider adding their envelope of thoughts, memories and messages to a time capsule due to be buried on the Penrose Estate in July, to be opened again in 50 years and support the appeal. All funds raised through the time capsule will benefit The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal - recently launched by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity. The appeal will fund equipment which is in real need in the Maternity and Neonatal departments and allow for refurbishments to provide more homely and relaxed environments. Funds will supplement a programme of development, already underway, which has been made possible through £3.6 million of investment from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Anyone interested in supporting The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal by can purchase an envelope at Wheal Dream in Helston and The Mather Partnership estate agents in Helston. Further information on the appeal can be found at: or contact the charity team on 01872 252858 or . Visit our website -

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

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‘Bracken Bash’ at Lundy Bay Saturday June 10 & August 12 10 am - 3 pm

Come and join the rangers for a few hours controlling the spread of bracken overlooking the beach at Lundy Bay. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear long sleeved tops and long trousers when working in the bracken and take any hay fever medication you would normally take. Booking essential. 01208 863821 or email


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St Minver Silver Band

We start as usual with the pre-show service at the Showground on Wednesday Ragwort June 7th. This will be closely pulling at followed by the Port Isaac Sea Sunday service at 11 am Trevose on June 11th. The first of Head our regular Tuesday evening concerts at Polzeath will Saturday then be on June 13th. Our June 8, 10 am - 3 pm programme this year will Join us for a few hours taking include some new pieces on the age old plant, common chosen by our musical director, ragwort. This plant is really good Kevin Ackford, including some for wildlife, but we need volunteers of his own arrangements and to control its spread. All tools, compositions. equipment and coastal views The Training Band are looking provided! forward to putting on an Booking essential. afternoon concert on June 6th at the St Johns Ambulance Hall, Wadebridge. They also plan this year 01208 863821 or email to increase their participation in the Senior Band Tuesday evening concerts at Polzeath. Both the Training Band and the Senior Band took part in the Wadebridge Music Festival in March. Between us we entered nine of National Trust the brass instrument sections, from which we came away with eight first places and one second place. guided This was by far the most entries that the festival received from any one band and the organisers were very pleased with our support. walk - The archaeology The full festival results were as follows: 18 years and under (under 2 years tuition) Shannon King 1st of Rough Tor Grade 3 and under Slow Melody Rosie Howard 2nd Junior Duet Saturday July 23 Rosie & Evie Howard 1st 10 am - 1 pm Junior Quartet St Minver Training Band Quartet 1st Join National Trust rangers and Open Quartet St Minver Band Senior Quartet 1st archaeologist Pete Herring of Open Duet Barbara George & Kevin Ackford 1st Historic England on a walk across Open Brass Group St Minver Training Band 1st the iconic Rough Tor. A fascinating interpretation of one of Cornwall’s Open Championship Kevin Ackford 1st most important archaeological Open Senior Ensemble St Minver Senior Band Ensemble 1st sites. Wear appropriate clothing On a less positive note, several members of the Senior Band for the weather and terrain. Bring a have been out of action for fairly extended periods during the camera and binoculars if you have last six months. Although the band has coped fairly well in the them and refreshments if you are circumstances, we do need additional players. We would encourage staying on the moor for lunch. Free, any former players of this or any other band to take up their but donations welcome. instruments again. We would also welcome new players of all ages to Free but booking essential as both the Senior and Training Bands. numbers are limited. You can contact us on 01726 823490 (Training Band) and 01208 01208 863046. 814170 or 07788886997 (Senior Band).


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St Minver Cancer Research Fund Raising Jumble Sale (March 4th). The Jumble Sale on the first Saturday in March again proved a success raising over £500. Thank you to our supporters for helping and for donations of items. Next one is the first Saturday in October! Cycle Ride to Padstow - (March 25th). Another successful event raising £775. Bridge Drive (March 29th). This was held in the Rock Institute because the the Rock Sailing Club is being renovated. Thank you to all who supported this event and hopefully enjoyed their afternoon’s bridge. Homemade cakes, sandwiches and lots of tea prepared by the committee were served at half time. Approximately £800 was raised. Amazing! Well done to Jane Bendall for all her hard work organising this event. Tesco at Padstow promoting Race for Life (April 29th). A really fun and interesting day fundraising at Tesco’s. We were tasked by CRUK to promote the Race for Life which is held in several locations around Cornwall during the Summer and involves

running or walking 5km. The folks we met were most supportive of our efforts and gave generously. We were delighted to have raised £522. Thank you to Tesco’s Padstow who made us most welcome and to Otto’s mobile cafe for donating a percentage of their takings. Maggie Day

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Joyce Parnell celebrated her 90th birthday on April 20th with her family John, Mike and Angela. Joyce was a hairdresser training in Launceston and working part time in a salon in Wadebridge. She lived in a cottage at Pityme, St. Minver. She took over a salon in the Pavilion Buildings, Rock, having bought it from Mr Orford in the early nineteen sixties. She has been retired about 10 years and is living proof that hard work keeps you young. L to R: Angela Medland, John Parnell and Mike Parnell. Joyce in the centre. 19

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St Endellion Easter Festival

Bat Nights at Pentire Head

St Endellion held its 44th Easter Festival in Holy Week – it was hailed a great success. With its nine concerts in nine days, it was a busy time for the participants, none of whom is paid to perform but many are professional musicians.

Wednesday August 2 at 8.30 pm and Wednesday August 16 at 8 pm Join National Trust rangers for an evening all about bats. Starting with a talk about British bats, we will then see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge after sunset from old mine workings. Talk starts promptly at start time. Bring a chair or rug to sit on, warm clothes, and a torch is useful. Bat capes optional. £3 per person.

The quality of the chorus and orchestra this year was particularly high, perhaps because of the inspiration of the guest musical director, David Watkin, who recently won a Gramophone award for his recording of Bach’s cello suites. His conducting of Bach’s St John Passion and of Brahms’ Ist Symphony elicited performances of great intensity. Other outstanding performances included Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, Tchaikovsky’s ‘String Serenade’, and Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’. The Festival had good audiences – even for its ‘Thoughts for the Day’, which happen at 9am each morning and whose speakers this year included Annie Vernon (Cornish Guardian’s Maid in Cornwall) and Janet Townsend MBE. The Festival began with a well-attended Come and Sing, at which local people were able to enjoy singing Handel and Parry under the expert guidance of one of the Festival’s chorus masters, Oli Tarney. Ian Sandbrook

Booking is essential as date may change due to weather. 01208 863046.

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Butterfly Walk at Lundy Bay

with National Trust and Cornwall Butterfly Conservation

Sunday August 6 1.30 pm Join in with a walk along one of the National Trust’s butterfly survey routes. There will be a selection of butterfly species, especially if the sun is shining! Meet in the National Trust’s Lundy Bay car park PL27 6QZ. Open to Cornwall Butterfly Conservation members and nonmembers alike. Free. For further details contact Sarah on 01208 863821 01208 863046.


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St Breock Headteacher retires after 18 years The end of the spring term marked a big change for St Breock School; retiring headteacher, Denise Gladwell reflects on her 18 years at the school. ‘I was appointed in April 1999 and spent the summer term ensconced in Wadebridge Library meeting prospective parents and also on the building site on Tremarren Road watching the school grow. The Governors had the foresight to grant me leave for two weeks during July which was most welcome as it was the busiest August I have ever had even though the chairs didn’t arrive in time for the start of term! The school opened with just 36 children and quickly doubled in size. All routines had to be re invented each year as what worked for smaller numbers wouldn’t work for larger numbers and so it was some years before we had the right recipe for Easter, Christmas and all the other annual school events. Throughout the eighteen years the support from governors has been exceptional and I consider myself to be very fortunate to have had such wise and dedicated volunteers to support and guide the development of our school. St Breock became an academy in 2011. This was a natural step as we had been managing our own catering and building maintenance for some years. The freedom this brought helped again to develop another facet of the school and allowed great curricular enhancement. 2011 proved to be a Red Letter

year as it marked our first year as an Olympic Advocate School. The school has never looked back from this fantastic opportunity and quickly built up both a local and national reputation for excellence in sport and physical education which still stands today. Joining Aspire and working in close partnership with Padstow and St Minver Schools has added another dimension to our school and it is wonderful to see the professionalism shown by colleagues working across all three schools. This in turn can only further enhance the opportunities for children who are of course the reason we are all here. I approached leaving with great trepidation which turned into great delight. I was treated to special days by each of the classes. This included, a maths challenge, a cricket afternoon, a musical morning, visits to Dartmoor, Ballet Rambert, Walmsley Bird Reserve, Cotton Wood and Newquay Zoo. The final day consisted of a florist’s shop of flowers, more cards than in WH Smith’s, a wonderful assembly with lovely songs (not all too emotional), tree planting, a tea party and most generous gifts. It would be impossible for me to individually thank people, though if it were possible it would be my chosen option, and so I hope that these final words will reach everyone who contributed so generously in word or deed. Heartfelt thanks to all, past and present, governors, parents,

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colleagues, I will treasure the times we spent together knowing that we shared the same goal – to make a ‘Dream school a reality’. I believe we did that together and I could not have done it without you all. Thank you. Always remember- ‘Standing Still is not an Option’.’ Denise always had an excellent relationship with the school governors and they played a part in her leaving celebrations by attending the tea party, with the original Chair of Governors, John Godwin, speaking about the early days of the school and the process which led to the appointment of this inspirational headteacher. Graham Renwick , who currently chairs the board, was also called upon to say a few words and to present Denise with a clock and a telescope from past and current members of the board. About 60 colleagues and friends of the school attended the tea party, including Vanessa Bragg, Deputy CEO of Aspire Academy Trust who presented Denise with a bouquet of flowers and spoke about Denise’s contribution to education, to Aspire and especially the children. According to Graham Renwick, there was lots of conversation, tea, cakes and fun and was certainly the perfect send off for such a popular headteacher.


St Minver Branch of Cancer Research UK AGM

At the 63rd AGM it was reported that payments to headquarters for the year totalled £15,600 after expenditure plus the addition of £4,500 raised at The Point at Polzeath during one of its members Captaincy (allocated specifically to Pancreatic Cancer Research). Chairman Gina Snelling spoke of the huge progress in research and treatment for cancer and the part we play and for which we must all be proud. From our various fund raising activities during 2016, particular mention was made of the very successful charity golf day held at St. Enodoc (over £3,000) organised by Jane Bendall and Mary Baillie, as well as Kathy Hore’s continued dedication to raising substantial funds for CRUK with her Charity Shop at her farm in Trebetherick (another £3,000). Attending the AGM was Nikki Collins, our Local Area Manager for Cancer Research UK. Nikki is always amazed by our efforts for such a small group of volunteers, she even went as far as calling us a ‘fantastic driving force’ (we are quite modest really!). Talking of funds raised, she said that groups and committees across UK will have raised £11.1 million. From Cornwall alone, with only 10 committees, £220,00 has been raised in the past financial year. Nikki went on to tell us about the new Health Professional Facilitators. These


are Cancer Research employees working with GPs and health care professionals, focussing on bowel screening, as well as cervical screening. This is a two year temporary role and with one employee per County. At a recent Cancer Research UK meeting for volunteers held at Pencarrow House, we learnt that CRUK is considered to be the World’s leading cancer research charity. They are committed to achieving a target, in 20 years time, of three in four cancer sufferers surviving their cancer. They can tackle 200 types of Cancer presently and, as we all live longer lives, more will beat cancer. They are committed to: 1. Prevention, 2. Detection, 3. Treatment (lots of new drugs), and 4. Optimisation (with every cancer being different they cannot be treated with the same drug so personalising medication is important). We were told that 40% of cancers can be prevented by keeping healthy (there are far more deaths from lung cancer). Plain packaging for cigarettes came into force in May after much lobbying. It was noted that the biggest uptake of smoking is in young teenage girls. Also bowel tests, now sent by mail, are making a distinct difference. You are more likely to survive the cancer if it is caught at an early stage. Dr Laura Danielson, Research Information Manager

(previously a funding scientist from the USA), explained that cancer was a disease of our cells (nerve cells, skin cells, gut cells and red blood cells). These cells must divide and function properly. Of these cells, nerve cells do not renew themselves, but skin cells do (40,000 skin cells per minute), gut cells (35 million per minute), blood cells (100 million per minute). Cancer is hijacking normal cell division. Such things as exposure to the sun, DNA faults, general ageing (mistakes build up over time), genes passed down from family, lifestyle, can all be responsible. Then with treatment by surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, these can also kill off rapidly dividing cells. New treatments such as hormone therapy can be used as well as immunotherapy (turns immune system against cancer). Targeted therapies are more popular as they home in on specific weaknesses. 14.1 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer per year. At Southampton, £5 million has been spent per year on immunotherapy. Imaging is so detailed you can see on a computer screen the 3D effect and it is much easier to spot tumours and exactly where they are. Immunotherapy is revolutionising care. Imaging allows us to go into the body to optimise treatments, especially to see if present treatments are not working. The cost to take

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this revolutionising technology to the market would be between £1 – 5 billion. Southampton specialises in lymphomas. Cancer annihilates the immune system. The drug Rituximab was approved in 2011 and people are still benefiting. CRUK has contributed to some of the top cancer drugs. Nikki also mentioned CRUK’s Professor Simon Rule, at Plymouth, who is now regarded as a world

leader in lymphoma. We also heard about Research Nurses who work alongside doctors. There are a team of 15 nurses working with new trials and new developments. This involves a lot of pre clinical work. Liz, a Research Engagement Manager at Southampton talked about umbrella trials taking place and the work she is engaged in. Maggie Day

St Endellion Church Fete Held in the Rectory Garden by kind permission of the new owners

Wednesday August 9, 2 pm

Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital

recent survey from the Charity Commission showed that when the accounts of some charities were examined there angiography equipment so I invite you to join us on was a large percentage of its that patients can have macroMonday July 10th at the income used for administration Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall degeneration diagnosed much purposes, we are proud to say more quickly and hence treated that we rely on the hard work Hospital, at 10 am to attend earlier, to our smallest grant of of our volunteers and have no our annual meeting when we £62 for 2 bean bags to support paid members of staff. can celebrate another very busy and successful year for the paediatric physiotherapy. In Volunteers and the committee Friends. It is also the beginning addition we have supported all enjoy working with all many hours of voluntary of ‘RCHT Thank a Volunteer members of the hospital staff – work provided by over 350 week’ and you could find out their friendliness, cooperation, volunteers who work on site. more about how giving up advice and support makes our just a few hours of your time We were lucky to be chosen work so worthwhile. each month can make a great by staff and shoppers as Truro It is your money we spend difference to so many people Sainsbury’s charity of the and we could do none of this year and together we raised We have been able to provide without your help so please £13,000. Also through the many many useful pieces of continue to give generously generous donations through equipment by grants which our collecting boxes around the and support us and we will enhance the experience and do our best to ensure that all hospital, donations in lieu of comfort of our patients. Our flowers/presents; legacies and money raised is spent wisely. biggest expenditure was fund raising activities we have We hope you will join us for our for a Vivid E95 Cardiac Echo AGM or if you wish to find out been able to donate a total of Machine so that children (0 further information about the £225,000.00 this year to the -16 years) in Cornwall who work that we do please contact Royal Cornwall Hospital. have a heart condition can us, we are happy to provide a now be monitored at RCH, We have been helped by so speaker for your organisation. many people on the way and reducing the need to travel to we are indebted to all the Beatrice J Dyer Bristol. We have also donated Chairman Friends of RCH a new haemodialysis machine support that we have for this very local Cornish charity. A 01872 253737 and state-of-the-art retinal Visit our website -


The Hospital car service

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who volunteer as drivers for this very worthwhile and much needed service. This past year we have had seven drivers available: two in Polzeath, two in Delabole, two in Tregellist and one in St Kew. They cover the area from Rock to Port Isaac and Polzeath to Wadebridge and all places in between. Their journeys vary between hospital appointments at Bodmin, Treliske, St Austell and Redruth and surgery appointments in Rock, Wadebridge and St Kew. Between them they have carried out 63 journeys and travelled 3,243 miles. In 2017 we have recruited four more drivers, two in Trelights and two in Rock. I am delighted to welcome them and thank them for offering their time. The more drivers that are registered the greater the chance for every person who requires transport to be accommodated and the less

call on any single driver. They are all volunteers. The Hospital Car Service was set up to help people of our community without their own transport to attend doctor’s surgeries and also hospital appointments. It is run under the umbrella of the Polzeath Area Residents Group (PARA) and sustained by volunteers. The drivers receive a payment of 45 pence per mile and any extra costs such as car parking, bridge tolls etc. Reasonable waiting time is not paid. Car insurance companies make no charge to the drivers if they have a fully comprehensive policy as this is a charitable act and not a ’for profit’ taxi service. But PARA has to have an insurance policy to cover users of this service from their property to the car and from car to surgery or hospital and vice versa. NHS Cornwall has always made an annual grant available in the past for this work which relieves them of the need to supply a car

service. We feel that this grant has fallen foul of the cuts that NHS Cornwall has had to make as we have heard nothing for the past two years. This means that PARA has to pay for this insurance policy and also DBS checks on all drivers out of its own funds. Our only source of funding is from our membership subscriptions. These stand at £6 for an individual or £10 per household membership. This past year the costs to PARA were £257.88 just to administer the car service for our willing volunteers. We received a very generous donation from The Link of £250 to defray some of these expenses. PARA feel that this car service is vital to our very rural community. With an aging population and more and more medical services being removed to Truro or Derriford we feel that it will be called on increasingly in the future. Its continued existence is down to everyone of us to support it either financially or by being a volunteer driver. Pauline White

St Minver Probus Club

com/notar for more information). These are serious aircraft, with the equipment, the pilots, engineers, Steph Preston-Evans and Jackie ability to whisk you from the bottom doctors (3-4 days per week) and Southon from the Cornwall Air of Cornwall to the Trauma Unit at Ambulance team gave a talk at our everything and everybody that Derriford, Plymouth, in a matter of forms the service else relies on April meeting at the Pityme Inn. minutes, rather than two hours by donations from people like you! We learnt that the Air Ambulance road . They have 700 plus call-outs per year itself receives no government We heard fascinating details about funding for running costs (although with a mix of traumas (accidents) the way 999 calls are handled by and medical emergencies (strokes, the paramedics are employed by the Call Centre in Exeter, and how heart attacks etc). They have six the NHS). Consider this though – shops and 250 volunteers and do an the decision is made to dispatch since the Cornwall Air Ambulance the Air Ambulance. Thereafter, a awful lot of money-raising to keep was founded in 1987 (the first in call is made to the Crew Room at Britain) it has been called out 26,000 the show in the air. times, runs two helicopters (one is a The helicopters are state-of-the-art Newquay, where the ambulance is airborne in about three minutes. back-up) and can operate after dark MD 902 Explorer Twin turbines, This was a massively interesting (and with night-vision equipment. The equipped with the NOTAR System. air ambulance service deals with the NOTAR (no tail rotor) is a system that reassuring!) talk by members of the most serious emergencies and has allows the helicopter to fly without Air Ambulance, who, unbelievably, saved countless lives -and all this on a tail rotor and was developed by stepped in at the last minute to charitable donations. deliver it, upholding the spirit of the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems (see www.mdhelicopters. The helicopters, specialist medical service to a T! Tony Priest


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Reflective Days?

as poetry workshops and a workshop on the Community of Taize. In April Quaker Carol Miller led a day on The work of the North spirituality. The days, ‘Praying the Psalms’ and Cornwall Arts and usually a Saturday, are artist and priest David Spirituality charity held at St Endellion Marl, whose paintings Endelienta in staging and are led by people are being exhibited in concerts, art exhibitions, who are either skilled St Endellion Church residencies for writers, practitioners in that Hall and later in Truro artists and composers, area, or who a have Cathedral, also led a community activities particular knowledge or reflective day on the and a book festival is interest in the subject. subject of ‘Painting becoming more and Among the reflective as Pilgrimage.’ Poet more widely known days held during the Alyson Hallett, who took and appreciated, but last few years have part in the residency what are the Endelienta been ones on the programme last year, reflective days? Modern Novel, D H will lead a workshop on As their name implies, Lawrence, the composer the 13th May and on 24th these provide an George Butterworth, June Reverend Dr John opportunity to spend A Midsummer Night’s Binns, an authority on a day in reflection, but Dream, First World War Orthodox Christianity on a particular subject Poets and the Book of will present his subject. related to arts and Common Prayer, as well People are welcome

to attend all or part of the day and the cost is usually £10. Each day begins with coffee and biscuits in St Endellion Church Hall, before going over to the church. Those who come will need to bring a picnic lunch. Further details and booking by ringing 01208 880181; rev.

We Will Remember Them Jean Margaret ADAMS of Wadebridge Eunice Mary Helen BATE of St Minver Michael (Mick) Thomas BOWDERY of Wadebridge Audrey CHAMBERS of Polzeath Barbara Joy CHAPMAN of Wadebridge Molly Rhoda CHAPMAN of Wadebridge Mary Moira COLEMAN of Wadebridge Violet Margaret CURR of Wadebridge Gordon Vallis CURTIS of Wadebridge Edward Frank CURTIS of Tredrizzick Jean Marjorie DAW of St Minver John Bernard DUNBAR of Wadebridge Janet Eleanor Elizabeth FLANDERS of Wadebridge Rita Frances FRY of Polzeath Janet Elizabeth FULFORD of Wadebridge Laurence Charles GRAND of Chapel Amble Margery Sarah HARLOW of St Minver Joyce (Joy) Miriam HAVILAND-DAVIS of Wadebridge Harold George HAYNES of St Minver And Trelights

Marion Joyce HENDERSON of Wadebridge June HOLMES of Wadebridge Lilian Margaret (Peggy) IRONS of Wadebridge Norman JARVIS of St Minver Leonard James JULYAN of Wadebridge Sheila Joy KILLEY of Wadebridge Beryl Robina LOVE of St Minver Owen Edwin MENEER of Wadebridge Audry Ethel NASH of Wadebridge Brian Francis PEARN of Wadebridge William Henry PEDLAR of Wadebridge Reginald John PENNINGTON of Wadebridge Mary Ellen Rosalind SLEEMAN Colin Desmond STANFORD of Pityme Doris TODD of Wadebridge Myles Grosvenor VARCOE of St Minver Pamela Joy WATTS of St Minver Sarah Elizabeth WILCOX of Wadebridge Rosalind Pearl WILLIAMS of Wadebridge Peter Barry WILLIAMS CBE of St Minver

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Gardening made easy by Nick Bacon

A Summer Extravaganza Or as I like to call it: Planning a seasonal kaleidoscope of colour. harden the plants off. Annuals are those plants This annual garden is that go through an entire awash with the many If sowing seeds straight life cycle, germinate, grow, colours of Lobelias, into the ground, observe Verbenas, Zinnias, Petunias, the following: flower, produce seed and die all in a single growing and Plumed Cockscomb. If the soil is too hard or dry Note the various shades season. seeds will have difficulty of white, pink, lavender, Generally they reach the in germinating. Work soil point of flower production purple, and red that blend well, raking it down to a so harmoniously. within six to eight weeks fine tilth, add a general So how do we prepare to after sprouting and fertiliser such as Growmore achieve our goal? continue in abundant and water well, this will bloom until frost kills them. speed up germination and Soil type help roots to grow deeply In some parts of the United Annuals are not particular and strongly. States perennials that as to soil type and most will would not survive a severe grow in chalk, clay or sand When seedlings are about winter are used as annuals but they all require good one inch tall they can be for seasonal colour as thinned out. The thinnings drainage. well. No wonder then that may be potted up and used Sowing Seeds annuals are such a boon to as spares or planted in Gardeners. When sowing seeds use other parts of the garden. a good brand of seed Most grow quickly and To encourage bushy compost. Sow in trays, easily and provide a long growth, pinch out growing cover with a fine layer of season of colour and tips of young plants just compost or vermiculite. require minimal special above the top most pair Once germination has care at very low cost. of leaves, this encourages taken place and when large plants to produce side They offer wondrous enough to handle, prick shoots and more flowers. varieties of sizes, flower out in to pots of potting Pinching out is particularly forms and leaf types compost. recommended for Clarkias, from which to choose. A Cosmos, Godetias and gardener’s problem is not Water when needed and Sweet Peas. apply a general-purpose whether to grow annuals liquid feed to that water Other great choices of it’s how to narrow the until time to plant out. annuals include; Alyssum, choice to those few that Calendula, Convolvulus, Nearer to planting time spaces allow. 26

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Escholtzia, Mimulus, Dahlia, and destroyed and replaced with new ones. Nemesia, Rudbeckia and Tagetes. “Gardeners need a lot of water most of it is sweat”. Watch out for And finally…………. Pests and diseases such The manager of a garden as caterpillars, aphids, centre over hears one of and white fly. Treat with his nurseryman talking to the appropriate control a customer “no we haven’t methods. Diseases such had any of that in ages” as Botrytis may not be said the nurseryman and avoidable so any diseased “I don’t know when we plants should be removed will be getting any more”.

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The customer leaves. The manager walks over to give the nurseryman a telling off “never tell a customer we can’t get them something” the manager continues “whatever they want we can always get it on order and deliver it do you understand” the nurseryman nods “so what did the customer want asked the manager” “Rain“ replied the nurseryman.


Moaning Myrtle! I have received this from a justifiably irate local dog owner and, not wishing to put my foot in it, I apologise in advance to any readers who find the photos offensive. One morning towards the end of March I took my dogs for All of these photographs a walk down at Rock as I do every morning. As the tide was were taken on the same in, we could not walk along the beach, so we set off up the short walk! hill behind the quarry car park. The view of the estuary from there is always impressive, but I saw little of it that morning - I was too busy avoiding treading in a sea of dog droppings. It was everywhere! I photographed no less than fourteen offerings, all freshly defecated, in a stretch of thirty yards! Why, I wondered, do these dirty, lazy, arrogant, selfish dog owners feel it is OK to leave these droppings lying where they fall? They surely know it’s against the law - there are signs all over the place warning of fines and prosecution. Perhaps they feel that the law is so rarely enforced so it is worth the risk. And it’s not the visitors! All this fresh-laid ordure was deposited at a quiet time of year, when there were hardly any visitors around. No, the dogs that did this belonged to locals who live here all year round. Shame on these owners! It is not too difficult to put a few plastic bags in a pocket and pick up after your dog and put it in a waste bin. A roll of about a hundred sandwich bags can be bought for about a quid which are suitable in most cases. The offenders, I am sure, represent a tiny minority of the dog owners hereabouts, but they cause a nuisance out of all proportion to their numbers, and should be sanctioned like any other sort of irresponsible hooligan! Here’s a thought - if we all protest to these people when we see them offend, and ask them to pick up the poo - then, if they don’t, photograph them and put them on Facebook as was done to a woman at Padstow last year. Get a vehicle registration number as well and the council may be able to prosecute. Dog poo is unpleasant, hard to get off your shoes, and spreads a disease that causes blindness in children, so here’s a message to that lazy minority PICK IT UP! 28 We welcome local stories and photographs.

Our Featured Artist Sheena Bevis-White and Anne Wenger Written by Peter Crisp Anne and Sheena will be hosting an exhibition of their work in the Rock Village Institute from Thursday 8th to Thursday 15th June. There will be a small celebration on the first Thursday beginning at 6pm with wines and finger food. You are cordially invited to attend.

the challenge of making a living from their art. Each painting is simply a labour of love and they don’t have the pressure of exhibiting and selling the work. This is their fourth exhibition in the Rock Institute and every year, they swear they’ll never do it again. So why do they do it?

Unlike some of our featured artists, Anne and Sheena are not professionals so they don’t have to face

“Motivation,” says Anne and Sheena immediately agrees: “Yes. It makes you do the work.”

Annabel J, St George’s Cup, Yarmouth, IOW

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“Otherwise you just paint stuff and it hangs around at home - only it doesn’t hang it sits on the floor.” Our featured artists have a lot in common: besides living right here in Rock and Porthilly, they both came back to art later in life, even though their love of painting began a long time ago when they studied art at school. Then life intervened with husbands and children and careers. So it was only recently, they took up brushes and paint once more. It has become the source of enormous enjoyment and the foundation for their friendship. Obviously close, they will often finish each other’s sentences. “We both did A level art.” “We both got an A.” Anne has always liked to paint landscapes “and trees. I love trees.” “I used to take a sketch book on holiday. That was the only time I had. When I retired I thought I must do something about this so I took classes with Wendy Parkyn which 29 29

really helped me get back into it. Then I discovered all sorts of different media and techniques. It’s a source of great satisfaction.” Sheena really enjoyed her study of art at school. “I just loved painting and pottery – that was about all I did. But then I got married at 20 and had children. I was able to apply my artistic skills in renovating houses, which I did for years and years. Then I started coming down here and I first started painting again when we came to live in Rock.” It’s a familiar theme that recurs in these pages: how this place inspires people to express themselves creatively - although Sheena has a slightly different approach to her dramatic paintings of yachts. “They’re from other peoples photographs. I have their permission and they are very

generous allowing me to use their brilliant photographs as the basis for my work.” Sheena sails herself and she walks every day by the sea and this experience finds its way into her paintings. “When I’m painting I’m looking for the feel, the sound and the smell of it.” While not commercially driven, both artists do sell their paintings and some of the proceeds go to local good causes: Windmill Court and the RNLI. So for a celebration of the sea, the place and the friendship, come along to the Rock Institute in the second week of June. If you’d like to know more about the artists and see their paintings, you can visit www.

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St Minver Brownies plant shrub at St Enodoc in memory of Maureen Prior 1st St Minver Brownies gathered together in the grounds of St Enodoc Church on a damp March evening to plant a shrub in memory of Guider Maureen Prior who passed away in December. Maureen was a guider at St Minver for many years and


after her retirement from the guide pack continued to provide support in many ways including helping at fund raising events, being a badge tester and providing the extra pair of hands so very much needed at many Brownie meetings and events. Brownie Leader, Katrina Bacon said, “Maureen was a great asset to us at St Minver and is very sadly missed by us all. “We felt that it was only right to remember her

in a special way and the vicar kindly agreed to allow us to plant a tree or shrub in her memory at St Enodoc. We choose Elaeagnus ebbingei, a suitable plant for the coastal conditions. It has inconspicuous white scented flowers in the mid summer to early autumn and requires little in the way of maintenance. Concluded at foot of next page ->

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St George’s Day Parade On Sunday, April 24th St Minver Scout troop hosted the annual district St George’s Day parade. It was a warm, dry and sunny afternoon and the Beavers, Cubs , Scouts, Sea Scouts and the Venture Scouts from Bodmin, Camelford, Wadebridge, St Mabyn and St Minver marched from St Minver Football Club to St Minver School with each

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the importance of the qualities required by all those attending in order Half way along the to be like St George and Rock Road, the district commissioner and assistant overcome evil which was district commissioners for represented by a very the North Cornwall Scout colourful dragon. Association took the salute After the service, everyone helped themselves to tea On arrival at St Minver and cakes, provided by the School, the Rev Dr Elizabeth Wild conducted families of the St Minver Scout troop. a service which stressed

“Maureen knew how much fun and laughter “I would like to thank Mr Bill Nimmo, who read the dedication, and Mr Richard Hore (Mr we all had on that evening. So to plant on Brown Owl) who dug a suitable hole. Also that very evening seemed the right thing to thanks to Shannon and Ellie who do. Every year we will now visit the church planted the shrub. prior to our egg rolling to check the progress “After the planting we then headed to Brea of the shrub and there will be other visits Hill for our annual ‘Egg Rolling’ which takes there throughout the year.” place at the last meeting of the Spring term. Visit our website - 33 33

Business Spotlight

Tony Golledge Bridge Chocolates It all started when I was a child,but can’t exactly remember when, I think it must have been after reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Who wouldn’t want to own a chocolate factory? After leaving school I worked in retail for confectionary companies in and around Bristol, Bath and the South West - the last company I worked for before owning my own shop was Maynards. I learnt a great deal there and they gave me a valuable insight into confectionary retailing. Twenty years ago they had realised that you have to be different to the supermarkets to survive simply competing was not an option. In those days we were the only stockists of Lindt chocolates. The supermarkets were selling quality chocolates as the nation’s taste for quality

foods and drink were diversifying . I bought a shop in the upmarket suburb of Bristol, Clifton village . The shop had traded since 1880 and our customer base included local residents, workers and tourists - we were only 100 yards from Brunel’s Suspension Bridge. The shop sold handmade chocolates that were made by a local company. We had people coming from all over to buy these chocolates. I had not heard of the company before

but agreed that their chocolates were truly the best thing I had ever tasted. The chocolates were selling so well that we could not keep up with the demand. The chocolates were made in a little factory shop down the road and I would visit to collect the products as they were being made. The owner and Chocolatier employed three staff plus his wife and daughter. It was a small outfit working at full capacity. On one of my visits to his factory to pick up an order I could

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see he was very stressed and discovered that he was unable to provide me with any product because he had received an order from Fortnum and Mason for 50,000 Rose creams and 50,000 Violet creams. In addition, he had to make 30,000 Champagne Truffles for Rococo he was also organising transport to deliver big orders he had just made to Prestat and to Buckingham Palace Gift Shop. The owner told me that he needed more staff but the problem was It would take six months just to train someone to hand dip chocolates and Christmas was fast approaching . At this time my daughter had left school and was interested in going to Catering College. I mentioned this to the Chocolatier and the outcome was that she started working for him. After a few months both his business and mine were growing rapidly We had gone through the 2007 recession and were getting record sales and still not being able to keep up with demand. It could be that when people cut back spending on large items they still like to

treat themselves to the occasional inexpensive treat. Things did not change for me as the chocolatier and my daughter could still not satisfy my orders because of the demand from large companies. After discussing my situation with my daughter she suggested I make my own and she could teach me. So I invested in a chocolate tempering machine and started making chocolates. We began with making a few lines and increased them as we went along. We sold that business in 2015 and found the premises we are now in at Wadebridge. We hand make and dip our chocolates daily there is a

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choice of around 40 types that include creams, toffee, truffles, ganache, ginger and marzipans . We supply them loose or in boxes from one choc to 48 chocolates. We use the finest Belgian coverture that has been conched for 100 hours this process gives it a smooth rich texture . We can make to order but require some notice for this, We can host Children’s Parties, Hen Nights and Chocolate Workshops - give me a call to find out more. We also stock over 150 different types of traditional sweets - all the old favourites from Black Jacks to wine gums Tony Golledge You can contact Tony on 01208 764187 and also find him on Facebook.

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki

As the weather heats up, the summer trends for 2017 are continuing to make an impact on the cat walks as well as the shop floor. Pink! Statement Sleeves Pink is back and is no longer the stuff of Barbie dreams. With a variety of tones and hues, pink is a huge colour trend this spring/summer and can be whatever you want it to be! Whether you are super girly or prefer a more tailored look; variations of bright fuchsia, bubblegum and coral to more muted salmon, rose and soft nude, pink really can be anyone’s colour! Don’t be afraid of clashing pinks either, use a darker tone to add a punch to blush pink or team with leather for a rock twist.

Arms can be a sensitive area for many women, especially in the summer. It is time to forget about ‘strappy’ tops as well as our insecurities and get ready to embrace this season’s biggest trend statement sleeves! From bell shaped to ruched, summer 2017 sees sleeve styles to suit every arm type. If you are after length instead of volume, designers are using extra-long sleeves, maximised by cut outs and striking ties. An interesting sleeve will instantly transform boring tailoring

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or denim this summer and is the perfect party piece.

are unsure about the trend, start small by accessorising with a belt or a baseball cap.

It is time to go below the clavicle and bare all with this summer’s ongoing naked shoulder trend. The off the shoulder silhouette continues to be a wardrobe

Brands and designers are getting more experimental with denim, with new treatments such as patchwork, shadow prints, embroidery, cropped lengths, emoji patches, and uneven/distressed hems, the utilitarian fabric once reserved for blue collar workers and casual weekends has been drastically updated for 2017.



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In preparation for the summer, light denim is key. Most brands are circulating around that classic Levi’s 501 stonewash shade which is a perfect match for pastel t-shirts and polos. From light indigo to sky blue, the high street is awash with pale blues that can counter punchy colours up top. Also, don’t be afraid to go double, even triple denim this summer!

mainstay but the cold shoulder cut out is making an impact on the high street. It can be sheer chiffon, denim, or even a knit, it is sexy without being overt and above all, it is fun! The universality of this trend makes it hugely popular amongst all body types.


Metallic pieces are fun to mismatch with contrasting fabrics such as denim, (faux) fur, leather and lace. To make the silver or gold pop even further, add accessories that highlight the shiny feature like statement earrings, a clutch or rings. Silver goes with just about any colour, try blush, forest green or dove blue. If you Visit our website -


‘Rock Ladies’ say farewell to Roy and Barbara ‘Rock Ladies’, a group that formed after the closure of Trebetherick and Polzeath WI, held a farewell tea for Roy and Barbara Ritchie. Roy and Barbara are well known in the area and highly regarded by all that knew them. The tea was a case of ‘many hands make light work’ as the Ladies created a

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massive spread of which our photograph only provided a glimpse. Roy was an accomplished artist and for many years created paintings that were auctioned and turned in to Christmas cards with many thousands of pounds going to Port Isaac lifeboat. This was recognised in 2010 when the RNLI awarded a

Shield and Certificate. Roy also did the paintings that appear in the chain links on the front cover of this magazine. The couple have now sold their house in New Polzeath and are moving to Cheltenham to be close to their son.

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Below: ‘Farewell Tea Party’ at the Rock Institute Saturday, March 18th 2017. Barbara and Roy seated. Left to right : Joan Rowell, Pat Crank, Betty Bishop, Gwen Nuttall, Gladys May, Daphne Golley, Jenny Just, Sylvia Veall, Roy Birchwood, Freda Howells, Enid Lay, Sherri Smith, Rosemary Mitchell, Betty Oliver, June Lennox, Harry Allen, Pam Curtis, Brian Crank, Pearl Bickham, Bridget Taylor. Photo: Martin Broadfoot. Right: A corner of the massive spread. Photo: Brian Crank

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Interior Design

Want to shake up things at home? Why not up your game and style with these designer tips? Nicola O’Mara - How to Design your Bathroom

The aim, when designing a bathroom should be to make this space both functional and stylish, yet be practical enough to meet the demands of a busy family life. Before you can begin adding your own unique touches, there are a few key design decisions to be made:


Your bathroom is a space that will be used by you and your family every day, so let your needs act as a starting point for your design. Think of the space as it is now and what you want your design to accomplish. What do you like about this room and what’s missing? Is there enough surface space and storage? Think about how many people use this bathroom daily. Style: Knowing the kind of style you’re going for will help you pull together an inviting space. For a chic look, choose natural finishes and materials. If you want elegance and luxury, choose materials such as marble, mirror and glass to pull the look together. For a more contemporary look, choose a monochrome palette and emphasize clean architectural lines.

Lighting Lighting is one of the most important elements in your bathroom and can transform your space from cool and sterile to warm and inviting. The right combination of ambient, task and accent lighting will help you create atmosphere but also provide the light you need for more precision tasks like shaving or applying makeup. Recessed or down lights are an excellent ambient light solution in bathrooms that are awkwardly shaped or don’t benefit from good natural light.


Finding the right colour palette for the bathroom can be tricky; the size and shape of your bathroom and amount of natural light it receives will all have an impact on how colour is perceived in this space. Choosing white or a very light colour might seem a practical choice to help brighten up a small, dark bathroom, but it can also make the 40 40

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Storage Making sure everything in your bathroom has a rightful place will help your space looks clean, stylish and welcoming. Consider the storage you have now; are dozens of products lined up around the sink or on the floor of your shower? Rather than just one storage solution, use a combination to keep all your possessions organised and accessible. A magazine rack near the bath, shelves for your favourite candles, bottles of fragrance and accessories and drawers or cabinets to hide away medicines and other hygiene products. i

Design. space seem bare and sterile. Don’t be afraid of colour – using rich tones can help create a calm, intimate space that feels welcoming rather than dark or closed off. Neutral colours also work well in this space, and will provide some depth while still creating a relaxed atmosphere.

Adding the essential finishing touches will transform your bathroom from a room that’s just a shower, sink and a toilet, into a sanctuary. Accessories will help enrich your space and bring your design together, and ensure every time you enter you breathe a deep sigh of relief.

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Fun Packed Term at St Minver School We are delighted that the school was awarded the Gold Standard Healthy Workplace Award - a fantastic achievement in the first year of entering the system.

A trip to London

We packed our year 6 children and staff off to the nation’s capital on their annual residential visit to London. This was a wonderful trip which enabled the children to explore the delights of London including the Natural History Museum, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, The Palaces of Westminster, the London Eye and Greenwich. Our London visit wouldn’t have been complete without taking in a West End Show. This year it was ‘Wicked’the children loved it and for many it was the highlight of the trip.

Other activities

Our children participated in the Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech and, once again, our children excelled! Huge congratulations to all the children who participated. It’s no easy task standing in front of a hall full of people and reciting a poem all by yourself. And yet our children performed superbly. We must also mention our numerous sporting successes, which include Hi 5 Netball, Cross country running, both locally and at county level, basketball, football, biathlon and even circus skills. The list is seemingly endless! We also enjoyed various fund raising events, including Comic Relief Day, Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day and a Deaf Awareness Day, which was organised by two of our pupils, Ella and Evie Morton. The school is always a buzz of excitement and this term, already, we have seen our year 4 children being actors for the forthcoming series of Doc Martin. In addition, our Year 4 and 5 children will soon embark on their residential trips to Camp Kernow and Bristol. Never a dull moment at St Minver! Visit our website -

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Birth Stones

Stuart Robertson is the proprietor of Robertson’s Jewellers Ltd. with a shop in Wadebridge, and two shops in Launceston. Stuart has studied, and qualified in all aspects of his trade with The National Association of Goldsmiths and particularly enjoyed his studies in gemmology. Stuart grew up in Rock and has always been a keen supporter of St Minver Link.

April - Diamond

The hardest mineral known to man and the most highly prized of all gems, Diamonds are the birthstone for April. Diamonds were formed in the earth billions of years ago at high temperatures and pressures fifty miles or more below ground. Diamonds are either found in volcanic rock such as kimberlite or in alluvial deposits after time and the elements have worn away the rock and washed the diamonds down river. In 1814, an English chemist, H Davey proved that diamonds were formed of pure, crystallised carbon. There are, of course, different forms of carbon ranging from the soot in a chimney to the graphite in pencils, but the diamond


crystal is the most compact atomic structure of carbon atoms which is why diamonds are the hardest mineral known to man. Of course, not all diamonds are of gem quality, but their extreme strength means that many diamonds are used for industrial purposes such as drilling, cutting and in abrasives. In the past, some 80% of mined diamonds were only suitable for industrial purposes, however, improved and efficient mining and cutting technology, and the development of simulated substitutes for industrial purposes means that the majority of diamonds produced are now for jewellery. When purchasing diamonds, one should have an awareness of ‘The four Cs – Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat weight. When considered together, the real value and beauty of diamonds can be appreciated. Your jeweller will be happy to explain this to you!

May - Emerald Emerald is part of the mineral family called Beryllium aluminium silicate or Beryl. Emerald owes its beautiful green colour from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Stones are rarely flawless, and so are usually oiled or resin treated to fill and disguise minute cracks, flaws and to enhance the beauty of the colour. All emeralds possess inclusions which give them a soft, mossy internal appearance, which is known as their jardin (French for garden). A pure, green colour is the ideal, but the jardin does not necessarily detract from the stone’s value. Often, stones with the best colour are also the most heavily included. The mines of Colombia have historically produced the best emeralds, once responsible for 80 – 90% of world production, nowadays more likely less than 60%. Northern Zambia and Brazil are now major producers. Most regularly, emeralds are

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June - Pearl

cut in a ‘step cut’ or emerald cut. Emerald is a notoriously difficult gemstone to cut, resulting in stones of more than two carats being very expensive. Specialist emerald cutters in Jaipur, India and Tel Aviv, Israel devote their lives to mastering the stone. The Ancient Egyptians mined emeralds as early as 3000 BC from a source near the Red Sea, later known as Cleopatra’s mines. Cleopatra was known to adore this jewel. Like other members of the beryl family, emeralds occur in granite pegmatites, but also are found in mica and limestone deposits. Due to their relative fragile nature, emeralds need to be treated with care and should never be immersed in detergents or cleaned in ultrasonic cleaners.

A pearl is the lustrous, hard and smooth rounded mass created inside all bivalve molluscs, but only pearls of jewellery quality are in molluscs that produce them with a material called nacre – an aragonite, calcium carbonate similar to ‘Mother of Pearl’. Pearls are formed when a foreign matter such as grain of sand or a small parasite invades the mollusc. The natural, protective reaction of the mollusc is to secrete nacre in layers on the foreign matter, often taking several years to form. Pearls are usually white or bluish-grey, but sometimes pink or black, and can also be dyed a variety of colours. The most highly prized are oriental pearls due to their fine iridescence, translucence and shape. Cultured pearls were first created by the Chinese in the 12th or 13th century, and the Japanese developed the industry in the 1890s. These are created by artificially introducing a small bead – usually made of Mother of Pearl – into a three year old oyster for around four years. The process described above then starts. Seawater pearls are found in subtropical and tropical

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waters, such as the Persian Gulf. Freshwater pearls are formed in the rivers of Europe as the US. Organic gems such as pearls are soft and porous. They can be scratched easily, and absorb cosmetics, perfumes and hair sprays. It is advised that items of pearl jewellery are put on after the application of these things, and that prolonged contact with chemicals is avoided. Chemical based cleaners should be avoided, and pearls should be wiped with a moist cloth after use. We have a very experienced, extremely good pearl threader on our team at Wadebridge who can advise on re-threading pearls to allow them to be enjoyed once again! Some people carry superstitions about pearls saying ‘Pearls for tears’, but we believe that they are a beautiful gem which nowadays are worn and enjoyed casually as well as for more formal occasions.

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Have you have taken a photograph you are proud of? If so, send it in and we will publish it if we can. Our photographer Martin Broadfoot kicks things off with this stunning view of the estuary. This photograph is technically excellent because everything from the flowers in the foreground to the cliffs in the background are in sharp focus. This was achieved by using a small aperture (large f number) and a slow shutter speed. The camera was mounted on a tripod.

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A Chance Meeting with Dom, the Farrier Barbara Le Main

One day on my perambulations I came across a man shoeing a horse. Fascinated I watched as he carefully attached the shoe and trimmed the hoof. All this time the horse was very cooperative. We have been using horses and ponies for hundreds of years but, as the lanes and roads became harder, the roles of the Blacksmith and Farrier has become even more


important to ensure that horses’ hooves are properly protected. Nowadays the trade is regulated and the Farrier has to pass a four year training course which will include a study of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limbs. Before an applicant can claim to be qualified a two month probation period with an Approved Training Farrier is required.

The man I was watching was Dom Lawrence who operates in North Cornwall. Being inquisitive I asked him about his trade. He said he did 21 weeks at Warwickshire college and the rest of the time with an Approved Training Farrier in Cornwall. The course included anatomy, locomotive gait analysis, forge work and shoe making, trimming and shoeing, foot balance, therapeutic and corrective shoeing. I asked if he found dealing with horses difficult but he had owned horses from an early age so was relaxed when dealing with them - we all know that an animal will sense how we feel. He works in North Cornwall area travelling to his customers with a mobile forge. Farriers must register every year in order to work and undertake ongoing professional development. He has been operating since summer 2001. Dom Lawrence can be contacted on: 07798617335 or 01637 881451

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In early May when my wife, Jo, called me to the kitchen window to point out a pair of partridges in our garden. “See if you can get a picture� she said. I put a 50-230 mm lens on my camera, and sneaked out of the conservatory doors. The partridges did not seem overly jumpy, but as I moved into the garden they moved round the central flower bed, hiding themselves from view. I changed tactics and went and stood behind a tree on the other side of the flower bed, and as they came round I captured this shot. The pair seemed totally unconcerned throughout ( 230mm lens, 1/400th second at f9, ISO 2000). Martin Broadfoot

Never Forget 1914 – 1918 Wadebridge School Remembers On March 21st a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students gave a presentation to their parents, teachers and invited guests about their visit last November to Ypres and the battlefields of the Great War. On March 21st a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students gave a wonderful presentation to their parents, teachers and invited guests about their visit last November to Ypres and the battlefields of the Great War. There were detailed presentations ,including a short film by James, informing the audience about specific battles, losses and the course of the war mixed with details about the places they visited and what it meant to them. One student, Coralie had had the opportunity to place a cross at grave of her Great Great Grandfather and Macy reported on the visit on our return: From trenches to memorial benches this terrific trip developed my understanding of World War One, as every day we visited different places and learnt something new. On the first day we travelled to Belgium from Wadebridge, which consisted of an exciting coach journey, a fascinating ferry Top photo: Coralie kneels and places a cross at the gravestone of her Great Great Grandfather. Centre photo: A learning session with Mr Streete at Sanctuary Wood remembering the Forgotten Voices of the First World War. Lower photo: Students and staff from Wadebridge School visiting Vimy Ridge.


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crossing from Dover to Dunkirk and finally a drive into Ieper (Ypres). When we arrived in Ypres it was extraordinary to think about the many serious battles that took place here, the first beginning on October 19th and lasting until November 22nd. The thousands of names of soldiers at the Menin Gate site shocked us all, as each and every one of us was able to find a possible relative. Having the opportunity to experience the place is something that I will never forget and made a big impact on the way I feel about world war one and war in general. The fact that some families would not have closure on what happened to their family members made me feel sick inside.

West Kent Regiment. He was from Gravesend in Kent and died on October 26th 1917, presumably at the start of the Second Battle of Passchendale. When he died, he was only seventeen, which would have meant he lied about his age to fight for his country. He is the youngest person we could find in Tyne Cot. Other students found someone who had the same name as they had or had served in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

We also went to the Menin Gate ceremony. Joe and Laura placed the wreath on behalf of our school and community. This was a very powerful ceremony and it felt amazing to be part of it! I think that this ceremony makes a big On the second day we visited impact on the way people in the Passchendale Memorial Ypres live, because the Last Post Museum which tells the story is played every night so the brave of the war in Ypres Salient with soldiers are always remembered. special emphasis on the Battle of We seem to only think about WW1 Passchendale; this was horrifically and the soldiers who lost their lives one of the bloodiest battles in in November on Remembrance the First World War. We visited Day. Sanctuary Hill where we were able to explore some original trenches On day three we visited another memorial named Vimy Ridge. This and listened to testimonies from grand memorial is to represent the soldiers who had experienced life on the Western Front actually Canadian fallen from the battle of Vimy Ridge, which began at standing where they had fought. 5:30am, on Easter Monday, April On that day we also saw the 9th, 1917. amount of graves in the Tyne Cot Next we went to Thiepval where cemetery and we found names Lee and Malena laid a wreath; I of the Wadebridge fallen. We was privileged to read the poem all chose a different soldier to of remembrance and we all were research,who meant something silent for a time as we remembered to them. I chose an 18 year old the fallen of the Battle of the named J M Hensley ;It made me Somme. think about today’s 18 year olds and how this was so different for On the same day we also visited those aged 18 during WW1. Lochnagar Crater; the largest Henry chose to put his cross on the grave of F C Sedge who had served in the Queen’s Own Royal

crater every made by man! We were all amazed at the size of the crater made by British soldiers

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tunnelling under enemy lines, apparently the explosion was heard by the Prime minister in London! On our last day before travelling home we visited the Lijssenthoesk Military Cemetery and the Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. I was shocked when we visited the cemeteries. I don’t think I had any idea about how many people died. The visits really made this clear to me. I enjoyed this trip and it was an amazing experience, all the historical sites are something I will never forget. The trip was fun, interesting and thought provoking. The opportunity to visit so many historic sites in four days was a real plus. I think this is something that everyone should do as it definitely gives you a better insight into the enormity of the war and the sheer scale of how many people lost their lives. Wadebridge School History Department would like to thank Wadebridge Lions for the donation of crosses which the students placed at the grave of their chosen soldier and Wadebridge Tesco for the donation of a wreath to lay at The Menin Gate on behalf of the school and the community. Thanks also to the parents and guests who attended the students’ presentation evening. Photographs, film and testimonies will be on the school website and students’ research will be on display in the History Department corridor. Mrs Lyle & Mr Streete


Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Events Please ensure you wear suitable clothing for these events Contact for more information or booking: 07779 896650 or email

Polzeath Marine Discovery Day Thursday June 1, 10am – 4pm, Polzeath Beach. PMCG in association with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Your Shore Rangers, National Trust and many others. Come along and celebrate our seas in Polzeath. Learn fun and fascinating facts about our amazing marine life, create beach sculptures, go on a rock pool ramble, and so much more.
 Free. Donations welcome. Easy Access Rock Pool Ramble Tuesday June 13, 1pm – 4pm Polzeath Beach Car Park:. For those that may find our usual rambles a challenge, this rock pool discovery event will be easily accessible for all ages and abilities. You can be taken by National Trust 4 x 4 or beach wheelchair (if available) to a base near the rock pools where a table top laboratory will be set up, enabling everyone to see what can be found on our rocky shore. Bring: Please bring a carer or support worker as needed. £2 per person - free for PMCG members BeachCare Beach Clean Friday June 16, 9.30am; Wednesday July 19, 9.30; Wednesday August 16, 9.30 am, Polzeath beach Help BeachCare volunteers to clean the stunning beaches at Polzeath each month. All equipment provided. Free. Donations welcome. Get Crafty! Wednesdays from July 26 to August 30, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Polzeath Marine Centre. Marine themed arts and crafts session. From strandline creations to rock pool wonders, everyone


can enjoy getting elbow deep in recycled craft creations.
 Every Wednesday during the summer holidays from Weds 26 July until Weds 30 August
 £2 per child. Free for PMCG members. Rock Pool Ramble Thursday July 27, 2pm – 4pm; Tuesday August 8, 11.30am-1.30pm; Thursday August 10, 1pm-3pm; Monday August 21, 11am-1pm; Thursday August 24, 1pm-3pm; Polzeath Marine Centre Join marine experts, PMCG volunteers, and National Trust rangers to explore the shore! £2 per person. Free for PMCG members. Booking Essential Seaquest Public Seawatch at The Rumps Tuesday August 1, 11am - 1pm. Meet on The Rumps! Looking out over Mouls Island. Pentire head. As part of National Whale and Dolphin Week join marine experts to conduct a marine wildlife survey and learn more about the amazing animals that use our waters from dolphins to seals.
 Free. Donations welcome. Bring: Warm and waterproof clothing, drinks and food (none available near by). Bring binoculars although spare pairs are available to share. Snorkelling in a Rockpool Friday August 4, 9am-12pm. New Polzeath car park. Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Matt Slater, Nat Gibb and Fox club members for a children’s (6yr – 11yr only) learn to snorkel session within the safety and beauty of a Cornish rock pool.
 Children £5, accompanied by adults on land! Booking essential,

through FoxClub on 01872 240777 ext 245 Bring your own mask, snorkel and a well-fitting wet suit.
 Talk ‘North Cornwall’s Fantastic Wildlife’ Wednesday August 9, 7pm– .30pm, Tubestation, Polzeath Join us to learn about some of the amazing wildlife that lives in our countryside. Tony House (self-proclaimed ‘otter-holic and water vole lover’) will be sharing his experiences about otters, water voles, kestrels, peregrines and much more! £2 per person. Free for PMCG members. Rockpooling and Beach Fun with Wild Thymes Monday August 14, 3pm–5pm, Polzeath Marine Centre,. We will be having an afternoon packed full of rock pooling and beach games run by Megan Adams of Wild Thymes. So, come on down to see what creatures live in our rock pools and have some fun!
 £2 per person. Free for PMCG members Radical Rockpooling Family membership £10 Tuesday August 22, 11am-1pm,
 Polzeath Marine Centre,. Join the Cornwall Wildlife Trust beach ranger team for some radical rock pooling here in Polzeath. Ages 11+ only. Parental consent forms to be signed prior to event or on the day by responsible adult.
 £2 per person. Free for PMCG members. Booking essential, through nat.gibb@ or call 07973 728804

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Events at St Endellion this Summer hauntingly beautiful ‘Swimming over London’ represent city life while John Rutter’s fabulous Birthday Madrigals evoke the countryside.

of students from London and Cambridge, conducted by locally born Adam Hickox (in his final year reading music at Cambridge) and Rees Webster Friday June 2, 7.30 pm. Fundraising Reception (Guildhall Scholar at the Guldhall With Maria Heseltine (mezzoSchool of Music and Drama). and Concert with Helen This summer this ensemble soprano) and Joyce Gurney Porter (flute).The Cornish string quartet of young musicians returns presents a programme to to St Endellion, performing Friday 7 July, 6pm include Dvorak’s String Quartet Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony This unique evening will include in G Major and the Cornish and Kurt Weill’s 2nd Symphony. opening of an exhibition by première of Jeffrey Joseph’s Unless stated otherwise, tickets Dorset artist Sally McLaren in Colloquy (written specially for the hall, a reception including are £10 (accompanied under 16s Maria Heseltine based on lyrics sparkling wine and canapés, and free) from by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes). a special performance from jazz uk or singer and Endelienta favourite Bristol University St Endellion Summer Madrigal Ensemble Helen Porter. By attending this Music Festival event, you will be able to enjoy Friday June 16, 7.30pm. a memorable performance and 25 July to 4 August exhibition and a delightful social The popular Ensemble returns Artistic Director: Mark Padmore occasion, in the knowledge that with a programme that will you will also be supporting the Sir John Tomlinson, Roderick include Macmillan, Arvo Pärt, work and future development of Williams and Mark Padmore and specially commissioned Endelienta. star in Britten’s Billy Budd, Ryan works by young composers. Wigglesworth conducts the Suggested entry donation £5. Tickets £25 from Verdi Requiem in Truro Cathedral or Book Club with soloists including Sophie Bevan and Matthew Brook, Second Wednesday of the month, Sally McLaren, In Search and Wagnerian soprano-of-the May to September, 7-9 pm in the of Stillness moment Rachel Nicholls sings Stone Barn. Brunhilde’s Immolation from 8-16 July: St Endellion Hall Open Join us to discover more Wagner’s Götterdämmerung weekends 11.30-4.30. Entry Free about the work of the authors with the St Endellion Festival appearing at this year’s North First shown in the London orchestra. Olivier award winning Cornwall Book Festival in Bankside Gallery, a selection of actor Rory Kinnear performs October. £3 to include a glass the works by Wiltshire painter Walton’s Façade and pianist of wine and nibbles. Contact and printmaker Sally McLaren Charles Owen returns to play operations@ncornbookfest to comes to St Endellion in a the Schumann Piano Concerto. register your interest. celebration of the spirit of place. Chamber concerts include The exhibition will be opened works by Bach, Brahms, Dvorak, Tamesis Choir during the fundraising event on Poulenc, Boccherini and others, Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm Friday evening July 7th. featuring Iain Burnside, Clio Berkshire-based Tamesis Endelienta Ensemble Gould, Alison Rose, Frances Chamber Choir makes its Cornish Bourne, Tim Gill. Saturday 15 July, 7.30pm debut. Bob Chilcott’s vibrant Full details on: choral cantata ‘Songs and The Endelienta Ensemble is a chamber orchestra comprised Cries of London Town’ and his

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Brain Gym David Topliffe

Answers to last month’s quiz 1 What do you sit on, sleep on. and brush 4 What happened when the wheel was invented? It caused a revolution. your teeth with? A Chair, a bed and a toothbrush. 5 What has 4 wheels and flies? A garbage 2 What goes up and down, but remains in truck. the same place? Stairs. 6 What is the maximum times a sheet of 3 What goes up but never comes down? Your age.

paper can be folded in half by hand? Only once, after that you fold it into quarters.

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Whose summer villa is at Castel Gandolfo? Where were the 1968 summer Olympics held? Which brothers wrote the song ‘Summertime’? Which duo had a hit in 1978 with ‘Summer Nights’? How is the singer La Donna Gaynes better known? Which group had the hit with ‘In the Summertime’?






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St Minver Football Club

Keith Simmons who came with coach Jamie Beesley.

A Short History

They both soon persuaded their sons to join us. This gave us a nucleus of a new team periods when the club has The badge on our shirts shows and together with a handful of that St Minver FC was formed struggled. We have been lucky faithful players we began our in 1930, but recent documents to have been allowed the use of rise through the divisions of the have come to light that suggest the Trewint Lane public area by Duchy League and a return to it was not until 1935. the Parish Council for our playing having two teams. We were called St Minver United pitch and it has been home for St Minver FC for many years now . Our recent managers Ben and our original colours were Beesley and Dave Witts have green and amber for the first It is with gratitude to Daryll carried on the good work. team and scarlet for the second Beesley and his father Jamie Our reserves, run by lan team. Fortunes changed over that their work on the ground the years and there were periods in recent years has provided us Buckingham and Mike Green, are also doing well. when we were reduced to one with one of the best playing team only to resurge stronger Our supporters and our nonsurfaces in the Duchy League. than ever. playing members are proud of After a lean period, six years ago our fortunes changed our team’s efforts particularly After winning the Junior Cup in the 70s we have had several dramatically with the arrival of with the recent successes. Below: St Minver FC. Standing: Ted Meagor, Jimmy Vernon, Mark Menhinick, Steve Wootton, Ben Cleave, Ed Green, Dan Witts, Adrian Ashton, Matt Webster, Will George, Paul Menhinick, Jason Northcott, Adam Bennett, Ozzie Beesley, Dave Witts. Kneeling: Dayll Beesley, Jimmy Vernons son, Christian Cleave, Mike Kempthorne, Sam Cleave, Dan Cox, Robbie Green, Corey Cleave, Mike Green, Matt Cleave, Ryan Pooley, Ian Buckingham, Luke Henderson (ginger hair and beard slightly standing), Will Boucher, Joe Robinson.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett One perfect day in April I was sitting in my cottage garden surrounded by apple and pear blossom. Overhead was an unbelievably blue sky and on the tallest tree a blackbird sang joyously. I was reminded of a poem by A A Milne where Christopher Robin is looking for the perfect house and garden, a high wall, a May tree, but one part was missing – “It hadn’t got a blackbird, a blackbird, a blackbird – “It wasn’t like a house at all ” I thought back to 1950, when Len and I married, and lived in a top floor flat in Whitechapel, in London’s East End. From the window, I looked down on the garden of the church


with its one tree. From the top branches, a blackbird sung its heart out. Four years later we moved to an amazing apartment at Clapham Common, Northside. Plenty of blackbirds there in the trees that fringed the garden in front of the grand Victorian Terrace that faced the Common. London was still recovering from the war and housing was in short supply so the oncegrand terrace was in a poor state of repair. The first time I saw the apartment was on a grey January day when I took the bus and tube with our two year old daughter to Clapham Common where

I met the friend of a friend, a physiotherapist at Kings College. She was leaving the flat to get married. When she opened the door to the first floor room, I shall never forget my astonishment when I saw the magnificent ballroom for the first time; enormous and rather gloomy on this dull day, but exciting. There were marble columns, a painted ceiling, countless mirrors in decorative gold frames, and gold stencilled fleur-de-lys on the ochre walls. Best of all, were the tall doors onto a balcony facing Clapham Common. Belonging to the apartment was the smaller powder room, also facing the Common, and accessed across a landing. I knew we would take it. What was there against it? Well, there was no electricity (gas only). No kitchen, just a Belfast sink in the far corner of the ballroom with cold water tap. There was no bathroom, and a loo shared with two other tenants, on the halflanding above - complete with stained glass window!

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the cooker, and ironing was done with flat irons, heated on the cooker. So we spent four happy years in our grand apartment, from 1955-1959. Primitive it was in some respects - ha Not the least of the problems was the shared loo on the landing up steep stairs. Queen Victoria was said to have sat there when visiting the Pears Soap Millionaire who owned the house in the latter half of the 19th Century. In other respects it was a great place, and everyone who The following week we moved came to visit really loved it in with our small daughter, particularly our Art Student and ‘camped out’ as we got Friends from Goldsmiths days. organised. The powder room I remember a grand party became our bedroom and we had with a chandelier we quickly built a kitchen made by Len, full of candles, in the sink corner, with a reflected in the mirrors. counter and open shelves, We collected antique and we made a string screen. All junk shop furniture and very trendy in the 50’s! We Staffordshire figurines (all of kept a galvanised bath under which look as good here in the kitchen counter, and the cottage.) installed a gas cooker. After There were many interesting a struggle with two coal fires people at Northside - not least in the magnificent marble a retired governess in her late fireplaces, we put in two gas 80’s who had spent her life radiant fires. (It had proved in India. She was amusing impossible to get the two vast and very astute. She and Len chimneys swept!) talked in Hindi when they met We had a one shilling gas on the stairs. Her problem was meter, and always kept plenty birds, well pigeons actually, of candles. We were never they nested in her room. But cold -, the sun streamed in that’s another story. the front windows and doors, In A A Milne’s poem, and the solid walls kept the Christopher Robin finds the heat in. Washing clothes perfect house, garden and meant lifting a boiler onto Visit our website -

blackbird but is saddened that nobody notices the blackbird or wants it. But at Northside he would have loved it. It was a house, and we did want it - not like the people in the poem! One more thing – the rent. It was £1 a week. The agent couldn’t charge more because of complete lack of facilities. He was just glad we were keeping the place warm and dry, for our overseas absent landlord. We left to buy our first house, (our own front door, loo and bathroom, electricity, our own garden) but we left something precious behind.


A Book Review by John Baxter

A Fight for Life the moving story of Gisela Hawkey by Ingo Kuster Published by P&B Hawkey paperback £11.99 from Wadebridge Bookshop The last edition of Link (Spring issue, no 212, page 19) included a short article by Peter Gell about his wartime experience as a 15 year-old providing work for farmers in the vicinity of Trebetherick, and a review of a novel based partly on the author’s mother who fled from the Nazis before and during the Second World War. A link is maintained by this book, ‘A Fight for Life’, a story of one woman’s struggle through the Second World War to a new life in Cornwall, written by her godson, and describing the journey of a remarkable lady from the small German village of Niepars, near Stralsund, to Wadebridge in Cornwall. The reader is immediately confronted by the tragedy of the era with the photograph that appears even before the Contents page. The death, together, of six members of Gisela’s family on May 1st 1945 is recounted in its raw horror early in the book, and it is difficult not to shed a tear at both the grim circumstances and Gisela’s ‘farewell’ note to the world. The book follows a chronological narrative and moves at a crisp pace. Childhood and early teenage years were clearly happy, and then the introduction of the Hitler Youth Movement provides evidence of the grim reality of the life of a sixteen year-old. The maps at the front of the book provide a most helpful aid to understanding the sheer horror of the Chapter entitled, ‘War and the Russian Occupation’. The proximity of Stralsund to the Eastern Front gave rise to floods of refugees from East Prussia and Pomerania before the eventual advance of the Red Army. There was 58

little to enjoy during the bleak occupation by the Russians, but the kindness of Dr Temo Melikidse shines like a beacon in the darkness. “He saved my life”, writes Gisela in the acknowledgements. It was another Doctor who helped Gisela escape from what was now the German Democratic Republic, commonly known in the West as East Germany. Dr Wendt arranged a contact with the Catholic charity, Caritas, based in West Berlin, and he supplied an application form for jobs. The only posts available were in child-care and in late 1950

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Gisela was offered a job as an au-pair to a farming family in Cornwall, and a Mr Vernon in Wadebridge would pay travel costs. On February 17th 1951, Gisela departed for a new stage in her life and, after a tortuous and stressful journey, the 27 year old arrived at Dunveth Farm, at the top of Whiterock Road. The next 60 years are described briskly, and begin happily. Despite the feelings of some people that she was from ‘enemy territory’, most were friendly towards Gisela. In particular, the owner of the TollGate petrol station, Hamilton Hawkey, felt “increasingly comfortable” in her presence, and in November,1951, the couple married in Wadebridge Methodist Church. The birth of Peter, and later Bruce, family visits to friends in Germany, and the purchase of a new business in Wadebridge, were all evidence of happy times. In March, 1968, however, tragedy struck Gisela again. Hamilton was knocked off his motorbike in Wadebridge and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. It later transpired that the lady at the wheel of the car was intoxicated. It is not surprising that the next few years should be dominated by care for the children, and for the rapidly expanding business on The Platt. Good education was found for the boys in Cobham where a deeply-rooted Cornish couple provided adult support, and the business flourished. There were further disappointments, however, particularly involving property development, and a slightly unhappy re-acquaintance with Dr Temo Melikidse, but the story ends positively. That a sense of guilt should emerge at the very end of the book is understandable. Readers will appreciate why ”doubt will stay inside me until my last breath”. Nevertheless it is impossible to disagree with Drew Frisby’s words in the Foreword: “this is a tale of resilience, courage and faith from which great inspiration can be taken”. The Hawkey Family should be very proud.


by B M Le Main Each day presents itself As an empty page, There to be written upon Or pictures to be drawn. There we may record Poems of rhythmic beauty Prose of tragic thoughts, Paintings of coloured shapes, Drawings of harsh realities. Take courage, Take love, Take kindliness And thus holding The brush of existence, Paint and write for yourself A day of beauty framed With love and kindliness. Hang it in the gallery of your life.

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An amazing year at Rock RNLI

As the volunteer crew at Rock RNLI lifeboat prepare for the season ahead, we look back on what was a very busy year at Rock in 2016.

Rock RNLI lifeboat ‘Rusper II’ and lifeboat station is operated entirely by volunteers who live and work in Rock ready for active service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. The volunteer crew are supported by Shore Crew, Launching Authorities, Management and Operational personnel – all of whom are volunteers and give their time freely to Rock lifeboat. ‘It’s just what we love to do’ said Jinx Hewitt, the volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock, who has been actively involved in Rock Lifeboat Station since the very first crew was formed in 1994. Having been a crew member, helm and later senior helmsman, Jinx now holds the role of volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager. Jinx told us ‘We are fortunate in having a totally dedicated and hardworking team of men and women here at Rock Lifeboat, who are committed to furthering their knowledge and training at every opportunity to be always ready to save lives at sea. They’re an extremely modest lot here at Rock, and don’t ever want a fuss or accept praise readily – but I’m very proud of them all, and for us all to be part of the Rock RNLI ‘family’. People come and 60

go at Rock RNLI, and in the past year the crew have said goodbye to Charlie Hibbert, James Batters and Dave Mably – all of whom have given outstanding service. Thank you lads – you will be missed!’ The RNLI shop at Rock is managed by Annabell Woolcott and her army of willing volunteer shop staff. In a very tiny space, the shop sells a wide range of RNLI gifts, clothing and souvenirs, and of course a lovely range of Christmas cards which are so popular. 2016 was a record year with sales in the shop increasing once again. With all volunteers in the shop giving their time freely, every penny of profit is used to cover the running costs of Rock Lifeboat. The shop team are a fantastic support to the station, and the shop is a real focal point for so many people both locals and holiday makers. As well as the vital work done in the shop in raising funds, Rock RNLI has received many generous donations throughout the year. Notably, Stewart Summers presented a cheque to both Rock and Padstow lifeboats from a collection made following the loss of his wife. The family of the late John Tucker presented a cheque to Rock RNLI in his memory. Both of these

substantial donations will be used exclusively for saving lives at sea, by purchasing vital lifesaving equipment for our station.

Rock Lifeboat 2016 Shout Record

27th April 1548 hrs Wind NE 5 1.5m. Swell Object spotted in water at back of surf Polzeath. Area searched and nothing found. July 8th 0510 hrs Wind SSW 5. 2m swell. Crew member on sail training ship had crushed finger in ships anchor. Ship anchored in Port Isaac Bay Casualty brought ashore and met by ambulance. Aug 16th 0738 hrs Wind E 4. Calm and good Visibility. Broken down speedboat in ski area. Adults on boat drifting from children on ski raft. Collected children from raft and then towed boat back to Rock. Aug 16th 1130 hrs Wind E 4 1.5m. Swell good Visibility. Broken down cruiser at Pentire with four persons on board, drifting towards rocks. Located vessel and towed back to Rock. 22nd Aug 1247 hrs Wind W 2. Good Visibility. Person reported stuck in mud towards Wadebridge On

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arrival at scene casualty had managed to self recover. Aug 30th 2106hrs Wind SW 2. Calm. Reports of people shouting for help between Rock and Padstow. Lifeboat Located two speed boats that had gone aground on out going tide on the Sand Bank. two Adults and three children brought safely back to Rock. Aug 31st 1650hrs Wind WSW 3. Good Visibility. Lifeboat launched to five persons cut off by the tide at St Saviours Point. Two adults and three children recovered into Lifeboat and taken safely ashore. Sept 1st 1602 hrs Wind S 1. Good Visibility. Two persons cut off by tide. Lifeboat Located casualties and brought them safely to shore. Sept 4th 1052 hrs Wind WSW. 4 3m swell. Launched to reports of a capsized ‘Rib’ on the ‘Doom Bar’ Lifeboat arrived on scene and located the Rib. Two casualties on board - an adult with possible injury and a child suffering from shock and cold. Casualties quickly returned to station and assessed. Lifeboat then returned and recovered the Rib. Sept 6th 2010hrs Wind NW 3. Calm. Reports of a person jumping from a bridge. Casualty had been recovered by other rescue units

Rusper II. Photo: Martin Broadfoot Sept 21st 0740hrs Wind W 4. 2m swell. Reports of person in the water on launching casualty reported at Treyrnon safe and well, lifeboat stood down. October 2nd 0933 hrs Wind NE. 2.1m swell. Launched to search after reports of a white fishing boat on the rocks near Polzeath. Lifeboat carried out extensive search of the reported area with nothing found. False alarm with good intent. October 9th 1016 hrs Wind NE1 .Calm. Lifeboat diverted from exercise to assist with kayaker who had fallen off his kayak at Port Quin. Casualty had been rescued by Port Isaac lifeboat. November 15th 1602 hrs Wind W 3. 2m Swell. Lifeboat launched to reports of elderly gentleman falling into the water at Harlyn. On arrival at scene casualty had been recovered by coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. Padstow and Rock lifeboats carried out further search at request of

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Falmouth coastguard. December 4th 1022hrs Wind SE 6. 1m swell. Whilst on exercise Falmouth Coastguard asked for the Lifeboat to go to the Polzeath area to carry out a search for a possible missing person. Lifeboat arrived at scene and commenced a search pattern. Other rescue units also there. Crew spotted something In the water and located a person. The casualty was quickly transfered onto Padstow lifeboat where CPR was carried out until the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopters and transferred the casualty to hospital. December 16th 1209 Wind S 3. 4m swell rough. Launched to search for possible missing surfer in very heavy surf to carry out search of area. Lifeboat arrived at the scene and negotiated large surf on the Doom Bar. Nothing found and no further reports of anyone missing. False alarm. 61

Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP There’s no doubt that everyone was caught by surprise when the Prime Minister announced an early General Election. Although unexpected, I completely agree with Theresa May’s reasons for doing so. The upcoming Brexit negotiations are critical for Cornwall and the whole of the UK, but there are parties in Westminster who are working hard to weaken and derail the process. Whichever way you voted last June in the EU referendum, we need a strong government with a workable majority in Parliament to provide the certainty and security for us all, as well as the stability to meet the challenges of leaving the EU. In Theresa May’s speech, she talked about securing “a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world”. This means regaining control of our money, our laws, our borders and being free to strike free trade deals with countries around the world. I completely agree that this is the right approach and it is in the local and national interest.

election three years early, and I think this really personifies the type of leader that Theresa May is. She has guts and determination, and she wants this country to get the best possible Brexit delivered for the United Kingdom. Over the past two years I have been working hard on behalf of the people of North Cornwall and the county as a whole; campaigning and fighting on many issues including better broadband and mobile coverage, protecting community NHS services, more affordable and self-build homes for local people and support for our farmers, fishermen and future funding.

Cornwall needs and deserves strong voices in Westminster, and all six of Cornwall’s MPs have been vigorously campaigning to make our voices heard about your concerns and opinions, whether about local government funding, protecting public toilets, more police funding, voting for lower taxes, fairer funding for our schools, lobbying for infrastructure projects including the A30 dualling, the It takes great courage to call an Newquay Spaceport or better 62

transport links and railways in the South West. On Sunday I ran the London Marathon in 4 hours and 51 minutes. My sincere thanks go out to all those who have given generously to my chosen charities which support hospitals in Bodmin, Launceston and Stratton. Running the London Marathon has been a hope and ambition for a long time, and it was an honour to run as North Cornwall’s MP and become the first Cornish MP to do so as well. The funds raised will help three very worthwhile charities which support our vital community hospitals. It’s going to be very busy over the next few weeks and I’ll be out and about in North Cornwall. I’m looking forward to talking in person to many of you, especially to get your feedback on national and local issues which are important to you and your community. I will be knocking on many doors and visiting many towns and villages, so if you see me campaigning, please don’t hesitate to come over and have a chat. You can contact me at

Anglican Church Services

Sunday August 6th

Weekday Services (not Holy Week) Monday St Minver Evening Prayer-Quiet Time Wednesday St Minver Holy Communion (10am) Wednesday St Michael Evening Prayer (5.30pm) Sunday June 4th 1am 1 3pm 6pm

9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver Holy Communion St Enodoc Evensong St Michael Evensong St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion All Age Service Evensong Evensong

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael St Minver

All Age Worship

3pm 6pm

St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday July 2nd

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday July 9th 9.15am 11am 3pm 6pm 12noon

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael St Enodoc

Holy Communion All Age Service Evensong Evensong Holy Communion

Sunday July 16th 8am 9.15am 8am 9.15am 11am

St Enodoc St Enodoc St Michael St Michael St Minver

Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion

Sunday July 23rd

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

All Age Service Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday July 30th

11am 11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Michael St Enodoc St Michael

No Service Songs of Praise Evensong Evensong

Holy Communion All Age Worship Evensong Evensong

Sunday August 20th 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

11am 3pm 6pm

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

All Age Worship Holy Communion Evensong

Please Check With The Parish Newsletter, Church Notice Boards or Cluster Website For Latest Information.

Sunday June 25th Mothering Sunday 11am

St Michael St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Hoy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday August 27th

Sunday June 18th

St Minver St Enodoc St Michael

Sunday August 13th

Sunday June 11th 9.15am 11.00am 3pm 6pm

11am 3pm 6pm

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 Cornerstone, Trevanion Street.Sundays 10.30. All Age Worship 1st Sunday each month. Rocks for Primary School children 10.15-11.30. Creche available Trelights Methodist Chapel: Sundays 6pm Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational. 10 am Every Sunday.

Quaker Meetings

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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 (Kathy Hore)--------------------01208 862340 St Columb: (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 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)---------01208 815102 Doctor / Medical British Legion-St Minver St Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge------- 01208 (Fred Prior)---------------------01208 862543 Minver Football Club 812342 (Roy Birchwood)----------------01208 880459 Cancer Research Bodmin Hospital----------------01208 251300 (Gina Snelling)-----------------01208 862820 St Minver Post Office------------01208 863366 Frank About Drugs--------------- 0800 776600 Citizens Advice Bureau St Minver Pre-School------------01208 869511 Drinkline------------------------0800 9178282 (Advice Line) ------------------08444 99 4188 St Minver School----------------01208 862496 Port Isaac Surgery---------------01208 880222 Cornwall Council-----------------0300 1234100 St Minver Scouts Rock Surgery--------------------01208 862545 CRUSE Bereavement Care Royal Cornwall Hospital Cornwall------------------------- 01726 76100 (Robert Watson)---------------01637 889 190 (Treliske)-----------------------01872 250000 Animal Welfare & Veterinary St Minver Senior Circle Wadebridge Health Centre------01208 812222 Laboratory----------------------01872 265500 (Alec Chambers)----------------01208 592956 Libraries EDF Energy----------------------- 0800 365000 St Minver Short Mat Bowls Cornwall Library Renewals Line-0845 6076119 John Betjeman Centre-----------01208 812392 (Pat Crank)---------------------01208 869120 All Libraries---------------------0300 1234111 Old Cornwall Society Reference Library----------------0800 0322345 (Margaret Bartlett) ------------01208 816307 St Minver Silver Band Police Padstow Harbour Master--------01841 532239 (Gary Gauss)--------------------01208 814170 TTre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)------101 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk Crimestoppers-------------------- 0800 555111 (Helen Hyland)-----------------01208 812289 (Tony Priest)--------------------01208 863450 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Emergency / Helplines Wadebridge & District Angling Association Age UK--------------------------0800 1696565 (Gillian Thompson)-------------01726 882145 (Jon Evans)---------------------01208 812447 Air Ambulance HQ---------------01840 213574 Perceval Institute Wadebridge & District Camera Club Concern (Wadebridge)----------01208 812392 (Maureen Rickard)--------------01208 863366 (Pam Hall)---------------------01208 862957 Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service--0300 1234232 Polzeath Area Residents Association Wadebridge Choral Society (David Short)------------------ 01208 862568 Electricity (Annabelle Woolcott)-----------01208 815322 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Western Power Distribution)---- 0800 365900 (Susan Rowlands)--------------01208 859161 (publicity, George Dale)--------01208 815981 National Domestic Violence Helpline-----------------------0808 800 5000 Relate Relationship Counselling Wadebridge Male Voice Choir National Gas Emergency Service- 0800 111999 (St Austell)---------------------- 01726 74128 (Taff Williams)------------------01208 814717 NHS Direct HelpLine----------------- 0845 4647 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-- 01208 869420 Parentline Plus (24 hour)-------0808 8002222 Rock Lifeboat Station -----------01208 863033 Wadebridge Country Market Catherine Gibbs----------------01208 369687 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, Coastguard----------------------------------999 (Secretary Kim Oaks)-----------01208 862709 Wadebridge Post Office ---------01208 812813 Churches



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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

Trebetherick Stores Under new management, with an exciting array of produce and delicious new menu Steph and her team are proud to welcome you into your local independent store, newsagent and off-licence, situated in the very heart of Trebetherick. Fresh bread and pastries are available daily, along with a well-stocked deli counter and a variety of locally-sourced produce. With our improved menu of gourmet food, prepared in our own kitchen, we have even more tempting take-home meals for you and your guests to enjoy. Order by phone, email or online with orders over £50 delivered free!

Tregawne, Trebetherick, Wadebridge PL27 6SB T 01208 863349 E 74

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 75


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 77

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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