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The Link Issue 215

Winter 2017

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Issue 215 - Winter 2017/18

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 New St Minver PO Scheduled to Open . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Quay Quilters raise £1,972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 St Kew ACE Academy and Eden Project launch new outdoor Pre-School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 A plea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cancer Research Jumble Sale raises £805 . . . . . . . . . 15 Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech celebrates 92nd anniversary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 A new computer for St Minver Pre school . . . . . . . . . 17 Hospice Charity Lunch and Garden Party Raises £755 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Remembering a loved one with Cornwall Hospice Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Defibrillators in our area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cat Neutering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sponsor a pony to look after Cornwall’s nature? . . . . 19 St Minver Silver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Events at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 ‘Plantlife’ receive backing from National Lottery . . . 21 Another great start to the academic year at St Breock School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Start-up company to sell British sheepskins . . . . . . . 23 Trevathan Coffee Morning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Tubestation Celebrated 10th Anniversary . . . . . . . . . 24 Spotlight on Padstow Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Can you tell your Old Man’s Beard from your Witches’ Whiskers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

St Minver Beavers are thriving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Music of the Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Regular Items Fitness with Julia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faith Toogood- Tackling Christmas . . . . . . Welcoming Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We will remember them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Featured Artist: Katie Childs . . . . . . . . . . . . Polzeath Marine Conservation News . . . . Junior Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . . . . . Your Photographs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interior Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Birth Stones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seasonal Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Our Guest Chef - Fred Beedles . . . . . . . . . . News from St Minver School . . . . . . . . . . . . Polzeath Coastguard Update . . . . . . . . . . . Gardening made easy - Winter Days . . . . . . . Our Farms, Your Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brain Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Book Review - Boconnoc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parliamentary Update - Scott Mann . . . . . From the desk of Carol Mould . . . . . . . . . . Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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New St Minver PO Scheduled to Open January 15 (at the time of going to press)

There has been much rumour concerning the opening date. We had hoped that November 21 was to be the date. Everything had progressed well. The programme for delivery of important items has occurred right on time by some miracle and some very good planning. However,one major component seemingly beyond anybody’s control has proven to be Openreach. In spite of this being one of the first applications completed as long ago as last August. We had already extended our original opening date to December 5 but, at the time this issue of Link is going to press,it is apparent that the earliest date for opening will be January 15. Obviously this could still change. We had planned good Post office service during the build up for

Christmas as well and,as many will know, Rock Post Office has now closed. Unfortunately, the post office systems require closure of the old office to occur some 10 days prior to the opening date in the new premises. Such things as training and engineering issues which can only occur during that period. We are nearly there and we must be very grateful for the tremendous support that has occurred which has enabled such rapid progress and we are most grateful to our local builders and trades for their support. The funds raised from within our community has , as usual, been quite staggering and will enable us to provide a first class resource for the community well into the future and that was always our prime motive.

We also hope to commence a Memory Cafe in the summer next year with the help of the Memory team in Wadebridge. Once again,our committee wishes to express their sincere thanks for the financial and practical support they have received from the local community and beyond. Particular thanks are extended to the anonymous donors who have met the cost of replacing the bench in front of the Perceval Institute. Andrew Millington

Quay Quilters raises £1,972 for Cancer Research UK

The Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club was the ideal venue for a three day exhibition by the Quay Quilters running from October 2nd-4th to raise funds for Cancer Research UK (St Minver Branch). For a small entry fee, which included coffee, visitors were able to view a wide range of superb handmade quilts, wall hangings, cushions and other items. The quilts can take up to two years and more to complete and some of the ladies were hard pushed to finish their pieces on time for the show. These quilts were truly remarkable, some


with scalloped edges and such detailed designs, for those who don’t sew you would be amazed at the work involved. The visitors who came thoroughly enjoyed the displays and appreciated the detailed workmanship involved. They also enjoyed the variety of home made cakes on offer which were prepared and served by the St. Minver CRUK ladies over the three day period. A hand stitched quilt showing Cornish scenes, made by the group, was the star prize of the raffle and Margaret Lees was delighted to

be the winner. A fantastic total of £1,872 was raised for Cancer Research UK. St Minver CRUK would like to thank the Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club for the use of their Clubhouse for this event. We would also like to thank the Quay Quilters, a number of whom are on the Committee of St Minver CRUK, for all their hard work and efforts in preparing for this event and their men folk who helped with the setting up. Maggie Day

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St Kew ACE Academy and Eden Project launch new outdoor Pre-School St Kew Pre-School is longer based in the village hall, but will be located at St Kew ACE Academy and be re-developed as an outdoor nursery. The school has a 2.3-acre site with a number of outdoor learning resources such as a polytunnel, roundhouse, willow structures, wild area, wooded area and pond. The Pre-School children will have access to this as well as the fantastic indoor facilities. Eden Project Learning Higher Education students are working with St Kew ACE Academy to design a Pre-School outside space over the next couple of years so that children will be able to grow plants. Eden Project Learning Higher Education Students are consulting with staff, pupils and parents to develop the facilities that will be available.

A plea

Please, please, would everyone who possess a hedge over looking a public footpath/pavement keep it cut back to the inside edge of the path. All hedge cutters please cut them back and do not leave them pushing into the middle of the path. From someone who spends their walk dodging branches.

Rachel Murray, Head of School at St Kew ACE Academy said:

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“We are passionate about outdoor learning at St Kew and the freedom of an outdoor learning experience. Our children will have many new learning opportunities, learn to take risks and use this unique environment to engage in a meaningful way. This will provide a natural space where children will be able to develop in all areas of learning. On a typical day in the Pre-School, children will participate in growing vegetables, cooking over a campfire, creativity using natural resources, plus numeracy and phonics activities using the natural environment in a play based curriculum.”

Scrub & Spuds

Saturday January 13 at Porthcothan Cliffs Saturday Febuary 10 at Epphaven near Polzeath Wednesday February 14 at Pentire Head near Polzeath

Sam Kendall, Eden Project Education Manager, said: “The Eden Project’s charitable mission is to connect people with the living world and with each other. Working with teachers, students, schools and nurseries is a fabulous opportunity for us and we’re excited to be working in partnership with St Kew ACE Academy to bring the benefits of outdoor learning and play to the Pre-School children there.”

Cancer Research Jumble Sale raises £805 The St Minver Cancer Research UK committee had a very busy day unloading, putting up tables and sorting bags of pre-loved clothes, bric a brac, books and toys for their latest jumble sale. People came from miles around. There was lots of fun and laughter with our regulars who baked cakes and made cups of tea for a good cause. The organisers were astounded when they counted up the pennies and pounds and realised all their hard work had paid off. They thank everyone that helped and supplied jumble.

10 am - 3 pm We’re undertaking some scrub clearance work to encourage more wildlife. Why not join us for a few hours to help cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub and burn it on the bonfire? To say thanks, we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch. Bring along a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/ muddy. Family friendly and a great way to meet new people. Free but booking essential 01208 863821

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Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech celebrates 92nd anniversary The 2018 Festival will take place between February 26th and March 3rd and attracts young and old participants from all over the County and beyond. There are numerous Classes for Speech Choirs Instrumental and Vocal. Inaugurated in 1925, the Festival is entirely selffunding, and run by local volunteers who give many hours of their time freely both prior to and during the Festival. Caroline Diffley ARCM will adjudicate the Brass, Choirs, Instrumental and Vocal Classes at the Festival and Rebecca Thompson BA(Hons) LLAM will be adjudicating the Speech Classes.The Festival will take place in the Town Hall Wadebridge and will culminate with a Gala Concert featuring some of the best performances of the week. Entry is free with donations very welcome. The Adjudicators’ fees and hire of the Town Hall are our biggest costs. We rely on a combination of reasonable admission charges, entry fees and programme sales, advertising revenue from our Syllabus and Programme, and donations from loyal Patrons. There is considerable diversity in Classes with entries for 16

Above: The former award winning Wadebridge Town Band Quartet L to R - Harry Harper, Melville Irons, Mr Dawes, Clifford Strongman, and David Blake

guitar, violin, harp, percussion, brass, woodwind, jazz, barber shop singing, pop, rock, electronic keyboard, as well as staple entries of poetry, piano, and vocal Classes. More information can be obtained from the Festival’s Facebook page www. (where the Syllabus and Entry Form may be downloaded). The Syllabus and Entry form can also be obtained from Festival Entry Secretary Phil Blake by emailing him on phil.

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Try out cornish hedging

Saturday March 10 Dannonchapel Farm nr Delabole 10 am - 3 pm Have you ever wondered how Cornish hedges are built? Well here’s your chance to try your hand at this traditional skill working to repair these historic field boundaries. No experience required, all tools and tuition provided. Just bring sturdy footwear, clothing suitable for the weather and that you don’t mind getting muddy. Bring lunch and snacks to keep you going.

Free. Spaces limited so booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.

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A New Computer for St Minver Pre School ‘The Link’ has supplied St Minver Pre School with a much needed new computer and monitor to replace their ageing system. The photograph shows Melanie Marshall and Morwenna Hawtin using the system. Photo: Martin Broadfoot

Hospice Charity Lunch and Garden Party Raises £755 Malibu, at Tristam Cliff, affording panoramic views over Polzeath Beach, proved to be a very popular venue for another Charity Lunch and Garden Party hosted by Nick and Jane Pickles. The forty or so guests did not allow the occasionally inclement weather to dampen spirits as they circulated with bubbly and canapes. Rotarian Past SW District Governor Stephen Lay spoke poignantly about a special Fund, in memory of his late wife, Carol, which would be used to assist the siblings of children who attend Little Harbour Hospice, Porthpean.

In concluding Alice Merrett, community fund raiser for the Children’s Hospice South West, thanked Jane and Nick Pickles for their excellent hospitality in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. A

sentiment that was echoed, I’m sure, by everyone present. With grateful thanks for the support by Tesco and Stephen for funding the net food cost. In total the event raised a total of £ 755. Bob Romans

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Remembering a loved one with Cornwall Hospice Care Light up a Life is Cornwall Hospice Care’s remembrance event which takes place every year throughout December. At the heart of Light up a Life are remembrance books where people can have a page dedicated to remembering their loved ones. These books are then available to view at seven celebration services across Cornwall, details of which are listed below. The books will also be available to view on the CHC website. This year we have added two new services to the calendar, one in Wadebridge and the other in Newquay. Light up a Life is open to everyone, there does not need to have been a connection with our hospices. It’s easy to take part, forms are available from all of our hospice care shops from October, alternatively you can register your details via our website www., or call the fundraising office on 01726 66868 (option 3).

Defibrillators in our area Community defibrillators save lives and we thought it expedient to publish defibrillator locations in our area. This is the list as we know it. If we have missed any please let us know. Gunvenna Holiday Park PL27 6QN The Pityme Inn, Rock PL27 6PQ Camel Ski School, Rock PL27 6LD St Enodoc Hotel, Rock PL27 6LA The Waterfront Café Bar, Polzeath PL27 6SP Daften Diecasting, Wadebridge PL27 6HF Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge PL27 7AL John Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge PL27 7BX Wadebridge Bowling Club PL27 6AE Wadebridge Town Football Club PL27 6DJ Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge PL27 6JA Royal Cornwall Showground PL27 7JE Boots, Wadebridge

Truro - Friday December, 1st Truro Cathedral, 7pm. St Austell – Sunday December 3rd, Holy Trinity Church, St Austell, 4pm Launceston – Tuesday December 5th, St Mary Magdalene Church, 6pm. Wadebridge – Wednesday December 6th, Egloshayle Church, 6pm. Penzance – Thursday December 7th, Chapel Street Methodist Church, 6pm. Hayle – Saturday December 9th, St Elwyn’s Church, 6pm. Newquay – Sunday December 10th, Bowgie Inn, Crantock, 7pm .

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If you have some interesting memories of the local area, have written a poem or taken a photograph you would like to share with others then get in touch. We would really like to hear from you.

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Sponsor a pony to look after Cornwall’s nature?

species of animals, insects and birds – which are enjoyed by local people and visitors. “We are delighted to be able to moth, small red and variable Natural England are asking the offer the opportunity to sponsor damselfly. public to sponsor the native our ponies. The Gossies, as they The free roaming ponies ponies which live and graze are traditionally called, on Goss are hardy traditional breeds on their Lizard and Goss Moor Moor, include many adorable including Dartmoor, Exmoor National Nature Reserves in characters including Sebastian, & Shetland and are well suited Cornwall. who at 20 years old is a veteran of to the difficult terrain found on Ponies have lived on the Lizard the reserve and a little deaf.” our reserves where they thrive. and Goss Moor since ancient The money raised will help times. Their grazing helps There are three levels of to pay for veterinary care and maintain the amazing habitats sponsorship: Bronze (£20), of heath and coastal areas on the supplementary feeds, especially Silver (£50) and Gold (£500). All over winter. reserves, which are two of the sponsors will receive a certificate, National Nature Reserve Senior country’s top wildlife sites. The and information about the herd. Adviser Phil Bowler said: “The Lizard is known and protected Silver and Gold sponsors also get pony herd is really important and for its stunning displays of guided visits and an opportunity helps us care for the wonderful spring flowers, summer visitors to meet some ponies. include the Dartford warbler and wildlife on our reserves. Support the pony herd by making “Through their grazing, the nightjar and the reserve is one ponies help control the vigorous a donation on line at www. of England’s only strongholds and species of plants. This enables for rare choughs. Species found follow us on twitter @NE_DCIoS on Goss Moor include the lesser some of our rarest wild flowers to flourish and support other butterfly-orchid, double line #MyCornishPony

St Minver Silver Band circa 1950.

We have received this photograph from Ian Hughes who has supplied some of the names - but can you help to identify anyone else? Top row - * Dick Treleaven , Melville Irons, *,*,Fred Carhart,Fred Leg, Betsy Carhart ( post mistress), Margaret Mabley, Lorna Blake, Dick Blake, John Wills, *,*,Roy Dingle,*Middle row: Robert Treleaven, *, *,Marshall Mabley and his dad,*,*,Dave Wills, Tom Wills,*,*,Front row: Ray Masters,Leonard Wills,*,Goff Richards, WA Wills,Will Richards,Jim Rowe,Lewis Harris?

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Events at St Endellion

Endelienta- Fostering the Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall December 17 to February 18

Concerts Young Musicians from Wells Cathedral School

Sunday December 10, 3pm Showcasing the school’s applicants to BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018:Meadow Brooks - percussion (newly appointed principal in the National Youth Orchestra); Meggie Murphy trombone (also a NYO player), and Cristina Dimitrova – violin. A delightful afternoon in the company of extremely talented young players. Tickets £8 (accompanied under 16s free)

Saturday January 6, 7pm If Music be the Food of Love Opera singer Maria Jagusz hosts a concert celebrating the New Year and Twelfth Night with performances from past winners of The Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award and presents the 2017winners. An evening not to be missed. Proceeds to the Chris Treglown Foundation Fund and Endelienta. Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free) Saturday February 3, 7.30pm Malija Featuring jazz saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Jasper Høiby and pianist Liam Noble, Malija is a trio that has been delighting audiences since 2014, now coming to St Endellion as part of a UK tour promoting their second album Instinct. The band’s sweeps through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes . Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free) Friday February 23, 7.30pm Truro Cathedral Choir The Truro Cathedral Choir returns to St Endellion with a glorious programme of sacred music and organ solos from across the centuries. The choir, which will be working in local schools during the day, comprises twelve adult professional singers and young choristers. As well as singing at seven services each week, the choir undertakes regular concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, foreign tours, and CD recordings. Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free)

Regular workshops

Saturdays January 13 & February 10, 10am (and every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Endelienta Poetry Group

For more information e mail Wednesdays December 13, January 10 & February 14, 7pm (and every 2nd Wednesday of the month)

North Cornwall Book Festival Book Club

For more information contact Ronnie Harrison at £2 per session Saturdays January 20 & February 17, 10am to 12.30pm (and every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Endelienta Make Club

A fun space for parents to explore, create and get messy, led by inspirational artists. £5 per family. Book online or pay on the door. Book tickets online at; by e mail; by phone 07787 944935; or from the Wadebridge Bookshop (concert tickets only). Tickets for If Music be the Food of Love can also be obtained from Cole, Rayment & White, Wadebridge; Newslines, Rock; or from Julia Treglown 07815 987172


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‘Plantlife’ receive backing from National Lottery A new Plantlife1-led project to save and protect the ancient trees and coastal woodlands and has been backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Plantlife has received an initial £82,469 for the Building Resilient Woodlands in the South West Project. Development funding has been awarded to help Plantlife progress their plans to apply for a full grant in 2018. The project promises to carry out essential woodland conservation work that will help to protect some of our most rare and threatened lower plants (lichens, mosses and liverworts) and contribute to our knowledge about how best to care for them and make them more resilient in the face of climate change, air pollution and tree diseases including ash dieback. Fostering public engagement is at the heart of the programme, which includes citizen science opportunities, a schools future scientists programme, and specialist training to enhance the volunteer skills base and community outreach. Plantlife will be working in partnership with the National Trust, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills AONB, Cornwall AONB, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, British Lichen Society, Woodland Trust, and

Natural England and hopes to work with other partners in the area. Rachel Jones, Plantlife’s Development Manager for the Building Resilience Project, said: “The ancient deciduous woodlands of the south west of England are a wonder to behold; ancient trees in greygreen jackets, soft bright mossy hummocks, carpets of ferns and misted light beams flooding through to the forest floor. As well as being places of discovery and joy for generations these woods have inspired generations of writers, poets and painters including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Tolkien.

woodland lichen communities: Lobarion (typified by the lungwort lichens along with species such as the ‘stinky Stictas’ which smell of fish) Parmelion (which reside in high rainfall areas on leached bark and include species used for textile dyes and the perfume industry). Graphidion (crustose species that form a mosaic on smooth bark including some of the earliest recognised lichens - the script lichens, the pox lichens, and barnacle lichen). Dave Lamacraft, Plantlife’s Important Plant Area Lower Plants Champion, said:

“These lichen species are indicative of sites with a long ecological continuity so in many cases they are our closest links to the ‘wild wood’. While some “Sadly these ‘Atlantic’ woodlands, of these species are increasingly one of Britain and Ireland’s most challenged by climate change important habitats and home to and air pollution they have benefitted from centuries a vast diversity of plant life, are of stable conditions such as increasingly threatened. We are continuity of tree cover. Plantlife thrilled to receive support from and partners are aiming to build the National Lottery so we are able to make plans for this crucial and strengthen the resilience of conservation work. our Atlantic woodlands ” 1 “The success of the project and Plantlife is an organisation the future of these extraordinary working in the UK to protect and woodlands depends on it being conserve wild plants and their embraced by the local public and habitats. Plantlife identify and the project plans to connect with conserve sites of exceptional at least 17,000 people to forge a importance, rescue wild plants resilient and sustainable future from the brink of extinction, and for the woodlands.” ensure that common plants do not become rare in the wild. See The conservation focus will page 37. be on the three classic Atlantic

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Another great start to the academic year at St Breock School

intake for 5-8 year olds is 5 that was mercifully kind to us glasses (1 litre)? For 9-12 year in an otherwise stormy week! olds it’s 7 glasses (1.5 litres) A new initiative which we and 13+ year olds should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water (2 litres) each day. Well This annual event, planned done to Year 3 who were to kickstart the new school the winners of our Water year and to bring class teams Challenge, recording their daily together as we keep fit and water intake throughout the have fun included a range of fortnight and helping to ensure activities – some repeated that their brains were fullyfrom previous years and others hydrated and ready to learn. brand new for 2017. This On Thursday 28th September, year, we placed a particular emphasis on children’s mental St Breock hit the coast for our health and on developing annual beach day. Perhaps the ability to recognise stress you saw us out and about, definitely aim to repeat and in our own bodies and to as we made our way to our develop next year were our ensuring we are equipped with beautiful local beaches of Healthy Family breakfasts. a range of strategies to calm Daymer, Polzeath and Rock. The children from each class these feelings. 200 children took part in planned a breakfast and sent activities from scavenger Did you know that the out invitations. Preparing hunts, canoeing, surfing, gig recommended daily water rowing and sailing in weather everything the day before, they then came to school with their guests to share this important meal together. Homemade granola, smoothies and fruit salad were very much the order of the day and it was so lovely to welcome so many visitors to the school hall each day – grandparents, Mums, Dads, baby brothers and sisters all eating and chatting at the start the day. And of course, we couldn’t let them go home until they had joined in with our daily ‘Wake and Shake’ For two weeks in September, everyone at St Breock immersed themselves in our now traditional Health and Wellbeing Fortnight.


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Start-up company to sell British Sheepskins

Sarah Morgan, who has kept White Face Dartmoor sheep since she was a teenager, has started a new small company to sell high quality British sheepskins. She thinks she has found a gap in the market as nearly all sheepskins available today come from China, Asia, Australia or New Zealand. Sarah stocks skins from Grey Herdwicks, Welsh Mountain Badger Face and Jacobs sheep - all sourced in Britain. You can find out more at:

Trevathan Cofffee Morning A Macmillan Coffee Morning held at Trevathan Farm Restaurant at St Endellion on September 29th raised £982. Thank you all who helped and donated especially Shirley and Jo Symons.

our Health and Wellbeing Fortnight so successful this We finished off our fortnight with a charity event, walking a year – by coming in to run mile in our jeans in the name workshops, by welcoming children into their local of Jeans for Genes. 500,000 UK children have a life-altering businesses, by accompanying genetic disorder and we were us on trips and healthy walks and to our amazing parents proud to be able to donate £139 towards research in this who ensured the children field by striding out in our turned up for school each denims! day suitably equipped for the day’s healthy adventures and Everyone at St Breock would learning experiences. What a like to say an enormous great time we had and here’s thank you to all those in our community who helped make to another in 2018! Visit our website - warm up dance routine!


Tubestation Celebrates 10th Anniversary The Tubestation, Polzeath, celebrated its tenth anniversary this summer with a weekend-long party for the whole community. Everyone who lives and works in Polzeath was invited. The theme of the weekend was generosity and the week leading up to it was spent gathering and creating a huge amount of food and drink to give away in celebration of all the good things we enjoy together. We honoured and reminisced with the elderly congregation First thing on the Saturday of the early 2000s who, morning we planted a new rather than selling the chapel palm tree to remember our decided that it could be put forefathers, the community to better use serving and champions of 1933, who encouraging the community first built the chapel in Polzeath with huge hope and around them, and set about expectation for the future. giving up what they had to

make it happen. But most of the weekend was spent just hanging out and having fun, a good excuse for everyone running all the local services and working in all the local businesses to come over and hang out together, and brilliant to be fuelling everyone’s day on free food and drink and the general ‘stoke’ of the event. Within a week we were into the summer holidays and a full action packed summer; our daily business punctuated with all sorts of events and activities run by local clubs and associations – parties, film nights, talks, awards ceremonies, a conference, a running race, a surf competition, apple pressing and so on. A pretty varied summer really which was


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good considering the weather reputation as a national surf and the surf this year haven’t competition with unrivalled been all that great. hospitality and a fun family atmosphere. Great to have Our most recent big event such a good local turnout, was the 10th anniversary of especially in the women’s the Jesus Longboard Classic category. There are a few on the 7th and 8th October, pictures here, but if you go to a competition which has become a firm fixture on the Youtube and search for Jesus Longboard Classic, the 10th British longboard calendar. Anniversary film is on there. The JLC has established a

Big thanks to everyone in the community who has supported Tubestation over the last ten years. As a registered charity we are stoked to be fulfilling our purpose successfully and looking forward to sharing all the stories of the next ten years and beyond. God bless.

Spotlight on Padstow Brewery When Caron and Des Archer gave up their jobs and home in Cheltenham to fulfil their dream to move to Cornwall, they had no idea how they were going to make a living. They started looking for opportunities for work and during this time, Caron treated Des to a day’s brewing experience at the Forge Brewery in Devon. ‘He came home from that day and out of the blue said ‘I think we can do this’’ said Caron. They bought a small self brew kit which produced 140 pints at a time and with lots of help from Dave Long at the brewery in Devon and testings and trials over a few months, they took the plunge and invested in premises and commercial equipment which would produce up to 3,000 pints per brew. At this point, it was just the two of them brewing, bottling, marketing and

delivering beer from the back of their car! ‘Padstow people were very supportive and now we have a fantastic team’ said Caron. Since they started in 2013, the business has grown rapidly although Caron and Des are committed to remaining a specialist craft brewery. They brew around 9,000 pints weekly, employ 11 people, have their brewery on the Trecerus Estate in Padstow and in April opened a retail outlet in the town called the Tasting Room. This now also hosts gigs by up and coming Padstow band, The Stowes. They launched a canned beer in the summer, called Pocket Rocket which meant bringing in a mobile canner which could process 5,000 can a day! “We have found that distribution is a challenge for all Cornish companies so at the moment our keg, cask and bottled beers are available in a few local pubs such at

the Golden Lion and Ship Inn in Padstow but also The Quarryman and The Ship Inn in Wadebridge and the beers are being very well received. We also sell the beers in our own shop and online. We try to contribute something to the community which has supported us by donating 10p to the Lobster Hatchery for every pint of our wheat beer, Lobster Tail, which is sold,” said Caron. The brewery also gives away the spent grains to local farmers for animal feed and the hops are composted so it’s a sustainable process. One of the most unusual things about the Padstow Brewing Company is the fact that it has the only female head brewer in Cornwall. Apparently Caron has the best palate for experimenting with different hops and flavours, while Des prefers the technical side of the business.

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Fitness with Julia Move it or Lose it ! This is one of my favourite sayings and in my line of work no words could be truer . It is never too late to start exercising and the health benefits are even greater as we get older ! Fitness is the ability to do what we reasonably want with our bodies in a physical sense . Whatever our age, we want to be able to walk, move, lift as much as is appropriate to our needs, in work, shopping, looking after children, taking out the dog,, gardening, housework or travelling. Much of the gradual failure in physical powers is due to lack of use . Inactivity leads to a poor heart and circulation, weaker muscles, thinner bones, less flexible joints, more fat, slower reflexes, lower mood and a liability to many illnesses . Over the many years I have been teaching exercise classes, it is more evident than ever that the older population are taking responsibility for their health. Muscles do grow stronger at any age, bones become denser, posture, body shape and balance improve, breathlessness disappears and confidence, energy and vitality can be regained through regular exercise . It is important that we enjoy what we do or we

won’t do it for long ! Since I have been teaching chair based fitness and low impact exercise to music classes I have seen incredible improvements in class members . Exercising in a group class, combining a variety of exercises to improve mobility, posture, cardiovascular system, muscle strength, flexibility and balance is a positive start to taking control of your health . Fear of the unknown, pain, misconceptions such as thinking you are too old, disease or injury which can cause concern about doing too much, access and time of day are all reasons which can stop people participating . However, the benefits gained, far outweigh these thoughts ! A good instructor will ensure you are working at the correct level, whether it be seated, standing, supported or unsupported, and allow you to progress carefully and with confidence . Whatever your goal, whether it be physical, psychological or social, let exercise motivate you to have fun, socialise and make friends, maintain independence, walk further, feel more confident, improve posture and balance and help with memory loss .

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Tackling the Christmas Party Season…

and staying healthy! by Faith Toogood

We are fully into the Christmas party season now so I thought that we would take a bit of time to look at how we tackle this busy time of year to ensure that everyone remains on top form; physically and mentally, for Christmas itself. This time of the year is great fun but can also be draining. We tend to combine late nights and too little sleep with increased alcohol. consumption, poor diet and an altered routine which usually means missing out on exercise sessions, dog walks, yoga or whatever else we tend to do to keep us active (and sane).


Alcohol can take its toll on our physical health when we drink to excess and when we drink every day ; it is a depressive so can also affect our mental health. Simple tips: Give yourself and your liver 2 alcohol free days each week (at least) Keep hydrated and eat before you drink.


Christmas used to mean a couple of days where healthy eating went out of the window. Now, we often see the ‘Oh go on then, it’s Christmas’ attitude towards food lasting for a week or two. Plan your food and eating ; think quick and easy healthy

meals: •Omelette with spinach, mushrooms and cheese (about 5 min) •Baked potato/sweet potato with baked beans and grated cheese (takes 5-10mins in microwave) •Tin of lentil/bean soup with some seeded bread (takes 2 mins to warm in the pan) •Baked salmon fillet with tomato and green beans (takes 12 mins–put everything, seasoned, on a baking tray and into a hot oven) •Avocado half filled with vinaigrette dressing (takes 1 min) served with a seeded roll •Baked beans on toast (3 mins) •Scrambled eggs / poached eggs / fried eggs on seeded toast (5 mins) •Tuna mayo open sandwich with rocket (takes 4 mins) •Bowl of greek yoghurt with banana, nuts, granola and berries (takes 2 minutes) •Lentil and vegetable soup Ready in 20mins (serves 3-4) Makes a large batch and freezes really well. Packed full of vitamins, fibre and protein, this makes a healthy and sustaining lunch or snack. 1 big leek 2 large carrots 1 tbsp olive oil 1 litre vegetable stock 1 cup dry red lentils (2/3 big mug or 1 tea cup – the exact

quantities aren’t important) Chop the leek and carrot into discs and fry gently until soft in a large pan with a little olive oil. Avoid browning the leek so keep the heat on medium. When soft add the vegetable stock and simmer gently. Add the lentils and continue simmering until the lentils are soft (takes about 10 – 15 minutes) Take off the heat and whizz up with a hand blender in the pan and bring back to the boil. Season with salt and pepper!


This tends to suffer because our routines are disrupted by events but also because when we are tired, sleep deprived and possibly ‘hungover’, we are more likely to forego our early morning walk, swim or gym session for an extra 40 minutes in bed. Whilst I think it is sensible to anticipate a slight drop in activity levels, it is important that you try to plan some into your day. The bottom line is that tackling Christmas is all about balance. Balance your decreased activity levels with lighter food choices. Balance unhealthy dinners out with super healthy lunches or breakfasts and balance the desire to be healthy with the fact that, after all, it is Christmas and we do all love a mince pie! Enjoy the festivities….!

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Welcoming Hope! I never tire of the joy of Christmas. Our churches are filled to overflowing with people who come to celebrate the birth of hope into our world by singing carols and lighting candles and hearing the old, old story of Jesus’ birth. For some reason, this Christian festival has become one which includes an enormous number of people of all faiths and none. And what is wonderful about that is that it is just what the God who we meet in Jesus stands for! This tiny baby who is so easy to love, grew into a man who welcomed people indiscriminately. He welcomed the poor and the disabled, the corrupt and the powerful, the sick and the outcast. He welcomed posh people and religious people, prostitutes and the financially shady. Still today, we can be challenged and encouraged by the extraordinary breadth of God’s welcome, as seen in the life of Jesus.

So as we find ourselves again amongst the rustle of tinsel, drinking in the smell of mulled wine and mince pies, I hope that in the midst of the ‘busyness’ of gift giving and socialising, we might be able to catch a glimpse of the deep hopefulness at the heart of this festival. Christmas may not be easy for all of us. Grief and changed circumstances, unhappy memories, strained finances and difficult family relationships can all take their toll. Yet, no matter how we come to this time of year, right in the middle of the mess and muddle of our humanity, lies the vulnerable newness of God’s life, come to be with us whatever we face. In this tiny baby lies God’s hope for the future of our world. As we celebrate Christmas this year, may we also be ready to cradle this fragile hope into the new year and see it grow and bring life and light to all those who we meet. Revd Elizabeth Wild

We Will Remember Them

Mr Stephen ARMITAGE of Wadebridge

Ms Carol Melanie LAMBERT of St Minver Mr Geoffrey MOORE of Wadebridge Mrs Laura Jean BADCOCK of Wadebridge Mrs Sheila Margaret NEWMAN of St Minver Mrs Norah Lilian BOMYER of St Minver Mr Mervyn Martin PEARCE of Wadebridge Mr Geoffrey CALVERT of St Minver Mr Leslie Leonard CLITHEROW of Wadebridge Mrs Joan May PINCH of Wadebridge Mrs Joan POOLE of Wadebridge Mr Edward John DAVEY of Egloshayle Mrs Margaret Gertrude Bruce Cilgour READ Mrs Wendy Dawn HALLING of Wadebridge of St Minver Mrs Constance Ivy JEFFCOTT of St Minver Mrs Hilary Ann RESEIGH of Wadebridge Mrs Henrietta JONES of St Minver Mrs Pamela June SANDERS of St Minver Mrs Marjorie Jean JONES of Rock Baby Senna Stephanie Harlow SIMM of Rock Mr Norman Albert JULEFF of Polzeath Mr Arne Edgar TENSJO of St Minver Mr Sydney Anthony YALLOP of Rock Mr Peter Charles KEAT of St Minver 28

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Our Featured Artist Katie Childs Written by Peter Crisp ““I have always painted.” Katie has a very straightforward and relaxed approach to her work and life, in general. She loves living here, she loves painting and she loves her gallery in Port Isaac. And who can blame her? Cliffside Gallery is perched on the cliff

opposite Nathan Outlaw’s Michelin Star awarded restaurant and commands a magnificent view of the coast and the ocean. “I grew up here. My parents bought a house in the village about fifty years ago. So we used to come here for our holidays. Then we moved to Port Isaac to

live when I was nine. So I went to school here, moved away and then I came back.” Like many of our local artists, Katie studied art at Falmouth. Then she went to college in London to gain her degree in textile design.

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“After I graduated I was painting and exhibiting. I was looking for a studio and I found the Cliffside Gallery. At the time it was empty and I used it as a studio for a year, then I bought it and gradually more of the wall space filled up and my studio space got smaller.” That was twenty one years ago and Katie has not looked back. “This was what I always wanted to do. I’ve never done anything other than be a professional artist. I mainly paint landscapes, seascapes and I used to do a lot of collage and 3D


work plus textiles. I do a lot So if you have a favourite of my work to commission, spot or view, Katie will happily paint it for you. and I produce a range of bespoke fabrics among other things.”

“Initially, this was a studio with just a few things on

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the wall. Then I started to produce a few prints, postcards and the like, and so far it has worked.”

The ink sits in the fabric unlike a screen print, which would sit on the top. So you can put the skirts in the wash. They don’t fade.

Two years ago, Katie started making skirts with “I made what I wanted paintings printed on them. and luckily other people wanted them too. I only sell “I do a lot of prints on to fabric. With a wide range of my work from here, with a fabrics, we produce blinds, few local places selling my canvases, cushions and tablemats, coasters and other bits and bobs. And cards. It’s a small speck on a then I thought: skirts.” big map but I can produce If you haven’t seen Katie’s what I want and we have an online shop too. Simon, skirts, it’s worth paying a visit to her gallery. They are my other half, does all the framing so we’re like a little most unusual and eyecatching. The fabric is dyed cottage industry, which is with ink so it’s permanent. great.”

Katie also makes unusual Christmas tree ornaments as a fund raiser for charity. “This year I have some printed wooden ones and a pound from each one goes directly to Cornwall Hospice Care.” So if you would like something a little different for Christmas this year or you just want to see Katie’s artworks you can find Cliffside Gallery opposite the New Road car park in Port Isaac. You can find more details at:

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The Dining Room

A family run, fine dining restaurant in the beautiful coastal village of Rock, Cornwall

Opening Times: Currently open Wednesday to Saturday 7-9pm for all reservations Between 1st and 23rd December we will be serving three courses for just ÂŁ36.50 We will be open over the new year period Call to reserve: 01208 862622 32

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Polzeath Marine Conservation Group News Polzeath Marine Conservation Group is a small group of volunteers that are passionate about our village. We can be found on the other side of the stream to the Waterfront Restaurant and close to the Crazy Golf. You can’t miss our beautiful marine centre with our new eye catching mural and we have a new flag! A lot of our summer activities are family focussed and are aimed at both locals and visitors. Summer 2018 we aim to have two rock pool rambles, a craft morning and a sandcastle competition every week. Last summer we had two marine biology students volunteering with us, they brought us into the 21st Century and we hope to have two more beach rangers next year. We welcome new members, new ideas and inspiration. We are completely self-funding and independent and determined to ensure that we can continue to improve our services. Our biggest current project is to install a water bottle refill station at the top of the beach to reduce the use of single-use plastic left behind. We have the support of South West Water and Carol Mould our local councillor. We just have to raise the capital sum of £2400

and obtain planning permission!!One of our fundraising drives this year is to finance the annual running costs and maintenance of this unit. It will provide free, quick, clean drinking water throughout the year for everyone, Water bottles can be refilled instead of purchasing more bottled water. This is an innovative project and will be a first for a Cornish beach! We are inspired by the pictures below, both taken on Polzeath beach last summer. www.polzeathmarineconservationgroup. com Facebook search 'Polzeath Marine Conservation Group' Instagram Polzeath Marine Conservation

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Junior Link Compiled by Nici Couch Welcome to the winter edition of the Junior Link. With the change of the clocks and the nights drawing in, we know that Christmas will soon be upon us! December is an exciting time of year for children, so the winter junior link is focusing on all things festive!

Photo Competition Winner The winner of our Photo Competition ‘‘Last Glimpse of Summer’ is George Roberts who has won an iBounce voucher. You can see full details on page 36. We have presented a Book Token to everyone that entered as a ‘Thank you’ and ‘Well Done’ from everyone at ‘The Link’.


Cookery Corner

Gingerbread – a favourite for children of all ages Ingredients: 4oz butter 1tsp orange juice 4oz soft brown sugar 8oz SR flour 1 tbs dark treacle 2 tsp ground ginger 1tbs syrup 1tsp mixed spice Ask an adult to heat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour two baking sheets (10 bakes per sheet). In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar, syrup, orange juice and treacle to a smooth consistency. Add to the mixture the remaining dry ingredients until combined. Knead the mixture together with your fingers and mould into a ball. Flour a work surface, and using a rolling pin, roll out the mixture to approximately 5mm thick. Using your favourite festive cutter (a star, Christmas tree, stocking etc), cut and carefully place on the baking sheets leaving a little space between each biscuit. When all the shapes are cut out, place the baking sheets in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, until lightly browned. When cooked, with adult help, remove the sheets from the oven, and leave the biscuits on the tray to cool for a few minutes. Carefully remove from the sheets using a spatula, and place on cooling racks. Decorate with white or coloured icing, and any other edible decorations you wish to use.

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After all the excitement of Christmas, and New Year’s Eve festivities, capture in a photograph the beginning of the New Year. This may be the first sunrise of January, a view from the top of Roughtor on a crisp January morning or the waves crashing in over the rocks at Polzeath. Please include your name and age with your entry, and email to: Good luck, we look forward to viewing your entries.

Where to go/What to do

December 1st

Santa Train at Lappa Valley.

5th- 31st Sleeping Beauty at Hall for

1st-24th Visit Father Christmas at Lanhydrock.

1st- 24th Santa at Bedruthan Hotel.



7th- 10th Padstow Christmas Festival. Fowey Christmas Market.


Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre. 15/16th Wadebridge Christmas Weekend and late night shopping on 15th. 2nd- 24th Santa by Steam at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. 24th Nativity at St Minver Church.

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Pine Cone Christmas Tree Centre Piece

Autumn is the best time to collect pinecones, but you should still be able to find pinecones dotted around the golf course and the woods. Collect as many cones as you can find (a bag full) and leave them in a warm place to dry out. With the help an adult make a cone shape using the card paper. To do this draw a large circle on the paper or card and cut it out. From the You will need: centre of the circle draw a triangular wedge about A selection of dried pinecones Strong glue to stick them together 1/6th of the size of the circle, cut the wedge out, and Gold or silver spray paint then bring the cut sides of the wedge together to make a conical Glitter – ideally in gold or silver shape and tape the edges together. PVA glue and Sticky tape Before starting to build the pine cone tree ask an adult to put a Strong paper or card ideally the side of a packing box or a piece of cloth or newspaper down on the table to protect it. Stand the cone on the cloth and make a ring of pinecones around the base A2 or A3 paper. of the cone shape and glue them together and to the cardboard cone. Please be extra careful with the glue, and ask an adult to help with this part. Allow the glued pinecones to set for a few minutes, and then build the next layer of cones on top and glue. Repeat these layers of pinecones as you move upwards, until all of the cardboard is covered and it resembles a simple Christmas tree shape. Allow the pinecone structure to dry over night, leaving the cardboard template inside to support it. Now you have your pinecone Christmas tree, and on to the fun part…decorating! Add stars, glitter and anything you like to make the perfect festive tree. It will look amazing as a centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table.

Garden Fun

Festive Word Search

Make a Den

See if you can find the following words in the square below: CAROL MANGER NORTHPOLE TINSEL ELF RUDOLPH STOCKING SLEIGH SANTA HOLLY
















Most of the garden is asleep at this time of year but that shouldn’t stop you getting outside and enjoying the outdoors! Why not have a go at building a cosy den? It’s easier than you think. Take a walk in the woods first to gather your materials. You will need; three or more medium sized branches, lots of long sticks, leaves and moss. 1. Find a good spot - a corner works well, or if you have a large tree, just underneath is ideal. 2. Build your framework. Use the bigger sticks to create a teepee tent shape to start with. You can use some rope or string to bind the top together to make it stronger. 3. Next use the smaller sticks. Overlay them on to the main framework. Keep going around until you’ve created some ‘walls’ – remembering to leave a gap for the door! 4. Now make it weather proof. Use leaves and moss to cover the outside to help to keep out the rain and wind – if you have any spare, you can use them to make a soft floor inside. 5. Try it out. All you need to do now is to make some hot chocolate to enjoy inside your den.

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Photograph Competition

The Results

Winner - George

Runner Up - Isla

We were bowled over by the quality of the photographs that were submitted for the Junior Link Photograph competition. Our judge, Martin Broadfoot, had to make difficult decisions but we publish the winning photographs here. Esme, Ella and Matilda were all ‘Highly Commended’. All win a £10 book voucher and George also wins a voucher for iBounce. This what Martin said about the pictures: George: “Well done, George. Good composition, especially the post in the foreground, make this picture stand out”. Isla: “Excellent focusing, Isla - a sharp and well exposed picture”. Esme: “Good attempt at what the French call ‘contre jour’ (against the light). Well done”. Emily: “Good try Emily. The reason it looks out of focus is that the camera moved. If in doubt, try resting against a firm object like a tree or a wall”. Ella: “Interesting idea, Ella. Would work better without the white label on the phone”.


Matilda: “Good try, Matilda - might have worked better shot wide instead of tall”.

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Can you tell your Old Man’s Beard from your Witches’ Whiskers? These oddly descriptive and rather cheeky names belong to some of our region’s hidden woodland treasures, the lichens. Unsurprisingly not many of us could point them out on a woodland walk yet the south west’s coastal and upland woods (known as Atlantic woodlands) are some of the richest places for lichens, mosses and liverworts in the British Isles. ‘Plantlife’ (see page 21) with funding from the National Lottery and the support of regional partners wants people to know more about the woodlands on their doorstep so that we can value them more and do more for their conservation. Old Man’s Beard: (Usnea species). Sometimes Over the next 12 months we will be sticking up on branches and sometimes dangling from them in clumps, these ‘usnea’ developing the ‘Building Resilience in South West Woodlands’ project and we want to hear lichens are made up of thin, round, grey-green threads and are reminiscent of a tangled beard. from the people who live near these woods, Photo: P Philpot. work in or visit the area. Let us know what you think about the woodlands of Dartmoor, Exmoor, North Devon, North Cornwall and the Quantock Hills. Tell us what activities you would like to get involved with. To do this go to BRCommunities Now back to those beards and whiskers.. On your next woodland walk have a look into the branches of hawthorn, oak, ash and birch trees to see if you can find either of these Witches’ Whiskers: (Usnea florida). With its lichens. Both are nationally fairly rare but can be abundant in some of the south west’s huge hairy wart-like discs, this grey-green lichen can’t be mistaken for any other. The discs are older native woodlands as they prefer to live the fruits of the lichen and can grow up to 1cm in the clean, light and damp conditions they across although they can be much smaller. Photo: K Clarke. provide. Visit our website - 37

Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett Our Book Club has recently read “H is for Hawk”, by Helen Macdonald, (reviewed for ‘The Link’ by John Baxter in the May/June 2015 issue) and with a few reservations we all enjoyed it. I particularly liked the passages of description of landscape and weather. One particular episode stayed with me; when the writer’s father, a professional photographer, was walking through a London park on a cold, bright winters day he looked up to see “. . . a vast tracery of ice rings and sun-dogs in a hazy sky . . .” He called out to a small boy playing nearby, to “look up, look at that - you’ll never see it again.” The boy was not in the slightest bit interested, much to his father’s sadness. It reminded me of


drank black coffee. However, at the break-time that day, a very quiet, new history teacher came up to me and said ” That must have been a fantastic sight, those geese.” It was, I said, “in a London suburb.” He looked sad, and went on to say how much he missed his native Dorset, and that was the beginning of many conversations we had in the (relatively) smoke-free corner of the an incident on a beautiful staff-room; wild life ,Dorset Autumn morning in London; villages, Thomas Hardy a pale blue sky, golden leaves on the plane trees as I approached the school where I taught. A sudden whoosh made me look up, a long flight of geese passed overhead, (a skein, I believe you call it) a rare sight in a suburban street. I quickened my pace, and ran in through the school gates and upstairs to the staffroom. and the Dorset coast, that “Did anyone see all those I knew well from visiting geese fly over?” I said with relatives. I told him about excitement. Across the the cottage in Cornwall we room, through the cigarette had just bought and would – smoke fug, not one head eventually move to. His turned with more than an wife was passionate about “oh”, as, puffing away, they the Poldark books and read their newspapers and they were looking forward

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to rest. owl sitting on a gatepost, to visiting Cornwall. We blinking in the street light, discussed, among other Lastly, a class of 13-14 things, septic tanks - he “Look! “I said, grabbing year olds I was taking for knew all about them as a her arm, “a little owl, how registration one bright Dorset countryman, Len wonderful to see him so November morning, were and I were only just getting close!” She looked up – “Um, all talking at once. I stood to know what they were! “she said,” and do you know and waited for quiet, and Young Ian, as I called him, what he said to her then said “who saw that beautiful knew all about soil and he . . .” I gave up. I turned to sunset last night? “Several strata. Two years later, Len give the Little Owl a smile! hands went up and we and I left London to live in Somehow his unblinking Cornwall at Cobb Cottage, stare was quite comforting. talked about how they might make a painting and Ian, his wife and two Strangely, taking my two young daughters came to of it. One boy, surly and children to school a short see us that first summer, one time afterwards, and passing frowning, said, “Alright for of many visits as they came the same front garden, my 7 you , I live in a flat on the to love Cornwall almost as year-old daughter suddenly third floor.” I replied, “Well, much as their native Dorset. said, “Look on the fence! A you’ve got windows, and They both got teaching deaths’ head hawk moth!” the trees are bare. Have a posts in Dorset, and were Sure enough it was; my able to settle near Wareham, daughter was obsessed with look this evening- it’s been very clear the last few days.” in their beloved county. butterflies, moths and wild They continued to visit for flowers, loving her “observer” Next morning he came in, with a grudging smile. “You years; sadly Ian died, much books, as did my son, with were right, “he said “Blimey!I too young at 50, of a brain his book of birds (he knew tumour. At his funeral his the colour and size of every thought the sky was on fire!” wife told the story of the I wonder who was the more egg . ..) Anyway, the moth septic tank conversation; of incident put the owl incident pleased? such things are friendships made. One evening when my children were small, I was on my way on a dark, foggy November evening to the local primary school for a PTA meeting. I remember the sooty smell in the air (the clean-air act was yet to come). The Dutch friend I was with was telling me a convoluted story of a neighbour’s infidelity when I suddenly spotted an Visit our website - 39

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St Minver Beavers are thriving by Debbie Davison, Beaver Leader

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Halloween party with games and activities to engage the children in, bone tingling fun with prizes and balloons like all good parties. If you require more details about your child joining the waiting list please phone Debby Davison, Beaver Leader, on 07802825234,

The 1st St Minver Beavers, or the turquoise ninjas as we like to call them, have grown or pop in on a Thursday at the Scout Hut on from strength to strength. The group is now full to bursting with 24 children. They are boys Trewint Lane. and girls aged between 6 and 8 years old, who attend every Thursday from 4.15 – 5.30 in term time. We have a varied timetable of activities and games for the children to learn new skills and make new friends. The children earn badges A professional plumbing service to wear on their uniforms which consist of the Fully insured turquoise blue Beaver jumpers, yellow Necker scarf and a woggle. The Beavers have recently Guaranteed for 12 Months been learning to tie a reef knot and in teams No job too small tried to tie the longest rope by joining the small pieces of rope together with their new Tony Parsons - 07572 447790 knot tying skills. They all tried hard. - As a special Half Term treat, we had a Visit our website -


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As we go to press, the festive season is looming over us once again, so that can only mean it’s time to think about your festive decorations. Nicola O’Mara - While this may be what we Festive Decorations initially associate Christmas with a twist Digging out that mistletoe and tinsel may get you in the mood, but what if you fancy something a little different this year? With just a few simple home design ‘hacks’, you can ensure that your home looks merry without appearing cluttered. Here are just a few little ideas that you may wish to try for yourself this Christmas.

with, it makes for a rather tired and old-fashioned way to decorate your home. Instead, keep things as simple as possible, think soft muted colours, greys, blacks, white and silver. This way it doesn’t dominate the room the way that rich colours would.

Delicate and Cosy

During the winter season, we all need to wrap up Unexpected surfaces Muted Colours and tones can warm and feel snug and cosy in our own homes. So, be used for decoration. There are a great many when you begin decorating surfaces in your home that probably alive with deep, your home you must make you likely overlook when rich reds, greens, and golds. sure that there’s room for it comes to adding a little Glamorous greys for a chic comfort. Your festive room festive cheer. From the design. must be at once welcoming sides of your wardrobes and snug for your family. to the backs of your doors Including small touches, and chairs there’s an array such as fluffy blankets and of spaces which you could pillows, will make a world easily transform into of difference . feature pieces, you just Glamorous Greys need to look a little harder and think outside the box! There’s something

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ultimately chic about this tone. If you’re looking for a sophisticated way in which to spruce up your living space, you may just have

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needs a tree to create a seasonal look. If you don’t have the space for an actual tree in your living space, there are plenty of other options that you may wish to explore. If you’re hoping to achieve a stunning look for your home, it may just be time to get creative.

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found it. Playing with various greys and browns can create a stunning look within your home. The variation of textures and styles here only works since the colour palette is plain. Hence, creating a less-than-busy look with your colours allows you space to get creative elsewhere.

Alternative Trees Of course, not every home

Why not dedicate a wall to your tree? You can make a decoration that mimics the style and shape of a tree without taking up the room it inevitably needs. Why not use old ladders against the wall and hang fresh holly and decorate with pretty red lights?

Never neglect the staircase Your staircase will mostly

Experiment using alternative probably take up a good trees, such as branches, ladders percentage of your home. and twine That is why you simply

cannot afford to neglect it when it comes to decorating the house!

Add a touch of sparkle to muted colours.

So, you see, creating the perfect seasonal look for your living space needn’t be mission impossible. In reality, you can have a whole lot of fun with your project. If you take note of these quick little changes, you should find that your abode is full of festive cheer just in time for Christmas Don’t forget to decorate your staircase for that added wow factor.

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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 ‘The Link’.

October - Opal

and crevices in sedimentary

Opals are beautiful gems, with the finest specimens containing every colour of the rainbow. The name means ‘precious stone’ and is thought to originate from the Latin ‘Opalus’ and the Greek ‘Opallios’. The internal colours of opal are often referred to as ‘play of colour’. Opals are loved for their kaleidoscope of colours and internal flashes of almost neon coloured lights. The iridescence of opal is caused by the way the structure, a regular arrangement of tiny silica spheres, diffracts light. Silica is a hardened silica gel, commonly containing 3 - 20% water. It may eventually dry out and crack. They were formed when water based solutions containing silica deposited a gel-like substance in gaps 46 46

Opal rocks, often near hot springs or geysers.

Opals have been considered both good luck and bad luck through history. They were considered as precious as diamonds by the Ancient Greeks and used in jewellery by the Romans. In Russia, opals were considered by the Tzars to symbolise the evil eye. When the Europeans first went to the New World, they found that the Aztecs of South America were mining opals, and brought back many to Europe to present to the Royal courts.

Most gem quality opals are mined in Australia, up to 97% in fact. Other opal producing November – Topaz countries include Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Honduras, Topaz occurs in a range of different colours from deep USA Czech Republic and golden yellow topaz and Romania.


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pink topaz being the most valuable, to blue and green stones being the most popular. Naturally occurring pink stones are rare, most pink stones are actually heat treated yellow stones. Much colourless topaz is irradiated and heat treated to achieve a range of blue colours, some almost indistinguishable from aquamarine when seen with the naked eye. Often inclusions such as cracks, streaks and veils are evident.

power that protected owners quantities of iron, chrome and from harm. copper within it. It is opaque Topaz is a fantastic stone to semi-translucent, light and to use in jewellery, not only very fragile. Some examples because of the stunning are very porous. Leading to colours, but also because fading and cracking, so it of its durability. It measures may be impregnated with eight on Moh’s scale of wax or resin to maintain its hardness, so only Sapphire, appearance. Ruby and, of course,– Sky-blue turquoise from Iran Diamonds are harder. is generally regarded as the Topaz is found in several most desirable. locations including Brazil, the Ural Mountains of Russia, As the gem is translucent, it is rarely faceted and is usually Madagascar and Nigeria. cut ‘en cabochon’ or made Topaz occurs in igneous rocks Interestingly, and more into beads. such as pegmatites, granites locally, samples have also Turquoise has been thought and volcanic lavas. It is also been found at St. Michael’s occasionally found in alluvial Mount and Lundy Island. to warn the wearer of danger deposits. December – Turquoise. or illness by changing colour. The name Topaz is believed to It is said to have been first The gemstone Turquoise come from the Sanskrit word has been highly prized since mined 6,000 years ago in ‘tapas’, meaning fire. Egyptian times and its name Sinai. In Persian times, people There has always been much means ‘Turkish Stone’ as it would adorn themselves legend attached to Topaz. It with turquoise believing it was imported to Europe via is has been believed to be Turkey. to prevent fatalities. Today, a powerful stone attracting turquoise is believed to clear It was one of the first love and fortune. The Greeks gemstones to be the mind, bring felt it gave them strength as mined and varies good fortune and well as supposedly relieving in colour from a prosperous insomnia and restoring sanity. sky blue life. It was even said to be able to green to detect poisons. They also depending believed it had supernatural on the powers and could even make its owner invisible! The Egyptians believed that yellow topaz received its colour from the sun God – Ra. This made Topaz a talisman of Visit our website -

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki

Winter wardrobe:The festive time of year is nearly upon us and we cannot wait! The shop floors are filling up with glitz, glam and sparkle as well as all things warm and cosy. Whether your Christmas is all about the parties or being wrapped up on the sofa watching ‘The Snowman’, the winter trends this year cater for every seasonal tradition. Turtlenecks As well as being a staple wardrobe basic, turtlenecks are fast becoming a layering essential. With a range of colours and fabrics, they can go with pretty much anything. Wear under your summer dresses and pinafores to double your winter wardrobe! If you aren’t one to layer then fear not, frills, shoulder pads, buttons and pockets are but a few embellishments designers have added to the simple turtleneck, causing them to be a statement piece of their very own.

for any occasion, just in time for winter walks and watching the fireworks!

chestnut and taupe to baby blue, deep purple, teal and maroon. Some designers Welcome back are mixing corduroy with Corduroy other materials as well as Corduroy is bound to make covering it in an array of patterns. Dress corduroy Nylon Jackets you think of University trousers up with a blouse professors and elbow Quilted and bomber jackets and a statement necklace patches. It is a more retro remain a key fashion this or go casual by teaming a daytime fabric and does season and is most likely corduroy mini skirt with a not scream ‘out out.’ But to transition into early hoody and chelsea boots. corduroy is making a big spring. Longer lengths come back in a multitude Winter Woollies and brighter colours mean of colours; from autumn that they can be worn with hues including burgundy, Jumpers and cardigans pretty much anything and 48

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are an obvious winter wardrobe essential and designers continue to make an impression on the high street with their individual

trousers and patent brogues. The sparkly trend is sure to follow into spring so experiment with colours and styles.

Guys… Autumnal colours are key for this season, think moss green, pumpkin orange and night sky navy to name just a few. Mix shades and textures of deep green and dark navy into every outfit, great for any skin tone and can be applied to anything from streetwear to suiting. Try a corduroy or quilted and on point. Team a bell navy shirt with grey jeans. sleeved cable knit with a high waisted PU skirt or a A splash of orange can be front wrap knit with skinny used to add interest to your black and grey staples. jeans.

Glitter! styles and textures. Winter doesn’t have to be the season of layers just to keep warm; from cropped to off the shoulder, chenille, cashmere or jersey; woollies can now complete an outfit. With designers embracing the need for a winter warmer and enhancing the looks, you can now be cosy

This is an obvious trend for the winter season. However, don’t just think ‘Christmas parties’ as every occasion deserves a little glitz, whether it is lunch with the girls or grocery shopping. If you are not one for co-ord glits, then try a chunky knit with lurex thread and a denim skirt or a gold top with tailored

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Our Guest Chef

Fred Beedles

The Dining Room, Rock The Dining Room restaurant in Rock opened in July 2010 and has gone from strength to strength under the ownership of Fred Beedles and his fiancé Donna Caswell. It was recently awarded ‘Gold’ 2016/17 at the Cornwall Tourism Awards.

twenty five years, starting a two-year apprenticeship in Plymouth at the age of sixteen. He went on to work at The St Moritz Hotel in Polzeath under head chef Brad Trethewey.

After several years at the St Moritz, Fred and Donna then went on to travel The restaurant is very much around the world, before a family run restaurant, returning to Cornwall with Fred’s sister Jenny when Fred was offered the also heavily involved in the head chef position in the running of the business. restaurant at The Atlantic House Hotel in New The artwork on the walls Polzeath, working for the is provided by Donna’s Lewis’. brother, Allan from Rock Road Gallery. In his mid twenties he Fred was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Cornwall with his family in 1992. He has worked as a chef for over

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continued to enjoy a lifestyle of surfing combined with hard work in his new home of beautiful Cornwall.

Work commitments then took him to Kent, before returning to Cornwall again with Donna with the opportunity to buy their own business. Since opening The Dining Room Fred says that it has been a steep learning curve. “Having always worked for other people it has been a great opportunity to have more creative scope, experimenting with new cooking techniques

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and using a variety of ingredients not available to me before”. Working with the freshest, seasonal produce, local to the area ensures that the small, a la carte menu is continually changing. Dishes include, loin of venison, braised shoulder, pickled cabbage, parsnip, wild mushrooms and fillet of turbot, crown prince pumpkin, squid, grapefruit. With few exceptions, everything is made on site, including the bread described in the recipe below is one example.

The interior of ‘The Dining Room’. The artwork on the walls is by local artist Alan Caswell, Donna’s brother. Every December and March The Dining Room serves a fixed price three course menu for £36.50 for three courses to showcase the restaurants offerings.

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Black treacle and toasted seed bread Makes 12 rolls or two small loaves - see photo on left

Ingredients stage1 48g fresh yeast 40g dark brown sugar ½ dessert spoon black treacle 185g warm water 1 tablespoon white flour In a metal bowl hand whisk together all ingredients in stage 1. Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for approximately 15 minutes or until the yeast has been sufficiently activated. Using an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix

Ingredients stage 2 300g strong white bread flour 110g wholemeal bread flour 8g salt 25g rapeseed oil

Ingredients stage 3 Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and fennel seeds 1 egg

together the ingredients in section 2 before adding the activated yeast mixture.

Lightly brush with egg wash before rolling with mixed seeds.

Knead for approximately 10/15 minutes on a low speed (or by hand if you’re feeling strong), before forming into rolls or loaves.

Leave to rise in a warm place before baking in oven at 190C for approximately 10/12 minutes (slightly longer for loaves). Best eaten warm with butter.

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News from St Minver School

of their topic on castles. A fun filled day, with children dressing at Normans for a thematic experience! They now know what a garderobe was used for. A fact, they will never forget! Some of our children were fortunate enough to enjoy The north Cornwall Book festival at St Endellion. A wonderful day, where the children got to meet ‘real life

What a fantastic start we have had to the new term at St Minver School. There doesn’t seem to be a week that has gone by without a special event happening.

tackling the swell.

For the more observant you may have noticed many of our children appearing in the latest series of Doc Martin. They were filmed last summer and portray the school At the start of term we children at ‘Port Wenn’ school. celebrated Roald Dahl Day. So many wonderful costumes They appeared in many of the episodes and who knows they which would have made could be stars of the silver Roald Dahl proud! This was screen in the future!! a great occasion where we celebrated the wonderful, Our year 2 children took a trip imaginative world that to Restormel Castle as part leapt from the mind of the celebrated children’s author. The whole day centred on his work and I must say even the adults looked good in their costumes!

authors’ and listen to them reciting some of their own work. As I write this we are preparing for School Harvest Breakfast; a lovely St Minver tradition, where the whole school comes together to enjoy a healthy breakfast and celebrate the gathering of the Harvest. As I said, a fantastic start to the term.

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Polzeath Coastguard Update by Matt Sutherland

Welcome to our second update for the Link. We have had a busy Summer and our total “shouts’ number almost 30 which is pretty high by this time of year. As is the case with most Coastguard teams, the majority of shouts have been for dogs falling from cliffs; sadly around half don’t make it – so please, please keep your dogs on leads when near cliffs. We often hear “He’s always fine off a lead” after a dog has been lost; even the best trained dog can suddenly bolt for a rabbit or a bird by a cliff edge. In more positive news, we also had a rather unusual shout for a 140 tonne scallop boat which had somehow managed to ’park’ on the rocks at Greenaway at 5.30am one morning in September.See photo p41) The team had a twelve hour shift which involved extricating the crew safely from the boat, ensuring no one got too close, then crowd management as the boat was towed off the rocks at the next high tide. With a crowd of over 200 people, we were concerned the tow rope from a large Padstow fishing boat could snap and cause major damage to onlookers – thankfully people stayed well back and the boat was refloated just in the nick of time – ten minutes before full high tide.


to the Falmouth Coastguard In other good news, Ian Tatham Operations Centre. They will and Graham Strout received then task the appropriate assets their twenty year service medals to the incident. These will and were presented with usually be some combination of them at the Pityme pub with the following: a great turnout of South West Coastguards. Coastguard Rescue Shaun Hawkey and Joe Vernon Team have also passed their ‘rope Shore-based teams with the technician’ courses and are now qualified to go over the cliffs in capability to carry out water rescue situations – a tough test rescue, cliff rescue, mud rescue, to pass and a big achievement. and comprehensive searches. Other team members had their The Polzeath Coastguard “rope operative” qualification Rescue Team is made up of 14 revalidated at the same time. volunteers who are on call to Our responsibilities respond 24 hours a day, seven On another note, we often meet days a week, all year round. members of the public who From a range of backgrounds, are not clear on the difference they all bring specialist skills between the Coastguard and the RNLI Lifeboats, so to explain: to the team. Our “flank” teams It can be the difference between are Padstow and Boscastle life and death if the right Coastguard Rescue Teams. emergency service is called RNLI Lifeboat at the start. In fact, it can Her A lifeboat will be tasked by the Majesty’s Coastguard (HMCG) is responsible for the coordination Coastguard Operations Centre if of all maritime Search and the incident involves a potential Rescue through a network of casualty in or on the water, or Coastguard Operations Centres. there is a need for eyes looking HM Coastguard is one of the onto the shore from the water. four “Category 1 Responders” under the Civil Contingencies Act, along with the Fire, Police and Ambulance services. If you dial 999 from anywhere in the North Cornwall area and ask for the “Coastguard”, you will normally be put through

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The Music of the Night Now in its sixth year, The Chris Treglown Foundation once again brought inspirational singing workshops and glittering musical events to North Cornwall. Under the direction of MJ-UK’s Maria Jagusz, and the musical guidance of Barrie Cooper and Barry Potts, events started in August on The Platt in Port Isaac, followed by music workshops in The Perceval Institute and St. Minver School; a concert in Wadebridge Town Hall; a highly successful evening in The Waterfront, Polzeath, and two packed performances of ‘The Music of the Night’ in St. Minver Church. The introduction of workshops four years ago has been extraordinarily popular, and the enthusiasm and expertise of MJ-UK’s Cornish Choir was received with acclaim in the Church concerts. Recent award winners appeared early in the programme at St Minver Church. The audience were spellbound as Jack Holton, winner in Cornwall in 2016, and fresh from working with ’The Wind-up Penguin Theatre Company’ with refugees on the Lebanon/Syria border, confirmed the outstanding impression he created last year . Sian Voller was an award winner 4 years ago and it will be interesting to follow her career after she leaves The Royal Scottish Academy. The 2017 winner of the Cornwall award, Charles Secombe, grandson of the late Sir Harry, performed two pieces, demonstrating impeccable French and Italian accents . The final award winner was 21 year old Megan Strachan and it is hoped she will return to sing in Cornwall in future years. Regular attendees will be familiar with Ryan Full who again showed considerable confidence in his performance of’The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top”. Eva Gheorghiu performed a familiar’Figaro” duet with Jack 56

and Harry Apps gave a brilliant performance of’My name is John Wellington Wells”, a classic Gilbert and Sullivan tongue twister, from’The Sorcerer”. The first half of the programme concluded with the introduction of nine year old Amos Mayland. Student at St. Minver School and product of the workshops, Amos displayed great confidence and played a significant part later with Chris Hamilton’s’Seussical”. MJ-UK’s Cornish Choir was introduced by Maria, who explained that it was created in only two days of music making, and then conducted the 12 Ladies and 3 Gentlemen in four popular numbers before the interval. The Choir featured again later before the emotional’Smattering of Les Miserables” brought another hugely enjoyable evening to an end. Julia and John Treglown were appropriately thanked and Julia made sure that all who had contributed to the organisation, administration and performances, were duly recognised. The many supporters will be happy to know that a further concert is planned.

By John Baxter Charles Secombe from St. Agnes receives the 2017 Chris Treglown Foundation Fund Award from Maria Jagusz ( director of MJUK) and Julia Treglown.

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Gardening made easy by Nick Bacon

Interest for Winter Days A winter balcony display A striking balcony display brightens up the drabness of Winter. With a little forward planning you can combine shrubs and bulbs with other plants to provide colour and interest from late autumn right through to Spring. Providing a backbone: Dwarf conifers and Hardy evergreen shrubs provide a basic structure along with perennial foliage plants like variegated Ivies. Always check the maximum height and spread when you buy a plant. Column-like or triangular shapes provide height. Plant the tallest shrubs at the back of a display and prune them to keep them compact and shapely.

Completing the picture: Once you have planted small trees or shrubs you can fill in the gaps. Plant spring flowering bulbs such as dwarf narcissi, crocuses, and colchicums. But remember that bulbs must have a well-drained medium to prevent them rotting. Other colourful bulbs worth planting are scilla snowdrops and winter aconites. Top Tip Not too heavy: When choosing containers for a balcony bear in mind the weight the balcony will stand you may have to choose wooden tubs rather than concrete pots.

or cushion types. A wide variety of colours include white, bronze, gold, red, pink, and burnt orange. All these provide attractive and striking colour well into December. These plants are most attractive in clay or terracotta pots. A few herbs: Winter savory, sage and rosemary produce their attractive foliage throughout the winter. They all thrive best when grown in full sun. Bedding plants that flower in winter are miracle cyclamen, pansies, violas and myosotis.

Hardy shrubs: Evergreen shrubs come in many Place the containers on the balcony before you start planting different shades often with this puts much less strain on your leaves streaked or splashed with other colours. back than carrying a container Euonymus fortunei which is loaded up with plants. good for trailing over tubs Other plant alternatives or climbing up railings. Try conifers such as providing long periods of Silver queen and Emerald Chamaecyparis lawsoniana winter colour include the or Chamaecyparis obtusa heath’s and heathers (calluna and gold or two fabulous varieties. Dwarf types of thuja for foliage and Erica carnea for varieties. Pernettya is a bushy orientalis are also attractive. flower). Unlike most summer shrub with varieties that bear magenta, lilac, red and Dwarf junipers grow 45 to 150 flowering varieties winter cm tall (18 to 60 inches) and flowering types tolerate some white berries. The climber jasminum nudiflorum bears lime. dwarf Pines and spruces are bright yellow flowers all also good for planting out on Hardy dwarf chrysanthemums come in pom pom, button Concluded on page -->66 a balcony. Visit our website - 57

Over the last two or three years you may have read reports in the press about the plight of our dairy farmers with the price they receive for a litre of milk falling as low as 18p, far below the cost of producing it. In light of this, it came as some surprise to the local farming community when two farm businesses in St Minver parish announced they were going into milk production - Joe and Gemma Vernon at Higher Trevigo Farm at Port Quin and John, Henry and Sid Mably at Trewiston Farm, St Minver. Much speculation followed and, of course, we all had an opinion about whether they had completely lost their heads or whether they did in fact know what they were doing! Now that they are both producing milk I thought I would find out from them how things were going. Trewiston Farm has been farmed by the Mably family for over 240 years. Over that time they have produced beef, sheep, pigs and arable crops. Over the last few years father John and sons Henry and Sid came to the decision that their existing business was not sustainable and was not generating enough margin to support three families into the future. They began to look long and hard at the dairy industry and decided they could develop a sustainable, and more profitable business by milking cows if 58

Henry in the milking parlour.

they developed a system that was simple and minimised the capital investment required as far as possible. A 280-cow unit would suit the farm and best utilise the available grazing land. They felt that they could produce milk profitably at the price that was currently being offered. With the decision made and no experience of milking cows Henry made the wise decision to propose to Ness, a farmer’s daughter with extensive experience of milking cows and managing a dairy unit! She said “Yes” and they were married earlier this year. Last year the decision was taken to set up a second self-contained dairy at Rosewin Farm. If they had increased the herd and milked them all at Trewiston they would have had to cart grass as silage

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from Rosewin to feed them. By building a second milking parlour at Rosewin cows can graze the grass around them and avoid the need to transport it. John, Henry and Sid apologise for the dirt on the road near Rosewin but ask you to bear with them in this development stage. It will get better once building work has finished. Five years ago Joe Vernon decided to leave the army and return to the family farm with his wife Gemma. Joe was a Captain in the 59th Commando Royal Engineers. His parents, Mike and Morwenna had given up milking 15 years previously but continued farming, rearing replacement heifers for a dairy farm nearby. Joe and Gemma always intended to return to the farm, which has been in the family for150 years, and began looking at various enterprises that would give them the income and quality of life they wanted. Dairying fitted the bill, particularly a low-cost system that made the most of home grown forage. A 300-cow unit suited the farm and was the Joe and Gem on the farm.

best size herd for one man to manage. With the milk price low and dairy farms with high cost structures selling up it was a good time to buy equipment and set up the new enterprise. A well thought out, simple system was developed and with Joe’s focus on growing good quality grass, a strong, sustainable business is being developed. Gemma had no previous experience of farming so rearing calves and sorting out cattle passports has been a steep learning curve which she has combined with being mother to their three children. The milk from both farms goes to Dairy Crest’s creamery at Davidstow. Davidstow purchases 500 million litres of raw milk a year from 400 dairy farms all in Cornwall and Devon. They produce Cathedral City Cheddar which is the UK’s leading cheese brand together with the Davidstow Cheddar range. The quality of the milk that goes into the cheese is very important. Farmers are not only paid on the quantity they produce but on the level of butterfat and protein in the milk. My own farm has links with both of these new enterprises. Our sheep do a tidying up job on Trewiston and Rosewin at this time of the year, grazing when it is too wet for cows. We also buy Hereford X calves from Joe & Gemma at two weeks of age and rear them through to beef. Wouldn’t it be great if our local chefs served beef born at Port Quin and reared at Polzeath. Not many food miles there!

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Answers to last issue’s quiz

Can you solve the following Autumn anagrams

1 Nothing brief.

Bonfire night.

2 All new hoe.


3 Hunts sect.


4 Ale must venue.

Autumn leaves.

5 Man overshot.

Harvest moon.

6 Lens cuts.

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This issue’s quiz

Answer these questions? 1 Which composer wrote The Snow Maiden? 2 What is the name given to a moving sheet of ice or snow? 3 What year was Snow white and the 7 dwarfs released? 4 In 1994 the panto Snow white had a shortage of what? 5 In what country were the first winter Olympic games held? 6 Who had a hit song in the late 60s with Hazy Shade of Winter?

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St Minver Probus Club

September meeting The club held its September meeting at its usual venue, the Pityme Inn. Our speakers were Caroline PerlSturman and Marion Willetts of Tesco. What does Tesco mean to you? If you think mistreatment of suppliers, customers and shareholders, then you have been watching too much telly! If you are not aware of the company’s massive community commitment, all over the country, it is because it is scarcely mentioned. Well it was today, because Marion has been Tesco’s local part-time Community Champion for the last three years, and Caroline its schools ambassador. Marion’s background is nursing, but the prospect of being involved directly in her local community (Wadebridge) led her to apply for her present job. She described many local activities, including ‘Concern’, Wadebridge and its minibus, the Community café for free meals for those on their own, the Food Bank charity partnership, raising money for Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation 22 million pounds to date. You may have heard of all these initiatives, but I bet you didn’t know that Tesco contributed to or managed all of them. Wadebridge Tesco can also be proud that it offers the ‘Fare Share’ scheme, to use food which would otherwise go to waste because of sell-by-date-ness. Five local organisations turn up at the end of the day to collect anything nearing that dreaded date. ‘Bags of Help’ uses the tokens you get at the end of a shop to raise money for local charities. Caroline’s job is somewhat different, gratifying in a different way. (It also sounds pretty stressful, but she obviously loves it!) She spends 15 hours a week in Sales – selling healthy eating. To children! (actually, this is part of the National Curriculum. She visits schools, promoting the ‘Farm to Fork’ idea, and I suppose Tesco

gets mentioned occasionally, and also organises school visits when the company even provides the bus. The trips are a hoot. The children are kitted out in yellow tabards and are taken around parts of the store normally out of bounds like the bakery. The ingredients and origins of food are discussed although apparently children in this rural area are far more knowledgeable than in some parts of the country. They know where eggs come from! They spend a lot of time in the fruit and vegetable aisles, having fun with pineapples and Brussels sprouts. All this has a very serious point, as we all know, and hats off to Tesco for promoting it, and making it so obviously enjoyable; “The best school trip ever” commented one 7 year old. Well, these were most enjoyable and informative talks by two people who clearly love their jobs – how refreshing is that in today’s cynical world. It was a pleasure to hear them, and many thanks to them both.

wife. They lived there for 18 months. At this point he unwittingly laid the foundations for his future career, by meeting John Bray holidaying there. (Alex’s mother knew Nettie Bray well, and Alex had been to Rock for holidays as a child. So, Alex was asked by his mother to show JB round.) Sometime later, Alex and family returned to London, for work as a management consultant for HMV, the massive and trendy record shop on Oxford Street, just as the internet was starting! His lucky break came after 4 months, in the guise of a phone call from John Bray seeking an assistant. That was 21 years ago. What a big step that was .So, the plunge was taken, as they say, and he never looked back. (I know that is trite and corny, but, when you look at what the property market here has turned into, actually, it is true! There cannot be a better place in the country to be an estate agent) An estate agent? Ho ho, you say, you can’t fail – just sell a few houses for a big commission, anyone can do October meeting it! Well, no, anyone can’t. There are Our speaker was Alex Roads from plenty of risks, and big overheads, not John Brays Estate Agents which he to mention regulations to observe has been running since John Bray’s and it is very easy to lose the whole retirement a few years ago. shebang. And you need clients! Alex After a brush with engineering at demonstrated an easy way to lose Uni, Alex settled for Economics them, on one of his first jobs. He was and Geography which led him to complained about and described a graduate traineeship at Healey as a “horrible man”, all because he & Baker and Co, surveyors and tactfully advised a lady on some small commercial property agents in improvements to make her house Mayfair, London. He sneaked in more marketable. (in Alex’s words, it just before the huge property crash then dawned on him that selling a in London. But the crash did not house is emotionally different from auger well for him, so he was soon looking for an opportunity elsewhere selling an office block!) We also heard some prescient and - viz, Calcutta. He spent two years thoughtful comments about the there, finished his qualification as a surveyor, and fell in love with a Royal future of the property market, which is apparently undergoing enormous Enfield motor-bike which he and his colleagues were using to get around changes, caused partly by high taxation, higher now than in Europe. the chaotic Indian city. He told us If the idea of having lunch monthly in of his adventures there with cows in the road (inter alia) and by and by he good company attracts you, Probus moved to Cape Town, not flying there is always pleased to welcome new but by driving the Enfield across Asia members. The person to contact is our Secretary, Roy Birchwood, on 01208 and then down through Africa. In 880549. Cape Town he took an MBA and fell Tony Priest in love again, this time with his future

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A Book Review by John Baxter


The History of a Cornish Estate by Catherine Lorigan Published by the History Press Professor Philip Payton, in his admirable Foreword to this fine book, immediately draws attention to the insularity of Boconnoc. He writes of the “area’s seeming impenetrability”, something confirmed over the past 40 odd years by visits with St Minver Cricket Club, The Cornwall Branch of the Oxford Society, The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, and The Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, together with attendance at the glorious Spring Flower Show .The eclectic nature of these visits is illustrative of the popularity of the venue, and the hospitality of the current owners, touched upon by the author towards the end of the book.

reader, particularly one with a special interest in the Duchy’s past, to reach an independent conclusion after reading the book. From the first recorded reference to “Bochenod” in Domesday Book in the 11th century to the present day the author has produced a compelling narrative of the constantly changing fortunes of the great estate and some gripping anecdotes from a myriad of widely contrasting families. Sifting through the wealth of material required considerable patience and skill, and Catherine has maintained a brisk pace without being too overwhelmed by detail. Many of

Catherine Lorigan is well qualified to embark upon, and complete, such an ambitious project. Little has been published about this important estate in South-East Cornwall, and the author has devoted years to scholarly research. A graduate of three Universities, well known for her acclaimed History of Delabole, she is a highly accomplished local historian. A glance at the list of Figures and Plates at the beginning of the book, and a study of the 12 page Bibliography at the end, in addition to the copious notes at the end of each chapter, indicates the huge amount of material explored during her extensive forensic activity. Indeed, as the author acknowledges in her Introduction, the volume of documentation is so enormous that she had no alternative “but to synthesise and précis”. The book falls into two parts, the first chronological and the second thematic. This leads Catherine Lorigan to consider whether Boconnoc can be described as “an exemplar of Cornish History”. It would be wise to leave the


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the families highlighted in the first section of the book are well known in Cornish History: Carminows, Courtenays, Mohuns, Pitts, Grenvilles and now the Fortescues, have all played significant roles, particularly during the Civil War. Less familiar is the extraordinarily named, Halnath Mauleverer, who acquired the estate in 1484 as reward from Richard 3rd for his good service against the Lancastrians. Throughout this section of the book much astonishing detail emerges particularly about the private lives within the families. Many of the principal characters re-appear in the second half of the book which covers a plethora of themes from “Running the Estate” to a “Miscellany” which touches upon Emigration, Education, Law and Order, The Poor Law, and Ferries and Railways. The introduction of stewards, John Bowen and William Pease, provides fascinating detail of the business of the estate in the 19th. Century, and the two chapters on “The House, Grounds and Gardens”, and “The Church”, are brimming with important references. It is at this stage of the book that 14 pages of handsome colour photographs appear, illustrative both of features of the estate and the author’s impressively eclectic research. An example of her inquisitiveness emerges in the chapter on the church in which a rumour about some lines in Thomas Gray’s, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”, being inspired by a beech tree on the Boconnoc Estate, is disproved! The final Chapter poses the question raised earlier, is Boconnoc an exemplar of Cornish history? In reaching her conclusion the author draws attention to both the involvement of the estate in national conflicts, particularly the Civil War, and the absence in the Boconnoc documentation of many references to Methodism, the “Cornish Religion” in the 19th. Century. It is, perhaps, not surprising that the inland estate should not have significant involvement in the quintessentially maritime region of Cornwall, but there are hardly any references to matters nautical. Nor did Emigration, which has typified the Cornish, appear to have had anything more than

marginal effect on the working population of Boconnoc. This book is a hugely impressive contribution to the literature about historic Cornish Estates, and contains an astonishing range of minute detail. Many of the statistics appearing in the first part of the book concern money. From a parcel of land valued at 10 shillings in Domesday Book to a bill for dinner of £50-12s and 6d in 1894, the reader is left wondering what these figures might mean in today’s money. A glance at Google revealed there is no mechanism for calculation before 1270. The yearly value of Boconnoc in 1484, when granted to Halnath Mauleverer, was £381. 6s. The National Archives Currency Convertor produced a 2005 equivalent of £192,400-17p and the cost of the 1894 dinner would have been £3,031-93p. The author could not have been expected to conduct the same exercise for every financial figure mentioned in the book, but it might have been helpful for some indication of current value of figures relating to the estate to have been mentioned. This slightly pedantic point should not deter anyone interested in Cornish History from purchasing this handsome and informative book: it would make an ideal Christmas present.


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Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP

Ahead of this month’s Autumn Budget, I asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to continue the second home stamp duty levy which is used for community-led housing. The levy was originally introduced in late 2015 to place an extra three per cent stamp duty on homes that are not primary residences. Cornwall has a higher than average number of second homes, and although the custom they bring to the Cornish economy is welcome, I believe that some form of contribution should be made, and that’s why I supported the extra stamp duty and why I successfully lobbied the Government to use the extra money to build self-build community-led housing. Nearly £20 million was brought forward for the South West from the Community Housing Fund (CHF), with £5.1 million being allocated to Cornwall – the most for any county. As a keen supporter of self-build housing and schemes which allow local people to more easily get on the housing ladder, I have been monitoring the progress of this funding and I am very satisfied with the inroads that have been made by the 64

Affordable Housing Team at Cornwall Council to build 1,000 new homes through the CHF. With some areas becoming more and more desirable, house values are rising which makes it difficult for people to buy a house in their community, and that’s why this money is so important to help hard-working families who are trying to purchase their own home. It’s vital that we keep the ball rolling to try and secure more money from second home stamp duty. I was also very pleased to recently support a Bill in Parliament which will introduce tougher sentences for people who assault emergency services workers, including paramedics, police officers and firefighters. Tabled by Labour MP for Rhonda Chris Bryant, the Bill would introduce a new offence of assault or battery against an emergency worker which would attract a 12-month prison sentence as well as the ability to take bodily samples to prove that the suspected person is indeed guilty of assaulting and / or spitting at a worker. Leading up to the Bill

being debated, I met with emergency workers in Parliament who supported the Bill and also heard examples from Devon and Cornwall Police about officers who have been assaulted in the line of duty. As the Bill progresses through Parliament, it will likely be amended to include doctors and nurses as well which I support. Attacking an emergency worker is simply unacceptable and I hope this Bill becomes law in the coming months. The Government has also announced tougher fines for littering, with fines proposed to rise from £80 to £150, as well as a new offence for people who throw litter from cars. Picking up litter not only takes time and money for Cornwall Council, but it degrades our beautiful county and can seriously harm wildlife, and I’m very pleased that heftier fines are being proposed.

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FromCornwall theCouncilor, deskSt Minver of Carol Mould and St Endellion

Firstly I would like to say thank you to all who voted for me in the Local Elections back in May, it was a great surprise and pleasure to receive 55% of the vote. It is now my job to represent all of the electorate in our Ward, something I will do my best to achieve Planning Both Parishes continue to receive numerous planning applications all of which are posted on the Monthly Agenda’s which can be viewed on the Parish Website and Notice Boards. Since the adoption of the NDP, we have seen a distinct rise in the refusals for new development outside of the old development boundary and we have had one application appealing the permanent residency condition refused at appeal. It is reassuring that the Plan is being upheld by appeal Inspectors and we can look forward with confidence that the wishes of the Parishes will carry maximum weight when applications are being considered. The Permanent Residency Condition does not apply to knock down and rebuilds, it was felt that applying the condition to rebuilds would cause harm to the property market and it was not the intention of the Plan to abolish holiday homes but to limit the number, thereby creating a better balance. I am constantly being asked about the process of notification regarding planning applications. Yellow notices should be posted on or adjacent to the site, near neighbours should receive written notification. Each Parish Council has a public section at the start of every meeting for anyone wishing to raise an issue in person or alternatively the Parish Clerks or myself are always available.

Toilets The 2017 summer season has been very challenging. Trebetherick Residents Association have formed a CIC (Community Interest Company) in order to take over the toilets at Daymer Bay and run them alongside the owners of the Car Park as a non profit making venture. It is hoped some capital investment from Cornwall Council will replace the septic tanks with a more cost effective solution there by significantly reducing the running costs. The Parish Councils are committed to keeping Polzeath Toilets open and will keep working with Cornwall Council to achieve just that. The cleaning arrangements for this summer have proved woefully inadequate, but a more expensive and frustrating problem was the charging entry system being vandalised, the has meant that the running costs for next year will fall heavily on the Parish. Whilst we can and will address the cleansing issue , I feel it needs to be stressed that not charging to use the toilets is not an option. We cannot expect the local precept to keep funding the toilets. If anyone witnesses any vandalism please contact the police so there is a log of incidents. Parking Both Parishes have paid for extra parking enforcement through the summer months with mixed results, again this has been funded by the local precept and when the discussions arise for funding next years enforcement there are areas where a marked improvement needs to be made before we agree terms for the 2018 season. Parking on Polzeath Beach this summer was at times chaotic, this was due to Cornwall

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Council being unable to find a parking attendant for the summer season and despite the Parish Councils also advertising no one came forward. It is hoped someone will be recruited for the 2018 season well ahead of time. Highlands and Lowlands PCs have formed a beach management group to work with Cornwall Council in the hope that all areas of Polzeath under the responsibility of CC can be managed more efficiently, it is important to us all that the Blue Flag status for Polzeath is retained. The Polzeath Marine Centre have a project to introduce a free water bottle filling station in Polzeath. I am fully supporting this innovative idea -see page 33 for details. Boundary Review The boundary commission have determined that from 2021 there will a reduction in the number of of Cornwall Councilors from the current 123 to 87. This inevitably means the Ward areas will change as every Councilor will need to represent in the region of 5,000 residents (at present the St Minver and St Endellion ward size is in the region of 2,200). The first draft of the new boundary changes can be

viewed at the Local Government Boundary Commission website Parish Councils and Network areas will be invited to give their views and any individual can make an independent comment via the website. There will be a public event at the Shire House suite in Bodmin on Tuesday November 28th from 6-8pm for anyone wishing to attend. The first draft is indicating Port Isaac will be removed from the present ward and St Minver Highlands and Lowlands will be joined with Wadebridge West, Edmonton and St Breock. The two current Council seats in Wadebridge East and West will disappear bring the council member numbers for the East Division down from 5 to 3. Although the number of councillors is decided I must stress it is the first draft of the ward changes and no final decision will be made until the spring of next year but it is important that all representations are submitted with supporting reasons. If I can be of any help please contact me by email at carol.mould@cornwallcouncillors. or ring me on: 01208 863692 or 07870 118001.

Gardening made easy continued from page -->57 winter, prune hard in spring it does well in containers. Cotoneaster bears its bright red berries into December and suits city balconies as it is very tolerant of air pollution. In milder areas Daphne odora aureomarginata is an evergreen shrub with fragrant pink flowers in midwinter.

attractive. Troughs come in timber, concrete and old stone. Stand them on bricks or blocks of wood to ensure good drainage.

For trees and shrubs use wooden tubs, planters and barrels 45 to 60 cm deep. Treat with preservative and make sure there is Important: clay pots look appealing but may drainage holes crack in very cold weather, also clay is porous Did you hear about the successful bonsai tree so make sure the compost does not dry out. grower? He got so good he ended up looking for Terracotta pots can be expensive, plastic pots a house with a smaller garden. are lighter and do not crack but can look less Next issue - Spring into Action. We welcome your stories and photographs 66

Anglican Church Services

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 December 3rd 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 4pm St Minver Christingle 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday December 10th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11.00am St Minver No Service 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Minver Carol Service 6pm St Michael No Service Sunday December 17th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday December 24th 11am St Minver Cluster Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Carol Service 4.30pm St Minver Crib Service 6pm St Michael No Service Monday December 25th 9.15am St Enodoc Holy Communion 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion with Carols 11am St Minver Family Carol Service Sunday December 31st 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Alternative Carols Sunday January 7th 11am St Minver United Covenant Service Rock Methodist Chapel 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday January 14th 9.15am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver All Age Worship 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday January 21st 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Saturday January 27th 6pm St Minver Come and Sing

Sunday January 28th 11am St Minver All Age Worship 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday February 4th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday February 11th 915am St Michael Holy Communion 11am St Minver All Age Worship 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Sunday February 18th 11am St Minver Holy Communion 3pm St Enodoc Evensong 6pm St Michael Evensong Saturday February 24th 6pm St Minver Come and Sing Sunday February 25th 11am St Minver All Age Worship 3pm St Enodoc Holy Communion 6pm St Michael Evensong Please Check With The Parish Newsletter, Church Notice Boards or Cluster Website For Latest Information.

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

Sunday 10.30 am John Betjeman Centre, (next to library). All are welcome.

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Local Telephone Numbers Samaritans------------------- 08457 909090 (St Austell)--------------------01726 74128 Churches Women’s rape/abuse centre Catholic Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-01208 869420 (Bodmin & Wadebridge) ------01208 72833 --------------01208 77099/0808 8029999 Rock Lifeboat Station -------- 01208 863033 (Tintagel)-------------------- 01840 770663 Water Helpline--------------- 0800 1691144 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club Methodist (John Wade)-01208 862709Rock Water Taxi Veterinary and RSPCA (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)- 01208 863481 Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)-- 01208 813258 (Boat -during operating hours)--------07778 (Wadebridge)---------------- 01208 812887 Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)-------01208 76403 105297 Multi-denominational RSPCA Animal Centre -------- 01637 881455 (offices)--------------------- 01208 862815 (Tubestation Polzeath)------- 01208 869200 RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour-0300 1234999 St Minver Beavers St Minver (Warden Mrs Ruth Varcoe)--01208 Strandings Hotline------------------------- Debbie Davison 07802825234 862954 0345 201 2626 St Minver Brownies (Warden Mick Sumra)-------- 01208 862550 General Numbers (Kathy Hore)----------------- 01208 862340 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)- 01208 814564 St Minver Cemetery Committee Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge-----01208 British Legion-St Minver (Mary Drummond-Dunn)---- 01208 863491 (Fred Prior)------------------ 01208 862543 812342 St Minver Cricket Club-------- 01208 863402 Bodmin Hospital------------- 01208 251300 Cancer Research St Minver Cubs (Nigel)------- 01208 815102 Frank About Drugs-------------0800 776600 (Gina Snelling)-------------- 01208 862820 St Minver Football Club Drinkline--------------------- 0800 9178282 Citizens Advice Bureau (Roy Birchwood)------------- 01208 880459 Port Isaac Surgery------------ 01208 880222 (Advice Line) --------------- 08444 99 4188 St Minver Post Office--------- 01208 863366 Rock Surgery----------------- 01208 862545 Cornwall Council-------------- 0300 1234100 St Minver Pre-School--------- 01208 869511 CRUSE Bereavement Care Royal Cornwall Hospital St Minver School------------- 01208 862496 Cornwall-----------------------01726 76100 (Treliske)------------------- 01872 250000 St Minver Scouts Animal Welfare & Veterinary Wadebridge Health Centre--- 01208 812222 Laboratory------------------- 01872 265500 (Robert Watson)------------ 01637 889 190 Libraries EDF Energy---------------------0800 365000 St Minver Senior Circle Cornwall Library Renewals--- 0845 6076119 John Betjeman Centre-------- 01208 812392 (Alec Chambers)------------- 01208 592956 All Libraries------------------ 0300 1234111 North Cornwall Cluster of Churches (Rev’d Dr St Minver Short Mat Bowls Reference Library------------- 0800 0322345 Elizabeth Wild)----------------07758407661 (Pat Crank)------------------ 01208 869120 Police Old Cornwall Society Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)--- 101 (Margaret Bartlett) --------- 01208 816307 St Minver Silver Band Crimestoppers------------------0800 555111 Padstow Harbour Master----- 01841 532239 (Gary Gauss)----------------- 01208 814170 Tubestation Polzeath--------- 01208 869200 Emergency / Helplines Parish Council: Highlands Clerk University of Third Age- (Joan Proctor) 01208 Age UK----------------------- 0800 1696565 (Lee Dunkley)----------------07773194876 814416 Concern (Wadebridge)------- 01208 812392 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Wadebridge & District Angling Association Electricity (Gillian Thompson)---------- 01726 884024 (Dave Churcher)------------- 01208 812748 (Western Power Distribution)-08006783105 Perceval Institute Wadebridge & District Camera Club EDF Energy 105 (Maureen Rickard)----------- 01208 863366 (Stewart Privett)------------01208 869435 National Domestic Violence Polzeath Area Residents Association Wadebridge Choral Society Helpline-------------------- 0808 800 5000 (David Short)--------------- 01208 862568 National Gas Emergency Service-------- 0800 Polzeath Marine conservation Group---------- (Annabelle Woolcott)-------- 01208 815322 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir 111999 07779896650 NHS Direct HelpLine 111 Polzeath Post office----------- 01208 863430 (Mick Stone)----------------- 01208 812912 Wadebridge Country Market Parentline Plus (24 hour)---- 0808 8002222 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club Hazel----------------------- 01208 832398 Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, 07971447584 Wadebridge Post Office ------ 01208 812813 Coastguard------------------------------- 999 Relate Relationship Counselling We welcome your stories and photographs 68

Domestic Energy Assessor Kristian Godfrey Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) Legionella Risk Assessment Professional Floor Plans Property Photography

07870 287755

Alistair Kirwan Electrical and Renewable Design, Installation and Maintenance.

07810 097419

To advertise in ‘The Link’ call 01208 869120 or visit

Polzeath Area Residents’ Association Hospital Car Transport Service If you need transport to hospital or your doctor’s surgery, please ring one of our voluntary drivers: David Pullen 01208 881148 Bridget Pullen 01208 881148 Elizabeth Dorich 01840 770225 Ricardo Dorich 01840 770225 Andrew Holmes 01208 840028 Peter Watson 01208 862452 Jacqui Watson 01208 862452 Susan Andrews 01208 880816 Graham Andrews 01208 880816 Julien Wenger 01208 863569 Anne Wenger 01208 863569 Charges are 45p per mile measured from the drivers’ home and back. The charges, excludes bridge toll and hospital parking charges.

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

Please Phone Mr Carter 01840 213774 . Web: 69

Lingham Hall St Minver School

Community Hall and Gallery for Hire

Sports, Dances - Keep fit Shows - Parties - Meetings

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

01208 862496 (School Hours)

Piano Tuner & Technician 20 Years Experience St Minver

C L Tobin MPTA, HND 08708 740014



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

01208 880849

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

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

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




Contact us for a free valuation

01208 863322

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

01208 863322

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

email 73 Rock I 01208 863206 Port Isaac I 01208 880302 74

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

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

Where friendly helpful service is our pleasure Wadebridge

01208 812291

Two new shops now open at

The Company of Master Jewellers


01566 773135 & 01566 773043 75

Luke & Dingle Ltd Builders, Contractors & Decorators

Established 1974

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

01208 862676

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

Alison Mattinson Dip.FH MCFHP MAFHP Foot Health Practitioner

07736 679 310

76 Home visits available

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

Phone: 01208 814681 email:

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE

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Farm Shop & Restaurant

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

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Tel 01208 880164

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 78

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

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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

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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