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The Link Issue 219

Winter 2018

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Inspirational Home Furnishings

Roller/Vertical Venetian Blinds Poles and Tracks Fabrics, Wallpaper and Paint Furniture • Cushions • Lamps Home accessories • Gifts Stockists of over 100 fabric brands including:

Sandersons, Villa Nova, Romo, Clarkeand Clarke, Jane Churchill, GP & J Baker, Prestigious Textiles, Designers Guild, Ian Mankin to name a few...

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The Dining Room

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

Opening Times: Opening Times: Currently open Wednesday to Saturday 7-9pm for all reservations Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Between 1st and 23rd December we will be serving Mondays, three courses for 7-9pm, just ÂŁ36.50 We will be open the new year period for all over reservations Call to reserve: 01208 862622 info@thediningroomrock.co.uk

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Independent Family Funeral Directors

R. J. Bray & Son Lywydhyon Ynkleudhyas Teylu Anserghek

Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6AD (01208) 812626. david@rjbray.co.uk www.rjbray.co.uk

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BESPOKE HANDMADE KITCHENS & FURNITURE B E S P O K E H A N D M AEDS ET . K1I T9 C7 H 4ENS & FURNITURE E S T. 1 9 7 4

Broad and Turner are traditional craftsmen who specialise in designing and building handmade kitchens and furniture from our workshop in North Cornwall.

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Interior Design | Holiday Home Refurbishment Curtains & Blinds | Sofas | Cushions | Paint Wallpaper | Fabric | Funiture Packs

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Beautiful Buildings that don’t Cost the Earth

Photography: David Curran for Unique Home Stays

Photography: David Curran for Unique Home Stays

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

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Because accidents happen

If you have had an accident you may be entitled to compensation. We deal with most cases on a “No win No Fee basis.� We are here to help, talk to Sproull.

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GROUP TRAVEL COACH EXCURSIONS Enterprise Park, Midway Road, Bodmin, PL31 2FQ. 01208 77989

Excursions 2018 8 Dec, 16 Dec

Bath Christmas Market Mousehole & Angarrack Christmas Lights

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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?

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

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Issue 219 - Winter 2018

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

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Contents

Around and about Link Supports Golf Buggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Quick Thinking RNLI Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Link Supports St Minver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Dorothy Housego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cornwall Hospice Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Link By Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 St Minver Christmas Lights Switch On . . . 17 Polzeath Beach Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club . . . . . . . . . . 18 Great British Beach Clean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Celebrate You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Wadebridge Primary Academy . . . . . . . . . 23 St Minver Senior Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 An Old Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Is This the Future of Motoring? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Wadebridge Netball Club Receive Support . . . 29 News from St Minver Brownies . . . . . . . . . 31 Polzeath Marine Conservation Group . . . . . . . . . 38 Polzeath Beachcare Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 All Aboard for Adventure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 New Local Opportunity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Chris Treglown Foundation Concerts . . . . 48 St Minver Remembers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Stories from the Antiques World . . . . . . . . 59

Regular Items Polzeath Coastguard Update . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Events at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 We Will Remember Them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Quiz Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Discovery and Mining of Diamonds . 24 Guest Chef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Business Spotlight - Cedar Croft . . . . . . . . 30 Christmas Church Services . . . . . . . . . . 31 It’s a Vet’s Life! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Junior Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . . . . . 34 Defibrilliators in our area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Aren’t We Lucky! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Featured Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 News from St Minver School . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Seasonal Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mindful Eating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Gardening made easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Our Farms, Your Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Fitness with Julia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Update from Scott Mann MP . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Quiz Quest- answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Hospital Transport Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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Quick Thinking RNLI Volunteer Saves the Day One evening in in September, Ollie Hewitt, one of the youngest crew at Rock RNLI was enjoying some time off on the water in the Camel Estuary at Rock. He noticed seven people on the water using a Zap Cat powerboat at high speed and witnessed it suddenly flip over, resulting in some of the passengers ending up in the water. Without hesitation, Ollie

phoned the lifeboat station, where he knew the D class lifeboat, Rusper II, was out on exercise. The volunteer lifeboat crew were diverted immediately to the scene where they recovered two people who were suffering from cold water shock. The two casualities were taken back to the station and warmed up carefully with hot showers and hot drinks.

Ollie said ,, ‘Although I wasn’t on exercise myself, I knew our lifeboat was on a training exercise and my younger sister, Buffy, was on the crew. I took quick action and they were able to respond immediately. Ollie added,’ We remind people to behave responsibly and respect the water, and if you see anyone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. The lifeboat towed the damaged boat back to Rock. Stuart Robertson

Link Supports Golf Buggy to provide access to St Enodoc Church and helps St Minver Silver Band A Big Thank You to the Link and Trebetherick Resident’s Association for their help in obtaining a second hand golf buggy to help those who find it difficult to get to St. Enodoc Church. Lighting and safety belts, indicators to comply with DVLA and insurance for the vehicle for it to go on the road then across the golf course, have all been provided. Electrical work done by Ian Tatum, seat belts supplied by Old Forge garage. Beautiful sign written in Gold by Eliahs Autos of Pityme. - ‘St. Enodoc Church Flyer’. Gerry Stone Co-ordinator. A donation of £300 from The Link will be used for new band polo shirts to be used for engagements when our full uniform is not required, or in very hot weather as we experienced this summer, and also for some new Christmas music for the training band. Garry Gauss 16 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 16

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Dorothy Housego It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Dorothy Housego who was Treasurer of Link from the very early days until 2012. Dorothy was a valued member of the Link committee and made a significant contribution to the development of this magazine. We send our condolences to her family.

Remembering loved ones at Christmas with Cornwall Hospice Care Cornwall Hospice Care’s Christmas remembrance event; ‘Light up a Life’ returns again this year with seven services across the county. ‘Light up a Life’ offers people the chance to remember their loved ones at what can be a very busy and sometimes lonely time of year. At the heart of the events are our beautiful Books of Remembrance. Each venue has its own book and there is a special service at all the locations, which are open to everyone. The pages are also available to view on our website. If you would like to take part in ‘Light up a Life’, to remember someone special, forms can be found in all our hospice shops and at both hospices, alternatively go to our website www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk and Light up a Life can be found within the ‘Support Us’ section.

Polzeath Marine Conservation Group

Beachcare Beach Clean Saturday, December 22 9.30am Meet at the main Polzeath Beach Car Park Equipment Provided Free but donations welcome

2018 services

For more information contact 07779 896650 or polzeathmc@gmail.com

Friday 30th November, Truro Cathedral, 7.30pm Sunday 2nd December, St Mary’s Church, Biscovey, St Austell, 4pm Tuesday 4th December, St Mary Magdalen Church, Launceston, 6pm Wednesday 5th December, Egloshayle Church, Wadebridge, 6pm Thursday 6th December, Chapel Street Methodist Church, Penzance, 6pm Saturday 8th December, The Old School Room, St Erth, Hayle, 6pm Sunday 9th December, The Smugglers Den Inn, Cubert, 7pm .

St Minver Christmas Lights Switch On

Get your copy of Link in the post during 2019 If you receive your copy of Link in the post now is the time to renew your subscription for 2019. Simply visit: www.stminverlink.org/renew-my-subscription. If you do not currently receive Link in the post and would like to just fill in the form at: www.stminverlink.org/get-link-by-post .

Thursday, December 6th 6.15pm The St Minver Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday December 6th. The proceedings begin at 6.15 pm with the St Minver Silver Band and carol singing. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Everyone welcome. Donations appreciated.

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News from

Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club had a fabulous season on the beach this summer. Blessed with perfect weather and warm seas, turnout at the club hit record numbers. On average over 100 members attended training sessions every Sunday morning on the beach. These included volunteer coaches, Nippers, Juniors and Seniors – the popularity of the club and surf life saving as a sport continues to grow. To accommodate the expanding numbers, extra training sessions were organised for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Polzeath Surf Lifesaving Club promotes an active, healthy life style for its members. Friendships are formed, skills are developed and fun is had on the way. The club aims to develop lifeguards of the future and teaches its members the correct skill sets to be safe in the water – vital for where we live. This year eight members from the club were employed by the RNLI as lifeguards on our local beaches. Not only is this a fabulous experience for those involved it also aspires our younger members to keep involved, to train hard and achieve.

7th and 5th position respectively. At the Nationals held at Holywell Bay in August, the Nippers came in at a record 4th position. Over 500 children from all over the country took part in this event reflecting the growing popularity of the sport. The Juniors finishing 15th and masters a fantastic 10th place Without a doubt such strong results are due to the high quality of training our members receive from our volunteer coaches and the commitment of our members to do their best. Our annual fundraising party in July gave our members chance to let their hair down a little and raise essential funds for our club. We held an afternoon of demonstrations to showcase our activities to the public followed by a beach BBQ with music and dancing into the evening. For the local businesses that donated prizes to our annual raffle we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’. Overall, we raised a staggering £4,000. In September, Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club hosted the Cornwall Surf Life Saving Open Championships on the beach. This gave club members and the public a chance to see some of the best athletes in Cornwall This Summer’s Successes perform and compete within the sport. As a club, Polzeath came a Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club fantastic 2nd overall. competes on a county and Towards the end of September, national level. In July at the the club provided safety cover Cornish Championships at for the Jess Solley Memorial Surf Portreath the Nippers recorded Contest, helping to raise vital their best ever performance finishing 3rd. The Juniors and funds for children’s charities. masters were placed at a credible As the club continues to grow,

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National governing bodies change and develop the rules and regulations of the sport, the need for more and better tuitionas well as safe and new equipment also grows. Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club is a charity and is dependent on volunteers, grants and donations

Our Community Partners

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new project called Our Community Partners of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club where local people and businesses can support the club at various levels, either by donating to the club or sponsoring equipment. In return the club will promote all those involved through advertising and social media. Our first Community Partner is John Bray and Partners Estate Agents and Lettings have agreed to sponsor our IRB boat over the next two years. If you or your business would like further information on Our Community Partners of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club please contact the club at zoe@ polzeathslsc.co.uk There is a level to suit everyone to get involved. For those wishing to donate, a fundraising page has been set up at www.pozeathslsc.co.uk Please help Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club to keep up the high standards it delivers, to expand and allow more people to come and join this very special club. We’ll see you on the beach! PSLS Communications Team

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Polzeath Coastguard Update by Matt Sutherland Cold Water Shock In this issue of the Link we look at cold water shock which can take even the strongest swimmer by surprise. Every year, around 200 people drown in the coastal waters around the UK. These tragedies happen to people taking part in a wide range of water based activities. Research has proven that wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times if you’re immersed in cold water. Cold water shock is the uncontrollable reaction of the body when it is first submerged in cold water. In initial submersion, the body will experience a gasp reflex, which is a rapid intake of air, followed by a fourfold increase in breathing rate and blood pressure, making some people susceptible to heart attacks. These symptoms will last for 3-5 minutes during which even the fittest person is unable to swim or focus on breathing. Wearing a lifejacket is vital for survival. During the initial stages of the cold water shock, try to stay calm and let your lifejacket keep you afloat. Without a lifejacket even the most competent swimmer will suffer from “swim failure” after around 30 minutes of swimming in cold water.

If you are wearing a well fitted lifejacket with crotch strap, there is no need to swim and you can concentrate on keeping warm, conserving energy and making yourself visible. In a group, form a huddle by using one hand to hold onto the person next to you. If you are on your own, cross your ankles, put your knees together and bring your arms around your body and float in the heat escape lessening position. Lifejackets do not last forever, so we recommend you regularly inspect your own lifejacket, according to the manufacturer’s instructions and in conjunction with an annual service. If in doubt, take the jacket to the manufacturer’s recommended service agent for checking and repacking. Whatever type of lifejacket you use it will need basic maintenance to keep it working properly.

Recent Callouts July 40 year old male with knee injury Polzeath Beach Three boys cut off by the tide Rocky Valley, near Bossiney Helicopter landing site preparation for a serious road traffic accident at Trewornan Bridge

August Missing surfer at Polzeath – beach cleared and surfer found Assist Padstow CRT with a high risk missing person, Trevone Two persons in difficulty in a dinghy, Daymer Bay

September Fishing vessel ran aground Daymer Possible dog over the cliff Greenaway Suicidal female Port Isaac

Top Tips for Keeping Safe October - Check the weather and tides before heading to the coast

42 year old high risk missing person, New Polzeath

- Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back

Male windsurfer in difficulty, Daymer Bay

- Wear a lifejacket and keep it fully maintained - Carry a means of calling for help, such as a portable VHF radio, and know how to use it.

65 year old with ankle injury, Tintagel And don’t forget, if you see someone in distress on or near the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Great British Beach Clean

A group of volunteers discovered that one of the beach cleans that they carry out a few times each year at Porthilly beach, coincided with The Great British Beach Clean. They collected about eight bags of rubbish - mainly small plastic bits, but also old bicycle tyres, ropes, barbecue trays and dogpoo bags. Recently 37 dog poos bags were cleared from the footpath leading to Porthilly Beach! The group enjoyed a cream tea after all the hard work!

in new neural pathways being created in the positive part of our brain. As we strengthen by Amy Grand BSc. Psych; HPD; DSfH . these neural pathways, these thought processes become Bridge Hypnotherapy We all spend we are all neurologically wired easier and eventually become so much time to think like this. It’s actually automatic, thus reducing working, a defence mechanism. The anxiety. caring for problem with thinking in this Just like any practical skill – others, just negative way is that it will practice makes perfect! doing what eventually cause anxiety. So next time you achieve needs to be It doesn’t have to be like this. something, however small, done; when do we stop and Ultimately, we can rewire celebrate you! I don’t mean congratulate ourselves for all our brains by doing things those things, big and small, shout about it from the a little bit differently. We that we achieve every day? can train our brains to stop rooftops, just allow that More likely, you are very aware criticising and sabotaging little voice in your head to of that little voice in your and start complimenting and compliment you. Feel good head that continues to tell congratulating. It’s not easy. It about it; smile to yourself! You you things like: you should be involves a little bit or work and achieving more, you should a lot of practice. Practising little will soon start to notice how doing this small thing each day look different, you should be tricks like recognising what will eventually add up to a big healthier and so on! This is you have done well each day completely natural because and writing it down will result change in the way you feel.

Celebrate You

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Events at St Endellion

Endelienta-Fostering the Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall Sunday December 9th -3pm Blackweir Brass This young brass quartet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama first visit was almost two years ago. The programme will include works from Britten, Ewald and Tchaikovsky as well as some pieces on a festive theme. £8 Saturday January 12th, 7.30pm -Grassroots Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice – Gluck Grassroots Opera are a new company of young professional singers who specialize in presenting accessible opera, in the original language, in intimate spaces and rural locations. Here they give a rendering of Gluck’s opera exploring the lines between love and obsession, reality and imagination. £10 Sunday January 20th, 3pm- Young Musicians from Wells Cathedral School A delightful Sunday afternoon concert from outstanding young players. £8 Friday February 8th, 7.30pm-Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg – Mandolin Caterina is from the classical world, Mike is from folk, and they fuse both traditions as they take you on a journey through the history of the mandolin from 16th century Europe to the new world of the Americas, picking up strains of melodies from each new place and the many musical hands that it has touched. A spellbinding performance from two world class artists. £15 (nave), £10 (aisle). Book tickets online at www.endelienta.org.uk; by e mail tickets@endelienta.org. uk; by phone 07787 944935; or from the Wadebridge Bookshop. Accompanied under 16s free to most concerts – please check the website. Also on the website, you can find out more about our monthly events - the Endelienta Make Club for families, and the Poetry Group.

Get involved with Link! 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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Quiz Quest

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How many parishes are there in Cornwall?

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In which century was Wadebridge Bridge built?

3 4 5

What is the population of Wadebridge? Who wrote the poem of Remembrance ‘For the Fallen’ and how is it linked to this area? How many people are employed by Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery?

Anagrams of Cornish Place Names 1. PICK THE WIN 2. LET US LAST

4. YO LEG LEASH 5. RISK TEC

3. BOW DEAL

Find the answers on Page 61

We Will Remember Them Barbara Mary ARMSTRONG, Wadebridge Graham Edward BRINSDEN, Wadebridge Neville Anthony COLE, Polzeath Edward John CONNOLLY, Wadebridge Frederick COTTON, St Minver Peter John Brian GRUNDY, Wadebridge Rosemary HAMILTON, Wadebridge Peter Michael HAWKEN, Wadebridge Leslie John HAYNE, Rock Rex Anthony HESTER, Wadebridge Dorothy Maud HOUSEGO, St Minver James KEMPTHORNE, Wadebridge 22 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 22

David John LOFTY, St Minver Nancy Ann MILES, Wadebridge John Leonard George NUNN, Wadebridge Margaret Rose OSBORNE, Wadebridge Margaret Elaine PRIDEAUX, Wadebridge Doris Winifred ROBERTS, Wadebridge Maureen Lesley SMITH, Wadebridge Thomas SMITH, Wadebridge Eileen Elsie TAYLOR, Rock David Godfrey THOMAS, Wadebridge David WHITMORE, Wadebridge Peter Daines WILKINS, Wadebridge

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News from Wadebridge Primary Academy It has been a varied and exciting start to the new academic year at Wadebridge Primary Academy; with lots of special visitors and fantastic trips. Here are some of the highlights… Year 1 have enjoyed ‘outdoor adventures’ at The Olde House, Chapel Amble. Using nets to skim the water, they found lots of different creatures living in the pond there! They found waterboatmen, blood worms, dragonfly larvae and lots of pond snails. They were even lucky enough to discover some pond snail eggs! In the woodland, the children helped to light a fire; scrunching up newspaper and carefully placing it in the fire pit. Whilst the fire burned, the children explored the woodland area. They found a bear’s den, lots of creepy crawlies and even an exciting rope swing! Year 2 also got ‘out and about’, but dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes, as they learnt all about life in the Victorian times at Lanhydrock House.

Year 3 have particularly enjoyed their sessions with the Plymouth Argyle Football Coaches on Tuesday afternoons and we are very grateful for their visits, which will continue in November. The school has also benefited from some brilliant tennis taster sessions, kindly organised by the LTA Schools Tennis Roadshow. To continue on a sporting theme, the school, was also very proud of the Wadebridge Girl’s football team played who played in a festival this half-term. They won all of their matches! Year 5 have had some exciting events both at school and on the beach! As part of their topic on China, they were lucky enough to have a visit from artist Reg Payne, who helped them to create a Chinese dragon for the Bikelights Festival. On October 4th, children from across Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to meet authors at the North Cornwall Book Festival. They took part in workshops and learnt about the process of writing. They also listened to the authors reading extracts from their books.

They met with John Dougherty, Ross Montgomery, Vivian French and Laura Wood.

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Thank you

Finally, we would like to say a very public ‘Thank you!’ to our FOWPA (Friends of Wadebridge Primary Academy). Through all of their fundraising efforts during the last academic year they have been able to donate a huge amount of money to benefit the children. £1200 has been provided to subsidise school learning visits, £50 per year group has been given to buy additional equipment, they have also bought a huge amount of playground toys and put funds towards Year 6’s leaving hoodies. They also have grand plans for this year, with ideas for astroturf areas in the Key Stage 2 playgrounds and generally improving our outdoor environments. All of these wonderful additions to our school are greatly appreciated. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Rev John Herewood, who led a lovely Harvest Festival assembly where donations for the local Foodbank were brought in by the children. Tamsin Preston 23 13/11/2018 12:26:28


The Discovery and Mining of Diamonds Stuart Robertson is the proprietor of Robertson’s Jewellers Ltd. with a

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

The Earliest Diamonds The earliest diamonds recovered by man came from India. These mines produced the diamonds which would have been set in Roman and medieval jewellery, and the diamond splinters prized by early stone engravers.

the sudden increase in supply caused prices to drop by 70%. The increased availability of diamonds explains the source of the great quantities of diamonds seen in jewellery from the 18th century onwards.

Act of Parliament

In the early days of Brazilian exploitation, much of the trade was being handled through Amsterdam. In 1732, the diamond polishers and jewellers in London took steps to restore their share of the market. An Act of Parliament was passed, abolishing duty on precious stones so that… ‘This kingdom has now become the great market for diamonds By the 17th century, the activities and other precious stones and of the East India Trading jewels, from whence most Company had established foreign countries are supplied’ London as an important trading South African Diamonds centre for rough diamonds. Diamonds were imported to Brazilian output declined by Britain and then re-exported the late 1860s but, as luck for cutting and polishing to would have it, just at this time, Amsterdam and Antwerp. diamonds were first being India remained the major world imported from South Africa. By the early 1870s South Africa source for diamonds until the discovery of the Brazilian mines was supplying over a million carats per year. in 1725. The ready supply of diamonds from Brazil not only The first authenticated find of a diamond in South Africa was supplemented the dwindling made in 1866 by a teenage boy. quantity of Indian stones, but Tavernier, gemmologist to the court of Louis XV, travelled across the world in search of the finest gems and wrote a graphic description of the mines in India. He described them as being worked by: ‘a rabble of fanatics guided by a Wizard whose wand pointed to the places that were rich with gems’.

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This stone, ‘The Eureka’, was cut into a stone weighing 10.73 carats and is now displayed in the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town. The first diamonds found in South Africa came from alluvial deposits, but in 1869 diamonds were discovered, to everybody’s surprise at the time, not in the usual alluvial deposits, but in a volcanic rock we now know as ‘kimberlite’. The greatest diamond rush in history began. Of the many individual mining areas, one established in 1871 was at the De Beers farm. Others in the same year included operations at Kimberly. In fact, the mining operations at Kimberly wre so vast, it actually consisted of around 1,600 individual ‘claims’. The Englishman Cecil Rhodes, who arrived in South Africa in 1870, purchased one of the De Beers claims, formed the De Beers Mining Company in 1881, and by 1887 had control of all the De Beers claims.

Diamonds from other African Countries South Africa is not the only African source of diamonds.

Continued on page 58

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St Minver Senior Circle

flung places overseas (The Olive Branch Foundation) and were entertained by a very amusing talk by Margaret Parker on her career as a legal journalist and market researcher before she went on to study for a Law Degree and become a judge.

We arrange three or four trips each year, including an The original St Minver Senior Circle Committee. L to R. Joan Beart, annual trip to the panto at Theatre Royal Plymouth. In Henry Buckingham, Reg Wilce, Jo Holt and Fred Beart. Photo: Martin Broadfoot previous years we have been St Minver Senior Circle was and sometimes if we are lucky on the horse drawn barge at other goodies such as cake formally inaugurated at an Tiverton; boat trips on the Exe and pasties! AGM in January 2002 and estuary ;and a trip on the Dart featured in Link in April 2003. We all enjoy the opportunity Valley Railway to Paignton. to catch up on news and This year we have been to see The original committee gossip until ‘Betty’s Bell’ comprised Reg Wilce, the musical ‘Crazy for You’ at chairman; Henry Buckingham, introduces the brief formal the Hall for Cornwall, Truro, vice chairman; Fred and Joan business which is usually just and to Falmouth taking the a welcome and review of Beart, joint treasurers; Betty River Fal ferry from Truro. the previous meeting by our Oliver, secretary; all ably During the first couple of Chairman – Alec Chambers; supported by Bridget Taylor years Reg Wilce was very keen an update on forthcoming and Jo Holt. entertainments; and a review to extend the activities of The original intent was to the club and sought funding of our finances if necessary provide a community-based to obtain a bowls mat and from our Treasurer Sylvia all-age forum for fellowship woods. Members of the circle Veall. Meanwhile Pat Crank, and social activities, there was, our Secretary is labouring and friends continue to have and still is, no bar on age. away taking notes for the the use of the Institute on We meet every other Tuesday record. Having got the boring Monday afternoons for a morning from 10 o’clock in bits over and done with we friendly end or two. If you the function room at the can get back to chatting are curious to find out more rear of the Methodist Chapel interrupted by bingo, a quiz about us you will be made on Rock Road. Our meeting or an occasional talk from an very welcome at one of our lasts approximately an hour invited speaker. Recently we fortnightly meetings – don’t and a half with a charge of have heard about the work of be shy, we look forward to £1.50 per person. There is a the Cornwall Air Ambulance seeing you there! John Tilling tea/coffee and biscuits rota and of the Merlin Centre for with the nominated persons bringing milk and biscuits

sufferers of MS; housing and educational projects in far

For more information, contact Alec Chambers 01208 592956

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Our Guest Chef

Laura Baker from ‘Nice Baps’

Back in September, ‘Nice Baps’ , which can be found on the A39, between Camelford and Wadebridge, had an even busier week than usual. The website ,Cornwall Live, was the first place the news broke that ‘Nice Baps’ had been voted ‘Best Restuarant in Cornwall’ by Trip Adviser and had been featured on The One Show, Good Morning Britain and BBC Breakfast. Considering they had their first ever review on Trip Advisor, 10 months before, this was a phenomenal achievement. Their fame hasn’t stopped there - The One Show will be reporting from their cafe in November. Trip Adviser have awarded them 5* for Food, Value and Service and the reviews speak for themselves ‘The best place for food in Cornwall! The food is ‘delish’ but the service is just incredible. True Cornish hospitality at its absolute best. I haven’t laughed so much eating breakfast ever.’ Laura is the chef at Nice Baps, which along with their partner business, ‘The Log Box’ were featured in a Link Business Spotlight back in 2014 and the two businesses have become even more successful since then. Laura has one guiding principle for the food at ‘Nice Baps’ – use local, fresh food and you can’t go wrong. They

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have a daily delivery of bacon, sausages and cheese by Chris Taylor of Ray Davies Foods; Malcolm Barnecutts deliver all the baps – over 200 a day, and The Vine deliver all the fresh fruit and vegetables. Laura, husband Kevin and their team of Anya ( Nana), Kelly and Jasmine manage to produce both eat in and takeaway food from the tiny, spotless kitchen from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon , 6 days a week. A leading food chain, ’Costa’ have offered to buy ‘Nice Baps’ from Kevin and Laura, but they are adamant that it is their baby and they intend to continue to offer delicious food and excellent hospitality to their customers. Kevin and Laura have another

guiding principle for their business; to try and use it to help Cornwall’s homeless as much as they can. to that end, they have a ‘collection pipe’ where they urge customers to put any spare change or any money they may have been planning to give as a tip and the Bakers use that to provide practical support to local homeless people. In the last two years they have collected over £15,000 towards supporting the homeless and recently a customer set up a Just giving account for them, to assist them in their fundraising to provide glamping pods for homeless people, providing them with a short term safe place to stay. This can be found at www.justgiving/nicebaps.

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An Old Friend

On October 6th Cornwall received a visit from the most famous locomotive in the world, The Flying Scotsman, for the first time. Many turned out in dismal weather through the West Country to Penzance to see the 95 year old locomotive speed by. She was built at Doncaster in 1923 for the then newly formed London and Northeast Railway Company (LNER)and was used from the Doncaster depot on expresses from London to Leeds and Newcastle. Companies competed for revenue, and the LNER decided in 1928, to run the express. The Flying Scotsman nonstop between London and Edinburgh, 393 miles. The choice of locomotive was obvious, but it led to decades of confusion as to whether the locomotive or the train was the subject of discussion. Six years later, the LNER, planning the first high speed train service, held a high speed test run from London to Leeds. Flying Scotsman hauled a lightweight train, and on the return, she reached 100 mph for the first time, a feat corroborated by the test vehicle coupled behind the locomotive. The years passed, and with both World War

2 and more modern locomoitves entering service, Flying Scotsman dropped back to less important services until the mid-1950s when, with improved repair techniques and exhaust modification, it was rejuvenated. She was used once again on the top expresses, but time was running out for steam traction with new diesel locomotives in numbers on order. The policy of British Rail in the 1960s was to eliminate ‘the old railway’ and any interest in steam traction was enough to finish a career. It was intended to scrap nearly every locomotive, but a wealthy enthusiast, Alan Pegler, bought the Flying Scotsman in January 1963. Since then she has changed hands several times, having cost the owners enormous sums, and has visited America and Australia in the process. The Flying Scotsman was eventually bought by the National Railway Museum, and it is operated and serviced by Ian Riley & Son at Bury at present. It is restored to its 1960 condition with its British Railways number 60103.

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Is This the Future of Motoring? put money in against future use; and some work on a pay as you go basis using your card details. As I was planning to do a lot of motorway driving and having discovered that most of the fast chargers at service stations are owned by Ecotricity, I switched from my existing fuel supplier to that company. Going around the countryside was a joyful experience -quiet, smooth and easy once you have mastered the order in which you do things. The car would not let me get out without switching off the engine.! The test came when I went on my first long trip from Leamington Spa to Cornwall. At Bridgewater, the first stop, the charger connected to my phone and as expected, the operation was completed in 45 minutes.My next stop in Plymouth was no good as the charger was broken. Luckily the Polar staff at Last October, fired by a desire to do the end of the phone were helpful but the something positive for the environment, I next charger was slow and I waited until I looked into buying an electric car. The deal calculated what I needed to get to Rock. Once went with an electric charger, to be installed in Rock after a cup of tea I searched for the at my home, and as I already had solar panels nearest charging point Unfortunately, it was it made sense to build on the sustainability not compatible to my car. picture. It does 187 miles fully charged so that I found one in Wadebridge so the next day I would take me a long way on my accustomed set off but on arrival found that another firm drives to the West Country. My test drive owned the chargers and required money in was surprisingly easy: with a start button, their account before charging. After paying, I accelerator, brake and not much else to walked down into Wadebridge, allowing 45 remember. minutes for the charging and on my return The car came with a starter 3 month free was pleased to find the car fully charged. membership of Polar, one of the charging I have learnt that you always need a plan B or point companies, including an application even C and be prepared to wait. called Zapmap which showed you all the More chargers will be installed nationally and charging points in the country. In my naivety cars will be developed with larger batteries. I assumed that you could charge at any point, Something to keep in mind is that electric provided it had the appropriate hookup for cars are silent and pedestrians do tend to your car, but no, you had to subscribe to a listen more than look, so watch out for the supplier and there are varying methods of person stepping into your way. Here’s to less doing this. Some take a monthly subscription pollution. (Polar); some ask you to open an account and Alison Lush 28 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 28

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Wadebridge Netball Club Receive Support

Wadebridge Netball Club with their new hoodies, sponsored by Nigel Wiggett of Bridge Bike Hire and the lockable cage for equipment bought by St Minver Link Committee. A new season, new members, new kit and a new cage - lots of news! What a fantastic way to start the 2018/2019 season! Everybody at Wadebridge Netball Club would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to all the local businesses that have supported and continue to support our burgeoning club. Two institutions, however, deserve particular mention. On hearing of the disastrous loss of our training equipment, the St Minver Link Committee awarded us a grant of £250. We have purchased a lockable cage to safely store our kit and have

started to replace needed items. To the committee, thank you for rescuing us! Our new kit has been sponsored by Camel Bike Hire. We consider ourselves very lucky to enjoy the continued support of Nigel Wiggett and we wear our hoodies with pride! As a small club we are dependent on fundraising and the kind support of local businesses. Our next event is a Bingo Night at Wadebridge Social Club on Friday 16th November. Please join us for a fun evening with some great prizes. We’re only a few matches

into the season and we’re feeling confident of good outcomes. If anybody is interested in joining a friendly, competitive club, whether you wish to play for fun, play for fitness or play to win, please feel free to join us at Wadebridge Sports Centre on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm. Anybody who’d like to follow the club’s progress, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram. If you’d like to get involved as a player, an umpire, a coach or a sponsor, please contact Alex at Wadebridgecamelnetball@ gmail.com

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Business Spotlight

Mark Orchard Cedar Croft Nursery, St Tudy Cornishman, Mark Orchard founded Cedar Croft Nurseries at St Tudy in 1990. Mark was looking for land to start a horticulture business that had good ground, was easy to access with water and power and the site in St Tudy fitted all the requirements. Mark had left school at 18 years of age and always wanted to grow plants and trees: “I have always got immense satisfaction from seeing things grow, and helping people select the best plants for their gardens. Even from an early age when I was at Penrice School in St Austell I decided that is what I would like to do”. Mark had a lot of family support. His Dad was there every day to help with planting, and his mum helped in the shop. With dog, Jess for company and joined by his nephew Joe Mark’s daughter, Ruby, is getting ready for Christmas at Cedar Croft

Brandon, Mark started planting Christmas trees and holly in 1991 on land next to the glasshouses on the B3266 and focuses on growing quality Christmas trees which he tends all year, planting seedlings, pruning and maintaining the plantation. We replant immediately and continuously. I source tiny seedlings from the UK and Europe and we nurture our trees over many years”. Mark started the “Choose and Cut your Christmas tree” about 7 years ago: “When we cut sold trees in the nursery more and more people asked to go into the field to see what else we had. It was really our customers who helped us develop choose your tree’. The whole family participate in wandering round the plantation, choosing the tree that best suits their home. Many paths through the trees are accessible by wheelchair and the team welcomes well-behaved dogs. From November his team increase to 5 at peak weekends, helping people to select their perfect tree which can be reserved using a numbered ribbon or cut immediately to take away. There is the traditional Norway Spruce, the low drop Nordmann fir, the Noble fir, as well some species of Serbian, Orientalis and Grandis firs that give a wide variety of smells, shades and needles shapes. Over the last two years Mark has also developed a Christmas shop that stocks a great range of Christmas decorations. http://www.cedarcroft.co.uk/ christmas@cedarcroft.co.uk

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News from St Minver Brownies

The Autumn term has flown by and St Minver Brownies have been looking at health and wellbeing as well as helping others.

The brownies had a great evening cooking for the Big Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Support and a very successful morning was held with the girls raising a fantastic ÂŁ150. In a few weeks time a Brownie meeting will be dedicated to fundraising for Children in Need as the girls are holding a sponsored silent dance-athon, wearing their pjs. For health and wellbeing we have looked at many illness and diseases and had a very informative evening looking at the human skeleton. We also chatted with a fellow guider who has experienced cancer. We have places available for any girls from 7 to 10 years. We meet on Wednesday evening and if you would like any further information please contact Katrina -0786600439 Captions: Top: A plate of cookies ready for the oven Centre: Concentrating on cup cakes!: Bottom:Learning about health and wellbeing.

Sunday, December 2nd , 4pm Christingle Service at St Minver Church Wednesday, December 5th , 6pm- Light Up a Life Service at Egloshayle Church December 9th - 15th December - Wreath Festival at Egloshayle Church Christmas Eve : 4pm - Live Nativity at Egloshayle Church 4.30pm Crib Service at St Minver Church 3pm Carol Service at St Enodoc Church 3pm Christingle at St Peter Church, Port Isaac. 10pm Holy Communion at St Peter Church Port Isaac 11.30pm Sung Eucharist at St Endellion Church 4.30pm Christingle at St Kew Church 11.30pm Holy Communion at St Kew Church 11.30pm Midnight Mass at Egloshayle Church Christmas Day 9.30am Family Holy Communion at St Breoke Church 9.15am Holy Communion at St Enodoc Church 9.15am Holy Communion at St Michael Church 11am Sung Eucharist at St Endellion Church 11am Family Carols at St Minver Church For all other church services, see page 62

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It’s a Vet’s Life!

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Dr Nicky Hallows BVMS MRCVS, Clinical Director at Nute Veterinary Surgery in Wadebridge. Well we didn’t quite get the Indian Summer I was hoping for in the last edition unless it was an Indian Monsoon. As mixed practice vets we spend quite a lot of our time outside but we’re used to a bit of rain and carry on regardless. A fair bit of our outside work is TB testing. It’s not a job than anyone really enjoys and TB is a real problem in the South West. When a case of TB is picked up on a farm all the cattle on that farm over 6 weeks of age have to be tested every 60 days until they have had two clear tests. For large herds this can take a whole week. We inject the cattle with 2 injections each and then return 3 days later to look for any reactions to these injections. A tiny swelling can be an indicator of TB. The solution to this serious and ongoing problem is probably too contentious for the pages of The Link and it remains to be seen whether the badger cull will have the benefits the farmers so hope for. Many of our herds are calving at the moment. Being called out to a calving is quite exhilarating for a vet especially if it’s in the middle of the night. Most farmers are very experienced at calving cows so you know as a vet that if they can’t do it themselves it’s likely to be 32 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 32

‘No points for guessing how this calf came out of the cow. Look at the size of him, hard to imagine how he ever fitted in her!’ difficult. Calves should come weigh upwards of 50kg and out front legs first with their take a fair heave. The other heads forward. Sometimes a most common calving we get leg or even two may be back called to is a calf simply too or a head back and usually big and we need to perform farmers can manipulate a caesarean section. Cows are these calves back into the amazing animals and, often correct position themselves. with no sedation, and just The most common calvings some local anaesthetic they we probably get called to will stand there while we work are when the whole womb away. is twisted sometimes 180 Back inside the surgery or even 360 degrees. This things have been busy as requires a fair bit of know well. I saw two dogs at the how and brawn to sort out. weekend. Their owners Sometimes we can get our had been out for the night hands in and use one of the and came back to find their calf’s legs to swing everything significant chocolate stash back into place, othertimes had been raided and they we roll the cow right over didn’t know which dog was while we keep an arm in to the guilty party. Chocolate keep the calf and womb still. is poisonous to dogs in We also have a device to Concluded at foot of next page > help us as some calves can

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Junior Link Compiled by Nici Couch

Feeding the calves is fun! In the last edition of Junior Link, Reuben Couch sent us a piece of writing and a picture all about snow leopards, which he loves. Spurred on by this, Amelia Vernon has written about feeding the calves on her family farm. Do you have something you’d like to tell us about? There is a prize for every piece we print. Email nici@stminverlink.org

> It’s a Vets Life from previous page. sufficient quantities and on this occasion the raid was enough to cause real concern. So I gave an injection to both the 5 year old Labrador and the 12 week old jack Russell and we waited. The injection makes them vomit profusely and look extremely sorry for themselves. It turned out that both dogs were guilty in this instance as the wrappers and chocolatey emissions proved. In the past I had to make five

cavalier spaniels all sick when it was just one guilty one that had raided the easter eggs. That one certainly had a lot to answer for to his mates! With Christmas approaching and the festival of chocolate that it brings, please keep your Christmas treats safely away from your greedy pooches. Remember raisins and currants are also toxic to dogs so watch the Christmas puds and mince pies too!

Like in regular life vet problems have a habit of coming in threes. In this last week we have had 3 dogs with broken legs. They are thankfully now all repaired and the proud owners of some fancy metal work! Hopefully that’s it for a while now. Wishing all the readers of Link magazine a very happy Christmas from Nicky and the team at Nutes vets.

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett On a beautiful Autumn day in the last week of October the light from a sun low in the sky illuminated colour- the mauve of Verbena Bonariensis, the purple-blue of geranium Rozanne sing out against marigolds and the fading greens of shrubs. It is a last, wishful burst of colour, after a proper summer…

I loved its stately overall shape, its leaves became yellow, mouldy and eaten - not a good look. It died out anyway and I was quite “Oh! The weeds are still growing!” I hear this relieved not to get lament often. I do not have this problem covered in because the planting in the garden of burs. However, Cobbs Cottage is so dense it doesn’t leave I was reading room for weeds depending on what you the inspiring call a weed A plant in the wrong place is garden writer often quoted. I have cow parsley, yarrow Richard Mabey on and hemp agrimony (to name a few) the subject of burdock growing amongst tall and he points out that this grasses and perennial geraniums. I love them plant was much admired by painters from the 17th Century onwards and often appears all but I would draw in paintings. Claude Lourrain (the father the line at ground of European landscape) used it in many elder. The famous paintings, as did Gainsborough, Turner, gardener and writer Constable and Landseer. They all liked its Christopher Lloyd, from Great Dixter House decorative appeal- it was one of the first and Garden, remarked one ‘weeds’ to be used in this way. summer that the loveliest of Later, the discovery of its quality of sights in his garden that year attachment led to the Swiss inventor George de Mistrel seeing the potential as was a mass of dandelions a fastening and in the 1950s shortly after growing among mauve the war, developed Velcro (it is said the idea periwinkle - he had an open mind on borderlines. came to him after picking burrs off his dog’s coat and remembering the frustration he Burdock used to thrive in felt trying to fasten his wife’s evening dress.) my garden, and although 34 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 34

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Everything has its place and Velcro is now widely used. What is more beautiful than white convolvus? Painted by the Pre-Rafaelites, and the source of decoration on many painted and carved items

student to admit it, as abstract art was creeping in. Painters like John Piper and Graham Sutherland, though, were painting landscape with a new vision, and were a great influence on me.

This is a rather rambling article; sometimes I think we miss really looking around us and The path to the beach here at Daymer has appreciating what we have, ‘weeds’ and an abundance of the large white flowers through the summer, and looks quite lovely all… with rose campion, borage and white daisies. There it can ramble freely. Yes, I know it can be a problem in a garden, but if you’ve the space, let it ramble. In 1946, shortly before I went to Goldsmiths College as an art student, I visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and was enthralled by paintings of London bomb sites, with ruined buildings colonised by wild flowers (weeds!) Clouds of rose-bay willowherb, charlock, foxgloves, amongst many others. In particular, the paintings of St Paul’s Cathedral, Wren’s beautiful building, standing proud, colonised by masses of pink, yellow and mauve flowers. I loved those paintings and still do, although it wasn’t ‘correct’ as an art

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

John Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge PL27 7BX

The Pityme Inn, Rock PL27 6PQ

Wadebridge Bowling Club PL27 6AE

Camel Ski School, Rock PL27 6LD St Enodoc Hotel, Rock PL27 6LA The Waterfront Cafe Bar, Polzeath PL27 6SP

Wadebridge Town Football Club PL27 6DJ Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge PL27 6JA

Daften Diecasting, Wadebridge PL27 6HF

Royal Cornwall Showground PL27 7JE

Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge PL27 7AL

Old ‘Phone Box Trelights PL29 3TQ

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Aren’t we lucky! Local walks

by Morwenna Vernon Delabole Circular Walk This issue, I have chosen a walk from the iWalk Cornwall website. I can thoroughly recommend this website as a superb resource for finding new places to walk. Although the website information is free and can be printed, there is a charge for the interactive app of £1.99 per walk. On this occasion, we used the app which was very useful as you can download the whole walk on your phone and receive notifications every time you have a choice of path, to ensure you don’t go wrong. If you do take a wrong turn it will notify you. You also have the benefit of lots of information about your route such as historical or geographical background. At the end of your walk the app displays all the data about your walk such as distance travelled and speed of walking. Fascinating! Having used it, I felt that it was value for money as it really enhanced the walk for us.

the road between the Spar Shop and Bruallen florists and driving to the very end. Take the path which skirts the quarry and peer down into what was at one time, the deepest man-made hole in the world. It is also the oldest slate quarry in England with evidence of slate production taking place here back in 1314. Cross the track and bear left (the path is clearly marked) and this is where you encounter the first of many kissing gates and stiles; in fact, so many, I lost count!

This old stile has been successfully incorporated into modern stock fencing At this point, continue along the track with houses to your right until you see the path marked up to your right, on to a road which leads to the junction with the main road, between the fish and chip shop and the Methodist Chapel.

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until it joins the Delabole Slate Quarry Car Park again. The walk had taken us 1 hour 49 minutes (according to the app) had been 3.6 miles and we had travelled at 2.6 miles per hour! It had included a peep into the world of industrial Cornwall, farmland, sea views and woodland with very short sections on the road. It was

Cattle Drovers’ Track drovers’ route. This part of the walk offers some fantastic sea views right down towards the Rumps, Pentire and Stepper Point; they looked very different from this direction. Crossing the road, head down towards the valley, passing the Delabole cemetery on your left; I found myself wondering, why do cemeteries always have such fabulous views? When the track forks, head for Helland Barton and at this point you head down into the woods and the track, which is clearly marked, weaves in and out of some spectacular trees and passes an old abandoned quarry.

The wooden bridge over the stream

When you reach the bottom, you are rewarded by the sight of a beautiful, crystal clear stream which feeds into the River Allen. Having enjoyed the cool and peace of the gently flowing stream, the path then climbs Woodland path leading down to the stream

Views towards The Rumps and Stepper Point such a gorgeous walk – I would definitely recommend it. My only word of warning would be the number of stiles, some of which were quite steep ; does that make it a ‘Stilish’ walk? For more information about this walk visit: www.iwalkcornwall.co uk Visit our website - www.stminverlink.org St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 37

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Polzeath Marine Conservation Group A fantastic summer on the beach!

Sandcastle Competition The Polzeath Marine Conservation Group has enjoyed an excellent summer, hugely helped by the absolutely wonderful weather. Our Marine Discovery Day in June was better than ever, and we increased the number of Rockpool Rambles, added other beach activities such as sandcastle competitions, and set up a new rockpool tank in the Marine Centre, all of which contributed to a record number of over 4000 visitors and participants. Marine litter continues to wash up on our local beaches, but thankfully support continues to grow for the monthly beach construction of two ‘rubbish sculptures’ cleans organised by Beachcare. We have outside the marine centre, a shark and a focussed attention on the issue with the jellyfish, created by our volunteer Laura. Reducing plastic waste in our seas is also the driving force behind the highlight of our year: the opening of our two water bottle refill stations in Rock and Polzeath, through the generosity of local businesses combined with the drive of our volunteer Tina . Over 14,000 litres of water were drawn over the summer months, significantly reducing the need for non-reusable bottles. At the same time, the Marine Centre have sold more than 300 reusable water bottles, the profits of which go towards the cost of the water. As we move into the less busy period of the year, we are working more on conservation, including supporting detailed studies and surveys of some of the marine life to be found on our local shores, led by the knowledge and enthusiasm of Dr Mike Kent. One of the very successful Rockpool Rambles on For more information contact 07779 896650 or Polzeath Beach polzeathmc@gmail.com 38 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 38

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Polzeath Beachcare Group

Keep Britain Tidy’s Beachcare Programme was publicly launched on this beach in March 2010 and has expanded to support over 60 beach cleans groups. The programme is supported across Devon and Cornwall by South West Water and Sharp’s Brewery. 1,200 beach cleans have been completed in the South West, removing 165 tonnes of litter. 90% of this litter is made of plastic. Beachcare volunteers are proud of their efforts made to help keep the local beaches and off beaches clear of litter, mostly sea borne and plastic. This year, Sharp’s Brewery has very generously given badged jackets to our Beachcare Group Our group here in Polzeath has just celebrated 100 continuous monthly Beachcare clears, starting in May 2010. We fully supported two local young people

All Aboard for Adventure Julia Campbell was in Falmouth after finishing her A Levels and decided to get a job on board a super yacht. She had to take a safety course for Personal Survival. Then applied for a job as a stewardess. Her first trip was to Spain and thence around the Mediterranean. She was then going to the Caribbean and then sailed around for seven months. Then off to Bermuda for the America’s

who chose to do litter picks as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award projects, one enthusing his whole family to litter pick, and this year we welcomed three local schools to the beach. When you factor in the number of visitors and other locals also involved along with Biffa, the Council contractors who alone pick up in excess of 20 black sacks of litter each week in the season and who also come and support us, it is a huge amount of litter to impact adversely on this small local environment. This year 139 large black sacks have been collected on the monthly events Many thanks to all who take part, generally pick up litter and Sharp’s Brewery. nickdpickles@gmail.com Cup based there for one month freelancing on a range of boats, working on the Hosting Vessel for team GB. She flew back to meet a new boat in the Mediterranean during the Charter Season around Italy, Spain and France finishing in winter in Italy. She thought she would have a complete change by working in the French Alps in luxury chalets. Julia says it was on boats that she developed her love for interior design and decided to choose that as her career. She is currently working in a local shop, Lucy Orr Interiors in Rock. Barbara Le Main

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Our Featured Artist Victoria Mead From an early age Victoria has always known she would like to do something creative with her life. She spent her early years in Nancledra, between St Ives and Penzance surrounded by a large number of creative artists who have greatly influenced her. After school she went to St.Austell College where she studied Fine Art, Pottery and Photograhy and then on to Falmouth Art School for her Foundation Course and discovered her love for 3D work. She finally From left to right: Multicolour Shapes, Landscape Ladder Round Mirror finished her education studying Designed Metalwork and Jewellery at Brunel University in High Wycombe and decided that she would like to become a fine art sculptor. Whilst at University, Victoria started making her very popular painted mirrors and first exhibited them at Camden market. They were a product which she could do in her small student accommodation and were only meant to be a project whilst at University. After university, Victoria returned to Cornwall where she continued to make her mirrors and quickly became a member of the Cornwall Craft Association. After that she was invited to exhibit in many galleries nationally and beyond. Victoria started Wave 7 Gallery in September 2003 originally to have more space to make the mirrors, but also to exhibit other artists work alongside her own. As the years have gone on the gallery has evolved to exhibit 40 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 40

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Four mirrors, from L to R: Polzeath Wave, Peacock, Fish and Spots large pieces for Universal Marinas near Southampton. This is an exciting project and the cast kinetic pieces will be sited in reed beds. Wave 7 Gallery, Nr Trelights, Port Isaac. 01208 880605/ 07773 822667 www.wave7gallery.co.uk The listed Granary Gallery where exhibitions of individual artists are displayed many established painters, potters, jewellers and textile artists. One man shows run throughout the year in the beautiful granary space which is a listed building. Victoria runs one day mirror courses throughout the year and also offers many other different courses with her artists from the gallery. Moving on from mirrors Victoria has also finally got chance to start sculpting againMotion Perpetual and is in the middle of designing some Visit our website - www.stminverlink.org St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 41

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New Local Opportunity for Young People Susie Russell-Curtis has recently moved to Cornwall to be with family and has started ‘Act Now!’ Academy Cornwall in St Minver. ‘Act Now!’ was originally set up In St Albans to provide accessible, affordable classes to help children build their confidence, friendship groups, creativity and achievements through encouraging and caring teaching. ‘Act Now!’ realized that happy children achieve and ensures that the school is a safe, happy and fun place to be. ‘Act Now!’ St Albans is still thriving and is now run by one of Susie’s previous students, Susie is well qualified for her role with a BA Hons, Performing Arts; Cert. Acting Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an HND Performing Arts. She has joined forces with her friend Cherry Marshall who she met at the Perceval Entertainers 10 years ago. Cherry is a well known actress and singing teacher in the area She also has a BA (Hons) Drama. The classes provided include acting, drama, playmaking, singing and movement and 46 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 46

are ‘pay as you’ go, weekly. Previous ‘Act Now!’ Students have gone on to study drama at university and drama school, appeared in West End Productions and on TV. ‘Act Now!’ has been the recipient of two Exhibition Awards from Gulldhall/Trinity College London for the highest Exam marks in the whole of the UK for two years running. ‘Act Now!’ Cornwall hope to put on regular ‘showcases’, performances, original shows, and, hopefully, in time, enter students for group Trinity Guildhall Performing Arts Exams. It will also forge links with ‘ActNow!’ St Albans and

maybe one day organise student exchanges to visit each other’s school - but that’s in the future! At the moment ‘Act Now!’ Cornwall has no uniform, but would love to provide free tee-shirts to students and are currently seeking sponsorship for this. They would love to hear from potential sponsors. There is no need to book classes in advance just turn up on the day. If you would like to chat to Susie she’d love to hear from you and she can be contacted on (01208) 862055. Regular updates are posted on the Facebook page Act Now Academy Cornwall.

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Chris Treglown Foundation Concerts

This will be the seventh year MJUK , a group of young performers all studying in music and performance , have been entertaining in North Cornwall and they now have a popular following in the local area. Under the direction of professional singer and vocal coach Maria Jagusz , musical directors Barry Potts from London and Gareth Stubberfield from Cornwall , the performers presented ‘Be Our Guest’ at the Waterfront restaurant in Polzeath and ‘ Some Enchanted Evening’ at St. Minver Church and St. Petrocs Church in Padstow . All concerts featured a mixture of operatic and musical theatre classics. ’Be Our Guest’ was a huge success and deepest thanks go to Jamie Yoki, owner of the Waterfront who kindly hosted the event, which supports the Chris Treglown Foundation Fund. This fund provides young people with an opportunity to pursue their love of performance whether it be through involvement in workshops or receiving monetary awards. ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ at St. Minver Church was very aptly named as the audience were most certainly enchanted by the performances, which 48 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 48

Julia and John Treglown (centre ) with this year’s award recipients - l to r - Tom Howard , Jordan Scrase, Peter Edge, Bethanie Frigot and Harry Apps included a medley from others with their passion of Rodgers and Hammerstein, music and song. Look out songs from Miss Saigon, Les for Harry Apps as he will be Miserables and Chess. Some performing the lead role of local adults and youngsters Marius in the nationwide tour from the workshops had of Les Miserables beginning in the opportunity to perform November. and during the concert the John and Julia Treglown Foundation Fund monetary wish to thank all those who awards were presented. This year’s winners are: Peter attended the 2018 events this Edge from MJUK and Bethanie year and continue to support the Fund by helping in so Frigot from St. Tudy. The many ways. runners up are Harry Apps from MJUK and Jordan Scrase For more info on future events, from St. Just. Tom Howard workshops and concerts and from Wadebridge received how to apply for awards - visit an award for his services to www.christreglown.co.uk music in the community. Email singingworkshops@ All these young people are hotmail.com or contact Julia studying in the world of music and helping to inspire on 07815987172 .

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St Minver School Update Another academic year has got underway in earnest here at St Minver School. During the summer we took delivery of 15 brand new Chromebooks, purchased with a substantial donation from the amazing fundraising efforts of the school’s PTA. Through the Aspire Multi Academy Trust, we were able to access free teacher training from Giles of Digital Learning Cornwall, giving us all that drive to just ‘get going’ with the children, enhancing our wide and creative curriculum with up to date technology lessons. As part of their Victorian topic, Year 6 visited Lanhydrock House in early October, followed the next morning with Mr Baines teaching very much in character as a strict Victorianstyle schoolmaster! While the trip was a grand success, sparking lots of discussion – especially about the hunting trophies and the wonderful kitchens – the children were less enamoured with their new teacher and were relieved to get the ‘real’ 21st century Mr Baines

back after lunch! St Minver’s youngest children have settled beautifully into their new class and are quickly picking up our important routines and shared responsibilities. Along with the Year 1, 2 and 3 children, they were lucky enough to take part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s ‘Tennis Roadshow’, an outreach from the Dragon Centre in Bodmin. What concentration and control they demonstrated as they practised a number of skills and drills to develop their hand-eye coordination and to inspire their love of activity and teamwork. Towards the end of the half term, we came together to celebrate our traditional Harvest Breakfast. The children sang, we gave thanks for our food and remembered those less fortunate than ourselves. The children were then served a shared breakfast by an army of wonderful volunteers! It was especially poignant to be able to donate parents’ surplus donations to Wadebridge Foodbank - this amounted to 28kg of food to help local families in crisis. Thank you, St Minver! And so we march forward to the second half of term, with lots more learning adventures to look forward to with Team St Minver! Mrs J Rodwell Head of School

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki Winter trends for 2018

Tis’ the season! It is time to get on your chunky knits and fluffy socks while enjoying evenings by the fire. The party season is Fusion’s favorite time of year as the shop floors are full of glitter and sparkle. This year’s Christmas trends will make it easy to ignore the cold weather and darker days.

Leather Leather, too, remains hot on the catwalks! The tough fabric has earned a bad reputation over the years but this season, designers have ditched the frigidity and given this hardened material a supple and ‘ladylike’ spin. The luxe fabric is levelling up to give everything from pencil skirts and dresses, to trousers and shirts a feminine make over. The key to this trend is to take one staple piece and dress it down from the heights of domination. Skirt too biker? Then pair with a chunky knit or satin blouse.

Animal Print Animal print continues to be huge this season, with more designs appearing on the high street. Leopard remains the most popular print however, Zebra, snake and crocodile are becoming a key wardrobe must. Don’t think of traditional prints; go big and bold with fiery red and black or earthy green and yellow. There are plenty accessories including shoes, handbags and scarves available on the high street if you aren’t one to go full animal. 50 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 50

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Gloss and Glitter

sweat with lace panels, embroidery and bright colours. All of which go perfectly with a coat, Obviously, high shine and sparkly fabrics jeans and chunky blanket scarf. Keeping warm are key this Christmas season! Glitter is in throughout the colder months has never been everything, from jumpers and trousers to socks and underwear, there is no getting away so on trend. from it. Luckily at Fusion, we have got you For the Guys‌ covered in all things twinkly. Think weighty tailoring and chunky boots this season gents. The popular fabrics for this season include tweed, cashmere/wool mixes, corduroy and denim. Try tapered trousers with a thick sweater and matching blazer or a corduroy shirt and denim jacket with shearling details. The muted colour palette continues in to the winter months, including pink with a more grounded hue, brown with a red and wholesome undertone and the warm comforting shade of sand, all of which effortlessly connect the season.

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St Minver Remembers by the church Youth Worker, Marcus Jones, On Sunday, 11th November there was standing room only at St Minver Church as the of all the men, women and animals who had community came together for the Service of died during the First World War. Remembrance. The church was decorated with reminders of After the Service, many of the congregation those who had lost their lives in conflicts since walked up to the war memorial for the final the start of the First World War in 1914. part of the service. The Service was led by David Elliot, Reader at St Minver Church, and St Minver Band provided wonderful musical support to the congregation’s singing. At 11 o’clock the Last Post was sounded by local band member, Les Buse , whose playing provided a poignant reminder of the field of battle. Before starting his sermon, David Elliot invited all the children in the church to come up to the chancel and make plasticine models, led

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Mindful Eating over the Festive Period Faith Toogood Mindfulness is becoming an increasingly popular word and concept because it encourages us gently (but powerfully) to move from focussing on the past or future, towards focussing on the present. In this article we will look at what ‘mindful eating’ actually is and how, over the forthcoming crazy festive season, we can use some simple techniques to regain control of unhelpful eating habits and empower us to make good food choices. First of all I’d like you think about the last 24 hours and each time you ate something and what you ate. From sit down meals to the corner of cheese that you chopped off whilst preparing the kid’s food or the half biscuit that you grabbed from the tin as you rushed out of the door. Now look at each of those eating episodes and think about why you ate? Was it hunger? Or was it habit? boredom? time of day? tiredness? anxiety? stress? the fact that it was just ‘there’? happiness? sadness? For many of us, the reasons behind why we eat are often not to do with genuine hunger but to do with a whole host of other reasons such as the ones listed previously. Tackling those is a whole series of articles in its own right but

where this links to mindful eating is that being more mindful is all about awareness. Allowing yourself a pause between trigger and reaction and using this time to break ineffectual habitual patterns and offers an opportunity to change old behaviours. Mindful eating isn’t about what is right to eat and what is wrong, but more about having a framework that allows us more insight into what and why we eat. Then we can really effect long term positive changes with eating and body weight. This underpins everything and when combined with a general understanding of food and nutrition, forms a powerful toolkit to allow you to reach your goals be they health or weight related.

importantly will give our body time to register the food that we are eating and to sense how full we are. Pause to chew each mouthful well, taste the food and swallow it before loading up the next forkful. 3)Buy some sticky coloured dots (yes I do love these!) and stick them wherever your eating triggers are. Use the question above to find out what your triggers are. For many these include the biscuit tin, work snack drawer, the fridge, the snack cupboard, steering wheel in the car, purse and so on. Be honest with yourself. Use these dots to give you the pause that we mentioned above and thus empowering you to make a good choice. So when the festive season is in full swing with food everywhere and drinks, Top tips canapes and ‘nibbles’ are 1) Try to eat only when sitting screaming at you, just try to down. This will help to avoid the grab and go snacks that are take a moment, observe what eaten so quickly that the brain is going on in your head and doesn’t even really register that make an informed choice. Certainly enjoy the odd canape you have eaten. It makes an (chew it, taste it and mindfully ‘event’ out of eating therefore encouraging you to think about eat it) but let yourself avoid whether you do actually really those foods that you would have just guzzled mindlessly want to eat or not. and probably didn’t even really 2)Place knife and fork down between mouthfuls and chew want anyway. Have a really merry Christmas your food well. This will help and a happy and healthy 2019. your digestion but more

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Gardening Made Easy by Nick Bacon

Allotment Gardening

Home grown fruit and vegetables are enjoying a huge renaissance; growing your own food is now more popular than it has been for decades not since the days of our parents and grandparents has there been such a demand for allotments. Much of this rebirth of interest is from our desire to live as healthily as possible and the recognition that what we eat plays a vital part in that. What do you need to know to begin growing your own fruit and vegetables? Probably not as much as you think. The important thing is to start with the basics. Dig over a patch of land, sow a few seeds and unless you completely neglect your growing plants you’re almost certain to end up with something you can eat. But with a little knowledge, a bit of advanced planning, some regular care and maintenance, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be harvesting crops to feed you and your family all year round.

Getting the timing right

Ask any allotment old timer and they will tell you that the question most commonly asked by beginners is not about how but about when. Is it time to plant my seed potatoes? When should I sow runner beans seeds or prune my apple tree? In short knowing what to do and when is the thing that new plot holders grapple with.

Aspect and Situation

What is the overall site like? Is it exposed or sheltered? Is it on high or low ground? Is it set on a slope? If so, is your plot at the top or bottom of the slope? Which direction does the site face? Where does the sun rise and set? How does it track across the sky both in winter and summer? All the above affect the growing conditions for your plants.

Soil and Climate

Soil and climate are probably the most important single factors to consider. Cultivating fruit and vegetables is more demanding than growing ornamental garden plants. You are after all grooming the crops for just one thing - a bumper crop or harvest. So plants need rich fertile soil and optimum levels of water, warmth and sunshine. Early on you’ll want to find out what type of soil you have. In terms of its structure, is it heavy, sticky clay or light, sandy and free draining? In terms of its chemistry is it alkaline acid or neutral?

Plot layout and bed systems

Very important since it is an area in which you are going to spend a good deal of time so you want your plot to be easy and efficient to work as possible. The bed system laying out a permanent pattern of beds and paths will keep you off Assess your site the areas you are cultivating. If you regularly If you’re taking on an allotment for the first add organic matter to your beds the soil level time, you’ll want to start by getting some in time will become higher than that of the initial sense of its potential. What state is it paths, so raised beds are edged with boards, in, has it been cared for or neglected? If it is bricks, tiles and slates to retain the soil. completely overgrown, can you deduce any No Dig System thing about how it was once cultivated? How This approach does away with the need is the plot laid out? Do you wish to retain for digging, at least it does once it’s up and any existing features, fruit trees or bushes, running, the aim is to create a well-structured compost bins, a shed, for example or do you soil which is topped up each year with a want to start afresh?

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A Book Review by John Baxter

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré

Published by Penguin Viking Hardback-available from Wadebridge Books £20.00 In 1961 George Smiley, and his ‘loyal foot -soldier’, Peter Guillam, were first introduced to an embryonic readership by John Le Carré in ‘Call for the Dead’ Fifty six years later they re-appear, probably for the last time, in ‘A Legacy of Spies’ It was ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’, however, which both established Le Carré’s reputation and provided the plot strand for this thoughtful and unusual jigsaw of a novel. Peter Guillam, long retired, is called from his Breton farmhouse to London as a key witness, and likely defendant, in a forthcoming court case. Two children, now middle-aged, but conceived in Le Carré’s third novel, are about to sue MI6 which connived in the death of their parents on the Berlin Wall, shot as they were escaping to the West. Guillam arrives at the “shockingly ostentatious new headquarters” of MI6 on the Thames, and is confronted by two unpleasant interrogators, “ a fresh-faced, bespectacled English publicschoolboy of indefinable age”, and a razor sharp young woman. Interest in the lengthy interrogation is sustained by vintage Le Carré genius in drawing the characters, and Peter’s classic determination to avoid direct response to questions. ’Operation Windfall’ eventually emerges, and the story becomes even murkier. To delve deeper into the plot would spoil the reader’s pleasure in accompanying Le Carré as he ingeniously and skilfully brings the conundrum to a breathtakingly thrilling conclusion. It is no surprise that Smiley, although moving in and out of the text, remains hidden until the final pages. He appears in ‘red pullover and bright yellow corduroys’ as Guillam tracks

him down in a quiet reading room in Freiburg. It is likely that Le Carré fans will speculate both on the personal significance for the author in this novel, and on the final words of Smiley. It is clear that Le Carré is not only contrasting the modern MI6 in Vauxhall with “Cambridge Circus” in the 1960s, but is reflecting on the UK in its current “Brexit” maze. In musing on the legacy of his work Smiley perhaps provides Le Carré’s concluding judgement. “So was it all for England then? There was a time, of course there was. But whose England? Which England? England all alone, a citizen of nowhere? I’m a European Peter”. This is a fine book, warmly recommended.

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The Shepherding Year Starts Again When they jump on the ewes they leave This week we start our new shepherding year. It’s tupping time which means putting the rams in with the ewes. In the last few months we have checked all our ewes to make sure they are fit and well and ready to go to the ram. The number of lambs they produce is very dependent on the condition they are in at tupping. They must be neither too fat nor too thin. In nature animals reproduce when the conditions are as good as possible and when there is plenty of feed available. We try to re-create this by “flushing” the ewes on to our best grass fields a few weeks in advance of putting the rams in.

Which Ewes go to the Ram? We also use our computerised sheep records to make sure that we breed our ewe lamb replacements from our best possible ewes. Each sheep has an electronic ear tag which links to its full history. This shows when it was born, how many lambs it has produced and whether we have ever had to treat it for any illnesses or lameness. We use this to decide which ewes to put to which ram. The rams will stay with the ewes for between a month and six weeks. Each ram will serve between 80 and 100 ewes in that time. When it comes to lambing it is handy to know which ewes will lamb first and which last, so we put harnesses on the rams which hold a block of coloured crayon under their chests. 56 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 56

a tell-tale colour mark on their bottoms! By changing the colour every couple of weeks we get a god idea of the order they will lamb in! The gestation time for a ewe is just under five months.

Caring for the Ewes Between now and lambing we try to keep the ewes in exactly the right condition. We want to make sure that the lambs inside them grow well but we don’t want them to get too big and then be difficult for the ewe to lamb. This will depend on the number of lambs the ewe is carrying, so three months after tupping we ultrasound scan the ewes and separate out those having single lambs from those carrying twins and triplets (and sometimes even quads!) and feed them accordingly.

Impact of Brexit This year we will put just under 1,300 ewes to the ram, but with slightly more trepidation in doing so than normal. Industry experts predict that if we leave the EU with no deal, the value of the lambs we sell will drop to somewhere in the region of £50 per lamb. This is well below the cost of producing them. We cannot wait until we know the outcome of Brexit before we put the rams in. We can’t simply stop the production cycle this year, so it’s just fingers crossed and hope for the best. Such are the joys of farming.

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St Minver Probus Club

September’s meeting of the club was enlivened years before that, Dave became involved in by a talk from Dave Morgan, a policeman turned murder/mystery shows. Asked about his acting actor. experience, he uttered the immortal words How do you get speaking roles in world-beaters “None, but I’ve given evidence at the Old Bailey.” These shows brought him to the notice of like Doc Martin and Poldark? Dramatic Arts those that matter in the Doc Martin, Poldark, degree, RADA, parent in the business? Not a Rosamund Pilcher serials scene, and he was bit of it – you just have to give evidence at the very soon offered work because he looked right, Old Bailey. Admittedly, not many of us get that sounded right and was right! After appearing opportunity, but let me explain. in some minor speaking roles, he broke into Police Career film and landed a real speaking role. In a Jenny Dave left school at 16, without qualifications Agutter film, set in Dorset in 1810, he plays an or much idea of a career. He joined the Police evil bailiff, evicting a family from their home. (Dad’s suggestion). (but don’t hold that against him). His savvy nature led him to survive (well, to be Teaching and Writing honest, much more than survive) with his sense Recently, he was highly amused – and flattered – of humour intact, 30 years’ service, 27 of which to be asked to tutor in Film and TV Production at was in the CID, much of that in the toughest Falmouth University – a “wonderful place”. parts of London. Now, on top of all this, Dave has found time and It was post-Kray-era, but only just. He was talent to have published a book for children (My stationed, for some of the time, in Notting Hill. World of Dreams), with another in the pipeline, (‘no Carnival then, just race riot’) to be called Dreams and Wishes. He worked in Drugs, Vice, and told us about a protection racket he uncovered. Two heavies were demanding monthly payments from a publican in return for not smashing up his pub (called ‘The Robin Hood’). Crucial evidence from him and a cleaning lady describing ‘grab a granny night’ convinced the jury and surprised the judge in equal measure.

Acting Career This was all very well and extremely interesting, but how do you get into television? Well, some

Gardening continued from page 54 surface layer of fertiliser and organic material. This keeps down weeds and is incorporated into the soil by earth worms and other organisms rather than by digging it in for the system to succeed. Crop Rotation Except for one or two perennials that occupy a permanent position (artichokes, asparagus or rhubarb for example) vegetables are sown

You could say Dave’s dreams and wishes have come true, and that he has done pretty well indeed in every area he has chosen, and some he hasn’t. A super talk, one thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Now, if you would like to be enlivened, please consider joining us, by ringing our secretary Roy Birchwood on 01208 880549.

T. Priest

or planted each year. It’s smart to grow them in different places from one year to the next as your soil will be prevented from becoming exhausted by the same crops taking the same nutrients out of it, also you’ll reduce the risk of pest and diseases establishing and becoming difficult to eradicate. Coming in the next issue..Manures and Fertilisers

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Fitness with Julia

8. Lower back lengthened and abdominal muscles engaged 9. Weight placed evenly over Move it or Lose it! both feet 10. Knees soft(relaxed) and over The Importance of Good Posture the ankles the same effect Loss of mobility, The Posture Check will In all my fitness classes I stress stiffness and tight muscles are have instant results - just by to everyone the importance major contributors to balance of focusing attention on the correcting your posture, you and disability as we get older. postural muscles. The warm will be taller, trimmer and feel Correct technique and moves up and muscle conditioning, stronger and more positive. that respect the range of flexibility and stretching Three Point check actions the joint is designed to sections of the class offer do can result in healthier, more I have a Posture Shorthand comprehensive postural training. The exercises lengthen stable, connective tissues and a which is a Three Point Check better range of movement. the muscles that gravity, life that can be done whenever you and bad habits have shortened It is not what you do but the have a spare moment . and strengthen the muscles way that you do it that will 1. Lengthen the neck as you that help to keep the body make the difference! 2. Ease the shoulders down and upright. A fitness instructor or 3. Lengthen through the base The Posture Check physio will assess your posture and this is important before Try the Posture Check at home: of your spine towards the floor. problems set in. The real Whenever you can, run through 1. Head and neck lengthened challenge comes when you these significant adjustments upwards begin to move . Good posture from top to toe, both when applies both in stillness and in 2. Keep your chin parallel to the exercising and throughout the floor movement and there’s no better day . It will certainly be of great 3. Eyes looking straight ahead time to practise than when benefit ! exercising. Performing exercise 4. Shoulders down and away More tips on caring for our from a sound foundation will from the ears joints during exercise will follow help to keep it safe and more 5. Ribs lifted up and away from in future editions of the Link. effective. Careless alignment the hips For further information and and unsafe moves can result 6. Breathing easy and regular details of classes run by Julia in damage to the cartilage, 7. Pelvis correctly tilted to allow contact 07815987172 or email ligaments and muscles, but natural curves in the back complete inactivity can have juliatreglown@hotmail.com

The Discovery and Mining of Diamonds. continued from page 24 In fact, some fifteen African countries have provided diamonds to a greater or lesser extent. In 1908, alluvial diamonds were discovered in the coastal regions of Namibia. Earnest Oppenheimer purchased a mining concession in 1920 and began to mine the narrow strip of beach and the area around the mouth of the Orange River. In 1960, his company built an enormous sea

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wall to hold back the ocean and began to vacuum and sweep the diamond crystals from the bedrock of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, and perhaps surprisingly, one of the more obscure ways of mining diamonds is where it takes place under the sea on the old submerged beaches of the old continental shelf, using robots and specially designed mining ships.

In value terms, Botswana diamond mines are now the world’s most important source of diamonds, and a joint operation between the Botswana Government and De Beers, whose investment in both the mine and related infrastructure (homes, schools, medical facilities, roads and communication networks) have made production possible.

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Stories from the Antiques World by Richard Hamm Richard set up the Lambrays Auction Galleries in Wadebridge in 1982 and for 24 years provided a venue for promoting artists and craftsmen, whilst holding internet based auctions of fine art. I can never get bored with my career in the world of antiques, with every day being unique as I never know what treasures will turn up. Added to this I get to see the beauty of Cornwall’s landscape – and get paid for doing it!’ Most people come into contact with the world of antiques through one of the many popular television programmes. The most professional of these is BBC’s Antique Roadshow, which attracts large numbers of hopeful public queuing with their bags of loved treasures. The prize is to be one of the 15 owners selected to tell their story to the millions watching the programme, but I always feel sad for the many hundreds of people who queue for several hours to be dismissed with a disappointing opinion. I thought it was unfortunate that the Roadshow was visiting Lanhydrock House the same August day as I was holding a valuation day at Bude Library – I felt a bit depressed until a lady started unwrapping her bundle of tea towels to display a wonderful Art Deco bronze and ivory group of two exotic dancers. It turned out to be a rare group by German sculptor Ferdinand Preiss, finally selling for £19,000. “Yippee” I said! Unfortunately some of the other television programmes are a bit devious in their presentation techniques. Their cameramen give the impression of being extremely skilled at identifying the bidders in advance and to capture their bidding on film. Sorry to spoil the illusion, but we all assume Fred Smith is shown bidding for the item being offered – an expensive diamond solitaire ring for £3,000.

Imagine his wife’s comments when he denies it, saying he was bidding for the Black and Decker hedge trimmer! Even worse when Fred is shown attending a sale in Scotland the next month enthusiastically bidding for an abstract painting instead being at his away football match! It doesn’t matter he was wearing the same clothes at both events- if it’s on television, it must be true. Those of you who have been watching BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ series will have discovered why the art world places an importance on having a ‘provenance’ on importance items. The programme has shown what lengths fakers will go to deceive any unwary buyers. Over a period of several generations, the item often acquires a false cloak of authenticity by always being known as ‘Grandpa’s Degas’. Recently a reverse situation arose at Bearnes at Exeter, when someone brought in a stunning Art Deco figure he had bought at a smaller auction as a reproduction for £250. Our specialist looked at it carefully and then got a second opinion to surprise the new owner it was an authentic piece by Chiparus and finally sold at a staggering £70,000. As valuers we are also detectives, and it was suggested the original had been sent to China to be copied and someone had mixed up the original with the copies.’ Richard is the Cornwall representative for Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, South-West’s largest fine art valuers and auctioneers. If you want advice on identifying your treasures, Richard visits Wadebridge and District Museum every month to give free valuations or contact him on 01208 813593.

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Parliamentary Update from Scott Mann MP Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall joins Wadebridge, Bodmin and Bude Town Councils in welcoming the removal of business rates on public toilets Scott Mann, MP for North the Chancellor’s removal Cornwall said: of business rates on public toilets. “Along with my colleague, Steve Double, MP for St “Wadebridge Town Council Austell and Newquay, I have devolved two sets of public worked hard behind the toilets from Cornwall scenes to lobby in support Council in 2013 and, along of the local amenities with other Town and Parish which support our Cornish Councils who have taken economy. on these services, have felt that the system of business Therefore it is fantastic rates on such an essential news that the Chancellor provision was very unfair. has announced that the government will introduce We are grateful to our MP, 100% business rates relief Scott Mann, for lobbying on for all public lavatories. This behalf of Wadebridge and will apply to all lavatories, North Cornwall.” Steve Facer, publically or privately Town Clerk for Bodmin Town owned, that serve the Council said: public. “Bodmin Town Council This will help not just is extremely pleased Cornwall, but communities with the government’s across the UK. I feel this is a announcement that great example of Cornwall’s business rates on public voice being heard in the toilets will be removed. centre of government, not Business rates on public just for Cornwall, but for toilets was a large and the benefit of the whole unnecessary cost burden country. “ on these vitally important Anne Minnis, clerk for services which in Bodmin’s Wadebridge Town case are free to use and Council said: “We are generate no income for the extremely pleased with council. 60 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 60

Bodmin Town Council has provided public toilets since the mid-1990s and the application of business rates on these facilities has been a long standing cause for complaint by the local council sector. The 100% business rate relief on these facilities is welcomed.” Statement on behalf of Bude & Stratton Town Council: The Mayor of Bude-Stratton Town Council- Cllr Bob Willingham, is delighted at the Chancellor’s budget announcement that public lavatories are to receive 100% mandatory business rates relief. Having taken them over from Cornwall Council on licence, the Town Council currently operates four sites in Bude as an important service to locals and visitors alike. The Town Council is also actively exploring the options to re-open two closed sites in Poughill and Stratton. This welcome reduction in costs will assist in the affordability of achieving that aim.

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How well do you know your area? 1 213

Laurence Binyon wrote the poem on the cliffs near Pentire Head ( there is a stone to mark the spot).

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6855 - estimate from Office for National Statistics - 6599 at 2011 census.

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Fifteenth century - It was built in 1468.

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Anagrams 1. Penwithick

2. St Austell

3. Belowda

4. Egloshayle

5. Sticker

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Quiz Quest - the Answers


Local Church Services for December, Jan December - See Page 1 for Christmas services

Venue

2nd

St Kew

9.30am HC

St Peter

9.30am MW

St Endellion

9th 9.30am AAW

16th

23rd

9.30am HC

9.30am AAW

9.30am HC

9.30am MW

9.30am HC

11am SE

11am SE

11am SE 6pm T

11.00am SE 6pm CS

St Minver

11am HC

11am AAW

6 pm CS

St Enodoc

3pm E

3pm E

3pm E

St Michael

6pm E

9.15am HC 6pm E

St Breoke

8.30am HC

6pm CS

Egloshayle

10.30am HC

30th 9.30amHC

6th

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9.30am HC

9.30am

9.30am MW

9.30am

11am SE

11am SE

11am

11am HC

11am HC

11am HC

11am

3pm HC

3pm E

3pm E

3pm E

6pm E

6pm E

6pm E

9.15 a 6pm E

10.30 am WT 10.30amHC

6pm CS

10.30am FC

10.30am CSCMC*

10.30a

St Conan’s

8.30am HC

8.30am HC

St Mary’s

10.30am HC

8.30am HC

8.30am

10.30am MF

10.30a

Key to abbreviations for above

Anglican Weekly Services:

UCSSKW United Covenant Service at St Kew Highway AAW All Age Worship CSCMC Covenant Service Cornerstone Methodist Church E Evensong HC Holy Communion US Christian Unity Service at Wadebridge Town Hall MF Memory Friendly MW Morning Worship

Tuesdays

UCS

United Covenant Service

CS SE

Carol Service Sung Eucharist

Thursdays

T WT

Taize Worship Together

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Egloshayle Church, 8.30am Morning Prayer St Endellion Church. 8am Holy Communion

Wednesdays

Egloshayle Church,10.30am Holy Communion, St Minver Church, 10am Holy Communion St Michael’s Church, 5.30pm Evening Prayer St Breoke Church, 8.30am Morning Prayer

Fridays

St Conan’s Church, 6pm Evening Prayer

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er, January, February

6th

Please check Notice Boards, News letters and Websites for latest information. and for Christmas Services

January 13th

20st

February 27th

3rd

10th

am HC

9.30am AAW

9.30am HC

9.30am UCSSKH

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9.30am HC

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11am SE

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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 www.stmarysbodmin@live.co.uk

10.30am MF

10.30am HC

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. 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

Churches

Catholic (Bodmin & Wadebridge) -----------01208 72833 (Tintagel)------------------------- 01840 770663 Methodist (Rock, Steward Mr F L Cope)------ 01208 863481 (Wadebridge)--------------------- 01208 812887 Multi-denominational (Tubestation Polzeath)------------ 01208 869200 St Minver (Warden Mrs Ruth Varcoe)-------01208 862954 (Warden Mick Sumra)------------- 01208 862550 Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge-01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital------------------ 01208 251300 Frank About Drugs------------------0800 776600 Drinkline-------------------------- 0800 9178282 Port Isaac Surgery----------------- 01208 880222 Rock Surgery---------------------- 01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske)------------------------ 01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre-------- 01208 812222 Libraries Cornwall Library Renewals-------- 0845 6076119 All Libraries----------------------- 0300 1234111 Reference Library------------------ 0800 0322345 Police Devon & Cornwall Police (non-urgent)---------101 Crimestoppers-----------------------0800 555111 Emergency / Helplines Age UK---------------------------- 0800 1696565 Concern (Wadebridge)------------ 01208 812392 Electricity (Western Power Distribution)------ 08006783105 EDF Energy 105 National Domestic Violence Helpline--------------------------0808 800 5000 National Gas Emergency Service----0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine 111 Parentline Plus (24 hour)--------- 0808 8002222 Police, Fire, Ambulance Services, Coastguard-------------------------------------999 Samaritans------------------------ 08457 909090

Women’s rape/abuse centre Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)----- 01208 869420 ------------------- 01208 77099/0808 8029999 Rock Lifeboat Station ------------- 01208 863033 Water Helpline-------------------- 0800 1691144 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club (John Wade)------ 01208 862709Rock Water Taxi Veterinary and RSPCA Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)------- 01208 813258 (Boat -during operating hours)--- 07778 105297 Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)------------01208 76403 (offices)-------------------------- 01208 862815 RSPCA Animal Centre ------------- 01637 881455 St Minver Beavers RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour----- 0300 1234999 Debbie Davison 07802825234 Strandings Hotline------------------------------ St Minver Brownies 0345 201 2626 (Kathy Hore)---------------------- 01208 862340 General Numbers St Minver Cemetery Committee Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)------ 01208 814564 (Gillian Thompson)--------------- 01726 884024 British Legion-St Minver St Minver Cricket Club------------ 07950 862506 . (Fred Prior)----------------------- 01208 862543 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)------------ 01208 815102 Cancer Research (Gina Snelling)------------------- 01208 862820 St Minver Football Club (Roy Birchwood)------------------ 01208 880459 Citizens Advice Bureau (Advice Line) ---------------------08444 99 4188 St Minver Post Office-------------- 01208 869426 Cornwall Council------------------- 0300 1234100 St Minver Pre-School-------------- 01208 869511 CRUSE Bereavement Care St Minver School------------------ 01208 862496 Cornwall----------------------------01726 76100 St Minver Scouts Animal Welfare & Veterinary (Robert Watson)------------------01637 889 190 Laboratory------------------------ 01872 265500 St Minver Senior Circle EDF Energy--------------------------0800 365000 (Alec Chambers)------------------ 01208 592956 John Betjeman Centre------------- 01208 812392 St Minver Short Mat Bowls North Cornwall Cluster of Churches (Rev’d Dr (Pat Crank)----------------------- 01208 869120 Elizabeth Wild)--------------------- 07758407661 St Minver Silver Band Old Cornwall Society (Margaret Bartlett) -------------- 01208 816307 (Gary Gauss)---------------------- 01208 814170 Padstow Harbour Master---------- 01841 532239 Tubestation Polzeath-------------- 01208 869200 University of Third Age-------(Joan Proctor) 01208 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk (Lee Dunkley)--------------------- 07773194876 814416 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk Wadebridge & District Angling Association (Gillian Thompson)--------------- 01726 884024 (Dave Churcher)------------------ 01208 812748 Perceval Institute Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Maureen Rickard)---------------- 01208 869426 (Stewart Privett)------------------ 01208 869435 Polzeath Area Residents Association Wadebridge Choral Society (David Short)--------------------- 01208 862568 (Annabelle Woolcott)------------- 01208 815322 Polzeath Marine conservation Group-07779896650 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir Polzeath Post office---------------- 01208 863430 (Mick Stone)--------------------- 01208 812912 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club Wadebridge Country Market 07971447584 Hazel---------------------------- 01208 832398 Relate Relationship Counselling (St Austell)-------------------------01726 74128 Wadebridge Post Office ----------- 01208 812813

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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 Bridget Pullen Elizabeth Dorich Ricardo Dorich Andrew Holmes Peter Watson Jacqui Watson Susan Andrews Graham Andrews Julien Wenger Anne Wenger

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Piano Tuner

Community Hall and Gallery for Hire

& Technician

St Minver School

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Old and modern books sympathetically repaired and restored. Albums, note books, theses and dissertations professionally bound.

Peter Sharp - 01208 816 060 Gamekeeper’s Cottage, Burlawn, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LD psharp101@btinternet.com

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RESTAURANT & BAR

GOLF & DRIVING RANGE

POOL & GYM thepointatpolzeath.co.uk

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E. J. & N. J. R.

EST. 1953

WATTS FAMILY BUTCHERS Rock (est. 1923)

Your traditional butcher supplying local quality meat

Try our homemade sausages (including gluten free), burgers and hogs pudding. Also eggs, cooked meats, ice cream and smoked fish.

ROCK ROAD TEL: 01208 862239

Mrs

METTERS & SONS

The Vac Sweeps

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

Call 01840 211089 or email metters119@btinternet.com

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT www.mrsmettersandsons.com

To advertise in Link visit www.stminverlink.org

J M BREWER LTD

Trenant Vale, Egloshayle,Wadebridge PL27 6AJ - 01208 814838 info@jmbrewer.co.uk

Plumbing & Heating Contractors                            70 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 70

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Domestic & Commercial Cleaning

Professional Eco friendly carpet & upholstery cleaning (Holiday Properties, End of Tenancy, Clubs and Guest Houses)

Free survey and quotation

Carpet protection and odour neutralisation.

01208 816 729 or 07952 802 850

tristan@greengeckoclean>co.uk - www.greengeckoclean.co.uk

Your feet are your connection with the earth. Be kind to them. Foot Health Check Nail Care & Cutting Corns & Calluses 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

www .atlanticfootcare .co .uk Home visits available

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The

Carpet Trader

Over 25 years experience built around great value & service

KARNDEAN LOOSELAY IN STOCK

Karndean LooseLay is: faster and easier to fit, suitable for raised access floors, easy and economical to repair, possible to install over most existing hard floors, requires little or no adhesives in most installation and is 100% recyclable.

Opening Times: Mon - Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm Trevanson St, Wadebridge opposite Lidl’s

Tel: 01208 368643

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01208 812 333 cornwallrugcompany.com Unit 3 Trevanson Street Wadebridge PL27 7AW 73 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 73

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DANKA NAPIORKOWSKA SUMMER EXHIBITION paintings, prints, cards and bone china

A professional plumbing service Fully insured Guaranteed for 12 Months No job too small ROCK VILLAGE INSTITUTE Rock Road. 20 - 27 July, daily 10am - 10pm 07917 111 112 www.danka-napiorkowska.co.uk

Tony Parsons - 07572 447790

www.tpplumb.co.uk - info@tpplumb.co.uk

Brooks & Jeal Eddystone Road Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7AL www.brooksandjeal.co.uk Email: mail@brooksandjeal.co.uk

MEMBER FIRM

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

Tel: (01208) 812129 Fax: (01208) 220170

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

Phone: 01208 814681 email: solutions@t-h.co.uk www.t-h.co.uk

Trudgeon Halling, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AE

Come into Wadebridge’s modern bar and restaurant. Family friendly casual dining

Telephone: 01208 814332

POLMORLA MEWS, WADEBRIDGE PL27 7LZ

We pride ourselves on our menu of nostalgic British classics with international influences finished with a modern twist Lunchtime offers 2 courses for £12 or 3 for £15 Opening times: Food served Lunch: 12 noon pm.• 6pm Dinner: 6 pm - 8.30 pm Tues - Sat 12pm- 1.30 - 2pm - 9pm

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TAVISTOCK GARAGE DOORS Repairs & Servicing New Installations Remote Electric Operators for New or Existing Doors Roller Shutters for Windows & Doors Remote Electric Gates

Covering North Devon, West Devon & East Cornwall

Call: 01822 612826 www.tavistockgaragedoors.co.uk SUPPLY AND FITTING OF A RANGE OF GARAGE DOORS, AWNINGS, AND ELECTRIC GATES 76 St Minver Link Issue 219.indd 76

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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 sales@trebetherick-stores.co.uk www.trebetherick-stores.co.uk

Farm Shop & Restaurant

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

                                                                 

Book for a traditional Sunday roast!

Tel 01208 880164

www.trevathanfarm.com

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

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

Where friendly helpful service is our pleasure Wadebridge

01208 812291

Two new shops now open at

The Company of Master Jewellers

Launceston

01566 773135 & 01566 773043

The Pityme Inn A traditional village pub in Rock offering a warm welcome, friendly service and quality value-for-money pub grub. We look forward to welcoming you.  Sunday Carvery 12 noon-3 pm  Functions.  Beer Garden.  Children’s Play Area. Accommodation Available.

01208 862228

for bookings & information .

Beers, Wines and Spirits from St Austell Brewery

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D U C HY

For all your property cleaning and maintenance needs.

First impressions last!

Holiday Home Cleans Builders cleans One off cleans End of tenancy cleans Building Maintenance Garden Care Property Management Competitive rates Free estimates

07555 761 416

info@afspropertymanagement.co.uk www.afspropertymanagement.co.uk

• MOBILE LOCKSMITH • DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL & AUTO • INSURANCE RATED LOCKS • ON SITE KEY CUTTING • UPVC MECHANISMS,PATIO,GARAGE,DIGITAL, KEYSAFES • REMOTE & CHIPPED KEYS SUPPLIED • FREE ESTIMATES • PROPERTY SECURITY & MANAGEMENT

www.duchylocks.co.uk Tel: 0800 97 888 37 Mob: 07966 654267 CREDIT CARD FACILITIES AVAILABLE

To advertise in Link visit www.stminverlink.org

Expect The Unexpected ! 9 North Quay Padstow quay-art.co.uk 01841 533 534

OPEN EVERY DAY

CONTEMPORARY ART

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS + GLASS + SCULPTURE

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Nicola O’Mara interior design

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R Mears & Sons Chimney Sweeps & Stove Instalations Established over 30 years Vac Brush. Full CCTV investigations. Pots, Cowlings & Bird Protection fitted. Chimneys Lined. Solid Fuel Appliances, Rayburns, Woodburners, Stoves, etc serviced. Fully Insured. Tel: 01840 261221 Tavistock: 01822 664554

Mob: 07737 533 392

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Nursery Stores Rock nurserystores@live.co.uk 01208863328 www.nurserystores.co.uk

At Nursery Stores we offer a wide variety of everyday essentials, treats and luxuries. We have an excellent off licence and a great range of groceries supporting many local producers and growers. We are always trying seasonal and new products whenever we can. Come and have a look at what we have to offer. Wide variety of local and international fruit & vegetables. Great selection of cheeses, meats, sausages & desserts. Frozen food including Fee Turner meals Chough Bakery bread, Hot and cold pasties & croissants (subject to availability). Wide range of local and international beers, ciders, wines and spirits (including Sharp’s Brewery, Camel Valley and Tarquin’s Gin). Groceries, household, pet supplies, soft drinks and medicines. Free local delivery service, minimum order applies. Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm & Sun 9am-1pm

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St Minver Link Issue 219. Winter 2018  

Community magazine for the St Minver, Rock, Polzeath and Wadebridge area.

St Minver Link Issue 219. Winter 2018  

Community magazine for the St Minver, Rock, Polzeath and Wadebridge area.

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