St Minver Link Issue 222. Autumn 2019

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Issue 222 Autumn


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5 Dunveth Business Park, Wadebridge, PL27 7FE (by Tesco) Tel: (01208) 813760 4

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

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 We are a family business who have operated in the area since 1970.  Our Worcester Bosch approved engineers are qualified in the installation, service and repair of oil and gas boilers.  As a MCS registered company we also specialise in ground or air source heat pumps installation, service and repair.  We offer a design installation service for new builds and existing properties. JM Brewer Ltd, Trenant Vale, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6AJ

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Consultation by Appointment Weekdays 9 am - 6 pm Saturdays 9 am - 12 noon

Our team provides 24 hour emergency cover.

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The Veterinary Surgery, Higher Trenant, Wadebridge PL27 6HB 8

Polmorla Road - Wadebridge - Cornwall - PL27 7NB 01208 813231


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Tel: 07534 311 366  Bathroom installations including tiling  Boiler servicing, maintenance and repairs  General plumbing and breakdowns  Work done correctly and explained  No call out charge (diagnostic charge may apply)  Local, friendly, knowledgeable engineer  Your house treated with respect  All work carries 6 month warranty

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Issue 222 - Autumn 2019

St Minver

Like links in a fence we will unite To create a fine community With willing hearts, with hands held tight. Neither keeping in nor shutting out But holding fast a fellowship A refuge from adversity. Anna Alexander



Around and about Events in the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bodmin Hospital Fete is on! . . . . . . . . . . . . First Book Published by Local Author . . . . . . . New Foodie Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Enjoy Duplicate Bridge? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Link Award Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100th Anniversary of Rock Institute . . . . . Message from Joan Beart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A St Minver Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Successful Helivent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Padstow Rock Swim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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We Will Remember Them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Hospital Transport Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Events at St Endellion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Our Farms, Your Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St Minver Probus Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Time to Take Care of You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . News From Wadebridge School . . . . . . . . . St Breock School Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Diary from Cobb Cottage . . . . . . St Minver Brownies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Featured Artist- Suki Wapshott . . . . . . . . . St Minver Cancer Research Anniversary . 29 News from St Minver School . . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver Community Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Aren’t We Lucky! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WI Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Fashion Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betty’s Family Birthday Party . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Polzeath Coastguards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Green Dot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Junior Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Adult Vocal Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Irritable Bowel Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Wadebridge Festival of Music & Speech . 34 Quiz Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s a Vet’s Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Celebrates in Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fitness with Julia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver School Colour Run . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Gardening made easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alluring Alaska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver Silver Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Minver Lowlands Parish Council . . . . . . 59 Local Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Cornwall Book Festival . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Quiz Quest- answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit our website -

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Events in the Area There is always something happening in the area so have a look and make sure you don’t miss out.

Keep Britain Tidy

Cancer Research UK

Beachcare Polzeath

St Minver

Saturday, Sept 21st MEGA Beach Clean

Christmas Market

3pm with Polzeath Marine Group at National Trust, meet at the Marine Centre

Thursday, Oct 17th, meet at the car park 9.30 Friday, Nov 15th, meet at the car park 9.30 Just turn up to join in. All equipment is provided


Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club Wednesday November 13th 10am - 12 noon Entrance ÂŁ2 to include coffee and

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions

mince pie. Everyone Welcome

Cancer Research UK

Give Duplicate Bridge A Try...

St Minver

Wadebridge Bridge Club

Jumble Sale at

The Rock Institute, Rock Saturday October 5th 2019 at 2pm

Invites you to

An Open Evening Tuesday September 24th at 6.15pm John Betjeman Centre Wadebridge


No obligation, no charge - just join us for an evening.

Refreshments available

Call Annabelle Studd on 01840 212727.


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St Minver Community Hub

Get Confident Online A 6 week course starting on September 25th for anyone over 60 who lives locally who would like to learn how to use computers and the internet. If you have a laptop, please bring this with you; if not we will provide one. Venue: The 1st St Minver Scout Hut, Trewint Playing Fields, St Minver PL27 6LT

To book or find out more please contact: Christine Boswell-Munday E M: 07801902487

St Minver Community Hub

Quiz Evening at Rock Sailing Club September 25th 2019 at 7 pm Rock Social Club If you fancy an evening of fun and good company, come and join us. Just pop the date in the diary,create a team of four people, and book a space. To book or find out more please contact: Christine Boswell-Munday E M: 07801902487

FRESH FROM THE SEA Fresh Crabs and Lobsters landed daily in Port Isaac from our own boat ‘Mary D’ . 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 to see today’s catch or enjoy a crab sandwich or lobster salad and a glass of wine?

01208 880849

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

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

Happy 80th Birthday to

Ann Jeal

Who has served on the Link committee since the start of the magazine in 1981

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Bodmin Hospital fete is ON! 21st September After having had to take the agonizing decision to postpone the Annual Bodmin Hospital Summer Fete, which was to be held on 29th June, due to circumstances beyond their control, the Chairman and committee of Bodmin Hospital League of Friends are delighted to announce that Cornwall Council has very kindly given permission to use the same site for the fete on September 21st 2019 – that is, the old Rose Garden of St Lawrences Hospital, now scheduled for re-development. The line up will be the same as was planned for June, and we are delighted that Jill Murphy, author of the Worst Witch series of books, has very kindly agreed to open the fete; she will be introduced by the Bodmin Town Crier. Tina Roberts will be leading the entertainment with her music and her amazing miniature performing stallion, masquerading as a Unicorn. Adie Dove and her performing arts group KBSK will be part of the line up as will Bodmin Musical Theatre Company who will be giving us songs from Grease and the Rocky Horror Show. Future Youth Dance will again be displaying the talents of their many young dancers. Over all this will be the mellifluous tones of Bodmin Town Youth Band setting the scene with their wonderful selection of Brass Band music. There will be a Family Dog Show and Kernow Party Karts will be there with their Go Karts, Wipe Out, Toddler Playzone and Bouncy Castle and, hopefully, there will be miniature steam train rides. Of course, in addition to all this there will be all the usual stalls and games - candy floss, face painting, ice cream, plants, bric-a-brac, refreshments, cream teas and much, much more. Also a Grand Draw with £200 worth of cash prizes – it’s going to be a great afternoon for all the family. Fete organisers commentated, “We are so relieved the Fete is able to go ahead and that all the participants, performers, helpers and everyone involved are able to be there on 21st September – it was a great worry, should the fete not have taken place, being our biggest fund raiser of the year; the loss to our funds would have been immense, funds which supply services and equipment for the staff and patients at the hospital which are not supplied by the NHS.’

First Book Published by Local author The Mystery of a Lost Sword and Scimitar is the first published book by local author, Betty Balmford. The story is told by Luke Gibbs with the help of Guy, his friend, who can trace his ancestry back to William the Conqueror. It tells of a summer holiday, when both boys were eleven, spent at Guy's mansion house which was built in the time of Henry V111. Both boys are now searching their memories of those long lost days and that wonderful holiday. Can they solve the riddle of the conundrum found in a strange old box ? Will it tell where the treasure has lain hidden for centuries? Guy’s family have been searching for over 300 years. When fishing on the Thames the boys find a broken silver spur and Guy’s uncle dates it to the Civil War and explains the history of the house at the time and all its inhabitants. Betty hopes it's a book that young readers will enjoy. It is for all young persons, under the age of 91 still young at heart, and of course, their parents.


We welcome your stories and photographs

New foodie fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is asking people to get creative in the kitchen and take part in a month of foodie fundraising this October. The charity is urging supporters to host a Cook Eat Give event for friends and family and ask guests to make a donation in return. The new fundraising initiative will help CHSW support more than 500 children, with life-limiting conditions, and their families at its three children’s hospices across the South West, including at Little Harbour in St Austell. Sarah Stott, Fundraising Manager at Little Harbour, said: “Cook Eat Give is a really easy way for people to get involved in fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West. Everyone loves a foodie get together – whether it’s a barbeque, pizza night or themed dinner party, the choice is yours and you can enjoy your food with the knowledge that you are helping us to support local children and families.”

“We hope people will join us this October but if that date isn’t suitable, people can host a Cook Eat Give anytime. Every meal, however large or small, will make a big difference.” Mealtimes are a big part of life at the charity’s three children’s hospices. During their short stays at the hospice, all families eat lunch and dinner together around a large dining table alongside hospice staff. For many families, eating a hot, home cooked meal together is a rarity due to the care demands on parents, alongside their hectic routines. During mealtimes families forge relationships with staff and other families also supported by the hospice, while siblings also make long lasting friendships. Kerry Hollingsworth, Cook at Little Harbour, said: “The word hospice initially for families is very scary, so when they are here and they come for their first visit it’s really lovely for them all to come to the kitchen and dining room, it’s where everyone sits down and eats together, and they can form some really good friendships and share experiences with one and other.” If you would like to find out more information about CHSW’s new Cook Eat Give foodie fundraiser, visit or call Little Harbour on 01726 871800 to speak to a member of the fundraising team.

Enjoy Duplicate Bridge? Visit the John Betjeman Centre on a Tuesday evening and you'll find duplicate bridge in full swing. Players of all ages and all stages compete alike and, at only £2.50 per session including refreshments, it offers great value as well as sparkling entertainment! Bridge can seem a little daunting to outsiders, but even old hands were new hands once and the club is committed to helping beginners, novices and rusty players get better at the game. Nearly - but not quite - deemed a sport, there is no doubt that playing bridge at Wadebridge Bridge Club nevertheless stimulates the brain, improves memory and widens your circle of friends. Players are welcome to come as a couple or equally to come by themselves, as the Club is used to arranging partners for their many unaccompanied members. Just call the pairings organiser Barrie Benfield beforehand on 01208 812934 if you would like him to do that. Doors open at 6pm and play starts at about 6.30pm, finishing around 10 pm. Results are usually posted on line that same evening, so it is easy to see your progress - albeit possibly harder to get to sleep. Wadebridge Bridge Club The John Betjeman Centre Tuesdays, 6 pm for 6.30 pm Wendy Williams

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Link Award Scheme

In addition to sharing news and reviews from our local community, St Minver Link is committed to supporting local groups, organisations and individuals with small-scale donations to promote community engagement, support personal development or help someone in need. Who can apply? Any group, organization or individual from Polzeath, Rock, St Minver, Trebetherick, or Wadebridge - the area served by the magazine. What can donations fund? The Link Award Scheme supports local groups, organisations or individuals with smallscale donations which either promote active community engagement, encourage personal development or support someone in difficulty. Since 2008 we have donated over £19,000 to 54 different local causes. In previous years, this has included helping organisations to purchase equipment, supporting individuals with sponsorship or funding community events. Have a look at the website to get an idea of awards we have made. How are donations funded? At the end of each financial year any excess funding from advertising or sales is used to fund the Link Award Scheme. The level of funding which is available year-on-year will therefore vary. How to apply We have made the process as simple as possible. Have a look at our website for more information or ring Morwenna on 01208 880714 Typical donations are in the region of £250.

We Will Remember Them




We welcome your stories and photographs

100 Anniversary of Rock Institute

Moments Of Beauty


2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Rock Institute and the committee are asking the communities of St Minver and Wadebridge for their help. They are planning a range of activities which will be announced in the Link as the anniversary approaches, but at the moment they are keen to hear about any memorabilia Link readers may have relating to the opening of the Institute or any other key events which have taken place there during the past 100 years. ‘The Rock Institute has been the venue for so many local events, performances and meetings, we are sure there are people out there who have photos or programmes from the past which will illustrate the role this much loved building has played since 1920. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible as much of the planning will depend on the quantity and nature of the memorabilia we are able to display. We would also like to hear from people with specific memories relating to the building and we will find a way of sharing them too.’ If you have anything relating to Rock Institute’s past, please get in touch with Allan Caswell at Rock Institute. Allan Caswell Rock Road Gallery Rock. PL27 6LQ 01208 869420 A message from Joan Beart, resident until recently at Greenbanks Court, Rock. As I was not able to say my ‘cheerios’ in person I would like through these pages to thank good friends old and new, for fun, support and friendship over the 20 years I and my late husband Fred, lived at Greenbanks Court. Thanks also to traders and health care workers in the local community for services provided so reliably to us both. Fond memories of happy times, and lovely people have moved to Somerset with me. I send warm regards to you all, Joan Beart."

Sea and salty breezes, Deserted winter beach. The scene my heart seizes, Peace, beauty within reach. Walking with a friend, Sharing all we feel, Unspoken to the end, Hurts and wounds to heal. Our children running free Exploring pool and cave, Skipping near the sea Wading; Oh! so brave. Child bent in concentration Dwarfed by rocks and sea, And with imagination I see the child as me. Fingers probing deep, In damp weed and sand, Shells and stones from sleep Brought to light and hand. Exciting depth of darkness, Bells of dripping water, Splashing feet in wetness, Voices, echoes alter. Strolling homeward bound, Waves frothing on the shore, Feeling with the sound Time endless: ever more. Shining windscreens glare, Noise of diggers thunder, Modern life is there, Man forever plunders. Squeals of joy persist. Brushing sand from hands, The freedom will be missed Back in this World of Man.

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B.M. Le Main


A St Minver Kitchen In the last edition of Link we included a recipe or two from an old cookery book owned by Ian Hughes of Kenhendra. The recipe book previously belonged to Miss Andrews, the housekeeper of St Minver House, who was the aunt of his great grandmother. Here are two more intriguing recipes from ‘A New System of Domestic Cookery’ To extract oil from boards or stone Make a strong ley or pearl ashes and soft water, and add as much unslaked lime as it will take up; stir it together and then let it settle for a few minutes; bottle it and stop close; have ready some water to lower it as used and scour the part with it. If the liquor should lie long on the boards, it will draw out the colour of them; therefore do it with care and expedition.

Sauce for Boiled Rabbits, turkey etc Take one liver, and boil it with some sprigs of thyme and parsley, and dissolve in the water, after taking it out, two anchovies boned; boil two eggs hard, leave out one white, and shred the rest with the livers, herbs and anchovies; pound them together in a mortar, adding a salt-spoonful of grated lemon peel, and a little pepper and salt. Put it into the saucepan, squeeze upon it the juice of half a lemon, thicken the liquor with butter and a little flour, and add it to the pounded ingredients, and stir it until finished.

Polzeath Area Residents’ Association Hospital Car Transport Service If you need transport to hospital or your doctor’s surgery, please ring one of our volunteer drivers: David Pullen 01208 881148 Bridget Pullen 01208 881148 Elizabeth Dorich 01840 770225 Ricardo Dorich 01840 770225 Andrew Holmes 01208 840028 Peter Watson 01208 862452 Jacqui Watson 01208 862452


Susan Andrews 01208 880816 Graham Andrews 01208 880816 Julien Wenger 01208 863569 Anne Wenger 01208 863569 Charges are 45p per mile measured from the drivers’ home and back. Charges exclude bridge toll and hospital parking charges.

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Events at St Endellion

Endelienta-Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall Saturday, September 7th 7.30pm Charity Concert: Duncan Honeybourne – Piano Recital

In aid of Music Therapy across Devon and Cornwall. The recital comprises works by John Ireland, Robert Schumann, Cecil Armstrong-Gibbs and Jean Joubert. £10

Friday September 13th 7.30pm Endelienta Ensemble

The chamber orchestra made up of gifted music students and young professionals from London and Cambridge, conducted by Rees Webster, returns with another electrifying performance which includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and Poulenc. £10

Friday, October 4th 7.30pm at St john’s Church, Delabole Bagas Degol & Anna Maria Murphy – The Winding World

A love story based on the true tale of a baby found in the snow in a Cornish cove, set in a community with all its secrets, interweaving original songs, stories and soundtrack. £10. Delabole residents (PL33 postcode) £5. Not suitable for under 11s.

Friday, October 11th, 7.30pm Gabrielle Ducomble

Belgian jazz singer Gabrielle and her 3-piece band give us Parisian jazz and tango arrangements, presenting a fresh, contemporary take on iconic songs by the likes of Piaf, Piazzolla, Legrand and Brel, as well as performing her own compositions. £10.

Saturday, October 12th, 7.30pm The Blackheart Orchestra

The sonic landscapes of award-winning British songwriters, composers and multiinstrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington defy classification and sound as though far more than two musicians are at work. £10

Saturday, November 9th, 7.30pm Kevos

Kevos is an ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary classical music in Cornwall. The programme, includes works by Judith Weir, Estonian Helena Tulve, and Barbara White. £10

Friday, November 22nd, 7.30pm The People’s String Foundation - Duo

South West based composer-musicians Ben Sutcliffe and Zaid Al-Rikabi (musical directors for Kneehigh) mix artisan flavours with urban/world beats. Their compositions are melodic, wistful, and dynamic as well as upbeat and fast, designed to get people’s toes tapping. £10

Sunday, December 1st, 3pm The Portorius Quartet

A delightful Sunday afternoon in the company of this young Quartet - Sophia Prodanova & Nicole Petrus Barracks – violins, Diogo Ramos – viola, and Nathan Giorgetti – cello – which formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017. £8 (includes tea and cake).

Book tickets online at; by phone 07787 944935; accompanied under 16s free to most concerts – please check the website. Visit our website -


Food & Farming – The need for Change

Our agricultural sector faces uncertain times with changing consumer demands, climate change, the end of the Common Agricultural Policy as we leave Europe and possible tariffs on trade.


If we want vibrant agricultural and agrifood industries, a low carbon economy and a well-protected natural environment, we need to adapt. There is a raft of smart new technologies available to us. A few examples: cows are being fitted with pedometers which, by identifying changes in walking behaviour identify when cows are on heat. As they come into be milked these cows are selected via their electronic tags and an automatic drafting system separates them out from the herd so that they can be put to the bull. In arable and horticultural farming, GPS technology is already extensively used to produce field maps that allow accurate spreading of nutrients to growing crops. In the future, maps will identify individual weeds in crops which guided robots can remove, reducing the use of herbicides and machinery damage to the crop. GPS collars on cows are being developed that remove the need for fences - as the cow approaches the virtual fence a sound alerts it that it is getting too close. If it persists a small electrical shock teaches it to stay clear.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

How do we reduce the carbon footprint within our agriculture & food & drink sectors? Livestock farming is no doubt part of the problem but it is also very much part of the 24

solution. Press coverage tends to view all livestock production as the same. There is a huge difference between the carbon footprint of grass-fed and intensively reared livestock and between locally produced food and imported food air-freighted to our shores. With our great ability to grow and produce food and our strong food processing companies we should be encouraging a more circular economy in food and drink with food & drink grown, processed and consumed locally to the benefit of our local economy, jobs and countryside.

Vision for the future Our industry must and will change. A whole farm approach to environmental protection would provide greater biodiversity. Improved soil structure would increase productivity and reduce nutrient loss and pollution caused by run-off. Increased productivity could free up some marginal land for other uses such as tree planting, biomass and renewable energy production, water management and leisure activities, but for this to happen markets need to be developed to give an economic incentive to farmers to make the change. My vision of the food and drink sector in Cornwall is one of local production, local processing and local consumption where residents and visitors are well informed and engaged with our focus on low carbon production, high levels of environmental protection and biodiversity, high standards of animal welfare, seasonal production and consumption and low levels of food waste. This is achievable if we are prepared to change.

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St Minver Probus Club ship has a transponder and a unique number, which can be plotted on a screen at the touch of a button. You can differentiate between, for example, container ships or tankers. A glance at the screen showed us where all the world’s container ships were at 6am that day, their names and destinations. A simple search would reveal a ship’s cargo, its country of origin and, and no doubt also the name of Container Ships the ship’s cat. Most were travelling between When you hear from someone who is actually Asia and Europe, which you probably knew anyway, as a look at the labels in your trousers, working (and most Probus members are your television or your toothbrush would actually not) you realise that things have tell you. Bulk carriers move between Brazil moved on since the quill pen.Take, for example, container ships. If you have seen just and China in large numbers. I suppose it all one container, close up, it is big. Then imagine proves that, whatever tensions exist between countries, trade goes on! 100 of them. The first generation of these ships, in the 1950s, held about that number. The future of Merchant Shipping By the 60s, they were up to 1500, which must have seemed huge at the time. But that is pre- That is the present. The (recent) past is well and truly gone, so what of the future? If history, for the latest can now transport 23 thousand at a time, stacked 12 high! Then take anyone can make an educated guess, it is bulk carriers, which transport everything from Krispen. Merchant crews are small now, sugar to iron ore - the ‘standard’ is now 180 to compared to, say, Brunel’s time but in future they may be non-existent. Autonomous 200 thousand tons! The ‘dirty British coaster’ electric ships are being planned and built. has joined the tea clippers in history. One will be operating soon in Norway. Huge The overall picture, which is Krispen’s stock merchant ships are planned covered with in trade, is equally impressive – 60,000 ships solar panels or carrying sails, (which just goes over 100 gross tons engaged in international to prove Columbus was right all along) Ships trade. And 4,000 more being built at this very with kites, or powered by hydrogen……well, moment, sadly not in the UK. The fleet is of these may seem far-fetched now, but the course spread world-wide. thing about the future is that it’s on its way here! Our June meeting was held, as usual, at the Pityme Inn. After lunch and club business, a talk was given by an acquaintance of the Chairman, a shipping consultant, Krispen Atkinson, who works in London, in an office overlooking the Thames, for a firm linked to Lloyds. His job requires him to know what’s going on in the (merchant) shipping world.

Using Technology for Tracking Containers

So how does Krispen keep track of them all? Well, your sat-nav might not be able to find its way around St Minver, but, believe me, Krispen’s can! It’s all highly organised. Each

What an enlightening and informative talk. What is worrying, though, is that, if you go to sleep for too long, the whole world will have changed again!

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Time To Take Care of You by Amy Grand BSc. Psych; HPD; DSfH Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist Bridge Hypnotherapy

Autumn has arrived. For many of us that means the pace can slow down a bit. The children have gone back to school; the tourists are slowly disappearing; and our summer guests have stopped descending on us. It’s time to start thinking about relaxing. However, for some of us that can be very difficult. Research tells us that when we take care of ourselves, we have ample resources left to care for others. This means that taking care of ourselves must be our priority. If we do not take care of ourselves first and foremost, then ultimately those we care for will suffer. Some people may feel that this is selfish or indulgent, however, putting our own needs first is the most selfless act. Ensuring that we are well rested, well nourished, well exercised means that we remain strong and healthy in order to do everything we need and want to do. Taking care of ourselves doesn’t mean spending a lot of time or money; just making some small changes can add up to a big difference. We should engage in at least one activity everyday that gets our serotonin and dopamine flowing. This will be different 26

for everybody, but a few ideas doing this, when you are might be: relaxing and falling asleep, it helps the brain to process • Taking some time out to enjoy your favourite hot drink information in a positive way, whilst reading the paper or a helping you to sleep better magazine. and assisting you to wake up in a better mood. • Taking a long hot bubble bath, enjoying the fragrance North Cornwall and the warmth of the water on tired muscles. Talking • Spending time with friends.

• Making time for your hobbies, whether they be active or just sitting watching some great television or listening to music.

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This may seem like common sense. We all know how important some ‘me-time’ is; however, knowing it and making the time to do it are North Cornwall Talking two different things for many of us. The most important Newspapers is a charity, part of self-care is recognising run by volunteers, who when we are doing it. Really will send a USB stick enjoying what we are doing; being in the moment. And every week with local when you go to bed that news and articles. They night, reflecting on what you can even provide an have done that day to take audio player. care of yourself. Take yourself back to the moment. It can Contact North cornwall help to write it down. I often Talking Newspapers on ask my clients to spend 5 minutes before they go to bed 01208 831454 or email thinking about and writing coordinator.nctn@gmail. down what they have done com for themselves each day. After

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SUCCESSFUL ‘HELIVENT’ The ‘Helivent’, an event to raise funds for the new Cornwall Air Ambulance, was held on Saturday June 15th at the Malibu home of Nick and Jane Pickles, which overlooks the beach at Polzeath. It was a remarkably challenging project which most ordinary mortals would not even consider taking on. A delicious 3-course lunch,

prepared and cooked by Nick and Jane, supported by many elves, was provided for 40 prepurchased ticket holders. And, as if that were not enough, as soon as lunch was cleared away, cream teas were made available to the public.

some 45 minutes, the helicopter had to depart elsewhere to attend an emergency, but not before the crew had responded to the flood of questions they were asked, but they sadly had to miss their lunch.

With grateful thanks to local helpers Vickie, Hugh and Mark, Wadebridge Rotarians Ceri, Trevor and Paul with Air Ambulance staff Debbie and Sophie and their volunteers Mark, Stuart and Chris. Without their help on the day this would not have been possible. Also many thanks particularly to Sharp’s Brewery for providing beer and Ann’s Cottage for providing free Perhaps the highlight of the parking, also Wrecking Coast day was the arrival of the Air for gin, Wadebridge wines, Gary Ambulance and crew landing Dutton Butchers, and Tesco. This, in Tristram Field, just in front together with several donations, of Malibu. This attracted much generated a £2,000 donation for interest, not only from those attending the occasion, but also the new helicopter, such a worthy from holidaymakers enjoying the and vital local cause. John Harbinson fine summer’s day. However, after Their garden was also open to the public all day and visitors were quickly relieved of any loose change by any one of the numerous helpers in high-vis tabards complete with Air Ambulance logo, or tempted into buying at the beer and gin tent also in the garden. A professional garden tour was available.

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Over 350 Swimmers complete the Padstow Rock Swim The wind was a gentle to moderate breeze, with occasional glimpses of the sun. All swimmers were strongly briefed to follow the buoyed out route and not try to swim a seemingly more direct route. So at approximately 1540 some 110 Elite swimmers set off in their red hats, creating quite a white water spectacle as they followed the lead rib with lifeguards on boards, canoes and other safety craft all around them, to guide them across the just under one mile swim across the river Camel estuary. At approximately 1610, it was the turn of the non elites, who had viewed the progress of the elites, and thus understood the importance of following the briefed course. Off they went, some 250 of them, making an even bigger splash, although a little more slowly than the first wave, again guided by the lead rib and escorted by lifeguards on boards and safety canoes.

million mark for Marie Curie, an amazing achievement, so a heartfelt thank you. I would like to give my personal thanks to my amazing Committee, our sponsors of : Mariners Lettings, the Seafood Restaurant, Sharps Brewery, and our new sponsor, Rock Rail. Not to be forgotten, the RNLI at Rock, Padstow Harbour Authority, Padstow Town Council , Padstow Sailing Club, Rock Sailing Club, Rock Marine Services, Brandon Hire, Jo Downs Glass, The Night Ferry, Martin Broadfoot PA Systems, Sea Salt, Wadebridge Canoe Club, St Austell Canoe Club, Sunset Surf Gwithian, SPAR, The Friday Night Band, The St Merry Uke Band, and of course all of you swimmers – See you in 2020. Peter Tamblin, Swim Coordinator The team from Sharp’s Brewery

They all made it across, though some needed a little help on the way, and all arrived at Rock with a feeling of great satisfaction, and were given a tumultuous welcome by family and friends. At Rock they received their iconic swim T shirt, a pasty, and water if they required it. The Corporate Trophy was won by Jo Downs Glass, and the Hawkins Trophy was awarded to Peter Ward, our River Controller to mark his outstanding contribution to the Swim over the years. If all the pledges to Swimmers are honoured, then the 2019 total may approach the 2018 figure of £81,000, but we shall have to wait and see. We have already passed the half 28

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St. Minver Local Committee of CRUK celebrate their 65th Anniversary with a Garden Party

With beautiful gardens overlooking Polzeath Beach, the venue for the St. Minver CRUK Anniversary celebrations and garden party were ideal, with beautiful hot sunny weather to match. The very interesting coastal gardens were open to visitors and supporters for most of the day, when they could enjoy coffee and cakes as well as cream teas. Committee members were on hand to help with the smooth running of the day and a raffle was also held. Having reached another milestone with over ÂŁ400,000 raised since the formation of the group in the early 1950s, it was deemed a good enough excuse to celebrate by having a luncheon for the committee and their supporters. Committee member, Jane Pickles and husband Nick very kindly hosted this event. To celebrate the occasion we were also joined by Sophie Barber, Local Fundraising Manager, Sam Williams, Regional Fundraising Manager

and Nikki Collins, Senior Fundraising Manager. Chairman, Gina Snelling, was delighted to accept a plaque from Sam Williams from Cancer Research UK to commemorate this occasion and thanked everyone for their support. The committee were also presented with a beautifully decorated cake which we all enjoyed afterwards. Sophie Barber said in her speech how much the cancer landscape had changed and how far we had come over the years. She mentioned that it was in the 1950s when they first looked into cervical smear tests which have gone on to save thousands and thousands of lives every year. In the 50s the link between smoking and cancer was also being investigated and the need for bowel cancer screening and breast cancer screening. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery had been the main treatments for cancer, which they still are today. Over the years cancer

treatments have become kinder and more effective for patients, proven by the huge increases in survival rates. Also, the introduction, recently, of two new treatments, immunotherapy and personalisation of treatments, should pave the way for more people surviving. Thanks to the generosity of Jane & Nick opening their house a garden, a further ÂŁ666.70p raised on the day for CRUK funds. We are very grateful that we have the support of the local Community as well as the Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club who allow us to use the clubhouse for particular events and meetings. Maggie Day

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St Minver Community Hub Afternoon Cream Tea at Lynam Court.

An afternoon cream tea fundraising event was held on Friday the 12 July to raise funds for the St Minver Community Hub. As well as raising much needed funds, the occasion provided an opportunity to share information with the community about the plans for the Community Hub and the ongoing developments. Jacky and David Hall kindly hosted the event and generously opened up their spectacular home, one of the oldest in Rock. A delicious home-made afternoon cream tea in the beautiful garden was provided by Jacky and David and their helpers. There was also tennis and swimming for the energetic. And the sun shone on us making it a very happy and convivial occasion. Scott Mann, our local MP, was in attendance throughout and spoke of his enthusiasm for the Community Hub Project. Carol


Mould outlined ,with great passion, the strategy and the hopes for the future development of the project. A very popular raffle was drawn by Carol Mould, Stuart Robertson and Christine Boswell-Munday with some fabulous prizes on offer. The silent auction was also a success with prizes donated by Alan Caswell, Jacky Hall, Paul Jackson, Ann Wenger, Sheena Bevis-White and Jay Guest. We would also like to say thank you to our very kind sponsors Q4, Jane Lawrence, Rock Ski School, the Point at Polzeath, Salon Deco, Fee’s Food, Robertson’s Jewellers, and Jay Guest. In addition, we want to thank the people who donated money to the project, which, with the auction and raffle resulted in a total of £8,000. The very enjoyable afternoon, which had raised much needed funds for the project, was topped off with a glass of chilled Prosecco.

Thank you to Jacky and David for their kind and generous hospitality who made this event possible and a great success.

‘Get Confident Online’

Would you like to learn how to use computers and internet to make the most of your money and feel more confident on line? Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from 25 September 2019 10.30am -1pm Are you are over 60, live locally and would like to learn more on how to benefit from using a computer? Our free, friendly and informal training will be delivered by Cornwall Rural Community Charity and NatWest over a series of 6 weeks during September and October. Topics include: staying safe online;where to get online information and advice; emails; using comparison websites; online banking & PayPal; making online transactions; budgeting & managing money.

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Venue: The 1st St Minver Scout Hut Trewint Playing Fields, Trewint Lane, St Minver To book or find out more please contact: Christine Boswell-Munday

were crowned Duchy League Premiership Champions.

of the new Community Hub project and is very proud to be st 1 St Minver Scout Group one of the five directors of the 1st St Minver Scout Group offers a CIC. fun filled programme of activity For the last meeting before E and progressive training for the summer holidays we were M: 07801902487 young people, boys and girls, at Roughtor. The scouts were from the age of six through to 18. This event, using professional accompanied by the leaders to trainers, is being organised by We have different sections the St Minver Community Hub depending on the age of our the top whilst a couple of leaders (CIC). Light refreshments will young people. stayed behind to cook up all the be provided. Computers will be Beaver Scouts (6-8 years); burgers and sausages that were provided for the sessions, but Cub Scouts (8-10 years); brought along. By the time the if you have your own laptop or scouts got back down from the Scouts (10-14 years); notepad please bring this. top the burgers were ready so we St Minver Football Club Explorer Scouts (14-18 years) all sat and ate.Then, just as the There is a further section called St Minver Football Club is Scout Network, which continues midges were starting to eat us to very active and runs 2 teams after the age of eighteen whether death, we all headed off until our with around 40 players and our young people are living had a record breaking season next meeting at the beginning of locally or are away at University. in 2016/17 when we won the autumn term. Stuart Robertson celebrates 30 an unprecedented treble Stuart Robertson & Ormy years as the Scout Leader this including the Cornwall Junior Cup, KMD League Cup and we year. He is passionately in support McWilliam

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WI Revival in St Minver

After months of research and planning, Thursday, 11th July saw the first meeting to re-establish the Polzeath and Trebetherick WI. The previous WI sadly ceased operating in our local community in 2016. The WI in recent years has had a positive boost from younger women and mums wishing to get involved and keep this fantastic institution well and truly alive! In the weeks leading up to the meeting there was much talk in the local community about this exciting venture; however, until the date was upon us it was impossible to know if people would actually


attend. By 7pm the Perceval institute had a wonderful mix of 19 women in attendance. Representing the WI were Patricia Paxton and Marilyn Leggat, who chaired the meeting for the evening. We were entertained with a potted history of the WI and everything they have to offer, combined with the logistical elements of running a WI group. Action packed activities we can expect (along with the usual baking and crafting competitions) include zip wiring, a variety of courses at Denman college and attending the main WI annual meeting in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. It really is an incredible institution with so much to offer for women who want to get ‘stuck in’. As the first meeting received such fantastic support and attendance we believe the numbers will grow for the next meeting. We were extremely fortunate to receive a personal message of support from Lynne Stubbings, Chair of the NFWI, and there was a real

buzz of excitement amongst the group. With a positive ‘can do’ feeling, we can get the WI up and running again, stronger than ever! We are so pleased to be able to move forward with a WI group reinstated in the Polzeath/ Daymer/Rock location; and we look forward to receiving/ gaining tips and advice from our nearest WI neighbours in Wadebridge. Meetings are being held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Perceval Institute, St Minver. There are plans in place to relocate to the original WI venue of the Rock Institute in November this year, so it’s all systems go! We will be delighted to see as many women as possible at the September meeting, being held on Thursday 12th, 7pm the Perceval Institute St Minver. You can sign up at the meeting to join our fantastic team, only £21 for the remainder of 2019. We hope to see you there- all are welcome. Contact nicihewitt@hotmail. com/07970674535

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Betty’s Family Birthday Party

In previous editions of Link, we have featured Betty Oliver, who knits baby sets for infants who have to spend time in the Neonatal Unit at Treliske Hospital. These babies often arrive early and are very small, so the parents are completely unprepared. In the last 20 years, Betty has knitted 765 baby sets, using enough wool to reach Penzance and back! At the end of June, it was Betty’s turn to be the centre of attention, as she celebrated her 90th birthday with her family with a party at the Lingham Hall in St Minver. A hall was the only venue suitable for the Betty’s family as she had 9 children ( sadly, one son has recently died) , 24 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Betty has had an intereresting and varied life, including two spells living in Australia. However, she says that the last 20 years living in St Minver have been the happiest, and she loves being part of this community. Betty keeps very busy, and is still knitting, so the Link committee was delighted to buy some wool for her to keep those babies in hats, cardigans and bootees !

Do you know what this symbol means on packaging? If you thought that it meant that the packaging can be recycled, as many people do, you’d be wrong. The symbol, known as ‘The Green Dot’ has no relevance in the UK. It was introduced by the EU to indicate that the manufacturer has made a contribution to the cost of recycling the packaging in certain European countries.

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Adult Vocal Workshops Are a Laugh!

On the 17th and 18th July 33 adults from right across North Cornwall came together at the Perceval Institute, St Minver, for a two day vocal workshop, led by local musical director, Gareth Stubberfield. Some of the participants were members of local choirs; whilst others were people who used to sing in a choir and wanted to see if they could still hit the notes and some just wanted to have a couple of days singing just for the fun of it. The workshop was arranged by the Chris Treglown Foundation which once again demonstrated its mission to encourage and support more people, of all ages, to

enjoy singing and develop their skills. The group certainly had lots of fun, whilst at the same time working very hard on vocal techniques and trying to ignore our embarrassment as we were told to ‘laugh like Father Christmas’ in order to develop our range. By the end of the two days, we were all very tired, but had been taught how to protect our voices from strain, breathe more effectively, harmonise , oh yes, and ‘laugh like Father Christmas’. I can’t wait until next year’s workshop..... Morwenna Vernon

Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech Initial details have been released about the Wadebridge Festival of Music and Speech which will be taking place from the 2nd to the 7th March 2020. The syllabus will be available from the middle of October at the Wadebridge Library, Gary Dutton Butchers in Molesworth Street and the Town Hall. The adjudicators will be Bryan Husband FISM, GRSM, AWCMD, who will be making a return to the Festival while for Janine Diamond MA, BA (Hons), FHEA , it will be her first time at the Wadebridge Festival and Music and Speech. As always, the Festival will be an opportunity for both children and adults to enter a wide range of classes so make sure you take a look, and see what’s there for you! There are over 140 from which to choose. The closing date for entries is Monday, January 13th 2020.Contact: Philip Blake 01208 813583 email:


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News from Wadebridge School Peace Garden 2019

Wadebridge School Community reflects and remembers the sacrifice by so many local heroes in the name of freedom. Never Forget As part of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War 1914 - 1918, Wadebridge School History Department has been involved in taking groups of Year 8, 9 and 10 students to the battlefields in Belgium and France. The first visit went out in 2016, one in October 2018, followed by a group in the spring of 2019, with another group going out in November of this year. On each of these visits students are given the name of a local soldier to find whilst we are there and to research when we get back. We even discovered two of our students had relatives in different regiments who happened to be listed side by side on the Thiepval memorial; two boys from Wadebridge School and two brave soldiers whose bodies were never recovered – this was a very poignant moment for the whole group. When we returned messages of thanks were painted on pebbles alongside the names of these fallen heroes and the pebbles line the path in the newly created Peace Garden. In conjunction with these visits the

department, students who have been on the visit, staff and the school community decided that a positive way to remember those from our local community who left North Cornwall between 1914 and 1918 to fight in Belgium and France should be remembered in a more permanent way at our school. With this in mind, we decided to create a Peace Garden; a place where these brave men could be remembered and a place where we, as individuals and a community, could reflect and find a moment of peace. As a result of donations and support from Tesco Bags of Help, WREN, Wadebridge Rotary, Chase Projects, Drew Memorials and The Betjeman Centre, we are coming very close to the completion of the garden. During ‘Resilience Week’ a group of students spent a day weeding and planting whilst others created artwork which will be installed in the garden. We hope to complete the garden by the end of September with an official opening and dedication. Our hope is that we will have created a lasting legacy which honours the heroes of our area and which provides a place of peace and tranquillity to reflect and remember the sacrifice made by others in the name of freedom. Bev Lyle History Teacher

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Trevor in the Shrimper ‘Woodstock’

Trevor Celebrates in Style – Again Every ‘significant’ birthday is an opportunity for Rock boatbuilder and sailing instructor, Trevor Evans, to raise money for causes close to his heart. His 65th birthday was celebrated at Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club by holding a reunion of sailing instructors, several of whom travelled from other parts of the world to attend. On that occasion over £1,900 was raised for the RNLI. 2009 was his 70th birthday and this time he marked the event with another reunion which raised money for the RNLI and Camel Estuary Youth Sailing. His 80th birthday is in September but he is celebrating in October with a weekend of events, including an art exhibition, an evening lecture and a sailing instructors’ reunion in the evening, all of which which will raise funds for CEYS and the RNLI.

Trevor started work as a boatbuilder with Kempthornes Ley and Son of Rock and it was at this time he started teaching sailing as well. Soon after that, he went into partnership with Ken Robertson and Ken Duxbury and they set up two new enterprises – Westerley Boats (now Cornish Crabbers) and Westerley School of Sailing. Trevor left the businesses in 1983 and ran Ferry Point Sailing Centre until his retirement in 1986. Trevor has spent his whole working life in the Camel Estuary, both as a boat builder and a sailing instructor and can think of nowhere better to celebrate this special birthday.. Anyone that would like to make a contribution to these charities or exhibit at the art exhibition (20% to either of the nominated charities), should contact Trevor direct on 01208 862514.

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St Breock School News Wow, what an end to our summer term! St Breock continues to thrive in learning, love and laughter. We were very honoured to have been chosen by the Youth Sport Trust to host a sand sculpture to mark National School’s Sports Week and the NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing. The YST commissioned the sculptor Niall Magee to design something which was themed around the ‘Take Notice’ strand of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. St Breock was delighted to host the culmination of this week, following the delivery of 18 tonnes of sand which became a celebration to women’s football. We welcomed Ben Smith,the founder of the 401 Foundation, who, following some life changes, decided to sell up everything and spend 401 days running 401 marathons and raise £250k for two anti bullying charities. Ben spent the day with us at the end of June and was such an inspiration. He led an assembly and visited every class, even running a combined marathon with our Year Four Class! We are looking forward to following Ben’s progress with his USA 2020 challenge. During the first week of July, our Year Six children attended Transition Week 2019. They were thrilled to attend a day at their new secondary school followed by a week’s worth of activities in their new tutor groups getting to know their new peers. The children took

part in a wide range of exciting activities, but the purpose of the week is to put the children at ease with their move from primary to secondary education and this was certainly achieved. Our penultimate week in school hosted two annual events. Firstly, our Community Sports Awards, where we welcomed our local sports clubs, who had nominated children from St Breock for one of the values from our Learning, Love and Laughter Toolkit; Determination, Friendship, Equality, Excellence, Inspiration, Respect and Courage. It was a delight to award so many of our talented children and hear how they are continuing to make us proud in the St Breock Community. The second event of the week was our Summer Extravaganza at Wadebridge Town Hall. We were able to celebrate the extraordinary musical talents of our children who performed in choirs, groups, duets and solos. In our final week Y6 entertained us with their wonderful production of Oliver. After only having a few weeks to put the final production together we could not have been more amazed by the group and individual performances. Hats off to an amazing Year Six and the end to another amazing year at St Breock. Sian Hall Head of School

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Country Diary from Cobb Cottage Written and Illustrated by Joan Cockett The Rag Bag The drawer wouldn’t close- I pushed and shoved until the whole chest of drawers rocked. What was the problem? Taking a more rational approach, I noticed a piece of fabric wedged in one drawer, and obviously the drawer was overstuffedwith ribbon. Material, raffia, buttons and so on… Gradually I freed it, and the memories came flooding back. It all started in 1950, when a group of bolshy art students at Goldsmiths (of which I was one) were encouraged to join a class promoted by Constance Howard, a member of the New Needlework Development Scheme, set up by a group of artists/ designers who wanted to promote a new way of using textiles and embroidery; this was shortly before the Festival of Britain in 1951. We painting students were very unwilling to get involved. But were quickly carried away by Constance Howard’s enthusiasm, and the outcome was that three people from the group later pursued a career in textiles. At the time, Constance 38

Howard was working on a large panel for the ’51 exhibition, depicting the history of the WI, and several students became involved as assistants. Felt, stitching, different textures of materials were used; the death of an elderly aunt or grandmother would sometimes lead to a bounty of old fabrics- rich velvet and printed silk- as we did a share-out of the spoils. And so the rag-bag habit was born, and the overstuffed chest of drawers has produced many pictures, patchwork quilts, dolls, puppets and fancy dress; the grandchildren have loved it. I found it a lovely subject to teach, as there are no hard rules, and those children who found the more formal drawing and painting difficult, would often love working with fabrics. I remember a 16 year old cutting endless ‘feathers’ in different colours for an owl picture, sequins for eyes. We had the advantage of PVA adhesive by then, so not much stitching was done- although one boy studying for CSE mastered the art of the swing needle sewing machine, and made

a sophisticated abstract, using white and off white materials of different textures. For myself, I have enjoyed making the occasional panel; when I exhibited one at the Rock Summer Show, it was the first picture to sell! I missed it at home, so I did another one of a similar subject, which I have illustrated here. Painters in the 20s and 30s experimented with collage, so I don’t know why there is still a slight snobbery…. The two illustrations I show here are from a story I wrote for grandchildren,

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great nieces and nephews, ‘Mrs Barney and the HeartShaped Pincushion’ . She was inspired by the pincushion ( mentioned in a previous Link article) to make some pictures, which were taken up by a gallery, enabling her to make enough money to go to Canada to see her son and his young family. Does the church look a bit familiar? So thank you, Constance Howard, with your green and purple hair, and boldy hand-printed dress, you were a great inspiration, and I will keep the rag bag – it just needs sorting out a bit! Visit our website -


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1st St Minver Brownies

This term our theme has been Express Myself, and the Challenge Badge we worked towards was ‘If you can't be a unicorn, be unique, be yourself.’ Girls develop their creativity in all sorts of ways. This term they have made up stories and created inventions to solve problems and started thinking laterally and taught creative skills to their friends. We spent an evening looking at communication and how it has changed over the years. The girls all wrote a postcard to be sent to a friend. Then without them realising we 40

addressed the postcards to the Brownies so they all received some post. We then had a go at sending a magic moving postcard -miming a postcard - it’s not easy miming all that you would want to say on a postcard. Another great evening was spent turning old odd socks into great sock puppets. Each puppet was given a name, age, a personality and in some cases a wonderful accent. We managed to borrow a puppet stage and the girls performed their sock puppet play. The highlight of the term

was our Myths and Magic in May Big Brownie Sleepover in Wadebridge Town Hall. Along with lots of other Brownie Packs from North Cornwall we had a superb weekend in Wadebridge. There where lots of Myths and Magic themed activities and even a silent disco. Our Brownies were truly brilliant all weekend, they were so well behaved, the first pack to fall asleep at about 11.45pm and even other Guiders commented on their behaviour. The girls were a real pleasure to spend the weekend with and their parents should be very proud of them. Inspirational Woman was an interesting evening. The girls all chose an inspirational woman from history, sport, politics, royalty etc. They all did a short presentation about their chosen woman and why they believe the are a good role model for our future. The last few weeks of term have included a walk to Porthilly beach to collect pebbles, which we painted with inspirational quotes; a lesson on rugby and an enrolment. Another busy term making memories for our young girls of the parish with lots of fun and laughter along the way. Katrina Bacon

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Our Featured Artist Suki Wapshott by Ann Jones, Art Editor

‘May Memories’ Suki’s journey to becoming the talented and creative artist that she is today was neither conventional nor easy. For part of her childhood, she grew up on the family farm in Northamptonshire, built by her great-great grandfather. As a child, she remembers enjoying sketching, but colour didn’t play a part in any of her early drawings (as it so clearly does now). In school, she was discouraged from doing an ‘O’ level in art and, although she was given the opportunity to do ‘A’ level art when she went to private school, hopes of gaining any further academic qualifications were quickly dashed when she was expelled from the school after twelve short weeks.

On a school trip to Florence, she suggested to her art teacher that she wanted to see ‘everything’ in the Uffizi Gallery, rather than the limited number of exhibits her teacher had suggested, just in case this was a ‘once in a lifetime’ visit. The teacher disagreed and, by the time the school trip reached Venice, the pupil/staff relationship had completely disintegrated. From this point, things quickly went from bad to worse: Suki and some friends were having a drink in their hotel bar when the Headmistress arrived; she assumed the tonic waters her friends were drinking were ‘innocent’, but the neat scotch in Suki’s hand wasn’t - she was expelled on the

spot and locked in her hotel room. However, never one to be daunted by adversity, she was ‘sprung’ by her best friend and the trip organiser and the three of them went to celebrate in Harry’s Bar! In her early twenties she married, had a baby daughter, but became a single mother by the age of twentythree; motherhood was all consuming and left little time or space to pursue anything related to art or academia. In 1992, she met and married Nick Wapshott and it was with Nick that she found the time and energy to return to education; she read English at Oxford, graduating in 2000. She studied a great deal of poetry whilst at university and

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Above: ‘Splash, Pentire’ Below: ‘Sage Green’ it was the striking imagery in medieval poetry, in particular, that finally inspired her to put brush to canvas. Suki describes how, with her head ’full of images’, she painted relentlessly, as though something had finally been released. Sometime after this new and hopeful beginning, tragically, Suki’s daughter died; she had become a real source of inspiration for Suki’s work and the tragedy of her death was quite overwhelming. She and Nick decided that they needed a new beginning and moved to Polzeath, a place that remains a constant source of comfort and inspiration for her. Describing her own artistic style, Suki feels she creates,


‘anything from realistic to abstract, to figurative or impressionistic paintings’ and her work amply demonstrates the extraordinary creative command she has over all these very different styles. Her early seascapes were reminiscent of photo-realism and she remembers getting some very helpful advice from the well-known Malvern based painter, David Prentice, who told her to, ‘forget the verisimilitude and get the senses going’. She feels that this early piece of advice, particularly about using all her senses, has been an important mantra for her over the years. Suki works from her two studios: one based at her home in Polzeath and the other in the Whitewater Gallery, also in Polzeath, which she opened

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with Nick in 2009. After a chance conversation, over a beer, with the owner of the Fusion Boutique (situated on the site of the now Whitewater Gallery) Suki and Nick were offered the opportunity to set up a ‘pop up’ gallery over the Christmas period. Four days later, Whitewater Gallery had its first very successful opening and they have not looked back since. Earlier this year they had the opportunity to take on the premises next door to the gallery and the new, bright space is dedicated entirely to original work, mainly from local artists. Working primarily in oils and on linen canvas, Suki has found her ipad to be an invaluable tool which has revolutionised the early stages of her preparatory work for her paintings, allowing her to experiment with line, colour and light in very different ways. But it is the contrasting subtle and raw seascapes and landscapes of North Cornwall’s coastline and hinterland that continue to ignite her imagination and extraordinary talent, allowing her to create the most poetic, thoughtprovoking and evocative paintings. For more detailed information on Suki’s work visit her website: Or visit Whitewater Gallery in Polzeath

Above: ‘ Twilight’ Below: ‘anyone lived in a pretty how town’

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The St Minver School Colour Run

After an emotional week with the year 6 leavers’ play having taken place on Friday 19 July, what better way to finish than on a high, with a colour run on the school playing field. Sarah Bray, chairman of the PTA, suggested the colour run as it is such a fun activity for both pupils and teachers to get involved in and seemed a very fitting way to end the term.

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Water and paint stations were set up around the playing field, with a course laid out by the teachers. Members of the PTA were armed with water pistols to catch everyone as they ran past, followed then by an array of powder paint stations, showering everyone with paint, to ensure all involved ended up wonderfully colourful! It really brought everyone together to celebrate a fantastic term and end of the school year. The weather was perfect and the staff of Happy Days nursery kindly organised refreshments for the children, along with face painting before and after the run. The PTA were absolutely thrilled to report that due to the generosity of the children’s family and friends, the event raised in excess of £1,400 profit which will directly benefit the children in the next academic year. The School and PTA would like to thank all who helped to make this such a successful event. Nici Couch 45

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St Minver Super Heroes! There was no let up at the end of the school year here at St Minver School, where special events and summer celebrations have filled our days alongside our learning. St MInver School prides itself on high-quality opportunities for children to perform, to dance,


to sing and for the children to show a level of confidence which never ceases to amaze us.

Year 6 Production This year was no exception, with Year 6’s production of ‘Super 6’, specially written for the occasion by Year 6 teacher Mr Baines. Based - VERY loosely! - on the superheroes of

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Marvel comics and similar, we were treated to countless whole-cast musical numbers and characters such as Dr Yes, the Incredible Bulk, Kent Clarke and not forgetting ‘Breeze’ with her dubious windy superpower! The whole class came together brilliantly for two very well attended shows, which made us all very proud. A fitting way to end their time here at St Minver School.

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At the other end of school, Class R celebrated finishing their first year at school by treating us to a class assembly with their rendition of Giles Andreae’s picture book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. To see how self-assured our youngest learners are already and to see how far they have travelled on their learning journey was a real treat for parents and staff alike. Sporting highlights this term included swimming success with silver medals at the Cornwall School Games, tag rugby, KS1 football

tournament, Our Girls Can and Our Boys Can team-building days, hosting a multiskills festival and more. Year 1 brought their science topic of Being Healthy to a culmination with a grand day of peeling, chopping and slicing, as they created fruit salads with a rainbow of colours. Elsewhere, Year 3 immersed themselves in a Tudor day, while Year 2 learnt more strategies to help keep plastics out of our oceans during their beach day at Polzeath. Year 6 dressed up for their WW2 day with land girls, evacuees, air wardens and even one hot person in a ghillie suit! Their activities included learning to jive and swing, trying out 40’s style children’s games and cooking with ‘rationed’ ingredients. KS2 pupils showed both resilience and courage on their residential trips, with lots of new experiences. Year 4 braved chilly May nights at Camp Kernow, foraging for edible forest foods, night walks and fire-building. Highlights of Year 5’s trip to Bristol included a visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which inspired some amazing pastel artwork, while Year 6’s PGL adventure involved rifle-shooting, trapeze and abseiling. Exhibiting at The Royal Cornwall Show is a long-held and passionately followed tradition at St Minver School, with this year being no exception. A wonderful array of entries were shown, with the school once again bringing home the Ian Burnett Cup for the highest number of total points for a primary school. Well done, everyone! Our first ever PTA-run colour run was a wonderful fundraiser and a fantastic way to end the school year and you can see a separate write-up by the PTA for that event elsewhere in this edition. We wish all our leavers happy days and success in their next learning adventure and look forward to more learning together in September 2019. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for a further insight into life at St Minver School. Jo Rodwell Head of School

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Aren’t we lucky! Local walks

by Morwenna Vernon The walk I have chosen for this issue is a circular route from Egloshayle to Dinham Bridge and back via Three Hole Cross and Ball. At 6.1 miles, this is a longer walk than usual, but I can assure you, it’s well worth the effort and we managed it easily in 2 hours 50 minutes ( including a stop for crib). Leave your car near Egloshayle Church and walk past Trelawney Garden Centre. At the end of the garden centre site, there is a path leading into woods which is flat and even, so if you have a pushchair or wheelchair, you can enjoy the first mile and a half of this walk until you get to the River Allen which is a major tributary of the River Camel. Continue following the path, with a couple of stiles and a metal gate, where you will notice The woodland has many ancient trees

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a mine adit and the bright orange colour of the stream which is due to iron compounds from the mineral lodes which were mined in the area. Passing through two more gates the path passes to the left of Hingham Mill, which is a beautiful 18th century building which retains all the working machinery for grinding corn and has an undershot wheel. At this point you head up the lane until you reach a junction and turn into a track on the right. Follow the track alongside the river until you come to a collection of leats, weirs and bridges which used to be Lemail Mill. This is a fascinating site for anyone interested in industrial archaeology, and we spent some time here, trying to figure out the purpose of

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The path follows the River Allen these watercourses. You then continue to walk up the valley, staying alongside the river until there is a gate on to a track which passes alongside two houses and joins the road. You continue up the hill and bear left on to a farm lane which you stay on until it meets the A39 at Three Hole Cross. You cross the road here and can take a look at the celtic cross which I’m sure we’ve all driven

Evidence of the watercourses from Lemail Mill past many times. It dates from medieval times and was in fact, intended to be a four hole cross and the initial carving shows the unfinished fourth hole. After the cross, bear left down a lane and

keep walking until you come to a crossroad of tracks, opposite a house. Bear left and follow it until it comes to Ball. There will be a footpath right in front of you which takes you alongside the Wadebridge allotments which were a hive of activity and community on the sunny, Sunday morning on which we took this walk! The path then emerges on the by pass, with steps leading you down to the road and more on the other side which lead you down towards Egloshayle. This was a walk with riverside paths, ancient woodlands, industrial archaeology, views as far as Bodmin Moor and a glimpse of the thriving Wadebridge Allotment community ( plus some ideas of how to improve my broad beans in the future!) Once again, I used the iWalk Cornwall app to guide me during this walk and to provide lots of additional information along the way. I’d love to hear from you if you have completed any of these walks, or maybe send me some suggestions for future walks. I try to avoid the coastal routes which are always well used.

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Seasonal Fashion Tips from Fusion’s Rhowen Yoki Autumn -Winter 2019 It is difficult to come to terms with the fact summer is coming to an end already, especially as it feels as though it’s only just begun. Luckily, we have lots of exciting autumn stock filling our shop floors to help you beat the Summer blues.

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take advantage of this trend by adding a vibrant accessory, such as a oversized handbag, or mix and match with a more muted brown or taupe.

Satin, and silk are back! Think 90’s slip dresses, 70’s blouses and silk scarves but with the neon hues of today. The signature 70’s look consists of a lady-like skirt with extra swish, a silk blouse, a sharp tailored blazer and an assortment of silk scarves, a pair of aviator sunnies. Another simple but on trend combo is the slip dress, T-shirt and kicks. Cute and versatile.

‘Stick of Butter’ Yellow Conversely, what started as a micro addition to last year’s omnipresent beige, mild, ‘melt in the mouth’ yellow is now a key trend for AW 2019. Butter-yellow hues offer a fresh new palette, with many designers incorporating looks in the shade across tailoring, evening wear and outer wear. Layering with knitted biscuit

Go Big or Go Home Autumn’s loudest trend pulsates with wild splashes of saturated colour, confidently worn from top to toe! Bold shades of turquoise, colbalt and sunflower yellow should be our new favourite colours. If you aren’t one for statement all over brights, you can still 50

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it all year long. Real or faux, leather and suede seem to be the materials of the moment, think trench coats, skirts, trousers and even a blouse.

For the Guys… The return of synthetic, technical materials has swept menswear by storm, merging ideas from street wear and activewear into a new futuristic look. It can include delicate touches such as a neon T-shirt or a puffer jacket to a full survivalist look with all over cameo or animal print – which ever you choose, you will definitely be making a statement .

browns gives a minimalist look that is an alternative to the classic black and beige.

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dancing in particular and the midi being the key length; the look remains feminine and wearable – add a pair of heels and you have got the perfect desk to dinner outfit.

Floral dresses are a staple, whatever the season and for Suede and Leather Autumn 2019 they are bigger Leather has become a key than ever. Autumn calls for the darker shades, think forest player in our wardrobes, it is now much more accessibly green, deep reds and warm priced and the breadth of oranges. Referencing the styles means we can wear 40’s and a homage to swing You can visit Rhowen, or one of the Fusion staff, for more style advice at one of her shops in Wadebridge, Padstow or Polzeath Visit our website -


Alluring Alaska European settlers. Attracted from around 1790 by the fur trade, the Russians hunted the sea otters, highly prized for their fur pelts. By 1860 they had been hunted to virtual extinction and so with little to gain, Russia sold the territory to America for $7.2 million, a large sum, but less than 2 cents per acre for an area 7 times the size of the UK. Later, hopeful prospectors arrived with the Yukon Gold Enticed by snow-capped bridge, now the Bering Strait. Rush. A huge earthquake Today they represent less than (9.2) destroyed many earlier mountains, plentiful wildlife buildings across the State. 15% of the population but and curiosity, Ruth and I Much of the State is totem poles gave a glimpse recently spent two weeks in wilderness and the total into their clan systems and Alaska. beliefs. The climate is usually population is just 750,000. Our first week was in a very wet, but this year there A third live in Anchorage smallish cruise ship from has been a semi-drought and Fairbanks. Others work Vancouver with stops at some leading for the first time to in the oilfields in the Arctic of the settlements on the extensive forest fires. From Circle, while the rest live States’ south east coast, an the State capital, Juneau, with in the coastal settlements. area only accessible by sea or just 30,000 souls we enjoyed Interestingly there are four air. watching whales, sea otters times as many bald eagles! Oil The second week was landand sea lions. is still the State’s main source based with excursions to see of revenue but declining. In Sitka with its Russian glaciers, whales and bears. Tourism and fishing also Orthodox Church, we learnt Everywhere we learnt about about the first wave of contribute. the different inhabitants, their culture, as well as seeing stunning scenery and the alarming impact of global warming in action. Much of the south east coast is covered by a thick temperate rainforest, mostly spruce. In the small towns there is still evidence of the original Indian tribes that crossed from Asia by the land 52

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We were fortunate to witness the rare sight of a pod of humpbacks ‘bubble netting’ a shoal of herring. The fish, confused by the whales blowing bubbles around them are so scared they compress into a ball. The whales then gently push this upwards before simultaneously rising with huge wide-open mouths for this feast. We had two trips to view bears. The first, arriving by seaplane, was the classic, to watch bears perched at the top of a waterfall catching salmon as they leap upstream to spawn. The second,and more exciting, was when we arrived by a five-seater plane which landed on a deserted beach. Equipped with waders we then walked and watched bears close-up fishing in a shallow estuary. The highlight was a mother with three sixmonth old cubs. Two wolves were showing an unhealthy interest in them but they failed to get near them. We saw several glistening and beautiful glaciers. We were shown how they had increasingly receded in recent years due to accelerating global warming. In Seward and Homer, both attractive fishing ports with quirky shops and good restaurants, we gorged on fresh salmon and halibut. Although expensive, Alaska is a fascinating place. Jeremy & Ruth Varcoe Visit our website -


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Polzeath Coastguard Update by Matt Sutherland While we have had a fairly quiet time in terms of ‘shouts’ we have still been busy recruiting and training as well as learning how to use new kit, most of which is a big improvement on older equipment. We welcome our new recruit and fully fledged Coastal Rescue Officer (CRO), James Bray, known to many as “Brayer.’ He successfully completed the intensive training course over the winter and became fully operational early

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in the summer – he couldn’t live any closer to our station in Rock and brings a smiley face and bags of enthusiasm to our team. Our notable ‘shouts’ since our last article have been; 23rd July – New Recruit James dog off a cliff at Trevone, Bray backing up Padstow Coastguard; 2nd July - Query broken leg at Polzeath beach - Wait for ambulance; 22nd June - Overdue spear fisherman - Port Gaverne; 1st June - Youth, been in the water - HLS for Air Ambulance Daymer Bay; 26th March - Cardiac arrest - Port Gaverne We have also had plenty of training to keep our skills up to date and recently attended an Emergency Services day at Wadebridge School alongside the RNLI Lifeguards, Wadebridge Fire Service and the Ambulance Service. A full day of activities for the young people included learning a bit about our rope rescue techniques, some First Aid and how to use a ‘throw line’ for water rescues – a piece of kit you should increasingly see alongside lakes river and some sea areas. May we also take the opportunity to ask dog walkers to take extra care and keep their pets on leads when near the numerous cliff areas on our ‘patch’ - particularly around Greenaway and Pentire Point; even well trained dogs can easily bolt for a seagull or rabbit and few survive such a fall. And if you see an incident near or in the sea, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard – they will then choose which resources are best suited to the job be it RNLI lifeboats, our team or other emergency services.

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Junior Link Compiled by Nici Couch

In each edition, the Junior Link is delighted that the children of the local primary schools, comprising St Breock, Wadebridge Primary and St Minver, will be contributing pieces of work for our younger readers to enjoy. In this edition, Imogen Comonte from St Minver School has written a piece on living a healthy lifestyle. Thank you to Imogen for contributing to this issue. If you would like to contribute an article for future publications, please email: If your article is printed, you will receive a certificate and a £25 book token.

Healthy me! by Imogen Comonte

Almost everyone loves ice-cream, pizza, fish and chips or sweets. The trouble is that these foods contain lots of sugar and fat, which can lead to health problems if you digest too much. You need fruit and vegetables to keep you moving and to keep you healthy. Wait, there is more! As well as just eating healthily, how much you move is also important. If you want to be healthy, you should do lots of exercise whereas, if you just sat in front of the TV all day, you would be gaining weight by the minute. The NHS suggests that children age 5-18 need to do at least 60 minutes of activity every day. At the same time, it’s not good if all you do is sport non-stop. You need to relax as well. Grab a book, do some colouring, take a nap. If you play on a game one to two hours a day, that’s ok. But more than that you are spending too long on a screen. 30 minutes before you go to bed, try not to play on a screen because you will go to sleep and all you will think about is the game. That is definitely not good for you! What I do before I go to bed is I read a book. It’s a lovely way to end the day. In conclusion, eat healthily, do exercise and have a healthy mind. 56

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St Minver Silver Band News

Thanks, again, to the Link for continuing to provide financial support for the Band – this time in the form of a donation of £250 in May of this year. The Training Band has asked if we can attend the 2020 SWBBA Exmouth Festival. They will require support from the senior band and this money has provisionally been allocated to a fund we are setting up to cover the anticipated travel costs and fees involved. It will be the first time that we have entered the band in a competition outside Cornwall.

The Senior Band is about half way through the summer programme. We will be playing on the beach at Polzeath until early September, with the starting times gradually coming forward to 7 pm by the end of August. We welcome experienced guest players at these beach concerts.

Finally, our Musical Director, Kevin Ackford, celebrates 50 years of banding this autumn and he has organised a combined concert combining three of the SW England bands he has been particularly associated with over this The Training Band again entered the West of time – Holsworthy, St Austell and St Minver. England Bands Bugle Festival in June, and The concert will be held at the Holsworthy again came a very creditable second, losing Theatre, Holsworthy, at 7:30 pm on Saturday by only one point to the same Plymouth October 5th. Tickets can be booked in advance Youth band that pipped them last year. Our young players made a great impression on the on 01409 254617 (£7) or paid for on the door Bugle audience and two of the youngest were (£10). interviewed on Westcountry News as part Anyone of any age who is interested in joining of their coverage of the festival. The Training the band either as an experienced player or Band also entered the Wadebridge Carnival as a beginner can contact us on the phone in July for the first time and did very well to numbers listed in the Link. gain a third place certificate in their class. Garry Gauss Congratulations to all the players involved. 58

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St Minver Lowlands Parish Council Cornwall Council Community Governance Review For Cornwall 2019 Have your Say Cornwall Council is currently undertaking a Community Governance Review for the whole of Cornwall. This provides an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements at a parish level. This is to ensure that they are working as efficiently and as effectively as they should be.

What can the Community Governance Review change? Providing there is clear evidence of improvement, the following changes could be made: • Changes to parish areas including changes to boundaries between parishes. • Merger of Parishes. • Creating a new parish out of one or more parishes. • Introduce new parish ward changes. • Changing the name of a parish. • Grouping of together parishes under a common parish council. • Changes to number of Parish Councillors.

How you can have your say? • Would you like St Minver Lowlands Parish to stay the same? • Would you like St Minver Lowlands to join St Minver Highlands and become one parish? • Do you have any other suggestions? To find out more, express your views and indicate your preference please respond via email to Mrs Gillian Thompson, St Minver Lowlands Parish Clerk, 12 Bonython Drive, Grampound, TR2 4RL. Email: or Contact Brian Gisbourne, Chair St Minver Lowlands Parish Council 01208 869 315 Visit our website -


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Faith Toogood Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is an umbrella term used to describe a whole host of gut related symptoms that vary hugely in terms of type and severity. It is estimated to affect 1 in 5 adults in the UK and ranges from slightly irritating to extremely debilitating. IBS is not to be confused with IBD (inflammatory Bowel Disease) which is a term used for both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. If you are suffering from any gut related symptoms it is important to see a GP to rule out any other medical conditions including coeliac disease and these 2 mentioned above (IBD) before self diagnosing IBS.

IBS Symptoms These vary hugely between individuals but can include constipation, diarrhoea, a sense of incomplete evacuation when opening bowels and also bloating and wind. There is no ‘standard cure’ for IBS and individual management comes down to identifying symptoms, triggers and then making appropriate alterations. Diet can play a really important 60

part in managing IBS but equally crucial is an awareness of the part that stress and anxiety can also play in triggering IBS symptoms.


Limiting rich fatty food as this can exacerbate some


Limiting fresh fruit to 3 pieces per day

Remember when you start to implement any changes Before making any tweaks I to your diet, make just one would always recommend tweak at a time and monitor it starting a food, mood and so that you know what works symptom diary which will and what doesn’t. This will allow you to identify potential avoid unnecessarily restricting triggers and will form an your dietary intake. important basis from which to Specific dietary alterations create a management plan of will vary according to your your own. symptoms and for the General tips to ease IBS purposes of this article I have grouped symptoms into 3 Stress management / main categories. You might relaxation techniques – find that you experience all don’t underestimate the of these symptoms from time importance of these! to time, but perhaps pick the Regular enjoyable exercise overriding / most frustrating sessions symptom and start with Sticking to regular meals / making changes from that snacks each day and avoiding group. late night eating Bloating and wind Chew your food really well…. Limit gas producing food such Your stomach doesn’t have as beans and pulses, Brussel teeth!! sprouts, cauliflower and Reducing alcohol intake and cabbage. ensuring that you give your body 3 days off alcohol each Limit or avoid any sugar free chewing gum week Cutting down on fizzy drinks Consider adding oats into whilst ensuring that you keep your diet (porridge / oat fluid levels up with at least 8 based cereals) and linseeds (1 tbsp max per day). cups of water each day. Increase fibre intake,

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but do this gradually as a sudden increase can worsen symptoms. Focus on wholegrains, oats, vegetables, fruit and linseeds. These will soften stools and can make them easier to pass. Always ensure that you are drinking plenty of fluid to go with this increased fibre! Avoid adding wheatbran to cereals/meals. Diarrhoea Drink plenty of fluid to replace that lost in stools Limit or avoid caffeine and

fizzy drinks Reduce the intake of high fibre foods (this can seem counterintuitive but can really help some people). Avoid any sugar-free mints / chewing gum or any other products containing sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol. Probiotics These can help some people but you will need to try them for at least 4 weeks to see whether symptoms improve. For some, switching brands makes a difference.

Summary Start a food/mood/symptom diary to identify what is going on and possible triggers. Focus on one change at a time so that you know what works for you! Gear dietary changes towards your individual symptoms. See a GP to rule out other gut problems Don’t forget the importance of looking after your mind as well as your body…this can play just as large a part in symptom management.

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It’s a Vet’s Life! Dr Nicky Hallows BVMS MRCVS, Clinical Director at Nute Veterinary Surgery in Wadebridge. Welcome back to your quarterly update from Nute Vets. I’m writing this after a glorious day out on farm visits. It doesn’t seem to work like that very often. When the sun shines I seem to be inside and then I’m outside when it starts raining. Ah well, that’s what waterproofs and wellies are for. We have had several cruciate injuries in the surgery of late. Those of you who follow sport may well be familiar with a ruptured cruciate ligament as it’s a common

injury amongst sports men and women. It’s also sadly a pretty common injury in dogs and occasionally cats. The cruciate ligament holds the femur (thigh bone) steady and in line with the tibia (shin bone). It can get torn or ruptured through a sharp twisting motion. Footballers will commonly rupture theirs when they turn quickly on the ball and dogs similarly can rupture it chasing after a ball as they turn to bring it back. Because of the shape of their bones, certain breeds such as labradors and westies

are particularly prone to the injury. It is probably one of the most common orthopaedic conditions we see in practice. There are a few different ways of repairing it. For smaller dogs we can put in an artificial ligament. For larger dogs we need to create a ‘bionic’ knee. We put a special implant in the top of the shin bone held in place with a pin and plate which stabilises the joint removing the need for the ligament altogether. Below is an xray of a dog that we operated on recently. Down on the farm we have been doing a lot of pregnancy testing lately. It’s important for farmers to know which of their cows are in calf and which aren’t; as for dairy farmers it’s critical for keeping the milk flowing and for beef farmers it’s the next generation of stock to fatten. There’s nothing so delicate as peeing onto a strip for cows, instead it’s time for the vet to don their long gloves. For big cows you can literally be in it up to your armpit! It’s a messy job either feeling or using a scanner for signs of a calf but rewarding to hopefully be able to tell the farmer that either his or the bull’s hard work has paid off!


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I’ve had a new addition to my family in the shape of a Labrador puppy called Franny. It’s great fun, though lots of work having a puppy in the house. Puppies can be vaccinated from as early as 6 weeks and, if so, the course can be completed at 10 weeks and they can be ready to go out and about by 11 weeks. They should still be given the chance to meet lots of people and can meet other vaccinated dogs prior to this. Socialisation is so important at this early stage. Labradors are renowned for hip problems. Their hips are particularly at risk from stretching causing future problems up to 12 weeks old; so the advice is no stairs and no slippery surfaces

until they’re 12 weeks old. It’s ok for them to have up to an hour’s exercise a day in total, but on soft ground. After 12 weeks the hips are much more stable and you can relax. Our house wasn’t carpeted so we bought some cheap second hand rugs and off-cuts of carpets to give some grip. A stair gate has gone up and the cat is pleased that upstairs is strictly her domain. Even as a vet I have made sure that I’m up to speed on puppy training. I’ve read a couple of books and plan to go to classes. We see more dogs with behavioural problems Nicky with new puppy than many of the health Franny problems that people are more familiar with. It really is tricks so getting them trained hard to teach an old dog new early is the key!

North Cornwall Book Festival St Endellion 10th – 13th October 2019 Celebrating its seventh year, this year the festival boasts A-list novelists including Michael Morpurgo, David Nicholls, John Boyne, Tessa Hadley and Deborah Moggach, alongside writers in many other genres such as memoir, autobiography, poetry, history and sport. Come and be entertained and moved by an international line-up of authors giving talks, performances, interviews, or in conversation with the likes of Patrick Gale and Petroc Trelawney. Workshops include writing plays and writing for children. We celebrate Cornish heritage with a Cornish language workshop and our signature Cream of Cornish event for locally-based

writers. In between events, you can enjoy exhibitions, café, bar, bookshop, street music, and two amazing evening shows. The weekend is preceded by two days dedicated exclusively to schools and young people. And don’t miss our Book Festival taster event in Delabole (see Endelienta listings). ‘What it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in passion and authenticity’ in Country and Town House’s Top Ten Literary Festivals. Full information and tickets from

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Fitness With Julia The Benefits of Exercise for your Mental Well-Being We know that taking exercise is great for your physical well-being, but research shows that it can greatly improve your mental-well being too. If you suffer with anxiety or depression being active will help, because during physical activity chemical changes occur in the brain which can positively change our mood. A greater sense of confidence and self control can improve the way we deal with situations. Anything that gets you moving can help: try to focus on your feet on the ground as you walk, the rhythm of your breathing or the feeling of the wind on your skin as you move. You don’t have to endure long sessions in the gym or exercises which don’t appeal, but find an activity which you enjoy and will become part of your lifestyle. In turn this will relieve stress, improve memory, help you to sleep more soundly and boost your mood. When we are under stress, our muscles tense often leaving us with pains or headaches, the chest tightens, the pulse pounds and muscles cramp. You may experience sleep problems, stomach aches and heartburn, all common side effects of stress. Being active will help to break the cycle, as exercise releases endorphins (happy hormones) in the brain which help us to relax. Exercises that engage both the upper and lower body movements such as walking, swimming, weight training and dancing are really good choices. Activities which involve being with other people, in a group session, are also very effective as they can be motivating and often bring the benefit of making new friends. It’s often hard to motivate ourselves to be active at the best of times, but it can be 64

much harder when you feel you’re under a dark cloud which won’t shift. The thought of exercising for an hour may fill you with fear as your energy levels and mood are low. At first, it’s best to set yourself small, achievable goals. Begin with a short walk (10-15mins) and focus on activities you enjoy, which might include walking the dog, cycling to the shop or gardening. I have to share with you my own personal experience of how activity helped me. After losing my precious son I felt that life had no purpose and it was hard to leave the sofa; I just wanted to hide away. In those darkest of days I walked on the beach. The fresh air, the movement throughout my body, the sound of the sea and the warmth created was uplifting and, although it didn’t take the pain away, it was a way of helping my nervous system to become unstuck and help me gain some resilience at a difficult time. I have worked with many people who have come to exercise classes and have been suffering with depression, grief and stressrelated problems. I have seen the positive effects that exercise has had on some of these people. It fosters a sense of self worth, a sense of achievement, stimulating the body and brain which keeps us more in control. So “ Move it or Lose It “ is not just about keeping the physical aspect of our bodies healthy, but also about looking after our mental well-being. For more information about classes and ways to keep active and get started contact: Julia ( Fitness Professional) on 0781598712 or

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Gardening Made Easy by Nick Bacon

The Art of Recycling With a little bit of ingenuity, recycling can be very useful and productive in and around the garden. Using Foil Again: Aluminium foil has many uses: attach strips to strings to make bird scarers; lay squares around the base of plants to deter flying insect pests by scrambling their guidance systems; wind 15cm (6 inch) long strips around brassica stems to minimise damage from cutworms and around the stems of runner beans and marrows to deter snails. Bags of ideas: Re-use polythene food bags to keep cuttings from drying out both before and after potting; small paper bags and envelopes make excellent containers for home produced seeds; larger bags can be used for filling with dried herbs or for storing over winter bulbs. Bottling plant: With a little ingenuity, empty plastic bottles can be used in a multitude of ways: cut large ones in half and use as a mini cloche; remove the bottom, pierce holes in the tops and upend them in the soil close to plants to make an irrigation system; cut smaller bottles in rings to make slug guards; opaque bottles can be cut up to make plant labels.

Net protection : Drape old net curtains over your fruit bushes to protect them from birds. Eliminate weeds: Lay old carpets, rugs or underfelt over weed infested land to smother existing weeds and prevent seeds from germinating. Also use between rows of beans, peas and soft fruit to keep soil weed free and retain moisture. Cleaner’s compost: Unless your carpets are mostly made from synthetic fibres, add the contents of your hoover bag to the compost heap; rich in trace elements, for example iron, calcium, boron, manganese and zinc, this is tip top fertiliser for tomatoes at the planting stage. Feathery food: Feathers from old pillows and quilts provide a high nitrogen food for soft fruit bushes and strawberries; put a 10cm (4 inch) layer in the bottom of the hole when planting young fruit bushes and dig them into strawberry beds before planting. Armed for pruning: Cut the legs from a pair of old wellington boots and slip them on to your arms like sleeves before pruning or removing prickly bushes. Riches from rags: Old clothing made from natural fibres such as pure wool or cotton can be added to the compost heap.

Remove all buttons and zips then cut and tear into small pieces. Pots of plants: I use biodegradable coffee cups at work for potting up plants they start to decompose within three weeks which is ideal for sowing runner and broad beans; coffee grounds can also be recycled by placing a layer around tender plants as a slug and snail deterrent. Inner tube ties: Bicycle tyre inner tubes cut into lengths between 30-46 cm (12-18 inches) can be used as tree ties to protect the trunk from rubbing on the stake. Use the ties in the shape of a figure of eight. Recycling around the garden can be fun, I recycle toothpaste tubes, roll on deodorant bottles, chop sticks, hair nets, shower caps. Are you intrigued? Well it will have to wait for another issue. Finally……….my fake plants died because I forgot to pretend to water them. I went online to search for difficult garden plants…nothing came up! I almost forgot, in warm weather, water your lawn with left over washing up water,not beer as the grass might come up half cut. Next issue…..patio gardening

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn Published by Penguin Paperback £9.99 from Wadebridge Bookshop

This inspirational book opens with grim news: bailiffs are hammering at the door; Moth, partner for 32 years of narrator Raynor, has learned he has a terminal illness, and a cripplingly expensive court case has been lost. Without home and livelihood, and little expectation of much of a future, Ray takes a decision to walk the South West Coast Path. Further details follow of the 3-year litigation prompted by the financial demands of a onetime close friend which ended on a day in court when justice does not seem to have been administered. Equally bleak was the day in the consultant’s room in Liverpool. Moth’s persistent shoulder pain turned out to be


the precursor of Corticobasal degeneration (CBD), a rare degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure. Cast adrift, the couple had barely two weeks to make a decision: Moth provided the answer Ray sought: “don’t know if I’ve got a longer term but for now I need to be somewhere else.....let’s pack the rucksacks and make it up as we go along”. Paddy Dillon’s guidebook, “The South West Coast Path: from Minehead to South Haven Point”, became their Bible as they began their journey, estimated by Dillon to be of 630 miles. “The Salt Path” is so much more than simply a diary of a challenging journey. There are five elements to consider: it is political, informative, amusingly descriptive of chance meetings, delightfully eccentric, but, above all, a deeply personal, and heroically courageous struggle against physical and mental challenges. It is not until the 7th. chapter of the book that a little of Raynor’s background is revealed: “ my upbringing drove me to join socialist rallies, protest against the poll-tax, protest against the American warheads at Greenham Common, protest against anything really”. It is no surprise, therefore, that early

in the book there should be a brief section on homelessness, under the heading, ‘Rogues and Vagabonds’. Ray returns to the subject in Plymouth towards the end of the journey, and it is typical that Moth should show generosity from his unbelievably scarce resources towards the homeless he encounters. There is so much detail about the topography of the four counties that one wonders if Ray was able to keep a diary. The discovery that Culborne Church is the smallest in England, that Bideford Black is used as artists’ pigment, that Hartland Point was created in shallow seas 320 million years ago, that RAF Portreath was turned into a chemical weapon production plant, and the Cape Cornwall was purchased for the nation by the Heinz Company in 1987, are just some of the gems revealed to the reader. It is the encounters with sundry individuals, couples, and groups that provide delightful colour of a different hue. Moth, mistaken for poet, Simon Armitage, acquires unexpected fame, but not all the exchanges were pleasant. ‘Tramps’ was a frequently used epithet, and the pitching and breaking of the tent had to be done

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surreptitiously to avoid angry landowners, camp managers or golf-club secretaries! Dave and Julie, however, were good company, and the remarkable Anna from Polruan provided the base from which to look upon the future with hope. Amid all the stresses of the experience there emerge some hilarious moments. The lavatory problem was, of course, predictable, but Moth’s rucksack revealed unexpected companions. He would not travel without Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, something that came in handy when called upon to read at a Festival, a performance that netted £28.03p! Even more surprising was the emergence of a small radio whose sole purpose was to enable Moth to listen to cricket! Less amusing

was the forgetting of a hat, sunscreen and Moth’s pills, and the failure to cancel the Council Tax Direct Debit on the house seized weeks ago. Above all this is a story of astonishing courage and love. Moth’s pain in the early days of the journey is almost palpable, and although he secures some relief from an unexpected massage, the reader is in a constant state of concern at his struggle to cope. Appalling weather conditions do not help, and the discomfort of thin sleeping bags on uncomfortable surfaces is always apparent. More than once Moth utters, ”I’m done, I’m just done”, a despair which caused Ray to question her responsibility for ‘dragging him here’. Slight recovery coincided with a plague of ladybirds and

with the completion of the pills, and is marked midway in the book by Seamus Heaney’s words from Beowulf... Often, for undaunted courage Fate spares the man it has not already marked Ray’s guilt reappears but is countered by her denial....”I couldn’t accept (Moth’s illness) so I told myself it simply wasn’t true”. Friend, Polly, recognises this and rescues them from the harshness of winter before they return to complete the final part in reverse, from Poole to Polruan. The peregrine, soaring free on the thermals above the cliffs is a symbol of their freedom, freedom to choose to live on “the path that had become home”, the completion of which had given them hope.

ANNA DAVIDSON‘Bookshop Anna’ A Tribute Almost all the books reviewed in ‘Link’ over the past 30 years or so have been made available by The Wadebridge Book Shop. Anna took over the management of the shop in 1990, and built up a large and loyal body of customers. Together with her partner, Rob, they contributed hugely to the literary and cultural life of North Cornwall: the immensely successful Book Festival owed much to Anna’s enthusiastic and professional involvement in its early years. Anna died at the age of 76 after a cruel, but relatively short, illness. The Crematorium was packed on July 5th and warm tributes were paid by family and friends: unsurprisingly, love of books was a principal theme of the eulogies. Nothing was too much trouble for Anna. She cheerfully enjoyed searching for books for her customers, and local book clubs were always grateful for her support. Very few privately-owned bookshops remain in the UK today. Rob will continue to manage the shop: there could be no greater tribute to Anna than for her customers to continue to support him.

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Local Church Services for September, Oc Venue

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St Kew

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St Peter

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St Endellion

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St Minver

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St Enodoc

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St Michael

6pm E

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St Breoke

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Anglican Weekly Services:

FC Family Communion AAW All Age Worship E Evensong HC Holy Communion MF Memory Friendly MW Morning Worship RL Remembering a Loved One R Remembrance SE Sung Eucharist HF Harvest Festival US United Service at Methodist Church E Evensong B Baptism BFS Book Festival Service T Taize WT Worship Together



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


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

Thursdays St Breoke Church, 8.30am Morning Prayer


St Conan’s Church, 6pm Evening Prayer

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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

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Methodist Church Services Rock Methodist Church 11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church Cornerstone, Trevanion Street.Sundays 10.30. All Age Worship 1st Sunday each month. Rocks for Primary School children 10.15-11.30. Creche available Trelights Methodist Chapel: Sundays 6pm Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational. 10 am Every Sunday.

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

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Local Telephone Numbers 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 862709 Veterinary and RSPCA Wadebridge: (G & P J Nute)------- 01208 813258 Rock Water Taxi Bodmin: (Harleigh Vets)------------01208 76403 (Boat -during operating hours)--- 07778 105297 RSPCA Animal Centre ------------- 01637 881455 (offices)-------------------------- 01208 862815 RSPCA Animal Centre 24 hour----- 0300 1234999 St Minver Beavers Strandings Hotline------------------------------ Debbie Davison 07802825234 0345 201 2626 St Minver Brownies General Numbers (Kathy Hore)---------------------- 01208 862340 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)------ 01208 814564 St Minver Cemetery Committee British Legion-St Minver (Gillian Thompson)--------------- 01726 884024 (Fred Prior)----------------------- 01208 862543 St Minver Cricket Club------------ 07950 862506 . Cancer Research St Minver Cubs (Nigel)------------ 01208 815102 (Gina Snelling)------------------- 01208 862820 St Minver Football Club Citizens Advice Bureau (Roy Birchwood)------------------ 01208 880459 (Advice Line) ---------------------08444 99 4188 St Minver Post Office-------------- 01208 869426 Cornwall Council------------------- 0300 1234100 St Minver Pre-School-------------- 01208 869511 CRUSE Bereavement Care Cornwall----------------------------01726 76100 St Minver School------------------ 01208 862496 St Minver Scouts Animal Welfare & Veterinary Laboratory------------------------ 01872 265500 (Robert Watson)------------------01637 889 190 EDF Energy--------------------------0800 365000 St Minver Senior Circle John Betjeman Centre------------- 01208 812392 (Alec Chambers)------------------ 01208 592956 St Minver Short Mat Bowls North Cornwall Cluster of Churches (Rev’d Dr Elizabeth Wild)--------------------- 07758407661 (Pat Crank)----------------------- 01208 869120 Old Cornwall Society St Minver Silver Band (Margaret Bartlett) -------------- 01208 816307 (Gary Gauss)---------------------- 01208 814170 Padstow Harbour Master---------- 01841 532239 Tubestation Polzeath-------------- 01208 869200 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk University of Third Age-------(Joan Proctor) 01208 (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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THE ST ENODOC HOTEL Privately owned boutique hotel and spa in exquisite hideaway overlooking the Camel estuary in Rock. The beach is a stone’s throw from the hotel and a passenger ferry to Padstow. The spa offers a relaxing and enjoyable day spa experience, with a friendly team who go above and beyond to ensure you leave feeling invigorated and pampered. For reservations and the latest offers 01208 863 394


Farm Shop & Restaurant Open Daily from 9 am

ic our wn r ea ice ome rown Strawberries aspberries ooseberries lac currants an e currants ome prouce beef lamb an free-range eggs an Seasonal egetables. omemae ams picles an marmalaes. ocal prouce cheeses countr crafts gifts countr wines an ciers. reafast unches elicious omemae aes an ream eas hilrens la rea  ets orner. in us at St nellion ear ort saac on the 1

Book for a traditional Sunday roast!

Tel 01208 880164



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A Splash of Colour Quality Painting and Decorating Services Russell Combellack

07800 855 605 01208 815 872 Local Wadebridge Firm

Housekeeping and Cleaning services throughout North Cornwall. Changeover cleaning, Housekeeping, End of build and Tenancy cleans, Domestic cleans and Deep cleans. Tailor made packages to suit all requirements. Tel:07817 236602



Carpet Trader

Over 25 years experience built around great value & service


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


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 85

Nursery Stores Rock Ltd 01208863328

Nursery Stores the local convenience shop. We have a wide variety of everyday essentials, treats and luxuries. An excellent off licence and a great range of groceries supporting may local producers and growers. Seasonal products are sourced throughout the year so come and take look. Check us out for fresh local, UK and international fruit and vegetables. A wide range of local and continental cheeses, local sausages and bacon, local cream and yogurts. A good selection of Williams & Son Butchers meats, joints and Creedy Carver free range chickens. Stocking a range of Fee's Foods frozen fish pies, lasagne, curries and more also locally made fresh quiches and treacle tarts. A great range of treats including Kernow chocolate, Buttermilk fudge and Furniss biscuits. A fine selection of International and Cornish Trevibban Mill & Camel Valley Sparkling and still wines. Many local and international beers and ciders including Sharp’s Brewery and Padstow Brewery Ales, Cornish Orchards and Haywood ciders plus many more. Come and take a look. 86

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