St Minver Link - Issue 181 Nov/Dec 2011

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Issue 181 - Nov/Dec 2011

Camel Estuary Community Magazine All proceeds to local good causes Cover based on a design by John Hewitt. Original paintings by Roy Ritchie. To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).



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Local & National Removals – Domestic & Commercial – Full Packing Service Single Item to Full House – Modern Storage Facilities – Self Storage


Mowhay Café & Gallery

Licensed Restaurant

Morning Coffee, Lunches, Cream Teas, Cakes and Evening Meals.


Paintings by local artists and a selection of unusual gifts and jewellery. Holiday Studio Apartments Sleep two

01208 863660 (day) 01208 863634


0777 3334218 (Mobile) Open Easter to December - Situated at top of Daymer Lane, Trebetherick To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).



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The finest collection of beautiful tents, marquees and crafted structures.

Based in Rock, we offer a diverse and comprehensive range of beautiful marquees and tents for hire and cater for every aspect of party design and lighting creating a theme and dĂŠcor to suit the occasion. Our structures are practical and pleasing to the eye and include vintage and traditional canvas pole tents and Indian marquees as well as contemporary party marquees. We also specialise in beautiful wooden structures of many sizes including Mongolian Yurts.

01208 869484 07768 007002

Dingle & Way Ltd


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Penbre, Penbre, Trelill, Trelill, Wadebridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall Cornwall PL30 PL30 3HZ 3HZ To advertise visit or call Martin (01208 863705) or Brian (01208 869120).


Professional eco friendly carpet & upholstery cleaning

“Environmentally friendly cleaning solutions without compromising on performance and safety”

Tris & Julie Lang Free survey and quotation Domestic and Commercial cleaning Holiday properties, End of Tenancy, Clubs, Guest Houses, Car Upholstery and Caravans Tel: 01208 816729 • Mob: 07952 802850 Email: •

Dave Mattos

Independent Financial Advisor Meadow Wood, Wenfordbridge, St Breward Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3PN Tel: +44(0)1208 851 855 Fax: +44(0)1208 851 855 07989 907104 (mob) Registered in England No.3533548 Registered Office: The Old Carriage Works, Moresk Road,Truro,CornwallTRl 1DG Worldwide Financial Planning Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority

Building & Decorating Contractors Trading for 88 Years

Extensions Refurbishment

Kitchens Bathrooms

Maintenance Painting & Decorating

Call for a free quotation without obligation Office: 01208 813577


Works: 01208 863458

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Millies Attic

Original vintage furniture and collectables Open Mon-Thu 10am-5pm. Sat 10am-2pm

Small furniture Antiques Soft furnishings Kitchenalia Sleep cushions 07891 162254 / 07513 234742 Email:

Bradford ’ s Quay Road, Wadebridge PL27 6DB

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For skilled tree surgery & hedge management:

R. J. Bray & Son Independent Family Funeral Directors

Felling, crown lifting, reduction, pruning, dismantling & more… Fully Insured & NPTC Qualified

Call Dan on 01208 851662

N.A.F.D. Diploma Day and Night Service Private Chapel of Rest

For a free quotation & advice

Bridge End, Wadebridge. 01208 812626

Providing a conscientious & friendly service across North Cornwall

Tenerife Holiday Apartment At the Regency Club A two-bed apartment situated just 5 minutes from the exciting Playa de las Americas and all its shops, beaches and entertainment. Super views of the sea and it is only 20 kilometres from Reina Sofia Airport. For further details contact

01208 863718 / 862498

or 07850 437872

Lingham Hall St Minver School

Community Hall and Gallery for Hire

Sports, Dances - Keep fit Shows - Parties - Meetings

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

01208 862496 (School Hours)

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Porteath Bee Centre

Supplies & Crafts

Cornish Honey and Honey Cosmetics. Beeswax Polish for Furniture and Shoes. Beeswax Candles and Bee Novelties. Cornish Meads, Wines and Cider. Locally made Jam, Mustard and Chutney. Large selection gifts. Open All Year Round on Polzeath Wadebridge Road. 01208 863718.

Pooh Corner Gifts Collector’s Items TY Beanie

Living Bee Exhibition And restaurant opens Easter.

GROUP TRAVEL COACH EXCURSIONS Dunmere Road Garage, Bodmin PL31 2QN. 01208 77989

3/4Sep 3/4 Sep 24 Sep 12 Oct 30 Oct 5 Nov 12 Nov

Burghley Horse Trials Weekend Blandford Steam Fair Malvern Autumn Garden Show Tavistock Goosey Fair Linda’s Halloween Express Mystery Trip North Petherton Guy Fawkes & Exeter shopping Clark’s Shopping Village

15/18 Nov Turkey And Tinsel, Weymouth 25 Nov Dickensian Eve & Christmas Tree Festival Tavistock 14/15 Dec Olympia Dressage KUR 18/Dec Olympia Show Jumping 18 Dec Mousehole & Ancarrack Lights 18 Feb Holiday on Ice Tropicana

16-70 Seaters available for private hire (Excursions, Weddings, Parties, etc)

01208 77989 / 72669



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Manor House, Wadebridge

01208 812415 2/3 of people do not leave a will.

2nd marriage? Are your children potentially vulnerable? Not married? You or your partner will not inherit automatically. You can prevent needless expense and worry by making a will. Why not come and talk to one of our experts? Simon Ambrose Jenny Casaru Terri Ann Paget

R Mears & Sons Chimney Sweeps Established over 30 years

Vac Brush Fully Insured Also servicing of Solid Fuel Appliances Rayburns, Woodburners, Stoves etc Prices from ÂŁ30

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01208 812722 Just off the A39 at Wadebridge

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We are a Full time, Fully Trained and Experienced company with full insurance, providing a friendly and discrete same day call out 7 days a week. For business customers we provide a full pest prevention service, to meet any requirements. Tailored to your business needs. Unmarked vehicles, All work Guaranteed. The Greener Approach Pest Company charging sensible rates

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Ian’s Logs and Kindling Delivered within

20 mile radius of Wadebridge 01208 863404 07740 404850

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Wadebridge Contract Cleaning Established 1977

Call Steve Carnachan 01208 812317 7 Broomfield Road, Egloshayle, Wadebridge PL27 6AU

(01208) 862894

Keep it local, you know it makes sense !

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CALL STEWART 01208 841139 Extensions, Roofing, Brickwork, Carpentry, Flooring, Kitchens, Plumbing, Decking, Fencing, Painting, Paving. ANY JOB CONSIDERED


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Soft Furnishings Curtains Cushions and Blinds designed and made by hand with skill and care. Commissions and Alterations welcome. Please call me to discuss your requirements

Deanna Witts (BAHEc) 01208 863549


Babes & Bikes Nursery Hire Cots, High chairs, Z-Beds, 3 Wheeler Single & Double Buggies. Wheelchair Hire Cycles Sales, Spares & Repairs Delivery & Collection Service 01208 815262

The Rock Shop and Post Office Pavilion Building, Rock Road, Rock Tel: 01208 863079

Cards, Gifts & Prints TV & Motor Vehicle Licences SWEB Key Recharge FREE Banking & Travel Services Most UK National Banks - Lottery

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The St Minver Link Committee Chairman------- Brian Crank--------------------- 869120 Editor------------ Jennifer Gordon--------------- 816470 Distribution --- David Topliffe------------------ 869636 Photographer- Martin Broadfoot------------- 863705 Diary Editor---- Pat Crank----------------------- 869120 Graphics Design---------------------------------- Flo 01208 812589 Secretary ------ Kerensa Beer-Robson-------- 869102 Treasurer------- Jen Edwards-------------------- 869101 Advisers-------- Ann Jeal, Dorothy Housego.

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Final Copy Date for next issue Our next Issue is the January/February issue (No 182). Material for publication in it must reach us by Decenber 1st.

St Minver Link is a not-for-profit community magazine produced by volunteers. The Link committee do not necessarily agree with opinions expressed by contributors. Any funds in excess of those needed to produce the magazine are given to local good causes.

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Issue 181 November/December 2011 Like links in a fence we will unite St Minver


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

Highlights News Mary Beason’s 100th Birthday- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 Church Fete Raises £5,500- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 Trewint Playing Field Update- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19 Fly Navy Junior Team Competitions- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 National Trust Says Goodbye to a Valued Volunteer- - - 23 Goff Richards Memorial Concert- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24 Polzeath Area Residents Association Update`- - - - - - - - 27 Rock Lifeboat Open Day - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 32 Local Business Soft Furnishings by Deanna Witts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 Features There’s a hut on Polzeath Beach - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 34 Peg’s Story a Tale for Bedtime- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 39 Polzeath Marine Centre- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 44 The St Minver Tithe Map - Part 3- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 47 Mably Diary 1850 - 1950 - Part 2- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50 Brains of Britain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 54 Regulars Book Review - ‘The Literature of Cornwall’ - - - - - - - - - 30 Brain Gym- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 46 From the Desk of Dan Rogerson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 56 We Will Remember Them- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 The Link Events Diary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 57 Visit our website -


Mary Celebrates her 100th Birthday Mary Beason recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Fore Dore Nursing Home. Mary moved to Cornwall with her husband Ron in 1959 and ran Trebetherick Post Office and Stores and the shop on Daymer Bay Car Park for a number of years. After Ron’s death in 1973 Mary continued to run the shop for a while before retiring to Rock where she enjoyed an active life which included playing golf and delivering meals on wheels until she was 80. She moved into the Fore Dore 15 years ago and has become the longest established (though not the oldest!) resident. Mary was joined by family, friends and Fore Dore staff, who enjoyed a buffet and a delicious cake. She was thrilled to receive the traditional 100th birthday telegram and a card from the Queen.

St Minver Church Fete Raises £5,500

Yes, it was a fine day! We did have a heavy shower midmorning to remind us of last year’s terrible weather but the rest of the day was wonderful ideal conditions. Prior to setting up the marquees, the knowledge of local man Mr Reg Ironside, complete with his dowsing rods, was needed. He located and traced two water pipes within the area of the marquees. These pipes traversed the cricket outfield. (Last year we managed to find a pipe with

one of the tent pegs!!) The fete was set up and looked rather good. The official opening was carried out by Rev John May, complete with a splendidly decorated straw hat - ‘country style’-, at which he gave a rendering of a poem written especially for this occasion. The ‘Friends of St Minvers’ Churches’ presented Rev John with a Croquet set which was donated to the ‘Friends’ by Mr Frank Cope for the pleasure and use of the Parish and it is under the care


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of Rev John for those of all denominations to enjoy. The afternoon was a great success and, whilst it is always dangerous to highlight only a few people, our trusty broadcaster on the PA and the St Minver Silver Band added to this worthy and special occasion. Well done Geoff and his Band and Martin and his mike! These together with all the helpers and stall holders combined to raise approx. £5,500. See you all next year. Gerry Stone

Trewint Playing Field Update The Trewint Playing Field Committee has appointed PDP Green Architects to help prepare a bid for lottery funding for the project. PDP Green, members of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), is a multidisciplinary practice based in Truro. The committee chose them from five recommended by RIBA. PDP Green has done a considerable amount of work with Parish Councils and community buildings and have a good knowledge of the process of fund procurement. St Minver Highlands and Lowlands councils have agreed to pay a preliminary fee to PDP Green to prepare the bid to RIBA Stage C. This will give a concept design, outline proposals for structural and building services systems, outline specification and preliminary cost plan and review of a procurement route. When the design is available an open day will be held to allow parishioners to view the designs and voice their opinions before the bid is submitted. It is possible that the open day could be held before the end of the year.

Senior Circle Coffee Morning Raises £431 The St Minver Senior Circle recently held a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses and raised £431 - an excellent result. The Circle would like to thank Stuart Robertson of Wadebridge Jewellers and Nigel Watts of Rock butchers for donating vouchers for the raffle. Thanks are also due to those members that worked so hard to make the event a success. Jo Holt SRN SCM MTD

Santa Fun Run

Pull on your Santa suit and run, walk or jog 1 or 2 miles in the Padstow Santa Fun Run in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. We want to make this year’s Santa Runs bigger than ever and get everyone in the festive spirit and so our aim is to get 1,000 jolly Santas running through the streets of Cornwall’s seaside towns! This is an event that everyone can get involved in; men, women, boys and girls, everyone is welcome. With a Santa warm up at the beginning and festive tunes this really is a fantastic way to get in the Christmas mood and support a great Cornish charity. When you have finished you will be welcomed back with a hot drink and mince pie! You can register to take part and obtain more details from: www. Visit our website -

North Cornwall

National Trust Association

Gardens & Gardeners of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (talk by Elizabeth Reeves)

Wadebridge Town Hall Friday, Nov 11 7.30pm Entrance

Members £5, Guests £6

Scrub and spuds Lundy Bay Saturday Nov 19 10am - 4pm Come along and help manage the cliff top habitat with a bit of scrub bashing and a bonfire to cook the spuds on. For further information please call 01208 863821

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Cancer Research UK

Grand Christmas Market

Have a go at cooking

The pictures are the happy faces of the members of our last cookery course. We are hoping to run the course again this session with the help of Steph and Liz at the Trebetherick Store. There are two courses; Rock Sailing Club 1 Introduction to cooking Wednesday Nov 16 2 Further cooking 10am - 12 noon The cost is £10 per person per session (not bad for ingredients, Craft, Cakes, Raffle instruction and a two course meal to take home). & much more There are six sessions for each course and the total cost per person is £60. Entrance £2 (Includes coffee and mince pies) For full details telephone: Reg Ironside - 01208 862126 or David Topliffe - 01208 869636. What last year’s course members said: North Cornwall National Trust “Cooking, I now feel confident to do so for a few friends”. “The excellent way in which menus instructions were presented.” Natural “A very happy wife who didn’t have to cook on a Tuesday Christmas evening.” Decorations What did you achieve? “Self confidence in cooking.” “Reminder that the preparation of Workshop food is a pleasure, not just a chore!” Pentireglaze David Topliffe

Dec 3, 10am - 4pm

Make some traditional Christmas decorations with natural materials we have gathered from woodlands, hedgerows and the strandline. £5 per person includes refreshments, mince pies and all craft materials. Please call 01208 863046 to book your place.

Christmas Concert Wadebridge Male Voice Choir

Wadebridge Town Hall Dec 10, 7.30pm Entrance £6 Details Bob Reason 01840 230173 20

Harold Bishop, Bill Nimmo and Gerry Stone hard at it. We welcome local stories and photographs.

Thank you Mike! We would like to say ‘Thank You’ to Mike Arnott who has resigned from the Link Committee for personal reasons. Mike, a regular contributor to Link with a series of fascinating local history articles, has been handling the interface between Link and local, clubs, organisations and groups. We wish Mike well and hope that some day in the future he will be in a position to return to the committee where he will be most welcome.

Welcome Flo!

Flo Millard has joined the Link Committee as a graphics designer and advisor on artistic matters. Having originally graduated in Fine Art, Flo went on to study Interior Design at Chelsea College of Art, whilst working for an established industrial and interior design studio in East London. Flo has recently moved into the area with her husband Chris and established an interior design and lighting company called Millard and Flo. The couple also run a wedding styling service. Flo has joined Link in order to get involved with the local community. Her first task has been to modernise the design of Link’s cover. If you would like to become involved in producing this very popular local community magazine - then give us a call. Contact details are on page 16.

Camhayle Theatre Group ‘Ladies Day’, by Amanda Whittington, is the latest production from Camhayle Theatre Club. Work, love and life are just one long hard slog for the four northern fish-filleting girls, but their fortunes change when they find tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. The play is directed by Di Beynon, and the cast includes Tracey Renwick, Margaret Mutton, Ruth Galbraith, Natalie Mewton, John Holmes, Mark Cunliffe, Andrew Trethewey, Chris Hughes and Jeremy Rowe. Camhayle has a varied

Polzeath Area Residents Association

Carol Concert Valley Caravan Park Tue Dec 6 After the switching on of St Minver Christmas Lights More Information David Short 01208 862568 Camhayle Theatre Club

Ladies Day (a comedy)

Wadebridge Town Hall Nov 30, Dec 1 - 3

programme throughout the year, and regularly performs two or sometimes three plays. Other activities include play readings, quizzes, cheese and wine evenings and other social events. Many local people will also be aware of the Betjeman poetry readings held on Mondays in the summer near Daymer, as these have been going on for many years. The club is always pleased to hear from anyone interested in amateur dramatics. You don’t have to appear on stage - there are lots of other enjoyable and vitally important jobs to do.

Costumes, Set design and Construction, Publicity, Stage Management, Props, Makeup, Lighting, Sound and Special Effects are just some of the many ways of getting involved. To find out more, contact the secretary on 01208 841240, or have a look at the new club website at

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7.30 pm Tickets from One Step Ahead 01208 812629

Rock Sailing and Waterski Club

Fly Navy Junior and Team Competitions

The Club events started with two cutting edge training sessions in August. We had more local club members this year including some of the junior sailors. At the end of the sessions the juniors were encouraged to have a go at the Club’s annual competitions which, for under 16s, is the Fly Navy Junior Shield. This is a timed lap of a well tried and tested course with large turn buoys, two slalom buoys and finish gates. The skiers can use their favourite equipment which this year included a pair, mono and wakeboard. Age plays a part as well as skiers have a five second advantage for each year they are under 16. The ages ranged from 10-15 years. The water this year was quite calm, despite a few outside boats trying to drive through the course! We have a few patrol boats on duty, but it’s always a challenge to keep other water users from straying

Tabitha Bowden. 22

onto the course. We had some very competitive skiing this year. Congratulations to our winners, but well done everyone especially the firsttimers. 1st 2nd 3rd

Tabitha Bowden. Piers Bowden Oli Bampton.

The 2011 team event had some rule changes due to a review of health and safety. The Fly Navy Team event is a timed relay race of: 3 skiers and a driver, 1 on mono, 1 on a pair or wakeboard and 1 on tricks or smooth wakeboard without fins. The rules were changed a little this year to make the changeovers safer. This, however, took a little of the team relay spirit away. We will look at ways of getting it back for next year! Defending champions team ‘Bonkers’ missed out on retaining the cup by a split second and past winners ‘The

Photo: Helen Beach.

Pedra Young Ones’ slipped into 3rd. The new winners ‘Palmers 1’ have tried for many years to snatch the cup and this year they did it! Their complete team kept the crowd amused with entertaining starts and a ‘go for it’ attitude.

1st Palmers1 Driver: Rob Palmer. Mono: Charlie Dewhurst Pair/Wakeboard: James Collins Tricks/No fin: Charlie Palmer 2nd Bonkers Driver: Graeme Statton Mono: Pam Miles Pair/Wakeboard: Helen Beach Tricks/No fin: Richard Mattos 3rd Pedra Young Ones Driver: Peter Bowden Mono: Tabitha Bowden Pair/Wakeboard: Helen Beach Tricks/No fin: Richard Mattos

Individual Results Fastest Mono 1st Joe Collins 2nd Charlie Dewhurst 3rd Pam Miles Fastest Pairs/Wakeboard 1st James Collins 2nd Helen Beach 3rd James Collins Fastest Tricks / no fin 1st Richard Mattos 2nd Charlie Palmer 3rd Graeme Statton

Grandmaster (most senior and always ‘going for it’) Graeme Statton. Full results on the club’s website http://www.rswsc. also to the club rescue drivers for patrolling the course, Pam Mattos Adam Duncan and Doug Gizzie for timing, Pam Miles for setting up and results.

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National Trust says goodbye to a valued volunteer Coral Smith was a full time volunteer with the National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust over the spring and summer. ‘I started as a full time volunteer (FTV) in April this year. My role was different to the usual National Trust’s FTVs as my time was split between the National Trust and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, specifically through supporting the Polzeath Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA). The aim of my role was to bring the organisations closer together as both share a vested interest in the local area. Before I started, I felt I needed more experience in the conservation sector and this placement looked like a great opportunity for me to get involved with two highly respected conservation charities, and also the chance to live and work in a beautiful place for six months. More specifically, I hoped to gain some much needed practical skills, as well as continue to develop my marine conservation experience and working with the public. During my time in North Cornwall, I have learned a wide variety of practical conservation skills, attended a number of events representing the National Trust/Polzeath VMCA, and met and worked with some amazing people. During these

Coral sharing plankton knowledge with the younger participants on a Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine event. Photo: Abby Crosby six months I was also able to complete a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation, thanks to my National Trust work. Through ongoing training courses provided by both organisations, as well as my experiences over the six months, I have gained valuable skills which I really hope will help lead me into a career in Environmental Education and Conservation.’ This was the first time the National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust have shared a full time volunteer. But it has worked well and Coral has been a fantastic asset to both charities. We wish her well in the future, and she’s always welcome back to do more volunteering if she can’t find a paid job! We may do the same again next year, as this year has been such a success. The National Trust has a team of three full time

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volunteers all year round. We are always keen to recruit new volunteers for a variety of part time / casual roles such as volunteer Ranger, surveyor, photographer, event assistant and litter picker. If you have some spare time and want to put something back into your local environment, please get in touch sarahe.stevens@ Polzeath Area Residents Association

Antiques ‘Off Road’ Show Valley Caravan Park Thur Nov 2 With Richard Hamm More Information David Short 01208 862568 23

Goff Richards Memorial Concert On Saturday September 17th a concert was held in the St Minver church as a tribute and memorial to Godfrey ‘Goff ’ Richards, who was born and lived just a few cottages away from the church. As he had been prolific in his musical career writing and arranging much music for brass bands, choirs and other musical groups, there were many people who wished to play at the concert. He started his musical career in the St Minver Band with his father as conductor so it was appropriate that St Minver Silver Band should lead the commemoration. Goff was also president of many other musical groups in Cornwall and many wished to honour him at the concert. The result was that the Holman Climax Male voice choir also came to St Minver to honour him. Goff was president of the St Breward band so a number of the their players joined the St Minver band for the evening. ‘Mr Brass Band,’ Phillip Hunt was very happy to compère the evening, a task he accomplished with distinction. A very full church listened first to preludes by the St Minver band of three pieces by Goff, the march ‘Camberly’, ‘Trailblaze’ and then Goff ’s arrangement of ‘Trish Trash Polka’ by Strauss. The concert commenced again with the St Minver Band playing ‘Breezing Down Broadway’ a piece written for St Breward band by Goff, to celebrate his

Uncle Jack’s love of Broadway tunes. Then followed the excellent Holman Climax choir with three items, ‘Let there be light’ by Goff, ‘Deus Salutis’ and ‘Sanctus’. This was followed by the band playing the first piece of music ever published by Goff, with the help of Malcom Arnold, this was ‘Quest’. Holman Climax then sang a further three pieces, ‘Jesus shall reign’ arranged by Goff and followed this with ‘All you were and all you are’, and ‘Rhys’. The band then played ‘Shepherds Song’ an arrangement of a folk tune from the Auvergne region of France, which became a classic item for all brass bands. Holman Climax then sang ‘Psalm 150’ arranged again by Goff, and followed this with ‘True love’ and a very lively piece ‘A Grand night for Singing’. Derek Jeal, a former player and bandmaster of St Minver Band but now playing for Pendeen Band in the west of the county, gave a tribute to Goff. Derek had known Goff from childhood and had learned and played trombone with him in the St Minver Band around 50 years ago. He was able to give the audience a glimpse of the young Goff, and also his continuing friendship and help over these many years. Because Goff as a teenager had played trombone with his father, it was thought appropriate that a father and son from the St Minver band should emulate


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this. So Stuart Every and son Sam Every played a trombone duet called ‘A roving’ to the delight of the audience. The St Minver Band followed this with ‘A Special Place’ a piece written by Goff for a children’s hospice with the royalties gifted to the charity. Sam Buse, Goff ’s nephew, a great fan of George Formby, as was Goff, played his ukelele along with the Holman Climax Choir in a piece written by Goff called simply ‘Just George.’ This was received with great enthusiasm. Holman Climax then finished the concert with ‘Cornwall’ to the tune of ‘Myfanwy’ and ‘Proper Job.’ Matt Richards, Goff ’s son thanked everybody for their attendance and asked for donations to be made on leaving, in aid of the ‘Goff Richards Memorial Fund’. This fund is being set up to help young people from Cornwall to get help with musical scholarships, help pay for instruments or any other help they may need. St Minver Band played a postlude as the audience was leaving called ‘Barnarnd Castle’ a march written by Goff for the Barnard Castle Band. Following the concert all the players repaired to the Perceval Institute for some refreshment. In all a very good evening and one of which Goff would have been very proud.

North Cornwall National Trust On September 23rd Valerie Jacobs came to Wadebridge Town Hall to give a most interesting talk about the scholar A L Rowse who lived at Trewarren House on the Blackhead, south of St Austell. She worked for the great man for 2 years enjoying the atmosphere and his stimulating company. On two occasions Prince Charles himself requested a private visit. He was a man of great taste and his house was full of fine paintings, furniture and a library, all collected from his days at Oxford from 1922 to 1982. What a Wonderful Day we had when a party from the Association travelled by coach to the Minack Theatre for an afternoon performance of the ‘Proms at the Minack’ given by the Mount Charles Band, with internationally renowned guest conductor Richard Evans and soloist Rebecca Moon, currently a member of Opera North. For once the day was sunny and the blustery wind did not detract from a really superb concert ranging from classical to modern jazz via military marches, traditional airs and musicals, ending in the traditional Last Night of the Proms medley - Rule Britannia, Jerusalem etc finishing with a rousing “And shall Trelawney die?” The musical skill of the Band was heightened by their exuberant showmanship and enthusiasm. It was an added bonus that the soloist joined in the party atmosphere with such enjoyment. To your correspondent, this was one of the most enjoyable afternoons for a long time. The only disappointment was the lack of numbers joining us. If we do repeat this trip on another occasion, we hope more people will accompany us. Jane Windeler

Wadebridge Choral Society

Rehearsals for Wadebridge Choral Society’s Christmas Concert are now well in hand at the Goods Shed, promising a thoroughly enjoyable evening. As well as a good selection of traditional carols for audience and Choir, there will be performances of Donald Cashmore’s ‘This Child Behold’, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Holst’s ‘Christmas Day’, all full of good tunes for the season. There will be four soloists and previous Director of Music of the Choir, Tony Tournoff, will be accompanying on the organ. The concert will take place on Saturday the 17th of December at St Minver Church so mark this date in your diary. Admission will be by ticket, available from The Wadebridge Bookshop in Molesworth Street, members of the Choir and on the door. The Choir now has a full membership and such is its popularity that there is a now a waiting list for potential new members. However, this is an ever-changing situation and if you would like to join please telephone Annabell Woolcott on 01208 815322. Visit our website -

Season’s end at Rock Sailing Club

Once again it has been a disappointing season at the Club as far as the weather is concerned yet this seems not to have affected the enthusiasm of the sailors, who have turned out in numbers for all the major Club and Open events. Even the last event of the season, the Shrimper Fest, had good numbers competing and reasonable weather to round off a successful season. So once again the Club enters the part of the year when it becomes a focus of the community, with bridge, quilting, Friday fish suppers, Sunday carveries and other social activities taking pride of place. Certainly, Club Steward Richard Smith and Chef Henry Waterworth will be kept busy through the winter months. In December there will be the Christmas lunch and the ever popular carol evening on Christmas Eve when mulled wine and mince pies, carols with the St Minver Silver Band and the Club seasonally decorated will enhance the season. Here’s wishing all our readers and Club members a happy and successful 2012.


Polzeath Area Residents Association Update Polzeath Area Residents Association (PARA) has a Committee of 12 members and this year has the support of several activity groups who provide information to the PARA Committee on the events that are going on in and around Polzeath in their particular field of interest. The Group Members are: Polzeath Marine Conservation Joanna Osborn - beach events (she can be contacted at the Marine Centre in the village).

coming of the Localism Bill and National Policy Planning Framework, we will need to be much more robust about expressing our views on community and environmental plans. Words like “together we stand and divided (uncoordinated) we fall” springs to mind.

Polzeath Voice Diana Middleton - This is a newly formed group whose interest is in the planning, preservation and protection of the natural and built environment of Polzeath and its surroundings. Diana Millington is the Co-ordinator of this Group and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining.

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agreed to come along to an ‘Antiques Off the Road Show 2’ on Thursday November 10th at the Valley Caravan Park. Carol Concert

Our annual Carol Concert returns with the St Minver Silver Band to the Valley Caravan Park after a two year’s absence, thank you Martin, on Tuesday £100 Award 6th December, with mince The PARA committee have pies, mulled wine, raffle and of given £100 to support Tom course singing your favourite Shrewsbury, St Minver Cricket carols. If you want to start Club, who has been chosen to Christmas in style then go first National Trust Mike Simmonds represent the Cornwall Under to the switching on of the St (our local NT Ranger) reports on 17 Cricket Team on their tour to Minver Lights before you come the local volunteer activities. Sri Lanka next February. down the hill to our Carol Pride in Polzeath Nick Pickles Concert. Cookery Course has, since he came to Polzeath, Music Evening been very keen to enhance our We are hoping to run the In the New Year we are planning highways and byways with litter cookery courses again this another evening talk and and beach cleaning events. Can session, for details look elsewhere in this issue of Link you help? looking forward to the third visit

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of Brian Gerry for an evening of music. If you came to his The Computer Club is for last evening with us you will those who have never used a certainly remember the songs computer before but it is also there for those who would like from the shows and, watching your faces, some of you really to drop in with their laptop and help or try new ideas. The enjoyed singing along to those “memory lane songs” that you Computer Club is not like a have clearly enjoyed in times school class it is more like dog walkers who meet up from time past. to time and share experiences PARA membership is open and learn new tricks! The to those who live in or are remaining sessions for 2011 will interested in Polzeath, for an be at 10.30 at the Tubestation annual subscription of £3 for on the 3rd and 17th November an individual and £6 for family/ and 1st December household. Antiques Off Road Show For further information contact any member of the Committee Following the success of the or David Short 01208 862568 or ‘Antiques Off the Road Show” last year, Richard Hamm has


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St Minver Silver Band’s Season

The St Minver Silver Band has just finished another successful season under the directorship of Geoff Burton having played at more than 30 engagements. Last year we had a difficult time as Cornwall Enquiry and Geoff’s health was poor, but this year he has bounced back with Information Service is part of increased vigour. Cornwall Libraries and you don’t We started as usual at Padstow on Good Friday when we provided need to be a library member the hymns for the Stations of the Cross evangelical ceremony to use it. You can ring free of charge, e-mail, write or use ‘live at Padstow. The season finished Saturday September 17th with a memorial concert for Goff Richards. We have played at two chat’ and we will provide an weddings, two traction engine rallies, the Royal answer. You might want: Cornwall Show, two Lifeboat Days (Rock and Port Isaac - both on • a contact for a local club or the same day). We have also played every Tuesday at Polzeath evening class. beach during the whole of June, July and August and at a number • historical information which of fetes. you can’t find online. A notable difference this year has been the inclusion into our • details of an Act of Parliament programme of the ‘B’ Band, a group of learners, both young and or access to legal cases. more mature, who are now very competent due to the very good • a phone number from work of Stuart Every under whose baton they play. This should anywhere in the country. ensure the continuance of the band for a long time into the • help with how to get grant future. funding. Currently we have a further group of learners, children as well • to find help with tackling a as adults who are progressing well, again due to Stuart Every. consumer problem Recently we have learned that yet another of our members Emily Howard has been chosen to go into the Cornwall Youth Brass • to know how to borrow a Band. book not in Cornwall stock. The Enquiry and Information We expect to have to fit in more than 20 engagements into Service is free. We only charge the three week Christmas period. We are still looking for new for printing and postage, if members including complete beginners. We can never have too required. many players, and we still have spare instruments for anyone willing to join. Instrument and tuition is free and takes place at Where we don’t have the the bandroom at Pityme on Thursday evenings at 6pm. information ourselves, we will always try to direct you to someone who does. Freephone: 0800 032 2345 (or 01872 272702) E-mail: enquirycentre@ You can receive all six issues of Link that will Live Chat: Ask a librarian and be published next year in the post for only £11 get an answer live from the including postage and packing. Just contact Libraries front page of the David (see page 16) or fill in the form at www. Cornwall Council website at Opening hours: Monday If you already receive Link by post you will find a Friday 9 am - 5 pm. Unit 17, renewal form in this issue - simply tick the box and Threemilestone Industrial return with your cheque in the SAE provided. Estate, Truro TR4 9LD

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Things you left behind.

A half filled jar of marmalade A quarter a loaf of white bread, I only eat wholemea,l Your paint splattered radio not moved Or turned on since you’ve been gone. Three plums on the tree you planted for us Along with the berries and apples, now for me. A joint of meat ready for the next roast you were going to do, Now I’ll have to do it instead of you Packets of chicken and veg cup-a-soup, Lidls battered fish and chicken breasts. Many words said and yet more left unsaid. Thoughts and feelings running through my head. Tins of beans left on the shelf, A shed full of bolts, keys and screws. Guilt, blame, that is not left for us to share. You know we tried to help you – you know we cared. Memories to share and some just mine to keep, Tears to shed when I’m alone Safe in the privacy of what was our home. Anne Haynes.

Do you remember Esmé Hawken? Esme Hawken passed away on September 26th. She was being cared for by the wonderful Westbrook family and staff at their nursing / retirement home in St Columb. She was 89. The family held a private cremation at Bodmin in October and her ashes are to be buried in the old churchyard with her sister and next door to her grandparents. We will organise a church service and burying of the ashes at a later date. If you remember Esme and want further information please contact me. Ian Hughes, nephew (07789 638297)

We Will Remember Them

Christina BRADLEY of Tredrizzick Leon BROWN of Trelights Henry BUCKINGHAM of Rock Louise DAVEY of Trewiston Lodge Robin ELGAR of Trelights Debbie GRAY of Wadebridge Esmé HAWKEN of St Minver Duncan HAYES of Rock Ivy HOBBS of Tredrizzick Joyce PRICE of Windmill Court Mabel TUCKER of Fore Dore 28

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Local Business Feature

Soft Furnishings Deanna Witts

My dad gave me a sewing machine for my 8th birthday and, influenced by my mother’s and grandma’s skills, I developed a passion for sewing. I could often be seen in my teens buying a remnant at the Pannier Market in Wadebridge and making something that afternoon to wear that evening. Ahh the memories! I continued to sew as a hobby making cushions, curtains and the like. I became very interested in design and furthered this interest by studying for my degree at Leeds University – Leeds, some say, was once the heart of material land. Whilst at University I continued to enjoy making things with fabric. After the birth of my third child a dear friend asked me to alter some ‘off the peg’ curtains. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I was annoyed to discover that the curtains were quite badly made and not even straight. It was this

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experience that made me decide to provide a soft furnishing design and manufacturing service. And here I am today six years on doing what I love with my family around me in a beautiful area that I was born and bred in. What more can you ask from life! My small business quickly became successful as many new commissions came from word of mouth recommendation from previous customers. The work included complete house re-designs, curtains, blinds and cushions for local residents, business establishments, holiday homes, country homes of all shapes and sizes across Cornwall and even from ‘up country’. I really revelled in the challenge as each project was different from the one that preceded it clean contemporary lines, followed by ‘eyelet’ curtains the next and then ornate detailed ‘swags and tails’. The variety was, and is, endless. I simply love my job and can honestly say that I can see me never tiring of the prospect of making something from a roll of fabric - be it a prestigious designer fabric or a favourite remnant. I welcome new commissions and am always happy to provide advice on any aspect of soft furnishing from design to the selection of fabric. Deanna Witts 01208 863549, deannawitts@

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A Book Review by John Baxter

The Literature of Cornwall, Continuity, Identity, Difference 1000 – 2000 by Alan M Kent Published by Redcliffe Press of Bristol. Paperback £15.95 Wadebridge Books

To review a book published in 2000 eleven years later might seem perverse, but its arrival as a recent birthday present purchased by the donor some years ago, but forgotten about until September this year, has prompted a rush to print. Dr Alan Kent was born in St Austell in 1967 and grew up in the china-clay mining district in mid-Cornwall. He is renowned as one of Cornwall’s leading poets and is a prolific writer of novels and play. In addition to the list of publications included in this book, he has written an Anthology of Anglo-Cornish poetry 1549 – 1928, The Theatre of Cornwall: Space, Place and Performance, and translated the Cornish Mystery play cycle known as The Ordinalia. This is a scholarly work. Its specific aims are to identify patterns of continuity in Cornish Literature, to trace how representations of Cornish identity have altered and to examine how Cornish difference has been explored over time. In his Foreword to the book Charles Thomas, Professor Emeritus in Cornish Studies, observes that there has never been anything like a full survey of the literature of Cornwall and concludes that Dr Kent’s own ‘training and inclinations, experience in teaching and writing, together make him the ideal author’. There is no doubt that Dr Kent has set himself a formidable task in bringing to light a host of unknown Cornish writers together with those who might be described as household names, and succeeding in doing so in an informal and sympathetic style. To assist readers in absorbing this theme Dr Kent employs three convenient linguistic and literary labels: Cornish literature, ie texts written in Cornish; Anglo-Cornish literature referring to texts written about Cornwall in English and Cornu-English, the canon of Celtic-English writing


in Cornwall in which texts use the Cornish dialect of English. Six chronological chapters are employed to explore the continuum and the Conclusion summarises the achievements of the three branches of literature together with a discussion of Cornwall’s literary future. If there is a final exhortation at the end of the exploration it is that Cornish and Cornu-English literature needs to stop being so Cornish, ‘effectively to de-Revitalise’. It is impossible to do justice to such an ambitious work, with a massive bibliography and copious notes, in a short review. Readers well versed in any of the labels Dr Kent uses will recognise many of the familiar writers. What makes this book so fascinating is the emergence of some (for this reviewer) completely fresh names. One such is Myrna Combellack, a surname wellknown by members of St Enodoc Golf Club, but revealed as the author of a 1989 novel, ‘The Playing Place – A Cornish Round’, written in Cornu-English and portraying the breakup of a community under the forces of modernity. This book is almost encyclopaedic in its coverage of Cornish literature. As such it is difficult to read for long periods. Nevertheless, it is an immensely valuable completion of an awkward gap in the list of selective anthologies and it is an important point of reference for those who wish to seek information in an historical context. But it is much more than this. In exploring the impact of ‘devolved’ small nations in the European context Dr Kent claims that Cornwall is now re-asserting itself as a sort of ‘romantic periphery’. Readers will be particularly interested in the thoughts expressed in the final chapter of this illuminating book, all of which lead to the conclusion that the literary future of Cornwall looks very healthy.

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Trebetherick and Polzeath WI

At The Rock Institute 2-4pm

First prize Generously donated by Jamie at

The Waterfront 3 Course meal for 2 with wine Raffle draw 3.15pm All proceeds to our annual charity

This Years WI Christmas Fair promises to be its best yet. In addition to our cake and toy stalls, our games, competitions and bric-a-brac, there will be quality gifts to buy, handmade by the craft group. Bags, scarves, decorations and more. The raffle will raise money for our charity of the year Marshall Janson from St Columb who lost both his hands and legs to meningitis, and we hope he will be there to join in on the day. We all look forward to meeting this brave little boy.Of course, we hope you will be there too. Come and have tea and cake, buy some Christmas gifts and join in our pre-Christmas fun Visit our website -


Rock Lifeboat Open Day The Rock Lifeboat Open Day was held on Sunday August 14th and was as usual hosted by our very own pirate, Black Jack Trevelyn, alias John Perrin, and his colleague Evil Ed Trevaskis, alias Martin Broadfoot, who both provided a lively commentary throughout the afternoon. The weather was sunny and the event, plus a donation, raised approximately £4,200 for the RNLI. Gus Guest, Chairman of the Rock Lifeboat Management Committee, presented a Certificate from the RNLI to Mike O’Boyle who was a member of the crew for 16 years from 1996 to 2010 during which time 35 lives were saved by the Rock Lifeboat.

A Sea King helicopter from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, together with ‘Rusper’ the Rock Lifeboat, gave a demonstration of lifting two crewmen separately from the lifeboat into the helicopter and then lowering them back into the lifeboat. An excellent commentary on the technicalities The ever popular St Minver Silver Band played a wonderful and varied selection of and dangers of such an operation was music to open proceedings. given by Philip Cardew, an ex Fleet Air

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Arm helicopter pilot, and Brian Bartlett, Training Officer for Rock Lifeboat. It was an extremely interesting demonstration of the necessary precision and bravery of the rescue services. This was followed by a demonstration of righting a capsized lifeboat with a commentary by Brian Bartlett of how this is achieved and how to restart the engine! The Padstow Tamar Class Lifeboat “The Spirit of Padstow” visited later in the afternoon and people were invited on board to look round. There were many of the old favourite beach games and races. Hot pasties were available together with beer, soft drinks and ice cream. It was a great family event with something for everybody.

section. A steady hand was required for a new game, the Bell Run, which was won in the under 12 section by Henry McFarlane and the over 12 section by Ran Murray. The winners of the colouring competition were age The sandcastle competition was of 2/3, Olivia Barton; age 4/5, Poppy a very high standard and won in the Greville-Collins; age 6/7, Holly Barton; junior section by Amelia and Cecily age 8/9, Bella Causon; over 10, Ella Brookshaw and in the open section by Bathurst. Tommy and Teagan Starback together The RNLI would like to pay a special with Emily and Max Evans. tribute to Jaws Pizza, Sharp’s Brewery A very close fought pizza eating and The Golden Fish in Bodmin for competition was won in the under their continuing and very generous 12 section by Ollie Hewitt and the sponsorship of the event. All over 12 section was won by Pippa the many volunteer helpers were Cook. A ‘Wheelbarrow of Booze’ commended for their hard work and was won by Mike Nicholson. The the public for their generous support. Treasure Island Hunt was won by Sam The RNLI Shop at Ferry Point, Rock, Banfield and the Holey Cheese game by Max Evans in the under 12 section is open from 11 am to 5 pm during and by Ella Bathurst in the over 12 August and September. Visit our website -


There’s a Hut on Polzeath beach .. There’s a hut on Polzeath beach, just below Ann’s Cottage car-park. You’ve probably seen it – but may be unaware of the great things that go on there. As well as the look-out for the beach life-guards, this is the HQ of the Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club and every week a group of local children and adults, aged 7 and up, meet to learn the skills of Surf Life Saving one of the most exciting and fastest growing new sports in the UK today. On a Sunday morning you can see them wearing their funny blue and yellow hats running into the waves and making their way out back on boards – you may think they are just having fun in the water – well they are, but this sport also requires a level of energy,

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fitness and courage unlike any other and in return teaches invaluable life-skills, which for some, could lead to a future career guarding our beaches and keeping us safe in the sea. Surf Life Saving began in Australia and was introduced here by Australian, Alan Kennedy, in 1953 because he wanted to stop the loss of life on the shores of North Cornwall. Surf Life Saving clubs grew very quickly and soon Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB) was formed in 1955. Since then it is estimated that volunteer Surf Life Savers have saved thousands of lives. Surf Life Saving GB today has some 70 surf life saving clubs across the country. So what exactly is Surf Life Saving? Well lifesaving is at its heart, but members learn

a raft of beach and sea skills in the process. For example, they learn what the different flags and safety signals mean, how to avoid rips and identify different types of wave. They gain the confidence to swim distances in the sea in difficult conditions and learn how to master various rescue equipment, from basic rescue boards to the fast skis. The club at Polzeath celebrated its 21st anniversary last year and today has over 100 members. Children join as Nippers from the age of 7, graduate to Juniors at 13 and move onto Seniors from 16. It is at this age they can learn to become beach lifeguards, and take internationally recognised qualifications. This really is a sport for life and one that the entire family can get involved in. Many parents bring their children down to the sessions, but few remain spectators for long. The club positively encourages parents to join in and usually within weeks most are donning wetsuits and learning how to Dolphin Dive alongside their children. Club Chairman, Peter Winter, comments. “Unlike many activities Surf Life Saving is one that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s a great way to get fit, learn how to be

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safe in the sea and potentially save others – and most importantly to have fun on the beach.” The club trains every week in the sea from May to October and then reverts to pool training for the winter months. There is a comprehensive range of skills to be learnt – from first aid to rescue assistance and members can train for a range of awards and qualifications. Each year the club takes part in a number of competitions some pool based and some on the beach. The two highlights of this year’s calendar have been the Cornish Championships that were held at Carbis Bay in mid-July and the National Championships held at Portreath at the end of August. Both Junior and

Nipper teams compete and although Polzeath is a small club compared to the likes of Newquay or St Ives, it has some dedicated and talented members who bring home the medals for the club in both the individual and team events. As you know the summer has not been kind and conditions at Carbis Bay were less than balmy, but you wouldn’t have known that from the zeal with which the Nippers competed over two days in pouring rain and big seas. Polzeath Nippers are real troupers and take part in nearly all the events whether its flags, 1km sprints or team relays on the beach or swim and board races in the sea. Every point earned by each member counts towards the club’s final total – so everyone has a part to play. The competitions are

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relentless and exhausting – yet always exhilarating - for competitors and spectators alike. Parents and siblings stand breathless and proud as they watch the children compete – whatever the weather or sea conditions. Nipper Competition CoOrdinator, Lynn Stewart comments. ”The competitions are a great way for the children to test the skills they have learnt during their training sessions. The atmosphere is really wonderful and there’s always a great team spirit among the club – everyone pulls together and supports each other – and we always have loads of fun.” At the Cornish Championships gold medals were won by Angus Jarvis for the swim, Ben Berryman for the 1km run and Ross Garty for the sprint. A 35

silver medal went to Angus Jarvis, Jago Beer-Robson and Isaac Rowlands in the Taplin event – a punishing relay event comprising a swim, board and run – and Jago Beer Robson brought home a bronze in the ultimate Golden Nipper event, which is like a mini Iron Man. The Nationals held at Portreath is an even larger affair with clubs competing from all around the UK. The sea conditions where fierce with 5ft foot waves and whipping winds making the swim and board events particularly challenging. Yet the Polzeath Nippers continued undaunted. Training and sheer determination to succeed kick in and medals were gained. For the first time in many years Polzeath had a team of Nipper girls competing. One of the clubs most experienced competitors is Jazz Harbour. Jazz, aged 10, is a seasoned


surf life saving competitor who trained while living in South Africa. She joined the club this year and did extremely well in both competitions. Another of the new girls competing this year was St Minver pupil, Elsa Rowlands, aged 10. “It has been a great experience competing this year. The atmosphere at the events is very exciting and we all cheer each other on. We are going to train really hard so we can do even better next year. Surf Life Saving is awesome - I think everyone should do it!” One of the Club highlights this year was playing host to the British Open Championships at the beginning of September. This is surf life saving’s blue ribbon event. Over 200 competitors met on Polzeath to compete in this two-day event. Conditions were punishing, “A real leveller” said Event Manager, Nigel Bowden.

“You couldn’t pinpoint anyone in particular as above and beyond, the competition was very close – it was exciting to see and a real testament to the dedication of the competitors as well as the quality of training and coaching offered by our Clubs.” Comments Peter Winter, “This was a tremendous event and it gave our Nipper and Junior members a chance to see just what can be achieved by some of the top class Surf Life Savers in the UK – it was truly inspiring to see these men and women compete and the level of skill and fitness involved.” Polzeath Surf Life Savers Club welcomes new members. If you’d like to find out more or come and try a session then contact Susan Rowlands on 07775 931573 or email

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Peg’s Storya tale for bedtime Written and illustrated by Joan Cockett part of the ‘Country Diary from Cobb Cottage’ series I was attempting to clear out a cupboard the other day when I put my hand on a carefully wrapped, oddly shaped object - a cottage teapot - and the memories came flooding back. It was given to me by some pupils at the South London comprehensive where I taught art for 15 years before moving to Cornwall in 1979. Then I remembered the story I wrote for grandchildren, nieces and great nieces. So here it is.

My name is Peg, and I’m a little wooden doll. I live on a shelf next to a teapot shaped like a cottage. “Well,” I can hear you saying, “there’s nothing much of a story to that.” But you haven’t heard what I have to tell you yet. I started my life as a clothes-peg. Way out in the countryside, there was a place where gypsies had their caravans near a wood and by a stream. I can remember the sound of the willow trees

swishing in the wind and the bubbling water. A gypsy cut a piece of wood and quickly made my shape with a sharp knife - dropping me into a basket with many other clothes-pegs. When she had made a basket-full she put ten pegs together on a strip of wood of which I was one. She did this with all the other pegs in the basket, and then she started off along the lanes to the nearest town with the heavy basket over her arm.

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She hummed a cheerful tune to herself as she walked. It took a long while to get to the town and when she arrived she sat down thankfully in the market-square and bought herself a nice, hot cup of tea and a cheese roll - I remember this because some of the cheese fell out into the pegbasket! When she felt better, she walked down a lane off the square and knocked at the cottage doors where she sold some of the pegs. “Gypsy pegs, dear, 50p for ten - a bargain.” It was some time before she picked up the bundle with me in it and knocked on the door of a house on the edge of the town. The lady who answered smiled at the gypsy - she seemed to know her - and asked her to come and sit in her kitchen to rest herself. The kitchen was cosy, and I saw that there were rows and rows of little wooden dolls on the mantelpiece and, would you believe it, they were all made from clothes-pegs! How I longed for the lady to buy me! I wasn’t in the top pack in the basket, so I didn’t think 40 40

there was much chance, but she bought ten packs from the gypsy and I was one of them! With so many pegs for the lady to work on, it was a long while before I changed from a peg into a doll. One summer’s day, though, the lady took her work-basket and pegs into the garden, and a box of paints with a very small brush. She picked me up and started to paint my face. I felt as if I was smiling as she did it, then she glued on some strands of yellow silk for my hair, and I began to feel like a real doll. She found a little piece of yellow material for my dress but before she made this, she made me some arms with a pipe-cleaner, which is a piece of wire covered in woolly material. Then she put my dress on, and sewed little pieces of black lace on to trim it. There I stood proudly, as she propped me against her work-basket. I later joined the row of dolls on the kitchen mantelpiece, and spent several happy weeks getting to know them all. Then one day I was picked up, and packed into a box with many other dolls. Some hours later I found myself, with the others, being put into a brightly lit window which looked out onto the market-square where the gypsy had stopped for her cup of tea and cheese roll. It was a toy shop, and I was one of a row of little dolls. Around me there were cars, teddy-bears, big dolls, and boxes with all sorts of games in them. I felt very, very small.

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It was August, and the sun was so hot through the shop-window that I fell asleep. Later, I awoke lying on my back, I must have slipped. Pegs can’t get up, you know, they have very stiff legs, so there I lay. I was lucky, because soon two children looked in the window. “Oh!” said the girl. “Look at those little wooden dolls! I’m going to buy one with my pocket money.” “Buy the one with the yellow hair” said her brother. “She’s fallen over, but she’s the prettiest.” The girl paid for me, and put me in her pocket and I spent many happy hours in her home. Some months went by, and the brother and sister were going to the seaside for a holiday with their mother and father.

I was packed with several other small toys. When they arrived, the first thing the children wanted to do, of course, was to go to the beach and the girl put me in the pocket of her trousers. She and her brother raced across the sandy beach, and over the dunes. Dunes are mounds of sand, made by the wind, and big tufts of grass grow out of them. They make a lovely place to play and the children got very excited. The girl leapt from one dune to the next and that’s when I fell out of her pocket. I squeaked, but a peg doll squeaking isn’t very loud and she just didn’t hear me. How long I stayed on that beach I do not know. The salt in the air stuck in my silken hair, the wind tore at my dress, and soon I was a very poor looking doll. One day, a lady walking over the dunes saw me.

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“Look!” she said. “What a shame! Some little girl has lost this.” She picked me up, and carried me home. She shook the sand out of my dress and stood me on a shelf next to a cottage teapot. I felt a sad little thing, because my silken hair had now dropped off completely, but I cheered up when I made friends with the teapot. We had many cheerful talks together. He felt a bit sad because no-one ever made tea in him, and thought of him just as an ornament. I felt sad because I had no hair, so we spent our time making jokes, and watching what went on in the room, from high on our shelf. We were in an old cottage, belonging to Joe and Mary. They are artists and the cottage is full of paintings, plants and old toys. One October, two children came to stay, Joe and Mary’s grandchildren from London. Their names are Tim, who is eight, and Jane, who is six. (Jane is the owner of the beautiful shell box, in another story.) I longed for Jane to pick me up from the shelf, and play with me. One evening she did. “Poor thing, she’s got no hair. Couldn’t you make her

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some?” Jane asked her grandmother. I should think so,” her grandmother replied. “Let’s see what we can find.” She opened her sewing-box, and took out several reels of cotton, but none were the right colour for hair. Then she found an old dressing-gown cord, which was made of soft silk, in a beautiful gold. “If we unravelled this, we could make her some beautiful hair.” Her grandmother handed it to Jane, who cut the end, and undid the cord, and let it unravel. It certainly did look like hair. Jane’s grandmother found a little piece of material and stitched some of the silken cord onto it, and then glued it on to my head. “Oh! She looks so different!” said Jane. “I wish I had golden hair like that!” She played with me all the afternoon. I felt the proudest peg-doll there is. When

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tea-time came, she and Tim asked if they could have tea made in the cottage teapot. “Why, of course,” said her grandmother. “It’s high time he was used.” So the cottage teapot was very happy, and I smiled at him across the tea-table, where I was propped against a jam-jar. We both knew now that every time Jane and Tim came to stay we would come down from the shelf. That evening, when she went to bed, Jane propped me amongst the leaves of a beautiful plant with pink flowers, on

the windowsill. When I woke up the next morning, I called to the cottage teapot on the shelf, and he smiled back. At that moment, a late butterfly fluttered in through the window, and settled on the leaves of the plant. He fluttered, startled, when he saw me. “Goodness!” he said, “I thought you were a golden flower!”

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Polzeath Marine Centre Diana Millington

Of the five Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas (VMCA’s) in Cornwall, Polzeath is the only one lucky enough to have its own centre. I have lived in Polzeath for many years but had never discovered our Marine Centre until a year ago when I heard about the work being done by volunteers in the area. Having lived here for so long enjoying the scenery, surfing, and walking the beach and coast path, I realised that I was almost completely unaware of the wonderful creatures that live in our ocean and along our shoreline. This wildlife is so precious, but sadly under constant threat from human activities. The setting up of Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas around the Cornish coast in Fowey,


Helford, Looe, St Agnes and Polzeath has given residents and visitors a chance to find out about and protect our shores. The idea that I could be part of these efforts was inspiring, and I joined up! It has been a year of great interest and fun, working with a lively and enthusiastic group of new friends. Our own marine centre in Polzeath is the hub of many conservation and educational projects. In the centre are displays of shoreline finds that our visitors can pick up and examine, from crabs’ shells and ‘mermaids’ purses’ to a coconut shell from exotic seas and a rubber flipflop encrusted with goose barnacles. We stock a huge number of free leaflets about the coast and inland, helpful to visitors

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and locals alike and pictures of sea creatures for young children to colour in. When we have news of special sightings such as basking sharks, seals, puffins, dolphins and sunfish we record the dates and locations on a board in the window of the centre for passersby to look at. In the summer, our centre rock pool tank holds real life creatures such as prawns, crabs and starfish for the children to examine up close. When is the hut open? The answer is: when a volunteer has time to come and open it! We try to keep it open as much as possible during holiday times but rely totally on when our volunteers can spare a couple of hours to man it. A variety of events is organised through the centre to encourage people to learn about the sea: art and craft events, such as making litter monsters, are a regular feature and very popular, as are the fascinating rock pool rambles guided by our Beach Ranger at low tide enjoyed by people of all ages. These activities aim to raise people’s awareness of our wildlife

and the threat it is under. Many of our activities are aimed towards children, ensuring that the next generation are learning about and appreciate the importance of the marine environment. Another part of our work is Beachcare, a project that encourages the local community to help clean up their beaches of man-made material that washes up on our beach all year round and is highly detrimental to marine wildlife. We spend a couple of hours each month throughout the year on surveying and collecting the rubbish washed up along the shore. The surveys are useful for recording the type of rubbish that we have and where it originates, as far as we can tell. All in all, I find volunteering for PVMCA very absorbing and a great deal of fun. To keep this work happening we need more volunteers to bring new ideas, fresh enthusiasm and be part of our great team. Do come and join us: you’ll be very welcome!

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Brain Gym David Topliffe

Answers Last Issue 1. Cat on a hot tin roof. Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. 2. Love Story Ryan O’Neal and Ally Mcgraw 3. Bonnie and Clyde. Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway.

4. Romeo and Juliet Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer. 5. South Pacific Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor. 6. The Apartment Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine.

This Month’s Quiz

Can you name the other half of the following pairs? Samson and ………………..……..………… Ball and ………………..…………........…… Half and ………………..……….…......…… John Smith and ………………….………….

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William and ……………….………………… Lancelot and …………………………..…… Bow and ………………………………..……. Tweedledde and …………………….……

8 9 6 2 1

3 1

2 9

2 1 6 7 5

6 3 7 8 4 6 1 9 5 8 2

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The St Minver Tithe Map - Part 3

By Mike Arnott. Illustrations by Joan Cockett house although it is possible that Long House The landowners of St Minver – would have acted as a local ‘office’. Centuries and the occupiers of later this meant there was no obvious natural St Minver Churchtown

The parish of St Minver never had an old manor house continuously occupied by a lord of the manor at its centre, unlike many rural parishes. The Domesday parish of Trewornan was to the east, down by the River Amble. Pentire manor was to the north and to the south was Penmayne. In its early days this was a subsidiary of Helleston in Trigg (Camelford), part of the Earl of Cornwall’s holdings and, being administered from there, needed no manor

leader to head up the committee that had to be formed to oversee the local implementation of the Tithe Act; the first task of which was to draw up a Parochial Agreement for the Commutation of Tithes in the Parish. Therefore it was up to the major landowners to take the lead, so it was perhaps not surprising that the person who owned the most land became chairman of the committee. They were all there at ‘the Inn kept by Edwin Wilce in Church Town’ on the 18th of January

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1837 for the first meeting. Darrell Stephens of Trewornan owned the most land, 1,180 acres and was appointed as chairman of the meeting. He was accompanied by his friend William Sandys Sandys, who together with his wife Elizabeth owned the next most, having 1,116 acres. Sandys lived in some style at St Minver House in Churchtown. The third major landowner was Sandys’ farming neighbour to the north based at Moyles, Samuel Symons. Symons owned some 790 acres in the parish and was lessee of another 49. He had had a lively life in St Minver, occupying the house at Moyles and, having bought Doyden Head in 1827, built Doyden Castle as a place to eat, drink and make merry with his friends. He also entertained at ‘Polzeth-bay’, giving his daughter Susan an eleventh birthday party there on the rocks in July 1836 with some fifty of his men and women friends. By 1841 he was living at Gonvena in Wadebridge. There was a total of 7,578 acres of land in the parish and these three accounted for just over 40% of them. The next 20% was accounted for by another three owners. Of these only William Arundell Yeo MD, who occupied Dinham House and owned the 520 acres of land at Dinham, Carlyon, Trevenna and Trevelver, was at the meeting in person. Lady Greville’s interests in 500 acres at Porteath, Trevigo, Plain Street, Gonvena and Trefresa may have been represented by Samuel Symons who was the lessee of one of her properties. More predictably Sir Charles Lemon, the owner of 600 acres at ‘Rosurrow’, as it was spelt in the Tithe Survey, Langollan, Trewint, Little Treglines and Smeathers, sent his attorney. His farm was occupied by Henry Symons who lived at ‘Rosecrow’ as it was spelt in the 1841 census, with his wife, 3 servants, 3 agricultural labourers and his 10 children. By 1838 the ‘Dutchy’ owned a mere 253 acres of land, the Great Common, much of it now 48

occupied by the St Enodoc Golf Club. However they were still able to influence land usage, especially mineral exploitation, elsewhere in the south of the parish through terms in the deeds for land they had previously transferred within their Manor of Penmayne. The Church also by now had little land holding. The Diocese of Exeter owned 224 acres. The St Minver glebe, that is land belonging to and near St Minver Church, amounted to 69 acres in all with the produce of 24 of them being taken by the rector and that of 45 being taken by the vicar.

Churchtown, St Minver’s ‘capital’

St Minver had 1,139 inhabitants at the time of the 1841 census. Half of them lived on the many farms scattered about the parish. The other half lived in seven small communities. Church Town was the largest of them with 110 inhabitants. In descending order it was followed by Trevanger (89), ‘Penmain’ and ‘Tredrizzic’ (86 each), Stoptide (79), Trebetherick (62) and ‘Polseth’ (44). The rector at the time of the Tithe Survey was William Sandys Sandys who lived in the large house in St Minver Church Town. The house with some of its extensive gardens and grounds is shown at the bottom of the map. The 1841 census shows 13 people living there, Sandys and his wife Mary, visitors, Mary Chudleigh and her small son, and 9 servants, John Dyre the youngest of them being only 8 years old. Today the house and grounds are used by the visitors to St Minver Holiday Park. Over the road to the east lay the vicarage. Today it’s a private house with Grade 2 listed stables, now a garage, built at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Tithe Survey shows it was owned by the vicar, The Rev George Treweeke on behalf of the Church, but occupied by William S Sandys, the rector of St Minver rather than the vicar. The Reverend George Treweeke doesn’t appear in the St Minver 1841 census either.

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Although he was the appointed vicar, he had probably delegated most of his duties to a curate, although where the curate lived is not quite certain. At the time of the 1841 census Treweeke was living at Illogan, being presented with a large silver tea service by his parishioners there in September 1843 as a mark of their highest estimation for his service to the parish over the last 21 years ! By 1851 the St Minver vicarage was being lived in by a curate, one John Ellis, while the Rev. Treweeke remained active in Illogan. In 1838 Church Town was a busy place, full of commercial activity. Coming out of the church and going up the lane every house on the left hand side was occupied and in every case occupied by a tradesman and his family. In succession you would have passed William Mallet, gardener, Robert Oliver, mason, Michael James, carpenter, Michael Gummow, blacksmith, Charles Ivey, shoemaker, Richard Oliver, mason, Edwin Wilce, landlord of the New Inn, now the Fourways Inn, and Thomas Honey Faull, merchant. Turning left at the top the last two buildings you would have come to on the south side were a large unused shed together with a small butcher’s shop run by John Blake. In between the shed and Faull’s house was where Edward Tremain, an agricultural labourer, lived with his family. Opposite the Tremains was another St Minver Churchtown blacksmiths, occupied by Nicolas Hicks in the Tithe Map and Apportionment although the only blacksmith listed in Church Town in the 1841 census was Richard Hicks aged 55 and his family. To the west of the blacksmith’s house, after a small gap, there was a row of 5 properties, the first one being a small butcher’s shop run by John Mably. The rest of the ones in that row were all occupied by other well known local names, starting with Samuel Carhart, then William Treverton, another agricultural labourer, and

the last two by Joseph Burt. Four of the village houses were occupied by people of independent means, including the one opposite the New Inn. This was called the Old Inn, where Mary Ivey was the occupier. There was also one house occupied by an elderly pauper woman. No house in Churchtown was listed as unoccupied in 1838 although there were 6 given as such in the 1841 census. Within the next two decades, along with the rest of the parish, St Minver Church Town would see a declining population. On the other hand not all was work and impending decline. On summer evenings after work or after church on Sunday mornings people could gather to play bowls on the piece of land (no.210 on the map) immediately north of the church and now part of the graveyard. Then it was owned by the parish, called ‘The Bowling Green’, and was for the use of the parishioners. The bowls they played could not have been the game now played by men and women attired in whites on manicured lawns. Go and look at that piece of ground in the churchyard today and you’ll see it would have been impossible. In 1838 they would have been bowling at a diamond of nine pins, with the winner being the person, or team, taking the least number of attempts to knock over all of them.

Main sources

St Minver Tithe Map and Apportionment. Available on CD from the Cornwall Record Office St Minver Census 1841. Available online.


On page 53 of the last issue (no. 180) in the article about tithes the name William Kearsley Dawson appears in the top line of the left hand column. This should read Robert Kearsley Dawson.

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Mably Diary 1850 - 1950 Part 2

Polzeath WI and Trebetherick WI merged in 2008 to form Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. In the archives of Polzeath WI was a handwritten scrapbook based on a Mably family diary covering the period 1850 to 1950. We believe that the scrapbook was prepared for a WI competition but we are not really sure. It makes fascinating reading and we have decided to serialise it in Link. The photographs are scanned copies of those in the scrapbook. We have not changed the spelling, punctuation or grammar - what you read here is exactly as per the handwritten version. This material is copyright and must not be reproduced elsewhere without the prior permission of the Link Committee and Trebetherick and Polzeath WI.


Pentireglaze mine opened this year.


Arrival of the Rev Hart-Smith. The parish church of St Menefreda is at Churchtown, it has a dilapidated chapel called the ‘South Chapel’ at Porthilly and the ruined north chapel of St Enodoc Access to the latter was only obtainable through the roof, the vicar was let down once a year with a rope to keep the church consecrated. The visit of the bishop Phillip to St Enodoc. Population, Highlands 757 Lowlands 468.


Polzeath mine is opened, but closes soon. The path the miners walk to the mine we call Tinners Lane.


Pentireglaze plays mine closes. We all go and see the Forest which has appeared after a terrible storm at Daymer Bay. We find bits of oak and yew and hazelnuts and mixed with these horns and teeth of red deer and the remains of other animals. We are very sorry


There is great excitement in the parish as Pentireglaze mine produces some silver, 19.065 ounces (540.48 grams).


Our chapel at Tredrizzick it is being enlarged by the purchase of a field parcel of 30 x 24 feet ( (9.1 x 7.3 metres) for £10. Other meeting houses are at Tregenna for Protestant dissenters, Stop-a-Tide for Methodists and Interior of St Menefreda church. Rosserow for Brianites. 50

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when the the shifting sands buries the forest again.


A census is taken and our Parish counts 1,111 souls. Highlands 626. Lowlands 485.


This summer Elizabeth, my daughter is old enough to join the Tea given at the Vicarage. Mrs Hart-Smith tells me she had 54 children and she gave them Saffron cake, for which she used: 20lbs flour ------------------ 24/7lbs Currants --------------- 5/5 ½ lbs Butter @ 10d a lb 4lbs Sugar------------------- 5d 5 drachm’s saffron -------- 3d Then she had a big white Cake, Buns, splits cakes, Apple tartlets, 3lbs Tea 8lbs Sugar 1 ½ lbs Butter

8 lbs Cream 1 ¼ Citron peel.


The vicar excited, calls to say that he has now enough money to begin the restoration of the North and South Chapels.


July. We all go and see the restored North Chapel of St Enodoc, the Vicar tells us that the whole cost is £675, of which £656:0:6 has been raised by voluntary contribution, and all team labour has been given by the Vicar and principal farmers for drawing the stone and lime and carrying out the sand from ditch and he estimates this work at not less than £10. During an Autumn storm a Ship carrying Rum and Sugar is wrecked at Polzeath beach, the Rum is saved and carried to Rock and reshipped from there. The restoration of the Chapel of St Michael is started.

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The restoration of the Chapel of St Michael is finished. The Rev. Hart-Smith tells me he will be glad now the roof is restored, he will no longer need to use an Umbrella in the Pulpit on a wet Sunday.


7th Febr. Today we heard about yesterday’s life-boat disaster when the Albert Edward II capsized while rescuing the crew of the “Georgiana” and 8 of her crew of 13 were drowned. Sept 5th. Elizabeth was joined by her brother John at the Tea at the Vicarage. Mrs HartSmith tells me that she had 50 children, she also sent tea and tickets to 50 aged and sick poor, 14 of whom did not come, and they had each, 1lb of cake, 2ozs of Sugar and 1oz of Tea sent to them. She used the same quantities as before, but added one pick of Splitters, made with 6lbs of goodness1.


The School at Tredrizzick founded in 1828 is enlarged by the Rev. Hart-Smith, so as to earn a Government grant. John my husband and other Parishioner’s brought Stone, Lime, Sand and Timber without charge. Rev. Hart-Smith estimates this service at £12.


Elizabeth goes to the Dame School at Pityme, kept by Miss Gummow. She is so nice to the children.


Restoration of St Minver Church is begun.


John starts going to the Tredrizzick School, as Miss Gummow only takes Girls. He tells me there is roll call every Monday morning, when he has to bring his penny for his week’s tuition. There are 71 children, some stay away for Cockle picking. We are sorry to lose 1

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the Rev and Mrs. Hart-Smith. Population: Highlands 568, Lowlands 421. In all 989.


The new Vicar, the Rev. Rolliston calls on me. Small-pox is in the Parish and very few children go to School. A Meeting house for Bible Christians is erected at Trevanger, on land given by Mr. Rowe. It will seat 100.


Joanna wife of John Mably now takes over the Diary from Elizabeth. 27th Sept. The “Imaculata” was wrecked on our Coast. Coal was sold at Rock Quay this Winter, at 14/6 a ton wholesale. The School at Tredrizzick was again enlarged. The Bell of St Enodoc was the bell off the ‘Imaculata’.


With a wreck off Highcliffe, Polzeath, our new Rocket Life-saving apparatus was used for the first time. Two live Pigs were the first to come ashore.


Our St Minver bellringers win the Ringing Match competition at Elgloshayle.


For my indigestion trouble I write for the medicine that I see advertised in the “West Britain”. The advertisement reads as follows: Holloway’s Ointment and Pills, as it claims to deal “most successfully with that heavy and troublesome and often tedious ailment indigestion, which is the bain of thousands from overwork and fast living in the present day.”


We have had a very wet Summer with rain all the time. No good corn or hay. Its a bad year for sheep, because they all got Flu. Wheat fetched 19/- a bushel. The bell ringing match was this year held in St Minver.

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We have a good corn harvest, the hay is a light sheaf, but all is saved in good condition. Wheat has gone down to 15/- a bushel. This dropping in price is very worrying for John. My husband, John and his father, William Anthony used an Eclipse Reaper at Trewiston, the first in the Parish, drawn by horses, which he now uses together with the self raker which he had acquired a year or two before. Mr Hawkey from Pityme had a portable horsedriven threshing machine which could be set up in our Barn. So much quicker with this machine instead of labouring with a flail all Winter. Mr Keat from St Endellion had a portable thresher which would work in the field along side the mower, drawn by three horses. He supplied two men with it and let it out at 25/1 to 30/- a day.


The price of Wheat has fallen to 10/- Bushel. Our flock of sheep is diminishing, but we have more beef cattle. We no longer use Oxen. Trevelver has this summer used the first horse drawn steam threshing machine. John went to see it and told me that 6 horses were needed to pull the machine and 6 more for the steam engine and one for the elevator. It belonged to Mr Haynes at Windmill.


I took the children to see the launching of a ship at the yard in Padstow. We crossed by ferry, which cost 1d for each of the grown ups. On the way we met the blind postman Nickolus Phillips, we stopped him at Pityme and we were amazed how he could pick out the right letter for me. We walked with him to Rock, where at the Post Office he left the letters for that district. On the way, to our great admiration, he delivered letters and parcels at the correct addresses. In the afternoon he was going to walk back to Wadebridge taking the returning letters. His

way led him through fields of cattle, whose presence he felt and pushed them away with his stick. In St Minver he brought the letters to Goodman’s Shop, from here Mrs Treleaven delivered the letters to the north side of the Parish.


Aug 15th I took the children to Padstow to see the new Life-boat the “Arab I”. It was brought by road from Truro, and there were many people assembled to welcome her. We visited our cousins at Trewint Farm. And celebrated with them “Goosey” or “Little Sunday” we had Goose for dinner. This Sunday is next before Michaelmas September 29th.


July 15th I put Elizabeth on Mr Chapman’s horse drawn Bus for Lostwithiel, where she is going to stay with an Aunt for a week. She returned on the next week’s bus. We always love to watch it come.


John F Wills and Francis Mably went into Wadebridge on their penny-farthing cycles. Francis Mably tells me his largest wheel is 56” in diameter. We all wished them luck for their cycle race in Wadebridge. Coal was brought today by donkey and cart by young Harry and we paid him 10d a cwt for the Coal and 1 1/2d for delivery. He asks 1d for delivery at the Splatt and 2d to St Minver. John went to Trevelver to have some Corn ground. He first had to fetch Mr Bestwitherick who would harness his oxen and bring some of his own Corn to grind as well. They would reach the bottom of the hill, and would have to walk up to Gutt Bridge to turn on the water, and by then having reached the Mill, the Water would just be coming. Mr Bestwitherick tells me he is selling his Oxen soon, he is the last farmer to use them in the district. Continued at foot of page 55...

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Brains Of Britain

These extracts were supplied to us by Anthea Flanagan.

University Challenge (BBC2)

Jeremy Paxman: “ What is another name for'cherrypickers' and 'cheesemongers'?” Contestant: “Homosexuals.” Jeremy Paxman: “No. They're regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.”

Beg. Borrow Or Steal (BBC2)

Jamie Theakston: Contestant: Jamie Theakston: Contestant:

“Where do you think Cambridge University is?” “Geography isn't my strong point.” “There's a clue in the title.” “Leicester.”

BBC Norfolk

Stewart White: “Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?” Contestant: “Don't know.” Stewart White: “I'll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?” Contestant: “Arm.” Stewart White: “Correct! If you’re not weak, you’re ... “ Contestant: “Strong.” Stewart White: “Correct - and what was Lord Mountbatten's first name?” Contestant: “Louis.” Stewart White: “Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?” Contestant: “Frank Sinatra?”

Late Show (BBC Midlands) Alex Trelinski: Contestant: Trelinski: Contestant: Trelinski: Contestant: Trelinski: Contestant:

“What is the capital of ltaly?” “France.” “France is another country. Try again.” “Oh, um, Benidorm.” “Wrong, sorry, let's try another question. ln which country is the Parthenon?” “Sorry, I don't know.” “Just guess a country then.” “Paris.”

The Weakest Link (BBC2)

Anne Robinson: “Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: - Prison, or the Conservative Party?” Contestant: “The Conservative Party.”


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Trebetherick and Polzeath WI September Meeting There were 23 members and one visitor hoping to hear a talk on Yarg Cheese. Unfortunately, the speaker could not attend so one of our members, Mary Burrell, stepped in and gave a smashing talk on her love of the theatre. Mary’s mother was a professional actress so the seeds were sown from a very early age. From school plays in her infant school, to playing Desdemona from Othello in a theatre in Tottenham Court Road. Her love of the stage carried on after meeting and marrying husband Frank. They moved to Oxford where she produced and performed in three or four plays a year. She also had a lot of fun as an extra for films and was in Inspector Morse and several other movies. Mary still enjoys anything to do with the

theatre and writes, produces and performs in all our entertainment. It was a very interesting talk and gave us an insight into one of our member’s early life. The vote of thanks was given by Betty Oliver. Letters of thanks were read out from our charity Letters of thanks were read out from our charity The Handstand appeal for monies raised on our stall at the July fete, also from member Sherri for flowers and from John Godwin for monies given from us and Trebetherick Residents association for new tables for the Methodist Chapel. Competition 1st Joan Rowell, 2nd Dorothy Allen, 3rd Bridget Taylor. Flower of the Month, 1st Dorothy Allen and Janet Carter, 2nd Bridget Taylor, June Lennox and Audrey Webb. 3rd Cynthia Deacon, Betty Bishop, Jean Higgins and Philippa Bartlett. Valerie Stockton

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fetch artificial manure and feeding cakes from Bodmin Road station, coming from the factory at St Austell. He thinks that he is the first farmer in the district to do so.


My son Dick brought 6d home today as Mr Sanford had come to the school to order the boys to pick up stones from his fields. The 1888 boys he had to order to work only received 4d I have had a long spell of the rheumatics so I have a woman in to do my washing. I had to pay her one shilling a day and give her food. 1887 My eldest girl goes out dressmaking. She earns It has been a very dry summer and we have two and six a day and her food. had no rain from Christmas to the end of October. All corners and all corn was cut by ‘ 1889 St James’. Wednesday. The quality of wheat This winter I have laid in 200 pilchards in brine, was wonderful but there was only a small I bought them at 1/- a 100 but you really get quantity. The wheat was so dry that instead 120. I had a Stayne full of butter bought in 10d of 60 pounds , 63 pounds went into a Cornish a pound. Laid in 12 dozen eggs, I bought them bushel and sold at 9/9d or 7/- a bushel. when I could get them at 24 for a shilling, 100 Wheat prices had fallen to 7 shillings for three lbs of jam, laid in one dozen pounds of sugar Imperial bushels. at 1/9. I had a barrel of Canadian apples which Frank Coleman from Trevanger told my I bought for 14 shillings. husband today that the first time he went to to be continued in the next issue. Visit our website -


From the Desk of Dan Rogerson As I am sure you will all be aware, the Boundary Commission for England very recently announced their initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. These proposed changes would create a new constituency covering Bude, Camelford, Launceston and surrounding parishes together with the Torridge district of Devon. There would also be a Bodmin and Newquay constituency which would include the two St Minver parishes. When the Bill was going through Parliament my Cornish colleagues and I backed amendments which would have prevented a new constituency crossing the Tamar. We were, unfortunately not successful. These changes proposed by the Boundary Commission for England do not take into account traditional boundaries and I think many MPs are now realising the real effect these new constituencies will have on communities up and down the country. If you would like to let the BCE know what you think about the boundary changes you can submit to the consultation which is open until the 5th December this year. You can contact them by visiting www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland. 56 or write to them at Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ. The other very important issue that people have understandably been very concerned about is that of the Health and Social Care Bill. After a period of time in which consideration of the Bill was paused whilst issues raised by the Lib Dems and others were looked into and changes made, the Bill returned to the Commons for debate. I’m of the opinion that a central problem with the Bill is the ability of the Secretary of State to provide services as well as to commission them. I voted against the Government and for an amendment that was put forward to correct this, but unfortunately it was not passed. I could not vote for the Bill at Third Reading because of this, but equally I felt that scrapping the whole Bill would lead to chaos at a time of immense pressure on the NHS. Due to these concerns on both sides, I decided to abstain which signals that I believe the Bill needs to change and I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Lords will make these changes and ensure that the

Bill is fit for purpose. I very rarely abstain but felt that in this situation it was necessary to allow the Lords to make the changes that need to be made while signalling that I remain unhappy. What will also be important in the coming months is to keep an eye on how services are affected locally and this is something I am already very involved in having regular meetings with health authority officials and stakeholders. In my most recent meeting at the Primary Care Trust headquarters we talked about how the changes will be dealt with locally and discussed issues around budget and development plans for existing health facilities. As always, if there is anything you need to talk to me about please don’t hesitate to contact my Launceston office on 01566 777123 or contact@

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Regular Events 5-11 Club. Sunday November 13. December 11 at Perceval Institute. 10.50am. Art Group. Friday November 4, 11, 18, 25. December 2, 9. at Perceval Institute. 10am 12noon. Carvery Lunch (open to prospective Sailing Club members). Every Sunday throughout the winter at Sailing Club. Midday to 2.30pm. Contact: 01209 862709.

St Minver Football Club Training. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trewint Lane. Contact: Roy 01208 880549. St Minver Pre-School. Monday - Friday (Term time only) at Trewint Lane. 9am - 3pm. Contact: 01208 869511. St Minver Senior Circle. Alternate Tuesdays November 8, 22. December 6, 20. at Rock Chapel. 10.30am - 12 noon. Contact: Betty 01208 869068. St Minver Silver Band Juniors. Thursdays at Band Room. 6.30pm - 8pm. Contact: 01209 816156.

Drama Group. Saturday November 5, 12. December 3, 17. at Perceval Institute. 10 - 11.30am. St Minver Silver Band practice. Tuesdays at Band Room. 7.30 - 9.30pm. Contact: 01208 816156. Fish Supper (open to prospective Sailing Club Tre Pol Pen Handbell Ringers. Fridays at Rock members). Fridays at Sailing Club. 6.30pm . Chapel. 10am. Contact: Betty 01208 869003. Contact: 01208 862709. Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. Thursday November Garden Society Meeting. Wednesday November 3. December 1 at Rock Institute. 7pm. 23. December 14. at Rock Institute. 2.30-4.30pm. Contact: Janet 01208 869636. Contact: Jennifer 01208 816470. Whist Drive. Tuesday November 29. at Perceval PC Meeting. Tuesday November 8, December 13. Institute. at Perceval Institute. 7.30pm. PCC Meeting. Wednesday November 9. at Perceval November Institute. 7.30pm. Wed 2 Antiques ‘Off Road Show’ with Richard Pilates. Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24. December 1, 8, 15, Hamm. Polzeath Area Residents Association. Valley 22, 29. at Perceval Institute. 9.30am-12.30pm. Caravan park. Contact: David 01208 862568. Also Friday 4, 11, 18, 25. December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Thu 3 Bridge and Afternoon Tea. at Perceval Institute. 6pm-7pm. North Cornwall conservative Association - St minver Senior Circle Short Mat Bowls. Monday November Branch. Rock Institute. 2pm. Cost: £12.50 (table 7, 14, 21, 28. December 5, 12, 19. at Rock Institute. £50). Contact: Wendy 01208 863608. 2-4pm. Contact: David 01208 869636.

Fri 11 Flower Arranging. Rock Institute. 1-5pm.

Short Mat Bowls Club. Tuesdays and Fridays at Lingham Hall. 6.45 - 9.15pm. Contact: Phil 01208 841695.

Fri 11 Gardens and Gardeners of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ by Elizabeth Reeves. North Cornwall National Trust Association. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7.30-10pm. Cost: £5 members. £6 guests. Contact: Bob 01840 230174.

Singing, Adult Education. Tuesday November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. December 6. at Perceval Institute. 10.30am-noon and 1 - 2.30pm in November only. Rock Institute Alan 01208 869420 077906 29867)

Lingham Hall 01208 862496

Perceval Institute Maureen 01208 863366

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Sun 13 Remembrance Service. St Minver Church. 10.50am. Wed 16 Grand Christmas Market. Cancer Research UK. Rock Sailing Club. 10am12noon. Cost: £2 - includes coffee and mince pies. Sat 19 Natural Christmas Decorations Workshop. North Cornwall National Trust Association. Lundy Bay. 10am-4pm. Contact: 01208 663821. Sat 19 Jumble Sale and Preserves. Refreshments available. Perceval Institute. 2pm. Contact: Joyce 01208 863754.

Sat 3 Scrub and Spuds’ at Lundy Bay. North Cornwall National Trust Association. Pentireglaze. 1-4pm. Cost: £4. Contact: 01208 863046. Sun 4 Christingle Service. St Minver Church. 4pm. Tue 6 Carol Concert. Valley Caravan park. 7.30 pm. Contact: David 01208 862568. Timed so you can attend after watching the St Minver Christmas lights switched on. Tue 6 St Minver Christmas Lights Switch on . St Minver Church Town. 6.30pm.

Sat 10 Christmas Concert. Sat 26 WI Christmas Fayre. Rock Institute. 2-4.30pm. Cost: Free. Contact: Janet North Cornwall National Trust Association. Wadebridge Town Hall. 7.30-10pm. Cost: £6. 01208 869636. Contact: Bob 01840 230173. Sun 27 Advent Carol Service. Sat 17 Wadebridge Choral Society Christmas St Minver Church. 6pm. Concert. Wed 30 - Sat 3 Ladies Day’ St Minver Church. 7.30pm. Camhayle Theatre Club. Wadebridge Town Hall. Sun 18 Carol Service. 7.30 pm. Cost: tickets from One Step Ahead. St Minver Church. 6pm. Contact: 01208 812629.

December Thu 1 ‘Natural History of the Camel Estuary’ by Adrian Langdon. Trebetherick and Polzeath WI. Rock Institute. 7.30-10pm. Cost: Guests 20p. Contact: Janet 01208 869637.

Sat 24 Crib Service. St Minver Church. 4pm. Mon 26 - Sat 31 Exhibition Jane McDonald. Rock Institute. 3-10pm.

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Weekday Services Tuesday St Minver Wednesday St Minver Wednesday St Michael Sunday 6th November

11am 3pm

St Minver St Enodoc


St Michael

Sunday 13th November 9.15am St Michael 10.50am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Catholic Church Services

WADEBRIDGE, St Michael’s Church. Mass: Sundays 8.30am. Evening Prayer 5.30pm Confessions: Fridays 10.30 - 1am. Holy Communion 10am Evening Prayer 5.30pm BODMIN, St Mary’s Abbey. Mass: Sundays 10.30am. Confessions: Saturdays 11 - 11.30am. PADSTOW, St Saviour & St Petroc Church, Holy Communion Mass: Saturdays 6.30pm. Confessions: SaturEvensong days 5.30 - 6pm. Evensong TINTAGEL, St Paul The Apostle Church, Mass: Monday - Thursday 10am, Friday 6pm, Holy Communion Sunday 10am, Vigil Saturday 6 pm. ConfesRemembrance Service sions: Before and after Mass and any other No Service time on request. Evensong

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

Holy Communion Evensong Evensong

Sunday 27th November 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Minver 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Freestyle Holy Communion Advent Carol Service No Service

Sunday 4th December 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 4pm St Minver 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Christingle Evensong

Sunday 11th December 9.15am St Michael 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Evensong

Sunday 18th December 11am St Minver 3pm St Enodoc 6pm St Minver 6pm St Michael

Holy Communion Evensong Joint Carol Service No Service

Saturday 24th December 4pm St Minver

Crib Service

Sunday 25th December For Details of Christmas Services: Please Check With The Parish Newsletter Or Church Notice Boards For Latest Information. Also see website:

Methodist Church Services Rock Methodist Church 11 am every Sunday Wadebridge Methodist Church (Worship takes place at Wadebridge Primary School) 10am Every Sunday Morning. Trelights Methodist Chapel Sundays 6pm Tubestation (Polzeath) Multi-denominational 10 am Every Sunday.

Quaker Meetings Sunday mornings at 10.30 in the John Betjeman Center, Wadebridge (next to library). All are welcome. Polzeath Area Residents’ Association

Hospital/Surgery Car Service If you need transport please ring one of our voluntary drivers: Mr Harry Hardcastle (01208 862343), Mr Harold Sillifant (01208 862989) or Mr Gary Cooper (01208 869165) Standard charges are based on 40p per mile and include reasonable waiting time: Wadebridge (£8). Bodmin (£14), Truro (£33), Port Isaac (£8), St Austell (£22), Falmouth (£35), Hayle (£37), Newquay (£20) and Plymouth (£37 - excluding bridge toll). Please Note: If you are receiving income support, you should take your book with you for reimbursement.

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Anglican Church Services

Church Services

Churches St Minver Vicarage Rev Jonathon Mosedale)--- 01208 862398 Warden Mrs E Elliott------- 01208 863905 St Endellion Rectory (Rev Dr John May)--------- 01208 881041 Catholic (Bodmin) ------------01208 72833 (Tintagel)------------------ 01840 770663 (Wadebridge)----------------01208 72833 Methodist (Rock)------------ 01208 863481 (Tintagel)------------------ 01840 770274 (Wadebridge)-------------- 01208 812887 Multi-denominational (Tubestation Polzeath)----- 01208 869200 Quaker (Wadebridge)------- 01208 812336 Doctor / Medical Bridge Medical Centre Wadebridge----01208 812342 Bodmin Hospital ----------- 01208 251300 Drug Helpline-----------------0800 776600 Port Isaac Surgery----------- 01208 880222 Rock Surgery---------------- 01208 862545 Royal Cornwall Hospital----- 01872 250000 Wadebridge Health Centre-- 01208 812222 Libraries Wadebridge----------------- 0300 1234111 Bodmin-----------------------01208 72286 Police Non-urgent calls------------ 08452 777444 Crimestoppers-----------------0800 555111 Emergency Electricity----------------------0800 365900 Gas----------------------------0800 111999 NHS Direct HelpLine--------------0845 4647 Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguard-----999 Samaritans------------------ 08457 909090 Women’s rape/abuse centre---01208 77099 Veterinary and RSPCA G & P J Nute (Wadebridge)- 01208 813258 Fore Street Surgery (Bodmin)-01208 75252 RSPCA (St Columb) Animal Centre -----------

01637 881455 General Numbers Air Ambulance HQ (Roche)-- 01726 890444 Bridge Club (Robert Mabley)-01208 814564 British Legion-St Minver (Fred Prior)------------------ 01208 862543 Cancer Research UK (Jane Bendall)------------- 01208 862113 Carn Awn Singers (Barbara Richards) -------- 01208 880575 Citizens Advice Bureau------08444 99 4188 Cornish Consumers Helpline-0845 650 3122 CRUSE Bereavement support-- 01726 76100 DEFRA----------------------- 01872 265500 Electricity Customer Services---0800 365000 Friends of the Earth - Camel (Tony Wainwright)--------- 01208 880846 John Betjeman Centre------- 01208 812392 Old Cornwall Society Margaret Bartlett ---------- 01208 816307 Padstow Harbour Master---- 01841 532239 Parish Council: Highlands Clerk (Helen Hyland)------------ 01208 812289 Parish Council Lowlands Clerk (Gillian Thompson)-------- 01726 882145 Perceval Institute (Maureen)-01208 863366 Polzeath Area Residents Association (David Short)-------------- 01208 862568 Polzeath Surf Life-Saving Club (Ursula Burgess)----------- 01208 863198 Relate Relationship counselling-------01726 74128 Rock Institute (Allan Caswell)-------- 01208 869420 Rock Lifeboat Station ------- 01208 863033 Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club--------01208 862709 Rock Water Taxi------------- 07778 105297 St Minver & District Garden Society (Jennifer Gordon)---------- 01208 816470


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St Minver Beavers (Alison Cox)----------------- 01208 862839 St Minver Brownies (Kathy Hore)------------- 01208 862340 St Minver Cemetery Committee (Mary Drummond-Dunn)-- 01208 863491 St Minver Cricket Club (Edward Curtiss)----------- 01208 862067 St Minver Cubs (Nigel)----- 01208 815102 St Minver Football Club (Roy Birchwood)----------- 01208 880459 St Minver Flower Show (Joan Cock)---------------- 01208 862144 St Minver Post Office-------- 01208 863366 St Minver Pre-School-------- 01208 869511 St Minver School (Mrs Austin Secretary)----- 01208 862496 St Minver Scouts (Robert Watson)-------------01637 889 190 St Minver Senior Circle (Jo Holt)-------------------- 01208 863993 St Minver Short Mat Bowls (David Gill)---------------- 01208 862440 St Minver Silver Band (Jill Goodright)------------- 01208 880509 St Minver Sunday School (Marjorie Mabyn)---------- 01028 862678 Trebetherick WI (Janet Carter)------------- 01208 869637 Tre-Pol-Pen Hand Bell Ringers (Betty Scroupe)------------ 01208 869003 Wadebridge & District Angling Assoc (Jon Evans)---------------- 01208 812447 Wadebridge & District Camera Club (Pam Hall)----------------- 01208 862957 Wadebridge Choral Society (Annabelle Woolcott))----- 01841 815322 Wadebridge Male Voice Choir (Chris Bartlett)------------- 01208 814468 Wadebridge Post Office ----- 01208 812813 Water Helpline-------------- 0800 1691144

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Rock Television and Electrical Services For all your electrical needs.

01208 863788 Take Home Some Fresh Fish


Take home some fresh fish for your freezer after your holiday. We pack it in an insulated container with crushed ice for your journey. 1 Azime Court, Rock, (opposite Di's Dairy).

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A proper nursery growing plants in a lovely setting Specialities of herbs & herbaceous perennials

Wide range of shrubs, climbers & trees Coastal plants, marginals, bedding & hanging baskets Deliveries by arrangement. Open every day Quality plants, expert advice Laveddon Mill, Bodmin PL30 5JU (between Bodmin & Lanivet on the A389)

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A C U P U N C T U R E is a safe and natural therapy which has been used successfully for thousands of years. Recent clinical studies have shown it to be effective in treating many problems. Find out if it can help you. Guy Nott-Bower MBAcC has trained both in the UK and China. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Skills include acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, TENS, laser acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle advice. He also teaches Tai chi and interprets Mandarin. Book an appointment for a home visit or come to his Clinic in Blisland.

PICTURE FRAMER For all your framing needs including bespoke frames and frame restoration

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Qualified City & Guilds Dog Groomer Ring Kerri 01840 211786 07921 637055

ROCK ROAD, ROCK 01208 862122

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Building Contractors

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 New Builds  Extensions  Renovations  Roofing  Plastering  Patios  Block Driveways  Facias & Gutters Estimates free of charge

Car Park Space Rock Close to the beach

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To meet demand, we require properties of distinction -Rock, Daymer, Trebetherick and Polzeath - for our discerning clients base In return, we offer: • a highly personal service and a local presence; • home office 24/7; • excellent customer service; • personally-supervised changeovers with a dedicated housekeeper for each property; • peace of mind with a complete lettings and management service; • a high-ranking website, supported by offline marketing; • a proven track record of achieving high occupancy rates, strong rental income and 80% return rate.

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Inspirational Home Furnishings

Huge Selection of Giftware Made to Measure Service Fabrics and Curtains Blinds and Poles Cushions Lighting and Furniture Sewing Workshops

Tel: 01208 814023

17 Polmorla Walk, Wadebridge PL27 7NS

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Looking for the perfect holiday venue? We can offer you an excellent selection of handpicked properties in Rock, at Daymer Bay, Trebetherick, Polzeath, and surrounding areas. From the booking service we provide, to the additional services we offer, we can tailormake your perfect holiday

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Farm Shop & Licensed Restaurant

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