St Mabyn Village News

News from the village of St.Mabyn in North Cornwall...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ST MABYN PEACE MEMORIAL HALL TRUST AGM

ST MABYN PEACE MEMORIAL HALL TRUST
Registered Charity No. 300623
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 24th April, 2014 at 7pm

AGENDA

Apologies for absence
Minutes of the last Meeting held on 11th April, 2013
Trustees Report
Treasurer’s Report
Election of four Members
Election of Representative members
Change to Constitution
Any other Business notified to the Secretary
Date of the next AGM

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pencarrow Cricketers at home

Pencarrow Cricketers at home - shaping things to come


Over 80 years ago a local sports journalist who went by the initials L.G.H wrote a newspaper article for a feature called he "Ambling around and about". On this day he described his journey to watch a competitive cricket match at Pencarrow Cricket Club. It's amazing how little this image has changed

"Well, let's look at the fixture list, and pick out a competitive match, for like most sports, cricket is made more interesting when points count. This looks like a good one - Pencarrow v. St Blazey, and we head towards Wadebridge. Down Dunmere Hill, over the bridge, let's go fishing instead. It sure looks inviting, cool water trickling over rocky bottoms, winding through meadow, disappearing in the greenness of the woods. We'll go fishing one of these days.

Up the hill, past the few houses of Washaway - where did that name come from - and swing right at the farm. Say, but listen, you are blinded by the glare of the highway, with the strain of traffic driving. Turn right at the farm some day, drive down this shadowy lane, but drive slowly. Open the windows and let the cool damp air play around hot foreheads, feel the soothing touch of green shaded vision to aching eyes. Go down this lane, where even the hottest days sun's rays are filtered by the leafy canopy, where ferns are ever fresh in their beauty, where now the hedges are a mass of bluebells. And go to the white gate, set well back in the hedge, then a short distance between two hedges and the Pencarrow cricket field opens out".

Pencarrow is going through somewhat of a resurgence, at the heart it is still very much a community, family orientated cricket club, but in this modern day keeping up with the larger clubs has become a bit of a struggle. That's why Pencarrow Cricket Club has been investing time and money into creating a modern day club whilst retaining it's traditional uniqueness.

We have now registered for Clubmark, which will show that we are offering the right environment, which ensures the welfare of members and and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. We have also invested in training additional qualified coaches, who will cover both the under 14s and Young People and Adults. We have also revamped the facilities to ensure they are welcoming.

One thing that remains unchanged in the last 80 years though is Pencarrow's unique position. As L.G.H. wrote of the ground some 80 years ago "Wonderful indeed is the word, for second to none in the Eastern Division is this lovely ground. Almost square, with an area of about four acres, it is apparent that a huge amount of loving work has gone into the job of bringing this pitch to its present state of perfection".

This season we will be delivering a summer programme of cricket, we are offering competitive cricket through both our Saturday league fixtures as well as some more 'friendly' midweek evening cricket. Each week we will also be providing coaching at the ground, further details of which will be published on our website.

Why not find out more about our community cricket club, come along and get involved.  In the words of L.G.H. "Let's sit in the shade of the pavilion and feast our eyes. We saw the beauty of the trees from inside as we came down the lane, now we see them from the outside, as they wind around the fields. Every shade of green, from tenderest shoot to withering branch, there the bare branches of dead trees only emphasise the beauty of their neighbours. The Pencarrow Club has always been the mecca of cricket enthusiasts from a wide area, for here the ball runs true, and batsman and bowlers alike, to say nothing of the keeper, appreciate the fine qualities of the pitch. Not only from a playing point of view, but from the pleasant association of the home folk do visiting players enjoy the fixtures at Pencarrow".

Thursday, April 10, 2014

St Mabyn Garden Club


Following a lively AGM on 9th April, when John Lobb (Chairman ) and Venning Davey (President) reviewed  the 2013 – 2014 programme of visits and speakers,  and elections were held for Officers and Committee, the members enjoyed an introductory talk by Tom Bray on the Haywood Cider Farm in St Mabyn. The Club plan to visit the farm on 10th September and it was most enjoyable to have (literally) a “taster” of things to come! A local business venture Tom is rightly very proud of, he talked enthusiastically about his progress so far. His knowledge of apple trees and cider brewing – initially a hobby he has turned into a business – is extensive and still growing.

The Chairman also extended an open invitation to anyone keen on gardening to join the 30 odd club members going by coach to Marwood Hill Gardens near Barnstable on Wed 21st May for the annual all day outing. Please ring Greta on 01208 841160 for details.
At the meeting close John Lobb reminded the members of the next speaker spot on 14th May – Trevor Wiltshire on  ‘Flowers of Crete’. Usual  time and venue – 7.30 in the village hall. Annual membership subscription of £7.00 will also be due then and details of the programme for the next season will be available.
Happy gardening!

Margo Kirkwood exhibition


Exhibition of mainly landscape paintings ranging in price from £4 to £550.  All welcome

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

1906 postcard of St Mabyn


In memory of Melynda Clarke's mother Isobel Irving Flay, who loved St. Mabyn and lived in Tredinnick House since 1951, then in later life at Lane End Cottage until her death in 2007.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Post Office under new ownership

A big welcome to the new Post Office owners Pete and Alison Holmes.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL minutes for March 2014

ST MABYN PARICH COUNCIL                                 03/2014
Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.
Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), M Grigg (Vice Chairman), Mrs P Lloyd, Mrs C Bray, D Masters, R Chadwick, S Collpo, M Menhneitt, R Clark.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Two members of the public
PC Laurie O’Toole and PCSO Linda Thomas (Police Neighbourhood Officers)

1.Public Session:  The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited the members of the public to address the Council if they so wished.   The public stated they had attended to listen to the meeting.
Police:  PC Laurie O’Toole introduced PCSO Linda Thomas the newly appointed Neighbourhood Officer for Bodmin and the rural parishes.  PC O’Toole had responded to the Parish Councils letter sent to the Chief Constable. One criminal incident was reported over the past month being the theft of power tools from a shed at Greenwix.  PCSO Thomas had spent time in the village and would be looking at vehicle speeds and asked the Council to consider talking to Cornwall Council Highways about traffic calming and additional speed limit signs through the village.  Along with the speed checks a vehicle survey exercise were being planned.  PCSO Thomas had visited the school who were interested in a school speed watch whereby the children would become involved, and Councillors were also invited to attend.  It was hoped that speeding issues could be addressed with a six month period.
With regard to the parking on the highway and pavement outside the pub, the officers explained the civil enforcement laws on parking  and that these can only be pursued when the offence was being witnessed.  PCSO Thomas could identify parked vehicles and speak to the owners. 
The white transit van parking on the verge at Greenwix was reported.  Cllr Mrs C Bray had spoken to the owner of the cottage who felt the land belonged to the property.
PCSO Thomas could not use the large mobile police surgery van but would visit the village in a car and the meeting talked about holding the surgeries in the hall or an alternative venue whereby the public would not feel vulnerable sitting in a police vehicle. The Council agreed to trial this for a six month period when a Councillor could also be available to the public to report any Council matters.
PCSO Thomas had met Mr David Bishop about the ‘St Mabyn Hub’. 
(PC O’Toole and PCSO Thomas left the meeting) Councillors expressed their confidence in this police report and looked forward to moving forward having experienced some negative outcomes in the past.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllr Mrs A Martin.
3.  Members Declarations of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.
4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 4th February 2014, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.
5.  Matters Arising: 
Item 5  (10) – Environment Agency:  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that problems continued with the sewage treatment plant at Mabena Lea.  There was no alarm on the pumping station, and it was felt that samples were not being taken at the correct times.  Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council) had been contacted.
A response had been received from the Environment Agency following the Parish Councils response to the application for the sewage treatment plant serving the houses at Mabena Lea.
There was still a question as to why Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency gave permission for the development knowing that the disposal of the treated sewage should not be deposited into the open road drains.

Item 11 – To discuss options of car parking in the village:  Cllr M Grigg reported that the head teacher of the School and the Academy were investigating the options of parking facilities.
The pre-school now longer operated in the Hall and were to move to a building within the school premises.
It was suggested that a joint meeting with all parties be held to discuss the plans for the future and how the matter is going to be addressed and monitored.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:  There were no planning applications presented for consideration and no decisions reported.

Planning Appeal: 
PA13/07973  INRG Solar Ltd have appealed against Cornwall Councils decision to refuse the Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar array and associated equipment on land at Kelly Green, St Tudy.

Planning Matters:
The Clerk had read an email from a local resident thinking to resubmit a planning application for a dwelling.  The Council agreed to await the submission of an application before making any comment. 

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Partnership – Footpaths:  The Council agreed to remain in the Cornwall Council Maintenance Scheme for the 2014/2015 year.
It was noted that the lift bar of the stile on footpath 544/7/3 had broken.

9.  Playing Field – Inspection Report:  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that drinks cans had been thrown around the field.   Cllr S Collop agreed to inspect the field for the forthcoming month.
It was noted that a van was regularly parking in the main entrance to the playing field during the evening / night time.

10.  Correspondence:
Police reply:  Cllr R Clark reported that the police attendance this evening had addressed the matters raised in the letter.  It was noted that the Crime Commissioner was to hold local surgeries on the 14th and 26th March 2014.
Cornwall Council:  Free parking for half an hour in Cornwall Council car parks from 1st March – 20th April 2014
Cornwall Association of Local Council:  Information on the consultation on the Local Audit and Accountability Act.
The Planning Inspectorate: Notification on an application by Cornwall Council for an Order granting development consent for the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement.
The Council agreed to support this application to enable the dualing of this section of the A30
Came & Company Parish Council Insurance:  Invite for a one to one meeting to review the policy.
11.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available:  Date of next Meeting, 13th March 2014.
Provision of Notice Board in Station Road:  Nothing to report.
To confirm the appointment of contractors for 2014/2015 for grass cutting work / agency agreement grass cutting / footpath trimming / public toilet and bus shelter cleaning.
Grass Cutting -  The current contractor Country Garden South West were happy to continue with this work.  Councillors agreed to accept the slight increase in costs and agreed to pay additional costs if the Parish Council requested that the grass be picked up.
Agency Agreement Grass Cutting – contractor confirmed at the last meeting.
CC LMP Footpath Trimming – contractor confirmed at the last meeting.
Public Toilet and Bus Shelter Cleaning – Ms McNary had accepted the contract for a further year.

12. Parish Matters /Any other Business: 
Roadside kerbs – Kerbs along the footpath adjacent to the St Mabyn Inn had been dislodged / broken by vehicles parking on the pavement.
Clerks Annual Appraisal – The Staffing Committee will liaise with the Clerk and carry out the annual appraisal.
Hedge Damage – A large lorry delivering a holiday lodge to St Mabyn Holiday Park had damaged the hedge in Longstone Road.  This was a matter for the landowners to discuss with the holiday park owners.
Parish Clock – Cllr D Masters had the materials to fit onto the clock to enable it to be regularly oiled.
Street Light – Cllr D Masters will clarify the amount needed to be paid to the St Mabyn Inn for the electricity costs for the street light on the path between the public house and the church.

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 1st April 2014 (Annual Parish and Parish Council Meetings).
14.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.20pm.
15.  Closed Session:  No closed session required.
                                                                                  Dated:  1st April 2014  

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

New Pre-School

Pre-School update
The Glebe committee have agreed to lease some land at the side of our playground for a new preschool. They have also agreed to use another part of a field as a car-park. The school is currently working on designs for the structure and are hoping to be able to secure some funding for the build as it may be classed as a community project.
More details later - they may be needing some offers of help!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Local band The Chainsaws to play in Village Hall


Local "Death Metal" band The Chainsaws are booked to appear at the Village Hall on 28th June. Earplugs might be required! Full details later.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lovely old photos of St Mabyn


Agnes Hoskin kindly let me copy some of her wonderful photographs. This is Howard Hoskin's threshing machine.

See lots more here...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/513385642110246/

Monday, March 24, 2014

Theft from Church

Please phone with any information on 101 or e-mail general.enquiries@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
Officers are investigating a report of a burglary in St Mabyn Church

This was committed sometime between Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March 2014.

A collection box was damaged and items stolen include a painting "The Deposition of Christ" and a Police Truncheon.

If you have any information relating to this burglary please phone 101 quoting crime BB/14/458.
photograph  Andy Titcomb

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL minutes February

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. A FInnamore (Chairman), M Grigg (Vice Chairman), Mrs C Bray, Mrs A Martin (nee Bunney),  R Chadwick, S Collop, M Menhenitt.

Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council)

1.Public Session:  There were no members of the public present.

Cornwall Council:  Cllr J Rowe reported on the forthcoming years Cornwall Council budget and the further cuts that needed to be made.  The number of Directors and Management Staff will be reduced.
The government continued to debate the capping of precepts for Town and Parish Council’s.
A question was raised about the dog warden service and Cllr Rowe clarified that the number of wardens had been reduced and therefore each warden now covered a larger area.

Police:  No report received.  It was noted that PCSO Lloyd Paynter had moved stations and was now based in St Blazey.  A new PCSO will be appointed to cover the rural areas.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. Mrs P Lloyd, R Clark, D Masters.

3.  Members Declarations of Interest:  Cllr M Menhenitt declared an interest on Agenda Item 6 – Planning Applications PA13/1697.

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the  7th January 2014, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman following an amendment to those present (Mrs C Bray not Mrs C Grigg).

5.  Matters Arising: 
Item 10 – Environment Agency Consultation on an environment permit application for the sewage treatment plant serving the Mabena Lea development.  It was noted that the smells continued to come
up from the manholes. The Environment Agency had been informed of this.

Item 12 – Greenwix Junction – The white van continued to park on the grass verge at the junction.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA13/1697  Mr & Mrs A Kellow, Treveglos Farm, St Mabyn –
Extension of dry cow loose housing within yard at Treveglos Farm.
Cllr M Menehnitt abstained.  Support.

Planning Decisions:
PA13/07973  Land at Kelly Green, St Tudy – Notification of an appeal by the applicant against Cornwall Councils decision to refuse the application for the Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic array and associated works.
Planning Matters:
2009/00521 AD & SW Kellow, Treveglos Farm, St Mabyn – Construction of a young stock / calf rearing shed.  It was reported that Condition 2 (planting) on this application had not been adhered to.  The Planning Officer Enforcement Section had been notified in the past and will be contacted again.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

2012/2013 Audited Accounts:  The Clerk notified Councillors of the audit return and the completion of the audit for the 2012/2013 financial year.

Bank Mandate Form:  Councillors were asked to complete the bank mandate form to include updated signatories.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths:  Nothing to report.

9.  Playing Field – Inspection Reports  - update on maintenance work:  Cllr R Clark had completed the recent inspection but was unable to attend the meeting to give  verbal report.  
Cllr A Finnamore offered to complete the inspections for the forthcoming month.

10.  Correspondence:
o   Cornwall Council – Information on the consultation of the future of affordable housing
(31st January – 14th March 2014)
o   Cornwall Council – Notification of temporary road closure at Station Road to Dinhams Bridge on 17th – 21st February 2014 for tree works.
o   The Planning Inspectorate – Information on the application by Cornwall Council for an Order granting Development Consent for the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement and an invitation to a preliminary meeting on the 6th February 2014.

11.  To Agree / Discuss:
o   Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available:  Notes from the December 2013 meeting were available.  The next meeting was scheduled for the 13th March 2014.
o   Provision of a Parish Council notice board in Station Road:  Nothing to report.
o   St Mabyn Memorial Hall Committee – Confirmation of constitution for the committee:  The Clerk had received an email from the Secretary of the Hall Committee.  Cllr Mrs A Martin had assisted the Clerk in obtaining a copy of the constitution.  Cllr M Grigg offered to become the Parish Council representative on this Committee.
o   Appointment of Contractors for 2014/2015 for grass cutting work / agency grass cutting / footpath trimming / public toilet and bus shelter cleaning. 
The Clerk was awaiting a reply from the grass cutting contractor (County Garden SW) as to the contract price for the forthcoming year. 
The Chairman confirmed that the contractor would continue with the agency agreement work.  It was noted that Mr David Barnes would continue with the footpath trimming.
Ms McNary will be offered the cleaning contract for 2014/2015.
o   To discuss the options of car parking in the village:  Cllr M Grigg reported on the pre-school Ofsted report and the lack of outside play facilities and parking.  Options to change the entrance to the public toilets was discussed.  The school, now part of an academy may address the facilities needed and parking matters. It was agreed to wait for the academy to contact the Parish Council should they need to do so.

12.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:
o   Highway matters – The ditches at the edge of the carriageway along the Longstone Road required cleaning to prevent further flooding along this road. 
o   South West Water - A water hydrant outside Glebe Cottage had sunken and required reinstating.
o   Dog Fouling -  It was noted that some dog owners were picking up after their pets but then throwing the bag of dog faeces into the hedge.

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 4th March 2014.

14.  To close the Meeting to the public:  There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.40pm.

15.  Closed Session:  Minutes separately recorded

With thanks to J. Hoskin (Parish Clerk)       

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL minutes January

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 7thJanuary 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), M Grigg (Vice Chairman), Mrs A Martin, Mrs C Bray,
R Clark, M Menhenitt, R Chadwick.

Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
                                    Three members of the public

1.Public Session:  The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and invited the members of the public to address the Council if they so wished.
Items reported included:-
o   The dog bins overflowing.  The Chairman reported this had been reported and was due to changes in the collection times over the Christmas / New Year period.
o   The excavated trench in Wadebridge Road required ‘topping up’.
o   The potholes near the junction with the B3266.
o   A vehicle accident near Dinhams Bridge where the driver had swerved to miss a tractor had hit a bad pothole (St Kew parish)
o   The weeds encroaching over the brick paved area in the Burial Ground (The Council agreed to instruct the contractor to weed spray this area when weather conditions improve).

Cornwall Council – No report received.

Police:  No report received.  The Clerk had received the 2014 visit dates for the police mobile surgery.  These will be displayed on the notice boards.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. Mrs P Lloyd, S Collop, J Rowe (Cornwall Council).

3.  Members Declarations of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 3rd December 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising: 
Item 1 – Public Session:  The Clerk will follow up the report of the missing signs.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters: There were no applications presented for consideration at this meeting.

Planning Decisions:
PA13/09321  Miss Nicholls, 29 Greenwix Parc, St Mabyn –Convert garage int0 a habitable room – Approved.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 3 of these minutes.

8.  CC LMP Footpaths:  Nothing to report.

9.  Playing Field:  The repairs and maintenance work had now been completed.  The junior goal posts have been repaired and placed on the village green, the site originally chosen for this equipment.
Cllr R Clark offered to carry out the inspections for the forthcoming month.

10. Correspondence:
o   Environment Agency – Consultation on an environmental permit application for the sewage treatment plant serving the Mabena Lea development  at St Mabyn, the Operator being Linden Homes:  The Council approved the response drafted by Cllrs. Mrs A Martin and M Menhenitt.
o   Cornwall Council – Information on Traffic Management for Community Events.
o   NHS Peninsula Community Health – Annual Review 2011-2013 and Newsletter.
o   Letters from a parishioner continued to be received and forwarded to the Cornwall Council Legal Department.

11.  To Agree / Discuss: 
·       Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting:  No report available.
·       The condition of the Public Toilets and the current cleaning contract:  The toilets were reported to be clean and tidy.  Councillors agreed to monitor the facilities for the next month and discuss the contract for the 2014/2015 year at the next meeting.
·       Provision of a Parish Council Notice Board in Station Road:  The Clerk will follow up the enquiry with Cornwall Council seeking permission to erect an additional notice board in Station Road.
·       St Mabyn Memorial Hall Committee – to appoint a Councillor to attend the next meeting in January 2014:  Following an email from the Chairman of the Hall Committee concerning the appointment of a Parish Council representative on the Committee. Cllr Mrs A Martin offered to liaise with the Clerk and obtain a copy of the constitution for the Hall Committee.
·       Appointment of contractors for 2014/2015 for grass cutting / agency grass cutting / footpath trimming / public toilet and bus shelter cleaning:
It was unanimously agreed that the existing grass cutting contractor be offered the contract for a further year, with the amendment that the grass be picked up when conditions are such that it will not wilt.  The contractor will be invited to provide a cost for the removal of the grass.

It was agreed to offer the agency grass cutting work and footpath trimming work to the current contractors.

The contract for the public toilet and bus shelter cleaning to be discussed at the next meeting on 4th February 2014.

12.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:
·       Parish Website – It was noted that Parish Council information on the parish website was not up to date in respect of the start time of the meetings.
·       Agenda – Cllr R Clark had received a report that the dates on the agenda for this meeting were incorrect and the agenda had been displayed in the notice board but not in a level position, and a picture of this had been posted on the parish website.
·       Greenwix Junction:   A white van was continually parking on the verge at the Greenwix junction causing a visibility obstruction and damage to the grassed area.  A letter will be sent to the householder.
·       Highway matters – A ‘dip’ in the surface road by the water hydrant in Station Road, just below Greenwix will be reported.  The surface of the road between Trevilder and Slades required some repair work.  Cormac solutions had dealt with a report of mud on the road from Highgates to Dinhams Bridge.
·       Provision of Parking in the Village:  Agreed to place this item on the agenda for the next meeting.

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

14.  To close the Meeting to the public:  There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50pm.

15.  Closed Session:   No Closed Session held.

16.  To close the Meeting:  Meeting closed.



With thanks to J. Hoskin (Parish Clerk)   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hit and run?



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Plen-an-Gwari at St Mabyn?

Rod Lyon, former Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd searching for  ‘lost’ theatrical rounds of Cornwall, has found clues for a Plen-an-Gwari at St Mabyn. The location is the field known as Long Sentry field next to the school.

Read more

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Parish Council minutes of January meeting




Sunday, March 02, 2014

Interested in spirituality?

You are welcome to join a free 6 week course at one of these venues:
Trelowarth Watergate Lane 10.30-12 starting 6/3 -led by Dave Elkington
Many Views Longstone Road  7- 8.30 starting 8/3 – led by Steve Williams

Each session will be based on a clip from the film 'The Way' starring Martin Sheen followed by discussion, study and quiet meditation.
Sheen  plays a father, who makes a pilgrimage across Northern Spain -following the death of his son.
During the journey he meets many fellow travellers and many questions about spirituality are raised.
RJ

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cornwall Farm Business Awards

Good luck to Andrew and Sally Kellow of Trevglos Farm, St Mabyn who have been short-listed for the Best Dairy Farmer award (sponsored by Rodda’s) and Richard Martin who has been short-listed for Best Young Farmer (sponsored by Francis Clark).

Linda Irwin in the news

Linda Irwin a nurse who rushed to a Wadebridge pharmacy to get pain relief medication for a dying patient has been fined for leaving her car in the town centre for just three minutes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dung run

ST MABYN Young Farmers are selling dung in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and the Children's Hospice South West.
They will be delivering on Sunday, February 23, to Helland, St Kew Highway, St Tudy, St Mabyn and St Breward, and other areas if requested. The dung is £1.50 per bag.
Contact Dan Honey, chairman, on 07805 859661 for more information or to place an order.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dinham's Hill closed for tree trimming


Friday, February 14, 2014

Want to reduce your energy bills?

An independent advice and information session is being held in St Mabyn Village Hall on Monday 17 February 9am-12noon.

It's for people who want to cut the cost of their electricity bills and may be finding it difficult to keep warm at home.

It will cover: -
üswitching energy suppliers to save money
üfinding out about free insulation offers

The session is free and confidential, and the advice is independent. It's being held by the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network as part of the Big Energy Savings Network.

If possible, please bring along a recent electricity bill. WREN can refund petrol and bus costs to the session. There's no need to book – just come along to the village hall on Monday.

If you can't make the St Mabyn date, you can come along to another session in Wadebridge: -

§ Tuesday 18 February, 1-4 pm at The Exchange, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge
§ Wednesday 19 February, 1-4 pm at Wadebridge Children’s Centre.
§ Monday 24 February, 9am-12 noon at The Exchange, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge
§ Wednesday 26 February, 6-8pm at The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge
§ Saturday 1 March, 9am-12.30pm at The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Post Office turn of the last century


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Robbie Jones exhibition

Robbie Jones will be exhibiting at the National Trust cafe in Boscastle, don't miss it!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

St Mabyn Garden Club.


Despite the  awful weather, St Mabyn Garden Club are looking forward to the next guest speaker – who should bring some cheer to our gloomy days. 
Mick Martin will be enthusing about ‘Snowdrops’ so join us in the village hall St Mabyn at 7.30  on Wed 12th Feb.
 
With planning for the Sept 2014 to May 2015 programme soon starting, ideas for speaker topics/visits/events etc are needed, so bring them to the 12th Feb meeting or ring Sec Greta on 01 208 841160. 

St Mabyn Village Hall

St Mabyn Village Hall now has it's own website

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tony Hallworth

Local man Tony Hallworth has had a song written about him called " The Last Rider" by Seth Lakeman. 
Read the This is Cornwall article.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

'Allo 'Allo reviewed by Tony Gregan


page 36 of January edition of North Cornwall Advertiser

20 QUESTIONS with St Mabyn's Tom Bray

Tom is in the Cornish Guardian today


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Using The Internet Safely and with Confidence course

St Breward Institute & War Memorial Hall are currently running free courses on 'Using The Internet Safely and with Confidence', together with a community Internet Drop one day a week, both in the Community Hall. These course are over a five week period and are completely free, the Drop In is £1 a visit, including tea and biscuits. For more details contact the Hall Secretary, Veronica Stansfield 01208 850727 email veronicastansfield@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Brian Smallworth

St Mabyn's Brian Smallworth is in the news having been nominated for a prestigious prize at the UK Coaching Awards in London.
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Monday, January 06, 2014

Parish Council meeting Agenda for January

The minutes of the December meeting slightly obscured by January's agenda.

WASSAIL!


This Saturday night 11th January at 7pm there is a Wassail in the orchards at Haywood Farm, followed by mulled cider and stew in the cider house. Wassailing is an ancient custom used to thank the apple trees and the earth for past and future crops and to ward off evil spirits! It involves meeting in the cider house and drinking mulled cider until we're sufficiency prepared to proceed to the orchard. We shall go to the oldest apple tree on the farm where we shall perform some random activities which constitute a wassail, hopefully some traditional wassail songs will be sung, more cider drank and then we shall trip back to the cider house for cider, stew and whatever! 
Everyone welcome, will need to charge to cover the food and drink, thirsty, hungry sorts £12.50, dieting drivers... not a lot and children free. If anyone would like to do any research and contribute to the evening in anyway feel free! It's all new to me so any input appreciated. Warm clothes and wellies essential. Dress like a lunatic if you like. Need to know rough numbers for food so message me or phone me if you're keen. 07919 182196. Wassail is also used as a 'good health' greeting, so happy new year and wassail! Tom

The Red Cords


Garage rock doesn't come any better than local band The Red Cords check them out.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Rainbow over St Mabyn

Boxing Day St Mabyn from Highgates

Friday, December 20, 2013

Lost an iPad lead?

I found an iPad lead in Watergate Lane last night please email if you have lost one.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

St Mabyn Inn flying the flag


Parish Council agenda for December meeting


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jago exhibiting at Boscastle


For the whole of December you can see local illustrator Jago's  work exhibited at the National Trust Cafe in Boscastle. He's the first in a monthly rotation of artists from the Cruel & Curious Sea exhibition that took place at Stowe Barton earlier in the year... It's a lovely venue, so pop in for a coffee.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wreath Making masterclass

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Solar Farm at At St Tudy

CORNWALL councillors have overruled planning officers and turned down proposals for a solar farm at St Tudy.

Cornish Crumpets

Angesalle Haslam-Hopwood and Becca Cecil-Wright from St Mabyn are in the news!
As part of a  group called The Cornish Crumpets they raised more than £1,500 in sponsorship for charities, including SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death), Children in Need and the Contented Dementia Trust.

Friday, November 15, 2013

ST MABYN GARDEN CLUB

A very full November meeting saw members and visitors enjoying an illustrated talk by Liskeard “Yellow Book” gardener Mike Stephens entitled ‘Herbs for the Kitchen’. A Q/A session followed the talk, plus plant sales, raffle, tea and refreshments.
Chairman John Lobb reminded  the meeting that the next get together is the Christmas Party (for members) on Wed 11th Dec at 7.15 for 7.30, where there will be a bring and share buffet, quiz, entertainment and – hopefully – some surprises too!  Remember to bring a wine glass!
A further reminder for members was given by the Chairman for the Sat 7th Dec Mistletoe Fair in the village hall from 12 to 4pm. The Garden Club will have a fund raising stall, so bring along your surplus plants, divided shrubs, cuttings, potted bulbs etc to be sold for club funds.
The next formal Club meeting will be Wed 8th of January at 7.30 with speaker Martin Lake on ‘Managing Compost’, where members old and new and visitors will be warmly welcomed.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL October 2013

 Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 1st October 2013 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.
Present:  Cllrs. M Grigg (Vice Chairman),  Mrs A Bunney, Mrs P Lloyd, M Menhenitt, R Clarke, R Chadwick, Mrs C Bray, S Collop.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Thirteen members of the public
In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr M Grigg (Vice Chairman) conducted the business for this meeting.
1.Public Session:  Members of the public had attended the meeting to raise their concerns about the proposed wind turbine at Treblethick Farm (PA11/10027 for Mr Ian Lobb).  The Council reiterated that this application was not on the agenda and not available for further consultation as the process had been carried out in December 2011 / January 2012.  However, Councillors respected the comments made and the fact that some residents were not living in the village when the application was first presented.
Despite comments that the applications process had not been carried out correctly the Clerk confirmed that the planning department had followed the consultation process as with all applications but the application had been pending for several months and the applicant had now decided to proceed.
The previous comments from the Parish Council objecting to this application would be considered.
This application was being presented to the Cornwall Council Planning Committee on the 7th October 2013 and members of the public were encouraged to write directly to the planning department expressing their objections.

Other matters raised were the results of the traffic speed check.  The Clerk reported that the Radar Class figures had been received from Cornwall Council and were available at the meeting for the public to read.
Dog Fouling continued to be problem around the village.  A request for more dog bins was made, and locations of the existing bins was explained.
Police:  No report received.
Cornwall Council: No report received.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. A Finnnamore (Chairman) and Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council).

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4.   Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting and Closed Session held on the 3rd September 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Vice Chairman.

5.   Matters Arising:
Item 1 Police  - The Council approved the letter drafted by Cllr R Clarke to be sent to the Chief Constable.
Item 6 Planning Matters PA11/10027 Mr Ian Lobb, Treblethick Farm – Installation of a 50kw wind turbine.  Councillors considered the comments made in the public session of this meeting and agreed that many months had passed since the consultation process.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to the planning department expressing these concerns and asking that the consultation process be repeated to enable new residents to comment, should they wish to do so.
Cllr S Collop agreed to attend the Cornwall Council planning committee meeting on the 7th October 2013 and reiterate the concerns brought to the Parish Council by local residents.
Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA13/07973  (neighbouring parish)  INRG Solar Ltd, Land at Kelly Green Farm, St Tudy –
Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar arrays together with inverter stations, landscaping, stock fencing, security measures, access gate and ancillary infrastructure.
The Parish Council resolved to strongly object to this application owing to the visual impact it would have on the landscape, and to object to the misuse of good agricultural land that would be taken out of production should this be permitted.  St Mabyn Parish Council fully supported the objections submitted by St Tudy Parish Council.

Planning Decisions:   No decisions reported.
Item 9 Playing Field:  Cllrs.M Menhenitt and M Grigg will liaise to carry out the trimming of the boundary hedges.
Item 13 – To appoint a Parish Council representative onto the Memorial Hall Committee:  Councillors were advised that the next Hall meeting was being held on the 17th October 2013. The Chairman will be asked to attend if other Councillors are unable to do so.
Item 13 – Provision of electricity to street light on path between Church and St Mabyn Inn:  The Clerk reported that the Chairman had spoken with the new owners of the St Mabyn Inn and they were happy to keep the electricity supply connection for the street light on their premises.
7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issues as Part 2 of these minutes.
8.  CC Local Maintenance Project - Footpaths:  Nothing to report.
9.  Playing Field – Inspection Reports:  Cllrs R Clarke and M Menhenitt reported on the inspections recently completed.  The bins had been emptied but there was litter around the field. The barrier outside the main entrance gates had been damaged and broken off.
The Clerk reported that Outdoor Play People would carry out an assessment of the work required to the equipment and surface areas
Local resident Mrs Halworth continued to dump rubbish from her garden into the playing field, ignoring previous letters asking her not to do this.  Cllr Mrs C Bray has also endeavored to contact her, without success.   A further letter will be sent also indicating that the Parish Council will seek to recover costs should they have to pay a contractor to remove any garden rubbish.
The bag of salt at the entrance will now be dumped and costs will be obtained for a grit bin, filled with salt.
10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Cornwall Core Strategy document, the advantages of creating a parish plan / development order and to consider forming a committee. 
The Clerk and Cllr M Menhenitt will attend the Neighbourhood Planning Seminar on the 3rd October 2013 and report back.
11.  Correspondence: 
Superfast Cornwall -  Notification of the Superfast Cornwall Fund for local businesses.
12.  Parish Council Vacancy.  No applications received.  The vacancy will continue to be advertised.
13.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available:  No report received.
Update following the problems with the sewage system from Mabena Lea:  Nothing to report.
The Parish Council agreed to monitor this.
The report by Cornwall Council following the traffic monitoring exercise in Station Road. As reported under Item 1 of this meeting the speed radar figures had been received and did not identify any serious speeding problems.  However, it was felt that the recording data was incorrectly positioned too far down the road.
To consider providing a Parish Council Notice Board in Station Road:  Cllr M Menhenitt will contact Cormac Solutions (Highways) to seek their consent to erect a new notice board on the pavement against the hedge and next to the existing notice board.
Provision of electricity to street light on path between Church and St Mabyn Inn:  Discussed under Agenda Item 5 of this meeting.
14.  Parish Matters / Any other Business: 
a)  Western Greyhound 561 Bus Service:  It was reported that this daily bus service was to be withdrawn leaving no public transport visiting the village, local areas and towns.  It was agreed to send a letter to the bus company seeking clarification, and copy this to the Cornwall Councillor responsible for transport.
b)  Public Toilets:  A report had been received about the condition of the public toilets, the standard of maintenance being carried out, and facilities provided.  Councillors were asked to look at the toilets and agreed that this item be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
15.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 5th November 2013.
16.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business for this meeting the  Vice Chairman asked Councillors to remain for a closed session.  The time being 9.08pm  
17.  Closed Session – to discuss further confidential correspondence and advice received from the County Council Solicitor and any other outside organisations.  To consider payment to the Clerk for additional hours worked dealing with legal matters and to consider the reimbursement of any expenses incurred by Councillors during this time.  Minutes recorded separately.

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL September 2013


Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 3rd September 2013 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman),  Mrs A Bunney, Mrs P Lloyd, Mrs C Bray,  M Menhenitt, R Clark.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
                             Five members of the public
                             PCSO Lloyd Paynter (Police Neighbourhood Officer) arrived at 8.35pm.

1.Public Session:  The Chairman invited the members of the public to address the Council if they so wished.  Local residents were awaiting the results of the recent traffic monitoring process at Station Road, and expressed their disappointment In the lack of help from the police and other organisations. Parking around the village, particularly around the areas of the public house and school were also a problem.  It was agreed the information collated from the ‘black box’ monitoring be obtained.

Mrs Barry had read with interest the letter placed on the notice board, being a response to parishioners who had signed a recent petition.   Mrs Barry, a past Councillor herself, expressed  her support to the Parish Council, stating that it would be helpful if matters contained in the “closed session’ minutes could be explained within the minutes of the main council meetings.  Also Mrs Barry stated it would be helpful to the public if Councillors details were publicised.  Cllr R Clarke stated that only a few parishioners attended the Parish Council meetings and on most occasions they left after the public session.
It was confirmed that the Council would not be setting up a Neighbourhood Plan committee at this meeting.

Mr Tim Martin indicated that he was considering reducing the size of a wind turbine for Trethick Farm from 77 meters to 47 meters, and asked Councillors their views.  The Chairman stated that consideration to the proposal could only be discussed if and when an amended or new planning application was submitted.

                                           (Four members of the public left the meeting)

Cornwall Council:  No report received.

Police:  Cllr PCSO Lloyd Paynter arrived at 8.35pm and presented his report.  There were no reported crimes for the past month.  PCSO Paynter  stated that PCSO could not issue parking fines but PC’S or senior officer could do so.  Cornwall Council now managed parking on yellow lines.
PCSO Paynter was happy to arrange a speed checks along Station Road although this was a non enforceable exercise. Cornwall Council controlled the budget and management of speed cameras.
Flashing speed advisory signs had an impact on some drivers.
Cllr R Clark agreed to draft a letter to be sent to the Chief Constable.

                                 (PCSO Paynter left the meeting at 9.05pm)

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllr M Grigg (Vice Chairman), R Chadwick, S Collop.

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 6th August 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising:  There were no matters arising from the Minutes.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA13/07110  St Mabyn Inn and Restaurant, Churchtown, St Mabyn –
Proposed refurbishment to include conversion of storage areas to kitchen and restaurant.  Demolition of existing sub-standard wash up area to create internal toilets and rear access passage.
Support, as recommended by the Planning Committee.

Planning Matters –
PA11/10027 Mr I Lobb, Treblethick Farm, St Mabyn – Installation of a 50kw micro generation wind turbine on a 29.6 metre monopole tower with three blades and a rotor diameter of 20.9 metres.
The Clerk had received and email from the Cornwall Council planning officer on the 15th August 2013, stating that this application was being recommended for approval and asked if the Parish Council had changed their views.  The Council had not changed their recommendation to object – it was agreed to defer this, if possible to the next meeting.

Planning Decisions:  No decisions reported.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths:  Nothing to report.

9.  Playing Field – Inspection Reports- Email from resident regarding equipment / entrance:
Cllrs M Menhneitt and R Clark had completed the recent inspections and Cllr R Clark presented the report. It was agreed to ask the Outdoor Play People to carry out repairs required to the equipment.
Cllr M Grigg will be asked to organise the trimming of the boundary hedges.
Cllrs M Menhenitt and R Clark agreed to carry out the inspections for the forthcoming month.
It was agreed that during busy times of the year inspections be carried out on a weekly basis and possibly two weekly during the autumn/ winter months.

10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Cornwall Core Strategy document, the advantages of creating a parish plan / development order and to consider forming a committee:
Cllrs. Mrs P Lloyd, A Bunney and the Clerk will attend the Cornwall Council seminar on Neighbourhood Planning on the 3rd October 2013.  Cllr S Collop will also be invited to attend.

11.  Correspondence:
Cornwall Council – Information on meetings to discuss Community Emergency Planning;
Cornwall Council – Driving safer for longer workshop at Bodmin on 18th September 2013
Cornwall Council – Public meetings to discuss the forthcoming County Council budget at Wadebridge on 13th September 2013 and Bodmin on the 12th September.

12.  Parish Council Vacancy – to consider applications and co-option:  No applications received.

13.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network meeting, if available:  No report, the next meeting will be held on the 12th September 2013.
Update following the problems with the sewage system from the Mabena Lea development: Cllr M Menhenitt reported that the Environment Agency were monitoring the situation and liaising with the developer to resolve the problems.
Dog Bins and frequency of emptying:  Bins should be emptied once a week, and it was noted that this had been done.
To appoint a Parish Council representative onto the Memorial Hall Committee:  It was agreed that any member of the Parish Council would attend the Hall meetings, if available.
To consider providing a Parish Council notice board in Station Road: Cllr M Menhenitt agreed to contact Cornwall Council (Cormac Solutions) seeking their approval to place a new board alongside the existing board.
Provisions of electricity to street light on path between Church and St Mabyn Inn: The St Mabyn Inn public house had been sold and the outbuildings were to be converted. The supply to the street light was currently connected to their supply.  The Chairman agreed to speak to the new landlords to see if they were happy to keep this arrangement.  Alternatively the supply could be wired from another source.

14.  Parish Matters / Any other Business: 
Grass Cutting Contractor:  The contractor will be asked not to obstruct the pavement having parked alongside a drop kerb restricting access for mobility scooters, baby buggies etc.
Street Lights:  Some street lights were being obscured by overhanging trees. Councillors were asked to provide the Clerk with the street light numbers and Cornwall Council will be notified.
Helland Bridge to B3266:  Overgrown trees in this area will be reported to Cornwall Council, requesting that landowners be asked to trim roadside hedges.

15.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 1st October 2013.

16.  To Close the Meeting to the public – Closed Session:  The meeting was closed to the public.  The time was 9.25pm.

17.  Closed Session:  Minutes recorded separately.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Parish Council minutes?

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Remembrance Day


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