St Mabyn Village News

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

St Mabyn Church in November

We celebrate our Patronal Festival on Sunday 20 November and as usual it will be the only service in the Benefice that day. The Reverend Jem Thorold will conduct the service, starting at 11am and a warm welcome is offered to parishioners from the whole Benefice and, as usual, it will be followed by the Patronal Festival Lunch – not to be missed! We need numbers for this so please let Churchwarden Colin Hyde, on 841546, know if you hope to attend. Remembrance Sunday falls on 13 November and we are pleased that David Pollard will be with us to lead this service, starting at 10am and concluding at the War Memorial in time for the 11 o’clock Two Minutes Silence.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Public consultation on St Mabyn glebe land and village requirements.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

‘Duw Genes’----- Rev. Dave !

‘Duw Genes’----- Rev. Dave !
Rev Dave Elkington will be taking his last service as Vicar of St Mabyn on Sunday 31st July at 10 am 
He will be greatly missed for all that he has done and will always  be remembered by the village church as follows: 
Interesting, topical, to the point with a touch of humour which keeps you on your metal. 
We shall miss him and hope that he will come back from time to time to take services in his retirement.
He has done a lot for St Mabyn Church.
Inspirational and empowering.
Diligent, Optimistic, Inspiring.

Encouraging , positive, dynamic, caring, hospitable 
"A ministry of friendship, inspiration and encouragement’
As a newcomer to the area, Dave in his own way has said to me:
'You are welcome here, wherever you come from, whoever you are - you are welcome'
His sermons relate to 'everyday', are current and bring the bible to life.
An inspirational leader, compassionate and prepared to provoke us into spiritual growth.
 Always building people up and encouraging them to believe and achieve. 
Passion maintained throughout his years of ministry –just like a true Leicester Tigers fan!

We will really miss you Dave. You have done so much to help uncertain people learn, understand and enjoy worship. Thank you.

Richard Jenkin

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Church Fete

Warmest thanks to all who assisted at / attended / rang the bells to herald it / otherwise supported this wonderful and successful event where 500 people enjoyed all the fun of the fete and we were able to raise the monies necessary to insure this wonderful and historic building. Many thanks to everyone for their donations and especially those who gave their time collecting items, preparing the field and clearing up the field on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Friends of St Mabyn Church

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Mabyn Church will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday 28 June in the church. We will outline a campaign to raise funds for a project which will benefit many parishioners. Please come along if you’re at all interested. All very welcome.

Friday, June 10, 2016

St. Tudy History Group

St. Tudy History Group Family History Research Day Who do you think you are? Come and join us on Saturday the 18th of June in the Village Hall - 10.00 – 4.00 and start the exciting journey of tracing your family history... If you would like to find out more about your family history, whether your ancestors lived in the Village or in another part of England or the World, come and join us and we will help you get started on your family history research. Our aim is to help you search through Births, Marriages and Deaths, and the 1911-1841 Census's in England and Wales, or even parish records if available, and then advice for further research that you can do to investigate even more of your family. If you are already researching your tree and have come up against a problem you can't solve, then please bring your information along, and we will see if we can help you break down that brick wall. We are also going to have displays on what the History Group are doing at the moment – Mapping out the Village through the centuries and the Churchyard, a display from the School on their History Project, and the Bligh family and current day descendants. There will also be access to St. Tudy family names from the 1500's to the present day, it is amazing how many families are still here in the area and surrounding villages. Call Pam – 01208 850450 for further information.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

St Mabyn Garden Club

St Mabyn Garden Club went on a coach trip to Plymouth where they had a boat trip around the Harbour and then onto Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, A great day was had by all.

Friday, May 20, 2016

St Mabyn Fete

The third Saturday in June is a fixture in most locals' diaries and this year's promises to be the usual Great Day Out! St Minver Silver Band will be our guest musicians this year, and we look forward to the schoolchildren's maypole dancing, Punch and Judy for children of all ages! and lots of games and sideshows for have-a-go activities, children's races and the tug-of-war, as well as the usual wonderful stalls - plants, books, games, bric a brac, jewellery and cosmetics, cakes and tombola. We've said prayers for good weather, so that all this can take place on the village green (teas under the oak tree of course) but we do have a wet weather plan which will involve the village hall, school playground and of course the church itself - the fete aims to raise the staggering three thousand pounds which is the cost of the insurance premium, and with your support we will achieve that again this year - do come along for a great afternoon! Offers of help are always gratefully received by Colin Hyde, senior Church warden on 841546. See you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cornish Camino

A 'Cornish Camino' ­ Walking the length of Cornwall from the Tamar to Cape Cornwall – a Pilgrimage in Appreciation and Thanks after Whitsun
After our enjoyable pilgrimage to Truro in June last year I started planning a longer route across the whole length of Cornwall that would be a sort of 'Cornish Camino' ­ starting at the Tamar outside Launceston and then going via Altarnun skirting Bodmin Moor, through St Mabyn then to Truro and on to Cape Cornwall ­ a distance in total of 100 miles. As many of you will know I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last Autumn, and all this went on hold while I undertook radiotherapy treatment at both Exeter and Truro hospitals – excellent places with very professional kind staff . We were really touched by the level of concern and support we received from our friends ( local and distant) and the church communities of St Mabyn, St Tudy and St Breward, which made a profound difference to our approach to the cancer and its treatment. We recently received the great news that the cancer has been cured ( as much as one can be sure of anything in life), and I'm well on the way to being fully recovered. So, to demonstrate my appreciation to all of you and my grateful thanks to God, I've decided to undertake this Pilgrimage as a continuous 8 day walk starting on Sunday 10 July and finishing on Sunday ­17 July. I will walk the whole way but the start day and finish day will start after church in St Mabyn. Others will be joining me for the two Sunday walks and some/all of the other legs. This should be an attractive route passing through quiet countryside with great views and several points of interest including ancient churches, the cathedral, St Michael's Mount, and ending on the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Cornwall.
I would be delighted if others would join us for part of the route or even the whole pilgrimage – I have done some preliminary work on places to stay along the way and ways to organise drop­offs and pick­ups – and I will do more later as numbers walking become clearer. The specific walks will be: Sun 10 Polson Br (over Tamar) Launceston to Altarnun 11 miles
Mon 11 Alturnun to St Mabyn 19 miles
Tue 12 St Mabyn to St Columb Major 13 miles
Wed 13 St Columb Major to Truro (cathedral) 18 miles T
hur 14 Truro to Stithians 9 miles
Fri 15 Stithians to Relubbus 13 miles
Sat 16 Relubbus to Gulval 7 miles ( via St Michael's Mt)
Sun 17 Gulval to Cape Cornwall 10 miles
If you would like to find out more please contact Bob Kirby­Harris on 01208 850651 or 07837 603130 or email

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margo Kirkwood and Deborah Mitchell exhibition

The show features mainly landscape and seascapes, cards are also available - originals and prints.  Deborah will display a variety of pots for the table and vessels for flowers, mainly earthenware and stoneware.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Wanted – knitting wool and  knitting cotton for blankets and garment's for Samara's Aid Appeal!

We are undertaking a 6 month knitting challenge to support Samara in her latest appeal for resources for Syria and Iraq. If you have any double knitting wool or knitting cotton, please drop it off into the basket at the font, St Mabyn Church.

We will be making the following:
  1. Hospital blankets: made from cotton blends (not woollen yarns or double knit). These blankets must be suitable for use in hot Middle Eastern Summers.
  2. Blankets for adults, new mothers and the elderly (these can be wool)
  3. Baby clothes including hats/bonnets, mittens, socks, cardigans
  4. Children's clothes including jumpers, cardigans, mittens, scarves, hats, socks
  5. Adult clothes including hats, scarves, jumpers, cardigans, shawls, socks

NB- Strong colours are recommended over pastels and whites as it is difficult for many displaced people to wash their clothes.

Look out for patterns and further information – coming soon!

For further local information, please contact – Jan Fisher – 01208 852182, or see


For Richard Jenkin

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Queen's 90th Birthday, Thursday, 21st April

The Queen's 90th Birthday, Thursday, 21st April

An Update on the St Mabyn bonfire beacon.
Andrew and Sally Kellow have kindly agreed to have the bonfire beacon at Treveglos Farm.

There will be a BBQ at The St Mabyn Inn from 6.00pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire beacon at 8.30pm, then back to the pub for the quiz at 9.00pm.

We want to build as bigger bonfire as we can, so will anyone with anything suitable to put on the bonfire please ring Andrew on 07813803001 or me on 07968002450.
Carol Bray

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

No Reply - Murph & The Gazorpos

New track by Murph & The Gazorpos recorded and filmed in St Mabyn

Easter Sunday Service

The Reverend Canon Dave Elkington will conduct our service of Holy Communion for Easter Sunday, and blessing and distribution of the Palm Crosses  this coming Sunday, 20 March at 10am. Refreshments are always served afterwards and offers the opportunity to socialise with friends old and new.There is a table at the back of the church with a wide selection of magazines – do come in at any time for a browse (they cover all sorts of hobbies and not just of a religious nature!) and please take home any you would like.

Maundy Thursday Service

Do come and join us for our Agape meal and Tenebrae sung by Roscarrock Revival – this is always a very moving occasion, and of course also with much enjoyable fellowship.

Annual Church Meeting

At our Annual Church meeting Colin Hyde and Carol Grigg were re-elected as Churchwardens and a full list of members of the PCC is posted in the porch of the church. We were all delighted to learn that the church electoral roll now stands at 55 and we have all been so pleased to welcome the new members.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Queen's 90th birthday

On Thursday 21 April 2016 the Queen will be 90 years old, and St Mabyn Parish Council have decided to mark the occasion by joining in the lighting of Beacons.  There is a long tradition in Britain of lighting beacons on Royal occasions.  It could turn out to be a very enjoyable village get-together.
More information re: location etc. will follow shortly.
Carol Bray

Thursday, January 21, 2016

St Mabyn Church News

At the recent PCC meeting exciting plans were made for the Easter period and Holy Week in particular – it all happens rather early this year so please make a note! Warm thanks were expressed to all who contribute to making our services so enjoyable and the Church Warden’s report of increased attendance last year proved that we must be getting something right! The lack of a fulltime regular organist has actually led to a wider variety of music and we are deeply grateful to Les Field for playing the organ for us from time to time and also to the Reverend Steve Williams and his amazing Music Group for the joyful sounds they produce – there is nothing so good as a strong lead from the front! This has enabled us to enjoy some very jolly Gospel style hymns as well as the old stalwarts with which so many of us grew up. Our Lent course starts on Tuesday 16 February and each Tuesday morning until Easter and David and Mary Bishop have kindly agreed to host these at their home, Trelowarth, Watergate Lane – and newcomers are always welcome. A warning – the group generally adjourns to the pub for lunch afterwards! and indeed anyone who would like to join us just for lunch is most welcome. Mothering Sunday is on 6 March and we will hold a non-Communion service and look forward to the participation of the children from St Mabyn School. On Maundy Thursday we will hold our Agape Supper and this year it will be accompanied by the singing of Tennebrae. We will hold our Annual Church meeting after the Palm Sunday service on 20 March – do come along and hear what we have been up to and what are our future plans – including the installing of a kitchen and full toilet facilities!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Church services

Sunday Church Service
This Sunday, 20 December is the fourth Sunday of Advent and the Reverend Canon Dave Elkington will lead our service of Carols and readings at 10am. Refreshments will, as usual, be served afterwards and a warm welcome is offered to all.

Christingle Service
This Friday, 18th December, at 1.15 is the Christingle Service with Rev Dave Elkington. These are always delightful and you don’t have to have a young relative performing to enjoy them – do come along!
Christmas Eve service
At 3pm on Christmas Eve, 24 December, there will be the delightful Crib Service with Dave Elkington and Steve Williams, telling the Christmas story with the donkey procession, carols and gifts for the children – do come along!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mistletoe Fayre

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Mistletoe Fayre.  From the
ladies in the Tea Room, to those who managed the VH stalls, to those who contributed
 towards the Raffle thank you.  I don't know who you all were but your gifts were a
delight to see on the stage, thank you again.
Tony Dickinson our Town Crier did a marvellous job as usual selling tickets and keeping
everyone amused.  Thank you to the parking attendants assisting  stallholders to unload their
cars.  Special thanks to all those who came in and supported our stalls financially.
Cedar Croft owner Mark Orchard who  donated the beautiful potted Christmas tree.  It was just stunning
among the raffle prizes.   Do remember to give him your support when thinking about Christmas.
He has  a shop in the vicinity where he sells his trees - have a look around there are some gorgeous
gifts to tempt you.
Lastly, gratitude for the wonderful selection of various stalls.  We couldn't have a fayre without
the interest of the independent Stall Holders who come along each year.
In total we cleared £500, which the VH Committee is delighted to receive.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Village Hall Mistletoe Fair

Monday, November 30, 2015

St Mabyn Fun Night in the Church

St. Mabyn Fun Night

Friday 4th December

7.30 – 9.00 pm in the Church

An evening of singing, readings, and eating
Come and enjoy yourself - Free Entry

Donations for the Church’s Winter Appeal for Christian refugees in Northern Iraq and Kurdistan would be welcomed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mistletoe Fair

Mistletoe Fair Saturday 5th December 1.00pm - 3.30pm in the village hall admission free!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Village Car park

Savills will “update the village stakeholders on the Diocese’s vision for offering sites to cater for the car park, village hall, school extension and scout requirements at an open public presentation” at 6.00pm on Wednesday 25th November 2015.

Savills and the Diocese “are seeking the wider St Mabyn community opinion”.

Last year we undertook a survey on the future of the Village Hall. The results of the survey highlighted the need for a new car park for the benefit of the village community and for visitors to the pub, the shop, the church and the school.
There have been meetings with the Diocesan Agents, Savills and negotiations started with the Parish Council and the Saints Way Academy on a long lease for land at a minimal rent for a 30 car park and space for a new Pre School building.

The Parish Council has been leading on this initiative and has already completed a new entrance to the community lavatory.

Please join us on Wednesday 25th November at 6.00pm in the Village Hall and have your say on this most important opportunity for the village.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

St Mabyn Book Swap

St Mabyn Book Swap will be held every last Saturday in the month in the Tea Room, St Mabyn Post Office and Stores.  The October Book Swap is on this Saturday between 10am and 12noon.  Hope to see you there.  

Put a date in your diary for Book Swap Saturday 28th November.

Please note that there will be no Book Swap in December.

For more details contact Angie and Graham Martin. 01208 841511.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Magnificent cheque from St Mabyn Inn

The St Mabyn Inn recently handed over a cheque to St Mabyn Parish Council for the magnificent sum of £900.00 towards the running costs of the recently installed Defibrillator.

Pictured receiving the cheque from Ivan and Richard are, from left, Councillors Richard Clarke, Chris Walker, Carol Bray, Penny Lloyd, and Angela Martin.

Monday, September 28, 2015

St Mabyn Church website

St Mabyn church now has a website.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

St Mabyn Inn turn of the century

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wadebridge and District Memory Day

Share your memories at Wadebridge and District Memory Day ‘Landmark Travels- Our Past in a Suitcase’,  a partnership project involving Storylines, the Institute of Cornish Studies and Cornwall Heritage Trust, will be linking up with Wadebridge and District Museum to host a Memory Day in Wadebridge. This will be held at both the Exchange (Molesworth Street), and Wadebridge and District Museum (Chapel Lane) on Monday 21st September from 1-5pm and is open to all.

This social event will include a display of archive photographs from Wadebridge and the surrounding area and will provide opportunities for people to share their own memories over tea/coffee and cake. Helen Rawe, a Trustee of the Museum, says “We welcome people to bring along any photographs they have of the area to share with others and add to the archives. It’s so important to gather and preserve memories and photographs so that this information isn't lost to future generations.

Wadebridge has a fascinating past, for example, does everyone realize that
Wadebridge had a railway service ahead of London?’
The stories, memories and information collected during this Memory Day will
become part of the wider project, ‘Landmark Travels’ which is working with schools and communities throughout Cornwall to unearth the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks and places. This 2-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Heritage Trust, involves a range of memory-sharing workshops, study days, exhibitions and events. Further information on the project, and how to get involved, will be available at the Memory Day.

Any questions about the day please contact Helen Rawe on 01208 816206. To find out more about the project you can also visit

Monday, August 17, 2015

St Mabyn Book Swap

St Mabyn Book Swap will be held at St Mabyn Post Office and Stores in the Tea Room from 10am to12 noon on Saturday 29 August. 
For more information  contact  Angie and Graham Martin 01208 841511.

Men’s Breakfast

The Church was delighted that so many of the helpers at this year’s Fete accepted the invitation to a Men’s Breakfast at the St Mabyn Inn as a Thank you for all the hard work and support they gave both in the run up to and on The Day itself. As the Reverend Dave Elkington said, the Church being there means a great deal to residents, even if they don’t attend very often, but they like to know it is there!  The Fete raises the much needed funds to pay the enormous insurance premium, which ensures that it can stay open and the help of all those involved is much appreciated. Warm thanks also to Ivan and his team for their splendid hospitality.

St Mabyn Church Fete 2015 – the Best in the West!

This year's Fete was held on The Green at St Mabyn, on Saturday 20th June with St Mabyn Band of Bell Ringers ringing the Church Bells at 2.00pm and we were delighted to welcome this year the St Minver Silver Band, who entertained us throughout the afternoon. Our own special pupils from the School performed the ever popular May Pole Dancing, and there was also a Traditional Punch and Judy Show,  and our Grand Draw Raffle directly after the Children Races. The afternoon concluded with the Tug-o-War event, which, as usual finished with lots of the public also having a go!! Cream Teas were served under the Chestnut Tree, also an Ice Cream Van in the Green, with a Bar-b-Q provided by the St Mabyn Inn, in the Beer Garden, and Strawberries courtesy of the Friend's of St Mabyn Church Stall. There were lots of stalls from Preserves to Cakes, Tombola and Competitions to the Plants, with Bric-a-brac, Books and Toys and many thanks to all the many helpers without whom the whole event wouldn’t be possible.

Open the Book

This is a programme of Acting Bible Stories, for both St Mabyn and St Tudy Schools and will take place fortnightly on Monday afternoons during term time. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact Liz Hayman on 01208-72329

Concert and Cream Teas

On Saturday 29 August Roscarrock Revival will give a concert in the Church starting at 4.30pm and Cream Teas will be available too!

Garden Party

Very warm thanks to Dave and Audrey Elkington for their hospitality at the Barbecue Garden Party they hosted at their home. A good time was had by all!

Songs of Praise

On 30th August in place of our normal service in St. Mabyn Parish Church there will be a combined service at St Tudy at 10-30am at which all three congregations of the Benefice will be joining.  It will take the form of a Songs of Praise Service at which we will be singing hymns chosen by members of the three churches and also by any member of the village community who cares to suggest any hymn which has significant meaning or relevance to them. Please give your suggestions to Carol Grigg on 841276

Come and try cricket!

Calling all budding cricketers!
There’s a new youth programme now at PENCARROW CRICKET CLUB for boys and girls aged 8-11 every Sunday at 10am through the summer Pencarrow is reputed to be the oldest (and the finest!) Cricket ground in Cornwall! Do come along and have a go and see Facebook Pencarrow Cricket Club and email for more details.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Flat to rent in village

To rent a stylish flat above St Mabyn Post Office and Stores
Centrally situated in picturesque St Mabyn, within a short walk of the local pub. If interested contact Alison on 01208 841225

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Pizzas at St Mabyn Holiday Park

There will be a mobile pizza van at St Mabyn Holiday Park each Thursday as from 16th July from 5pm until 9pm and anyone in the village is welcome to come to the site to get pizza if they would like to.  Also from Saturday July 18th there will be a mobile fish and chip van, Ocean Source from 5.30pm.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

St Mabyn Book Swap

The next St Mabyn Book Swap will be held on Saturday 27th June between 10 am and 12 noon in the Tea Room, St Mabyn Post Office and Stores.  Do come along and enjoy and lovely cup of coffee as you browse through the many books on offer.
For more information. Angie Martin 01208 841511.

St Mabyn Defibrillator

St Mabyn Parish Council invite all to a public meeting at the Village Memorial Hall on Thursday 25th June at 7.15pm where Norman Trebilcock of FLEET will be demonstrating how to use the Parish Defibrillator newly installed outside the Post Office and Stores (by kind permission of Alison and Peter Holmes).  Norman will explain and show to us the correct use of the Defibrillator, and also answer any questions.

Friday, May 22, 2015






1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that MARK MENHENITT has ceased to be a member of St Mabyn Parish Council and that a casual vacancy exists on the Council.

2. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at the Council Offices, St Austell One-Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 SDR (phone 01209 614195) by TEN (or more) electors for the said Parish an election will be held to fill the vacancy.

3. If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election 11th June 2015 the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sweet n' Sour!

Don't forget ... an evening of comedy from Sweet n' Sour in the village Hall this Saturday
Tickets £7.00 from: St Mabyn Shop."Elixir", Wadebridge.
And on the door...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

St Mabyn Summer Church Fete 2015

This year's Fete is to be held on The Green at St Mabyn, on Saturday 20th June at 2.30pm.
The afternoon starts with St Mabyn Band of Bell Ringers ringing the Church Bells at 2.00pm and we are delighted to welcome this year the St Minver Silver Band, who will entertain us throughout the afternoon.
As usual we will have our own special pupils from the School to perform the ever popular May Pole Dancing, in addition we have the Traditional Punch and Judy Show, our Grand Draw Raffle directly after the Children Races, the afternoon concludes with the Tug-o-War event, which usually finishes with lots of the public also having a go!!
Cream Teas will be served under the Chestnut Tree, Ice Cream Van in the Green, Bar-b-Q will be provide by the St Mabyn Inn, in the Beer Garden, and Strawberries will be available at the Friend's of St Mabyn Church Stall.
There will be a wide range of stalls from Preserves to Cakes, from Tombola and Competitions to the Plants, with Bric-a-brac to Books and Toys and many many more to enjoy.
Any donations and gifts given for these stalls are most appreciated and welcomed. As on previous years, a number of collectors will be calling house to house around the village a few days before the Fete., (please no clothing, etc)
Thank you for all the generous items, which are kindly given and help to fill the stalls each year.
Please make a note in your diary, and come along to enjoy a great family afternoon for all.
There is disabled access onto the Green. The Fete will still go ahead if the day is Wet!!!
We will use the Church and the Village Hall. Canon Rev. Dave Elkington will open the Fete at 2.30pm
Proceeds go towards St Mabyn Church Funds, and there is plenty of Car Parking available on the day.
Looking forward to seeing you all, have a great day, Colin Hyde

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Annual General Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council

The Annual General Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, 5th May 2015 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
1. Public Session. 
2. Apologies for non attendance. 
3. Members Declaration of Interest.
4. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman for the forthcoming year.
5. Election of sub-committees (Staffing & Contracts, Planning) and to elect representatives for
the Community Network Meetings, Village Hall Committee.
6. Minutes — to approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 7th April 2015
7. Matters Arising, if not on the agenda.
8. Planning Applications/PIanning Matters:- to receive a report from the Planning Committee:
No applications received at the date of this agenda.
9. Accounts / Financial Matters — to approve accounts presented for payment.
10. CC LMP Footpaths: Update on trimming of paths.
11. Playing Field - to receive the monthly inspection report / trimming & fencing of boundary
hedge - repair / replace tyre swing equipment (currently removed off site).
12. Correspondence.
13. To Agree / Discuss:
− Provision of a Parish Council website.
− Report from Community Network Meeting , if available
− Providing a defibrillator for the parish — update.
− Replacing / relocating the bus shelter in the village
− Location of bus stopping at Longstone
− Grass Cutting Contract 2015-2016. To appoint a contractor for this work.
− Change of access arrangements for public toilets / removal of concrete base on old canteen site.
− Parish Council Vacancy
− Arrange a date for the Clerks annual appraisal.
14. Parish Matters / Any other Business.
15. Date of the next Meeting— Tuesday, 2nd June 2015
16. To close the Meeting to the public. Closed session, if required.
J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
28th April 2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

Haywood Farm Sunday Cider Social with Hodge and Jonah's Lift

Safe to save everyone had a good time yesterday afternoon at Haywood Farm
Lots more photographs here

Thursday, April 30, 2015


The next club meeting is Wed 13th May with Tim Ellis talking about perennials. This is at 7.30 in the village hall and – as always – there will be a raffle, plant sales (the last one of this season), tea and
friendly chat.

There are now only a few tickets left for our whole day coach trip to Hartland Abbey House and Garden on Wed 20/5/2015, so ring 01208 841160 to book your place. Coach leaves St M bus shelter at 9.30, returning at 5.00 to 5.15.Members/past members/those interested in gardening are all very welcome to join us.

See you there!

Secretary St Mabyn Garden Club.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An evening of live comedy!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Car park plan squashed by the church

St Mabyn in the News!

UKIP poster vandalised!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Margo Kirkwood Exhibition

'All very welcome to browse.  Paintings inspired by the local landscape and the sea priced from £4 for cards and £120 - £650 for framed paintings.'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Parish Council Meeting April 2015

Annual Parish Council meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bluebell & Wild Garlic Sunday

The annual Bluebell & Wild Garlic Sunday will take place at Pencarrow on Sunday 3rd May from 10am – 4pm.  Come and see the beautiful bluebells, be amazed by the wild garlic and generally enjoy all that Pencarrow has to offer. The Friends of Pencarrow will be in the courtyard running a bring-and-buy plants stall and selling a delicious selection of marmalades and cakes.
At Pencarrow the only plant visitors are permitted to pick, pull up, pop in a bag and take away is wild garlic.  This prolific invader with tender green leaves and white pom-pom like flowers (not a horticultural description) is regarded by many as being a culinary delight so the Friends of Pencarrow will be selling wild garlic recipe leaflets with a carrier bag for the modest sum of £1 in order for visitors to ‘pick-your-own’.  This wild garlic forage is fun for all the family and with Pencarrow being one of the most dog friendly gardens anywhere there is simply no excuse for not exercising man’s best friend at the same time.
Normal admission applies and the Peacock Café will be open for refreshments.
For more information on how to become a Friend of Pencarrow please contact: or telephone 01208 841329

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Minutes of February 2015 Parish Council meeting

 Minutes are in the form of a pdf document

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Our Feb meeting was on an especially chilly night so how glad we were to hear Sandra Goodswen talk about hot/sunny Morocco! A regular speaker at our meetings, Sandra photos were – as always - top notch and we enjoyed pictures of her trek through an area of Morocco from Marrakech to the coast. Much of the route was on foot but assisted by donkeys who carried the baggage, including the camping equipment and the mess tent!
The up and down and sheer drops of the walking were reminiscent of the SW coastal path! However scorpions, juniper groves, peach and orange tree orchards, Berber head gear, jacarandas, cacti and snow covered mountain backdrops were somewhat different to Cornwall!
We learnt about Moroccan terrace farming and irrigation, saw various types of “hedgehog plants” which had adapted to the anti social conditions on the mountain slopes and we admired her daily   walking schedule.
An interesting talk beautifully illustrated by her photography.
Many thanks Sandra.

Our next garden club meeting is on Wed 11th March when Martin Lake of Cornwall Compost at Tintern Manor St Tudy will be talking to us about his business and products at 7.30 in St Mabyn Village Hall.  As always, visitors are very welcome to join us.
A polite reminder to club members that as Spring isn’t too far away, we have again started to sell plants at our meetings, so please bring any spare cuttings, seedlings, plants etc – all to boost club funds!
Also, arrangements for our annual club outing (by coach) on Wed 20th of May are almost finalised so book your place at 11th March meeting.
Happy gardening – but wrap up well!
Greta DF
Sec St Mabyn Garden Club.

01 208 841160

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parish Council meeting minutes January 2015

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 6th January 2015 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. M Grigg (Chairman), Mrs A Martin (Vice Chairman), Mrs P Lloyd, Mrs C Bray, D Masters,
R Chadwick, A Finnamore, R Clark, M Menhenitt (Arrived at 7.44pm)

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

1.Public Session:     The Chairman opened the meeting by wishing everyone  a Happy New Year and invited the members of the public to address the Council, if they so wished.
Local resident Mrs B Flint reported on the noise coming from the agricultural machinery / driers at Burlerrow Farm and the impact from the dust of the machine.        

Mr & Mrs Abbott reported on the decision by Cornwall Council to refuse their Planning Application PA14/10397 and the Parish Councils responses to this application.

Mr Stuart Renshaw (School Academy) and Mrs Karen Holmes (St Mabyn School Headteacher) spoke about options to re-open the pre-school in St Mabyn, and further plans for the future,  initially starting with Phase 1 to re-open the pre-school in the village once certain improvements at the Memorial Hall (fencing / safeguarding issues) had been made.. Phase 2 included plans to create a car park for users of the school, church, hall and public. Phase 3 would then develop purpose built premises for the pre-school  moving the facility into a building adjacent to the school grounds.  However there needed to be an agreement with the Diocese to lease the land, and development costs and ongoing running costs had to be met, and depending on the final annual rent it was hoped this could be financially supported by the Parish Council, Hall, School and Church.  Plans were only in the infancy stage although it was hoped the plans for the Academy would be supported and the pre-school could be re-opened with the next few months.  
Cllr D Masters stated that he was meeting Western Power who are proposing to alter services over the old canteen site and this may be advantageous for the creation on a new entrance onto the Glebe land.

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the public session at 8.10pm having extended the length of time to allow reports to be presented.

(Seven members of the public left the meeting)

At this point of the Meeting Cllr R Clarke notified fellow Councillors of his recent ill health and the likelihood of him not being able to attend meetings for the forthcoming few months.  Councillors expressed their good wishes to Cllr R Clarke and looked forward to his return.  Cllr R Clark left the meeting at 8.15pm.

Cornwall Council:  No report received.

Police – PCSO Linda Thomas notified the Council of two domestic incidents reported over the Christmas period.  An incident involving a dog had also occurred at Colquite Wood.
It was hoped that a meeting could be arranged with a ‘cluster’ of Parish Councils to discuss the way forward with policing and road traffic orders . One order could cover ten different schemes and the cost could be divided between the parishes concerned.
The police surgery dates for 2015 would be published.

2.  Apologies:  There were no apologies for non attendance.

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

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 2nd December 2014, as circulated, were approved and signed by the Chairman following the spelling of the name “Mutton’.

The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 16th December 2014, as circulated, were approved and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising:
Meeting – 2nd December 2014:  
Item 12 a) Highway Matters.  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that some potholes had been filled.

Meeting – 16th December 2014:  There were no matters arising from these minutes.

6.  Planning Applications:  There were no applications presented by the Planning Committee or tabled for consideration at this meeting.

Planning Matters:  
PA14/10397  The Clerk reported on the refusal for Mr & Mrs Abbotts planning application (reported under Item 1 of this meeting).  Also the history of the site was noted with the refusal of outline planning for a dwelling in 2012 (PA12/12041) and the pre-planning advice given by the Planning Department in June 2012 (PA12/01600).  

Burlerrow FarmDevelopment of building for Michantus operations: Following the report under Item 1 of this meeting the Chairman agreed to again contact Mr Mutton (owner).  It was noted that operations were to change in relation to the machinery and fans used.

St Mabyn Inn – It was reported that following the refurbishment of the public house the soakaway was now running alongside the public footpath in the Glebe field.  A sealed manhole cover had not been installed and this caused a bad odour in the surrounding atmosphere.  Cllr A Finnamore will contact the landlord of the public house.

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

8.  CC LMP Footpaths:  The Contractor was currently unable to complete the trimming work.  Councillors were happy for this work to be deferred and agreed there was no urgency for completion.

9.  Playing Field:  Cllr A Finnamore gave a verbal report on recent inspections with no urgent matters to report.
The Clerk will arrange for the Outdoor Play People to attend a site meeting to discuss options for replacing the “A” frame tyre swing.
The Chairman had made arrangements for the boundary hedges to be trimmed and this work would be carried out in better weather conditions.
Cllr R Chadwick offered to carry out forthcoming inspections. 
Councillors discussed the renewal of the grass cutting contract with effect from the 1st April 2015 and agreed to place this item on the agenda for the next meeting.

10.  Correspondence:
  • Mr Ron Heath – Further correspondence had been received from Mr Ron Heath. Deferred to a closed session at the end of this meeting. 

11.  To Agree / Discuss:
  • Provision of a Parish Council notice board in Station Road – update:  The board was nearing completion.
  • Report from Community Network Meeting, if available:  The Clerk presented information from the meeting held on the 11th December 2014.
  • Parish Council Vacancy:  Deferred to a closed session at the end of this meeting.
  • Providing a defibrillator for the parish – update:  Money raised by the landlord at the St Mabyn Inn had reached almost £500.  The Post Office / Shop had offered to have a collection box in the store.  Cllr R Clark was unable to pursue funding from the British Heart Foundation and Cllr Mrs C Bray agreed to continue with this.  It was suggested that the Wadebridge Lions be asked to make a financial contribution.
  • Replacing / relocating the bus shelter in the village (opposite the pub):  Cormac had been asked to attend a site meeting to discuss options available.

  • Provision of a Car Park for Village:  Reported under Item 1 of this meeting.   
Councillors were aware that adaptions to the Hall were needed to enable the pre-school to return and this would include erecting a fence at the front of the building, that will require the entrance to the public toilets being changed.  The Hall Committee were meeting on the 
8th January 2015 and will contact the Parish Council should plans progress.
It was felt that more information should be provided before the Parish Council will consider entering into any agreement for the development of a car park.

12.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:
  • Potholes had appeared in the area outside the public house leading to the church steps.  This will be reported to Cornwall Council.
  • Overgrown hedges in the village were again reported and the owners will be notified.

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 3rd February 2015.

14.  To close the Meeting to the public.  Closed session if required.
There being no further business for this meeting the Chairman closed the proceedings at 9.43pm 
asking Councillors to remain for a closed session. (Minutes separately recorded)

Parish Council meeting minutes December 2014

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.
(Minutes drafted by the Clerk from the notes taken by Cllr Mrs P Lloyd)

Present:  Cllrs. M Grigg (Chairman), A Finnamore, Mrs P Lloyd, D Masters, R Chadwick, M Menhenitt.

Also attending:  PCSO Linda Thomas (Police Neighbourhood Officer)
Five members of the public

1.Public Session:  The Members of the public were invited to address the Council, if they so wished.
Mr Neil Farrington (Community Energy Plus) spoke about the work of his organisation and funding available from renewable energy projects, in particular a community scheme for St Mabyn. Further information will be provided on developing ideas and the holding of a community consultation event.
It was noted that a planning application for a community scheme had not been received.  
Local resident Mr Ian Kemp felt a community renewable energy scheme could be beneficial for parishioners.

Cornwall Council: No report received.

Police:  PCSO Linda Thomas reported incidents during November being the criminal damage to a vehicle, and two assaults outside the St Mabyn Inn public house.  All incidents were under investigation.
PCSO Thomas offered to assist with the relocation of the bus shelter and funding, if available.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. Mrs A Martin (Vice Chairman), Mrs C Bray, 
Mr R Clark.  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk).

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

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 4th November 2014, as circulated were approved following an amendment to Item 1 (deletion of a sentence in the police report).  It was agreed these minutes be reprinted and signed at the next meeting.

5.  Matters Arising:
Item 5 (12) Weed Spraying – The Clerk will be asked to again contact the contractor about the weed spraying behind the bus shelter.
Item 5 (12) Dog Fouling – It was suggested that the Council obtains ‘glow in the dark’ dog fouling notices from Keep Britain Tidy, if available.
Item 8 CC LMP Footpaths -  Mr Mutton (tenant) had offered to look at the stone hedge on the footpath below the village green and would repair, if required. 
Item 11 – Replacing / relocating the bus shelter in the village (opposite the pub) - The Chairman explained to those absent at the last meeting, the Councils reasons for relocating the bus shelter.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:  The Council accepted the recommendations from the planning committee.
PA14/09264  Mr Bernard Bartlett, Colquite Cottage, Washaway, Bodmin –
Replacement of front modern windows with bay windows to original design, erection of extensions to rear of house and erection of detached double garage with store over.  Support.

PA14/10053  Messrs. CB & JBS Mutton, Burlerrow, Wadebridge Road, St Mabyn –
Proposed new feed barn.  Support.

PA14/10397  Mr & Mrs P Abbott, Land West of Tregaddock House, Tregaddock Lane, St Mabyn – Outline planning permission with some matters reserved.  Erection of a dwelling and domestic garage and alterations to existing access.  The Parish Council support the construction of a dwelling on this site but recommend the design is a dormer bungalow and not a house.

PA14/10800 Mr Robert Davey, land East of 4 Longstone, St Mabyn –
Erection of 2 No. 4 bedroom detached dwellings within the former garden of No. 4 Longstone, 
St Mabyn.  The Parish Council support the principle of the dwellings but recommend the designs have dormer windows facing South so this would protect the privacy of the dwellings opposite the site and would not overlook the road.

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

Precept for 2015/2016:  Agreed to hold another meeting on the 16th December 2014 to discuss / agree the precept for the forthcoming financial year. The full council were not available at this meeting and the Clerk was also absent.

8.  CC LMP Footpaths:  Discussed under Item 5 of this meeting.

9.  Playing Field:  Cllr R Chadwick reported on recent inspections, identifying the grass was very long but had been cut today after the contractor had been contacted.   It was agreed that the wording on the contract be reviewed in relation to the picking up of the grass, and the trimming of brambles etc. for the future. Councillors felt the field was generally looking untidy.
Cllr M Grigg and M Menhenitt had met to discuss the work required to the boundary hedges and would arrange for work to be carried out.
Cllr A Finnamore offered to carry out inspections for the forthcoming month.

10.  Correspondence:  No correspondence reported.

11.  To Agree / Discuss:
  • Provision of a Parish Notice Board in Station Road – update. It was noted that the project was ‘work in progress’.
  • Report from Community Network Meeting, if available.  No report received.
  • Parish Council Vacancy (1) – co-option of Councillor.   No applications received.
  • Providing a defibrillator for the parish.  Nothing to report, Clerk to action order for this equipment.
  • Replacing / relocating the bus shelter in the village (opposite the pub):  Discussed under Item 1 (Police Report).  Nothing further to report.
  • Provision of car park for Village – update from outside organisations, if available:  Agreed to invited representatives from outside organisations and the school to attend the next meeting to update the Parish Council on the proposals for a car park.

12.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:  
a)  Highway Matters – Potholes at Greenwix and Station Road were identified.  Cllr M Menhenitt offered to contact Cornwall Council / Cormac.
Cllr D Masters felt it would be a good idea to advertise the free Cormac ‘tool kit’ trailer on the parish notice board to inform local organisations of this facility.

b)  Site of the old Filling Station at Longstone: The question was asked as to what was happening with the site?  The Parish Council had no information on this.

13.  Date of next Meetings:  Extra Meeting on the 16th December 2014 to discuss precept.
Next Full Council Meeting – Tuesday, 6th January 2015.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.53pm.  No Closed Session required.

Parish Council meeting minutes November 2014

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 4th November 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.40pm.

Present:  Cllrs. M Grigg (Chairman), Mrs A Martin (Vice Chairman), D Masters, R Chadwick, M Menhneitt,
R Clark.

Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
PCSO Linda Thomas (Police Neighbourhood Team) arrived at 8.05pm.

At this point of the meeting it was agreed that the Clerk contacts the Hall Booking Secretary stating that the Parish Council requires the Hall from 7.00pm on the first Tuesday of each month.   A keep fit group had a booking prior to the Parish Council meeting and had not finished until 7.30pm causing a delay to the start of the meeting.

1.Public Session:  There were no members of the public present.
Cornwall Council : No report received.

Police:  PCSO Linda Thomas present the police report.  PCSO Thomas had been away from work for the past six weeks so had been unable to visit the village.  Figures indicated no reported crimes from July to the end of October 2014.  Cllr Mrs C Bray highlighted an incident at her home but it was noted that this crime had been reported in Wadebridge so was not recorded under the Bodmin Rural Neighbourhood area.
A theft of milk from the shop had not been reported as a crime and the police had identified the culprit and the matter had been dealt with.  
PCSO Thomas continued to visit the school and discussions were being held about a traffic survey / speed watch involving the children.
PC Laurie O’Toole felt the Council had no issues with the parking on the road / pavement adjacent to the public house, but it was confirmed  this was not the case and the Council welcomed the support of the police in addressing these problems.  It was noted that no alternative parking areas were available and this did cause problems in this area of the village. If a new parking area was developed, drivers could be asked to park elsewhere.
New legislation had been published in relation to antisocial behavior.  
The Police monthly surgeries were likely to be held on a different day to the Parish Council meeting and PCSO Thomas asked for ideas of days / times.

2. Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs, Mrs P Lloyd, A Finnamore,

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

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 7th October 2014, as circulated, were approved and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising:
Item 5 (12) Weed spraying – The question was asked as to whether or not the weed spraying had been done.   The Clerk agreed to contact the contractor.

Item 5 (12) Overgrown hedge – Cllr D Masters confirmed the hedge had been trimmed,

Item 8 CC LMP Footpaths – Cllr. D Masters had uncovered the footpath way marker post in Bramble Lane. 

Item 12 Dog Fouling – Cllr R Clark had obtained free information posters from Keep Britain Tidy advising dog owners to pick up after their pets.  The Council would need to pay for additional posters.
Cllr D Masters will notify the school when the CCTV camera had been installed.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA14/07766  Mr Robert Davey, land east of 4 Longstone, St Mabyn –
Construction of 2 No. detached single family dwellings within the garden of No. 4 Longstone, 
St Mabyn.  The Clerk advised the Council that this application had been withdrawn on the
28th October 2014.

PA14/09952 and PA14/10100 Messrs. C B and JBS Mutton, Burlerrow Farm, Wadebridge Road, 
St MabynProposed fire destroyed replacement barn – Phase 1 and Phase 2.
The Parish Council support these applications.

At this point of the meeting the noise levels of the micanthus drying machine was reported and the Chairman agreed to contact Mr James Mutton in relation to this.

(PCSO Linda Thomas arrived and presented the police report – recorded under Item 1 of this meeting)

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

Precept for 2015/2016: The Clerk asked Councillors to consider projects and expenditure for the forthcoming year in preparation for setting the precept at the next meeting.

8.  CC LMP Foopaths:  Also discussed under Item 5 of this meeting.
The Clerk will contact Cornwall Council for a new stile kit.  
It was noted that cattle were destroying the stone hedges on the footpath below the village green.  The Chairman agreed to contact the tenant  farmer /landowner.

9.  Playing Field:  Cllr D Masters reported on recent inspections with no additional matters identified.  The fixings pins on the swings had been replaced.
Having received a quotation for the replacement of the ‘A’ frame tyre swing it was agreed to invite a representative from the Outdoor Play People to a site meeting to discuss the options to repair / replace this equipment.
Cllr M Menhenitt agreed to speak to local contractors about trimming the boundary hedges, inside and outside the field.
Cllr R Chadwick offered to carry out the inspections for the forthcoming month.

10.  Correspondence:
  • The Saints Way Schools Academy Trust – Information on proposals for a new car park.  Agreed to place this item on the agenda for the next meeting.  Also and invite to attend the 2nd Anniversary event at St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin on the 1st December 2014.
  • Police and Crime Commissioner – Notification of public event and surgeries at Hatherleigh and Launceston on 7th and 14th November 2014 (to be placed on the notice board).
  • Clerks & Councils Direct – Magazine
  • Peninsula Community Health – Annual Review 2013-2014.

11.  To Agree / Discuss:
  • Provision of a Parish Council notice board in Station Road – update:  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that the notice board was being constructed and near completion.

  • Report from Community Network Meeting, if available:  No meetings held.

  • Parish Council Vacancy (1) to advertise for the co-option of a Councillor:  The notices for 
               co-option had been displayed.  Councillors will consider applicants at the next meeting.

  • Providing a defibrillator for the parish – to agree a location / date for training:  Cllr R Clarke had obtained information from the British Heart Foundation who may provide a donation towards the purchase costs.  Councillors authorised Cllr R Clarke to obtain the necessary forms, liase with the Clerk and complete.  The landlord of the public house will be thanked for offering to house this equipment, but Councillors agreed the most suitable location would be at the Post Office / Shop.  Cllr D Masters agreed to arrange for the required electrical work to be carried out.
The Clerk will place and order for a defibrillator.  A donation box will be placed in the post office / shop should members of the public be interested in supporting the purchase / running costs.
A local resident had expressed an interest in carrying out a sponsored bike ride to raise funds.

  • Replacing / relocating the bus shelter in the village (opposite the pub):  It was agreed that the siting of a bus shelter to the opposite side of the road from the existing structure, on the pavement outside the St Mabyn Inn would be practical.  Children already waited on this side of the road to catch the school bus.  Enquiries will be made with Cornwall Council to assist with this project in providing a new shelter.
It was reported that a vehicle left behind the existing shelter had no current road fund licence and the car had a flat tyre.  Cllr R Chadwick offered to contact the vehicle owner.

12.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:  
  • Village Troughs – Councillors accepted the generous offer from a parishioner willing to re-plant flowers in the troughs.
  • Parking at The Cresent – It was noted that there were no allocated parking spaces at The Cresent and any issues relating to parking in the area was a matter for Cornwall Housing and not the Parish Council.
  • St Mabyn Inn – The subject of visitors to the public house thought to be drinking and driving the following day was noted. 

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 2nd December 2014.

14.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business and no closed session required, the meeting closed at 9.44pm.

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