St Mabyn Village News

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Bodmin and District Darts League fixtures for Monday 1st October Mens Division 1: St Mabyn Inn v Blisland Inn.

Crib time 1947

Here's another old photograph from Ted Zematis, taken in 1947 on Treveglos Farm "crib" at harvest time.
L to R : Ted Zemaitis, "Rip" (the dog), Bill Hobbah, Joe Zemaitis, Eddie Batten and Percy Dunstan.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Treveglos Farm 1941

Treveglos Farm house with evacuee brothers Joe and Ted Zemaitis at the front gate. (They later changed their names from the Lithuanian name to a more English-sounding "Kent".)
Edward is now 74 and living in New Zealand but often thinks of Cornwall. He wonders what happened to a young girl he was keen on called Avice (Avis?) Treleaven and wonders if she ever thought of him?

Joe and Ted Zemaitis with Mrs Batten, Eddie Batten and Mary Batten - taken around the end of the war on the first of many annual visits.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Harvest Festival

Friday 28th September - Young Farmer’s Harvest Festival at St Mabyn Church: Tel Rachael Chamberlayne - Secretary 07866 673 051.

St Mabyn Shop

Laura and Joe are offering something very special. Christmas Time - time to think about the turkey. Turkeys that are raised on a farm on Bodmin Moor – turkeys that you are glad to hear are free to roam among the grassy meadows and rest in warm barns. Call the shop on 01208 841225 for further information or pick up a leaflet.

"St Mabyn has Talent?"

"St Mabyn has Talent!" 13th,14th,15th December 2007
A meeting was held on Thursday 6th Sept 6.30pm. The purpose of the meeting was the formation of a Committee to be chaired by Tony Dickinson, to establish what interest there is, in taking part in a fun Variety Show. A number of people turned up expressing an interest but the numbers are not yet viable to “get the show on the road”! If you are interested please contact Tony over the next week.

Village Hall

Saturday 22nd September “Big Night Out” Dance. Bring your own drink and enjoy! 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Friends of St Mabena

Friends of St Mabena Wed 19th Meeting at Menkee 7.30 pm
Sunday 23rd September St Mabena Harvest Festival 09.30 followed by Harvest Lunch at Carol Grigg’s house.

Church Roof Restoration

Church Roof Restoration Appeal Committee extends grateful thanks to all patrons for their support which has helped to raise through -
The Triggshire Concert £357; Buffalo Films (Doc.Martin) £1,000; Garden Safari Weekend £696; “Dirty Cows” TV £ 676 with further monies bringing balance to £926. Concert on 18 August – £149.90
Sept Diary Sat 22nd - there will be a Harvest Concert in St Mabyn Church, featuring Wadebridge Male Voice Choir and compered by Mr Venning Davey – Songs, poems and readings!. Free admission with a retiring collection. Programmes £1 and refreshments in the church following the concert.

Its a Knockout

St Mabyn Young Farmers held the annual “Its a Knockout” at St Mabyn Playing field. They had a brilliant turnout, approx 7-10 teams entered into the competitions throughout the day. Stalls included a homemade cake stall ( all made by the young farmers), Tombola, Bouncy Castle, Greasy Pole, not forgetting the Bar and BBQ!! Everyone enjoyed the day, and many went home soaked through and covered in eggs and flour from the 'Billy Bunter' competitions!!
Many thanks to all those who helped to make the day a success! The event raised £450 + net for the Yfs and St Mabyn Scouts.

St Mabyn Parish Council

Some notices taken from the agreed Minutes August 07 Meeting. The Agreed Minutes are displayed on the notice board outside the Village Hall

No reports were received from County Council ,District Council or the Police .
Planning Applications/ Planning Matters:
2007/01004 Mr R Parkhouse, Land adjacent to Corfe House, St Mabyn –
Erection of a new three bedroom detached dwelling. New application expected for approval.
2007/01459 Ms Antonia Willis, Tregarden, St Mabyn –
Demolition of stone shed, erection of single storey room linked to existing house with open loggia attached. No Objections /Support.
2007/01460 Ms Antonia Willis, Tregarden, St Mabyn –
Listed Building Consent for the demolition of stone shed, erection of single storey room linked to existing house with open loggia attached. No Objections / Support.
2006/02529 Congent (UK) Ltd, Longstone Filling Station, St Mabyn: No further response from NCDC Environmental Services and Planning & Development in relation to the condition of this site.
Playing Field gates had been painted, new tyres had been fitted to the see-saw and the wood sections surrounding the play areas were being replaced. Thanks to Mr Alf Finnamore (Chairman) for over-seeing and assisting with repairs.
CCC Local Maintenance Project 2007/2008: The path at Longstone required further work to extend the width as the initial cut appeared to be inadequate. This will be actioned
Road B3266 at Longstone and School Transport: Longstone Action Group. The Council agreed to ask the County Council to consider further reducing the speed limit through Lonsgtone, and will request further traffic calming methods be implemented such as rumble strips and seek clarification as to the trimming of junctions for driver/pedestrian visibility safety.
Longstone Notice Board: The step up to the notice board and the paving slabs had now been installed.

Planning Application

Land at Dinhams Bridge, Station Rd St Mabyn - Erection of field shelter with storage area for C. Francis
Full plans here

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Private Frederick George Rundle

Victory plaque of Private Frederick George Rundle of the 1st Batallion Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Killed in Action on 25 January 1917 at the Somme aged 26
Buried in St. Mabyn Church Cemetery

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

St Mabyn Garden Club

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 12th, which will include a visit to Goonhavern Garden Centre. Please meet at the bus shelter in St Mabyn for 1pm, or at the nursery at 2pm.


Cool, kitsch and quirky... distinctive bags, cushions and cards made by Janie McDonald who was trained in textiles, ceramics and printmaking, she has exhibited widely since leaving college. She has also lectured at art college, been an artist in residence, run workshops, is a specialist in art and craft workshops for 5-11 year olds and lives in St Mabyn.
See her work here.


Bodmin police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a £350 generator from St Mabyn playing fields.The incident occurred between 2.45pm and 3pm on Thursday, August 23rd.They would particularly like to hear from people who may have seen two males in a green, S-registration Rover hatchback between 2.45pm and 3pm on Thursday, August 23 ,when the generator was stolen.
One male is described as in his early 20s, 5ft 10 inches tall, of slim build and with short, cropped hair. The other was of dark-skinned, Mediterranean complexion, slim and in his early 20s.
It is believed the offenders cut the chain and stole the Cagiva Yanmar diesel generator near the main entrance.
* Anyone with information is asked to contact Bodmin police station on 08452 777 444 quoting crime reference BB/07/1343.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

D.B Paddock Services

Check out the new website of D.B Paddock Services a new local business.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

St Mabyn has Talent!

Christmas Variety Show
"St Mabyn has Talent!"
13,14,15th December 07
An initial meeting in the Village Hall has been scheduled for Thursday 6th Sept 6.30pm. The purpose of this meeting is the formation of a Committee chaired by Tony Dickinson, and to establish what interest there is in taking part in a fun Variety Show. There is a need to discuss content and layout of the hall for the Show.
If you are interested please come along; if you can’t make that date just drop a note into the Village Hall on Thursday 6th Sept.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

St Mabyn Church Restoration Appeal

They all say it is the last twenty five thousand which is the most difficult! but it simply means we are redoubling our efforts and are very encouraged as the first responses arrive to the letters to Brides, Babies (who were baptised there) and former residents. There is a clear understanding that nothing "just happens" and there isn't Someone out there who will do Something! The Someone is Us and the Something is Raising the Money! We have often been asked what work needs to be done, as not much is visible from a quick lookand so Richard Jenkin has put together a display, in the church, of photographs, taken mainly by our architect, of the parts of the roof which are not easily visible, and show clearly what needs to be done. Many thanks to him - do take a look when you are next in the village. The huge cost arises from the size of the building, and its ancient listed state, requiring craftsmen and lots of scaffolding.

Warmest thanks also to Pauline Kent, Phil Tizzard, Roger Nicholls and Roy Dinshaw for a truly lovely concert of Classical Favourites. Those of you who missed it will have another opportunity as they are performing the same programme on 8 September in St Thomas' Church, Camelford. The audience came from a wide area - including two ladies from Falmouth who had read about it in Inside Cornwall and declared themselves delighted.

We look forward to the final concert in the Summer Music programme on 22 September with the Wadebridge Male Voice Choir.

We are saying our prayers that the monies will have been raised by the end of the year and so are planning our End of Appeal celebration! Bishop Bill, out Patron retires at Easter and we all want to thank him for his support and so we are holding a party, in the church of course! on the evening of Friday 29 February - and everyone is warmly invited to attend. More details closer to the time.

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