St Mabyn Village News

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Colquite Estate planning application

Colquite Estate Washaway are planning a conversion of a redundant office into staff accommodation.
Full details

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Planning application

Land adjacent St Mabyn Inn, erection of a semi - detached cottage for Mr G Saundry
Full application details

Friday, October 19, 2007

Award for Local Illustrator.

Local illustrator Jago and writer Sally Lloyd Jones have won a Gold Moonbeam award for their book "The Jesus Storybook Bible"
An awards presentation will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, in conjunction with the 2007 Children's Humanities Festival in Chicago USA.
The Moonbeam Awards are designed to honour the year's best children’s books, authors and illustrators, and to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators.
The book was published in March this year and is already into it's third print run.
See more of Jago's illustrations here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Local Band Lioness are VERY close to winning a national competition to play the Shepherds Bush Empire in London and a possible record contract. Lioness signed up for an on-line battle of the bands competition called Fuse
If they get in the top four on the on-line poll, they'll be in with a chance of winning a record deal with Visible Noise Records.
The band are currently ranked at no.5 out of 445 bands that have signed up for the competition - so they NEED your votes to get them into the Top Four.
Vote here!
Lioness are rapidly building a reputation not just in Cornwall but further afield and have played on bills with Enter Shikari, Architects, Sikth, Nato, Tonight is Goodbye, Orca and at the Ripcurl Unleashed festival.

Christmas Mistletoe Fair

The village hall Mistletoe Fair committee, in anticipation of Christmas will meet on Monday at Molly Dyke's at 4.30pm. Anyone interested in having a stall should communicate with Molly as soon as possible. The fair will take place in the village hall on Saturday, December 8th.

Thomas Farmer is a winner!

Thomas Farmer from St Mabyn has won a national primary School competition to design a planting scheme for the Eden Project. Nine-year-old Thomas beat hundreds of other entrants to win the "Kids Create Eden" competition. The whole school joined with Thomas and the Eden Project staff to plant a variety of bulbs to create Thomas's winning design, a paintbox.
More St Mabyn School news.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

St Mabyn Parish Council

Meeting September 2007
8 of the 10 Parish Councillors were present + Cllr C. Mutton (District Council) Cllr C. Brewer (County Council) and 3 members of the public.

Public Session: Members of the public expressed their concerns about the proposed development on land adjacent to Corfe House, St Mabyn. Cllrs C. Mutton and C. Brewer answered question in relation to local District Plan, the Government legislation on the provision of affordable housing, rentable housing, shared ownership, and the development boundary at St Mabyn. Cllrs C. Mutton and C. Brewer reiterated the pleas for the need for affordable housing and asked the Council to identify any area that could be developed for this purpose, within or on the edge of the development boundary.
Cllr C. Brewer reported on the Government decision to accept the County Councils bid for a Unitary Authority for Cornwall. It was anticipated that the County would be covered by 16 network areas, 5 being in North Cornwall.
Planning Matters 2006/02529 Congent (UK) Ltd, Longstone Filling Station:
Correspondence from NCDC confirmed that Parish concerns about site appearance and safety had been passed to the Health & Safety Executive who stated that no action will be taken, because at present, there was no work activity ongoing on the site.
Planning Decisions: 2007/00840 Hellandbridge Properties Limited, Tredethy Mews Cottages, Hellandbridge – Lifting of condition 2 of 78/0348 to provide full residential use of cottages 5, 6, 8 & 9 - Refused.
B3266 at Longstone. The majority of traffic continued to pass thorough Longstone in excess of the recommended 40mph limit. The recently erected mobile speed sign was not currently working but appeared to be in the wrong position and should be moved further back beyond the Longstone junction in the Pencarrow direction.
Parking Area – St Mabyn: The District Council stated that the parking area behind the Bus Shelter belongs to the Parish Council.
CCC Local Maintenance Partnership 2007/2008: The overgrown footpath beyond the school field will be attended to by the contractor. Councillors were asked to monitor the public rights of way.
Date of next Meeting: Tuesday, 6th November 2007.
Cllr Helen Barrett

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


BODMIN & DISTRICT LEAGUE: Fixtures for Monday October 15th. Mens Division 1: St. Mabyn Inn v Weavers A.

Church Organist

An Organist is sought for St Mabena. If you can play the piano or organ, why not play the pipe organ in our Church? If you are interested in giving it a go - 2 or 3 times a month - the PCC may be able to help you out with the cost of organ lessons. An opportunity for young or old wishing to tickle the keyboards! Don’t hold back, give Molly Dyke a ring on 01208 841704

The Church Roof Restoration Appeal

The coffee morning at ‘Meadow Views’ raised £230 – grateful thanks to all and particularly to Anthea and John Lobb. The next date for your diaries is the coffee morning on Friday 26th October 10.00-12.00 at Watergate House; host will be Jill Murphy. All are welcome including visitors to St Mabyn.

Pre-School Playgroup

The Group have been awarded a grant of £250 from the “Pirate’s Trust” thus enabling the purchase of craft materials for the children to enjoy. Their skills will be in evidence with a display of their very own Christmas decorations.
Monday 15th October: Tempest Photographer will be at the Play Group from 9.30am taking family and individual photos. Tues 16th October 7.30pm Play Group AGM. Cheese & wine to welcome all.

Young Farmers’ News

October 19th - Annual club AGM 7.30 start- Village Hall
November 10th - Dinner and Dance at Hustyns. Call Rachael on 01208841273 for more details.
Harvest festival was well enjoyed by members, family, friends and advisory, approx 80 people attended. The auction was very successful - thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a great success.

St Mabyn Scout Group

“Scouts, Cubs & Beavers are meeting again on Wednesdays & Thursdays following the summer break with a few new recruits. The Scouts met at the Cheesewring to gain their climbing badge but unfortunately the bad weather prevented any climbing that day. They will be meeting at Roughtor soon to work towards their hiking badge so fingers crossed for better weather.
Congratulations to Tony Menhenitt for being chosen to attend the 100 year Scouting Jamboree. He spent 2 weeks in Cheltenham, a week in Sweden and gained his Friendship award.
Good news on the new amenity block - although we still need to raise more funds, building has commenced at last with Ivan Hewitt digging the drainage system for us”. If you are interested in supporting our group or joining as a member please contact Brian Farmer on 01208 841760.

Village Shop

Christmas is coming ...... and free range turkeys have been the newest item at the village shop, We were treated to 'Turkey Tastings' over two Saturdays when we had the chance to try products from 'Gobblers' at St Breward, the only free range turkey farmers in the South West. A free raffle was organised during the promotion and the lucky winner of a Christmas Turkey is Sheila Driscoll - congratulations! You can still order a free range Turkey for Christmas - order forms are available at the shop. Please return your order as soon as possible.

Village Hall

It's been a case of 'Dance Yourself Dizzy' in St Mabyn recently .... with a dance held in the village hall on Saturday, 22nd September with impeccable organisation by Yvonne and Mike. Spinning the disks (or is that the laptop) by Mike, everyone found a tune to their liking and the dance floor was busy all evening. All genres were covered from disco to salsa and a great night was had by all who attended. The event was held for the benefit of the St Mabyn Play Group and a raffle helped to boost funds further. Plans are in hand for another village dance towards the end of October /early November .
Our second dance event was a Beginners Belly Dance workshop with Laura Brown. Laura has been involved with Arabic Dance for the last five years and following requests for another event after the highly successful 'Bollywood', the ladies of the village were treated to an opportunity to learn some of basics of Raqs Shakri (Bellydance) on Saturday 29th September. With coined belts around their hips, shimmies and hip drops were learnt and put together into a simple choreography using a colourful veil. Watch out for future workshops in this addictive dance style.

Village Hall Committee next meeting Wednesday 17th October 7.30p.m

Village Hall Coffee a.m 12th & 26th October Visitors and holiday makers are very welcome to join us. £1 pp for coffee and biscuits. Average jolly gathering raises £20 towards funds for the upkeep of the hall.

Village Hall Mistletoe Fair Committee Meeting in anticipation of Christmas will meet on 22nd October at Molly Dyke’s 16.30. Anyone interested in having a stall should communicate with Molly asap.

Farmer Fined

A sheep farmer who buried toxic and hazardous waste on a farm at St Mabyn was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £3,500 by magistrates in Bodmin.
Full story

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Village hall coffee morning

The next village hall coffee morning is on Friday October 12th. On September 28th a splendid group of 27 enjoyed chat and merriment at this popular event. Visitors and holidaymakers are very welcome to join us. £1 per person for coffee and biscuits.

Garden club

St Mabyn Garden Club will meet Wednesday October 10th 7.30pm in the village hall.
photograph by Tamsin

British Red Cross in Cornwall

Elizabeth Williams of St Mabyn is stepping down after six years of serving as both president and chief fund-raiser for the British Red Cross in Cornwall. She passed the reins onto Elizabeth Fortescue, the new president, and Caroline Rucker, the new chairman of the appeal committee.
Elizabeth said: "I shall be very sad to retire but I shall not lose contact.
In my six years as president, the most remarkable thing has been getting to know the volunteers.
Some of them have been working with the Red Cross for 40 or 50 years. It's humbling, really."

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

St Mabyn shop 1984

Photo shows Gwyn and Fred the postman.

St Mabyn School NOT closing.

Dean Ashton, council officer in charge of the department which produced the report, said it had been a huge mistake. Mr Ashton, director of services for children, young people and families, told the meeting: "That data has no status. It has never been taken to the executive and yesterday I ordered that all versions be deleted."
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Ashton stated categorically that no Cornish school was under threat of closure.

one reader commented
"Rather than closing village schools council should use their muscle...if they have any.. to raise council tax on 2nd home owners who are buying up homes but not sending children to schools in the county!..2nd home-owners are not putting anything back into the economy of the county".

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Travelling Acoustic Show

Blisland Village Hall Saturday 20th October 2007
tickets £6.50 doors open 7.15pm Bar
tickets and info:
Hobgoblin Wadebridge
Stuart Ellis 0120873230
Blisland Post Office 01208851730

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