St Mabyn Village News

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Planning Longstone

4 Longstone, St Mabyn - Erection of two storey extension to rear of dwelling for Mrs Wendy Sanders of Bodmin.
Full planning details

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Duchy Opera

An Evening at the opera in St Mabyn Church on Sunday 25th May 2008 at 7.30pm Tickets £12.50 Booking Forms available from Jenni Tarring 01208 841329

The Season of Summer Music in St Mabyn 2008 has been organised as part of the fund-raising initiative for Phase II of the church roof restoration. Future concerts include Johnny Cowling, Jazz on the Green, Italian Nightingales and Churchtown Unity Jazz Band.

Dates for the Diary

On Sunday 20th July there will be a garden party at the Old Rectory, Helland, organised by the St Breward Conservatives with guests Sian Flynn, our PPC and also Mick Martin, Chairman of the A30 Action Group. They have a lovely garden! admittance including a cream tea will be £5.

Tony Baldry, MP for Banbury and former MAFF Minister (the last Conservative Fisheries Minister) will be the guest of the St Breward Conservatives for 3 - 4 October. He will be the Guest Speaker at a dinner to be held at Lavethan, Blisland on Friday 3 and then at a Coffee Morning in St Mabyn, venue to be confirmed on Saturday 4th. Do put those dates in your diaries!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Friends of St Mabyn Church

You are invited to a Buffet Supper + Wines
(Vegetarian option available)& a short AGM followed by a talk by
Sir David Brewer of Helland on being Lord Mayor of London 2005/2006 on every occasion."
Buffet supper from 6.30 pm on Mon 5th May Talk from 7.30 pm
St Mabyn Village Hall (Church if numbers too great)
Please contact Audrey Cooke Tel 841607 for reservations
Admission for Supper and Talk £12 non-members, £7 for members.
Admission for Talk only plus AGM £5 non-members, Free for Members.
(Reservation not necessary for Talk/AGM only)
Enquiries regarding Membership of Friends of St Mabyn Church please contact Carol Grigg 01208 841276

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Coffee morning

The last village hall event raised £19 and the next coffee morning will be on Friday 25th April, 10.30-11.30am. Coffee, tea, biscuits and chat, £1 per head.
Everyone is welcome.

Spring Fair

The village hall spring fair held last Saturday was very successful raising just over £300.
This will almost cover the cost of the new fire extinguishers, which really needed to be replaced.
Thank you to all those who came along - even though it was a very wet day. Thank you too to the stallholders - we hope to see you again around Christmas time.
It is worth noting here, that our hall can be hired for various functions and not only by parishioners but by anybody who has a need to hold a function and requires kitchen facilities, too.

Contact the caretaker on 01208 841076.

The Coach House

Permission is being sought at Trelinden, Rectory Lane, St Mabyn for works to trees covered by a tree preservation order; reducing the height of two beech trees and removal of one beech tree for Mr and Mrs S. Flynn.
Full details

Church Restoration Appeal

This week sees the start of the long-awaited restoration of this beautiful old church. Ryearch, the approved contractors have started erecting the scaffolding. Services in the Church, including weddings and other celebrations will not be affected, including the Summer Music series of concerts, and the schoolchildren will also be able to continue with their regular use of the building. Fund-raising efforts will continue - until the final bills have been paid. Very many thanks to all those who have donated so far.


This is Guiding for girls aged 5-7 years and currently needs a leader to restart - there are lots of eager little girls! If you would like to help (and full Guider support is available) please contact Jill Jeffs on 01840 212497.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bishop Bill Party

Appeal Committee, l-r:
John Lobb (Churchwarden) Joanne Hyde (Treasurer) Helen Barrett (Publicity) Colin Hyde (Churchwarden) Alan Millson EH liaison) Abigail Kirby-Harris (Chairman) Jennifer Tarring (Secretary and Summer Music Organiser)

A happy time at the Bishops Farewell party!

Bishop Bill Presentation

Churchwarden John Lobb presents Bishop Bill with Judas Tree (cercis) for his new garden in Wiltshire.


Bishop Bill with Venning Davey and Josie Parfitt, who were confirmed.

Easter Sunday

A large congregation gathered for the Easter Sunday service where the Reverend John Brendon-Cook first blessed the Easter Garden built round the Norman font. The Church looked delightful, fresh and sparkling following the great Spring Clean led by Sacristan Anthea Lobb and her team of helpers who also produced the lovely arrangements of spring flowers everywhere. At the end of the service Easter eggs, a symbol of new life, were blessed and distributed and coffee and biscuits served afterwards.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Keith Hills

Keith Hills folk-blues & ragtime guitarist will be performing at Helland Village this Saturday 19th April.
Keith began his love for the acoustic guitar in the 1970's, and quickly established himself as a fine musician in the folk clubs of his native Cornwall and the UK; travelling extensively through Europe, with guest appearances on radio and at folk festivals. Keith is one of the most acclaimed fingerstyle players in Cornwall.

More details

Friday, April 11, 2008

Horse Brass

Horse Brass spotted on ebay with maker's plate and two large oval studs. The Maker's plate is from the saddler 'HARRIS - MAKER, St Mabyn'.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Garden Club

In February, the invited speaker was Colin Hawke, from Newquay, who gave an interesting talk on Cornwall's native trees.
They were informed about where and how to plant and given advice on staking trees. Pruning was an important topic too as well as diseases - apple trees were a popular topic.
In March Mr Tony Brown, who has a nursery in Looe, gave a talk and demonstration on how to line and fill hanging baskets and containers with a wonderful collection of plants which he had brought with him.
These were on sale at bargain prices after the event. Refreshments and a raffle completed the evening.

St Mabyn School

The mobile skate park on Thursday, March 27 was enjoyed by many, especially because it was a lovely sunny day.
At one given time there were 10 young people enjoying the facility laid on by the school and supported by the parish council.

Spring Fair

Saturday, April 19, 1.30pm to 4.30pm in the village hall. Arrangements are coming together for what is going to be a very enjoyable event. We shall have stalls which will include cosmetics jewellery, good quality second-hand books, cakes, jams and chutneys, country produce, cards and stationery, paintings and prints, plants and more. If you would like to contribute to the parish food stall or plant stall please do so by bringing along your contribution by noon on April 19. Contact Helen on 01208 841342.

Pre School

A new member of staff joins the team, Melanie Borrott, who will be starting this week. A Monday lunch club is being introduced on a trial basis on Monday, April 14 after the morning session from 11.40am to 12.40pm for a fee of £2.50. If it proves to be popular it may be extended to other days. To contact St Mabyn Pre School please phone Angela Brown (pre school supervisor) on 07786 461607.

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

Meetings resume next week in the Scout Hut on the edge of St Mabyn village.

Beavers meet on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, followed by Cubs from 6.30pm to 8pm. Scouts meet on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8pm. New recruits always welcome. Please contact Brian Farmer on 01208 841760.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


The Coach House Trelinden Rectory Lane.
Erection of two storey extension to the rear of cottage for Mr and Mrs P and S Flynn.
Full plans

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Recent house prices

The average price of a house sold in St Mabyn over the past 12 months was £340,000
The village clearly needs more affordable housing than Midas is offering!
Full details at

Linda Irwin

Linda Irwin of St Mabyn is one of 20 artists exhibiting work at the North Cornwall Museum and Gallery at Camelford.
See more of Linda's work here

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