St Mabyn Village News

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

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mistletoe fair

A not to be missed date is Saturday 6th December when St Mabyn will hold their third Mistletoe Fair in the Village Hall from noon until 4pm. We will have an exciting mix of crafters and stalls with ideas and lovely items for Christmas presents teas and refreshments for the weary shopper and some fun and games for al.
If you are interested in having a stall at the fair then please contact Helen Barrett on 01208 841342
Community Craft Stall
We know that many of you are gifted at making beautiful and unusual items, but may not wish to take a whole stall. we are offering an opportunity to sell your wares on our "Community Craft Stall" whether you have one item or ten. A small percentage of the item's ticket price will go towards the Village Hall fund and the remainder to the item's maker; again contact Helen on 01208 841342 for more details.
Wanted... Musical socks and other unloved Christmas presents
We would love any Christmas presents that are living at the back of your wardrobe kitchen cupboard, etc. received last year and not quite you...
We promise not to tell anyone that you passed them onto us for our special Christmas gift stall...pleas deliver to St Mabyn Post Office and Stores. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Land at Longstone

Another planning application for land at Longstone... renewal of permission for the erection of a dwelling with garage for Mr and Mrs White 2008/01955 the other application was 2008/01364

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Last Great First

The Friends of St Mabyn Church invite you to a three course lunch with wine/drinks followed by a ‘Ripping Yarn’ by Gage Williams who will recount tales of ‘derring do’ when he was a member of the 1968 Ethiopian Blue Nile Expedition
Noon for 12.30pm Friday 28th November in St Mabyn Village Hall
Tickets £12 from Audrey Cooke
01208 841607 or

Church Restoration Appeal

The scaffolding is still up round the Church as the last works on the roof are completed - we are assured that this will be complete by The Big Day when we celebrate the successful conclusion of nearly two years fund-raising and the generosity of our many benefactors. I should like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard, especially the members of the Appeal Committee who had been tasked with actually raising the monies needed.
By the time you read this we will have held our final committee meeting, to plan the handover back to the PCC of all the information and documents amassed during the past two years and arrange to liaise with the Friends of St Mabyn Church how we can best all work together for the future maintenance of this lovely building. I have been asked if the "final" committee meeting means that the Restoration is complete? and of course the answer is "no"! A building of this size and antiquity needs constant work and maintenance, the responsibility of the PPC and the Friends was formed precisely to assist with the raising of the necessary funds.
Works which will need to be tackled in the not-too-far-distant future include the re leading of the Great East Window (the Hext Memorial Window), repairs to the roof of the tower and further internal redecoration. Donations towards these projects are always welcome and during the process of the Appeal much has been learned about grant-giving bodies and no doubt this information will be useful in the future.
Over the years our Church has benefited from legacies, and I have been asked how to make sure that monies bequeathed will be used in accordance with the testators intentions, as not all solicitors are conversant with ecclesiastical law and on occasions bequests to "my Church" have ended up in central funds! The short answer is to leave your bequest (either a certain sum, or else a stated proportion of the estate) to "The PCC of St Mabyn (or whichever) Church" and trust to their deciding on how best the building can benefit. St Mabyn Church has several plaques on the wall of the bell tower commemorating several specific bequests, which were most gratefully received at the time. Have a word with Treasurer Joanne Hyde in St Mabyn on 841546 for any further details
Finally! I was delighted to be invited to the St Mabyn YFC AGM to receive a further donation of £500 towards the Appeal. This is most generous, as they gave us £1000 last year, and gratefully received.
I hope that everyone who has donated anything at all, or been involved in any way will feel warmly invited to the celebration on 16 November, at 11am when our Patron Sir David Brewer will officially declare the Appeal to be over, and the commemorative plaque will be dedicated. This will be followed by lunch in the village hall, please come to what should be a very jolly occasion!

Young People's Activities

The nature of our local geography means that not every village can offer every possible activity for all ages, but in this "triangle" of North Cornwall we are very fortunate as in St Breward we have the meeting place for the Guides and Brownies (and we hope that following the recent piece in the Cornish Guardian we will soon have Rainbows up and running) and in St Mabyn there is the Scout Hut, for Beavers (ages 6-8), Cubs and Scouts. Great news that the new extension to house toilets is almost complete, following much hard work and applications for grants. (Contact Jana 01208-815418 for Beavers)
The Girl Guides enjoyed an active summer camping in the New Forest and trying out new activities like falconry, outdoor adventures, especially the high ropes in the forest! and water sports such as canoeing and rafting. Next summer they look forward to the Guides and Scouts Jamboree at Windsor Castle, where there will be 4,500 10-25 year olds.Meanwhile they look forward to a year packed with the activities which they all love. Guides is for girls aged 10-14 and are actively seeking some volunteer leaders to help set up the Rangers which all the present Guides would like to follow on to after they reach 14. Thy have recently been joined by some Brownies who have "graduated", thus creating some much needed spaces. There is no shortage of eager 5-7 year olds looking for a Rainbow Group, but what they need is some volunteer leaders. Guide Leader Jill Jeffs is a Joint District Commissioner and she urges young women of 18+ to give it a try and bolster their CV at the same time. "My involvement with the Guides, and the training which I receive as part of it has always gone down very well in job interviews and it really does offer a lot of enjoyment too" Ring Jill on 01840-212497 for Guides (you don't have to have been a Brownie to join!) and Snowy Owl Kathrynh Tiplady 01208-850185 for Brownies)

Young Farmers! There is an active Club in St Mabyn which always welcomes new members (and you don't actually have to have a farming background!).They meet on Friday evenings in the Village Hall at 7.30pm Secretary Amanda Harris 01208-851027 will be pleased to hear from anyone between aged between 16-25 interested in going along.

Harvest Festival

This years Harvest Festival Service, conducted by the Reverend Margaret Millson assisted by the Reverend John Brendon-Cooke was particularly well attended by residents and visitors alike. The farming community were out in force, giving heartfelt thanks for the eventual conclusion of the long harvesting process which for some time had been in jeopardy. Members of the congregation were delighted to have the organ, damaged in the floods in May, back in action and played by Marjorie Hamley and the traditional favourite hymns rang out in the midst of the internal scaffolding as the interior restoration nears the end. Churchwarden John Lobb led the prayers and many stayed afterwards to enjoy the usual refreshments and fellowship

North Cornwall Hunt

The Master, Robin Nicholls is looking for homes to host couples of hound puppies; if you have done this before and would like to do so again, or, equally if you would like to know more about what this involves give the Master a ring on his mobile, 07876241445 or Kennels a ring on 01208-850223 or the Supporters Club Secretary on 01637876098.

Conservatives Coffee Morning

Members and supporters attended the Coffee Morning hosted by Venning Davey to welcome Tony Baldry MP who was spending the weekend at Tredethy Hotel. He was particularly delighted to learn from Mrs Priscilla Hext that he was occupying the very same room as where her late husband had been born, when it was the Hext family home! He talked to those attending about the recent Party Conference and also their plans to restart the St Mabyn Branch, particularly appropriate as it is the home village of Conservative Candidate Sian Flynn, and those who have expressed an interest will be contacted shortly.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Parish Council

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council which is advertised on the Parish notice boards. If you are on the electoral list, have lived in the parish for over a year, and interested in serving your community, please do not hesitate to put your name forward. You can email the parish clerk Jenny Hoskin or chairman Les Woods

Wadebridge School Photo 1963

Back row... Alan Ballard, Chris bate, Michael Ferkin, Michael Tabb, Dave Masters, Richard Gregor, Brian Gregson, Roger Newton, Allan Rabie, ????.
Middle row... Alan Harvey, ????, Donald O'Reilly, Robert Selley, Johnny [Sam] Treglown, ????, ????, Gillian O'Keagon, ????, Alwin Bennets.
Front Row... Alan Brown, John Kent, Terry Woodward, Mrs Jewel, Hawke, Jenifer, ????, Jennifer Castle, Gwen Harris

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ferret on the loose!

A ferret wandered into my workshop this morning!
Having just tried to eat one of my hens!
I managed to capture the beastie if anyone would like it back?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Masters family history

Carol Cowsill's (Masters) father was born in St Mabyn 27th November 1927, his brother was John Masters who had a daughter Elaine and son Nigel. Her Uncle owned a boarding house in the village. Could anyone provide her with any information on the family? Her Uncle was also William (Billy) Masters who is named on the war memorial plaque.
Contact Carol

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Baby and Toddler Group

St Mabyn Pre-School are going to start a baby and toddler group to be held in St Mabyn Village Hall. The first session is on Friday 17th October9.00am until 11.00am Please come along for coffee, tea, biscuit, a chat and play for the kids.
£2.50 per session. Call Tina 01208850779 or Gillian 01208841453 for more details

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Old School Photo

Thanks to Eric Rundle who sent me this photo.
I can spot Des Old and Val Richards... I expect others will know far more.

North Cornwall Hunt

North Cornwall Hunt, Pennine Hounds, meeting at St Mabyn Inn, 10am Saturday October 11th

Electronic Document Storage

New St Mabyn based business DATASTORE SW LTD provides an efficient service scanning and converting archive paper documentation into electronic digital images and storing them on CD/DVD, hard drive or a web server.

Road closure

Tredethy Hill and the road from Tredethy Hill to Tredethy Road Helland closed 13th October for two weeks between 9.30 and 16.30 daily.


A planning application for listed building Tregarden St Mabyn - Formation of swimming pool and surrounding paving for Tremayne Discretionary Trust 2008/01844
Full plans

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