St Mabyn Village News

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

Thursday, November 27, 2008

School Photo

Back row 1st on the left is Des Old 2nd is Michael Scot, 3rd Joyce Cox, 4th Barbara Marshall, 5th Nancy Long, 6th Jean Carhart, 7th Joan Treverton, 8th John Raymond, 9th Harry Jago, 10th Derick Masters.
Middle row 1st on the left is Roy Hill, 2nd Charity Hewitt, 3rd Jean Scott 4th Nancy Jewell from Heligan 5th is Val Parkyn [Richards], 6th from Avice Treleaven from Pitt, 7th Pamela Hill 8th from left, Pam Lanyon (Watts) 9th Violet Dunstan 10th Henry Pearce.
Bottom row 1st Peter Dixon, 2nd John Best, 3rd Ron Prideaux, 4th Peter Scott, 5th Ernie Pearce, David Brown from Benbole, 6th Eric Rundle 7th Peter Prideaux.
Headmaster C. Trevorrow

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Battery Recycling Facility

A battery recycling service is now available in St Mabyn. You can take your used domestic batteries to St Mabyn Stores and Post Office where a special collection container has been provided for them.
The recycling service; a partnership between St Mabyn Parish Council, St Mabyn Stores, Cornwall County Council and Sita has been introduced to reduce the number of used batteries going to land fill. By supporting the scheme you can be sure that potentially toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium and nickel from your old batteries will be safely recovered and reused.
Batteries that can be accepted are: AAA, AA, C and D sizes as well as button, mobile phone and rechargable. Please take you batteries to the shop during normal opening hours.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New community food project.

A fantastic opportunity to join a new community food project!
An exciting new venture between farmers and the local community is setting up at St Kew Highway.
Fresh, nutritious, affordable, locally grown food for local people is at the heart of this project. An exciting new food partnership between local growers and the local community.
A public meeting will be held on 26 November at the Egloshayle pavilion in Wadebridge, to give community members an opportunity to sign up and be a part of this new project from the outset.
Meeting takes place on 26 November 7.30 - 9pm at Egloshayle pavilion, Wadebridge (next to tennis club). This is a free event and tea and coffee will be provided.

For more information call Traci Lewis, Soil Association on 07870 268654 or Antonina Brown, St Kew Harvest Farmshop on 01208 841818
For more information on Community Supported Agriculture

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The Friends of St Mabyn Church are pleased to announce that their next three course lunch with wine and talk (with slide presentation) will take place in St Mabyn Village Hall on Friday November 28th at Noon for 12.30. The meal will be followed by a ‘Ripping Yarn’ and tales of ‘derring do’ by Brigadier Gage Williams OBE, who participated in the 1968 Blue Nile great Abbai expedition.
The expedition’s objective was to navigate the whole length of the river in Ethiopia – from Lake Tana and the Tississat Falls through the four cataracts of the Northern Gorge all the way to the modern Italian constructed Shafartak bridge and then through the Black Gorge to the western cataracts as far as Sirba, some seventy-five miles from the Sudanese border.
The story of the expedition, “The Story of the Great Abbai Expedition 1968” is published in a book by Richard Snailham, who quotes “Murderous bandits, raging torrents, jagged rocks – the Blue Nile, the Great Abbai as the Ethiopians call it, was a truly savage opponent. Only a military response might succeed, “might” being the operative word.”
All are welcome to what promises to be a very enjoyable and entertaining event. A vegetarian option is available and tickets are £12 (£10 for ‘Friends’).
For information and bookings please phone Audrey Cooke 01208 841607

Monday, November 17, 2008

Writer/Historian needed.

The research needed to track down possible benefactors for the recent Appeal for the Restoration of St Mabyn Church has turned up all sorts of very interesting items of local history and it seems a good idea for this to be written up as a history of the village - if someone is willing to do it! This could make an excellent project for a dissertation or similar or someone who already has experience of interviewing and recording those with a story to tell. If you would like to know more please contact Abigail Kirby-Harris 01208-850651

St Mabyn celebrates

The conclusion of a major fund-raising Appeal to complete the restoration of the roof of St Mabyn parish Church was celebrated with the dedicating of a slate plaque at a special service conducted by the Archdeacon of Bodmin, the Venerable Clive Cohen, assisted by the Reverend Margaret Millson, Prebendary Roger Urwin, the Rev John Brendon-Cooke and Peter Coster. The large church was filled with residents, donors, representatives of various grant-giving bodies and a large contingent from the village (church) school and a selection of musical items presented. Readers were Sir David Brewer, Patron of the Appeal and Abigail Kirby-Harris, Chairman of the fund-raising committee who commented "it is such a delight to have so many with us to celebrate this historic day and we all hope that our work will last for a further six hundred years!" The service was followed by a buffet luncheon in the Village Hall where the special cake, made by Rachel Grigg, representing St Mabyn Young Farmers Club, was cut by Mrs Gill Henchley, former Headteacher at the School and Mrs Daphne Puttock who holds the post today. During both the first and second stages of the Appeal, which has spanned twenty years children from the school have played an active part in the fund-raising efforts. Mrs Nancy Phillips, who with her sister Diana Treffry was baptised and then later married in the Church took this last opportunity to dedicate slates in memory of her parents who were married in the Church on Valentine's Day 1934. Many donors and benefactors have commemorated significant family occasions by recording the names on "slates" and this illustration, drawn by local artist David Chadwick will go off to be framed and then hung in the Church as a permanent memorial to all these former residents.
Abigail Kirby-Harris

Allotments & Parking

The Village Hall Committee is discussing, with interested Parties the siting of land for Allotments in the Village. The Committee is in touch with the Area National Allotment Association Representative and the Management of the Glebe Estate Ltd. To-date 17 people have expressed an interest in allotments.
Parking is an ongoing issue in the Village – a further site to facilitate 40 car parking spaces to ease congestion in the Village, is being investigated. These are initial searches only.
A Meeting will be arranged in December or January when open discussion with the National Allotment Association will take place in the Village Hall.
Village Hall Committee Chairman

St Mabyn Parish Council

Notes from the agreed October 2008 Minutes St Mabyn Parish Council.
Mike Haywood raised the subject of the global financial situation concerning the current prices of fuel, unemployment levels, house prices, the cost of living and the effect, he felt, this could have on the village and the people of the rural community. Mr Haywood asked if the Parish Council had considered a contingency plan. Cllr C Barry offered to seek information from the County Council as to their emergency planning.
District Council Cllr C Mutton reported on the ongoing work of the Implementation Executive Committee overseeing the transition of the new “One Cornwall” unitary authority. The existing planning authorities will be divided into three areas, with the current North Cornwall and Caradon Districts becoming one area. with the proposal that meetings be held alternatively at Camelford and Liskeard once every three weeks.
A new two year government scheme will offer free swimming for the over 60’s with effect from the 1st April 2008.
Police Report: The Police were asking people to be aware of two males travelling around rural areas in a red van offering loft insulation.
Public Toilets: The toilets were being locked at night, but it was noted that the lights were on throughout these hours. It was suggested that a sensor be fitted.
Dog Fouling: The Chairman had witnessed dogs on The Cresent. The Clerk had obtained some “Dog Fouling” notices from the District Council and they have been displayed in this area.
Planning Decisions received from the District Council:-
2008/00183 Midas Homes Ltd, Land between Chapel Lane and Chestnut Drive, St Mabyn – Outline permission for the erection of 35 dwellings – Approved. Various issues concerning this application continued to be discussed.
2008/01364 Mr A White, Land adjacent 5 Longstone, St Mabyn – Erection of a pair of semi detached dwellings in place of the single dwelling approved under decision 2005/01925 – Approved.
2008/01398 Mr Mutton, Burlerrow, Wadebridge Road, St Mabyn – Erection of miscanthus barn – Approved.
Playing Field/Play Equipment/Signs/Parking: The matting under the swings will be replaced. The concrete tubes are to be removed and the one remaining light column taken down from the old tennis court site, as there was no supply to this equipment.
New signs for the playing field entrance and the public toilets have been ordered.
It was agreed that a further sign be obtained stating “Parking at own Risk” and placed on the site of the old canteen adjacent to the Memorial Hall.
A disabled swing in the playing field is being considered. A handrail had been erected at the main entrance gates to segregate the pedestrian entrance.
Footpath No.5 had been trimmed although the maize crop was fast growing and had been planted too close to the hedge. It was stated that the crop should be harvested within the next few weeks.
Parish Matters:
Telephone Kiosk: The light not working in the telephone box will be reported to BT.
Parish Council Vacancy: The one vacancy had been advertised by NCDC. It was resolved that if no election is called, the Clerk will advertise this position to be filled by co-option by the Parish Council.
Directional Sign at Highgates: One arm of the sign had been knocked off. It was agreed that any repairs be deferred until after contractors May Gurney had left the area.
B3266: The Council noted a report of a motorbike travelling in excess of the speed limit through Longstone on the 28th September 2008. The police had been informed.
Site of the Old Filling Station at Longstone: Local residents in the vicinity of the old filling station had received notification that a water interest survey was to be carried out on behalf of the Environment Agency, in relation to the development of the site. As part of the development, it is proposed that a secondary treatment works with a new soakaway be built in the garden of the existing bungalow. The Parish Council will seek clarification on this matter.
The Crescent: Parking problems had arisen at The Crescent owing to the number of vehicles owned by the house occupiers and the availability of the parking bays for tenants, in relation to those available for the private householders.
Date of next Meeting: Tuesday, 2nd December 2008. All welcome to attend. Cllr Helen Barrett

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

St Mabyn Church

EVERYONE is being invited to a huge celebration in St Mabyn on Sunday to commemorate the completion of the church roof repairs.
For the past 20 years the village community has pulled together to help raise funds for the restoration appeal for the medieval church.
It was completed in two phases. Phase one began in 1988 and phase two began two years ago when an extra £75,000 was needed to complete the project.
The Bishop of Truro, one of the patrons of the appeal, has now retired, so on Sunday the Archdeacon of Bodmin, Clive Cohen will officiate at the Patronal Festival at 11am and consecrate a plaque, made of local slate, commemorating the 20 years of effort to repair this historic landmark.
The service will be followed by luncheon in the Village Hall at noon where Sir David Brewer, the other patron, whose family has long-standing links with the parish, will attend to meet the many workers and supporters.
He said: "This has been a marvellous effort and I look forward to meeting all those able to attend. I hope that everyone who has supported, or donated in any way, will come along and enjoy the celebrations."
Appeal chairman Abigail Kirby-Harris said: "We are all looking forward to Sunday when we feel that we can sign off this enormous project, and also thank the many who have made its success possible".
"There is still room for a few names on the 'slate' picture we have to record the names of all benefactors, so if anyone would like to do so before it goes off for framing, please come along on Sunday and do so."

Glenmorris Caravan Site

Change of use of lower field from touring vans to static caravan field [26 caravans] for Mr R.Lloyd application number 2008/2089

Monday, November 10, 2008

YFC 71st Annual Dinner and Dance

St Mabyn Young Farmers held their 71st Annual Dinner and Dance at Bowood Golf Club. It was an enjoyable evening with 100 members, family and friends attending. Mr Tony Rounsevell was the guest speaker this year along with Nicola Chegwidden from County Young Farmers Chairman. It was a lovely meal,with speeches from retiring President, Chairman and Secretary, Mrs Jill Harris, Peter Harris and Amanda Harris. Trophies were awarded to members for their achievements throughout the year. The presidents shield was handed over to the new President Mrs Shirley White. A brilliant evening was had by all who attended.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Young Farmers

On Friday 7th November we are holding our 'New Members evening' in St Mabyn Village hall at 7.30pm. If you are aged between 14 -26 and want to find out what young farmers is all about please come along.
Young farmers offer a wide variety of activities and opportunities including National Competitions Programme, the chance to learn new skills through training courses, international travel through tours and holidays.
Whether its learning new skills, raising money for charity or just making new friends, this is for you!!
Just remember -'You don't have to be a farmer to join Young Farmers'.
For further details please contact Chairman -Emma Braunton 07876 708 077 or Secretary Kim Pauling 07737 131 752.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Glenmorris Caravan Park

Demolition of existing amenity block and erection of new amenity block.
Application 2008/02046

Monday, November 03, 2008


Anyone in St Mabyn Parish who would like an allotment please fill out a form in the shop ASAP.

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. Vegetarian Option is available.
Noon for 12.30pm Friday 28th November at St Mabyn Village Hall
Tickets £12 (£10 for Friends)
from Audrey Cooke
01208 841607 or

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