St Mabyn Village News

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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ivy Cottage

Conversion and extension of existing cottage into two separate dwellings. for Andy Driscoll.
Planning application 2009/01574

Schools Referendum

IT’S YOUR LAST CHANGE TO VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM TOMORROW. The deadline is this Friday 27th, 12 noon so please, if you haven’t yet posted your ballot please do so as a lost vote is as good as a no vote.  It is really important as many people vote as possible.  If you would like assistance to the village stores or require a ballot paper, please let Chris Mugford know on 01208 851 067.

Issue number 3 of the newsletter

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hands off our schools new website

St.Tudy and St.Mabyn Community Action Group website.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Save Our Schools Ballot

BBC Spotlight and ITV crews visited St Mabyn throughout the morning to film concerned villagers casting their ballot papers in the village Post Office.
“A referendum, organised through the Electoral Reform Society, is a brilliant way to give the villages a voice, and the Hands Off Our Schools Group is to be congratulated for setting it up.
The Council and the Diocese have a duty to listen to the results.” said Dan Rogerson

Article in the Daily Telegraph
Cornish Guradian article

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

TV crews in St Mabyn

A number of TV crews have picked up our story about keeping our schools in our villages. BBC Spotlight and ITV crews will be visiting our villages throughout the morning.It would show great support if we can get a good amount of villagers and parents to both events.
If you can make it please come to St Tudy village store for 8:15am – please wrap up warm as a windy day is predicted and please bring your ballots.
There will also be a news crew in St Mabyn village store at 11am. Please bring your ballots with you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Friends of St Mabyn Church

Meal with Wine
 (vegetarian option available)
 Followed by a talk, which will take place on Friday 27th November in St Mabyn Village Hall, 12noon for 12.30.  Tickets £12 - £10 for Members. 
 Speaker will be Richard Jenkin of St Mabyn, who has very kindly agreed to talk on his recent spell as science teacher at the Henry Nginza School in the township of Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth, where the children often come to school hungry but are keen to learn.  The area has great poverty – 50% unemployment plus AIDS/TB/alcoholism etc.  The school has very few resources but the teachers are dedicated.  Although they lack material wealth in the township they are happy because they care for each other and have a strong faith.  Richard’s talk will also include projected photographs.

To reserve a place please ring Liz or Gage on 01208 841378, or Audrey on 0120 841607.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mistletoe Fair

Thursday, November 12, 2009

C1858 Stone Tredethy

C1858 Stone Tredethy St. Mabyn Cornwall England Blight A plate from Crosses in Cornwall by John T Blight.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Headteacher's party

PUPILS, parents and other well-wishers who have known a popular local headteacher are invited to a retirement party celebrating her 13 years of service. Mrs Daphne Puttock has led St Mabyn Church of England Primary School between Bodmin and Wadebridge for more than a decade; last December she gave the year’s notice required of head teachers.
Parents, staff and governors of St Mabyn School are organising a leaving party to be held at Lanarth Hotel at St Kew Highway on Thursday, December 17 at 7.30pm.
“Mrs Puttock asked us not to do anything formal,” said Anne-Marie Irons, a parent at who has served in the school’s Home School Association (HSA) for many years. “It’s going to be an informal buffet party with a festive holiday theme.
“I know that Mrs Puttock would be happy to see some of her previous students and their families, so we’d like to encourage them all please to come.”
Guests are requested to bring some party food to contribute to the buffet: pasties, dips, mince pies, cheese and grapes, or anything tasty and seasonal.
Jane McDonald, present chair of the HSA, said: “We hope that even if people can’t come, that they will spread the word among past parents and students. This event is completely separate from the events surrounding the federation of St Mabyn and St Tudy schools; it’s a straightforward retirement party to mark the years that Mrs Puttock has spent as our headteacher.”
If you have any questions, contact HSA secretary Gillian Molesworth on 01208 841 453; people are welcome just to show up on the night. Lanarth Hotel and Caravan Park PL30 3EE is off the A39 between the St Mabyn turning and St Kew Highway . Their number is 01208 841 215.

We shall remember them

Book signing and cake!! A huge success!!

Hands Off Our Schools!
"Our book signing was a massive success and a big thank you to Jill, Rosalind, Bev, Jo, Bev, Sam, Nigel, Paula, Angela, Sharon, Mandy, Alex, Lisa and all who came or helped out for such a great day. We raised a massive £1,046 for our campaign and £210 for St Mabyn Pre School."

Friday, November 06, 2009

Post Office early 1900's

Hands Off our Schools

Issue 2 of the newsletter

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

St. Tudy & St Mabyn Community Action Group

Letter from St. Tudy & St Mabyn Community Action Group to Diocesan Director of Education.

St Mabyn Pre-School

On Wednesday, November 4, the St Mabyn Pre-School held an emergency meeting with the wider St Mabyn community. Due to low numbers of children, St Mabyn Pre-School needs to fund raise £5,000 to keep going in its current format before the end of July. We are putting it to the community that if they want to keep the service, we need their help. There is a pledge form in the St Mabyn Village Shop for community groups and individuals to offer to raise some money on our behalf. They must write down the pledge by the end of November. We will tot it all up at the end of the month and if it's not enough, we will be forced to close the Pre-School down at the end of this term. You can pledge by phone on the pre-school phone number: 07929 092 088.

Thank you all for your attention. Read full speech here

Villagers in poll over bid to keep schools

AN action group is to fund a referendum in a bid to save two village schools.
Cornish guardian article

Revised Midas development

Residential development comprising the erection of thirty five dwellings with associated infrastructure and external works/landscaping
Application number 2009/01478

St Mabyn Parish Council

Agreed minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 6th October 2009 at 7.30pm in the St Mabyn Memorial Hall.
Present: Cllrs. L Wood (Chairman), K Brown (Vice Chairman), A Titcomb, I Kemp, R Heath, C Hodges, Mrs H Barrett, A Finnamore, Miss C Barry.
Also attending: Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council)Sarah Sims (Cornwall Council Community Network Manager – Wadebridge/Padstow Area Fifty Two members of the public including Mrs Puttock (Headteacher of St Mabyn School), Mrs Holmes (Headteacher of St Tudy School), MP Dan Rogerson (Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall), representatives from the Governing Bodies of both schools, and members of the two Community Action Groups.
Public Session: The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and invited the public to address the Council if they so wished. Mrs Puttock addressed the meeting and explained that she was retiring in December 2009, and that talks had been held throughout the year between the Education Authority, the Diocese Board of Education, the two Governing Bodies and teaching staff to discuss a federation for the joint management of both schools. Parent meetings had been held before the school summer holidays and both sets of Governors had met to discuss the results of a consultation.
Cost issues and matters concerning the identified site had cancelled previous plans to build a new school at St Tudy, although an allocation of funding had been reserved until 2011. A possible solution to address the issues of falling pupil number in St Mabyn and the outdated facilities at St Tudy could be to build one school for both communities.
Matthew Slater, representing the newly formed Community Action Group reported on their campaign to oppose the closure of both schools and their fight to retain the facilities in both villages, the disappointment in the lack of consultation with parents regarding the federation and talks to merge, and the effect the closure of the schools would have on the two communities and the facilities such as the post offices, shops, village hall, churches etc.
The site currently identified for a new school was Longstone and this was considered to be totally unacceptable location owing to its locality, the danger of having to cross the main B3266 road and the hazardous Longstone junction. Children would not be able to walk or cycle from St Mabyn village and all children from St Tudy would require vehicle transport.
Although much disappointment was expressed about the way the Governing Bodies had dealt with this situation, it was stated that they were acting in the best interest of the children.
MP Dan Rogerosn had attended to listen to the comments made, and felt that although a federation was not harmful and possibly the way forward, both schools played a very important part in each of their communities and without further facts and information he would, at this time, not support the closure of the two schools.
The Chairman read a letter from Sian Flynn (prospective Parliamentary Conservative Candidate for North Cornwall), again opposing any plans for the school closures.
Cllr J Rowe expressed his disappointment that, as a member of Cornwall Council for this ward, he had not received any information, or consultation on the federation or possible closures until now, when it was a member of the public who had first brought the matter to his attention. The two villages needed to work together to achieve the best possible solution.
Sarah Sims (Cornwall Council Community Network Manager for the Wadebridge / Padstow Network Area) noted the comments expressed regarding the schools. Mrs Sims explained the set up of the 19 networks throughout Cornwall and their role in the local communities, to increase community engagement, address local issues, support Parish and Town Councils, and work closely together with them, the police, the local health authority and other organisations. Also to assist in Active Partnering, applications for grant funding and contracts. The Wadebridge / Padstow Network consisted of 12 parishes and two towns, and was the first network to trial the Cornwall Council Highway Stewardship Scheme.
The next informal Community Network meeting was being held on Thursday, 22nd October 2009 at Egloshayle.
The Chairman had extended this part of the meeting until 8.15pm, after which the majority of the public left, with five parishioners and Cllr J Rowe remaining. (Cllr R Heath left the meeting at 8.20pm, along with the members of the public)
Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
2009/01227 Mrs RA Dungey, Pitt Farm, St Mabyn –
Lifting of Condition 2 on 90/2056 (annex use only) to allow the dwelling to be occupied as a separate unit of accommodation (separate dwelling house).
Resolved to authorise Cllrs L Wood and A Titcomb to seek further information. Cllr Mrs H Barrett abstained.
2009/01069 Mr N Embley, Mabena House, Watergate Lane, St Mabyn – Removal of timber roof and replace with pitched slate roof – Approved.
Planning Training: Cllr A Titcomb briefed the Council on the planning training session he attended on 5th October 2009, in particular the importance of development boundaries and identified sites.
Playing Field / Provision of new play equipment (grant funded): The new disabled swing was being installed on the 19th October 2009. The Chairman had met with Sarah Sims and a colleague to discuss further grant application options to “top up” the remainder of the grant previously received from North Cornwall District Council. It was agreed that alternative ideas be explored as the adapted roundabout for the disabled / pushchairs was hugely expensive and beyond the grant money currently held by the Parish Council.
Cllr C Hodges agreed to complete the inspections for the forthcoming month.
CCC Local Maintenance Project – Parish Footpaths: Cllr K Brown reported that the resident at Trevisquite had expressed his thanks to the Parish Council in arranging for the bridleway to be trimmed (544/9/1).
Parish Council Vacancy: One application of interest had been received from Mr Ross Francis. The Council agreed to co-opt Mr Francis and invite him to attend and sign his ”Declaration” at the meeting in November 2009.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

St Mabyn Pre-School needs you!

A reminder:
The emergency meeting of St Mabyn Pre-School will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, November 4 at 1.30pm - please make a note of the time. Hope you can be there.

Friends of St Mabyn Church


Saturday, 5th December 12.00 until 4pm
Would you like to help prepare the hall, man a stall or assist with refreshments?
Do you have any goods to donate, ie cakes, biscuits, baked goods, jams, chutneys, sweets etc?
Have you any new books, games, toiletries, etc. suitable for gifts, items for prizes, tombola, bran tub etc?
If you can help, your contribution would be very much appreciated. Please leave a note in the marked box in St Mabyn Shop with your name and ‘phone number and we will arrange collection.
Please contact Helen on 841342 or Kitty on 841894 for further details.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Coffee, Cake and Book-Signing Afternoon

Help keep St Mabyn and St Tudy schools in the heart of their villages. Drop in for a coffee, cake and maybe a Christmas present or two at St Mabyn Memorial Hall on 10th November between 2.30 and 4.30, where best-selling children's author Jill Murphy, writer of 'The Worst Witch' and 'The Large Family' series, will be signing her latest book alongside other favourite titles. All proceeds from this event will go to the St Tudy and St Mabyn Community Action Group. Hope to see you there. Thank you for your support.

Pub Quiz

Come and test the old grey matter at a fun Pub Quiz evening to be held in aid of stopping St.Tudy and St.Mabyn schools from being closed. The quiz will be held this Saturday 7th November starting at 7.00pm in St Mabyn Inn. Tickets are currently on sale in both St.Tudy and St.Mabyn village Post Offices at £5 per team of four. There will be a raffle and a prize for the winning team. All funds from this event will go to supporting the work of the St.Tudy and St.Mabyn Community Action Group. Hope to see you there!

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