St Mabyn Village News

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

Monday, March 29, 2010


St Mabyn Post Office - COFFEE LOUNGE - Grand Opening on 3rd April at 10:00am


Dan Rogerson will make a speech to the House of Commons, calling for anyone who wants to turn a property into a holiday home to be forced to apply for planning permission.
Read full article at This is Cornwall

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Latest house prices

Latest St Mabyn house prices

Friday, March 26, 2010

A meaningful dialogue for St Tudy School?

Councillor  Jeremy Rowe's view.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

St Mabyn School

The school is working with a theatre company on a community event for the end of March.
The project will involve lots of art, drama, literacy, music and dance, in which all children will participate. There will be a huge performance with the school building and other local buildings transformed as the backdrop for the children's work on Monday and Tuesday March 29th and 30th.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Community Action Group

The Action Group are working with the Federated Governing Body to secure a new school building for St Tudy.  As you maybe aware, £1.3m has already been allocated from the DCSF for this project.  The Local Authority are suggesting that whilst this project costed £1.8m two years ago, that it now could cost as much as £4m.  The case is being presented to the Children's Scrutiny Committee meeting this Thursday at County Hall. We have raised concerns over the cost of the school being presented to councillors.  There are many other inaccuracies that we’ve picked up on and have highlighted to the committee.
St Mabyn has a vested interest, as securing the future of St Tudy helps secure the future of St Mabyn by making amalgamation highly unlikely.
We have launched another active press campaign, so you should see paper, radio and TV coverage during the latter part of this week.
A newsletter will be published shortly, following Thursdays meeting.
Thank you for your continued support and if anyone would like to attend the meeting, it is public, so please just come along this Thursday for a 10am start.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oil thefts in the area.

Look out for suspicious looking vans!
Police believe a gang is responsible for  domestic oil thefts

Monday, March 15, 2010


Meet second Wednesday in the month from September to May at 7.30pm at St. Mabyn Memorial Hall.
For further information contact  Angela Bunney
01208 841511

Friends of St Mabyn Church

Giles Clotworthy, a renowned raconteur and bon viveur, worked for the National Trust in the South West for 25 years.  Among his responsibilities was the role of promoting and interpreting the houses, gardens and coastline in its ownership.  So he has a unique knowledge of its properties throughout Devon and Cornwall.   He read Fine Art at the Courtauld Institute.

Though retired for some time he remains a passionate supporter of the National Trust's work and is a keen and sometimes critical observer of the charity's role in a changing world.

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The lunch followed by his talk will  take place on Friday 26th March in St Mabyn Village Hall. 

As always, there will be a vegetarian option and the event will now start at 12.30pm for 1.00pm.

Proceeds will go to The Friends of St Mabyn Church - (Gift Aided donations welcome if you cannot attend).

 Admission is £12 (£10 for Members) payable at the door.  

For catering purposes it would be very much appreciated if you could please reserve a place in advance by contacting Audrey Cooke on 01208 841607 ( 

St Mabyn (and Helland) Conservatives

The St Mabyn and Helland Branch was awarded the Phoenix Cup, for the most revitalised branch at the recent AGM of the North Cornwall Conservatives Association.
Members' activities will now be concentrating on the run up to the General Election and anyone interested in helping or becoming involved is invited to contact John on 01208 - 841831

Meeting with E V Thompson

Celebrated author E V Thompson will speak on how Bodmin Moor inspired him to use it as the setting for many of his earlier novels at the next meeting of the Camel Valley and Bodmin Moor Protection Society. The meeting will be held at Coombeshead, Lewannick on Wednesday 12 May.The Society aims to improve and protect for the benefit of the public the towns, villages and countryside within the Society's area of concern. It monitors and when necessary opposes inappropriate applications for the development of land and buildings and works to secure the best options for the public good.. There is also a very pleasant social side to activities, with three meetings a year where social gatherings combine with a talk from appropriately qualified professionals. The most recent was a talk by a planning specialist lawyer, proving very topical for the current concerns, as the Society is  busy with a campaign to oppose the Davidstow Windfarm.The meeting with E V Thompson will be on a much lighter note. For more details of the Society, including how to join please contact the Secretary, Nicola Mundy on 01208-812915

Friday, March 12, 2010

Street Google earth

You've probably seen it all but St Mabyn is now on Street Google

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Our meal and talk by Giles Clotworthy has had to be rearranged and will now take place on Friday 26th March in St Mabyn Village Hall.  This promises to be a very enlightening talk as Giles will speak about the many years he spent working for the National Trust.  As always, there will be a vegetarian option and the event will now start at 12.30pm for 1.00pm.  Admission is £12 (£10 for Members) payable at the door.  For catering purposes it would be very much appreciated if you could please reserve a place in advance by contacting Audrey Cooke on 01208 841607 (  If you would like to become a Member of Friends’ and benefit from concessions, you are welcome to join either on the day or by contacting Carol Grigg on 01208 841276.  Membership remains at only £10 per annum.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Preschool provision

Cornwall Council is meeting with the communities of St Tudy, St Kew and St Mabyn to discuss the best way forward for preschool provision in the area. They are asking parents, preschools, primary schools and parish councils in the villages for their views and will be looking at a range of options based on what local people tell them. Contact them at

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Parish Council

Taken from the agreed minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010 at 7.30pm in the St Mabyn Memorial Hall.
Present:  Cllrs. L Wood (Chairman), K Brown (Vice Chairman), I Kemp, R Francis, R Heath, Mrs H Barrett, A Finnamore, Miss C Barry. Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council) PC Neil Crook (Police Neighbourhood Beat Manager)

Public Session:  There were no members of the public present.
Police:  PC Crook reported on the few incidents reported in 2009 including the “break-in” at the bungalow on the old Longstone Filling Station site on the 31st December.  The police were aware of the speeding traffic through the village, in particular Station Road.  PC Crook agreed to speak to the Safety Partnership Team with the possibility of having a mobile speed camera brought into the village.  The Chairman asked that the police carry out random visits to the parish in the lighter evenings, in particular to monitor the playing field.

Cornwall Council : Cllr J Rowe updated the meeting on the situations concerning both St Mabyn and St Tudy schools and the current situation of both pre-school groups.  The Council were fully aware of the poor road conditions and the many potholes that remained un-repaired. Huge costs had been experienced following the frost damage caused to many roads during the recent bad weather. Councillors discussed the provision of grit bins and their usage by the public.  Cllr Rowe also discussed recent newspaper reports relating to the sending of messages during Cornwall Council meetings, and that he had apologised to the Chairman, Cllr Mrs Harvey.  It was a good means of communication and was permitted, but should be respected.
The budget for 2010/2011 was being set.  A meeting was being held on the 4th February 2010 to discuss Cornwall Councils office accommodation and the future of the building at Higher Trenant in Wadebridge. Discussions were also being held on the cost of waste and the proposal to collect domestic household waste once every two weeks.
Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. C Hodges, A Titcomb.

Planning Decisions:
2009/00382   Appeal Decision for Mr Embley, Mabena House – Watergate Lane, St Mabyn – Erection of second storey extension – Appeal dismissed.
2009/01227  Mrs Dungey, Pitt Farm, St Mabyn – Lifting of Conditions to allow dwelling to be occupied as a separate unit of accommodation – Approved.
2009/01450   Ms A Wills, Tregarden, St Mabyn – Listed Building Consent for adaption of shed  - Approved.
2009/01574  Mr A Driscoll, Ivy Cottage, Wadebridge Road, St Mabyn – Conversion and extension of cottage into two separate dwellings – Application Withdrawn.

Playing Field / Provision of new play equipment and grant funding:  Recent inspections were reported.  Cllr R Francis agreed to carry out the inspections for the forthcoming month.
New signs had been obtained, one for the lower entrance and one informing the public where to obtain the harness for the disabled swing.

Fly tipping

Sadly someone has been fly tipping in the village, the Parish Council have asked for it to be cleared and hope that villagers will keep an eye open for the perpetrators.

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