St Mabyn Village News

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

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The cruel and curious sea

Local artists Robbie Jones, Dan Scott, Shayne House and Jago Silver were part of a wonderful exhibition at Stowe Barton called The Cruel and Curious Sea

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Good reviews for the new St Mabyn Inn

Trip advisor reviews for St Mabyn Inn

Friday, September 20, 2013

St Mabyn bus service to be axed

The 561Western Greyhound Camelford-Wadebridge-Bodmin service will be withdrawn on 2nd November 2013.

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Monday, September 16, 2013


Rehearsals are now well underway for the St Mabyn Players’ 2013 Christmas production of ‘Allo ‘Allo.   Performances will take place on 13/14th and 20/21st December and tickets will cost £8, which will include our usual delicious pasty supper, dessert and tea/coffee.   As usual, tables for eight may be booked in advance and over 18s may bring their own alcohol.

Extremely expensive royalties, costumes, scenery and rehearsal time etc should have dictated a huge increase in the price of tickets.  However, we hope that the support we have had from everyone in previous years holds good for our latest production and that we can continue to maintain our usual high volume of ticket sales. We have had to open ticket sales one month early as booking have already started to take off and a large number of reservations have already been made for this very popular production. 
Our extremely talented performers include a number of new faces this year and we are delighted that they have brought with them a wealth of experience.  This hilarious production is guaranteed to be an extremely entertaining and fun night out so do join us, bring your friends, dress up as your favourite Allo Allo character, or even as an onion seller - and party!   

Please contact Audrey Cooke for tickets on 01208 841607 (

Bingo Night

St Mabyn players are holding a Bingo night on Saturday 12th October at St Mabyn Village Hall to raise money for their Christmas production of Allo Allo.
All the prizes are cash prizes and range from £5 to £50. The entrance fee is £4 which includes tea/coffee and a sweet.
This does not include the price of the bingo books which cost £5. Doors open at 7 pm and eyes down at 7.30 pm.
As usual people over the age of 18  are encouraged to bring their own alcohol.
As this is always well attended early booking is recommended. You can book a single ticket or a table of eight by ringing Tony on 01208 841314

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Black Feathers

The Black Feathers performing in St Mabyn Church during MJ-UK concert on the 27th August.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

St Mabyn Church discussion course

Way of life
A pattern for Christian Living
Diocesan discussion course every Wednesday morning  for 6 weeks
Venue : Molly’s house 5, Mabena Close
Time: 10.30am ---12.00
Starting date: 2nd October 2013
Leader: Rev Dave Elkington
All are welcome

St Mabyn Church interactive sessions

Moving On! contains seven interactive sessions designed to help group members explore Christian discipleship in a small-group setting. Beginning with the course members’ current experience Moving On! helps all Christians to:
 1) consider the benefits and challenges of being a follower of Jesus --------------------------------------------------------24/9
 2) be active and committed members of the church –1/10
3) explore Christian worship----------------------------------8/10
4) grow in their relationship with God--------------------15/10
5) explore the Trinity and the Holy Spirit-----------------22/10
6) think about Cheerful Giving----------------------29/10
7) Live a NEW Life--------------------------------5/11
 Each session is based around a fifteen minute DVD programme. The DVD programme contains the honest views and a thought provoking personal story. Each week will be Bible based and course members will have time to share their thoughts and experiences as they reflect upon ‘moving on’ in their future relationship with the Lord. Course member Alex comments: ‘Doing Moving On! has transformed my Christian life! It has helped me discover what it means to be a wholehearted disciple.’
Venue : David and Mary Bishop’s home Trelowarth on Watergate Lane
Date: Tuesday evenings beginning 24th Sept 2013 for 7 weeks Time: 7-------8.30 pm

Sunday, September 08, 2013

St Mabyn Garden Club

St Mabyn Garden Club commences its 2013/2014 programme with a visit from Tracey Wilson who will be talking on the subject of Friendly Gardens. This will be held on Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm at St Mabyn Village Hall.
For our November meeting Wednesday 13th also 7.30pm in the Village Hall, our speaker Mike Stephens will be giving us an interesting talk on Herbs for the Kitchen.  Look forward to seeing you there.  For more information including membership details call Angela Bunney 01208 841511.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

MJ-UK performing in St Mabyn church

A dramatic moment by Ben Maggs and Megan Yates from the musical "Sweeney Todd" when MJ-UK performed to a packed house in St Mabyn church on 27th August.

Parish Council meeting 6th August

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 6th August 2013 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), M Grigg (Vice Chairman), Mrs A Bunney, Mrs C Bray, S Collop, R Chadwick, M Menhenitt, R Clark.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council) PCSO Lloyd Paynter (Police) and four members of the public.

1.Public Session:  The Chairman invited the members of the public to address the Council, if they so wished.
The positioning of the traffic detection equipment and its purpose was discussed with the Parish Council and Cllr J Rowe.  One parishioner felt the location was the wrong place.

Some parishioners asked when they could expect a response to their letters in relation to a petition (reported at the last meeting). The Chairman confirmed the matter was now with the Cornwall Council Solicitor who would be writing to all those who signed the petition.  It was hoped that these letters would be sent out within the next week.
Owing to Mrs Barrett's persistence and disrespectful comments to the Council and the Parish Clerk, making reference to previous matters and not respecting a request from the Chariman to refrain from this unacceptable behaviour, the Chairman closed the public session.

Police:   PCSO Paynter reported that PC Laurie O’Toole had joined the Neighbourhood Team and would be visiting the village in the future.  The police had been notified of suspect traders travelling in a van visiting rural areas.  PC Paynter asked the public to contact the police if they know of anyone who is approached by the driver or passengers of such a vehicle.
The parking around the area of the public house was reported, in particular the parking of vehicles on the pavement.  Parking  issues were also a problem when the school was open.
Over the past month the parish had received one reported crime being the theft from a motor vehicle in Wadebridge Road, however it had transpired that the theft could have occurred elsewhere, the exact location was not known.  Therefore this remains undetected. 

                                                                            (PCSO Paynter left the meeting)

Cornwall Council: 
Cllr J Rowe addressed matters relating to Cornwall Council including the county wide issue relating to parking charges. The budget setting process had begun and consultation events were to be held during September / October for local councils and the public to attend.
The second Annual Parish & Town Council Summit event was to be held on the 21st September 2013 at Kingsley Village.
Cornwall Council matters reported were the flooding on the road from Dinhams Bridge – St Kew,
the overgrown hedges and potholes requiring attention.
A request was made to enhance the 30mph signs through the village. It was suggested that 30mph markings could be painted on the road surface.

2.  Apologies:  There were no apologies for non attendance.

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting and Closed Session both held on the 2nd July 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman following the amendment to Item 14 – the seat was to be re-painted not re-stained.
The Minutes of the Closed Meeting held on the 23rd July 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising:
Meeting - 2nd July 2013:
Item 5 Work required to repair the lighting in the public toilets:  The work had now been completed.
Item 14 – Seats and Notice Boards:  A letter of thanks will be sent to Mr K Brown for refurbishing the seat on “The Cresent”.
Item 14 Paper Bank at the garages behind “The Cresent”:  The paper bank had been removed.

Meeting – 23rd July 2013:  Any matters arising to be discussed under Item 17 of this meeting.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:  There were no applications presented for consideration at this meeting.

Planning Decisions:
PA13/03278  Mr John Cressey, Penwine Farm Barn, St Mabyn – Conversion from a four-port garage and store room to a domestic art studio and gym – Approved.

PA13/03837  Mrs Wendy Sanders, 4 Longstone, St Mabyn – Construction of a dwelling in the garden – Approved.

Planning – Notification of the appointed “Friendly Link Planning Officer” for the Parish Council – Mr Tim Warne.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths:  Nothing to report.

9.  Playing Field:  Recent inspections were verbally reported by Cllr A Finnamore.
Cllrs M Menhenitt and R Clark agreed to carry out the forthcoming inspections.

10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Core Strategy document, the advantages of creating a parish plan / neighbourhood development order and to consider forming a committee:
The Clerk notified the Council that Cornwall Council was arranging training sessions on neighbourhood plans and the seminar at Bodmin was to be held on the 3rd October 2013.  The Clerk, Cllr Mrs A Bunney and S Collop will endeavour to attend.
11.  Correspondence:
St Mabyn Peace Memorial Hall Committee – As Mrs Helen Barrett was no longer a Councillor, the Parish Council had been asked to appoint a new representative for the Hall Committee.  Cllr Mrs P Lloyd will be asked if she would take up this position.
Fly Tipping – Cornwall Council had replied to a report of fly tipping on the Helland to Clerkenwater road
Road Closure – Notification of a Cornwall Council road closure on the A389 between St Mabyn Hill and Sladesbridge from 30th September 2013 – 4th October 2013 (7pm-7am) for road patching works.
Cornwall Association of Local Councils:  Publication of the 4th edition of the Good Councillors Guide available for 2.00 per copy.
Code of Conduct – Cornwall Council consultation on the Code of Conduct, one year on from the changes to the ethnical standards regime. 

12.  Parish Council Vacancy – to consider applications and co-option:  No applications received.

13.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available – No reports received.
The problems with the sewage system from the Mabena Lea development – Cllr M Menhenitt reported on the situation whereby it had been found that the sewage pumping station on the development was not working correctly and this resulted in the sewage not being cleaned before water was deposited through the highway drainage system.  The County Council and Environment Agency were now in discussions with Midas Homes (Linden) and agreed to liaise with the Clerk and Cllr M Menhenitt as to what is being done to resolve this.  The Clerk thanked Cllr Menhenitt for attending numerous site meeting on behalf of the Parish Council.
Dog Bins and frequency of emptying:  Clarification from Cornwall Council stated that the dog bins should be emptied once a week.

14.  Parish Matters / Any other Business: 
a) Tree cuttings from Tredinnick House – Cuttings were being placed on the verge.  Cllr M Menhenitt offered to address this matter on behalf of the Parish Council.

15.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 3rd September 2013.

16.  To close the Meeting to the public – Closed Session:  Cllr J Rowe left the meeting.  Members of the public had already left.

17.  Closed Session – Minutes recorded separately. 
18.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business for this meeting the Chairman asked Councillors to remain for Item 17.  The time being 8.50pm.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Wind turbine

Latest updates on the wind turbine application PA11/10027  previously put on hold when a community project was proposed.
The noise report shows that the proposed wind turbine is acceptable.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

A Feast of Music

It was a full house in St Mabyn church on 27th August when MJ-UK Music and Arts from Cirencester gave an outstanding performance to an extremely delighted audience.   Our beautiful church was magically transformed into pure theatre for the night by concert promoter, David Hudson, and few were prepared for the treats in store.
International mezzo soprano, Maria Jagusz, gave a stunning performance, especially  when her rendition of The Holy City inspired some extremely enthusiastic audience participation.  The highly acclaimed ‘The Black Feathers’ duo demonstrated beautiful harmony in their typically unique style and the incredibly versatile Ben Maggs brought the house down with his comedy version of O Sole Mio.
Unfortunately, space prohibits individual credit to each of the other 20 or so young highly trained performers.  Suffice to say that they each, and collectively, demonstrated a massive talent presented with great humour and professionalism.
Maria’s dedication to the task of fulfilling the potential of these young performers is quite inspirational and everyone present was privileged to enjoy the fruits of her labour.
Needless to say the evening ended with a very enthusiastic standing ovation from a very receptive audience, and accolades are still pouring in!  We obviously now have a ready audience when, hopefully, MJ-UK return to St Mabyn church.  We’ve had quite a few requests for advance notice of their return from those who are anxious to beat the next stampede for tickets.  Please contact Audrey Cooke 01208 841607 or David Hudson 01208 863485 for further information.

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