St Mabyn Village News

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Coffee morning plus bring and buy sale

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Registered Charity No. 300623
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 24th April, 2014 at 7pm


Apologies for absence
Minutes of the last Meeting held on 11th April, 2013
Trustees Report
Treasurer’s Report
Election of four Members
Election of Representative members
Change to Constitution
Any other Business notified to the Secretary
Date of the next AGM

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pencarrow Cricketers at home

Pencarrow Cricketers at home - shaping things to come

Over 80 years ago a local sports journalist who went by the initials L.G.H wrote a newspaper article for a feature called he "Ambling around and about". On this day he described his journey to watch a competitive cricket match at Pencarrow Cricket Club. It's amazing how little this image has changed

"Well, let's look at the fixture list, and pick out a competitive match, for like most sports, cricket is made more interesting when points count. This looks like a good one - Pencarrow v. St Blazey, and we head towards Wadebridge. Down Dunmere Hill, over the bridge, let's go fishing instead. It sure looks inviting, cool water trickling over rocky bottoms, winding through meadow, disappearing in the greenness of the woods. We'll go fishing one of these days.

Up the hill, past the few houses of Washaway - where did that name come from - and swing right at the farm. Say, but listen, you are blinded by the glare of the highway, with the strain of traffic driving. Turn right at the farm some day, drive down this shadowy lane, but drive slowly. Open the windows and let the cool damp air play around hot foreheads, feel the soothing touch of green shaded vision to aching eyes. Go down this lane, where even the hottest days sun's rays are filtered by the leafy canopy, where ferns are ever fresh in their beauty, where now the hedges are a mass of bluebells. And go to the white gate, set well back in the hedge, then a short distance between two hedges and the Pencarrow cricket field opens out".

Pencarrow is going through somewhat of a resurgence, at the heart it is still very much a community, family orientated cricket club, but in this modern day keeping up with the larger clubs has become a bit of a struggle. That's why Pencarrow Cricket Club has been investing time and money into creating a modern day club whilst retaining it's traditional uniqueness.

We have now registered for Clubmark, which will show that we are offering the right environment, which ensures the welfare of members and and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. We have also invested in training additional qualified coaches, who will cover both the under 14s and Young People and Adults. We have also revamped the facilities to ensure they are welcoming.

One thing that remains unchanged in the last 80 years though is Pencarrow's unique position. As L.G.H. wrote of the ground some 80 years ago "Wonderful indeed is the word, for second to none in the Eastern Division is this lovely ground. Almost square, with an area of about four acres, it is apparent that a huge amount of loving work has gone into the job of bringing this pitch to its present state of perfection".

This season we will be delivering a summer programme of cricket, we are offering competitive cricket through both our Saturday league fixtures as well as some more 'friendly' midweek evening cricket. Each week we will also be providing coaching at the ground, further details of which will be published on our website.

Why not find out more about our community cricket club, come along and get involved.  In the words of L.G.H. "Let's sit in the shade of the pavilion and feast our eyes. We saw the beauty of the trees from inside as we came down the lane, now we see them from the outside, as they wind around the fields. Every shade of green, from tenderest shoot to withering branch, there the bare branches of dead trees only emphasise the beauty of their neighbours. The Pencarrow Club has always been the mecca of cricket enthusiasts from a wide area, for here the ball runs true, and batsman and bowlers alike, to say nothing of the keeper, appreciate the fine qualities of the pitch. Not only from a playing point of view, but from the pleasant association of the home folk do visiting players enjoy the fixtures at Pencarrow".

Thursday, April 10, 2014

St Mabyn Garden Club

Following a lively AGM on 9th April, when John Lobb (Chairman ) and Venning Davey (President) reviewed  the 2013 – 2014 programme of visits and speakers,  and elections were held for Officers and Committee, the members enjoyed an introductory talk by Tom Bray on the Haywood Cider Farm in St Mabyn. The Club plan to visit the farm on 10th September and it was most enjoyable to have (literally) a “taster” of things to come! A local business venture Tom is rightly very proud of, he talked enthusiastically about his progress so far. His knowledge of apple trees and cider brewing – initially a hobby he has turned into a business – is extensive and still growing.

The Chairman also extended an open invitation to anyone keen on gardening to join the 30 odd club members going by coach to Marwood Hill Gardens near Barnstable on Wed 21st May for the annual all day outing. Please ring Greta on 01208 841160 for details.
At the meeting close John Lobb reminded the members of the next speaker spot on 14th May – Trevor Wiltshire on  ‘Flowers of Crete’. Usual  time and venue – 7.30 in the village hall. Annual membership subscription of £7.00 will also be due then and details of the programme for the next season will be available.
Happy gardening!

Margo Kirkwood exhibition

Exhibition of mainly landscape paintings ranging in price from £4 to £550.  All welcome

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

1906 postcard of St Mabyn

In memory of Melynda Clarke's mother Isobel Irving Flay, who loved St. Mabyn and lived in Tredinnick House since 1951, then in later life at Lane End Cottage until her death in 2007.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Post Office under new ownership

A big welcome to the new Post Office owners Pete and Alison Holmes.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL minutes for March 2014

ST MABYN PARICH COUNCIL                                 03/2014
Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.
Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), M Grigg (Vice Chairman), Mrs P Lloyd, Mrs C Bray, D Masters, R Chadwick, S Collpo, M Menhneitt, R Clark.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Two members of the public
PC Laurie O’Toole and PCSO Linda Thomas (Police Neighbourhood Officers)

1.Public Session:  The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited the members of the public to address the Council if they so wished.   The public stated they had attended to listen to the meeting.
Police:  PC Laurie O’Toole introduced PCSO Linda Thomas the newly appointed Neighbourhood Officer for Bodmin and the rural parishes.  PC O’Toole had responded to the Parish Councils letter sent to the Chief Constable. One criminal incident was reported over the past month being the theft of power tools from a shed at Greenwix.  PCSO Thomas had spent time in the village and would be looking at vehicle speeds and asked the Council to consider talking to Cornwall Council Highways about traffic calming and additional speed limit signs through the village.  Along with the speed checks a vehicle survey exercise were being planned.  PCSO Thomas had visited the school who were interested in a school speed watch whereby the children would become involved, and Councillors were also invited to attend.  It was hoped that speeding issues could be addressed with a six month period.
With regard to the parking on the highway and pavement outside the pub, the officers explained the civil enforcement laws on parking  and that these can only be pursued when the offence was being witnessed.  PCSO Thomas could identify parked vehicles and speak to the owners. 
The white transit van parking on the verge at Greenwix was reported.  Cllr Mrs C Bray had spoken to the owner of the cottage who felt the land belonged to the property.
PCSO Thomas could not use the large mobile police surgery van but would visit the village in a car and the meeting talked about holding the surgeries in the hall or an alternative venue whereby the public would not feel vulnerable sitting in a police vehicle. The Council agreed to trial this for a six month period when a Councillor could also be available to the public to report any Council matters.
PCSO Thomas had met Mr David Bishop about the ‘St Mabyn Hub’. 
(PC O’Toole and PCSO Thomas left the meeting) Councillors expressed their confidence in this police report and looked forward to moving forward having experienced some negative outcomes in the past.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllr Mrs A Martin.
3.  Members Declarations of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.
4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 4th February 2014, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.
5.  Matters Arising: 
Item 5  (10) – Environment Agency:  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that problems continued with the sewage treatment plant at Mabena Lea.  There was no alarm on the pumping station, and it was felt that samples were not being taken at the correct times.  Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council) had been contacted.
A response had been received from the Environment Agency following the Parish Councils response to the application for the sewage treatment plant serving the houses at Mabena Lea.
There was still a question as to why Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency gave permission for the development knowing that the disposal of the treated sewage should not be deposited into the open road drains.

Item 11 – To discuss options of car parking in the village:  Cllr M Grigg reported that the head teacher of the School and the Academy were investigating the options of parking facilities.
The pre-school now longer operated in the Hall and were to move to a building within the school premises.
It was suggested that a joint meeting with all parties be held to discuss the plans for the future and how the matter is going to be addressed and monitored.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:  There were no planning applications presented for consideration and no decisions reported.

Planning Appeal: 
PA13/07973  INRG Solar Ltd have appealed against Cornwall Councils decision to refuse the Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar array and associated equipment on land at Kelly Green, St Tudy.

Planning Matters:
The Clerk had read an email from a local resident thinking to resubmit a planning application for a dwelling.  The Council agreed to await the submission of an application before making any comment. 

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 Partnership – Footpaths:  The Council agreed to remain in the Cornwall Council Maintenance Scheme for the 2014/2015 year.
It was noted that the lift bar of the stile on footpath 544/7/3 had broken.

9.  Playing Field – Inspection Report:  Cllr M Menhenitt reported that drinks cans had been thrown around the field.   Cllr S Collop agreed to inspect the field for the forthcoming month.
It was noted that a van was regularly parking in the main entrance to the playing field during the evening / night time.

10.  Correspondence:
Police reply:  Cllr R Clark reported that the police attendance this evening had addressed the matters raised in the letter.  It was noted that the Crime Commissioner was to hold local surgeries on the 14th and 26th March 2014.
Cornwall Council:  Free parking for half an hour in Cornwall Council car parks from 1st March – 20th April 2014
Cornwall Association of Local Council:  Information on the consultation on the Local Audit and Accountability Act.
The Planning Inspectorate: Notification on an application by Cornwall Council for an Order granting development consent for the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement.
The Council agreed to support this application to enable the dualing of this section of the A30
Came & Company Parish Council Insurance:  Invite for a one to one meeting to review the policy.
11.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available:  Date of next Meeting, 13th March 2014.
Provision of Notice Board in Station Road:  Nothing to report.
To confirm the appointment of contractors for 2014/2015 for grass cutting work / agency agreement grass cutting / footpath trimming / public toilet and bus shelter cleaning.
Grass Cutting -  The current contractor Country Garden South West were happy to continue with this work.  Councillors agreed to accept the slight increase in costs and agreed to pay additional costs if the Parish Council requested that the grass be picked up.
Agency Agreement Grass Cutting – contractor confirmed at the last meeting.
CC LMP Footpath Trimming – contractor confirmed at the last meeting.
Public Toilet and Bus Shelter Cleaning – Ms McNary had accepted the contract for a further year.

12. Parish Matters /Any other Business: 
Roadside kerbs – Kerbs along the footpath adjacent to the St Mabyn Inn had been dislodged / broken by vehicles parking on the pavement.
Clerks Annual Appraisal – The Staffing Committee will liaise with the Clerk and carry out the annual appraisal.
Hedge Damage – A large lorry delivering a holiday lodge to St Mabyn Holiday Park had damaged the hedge in Longstone Road.  This was a matter for the landowners to discuss with the holiday park owners.
Parish Clock – Cllr D Masters had the materials to fit onto the clock to enable it to be regularly oiled.
Street Light – Cllr D Masters will clarify the amount needed to be paid to the St Mabyn Inn for the electricity costs for the street light on the path between the public house and the church.

13.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 1st April 2014 (Annual Parish and Parish Council Meetings).
14.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.20pm.
15.  Closed Session:  No closed session required.
                                                                                  Dated:  1st April 2014  

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

New Pre-School

Pre-School update
The Glebe committee have agreed to lease some land at the side of our playground for a new preschool. They have also agreed to use another part of a field as a car-park. The school is currently working on designs for the structure and are hoping to be able to secure some funding for the build as it may be classed as a community project.
More details later - they may be needing some offers of help!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Local band The Chainsaws to play in Village Hall

Local "Death Metal" band The Chainsaws are booked to appear at the Village Hall on 28th June. Earplugs might be required! Full details later.

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