CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 2009 – No: 374           


1                            Welcome 2009. A Happy New Year

             2.30pm     Short Mat Bowling St Tudy Village Hall every Fri

3          7.30-10pm      Benefice Party at the Rectory


4                            THE SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

             9.30am     Service at St Mabyn with Bishop Roy

                              Licensing of the Worship Leaders

            11.00am    Covenant Service at the Methodist Church

                              No services in St Tudy or Michaelstow

                              Jer 31: 7-14, Eph 1: 3-14, John 1: 10-18

5          2.30pm     St Tudy Country Dance Club fortnightly Mondays

             7.30pm     Michaelstow Table Tennis Club


6                            Feast of the Epiphany

             9.00am     Yoga St Tudy Village Hall – every Tuesday

             7.00pm     Short Mat Bowling St Tudy Village Hall every Tuesday

7          6.30pm     St Tudy Football Club – every Wed

8          8.00pm     St Tudy OldTime&Mod Seq Dance Club – every Thursday

9          7.30pm     Dinner & Dance Old Inn St Breward

10        10.00am    Coffee in the Clink St Tudy Over 60s Committee


11                          THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE EPIPHANY

                              (Baptism of Christ) Gen 1: 1-5, Acts 19: 1-7, Mark 1: 4-11

12        7.30pm     St Tudy PCC in the Clink

             7.30pm     St Tudy GPA

13        10.30am    Treveighan Coffee Morning

            12 noon     Soup & Sweet Lunch St Tudy Methodist Church

14        1.30pm     St Mabyn Garden Club to Trelawney Garden Centre

             3.00pm     Michaelstow PCC at Hilary Cragg’s

15                          Coffee Evening St Tudy Methodist Church

             7.30pm     St Mabyn PCC

16        7.00pm     St Tudy W I

17        10.00am    Magazine Deadline


18                          THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

                              (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity)

                              1 Sam 3: 1-10, Rev 5: 1-10, John 1: 43-end

21        7.30pm     St Tudy Local History Group Methodist Schoolroom


25                          THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

                              Jer 1: 4-10, Acts 9: 1-22, Matt 19: 27-end



ST TUDY METHODIST CHURCH                                                           


There is a warm welcome to everyone to join us on all or any of the following dates:


Sunday 4th January   11.00am    Our friends from the Parish Church will join

                                                   us for a Covenant Service

Sunday 11th January 11.00am    Keith and Pauline Horobin

Sunday 18th January 11.00am    Church Fellowship Service

Sunday 25th January                   11.00am                          Mr Richard Uglow


The next Soup & Sweet Lunch is at midday on Tuesday 13th January. Names and numbers to Pat Hodge asap please on 850321.


Our Coffee Evening in January is on the 15th of the month when Mr Len Mabson from Camelford will give an illustrated talk on his recent trip to Russia.


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Rest in Peace

19th November                Eileen Emily Sandry of Bodinnick Road aged 93

27th November                William Gordon John Cleave at Michaelstow aged 83

12th December                Bernice Margaret Hancock at St Tudy aged 53


Holy Matrimony

6th December                  Edward Robert Watkins and Joanna Clair Macnamara

                                       at St Tudy


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Proposed Allotments St Mabyn - Meeting Sat 10th January Village Hall 12.00.  

Mr Allan Cavill S.W Area Representative from the National Allotment Assoc.,

and Mrs Jane Stowell-Smith from the Bodmin Allotment Association will be

present to listen to, and answer questions from the floor.   Helen Barrett


St Tudy Preschool                                                                            


Happy New Year from us all at St Tudy Preschool.  We're starting 2009 with a few changes.  The Baby and Toddler Group will now be held on Thursday mornings alongside the Preschool. We are hoping that this will be a more popular time of day for little ones; they all seem to be flaked out by the afternoon! 


Sadly, we are losing one member of staff, Donna.  We wish her all the best, and are very sad to see her leaving us.  The Preschool would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her work with the children.


Finally, thank you to everyone who supported our Quiz Night back in December.  Especial thanks to the Co-op, Morrisons and Tesco who very kindly donated raffle prizes for the event.  We hope the winners enjoyed their Granny Wobbly's chocs!


If you would like more information about St Tudy Preschool, please contact the Supervisor, Rachael Temple, on 0751 025 3526, or visit our website or just pop in one morning.     Susie Ballerstedt


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St Tudy Playing Field News


I am delighted to announce that our attempts to secure grant funding for a new piece of fixed play apparatus has been successful. Following a vote by the children of St Tudy Primary School, it was decided that the preferred option was for a seesaw, which should now appear early in the New Year. The Trustees wish to express their thanks for the donations received, and to St Tudy Parish Council who will be providing £100 towards the cost.


Turning now to new projects, the Trustees have been invited to submit a bid to the North Cornwall Community Play Programme. Our bid is an ambitious one, and seeks to broaden the appeal of the play facilities so that there is something for all ages (0 to 19 years!). The proposal is to install a wide range of challenging fixed-play units, with the area dedicated to this type of activity more than doubling. We would also like to improve the visual appearance of the entrance to the playing field. Naturally, there is expected to be strong competition from other communities for this type of funding, with the outcome of the bidding competition being announced in February. If we were successful, we would hold a public meeting to explain the scheme, but if anybody has any suggestions or comments, or would like further details on our proposal before then, please do get in touch.  Ian Stagg Hon. Secretary 01208 851581




The Friends of St Tudy School wish to invite all grown-ups to a New Year Dinner Dance on Friday 9th January at the Old Inn, St Breward; 7.30pm until midnight. Tickets cost £10 (to include a buffet) and are on sale now at the following: St Tudy School Office, St Tudy Post Office and the Old Inn.


There will also be a raffle draw on the night with some fabulous prizes on offer.


We hope you will all bring along your party shoes and support this fun event held in aid of St Tudy School funds. 

                                         JUDI HUNTER, SECRETARY OF THE FRIENDS


INVITATION FOR ST TUDY VILLAGERS / MULLED WINE, MINCE PIES & SANTA ON CHRISTMAS EVE                                                                                                                     


The Carnival Committee would like to invite the village to join them for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at the clink on Christmas Eve at 6pm. Santa will be coming along to see the children and will park his sleigh by the Christmas Tree. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 24th as this is the committee’s way of thanking the village for the support given to us on carnival day. 


The committee would like to thank Ian & Ross Hodges, Mark Andrew, Phil Tizzard and Colin Jasper for the help given with the tree and lights; Sue Dibble for making the parcels and Miss Sheer for coming along to switch on the lights before the Village Hall Fair. 


Thank you to all those who came to our coffee morning to raise funds for the tree. We made £155. However, we did not need to use the money to buy the tree as Mark Orchard of Cedar Croft Nurseries very kindly donated a Christmas Tree to the village and we are therefore going to use the funds raised to fund the Christmas Eve festivities.


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New Battery Recycling Facility in St Mabyn.

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 rechargeables. Please take your batteries to the shop during normal opening hours.

Further details can be obtained from or from Ian Kemp on 01208 841019


ST TUDY PARISH COUNCIL                                                                 
At the meeting on 28 November 2008, apologies were received from two Parish Councillors and from the County and the District Councillors. There were no Planning applications. The Council voted £100 towards the cost of a new see-saw in the playing area and £100 to support a Community Chest funding application towards the cost of the forestry work needed between Glebe Parc and the playing field. Cllr Selby gave a presentation on the current position of the proposed allotments. An Allotment Association is being formed with 19 interested people. Legal agreements are being clarified between the Council and the landowner and the Council and the Allotment Association. The Council would take initial responsibility for the integrity of boundary fencing and rabbit netting.


The independent auditors report on Council income and expenditure was satisfactory so the Council was able to certify that all proper accounting requirements had been met. The precept for 2009, which is what the Council costs the village, was discussed and it was agreed to be left the same as in
2008, namely £3,950. Any extra expenses above this in 2009 will be taken from Council reserves. On behalf of the Council, I hope that all parishioners had a Happy Christmas and we wish you all a peaceful New Year. The next meeting will be at 7 pm on Wednesday 28 January 2009 in the Village Hall. All are welcomed to attend and will be given an opportunity to raise issues at the start of the meeting. Mev Shelley


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At the November meeting of St Tudy W I, members were treated to a brilliant demonstration of Floral Art by Fiona Hammond. She took foliage, flowers and strange containers which members had supplied, and created five clever and original arrangements “on the spot”, keeping everyone interested and entertained by her commentary all the while.


Business certainly came second best, but was dealt with briskly and efficiently by our President – Mrs Margaret Lobb. She drew attention to all the interesting activities due in 2009 and also reminded members of the shopping trip to Plymouth on 27th November. Members had enjoyed the birthday luncheon at Bowood. Final plans were made for our entry to the Primestock Show and the Coffee Morning. What a full programme this autumn!


ST TUDY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP                                                   


We held our last meeting in the St Tudy Methodist room on the 19th November. We had an interesting talk from Major Hugo White who gave us a talk on the history of The Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry, especially the battle around hill 112 in Normandy during 1944.


Our next meeting will be on the 21st January again at the Methodist room starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Peter Davies who will talk on Bodmin Through The Ages together with any information on St Tudy held by Bodmin Museum. Peter Davies is well known for his monthly articles about local history in the North Cornwall Advertiser. There will be an admission charge of £2 to cover hall and speaker costs. All are welcome to attend the meeting.                                                                                                 Chris Selby


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Volunteer Car Drivers


Further to the note in November's magazine about people attending Wadebridge Surgery having to wait up to 3 hours for the Corlink bus to bring them back to St Tudy, we now have three numbers that you can ring to have a free lift home:

Geoffrey and Hazel Gibbons on 851267, Judy Stagg on 851581 or Andy and Jenny Muir on 850293. For longer journeys, please contact the Community Transport Scheme on 01872 265300 which does make a charge.    Jenny Muir


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The Ambulance Responders coffee morning


There are many thanks due for the success of the coffee morning on 29th November. Thanks to the Post Office for donating the tea coffee and biscuits, to all those who so efficiently served it, washed up, sold raffle tickets, ran the bring and buy, stood in the cold at the bric-a-brac tables. Thanks to the other responders who turned up to join Helen and me; Tammy, Patsy and Debbie from Wadebridge and Port Isaac and, of course, to Charlotte and Graham from Camelford Ambulance Station for their support and for bringing all the kit and their considerable expertise. All this help would not have been the success it was without so many coming to support, so many thanks to you all, particularly those of you who ventured upstairs to be prodded, poked and punctured in the name of medical research! The sum raised was an impressive £300, which will go towards new and replacement equipment for Community Responders in North Cornwall. Unfortunately equipment is very expensive, to equip a responder group costs around £3500, but the morning’s efforts will be a great help.       Phil Tizzard


COFFEE MORNING – OVER 60s COMMITTEE                                 


There will be a Coffee Morning in the Clink on Saturday 10th January 10-11.30am. Usual stalls. Everyone welcome.


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On 28th November the “Friends” celebrated their fourth extremely successful meal and talk during 2008 when Gage Williams was the speaker.  His amusing and entertaining account of his experiences during the 1968 Blue Nile Expedition, illustrated by colour slides, was very much appreciated by an extremely attentive audience. The event was well supported and several new “Friends” were recruited. Although we do not expect our guests to sing for their supper, Gillian and Lady Molesworth St Aubyn very kindly stayed behind to help our unsung heroines in the kitchen with a mountain of washing up. Details are presently being finalized for our next meal and talk in January.


After a very busy year it was gratifying that Friends’ fundraising during 2008 ended on a high note.   Apart from the meals with speakers that have been well supported, it was unfortunate that Jazz on the Green had to take place in the Church for the second year running due to bad weather.   The weather was a little kinder to us for The Flower Festival, Duck Race and Barbecue.  


Apart from Friends’ activities we provided a significant amount of support for the Restoration Appeal fundraisers, which included catering for their functions and much of the publicity material for their events. It was very satisfying that we were also able to hand over to such a worthy cause a hefty donation of £20,000.


Fundraising has to continue as the needs of the Church are many and ongoing but it will not become any easier in the present economic climate when so many of us are affected by ever increasing costs.  However, membership of ‘Friends’ is still a very modest £10 annually, although those who can afford it can and do donate larger amounts.  The cost of membership becomes even more affordable for those who attend our functions as, where possible, we allow concessions to members.  Indeed, for those who attend these functions the cost of membership can be considerably offset.  


All that remains for the moment is to extend a very big THANK YOU to everyone who continues to support ‘Friends.’   We wish you a Very Happy New Year and look forward to meeting up again in the near future. For membership please contact Carole Grigg Tel 01208 841276.                           Audrey Cooke


ST MABYN POPPY APPEAL 2008                                                         


The amount sent to The Royal British Legion from the St Mabyn area was £579.02.  Given the present economic situation, I think this is a magnificent sum and I thank everyone who gave so generously.     Carol Bray


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A happy and healthy New Year to you all.


We begin our post Christmas celebrations on 5th January, where there will be a party at the Rectory for anyone who lives in the Benefice and its boundaries. You are invited to arrive from 7.30pm onwards and it would be helpful if you could perhaps bring a plate of food to share. Drinks will be provided. This party is in place of John Lobb’s Christmas party. There is no charge but there will be a dish for donations, which will be divided between the churches. Do come along and enjoy yourselves.


On Sunday 4th January, Bishop Roy will be with us at 9.30am at St Mabyn in order to license the four people who have completed a six weeks Worship Leaders course. They are Kate Martin, Rosemary Yeomans, Liz Harman and David Ford. Please come along and support them.


There will not be any services in St Tudy or Michaelstow but we are all invited to the annual Covenant Service at the St Tudy Methodist Chapel.


We have managed to find some funding towards new hymnbooks, which should arrive before Christmas. The hymnbook chosen is “Anglican Hymns Old and New”. It contains 858 hymns, which include hymns from A & M, 100 Hymns, Taize, Worship hymns and the old and new favourites. In order to help with the cost of these hymn books, if anyone would like to “give” one in memory of someone, or buy one, then a dedication corticated will be stuck in the hymn book. I have managed to purchase the hymn books with 25% off the original price, so an ordinary book costs £6, a large print costs £9 and a full music edition costs £15. I know that the books may be a little heavier to hold but the print is very attractive, the selection of hymns is excellent and I am assured that is one of the best hymn books currently on the market. If you would like to “donate” a new hymn book please let myself or the Churchwardens know.  We will begin using them in January. God Bless You All. REVEREND MARGARET


St Mabyn Parish Council                                                             


District Councillors recently visited the regeneration work carried out at Boscastle and Bude. Cllr Mutton reported that the elections for One Cornwall were likely to be held in October 2009.


The report, from PCSO Lloyd Paynter was read by the Clerk.  PC Neil Crook is the new Neighbourhood Beat Manager from the 18th November. Residents are asked to be aware of a van touring rural areas looking for scrap metal or offering work. 


Cllr Mutton, as landowner, has agreed with residents to place planters along the section of land / visibility strip at the entrance into Meadow Court.


Dog fouling continues to be a problem around the village.


Work to remove the plastic tubes in the playing field would be completed once the weather had improved. A rubber matting surface is to be installed, underneath the swings.


Clarification re on going work on the site of the old filling station at Longstone, is to be investigated b y the Clerk


Various planning matters were discussed.


A grant has been applied for to provide new play equipment in the playing field and is being dealt with by Cllr Ian Kemp.


The Council agreed to ask the County Council to look again at Parish Footpath No 3. The bridge is rotten and requires a handrail for public safety.


Councillors, having reconsidered the commitment to locking and unlocking the public toilets on a daily basis, have resolved to leave the toilets unlocked at all times.


The Post Office/Shop had agreed to site the collection tube for a battery recycling scheme as a central base easily accessible for the public.  The Council resolved to pay half the costs, being £36.00.


The County Council advised that the vehicle parking on the footway near the St Mabyn Inn was a matter for the police.


A quotation for the repair of the village directional sign is being sought.  Cllr Titcomb offered to apply any new lettering required.


The drains in Longstone Road had again become blocked with debris from the road surface.  Further enquiries to CCC re drainage in this area are to be made.   The recently filled potholes, required reinstating.


Dear Friends                                                                                       


A long time ago, I was thrilled to be offered grandpa’s desk. He had recently died and the family were distributing his possessions. In due course the desk arrived and my eyes fell upon a dilapidated and uncared for piece with gaping gap, where individual timbers had warped and come apart at the seams, holes telling of wordworm past or present and precious little polish.


You see I have never been attracted to old things simply because they are old. An antique is only good (to me) if it is also beautiful and fulfils a function. I much prefer to have something new and cheap to something old and second hand.


I love the smell and feel of new things; I love the joy of collecting them from the shop and opening the box and placing it where I have planned or opening the bag and wearing it straight away. And it’s not just possessions that I like new.


Most of my Methodist friends will have heard me speak of the joy of starting new books or a new sheet of paper; and I like new experiences, new places and new friends, too. Not for me the return each year to a favourite holiday destination, somewhere new to explore is always more exciting.


Perhaps it is because I so often get things wrong. My exercise books at school were always full of scribblings out and dirty smudges where the rubber hadn’t worked well enough and I sometimes feel that my life is much the same and I do so wish I could go back and do things differently but that is rarely possible.


Except with God. As we begin a new year, we in the Methodist Church share in a Covenant Service in which we are able to "begin again" with God. We are enabled to confess the things we regret and know that God has forgiven us. Then, we can offer ourselves anew to living for God knowing that all that has gone before is not only forgiven, but forgotten as only God can forget.


People find it hard to believe we have turned over a new leaf, that we regret the past, that we have changed. We can always see it in their faces as they wait for us to revert to our old ways, as they continue to hold a grudge despite profuse apologies. Not so with God. With him we really can start afresh with nothing to hold us back.


Enjoy your new year, your new start. May it bring you happiness and joy. And may God bless you.             Stella


St Petroc's Society for the Homeless in Cornwall    


Thank you very much everyone who helped and supported the Coffee Morning on 6th December. With donations, £267.63 was raised which is an excellent result.                        Andy Muir

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Just to remind you that annual subscriptions for the Magazine will be due on 1st February at the same price as last year - £4.00.


Thank you to everyone who helps to produce, collate and distribute the Magazine. Special thanks to our Secretary, Joy Weaving, Jane King for her lovely cover drawings and Peter Trusler, who valiantly prints the copies with me each month.


We narrowly escaped a nervous breakdown last month thanks to the intervention of Rev Margaret and St Tudy PCC. They kindly bought a new photocopier when the old one ground to a halt – thank you very much.


Happy New Year to you all.                                                      THE EDITOR


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Recent activities have included a concert of songs, “Here, There and Everywhere”, on 15th November at the St. Kew Highway Community Hall.  Our weekly practices are held in the Hall and we have long thought that we would like to meet together with the villagers, who have hosted us for so long. The evening was a great success. On the 29th November, we sang during the Registration of the Marriage of Tina Harris and Paul Callcut, at St. Julitta’s Church, Lanteglos, Camelford. We joined The Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir for a joint concert on 7th December at the Tintagel Methodist Church.


We hope you all had a happy and peaceful Christmas and we send all good wishes for 2009.  Let us hope that the world’s ills can be lessened by some sense, some tolerance and mutual respect of each other. One thing is certain, we will carry on singing and that has to be good!


Newcomers are invited to apply to our Musical Director Janette Man. Telephone 01208 841784. To book the choir, please contact Jennifer May, Telephone 01208 880131. Other enquiries to our Secretary Jenni Tarring Telephone 01208 841329

Publicity Officer. Dr. Joyce Hargrave-Wright Telephone 01208 264004