THE DELABOLE SLATE
The Slate says …
Thank You to the new Christmas lighting team for a great
display this year.
Also, a big final Thank You from the village to the old
Christmas lights and New Year fireworks team.
We welcome the new lighting team and wish them every
Sudoku quiz winner - E Amy
Colouring competition winners -
- Ted Heather age 6
- Jake Hammond age 9
- Harleigh and Devonn Oulton age 14 and 12
Many thanks to the generous folk who have left some
money in the box at the Post Office.
To date a total of £200 has been donated since the
start of this scheme.
Any contribution towards the production costs of The
Delabole Slate are very gratefully received and your
continued support is much appreciated. Thank you.
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Blue Planet 2 highlighted this issue - Plastic.
PLEASE, if we all thought a bit more about it - every little
helps. There is no ‘away’ when we ‘throw things away’.
Disposable - used for 5 minutes. On Earth for ever.
How can we help?
• Use re-usable carrier bags
• Say ‘no thank you’ to plastic straws (use paper,
steel or bamboo straws)
• Use a re-fillable drinks bottle
• Use a reusable coffee / tea cup
• Do a #2 minute beach clean
If everyone does a little, it’ll make a lot of difference.
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Merlin MS Centre’s Day Respite Service
The Merlin MS Centre, located on the A390 between St Austell and Truro, has provided a Day Respite Service since
2014. However, a recent and very generous donation by local property developer, Mr Denis Angilley, has allowed the
service to be extended to three days a week. The service which aims to prevent isolation and loneliness for people in
Cornwall living with long-term neurological conditions will now be run on Monday’s,
Wednesday’s and Friday’s and will provide activities, workshops, social interaction
and access to health and well being as well as exercise therapy.
The Day Respite Service is run by a team of experienced staff. Assessments are
carried out prior to new service users starting to ensure all personal needs are met.
Ali Lochrie, Respite Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service
on an additional day. Carers, who are often a family member or a spouse, will have
the chance to get a break from their caring duties knowing their loved one is in a
stimulating and safe environment.
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those 12 years. Using Merlin MS Centre’s Day Respite Service has meant that for the first time Sue
has had time for herself.
“I can totally relax now and know that I don't have to worry about John. Whilst John is in respite it
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The Merlin MS Centre’s charitable aim is to provide subsidised therapy for people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
however, anyone living with a neurological condition who feels they can benefit from the therapies and support offered is
welcome.The purpose-built facilities provide; clinical therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration,
exercise classes and podiatry, a range of health and wellbeing therapies as well as respite, counselling and outreach services.
The Centre also offers a transport service covering most of the County.
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It is the start of another year, 2018, and the winter is still with us. For us in
Cornwall that usually means wet, windy and cool weather, uncomfortable
to be out in. Spare a thought for the birds and animals that have to be out
searching for food and shelter! Notice I did not say insects – you will not
see any insects outside in the winter, it is too cold for them and there isn’t
enough suitable food. You will not see amphibians, such as frogs and toads;
or reptiles like snakes through the winter because they are coldblooded,
so cannot move and feed at low winter temperatures. In fact, a very good
sign that spring is nearly here is when you find frogspawn in a pond – it
means the weather is beginning to get warmer. Although it is still winter and
we can possibly have snow and frost – the shortest day has passed, and
the world is slowly turning towards the spring, the sun is rising earlier and
setting later, giving all of us, plants, animals and people longer days and
more light and hopefully sunshine.
As the amount of light and warmth increases, signs of spring will begin.
Here are some of the things you could be looking out for as part of your
Spring watch: snowdrops, catkins, daffodils, frogspawn, pussy willows,
butterflies, bees – if you are not sure what some of these things look like,
look in a book or online. Count how many of these you see before the end
of February, maybe start a nature notebook and record the place you saw
them and the date. Being a good observer is a good skill to practise. :)
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Cornwall Councillor’s Message
Increases in Council Tax this year are likely to be
significant and well above the rate of inflation. I wish that
there could be a more honest and open national debate
around taxation and the provision of public services, but
in the absence of this I will explain why I shall be
supporting a precept rise which could be as high as 7%.
This very large figure is actually comprised of three
separate and distinct increases.
Firstly there is the increase Council Tax precept which for
several years now has been capped at 2% but which the
government has now relaxed to up to 3% in line with
inflation. Each one percent increase in these figures gives
the council £2.7M more funding - however for next year
the government has at the same time reduced the funding
from central government to Cornwall by £14M so that a
3% rise will actually still result in £6M less funding overall.
There is also an anticipated 2% public sector pay rise to
The Neighbourhoods’ Committee on which I sit, deals with
important local issues such as waste, the environment,
public protection, the fire and rescue service, and libraries.
The only way to present a balanced budget is to continue
to lose significant numbers of staff over the next few years,
and my fellow Councillors and I worry about the impact
this will have on the quality of service to residents. For this
reason I will support the Council taking the full 3% to
secure and maintain what services we can.
The second increase is for the Adult Social Care Precept
which can again be increased up to 3%. I pay close
attention to the Health and Adult Social Care Committee
and believe that this is something that Cornwall Council
does well. We spent up to 20% of our funding looking after
adults with Social Care needs but the demand for such
services is rising very rapidly in line with our aging
population and we are all acutely aware at County Hall
that any reduction in service in this area could have a
significant knock on effect to our local NHS which is
already under considerable strain. For this reason I will
again be supporting the maximum 3%.
Finally the government has announced a significant
increase in Police funding – however this will be paid for
again through the Council Tax precept which could add
up to a further 1% to everyone's bill. I regularly attend the
Police and Crime Commissioners Panel and will happily
take back your views on policing levels in our area. My
current understanding is that generally local people are
unhappy with the levels of neighbourhood policing and so
if the Commissioner proposes a precept increase to fund
more local police I will be in support of this as well.
A lot of politics is about who to tax, how much and for what
and I am actually in favour of moving taxation away from
central government and down to a more locally
accountable level. However it needs to be understood that
tax breaks in the budget continue to be funded by cut
backs in funding for Local Councils, who then have very
tough choices to make about your local services.
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Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion
At the annual general meeting of the Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion on Tuesday 20th November
at The Poldark Inn our Chairman, Mr Phil Carnon, expressed his thanks to all committee members and our
village community for their continued support to the Branch. All events and services had been well organised and well
Members were pleased that the whole school community from our primary school attended the tribute at the War Memorial
on 10th November, which was led by Revd Angela Cooper. Two pupils joined the chairman in The Exhortation and two
laid a wreath on behalf of the school.
Some members of the committee had also attended a special presentation by the school based on their topic of WW1,
which was held in the Methodist Church. This provided a poignant reminder and time of reflection on all of the sacrifices
made by so many and an inspiration to encourage future generations to remember the cost of war.
On Saturday 11th the community met at the War Memorial to observe two minutes silence to honour the fallen, led by
Revd Bryan Ede. A buffet lunch followed with proceeds for the Poppy Appeal.
On Remembrance Sunday, Ms Juliette Heaney joined Revd Cooper and Revd Ede in leading the village tribute. The
Deputy High Sherriff of Cornwall, Mr Simon Sherrard, and our Cornwall Councillor, Dominic Fairman, were in attendance.
Wreaths were laid by our Branch president,Mr Geoff Cleave, and by representatives of the Parish Council, RNA, Cornwall
Council and The Rotary Club. The Chairman read the list of the fallen and was joined by Tierney Burrell in The Exhortation.
Camelford Town Band led the parade to St John’s Church for the village worship.
The Branch is very grateful to firefighters Shaun Edwards and Clyde Ferguson, who carried the British Legion and Royal
Naval Association standards on each occasion.
Thanks to Brenda Burnard for her excellent display of memorabilia in the Community Shop window and to Elaine at
Flowers from Bruallen for the poignant displays in the windows.
Geoff Cleave, our Poppy Collection organiser, was pleased to report a total of £2152.53 has been sent to the Poppy
Appeal fund, an increase of £266.42 on the previous year. He expressed his thanks to all volunteers who had carried
out the door to door collections, to our local businesses and primary school for selling the poppies and to those who had
supported the buffet and service. Geoff was thanked for organising the appeal.
Our President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Adrian Pooley, and treasurer, Rose Meakin, were re -elected to their offices
and Andrew Stacey welcomed as our Membership Secretary. Should you wish to join the Legion then Andrew will be
pleased to hear from you.
Our committee meets at The Poldark Inn bi-monthly on the 3rd Tuesday and welcomes anyone who would like to come
along. The next meeting is on Tuesday March 29th at 7pm.
Patricia Molloy (secretary) Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion
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THE PILGRIMAGE. By Wina Leighton
The sun reflected off the wet slate almost blinding me. The summer rain had gone as suddenly as it came leaving me
and the quarry standing in pools of shining water. The air carried the green scent of wet earth and that certain quarry
smell of long hidden things now exposed, which took me back to childhood.
This morning we had buried Granfer Jack Tredan in the little graveyard by the church alongside his wife Bess who died
last year when I was overseas. Granfer Jack had lived in Delabole all his ninety six years and had only been to Plymouth,
foreign parts he called it, twice in all his life. He and I had spent many happy hours strolling round the quarry edge and,
sometimes, climbing halfway down the pit to pick wild honeysuckle and dog roses to take home to Granny Bess. My
legs were short, chubby ones then, so he had to lift me up onto the huge slate boulders where we would sit to watch
the jackdaws, he called them ravens, perhaps they were in those days. He told me tales of the quarry and the folk of
Delabole. I loved him dearly.
This afternoon was, I suppose, a sort of pilgrimage round the quarry from Medrose end where Granfer lived, but I had
been in the navy a long time and it had been many years since I had visited the village. It was different, new houses,
new people, hardly any shops and all run by strangers. The quarry was so different I stood and stared in disbelief, all
the old tracks gone, all the bushes and the badger runs, just banks of bare slate dotted with gorse. Roads down round
the pit to the new square cut workings. The diggers still looked like dinky toys. In the bottom a blue lagoon reflecting
the blue sky in it’s still waters. I wondered how deep it is and would Granfer have approved of all this. The quarry had
been his life, he worked there all day and walked around it on his days off. He knew every path, every rock, every
bush, where the best blackberries were and where to pick sloes for wine. He knew the animals, birds and all the names
of the wild flowers.
I was soaked through, the hot sun set my shirt steaming. I sat on one of the new wooden seats on the new footpath,
beside the new fence. It seemed that everything I knew had changed. Granfer Jack, Granny Bess, both gone. The
village and the quarry changed, so many unknown faces to pass in the street. I sat there a long time, my thoughts sad
and happy all at once. Granny and Granfer arm in arm in their Sunday best. Me in my short trousers clutching wild
flowers to take home to Granny; schooldays and secret dens built in the undergrowth; bonfire nights with baked potatoes.
I had been away a long time; I would go home tomorrow, back to my ship docked in Plymouth, my girl friend, my full
and happy life. A shadow cut off the sun from my back and I felt the familiar touch of his hand on my shoulder.
“Jack cheel, tis progress, nothing stays the same. Life is full of changes.” He said.
I knew then that he had watched the changes over the years and in his steady way had accepted them as they happened.
I remembered his letters with all the snippets of news about the changes in the quarry; the posh new footpath and
fences. The nice new neighbours and the shop closing. They had seemed small things, dull news in my busy life, at
I thought back to this morning and Granfer’s sitting room with the alcove decorated in my hurried post cards from all
around the world, my only contact over the years. I thought about the village, My childhood home was still here, the
old houses were still here, the school, church and chapel, the pub and the quarry. All the friends and neighbours that
had come to the church to support the family and pay their respects to Jack Tredan. The new neighbours had come
“You’m grown cheel and you’m changed too, but you’ll always be me own Jack, you got the blood, see.”
I turned, but the shadow had passed on, I followed as it slowly passed the newly planted trees and disappeared between
the new slate standing stones and on around the quarry. It really had been a pilgrimage to say goodbye to Granfer
Jack and Granny Bess, to accept that life is full of changes and to know that I had grown.
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We spend a long time anticipating Christmas and then it
seems to be over in a flash and now, as I write this in early
January, there are already hot cross buns and Easter eggs
in the shops! By the time you read this in February,
Christmas will no doubt seem far, far away. ‘Hurry up!
Rush on’, the world seems to say, ‘on to the next thing,
no time to stop!’
This morning, on one of the few still, sunny days of the
year so far, rabbits were running across the lanes, the
gorse was coming into bloom and I saw the first celandine
of the year: It is easy, at least today while the sun shines,
to think of spring, even though realistically, we know that
much of the winter is still to come.
We have seen and experienced a number of surprises
and sadly many losses and tragedies in the past year. Life
can change so quickly, so unexpectedly, in the blink of an
eye, whether for good or for bad. It is so important then to
‘seize the day’, to appreciate one another and what we
have right now, rather than to be always rushing on to the
next thing. We need to take time to say what needs to be
said, to make that phone call, or visit; to express our love
and appreciation and to enjoy today and one another. Let’s
slow down and give thanks for God’s grace in the good
times and his strength in the bad - and be there for
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Memories of Delabole – Part Four
Our next instalment of memories of the late Mr. Jack Stephens, born in 1921.
My school days began in Miss Smith’s class and my only memory of this time was the sand trays in which we formed
our letters. They were small, individual trays of wood in which there was a small amount of sand. We were given a stick
and made our letters by drawing in the sand with it. As soon as we had got it right, we could tap or shake the wooden
tray, the sand would cover the letter and we could start with another one.
From there I moved to Miss Griffiths’ class. She later became Mrs. Lugg and moved to the farm next to the school. I was
also taught by Miss Cory, Miss Frayn, who married Mr. Goodman (who later became the headmaster at Delabole under
whom I taught). Also Mr. Holmes and finally I reached the head teacher’s class, Mr. Popplestone. At that time, I am sure
that I had no idea that he would later become my father-in-law.
There were about three hundred children in the school then, it being an all-age school, dealing with children from 5 years
through to 14 years, which was the school leaving age at that time. The classes were quite large, 40 children being
average. We sat in rows in iron-framed desks, the smallest of which contained 4 children sitting side by side. Some desks
in the top class were long enough to contain 6 or maybe 8 children.
The cane was always in evidence, discipline was strict and we sat at our desks and worked all day except for a drill
lesson every week. At play times, the boys would go to the front playground and the girls to the back. No balls were
allowed and the games we played were ‘jump-backs’ (leap frog) or with two or three boys making a ‘back’ against a wall
with others jumping on the top to see how many could stay in place before the back collapsed. Marbles was another
popular game, spinning tops and hoop rolling (an iron hoop propelled with an iron crook). There were no school meals
and no school transport, some children having to walk several miles each day in all weathers. When I was about 9 or
10 years old, we used to have a hot drink of Horlicks during the morning break time for which we brought a halfpenny a
On November 11 th each year, we went to the War Memorial to remember the dead of the First World War. Exactly at
11am there was dead silence for two minutes, all work stopped, traffic in the street halted, only the birds chirped and
even they seemed subdued. I also remember on one occasion being taken into the playground to see the Airship R101
We had no football at Delabole Council School but most of the boys were keen footballers. Someone had contacted
Camelford Council School, which had a regular football team that played in the County school competitions. We were
to play on the town pitch at Camelford. I was one of the team and only ten years old, most of the team being made up
of thirteen and fourteen year olds. We walked to Camelford, four miles, boots slung around our necks with little other
gear and played the match. We lost 16-0, and rather ashamed we decided to walk home across the fields so that we
could avoid meeting people – another four miles.
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Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
Rehearsals have started again after the festive break, in
preparation for another busy year.
Our first engagement will be as guests of Otterham and
St Juliot W.I. for a St Piran’s concert on the evening of
Thursday, 8 th March at 7pm. Tickets will be £10 (booking
only) to include supper of pasty, cake, tea or coffee and
lots of Cornish songs. If you prefer, you may bring your
own wine and glass. Venue will be Otterham and St Juliot
Hall, Marshgate. For those of you with ‘satnav’ the
postcode is PL32 9YW.
Proceeds for Cornwall Air Ambulance, please contact
Wendy on 07795 524 694 to book your tickets.
We would welcome new members to boost choir numbers
and this would be a good time to join us as we get the year
under way and start to learn new music and ‘brush up’
some old favourites.
At the end of this report you will find an advert for a ‘mixed
media’ person to help with publicity of choir events. Please
come forward if you can help.
When our 2018 programme of events is finalised I will bring
you more details, in the meantime if you have any queries
please contact our Chairman, Bob Metters on 01840
213736 or our secretary John Sadler on 01840 212583.
Are you interested in, or have experience in photography,
Filming and Sound Mixing?
The choir is looking for such a person to join a friendly
team. (Not necessary to be a singer!) This position is
subject to gaining funding from The Arts Council. If
successful, the purchased equipment would be used to
record our concerts and publicise the choir activities. This
is on a voluntary basis. If you can help, and would like
more information please contact Mike Willis by e-mail
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This month’s Bible verse
December and January lunches at the Methodist Church
went WELL and now normal service is being resumed and
we’re back to the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon.
If you’re interested in coming along you’d be made very
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6 th March Roast Beef
3 rd April Roast Turkey
1 st May Beef & Potato Pie
5 th June Quiche, salad etc
3 rd July Gammon
3 rd -5 th Aug Flower Festival lunches
4 th Sept Cottage or Fish Pie
2 nd Oct Roast Beef
6 th Nov Steak or Steak & Kidney Pie
4 th Dec Roast Turkey & Christmas Pud
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Tea or Coffee
May be subject to alteration
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Delabole Community School
Welcome to 2018 and another year of learning at Delabole
Community Primary School.
Our whole school value this term is ‘Respect’ and we are
very much focused on respecting who we are, where our
heritage lies and how it has shaped us as a unique,
Cornish village community.
As we begin to think of all the opportunities which we hope
to provide for the children throughout the coming months,
our minds turn to the very idea of ‘community’. It was
deliberately decided by the School Governors that – on
changing to Academy status a few years ago – the school
would retain the word ‘community’ in its name. As a relative
newcomer to the school team, I can certainly pay
testament to how deeply that idea runs. There were so
many highlights throughout 2017 when it was clear to see
that the school is so much more than the staff, pupils and
building…it really does connect with the community and
is shaped both within and by its local village context. For
that reason, being a part of the Delabole school team is
quite a rare privilege and one that we value hugely.
For all the reasons above, as we move the school forward
into 2018 following our transition in December to becoming
part of the Aspire Academy Trust, we are full of optimism
but equally we remain steadfast to our village roots. In
exploring our new Learning Enquiry ‘What Are Our Roots?’
we shall be considering what makes Delabole community
unique and how we can communicate this through our
Our KS1 children have
already been on a ‘wellie
walk’ to gather inspiration
and establish a sense of
place. Meanwhile, our KS2
children are exploring our
wider heritage. Whilst years
3 and 4 explore the legacy
of the Roman Empire, our
oldest children in years 5
and 6 are immersing
themselves in our mining
heritage. Through Art,
History, Geography and
Literature they will try to gain an understanding of what
life was like and how those men, women and children
who spent their brief and brutal lives in the most hostile
of workplaces have contributed to our Cornish culture.
Already there are
signs that the
learning. If one of
the highlights of
2017 was the
a ‘Good’ Ofsted
the weight of
community support behind it, we hope that 2018 will be
filled with moments when we pay our respects to our
community and continue to make you proud.
Best wishes and Happy New Year from Sue Cox and the
Fostering the Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall
Events at St Endellion February 18
Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm
Featuring jazz saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Jasper
Hoiby and pianist Liam Noble, Malija is a sophisticated,
genre-bending trio that has been delighting audiences
since 2014, now coming to St Endellion as part of a UK
tour promoting their second album Instinct. The band’s
idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract
grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair
and playful abandon.
Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free)
Friday 23 February, 7.30pm
Truro Cathedral Choir
The Truro Cathedral Choir returns to St Endellion with a
glorious programme of sacred music and organ solos from
across the centuries. The choir, which will have been
working in local schools during the day, comprises twelve
adult professional singers, joined by young choristers. As
well as singing at seven services each week, the choir
undertakes regular concerts, broadcasts, webcasts,
foreign tours, and CD recordings.
Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free)
Book tickets online at www.endelienta.org.uk; by e mail
firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone 07787 944935; or
from the Wadebridge Bookshop (concert tickets only).
For Endelienta Poetry Group, Book Club and family Make
Club, please go to our website, or phone or e mail us.
Week of Prayer for Church Unity 2018
This year’s service was devised by the Churches of the
Caribbean and was entitled ‘That All May Be Free’.
Delabole’s celebration took place at St John’s and was
led by Rev Angela Cooper. Unfortunately, Rev Bryan was
unwell and unable to take part, so Patricia Molloy stepped
in to read the sermon that he had prepared.
The congregation heard of the Caribbean’s history of
oppression and slavery but was also told of these bonds
being replaced by new human bonds of love and
community - and in this action of God they found their
Many people took part in the service which concluded with
a time of fellowship, coffee and cake.
March 2018 edition
of ‘The Slate’
is February 10 th
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Saturday 10 February Scrub and Spuds at
Epphaven, near Polzeath 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 14 February Half Term Rangers: Scrub
bashing, bonfires and marshmallows at Pentire
Head, near Polzeath 10am – 3pm
Become a ranger for a few hours and drop in to help us
with some scrub bashing, cutting down prickly gorse and
blackthorn then burning it on the bonfire. With the fire
blazing we’ll cook up a jacket potato for lunch! Bring
along a drink and some snacks to keep you going.
Please wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the
weather that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy.
Family friendly and a great way to meet new people.
Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email
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APOLOGIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thank you for all the cards and flowers sent and support
given after the loss of Tony Wills, a much loved husband,
father and Grandfather. From Marion Wills, Hannah, Lee,
Ewan & Lucy Fox and all the family.
Once again Delabole has shown itself to be a caring
and supportive village! Through the last year we have
raised over £500 through the collection box in the
Delabole Spar and the sale of CHSW Christmas cards,
calendars and diaries. Thank you everyone for your
support, I am always very aware of the many different
demands on your money from so many charities, thank
you for supporting CHSW, every bit of money makes a
difference. Thank you to Liz and Clive and everyone in
the Spar for having our collection tin, and for stocking
CHSW Christmas cards.
Esther Richardson-Chair Delabole CHSW Supporters
I would like to thank everyone who came to the rescue
with the village lights. It was a wonderful effort
especially as it was quite last minute. Congratulations to
all and good wishes for next Christmas!
Thank you once again.
Just to say “Thank you” to the owner of the quarry for
maintaining the lovely footpaths around it for walkers /
It must take a lot of work to keep trees back and
battling the mud to put down hardcore to make the
A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Holden, long
time resident of the village and widow of Doctor John
Holden, at St. Endellion Church on March 3rd at
Delabole Christmas Lights committee would like to say
a huge thank you to everyone for all your help and
support getting the lights up and running this year.
However you helped, physically putting the lights up,
donating money or helping during switch on night it is
very much appreciated.
We have formed a new committee and will be holding
monthly meetings details of which can be found on our
facebook page, new members warmly welcomed.
We have big plans for this year but a lot of the current
lights need repairing or replacing and so the fundraising
begins! We will be holding several events throughout
the year so come and get involved or please donate at
Lets make Delabole light up in 2018
We would like to thank everyone; our friends,
acquaintances and so many others who we do not even
know, for all the lovely flowers, cards and letters that you
have sent to us. Your support has really overwhelmed
We have a long and painful fight ahead now and when
we feel able we shall tell the story of this awful, over 40
year old, flawed ‘SBS theory’.
Our thanks also go to everyone who kindly sent cards to
us, Michaela and the girls after our marvellous son-inlaw,
Gary, passed away on 12th December. Also, to all
the bikers and over 200 people who came to celebrate
his life on 29th December.
All our love and thanks, Nigel and Tricia.
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St. John the
Sun 4th 9.30am Family Breakfast
Priest in Charge of Camel-Allen Cluster
The Rev. Angela Cooper 01840 212468
Readers: Sue & Claire 212713
With Rev Bryan &
Sun 4th 9am Morning Prayer
Wed 7th 10am-12noon Coffee Stop
Sat 10th 10am-12noon Second
Sun 11th 9am Holy
Wed 14th 10am-12noon Coffee Stop
service of Holy
Tues 6th 11am- noon FoodBank
Community Lunch of
cottage or fish pie,
Wed 7th 2.30pm Nimble Fingers
Sun 11th 11am Church Fellowship
Wed 14th 2.30pm Women’s Fellowship
Ash Wednesday with
Rev Angela Cooper
Sun 18th 11am Church Fellowship
Sun 18th 9am Morning Prayer
Wed 21st 10am-12noon Coffee Stop
Sun 25th 9 am Holy
Wed 28th 10am-12noon Coffee Stop
Did you know…
… that the Community Rooms in St.
John’s Church can be rented for use for
private parties and events?
• Reasonable rates
• Small kitchen area
• Tables & chairs or areas can be clear
• Main Church building and smaller
carpeted room, which can be
For details & to book
contact Tricia on 212520
Wed 21st 2.30pm Nimble Fingers
Sun 25th 11am Morning Worship
Mr. J. Poorta
Tues 27th 10.30-noon Coffee & Chat
Wed 28th 2,30pm Women’s Fellowship
My Travels with
In our area …
'The Wild and Wooly West'
Driving 2000 sheep and 400 cattle 2,131 miles
across the American plains to California in 1853
An illustrated talk by Rick Gould using extracts
From his ancestor's journal,
with artefacts from the journey
At The 'Old Bank', Camelford
Friday 23 February, 7pm
£5 to include wine and cheese and Raffle
Tickets on the door, or in advance
from 01840 214613
or email email@example.com
All proceeds to:
In aid of iSight Cornwall
SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 2018
7pm for 7.30pm
The Old Bank, Camelford
£5 per person to include quiz and food
Kirsty Wensley is running the
London Marathon in April
for iSight Cornwall
Help her raise vital funds for this
charity supporting those with
Call Kirsty on 07977 825814 to book
BUDE MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT
Barbara Degener (cello) and Paul Comeau (piano) in
Locally well-known professional musicians, Barbara
Degener and Paul Comeau, will perform a programme
centred around French music on Sunday February 25 th ,
3pm, at Minstrels Music Centre, Canworthy Water, PL15
Barbara tells us: “After spending holidays in Cornwall, I
took my cello, which has been in the family for 100 years,
and a few belongings and left Germany. My musical career
has taken me to: Windsor as part of the Jubilee
celebrations; the Royal Albert Hall with 600 children from
Cornwall; down a cave at low tide! I also love kayaking
with seals around the coast, walking, and swimming. After
all we are in Cornwall !” Paul has been described as ‘hero
of Truro’s musical scene’, where he has been active for
over thirty years as soloist, ensemble player, accompanist,
teacher, fund raiser for Truro Cathedral, and composer.
His music has been recorded and broadcast on Radio 3.
All are welcome to this Bude Music Society event which
costs £13 on the door, full-time students free.
More details at www.budemusicsociety.com
Thank you once again for your support last year. We are
honoured. Our calendar for 2018 is filling up quickly so
if you would like us to attend your event please contact
us to check availability.
Once again, if anyone is aware of a location to store our
vehicles or set-up our museum, please get in touch. We
can be contacted at
Facebook.com/ESMCornwall or call 07523 482009
or you can email Mike or Steve at:
YOUR GUIDE TO TO LOCAL EVENTS AND
MEETINGS IN AND AROUND DELABOLE
Saturday 3rd February
Malija concert at St Endellion. 7.30pm
Saturday 10th February
National Trust Scrub and Spud at Epphaven. 10am-3pm
Wednesday 14th February
National Trust scrub bashing and bonfire, Pentire Head,
Valentine Meal at The Poldark Inn - see main feature -
Friday 23rd February
The Truro Cathedral Choir at St Endellion. 7.30pm
The Old Bank Camelford, ‘The wild and Wooly West’
Illustrated talk. 7pm. £5 to include wine and cheese.
See main advert.
Sunday 25th February
Bude Music Society Concert 3pm at Minstrels Music
Centre, Canworthy Water. See main advert.
Saturday 3rd March
Quiz Night at The Old Bank, Camelford
£5 per person. Call 07977 825814 to book
REGULAR MEETINGS / EVENTS
Every Monday (Excluding school holidays):
Delabole Art & Craft Group meet at Chapel School
Room. 1.45 - 4.00pm. £2.00
Every Tuesday: Kernow Credit Union 1.00- 2.15pm
Venue changed to St John’s Church from 3rd October.
Tel : 212520
Moor Harmony Ladies Barber Shop Chorus
Thursdays at Wadebridge Ambulance Hall from 7.15 -
10.00pm All Welcome Contact Mel 01840 212312
Every Wednesday Fitness League ladies exercise
group for all ages, 9.30am at Camelford Hall.
For more information call Katie Holmes 01208 815725
4th Thursday of each month except December.
Cornwall Council Out & About Service at Delabole
Childrens’ Centre on the playing field.
Delabole Quilters will be meeting at Delabole Methodist
Church on Fridays at 2pm. £2 per session.
No experience necessary! Contact Sue 01840 212713
Monthly V.I.P. Club 3rd Wednesday from 2.00-4.00pm
Contact Tricia on 01840 212520 for details and to arrange
Thursday 8th March
Tinatgel Orpheus Male Voice Choir, St Piran’s concert at
Otterham and St Juliot Hall, Marshgate. For details and
bookings, see main feature.
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February and March only
There are two dates in February when
the Union Flag should be flown:
Tuesday, 6 th February.
Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession in 1952.
Monday, 19 th February. Birthday of the Duke of York.
If ‘The Slate’ gets delivered before the
end of January, this is a reminder that
Viv is going to demonstrate how to
make Saffron Buns at the Women’s Fellowship in the
Methodist Sunday School on January 31st at 2.30pm -
If ‘The Slate’ doesn’t get delivered until February, sorry
you missed it.