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THE DELABOLE SLATE

ISSUE 378

FEBRUARY 2018

Delabole.slatenewsletter@yahoo.co.uk

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

success.

Competition winners…

Sudoku quiz winner - E Amy

Colouring competition winners -

- Ted Heather age 6

- Jake Hammond age 9

- Harleigh and Devonn Oulton age 14 and 12

SLATE DONATIONS

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.

DEADLINE FOR MARCH SLATE

IS

10th FEBRUARY

PLASTIC

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.

Thank you.

Your village newsletter. Produced and delivered by volunteers.

You can read or print out on line from www.delabole.com

INFORMATION. This is an independent newsletter, compiled, published and distributed voluntarily by the Delabole Slate Committee

and their helpers.

You can e-mail us on delabole.slatenewsletter@yahoo.co.uk (Please do not use any other E-mail) Or phone direct to Helen Hicks

on 01840 212558 or Ro Chapman 01840 211150. Messages can be left with Tricia Molloy 01840 212529 or Tricia Hicks 01840

212520. PLEASE NOTE - ITEMS FOR PUBLICATION RECEIVED AFTER 10th OF THE MONTH MAY NOT BE INCLUDED.

For information about placing trade adverts and payments contact Bob Chapman 01840 211150. 25 West Downs Rd. There is no

charge for small private adverts, birthdays etc. Monthly prices for trade adverts: £5 for 1/8th page. £10 for ¼ page.£20 for½ page £40

for a whole page.

Any items intended for publication must be with us by the 10 th of the preceding month. The views expressed in the newsletter are not

necessarily those of the committee. The committee reserves the right to alter or refuse any material submitted for publication.


Smuggler’s

FISH and CHIPS

HIGH STREET, DELABOLE

01840 212232

Winter 0pening times

LUNCH

EVENINGS

MON CLOSED 4.30 - 8.00

TUES CLOSED 4.30 - 8.00

WED CLOSED 4.30 - 8.00

THUR 12.00 - 1.30 4.30 - 8.00

FRI 12.00 - 1.30 4.30 - 8.30

SAT 12.00 - 1.30 4.30 - 8.30

SUN CLOSED 4.30 - 8.00

Also we have a new

lunchtime mega deal -

see in store for details

SATURDAY 17th

Hospitality with a hug,

available for your event

Contact 07572 412 421

SATURDAY 24th


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.

John & Sue

John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 12 years ago. His wife Sue has been John's primary Carer for

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

allows me to do the things which I can't normally do when he is with me" says Sue

The Centre also offers a transport service which means those who live in rurally isolated areas and

can’t access public transport can still use the facilities available at the Centre.

There are currently spaces available on all three days. If you would like to know more, please contact

Ali on 01726 885530 or ali@merlinmscentre.org.uk

About Merlin MS Centre

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.

For more information on the services provided please phone 01726 885530 or email hello@merlinmscentre.org.uk

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Termyn Gwari Fleghes

(children’s playtime, in Cornish)

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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THE

POLDARK INN

First Class Food - Vegetarian Dishes Available

Treligga Downs, Delabole

Wednesday 14th February

Valentine’s Wednesday Day Meal

£18.95 per head

6 - 8.30pm Bookings only

See menu below

Wednesday 28th February

Football Club Bingo

Eyes down at 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE

THE KITCHEN WILL BE CLOSED

From Monday 8th January

until Tuesday 6th February

Function Room Available

Weddings Parties

Phone: (01840) 212565

The Poldark Inn

-

Tempura Prawns

Breaded Brie Wedges

Spicy Wings & Wedges

Assorted Dips

~~~

8oz Rump Steak & Trimmings

Chicken in White Wine & Mushroom Sauce

Teryaki Salmon

Served with Assorted Potatoes &

Vegetables

~~~

-

Profiteroles, Tiramisu,

Shortbread & Clotted Cream Ice Cream

£18.95 per head

6 - 8.30pm Bookings Only

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

accommodate.

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.

Dominic Fairman

Cornwall Councillor - St Teath, St Breward & Delabole

dominic.fairman@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

07939 122303


St Pirans Playschool

NEW OPENING TIMES: 8am -

4pm Monday to Friday

during term time.

· For children aged 2 – 5 years.

· Fees are low, quality of our childcare and education is high.

· We are run by a parent lead, voluntary Committee and are a registered

charity.

· FREE 15 hours funded for ALL children aged 3 and 4 (and to

some 2 years who fit the criteria).

· FREE 30 hours funded to families that are eligible.

· Registered for the government tax scheme to help save parents

20% on their childcare costs.

· For more info or to join the waiting list, call 01840 214871 to speak to Kasey

or email stpiransplayschool@btconnect.com

We are thrilled to have been chosen to be a local community

fundraising cause by the Co-op. The Co- op Local Community Fund

is now open and members can choose to give their 1% to St Pirans

Playschool. Our local community can support us just by choosing

us as their cause.

Every time a member shops at the Co-op, 1% of

what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund, financially it will

cost you nothing, but the Co-op will give us 1% in cash for any Co-op product you buy and a proportion of their 5p carrier bag

for levy.

This fundraising event is for 11 months until the 27 October 2018 so it is important we get as many people on board as we

can, it is never too late to join.

This is the link that will take you straight to our cause

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13238

Please share with all your family and friends countrywide, anyone who is a member of

the Co-op membership scheme can choose us and if you are not member you can sign

up by logging in to this address https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

A Dad’s Stay & Play group at St Pirans Saturday 27 th Jan 18 and 24 th

Feb 18 from 10am-12pm.

All dads, step-dads, grandads, uncles and partners are welcome. There will be fun for all the children aged 0-5

years (siblings up to 8 years).

£2 per child will include a healthy snack and drink for your child and a hot drink for Dads. Please come along,

you do not need to attend St Pirans to join, all are welcome.

The last Saturday of every month 10am-12pm

Usual Stay & Play every Friday during term time 9:15 – 10:45, £1.50. All Welcome


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

supported.

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

the time.

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

too.

“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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Article from Angela Cooper

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

one-another through both.

Angela Cooper

Priest in Charge of the Camel-Allen Churches:

Lanteglos & St Thomas, Camelford, Advent, St Teath, St

John’s Delabole.

Telephone: 01840 214706

CLOSED

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

day.

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

fly past.

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

tintagelchoir@yahoo.com

FLOWERS FROM BRUALLEN

Elaine Reynolds

AWARD WINNING FLORIST

67 High Street, Delabole,

North Cornwall PL33 9AH

01840 212555

~ DON’T FORGET ~

VALENTINE’S DAY

14th FEBRUARY

ORDERS BEING TAKEN NOW!!

Flowers@bruallen.co.uk

www.bruallen.co.uk

Family run florist with that personal

touch

Contact us also for flower demonstrations

and workshops

This month’s Bible verse

Chatter, Chatter…Lunch

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

welcome.

6 th Feb Cottage or Fish Pie

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

£6.50 – including Dessert,

Tea or Coffee

May be subject to alteration

February 2018

Seek ye the LORD while He may be

found, call ye upon Him while He is

near:

Isaiah 55:6

And it shall come to pass, that

whosoever shall call on the name of

the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

King James Bible


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Delabole Community School

January 2018

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

learning.

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

‘Wellie walk’

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

children have

really connected

with their

learning. If one of

the highlights of

2017 was the

school achieving

a ‘Good’ Ofsted

judgement with

the weight of

‘Mining’

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

team.


Endelienta

Fostering the Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall

Events at St Endellion February 18

Concerts

Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm

Malija

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

tickets@endelienta.org.uk; by phone 07787 944935; or

from the Wadebridge Bookshop (concert tickets only).

Regular events

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

unity.

Many people took part in the service which concluded with

a time of fellowship, coffee and cake.

The deadline

for the

March 2018 edition

of ‘The Slate

is February 10 th

• Microsoft certified & Apple authorised

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• Windows PC Max, Android & iOS sales &

service - home or business.

• Hardware repair, software troubleshooting.

• Anti-virus / system maintenance.

• WiFi / network consultancy & installation.

• Website design & construction.

• Tuition & training.

Contact Tim Ferrett at : boscastleit@ gmail.com

TEL : 01840 250 106 MOB : 07976 046 810

www.boscastleit.co.uk

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Convenience Shop Newsagent

National Trust

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.

Free.

Booking essential, please phone 01208 863821 or email

tom.sparkes@nationaltrust.org.uk


THE PAGE FOR YOUR ITEMS FOR SALE, THANK YOUS, BIRTHDAY WISHES, SEASONS GREETINGS, GIVE-AWAYS,

APOLOGIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU

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

Group

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 /

cyclists etc.

It must take a lot of work to keep trees back and

battling the mud to put down hardcore to make the

Mrs. Holden

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

2pm.

THANK YOU

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

https://www.facebook.com/donate/190540768176444/

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

us.

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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Telephone: 07929 220567


St. John the

Evangelist

February Dates

Methodist Church

February Dates

Sun 4th 9.30am Family Breakfast

Priest in Charge of Camel-Allen Cluster

The Rev. Angela Cooper 01840 212468

Readers: Sue & Claire 212713

11am

Morning Worship

With Rev Bryan &

Sue Ede

Communion

Sun 4th 9am Morning Prayer

Wed 7th 10am-12noon Coffee Stop

Sat 10th 10am-12noon Second

Saturday

Special SSS

Sun 11th 9am Holy

Communion

Wed 14th 10am-12noon Coffee Stop

Wed 14th

7pm at

St Teath

Ash Wednesday

service of Holy

Communion

with Ashing

Tues 6th 11am- noon FoodBank

Noon -

1.15pm

Community Lunch of

cottage or fish pie,

dessert, tea/coffee

£6.50

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

Communion

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

• Toilets

• Heating

• Tables & chairs or areas can be clear

• Main Church building and smaller

carpeted room, which can be

separated off

For details & to book

contact Tricia on 212520

Wed 21st 2.30pm Nimble Fingers

Sun 25th 11am Morning Worship

with

Mr. J. Poorta

Tues 27th 10.30-noon Coffee & Chat

Foodbank

Wed 28th 2,30pm Women’s Fellowship

My Travels with

Pauline Dean


What’s ON

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 c.sandbrook1@btinternet.com

All proceeds to:

QUIZ NIGHT

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

sight loss

Call Kirsty on 07977 825814 to book

Donate at:

https://virginmoneygiving.com/KirstyWensley

BUDE MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT

Barbara Degener (cello) and Paul Comeau (piano) in

concert

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

8UB.

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:

m.squires@emergencymuseum.org.uk

s.squires@emergencymuseum.org.uk


DIARY DATES

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,

10am-3pm

Valentine Meal at The Poldark Inn - see main feature -

bookings only.

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.

FUTURE DATES

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

Every Tuesday/Thursday

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

transport.

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.

DELABOLE COMMUNITY

FUNDRAISING SHOP

SEASONAL STOCK AVAILABLE NOW

ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW…

PRE-LOVED CLOTHES, GIFTS, TOYS,

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, GREETING CARDS

~ COME IN AND HAVE A BROWSE ~

DONATIONS OF GOOD QUALITY ITEMS ALWAYS

WELCOME DURING OPENING HOURS

RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR COMMUNITY

OPEN 10.00- 12.30 Monday - Friday

PLEASE NOTE

We shall be closed on Saturdays during

February and March only

Flagman’s Notes

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.

Saffron Buns

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 -

everyone’s welcome.

If ‘The Slate’ doesn’t get delivered until February, sorry

you missed it.

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