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THE DELABOLE SLATE

ISSUE 412

OCTOBER 2021

Delabole.slatenewsletter@gmail.com

COUNCIL CORNER – Delabole Parish Council

Very sadly, due to a change in personal circumstance, the Parish Clerk has resigned with effect from 10 th October.

The Parish Councillors are extremely sorry that Holly is leaving and hope to have a new clerk in post as soon as possible.

Holly has worked tirelessly to ensure that Delabole’s new Parish Council had a good start from May this year; organising

training and meetings, preparing policy documents and other guidance to ensure that the new councillors had all the

information they needed.

Delabole Parish Councillors wish Holly and her family every happiness in the future.

The full advert for this vacancy is printed in this issue.

The September meeting covered a variety of topics –

Play park repairs to equipment - unfortunately, the parts have been delayed but the work will be carried out as soon

as possible.

Footpath in the park – the uneven and damaged tarmac footpath towards the old Post Office end of the park is due to

be replaced and made safe.

Other public footpaths will have their second cut back during October.

Skate Park – the council has agreed to support the Skate Park committee and for the planning permission to be applied

for in the name of Delabole Parish Council.

20mph zone – Cllr Fairman reassured the council that the traffic calming scheme is still being worked on.

However, the Camelford Community Network is exploring the 20mph scheme for some villages. This will be discussed

at their meeting on September 28 th and Delabole Parish Council has submitted a report highlighting the problems with

speed of traffic and congestion along the B3314 through the village.

Ash dieback – the council is obtaining advice regarding the affected trees.

The full minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the notice board or on line at www.delaboleparishcouncil.gov.uk

PLEASE DO NOT EXERCISE DOGS ON THE KG V PLAYING FIELD

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CHILDREN TO USE SAFELY

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INFORMATION.

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A cautionary tale for Delabole residents!

Many households in the village will probably be on the Delabole Local Tariff for their electricity supply from Good Energy

as I have been since it’s inception in 2013. This was introduced by Good Energy as “ our way of saying thank you for

letting us share your local natural energy source” i.e. the wind-farm. This tariff was guaranteed by Good Energy to be “

always 20% cheaper than our standard electricity tariff and with a windfall bonus when the Delabole turbines produce

more energy than we predict”.

Earlier this year I received an invitation via email from Good Energy to have my electricity meter upgraded without cost

to a “smart meter”. An important question needed answering before I agreed to the meter change, so I asked it in writing.

Would I remain on the Delabole Local Tariff after the meter was changed? The answer came back from Good Energy,

also in writing, yes I would remain on the Delabole tariff. So on this understanding I agreed to the meter change.

The smart meter comes with a digital display and after it was fitted I observed that the both the unit charges and standing

charges were higher than the Delabole Local Tariff. When I questioned this with Good Energy after exchange of many

emails they said they had made a mistake in what they told me and I could not remain on the Delabole Local Tariff with

the new smart meter. I asked them to take the smart meter out and put the old one back so I could stay on the original

tariff as they had promised and they said they could not do this either and I was put onto their standard tariff.

They issued a “Deadlock” letter advising me to take it up with the Ombudsman which I did.

This week the Ombudsman has upheld my two complaints of Mis-selling due to them misleading me into agreeing to

the meter change and Customer Service, due to poor service quality and lack of contact. The rulings are in the public

domain as they are published by the Ombudsman.

However, being cynical about Good Energy’s motives the cost to them as decided by the Ombudsman is a “£75 goodwill

credit” to my account whilst the cost to me is £191 per annum increase in electricity charges on their default tariff at

normal annual usage.

The Ombudsman does not have the power to instruct Good Energy to return me to my original tariff. One can only

assume Good Energy were aware of this and are therefore “quids in” . Except of course this approach does not fit well

with the sharing caring image Good Energy like to project.

I quote from their invitation to the Delabole local tariff in 2013 “ this tariff is the first in the country to put communities at

the heart of renewable energy generation”.

I say action speaks louder than words!

Will Green

A Methodist Minister’s View

The first Foodbanks came into being in 2008. It now seems that they have become an accepted part of our ‘Caring

Provision’ in local communities alongside other developments such as Community Kitchens and Community Larders.

This fact came home to me a few weeks ago when I was reading an article in our West Country daily newspaper written

to advise those struggling with debt or a lack of sufficient money to make ends meet. Part of the advice was to seek

help from agencies that could refer persons in need to a local Foodbank. The existence of Foodbanks is a commentary

on life for some in our country – the fifth richest country in the World.

A few months ago, I heard two stories of people who were prepared to go into the fields of our market gardeners to clear

some of the unpicked crops to pass them on to local Foodbanks and other kindred agencies for distribution to their

clients. One of the stories emanated from West Cornwall and involved the picking of courgettes, and the other from

Norfolk where rhubarb was being picked. This situation too, is a commentary on our current economic and political

situation.

The word used for this type of crop gathering was ‘gleaning’, which is defined in my dictionary as ‘collecting small

quantities’ or ‘pick up produce left by harvesters or reapers’. As soon as I hear the word ‘gleaning’ I think of the book

of Ruth in the Old Testament of our Bibles. One of the two books in our Bibles named after women. The story brings

to the fore two issues, which are still a part of our everyday news, but it was written some 3,000 years ago. Ruth was

born in Moab, a country that welcomed people from another country – Judah. There was a shortage of food and the

Judean family moved to Moab, were welcomed, and settled there and the sons married Orpah and Ruth who were

Moabites. After some time, Ruth moved back to Judah with her Mother-in-Law, after the death of her husband and two

sons. Ruth found herself to be welcomed in Judah and went ‘gleaning’; for the needs of her Mother-in-Law and herself.

Ruth also marries again to a native of Judah.

This 3,000-year-old story hopefully causes us to think about our attitudes to the contemporary issues of poverty and

migration (or immigration). The responses to the issues in the Book of Ruth involved welcoming and providing, and the

New Testament dimension would add loving to the responses. Food for serious thinking!

Every blessing,

Bryan Ede


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Delabole Parish Council

Delabole Parish Council is seeking a part-time Clerk/ Responsible Finance Officer –

45 hours a month

Salary in accordance with National Rates SCP24 – SCP28 (£28,672 - £32,234) pro rata

Delabole is a new Parish Council formed under the Cornwall Council community governance review, inaugurated after

the local council elections in May 2021. The Council is now recruiting for the post of Parish Clerk and Responsible

Finance Officer to the council and the successful candidate will have a role at the heart of the council.

The ideal candidate will be self motivated with attention to detail, a good communicator with administration, IT skills and

common sense. Experience of the role is not necessary as full training will be available. Ability to work on own initiative

is essential in this challenging but very interesting position. Ideally, the successful candidate will live locally and take an

active interest in our village.

Overall responsibilities include –

‣ The Clerk is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the

notifications required by law of a Local Authority Proper Officer.

‣ The Clerk will be totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function

as a Local Authority are carried out.

‣ The Clerk is expected to advise the Council on, and assist in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in

respect of the Authorities activities and in particular to produce all the information required for making effective

decisions and to implement constructively all decisions.

‣ The person appointed will be accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and

will report to them as and when required.

‣ The Clerk will be responsible for all the financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its

finances.

We are looking for a Clerk who can help us achieve future ambitions whilst also dealing with the day-to-day work involved

in meeting the Council’s duties and obligations.

The Council will provide the necessary office equipment to support the role including IT, printer and phone. The post

will be based from home and the Council will pay the HMRC working from home allowance in place at the time.

The contract will begin as soon as possible. However there is scope for flexibility on this should the successful applicant

need time to relinquish other commitments.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 th October 2021.

Job description and application forms are available from clerk@delaboleparishcouncil.gov.uk

Applications must be submitted electronically to clerk@delaboleparishcouncil.gov.uk

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Timepieces

As I write this in the fading sunlight of a balmy late summer / early autumn evening, it is hard to imagine that, by the time

you read this, autumn will be well and truly established; the nights will be drawing in and the days will be noticeably

shorter. There are elements of both sadness and joy in this repeated cycle of the seasons. Sadness as we regret the

loss of the warm summer weather and the long hours of sunlight, but joy at the wonderful way in which the turning of

the seasons reflect the cycle of our lives on this unimaginably beautiful planet which we inhabit.

Late September and October are the times when the church celebrates the bringing in of the harvest, in our harvest

festivals. These simple services of thanksgiving for the provision of the very essentials of life can take various forms.

Some of the best harvest festivals I ever attended were when we lived in the Pennines, some 1200 feet above sea level,

almost on the boundary between Lancashire and Yorkshire. One of the local farmers used to make his large barn available

for the event and it was a real family occasion. Hay bales would serve as pews and the vicar would have to shout really

loudly to be heard above the squeals of delight from the children running happily amok while their parents, wrapped up

in coats and scarves against the Pennine weather (it can easily snow in October), looked on benignly, content so long

as the vicar was content to preach the Gospel as best he could in the merry chaos.

And yet, and yet, it probably didn’t really matter if the vicar’s, no doubt profound and carefully crafted, words could be

heard or not. And it didn’t matter ~ indeed it was a positive bonus ~ that we were not assembling in the parish church,

architecturally splendid as it was. What was most important about those events was that we came together as a local

community, husbands, wives, children, young lovers, grandparents, the lonely widows and widowers, the singletons,

and uncle Tom Cobley and all to celebrate being a community; to celebrate the next generation playing raucously among

us; to celebrate the turning of the seasons; to celebrate the simple fact that the earth, this earth, miraculously provides

for our every need. Those of us who were believers no doubt took comfort in the vicar’s assurance that we owe all this

to God: but not everybody joining in the harvest celebration was a confirmed believer. Some, no doubt, held the view

that the evolutionary biologists have it right and that billions of years of random chance found us all together celebrating

the harvest without which we would be unable to survive. Some probably never gave a moment’s thought to why the

cycle of life is as it is. But, on such occasions, such differences between us are subordinated to the simple joy of gathering

together with friends, acquaintances and neighbours in recognition of our shared dependence on and deep human need

to express our gratitude for the harvest and all the good things that this life has to offer us.

Are we in danger of losing traditions such as these? Or are we still capable of coming together in our local communities

to recognize that whether we give our thanks to God, the universe or just blind chance, we all have something to be

thankful for and that the best way of expressing this is together, men, women and children, all in their own way celebrating

our lives and the fact that this wonderful planet, with which we have been so careless, is both our home and our means

of survival. So let us give thanks this harvest time, either individually or in groups together, and let us reflect that perhaps,

just perhaps, that country vicar shouting to be heard above the joyous din in that Pennine barn may have had a point

when he said that all this plentiful and life giving eco-system was brought into being and is sustained in place from day

to day by a God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son that we might have life and have it abundantly.

Jeffrey Terry

Curate

November’s Slate deadline is October 10th

Delabole

Methodist

Church

Oct 3rd 11am Service with Holy Communion

Rev Linda Barriball

Oct 10th 11am Alison & Hannah Gill

Oct 17th 11am Jean Heywood

Oct 24th Alison Gill

Oct 31st 11am

Village Harvest Service

Rev Bryan, Sue Ede & Claire Salzmann

Great to have your company at any of these services.

Singing allowed but Lockdown precautions still advised.


Mon - Fri


Termyn Gwari Fleghes

(Children’s Playtime, in Cornish)

October, the start of autumn, and a real change in the weather and what

we can see in the world around us. Each morning the sun rises later and

we need lights on to get dressed for work and school. In the evenings the

sun sets earlier, so we snuggle up indoors with the lights on and maybe a

fire lit. We spend less time outdoors because it is much cooler now as

autumn starts, even on sunny days.

Animals react in the same way to darker, colder days. They make

themselves nests in snug burrows, pile leaves up to make beds; and they

eat and eat and eat all the good food they can find in the autumn

countryside, to build fat and strength to last the winter. Some of the foods

they eat and collect we enjoy too, like blackberries and hazel nuts. Birds

and animals will eat and collect nuts, acorns, berries fruit and seeds all day

through the last good weather of the autumn, because once the first frosts

of winter come, there will be very little food anywhere. Some animals, like

hedgehogs, go into a deep sleep called hibernation through the colder

months, to save energy, only waking up a very mild days for water and any

snack they might find.

Once the last flowers have died, insects like bees and butterflies, hibernate

in their nest, under bark or underground; most die in the first cold nights.

Birds that would usually live on insects migrate to warmer places for the

winter. Other birds migrate to us from much colder countries to the north,

they escape the winter cold and live on the berries and seeds in the

hedgerows here, then migrate back north in the spring.

As autumn starts one of the most noticeable changes is that instead of just

shades of green, the leaves turn to bright shades of orange, red, yellow,

brown and gold, making a brilliant but very short-lived display of colour.

The fallen coloured leaves are ideal for craft activities such as making

pictures or doing scavenger hunts.



This month’s Bible verse

October 2021

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we

say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in

darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:5-6

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the

light of the world: he that followeth me shall not

walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12

Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is

good.

Romans 12:9b

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

that he might destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8b

Authorised (King James) Version

It Shouldn’t Happen!

Just came across a press cutting for a Parish Meeting

from 1927, when one of the members of the public

objected to wireless batteries being charged in the

village. He said ratepayers paid a 9d rate to bring the

current to Delabole and he did not like to see electricity

being sent out of the place in batteries.

To clarify, Delabole was one of the few towns or villages

in the county to have electric street lighting and

electricity in the homes. It was first suggested in 1913

and came into being not long after with the creation of

The Delabole Electric Lighting and Supply Company.

This was backed by The Old Delabole Slate Company,

who offered the free use of their equipment, up to 20hp

during working hours, for 14 years - however, it wasn’t

going to be free on Sundays or Public Holidays but the

Quarry would supply and maintain the dynamos,

switchgear etc .

The DEL&S Co had a shop where Dr Garrod now has

his surgery and when my Dad began working for the

Company (1935) one of his jobs was to charge wireless

batteries. These came in various sizes. Customers

brought them to the shop and paid 6d to 1/6 for them to

be charged. The charge lasted about 2 weeks - when a

return visit was needed.

HH

Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir

Firstly, I must apologise for the incorrect information in

last month’s issue regarding our forthcoming concert in

Bude.

The date should have read Sunday, 3rd October in Bude

Central Methodist Church at 3pm in conjunction with

Bude Community Gospel Choir.

This will be our first major concert for about 18 months

and we are all looking forward to it very much. All are

welcome.

Attached with this article is a flyer about our 'open

rehearsal' evenings starting on Tuesday, 19th October.

Please come along if you would be interested in singing

with us.

Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir

We are holding an

Open Rehearsal on

Tuesday 19th October 2021

and every 3rd Tuesday in the month.

We sing a varied, rich and

diverse range of music,

something for everyone.

We are looking for people of all ability.

So why not come along and try out?

You never know!

Contact John 01840 212194


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Delabole Primary School

‘From Me To Everyone’ – It takes a village to grow a child

As we start a new Autumn Term here at Delabole School, the whole school community has begun once again to explore

our core value ‘Belonging’. What does it mean to truly belong, and how can we work together as parents, school and

community to continually shape a vision for the future of our children?

Our INSET Day was spent revisiting all the core aspects of our school culture – the DNA of our school

– and considering what it means exactly to shape a child for a future that we can hardly envisage. With

all that we have learned from recent experiences, with the pace of change gathering momentum year

by year and technology opening up pathways that could not have been imagined even two years ago,

we find ourselves considering an uncertain future…and we are definitely preparing the children of today

for jobs which haven’t yet been invented! Balanced with this is our responsibility to make sure that we

uphold what it is to be a child, protect the essence of ‘childhood’ and ensure our children thrive and reach

their best potential.

Once again, we shared our aspirations for our pupils’ future and began to communicate ideas which will take the school

forward and offer the children fantastic opportunities for learning. One of the key focuses for our discussion was ‘From

Me to Everyone’ - the idea that when children first join us, they need to develop their unique identity and nurture a feeling

of security in their world. This helps them to gain a strong sense of self (the ‘me’). As they move through the school, it

is our job alongside our parents, to grow them on socially, emotionally and academically so that they become

well-rounded, aspirational and have a discerning world view. Critically, it is increasingly imperative that we teach them

to care for themselves and for their world. This is the essence of citizenship (the ‘everyone’).

To illustrate this idea, we have developed our theme of The Learning Tree by sharing

with the children the idea of growth rings. The image here captures both ideas – our

individual mark on the world (our unique fingerprint) and the growth rings of our lives as

we develop. The similarities are striking and memorable.

And now the children have arrived and suddenly the school has really come to life, which

is just how we like it! So, now we must all get on with the business of making 2021-2022

a really happy, memorable year of learning. And more than ever, we hope to regain the

privilege of sharing our learning journey with our village of Delabole. Sue Cox and the

team.

Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion.....We need your help please!

As with all organisations, the Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion has found these past months

during the pandemic unprecedented and uncertain. We have not been able to hold our bimonthly

meetings and fundraising events and of course the Commemorations to mark Armistice Day and

Remembrance Sunday were severely curtailed. However, we were able to hold a limited Act of

Remembrance at the War Memorial, which as well as the usual poppy wreathes laid at the foot of the

memorial, many hand painted pebbles were also laid to remember each one who had paid the ultimate price in both

world wars.

The celebrations we had started to plan to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th 2020 were unable to go

ahead, but with true Delabole community spirit and determination villagers and businesses came to the rescue and

decorated their homes and business premises, many yards of bunting were made and street parties held.

We have now started to make tentative arrangements to mark this year’s Remembrance Commemorations in November.

Of course this will be subject to any change in the Covid restrictions.

We are planning to hold a minute’s silence at the War Memorial Garden on Armistice Day, 11th November at 11am and

on Remembrance Sunday, 2.30pm at the War Memorial followed at 3pm with a service at the Methodist Church.

We also hope to hold a coffee morning for the Poppy Appeal on Saturday 13th November at the Methodist Church.

Further details in the November Slate. Our Poppy Appeal Organiser, Geoff Cleave, has ordered the poppy wreathes

and poppies and will shortly be filling the trays for our door to door collections.

Many of our collectors have been willingly visiting your homes for a considerable number of years, but some now feel

the time is right to stand down and some to retire. We are very grateful to each and every one of them for all of their

commitment in doing this valuable work.

We are looking for some volunteers to take their place and help with the collection so please if you have some time to

spare could you contact Geoff Cleave on 01840 212791 .Geoff will be delighted to have a chat with you.

If you are interested in joining our branch, then please give our membership secretary, Andrew Stacey, a call on

01840212467.

Hopefully it won’t be too long now before the Branch can start to meet again at our bimonthly meetings at The Poldark

Inn.

Patricia Molloy.

Geoff Cleave.

Secretary 01840 212529 Poppy Appeal Organiser 01840 212791


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The Good Old Days

The things we did! (1940s and 1950s – and maybe beyond)

I don’t know if there is a game played today that is a modern version of this.

At Primary School in the 1940s we had milk bottles with cardboard tops. These tops preceded the

metal tops passing over the bottle tops that we have now. They were about one and a half inches

(40mm) across and quite stiff. Each bottle had one top pushed down into a groove in the bottle neck.

There was a much smaller groove pressed into the centre of the cardboard top which could be

pressed out to allow the tops to be pulled out. The tops were generally printed with a coloured name

of the farm from which they came.

We children collected these tops and played ‘milk tops’ with them. The game came in two forms –

‘longsies’ and ‘topsies’!

The former (“longsies”) involved two children approximately 5 paces back from a wall. Invariably in

our school this was the outside wall of the toilet block which was the sunniest location in the

playground! A milk top was flicked at the wall from between the first and second finger by each player

and the one getting his milktop nearest to the wall picked up and kept both. This was repeated until

one player ran out of tops.

The latter game (“Topsies”) involved each player throwing alternately and continuously until one

overlapped a milk top thrown by either of the players previously. The player throwing the top which

overlapped the one below was the winner and picked up all the tops thrown earlier. The game could

then stop or restart if each had sufficient tops with which to continue playing.

I assume this was played universally during the period in which the bottle tops were available.

However, I have never heard it mentioned up here but, conversely, I have never had occasion to

bring it up in conversation myself.

I assume that the ‘third of a pint’ bottles of milk we were given to drink in school had the same or

similar top but may have been smaller.

If you look (or get one of the kids to look!) on the internet you may well find pictures of milk tops

showing a farm you know or knew.

Happy hunting I.M.B.

Easy-Peasy Scones

You will need :-

200 grms / 8 oz self raising flour.

50 grms / 2 oz soft margarine.

25 grms / 1 oz sugar.

Large pinch salt .

A little milk.

Put the flour, sugar, salt and soft margarine into a bowl.

Cream together using a fork. At this point you could add

some dried fruit or glazed cherries if you want to. Add a

little milk and bring the dough together , ready for rolling.

Sprinkle with flour and roll out to about half inch

thickness.

Cut into rounds or triangles. Place on a greased baking

tray. Bake in a hot oven, about 220C for 7 to 10 minutes

or until risen and golden on top. Cool on a wire rack.

Delicious with butter or jam and cream.

Happy munching. Carrie Casserole.

Garden Visitors

We have gorgeous , dancing butterflies and busy

buzzing bees.

Crowds of cheeky, chirping sparrows, sitting in the trees

Big black jackdaws and doves, all soft and grey.

Blackbirds and robins come visiting our way.

Chaffinches come, but they don’t stay long.

Blue tits and great tits add to the throng.

There are many creepy crawlies, slugs and snails by the

load.

Spiders hanging everywhere, I’ve even seen a toad.

All visitors are welcome, but I have thought once or

twice,

That although there’s lots of wildlife, some humans might

be nice.

Wina .


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Free Newsletters are Nothing New

The latest ‘find’ in my Old Delabole Records file is a free

newsletter from 1935 - only the ‘free’ is replaced by ‘gratis’

(by post 10d per quarter) and the newsletter is called The

Wadebridge and North Cornwall Times.

There are lots of fascinating articles (almost guarantee

you’ll be hearing more of this over the coming months)

but now it’s the news from Treligga’s Harvest Festival.

The article begins by calling Treligga (known locally as

‘Ligga) “a little village with an old world appearance which

will be hardly known in some parts of the Methodist Circuit”.

The chapel celebrated Harvest with a visit by a special

preacher from St Minver, Mr Wesley Blake. Apparently

the congregation was unusually large and the evening

service was crowded.

“Here a few earnest Methodists struggle to support their

church: for many years it has been uphill work. We are

pleased to hear that of late the workers have been

encouraged by a growing interest and an increasing

attendance.”

All this is leading to an apology via The Slate that we’re

unable to provide a write-up for the 2021 Delabole Village

Harvest Celebrations - it has had to be postponed and the

first available date when Claire Salzmann and Sue and

Bryan Ede are able to lead the Thanksgiving is Sunday

October 31st. This must be a record for Delabole’s latest

church Harvest - unless you know differently!

However, it’s at 11am at the Methodist Chapel, gifts and

offerings for Wadebridge Foodbank - AND IT’S NEVER

TOO LATE TO STOP AND SAY THANK YOU. HH

Delabole

Methodist

Church

October 31st 11am

Village Harvest Festival

in combination with St John’s

Songs of

Praise

plus readings,

poems and stories

Led by Rev Bryan, Sue Ede & Claire Salzmann

Followed by coffee

**************************************

Harvest gifts and Offering for

Wadebridge Foodbank

*************************************

Great to have your company at this service.

Singing allowed but Lockdown precautions still advised.

All Sorts of Sports Quiz - Answers

1. 155 (147 + 8 for a free ball)

2. Althea Gibson

3. Ian Woosnam

4. David Shepherd

5. Sir Clive Woodward

6. Hearts

7. Clapton Orient / Orient FC

8. 99.9

9. Eric Bedser

10. 9 times

11. Donald McCain

12. FC Bournemouth

13. West Ham United

14. The Corbillon Cup

15. Bernhard Langer

16. Old Trafford

17. Tourist Trophy

18. Devon Loch

19. Peter Osgood

20. Amen Corner

Thank you, John

Bereavement Notice

Mr Barrie Sadler passed away on 11 August 2021 and

there was a small funeral at Bodmin cemetery on 24th

August 2021.


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Shops of Delabole 4

Looking at the pictures opposite you may recognise Cornish

Insurance in two of its previous incarnations. The top pic

shows it as two cottages and, talking to John Penfound, he

remembers them well. The one nearest the school was lived

in by Dick Williams who came there in about 1928. Mrs

Williams, he believes later worked in the school canteen.

The cottages were later bought by Williams’ of Wadebridge

to expand their Chemist shops. People would take their

requests to the shop and whatever was prescribed was sent

up from Wadebridge on the National bus and collected from

the bus conductor by Mr Lobb who worked in the shop.

Dad’s family lived in the house next door and he

remembered Cyril Lobb lodging with them and the fun dad

had as a lad using the dark room at the back of the chemist

to develop and print his films. I remember the shop as selling

sweets - strange that!

I think the next step was being taken over by the Pidcock

family and holiday chalets being built at the back. This turned

into The Setters when Ivy and Fred Shore and family took it

over and many of you will remember meals and celebrations

happening there - as well as the fabulous flower displays

that appeared annually.

Now of course it’s the Cornish Insurance office.

HH

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


‘Hoggstock’ - Thank You

Russell Hogg would like to thank all the attendees and

supporters of his 50th birthday party 'Hoggstock' in

August which raised money for his chosen charity

'NACOA' (National Association for Children of

Alcoholics'). At the time of writing, the donations, and

monies raised from the raffle and auction of promises

has raised over £3500, with Russell's company,

Hogtronix, having contributed exactly 50% of the total

by matching donations pound for pound.

Russell and Debbie would like to thank all those who

attended (we had a great night), and all those who

donated, but also the following businesses and

individuals who donated so generously to the Auction

of Promises by giving up their time or donating to the

raffle:

Bruallen, Nicola Beaven, Boots Wadebridge, Olive May

Therapies, Maggi Appleby, 'designed by amy', Little Nail

Boutique, Christian from the Sidings, Cornish Toadstool,

Breeze Car Wash (Rock), Julie Dale, Pauline and Lola,

the Fergs, the Heards, Jane in West Lane, Lee Hall,

Pengelly Produce, Graham New, and Bonner and Fitz,

plus also to Delabole Fire Station, Packaway Play and

Camelford Rotary Club for their assistance with the

marquee, seating and kids entertainment.

Thank you.

Ask and You Shall Receive

In August’s Slate, I wondered if anyone knew about this

sticker - and a reply came from Angela.

Rich (her husband) said it’s a water slide and used on

motorbikes. You immersed it in water and slid it on to the

motorbike. He remembers seeing a box full of them in

the shed at Lugg’s but due to their age they would no

longer slide without breaking up.

Thanks, Rich.

HH

Charity Christmas Card /

Soup and Sweet (Hopefully)

You may remember that in October we usually

have a Charity Music Day at the Methodist

Church. This is when musicians from the village

and surrounding area entertain us whilst we buy

Christmas Cards etc from various charity stalls

kindly set up by Esther, Val, Sue, Lorraine and

friends and then we consume coffee, cake and

soup and sweet.

This year we’re planning to curtail the day to 11am

to 2pm (still time for coffee, soup and sweet) with

socially distanced charity stalls but no musicians.

The planned day is October 23rd. Hopefully this

can go ahead as all charities need as much

support as possible - but it all depends on how

things are at that stage.

Please look out for posters nearer the time.

October Garden

I have a confession to make… I am a fair

weather gardener. My input to your gardening

efforts, therefore, dries up about now and will

return in the Spring.

This month, weather permitting, check

everywhere for weeds and mulch between the

plants in beds and borders . Ensure that any

less hardy plants are put into a cold

greenhouse or under a cloche or fleece. Plant

bulbs to look forward to in the spring.

Hope to see you again next year in apple

blossom time.

Love Bessie Greenfingers.

The deadline for the

November edition of the

Slate is October 10th

Free Shed for a Bonfire

Are you planning a village bonfire this November?

If so I have the perfect kindling! My tool store is

looking for a good home (bonfire). It is pine and

measures 3' x 5' x 2'.

Please phone me or text to arrange pick up asap,

from Tintagel on 07773 886898. Jenny.

CONGRATULATIONS…

To Tom Pickard, the son of Vanessa and Matthew

Gettings. We are so very proud of your success and

achievement as a Fire & Rescue cadet and for being

chosen as a Flag Bearer at the parade on

Remembrance Sunday in November at the Cenotaph

in London. So well done.

Love Auntie Val and Auntie Shirley.


DIARY DATES

YOUR GUIDE TO TO LOCAL EVENTS AND MEETINGS IN AND AROUND DELABOLE

REGULAR MEETINGS / EVENTS

Every Tuesday: Kernow Credit Union 1.00- 2.15pm

Contact Tricia on 212520 for up to date details

Mobile Post Office Van

Parks in the lay-by opp. St John’s

Tuesday 12.00 - 15.00

Wednesday 13.30 - 15.00

Friday 13.30 - 15.00

This service is provided by St. Breward Stores

Tel: 01208 850260

Mobile Post Office Van Tel: 07999 936473

DELABOLE QUILTERS

Friday 8th October

Friday 22nd October

DEADLINE FOR

NOVEMBER 2021

SLATE IS

10th OCTOBER

Mailboxes at the Spar &

Lugg’s Garage, and the

email box are emptied once

a month only, after the 10th.

2pm in Delabole Methodist

School Room

More details from

Pauline Dean on 212577

ACCOMMODATION WANTED

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Carnival Revel 2021

Fabulous day, fabulous fun.

Great to catch up with friends and

enjoy ourselves.

Thank you SO much to all who organised it -

these things don’t just happen -

and what about the weather?!!!!!

Thanks to Jocelyn Murgatroyd for the brill photos.

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