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THE DELABOLE SLATE

ISSUE 414

DEC 2021 / JAN 2022

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INFORMATION.

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

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Or phone direct to Helen Hicks on 01840 212558 or

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Drawn by Jean Boyd, a talented artist, gardener and

teacher - plus a member of the chapel for many years -

who lived in Downalong Cottage

The Chapel Wall!

If you’ve visited the chapel recently, you’ll be all too aware

of the state of the south-west wall - DAMP! - made worse

by Lockdown. So the time has come to tackle the issue.

The plan is to slate the outside of the wall with reclaimed

slates and look at the ‘join’ between the Chapel and

Sunday School buildings. This is stage one - the inside

needs to come later.

Obviously this is going to cost! We have been saving over

the past few years and have an amount to start work but

we do need to raise funds to meet the expenditure.

Grants are being applied for and ideas are being floated

to help with the work. The initial thought, in the City of

Slate, is to ask people in the community to Donate a Slate

(approx £5.00) or at least part of one or maybe more than

one. Every bit helps and we’ll be putting a donation pot

at each of the events that are happening in the building - and if you cast your eye over this and previous Slates you’ll

know that a lot goes on on the premises - not just services but fund-raising and community events that help bind the

village together and make us proud to belong to such a supportive part of Cornwall. In the past few months, despite

limitations, over 2 thousand has been raised for various causes and the dear old building has played host to Flower

Festivals, Music Days, Horticultural Shows, School productions, Carnival Breakfasts, Concerts, Meetings, lunches,

clubs…

We’ll be contacting those who have had associations with the village, maybe former Sunday School pupils (remember

those anniversaries?), ex pantomime casts and anyone else that we can think of.

To sum up, we’d appreciate your support. If you can think of any fund raisers or grants that can be applied for we’d be

really grateful.

The Fund Raising Team

PS Just had a thought. Can anyone make an eye-catching collecting container to gather the donations at

up-coming events please?

Harvest & Foodbank

Yes, our Village Harvest Thanksgiving eventually

happened - delayed due to Covid - on October 31st.

It was a village celebration led by Rev Bryan, Sue and

Claire with contributions from other members of the

community. Of course, it was followed by coffee and the

number of tins and gifts crowding the front and windows

of the chapel was a sight to behold.

However, the champion sight was the Harvest Loaf made

by Viv Paul. The dear girl finished the masterpiece after

10pm - and it looked fabulous. Wonder how many villages

were fortunate enough to display one?

To top it all, a carload of goods was delivered to

Wadebridge Foodbank plus the £170 collection.

THANKS to all concerned.


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Delabole 1957

70, NOT OUT

Peter, Wesley, David, Kevin, Robin, Andrew

Lesley, Susan, Helen, Brenda, Mary

Jacqueline, Angela,Susan, Vivienne, Margaret, Diane.

(Lesley, Angela and myself seem more interested in what was

happening in the street!)

When I was sorting old photos, this one jumped

out at me. It was taken in 1957, not long after

we all started school - at Delabole.

The teacher was Mrs. Whitford and she was

lovely. A few of the class still live in the area

but I’ve not kept in contact with all my fellow

pupils. Do hope you’re OK and, like me, it’s a

year of ‘70, not out’.

Can’t believe it but 2021 is the year I turn 70.

Inside I’m 18 but…Really so much to be

grateful for and when I got to thinking of the

21st December, which’ll be the day, I suddenly

thought - how can I mark the occasion? It

occurred to me that I could use it to raise

desperately-needed funds for the chapel wall

which I’ve written about elsewhere in The Slate.

So, here comes the cheeky part. If you

would normally send me a card etc,

thank you for the idea but it’d be brill if,

instead of that, you’d send me (or Cousin

Viv Paul if that would be less awkward) a

Chapel wall donation instead.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS and (as someone else says in The Slate) be very generous with the smiles.

Helen Hicks

My birthday being on Dec 21st (the shortest day) Dad used to say, ‘If the 21st is the shortest day, can you name the

shortest night?’ Actually this doesn’t work when written down ‘cos his answer was Sir Gordon Richards - who was a

short jockey and a knight of the realm. It was funny when I was a child!

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Missing sights and sounds and ‘never to be repeated situations’ from the past (1941 – 1953)

Here are a few of my memories :-

1) Hearing planes droning overhead and asking - “Are they theirs or ours?” (We lived near a wartime aerodrome

during the war years) .As a young child I remember that if I was told they were “Jerries” I had visions of scores

of ‘self-propelled ‘potties’ going over the house looking for somewhere to drop their load!

2) The potty “jerry” under the bed. (Presumably emptied by mother!)

3) Being asked by mother if a cut or graze had been caused in the road (I believe horses droppings could / do

give you Tetanus (lockjaw).

4) The sound of crickets (like big grasshoppers) during the hot Summer evenings ‘clicking’ loudly in old stone walls.

5) Horse and tractor drawn binders, producing ‘sheaves’ with which temporary ‘shocks’ of 6 to 8 sheaves were

stood up in corn fields.

6) Corn fields with cornflowers and poppies growing amongst the corn.

7) Carrying drinking / washing water from nearby village wells to home in a galvanized container.

8) Going into café toilets and the toilet paper being squares of newspaper held together and hung on string. Avoid

the Sunday supplement if poss!

9) Hearing a cuckoo singing out at Springtime – somewhere (usually several places and times) every year!

Although starting to write this at the beginning of November, Christmas will be looming by the time anyone gets to read

it. As well as the more obvious meanings and reasons for celebration it is perhaps a time for reflection.

Within 40 miles radius of Delabole there is a structure on which a plaque with the following message is secured:-

“In loving memory of my Father – Xxxxx Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx

Had you known my dad, you’d have loved him too.

You would have loved his smiling eyes, his spirit brave and true.

So, I’ll keep my chin up, dad, and try to hide my tears.

Knowing you’ll walk beside me throughout the coming years

Date - Date

God bless you, dad, for those wonderful years” “Love Always Xxxxxxx”

(I don’t know the people or if the words are original but I have always thought this was a very moving tribute to an

obviously much loved father!)

Merry Christmas to all! Don’t forget to be very free with your smiles!

I.M.B.


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COUNCIL CORNER - Delabole Parish Council

The Parish Council are very pleased to welcome Suzanne Cleave as our new Parish Clerk.

Suzanne was born and bred in Delabole and has the future well-being of the village at heart. Suzanne took up post on

1st November and has already made a difference with her knowledge of the village and vast experience in publishing

and reporting, applying this to the council’s administration. We hope that Suzanne will be very happy in this role.

The usual contact for the Clerk - 07869 725450 or clerk@delaboleparishcouncil.gov.uk. This remains a part-time position.

At Last! We are able to show the road improvement scheme to the public!

20 MPH ZONE AND IMPROVEMENTS TO ADDRESS CONGESTION IN THE VILLAGE

The Parish Council will be holding a two hour session before the next formal meeting on the 14th December in the

Methodist church to make the proposals available for people to see.

Please make a note in your diaries to come along between 5 and 6.50pm to look at the plans and find out how you can

feed back your comments to Cornwall Council.

The CORMAC consultation will last from mid-December to mid-January. Individuals will be able to comment by letter or

on line between these dates. There will be more information available on 14th December.

This is an important issue to many in our village so please come along to take a look and have your say.

Also,for the December Parish Council meeting and at the request of a local resident, we have invited a representative

from the local Constabulary to discuss a number of issues.

Darley Oak

The Parish Council has now taken delivery of our Darley Oak tree together with a certificate of authenticity which reads

“This Pendunculate Oak seedling has been grown from an acorn collected from the famous Darley Oak at Darley Farm

in the parish of Linkinhorne in Cornwall on 6th October 2017. This ancient tree is recorded as tree number 12217 on

the Ancient Tree Inventory and celebrated as one of the 50 Great British Trees”

Certified by: Tim Kellett - Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum, 11th September 2020

The question now is where best to plant it as it needs a lot of room to grow and mature. The parish councillors came

up with 3 ideas; at the triangle at the bottom of Westdown Road, in the cemetery or in the King George V playing field.

Which would you favour? In this issue there is a reply slip for you to express your preference. Please complete and post

into the Slate box at Luggs Garage or the Spar.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, 2nd June 2022

It won’t be long before 2022 arrives and the PC is already discussing how to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.

Again, we ask for your suggestions for activities and look for volunteers to make it happen. For example, there will be

a beacon to be lit at 9.15pm on 2nd June and we shall be asking if Delabole Fire Brigade are happy to do this for us.

Does anyone know a piper who can play Diu Regnare at 9.09pm prior to the beacon being lit? There are many ideas

suggested by the Royal Pageantmaster in his official letter to councils; it remains to be seen if we manage to do it!

The PC would also like to present the resident children of Delabole with a commemorative item; a mug, coin, medal or

something similar. These are currently being sourced and costed. In the next issue of the Delabole Slate (February)

there will be a form for parents/guardians to complete and return so that the correct number can be ordered.

Ash Die Back

A contractor has been engaged to remove the affected trees at the bottom of the King George V playing field. This work

will be carried out during December.

The Delabole Parish Council wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year

Gaia and COP 26

Don’t know how many of

you visited The Gaia Centre

when the turbines were lit up

but it does make you stop

and think and be amazed

that a relatively small village

in Cornwall should have

connections with the COP

26 events happening in

Glasgow.

Thanks to Claire Salzmann

for the photo.


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Christmas Past!

It’s the time of year when thoughts might turn to previous Christmases and in Delabole many families would pick a holly

bush to decorate, often on Christmas Eve. The decorations might be made from milk bottle tops and sweet papers,

whilst paper decorations were hung from the ceilings and, if you were really lucky, there was tinsel and a set of lights

for the tree ...which were often temperamental and had to be constantly fixed. Some years perhaps one or two decorations

would be bought to add to the collection, then wrapped carefully to be brought out next year. You may still have some

of these in use today and taking them out to decorate your trees can bring back such happy memories. And of course

there were no outside decorations.

Our mothers cooked for days, things such as sweet biscuits (rolled so thin that you could almost see through them and

you had to be very careful not to keep them in the oven for too long), gingerbreads, cakes and puddings and as a real

treat they bought a small amount of saffron to make a cake.

Many branches of families lived in the village and we all walked to each other’s homes for tea and a special treat ...a

meat supper. You could be visiting each other’s homes well towards the end of January! At these family events we

played party games such as Guess Who, Ducky-ducky, Guess the articles on a tray etc. There was very little TV watched

(if you had one) other than the Queen’s Speech and if you didn’t have a TV you listened to it on the radio.

Before Christmas all the chapels(3) and the Church had children’s parties, nativity plays, Christmas socials - as did other

local organisations and I expect many of you recall Mrs Hubbard’s fancy dress parties, which she held in the Church

Hall.

Well over 50 years ago the Gift Service was started. Village children brought toys that were still good but they felt they

could part with. Originally gifts were transported to the Lambeth Mission in London by one of our Slate quarry lorries,

then by train, and in more recent years the toys were given to Cornish groups.

The church, each chapel and the British Legion all had a Christmas bazaar, often with a visit from Father Christmas. He

also came by train to sit in the Co-Op.

Members of the community organised bus excursions to the pantomimes at Bude or Plymouth, as very few families had

transport and we sat in the theatre in a village block - great fun!

I’m afraid it’s all a bit jumbled. It’s amazing what you can remember from the past - if not yesterday!

This is one person’s memories of Delabole life over the past seventy years. What about sharing any of your childhood

memories (not just of Christmas) with The Slate?

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Rubbish

A local resident picked up SOME of the litter she found in

the lay-by at the Camelford end of the village.

Three plus bags of beer cans and other rubbish had been

thrown out and left. She picked up what she could but

other items she couldn't collect, not even wearing rubber

gloves.

Besides the contents featured in the photograph there was

a child's scooter and some old tyres.

We live in a beautiful county - let’s take care of it!

Appropriately enough, the What 3 Words reference

for the lay-by is bombshell.backed.closes.



Delabole Remembers

Members of our village community, together with the children and

staff of Class 4 of Delabole Primary School, gathered at the War

Memorial Garden on Armistice Day.

The commemoration was led by Revd Angela Cooper and those

present remembered with thankfulness those who had paid the

ultimate price and those whose lives are still affected today by the

many conflicts in the service of our country.

Mr Phil Carnon, Chairman of our Branch, read the list of the fallen

and was joined by a pupil in The Exhortation. Two children laid the

poppy wreath on behalf of the school.

The Delabole British Legion Standard was carried by Fire Fighter

Shaun Edwards and the Royal Naval Association by Fire Fighter

Clyde Ferguson.

On Remembrance Sunday many from the community met at the

War Memorial to remember. The tribute was led by Revd Angela

Cooper and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion,

Royal Naval Association, Delabole Parish Council, community

organisations and groups. Members of Camelford Town Band were

in attendance. Branch Chairman, Phil Carnon read the list of the

fallen and was joined in The Exhortation by

representing the young people of our village. The commemoration

continued at the Delabole Methodist Church with a service led by

Revd Linda Barriball, assisted by Revd Cooper, Nigel Hicks,

Vivienne Paul and organist, Helen Hicks.

Photo courtesy of Sam Cleave

The Delabole Branch would like to thank all those who supported the Poppy Appeal, those who came along to the

coffee morning, those who supported the house to house collection, our local businesses and our Primary School. A

very special thank you to all our collectors and to our President Geoff Cleave and his family who organised the collection.

A grand total of £2,342.75 has been raised for Royal British Legion funds. THANK YOU!

Patricia Molloy

Secretary,Delabole Branch of the Royal British Legion.

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A Methodist Minister's View

I am writing this article in early November. From early in October, we have seen television programmes in which new

books written by some of our celebrities have been promoted as well as new recordings by some of the ‘pop’ artistes.

All of this publicity is of course intentional for the Christmas gift market. In fact, there have been references to people

who have completed their Christmas shopping, and it may well be that you know someone who has written all of their

Christmas Cards.

In many areas of life, we seem to mask the original ideas or celebrations with commercial ventures that become the

‘must haves’ or ‘must do’s‘ for the seasons. Someone commented to me how Hallowe’en Celebrations have grown

over recent years for instance. Christmas celebrations have altered a great deal over the years too. However, we can

trace meanings to many of the traditions and decorations associated with our modern-day Christmas celebrations.

Christmas has been celebrated on Decembers 25th since the middle of the 4th Century after some work undertaken

by Pope Julius I to fix the date of Jesus’ official birthday. There is still debate about the date, but it has now been

celebrated for some 1670 years on December 25th.

Associated with the celebration of Christmas are the singing of Christmas

Carols, and some of our well known and most popular carols come to us

from the 1700’s. The carol ‘While Shepherds watched their flocks by night’

from the pen of Irish man Nahum Tate dates from that time. ‘O Come all

ye faithful’ was translated from a Latin version in 1740 whilst ‘Hark the

Herald Angels Sing’ was written in 1739 by Charles Wesley as a hymn

for Christmas Day. Hence, we share in a long worldwide tradition in our

Christmas Celebrations. The well-loved carol ‘Silent Night’ comes to us

from Austria where in its German form it was sung in 1818.

At the heart of Christmas is the story of the Birth of Jesus, God’s Son,

who was born into our World in humble circumstances to enable the

transformation of the lives of individuals and communities by

acknowledging our need to allow God’s love to work amongst us thus

becoming aware of God’s way for us.

We wish you every joy and blessing in your Christmas Celebrations and

in the New Year.

The message of Christmas still inspires

people. In a quite modern Carol written

in 1991 we find the words:

Beneath the paper wrappings,

There’s an open stable door,

Beneath the fir tree trappings,

There’s a welcome and there’s more.

Beyond the tinsel fairy

Is a presence that’s divine,

There’s a Child to change the future,

Turning water into wine.

Claire Stainsby

Charity Day

Yes, Charity Day did happen on 23rd of October and,

pleased to say, it was a success. Lots of smiles, when

masks were removed, and chat. Think everyone had a

good time.

The proceedings for the day were roughly £955.00,

including £120.00 for Kernow Young Carers.

Thank you so much to the stall holders, raffle sellers,

lunch providers, supporters - and those who cleaned up

at the end.

Raffle Prize Winners - Viv Paul, Mary Carey,Jean Scott and Rev Linda



Carrie Casserole’s Christmas Cake

You will need :-

30 grams Ground almonds

180 grams Plain flour

60 grams Cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Mixed spice

150 grams Brown sugar

360 grams Assorted dried fruits including

glace cherries and chopped nuts

180 grams Butter or margarine

4 Eggs, beaten together

Whole or split almonds for the top of the cake

A little sherry or brandy

Put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Rub in the butter or margarine.

Add your choice of mixed fruits and nuts.

Mix well together.

Slowly add the beaten eggs to the dry ingredients, a bit

at a time, mixing well.

The mixture should be fairly soft, add a very little

amount of milk if its a bit dry, it should drop with a plop

off your spoon.

Put all the mixture in a greased and lined cake tin.

Decorate the top with whole almonds.

Bake in the oven at 160 o c for one and a half to two

hours. Cover with grease proof paper if the top is

browning too quickly. It is cooked when it is firm to touch

and an inserted skewer should come out clean.

Cool on a a metal rack. When completely cool, turn out

of the tin upside down and drizzle a little brandy or

sherry over the whole cake.

Store base down in an airtight container until you are

ready to decorate in your own special way.

Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir

The Christmas season has come round again and happily

we are able to enjoy singing at our Christmas Concert.

This will be on the 5th December, 7pm, in Tintagel

Methodist Church. All are welcome to come along and

join in the singing of your favourite carols, and the Choir

will have some new songs for you.

We have not been able to perform for so long, we look

forward to seeing our friends and supporters again over

the Festive Season.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and

safe New Year from all in the Choir.

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February Slate deadline

is 10th Jan 2022

Dominic Fairman, Cornwall Councillor

This month will mark the second anniversary of the Covid pandemic which was first identified in Wuhan, China in

December 2019. I remember well watching that city on the news, as the state-imposed lockdown kept everyone indoors

and the streets completely empty. It was a surreal sight, and I wondered at the time if that sort of public health response

would even be possible here in the UK.

Two years on and we all know the answer to that question and have all now lived through the most extraordinary times

of our lives.

I am pleased to say that some semblance of normality has started to return to our daily lives, and I would urge everyone,

who like me is eligible, to book in for their booster vaccine. The evidence for the added protection that the third jab can

offer people who are over 50 and/or have underlying health conditions is very strong and is a key tool for suppressing

the disease to the benefit of all.

I am also hopeful that the offer of vaccinations for children over 12 will help drive infection rates down in schools and

allow our young people to get back to a more normal education and - just as importantly - enable them to play, socialise,

and support each other in growing emotionally.

My sense now is that a lot of the effective basic measures such as masks in crowded spaces and social distancing are

very well understood by most people and that we are much less likely to need government-led interventions to keep the

disease controlled. We all know who is most vulnerable and at risk, and we know the basic steps we need to take to

keep everyone safe.

So, unlike the terrible roller-coaster of Christmas last year, I am much more confident in wishing everyone a Merry

Christmas, and much more optimistic in wishing everyone a very Happy New Year for 2022.

I hope we can all look forward to better times ahead!

Dominic Fairman

Cornwall Councillor - St Teath & Tintagel Division

07939 122303 - cllr.dominic.fairman@cornwall.gov.uk


Shops of Delabole 5

Don’t you just love this picture of Delabole, possibly in

the 1920s? It tells you so much of what life was like.

The children (in hats, maybe it was a Sunday) walking

down the middle of the road - wouldn’t try that today.

Although superficially High Street has changed, the

structure remains basically the same and do note what

a go-ahead village it was - we had electricity.

Dad first recalled this shop, from the early twenties

(1920s that is), as being owned by Mrs Gill and he

called it a really old-fashioned establishment - but look

at the ads!!! Besides Lipton’s and Lyons’ tea, Fry’s

Chocolate and Cadbury’s Cocoa, above the door note

Pianos from Moons & Sons of Plymouth are advertised,

Singer sewing machine orders could be taken and

many other wonders, that can’t be discerned, were

available!

After Mrs Gill came the Osmans who, besides selling

newspapers, magazines and ice cream (made on the spot using ice that Mr Osman collected from the 6am train - when

we had a station), may well have had the first chip shop in the village. Chips were sold from the annex on the left of the

main shop. These were handed over in a cone of greaseproof paper - although old newspaper was available for larger

servings. Very handy for Dad who lived opposite in Lundy View! I never heard Mum, who lived next door to the shop (in

Jubilee House, where they rented one of their front rooms to Lloyds Bank) ever mention the chips - but perhaps she

had a healthier diet.

My first memory of this establishment, from the 1950s, was when it belonged to Mr Ernie Smith and his mother. As far

as I recall they served groceries. When they retired it was taken over by Mr and Mrs Hubbard who converted it into a

mini supermarket. Instead of asking the person behind the counter for each item, you collected what you wanted from

the shelves and paid for your shopping at a till by the door - progress!

After this, others continued using the premises as a shop - but maybe someone else would like to bring the story

more up to date?

HH


Delabole School ‘The Curriculum Never Stands Still!’

As another year draws to an end, you might think that the team

at Delabole would be contemplating all the festivals and

celebrations that are such important milestones for our children

– Remembrance and Christmas most notably – and we

absolutely are, but once again we much continue to think

differently and creatively so that the children can still have the

opportunity to share their learning but not in the same

face-to-face ways as in the past…not yet. Although we will

certainly relish the day when it comes.

This is the story of life in a school. No matter how many years we may teach, and no

matter how long a curriculum is in place, it is the job of a good school to keep learning

alive by ensuring that it meets the needs of the children at any given moment and shifts

with the ever-changing context of our world. Covid has really reinforced that need for

constant adaptation. But this has always been true, especially in Science, History,

Geography and Design and Technology…and increasingly so, as the world is changing

at an exponential rate and we are preparing our children for an uncertain future – one

that the adults struggle to even visualise. Yet the same human values underpin

everything, because they will always remain valid.

It is for this reason that – in response to COP 26 – our staff and pupils have designated

time over and above the Enquiry that we already dedicate to caring for our planet and

focused on a week of beautiful but serious learning about our current climate crisis. We

are aware that children are seeing so much in the media

that could frighten them and make them feel that their

future is precarious and so we want to give them the

knowledge and the mindset that will flip that on its head and enable them to feel entitled

to a voice. We want to empower our children to drive the changes that must come. So,

from our Reception children to our oldest pupils, we have explored what happens when

ice melts, what is precious and vulnerable about our ‘small blue dot’ of a planet and

how the children can be supported to understand tricky terms such as ‘carbon zero’.

This is so that they absolutely can be part of our hope for a way forward. It is for this

reason that we ended the week with their heartfelt commitment to caring enough to

make a change, their rallying call to adults and moving from the concept of a ‘climate

catastrophe’ to a ‘climate chance’ - as long as we all do the right thing. We will certainly

play our part in that. The photos tell that story more than words ever could.

Sue Cox and the Delabole Team

Link Word - Just for fun!

Gate

Out

Hard

Chimney

Cat

Lap

Gate

Thunder

Bird

Sky

Mountain

Shake

Hard

Plant

Bug

Notch

Card

Hands

Mat

About

Tray

On

Do you know a word to put in the middle that links the

other two? Good Luck! (Answers in the next issue)


Mon - Fri


DELABOLE SKATE PARK UPDATE

We apologise that we have been a little quiet! We had a couple of knock backs before COVID hit and it took some

time for us to regroup.

Thank you to Nickiey Hatch who has been running some raffles for us during the lockdowns via the Delabole community

page on Facebook, which has helped to keep our fundraising going. Thank you to anyone who donated raffle prizes

and bought tickets.

We have been working away in the background for a few months again now and have some exciting news to share

with you all.

First of all, we are pleased to say we have met with the new Delabole Parish Council who have offered their full support.

They have also very kindly agreed to pledge a maximum of £25k!! They will now be working very closely with us to get

this project off the ground.

Secondly, we have a brand new set of plans to share with you all. We hope that by reducing the cost it will help us to

be more successful in our funding applications. We hope you agree the new plans still offer everything needed to make

a great skate park. We will be submitting a planning application for these plans very soon.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Elanor Hoskin who has very kindly offered to help with any funding

applications we make. She has a lot of experience in this area and has already offered us a lot of good advice and

started to work on a new national lottery bid.

Last of all, we are looking for some more committee members to help us with ideas and fundraising, so thank you to

those that have come forward so far. If you can help out please speak to Zoe Burnard, Jo Harris or Claire Sleep or

private message our Facebook page.


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We are delighted to have been selected as one of Co-ops Local Causes from October 2021 for 12 months. If you are

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When we took part in 2017/2018 we raised a whopping £3897.01 so please support us, tell all your family and friends

to register their cards.

The Skate Park Committee wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.


First Class Food - Vegetarian Dishes Available

Treligga Downs, Delabole

Please see our FB page

for details of opening times

during the festive season

Phone: (01840) 212565

FLOWERS FROM BRUALLEN

Elaine Reynolds

AWARD WINNING FLORIST

67 High Street, Delabole,

North Cornwall PL33 9AH

01840 212555

Flowers@bruallen.co.uk

www.bruallen.co.uk

Family run florist with that

personal touch


Delabole

Methodist

Church

Dec 5th 11am Village Christingle & Gift Service

details elsewhere in Slate

Dec 12th 11am Church Fellowship

Dec 19th 11am Alison’s Christmas Service

6pm Village Carol Service at St John’s

Dec 25th 9.30am Circuit Service at Tintagel

Jan 2nd 11am Circuit Covenant Service at Tintagel

Jan 9th 11am Service with David Rhodes

Jan 11th Community Lunch

booking only

Jan 16th 11am Service with Jean Heywood

Jan 23rd 11am Village Church Unity Service

Jan 25th Drop-In Coffee plus Foodbank Collection

10.30am - noon

Jan 30th 11am Church Fellowship

Great to have your company at any of the above.

Singing allowed but Covid precautions still advised.

This month’s Bible verse

December 2021

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon on his shoulder:

and his name shall be called Wonderful,

Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting

Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

And the angel [Gabriel] said unto her, Fear not

Mary...thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring

forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luke 1:30a,31

And the angel said unto [the shepherds], Fear not:

for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people. For unto you is born

this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is

Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

Authorised (King James) Version


What’s On - In our area

Endelienta events December 2021Endellion Church

Saturday 11 December at 7.30pm

Blackweir Brass

Returning to Endelienta for the third time, Blackweir Brass

are known for their inventive programmes which have

been performed across the country. Based at the Royal

Academy of Music, the ensemble was formed five years

ago and in that time has gone on to become Live Music

Now artists, Making Music Selected Artists ,and has won

the June Emerson Launchpad Prize. This concert

combines old favourites with brand new arrangements, as

well as some festive tunes!

Tickets £10 (accompanied under 16s free) from

www.endelienta.org.uk

Save the Date

The provisional plan is to hold a

Christmas Lunch at the Methodist Chapel on

December 7th at 12 noon.

This will be roast beef and all the trimmings,

Christmas pudding

plus tea or coffee.

Numbers will be limited and booking essential

(01840 212558)

Covid precautions will be in place

Delabole Parish Council

DARLEY OAK TREE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

…for Delabole's new Youth Club!

We are in the process of setting up a Youth Club for the

village and need willing volunteers to help run the sessions

or even just a couple of hours a month behind the scenes.

We will also be looking for anyone who has experience

being committee members or trustees. We welcome ideas

for the club from parents and children.

We have a Facebook page and Instagram page now set

up, you can message us there or email

delaboleyouthclub@hotmail.com.

The Delabole Youth Club Team

Early Risers

Any kind, volunteer, early-morning,

secret angel deliverers for parts of

Delabole in mid-December please?

01840 212558

Where would you like to see our Darley Oak planted?

• In the Cemetery

• In the King George V playing field

• In the triangle at the bottom of Westdown Road

Please circle your preferred choice of location.

Cut this corner out and post into the Delabole Slate box

at either Lugg’s Garage or the Spar shop. Thank you.

DEADLINE

for your events, greetings & articles

For the February 2022 issue

Is

10th JANUARY

Submit to Delabole.slatenewsletter@gmail.com

Or drop in to the box at Spar / Luggs shop


Iris and Bert Bifield of St. Teath will not be sending

Christmas cards this year but would like to wish

everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy New

Year.

The Saltern family wish all their friends and family the

compliments of the season.,

We will not be sending or giving cards and do not wish

to receive any. Leighton, Mary, Mark, Helen and

Andrew

Wendy Doidge of Belmont Close. I will not be sending

any Christmas cards this year owing to the sad loss of

my dear husband Nigel.

I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and

a happy and healthy New Year.

Yvonne Edwards will not be sending Christmas Cards

this year but would like to wish you all a happy Christmas

and a happy New Year.

The family of Ray Galley will not be sending so

many Xmas cards this year. We would like to wish

you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New

Year. Love Mandy Roger, (Ray) Laura & Maureen xx

Steve & Andrea Fitzpatrick will not be sending any

Christmas cards again this year. Instead we will be

sending a donation to the Cornwall Air Ambulance &

Brompton Heart Hospital.

We would like to send love and Christmas wishes to all

our dear friends and relations & wish you all a healthy

and peaceful 2022.

Thanks

Gwen Bray would like to say thank you to her very

kind neighbours and friends for their generous

raffle prize donations.

Wanted

Tricia Hicks would be very grateful to receive any used

Christmas, Easter or Anniversary cards. Please either

drop them into the porch of 21, Pengelly or phone 212520.

Angela Cooper - Rector

I guess we are all hoping for a more normal Christmas

this year after all the disruption of plans last year when

the pandemic was at its height.

This year, though infections are still high in this area, with

most of us double or triple jabbed, does look much more

positive and so we make plans for get-togethers and

celebrations. In our churches we are planning most of

the usual services and events but with some differences

– smaller in some cases, more spacing, masks

recommended etc and one or two events we don’t feel

we can safely offer at all, so reluctantly they have to be

kept for another year.

However, we are thankful for what we can do and for the

friends and family we can celebrate with this Christmas.

As I write there are still nearly 1200 deaths per week

that’s an awful lot of families who will be missing

someone from the Christmas table this year. Our

thoughts and prayers go out to them.

‘Count your blessings’ may sound a bit saccharine-sweet,

but may be worth actually doing this Christmas: perhaps

as we hang each decoration on the tree we could name

something or someone we are thankful for?

As we enter the New Year with hope and expectation of

a better times ahead I pray God’s blessing of peace on

you and your loved ones at this special time. And I

pray for us all, in these words by Ted Loder….

Enable us, by your grace and empowerment,

to become expanders of life,

scatterers of laughter,

singers of songs,

makers of peace,

spreaders of good news,

healers of wounds,

tellers of truth,

practitioners of mercy,

sharers of joy,

weavers of community,

walkers in humility,

fulfillers of your dreams for us

spun in Jesus, our brother and Lord,

Amen

Fire Cadets at the Cenotaph

Did the eagle-eyed amongst you

spot our very own Tom Pickard

marching past the Cenotaph in the

Remembrance Day Parade on

Sunday 14 th November 2021.

Such an honour to be selected by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue and he

was supported wholeheartedly by

his family on the day.

Congratulations Tom.

You did us proud!

SS


DIARY DATES

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

Christingle & Foodbank

Bit unusual this year - well, there’s a surprise!

St John’s and the Methodists are planning a modified

village Christingle service at the chapel on

Sunday 5th December at 11am.

We won’t be constructing the Christingles as part of the

service but we’ll distribute them ready-made and with glow

sticks instead of candles.

However, instead of the normal collection of toys - this has

happened since just after WW11 when a quarry lorry

would take the toys to Lambeth Mission - we’re asking for

food gifts for the Christmas Food Boxes being distributed

by the Wadebridge Foodbank.

This is their list:

Cordial

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Meat – eg tins of ham

Pickle

Savoury Biscuits

Boxed biscuits

Stuffing

Custard

Mince meat

Crisps (large)

Christmas chocolates (large)

Christmas cake

Yule log

Mince pies

Lovely to see you at the service.

Free to a Good Home

Upright German Overstrung Piano

01840 213590 / 07896909245

An update to the Good Energy smart

meter cautionary tale

Is the Delabole Slate more influential than the Ombudsman

I wonder?

A little while after my account of the electricity tariff

difficulties with Good Energy had been published in the

October edition of the Slate they sent me an email.

It said there have “ been some changes to their internal

systems” and they were now able to apply the Delabole

local tariff to my new smart meter.

The computer says “yes” at last, after several months of

saying “no” !

So to any residents on the Good Energy Delabole local

tariff, when you are offered a smart meter, the precedent

has been set and there is now no reason for you to be

changed onto a different more expensive tariff.

Will Green

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

DEADLINE FOR

FEBRUARY SLATE IS

10th JANUARY

Mailboxes at the Spar &

Lugg’s Garage, and the

email box are emptied once

a month only, after the 10th.

Tuesday Drop-In

From the New Year there’ll be a Drop-In for

coffee and a chance to chat in the Methodist

Schoolroom on the last Tuesday of the

month - that’ll be

Tuesday January 25th

between 10.30am and noon.

There’ll also be a collecting point for Wadebridge

Foodbank. However, they say they’ve plenty of baked

beans and pasta!

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