THE DELABOLE SLATE
DEC 2021 / JAN 2022
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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,
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
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?
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Wadebridge Foodbank plus the £170 collection.
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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.
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!
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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 email@example.com. 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.
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
Thanks to Claire Salzmann
for the photo.
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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
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?
Carrie Casserole’s Vegetable Gratin
You will need an oven proof dish or casserole bottom.
About 250 grams each of your favourite vegetables, eg:
carrots, parsnips, broccoli, runner beans, leaks, swede,
30 grams Butter or margarine.
Salt and pepper.
90 grams Grated cheese.
30 grams Bread crumbs
Single cream or full cream milk
Peel and cut all the vegetables into thick slices or chunks.
Separate the cauliflower and broccoli into florets. Cook
the vegetables in a saucepan for 4 or 5 minutes, then drain
Smear butter all round an oven proof dish.
Spoon all the cooled vegetables into the dish.
Pour over enough single cream or milk to almost cover
Season with salt and pepper.
Mix the grated cheese and bread crumbs together and
sprinkle all over the top.
Bake in the oven at 210 o c for about 35 minutes until the
gratin is bubbling hot and golden brown.
The gratin can be served on its own, hot or cold, with roast
or cold meats or salad.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
Cornwall Councillor - St Teath & Tintagel Division
07939 122303 - email@example.com
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
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?
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!
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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not a member please ask for a members card in your local Co-op and register online (link below) or by phone you get
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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
AWARD WINNING FLORIST
67 High Street, Delabole,
North Cornwall PL33 9AH
Family run florist with that
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Authorised (King James) Version
What’s On - In our area
Endelienta events December 2021Endellion Church
Saturday 11 December at 7.30pm
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
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,
plus tea or coffee.
Numbers will be limited and booking essential
Covid precautions will be in place
Delabole Parish Council
DARLEY OAK TREE
…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
The Delabole Youth Club Team
Any kind, volunteer, early-morning,
secret angel deliverers for parts of
Delabole in mid-December please?
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.
for your events, greetings & articles
For the February 2022 issue
Submit to Delabole.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
Gwen Bray would like to say thank you to her very
kind neighbours and friends for their generous
raffle prize donations.
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,
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.
You did us proud!
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:
Christmas Meat – eg tins of ham
Christmas chocolates (large)
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
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.
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
FEBRUARY SLATE IS
Mailboxes at the Spar &
Lugg’s Garage, and the
email box are emptied once
a month only, after the 10th.
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!