THE DELABOLE SLATE
GOOD LUCK TO ALL PUPILS STARTING, RETURNING OR
MOVING UP TO NEW SCHOOLS ~ HAVE FUN!
Dominic Fairman Cornwall Coucillor St Teath & Tintagel Division
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens and with news today as I write this that the energy price cap is likely to reach
£4,266 in January, I want to make residents aware of a funding scheme that is available from the Council to help
tenants of private landlords who are threatened with eviction to stay in their homes.
The scheme was initially run as a pilot project in December 2021 and through Citizens Advice Cornwall it has helped
over 40 households to remain in their homes and avoid homelessness.
Additional funds have now been secured to extend the scheme over this winter until March 2023. The scheme is open
to both landlords who are thinking about serving notice due to rent arrears as well as tenants at risk.
Citizens Advice Cornwall will work with tenants and landlords on a case-by-case basis looking at the reason for the
arrears and provide advice and assistance to support them in sustaining their tenancy. In exchange for addressing
the arrears and providing support, landlords will then be expected to allow renters to remain in the properties for up
to 12 months after they have been given assistance.
So far, the scheme has been able to assist in various situations from arrears caused by loss of work or sickness, to
increasing debt and fuel poverty. The importance of keeping people if possible in their properties close to their social,
work and support networks, cannot be overstated.
If this is something that will help you or somebody you know, please get in touch with Citizens Advice Cornwall on
Other cost-of-living support payments including money for energy, food and water bills are available and can be found
on the following page of the Council’s website:
Or simply type “cost of living” in the search box on the home page of the Cornwall Council website.
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Dominic Fairman Cornwall Councillor St Teath & Tintagel Division
On Wednesday 13th July well over fifty local councillors and members of the
Public attended a meeting I convened to hear presentations from a variety of
agencies around the single topic of the water quality in the River Camel and its
There were representatives of the West Country Rivers Trust, The Environment
Agency, Bodmin Anglers, Cornwall Council, Natural England, National Farmers
Union, and South West Water who each gave a presentation and then took
There was an inevitable focus on the levels of phosphates in the river which has led to a moratorium on planning
applications across a wide area of North Cornwall for the last year. The picture that emerged from the Environment
Agency data supplied by their Integrated Environment Planning Team Leader - Dan Griffiths - was one of consistent
improvement in these levels over the last decade with much of the catchment in a “good” condition, whilst not quite
meeting the very high environmental levels required of a river such as the Camel which has protected status as a Special
Area of Conservation.
Both the Westcountry Rivers Trust – represented by Giles Rickard - and Natural England’s local Catchment Sensitive
Farming officer – Kate Allingham – detailed the large number of farm advice visits that have been undertaken in the area
over the last decade or more which has obviously helped with the improving picture, along with South West Water
investment in some of their Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs) with phosphate stripping measures.
Local Michaelstow Parish Councillor, Peter Jago, gave the perspective from the local anglers and reported both a decline
in fish and fishing locally, and Patrick Aubrey-Fletcher from the NFU stressed the importance of agriculture to the local
economy and some of the constraints and pressures that farmers are currently working under.
Cornwall Council were represented by their Head of Planning Policy – Adam Birchall – and their Head of Development
Management – Hayley Jewels, and outlined the importance of taking a precautionary approach to approving applications
in the catchment now and the need for robust evidence of any mitigation measures before any new developments can
Finally, South West Water were represented by their new Director of Natural Resources – Carolyn Cadman – and Richard
Foster who is their River Basin Planning Manager and they outlined their future investment plans for the catchment.
A generous amount of time was allowed for public questions and whilst a lot of the focus was inevitably around planning
and the phosphates issue, many of the public were equally concerned around levels of nitrates and sewage discharges.
I was very pleased with the interest and turnout on the night and very grateful to the speakers for their time and willingness
to take questions. By taking an in-depth and holistic look into the issues, it has thrown up a number of questions that I
feel need further investigation:
• How can it be that new developments in the catchment that could feed into existing Waste Water Treatment Works
are not allowed – but all other areas of North and East Cornwall are free deliver septic tank collections into the catchment
via the Nanstallon WWTW?
• If the Council’s commissioned consultants are correct in claiming that 78% of Phosphates in the river come from
agriculture, why are the Environment Agency noticing such marked improvements in line with investments from South
West Water in their WWTWs
• Why are some of our WWTWs discharging untreated sewage so often? In the case of Delabole this is nearly 250
times per year and cannot possibly be only linked to heavy rainfall events. Doesn’t this require investment in capacity
as well as treatment?
South West Water are currently encouraging members of the public to make their views known on their draft Drainage
and Wastewater Management Plan for each catchment and members of the public can access this on their website:
DELABOLE HIGH STREET, HIGHWAYS UPDATE:
From Cllr Dominic Fairman - Just to reassure residents that all of the concerns raised to me during and after the formal
consultation around the potential improvement scheme in the High Street have been taken back to Cormac for review.
No work will commence on site until updated plans have been agreed and shared with the community.
This may now be in the autumn.
Editors note - all information available about the road scheme are on the Cornwall Council website including details,
result documents and the results of the consultation(s)
Consultation Reference Number: 2080 Scheme Reference Number: EDG1768
Delabole – Traffic Management Proposals (EDG1768) (East)
Further information on construction timetables, when they become available, can be found on the Roadworks section
of Cornwall Council’s website at https://cornwall.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roadworks/
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To report graffiti, fly tipping, littering, abandoned vehicles
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Keep our village safe
At the last Community Network Panel, Lee Skinner,
Neighbourhood Beat Manager for our area, explained how
the reporting crime system is managed using the Police
Often crime is not reported because the public feel the
police take no notice or take no action. This is not the case.
In areas where crime is reported, no matter how petty or
trivial, the report from the public is logged. Using this data
a picture of crimes or anti social behaviour occurring in a
specific area is created. This allows the police to pinpoint
where and when certain crimes or anti social behaviour is
happening. Using this information, the Police are able to
deploy their resources accordingly.
For example, if there were reports of anti social behaviour
or vandalism between 6-9pm at the weekends in a specific
locality, the Police would ensure their presence in that
locality for a number of weekends. In the first instance to
establish facts and in most instances to give a verbal
warning but that’s not to say they would not press charges
So keeping our village safe is not entirely down to the
Police. It’s down to individuals or groups to make the
necessary reports to the Police using the 101 facility.
Certainly DO NOT take matters into your own hands as
that is illegal and may cause you further problems!
If it’s not reported, it won’t get sorted
Helpful Numbers to cut out and keep handy
Contact for Camelford Police -
Report a crime or anti social behaviour - phone 101
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Report noise nuisance - 0300 1234 212
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug litter - 0300 1234 141
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A Methodist Minister’s View
As I write this article in early August, we find our news bulletins dominated by the leadership election for our next Prime
Minister, and the issues about the future costs of our electricity and gas supplies.
In the leadership ‘hustings’ we are hearing the promises of the candidates as we in Cornwall have seen the promises
of our previous Prime Minister for extensions at two of our Cornwall hospitals temporarily withdrawn. The promised
expenditure was £109 million pounds for the works at Treliske and Penzance – part of a ‘slogan promise’ to build 40
new hospitals. So much for political promises!
More worrying is the potential price increases in energy costs largely due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine
affecting the world prices. It seems to me that Europe is suffering because of the impact of a large reliance on supplies
from Russia in some countries. The power of President Putin is having far reaching consequences. The conflict is also
affecting the supply of grain grown in Ukraine to many nations. As I write 12,000 tons of last year’s harvest out of 25
million tons has been exported. Just ponder these consequences of the conflict in a world where we are inter-dependent
with other nations.
In a very real way amidst the world situation with it’s conflicts we are seeing a few people becoming very rich at the
expense of so many who are becoming poorer. This issue has raised it’s head many times in human history. Even in
the 8th Century before the days of Jesus, that is some 2,800 years ago, the prophets of the Old Testament were raising
the issues of bad leaders and the consequences of their decisions and actions. Micah, one of the prophets of that era
wrote these words: -
‘…the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love,
and to live in humble fellowship with our God.’ (Micah 6:8)
His view of human beings was that we are co-creators with God to use what is a available to us for the good of all people.
As we approach the season of Harvest and Harvest Festivals these are thoughts that we should ponder and commend.
Please pray that all those involved in decision making across the world see things in God’s way and work for the good
of all people.
P.S. Our new Superintendent Minister for our Camelford and Week St. Mary Methodist Circuit, the Rev. Steven Swann,
takes up his duties on September 1st and will be based in Tintagel. We wish him and his wife Julie every blessing as
they minister amongst us.
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A while back, the Parish Council was invited to Delabole Community Fire Station for an informal but informative visit.
This invitation was taken up by a number of councillors on Tuesday 26th July, which happened to be a drill night.
Councillors were introduced to Lee Giffin, East Command Response Group Manager. Jason Boeuf, On call Supervisory
Officer and and a Group Manager of Risk Policy. Watch Manager, Stuart Parkyn, Group Training Instructor and our
commentator for the evening. On this occasion the drill involved the scenario of a road traffic accident with three
casualties including a baby. Other drill nights would cover a variety of situations like flooding or house fires.
Stuart Parkyn talked us through the various stages.
Each member of the crew receives instructions on the journey to the accident so that they all have a role to play on
arrival at the scene. The fire crew demonstrated a range of skills and techniques to stabilise the vehicles and make the
area a safe zone for the emergency services whilst assessing the casualties. The baby was rescued first, safe and well.
The drivers had to be cut out of the vehicles and this was done after assessing injuries and risks like spilt fuel or anything
else that might ignite or explode, like passenger or driver air bags. Cutting equipment is very noisy so the casualty
receives constant reassurance from the crew. Both vehicles had to be cut to release the drivers and two methods were
demonstrated; one through the side of the vehicle and one by removing the roof. Both casualties were placed onto
spinal boards. Interestingly, the fire service uses special film applied to all the car windows before removal or smashing
to avoid shards of glass injuring anyone. They have a special tool for cutting and removing windscreens. Some of the
worst injuries occur when front passengers have their feet on the dashboard. Imagine when the airbag explodes!!
It was all very interesting.
After this we went inside to the drill room for a warming cup of tea (don’t mention the cakes!) and to watch the latest
recruitment video (youtube.com ‘CFRS - So what is an On-Call Firefighter?’). Discussion followed regarding the
recruitment and retention of firefighters after a three year training course, the fact that these firefighters come from all
walks of life and are ready for action at the sound of their pager. Some of the Delabole crew told stories of various
incidents they had attended, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with the Delabole crew.
In all, it was a most enjoyable and informative evening and we thank Delabole Firefighters for their hospitality.
Station Manager Clyde Ferguson said
‘We were delighted to welcome Delabole Parish councillors on our
weekly drill this week to collaborate upon our mutual interest in road
and community safety. We simulated a 2 vehicle Road Traffic
Collision with multiple casualties demonstrating different extrication
Stop Press -
A third defibrillator has been installed in The Methodist Church porch. This machine is electronically monitored. Although
the instructions are attached and easy to follow, if any member of the public would like to undertake formal training to
use these machines please put your name forward to the Clerk.
Public toilets - Anti social behaviour in July; stuffing crisp packets and toilet roll down the toilet(s), cost the Parish
Council £80 to have the drains cleared. Is this a good use of public money?
Stone planters at the park gates are suffering from wear and tear. The loose blocks have been removed for safety
reasons until repairs can be arranged.
The next meeting of Delabole Parish Council is on Tuesday 13th September at the Methodist Church.
Members of the public are welcome to speak or raise their issues with the council in the public section of the meeting.
Agendas and full minutes are available on line www.delaboleparishcouncil.gov.uk and on the Parish Council notice
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‘Great Proposals for Delabole’
This is the way that the local paper of 1900 announced the initial plans for our village show.
The origins of the Delabole Flower Show date back to the summer of 1900 when members of the Free Church Council
organised a “Hospital Day” where children of the village and Delabole Brass Band had a procession through the village
carrying flowers and collecting money en route to benefit local hospitals. The children were all given seeds to encourage
them to grow their own flowers.
The following year it was suggested that the Hospital Day could also incorporate a village flower and vegetable show
with classes open to all cottagers in the village and employees of the Delabole Slate Quarry.
By 1904 classes for poultry were also integrated into the schedule. The Hon. Secretary of the organising committee was
Mr Robert Pearce, who was also Headmaster of Delabole School and
the event was held in the school. (See photo from 1906 which shows
Mr Pearce with some of the show exhibits.)
I have no other information other than the photo kindly given to me by
Graham Rush which shows his
father, Charlie, preparing one of
his poultry for the show, possibly
in the 1950s? Charlie was
actively involved with the Royal
British Legion, so possibly they
were running the show at that
time? I'm not sure exactly when,
but the show died out sometime
in the 50s or 60s.
Graham Rush’s photo of his father, Charlie, getting
ready for the show
Mr Robert Pearce in 1906 at Delabole School
I first became involved with the show in 1972 when some former show “stalwarts”
like Mr Arthur Blake, Mr Jack Burnard, Mr Jack Wills. Mr Austin Hill and a few
others decided to try to resurrect it. I had no gardening expertise whatsoever but,
because I had worked for the Nat West Bank, they thought I would make a good
The first show was organised for the third Saturday in August 1972 under the grand title of The Delabole Horticultural
and Poultry Society. In those days almost every town and village in the locality held a show, so it was important that you
stuck to the same date every year to ensure that it didn't clash with anyone else. There were “Local” and “Open” classes,
so exhibitors showed their produce in the local class for their own village show and the open class for any other show
they decided to enter.
There were never any poultry classes in my time, but as well as flowers and veg, there were also classes for cookery,
art and handicraft and for a few years, for wine and honey as well. The men’s committee took charge of the flowers and
veg classes whilst those for cookery, art and handicraft were taken care of by ladies from the W.I. Our first President, if
my memory is correct, was Mr Arthur Kent and our Secretary Mr Bill Warring. Mrs Nora Kent was in charge of the W.I.
Contingent. For the first few years the show was held at Delabole School. There was a small charge for entry to the hall
to view the produce after the judging was completed, but no prize money for class winners. First, second and third prize
winners were each awarded a certificate.
Brenda Burnard, Wendy Keat, Margaret Sweet, Val Wills, Kath Wickett
Many thanks to Ray and Brenda
for this article and research.
Also, thanks to all those who worked so hard in
preparing and entering this year’s village show.
Well done, you follow on in a long and proud tradition!
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From Rev Angela…
Ah, Summer! For many a time of holidays and relaxation,
a break from school and work but also extra visitors,
cream-teas, catering and traffic – busy roads, busy
beaches and busy lives - how restful was it?
You possibly know the famous words of the 23 rd Psalm,
perhaps from the hymn, ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not
want’. This talks about finding God-given rest in green
places and beside still waters. So how about taking a
coffee-break and considering this modern interpretation of
the psalm by a Japanese writer…
The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness
Which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency
Through calmness of mind.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish
I will not fret for his presence is here:
His timelessness, his all-importance
will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in
the midst of my activity,
By anointing my mind with
his oils of tranquillity:
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Truly harmony and effectiveness
shall be the fruit of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord
And dwell in his house for ever.
by Tokio Megashio
My first thought on reading it again after many years was
a wry, “I wish!” But perhaps instead, our response could
be a prayer, “Please God, may this be true for me!”
God bless you as you work, rest, and play.
Rev Steve Swann
and his wife, Julie
who will be moving to live
in The Manse at Tintagel.
Rev Steve takes over as
for the Circuit (Camelford
and Week St Mary) and
will be our Methodist
Minister for Delabole.
His welcome service is being held at Tintagel Methodist
Church on Sunday 4th September at 3pm.
Let There Be Light
After a bit of waiting, it was our turn for the electricians
and we were so pleased to see them arrive at the
Methodist Chapel ready to fit new LED lights. It took a day
or two but when they’d finished we thought it was a good
chance to be Holy Dusters and give the chapel a tidy-up.
However, before the feather dusters were given a work
out we decided to have a ceremonial turning-on of the
new lights - which Marj, Diana and Marie are doing. No
speeches but I’m surprised no one’s wearing sunglasses.
It’s hopefully saving us money and BRIGHT! Why not
come along on a Sunday at 11am and check it out? HH
Macmillan Cancer Support
We all know how charities have been suffering from lack of funding over the past
few years - so now there’s a chance to do something about it right here in our own
Tuesday 20th September
between 10.30am and noon in the Methodist Church
there’ll be coffee, cake & company to raise funds for this wonderful organisation.
If you’ve never been before, you’ll find everyone’s friendly and the chances are you’ll have a good time. Just cast your
eye over the smilers at some previous Macmillan fundraisers - when we were all a bit younger!
P.S. If you’d like to make a cake?
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Heligan’s lit paths - new location for memory walk
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is excited to announce a new location for its
annual Moonlight Memory Walk.
The event, usually held annually in Falmouth, is this year taking place at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which is supporting
CHSW as its charity of the year, on Saturday 12 November from 6pm.
The Moonlight Memory Walk will give people the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones
by participating in an uplifting memory ceremony before walking 5km in the calm and beauty of Heligan’s lit paths. There
is also a virtual option for those wishing to take part in their own time and location.
Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW is excited to be bringing the event to Heligan; “We feel very fortunate to
have the opportunity to hold our Moonlight Memory Walk at Heligan this year. It is a very poignant event for everyone
who takes part and this incredible location is going to make the evening all the more special.”
Walkers are encouraged to raise sponsorship in memory of their loved ones, helping to raise funds to ensure children
and young people from across Cornwall can access the care and support offered by Little Harbour children’s hospice
located just a few miles from Heligan in St Austell.
Sam Dickenson from St Austell, whose son Seth died in May 2021 aged 7 following a three year battle with a brain
tumour, describes the impact that Little Harbour had on her family;
“People see hospices as very medical but Little Harbour was so much more than that to us. They are an extended
family, a security blanket, there was never any judgement, they let us do what we needed to do but were there for us
Anyone over the age of 12 can take part and dogs on leads are welcome.
£10.50 super early-bird 25% discount price running until 5 September
£12.60 early-bird 10% discount price from 5 - 30 September
£14 full price ticket from 30 September – 10 November
To get your ticket simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/moonlight or call 01726 871 800 with any enquiries.
This year’s event is being generously sponsored by Surf Bay Leisure.
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Over the past months I’ve been merrily working my way
along Delabole High Street trying to recall the shops I
remember or have heard about to inflict on you in The
Last time’s offering being about The Co-op, it occurred to
me that I’d left out places that sold milk. From my memory
bank I recall being sent down to Park House to pay Mrs
Betty Davey (Diana’s late mother-in-law) for our milk. I
believe it was unpasteurised but it was rich and creamy
and Mum used to stand it overnight and then gently heat
it, cool it and then skim the cream from the top.
To find out more about the topic, I looked in Dad’s book
‘Delabole in the Days of Yore’ and found that he’d done
more or less the same thing. He recalls fetching milk and
cream from Diana’s grand-parents-in-law also at Park
House. He was armed with a jug, a small glass dish and
a couple of small coins.
Delabole British Legion
The branch is short of members and would like
to welcome anyone in the village or surrounding areas to
join. If we aren’t able to get any new members there is a
possibility the branch will have to close.
As we are one of the only branches in N Cornwall, we
would like to keep it going if we can. For anyone that is
interested we have our next meeting on 7th September at
7.30pm at the Poldark Inn. Open to anyone, you don’t have
to have served in the forces or be connected to join.
The branch would like to thank Phil Carnon who was our
chairman for many years and his wife, Hilary, for all their
hard work and support that they have given to the branch.
Preliminary notice - we will be having our annual dinner
on 14th October at the Poldark Inn at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Rose Meakin would like to thank everyone who supported
the Delabole British Legion Cream Tea. This was the first
one we have had for two years, due to Covid.
Thanks also to everyone who kindly donated raffle prizes
A grand total of £384.15 was raised.
Thank you all,
Rose Meakin, Treasurer
Picture courtesy of the Davey Family
Don’t have a picture of a milk round horse but this is Mr Venning Davey with
his cart horse beautifully bedecked with brasses for the village Carnival.
He also remembered the clip-clop of horses’s hooves
through the village as they pulled a pony trap with one or
two milk churns at the back. Apparently the horse knew
knew where to stop for regular customers and the
householders would come out with their jug and the milk
would be measured out in a pint or quart scoop.
It was a seven day a week job but Dad said he heard of
one man who made such late deliveries and was so
irregular that he could catch up on one day a week - but
he took that story with a pinch of salt.
Other milk producers didn’t make house-to-house
deliveries but served it from their homes. Dad
remembered the names of Male, Lugg, Broad, Davey,
Commins and especially Mr William Blake, who lived in
the end cottage at Roseland Terrace, as it was on the way
there one day that…
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Just a quick update on the Boscastle &
District RNLI Branch
Since we restarted the branch in late February this year,
we have collected over £4600 for the RNLI and the team
would like to express our sincere thanks for all the local
businesses that have supported us and everyone who
has donated, it’s a fantastic amount for such a great cause!
The committee has been meeting most months to discuss
progress and organising cover for events/collection and
we now have a good range of affordable, quality RNLI
merchandise and these will be on sale at various events
throughout the coming months.
We are still in need of help in terms of collections, so if
anybody could spare an hour or two of their time, or you
would like to arrange for a charity box or charity box
collection, please give us a call or send us a text on our
helpline number 07908 738230. Alternatively, you can
email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isobel McKinney - Happy 24th Birthday
We don’t know if your friends are normally late,
But their greetings request missed the Newsletter
The editorial team here at the ‘Slate’ do not like to
And so we would like to make a point,
Of sending Steph’s wishes anyway,
(Although too late for the day!)
Why English is Hard to Learn
We’ll begin with box; the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose and two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a house full of mice,
But the plural of house is houses not hice.
The plural of man is always men,
But the plural of pan is never pen.
If I speak of a foot and you show me two feet,
And I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth
Why shouldn’t two booths be called beeth?
If the singular’s this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be ever called keese?
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculin pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine … she, shis and shim!
Deadline for the OCTOBER Slate is
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
1976 – Major Drought …
… 2022 – Another ‘Major’ Drought?
As I write this on 9 th August 2022 we have already had a
couple of dry months and a good bit of sunshine with a
prediction of further dry, hot weather to come for the
Delabole Carnival week was dry and sunny for the most
part – and – what a wonderful chain of events had been
arranged for us to watch and participate in, yet again, by
the organisers. ‘Well done’ and ‘Thank You’ one and all.
This is just a note to reflect on one or two memories from
the Summer of 1976. I believe them to be memories but
parts might be “dreams” so I stand to be corrected on
A fair bit of Tintagel Cliff was ‘on fire’ as were big swathes
of cliff and downs throughout Cornwall, and a fair
scattering of roadside verges too. We were being urged
not to throw lighted cigarettes from vehicles. I was never
sure why people needed to be told this, bearing in mind
that every car, coach and bus had ashtrays as did
theatres, cinemas etc. at that time.
I believe we had hosepipe bans but, as far as I recall,
“Standpipes” were for use in extremes of cold – e.g. the
Winter of 1962-1963 - rather than as an aid to solving
I recall, also, seeing the Delabole firemen filling their water
tanks with water from a ‘makeshift’ pit that had been dug
into the riverbed that was catching just enough water to
be sucked up before it discharged to the sea at Boscastle
No doubt we will know how this drought resolved by the
time you read this. I have realized that if the next drought
of mention is spaced equally to the last intervening period
I will be about 125 years old when we get the next and am
wondering if I should be looking forward to it with ‘eager
anticipation’ or ‘dread’ !!!!
Events at St. Endellion
(Port Isaac PL29 3TP)
Endelienta Ensemble Residency
Thu 1st Sept, 3pm - St Julitta's Church, Lanteglos-by-
Fri 2nd Sept, 7.30pm - St Endellion Church
Sat 3rd Sept, 7.30pm - St Endellion Church
£12 (£20 for 2 concerts, £25 for 3 concerts)
Accompanied under 16s free
We are thrilled to welcome back the young professional
orchestra Endelienta Ensemble. Versatile and musically
direct, the ensemble showcases the very best of the chamber
orchestra repertoire, uncovering some rarely heard gems in
Endelienta Ensemble’s members are all young musicians,
currently studying or recently graduated from the London
conservatoires. Rees Webster will be conducting an eclectic
programme, which you can access on our website.
Tickets available at: https://endelienta.org.uk/
Author Tours: Clare Chambers on Small Pleasures
Thursday 8th September, 7.30pm – St Endellion Hall
Friday 9th September, 7.30pm – The Edge of The World
Saturday 10th September, 7.30pm – The Poly, Falmouth
(tickets available on theirwebsite)
Sunday 11th September, 7.30pm – The Eagle House
With the emotional intelligence of Maggie O'Farrell and the
witty observational skills of Kate Atkinson - Small Pleasures
is a novel of unexpected second chances set in 1950s
Clare Chambers will be in conversation with Patrick Gale at
St Endellion, Wyl Menmuir in Penzance, Colin Midson in
Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.
Tickets available at:
Inua Ellams & Vanessa Kisuule
Friday 23rd September, 7.30pm The
Festival Marquee, St Endellion
£10 | Accompanied under 16s free
A thrilling double bill from two renowned performance poets
at the top of their game.
Tickets available at:
Saturday 24th September, 7.30pm
St Endellion Church
Renowned Welsh Cornish musician Gwenno will be returning
to Kernow for this year’s North Cornwall Book Festival! She
will be performing songs from her new album Tresor, which
is almost entirely in Cornish. We can't wait to welcome her to
the North Coast!
Tresor is Gwenno Saunders' third full length solo album and
the second in Cornish.
Tickets available at:
Sunday 11th September
Village Harvest Celebration
In St John’s Church
Collection of gifts
There is a service every 1st, 2nd &
3rd Sunday at 11am and
Sunday 4th September
No service here
3pm Circuit Service at Tintagel
to welcome our new minister,
Rev Steve Swann and his wife, Julie
Tuesday 6th Sept
12 noon Community Lunch
Booking only 01840212558
Sunday 11th Sept
11am Worship led by Peter Daniel
Sunday 18th Sept 11am
Village Harvest Service
at St John’s
Tuesday 20th Sept
10.30am - noon
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Sunday 25th Sept
11am Worship led by Dorothy Grundon
Pleasure to have your company at any of the above.
Contacts Helen 01840212558 /Marie 01840 213999
every 4th Sunday is ‘Breakfast
Church’ from 10am in
St Teath Parish Church
Please feel free to contact us if you feel we can
Rector Rev Angela Cooper - 01840 212468
Curate Rev Jeffrey Terry - 07562 700170
Reader Claire Salzmann - 01840 212713
Reader Sue Wilcox - 01840 212713
Warden Tricia Hicks - 01840 212520
The Church Building, [whole or part] is
available to hire; if interested, to view or
book, please contact Claire or Tricia,
numbers as above.
This month’s Bible verse
In the beginning God created the heaven and the
...And the LORD God said, It is not good that the
man should be alone; I will make him an helpmeet
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon
Adam…and he took one of his ribs…
and made he a woman, and brought her unto the
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and
flesh of my flesh:
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken
out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:
and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 1:1; 2:18,21-24
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AFTERWARDS Thank you.
Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
Apologies to anybody who might have been inconvenienced
by our cancellation of the Summer Concert of August 25th,
due to circumstances beyond our control.
We now have two concerts planned for September.
Friday, 16th September at 8pm and Thursday, 29th
September, also 8pm.
Both concerts in Tintagel Social Hall, Fosters Lane, Tintagel.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Further information can be obtained from John Sadler on
REGULAR MEETINGS / EVENTS
Every Tuesday: Kernow Credit Union 1.00- 2.15pm
Contact Tricia on 212520 for up to date details
Alternate Fridays: DELABOLE QUILTERS
We Meet on alternate Fridays, 2pm.
More information from Pauline Dean 212577
22 nd - 25 th September 2022
There are no dates in September when
the Union Flag should be flown
NORTH CORNWALL BOOK FESTIVAL 2022
Thursday 22 nd - Sunday 25 th September
St Endellion, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP
This September, everyone's favourite Cornish boutique
book festival is back at St. Endellion! The North
Cornwall Book Festival, curated by international best
selling author Patrick Gale, has launched its 2022
programme and it may be the most exiting yet. Expect
an incredible line up of authors, including Kate Mosse,
Kit De Waal and Esther Freud, and evening concerts
by Gwenno and performance poets Inua Ellams and
Vanessa Kisuule. Located in the peaceful hamlet of St.
Endellion (near Port Isaac), the festival has a dazzling
selection of talks, performances and workshops that
you won’t want to miss out on! Come for the day and
enjoy our beautiful surroundings, delicious food and
drink, and festival market.
Tickets available at:
Delabole Hospital Car Service
This service has been in operation since 1986. It is open
to any resident of Delabole who needs transport to attend
a hospital, surgery or clinical appointment.
It is a pre-booked door to door service which is arranged
through the coordinator, Patricia Hicks, on 01840 212520.
Drop-In for coffee and a chance to chat with friends and
friends-you-haven’t-yet-made in the Methodist
Schoolroom on the third Tuesday of the month
- that’ll be
Tuesday 20th September
between 10.30am and noon.
This time it’s a Macmillan Coffee Morning
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
OCTOBER SLATE IS
Our mailbox is at the Spar.
The mail & email boxes are
emptied once a month only,
after the 10th.