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Delabole Hospital Car Service
This voluntary service is available to residents
of Delabole. To book transport contact
Tricia Hicks 01840 212520
You pay We additionally
the driver pay the driver
Delabole £5.00 £2.00
Camelford £7.00 £3.00
Tintagel £10.00 £5.00
Port Isaac £10.00 £5.00
St. Breward £10.00 £5.00
Bodmin £15.00 £8.00
Wadebridge £15.00 £8.00
Launceston £18.00 £10.00
Bude £18.00 £10.00
Penrice £20.00 £12.00
Newquay £20.00 £12.00
Liskeard £20.00 £12.00
Probus £28.00 £15.00
Callington £28.00 £15.00
Treliske £30.00 £16.00
Derriford £30.00 £16.00
Falmouth £30.00 £16.00
Redruth £30.00 £16.00
Hayle £32.00 £17.00
Barnstaple £32.00 £17.00
It might be a good idea to cut this out -
you never know when you could need it!
Delabole Hospital Car Service.
The organisers of this patient transport scheme were
delighted to receive an incredibly generous donation to their
funds from the trustees of the former Delabole Liberal Club.
This was, in their words, 'in recognition of the essential
service provided by the transport scheme to the village
community'. We are very, very grateful: thank you so much.
Our drivers have been at full stretch these last two months
and in order to accommodate all the requests we receive,
we need to increase our supply of volunteer drivers. If you
know of anyone who would be able to do an occasional
journey, either to local surgeries or to the hospitals, please
ask them to contact Tricia Hicks, 01840 212520 or Ann
Hopkins 01840 212322. We look forward to their call.
The list of charges for using the service are included
opposite. Please cut this list out and keep it handy.
Always follow the firework code
• Keep pets indoors
• Keep fireworks in a closed
• Only buy fireworks that are
• Light at arm's length, using a
• Follow the instructions on
• Stay safe
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Seems a long tome ago now but thank you so much to those who supported and helped at this event on September
20th. Cakes were consumed, coffee drunk, voices exercised and washing up completed. The proceeds, £378.60, have
been forwarded to Macmillan and a message received back: ‘Every coin (and note) in your Coffee Morning collection
box will help do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer. The moment you pay it in, the full power is
* Alright, so the above picture was taken at the Village Show but I forgot to use it.
Saturday 26th November
Pasty & sweet lunch
11.30am - 2pm
Can you recognise / name the people in the photos of past pasty lunches?
THE GOOD OLD DAYS -
Casting an eye over my few words last month I note that it was written before the dramatic news of our queen’s passing,
and the series of events which followed. She was born into life to be a Queen and I consider that she did a ‘proper job’
from start to finish!
Looking at my “The Good Old Days” title, things have changed a lot during her 70 odd years on the throne – some but
not all for the better.
1952 - Going to secondary school I had 15 miles each way to travel on a double-decker bus. It never, in all those 4ish
years, failed to run (except when we were ‘snowed in’ for a week) or was never more than 10 mins late getting to school
(however much I prayed when homework had not been done!) and it was never late coming home.
We did have, however, a 1934 ‘Standard 10’ that did max 20 miles/gallon. at max 45mph., with tyres which had a
puncture every 1,000 miles, and an engine that needed a re-bore after 50,000 miles.
In the 1950s we didn’t have a telephone, a computer with all the communication possibilities and information at the press
of a button, or a T.V. (even a B&W), or a refrigerator. Today the meat and milk are no longer to be found in a “safe”
outdoors on a North facing wall! We were lucky enough, to have a W.C. (Not a ‘privey’).
Back in 1965, as a newly married couple with only me earning, we were able to get and afford a substantial 3 bedroomed
house with a 20 year mortgage on very modest pay – no outside help. We couldn’t do that, starting married life, now.
Fortunately, many things have also changed for the better. As well as the domestic technological additions/
improvements, medical advances have meant I am still here, creaking but alive, to write this. - Lucky you ???!
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COUNCIL CORNER Delabole Parish Council
The October meeting had a long agenda due to not having met in September. This month has been a ‘some you win,
some you lose’ or ‘you can please some of the people some of the time’ type of month.
Some you win - One item of good news for the Clerk was the External Audit Report which stated
‘On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our
opinion the information in Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters
have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been
So, we have a satisfactory report for our first year as a Parish Council which is a tremendous result for us all. Our thanks
to the Clerk for achieving this result.
Some you lose – the Parish Council was appalled to be overruled by Cornwall Council concerning a planning application.
Having listened to objections and weighed up the situation, this was very disappointing. Even more worrying as we learn
that the Government’s proposed Investment Zones will overrule any Neighbourhood Development Plan. Let’s hope that
Delabole does not fall into a zone.
The Parish Council is very keen to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan and will be holding a public meeting
early in 2023 to engage with the community and recruit volunteers for a working group. Ideally, a Neighbourhood Plan
should be compiled and owned by the community to set out where to site new homes, shops etc. The plan can say how
those buildings look i.e., to include Delabole slate in the construction, Cornish walls, planting trees etc. There is lots of
advice and information at .gov.uk. ‘Make a neighbourhood plan’. If you are interested in being involved with this please,
contact the Clerk, details below.
The same applies to Community Speed Watch. It’s a ‘community’ scheme, independent from the Parish Council and
should be organised and executed by a group of community volunteers. However, Cllr. Cann has kindly agreed to
coordinate volunteers so please contact her on 01840 211706 / 07726 297938
You can please some of the people some of the time – A member of the public who regularly attends Parish Council
meetings is of the opinion that the Parish Council is not representing the community or encouraging community
participation. This is disconcerting given that the public are invited to every meeting to communicate with the Parish
Council. Since inception, the councillors have been united in being transparent in every area, publishing minutes and
finances for all to see and in much more detail than other councils. The Annual Meeting in May was another opportunity
to engage with the council. So, what more can be done? Come along to a meeting, it’ll be lovely to see you.
The next meeting of Delabole Parish Council is on Tuesday 8th November at St John’s Church, 7.00pm.
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
board. The usual contact for our Parish Clerk is 07869 725450 or email@example.com
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Community Speed Watch involves members of the
local community, and aims to engage and educate drivers
rather than issue fines and court summonses.
Using a staged warning system, first-time offenders will
receive education and warnings, persistent offenders can
expect further police action and even a court appearance.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers are inducted
through our Police Volunteer Programme (PVP). All
prospective volunteers are required to complete the PVP
application process which includes vetting and for certain
roles, health assessment clearance.
All CSW volunteers will undergo full training from our
Speed Watch co-ordinator and will be provided with
reflective jackets, signs, stationary and a speed detection
device (depending on location and availability). They will
be supported by a police officer (PVP support manager)
and covered by the force liability insurance.
It is not expected that PVP Volunteers will work a minimum
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be given to the scheme. A few PVP volunteers are given
additional training and responsibility in the police station,
to administer the process that produces the warning letters.
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Sunday 6th Novmember
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Beyond the school grounds, our children have rambled through
Trewalder Woods identifying local flora and fauna. Some have climbed
up to Roughtor and stepped into the past to see for themselves how the
moor has been shaped by humans over the years. Another class
ventured further afield and discovered the rich habitats of Golitha Falls.
Our Pupil Leadership Team began their tenure by raising awareness of
the plastic pollution that is damaging our seas by collecting litter at
Trebarwith Beach. With so much diversity on our doorsteps that we so
often take for granted, the children have really made the most of our
Closer to home, we are delighted to have recently updated our play
equipment in the playground. The children (and adults) all love the new
Outdoor Gym which is helping to keep the children fit and raring to go.
It will be an excellent and long lasting addition to the school.
After a steady start to the new academic year, the first half of the Autumn
Term has raced by extremely successfully. Our value of Trust and
Collaboration has been at the heart of our learning. We have considered the
question, ‘How are we stronger together?’ It has really helped us all develop
our deep seated sense of belonging to our ‘Tribe’. Being proud of ourselves
is so important and understanding how we all share and play our own part to
make our community as strong as it can be is vital in these fluctuating times.
Whilst we are always busy with the cut and thrust of the curriculum, there
have been so many other excellent opportunities for our children inside and
outside of the school. All the children have begun their weekly swimming
lessons, our youngest children have begun to pedal for the first time in the
playground and out oldest have taken to the roads as they have mastered
how to ride safely and negotiate our challenging roads.
At the heart of the school, our Estates team was equally busy refreshing and
revamping the interior. The hall floor has been sanded and varnished,
stripping back so many layers that have accumulated over many years; it has
truly been restored to its former glory.
One wonders how many generations of our community have sat, sung and
danced on the scotch pine floorboards. Everyone of them would marvel and
recognise how well it is now looking and what an excellent asset it has once
again become for our current crop of children. For the first time in many years,
our Harvest Celebration will take place in the hall in the morning on Friday
21st October. It will be the chance for as many as possible to squeeze into
the hall and share the children’s pride in their performances.
The Delabole Team
A Little Verse from Wina
I could ramble on forever about my sort of day,
Just watching clouds drift by
and watching sparrows play,
Of strolling round the village streets,
Then stopping at the shop for treats,
Of hoovering, washing up and cooking,
Pottering in the garden or just looking.
But who would care about my day
Or even what I have to say?
“Not a soul,” I hear you shout.
“That’s not what my day’s about!”
A date to remember…
‘The Wonder of the Real Christmas story’
Tuesday 20th December
Look out for more details!
Rodney and Elaine are not accepting any
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(children’s playtime, in Cornish)
November this month and autumn is almost over. This year we had such a lovely
summer that autumn sort of sneaked in gradually. The weather has got wetter and
cooler but we haven’t had too much really windy autumn gales and storms yet. Before
autumn things disappear, here is an autumn scavenger hunt to try when you are out
for a walk along paths and lanes and through the woods.
Make a list of what you see, take a photo of especially interesting things, or things you
don’t recognise so that you can identify them when you get home.
1.Look for colourful leaves: red, yellow, purple, orange- as the leaves die in autumn
the green colour disappears and only these colours are left.
2. Pine cones - come in many shapes and sizes, they open when its dry, close in wet
weather – they do this to protect the pine seeds, which fall out when the cone is open
and scatter in the wind.
3. ’Helicopter’ seeds - seeds of sycamore, ash and maple trees twirl like helicopter
blades when they fall from the tree in autumn winds, this helps them to spread and
find a place to grow.
4. Berries - there are many berries in autumn, they have seeds inside which will grow
into a new plant next spring. Some berries like blackberries people can eat but most
hedgerow berries are best left for the birds and animals that need them to survive
through the winter. Most berries are red, purple or orange.
5. Fungi - these are the mushrooms and toadstools that seem to pop up overnight in
autumn, especially after wet weather. Some fungi can be really small, others are as
large as footballs. It’s best not to touch any fungi you see, some are very poisonous.
Take a picture and leave them where they are. Don’t ever eat any fungus that has not
been definitely identified by an adult.
6. Seeds - Probably some of the easiest signs of autumn to spot are the big seeds
like chestnuts and conkers. The prickly cases and shiny brown nuts of conkers (from
horse chestnut trees) are one of the real treasures of autumn. Sweet chestnuts are
duller and their cases are less prickly and they are good to eat especially roasted.
Other seeds you might find are beech nuts (small, triangular), hazel nuts and acorns
7. Feathers - many birds moult (shed) their feathers through the year but it is very
easy to find all sorts of feathers around in autumn. See how many colours and sizes
you can find.
8. Squirrels - in autumn squirrels are very busy storing nuts for the winter, so you are
very likely to see them scampering from tree to tree, across paths and roads,
sometimes carrying or burying a nut for winter food.
Good luck with your scavenger hunt!
By the way, if you walk on the beach at the moment, do not pick up any feathers or particularly don’t
touch any dead birds – the wild sea birds are being affected by bird flu and if you touch any part of
them you could spread the disease. An adult should report the find so it can be removed properly.
Don’t leave behind a tangled mess
Many people are reluctant to make wills. It is a common mistake to think your
nearest and dearest will “get it all.” We are here to help, talk to Sproull.
S O L I C I T O R S
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SUNDAY 8.30am - 7.00pm
DELABOLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Saturday 26th Nov
7.30pm at the Poldark Inn
Teams 0f 4 £2 per player
Helpful Numbers to cut out and keep handy
Contact for Camelford Police -
Report a crime or anti social behaviour - phone 101
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Report noise nuisance - 0300 1234 212
or email email@example.com
Drug litter - 0300 1234 141
or email www.cornwall.gov.uk/needles
Graffiti, flytipping, dog fouling -
Addaction - www.addaction.org.uk
Santa’s Breakfast Baps
Saturday 3rd Dec
At The Methodist Chapel
8.30am till 12pm
FISH and CHIPS
HIGH STREET, DELABOLE
MON CLOSED 4.30 - 8.30
TUES CLOSED 4.30 - 8.30
WED CLOSED 4.30 - 8.30
THUR CLOSED 4.30 - 8.30
FRI 12.00 - 1.30 4.30 - 9.00
SAT 12.00 - 1.30 4.30 - 9.00
SUN CLOSED 4.30 - 8.30 4.30 - 8.00
45, High Street, Delabole
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We buy and sell good second-hand furniture
Open Mon & Tues 10.00 - 2.00pm
Thurs 11.00 - 3.00pm
Fri 10.00 - 2.00pm
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Come take a look
Tel: 01840 219368
69 High Street, Delabole, PL33 9AH
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 9.00am - 4pm
NEWS & INFORMATION FROM
THE DELABOLE SLATE QUARRY
BUSINESS – The quarry yard is open again for customers to browse but please note:
Quarry opening times are now Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm and we are closed every Friday, Week-end and
We have been operating a 4 day week since March of this year and everyone loves having a 3 day week-end – very
good for reducing stress levels, especially mine.
For those living in earshot of the quarry, no doubt you have noticed the absence every Friday of the peck, peck, peck
of the hydraulic hammer breaking overburden on 160m & 170m level at the south end of the quarry. This work will
continue Monday to Thursday for several months yet as we develop better access from the south haul road to upper
benches in the quarry and regrade the old quarry faces on the Eastern side to the long term and lower profile for wire
PEOPLE AT DELABOLE SLATE – Since our July entry in the “Slate” we have been joined by a fine young fellow from
Delabole but we want more like him.
So, we continue to recruit for the following:
Slate Splitter & Dresser
Work hours: Monday to Thursday – 8am to 5.30pm with ½ hour lunch break
Pay - £10.65 / Hour fully skilled (£383.40 / 36 hour week)
Holidays: 6 weeks holiday per year including Bank Hols
4 Day Working Week- so every Friday, Saturday & Sunday off
To apply: EMAIL or POST us your CV or CALL IN FOR AN APPLICATION FORM
Thank you George Hamilton Oct/Nov 2022
Would anyone in the village volunteer to supervise/help at a Warm Space for a few hours each week?
Please phone 212558 if you're interested.
A Methodist Minister’s View
I was recently in a three-way conversation which evolved into us talking about the World as we are experiencing it at
the present time. At this point one person left us saying that he finds the current situation too depressing to talk about.
A number of other people have expressed the same sentiment to me in other situations.
I fully understand such feelings amongst people as we daily learn of the continuing conflict in the Ukraine and suffer
some of the consequences of it in the rise in the price of our fuel be it electricity, oil, gas, coal or logs. Added to this are
the increasing prices in our shops as a direct consequence of the energy prices and shortages of some products.
Most of us are worried about the increased costs and being able to meet them. These costs, but other factors as well,
have led to the on-going strikes action by our railway staff and postal workers. What is more is that other employee
groups are considering strike action causing all of us to wonder where it is all going to end. All of the above is happening
around us as we approach our annual Remembrance Weekend when there will be acts of Remembrance on Friday,
11th November, and Sunday 13th November in various locations. It is important for all of us to use these opportunities
to ‘Remember’ the sacrifice of so many in various conflicts which enables us to live with the relative freedom which we
What is of concern to me in all of the conflicts, be it between countries or employing bodies and employees, is that we
hear very little about peace making initiatives. As I was thinking in these terms, I recalled one of Jesus’ statements in
what we know as the ‘Beatitudes’ which can be found in Chapter 5 of Matthew’s gospel, where it reads ‘Blessed are the
peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God’.
The same phrase in the Good News version of the Bible is ‘Happy are those who work for peace. God will call them his
children;’ The same verse in ‘The Message’ translation reads ‘You’re blessed when you can show people how to
co-operate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.’
This is how God wants us to be – the ‘Be Attitude.’ As we ponder the current conflicts and Remembrance Weekend
there is food for thought and action in Jesus’ statement. Please pray for peace in all the conflicts and be a peace maker.
Shops in Pengelly 2 - Keat’s Radio
Having decided to include memories of shops in Pengelly, it came as
rather a shock to realise how little I knew about the subject - but I did
recall Keat’s Radio and the proprietor, Mr Llewelyn Keat. There weren’t
enough recollections to write an article but I knew a man who could
rectify that - Mr. Keat’s son, Chris.
Chris and his wife,Wendy, came to October’s Community Lunch which
provided the perfect opportunity for a chat, between dessert and coffee.
He was so interesting that I forgot that I was supposed to be
I remember the shop being in the annex attached to the left of this
bungalow but this isn’t where it was originally. The business began life
further up the road on the bank opposite Penmead in the wooden building which Mr. David Stacey later used as his shop
(now there’s the topic for next month).
Mr. Keat worked at the quarry but had an interest in the workings of
radios, so much so that he began his business - which then developed
into television sales, rentals and repairs.
Back to the bungalow - this was built on Frank Rush’s slate yard. Mr
Rush quarried his slates from ‘One Man Pit’ in Helland Woods and
they were then transported to the yard from where they were sold.
The bungalow being built, Mr. Keat relocated his shop and workshop
and Chris remembers watching the Coronation on their TV which
became an attraction for the neighbours when Cup Finals were
broadcast. The trouble was that the transmission was from Wenvoe
in Wales and the picture would fade for up to a minute.
Chris took over the business after three years at Camborne Tech and
he continued until ill health in 1993 prevented him carrying the heavy
TV sets from people’s homes to the repair shop.
Original Keat’s Radio Repairs Shop
Memories - Anyone with memories/ anecdotes of Mr David Stacey’s shop in Pengelly or the mobile shop, I’d love to
hear them please. Helen 212558
Dominic Fairman Corrnwall Councillor St Teath & Tintagel Division
In July I held a well-attended Town Hall meeting in Wadebridge which focused on water quality issues in the River
Camel and River Allen. Various agencies such as the Environment Agency, South West Water, the NFU, Natural
England, the Westcountry Rivers Trust, and Cornwall Council gave presentations and then took questions from the
public and members of our Town and Parish Councils.
Whilst the moratorium on new planning applications in the catchment continues due to the high phosphate levels in the
water, many of the public concerns that night were around nitrates and the associated discharges of raw sewage from
the many South West Water wastewater treatment plants which are there to service our villages.
Data from the Rivers Trust shows the following local information for the discharge of untreated sewage from sewer
storm overflows in 2021:
Delabole 1: Discharged 247 times – for a total of 1719 hours
Delabole 2: Discharged 134 times – for a total of 2142 hours
St Teath: Discharged 112 times – for a total of 102 hours
Camelford: Discharged 34 times – for a total of 359 hours
St Kew: Discharged 8 times – for a total of 19 hours
This is a very poor record and one that I know concerns many residents. One of key issues highlighted in the meeting
was the lack of available data on water quality and the reduction of testing by public bodies. This is something we can
address at a local level.
The Westcountry Rivers Trust is running a citizen science program to fill in gaps in the data and I would like to recruit
some volunteers from each of my parishes to help spot pollution incidents and in turn to help keep up the pressure on
South West Water and the various agencies to make the changes we all want to see.
If this is something that would interest you, please get in touch. Kit and training will be supplied, and the commitment
will only be around a couple of hours a month to test a stretch of river in your local area.
Mobile: 07939 122303
Mon - Fri
This month’s Bible verse
Father, I have sinned against heaven…and am no
more worthy to be called thy son. Luke 15:21
[He] would not lift up so much as his eyes unto
heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:13
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse
me from my sin. For I acknowledge my
transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psalm
Thus saith the LORD…
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy
transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth, more than over
ninety and nine just persons, which need no
repentance. Luke 15:7
Delabole Allotment Group News 2022
We have certainly had an interesting growing season this
year on the allotments! With the long dry spells from early
spring onwards, and the unprecedented high temperatures
in the heat waves of the summer, the weather has provided
some ups and downs.
We have had some successful harvests. Blight hasn’t
really been a problem for our potatoes. Crops such as
tomatoes, chillies and peppers have been able to ripen,
and many fruits and berries have been deliciously sweet.
Sadly we have had some losses that haven’t been down
to the weather or the usual garden pests. A few crops
mysteriously disappeared one night in the summer,
including some unripe pumpkins belonging to one of our
youngest growers. Luckily these instances are few and far
between and on the whole we get to enjoy the fruits of our
With the pandemic restrictions out of the way, we have
been able to restart our efforts to improve the site. We have
had a number of working party days, allowing us to
enhance and maintain our communal areas, but as you
can imagine, watering has been our main concern. So this
year we have focused on increasing rainwater capture
capacity to reduce mains water costs, and improving
access to water supplies for plot holders across the site.
We aim to continue with this work into 2023, as well as
plans to upgrade fencing and entrances. We will be trying
to source funding for some of this work.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a plot,
or need to contact the allotments for any reason, please
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Events at St. Endellion
(Port Isaac PL29 3TP)
Saturday 12th November, 7.30pm
St Endellion Church
£12 | Accompanied under 16s free
Join us at St Endellion for an evening of exquisite and
highly sophisticated contemporary music from one of
the world’s best flamenco guitarists, Juan Martin.
Tickets available at: https://endelienta.org.uk/
Science Fiction and Spirituality:
Reflections on CS Lewis’ The Space Trilogy with
Revd Professor Paul S. Fiddes
Saturday 19th November, 10am-3pm
St Endellion Hall
Participants will journey through realms that can be
called spiritual as much as they can science fiction in
this exploration of CS Lewis’ The Space Trilogy. Paul
Fiddes is a Professor of Systematic Theology at the
University of Oxford.
Tickets available at: https://endelienta.org.uk/
St Mary’s Singers - Blessed Cecilia
Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm
St Endellion Church
£10 | Accompanied under 16s free
One of Cornwall’s finest choirs, St Mary’s Singers,
present a programme of works that celebrate St Ceclia’s
expressed joy in music-making (including Benjamin
Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia).
Tickets available at: https://endelienta.org.uk
Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall
North Cornwall Book Festival
We would like to say an enormous thank you to all the
amazing authors, volunteers, staff and audiences who
made this year’s North Cornwall Book Festival such a warm
and inspiring event. We are also enormously grateful to
our incredible sponsors:
Eden Project, Savills, Sharps, Citroen Wells, Seasalt and
This year, we were delighted to be able to provide each
student attending our Schools Day with a free book, thanks
to support from Seasalt.
We look forward to seeing you again at the
North Cornwall Book Festival 2023
(21st to 24th September).
Tickets go on sale next summer!
Tuesday 1st November
12 noon Community Lunch
Beef & Potato Pie
Booking please 01840212558
Saturday 5th Nov
9.30am Circuit Prayer at Bethel
Sunday 6th Nov
11am Worship led by
Sunday 13th Nov
11am Worship led by
Tuesday 15th Nov
for Coffee and Chat
Donations for Wadebridge FoodBank
Sunday 20th Nov
11am Worship led by
Saturday 26th Nov
11.30am - 2pm
pasty & Sweet Christmas fundraiser
Sunday 27th Nov
11am Church Fellowship
Wednesday 30th Nov
10.30am Advent Service
Pleasure to have your company
at any of the above.
Rev Steve Swann 01840 779339
Helen 01840212558 Marie 01840213999
YOUR GUIDE TO TO LOCAL EVENTS AND MEETINGS IN AND AROUND DELABOLE
IF YOU PUT UP A POSTER
ADVERTISING YOUR EVENT
PLEASE TAKE IT DOWN
AFTERWARDS Thank you.
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
Saturday 5th November
09.00 to 12.00
Delabole Methodist Church
Friday 11th November
Act of Remembrance
At the War Memorial, 11.00am
Saturday 12th November
Coffee Morning at Delabole
Methodist Church 10.00-12.00
In aid of branch funds
Sunday 13th November
At the War Memorial, 2.30pm
Followed by a service at St John’s Church
Once again, the branch will be doing door-to-door
collections. Please give as much as you can for a
November is the month of
Remembrance, so the Union Flag should
be flown on -
Friday, November 11th Armistice Day
Sunday, November 13th Remembrance Day
One other date -
Monday, November 14th, Birthday of His Majesty King
Mobile Post Office Van
Parks in the lay-by opp. St John’s
Tuesday 12.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 13.30 - 15.00
Friday 13.30 - 15.00
This service is provided by St. Breward Stores
Tel: 01208 850260
Mobile Post Office Van Tel: 07999 936473
Delabole 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 15th November
between 10.30am and noon.
DEC / JAN SLATE IS
Our mailbox is at the Spar.
The mail & email boxes are
emptied once a month only,
after the 10th.