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By West Briton  |  Posted: May 22, 2012

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Balwest Heritage Society

At the society's April meeting, there was an exceedingly informative and entertaining presentation on falconry by Commander Robbie Wilson.

Now retired, Robbie was commander at RNAS Culdrose. In his spare time he follows his interest in falconry; indeed, in 1963, he carried out trials at RNAS Lossiemouth to establish the first falconry unit at a naval air station.

Robbie joined the National Coastwatch Institution in 1994 and is the only original, and longest-serving member, of the first NCI station, Bass Point.

Robbie grabbed members' attention by bringing along two beautiful birds: one was his own trained barberry falcon, and the other a stunning, wild sparrow hawk that was recovering from a recent injury.

Members noted that the falcon dined quietly on dead, day-old chicks, while the hawk picked over the remains of a dead pigeon.

In order to illustrate the spectacular sport of falconry, Robbie showed a completely engrossing film called The Falcon Gentle.

After a brief history of falconry, the film shows in detail the training of a peregrine falcon and concludes with sequences of a grouse hunt filmed on Birichen and Stuie moors, near Dornoch, in the north of Scotland.

The film was narrated by Toby Bromley and starred falconers Steve Frank and Roger Upton. Guest appearances were made by James Robertson Justice and Jack Mavro, and the denouement was a sequence of spectacular falcon strikes on unfortunate grouse.

Robbie, assisted by his friend, Gavin, answered many questions from the members, and together with his handsome birds kept members all highly entertained long after kicking-out time.

The next meeting, tomorrow, May 25, is a trip to parts of the Redruth & Chasewater Railway, following on from a recent talk on the history of the railway.


Breaney Chapel

The service on Aldersgate Sunday was about Waiting for Pentecost. Local preacher Paul Brown explained that this was the last Sunday in the season of Easter.

Paul Jenkin led the musicians, who were Peter Benney, Mary Louise, Megan and Paul Coombs. Two Graham Kendrick songs, Shine Jesus Shine and Let It Shine, were sung.

A video clip was shown on the projection screen of the Olympic Torch being carried through Ashton, including the transfer between runners. One person shared that the Lion and Lamb served 178 breakfast meals on Saturday morning.

Paul and Shirley Brown sang a duet, accompanied by Paul Jenkin on the organ.

Acts of the Apostles x was read as the base for the sermon, about Simon Peter and Cornelius the Roman centurion. Prayers were said for Treve Matthews, who is unwell. After the service more discussion took place regarding the colours to decorate the worship centre.

Three visitors to St Ives attended Breaney to renew Spring Harvest friendships!

Tea and coffee were available downstairs.

At the evening service, Mike Trounson set out some of the life and times of the Rev John Wesley. He was a brilliant scholar from a large family; his father and a brother were both ordained clergymen. The brothers went to America by steamship, which journey took four months, to reach Georgia, to preach to the natives of that country without achieving anything except failure.

He came home a sick man, feeling totally defeated. Aldersgate was the place where he really came to Jesus; when his heart became strangely warm.

He wrote in his journal on June 11, 1739, "I look upon the world as my parish".

September 5, 2012, marks the 250th anniversary of John Wesley first preaching at Gwennap Pit.

Chynhale Chapel

The Rev Beverly Turner conducted a family service last Sunday morning when the christening of Sienna Rose, daughter of Adam and Kloe took place.

All the hymns were chosen from Junior Praise and the organist was Shirley Mildren. Alfie McDonald welcomed Beverly to the service and read the notices.

The Rev Beverly Turner gave a special welcome to the family and friends of Adam and Kloe.

The congregation were welcomed by Maureen Jenkin and the lovely flowers were left by Caroline and Josh, whose wedding took place on Friday.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated at the close of the service.

Cury Chapel

Mr Ken Mills, of Mullion, was the preacher at Cury Methodist Church last Sunday. He John the Baptist took for his message. Don Bettle read a poem by Eddie Askew called Leaving Home. The offertory was taken up by Brenda Lawrance and the accompanist was Sybil Benney who also provided the flowers.

Next Sunday, the appointed preacher appointed is the Rev Steve Swann.

Village hall

On Monday, June 4, from 6pm, the village hall will be holding a barbecue to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle.

Nightchasers Disco will be supplying the entertainment for the evening with music through the decades of the Queen's reign; there will also be a pageant by the Gulls Theatre Group during the evening.

The Mr & Mrs Evening, organised for today, Thursday, May 24, has been postponed until a later date.


Germoe Parish Council

The May parish council meeting included the annual meeting, at which Sid Geake gave the annual chairman's report.

In the report, tribute was paid to the high standard set by the previous chairman, Graham Ross; and a warm welcome was extended to recently co-opted council member, Bob Royds.

Sid also thanked his fellow councillors; the clerk to the council, Colin Chapman, and county councillor John Keeling for their support throughout the year.

In addition to the normal parish duties, the parish council has tried to complete a number of projects.

It has purchased the red telephone box at Trewithen Terrace in order to safeguard this small piece of local history and interest.

Graham Ross was thanked for supplying it with a small noticeboard, both for the council and for any other local notices.

A grant of £500 has been promised by TalkTalk, which will allow for the refurbishment of the Great Work noticeboard. In passing it is satisfying to see that the historic milk stand at Great Work Farm has been rebuilt following building works on site; it is easy to lose these small reminders of our past.

The council replaced the wooden seat at Balwest triangle and is currently investigating ways of improving the parking surface here, which does get very cut up in wet weather.

The parish council has made donations to St Germoe's Church for help in the never-ending task of cutting the grass (£300); Germoe village, for help with the Christmas celebrations (£75); Carleen Community Centre, a facility used by parish residents, to help cover the cost of the outreach facility for the elderly (£200), Cornwall Air Ambulance (£50), and the Royal British Legion (£35).

Over the year, the parish council has considered many planning applications and passed both the council's views and those of other interested parties to the local planning authority.

In addition, it has supplied comment to Cornwall Council on the proposed Core Strategy Document, the preliminary stage in attempting to draw together six varying local plans inherited from the previous district councils into one uniform and comprehensive unitary authority local plan.

The Localism Act has come into force; consequently, the council has investigated the potential of its own parish design plan. Maybe this is something that can be taken forward in the future.

Central Government has recently published the National Planning Framework; The council can only wait and see if this will continue to be as effective in protecting the environment as the previous advice.

Last year's Local Needs Affordable Housing Survey of the parish disclosed an underlying need. Unfortunately, to date, neither suitable sites nor interested potential developers for this type of accommodation have been identified.

Phytophthora, or to give it its common name, sudden oak death, has been identified on Tregonning Hill. Last June, Anne Payne, the responsible Food and Environment Agency officer ,came and presented a most informative talk on this subject, explaining the overall problem and the research that is being undertaken.

Suitable warning and advisory notices were posted on the approaches to the hill; the council only hope that a solution to this problem is not too far in the future.

Looking forward to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, to commemorate this historic occasion the council has purchased commemorative mugs for all the children resident in the parish or who attend Germoe School.

It has also purchased a gas-fired beacon, which will form part of the National Beacon Chain on the evening of Monday, June 4.

Sid Geake was re-elected chairman, and Kathy Doeser was elected vice-chairman.

If you would like to find further information regarding any of these subjects, please contact the parish clerk, Colin Chapman, on 01326 221648; or speak to your local councillor. A list of all council members and their contact information can be found at the website, www.germoeparishcouncil.org.uk

Church of St Germoe

A special service organised by The Churches Around Tregonning was held in the Tregonning Hill Preaching Pit on Ascension Day evening.

Hot cups of tea were much appreciated afterwards, as the wind had been very cold!

On Friday evening, Bishop Tim and Steve Wilde lit a beacon at Chapel Carn Brea, near Land's End, to symbolise the Light of Christ; lamps were lit from this and taken to all the deaneries in Cornwall. Individual churches could then collect their own light, as did Germoe, and take it back to be lit the next day, during Sunday worship.

Vicar Penny carried this light at the beginning of the Parish Eucharist service and preached, basing her sermon on the Olympic flame.

Canon Michael Porteus was the celebrant, assisted by Sue Rayment and Vicar Penny, with John and Grete Imbrey serving.

The lessons were read by Kate Phillips and Sue Rayment; Diane Whitehead led the intercessions; sacristan was Meg Ostler; Dennis Osbourn and Geoff Helmore were sidesmen and the organ was played by Jay Helmore.

Vicar Penny took the young persons and parents' service and in the evening, the Rev Sharon Chalcraft, with Vicar Penny took the service of Wholeness and Healing.

A pair of red leather gloves was left in church two weeks ago. If they are yours, please contact a churchwarden.

Tabletop sale

Germoe church members are holding a tabletop sale at Praa Sands Community Centre, from 10am to noon this Saturday, May 26.

If it proves successful, sales will be held on the last Saturday of every month.

Tables will be available at £6 each, and refreshments will be on sale.

If you are interested in hiring a table to sell your own goods please book with Joan Chapman on 01736 350520.


The stewards' service last Sunday took the form of a safari service, adapted from an idea in the Magnet magazine.

Conducted throughout by stewards Edward Hengist and Jacqui Milner, it had nothing to do with Africa, but embraced features in the local community: namely the children's playground, the doctor's surgery, supermarket, residential home and war memorial.

There were comments and prayers appropriate to each location; all the Bible readings were given by Nicky Lawrence.

Along with a solo of The Prayer perfect, from Valerie Wallace, accompanied by Mavis Harper, it really was an interesting and enjoyable service.

This Sunday, the congregation will welcome Sarah Fuller, from Breage.

Summer fête

Godolphin Village Summer Fête will take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 7, at Godolphin House. Entrance will be free to the fête, gardens, and grounds. There will be a number of stalls, and entertainment throughout the day, which this year will include the Cornish Wurzells.

It is an authentic village fête in the historical surroundings of Godolphin House.

There will be a multitude of refreshments available throughout the day, with a tea and cake tent, a beer tent, a barbecue, ice cream and seafood; there will also be children's activities and a bouncy castle.

Bring along a blanket and enjoy the surroundings.

Pilates classes

There are Pilates classes in the Methodist schoolroom on Mondays from 2pm to 3pm and 3.15pm to 4.15pm; also on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm. Please contact Sophie Duncan on 07866 609077 for further information or to book a place.

Village jubilee party

On Monday, June 4, there will be a village street party outside the Old Vicarage from 3pm onwards. Everyone is asked to bring a plate of food for people to share. Various children's activities will take place during the afternoon.

In the evening, Black Jam will be playing outside the Godolphin Arms. Everyone is welcome.

St Michael's Church

The Rev Dorothy Noakes both presided and preached at Parish Communion on the Sunday after Ascension, assisted by Mrs Betty Booker, lay reader.

The Rev Dorothy spoke of how discipleship moved to another level following Jesus's ascension into heaven, including the need to develop discernment, or insight, in the growing church.

This was illustrated in the selection of Matthias to replace Judas among the twelve and, today, enables disciples to use their gifts according to God's will.

Bob Woodcock read the lesson and Michael Thorn led the prayers. Junior Church, having heard how Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, made a cardboard "wall" with prayers written on the "bricks".

Helston Methodist Church

Once again, the congregation was happy to have the congregation and Sunday school from Trewennack Methodist Church at the service on Sunday morning, and another surprise and very welcome visitor was the Rev Sylvia Burgoyne, the minister at Mullion until August last year.

Mrs Edna Angove led the fellowship service, with, understandably the theme of Fire and Flames, after the triumphant journey of the Olympic Flame through Helston the day before.

David Giddens sang a chorus, and gave the address, Barbara Hill spoke to the children, and various members of the congregation from both Helston and Trewennack chapels also took part with readings and prayers. The organist was Margaret Bilkey.

In the evening, the section united service was led by Mr Bill Reed.

A very successful coffee morning on Saturday to coincide with the torch procession raised £242.32 for church funds.

Community choir evening

Helston Community Choir is hosting a musical evening this Friday, May 25, with special guests Gweek Silver Band.

The programme will feature a mixture of music, including show tunes, spirituals, modern, classical and folk songs, and a foot-tapping selection of band favourites.

The evening should be one to remember!

Beginning at 7.30pm, in St Michael's Church, Helston, tickets are a bargain at £5, and available on the door or from choir members.

Tickets can be bought via www.crbo.co.uk

Helston Community Choir is part of Cornwall Community Choir, a mixed-voice choir rehearsing in community locations across West Cornwall, and conducted by Neil Shepherd.

Formed in 2010, all the groups rehearse the same songs, and perform individually and together throughout the year.

Their accompanist is Peter Luing, also musical director of the St Ives-based theatre company Kidz R Us.

Gweek Silver Band was formed in 1926, beginning an annual tradition of playing carols in Gweek prior to Christmas.

Its musical director, Tony Richards, joined in 2006 and has brought the band back to being a flourishing part of the local community, winning awards in the Cornwall Brass Band Association Contest three years running. For more information about the groups, see www.cornwallcommunitychoir.co.uk and www.gweeksilverband.org.uk

Helston Community Choir rehearsals take place at St Mary's RC Church Hall, on Mondays in term-time, from 1.30pm to 3pm.


The service at 11am this Sunday, May 27, will be led by Donald Hearn. There will be no service at 6pm at Leedstown, as there is a circuit united service at Breaney.

Also this Sunday,at 3pm, there will be a Pentecost service at Gwennap Pit.

The preacher will be the Rev Leo Osborne, the president of the Methodist conference.

The junior church will be visiting Little Trefewha, at Praze this week.

On Friday, June 1, at Leedstown United Methodist Church, there will be a concert by New Cornwall Opera; and Sunday, June 3, sees a concert by Marazion Apollo Male voice Choir at the chapel at 7.30pm. Admission is £4 on both occasions.

Garage and tabletop sale

There is a garage and tabletop Sale at Mount View, Chapel Road, Leedstown, the home of Rita and Donald Baines, from 10am until 2pm this Saturday, May 26.

The proceeds are to be split between Leedstown Christmas lights and Leedstown Chapel. If you wish to hire a stall, at a cost of £5, please contact Mr or Mrs Baines.

There will be a cake stall, a Christmas lights stall and lots more.

Everyone is welcome to come along for some bargains.

Bingo evening

There will be a fun bingo evening at Leedstown Village Hall tomorrow, Friday May 25; eyes down at 7.30pm.

Duke of Leeds

This Friday night May 25, there is a pub darts tournament at the Duke of Leeds. Come along and join in or just watch the fun over a drink.

Jubilee events

To celebrate the jubilee the school is holding a community event on May 29 from 2pm. Everyone is welcome to join in with a traditional English high tea, music and traditional games, and the planting of the school's Royal Oak. Children will be presented with jubilee mugs which will be printed with their own unique designs, funded by the Friends of the School and Crowan Parish Council.

Leedstown Football Club is holding its jubilee event from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 3, at the playing field and village hall.

There will be a car boot sale and visits from St Erth Brass Band and a rock band called Lost Soul District.

A fire engine is also coming along from Camborne Fire Station for everyone to admire.

There will be lots of stalls and things to see and do.

Leedstown carpet bowls

Leedstown Carpet Bowls Group meets at the village hall from 7pm on Wednesdays; everyone is welcome at the small cost of £1.50 per person.

Blues and Greys

The Blues and Greys country and western group has its next meeting at Leedstown Village hall on May 26, when Black Steel is the live entertainment on offer.

Pasties, tea and coffee can be purchased during the evening but this is a bring your own drinks venue.

The Lizard

The Lizard Methodist Chapel

Last Sunday, morning worship was led by Julie Swann, who also played keyboard.

John Normington read from the Acts of the Apostles, an introduction to the early Church and its rapid growth. The early apostles had to be patient as Jesus instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Their patience was rewarded with the power to act in the name of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit came.

In the evening Fresh, a regular time of informal worship, was led by Steve and Julie Swann.

This Sunday, at 11am, the service will be led by Shirley Wearne.

Mawgan Parish Church

The family service at St Mawgan-in-Meneage Parish Church last Sunday was taken by the rector, the Rev Lesley Walker.

The service took the form used recently at a diocesan synod service on the theme of money and wealth. The rector discussed the many ways in which money is used, ranging from Christian Aid to the way world resources are managed. She talked of the symbols of money and its power for good and evil.

The lesson was read by Pauline Arnold and the organ was played by Andrew Woods.

The service at Mawgan this Sunday at 9.30am will be a Eucharist, celebrated by the Rev Len Jepp.

There will be a coffee morning and plant sale at the Vyvyan Coach House (outside the church) from 10.30am this Saturday, May 26.

Horticultural society

Mullion Horticultural Society's annual concert in Mullion Methodist Church, featured Wadebridge Male Voice Choir with guest soloist Rachel Peters.

Under the baton of musical director Paul Mitchell, the choir offered a wide range of pieces in many styles, from opera to show songs to barbershop.

The audience particularly enjoyed the Seven Ages Of Song, by Allan Simmons, and a version of The Creation by Willy Richer. Robbie Williams's Angels, though unusual for a male voice choir, was also much enjoyed.

Rachel Peters's first set was pieces from Puccini operas which showed off her lovely voice to great advantage, while her next three songs from popular shows were so well received that she was asked to sing an encore – the ever-popular Think Of Me, from Phantom of the Opera.

The choir and soloist were accompanied by Gill Gowan on the piano; despite a heavy day playing for two weddings, she did a splendid job.

The chairman for the evening was David Lugg, himself a singer, and the choir was thanked by horticultural society chairman Dennis Casley who presented flowers and mementoes before the choir finished in style with Morte Criste.

Supper was served in the schoolroom and all profits will go towards the staging of the Mullion Show on July 11.

The next fundraising event is a garden safari on Sunday, June 24; see posters for details.


Trinity Methodist Church

The readers' service at Trinity last Sunday was conducted by Jacky Allen. It was the first time Jacky had preached at Trinity.

Mia Rose Lawrence was baptised at the service, with Pastor Bill Reed officiating.

It was lovely to see a large congregation and a real delight to have so many young people attend. Flowers for the Communion table were given by Kathryn Jenkin.

Marjorie and John Richards celebrated their diamond wedding and were presented with a beautiful bouquet by friends of the chapel.

The evening service was held at Helston and conducted by Pastor Bill.

Christadelphian Church

The president for the day, Michael Hosking, welcomed visitors from Torquay, Knowle and Dorridge, and Solihull.

The speaker on Sunday was Peter Kitchen; in the afternoon he used the reading from Isaiah and talked about two plants: reeds and flax.

Peter listed all the very practical and positive uses of both and said when we functioned at our best we can be useful to Jesus Christ.

We are the workmanship of God to do the work of Jesus.

Flax could be used as a wick to give light and we should let our light shine in the world.

Peter pointed out that the bruised reed and smoking flax may have lost their usefulness, strength, and efficiency, as we can in times of weakness; but we can receive the love and compassion of Jesus every day and need to show that same love to each other to support through times of trouble.

Isaiah says Jesus was bruised for all of us and can give us hope of the kingdom because he suffered for us and will return to establish the kingdom of God and save all who come to God through him.

After sharing tea Peter talked about self awareness – or the lack of it, and after causing much laughter with his joke he went on to look more seriously at a place, three men, and an opportunity.

The place was where Jesus was crucified; Peter said the three men were a sinner, a seeker and a Saviour.

Both the thieves crucified with Jesus mocked him and questioned his identity and one of them died in his sins far from God.

The seeker had a moment of repentance and his eyes were opened to the nature of Jesus as the Messiah.

The two men had totally different reactions to their situation and the seeker believed that Jesus was the only hope he had and was told he would be in the kingdom.

Both had the opportunity to rely on the Saviour but only one took it.

We need to be self-aware and grasp our opportunity of salvation as we look to Jesus.

St Bartholomew's Church

Sunday's service, for the seventh Sunday of Easter, was taken by Father Harry Pugh.

The first lesson and the Psalm were read by Maggie Higgins, the second lesson by Liz Hawkins and Phyllis Whiting led the intercessions.

After the service, the Rev Peter Johnston was welcomed and introduced to the congregation as he will shortly be helping in the parish.

This week's services will be on Thursday at 10am, Holy Eucharist; and Sunday at 9.30am, solemn Eucharist. Choir practice is on Wednesdays at 7.15pm.

A flower festival to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be held in church on Friday, June 2.

Mrs Angela Rogers will open the festival at 2pm on that day and the festival will continue until June 8.

Praa Sands

Community centre

As the result of the extraordinary general meeting, a new management committee has now been formed, with its chairman being Keren Sutton.

Zumba fitness classes are held on Tuesdays at 9.25am. For further details contact Catherine Cambell, 07528 135146 or 01736 711926 or catherinenut@hotmail.com

The 200 Club winner for Week 51 was Mrs A Harry, with ticket number 174.

St Sithney Church

The recent antiques evening was a great success with a good attendance; a large amount of items were valued.

Mrs Elizabeth Schofield welcomed Mrs Barbara Kirk, from Penzance, who gave a most interesting valuation and history on all items on display.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The vote of thanks was given by Ruth Williams and £119 was raised for the Friends of the Church.

Last Thursday morning, Ascension Day was celebrated with a Solemn Eucharist. Lessons were read by Mrs E Schofield and Mrs V Trueman. The gospel was read from the belltower by Father Harry Pugh.

Eighteen people, including some from St Bartholomew's sat down for lunch afterwards. Father Harry Pugh thanked those who prepared the lunch and served; £130 was raised for church funds.


Penwith-Kerrier Ramblers

Fifteen walkers set off on Saturday from Men-an-tol Studio. Cuckoos called and skylarks sang as they went up Watch Croft, down to Bosigran and across the fields to Porthmeor valley.

They took a bluebell-lined track up to Bosporthennis where they had lunch near the intriguing beehive hut; past Brook Cottage to Nine Maidens and Greenburrow mine, where they took a diversion to visit the Bosiliack chamber tomb, then across to the Men-an-tol and the studio. Seven and a half miles in all with sunshine, bird song and stunning views.

This Saturday there will be an 11 to 12-mile inland and coastal circular walk, starting from St Keverne Square.

For further details contact Mary Mannering on 01736 711392.

The Ramblers' website also gives details of walks at www.cornwallramblers.org.uk

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