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By West Briton  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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Methodist church

At the Wesley Guild meeting, Hannah Beard gave a Powerpoint presentation on her recent visit to Uganda with other pupils and some of the staff of Richard Lander School.

Peter Keast presided and led the devotions, a collection was taken for Children in Need.

On Sunday morning, members of the church attended the service at Shortlanesend Chapel, when worship was led by Graham Baines.

It will be Guild Sunday at Allet this Sunday and worship at 11am will be led by Pat Congdon of Redruth.

Carnon Downs Village Market

Don't forget the village market this Saturday from 9am to noon in the village hall.

You will be able to buy great locally produced or grown food, including cheeses, meat, vegetables, homemade cakes, pies and pasties, jams, pickles and honey.

There will be plenty of Christmas gift ideas on the craft stalls and plants to purchase.

When you finish shopping, why not stay and enjoy cup of tea or coffee and cake or a bacon roll.

The guest charity this month is the Royal British Legion.

There is free parking, the hall is right next to the bus stop and there is a ramp for wheelchair access.

Finally, a reminder that the Christmas Market will be on Saturday, December 22, the ideal time to buy great food for the festive week.

Film Nights

On Friday, November 17, the film shown was The Artist.

A moving tribute to the silent movie era, it was well attended and enjoyed.

There is no film in December as there is so much going on near Christmas. The next sxscreening, on January 18, is The Help.

This will be a fascinating look at how things used to be when black women were considered essential in rearing white women's children but were not allowed to use the household facilities.

Chacewater Old Cornwall Society

At the November meeting, Alan and Anne Cox from Falmouth, were welcomed. They gave an illustrated talk entitled Cornwall's Personalities and introduced their audience to a wonderful mixture of well known, and not so well known, people from Cornwall's past.

We learned about the life and times of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the Reverend Frederick Densham, Joseph Antonio Emidy, Billy Bray, John Wesley, Neville Bernard, Archbishop Benson and several others. It was an entertaining evening and much enjoyed by all those present.

The next meeting of the society will be on Monday, December 10, when Peter Lavis will give a talk about Heligan, entitled Lost Gardens, Lost Gardeners.

All are welcome at the Chacewater Bowling Club. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and the cost to visitors is only £1.

Goonhavern and District Old Cornwall Society

The society's speaker on November 30 will be Peter Hicks, who will be telling members and guests about old Newquay; entry charges will be 20p for members and £1 for visitors. Everyone is welcome.

St Goran Old Cornwall Society

Members and friends of St Goran Old Cornwall Society enjoyed a fascinating and illuminating talk by Luke Thompson on the life and work of the Cornish poet, Jack Clemo, last Monday at the Community Rooms.

It is the subject of his PhD thesis at the University of Exeter and in only his first year he has trawled up a lot of interesting information about him.

Jack was born of a mining family at Goonamarris, St Stephen-in-Brannel, in 1916, and lived there for 68 years.

Unfortunately, his father, Reginald, had been in America for several years and there picked up syphilis. He passed on the effects to his son and as a youth Jack had periods of blindness and ultimately became completely blind and deaf.

His father died when he was a year old and he was looked after by his devoted and very religious mother, Eveline.

Because of his handicaps, he became isolated from other children and took to reading a lot. In his teenage years, in the Thirties, he engaged in much correspondence in the columns of the local newspaper, the Cornish Guardian, and began to see his future as being involved in literature. He began to write poetry.

Cared for lovingly by his mother in the postwar years, he wrote many poems which have been published subsequently in several collections.

His mother died in 1977 but Jack had met Ruth Peaty, who became his wife and who looked after him in his later years until his death in 1994 in Dorset.

Over the years he achieved renown with his poetry and became a bard of the Cornish Gorseth in 1970.

In her vote of thanks, the vice-chairman, Joy Wilson, congratulated Luke on his detailed and meticulous survey of the great Cornish poet's life and said she was sure he would achieve a deserved doctorate.

The next meeting of the society will be on Monday, December 3, at which Dennis Hutchings will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Restormel Revealed.

Meetings are held at the Community Rooms, Bell Hill, starting at 7.30pm; all welcome.

Coffee morning

There will be a Debra coffee morning this Saturday, November 24, at Schovella, Cliff Road, Gorran Haven, at 10.30am, featuring a cake stall, including Christmas cakes, crafts, and Christmas cards. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with a mince pie. All welcome.

Christmas Fair

This will be held at The Vean, Caerhays, on Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 5pm.

For further information, see www.thevean.co.uk or www.cornish-hospices.co.uk or www.caerhays.co.uk

Christmas quiz

The Friends of St Goran, St Just and St Michael Caerhays are holding a Christmas quiz at Gorran Cricket Club Pavilion on Saturday, December 1.

Kea Garden Society

The next society event is the Christmas Social on December 5. Everyone is welcome; there will be a small charge for the seasonal refreshments.

For more details, follow the society on Facebook.

Kenwyn with St Allen

Advent Carol Service

On Sunday, December 2, there will be an Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm in St Allen Church. It is a service of hymns, readings and reflections, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Please note this is the correct time, not as stated previously at 12.30pm.

St John the Baptist Church

On Sunday, November 18, the Reverend Diane Willoughby made a welcome return when she presided at the simplified Third Sunday Eucharist service. She also preached a very moving sermon on the tremendous contribution that faith and love can make to our lives, especially when we encounter times of distress.

After the service we all enjoyed refreshments and a chat in the hall, and members of the PCC met briefly to endorse details of the extra heating system planned for the church itself.

The Men's Breakfast will take place at 9am on November 24, at the St Agnes Hotel. Please ring the Reverend Alan on 01872 553391 to book a place.

On the same Saturday, Joan and Rob will be holding a coffee morning at the Old Vicarage in aid of St Petroc's, a local charity in aid of the homeless. Please come along and support this worthy cause, especially now that winter has arrived causing further hardship to the people that St Petroc's supports.

At 7pm on Saturday, December 1, the Reverend Alan will be helping to switch on the lights and lead some carol singing with the St Agnes Band outside the shops in Mount Hawke. Do come along to enjoy this festive celebration.

The PCC will meet in the church hall at 7.30pm on Friday, December 7. Please contact Rita, our secretary, if you have an item for the agenda.

Finally on December 8, at 7pm, May and Dave will be holding one of their popular bingo evenings in aid of Church funds.

May would no doubt be glad of any contributions towards prizes for the evening.

Morning service

The congregation at Mount Hawke was joined by members of St Agnes Methodist Church for the service conducted by the Reverend Simon Clarke.

The New Testament lesson from the Acts of the Apostles was read by David Payne and Peter Wilkins, the organist was Paula Crook.

After the service, tea and coffee was served with biscuits made by the children at the Sunday Club held in the newly refurbished Green Room.

Perranzabuloe Old Cornwall Society

At our November meeting we were given a very nostalgic presentation by David Humphrey, a local historian.

He showed a marvellous collection of photographs and postcards, of people and places around the parish from around the early 1900s.

Each one was explained by David, giving names of the people and locations shown and a brief explanation of the

correspondence on the back of the cards.

A vote of thanks was given by Karin Easton,

This month Harold Philp had once again patrolled the hedgerows of the parish and found 32 different species of wild flower in bloom.

We next meet on Wednesday, December 12, at 7.30pm, at the Memorial Hall when we will be entertained by Alison and Merv Davey, a photo competition of then and now, and a pasty supper.

Perranporth Camera Club

Who said you couldn't use a tablet for interesting photography? At our last meeting we enjoyed a talk and demonstrations about what you can do photographically with, in this case, an iPad. Apart from the more usual apps for taking and editing photos, a lot of fun was had when we all sat around in a circle for a 360° picture, not helped when at least one individual kept moving round so he appeared several times in the final picture!

This is an example of the fun we have at our club, but members also share ideas and help with problems – whether the camera involved is a simple compact or the latest SLR.

Come and check us out. We meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Methodist Hall, Ponsmere Road. The next meeting is on Monday 26 of this month and is a workshop for taking close-ups of flowers and nature. Bring your camera.

For more details, ring Bob or Jackie on 01872 573988.

Good Companions' Club

It was to be a memorable occasion for all those who attended the club's 58th anniversary celebration on Friday, November 2.

Members were welcomed at the door by leader, Jenny, and able deputy, Shirley, with delicious glasses of red or white wine, or fruit juice for those still taking the pills.

Jenny showed members a wonderful scrapbook, created by Elizabeth Wright on the occasion of the club's 50th anniversary.

Ros Trew handed out birthday cards to members who have their natal days in November: Rosie Bice, Anita Fricker, Vivien Hancock, Myrna Painter, Iris Gordon-Robertson, Elsie Rosson and Mary Williams. Members wished them all good health and a little bit of wealth.

Members were reminded to pay Liz Bennetts, treasurer, for the Christmas lunch to be held on December 14 at the Ponsmere Hotel, at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Newcomers paid the modest £5 annual membership fee.

Then Jenny announced that Topsy Blackman had been awarded the prestigious Women's Voluntary Service Medal for 50 years of faithful and devoted service to the WRVS.

Jenny also took a minute to thank Jenna Paull, cake-maker supreme, owner of Pauline's Pantry, Newquay, for creating the club's special anniversary cake.

There were 25 members of the BLIS Choir present; for those who do not know what the initials stand for – it is Blind-In-Song.

Christine accompanied them on the piano keyboard as they sang You Are My Sunshine, The Happy Wanderer, and Bring Me Sunshine, as made famous by Eric Morecombe and Ernie Wise.

Ann gave a solo of Que Sera Sera. The choir rendered The Silver Trumpet, the lovely Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace, and All In The April Evening, followed by a rousing When The Saints Go Marching In.

What was most interesting for the audience was the wonderful relaxed attitude of the guide dogs – bless them.

Doris gave a solo of I Sing To Thee My Country, which received much applause.

After that the choir went all romantic by singing Dream, Dream, Dream; Travelling Light, and True Love, from the musical High Society.

Ron stood up and sang about why he was fond of cheese – there was nothing to beat A Nice Little Piece Of Fish, while the choir members sang the chorus.

The conclusion of the performance was the energetic Floral Dance, This Is My Cornwall and the patriotic Trelawny.

Linda took the opportunity on behalf of the BLIS Group to thank the drivers and helpers who assist the visually impaired; she also expressed their gratitude to the Cornwall Blind Association and Richard Lander School for continuing to permit their rehearsals.

Jenny thanked the singers and suggested that they stayed to enjoy some cake while the cups of tea and chat were flowing.

The next meeting will be on Friday, December 7, at which members will be entertained by the Perranporth Ladies' Choir.

Don't forget the luncheon date on Friday, December 14, with the big Christmas raffle, at which the children of Perranporth School will entertain.


Prize bingo

Prize bingo will be held to help raise money for Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club and Children's Hospice South West, on Friday, November 23, eyes down 7.30pm, at Porthtowan village hall. All welcome. Prizes include a day trip on the Scillonian, Finisterre Clothing, Atlantic Wine Champagne, days out in Cornwall, Sevenmilestone Garage free MOT, cash prizes and much more – all welcome.


Computers for Oldies

While it is true to say that the local charity, Computers for Oldies, is usually 'in the pink' it also must be stated that its financial situation is about to leave it 'in the red'. Having started in June 2011 without a penny, and with the specific aim of showing older people how to get to grips with computers, it slowly increased its income by selling donated goods and organising cream teas. However, just when everything in the garden was looking rosy, the operating system of computers at Probus School was changed as Microsoft will no longer update XP; hence, students and leaders alike will have to explore Windows 7.

Learning a new operating system for the three volunteer leaders is not a problem but as classwork and handouts are an essential part of the Computers for Oldies' teaching methods, the need arose to purchase a new laptop computer for one of the leaders. Together with appropriate programmes and a carrying case, the result was that £470 of very limited reserves was spent on this vital resource. A printer had already been purchased a few months ago so that handouts and classwork could be printed by another of the leaders.

The New Year will soon be upon us when hope springs eternal as 2013 invites opportunities for all students and leaders to develop their skills. However, without necessary monetary input there won't be any Computers for Oldies, so the committee has agreed to organise a market-cum-sales thing for January or February, probably. At the time of going to press, a date has not been found. It will take place in Probus. Stalls will be offered to local people wishing to make some money in the leaner months of the year. If you bring your own table the cost will be £6 but if you would like Computers for Oldies to provide a table for you, the cost will be £8. Refreshments will be available and for this event the 'franchise' of refreshment selling will be offered to a member of the public.

If you would like to donate goods for Computers for Oldies to sell, or would like to book a table, or take up the refreshments offer, contact Shirley Davis on 01872 270030 or e-mail shirleydavis125@tiscali.co.uk

St Agnes

Phonebox care

The BT phone kiosk at Goonvrea crossroad is in need of some TLC. St Agnes local improvements committee would like to help. Members had hoped to adopt the box and look after it, but they were told at Thursday's meeting that adoption would mean BT removing all telephone equipment.

President Beryl Thomas said there was a hope that by sponsoring the box equipment would remain and the committee could repair the broken glass and care for it. She is to investigate and report to the January meeting.

New cash register

Told St Agnes Museum Trust had won a £540 grant from the Cornwall Council's Museums Small Grants Scheme, St Agnes local improvements committee will now add £230 to meet the cost of installing a cash register at the museum.

Attractive new name signs will be going up at West Kitty, Trevaunance Road and Opies Row (beside the post office), reported secretary Trevor Greenslade.

British meal

Every November members of the St Agnes Cancer Research UK Committee roll up their sleeves and settle down to prepare a huge meal in the Scout HQ. The menu features food from a different country each year.

Twelve years ago, the cooks centred on British food and, after working their way through the atlas, they were back on home ground on Saturday.

About 80 people sat down to a meal of traditional foods, chicken or beef casseroles, sausage and mash, and a veggie meal, then came a range of favourite desserts.

The reward for the hardworking team was £850, being raised to continue research.

Remembrance Sunday collection

About 160 people attended the Remembrance Sunday village service at St Agnes Methodist Church when the collection of £280 was for the local Royal British Legion Poppy Fund.

Bakewell tart

There was a good English menu for about 90 diners at the monthly lunches at St Agnes Methodist Church last week. A team from the church and village prepared and served cottage pie followed by Bakewell tart.

Tasty treat

Mackerel pate proved a hit with diners at St Agnes NSPCC committee's ploughman's lunch in the Methodist Church hall on Friday. There were plenty of other choices in the main meals, soups and tasty desserts, at an event that is growing even more popular. The team of workers were kept busy in the kitchen for two hours and there was a complete sell-out.

Diners included, for a second time, a dozen or so members of the former Breannick Women's Institute, who still meet each month for lunch. Raffle prizes included a selection of items from the local Avon representative. The £478 raised will be spent by the NSPCC in the county.

Coffee morning

Always a popular pre-Christmas event, the St Agnes Support Group for Cornwall Hospice Care held its coffee morning at Sally's Restaurant on Saturday. There was a Christmas atmosphere with the refreshments, sales of cards and gifts. More than £500 was raised.

Holy Land visit

There are tentative plans for a visit to the Holy Land next autumn. The group visit is being arranged by the vicar of St Agnes, the Reverend Alan Bashforth and Canon Pat Robson, who was guest speaker at St Agnes Ecumenical Discussion Group on Thursday. She talked about the history of the area and detailed the likely route of a tour.

Church sale

A staunch worker at St Agnes Parish Church for many years before her death, Peggy Purcell used to arrange a pre-Christmas sale for the work of the church overseas. It was always popular and a success, and current members have continued the tradition. This year's well-supported sale on Saturday raised more than £400 and will be devoted to the church's work in this country.

St Agnes Writing Group

A well-filled room at the Miners' and Mechanics' Institute listened to eight members of the St Agnes Writing Group reading some of their works. All were very much enjoyed by the 37 to 45 people seated at the tables with coffee and biscuits. (All for £2 per head, raising more than £50 for the library).

The writers are all amateurs, writing for pleasure (though not necessarily averse to being offered a publishing contract or, say, the next Bond movie script).

All the colours of life were there; reds, greens, yellows, blues and a touch of black as well. There was humour and sadness, laughter and guilt, fierce, antelope-strewn Africa, the village shop, the wines of France, deeds and misdeeds of times past, the vastness of Australia, monologues, dialogues, poems, travel – each read in a lively manner. Most were finished works but some were tantalising extracts from longer ones.

In spite of the event running over time, the audience left wanting more.

It is difficult to give a rating to an event which has no competition but the listeners were well-pleased and the writers' pleasure was evident too.

The MMI is one of the institutions founded by J Passmore Edwards, the great Cornish businessman, politician and benefactor, whose centenary was celebrated last year.

St Newlyn East

Variety Show

The show is at St Newlyn East village hall on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are £5, to include tea/coffee, with pasties available at £2.

Doors open at 6.30pm, the show starts 7pm. Proceeds to church and chapel funds.


Shortlanesend Methodist Church

The service last Sunday was taken by Graham Baines and centred on the question as to whether we should obey the laws of God in our daily lives

or whether it should be the laws of people.

It was certainly a very thought-provoking service and good to have members of Allet Chapel join us.

Next Sunday there will be a family service led by Linda Baines, beginning at 11am. Please feel free to come along and share worship with us.

On Tuesday, November 27, there will be a Christmas

concert given by the Glendower Singers. It will begin at 2.15pm and last for about an hour, finishing with refreshments. All ages are welcome to come along for what will be a very good afternoon's entertainment.

Charity evening

It is time to get out your glad rags, dust off your handbags, polish your stilettos and buff up your blue suede shoes because there is going to be a Fifties'/Sixties' night at Tregony Village Hall, on Friday, November 30.

The event is due to start at 8pm with vocalist Matt Shepherd singing live a great selection of golden oldies from that great rock and roll era.

Tickets are just £6 each, to include a light bite, and can be obtained by contacting either Joy Floyd-Norris, on 01872 530646, or Des Mennear on 01872 530357.

There will also be beer and wine available and a cuppa if you want it.

Proceeds will be going to the Merlin Centre and Tregony Village Hall. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

St Erme Village Hall

The hall is holding a Craft Fair this Saturday, November 24, from 10am to 1pm, selling spring bulbs, locally produced meat, honey, eggs, craft goods, cakes, cards and local photography, refreshments, etc. Please note this is at the village hall, not the new community centre. Do come along.


Redannick House

The annual meeting of the Friends of Redannick House Residential Home will be held at Redannick House, Redannick Lane, today, Thursday, November 15, at 2.30pm.

Truro Camera Club

At the meeting held on November 19, the guest speaker was Geoff Hitchens. He is a professional photographer of many years standing working mainly for The West Briton. To be visually aware of your surroundings is the first rule of photography, so we started the evening with a number of black and white portraits, from pop groups to the iconic images of planting the flag on Iwo Jima and the Vietnam war, classic images that everyone remembers. We then moved onto his work in preparation for the centenary of the First World War, with its memorials to the fallen and the lines of trenches.

The second half proved just as interesting with visits to the Amalfi Coast and Prague, with aerial photographs of Cornwall adding further interest. He then showed us his work during local firework displays.

With Geoff it is always an interesting evening and tonight was no exception, we look forward to his next visit.

Find out more about the club at www.trurocameraclub.btck.co.uk or come to Carnon Downs Village Hall annexe any Monday at 7.30pm.

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