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Angarrack

Coffee morning

Angarrack's fortnightly coffee morning takes place this Friday between 10am and noon at Angarrack Community Centre. All welcome.

Angarrack Christmas Lights

The Angarrack lights will be switched on for 2012 on Saturday December 1 starting at 6pm in the car park of the Angarrack Inn. Pirate FM will be there with their Road Show. Watch out for notices here, on http://angarrack.info or Twitter @angarrackinfo

Festivity Exhibition

Everybody is warmly invited to attend the opening party on Saturday November 24 (6 to 8pm) of "Festivity! Interpretations of the amazing Christmas lights of Angarrack, Newlyn and beyond". This is a photographic exhibition by Nick Bradford in the third room at New Street Gallery in Penzance that celebrates the ingenuity of the lights' creators, while presenting the amazing light displays as they've never been seen before. Angels come alive, stars explode and snowflakes dance.

Angarrack Methodists

You are invited to join members at Angarrack Methodist Church for worship each Sunday at 11am. The preacher this coming Sunday November 25 will be the Reverend Vinaya Moses, and the Lord's Supper will be celebrated.

Flower arranging

There will be two sessions of flower arranging, starting at 1.30pm to 4pm, respectively, at Angarrack Community Centre on Thursdays, November 22 and November 29.

The first afternoon will be an informal demonstration and the second a workshop. All welcome; the workshops cost £3.50 per session. For further information please contact Lynne on 01736 753724.

Barripper

Barripper Chapel

The chapel held its annual Christmas fair on Saturday between 10am and 1pm. There was a good turnout of people to buy from a variety of stalls including wood-turning, crafts, cakes and preserves, Christmas cakes and puddings, bric-a-brac, Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper. A raffle of a fantastic Christmas food hamper and several competitions took place. Pasty lunches and refreshments were sold. Nearly £630 was raised for chapel funds.

Brea

Brea Methodist Church

Although very much colder than we have previously experienced, Sunday morning dawned bright and clear with an almost frosty air invading our nostrils, but this was quickly dispersed upon entering our lovely church bright and cosy with not only physical but also great spiritual warmth, and the Communion Table adorned with a floral arrangement given by Kathy Pryor in memory of her father.

Her husband, Bill, gave his usual tremendous support from the organ not only for the beautiful hymns, lustily sung, but throughout the whole of the morning wherein we were all spiritually fed with a tremendous message from Peter Sincock of Redruth, leaving us all with much food for thought. At the end of the morning we joined together in the schoolroom for our usual social time, also a short meeting with regard to church business.

Next Sunday, we look forward to sharing our worship under the leadership of Ann Roberts of Troon.

Thursday coffee/craft mornings re-commence following the use of the schoolroom as a polling station last week, and John and Lilian Gilbert continue to welcome one and all to their home each Friday evening to share in an hour of Bible discussion and prayer. All welcome!

Bridge

Chapel news

The service last Sunday was led by Bill Herring. It was good to see Eva Biddington back with us and playing the organ for the service.

The coffee morning/bring and buy on Wednesday was hosted by Maureen and Barrie Penrose.

The service next Sunday will be led by Sandra Jenkin.

The choir members are increasing week by week, as is their repertoire.

Advance Notice: Carols from Cornwall Concert Saturday, 1 December at 7.30pm. Donations towards the upkeep of the chapel and to Foodbank.

Centenary Methodist Church

On Saturday, November 24, there will be a concert by West Cornwall Concert Band and Hayle Ladies' Choir at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Rosewarne Garden Society

On Monday, October 22, the Garden Society members enjoyed a talk by Elizabeth Reeves. The title of the talk was Easy Care Small Gardens.

Elizabeth began by saying that most new build houses these days have small gardens which need to be planned using the best plants to give yearlong interest. Shrubs and trees give permanent form and structure so when choosing these you need to look at habit, shape, size and foliage. With these you can create sweeping lines and then infill with smaller plants such as heathers, rock roses, azaleas and small rhododendrons.

Elizabeth went on to give a slide show presentation of examples of small garden planting and said that a lot of the established gardens that we visit are in fact made up of a series of smaller gardens linked together to create a large garden. Elizabeth gave examples of plants that can provide colour for a good length of time and in some cases produce berries that carry on into the autumn and winter.

She also gave examples of plants that can complement each other; she suggested that plants like clematis and climbing roses can be grown over trees and shrubs to give extra interest. Some of the plants that she suggested would also provide scent in the garden. Elizabeth's talk gave members a lot of ideas to take away to re-plan their gardens.

The talk was followed by the monthly flower competition, raffles, plant sales and refreshments. The society's next meeting will be on Monday, November 26, when Max Simpson will give a talk entitled Tools To Amuse And Confuse from 7.30p.m. However, from 7pm onwards plants will be for sale from the regular table-top sale. Entries will be welcome for the flower competition.

The society meets on the fourth Monday of every month (including Bank Holidays) at Duchy College Rosewarne; talks begin promptly at 7.30p.m. Visitors are welcome.

If you would like more information about the society please call membership secretary Sandy Burleigh on 01326 564017, or visit the website www.rosewarnegardensociety.com

Carharrack

Carharrack Chapel

Our service on Sunday was led by the Reverend Brian Mavers, with music by Lillian Davies and Sylvia May. Our fellowship meeting continues at 3pm on Wednesdays. On Sunday next we look forward to welcoming Geoff Nankivell, of St Day, to lead our worship. Please come and join us. All welcome.

Carnkie Methodist Church

Last Sunday Paul Langford took the service which was informal, based on Bible Sunday. This coming Sunday at 10.30am we will be having Debbie Goldsworthy with us.

Campers Club

For motorhomers and caravanners and wannabes. A club to encourage campers to meet and share ideas, hints and tips will meet for the first time on Friday, November 30th, at 7pm. For more info 01209 212408.

Shoebox Appeal

The coffee evening in aid of the Shoebox Appeal, which took place last Thursday, raised £95. A big thank you to all who came and donated.

Connor Downs

Independent Church

The 2012 Operation Christmas Child ShoeBox Appeal culminated on Sunday morning when Stewart Casmeron led the Remembrance and ShoeBox service. Following a time of reflection listening to words and music for remembrance, Stewart lit the candle and led the two minutes silence. Stewart then spoke about his recent visit to Romania "20 years on" and his experience meeting some inspiring people. Everyone was challenged to sing a new song regarding Stewart's hard work, written by Beth who also read her poem. Amy read her acrostic, "ShoeBox". The boxes will be checked at Duchy College prior to being transferred to Helston where they will be packed into large containers. As yet, Stewart is unsure of their exact destination this year but will keep everyone updated.

William Thomas led the 6pm Gospel Service and took the theme Remembrance with readings from Psalm 103 and Corinthians XI v20-26. Beryl played the piano at both services. This Sunday the speaker will be Roy Davey. Everyone is welcome.

Monthly pop-in

Thursday, November 1, saw Four Lanes residents again coming together for the monthly charity pop-in. Running from 10 am until noon, everyone enjoys either the brunch or just a tea or coffee and biscuit. Why not join us on December 6, on your own or come with friends, when the chosen charity will be the British Heart Foundation, Cornish branch, to be held at Four Lanes Methodist church hall, opposite the post office.

Wednesday Club

On Wednesday, November 14, the club went on their annual trip to Trago Mills, Liskeard. Forty two members and friends joined the coach for what turned out to be the best day for quite some time. The skies were blue, criss-crossed with contra-trails and the temperature not overly warm but with no breeze, it did seem so.

On arrival, first port of call was the restaurant, before going into the store to stock up on Christmas goodies.

Shopping finished, it was back for a cup of tea or coffee, before re-boarding the coach. One birthday was celebrated, the raffle held and then it was homeward bound for all. The next meeting at Pencoys Hall will be the Christmas party, starting at 2pm prompt.

Bangers 'n' Mash

The last Bangers 'n' Mash this year will be from 11am to 1.30pm on November 24, and will feature a cake stall, a bric-a-brac, and a raffle. Please come along to the event, to be held at the Methodist church hall, opposite the post office, Four Lanes.

St Andrew's Church, Pencoys

This Sunday November 25, our Sunday service starts at 11.15am and we warmly welcome our regulars and newcomers into our small and friendly gathering.

Later in the afternoon, at 4pm, in the church, we invite all those who have had something to celebrate in November to our family teatime event. So, if you have had a birthday, anniversary, passed an exam, passed your driving test, become a parent or grandparent or anything you would like to celebrate, come along and celebrate with others over some delicious cake and a cuppa and a special gift for those celebrating a birthday.

Don't forget Saturday, November 24, for the annual parish Christmas Market from 11am to 3pm, in the Crypt at St Andrew's Church, Redruth. Lots of stalls for all your Christmas needs and a cake stall, a bottle stall and you can have have a nice lunch there too. Don't miss it. Be there!

Our first Sunday evening event on December 2, will take place in St Andrew's Church, Pencoys at 6pm. This event has the theme World Aids Day, with a particular focus on Aids in children. Please make an effort to come to this special and important service.

Four Lanes Regeneration Group

The group is selling raffle tickets at Four Lanes Post Office to win a Christmas hamper. This will help raise funds towards the insurance needed for the annual fun day.

On December 1, between noon and 4pm, all village children are invited to a workshop at Pencoys Hall, to make decorations for the Christmas tree in The Square.

Then on December 7, at 6.30pm, please join villagers in The Square for the lighting up of the tree, see your decorations, sing some Christmas carols and have mulled wine and mince pies.

Lastly, on December 8, between 3pm and 6pm, come and join Father Christmas in his grotto, in Pencoys Hall, to tell him what you would like for Christmas.

Four Lanes Gardening Club

Friday, November 16, saw Four Lanes Garden Club join with Troon Garden Club, 31 members in all, for a very enjoyable evening with a talk given by Alistair Rivers, of Radio Cornwall fame.

His subject was bulbs and plants that can give colour to the garden or patio through the dull winter months. He also "admonished us" if we had not as yet planted out our bulbs or pruned our roses. Following a question and answer session, Alistair judged the evenings competition, a Christmas table decoration:1, Val Jenkin; 2, Leslie Jones; 3, Margaret Du Plessy.

Then time for tea or coffee, sausage rolls, mince pies and the raffle. It was nice to get together with other like-minded gardeners for such an interesting evening.

There is no meeting in December, the next time we get together, will be our evening Christmas dinner in January.

Gwinear

Gwinear Parish Church

Last Sunday's services were led by team rector Canon Martyn Trembath. Next Sunday, November 25, there is Holy Communion at 11am and Evensong at 4.30pm.

Bazaar

Our annual bazaar will be held in the Hall for Gwinear on Saturday, November 24, commencing at 2pm. Stalls included are cakes, tombola, books, raffles and bottles. There will be table top sales and afternoon tea will be served. Come and enjoy a pleasant afternoon for a chat, a browse and a cup of tea.

Music festival

A successful coffee morning was held at Margaret's last Saturday morning when £130 was raised for festival funds. Thanks to all who supported us. Our next fund raising effort will be on Monday, December 10, when we sing carols around the local villages. Come and join us for a sing.

Busy Bodies

Busy Bodies are busy preparing for Christmas. If you would like to join us we meet at the Hall for Gwinear daily from 9.15am to 12.15pm with a longer session on Tuesdays when we run from 9am-3pm. Parent and Toddlers meet on Thursdays from 10am until 11.30am at the cost of £1.50 per family. Further information may be obtained from Lynne on 07763420521 or email on hello@busybodiespreschool.co.uk

Fond farewell

Churches Together in Hayle will be hosting a fond farewell at Hayle Day Care Centre at 3pm on Sunday, November 25, at 3pm for the sisters of the convent at St Michael's as they prepare to leave the town. All welcome.

West Cornwall Cancer Friendship Group

There will be a Christmas Fayre this Friday, November 23, from 10am to noon in Phillack church hall. There will be various homemade cakes including Christmas cakes, pâtés, pickles, preserves, books and many more items to choose from; also a raffle, tombola and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and support this self-funded voluntary group.

Christmas Bazaar

This Saturday, November 24, it's the Christmas Bazaar at Phillack Church Hall from 10am to 1pm; there will be various stalls with lots of excellent gifts and ideas for Christmas; and refreshments will be available.

B&B Contents Sale

The sale of the contents of a B&B takes place at Fernleigh, 26 Commercial Road, Hayle this Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, between 11am and 3pm. Contents include furniture, electrical items, bedding, crockery, lots of Christmas decorations and much, much more. The sale also includes garden furniture and pots.

Music at St Elwyn's

It was another lovely evening at St Elwyn's on Sunday November 18. St Buryan Male Voice Choir sang beautifully, with lovely harmonies, and without any apparent effort. All present congratulate the men, and Portia Grant, their MD. Connie Keast made the perfect accompanist, and together they gave a perfect evening. The raffle was a huge success. Ivan Barnes filled in with monologues, and a lovely voice as well.

The next Music at St Elwyn's will be in Holy Week, Monday March 25. It will be a performance of the Crucifixion, set to lovely music by Sir John Stainer, sung by an especially enhanced choir, conducted by Ann Birch. Easter is not complete for many people unless they have heard this music sung in Holy Week

Hayle Old Cornwall Society

The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Friday, December 7, at the Institute, at which David Chapman will be giving a talk entitled Where History Meets Natural History. All welcome.

Christmas Mini-Market

This is taking place at Phillack church hall on Friday November 30 from 10am until 2pm. There will be a variety of stalls.

Christmas Shopping

Pratt's Market on Friday November 30, have an evening of Christmas shopping with 20 independent shops with a wide choice of gifts. The market offers a free raffle on the evening, a free glass of spicy fruit mulled punch, a Tiffany stained glass demonstration, other crafty demonstrations, a fashion show: and a very warm welcome.

On Saturday December 1, from 10am until 4pm Pratt's Market are having a Children's day with Santa's Grotto, a prize-winning quiz, and lots of different craft opportunities, including face-painting and hair wrapping.

Donate It Day

Clear your cupboards before Christmas; if you don't need it donate it. Hayle Community Donate it Day is from 10am to 3pm on November 26, at Hayle Day Centre annexe, and the Old School Rooms, St Erth.

You can unclutter and donate items to Children's Hospice South West, which can then sell these in its charity shops.

What can be donated? The charity would be delighted to receive good quality items including clothes, footwear, toys, books, DVDs, jewellery, homeware, kitchenware, soft furnishings, small electrical items and baby equipment.

For more information phone Jill Sharpless, 01736 756896.

Horse racing fundraiser

The League of Friends of St Michael's Hospital, Hayle, have organised a fundraising horse racing event for Saturday, December 1.

The event, which will include horse racing and a buffet followed by a live band, will take place at Hayle Rugby Club from 8pm.

As well as the horse racing, which will use DVDs of real races, live band Reseeded are set to play a mix of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s' music from 10pm until midnight.

Tickets cost £10 each, and include the race card and food. Bets are extra and there is a pay bar. Anyone may buy a horse in advance for £20, and the owner's name will appear on the official race programme, and if their horse is first past the post, the owner wins £10.

To purchase tickets contact Mike Rowe by telephone on 01736 758854 (ext 8854) or via St Michael's Hospital reception desk.

Annual General Meeting

The Hayle branch of the Royal British Legion is holding its annual meeting on Monday, December 3, at 7.30pm in the upstairs Snooker Room at the Passmore Edward Institute. The branch is looking for new members to join the committee and is looking for a chairperson, standard bearer and Poppy organiser. All are welcome to attend. Please help to stop the branch from closing.

St Joseph's, Hayle

Father Philip said the 6pm Mass on Saturday November 17; the readings were from Daniel, Hebrews, and the Gospel by Mark.

There will be Mass on Friday at St Mary's Convent at 10.30am followed by coffee.

• Hayle Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Friday November 23 in the centre next to the church.

• There will be a parish farewell to the Sisters in Hayle on Saturday December 8 after the 6pm vigil mass.

• Light up a Life for Cornwall Hospice Care will be at Truro cathedral on Wednesday, November 28 at 7pm; Penzance Humphry Davy statue on Saturday, December 1 at 4.30pm and St Julia's Hospice on Sunday, December 9 at 4.30pm.

Hayle Children's Centre

Hayle Children's Centre is at Bodriggy Street.

• Today, November 22: Playing Together in the Crèche is from 10am to noon: stay and play sessions for the under 5s, for a suggested donation of £1 per family; for more information contact Sarah Correnti on 01736 759058. Childminders' Drop-In is between 10am and 11.30am in the Beach Hut. This is an opportunity for childminders to get together. The Well Child Health Clinic in the Garden Room from 2pm to 4pm, a drop in for baby weighing and health advice. The toy library drop in is between 11am and 4pm.

• Hayle Children's Centre is closed every Friday.

• Monday,November 26: First Friends from 10am to noon is an under ones group in the Beach Hut with health and breastfeeding advice available. Call Sarah for more information on 01736 759058. The toy library team will also be available during this group. Tiny Treasures Crèche has been extended and hours are now 10am to 1pm; £3.50 per hour or £10 for three hours. Please contact Debbie on 07800 610686 to book a place. Toy library drop-in is between 11am and 1pm.

• Tuesday, November 27: Playing Together is from 10am to noon, and is a stay and play session for the under fives, for a suggested donation of £1 per family. Call Sarah for more information on 01736 759058. The toy library team will also be available during this group. The toy library drop in is from 11am to 1pm. Breastfeeding Drop-In is from 11.30am to 1.30pm: a play and support session for breastfeeding families. Offering advice, support, friendship and cake. Call Nancy on 07930 506214 for more information.

Heyl St Piran's Singers

The singers meet every Thursday evening at Hayle Methodist church hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

For information ring Ann on 01736 752335 or Geraldine on 755162.

Local Vocalz

Hayle's popular mixed voice choir, Local Vocalz, rehearses on Monday evenings at 8pm in the Passmore Edwards Institute in Hayle. The choir enjoys regular social events including trips, meals and parties as well as the hard work of rehearsals and performances. Members are looking forward to a James Bond party and disco night on November 9. Music reading is desirable, but not essential. If you are wiling to pick up simple music reading skills as you go along, you would be made very welcome. The website can be found at www.localvocalz.co.uk. For further details, e-mail neilshepherd@yahoo.co.uk.

Phillack Parish Church

On Feast Day Sunday, November 25, the service will commence at 9.15am; the Sunday school meets at the same time. Monday evening's Eucharist Service is at 6.30pm. For home visits please contact the Team Office on 01736 754866 or email office@godrevytm.org.uk. For Godrevy Home Groups the contact is Martyn on 01736 759394.

• Phillack Bell Ringers' practice night is on Tuesdays at 7pm in the Bell Tower; new members are always welcome.

• Phillack Church Choir meet on Fridays at 7.30pm in the Church; new members are welcome.

• The knitting group meet monthly on a Tuesday; please contact Annette for details on 07530 414996.

• Also this Saturday, November 24 is the Christmas Bazaar at Phillack Church Hall from 10am to 1pm; there will be various stalls with lots of excellent gifts for Christmas; and refreshments will be available.

• The Monthly Quiz is also this Saturday, November 24, at 7.30pm in Phillack Church Hall.

• On Saturday, December 1 the Sunday school will be supporting and taking part in the Hayle Winter Carnival.

• Sunday, December 2 is the Annual Christingle service at St Elwyn's, at 4pm.

If you require a home visit please contact the team office on 01736 754866 or e-mail godrevyteamministry@hotmail.co.uk

For details of the Godrevy Home Groups, please ring Martyn on 01736 759394.

If you are interested in campanology, visit Phillack Bellringers. Their practice night is Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm in the church bell tower; new members are most welcome.

The knitting group meet once a month on a Tuesday. Please contact Annette for details on 07530 414996.

St Elwyn's Church

This Sunday, November 25, the Parish Eucharist will be celebrated at 9.30am. On Wednesday, November 28, Morning Prayer will be at 9am followed by Holy Communion at 10am. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after each service.

St Elwyn's church hall

• First Defence Hayle Tae Kwon Do is every Monday and Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm for 7 year-olds and upwards.

• Ki Aikido is every Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm.

• Adult dance classes take place on Saturdays from 1-5pm; for details call Star on 07808 917683; visit www.starthedancer.com or e-mail star@starthedancer.com

• The Hall is available for letting; anyone interested should contact 01736 753168 for details.

Methodist Church

Services on Sunday, November 18 were led by William James from St Ives in the morning and the Rev Vinaya Moses in the evening.

On Sunday, November 25 the preachers will be Irene Tanner at 10.45am and the Rev Moses at 6pm.

At the start of the Advent season on Sunday, December 2, the church will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with two past ministers preaching, and a special lunch after the morning service. The church is obviously fairly young compared to other churches in Hayle, but was born out of the closure of chapels in the area that had been places of worship for many years. Everyone is welcome to come along on any Sunday and to stay for coffee and a chat afterwards.

Christmas lights

Hayle decorative Christmas lights switch on will take place this Friday, November 23, at the Hayle Day Care centre at 7pm. The Hayle town band and Bodriggy Academy School Choir will be in attendance and there will be a lantern parade with refreshments and a speech. All welcome.

Rotary Club of Hayle

Once again the annual George Stone meal in aid of local charities attracted record supporters, with 102 eager friends of the club attending an excellent evening at the Old Quay House. As a result of the generosity of management and revellers, the club intends to donate a much-needed vital piece of equipment to St Julia's Hospice in Hayle. The December meetings will be the SPG to elect next year's officers, plus the Christmas celebration meal, both to be held at the club's spiritual home in the White Hart.

The club would like to inform all secretaries of local clubs and charities that the annual Charity Family Fun Day incorporating the Vintage and Classic vehicles show and the ever popular Dog Show will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2013. They are asked to enter it in their diaries to avoid a clash of events. President John and all members thank supporters for all their support in 2012.

Heyl St Piran Singers

The choir would like to invite you to an Evening of Music and Song with the West Cornwall Concert Band and Heyl St Piran Singers, this Saturday, November 24. The concert will be at the Centenary Church, Centenary Street, Camborne, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 on the door. All welcome to come and enjoy the evening.

Heyl St Piran Singers is a ladies choir that welcomes and supports new members, so if you enjoy singing, whether in the bath, in the shower, whilst ironing etc, why not come and join with a like minded group of ladies? They have a wide and varied repertoire as well as a friendly social calendar, eg, a recent and very successful trip to Devon as guests of the Barnstaple Ladies choir, and a lively and enjoyable beetle drive and auction of promises' evening held in October.

There are no auditions and an ability to read music is not necessary, just an enjoyment of singing. Rehearsals take place every Thursday evening at Hayle Methodist church hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For more details ring Ann on 01736 752335 or Geraldine on 01736 755162.

Hayle Penwith U3A

Hayle U3A has the following programme this week. Today, Thursday, 22nd, there is writing at 10am; then at 2pm there is history as well as the social event which is Peter Robinson talking on "France – Relics Of War". On Friday, November 23 at 10am there is computer training. On Tuesday, November 27, at 10am there is art. All sessions except writing, computer training, play reading and current affairs are held in the Philip Smith Annex to the Hayle Day Care Centre. The writing, computer training, and play reading are held in Hayle Library and current affairs is held at House 8, Albertus Road, Hayle.

Women's Network

The Women's Network speaker for Tuesday, November 13, was unable to attend owing to family commitments, the secretary Mrs S Shield and Mrs C Curnow chaired the meeting, there was a Bible quiz and also the members contributed various items.

It was a very interesting afternoon and all members enjoyed it immensely. On Tuesday, November 19, the speaker was Mrs M Smith from Ponsanooth.

Lanner Methodist Chapel

Sunday, November 17, there was a good congregation for the morning service led by the Reverend Mark Liddicoat the theme was 'Ready for God';

scripture readings were Psalm 16: 1-11, Daniel 12: 1-3, Mark 13: 1-8 read by Mrs. W. Bailey.

The evening cafe-style worship was led by Mrs D Goldsworthy.

Flowers this week were donated by Mrs I Veall,

On Monday, 9.30am Praying Together, all are welcome. At 7.30pm the Wives Group met when the speaker was Jenny Lockwood.

Thursday at 7.30pm Bible Fellowship.

Sunday, November 25, the morning service will be led by Mr G Dyer. At 6pm our series 'Encounters with God' will continue.

Come and share with us, you will be welcome.

Christmas lights switch-on

Leedstown's Christmas lights switch-on will take place at 7pm on Friday, December 14. This year the lights will be turned on by longtime Leedstown resident, Mrs Marie Brock, at The Duke of Leeds car park.

Breage Band, Leedstown School Choir and Father Christmas will all be attending, to herald in the Christmas season.

LUMC

The congregation were welcomed with tea and coffee at Leedstown on Sunday morning November 18, with Lewis and Matthew acting as the waiters. Thank you to Sue Williams and her team once again. The guest preacher, Colin Combellack, had arranged a very interesting and thoughtful time of all-age worship, with some time for group activities, on the theme "Jesus, the Light of the World". The Junior Church sang a couple of songs and were presented with their annual attendance prizes. This year, books were awarded to Kayleigh and Tristan Young, Shana, Catherine and Elizabeth King, Matthew Bird, Lewis Verran, Kimberleigh and Ashley Yould, Lucy Pascoe, Kathryn Willoughby and Abigail Leverton. A special presentation was made to Shana King, who will celebrate her 18th birthday in early December. We thank Shana for her valuable and cheerful contribution to the Junior Church over the past ten years. Rehearsals are under way for the Carol Service on December 16, on the theme of "Christmas Messages" with plenty of music and singing for everyone, and even a "rap" from the Wise Men. Come along and join in if you can.

Sunday, November 25, will see a community service taken with the help of members of the congregation and organised by Sue Williams. This is at 11am. Junior church is also at 11am. In the evening there is a Circuit United service at Porthleven Methodist church so there is no service at Leedstown.

On Saturday, December 1, the LUMC Walking group will meet at the Chapel for a three mile walk from St Just to Cape Cornwall Mining World Heritage site. Please meet in the free car park in St Just .

Don't forget Coffee Stop on Tuesday in the Sunday School room from 10am till noon. Pre-owned books are for sale and any donations for the Put A Sock In It collection of new socks, to help the homeless at St Petroc's will be gratefully received.

Computer Class

The Computer Class at Leedstown Village Hall has recently finished a course. A new free course hopefully begins in January 2013.

Leedstown School

Monday, December 3, at 9am is the next Friends' meeting at the school. A Friends' event coming up is the Pampered Chef party to be held the home Caroline Pellows on Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm.

Also a date for your diary is the Christmas Fair at 2pm Wednesday, December 19,where there will be lots of goodies on offer and a chance to support the village school.

Leedstown United FC

The Youth FC are currently looking for land to further expand the club. With numbers rapidly increasing they desperately need to find another home within or around Leedstown. This is a youth football club with children joining from the ages of 5 through to 12 years old.

If you have some land that is idle at the moment and wish to help out, please do get in touch as you really would be helping a great children's organisation.

Please contact Nigel in the first instance on 07934 131710 or e-mail: info@leedstownutdfc.co.uk

The club is still welcoming new members so if you are interested in finding out more about joining a child-friendly club, use contacts above or check out the club's website at www.leedstownutdfc.co.uk

Duke of Leeds Pub

The Boogaloo Dudes are back at the Duke on Friday, November 30, at 9pm playing all your favourite hits. All welcome.

Library Van

The library van is at the Duke of Leeds car park between 12.05pm and 12.30pm on Saturday, November 24. All are welcome to come along and it is easy to join up, just bring a household bill for proof of address.

Penponds Parish Church

The PBK Club met on Monday evening.

On Sunday, Father Mike celebrated at the 11am service. Jim was our organist. This also included the celebration of the first anniversary of Minnie Kitson's baptism.

The Old and New Testament lessons were read by her parents, along with a poem written and read by one of her sisters. Ruth read the Gospel. The congregation joined the Kitson family at their home at Southern Cross for a celebratory drink after the service. Many thanks to Minnie and her family.

Father Mike celebrated at the usual Wednesday morning service.

Our Christmas Fair will be on Saturday November 24, at the Donald Thomas Centre in Camborne. (9.30am to 12.30pm). Stalls will be set up on Friday, November 23, between 6pm and 7pm.

On Sunday next, Father Mike will celebrate at the 11am Eucharist.

The handbell ringers are meeting again and are looking for new members. You don't have to know how to do it, all will be revealed! If you would like to know more, please contact Sylvia Rowe on 01209 716918.

Porthtowan

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 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.

Crowan Parish Church

The bells rang for last Sunday's, Communion service taken by the Reverend Phillip Douglass. Nick and Jane read the morning lessons.

In the evening the Silence at Six service was held.

There is to be a Christmas Bazaar held on December 1, at Praze Insitute which will be opened by Councillor Loveday Jenkin at 2pm. At 2.30pm, Father Christmas will be arriving at the Institute. There are to be stalls including tombola and a raffle and refreshments. There is a special competition open to all ages for the best decorated Christmas tree decoration so bring your efforts along to join in the fun.

Library van

The mobile library van will be calling this week. It will be at the St Aubyn's Arms in Praze bewtween 12.40pm and 1.05pm. The van is parked by Crowan Church at 2.15pm till 2.25pm. Lastly the van calls in to Nancegollan when it will be by the church between 3.10 pm and 3.25 pm.

Nancegollan Village Hall

The next village hall quiz is to be held from 8pm on Monday November 26, and on Friday November 30, at 8pm there is Bingo Extra, which is in aid of the Christmas lights. Jen Jackson is the lady to contact for more details on 01209 832950.

The Florence Quilters meet on a Friday between 10am and 3pm, or hours to suit you, and these sessions cost £2.50. Please call 01209 831502 for more information on the quilting sessions.

The Bowls Club meets on Tuesdays at 7pm at the hall and welcomes new members.

Your contact for bookings and information regarding Nancegollan Village Hall is Margaret on 01209 831502.

The Christmas Lights switch-on at Nancegollan is at 6pm on Thursday December 6. Father Christmas will be there and there will be mulled wine and mince pies, a Christmas raffle and stalls to visit to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit

On Friday December 7, the following evening, there will be a Christmas Lights open evening at 6.30pm. Refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits are available.

Exeter shopping trip

Crowan CP School's parent-teachers association is sending a message: "Don't panic about Christmas shopping".

Due to popular demand a bigger coach has been booked for the Exeter shopping trip. The coach will leave the square at 7.30am this Saturday, November 24. You don't need to miss out; book a seat now for £15. Call Julia on 07788 823439 or 01209 832219.

Senior citizens' tea

The senior citizens' afternoon tea will take place at 3.30pm for 4pm, on Wednesday, December 5, at Praze Institute. Anyone who is 60 and over who lives in Praze and would like to attend, please contact the secretary on 01209 831096.

Crowan Crafts

Why not buy Cornish goods this year for Christmas presents? There is a Christmas exhibition being held in the Crowan Parish Vestry Room until Friday, November 30. Drop in between 11am and 4pm each day to see craftwork from Cornwall. There will also be a tearoom to visit.

Coffee morning

The charity Cornish Quest is holding a pre Christmas coffee morning from 10am to 12.30pm, on Saturday, December 1, at 70 Albany Road, Redruth.

There will be plenty of reasonably-priced new Cornish books and Cornish gifts to buy while you enjoy coffee and cake and all takings will assist Cornish Quest help provide secondary schools with Cornish learning resources.

Redruth Ladies' Tuesday Club

Chairlady Patsy James introduced the speaker, Spencer Smith, from ShelterBox.

Spencer showed slides of their relief work in Madagascar – the destination of a box, which the ladies had previously donated. He was thanked by Catherine Clifton-Griffith.

Redruth Methodist Church

The early morning prayers were led by Martin Ackerley

The morning service was conducted by worship leader Jennifer Williams. She explained that the theme was "Touching The Cloak", and Jennifer explained that we would be looking at stories of Jesus the Healer, in word, music and silence. Liz Congdon led prayers.

Members of Young Church lit candles that had been placed on stands, which had a cloak draped over, while responsive prayers were read by Lauren Goldsworthy.

During the service the many ShoeBoxes were blessed, and Jennifer explained that these were to go to needy children abroad.

An extended Worship Group led the singing of two of the hymns.

Bible readings were by Jeanette Lord, John Hollingworth and Sharon Phyall. The anthem by the choir was a hymn ""Such Love". Rodney Grigg and Lyn Manuell then read more readings. The readings were all interspersed with words by Jennifer, and reflective pauses. They showed that Jesus healed those who asked, and some who didn't. There was a meditative reading by Christine Howarth, followed by further words from Jennifer.

Redruth Ladies' Lifeboat Guild

The Guild held a Coffee Morning on Thursday, 15 November at the Penventon Parc Hotel by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Pascoe. There was our usual cake stall with Christmas cakes and goodies galore, Christmas stall, Tombola stall which did a lively trade, and not forgetting our legendary huge raffle.

The event was a great success.

The raffle was drawn by Mr David Pascoe with much hilarity between him and the Chairman Mrs Marie Trevithick, and Marie then thanked the Pascoe family for their continued support of the RNLI. The event raised the amazing amount of £891.20 for RNLI funds.

St Day Methodist Church

Graham Homer and Marilyn Richards led the worship for the Sunday morning service on November 18.

The Gospel was presented by Eric Harvey who spoke about the need to know Jesus before being able to enter the Kingdom of God. The junior church left the service to attend their own meeting.

Following the service a time of fellowship and refreshments was held. Flowers this week were donated by Lily Quinney.

The afternoon service preacher was Geoff Nankivell.

This Saturday from 10am to noon will be the chapel's coffee morning and Christmas bazaar with brunch available.

Stithians Methodist Church

The morning service at Stithians Methodist Church on Sunday, November 18, was led by Mike Ely. There was a Bible reading by Sandra Roberts and the organist was Colin Anthony.

The evening service was led by the Reverend Celia Phillips and included Holy Communion. There were Bible readings by Tony Langford and Belinda Green, and the organist was Hazel Roach.

Tuckingmill

Tuckingmill Parish Church

First a belated thank you to bell ringers from St Euny Church Redruth for supplementing the Tuckingmill ringers and enabling half muffled bells to be heard on Remembrance Sunday, November 11.

This Sunday, November 18, the 8.30am Communion was led by Father Jim Vincent and the 9.45am Parish Eucharist was led by Father Mike Firbank.

Father Mike also welcomed Father Raymond Webber who has joined the clergy team.

The 5pm Sung Evensong was led by reader Robbie Sharp.

On November 20, the 7pm mass was led by the Reverend Olive Stevens.

Next Saturday the Christmas Fair will be held from 10am to noon in the All Saints Church Community Centre, all are welcome.

On Sunday, November 25, the 8.30am Communion will be led by the Reverend Olive Stevens and the 9.45am Parish Eucharist will be led by Father Clive Budden. The 5pm Sung Evensong will be led by a reader.

On Monday, November 26, the licensing of Father Mike Firbank to our parish by Bishop Tim will take place in the church at 7pm and all are

welcome.

On November 27, the 7pm Mass will be led by Father Mike Firbank.

The church will be open as usual from 9am to 3pm on that day – please drop in for rest and private prayer.

Wall Methodist Church

Morning worship last Sunday was led by John Bailey and included Holy Communion. Flowers were kindly provided by Henry Laity, Mary Thomas read a Lesson and Alan Butterfield was the organist.

Today at 9am, Morning Prayer will be said at Wall and every Thursday during November.

On Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am a paper collection and coffee morning will be held in Wall Hall. There will be the usual bring and buy, raffle and also a Fairtrade stall. If you would like to book a table top please contact Avril Woolcock : Tel. 01736 850567.

On Sunday, November 25, at 10am (please note earlier time) there will be a family service with an Advent theme led by Alison Gill and held in Wall Hall.

Cornwall Health Services Retirement Fellowship

We held our autumn meeting at the Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, on Tuesday, November 13. Members welcomed Sarah Newton from Cornwall Hospice Care, who gave us an insight into the work of the two hospices in Cornwall. Our vice chairman, Kathleen Radley, presented a cheque for the Hospices to Sarah.

Members had also brought along warm clothing to be taken to St Petroc's Society for the homeless in Truro.

After tea, a short business meeting showed that the Fellowship's bank account was very healthy. Members commented favourably upon the outings planned for 2013 and our proposed holiday in Dorset in June next year. Our next meeting is Christmas lunch at the Kingswood Restaurant in London Apprentice.

We are looking forward to our get-togethers in 2013 – if you have retired from the NHS or any of its related services and would like to join us, please do contact our hon secretary for further information. Margaret Herbert 01872 863987 or e-mail margirvinherbert@tiscali.co.uk

Cornwall Budgerigar Society

On Sunday, October 21, Cornwall Budgerigar Society held its first Novice, Beginner and Junior Show which proved a great success both with members and the general public alike, attracting 85 entries from Cornwall and Devon; the judge Maurice Roberts, president of the Budgerigar Society, cast his experienced over a number of quality birds.

The day also incorporated the society's annual bring and buy stall which give the opportunity to exchange excess equipment.

Results: Best in Show and Best Any Age, Keith Cocks grey green cock; Best Beginner Any Age, Best Young Bird in Show and Best Beginner Young Bird, Jeremy Edwards, opaline grey green cock; Best Novice Any Age, Ron Wills, sky blue cock; Best Novice Young Bird, Steve Bennett, normal cinnamon sky blue cock; Best Junior Kian Allen, normal grey cock; Best Opposite Sex Any Age in Show, Keith Cocks, normal light green hen; Best Opposite Breeder in Show, Steve Bennett grey spangle grey hen.

Camborne-Redruth Circuit Ladies' Club

Members were delighted to welcome Joy Gumbridge to the club. Joy demonstrated three colourful arrangements and gave some ideas for adapting them for Christmas. She also invited the ladies to take part in a workshop where they learnt how to make a buttonhole, using either a carnation or a rose. The secretary, Barbara Terrill, thanked the demonstrator. Betty Clemens gave the Epilogue.

Camborne-Redruth Camera Club

Last Thursday, November 15, at the Treleigh church hall, the club's chairman Andy Davies LRPS welcomed the Carnkie Camera Club to the now annual critique evening. Both clubs provided portfolios of 35 digital images for discussion.

There was a wide selection of high quality images which covered natural history, land/seascapes of local scenes, portraits and creative subjects. It was interesting to note that both clubs included several excellent monochrome images which was in keeping with the national trend now that more sophisticated conversion software is available. There were one or two cropping suggestions but mainly the discussions were about the interpretation of the images. Members were generous in giving details of how they achieved their final results, particularly with the macro and creative images. There was a good ambience throughout the evening. Carnkie's chairman Darren Edmunds reiterated this in his vote of thanks and also thanked the host club for its generous hospitality. Andy Davies thanked both Clubs for their participation which helped to make it yet another successful critique evening.

Tonight, November 22, again at Treleigh starting at 7.30pm, the guest speaker will be former C-RCC chairman Tony Kent LRPS whose subject will be travel photography in India and the USA.

Next week, November 29, the club will be at the Penwith Photographic Group, Murley Hall, Ludgvan to hear professional landscape photographer Lee Pengelly talk about 'Light and The Landscape'.

Further information about the club and its 2012/13 winter programme can be found at www.camborne-redruth-cameraclub.co.uk or by e-mailing its chairman Andy Davies LRPS andydavies@andydaviesphotography.co.uk or phoning 01209 204371.

Penwith-Kerrier Ramblers

The lovely thing about the four plus four mile walks is that everyone can choose the distance they want to walk, have a social gathering at lunch-time if they want to and come and go as they please.

On Sunday, 20 ramblers joined Graham Ronan (and Smudge) leaving The Ship at Mousehole for a four-mile mud slosh across the fields and through Higher Kemyel Farm then back via Castellack for lunch at The Ship.

Thank you Mel and Rob for making us all so welcome and for the delicious food.

Just after 1.30pm, the group set off again for the afternoon trek up to Trevithal and on to Chyenhal Moor returning to Mousehole by way of The Ring and Thimble and Paul to complete the eight-mile figure of eight.

The weather was superb and the views, even better and the company – just great. Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful day's walking. We were joined by new ramblers, old ramblers, potential ramblers and visiting ramblers, such a lively and diverse collection of walkers.

This weekend, on Saturday we have an 18-ish mile walk from Madron with Mark Hynard, leaving from the Church at 9am. Then on Sunday, another four plus four mile with Graham and Sylvia Ronan leaving The Watermill at Lelant at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Sylvia Ronan, membership secretary for Cornwall Area Ramblers, 01736 740542, e-mail sylvronan@btinternet.com

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

Cornwall Organists' Association

The association met on Saturday, October 27, at Falmouth Baptist Church.

The meeting was opened by the president, Graeme Wright, who spoke about past president, Ron Keeping, who is still very lively, and attends the meetings.

A recital was given by Michael Hoeg, on the organ, which was originally built by Hardy and Sons of Stockport in 1901.

Michael did an excellent job, although the organ is unfortunately situated at the very front of the church, with its pipes hidden behind a screen, which stifles the sound rather.

After the business meeting and tea, the meeting transferred to All Saints' Church, Falmouth, where a recital was given by cathedral organist Luke Bond in celebration of organist John Winter who died earlier this year.

Some recordings of Mr Winter's improvisations were also heard.

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