Down Your Way – West Briton
Allet Methodist Church
Members of the Wesley Guild met at the home of Hazel Vincent to arrange their future programme.
Last Sunday morning, the Rev Jane Willcock led a service of thanksgiving for the life of the late Heather Richards.
Roger and Mary, Heather's brother and sister, and Liz and Jenny, friends, talked about Heather's life. Andy, her brother-in-law, read a lesson.
John Willcock also took part in the service, which included prayers for Jean Howard, who is in hospital; and for Reg Waller, who is unwell. Jessica and Gemma Adams were the offertory stewards.
After the service the congregation adjourned to the chapel hall, where they continued to recall memories of Heather over lunch.
The next Meet your Neighbour coffee morning is this Saturday at 10.30am. Proceeds this month will be for Christian Aid.
This Sunday at 11am, the Rev Margaret Barnes will lead the annual Christian Aid service.
Chacewater Old Cornwall Society
The society's next meeting will be an evening visit to Billy Bray's Chapel, at Kerley Downs, Chacewater. The guide for the visit will be chapel trustee, Clive Buckingham.
Members are requested to meet at the chapel at 7pm on Monday, May 14.
Billy Bray's Chapel
The spring service at Billy Bray's Three Eyes chapel, Kerley Downs, Chacewater, was held on Sunday last, attracting a congregation of about 40 in spite of the very inclement weather.
The service was led by Morwenna Bennett, of Seworgan, Constantine, with her husband, Luke, rendering two solos.
The lesson readers were Colin Woolcock and Roy Picken. Rachael Davy was the organist.
The next service will be the chapel anniversary on Sunday, June 3, at 2.30pm, when the preacher will be the Rev Arthur Cowburn, superintendent minister of the Falmouth, Gwennap Methodist circuit. Solos will be given by Andy Christophers. Everyone is welcome.
Morning worship at Feock Methodist Church last Sunday was led by the Rev Margaret Barnes. Lessons were read by Angela Richards and Agatha Hodges.
Included in the service was the annual church meeting, at which the business of the church was discussed by members of the congregation and the appointment of church stewards for the coming year were made.
The current church steward, Roger Golley, said this would be the last meeting presided over by the Rev Margaret Barnes, before she leaves the section in August. He thanked her for all she had accomplished during the 12 years she had been the minister in charge of the Carnon section of the Truro circuit.
Following the service, lunch was shared in the schoolroom, prepared by the ladies of the church.
Methodist Soup Lunch
The Feock Methodist soup lunch, held twice monthly, had an attendance of 44 last week, this being the last of the current session.
There will now be a break during the summer months; the lunches will recommence on Thursday, September 27.
Although this is not a profit-making event, there was a large surplus at the end of the session. After making a generous donation to Feock Methodist Church to cover the costs of electricity, heating, etc, donations of £200 were made to two chosen charities: the Phoenix Stroke Appeal, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, and the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Old Cornwall Society
The phrase "Charity begins at home – for very sick children" was ably explained by Mary Murfin to society members on Friday last at the village hall.
Our own county hospice was opened at Porthpean by Lady Mary Holborow in December 2011.
This completed the trilogy of south-west children's hospices, with that in North Somerset opened in 1991, followed by that Barnstaple.
Little Harbour is divided into five units, five children, five parents and five sets of siblings altogether under one roof. All accommodation is adaptable to suit all needs and requirements, from infants up to the age of 25.
A further three units may be added.
Members kept Margaret busy on the sales counter after chairman John Jackett had introduced and thanked Mary for her illustrated presentation.
John gave details of intended summer visits: to the coastguard at Falmouth on Tuesday, June 26, which is limited to 14 per group; and also Fowey on Sunday, July 15. Both will be afternoon visits.
The next meeting, on Friday, May 25, will be the society's annual meeting, which will be followed by entertainment provided by Stamp and Go. There will also be a Cornish supper.
Entry will be free to both members and any visitors, who would be made most welcome. The village hall has wheelchair access and a large car park.
Gorran is the venue for a garden safari from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 12, visiting six gardens; to start at 15, Perhaver Way. Entry is £5; there will be cream teas from 3pm to 5pm.
St Goran Old Cornwall Society
Owing to poor weather, the walk to Bodrugan's Leap on Monday evening had to be called off.
The next event in the society's calendar is a visit to St Austell Museum on Monday, June 18, assemble at the entrance to the Market House at 2pm; to be followed by tea at Pine Lodge Gardens.
Charity Day at Caerhays
The Annual Charity Day at Caerhays Castle will take place this year on Sunday, May 13, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. This year, it will be in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance.
It will be a fun day with lots for all the family to do, including a climbing wall, archery, a dog show, a classic car show and an arts and craft fair.
They are looking for volunteers on the day for a variety of roles – from manning the raffle to supervising the bouncy castle to serving tea and coffee.
For more information or to get involved, phone 01637 889926.
Transition St Goran
Transition St Goran – making Gorran greener – usually meets on the third Wednesday monthly, at 7.30pm, in the Barley Sheaf. The next meeting is on Wednesday, May 16.
Coffee morning thanks
The Lodge Art Circle thank all who supported the Great Daffodil Appeal coffee morning and helped raise the brilliant amount of £502.16 for Marie Cure Cancer Care here in Cornwall.
There are still some places for the Over-60s' jubilee tea party at Kea Community Centre, Playing Place, on Monday, June 4, from 3.15pm to 5pm.
Children in the parish aged 11 and under are eligible for a jubilee mug, to be presented at the same time.
Forms are available from Playing Place Post Office; please return them by May 11.
Kea parish includes Baldhu, Bissoe, Calenick, Coombe, Playing Place and Porth Kea.
Choir in concert
All Hallows Church, St Kea, was the setting for a concert given by the Nankersey Male Choir on Sunday, April 29.
The concert was in aid of the St Petroc's Society, the charity which supports single homeless people in Cornwall.
The choir was conducted by its musical director, Elaine Tangye, with George Smith as accompanist. Clive Ellison was the guest artist and the concert was chaired by Daphne Skinnard, of BBC Radio Cornwall.
In a challenging programme of 14 pieces, the choir opened the concert with Jesus Shall Reign, to the tune, Truro; followed by an Alan Simmons arrangement of the song made famous by The Hollies in the 1960s, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.
The spiritual Angels Watching Over Me was then followed by Richter's The Creation to complete the first of four sections.
In the first part of his programme, Clive Ellison played Voluntary, by John Stanley, and War March Of The Priests by Mendelsohn on the church organ.
Nankersey opened its second section with a Mansel Thomas arrangement of Deus Salutis, followed by an arrangement by another Welsh composer, Emrys Jones, of the spiritual March On.
In a change of mood, they ended the section with Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
During the short interval, Geoff Tate, of St Petroc's, spoke of the voluntary work carried out by the society. He said that the charity had supported 75 people during the cold weather period.
Two members of Nankersey, Keith Penrose and Wallace Trenoweth, were then presented with certificates of long service by the choir's president, Dennis Moses.
The choir then sang the Welsh hymn tune Calon Lân, with an English text, by Walters, and arrangement by Tony Tournoff; followed by the Alan Simmons arrangement of All You Were And All You Are.
From the musical Les Misérables, the choir offered Bring Him Home and ended the section with another Mansel Thomas piece, the popular Welsh tune Llanfair.
Clive Ellison then played Berceuse (Lullaby), by Louis Vercone, and Toccata, by Gigout.
IThe choir's final three pieces were Amen, incorporating This Little Light Of Mine, followed by If I Ruled The World, from the musical Pickwick. The choir completed its programme with An American Trilogy.
Nankersey Male Choir always welcomes new recruits; for more information, visit www.nankerseychoir.org
The choir's next concert will be on Friday, May 11, in South Wraxall, near Bristol; and then closer to home on Sunday, May 20, in Mawnan Smith chapel, starting at 7.30pm.
St Ladoca Old Cornwall Society
On Monday, May 7, members will be visiting Indian Queen's Preaching Pit with Stan May as their guide: meet at the preaching pit car park at 7pm. Refreshments will be available. Alternatively, assemble at Ladock Community Hall car park at 6.20pm.
St John the Baptist Church
It was gratifying to see so many of the congregation defy the stormy weather in order to attend the Eucharist on Sunday, April 29, which was presided over by the Rev Diane Willoughby.
She preached a moving Sermon on the role of the Good Shepherd; and praised the many members of the church who act in the same caring capacity within our community.
There was a special treat in the refreshments after the service, when delicious home-made biscuits were presented by a couple who will be married shortly. The congregation also welcomed a visit by Elliot, who will attend university in the autumn in order to study theology.
At 10am on Thursday, May 17, there will be a said Eucharist service for Ascension Day at St John's; and a sung Eucharist at St Agnes Church at 7.30pm that evening.
There will be a fundraising coffee morning at 10.30am on May 19, at Westar, Church Road, Mount Hawke. You are all invited to come along to enjoy the goodies and Gwen's kind hospitality.
The Men's Breakfast will take place on Saturday, May 5, so give Ken a ring on 01209 843891 if you have not yet booked a seat.
The church is planning a tombola stall at the annual village fair on June 5 and hope to have plenty of winning prizes at this all-day event. Organisers trust that this early appeal will remind you of the urgent need for generous donations!
Finally, an early notice of the concerts at 7pm on June 10 and 24: the performers will be the Ingleheart Singers on June 10, and Anne and Bea on June 24, whom the audience so enjoyed last year.
Perranzabuloe Old Cornwall Society
The society will hold its annual general meeting at Perranporth Memorial Hall on Wednesday, May 9, at 7.30pm, to be followed by the president, Harold Philp's address.
Everyone is welcome. Visitors are charged £1 for the evening.
Computers for Oldies
Craft stalls are to be the supporting event at the cream tea being organised by Computers for Oldies at Probus School on Saturday, July 28; and although this might seem a long way off, it's not very far when planning ahead. The cream tea and sale will run from 2pm to 4pm.
Admission will be free, and we ask you to support this very small, local charity. If you would like a table for this event we will ask for a donation of £6. Would you like to join us?
At Computers for Oldies, computers are taught by three leaders who help people who have never switched on before, through to those learning Excel and PowerPoint. The beauty of CfO is that the atmosphere is friendly and supportive.
If you would like to join the waiting list or find out more about the craft stalls and cream tea, please telephone Shirley Davis on 01872 270030.
Penzance GP Neil Armstong gave a slide illustrated talk on his Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, at Gulval, to St Agnes Gardening Club's monthly meeting.
Welcomed and thanked by the chairman, Wayne John, he said the garden was open to the public at weekends through the summer. It was the annual meeting and reports revealed a successful year.
Mr John was re-elected, as was Mike Furness, as treasurer. Members elected Anna Willsdon as the new secretary.
Scores of pictures of local scenes, people and of news stories for the local press, proved an attraction to St Agnes Old Cornwall Society's coffee morning last Saturday.
They were the work of the late Ken Young, who was in business in the village for many years.
Home-made bread was one attraction at a busy cake stall and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies had an extensive book stall. Proceeds were about £180 and will help to buy a new banner for the society.
About 100 people thoroughly enjoyed a concert by the talented Cornwall Youth Choir at St Agnes Parish Church on Friday.
Conducted by musical director Christopher Gray, the young singers gave an entertaining programme of light classical, pop classics and traditional English folk songs.
The choir's accompanist, Luke Bond, also played two organ pieces in a concert that was followed by refreshments.
More than £470 was raised for the choir and Wired Cornwall, which offers rehabilitation for people who have suffered stroke or brain injury at a centre at Allet.
St Agnes Photographic Club
At the last monthly meeting on April 10, well-known photographer David Chapman was invited to review the images the club captured on their earlier field trip with David at Holywell Bay.
David offered many valuable hints and tips, as well as great encouragement to the members.
Next month's meeting, on Tuesday, May 8, will see photographer Mark Whittaker, who works for the Screech Owl Sanctuary, advising members on wildlife photography techniques.
There will be a follow-up field trip to the Screech Owl Sanctuary on Saturday, June 9, to put theory into practice.
St Agnes Photographic Club meets monthly in the WI Hall, Churchtown, St Agnes.
New members are very welcome – for information visit www.stagnesphotoclub.co.uk
St Just in Roseland
Just Plain Myrtle are coming to the Institute at St Just in Roseland at 8pm on Friday, May 11.
Tickets are available from committee members or from Fudge and Moore, in St Mawes. The group has a wide-ranging repertoire of modern and traditional songs.
The group's music has been featured on Radio Cornwall and it tours the county. Instruments include mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass.
The group's previous concert was a sellout, so please book early, on 01872 580618.
Shortlanesend Methodist Church
The service last Sunday gave the congregation plenty of food for thought – literally.
The young people illustrated the story of the breakfast on the shore by bringing to the congregation a sumptuous feast of bread and fish for everyone to share.
This was followed by a mid-morning snack of jam sandwiches and a mug of tea, prepared by some of the youngsters and the preacher, Steve Nicholson.
This symbolised how Jesus helped his disciples to prepare the way for what would come after his resurrection; and how Jesus asked us to be disciples first and then to go out and serve others.
Finally, the washing up of the dishes symbolised how God washes away all our sins so that we can start a new life in the way of our Lord. A good time was had by all!
The children and young people will meet as usual on Thursday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm. Anyone from the age of 5 to 16 is more than welcome to join them. They will be assured of a warm welcome and a lot of fun.
This Sunday, the service will be led by Colin Woolcock and will begin at 11am.
Tregony Seniors' Club
The annual meeting of Tregony Seniors Club was very well attended by members when it took place last Tuesday.
The club's chairman, Mr Bernard Richards, told members the club had an excellent variety of entertainment throughout the year, including ladies' and men's singing groups, as well as accordian and ukelele bands.
All of the entertainers had remarked at how well the club's meetings, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, were attended. There had also been a very enjoyable summer trip to Dartmouth.
He went on to say that the Christmas lunch, at the Falmouth Beach Resort, and the Easter lunch, at the Inn for All Seasons, Redruth, were very successful, with excellent meals and service provided at both venues.
He complimented all of the committee members for their respective commitment to the club; and also those who organised and served the refreshments at each meeting.
He was sorry to hear that Joyce Dowrick had decided to resign from the committee, after 20 years, and thanked her accordingly.
In his report, the club's secretary, Des Mennear, said he did not have much to add; but was pleased the club had gained a few new members. He thought the club was on a sound footing for the future.
Mr Roger Watt, club treasurer, then presented his financial report for the year to March 31. It showed that the club's finances were in extremely good order and it was at this point that he said that he thought the club was in a position to pay for the erection of a replacement seat, on the Square, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the club.
A formal proposition to this effect was made from the floor and was duly seconded. It was passed unanimously.
The election of officers then took place with Margaret Barnicoat being re-elected as honorary life president; Mr Richards as chairman; Gwen Booth as vice-chairman; Mr Watt as treasurer, and Mr Mennear as secretary; with Avril Barnicoat, Herbert Julyan, Peggy Julyan and Valerie Watt as committee members.
Cats Protection Spring Fair
Truro and District Cats Protection is holding a spring fair this Saturday, May 5, from 10am to 1.30pm, at Kea Community Centre, Old Coach Road, Playing Place, TR3 6ET.
On sale will be books, bric-a-brac, cakes, biscuits and preserves, jewellery, and all things feline: toys, paintings, ornaments.
There will also be a plant stall, a tombola, and a raffle, and you can enjoy a coffee with a piece of cake or a light lunch.
All money raised will go towards the welfare of cats in Cornwall, whether rehoming them, offering help towards neutering costs, or neutering feral cats and looking to rehome them on smallholdings etc where they can help keep the rodent population down.
Truro Camera Club
The weekly meetings of Truro Camera Club at Carnon Downs Village Hall have now finished for the summer.
The next winter meeting will be on September 3, starting at 7.30pm, again at Carnon Downs Village Hall.
There is a continuing summer programme of events and meetings. The first is on Monday, May 21, meeting at Kennal Vale; then on Monday, June 18, at Stithians Lake Country Park; and on Monday July 2, at Old Quay Inn, Devoran. These informal and friendly group gatherings start at 7pm.
Then comes a visit to Wheal Jane, on Saturday, July 14, at 2pm, followed by a visit to Argal and College reservoirs for an evening photographic shoot at 7pm.
Members look forward to seeing you during the summer, or at the first winter season meeting, on September 3.
Thank you to the members of the West Briton team of keeping everyone in touch.
If you would like to know more about Truro Camera Club and its programme of events, please visit the website: www.trurocameraclub.btck.co.uk
Truro Ladies' Luncheon Club
Members met as usual at the Carlton Hotel, on Wednesday, April 25.
After lunch, the chairman introduced Phillip Rodda, who spoke and showed a film recounting the history and progress of Rodda's cream products.
The industry started in the late 19th century at the Rodda farmstead using the milk from their own cows and selling the cream locally, delivering by horse and cart.
The firm now use milk from many farms across Cornwall and the products are sold all over the world. This followed the development of techniques that improved the keeping quality of the cream.
The clotted cream, milk, crème fraîche and butter are produced at the Rodda family's factory, at Scorrier, which was built in the 1960s to comply with all the latest legal, health and safety regulations.
The next meeting on Wednesday, May 23, will be the annual meeting, for members only; but if you are interested in joining the club for the new session in September, please telephone Mollie Pascoe on 01209 860548.
Cornwall Community Choir
The Truro area group of Cornwall Community Choir is preparing for the forthcoming concert season this term, with concerts planned in Truro Cathedral, the Guildhall, St Ives, and Falmouth.
Rehearsals takes place at All Saints Church Hall, Highertown (next to the old Richard Lander School), on Wednesdays in term-time, from 1.30pm to 3pm.
To find out more about Cornwall Community Choir, visit www.cornwallcommunitychoir.co.uk or call Neil and Kate Shepherd on 01736 759944.
Mabe Garden Club
Following their March meeting at the hall, Mabe Garden Club members must thank Ron Scamp, who gave club members and friends a wonderful guided walk around his daffodil fields on a gloriously warm and sunny afternoon in late March.
The daffodils were at their best and the perfume pervading the fields was simply heavenly. In addition to members being given the opportunity to walk around the fields, Ron and his son were also busy collecting specimens to exhibit on their display stand at the Boconnoc Spring Flower Show the following day.
The Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc was the destination for the club's planned coach trip for club members and friends, and members of Carnon Downs Garden Club, two days later.
Everyone on the coach made a beeline for Ron's stand: an amazing sight of multicoloured daffodils. Members decided Ron's was the best stand at the Show.
Everyone went home with arms full of perennials, camellias, shrubs of every kind: an excellent day out.
Back in the hall for the April meeting, David Garwood, head gardener of Tremough Campus, gave an illustrated talk about rhododendron conservation. He gave a potted history of Tremough, describing how the original garden had been developed by successive families after the original manor house was built in the early 1700s.
The Tilly and Samson families made contributions to the development of the garden until, in the mid-to-late 1800s, the Shilson family received rhododendron species from Kew, sent back by Joseph Hooker, one of the 'great' plant collectors.
From the late 1800s to 1920s, Richard Gill, head gardener, hybridised these rhododendrons and produced a series of new Gill hybrids. Following this, the Gill and Sons' nursery went on to sell rhododendrons all over the world.
David gave members a pamphlet showing some of the beautiful varieties of rhododendrons on view at Tremough. He also produced an illustrated book, written by Joseph Hooker, following his two-year expedition to the Himalayas.
Brian Broadbank spoke on behalf of the club when he gave a heartfelt vote of thanks saying he had really enjoyed David's lovely talk.
Monthly competition – 1, Vilma Herring; 2, Wendy Mason; 3, Brian Broadbank.
The following Saturday afternoon, David led members on a two and a half-hour guided walk of Cornwall's University Campus at Tremough.
Twenty-two members enjoyed walking down through yew-lined terraces to view the old manor house and Italianate garden before being led around the walled garden, not normally open to the public, and on down through the main drive, viewing the house and Lime Avenue en route.
Masses of rhododendrons were in full blossom and David talked about the task of identifying, cataloguing and conserving the Gill legacy.
If anyone has any information on Gill's rhododendron hybrids, or remember the nurseries at Kernick or even just an anecdote relating to purchasing from Gill's nursery, then please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mabe Garden Club meets monthly at Mabe Youth and Community Hall in Cunningham Park, Mabe. The club's next meeting at the hall will be on Monday, May 21, at 7pm, when local clematis expert, Charlie Pridham, will be giving a talk entitled Maximum Effect for Minimum Effort.
Are you interested in gardening? Perhaps you have a window box, a few tubs or an allotment?
For further information about the club, please feel free to contact the secretary on 01326 373984; or turn up at our next meeting where you will be made most welcome; or follow the club on its Facebook page.
Cornwall Health Services Retirement Fellowship
Wednesday, April 18, saw the first of the Cornwall Health Services Retirement Fellowship's outings.
Twenty-nine members and guests boarded a Williams coach at various points throughout the county to enjoy a day with both the Dartmoor otters and butterflies and to enjoy a trip on the South Devon Railway.
Although the weather forecast was poor, members avoided the rain; saw the otters being fed, watched the beautiful butterflies flying around, and observed the hard work of the leafcutter ants.
After an excellent lunch in the onsite restaurant, they boarded the South Devon Railway's steam train for a journey to Totnes and back, passing through glorious countryside, following the river Dart.
The fellowship's next outing is on Sunday, May 27, when they will be taking a tour in Cornwall and enjoying Sunday lunch.
Membership of the Cornwall NHS Retirement Fellowship is open to all retired health worker.
Anyone who is interested in joining and would like more information should contact Margaret Herbert on 01872 863987 or e-mail email@example.com
Cornwall Organists' Association
The association met on Saturday, April 14, at St Tudy Parish Church. There were approximately 45 member present.
The meeting began with an organ recital given by Dr G Gibbons, resident organist, followed by the business meeting, and tea.
The evening concert was given by the singing group, Take Note who performed contemporary and traditional songs.
The next meeting of the association will be held at Mylor Church, on Saturday, May 19th, at 3.30pm. New members are always welcome. Come along if you want to check the association out.
It was a beautiful day for REACT's path clearing session last Saturday.
Despite clashing with the day on Dartmoor, Trevithick Day and led walks for both Newquay and Penwith-Kerrier Ramblers, 12 ramblers assembled at Baldhu to complete the clearance of some footpaths and bridleways which link up to make a delightful circular walk from the chapel.
Shovels were the tools for the morning bash as new way-markers were installed. Then saws, secateurs and loppers were needed for vegetation clearance before the spades, shovels and mattocks were again employed to make good the footpath surface.
It was a great day's work thanks to all the volunteers and it is nice to think that lots of people will be able to enjoy the routes again and delight in the extensive countryside views.
Others out on Saturday were the group who joined Fiona Holdaway for an eight-mile walk from Crows-an-Wra. What would a walk be without some tricky bits to negotiate?
However, luck was with the party as they battled across the swampy field at Penrose as there were no cattle out to distract their attention while negotiating the mud!
It was muddy at Tregiffian, too, but very wet struggling through the barley field where the footpath had not been re-instated.
The group did enjoy the compensations though, spotting a flock of whimbrels and enjoying the cheerful, bright colours of the violets, bluebells and pretty lousewort.
The rain clouds didn't break until the party got to the woodland at the edge of Land's End airfield.
Chris Hatton continues with his walk to John O'Groats, but retired early on Sunday to get out of the rain; and Hazel Perham didn't set off in it for her usual ramble.
This weekend there is only one walk in this area for you; and that is the monthly coastal footpath hike leaving Mousehole on the coach at 10.30am. Mike will then lead everyone back along the eight-mile stretch from Perranuthnoe.
Sylvia Ronan, secretary for Penwith Kerrier Group of The Ramblers, telephone 01736 740542; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Ramblers' website: www.cornwallramblers.org.uk