The Camelford Show will be held on the 12th of August this
year and organisers are hoping against a repeat of last years
weather. In 2008 the show had to be cancelled when excessive rain
turned the venue into a mud bath.
Camelford Show website for other events that are happening in
North Cornwall this summer try the
what's on guide at
WATER PILGRIM at Widemouth Bay
On Monday 20 July, Maxim Laithwaite arrives at Widemouth Bay for the
Cornish leg of his challenge to walk 630 miles, along the entire
length of the South West coast path. His mission is to raise
awareness of global water issues, the work of WaterAid the
specialist water charity and to promote its fund-raising event Coast
Along 2009 which takes place on 12 September. Max's inspiration came
from his mentor Satish Kumar, now the editor of Resurgance magazine,
who in the sixties made an 8,000 mile pilgrimage walking from India
to Washington via Moscow and London advocating nuclear disarmament.
Like Satish Kumar, Max will make his pilgrimage without carrying any
money and rely on the kindness of people that he meets along the way
to to provide him with food and shelter offering to work on local
community projects in return. Someone who has offered him
accommodation is Jackie Pearce, proprietor of Shorething Bed and
Breakfast in Widemouth Bay. As a WaterAid supporter Jackie will also
be offering refreshments to walkers taking part in Coast Along.
Max's walk will end on 12 September, timed to coincide with Coast
Along 2009, when he will join teams taking part for the last
stretch. The south west coast path runs between Minehead and Poole
through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. For Coast Along it has
been divided into sections of between four and fifteen miles in
length and each section is graded as easy, moderate, strenuous or
severe Ė so that walkers can choose a path that suits their level of
fitness. Some of the path sections are suitable for use by
wheelchairs and buggies. Others are a real challenge even for
regular walkers. Previous Coast Along events, in 2005 and 2007,
attracted hundreds of participants and collectively raised over
£120,000 to help those living in extreme poverty. In 2009 Coast
Along for WaterAid is aiming for over £100,000, by having at least
one team of between two and seven people on each section of the
For further information go to
Camel Trail in
North Cornwall has to be one of the Best Walk's or Cycle
Rides in the Country today! and to illustrate that fact
have produced a fabulous DVD. The Camel Trail DVD Movie is the only one of
it's kind, a year in the making and containing over 250 selected Artistic
Photo's covering the Trail from it's Beginning with a "Once Upon a Time"
history section, "Bygone Day's", "Mobility Walks", "Artists Corner", Trail
Gallery" and much more! To find out how to get your copy
Celebrating 125 years of the Padstow Institute
"With a Pasty in My Pocket" is a new hardback book
co-written by the late Jack Ingrey and Malcolm Mc Carthy.
The book is produced by the Padstow Institute to celebrate 125 years
of the Padstow Institute and all proceeds from the book are going to
the restoration fund of this grade two listed building in the centre
of Padstow. Jack Ingrey who sadly died two years ago and was a well
known character in St Merryn was born of local stock and the book
which is written in a lively humorous and racy style chronicles his
early years in St Merryn in a riveting manner. It covers such day to
day affairs as bird beating, pig killing, stone cracking, family
picnics, schooldays and a myriad of other country life pursuits that
have all but disappeared over the last ninety years. Anyone
North Cornwall and life in a Cornish village in the
early twentieth century will love this book. Malcolm Mc Carthy a
friend of Jacks has reworked the book and illustrated it with
copious photographs of the St Merryn district, including a series of
photo's of the local pantomimes that Jack produced in the 1950's.
This hard backed book is a bargain at £9.99 and can be sent
including postage in the UK for £12. Please make cheque's out to The
Padstow Institute and send to Malcolm Mc Carthy Eglosgorn 5 Raleigh
Close Padstow Cornwall PL28 8BQ or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. The book
is also available at: The Strand Bookshop Padstow, Petroc Papers
Padstow, Rick Stein outlets in Padstow, Padstow Studio and
Wadebridge Bookshop, all of these outlets are kindly selling free of
charge to support this worthy project. The Padstow Institute is in
need of a new roof and support of this project will be invaluable to
the well being of this feature building in the centre of
Reports from those who have read "with a Pasty in my Pocket" have
Boscastle regeneration is completed
After four years of re-construction work costing £10 million, the
flood defence scheme has been officially opened in
flooding that devastated the Cornish fishing village is no longer
, but locals expressed fears of a new nightmare that is unfolding in
this beautiful neck of the woods. A proposed sewage scheme threatens
to put the whole area between Boscastle and Tintagel into months of
further disruption if South West Water get their way.....more
Morwenstow villagers in North Cornwall will be joined by
visitors from throughout the UK and overseas on Sunday 7th September
2008 for a church service commemorating a tragic shipwreck that
occurred there 166 years ago to the day. They will also celebrate
the fact that the vesselís world-famous figurehead has been saved
and returned to their Parish Church for the enjoyment and
inspiration of future generations. The shipwreck was that of the
brig. Caledonia of Arbroath which was lost with all hands - apart
from one crew member - in 1842. The celebration marks the completion
of a four-year restoration of her historic figurehead, a famous
relic of the days of sail. After spending more than a century and a
half in the churchyard as the grave marker for the crew who are
buried there, it was almost lost to the ravages of time and the
harsh Atlantic weather until a conservation programme was
Sunday 7th September 2008
The service of dedication and celebration to mark completion of the
restoration programme and the figureheadís return to Morwenstow will
take place in the Parish Church of St. Morwenna and St. John the
Baptist, at 3.00pm. The Vicar will be joined by the Ven. Clive
Cohen, Archdeacon of Bodmin, who will dedicate both figureheads and
deliver the sermon. The church bells will be rung and the service
will include rousing hymns and prayers appropriate to the occasion,
as well as readings of the works of the Rev. R.S. Hawker and other
Prior to the service at 2.30pm (weather permitting), a brief act of
remembrance will take place on the cliff-top near Hawkerís Hut,
above the spot where the Caledonia foundered and where the lone
survivor clambered to safety. Then, in honour of the Scottish
sailors who lost their lives - as well as the survivor - a piper
will accompany the group as they walk across the field to the
Church, pausing en route to bless the sailorsí graves and the new
grave marker, and to inspect a commemorative brass plaque donated by
Dr Angus MacDonald will play the bagpipes, while Mr Malcolm Topham
will play the organ at the church service.
For further information or photos, please contact Bob Pirie on 01288
331245; mobile 07973 202095; e-mail
Camelford Agricultural Show washed out.
The weather as not been kind this summer and the Camelford Show
suffered badly. The high winds and heavy rainfall, on already wet
ground, made the going underfoot reminiscent of a Glastonbury
Festival. Vehicles were being towed out by tractors and mud was the
order of the day and although some aspects of the show were able to
continue, the majority of exhibitors and visitors stayed away. The
show will not be rescheduled in 2008 but the
Camelford Show will be held on Wednesday the 12th of August
2009, weather permitting.
North Cornwall Accommodation are winners.
Internet advertising has come a long way since its start and the
market place is saturated with misinformation. Isn't it refreshing to
know that, in an age when every one is being charged thru the nose,
there are still those to be found who offering outstanding
value. The accommodation portal that is
www.north-cornwall-accommodation.com as been voted best
overall web portal for locating accommodation in the north of the county
of Cornwall. An independent survey of web users who were polled for
there views, voted it tops for ease of use and accurate, up to date
accommodation information. Local accommodation advertisers also
voted it tops for low cost advertising.
North Cornwall Events.
There have been many new
events taking place in the area this summer and we have found a
resource that is absolutely free to use to help promote such events
in north Cornwall. So if you have any upcoming event, whether it is
Theatrical, Musical, Horticultural or whatever ! and it is happening
in North Cornwall then
e-mail the details to
www.thisisnorthcornwall.co.uk and they will post it on their
site absolutely free.
Marshgate's hall is falling down!
Marshgate, partly in the parish of Otterham and partly in the
parish of St Juliot, is a small village in a sparsely populated area
of North Cornwall. There is neither a Church nor a Pub, just a
Village Store and Post Office, a few farms and a number of houses.
However, the focal point of the village is the Village Hall - "The
Otterham & St
Juliot Hall" to give it its full title. Although Marshgate may
be small, the Hall caters for people living in the surrounding
areas, mainly (as the name suggests) in the parishes of Otterham and
St Juliot but also from a wider area as far away as Bude, Camelford
and Boscastle. Used by many local groups, the Hall also plays host
to dinners for the local population, is used by a play group and the
local school and regularly hosts auctions. To lose the use of it
would be nothing short of a disaster.
However the fabric of the building is frail and the time has come
when the building needs to be replaced. For this a large sum of
money, approximately £250,000, needs to be raised, which is where
you can help by giving a donation or supporting one of the
click here to visit the website and to make donations.
|Wheat & Chaff ? Help us sort it !
Whether you live here or not, if you have used a
business or service in North Cornwall please let us know what your
experiences with them was like. Good or bad,
we want to know.
Daymer Bay viewed from Braey Hill.
Make North Cornwall an even better
Found something wrong that needs putting right.
Then let us know. Whether it's a dodgy road junction, an unclean
beach, a forgotten footpath !
Tell us about it.
Calling all holidaymakers
If you have stayed with any accommodation provider
in North Cornwall then let us know. Whether the service you received
was good or bad, we
want to know.
North Cornwall accommodation
Holiday makers who have used accommodation in
North Cornwall are being asked to give us there feedback with
regards there experiences using accommodation in the area, but we
also want to know how you, has an accommodation provider in
feel about the way the area is promoted via the internet.
to give us your feedback.
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Wadebridge Folk Festival Confirmed for 2008
The Wadebridge Folk Festival will take place over the August bank
holiday weekend in 2008 at various venues in Wadebridge, Cornwall,
and will be organised by Hobgoblin Music. After the last minute
announcement by Cornwall Festivals Ltd in 2007 that they were unable
to continue running the festival, Hobgoblin Music co-founder Pete
McClelland, and Hobgoblin shop manager Eddy Mayhew collaborated to
put together a 3 day event packed with concerts, sessions and
workshops and headlined by Martin Simpson. The 2007 festival was a
big hit with festival goers and local people, who were keen for a
similar event to take place in 2008.
Life Centre and Food Bank in Bude.
The life centre and food bank is a drop in centre for anyone and
everyone. The centre is open 5 mornings a week and is also involved
with other statutory and voluntary agencies to whom they provide
food vouchers. If the statutory and voluntary agencies have
someone in need then they issue a voucher. The individual
concerned then takes the voucher to the Life Centre and is issued
with a food parcel which contains enough food for 3 days.The Life
Centre and Food Bank is a non-profit making venture totally staffed
Is this the end for Cornish Folk Festival?
Cornwall Folk Festival was cancelled this year, a
decision taken with regret by the board of Cornwall Festivals Ltd
who understand the upset this decision caused to many people.
After 35 years the festival has become an established tradition but
as a limited company Cornwall Festivals Ltd cannot be allowed to go
into the red - this would mean bankruptcy and would obviously affect
all the directors credit.
In Folknews Kernow, Chris Ridley mentions the grand time had by all
at the Hobgoblin Wadebridge Bank Holiday Festival, and suggests it
is a pointer to the way ahead in the future - fine - we should be
aware, however, that Hobgoblin made a significant loss on this
IS THERE ANYONE PREPARED TO TAKE ON THIS FESTIVAL?
The Board of Directors feel unable to guarantee a festival in
2008 under their management. Since June 2007 we have all been making
'feelers' towards this end but as yet have come up blank. Again,
this decision has not been easy or lightly taken without regrets -
we have all worked hard but it has been fun and rewarding and we
sincerely hope this festival continues. So, unless someone takes
this on under the mantle of Cornwall Festivals Ltd, the company will
close. This will not affect anyone, sooner or later, wishing to run
the festival either in Wadebridge or elsewhere.
Any interested parties
click here to contact Cornwall Folk Festival Ltd.
Second home tax used for scheme
Money from council tax from second home owners in Cornwall is
helping to create affordable housing in one of the country's most
expensive areas. Twelve detached bungalows are to be built in St
Minver, not far from the pricey seaside resort of Rock.
A community land trust has selected buyers according to strict
criteria. North Cornwall District Council is providing a £544,000
loan for the initiative, funded by the second homes council tax.
Each of the buyers has paid £50,000 for the plot with foundations
and a timber frame and will then complete the homes themselves. The
properties, on land at Penmayne Farm, will be freehold but they will
have constraints to ensure they remain affordable. The scheme is
another example of how funding from second homes council tax is
essential in enabling the delivery of new affordable homes.
It is thought to be one of the first self-build schemes by a
Community Land Trust anywhere in England and a second scheme is
planned for Blisland early in 2008