Monday, 24 September 2007

Radio Cornwall

Ian Hicks and myself were contacted by Radio Cornwall today. The intention was to conduct an interview at Boat Cove with ourselves.

Alastair Cameron (National Trust) was also to be interviewed in Helston on the way over to us.

We arrived at Boat Cove at the time stated, 3.45pm, when within minutes Ian's mobile rang, it was the Radio Cornwall interviewer saying that he was sorry but he was not going to be able to carry out the interview as he had had an equipment failure.

It is not known whether or not the interview with Mr. Cameron was carried out.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Boat Cove Needs You

As reported in the Cornishman this week, Alastair Cameron, National Trust property manager for South West Cornwall, has agreed that the boat house at Boat Cove is an important facility for those that use it as well as being an important landmark in the cove.

It would seem though, that they are not prepared to do anything about it without the help of the local community. They want us to form a small working group, presumable to carry out work on the boat house.

Therefore would anybody that is prepared to help please Email or phone 01736 710565 so that we can get a list of names together and present it to the Trust.

We need to get this matter resolved as soon as possible and keep Boat Cove as it has been for generations, an amenity for local people.

Thursday, 20 September 2007


Contribution by Ian Hicks

Very good write-up in the Cornishman;

Alastair Cameron "we are keen to find a solution"

That is a hell of a site better than,

"it is past repair and must be removed in 6 months, and not replaced"

as Tom Odling's letter said to me regarding the tenancy !!!!

WELL DONE EVERYONE , they are on the back foot, and it looks positve for all of us, our special thanks to all concerned.
Best regards Ian.


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Another Idea 19/09/07

It has been suggested that maybe we can get the hut listed. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Here's a Word document file with more information,

A Guide to Protected Buildings

Idea 19/09/07

Contributed by Brianna Breeze

I've had an idea regarding the rebuilding of the fishermen's hut at Boat Cove, I'd like to know what people think and hopefully other proposals will present themselves.

I was very taken with the partial rebuilding of the old schoolhouse at the National Trust's Glendurgan Gardens this summer. The local schoolchildren had been invited to rebuild the walls using cob, and the schoolhouse now has a little display of boards showing the history of the school, and pictures of the restoration. How about something similar at Perranuthnoe?

We could all help to build a new store, and the Trust could mount a few display boards on the outside for coastal path users to look at. We get a new store, the NT looks like it's involved the community, everybody's happy!!

In case anyone is wondering why I'm involved, I'm married to a local man who keeps a boat in the cove now, and has been going there with his brother (who also has a boat there) to fish since they were boys and my son is upset at the possible loss of our happy family days out!

The Meeting 18/09/07

50 concerned locals turned up for the meeting at Boat Cove today, much to the surprise of Mr. Odling from the National Trust, who was only expecting the meeting to be between himself, his surveyor and Ian Hicks.

All that Mr. Odling would say for now was that the meeting was just a preliminary one and he was not prepared to speak to anyone other than Mr. Hicks, who is the tenancy holder. He seemed quite upset that so many people had come along to what he considered a private meeting.

It was pointed out to Mr. Odling, that although Mr. Hicks is the tenancy holder, Boat Cove is an amenity for local people and always has been. The book, Perranuthnoe Parish An Illustrated Historical Guide, dates the old hand-winch, which was used by local fisherman to drag boats up the beach, back to 1884.

The inspection went ahead as planned. Mr. Odling then left to make his report and Mr. Hicks will be contacted by the Trust in due course.

Jane Howells from Marazion and District Forum attended the meeting. The forum have expressed an interest and the subject will be raised at their next meeting which is on Thursday 20th September 7.30pm at the Marazion Community Centre. Anyone wishing to do so is welcome to attend.

Ian Hicks would like to express his thanks to everyone for their help and support.

Update 17/09/07

Some reading material

The National Trust Coastal Policy

Also, Perranuthnoe Parish, An Illustrated Historical Guide is available to purchase from Perranuthnoe Village Crafts

Help Needed 16/09/07

It has been suggested that the National Trust were given the Cove, boat shed etc. on proviso that it should be kept as an amenity for local fishermen.

If anybody can shed any light on this, one way or the other please E-mail, phone 01736 710565 or post a comment on this as soon as possible.

Also, any history concerning Boat Cove would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Update 15/09/07

Contribution by Ian Hicks

The shed at Boat Cove is used by four of us at the moment and is full of boating fishing stuff and a lot of memories.

The shed and home made slip have to be insured as part of the Tenancy agreement with the National Trust. What has now happened is that due to the dilapidation of both items, it is no longer an insurable situation, so end of Tenancy. That being the case I am responsible for their removal. It will be a sad day, but this is the nanny state and a litigious state, where no one takes any personal responsibility.

What we would like to ask the Trust is will they please reconsider their decision that neither shed nor slip is to be replaced.

What we would be pleased to see is a horse shelter with lockable door, to keep our kit in, and for them to cut steps in the cliff for us all to access the cove.

They are prepared to give access in a gully just to the West of the shed. This is not convenient for us, but does give public access, but not the continuation of Boat Cove as we know it.

Sadly I think the status quo regarding shed and slip no longer fit the modern picture. It would be a shame if history is broken now.

If anyone can find their copy of the history of Perranuthnoe there is a piece on Boat Cove that might be worth bringing up at the meeting.

Boat Cove 15/09/07

Boat Cove has been part of the village for a great many generations. No doubt some of the more senior inhabitants of Perranuthnoe will have many stories to tell.

The National Trust now own all the land at Boat Cove.

As you are probably aware the shed and slip are now well past their sell-by-date and in desperate need of replacement. The Trust, however have no plans to grant permission to the current users of Boat Cove to replace the shed and slip.

Where does this leave our local community and future generations? There is a meeting at Boat Cove on Tuesday 18th September at 12 noon with Tom Odling from the National Trust. Please come along and listen to what he has to say and voice your own opinion.

If you have any memories about Boat Cove, maybe you used to play there as a child, or someone you knew used to use it for fishing, or anything at all then please send me an e-mail as I am building a web site for Perranuthnoe and I would like to include them on it for posterity.