Monday, 28 February 2011

Foraging Talk, Walk and Lunch

On Saturday 26th March, Emma Ball (Plant Specialist) will be offering a Foraging Talk, Walk and Lunch (based on Foraged products). Starting in Perranuthnoe Church Room at 10am for a short Introductory Talk, then taking a Foraging Walk in the Perranuthnoe area ending back in the Church Room where a prepared lunch will be served at about 12.30pm.

Cost : £12.50 per person.

As places are limited, reservation is essential by calling 01736 710364

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Church Room Opening - Steel Ramp

I understand that there has been some critisism of a steel ramp that Valerie and I lent to the organisers for use at the opening.

The ramp in question is wheelchair ramp and should ONLY have been used when wheelchairs needed to enter or leave the Churchroom. It was not meant for use as a general access ramp and SHOULD NOT have been left in place for the duration of the opening ceremony. Instructions for its use were given to the organisers on the day, but were ignored.

Valerie and I apologise to those people who walked on the ramp and felt a little unsteady, but I repeat, this ramp was loaned by us in good faith for the use of WHEELCHAIRS ONLYand not for general access.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Art Club - Coming Soon!

Date and time to be confirmed, but the art club will probably take place on a Wednesday evening, every two or three weeks. The content of each session will be decided by those taking part, but to begin with we will concentrate on drawing.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Pippa Young through the Village Website Contact page (just put Art Club in the meassgae box)

For the first session we are just going to launch in and do something to get us started. I will set up a still life, but if there is something you would like to draw, bring it along. I would suggest that we concentrate on black and white and drawing at this stage, so bring a medium of your choice along: pencils (2B – 6B), chalks, charcoal, graphite; some cartridge paper (At least A3 size - A4 is a bit small to unleash your inner Picasso...) and a drawing board or piece of plywood/mdf that is big enough to support your paper.

You may also need some masking tape, a rubber and/or putty rubber.

Thank you


Sunday, 13 February 2011

Police Appeal

Police in the Devon and Cornwall area are seeking a 24 year-old man who is wanted in connection with false representation.

The man is thought to be part of an organised travelling gang who approach vulnerable people in their homes offering repair work.

They then charge excessive bills and fail to carry out the work agreed. The group are thought to travel in a white Ford Transit van across the whole of the South West region and call themselves “Southwest Landscapes”.

Please see the Devon and Cornwall Police Website for a photo of the man and more information:

Pink Day

The PINK DAY - Coffee morning & Posh Cakes held in the Church Room on Saturday 12th Feb in aid of Royal Cornwall's Breast Care Unit, the Mermaid Centre, Truro was a great success.

The sun shone (most of the time !) and well over a 100 people supported the event which raised an amazing £665.

A huge thank you to the organisers (Andrea & Gill) and everyone who supported this worthy cause and made it such a success.

Pictures can be found on the Church News page

Textile Workshops - Cornish Wools

Cornish Wools now holds regular textile workshops in the newly refurbished Church Room. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops and would like more details please telephone 01736 711899.  Alternatively sign up to their newsletter and you will be kept informed as more workshops are planned and organised. 

Workshops start 10am & finish 3.30pm
  • Monday March 7th - Knitting for Beginners – learn the basics of casting on, how to knit and purl, how to hold your needles and yarn and lots more. Tutor: Chris Boulton - £25 per person

  • Monday March 14th – Crochet for Beginners, getting hooked, learn the basics and how to make circles and squares. Tutor: Pauline Thomas £25 per person

  • Monday March 21st – Felting for Beginners, learn about different wet felting techniques and create a wall hanging or mat. Tutor: Pauline Thomas - £25 per person

  • Monday 28th March – Hooked rugs and Proddy mats for Beginners, learn the art of rug hooking. Tutor Diane Cox - £25 per person

  • Monday 4th April – Crochet, Staying Hooked, Flowers & Patterns – how to follow patterns, make your own and increase your stitch library. Tutor: Pauline Thomas £25 per person

  • Monday 11th April – Knitting, Cables & Lace, develop your stitch skills, knit squares and make a patchwork cushion cover. Tutor: Chris Boulton £25 per person

  • Monday 18th April – The Felting Pot – advanced techniques, make felted jewellery and learn about knitted, needle and shibori. Tutor: Pauline Thomas £25 per person

  • Wednesday 4th May – Hooked Rugs, Proddy Mats & learn how to make a Teacosy. Tutor Diane Cox £25 per person

  • Monday 9th May – Master the Art of Handspinning, an introduction to fibre, working through the art of using carders, the Drop Spindle and the Spinning Wheel. Learn how to ply and how to make a two ply yarn. Tutor: Amanda Hannaford. £50 per person

  • Monday 16th May – Knitting, an introduction to Fairisle & Intarsia, improve your knitting skills and learn how to read patterns and charts. Tutor: Chris Boulton £25 per person

  • Monday 23rd May – Crochet, Staying Hooked, learn the skills of Free Form crochet, shapes and textures. Tutors: Pauline Thomas. £25 per person

Fund-raising pub quiz at the Victoria Inn

Wednesday 16th February 2011 at 8.30

Four maximum per team, £1 per person entry fee which will go towards the village Royal Wedding celebrations/Christmas Tree fund.

All welcome.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Royal Wedding - Street Party Meeting

Saturday 19th February at 4.00 pm

Hi Folks,

I thought it might be a good idea to hold a street party in the village to celebrate the Royal Wedding!! I have spoken to a few people and they seem to agree!! So the next step would seem to be to hold a meeting to discuss further.

So, if you are interested and can spare an hour on Saturday 19th February at 4.00 pm in the churchroom, it would be great to see you!

Please spread the word!!

If you are interested, or know of others who may be interested, who are unable to make the meeting, please get in touch.


(the Old Post Office)

90 turn out for Grand Opening of Church Room‏

Perranuthnoe Church Room
Grand Opening

Over 90 people turned out last Saturday to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Church Room in Perranuthnoe. The ribbon was cut by the oldest resident, 97- year old Miss Marie Vellenoweth, with help from the youngest, 10 week old baby William David Green. Two years ago the room was very cold, damp and crowded with no design features for small children, the elderly or the disabled. The refurbishment project has created a space that is now welcoming and inclusive, suitable for a wide range of community activities.

Miss Vellenoweth gave a momentous opening speech following something of a family tradition. Her Grandfather, William Vellenoweth, always known as ‘Bobba’, was Churchwarden and was the last person to have been married in the church before it was restored. His Son, William, Marie’s Father, was then the first person to be christened in that newly-restored Church.

Young William David Green is the son of Emma and Jonathan Green and Great-Grandson of Joe and Virginia Laity, another farming family from Perranuthnoe. With her commanding presence and bold voice Marie said ‘Today I find myself wondering what young William David Green will say perhaps some time towards the end of the 21st Century when his turn comes to cut another ribbon.’ Then, with a no-nonsense manner, Marie promptly snipped the ribbon and declared the refurbished Church Room open to all.

Residents filled the building, spilling out onto the lane to share memories, drinks and delicious snacks prepared by Andrea Robinson and her team.

The project group thanked all the members of the community who had freely given so much time, money and experience.


This £30k project took two years to plan, fund and build. In February 1999 an interactive consultation event was held and 77 residents gave their detailed suggestions. Some ideas were acted upon immediately (summer furniture to go outside) and the rest sculpted the main refurbishment project. Half the funding came from grants (£10k from the Awards for All Lottery Fund, £5k from the Church and Community fund) and amazingly the other £15k was generated entirely by congregation donations and the Open Gardens fundraising team.


The £30k specifically paid for damp-proofing and rendering the walls, a new non-slip floor, built in cupboards, extra electrical sockets, a hearing loop, a new toilet suitable for the elderly & disabled, a baby-changing table and toddler toilet seat, an enlarged kitchen complete with a new cooker, an extractor fan, a fold-down serving hatch, a fire-escape stable door to improve ventilation, a new path from the kitchen direct to the outside seating area and redecorating throughout. Noticeboards are being ordered for the inside and the outside of the building. All these things were highlighted as priorities by residents in the original consultation event two years ago. The work was completed by Mike Berris’ local building firm ‘Home Works’.


As well as a thriving stitchers’ group, camera club, coffee mornings and church groups, several new activities are planned in Perranuthnoe.

Tom and Ben from Network Training Cornwall came to give computer advice and have agreed to run a Photoshop course. To join this course, residents should call Martin Holland on 710820 or

Mira Love is offering yoga classes beginning on Friday 4th Feb with gentle yoga from 9:30-11am and chair-based exercises from 11:30-12:30. For more details, call Mira on 719352 or

Pippa Young will soon be running an Art Club. Residents interested in joining this are encouraged to contact Pippa on 710475 or

Others expressed an interest in games nights, private parties and music practise. Residents with ideas who need help to establish a new group should contact Katie Kirk on 710907 or

The room is now available to all members of the community for £6 per hour / £12.50 per half day. Lettings Secretary John can be contacted on 711487 or