Header image  

For previous issues, including Issue #01,

visit the Archive.

Issue #93: Oct/Nov 2010
  Available October 1st. Print run: 3,000.
  Download a copy in PDF format. (3Mb)
Extras for Issue #93
  Extras are items that were late, not included, or that were trimmed due to space constraints in the printed version. The articles are included here.

Jump directly to an article by clicking below:

  Hayle Decorative Lights
     Once again it is the time of year when we think about Christmas lights. Though depleted in committee members, the town will be lit up and the switch on is Friday the 26th November at 7pm at the Day Care Centre with Heyl Town Band and Praze Hayle male voice choir. After the switch on, cream teas and mince pies will be served in the dining hall.
   We would like to thank the Day Care Centre for the use of their facility.
Anyone wishing to help with the lights please contact me on 752597.
R Horwell (Chairman)
  Christmas Lights Competition

Please nominate your favourite in one or more of the following categories and drop your entry at Biggleston's or Angove Sports by the 19th of November.

                                                  ] Best house

                                                  ] Best bungalow

                                                  ] Best window

  It’s a dozen piglets for mum Bessie!
     Piglet poses with mum for the camera while the other eleven enjoy some milk!
Bessie is a busy mum with the arrival last week of twelve very tiny and adorable piglets at Paradise Park.
   It wont be long before these rare breed Berkshire piglets will be causing havoc in the Fun Farm which is also home to donkeys, Bagot goats, Quessant sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.
   Keeper Becky Waite said,  “They may be incredibly cute but they are a real handful and will manage to dig up their enclosure during the next few weeks, which will turn into one big mud wallow. Lovely!”
   The Berkshire is an old English breed. It is listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, which means that there are less than 300 breeding females. Bessie is on loan from Chy-an-Besow Farm, near Helston. www.chyanbesow.co.uk.
   To keep up to date with all the latest births and new arrivals, visit the website at www.paradisepark.org.uk , join the Facebook page or follow @Cornishparadise on Twitter.
  Cornwall Film Festival

   The 2010 Cornwall Film Festival (5-7 November) will celebrate the best in Cornish filmmaking as well as British and international cinema. This year’s Festival will include an expanded Cornish film and heritage programme, plus special screenings, lectures, workshops, discussions, competitions and parties.

Film lovers won’t want to miss:

  • Posy Simmonds talking about the film adaptation of her cartoon satire Tamara Drewe
  • The sensational Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy finale, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, three weeks before the UK general release
  • Another Year, the new drama by Mike Leigh, patron of the CFF
  • The surreal British comedy Skeletons, as in those in one’s cupboard, with Q&A by the two lead actors
  • Rio Breaks, an inspiring new surf film set in Rio de Janeiro . . . and much more.

   Families and young persons won’t want to miss:

  • Film Nation:Shorts filmmaking workshop and competition for the 2012 London Olympics, in two categories – 14- to 16-year-olds and 20- to 25-year-olds
  • Unravel painting-on-film workshop for families and children, a nationwide project combining free-form art and a length of 16mm film that will correlate to the 874 miles between John O’Groats and Land’s End

   Plus talks and workshops on 3D filmmaking, music for film, dance for film, screenwriting, animation and more . . .

The 2010 Cornwall Film Festival, 5-7 November

Phoenix Cinema Falmouth

Tickets on sale 20 October

For full programme, visit www.cornwallfilmfestival.com

  The Real Camera Shop - Pratt's Market

   With the re-opening of the front half of Pratt's Market in August, Paul and Heather Dyer of the Foundry Gallery, who were located at the back of the building, have taken up temporary residence in the unit previously occupied by the Hayle Model Railway Club.    Although now in a much smaller space they can still provide many of the services that were available in their old larger premises.  Besides having a good selection of antique and modern paintings , prints and ceramics, the gallery still provides a complete picture framing service. Items for framing can be left and collected at the gallery.

   Before the fire that devastated the old gallery in February, Paul was adding a new photographic section and had only just finished building a traditional film darkroom and studio when disaster struck.  

   Undaunted, he has now opened "The Real Camera Shop"  within the new Foundry Gallery space where he specializes  in all aspects of film photography from cameras to developing trays.

   The shop boasts a good selection of 35 mm  as well as some Medium and Large format cameras, film in 135 and 120,  accessories such as tripods, camera bags and filters, and for those wishing to go the whole ten yards, there is a selection of new and second hand darkroom and developing equipment as well as developing chemicals.

"People think that  digital imaging has sounded the death knell for film but more and more photographers are returning to it as many believe that computerisation is compromising artistic expression for the sake of speed and convenience.  There is a quality to film that the digital image can never emulate.  It's also heartening to see that many of my customers are young people and teenagers who are now 'discovering' film for themselves."

   College students should be interested to know that Paul is giving a 10% student discount.
The back section of the market should be renovated and open again in the new year when Paul and Heather will be returning to their larger premises.  It's hoped that  new darkroom will be built for the use of film enthusiasts and students.

  Hayle Pioneerium

Do the people of Hayle want a cinema with a steam-pioneering-themed social hub and events venue?

   The answer is a resounding yes with the Hayle Pioneerium project well and truly on the map!

   The Pioneerium is aiming over time to become Cornwall’s first all digital multimedia, 3D cinema complete with performance and arts spaces, connected to a fresh and contemporary pioneering-themed activity centre and cafe where, instead of the odd plant or two, star locomotives from York’s National Railway Museum will stand. All-weather event and exhibition areas will be provided for the community to use as they wish, along with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities.

   As a unique and exciting pre-cursor, a mobile cinema, The Screen Machine, played to packed houses every show over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in Hayle. In fact, nearly every show was a sell-out, and tickets for family blockbuster Toy Story 3 could have sold tenfold.


   It was a great attraction for visitors to the town: however, the majority of tickets were bought by the community. Hayle residents turned out in force, enjoying the experience of leaving the car at home and walking to the cinema – many for the first time in thirty years, some for the first time ever. Local MP George Eustice, and Hayle’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor came along to the premiere screening, as did Pirate FM’s Bob McCreadie, who has already shown the project a lot of support.

   As well as the films, movie-goers enjoyed refreshments from local food providers (mmmmm, Mr B’s ice-cream….). The hand of the community was to be seen everywhere – the excellent short films shown before the main features, Hayle Town Band playing movie themes, the team working as bar staff and ushers… even Buzz Lightyear had a Cornish accent!

With crowds of lovely locals milling about, drinking wine and eating popcorn, it was a great opportunity to find out more about what people would like to see in Hayle, and to update them on the Pioneerium project so far. Trustee and architect Bob Mims has created a marvellous model of what the cinema/social centre could look like; and talented local film-makers Ben Amos and Jack Reynolds directed a short film, Night and Day at the Pioneerium. Many thanks to all the audience members who participated in our evaluation questionnaire: we’ll publish the results on the website in the near future.

   And, as for the films themselves… Well, who would have thought that a truck could be so comfortable? And that 3-D (Toy Story 3) really does make a huge difference? The amazing Ian came down from Scotland with the cinema, and acted as driver, projectionist, ticket man, and popcorn mopper-upper. The other films he showed were Inception, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang – a good range of films to suit a wide audience.

When the cinema-on-wheels was packing up to return to the Highlands, a small, sad crowd gathered to watch its departure. The most frequently asked question (well, apart from “Do 3-D glasses make you dizzy?”), was “Do you think we really can have a cinema here again?” We didn't have to make up the title quotation – several people told us this.

The community has spoken. Hayle wants its own cinema and venue again – and this is just the start…

   For more information please go to www.haylepioneerium.co.uk

  Hayle Rotary Club
     Most people have heard of Rotary but not everyone knows what they do or what they stand for. Each individual Rotary Club, and most of the small towns in our area have a club, is affiliated to a national grouping which in turn is part of Rotary International which has a world wide following.
   Hayle Rotary Club is a group of people who aim to benefit our local community, for example we sponsor a master-chef type competition at our local school in which the finalists are judged by a chef of some standing from a reputable Cornish hotel. Other youth projects are aimed an introduction to the world of business by allowing groups of pupils to put forward and develop ideas for businesses which are then judged by local businessmen. Another project is an inter-school debating competition in which the local winners go on to compete against other schools in the south-west region. On a completely different level is our support of the Parkinson's Hub in providing a ‘club’ for people suffering from this complaint.
   On the wider scale we support selected international aid for emergencies including Shelterbox which was started by a Rotarian but which is now independent but is still supported by Rotary. For the Haiti disaster we collected £4000 donated by customers of the Hayle Co-op. The biggest international project today is the eradication of the killing and maiming disease ‘polio’. Nowadays polio seems a very remote affliction but older people can remember that in the 1940s small numbers of children in this country died or were maimed for life by polio. Bill Gates of Microsoft and his wife offered one million dollars if Rotary International would match an equal sum and having achieved this he pledged another million dollars to be equalled by Rotary and this is now under way.
   None of these projects can be progressed without the help of the public and the active participation of individual Rotarians. You can find more about us on our website www.haylerotary.org.uk
John Tuplin
  Hayle Twinning Association

   Please watch the local press for news of the forthcoming social / fund raising Hayle Twinning Association events which include:

  • Fun Bingo evening on Saturday 9th October at Hayle Day Centre, £5 per person with lots of prizes Doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start. Pasties and light refreshments available. You can bring your own bottle
  • Auction on Friday 15th October at The Bird in Hand, Hayle starting at 7.30pm Over 100 lots to bid for, including scenic flight over Lands End, Cottage in Brittany for a week, 3 nights accommodation in a caravan, tickets for Minack Theatre, Family entry to Trevarno Gardens etc, etc
  • a Christmas Special Quiz on Friday12th November at Hayle Day Centre doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start with food available a seasonal raffle
  • and our Christmas Fair on Saturday20th November at Phillack Church Hall from 9.15am with cakes, crafts, tombola etc
  RSPB Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve
     Good numbers of ducks and waders are now returning to Hayle Estuary, for a 'rest bite' from their long southward journeys or to spend their winter holidays here with us. You can see curlew, bar-tailed godwit, dunlin, ringed plover, oystercatcher, redshank, teal and wigeon all back on the mudflats. Grey herons and their white cousins the little egrets are easy to see as they feed along the water’s edge on fish that live in Copperhouse and Carnsew pools and in the Hayle River. Also on the estuary are a number of greylag and Canada geese, which many local people hear honking as they fly between the fields and the estuary. This time of year is always an exciting time to watch birds on the estuary as you never know what might turn up so happy bird watching.

   The Environment Agency (EA) has informed the RSPB that they have now issued a verbal warning to Atlantic Motors following the repeated disposal of car tyres into the estuary. We will be monitoring the situation and, if during our next clean up of the flood alleviation channel at Copperhouse we come across car tyres in the creek, we will report it to EA.

   A visitor to Copperhouse Creek reported 3 dead gulls believed to have been shot. If anyone witnesses this sort of action please report it immediately to the police as it is a criminal offence under the wildlife and countryside act to harm wild birds in this way. Police telephone number 08452 777 444.

Coming up...

   The sluice gate at Ryan’s Field has been repaired and will be next be closed over the spring tide in October.

   Beach Clean on Sunday 10 October at Copperhouse Creek meet at the swimming pool car park at 10am.

RSPB Warden, Jenny Parker

For previous versions, including Issue #01, visit the Archive.