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Issue #94: Dec 2010/Jan 2011
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Seasonal Events and Services


Sunday, 28 Nov

Advent Carol Service Phillack 6 pm

Friday, 3 Dec

Churches Together Carol Service St Elwyn's 7 pm

Sunday, 5 Dec

Christingle St Elwyn's 4 pm

Wednesday, 8 Dec

Glencoe Nursing Home Carols Gwithian 3 pm

Saturday, 11 Dec

Christmas Lunch Phillack Hall 12.15 pm

Sunday, 12 Dec

Christingle and Holy Communion St Erth 9 30 am

Sunday, 12 Dec

Christingle Gwithian 11 am

Carol Service Gwinear 4.30 pm

Wednesday, 15 Dec

Bodriggy School Carols St Elwyn’s, afternoon and evening

Thursday, 16 Dec

Penpol School Carols St Elwyn’s, afternoon and evening

Saturday, 18 – Sunday, 26

Festival of Christmas Trees Phillack  1pm – 4.30 pm

Saturday, 18 Dec

Phillack: Father Christmas 6 pm; Carols 7 pm

Sunday, 19 Dec

Carol Service Phillack 9.15 am

Carol Service Gwithian 11 am

Carol Service Gwinear at Wall Chapel 6 pm

Carol Service St Erth 6 pm

’Celebration of Christmas’ St Elwyn's 7.30 pm with

Praze/Hayle Male Voice Choir

Wednesday, 22 Dec

Crib Service St Elwyn's 10 am

Christmas Eve

Crib Service at Phillack 4 pm

Crib Service at St Erth 4 pm

Midnight Mass

Gwinear, 11.15 pm

Phillack, 11.30 pm

Gwithian, 11.30 pm

St Elwyn's, 11.30 pm

St Erth, 11.30 pm

Christmas Day

St Elwyn's, Holy Communion 9.30am

St Erth, Holy Communion 9.30am

Phillack, Holy Communion 10am

Gwithian, Holy Communion 11am

Gwinear, Holy Communion 11am

St Stephen’s Day

Team Service at St Elwyn’s 11 am

Epiphany 6th Jan

Holy Communion Gwithian 7 pm


Hayle Oral History Book

"Churks, clidgy & doodle-dashers are all words heard in the interviews meaning; cinders, toffee and blow-out toys, says Lucy Frears, the Project Coordinator who compiled and edited the book. "The oldest people we interviewed were born in 1913 but we have also had access to letters and written memories of others, for example Henry Elwyn Vercoe who left Hayle in 1912 to become a successful stonemason in South Africa after learning his trade from his father who built St. Elwyn's Church."

In addition to stories taken from over 100 people's memories there are over 350 photos of the Hayle Area, articles by experts and local historians to help put Hayle's history into context and new walks around St. Erth, The Dynamite Works, Gwithian Tin Streams, and Godrevy plus adapted popular walks such as Harvey's of Hayle, Copperhouse Pool and the Millpond.

"It's a joy.  It's entertaining and informative," says Philip Hosken, Trevithick Society Chair.

Multimedia discs are inside the back cover of the book.  The project's animations and donated archive film of Hayle and Gwithian can be watched and nearly 200 short audio stories listened to using a DVD player or computer.
"I wanted everyone to be able to hear the voices and the way people told their stories rather than just reading them," says Lucy Frears who edited the audio with two of her volunteers, Andy Nephin and Lynne Nurhonen.
"Those using a computer will also be able to read transcripts of some of our interviews.  It's interesting to know how people lived and the longer transcripts offer more depth."

"There is a major problem with this book," says John Bennett, Hayle's Mayor, "it is not long enough! From Winnie Bassett's introduction, through stories of courting and home life, war time, walks and history it is full of charm.
Everyone who loves Hayle should read it."

Hayle Day Care Centre regulars will have the opportunity to pick up a free copy at their Christmas lunch otherwise those interested in having a copy (one copy per person) are advised to go to the launch where they will also have the opportunity to buy other books about the Hayle area such as St. Ives Bay Revisited with archive photos collected by Hayle Community Archive and St. Ives Archive Trust, Vale's Harvey's of Hayle reprinted by the Trevithick Society and Ventonleague by Phillip Rutter with authors there able to sign and dedicate them.

There will be no possibility to send out any remaining copies (due to human resources) before mid-January.  Please only contact us about possible remaining copies after 16th January when we will have fixed packing & postage costs and know how many copies we have.   

http://hayletaleshome.blogspot.com/  Archive centre hours are: 10am to 1pm Tuesday & Thursday at the Brewery Office, Hayle, 1 Sea Lane, TR27 4DU. Tel: 01736 753962, email: hayle.history@btconnect.com

Lucy Frears, Hayle Oral History Project Coordinator

For a free copy of our book come to Hayle Library between 10am & 12 noon on 11th Dec (limited stock)


Hayle Runners - National Recognition


Hayle runners have received national recognition for their inclusive work with runners.English Athletics the sports governing body has featured the work by the club  to include John Allnutt ,a local blind athlete in the sport on it's website.

Last year, John approached Hayle Runners for training advice and support. The club were concerned about not having any experience of working with visually impaired or blind athletes, and so took advice from various sources including Sonya Ellis - Club and Coach Support Officer for English Athletics - and also a coach with experience of coaching in this area.

Things have progressed really well and John is now a regular member of the club.  In addition, John Allnutt's wife who had no interest in running but brought John along to the club was asked whether she might like to take a jog out with the walk / run group while she was there, which she did; now Pat has her sights set on her first marathon next year; a success story all round!

Club Treasurer Phil Rowe takes up the story.  "John Allnutt joined our club and although he is totally blind he runs with us on a regular basis - I was the first to try leading him but since then many club members have had a go and John now has a batch of leaders to take him running. He also does the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series of races that we have in the County and recently completed both the Truro Half Marathon and the Newquay 10 kilometre race.  To date everything has worked perfectly and our advice to anyone wanting to do this is - Just get out and do it, it's a lot easier than you might think.  It helps a lot that John is such a nice guy.  When he first came to the club I asked him if he had a special guiding lead - he replied,  "Yes it is quite special; it's a dog lead !"

The clubs training nights are held at Hayle Rugby Club on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm where runners of all abilities are supported by coaches and welcomed. Longer runs are also arranged on Sundays when no grand prix races are being held.Structured coaching support is also be available at Carn Brea track on Thursdays at 7pm. Details from the clubs website www.haylerunners.co.uk

The pictures are of John and Phil nearing the end of the Newquay 10k and the team at the Cornish Marathon.


Hayle Twinning Association Visit to Pordic 2010

  A group of approximately fifty Hayle Twinning Association members went across to Hayle’s twin town of Pordic in Brittany for a few days at the end of August. The crossing on Friday 27th to Roscoff was smooth and sunny enough to let us sit up on deck and get in holiday mood.
The majority of the group spent some of Saturday at the lively and colourful market of nearby St Brieuc. The itinerary that our hosts had arranged for us included time with families, seeing their way of life and visiting local attractions such as Bienassis Castle near Erquy or walking the cliff path to Binic, which gives panoramic views of a coastline similar to that of Cornwall.
The social highlight was a ceremony, conducted by the Mayor, to commemorate the marriage of a couple of the association’s members which had taken place this summer. The bride was a member of the Hayle group and the groom was from the Pordic group and they had met during the twinning exchange two years ago. This was followed by a procession through Pordic, accompanied by a group playing traditional musical instruments, passing their Hayle mini- roundabout to reach the community hall for a reception. Later that evening, we all went to a local restaurant for the official evening meal and dance as well as a joke competition which raised more laughs seeing people trying to tell their jokes than were achieved by the jokes themselves.
Sunday was spent with our hosts and many of them had organised activities which linked with other hosts and their guests in order to provide plenty of support, if needed, with the language but it was a further opportunity for more social events. The surrounding countryside of Pordic has so many attractive places to visit.
As many of our hosts were working on Monday, some hosts took us to the Yves Rocher botanical gardens and factory for the production of organic cosmetics. In the nearby town of La Gacilly, situated by the river Rahun, and well deserving of its “floral town” rating. We explored the town’s narrow streets and visited many of the local craftsmen’s workshops. The town was hosting an exhibition of photography and art which included some larger than life ethnic figures. The trip had given us many happy memories for our journey home on the Tuesday as well as set us thinking about the itinerary for their trip.
Since our return we have had a Fun Bingo Evening at Hayle Day Centre which proved popular and an Auction of a wide variety of donations at “The Bird in Hand” which helped considerably towards the fund raising to finance their return visit next year.
Please watch the local press for news of our forthcoming social / fund raising events which members of the public are very welcome to enjoy with us.

Success for Hayle's New Choir!


A new Hayle choir formed only 6 weeks ago has enjoyed success in a prestigious Local music festival. The 45 strong Hayle Local Vocalz was formed in October 2010 as part of the Cornwall Community Choir initiative and has gone from strength to strength. The choir competed in the popular Camborne Music Festival on 13th November and won the trophy for first place in the "Novice" Class with a "Highly Commended" grading.

Founder conductor, St Erth-based professional musician Neil Shepherd commented this week that "On formation of the choir back in October, I issued members with a "Challenge Anneka" style challenge to prepare an entry for Camborne Festival and they did this incredibly well, with some fairly intensive action packed rehearsals". He added "the choir is fairly young in both sound and personnel - the average age of the choir is between 20 and 50 compared with many other choirs who seem to have an average age of 60 to 80!". The choir meets on Monday evenings at 8pm at the Passmore Edwards Institute in Hayle and new members are welcome, particularly gentlemen who are in fairly short supply. Neil commented that "although male voice choirs are thriving, mixed voice choirs seem to struggle to attract gentlemen. I would like to issue a challenge to any male voice singers who would like to step out of the traditional repertoire comfort zone to come and join us. 50% of the members of Local Vocalz sing with other local choirs and this is positively encouraged". The pace of the choir is extremely fast and there is no room for the faint hearted! The choir sings a wide range of music to suit all tastes and the choir members enjoy an active social life with forthcoming events including Carol singing in Truro Cathedral and St Ives, a choir meal and a sponsored swim to raise money for uniforms and music.

Further details can be obtained by calling 01736 759944 or visiting the choir website at  www.localvocalz.co.uk.

Tickets are now on sale for the choir's first concert on Friday 10th December at St Michael's Church, Helston when they will be combining for a Christmas Spectacular with the highly acclaimed Laudate Chamber Choir and Helston Community Choir. Tickets can be obtained from choir members, by calling 01726 879500 or on-line at www.crbo.co.uk

NEIL SHEPHERD, Organist, Music Teacher and Choral Conductor. Director of Music, St Ives Parish Church

Director, Laudate! Chamber Choir, Cornwall Community Choir, Schola Cantorum of Bristol and "Local Vocals"

St Ives Columnist, "The Cornishman", Secretary, RSCM Cornwall Area, 33 Fore Street, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 6HT. T: 01736 759944    M: 07950 585787    E:  neilshepherd@yahoo.co.uk 


Hayle DJ on Penwith Community Radio


Penwith Community Radio, which is run largely by volunteers, first began broadcasting about eighteen months ago. We are accessible at the moment only through the Internet, but have entered a final expression of interest to OFCOM for an FM licence. This will enable you to listen on your radio at the touch of a button.Although we have regular listeners all over the world, many of them Cornish people living abroad – the bulk of our audience is Cornwall based.

Penwith Radio has a wide variety of presenters – some young, some older – and, consequently, the range of music is also very wide. We report on local stories, events, issues and entertainment and provide a platform for local singers and song writers, poets and story tellers – and anyone who wishes to have their say about what is happening in their area.

Our studio is in Penzance and visitors are always given a warm welcome – and a cup of coffee!

As I live in Hayle, many of my reports are, of course, Hayle-based. Among other things:-

  • I have described the dedication and hard work of the group SOS – Save Our Sands – and am watching this very contentious issue closely.
  • I have interviewed some of the people involved in the Pioneerium Project – and enjoyed a wonderful evening in the amazing Screen Machine.
  • I covered the dreadful fire at Pratt’s Market and now make sure listeners know the market is up and running again.
  • Obviously, I am always delighted to report Hayle’s successes in the South West in Bloom competition – 4 wins!
  • Any fund-raising events for charity – St. Julia’s Hospice and the National Animal Welfare Trust to mention just two – are sure of being publicised on my show.
  • When the above-mentioned fire put the Hayle Pump out of action, I contacted Georgina Schofield, who had been writing delightful and informative reports about the Millpond for the Pump. I suggested she continue and I would read them on air. This she did and I had some very rewarding feedback.
  • Last, but not least, I recently invited Hayle Pump’s Editor, Brianna Breeze, on to my show to let everybody know that the Pump is alive and well – and at least as good as ever.

The Pat Quayle Show is every Friday afternoon, 2-4 pm.
If you would like to get involved with Penwith Community Radio in any capacity, or just want to comment or make a request, you can contact us on 01736 362884 [10 a.m. and 6 p.m.], or email team@penwithradio.co.uk .

But if you just want to listen to a programme go to www.penwithradio.co.uk and click the Listen Live button. ‘Listen again’ will allow you to search our archive of podcasts of past programmes, while other pages on the site allow you to explore the schedule, find out about the presenters, etc. And don’t forget to bookmark your local community radio station!
Pat Quayle

Please note: Penwith Radio cannot currently be heard through the Google Chrome or Firefox browsers, but works fine with Internet Explorer.


Hayle Samba Band

  Good news in respect of the response to our public meeting of October 6th. I am pleased to announce that we now have a new band of 16 members of all ages, most of whom have never played before.
We welcome Simon, our new leader, who is very accomplished and enthusiastic, and in the few weeks we have all been together, there has become a happy and community feeling to the band.
As we are more or less a completely new band, although retaining the same name, if there is still anybody else wishing to join, now is the time to do so, the more the merrier. We supply the instruments, you just need to come along and give it a go, and this is truly your community band.
Unfortunately there is not enough time for the new Hayle Samba band to practice enough pieces of music to enable us to play in the Winter Carnival in December, but Penzamba from Penzance have agreed to take our place, so Hayle Winter Carnival will still have a samba band in the parade. Those of Hayle Samba, who wish take part, will be walkers alongside the float.
Next year Hayle Samba fully expects to again take part in the Summer and Winter Carnivals, and be available for other functions.
The band practice night is Wednesday 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm, and is held in the meeting room at the back of The Royal Standard and those of us who wish, drop into the bar afterwards for a refreshing social drink.
For any further information:-Contact Joy or Frank on 01736 754976

Summers in Hayle

I’d never been to – nor heard of – Hayle until the early 80s. I’d not even been to Cornwall because we’d always lived nearer to the east coast so that’s where we tended to go for holidays. Then some friends moved to the Lizard and in 1983 we visited them for a couple of weeks. We had glorious weather and whilst exploring West Cornwall we found Hayle. We’d seen an advert for some holiday chalets for sale so decided to drive over, just to have a look…
We drove onto the Riviere Towans chalet site and I’ll never forget that first view of St Ives Bay and the amazing beach. My wife and I instantly fell in love with it and I have to say we still get that same buzz every time we gaze out over the bay. We have been fortunate over the years to have been able to visit the Caribbean and Australia but none of the beaches we saw came close to the sheer beauty and majesty of Hayle’s three miles of sand.
There were two chalets for sale on the site, one with a sea view and one without. We bought the one with the sea view there and then and knowing we couldn’t afford it! We doubled our mortgage and spent the next twenty years paying for it but it was the best move we ever made. We have holidayed in Hayle ever since, and following my retirement in 2002, have been lucky enough to be able to spend some of the spring and most of the summer in our chalet. We’ve made some really good friends in Hayle and had our personal circumstances been different we would most certainly have moved to the town to live.
Although we are ‘up country’ outsiders, we take a great interest in everything going on and have found Hayle to be a place with so much character in its history, heritage and its people. We’ve followed the various attempts at harbour redevelopment from the days of Peter de Savary to ING’s presence today and although desperately disappointing for the town that the harbour issue remains unresolved, whatever happens, Hayle will always be the gateway to the best seascape in England.
John, Bedfordshire.

Cornwall Flood Fund - Help the Affected Communities


Cornwall Community Foundation is calling on voluntary organisations to spread the word about the Cornwall Flood Fund, which was launched on Friday 19 November, two days after the floods that badly affected parts of East and Mid Cornwall.

You can help by passing the message on to your staff or volunteers, publishing this article on your website, or posting about Cornwall Flood Fund on your Facebook or Twitter page.

"We are delighted that the public have responded to help the people most badly affected by the floods and are sending donations online, at NatWest branches and via the Council Flood Line," says Linda Whittaker, Executive Director of Cornwall Community Foundation.

"However we are concerned that some people may feel that the crisis is over now the flood waters have receded. This really is not the case. It is vitally important that we continue to raise money for the hundreds of people who have been affected by the floods. Many people may not be able to move back into their homes for months to come so desperately need ongoing help and support."
Cornwall Council is working with Cornwall Community Foundation to support the Fund. "The recent ice and snow experienced in Cornwall may mean that the media have moved on to cover other stories but it is very important that we do not forget these communities. This Fund will help provide much needed financial help for the victims of the flood and we would encourage people to continue to make donations," said Rob Andrew, Cornwall Council's Localism Area Manager for Mid Cornwall


Please make donation by: -

  1. Visiting www.justgiving.com/cornwallfloodfund
  2. Phoning the Council Flood Line on 0800 731 3247 (Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 4pm)
  3. Sending a cheque made out to Cornwall Flood Fund, either by post or in person, to Cornwall Community Foundation, Suite 1, Sheers Barton Barns, Lawhitton, PL15 9NJ
  4. Transferring funds to NatWest, account name Cornwall Flood Fund. Account number 57223912. Sort Code 60-21-37

Getting Help

Individuals and households affected by the floods -
Can apply for financial help from Cornwall Community Foundation. Contact the grants team on 01566 779333/779865 or download from their website; www.cornwallfoundation.com.

Business affected by the floods
Can contact the confidential, free and impartial advice line set up by the Council and Business Link on 01752 759988 (Mon to Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm) or go to www.businesslink.gov.uk/southwest.

The Federation of Small Businesses has launched an interest free loan up to £5k. Contact Ann Vandermeulen on 0845 1308217.


If you can lend a hand to help the affected communities, contact Volunteer Cornwall on 01726 71087 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 4.30pm).


Praze Hayle Male Choir and Heyl St. Piran Singers


The two choirs, singing together, began a busy period with a joint appearance at the Hayle Mayor's parade and service in St Elwyn's church in Hayle, on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd of October. The choirs performed their pieces together, the musical part of the service being completed with a beautiful solo performance of two items by the promising young Hayle flautist, Bliss Ellis.In the evening of the same day, members of the two choirs held a pre-Holland-tour concert, again at St Elwyn's, when the combined choirs' programme for their Dutch tour was given its first public airing. On the following Friday-Oct 8th-the Holland trip proper began in the very early hours with coach pick-ups from various points in the Hayle- St. Ives - Helston- Penzance areas. A long day's journey , including an under- the- Channel rail section, took us through to Gent in Belgium for a welcome and much needed night's sleep [though not before the hotel bar had been treated to hearty renditions of various 'Popular' songs more commonly heard in these parts than in Belgium]
Another early start on the Saturday was followed by a journey which took us north through Belgium and into North Holland for a successful afternoon concert at Schagen. A rapid change of costume {and a missed 3rd. course of the meal at our hotel in Alkmaar ] was followed by a very well received performance at the Westerhout Chapel .A rousing rendition of Trelawney completed a splendid occasion, much to the delight of our Dutch hosts. The sweet course was eventually consumed at around 11 pm!
Sunday saw the choirs enjoying well earned rest and recreation in the Zaanse Schans open air museum between Alkmaar and Amsterdam { a real treat for the windmill enthusiasts amongst us!].The afternoon was spent in Amsterdam where some members enjoyed a trip on the famous canals, others visited the Anne Franck house and yet others made their own arrangements, [don't ask where they went!]
Later the choirs met their Dutch hosts, the Koor ann't Ij ['Koor' meaning 'Choir'] for a shared meal and informal rehearsal before moving on - the Dutch on their bicycles, of course -to the Het Zonnehuise, our venue for the evening in Amsterdam north. And what a splendid location for a choral concert it turned out to be! After a few 'alarms', including one involving a male choir member who had forgotten to bring his uniform trousers and who was saved from ignominy by a colleague who had inadvertently brought along a spare pair,the concert began at 8.30. All three choirs performed singly and ,at the conclusion, together, making a combined mixed choir of almost 90 voices. Quite a sound! A standing ovation for the choirs brought the concert to a very satisfactory end at 10.30.An extended return journey to Alkmaar- due to motorway closures-saw the somewhat tired choristers back in their hotel soon after midnight.
On Monday the journey home from Alkmaar began, but was interrupted by a fascinating stop at the Cruquius pumping station near Haarlem where a gigantic steam driven pump {the largest in the world} formed the centrepiece of the station which was commissioned in 1849 and stopped working only in 1932. The pump played a major part in the draining of one of the largest of Holland's famous polders.It was a thrill to see the highly polished name plate reading ' Harvey & Co, Makers, Hayle Foundry, Cornwall, England' shining proudly on the front of this unique machine.
A final night was spent in Gent and the return journey, including a stop at a Belgian chocolate factory, ended in the evening of Tuesday 12th. This excursion was a wonderful experience and a great success.The choir members extend sincere thanks to the organisers from within the choirs and to Oates travel who provided the coach and very professional drivers and courier.

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