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Issue #95: Feb/Mar 2011
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  Fundraising for Virgin London Marathon 2011

I am a Hayle resident and currently hard in training for the Virgin London Marathon 2011 in April.

I am shortly running the Virgin London Marathon for a registered disabled children's charity called Get Kids Going.

This charity uses funds raised to provide wheelchairs and adapted sports equipment for disabled children to enable them to participate in sport. I am currently seeking sponsors for the Marathon.

Every penny helps; you can sponsor me by going to the link below:


Please support me and get your friends to help too.

Tim Carter (Hayle resident)

  Save our NHS (Cornwall)

We have just formed the above group - largely through 38degrees on facebook. We had a meeting at 57 Fore St and had 36 supporting of which 18 turned up on a Saturday lunchtime. We intend to campaign locally to raise awareness of the Health and Social Care Bill which is having its 3rd reading in 5/6 weeks.

We need support and people to collect signatures and lobby to raise awareness. This is not political in that we have representatives of all parties. Read the details here and get a copy of the petition here.

Please join us and pass on the message.

Marilyn and Louise

Salt Gallery, 57 Fore Street, Copperhouse, Hayle


  Our National Health Service in Cornwall is under threat.
The Health and Social Care Bill currently before parliament will allow the increased involvement of profit-led private companies in our health service.
There will no longer be a single Cornwall National Health Service. Instead there will be many separate consortia led by GPs.
We the undersigned oppose this bill.

Name     Address     Signature      Live/work/study


Council Corner
February/March 2011

Supermarket Applications

At the time of going to press the Council is busy preparing to consider the supermarket and associated applications. Hayle Town Council will have considered all of the applications on 20 January 2011 and forwarded its views to Cornwall Council prior to its meeting to determine the outcome on 9 February 2011. Please see the Town Council’s website for the latest information.

Work on the cemetery extension and allotments off Lethlean Lane, Phillack is nearing completion and, even if we say so ourselves, is looking rather good. Although we have fallen slightly behind the schedule, due mainly to the extremes of weather, we trust the finished product will have been worth the wait. The Clerk has endeavoured to keep those on the waiting list informed by letter and the process of allocating plots will soon begin. Those that are high enough up the list will shortly be receiving tenancy agreements and will be invited to select plots. This will be done strictly in the order of the waiting list.

Hayle Walk for St Julia’s Hospice Appeal Supported by the Mayor and Hayle Town Council
We can now confirm that the total raised by the walk was a fantastic £5,124.47. Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored walkers and/or volunteered on the day. It was very much a team effort.
The Mayor has tentatively put Sunday 11th September 2011 into his diary for the next event. Please put the date in your diaries and look out nearer the time for more information. Let’s aim to raise even more!

Hayle Town Guide
The Town Council has recently taken receipt of 5,000 copies of the 2nd Hayle Town Guide. A concentrated effort to distribute these around the town will be made prior to Easter but if you would like copies to give to visitors and/or guests sooner please feel to collect them from the Town Clerk’s office, between 9.30a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Some have already been delivered to and are available from the TIC in Hayle Library.
Once again, thanks go to Mr Peter Channon who kindly let us use his aerial photographs to show case the town and to Members of the Town council who kindly supplied written and photographic material.

Hayle Swimming Pool
The Town Council has worked hard and managed to find enough money to operate the town’s Outdoor Pool for the forthcoming season. Cornwall Council has now offered a greatly reduced grant to assist with the running costs for the next two seasons. This has bought the Town Council some much needed time in which to put together a business plan to secure the pool’s future for the long term.
If you have views regarding the future management or ideas that may assist to secure the pool long term future please forward them to the Clerk.

Hayle Community Centre
If you are planning on holding any meetings, events, classes or even parties the Community Centre has rooms available for hire. Space is available for regular sessions or one off bookings. Remember that CAB, Link into Learning and others hold regular sessions and surgeries. Contact the Town Clerk for details of services and available space.

Small Grants Awarded
During its final meeting of the 2010/11 financial year the Resource Committee awarded three more grants to local organisations in the town and/or county. This time Hayle Model Boat Club, Hayle Art Society and Hayle Canoe Club were the successful recipients. In previous meetings during the course of the year, financial assistance was also given to Hayle Twinning Association, Phillack Church, Hayle Bowling Club, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Vitalise, Citizens Advice Bureau, Hayle Social Enterprise Trust and Shelter.

If your group is in need of new equipment, kit or requires funds to secure other sources of funding for larger projects please contact the Town Clerk for an application form. The Council’s Resource Committee considers grants quarterly; the next meeting is scheduled for 14 April 2011. For consideration at that meeting please submit your completed application form by 6 April 2011.

Further information on the above and other local issues can be obtained from the Council website.
Hayle Town Council
Hayle Community Centre
58 Queensway, Hayle, TR27 4NX
01736 755005

  Posthumous International Award for Barnaby the Barn Owl at Paradise Park

Michaela & barnaby at Paradise Park EMAIL.jpg Barnaby in flight 2008 Paradise Park EMAIL.jpg Barnaby at Paradise Park by Richard Ford EMAIL.jpg
Left: Pictured with TV presenter Michaela Strachan. The photograph on the right courtesy of Falcon Images

Judging for the 2011 World Owl Hall of Fame awards has been completed and it has been announced that the Lady Gray’l Award for owls who have made a difference will be posthumously awarded to Barnaby, who passed away at Paradise Park last summer aged 20.

The Park will be receiving a wooden plaque, along with a $200 US cash award which will be used to sponsor an award for Duchy College students called “The Paradise Park ‘Barnaby’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to Native Species Conservation in Cornwall”

Curator at Paradise Park, David Woolcock commented “Barnaby flew daily in the Eagles of Paradise Free Flight Bird Show at Paradise Park from March 1990 to 4th June 2010.  In that time he touched the lives of more than 1.8 million people.  He helped us to illustrate the silent flight of the Barn owl, their amazing hearing and their needs and problems in the wild.  His engagement with the public helped us to promote how they too could become involved to help Barn owls in the wild – primarily through the Barn Owl Conservation Network.  He also made numerous visits to schools and hospitals, appeared many times on television, and was regularly featured in newspapers and magazines as an ambassador for his species.  Barnaby also played an integral role in the training of animal care students based at Duchy College in the art of positive reinforcement training and the handling and care of raptors. Visitors who met Barnaby as children frequently tell us what an impact he had upon their childhood and these people would now bring their own children in to meet him, often finding it hard to believe that it was still the same Barnaby!  He was trained to fly in amongst the visitors and to land upon the gloved hand of a presenter who softly called his name whilst hiding in the crowd. His flights were very much an experience for our visitors.”

The Hall of Fame awards will be presented on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the International Festival of Owls banquet in Houston, Minnesota. 

You can find more information about the World Owl Hall of Fame on the International Festival of Owls website at http://www.festivalofowls.com/worldowlhalloffame.htm and more information about the owl festival itself at www.festivalofowls.com.

Editors Notes:

Barnaby was hatched at Paignton Zoo in 1989 and then shortly after came to Paradise Park where he had been a star ever since. As well as being a celebrity at the Park himself, he also got to meet a few TV celebrities like Michaela Strachan back in 2004.


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."

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

  If you missed your free copy, you can read it on-line by clicking here: hayletaleshome.blogspot.com

Praze Hayle Male Choir And The 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.

Editor's note: we were unable to fit this in Issue 94 or 95 due to space constraints.
  St. Erth Band

St. Erth Concert Band’s New Look
The Band chose the Carol Service at the St. Erth Methodist Church on 12th December, 2010 as the first occasion when they appeared in public in the new Purple Waistcoats and Black Ties, and new Stand Banners, all displaying the Band logo. The Methodist Church Hall has been the home of the Band for many years. Research into the history of the Band in the village revealed that the St. Erth Band played at the village celebrations of the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 14th February, 1840. In the 19th Century the Band played each Sunday for the Service in the Parish Church and then walked across the road to do the same at the Methodist Church. The Band is planning to repeat this for one Sunday only and is in the process of making arrangements with both the Churches. In the 19th Century the Band would have played whatever instruments were available so it would have been very different from the photograph of the Band in 1908 which shows a Brass Band with an all male membership and the uniforms they were wearing. The photograph taken 102 years later on the 12th December, 2010, is very different with more females than males and again a greater variety of instruments since the change to a brass and woodwind group twenty years ago. New members, male and female, are always welcome.
The search for funding involved Sylvia, the Band Secretary, in making three simultaneous grant applications. Fortunately all the applications were successful.
The support of Cornwall Community Foundation Grassroots Grants, Cornwall Councillor Community Grants Scheme, supported by Councillor Ray Tovey, and Hayle Area Partnership Small Grants, was very much appreciated by the Band. The Band also received help and support from Handley Band Uniforms of Leeds.
To join the Band or Learners Group contact the Musical Director, George Lawry, on 01736 755512 for further information.

To book the Band ring Sally on 01736 850297. You can check out the Band on our website at www.sterthconcertband.co.uk

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  Take Part Cornwall
  Take Part Cornwall ends in March with a fantastic celebration event - BE HEARD, GET INVOLVED

Find out how to influence the decisions affecting YOUR community at Be Heard, Get Involved, a great FREE event from Take Part Cornwall on Wednesday 9 March.

Get essential information if you want to make a difference - but don't know where to start.

We'll be exploring how to influence decisions made by Cornwall Council, the NHS, the Police and Town and Parish Councils. Special guests will take you through fascinating topics, including how to campaign using the internet and how to influence policing in your area.

Click here to register your place visit or call 01872 241584 for more information.

Wednesday 9 March, 11am to 3pm.

Pool Innovation Centre, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3PL.

Take Part comes to your parish

Take Part Cornwall is also going on the road, with ten events in rural parishes across West, Mid and East Cornwall. These informal drop-in sessions are for members of the public, town and parish councillors, and anyone interested in their community. We'll be discussing how you can support your community by being an active citizen.

The NHS: Skills for Involvement
Take Part Cornwall is hosting two FREE sessions for people interested in getting more involved with the NHS.

The sessions will help you develop skills to influence the design of NHS services locally, using evidence to support your case. (Please note, these are not consultation events!) Both sessions run from 1pm to 3.30pm, but please join us at 12pm for a free lunch before we start.

BODMIN Monday 28 February, The Main Hall, St Mary's Parish Centre
PENZANCE Wednesday 2 March, The Astro Centre.

Take Part Cornwall is led by Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum. It forms part of the Take Part Pathfinder programme, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and managed by the Community Development Foundation.


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