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  Snowdon Challenge

Two businessmen from St Ives and Hayle are preparing to take on a mountainous challenge to help achieve the dream of a children’s hospice in Cornwall.
On Thursday 2nd June they will attempt to climb Wales’ highest mountain, not once but four times, and via the toughest routes, all to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal to build Little Harbour.
Andy Jukes, Partner at Oakleigh Financial Planning in St Ives, says:
“I have done a number of mad cap charity events over the years, and was galvanised into action for the latest challenge to help Children’s Hospice South West reach their £5 million Precious Lives Appeal target.
“It is an amazingly worthy cause and to raise as much as possible I thought the challenge would have to be fairly extreme! I feel if I am going to ask people to donate money it has to take a lot of effort and commitment from myself, and above all else cause me a lot of pain!
“I love Snowdonia so Snowdon was the obvious choice, but most people can walk up Snowdon with a modicum of fitness these days. There is however more than one route and some routes are very severe and dangerous, in fact there are eight, not including the Minors Track which incorporates two of the other routes. So how many could I do in a day?
“The way I see it, it is either eight or none! So it will be up one, down another until all eight have been conquered! That’s a total of four assents, four descents, four summits and thirty miles with over 10,500 feet of ascending and descending – the equivalent of climbing a third of the way up Everest and back – all in one day!”
Colleague, David Thompson, who works with Jane Bownas Wealth Management in Hayle, will be taking on the Snowdon 30 Challenge with Andy. He says:
“When Andy first mentioned to me his idea of a Snowdon based challenge I was immediately interested. It will require fitness, stamina, sound judgment, and a lot of determination.
“Apart from the personal pleasure and satisfaction of completing the challenge, we hope to raise a significant sum of money for Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal, which we feel is a very worthy cause and one for which the St James’s Place Foundation has already pledged support.”
Oakleigh Financial Planning and Jane Bownas Wealth Management are representatives of St James’s Place Wealth Management, specialising in Pensions, Investments and Trust and Estate Planning. Andy continues:
“The St James’s Place Foundation has already agreed to an application for a local grant of £2,500, and on top of that St James Place Wealth Management have agreed to match fund all the money we raise pound for pound, of which half will go towards the building of CHSW’s new hospice Little Harbour and half will go towards the St James Place Foundation to benefit other children’s charities. Both of these are amazing gestures for which I am very grateful for.”
Bernadette Thoreau, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West, adds:
“Our thanks to Andy, David and St James’s Place for all their support. Andy and David have set themselves a huge challenge, and any amount you can give will I’m sure help spur them on their way.”
To sponsor Andy and David in aid of their tough challenge visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for ‘Snowdon 30’ under ‘Search for events’, or contact Andy at Oakleigh Financial Planning (3a Tregenna Hill, St Ives): 01736 797605.
To find out more about Children’s Hospice South West, the progress of the new children’s hospice Little Harbour, and the many different ways in which you can help, visit www.chsw.org.uk or phone 01872 261166.

  Council Corner from Hayle Town Council - June/July 2011

Mayor and Deputy Mayor Re-elected for 2011/12

At the Annual Council meeting on the 12th of May, Councillors John Bennett and Jayne Ninnes were re-elected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Their consorts are Donna Anton and Jon Ninnes. Congratulations.

Citizens and Organisations of the Year 2011

At a packed Annual Electors meeting Mayor John Bennett announced the award winners for people and organisations of the year for 2011:-Female Citizen of the Year: Esme Jelbert, for services to the Passmore Edwards Institute; Male Citizen of the Year: Gil Tredinnick, for 50 years of service to the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club; Young Person of the Year: Bliss Ellis, for outstanding flute playing; Organisation of the Year: Angarrack Christmas Lights Committee and Youth Organisation of the Year: 1st Hayle Cub Pack. The mayor announced that choosing the winners had been difficult due to the quality of the nominations. He thanked the town’s volunteers who give their time to make our community so vibrant.

Hayle Open Air Swimming Pool

Due to the budgetary crisis facing Cornwall Council the annual grant provided over recent years for the running the pool has been severely cut over the next two financial years, with no funding thereafter. This is a serious situation that could threaten the future operation of the pool and this Council has been investigating ways in which it can continue to run it through making economies. With a view to involving the community in helping to keep this loved facility open through the next few difficult years the Council is hoping to re-establish a ‘Friends of the Pool’ group which could prove to be both a source of volunteers and fund raising initiatives. If you are interested in being involved or have any ideas that might help please contact the Clerk
The Town Council has located the funds to open the pool for the forthcoming season, albeit for a reduced period and amended opening hours. The pool will open on Saturday 25 June 2011 and close on Sunday 4 September 2011. Please make full use of the pool as its future is depends on your support.

Forthcoming Events

The Millpond Nature and Litter Picking Walk – 10 am Saturday 4 June 2011 at The Millponds. Many hands required, equipment supplied and local knowledge shared! So, if you are prepared, quite literally, to ‘muck in’ and do not mind getting dirty and picking litter please contact the Council office or turn up on the day. This is first of a series of planned improvements; keep an eye on the website for updates. The Council and volunteers are also hoping to come to an arrangement with The Environment Agency with regard to raising the level of the water and with South West Water with a view to improving the flow through the outlet.

Mayor’s Sponsored Walk in aid of St Julia’s Hospice Build the Vision appeal - Sunday 11 September 2011. Look out for further information; sponsor forms will be available by mid June.

The Civic Service and Parade will take place on Sunday 2 October 2011. More information supplied nearer the time but put the date in your diary.

Hayle Town Council, Hayle Community Centre, 58 Queensway, Hayle, TR27 4NX. 01736 755005
townclerk@hayletowncouncil.net, www.hayletowncouncil.net

  Report on the Annual Council Meeting of Hayle Town Council

“Hayle’s on fire!”

I was pleased to accept the invitation to attend the Annual Council Meeting of Hayle Town Council on 12 May to represent the Hayle Pump, and duly assembled at 7.15 pm as requested at the Hayle Day Care Centre. There was much evidence of the “chains of office” of a number of Mayors and Deputies represented their towns at our meeting. Also, there were an incredible number of Hayle organisations represented (all of them?) and the beautiful room at the Day Care Centre was pleasantly full.

Promptly at 7.30 pm we were called to order by a smiling Ellie Giggal, Town Clerk, to “receive the mayoral party” and in came our Mayor, John Bennett, and Deputy Mayor, Jayne Ninnes, and their consorts.

Before we could begin proceedings, Councillor Brian Capper was asked to give the safety instructions (similar to an air stewardess, but not quite so attractive), and we were under way.

The point of this meeting seemed to be to elect a mayor and deputy for the next year, to hear the reports of last year’s incumbents, and to adopt a few other, probably important, documents. This all sounds a bit dry but, in fact, it was the very opposite.

The whole evening was suffused with lightness and much humour. There was a real camaraderie among the councillors and the guests, and it made me feel very impressed at the way our elected officials and salaried officers so obviously work well together.

Mayor John Bennett was re-elected to serve a second year in this office and he followed this by giving a report of the first term. He talked first of the pleasures and duties of a mayor, and the privilege he has felt at the opportunity to serve and lead the community. Paying tribute to the councillors and high quality professional staff, he made it clear that Hayle is fortunate indeed. John then went on to give an impressive list of accomplishments and to say “Hayle is buzzing” could almost be seen to be an understatement. From an extensive list of projects underway or completed in the last year, to looking to the future and what plans already lie ahead, the Mayor concluded with the reaction to those who may feel that “nothing ever happens in Hayle” that maybe you are not paying attention as he says “Hayle’s on fire!”

It was then time to elect the Deputy Mayor, and Councillor Jayne Ninnes was re-elected for a second term. Jayne gave her report on her first year as part of the “chain gang” and we were then treated to Jayne’s account of her year learning the ropes of being deputy with the many privileges and duties involved in this supportive role.

After a few formal documents were received, it was all over and then was a good time for mingling and meeting the guests, councillors and all. I met one lady who had only moved to Hayle from Surrey four years ago and another who had lived here probably for seventy years, and both were obviously working very hard for the benefit of the town and other people. It is the motivation of us ordinary folk that is key to a successful community – whatever its size. From the evidence that evening, Hayle and its council seem to be doing a pretty good job.

Shirley Olds - Hayle Pump Reporter


Strawberry Blondes salon introduces unique fish spa experience.
  Garra Rufa Fish This therapy of emerging your feet in our tanks has been available for several years to customers through mainland Europe and more recently Far East Asia. It has only recently arrived in the UK and most recently arrived in Hayle, the first in west Cornwall and has already become the biggest craze for hair & beauty salons in providing a very natural, fun and exhilarating pedicure.
Garra Rufa Fish originate from Turkey, they do not have any teeth you’ll be glad to know, and they gently suck the dead skin away leaving pores unblocked and the skin feeling totally fresh. During the removal of the dead skin, the garra rufa fish produce an enzyme called diathanol which improves skin regeneration. The new skin feels softer and healthier than before. Early research to uncover the medical benefits of fish therapy includes:

  • Relief of eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Improved skin regeneration
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Improves stress levels.
  Praze Hayle Choir
  April began for the Choir on the 4th, with members attending the Crowan School musical evening in Praze, when several songs were contributed in a lovely event before an audience of pupils, parents and staff. We have hopes that some of the younger members might be recruits to our Choir in years to come! {the parents and staff are welcome to come along now!]. On Sunday April 10th we presented a concert at Pendeen parish church -a rather 'spooky' experience in part, with the fog down on the north coast and with the Gothic-style churchyard adding to the atmosphere. Inside, however, all was light [and warmth, thank goodness] and the whole choir felt that the the visit had been well worth the trip. The end of the month- the 30th- saw the choir in full voice at Camborne's Trevithick Day celebrations. Early scares, including the seeming probability of serious rainfall and our inability to locate a source of electricity for the keyboard (many thanks to the staff of the nearby betting shop who very kindly saved the day in the latter case!) did not deter us, and the choir put on a spirited performance which was very well received by by a large audience.
May began for the Choir with a really splendid concert at St, Elwyn's which was part of the International Festival of Male Voice Choirs,  organised on the night by Hayle Lion's Club. Sharing the platform were the Peterborough MVC, the Snowdown Colliery MVC, from Kent and the Don Cossack Choir from The Hague, the Netherlands, who sang superbly and, throughout, in Russian! The Dutch choir boasted two soloists whose performances almost brought the house down. On May 8th our choir sang at the Carbis Bay Methodist chapel in a concert in support of Christian Aid ; the audience was perhaps not the largest that we have sung before in recent times but we responded well to an enthusiastic reception.
On Saturday May 14th the Choir took part in a joint event at St. Erth parish church alongside our guests and friends, the Chippenham MVC from Wiltshire with whom Praze Hayle has a long association. Each choir sang separately but then came together at the conclusion of the concert for moving performances of 'The Rose' and 'Softly As I Leave You', ending with the rousing' Morte Criste'. The evening was rounded off with a most enjoyable social get -together at Hayle rugby clubhouse where an informal sing-along inevitably ended with the immortal 'Camborne Hill'.
As you see, dear reader, being a member of our choir is an enjoyable, enriching, challenging, and life-enhancing activity (it's proven to be good for your health!).Why not join?
Ring Don  on 757720 or Roger on754681
  Children's Hospice South West Appeal
  Mary’s ‘Little Stories for Little People’ prove popular

A local lady’s new children’s book is proving so popular that it has already gone for a re-print.

Mary Trevarthen wrote the collection of three ‘Little Stories for Little People’ to help raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal and the first run of one hundred nearly sold out within the first week. Another one hundred are now to be printed.

Mary Trevarthen, from Hayle, who is a member of Children’s Hospice South West’s Hayle Friends Group, says:
“When our grandchildren Cara-Eloise and Harvey were younger they would get very bored on long car journeys so I used to make up stories for them. These stories sat in my brain for a long time until I came up with the idea of writing them down and using them to raise funds for the Precious Lives Appeal.

“Cara and Harvey are the main characters in the stories, which although fictional are very real. They are extremely chuffed to see them in print. I am also really pleased with the finished product, which includes some very colourful pictures from Ann Foreman of Hayle Art Society.

“The books are aimed at children between two and eight and I’ve had a very good response from people. I didn’t think they would sell so quickly! I never intended to be an author but I am thrilled to be able to use the books to help the Precious Lives Appeal.”

The ‘Little Stories for Little People’ books are made up of three different stories; ‘A Competition’, ‘A Night to Remember’, and ‘Who Did Put the Fairy on the Top of the Christmas Tree?’ with lovely illustrations throughout.

Mary Murfin, Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West, says:
“It is wonderful that some of the stories Mary told to entertain her own grandchildren can now be enjoyed by all children lucky enough to own one of her books. And all the proceeds raised from the sale of the books will help life-limited children and their families by going towards the building of our new children’s hospice Little Harbour.”

You can buy your copy of ‘Little Stories for Little People’ (priced £4.99) from The Ark, Fore Street, Hayle, or the Children’s Hospice South West office, 8 Walsingham Place, Truro.

To find out more about Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal to build Little Harbour, the new hospice near St Austell, visit www.chsw.org.uk or phone 01872 261166.

  Cornish Magpie
  Cornish Magpie is an exciting new online retail company based near Hayle which sells ONLY goods from Cornwall. Its proprietor, Shirley Cookson, wanted a website where customers could browse for items “from Cornwall”, and be inspired by the range of products on offer.
Currently, you can shop for many gifts and products including beauty and bath items, prints and artwork, porcelain and ceramic, food and drink, jewellery, handbags, household items, a bespoke wooden range and gifts for children. There are items to suit every budget, with prices starting from as little as £1.50. Cornish Magpie also offer free postage and packing on any orders over £25 to a UK address.

You can visit Cornish Magpie on www.cornishmagpie.co.uk or email Shirley on shirley@cornishmagpie.co.uk

  Chance to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan

GARDEN enthusiasts from Cornwall are this month (May, 2011) being invited to sign up for a coach trip organised by  Wyevale Lelant Garden Centre, which is offering customers the chance to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell on Wednesday, July 6 accompanied by two members of the garden centre’s team.  Dean Ford, Manager of the garden centre on Nut Lane near Hayle, said: “These magnificent gardens originate as far back as 1603 when William Tremayne built his family home on the grounds.   “After World War I the gardens fell into disrepair and remained untouched and hidden by mountains of laurel, ivy and brambles until 1990.  “Today, the Lost Gardens cover 200 acres and include an extraordinary collection of trees and shrubs from around the globe. There are also herbaceous borders described as the finest in England,
walled kitchen gardens, a manure-heated pineapple pit, an Italianate garden and much more.”  The coach will leave from Wyevale Lelant Garden Centre on Wednesday, July 6 at 9am.  Dean added: “Our Horticultural Manager, Alex Langstone and Retail Operations Co-ordinator, Karen Roebuck will be on hand to answer any questions people may have while walking around the gardens.  “We hope that lots of people join us for what looks set to be an inspirational day out.”  The coach will depart from the Lost Gardens of Heligan around 3.30pm and return to Wyevale Lelant Garden Centre at approximately 4.30pm.   Tickets, which must be purchased in advance from Wyevale Lelant Garden Centre’s customer service desk, cost £25 per person and include coach travel and entry to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. 

 For more information, please call Wyevale Lelant Garden Centre, which is located on Nut Lane near Hayle, on 01736 753 731 or visit: www.lelantgardencentre.co.uk.

  Hayle-Pordic Twinning Association
  A group of 40 French visitors from Hayle’s twin town of Pordic in Brittany visited Hayle from June 2nd -5th.

We had hoped to hold a buffet reception for them at the ideally positioned and newly refurbished Passmore Edwards Institute but as we were too large a group, we re-located to St Erth Church Hall. The buffet was organised by twinning members and town mayor John Bennett gave a speech of welcome. Many of the guests took the opportunity to look around the Church before the visitors dispersed with their hosts.


Some of the group visited Porthcurno Telegraph Museum on Friday morning finding he history intriguing and interesting and then went down to the beach to make the most of the glorious weather. We were told many a time how the stretch of coast was as pretty, if not more so, than the Côte d' Azure. The whole group went to a matinee production of "Guys and Dolls" at the Minack Theatre - the Americanisms in the dialogue provided a challenge to translation, but the scenery was more than adequate compensation. The action-packed day was concluded by the official meal which was held at the Carbis Bay Hotel followed
by a bit of dancing.

The guests spent Saturday with their host families and departed early Sunday morning for their return home.

There were a number of new members participating in the exchange which was enjoyed by all and now we're looking forward to our visit to them in Pordic during August.

Mike Stuckey, Chairman. mikestuckey@tiscali.co.uk

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