25 years ago

August 13, 1998

More than 50 new or additional bus routes in Cornwall are being introduced by the County Council over the next few months including a number in the Launceston, Camelford, Callington and Bude areas.

Tintagel is set to reap the benefits from the anticipated toursim influx caused by the discovery of a 1,400-year-old slate inscribed with the Latin of a British name Arthnou.

The Dairy Crest Creamery at Davidstow was awarded 14 prizes including the Murray Vernon Salver for the ‘Best UK Cheddar’ at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, held in Cheshire on July 28/29 1998.

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40 years ago

August 13, 1983

Mr Charles Winser, who retired on Thursday after 46 years with the Forestry Commission, was presented with a long service certificate by Mr George Holmes, director general of the Forestry Commission.

Caroline Haste, a 12-year-old member of Launceston Town Band, laid on an unexpected treat for a housebound friend of hers, Mr Fred Fussell, aged 82, of Fairfax Place, by arranging for the band to play outside his home.

A Delabole man who ran off when stopped by a store detective in Newquay and disposed of items stolen from the town’s Woolworth store was put on probation for two years last week.

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50 years ago

August 11, 1973

Mrs Joan Taylor, of St Thomas Hill, Launceston, who took a 50-50 chance and agreed to have an operation at a Plymouth Hospital, was this week able to see again for the first time in more than seven years. Mrs Taylor went totally blind in May 1966 after spending the previous five years with sight from one eye only.

Mr G F Stevens, of Whitegates, Poughill, has almost won his fight to have a footpath over his land declared a public right of way. Cornwall County Council was prepared to accept a decision by Bude-Stratton Urban Council that it should be included on the definitive map.

Rev E D Bonnar took a united service on Sunday at Coads Green Methodist Church. It was his farewell service as he is leaving the North Hill Circuit, his last appointment, to live at Polperro.

W D Gilbert of Ashwater was an outstanding exhibitor at the Launceston United Cottage Garden Society’s 129th annual show, in the town hall, being the winner of no less than six cups in the open vegetable and flower sections.

Melanie Cann on Bracken won the Treworra Cup at Advent Church gymkhana, which was opened by Mrs Hall of Hamatethy, who received a posy from Miss Sally Dawe, Camelford’s Carnival Queen.

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60 years ago

August 17, 1963

Among outstanding aircraft apprentices who have completed their training at No One Radio School, RAF Locking, Somerset, and received Air Ministry prizes was aircraft apprentice John Herbert Parkin, 19, of Forda, North Petherwin. Educated at Launceston College, he joined the RAF in September, 1960.

Messrs H M Martyn and Co, of Borough Bridgerule, have sold a young boar to the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, whose representatives visited the farm to select the animal.

Launcells new village hall was officially opened on Saturday by Mr R G Pomeroy, of Bradworthy. Among those attending the ceremony was Mr J J Smeeth, of Poundstock, who was president for the day. He was introduced by Mr E Honey, chairman of the management committee.

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70 years ago

August 15, 1953

Saturday was a red letter day for the people of Beaworthy for on that day the Parish Hall, for which they had worked so hard, was officially opened by the Mayor of Okehampton (Coun C Gynda Jones).

After completing 34 years service in the police force Sgt Albert James Perryman, of Lifton has retired.

Fire units from Tavistock on Monday were called to a hay fire in a stone building with a galvanised roof at North Park Farm, Albaston. The roof collapsed and had to be removed before the fire could be tackled effectively.

Pte Maurice Bradshaw, whose mother, Mrs Sam Bradshaw, resides at The Crescent, Lifton, was one of 75 British prisoners to be returned by the Communists at Penmunjorn, Korea, yesterday (Thursday).

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80 years ago

August 14, 1943

Killed in action: Sgt Ted Colwill, 29, of Hartland.

In a letter to the editor, the Rev L M Thompson, of Bodeglos, Launceston, suggests that the town’s war memorial, when peace comes, should take the form of a permanent well-designed ‘Youth Centre’, with a full time warden adn open every day of the week.

A Taunton firm, operating a canteen for a firm engaged on war work in the Camelford area, was fined £61 by Camelford magistrates, on Monday, for food rationing offences, including the sale of cakes. They were acquitted of selling sweets without ration coupons after a representative of the manufacturers had explained that they had been made from split sugar collected after mice had attacked bags in store.

Mr A G Biden, hon secretary of Bude and Stratton national savings committee reports that the committee has spent £50 for the benefit of the ship’s company of HMS Bude, which the area adopted in the Warship’s Week campaign.

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90 years ago

August 19, 1933

Austin Seven motor cars are to go up in price by £2 to £105 (two seater) and £118 (saloon). The Ten goes up to £158 and the Twelve to £188.

To help solve their acute water problems, Holsworthy UDC plan to build a 100,000 gallon reservoir at Eastcombe, Hollacombe.

Queen of Marhamchurch revel, Monday was Miss Irene Brooke, ages 14, with Master Clarence Blewett as herald and Master Horace Mason as page.

St Gennys horticultural show claims to be the largest such show in North Cornwall (845 entries this year).

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100 years ago

August 18, 1923

The body of Mr C T Wainwright, ages 21, who fell over a cliff at Polzeath, last week, will be buried as sea in accordance with his wish. He was a nephew of the late Nurse Cavell.

Miss Anna Maria Gurney, of Trebursye, Launceston, who died last June, left estate of the gross value of £86,575 (net personally £29,716). Her will directs that the Trebursye Estate shall be sold. The executors are Mr J S Tregonning (Landue), Sir A W May (Tresmeet, St Tudy), and Rev P T Fullman (Vicar of South Petherwin), who each receives £200. She made bequests to employees and friends, left £7,400 for Launceston and other hospitals and also made provision for the Mission Room and School at Tregadillett and for the Church of St Stephens and St Mary Magdalene, Launceston, and South Petherwin.