25 years ago

July 23, 1998

Bude-based Zuma Jay Surfboards has been refuse permission to expand its business after an array of local opposition. Six letters from residents of Hanover House, Bude, including a petition of 42 names, objected to the application for full planning permission to erect an extension and uprate the existing workshop and store at Vicarage Road.

A Kilkhampton mother-of-four who used to write witty wedding speeches for stressed-out best men has just published her first book of poetry. Val Shadrick’s ‘earthy’ sense of humour portrayed in some of her poetry has been much in demand for events from Bradworthy Football Club’s annual dinner to friends parties but her ability to express her feelings through the written word has also been her therapy in times of personal crisis.

Mainly children from Delabole, with a little adult supervision, carried out a sponsored walk around the quarry in aid of Children’s Hospice SW. Esther Richardson was the co-ordinator. Each circuit of the quarry is approximately one more. Over £300 was raised by the children.

Hot on the heels of the revelation of plans to rejuvenate Tintagel has come under criticism. Despite overwhelming support for the plans in general at a recent public meeting, some local residents have hit out at the proposals which could gain up to £1-million in funding.

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40 years ago

July 23, 1983

After seventeen years at South Petherwin School, Mrs Derry Maunder, the infants teacher, retired this month, and last week she received farewell presentations at the school sports. 

Mr Clive Tidball, of Holsworthy, crowned Whitstone’s carnival queen Miss Janet Nancekivell, at St Anne’s Hall on Friday. Her attendants are Joanne Short and Sarah Dickenson, and the pageboy is Robert Orchard.

World Super Star Brian Hooper, opened the Launceston College Fete last week.

Messts Adrian Pearce, of South West Models, Ashley Officer (secretary) and Terry Mounce (chairman), of Launceston College Midel Car Club, manning the club’s stand at the Model and Craft Exhibition in Launceston Town Hall on Saturday.

A record number of trade stands (120) greeted the many hundred of people who arrived early in beautiful weather for the 95th Launceston Agricultural Show at Kennards House yesterday (Thursday). Show secretary Mr Leslie Vanstone was delighted at the overall support for the show in all its varied sections.

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50 years ago

July 21, 1973

At the annual meeting of Holsworthy Court Leet the Portreeve, Mr Frank Kellaway, announced that apart from the appointment of Mr F H Stanlake as an aletaster (apprentice) there were no changes in the officers’ of the Court. The prizes to schoolchildren of the town went to Lorraine and Steven Prouse (Primary School) and Shirley Gliddon and Guy Barriball (Secondary School).

At Launceston Agricultural Association’s 86th annual exhibition at Kennards House, Launceston YFC, in two teams of five, sheared 100 lambs for Cornish chairties. Team members were Eric and Joan Uglow, Philip Gynn, Eric Gillbard and Keith Gribble, Francis Uglow, Graham Tucker, Gerald Venning, Michael Gynn and Jim Kempthorne.

At Bude-Strattom County Secondary School speech day, the last to be held before the school amalgamates with the Grammar School in September to become the Budehaven Comprehensive School.

Mr F J W Whiting, club chairman, introduced the speakers at the official opening of Tintagel Surf Life Saving Club’s new headquarters by Ald Kimberley Foster, chairman of Cornwall County Council. Those attending the ceremony included the club’s first secretary, Mr E W Foster of Trebarwith, who was now president. 

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60 years ago

July 26, 1963

It was reported to Cornwall County Council on Tuesday that plans are being prepared for the proposed new Launceston by-pass, which would have a dual carriageway between Pennygillam Cross and Lifton Down. To this, the A30 trunk road, there would be no access to Hurdon Road as the by-pass would cross it on a fly-over bridge.

The Victorian postbox at Daws House was visited on Monday by a queen, but she did not receive very good reception. When the postman, Mr Frayn, came to empty the pillar box he found that a number of bees were flying around it, which prevented him from opening the box.

Seventeen-year-old Miss Sheila Baker, a children’s nurse, of 9, Forrester’s Road, Holsworthy, has been awarded the Queen’s commendation award for bravery. Following an electrical fault, fire swept through Chasty Eley, a timber bungalow, the home of Mr Alan Penhale, a Holsworthy vet, his wife and six young children. Both parents were out at the time. Sheila was with the three eldest children in the lounge. She shepherded them outside, returned to a bedroom for the youngest children — twins, aged 18 months — and carried them to safety, then broke the window to get into another bedroom to rescue their three-year-old sister.

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70 years ago

July 23, 1953

Mr H Nicholls, of Lifton, has had his photograph taken with two vipers he killed recently. One was 5ft long and the other was two-and-a-half feet long.

Mr Richard Keighley, the well-known Lifton footballer and cricketer, sustained a smashed kneecap as a result of slipping on a platform as Launceston Station on Friday. He is an employee of British Railways.

While working in his garden, Mr F J Hamley, of St Stephens Hill, found a coin of George II, dated 1780.

Launceston Town Council has won its point with the Ministry of Agriculture over the filling out of a form connected with the national survey of allotment production. The Ministry is withdrawing the form after this year.

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80 years ago

July 24, 1943

Reportedly missing: Lewis Curtis, of The Village, Northlew, serving with the RAF, Prisoner of War: Thomas Charles Williams, of Northgate Street, Launceston; Gnr W R Wring, of Millball, Crackington Haven; Gnr R Ellacott, of Yeolmbridge.

American troops and a number of civilians gave a great welcome to Bob Hope, the stage, screen and radio star, when he appeared at the Parish Hall Bridestowe, on Wednesday. Also in the show was singer Frances Langford.

Owing to the difficulty in obtaining full-time staff, the British Restaurant at Launceston may have to close. It supplies 2,000 meals a week, including those to school-children. The rate of pay for women workers is 10d an hour.

Holsworthy Amateur Dramatic Society presented Barrie’s comedy, “Dear Brutus”, at the cinema last week. Parts were taken by Christine Evans, Frank Sulman, Millicent Hannaford, Evelyn Harley, William Barker, Ella Goodman, Gwen Chapman, Menor Piper, Jack Sargent, John Yeo jnr, Tom Humphreys, Christine Evans was also the producer.

The milk ration is being cut from three to two-and-a-half pints per week.

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90 years ago

July 29, 1933

Mr and Mrs John Millison have again made history by being the first husband and wife team to fly the Atlantic. She is the former Miss Amy Johnson.

Electric lighting has been installed in Lydford Church by Alderman F J W Nicholls.

Stratton is up in arms over the decision of the Stratton and Bude Urban Council on Friday to drop the name of Stratton from its title.

The Launceston Football Club which took over from the Launceston Town Club and the Launceston Rovers, both of which were in debt, has doubts as to its future. But it was decided to carry on.

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100 years ago

July 28, 1923

For a savage attack on the Master’s assistant, Mr Varcoe, at Launceston Workhouse, a tramp was sent to prison for a month on Monday.

Holsworthy Poultry and Agricultural Show was held for the 21st time yesterday, entries totalling over 1,000. Poultry secretary for the whole 21 years has been Mr J Hicks, with Mr L J Orchard as horticultural secretary.

Feeling at Boscastle concerning a gate erected by the Lord of the Manor (Mr Bellamy) across the road near the bridge led to a parish council resolution to Camelford RDC that it should be removed. At Thursday’s RDC meeting a letter was also read from Mr Bellamy’s solicitors, claiming that it was a private road and the gate was to prevent intrusion by charabancs. It was agreed that Mr Bellamy should be interviewed.