Treasure Hunt & Cream Tea – 2nd July 2017
1.30 pm Meet at the Wheel Inn, riverside walk to St Clement and and head back to the Wheel Inn for a Cream Tea.
3.30 pm Cream Tea at the Wheel Inn.
SONGS of PRAISE
Treasure Hunt entry fee £1 Cream Tea £2 per head. A prize will be awarded to the winner of the Treasure Hunt.
Tresillian’s Missing Milestone
As a person fascinated by local history I could not resist picking up from Chris Clarke’s excellent article published in the spring 2017 edition of TRAM Magazine regarding Tresillian’s missing milestone. His article stimulated me into taking up the challenge of conducting further research myself.
Using additional information kindly supplied to me by village resident Lewis Mitchell, which he found on an old 1960 edition Ordnance Survey map, a distinct reference point has now been established. The Tresillian milestone’s position is marked on the OS map by the usual very small black dot accompanied by the letters MS, albeit slightly masked by a black circular graphic. Using my own copy of the same map, OS SW 84 Truro 1:25,000, I was also able to confirm the exact location.
By cross referencing this data with Cornwall Council’s excellent online Interactive Map website I was able to double check the exact position where the milestone once stood, or at least close enough given the disruption created by the 1960s A390 road widening/levelling scheme and adjacent change of land-use. Both the 1960 OS map and CC’s Interactive Map show the location as being on the south side of the A390 where the current Audi dealership is situated.
Thanks to information also gleaned from the CC Interactive Map a detailed Cornwall & Scilly Historic Environment Record (HER) reference reads as follows:
TRESILLIAN – Post Medieval milestone
The site of a milestone on the SE side of the A39 in Tresillian – BODMIN 21¼ TRURO 3.
SW 8635 4604
St Clement, Carrick, Cornwall
Protected Status: None recorded
Other Statuses/Codes: none recorded
Milestone (Post Medieval – 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
A milestone is recored on the SE side of the A39 in Tresillian, on both the 1st Edition 1:2500 OS map, annotated TRURO 3 BODMIN 20, and on the 2nd Edition 1:2500 OS map c1907 annotated BODMIN 21¼ TRURO 3. The milestone is not recorded on the modern OS Mastermap 2010, suggesting it has been lost, possibly due to road alignment alterations in the C20.
Associated Finds: none recorded
Associated Events: none recorded
Related records: none recorded
So, a milestone clearly did exist inside the village at a point along its main highway outside the current Audi dealership. Interestingly, the CC Interactive map has the A390 labeled as A39 at that point (note, must make CC aware of the error).
I have recently placed a request with our local parish council asking if, in the light of information now currently available, the possibility of the missing milestone being reinstated could be raised at a parish council meeting and that it could be pursued using the offices of the parish council.
Let’s hope that Tresillian’s missing milestone can either be found languishing in a council yard somewhere and reinstated, or that a replica can be produced using information recorded by C&S’s HER database so that our village’s milestone is no longer the only one missing in the chain of 12 historical milestones that run from Truro to Braddon.
If anyone has any more information or knowledge they think would be helpful or interesting regarding the missing milestone then please do contact me using the contact form on this site and I will publish it online as part of this continuing fascinating story. If you wish to receive emailed alerts as soon newsworthy items about village life are published online you can subscribe to the website for free using the box provided at the bottom right of most pages on the site.
Incidentally, most milestones you’ll see date from the 1700s or later, when new Turnpike roads were legally required to have milestone markers. It meant passengers and goods carried on the stagecoaches could be charged standardised rates for the distance they travelled. You’ll also see plenty of milestones along canals, also used to calculate how much people would be charged for moving their goods by barge.
St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Tresillian Open Public Event, 15th March 2017
A highly successful turnout of local residents attended the Tresillian Open Public Event organised by the St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group held at Truro Audi’s Tresillian premises.
The event, part of a series of three (see earlier news alert item further down this page), had on display in graphic form results of the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire distributed last autumn to all households in the parish of St Clement. Several Steering Group members were on hand during the evening to answer questions, and supplementary mini-questionnaires were handed out for visitors to fill in relating to a number of original questions that were considered worthy of further comments.
The Neighbourhood Plan project is on track to fulfil its obligations regarding gathering local opinion within the parish. As part of this ongoing process visitors were asked if they wished to play an active part by offering voluntary help with the next phase to build a picture of the character of each area and the parish as a whole under the title of Landscape Character Assessment. Training is required and will be made available to candidate volunteers.
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns
Annual Tresillian Village Litter Pick – 11th March 2017
A group of volunteers met at the village playing field on Saturday 11 March for our annual litter pick from one end of the village to the other and this year we collected 9 sacks of rubbish which, although it is a lot, has reduced in quantity each year we’ve been doing this, so that can be seen as a positive. We then all finished up at the Chapel for very welcome refreshments.
The Mystery of the Vanishing Tresillian Post Box – March 2017
An enquiry has been received from a village resident, Frances Deacon regarding the disappearance of a Post Office post box from its usual location at River View. This was an obvious job for our village website’s super-sleuth to investigate.
When mentioning its disappearance to Claire at the recently relocated post office inside the Texaco petrol station, she said that she did not know about it but that she was expecting a visit from a Post Office official later that day, and would get back if there was more information available. After speaking with him about the missing post box she was able to pass on the following explanation.
Apparently, this post box had been subject to ‘storm damage’ which resulted in its content of mail being damaged. The Post Office subsequently taped up the post box along with a notice to say that it was out of use. However, according to the Post Office official, a person or persons unknown allegedly removed the tape and notice and as a result use of the post box by local residents resumed.
Because of the storm damage and alleged interference the Post Office has removed the post box and so far as anyone knows there is no decision yet as to whether the post box will be reinstated or not.
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns
‘Mary’s Pastys’ Café/Shop Opened 8th March 2017
Mary of ‘Marys Pastys’ has taken over the old Tresillian village shop premises and opened a café/shop.
Mary’s husband sadly passed away a couple of years ago and she says that not only was this a truly awful time for her, but that it also affected her enthusiasm for her pasty business venture. However, with renewed enthusiasm and great support from her family she has now taken the bold step of entering the world of retail as an additional element to her regular wholesale pasty sales.
As the photos above show, there is a variety of foods and drinks for sale and consumption inside the shop. Hot pasties (obviously), along with a variety of cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks. Mary says that more foods will become available if the demand is there.
Since the closure of the garden centre café there has not been a tea/coffee shop open in the village to sit and chat over a cuppa and cake.
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns
Tresillian now has 2 Defibrillator Units fully operational – February/March 2017
Go to the Community>Health>Tresillian Defibrillators section of our website for full details
Remember. Always dial 999 for ambulance services first! This is vital so that professional medical personnel can respond to an emergency and make their way as soon as possible to the patient’s location.
St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Public Open Events 11th, 15th & 18th March
Quiz Night – Wheel Inn, Tresillian – Tuesday 21st February 8.30pm
On Tuesday 21 February, Alison and Simon hosted a quiz night at the Wheel Inn in aid of Tresillian Village Improvement Group’s planting funds. This was very well attended, with the first prize being Sunday lunch at the Wheel for two couples, kindly donated by Alison and Simon.
We also held a raffle with lots of prizes and raised enough money to pay for the boat to be planted by Truro City Council Parks Department this summer. The whole evening was great fun and our thanks to Alison and Simon for their kindness in hosting this event and to Alison for preparing the questions and acting as quizmaster.
We certainly had a good laugh as well as our brains being challenged.
Tresillian Post Office Relocating – February 2017
Tuesday, 7th February was a very sad day for the Village, when the Tresillian Stores village shop closed its door for the very last time. This was due entirely to the business no longer being a viable commercial going concern since Post Office Limited made a decision to move Post Office Counter Services to the nearby Texaco petrol station shop.
Judith and Brian Smitham had been running and investing in their Tresillian Stores business for over year, including Post Office services. Prior to that a Post Office has been operational for many years from the same premises.
Judith and Brian received a huge amount of support from the local community when Post Office Limited controversially announced that they wanted to relocate the village Post Office. Local residents held a meeting at Tresillian village hall where a vote was taken resulting in unanimous support for keeping the status quo. Support also came when local Member of Parliament, Sarah Newton; local Cornwall Councillor, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons and local St Clement Parish Council Chairman, Peter Thomas all took part in a further public meeting, this time held at Tresillian Stores, that also included Post Office Head of Relations, Mr Stuart Taylor representing Post Office Limited.
However, despite substantial support from village residents in favour of leaving the Post Office services where they were at Tresillian Sores the Post Office’s decision was final, insisting that the Post Office had to be moved to a new premises.
The relocated Post Office Counter Services opened on Thursday, 9th February at the Texaco Garage. Post Office Counter Services are published as being available from 6am until 10pm every weekday, and also on Saturdays and Sundays.
Update – Village Shop:
It is expected that Mary of the famous ‘Mary’s Pasties’ will re-open the shop very soon, selling her Cornish pasties and other hot snacks, plus milk, cream and possibly newspapers as well.
See new news item: Marys Pastys Café/Shop Opened 8th March 2017
October 2016 – Daffodil Planting
More than fourteen volunteers took part in a mass daffodil planting along the village’s A390 grass verges over two Sunday’s in October, the 23rd and 30th. Some 5,000 daffodil bulbs were planted during the two days, bringing the total planted in recent years by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group to 23,000, which, of course, will naturally multiply over time.
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns
October 2016 – South West in Bloom 2016 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’.
The Tresillian Village Improvement Group has recently been awarded the top level of ‘Outstanding’ by the Royal Horticultural Society and South West in Bloom at a Britain in Bloom award ceremony held on 6th October 2016 at The County Cricket Ground, Taunton, Somerset.
Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, wife of local Cornwall Cllr. Mike Eathorne-Gibbons’, picked up the award certificate on behalf of the TVIG. Mike complimented the group saying “ Very well done to all concerned. I am delighted you have achieved such a spectacular result.”
The South West in Bloom assessor took into consideration schemes such as the planting of many thousands of daffodil bulbs along the A390 grass verge, the village ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter picking, the Tresillian Village Open Gardens event and our village allotment site.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved.
It’s Your Neighbourhood is a unique scheme for volunteered community gardening projects/groups which are focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area, whether that is the estate where they live or the back alley they share or the local community centre’s outdoor space. It’s Your Neighbourhood is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme which welcomes projects/groups of all kinds.
Following the assessors’ visit, certificates of achievement are presented to all participating groups at annual award ceremonies organised by the Regions/ Nations in Bloom.
The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign has five levels of achievement in bands from 0 to 100 points:
Level 1 Establishing 0-35
Level 2 Improving 36-52
Level 3 Developing 53-68
Level 4 Thriving 69-85
Level 5 Outstanding 86-100
The Tresillian Village Improvement Group would like to thank the many volunteers that turn out to help and support the various schemes and events that led to this award being given.
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August 2016 – Tresillian’s Latest Area of Wildflowers is Blooming
Earlier this year wildflower seeds were sown by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group on a section of roadside on the A390 close to the new cycle/walkway bridge at Trevalla Stream.
The area to be sown was carefully prepared by raking over before sowing followed by walking purposefully over the broadcast seeds to ensure close contact wth the soil as an aid to germination. Due to the dry conditions at the time a good soaking was essential followed by similar regular watering for a number of weeks afterwards during a prolonged period of relatively low rainfall. Happily, the seeds not only germinated exceptionally well but the resulting plants are now fully in bloom and looking healthy. It is hoped that some of the plants will go on to set seed for the following year.
Roadside wildflowers on the A390 close to the new cycle/walkway bridge at Trevalla Stream. All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns
Tresillian Open Gardens 2016 – Sunday 17th July, 1.30pm to 6pm – Report
A gloriously sunny afternoon saw several gardens open for visitors to explore at their leisure to raise money for charity. All of the open gardens being within easy walking distance of each other.
Teas & homemade cakes were available at a well sited spot.
A wide variety of great value plants for sale.
Most of the gardens are on sloping ground and have been a challenge for the owners to design and construct. Trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables make up an array of textures and colour, with each garden having an individual touch creating a selection of interest for those that visited.
Owners were on hand to greet visitors and answer questions passing on their experience of gardening in Tresillian.
For only the second time the relatively new, but by now looking well established, Tresillian Allotment Association’s site was also included as part of the open gardens day.
It was estimated that 152 people attended, some from nearby as well across the county of Cornwall plus a number from other parts of the UK including Gloucestershire, the midlands and East Anglia. Also, a British couple now resident in Germany but on holiday in Cornwall saw the signage in the village and decided to pay a visit.
In all a total of £1,299 was taken on the day made up of £610 at the gate, £310 for refreshments, £355 from plant sales and a £99 donation, which less expenses of £39 left £1,265 for charitable donations. The major benefactors being The RSPCA and the Tresillian Village Hall with £500 each, a donation of £200 also went towards the village defibrillator fund. The remaining £65 was allocated to the church and allotment association.
Sunday 12th June 2016 from 3pm to 5pm, A village cream tea party was held to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday
Despite dubious looking weather at the start of the day the gloom and clouds eventually dissipated with the sun coming out of hiding just at the right moment, and thankfully staying with us throughout the length outdoor event.
The setting could not have been more appropriate. Situated beside the Tresillian River on a grassy bank behind the thatched Wheel Inn, that is reputed to have its origins as long ago as the 14th century, lent a sense of atmosphere that would be difficult to equal.
It was estimated that over 80 people of all ages attended the celebration during the two hours enjoying delicious cream teas and cakes for sale which were generously made and donated by a number of villagers. The large amount of visitors surprised the organisers, the Tresillian Village Improvement Group, and beat all their expectations.
The highlight of the afternoon took place when two senior lady residents of the village, Margaret Maycock (93 years) and Beryl Vickary (90 years this year) jointly cut the magnificent, towering special 90th birthday celebration cake made by Jackie Goodway. Rev. Canon Linda Barley said grace, led the singing of the national anthem and thanked everyone for attending the event as well as organisers and helpers for making it all happen.
During the proceedings a raffle was held to also raise funds for the various village improvement schemes that brighten up the roadside verges and war memorial. Overall, the total sum of money raised during the afternoon was almost £280, with an expenditure of £45 for jam and cream this then left approximately £235 remaining.
Video slideshow follows:
Tresillian Village celebration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday. Photos: © Keith Littlejohns. Music: Master of the Feast © Kevin MacLeod. (Last photo in the sequence: Left: Margaret Maycock (93 years), Right: Beryl Vickary (90 years this year, 2016).
The event was supported by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group, the Wheel Inn and the Tresillian Garden Centre
Swans nesting on Tresillian River – March-April-May-June 2016
During March 2016, a pair of swans were observed nesting on the grass embankment of the Tresillian River opposite the home of Phillip and Linda Buddell. Phillip relates that on March 7th the pen laid a single egg, followed by a further 5 eggs since then.
So far, one signet has hatched and appears to be in healthy condition. Sadly, the remaining eggs are now probably no longer viable as it has been quite some time since they were laid.
Phillip has written an extended article with an explanation of how he and Linda helped the new family to survive the rising spring tides. This will be published in a future edition of TRAM.
Swans nesting on Tresillian River 2016. Photos: © Phillip Buddell
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