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Quiz Night – Tuesday 10 April at the Wheel Inn 8.30pm

A quiz night organised by Simon and Alison at the Wheel Inn. There is a £2 entry fee per person.

A raffle will also be held in aid of the Royal Naval Association St Austell Branch. Please come and support us and have some fun at the same time.

Tresillian Playing Field Urgently Needs Your Support – Public Meeting, Tresillian Methodist Chapel Hall, Wednesday 28 March at 7.30pm

20 years ago a committee was formed to manage and create what became ‘The Playing Field’. During the early days we had a number of very practical committee members who undertook the establishment of the Playing Field as we now know it. Fencing was erected and the football pitch cut in. Next came the purchase of the play equipment and swings appeared, as well as the climbing frame and slide. More recently the springers and see-saw arrived.

None of this happened by chance. Funds were raised by ‘Raft Races’, ‘Football Tournaments’, ‘raffles’ and bequests but this could only be achieved via a committee who shared ideas and skills.

Over the last 10 years we have found the committee to be depleted due to various reasons and have muddled on without a proper committee. Most of the practical work has fallen to Andrew Tullet and his lawnmower-volunteer John Ellicott who have both done a sterling job of maintaining the field. I have continued to manage the finances but for health reasons I need to retire. We have managed financially due to donations from the ‘Bonus Ball’ at the Wheel Inn and I offer due thanks to Simon for managing that lifeline in such a tremendous fashion.

The simple fact is, that this situation has to be rectified. Unless the Committee is reformed and the proper management is re-established ‘the Playing Field’ will be unsustainable as an entity and have to be closed. Trust me, this is not an empty threat!

A New Playing Field Management Committee needs to be formed with a new Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and possibly 2 or 3 Committee members. Will YOU help?

Andrew, Christine, Graham and myself are willing to guide the committee forward but it needs new members and new enthusiasm. Maintaining and developing this facility can be great fun and should mean that the field is kept in good order and even improved. There is also the fact that, from October to April very little needs to be done down at the field so it really is only a summer commitment.

Can you offer to give up just a little of your time? Working with Andrew and John, the new committee and volunteers will assist in ongoing maintenance and think of fundraising ideas. It could all be done with minimum effort. In fact realistically, maintenance would be easy enough and then fundraising and development could come to the fore.

This is an important facility for our village, and I’m sure nobody would wish to see it closed down.

Mike Gregory 07816 847355.
30 Polsue Way Tresillian.

Due to adverse weather the 03 March litter pick will now be held on Saturday 10 March at 10am volunteers welcome!

Help to keep our village looking clean and tidy. An organised litter pick will take place on Saturday 10 March. Rubbish bags and some litter pickers will be available to volunteers.

Meet at Playing Field at 10.00am. Refreshments available at the Chapel afterwards.

Contact Helen Nicholson Tel: 01872 520 295 Email:

Mothers Day Coffee Morning at Tresillian Methodist Chapel, Saturday 10 March 10.30-12pm

Mothers Day Coffee Morning including “Bake your own Hot Cross Bun”!

Contact Helen Nicholson Tel: 01872 520 295 Email:

Tresillian Village Improvement Group – A News Report on Activities Undertaken By The Group

Quiz night, Litter Pick, new schemes for 2018 and our entry for Southwest Britain in Bloom. Visit our dedicated page on this website here and look for our News Reports.

Tresillian Photographic Archive Project – Keith Littlejohns

Wheel Inn c1910

I am proposing setting up an organised collection of photographic images for our village that, hopefully, will remain as a permanent unified digital archive of life in Tresillian through the decades for future generations to have available.

Building this archive relies heavily on source material being forthcoming. To that end I am asking residents of Tresillian (or known past residents that have moved away but may have some suitable images) to make contact with me regarding the loan of images so that I can make professional scans and return the original prints or negatives to the owner.

This could turn out to be a quite substantial task and as a result I am expecting the building of the archive to be split into phases. For the initial phase I will be concentrating solely on gathering together a collection of older images from very early days up to and including 1979.

If you think you may have some suitable photographs I can be contacted via the village website by emailing me using this website’s Contact page. There is no need to go into great detail at first as I will make contact to talk about any images you consider may be of interest. I’m really only looking to archive images that have recorded village life and how it has evolved through time. Eventually, as time allows, I will add more modern images from 1980 onwards to take the story forward.

If possible, it would be very useful if you have information such as dates (roughly will do), names of people or locations or any other details you think may be of interest. If you don’t yet use email, please do ask a friend or neighbour to make contact on your behalf as old images are of particular interest for this first phase.

Keith Littlejohns

Tresillian’s Missing Milestone – An Ongoing Story

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:

HER Number:

TRESILLIAN – Post Medieval milestone

The site of a milestone on the SE side of the A39 in Tresillian – BODMIN 21¼ TRURO 3.

Grid Reference:
SW 8635 4604

St Clement, Carrick, Cornwall

Protected Status: None recorded
Other Statuses/Codes: none recorded

Monument Types
Milestone (Post Medieval – 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description
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.

Further news about the missing milestone will be added as soon as it becomes available.

Keith Littlejohns

Tresillian Village has 2 Defibrillator Units fully operational

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.

A Sample of Website Testimonials Received

What an amazing memory of the afternoon [Cream Tea for The Queen 2016]. Well done to Keith for producing it. Very well put together and excellent music choice.
Aileen Bratton

Thank you, Keith.  Looks very good [swans] on the website along with all the other information you have published – well done!
Phillip Buddell

Just seen this new site. Lovely photos of Tresillian and interesting facts. Wish you well with it. Hope you get lots of comments and participation
Tina Earley

Website is great – thank you.  Just a quick note to say ‘Thank You’ for getting a Tresillian website up and running well.”
Desiree Tillgren

Thank you for your beautiful pictures and website design for the village.
Ann McCormick

Great to meet you, and much thanks for including church activities on the village website, it really is the way forward!
Billa Jeans

After getting the leaflet delivered by ‘Keith’ this week and having a quick chat in the garden at time of delivery. I thought I would check the website out. Absolutely fantastic, beautiful photo’s and puts the village in the here and now. Well done to you and I really hope the site goes from strength to strength. I am going to give the details to some family members to check it out. Well done and thank you so much for all the effort you have put into it, to make it so professional and enjoyable.
Geraldine Rawbone

A friend of ours in Sussex, who used to live in the village, is thrilled with the site as it will keep her up to date on what is happening here.
Lesley Dobel

Fantastic website, well done to all who was involved.
Kirsten Lean

What a wonderful community website for our village with lots of information and history. Well done and very impressed. Keep up the good work.
Karl Russell, Treglyn, Tresillian

I’ve had a look round – its very easy to use!
Helen Nicholson

I enjoyed looking at the site and thank you for the lovely photo of the Tresillian road sign for which I designed the emblem of the Roundhead and Cavalier at the invitation of the Highways dept. of course a reference to the civil war battle nearby. I wonder if there are any rusting cannon balls in the river.”
Janet Bailey.

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