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Woman Driver Captures Speeding Driver on Her Dashcam Overtaking Her Whilst Driving on A390 Through Tresillian – 03 December 8.05pm 

Tuesday, December 3rd at 8.05pm. A woman driver was constantly, closely tailgated with headlights reflecting in her rearview mirror after she had slowed down when entering the Truro end of Tresillian village to abide by the 30mph speed limit. Her dashcam captured the driver overtaking her vehicle and speeding away very fast into the distance just a few seconds later passing Manor Cottage.

Road Traffic Accident in Tresillian 03 December 2019

Photo © Keith Littlejohns.
At around 4.45pm this evening there was a RTA between a number of vehicles on the busy A390 outside Primrose Cottages, not far from the Wheel Inn public house. Police and ambulance services attended the incident, but there are no reports of any serious injuries. Traffic in both directions along this regularly busy stretch of the A390 slowed to a snails pace as commuter and local traffic backed up for several miles in both directions.

A member of the local community who was one of the first on the scene assisted in managing traffic past the damaged vehicles that were blocking the road.

Photo © Keith Littlejohns.
Police who questioned drivers say they are trying to ascertain how the accident happened.

BT Public Telephone Box Consultation – Consideration of Removal

BT are currently engaged in public consultation regarding their intention to consider removing the public telephone box in Tresillian village beside the A390, opposite Millcot and Watersmeet. The consultation period will end on 09 February 2020.

BT records show that within the previous 12 months just one call was made from this telephone box.

Any objections from members of the local community can be sent to the Parish Clerk, St Clement Parish Council (contact details are on the St Clement Parish Council page under the Community tab).

Any objections to the removal of the telephone box require an explanation as to why it should not be removed.

Quiz Night – Wheel Inn 26th November 2019, 8pm

Simon and Alison will be holding another one of their excellent Quiz Nights in aid of Cancer research.

Follow up News on 27th November: The quiz night raised an amazing £177,00 for Cancer research. Well done Simon and Alison and all those who gave generously.

Report – 10th November 2019 Ceremony of Remembrance, Playing Field War Memorial

On a bright, sunny Cornish autumnal Sunday many villagers attended a ceremony of remembrance for the fallen at Tresillian’s war memorial in the Playing Field.

Prayers were led by Cannon Rev Linda Barley.

Polsue Way Road Undermining Relating to Planning Application PA12/11833

The Heron Close/Polsue Way embankment debacle continues month after month without any idea of when the situation is likely to be suitably resolved which is making some local residents understandably very concerned.

Reading through planning application PA12/11833 and other public domain associated documentation published on the Cornwall Council website brings up some interesting threads.

It would seem that Mrs Tina Early, of 6 Heron Close, who’s property adjoins the land where the proposed new property is to be built, included an item in her objections directly relating to potential road embankment damage under the title of ‘Geotechnical appraisal & Excavation Risks’. She asks if a geotechnical appraisal has been made regarding safety and viability of proposed construction methods stated. Mrs Early also requested written confirmation that a visual inspection of the proposed site was undertaken. This document is available for public viewing as the first listed item under Public Comments.

There does not seem to be any official documentation to confirm that any visual inspection was made. However, there is a document from Messer’s Stephen Payne Planning acting on behalf of Mrs Bridget Roberts, the planning applicant, that can be viewed as item 4 under Documents. This document does reference positive assurance of land stability as a result of proposed construction under ‘Effect of excavation’.

There is other subsequent documentation threads from The Planning Inspectorate and Messer’s Stephen Payne Planning relating to a financial claim made against Cornwall Council by Mrs Bridget Roberts for refusal of an application appeal.

All of this written documentation was circulating in 2013/14. The most recent information, not on the CC Planning pages, relates to the developer’s 3m undermining of the pavement/road. It would seem that there is a stand-off between the developer and Cormac regarding the appropriate method to be used to stabilise the undermining.

None of this makes local residents any the less concerned, especially if the current undermining escalates through environmental erosion to such an extent that a larger section of the road  would have to be closed completely for safety reasons. Every household in the part of Tresillian affected could then be stranded without vehicular access onto any external road. This would also be true for emergency, general service and commercial vehicles needing access to affected households. Services such as water, electricity, gas, sewage and telecoms could also be compromised leaving households without vital service for heating, lighting, cooking, personal hygiene etc.

Just pause for a moment and think what would happen if the very worst happened just before Christmas and residents holiday festivities were ruined as a result. This would surely energise residents to take out a class action to recoup all of their expenses.

Nobody want’s to see a repeat of the tragic circumstances that surrounded the serious road collapse caused by land erosion due to heavy rainfall which blighted a community in Looe during March 2013 for several weeks. It emerged after the event that a 60 page document concerning safety had been handed by residents to Cornwall Council some two months before the landslip occurred.

Useful contacts and information sources:
Cornwall Council Website – Planning Applications and enter PA12/11833 in the search box.

Cornwall Council Website – Report/Track an issue
Not as easy to locate as it used to be. First go to website home page, click on ‘Report something’ rectangle and search links for ‘Road Surfaces’, then ‘track an issue’ giving Works Ref UF999HEDH/HERON/GP. However, this only returns a message ‘No problem found…’, so is pretty useless.

A little bit better solution is to follow the CC website links through ‘Home / Transport and streets / Roadworks’ and give a location for a map, them move around the map until you find the spot marked on Heron Close/Polsue way. However, again, although it does at least give an explanation the information provided is pretty scant.

Finally, you cold try contacting Cormac directly but you will likely be bounced back to Cornwall Council as the provider of this information.

If you don’t already have it to hand, the number to call if you notice the traffic lights are not working is 0845 371 5050.

Tresillian in Bloom 2019 – Report

A major task undertaken in recent years by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group is taking part in South west in Bloom, one of several regional Britain in Bloom competitions held across the UK. From first competing just a few years ago at the basic ‘Neighbourhood’ competition level the TVIG volunteers are now achieving results in the higher ‘Village Pennant’ category.

This year the bar was raised by the RHS elevating judging of the Village Pennant class to national level making judging assessment marking more strict. The good news is we did not slip down from our previous award level by managing to retain a Silver Pennant. This is a tremendous achievement for our small village and testament to the sheer dedication and hard work of all the volunteers who helped throughout the year.

The following is a random selection of photos showing some of the various projects undertaken by volunteers.

All photos are © Keith Littlejohns

All photos are © Keith Littlejohns

All photos are © Keith Littlejohns

More details about this year’s competition entry can be found in the ‘Tresillian in Bloom 2019’ portfolio submitted to the judges which can be downloaded here.

Official Opening of The Playing Field’s New Children’s Play Equipment – Sunday, June 30th 2019

June seems like a long time ago but the memory of a lovely village celebration still lingers! Thanks to so many of you for supporting our official opening – it was a great sight to see the children running onto the new equipment after the official opening by Hon. Evelyn Boscawen. Sarah Newton MP presented some flowers to Christine Kitley in recognition of her contribution on the committee.

Above photos: top left and right crowds gathered at the Playing Field; bottom left Helen Nicholson, Playing Field Committee Chair and MC for the day; bottom right Sarah Newton MP counting down for the Hon EAH Boscawen to cut the official opening ribbon. All photos © Keith Littlejohns.

Above photos: some of the new playing equipment being eagerly enjoyed by children.
All photos © Keith Littlejohns.

Above photos: top left Cornwall Cllr Mike Eathorne Gibbons also cutting ribbon; top right busy hot food stand serving meals; bottom left raffle prizes on offer; bottom right Mrs Christine Kitley, being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Sarah Newton MP for her contribution to the playing field committee. All photos © Keith Littlejohns.

What a lot of work has subsequently transformed the field into a much loved village asset. It was great to see so many people in the Playing Field over the summer months as well. Greater use has led to more litter though – please pick it up and take it home. The environment is now a major issue and we ALL have to play our part in conservation and improving our standards.

Helen Nicholson

Tresillian Wildlife Articles (Steady on! Not that kind of wild life) – Various Contributors – Check out latest items added by following the Wildlife & Natural History Page link below

Wildlife articles can be accessed by visiting the Wildlife & Natural History Page and selecting the relevant year link at the bottom of the page. The Tresillian website welcomes any stories or photos of your wildlife/Natural History observations in Tresillian and its close environs. Hedgehog, bird or any other wild animal sighting or naturalised flowers or plants of interest that catch your attention. We would love to hear from you. Just get in contact via our Contact page and we will be back in touch with you about your story/photos.

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.

Cllr 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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