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Report – 11th November 2018 Ceremony of Remembrance, Playing Field War Memorial

On a sunny, Cornish autumnal Sunday over 50 people attended a ceremony of remembrance for the fallen at Tresillian’s war memorial in the Playing Field.

Prayers were led by Rev Brian McQuillen.

Followed by Bob Scott, far left in photo, reading aloud the familiar 4th stanza from Laurence Binyon’s ‘The Fallen’ as adopted by the Royal British Legion as an Exhortation for ceremonies of Remembrance to commemorate fallen Servicemen and women:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Buglar Dan Beacham (photo left) then preceded a two minutes silence by sounding Last Post, after which he sounded Reveille to bring the customary period of respectful silence to a conclusion.

Leslie Sutton (to the right of photo right) read out the names of those of the local community who are commemorated on the memorial – “Alfred Davey; Archibald Deacon; Thomas Arthur Dunstan; Ernest Henry Julian”.

Bob Scott (to the left of photo right) then read aloud the words immortalised on the Kohima Memorial inscription:
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, We gave our today”.

 John Dobel (photo left) and Sgt Mike Williams (photo right) laid wreaths joining other tributes already placed.

To reflect upon the 100th anniversary of armistice day 1918, and the very human stories that led up to it, a series of brief notes compiled by Cllr Keith Littlejohns that specifically relate to the memory of the fallen whose names are commemorated on the memorial stone were available for public view on display boards situated beside the war memorial. A4 printable copies in pdf format can be downloaded via the following links:
Alfred Davey; Archibald Deacon; Thomas Arthur Dunstan; Ernest Henry Julian.

Quiz Night at Wheel Inn – Tuesday 20th November, 8.30pm

Enjoy an evening out at the Wheel Inn and help support the Tresillian Village Improvements Group (TVIG) efforts at the same time. Simon and Alison will host the Quiz Night, the proceeds of which will go to funding TVIG projects for 2019.

There is a £5 entry fee per team of 4 people. A raffle will also be held in aid of the Village Improvement Group’s planting schemes. Please come and support us and have some fun at the same time.

Quiz Night at Holy Trinity Church Hall – Friday 16th November, 7.00pm

£5 a head includes light supper, bring your own drink (we have the glasses).
Teams of 4.

Tresillian Village Awarded Silver Pennant in the 2018 RHS Britain in Bloom South West Competition

The Tresillian Village Improvement Group (TVIG) are pleased to announce that our village has again been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Pennant’ award.

The year-long process was described in our original article earlier this year. As part of this process the TVIG have to submit a portfolio to the RHS Judges in addition to their site visit for judging.

The TVIG NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT. It’s your village, and as a resident of Tresillian you can help to improve the general environment of your village. By joining in with any of the various projects being undertaken each year and/or offering financial support to help pay for the plants and materials that have to be purchased all of which helps to bring those projects to life.

Enjoy an evening out at the Wheel Inn and help support the TVIG efforts at the same time. On November 20th, 2018 the Wheel Inn will host a Quiz Night the proceeds of which will go to funding TVIG projects for 2019 (see news item in this page for further details).

If you can offer even a little of your spare time it would be much appreciated. The contact numbers are on the dedicated TVIG page on this website.

Here’s looking forward to another great year of village improvements in 2019.

Tresillian Wildlife Articles (Steady on! Not that kind of wild life) – Various Contributors

New articles posted on Wildlife & Natural History 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.

Estate Agent’s Sign is a Hazard to Pedestrians, now removed

This sign was spotted in the village alongside the A390 roughly opposite Mary’s Pasty shop and Café. It is precariously positioned at a steep angle and is an obstruction to pedestrians walking on the narrow pavement.

The estate agent has been alerted to request its urgent removal and/or relocation to a more appropriate and safe location. After all, they should be experts at relocating. A response from them is awaited!

No response from the estate agent was received, but thankfully the dangerous hazard has now been removed.

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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