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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
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.”
“Thank you, Keith. Looks very good [swans] on the website along with all the other information you have published – well done!”
“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”
“Website is great – thank you. Just a quick note to say ‘Thank You’ for getting a Tresillian website up and running well.”
“Thank you for your beautiful pictures and website design for the village.”
“Great to meet you, and much thanks for including church activities on the village website, it really is the way forward!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Fantastic website, well done to all who was involved.”
“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!”
“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.”