Tresillian Village News Bulletin Board Archive 2018

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Remembrance Ceremony at the War Memorial in the Playing Field – Sunday 11th November, 10.45 am

The annual ceremony will take place this year with special poignancy, given this the 100th anniversary of the official ending of WWI hostilities on 11th November 1918.

Photo: © Keith Littlejohns – Taken at 2017 ceremony.


Tresillian in Bloom 2018 – The Year Long Build Up

The judging for this year’s Tresillian Village entry for RHS Britain in Bloom South West ‘Village Pennant’ category took place on 10th July 2018. The judges this year were Rod Pooley and Lesley Jelleyman.

Although the judges inspection visit takes a mere couple of hours, there are many hundreds of hours spent by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group (TVIG) members and others throughout the year leading up to judging day.

This is the third year that the TVIG has entered Britain in Bloom, having previously been awarded ‘Outstanding’ in 2016 at the basic ‘Neighbourhood’ category and ‘Silver’ in 2017 when first attempting the next level ‘Village Pennant’ category. This year, the ‘Village Pennant’ category was again entered with the aim of improving on last year’s award.

To herald the increased endeavours in respect of Britain in Bloom, Cllr Keith Littlejohns has designed a logo specifically for what now seems to have become a regular annual challenge.

Looking back at the origins of the TVIG’s work in the village and specifically the legacy that people enjoy when passing by the grass verges alongside the A390. The magnificent display of daffodils each spring is reminder of what can be achieved by a group of ordinary villagers intent on improving the environment of the village.

The floral boat at the western gateway to the village and the island shrub bed at the eastern gateway are other examples of what can be achieved. Regular planting for the boat and the two new roadside wooden planters is undertaken by Truro City Council Parks department staff. There is a cost for the supply of plants and planting which has to be paid for by funds raised at quiz nights and cream teas plus donations from those generous enough to support TVIG activities. In the above photo two parks department staff are planting up the floral boat in June this year.

Two new wooden roadside planters were added to the mix of village improvement projects this year. They were paid for by a grant from St Clement Parish Council and constructed by village resident Richard Bratton. As previously mentioned, planting was carried out by Truro City Council Parks department staff.

The island shrub bed is now maturing into a really nice feature at the eastern gateway end of the village and is regularly horticulturally maintained by TVIG members and other volunteers in the village throughout the year as with other planted areas.

Another feature of volunteer work in the village is, sadly, regular litter picks to tidy up known hotspots where some people leave rubbish around for other people to clean up their detritus. In the above photo a group of volunteers embark on one of their regular sessions of litter picking.

Attending to planting at the war memorial in the Playing field is another project which is included in the volunteers calendar. The work is focused on general maintenance and tidying up throughout the year, but with special attention paid around the time of remembrance day.

Another new village feature for 2018 is ‘Contemplative Man’, a black painted wooden silhouette positioned on the river bank midway through the village. This was an idea from TVIG volunteer member John Dobel and was constructed at his home in the village. Paul George gave valuable help by transporting the solid concrete base used to anchor the piece of installation art in situ.

Of special mention this year on the Tresillian allotment site is a young teenage girl who has taken her keen interest in gardening to the point where she has, with her parents and siblings taken on an allotment plot. Although only 14, Gwen is very much the head gardener of the family and is using her allotment as project work for her bronze Duke of Edinburgh. The RHS judges were very impressed and it is well known that the RHS is campaigning for more young people to become interested in horticulture and is actively giving support through various channels. The main photo above is a general view of the allotments, and the inset taken on Gwen’s allotment, with Gwen in the centre of her family group.

A regular part of the itinerary when escorting the judges around the village is the wishing well tucked away in a shady corner of the open space also occupied by the playing field. The wishing well, placed there in 2007 by the Playing Field Committee, is now looked after for planting and regular maintenance throughout the year by local resident May Carpenter and her family.


The Wheel Inn is also a regular stop for the judges, not for liquid hospitality though but to admire their floral display and the general amenity that the Inn and its open space provides for the village. Landlords Simon and Alison organise their own hanging baskets and planters through a commercial supplier in north Cornwall.

Among various recent projects supported and funded by St Clement Parish Council is a new information notice board at the official village information point lay-by towards the western end of the village. This new board replaces two old ones that were in a poor state and not salvageable. The inset photo above shows the two old boards that have now been removed – not to scale.

Lorraine Sutton and Cllr Keith Littlejohns escorted the judges around the village. Photo Left: L-R Lorraine Sutton, judge Lesley Jelleyman and Judge Rod Pooley. Photo Right: L-R Cllr Keith Littlejohns, Lorraine Sutton and Judge Lesley Jelleyman.

The RHS will announce the awards later in the year in October. Fingers crossed!

The Tresillian Village Improvement Group would like to thank the many volunteers and supporters who have made a phenomenal contribution to the general environment of the village and made it a better place in which to live.

Please look for notices of upcoming projects and fundraising events organised by the group, many of which you will find on this website.

Support is vital, either physical or financial. Anyone is welcome to participate in the various projects undertaken during the year, no special skills are required and you would not be expected to necessarily get involved with every single one. The more people there are to share the work, the less each person has to do and the TVIG crew really are a friendly bunch of people to work with. Financial support is also welcome, and if you have any ideas for fundraising, please let us know. Call Helen Nicholson on 01872 520 295 or email her at helennicholson@resource24.net.

Report by Cllr Keith Littlejohns


Tresillian’s Biennial Open Gardens Event 2018 – Sunday 22nd July, 1.30pm to 6pm – Report

As with the previous open gardens event held in 2016, a gloriously sunny afternoon saw several gardens open for visitors to explore at their leisure to raise money for charity. This event is organised by Tresillian Gardening Club. All of the gardens are within the village boundary and in easy walking distance of each other.

John and Lesley Dobel’s garden was open for refreshments selling tea, coffee and home made cakes. Visitors took time out to sit and relax in the garden enjoying afternoon tea with a wonderful vista overlooking the village and surrounding area (below photo, top image).

Plantswoman Pam Collenette sold a variety of plants at her delightful garden. Plant sales consisted of specimens she had propagated herself as well as those donated by other keen gardeners. (above photo, bottom image).

David & Lesley Jones and Cllr Keith Littlejohns welcomed visitors to the Tresillian Allotment site and escorted them around the various allotment plots. They also sold some allotment produce that had been donated by allotmenteers (above photos).

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 style creating a selection of varied interest for those that took the tour around the gardens.

The organisers wish to thank all those that participated in, helped or supported this splendid event.

The overall total raised for the day was £889.50. After expenses the total available for charitable purposes was £855.00

Charitable donations were split as follows:
RSPCA £345.00
VILLAGE HALL £200.00
PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE (to help get play equipment for the children reinstated) £200.00
ALLOTMENTS, THE TRESILLIAN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION £100.00
CHURCH ( a donation for the loan of the tea urn) £10.00

Report by Cllr Keith Littlejohns


Tresillian Open Gardens 2018

Tresillian’s biennial Open Gardens event will take place on Sunday 22nd July from 1.30pm to 6 pm

Follow the route through the village, starting at 2 Higher Polsue Way to collect a map to guide you on your way.

• There will be several gardens open for you to explore at your leisure to raise money for local charities.

• Teas and delicious homemade cakes available.

• Plant sale with a wide variety of plants for sale at modest prices.

• Entry fee is just £4.00 per adult, £1.00 children up to 16 (under 5’s free)

Most of the gardens are on sloping ground and have been a challenge for the owners to design. 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 visit. The Tresillian Allotment site will also be open to the public.


30mph Flashing Speed Sign is Now Installed in Tresillian

Following on from data gathered by Highways regarding traffic flow through the village and average speed checks, St Clement Parish Council organised and paid for a Vehicle Activated Speed Sign to be installed. The sign has now been installed and positioned as expected alongside the eastbound carriageway of the A390 approximately mid-way through the village on the approach to the most sensitive area for pedestrians where most of the village’s amenities are. Research has shown that this is where traffic is most tempted to speed up and exceed the 30mph limit since entering the western gateway.

Another proposal, this time by our neighbouring parish of St Michael Penkevil, is to install another Vehicle Activated Speed Sign at the eastern approach gateway to the village. Tresillian Bridge has suffered severe damage on several occasions in recent times and it is hoped that this will help prevent motorists from speeding as they approach the bridge from the east and colliding with the bridge’s walls.

Additionally, neighbouring parishes have been exploring the possibility of installing average speed cameras along the  Denas Water section of the A390 junction with the B3275. This is in response to two very serious RTA’s earlier this year.


A New Tresillian Village Information Notice Board has been Installed

The two old village notice boards at the western end of the village that were well past their sell by date have now been replaced. St Clement Parish Council has organised and paid for one new, larger notice board to replace the previous ones.

The new board (pictured here with the two scruffy old boards inset, not to scale) is more in keeping with other recently installed street furniture in the village.


30mph Flashing Speed Sign to Be Installed in Tresillian

Following on from data gathered by Highways regarding traffic flow through the village and average speed checks, St Clement Parish Council has organised and paid for a Vehicle Activated Speed Sign to be installed. The sign will be installed soon, subject to a site survey for the exact location. It is expected to be positioned alongside the eastbound carriageway of the A390 approximately mid-way through the village on the approach to the most sensitive area for pedestrians where most of the village’s amenities are. This is where traffic is most tempted to speed up and exceed the 30mph limit since entering the western gateway.

Another proposal, this time by the neighbouring parish of St Michael Penkevil, is to install another Vehicle Activated Speed Sign at the eastern approach gateway to the village. Tresillian Bridge has suffered severe damage on several occasions in recent times and it is hoped that this will help prevent motorists from speeding as they approach Tresillian Bridge from the east and colliding with the bridge’s walls.


A New Village Information Notice Board to Be Installed in Tresillian

The two old village notice boards at the western end of the village are well past their sell by date and in urgent need of replacement. St Clement Parish Council has organised and paid for a new, large notice board to be installed to replace the two pictured below. The new board has already been delivered and will be installed very soon.

The new board will be more in keeping with the purpose of a designated Parking/Information point.


Tresillian Lady singers with Four Lanes Male Voice Choir will be singing in aid of McMillan – Probus Church on Sunday 6th May 7.30 pm

Tickets at the door £5.


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 msgregory@live.co.uk 07816 847355.
30 Polsue Way Tresillian.

A full transcript of Mike’s article can be found on this website at http://tresillianvillage.co.uk/tresillian-playing-field


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: helennicholson@resource24.net


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: helennicholson@resource24.net


Quiz Night – Organised by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group – Tuesday 13 February at the Wheel Inn 8.30pm

A quiz night organised by the Tresillian Village Improvement Group (TVIG). 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.


Tresillian Walking Group – A walk from King’s Wood to Pentewan – Saturday 3 February

A walk from King’s Wood to Pentewan. This is classed as an easy walk and is 3.2 miles long. We will meet at Shepherdshill Wood car park Satnav PL266DN and recommended footwear, walking boots (and sticks).

The walk descends to the valley floor and follows paths along the bottom of the valley, eventually emerging beside the St Austell River and joining the Pentewan Valley Trail. We could stop at the Ship Inn, Pentewan for refreshments before returning along the St Austell River to the King’s Wood car park.

As usual, please let me know if you can come on Saturday, we will start the walk at 10:30 a.m.

Lesley Jones
01872 520 568


Tresillian Village Hall Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 30 January 2018 7.30pm

This is an open meeting to be held at the Tresillian Village Hall to which all village residents and Hall users are welcome.

The Management Committee would welcome opinions on and input to the running and maintenance of Tresillian Village Hall.

Clive Grose, Chairman
TVH Management Committee


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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