Tresillian Village News Bulletin Board Archive 2017

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St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan Public Event – November 25 2017

As part of a public consultation requirement, a public event is to be held at Tresillian Village Hall, Fairfax Road, Tresillian, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4AZ from 10.00am until 8.00pm on November 25 2017. The purpose of which is to keep residents of the parish informed about progress to date regarding the local area Neighbourhood Plan. All local residents are welcome to attend, and St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group staff will be on hand to answer questions about the plan.

The St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan website can be found on this link

Tresillian Singers and Guest Artist, Christmas Concert – 7.30pm Tuesday 05 December 2017

The Tresillian Singers and Guest Artist will be holding a Christmas Concert on Tuesday the 5th December 2017 at the Tresillian Village Hall, the proceeds in aid of the Village Hall Funds. Price at the door £5 To include Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.

Remembrance Ceremony, Tresillian War Memorial November 12 2017

Getting on for 40 people turned out on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November to attend a ceremony of remembrance in Tresillian Village’s Playing Field by the war memorial stone.

The Revd. Canon Lynda Barley led the ceremony with prayers.

Leslie Sutton, standing just to the left of the netting post read out the names inscribed on the memorial, Bob Scott, standing next to wreath carrier John Dobel, delivered the lines from the famous fourth stanza of Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’

“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.”

Dan Beacham sounded ‘Last Post’, followed by two minutes silence, after which Bob spoke the words “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today” Dan then sounded Reveille (Rouse).

John Dobel then laid the Poppy Wreath against the memorial stone.

All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns

Riverside Bird Walk – 14th October 2017

Interested in birds?

Join Andrew Nicholson for an informal and informative walk along the Tresillian River. Enjoy good views of a variety of waders and wildfowl, hopefully including a Kingfisher.

Please book on 07939 984 298 Donations for Compassion.

The path is flat, but can be muddy in places, so bring suitable footwear, and binoculars if you have them (few spare pairs available), and don’t forget your camera (a telephoto lens is an advantage, but hey the views are also worth a photo or two).

Afterwards, join us for a cream tea/cakes at Tresillian Methodist Chapel, from 4.00 pm.

ALL WELCOME, beginners and veterans alike!

Sorry, but no dogs please as they scare the birds!

Canada Geese Over Tresillian October/November 2017

Canada Goose © Daniel D’Auria (Creative Commons License CC BY-SA)

I counted 532 geese flying up-stream on Friday morning between about 8.15 and 8.35. 531 Canada geese and one white one which seems to have joined the flock. As you well know, it’s an amazing sight to see them morning and evening, and sometimes in between, flying along the river and we feel greatly privileged to have so many of these fine creatures with us for the winter months.

Similarly the black-headed gulls, although far less remarkable are still a notable sight, with some 200 or more roosting at the southern end of the village. We have had one bird re-visiting for the past 3 years, though sadly he died this past week – recognisable because the two sections of his beak didn’t quite meet at the end; he visited every morning from July through the winter till they depart for Denmark or other nesting grounds.We called this particular bird ‘Squawky’ because of the noise he made when settled on our deck! Like any creature which makes a regular appearance we will miss him now he has passed away – it was very sad seeing him floating downstream a week ago with his life ebbing away, but nothing we could do to change the course of nature. Meanwhile we do have this wonderful spectacle of the geese each day for which we must be thankful!

Philip Buddell

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 Village Improvement Group Awarded ‘Silver Pennant’

The Tresillian Village Improvement Group (TVIG) is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded ‘Silver Pennant’ by South West in Bloom with the Royal Horticultural Society in the 2017 Main Competition’s ‘Village Pennant’ class.

Last year the TVIG entered ‘Britain in Bloom’ at the basic ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ level, where an award of Outstanding was given.

Given the higher standard expected at the Village Pennant class, the Silver award is a very good start and it is hoped to improve upon this next year.

Tresillian Village awarded Silver Pennant Britain in Boom South West 2017

Although judging is dependent on adhering to a strict set of criteria, the judges offer much good advice in their summing up to encourage entrants to build on their achievements, so as to climb to higher levels.

The following is the introductory remarks from the judges mentioned in their Marking and Feedback sheet:

“Tresillian is a very elongated village situated on the busy A390 just 3 miles from the City of Truro. It has a fantastic array of wildlife as a river winds itself through the picturesque village.

It is always great to welcome a first-time entry and considering the massive step-up from entering a local competition they can be very proud of what has been achieved and with just a bit more attention to detail/judging criteria it will see them shooting up through the levels of awards.”

Mentoring is also something that is made available, particularly to new entrants, and the TVIG would like to give thanks to experienced Britain in Bloom judge Peter Kessell, of Truro City Council Parks department for his time in giving post-award guidance to assist the group in its preparations for next year’s competition.

The Tresillian Village Improvement Group would also 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.

There are several ideas under discussion for next year’s village improvement projects. As a result, the TVIG would very much like to hear from individuals and businesses who are able to offer a little of their time or financial support to help keep our village environment looking clean, tidy and attractive for us all to enjoy. Contact details for the TVIG can be found on this link.

Keith Littlejohns

Treasure Hunt & Cream Tea – 2nd July 2017

A cream Tea event was held on the lawn that stretches down to the Tresillian River behind the Wheel Inn at 3pm.

An associated Treasure Hunt took place earlier in the day at 1.30pm. A delicious cake was donated as a prize and the winner was George Doherty, of Higher Polsue Way, Tresillian (seen in the photos below with the cake in front of him).

Tresillian Cream Tea on Wheel Inn lawn 2017. © Keith Littlejohns

Later on in the afternoon, a Songs of Praise gathering sang a variety of religious hymns and songs. On guitar, and leading the singing was Andrew Nicholls and Revd Canon Lynda Barley was also in attendance. (Andrew Nicholls is seated wearing a dark T-shirt in the shade at extreme right of the bottom photo above, and Revd Barley is seated at extreme left in a black and white horizontal striped top and fuchsia pink trousers)

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

Annual Tresillian Village Litter Pick – 11th March 2017

A group of volunteers met at the village playing field on Saturday 11 March for our annual litter pick from one end of the village to the other and this year we collected 9 sacks of rubbish which, although it is a lot, has reduced in quantity each year we’ve been doing this, so that can be seen as a positive. We then all finished up at the Chapel for very welcome refreshments.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Tresillian Post Box – March 2017

An enquiry has been received from a village resident, Frances Deacon regarding the disappearance of a Post Office post box from its usual location at River View. This was an obvious job for our village website’s super-sleuth to investigate.

When mentioning its disappearance to Claire at the recently relocated post office inside the Texaco petrol station, she said that she did not know about it but that she was expecting a visit from a Post Office official later that day, and would get back if there was more information available. After speaking with him about the missing post box she was able to pass on the following explanation.

Apparently, this post box had been subject to ‘storm damage’ which resulted in its content of mail being damaged. The Post Office subsequently taped up the post box along with a notice to say that it was out of use. However, according to the Post Office official, a person or persons unknown allegedly removed the tape and notice and as a result use of the post box by local residents resumed.

Because of the storm damage and alleged interference the Post Office has removed the post box and so far as anyone knows there is no decision yet as to whether the post box will be reinstated or not.

Keith Littlejohns
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns

St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Tresillian Open Public Event, 15th March 2017

A highly successful turnout of local residents attended the Tresillian Open Public Event organised by the St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group held at Truro Audi’s Tresillian premises.

The event, part of a series of three (see earlier news alert item further down this page), had on display in graphic form results of the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire distributed last autumn to all households in the parish of St Clement. Several Steering Group members were on hand during the evening to answer questions, and supplementary mini-questionnaires were handed out for visitors to fill in relating to a number of original questions that were considered worthy of further comments.

The Neighbourhood Plan project is on track to fulfil its obligations regarding gathering local opinion within the parish. As part of this ongoing process visitors were asked if they wished to play an active part by offering voluntary help with the next phase to build a picture of the character of each area and the parish as a whole under the title of Landscape Character Assessment. Training is required and will be made available to candidate volunteers.

All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns

‘Mary’s Pastys’ Café/Shop Opened 8th March 2017

Mary of ‘Marys Pastys’ has taken over the old Tresillian village shop premises and opened a café/shop.

Mary’s husband sadly passed away a couple of years ago and she says that not only was this a truly awful time for her, but that it also affected her enthusiasm for her pasty business venture. However, with renewed enthusiasm and great support from her family she has now taken the bold step of entering the world of retail as an additional element to her regular wholesale pasty sales.

As the photos above show, there is a variety of foods and drinks for sale and consumption inside the shop. Hot pasties (obviously), along with a variety of cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks. Mary says that more foods will become available if the demand is there.

Since the closure of the garden centre café there has not been a tea/coffee shop open in the village to sit and chat over a cuppa and cake.

Keith Littlejohns
All Photos: © Keith Littlejohns

St Clement Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Public Open Events 11th, 15th & 18th March

Quiz Night – Wheel Inn, Tresillian – Tuesday 21st February 8.30pm 

On Tuesday 21 February, Alison and Simon hosted a quiz night at the Wheel Inn in aid of Tresillian Village Improvement Group’s planting funds. This was very well attended, with the first prize being Sunday lunch at the Wheel for two couples, kindly donated by Alison and Simon.

We also held a raffle with lots of prizes and raised enough money to pay for the boat to be planted by Truro City Council Parks Department this summer. The whole evening was great fun and our thanks to Alison and Simon for their kindness in hosting this event and to Alison for preparing the questions and acting as quizmaster.

We certainly had a good laugh as well as our brains being challenged.

Tresillian Post Office Relocating – February 2017 

Tuesday, 7th February was a very sad day for the Village, when the Tresillian Stores village shop closed its door for the very last time. This was due entirely to the business no longer being a viable commercial going concern since Post Office Limited made a decision to move Post Office Counter Services to the nearby Texaco petrol station shop.

Judith and Brian Smitham had been running and investing in their Tresillian Stores business for over year, including Post Office services. Prior to that a Post Office has been operational for many years from the same premises.

Judith and Brian received a huge amount of support from the local community when Post Office Limited controversially announced that they wanted to relocate the village Post Office. Local residents held a meeting at Tresillian village hall where a vote was taken resulting in unanimous support for keeping the status quo. Support also came when local Member of Parliament, Sarah Newton; local Cornwall Councillor, Mike Eathorne-Gibbons and local St Clement Parish Council Chairman, Peter Thomas all took part in a further public meeting, this time held at Tresillian Stores, that also included Post Office Head of Relations, Mr Stuart Taylor representing Post Office Limited.

However, despite substantial support from village residents in favour of leaving the Post Office services where they were at Tresillian Sores the Post Office’s decision was final, insisting that the Post Office had to be moved to a new premises.

The relocated Post Office Counter Services opened on Thursday, 9th February at the Texaco Garage. Post Office Counter Services are published as being available from 6am until 10pm every weekday, and also on Saturdays and Sundays.

Update – Village Shop:

It is expected that Mary of the famous ‘Mary’s Pasties’ will re-open the shop very soon, selling her Cornish pasties and other hot snacks, plus milk, cream and possibly newspapers as well.

See new news item: Marys Pastys Café/Shop Opened 8th March 2017

Tresillian now has 2 Defibrillator Units fully operational – February/March 2017

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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