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Adult Full Cast:  First Rehearsal

Tuesday 15th September

6pm Withiel Hall.

Future rehearsals will be every Tuesday, but not everyone will come each time.


Children:  First Rehearsal

Sunday 20th September

2pm Withiel Hall.

Future rehearsals will be every Sunday at 2pm.

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End of the year. That’s the estimate for when we’ll hear whether and how Withiel’s broadband problems are to be overcome. It seems that however much time passes the answer is six months off, but that’s what Superfast Cornwall’s Julian Cowans told the Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting in July.

Parish Councillors Janet Shearer and Pat Malone attended the meeting, in Blisland. We heard that the £131 million main phase of Superfast Broadband is winding up with 95 percent coverage for Cornwall. That leaves 30,000 households with primitive broadband or none at all, and

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New concerns about the creep of industrialisation from the A30 towards Withiel were expressed at the July meeting of Withiel Parish Council, and in particular the storage of shipping containers in two places north of the old A30. Council members have received complaints about the containers, and a member of the public attended to voice concerns that they were unsightly and unsafe.

Council Chairman Janet Shearer had visited the site at the request

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Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st July 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with Cllr Shearer thanking all present for attending.

96/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Shearer (Chair), Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Nott-Bower, Cllr Malone and Cllr Coy. Apologies Cllr Kirkby (ill health) and Cornwall Cllr C Batteres. Also in attendance: clerk, R Turner and one member of the public.

97/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for

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The June Parish Council meeting began with the news that another application for a wind turbine in Withiel has been rejected by Cornwall Council’s East Area Planning Committee. The turbine, at Great Brynn Barton, would have been halfway between the Varcoe and Firkin turbines and the two monsters on the A30 at Roche. Councillors Coy and Cubitt had attended the Planning Committee along with County Councillor Chris Batters, with Coy and Batters speaking eloquently against the application. They said there are already 21 turbines within three miles of the site and many more are planned. Having visited the site, councillors voted against the turbine by 14 – 1. Councillor Cubitt commended Councillors Batters and Coy for having done a superb job.

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DOT TriffidsHave you ever described an odd plant in your garden as a triffid? John Wyndham’s novel brought the term into our vocabulary in 1951, and it entered the Oxford English Dictionary, rather late I think, in 1986.

What is it about triffids that catches the imagination? More than a few of our readers had been terrified by the book in their teens and a couple chose not to read it again. Wyndham combines a calm objective narrator with scenes of mayhem, tragedy and horror. The narrator, Bill Masen, wakes up in hospital, knowing it’s a Wednesday and wondering why it feels so much like Sunday.

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Draft Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd June 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with the Chairman Cllr Shearer thanking all present for attending.

81/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Shearer (Chair), Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Malone, Cllr Coy. Apologies Cllr Kirkby (ill health), Cllr Nott-Bower (prior business engagement), Cllr Harper (prior business engagement). Also in attendance: County Cllr Chris Batters, Parish Clerk, R Turner and eight members of the public.

82/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations: None

83/15 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters Cornwall Council, members of the public.

Cllr Batters reported upon the East Area Planning Committee’s decision to refuse PA14/06287 on 27th May 2015 at a meeting attended by himself and Cllr Coy who both spoke in opposition to the application.

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About sixty people attended a meeting in the Withiel Village Hall on Tuesday 12th May to discuss how different users of the local Forestry Commission land can co-exist harmoniously and continue to enjoy the woods in our neighbourhood. There have been concerns locally about the safety of walkers and horse riders who are now outnumbered by mountain bikers who enjoy rapidly descending steep new tracks they have created through the trees in Grogley, Bishop’s and Hustyn woods. The extreme sport of mountain bike ‘trail’ riding has become incredibly popular recently and the woods are widely publicised on the internet as a great venue for enthusiasts to practise their skills.
Roughly half the attendees were bikers and half were horse riders and walkers. Most of the

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The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Village Hall on May 6th, presided over by Parish Council Chairman Sue Kirkby and attended by members of the Council and 16 people from Withiel. The ‘state of the Parish’ reports from the various groups painted a picture of a community of active volunteers working for the benefit of all, with the groups and associations in sound health.

On a sombre note, tributes were paid to those who left us during the year, notably Catherine Liddicoat, a stalwart of many Withiel groups over much of her life. Ivan Martyn, Clarence Rundle and Bill Foster were also remembered in the report of St Clements Church, which was delivered by Betty Jarrett on behalf of Rev Elke Deeley.

Betty set out the structure of a strategy called Accompanied Ministry Development, which is at the centre of church activity; it has several strands which relate to the way in which the church interacts with worshippers and the whole community. Some aspects have

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Parish Council Chairman Sue Kirkby has relinquished the Chair because of ill-health, and a tribute to her hard work by County Councillor Chris Batters drew loud applause from a dozen members of the public at the May meeting of the Council. Sue said she thought the stress of the chairmanship may prove too much for her, and Coun Batters praised the super job she had done since she took over the Chair in 2013. Sue will continue as a councillor, and will also work on the Neighbourhood Plan for Withiel, for which she has been largely responsible.

Janet Shearer was elected Chairman, with only Councillor Harper voting against, although he offered no alternative candidate. David Cubitt was unanimously elected Vice Chairman, while Councillor Nott-Bower agreed to take over

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