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Withiel Tractor Run

The Withiel Tractor Run on Sunday September 19 raised more than £400 towards the Sunrise Appeal, a charity that supports the Sunrise Centre state-of-the-art clinical oncology department at Treliske.

Volunteers please

The withiel.com website is still recovering from its Covid break. The various pages should be up and running again by the autumn – volunteers please – but until then send information, news and pictures for this Home page to info@withiel.com or simon@withiel.com.

Runaway hero

Doug Alsop of Tremodrett Mill has become the oldest man ever to complete the Lakeland 100 five times. It’s a brutal challenge: 106-miles through Lake District mountains on rough tracks over two excruciating days and nights. Three years ago Doug was the first person over 70  to finish and now he has become the oldest member of the elite 500 Club for those who have survived five races. He finished in 37 hours, 53 minutes and 10 seconds despite suffering serious injuries during the first night when rocks gave way under him.

The Big Cycle

Joanna and Colin Shapter of St Wenn plan to finish their epic bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats this summer. It’s a massive 1,200-mile effort to showcase the work of a special Cornish charity – Penhaligon’s Friends – and on  August 8 they set off with Jayne Shepperd, one of the charity’s volunteers, on the final leg from Bristol.  The three cyclists, who have a combined age of 213, hope to complete their journey on September 15.

Penhaligon’s Friends supports bereaved families with children and young people in Cornwall. There are more details in July’s News and Views (right).

“If you feel able to donate to the cause we would be truly grateful,” says Joanna. “All fundraising money will be going to Penhaligon’s Friends as the costs of the trip are being covered personally. We’ve already raised more than £2,000, with £400 coming from the pop-up pub at St Wenn – brilliant!“

To make a donation visit their JustGiving Page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jayne-shepperd2  or contact Joanna on 07828 160997.

Gwen Millett and Joy Rowse

It is with sadness that we report the deaths of both Gwen Millett and Joyce (Joy) Rowse.  

Full obituaries will be in August’s News and Views.

Toddler and parent group

The new Withiel Toddler Group meets at the village hall on Tuesdays, 9.30am to 12noon. This is organised by Wendy Symons, who has also joined the Village Hall Committee.

Contact Wendy on 07717 130306 or w.e.symons@talk21.com

Village Hall half-price return

As a welcome-back offer, hire of the village hall is half-price until the end of December 2021.

Main Hall: was £12 an hour, now £6 an hour

Meeting Room: was £7 an hour, now £3.50 (currently a COVID-19 emergency room but available once restrictions are removed)

Weddings for locals: was £350, now £175. Non-locals: was £450, now £225.  (Three days, to include setup and take down.)

To book contact Stephen Horrocks, 01208 832613 or Tony Liddicoat, 01208 831224

Dates for the diary

If you have an upcoming event to be added to the list on the right, please send date, time and a brief description to jobrackenbury@btconnect.com

Withiel Village Hall is open

Withiel village hall has been open for bookings since May 17, though Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. Multiple groups of either up to six people or two households can attend,  with no mixing between groups.

All hirers must accept Covid-19 hire conditions and keep a note of all attendees for track and trace purposes. Face coverings must be worn by all unless exempt or sat eating or drinking at a table.

Ladies and Gents loos are closed but the disabled toilet is available. The kitchen is also closed.

To book, or for more information, call Tony Liddicoat, chairman of the Playing Fields Association, on 01208 831224 or Stephen Horrocks on 01208 832613.                                           (Updated June 22, 2021)

Superfast WI-FI in the village hall

The village hall wifi has been upgraded and we now have download speeds of 70 mbps. The wifi code is on the main board as you go into the hall.

Photo by Charlotte Vosper – 2020