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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


WI August meeting


From Erica Simpson: A BBQ was held at Dipper Bridge where Simon and Rosalind made everyone very welcome. Simon did a wonderful job on the BBQ and cooked an excellent steak which had been marinated in his own secret recipe. Members brought various salads and some delicious desserts.

We opened the evening up to anyone who might be interested in joining, one lady joined on the evening and hopefully some more will follow.

It was a really sociable event with plenty of chatter and laughter emphasising just how much we have all missed getting together.


Flower of the month: 1st Joyce Rundle

                                       2nd Barbara Varcoe

                                       3rd Erica Simpson


Competition. Sausage Rolls: 1st Jo Brackenbury

                                                   2nd Barbara Varcoe

                                                   3rd Joyce Rundl

Grogley bridge update

Repair work has finished and the bridge is open again to walkers, bikes and horses.  

Waggy tails all round

Bear, with Harper, judge Judy and steward Carol

The Withiel Dog Show was once again a huge success. The weather was fine, tea and cake plentiful, and judge Judy Lobb, with the help of her steward Carol Kent, did a great job of choosing the winners from dozens of well-behaved dogs – and owners.

The trophy for the Best Child Handler went to Lilou Smith-Laing with Treacle. Best in Show was Bear, a Fox Red Labrador shown by Harper Coleman, and the cup for most points went to Steph Trebilcock.

The afternoon was, as always, efficiently managed by Erica Simpson.

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


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)

Superfast wifi 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

News and Views online

News and Views is a community magazine edited and produced by Ted and Jenny Pentland. For 20 years they have gathered dates of flower festivals, pub nights, hunt balls and yoga classes, dog shows, pantomimes and Christmas parties. They have published news of weddings and funerals, book clubs, autumn shows and church services, as well as  memories of the old days and plans for the future. All this and more is provided each and every month.

Now News and Views is online. It will still be delivered by hand, and is available at the Ruthern Valley Holidays shop, the Real Food Garden shop and in the village bus shelter,  but now residents of surrounding villages and hamlets will be able to share it too.

Please send your information and articles for inclusion in News and Views as before, by the 20th of the month, to:

Ted Pentland
News and Views
The Mill House Coddles
Withiel, Bodmin, PL30 5NW
Telephone: 01208 831186
Email: miniashe7@gmail.com