Welcome to the Withiel website

Litter pick

We are all proud of where we live and cannot help but notice how much rubbish has appeared in our hedgerows. Over the next few months it would be great if we, as a community, could go out in a responsible manner to collect and bag it up.

We cannot run an organised event so we are looking for volunteers we can coordinate to litter pick safely, ideally from the same household or bubble, or individually at a safe distance from each other.

The main areas to cover are St Wenn, Withiel, Tregonetha, Treliver, Demelza, Rosenannon, and some sections of the road from Tregonetha to Winnards Perch.

St Wenn Parish Council has kindly acquired litter picking sticks and agreed to raise concerns with both Cornwall Council recycling department and Cornwall Services about the additional rubbish they contribute to our country lanes.                                                                                       (Posted Feb 23)

Contact: Neil Rose, 07506 952225 neilrose17@gmail.com  

Jo Trudgian, 07845 093765 henjapel@aol.com

Withiel church during Lent and Easter

The Mothering Sunday service on 14th March will go ahead only if St Wenn school is open by then. 

The Easter Sunday service, taken by the Revd Martyn Pinnock, will go ahead regardless.

To receive the latest information about church matters, contact Simon Coy

on withielchurch@gmail.com or 01208 831906 to be added to his email list.

The hall is closed, as of December 30

Superfast wifi in the reopened (again) 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.

The hall is being cleaned and aired on Wednesday, December 2nd, and is available to hire from Thursday, December 3rd.  The restrictions in the earlier post (below) still apply.

Village hall reopens  

Our hall is open again – and this time with heating.

“We’ve put new radiators in the main hall and they are up and running,” says Stephen Horrocks, secretary of the Playing Fields Association.  

There are a number of Covid requirements – such as the wearing of face masks, sanitising, distancing, etc – but essentially the doors are open and anybody booking the hall will be fully briefed.    

Understandably, things aren’t quite what they were. “We don’t want to pick up a lot of costs in terms of cleaning, so we are leaving time between groups,” says Stephen.   

Both Ladies and Gents loos have been closed, as it’s impossible to maintain social distancing inside and ensure surfaces are clear of Covid, however the Disabled facility is available for all to use. The kitchen and meeting room have also been taken out of use. 

The rule of six applies, of course, but so long as there are just six at a table, and tables don’t mingle, then the hall can comfortably accommodate up to 30. This is based on current government guidance but is obviously subject to change.  

To book, or for more information, call Tony Liddicoat, chair of the Playing Fields Association, on 01208 831 224 or Stephen Horrocks on 01208 832 613. 



Photo by Charlotte Vosper – 2020

News and Views online at last

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, up lanes and across fields, to the doors of Withiel 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

IMPORTANT NOTICE – For the attention of all residents
Janet Shearer Mob: 07881 930884

As the current health situation unfolds, we want to remind everyone to look after their neighbour!

During the next few weeks, maybe months, we are all going to experience unprecedented difficulties, both practical and economic.

We don’t know exactly what will happen from one day to the next and our usual routine has already been upset, not only by the fear of contracting Coronavirus, but also by all the restrictions and panic surrounding its arrival here in the UK.

In Withiel we are more fortunate than most, having space around us and a very small population, most of whom know one another. We are also lucky to have a shop at the Ruthern Valley Campsite for basic groceries, a vegetable supplier at The Real Food Garden and meat can be ordered from Lobbs in Ruthernbridge.

Can I just remind all residents to keep a close eye on family and neighbours, albeit from a safe distance. If your neighbour is alone, elderly, not computer literate or suffering any kind of ill health, disability or disadvantage please offer to help! 

People may need shopping, dog walking, collection of medications or simply a friendly phone conversation and it will be up to all of us to make sure that everyone in the parish eats well, stays safe and stays in touch. Our immune system needs good food, fresh air and exercise to work properly.

Here is a regularly updated link to Cornwall Council’s latest information about the situation to keep people in the loop: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/

The most vulnerable people may not see this information and so we can all make a small effort to print out anything which is relevant and make sure it has been seen. For those of you who do use the internet, there is a Facebook local support group – Covid-19 Support | Withiel & St Wenn – set up to provide information and to keep locals in touch. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need to! 

The new Withiel Parish Council website – http://www.withiel.info and the village website – http://withiel.com may both carry information as it becomes available.

Janet Shearer, Withiel Parish Council


Stephen Horrocks Tel: 01208 832 613 Mob: 07496258686