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Grogley bridge update

Repair work has started and is expected to take three or four weeks but the bridge remains open. Occasionally it will be closed for an hour or so when they lift or replace a slab, but the Cormac person we spoke to says they’ll be happy to stop work to let people through.       (Posted July 26)

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.

Withiel v St Wenn cricket match postponed

The Withiel v St Wenn cricket match at Whitehay has had to be postponed again. It’s now on Sunday August 8th, the third and final attempt.


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.

St Wenn pub night cancelled

The first St Wenn pub night of 2021 has been cancelled. It was to have been on July 23 but now they are hoping it’ll be early September..

Children’s Theatre Workshop

Ruthern Valley Players is holding a two-day workshop on Wednesday August 18 and Wednesday August 25

If your children are interested, please email Christine Wilson at c2b5w3@gmail.com to give them an idea of numbers

Withiel goes to the Olympics


Withiel boy Morgan Bolding is heading to Tokyo on the men’s squad of the GB Rowing Team.

Morgan, 26, the grandson of Janet Gregory of Ruthernbridge, is one of the GB team of eight that won Gold in May at the 2021 World Rowing Cup event in Lucerne.


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


Heli Cream Tea

Erica Simpson and Stephen Horrocks are organising a Heli Cream Tea in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance on Sunday August 15, 2pm-4:30pm, at the village hall.

Volunteer help appreciated, contact Stephen (01208 832613) or Erica (0777 444 9377)

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


Pop Up Pub postponed

Withiel Pop Up Pub night, scheduled for Friday, June 25, was cancelled. It will now be held either late July or early August, we will keep you posted.

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