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  • Moors play vital role in quality beef

    FROM the high moors to the lowland pastures, South West England has a natural landscape and a mild winter climate, ideally suited to growing grass and producing quality beef from the region. The three moors, Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, play a vital

  • Cornwall to host WFU conference

    CORNWALL branch of the Women's Food and Farming Union will be hosting the organisation's National Spring Conference next year. The venue is The Victoria Hotel, Newquay, and the dates March 14-16. The conference theme is "Rural Innovation - Thinking Outside

  • Bridge widen gap at top of table

    IN A West Cornwall Table Tennis League top of the table Premiership clash between St Austell A and Bridge A, Bridge defeated St Austell 4-6 in a closely-contested game to widen the gap at the top of the table. Also in the Premiership St Ives A succeeded

  • Downing makes superb 106 break

    STEVE Downing was in superb form for Mining Snooker League leaders Redruth RBL A on Friday, making a magnificent 106 break in their 4-2 victory over Breage. Shaun Tripconey and Peter Williams were Breage's winners. Leedstown called off their match with

  • Saints snatch cup triumph

    HELSTON 3 ST STEPHENS 4 A RUN in the Cornwall Senior Cup always adds spice to a season, but Helston bowed out of the competition at the first attempt when they were beaten 4-3 by East Cornwall Premier League side St Stephens at a windswept Kellaway Park

  • Firemen will suffer the same as ambulances

    THE Skipper's comments on the government's intention to have a "seven county" fire control centre should be strongly supported. There is enough evidence, from the shambles of an ambulance call centre at Tiverton, to show that in Cornwall, where the majority

  • It's an offence to park near a road junction

    I READ with interest the objection to double yellow lines being introduced in Four Lanes. I think Mr Bray and other drivers should read their Highway Code, and see that it is an offence to park within 10 metres or 30 feet of any road junction, regardless

  • MPs can set an example and pay tax on perks

    FULL marks are due to MPs for coming clean on their remunerations. They have also just given up their free airport parking perk which is worth £1.2 million a year to the Treasury. Unfortunately whilst most people can relate to their salaries, it is the

  • Cornwall Arts Marketing has our full support

    I WRITE with reference to the recent article on Cornwall Arts Marketing, and the inaccurate article in The Times on use of their funding. Kneehigh Theatre has been a partner in Cornwall Arts Marketing since it started. The company has always had a very

  • Tory's argument does not hold water

    WE must be indebted to Ashley Crossley for putting the matter straight on hunting. Before I read his letter I thought hunting was a cruel pastime enjoyed by an absurd, but fortunately small number of people. Following his letter we now know it is undertaken

  • I also refused to pay for Oyster Festival

    NO, Hannah, you were not the only one "to feel totally insulted by the remarks of the Oyster Festival Organiser..." I also refused to pay the £1 fee for entry to the tent. I did not complain, just walked away. Who knows what I and countless others feeling

  • Does anyone have a picture of ferry wreck?

    I REMEMBER as a child being taken by my father Billie Moyle, of St Keverne, to see the King Harry Ferry wrecked in a cove near St Keverne. This would have been in the early 1950s. From memory I think that a "new" King Harry ferry was being towed from

  • Shambolic system left us stranded at station

    WE hear talk of an integrated transport system, but all it is, is talk! Having spent eight hours travelling on Sunday, October 17, we were left stranded at Truro Station at 8.40pm, as the last Falmouth train had departed three minutes earlier. This is

  • Parking policy will drive people out of town

    AS the latest main topic of conversation not only in your articles and letter columns, but also in the local community, seems to revolve around vehicles and the problems associated with them, I therefore thought the following letter from my cousin to

  • Nonsense such as this should be resisted

    WE have today experienced the most ridiculous application of "job's worth" and "authoritarianism" ever, and one can only wonder if the world is going quite mad? My husband, a severely disabled person, went to Boot's Chemist to pick up a prescription.

  • Lack of interest in factory closure is disappointing

    MAY we thank the caring people who have taken the time to contact the Packet expressing their sympathy for the loyal and committed workers at British Fly Reels (BFR) and the closure of their long-standing factory. We would also like to note that there

  • Police, not the Packet, who have lost their way

    I REFER to the letter from Inspector Dave Scott, of Falmouth Police Station, in the October 21 edition of the Packet. Far from the Packet having "lost its way," it is the Falmouth Police who have. If, as he claims, Inspector Scott is "quite prepared to

  • By-pass meeting was a total waste of time

    THE meeting held at Trewennack Sunday School regarding the bypass was a total waste of time. If this was around the Truro area, as we have seen in the past, it would be all done with no argument. This job should have been done when they widened the A394

  • Truro are all at sea at Exmouth

    TRURO would have hoped to have got something from this game to maintain their promotion push in South West Two, but it wasn't to be as the home side finished deserving winners. On a windswept pitch Exmouth appeared to adapt better to the conditions and

  • Pro football the ultimate dream

    PROVIDING the extraordinary general meeting approves the details of the rescue package offered by Mr Kevin Heaney, Truro City Football Club can look forward to a much brighter and, hopefully, exciting future. In fact, if the ideas suggested by Mr Heaney

  • Sports hall planned

    TURRO High School For Girls is to embark on another major development project, with the Governors having given the green light for a new sports hall expected to cost in the region of £1.5 million. It is hoped to submit a planning application to Carrick

  • Christmas shopping despite cut in police

    LATE-NIGHT shopping is set to go-ahead in Truro despite a cut to the number of police officers on duty at the events this year. Sandra Trewhela, chairman of the city's chamber of commerce, said the nights would all still go-ahead despite the lack of police

  • Students perform two-week revamp at park

    YOUNGSTERS from the Cornwall College's Prince's Trust group have just finished building a Time Out Zone at SK8 Mount Hawke. The challenge was to turn a derelict piece of land at Mount Hawke Youth Group into a useable area in just two weeks. The team,

  • Police facing a funding crisis

    THE number of police out and about on the beat in Burnham could be drastically reduced, after Avon and Somerset police bosses revealed the force is in the middle of a funding crisis. See this week's Weekly News for a full report.

  • Gypsy 'invasion' angres residents

    HUNDREDS of villagers were told that no expense would be spared to evict scores of gyspies who set up and illegal emcampment near Taunton over the weekend. An inquiry is underway after angry residents blamed the district council for not stopping the '

  • Bridge widen gap at top of table

    IN A West Cornwall Table Tennis League top of the table Premiership clash between St Austell A and Bridge A, Bridge defeated St Austell 4-6 in a closely-contested game to widen the gap at the top of the table. Also in the Premiership St Ives A succeeded

  • Foundation course for would-be refs

    THE Cornwall Rugby Referees Society will be running a Foundation Course at Penryn RFC this Sunday starting at 10.30 am until 4 pm. Lunch will be included in this basic course, which is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested, but should contact

  • Emphatic win for Redruth

    REDRUTH 33pts READING 10pts REDRUTH chalked up another home league victory with an emphatic performance against Reading. Player/coach James Lancaster was playing his last home league match for the Reds who leap up to fifth place in the table following

  • Downing makes superb 106 break

    STEVE Downing was in superb form for Mining Snooker League leaders Redruth RBL A on Friday, making a magnificent 106 break in their 4-2 victory over Breage. Shaun Tripconey and Peter Williams were Breage's winners. Leedstown called off their match with

  • Holmans earn second bite

    PERRANWELL 2 HOLMANS 2 THIS was one of only a handful of games played on Saturday due to the weather. However, in a strong wind, and with the rain lashing down, both sides attempted to play some good football in a full blooded match Cornwall Senior Cup

  • Band director to stand down

    IAN Edwards, the musical director of Constantine Silver Band, has stepped down from the role due to personal business commitments. Ian has led the band for 12 years, during which time he has seen the players achieve considerable success at competitions

  • Hell's Mouth death was a total shock for family

    A PENRYN'S man's death at the notorious Hell's Mouth came "completely out of the blue" despite a history of mental illness, an inquest heard in Truro last Thursday. An open verdict was recorded on Martin Sampson, from Saracen Way, Penryn, who was found

  • Biggest storm of year with 70mph winds

    HEAVY seas and strong winds lashed the south coast of Cornwall yesterday causing minor damage and pulling yachts from their moorings. The biggest storm of the year so far hit Falmouth, Helston and the surrounding area in the early hours of Wednesday morning

  • Traffic: Bypass idea scrapped

    HIGHWAY bosses have ruled out plans for a congestion-easing bypass around the town because they feel Yeovil's traffic problems are not bad enough. Somerset County Council's transport studies manager, Jeremy Callard, revealed last week the findings of

  • Clean your hands!

    A NATIONWIDE campaign to improve personal hygiene is being pioneered at Yeovil District Hospital. The hospital has been chosen as an early implementer of the 'Clean Your Hands' campaign set up by the National Patient Safety Agency to help save lives by

  • Boost for sport

    SEVERAL organisations and clubs in the Yeovil area have received grants from the Football Foundation for a variety of projects ranging from extra changing rooms to general funding for club development. The funding is part of a nationwide scheme in which

  • Cornwall premier team unable to maintain encouraging start

    BOTH of Cornwall's teams were in action in the ESMBA Inter County Championship against Somerset on Sunday. The Premier team travelled to Wincanton and started the match with a much better display of form to be all square on points and only eight shots

  • Bridge widen gap at top of table

    IN A West Cornwall Table Tennis League top of the table Premiership clash between St Austell A and Bridge A, Bridge defeated St Austell 4-6 in a closely-contested game to widen the gap at the top of the table. Also in the Premiership St Ives A succeeded

  • Foundation course for would-be refs

    THE Cornwall Rugby Referees Society will be running a Foundation Course at Penryn RFC this Sunday starting at 10.30 am until 4 pm. Lunch will be included in this basic course, which is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested, but should contact

  • Deserved if untidy win

    FALMOUTH 14pts WADEBRIDGE CAMELS 8pts Falmouth fought out a scrappy home-win over Wadebridge Camels in appalling conditions last Saturday, despite being without two of their key players. Both teams struggled to handle the ball in the wet and windy weather

  • Justin grabs brace for Town

    FALMOUTH TOWN 3 RNAS CULDROSE 1 TWO wins in four days has pushed Falmouth Town into second place in the Jolly's Combination League, just five points behind leaders Goonhavern. Against RNAS Culdrose on Tuesday evening there was little to choose between

  • Andy breaks 100 barrier 11 times in one evening

    FOLLOWING his impressive performance against former world champion Matthew Stevens in the UK Masters, Andy Hicks has followed that with another solid performance to qualify for the UK Championships. The Bells Court resident professional travelled to Prestatyn

  • 150th county cap for Jeremy

    ONE of the county's best-known sportsmen, Jeremy Williams, of Falmouth, reached a personal milestone on October 16 when he played for Cornwall's table tennis team. Jeremy, 40, who plays for the Falmouth Docks Table Tennis Club, reached the amazing target

  • Spending a day with Sir Bobby 'just wicked'

    LUCKY James Daniel (12) from Feock near Truro has won a football skills training session with World Cup legend and former Manchester United star, Sir Bobby Charlton. James was picked from nearly 8,000 hopefuls who entered a national competition sponsored

  • YOUTH ARRESTED

    A 17-year-old youth has been arrested after damage was done to around 20 vehicles in Plymouth. The damage which in most cases involved pulling off wing mirrors, was in the Ashford Crescent area. Police appealed for witnesses and information.

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Ban

    Leaflets have been handed out in Plymouth naming and shaming a 19-year-old banned from a housing estate. Under an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO), Clark Graham from Morley Court is prohibited from going near Flora Court in Stonehouse for seven years

  • Wind Power for South Devon

    Three wind turbines planned on land bordering an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon are causing a stir. The scheme is for Goveton, north of Kingsbridge. Each turbines will be 100m high to the blade tips and will provide a maximum of five megawatts

  • Fisherman electrocuted

    A Cornish sailor was electrocuted when the mast of the boat he was pushing touched a high-voltage overhead power cable, an inquest has been told. Peter Holt, 50, died in hospital three days after suffering a huge electric shock at Roadford Lake, near

  • Lively interest at Livestock centre

    BEEF farmers, meat buyers and industry experts came together in Devon at the eagerly awaited Beef & Growing Cattle South West, held at Hatherleigh Livestock Centre. This one-day event showcased the very best in beef and cattle production in Devon,

  • Seeing pink

    RUGBY fans will be seeing pink when they watch the Minehead players in action this weekend. The teams are getting in touch with their feminine sides to ditch the usual matcho kit in favour of pink ones instead.

  • Storms hit Cornwall

    Storms have hit coastal communities across the south Cornwall for the second day in succession. People were still cleaning up after Wednesday's high tides caused flooding when high winds and heavy rain returned to the area. It was gales of up to 80mph

  • BISHOP'S CASINOS WARNING

    THE Bishop of Truro has condemned Government proposals to relax gambling laws which could allow "super casinos" to be built in Cornwall. The Rt. Rev Bill Ind says the proposals could have disastrous consequences for the county's residents, promoting a

  • Van Gogh on her way

    THE cruiseship Van Gogh is back in service following her collision off Gibraltar a month ago and is expected to arrive at the docks tomorrow evening ready to embark passengers for a two day Halloween cruise to Liverpool. Van Gogh sustained considerable

  • Falmouth played role in sea battle programme

    THE race for naval supremacy at sea between Britain and Germany took on a new dimension in the first decade of the 20th century with both countries embarking on a warship building programme that would eventually lead to a bloody sea battle between the

  • Mixed reaction to supermarket proposals

    REVISED plans for a new foodstore in Ilminster, which were formally lodged to South Somerset District Council this week, have been met with mixed reaction from local businesses. Full planning application for a store in Shudrick Lane was put forward with

  • No way through for unlucky Burnham

    BURNHAM were unlucky to lose in terrible conditions against a strong Imperial side in Bristol on Saturday. See this week's Weekly Sport for a full report.

  • Adam's top golf double

    TEENAGE golfer Adam Meads has just completed a rarely-achieved elite double at the Burnham and Berrow club. See this week's Weekly News for a full report.

  • Stunning costumes for drama group

    MEMBERS of Helston Methodist Church Drama Group were this week showing off some of the stunning costumes they will be using for their forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls. It was the first time the cast had rehearsed in the colourful costumes, which

  • Volunteers for St John

    MEMBERS of Helston St John Ambulance looked back on another busy year at their annual presentation evening last week. Visiting officers inspected personnel and presented awards to members of the division's badger, cadet and adult sections. The evening

  • UKIP candidate bids for Kerrier council

    A UKIP representative is among candidates vying to win a seat on Kerrier district council at a by-election in Porthleven next month. The election, on November 11, follows the resignation of former representative John Strike, the current chairman of Porthleven

  • £190,000 to spend on health services

    FORMAL consultation on the future of health services for people in the Helston and Lizard area is due to get under way next month. From November 8, local people are being invited to comment on ideas for re-investing the £190,000 per year saved by the

  • Residents want action to stop speeding traffic

    PROBLEMS caused by drivers speeding through Helston were outlined to the police at a town council meeting last week. Residents attending the meeting called for action to be taken to curb the problem, including the introduction of physical measures such

  • Wellington residents could loose wardens

    RESIDENTS living in sheltered housing accommodation in Wellington could lose their on-site wardens under new proposals by Taunton Deane Council. The council is planning to restructure its housing services to replace on-site scheme managers with mobile

  • Grassland greats

    TOM and Tara Morris of East Lydeard Farm, Bishop's Lydeard, Somerset, have made it to the final of The National Grassland Management Competition 2004, which is run by The British Grassland Society and sponsored by Barclays Bank and Kemira GrowHow. The

  • Biomass drive on

    A DRIVE to boost production of biomass - trees and plants used as environment-friendly energy sources - has been launched by the Government. Former NFU leader Sir Ben Gill will head a new Government-appointed task force to stimulate biomass supply and

  • MOORLANDS THREATENED

    EUROPEAN Union laws and poor management by government agencies, are threatening agriculture on Exmoor and other moorlands in the south West. Just what the future holds for farmers in moorland districts is indicated in a hard-hitting report commissioned

  • Cornwall premier team unable to maintain encouraging start

    BOTH of Cornwall's teams were in action in the ESMBA Inter County Championship against Somerset on Sunday. The Premier team travelled to Wincanton and started the match with a much better display of form to be all square on points and only eight shots

  • Foundation course for would-be refs

    THE Cornwall Rugby Referees Society will be running a Foundation Course at Penryn RFC this Sunday starting at 10.30 am until 4 pm. Lunch will be included in this basic course, which is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested, but should contact

  • Triumph for club at World Championships

    THERE was plenty of excitement at the First Defence Taekwondo Club at the weekend after experiencing one of the most successful ever tournaments and the prestige of winning world championships titles. Club members took part in the Second Open World Championships

  • Small gap opens up

    THE first three teams in division one of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League are beginning to open a small gap at the top. Helston RBL A lead by a point after a 7-2 win over the Godolphin A team, thanks to wins from Jim Hunt, Dave Carmichael, Andy Bright

  • Miles' double sinks Culdrose

    FALMOUTH TOWN 3 RNAS CULDROSE 1 TWO wins in four days has pushed Falmouth Town into second place in the Jolly's Combination League, just five points behind leaders Goonhavern. Against RNAS Culdrose on under floodlights on Tuesday evening there was little

  • David and Mal take honours

    DAVID Phillips and Mal Holland won the four ball better ball at Praa Sands Golf Club on Sunday with 41 points, winning with 21 points on the last nine holes from Roy Hillyar and Paul Murrish, writes Simon Edwards. Steve Strick and William Giddings took

  • Ladies in thick of action

    MULLION Ladies were in action twice last week, writes Sharon Moyle. On Tuesday they played in teams representing the Lady Captain and Lady Vice Captain. This annual singles matchplay event was won by Lady Captain, Gill Bayliss's team. On Thursday the

  • Regional call centre a dangerous experiment

    AS if the people of Cornwall had not already had enough of the police and ambulance call centres, we are about to have a regional fire service call centre forced upon us. Everybody that I have spoken to opposes this move. Indeed, had there been any form

  • Not enough police for armistice parade

    DUE to circumstances beyond our control the Camborne RBL armistice parade will not follow the normal route from the Camborne Community Centre via Centenary Street, Wesley Street and Trelowarren Street. Instead the parade will march via Cross Street, Union

  • Nobody takes any notice of yellow lines!

    NOBODY needs worry about yellow lines killing our village shop. As a bus driver in this part of the county I can honestly say nobody takes any notice of yellow lines, problem solved! Also, may I add, should anybody worry about parking on yellow lines,

  • Fox hunters encouraging 'pests' to breed!

    THE central plank in foxhunting's defence is "pest control," even though they kill only around 3% of foxes. There is little objective evidence that foxes are a significant pest and many hunts have been shown to use artificial earths, and even feed foxes

  • Our town has a policing problem of its own!

    I WAS shocked to read in the Packet that Falmouth-Camborne MP Candy Atherton has called for Helston police officers to be moved to Camborne. She obviously does not know that it took about one hour for the police to answer a 999 call on Saturday, October

  • Skate park now has its own web site

    FINALLY, for the skateboarders of Tuckingmill Skate Park, the web site is up and running well. If you would like to visit the site it is www.bosticks.co.uk. The address will change when funding comes through. Also, we have updated the forums and gallery

  • It's like paying to enter a supermarket!

    MY family and I were amongst two other groups we spoke to who objected strongly to the charge of £1 to enter a tent at the Oyster Festival, and subsequently decided, as a matter of principle, that we would give it a miss this year and in every subsequent

  • Lighting needed at Bar Road car park

    THE new car park in Bar Road is certainly serving its purpose and does good business but we have noticed that there are 20 disabled parking spaces the majority of which are never occupied. In fact, since the car park opened for business the largest number

  • MP's support may not be the same in 2004

    AT last we are getting a little bit of decent political debate going. Whilst I am not a great fan of The Skipper, he has raised some valid points with regard to our political representative. David Hughes (Packet, October 23) was right in saying that Candy

  • Arrangements for remembrance service

    MAY I through your letters column bring to the attention of the citizens of Falmouth and district, the arrangements in hand for this year's annual service of remembrance and the two minutes silence. Remembrance Sunday service will take place on November

  • Front page headline was insensitive

    I WOULD like to express my disappointment in the front-page headline used in the October 21 edition of the Helston Packet. Firstly, I am a family friend of the Savvas' and knew Daniel Dodd all his living years. Secondly, I attended the inquest into Daniel's

  • Cornwall premier team unable to maintain encouraging start

    BOTH of Cornwall's teams were in action in the ESMBA Inter County Championship against Somerset on Sunday. The Premier team travelled to Wincanton and started the match with a much better display of form to be all square on points and only eight shots

  • Bridge widen gap at top of table

    IN A West Cornwall Table Tennis League top of the table Premiership clash between St Austell A and Bridge A, Bridge defeated St Austell 4-6 in a closely-contested game to widen the gap at the top of the table. Also in the Premiership St Ives A succeeded

  • Foundation course for would-be refs

    THE Cornwall Rugby Referees Society will be running a Foundation Course at Penryn RFC this Sunday starting at 10.30 am until 4 pm. Lunch will be included in this basic course, which is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested, but should contact

  • Steady start by champs

    DEFENDING champions Truro produced a steady performance in the first round of the Shoulder to Shoulder championship. Shooting at home against the newly formed Penzance and St Ives "A" team, Truro scored 487 (ex 500) versus a spirited 485. The match always

  • Spending a day with Sir Bobby 'just wicked'

    LUCKY James Daniel (12) from Feock near Truro has won a football skills training session with World Cup legend and former Manchester United star, Sir Bobby Charlton. James was picked from nearly 8,000 hopefuls who entered a national competition sponsored

  • City back from brink

    THE future of Truro City Football Club appears to have been secured following a meeting involving the club and the man who is offering them a lifeline, Mr Kevin Heaney. Despite fears that it would all fall through at the 11th hour following the trustees

  • New Shirts for u13 squad

    TRURO City Youth Development School's u13 squad are delighted to have been sponsored with new shirts by Highway Plant and Tool Hire of Truro. Pictured left, Ben, David and Max show off the shirts flanked by sponsor Mr Ivan Straminski (left) of Highway

  • BISHOP'S CASINOS WARNING

    THE Bishop of Truro has condemned Government proposals to relax gambling laws which could allow "super casinos" to be built in Cornwall. The Rt. Rev Bill Ind says the proposals could have disastrous consequences for the county's residents, promoting a

  • Much to celebrate

    TRURO College celebrated it's graduating ceremony at Truro Cathedral. More than 130 students received their awards which reflected the hard work and dedication of Higher Education students at the college. The evening began with a welcome from the Right

  • Hospital trial to be extended after success

    A TRIAL of ringing patients to remind them of appointments has proved so successful in cutting down the number of wasted bookings it is to be rolled out across all the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trusts' services. During the week long trial in oral surgery

  • City welcomes French twin town delegation

    THE black and white of Cornish and Breton flags flew from the Municipal Buildings in Boscawen Street, Truro, to welcome visitors from Morlaix on their 25th annual twinning visit to the City of Truro. The lashing rain of Saturday did little to dampen spirits

  • BISHOP'S CASINOS WARNING

    THE Bishop of Truro has condemned Government proposals to relax gambling laws which could allow "super casinos" to be built in Cornwall. The Rt. Rev Bill Ind says the proposals could have disastrous consequences for the county's residents, promoting a

  • Town's amusement arcades face threat

    BURNHAM'S status as a traditional British seaside holiday resort is under threat from a new Government Bill which proposes to effectively do away with popular family amusement arcades. See this week's Weekly News for a full report.

  • £90,000 trek

    A MAN from Highbridge returned this week from his latest charity trek - having raised an astonishing £90,000 for charity. Steve Fear completed an amazing trek from one end of the UK to the other to raise money for a meningitis charity. See this week's

  • Cornwall premier team unable to maintain encouraging start

    BOTH of Cornwall's teams were in action in the ESMBA Inter County Championship against Somerset on Sunday. The Premier team travelled to Wincanton and started the match with a much better display of form to be all square on points and only eight shots

  • Camborne celebrate county B championship

    CAMBORNE Bowling Club players have every reason to look happy with themselves because the club's B team is celebrating winning the County B Team Championship. This was the first occasion that the Camborne club has won this honour, having reached the county

  • Leaders fall to Camborne

    CAMBORNE moved to the top of the Southwest Two table after producing a storming finish to come from behind in the final quarter and end Berry Hill's unbeaten start to the season. In atrocious conditions at the Recreation Group, Jon Moyle was a late replacement

  • Farmer Paul in pumpkin promotion

    OYSTERS are widely accepted as an aphrodisiac - but pumpkin seeds are now fast becoming recognised as the vegetarian alternative. One farmer who is hoping to capitalise on this is Paul Chegwidden, from Wheal Widden farm in Bissoe, who is considering selling

  • Beer festival runs out of booze after just two days

    REAL ale connoisseurs drank Falmouth Beer Festival dry in just two days. Eight thousand pints were not enough for the thirsty crowds who flocked to the event run by the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA Kernow) at the Princess Pavilion

  • 300 Sign Petition

    AFTER just one week, 300 villagers have signed a petition demanding something be done about cars speeding through Budock Water. Nearly everyone who visits Budock Water Post Office and Stores is signing the form, which is demanding something be done to

  • Penryn Teacher receives award

    A PENRYN woman who has just won a national teaching award and with it £25,000 for her school, has dedicated the achievement to her colleagues. Gill Harries, a music teacher at Penryn College, received her National Award for Leadership within a School

  • Affair led to suicide

    A DEPRESSED father hanged himself after jeopardising his relationship with his partner by having an affair with his best friend's wife. A Truro inquest heard how the body of David Brown was found at his home in Pendarves Road, Falmouth on July 15 by his

  • Wedding Saved By Fireman

    A FALMOUTH fireman saved the day after a car carrying a bridegroom and his best man to a wedding crashed and burst into flames - with the rings for the special day still inside. Paul Parkinson managed to retrieve one of the rings from the burnt-out wreck

  • Nightspots breaking bouncer rules

    POLICE in Yeovil were disappointed on Friday night when they discovered that pubs and clubs were still not complying with new rules for door staff. The town centre team carried out a joint agency operation with South Somerset District Council's licensing

  • Think before dialing out of hours doctors

    PATIENTS in Somerset are being asked to think before they dial when calling emergency out of hours services. In the two weeks since a county-wide out-of-hours medical service was launched is has been found that a small minority of people have mistakenly

  • Traffic: Chamber supports

    YEOVIL Chamber of Trade has given its support to new plans to improve the traffic problems in the town. Following a breakfast meeting with highway officials last week at Westland Leisure Complex, initial reports suggest that business bosses are backing

  • Traffic: Cars rule okay!

    HIGHWAY chiefs have admitted that nothing will stop people using their car - despite plans to encourage the use of alternative transport in and around Yeovil. The £3-million set of proposed measures to improve Yeovil's traffic problems were unveiled last

  • Triumph for club at World Championships

    THERE was plenty of excitement at the First Defence Taekwondo Club at the weekend after experiencing one of the most successful ever tournaments and the prestige of winning world championships titles. Club members took part in the Second Open World Championships

  • Penalty hoodoo laid to rest in Charity Cup win

    FALMOUTH TOWN 1 WADEBRIDGE TOWN 1 (Falmouth Town won 5-3 on penalties) Falmouth Town laid to rest their penalty shootout hoodoo by emerging victorious and with all five penalties being scored to defeat Wadebridge Town in the first round of the Durning

  • Mike delivers body blows

    PENRYN ATHLETIC 0 ST AUSTELL 3 ST Austell finally defeated Penryn Athletic at the third time of asking after they won 3-0 in the Carlsberg SWL at Kernick Road on Saturday. Along with every other football ground in the county, the pitch needed a couple

  • Borough battle for hard-earned victory

    IN this very tense and close encounter Penryn extended their unbroken run of home league wins to 32, but it was touch and go right up to the last minute of the game. The selected team showed one change with Willie Ongoongo taking over from Jon Wright

  • Gales cause havoc

    About 30 beach huts on a south Devon sea front were ripped apart by storms this week. Debris from the buildings at Dawlish was strewn all along the railway track and right into the town. Owners will have to foot the bill for damage and loss of any belongings

  • Murder investigation stepped up

    Police investigating the mysterious drowning of a parish councillor off the Cornish coast are looking for a boat which shares a name with the murdered man's vessel. The body of 56-year-old Peter Solheim was recovered from the sea by fishermen five miles

  • Wind Powere for South Devon

    Three wind turbines planned on land bordering an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon are causing a stir. The scheme is for Goveton, north of Kingsbridge. Each turbines will be 100m high to the blade tips and will provide a maximum of five megawatts

  • Storms leave passengers stranded at Dawlish

    MORE than 200 people were left stranded at Dawlish after violent storms caused two trains to break down on the main line from Exeter to Plymouth. Yesterday afternoon waves crashed onto the train line, causing the engines to fail on a train travelling

  • Pet owners warned after cat is shot

    A FRIENDLY Bridgwater cat is the latest animal to be targetted by air guns after a spate of similar incidents in the Burnham and Highbridge area. See this week's Mercury for a full report.

  • Europe's biggest ram sale

    EUROPE'S biggest ram sale was the occasion for the Devon-based Quick family to continue their successful run. Paul Quick, who farms near Crediton with his parents, Bill and Marion, and brothers Andrew and Mark, won the breed championship at the NSA Wales

  • Record crowd for Red Ruby Devons

    THE largest entry of Red Ruby Devons for some 20 years met a record crowd at the Devon Cattle Breeders Society Autumn Show and Sale at Taunton. The crowd witnessed a new female breed record price. Fresh from their success in winning the Herd Competition

  • Advance with good genetics

    DECOUPLED premiums, the Single Farm Payment and further reductions in milk price as intervention support is gradually dismantled will all have their effect on the South West dairy farming sector. But while producers have to accept these external factors

  • Wedding Saved By Fireman

    A FALMOUTH fireman saved the day after a car carrying a bridegroom and his best man to a wedding crashed and burst into flames - with the rings for the special day still inside. Paul Parkinson managed to retrieve one of the rings from the burnt-out wreck

  • We want Wayne's wallet

    TEENAGE soccer sensation Wayne Rooney is being invited to support a campaign to celebrate one of Helston's very own sporting legends. The team behind a £25,000 bid to erect a statue of boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons in the town is hoping the Manchester

  • Win win for sugar farmers

    IT is now widely accepted grazing animal performance and the water soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content of grass are inextricably linked. Research has shown high grass sugar content not only drives intake by increasing palatability and digestibility but

  • Mayor funds show for disabled

    IN response to last week's report in the News, about Chard Amateur Theatre Society having to cancel a show for the disabled, Mayor of Chard, Cllr Tony Prior has stepped forward and offered his financial support so the show can go on. The pantomime Puss

  • High tides

    FALMOUTH Fri, 29 Oct 05.36 (5.4) 17.49 (5.4) Sat, 30 Oct 06.05 (5.3) 18.19 (5.2) Sun, 31 Oct 06.32 (5.3) 18.45 (5.1) Mon, 1 Nov 07.00 (5.1) 19.14 (4.9) Tue, 2 Nov 07.29 (5.0) 19.46 (4.6) Wed, 3 Nov 08.04 (4.7) 20.25 (4.4) Thur, 4 Nov 08.49 (4.5) 21.18

  • Shipping Intelligence

    Tuesday, October 19 Dutch cargo vessel Merwedelta (2,997/01) arrived from Tilbury for bunkers and sailed for Damietta, Egypt. Swedish ro ro vessel Ada Gorthon (13,525/84) arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium to land personnel and to have underwater inspection

  • Match report: Scunthorpe United 1, Yeovil Town 0

    FOR full match report of Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United see here: COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1, YEOVIL TOWN 0 STEVE SOWDEN REPORTS FROM GLANFORD PARK ONCE again big decisions by the match officials cost Yeovil Town dear as their

  • YTISA travel details

    The YTISA are running coaches to the game at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, November 6. The cost for this is members £14 and non-members £16 and the coaches will depart from Huish Park at 8a.m. To book seats ring Roger Brimble on the hotline number 07800

  • YTISA annual meeting

    The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association holds its annual general meeting on Saturday, December 11, in the marquee bar at Huish Park from 6.30pm. All members are welcome to attend and Brendon Owen and Dave Poole are standing for election onto

  • Get spooked this Sunday!

    A children's Halloween Party - sponsored by Asda - will be held at Huish Park on Sunday, October 31, from 3pm till 7pm for youngsters aged between five and 12. There will be lots of games including - Eye ball stew, Bobbing apples, trick or treat, arts

  • Atkins charged over derby clash

    THE rivalry and obvious dislike of each other between Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and Bristol Rovers boss Ian Atkins have reached new depths in the aftermath of last week's heated West Country derby at the Memorial Stadium (writes Steve Sowden).

  • Yeovil need that bounce back ability!

    SKY Sports' cult Soccer-AM programme have come up with a new footballing catchphrase in 'bounce back ability' and it would certainly apply to Yeovil Town at present with the Glovers going through a mini-slump in results. Following on from last Saturday's

  • Win for the squad

    A YEOVIL Town Squad X1 gained a 3-1 victory at Cardiff City Reserves yesterday (Wednesday) in the Pontins Holiday Combination League with Adrian Caceres hitting match-winning hat-trick.

  • Barrett draws derby

    IT WAS honours even at Cassis Close on Saturday after this first-ever County League clash of the clubs. See this week's Weekly News for a full report.

  • Pasty makers in line for award

    HELSTON-based business the West Cornwall Pasty Co has been shortlisted for its fourth national award this year. The company, which was named the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year at the regional finals of the National Business Awards earlier

  • Naval officer honours his father

    LIEUTENANT Commander Mark Teasdale from RNAS Culdrose had a "doubly special day" when he presented his own father with a veteran's award. The logistics officer, who lives in Carnon Downs, said he felt honoured and proud as he handed World War II navy

  • Centre opens for community

    THE many and varied facilities on offer at Mullion's new youth and community centre were unveiled to the public at a series of open days last week. The old youth club in Nansmellyon Road has been transformed into a "one stop shop" providing facilities

  • Piglets - The value of birth weights

    NADIS (National Animal Disease Information Service) is a network of 40 veterinary practices and 6 veterinary colleges monitoring diseases in cattle, sheep and pigs in the UK. This month NADIS vet Mark White BVSc DPM MRCVS advises South West farmers on

  • Annual meeting proves interesting day

    THE Devon WFU annual general meeting was held at Clyst St Mary where members had a most interesting day and a superb lunch. Celia spoke of changes over the years and highlighted the fact that many five year olds obviously have never used cutlery before

  • Feed mills pulling wonderful stunts

    MOST of us had fun and games getting the harvest in and are now having fun with the grain merchants. The grain merchants themselves, I don't think are too bad, but it is the feed mills pulling some wonderful stunts especially on wheat. The message I'm

  • We want Wayne's wallet

    TEENAGE soccer sensation Wayne Rooney is being invited to support a campaign to celebrate one of Helston's very own sporting legends. The team behind a £25,000 bid to erect a statue of boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons in the town is hoping the Manchester

  • Forage diary report

    Maize Trials Update All four trial sites have now been harvested with fresh weights being particularly heavy in some cases. My feeling is that in some cases this extra weight has been caused by the above average rainfall throughout August and, as a result

  • Enjoy delicious apple recipes

    I SEE from our local telly not all the Somerset apples are ending up in the kitchen as a vast amount are being made into cider. It makes me feel good seeing the larger cider manufacturers using our own local produce. They showed on film the apples being