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  • CLA has new head

    THIS year will be a transition year - one when the agricultural industry will have to come to terms with a new way of dealing with the CAP, and it will be the first year when farmers will not have to farm in order to receive payments. That's the message

  • Joint effort key to future

    Greater collaboration, product development and branding would help the South West beef and lamb industry achieve a more profitable and sustainable future. This was the overall message from the South West red meat conference, Cultivating the Future of

  • 'Charlie' winners

    The final of the 2006 Cornwall Target Shooting Association's Charlie Competition was held at Helston on Sunday in four classes. The winners were - Class A : 1, Fred Teagle (Truro), 295 Ex 300; 2, Roger Bukum (Liskeard), 292; 3, Douglas Kernick (Penzance

  • Morley sinks Mullion

    MULLION 0 HELSTON 3 - TONY Morley's eye for a half chance is well documented, so when a defence just hands him a couple of openings any hope they might have had of getting something out of the game will have quickly disappeared. That was the scenario

  • Ashly completes remarkable fightback

    Gloucestershire 1 Cornwall 1 CORNWALL and Gloucestershire finished all square at 1-1 in their South West Counties Youth Championship match at Bristol Manor Farm. Cornwall took the lead in unexpected fashion after 15 minutes when the Gloucestershire goalkeeper

  • Cornwall will play champs

    Cornwall County Cricket Club have confirmed that they will be hosting Somerset County Cricket Club in a Twenty/20 match this summer. The game against the national Twenty/20 champions will be held at Truro Cricket Club on Monday, June 19, at 5.30pm. The

  • Port tumble to big defeat

    LISKEARD ATHLETIC 6 PORTHLEVEN 0 - THIS scoreline certainly didn't like likely with just a few minutes to half-time, but after Porthleven conceded a goal it was all downhill as Liskeard Athletic raced to a comprehensive 6-0 win the Carlsberg SWL. The

  • 'Charlie' winners

    The final of the 2006 Cornwall Target Shooting Association's Charlie Competition was held at Helston on Sunday in four classes. The winners were - Class A : 1, Fred Teagle (Truro), 295 Ex 300; 2, Roger Bukum (Liskeard), 292; 3, Douglas Kernick (Penzance

  • Incinerator plan goes against election promise

    Contrary to the media portrayal, the protesters against the proposed incinerator are not merely a bunch of NIMBYs but people from all areas of Cornwall with Cornwall's future at heart. The decision of Cornwall county council to proceed with mass incineration

  • Chancellor is planning to rob Cornwall - it's a fact!

    It would seem that the very public rebuke of Charlotte Mackenzie from her own Labour party executive has not dimmed her fetish for poisoned pen letters (shame). So if Charlotte can no longer be thought of as speaking for the Labour Party who exactly does

  • Why did he resign for such a modern activity?

    What a great day for the Lib Dems. At last another one of their leading spokesmen is enriching another form of christian culture. Mr Oaten has done what his party has always told the citizens of the UK must do, to enhance other people's culture. Why on

  • There must be a better way to deal with rubbish

    It beggars belief that Cornwall county council could be discussing disposing of £500,000,000 for an incinerator that won't be operational for at least 12 years! Are the supplying companies just thinking of figures and adding zeros? Very roughly it equates

  • Incinerator plan goes against election promise

    Contrary to the media portrayal, the protesters against the proposed incinerator are not merely a bunch of NIMBYs but people from all areas of Cornwall with Cornwall's future at heart. The decision of Cornwall county council to proceed with mass incineration

  • Another example of Lib Dem hypocrisy

    Fat cat pay increases for county councillors were said to be needed partly because the Lib Dem majority now shoulder the burden of political responsibility. That'll be why they met behind closed doors to decide Cornwall should have a waste incinerator

  • Docks 'A' secure two 10-0 victories

    Division three of the West Cornwall Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape. Falmouth Docks "F", with a game or two in hand over the oposition look well placed to take the number two spot though they could only manage four points against Pal. "

  • Ashly completes remarkable fightback

    Cornwall Clubs XV 22pts Naval Air Command 19pts - In their first match of the season the Cornwall Clubs XV hosted the Naval Air Command at St Austell RFC in what turned out to be an exciting contest. The hosts were slow to settle and kicked away too much

  • Cornwall held to draw

    Gloucestershire 1 Cornwall 1 - CORNWALL and Gloucestershire finished all square at 1-1 in their South West Counties Youth Championship match at Bristol Manor Farm. Cornwall took the lead in unexpected fashion after 15 minutes when the Gloucestershire

  • 'Charlie' winners

    The final of the 2006 Cornwall Target Shooting Association's Charlie Competition was held at Helston on Sunday in four classes. The winners were - Class A : 1, Fred Teagle (Truro), 295 Ex 300; 2, Roger Bukum (Liskeard), 292; 3, Douglas Kernick (Penzance

  • Reunion evening

    Troon Cricket Club are holding a reunion evening for all former members, committee members and supporters on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. It is now many years since the club held a reunion, but with their proud history and an excellent

  • Clubs benefit from bowls triumph

    Two Cornish couples are the toast of their local bowling clubs after they won a total of £700 in a special tournament at Torquay. Falmouth's David Perrin from the Carnon Down Bowling Club and his wife, Cynthia, and friends Maureen and Jim Oram who play

  • Chinnor pile on Borough misery

    CHINNOR 88pts PENRYN 10pts - PENRYN returned from distant Oxfordshire after another heavy defeat in South West One. Chinnor is situated 20 miles east of Oxford, and is the longest trip for a club that is putting more miles in to travel than Bristol, Bath

  • Docks 'A' secure two 10-0 victories

    Division three of the West Cornwall Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape. Falmouth Docks "F", with a game or two in hand over the oposition look well placed to take the number two spot though they could only manage four points against Pal. "

  • Camborne close to surprise win

    Coney Hill 34pts Camborne 30pts - Camborne put up another improved performance running promotion chasing Coney Hill mighty close in a high scoring encounter. Flanker Nathan March was somewhat unfortunate to be sent off for two technical offences inside

  • Illogan win exciting encounter

    ILLOGAN 2 LUDGVAN 1 - ILLOGAN just about deserved the spoils from this intriguing Jolly's Combination League encounter having created the better chances. It proved a cracking end-to-end match, but overall both defences appeared to have everything under

  • Docks 'A' secure two 10-0 victories

    Division three of the West Cornwall Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape. Falmouth Docks "F", with a game or two in hand over the oposition look well placed to take the number two spot though they could only manage four points against Pal. "

  • Ashly completes remarkable fightback

    Cornwall Clubs XV 22pts Naval Air Command 19pts - In their first match of the season the Cornwall Clubs XV hosted the Naval Air Command at St Austell RFC in what turned out to be an exciting contest. The hosts were slow to settle and kicked away too much

  • Cornwall will play champs

    Cornwall County Cricket Club have confirmed that they will be hosting Somerset County Cricket Club in a Twenty/20 match this summer. The game against the national Twenty/20 champions will be held at Truro Cricket Club on Monday, June 19, at 5.30pm. The

  • Reunion evening

    Troon Cricket Club are holding a reunion evening for all former members, committee members and supporters on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. It is now many years since the club held a reunion, but with their proud history and an excellent

  • City struggle to kill off Clarets

    TRURO CITY 3 LAUNCESTON 2 - THE road to promotion is littered with a surprise round every bend as Truro City found out on Saturday when Launceston almost caused an upset at Treyew Road. City would have expected to be convincing winners, but mid-table

  • Truro suffer heavy defeat

    TRURO 14pts MOUNT'S BAY 78pts - TRURO suffered another heavy defeat when they were beaten 78 points to 14 by promotion-chasing Mount's Bay at St Clement's Hill. On a perfect day for open rugby, the league leaders demonstrated why they are favourites to

  • Reporter takes to the sky

    Packet reporter Gavin Harlow is swapping his pen for a parachute to raise money for a charity close to his heart. The 24-year-old is gearing up to take part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Gavin said: "I've always wanted

  • Golfers pay for cat operation

    A CAT at The Isle of Wedmore Gold Club can continue enjoying her nine lives after animal-loving golfers helped raise money for her operation. Knuckles once roamed the greens as a stray before ebing adoped by club groundskeeper Kevin Innalls. Golfers donated

  • Parris upbeat despite end of winning run

    Toolstation League Division 1 Dawlish Town 2, Chard Town 1. Chard Town boss Stuart Parris is adamant that nothing has been decided in the promotion race at the top of Division One in the Toolstation Western League - despite his in-form side's defeat by

  • Condidence pays off against Chew

    Chew Valley 15pts, Chard 38. Chard travelled to Chew full of confidence after their good cup win the previous week, but they were a little apprehensive as Chew Valley had also been in good form following their win against the league leaders the previous

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Murder in Camborne

    CAMBORNE police have named the man who was stabbed at a house on Wellington Close on Saturday and say they have found a weapon. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Orpe revealed that the body they found at 51 Wellington Close was that of 39-year-old Stuart

  • 12 arrested in heroin operations

    POLICE have arrested 12 people in Camborne as part of an ongoing operation to target an apparent increase in the street level use and supply of heroin in the area. Over two days last week officers executed a number of search warrants and arrested twelve

  • College's fit way to health

    Truro College is doing its bit to help kick start a healthy new year for people in and around Truro. From Stithians to Tresillian, Higher Town to Carnon Downs, the college is running fitness classes in village halls and community centres. Classes cover

  • £10,000 PAID BY MISTAKE?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Affordable homes crisis

    SOMERSET is facing a crisis over affordable homes. Rising house prices and low wages are forcing many young people to leave the county and making it harder to attract key workers. Other pressures on availability of homes include popula tion growth, people

  • Parish plan launch

    THE South Petherton Parish Plan will be launched to parishioners on January 30. It will take place at the Blake Hall in South Petherton and people can chose to attend at either 2pm or 7pm. After a presentation, which will outline the findings of the research

  • Police seek help from public

    Police in Plymouth investigating an attempted robbery in Clifton Place, Greenbank at about 7.55pm on Friday January 6 have appealed for witnesses. A 38 yr old man from Plymouth was approached by a youth who demanded his wallet, saying he had a "blade"

  • Rare triplets doing well

    Rare triplets doing well Farmer Chris Tremayne from Carnmenellis in Cornwall had triple joy with very rare triplets Limousin cross Friesian calves. This is the first ever time triplets have been born on Halabazack Farm. Chris has been farming her 150

  • Somerset and Devon fire services may merge in 2007

    SOMERSET county Council and the Devon Fire and Rescue Authority have agreed to investigate a proposed merger of Somerset and Devon's fire brigades. Previous inspections at Somerset Fire Brigade have identified it is working to capacity and is struggling

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • County council expenses - what do you think?

    This week's Packet reveals the result of an investigation by reporters into the mileage expenses paid to Cornwall county councillors over a one month period. If the findings are correct the county council could be paying far in excess of what it should

  • £10,000 PAID BY MISTAKE?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Apply with care to RPA

    Farmers in England who applied for an allocation from the National Reserve are currently being notified of qualification says contact Peter Bryer, consultant for the Yeovil based agricultural consultants Laurence Gould Partnership Ltd. For successful

  • Plans to ease Falmouth traffic

    News that £168,000 was "on the table" to help solve traffic congestion in Falmouth's town centre was met with mixed reactions as it emerged that work would still not begin until the autumn. Members of the Falmouth Transport Infrastructure Group were told

  • Rugby club unveils plans

    An ambitious scheme for a new home for Falmouth rugby club took a step closer this week when the much anticipated plans for a move to a site on the outskirts of the town were revealed. The club, whose home has been at the Recreation Ground in Dracaena

  • Galleries join together in bid to gain paintings

    Falmouth Art Gallery is in a race against time to save two masterpieces of national importance. In a unique move, the gallery has joined up with Penlee House Gallery and Museum, in Penzance, in an attempt to stop the two paintings from leaving the country

  • Illegal mini motorbiking riding could prove fatal

    It is inevitable that someone will eventually be killed unless illegal riding of mini motorbikes is stopped, Falmouth police have warned. The stark warning comes following an increase in complaints from residents across the town, over the amount of so-called

  • Youth centre to get cash boost

    FALMOUTH Youth Club is to receive cash injection of £175,000, a year after the plans to build a new community centre were halted when a third of the funding was withdrawn. Carrick district council have now stepped in with cabinet members recommending

  • Atlantic race bid at end for brave Cornish rowers

    Two Cornish rowers from the Roseland Gig Club taking part in the great Atlantic rowing race had to be rescued after their boat pitch-poled on Sunday just over 100 miles from the finishing line. Bob Warren, 40, from St Mawes and Chris Barrett, 41 from

  • Reporter takes to the sky

    Packet reporter Gavin Harlow is swapping his pen for a parachute to raise money for a charity close to his heart. The 24-year-old is gearing up to take part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Gavin said: "I've always wanted

  • Stolen moments are irreplaceable

    THE first few minutes of a baby's life are extremely precious and when married couple Matt and Lottie Dymock had their first child Harry they recorded his on a DVD camcorder. But the Penryn couple, both 30, were devastated when the day before Harry and

  • Penryn car crash victim to sue dangerous driver

    ONE of the victims of the multi-vehicle pile up on the Penryn by-pass last year is planning to sue the man responsible for the horrific crash which left her with life changing injuries. Pat Fleck, 59, of Lamb's Lane Falmouth, told this week of how her

  • £10,000 PAID BY MISTAKE?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Where are our extra police?

    CALLS have been made to boost police numbers in Chard and Ilminster after the force failed to deliver on a pledge to provide more officers. In August, the News reported how senior officers wanted to increase police numbers in Chard and Ilminster from

  • Long journey back to health for tumour girl

    A CHARD mum has hailed the medical teams who saved her daughter from a life-threatening brain tumour. This time last year, nine-year-old Natalie Locke was bedridden in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, unable to speak, walk or swallow food. But now thanks to

  • Mayor pledges to 'work for people'

    NEW Chard Mayor John Malcolm says he aims to make sure the town council works for the good of local people. As reported, Cllr Malcolm won cross party support last week to become mayor until May. This week he said: "I'm not going to be partisan - I'm not

  • Extensive training

    YEOVIL Town are without a game this Saturday in Coca-Cola League One because intended opponents Walsall are still fighting it out in the FA Cup. But manager Steve Thompson said there will no let off for his players and they will be given extra training

  • They're quids in - thanks to carnival!

    AS carnival clubs make their plans for this year's extravaganza, good causes around Ilminster are benefiting from last year's parade. On Sunday, carnival organisers gathered in Ilminster Parish Hall to present the proceeds from last year's event to local

  • Gooch and Housego's vision of the future

    THIS striking image is a glimpse of the future as world famous Ilminster firm Gooch and Housego unveils £4million plans for the former Clarks factory at Dowlish Ford. As reported, the opto-electronics giant is moving from the Old Magistrates' Court buildings

  • Horlicks site meeting date

    PLANS for the massive redevelopment of the Horlicks site in Ilminster will be discussed at a meeting next Tuesday (January 31). The application, which could see 150 homes built, will be discussed by Ilminster Town Council's planning committee in the main

  • Only rock 'n' roll - but being Elvis is a booming business

    AN Ilminster firefighter is blazing a trail as the king of rock and roll. Father-of-two Barry Paull, 39, has an incredible 140 bookings to entertain as Elvis Presley throughout Britain in 2006. Having feasted on a diet of Elvis as a child, Barry launched

  • Seven-try Burnham

    Somerset League One: Burnham 43, Bristol Barbarians 14 BURNHAM had too much pace behind the scrum for a typically-robust Bristol on Saturday. For the second week running, they racked up 43 points against fellow relegation candidates and the victory lifted

  • Cornwall is becoming popular film location

    Millions of pounds were spent on film production in Cornwall last year as the county became ever more popular for films, advertising promotions, videos and dvds. Many overseas companies have used the county as locations not least Truro, Falmouth and Helston

  • Two awards for naval officer

    A naval officer from Helston earned two prestigious awards when he completed his flying training at RNAS Culdrose. In addition to gaining his "Wings", Lieutenant Stephen Ivill was presented with the trophies awarded to the best all-round student completing

  • Dream job for Michelle

    AN American animal lover has found her dream job after being appointed the new manager of the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek. Michelle Drew, 38, originally from Los Angeles fell in love with the seals when she visited the sanctuary during her first

  • Illegal mini motorbiking riding could prove fatal

    It is inevitable that someone will eventually be killed unless illegal riding of mini motorbikes is stopped, Falmouth police have warned. The stark warning comes following an increase in complaints from residents across the town, over the amount of so-called

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Jobs go after contract lost

    Workers from the Wellington areas are facing another job crisis after 180 jobs were axed at a large meat wholesaler in Willand. Lloyd Maunder has announced it will no longer be producing lamb from its base in Lloyd Maunder Road after the loss of a contract

  • Pride in the job

    A labour of love is an apt description for the work of Richard Gunn from near Crediton in Devon. Richard, aged 30, is building up his business of body repairs, resprays and servicing of agricultural vehicles and plant machines as well as trailers, 360

  • Don't let abattoirs set prices

    Abattoirs across the region were being accused of using the ending of the Over Thirty Month Scheme as an excuse to pull down prime cattle prices - even though supplies of finished stock on farms are tight and chill room beef stocks are low. As South West

  • Lamb factory gets the chop

    Lloyd Maunder is to close its lamb operations at Willand, near Tiverton, although its other operations thrive. Following the termination of an important supermarket account, originally announced last March, Lloyd Maunder has attempted to rebuild its lamb

  • BOVINE TB ROW GROWS!

    The row over badger culling in the South West has stepped up a gear this month with auctioneers in the region considering legal action against the Government in a bid to block a new TB-testing regime. The move could seriously interrupt livestock markets

  • Postponement increases the tension for Manley

    ILMINSTER player-manager Darren Manley was left frustrated on Saturday when his team's clash with Hengrove Athletic was postponed. The game with the Somerset County League Premier Division leaders was called off because of a waterlogged pitch. For Manley's

  • Mistakes cost ladies the game

    Ilminster Ladies 0, Clevedon Town 2. ILMINSTER'S manager thought the ladies deserved at least a draw from this battling display which was maintained for 90 minutes - but mistakes cost them the game. The first goal came from a free kick on the 18-yard

  • Docks 'A' secure two 10-0 victories

    Division three of the West Cornwall Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape. Falmouth Docks "F", with a game or two in hand over the oposition look well placed to take the number two spot though they could only manage four points against Pal. "

  • Ashly completes remarkable fightback

    Cornwall Clubs XV 22pts Naval Air Command 19pts - In their first match of the season the Cornwall Clubs XV hosted the Naval Air Command at St Austell RFC in what turned out to be an exciting contest. The hosts were slow to settle and kicked away too much

  • Cornwall held to draw

    Gloucestershire 1 Cornwall 1 - CORNWALL and Gloucestershire finished all square at 1-1 in their South West Counties Youth Championship match at Bristol Manor Farm. Cornwall took the lead in unexpected fashion after 15 minutes when the Gloucestershire

  • Cornwall will play champs

    Cornwall County Cricket Club have confirmed that they will be hosting Somerset County Cricket Club in a Twenty/20 match this summer. The game against the national Twenty/20 champions will be held at Truro Cricket Club on Monday, June 19, at 5.30pm. The

  • Reunion evening

    Troon Cricket Club are holding a reunion evening for all former members, committee members and supporters on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. It is now many years since the club held a reunion, but with their proud history and an excellent

  • Docks 'A' secure two 10-0 victories

    Division three of the West Cornwall Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape. Falmouth Docks "F", with a game or two in hand over the oposition look well placed to take the number two spot though they could only manage four points against Pal. "

  • Craig boosts title bid

    WENDRON 3 ST AGNES 0 - WENDRON may not be everyone's cup of tea to lift the Jolly's Combination League championship, but they won't mind people ignoring them as they begin to slip into the picture and become serious contenders following another excellent

  • Reunion evening

    Troon Cricket Club are holding a reunion evening for all former members, committee members and supporters on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. It is now many years since the club held a reunion, but with their proud history and an excellent

  • There must be a better way to deal with rubbish

    It beggars belief that Cornwall county council could be discussing disposing of £500,000,000 for an incinerator that won't be operational for at least 12 years! Are the supplying companies just thinking of figures and adding zeros? Very roughly it equates

  • You Cornish are ruining our beautiful Espaa!

    I write in reply to Senor/Senora, name and address supplied, "Living the dream and creating a nightmare" (letters, January 21), who thinks that Cornwall is being destroyed by other people who wish to live there. I so sympathise! Here in Spain we have

  • British people have a right to live in Cornwall

    As a Cornish woman I would like to disassociate myself from the bigoted and xenophobic letter in last week's paper, "Living the dream and creating a nightmare." Cornwall is not a country, it is a county in England. Therefore anyone British is entitled

  • Fairsky story brought back happy memories

    David Barnicoat's entry in today's Packet about the Fairsky docking in Falmouth in January, 1960, brought back vivid memories to me. At that time I was a booking clerk at Falmouth railway station. I, together with a colleague (the late Mr John Keppel)

  • Surprised by behaviour of town councillors

    I WENT to a meeting of the Helston town council on Thursday to make them aware of a parking problem I am getting outside my town house. Although they were unable to solve the problem themselves, they were helpful and agreed to take what action they could

  • Cornwall will play champs

    Cornwall County Cricket Club have confirmed that they will be hosting Somerset County Cricket Club in a Twenty/20 match this summer. The game against the national Twenty/20 champions will be held at Truro Cricket Club on Monday, June 19, at 5.30pm. The

  • Blown away

    FALMOUTH TOWN 7 WADEBRIDGE TOWN 0 - Falmouth Town were in devastating rip-roaring form at Bickland Park on Saturday as they produced their finest performance of the season to completely demolish fWadebridge Town. Visiting 'keeper Mark Gears, who went

  • Ashly completes remarkable fightback

    Cornwall Clubs XV 22pts Naval Air Command 19pts - IN their first match of the season the Cornwall Clubs XV hosted the Naval Air Command at St Austell RFC in what turned out to be an exciting contest. The hosts were slow to settle and kicked away too much

  • Cornwall held to draw

    Gloucestershire 1 Cornwall 1 - CORNWALL and Gloucestershire finished all square at 1-1 in their South West Counties Youth Championship match at Bristol Manor Farm. Cornwall took the lead in unexpected fashion after 15 minutes when the Gloucestershire

  • Cornwall will play champs

    Cornwall County Cricket Club have confirmed that they will be hosting Somerset County Cricket Club in a Twenty/20 match this summer. The game against the national Twenty/20 champions will be held at Truro Cricket Club on Monday, June 19, at 5.30pm. The

  • 'Charlie' winners

    The final of the 2006 Cornwall Target Shooting Association's Charlie Competition was held at Helston on Sunday in four classes. The winners were - Class A : 1, Fred Teagle (Truro), 295 Ex 300; 2, Roger Bukum (Liskeard), 292; 3, Douglas Kernick (Penzance

  • Reunion evening

    Troon Cricket Club are holding a reunion evening for all former members, committee members and supporters on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. It is now many years since the club held a reunion, but with their proud history and an excellent

  • Injury turns tide for Reds

    BARKING 17pts REDRUTH 10pts - Redruth have never won in nine visits to Goresbrook but this was perhaps the best chance of success they have had. Head coach Nigel Hambly told the Packet: "It was a real disappointment, the guys are hurting badly. We realise

  • Cornwall held to draw

    Gloucestershire 1 Cornwall 1 - CORNWALL and Gloucestershire finished all square at 1-1 in their South West Counties Youth Championship match at Bristol Manor Farm. Cornwall took the lead in unexpected fashion after 15 minutes when the Gloucestershire

  • 'Charlie' winners

    The final of the 2006 Cornwall Target Shooting Association's Charlie Competition was held at Helston on Sunday in four classes. The winners were - Class A : 1, Fred Teagle (Truro), 295 Ex 300; 2, Roger Bukum (Liskeard), 292; 3, Douglas Kernick (Penzance

  • New beginnings for Truro school

    THE BISHOP of Truro, the Rt Rev Bill Ind, has officially opened the newly-refurbished St Mary's Church of England School in Truro. Bishop Bill blessed the school after the extensive refurbishment work, which included an extension to the original school

  • Progressive farm brothers

    Pioneering brothers near Tresillian have won a prestigious national award for progressive farming and their business has been declared the overall runner-up in the country. James and Jeremy Hosking, from Fentongollan Farm, have just been awarded the title

  • Sitting far more comfortably!

    The second phase of the Hall for Cornwall's renovation work was unveiled when the Truro theatre re-opened on Friday following this year's pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The remaining 400 seats, some of which were literally coming apart at

  • City awaits decision

    TRURO City has been selected to battle it out with Exeter for the prestigious prize of Best Local Food Awards. The competition places emphasis on local produce and what Truro is doing to promote it and during September, a portfolio was put together with

  • Fit way to health

    Truro College is doing its bit to help kick start a healthy new year for people in and around Truro. From Stithians to Tresillian, Higher Town to Carnon Downs, the college is running fitness classes in village halls and community centres. Classes cover

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Legless barry returns to the track

    A REMARKABLE rally driver who lost both legs in a horrific road accident has got back on the track for the first time in Brean this week. Barry Pavey, 46, says he cannot remember what happened in the M25 smash that left him disabled last November, but

  • Carnival fireworks under threat

    MUSIC, film and carnival fireworks could be the latest casualty of more Burnham and Highbridge cost cutting. People in the two towns have slated the plans as "retrograde" - with one even asking if "they are trying to discourage Carnival from taking place

  • Jailed for giving class A drug to cousin who died

    A HIGHBRIDGE man has been jailed after he gave his depressed cousin a drug in a misguided effort to steer him clear of suicidal thoughts - only for the drug to kill him. Taunton Crown Court heard this week that Scott Soloman had been afraid his cousin

  • Stoodley happy after win

    COMBE St Nicholas moved into second spot in Division Two of the Somerset County League with a 4-0 victory over Dundry Athletic on Saturday. Manager Mark Stoodley said: "The win has given us a massive confidence boost and the ideal kick-start to the second-half

  • Collision St Erth

    A Man from Camborne who died after a road accident on the A30 near to St Erth on Monday has been identified. Police have identified the man as Frank Cooper, 72, of Higher Enys Road, Camborne, who was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after the accident

  • 'Hypocrisy' of Lib Dem decision

    The Cornish Labour Party in Cornwall has criticised Liberal Democrat handling of the county council's decision to approve plans for a waste incinerator. Labour county councillors voted unanimously against the plans approved by the Lib Dem majority. A

  • Reporter takes to the sky

    Packet reporter Gavin Harlow is swapping his pen for a parachute to raise money for a charity close to his heart. The 24-year-old is gearing up to take part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Gavin said: "I've always wanted

  • Talk of diverse things

    As the walrus once famously remarked to the carpenter, the time has come to talk of many things: cabbages, kings - and daffodils, to be precise. Entering Fentongollan Farm is indeed like stepping into another world that could have been created by author

  • Lessons from last year's lessons

    South West hogget producers are being advised to learn the lessons of last year and sell their old season lambs as soon as they reach the right level of finish for the market. They should not be tempted to hold on to them too long in search of better

  • £10,000 paid by mistake?

    Cornwall county councillors, who are paid 50p a mile for driving their own cars to meetings, may be overclaiming thousands of pounds a year more than they are entitled to, a Packet investigation has revealed. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the

  • Protection for tenants strengthened

    TOUGH new rules governing houses in multiple occupation in West Somerset are being brought in to provide better standards for tenants. The new house rules are aimed at securing greater protection for the health, safety, and welfare of tenants, and encourage

  • New life for old plastic on farms

    A Farm plastic recycling scheme is currently being set up to operate in Somerset, Exmoor, East Devon and parts of Dorset. Farmers and landowners are being invited to bring two types of waste plastic, including silage bags, clamp sheet and small feed bags

  • Firm's £5,000 fine for a leak

    A meat rendering plant that spilt around 20 tonnes of black effluent into a Devon stream killing dozens of fish was ordered to pay £6,748 in fines and costs in a case brought by the Environment Agency. On August 16, 2005, the Environment Agency received

  • Urgent action needed

    The generally lower quality of grass and maize silages produced during 2005 is jeopardising many herds' ability to maximise milk yields and fulfil quota, according to feed specialists Southern Valley Agriculture. SVA was formed after Mole Valley Farmers

  • Homes to be built at Docks

    A controversial £10 million homes plan for students on a site close to Falmouth Docks is to go ahead following a successful appeal by Devington Homes against the refusal of planning permission by Carrick district council. In his decision report, appeal

  • Boatbuilder retires after long career

    A boatbuilder who has been in the trade since the age of 15 has retired after nearly 49 years with the same company. Ron Young joined Falmouth Boat Construction, in Flushing, as an apprentice boat builder on May 11, 1957. Since then he has worked on every

  • Ambitious changes!

    Ambitious plans for the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, costing £600,000 and due to start in the spring, are expected to give the attraction a huge boost and secure its future as an important part of Falmouth's regeneration. The museum is planning

  • Ondrasik signs

    SOMERSET Mike manning Audio Rebels have announced that Czech rider Pavel Ondrasik will be their seventh team member. The 30-year-old, who lives in the Czech republic, will start on an average of 4.97 in the main, five-man body of the team.

  • Defence is victory key

    SOMERSET County League Div Three: Hengrove Athletic Res 0, Berrow 4 Berrow made it two wins in a row at Hengrove on Saturday with their ninth clean sheet of the season. Although the win looks comfortable, they were indebted to their impressive back line

  • Flying start for Manaccan pupils

    The "happy family atmosphere" at Manaccan primary school has been highlighted in an impressive report from Government inspectors. The 30-pupil primary earned glowing praise on almost every count, with pupils' personal development and wellbeing, along

  • Kerrier's car park charges set to drop

    New fees are due to come into force in car parks across the Kerrier district from next Wednesday, February 1. The cost of a single hour's parking at all district council-run car parks will drop from 60p to 40p - a move designed to encourage shoppers into

  • Atlantic race bid at end for brave Cornish rowers

    Two Cornish rowers from the Roseland Gig Club taking part in the great Atlantic rowing race had to be rescued after their boat pitch-poled on Sunday just over 100 miles from the finishing line. Bob Warren, 40, from St Mawes and Chris Barrett, 41 from

  • Gentle way to shed pounds

    I've started this year by putting on three extra pounds. A friend said: "If it's only that small amount I wouldn't worry and you should be so lucky." I thanked her for her kind words but told her I was above my natural weight and definitely above the

  • Omens are bad

    My year started very well with a nice heifer calf born on New Year's Day - hope it is a good omen for the future! But with the politicians weaving their web, and what's gone on in the world recently, I doubt it very much. Mr Blair and Mr Mandelson playing

  • Calls for meeting to discuss park re-vamp

    Helston town councillors are calling for an urgent meeting to discuss details of a proposed £800,000 re-vamp of Coronation Park. Plans for the work have been drawn up, but members of the council feel there are major outstanding issues still to be resolved

  • Women Working Together is now a thriving organisation

    WOMEN Working Together - WWT is now a well established and thriving organisation - launched in 2000 with the blessing of HRH Prince Charles, writes Pat Bown of the WFU Devon branch. The chairman of the WFU, WI and TWG met with the aim of promoting and

  • Danger road for bikers

    The B3297 Helston to Redruth road has been included on a list of the ten most dangerous stretches of road in Cornwall for motorcyclists. The winding and narrow B3297 made it onto the list in tenth place, behind roads including the A3047 from Camborne

  • Maize findings revealed

    Last year, I reported on the progress of four maize trial sites throughout the region, with the final and all important feed value analysis now revealed. Before we set up the trials last year, there were one or two concerns, e.g. appropriate sowing rates

  • Sisters are fast women

    Athletic sisters from Helston Community College have both qualified for the national finals after impressive performances at the county cross-country championships. Competing against the top runners from across Cornwall, year eight student Elisha Hurst

  • Go-ahead for £1m town gymnasium delights athletes

    Dreams of building a state-of-the-art gymnastics centre in Helston have taken a "huge step forward" after Kerrier planners gave a thumbs-up to the £1 million project. A planning application submitted by the Swallows of Helston for a new gym on land near