25 years ago

April 22, 1999

More jobs are to go at the Ambrosia Factory of Bestfoods UK Ltd at Lifton — bringing the total to more than 70 in the past 18 months. a spokeswoman for the company would not be drawn on the exact number of jobs to go in the latest wave, but the ‘Post’ understands that 12 people will lose their employment.

Starting from Monday at The Indian King Arts Centre in Camelford is a fascinating opportunity to learn how to use your own experience to create a novel.

Some protestors against the scheme to build 159 homes in Launceston’s Kensey View had to be turned away from the meeting of Launceston Town Council at the Guild hall, on Monday night, because of lack of space.

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40 years ago

April 21, 1984

The younger generation, all descendants of the late William and Emma Hones, of North Petherwin, posed together at a family reunion held at the White Hart Hotel, Launceston. Featured with them is Mr Percival Cory, of Dunheved Road, who compiled a family tree and arranged the reunion.

Members of the Junior Church and young people’s choir presented a Passion play in St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on Palm Sunday entitled ‘Leaf of the Palm’ it was written especially for the occasion by Miss Mary Jones, who also produced it, with the assistance of Junior Church teachers.

A North Cornwall district councillor this week denied living in a bungalow. Mr Dick Willoughby insisted that his home, a converted workshop, was a cottage. Agnes Cottage, Higher Wharf, Bude, had no garden or central heating and was reached along al unmade track without pavements, and Mr Willoughby, chairman of the council’s planning committee, objected to a rating valuation for the property of £245.

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50 years ago

April 20, 1974

Mr Olver Harris is to be the next Town Mayor of Launceston. His name, put forward by a selection committee, was approved at a general meeting of the town council.

Brian Gliddon, aged 22, the youngest serving member of Bude auxiliary coastguards, was involved in his first rescue when a Hemel Hempstead youth was trapped 40 feet down a 170 foot high cliff at Longdown, Widemouth Bay.

Mr W E Parsons agreed to serve on the School Managers Board for Delabole Group of Schools at the annual meeting of St Teath Parish Council.

The 28 scholars of Buckhorn Methodist Church Sunday School are, in six to twelve months time, going to have to recall to what use they put 30 pieces of silver they were given during an Easter service by lay preacher Mr Ted Short, of Whitstone. The money was handed over to 12-year-old Nigel Stacey, of Moor Park, Clawton.

Andrew Jones, of Kilkhampton, has just completed two weeks sailing aboard the training schooner ‘Malcolm Miller’ after being sponsored by his employers Messrs Holmans of Camborne.

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60 years ago

April 18, 1964

Half-a-million cigarettes and a bottle of sweets were stolen when thieves broke into Eli Cook’s stores over the weekend. The store is situated near the hairpin bend near the A30 trunk road to the east of Launceston.

During the past year Launceston and District Rabbit Clearance Society has caught some 4,750 rabbits on members’ farms.

Alderman K G Foster, chairman of Cornwall Council, speaking at Launceston chamber of trade annual dinner disclosed that a £1-million by-pass for Launceston was well on the way.

Stuck in a crevasse on the sheer face of the cliff 120ft above the water at Mullion on Saturday, 18-year-old Mark Wareing, of Bratton Clovelly, was rescued by the cliff rescue team.

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70 years ago

April 17, 1954

The water was off for two nights and a day in Launceston this week to carry out work at the reservoir on Windmill which is about 60 years old and in which has developed a crack running halfway round the circumference. A test showed 3,000 gallons were lost in six hours. Only four of the town’s population of 4,600 complained.

A works programme for the year of £32,000 received approval from Launceston Town Council this week. The biggest single item is £10,000 for a new sewerage works.

The possible existence of commoners right at North Hessary Tor, where the BBC intends to put up a station and mast, will cause further delay in the provision of television to parts of the Westcountry.

Broadwoodwidger Rural District Council decided on Tuesday to increase rents as follows: East Panson, from 10s to 12s 6d, Brazacott and Ivyhouse from 12s 6d to 16s, Ladycross (Cornish unit houses) 13s 6d (agricultural workers) and for non agricultural workers from 10s to £1; Ladycross (traditional houses) 16s 6d to 17s 6d.

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80 years ago

April 22, 1944

Killed in action: Flying Officer Ian Maclean, DFC, eldest son of the late Sir Donald Maclean, former MP for North Cornwall. Died of wounds: Russell Every, of Pempwell. Missing: Reginald Hooper, of 24, Victoria Street, Okehampton. Awarded DFC: Flt-Lt Robert Eggins, of Bognor Regis, who was born at Lifton.

A 21-year-old girl working as a timber feller at Trebartha Hill was found strangled after a dance at Rilla Mill. The following morning a 23-year-old farm work at North Hill was to have been questioned as to his whereabouts, but killed himself with a shotgun.

Badger digging at Boscastle on Good Friday and at Lewannick on Easter Monday, Messrs C H Dawe, F Willcocks, H Willcocks and W Sedgeraan accounted for 15 badgers in two days, making their total for the year 60.

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90 years ago

April 28, 1934

Holsworthy Dramatic Society have had a big success with their production of ‘The Middle Watch’ at the local cinema last week. The producer was Mrs Fulford Oke, and the cast comprised Michael Kingdon, Kathleen Rowland, Eleanor Daniel, Jack Oke, Leslie Whitlock, Joan Page, Anne Turner, Edgar Stacey, Mark Crisp, Mrs E Day, Leslie Orchard, Cecil Woodford and Harry Clegg.

Camelford Parochial Sanitary Authority is considering extending its water supply buy taking supplies to the village of Helstone and Trevia and by bringing in more water from Griggs Down and Carcade, as well as from the present source at Hendra Walls.

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100 years ago

April 26, 1924

Hatherleigh UM Band of Hope held their annual festival on Good Friday. In the afternoon the children paraded the streets, headed by Hatherleigh Temperance Band, under Mr E T Edwards, and after tea there were games at Littlewood Marsh.

A young sailor, Richard Evans, 22, of Higherland, Stoke Climsland, received fatal injuries when his motor cycle crashed into Clitters Railway Bridge on Monday.

Among the 334 entrants which passed through Launceston on Saturday in the London-Land’s End motor trial was Mr S G Wooldridge, Launceston.