25 years ago

June 3, 1999

Friends of the Earth, housing and development campaigner, Mr Gary Marshall, recently visited the Launceston site of the proposed development for 159 houses and the Kensey Walley relief road. He says he will be objecting to the application on behalf of Friends of the Earth.

Pupils and staff at St Stephen’s Primary School, Launceston, together with some parents have been actively developing the extensive school grounds.

The landscape and people of North Cornwall are the inspiration for an exhibition at the Indian King Arts Centre, Camelford this month.

Lightning which struck a holiday complex at Poundstock near Bude on Saturday set a roof on fire and blew up electrics.

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40 years ago

June 2, 1984

President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Amos Cresswell was welcomed to Wesley Cottage, Trewint, on Wesley Day by Rev Ian Haile, chairman of the Cornwall Methodist District, watched by those from a wide area attending the service.

As the culmination of the Bude and district Christian Aid events, the youngsters’ sponsored items wee not dampened by the very wet conditions on Saturday.

A new concept in mobile homes, first unveiled to the public at last year’s Royal Cornwall Show in prototype form, has captured the interest of the leisure industry across the globe. The Deltalodge, designed by Holsworthy architects Brian Percival and Alf Trewin.

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50 years ago

June 1, 1974

A Lions Club was formed this week in Launceston. Elected president was Mr Henry Kinsman; secretary, Mr Derek Sleeman and treasurer, Mr Mike Dunning.

Monday’s raft race, over a two and a half mile obstacle covered course at Bude, was won in a record time of 31 minutes buy three teachers from Whitstone Head School — Robin Kane, Derek Lloyd and John Maughan.

Russell Risdon, Vivian Ham and John Lobb sheared 30 sheep between them at Camelford YFX field fun day held at Flanders, Crackington Haven, by permission of Mr and Mrs J Ward.

Firemen Dennis Hamlyn has resigned from Launceston Fire Brigade and received a clock from Station Officer Les Olver.

Steven Youldon, aged 11, of Bridgerule, started rinding when he was five and has accumulated over 500 rosettes in horse shows and gymkhanas.

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60 years ago

June 6, 1964

The importance of Launceston as a railway centre was stressed at last week’s meeting of Launceston Rural Council. It was contained in a letter from the Railway Invigoration Society dealing with the proposed closure of the Okehampton-Halwill-Bude and the Halwill-Launceston-Wadebridge railway line.

Among schemes for road improvements being submitted by Cornwall County Council to the Ministry of Transport for the next financial year are an £8,000 project at Moss Side, Callington, and one costing £7,200 at Shernick Gate, on the Stratton-Holsworthy road.

A two-bedroomed bungalow with garage, £3,550; three-bedroomed bungalow with garage, £3,800. Situated close to the beach at Widemouth Bay, near Bude — (Advt).

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70 years ago

May 29, 1954

Clergy, churchwardens, parochial church councillors and parishioners for the Deaneries of Stratton and Trigg Major, gathered at St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston, on Thursday for the visitation of the Bishop of Truro, (The Right Rev E R Morgan).

A “phenomenal success” was achieved at the Bath and West Show at Exeter where Messrs Cecil Brent and Son, of Clampitts Farm, Callington, swept the board in the Devon cattle classes to take the championship trophies.

Launceston’s newest school the County Secondary School at Pennygillam, opened at the commencement of the spring term last January. However, it was not officially opened until last Saturday when the ceremony was performed at Newquay, some 45 miles away. Miss Florence Horsburgh, Minister of Education, did visit the school the previous day and also visited schools at Lezant and Lawhitton.

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80 years ago

June 3, 1944

Killed in action: Sgt C Hall, of Milton Damerel, whose parents reside at Holsworthy. Wounded in action: Pte John W Aunger, of West End, South Petherwin, and Pte H C Stone, of Clawton.

Stratton Farmers’ Union are seeking a change in the day of Stratton Market, from Tuesday, probably to Saturday, to avoid clashing with Launceston.

Lalage Maxwell Fyfe, the 17-year-old daughter of the Solicitor General (Sir David Maxwell Fyfe) was killed when cycling towards Hartland Quay on Monday, she and her machine went right over the cliff, apparently having some down the hill too fast. The girl was a student under Miss Ellison at Hartland Abbey.

Miss Tregoning has resigned as honorary secretary of the Lawhitton, Lezant and South Petherwin Nursing Association, a position which she has held since its foundation 33 years ago. Her successor is Mrs C P Triplett, of Lezant Rectory. The district nurse (Nurse Harris), who has resigned after 12 years, is to be succeeded by Nurse Jones.

Mr Wellington has retired after being postmaster at Lifton for 26 years and he and his wife have been presented with a cheque for £64, subscribed by 150 people in the village and district.

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90 years ago

June 9, 1934

“The Phantom Light”, a British film, is being shot in North Cornwall, and crowds of local people have been going to Boscastle and Port Isaac to see filming in action. The stars are Gordon Harker, Binnie Hale, Donald Calthorp and Ian Hunter.

When Holsworthy Fire Brigade was called to a fire at New England, Dunsland Cross, a shortage of water resulted in the total destruction of the building. The occupants, Mr and Mrs Knight, were unable to save any of their possessions.

Winning the hurdle and bank race for the third year in succession, Mr Luxton’s horse Jinglar (Bratton Clovelly) secured the Mounce Cup outright at Lifton annual sports on Thursday week.

The new vicar of Poughill, Rev Raymond Whitewell, was inducted at St Olaf’s Church, on Thursday. He comes from Leeds.

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100 years ago

June 7, 1924

The 26th annual exhibition of Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Association was held yesterday at Bude. Entries were hoses 240; cattle 114; sheep 29; pigs 52; butter and cream 18; stands 11; total 464. The president is Mr Alfred Banbury, JP, CC, of Howards, Stratton.

Stoke Climsland Football Club who have won the Liskeard and District Shield and the Launceston League and KO Cups, have only been beaten twice this season. The players are: S Pridham, W Geake, Rev L M Andrews, A Geake, I Lucas, C Skelly, T Rundle, A Dingle, J Langford (capt), F Heath, H Mill, P Cowling and S White. Mr W Joll is honorary secretary.

The many listeners in at Holsworthy were very interested on Sunday in the broadcast from Aberdeen of Sebastian Wesley’s “Holsworthy’s Church Bells” composed at Penrose House, the residence of the late Dr T L Ash.