25 years ago

January 15, 1997

Campaigners to save Winsford Hospital have stepped up the fight following the health authority’s decision to press ahead with the closure plan. MP for Torridge and West Devon John Burnett said this week that he was bitterly dissapointed at the “unreasonable and short sighted decision”.

A badger survey has been commissioned by a couple who want to build a home with an attached garage at Boscastle. The agent acting for Mr and Mrs G Gardhouse, of Doctors Hill, Boscastle, who want to build the home on land at Paradise Road, Boscastle, told North Cornwall Council planning committee in a letter that the comprehensive survey had been commissioned.

Luke Dunkin of Sir James Smith’s School, Camelford, won a tennis racquet after entering a Sports Mania competition organised by the school’s catering company, Initial Catering Services. He was congratulated by Glyn Hayes of Initial, and Claire Degen Hardt, catering manager at the school, and assistants Daphne Hambly, Mary Johns and Geraldine Homans.

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40 years ago

January 15, 1982

Tornado comes to Launceston: A personal message from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was among the congratulations sent to a new Launceston firm which held its official opening yesterday (Thursday). Tornado Leisure Limited has been set up in a new factory unit on Pennygillam industrial estate and already employs 12 people in the manufacture of wet suits.

An elderly woman is claiming £48 compensation from Devon County Council after suffering injury in a fall which, she alleges, was due to an uneven pavement surface in Holsworthy.

Eight members of Launceston Leisure Centre Life Saving Club recently gained their distinction awards. They were Selwyn Maunder, Trevor Pears, Melvin Thomas, David Thomas, Kenneth Evely, Jackie Smith, Jean Moran, Lynn Wright.

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50 years ago

January 12, 1972

Mr Ron Stone has retired after 45 years in the Civil Service. For the last 25 years he has been manager of the Launceston office of the Department of Health and Social Security.

Seven members of staff at the Holsworthy branch of Fulford Trumps Farm Machinery Ltd have been presented with long service awards. They are Messrs M A L Cole (branch manager), T Rowland, D C Daniel, C Gliddon, C A Cornish, E Yeo and E J Vanstone.

Safe driving awards to employees of the South Western Electricity Board at Bude were received by Messrs W H Bromwll, G Brooks, R Brown, C Cloke, C Cornish, P Davey, K Gregory, A B Haley, G Harris, N Jordan, D Jordan, W H Millman, R Penny, A J Rogers, H Selby, F G Tape and J White.

At the monthly meeting of Tintagel Parish Council, Mr F Ham and Mrs Y Adams were elected on to the preservation committee, one of their considerations being the preservation of the Engine House at Trewarmett.

Colin Dawson as the Babes’ Nurse was one of the outstanding characters in the Launceston Dramatic Society’s pantomime ‘Babes in the Wood’, which was produced by Mr Norman Daniel. The Babes were played by Liz Hosking and Douglas Mounce.

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60 years ago

January 12, 1962

The bitter weather of recent weeks has not deterred two Tintagel stalwarts from their regular bathe in the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the snow and ice, Mr Bill Grose and his companion Mr Alfie Chapman have been making their way down the steep path to Bossiney Cove as frequently as possible.

A year’s reprieve is now in operation for the little rowing-boat ferry across the Tamar between Calstock and Bere Alston, the threatened termination of which resulted in a public outcry.

Two brothers from Golberdon were taken by ambulance to Freedom Fields Hospital and then to Devonport Hospital after a sledging accident on Saturday near their home 9, Moorland View. The brothers, Philip Jonas, aged 12, ad Maurice, aged eight, received head injuries and concussion. Their condition was later said to be satisfactory.

The North Cornwall Hunt, led by joint masters Mr P C West and Mr R England, met on New Year’s Day under the Christmas tree outside the St Mabyn Hotel. Horseman, limited by the adverse weather conditions, numbered 20. Several foxes were pursued and one was captured.

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70 years ago

January 17, 1952

Considerable interest is being evoked in farming circles by apparently well informed forecasts that feeding stuffs are likely to be decontrolled and may come off the ration in the very near future.

After being told by a radio expert that a satisfactory television service to cover Cornwall could be provided for £10,000, Cornwall Federation of Chambers of Commerce decided to ask the County’s five MPs to lead a deputation to the post master general asking for the provision of television facilities in the county for the Coronation.

Constable Charles Clark, of Delabole, is a grandson in a family which between them have served 99 years in the police force.

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80 years ago

January 16, 1942

The call-up for National Service has been extended and now brings in all men from 18 to 46 and women from 19 to 31.

A verdict of death by “mis-adventure” was recorded on William John Newcombe, 46, a quarry man, who died when part of the face he was working on at Meldon Quarry fell following blasting operations.

In a wartime drive for greater food production, Stoke Climsland Parish Council has been asked by the Agricultural Land Committee to plough up Rowden Common (two-and-a-half acres) for subsequent letting. Deer Park, Luckett (19 acres) is however quite unfit, there being practically no soil.

Callington Parish Council has offered the Ministry of Food 8,000 flatpole cabbages which have been grow in one of its allotment fields — and have had their offer turned down. “I call it laughing at anybody,” said Mr J H B Harris, at last week’s meeting, and the council voted unanimously to ask the Ministry to alter their decision.

Mr J B Morris, from Malborough and Bryanston, is the new headmaster of Shebbear College, selected from no fewer than 250 applicants.

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90 years ago

January 21, 1932

Tintagel Parish Council has agreed to implement a county scheme whereby allotment gardens are made available to unemployed men and they are assisted with grants for seeds, lime, tools, etc.

Arising from the disastrous fire at Camelford at Christmas, when the post office and best shop in the town were destroyed, Camelford Rural Council is demanding a fire engine for the town and district.

The new BSA 10 hp car with fluid flywheel and self-changing transmission, £240 — Cann, Medland and Co, Bude — (Advt).

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100 years ago

January 20, 1922

A letter to the press asks all those interested to urge the establishment of the LSWR railway extension from Kelly Bray to Five Lanes.

Flames 100ft high shot up from an oil tanker lorry which exploded on the road near Ringford, Boscastle, on Monday.

Launceston Farmers’ Union sent a deputation — Messrs Keast (chairman), W H Curtis (secretary) and T Hicks (Scarne), to the town council’s meeting on Thursday to press for the installation of a clock-faced weighbridge in the market.