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Bodmin Moor 100 years on…

April 22, 2014

You might have read before some of my paternal family history in Porthleven, well this weekend we also ventured up to North Cornwall to my maternal family’s stomping ground (and stomping is the word!). Mum’s family came from near Camelford.

Those of you watching Jamaica Inn and eagerly awaiting Poldark might be familiar with the scene. Here’s Great Grandfather to my mum Anne Richards nee Short: Richard Webber of Poldhu Farm, returning home from cutting peat on Roughtor Bodmin Moor Cornwall 1861-1943

Richard Webber of Poldhu Farm, Roughtor. Bodmin Moor, Cornwall 1861-1943

Richard Webber of Poldhu Farm, Roughtor. Bodmin Moor, Cornwall 1861-1943

And here’s us lot (Richards and Short) in the sameish spot, 100ish years on.


We climbed Roughtor, almost the highest hill in Cornwall, quite a view:



What Makes The Perfect Cornish Pasty? [INFOGRAPHIC] #Cornish #pasty

April 16, 2014


#Pasties – nicely done…

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Pasties from the homeland.

April 14, 2014
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A Cornishman cannot survive on bread alone. An occasional supply of pasties from Kernow is needed to keep him sane.
OK ideally we make ‘um ourselves but even the Cornish buy ‘um from shops. Most buy tiddy oggies weekly.
I used to get batches sent up from in Penzance and to be honest I enjoyed them but for some reason we stopped getting them.
Last year we started getting a supply from - Philps in Hayley is the pasty of choice for many a West-Cornishman or indeed Cornish Maid.
We have now been introduced to in Scorrier. OK ‘prima’ sounds like a cheap end of any market and does not ring of anything Cornish, but a closer look and all seems relatively ‘proper’.
Pleasantly surprised!

Philps’ pasty on the left, Prima on the right.

With some of each in the freezer it was time for a direct comparison.
Ok it’s a subjective opinion but I do like a peppery pasty and Prima has a nice peppery buzz. Philps’ rarely have enough pepper.
(I like the pepper in the pasties from ‘Cornish Oven’ in Camborne)
The pastry on both is nice; Philps’ seems less flaky than Prima. Prima’s slightly more glazed than Philps’.
My one gripe I do have with the Hayle pasties is the meat is rarely spread evenly. It’s often in a clump, meaning you often end up eating a veggie pasty half way through. You can see this above.

Both are ansom but I have to say the new kids on the block are producing a fine pasty.
Additional comment: 20th April
After a visit this week to Philps’ of Hayle, (350 miles is a long way to go) it seems my pastys by post experience above is not replicated by hot-from-the-shop pastys from their quayside bakery! Just the right amount of seasoning! AND meat spread evenly over the pasty! Bleady ansom! Well done - Philps!

10 years

April 10, 2014

JEIt’s been 10 years – Thanks Em!

I’m not one for making a big deal of birthdays, anniversaries and “whatever” days but today is our 10th wedding anniversary and my wife Em deserves all the thanks, respect, appreciation and love that I can heap on her!

While Em’s glass is always at least half-full and often mine is half-empty, I do appreciate all that I’ve been blessed with and as my Gran often reminds me I try to “name them one by one”. 

The last 10 years have seen so much and we’ve done it together.  I would not have known any of it without you Em!

We started on a small remote island, “you and I, like the bluest of blue skies…” …and we’ve shared everything for 10 years together!

I won’t prattle on but I truly hope you know what I feel and think.

Happy Anniversary love, and here’s ‘happy days’ to the next 10!




Tads Week 3 – an update

April 6, 2014

Just an update on the tads…

Week 1 , Week 2… and here they are week 3 – no legs yet…



Churches …becoming community problem solvers (?)

April 2, 2014

Looking at this article “…libraries are becoming community problem solvers” in The Guardian (sorry) from the ALA’s Larra Clark

…and simply (?) substituting “Church” for “Library”

Developing Churches as community hubs and problem-solving partners is a top priority…

…conferences show that Churches are evolving in this role as well.

We must fundamentally change how we view Churches and move from a historical idea of Churches as merely Churches, to seeing them as an opportunity for proactive community engagement.

the Churches is successfully connecting the most… networking, supporting, enabling

…demonstrates that Churches can be powerful players in supporting the…

…believes that Churches can be community problem-solvers, helping us to fully use our spaces, our people, and our resources. Or, to put it another way: “What can’t Churches do?”

…they are turning to their Churches for help…

Similarly, Churches quickly stepped up during the recession to help assisting those seeking …

Churches also have a vital role to play in education? and learning? starting with helping every child…

Adults tell us that their top priority for Churches is that they should co-ordinate closely with schools and support young children.

A report on the future of Churches and teens puts it this way: Churches used to be grocery stores; now we need to be kitchens and our Churches are adding new ingredients to best serve readers.

We must look to the larger ecosystem that includes? to find answers.

The technology revolution… There is a pressing need for us to reach out, network and figure out where Churches might best contribute. We should expect more – not less – from our Churches in the digital age… But this won’t happen in isolation, and it won’t happen without keeping Churches open and connected to our community partners.

…. discuss ?


“every little helps”… please? We are not seasoned lycraists.

April 1, 2014
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Can u spare £1 ? “every little helps” as a temple of Mammon doth say.

The Methodist Church in Syston already hosts a vibrant monthly club for younger kids and their parents which is enjoyed by all! A meal, friendship, creativity, sharing…

What they are aiming for is much bigger…

Syston Methodist Church is working, alongside others, for transformed lives & community in Syston.
SMC are looking to turn part of their buildings into a Community Hub, the first goal for the Community Hub is to be used as a Youth Cafe. The need in Syston is huge as there is a complete lack of places for young people in the evenings.  The Community Hub requires a new entrance and the toilets reconfiguring so that the new entrance can lead directly into what is currently a small hall. They have the design and planning permission and are working on building regulations. SMC have some grants and are looking for more. However, they’re still short of quite a few thousand pounds. Every donation will take them closer to the goal of providing a fantastic new resource for our community.

Can you spare a £1? or 2?  If you can, remember to gift aid it if pos’, ‘cos that’s another 25% on top!

Make a donation using Virgin Money GivingWeselyCyclist

OK riding a bike’s not difficult, yes I ride a bit every day, but try and ride further than across town and you’ll realise that it takes a bit of dedication, naivety,  or foolishness.

We are not seasoned lycraists, some may be middle-aged, some are men, but I’m more monkey than ‘mamil’.

We aim to be rolling 165 miles over a three daze at the end of May…

Syston to Church Laneham 61.5 miles.
Church Laneham to Epworth and then back 21 miles each way.
Church Laneham to Syston 61.5 miles.



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