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Du Maurier Festival News

December 23rd 2011

The du Maurier Festival

Fowey - Cornwall - 2012

9th - 20th May

This unique annual Festival hosts a mix of music, drama, talks & walks in a beautiful setting.  The new charity running it needs your support if it is to survive the council funding squeeze. Become a Friend or Patron of the Festival.

Gift vouchers exchangeable for Festival tickets make a perfect Christmas gift! Buy them at Fowey TIC (01726 833847), Bookends Too (01726 832595), Ann's Gallery Lostwithiel (01208 872828) or on our new website: www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk    

A Christmas Carol - Pip Utton One Man Show comes to Fowey!  In Fowey Town Hall, at 8.00pm on Wed 28th Dec & Thurs 29th Dec. Tickets available now @ £12.00 / £10.00 Friends & Patrons of the Festival/£8.00 under 18s

Join us for a du Maurier Luncheon at a local hotel

Book your lunch today for £20 per person:

31st January at Fowey Hall Hotel with E V Thompson

6th March at Fowey Hotel with John Henty talking about Mabel Lucie Atwell and Max Miller

10th April at Trenython Manor, Tywardreath, Tim Smit

Email your reservation to admin@dumaurierfestival.co.uk


Help raise funds for The du Maurier Festival


 Do you buy goods on line from many well known companies such as Amazon, John Lewis, ebay or many more? Then you can help us to raise money for The du Maurier Festival Society without it costing you a penny and it only takes a few moments, it may also save you some money with a discount! Here is what to do.

Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Register your name as a supporter for The du Maurier Festival Society. It is FREE

Click on the retailer you wish to buy from and continue as normal.

Everytime you buy there is an easy reminder tool to register your support for us. It is as easy as that and there are special offers too from hundreds of on line retailers, so in helping us you may also grab a bargain.

Everytime you buy you will receive an email telling you how much has been donated by the retailer. On average a donation of 5% is given by the retailer to your chosen cause.

Help The du Maurier Festival Society raise funds by registering today.


If you use www.easysearch.org.uk as your web browser and select The du Maurier Festival Society as your chosen cause then if you use it every time you search the web this too will help to raise funds.

The du Maurier Festival Society
Registered Office: 5 South Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AR
Company Limited by Guarantee No.7719529 Registered Charity 1143916


The Holly Bears a Berry

December 22nd 2011


   The holly tree on the Village Green on Sunday 18th December.  The berries were beginning to be stripped by a flock of Redwings that had just flown in.


Bring me Sunshine

December 21st 2011

No, it's not Eric or Ernie, it's me, Paul Weatherhogg, wondering how you are getting on with your St Veep sunshine boxes.  The sun has shone on plenty of occasions this summer and autumn, and my box was getting rather full.  So, I counted out some of the coins and was amazed at how much I had saved.  I then gave them to Elizabeth St John to go into St Veep's bank account.

The Sunshine boxes will be collected early next year, but if like mine yours is getting rather full, why not take out some of the coins now and bring them to a service at St Veep, where the Church wardens will be happy to pass them on to the Treasurer.

Missing Cables from Hall - Can you help?

December 21st 2011

Can anyone help?  At some time around the Panto two cables went missing from the room behind the stage, one a loud speaker cable and the other a short power cable. It could be that these were just tidied away, but both are critical to the setup for the Film Club so if anyone can shed any light on their whereabouts please advise Mike Harrison Tel: 01208 872162


Details of how to apply for Parish Council Vacancies

December 21st 2011

See the St Veep Parish Council Page for details of how to apply for one of the two vacancies on the Parish Council.



Christmas message from Chris and Rachel Hoole

December 19th 2011

We wish all our friends in Lerryn a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Our new life in Somerset has been put on hold due to the early arrival of our latest grandchildren, twins Tommy and Evie born 14 weeks early weighing only 805 and 810grms. They are in the Neo- natal unit in Bristol and now weighing just over 1.8kgs. Little Evie has had brain and bowel surgery and is progressing slowly. Tommy is doing slightly better and is now feeding well. In recognition of the amazing staff in this unit,  we have decided not to send as many Christmas cards this year and instead help the Cots and Tots fund at The Bristol Childrens Hospital.


Kick-off to Christmas

December 18th 2011

We went to Mousehole in the bus last night to see their famous lights switched on. The lights themselves are magical - and very funny and clever, some of them - and the whole occasion was warm and welcoming. The Mousehole community have deliberately kept it a local event, with the lights switched on by local people (with local jokes!), which gave it a very friendly feel. Robin's driving was brilliant and he managed to charm the bus into a space very close to the centre, which saved us from getting too wet in the squall that marked the end of the festivities. A lovely evening, and a lovely warm bus to come home in.

There are four seats left on the minibus for Tuesday's trip to Mousehole.  Ring Keith and Annie on 01208871272 if you would like to go on that trip.

Good News

December 17th 2011

Although the winter solstice, this year, is at 5.30am on 22nd December, it may come as a surprise that, in Lerryn, the evenings start to get lighter from tomorrow (18th December).  Sunset, tonight, was at 4.15pm but tomorrow it is 4.16pm.  By the 31st December the sunset will be 4.24pm.

 It's not all good news, though.  In Lerryn, the mornings will not start getting lighter until 4th January when sunrise will be 8.18am.  By the end of January it will be 7.55am


December 16th 2011

Are there any male actors in Lerryn? I urgently need a couple who can sing-show.

"Fresh Winds from the Willows" has 8 new songs by Peter Skellern.

Performances will take place in Polruan end of March and mid-May (du Maurier Festival )

Interested?  Contact Tony Cottrell

Email :         tonypolrun@aol.com         Phone :01726870794


Boconnoc Carol Service - Turning up the Heat

December 16th 2011

Many apologies to our readers. The Boconnoc Carol Service, in the church on Monday 19 December, is at 7.30 p.m, (not 7 p.m. as we said previously),  so you will have time for a few more mince pies before coming - and everyone is welcome, and we hope we will see many of you then.

A further inducement! We now have our new heating system, and so chilly pews should be a thing of the past!

The service will be a traditional one of Seven Lessons and Carols. There will be refreshments afterwards. A collection will be held for Cornwall Hospice Care.

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