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Lerryn School Christmas Fair

December 11th 2018

Website News

December 10th 2018


Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery, a new website is being built for us.

Our present website has served us well for ten years, but it cannot meet all of our current needs. For example, it is hard for users to insert and adapt their own copy and it is not readily accessible on tablets, smart phones and other portable devices.

The new website will not look strange as it will incorporate all the familiar features such as the news page, the photo archive, the calendar and the individual group pages. However, it will look up-to-date and be more flexible, more responsive and much easier to use.



The site will need to be ‘frozen’ for a while until the work is completed and ready for a re-launch.

We have chosen to do this over the Christmas and immediate post-Christmas period, which is relatively quiet. The current site will therefore be frozen at midnight on 20 December and will close on 31st December.  This will be replaced by a holding page on our new website which will then go live by mid January.

If you or your group contribute to the calendar entries or have your own page, please update it as soon as you can, as you will not have access from 20 December.


It will be worth it!


The Website Committee


December 10th 2018

Thank you to everybody who supported our two recent fundraising events:  our Candlelit Supper of 24th November raised £534 and the pub quiz of 1st Decemebr raised £144.  We appreciate your support.

Village Carol Singing

December 10th 2018

Seagull Race

December 10th 2018

Seasonal Music and Readings

December 9th 2018

RNLI Thankyou

December 7th 2018

Lerryn Panto Dress Rehearsal

December 7th 2018

A big THANK YOU to Lola who spent the afternoon in the Lerryn Memorial Hall on Saturday 1st December to take photos of our dress rehearsal.

The Lerryn Players are currently performing Babes in Ethy Wood, written by members David Bailey and Lesley Thomas and directed for the third year running by Susan Bailey.  The cast consists of 13 children and 11 adults who come from the local area.  The musical direction is in the hands of Malcolm Bell and the overall production is by Ann Henderson.  The other members of the production team are:  Alex Hutchings (Sound and Lighting), John Hancock and Hilary Blakeborough (Stage Management), Helen Terry (Scenery), Julie Devine and Katie Wilks (Costume), Jean Piper, Helen Terry, Rita Worswick and Kathy Brown (Make-up), John Hancock and Ann Henderson (Props), Rita Worswick (Prompt), Abi Barber (Poster Design).

The matinee took place on Sunday 2nd December and the two evening performances are today Friday 7th and tomorrow Saturday 8th.  Hurry down to the Lerryn River Stores if you would like a ticket!

There are 96 photos of the pantomime on the Photo Gallery extending over 4 pages.  To view these, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

1st Year Anniversary of Shop Re-opening

December 5th 2018

Saturday 1st December 2018 saw villagers gather outside Lerryn River Store to celebrate the shop's first birthday in the care of Michelle and Nick, and to make a well deserved presentation to them both.

From an empty space to a busy shop, Post Office, cafe, art gallery, information exchange, booking office (for the Memorial Hall and local events) and  lively, sociable meeting place for villagers and visitors, has been achieved by these two amazing, modest people, who have displayed a wonderful commitment to our community, which has been greatly welcomed and appreciated by everyone in and around the village.


Our sincere thanks to them both and every success in the future

Happy birthday Lerryn River Store – and many more of them.

For further pictures of the event go to the Photo Gallery or, click on the image below:

For a short video clip, click the button below:

Lerryn Players Village Pantomime

December 4th 2018

The People’s String Foundation : 'Res Publica'

November 29th 2018

Lerryn Village Hall Thursday 29th November at 7.30pm

(Doors open at 7.00pm)

The People’s String Foundation are a 32-piece Gypsy Orchestra playing original scores of World, Gypsy and Classical styles, fronted by Ben Sutcliffe on virtuoso Violin.
The 'Res Publica' tour has two live musicians (Ben and co-founder Zaid Al-Rikabi) who will play over recorded projections of the full orchestra - Essentially touring an orchestra in a suitcase!
We call this the Virtual Orchestra.
The projections are mixed with cinematography and a narrative of a puppet - by Kneehigh Director Simon Harvey.
It’s looking to be a fantastic project, essentially touring an orchestra to places that would not usually fit or afford one.

People's String Foundation Website

Tickets in advance: Standard: £7.50

Tickets from:  https://crbo.ticketsolve.com/shows/873591128

I think John also has some

Tuesday Club's November quiz

November 28th 2018

Every year, our November get together consists of a quiz compiled by Sue Miller and which includes a Taste round devised by Mandy Treleaven.  This year, we had to identify nine spices served in individual muffin cases.  This "Taste Test" definitely challenged our taste buds.



After the quiz, we enjoyed a buffet of savoury and sweet treats prepared by the members of our group.  There are lots of talented cooks in Lerryn!

Tuesday Club visit to ISO Spaces in Par

November 25th 2018

On Tuesday 13th November, members of the Tuesday Club drove to Par for our rescheduled visit the company ISO Spaces whose MD is Ben Treleaven - his Mum, Mandy, is a member of our group.




ISO Spaces is an award-winning company that designs and manufactures bespoke modular buildings from recycled shipping containers imported from China.



Our visit was in three parts:  Ben explained the conversion process in the factory and then we looked round two modular buildings that were ready:  a bar and a coffee bar – the latter was destined for a railway station in Scotland.  Finally Ben gave us a talk about the company in his office, supported by presentations of the company's portfolio on his computer.


Currently about 1000 units leave the two factories, one in Par and one in Kent where most of the work is done.  In January all the production will take place in Kent although the offices in Par will remain open.  Of the 1000 completed units, 900 are for housing and the remainder is turned into a variety of premises. 

The extensive, varied and innovative portfolio includes the following five examples:

  • Hope Gardens Container Housing in Acton:  The largest temporary accommodation of its kind in the UK, Meath Court in Acton’s Hope Gardens was officially opened on 7 December 2017, providing emergency accommodation for families in our converted shipping container housing – just in time for Christmas.

  • Premium drinks brand, Fever-Tree, commissioned ISO Spaces to design and build a large pop-up Gin & Tonic (G&T) container bar.They designed the bar with an integrated roof terrace, which was fully equipped to be transported from event to event with ease.

  • Eis Haus – Ice Bar:  working with Eis Haus, ISO Spaces has designed and engineered the world’s first ice bar and lounge from shipping containers. Eis Haus was launched at The Telegraph’s Ski and Snowboard Show 2016 in London, and is now booked at a number of high profile events, such as the Tower of London Ice Rink.

  • The Crib Shack Driftwood Spars Container Café in St Agnes, Cornwall:  new for 2018, ‘The Crib Shack‘. ISO Spaces was commissioned to design and manufacture a converted container café that would utilise the space in The Driftwood Spars’ beer garden.

  • Eden Project Ice Cream Parlour:  they worked with The Eden Project to develop a container that would complement the backdrop of the biomes. The colour scheme was carefully chosen to be soft blue and reclaimed-wooden clad was used for the bar frontage.


We were bowled over by the amazing creativity of the ISO Spaces’ team and our visit exceeded our expectations.  Thank you Ben for making time to talk to us about your work.


Christmas at the Red Store

November 24th 2018

Christmas Coffee Morning

November 20th 2018

St Veep Church Candlelit Supper

November 20th 2018


Candlelit supper

Saturday  24th November

7.30 for 8.00pm

Lerryn Memorial Hall


Tickets £17.50, to include a glass of wine

From Penny 873169 or Carol 872017

Respryn Bridge

November 18th 2018



The Respryn Bridge protection measures are now in place.  As can be seen from the above photographs, the gap is just 7 feet wide making it very tight for larger vehicles.  If you are intending to cross the bridge, be aware that you may have difficulty if you have a wide vehicle.

Autumn in Lerryn

November 10th 2018



Seagull engine for sale

November 4th 2018



Rob Briggs has a Seagull engine for sale.  If you are interested, contact Rob on 01208 872093. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Lostwithiel Branch of the RNLI.


It is never too early to get yourself ready for the 2018 Seagull Race which will take place this year on Saturday 29th December.







RNLI Coffee Morning

November 3rd 2018

Wartime Fowey Talk

November 3rd 2018

Local Voices - An Evening of Music

November 1st 2018

Red Store Charity Day

November 1st 2018

Ladies Dining Club's outing to Lostwithiel

October 29th 2018



On Thursday 25th October, twenty-one members of the Lerryn Ladies Dining Club made their way to the King’s Arms in Lostwithiel to enjoy a meal in their Indian restaurant.  Although the King’s Arms Indian restaurant had been opened for over a year, none of us had ever had a meal there.  You often ignore what is on your doorstep!

We enjoyed a lovely feast of Indian dishes served by two very friendly and efficient waitresses.  We all agreed that it was a restaurant that we would go back to.

WI report - October meeting

October 28th 2018


Shortly after her appointment to this post, Kristin Hunt told Lerryn WI and their guests, she was enthusiastically greeted by a man in the street, and her companion asked who he was. Kristin struggled to remember at first, but finally recalled, “Oh yes, I remember him now: I married him last Saturday.”

The Registrar is a public servant, but is responsible for conducting and recording the births, deaths and marriages that form major landmarks in the most personal aspects of our lives. This can create ambiguities in the way the person doing the job is perceived. When Kristin first started, she used to carry with pride the official briefcase with ‘EIIR’ stamped on it – until she was asked by an anxious-looking client, “Are you from the VAT?”

This ambiguity was often reflected in the titles on the envelopes addressed to her, which ranged from ‘Care Manager’ to ‘Head of Nails, Screws and Fixings’ and – her favourite – ‘Regeneration Officer’.

An increasingly demanding aspect of the work is responding to the enquiries of people pursuing their family histories. The compulsion towards family history research can be defined, Kristin said, as “the only disease that gets worse the longer you have it.”  Dealing with an innocent request to trace the birth certificate of  someone called John Smith who was “born in your area – sometime around 1850” can involve a lot of work.

Such work does not always produce results, or not the anticipated ones. Although births should be registered within 42 days, this does not always happen and the information given on birth certificates is not always accurate. One elderly lady seeking her first passport in order to visit family abroad found herself in need of her birth certificate for the first time in her life. When this document was with much difficulty located, the lady had to be told that she was in fact illegitimate. Because her parents had delayed the registration of the birth until after they were legally married, their child had also inadvertently been robbed in her old age of two years of her pension rights.   

Sometimes parents’ attempts to ‘get round’ the official systems can result in some interesting detective work later on. One man needing a copy of his birth certificate presented problems because none of the records exactly matched the information he was providing, and the only child born to the parents he identified as his had a first name different from his own. A very sad story finally emerged: two sisters, both pregnant but one unmarried, gave birth at about the same time. Life would have been very hard indeed at that time for an unmarried woman and her baby.  However, the legitimate child died in infancy, so the family simply swapped babies. The married couple brought up their nephew as their own, lovingly supported by the child’s ‘aunt’, who lived nearby. Had the child never needed a copy of his birth certificate, their secret would have remained safe.

Some people, without any attempt at subterfuge, simply refuse to comply with the system and the general expectations.  If people die away from home, returning the body for a funeral can be an expensive business. One old lady died in Looe while visiting her grandson there.  He duly registered the death, but refused the services of the undertakers who were ready to transport the body back to the midlands. “I’ve got the old lady in the back of the van,” he said firmly.

Changes in the law that allow marriages to take place in venues other than registered offices have made weddings a more entertaining event for some families, but have also opened up new potential for chaos. Kristin vividly remembered standing with the Best Man on a castle drawbridge one fine morning. When he checked in the traditional way, just to be sure that the rings were there and safe, he dropped the bride’s ring and they both watched in horror as it rolled for a second before disappearing through a gap in the planking and into the moat below. Luckily, the moat was dry and the registrar had great presence of mind. She kept her eye on the  spot where the ring must have gone down while the Best Man scrambled down among the weeds and litter below, following her directions on where to look. While Kristin was still silently planning improvisations that might at least get them through the ceremony, he found it.

Occasionally, the registrar is in a position to guide people away from too-obvious mistakes. The father who wanted to give his baby son a name that would remind him of his place of birth was persuaded that ‘Martin’ would be a sufficient reminder without naming the child ‘St-Martin-by-Looe’. It was too late however to dissuade Mr and Mrs Oliver from calling their son Oliver – or to suggest to the Bottoms that their daughter might be named something other than Rosie.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Bridge lessons

October 22nd 2018

Let's Play Bridge

If anyone is thinking of learning to play bridge, or wants to brush up on their play,

the following information may be of interest

(We also have a small group here in Lerryn, who play on Thursday

afternoons in The Red Store)



October 17th 2018

Most people know by now that the police were in attendance last weekend to a burglary in Lerryn, and there has also been some particularly blatant thieving from Vicki's little shop.

Please be alert and keep all property, including out-buildings, locked at night.


October 15th 2018

The Players will be showing two one-act comedies on 12th and 13th April next year, and rehearsals start after Christmas. If you are interested in taking part, please come along to the auditions being held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 18th October.

One of the plays, The Bathroom Door, will be directed by Richard Halliday. The other play is What's for Pudding? and will be directed by Annie Singer. The rehearsals will not overlap, so nothing prevents you from auditioning for both plays if you would like to.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th October.

Ann Henderson

Fowey Estuary clean up by Kayak

October 14th 2018

Rockpool Ramble

October 14th 2018

RNLI Fish Supper

October 13th 2018

The RNLI Lostwithiel & District Branch

In partnership with The Royal Oak Inn, Lostwithiel

and Fish for Thought, Bodmin

Invites you to its week-long fundraising event

 “The RNLI Fish Supper”

Tuesday 9th October – Saturday 13th October 2018 (NOT Wednesday)

The pub will donate money to the RNLI for every fish dish bought during that time

Tables must be booked for evening meals (01208 872552)


Licensed raffle with great prizes generously donated by local businesses will be drawn on

13th October at 9.30pm


All proceeds to the Fowey Lifeboat

Flying Scotsman comes to Cornwall

October 7th 2018


The "Flying Scotsman" coupled with "Black 5" passing through Lostwithiel on Saturday evening


October 3rd 2018

These organisations have been targeting patients from local surgeries, inviting them to take up a free service for the delivery of prescription drugs.

Many recipients have simply put such material straight into the recycling bag, but some have been unsure what do do, because Lostwithiel Surgery is named on the pamphlets. 

If you are in any doubt at all about this, just contact the surgery. Staff there will be very happy to advise you.

Tuesday Club's visit to Looe Valley Vineyard

October 2nd 2018

Our 2018-2019 programme of events started on Tuesday 25th September with a visit to Looe Valley Vineyard in St Keyne. About twenty members of the group made their way to the vineyard either by car or with the Lerryn Area Minibus on a dry and sunny evening.

Looe Valley Vineyard was established in 2008 on a sunny site in the East Looe Valley in South East Cornwall by owners Charles Boney and Sue Brownlow.  Their aim was simple – to create high quality local artisan wines.  The initial planting of Riesling-style white grape varieties Bacchus and Schönburger and red Frühburgunder (early Pinot Noir) was followed in 2010 with the new white grape Solaris which has Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat parentage.  5.500 vines are now established on around 4 acres.  They made a very small trial batch of wine with the Solaris first crop in 2013.  In 2014 they produced around 1000 litres of wine which is now on sale either at the winery or at several local retailers and restaurants.  Production continues to develop each year with a new red introduced in 2016.


We were treated to a very informative evening.  Charlie used to be a teacher and it showed.  It is not an easy task to keep the ladies of the Tuesday Club in order but he managed it beautifully through a very interactive talk which was in three parts:

  • in the vineyard where we learned much about planting vines and summer and winter pruning
  • in the winery where we learned the process of wine making down to the bottling process
  • in their house where we learned the different steps of wine tasting

Our next visit is on Tuesday 29th October when we will visit a company in Par that transforms containers into living and working environments. 

If you are a lady living in Lerryn who would like to join the Tuesday Club, please do not hesitate to contact Penny on 01208 873169.

UK Fungus Day

September 25th 2018

Boconnoc - one thousand years of history

September 22nd 2018

The large and beautiful Boconnoc estate is always a topic of interest in Lerryn – not least because several local people live there. So when the WI, as always, opened its doors to all comers to hear the talk after its monthly meeting, nobody was surprised that an unusually large number of people turned up to hear what speaker Pat Ward could tell them about it.

Pat’s summary of the life and times of the Boconnoc Estate began with quotations from historian A. L. Rouse, setting the house in the context of the Civil War.

However, the estate goes much further back than that, Pat assured us. It features in the Domesday Book as having “land for eight ploughs”, which would have meant about 400 acres, but it existed well before the Conquest, and possibly before the Saxons; the Celtic cross above the parish church which forms part of the estate is eighth century, and the church itself was rededicated in 1321, so the original dedication must have been very much earlier.  Bronze Age barrows nearby indicate occupation 3000 years ago.

Despite the calm and beauty of its current ambience, the estate has lived through ‘interesting times’.

An early line of ownership was disrupted by Henry the Eighth, who executed Henry Courtenay, the owner. The property passed to the Duchy and thence to John Russell and his descendants.

In 1579, Frances Russell sold it off to the Mohun family, who owned it at the time when Charles the First spent a night there in hiding from the Roundheads. The Mohuns were still there when Charles the Second stayed there – his name is on a fishing licence granted him at the time – while he was in process of hunting down and killing every man whose name was on his father’s death warrant.

The last Mohun to own the estate was Charles, allegedly ‘the greatest bully of the age’, who was killed in a duel. The man he was fighting also died, and the estate passed to Mohun’s wife, who sold it to Thomas ‘Diamond’ Pitt in exchange for the famous Pitt Diamond. Boconnoc then remained for several generations in the hands of the Pitt dynasty – which included William Pitt the Elder, the original ‘Earl of Chatham’.

The last of the Pitts, the second Lord Camelford, known as ‘the half mad lord’, was killed in a duel and his sister, who inherited Boconnoc, preferred to remain on her own estates in Berkshire, so she left the property to George Matthew Fortescue, the first Fortescue at Boconnoc.

The estate passed in 1967 to John Desmond Fortescue, but by then the house was barely recognizable. American troops who had occupied the building as an ammunition dump during the Second World War had completely stripped it when they left. Water had entered through holes in the roof, rotting the wood and destroying much of the elaborate plasterwork.

Anthony Desmond Grenville Fortescue, in 1995, inherited a ruin.

 He and his wife together then spent more than 12 years and a lot of money – all of it their own – on restoring the house. Anthony was by profession a furniture restorer and well aware of the standards to be aimed for, but he also knew the practical and financial challenges they faced.

He was determined that their commitment to the house should not damage the viability of the estate, a going concern on which many other people’s homes and livelihoods depended. Although the house was beautifully restored, it was always clear that it would have to earn its keep. One of the lovely ground-floor rooms is fully furnished as a family drawing room, but the rest of the rooms have to be adaptable to the various functions required of them by hirers. These include film and television companies as well as commercial concerns and wedding parties.

Despite these pressures, the integrity of the estate remains. The 100 fallow deer form the largest herd in the country – and the cricket club still plays in the middle of the deer park, as it has done for 160 years; the gardens first designed in the eighteenth century by Thomas Pitt the Fourth, the first Lord Camelford, still delight, and the managed woodlands contain some of the oldest trees in the county.

As they have done for many hundreds of years, the house, church and stableyard once again stand together, fronted by gardens and ringed by woodland, a tribute to the vision and determination of the late Anthony Fortescue.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

LAMA trip to Dartmoor

September 20th 2018

Most months, the Lerryn Area Minibus Association organises a Special Trip in addition to its regular trips to Bodmin, Truro and St Austell.  The September trip took us to Dartmoor with fifteen passengers taking part.  We set off on a very overcast and blustery day but the weather held up until 4.00pm when we were on our way home via Two Bridges and Princetown.  By then you could not see any of the wild and beautiful scenery that we had admired throughout the day.

We had planned to have morning coffee in a hotel near Two Bridges and lunch in one of the two pubs in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.  However, our plans had to be adjusted as an unexpected and unadvertised road closure in Gunnislake made us drive back to Callington and almost as far as Launceston before driving to Tavistock.  This long detour delayed us by 45 minutes.  All is well that ends well: we had a delicious lunch in the Two Bridges Hotel and a yummy afternoon tea in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.  There, we had time to walk around the village and visit places of interest including the church with its very tall bell tower, known as the Cathedral of the Moor.

The fifteen passengers agreed that they had had a most enjoyable day out.

Our last three Special Trips of the year are as follows:

  • Tavistock Farmers' Market on Saturday 27th October
  • Wadebridge and Trelawney Garden Centre on Friday 16th November
  • Mousehole Lights “Switch On” on Saturday 15th December (only 1 seat left)

To book a seat, contact Annie on 01208 871272


September 19th 2018

A lostwithiel person with a ticket can't now attend. Contact Ann Henderson for details. (01208 873428; Annh@mail.com)


Exhibition in the Red Store

September 19th 2018

Asian hornet sighting in Fowey

September 18th 2018

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall.  On Wedesday 12th September,  two APHA bee inspectors were seen looking for hornet nests on the road between Couch's Mill and Lerryn.

This Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to identify any nests, which includes deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers and setting up monitoring traps.

Previous outbreaks of the Asian hornet have been successfully contained by APHA bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed the nests. The intention is to do the same in this instance.

Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said:

While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to locate and investigate any nests in the south Cornwall areas following this confirmed sighting.

Following the successful containment of the Asian hornet incursion in North Devon last year and Tetbury previously, we have a well-established protocol in place to eradicate them and control any potential spread.

We remain vigilant across the country, working closely with the National Bee Unit and their nationwide network of bee inspectors.

Bee inspectors from APHA National Bee Unit have started carrying out surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2 km radius around the initial sighting.

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk. Identification guides and more information are available.


  • Members of the public can also report sightings by email to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk with a photo or on the Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat website.

  • The Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat is a joint venture between Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to tackle the threat of invasive species. More information can be found on their website.

  • For details on the appearance of an Asian hornet please can be found on Bee Base guide or the non-native species identification guide.

  • Photographs of the Asian hornet are available on our Flickr account

  • The cost of eradication on private land will be met by APHA.

LAMA Duck Race

September 13th 2018

Our annual duck race took place on Saturday 9th September.   We think that Andy Reid has the power to command the winds!   The ducks scooted obediently up the river, propelled by a very handy SW breeze, almost overwhelming Chicken Sue by arriving en masse at the stepping stones.  It was great fun!

Many thanks to Andy and Sue, who made heroic efforts both in and out of costume, to Robin for providing necessary equipment (including a klaxon that frightened some of us half to death!) and to all those who sold ducks, provided prizes and generally egged us on.

We raised £175 - a LOT more than we have normally accomplished.   All proceeds go to the Lerryn Area Minibus Association
For further pictures of the duck race, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

Fowey Valley Music

September 13th 2018


September 9th 2018

Tickets are on sale now for the Jazz Cafe evening in Lerryn Memorial Hall. Dino Baptise will be performing at 8.00pm on Friday 21st September. Tickets are £12 from the Cornish Riviera Box Office (01726 879500; crbo.co.uk/lostwithieljazzcafe). Doors open at 7.30pm.

In addition to the music - and probably dancing! - there will be a bar, a raffle and tasty things to eat. The minibus will bring people from and to Lostwithiel for £2 return. Just call the Booking Clerk on 871272.

Guided Visit to Restormel Estate

September 3rd 2018

A sneak peek of the Restormel Estate where the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall stayed during their recent visit to Fowey and Cornwall.

Meet: Restormel Estate, Lostwithiel SX106612

Art Exhibition

September 1st 2018


Lerryn Art Group Exhibition

August 28th 2018

Lerryn Art Group and Friends look forward to welcoming you to our Exhibition in the Memorial Hall this weekend, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd.September, 10.30-5.00. Home made cakes and refreshments also on offer. All proceeds are going to the Memorial Hall to help towards the maintenance. Plus, if you would like to join our Group, then do come and say hello.

Rosemary Middleton

 01208 872593   

Cream Teas

August 26th 2018

68th Produce Show report

August 24th 2018





Local residents, children, and visitors turned out on Saturday to enjoy our 68th Annual Show, a big thank you to everyone for your support.



The sun shone, allowing everyone to enjoy authentic Cornish Cream Teas whilst listening to gentle music supplied by our local keyboard maestro Malcolm Bell.








Due to illness Dr Pattie Bowen was unfortunately unable to open the show. So, at the last minute, our joint Presidents Pat and Peter Bucknell kindly stepped in and saved the day.





Unfortunately the extremely hot weather over the last 10 weeks and the heavy down pours of rain the weekend before the show, posed big problems for exhibitors. Thankfully they managed to work miracles and provide some stunning exhibits. Sadly the weather took its toll on the Roses, as we had only one exhibit in these classes this year.


Show entries in the Cookery, Childrens and Photography classes were up this year.

The major winners were as follows:-

W.I. Cup for Most Points in Show                                                   Brian Philp

Association Cup for most points  (Vegetable Classes)                       Brian Philp


Collon Cup for most points (Fruit Classes)                                      John Hancock

Mrs A. Day Cup for most points (Decorative Classes)                       Joan Harvey

Penfoye Cup for most points (Flower Classes)                                 Pat Bucknell

Polscoe Cup for most points (Cookery Classes)                               Ann Henderson


George Keast Memorial Shield (Young Gardener of the Year)           Madeline Lewis

                                                                                                  & Willow Commander

Botallick Cup (Best Exhibit Flower Classes)                                     John Hancock

Russell Glanville Challenge Cup (Best Vegetable)                             Brian Philp

I & C Keast Memorial Cup (Best Bloom in Show)                              Pat Bucknell

Cornish Garden Society Gold Medal (Best Overall Exhibit)                 Brian Philp


For further photos of the Produce Show, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

The photos extend over 2 pages of the Photo Gallery

DVD of the lerryn.net coffee morning slideshow - 2nd batch for sale

August 21st 2018

The highlight of our coffee morning of Saturday 30th June was the slide show which had been put together using photos from our Photo Gallery and Photo Archive.  The slide show was roughly in three parts: Lerryn through the seasons; Events and People; Old Lerryn.  Even though the weather was sunny and we had put tables and chairs outside, people stayed in the Hall to watch the slideshow, keen to spot their friends and relatives (and themselves!) on the slideshow.

Due to the interest generated, we decided to make copies available and the first batch sold out very quickly.

We have a second batch of DVDs for sale.   To place an order,  please contact annie.singer@talk21.com or buy your copy from the Lerryn River Stores.  The cost is £5.00 plus P&P.

Free wine-making facilities!

August 20th 2018

Jennifer and Malcolm Bell have a lovely crop of Brandt winemaking grapes, ripening nicely and due for picking sometime in September. They are available without charge to anybody who can use them. Just call Jennifer on 01208 872119.

Marine Day

August 19th 2018

Lerryn Chess Club

August 12th 2018

The Chess Club meets weekly in The Ship Inn. Meetings used to be on Wednesdays, but they have now moved to 7.00pm Thursdays.

Lerryn.net Crowdfund Appeal

August 12th 2018

​Please help us raise our target of £2400 to develop a brand new website for Lerryn and the surounding areas, the website is run by a small group of volunteers

Our aims are to strengthen and develop the real sense of community which already exists by reaching out to those who live in the more isolated areas of our area, including those who are home bound.

Enable those who have moved away from the area, including those who have moved abroad, to keep in touch with news of their friends and families.

Promote the educational, artistic, cultural and social life of our area as well as providing a ‘shop front’ for local businesses.

Publish and store today's news and information, creating over time an archive for future generations.

Proudly host our Village Archive - a photographic record which spans the years 1890 to the present day.

The current site has been running very successfully for ten years, but must now adapt to current technology – including the increasing use of mobile devices.

Visit our Crowdfunder page to make a donation:


We are also on Facebook - lerryn.net and on twitter @lerrynvillage please visit us and tweet away, if you would like to advertise on lerryn.net then please get in touch - with the new website coming, and advertising campaign over the next 8 weeks you will surely get noticed.

Our new Website functions will include the following needs.

  • a Content Management System which is accessible and easy to use, so that more people can upload their own text, photos and posters, ensuring a more sustainable operational model

  • a Content Management System which gives us the power to change words and images on our site as necessary without running up additional maintenance costs

  • a responsive design for users visiting the website on their tablets or mobile phones

  • to meet the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and XTHML standards of the World Wide Web Consortium

Lets raise this money as a community and spread the word far and wide!

Thank you for your support!


Open Garden YY Milltown

August 10th 2018

Rockpool Ramble

August 10th 2018

Infinity Under the Stars - TONIGHT!

August 7th 2018

Film showing. Lerryn Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Tuseday August 7th 2018


Lerryn in Bloom

August 5th 2018

Every summer, the amazing display of flowers outside the Mill House is a treat for our residents and visitors alike. 

A huge THANK YOU to Jean Piper for making the Old Mill and Lerryn looks so pretty.

PS:  even if your garden cannot be seen from the road and however small it is,  if you are proud of it why don't you e-mail your photos to annie.singer@talk21.com and we will include them in the photo gallery.

Lerryn History Society outing to Pentillie Castle

August 4th 2018

On what was predicted to be the hottest day of the year,  the LAMA bus set off from Lerryn with a group of Lerryn History Society members and friends to visit the Pentillie Estate, St Mellion.  We were greeted by the owner, Ted Coryton, and shown around the grounds by him and his wife, Sarah.

They inherited the estate 11 years ago and together with their three children have turned the Castle into an award winning, 5 star B&B and have reclaimed the grounds. The grounds are at their glorious best in the Spring and every year, there is an Open Day in May in aid of a Charity.  As we walked through the woodland, making our way to the mausoleum, we looked down on the huge walled garden.  The walls and greenhouse have now been restored and it is being used partly as allotments and partly by rehabilitating service men.

The mausoleum was built on the orders of Sir James Tillie, the first owner of Pentillie who built the Castle in 1698.  He ordered that on his death he was to be placed in the mausoleum, dressed in his best clothes and sittign on a chair. He intended to sit there until his resurrection, which he expected to be within two years and then intended to return to Pentillie.   He sat there for a full two years while his remains and the roof of the mausoleum deteriorated.  His mortal remains were finally buried but it was not know whether at the mausoleum or the nearby churchyard at St Mellion.  A marble statue was erected in his place and remains in the same commanding spot today.  During the restoration of the mausoleum in 2012 a vault was uncovered and unbelievably the remains of Sir James Tillie found.


On returning to the Castle we took tea on the Terrace, looking down at the Repton designed landscape.  Our very enjoyable visit was coming to an end but before leaving we drove down to what is now called the Boathouse, but was originally a school room, built in 1856, sat on the edge of the River Tamar looking across to Devon; a truly idyllic spot.  It is used as an idyllic location for wedding ceremonies.






Pentillie Castle is the main location of the Sky Series "Delicious" starring Dawn French and Emilia Fox.  We knew that on the following Monday, filming of series 3 would start.  What we did not expect when we arrived at the Boathouse, was to meet the film crew.  We were able to step inside the building and it was most interesting to see how it had been transformed into a film set (bedroom, lounge and bathroom).  We all loved the bathbtub framed by the window overlooking the river Tamar.

For more information about Lerryn History Society or to join please go to www.lerrynhistory.co.uk .









Lerryn and District Produce Association

August 4th 2018

Just trying to keep you in the picture....

Last year's  show had hardly any entries for under 16’s and adult photography - a great shame as this class has been part of our annual show for many years now.

Keeping the tradition of local photography and its recording of life, people and their events as part of the annual Lerryn and District Produce Show we are trying to make it an easier process to enter your photograph.

Do feel free to send in your favourite pictures from your smartphone, tablet or digital camera. However, we will still welcome entries on traditional film formats.

So, all you have to do this year is to take your digital photo and we’ll take care of the printing! You simply need to send your entry (only one per person) by email to the photography class steward by Friday 27th July. All details can be found in this year's show schedule, under Photography Class, but if you need help please contact us.

Thanks, and by the way the subjects are ...
Adults: “Hidden Lerryn”
Under 16: “Smile”

Many Happy Returns!

August 3rd 2018

The tiny meeting room on the banks of the Lerryn River became a very colourful place – and a good bit noisier than usual – when Lerryn WI got together on a sunny afternoon in early July to celebrate their 70th anniversary.




Current members were out in force, naturally, but they greeted with delight many former members and colleagues as well as the guest of honour, Margaret Johnson, the Chairman of the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes.



It goes without saying that a lot of hard work had gone on in the background so that there was an abundance of wonderful food and a reasonably tuneful singing of Jerusalem. There was much laughter, but also some sadness at the good wishes received from ex-members no longer well enough to join us, and complimentary deliveries of birthday cake were speedily arranged for them.








Chairman Alison Ginty hit the right note when she recalled the post-war period in which local women had established the Lerryn WI. Food shortages were still in evidence, and daily life was hard. Lerryn village did not even have mains electricity until 1952, and those women came together to support one another in creating a better life for their families and themselves.

So what changes? We have in many ways a much easier life than they did, but the needs are still there – for the support and companionship, the stimulus of fresh ideas and the opportunity to acquire new skills. When the magnificent cake was cut and the champagne came round, we were happy to toast the next seventy years!

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Lerryn Produce Show - TOMORROW!

August 3rd 2018

Arts & Crafts Workshop - TODAY!

August 2nd 2018

A day out at the Falmouth Beaches

July 26th 2018

The LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION  runs a timetable of weekly trips to Bodmin and monthly trips to Truro and St Austell.  In addition, in full consultation with our passengers,  we run a programme of "Special Trips".

Our trip in July was to the Falmouth Beaches and once again, we had glorious weather.  Our itinerary was as follows:

  • Coffee break at Trelissick Gardens near Truro
  • Sightseeing:  Falmouth Docks (view from Castle Hill) and Pendennis Point
  • Lunch at Gyllyngvase Beach
  • Walk round the beatifully manicured Queen Mary's Gardens next to the beach (They were opened in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Mary, the wife of George V.).  The hot border was spectacular and the flowers included field poppies of an intense red never seen before,  labelled "ladybird poppy"
  • Drive past Swanpool beach
  • Ice cream break on the beach at Maenporth



Keep watching our timetables on our page of this website for the dates and destinations of our forthcoming Special Trips and book early to avoid disappointment!

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

July 20th 2018

Lerryn School presents…..

Peter Pan and the lost boys.

A magical version of the classic story written by Class 2 and starring the whole school.

on Thursday 19th July ay 2.00 and 7.00 pm


Tickets available from the school.

01208 872620

Boconnoc Musical Recital

July 19th 2018

Lerryn.net - notification of AGM

July 19th 2018

Our 2018 AGM will take place on Thursday 19th July in the Committee Room of the Lerryn Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.  Come and find out about our proposed new website.  Come and find out how you could support our work.


Today’s news – future generations’ archive

News from Lerryn School

July 18th 2018

We have updates on our Facebook site regulary if anyone wants to follow us 



However against the Tennis/Football and various other events- Lerryn School and local supporters managed to raise in excess of £500- this has paid for a production of the "Mousehole Cat" which will be performed in the Village Hall in November and open to the public too.


We are very grateful to those that avoided the beach/football/tennis and supported our school and look forward to the next event.



DVD of the lerryn.net coffee morning slideshow for sale

July 18th 2018

The highlight of our coffee morning of Saturday 30th June was the slide show which had been put together using photos from our Photo Gallery and Photo Archive.  The slide show was roughly in three parts: Lerryn through the seasons; Events and People; Old Lerryn.  Even though the weather was sunny and we had put tables and chairs outside, people stayed in the Hall to watch the slideshow, keen to spot their friends and relatives (and themselves!) on the slideshow.

Due to the interest generated, we have decided to make copies available and we have already taken some orders.  To place an order,  please contact annie.singer@talk21.com. The cost is £5.00 plus P&P.

Summer Solstice photos

July 17th 2018

Thanks to Bernie Gibbons, there are further photos of the Summer Solstice event. To see these, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

St Winnow Summer Fayre

July 14th 2018

FILM CLUB coffee morning on Saturday 7th July

July 7th 2018

There will be a Film Club Coffee Morning in Lerryn Memorial Hall on Saturday 7th July from 10.30 am to 12 noon.
Please come along and help raise funds for the Club, and to renew your membership for the 2018/19 season.
There will be fresh coffee, tea, and orange juice with homemade biscuits and cakes, and a raffle.
Please bring along any dvds that you would be happy to donate for sale  and we would like there to be a home made cake stall.
We look forward to seeing you next Saturday. 
Paul Weatherhogg - Chairman

School Summer Fair

July 7th 2018

Lerryn School Bake Off - TOMORROW!

July 6th 2018

Visit to Lethytep Wildlife Garden

July 6th 2018

Our next event is on Sunday 8th July from 2pm - 5pm when we'll making a return visit to Lethytep Garden
Lethytep is a secluded haven for wildlife and home to Philip and Faith Hambly, who since their retirement have transformed 52 acres of meadows, lakes and ancient woodland into habitats managed for wildlife.
They have been recording the flora and fauna of Lethytep for several years, records to date show 24 butterfly species, over 100 bird species and over 200 species of plant. 
Meet at Lethtep Garden, Penadlake, Lanreath SX175588 or PL13 2PG
Entry is free but the owners kindly request a donation towards their chosen charity.
Booking essential: Contact Peter 01726 833141

The Dower House Gallery Exhibition

July 5th 2018

A big THANK YOU from lerryn.net

July 4th 2018

A big THANK YOU to everybody who helped us to make our first fundraising event such a success.  We raised a total of £386, the first step towards the £2,400 that we need to raise in order to commission a brand new website for our village.  We were in particular grateful that you dug deep into your pockets and put £100 in our donation box towards those costs.

We pride ourselves on the fact that the website is publishing today's news and photos AND putting together the archive that future generations will refer to.  So, should anybody want to donate any money towards the cost of the new website, we would love to hear from you.  Contact us via the Contact US link on the home page.

Annie Singer


News from lerryn.net

June 30th 2018

Many of you will know of and use lerryn.net to keep up to date with local community and business news in and around the village (if you don’t please check it out!).
As well as being a hub of information for our rural community, lerryn.net is also an important treasure trove of photos and historical archives, which generates worldwide interest from former residents and their families, helps people to research and connect with their past and preserves memories for our present and future generations.
lerryn.net is community funded and steered by the way that local people use it (individuals, groups, clubs, businesses, charities, organisations, etc.) and the site is now over 10 years old.  Whilst it has served well, it is now time to bring it up to date so that it can be viewed more readily from today's modern mobile devices.  It can be clunky at times and not easy to use for those that want to include posters in news items for example.  Looking forward, a more up to date website is needed and one that everybody finds easy to use.
The very small lerryn.net committee is about to embark on a fundraising programme to raise in the region of £2,400 in order to commission a new web designer.  Exciting but challenging times!
The first fundraising event will take place on Saturday, 30th June 2018 when they will be holding a coffee morning in the Lerryn Memorial Hall from 10.30am until 12.00pm.  The committee will be showing a few slide shows of the photos from the archives as well as from the photo gallery - a lovely opportunity to see whether you or family and friends feature in any of them.
In addition to the usual stalls, there will also be a donation box if individuals, groups and organisations have any spare cash to donate.
lerryn.net is a vital link to many in our locality, such as the elderly and those rurally isolated as it allows them to remain involved and contribute virtually, maintaining the close community cohesion and togetherness that we are all proud of.
There will be other fundraising events taking place in the coming weeks which will be posted, including a Crowdfunder page - again details to follow.  The dedicated committee will also shortly be applying for grant funding, most of which relies upon matched funding.  Please could you therefore share with anyone who may be able to help with donations or resources to support fundraising.  
Please contact annie.singer@talk21.com (Chair of the lerryn.net committee) for further information.

lerryn.net coffee morning

June 30th 2018

Good advice from the Commodore

June 17th 2018

Summer Solstice Event

June 17th 2018





Lerryn visitor

June 17th 2018


All smiles on the river

June 17th 2018


WI report - May meeting

June 14th 2018

The Uganda Women’s Project

Christina Spinney, an English grandmother, spends two weeks every year in Uganda, working to support the Women’s Project there.

When Christina came to speak to Lerryn WI and their guests, the order in which she gave us information about Uganda was very interesting. She began with a map showing its physical location in East Africa, surrounded by desperately troubled areas such as Rwanda, southern Sudan and the Congo.  She described Uganda’s attempts to support the huge numbers of refugees fleeing across its borders. Initially, each newly arrived family was granted a piece of land on which to live and support themselves. Inevitably, as more and more refugees and displaced persons arrived, the amounts of land that could be handed out became smaller, but it still seemed an exceptionally humane approach.

The generosity of it was even more apparent when Christina told us about the conditions endured by the Ugandan population themselves.

This is an impoverished country. Christina is based in Nairwongo and works in Kampala, the main city, built on a swamp and named for the impala that lived there. The infrastructure developed under British rule has gone, and the hope is that China, seeking to expand its area of influence, might help re-open the long-abandoned railroad.

Meanwhile, cows, goats and chickens wander – and defecate – where they will.

The situation is not much different for the human population. There is no sanitation in the ramshackle one-roomed shacks in which many families live. The latrines are situated some distance away; they are not free of charge, even for children; neither are they necessarily safe for women to approach at night. This combination of circumstances has given rise to the phenomenon known as ‘flying toilets’: excrement simply bagged up and hurled as far away as it will go.

There is no system for rubbish clearance, and the drainage channels are choked with refuse and sewage. One charitable initiative funded a local ‘rubbish train’, which took away 100 tons of it.

Against this grim background, what was astonishing was the apparent strength and optimism of the women in the pictures Christina showed us of the Women’s Project.

Many of the women are alone, their husbands killed in war, driven away as refugees or destroyed by AIDS. The women themselves are often HIV positive and can do very little on days when they are suffering the side-effects of retro-viral drugs.  The Women’s Project brings them together, offering the practical and emotional support of working as a group.

We saw them talking and laughing together while making necklaces from rolled-paper beads. One of the problems of craft activities such as this is that they lack purchasers in an area that is very far from being a tourist haunt.  Christina herself brings back to England as much as the airlines will let her carry, and at the end of the talk people were pleased to have the chance to buy some of the very attractive hand-made goods.

One of the things women can learn in the project is to speak English, as command of an international language can give them access to further training in a range of subjects and the prospect of job opportunities elsewhere. However, this needs at least one or two people with the knowledge and confidence to support learning. One such course lapsed when people moved away.

Some of the missing continuity has been supplied by an English fundraising organization called Hope for Children. They have provided long-term educational support for some children, so that they can work hard at school in the confidence that the money will not suddenly run out and put a stop to their progress and their hopes. Hope for Children has also provided sewing and knitting machines, together with a shelter for the women to work in, so  they can now produce patchwork bags, embroidered cards and other saleable goods, in addition to sweaters for school uniforms.   

Even this practical move has raised its own practical problems, as equipment with moving parts does not take kindly to operating in a dustbowl, and local systems have had to be developed for cleaning and maintaining the machinery.

One of the things made for local consumption are washable hygiene kits for use by menstruating girls and women. These ease an enormous practical problem, as even people who can afford to buy commercially produced, disposable protection must then contribute it to the ‘flying toilets’. The kits go out – ideally free of charge – to local schools as part of a general health and sex education programme. The WPI (Women of Power International) organization occasionally buys them in bulk, which helps with funding, though most of the basic materials are recycled.

This initiative, like the whole project, is a small thing in itself, but it can transform the quality of individual people’s lives and give them the strength of operating as part of a group. Christina told us with a mixture of sadness and satisfaction that some of the women in her pictures she will not see again. By the time she returns to Uganda, their growth in knowledge, skills and self-esteem could have enabled them to move on.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

June 2018

FIGHTER PILOT: writing and researching history

June 8th 2018

This talk by Helen Doe will take place in the Church Rooms, Lostwithiel from 2pm - 4.00pm on Saturday 16th June.

Tickets are 5 pounds in advance and 6 pounds on the door, and include tea/coffee and home-made cake. They are available from Amanda Davidge (hello@lost-in-books.co.uk) or at Choughs shop, 32 Fore Street, Lostwithiel.

LAMA Coffee Morning

May 30th 2018

Plant Sale & Coffee Morning

May 25th 2018

Beach School meets Forest School

May 24th 2018

BEACH SCHOOL MEETS FOREST SCHOOL with Buccaneers Outdoor Learning.
Date: Wednesday 30th May
Time: 12 noon to 2.30pm
Meet: Readymoney Beach SX117512
Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear sensible footwear

Talk on Birds of the Fowey Area

May 19th 2018


May 17th 2018

Little Harbour is one of the three hospices operated by Children’s Hospice South West, and the only one in Cornwall. When Alice Merrett came to speak to Lerryn WI and their guests about the work of the hospice, we did not expect a very cheerful evening. However, it turned out to generate as much pleasure as sadness. What Alice described for us was, as she said, a very happy place.

Eighty per cent of the care offered at Little Harbour is not end-of-life support, but respite care – an opportunity for all the parents and children to have a happy time together, away from the stresses, frustration and exhaustion that can characterise the home life of parents struggling to make a living, run a household and provide love and care for siblings while trying also to meet the needs of a child with severely life-limiting conditions.

Children’s Hospice South West was started 27 years ago by the current CEO and his late wife, two of whose three children needed  hospice care, but the whole family had to travel for up to a day to reach it.  They decided that the South West should have its own provision, the aim being that no family should have to travel more than 90 minutes to reach the care they need. There are now hospices in Barnstaple, Bristol and Cornwall.

Little Harbour supports 110 children at a time, together with their families, and each child and family can attend for up to 14 days a year. It’s no coincidence that this is about the length of many family holidays; a holiday is what is provided here, a cheerful and restorative break from what can be an almost unbelievably hard life.

Little Harbour looks indeed more like a pleasant family hotel than a medical facility. Apart from essential hoists, there is no medical equipment on display and staff wear no uniforms. The children’s bedrooms look like children’s bedrooms in any loving home. However, many of these children have severely compromised immune systems; a lot of care and imagination has gone into ensuring that there can be fluffy toys and soft play areas even within what has to be a clinically clean environment.

The respite is for everyone, not just the child who is ill. Parents have a chance to be just parents for a while, playing with and enjoying all their children while someone else provides the exhausting 24-hour care that many parents have to split between the two of them on top of doing everything else.

It’s not surprising that families like these suffer a divorce rate far above the national average. Here, a mother and father can head for the Jacuzzi together with a bottle of wine, free of guilt for a while, knowing that their children are all safe and happy. They can even have a precious lie-in if they want to, in accommodation whose quality makes it a treat. Lunch and dinner are provided and cooked for the guests, but not breakfast.

Children here also get a chance to be just children, not patients. There are special sensory areas and a wonderful messy playroom where children can explore the world and find ways to express their reactions to it. The atmosphere in the shots we saw seemed very calm and quiet, but we were assured that it’s not always so – especially during music therapy!

The children with illnesses are not the only ones whose needs are met. There are also dedicated sibling workers present, providing if necessary the concentrated adult attention these children so often lack, and without their having to feel guilty about burdening their parents.  For them, too, it’s a respite.

The fact that death is quite close for some children is not hidden, despite the overall emphasis on enjoying life, and there is a special room where a dead child can be laid out and visited for up to 10 days in surroundings specially adapted to the tastes and feelings of that child and family.

We were not astonished to discover that the three hospices together cost £9.8million a year to run. We were more than glad to make a donation.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Lerryn History Society AGM - TONIGHT!

May 17th 2018

Ethy House Open Garden This Weekend

May 12th 2018

The Third Man - St Winnow Parish Church

May 4th 2018

Dog Walking

May 1st 2018

New Dog Walking & Pet Care Service

A new dog walking and pet care service is now available in Lerryn and the surrounding area.

For more details, please go to the listing on this website by clicking on the button below and scroll down through the list of local services.


A Harbourmaster's View - TODAY

April 30th 2018

Boconnoc Garden Open Day

April 29th 2018


Fish People

April 19th 2018

A quick reminder of our next Friends of the Fowey Estuary event which is a showing of the film 'FISHPEOPLE' on Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm at Trenython Manor Hotel.
There is £5 admission fee payable on the door, this event is to raise funds for the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) to support their critical work to protect globally rare grey seals in the Southwest. This film has already inspired hundreds of people at showings around Cornwall with its awesome images of our oceans.
Here's a bit more about the film...
To some, the ocean is a fearsome and dangerous place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. This is a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean leaving behind limitations to find deeper meaning beyond the shore. A documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and freedivers to photographers and a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids on the streets of San Francisco. An uplifting and inspirational experience. This is a charity screening to raise funds for, and presented by Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and the Friends of the Fowey Estuary.
There will also be a raffle on the night to raise funds for CSGRT.
Hope to see you there
Best wishes
Running order
Evening facilitated by Sue Sayer Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
Director Ellie Bearcroft for CSGRT
FISHPEOPLE 48 minutes
Director Keith Malloy for Patagonia
Friends of the Fowey Estuary

Johnny Cowling coming to Lerryn

April 19th 2018

“One of our great undiscovered comedy talents … he gave us an hour of Pure Genius, he was Brilliant a true entertainer, who could make anybody laugh.” Fern Britton – My Story

Funny man Johnny Cowling has been delighting audiences for over 10 years with his Cornish charm, quick wit, vocal talent and humour.

Johnny is an entertainer who likes to get among the people during performance – with a wealth of tales and yarns to spin. Johnny has a natural warmth that makes him popular with family audiences and adult audiences alike. His clear Cornish voice make every word (and song when singing) easy on the ear, yet still invigorating.
His topics including – the ever changing face of Cornwall, ladies appliances, Cornish family life, holiday makers and much much more.

Who has Johnny Cowling been compared to? Well, mix a pinch of Jethro, a dab of Michael Barrymore, a spoonful of Tommy Cooper and a hunk of Elvis and standing before you would be a 6ft 1″ Cornishman Johnny Cowling.

Wild West Cabaret

April 11th 2018

Spit Beach Action Day

April 2nd 2018

Rockpool Ramble - TOMORROW

April 2nd 2018

LAMA Coffee Morning

March 29th 2018

Important St Nectan Easter Sunrise Service Update

March 29th 2018

UPDATE: Easter Sunrise Service at St Nectan’s Chapel on Easter Sunday Morning  will be at 05:30 not the time advertised previously in the Bridge.

New weekend breakfast menu at The Ship Inn

March 28th 2018

Following on from the success of last weekend's breakfast menu, don't miss out, come in and sample our new breakfast menu, currently running every Saturday and Sunday.

Choose from a wide range of different breakfast options: eggs benedict with a choice of added ingredients: smoked salmon, ham, spinach, avocado, etc; pancakes with maple syrup & streaky bacon or healthy fruit toppings; of course we have the full English breakfast with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, hogs pudding, mushrooms & tomato with hash brown; scrambled eggs on smashed avocado; and a full range of porridge with fruit etc. etc. Coffee and tea is complementary to breakfast diners.

So come on in and enjoy breakfast at leisure cooked by our innovative and expert young chefs, Alex & Ella.

Served on from 9am 'til last orders at 11am.

If you are a party of over six people, could you please ring or email to reserve a table. 01208 872374. enquiries@theshipinnlerryn.co.uk

Ronni & team at The Ship Inn Lerryn

The Maiden Bells of St. Veep

March 27th 2018

The full peal rung by the Truro Guild at our celebratory weekend in December 2017 was the first one rung at St. Veep for over 30 years. It is therefore exciting to report that on the 7th March 2018 another full peal was successfully rung by the St. Blaise Society of Berkshire. It consisted of 5040 changes and took 2 hours 40 minutes.
Later in the month, a band of ringers from Hampshire on a ringing holiday came to ring our maiden bells.
We have had bookings from two other towers who wish to visit us later in the year,  so it seems that the refurbishment of our virgin bells has been well worthwhile.
During this time our local ringers have been practising every Thursday night as well as ringing for our 11 o’clock service and special occasions.

A flurry of AGMs

March 22nd 2018

...or should it be a "busy-ness" of AGMs?  Whatever the collective noun is, you will have over the coming weeks the opportunity to attend many AGMs and give your feedback to the many groups who help to make Lerryn such a vibant community.  You may also want to join one of the committees but it is not compulsory!

So, here are the dates for your diary:

Monday 26th March: LAMA (7.00pm in the Memorial Hall committee Room)

Tuesday 27th March:  Friends of Fowey Estuary (7.30pm at Trenython Manor)

Monday 30th April: RNLI (7.00pm in the Red Store with Guest Speaker Cpt Paul Thomas)


Lerryn School Bell Ringing Award

March 21st 2018

A Special Day for Lerryn Primary School

March 21st 2018

Today Lerryn School were visited by Bishop CHRIS GOLDSMITH  to formally bless the new Lookout Building at Lerryn School. The children were also awarded the Sarah Beacham school group bell ringing award. The award also coincides with the children of Lerryn receiving the first school bell ringing badge - developed by School Monitoring Councillor Robert Pearce .

Children sang and rang handbells and had decorated the garden ready for Easter.


March 19th 2018

Bernie Gibbons writes:

Lola (Willcox) and I were travelling to Lerryn from Lostwithiel. I spotted a bottle on the side of the road, and thinking it might be glass I asked Lola if she could pop out of the car and collect it. She picked up the bottle which turned out to be plastic. However, Lola spotted other rubbish further down the hill and asked if she could collect some more as she was concerned about plastic causing danger to animals. In about 20 yards and 3 minutes Lola collected this amount of rubbish!!


Lerryn in the snow

March 19th 2018

Thanks to Vicki Carver for this photo of yesterday's snow.  For further photographs go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

Daphne's Crow

March 13th 2018

Friends of Fowey Estuary AGM & Talk

March 13th 2018

We would like to invite you to our AGM on Tuesday 27th March at 7.30pm at Trenython Manor Hotel. (Please note the change of venue due to refurbishments taking place at the Yacht Club). The AGM will be very short and will be followed by a talk by Rupert Kirkwood. He commented:

'My talk is entitled 'Up the Creek' and is about my kayaking adventures and wildlife encounters around SW England. I think I am the only person daft enough to have paddled every inch of its 1154 mile coastline.'

Hopefully you've all received your membership renewal information, Vicki, our membership secretary will be available to accept renewals at the AGM.
Look forward to seeing you there

Red Store AGM - TODAY

March 12th 2018




AT 7.00PM

The Directors would like to invite you, members of our Community, to join them at this meeting in The Red Store and to help us celebrate 10 years as a Community Interest Company with wine and nibbles afterwards.

For those of you who may be new to the area, The Red Store is a waterside multi-purpose community venue on the south bank of the river in Lerryn. It was built about 1870 and was used as a river warehouse, as such it was very important for the village and surrounding area. When road transport took over from boats, The Red Store ceased to be used as a warehouse and became an office and workshops at different times until the owners indicated it was for sale. The two Parish Councils raised money for the purchase and restoration, with grants and Heritage Lottery funding, work commenced in 2005 and was completed the following year. The building is owned by St Veep Parish Council.

The upper floor is two self-contained workshops for local people doing arts and crafts; the lower floor, known as The Gallery, is available to hire for exhibitions, private functions, seminars, teaching classes, meetings, local groups and the food & wine fairs. The revenue from the building provides for the maintenance of it.

The Red Store became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2006 and is run by 8 directors including a chairperson, treasurer, booking secretary and someone from each of the Parish Councils supported by a company secretary, they meet about 6 times a year plus the AGM. There are currently about 40 members or if you prefer supporters, who are interested in the building and what happens there. Anyone can become a member and we would like to expand our numbers and welcome fresh ideas, there is no cost to joining except a promise to pay £1.00 in the event of the company becoming liquidated. Membership forms will be available at the AGM, please come along and help our efforts.

Thank you.

RNLI Spring Coffee Morning

March 9th 2018

Easter Extravaganza St Winnow Parish Church

March 9th 2018

Easter extravaganza at St Winnow Parish Church this Saturday, 10th March 2018 between 10am – 2pm for children of all ages (to be accompanied by a responsible adult please).  Come along and learn more about the Easter story through crafts and stories.  Refreshments supplied.    

February 2018 WI talk

March 5th 2018

In dismal February weather, a surprising number of guests flocked to Lerryn Memorial Hall after our WI meeting to hear Charlotte Caffrey share her enthusiasm for the planet’s polar regions.

It was Charlotte’s background in marine science that led to her directorship of Aqua Firma, a company that, as its name implies, looks at areas where the interplay between land and water creates an environment that supports both wildlife and human activity, especially in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Aqua Firma operates out of Charlestown, where she works in an office from which the sea and the tall ships in the harbour can be seen.

What she also does, however, is act as a guide, and it was in this capacity that she so delighted her audience.

One thing she established very firmly at the beginning is that the Arctic is more ‘civilised’ than the Antarctic. There is a land mass beneath the tundra which supports towns and villages. It is also relatively close at hand. From the north of Scotland it’s not so far – in a boat whose hull is reinforced to cope with passages through ice – to Spitzbergen, with its mountains sliced into by deep fjords, each ending in a glacier. The West Spitsbergen gulf stream brings up warmer, more salty water from the Atlantic and this keeps much of the Arctic archipelago viable for shipping at least some times in the year.

The other thing that makes the place viable – at least for Charlotte – is the total absence of mobile phone connection. She is often entertained at her guests’ initial shock at having to re-learn older ways of ‘connecting’.

The capital of this beautiful place is Longyearbyen. Here, Charlotte said, it is possible to walk ashore – but never unarmed. She seldom takes photographs in such places, though her passengers do, because she herself must be constantly alert for polar bears. It is illegal to kill a polar bear except in self defence, so she must be able to demonstrate, if the situation arises, that other tactics were used first. She carries flares and a pistol to scare them off and, if they continue to pose a threat to life, a rifle ready loaded with five bullets, all to be used. With flares, rifle and pistol at the ready, it’s hard to manage a camera as well.

The problem is that polar bears are short of food. The ice now covers a rapidly-diminishing area of land in the summer, with a glacial retreat of 2km in the last 60 years. The algae that form plankton grow beneath the ice only when it remains in place through all seasons. Without plankton, there is nothing for fish to live on. Without fish, the seals die and without seals, so do the bears.

Bears have learned to see humans as a potential food source, so often come close to the ships. There was a wonderful indoor shot of a hopeful bear poking its head into the galley. It looked cute – from inside. The long black claws by which it was holding itself in position looked a lot less cute.

Charlotte’s delight in the wildlife was infectious and she rejoiced in the robust RIBs that enable people to get close to the walrus, whales and sharks.  Her definition of a ‘good day’ was one that had included nesting guillemots, arctic fox cubs, reindeer and blue whales. However, there was nothing sentimental about her talk. The endearing penguin chick in the video had barely time to evoke an “Aaah” response before a passing leopard seal took its head off. They kill people too, apparently.

It was a harsh environment Charlotte depicted, but fascinating and very beautiful. She left many of us wondering how fast we could save up to go.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Sun, snow, rain & rainbow

March 4th 2018

Picturesque Lerryn

March 3rd 2018



Penpol in the snow

March 3rd 2018

Thanks to Annie Singer for the photos

Quiz at the Ship Inn on Saturday 24th February

February 20th 2018

The next pub quiz at the Ship Inn, Lerryn on Saturday 24th February will be for lerryn.net

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Minibus shuttle to Ruth Needs' funeral

February 20th 2018

The Lerryn Area Minibus Association will run a free shuttle to St Veep Church.  The first minibus will leave the car park at 1.30pm, the second at 1.50pm and the third, if required,  at 2.10pm.  There is no need to book your seat in advance.

Ruth Needs

February 20th 2018

Filming Cornish Marine Life

February 17th 2018

Thank you from Ronald Elliott's family

February 15th 2018


Duncan, Jane and all the family would like to thank everyone for the support, kind expressions of sympathy and wonderful letters we have received.

We would also like to thank you all for your generosity in donating to the Lostwithiel Branch of the RNLI; the collection raised a total of over £600.

Thank you.

Spuds and Puds Lunch- ONLY 4 days left to buy your meal tickets!

February 14th 2018

Art History Day School

February 13th 2018







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Love Your Beach Day

February 4th 2018

The Home of the Queen of Sheba

February 1st 2018

The Home of the Queen of Sheba

The fascinating title attracted several guests, even on a grim January night, to hear Lerryn WI’s guest speaker, Mary Jones, describe her time in the Yemen.

It was 1994 when Mary visited the country, and the books, maps and photographs she shared with us were of that era. This gave the whole evening an elegiac quality, because the beauty of the pictures we were shown had in our minds a counterpoint in the recent all too vivid images of the heavy bombing there and the massive destruction that has been inflicted. Those lovely red sandstone buildings decorated in the traditional style with white lime mortar have in many cases ceased to exist, as have the colourful, broad-beamed boats in the Red Sea harbour of Hodeida, now so badly bombed that not even aid can get in.

Mary remembered with pleasure the narrow streets and market stalls in the medieval centre of cities such as Taiz, where waist-high piles of turmeric were on display - alongside equally lavish heaps of plastic shoes from China. Timid overseas visitors were advised that evening visits to the souk were perfectly safe, as there was “no tradition of theft in the Yemen”, and this did appear then to be the case.

The Romans’ term for the Yemen translates as ‘Happy Arabia’, and the country has – or had - many natural advantages. In contrast with its arid Saudi neighbour, the temperate hills of Yemen support the growth of a wide range of grains in addition to fruit such as grapes and, further south, citrus. With a population in those days of about 25 million in a country the size of Spain, there were sufficient people to do the hard work of farming and irrigation without being enough to outrun the local resources.

It would be a mistake, though, to think of the Yemenis as a race of contented, hard-working farmers. They have skills and a great capacity for innovation in many other areas too. Their dam at Marib, the oldest in the world, was built 2,500 BCE, providing water for 40 square miles of cultivation, and the coastal town of Zabid in 1300 saw the development of the astrolabe and the magnetic compass as well as algebra.

It was close to the Marib Dam that the Queen of Sheba had her residence, on the busy Frankincense Road. Both frankincense and myrrh were produced in Yemen and the transport of frankincense linked civilisations from Rome to China, just as the Myrrh Road, supplying essentials for mummification, created and maintained links with Egypt.

What Mary gave us glimpses of was a thriving, successful world – and knowing what has become of it made us sad and thoughtful.


Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

January 2018

RNLI Share Our Soup

January 21st 2018

Imogen Lewis Fundraiser this Saturday - Memorial Hall Lerryn

January 16th 2018

Results of Seagull Race

January 6th 2018

The 2017 Seagull Race took place on 30th December in near perfect conditions, despite the awful weather forecast!  Prize winners were:

Ship Inn Trophy                      Dave Swiggs

Runner up                              Richard Philp (Lowertown)

RNLI Shield                            Andy Reid

Runner up                              Will Stephens

Winner, Canoe                        Chris Parks

Fancy Dress                            Dave Cannon

Best dressed boat                    Robin Smith

Spirit of the contest                 Rob Grant

Concours d’ Elegance               Cameron Hague

Best Endeavour                       Richard Philp (Blackdown)

Mystery place                         Julian Parrott

Last Place                              Trev Foy

Team Prize                             Lowertown Lectrics – Andy Reid, Richard Philp and Alastair Squire.


Unfortunately there were no entries in the Fast Lady Class this year.

Monies from the race were donated to Fowey Seafarers Mission and Lerryn.Net.  The RNLI raffle made a fantastic £363.

A big thank you to all who took part and to everyone for their support and generosity, especially those who donated prizes for the race and raffle.

We hope you will join us for the Summer Solstice event on 16th June when the theme will be the Wild West and for the Seagull Race on 29th December.

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Owl and Hawk Demonstration

January 5th 2018

Lerryn Pre-School Provision

January 3rd 2018

Happy New Year

January 1st 2018

The Stepping Stones, Lerryn December 2017





A Happy New Year to all our lerryn.net visitors





Seagull Race Photos

December 31st 2017



For further photos of the Seagull Race go to the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

The photos extend over several pages of the Photo Gallery

Seagull Race - TOMORROW!

December 27th 2017

Happy Christmas

December 25th 2017

Lerryn Post Box



Greetings from everyone at lerryn.net and from this little Lerryn resident

We wish all of our lerryn.net visitors a very

Happy Christmas


Best Wishes for 2018



Festive Lerryn

December 24th 2017


Pony Express

December 23rd 2017

As always, many thanks to the Pony Express for delivering our Christmas Mail

Carol Service

December 18th 2017

We would love to see you at the 


St Winnow Church

Tuesday 19th

December at 7pm


After the Service coffee, mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Everyone is most welcome.                    
          For details and disabled access phone 
01208  872652 or  873647
Please forward to family, neighbours & friends

Boconnoc Carol Service

December 18th 2017

Boconnoc Carol Service,

7pm Wed 20 Dec, Boconnoc Church


Service of dedication of the St Veep Church bells on 10th December 2017

December 14th 2017

What joy to walk up the candlelit path whilst listening to our church bells ringing again!   Parishioners gathered in the church for this historical event, a lifetime opportunity that they did not want to miss.  The Rector of the Benefice and Parish Priest of St Veep, the Reverend Paul Beynon, led this very special service in the long history of our church.   G F Handel called the bell “The English national instrument” and it is also the instrument of the Cornish. 

During the service there was an opportunity to thank the organisations that had awarded grants as well as all the local people whose hard work, determination, expertise and and/or generosity ensured that the money needed to restore and rehang the ancient bells was raised.  Peter Bucknell, who masterminded the fundraising, was singled out for particular praise and given a present.




Peter and Pat cut the celebration cake which we enjoyed after the service.





In addition, the new Altar frontals created by Rachel Brown, were blessed and dedicated.  After the service we had an opportunity to admire this beautiful work of art.  If you drive past the church, do stop to go and see it.  The frontals represent the beauty and richness of our Cornish countryside and echo the colours of the stained glass window above the altar.  See how many wild flowers you can spot!

St Veep Church Peal of Bells

December 12th 2017


Truro Diocesan Ringers  from the left: Debbie Spittle, John Davis, David Ralls, Robert Perry, Eric Bannister and Ruth Reeves.


Peter Bucknell receiving a cheque from David Ralls on behalf of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers


Six members of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers came to St. Veep and rang a successful peal of 5040 changes. They completed their mammoth task in 2 hours and 43 minutes.  The ringers are not a specific band of six, they are a pool of dedicated method ringers in the Diocese and whoever is available on the day takes on the task. As a complete layman when it comes to ringing I found their skill, dedication and enthusiasm infectious.

The 2¾ hour event was a demonstration of Method Ringing not practised at St Veep normally. John Davis explained that only about 20% of ringers in Cornwall are Method Ringers and of that 20% only half of them are willing to ring for 3 hours at a time. He explained the difference between Method Ringing, where ringers learn a line and each bell comes in at a certain point on that line and the change occurs every ½ pull, and Call Change Ringing which is reliant on a conductor calling the changes. The majority of Towers in Cornwall use the latter method.

The Diocesan Guild Ringers used Plain Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor and Kent Treble Bob Minor, with six bells changing, to complete the marathon session.  Ruth Reeves said it had been a pleasure to ring the peal on the Maiden Bells, the only set of six in the Country, and to meet the bell restoration committee.  

The Bell Appeal Committee laid on a pasty lunch and afterwards where David Ralls presented Peter Bucknell, the Chair of the St Veep Appeal, with a cheque and Robert Perry, the Secretary of the Diocesan Guild, praised the work of the Appeal Committee.

Sleeping Beauty

December 10th 2017



Thanks to Jo and Lola Willcox for taking the photos and to Bernie Gibbons for uploading them to the website. There are 4 pages of excellent images of the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime on the Photo Gallery.  To see these photos,  go to the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

Lerryn School & The Bells at St Veep

December 7th 2017

Minibus to Ronald Elliott's funeral

December 6th 2017

The Lerryn Area Minibus Association will be running a free minibus to the crematorium.  We will leave the car park at 3.45pm.  Seats are likely to be in high demand, so we kindy request that you contact our booking clerk on 01208 871272 to book a seat and avoid disappointment.

Ronald Elliott Funeral

December 5th 2017

St Veep Church bells - final event this year

December 5th 2017

Sunday 10th December
Our final event at 6.00pm is a Celebration of the rehanging of the bells and the completion of the project which will be conducted by Reverend Paul.  Please come along and be part of this historic event.

Christmas Food and Drinks Fair

December 5th 2017

Our village shop is open again!

December 1st 2017

The residents of Lerryn and no doubt our visitors are delighted that the Lerryn River Stores are open again as of today 1st December.  We showed Michelle our appreciation by gathering outside the shop at 2.00pm and presenting her with a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates.



The shop is open for basics and she will gradually stock up.  The post-office is open in the mornings only for the time being.  A coffee shop will soon be opened in the back room. We can't wait!

We wish Michelle every success in her new venture.

To see more photos of the occasion go to the Photo Gallery or click on the bouquet below:

Ronald Elliot

November 28th 2017


Ronald Elliott passed away peacefully yesterday with his daughter Jane and son Duncan at his bedside.

Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available.


St Veep Church bells: they are back!

November 27th 2017

Thursday 23rd November was a red letter day in the long history of St. Veep church.
In the afternoon our vicar, Paul, rededicated our refurbished maiden bells and the school performed a play which illustrated superbly the casting of the bells back in 1770.
In the evening, members of the community came to the church to view the bells, take some photographs and enjoy a glass of wine.
It was a very social evening but also quite significant as it is probably the last time that those present will see the bells during their life time
On Monday,  the rehanging of the bells will commence so everything will be ready for our gala weekend of 9th and 10th December.

Christmas Arts Fair

November 26th 2017

Lerryn School Christmas Fayre

November 26th 2017

St Veep Church bells - updated dates for your diary

November 26th 2017

Most of you know that the refurbishment and rehanging of our historic bells has been delayed. The reason for this is that the fabricator, the man who assembles the bell frame, has been off work for six weeks and apparently this highly skilled work can only be carried out by this one man.   Thankfully he returned to work on 9th October.  We now have some firm dates from Nicholsons, the bell hangers, so we have been able to rearrange our events calendar as follows: 

Monday 13th November
Return of bells and frame
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November
Installation of foundation frame
Wednesday 15th November
Builder to cement frame
Thursday 23rd November
At 2.00pm, Lerryn School pupils will perform a play based on the casting of the virgin bells back in 1770. This was written by a well known local academic and was last performed about 25 years ago. The bells will be on display in the aisle of the church and Paul, our vicar, will perform a short blessing of the bells. All are welcome.
In the evening at 7.00pm, the church will be open for everyone to have a last look at our refurbished bells before they are rehung. This is a “Once in a Lifetime” event and wine and nibbles will be available to mark the occasion.
Monday 27th November
Assemble frame and hang bells
Wednesday 6th December
Bell hanging complete
Saturday 9th December
At 9.30am, the Truro Guild of Ringers will attempt to ring a full peal. This is the first full peal to be rung at St. Veep since 1988 and, if successful, will take about three hours.  Please feel free to drop in.
During the afternoon, we are inviting local teams of ringers to join us in Cornish traditional ringing. This should be fun. Once again feel free to drop in.
Sunday 10th December
Our final event at 6.00pm is a Celebration of the rehanging of the bells and the completion of the project which will be conducted by Reverend Paul.  Please come along and be part of this historic event.

Christmas Coffee Morning

November 24th 2017

The coffee morning at the end of November has become one of the bus' favourite fundraisers, and we look forward to seeing you in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 25th November  from 10.30 - 12.00.

You can expect:
  • Delicious cakes
  • Fresh coffee
  • A lavish hamper raffle
  • Challenges to your skill and imagination
  • Stimulating books for sale
  • Gifts to buy
 - and all in the best possible company!!

St Veep Church Bells

November 13th 2017

St. Veep Church Bells      Image result for images bells

For those of you who have been lucky enough to experience David Vipond’s telling of the casting of the St. Veep bells in the 18th Century you will know not only what a unique event it was then but, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, what a truly magnificent venture St. Veep Parish has successfully undertaken again. History repeating itself?

When Mr Pennington prepared to tune the bells in June 1769 little did he know before he tapped them that he had cast a perfect virgin peal. It was known that one or two bells had been perfectly cast prior to this but Top of the Towernever a full six. It was the only virgin peal in England in 1770 and it remains, as far as we are told, the only virgin peal to this day.

Highslide JSLike all precious things the bells need to be cared for and loved. They were taken down in 1935 for cleaning and the Medieval bell frame was replaced by John Taylor a Bell Founder of Loughborough. The bells were laid in the Churchyard. (See photo left).

After a decree from the Bishop in 2015 the bells were once again inspected and it was discovered that not only was the bell frame badly corroded but the bell hangings needed replacing. So it was in August 2015 a committee was formed and the bell appeal was started. The estimate for the work which needed to be carried out was £120,000. At this point many would have balked, not so the newly formed committee and with the help of Dick Stern they began their campaign. The local community raised £25,000, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £55,000 and with Dick’s advice further grants were obtained from SITA Cornwall Trust, Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, Truro Diocesan Ringers, All Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation. The East Cornwall Bell Ringers Association and local Church Towers also contributed to the fund. The money was raised and The Bells come downin April 2017 the Committee informed their contractors, Heritage Cornwall Limited, M&M Scaffolding and Nicholson’s Engineering that the project was set to go. In June of this year building Coach trip to Lyme Regis and Nicholsons Bell Foundry at Bridportwork commenced. The tower was re-pointed, rotten stone was replaced and cracks were repaired. The bells were lowered in July. All were welcomed to view the bells on the 13thof July as they were displayed in the centre aisle of the Church. Lerryn Primary School had their own private viewing that afternoon and the bells set off on their journey to Bridport the following day.

The bells may be absent but the Committee is not. A group from St Veep and their friends went to Bridport in August to visit the foundry. Andrew Nicholson was on hand to explain the process and timescale. The 10 hundredweight tenor bell inscribed with “William Penwarne, Vicar AD 1770. I call the quick to Church and the Dead to Grave” had been sent to Cambridgeshire to have a hairline crack repaired.  In September Heritage Cornwall Limited offered members of the public the chance to climb the scaffolding and enjoy the view from the top of the tower.

Local Organisations have been instrumental in promoting and supporting the work of the Committee. In April Lerryn History Society arranged a talk about the history of the Church. A Jazz evening was held in October with the Penny Royal Jazz Band. On the afternoon of November 23rd Lerryn Primary School will perform a play written and directed by David Vipond, last performed 25 years ago, based on the casting of the virgin peal in 1770. Later that evening the Church will be open for all to view the refurbished bells before they are re-hung.  The Supporters of St Veep will lay on wine and nibbles to mark this “Once in a Lifetime” event. It is hoped that the bell hanging will be completed by Wednesday December 6th.

Work has been held up for six weeks but the Committee are able to verify that the Truro Guild of Ringers will attempt to ring a full peal on Saturday December 9th which will be the first full peal to be rung at St. Veep since 1988, and, if successful, will take around 3 hours to complete. Their marathon starts at 9.30 am and all are welcome to hear this historic event. During the afternoon local teams of ringers have been invited to join St Veep in Cornish Traditional ringing, again, all are welcome. The final event will take place on the 10th December at 6.00pm, a celebration to mark the re-hanging of the bells and the completion of the project conducted by the Reverend Paul.  Please come and join us - all are welcome to enjoy this historic event.         

We would like to thank Brian and Penny Philp and Pat Bucknell for their stalwart support, Oliver Trevelyan and Charles Morgan St. Veep Churchwardens. The Stevens family who constructed the steelworks for lowering and hoisting the bells, and supported whenever necessary, Heritage Cornwall for their meticulous work on the tower. To Nicholson’s Foundry for their work on the bells, the volunteers who helped remove and rehang the bells. To all local organisations including the Supporters of St Veep, the WI for their catering and all individuals who helped with fundraising, events and support.

In times of need there are always individuals who step up to the plate and put in hours and hours of work behind the scenes to ensure a project is guaranteed success, so a


HUGE THANK YOU to Peter Bucknell, Dick Stern and the wonderful people at the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“From tower embattled, all ivied and gray,

Our virgin bells herald this blest happy day,

From inland to seaboard, twixt earth and blue sky,

Their message soars heavenward to Jesus on high.”


(Taken from St Veep on the Hilltop written by Jim Pearce Tencreek)

Cornwall from the Coast Path

November 13th 2017

A reminder of our talk this month which is on Wednesday 15th November at 7.30pm at the Trenython Manor Hotel.
It is a talk by Mike Kent entitled 'Cornwall from the Coast Path' 
In 2007, Mike Kent fulfilled a long-standing ambition to walk the whole of the coast path of his Cornish homeland, from Marsland to Cremyll. During the 16-day journey, walking for up to 14 hours each day, and occasionally camping wild on remote and rugged cliffs, Mike recorded his thoughts and observations about various things Cornish. On his return, Mike and Merryn Kent dug deeper to uncover more about the places and people, landscapes and wildlife that caught his imagination along the way. Some are as world famous as Tintagel Castle and the tin mines of Levant. Others, like the cliffside hut built by poet and playwright Robert Duncan, are equally fascinating but barely known. Handsomely illustrated with many photographs and maps, this book aims to capture the authors' shared passion for Cornwall's rich coastal heritage.

WI trip to Plymouth

November 10th 2017

Lerryn WI trip to Plymouth to visit the Synagogue, lunch at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and Plymouth gin distillery tour on Wednesday 20th September 2017

Thanks to the Lerryn minibus, driven wonderfully by Annie Singer, we arrived in Plymouth ahead of schedule.  Which was just as well as it took a while to work out how to undo the gate to get in to the synagogue!! However, once in Jerry Sibley, who is the Custodian of the Synagogue, warmly welcomed us.  After an explanation of the history of Catherine Street (it dates back to Catherine of Aragon) Jerry explained that the order of buildings is very important to the Jewish faith. First comes the bathhouse because cleanliness is next to Godliness, then the school room (the teaching of Hebrew is essential to be able to read the Torah) and finally a place of worship, the synagogue.  Before you can build a synagogue,  you need to have a minyan and this is a minimum of 10 males over the age of 13, as you need this number of males to be assembled together before the scrolls can be read.

The current bathhouse is in the adjacent building to the synagogue and looked incredibly uncomfortable and not somewhere any of us wanted to linger. Refreshments were provided while Jerry talked generally about his role as Custodian. He explained that he isn’t Jewish as he needs to be able to work on the Sabbath and if you’re Jewish, that’s not possible.  The snacks were all Kosher, including Kit Kats!  We also met Dexter, perhaps the largest cat I’ve ever met!! And I don’t just mean large, I mean HUGE!!!!

The synagogue still stands on the original site in Catherine Street in the heart of the city.  The building itself is very discreet, from the street there is nothing to indicate what the building is, or how incredibly beautiful it is inside.  Built in 1762, the Georgian building is Grade II* listed and is surprisingly small. Amazingly it is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world.


Of particular interest were the tiny boxes attached to all of the doorposts, called mezuzah. Each one contains a parchment inscribed with specific Hebrew texts from the Torah.  



They are angled to point inwards on the doorpost as an indication that Jewish people are inside and that the Angel of Death should pass over; it acts as a reminder that God is always with them and traditionally Jewish people kiss their fingertips and touch the mezuzah when entering a room.




In the synagogue the painting and pictures were all dated using the Jewish calendar. Jerry explained about the Jewish calendar and the dates shown were AM – anno mundi meaning the year after creation, rather than anno domini, the year of the Lord. So 2017 is 5778 in the Jewish calendar.


The main body of the synagogue has a display of old maps showing how the city of Plymouth has grown over the centuries, starting with the 3 towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse. In 1914 the three towns merged to become Plymouth and in 1928 became the City of Plymouth.  Despite not having a cathedral, city status was granted by Royal Charter due to the size of the population.

The naval influence on the construction of the synagogue is very clear. The woodwork is typical of naval construction of the period and the Bimah (the central platform) resembles the naval cockpit of an old sailing ship.  It has been adorned with brass acorns, Georgian pomegranates containing bells and is the inner sanctum where the High Priest reads from the Torah.

On the eastern wall is the Holy Ark that contains the Scrolls. Its ornate white and gold decoration is in stark contrast to the plain wood of the rest of the building. Although it looks like marble it is in fact made from wood and plaster and then has been highly decorated.  The stained glass windows are magnificent, each one telling a story of a family (including the ancestors of Wallace Simpson, future wife of King Edward VIII!)

Jerry is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and imparted so much information that it’s not really possible to tell you all about it in a few minutes. However some audience participation was required to act out the roles of the important people within the synagogue. To great amusement the President’s horn was blown, and various hats were worn including the big top hat worn by the treasurer and funeral director!

Our two-hour tour was over far too quickly and we all agreed that a follow-up visit is a must.


So, a bit late we had a very quick lunch at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club before moving on to Plymouth Gin! By this stage the weather had turned and Annie kindly dropped us outside the distillery in monsoon conditions!

The building date back to the 1400s, and was a monastery before becoming the home of Plymouth Gin in 1793. The Black Friars distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England.  And in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in England there before sailing to America.

Navy Gin is gin that is 57% alcohol compared to standard gin that is 37.5% alcohol. The problem was that when the Royal Navy took standard gin on their battles ships if it got spilt over the gunpowder, then the gunpowder was useless and couldn’t be used. So Plymouth Gin was asked to look at the problem and Navy gin was the result because 57% alcohol is the level at which spilt gin will not ruin gunpowder!

After looking at the copper stills we explored what goes into the gin to make it special.  We looked and smelled a range of botanicals that are used to make gin including juniper berries, coriander seed, citrus peels, green cardamom, angelica root and orrisroot. We got to taste the product too (gin and sloe gin).  As a gin-lover I’ll certainly go back but next time to do the Master Distillers Tour where you get to taste lots more and make your own gin!

We had hoped to go to the Hoe to see the memorial wave of poppies but by the time we left the distillery the weather was too wet and wild (but if you haven’t seen them, then it’s worth a trip but go in the evening as they’re lit up and look magnificent).

A wonderful day all round, and many thanks to our organisers and driver.

Julie Devine

Ladies Dining Club's outing to Cloisters

November 10th 2017

The Lerryn Ladies Dining Club dines out about three times a year and members take it in turn to organise the outing. 

Didn’t we have a lovely time the evening we went to Cloisters on Thursday 9th November!   Cloisters Restaurant is at Cornwall College in St. Austell, and once a month they serve a six course dinner under the heading “Fine Dining”.  We can confirm that the evening is well named.

We visited Cloisters on Thursday evening and from the moment we arrived and were greeted by smiling Sarah, we knew we were in for a treat.




The food was exciting and delicious; each course was beautifully presented and those of us who indulged in a dessert were well rewarded for our choice.  The Sea Salt Caramel Florentine Tarts will long be remembered.



We had an opportunity to have a chat with the very young supervisor who has landed a job with the person who organises Elton John’s parties and to the three young chefs in charge that evening:  they were all so enthusiastic about their work!  They talked with passion about the food they had prepped, cooked and served.


Many thanks to Rosemary and Sue for organising the evening and to Annie for driving the minibus.                                                                             

RNLI Autumn Coffee Morning tomorrow

November 10th 2017

http://www.cornwallcommunitynews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/RNLI-logo4.jpgThe Lostwithiel & District branch of the RNLI invites you its annual Autumn Coffee Morning on Saturday 11th November 2017 from 10.30am - 12.00pm in the Church Rooms, Lostwithiel. Tea/real coffee and homemade cakes.  Many stalls including cakes, books, guess the weight of the Christmas cake etc. raffle.  All proceeds go to the Fowey lifeboat.

November WI Talk - Cornwall Blood Bikers

November 8th 2017

Cornwall Blood Bikes

The story goes that a group of bikers were involved, late one night, in an accident that put one of their number in hospital and in need of an emergency blood transfusion. Unfortunately, the hospital did not have sufficient blood of the type needed and the NHS services that could have delivered some from another hospital do not operate at night, or any time at weekends.

Not surprisingly, the bikers got on their bikes and did the delivery themselves. Thanks to them, their friend survived the night and made a full recovery, but they were aware for the first time of a gap in NHS provision that could have serious implications for many other people.

Cornwall freewheelers, which changed its name in 2015 to Cornwall Blood Bikes, was set up to bridge this gap. They have at the moment seven bikes and one van, and with these they transport whole blood, pathology samples, medication, medical equipment, medical notes, frozen donated breast milk and even occasionally organs between NHS hospitals and hospices. They operate from 17.00 to 7.00 on weekdays and throughout the weekend, delivering things that cannot wait till tomorrow.

Geoff Crocker, speaking to Lerryn WI and their guests, spoke very simply but with obvious pride of the organisation of which he is a part – as a volunteer biker and also, more recently, helping with fundraising and speaking.

There are 80 members, 74 of them riders, all of them volunteers. There is also a team of co-ordinators and a team of fundraisers. Again, all are volunteers. There is no office; no employed staff. The co-ordinator who receives requests from the NHS and mobilises resources as necessary to ensure the need is met does it from her/his own home, on their own phone line.

There is no culture of generous expense allowances. Riders are supplied with the familiar high-vis jacket with ‘BLOOD’ on the back, together with a bag to hold the blood/samples and insulated containers for frozen materials. If they need anything else, they buy it themselves. If there is no available bike and they use their own vehicle to do a job, they can claim a modest mileage allowance for petrol costs. Generally, anybody who claims it does so in order to give the same amount as a donation – and add Gift Aid.

Everybody involved with the charity is aware of the need for money. Quite apart from the capital cost of purchasing bikes – second-hand ones, quite often – it costs £6000 to keep one bike on the road for one year. Funding bodies are becoming aware of the value of what the Blood Bikes accomplish, and a recent generous grant from the Masons bought them one new bike and two used ones, but the bikes do such very high mileages that they become too expensive to maintain when they get old, so the need to replace is a constant one. Last year they covered 90,000 miles doing 2000 jobs and saved the NHS at least £175,000.

Needless to say, our payment to Geoff for his fascinating talk went straight into the kitty.

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Tuesday Club - textiles workshop

November 5th 2017

The Tuesday Club meets on the last Tuesday of every month and every year we put on a varied programme of monthly events.  On Tuesday 30th October, we had invited one of our members Rachel, who is a talented local textiles artist, to lead a workshop for us.  We made brooches in the shape of birds e.g. hens, pheasants etc.  Rachel provided the templates, all the materials and simple instructions for us to follow.  She was at hand to help us and the two brooches that she had made herself were a source of inspiration.  The concentration was palpable!  We normally finish our sessions at 9.00pm but at 9.30pm some members were still hard at work finishing their brooches.


The results were interesting:  although we had been given the same brief, we had all created very different items we could all be proud to take home!


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th November when Sue Miller will be organising a Christmas quiz. Everybody will bring a small plate of food.

We welcome new members.  If you are a lady who lives in Lerryn and who would like to join the Tuesday Club, contact Penny on 01028 873169

For more photos go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

Red Store Charity Event - TOMORROW

November 3rd 2017

Upcoming Events for St Winnow Parish Church

October 30th 2017



St Veep Church Jazz Evening

October 24th 2017

The bell committee at St Veep Church felt that they wanted to thank the community for their great support for the bell project.
We decided to hold a jazz concert in the church, free of charge, and arranged for the excellent Penny Royal Jazz Band to play.
The only slight problem we had was that the concert coincided with the arrival of “Storm Bob” and it was a very wet and windy evening.
Nevertheless 60 to 70 brave souls came along and, despite a short power cut which plunged us in darkness for a while, we all enjoyed a most convivial evening.
Many thanks as always to the ladies of the Supporters of St. Veep for arranging both the food and the wine.

A huge THANK YOU from the RNLI

October 22nd 2017


A huge THANK YOU from the Lostwithiel & District Branch of the RNLI

To everybody who supported our recent week long fundraising event at the Royal Oak.  You have helped us raise an incredible amount of money for the Fowey Lifeboat:

  • Raffle:  £725
  • Donations:  £32
  • Fish Supper – cheque from the Royal Oak:  £125

A special HUGE thank you to Graham and Simon at the Royal Oak who hosted the Fish Supper for five nights and donated £1 for every fish supper sold. We could not have done it without them and their friendly staff, including the chef – the food was excellent.

Our fundraising does not stop and we look forward to seeing you in the Church Rooms from 10.30am until 12.00pm for our annual coffee morning on Saturday 11th November.


Annie Singer - Chair

Talk - Bird of Prey Conservation

October 22nd 2017

Autumn Bazaar in Lerryn Memorial Hall

October 17th 2017

Our Autumn Bazaar will take place on Saturday 21 October from 10.00am – 3.00pm

Lots of stalls .. vintage, home produce, crafts, bric-a-brac, charity, toys, paintings, antiques

Coffee and cakes  

For further details contact Vicki on 07801953446

All proceeds to the Lerryn Memorial Hall

St Veep Church Jazz Evening

October 17th 2017

The RNLI Fish Supper

October 17th 2017

The fabrics of my life - report on WI talk

October 16th 2017


The WI members and their guests who gathered in Lerryn Memorial Hall to hear Faith Truscott speak on this subject expected to learn a lot about fabrics, and they certainly did that.

When Faith was a young woman, already an experienced teacher and accustomed to working with children with disabilities, she went with VSO to Indonesia, where she was based on the tiny island of Lambok.  She married there and received textiles as wedding gifts, collecting other such gifts over the years she spent there.

Ever since she was a child she had sewed, but in Indonesia she became much more aware of the fabrics themselves and the skill and care that went into producing them. She brought to the meeting examples of the main methods of making and decorating local textiles and we were privileged to be able to see and handle them – some of them extremely old and precious.

The principle of batik – creating patterns on fabric by covering parts of it with a wax that resists the dye - is now familiar to many people, but the word ‘batik’ means ‘make a dot’ and the special tool for applying the wax involves a slender barrel that releases the hot wax through a tube less than a millimetre in width. Faith confessed that her own attempts had invariably created a wax puddle, but then she showed us the elaborate and delicate patterns created by other people on the samples she had brought. None of them, we noticed, carried the ‘cracking’ marks characteristic of many designs sold here as batik. The freshly waxed fabrics, we learned, were kept taut on a wooden frame for insertion into the vats of vegetable dye. If the wax cracked, that was a disaster.

Even more elaborate was the production of ikat patterns. ‘Ikat’ means ‘to lock’. For those of us whose ‘tie-dyeing’ efforts used to involve tying knots in T-shirts, it was a revelation to look at a fabric created by tying tight knots to resist the dye in each individual strand of cotton in the warp of the fabric, then dyeing it, re-knotting it for a different effect and dipping it again. Huge and complex patterns are created this way, non-literate workers retaining the whole pattern in their heads as they work. In really special pieces, the weft is treated the same way, creating even greater complexity. A piece of fabric created like this can take twelve years to make.

Although the fabrics themselves were awe-inspiring, what was moving about Faith’s talk was the fact that they had become a part of her own and other people’s lives in a culture where the cloth made for ‘the birthing’ is retained for use as the same person’s shroud, and the heavy ceremonial shawls incorporating real gold and silver threads are not fashion statements but heirlooms, designed to be loved and valued from one generation to the next. It was her acceptance into this way of life that gave depth to Faith’s memories of it – including the lovely story of the local people’s attempts to falsify her marriage certificate in order to protect her from the shame of being so much older than the fourteen years that was, for them, the proper age for a girl to be wed!

Ann Henderson

Lerryn WI

Rockpool Ramble

October 16th 2017

Successful fundraising for the Village Hall

October 9th 2017

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the recent 'Johnny Cowling' comedy evening in aid of the village hall.  It was a great night and we raised £700 for the hall. 

Secondly many thanks to 'The Ship' for once again holding a quiz in support of the village hall,  we raised over £150 on that evening.   

Many thanks to everyone for supporting both events, two fun evenings for the hall.

Fowey Estuary Clean Up by Kayak

October 9th 2017

A message from Encounter Cornwall...
Announcing the second of this year's Estuary Clean Up on Sunday October 15th at 1pm. 
For those of you who have previously participated you will know the format, but we do need everyone who would like to come to book - either by messaging us, email or give us a ring - we need to know what type of pasty you want too! 
As the litter pick involves manoeuvering the kayaks in and out of the river bank, and getting in and out too, we ideally need volunteers who have kayaked before - however, we often have families taking part, which is wonderful, so we don't want to deter anyone who wants to help! 
We will supply plastic gloves, and bin bags, and we will be serving pasties, cakes and tea and coffee at the Boatshed, Golant. If you want your pasty before you set out, arrive earlier and let us know and we'll have it ready for you. 
If you have your own kayak/canoe/paddleboard, you are also very welcome, but please let us know beforehand.
Karen & Dave

Lerryn History Society outing to Truro Cathedral and Crantock Church

October 2nd 2017

On Saturday 30th September, members went on a day outing to Truro Cathedral and Crantock Church to see more woodcarving by Violet Pinwill. We travelled by the LAMA minibus, (expertly driven by Annie Singer) and collected our guide Helen Wilson and her husband in Lostwithiel. On arrival at the cathedral, we were met by Michael, one of the Cathedral guides and taken on a guided tour by him and Helen.

It was wonderful to have such a personal insight into the wonderful work by the Pinwill sisters, and to receive such expert detailed information whilst walking round the cathedral.


After lunch in the Cathedral Restaurant, we travelled to Crantock for a visit to the church, and were met by the sacristan. The wood carving is almost unbelievable in its intricate detail, and we were privileged to have a guided tour, and see close up the workmanship, including the “Confessional” desk and chair.


A most memorable day, and great thanks to Sue Daw for organising the outing, Annie Singer for driving the minibus, and Helen Wilson for being such an expert guide.

Paul Weatherhogg – Chairman, Lerryn History Society.

St Veep Church bells - update

September 26th 2017

We have a delay on the delivery of the bells which will affect our programme of social events. Reg the fabricator at  Nicholsons has been away sick and is not due back until October 2nd at the earliest. The annoying thing is that the tower and the bells are on schedule;  it is the bell frame which is delayed but without that we cannot hang the bells.
We have decided that the jazz concert on Saturday 21st October in St Veep Church will still go ahead on the scheduled date but we have postponed everything else until we are certain Reg is back in action and we can set firm dates.

Minibus Sightseeing Trip to Land's End

September 24th 2017

The LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION runs a timetable of weekly trips to Bodmin and monthly trips to Truro and St Austell.  In addition, in full consultation with our passengers, we run a programme of "Special Trips".

Our September trip on Thursday 21st was a sightseeing trip to Land's End and once again we had glorious weather.  Our itinerary was as follows:

  • Lerryn-Lostwithiel-Marazion:  we had our coffee break in the Godolphin Arms Hotel from which you have front seat views of St Michael's Mount
  • Marazion-Land's End:  we had lunch at the hotel and the staff had reserved for our group tables by the bay windows and we had uninterrupted views of the sea.  What a treat!  The weather was so clear that you could see the Isles of Scilly without problems.  The food was good too!
  • Land's End-Sennen Cove:  we found benches overlooking the beautiful sandy beach from which we could follow the antics of walkers, swimmers and surfers.  Some passengers even indulged in an ice-cream!
  • Sennen Cove-Zennor-St Ives: this must be the prettiest road in Cornwall with breathtakingly views of the sea on the left and the moor on the right
  • St Ives-Lostwithiel-Lerryn



Our next Special Trips are as follows:

  • Saturday 28th October: Tavistock Farmers’ Market
  • Saturday 25th November am:  LAMA Christmas Coffee Morning
  • Thursday 30th November am:  Waitrose Special (Truro)
  • Thursday 14th December am:  Trelawney Garden Centre

Guided Visit to Fowey Aquarium

September 10th 2017

Come along and see the blue lobster aptly named 'Bluebell' by one of our youngest volunteers Lily during our Marine Day event last week!

St Veep Church bells - updated dates for your diary

September 2nd 2017

Our historic Virgin Cornish bells have now been transported to Nicholsons bellffoundry in Bridport.  Please note some forthcoming important events:
September 15th:  an opportunity to climb the scaffolding, admire the view and see the work the builders have carried out.
October 11th: do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. The refurbished bells will be on display in the aisle of the church. Time:  7.00 pm onwards with coffee, wine and refreshments
October 21/22nd: gala weekend. A thank you to the community for their support - details to be announced.

Pennant Farmhouse open for business!

August 31st 2017

Pennant Farmhouse
Catherine and Martin are delighted to let you all know that Pennant Farmhouse luxury bed and breakfast is now fully operational and we are looking forward to welcoming more guests, and sharing with them our little known , but tranquil and beautiful corner of Cornwall. Check out our website on www.pennantfarmhouse.uk

Another once in a lifetime opportunity - Top of St Veep Church Tower

August 31st 2017

Thanks to our contractors, Heritage Cornwall Limited,  we are able to offer you the opportunity to climb the scaffolding and admire the view from the top of the tower and look at the work being done to the tower and the castellations.

The climb will be supervised by the builders who recommend you wear sensible footwear and clothing.

This event, part of our Heritage Lottery Fund community effort will take place at 2.00 pm on Friday 15th September.

To book your place,  please ring our churchwarden Oliver Trevelyan on  07795 516494. If the call switches to answerphone leave your name and telephone number and he will ring you back.

Canada geese on pit stop in Penpoll Creek

August 31st 2017

Residents of Penpoll are used to seeing many Canada geese formations in the sky from mid August but this year we have been treated to an amazing spectacle.  Hundreds of geese have made Penpoll their home for a while,  enjoying paddling in the creek by the bridge and resting in the recently harvested field on Middle Penpoll Farm.  Here are some pictures which aim to capture the spectacle.


Walking the St Winnow Way, Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017

August 29th 2017

What a wonderful Bank Holiday! 

St Winnow Parish Church could not have wished for better weather or for greater support in walking the St Winnow Way and for all of our visitors. So many thanks go to so many people and groups who helped bring the day into fruition, culminating with the first public ringing of our ten lovely new bells. We even featured on BBC Spotlight!  

Every contribution in donation or deed has been so valued and appreciated. The seed of a remarkable and creative vision turning into an audible and visible reality is a marvelous thing to witness and we are so proud of our journey and community spirit, far and wide.  Proud to have been a part of it.  

However, whilst our appeal for our funding gap goes on, this is not the end of our project.  But, perhaps more excitingly, the beginnings of something much further extending.  At St Winnow we talk about the stones of our building and the people being the living stones.  The buildings of our Benefice simply came alive on Monday, packed to the rafters.  People of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs; no boundaries.  Simply a sense of togetherness, achievement, community bonding, fellowship, comradeship, reuniting; the hope and inspiration for this to continue.  To keep our wonderful heritage alive.  Surely the greatest achievement and gift.  Priceless.  
Thank you all!

St Veep Church supporters' outing

August 27th 2017

Coach Trip to Nicholsons Bell Works of Wednesday 23 August 2017

On Wednesday 23 August a trip to Bridport in Dorset was arranged to visit the Nicholsons Bell Works where St Veeps virgin peel of bells was being refurbished. The purpose of the visit was primarily educational and also to contribute to the fostering of community relations throughout the parish and beyond. Thus a coach load of 44 people set out from Lerryn at 0915hrs.


By midday we had reached Lyme Regis for a very pleasant lunch stop for an hour and a half, before setting off for the Bell Works. Arriving there at 1400hrs we spent a most interesting and informative two hours viewing the premises and learning of the technical processes involved in all aspects of Bell refurbishment. Some myths were dispelled and replaced with often more fascinating facts, but (if proof was needed) the reality of St Veeps virgin peel was confirmed beyond doubt for all.


After leaving Bridport it was back on the road again heading for the Dartmoor Lodge at Ashburton, where we had a most excellent carvery supper.

Following the meal, due recognition and thanks were expressed to Carol Langmaid for organising such a highly successful and enjoyable day and also to Peter Bucknell, who has been the main driving force for St Veeps bell and bell tower restoration.

Then it was back on the coach heading for home but not without the inevitable merry sing song on the way. Arriving back in Lerryn all agreed that we had enjoyed a most splendid charabanc trip.

To see further photographs of the outing go to the Photo Gallery or click on the bell below:

Walking the St Winnow Way on Bank Holiday Monday

August 27th 2017

On Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017, join us on our annual pilgrimage, walking the St Winnow way; starting at St Mary Bradoc Church for picnics at 12 noon, then walking to Boconnoc Church and St Nectan’s Chapel between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m where we will stop for teas and cakes; progressing to St Winnow for 4 p.m. until 6 p.m where you will be able to hear our ten new bells ring out for the first time publicly in joyful celebration across the banks of the river Fowey. 

Funds raised on this day will be in aid of Cornwall Historic Churches Trust and Bradoc and St Winnow Churches. By kind permission of Boconnoc Estate, please keep dogs on leads whilst on the Estate grounds.

Toilet and disabled access are available at St Winnow Parish Church.

LAMA Cream Teas on Bank Holiday Sunday!

August 26th 2017

LAMA invites you to its CREAM TEAS on Sunday 27th August 2017 (2.30 – 4.00pm) in Lerryn Memorial Hall.  There will be a produce stall, a books stall and a Raffle.  All proceeds will go to the Lerryn Area Minibus Association.  Come and support your community minibus!

Marine Discovery Day

August 18th 2017




11:00am — 03:00pm

Join the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project for a day of fun and games on Portmellon beach.

Find out more about your local beach and marine wildlife with a rock pool ramble, snorkel taster, scavenger hunt, beach crafts and more..

PLUS find out about your new local Three Bays Wildlife Group that are calling for volunteers to get involved. Come along and find out more!

@threebayswildlifegroup on facebook

E. nat.gibb@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

Many of you will know Rob Wells, one of our very keen volunteers. Living in Mevagissey, Rob could see the need for more marine conservation and awareness work nearer his home and has been part of setting up a new marine group called 'Three Bays Wildlife'.
They are holding a taster session of marine events including rockpooling, snorkelling, scavenger hunt and beach crafts at Portmellon Beach (near Mevagissey) on Monday 21st August from 11am to 3pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
It will be fantastic to have another local conservation group to 'join up the gaps' along our beautiful coast, we wish them every success and we look forward to our groups working together in the future.
Please go along and support them!
Claire (Friends of Fowey Estuary)

Garden Visit to YY

August 13th 2017


Sunday 13th August from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

SX 102578  or  PL22 0JL

David and Tessa Guiterman invite you to their open garden on Sunday 13th August from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

We were treated to a visit to the garden in June and it was thoroughly enjoyable - not to be missed!

Tickets SOLD OUT

August 10th 2017

RNLI Rescue off Fowey

August 9th 2017

Fowey RNLI D-Class launched to swimmer in distress

Friday 4 August at 5pm 3 volunteers on the Olive Two launched to respond to a report of a woman in trouble swimming near St Catherine’s Point and now missing.

A couple had set off from Coombe Beach to swim to Readymoney when the woman had got into difficulties. The man had helped her to a rock and then gone for help.

The RNLI crewmembers were tasked with searching from St Catherine’s to Coombe to find her as quickly as possible.

As they searched all the gullies, people on the cliff started to wave directions and the woman was found. Jamie Gitsham went ashore to check her ability to move and the lifeboat stood off to wait. When it was ascertained that she could move safely she was helped on board by Tim Stables and Malcolm Richardson and taken to the lifeboat station to await an ambulance.

After warming up she felt better and the ambulance was cancelled.

The Fowey RNLI D-Class lifeboat Olive Two was returned to station and made ready for service by 5.45pm.

(Photos taken from St Catherine's Castle, Fowey)

Lerryn Produce Show Report

August 9th 2017





About 150 local residents, children, babes in arms and visitors turned out on Saturday to enjoy our 67th Annual Show, a big thank you to everyone for your support.

The sun shone, allowing everyone to enjoy authentic Cornish Cream Teas whilst listening to gentle music supplied by our local keyboard maestro Malcolm Bell.


The Show was opened by Rev. Paul Beynon, Rector of the Benefice of Lostwithiel Parishes. He showed great interest in the wonderful displays of exhibits.


Unfortunately the heavy down pours of rain over the last few weeks posed big problems for exhibitors in the flower classes. Thankfully they managed to work miracles and provide some stunning exhibits. Sadly the weather took it toll on the Roses, as we had no exhibit in these classes this year.Show entries in the Vegetable, Fruit and Cookery classes were up this year. Entries to the childrens classes were slightly down, but it was nice to see quite a number of children entering the Adults classes.


Two brothers Jayden and Thomas Boraston jointly won Mary Farrant Antique Cup and Rosette for most point in the children classes. The other major winners were as follows:-

W.I. Cup for Most Points in Show                                                  Brian Philp

Association Cup for most points  (Vegetable Classes)                   Brian Philp

Collon Cup for most points (Fruit Classes)                                    Keith Langmaid

Mrs A. Day Cup for most points (Decorative Classes)                  Rita Dunn

Penfoye Cup for most points (Flower Classes)                               Pat Bucknall

Polscoe Cup for most points (Cookery Classes)                             Ann Henderson

George Keast Memorial Shield (Young Gardener of the Year)    Harry Shaw

Ruth Motton Memorial Shield (Best Exhibit Flower Classes)      Pat Bucknall

Russell Glanville Challenge Cup (Best Vegetable)                         John Hancock

I & C Keast Memorial Cup (Best Bloom in Show)                        Carol Langmaid

Cornish Garden Society Gold Medal (Best Overall Exhibit)        John Hancock


To see further photos of the Produce Show go to the Photo Gallery or click on the tomatoes below:

The photos extend over 2 pages of the Gallery

Wildlife of Water Meadows

August 8th 2017

Join us in making history at St Winnow Parish Church

August 6th 2017

Join us in making history at St Winnow Parish Church. You are warmly invited on Sunday, 6th August 2017  to our 11 a.m. Parish Eucharist service at which The Bishop of St Germans, The Rt Revd. Chris Goldsmith will consecrate our ten new bells and rededicate our re-furbished tower and our conserved old bells. This will provide a unique opportunity to view our ten new bells, which will be on display in the Lady Chapel of our church for the afternoon before they are installed into the tower the following day, where they will ring out gloriously for the next hundreds of years across the banks of the river Fowey. Please come along and join us in celebrating the works to our tower and the offering of our thanks to God for the incredible achievements of the past year and the generosity of so many people. Ten bells are the most musical combination for any peal of church bells and place St Winnow Parish Church in a distinctive position. They will be the only ring of ten concurrently cast bells in Cornwall and the only ring of ten in South East Cornwall. After the service, there will be light refreshments, and the church will be open for the afternoon and our Bells & Tower appeal committee will be on hand to give presentations and talk to you about all of the works that have taken place. Please let us know if you would like to attend by confirming numbers to info@stwinnowparishchurch.com so that we can plan seating. Parking will be very limited so please car share where possible. A park and ride service will be in operation from Trewether Farm at the end of the lane. Our appeal for funds remains open as we seek to close the gap on the remaining work to be completed. Please visit our appeal page at www.stwinnowparishchurch.com for details of how you can help support us.

Then, on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017, join us on our annual pilgrimage, walking the St Winnow way; starting at St Mary Bradoc Church for picnics at 12 noon, then walking to Boconnoc Church and St Nectan’s Chapel between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m where we will stop for teas and cakes; progressing to St Winnow for 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. where you will be able to hear our ten new bells ring out for the first time publicly in joyful celebration across the banks of the river Fowey.  Funds raised on this day will be in aid of Cornwall Historic Churches Trust and Bradoc and St Winnow Churches. By kind permission of Boconnoc Estate, please keep dogs on leads whilst on the Estate grounds.

Toilet and disabled access are available at St Winnow Parish Church.

Lerryn Produce Show on Saturday

August 4th 2017

Lerryn Produce Show Today

(Saturday 5th August)

Lerryn Produce Show - countdown to Saturday!

August 4th 2017

Lerryn History Society learns about Exercise Tiger

July 31st 2017

On Monday 24 July, 19 members of Lerryn History Society set off in the LAMA bus + 1 car to learn a little about Exercise Tiger.  Our first stop was Dartmouth.


Here we visited the Museum (kindly opened early for us) and watched a video of the evacuation of villages in the Slapton Sands area in 1943 to make way for U.S. troops.    

This was one of the most traumatic episodes in the area’s history, involving the clearance of 30,000 acres and three thousand men, women and children who were evacuated, all within 6 weeks, at the end of 1943, taking their belongings, livestock, pets and in many cases, farm equipment with them.  They made way for 15,000 U.S. troops, who over the following months engaged in battle exercise, often involving live ammunition.




  After lunch in Dartmouth,  we travelled on to Torcross where we were met by Dean Small at the Sherman Tank Memorial .  Dean is son of the late Ken Small, the man responsible for raising the Sherman tank from the sea bed.  Ken Small’s determination to raise the tank created media interest; this led to American survivors and family members coming forward after 50 years of silence, to tell their stories of Exercise Tiger. Eventually, the memorial was recognized by the U.S. Government and remains today as a memorial to honour all those who perished during Exercise Tiger.






          To learn more about Exercise Tiger go to:





Rockpool Ramble Cancelled

July 28th 2017

Cancelled because of the forecast of bad weather

Duck Race

July 23rd 2017


For further photos of the duck race, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the duck below:

Nice weather for ducks!

July 22nd 2017


Today from 1.00pm


Book your duck(s) in advance at the Lerryn Stores or make your selection in person at the event in Lerryn from 1.00pm

There will also be an opportunity to see one of the LAMA committee members dressed up as a duck - an opportunity you simply cannot miss!


Prostitutes and Prime Ministers at the WI

July 20th 2017

Lerryn WI has a business meeting once a month for its members, but everybody in the village is free to attend the talk that follows.This month, everyone present awaited with interest the story behind Margaret Parker’s interesting choice of title.

In fact her fascinating talk contained more than one story. The prostitute in question was one of the people who filled in a questionnaire when Margaret was working in market research. As with all such surveys, it was essential to gather material from both genders and a wide range of ages, occupations, educational attainment and social backgrounds. To make this easier, different kinds of employment were put into categories and people completing the forms were required to tick the category that most nearly resembled their job. A woman who worked as a prostitute, having completed the rest of the survey, had to seek Margaret’s guidance on the appropriate category for her employment. Margaret, equally puzzled, had to refer to her employers. (The answer, it turned out, was C1: skilled manual.) Meanwhile, Margaret had also established in conversation that this particular prostitute was also a sociology graduate who had calculated that by the time she reached the age of 30 she should have saved up enough to be able to do her post-graduate research. 

The other story relating to the title concerned Mrs Thatcher. Margaret, having returned to work part-time after having her children,  was sent one weekend to meet the then Prime Minister, who had granted an interview to the Press Association. Margaret made clear to us that her own political views and priorities were not at all those of Mrs Thatcher, but she still had to warm to a woman who apologised very promptly when she found she had dragged out a working mother on a Saturday. Had she realised, Mrs Thatcher said, she would have scheduled the interview for a weekday.

Such anecdotes were not the only story Margaret had to tell. The history of her own career told its own tale, raising many issues about gender equality and many illustrations of the changes in society over one working lifetime.

Her first and lasting interest was in the law, but she left school and trained as a journalist because girls at that point didn’t usually go to university. She followed up her interest in law in the only way open to her at the time, by becoming a court reporter employed by the Press Association. Because Press Association journalists covered more than just local/national papers, they always had a seat at the end of the row in court because they always had a deadline somewhere, and the means of getting urgent information back to the office was the telephones outside the room.

Access to such phones was crucial and journalists would always be pointed towards the bank of dedicated phone lines kept for them. This turned out to be a mixed blessing when Margaret was sent late one night to the Egyptian Embassy to investigate rumours about the death of President Nasser. There was the usual row of phones available for journalists – in the gents’ lavatory. Margaret used them.

This was not just a talk about the undoubted difficulties of women at work, because it pointed up the ways in which gender-based assumptions limit people of both sexes.  Margaret’s listeners greatly enjoyed hearing about the respectable judge thrown out of a branch of a women’s clothing chain when he tried to buy himself a pair of the black stockings needed for a formal occasion calling for knee breeches.

It was satisfying to hear that later in Margaret’s professional life she finally topped up her matriculation qualifications and applied to read law. She was accepted for a university place at the same time as she received an invitation to take up the relatively new field of radio journalism. She could clearly have succeeded in either field, but elected at last to get her law degree. After that, rather than becoming a barrister, she taught law part-time and for two days a week brought together her legal expertise and a lifetime of experience with people, offering legal advice on a voluntary basis to those in need.

It was a pleasure to hear the talk and a great pleasure, however briefly, to meet such a person.


Boconnoc Music Recital - tomorrow

July 19th 2017

A day out at the Falmouth Beaches

July 17th 2017

The LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION  runs a timetable of weekly trips to Bodmin and monthly trips to Truro and St Austell.  In addition, in full consultation with our passengers,  we run a programme of "Special Trips".

Our trip in July was to the Falmouth Beaches and once again, we had glorious weather.  Our itinerary was as follows:

  • Coffee break at Trelissick Gardens near Truro
  • Sightseeing:  Falmouth Docks (view from Castle Hill) and Pendennis Point
  • Lunch at Gyllyngvase Beach
  • Walk round the beatifully manicured Queen Mary's Gardens next to the beach (They were opened in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Mary, the wife of George V.).  The hot border was spectacular and the flowers included field poppies of an intense red never seen before,  labelled "ladybird poppy"
  • Drive past Swanpool beach
  • Ice cream break on the beach at Maenporth


Our next special trip will be on Thursday 21st September when we will be going on a sightseeign trip to Penzance, Lands' End and Sennen Cove.  Why don't you join us?

Lerryn Ladies Dining Club - an evening at the Smugglers' Rest at Talland Bay

July 15th 2017

The Dining Club meets three or four times a year and members take it in turn to organise the evening.  Susan Bailey and Annie Singer organised the outing of Friday 14th July and nineteen Lerryn Ladies made their way to the Smugglers' Rest in Talland Bay for a meat and fish barbecue.  The weather was glorious - blue skies and not a breath of wind and the sea was flat calm - a view that we could all enjoy from our outside tables.







We enjoyed our barbecue and afterwards some ladies indulged in ice-creams.  Julie definitely enjoyed hers!








Because 14th July is Bastille Day in France,  there was an opportunity to dress up in red, white and blue for those who wanted to.  Susan won the best dressed prize!



We look forward to our next meal out which will take place in October.






To see further photos of the Ladies Dining Club outing, click on the photo of Talland Bay below:

St Veep Church Bells - celebration event of 13th July 2017

July 15th 2017

As part of our “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” celebrations,  we invited the whole community to St. Veep church on Thursday evening.
Our Virgin Bells were set out in the aisle of the church:  this is the first time they have been on public display since they were refurbished by Taylors in 1936. In addition,  the dismantled bell frame showing distinct signs of rust was laid out in the churchyard.
We were delighted so many people came along to take advantage of this opportunity - we estimated at least 80 and maybe 100.
Refreshments were provided by the W.I., many thanks to Flynn and all her team and also to the Supporters of St. Veep who provided a modicum of wine, coffee and soft drinks.
This made for an informative  and convivial evening for a large number of the community and all of us at St. Veep Church would like to thank you for your support with the bell project.
The bells have now been loaded on a lorry and should by now have arrived at the bell hangers foundry at Bridport.
Finally many, many thanks to the volunteers, too many to mention by name, who helped remove the bells and the frame from the tower.
To see further photos of this event, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the bell below:
The photos extend over two pages of the Gallery

Join Pelynt Choir at St Winnow

July 15th 2017

St Veep Church Bells: pupils of Lerryn School get a Once in Lifetime Opportunity

July 14th 2017

As part of this celebration,  the school visited the church on Wednesday afternoon to view the bells which were set out in the aisle of the church.
Fittingly,  they arrived in the LAMA bus at about 1.30.
We all enjoyed a short history of the virgin bells and after looking at them,  we went out into the churchyard  and examined the dismantled bell frame.
The children then spent some time drawing the bells before we all had squash and biscuits which went down very well.
Finally before they left each pupil was given a Heritage Lottery Fund lapel badge.
For further photos of this event, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:
The photos extend over two pages of the Gallery


July 12th 2017

For the first time since 1936,  St. Veep’s virgin bells will be lowered and stored in the aisle of the church.

Come and see the bells on Thursday 13th July from 7.00 pm onwards.


Have your photograph taken with the bells and enjoy a cup of tea with us or even perhaps a glass of wine.

The bell ringers will be there to show you round the bells and perhaps tell a tale or two.

Please come along, all are very welcome!

Sea Sunday

July 7th 2017

Please join us at 11am on 9 July at Fowey Parish Church for Sea Sunday
We shall be celebrating Fowey’s maritime links and all those connected with the sea in our town - those who use our port and harbour, who provide services and who watch over our coastline and we shall be especially praying for and supporting the Mission to Seafarers here in Fowey under new leadership with Yvette Hall as our Port Welfare Officer.
with every blessing
Philip (Rev Philip de Grey-Warter)

We are delighted to welcome back tomorrow the St Mewan Sinfonia

July 1st 2017

On Sunday, 2nd July 2017 we are delighted to welcome back the St Mewan Sinfonia for their annual concert at St Winnow Parish Church; Mid-Cornwall's very own orchestra playing music for a summer evening in our delightful setting on the banks of the River Fowey.  Including works by John Stanley, Frank Bridge, Hubert Parry and John Rutter.



A day out in Devon

June 28th 2017

The LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION  runs a timetable of weekly trips to Bodmin and monthly trips to Truro and St Austell.  In addition, in full consultation with our passengers,  we run a programme of "Special Trips".


Our trip in June was to Dartmouth and Slapton Sands.  Our twelve passengers spent a very pleasant 3 hours in Dartmouth where they had their lunch.  Dartmouth is such a pleasant seaside town with plenty of activity on the river that there is no danger of getting bored.  In the afternoon, we drove to Slapton Sands where our passengers learnt about Operation Tiger* and our driver took the opportunity of treating herself to an ice-cream!





Our next trip is on Monday 17th July when we will be having a day at the seaside.  We will visit 2 of the beaches in and around Falmouth.  There are still a few seats available.  Why don't you join us?




Exercise Tiger, or Operation Tiger, was the code name for one in a series of large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy,  which took place in April 1944 on Slapton Sands in Devon. Coordination and communication problems resulted in friendly fire deaths during the exercise, and an Allied convoy positioning itself for the landing was attacked by E-boats of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, resulting in the deaths of at least 639 American servicemen.  Because of the impending invasion of Normandy, the incident was under the strictest secrecy at the time and was only nominally reported afterwards.

Summer Solstice thank you

June 27th 2017

Many thanks to Nikki and Richard Philp for organising such a fabulous night for Lerryn last Saturday.    Lots of hard work but what a great night.   Many thanks also to everyone that worked so hard with Nikki and Richard to make it such a success.  The Ship, Lerryn River Stores, the volunteers, the people and organisations who donated the raffle prizes, the wonderful band the straw dogs.  The profit from the night will be split between the village hall and the school, £100 each, to quote Richard 'proper job' !

Also a massive vote of thanks to the River Lerryn Yacht Squadron for organising the boat and river side of the evening, another huge success and such fun.   Thanks to you all for the hard work involved in making this annual event something to look forward.    Finally, 'The Walrus' this has been donated to the school for their Summer Fair fundraising event on 1st July.   Guess the name of the Walrus is already running in the shop.  Wine and the walrus being the prize, please support even if you don't want the walrus ( how could I even suggest that ! ) and help raise another £100 for the school.

Summer Solstice Event on the River

June 25th 2017

On Saturday, 24th June, the annual summer solstice event took place.  The theme, this year, was "The Beatles Songbook"



To see more photos of the Summer Solstice Event - pictures taken by Bernie Gibbons and Lola Willcox (they extend over 2 pages of the Photo Gallery), click on the walrus below:

"I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob!"

Summer Solstice Event - TODAY!

June 24th 2017

Dendrochronology - St Veep leads the way

June 20th 2017

On Monday 12th June 2017 at 7-30pm the Lerryn History Society, under the leadership of their Chairman Mr Paul Weatherhogg, organised a special talk given by Dr. Joanna Mattingley entitled “Dendrochronology- St Veep leads the way”.

This fascinating talk centred on the science of reading the wood rings in timbers in order to determine their felling date to an accuracy of circa fifteen years, in order to access the building dates of churches and other historical buildings. It transpired that St Veep church was amongst the first in Cornwall to have this done and it would seem that St Veep is one of the oldest churches in the county being dated around 1488.

Some forty to fifty local people enjoyed this evening and tea, coffee and cakes were provided by “The Friends Of St Veep” on completion.

St Veep Bellringers Take to the Water

June 20th 2017

Bank Holiday Monday dawned fine and clear so early in the afternoon 8 ringers and 8 supporters, with Annie Singer driving, took the new Lerryn Minibus to Penmarlam.

We then embarked in three boats for Albert Quay in Fowey when aided by a fine fellow named Ken we rang the bells in the Parish Church. Very nice bells but a tad heavier then St. Veep’s.

After a communal picnic on Albert Quay we set sail again for Golant. We were then met by Sue Miller who ferried the older members up the hill to St Sampsons. Once again an enjoyable ring, the bells are lighter than our own but very different.

Back to the boats and on to Lostwithiel, we were lucky to see a seal on the way, it must have come up fishing on the tide.

We were greeted at St. Barts by tower captain Simon Brewer aided and abetted by Sam. We know these bells well and enjoyed a very convivial ring with our friends from Lostwithiel.

All too soon we had to return to Lerryn in semi-darkness.

Many thanks to David Vipond for his almost faultless organisation and the boat owners for their excellent seamanship.


Art and Ceramics in The Red Store

June 15th 2017


The Red Store Lerryn
Lerryn, Lostwithiel, PL22 0PZ
Art & Ceramics
open daily
th18th June 2017
Danka Napiorkowska
Jenni Phillips
Rosie Henstridge 
Jenni Phillips


BBC Music day Bell ringers on the green from 6pm THIS EVENING!

June 15th 2017

You are all warmly invited to come along with family and friends to enjoy an evening of community fun on the riverbanks, from 6.30pm until around 9.00pm

The local children will be ringing the Bradoc and St Winnow church bell mini ring for a time as part of this countrywide/worldwide event between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and Lerryn school children will be singing some songs for us.  After this, there will be an opportunity for visitors to the event to have a go at bell ringing.  There will be plenty to do with a marquee, Lerryn School Association are providing a BBQ, a bar will be available and Lerryn River Stores (www.lerrynriverstores.co.uk) will be open for the evening for snacks, drinks and ice creams. We also have use of the village hall in case of inclement weather, although we are hoping for sunnier climes by then!  

Funds raised are to be split between the St Winnow Bells & Tower Appeal (www.stwinnowparishchurch.com/newpage) and Lerryn School – two very worthy local causes. 

Isle of Wight - Newchurch choir summer afternoon concert at ST Winnow Parish Church

June 15th 2017

Isle of Wight Newchurch Choir - Summer Afternoon Concert at St Winnow Parish Church
Sunday, 18
th June 2017
2p.m. for 2.30p.m. start.
  Picnics welcome.

We are delighted that the famous Newchurch Male Voice Choir (with the Cantobelle Ladies) will be visiting St Winnow as part of their Cornwall tour and you are warmly invited to come along and enjoy an afternoon of music at our beautiful riverside setting, with Pelynt Male Choir.
  Picnics welcome.  Collection for the St Winnow Bells & Tower appeal.

St Winnow Parish Church, PL22 0LF
Enquires to:  info@stwinnowparishchurch.com

Camel Valley Vineyard Visit

June 15th 2017

LAMA needs you!

June 15th 2017








We are currently running on critically low numbers of volunteer fundraisers - we urgently need help!

Could you spare us some time, even as little as one or two hours a month, to help us run fundraising events?

If you are any good at any of the following:

  • Creating posters

  • Making cards or any sort of craft items to sell

  • Baking cakes and savoury things

  • Making jams, chutneys etc.

  • Putting out tables and chairs

  • Selling things at a stall, smiling and taking money

Then, we would love to hear from you!

If you are interested or simply would like to find out more, please contact Ann Henderson on 01208 873428 or Annie Singer on 01208 871272

Thank you in advance for your support

The Lerryn Area Minibus Association

St Veep and St Winnow Parish Councils - First Volunteers Groups event.

May 29th 2017

Because of a recent successful public meeting when more than twenty people attended and a number of suggestions were put forward, the Parish Counils have arranged the following event:


Saturday 3rd June 2017

Parish Litter Pick

From 10.00am until 12.00 noon


Everybody welcome.  We will meet in the car park at 9.45am.  For insurance purposes, all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

It would be appreciated if you could let us know if you will be taking part by contacting Morley Tubb on 01726 870210 or by e-mail:  stveeppc@gmail.com.  Alternatively, you can contact any member of your Parish Council.

We look forward to seeing you.

DENDROCHRONOLOGY - St Veep leads the way

May 29th 2017

LERRYN HISTORY SOCIETY  in conjunction with St Veep Church presents ‘Dendrochronology’ - St Veep Church leads the way on Monday 12th June 2017 at 7.30 pm at St Veep Church.  Come and find out how and why
Everybody welcome. Entrance free.  Our speaker will be Dr. Joanna Mattingly assisted by Andrew Foot.  For more details of Lerryn History Society visit www.lerrynhistory.co.uk

Open Studios continues for the rest of the week! Come and see us at THE RED STORE!

May 29th 2017

John and I would love to see you at our exhibition at The Red Store during Cornwall Open Studios, 27th May to 4th June.
I have attached a flyer giving details of our exhibition and also information about other artists with open studios in this area.
The brochure giving details of all the artists taking part this year can be found online, openstudioscornwall.co.uk and at various local outlets and shops.
Hoping to see you at The Red Store
With kind regards  

Viva Lerryn Creek - SOLD OUT!

May 29th 2017

¡Viva! Lerryn Creek



Featuring Kabasa - the nearest salsa band to Cuba!

Tickets on sale Monday 1st May at Watts Trading & Lerryn Village Stores

Lerryn Memorial Hall, Friday June 2nd. 

Doors at 7.30pm show at 8pm. Tickets £12 and released on Monday May 1st.
LAMA Bus return Lostwithiel - Lerryn for a small fee. Details with tickets at Watts Trading. Profits from the evening will be donated to Lerryn Memorial Hall & LAMA Bus.
Licenced Wine Bar and Pizza light bites available.
LOSTWITHIEL JAZZ CAFE - the hottest ticket in town

LAMA invites you to its Spring Coffee Morning - TODAY!

May 27th 2017

LAMA invites you to its

Spring Coffee Morning


Saturday 27 May 2017  10.30 am - 12.00 pm

Lerryn Memorial Hall



Second Hand Books and Bric a Brac

Homemade Cakes and Real Coffee


All proceeds to the Lerryn Area Minibus Association


May 25th 2017

The service will take place at St Veep at 2.30pm on Thursday 25th May. The LAMA bus will leave Lerryn car park at 1.30pm to take people to the service and will return there afterwards. There will be a second run if necessary, so nobody will be left behind.

There will be no charge for this service. 

An Unusual Visitor to Lerryn

May 23rd 2017



Mysterious arrival of a Bennett's (Red-necked) wallaby in a garden in Lerryn!

To see a video clip of the wallaby, click on the button below:


St Winnow Parish Church is delighted to be welcoming Resonet - tomorrow

May 20th 2017

St Winnow Parish Church is delighted to be welcoming Resonet, an acapella choir that specialises in Renaissance music from the 14th Century on next Sunday, 21st May 2017 in aid of our Bells & Tower appeal. 

To continue echoes of the early years of the building, the music is unaccompanied and includes four, five, and six part singing by Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices. Composers included in the concert are Palestrina, Victoria, Pergolesi and others. 

Resonet members are drawn mainly from the staff of the BBC South West in Plymouth.  Most of the choir spend their professional lives working on the BBC's regional television programmes in the South West - Spotlight, the Politics Show and Inside Out. The Choir conductor is Martyn Oates, whom you may recognise as the BBC’s Political Editor in the South West and you can see further detail at http://resonetchoir.weebly.com
Pre-concert drinks will be available from 6pm, with the concert commencing at 6.30pm.  There are two halves, each around 45 minutes, with a short interval in-between.

Tickets are available from Lerryn River Stores and also Urzella Court Antiques in Fore Street Lostwithiel at £7 each, which includes a glass of wine on arrival. Tickets will also be available on the evening of the concert at the Church. 

Disabled access and a toilet is available.
St Winnow Parish Church, Lostwithiel, PL22 0LF. 
Queries to 

Lerryn to St Winnow Walk & Talk - tomorrow

May 20th 2017


Sunday 21st May (Friends of Fowey Estuary)
Join us on a circular walk from Lerryn to St. Winnow, we will be taking in the the beautiful views from this estuary walk, looking at flora and fauna along the way and show you some of our dormouse monitoring sites in Ethy Woods. We have also invited our friends from the Looe Marine Conservation Group to join us.
Meet at 10.30am in Lerryn Car Park
Please wear sensible footwear and bring a picnic or some money for a cream tea at St Winnow.

Plant Sale & Coffee Morning - today!

May 13th 2017




At 10.30.a.m. in Lerryn Memorial Hall

Get ready for the best plant sale this side of Cornwall!

Do come along and bag a few bargains for the garden -  enjoy delicious coffee and cakes  - and please don’t forget to return your prize winner’s cups to Sue Hancock.

The funds we raise go to putting on the Annual produce show – this year on Saturday 5th August – so any plant donations that we can sell at the Coffee morning will be gratefully received.

There will also be a chance to renew your memberships and collect this year’s show schedule.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Our in-house expert says…

Don’t be fooled by the lovely Spring weather we have being enjoying lately! May is an excellent time to sow all sorts of vegetables including runner beans, carrots, beetroot, lettuce and broad beans, but beware, the night-time cold and frosts can still be harmful to early plantings.

And now is the time to weed, weed, weed, so don’t forget to sharpen your hoes!

Wildlife Gardening Talk - tonight!

May 11th 2017

A Friends of Fowey Estuary Talk - 'Wildlife Gardening - Dispelling the Myths' by Cheryl Marriott from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Whether you've got a large plot or a small courtyard, there's something everyone can do to encourage wildlife into their garden.
Meet 7.30pm at Trenython Manor Hotel

The Polperro Fisherman's Choir Concert - TONIGHT!

May 10th 2017

The popular Polperro Fisherman's Choir Concert is taking place at St Winnow Parish Church, this coming Wednesday, 10th May 2017, at 7.30pm.  Tickets £5 on the door or from Uzella Court Antiques (Lostwithiel), to include cheese and wine.  In aid of church funds.  

A great evening in a beautiful riverside setting.

Ethy House Gardens Open Day-TODAY

May 6th 2017

Website News

April 30th 2017

Pub Quiz and Website Meeting

A big "Thank you!" to Ronnie & Jonny

at The Ship Inn, Lerryn

for providing the venue and prizes for the quiz on Saturday 29th April

With quiz entry fees and raffle, we collected the sum  of


towards the maintenance and development of lerryn.net

Thanks also to all those who took part in the quiz


Meeting for the Website Group at The Ship

Tuesday 2nd May at 8pm

We are always very happy to talk to people interested in getting involved in 

any aspect of lerryn.net

News, photos, events, local services or other local information

all very welcome - and also anyone with IT skills!

Please come along to the meeting this Tuesday, 2nd May at 8pm

to find out more


lerryn.net: notification of AGM

April 21st 2017

Our 2017 AGM will take place on Tuesday 2nd May at the Ship Inn,  Lerryn at 8.00pm.  Come and find out about our work.  Come and find out how you could support our work.


Today’s news – future generations’ archive


Pub quiz of Saturday 29th April

April 21st 2017

The next pub quiz at the Ship Inn,  Lerryn on Saturday 29th April will be for:


Today’s news – future generations’ archive

Come and support your community asset

More Local Services

April 19th 2017

Thank you to Local Services

Thanks to the following 3 Local Services

for renewing their annual fee and helping to support this website


Encounter Cornwall

Kayak trips and hire

Bartram Deakin Associates


Pelynt Boarding Kennels

Boarding for dogs and cats, grooming, day care


For these and other local services, choose local services from the left hand menu

on the Home page


'The Great Lerryn Quilt Raffle'

April 17th 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported 'The Great Lerryn Quilt Raffle' in aid of both St Winnow and St Veep Church Bells & Tower Appeals.

Our target fundraising from this raffle was exceeded, with £510 having been received at the final count, to be split equally between both churches. 

The winning ticket was independently drawn on Easter Sunday in The Ship Inn, Lerryn.  The parents of David (The Ship Inn chef) were the winners of the beautiful prize of a handmade quilt and matching cushion.

Many thanks to the wonderful and talented lady who made and kindly donated the prize.  Also to the fantastic support of The Ship Inn, Lerryn and Lerryn River Stores in helping with the raffle sales.

Happy Easter everyone!

Photo Archive (Emma Vernon)

April 13th 2017

We have been contacted by "Beverley", whose mother, Emma Vernon, used to live in Lerryn View until she was ninety.  She then moved to Devon and lived there alone for a further 5 years.  Emma loved going on the Lerryn bus, and therefore Beverley, her daughter, would like to support the Village minibus.   Beverley has kindly sent a parcel of Easter goodies for the Easter coffee morning for LAMA to be held on Saturday 15th April at 10.30 am till 12.00 pm at the Church Rooms Lostwithiel.  Thank you, Beverley.

Beverley's mother can be seen in the photo below which is one of many archive photos that can be viewed on lerryn.net


Thora Mansell, Maggie Martin, Emma Vernon in the 1980s

For more photos of the Lerryn Area from the 1890s to the present day, go to Photo Archive towards the top left of this page or click on the button below:


St Veep Church Bells Press Release

April 10th 2017

St Veep Church secures National Lottery Fund investment

St Veep Church has received a grant of £55,000 (fifty five thousand pounds) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), towards the complete refurbishment of the Maiden Bells of St Veep and essential building work to the tower, it was announced today.  The bells were last taken down and serviced in 1936.  Since then, there have been considerable improvements to the materials used to hang the bells and it is anticipated that this work should keep the bells ringing for many years to come.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, the project will give opportunities for our young ringers to improve their ringing technique and join the ringing team, but at present they are held back by having the bells out of action due to a 6” crack in the tenor bell.  The retired headmaster of our local school has written a play for the children to act in the social event planned when the bells are rehung.

We are also arranging a parish visit to Lyme Regis to see our ‘work in progress’ on the bells.   Two of our Parishioners are being trained to act as guides for visitors.  Leaflets and Guidebooks will be printed and our website is being reconstructed and updated.  This has all been made possible by National Lottery players.

The bells project will ensure the continuation of our local heritage and the preservation of our bells and church.

We anticipate work to start about 1st June and finish during October.

St Veep Church has a unique set of six Maiden Bells.  This is a report from 1770 from the then vicar:-        

“St Cyyricius Church Bells Dedicated to St Veep on the sixteenth day of June, in the year of OUR LORD, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy.  In the south of Cornwall, not far from the coast, there is hung in that ancient old tower which stands fifty seven feet high, and its walls of six feet in width, a perfect peal of SIX VIRGIN BELLS, cast on the SIXTEENTH day of June, in the stillness of the night, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy, by Pennington, bell founder, in a meadow opposite the church gate, for the sum of seventeen pounds.  The bells were all put into the furnace and cast in their moulds, and when they were cold, they were hung on a girder.  Pennington tapped them with his hammer, and pronounced them perfect virgin peal.  The tenor bell, weighing just over 10cwt, is inscribed “William Penwarne, vicar AD 1770” and “I call the Quick to Church and the Dead to Grave”.

The bell committee and the whole parish were so pleased to receive the grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, (HLF) as it means that our heritage can be handed down to our children and grandchildren.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.


Come and support your local minibus association

April 6th 2017

LAMA invites you to its Easter Coffee Morning




Saturday 15th April 2017   10.30 am - 12.00 pm


Church Rooms, Lostwithiel



Easter Hamper Raffle

Guess the Weight Of The Simnel Cake

Where is the Easter Bunny Rabbit Hiding?

Second Hand Books

Homemade Cakes and Real Coffee



All proceeds to the Lerryn Area Minibus Association


April 4th 2017

Tickets in the shop now for two plays on 7th and 8th April - one by Alan Ayckbourn, the other by Nick Warburton. Tickets £7. Wine, nibbles and raffle available. Don't miss it - it should be a good evening. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.

Rockpool Ramble

April 4th 2017

We have our first Rockpool Ramble of 2017 coming up next week on Thursday 13th April at Readymoney Beach, Fowey, 1pm to 3pm, meet on the beach.  Everyone welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sensible footwear.
See poster above for more information.
This is the first event for our exciting 2017/18 programme. If you haven't already renewed your membership, please do so and we'll send you an events card.

The Great Lerryn Quilt Raffle

April 2nd 2017

Many thanks to everyone who has supported this raffle.  Owing to illness, the draw has not yet taken place and the winning ticket is now proposed to be drawn on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017 between 2pm and 3pm at The Ship Inn, Lerryn.  So still time to purchase a ticket if you would like to do so from either The Ship Inn, Lerryn or Lerryn River Stores.  We have just hit £400 and it would be great to achieve our target £500 to be shared between two very local causes, the St Winnow and St Veep Bells & Tower appeals.

Local Services

March 31st 2017

Local Services

Did you know that some very useful local services support this website by contributing a small annual fee and appearing on the Local Services section of the website? You might find just what you are looking for and also, in turn, find yourself supporting those services too!

Thank you to the following who have recently renewed their annual fee for the year beginning April 2017:


Dave Maclennan - Electrician

Trevor Pearce - Painter & Decorator

Encounter Walking Holidays - Self Guided walking holidays

Lerryn River Stores - Our local shop

Lerryn Minibus Association

Duchy Motors - Vehicle servicing, repairs and MOTs

and welcome to a new addition

Jurgen Koenen - Graphic & Web design & Translation


Choose Local Services from the left hand menu or click on the button below to read more:

If you would like to include your own local service in the listings, you can add your details by completing details for a new entry on the local services section. This application will then come through to admin and you will be asked to pay the annual fee of £10 to make the entry "live" on the website

Thank you to all concerned


Lerryn panto 2017

March 28th 2017

We are auditioning for this year's panto on Thursday 27th April this year so that rehearsals can begin during the summer term. Please see the poster - and then, if you are interested, come along! We shall be glad to see you.


March 24th 2017

The hair of the dog



No animals were harmed in the taking of these photographs!



                              Great Tit                                                                         Jackdaw 


March 22nd 2017

The notice in April edition of 'The Bridge' announcing the auditions for this year's pantomime has the wrong date. The auditions are on April 27th, not the 12th. All the other information is correct. See you there!

Come and Support the Fowey Lifeboat

March 19th 2017

Friends of Fowey Estuary event of 28th March 2017

March 8th 2017

Our next event is scheduled for Tuesday 28th March. Our AGM (which is very short!) will be followed by a talk by Capt. Mike Sutherland about the history of the tugs and working vessels of Fowey.  Mike is passionate about this topic having served for over 25 years as Fowey Harbour Master.  We have no doubt that it will be a fascinating talk.

We will meet at 7.30pm at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club.

What a Community Response "Quilt Raffle"

March 7th 2017

What a community response.  Raffle ticket sales already at £300. Please help us to raise our target £500 by the end of March.  Please ask in The Ship Inn, Lerryn, Lerryn River Stores or contact Elizabeth at info@stwinnowparishchurch.com or Penny Philp at St Veep Church.  Thank you for your support.

Fish Supper

March 5th 2017







Grey Heron by the River Lerryn














This bird's successful catch nearly proved too difficult to swallow






Live Noise in Lerryn

March 5th 2017

Alexander Henderson, whose father lived in Lerryn, is coming back with friends to give the village an evening's fun and to raise some funds for Alzheimer's UK. Tickets £7 on the door. Doors open 7.00pm.

Community Minibus needs you!

March 2nd 2017

The minibus is run by a committee of 4 volunteers, supported by a small group of volunteer fundraisers and by our greatest asset – our drivers.  We are currently running on critically low numbers of volunteers - we urgently need help!

Could you spare us some time, even as little as one or two hours a month?  We are looking for people who would be willing to:

  • Drive one of our regular trips (this could take up as little as one morning a month).This is a priority for us.  Familiarisation lessons will be offered

  • Help us run fundraising events

  • Join our committee (we meet for a short meeting 6 times a year)

Why don’t you come and meet the team and see how you could help?  Join us for a complimentary drink and nibbles on Monday 6th March at 7.00pm in the Lerryn Memorial Hall.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Road closure in Lostwithiel

March 2nd 2017

Message from Network Rail:

We will shortly be renewing Lostwithiel Level Crossing as it is nearing the end of its design life and must be replaced for safety reasons.  The Level Crossing will be closed from 22:00hrs on Friday 3rd March to 5:00hrs on Monday 13th March and we will be working around the clock during this time.

While the Level Crossing will be closed to road traffic, our appointed contractor will have Level Crossing Pedestrian Attendants  stationed either side of the crossing who will escort all pedestrians across the Level Crossing just as soon as it is safe to do so.

A signposted diversionary road will be in operation at all times during this closure. 

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.

Concert in Boconnoc Church

March 1st 2017

Vaila Davies

February 22nd 2017

We are sorry to report that
of 15 Lerryn View, Lerryn, passed away on Thursday 16th February 2017 aged 86.
If you would like to pay your final respects, her funeral is taking place at the:
Turfdown Road
Fletchers Bridge
PL30 4AP
on the 6th March 2017 at 2.30pm.
Followed by, refreshments at the Ship, Fore Street, Lerryn.

Gin Tasting & Quiz Night In Support Of St Veep Bell & Tower Appeal

February 13th 2017

Talk on Seabed Surveying for Marine Renewable Energy’

February 12th 2017

Fowey Estuary Clean Up

February 12th 2017

Fund raising lunch at Lanlawren Manor

February 11th 2017


Wednesday 22nd March 2017
12.30 for 1.00 p.m.

A fundraising lunch at the historic 
(17th Century) 
Lanlawren Manor, 
in East Lanteglos Parish.

Lady Chilver is opening her wonderful house and providing lunch in aid of the 
St Winnow Parish Church Bells & Tower Appeal. 

Tickets £12.50 per head, limited to the first 40 applicants.

Bookings with payment to:  The Appeal Office, Creek Cottage, Lerryn, PL22 0QB. 
Please make cheques payable to: St Winnow PCC.
Please state the number of tickets required and clearly print names, an address and 
telephone number and provide a contact e-mail address if you have one, so that confirmation and tickets, 
together with further details and directions can be issued ahead of the day.

For further information or queries, please contact 
info@stwinnowparishchurch.com or 01208 873458.

Spuds and Puds Lunch

February 8th 2017

A Breath of sea air by Canon John Halkes

February 6th 2017

Minibus trip to Lerryn Post Office

February 5th 2017

Since Tuesday 24th January 2017, the Lerryn Area Minibus has been trialling a weekly post office trip to Lerryn for Lostwithiel residents

Every Tuesday, we run a trip to Bodmin and on the way back we stop at the surgery to pick up prescriptions for the Lerryn residents.  It made sense to trial the “post office run” at the end of those trips.

If you want to use this service, just meet the minibus driver in the car park outside the doctors’ surgery between 12.15 and 12.30pm.  Please bear with us, as the roadworks in Bodmin mean we cannot guarantee our punctuality.   The minibus will return to Lostwithiel as soon as passengers have concluded their transactions at the post office. There is no need to book in advance.

We hope to go on doing this as long as there is a demand for such trips. The aim is to provide a service to the community, so we are charging a token return fare of just 50 pence.

If you have any queries, please contact Ann Henderson, Chair of LAMA, on 01208 873428

The great Lerryn Quilt raffle donations to St Winnow & St Veep church appeal

February 5th 2017

Cornwall prepares for strong wind and heavy rain

February 2nd 2017

Please see below press release from Cornwall Council

With the Met Office forecasting that Storm Doris will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Cornwall later today (Thursday) and during Friday, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

 The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for the wettest weather to move across Cornwall later today, with the highest winds expected on Friday.  There is currently a Met Office weather wind warning in force, for Friday, with the risk of high winds across coasts and hills and large waves along southern coasts. 

Between 10 and 40mm of rain are expected to fall on parts of Cornwall on Thursday, with Gale Force 8 winds expected early to mid afternoon, before the wind slowly eases by early evening.

There are two peaks of strong winds expected on Friday –the first arriving late morning to mid-afternoon, followed by the second peak during mid-afternoon to early evening.

 The winds will be at their strongest across the Isles of Scilly and the southern coasts of Cornwall, and around hills during these peaks, ranging from Gale Force 8 up to Gale Force 9 on occasions, with gusts of between 50-65mph,and possibly up to 70mph.  These winds may cause some travel disruption – particularly on exposed bridges and high sided vehicles, as well as potential disruption to air and ferry travel  There is also the risk of damage to trees and potential disruption to power supplies, as well as the risk of injury from flying debris , such as bins, bins, fences and trampolines and temporary structures.

The strong winds are likely to be accompanied by large waves, especially around the Isles of Scilly, and the southern coasts of Cornwall, which may present a hazard to the public on beaches, sea walls, piers and promenades, especially at high tides, plus on coastal roads and railways, due to wave spray and possible overtopping.

“We are advising members of the public to drive according the prevailing conditions and not to take unnecessary risks” said Geoff  Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities.  “We would also ask people to avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds unless absolutely necessary.

“While we recognise the fascination of watching the large waves people can put themselves in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours, please keep a safe distance from the sea as large waves can travel a considerable distance up the shoreline”.

All the agencies are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to act if the situation deteriorates.  

As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.  Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.  Residents are also advised to check that their drains are clear of leaves and blockages.

Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores.

For further advice on preparing for flooding is available on the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding


The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt

January 30th 2017

This coming weekend, the 3rd-5th February is the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt
What on earth is a Nurdle, you may ask?
Nurdles are small plastic pellets which are a raw material in the manufacture of plastic products. 
They are being found in large numbers in the marine environment and are harmful to marine life.
The Great Nurdle Hunt is being organised in collaboration with a number of organisations including Greenpeace and the Marine Conservation Society.
They are asking people to visit a beach over the coming weekend and keep an eye out for nurdles and record them to provide evidence to the UK Government of the scale of this issue.
For further information, see the above poster

Tree Pruning Workshop

January 30th 2017

Thank you Pony Express and The Ship Inn.

January 30th 2017

A huge thank you on behalf of St Winnow and St Veep Parish Churches to the Lerryn ‘Pony Express’  for funds raised towards our respective Bells & Tower Appeals.  Funds were raised from the delivery of Christmas cards throughout Lerryn village and the surrounding area at Christmas 2016 with the local children, and also from the subsequent ‘Pony Express’ pub quiz in The Ship Inn, Lerryn at the weekend.  Funds raised amounted to £ 225 for EACH Church as a result – a fantastic and most appreciated result.

Thanks also to The Ship Inn, Lerryn for hosting the pub quiz (great night), everyone who donated raffle prizes and of course all who supported the Lerryn ‘Pony Express’.

Cabaret Coffee Morning

January 29th 2017

Seagull Race Photos

January 26th 2017

A good crowd turned out this year to watch the Winter Solstice Seagull Race.  

Every year, the proceeds from the entries and the sale of mulled wine and mince pies are distributed amongst local charities.  This year, the River Lerryn Yacht Squadron, who organises the event, has agreed to donate £50 to each of the following charities and groups: lerryn.net, LAMA, the Village Hall, The Merlin Centre and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The dates to note for this year's events are:

Summer Solstice Celebrations:  Saturday 24th June 2017

Seagull Race:  Saturday 30th December 2017

For further photos of this year's Seagull Race (taken by Darren) click on the button below:

Four Seasons on The Fowey

January 9th 2017

St Winnow & St Veep Bells appeal Pub Quiz

January 8th 2017

Message from the River Lerryn Yacht Squadron

January 5th 2017

We have set the dates of this year's Solstice event and of the next Seagull Race.  Here are the dates to put firmly in your diaries:

Saturday 24th June:  Solstice celebrations

Saturday 30th December:  Seagull Race

Seagull Race supports local groups and charities

January 5th 2017

Thank you to everybody who supported the Seagull Race.  It turned out to be a fun experience both for the competitors and the spectators.  Every year, the proceeds from the entries and the sale of mulled wine and mince pies are distributed amongst local charities.  This year, the River Lerryn Yacht Squadron who organises the event has agreed to donate £50 to each of the following charities and groups: lerryn.net, LAMA, the Village Hall, The Merlin Centre and Cornwall Air Ambulance.


Ribbons of Smoke

December 27th 2016

Ribbons of smoke drifting over Ribby Wood in the early morning

Seagull Race 2016

December 26th 2016

Happy Christmas

December 25th 2016

Season's Greetings from all at lerryn.net & from this little, Cornish robin

Pony Express

December 23rd 2016

Thanks, once again, to the Pony Express Team for delivering our Christmas mail

St Winnow Parish Church Midnight Mass

December 22nd 2016

St Winnow Parish Church invite you to our 'Midnight Mass' on Saturday, 24th December 2016, starting at 10pm.  Hope to see you there.  Happy Christmas everyone!

St Winnow Carol Service

December 15th 2016

St Winnow Parish Church warmly invite you to our Carol Service 
on Monday, 19th December 2016 at 7pm.

Boconnoc Carol Concert

December 14th 2016

Boconnoc Carol Service is on Wednesday 14 December at 7pm. Join us for traditional
Six Lessons and Carols and for mulled wine and mince pies in the  Soane Room afterwards.

Father Christmas comes to Lerryn

December 7th 2016








Father Christmas in Lerryn on Tuesday night










Hood Winked

December 5th 2016


For more photographs of the pantomine, click on the button below.  The photos extend over 2 pages of the Photo Gallery

Lerryn School Christmas Fair

November 23rd 2016

Saturday 10th December from 10.00-12.00 : Memorial Hall 
Lerryn School Christmas Fair. Come and visit Father Christmas, get your face painted or just pop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake. There will be a raffle, book stall, cake stall, handmade wreaths. The usual lucky baubles will be available from the shop beforehand to be drawn at the fair. All proceeds will go to the school.     

Christmas Arts Fair

November 22nd 2016

Christmas Coffee Morning

November 13th 2016

Autumn Bazaar - Village Hall

November 11th 2016

Rockpool Ramble

October 19th 2016

Fright Night - CANCELLED due to lack of support

October 19th 2016

Red Store Charity Day

October 17th 2016


Talk on Troy Class Yachts of Fowey

October 11th 2016

Info at www.foweyheritage.org.uk  Secretary 01726 870457

St Winnow at Red Store Charity Day

October 10th 2016


Senior Citizens Christmas Party

October 10th 2016


Wine Tasting Event at Boconnoc

October 10th 2016

St Winnow & Bradoc barn dance

October 1st 2016


Lerryn River Stores winter hours

October 1st 2016

As advertised on the shop window and instore for the past month our Winter Hours start from :

Monday 3rd of October

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8am -5pm

Wednesday 8 - 1

Sunday 8 - 1

The Post Office will open daily except on a Sunday and will close an hour before the store closes.

Thank you 

Lerryn River Stores



Fungus Day at Lanhydrock

September 27th 2016

Quiz and Fish & Chips Supper

September 14th 2016

A Recitation of St Marks Gospel

September 14th 2016




You are warmly invited to hear Canon Alan Rowell sing his own translation of the Gospel of Mark. 
Canon Alan Rowell has found a particular ministry in singing, from memory, his own translation of St
Mark’s Gospel. The performance takes just under two hours.
Alan has performed this in homes and churches in different parts of the
country as well as in his own county of Cornwall.

Writers and Literature of Fowey

September 8th 2016

Bat Talk & Walk

August 24th 2016

Art Exhibition

August 21st 2016

Cream Teas

August 16th 2016

Come and support your local community minibus

Milltown Garden Open

August 9th 2016

BEWARE - Telephone Fraud

August 3rd 2016

A Lerryn Resident contacted us to give details of the following telephone fraud and information given by the police when she contacted them:

  • The fraudsters are targeting 01208 numbers
  • They claim they are from BT Open Reach
  • They state that they have found a problem with your computer operating system, want you to give them access to your computer and offer to fix it for a fee

Advice from the police:

  • DO NOT give them access to your computer or pay for them to fix it
  • Report it to the NATIONAL FRAUD CYBERCRIME UNIT by phoning 0300 123 2040 or going online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk



August 3rd 2016

Assuming the vaccine delivery arrives on time,  the annual 'flu vaccination will be on 21 September this year.

We are asked to arrive at the Scout Hut, if at all possible, in accordance with the following outline schedule, organised on the basis of the first letter of people's surnames:

A-D      9.30-10.30

E-I      10.30-11.30

J-M      11.30-12.45

N-R      13.30-14.30

S-Z      14.30-16.15.

There will be 'catch-up' opportunities at the surgery for people who cannot manage the 21st, but these will not be arranged until after the 'flu day  session is over.



Man Engine visits Lostwithiel

July 27th 2016



For video clip click the button below

Rockpool Ramble

July 27th 2016

Park and Ride Arrangements for Man Engine

July 26th 2016

The Man Engine is coming to Lostwithiel tomorrow Wednesday 27th July.  A Park and Ride scheme will be operating from Trewether Farm between Lerryn and Lostwithiel.  The cost will be £1.00 per seat.  There will be two minibuses in operation, including the Lerryn Area Minibus.  The Park and Ride will operate between Trewether Farm and Lostwithiel between 2.00 and 5.00pm and from Lostwithiel back to Trewether Farm between 7.00 and 8.30pm

St Winnow Parish Church Summer Fayre

July 24th 2016

Lerryn River Stores Update

July 20th 2016

Due to a faulty telephone line we have had to have a temporary line fitted,

Our new temporary telephone number is 01208 872813,


website: www.lerrynriverstores.co.uk

Best Wishes


Pre-school provision at Lerryn School

July 20th 2016

Lerryn Pre -school now open for places.

 15 hours of free, funded Early Years Education for 3-4 year olds.

Join us for special adventures at Lerryn Pre-School.

Starting the 5th of September 2016,  Lerryn opens its doors for

 pre-school children aged 3-4 years.

  Monday and Tuesday 9am – 3pm and Wednesday 9am – 12pm 

Children are welcome to join us at our lovely river view setting to explore, play and make new friends.

Bring your own lunch or order from our own provision.

Contact the School Secretary on

 01208 872620 for more details.

We also offer after school care.


Life Afloat

July 13th 2016



Orchestral Evening at St Winnow

July 13th 2016

Summer Solstice Event

June 10th 2016


June 6th 2016

Thank you!

At a lovely event in the Hall on Sunday afternoon, we made a very useful contribution to the Hall’s dishwasher fund. It could not have been done without the help of:

  • The school
  • The shop
  • The pub
  • The ‘little shop’
  • The people who made such generous amounts of beautiful food
  • Individuals such as Bill Cole, Ronald Elliot and Lerryn Art group.

Once again, thanks to all!


May 28th 2016

Wednesday 1st June is the last day for getting tickets for the Queen's Birthday Tea Party, which will be in the Memorial Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 5th.

Tickets are in the shop now. Don't forget!

Playgroups last quiz

May 28th 2016

Playgroups last quiz this Saturday doors open 7.30 tickets £7 we will be serving pulled pork please support us one final time thank u. Book on 01208367029


May 24th 2016

Lostwithiel Community Centre is closed with immediate effect until an insurance problem can be resolved.


May 22nd 2016

Don't forget the raffle and quiz at the Ship Inn on Saturday 28th May. 

The proceeds will go to the Memorial Hall to help with the purchase of a dishwasher, and there will be all the fun of the last night of the quiz series.

Visitors welcome. Quiz starts at 9.00pm. Why not book a meal beforehand?

St Winnow Bell & Tower Appeal

May 20th 2016

Road Closure

May 10th 2016

Notification of road closure
Location:         Road From Trecangate Farm To Trebant, Lanreath and Road From Junction
                      South Of Woods Cross To Junction East Of Shillamill Lakes, Lerryn
Timing:           16th May to 10th June 2016 (24 hours, weekends included)
Contact:          Simon Trevains, CORMAC  Solutions Ltd, Tel: 0300 1234 222

Water Quality Talk

April 27th 2016

Fun Day on the Green

April 23rd 2016

Today, in the spring sunshine, visitors and locals were able to enjoy the Cousin Jack's Fun Day on the Village Green.


To see more photographs of today's event click on the button below:

Footpath re-opened

April 22nd 2016

The footpath blocked by the fallen tree reported earlier has now been cleared





Lerryn History Society AGM

April 20th 2016

Looe Guided Walk

April 18th 2016

A reminder of our next event which is this Saturday 23rd April, a guided walk on Looe's Marine Discovery Trail. Meet at 10.30am at Millpool Car Park, West Looe (PL13 2AF or SX 250538) by the benches, look for the flag!
This is a joint event with the Looe Marine Conservation Group and their volunteers will be giving us some informal commentary along our walk. We have received the following information from the Looe volunteers:


I’ve allowed approximately 15mins walk and talk time for each venue:

10.30am start:

Our tour will take in:

Welcome and Intro at Millpool. Matt 

The Estuary at Kilminorth Woods. Matt 

Sustainable Fishing at West Looe Market. Gill.

Seals at Nelson’s Statue. Darryl.

Eel grass beds at the harbour entrance view point. Sue.

Looe Island on Hannafore sea wall. Martin.

The Rocky Shore on Hannafore beach. Matt

Approx 12.30pm. Lunch on Hannafore beach and explore the rocky shore.

Finish 1.30pm.

It will be brilliant to have the Looe volunteers to show us around - hope you can come along.

Footpath blocked

April 11th 2016


Riverside footpath to Ethy Rocks blocked by fallen tree, a victim of the strong winds of Sunday 10th April

The Glyn Cinema

April 11th 2016

Pub Quiz and Raffle

April 11th 2016

Film Night with Jenny Agutter at RAF St Mawgan

March 30th 2016

Enjoy a fundraising  evening on Saturday 7th May with children’s charity CHICKS patron, Jenny Agutter, at the screening of her film The Eagle Has Landed. The film, described by a New York Times critic as "a good old-fashioned adventure movie", is turning 40 this year! The event is being held at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, where a number of scenes for the film were shot. Tickets cost £35, or £50 for a seat in the first two rows. Entry price includes a screening of the film (with popcorn!), a Q&A with Jenny and a buffet dinner in the Combined Mess following the film screening.  Please note there are a limited amount of places for the Film Night.  To buy tickets, please call 01822 811020 (option 1) or email mick@chicks.org.uk 

Rockpool Ramble

March 28th 2016

Friday 8th April

Rockpool Ramble at Readymoney Beach, Fowey
Meet on the beach 12.30pm to 2.30pm
All children must be accompanied and please wear sensible footwear
A family favourite, come and explore the amazing marine wildlife to be found right on our doorstep - All welcome

Tide & Time Talk

March 27th 2016

Wednesday 6th April

Talk 'Tide and Time' by local Astronomer Brian Sheen
Meet 7.30pm at Trenython Manor Hotel
Join us for what promises to be a very interesting and informative talk

Fun free sessions for 4 year olds at Lerryn School

March 25th 2016

Starting 15th April, 4 year olds are welcome to join us at our lovely river view setting to explore, play and make new friends.

Free sessions run every Friday 9:30-12:00 until the summer holidays. 

Contact the School Secretary on 01208 872620 for more details.

RNLI Coffee Morning

March 22nd 2016

Cornish Sudoku Evening

March 21st 2016

SUDOKU: Dead Boring, for Geeks Only? WRONG!

Charles Morgan, Cornwall’s very own ‘Sudoku Wizard’ presents an evening of impish fun, showing you Sudoku as you have never seen it before. He will demonstrate how to solve a number of seemingly ordinary but actually most unusual Sudoku puzzles that are guaranteed to be far more enjoyable than the usual jumble of numbers. Even Sudoku sceptics will be spellbound!

Easter Saturday 7.30 p.m

The Red Store, Lerryn, PL22 0PZ

£5.00 adults, £3.00 school age children

In Support of St Veep Parish Church

* If the road to Red Store is cut off by the tide, just walk along alleyway between the shop and Ship Inn, through the archway, continue for 100 yds and you will come out directly opposite the Red Store.

Council Tax Scam

March 17th 2016

A Council Tax Scam is doing the rounds again and people should be aware that you may receive a call from someone claiming to be able to re-rate your property to achieve reductions in council tax and tax banding.  They require your credit card and £65 payment up front. Cornwall Council and Trading Standards have confirmed that this is a scam.  Could you please pass on the message so that others are warned.

Friends of Fowey Estuary AGM & Talk

March 14th 2016

LAMA Coffee Morning

March 11th 2016

Ladies of Lerryn Dining Club

March 11th 2016

Lerryn Ladies Dining Club
On Tuesday 8th March the Ladies of Lerryn Dining Club enjoyed the first meeting of the year  at the The  Fowey Hotel. Having dined there on many occasion I was in no doubt that the ladies would have a delightful evening.  The private dining in The Drawing Room made the evening as it was, exclusive to the Lerryn ladies. It was  laid out in an exquisite and elegant fashion that one would expect to find in a 4 star venue. We were made very welcome by the staff and the Maitre de  made sure that the evening was a memorable event.   The  diner was 3 courses made up of mouthwatering choices such as smoked salmon timbale, chicken parfait,  hake served with a white sauce,  chicken wrapped in presunto, Mediterranean vegetables, lemon tart, creme brulee as a few examples followed by coffee and petite fours. Fine wines were served with our diner  which we enjoyed in abundance.  This  leads me to say a big thank you to Annie Singer for driving everyone  there in the Lerryn Mini Bus.  All the ladies dressed for the occasion and a glamorous appearance was the order of the night. 
The Dining Club is a very popular event as it allows the ladies to meet up and catch up with events. It plays an important social  part in keeping with the  very much enjoyed community spirit of our beautiful village. If you would like to join us for our next outing (dated TBA) take a look on the Lerryn village website for details. It would be good to see you. 

Lostwithiel Environment Group Talk

March 10th 2016

Osprey Nesting Poles

March 6th 2016

Twelve members of the Friends of the Fowey Estuary  met on Saturday 5th am at Haye Farm for a visit to the Osprey Poles;  it was a bright morning with a chilly wind from the north.  We had a pleasant walk over the fields to see the poles, there were signs of Spring everywhere from lambs in the fields, primroses in the hedgerows and even frogspawn and tadpoles in a puddle! 
The osprey poles were certainly impressive, I have to say if I were an Osprey, I'd certainly pay them a visit with such beautiful views over Penpol creek!
After a short speech of dedication by Peter, a brass plaque was attached to one of the poles facing down towards the estuary. 
The plaque reads:
'Dedicated in Memory of George Cussans
Founding Chairman of the Friends of the Fowey Estuary
In recognition of the support he gave this and other projects
Long may be keep watch over the Fowey Estuary'
We are delighted to dedicate the poles to George, a fitting memorial to a special man for our group.
A handful of us then went on the neighbouring field to view the heronry but unfortunately there was not much action to be seen, understandably the few herons we did see were hunkered down on their nests sheltering from the chilly breeze.
Thanks as always to Alix & Nigel Vincent at Haye Farm for their hospitality and support and thanks to those who came for a lovely morning
Friends of the Fowey Estuary


February 24th 2016

The seats by Lerryn War Memorial are in need of replacement, and Lerryn WI are helping to raise the funds for one of them by holding a lunch in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 12th March.

Please support this event. Tickets will be available in the shop until close of trading on Wednesday 9th March at £7.50 (adult) and £3.75 (child).

MENU: Cottage pie, either chicken or vegetarian, followed by a choice between tiramisu and apple crumble with custard. Tea and coffee are included, but you have to bring your own wine!

There will also be a raffle.

The meal will be served from 12.30pm and the doors open at 12.00. 


February 15th 2016

Sailing in the Arctic Talk

February 10th 2016

Rockpool Ramble

February 9th 2016

And Still More to Come!

February 7th 2016


Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

February 3rd 2016

The national Trust are organising two pruning workshops

6th February 2016 Mature Apple Tree Pruning Workshop 12:30 -2:30pm

A practical workshop where you can learn to take care of older apple trees , expert advice given on pruning techniques and management of traditional orchard trees. (Near Polruan)

12th February 2016 Young Apple Tree Pruning Workshop 12:30 -2:30pm

A practical workshop where you can learn to take care of younger apple trees , expert advice given on pruning techniques and management of traditional orchard trees. (In Lerryn)

Booking essential, Donations welcome, refreshments provided. Tel: 01726 870146 e-mail: southeastcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lerry River Stores Delivery Service

January 15th 2016

We are pleased to announce from the 20th of January 2016, we are offering a free delivery service on a Wednesday only, Minimum order is £20 within a 3 mile radius, Place your order before 3pm on a Tuesday for a Wednesday delivery, pop in or telephone 01208 872375 to place your order....

follow us on twitter @lerrynriverstores.

Lerryn Post Office Opening Hours

January 15th 2016

Our new Post Office opening hours are:

Monday 9am to 2pm, Tuesday 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 8am to 5pm, Thursday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm, Sundays closed.

Lerryn River Stores Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 8am to 5.30pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm

Talk on Otters

January 7th 2016

Spuds and Puds Lunch

January 5th 2016


January 3rd 2016

Donation to lerryn.net

Ben Harrild has given a generous donation of £25 towards the upkeep of lerryn.net.  This is in appreciation of the stunning photos of Autumn colours in Lerryn.  Thanks also to Jeff Parfitt, not only for taking the photos, but for loading them onto the website and arranging for copies to be sent to Ben.

Thank you Ben and Jeff !


Vacancy For St Veep Parish Councillor

January 2nd 2016



Councillor Vacancy



Due to the resignation of Cllr Andrea Goodenough, a vacancy has occurred for a Councillor to serve on St Veep Parish Council.


If you would like to be considered for Co-option to St Veep Parish Council, you should apply in writing to, Mr P.M. Tubb (Clerk), Castleway, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall. PL23 1ND.

Applications to be received by no later than noon on Thursday 14th January 2016.


In the event of more than one application being received, sitting councillors will select the successful applicant.



Published By, Mr P.M.Tubb, Clerk to St Veep Parish Council, Castleway, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall. PL23 1ND

Dated  30th December 2015.

Seagull Race

December 28th 2015

Report on the Lerryn Seagull Race of Saturday 19th December 2015


“What care we though for wind and weather,” was the apt refrain of the intrepid mariners who took part in the 28th annual River Lerryn Yacht Squadron Seagull Race.  Despite gale force gusts, piercing showers and an early 10.15 am start, 34 boats and about 100 hundred people fortified with mulled wine and mince pies, entered the race. The race is open to all, the only requirement being that the boats must  be powered solely by a traditional seagull outboard motor.

The theme this year was “Old Time Music Hall” and many of the competitors and boats, regardless of the conditions, were in appropriate fancy dress.  After a safety briefing and an orderly Le Mans style start, competition was both frenzied and fierce as two laps of the taxing course from Lerryn to St Winnow Point and back were negotiated. To ensure that all was safe six safety boats were deployed in case of incident.  The RLYS would like to give particular thanks to the Devon and Cornwall Police who supplied two officers and a fast response boat to assist in safety cover.

The results were as follows:

Winner largest class and Ship Inn trophy, Richard Philp

Winner over 12', A Southgate

Winner canoe, A Osborne

Team prize, Lowertown

Fast Lady, Becky Bruce

Best dressed boat, R Smith

Best costume, Treeve Fowler

Spirit of the contest, A Reddall

Concours d'elegance, J Kimble

Mystery place. J Hayward


The sum of £214 was raised for the RNLI and £261 for local charities.

Thanks to all the members of the RLYS who, once again, put on such a quirky and

entertaining event.

To see more photos of the event, click on the image below:

They may take a little while to load

Happy Christmas

December 25th 2015

Greetings from everyone at lerryn.net

We wish all of our lerryn.net visitors a very Happy Christmas


Best Wishes for 2016

Pony Express

December 22nd 2015

Thanks to the Pony Express, once again, for delivering our Christmas Mail



December 15th 2015

Please come and join us on Wednesday 16th December, from 6.00pm till 7.00pm, for an evening with James Strawbridge. Sample mulled wine, mince pies and some special Cornish delicacies. All welcome.


Festive Lights

December 13th 2015

Carols this Christmas

December 7th 2015

Click here for more information.



December 7th 2015

Carols Round the Tree in the Hall this year will be on the evening of Monday 21st December at 7.30pm. 

Please think about items you could contribute to the hamper raffle, or about whether you could bring some mince pies to the event.

Seagull Race

December 1st 2015

Lerryn School Christmas Fayre

November 20th 2015

Lerryn School Christmas Fayre, Saturday 5 December 2012 10:30-12:30.

Christmas Shopping Opportunity

November 13th 2015

Christmas shopping opportunity in the Lerryn Memorial hall on Saturday 21st November

The Lerryn Area Minibus Association will be running its second Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday 21st November. Building on last year's success, we will have a variety of stalls to help you with your Christmas shopping. You will be able to buy pots of spring bulbs (hyacinths and narcissi); artistic hand-made Christmas cards and well as gift tags; jewellery made by Anne Day; Christmas wrapping paper etc. We will also have a stall full of unwanted presents, all unused and in original wrappers etc.
We look forward to seeing you there!

St Veep Church diary update

November 13th 2015

There is a lot going on between now and Christmas and here is the summary of events:

Tuesday 10 November at 1.30 pm:   School visit to St. Veep church.

Friday 20 November:  Sherry Evening at Red Store  7.30 pm.  Tickets from Bernard Bonsey.

Wednesday 25 November:  School Eucharist at St. Veep  -  All welcome.

Wednesday 9th December: School Nativity at St. Veep  2.00 to 3.00 pm.  All welcome.

Friday 11th. December:  Pelynt Male Voice Choir - St. Veep church 7.30 pm. 

Wednesday 15 December:  School concert at St. Veep church 6.30 - 7.30pm  - All welcome.

In addition,   there will be an exhibition in the tower of St.Veep showing the history of the bells, the work that is being proposed and other memorabilia.


Do come and join us!

Marine Life Rescues Talk

November 5th 2015

  The next event from our programme is on Tuesday 17th November, it is a talk about Marine Life Rescues by Darryl Thorpe, a British Divers Marine Life Rescue volunteer.
  Darryl has had the opportunity to get close to a variety of marine mammals but unfortunately often in traumatic conditions, it promises to be a most interesting talk.
  Meet at 7.30pm in the Mission to Seafarers, Fowey Docks. Access is via the pedestrian gate up the steps by the car ferry slipway ONLY, there is no vehicle access to the Fowey Docks.

Autumn in Lerryn

November 1st 2015


1st November 2015

Music Hall in Lerryn

October 28th 2015

Tickets on sale in the shop from Wednesday 28th October

Fowey Estuary Clean Up

October 27th 2015

PORK AND CIDER on 31st October 3.00pm - late

October 26th 2015

Come and join us for an afternoon and evening of family friendly fun on the village green with local street food trucks serving authentic BBQ Pulled Pork, Pasties, range of local Cider, Toffee Apples, Music, Games and Fancy Dress Competitions. 

In Association with Lerryn River Stores:
- Inkies Smokehouse 
- Lazy Jacks Cider Bar
- Haye Farm Cider
- Posh Pasty Company

I look forward to seeing you all.
James Strawbridge

Friends of Fowey Estuary Talk

October 14th 2015

Golant Apple Day

October 13th 2015

Red Store Charity Day

October 1st 2015

The Bells of St Veep Church

September 30th 2015

Please help us keep St Veep’s Bells Ringing


St Veep has a unique set of bells being the only ringable virgin peel in the country.  They were cast in 1770 by the Pennington Brothers in a meadow opposite the church and when the 6 bells came out of the moulds they were each in perfect tune.

Unfortunately, during a routine inspection by Taylors of Loughborough, repairs totalling approx. £26,000.00 were needed.  We can reduce this amount slightly by providing labour for their engineer and bed and breakfast etc. 

The bells are rung at least once a month for services and of course for weddings and other special events.  We have a strong team of ringers, some experienced, some learning, some older some as young as 15.  They practice every Thursday evening apart from the summer months and new ringers are also welcome.

We are applying for grants and will hold fundraising events but need your help please.  Any donation you could make would be very welcome but we would also appreciate your support at our fundraising events.

Please contact Paul Weatherhogg if you would like to make a donation  paul@weatherhogg.com



Discover Secrets: Come to the Memorial Hall in Lerryn on 13th November

September 28th 2015

CAMP THEATRE are touring Cornwall with 'Secrets', a triple bill of three one-act comedies by John Mortimer -  all in one evening! Posters are on the village notice-board and in the shop, and the shop hold tickets, or call 07977 570941. At £8 a ticket (£7 concessions), it should be a very entertaining evening.

Rockpool Ramble

September 25th 2015

Annie Singer's Party

September 22nd 2015




Annie Singer held a combined 60th Birthday and retirement party in the Memorial Hall on Sunday.  Many from the Village attended and had a most enjoyable time






To see many more photographs of this special occasion go to the Photo Gallery or click on the banner below

High Tides Warning

August 31st 2015

There will be further very high Spring tides over the next few days

31.08.2015: 07.26 & 19.43

01.09.2015: 08.13 & 20.30

02.09.2015: 08.57 & 21.15

03.09.2015: 09.40 & 21.57

Should Have Gone To Specsavers!

August 31st 2015


August 30th 2015

A lot of people had a wonderful time - and did some fairly nifty dancing, in some cases! - at the Leggyfoot rock gig in August. All the costs of the event - band, marquee and toilet hire - were borne by Leggyfoot and Jonny kindly donated the beer. All the proceeds were split between the Hall and the minibus, which have each received an extremely welcome donation.

Very many thanks, on behalf of LAMA, to Annie, Chris and Jonny, and to all the people who attended the party and who gave so generously.  

Ann Henderson


August 20th 2015


We are pleased to report that the panel of Royal Arms presented to the parish by Charles the 2nd in respect of our loyalty in the Civil War has been lovingly restored and is once again hanging in the chancel.

Damage to the panel was caused through damp from a leak in the roof, now fixed, as well as the ravages of time.

The church is open every day and you are very welcome to come and inspect the restored panel.

Alternatively, you can view a photograph on our facebook page or come to our Family Service on the 3rd Sunday in the month at 11 0'clock .

As always, contributions towards the maintenance of the church would be gratefully received and our treasurer, Paul Weatherhog, is always pleased to receive donations or, alternatively, put them in the box in the church when you visit.

Red Arrows over Lerryn

August 13th 2015




Red Arrows seen from Lerryn on their way to Falmouth display on Wednesday









Red Arrows over Lerryn on their return from Falmouth display on Wednesday flying to Exeter








"Red 10" over Lerryn in his "Squirrel" helicopter on his way back from Falmouth to Exeter






Don't forget the Red Arrows display at Fowey on Thursday 20th August at 6.00 p.m.


Garden Open

August 8th 2015

Games on the Green

August 6th 2015


Everyone had a good time on the green on Sunday 19th July - the sun shone, the games were fun, lots of ice-cream was eaten at the hatch and we made £300 for the minibus.
One of the highlights was the race of the plastic ducks, boldly herded down the river by Howard and scooped up at the stepping stones by valiant children who eagerly and very efficiently identified the winner.
Many thanks to all those who helped - and to photographer Mike Baker, who was hoping for a photo finish!
Ann Henderson

Lerryn History Society

August 6th 2015


August 4th 2015

Tide timetables are available in the village shop!

Lerryn Produce Association 65th Annual Show

August 4th 2015

Lerryn Produce Association 65th Annual Show

The highest standard of entries and an abundance of produce, in spite of the weather, provided one of the best–ever shows, and was a credit to all the entrants.

The event was opened this year by Mrs Brigid Howells, Head of Lerryn School who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by young Abi Brown.

Mrs Howells noted that the Produce Association has always enjoyed close links with Lerryn School, and stressed the importance of instilling the ‘gardening bug’ early.

The Lerryn Produce Association is 65 years old, and 16 years ago, in 1999 they commented on the need for young talent, saying:

 “Concern has been recorded many times about the lack of younger members of the village community joining the Association.  This is still a concern today.  We are told that gardening is the nation’s favourite pastime and we need our younger people to help this important part of the village life to continue.”

Stand-out entrants in the children’s classes included Matthew Rounsevell for his Scarecrow and evocative photograph entitled Little and Large. Teenager Henry Langmaid took 1st prize with his hand-made wooden toolbox. And the George Keast Memorial Shield Gardener of the Year went to Abi Brown.

Stunning floral displays in the Decorative classes saw many familiar names including Joan Harvey and Jane Bulmer. Joan delighted everyone with her amazing design for a Decorated Hat, using layer upon layer of glossy camellia leaves. Her imagination and skill shone through in other titles including “Rose Garden”, “Water Garden” and “Rock Garden”.

Brian Philp and Morley Tubb shared 1st prize for their potatoes, and Brian scooped up further prizes for his runner beans and cabbages, lifting the Association Cup for most points in the vegetable classes. He also took the Glanville Cup for Best Vegetable Exhibit.

The Cornish Garden Society Award for Best Exhibit was awarded to Dawn Clark and Brian Philp who won Silver Gilt and Gold respectively.

The I&C Keast Memorial Cup for Best Bloom went to John Philp for his beautiful golden dahlia, and John also took Best Exhibit in the flower classes.

Marie Farey won prizes for fruit and flowers and Pat Bucknell took the Jubilee cup for her vibrant collection of ‘Hot Flowers’ .

Overall winner of the Cookery Classes was Ann Henderson, who baked vegetable samosas and also a cake reflecting 100 years of the WI.

Chairman John Hancock said “Thank you to everyone on the committee for all their dedicated hard work and to everyone who came along to support the day."  If you would like to join the Association or find out how you can help to support the show, please email John  Hancock: john7hancock@yahoo.co.uk


Thank you on behalf of the Merlin Centre

August 2nd 2015

We wish to thank all our helpers and anyone who supported us in any way, whether baking cakes, visiting the gardens or even just chilling out listening to ‘Anything Goes’ with tea and cakes in the hall.  Given the weather last Sunday, we had a great turn out and managed to raise an incredible £687.  So, thanks everyone for supporting such a worthwhile cause as the Merlin MS Centre.


Lin, Jennifer and Nina

Rockpool Ramble

July 24th 2015

Gardens Open

July 24th 2015

School's Sports Day

July 20th 2015


For more photos of the School's Sports Day,  go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:

Games on the Green

July 19th 2015

What will you play first on the afternoon of Sunday 19th July? Are you handy with the dice? Good at hand-eye co-ordination? Up for a gentle game of boules? Or is your style more of a quick flutter on the tombola and watching gentle children splatting a rat while waiting for the duck race to start?

Whatever your skills and inclinations, come and support the LAMA minibus from 2.30-4.00pm on the green - or in the Hall if wet. Either way, refreshments will be available from the shop.

65th Annual Produce Show

July 14th 2015


Lerryn and District Produce Association

65th Annual Produce Show.


The posters advertising this years’ show have been pinned up around and about, so now’s the time to start preparing and nurturing your entries. If you’ve never put anything into an annual show before, now is the time to take the plunge and – you never know – you could be walking away with a beautiful prize-winners’ trophy or simply basking in the glory of entering something you have produced.

Entry forms and schedules with full details about all the different competition classes are available from Lerryn River Stores or from Brian and Penny Philp.

We can promise you a beautiful show of flowers, fruit and vegetables, mouth-watering bakes and preserves, children’s crafts, exquisite decorative floral displays, photographs, and of course, Cornish cream teas, a raffle and music by our live band, Anything Goes.

So please do come along and support the wonderful effort and creativity shown by our community in the traditional setting of the Memorial Hall on Saturday 1st August.


Please remember to return your prize-winners’ cups to Sue Hancock (01208 873478).

Osprey Nesting Poles

July 11th 2015

We are excited to let you know that the Osprey poles were put up on 9th July. Here's a short report from our chairman Peter Edwards who must be thanked for all his efforts to make this happen!
It was an early start for the 4 crew from BT Openreach to get to Haye Farm with all their equipment and the telegraph poles where Farmers Alix and Nigel were waiting to show them the positions of the artificial nest and perch poles.  The operation started by digging the holes with the machine auger whilst Ben from the SE Ranger team of the National Trust  fixed the nesting basket to one pole and the perching timbers to the another.  Then the BT team hoisted the poles into the holes with their lorry mounted crane and backfilled the hole.  On one pair of poles the digging was much more difficult as the main lorry wouldn’t work on the sloping ground, but BT had a smaller rough terrain machine that could, but the poles had to be man-handled into place.
A very hard working crew were then shown the cider making equipment that Haye Farm is famous for and of course were allowed a little sample of cider.
A huge thank you to the team at BT and Ben from NT for making a very difficult job go extremely smoothly and of course to Alix and Nigel for allowing it all to happen.
Next job is to get the nesting material into the baskets with the help of CWT and then we will have comfy nests to attract the Ospreys
We will be organising a guided visit in the near future so will keep you posted.
(Friends of Fowey Estuary)


Summer Solstice Event

June 18th 2015

Memorial Service for Gwen Shillaber

June 17th 2015

Gwen's children have informed us that they will be holding a Memorial Service on Wednesday 24th June at 1.30pm in St Winnow Church.  The minibus committee would have loved to put on a minibus shuttle to the church but unfortunately, the minibus is in the garage that week for bodyworks repairs.  Bearing in mind how little car parking there is in St Winnow, we would urge you all to organise car sharing and give lifts to the residents who do not drive.  Thank you in advance.

The family would like Gwen's friends to join them in the Lerryn Memorial Hall after the service for refreshments and to share memories.


Defibrillator Training

June 12th 2015



Lerryn Defibrillator

June 1st 2015


Lerryn WI in conjunction with FLEET – Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust – installed the Village’s defibrillator outside the Ship Inn at Lerryn. The WI felt that a defibrillator would be an ideal project to sponsor and Ronni Collins, the Landlady of the Ship Inn, was more than happy to offer the wall of the pub which bears the slogan “ the Pub is the Hub” increasing the number of community projects the Ship is involved in.   Local electrician Phil James worked with FLEET’s Norman Trebilcock to get the machine installed and working before the May half term holiday. Nina Bacon and Sheila Tyacke coordinated the project and were thrilled when it was completed in time for the busy week. “I hope we never have to use it” said Nina “but if it helps just one person then it has to be worth its weight in gold”.    

Norman will be holding a demonstration / CPR night and a question and answer session in the Ship Inn on Thursday 11th June at 7.30pm.

All are welcome - come and find out about the defibrillator and its champions (those who have agreed to support anyone needing to use the machine).


Wildlife Walk

May 31st 2015

The garden is a great area for butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, with plenty to interest the keenest naturalist.

As well as the wildlife gardens, there are meadows, woodland and lakes.

Cream teas will be available and we ask you to also bring a donation for the Garden's chosen charity.

Booking Essential - please contact Peter 01726 833141 or email peterj.e@virgin.net

Directions: ‘Lethytep’ Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG.

Turn off the A390 Liskeard to Lostwithiel road at East Taphouse and follow the B3359 towards Pelynt, Looe and Polperro.

After 3.3 miles take right turn marked Panadlake. Grid Reference SX 175 588


Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

May 12th 2015

Plant Sale and Coffee morning

Get ready for the best plant sale this side of Cornwall!

Please come along to the Memorial Hall this Saturday morning, 16th May, and bag a few bargains for the garden – and enjoy delicious coffee and cakes – what more can you ask for?

And please don’t forget, the funds we raise go to putting on the Annual Produce Show – now in its 65th year, so any plant donations that we can sell on Saturday will be gratefully received. There will also be a chance to renew your memberships and collect this years’ show schedule.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

LAMA Coffee Morning

May 7th 2015

Seal Sighting

May 5th 2015

A message from Sue Sayer of the Cornish Seal Group:


Yes indeed you are right – it most certainly is a common seal!

Excellent news and sighting.

We have had sightings of a common seal in the Fowey up as far as above Golant and Penpol but not this far up as you say.

The last report I had was 25/01/15 so it is good to see the seal is still about.

Many thanks for your hugely important sighting!

If you see it again – keep a look out when it dives to see if it has rear flipper tag….there is a common on the south coast that has come from mainland Europe!

Common seals are much rarer in our part of Cornwall than Grey seals

Bank Holiday Visitor to Lerryn

May 3rd 2015

Sunday evening on the falling tide by the Red Store


April 29th 2015



The end of the large conifer at Bridge Cottage

Padstow Lobster Hatchery Visit

April 26th 2015

Next Sunday 3rd May, we have planned a visit to Padstow Lobster Hatchery where we will be treated to a 'behind the scenes' tour of this charity which helps to conserve vulnerable lobster populations by rearing and releasing lobsters to our local coastal waters. You can even adopt your own lobster!
The visit is at 11am until 12.30pm, meeting at the Lobster Hatchery, we have a special price of £3 for adults and £1.50 for under 16s.
So we can have an idea of numbers, we ask that you book with Peter on 01726 833141 or email peterj.e@virgin.net

Quiz night in aid of Lerryn Mini Bus

April 25th 2015

This months Quiz is in aid of  of Lerryn Minibus. 

At The Ship this Saturday.

Wild Looe

April 14th 2015

   Local wildlife enthusiast and author, Dr. Derek Spooner, will be giving a talk, sharing the inspiration behind his book “Wild Looe“. Focusing on the wonderful diversity of habitats and wildlife found in and around the Looe Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, from rocky shore to fields and woodlands.
   This fascinating talk will focus on the diversity of Looe, west to Polperro, east to Seaton, and inland to Shallowpool and Sandplace, including the nature reserve of Looe Island. Discovering the rocky shore; the tidal estuary of the West and East Looe rivers; the ancient, semi-natural woodlands of the river valleys – especially Kilminorth Woods, Trenant Woods and Seaton Valley – and the fields and hedgerows of the coast path. It highlights the natural history of these environments, their protection and conservation.
   This is a joint event organised by the Friends of Fowey Estuary and Looe Marine Conservation Group. We hope that it will be a chance to meet some new faces from a like-minded group just along the coast.

Lerryn and District Produce Association

April 11th 2015




Saturday 16th May, Lerryn Memorial Hall. 10.30am

May we ask all our friends who enjoy the August show to sow some extra seeds and plant more than you need this month, so that we can benefit from your efforts and sell your excess plants to raise funds to put on the 65th Annual show.

The plant sale and coffee morning is a famously popular event where we like to catch up with friends and neighbours over a coffee – and bag a few plant bargains for the garden.



Saturday 1st August, Lerryn Memorial Hall.

We’ve thought up some wonderful categories this year for the children’s classes, including “A scarecrow” – just as long as it isn’t bigger than 1metre! “A Clockface” (using fruit and vegetables), and a decorated plant pot. We’ll keep you posted over the coming months on other classes and news, so watch this space!



Please don’t forget to return your prizewinner’s cups to Sue Hancock .



Don’t be fooled by the lovely spring weather we’ve been enjoying lately! April and May is an excellent time to sow all sorts of vegetables including runner beans, carrots, beetroot, lettuce and broad beans, but beware, the night-time cold and frosts can still be harmful to early plantings. And now is the time to weed, weed, weed, so don’t forget to sharpen your hoes!

Lerryn History Society Talk

March 30th 2015

Rockpool Ramble

March 29th 2015

28th March Easter Coffee Morning

March 28th 2015

Guaranteed warm and dry in the Church Rooms 10-30-12.00 on Saturday morning!! Come and support the bus and enjoy Easter ducks, cakes, books, fresh coffee and other delights.


Quiz night in aid of Lerryn.net

March 28th 2015

This month's Quiz in the Ship Inn will be in aid of Lerryn.net to help raise funds to keep the website running for another year.

Par Sands Dunes Talk

March 14th 2015

Friends of Fowey Estuary AGM & Talk

March 14th 2015

Lostwithiel Environment Group Talk

March 7th 2015

Fowey Estuary Clean Up

March 3rd 2015

Childrens Poetry and Art Competitions - Fowey Festival

March 2nd 2015

Please  CLICK HERE  to see full information on The Fowey Festival's

Childrens Poetry and Art Competition -

Closing date is 20th March 2015 Entry is free
Prizes totalling £500 will be presented at theFamily Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor, Nr Fowey on the 9th & 10th May 2015.

Enter online or download an entry form & check the rules at    www.foweyfestival.com

Want to join your local Cricket Club

February 25th 2015

Want to join your local Cricket Club ?

We at Boconnoc Cricket Club invite you to come and join our club, based just a couple of miles outside of Lostwithiel/Lerryn. We have two sides in the Cornwall Cricket League, the 1st XI have just gone up to Division 2 East and the 2nd XI ply their trade in Division 6 East.

Alongside these league teams we stage regular friendlies during the season in the week, most of these are 20 over matches on a Tuesday evening against local sides.

We at Boconnoc Cricket Club have recently made an investment in our training and practice facilities, which includes a bowling machine and fielding aids, during the 2015 season our practice night will be a Friday evening starting on the 10th April at 6pm, before then we are holding some indoor net sessions at Bodmin School, starting on Tuesday 10th March and running to 7th April, these sessions will run from 7:15-9:15pm.


If you would like to know more, then please visit our website www.boconnoccricket.com or follow us on Twitter, @BoconnocCC.

Rob Foot, Boconnoc C.C Official

Wine with Puddings Update !

February 25th 2015

This has moved to the Red Store. Same time; same lovely food; same interesting wines.

See you on Saturday - 7.30 for 8.00.


Ospreys on the Fowey Estuary

February 17th 2015

Wine & Pudding Extravaganza on Saturday 28th

February 17th 2015


This is the last week to get tickets for the Wine & Pudding Extravaganza on Saturday 28th in the Memorial Hall. (We can't sell tickets on the door because the very special wines have to be ordered in advance in accordance with the number of tickets sold.) Tickets are in the shop and in Lostwithiel Community Centre till close of trading on Monday 23rd.

Please come - have a lovely evening and support the bus.




White River Cinema Trip

February 16th 2015

Last week Lerryn and St Winnow schools visited White River Cinema to watch the new Disney movie Big Hero 6.
They were privileged to visit the fantastic facilities run by William and his team and were treated to a private screening with ice lollies as treats. Their teacher, Mr Mathew Blunt, said that it's not just all play for the children of Lerryn school, after their recent "good" rating from Ofsted. He said "We have been looking at super heroes, super materials and heroes from the Bible. They will be now using this film and trip as inspiration for their writing, painting, modelling and Maths. Over the next 2 weeks we will use the trip and the experience of visiting our local cinema to deliver real life experiences in the children's teaching and learning".
The children all gave the film a huge thumbs up. "We recommend families get down to White River and treat themselves to another fantastic Disney film".
(Photo and report sent to Lerryn.net by Mr Mathew Blunt, KS1 Teacher, Lerryn C of E Primary School)

Talk on Owls

January 28th 2015


Lerryn History Society Talk "Dating Old Photographs"

January 22nd 2015

Lerryn History Society Talk "Cornish Milestones"

January 22nd 2015

Seagull Race

January 21st 2015

Thanks to Anita Heward, we now have some pictures of the Winter Solstice Seagull Race on the Photo Gallery.  To see these photos, which extend over two pages, click on the image below:

Marine Litter Talk

January 20th 2015

Lerryn History Society Talk

January 9th 2015

Seagull Race

January 2nd 2015

Shop Opening Times

December 25th 2014

Happy Christmas

December 25th 2014

Greetings from everyone at Lerryn.net and from this Lerryn Snowman

We wish all of our Lerryn.net visitors a very Happy Christmas


Best Wishes for 2015

Christmas Lights

December 24th 2014


Christmas Eve Rainbow

December 24th 2014

Christmas Pony Express

December 20th 2014

Once again, thanks to the Pony Express for delivering our Christmas Cards

Carol Singing in the Hall -

December 9th 2014

Food and Drink Fair

December 9th 2014

Christmas Carols at the Ship - Sat 27th Dec

December 9th 2014

Come in and soak up the atmosphere of traditional Cornish Carols and partake in a mince pie or two with delicious mulled wine. From 8.30ish. Why not book in for supper beforehand? We look forward to seeing you then. Ronni & all at The Ship Inn Lerryn


Ship Inn Christmas menu

December 3rd 2014

The Ship Inn Lerryn, Christmas Menu, December 2014

£19.95 for three courses & £16.95 for two courses per person (including Christmas crackers)


Restaurant opening hours:

12.00 to 15.00 and 18.00 to 21.00 daily



Served with fresh crusty granary bread


Served with melba toast & a red onion marmalade


Served with a traditional marie rose sauce on a bed of mixed salad leaf, tomato & cucumber


Served with fresh cranberry sauce and a crunchy salad

Main courses


With sausagemeat stuffing and all
the trimmings


Stuffed with apricots, dates & couscous


Served with sauté potatoes & mixed salad

MIXED BEAN, BEETROOT & PESTO BURGER (vegan & gluten free)

Served with crushed new potatoes & mixed salad


All served with roasted potatoes &
seasonal vegetables








Happy Christmas from
The Ship Inn Lerryn

Lerryn School Christmas Fair Saturday !

December 2nd 2014

Lerryn School Christmas Fair

Saturday 6th December

10.30 – 12.00

Lerryn Memorial Hall

Refreshments, cake stall, festive crafts, bric-a-brac, face painting, raffle and a chance to meet the man himself in the Santa’s grotto plus much more

A way to get you in the real festive spirit


Everybody welcome






Message to Everyone from Gill - Ros's Sister

November 30th 2014

Hello All

I know how wonderful my sister was to me and our family. I was so proud and overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the service in order to celebrate her life and on behalf of the family, I would like to send you all our thanks and appreciation. 


The eulogy by Cannon Walkes was exceptional and had Ros down to a tee. Since then, I have realised in many ways she was so much like our Mum who we lost when we were both very young. A poem that was put in the papers at that time and which I have never forgotten, came to mind and I would like to share it with you all.


                                    A smile for all a heart of gold

                                   The very best this world could hold

                                    Never selfish always kind

                                   These are the memories left behind


She will be greatly missed and never forgotten!


Gill Hutchings

The Village Pantomime

November 22nd 2014



For further photos of the cast of the Village Pantomime at their dress rehearsal on Sunday 16th November, click on the image below:

Minibus to St Veep

November 21st 2014

On Tuesday 25th November, after the private committal at the Crematorium, there will be a service for Ros in St Veep Church at 11.00am.

Roadside parking in St Veep is going to be very difficult and the minibus will run a shuttle service from Lerryn car park to the church and back. The first journey will be at 10.00am, followed by as many further trips as necessary, so there is no need to book.

There will be no charge for this journey. LAMA is doing it in memory of Ros.

Tribute to Ros Hawken

November 20th 2014

The whole village and community is saddened by the loss of our dear friend Ros. She played such an important part in the village and the contribution she made to village life must be almost immeasurable.

Her role as a child-minder brought great enrichment to many children's early years. During my time as head teacher, I greatly appreciated the foundations she helped to lay in preparation for school and life. The moral guidance she gave them and the appreciation of the world around them, her activities at home, and expeditions into the local environment, had  a very beneficial effect in their early development. Many children and parents have reason to be thankful to Ros. Thank you Ros.

For twenty-five years, Ros masterminded and organised Village Night. This not only gave the village a wonderful chance to celebrate, but helped local organisation to raise thousands of pounds. Thank you Ros.

One of Ros’ great interests was the village hall. For many years she supported the old village hall and played a significant part in obtaining our new village one. Without Ros, we wouldn’t have such a wonderful, well run hall. She has been in charge of fund raising from its inception, and through organising concerts, jumble sales, table top sales, carol evenings and numerous other fund raising events, she has raised thousands of pounds which has helped to make the cost of hiring the hall affordable to all. Thank you Ros.

David Vipond (Retired Head Teacher of Lerryn School and Chairman of Lerryn Village Hall.)

Christmas starts here

November 19th 2014

Join in LAMA's Christmas Coffee morning, 10.30-12.00 on Saturday 22nd Nov

Enjoy fresh coffee and home-made cakes; buy cakes, decorations, bulbs and bric-a-brac; risk £1 and perhaps win the luxury festive hamper (currently on display in the shop); meet your friends; have a good time!

Lerryn History Society

November 15th 2014

Members meeting Wednesday 19th of November: 7.00pm at the Red Store.

The website www.lerrynhistory.co.uk is up and running, additions to the on line catalogue are being made, speaker and outings are being are being arranged and liaison with Lerryn School continues. Please come along on the 19th November and share youe views and ideas and help us extend our research.

Christmas Events in Lerryn

November 13th 2014

LAMA (Lerryn Minibus) - Sat 22nd November

Once again, friends of LAMA have put together a very generous hamper guaranteed to enrich anyone's Christmas. Come and get your ticket at the LAMA Christmas coffee morning in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 22nd November at 10.30am. The raffle will be drawn at about 11.45am.

The coffee morning will also feature excellent coffee, home-made cakes,  festive decorations, bulbs for Christmas and bric-a-brac.

It's a good cause and it will be a good morning!


Lerryn School Christmas Fair  -  Sat 6th December

This will be on Saturday 6th December 2014 in Lerryn Memorial Hall 10.30 - 12.00. Christmas crafts, bakery, bric-a-brac, face painting, raffle and a chance to meet the main man himself in our santa's grotto plus much more

Further details to follow but please make a note in your diaries !


A tribute to Keith Rooker

October 27th 2014

Keith was totally identified in many people’s minds with the inventive and beautifully presented quizzes held monthly in The Ship. The most recent quiz, held last Saturday night, was a fundraiser for the minibus and it seems very appropriate that Jonny should have dedicated the event to Keith’s memory. Keith’s sense of fun and his generosity of spirit enlivened the quizzes but also ran though his years of support for the minibus. We made £165 on Saturday night, and were very glad of it, but it is nothing to what we have lost. We shall all, always, miss him.

Ann Henderson, LAMA


I'd like to second Ann's comments and add Keith's contribution to the website with the many quality photos of village events he submitted. A sad loss.

Richard Morris

Lerryn History Society Talk

October 24th 2014

Can we get a Community Defibrillator for Lerryn ?

October 15th 2014

Hello, I have wondered for some time now whether anyone in Lerryn had considered the need for a community defibrillator.

I wouldn't know who in the village to contact about this and wondered if anyone here could advise? There are two useful organisations which can help with getting one - links below:


Alice - Lerryn View -


Lerryn.net Comment -

Surely this would be a great thing for the village to have in place - people may have seen the one in Lostwithiel by the Co-op - can we please have someone from the village hall committee and Parish Council comment and take it forward  .....or even the WI ? For more info you can contact Alice on  alice.mitchell17@gmail.com.  Alice thinks there may be grants available as she pointed out in her email to us  recent sad events in the village surely mean we should try to take up this idea for the future.

Hope to hear a response from those three organisations - contact Alice direct - or let us all know by emailing Lerryn.net and we will post your ideas to make this happen here.


October 15th 2014

Come along to ‘An evening with Jenny Agutter’ which includes a screening of her film, The Riddle of the Sands, and a question and answer session with Jenny and the film’s producer, Drummond Challis.

The event will be held at Tavistock College, Main Hall on Saturday 25th October. Doors open at 7pm with the film starting promptly at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10.50pp with proceeds going to CHICKS children’s charity.

To buy a ticket call 01822 811020 or email info@chicks.org.uk


An Evening With David Chapman

October 13th 2014

Rockpool Ramble

October 13th 2014

Talk on Fowey Consols Copper Mine

September 28th 2014

Don't forget - Classics on the Green!

September 27th 2014

LAMA Lunch on Friday 19th September

September 14th 2014

Only ONE day left for you to buy your ticket for a scrumptious lunch.

Here is the menu:


Phone Mast Meeting

September 14th 2014

The St Veep Parish Council will be holding a special meeting on Thursday 18th September at 7.00 pm in the Red Store.  On the Agenda will be:

Planning. The Harlequin Group have submitted a consultation request for the construction of a 25m High Lattice Tower and Mobile Phone Base at “Highgate Farm”, St Veep. At the request of the Parish Council the Harlequin Group have agreed to send a representative to this meeting to give a presentation on the proposed scheme.

The presentation will be given by Mr William Osborne, this will be followed by a Question and Answer session (which will be open to the public).

Coffe Morning this Saturday (13th Sept)

September 10th 2014

10.30-12.00 in Lerryn Memorial Hall: tea and coffee, cakes, books and a raffle. Come and support the Hall!

Red Arrows

August 22nd 2014


Glimpses of the Red Arrows from Lerryn on Thursday


BUT, thanks to Julie, here is the real thing!



Click on the Red Arrow Hawk below to see more photos:

Cream Teas

August 17th 2014

Marine Day

August 17th 2014

Lerryn & District Produce Association

August 14th 2014

Lerryn and District Produce Association  64th Annual Produce Show

It's never a certainty that the opening of the Memorial Hall doors in Lerryn will bring a surge of activity, but once again the keen vegetable and flower growers of the district were impatient to show off their prowess - along with those entering the food and decorative classes. The hustle and bustle and coming and goings of the entrants kept up right until the 10.30 deadline, when the atmosphere gave way to the serious considerations of the judges. After much prodding, smelling and tasting, the deliberations were finalised and the winners recorded. The judges remarked that it had been another successful year with a very high standard of entries.


A big thank you to Councillor Benedicte Bay who opened the show to a packed hall accompanied by the melodic music of our house band Anything Goes, who made the proceedings go with a swing. Cream teas went like hot cakes and raffle tickets were dug out of pockets, while silver cups were bestowed on worthy winners.


The prizewinners included:

Marie Farey (Most Points In Show)

Alan Worswick (Cornish Garden Society Award – Gold)

Pat Bucknell (Cornish Garden Society Award – Silver)

John Hancock (Best Bloom In Show)

Thanks to all of you who entered your produce into this year’s show – it makes such a difference to see the hall packed with good things. So, now with the show over it's time to pour yourself a drink, get the deckchairs out, put your feet up and bask in the glory of your garden for another year.

Until the next time…

100 Pages of Lerryn News

August 9th 2014

Lerryn.net has been running for just over 6 years now.  In that time, there have been 100 pages of news carrying a total of 1,000 items!  The most recent page carried a photo of a reunion of 5 boys who were in Year 6 of Lerryn School in 2008.

On the very first page of Lerryn.net News dated 15th May 2008 a photo was shown of 4 boys who were involved in the Lostwithiel football team.  Three of the boys in this photo (Aaron Vincent, Jakey Law and Sam Nicholls) are also shown in the 2014 photo above.  Can you spot them?

If you scroll down to the bottom of the news page you can select any of the 100 pages of Lerryn news over the last 6 years.

Clicking on the buttons below will take you to the very first 2 pages of news.  Sadly, some of the people shown in the photos on these early pages are no longer with us.


More Photos of Bernice's and Robin's Wedding 19.07.2014

August 8th 2014

We are delighted to say that the official photographer at Bernice's and Robin's wedding, Chris Bowden, has kindly allowed lerryn.net to display the photos on the News Page and on the Photo Gallery.


To see more photos please click on the image below:

Enjoying the River

July 30th 2014

Enjoying the River in Lerryn in the Summer Sunshine 





Morris Dancing in Lerryn

July 22nd 2014


Maddie and the Tywardreath Morris Dancers and Wreckers Morris Dancers

at the Ship Inn, Lerryn on Friday


For more photos, see the Photo Gallery

Estuary Clean Up

July 20th 2014

David and Karen at Encounter Cornwall are again running a Kayak clean up event, it is planned for Saturday 20th September at 2pm.
This date was chosen to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch weekend which will see volunteers cleaning beaches in a national campaign. We are taking this event further than the beaches and trying to clean up the wider estuary, especially the parts which are only accessible by water.
Kayaks will be provided or you can bring your own, some kayak experience is necessary. The event is free and there will even be a free pasty in the Fisherman's Arms afterwards to reward your efforts.
Booking is essential with David at info@encountercornwall.com or call on 01726 832104 / 07976 466123


July 19th 2014

Congratulations to Bernice and Robin who got married today at St Winnow Church.  For photos of the wedding, click on the button:

Lerryn History Society

July 14th 2014






The launch of the Lerryn History Society Website on Sunday the 13th of July, attended by Sheryll Murray MP and Tamsin Daniel Committee Member of the South West Heritage Lottery Fund

For more pictures click on the button below:


You can find the website at http://www.lerrynhistory.co.uk/





Greg's Radio Show

July 13th 2014

Greg Hill-Turner, Viv Halkes Grandson,has got himself a radio show!

It is with a new community station (not for profit) called The Hub, which launches on 26th July. If you happened to be between Truro and St Austell they will be on 106.1fm. Alternatively, you can listen to them on-line at http://www.thehubradio.co.uk/. Greg will broadcast live every Saturday morning between 10am and 11am and will focus on film reviews/music from films.
As with all small community projects they need help with funds. An easy way to do this is to join their lottery - £1 a week to play of which 50p goes to The Hub - prizes are £5 for 3 digits, £25 for 4 digits, £1000 for 5 digits, £25,000 for 6 digits. If you feel you would like to/can join up it would be greatly appreciated - just follow the link on their website.
Or if anybody knows someone involved in a film who would like to be interviewed for the show give Greg a shout on djgreg.ht@googlemail.com

School Reunion

July 13th 2014

Most of the Lerryn School year 6 pupils of 2008 staged an impromptu reunion this weekend as Josh Richards came back from New Zealand for a holiday.

Josh Richards, Sam Nicholls, Callum Stephens, Jakey Law, Aaron Vincent

Summer Solstice

July 10th 2014

Fresh from their success at the Summer Solstice Event

Marguerite, Vicki and Jean

Possible Headline Act Glastonbury 2015?



Ocean Plastic

July 4th 2014

For details of a conference about plastic waste in the marine environment organised by Rame Peninsula Beach Care, click on the button below:

School Sports Day

June 24th 2014





For more pictures of the School Sports Day click on the button below:

They extend over 3 pages of the Photo Gallery






June 18th 2014

Three separate burglaries happened in Lerryn on Sunday night. Suggest everyone keeps a special watch and lock their doors.

Lerryn and District Produce Association

June 17th 2014


64th Annual Produce Show

Saturday, August 2nd


The excitement mounts, as the days quickly count down to the opening of the 64th Lerryn Annual Produce Show. This is the time of year when experienced entrants will be carefully looking at their flower gardens and vegetable plots, eyeing up plants as possible contenders for prizes and commendations from the judges.

It's a busy time for nurturing and tending things that need pushing along to make the grade, and for those less green-fingered of us, it's time to decide on your subject and get snapping away to enter something for the photography classes.

We want to make this years’ show bigger and better than ever. Most importantly, we want to encourage and invite those of you who have not entered before to make this the year to enter something - and to help make the 2014 Show a success, keeping tradition alive, and an afternoon for everyone to enjoy.

Entries will be free this year for the first time, so let's fill our Village Hall with lovely things to look at, admire and eat. Our fabulous band, "Anything Goes", will be providing the music, and delicious refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Schedules, listing all the different competition classes, are available from Lerryn River Stores or from Penny and Brian Philp.

Call for Cups:

Please remember to return your prize-winner cups to Sue Hancock (01208 873478).


Summer Solstice

June 16th 2014

Art and Jewellery

June 15th 2014

Farewell to Lerryn

June 14th 2014

Farewell to Lerryn

David and Elizabeth St John have now left for Hampshire and want to say how they have enjoyed living in Lerryn and the company of all the local people in this beautiful area.

Thank you to everyone for your welcome all those years ago, for your continuing friendship and for your good wishes for the next stage in our lives.  The farewell party was overwhelming and has made it even harder for us to leave. Special thanks to all who contributed.

Be sure, we will be back for regular visits.

Love and best wishes to you all.

David & Elizabeth's Farewell Party

June 2nd 2014

David and Elizabeth St John will be leaving the Village shortly and will be moving to Hampshire.  We wish them well for the move and the future in their new home.  Some pictures of the farewell gathering on Saturday can be seen on the Photo Gallery by clicking on the button below:

Important Changes at the Shop

May 28th 2014

The tenancy of Lerryn River Stores changes hands at the end of May.  We are grateful that our shop has been saved for the foreseeable future and hope that its huge importance on our community will be reflected in our shopping and support (A reminder that in 2012 our parish survey indicated that 90% of us wanted the village shop to continue).

Our thanks go to Kate, who finishes on the 31st May, for a job well done through a time of family sadness and adversity.  A warm welcome to Howard and Hilary who take over at the beginning of June.

The shop will be closed on the 1st  June for stocktaking – then opens  for business on Monday 2nd June. Sunday opening begins on the 8th – so do order Sunday papers.

Marine Conservation Zone

May 28th 2014

Find out more about Marine Conservation Zones
Our seas are home to some of the best marine wildlife in Europe, with a wide range of underwater habitats and species. To provide protection to the best areas of seabed or the rarest species, the government has been working towards setting up a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) across England and Wales.
One type of marine protected area is called a Marine Conservation Zone or MCZ. These are sites of national importance which have been selected to include the range of marine wildlife that is found in our waters, both close inshore and offshore. One of the first MCZ sites to be designated is the Upper Fowey and Pont Pill MCZ, which at 2km2 is one of the smallest sites.
Unusually, this MCZ is made up of two separate parts of the estuary. The larger part covers the upper reaches of the Fowey and Lerryn rivers, whilst the smaller area includes the upper part of Pont Pill. These areas are important for their mudflats and saltmarshes, as well as rocky outcrops where the sheltered waters of the estuary allow unusual marine plants and animals to flourish.
Marine Conservation Zones are designed to be places where human activities can continue, providing they do not damage the wildlife within them. Responsibility for looking after this site lies with several organisations including Cornwall Inshore Fisheries & Management Authority (Cornwall IFCA), a local organisation which manages fisheries activities around the Cornish coast.
On Monday 16th June, Fowey Harbour Commissioners, Fowey Estuary Partnership, Cornwall IFCA and Natural England are holding an open evening at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club at 7pm for anyone who is interested to have an opportunity to hear more about this MCZ, why it is such an important area and how they can get involved in looking after it in the future.
Any queries contact Claire Hoddinott on 01726 832471.
To see the poster of the event, click on the button below:

Message from Sally

May 28th 2014


THANK YOU VERY MUCH, for everyone who helped raise money for Sally last Wednesday.I am sending the cheque off today for £56.25.Which will help buy wigs for children and young people who have got cancer.Thank you again ,looking forward in doing it again next year.

Elizabeth and David St John Farewell Lunch

May 24th 2014

Farewell Lunch

Elizabeth and David St John

Saturday 31st May


David and Elizabeth are leaving Lerryn

in early June to live in Hampshire.

There will be an opportunity to say good-bye

and thank them for all that they have done

for our community


on Saturday 31st May

from 12-2pm at Lerryn Memorial Hall.

It will be a shared lunch – so please bring a bottle

and something to eat.

Everyone most welcome.


Contact John Halkes on 873393 or email skypilot@withiel.com

Message from Anne (Vipond)

May 23rd 2014

I would like to thank all the staff, children, parents and friends, who attended the lovely service at Lerryn School, for all the kind words, cards and gifts.  It was a very moving occasion which I will always remember.

Anne Vipond

Rockpool Ramble

May 21st 2014

Just a reminder about our next event which is a Rockpool Ramble at Readymoney Beach on Wednesday 28th May 10.30am - 12.30pm
We will meet on the beach. All welcome, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult
Please wear sensible shoes

Lerryn and District Produce Association

May 20th 2014


Firstly, the Produce Association would like to say a big thank you to all of you who planted seeds, grew and donated plants for our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning. The abundant produce and keen prices made the day a great success, and as always we are grateful for your support. The hard work and profit from the morning goes toward producing our Annual Show - this year on 2nd August. And we must also thank the WI for providing such delicious refreshments.


Saturday 2nd August, Lerryn Memorial Hall, 2.00pm

Schedules for the show are now available from Lerryn River Stores or from Brian and Penny Philp.

Lerryn School will this year be commemorating the First World War with ‘A Flanders Field’ grown in a pot.  This moving tribute will be produced using poppies, and corn donated by some of the local farmers.

This years’ titles for the Photography competition are ‘My Pet’ for the Under  16’s, and ‘Just Relaxing…’ in the Adult class. We hope to see lots of entries this year!

Don’t forget to browse all the categories in the schedule, now available!  The good news is that this year there will be no entry fees for exhibitors!

Come and join us for a great traditional afternoon, including cream teas, a raffle and live music. Doors open at 2.00pm, admission is 50p for adults and free for children.

Benedicte Bay will be opening the show for us at 2.30pm.



Please don’t forget to return your prizewinners’ cups to Sue Hancock .



This is a busy month now the soil has warmed-up, and if it’s not too wet, seeds should be doing well.

As the year progresses and temperatures rise, things should be growing well now that the soil has warmed up. First early potatoes should be ready for harvesting this month, so gently dig down and check the size of any tubers.

This is a peak month for planting, so don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get started, as most things will grow away well – such as courgettes, French beans, peas and runner beans. Don’t forget that second sowings of peas and carrots will produce late summer crops.

Can you help Alison?

May 10th 2014

Alison has written to us in an attempt to find out more about Eva Williams.

Eva Williams was my Mum's sister who sadly died at the tender age of approximately 9 years of age. Her parents were Dora Williams and John Davey Williams.  I believe Eva was buried in the Lerryn area as the family lived nearby and she may or may not have a headstone.  I am not absolutely sure of the exact year of Eva's death because my mother (Eva's sister) now has dementia.  My mother was born in 1935 and is aware of Eva so I assume that Eva was most likely to have died after that date.  My mother was one of seven children and it is even possible that Eva died before my mother was born.

If anyone knows of any parish records or has any other information about Eva then I would be most grateful to hear.  Costs will be met if needed.  I would love to come and see the grave or look at any records.

I do hope someone can help.

My email address is alisonq610@googlemail.com 

Alison Quick

A Visitor from Canada

May 9th 2014

We received the following correspondence from Connie who lives in Northwestern Ontario in Canada.  She is able to travel to Lerryn without leaving home by visiting lerryn.net.  Here is what she says:


"As is my habit while eating supper, I like to go online and do a bit of travelling.  I came across your lovely photo album and enjoyed a trip back in time of your villages.... Thank you so much.  Truly relaxing.

Oh yes, I live in northwestern Ontario Canada out in the bush.  We are just coming out of a very brutal winter (lowest temp.  -60F).  Long and hard...  Your pictures are part of my recuperation ...lol................connie"
Thank you, Connie

Ethy Gardens

May 9th 2014

Glorious Ethy Gardens special open afternoon
Saturday May 10th      2 to 5pm
The beautiful gardens of Ethy House near Lerryn will again be open to the public but this year on Saturday afternoon of the 11th May instead of the usual Sunday.   Mr and Mrs Leslie who live at Ethy have extensively restored the gardens and woodlands in recent years. The gardens are not usually opened to the public and this is a rare opportunity to see them at the peak of the Spring flower season.  Proceeds are in aid of the local charity – the Friends of St Winnow Church
 Ethy gardens are managed with a sensitive regard to nature and in early May the wildflower meadows and the woodland bluebell walks are spectacularly interspersed with azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. Andrew Leslie, currently Chairman of The Cornwall Gardens Society , will be present during the afternoon and would be pleased to share with visitors information on the gardens and woodland.
The whole surrounding countryside with its parkland, woodland and river is an area of outstanding natural beauty and well worth exploring.
Delicious traditional afternoon teas will be available in the courtyard and a local plant nursery will be selling high quality plants and shrubs.
Visitors will find Ethy just three miles south of the ancient stannary town  of Lostwithiel   -  half a mile north of the popular riverside village of Lerryn .  There is ample car parking and the access to the gardens is suitable for the less able bodied visitors.  Admission is only £3.  Dogs on leads may be walked in the grounds.
Further information – contact John Halkes
 01208  873393
Email:  skypilot@withiel.com

Fowey Festival of Words and Music

May 8th 2014

This is the last chance to book tickets for the Festival.  Click on the button below to see some of the events:


May 3rd 2014

Congratulations to Viv Turner and John Halkes on the day of their wedding!

To see more photos of the wedding click on the button below:

Carol's Birthday Climb

May 1st 2014

Carol Baker had a special birthday and to celebrate she, together with her brother, son and Ann and Bernie Gibbons climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District last Sunday.  The photo shows Carol at the summit of England's highest mountain at an altitude of 978 metres (3,209 ft) above sea level.  Many happy returns, Carol.

Rachel's Marathon

April 30th 2014


I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who sponsored me for the London Marathon. Among 37 000 runners and in near perfect conditions, I managed to finish in a time of 4 hours, 13 minutes, 13 seconds, so I didn’t quite catch Mo Farah, but I was pleased to come in under 4 and a half hours. Money is still coming in as my donation page, www.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelWaters  is open for another 2 weeks but I have raised over £500 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support. So thank you all, once again, for your contributions and messages of encouragement.





Facebook page

April 23rd 2014

Just to let people know we've now created a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Lerryn.net this will hopefully draw more people to the website and expand our reach.

Easter Reflections

April 22nd 2014







Photos by Alan, Annie Singer's brother in law,  taken at Easter

Click on the button to see more photographs












Website Meeting

April 22nd 2014

Are you interested in taking photos? Writing news items?

Airing your views?

Publicising local charity events?

Lerryn.net is a community website run by volunteers for people who live in Lerryn and the surrounding area. We are always on the lookout for news, views and photos, as well as local events for the calendar, local services and any information that will assist, inform, interest, entertain or amuse the viewers.

More volunteers are needed to help keep the website up-to-date and lively.

A meeting will be held at The Ship Inn, Lerryn, on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along to see what we are all about.

Look forward to seeing you there!

You can also get in touch by using the “contact us” button on the home page of www.lerryn.net

or by ringing Ann on 01208 873434

Lerryn and District Produce Association

April 21st 2014

                 ALL CHANGE!

It is with sadness and immense gratitude that we say goodbye to Mr Eric Baker M.V.O. in his role as President of the Lerryn and District Produce Association.

He has been our President for many years, and with such a respected plantsman as Eric at the helm we have gone from strength to strength. We thank Eric for his contribution to the success of the Association in its 64th year.

Peter Bucknell has announced his decision to retire from his post as Chairman. He will be sorely missed, but the committee are delighted that his good sense and consummate skills will not be lost to us altogether as he has generously agreed to take over as joint President alongside his wife, Pat. We take this opportunity of thanking Peter for his 10 years in the post, for guiding us through annual Produce Shows and Plant Sales, committee meetings and cake tastings. Thanks, Peter!

Pat Bucknell has also retired from the committee – but as well as her co-presidency with Peter, she will continue to contribute her valued knowledge and experience by remaining as Steward of the Flower classes.

The committee are delighted to announce that John Hancock has bravely agreed to become the new Chairman of the Produce Association. Well done John, we’re all looking forward to working with you!             

April/May is a good time to sow runner beans, carrots, beetroot, lettuce and broad beans. However, the weather around now can show signs of summer coming, but beware, night-time cold can still be harmful to early plantings – and don’t forget to sharpen your hoes, before getting to grips with those weeds.



Saturday 17th May, Lerryn Memorial Hall. 10.30am

An extra hour of daylight makes all the difference if you’re gallantly trying to bring on plants to donate to our annual sale. Your efforts will be much appreciated as always, and of course, will raise much-needed funds for our annual Produce Show – now in its 64th year.


Saturday 2nd August, Lerryn Memorial Hall



Please don’t forget to return your prizewinner’s cups to Sue Hancock .


Dementia and the Memory Cafe

April 18th 2014

The talk by Memory Nurse Beth Purchase, which had to be postponed earlier in the year because of the weather, will now take place at 8.00pm on Wednesday 7th May, after the WI meeting, in the Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome: men and women; local people and visitors. There is no admission charge, though donations are always appreciated.

Village Shop

April 17th 2014

There have been quite a few contributions on The Discussion Forum about the Village shop.  The latest comment suggests that one of the holiday flats above the shop has been sold but, as yet, there is no-one interested in purchasing or taking on the lease of the shop and that the price has been reduced.  There is to be an auction of the boat store and part of the Village Green on 9th May (guide price £80,000 - £100,000).  Click on the button to read more:


LAMA Coffee Morning

April 17th 2014

Rockpool Ramble

April 6th 2014

Just a reminder about our next event which is a Rockpool Ramble and Shark Egg Case Hunt on Monday 14th April.
We are meeting at Spit Beach, Par (in the car park) at 10.30am.
Everyone welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult, wear sensible footwear that can get wet.
No booking needed, just turn up.

Fowey Festival of Words and Music

April 5th 2014

The programme of events for the 2014 Festival has now been published and can be seen by clicking on the button below:

The event runs from the 10th - 17th May

The exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises.

To launch the proceedings the 2014 du Maurier lecture and luncheon will be hosted and delivered by Justine Picardie, author and Harper's Bazaar Editor.  There will be interviews with Lynda La Plante and Ruth Rendell.  Richard Madely and Judy Finnigan will also be appearing Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Tina May, will be performing.  This year there will be a Family Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor dedicated to giving families and children access to the wonderful world of literature, arts and the natural environment.

The Festival has a website which can be accessed at www.foweyfestival.com where full details of the Festival can be found.

New video for Lerryn

April 4th 2014

Here is a beautiful new film produced by Ronnie's brother...

CLICK HERE to view the Lerryn Video

Marathon Task !

March 24th 2014




Rachel with Colin Jackson at the Cardiff Half Marathon last October





Rachel (Waters) will be running the London Marathon on 13th April so please support her efforts !  She writes:

"Hello everyone,

This year I have progressed from my usual half marathon fund-raising event and I’m going for the full monty – or marathon in this case!

I have been lucky enough to get a club place with St Austell Running Club for the London Marathon 2014 but I also want to make my efforts work for a good cause.

This year I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Lou Beard, who was a teaching assistant at Fowey Community College and an amazing, fantastic lady.

I would very much welcome any sponsorship you are able to give and the easiest way is to donate online at:                                       http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelWaters

Most of my training is now done and with only 3 weeks to go, I’m getting really excited about running in the same race as Mo Farah and Haile Gabreselassie! My two aims are to enjoy the day and get to the finish!

Wish me luck!


Good luck Rachel and hope you get a tail wind!

Coffee Morning

March 23rd 2014

Calling all friends

of the

Lerryn Memorial Hall


We will be hosting a coffee morning on Saturday 12th April in our Hall to raise funds for the Hall.

Join us for coffee, tea, cakes and a book stall.

The event starts at 10.30am and finishes at 12.00pm

We thank you in advance for your wonderful support.


The Hall Committee


Tuesday Club urgent notice

March 23rd 2014

Our next meeting  is taking place on Tuesday 25th March, starting at 7.30pm in the Lerryn Memorial hall.  There will be a few games and a quiz.  Please bring a plate to share.


Red Store AGM

March 17th 2014

Pre-loved Clothes Swish

March 12th 2014

Fish at The Ship

March 11th 2014

A wide range of super fresh fish is arriving at the Ship Inn for sale at 11am (Tuesday 11 March).


Flat fish (lemon sole, plaice, turbot, brill etc); haddock, whiting, skate etc.


We can take orders if you can't make it in the morning. Ring anytime from 10am.


01208 872374

Village Shop Update

March 6th 2014

"Bolt", in the Discussion Forum, has reported the following:

John Hancock, our Parish Councillor, has spoken to both Kate the tenant and Nigel the owner and the situation is as follows:

Kate's lease runs out at the end of June and she has no intention of renewing it.

Nigel has said he and Deanna have no intention of running the shop after Kate's lease runs out. If the shop is not sold or someone comes forward to take on a new lease, he will close the shop.

John seems to think that the shop only (not apartments) is on the market for £275,000, but does not show on Millers site at the moment? For the record Nigel is asking £900 per month lease for the Shop/Store on the green.

Village Shop

March 5th 2014

  Many of you will realise that there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of the Village Shop.  "Bolt" in The Discussion Forum has expressed his concerns and has asked for comments from other people.  The shop is, at present, on the market.  As "Bolt" says, the Shop, two apartments, Boat Store and Village Green are currently for sale with Miller Commercial.  LOT (1): the Village Shop and the two apartments, known as "Creekside" and "Hayloft" are for sale at £675,000 and LOT (2): Boat Store and Village Green are for sale with offers in excess of £150,000.  Miller Commercial advert can be seen by clicking on the image below:

Alternatively, the properties can be seen on Rightmove by clicking on the image below: 

Visit the Discussion Forum by clicking on the button below and see what "Bolt" and others are saying.

Why not add your views?  The Village without a shop would be a poorer place.

Perhaps a Parish Councillor would like to give us an update on the situation with regard to the Village Shop as JJ suggests in the Discussion Forum?


Mothers Day at The Ship Inn

March 3rd 2014

Book now to avoid disappointment !

Mothers Day - Sunday 30th March


Adult: 3 courses £15; 2 courses £12

Child: 3 courses £10; £2 courses £7.50

From 12pm to 3.30pm



Traditional prawn cocktail

Cornish smoked mackerel pate

Homemade soup of the day (v)

Mushroom, roasted red pepper & wild garlic tart (v)



A choice of roasts: slow roasted shoulder of pork • rolled rib of beef • leg of lamb • free range turkey (white & dark meat)

All served with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings & roast potatoes


Cornish fish stew served with chunky fresh bread


Roasted butternut squash risotto served with a mixed leaf & blood orange salad (v)



Rhubarb fool

Banoffee pie with toasted almonds

Chocolate & raspberry layercake

Apple crumble with oat & nut topping



Telephone: 01208 872374

Email: enquiries@theshipinnlerryn.co.uk


Funeral of Joyce Searle

February 24th 2014

The funeral of Joyce Searle ( formerly of "Homeleigh", Lerryn and wife of Ken Searle, the butcher) will be taking place at St Veep church on Tuesday 25th Feb at 11:30am.  Lerryn minibus will be operating from Lerryn because of the wet conditions parking in the field at St Veep making parking in the field impossible.

Many thanks,

Clive (son-in-law of Joyce)

LAMA Coffee Morning

February 24th 2014

Rainbow's End

February 21st 2014

Double rainbow over Lerryn View on Thursday afternoon

Short Story Competition

February 19th 2014

Children's Poetry Competition

February 16th 2014

Ethy Tree Damage

February 16th 2014


Trees in Ethy Fields that have suffered in the recent gales

Fowey Festival of Words and Music

February 15th 2014

Charles Darwin Talk

February 15th 2014

Peter Pan

February 12th 2014

Here are some images of the School Play, "Peter Pan"


For more photos go to the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

Friends of Par Beach Bird Walk

February 12th 2014

Please Support the Boot Sale !

February 8th 2014

At the Car Boot Sale in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 8 February, Rosie Brown is kindly running a table in aid of the minibus. Please come along from 1.00 to 4.00pm and support her.


February 8th 2014


Another consequence of the extreme weather

Lerryn and District Produce Association

February 7th 2014

AGM Monday 10th March 

This is just a reminder to let everyone know that they are welcome to attend our AGM, to be held at Lerryn Memorial Hall on 10th March at 7.30pm. 

Despite our universal complaints about the dreadful weather, it has provided ideal conditions for studying tempting seed catalogues, with thoughts of early planting and the preparation of seed beds. 

Good gardening!

Missing Seat

February 5th 2014

Thanks to Ajna for this photo

Read what he says in the Discussion Forum by clicking on the button

School Photos

January 23rd 2014

We live in a time when great care has to be taken when displaying photographs of children on the World Wide Web.  It is important that parental consent is given before such photos are displayed.  Happily, the parents of the children of our Village School have all given their consent to the photographs being displayed on our community website, lerryn.net.  The head of the School, Brigid Howells, has now informed us that "We have now had all the consent forms back and fortunately everyone is happy for the photographs to be used by Lerryn.net now and at all future performances."

We have now reinstated the photographs of the School Nativity play and the School production, "Glint of Gold."

These photos may be seen on the Photo Gallery by clicking on the button below:

We would like to thank all the parents for their support of the Village Website and for giving their consent for the photographs to be displayed.


January 21st 2014

Sunny Sunday

January 20th 2014

Riders enjoying the Sunday morning sunshine in Lerryn

Misty Tuesday

January 19th 2014

Mist hanging in the Fowey Valley on Tuesday 14th January

Travel arrangements for David McCarraher's funeral

January 12th 2014

David's funeral will take place on Friday 17th January at St Veep Church at 2.00pm.  The field at St Veep is too wet to be used for parking by people attending the funeral and the family are concerned about possible parking problems.

The Lerryn Minibus will therefore run a free shuttle service from Lerryn car park to St Veep church, beginning at 1.10pm.

We will not take advance bookings, so please be at the car park as early as you can - we don't want to make anybody late. The minibus will return people to the village afterwards.

The LAMA committee

Seagull Race

December 31st 2013


For more photos of the Seagull Race click on the image below:

Pub Library in the news

December 30th 2013

The Ship featured in todays Daily Express in a feature about how pubs are diversifying. Mine's a pint and a paperback. The paper article had a large picture of Jonny and Ronni drinking wine in front of the shelves.

Fallen Tree at Ethy

December 27th 2013

Message from Ben at the National Trust       


We just wanted to say that the National Trust Ranger team is aware of the large oak and several other trees that have fallen over in the strong winds around Ethy. 

We are not able to deal with them immediately but will endeavour to have the trees cleared as soon as possible. 

We would also like to remind people to take care when walking through the wooded areas over the next few days as more high winds are forecasted. 

In such conditions woodlands are inherently dangerous places to be. Please take advantage of other walking routes in the more open areas of the parkland over the Christmas and New Year period. 

Thank you in advance for your anticipated patience and have a good end of year.

Happy Christmas

December 25th 2013

Glint of Gold

December 19th 2013


Lerryn School Play "Glint of Gold"


To see more photos go to the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

A Book at Beer Time - Your New Community Library

December 18th 2013

Jonny & Ronni at The Ship Inn  have teamed up with Cornwall Council’s library services in a unique scheme to provide a community library for local residents with funds provided by the rural services organisation, Pub is The Hub, and their Community Services Fund.


Pub is The Hub works across the UK helping rural pubs to diversify their goods and services for the benefit of their communities. Whilst many pubs offer book exchanges and informal book lending, this library scheme is thought to be the first time that a local authority has worked in partnership to provide library services in a pub that incorporates their books, full library membership based at the pub and access to all the online library services.


A modest grant of £999 for The Ship Inn from Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund has paid for shelving for the books, signage outside and a computer terminal which links them to the library membership and reservation service.  People wishing to join the library can borrow from the books on shelf in the pubs or reserve books from other libraries in Cornwall using the computer provided. Cornwall Council’s library service will ensure that the books on shelves are regularly updated and books requested online by the pub’s library members will be delivered to The Ship Inn by the library service. In addition, library membership allows online access to whole host of other services such as reference library, online learning, newspapers and newspaper archives, careers information and even ancestry searches.


Pat Terry, Communities Team Leader from Cornwall Council’s library services says: “We are delighted to begin the start of a unique partnership. This pilot scheme is an opportunity for people in rural areas to have access to library and internet services seven days a week in a warm and welcoming environment. The bonus of this scheme is that it has the benefits of high quality library books from the whole of Cornwall’s library stock rather than unmanaged local donations.”


Cornwall Council cabinet member Adam Paynter says: “This is a fantastic idea. Any initiative that encourages people to get involved with books and reading is great and this is an innovative way of combining two great community assets – the library and the pub.”


John Longden, Chief Executive for Pub is The Hub commented: “It is amazing what a small amount of funding and a great partnership of the kind we have with Cornwall Council’s library services can put together. This pilot project is the first of its kind and evolved from some community workshops we ran in 2012 with the support of the Big Lottery through our Community Champions initiative.


“We are hoping that the community enjoys and appreciates what Ronni and Johnny are doing and the end result is long term sustainability for a great rural asset – the pub. If all goes well, it could be a scheme that other library service providers in other areas of the country might consider.”


The Ship has moved, as have many other rural pubs, to provide food, drink and entertainment alongside ancillary services. They have five letting bedrooms and a cottage for seasonal visitors but for locals they operate the usual quiz and foodie nights plus a pop-up Sunday shop on the one day that the village shop is closed, selling papers and breakfast essentials.


Photo 1: Pat Terry from Cornwall Council with Jonny Pusey and Ronni Collins from The Ship Inn, Lerryn


Photo 2: Local resident, Rachel Brown, who is an artist and runs the community-owned art shop across the road is pleased to have this facility available locally without the need to drive.

Photo 3:  Our New Library - open 7 days a week and open to everyone - get down and see it !

Read the comments in the Discussion Forum on the Library and add your own - CLICK HERE


Lerryn School Nativity Play at St Veep Church

December 18th 2013


Lerryn Church of England School Nativity at St Veep Church on the 15.12.2013

For more pictures see the Photo Gallery or click on the image below:

Carol Service at Boconnoc Church

December 16th 2013

Photo Archive

December 16th 2013


           Pengillan as it was in 1920s                                              Pengillan as it is in 2013


Did you know there is a remarkable collection of photographs of Lerryn going back over the last 120 years on the Photo Archive?  To see these photos click on the red button below:

Pub Quiz

December 15th 2013

Pub Quiz

Thanks to Annie Singer, Keith and Jenny Rooker and Jonny, the pub quiz at The Ship on 14th December was held in aid of  Lerryn Website.

Fewer than usual attended the quiz (perhaps due to Film Club and various pre Christmas activities on the same evening). However, those present were generous. Two bottles of wine and two boxes of chocolates were donated for raffle prizes, so after deducting a small amount of £5 for expenses, £92 went to help funds for the website.

The website was represented by a good team - but the star teams of the night were Over the Bridge and Mums Alound.

The pub looked very festive and welcoming and a good evening was enjoyed by all.


Festive Cheer in Lerryn Memorial Hall - DON'T MISS IT!

December 14th 2013

Just to remind you that we will be singing Christmas Carols in our Hall on Friday 20th December starting at 7.30pm

We will be serving mulled wine and mince pies. There will also be a raffle for a beautiful hamper.  We are still welcoming goodies with a Chrisdtmas theme for our raffle.  Contact Ros on 872999 for details.

We look forward to our festive evening and hope that many of you will join us.

The Hall Committee.

Lerryn Produce Association Christmas Card

December 10th 2013

Lerryn Memorial Hall - Books box scheme

November 30th 2013

I'd like to thank everyone who contributed either financially or by donating books to the "box on the wall scheme" this year.  We raised just over £650 which is a fantastic amount from a relatively small but diverse selection of reading matter! 
Sadly,  next year,  Rick and I are unable to continue to host the box - we feel it would be a shame to lose this resource for the Village Hall, but we seem to have created a monster and  no longer have the space to store all the bags of books people leave in the porch.  I'm really hoping the Hall Committee are able to find another site for it where books can be left - unfortunately we can't receive them any longer at The Cottage.
We are grateful for your support over the last five years - the Box has raised between £2,500 - £3,000 in total.

Can anyone help ?

November 28th 2013

Accommodation Required in the Lerryn Area-


My family and I recently moved to Lerryn a few months ago but unfortunately the beautiful property we have moved into is not suitable for our needs, therefore we are now seeking to find another home preferably within the village.


Four person family looking for a 2/3 bed house or bungalow with a garden or small courtyard, preferably in Lerryn. We do require a long term rental, and have a budget of £800pcm. Obviously we are aware finding such a property in Lerryn will not be easy so will therefore consider anything in Lostwithiel or within a 3 mile radius of the village to ensure the children can remain at Lerryn School.

My husband and I are both employed on full-time/permanent contracts and can supply deposit/references etc.

Tel: 07873 143459

Many thanks and kind regards


Lerryn Memorial Hall event - Christmas Craft and Charity event

November 23rd 2013

Do not miss the Christmas Craft and Charity event scheduled for Saturday 30th November!

The event held in the Lerryn Memorial Hall will start at 1.00pm and finish at 4.00pm. Plenty of lovely stalls, including:

  • Food (both savoury and sweet) provided by Cancer Research UK
  • Glorious food and toiletries hampers raffled by the Lerryn Area Minibus Association

See you there!

RNLI Coffee Morning

November 10th 2013

Christmas Cabaret Bookings

November 6th 2013

Update on the Fowey Festival of Words and Music

November 1st 2013

Fowey Festival of Words -   Saturday 10th May – Saturday 17th May 2014


The du Maurier Festival Society is delighted to announce that the 2014 Fowey Festival of Words and Music will be held between Saturday 10th May and Saturday 17th May. The festival will continue to provide an interesting range of good quality entertainment; literary based interviews, presentations, theatre, music, comedy, academic talks, as well as workshops, exhibitions and local walks; an eclectic mix to inform and inspire the imagination! Workshops and participatory events will be a key feature this year so that you can join in and learn new skills or even improve old ones!


Exciting News! In 2014 there will be a programme of events for children and families to enjoy. Set in the beautiful grounds of Trenython Manor, budding young writers, actors and poets will have the opportunity to participate in various activities themed on the ‘Natural Environment’.  A great chance to ‘Inspire a Generation’ - here in Cornwall.


Events will take place in existing venues in and around Fowey and whilst the Festival Village was a fantastic venue for the last 17 years, financial constraints mean developing a more sustainable model. Changing from a purpose built marquee to existing venues has real benefits including reduced ticket prices, a wider choice of food and drink and non-reliance on the weather!


The Fowey Festival Friends and Patrons scheme for 2014 is now available, it is easier to sign up and there are more rewards. By becoming a Friend or Patron you can benefit from a discount of 10% or 5% off all tickets for events organized by the du Maurier Festival Society Trustees, receive your programme in advance of those on the mailing list and enjoy advance booking for a maximum of 6 seats for an unlimited number of events. You could become a winner of a £25 voucher towards festival tickets as all Friends and Patrons will be included into a quarterly prize draw. Other benefits include regular newsletters keeping you up-to-date with all that is going on and priority invitations to Society events throughout the year. Patrons can join for just £50 and receive 10% discount and Friends will receive a 5% discount for a membership of £20. It is easy to join just go to:  www.justgiving.com/thedumaurierfestivalsociety press  DONATE and sign up as a Patron for just £50 or become a Friend for £20.


Over the next few months there will be more information available and we will keep you up to date with all that is happening. We are planning some interesting fundraising events as well, to help support the festival. Your opportunity to join in the fun at an early stage! Do watch out for posters and information on our web site www.foweyfestival.com


The du Maurier Festival Trustees are a small group of volunteers dedicated to delivering a memorable festival for 2014. If you’d like to get involved by offering support or expertise, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact any trustee for an informal chat. Please see our website www.fowey festival.com for details


The dates to keep free in your diary are 10th – 17th May 2014 for an exciting week of inspiration, fun and laughter. Come and be part of the Fowey Festival of Words and Music 2014.

Lerryn School Gardening Club

October 25th 2013

Thanks to the hard work of Rosemary Weatherhogg, Rita Dunn and Matt Blunt of Lerryn School, the Produce Association is delighted to announce the exciting news that pupils of Lerryn school have set up their own Gardening Club.
However, it has to be said that some of the committee members of the LDPA have rushed off to their potting sheds to prepare for the added competition that this will undoubtedly lead to at next years Produce Show. That said, the strong sense of community has prevailed, and the committee of the LDPA have donated a generous supply of herbs to flavour the wonderful meals that the school veg plot will produce, and also lots of pansy plants to add colour and attract the bees.
Lerryn schoolteacher Matt Blunt, will coordinate the planting and gardening activities, with the support of parents who will help to weed and prepare the ground ready for planting out in the growing season. The LDPA committee will be ready to lend a helping hand and offer guidance.
Indeed, we can all help by collecting and donating Morrisons ‘Let’s Grow - School Gardening’ vouchers (www.morrisons.co.uk/letsgrow). The village shop has kindly agreed to have a collection box available for your vouchers.
The children are enthusiastic about growing things to eat and keen to get started, so your help and support will be much appreciated. Thanks.

Fun with Wine

October 22nd 2013

A capacity crowd in the Red Store on the evening of 11th October had a very happy time sampling wines provided by Experience Wines (now conveniently located in Lostwithiel) and struggling in small teams to answer quiz questions about what they had drunk.

It was interesting to discover what a lot of noise could be generated by a quiz! Nibbles and a raffle were organised by LAMA and the whole evening raised £389 for the bus.

We are very grateful to everybody who supported the event, and especially to the trustees of the Red Store, who expressed their support for LAMA by allowing us to use the facilities free of charge. Many thanks to all!

Special Parish Council meeting

October 20th 2013


ON SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2013 AT 11.30 am.


Members of the press and public are invited to attend this meeting of the Council.


Visit the Parish Council website to find out about the one agenda item by clicking on the button below:

Rockpool Ramble

October 19th 2013

Fungus Foray

October 19th 2013


Kayak Clean Up

October 16th 2013

Village Shop

October 16th 2013

Notice in the Village Shop

From Sunday 20th October, the Village Shop will be closed on Sundays



October 15th 2013

Some of you may remember the rather odd Bore wave that hit the village a couple of years ago in June

Well if you did'nt see it follow the following link .....and many thanks to Keith Wiffen who caught it on video -  Click below to view !


Strange days continue with the Seal that is currently moving between Lerryn and St Winnow - keep your eyes out !

Anyone Seen the Table !

October 15th 2013

Over the course of the summer, one of the small tables has disappeared from the Memorial Hall. We need it back, and replacements are expensive. Please, if you know of anyone who has used the Hall for an event and might have accidentally moved the table, or left it somewhere else, get in touch with Hall Chair David Vipond or leave a message in the shop for the Hall Committee. Your help would be much appreciated.

Boconnoc Church Harvest Festival

October 10th 2013

harvest festival
You are invited to the Harvest Festival at Boconnoc
A Family Service
9.45 a.m.
Sunday 13 October
Followed by refreshments
Sermon by The Venerable Audrey Elkington.
Join us in our traditional celebration with familiar hymns in our church, which will be decorated with the fruits of the harvest.

Fun with wine

October 2nd 2013

Fancy a bit of retail therapy?

September 25th 2013

Lama Coffee Morning

September 14th 2013

Thieves about in Lerryn

September 5th 2013

Please be vigilant! Malcolm and Jennifer Bell have reported 2 recent crimes to the police. On one occasion, their shed was broken into and a garden strimmer stolen. This happens rarely in Lerryn but unfortunately, we are not immune from the attention of burglars and opportunistic thieves. So look after your property, make sure that doors and windows including those of outbuildings are locked securely and of course look after each other's property, challenging and/or reporting any suspicious behaviour.

Horses move into Ethy

September 5th 2013

The National Trust wanted to let people know that we will be putting four of our Dartmoor ponies into the wood pasture at Ethy for a short spell. 

They're quite docile, but we would like to ask people NOT feed or try to pet them, however tempting it might be as it encourages unwanted behaviour in the ponies. We also ask that people are vigilant about keeping gates closed. 

Dog walkers are asked to keep control of their animals when walking through the area and to heed information on the signs at the entrance to the pasture. 

Introducing the ponies is a big step forward for the restoration of the pasture and follows the summers work of reducing the old Douglas Fir  stumps. 

For any questions or concerns please get in contact with the Southeast Cornwall Ranger team 

Tel: 01726 870146

e-mail: southeastcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk


Many Thanks  Ben Norwood

Return of Quiz Night at the Ship

September 2nd 2013






Quiz nights are back! Put a date in your diary for the new season of quizzes in aid of local charities which are yet to be confirmed.

Dates so far are: 21 September, 19 October, 23 November, 14 December & 25 January 2014.

Look forward to seeing you all then. Ronni & Jonny 01208 872374

The Ship Inn

Bat Walk

August 30th 2013

Flower Festival

August 30th 2013

We have been asked to advertise this flower festival in aid of Cancer Research UK

Cream Teas for LAMA

August 27th 2013

Cream Teas for LAMA

In brilliant late-summer sunshine, in a garden with breathtaking views over Penpol Creek to the rolling hillsides beyond, LAMA minibus supporters came together from Lerryn, Lostwithiel, Penpol, St Veep and St Winnow to share lovely food and lively company at a LAMA fundraising event very kindly hosted by Annie Singer. 

What made this a much more up-market occasion than our usual fundraising activities was the assistance of our charming and efficient waitress, Megan Langmaid, complete with menu pad for taking orders.  It was a hard-working afternoon for everybody involved, but by the time it was over, Megan had really earned a medal.

Local people have always been generous in their support for LAMA and Sunday was no exception.  By the time we had included income from the produce stall, the sale of teas, the bus trip itself and the numerous donations, we had cleared £300.

Many thanks from LAMA to all those concerned!

Ann Henderson

For further photos, click on the button below:

Adult Education

August 25th 2013

Adult Education comes to Lerryn !


Cornwall CC will be running the following Adult Education classes in Lerryn, using The Red Store and Lerryn Memorail Hall. These will take place this coming autumn and winter.


Exploring Watercolour

N309023 - 01/10/13 - Tues - 18.00 to 21.00  - 10 sessions


Jewellery Making with Silver Clay - Workshop

N309034  - 16/02/14 - Sun - 10.00 to 16.30 - 1 session


Digital Photography

N309047 - 17/10/13 - Thurs - 18.00 to 21.00 - 8 sessions


Egyptian Mysteries - Part 1

N312005 - 03/05/14 - Sat - 13.00. to 15.00 - 4 sessions


For more details, see the Adult Eduction booklet recently delivered to your home, telephone 0300 1231 117

or apply online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/adultlearning 

Cream Teas in Penpol

August 25th 2013

Sam Nicholls

August 25th 2013

Viv Turner's grandson, Sam Nicholls, returned last week from his month in Uganda and Kenya. He would like to thank everyone who supported his fundraising efforts and to let us know that he had an amazing time.

Red Arrows

August 24th 2013

With tide and weather perfect, many ventured on the water down to Fowey to watch a brilliant display by the Red Arrows

Flying over the "Earl of Pembroke"




To see further pictures, click on the image below:

Annual Produce Show

August 12th 2013


The 63nd Annual Produce Show

Saturday, August 3rd

The doors of Lerryn Memorial Hall opened early to get this years’ show under way – and soon a steady stream of entrants with their exhibits were filling the hall with the wonderful smell of freshly cut vegetables and home baking. 


Despite the variable weather conditions this year, with early flowering in some cases, and late harvesting still to come, the display tables filled up with a variety of produce from the garden and kitchen.  The village hall had come to life with the vibrant colours of the blooms and the imagination of the children’s scary vegetable monsters. 

So, the stage was set for the 63rd Lerryn Produce Show and the arrival of the judges started the challenging task of choosing the best in class and the most eyecatching craft skills in the creative and decorative classes. 

The show was opened by Canon John Halkes and the afternoon was enjoyed by a packed hall – all to the sounds of our resident musicians, Anything Goes, who provided the atmosphere to accompany cream teas and complete this relaxed and enjoyable afternoon. 

The day ended with Canon John Halkes presenting cups and awards.


The Prizewinners included:

Marie Farey (Most points in Show)

Brian Philp (Cornish Garden Society Award - Gold)

Pat Bucknell (Cornish Garden Society Award – Silver)

John Philp (Best Bloom in Show) 

Canon John Halkes congratulates this years' prizewinners.

From left: Brian Philp, John Philp, Pat Bucknell, John Halkes, Marie Farey



In the class of Best Young Gardener, the George Keast Memorial Shield was awarded to Perran Lutey, for the growing of strawberry plants that were given to Lerryn School by the Produce Association earlier in the year.




Once again, thank you to everyone who made this years’ show a success; to the entrants, who grow and bake and shape, and the dedicated hard work of the committee and to everyone who came along to support the day and celebrate another successful show.


Marine Day

August 12th 2013

Dangerous Tree

August 4th 2013


A fallen tree hangs precariously across the footpath to Ethy Rocks


August 4th 2013

Casper has posted a message in The Discussion Forum about wasps in Lerryn.  He is there to help if you have a wasp's nest so click on the wasp below to see his message.

Solar-Powered Barbecue

August 3rd 2013




Cliff Allen with his invention of a solar-powered barbecue.  The lens is a Fresnel lens which at the focus can create temperatures of 1500 deg.C from the sun's rays.







Ronald Elliott and Cliff Allen hosted a barbecue and demonstrated that charcoal is not needed to burn the sausages.  This prototype is a little bit big to carry down to the beach!






This is what the lens did to a piece of slate!






To see further pictures, click on the image below:

Sea Trout

July 21st 2013

There was a movement of sea trout up the River Lerryn at low tide this morning at 9.30 am (Sunday 21st July).  To see a video clip, click on the image below:





 The sea trout even managed to avoid Derek!






July 17th 2013

The new road surface alongside the foreshore in Lerryn


Penpol Bridge

July 16th 2013


At last, the central support to Penpol Bridge has been rebuilt and the road is now open.


From Devon and Cornwall Police

July 15th 2013

We have received a report of a male cold calling in the Camborne area on Tuesday 02 July 2013 offering garden services and carrying out sub-standard work. Please do not accept offers of work from cold callers. The risks of employing cold callers are high. If you need work doing please use recommendations from family and friends.

If you believe a vulnerable resident has accepted work from a cold caller, or you feel pressurised or are suspicious of any cold caller, please don't confront them and contact us on 101 quoting AC/13/2576.

If possible please take descriptions and vehicle registration numbers. Please pass this information on to your neighbours, and be aware for any vulnerable or elderly neighbours.

Thank you

Village Night

July 14th 2013

For more photos of Village Night, click on the image above.

Lerryn and District Produce Association

July 13th 2013

63rd Annual Produce Show
Saturday, August 3 rd
There’s just one more month to go before the Annual Produce Show takes place - and hats off to everyone who intends to enter their produce. It hasn’t been easy for gardeners so far this year, with some topsy-turvy weather to contend with. However, in the true Lerryn tradition we’re looking forward to stunning displays of fruit, flowers and vegetables, some fabulous children’s classes with the results of the school strawberry competition; monster vegetables and miniature gardens. Look forward to seeing top-class vegetables and fruit, including the prize-winning Tastiest Tomato, the best chocolate roulade, exciting photographic exhibits and glorious displays of flowers and foliage.
Add to this a cream tea and a raffle, music from ‘Anything Goes’ and we’ll have the makings of a great afternoon – and all for just a 50p entry fee! Don’t miss out.
You can declare your entry right up to 10pm on Wednesday 31st August. Entry Forms with fees should be handed to: Mrs. Rosemary Weatherhogg, Trelinhay, Lerryn. Your entries will continue to keep this important village event going in years to come. Thank you.
Please don’t forget to return your prizewinners’ cups to Sue and John Hancock .
This month is all about beans….make sure you continue to pick them regularly to encourage more to grow – and there’s still time to sow a late crop of French beans for harvesting in late August.

Summer Solstice

July 11th 2013


would like to announce


Summer Solstice

"Carry on up the Lerryn"

will be held on 

Sunday 21st July

(weather permitting)

registration from 15.30 hrs

Sign Up for Superfast

July 10th 2013

Superfast Broadband is finally here in Lerryn

Thanks Ann H for this tip off - BT and all other providers are now booking engineers for those who want to finally stop having to lose their evenings looking at egg timers on their computers and would rather get out on the river (!)


Just looking at the material posted last month about this. The Fibre Optics box is now up and running for Lerryn (a little green thing in Lerryn View), but it has to be signed up for and it does cost more than the rubbish we have at present.There is no need to get it from BT unless they have a package that suits you - my Plusnet engineer is coming to fit it in a fortnight, and my new router has already arrived. Jeremy at the Chapel was off the mark faster than I was and his engineer is coming next week.

Hope this helps.

Ann H



Redlake Cottage Meadows Nature Reserve

July 9th 2013


 I've just see a message from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust about Redlake Cottage Meadows Nature Reserve on the Lostwithiel road.

Volunteers are required to help us to graze our Redlake Cottage Meadows Nature Reserve - all you need is a good set of teeth and a healthy appetite... 

In fact a willingness to visit this wild corner of Cornwall and a pair of eyes is all you need - we are looking for people to help us to check the 10 native breed ponies we have grazing this valuable site. 

Being between Lerryn and Lostwithiel it is a long way for us to travel from our HQ at Allet every day but these animals are helping to conserve the rare heath lobelia plant, the only place it is found in Cornwall, so their work is vital.

If you live in that area and can spare an hour or two a week we'd love to hear from you, please contact Peter Gardener, the Reserves Officer for Mid Cornwall on peter.gardener@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk



Photo Quiz Winner

July 8th 2013

Lerryn.net Photo Quiz Winner !

Well done all those who entered the competition this year

No-one achieved 100% but the prize goes to

Sue and John Hancock

With a total of 21 correct answers out of the 22 photographs

Congratulations !

Photo Quiz

July 7th 2013

Still time to enter the Photo Competition !

If you would like to have a walk around Lerryn on this lovely summer Sunday

(Andy Murray permitting, of course)

there is still time to submit your entry for the photo quiz- just write your answers on a piece of paper, with your name and telephone number and drop it into Pengillan

(Deadline 5pm Monday 8th July please)

The Sun Brings the Villagers Out

July 6th 2013

Heath and Maddi 


    Maddi (Princesses and Ballerinas!)                                                           Boys will be Boys!


                                         Trevor and Jill                                             Rich and Lucy Looe                          

Photo Competition

July 5th 2013

Photo Identification Competition

Opportunity to test your observation skills!

On the Photo Gallery of this website, there are 22 photographs for identification

These objects are all in or around Lerryn village

Can you identify them?

Put your answers on a sheet of paper, with the numbers corresponding to those on the pictures and bring them along to the Website stand on 6th July on the village green. (25th Celebrations Day). Or hand them in to Ann or Bernie Gibbons, Jo or Damon Willcox, Annie Singer or Richard Morris.

Entry fee of £2 to be paid when your paper is handed in please. Proceeds will be used to pay a contribution to Lerryn Memorial Hall for our stand on 6th July and to help towards the maintenance and development of this website. Results will be judged on 6th July and the winner will receive a special bottle of wine (kindly donated by Annie Singer).

For those without access to the website, all the photographs will be printed and displayed at the website stand on 6th July and paper will be provided for the answers.

Come on - have a go!

Here are three of the photographs in the competition.


To see the rest have a look on the Photo Gallery by clicking on the button below:

Boconnoc Music Award Recitals & Concert

July 2nd 2013

This Music Award has been inaugurated by the Royal College of Music and
Mr and Mrs Fortescue
The award will be presented to promising young musicians, selected by the
Royal College of Music and will provide a weeks residency with opportunities
for the students to work and enjoy music in the peace and tranquillity of Boconnoc Estate
This year the ensemble chosen is The Cataleya Quintet. The programme will
include music by Mozart, Nielsen, Poulenc and Dvorak.
There will be a Recital and Dinner at Boconnoc House on Tuesday 23rd July
and Thursday 25th July at 6.30pm for 7pm
Tickets for Recital and dinner to include drinks £35
The Concert in Boconnoc Church is on Friday 26th July at 7pm
followed by drinks in the stable yard
Tickets £12 from Jenifer Bell 01208 872119 lerrynbells@gmail.com

Superfast Broadband

June 29th 2013

See what Ajna has to say on the Discussion Forum about the arrival of Superfast Broadband in Lerryn by clicking on the button and scrolling to his June 28th entry.

Calling all friends of the Village Hall

June 28th 2013

We will be running a Tombola on our Celebration Evening and we would be grateful if you could donate some prizes. Donations to Roz please by 6th July. Many thanks. The Village Hall Committee

Lerryn Ladies Race for Life

June 27th 2013

A huge THANK YOU from the "Lerryn Ladies"
We thoroughly enjoyed doing our bit for Race for Life at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on Sunday 23rd June. Although there was a strong and cold wind, the weather remained dry for our 5km walk. Thanks to the generous support of our family, friends and work colleagues, so far we have raised an amazing £1631,25 (including gift aid) for the fight against cancer. We hope that you will like our pink fluffy boas!
Once again, a big thank you for your support for this great cause.
For more photos see the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:
Sue, Rosemary, Lin and Annie
(Well done, Ladies)

School Sports Day

June 26th 2013


To see further pictures of the School Sports Day, click on the image below:

The photos extend over two pages of the Photo Gallery

Lerryn & District Produce Association

June 11th 2013


63rd Annual Show, Saturday 3rd August at 2pm


The weather over the last week or so has been sublime, with just enough rain to turn the hedgerows into Cornwall’s own flower displays. It’s a choice between sitting still and absorbing the beauty of it all…. or mowing, strimming, weeding, pruning and planting. We suggest getting your deckchairs out and planning your entries for the annual produce show!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Plant Sale and Coffee Morning last month.  Your marvellous support helped us raise more money than ever before and this will secure the staging of the Annual Produce Show on Saturday 3rd August.

Apart from the best and most beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables, flowers and food, we can promise you a great afternoon of entertainment including cream teas and a raffle, accompanied by music from our house band, ‘Anything Goes’ – so it’s just up to you to come and join in. Canon John Halkes will be officially opening the show at 2.30pm. Entry is 50p for adults - children are free.

If you would like to exhibit something, you will need to fill out an entry form. These are available at the shop or the pub. Your completed entry forms should be delivered to Rosemary Weatherhogg, Trelinhay, Lerryn by 10pm on Wednesday 31st July. 

…and don’t forget that in the Novelty Class, we’re looking for The Tastiest Tomato. Please don’t let us down – we’re looking forward to this one!

Here are some produce pictures to inspire you in your growing efforts for the show.




Our in-house expert says:

This month is a good time to put your tender plants into their final growing positions as frosts are over. This is also the time to plant aubergines, brussels, calabrese, cauliflowers, celery, celeriac, cucumbers, kale, leeks, basil, sweetcorn. 

See you on 3rd August!


June 4th 2013

We are inviting YOU to raise as much money as we can by WALKING 5Km in the Race for Life on Sunday 23rd June at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. Visit www.raceforlife.org and follow the instructions:

1. Click on the Tab "Find your event"

2. On the map, click on the South West and find Wadebridge from the list

3. Click on "Enter now"

4. Click on "Enter and Fundraise as a group" "Enter now"

5. Click on "Join a group" - our ID is SW52274 and our team name is Lerryn Ladies.

6. Sue Watts is the group leader and she will be notified that you have joined the group. Any problems, contact Annie on 01208 871272. We hope that you will join us at the start line!

Rosemary Weatherhogg, Lin Briggs, June Harrison and Annie Singer

Garden Party

May 31st 2013


Penadlake Charity Event

May 27th 2013

To all on Lerryn.net please take a look at the attched leaflet and try and support this event !


Penadlake Open Days -

Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 2013
Lakeside & Woodland Walks, Cream Teas and more

Signposted off the East Taphouse/Pelynt B3359
Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 2013     11am - 6pm

Raising funds for: The Chestnut Appeal and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust








Lerryn & District Produce Association

May 27th 2013


Firstly, the Produce Association would like to say a big thank you to all of you who planted seeds, grew and donated plants for our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning. It made the day a great success and as always, we are grateful for your support. The money we make on the day goes towards the Produce Association being able to keep our Annual Show going for another year – and believe it or not, this August will see the 63rd show, which we think is something pretty special

We would also thank the WI for their delicious hard work!



Saturday 3rd August, Lerryn Memorial Hall, 2.00pm

Schedules for the show are now available from Lerryn River Stores or from Brian and Penny Philp. 

This year we have introduced a new category in the Novelty Class: we’re looking for Lerryn’s Tastiest Tomato – this one is not just about good looks but also about great flavour. We can’t wait to judge the results!

There are two inspiring titles in the Photography competition ‘Shadows’ for the Under 16’s, and ‘Happiness’ in the Adult class, and we hope to have lots of entries so that we can cover the back wall with creativity! Don’t forget – we’re not looking for the next David Bailey – we just want ordinary pictures that reflect our lives in this beautiful location. 

Come and join us for a great traditional afternoon, including cream teas, a raffle and live music. Doors open at 2.00pm, admission is 50p, and children are FREE!

John Halkes will be opening the show for us at 2.30pm.



Please don’t forget to return your prizewinners’ cups to Sue and John Hancock .



This is a busy month now the soil has warmed-up, and if it’s not too wet the seeds should do well. Not to worry if you’ve been a bit slow off the mark, as many vegetables can be planted this month – such as courgettes, French beans, peas and runner beans that can be sown direct into the ground from mid-month.

Thieves about in Lerryn

May 26th 2013

You will shocked to hear that on three occasions so far this year, money raised for the Lerryn Memorial Hall through the sale of books on Prue Cornwall's garden wall was stolen. The crime has been reported to the police. Please be vigilant and if you notice anybody behaving suspiciously, please challenge them and report their activity to the police. It would be a huge shame if the Village Hall had to stop this fund raising activity.

Can You Help Lucie?

May 23rd 2013

To find out if you can help Lucie in a very worthwhile cause, go to the Discussion Forum or click on the button below:

Rockpool Ramble

May 20th 2013



A reminder that our next rockpool ramble event is on Saturday 25th May from 1-3pm at Readymoney Cove, Fowey.
Everyone welcome but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear sensible footwear that could get wet.
Look forward to seeing you and discovering more about our wonderful rocky shore.
Best wishes

Mevagissey Wet Fish

May 18th 2013


Just a reminder that Phil of Mevagissey Wet Fish comes to Lerryn on Mondays.  He arrives around 10.30am but sometimes is slightly delayed.  He will remain in the car park until about 12.30pm.  The fish is freshly caught off Mevagissey unless the weather is too bad for the boats to go out.  Fish can be ordered in advance by phoning the telephone numbers above.

Penpol Bridge Closure Update

May 16th 2013


Following Keith Langmaid's conversation, yesterday, with Laurence Reed on Radio Cornwall, the Radio Station has followed up the situation with regard to the closure of Penpol Bridge.  To hear a further interview with Keith Langmaid and his daughter-in-law, Jenny, click on the button below (it may take a little while to load):

The item was on The James Churchfield's Breakfast Show on Radio Cornwall this morning.  If the above link does not work then go to The Radio Cornwall Listen Again Site by clicking on the link below:


Click on "Listen Now 180 mins" and move the time slider to 2hours 18min and 09 secs.

NB  The item will only be available on this site until 22nd May

It would seem that Keith has now got a clearer idea of when the repairs to the bridge will start (10th June).  The power of the media!  Watch this space!

The Hall Walk

May 14th 2013

This is a reminder that our next event is this Sunday 19th May. We will be walking the Hall Walk, looking for birds, orchids and butterflies, and if the weather is half decent we should see plenty of all.
We will meet at Caffa Mill car park at 1030h, get the ferry across, and then walk to Polruan where we will get the foot ferry back. This walk will take 2-3 hours depending on speed, and is slightly strenuous in places. Please wear sensible footwear and bring waterproofs, a drink and some lunch. If you have them, binoculars and guide books may be useful too.
If you have any queries please contact Terry on 01726 832036.

Penpol Bridge Closure

May 14th 2013

To hear Keith Langmaid of Penpol talking to Laurence Reed of Radio Cornwall about the closure of Penpol Bridge click on the button below:
If this link does not work then go to The Radio Cornwall Listen Again Site by clicking on the link below. Click on "Listen Now 180 mins" and move the time slider to 2hours 45min and 50 secs.
This will only be available till Monday 21st May


May 6th 2013


Tickets please!

The 2013 Fowey Festival of Words and Music starts this week.  After months of planning, we’re now ready to go.  All we need now is the help and support of Festival-goers past, present and future by coming along and enjoying all that this year’s Festival has to offer.  Even the sun’s helping us out by making an appearance!
So, if you haven’t booked yet, please make sure you don’t miss out.  The majority of events still have tickets available and, to accommodate the usual last minute surge of ticket-buying, the Festival’s Main Box Office will be open to take bookings by ‘phone, in person, or by post on Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. Fowey’s own Festival Box Office in Bookends, Fore Street, Fowey, will be open throughout the Bank Holiday weekend and, of course you can still book any time, day or night, online at www.foweyfestival.com .

Opening weekend highlights

The Festival starts on Wednesday night (8th May) with a special schools’ concert, featuring children from Fowey Community College and Fowey, Polruan and Lostwithiel primary schools.
There quickly follows a variety of events on Thurs 9th May, including a 50 Shades of Feminism panel event, featuring Rachel Holmes, Linda Grant and Helen Taylor.
Jessica Mann and Matthew Parris will be talking about their recent books and Jim Causley will be performing new songs, which he has composed, setting the poems of his relative Charles Causley to music.
The wonderful Duchy Opera will be performing a concert of popular classics from Carmen, The Merry Widow, The Marriage of Figaro and others.
Fridays events include a talk by Monty halls about his life as a tv presenter, explorer and marine biologist; Murder, Marple and Me, a one woman play about the strained friendship between the writer Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, the actress who first portrayed Christie’s Miss Marple on screen.

Friday’s daytime events conclude with a talk by Stephen Cooper about the remarkable life Guy du Maurier, who combined two unlikely careers as a soldier and playwright.
Friday night has the comedian Tony Hawks introducing a special screening of his comedy film Playing The Moldovans at Tennis.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th  includes events with Michael Morpurgo, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Peter Stothard, Piers Brendon, Ken Livingstone, Liz Fenwick and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, with a special acoustic concert featuring 10cc’s greatest hits and others written by Graham for other bands including The Hollies, The Yardbirds and Herman’s Hermits.


These are just a few of the events on offer.  For full details, check out the full programme here
Please come along and support this year’s Festival. There’s so much to enjoy – see you in Fowey!

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music Team

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




Fowey Festival of Words and Music (8th to 18th May)

April 23rd 2013

Not long to go now, this superb Festival will soon be upon us.  There’s also a strong programme of community events including plays, concerts and talks.  Check out the full Festival programme here: www.foweyfestival.com

Group discounts

If you’re a member of a group or club (or, just extremely popular!) you can save money by coming to Festival events marked with an asterisk as a group.  For every 10 tickets ordered, you get one free.  So, the more you people you bring, the more you’ll save – and the more fun you’ll have!

Make a day of your visit to the Festival.  This discount applies to all Festival Village events, Fowey Billiard room events and some Fowey Church and Fowey Town Hall events too!

Return To Lyonesse - Mike O’Connor & Barbara Griggs

An event omitted from this year’s printed Festival programme is Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs’ performance: Return To Lyonesse - a tale of the lost Celtic lands: Lyonesses, Ys and Cantre’r Gwaelod.

Based on ancient Cornish and Breton texts, Return To Lyonesse is a lively, atmospheric and entertaining show, which is a mixture of powerful oral storytelling and achingly beautiful music.  The performance is preceded by a short illustrated talk on the legendary origins of the tale.

Return To Lyonesse will be performed at Fowey Parish Church on Monday 13th May, 8.00pm.  Tickets cost £8.50 and may be booked online here

That’s all for now.  You can keep up-to-date with all Festival news at our Facebook page and on Twitter: @FoweyFestival1.

See you in May! Best wishes,

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music Team

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



Seagrass Talk

April 22nd 2013






A reminder that our next event is an evening talk on Tuesday 30th April, 7.30pm in the Royal Fowey Yacht Club. The talk is about Seagrass in the Fowey Estuary by Clare Marshall from Falmouth Marine School. She undertook a study last September to map the seagrass in Polruan Pool and this will be the first chance for us to see her results!








Website AGM - everyone welcome!

April 22nd 2013

The Website committee invites you to their AGM which will take place on Monday 22April in the Committee Room at 7.30pm. Your feedback matters, so please come and join us!


April 21st 2013


We are delighted to tell you that our Jubilee Oak tree has found a permanent home on the triangle at the junction just past Kingole Farm. The planting was attended by committee members and helpers, and everyone agreed that this will be a splendid commemoration of a wonderful 2012 Jubilee year. (see photo below in News item for April 11th)


April is a good time to sow tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. However, beware of the cold: its better to sow them into pots in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame for planting out later on. Weeds: it only takes one day of sunshine to have them running riot, so get on top of them now. 


Saturday 18th May, Lerryn Memorial Hall.

Only a month to go before the best plant sale in the area, where you can pick up a  bargain and gain some useful gardening tips. Keep nurturing your plant donations to help us raise money for the Annual show. We appreciate your efforts and can guarantee a great morning in the hall with delicious refreshments, and a good catch up with friends. 


Saturday 3rd August, Lerryn Memorial Hall

This year is our 63rd show and to celebrate this, we have an exciting new category in the Novelty Class. After much debate and advice from our in-house expert we are looking for the ‘Tastiest Tomato’. It’s a challenge, and one that we are looking forward to judging. So often we are beguiled by a shiny, red orb only to be disappointed by a tomato with no flavour. Here’s your chance to prove to us all that a tomato can have good looks as well as great taste.

Show schedules will be available from early May so that if you would like to enter, you can start planning ahead.  One of the children’s classes this year is called ‘An Edible Rainbow’ – a lovely title that should get young creative hearts beating faster, and in the Decorative class we have, amongst other categories, ‘Green with Envy’, and ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’. Subjects for this years’ photography competition will be: ‘Shadows’ for the Under  16’s, and ‘Happiness’ in the Adult class. We are delighted to announce that Canon John Halkes will be opening the show for us at 2.30pm. 


Please don’t forget to return your prizewinners’ cups to Sue and John Hancock . 


Pippa Greenwood, BBC Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and BBC Gardeners’ World columnist, will be visiting Trago Mills in Newton Abbot on Thursday 25th April between 11 and 3pm. Whilst there she will be talking to customers and answering questions. For more information phone 01626 821111 or visit www.trago.co.uk.

Support the Village Hall!

April 21st 2013

The next quiz at the Ship Inn on Saturday 26th April is in aid of the Memorial Hall and the hall committee would like to invite people to make up teams to come along and support the event. They are great fun and quite competitive!!! Also raffle prizes, on the night, would be greatly appreciated. The quiz starts at 9.00pm.

Fowey Estuary Clean Up by Kayak

April 15th 2013

Jubilee Oak

April 11th 2013

Lerryn & District Produce Association



Stop Press...


At last! The Jubilee Oak finds its permanent home and is planted on the triangle at the junction just past Kingole Farm.


Seen here are Peter Bucknell (steadying the tree) and Brian Philp (doing the spadework) with encouragement from, left, Andrew Rouse, Pat Bucknell, Sue and John Hancock.






Lerryn Welcomes the Happy Couple

April 7th 2013


Caroline's Special Day

Appeal for Books

April 1st 2013

Once again we are appealing for books to be sold on behalf of the Lerryn Memorial Hall

Spring Flower Show Boconnoc

April 1st 2013

Mike Casey

March 29th 2013


Do you know Mike Casey?  He used to live in Lerryn and was at the Village School from 1966-1972.  He has put some of his memories of Lerryn on the Discussion Forum.  To read them, click the button below:

The Gull

March 28th 2013

The March 2013 issue of The Gull (The Official Journal for the International British Seagull Outboard Owner) published an article about the December 2012 RLYS Seagull Race.  To see the article click on the PDF link below:

Click here for a link to the website http://seagulloutboard.com/?page_id=34http://

Edith Audsley

March 28th 2013

John Audsley (Known to some of you as "Yorshire John") has asked me to let everybody know through the website that his mother Edith passed away in hospital on Wednesday 20th March.

The funeral will take place on 11th April at 9.30 am at the Glynn Valley Crematorium.

The minibus will be available to take mourners to the Glynn Valley Crematorium free of charge and will leave Lerryn at 8.45 am.  Please ring 01208 871272 to book a seat and arrange pick-up point.

John proposes donations to LAMA in lieu of flowers, as Edith always said she would rather have them while she was alive.




March 24th 2013

I came back from work early afternoon on Saturday 23rd March, only to find that I had to turn round and find another way home, as the bridge at Penpol had been closed since lunchtime.  Huge blocks of masonry have fallen from under the bridge into the river and has made it unsafe not only for drivers but also for walkers.

We will let you know of any further developments. In the meantime, spread the news please as many drivers are being caught out!


Super Fast at Last

March 21st 2013


Some of the more observant of you may have already worked it out


I spoke to the BT guys in the main Car Park today who confirmed they are laying the cable now for Superfast Broadband so we will get it and it will be soon.  They are finishing the line in Lerryn and Lostwithiel right now - it will extend onto Polruan and they are not sure if we will get switched on before that length is done.

However either way its coming soon - many thanks to all those who emailed to put pressure on the Broadband Team to try and push this forward

BT will send letters to try and hook you all into it as soon as its ready to go but we will advise further on the website so keep checking back.

All hail the end of Buffering and egg timers


Join us on a village Coast Path Celebration Walk

March 20th 2013

Happy Birthday South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is celebrating its 40th Birthday this year and during April a series of walks is being organised by the Coast Path Team, National Trust and others involved in keeping the path running.  These are to celebrate the path and raise money to deal with improvements and some of the many landslips that have occured particularly this winter.

Encounter Walking Holidays based in Lerryn are raising money for a project at Lansallos Cove (our local section of path) to improve access for local walkers from the Car Parks and repair some of the ancient stone stiles there that are falling down.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Project and see pictures of the work to be done at Lansallos - we have already raised over £600 and this is being matched with European Funding so over £1200 worth of work is now going ahead - this is being organised  by The National Trust Coast Path Ranger Andy Simmonds.

Join The Lerryn Village Walk  -  Polperro to Polruan - Thursday 25th April - 7 miles

We are inviting everyone to join the official Great South West Walk celebration walk from Polperro to Polruan on Thursday 25th April.  This is a guided walk led by the Coast Path Team who are then continuing on to Lands End day by day for a big party early in May. Its a national event so will have walkers from all over the country but as we all know,  Polperro to Polruan is one of the finest sections - please join the walk with us !

Details follow on the poster below but we are running the Lerryn Minibus from the village on the day to Polperro where anyone from the Lerryn area will link up with the official walk.  You will then be collected after 7 stuning miles taking in Raphael Cliffs, Lansallos (see the Project locations on the way), Pencarrow Head and above Lantic Bay to finish in Polruan.

Encounter Walking Holidays are paying for a pint for anyone who completes the walk and will provide the LAMA minibus transport back to Lerryn at the end of the walk.

So please come along, bring your dog if you wish and be part of the largest group walk along our local section of coastline -  without having to bring your car !

£10 per person Donataion ALL of which goes to the Coast Path Project at Lansallos improving the access and protecting the walking there for years to come.

If you can't make the walk please consider donating a pound or two - everything helps and every pound you give is matched by the funding from Europe -   CLICK HERE and you can donate via the website at justgiving.org - it takes around two minutes and you can leave us walkers a message of support that everyone will see.

Contact  Damon Willcox,  Bernie or Ann Gibbons, Prue Cornwall or call 01208 871066 to register or for more info.




Short Story Competition - Fowey Festival

March 20th 2013

Closing date 19th April.

For details click on the picture link below:


Fowey Festival of Words and Music (new name for du Maurier Festival)

March 20th 2013

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music is coming closer: 8th – 18th May 2013.

Amazing acts are booked.  Check them out on our website: http://www.foweyfestival.co.uk/

We have a new name, logo and signage

The tented village is newly designed to give lots of activity between acts

The stage is set for a wonderful, vibrant Festival of Words and Music!

Check out our new film promoting Fowey http://www.visitcornwall.com/video-fowey or www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvOsjlozvys.

 To see the Festival Poster click on the photograph:

Fowey Festival of Words and Music | Cornwall

You may recognise one or two faces here!


High Chairs required

March 19th 2013

We are having a creche for our daughter's wedding on 6th April and need about 12 high chairs; so far I have managed to borrow 6, can anyone help? If you can help, contact me on 01208 872648.


Annie Vipond

Rachel's Half Marathon

March 17th 2013





A big THANK YOU to all those who supported me with encouragement and donations for running the Bath Half Marathon on 3rd March. In cold, but dry, calm conditions, I managed to run 8 minutes quicker than last year and completed the course in 1 hour, 52 minutes, 56 seconds – a personal best time!

With your help, I reached my target of £200 for CLIC Sargent, supporting children with cancer.