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Carols round the Xmas Tree

December 23rd 2009

Despite the freezing weather and treacherous conditions underfoot, the Hall was full for the traditional evening of Christmas Carols.

Led by David Vipond on vocal chords and tambourine, the community singing was loud, in tune (most of the time) and very enthusiastic, the high points being provided by the children.  Paul King, Jim Kelly and friends, provided excellent musical accompaniment, and the mince pies and mulled wine made the whole evening go with a swing.

Our thanks to Ros and the Hall committee for a splendid event which has now become a Lerryn tradition.

Did anyone take photographs?



Village Archive Open Day on Sunday

December 18th 2009

Hi all,


In case you are tired of Christmas preparations, we thought you might like to join us in the Red Store and spend a short time enjoying the Village Archive with us.


SUNDAY 20TH DEC AT 2.15PM  - To see pictures from the archive and also to learn more about how we can use Photoshop on the computer in the Red Store - Jan


So wrap up warm and just stroll down the riverside after Sunday lunch.


(We will try to warm it up for you!)


Hope to see you there



Jan Collett and Michael Fenwick 

More "OLd" Photos of Lerryn

December 17th 2009

CLICK HERE to view another 4 photos of Lerryn now on the OLD LERRYN Gallery including this fantastic shot......


Beat's the modern Gin Palaces we get up the river these days by a mile !


Christmas Quiz

December 17th 2009


A great night in the ship for the christmas quiz which raised £190.00 for the village hall loads of fun and frolics here are the results for the evening and a couple of photos
picture round after tie break 40 points moms very aloud
sports round  bah humbug  28
tv after tie break  dilligaf   28
general knowledge  moms very aloud 18
music bastoods  30points
each round winner won abottle of wine provided by he ship and the overall winners were
moms very aloud with a fantastic 102 points hope to see you all there for the next quiz in january which is for the pony express charity for help the heroes have a good christmas  - keith and jen


Ronald Elliott

December 8th 2009

Last Saturday Ronald had a slight heart attack and is currently in Treliske. He is waiting for an angiogram which will determine how he is and what treatment may be neccesary. He is expected to be in hospital for ten days or so.

In the meantime he is in good spirits but frustrated by having to rest and not being able to motorise his bed or repair the castors on his over bed table! 

He is allowed to use his mobile phone, which he has with him, and would be delighted to receive calls from his friends (reasonable hours please).


Village Archive

December 7th 2009

The Memorial Hall Committee, who hold the village archive, are about to send out a questionnaire in the Lerryn area seeking views about how it may be made more accessible. 

The Website Group has proposed that one way could be to make the archive, or parts of it, available on the www.lerryn.net 

This is only one of a number of options, none of which are mutually exclusive, and we would encourage everyone with an interest to ensure that they express their views by completing and returning their questionnaires.



St Veep Parish Council Meeting Thursday

December 5th 2009

For the Agenda for Thursdays Meeting



Seagull race goes National

December 4th 2009

Racing with Seagulls



Congratulations to Mike Baker on a very impressive article in Practical Boat Owner on the Seagull Race  - its in this months edition (they call it the January one)  so rush to the shop if you want it -   (I notice there is also an article on how to build a strip maple canoe if anyone is getting really bored this winter) !

Got some great photos of last years event in a 2 page spread anywayWe've been asked if we can reproduce the text for anyone who does not get to see the magazine so it follows below





Mike Baker recounts what sailors in his part of Cornwall do when their boats are tucked up warm for the winter. Pictures by Bernie Gibbons.

“When it started it was running backwards. The pull cord didn’t disengage and the wooden handle was whizzing round the top of the engine so I couldn’t get near it to stop it. Then the retaining nut on top of the assembly undid itself and the cover plate, starting assembly and pull cord flew off the top of the engine and disappeared below the water,” a voice behind me was explaining. “So the engine’s had it then?” his companion asked. “Oh, no! I went back at half tide and the wooden pull handle was floating on the surface. I gave it a tug and the assembly came up from the bottom, so I put it all back together last night.”

It’s a Friday in late December, we are in The Ship on the night before the 21st Lerryn British Seagull race, and accounts are being traded, some more plausible than others, of the preparations for this annual event. The race is, in the words of the race announcement, “open to any non-planing hulled craft with a crew of at least two, using only traditional (twin-legged) Seagull engines for propulsion”

Like all the best classic races, the first started with a bet, in this case between Norman Douglass and Frank Stevens in the bar of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club. They were to race from Lerryn to St. Winnow, using only Seagull engines. Word got round and on the day of the race there were more than 20 entrants. Since then it’s been held annually, although numbers have grown and the course and the format change a bit each year.

The race is organized by the RLYS (River Lerryn Yacht Squadron), an august organization whose international headquarters is the first table on the right behind the door at The Ship. Lerryn stands on the river of the same name at the upper end of a branch of the Fowey estuary, with the River Fowey and the Fowey branch of the estuary about a mile downstream. St. Winnow and its charming waterside church is a further mile upstream on the Fowey, and for many years the race followed the course of the first one, the first lap from Lerryn to St. Winnow, and the second, handicapped on the basis of the time over the first lap, back to Lerryn. However, if a bit of a wind picks up the main estuary can be a bit choppy and because of safety concerns over this and some outrageous cheating over the handicapping, the organizers have more recently kept the race in the Lerryn River.

Tomorrow dawns and I wrap up warm in oilies and a lifejacket and stumble out to find my skipper, Chris, and his boat. He’s registered and collected the sailing instructions but neither of us feels inclined to read them, assuming that everything of importance will be included in the pre-race briefing. Norman Douglass, now RLYS Vice Commodore, does the briefing, emphasizing the importance of avoiding collisions on pain of disqualification, but doesn’t mention the importance of adhering to the traffic separation scheme at the one narrow point.

We make our way to Chris’ boat, a small and rather battered dinghy with two Seagulls mounted on the back. We push off and Chris turns his attention to starting one of them. It bursts into life and we set off across the channel. Lerryn being at the top of the estuary, it dries completely at half tide or earlier. One of the difficulties the organizers have is arranging the race for a weekend when the tide is sufficiently high at a practical time of day to enable the boats to float. There isn’t much water and we promptly find out just how little when the engine starts mixing the mud on the bottom with the prop. We fight our way back to the channel but by the time we do we are too late to be on the start line for the start.

The noise is appalling. There are 49 official entries and some folk have turned up too late to register, but start just the same. Over half the boats have two or more engines and as we head off downstream, skippers are desperately pulling starting cords to get their second and third engines going. The sound of around 80 Seagull engines on full song is deafening, and the air is thick with half-burnt two-stroke. My skipper’s wife, getting to Lerryn a bit late, could hear the noise from two miles away.

The rig of the day is “Party Time” and there are prizes for best-dressed crew and best-dressed boat. We have not been very ambitious on this score, our fancy dress running to a paper party hat each and a balloon from a restaurant we went to three days ago, which I’ve tie to the bow of the boat. But others have responded well, and there is lots of dressing up both to the theme of a celebratory party (one boat has a complete disco on board, although it is travelling very slowly), and also on the political party theme (the “Green Party” is entirely dressed in green with green faces and green hair, in a green boat; the Seagull party boat is manned by well dressed canvassers with appropriate rosettes).

The course will take us to Brockles Quay, just before the point where the Lerryn joins the Fowey, and we have to go round twice. We settle down to keeping the boat pointing in the right direction, not going aground, and missing other boats. Oh! And going the right way round buoys. We reach the narrows and, faced with a marker in the middle, despite not having read the sailing instructions, my skipper elects to take the starboard channel, a policy he sticks to throughout the race (thus avoiding disqualification). I am holding down the front of the boat, but he gives me a very long tiller extension whilst he starts the second engine. We leap forward with a barely perceptible increase in speed.

The course is well furnished with safety boats, ready to rescue drowning competitors and to tow broken down boats out of the way. At the buoy we have to go round at Brockles Key there is a large Committee Boat, full of cheering folk who have been co-opted to the committee for the day. As we start the return lap of this first leg we are in the middle of the field and find ourselves having to avoid other boats behind us coming the other way and dodge other boats whose Seagulls have stopped for one reason or another. Most of the skippers of these casualties haven’t given up yet and are tugging with increasing desperation at starting cords. We also get the opportunity to admire those of our competitors behind us with amazing fancy dress. As we go a bit further we see the leaders coming back on their second lap, some of whom are also stunningly attired.

At this points the nut holding the HT lead to the plug on one of our Seagulls vibrates loose and falls into the Lerryn and the engine stutters and stalls. My skipper spends much of the next couple of miles of the course hanging over the back of the boat attempting (unsuccessfully, as it turns out) a jury rig to get the engine going again. During these periods of engine first aid he hands me the long extension for the working engine. Trying to steer the boat with this from the front of the boat turns out, what with the very limited scope for movement it gives and the skipper being in the way, to be tricky, and the prospect of showing a boat coming towards us a clear and positive change of direction a la the Col Regs is beyond unlikely. On more than one occasion only a strangled cry from me and a resumption of the helm by Chris saves us from disqualification and a probable ducking due to collision.

Despite its venerable years, our other engine hangs together, however, and we finally make it to the finish after about an hour at full chat. We ground on the gravel and I run to the bell hanging further up the shore and ring it. We made it! (And it turns out didn’t get disqualified). A substantial crowd has accumulated and finding our near and dear takes a bit of time; there are lots of folk on the bank to greet, some of whom we haven’t seen since they were helming the stand-on vessel in a close encounter some time in September, so a fair hubbub compensates for the steady decline in Seagull engine noise. The first two boats to finish get to take part in a tug-of-war, an event which is as complete a shambles as anyone could wish for, and we retire to the pub for much deserved refreshments and prize giving. Given that there are almost as many prizes as un-disqualified finishers, we are unlucky not to win one, but my wife strikes so lucky in the raffle we give back one of the prizes and give another winning ticket to Jean, my skipper’s wife.

  Mike Baker


The day has raised £291 for local charities and £227 for the RNLI. And a good time was had by almost everybody.

Choir returning to Boconnoc Church

December 4th 2009


Tickets On Sale NOW!

Washaway West Gallery Choir
Returns to Boconnoc Church!

Friends of Boconnoc Church Presents

Washaway West Gallery Choir

Christmas Concert
The Washaway West Gallery Choir at Boconnoc
 with a concert of cheerful, tuneful and rhythmic
Christmas music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century
3.00 pm Sunday 13 December
Tickets @ £5.00 (£3.00 for under 16s, under 5s free) from:
 Lerryn Village Stores & Paraphernalia, Lostwithiel
 Mike Lynch:  01503 220760 & Mike Wilson: 01208 821138
FOBC is a Registered Charity number 1120850

Police Notice

November 25th 2009

This message relates to Police Log Number 351 24 November 2009.

We are asking for residents to be aware following an incident, which occurred on Tuesday 24th November 09 in Pensilva, near Liskeard.

Two males have entered a property alleging to be checking the water quality as they were working nearby, once indoors one male went upstairs uninvited and was disturbed by another occupant, both males then hurriedly left the address. Enquiries reveal they were not working in the area.

Both males are described as white, late 30's early 40's in age and both wearing navy trousers and jackets, one male is described as having ginger hair and the other with mousey hair. Residents are reminded to please be vigilant with any callers, and ensure that identification is checked by phoning the company from the number in the phone book.

If you have any information please contact us on 08452 777444 and quote CMS and Log Number 351 24/11/09.

Thank you.

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