Tuesday 15th October

Whether you are a resident or visitor, we hope you’ll use this site to keep up to date with what’s going on in and around Port Navas.

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The Port Navas Village Hall has a full programme of talks, courses and exhibitions. Please come along and support our events. The hall is here for the benefit of the village and we hope the programme is to your liking.  All comments and suggestions would be most welcome.

You can book the hall for private and group events. There is a modest charge.  Email Cate Jones or call on 01326 340581.

Recent news

First soup kitchen

The first soup kitchen of the season. Gaye and Margaret made leek and potato and tomato with orzo soups and the diners enjoyed catching up after the summer break. The next Soup Kitchen is on Wednesday 6th November, 12.30 onwards, £3. There is no need to book.

Summer Barbecue

While the rest of the country struggled with storms and strong winds, Port Navas enjoyed a balmy evening for its traditional Summer Barbecue. The crowd was convivial; mostly local friends and neighbours with a few very welcome visitors. Good food and good company.

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The 2019 Regatta

A typically wonderful Port Navas Regatta: fabulous weather; a happy crowd; great competition on the water, and well-deserved prizes. Next year’s Regatta will be on August 1st at 3pm.

Update: We’ve added some photos kindly contributed by Jonathan Thornton.

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Regatta Coffee Morning

It was a  lovely day for the traditional Port Navas Regatta Coffee morning. Tea & coffee; loads of crummy cakes, and even a glass of prosecco.

All the money raised will go to the Regatta charities.

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Summer Strum

A discerning crowd chose not to watch the Cricket World Cup Final (England beat New Zealand ), the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final (Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer), or the British Formula 1 Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton won for the sixth time).

They chose instead to spend the afternoon sitting in warm sunshine, enjoying a cream tea and being entertained by the Ukulele Orchestra of Constantine. A young visitor, Tommy, accepted the invitation to join in and was soon strumming with the band.

Oyster Talk and Taste

The village hall was full for a very interesting talk by Tristan Hugh-Jones who has recently taken over the Helford Oysterage. Tristan talked of his family’s long involvement in raising oysters in Ireland and Scotland and his plans to re-introduce the native oyster to the Helford. He brought samples of Pacific and native oysters for us to taste with a glass of Prosecco.

A very enjoyable evening!

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Oyster Exhibition Opening

The Oyster Exhibition in the Village Hall kicked off with an evening view. Don Garman, who’d organised the exhibition on behalf of Constantine Museum, gave us a potted history of oyster fishing on the Helford. John Shepperd kindly provided native oysters and Guinness to augment the usual snacks and wine.

Five Million Tides

Christian Boulton, who lives locally, has written a new book tracing the colourful history of the Helford River.

Evidently the Helford became one of the most significant waterways in Europe during the Iron Age and Roman periods. Despite being mainland Britain’s most southerly haven, it has not always been a place of good fortune. Once a thriving seat of Celtic Christianity, it apparently became more associated with villainous seafarers. Nor could it be always relied upon for sanctuary from storms, as the numerous graves of mariners in its village churchyards attest. Although now overshadowed by its more famous siblings, the Helford truly is the enigmatic beauty of the family whose rich past deserves wider knowledge.

‘Five Million Tides’ is available to pre-order from Amazon.

Soup Kitchen

A beautiful sunny day in Port Navas for the January Soup Kitchen. The Village Hall was packed for Teresa Butler’s Leek and Potato and Dilys Gardiner’s Carrot and Vegetable. Teresa also made the brioche and delicious Bakewell tarts.

Don Garman was on hand to tell us about the Constantine Museum’s latest acquisition: a Constantine constable’s staff from 1845 donated by a Suffolk based collector who’d had it for forty years.

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