Saturday 20th July

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

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.

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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Twelfth Night

On the eve of Epiphany the residents of Port Navas and friends, young and old, gathered in the village hall to celebrate the last day of Christmas in style. Everyone brought food and all enjoyed a great evening culminating in the ceremonial switch-off of the Christmas lights.

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to Port Navas from the Village Hall committee. Another year has passed and we continue to thrive, all because we treasure our little hall and enjoy being there.

The cards on my mantelpiece are one or two from previous years, painted by Tiffa; they come out every year!

Margaret Scott

Christmas Tree Lighting

Last  Friday the lights were switched on by Nina, one of our younger residents.

It all looks very blue, but not so the ceremony, which was accompanied by the wonderful Constantine Band, mulled wine, hot food and enthusiastic carol singing from the large crowd of young and old.

A great start to the festive season.

Click for more photos. Thanks Ben.