Rendle Bench Dedication: November 28th « · »

Jim Boote, Chairman of Port Navas Village Hall committee, presented a bench dedicated to the Rendles. Jim spoke of the huge contribution the Rendle family had made to Port Navas over the years. David and Tim Rendle thanked the Village Hall committee for the bench.

On The River: October 18th 2009 « · »

‘Head of the River’ race « · »

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Regatta 2009: Thanks Everyone « · »

I’m sure that everyone with an interest in the Port Navas Regatta will already know that we had a great event this year.  You can see lots of great photos from the day and all the results on portnavas.com/regatta.  Of course the weather helped and so did the early tide, but I want to thank, on behalf of the organising committee, all those who gave their time and energy to make our Regatta such a success.  Port Navas is not a very large village and we are dependant on help from our many friends from the surrounding area. If you able to give us a hand next year please contact a committee member.

It’s great to see so many people clearly having a good time and that is really all we hope to achieve.  In the process we do manage to raise a little money; this year just over £4000. This money will be distributed amongst our usual mix of national and local charities.

Next year’s Regatta will be on August 7th.  Please put the date in your diary now.

Thanks again to all who helped and all who came.  See you next year.

Jeff Meadows

on behalf of the Port Navas Regatta Organising Committee:
Jeff Meadows (Chairman)
Sally Annan
Phil Badger
John Blatter
Simon Boote
Dilys Gardiner
Marion Saunders
Henry Shaw
Sally Thomas
Aline Turner
Ben Wright

Trenarth Bridge blocked by Big Mac « · »

Port Navas: Monday August 3rd:

A transport driver called Big Mac, following a diversion on his way to Helston, found Trenarth a bridge too far.

Regatta 2009 « · »

1st August 2009:

The morning dawned wet and miserable but almost on the dot of 12 o’clock, the clouds parted, the sun shone and the popular Port Navas Regatta had record attendance this year. Hundreds turned up to watch the fun and take part. ‘It was a beautiful afternoon, ’ said Jeff Meadows, Chairman of the Regatta Committee, ‘ there was a great atmosphere and the everyone seemed to be having a good time especially the little kids who were enjoying playing in the puddles left by the morning rain.  As usual the crowd were very generous and I’m sure we’ll be able to make substantial contributions to our usual mix of charities.’

As well as the usual favourites, a very popular innovation this year was Mr Coolmagic – Paul Snowman – who provided face-painting and balloon sculptures for the children.  ‘As well as raising money, we particularly want this to be a fun event especially for the children,’ said Jeff, ‘and they were thrilled with their animal faces and balloon hats and sausage dogs.’

The events on the water provided much entertainment and particularly popular was the RNLI demonstration as a luckless victim was thrown overboard to be rescued amidst wreaths of orange smoke.  Also popular were the fun races where enthusiasm and innovation replaced mere ability with oars.  This year, local competitors were challenged by many visitors and there were more entrants then ever.

‘I couldn’t believe how many people came to this small corner of Cornwall, and there was so much to do and see,’ said Tom Hesling a visitor from London.  ‘ It was a great day out!’

The plans are already underway for next year’s Regatta on Saturday 7th August 2010.

Check the Regatta page for more photos.

Peter Prall « · »

Peter at the Tall Ships in Falmouth August 2008

A crowd of Port Navas people, many straight off the river in their sailing gear, turned out on a sunny morning, Friday July 31st, for the dedication of a new bench at the Port Navas Village Hall. Peter Prall, who’d had a family home in the village for more than thirty years, passed away earlier this year.  Mary and the family decided that a bench on which others could pause a while in the village that Peter loved, would be a fitting memorial.

Peter’s great friend Brian Roper called the crowd to order and introduced Councillor Jim Boote, Chairman of the Village Hall Committee and the only one present in jacket and tie, to perform the dedication. Peter’s wife Mary was there with children and grandchildren, and Peter’s son Rob said a few words about his dad. It was a happy occasion on which to remember an absent friend.

Thanks to Clare Holmes for the photos.

Arthur Rendle « · »

1 November 1913 – 29 March 2009

Arthur was born in Port Navas on November 1st, 1913 the youngest, together with his twin sister Marjorie, of a family of seven. He went to school, first in Constantine and then in Ponjeravah, and on leaving school he was apprenticed to a carpenter, Moss of Falmouth. Unusually, he also served a second apprenticeship as an engineer under Mr Thomas of Port Navas (Sally’s and Robin’s father). These skills served him well during the 2nd World War when he was required to service and maintain secret naval vessels, belonging to the SOE, based in the Helford River.

After the war he worked for the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm at Port Navas, driving their delivery van and maintaining the machinery and the engines of the oyster dredging boats – work he continued until his retirement in 1978. He had much to keep him occupied in retirement, with his boats, fishing and general DIY. He was a keen supporter of village activities, particularly the annual Regatta, and was delighted when Port Navas Village Hall came into being. He was also a lifelong member of Port Navas Methodist Chapel and was Chapel Steward for many years.

He is pictured here proudly displaying “Wings”, awarded to him following a flight (his first ever) from Culdrose Naval Air Station, in a light aircraft, kindly arranged by members of the village, to celebrate his 90th birthday.

When Arthur’s health deteriorated he moved first to Langholme in Falmouth, and then to Porthgwara Nursing Home at Coverack where he died on March 29th, 2009. His dry wit (at the age of 95) surprised and delighted the nurses who were only too happy to engage him in light-hearted banter. He will be sadly missed by friends, by visitors to the village, and by his niece and nephews.

Tom Cross « · »

3 February 1931 – 27 March 2009

Tom Cross lived in this part of Cornwall for more than 30 years. He was known to many, not only through his teaching as Head of Falmouth School of Art and his writing on the history of art in Cornwall, but also for his own distinctive paintings of the Helford River.

Born in Manchester, Tom trained at the Slade School and spent two years travelling and painting in Italy and France. On his return he worked in Wales for the Welsh Arts Council, later becoming Senior Lecturer in painting at Reading University and then, in 1976, principal of the prestigious Falmouth School of Art.

Tom’s books Painting the Warmth of the Sun, The Shining Sands and Catching the Wave are standard works on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools. His last book, HELFORD – A River and Some Landscapes, is a beautifully illustrated account of his time spent living on and painting the Helford River.

In 2002 Tom was instrumental in organising the purchase of the Port Navas Village Hall and served as its first Chairman, establishing it as a successful centre of village life.

Tom died at home on March 27th 2009. He was a good friend to many in Port Navas and he will be greatly missed.

A Walk on Bodmin Moor « · »

On July 12th, George Brew of Natural England, a resident of Port Navas, led an intrepid group of neighbours and friends on a walk on Bodmin Moor.  Clare Holmes took the pictures: