Regatta 2010: Contributions to Charity « · »

Thanks to all of you who helped at the Regatta, to those who came along to enjoy a great day, and of course to our very loyal and generous Patrons; we have been able to give away £3800 to charity this year. The main beneficiaries were the RNLI, Air Ambulance, St Julia’s Hospice and Shelterbox, each of whom received £500. Contributions were also made to local organisations: Save The Children, Port Navas Village Hall, Port Navas Methodist Chapel, Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, SSAFA, CRASAC, the Tolmen Centre and the Cottage Garden Society. Next year’s Regatta will be on July 30th. See you all again then!

Mobile Library « · »

The Village Hall is open for light refreshments when the library van calls on Wednesdays every fortnight from about 1.30pm. You can enjoy a drink in the dry and a chat with friends when changing your books.

Regatta 2010 « · »

7th August 2010:

The sun shone on the popular Port Navas Regatta as hundreds came to watch the rowing and swimming races, take part in the children’s games and try their luck on the fair stalls. ‘Due to a record number of helpers, this has been one of the easiest Regattas to organise,’ said Jeff Meadows, Chairman of the Regatta Committee. ‘It is fantastic that whilst people are having a great time we are able to raise money for many local charities.’

The prizes were awarded by Margaret Goad who with her husband Peter, runs the Port Navas Yacht Club. This will be their last year running the club as they plan to retire in March. ‘We shall miss them a great deal,’ said Jeff, ‘ they have been an important and hard working part of our community.’

The Ron Badger Annual Special Award – given to a person who has contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the success of the Regatta went to Sally Annan and Marian Saunders who have shared the organisation of the splendid food at the Regatta for many years.

The plans are already underway for next year’s Regatta on Saturday July 30th 2011 at 4pm.


Veteran’s Rowing – Man Howard Rendle Cup Martin Wills
Veteran’s Rowing – Woman Helen Colam Trophy Gill Pascoe
Pair Paddles under 17 – Boys Walter Warren Salver Jack Gleadowe
Blindfold Rowing Jack Gleadowe and David Harford
Pair Paddles under 13 – Boys Jack Gleadowe
Pair Paddles under 10 HRCST Tankard Oliver Chamberlain
Mother & Her Child Rowing Den Colam Cup Lisa & Oliver Chamberlain
Father & His Child Rowing Van Marriott Trophy Anton & Oliver Chamberlain
Pair Paddles Ladies Eileen Fisher Cup Gill Pascoe
Swimming 12 & Under – Girls D’Alton Cup Megan Toogood
Swimming 12 & Under – Boys Peter Agnew Cup Jamie Hutchinson
Swimming 16 & under – Girls Dorris Wooldridge Cup Megan Toogood
Swimming 16 & under – Boys Don Wooldridge Cup Oliver Edkins
Swimming Men Budock Vean Cup Josh Gotelier
Swimming Women Vinnicome Cup Nicky Harford
Row & Run 13 & under Rowan Chetwyn-Woods & Will Wilson
All-Comers Rowing Sidney Hodges Cup Richard Winfrey
Fun Race Fisher Cup Tamsyn Gwithyen & Cariad Silk
Pair Paddles Men Colam Eclipse Cup Phil Badger
Row & Run Adults St Euny Cup Richard Winfrey & Dave Redwood
Visitors’ Rowing Peter’s Cup Simon Finch
Pairs Rowing (Lady & Gent) Tiny Warren Cup Georgie & Richard Winfrey
Greatest Number of Points – Women Ron Badger Cup Megan Toogood
Greatest Number of Points – Men President’s Cup Oliver Chamberlain

Regatta Coffee Morning 2010 « · »

The traditional pre-Regatta coffee morning took place on July 28th.  A good turn-out resulted in a very healthy contribution to the Regatta charities.

Black Rock and Back « · »

Saturday July 24th: Members of the Port Navas Yacht Club sailed to Black Rock and back.
First boats home:
Sprats – Charlie Green in Daphne
Pilchards – David Crafts in Zag Zig
Mackerels – Jonathan Thornton in Calico
Gaffers – Tom Green in Panhaggarty

John Green MBE « · »

John Green has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. Back in 1997 John set up the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust here in Port Navas. The trust has gone from strength to strength and has allowed thousands of youngsters to learn to row and sail. Even though he stood down as leader three years ago, John retains a close interest in the charity and says his MBE should be seen as an endorsement of the trust and all those volunteers who keep it running.

“It’s a marvellous thing for the trust,” he said. “It is nice to be reminded of all those people who actively enabled the thing to get off the ground. I am very grateful to my family, the hundreds of volunteers who are the trust’s lifeblood and the leaders who come forward to continue our service to young people. They are very important because I did not actually believe it would continue. I thought when I stepped down nobody would be daft enough to carry it on.”

The trust works in partnership with 13 schools, including two for pupils with special needs. It offers sailing lessons for youngsters aged between 8 and 13. In 2006, the trust won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Fiona Beale 1933-2010 « · »

Fiona Beale arrived in Port Navas in 1965 on her beloved yacht Devon Maid.  She lived aboard while work was completed on the former garage, bought from Sally Thomas’s father, which was to be her home for the next 45 years.

Fiona became well known around the village and the river as an active oarswoman and sailor, and as an accomplished artist and woodcarver. She was an enthusiastic contributor to many local organisations, particularly the Port Navas Regatta and the Helford River Marine Conservation Group. In recent years she managed to turn the little village hall in Port Navas into an exhibition venue of choice for local artists.

On the evening of April 30th many of Fiona’s friends were with her at the launch of the Tom Cross Archive at University College Falmouth. It was great party and Fiona was in fine form.  She died suddenly at home that night. Port Navas will not be quite the same without her.


Village BBQ June 2010 « · »

Photocall 2010 « · »

Port Navas came to a standstill on a sunny Saturday morning for the 2010 village photo. Photographer Bernie Pettersen was in charge, as he had been 10 years ago for the millennium photo. There was a great turn out of residents new and old; past and present.  Even the village postie joined in.

8.38am April 17th: BBC Radio Cornwall

More photos…