Christmas Day in the hall « · »

On Christmas morning a group of villagers and visitors were welcomed to the Village Hall to celebrate the Birth of Christ.  It is the first time that the Methodist Church has used the hall for a service, but the melodious and enthusiastic congregation soon took up the singing of familiar carols, and requested more. The Lay preacher Gordon led the service recounting the nativity story and telling us of the first appearance of angels. After the service coffee and mince pies were enjoyed by everyone there, an excellent start to Christmas Day.


More Pope’s Garden Pictures « · »

Four more pictures from Margaret Scott:

Peggy Plants a Tree « · »

November 3rd 2012: The village gathered  to help Peggy Shepperd plant a tree in Pope’s Garden to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. There was a good turn out and most stayed on for a couple of hours to tend the garden.

Ted and Jean's Farewell « · »

Most of the population of Port Navas and many from round and about gathered to say farewell to Ted and Jean Morris. Dilys paid tribute to their time in the village and Tiffa presented them with a photo and a watercolour both depicting Rose Cottage. Click on the first thumbnail to start a slideshow.

Hungry Sailors: More Photos « · »

Photos by Margaret Scott

Hungry Sailors « · »

The Port Navas Soup Kitchen this week welcomed guest chefs Dick and James Strawbridge from ITV’s ‘Hungry Sailors’. Soup Kitchen regulars enjoyed Tiffa’s ‘Butternut Squash and Ginger with Chilli’ and ‘Ham Hock with Pea’ prepared on the spot by Dick and James. The proceeding were filmed and we can expect to see the programme early next year. We’ll do our best to keep you posted!

Visit: The Hungry Sailors website

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First Autumn Soup Kitchen « · »

The first of the autumn Port Navas Soup Kitchens was well attended with friends and neighbours. The soups were by Lucie Nottingham, Margaret Green and Pat Cross.

A request from Battle Creek, Michigan « · »

We visited Port Navas in the summer of 2011 and found it to be such a beautiful place. While there we purchased the book The Story Of Port Navas and I was delighted to find a picture of my great grandfather Capt. Peter Pascoe in it. Peter was born in Porthleven in 1852 and spent much of his life there as a fisherman but he retired to Port Navas where he was a yachtsman for a Mr Hamerton on the sailboat “The Klang”. Peter drowned February 19, 1931 and his wife Catherine/Kate (Tonkin) Pascoe died in Port Navas April 5, 1934. I have been unable to find where Peter and Kate are buried despite checking in Constantine and Porthleven. (I have been told there were no burials in Port Navas).

I am attaching a photo of Kate Pascoe taken in 1921 in front of her house in Port Navas. She is with Mark, my grandfather, who came from Michigan for a 6 month visit, bringing his wife Eliza and their two children, Dorothy and Mark Jr. (my father) to meet his parents for the first time. (Mark and Eliza are to the right of Kate Pascoe in the picture which was probably taken in the Spring or early Summer of 1921.

Could you suggest anyone I might contact who could help me find their graves? Is there someone in Port Navas who does genealogy work?

Karen Pascoe Mackey
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

Cornish Evening Tidings
Friday, February 20, 1931 (or Saturday, February 21):

Constantine Mystery: Search for missing man and boat.

Capt, Peter Pascoe, aged 78, is missing from Port Navas, Constantine. He left his home about 9:30 on Thursday morning to go fishing in the Helford River as was his custom. He spoke to the crew of the Porthleven fishing boat Nellie at one o’clock and at three o’clock the crew of the fishing boat Iris saw him off Pennare Point, since which time nothing has been seen of him or the boat. Great anxiety was felt for his safety in the village on Thursday evening when it became known he had not returned. Yesterday morning search parties scouted the Helford River. The coastguards at Falmouth and the fishermen at Durgan, Helford, Port Navas, Porthhallow, and Cadgwith have been notified and have joined in the search for the missing man as have also the Porthleven fishing boats and crabbers in the river. Capt. Pascoe is a native of Porthleven and came to Port Navas as yachtsman to Mr C.T. Hamerton, who at that time resided at Trewince. Capt. Pascoe knew the Helford River well and was acquainted with the coast all around. At 12 o’clock yesterday Mr Howard Rendle of Port Navas who was in a motor boat found a paddle and rowlock between Gillan and the Manacles.

Summer Barbecue « · »

Saturday August 11th

Residents and visitors turned out in record numbers on a rather overcast evening to enjoy grilled mackerel, hamburgers and sausages. Extra chairs had to be borrowed from homes nearby to accommodate the crowd which was undeterred by the light rain later in the evening.

Regatta 2012 « · »

Port Navas: July 28th 2012

There were some old favourites and some new ideas at this year’s popular Port Navas Regatta attended by hundreds of locals and visitors.  It was a heart stopping moment when exactly at 12 noon as the events started there was a shower but it only lasted a minute and the rest of the afternoon was warm and sunny.  Richard Tiptaft, the new Chair of the committee was very pleased.  ‘It was nerve racking on my first year in charge but it was also very exciting and the committee has been incredibly supportive,’ said Richard. ‘ Over £4500 was taken on the day and all the profits go to charity, mainly local ones or ones with a local interest such as RNLI.’

Richard introduced a new children’s game aimed at under 6s in which they had to hook a duck for a prize.  There were also a couple of new water events which kept the competitors on their toes.

The Ron Badger Special Award Cup was given to Jeff Meadows, the previous Chair, and his wife Tiffa for all their hard work in running the Regatta for the last  8 years.  The prizes were presented by Aline Turner, who was determined to wear her hat!  She was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers by Jinny Leybourne.

Winners Results

Veteran’s Rowing – Man: Martin Willis (Howard Rendle Cup); – Woman: Gill Pascoe (Helen Colam Trophy) First Man over 70: Tim Rendle

Pair Paddles u 17 – Girls: Katie Toogood (Serena Lucas Salver); Boys: Oliver Chamberlain (Walter Warren Salver)

Blindfold Rowing – Oliver Chamberlain  & Anton Chamberlain

Swimming Women – Emma Gottelier (Vinnicome Cup)

Pair Paddles u 13 – Boys: Oliver Chamberlain (Sidney Hodges Cup 1st overall; Girls: Georgina Cooke; Finn Dungavel HRCST Tankard (10 and under)

Swimming Men – Josh Gottelier (Budock Vean Cup)

Mother & Her Child Rowing – Lucy, Serena and Tilly Holdsworth (Den Colam Cup)

Swimming 16 & under – Girls: Emma Gottelier (Dorris Wooldridge) – Boys: Jeremy Hutchinson (Don Wooldridge Cup)

Father & His Child Rowing – Oliver & Anton Chamberlain (Van Marriott Trophy)

Pair Paddles Men – Freddie Gleadowe (Colam Eclipse Cup)

Swimming 12 & Under – Girls: Mhairi Macleod (D’Alton Cup) – Boys: Evan Dungavel (Peter Agnew Cup)

Row & Run 13 & under – Oliver Chamberlain & George Hatcher

Fun Race – Jack, Ewan, Joe, Freddie & Zac (Fisher Cup)

Pair Paddles Ladies – Gill Pascoe (Eileen Fisher Cup)

Row & Run Adults – Freddie Gleadowe & John Samuel (St Euny Cup)

Visitors’ Rowing – Jon Carter (Peter’s Cup)

Pairs Rowing (Lady & Gent) – Catherine Nancarrow & David Redwood (Tiny Warren Cup)

Anarth Cup – Robyn Chambers

Greatest Number of Points – Women:  Gill Pascoe (Ron Badger Cup);

Men: Oliver Chamberlain (President’s Cup)

Fancy Dress Winners included Tilly (4) & Lucy (6) Holdsworth; Noé Myers (4); Seraphina Matthews (3 ½ ); Oliver (4 months); Felix (4 months); Anne Victoire from France