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. Thanks Ben for the photos.

New Noticeboard « · »

We now have a new noticeboard at the Village Hall, thanks to a contribution from both The Parish Council and Cllr John Bastin’s Community Chest.

The old board, which was gently disintegrating, had been with us since we renovated the Hall in 1992.  Huge thanks go to Roger Wickins who sorted out the whole process and then voluntarily helped Henry to install the board. The new board is made from re-cycled plastic and should last for many years to come without warping.

Oyster Farm Update « · »

Chris Gregory, the Duchy Land Steward, has sent us this update on the Oyster Farm:

Plans for the re-opening of the Helford oysterage continue apace. The Duchy have selected Tristan Hugh-Jones as their preferred new lessee and are now working to conclude details for the new lease agreement. Tristan was born on his family oyster farm, where the main focus was to breed and grow native oysters, using ponds for breeding the young spat. He has worked with oysters for over 20 years, both on the farm in Ireland, and also setting up tanks in London for distribution. He now lives in Penberth, near Penzance, with his wife Vickie and four young children. He is delighted that this opportunity to revive a native oyster bed is possible, and at last, close to home!

Tristan will be farming native oysters using traditional cultivation techniques, with the oysters being grown directly on the seabed. Oysters and other shellfish will still be processed from the depot at Port Navas but on a much reduced scale compared with the previous lessee and we are confident that the new enterprise will sit comfortably with the continued use of the quay by the community, under the terms of the agreement that the Duchy has with the Village Hall Committee.

Potentially our greatest challenge concerns the depot building itself. Sadly two engineers have now advised that the building is beyond economic repair and we are therefore having to consider demolishing the existing structure and replacing it. Plans for this have been prepared and an application for planning permission has recently been submitted to Cornwall Council. The full details of the proposals will be sent to Constantine Parish Council in the usual way and they will of course be available to view on line through the Cornwall Council planning portal. We have tried to introduce as few changes to the design of the current building as possible. The most significant addition is the inclusion of a small managers flat under the eves on the first floor, which will provide on- site accommodation and will, we feel, provide for better overall management of the site.

Alongside the planning application, we are also assembling a funding package and if all these pieces come together, we would look to start construction in the early part of 2019. We look forward to updating this post when we have news of the progress of the planning application.

Port Navas Oyster Farm – Proposed elevations
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Nina completes her walk for Shelter Box « · »


Tile making in the village hall « · »

A weekend of activity in the hall has just finished, with tutor Mel Chambers instructing in the art of encaustic tile making. By the end of Saturday we had engraved our tiles and covered them in blue “slip”. On Sunday we scraped off the slip to rediscover our designs. There was much hilarity when one of the students was heard to say “I’ve lost my eye, I couldn’t have put it in”, and another asked “Can you put back toenails?”.

Mel will now glaze and fire our tiles and we will get them back in about three weeks time. Mel will be running more courses next spring; you can be a complete novice and still produce something to be proud of. All the materials and tools are provided, as are the soup, bread, cheese and delicious chocolate brownies.

Nina Newton: Walking for ShelterBox « · »

Good luck to Nina from Port Navas who today embarked on a 23 mile coastal walk from The Helford Passage to Lizard Point. She is doing this along with her mum to raise awareness and money for the Cornish charity ShelterBox to help families affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
If you would like to support Nina with her fundraising please use this Just Giving Link.

Richard Winfrey « · »

It is with great sadness that we are reporting the tragic loss of Richard Winfrey who was laid to rest at Mawnan Church on Saturday.  Richard was a huge character who will leave an indelible mark on this community – in Mawnan Smith, within the shooting fraternity and on the Helford as a rower, sailor and drinker.  Richard was a fierce competitor at the Port Navas Regatta from an early age and I can personally attest to this, particularly in the Run And Row.  He was also a fantastic commentator for a number of years.  This summer he and his son Sam won a number of races and thereby added another Winfrey name (8 year old Sam) to the Presidents Cup for the overall points winner.

The service at Mawnan Smith was emotional but also very beautiful and made a huge impression.  The variety of people, as well as the sheer number, is a testament to his huge character.  On behalf of everyone at PNYC, we send our best wishes and thoughts to his wife Brush, his four children Harriet, Georgie, Treve and Sam and the wider family.  We are poorer for his early passing.

Tom Elleman

Regatta prizes « · »

Row & Run « · »