2020

Setting up the Christmas tree « · »

A Portrait of Port Navas « · »

October 2020 – Photography by Nicola Finan

Port Navas Regatta « · »

The Port Navas Regatta was first held in August 1914, in the same week that war was declared. It was not held again until 1921.

The Regatta Committee of 1921

There were lapses again in the years before and during the second war, and after the war it was often difficult to get a committee together. The Regatta was re-started properly in 1962 and has been run every year since until this year when it fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re all looking forward to next year’s Regatta. In the meantime Margaret Scott thought you might enjoy this collection of old posters.

For more about the re-establishment of the Regatta in the early sixties scroll to the bottom of History > The Regatta for the late Maurice Tonkin’s personal notes.

2005 Regatta visitor « · »

Those of us who were here for the 2005 Regatta will remember the visit of CV 2747, a beautifully restored 1930 ‘Snubnose’ Morris van. “Skip’ Thomas, Sally’s father, had used CV 2747 in a pickup configuration for transporting oysters in the early 40s. Michelin, who restored the van to commemorate their UK centenary, recognised her place in Port Navas history and organised this special appearance.

May Bank Holiday « · »

Adrian Seys-Prosser « · »

We very much regret having to report that Adrian Seys-Prosser passed away at home over the weekend.

Ade and his partner Jan lived at Covehill in Port Navas for many years before moving to Constantine a few years ago. They were always actively involved in village life and Ade loved living in Port Navas, appreciating its sense of fun and community spirit. He particularly enjoyed being part of the Regatta barbecue team each year. Many of Jan’s memories with Adrian are of happy times down at ‘the club’, crabbing on the quay and messing about in dinghies with the grandchildren. 

Ade will be missed by his family and by all who knew him.

Martin Winters, Stuart & Sally Annan, James Jowett with Ade at The Port Navas Regatta

Jonathan Thornton Completes 2.6 Challenge for HRCST « · »

As a Trustee of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, Jonathan Thornton has spent the last four years leading the development of a multi-million pound facility to enable children of all abilities, including those with severe disabilities, to benefit from all activities on and in the water. In order to raise funds during the 2.6 National Challenge, Jonathan decided to climb the height of the world’s tallest building – the 2600 feet Burj Dubai – in his own garden, which has a 100 foot descent to the River Helford. Jonathan’s wife Rose supported his endeavours by matching every pound raised to a total of £2600 and promising him a glass of bubbly on completion.

Alan Gardner « · »

We’re very sad to report the untimely passing of Alan Gardner. Many in Port Navas will know Alan as the always cheerful and generous former owner of Port Navas Yacht Club. Sandra, Alan’s wife, has said that their years owning PNYC and getting to know all the members were some of the happiest years of their family life. Sandra has loved the Helford since childhood, and Alan grew to love it so much, never more content than when pottering about in his little boat and having a pint of Doom Bar or enjoying a meal and a few glasses of wine with friends!

Alan was interested in everything and everybody. He spent the last active week of his life in Port Navas before he showed signs of being unwell and he and Sandra had to cut their stay short. He collapsed 24 hours after they got home; spent the next three weeks in hospital, and was never able to return home.

Our thoughts go out to Sandra who is having to cope with both loss and self isolation due to Coronavirus. Alan will be cremated on 24th April with only Sandra, Jamie and Kerry present.

Alan was a lovely man who will be remembered fondly by many in Port Navas and around the Helford.

Happy Easter « · »

Wishing all Port Navas folk a Happy Easter.  The times are strange but with patience we look forward to being able to meet together and enjoy the company of friends, neighbours and family once again.  Thank you to all those wonderful people who are helping to look after us.  Keep safe, enjoy our beautiful surroundings and look forward with optimism. 

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David Burke (1936-2020) « · »

It is with much sadness that we heard of the death of David today. Our thoughts are with Jane, Christopher, Irena, Jennifer and Nicola; Michael, Caroline, Jasmine and Louise.

David was a man of many parts and gave so freely of his time, knowledge and skills to the community. The Garden Society, History Society and Regatta Committee all appreciated his contributions as a member and treasurer, (a role he also undertook for the Save The Children branch). His own garden is testimony to his horticultural skills and will be a lasting memorial to him. When he and Jane arrived at Upalong the land was a mass of brambles, nettles and pittasporum, pathless and featureless. He tackled the whole with his usual vigour and it is now a feast of camellias, magnolias and azaleas. He was still planting his arboretum when he was taken ill and regretted not being able to complete it. His sturdy tractor was much used in the village, for the Regatta as well as in Pope’s Garden.

David was a mean card player, especially enjoying the more challenging games as well as evenings of rummy and whist with friends. He also enjoyed playing snooker every week with a group of pals. Friends and family were so important to him, especially his four granddaughters. Nothing pleased him more than to tell us all that they had celebrated Christmas in October, every year in a different part of the UK, with a large group of family members. This left him free at Christmas proper to wassail with village friends. Wassailing was not the only celebration he hosted; for many years 1st April was Sloe Gin evening, an event when fellow sloe gin makers met and sampled each others’ bottles. His love of real ale was indulged every year by visiting the Real Ale Festival, and he was partial to a drop of single malt.

He served as a member of the Village Hall Management Committee from its inception, for many years being the Treasurer. He also coordinated the pitching and decoration of the Christmas tree, and insisted that we had flashing multi-coloured lights. His contribution to the summer barbecue was a huge steaming tray of fried onions, a real labour of love. His other thankless task was to oversee the maintenance of the troublesome septic tank. All this was carried out with efficiency and good humour, thank you, David.

I am sure there is more we could say.

David was a gentleman and we will miss him. 

David and Jane in their garden in 2006