Delabole Village Cornwall



Carnival Week


Final bits of information before this year's Carnival Week kicks off on Saturday 14th July 2018!!

You will see the programme of events in this month's Slate - hopefully there will be something there that everyone can find to enjoy. Alongside our regular events, you will see the return of the Carnival Motorbike Ride and, a first for this year, Carnival Big Breakfast served in the marquee! Some of you may be sad to see the demise of the Carnival Beer Glass, but it has been replaced this year by a plastic commemorative festival type glass which you will be able to use on the night, and we have struggled in recent years to sell the glass glasses. Also new for this year for adults - at your first visit you may be asked for identification to prove you are over 18, once this is confirmed you will be given a festival band - nobody will be served at the bar unless they are wearing one of these bands. Elaine has been testing them and assures us you can wash/shower and do everything you would normally do and they will last a week!


Don't forget that this year's competition will not be Scarecrows, but will be a Decorated Window competition. As this is completely new for us, we will keep it simple and just have two classes - Residential or Business. We may decide to split them up a little when we see what entries come in. So you have a blank canvas (or window!) to work with J - all we ask is that judges can easily see the window without going round the backs of properties etc. It can be artistic, funny, floral - see what you can come up with. The entry form is in the July "Slate".


As always, we are asking for your help as well. From the Friday afternoon on 13th July right through to Sunday 22nd July WE NEED YOU! Rotas will shortly be out for event door stewards, marquee door guards for when there are no events running, night time guards, procession marshalls, tuck shop volunteers, bar staff, table clearers… and so on. The first Friday is a busy night when the marquee has to be kitted out ready for opening night so all help will be welcome, as is the Sunday when we know the whole village wants to sleep off the tiring week, but the marquee has to be emptied so that it can be dismantled by the marquee company (but no children on these two days please due to safety risks). We also still have a vacancy for carnival secretary - why not come forward to help out through the week this year and see if you want to get more involved?


And, finally, the Carnival! We have had a reputation for being the best village carnival in Cornwall - let's put Delabole back on the map again this year with a carnival procession that is second to none! Walkers, floats, tractors, cars, lorries, prams, horses - you name it and we will find a class for it! You don't have to spend a fortune, we have had some spectacular entries which have been all home made, and the charity shop is great for outfits and material. We also have the Scrapstore card which is kept at the flower shop - the store is in St Austell and you can go along and collect all sorts of bits and pieces for free! Entry forms and class lists are in the July Slate newsletter and you can enter the carnival any time after 1st July at the Flowers from Bruallen shop. Entry forms and class list are in the July Slate.


The B3314 will be closed through the village from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Saturday 21st July. If you park in a car park within the road closure area, you will not be able to leave until the road has reopened. As usual, we also ask those of you who normally park beside the road or in the lay-by along the length of the procession route from West Downs to Rockhead - please can you park elsewhere or in one of the carnival car parks during the road closure time to give better access to visitors watching and also help the procession to flow smoothly?


Have a lovely Carnival Week everybody!


A Program of the weeks events is here


Church of St John the Evangelist, High Street, Delabole PL33 9AQ

2017 Annual Report

DCC Members:       Mrs Tricia Hicks--Churchwarden & Health & Safety, Mr Nigel Hicks-- Treasurer & Lay Chair, Mrs Hazel Cornish, Mr Chris Shee, Mrs Sue Wilcox--Reader, Ms Claire Salzmann--Reader, Mrs Peggy Sandell, Mrs Lesley George--Secretary
Deanery Synod rep—Ms Claire Salzmann
Electoral Roll Officer—Mrs Lesley George
Safeguarding Officer--Mrs Sue Wilcox
The church banks with Barclays
Priest in Charge--Rev Angela Cooper
The District Church Council is a corporate body established by the Church of England.  The DCC operates under The Parochial Church Powers Measure.  The DCC is excepted by order from registering with the Charity Commission.  The DCC has no related trusts or charities. 
As this is a small DCC, it functions as a single committee, meeting approximately four times a year.  The incumbent usually attends the DCC meetings and decisions are taken by the full DCC. 
The major risks to which the DCC are exposed have been identified by members, and following review, systems or procedures have been established to manage these risks.  Liability insurance is in place.


Objectives & Activities

We cooperate with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church—pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.  During the transition the Church Warden, Readers and Council members took on these responsibilities.  We are committed to a servant relationship in and with the local community. 
The main objectives of the DCC have been:

  •  to seek opportunities to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, using words if we have to
  • to maintain the fabric and upkeep of the church building in the light of reduced finances over the past year
  • to grow the Church 

The range of services includes several ecumenical village services a year and a Carnival Service.  A non-Eucharistic service is held on the first and third Sundays of the month with Holy Communion being celebrated on other Sundays.
Together, a weekly prayer and study group, meets in Delabole or St Teath.
Service pattern at St John’s Church:
Ist Sunday    Morning Prayer
2nd Sunday   Holy Communion
3rd Sunday    Morning Prayer
4th Sunday    Holy Communion
5th Sunday    Cluster Communion (held in one of the Cluster churches) or     Festival dates
Weekday Morning Prayer                       9am Tuesday mornings

Holy Communion/Morning Prayer
Hymns chosen by congregation member, music by ipod, refreshments served. 
All services follow the related lectionary.  Those wishing to receive Holy Communion every week may go to St Teath (1st & 3rd Sundays).
With an average congregation of 10 adults, most members automatically volunteer to undertake the various aspects of ministry. 
Financial constraints do not enable the DCC to administer grants.   

Achievements and performance


  • Baptism
  • Thanksgiving for the birth of a child
  • three funeral services taken by Ministry Team at the Crematorium  
  • two graveside funerals in Delabole Cemetery
  • types of service include Eucharistic & non-Eucharistic
  • Holy Week (Monday) Taize   
  • Dawn Service—Easter Day followed by breakfast
  • Christmas Midnight Service
  • Charitable donations--St Petroc’s Society, Food Bank & Children’s Hospice South West
  • MMF 100% paid
  • Church open daily during British Summertime
  • The church is made available for community use (e.g. family parties, fundraising, concerts, clubs) as part of our outreach


Cluster Events:


  • we come together for worship with the other churches in the Cluster usually either on a fifth Sunday or to celebrate a feast day

Ecumenical events included:


  • Open the Book--presented weekly at Delabole Primary School
  • Mothering Sunday
  • Delabole Carnival Service in the marquee on the Playing Field
  • Village Carol service
  • Monthly visits to Mini Minors and St Piran’s Playgroups telling a Bible story and singing a song with Annie and Spike (puppets

Children’s Work:


  • Second Saturday—SSS—a monthly morning of activities (crafts, stories, games) enjoyed by all (children and family adults) with refreshments, at St John’s
  • Open the Book—two members of St John’s are part of the ecumenical team who weekly present ‘The Bible’ to all pupils at Delabole Primary School   
  • Christmas--Crib Service, Village Carol Service
  • Pupils from Delabole School visited St John’s for the school’s Harvest  Celebration
  • a time of remembrance at the War Memorial on 11th November was shared with pupils from Delabole Primary School 
  • Christmas Crib service with quiet, peaceful focus on the Nativity followed by tea.  Children participate with adult support

Clubs/Events held in Church or community:


  • Martial Arts, Macmillan Big Coffee Morning and various charity fund raising event
  • Venue for Polling Station— General & Local Elections
  • The DCC has organised fundraising events throughout the year which included a Christmas Bazaar and a Christmas Concert with members of Launceston Town Band
  • Coffee Stop – weekly, non-fund-raising time when church open for coffee and chat



  • We strive to keep the noticeboards (gate and porch) up to date with information regarding church services and activities within the village and Cluster
  • Information regarding church events is submitted monthly to Pew News and the Delabole Slate


A look to the future

The Church still aims to grow both numerically and spiritually and to continue developing shared village events and our ecumenical relationships with the wider Christian village family.  Working with the young of the village continues to be a focus. 


Secretary--Mrs L E P George, Poldhu, Trebarwith Village, Delabole PL33 9DF




The Delabole British Legion.
RBL Badge

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Poppy Appeal House to House collection which realised £11 20.29, an increase on last year's total. Many thanks to our Poppy Appeal Organiser, Val Callaway, and her collectors, May Stacey, Mr Chanter, Yvonne Edwards, Heather Warman, Rose Meakin, Ann Hopkins, Rita Ellery, Wendy Jones, Hazel Cornish, Pat Hall, Joan Tiney and Geoff Cleave. Grateful thanks to the our local businesses and to Delabole School for holding a collection. Without your support this would not have been achieved. Did you take the opportunity to have a look at the display 'Those left at Home' in the Air Ambulance window.? This was created by Val Callaway and Brenda Burnard to whom we are very grateful .Thank you to all who lent the memorabilia. At our recent A.G.M. Geoff Cleave was re-elected President, Phil Carnon Chairman and Adrian Pooley Vice Chairman. Our membership now stands at 43 and Malcolm Nute our Treasurer and Membership
Secretary will be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to join the Legion. We are very grateful to Val Callaway who wi ll continue as our Poppy Appeal Organiser and to Shane Trewin our Standard Bearer.
Delabole Branch is looking forward to hosting the North Cornwall Group meeting on the 17th February at 7.30pm at The Pol dark Inn and will also be arranging some celebrations for 2011 to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the British Legion.
Our next bi-monthly meeting will be at The Poldark Inn on Tuesday 18th January at 7.30pm

Patricia Molloy, Secretary

To become a member costs £11.00 annually and an application form is available from Mr M. Nute whose address is as follows:-
Trehannick Road,
St Teath,
Bodmin. PL30 3LG.

The Royal Naval Association
Delabole Branch

The next Branch meeting will be held at 1230hrs at the White Hart St Teath
Tuesday 8th July
Are you new to the Area and interested in the Royal Navy
Why not Come Along and Join Us

Subscriptions are now due and remain at £10 as the last few years

The Branch has been presented with a photograph from L/Cpl Steve Fyfe a member of the
Snipers Recce Platoon of 42 Commando.
The photograph can be seen hanging in the bar at the Poldark Inn

Branch Visit to HMS Cornwall
Shipmates from Delabole Branch visited HMS Cornwall whilst the ship was berthed at Falmouth they were treated to a conducted tour of the ship and afterwards entertained in the Senior Rates Mess

Delabole Branch Standard Bearer Shipmate Clyde Ferguson awarded the No4 (Southwest) Area “Vic Cornwell Trophy”.
Donated by Bodmin branch the trophy is presented to the Male Associate Member who has done the most to further the aims and interests of the R.N.A. During the past year.
Clyde came to the branch’s rescue some 7 years ago when the branch members weren’t fit enough to carry the Branch Standard. Clyde has carried it ever since and in fact joined the branch as an Associate member 4 years ago, as has his wife Helen.

The Croquet Match

The Branch held the Annual Croquet Match on Sunday 5th July 2009 at St Kew the home of our President Admiral Alec Weir CB. Thanks to all the Shipmates who supported the event.
We were joined by representatives from Headquarters, and No4 Area, along with branches from St Austell, Saltash and others. St Austell did the double and walked off with both trophies. We'll get 'em next year.

The Bar-B-Que proved popular with Shipmates doing Chicken, Burgers Sausages etc. the raffle and auction made over £100 which will go to the Padstow Sea Cadet Unit.

Shipmates enjoy a chat
St Austell v Liskeard
Runners Up

Delabole won the trophy this year the last time we won was in 2002. Runners up and beating the trophy holders from Launceston were St Austell S/M Francis Marley age 88 (89 this year) Life member since 1968,and S/M John Durnford age 88 (89 this year) member since 1973. Both served in the 1939 -1945 war.




Delabole Horticultural Society

Delabole Annual Horticultural Show
held at the
Methodist Church


The Delabole Horticultural show. The 2012 Delabole Horticultural Show held on Saturday 16th August was a 'Ruby Celebration' being the 40th anniversary of this annual village event.
The Horticultural Show is not just about vegetable and flower growing, it is about both new and traditional village pastimes.

This year was a joyous mixture displaying not only voluptuous vegetables and fantastic garden flowers, but also fabulous floral art, superb sewing, charming crochet. natty knitting and admirable art work, in various mediums. There were photographs of land and seascapes, animals, plants, and people, handicrafts, woodwork, cushions and even recycling with new things made from old. The cookery section smelt and looked delicious.

The Ruby anniversary theme had decorated celebratory cakes and cup cakes along side chocolate and fruit cakes, sausage rolls, cheese straws, quiche, apple pie, fairings, scones and machine and hand made bread. Noticeably missing this year were splits and pasties, a gap wailing for someone like you to fill.

There is a new category this year with a beautiful glass trophy that will be presented each year, in memory of Les Cory, for a themed tableau comprising three items from three different categories. The theme to be decided each year.

There were displays of ch ildren's work in various classes including hand writing, flowers, vegetables, artwork, handicrafts, cooking and photography.

This annual event is open to everyone and is a real family affair. If you have an interest in any of the classes mentioned, you now have till next August to prepare your entries! Some thing to do perhaps in the dark evenings and cold days of winter. Definitely something to share and have fun with all the family. Join us next year as an exhibitor or just to see the show. It's a happy afternoon with loads to look al and a cup of tea and cake amongst friends and neighbours.


We have now started our charity quilt, so we are all keeping busy. If you would care to join us, we meet in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on the second and fourth Friday of each month.

It's been a while since I last wrote to the Slate magazine, but we have been very busy, especially visiting quilt shows around and about Cornwall and exhibiting our own work. We have also moved our meeting place to the Delabole Methodist Church School Rooms and we now meet on the 2nd and 4" Friday afternoon of the month, from 2pm - 4pm. At our last meeting, Mrs Elizabeth Sowden came to show us her beautiful embroideries, the designs, colours and such fine needlework and also the time and patience taken to achieve a wonderful display of needlework - thank you Elizabeth.
We also welcomed new members June and Pat to the group. We decided after having such a lovely Christmas Dinner last year, that we would do the same this year. The quilt we made towards training a dog for the deaf has been raffled and a considerable amount of money was raised towards the total required. New members are always welcome, so if you can thread a needle (we can sort that out too) come and join us and spend an enjoyable afternoon.
Sheila Johnson.

Busy with their sewing the Village Quilters
pictured recently at the Flower Festival
in the Methodist Chaple schoolroom

Delabole Football Club

Click the Ball

President, Les Cory
Chairman, Darren Rivers
Vice-Chairman, Lee Edwards
Secretary, Adrian Pooley
Treasurer, Lee Heather
Assist Secretary, Steve Crooks
Chair of Fundraising, Elaine Reynolds

Jon Pooley First Team Manager
Mark Binney Reserves Manager

Carnival Committee

Well, the Carnival Committee has just had its final meeting for 2012 and are delighted that many bookings are already in place for next year's Carnival Week - we've never been so far ahead before!


Our Treasurer provided a reassuring picture of the current financial position we are in and says we can go ahead next year (there were one or two sighs of dismay at this from Committee members who shall remain nameless!). The packed week of entertainment we work hard to put on for you ending with our annual Carnival does not come cheap - the 2012 Carnival Week expenses amounted to a whopping £24214, but thanks to your support of our events and every penny you throw into the buckets either during the week or on Carnival night (not forgetting the amount you drink and eat during the week!!) we can continue to provide this week for you. A big thank you to our street collectors on Carnival night who collected an amazing £1098 and to all of you who put £1078 into the buckets after the evening performances.


Our written Constitution states that any monies raised during Carnival Week, which we decide to donate to other causes must stay within the village. This year we will once again just be funding donations to the Christmas Lighting display and the New Years Eve fireworks. These are the only donations we will be able to make, as unfortunately the current financial climate is having a ripple effect, in that many of the firms we buy or hire from are now forced to demand payment "up front" , which means we have to retain a greater bank balance to avoid a cash flow deficit leading up to Carnival week!


To add to current funds we will be holding a Big Breakfast at Oelabole Methodist Church on Saturday 3rd November, 8.30 - 12.30, why not come and enjoy a fry up to kick the weekend off to a good start? There will also be a Christmas Bingo at the Poldark Inn on Wednesday 21st November. At our final meeting, the winner of the 2012 Carnival Programme Word search was drawn - congratulations to Louise Old.


I still have a few coats which were left behind in the marquee after events - if you are missing one, please ring me with a description. Any unclaimed will be taken to the Oelabole Community Charity shop at the end of the month. We've listened to your opin ions and next year's programme will revert to having the entries included in it - many of you were disappointed with the way we produced the programme this year. Our aim was to try to get the programme in circulation for a bit longer to benefit our loyal advertisers. We hope next year to get the programme on sale at the beginning of Carnival Week with the entries included - so you can help us by getting your entry into Elaine in the flower shop as early as you can after the start date, which will be towards the end of June.

The Delabole Carnival Week for 2013 will start on Saturday July 13th ending with the Carnival on Saturday July 20th!

Carnival Secretary
Tel: 01840212467


Sunday 12th July
11am United Service in the Carnival Marquee
12 noon 6 –A-Side Football Competition
3pm The Party People (Children’s Entertainment)
7pm Quiz Night (£5 per team of 4)
Monday 13th July
10.30am Coffee and Cakes with local craft and trade stands
8pm Prize Bingo Books on sale from 7pm
Tuesday 14th July
6pm Car Boot Sale and Children's Games in the Playing Field
8pm Naughty Nigel Harvey Comedy Ventriloquist Act
Wednesday 15th July
12 noon Pasty and Sweet lunch (£3) Music with Stuart Biddick
6pm Edwin Hamlyn Memorial Motorcycle Ride
7.30pm JP's Card Bingo and Musical Mayhem Disco
Thursday 16th July
8pm Comedy and Music from Mr Johnny Cowling
Friday 17th July
From 6pm Delabole Carnival Beer Festival with live music from Delta Skelter
Cornish Beers and Ciders Hog Roast and Burgers
Saturday 18th July
4pm Crowning of Carnival Royalty
5pm Queen of Queens Competition
7pm The Carnival Procession through the village
9pm onwards Results announcements in the Marquee followed by

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