Delabole Village Cornwall








St John’s Church under threat?
Update - good news!

St Johns Delabole



Back in the March edition of the Slate, I told you of our dilemma over the up-keep of St John’s Church. We were faced with a quote for around £12,000 to rectify an urgent problem with the west-gable wall, together with the expectation of major work on the roof and up-grading of the décor and facilities needed in the next few years.

Thank you to those who responded with emails and phone calls - we appreciate your interest and concern.

We applied to Good Energy, owners of Delabole Wind Farm, for a grant from their Community Fund, hoping for a little to set us on our way with fund-raising and were thrilled and amazed to receive £10,000! Thank you so much to Good Energy - we can now go ahead with the urgent works and this will keep the building usable whilst we consult the Delabole community and make decisions regarding its long-term use.

In the meantime - please use your church. It is open every day at this time of year if you want to pop in for a moment of quiet thought or prayer. Come and check-out the space: the rooms are very flexible, versatile and available for hire, though sadly there is no disabled access until the west wall is fixed. Pop-in and have a look round, or even better drop into Coffee Stop on Wednesday’s from 10am-12 noon for a cuppa and a chat and you will be able to see more of the facilities currently available and tell us what you would like to see in the future.






New Climbing frame in Playing Field





The St Teath Parish Council have now caused a playing frame to be erected in the Playing Field play area.

Grant funding of £2,421 was received towards the total cost of £4,125.
Thanks are extended to the Good Energy Community Fund who granted £2000 towards the project.

The Parish Clerk said that this was the speediest grant application response she had ever had.











The Delabole Slate Newsletter is in Crisis



Sir James Smith’s School have, unfortunately, decided they can no longer continue their Community Printing Service, therefore, when the new school year starts in September, that facility will no longer be available. This leaves us with a dilemma.


We are currently seeking an alternative printing option. This is proving difficult as our income is limited.


At present we produce 1,000 copies, in full colour, which are delivered to every household in the village. This might no longer be possible. It is probable that we will have to cut numbers produced by at least half, depending on whether we revert to black and white, perhaps with a coloured front page, or stick to our full colour format.


If we reduce the number produced they will no longer be delivered. If you want a ‘Slate’ you will have to pick one up from local shops etc, if they are willing to hold them for us, or download / read on line at .


If we cannot find a suitable answer to our problem, we will have to discontinue production and refund advertisers who have paid in advance. The cost of purchasing or hiring a heavy duty printer / photocopier is to high for us to even consider.


If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, please phone Tricia Molloy - 212529, Helen Hicks - 212588, Ro Chapman 211150 or Tricia Hicks - 212520. Please let us know your thoughts.


If you want ‘The Slate to continue, or think it’s time to call it a day, please pick up the phone and talk to us. The Delabole Slate Committee.



Cold Callers Council Tax Scam


Persons cold call residents by telephone telling the resident that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. The resident is told that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60-£350. The resident provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone.

If you receive a similar call please hand up and do not give your card details.

If you have any concerns or information please phone 101. Please inform neighbours of this.


Delabole Community Fund Raising Shop

August 2015


Yet another month has flown by. A customer came in the shop and said, ‘Do you realise Christmas is twenty weeks away?’
Oh my gosh, what a thought. Where ever is the time going? Another good month for the shop.
July takings before expenses were £1122.06. We have given to St Piran’s Play School for some equipment for the younger children.
Also the Delabole Horticultural Society for Trophies etc. What a wonderful display, every one well done.

Chris wants to thank the volunteers for their continued hard work.


Partial Ecli[pse of the Sun




The partial eclipse of the sun photographed in Delabole. Many people thanks to the clear sky saw the moon pass in front of the sun and felt the drop in temperature between 8.30 and 1030 this morning Friday 20th March 2015.









Vehicle Speed in Medrose


Early in the morning of Saturday 12th April, our beloved cat Fern, was hit and killed by a vehicle travelling way to fast, with no thought of

anything else being on the road.
All too often, residents here, have seen and heard vehicles racing up and down Rendle and Medrose Street, and swinging in and out of the junction to Well Street, also on the corner, without properly looking.  

The corner at the bottom of Medrose is very dangerous. With many pedestrians, dog walkers, and young children, who regularly use this area, it is a miracle, no-one has been seriously injured or worse.

Fern was was very much loved, and is very deeply missed, he was a lot like the O2 cat in more ways than one. The advert on T.V. which is unavoidable at times, will continue to remind us of our loss.

We would like to say thank you to some very kind and thoughtful villagers for all of your help.

PLEASE!!! think ahead when you are driving, SLOW DOWN!!! It was our dear Fern this time, next time, it could be a child.

Roscorla family



Remebrance Sunday 2013


A very good turnout of villagers on a damp Remembrance Sunday




Doc Martin Loves Delabole



Martin Clunes who plays “Doc Martin” in the popular TV series has told of his love for Delabole.
He prefers to stay in the “Slate Village” of North Cornwall to the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac (the setting for Port Wenn) whilst shooting the internationally popular series

He says
"I need to be tucked away, I have so many lines to learn,"
"It's not picturesque like Port Isaac and it gets a lot of fog and rain, but I love Delabole,"
he said. "I've never seen such a close-knit community."






Will Delabole to lose its Post Office ?


Delabole Post Office the Way Forward


Many people in the village, especially those without transport, are really concerned that we may be losing our Post Office and so a meeting has been arranged on Thursday 11th April from 4pm - 7pm at the Methodist Sunday School for people to air their concerns and share their ideas.

This will be an pop-in meeting where we can just call in and discuss or note down suggestions as to possible future venues and opening days preferred. We really do need your thoughts, suggestions and concerns if we are going to try to save our Post Office in Delabole.

If you’re unable to be there, write your ideas on a note and drop them into the porch at 21, Pengelly.


I recently saw a property for sale in Delabole click here


I understand No 51 High Street is being sold as a private house and not with the Post Office which will close.

Delabole will be left without a Post Office.


Although there is a Post office in Camelford I am told that deliveries for Delabole and surrounding hamlets of Treligga,Trewalder etc will be made from Bodmin. So if you arn't in for that package that won't fit in your letter box or the article that needs a signature You will have to go to Bodmin to pick it up !


Those who have prescriptions delivered to the Post Office will also have to make other arrangements.


A written petition with Name Address and Signature of very houshold in Delabole needs to be be sent to Post Office Counters at the earliest oppurtunity.


I am led to believe that the Post Office needs 3 months notice for closure.


Delabole Needs a Post Office Action is needed Now




Delabole Windfarm Community Fund


The next round of the Delabole Windfarm Community Funding of £9000 is now released,

Good Energy and the Committee are particularly looking for innovative projects that build upon the community’s existing social, economic or environmental sustainability.

Guidelines for funding and an application form is below and should be sent to The Delabole Wind Farm Community Fund at 45 Medrose, Delabole or by e-mail to


Previous funding consisted of


Airblade Hand Dryers for Delabole School


Delabole Jubillee Celebrations


Delabole Christmas Lights changing to low energy bulbs and LED's


Amenities for Delabole Youth Club

Delabole Carnival Low energy lighting for the marquee and stage


Delabole Cricket Club mower


St Pirans Playgroup Willow play structure


Delabole Windfarm
Funding Guidlines
Funding Application
Funding Application
Funding Guidlines
Funding Application
The application form is in an open format so you are able to type into the boxes, save it and email it to
Funding Application Form
as adobe pdf






Good Energy launches wind farm community fund

Previous Article

Good Energy’s four new turbines at Delabole have been up and running for almost a year; to celebrate, the 100% renewable electricity supplier is launching its community fund. The wind farm is now generating enough electricity to supply around 20% of Good Energy’s 27,000 customers with clean, green electricity, and saving around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 each year: quite an achievement.
The fund will provide around £9000 per year to be spent on projects that benefit the community of Delabole. Applications for this year’s fund will need to be in by the end of January. Details of future application deadlines will be available from the Delabole website.
Good Energy’s founder and CEO, Juliet Davenport, said: “The people of Delabole have always been very supportive of the wind farm, and we think they deserve to share the benefits of having a wind farm in their midst, so we’re really pleased to be launching this fund and giving something back to the community.”
In order to ensure the fund puts the interests of the Delabole community to the fore, Good Energy has invited local representatives to form a committee who will decide how the money is allocated. Application forms can be downloaded below or obtained from Chris Hore


Alternatively you can get the forms from the Good Energy website here






Members of three local community organisations, Common Places, The Maia Project and,Camelot Country have recently been discussing with Cornwall Council the possibility of allowing the Gaia Centre to be made available for use by the local community. Suggestions have included: meetings' venue, hot-desking, internet access, workshops, performances, cafe, cinema....the possibilities are endless!


The Gaia Centre was built with public money. It is currently leased by Cornwall Council for use by the Pupil Referral Unit. The hope is that permission will be given to use the building (only out of school hours, if necessary) on a long term basis, in partnership with the unit.


NOW.... Following protracted negotiations, and the preparation of a Business plan (already approved by the Council Finance Department) anyone in the local Community, embracing the whole of North Cornwall, is permitted to use, or just visit, the Gaia building for two days ; 12th and 13th FEBRUARY. This is at the beginning of half term week.


THIS IS A ONE-OFF PILOT EVENT---an opportunity to demonstrate community support for the project and to prove that we can be trusted to use the building responsibly. Can you organise a craft demonstration, set up a stall, initiate a musical performance, hold a children's party? Please make the most of this opportunity to explore the possibilities of the building---free of charge!




For further Information, please contact





The St Teath Parish Community Bus


We’re busy raising funds for a new community bus in St Teath to replace our existing one, which has been so well used that it is fast approaching its sell-by date.  We’ve raised £26,000 so far this year.  We’ve applied to the Nat West Community Force for a potential £6,000,

but to stand a chance of being awarded this grant, we need votes on line for our project and would be most grateful for your support before 23 October 2011.  Please log on to where our project will appear under St Teath.  Thank you! 


The Bus operates a regular service

from St Teath to Truro and back every Monday

Depart Time Arrive Time
St Teath 9.30 am Truro 10.30 am*
Truro 2.00 pm St Teath 3.00 pm*
* approximate times

The bus is also available for private hire and summer trips.

Contact Bob Fox on 01208 850401 or email for more information.








The History of the Methodist Church in Delabole

The History taken from "Delabole in the Days of Yore" written by the late Cyril Hicks, recounting some of his recollections of life in Delabole. Here are a few details from his book:

In 1784 John Wesley sent Adam Clarke to Delabole Quarry to preach and the spot was named after him as 'Clarke's Hole'. It is still known as this, even today.

The first Methodist Chapel was built in 1806, when Robert Blake. Quarry Owner, gave John Wesley land, materials and £40 to build it. The first Bible Christian Chapel was built in 1835, on the site of our Sunday School and the new Chapel was built in 1863.

The United Methodist Free Church was built in Grove Street in 1839, and moved to new premises in 1865. The new Wesley premises were built in 1869 and St. John's Church in 1881.

In 1979 the decision was made by the three Methodist Churches - Wesley. Pengelly and Medrose. to form one Society and in 1980 the merger took place. The Medrose building was renovated and modernised and became the Delabole Methodist Church - and that was almost 25 years ago. How time flies!

Two years ago we took on a large project to modernise the Sunday school building, which is now light and airy and well heated. Last year we decided to replace all the window in the Chapel. This work has now been completed. Enough of buildings!! - We were very pleased to be part of the Tsunami Fundraising events - hosting the Band Concert and Auction at the Chapel. It is great to be part of such a caring village community.

Patricia Molloy (Steward).


Housing Association Homes at Quarry View (Penmead)

On Friday 10th December 21 families move into the new homes at Quarry View Delabole built by Mi-Space for Cornwall Rural Housing Association ,

There are. Two 4 bedroom houses, Eight 3 bedroom houses, Six 2 bedroom houses,
Four 1 bedroom houses, One 3 bedroom bungalow. The properties all benefit from high levels of insulation, electric heating and photovoltaic panels. All have double glazing, private gardens and off street parking.

Preference was given to applicants with a connection with the parish of St Teath, although Cornwall Homechoice applicants with an "A" banding and with a connection to the parishes of Tintagel, Trevalga, Forrabury and Minster, Camelford, Michaelstow, St Kew and St Endellion wil also be eligible.


In the upper image the new wind turbines can be seen and along with the photovoltaic panels giving the development a thouroughly 21st century feel. Whilst still retaining the feeling of a traditional build with slate look roofing seen in the lower image.














‘Invisible sheep’ graze the cliffs at Tregardock!

Local farmer Janet Cant, in partnership with the National Trust, is currently grazing the cliffs at Tregardock with her sheep.  But these are not ordinary sheep; they are beautiful little Hebrideans; a now rare breed, which was once common in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 

Hebrideans, being adapted to the extreme conditions of north-west Scotland, are able to cope with, even thrive on, poor vegetation and to tolerate cold, wet weather.   In terms of these abilities they are almost on a par with wild animals and, in fact, are thought to be very similar to ancient, primitive, prehistoric types of sheep (and indeed their wild ancestors).  It’s not difficult to imagine travelling back in time, to a point before Christianity took hold, to find similar beasts grazing this very same area.

But venture down to Tregardock Beach or walk the coast-path there and you might not spot them easily, for this breed is not the usual white but a dark brown, almost black, in colour (Janet, incidentally, produces fleeces and blankets in these natural colours as part of her business).  In combination with their small size, these animals can therefore be almost invisible, their dark tones blending in well, in camouflage with the varying backcloth provided by gorse, heather, bare earth and slate alike.

We therefore ask local people and visitors to take great care when walking dogs on these cliffs, particularly if your pet is likely to chase sheep.  Dogs chasing sheep on the cliffs are a real danger to the sheep and a disaster for the farmer.  This can also be a danger to the dogs themselves, however.  As they charge in excited pursuit, they can easily loose their footing and topple off the cliff to be injured or killed.

These sheep will bring much more life back to this special place.  By grazing and browsing, coarse grasses and scrub, they will increase the number and variety of colourful wildflowers, butterflies, insects and birds on this site. 

Wild-looking Hebridean sheep are, however, an attractive feature in their own right.  They bring additional colour, interest and beauty to Tregardock, hopefully enhancing and enriching the visitor experience for locals and holiday-makers alike!

Derek Lord
National Trust Area Warden
(Contact telephone number: 01208 863821)





(Civic Amenities Site)
From 6th July 2007 the Bowithick Recycling Centre at Tintagel will be open every weekend. Members of the public will be able to visit the site on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

The site will be closed on
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

During the summer (April to September) Bowithick opening hours (Fri - Mon) will be 9am to 6pm and in winter (Oct to March) 9am to 4pm.





Teyr Linenn, Mil Vys
Three Lines, a Thousand Worlds



Bardh Gwerin
Tim Saunders


Cornish Bard Tim has written another book of interest to speakers and learners of the
Cornish language who wish to use and develop classical Cornish bardic craft.
There are also many three line poems about the local area


The Book is published in digital format and is available free here



An Leghwesyon
The Slaters

a book about the Delabole Football Team

Lee Hore, Ray Worden, and Tim Saunders


Cornish Bard Tim has written this booklet in Cornish and English translations as a tribute to the "Slaters" Football team.


The book is published in digital format here



Tim was brought up in Delabole and although now living in Wales, maintains his Cornish links.

Indeed Tim (ha Bardh Gwerin) has offered to translate house names or short texts for the people of Delabole.


Lyvrow hwath gans Bardh Gwerin / Other books by Tim Saunders

Bardhonieth – Poetry

Benyn Bennrudh
The High Tide
Gol Snag Bud ha Gwersyow Whath
Tiredh Ughel / High Territory

Fugieth Fiction

Cliff Preis, Gohebydd Arbennig
Cliff Preis – Darlithydd Coleg
Y Saer Swyn (avenow gans – illustrated by Clive Wakfer)

Skians Yethow Philology

Geriadur Arnevez KernaouegBrezhonegSaozneg

Lagha Law

(abarth dhe / with Paul Laity hag/and Alan M. Kent, The Reason Why

Lisow – Liturgy

Ann Tri Ofyg
Koen Ann Arloedh / Coena Domini

Treylya – Translations

Un Nebeut Salmou e Kernaoueg
Roger Lovegrove, Y Barcud Coch
Salmow Davydh

Pennskrifa – As Editor

Richard Gendall, Cornish is fun! : (avenow gans – illustrated by Elwyn Ioan)
The Wheel
Nothing Broken
(abarth dhe / with Amy Hale hag/and Alan M. Kent, Inside Merlin's Cave
(abarth dhe / with Alan M. Kent Looking at the Mermaid



Nothing Broken
Recent Poems in Cornish Edited by Tim Saunders

New Book of Cornish Poems
Delabole and North Cornwall
by Cornish Bard Tim Saunders

Tiredh Ughel
High Territory

The book is published in digital format here


A long‑awaited collection of poetry written in Cornish in the last twenty years.
A coming of age for the Cornish language and its literature.
Eighty poems by twenty‑eight authors,
brought together by the celebrated Cornish poet Tim Saunders.
The poems are accompanied by parallel translations into English.

Nothing Broken will be available at the end of August at £10. 99 Paperback 205 pages ISBN 190342 7304. Take advantage of the pre‑publication offer only £9 with free postage and packing ‑ until the end of August.

Webbys note: Tim is a former Delabole boy who now lives in Wales.
He is one of the leading poets writing in the Cornish language today.
and has also produced poetry and other work in Welsh, Irish and Breton as well as in Cornish.

Also available The Turn of the Ermine a Bilingual Anthology of Breton Literature.
Selected and translated by Gwyn Griffiths and Jacqueline Gibson.
This important anthology brings together for the first time numerous Breton language texts and other extracts that illuminate Breton culture over two millennia; plays, folk tales, ballads, lives of saints, stories and poems. A strikingly original work that allows the reader to discover the secrets of the Breton soul.
Essential for anyone interested in Cornwall's sister language.
Paperback 506 pages ISBN 190342 7282 £20 out now.


'Legacy of the Sphinx'
Michael Goulding

You may Order the book now at

Still available on Amazon, this book has alrready sold1000’s of copies and is set in North Cornwall in the fictional area of Tregellan. The story features a number of familiar local places and landmarks and its author, Michael Goulding (we knew him as Jeff Goulding – former editor of the original “Lancer” and author of the Insider Guides) tells us:
“The book’s web site now includes one of the many radio interviews I was asked to participate in, as a result of which, the book has attracted considerable international attention. The follow-up to the story: “Angel of Death”, again featuring Connor Tremayne, a controversial former Jesuit Priest, is completed and currently being read and assessed by the Headline Publishing Group (formerly Hodder and Stoughton); and several large U.S. publishers.
‘And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and he that sat upon
        him, his name was death. And hell followed with him.’
                          Revelations Chapter 6, Verse 8

The story opens with the crucifixion by a hooded man, of a group of Islamic terrorists responsible for the kidnapping and public execution of an American oil executive and a British member of the Red Cross. The event is filmed and later televised; and the savagery of the retribution and the anonymous man’s use of biblical quotations and imagery attracts the attention of the world.

The identity of the hooded man becomes the most sought after and talked about in Western Europe for years and Connor Tremayne, the man responsible, is later called to account for his choice of execution by the Head of Decree Four, the Jesuit dominated, secret Organisation of which he is a member. His Superiors are concerned that the Roman Catholic Church should not be associated with the event. At that meeting, Connor is also briefed on an assignment that is nothing less than to attempt to save the human species from the greatest threat it has ever faced.

His task is to break up the elite Group whose aim is to create and control an artificial intelligence, the existence of which threatens to engulf and destroy us all. And it is one that will bring him face to face with the men who caused the death of a woman once very close to him. Their headquarters are contained within a skyscraper block in the financial area of downtown Manhattan, in New York . . .
     Visit the web site :




Aspects of the History of North Cornwall
by Catherine Lorigan
.This book examines a number of aspects of the history of North Cornwall. These include the probate records of St Teath parish, music and musicians, buildings, emigration and potters and pottery. Not least, it explores the lives of men and women who dwelt and worked in North Cornwall and the histories of some who, born there, later moved away to London, Oxford and as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America to seek their fortunes. These themes in­terlink and provide the raison d'etre for the title of the book.
350 pp, 100 black and white and 25 colour illustrations                ISBN-978-0-9554792-1-2

Books may be ordered from
Pengelly Press, 2 St David's Close, Caversham, Reading, Berks RG4 7PX
at £22 per copy
+ £4.50 postage and packing (one copy)
+ £7.00 postage and packing (two copies)
Please make cheques payable to Catherine Lorigan

Pengelly Press, 2 St David's Close, Caversham, Reading, Berks RG4 7PX

A book about Delabole has been written by Catherine Lorigan PhD.
Described as "The History of the Slate Quarry and the Making of its Village Community"

Priced at £14.99 plus £3 postage and packing is available by mail order from
Pengelly Press, 2 St Davids Close
Caversham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7PX
Please make cheques payable to Catherine Lorigan

The book is also available from all good bookshops
and The Visitor Information Center at Camelford

We hope to publish an extract from the book occasionally


Air Ambulance Charity Shop

We hope by the time you read this the shop will be back to normal opening times.
Apologies for the disruption caused by the snow and ice.
The takings for Nov 2009 were £1648.05. This included a donation of over £400.00 in memory of Yvonne Baycock who was one of our helpers. Thanks to Half Acre Art Group who raised this money.
December sales and donations amounted to £1037.07, which included £120.00 from the `Dragon' and 'Christmas' raffles.
Thanks once again to every one who helps, in any way, to keep the shop open.

All hard back novels 25p each or 5 for £1 during February

Opening hours are posted on the door but are, subject to the availability of our volunteers.







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