The Lanreath Lifestyle

The Lanreath Lifestyle is a newsletter published monthly on a ‘not for profit’ basis on behalf of the community.

It contains community news and details of community activities and facilities. Nearly 300 hard copies are distributed free of charge throughout the Parish by a team of volunteers.

If you are not on a distribution route, you can have a copy reserved for you at the Lanreath Village Shop and Post Office 



The Lanreath Lifestyle 

December 2020

I AM SORRY BUT……………... It is with deep sadness and regret that, after a lot of soul searching, I have decided to resign ,after 14 years, as Editor of the Lanreath Lifestyle. Unfortunately in these days of political correctness I seem to struggle to meet the expectations of a small number of the community with my selection of jokes. What I think is acceptable seems to upset someone else so, rather than run the risk of being prosecuted I have decided to step down. Being in my seventies and old school I think I am too old to conform now to such sensitivities. It seems that the minority are the ones who shout the loudest and then the majority have to conform. Unfortunately in today’s PC world it is the communities that suffer and people are afraid of being prosecuted if they do the wrong thing. I would just like to point out that if anyone has a complaint to make about something you should take it to the Editor or the source for it to be dealt with directly not via a third person. A lot can be achieved with a bit of dialogue. All I have ever done in the last 43 years of living in this village has been to help and improve in any way I can and never to intentionally upset. I would like to thank everyone for your support, the business’ who advertise and the organisations too, as you are the ones who make it possible to produce the publication each month. I have delayed sending bills out over the last few months as I know money has been short due to Covid but I will be sending the final bills out in due course and refunding where refunds are due. I would be grateful if you owe money then could you please settle up immediately so that a clean hand over will be possible if someone comes forward to replace me. Of course if there is anyone who wishes to take on this position of Editor then you will need to contact me to hand things over. You will need to be dedicated and reliable and available to commit to working 4 days a month from the 24th of the month to 28th to fit in with the printers, then distribute to the 10 distributors who will be delivering them. You will need to look for advertisers and send out invoices and be responsible for the funding on a regular basis. The Lifestyle has been the link pin or the ‘glue’ that has kept the community connected. I recently found the very first issue that we sent out in May 2006 and it was quite a small publication with a small number of pages compared to the 16 pages we publish now. It just shows how much the parish has grown and evolved over the past 14 years as the diary that I used to publish before Covid had events happening every day whereas in 2006 there was just a handful of events. The jokes have always been the most enjoyed by everyone and I have been told many times by visitors and residents alike that it is one of the best newsletters they have read, and it has been heartening to hear that.

Thank you to those of you who have been in contact over the years and recently to let me know how much you have enjoyed reading it. May I wish you all a very happy, healthy and Covid free Christmas and New Year and thank you once again for all your support. MARION FACEY +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

A Vote of Thanks

Can anyone remember the days before Lanreath Lifestyle? You need a long memory. For the last 14 years the Lanreath Lifestyle has been a cornerstone of the community, bringing together all that is of interest to the parish and its many community groups. Leavened with humour and providing a valuable and cost effective advertising platform for local businesses the newsletter reaches 280 odd households in the parish, either through direct deliveries or via the Community Shop and Post Office. Have you ever considered how this not-for-profit community newsletter reaches your letterbox? Reports and articles from community groups, the parish council and individuals need to be collated; essential information from bus services to Covid advice must be researched and updated; advertisers must be contacted and layouts of advertisements agreed. Photos and general interest articles from humour to recipes also need to be sought and selected. The whole then has to be manipulated and edited using desktop publishing software and shoe-horned into an A5 format and then reformatted for the last minute submissions before it can be sent off to the printers. Invoices need to be processed and accounts balanced to ensure that income is adequate to cover costs. In the early days each copy had to be hand stapled together. Once back from the printers the newsletter must then distributed across the parish by a small team of volunteers. The ‘Lifestyle’ was created by Marion Facey and, from the very first edition and thereafter, month after month, year after year, Marion has been the editor, type setter, secretary and treasurer; a truly herculean commitment. As you will have read, this will be the last edition brought to you by Marion. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to recognise Marion’s commitment and express a huge debt of gratitude to her for all of the time and energy that she has invested over the years in ensuring that the ‘Lanreath Lifestyle’ reaches our letterboxes at the beginning of each month. Thank you Marion.

Peter Seaman Chair Lanreath Parish Council 


Are you able to commit regularly to around 4 days at the end of each month To compile this newsletter and then to distribute to the 10 distributors? You will need to liaise with the organisations and advertisers and, even, find new advertisers, when necessary. You will need to invoice the organisations and advertisers and gather the funding to keep the newsletter running. You will need to be computer literate and have Word and Publisher installed although help can be given with this. All the hard work has been done and you have a template to follow and all the connections which will be handed over. If you would like a challenge contact, Marion Facey, For this very voluntary worthwhile community venture. 


A big thank you to Derek and Keith who have been busy over the last few days erecting our Christmas lights once again. They are looking really splendid as usual.

The Gardening Group will soon be putting up their wooden Christmas trees as well so the village is starting to look really festive.


The Football Team have asked me to once more remind people about dog fouling on their football pitch. Six lots of poo has been picked up in one day! This is not nice, especially for the football players! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, IF THIS CONTINUES ANY MORE THEN A BAN WILL BE PUT ON THE FIELD FOR ALL DOGS.


SUE AND TERRY COLLINS won't be sending Christmas cards this year but would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. They will be donating to charity instead. ****************************************************************************************************


Sunday 6th December - Benefice Service at Lanteglos at 11.00am (no service at Lanreath)

Sunday 13th December - Morning Service with Helen and her choir at 11.00am

Sunday 20th December - Morning Service with Sarah at 11.00am

Friday 25th December - Christmas Day - Family Service at 9.30am

Sunday 3rd January 2021 - Benefice Service at Lanreath at 11.00am with Bishop Graham James Unfortunately and sadly, due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to hold our annual Christingle

Service this year, but please join us on Christmas Day instead.




It is with great pleasure we can announce that planning approval has now been granted for works to commence on the Punch Bowl Inn. We wish Tony Southall, and his team, the very best wishes in bringing this great building back into the heart of the Community, and thank him wholeheartedly for his patience and total commitment towards this project. (I think we would all like to especially thank Sandra Pipe for all her dedication with sticking with this project for so long and being the liason between Tony, and the community and everyone involved in getting it to this stage. Well done Sandra!) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 

Lanreath Community Shop and Post Office News. 


Shop News We are pleased to announce that the shop has been recognised for the sterling work that has been done to support the local community during the Pandemic. The letter is on display in the shop from the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall. Many Congratulations and thanks go to all those involved.


We are taking orders for vegetables and cream for Christmas. Let us know your requirements. Meat orders from Joe’s must be in by 4th December in order for Joe to make sure he has enough stock in! When the weather allows us to be outside, we will be doing a taster session for cheeses from the Continent for Christmas. Look out for dates and good weather!

A reminder will still have plenty of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and stocking fillers such as Christmas socks, diaries, bubble wands, hat and gloves sets, mini torches and key rings with led lights. We have candles and napkins to make your Christmas table look festive. Pam from the plant stall will be making limited edition table decorations. When they are gone, they are gone!

Will your New Year's resolution be to get more involved in this lovely community? If so, volunteering at your community shop is a good step. We have a variety of roles. We are always looking for those early birds who love to see the sunrise! Ask Mick or Siobhan for more details.

Christmas Opening Times. Please note that both the Post Office and shop will be closed on the following dates:

Friday 25th December-CLOSED

Saturday 26th-CLOSED

Sunday 27th- CLOSED

Monday 28th- CLOSED

Friday 1st January 2021-CLOSED

Post Office news Have you a person you find hard to buy for? Why not give them a One4All gift card? They are very versatile and can be used in lots of stores. They can even be used online for selected stores. Christmas stamps and Christmas stamp presentation packs are now on sale. It has been a very strange year and we are very grateful to all our volunteers and customers for their continued support. From our shop team we wish everyone a very merry Christmas and look forward to a new year of hope.

Stay Safe, Shop Local, Shop Lanreath. 



Minutes of online Parish Council Meeting held on 17th November 2020 Commencing 19.30

Present: Mr P Seaman – Chair, Cllr R Pugh (County Councillor), Mrs E Lee, Miss J Tamblyn, Mr P Bartram, Mr Paul Meatyard, Mr John Williams, Mr D Pugh, Mr Steve Bird, Mrs R Warren (Clerk)

The Chair welcomed everyone to the Parish Council Meeting.

Apologies–none Members of the public – Mrs Sandra Pipe No interests to disclose by any councillors Minutes of the meeting 20th October2020 - unanimously approved.

Matters arising 

Horse chestnut tree – Chairman has undertaken pruning the smaller branches which had potential to cause damage to the roof of the Millennium Building, the light on the shop path, or the post box. Mr Paul Meatyard had bagged up resultant waste for disposal.

Mr Steve Bird has provided his photograph to Chairman Millennium Building steel blasting work – this has yet to be completed, as the weather has to be dry, this may not now take place until next spring/ summer.

Football Pitch – Cllr R. Pugh was able to report that having completed their traffic assessment Cornwall Council are satisfied that there would be no need for any traffic calming measures to be put in place, and that the proposed entrance/exit at the site could provide adequate splay lines (the existing gateway would be widened for the purpose). Cllr Pugh was asked by Cornwall Council for an indication of how many houses, and what type. After some discussion Lanreath Parish Council resolved that at this stage, before any community meeting had taken place, Cllr Pugh should report that it was likely to seek permission for nine new builds. As to the type of properties (affordable rented, or social rented) this could not be determined at this stage. As to the cost of moving the pitch, upon making enquiries Cllr R. Pugh has ascertained that when it was last moved total costs did not exceed £3,000, and that any such costs may be met by fund raising by the football club. If the pitch is gifted to Lanreath Parish Council they would lease it back, and the football club may then be eligible for financial assistance from the FA for help with the cost of providing changing facilities. All agreed that plans need to be drawn up for the community to consider and a Public Meeting shouldbe held as soon as possible, provided that was possible under the COVID 19 regulations then in force. 

Herodsfoot Village Green – Chairman had received a telephone call from the present owners who were aggrieved that at the last Lanreath Parish Council meeting it had been assumed that the site had been sold, which was not the case as completion had not yet taken place. Chairman ask that it be recorded in these minutes that apologies were extended to the owners for this misunderstanding. Cllr R. Pugh has been informed that the new owners will be making arrangements to ensure that the land remains accessible for the community, public liability insurance will be maintained, and they will undertake the necessary work to register it as a Village Green after completion.No further action required by this Parish Council.

Lanreath Play Area seating roof damage – Mr P. Bartram is endeavouring to source an appropriate material, that will be more durable than the damaged panel, and of a suitable colour to match the remaining panels, which in due course will most likely also have to be replaced. He will report further at the next meeting.

Suez online meeting re: Connon Bridge site -Chairman and Cllr R. Pugh both attended this. In addition to seeking planning permission for a new food waste transfer station at the site, Suez are seeking to amend their plans to allow for up to 30 vehicles to wait on a new internal roadway on the site, and have a sufficient turning space, so as to avoid any interference with the operation of the amenity waste site, or possible blockage of the B3359. Under the new proposals, they estimate there will be an additional 208 vehicle movements daily, delivering road sweepings to the existing waste transfer facilities. They are seeking a removal of the upper limit imposed by previous planning permission on the tonnage of waste that may be processed annually, they would then only be subject to the Environmental Agency limits. Although not required to provide an environmental impact assessment (EIA), Suez have commissioned an EIA to support the planning application, but were unable to provide any details of the findings of the EIA at the meeting. Suez intend to submit the planning application either later this month or early next month. This is a matter of considerable concern to St Pinnock Parish Council, as was apparent when Lanreath Parish Council Chairman and Cllr R. Pugh attended their recent meeting after an invitation to “interested” parties. In addition to concerns regarding the impact of the current proposed extension of waste handling operations at the site, the Councillors of St Pinnock are considering instructing solicitors to make a Freedom of Information request to Suez and Cornwall Council so as to ascertain whether they have intentions to further expand operations at the Connon Bridge site that will have a detrimental effect on the local area. There will be a cost associated with this that Lanreath Parish Council may be asked to contribute towards. Cllr R. Pugh suggested that in view of the fact that the application was a major one, taking some 13 weeks to process, it would be advisable to wait until our January meeting and review at that stage. There was discussion as to how to proceed and resolved to review at the January 2021 meeting. 

Correspondence Cornwall Council Weekly planning reports – nothing of note for today’s meeting East Cornwall Public Health Notice, received via email by the Clerk, and to be published in the Lifestyle magazine and on the Parish website Other Office of National Statistics – Census 2021 – resolved that Clerk should publicise this as per the email from Ms Clemo dated 2nd November and make mention of it in her next Lifestyle magazine notes, and on the Parish website Rural Digest – nothing to note for this meeting GeViews email – essentially this was a marketing exercise by a company offering services relating to floral displays that was not of interest for our Parish Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Support Hubs for Business – Clerk to upload details of the webinar on 26th November to the Parish website Planning PA20/00101 Punch Bowl Inn – Chairman has made significant efforts to contact the Planning Officer, without success. Cllr R. Pugh was able to report that he had been informed by the Officer that he would try and prioritise completion of this application by the end of this week. Chairman reported that the Cornwall Council planning portal showed a large number of comments from the Lanreath community all fully supportive of the application. Also residents had emailed the Clerk to show their support of the proposed plans. Chairman stated that the meeting would step out of standing orders for Mrs Sandra Pipe to participate. She stated that there was considerable anger and frustration in the village that this application has not yet been concluded and huge concerns about the continuing dilapidation of the building interior, and exterior, because of the delay. Many residents had made their feelings known by sending comments to the Planning department via the Cornwall Council planning portal, and as of today there were 14 such comments, all positive. This planning application needs to be dealt with without further delay. Meeting stepped back under Standing Order Cllr R. Pugh confirmed that he would keep in contact with the Planning Officer and press for a resolution by the end of this week.

Climate change Chairman reported that he had been in further contact with EdwinaHannaford at Cornwall Council and they are still awaiting a letter from central Government about funding for EV charging points through the county. She will be asking the county MPs to put pressure on the Government in this regard.

Finance Payments made since the last meeting, and those listed as being due for payment before the next meeting were all unanimously approved. The meeting unanimously approved the Clerk’s request to transfer £1,000 from the deposit account to the current account to cover payments coming due. 

Bank reconciliation 31st October 2020–is in order

11. Setting Precept and Budget for 2021/22 The meeting discussed the draft budget and considered whether there should be a further contingency for possible legal fees should there be a transfer of ownership of the football pitch and the granting of a lease to the football club. Resolved to adopt the draft Budget as presented without further contingency and maintain the precept at £10,500 as per the current financial year.

12. County Councillor’s Report Cllr R. Pugh stated that it is likely that the Tamar crossing toll will be increased from £2 to £2.40 for cars. The tag will be half - £1.20. Miss J Tamblyn asked about the airport at Newquay, which is currently closed, Cllr R. Pugh assured the meeting that in due course it would reopened and it had the support of the of Cornwall Council.

13. Parish Problems Bury Down - Chairman had carried out further research but arrived at the same conclusion as when last reporting to the Parish Council, that trying to establish whose responsibility it was to clear the drains was problematic. Miss J Tamblyn was able to report that she had received an offer from a parishioner who was a lawyer to draft a letter to BT to seek their co-operation in clearing the drains to prevent debris being swept down onto the main road, causing a hazard for drivers. The meeting resolved that the offer to draft a letter was accepted and that it could then be reviewed at the next meeting.

Christmas Tree - Chairman will purchase and arrange for delivery to the Millennium Green and seek reimbursement in January.

Bus hitting Punchbowl Inn sign - Mr P Meatyard reported that the double decker bus had once again hit the sign. Chairman will contact Plymouth City Bus and Cornwall Council in an effort to get this resolved.

Lessening light pollution – Miss J Tamblyn has been asked if when the Parish has new or replacement street lighting it obtains less light polluting lamps. Chairman stated that although there are no plans to renew or add to the lighting in the village this will be considered for any new developments, for example, at the football field.

Street light on 24 hours - Mr J Williams reported that the lamp near the community garden (No. EO29) is on constantly. Mr P Meatyard said that he has reported this to Cornwall Council some time ago but it is still on all the time. Cllr R. Pugh said that this is low priority for Cornwall Council as the cost is minimal to run these lights, and perhaps it was not proportionate to send someone out to correct it, but he would speak to someone in lighting and endeavour to get to dealt with. Unroadworthy car on Punchbowl Inn car park – a small blue car is parked on the car park, and is clearly incapable of being driven. It was reported that the new owner of the Punchbowl Inn is aware. The Police cannot remove it from privately owned land. 

COVID 19 – there has been one reported positive test in the village and three in Pelynt. Chairman urged everyone to follow the current guidelines, and isolate if you are advised to do so, or feel that you need to in order to remain safe.

14. Conduct of future Parish Council meetings – unanimously resolved to continue to meet online and review at each meeting

15. Any other business – Mr S Bird has been asked by a neighbour if St Marnarch’s Road is adopted. After some discussion it was agreed that the road must be adopted as it had been top dressed, and the garbage truck came up it to collect waste. Cllr R. Pugh offered to ascertain for certain. A piece of land beside the Rectory was very unkempt and the adjoining house owner contacted the Diocese but they denied ownership, although as a matter of goodwill they have contributed towards the cost of tidying it up and trimming the trees. None of the Councillors was able to state who owned the land.

16. Public Participation -– Mrs Sandra Pipe asked Cllr Pugh if he could find out why the new owner of the Punchbowl Inn had received communications from Cornwall Council about business rates, when he was still unable to trade. Cllr R. Pugh responded that sadly the rating department would only speak to the new owner, and he had tried to intervene previously hen this was brought to his attention, without success.

17. Date and time of next meeting – Online Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 7.30pm

The meeting closed at 21.20 


Wouldn’t it be lovely to look forward to something good for our community? Something we can all celebrate in these difficult times? Am I talking about the vaccine for COVID 19? Well yes, but also ……. at long last planning has been approved for work to commence on the Punchbowl Inn renovations. This time next year lots of us will be planning a festive meal and perhaps a drink or two in our very own pub. It has been a long drawn out process for Tony (the new owner) to get to this point, and his tenacity and determination are admirable. Your Parish Council Chairman, the Councillors, and our County Councillor have all made significant efforts to assist in the planning process. And many of you also rallied to the call for help from Sandra Pipe and registered your support for the proposed plans on the Council planning portal or via email.Let us continue in our unwavering support of this project in the months to come, and bear with the hopefully minimal disruption that such an extensive programme of refurbishment will cause to our village.

Your Parish Council held their last meeting of 2020 via Zoom on the 17th November and the draft Minutes appear later in this magazine. Please do have a read through and see what was discussed concerning our community. I reported at the meeting details from an email I had received from the Office of National Statistics about the planned census taking place on 21st March 2021. The Government wants as many of us as possible to comply digitally so the forms will be online. If you have concerns about this, then please have a look at the Government website, and be assured that assistance can be provided for anyone lacking digital skills. We have an area Census Engagement Manager (quite a title!), Heidi Clemo, who can be contacted on 07452 848 322 or via her email should you have specific questions. As ever should you have any concerns that you want your Parish Councillors to consider, and hopefully help to resolve, then please do contact one of them, or me. All details are in this magazine or on the website ( I cannot finish without thanking and wishing all the very best to Marion, who sadly is stepping down from her role as editor of this Magazine. Her service to the community is greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas everyone, and have a happy and healthy New Year.

Rebecca Warren


So this year is going to be very different to other years. Unfortunately, this year there won’t be a Christmas Fayre. There’s no point in dwelling on what we can’t do, so we are focusing on what we can. As announced last month, we are holding a competition for the best outside Christmas decorations, with £100 worth of vouchers, as the prize. There will be three judges, (three local people) who will have the task of picking the best decorations. This will be judged mid December, so that the lucky winner will have the vouchers in time for Christmas. You don’t have to do anything to enter, just make your outside look Christmassy . It doesn’t have to be flashing lights or cost lots of money, We just hope it will help to bring some Christmas cheer.

Also we are delighted to say, we are again running Secret Santa. Anyone new to the village, we will put a list up in the shop, and this year, also at the Tipsy cow, you put your name down, pay £1 and pick a name out of the hat. You then buy a present ( approx £5 ) and drop it into the shop or Tipsy Cow. We then distribute them a few days before Christmas. This will be the third year, it’s great fun and adds some Christmas cheer. • There will be a list in the Shop and the Tipsy Cow from 1st November • Parcels need to be in by 16th December **We are mindful of Covid, and the parcels once we collect them, will be quarantined in a safe and secure place, before we distribute them on either 22nd or 23rd December


Christmas Meal The group would like to let the Community know that due to the current covid situation it is with great regret that we cannot hold this year’s Christmas meal. It’s a decision the group did not want to make, as this is such a popular event that kicks off the Christmas season for the village. We are sure most people were expecting this news but that does not make it any easier to confirm. However, we must look forward, and dearly hope this virus will be well behind us when we hold the event next Christmas.

Defibrillator News The village is very fortunate to have had a defibrillator situated on the Millennium Green for a few years. It has been felt that with extra housing having been built at the top end of the village, a second defibrillator would be beneficial and would also be closer to hand should it be needed at sports events or activities/functions in the Village Hall. We have now managed to secure funding with help from; both Turbine Funds, The British Heart Foundation and the Amenities. Many thanks to all of them for the support. Sandra has subsequently purchased the defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation. In due course this will be fitted and situated outside the Village Hall. The list of trained responders will be the same for both defibrillators. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 


I recently decided to try out our “new” bus service as I was very concerned watching it go past three times a day with no-one on it! Questions that I was asking myself: How many passengers is it picking up en route? Where does it actually go? I needed to find out. I think it was around 2006 when Lanreath lost its bus service, around the same time as were losing our primary school and shop and post office. I wrote a few letters to the bus company at the time, The Western Greyhound Company, begging them to return our service to us in one form or another, but to no avail. A few years later Sandra Pipe tried to pursue the matter yet again, but still to no avail. When the Company was sold to the Go Ahead Company, (Plymouth City Bus), Cllr. Richard Pugh took over negotiations and stated our case. W ith the Government promising new routes for country villages it was agreed that we could have a more reduced service. Alright its not the best timings for a village like Lanreath but at least it’s a service which we should be using. We will all get old one day and have no transport and will be glad of it. It was unfortunate that it had to start at the beginning of Covid 19 when people were afraid to use it. Anyway I decided to do a road test and to report back to you, so here goes! Face mask on I caught the No. 77 bus at 1.30pm from the Punch Bowl to do most of the route to Liskeard where I was going to meet a friend for coffee and cake before catching the 16.39 bus back from the Parade in Liskeard to Lanreath. The bus does go on to Morrisons as well and also to Liskeard Hospital where it turns around to come back. So you could fit in a visit to the hospital and Aldi as well. The bus arrived right on time and it was a fairly new bus, very clean inside and comfortable and even had “mood lighting”inside! As per usual it was empty. On speaking to the driver he informed me that I was his first passenger of the day! Remember this was his second service that day too! He said it was a service that was certainly not paying for itself as very few people were using it. We drove up through the village and towards Connon Tip where just after we took the turning to the left and at Middle Taphouse we turned right and drove through East Taphouse. At Dobwalls roundabout we turned left and drove down to Trago Mills. From Trago we continued to the Halfway House Pub where we turned right and the bus wound its way up the narrow country road towards St. Neot. We did a lovely detour around part of the moor, admiring the ponies, sheep and moorland cattle along the way. Down the hill and through the beautiful village of St. Neot – and still no passengers! After passing Carnglaze Caverns we turned right and made our way back up the hill towards Doublebois and down the by-pass to Liskeard, arriving at the Parade at 2.20pm. You then have 2 hours 20mins before the return bus to bring you back to Lanreath. So, time for some shopping and a cup of coffee and cake! Of course, you could always catch the No. 77 at Lanreath and go to Trago Mills, do some shopping there, the n catch the No. 11 which leaves hourly, and go on to Liskeard and then catch the No. 77 back to Lanreath. The bus does not go through to Looe but you would have to change buses at Pelynt. Although I have given you the timetable for the 77 here in the newsletter you must check out the timetable for joining services on the plymouthcitybus website and you can also ask the driver if he has any spare timetables on board. So, overall, if you have a bus pass what are you waiting for? It wont cost you ought! You don’t even have to get off the bus if you don’t want to, just do the round trip for the ride – at least it gets you out of the house and you can enjoy the scenery with your own private chauffer! Marion. 


The Group would like to say a Big Thank You to all those that participated in the Scarecrow Competition. There were 5 entries in all and they were judged by Mr. Peter Seaman, Chair of the Lanreath Parish Council, who was very impressed with all the entries and would like to have given them all a prize but unfortunately only 3 could be given.

First Prize went to Chris Cutmore (for impact)

Second Prize went to Pam Cutmore (for humour!)

Third Prize went to Keira Harper (for effort, being the youngest entry)

A very well done to everyone and the scarecrows are now proudly displayed in the Community Garden (opposite the village hall and next to the School House). Please go in and have a look for yourselves.


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++IF YOU ARE SELF ISOLATING DUE TO COVID 19, LANREATH IS HERE TO HELP



MANY DOLLIMORE—07970 992402

ENFYS JOHNS—0503 220575






1. Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at off-peak times, where possible.

2. From 15th June you must wear a face covering on public transport in England.

3. Use contactless to pay or have the exact change.

4. Buses will have limited capacity. If your bus has a BUS FULL sign please be prepared to wait for the next bus.

5. Let people off the bus before you get on.

6. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible—at the bus stop and on board.

7. Sit in the window seat, leaving the seats in front and behind you empty and don't sit directly behind the driver.

8. Only one person can sit on a double seat, unless you are with a member of your household.

9. Don’t stand on the bus.

10. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey.

                                                                          STAY SAFE EVERYONE!




Minutes of online Parish Council Meeting held on 20th October 2020 Commencing 19.30

Present: Mr P Seaman – Chair, Cllr R Pugh (County Councillor), Mrs E Lee, Miss J Tamblyn. Miss S Cave, Mr P Bartram, Mr Paul Meatyard, Mr John Williams, Mrs R Warren (Clerk)

The Chair welcomed everyone to the Parish Council Meeting.

1. Apologies – Danny Pugh, Steve Bird, and PCSO Steve Cocks

2. Members of the public – none present

3. No interests to disclose by any councillors

4. Minutes of the meeting 15th September 2020 - unanimously approved.

5. Matters arising –

· Millennium Building – Chairman has sent letter of thanks to David Lemon for restoring the clock

·Horse Chestnut tree – Chairman will take off unsafe branches, once the leaves have all fallen. Mr Paul Meatyard will approach a parishioner regarding disposal/storage of the wood

· Photographs – Chairman has all save for one (Mr Steve Bird) and has prepared a notice for display in the village for parishioners to recognise and contact their councillors

· Boddinick Road repair – these are now complete but there may be a residual issue with the water flow now that the drains have been replaced. Chairman and Mrs E Lee will keep this under review.

· Dog waste bin – there is a new bin in place at the entrance to the Village Hall car park

· Highway scheme expression of interest forms – Cllr R. Pugh was able to con-firm that the 30mph limit will be extended but the cleaning of the road between Trebant Bridge and Botallick Farm was refused (probably due to lack of funds) but he will take this issue up himself.

· Millennium Building steel blasting work – Chairman has instructed Totally Blasted to commence works as per their estimate of £380 plus VAT, but they need dry days to do the blasting and then paint, so they are waiting for a few clear days before work can be completed.

· Football Pitch – Cllr Pugh has been in regular contact with the Cornwall Council officers dealing with the proposed development of the site, and has been made aware of a number of issues that require further information/investigation such as traffic flow on the Boddinick Road, siting of splay lines at the site en-trance/exit, and the cost of moving the football pitch. Once these matters have been dealt with then Lanreath Parish Council can press for detailed plans for the community to consider and discuss at a public meeting – online if necessary.

· Fixed penalty courses – Clerk will keep this under review and advise when the next session is publicised

· Lord Lieutenant nominations – have been sent and acknowledged

· The Old Forge – planning application granted

·  Anti-social behaviour – Chairman wrote to PCSO Cocks about this (as an informal report) and to the Tenants of “The Tipsy Cow”, who have replied in terms that they are taking this matter very seriously and being proactive in endeavouring to prevent a reoccurrence. PCSO Cocks’ report on crimes in the Parish had been circulated to all Councillors and information is available on the internet ( as to number and type of crime in this area.

· Remembrance Day – wreath has been ordered and paid for. Mr P Bartram will liaise with Chairman as to when and what type of commemoration there will be in Lanreath. Six people can attend and people in the community can make sug-gestions as to who would be appropriate representatives.

6. Correspondence Cornwall Council · Weekly planning reports – nothing of note for today’s meeting · Dog Fouling – preventative posters and Community Ambassador scheme – details to be put on the website by the Clerk, and in the Lifestyle Magazine and see if anyone in the parish is willing to take on the role, whereupon the forms of application for the free posters can be sent off. Some concern expressed as to the onus of the role, and the effectiveness of the posters.

Other · Herodsfoot Village Green – the village amenity site, which has been used as such for decades and has the war memorial on it, was put up for sale by its private owner. The community wanted to preserve it as common land for communal use, and were going through this process when a local resident purchased the land for the village. A group representing the Herodsfoot community have approached Lanreath PC to complete and lodge an application to register this land for common use. This is a time consuming and lengthy process for a third party, but relatively straightforward for the owner. After some discussion it was resolved that Lanreath PC fully supports the proposed application, and it encourages the new owner to apply for common land registration as this would be simpler and quicker than the Council doing so. However, if the owner does not wish to lodge the application and the Herodsfoot community wish to make further representations in this regard then Lanreath PC will liaise with the community to gather the evidence necessary to support a submission by Lanreath PC on behalf of the community.

· Lanreath Play Area – Chairman power washed the area and he noticed that one panel on the roof of the seating area was damaged by water ingress causing the laminate to separate from the plywood base. Having contacted the original supplier he was quoted £1,093.65 to replace it. Some discussion about whether a like for like replacement represented value for money. 

 · School bus stop – after a number of incidents were reported to him about the Punch Bowl Inn being struck by the bus, Chairman made contact with the bus provider and Cornwall Council requesting that the bus stop be moved from the Punch Bowl Inn to the Church layby. Following this intervention, Cornwall Council has agreed to move the official Lanreath to the Church layby.

· Looe Town Council – letter has been sent as resolved at the last meeting.

· Although not on the Agenda, Chairman has received an invitation to an online meeting from Suez about their proposed changes at Connon bridge, he will attend and report at the next meeting. Cllr R. Pugh will also be in attendance.

7. Planning PA20/00101 Punch Bowl Inn – Chairman has been proactive in trying to ascertain why there has been a delay in deciding this application, as many members of the community are concerned at the delay, and the building falls into greater dereliction. After communicating with Jonathan Luker – the planning officer – and the owner’s architect, Chairman has established that further information was required, in particular an up- dated plan of the rear elevation, and a new sectional drawing, as well as a photograph of the public notice displayed on the premises. The drawings have been submitted and Chairman took and forwarded photos of the Public Notice. There was some discussion as to why this process is taking so long, particularly as at the extraordinary meeting in July, a decision was expected on 7th September. Cllr R. Pugh reported that the system had slowed considerably due to COVID 19 regulations and the increased number of applications that seem to have been submitted this year. Chairman and Cllr Pugh will continue to keep this application under review.

8. Climate change Miss S. Cave reported that she was in the process of reviewing a video of a recent meeting of the Cornwall Carbon Neutral Hive which she was unable to attend at the time, and she will report anything of interest to the next meeting. She has been in contact with the manager of the Lanreath Community shop and ascertained that they do a limited amount of recycling, but that there may be more that can be done, and she is intending to speak to the shop committee Chairman about this. Still nothing heard about community electric vehicle charging points, no feedback from the community, and in particular no news as to when and how much funding from government will be made available. Chairman will contact Edwina Hannaford at Cornwall Council about this Lanreath Parish Council will continue to revisit the subject of climate change at each meeting.

9. Finance Clerk reported that payments had been made as agreed at the last meeting, and in addition two payments had been made under Financial Regulations. Bank balances as at 12th October were £6,796.19 in the deposit account, and £589.08 in the current account. The balance of the precept had been received in the sum of £5,346.50. Clerk had identified an excess on the accounts of some £1,000 made up of VAT due to be reclaimed, and payments put aside for PAYE on the Clerk’s salary which were not now payable. Footpath maintenance payment of £60 is due to come in and Clerk will liaise with Dunn & Dusted in this regard. Payments to Dunn & Dusted, D. Northcott, Clerk (salary and wreath payment), Totally Blasted, and reimbursement of the Jimdo payment (Lanreath PC website) made by Chairman were unanimously approved (Chairman did not vote). Clerk requested authority to transfer £800 from the deposit account to current account to cover payments authorised – unanimously approved. Clerk will make an application to reclaim VAT paid on invoices. Councillors will notify Clerk of their bank details so that their expenses can be paid by BACS.

10. Bank reconciliation 30th September 2020 - Bank statements as at end of September totalled £7,395.22, as per the reconciliation.

11. County Councillor’s report Cllr R Pugh reminded the Councillors that if any of them needed to complete their code of conduct course, then there would be online courses on 9th November from 10am to 12 noon, on 17th November from 2pm to 4pm, and on 3rd December from 10am to 12 noon. He can provide details to anyone who needs to attend.

Highways England will be carrying out traffic surveys on the A38 from 20th October to 12th November. There is likely to be an increase in the toll for vehicles going over the Tamar bridge next year, in an effort to address an anticipated £7,000,000 shortfall by 2024. Marion Facey will be writing a piece for the Lifestyle magazine about her journey as a passenger on the bus from the village – which may encourage others to use it. In response to a question from Miss J Tamblyn, Cllr. R. Pugh reported that Newquay Airport is increasing the number of flights, and appears to be doing reasonably well.

12. Parish Problems

Chairman had report that the toilet rolls in the public WC were of the incorrect size. Mr P. Meatyard had purchased correct ones, and Village Hall would cover the cost with the incorrectly sized stock, originally purchased from the Village Hall Committee, being returned to the Village Hall.

Mr P Bartram raised the ongoing issue of the poor state of the drains on the unadopted road from the B3359 up to Bury Down BT aerial site. This is a matter that has been discussed in previous meetings, but the road ownership was under question. Chairman reported that he had carried out extensive investigation of the ownership, and had determined that BT had a contractual right of way over the lane which includes the right but not an obligation to maintain the road, which meant that they could not be forced to clear the drains. General discussion as to how this matter could be brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and it was agreed that an informal approach would be made to a lawyer as to what the legal position may be. Councillors expressed concerns about road safety, in circumstances were water and debris run off the road into the main road at the junction, and could be extremely hazardous were there to be a drop in temperature causing ice to form. Miss S Cave enquired as to whether Highways should be notified as they have an obligation to keep the roadways clear and safe – Chairman will make further enquiries in that regard.

13. Conduct of future Council meetings Unanimously agreed to continue to meet remotely, but to review at each meeting.

14. Any other business Next month the Budget must be agreed, and the precept set for 2021. Chairman and Clerk will prepare draft for the next meeting for the Councillors to consider. Chairman thanked Mr J Williams for completing repairs to the gate to the community garden. Having investigated whether Lanreath PC was eligible for a £10,000 Cornwall Council Grant for the Public WC (as Lerryn reportedly had been), Chairman has established that the Lanreath WC is classified as Staff Toilets for the shop for rating purposes, so Lanreath PC is not entitled to the grant.

15. Public Participation – None

16. Date and time of next meeting Online Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 7.30pm

The meeting closed at 21.15pm 



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