Saturday, September 06, 2008

parish tram issue 22

TV Star made an impression
Ty Pennington the Hollywood film and TV Star made quite an impression on the Portreath community in May. The end result of a manic week is a play park the village can be proud of.
The week started on the 12th May when the TV Company, TwoFour Productions rolled into the village in a huge Winnebago, which was parked up at the Portreath Arms. TwoFour worked from the vehicle and also based their HQ at St Mary’s Church Hall. Work proper started on the 13th with the arrival of Ty Pennington who made a grand entrance into Sunnyvale Road Playground and was immediately surrounded by the very excitable village kids. He finished the tour of the playground on top of the old climbing frame still surrounded by kids and promised that with the help of the community he would transform our well used but often flooded and very tired park into a much better area.
That evening work began and from that day until the 21st the park became a hive of industry. As well as local contractors, there were volunteers from the local community and Kerrier District Council officers beavering away day and night.
The project came to an end on the afternoon of the 21st with the unveiling of the park. Ty Pennington cut the ribbon accompanied by Captain Gordon Greenslade and Connie Trewella. The park was given its own name, chosen by public suggestions, of Greenslade Park. This is a very old local name and Gordon and Connie Trewella nee: Greenslade were both very touched by the tribute to their family.
At the cutting of the ribbon the Park was flooded by the local community, all equipment was well tested and the planting admired. Overall impressions were extremely positive.
Those of us involved in the project over the last 18 months are delighted that a project that was probably going to take years to complete has been accomplished in very short order, to a higher specification than we could have possibly thought possible.
There were so many people involved it really is impossible to name everybody. I think suffice to say, all involved, in whatever capacity, can be very proud of the achievement they contributed to.The TV Company and Ty were very impressed with the community spirit in Portreath.
A BIG ThankYou to all involved.
A list of contributors has been supplied by the TV Company; I hope all involved are mentioned. I will also publish the list on the Parish Tram web site, so if you wish to be mentioned please email me and I will add your name.
Chris Watts

Contractors and Contributors
auger& hammer, alterain fork li􀅌
Alan Mills - Cedar Shingles
B&Q - Slabs of Granite
Brandon Tool Hire - Large building equipment & tool hire
Bur-Mar Skips - Large builder skips + waste disposal
Burncoose Nurseries – Plants
Ben Cantellow – Shingle Roof Structure
Cardon Plant Hire - Generator &flood lights
Cob in Cornwall - Cob Wall build
Cornish Fixings - Wood, fixings, oil and many other items.
Cornish Timber - Supply of Green oak seats
Cornwall Wood Treatment Services Ltd - Treated Timber
Ellerslee Ltd. Mike Burke – Picnic Table
CWT - Timber edging for wet pour
DHL - Delivery of Turf
DMT - Labour
English Willow - Willow
Goovean Quarry - 9 tonnes of granite, 38 tonnes of 803,
5 tonnes 20mm to dust, 7 tonnes of aggregate and haulage
Gwel-an-Mor – Produc􀆟on crew accommoda􀆟on
HSS - Generator for Ginsters
Illogan Womens Ins􀆟tutue – Party Food
James Eddy - Local ar􀆟st - Grass steps, mounds and willow
Jewsons - Stand pipe& water bowser
Kerrier District Council – Staff 􀆟me and equipment
Keyline - Drainage equipment
Li􀆩le Green Paint Co - Paint for mural, swings & fencing
Lizard Tractors - Shroma 204S, mini tractor with stone burrier and front loader
Contractors and Contributors
Mackerel bus designers - Park sign
Mark Harrod Ltd - Goal posts etc
Microcomms - Equipment
Mid Cornwall Landscaping - Ball Stop fence installa􀆟on
MMC - Sharp sand
Na􀆟onal Lo􀆩ery - Funding
Neil Hart - Sub soil, sand and top soil
Nicolas Rowell Haulage - Delivery of Red Clay
North West Turf - Stadium Turf
Portreath Bakery - Pas􀆟es
Portreath Garden Machinery - Equipment
Portreath Parish Council - Funding
Portreath Improvements Commi􀆩ee – Funding
Portreath Surf Life Saving Club -
Premier Signs South West - The zone sign
Proludic – Play equipment
Promenade Café – Tea and coffee for the whole week.
QMS - Line markings
Selwood - Skip loading mini dumper
Steve Kendall – Gate construc􀆟on and installa􀆟on
Snow Timber - Wood for gate
Su􀆩cliffePlay – Play equipment
The Stone Yard - 320 x Granite se􀆩s
Travis Perkins - Sand, aggregate, chippings and cement
TraxGroundworks - Works for drainage of five-a-side pitch
Trevenson Moor Garden Centre - Plants
Trewithen Nursery - Plants
West Frogwell Farm - Straw bales
Petition to allow Cornwall to have its own Centre of excellence for cancer surgery.
In November 2007 Cornwall county council approved the transfer of some cancer services out of Cornwall removing the choice from cancer patients to get treatment close to their homes families and friends.
This means that;
A. Upper gastro-intestinal cancer surgery
B. Head and neck (including ear, nose and throat, oral
and facial) cancer surgery
C. Complex gynaecological cancer surgery
Can be withdrawn and moved to Exeter or Plymouth.
A cancer centre should be provided in Cornwall not only in Devon.
Government and N. I. C. E. (National Institute for clinical excellence) guidance will allow this.
It is difficult enough dealing with cancer, without the stress of travelling 100 miles away to receive treatment. Please sign to keep cancer care in Cornwall.
We want a first-rate service in our county.
This petition is organised by “The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly cancer patient and carer group”
c/o Rose Woodward, The Bungalow, West Cliff, Porthtowan, TR4 8AE
The petition is available to sign in the Post Office until Friday 18th July
Keep cancer care in Cornwall
Oil Burners Unite
Many properties in Portreath use oil for central heating and hot water. With the oil prices spiralling as they are it makes sense to buy in bulk. I am forming a collective group to do this and the savings are worthwhile.
Based on a collective of 20 customers with a delivery of 500 litres each the savings would be 3.5p per litre, a saving of £17.50. More members more savings.
The only disadvantage would
be co-ordinating the fuel deliveries. All collective members
would have to take delivery in
the same week, so good communication and tank monitoring

Felicidades’: Portreath top Spanish school
IT’S a huge “felicidades” – that’s congratulations in English – to Portreath School who have just been named Spanish School of the Year.
The school was visited by two representatives of the Spanish consulate on Thursday, after being shortlisted as one of five for the title. The visit proved highly successful, with the school declared the winners.
Head teacher John Whetter was thrilled. He said: “We’re all very excited and very proud of the achievement. It’s a fantastic accolade. The two ladies who visited were really impressed with what they saw.
“We introduced Spanish into the curriculum a couple of years ago.
“All schools have to teach a modern foreign language by 2010 and we decided to start it early. The children love it.
“This year we’ve had several staff go to Malaga for training. Several staff have been to Spain on Spanish learning courses.”
As a result of the achievement, two of Portreath teachers will travel to the Spanish consulate for the presentation