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Firefighters in Cornwall to go on strike

This is Cornwall - 2 hours 13 min ago
Firefighters in Cornwall will join colleagues from across the country and take part in further industrial action next week in a dispute over pensions. Cornish crews will be on strike from Friday, May 2 from noon and 5pm; on May 3 between 2pm and 2am and on May 4 between 10am and 3pm. There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand. "Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families. "Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible." Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government — as well as the devolved governments — have been taking place for three years, and since the last strike on 3 January 2014, both the union and government have undertaken work examining financial, technical and legal issues. Following the last meeting of the union's executive council earlier this month, the union wrote to the minister saying that if they hadn't received any proposals by yesterday, they would conclude that the government was unwilling or unable to offer any improvement. Over recent weeks the FBU has met with ACAS, the organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes, where union officials outlined their concerns and frustration with the lack of any progress. While negotiations were continuing, the government imposed a third annual increase in firefighters' pension contributions, taking them to 14.2% for most firefighters, one of the highest in the public or private sector, and issued proposals for a fourth year increase for many. In August last year, firefighters voted by 78% for strike action.

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Jury finds defendant Carlos Roche, 36, not guilty of rape

This is Cornwall - 3 hours 20 min ago

A TRURO man has been found not guilty of raping a woman after a night out.

Carlos Roche, aged 36, of Moresk Road, went on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of raping and sexually assaulting the woman in December 2012.

Jason Beal, for the prosecution, told the jury that the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had fallen asleep on Mr Roche's sofa when she woke up to find him behind her, and that he raped her.

Mr Roche denied charges of rape and assault by penetration, telling the jury that they had consensual sex.

The jury heard that Mr Roche's partner had been in the house at the time.

In summing up the case for the jury Nick Gerasimidis, defence counsel for Mr Roche, posed a number of questions and pointed out inconsistencies in the accounts the woman gave to medical staff and police officers.

Mr Roche told police the woman had initially been "making all the right noises" but that after they started to have intercourse she turned round and said words to the effect of: "We can't do this."

Mr Roche told police he realised they both had partners, and stopped. The woman claimed she had been asleep and woken up to find Mr Roche assaulting her but her body and mind had frozen and she had not said anything or moved.

Mr Gerasimidis asked: "Why in fact didn't she say or do anything at the time, and yet later she screamed the house down?"

He said the woman had no reason to be afraid of Mr Roche.

Mr Gerasimidis said Mr Roche was "bitterly ashamed" of what he had done but that he had always been consistent in what he had told the police about the incident.

He said: "Of course he had slipped up, hadn't he, even if this was consensual?

"As I have indicated, he is not proud of what he has done."

However, that was not a reason to convict him of rape, he added.

On Thursday afternoon, the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on both charges. Mr Roche wept as he left the court.

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VIDEO: Perranporth dog saved from death sentence wins national award

This is Cornwall - 3 hours 20 min ago
A handsome dog saved from a death sentence by a Perranporth owner has won a top national prize. Nero, a lurcher cross Staffordshire bull terrier, was rescued by Mark Polmear on the day he was due to be put down. Mr Polmear then entered Nero into the prestigious Scrufts contest for crossbreed dogs where he took first prize. He said: "He has got the legs of a supermodel and the head of a boxer." Nero was originally at a dog pound in Lincolnshire and was due to be put down when Mr Polmear saw an alert on the Facebook page of Bissoe-based dog charity K9 Crusaders. brightcove.createExperiences(); Mr Polmear said: "I saw Nero's advert flash up saying he was going to be put to sleep and I thought 'I can't allow that'." After K9 Crusaders carried out a health check at Mr Polmear's Perranporth home the dog was transported to Cornwall. "He came down on the day he was meant to be put to sleep," said Mr Polmear. "He bonded with my six-year-old daughter. They are constantly playing with each other. He has become a fully-fledged member of the family." Mr Polmear was looking for a new pet after his old dog, Lucky, died in July last year aged 13. "It's brought joy back into the house again after the sadness and loneliness of losing our first dog," said Mr Polmear. Nero had to beat competition from more than 100 dogs to take first prize in the Show Ready Coat class, judged by Jenny Pitman, OBE. Mr Polmear and his family presented the £250 first prize to K9 Crusaders to assist the charity with its rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work. Mr Polmear said: "They do it all for charity and are such good people." The kennels are full, with a waiting list. Anyone able to offer a dog a home or make a donation can contact the charity on 01872 560232.

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Camborne all set for Trevithick Day celebrations

This is Cornwall - 3 hours 20 min ago

CAMBORNE residents are preparing for the most important day in the town's calendar as they celebrate the memory of one of their most famous sons, Richard Trevithick.

The bunting is up and the last-minute preparations for Trevithick Day are almost complete, with residents hoping for clear skies on Saturday.

Kingsley Rickard, chairman of the event's committee, said: "The day will feature the same mixture of attractions that people have come to expect from Trevithick Day.

"Steam engines big and small, dances, lots of stalls and the fair will all attract the visitors, so quite the medley really.

"What people don't realise is that preparation actually started back in September because it takes a lot of time to bring the whole thing together. Factors such as road closures and licensing have to be sorted way in advance.

"Local people are very proud of the town's engineering and industrial past and the fact that Camborne is world-renowned for its mining heritage means a lot to the people of the town."

The traditional balmaidens' and miners' dance will kick off proceedings when it leaves Basset Street at 10.15am, featuring almost 250 local schoolchildren led by miniature steam engines and Camborne Town Band.

Trevithick's Dance leaves Basset Street at 2.30pm with almost 100 adults dressed in the traditional Cornish colours of black and gold, dancing in procession behind the band.

The famous steam parade will puff its way to the top of Camborne Hill at 3.15pm.

Outgoing mayor Mike Champion said: "The day is a celebration of a Camborne man who dedicated his life to improving the conditions of miners and is greatly underestimated by the rest of Britain.

"I always look forward to Trevithick Day and if it didn't continue then there would be a lot of disappointed people."

Trevor Dalley, who along with his wife Valerie, is acting dance secretary, said: "Cornish people have had their fair share of hard knocks over the years with the closures of the mines and the Great Holman Company that employed half of the town. Trevithick Day is a celebration where residents celebrate our history with pride and look to the future."

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Cornwall name big squad for Tamar Cup clash against Devon

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 18:54
A 27-strong Cornwall squad has been announced to face Devon on Wednesday in the Tamar Cup at Launceston (7.30) . There are 11 Cornish All Blacks players and eight from Redruth for the game, which is Cornwall's only warm up up match ahead of this season's Bill Beaumont Cup County Championship campaign. Devon are also going to use a similar size squad. The Cornwall squad is: Sam Bartle – Camborne RFC ​Barry BJ Chapman – Cornish All Blacks ​Damien Cook – Redruth RFC ​Alex Ducker - Camborne RFC ​Jamal Ford-Robinson – Cambridge RFC ​Rupert Freestone – Clifton RFC ​Richard Friend – Cornish All Blacks ​Chris Fuca – Redruth RFC ​Greg Goodfellow – Redruth RFC ​Ben Hilton – Cornish all Blacks ​Bryn Jenkin – Cornish All Blacks ​Kieron Lewitt – Cornish All Blacks ​Rhodri McAtee – Redruth RFC ​Jake Murphy – Cornish All Blacks ​Tom Notman – Redruth RFC ​Sam Parsons – Redruth RFC ​Lewis Paterson – Ivybridge RFC ​Tom Rawlings – Cornish All Blacks ​Jamie Salter – Cornish All Blacks ​Matt Shepherd – St Austell RFC ​Jamie Tripcony – Cornish All Blacks ​Jess Tompsett – Redruth RFC ​Lewis Vinnicombe – Truro RFC ​Lewis Webb – Cornish All Blacks ​Neilson Webber – Cornish All blacks ​Tony Whittle – Falmouth RFC​ Craig Williams – Redruth RFC

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Top MP, Danny Alexander, thinks there should be a Cornish box on the census

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 17:41
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has said he would support the inclusion of a Cornish-tick box on the next census in light of the county's newly protected European status. Danny Alexander marked Cornwall's historic move in to the convention for the protection of national minorities (PNM) by visiting apprentices from Coastline Housing in Pool this afternoon. After three failed attempts to gain support from the PNM, today's a decision puts Cornish heritage in line with the legal recognition afforded to Scottish, Welsh and Irish cultures. Mr Alexander said: "What this is about is saying that people from across the whole of the UK recognise that Cornish language, culture, identity is something which is unique and a special part of the overall culture of these islands and should be recognised." When asked if a Cornish box will appear on the 2021 national census he said: "I don't know the answer to that, but there probably should be. That's a good idea, why not?" Local organisations and authorities hope that the minority status will strengthen the Cornish brand both nationally and internationally and provide a stronger identity for young people and communities in Cornwall. But both Mr Alexander and Cornwall Council have stressed that the county will not gain any immediate financial benefit from the news. He said: "Well as I say this isn't about funding, it's not about new projects, it's about a recognition that a lot of people in Cornwall – MPs like Dan Rogerson, Stephen Gilbert – and many others have campaigned for a very long time, and I think it's appropriate that we respond positively to that campaign. "It is clearly something people in Cornwall wanted to see achieved. Cornish people know about your own culture, your own history and your own language and celebrate that. You don't need other people to tell you it is important, but actually I think it is important that the rest of the country recognises that - just as being recognised under the convention for the protection of national minorities is important for Gallic speakers in the Highlands and Wales." Despite talk of devolution for Cornwall at the recent Liberal Democrat spring conference, Mr Alexander does not think the new minority status has moved the county any closer to an independent assembly. He said: "I think with the creation of an assembly is a much more contentious argument and a consensus on that would have to be established in Cornwall before it could be taken any further. "What I would say with a unitary authority, with a local enterprise partnership that covers Cornwall, with a government that takes seriously the infrastructure needs of Cornwall with the A30, with the work we are doing at the airport and, I hope, with the growth deal and the local economic plan we have with our enterprise partnership, we can really do things which empower the Cornish economy to move forward. "That is very much on my list in the treasury, I want us to recognise the distinctive needs and the different issues we see in the Cornish economy and make sure that the government is as sensitive to that and aware of the local need of that as possible."

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Police in Cornwall search for missing busker Nollaig O'Connor

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:42
Police in Cornwall are appealing for information after a busker went missing. Nollaig O'Connor, from Enniskillen in Ireland, originally went missing from Scotland in June 2013 but was last seen in Cornwall in the summer. Police said Miss O'Connor was a keen musician who liked to travel around, busking and often playing music in churches. Detective Inspector Sharon Donald said: "We are working closely with Nollaig's family to try and determine her whereabouts. "We want to appeal to the public to try and trace Nollaig's movements – particularly the music community in the Porthtowan and Truro areas where she was last seen." She is described as 37 years old with hazel eyes, ginger hair, slim build and is 5ft 4ins tall. She has a feint tattoo of a Celtic cross in the middle of her forehead which may be obscured by a fringe. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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Man thrown into Truro leats

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:16
A man was thrown into a Truro waterway on a night out in the city. Police said two men carried out the attack and threw the victim into the leats on Boscawen Street. Sergeant Billy McWhirter from Truro Police said: "The male victim was pulled into one of the leats and was soaked through." The incident took place at about 11pm on April 12. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

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Have your say: The weird and wonderful reaction to Cornwall's minority nation status

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 14:37
As Cornwall is granted minority nation status, the national press has had a field day looking at Cornish culture. Alongside straightforward features looking at the fantastic countryside and coastline which attracts so many tourists, some papers and websites have chosen very different angles to take. Our favourite has to be the Guardian's How to dress in a Cornish Style feature, which includes tartan, bonnets and shawls. The Daily Telegraph has opeted for a What's different about the Cornish guide, including gems such as only having one border, and having our own language. In South Wales, the attitude has been a very welcoming one - with the Evening Post taking a look at Why Cornwall is like Wales - a huge compliment from the patriotic fellow Celts. However, jealousy has reared its ugly head in Essex, where the Chronicle has chosen to look at why Essex should get its own minority nationality instead of just being pleased for Cornwall. What do you think of their take on the story? Let us know using the comment form below.

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How well do you know Cornwall? Take our quiz and find out

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 13:27
As Cornwall celebrates gaining 'national minority' status, we think the time is right to find out just how well you know the Duchy. Take our quiz for a quick and easy way to find out. Do you know the correct recipe for a pasty - or how to bake a saffron bun? Do you spell it cider or cyder? Find out the extent of your Cornish knowledge here. Let us know how you did by sharing your results on Facebook.

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Global music star Tinchy Stryder to play at L2 nightclub in Truro

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:31
A global music star will perform in a Truro nightclub next month, it has been announced. Grime and hip-hop megastar Tinchy Stryder will be at the L2 nightclub on May 24 for the Bank Holiday weekend. Stryder, whose real name is Kwasi Danquah III, has previously played at venues including the O2 Arena and the main stage at Glastonbury festival. The musician and businessman has had eight top 10 singles, three huge albums and was the biggest-selling male act in Britain in 2009. Last week he released his latest single, Misunderstood. Stryder was also the first rapper, contemporary artist and singer in history to perform at a UEFA Champions League final in 2011. Jason Masters from L2 said: "He has had quite a few number ones and he is a worldwide star so to bring him to Truro is quite big." The club announced today the star would be performing a DJ set with tickets on sale at £5.

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Cornish Pirates go with youth for final match at Leeds

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:41
The emphasis is firmly on youth for the Cornish Pirates as they travel to Headingley tomorrow night to meet Greene King Championship promotion contenders Leeds Carnegie (8pm). Tom Kessell will again skipper the side from scrum-half partnering Angus Sinclair at half-back, and the only changes behind the pack from the defeat at Bedford last weekend see Kieran Goss switch to outside centre in place of Junior Fatialofa whilst Luke Jones earns his first league start on the wing. In the front row Aaron Carpenter takes over at hooker from Tom Channon who drops to the bench whilst Ben Prescott will make his final appearance in Pirates colours at prop. The only other change in the pack is at flanker with Joe Atkinson taking over from Jake Parker. On the bench there is a place for Rob Elloway who was a member of the Barbarians squad narrowly beaten in Ireland by Clontarf last night and Will Carrick-Smith is recalled in place of Alex Cheesman. Leeds Carnegie Head Coach James Lowes has made four changes to the side that won at promotion rivals Rotherham Titans last week for the final regular season game of the Championship. A new half-back pairing of Jonny Bentley and James Doherty starts the game against their former club whilst in the front row Lee Imiolek and Phil Nilsen return for Charlie Beech and Joe Graham respectively. Another former Pirate, Mike Myerscough, starts the game in the second row. Leeds Carnegie:- McColl, Holmes, Vickerman, Burdon, Georgiou, Bentley, J.Doherty; Imiolek, Nilsen, Tussac, Beck, Myerscough, Sisi, Rowan (capt), Burrows Replacements – Graham, Beech, Hooper, Walker, Green. Lozowski, Dudman Cornish Pirates:- Bodilly, Jones, Goss, Hendrickson, Moyle, Sinclair, Kessell (capt); Davies, Carpenter, Prescott, Patrick, Graulich, Conlon, Atkinson, Duncan Replacements – Channon, Elloway, Carrick-Smith, Bolwell, Parker, Riley, Holland

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Truro-born NME editor takes part in American race and raises funds for cancer support in Cornwall

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:39
There are perhaps unlikelier ways to celebrate 25 years of running a beloved indie record label than holding a 25km race, but it's hard to think of what they could be. In late March, Truro-born music journalist Laura Snapes swapped gigs for the gym and travelled to North Carolina to run the Merge 25k, in celebration of the home of Arcade Fire, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and hundreds more bands. She raised £1,090, which was split between a North Carolina homeless charity and Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall. "I got myself into this pickle," said Laura, 25, who is the features editor at NME (having started out writing for West Briton What's On). "I thought it'd be a fun idea to tell the story of the label using the route of the race, which went from the label's old home in Chapel Hill to their new home, Durham. I pitched it to my editor, thinking he'd say, 'yeah, nice idea, but I don't think so'. Instead he said I had to do it, and with the aid of the North Carolina tourist board, a very patient personal trainer, and a lot of schlepping around the park in January, I somehow managed to finish the race, which was as much a surprise to me as it might be to my old school PE teachers. "I came 592nd out of 800, so I don't think Jessica Ennis should start sweating just yet."

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Reaction: What do you think of Cornwall's new 'National Minority' status?

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 08:26
The Cornish identity has been given official status today with news that the Duchy is being 'National Minority' status under EU law. The announcement, which will be officially made by minister Danny Alexander during a visit to Newquay and Redruth later this morning, has seen Cornwall featured across the natinal press, as well as on TV and radio news. The word 'Cornish' is also trending on Twitter this morning, with tweets including these:

Big day for the Cornish, formally recognised by Gov as a national minority group with the same standing as the Irish, Welsh and the Scots

— Cornwall Fire Chief (@CornwallCFO) April 24, 2014

Allegations that Cornish minority status leaked by makers of Jamaica Inn to take the pressure off are largely untrue.

— Lee Trewhela (@LeeTrewhela) April 23, 2014

"@susanpenhaligon: My Granny Pen is chuckling up there on her cloud. Can hear her now, 'the Cornish are not English, Sue' #KernowBysVyken"

— susan penhaligon (@susanpenhaligon) April 24, 2014

National Minority Status eh? Does that mean Cornish people are few and far between? Tell us something we don't know! #cornishndproud

— Dave Penberthy (@DavePen8) April 24, 2014

Remember: enjoy this massive historic moment, but bear in mind we have more steps to take. This was a huge step further. #Cornwall #Cornish

— Matthew Clarke (@KernowPods) April 23, 2014 We want to know what you think of the news. Should Cornwall push for more recognition as a minority nation? Could the Duchy be handed powers by Westminster to decide its own laws, in similar terms to those handed to Wales and Scotland? Or is it all just a fuss about nothing, which will make no difference? Let us know what you think using the comment form below:

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Rotary Club's memorial concert

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

EVERY Spring, the Rotary Club of Penzance presents an annual concert of school's music performed alternately by the pupils of local infant, primary and secondary schools.

The first Bernard Williams Memorial Concert was held in 1997.

Bernard came to Penzance in 1980 when he was appointed director of music at the School of St Clare, now The GEMS Bolitho School.

Under his enthusiastic leadership he inspired countless young musicians organising many concerts for choir and orchestra.

Bernard also became the musical director of the Penzance and the St Just operatic societies, the organist at St Paul's Church, Penzance, and during the summer months was involved in the musical life of St Ives.

He retired from teaching in 1992 but then became the local secretary for the Associated Examination Board and supervised the music examinations of countless local students. He was appointed conductor of Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir and visited and assisted many local schools.

The Rotary Club of Penzance elected him to membership in 1992, and Bernard quickly set about organising concerts of schools' music in West Penwith.

He was president elect in 1995 but became ill and died in 1996 before becoming president.

His concerts of School Music continue to this day and are dedicated to his memory.

This year's concert of senior school student's music takes place on Thursday, May 1, at 6.30pm (admission £2.50) and will be held at the theatre of Penwith College at St Clare, Penzance.

The concert will showcase a variety of music from four local senior schools – Bolitho, Cape Cornwall, Humphry Davy and Mounts Bay Academy.

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See cliff-side Chygurno's shrubs and exotic plants

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

A MUCH admired west Cornwall garden opens for charity this weekend in support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which has raised more than £40 million for charity.

Chygurno, on the steep cliff-side of Lamorna Cove, will be open from 2 to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The three-acre site features mainly southern-hemisphere shrubs and exotic plants, as well as a woodland area and winding steps and paths.

Owners Dr and Mrs Moule began planting in 1998 and have been fundraising for two thirds of that time.

In the past, Chygurno has featured in the Good Garden Guide and the English Garden magazine and is noted for its rhododendrons, hydrangeas and camellias, the coastal display as well as the fantastic views over the sea.

Entry is between 2pm and 5pm and costs £5 for adults, free for children – proceeds will be shared between Macmillan, Marie Curie, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust, The QNI, Perennial and Parkinson's UK.

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Selection of events at the Mount

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

ST MICHAEL'S Mount opened its doors for the summer season on Sunday.

Various events are planned at the attraction over the coming months.

Early in the season the bronze cast footsteps of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be unveiled following their visit to the Mount in May 2013.

This year will see St Michael's Mount celebrate the 60th anniversary of its gift to the National Trust.

Other upcoming events include a free open day for locals on Sunday, May 11.

For more information visit stmichaelsmount.co.uk

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OBITUARY: Tina Bird, Hayle

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

Mrs T Bird Hayle

THE FUNERAL took place at Phillack Parish Church on March 14, of Tina Bird, aged 57, of Hayle.

Tina was born on July 2, 1956, in Worcester, the eldest of two daughters to Margaret and Dave Farrant.

Tina met Ray Bird in 1974. They soon married and had two daughters, Michelle and Donna.

Having spent many a happy time on holiday in Cornwall as a child, Tina, Ray and the family moved to Cornwall in 1985.

They moved firstly to Lelant, then Carbis Bay and finally moving to Hayle in 2000.

Tina worked in the Golden Lion for many years, making lots of friends and enjoying playing darts in the St Ives League, gaining the respect of many people she played.

Holidays in Cyprus were important; she usually went out twice a year and this is where Tina was at her most relaxed and happiest.

She also had a fondness for making jewellery and cards, which she sold in shops around St Ives.

In 2010 Tina became "grams" to her granddaughter Chloe and was so proud of her and later Alfie, too; she loved to spend time with them. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and her many, many friends.

She will be always remembered for her love of life, smiley personality and her love for a party or two.

There were family flowers only, with donations kindly received for St Julia's Hospice, Hayle.

The bearers were Matthew Shiels, son-in-law, and Jack Broomfield, brother-in-law.

Cremation took place at Treswithian Downs, Camborne.

Family mourners: Raymond Bird, husband; Margaret McCauley, mother; Michelle and Matthew Shiels, daughter and son-in-law, rep Chloe and Alfie, grandchildren; Donna Bird, daughter; Jayne and Jack Broomfield, sister and brother-in-law; David Broomfield, nephew; Amber Broomfield, niece; Alex Broomfield, nephew; Sally-Ann Bird, sister-in-law; Samantha Bird, niece, rep Riley, nephew; Natalie Warr, niece; Mr and Mrs Liz and Stuart Dyson.

Friends: Mr Paul Galvin, rep Judith; Mrs Elaine Farrell, Mr Roger Cocking, Mrs Carol Spencer, Mr Tommy Bassett; Mrs Bridget Bellamy, rep Bill Kenyon, Kim and Abi; Mr and Mrs Ali and Steve Dodgson, rep Kelly Austin and family; Mr Rick Roemmele, rep Trae Rashleigh; Maureen Cocking, rep Colleen and Neil Hosking; Linda Jenkin, rep Gill Richards; Mr and Mrs Colin and Jackie Perkin, rep Al and Christine Date; Mr and Mrs Les and Mary Hart; Mr and Mrs Karen and Chris Nicholls, rep the Hart family; Norma Hart, rep Christine Nickson; Mr and Mrs Eric and Linda Bloxam; Mr and Mrs Vic and Lucy Simmons, rep Gladys Thomas; Mr and Mrs Maureen and Barry Goodman; Mr and Mrs Mike and Tamzyn Smith, rep Cindy and David Smith; Eleanor McCallum, Mrs Carina Beck, Maureen Chew, Mr Michael Holden, Mr Jamie Shields, Mr Mark Russell, Lucy Brinham, Marie Rouncefield, Dave and Bobbie Mitchell, Mrs Mairi Lewis, Mr Gary Murdin, Chris Morey, Mr Neil Kenna, Alex McDonald, Mr and Mrs Matthew and Samantha Dicker; Mrs Wendy Collier, rep Melvyn; Mr and Mrs David and Deborah Goodwin, Beryl Curran, Mr and Mrs Jeff and Maggie Irvine; Mr George Tenby, rep Jennifer; Jacqui Harris, Mr and Mrs Ed and Sandra Meacham, Mr Daniel Lawry, Mr Dennis Gill, Elaine Thomas, Mr and Mrs Mark and Vivian Hughes, Moz Fox; Mr Dave Morris, rep Jan Morris; Leah O'Brien, rep Danny Gallagher; Mr and Mrs Wayne and Lisa Quinn, Mr and Mrs Clive and Jina Stewart, Mr Charlie Dormer, Mr David Thomson, Jerry Merrifield, Mr Jim Gilbert; Mr Neil Ward, rep Rab and Cathy McKay, Mark Symons; Mr and Mrs Kathy and Bob Carr, Mrs Rebecca Care, Mr Keith Care; Sarah Quick, rep Gerald Quick and Liz Sullivan; Joanne Ball; Mr Malcolm Williams, rep Joan Freeman and Richard Banfield; Mr Jim Sefton, Mr and Mrs Geoffrey and Rose Thomas, Mr Dan Young, Naomi Hayward, Mr Stephen Angove, Mr Mike Trotter, Cathy Lester.

Funeral arrangements were by WJ Winn, Hayle.

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Truro set to mount title challenge

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

TRURO look likely to provide a title challenge having gained a number of quality players.

Tom Sharp remains the professional, but after 16 years in charge hands over the reins to Rob Harrison. Kyle Van Rooyen, who is now English qualified, is vice-captain.

County players Neil Ivamy from Redruth and Kelvin Snell from Paul have joined up,  along with Plymouth and Devon wicketkeeper-batsman Callum Whittaker.

Liam Lombard from St Erme and Tom O'Toole from Marlow have also arrived at Boscawen Park. Joe Dale though has moved to take up the job as Oxfordshire Cricket Development Officer.

Redruth have reacted to their reprieve by signing the Cornwall professional, left arm spinner Shakil Ahmed from St Just. Etienne Joubert is a 19-year-old South African seam bowling all rounder.

Martin Jenkin has moved from Camborne and Martin Strick from Stithians. Ben Stevens returns from injury to captain the team.

Christian Purchase (Grampound Rd), Neil Ivamy (Truro), Jack Thomas (Australia), Luke Johnson and Mark Jenkin (Troon) have all moved on.

Camborne have acquired 18 year-old South African Pieter Du Plessis, a wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played in Free State provincial teams for the past six consecutive years, representing every age-group.

Matt Rowe is the new captain, taking over from Dan Stephens, who is working away from home. Former captain Martin Jenkin has moved to neighbours Redruth.

Falmouth, who were in with a chance of the title right up to the final hour of the season, have lost professional Justin Stephens to St Just. Opening batsman Richard Kellow and all rounder Jon Udy have moved to neighbours St Gluvias.

The Stithians pair of Glyn Furnival and Craig Mouatt however, have joined and 26-year-old Indian batsman/off spinner Anup Revandkar, from Mumbai, is also due at Trescobeas by the start of the season. Kiwi Matt Goldsbury was unable to return.

St Justhave Gareth May back as captain with Nick George stepping down to become his deputy. Justin Stephens returns, as the professional in place of David Roberts.

Newcomers are 23-year-old Australian Harry Medhurst, who has been reported as "an aggressive fast bowler, clocked at 135k per hour, a dynamic fielder and explosive middle-order batsman".

Also arriving are the former Troon and Camborne wicketkeeper batsman Dan Mitchell and young Paul seamer Callum Donnelly.

Callington were third last year and Moores Park has seen some ins and outs in the close season.

Dan Davis is living in Bristol and will be playing for Thornbury and Andrew Libby has returned to St Austell.

On the plus side Jake Libby returns from injury. He has already been in the runs this year making 65 on his first-class debut for Cardiff MCCU against Gloucestershire at Bristol. Sixteen-year-old all-rounder Tom Dinnis has moved from Menheniot Looe and young batsman James Long from Werrington. Australian quick bowler, Aaron Jewiss, from New South Wales, will also be a new face.


Werrington have achieved the 'double double' in the past two seasons. They retained both their Premier League and 50/50 Cup titles last year. Added to that were the Hawkey and WT Edwards Cups to make it the most memorable of seasons at Ladycross.

Their new overseas player is 25-year-old Kiwi seamer Tony Goddin, who has just signed a professional T20 contract for the Northern Knights in New Zealand.

Alex Smeeth has a stress fracture in his back, a recurring injury, and is very unlikely to be bowling pace during the early part of the season.

St Austell welcome back slow bowler Andrew Libby from Callington. An exciting prospect is the arrival at Wheal Eliza of James Turpin from Wadebridge.

He was the Cornwall Schools Cricketer of the Year last year and hit an unbeaten 156 for Cornwall Under 17's at Dorset.

Gary Bone continues as skipper with Taylor Williams his deputy.

With the opening of their new pavilion there are exciting times at Grampound Road. They have gained Christian Purchase from Redruth and Alex Ridd from Ladock. He has topped a thousand league runs in each of the last two seasons.

Sri Lankan spinner Jeffrey Vandersay makes a return. Sir Tim Rice will open the new facilities formally on August 14, during a game against the MCC.

Newquay return to the top flight after two seasons. They have signed 30 year old batsman and leg spinner Usman Arshad, who has had plenty of Lancashire League experience. He has also played 89 first-class games in Pakistan.

Another newcomer is Neil Furlonger who has moved to the area having previously played in the West of England Premier League for Brislington. Tom Brooks has moved to Wadebridge.

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Format to stay same

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45

THE Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League season gets under way on Saturday with the Premier League continuing with its format of recent seasons.

The 50/50 Cup occupies the first month before the ECB Premier League commences on Saturday May 24.

There have been no changes to the playing conditions or start times (1pm and 12.30pm after August 14).

Following the withdrawal of Paul in late March Redruth accepted the League's offer to not be relegated.

START times remain unaltered - 1.30pm in County One (1pm after August 14). Divisions 2-4 at 1.30pm throughout the season and Divisions 5-7 at 2pm throughout the season.

A change sees two up/two down guaranteed in all divisions, irrespective of County Division 1 teams' geography, leaving third from bottom being potentially a relegation position.

In the Standard Tier (Divisions 5-7) the batting points have been changed to every 35 runs instead of 40 and bowlers are now restricted to eight overs in the 40 over games.

THE 2014 Cornwall Cricket Yearbook has been published. 'Cricket in Cornwall 2014' provides the usual comprehensive annual review of Cornish Cricket from the County Club and Cornwall League to Women and Girls, Schools and Youth cricket with full reports and photographs on the county's representative teams.

The 312 pages include a 16-page section of colour photographs.

There is the usual full Cornish cricket fixtures guide, major First Class dates and an updated history and records section.

Please send a cheque for £7.50 (includes p/p), payable to 'Cornwall Cricket Board Ltd', to Michael Weeks, CCB Yearbook Editor, 9 Moor Street, Camborne TR14 8HN.

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