Cinderella – a fairy tale in Withiel

Cinderella – a fairy tale in Withiel

Withiel Panto -204 copy The Ruthern Valley Players would like to thank the many people who made this production possible.  It brought so many people of all ages together, I’m afraid to begin a list for fear I would leave someone out, and each role in the production and performance was vital to its success.  Suffice it to say that the hard work and camaraderie of cast and crew made the Premiere Withiel Pantomime loads of fun!Withiel Panto -065 copy

Special thanks should go to our Cinderellas, Kate Cherry and Emma Peck.  Of all the cast, Kate was probably the first to learn her lines and somehow managed to make acting look easy (which as we all now know – it is not!), but sadly she had to back out at the last minute due to illness. Emma was quickly promoted from Flirty Maid to Fairy Tale Princess, taking on the role with real gusto, and was a dream come true.Withiel Panto -115 copy

Each performance of Cinderella boasted a full house with wonderful banter from actors and audience alike.  Great entertainment!Withiel Panto -419 copy



[For more photos click on the Cinderella Panto page.]




Photos courtesy of Simon Stuart-Miller Photography.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Village Hall on May 6th, presided over by Parish Council Chairman Sue Kirkby and attended by members of the Council and 16 people from Withiel. The ‘state of the Parish’ reports from the various groups painted a picture of a community of active volunteers working for the benefit of all, with the groups and associations in sound health.

On a sombre note, tributes were paid to those who left us during the year, notably Catherine Liddicoat, a stalwart of many Withiel groups over much of her life. Ivan Martyn, Clarence Rundle and Bill Foster were also remembered in the report of St Clements Church, which was delivered by Betty Jarrett on behalf of Rev Elke Deeley.

Betty set out the structure of a strategy called Accompanied Ministry Development, which is at the centre of church activity; it has several strands which relate to the way in which the church interacts with worshippers and the whole community. Some aspects have Read more

Update on broadband

Jeremy Steventon Barnes, BT’s Network Director for Superfast Cornwall, and Julian Cowans, Programme Manager for Superfast Cornwall at Cornwall Development Company, came to Withiel on August 26 to explain why part of the parish is not getting a fibreoptic broadband service in the immediate future and to sketch out options for those of us who are among the deprived.

In broadband terms, this was the equivalent of getting the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury along to explain nuances of scripture. We are grateful to them for making the trip, and to Cally Law, whose article in the Sunday Times about broadband in Withiel raised the profile of the issue.

Jeremy and Julian came to Cally’s house at Ketty’s Close to meet a group of Withiel people who find themselves off the fibreoptic ‘footprint’ and were concerned to know how they might best rejoin the modern world. Present were Read more

Footbridge Opening

bridge updateThere was a terrific turnout for a short ceremony to open the new footbridge immediately preceding the Duck Race at Whitehay.

Present were Cormac’s Senior Countryside Officer, Chris Monk, who was responsible for the reinstatement of the missing bridge which was washed away in the floods of 2012, and also the Senior Chargehand, Jason Keverne, who built its magnificent replacement. Cormac’ s Communications Facilitator, Cerys Hartt, made an enthusiastic short film about the event for Cormac’s publicity and the event was also attended by The Cornish Guardian.

Local resident Odile Faull – whose late husband Jeremy had been a long standing Parish Councillor – snipped a yellow ribbon stretched across the bridge to officially mark its opening and a toast was drunk to celebrate the occasion.

The Parish was effectively cut in half by the loss of the bridge in 2012 and more than fifty local residents applauded as the ribbon fell away from the fabulous new bridge and everyone agrees that it will be of great benefit to the community in the future.