Parish News


Cormac Ashpalt Plan Proposal.

CC and Panel Chairman Neil Burden and Kate Kennally, CeO Cornwall Council.

Cormac held a public consultation event at the Bangor’s Quarry, Pennygillam, site on Thursday 21st October with around 50 attending. Plans were displayed with guided tours  around the proposed Asphalt Plant site.  Noise, air pollution, traffic  movement and benefit to the    local  economy were just some of the issues raised. One suggestion proposed by a resident  is to allow for an emergency exit using the South Petherwin exit if a  major incident forced Pennygillam Industrial Estates  to shut down. The existing South Petherwin road entrance would be shut off otherwise. Another suggestion put forward was to allow for a cycle route, using the old Petherwin road up into the back of the industrial estate. There used to be a road going up to Bangor’s Quarry but straight across the top of the estate and joining up with the Launceston cemetery.
Cormac Officers attending the event were pleased with the turnout but following a discussion with the Parish Council it was agreed to hold another consultation in the village as a number of residents had not known about the event. The next consultation will be at the Methodist Chapel Car Park on Monday 2nd October between  2-6 pm. Cormac use a mobile events lorry.
The planning application will be considered at the October Parish Council meeting. It then goes to the November/December Strategic Planning Committee in Truro.

Council Meeting
The two main items raised by the public  at the  October Parish Council meeting were the Cormac Asphalt Planning application and the  speeding vehicles along the B3254 Daws House route.  A petition with nearly 300 people was signed requesting  action to be taken to, ‘reduce speeding traffic’ and ‘to take this matter to Cornwall Council and Highways department’…
During the Council meeting it was agreed that the Chairman, Phil Parsons would attend the  Launceston Community Network Panel Meeting on Thursday 21st September to present the petition to the Cornwall Council Cheif Executive, Kate Kennally with the support of Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden.

Launceston Community Network Panel Report.

At the start of the meeting CC Neil Burden invited South Petherwin Parish Council Chairman to present the Daws House residents Petition to Kate Kennally who promised to respond in due course. The Parish  Council will await her or the service provider, Highway And Transport,response.
The meeting went on to  cover a number of topics with Health the priority.   Phil  Confue and  Anita Cornelius from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  reassured local residents that Launceston Hospital was not likely to close. In fact due to the threat of closures to Devon rural hospital they would could see a growing demand for Launceston.   During the summer and into the autumn investment has gone into improving the building and adding another Minor Injury room and maintaining the X ray service  and bed provision.
The news in regards to the proposed expansion of Launceston Medical Centre was not so good. Increased Land values and negotiations with the NHS Property Section is at a stale mate.  Kate Kennally promised to help with trying to remove the log jam and it was suggested to contact  local MP, Scott Mann.

Methodist Chapel re-roof

The major overall of the Chapel building is progressing well. The whole roof is fully insulated and the re-slating is about 75% complete and weather permitting, ongoing.


Corn Harvest at West Petherwin Farm 2017

Its been a very hard summer for the corn harvest, Phil Parsons of West Petherwin Farm commented ” if I could harvest a wet crop and sell it  wet then this would be a record year!” Although this field pictured produced over 2 tonnes an acre which is good considering the year. Mind you the grain didn’t as much run out the trailer, but rather flopped!!

Church Clock Faces

St. Paternus Church clock face re-establishment April 13th 2017St. Paternus Church clock face re-establishment April 13th 2017

On Thursday April 13th Barry from Gillett and Johnson returned with the refurbished clock faces. All was duly in place with the abseilers at the ready only for a small crack to be seen in one of the faces, probably caused by friction during transport. Although this would have little impact on the face, Barry’s insistence that the quality has to be spot on meant that this face would have to be returned to the London works to be repaired. So, with just the one face to be fixed into place, it was decided that they would work on the eastern side of the tower and after some dangling of the plumb line, the abseilers finally had the face dead on. (It has to be said ably guided by Barry and his rule of thumb). Things even then didn’t go quite to plan, as the abseilers perched one behind the other so as to have some purchase, found that the centuries old Tower would not relent to anything but a fully sharp drill, and so with a flurry of ropes a sharp drill bit was despatched and finally after a couple of hours the face was back in place ready to smile the time away for several more years. It is anticipated that the final face will be installed by the end of the month.



The Church Clock is having a face lift. Sue Vernon, of the Bell Ringers Clock Restoration Fund, was overjoyed to meet with the clock restoration company engineer as he coordinated the removal of the clock face and hands by two qualified climbers.

The Bell Ringers had to raise £8,653.68 for the dial refurbishment & machinery overhaul, which has been achieved. Due to it taking so long to raise the funds, it has been decided for now to put the automation of the clock on the back burner for now, what with the prices continually rising and the grants having a time fixed period.

The work will take anything from 2 – 6 weeks and an announcement as to their refit will be made as this could possibly be part of a continued fund raising event.


The annual parish Carol Service was held at St Paternus Church on Sunday 18th December. The service  started and finished with a Lantern Procession by the local children. This was followed by  various members of the community reading the Christmas lessons and  poetry. Abigail sang a Christmas poem by Charles Causley,  ‘Mary’s Song’. Well done to the Lantern makers and the organisers behind this  seasonal event.


Queens Birthday 4                                  Queens Birthday 3

The Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations took place at South Petherwin Parish Hall on Sunday 12th June. From 2-4.30pm Parishioners came to enjoy a Cream Tea along with the choice of a Royal Trail and 22 questions. This included a questions about the Queen such as naming her favourite TV programme? along with following a trail of 22 letters around the village. Each letter put together formed her majesties three christian names Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. The Parish Council promoted the event with help from Sue Vernon and Parish Councillor Phil Parsons. Both would like to thank all who supported and helped. Including Councillors and Parishioners who cooked, washed, served and Stewarded the event.

Queens Birthday 2                       Queens Birthday 5


Proposed development of land at West Petherwin


On Wednesday 4th May at the South Petherwin Methodist Chapel Hall plans were unveiled for a proposed 50 house residential development on land to the west of the village at West Petherwin farm. The landowner, Phil Parsons with his architect were on hand to discuss the proposal to a steady stream of concerned parishioners (below). At this time there has been no planning approval sought, with the public consultation being held to seek the opinions of the parish.

West Petherwin development plan consultation May 4th 2016                                  West Petherwin proposed development presentation

The proposed scheme is for 50 residential homes with a separate area set aside for recreational use by the village on the opposite side of the lane that services West Petherwin Farm (see the two plans below which will open when clicked). If you have any comments on this there is an online questionaire at    Pre-application planning no. PA16/01513/PREAPP

West-Petherwin-development-plan-2016-2        West-Petherwin-development-plan-2016

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