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Roundup of 2010

St Teath continues to enjoy a thriving community spirit with no lack of enthusiasm for events requiring many hours of work in organisation and execution. Our 2010 diary listed well over 100 events during the year - about the same as in 2009. These event listings exclude those clubs and institutions meeting on a regular basis.

Fun and Youth Club

Our Fun Club continued to provide Friday night activities for 7 - 11s, and was joined in March by a Youth Club for 11 - 15s which follows the junior session.

Fun Club bowling tournament - July 2010

Property

There are currently at least 12 properties for sale in the village, some for over a year. A few owners have resorted to letting, for which there is an ongoing demand. There was a rapid take up of six 'affordable' new build three bedroom houses at Brambleside, Treroosal Road, St Teath. See here.

Terraced houses for letting at the Brambleside development

UK residential property prices have seen their first annual decline according to recent data and a consensus of opinion is that this will continue, at least through 2011. Sales over the last five years have more than halved since the heady years 2005 - 2007 as shown in the table below, with figures coming from the Land Registry.

Year200520062007200820092010*
Number of sales2116221498
* up to end September 2010

Allotments

The St Teath allotments in North Road were formally opened by Dan Rodgerson MP on a very wet Easter Saturday, 3rd April. Many allotment holders have since turned what was a muddy field into a promising area for fruit and veg production, no doubt helped by the sunny days experienced in the period from May to June.

28 August 2010. Move pointer over picture to see a panorama

Football

St Teath Football Club first team had an excellent 2009/2010 season, becoming Duchy League Premier Division Champions after a nail-biting finish. Gunnislake, who had beaten St Teath on no less than three occasions, failed to maximise their points in the last match of the season against Looe and ended second in the league behind St Teath. For the current season they have joined the East Cornwall League, First Division, and are currently 6th out of 16 teams. The Second Team is in the Duchy League Fourth Division. The cold weather has played havoc with fixtures this winter.

St Teath First team 2009/10 season. Photo: Rod Straffon

Village Fete

It is not cheap or simple to put on a carnival these days and the Carnival Committee turned the Village Fete on The Green into a really enjoyable fundraising event - perhaps helped by what turned out to be the hottest day of the year (May 22nd).

At the Fete

Parish Walk

The walk on Sunday, 29th August, was again well supported. Walkers followed footpaths and quiet roads in St Teath Parish and followed a route from The Square to the coast at Dannon Chapel, returning to St Teath via a welcome stop at Tregragon Farm for refreshments, a distance of about 6 miles. It was mainly cloudy, but dry and not too hot for a fairly demanding walk.

Refreshments at Tregragon Farm for Parish walkers

Carnival

Carnival Queen Niamh Halford (centre)
with attendants Megan Fanson and Leyla Vince
Photo: Adrian Jasper

The Village Carnival was a first for the new committee, which had raised funds through various events, including a Promise Auction, Christmas Bingo and Village Fete. A misty evening didn't dampen spirits and the carnival went ahead without a hitch. See photos and more details here.

Village Show

St Teath Village Show once again celebrated the skills of the exhibitors. Entries totalling 868 were up by 200 with more than 120 of them in the fruit and veg. section. Around one hundred exhibits came from the pre school and primary school. The judges were most impressed with both the quality and quantity especially as it is a restricted show for gardeners and not "showmen".

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The Village Hall filled with produce
Denis May with Pearl Pluess and her trophy

Flower Festival

The theme for 2010 was Infinite Wisdom - proverbs and sayings. Some very beautiful and innovative displays emerged, which you can view in the photos here.

Pre school entry: 'Children should be seen and not heard' Photo: Adrian Jasper

Delicious lunches were served during the three days of the festival with the proceeds going to the Church.

Village Lunches

Held on the first Wednesday of each month, these lunches offer excellent food and an enjoyable social occasion. The two Christmas Lunches in December were especially popular and the team below thoroughly deserves our thanks.

The workers enjoy their party after the second Christmas lunch on the 8th December

St Teath Pantomime

The Drama Group suffered a tragic loss in January with the death of Jayne Stark, who for many years had been one of the mainstays of drama and pantomimes in the village.

Largely due to the efforts of David Jasper, director, and Bob Fox who wrote the script, new life was breathed into the panto "Dick Twittington and his Big Cat Denzel", which very successfully played to three almost full houses in December. More pictures from the pantomime and can be found here.

The cast after the last performance Photo: Adrian Jasper

Proceeds from the last performance went to the 'Precious Lives' appeal, one of Jayne's favourite charities.

Village Lights

The Village Lights Committee organised fundraising events to improve the lights, once again putting on an amazing display.

The Christmas Tree in The Square

Charitable Work

Model steam train rides during one of those rare sunny days.
Photo: Rod Straffon

It would be difficult to fault St Teath for charity work or the support of local organisations, and it is almost impossible to mention them all. The Cream Teas at Pencarey during the summer were a shining example with the bonus of model railway rides provided by the St Teath Society of Model Engineers.

Other events included the very well attended Nearly New Sales in support of the school, fundraising for charity in memory of Jayne Stark, Jack Procter losing his locks for charity, quizzes at the White Hart, support for water supplies in Okwira, Uganda and Marie Curie coffee mornings.

The Community Bus needs to be replaced, where a very substantial sum needs to be raised - fundraising for this began with a concert in The Church.

Weather

It is hard to believe that global temperatures rose during 2010 seen from the perspective our microclimate. Everyone will remember that the first few days of January were the very cold weather. Temperatures fell well below zero at night and the village received about 2 inches of snow.

Left: 8 Jan - Ice in the Square, year minimum -5°C at night
Right: 22 May - Village Fete, year maximum 24°C
April, May, June and a very cold December
were the driest months

Snow usually disappears quite quickly in this area, but this time it didn't with the result that roads and pavements became very treacherous, and even the village clock stopped.

Based on the rainfall and temperatures experienced during recent summers, one would be advised to take a holiday in May or June. This was again true of 2010 when sunshine was in good supply and, surprisingly, the hottest day of the year was 22 May when the temperature reached 24°C. After the end of June, it generally seemed to be downhill for the rest of the year, ending with the coldest late November/early December for decades, almost as cold as in January.

Wrapping it up

Seeing in the New Year 2011. Right: in The Square at midnight. Photos: Rod Straffon

Happy New Year from St Teath website - please keep coming back.

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