25 years ago

April 2, 1998

WEEK St Mary Methodist Minister Roger Greene has organised a 24-hour chaplaincy to be available to the 100,000 plus visitors and workers at this summer’s Royal Cornwall Show. 

Christian churches already work together in running a joint tent at the show, where visitors can relax and talk to staff and helpers. 

This year the idea has been taken a step further by the Rev Greene who is manager of the Christians Together site. A chaplaincy team – able to respond to people in need – will operate in the Churches Together tent, and around the show ground. Members of the team will wear an identification badge and will offer a round-the-clock service during the three days of the show (June 4, 5 and 6) and on the Wednesday set-up day. 

Those team members on showground duty will be at the Show for a wide range of reasons, one of which was to respond to people in need. 

“And statistically speaking at a gathering the size and complexity of the Royal Cornwall Show, could be the cause of much anxiety for individuals. Others were also at risk. There are people who go from show to show and who are some distance from their family, sometimes for weeks on end. They have a need to talk.” 

Members of the chaplaincy team – drawn from all denominations represented in the Churches Together tent – will go out to meet stall holders in order to raise awareness of the service. 

“We shall be offering the traditional pastoral role of talking, sharing and listening. If a person wants it, it will be possible to refer them to a minister in their own area. Any action we take will be that which people feel comfortable with.” 

Rev Greene sees the show chaplaincy as a natural progressions for the Christian Church. 

“The church can’t rest on its laurels and assume nowadays that everyone knows what we are about.

“We shall be doing no more than that which we have traditionally done but with the modern generation in mind. The function is the same as that which Jesus would have done.” 

50 years ago

March 31, 1973

MR W T Grigg, a founder member and now president, welcomed members and guests to the dinner at Eagle House Hotel to celebrate the silver anniversary of Launceston Young Conservatives. 

The principal guest was Mrs Trixie Gardner, prospective Conservative candidate for North Comwall. Highlight of the annual meeting of the Stratton Division British Red Cross Society: was the presentation of a blood donor’s gold medal to Mr G Marriner. of Elton, Whitstone, who over the years had donated 80 pints of blood.

At the annual parish meeting of Tetcott Parish Council the chairman, Col A Molesworth-St. Aubyn, introduced county councillor Mr A E Moon, who gave a talk on the structure of local government. Mr Moon was thanked by Mr T Dart of Holsworthy RDC. 

Raymond Shaddick arranged and compered the afternoon’s entertainment at Kilkhampton Over 60’s Club. Ten-year-old Kevin Ackfond (Clawton) played the French Horn accompanied on the piano by Mrs Bowles (Pyworthy), and Barbara Reader sang. Mrs Wormald thanked Mr Shaddick and the entertainers.

Launceston AFC would like it to be made known that the Launceston Under-16 team, which is having such a good season, is run by them and not Launceston College as reported in one newspaper. Players who play for the team are, therefore, registered players of Launceston AFC. 

60 years ago

March 30, 1963

One of the first schools to feature in the South West at Six programme on BBC television was Poundstock Primary School.

There was great excitement among the children when a film unit, together with Peggy Archer as reporter, visited the school. The purpose of the visit was to film and record the stage of driftwood modelling – a craft which the boys of the school have carried on for more than three years.