Added 22/07/21

PVC - Anyone who has punctured paddling pools, bouncy castles, lilos, arm bands, even air beds, that are beyond repair, please send them to Wyatt & Jack who make waterproof bags out of them. They even reimburse you for the postage.
PVC is almost never collected from households for recycling. The waste goes to landfill and if it gets into the sea it’ll get broken down into pieces and harm wildlife.
https://www.wyattandjack.com/blogs/news/wyatt-jack-inflatable-amnesty - added 22/07/21

Added 22/07/21

We are living in very strange and changing times! House prices have hit the roof and are still rising. This deadly coronavirus is throughout the world, and doesn’t look as though it will fade away, so we are told to live with it. Television is delving into the royal family’s personal life and history. Our high street shops are disappearing at a fast rate. Plastic cards are taking the place now of cash. Many businesses are having great difficulty to find staff. History will show us, that as far back as we wish to go, changing times have always been with us. Many of us will say, ‘we are not changing for the better!’ Some even older ones will say, ‘I remember, when as children, we were safe to play in the road!’

There is one part of history and prophesy that has not changed, and that is from God, Humans have changed in many ways. (Please continue reading.) God has not changed, and He never will.

During this terrible pandemic, many people are sadly being effected mentally, plus other life changing problems. However, we are so greatly blessed to have a superb NHS in Great Britain which has now been awarded the George Cross medal!

There is a Hebrew word, shalom, which has many meanings, such as - peace – harmony – wholeness – completeness – prosperity – welfare – tranquillity. This lovely word ‘shalom,’ sits well within the heart and with the messages of our loving Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. Surely, we could all do with all of these qualities in our individual lives, now and always? I suggest that each one of us, hold on to and even meditate on this Hebrew word, Shalom, which also means, ‘Hello and Goodbye’, and share it meaningfully with others!

Howard Bray, Light Bearer - added 22/07/21


Pastoral Letter (from August 2021 Lizard Lives)

Perhaps, as you read this during the months of August and September, you are on holiday? I do hope you are, and I also hope that during your stay you will literally breathe in the clean, pure air, and capture in your mind’s eye (if not with your camera) the beauty of this part of God’s world, here in Cornwall.

Holidays are important. We all need to take time out to recharge our batteries; time to rest; time to be with family: soaking-up the sun; sploshing about in the sea (but please, do be aware of dangerous rip currents off some of the Cornish beaches!).

As we begin to come out of Covid lockdown and return to some sort of normality, it’s also a good time to reflect upon what we want our ‘new normal’ to be: “Do I really want to go back to the daily commute, sitting in smelly trains & buses; or is working from home actually just as productive? And it helps get the work/life balance right.” These are questions that you might be asking yourself just now, and I hope that your stay here will help you to find your right answers.

Of course, some readers of my ‘Ramblings’ will be the ones who give our visitors a proper Cornish welcome! July, August and September are frenetically busy times as you welcome them – whether at a B&B, a holiday cottage, a campsite or an hotel. And you, too, need to grab time for yourselves.

When Jesus’ Apostles returned from their mission, casting out demons and healing the sick, they were so busy that they didn’t even have time to eat!

Jesus tells them: “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:30-32)

We all need to take time out from our busy-ness: time to be with God; time to listen to God; time to wonder at His creation; time to be refreshed and restored; time for what I call ‘Sabbath moments’; time when we can go ‘to a deserted place and rest awhile.’

Blessings Revd Deirdre
deirdre.mackrill@btinternet.com (01326 281178)

Cornwall AONB Photo Competition - added 22/07/21

We’re running our popular photo competition again this year in collaboration with Cornwall Life magazine. ‘Celebrating Nature in Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ is this year’s theme as we want to showcase the importance of the connection to nature that many of us have experienced in 2020 and are encouraging you to capture images, or submit images you have taken during 2020, which celebrate nature in the 12 Sections of the Cornwall AONB.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 17th September so get those phones and cameras clicking away with superb images. More info and competition rules: Photographic Competition 2021 — The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bee Healthy Bee Happy

Cornwall AONB, Buglife, Active Cornwall and the University of Exeter have joined forces in a new exciting project, where community based conservation will safeguard Cornwall’s incredible pollinators, and help reconnect people with nature. The project aims to enhance 40 hectares of public land for pollinators, while improving the mental health and wellbeing of our communities, particularly those communities who currently are unable to enjoy or appreciate Cornwall’s world class natural environment. To do this we need your help, please complete the survey to help us design conservation activities that would benefit you and your local environment too.


Karen Johns, Office & Finance Manager
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit, Floor 4A, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1XU Tel: 01872 322350 (or internal CC 492350)
Web: www.cornwallaonb.org.uk

The Lizard Argyle U18s Football Team are welcoming new players to join their squad for the forthcoming 2021/2022 season.

Added 22/07/21


Speedwatch (added 22/07/21)

Cornwall Police have announced extra enforcement resources to catch speeding drivers and reduce the harm they cause to both other motorists and themselves.

Drivers in Cornwall who think they can get away with motoring offences need to think again as police pledge extra officers and vehicles to deal with speeders.

As part of its plans to bolster the power and effectiveness of Community Speed Watch groups, the force will employ six extra speed detection officers as well as four more safety camera vans and two portable camera systems.

They will provide an additional five ANPR and video equipped vehicles for Road Casualty Reduction Officers (RCROs) to provide communities and Community Speed Watch teams with local enforcement support – all of which will strengthen this valuable community asset.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is also chairman of the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership as well as being the national APCC lead for road safety.

She said: “Devon and Cornwall Police are responsible for policing the largest road network of any force in England and Wales, whilst road safety is consistently one of the biggest concerns for the public across the two counties.

“When they work well, Community Speed Watch schemes enable local people to take a stand against speeding in their communities and support the police to promote safe and responsible driving.

“I have been inspired by the dedication and passion of those within our communities to keep our roads safe, and I would like to extend my particular thanks to the Community Speed Watch volunteers and local councillors who gave their time and shared their views and experiences with us.

“If the force’s senior leadership are able to harness and build on this momentum, commit to driving it forward, and ensure consistency of support across the force area, then we should see Community Speed Watch really thrive in Devon and Cornwall.”

Vision Zero is a shared commitment between a number of organisations across Devon and Cornwall. The one thing they all share is a commitment to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the region to zero.

Vision Zero is led by a partnership board which includes a wide range of experts from all around the South West including senior police and fire officers, leading clinicians, councillors and the police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Get better without using antibiotics (added 01/02/18)
In the winter season, we all get coughs and colds, but we need to get the right treatment for these common illnesses without encouraging antibiotic resistance.
What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are important medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’ so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more often we use an antibiotic, the more likely it is that bacteria will become resistant to it. Some bacteria that cause infections in hospitals, such as MRSA, are resistant to several antibiotics.
Why can’t different antibiotics be used instead? They can, but they may not be as effective, and they may have more side-effects. And eventually the bacteria will become resistant to them too. We cannot be sure we will always be able to find new antibiotics to replace the old ones. In recent years fewer new antibiotics have been discovered.
How should I treat my cold? The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is to drink plenty of fluids and to rest. Colds can last about two weeks and may end with a cough and bringing up phlegm. There are many over the counter remedies to ease the symptoms – paracetamol, for example. Ask your pharmacist for advice. If the cold lasts more than three weeks, or you become breathless or have chest pains, or already have a chest complaint, see your doctor.
What about my children, they’re always getting coughs and colds? It’s very common for children to get coughs and colds, especially when they go to school and mix with other children. Ask your pharmacist for advice. If the symptoms persist and you are concerned, see your doctor but you shouldn’t expect to be prescribed antibiotics.
Why should antibiotics not be used to treat coughs and colds? All colds and most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not work against infections, such as colds, caused by viruses. Viral infections are much more common than bacterial infections.
How can antibiotic resistance be avoided? By using antibiotics less often we can slow down the development of resistance. It’s not possible to stop it completely, but slowing it down stops resistance spreading and buys some time to develop new types of antibiotics.
What can I do about antibiotic resistance? By only using antibiotics when it’s appropriate to do so. We now know that most coughs and colds get better just as quickly without antibiotics. When they are prescribed, the complete course should be taken in order to get rid of the bacteria completely. If the course isn’t completed, some bacteria may be left to develop resistance.
So when will I be prescribed antibiotics? Your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics when you need them, for example for a kidney infection or pneumonia. Antibiotics may be life-saving for infections such as meningitis. By not using them unnecessarily, they are more likely to work when we need them.
Further information can be found on the following website: www.nhs.uk/antibiotics

Could you recycle and compost more? (added 01/02/18)

Find out more at www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/recycling-rubbish-and-waste

A Lizard Bird Diary: (added 23/10/17)

Readers of ‘Lizard Lives’, especially those with an interest in the natural history of the Lizard, may like to know about my new, recently-published book, ‘A Lizard Bird Diary’. It summarises 45 years of fieldwork and systematic study of the birds of the area in which we live.
I first came to the Lizard in 1970 and have lived in the village since 2001. I have witnessed many changes during this period and so my book has an inevitable historical perspective but also serves as a comprehensive guide to what species you are likely to see and when they occur.
There are maps, many charts and photographs plus a small selection of my own artwork and in all 270 species are covered. It has been printed in a limited edition of 500 and all copies are signed.
If you are interested it costs £25 and is available directly from me at alizardbird@yahoo.com or Amazon UK, the NHBS or locally from the Post Office, the Lighthouse Gift Shop and Ann’s Pasties Shop where there is a display copy.


New Website - Marconi Centre (added 23/10/17)

The Marconi Centre was asked by the National Trust to create a website for visitors, mostly with mobile phones/iPads as opposed to the site for Radio Amateurs.
I have therefore created this very simple basic website http://marconi-centre-poldhu.org.uk

Virginia Malcolm

Suicide Prevention: (added 23/10/17)

Leaflet here

(Added 23/10/17) Did You know …  The facts.  Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents.
You are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian at 35 mph than at 30 mph.  Road deaths are ranked above malaria globally as a cause of premature death.

Please Think Safety as you drive in and out of our village, there are no pavements, yet children walk along the road from the new houses at The Triangle; it’s dusk now when they return from school. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.
What if it was one of your family walking on the road, or your neighbours? You can’t put value on a life ..…   Speed limits are there for a reason.

I am Rosie Foster and I manage Kernow Young Carers for Action for Children. I also manage another service, Cornwall Family Intervention Project. I have worked for Action for Children for 9 and a half years in Cornwall; I started my career as a teacher and taught all age ranges for 15 years before working with very young children and their families when Children’s Centres were first being developed. I really enjoy the work that I do and like to develop new ideas and see how we can work together to support children, young people and their families in the best way possible, using new ideas, and some old ones too, whichever we find work best.   
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