Chairman’s Report.

St Hilary Parish Council AGM 2015

Chairman’s Report

St Hilary Parish Council has had a busy and productive year of work.

The Council has taken care to see that the parish is well maintained and keeps a close eye on the upkeep of the public domain.

 Since last year the Parish Council has also increased its assets in interesting ways.  The Parish Council is now the unexpected owner of the telephone kiosk which is to be turned into a library.  Our Boundary Stones were christened by the vicar and welcomed by a former Grand Bard at an opening event at the Falmouth Packet last summer.  BT placed a smart green box by the Institute which will help broadband speed and paid us quite well in order to do so.

The recent Easter Saturday Duck Race was a huge success.  I’ll read out a letter of appreciation which shows the event was well received by parishioners:

“I think it appropriate on behalf of Relubbus residents,  I think) to pass on our appreciation for all your hard work resulting in a very successful event on Easter Saturday.

We thoroughly enjoyed it and in 30 yrs a resident of the village I can’t recall a time when so many of the parish residents got together and had a good old fashion ‘chin wag’ putting names to faces. Let’s hope it will be the first of many.

Many thanks again to all. ”

The Parish Council has facilitated the involvement of the parish with a big project to uncover the original Plen an Gwarry sites and also features prominently on their website and literature.  It is looking very likely that the original site in our parish was on the farm at Tregurtha Downs.

On a Cornwall-wide front, the Council has sent representation to Cornwall Council’s Local Plan and to the Leader’s Case for Cornwall.  We have attended West Penwith Community Network Panel meetings and the Cornwall 4 Change meeting, led by Chacewater Parish Council, in Kingsley Village.  I also attended the CALC AGM in Truro where the guest speaker was the Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils.

Cllr Searle and I attended the Marazion Civic Ceremony which again is a lovely chance to speak to councillors from other towns and parishes.  Happily this year St Hilary was given the honour of being called ahead of all other Councils in the parade, in recognition of St Hilary being the mother church of Marazion.

The finances of the Parish Council are in a healthy state and we have had a moderate increase in the precept to sustain this.

Councillors have as ever, worked hard for the parish in different ways.  St Hilary is fortunate to have committed councillors, and special thanks are due to Cllr Searle for his support as Vice Chairman and as Tree Warden, to Cllr Dunstan as Footpath Warden, to Cllr Baker for his work on the website, and also to Cllr Rule who is often the officer for getting things done.  Although the Lights Committee is branching away from the Parish Council we are proud to be associated and very grateful for the fantastic Christmas displays, as are the parishioners.

I spoke earlier about the new assets of the Parish and now to speak of an asset who has been with the Parish Council for an amazing 23 years.  As I said recently, when you are a councillor you think we have a good clerk but it is only when you become Chairman that you begin to realise how valuable our clerk is both to the Council and to the parish overall. Thank you Roger for your good sense, wise solutions to matters that crop up and great knowledge of the workings of our parish and Parish Council.

It has been a huge privilege and pleasure to have served as the Chairman of St Hilary Parish Council.  As I come to the end of my term in office I am grateful for the rare insight it has given me into the parish of St Hilary and local government.  Next week’s General Election may well bring in change and uncertainty but the parish of St Hilary has the benefit of stability provided by its Parish Council and of the tradition of public service provided by its councillors.

I wish my successor as Chairman every success.

Thank you

Cllr Jane Howells

Chairman St Hilary Parish Council 2013-2015


 2012-2013 Chairman’s Report.

Councilor Stuart Taylor has stood down now as Chairman for the Parish Council and the whole council would like to thank him for his unbiased and considered leadership during his term as Chairman. Below is his Chairman’s yearly report for the last year.

Chairmans Report_2013

Christmas Lights

Well we did manage to get most of the lights up and working despite time restraints and the weather. I hope everyone approves of the displays this year and hopefully we will have a few more to put up in 2013.

I would personally like to thank Councillor Paul Rule and Simon Adkins for the dedication and energy which they contributed to getting the lights up. Also thanks must go to the Parish Council and Cornwall Council who made significant donations to the cause.

We would also like to thank Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding for lending us some tubes for the memorial lights. They can be found at:- 

We wish you all a happy Christmas and a dry and happy New Year.

Brian Baker.


Chairman’s Report Sept. 2012

St Hilary Parish Council


Chairman’s Blog Copy – Sept 12



Despite the worst summer weather for many years it has been a fantastic summer for the country and the parish as we have collectively celebrated not only Her Majesty the Queens 60th anniversary on the throne, but also the Olympics and Paralympics being held in the UK for the first time in decades. 

The Queens Jubilee tea party in the church garden was, predictably, washed out and moved to the church and I am delighted to announce was very well attended.  There were a number of stalls offering everything from games and books to homemade cakes and a cream tea in the restored school room for all who wanted one.  I had the honour of presenting commemorative medals to all the children of the parish and for those attending the parish school, to keep and treasure as something special and unique to St. Hilary.  I am indebted to the Parish Clerk Roger Calfe for organising their production and delivery and also to the church for donating the cream tea. 

Whilst St Hilary parish cannot claim to have its own Olympian or Paralympian (or if we do they have kept very quiet about it!) we can claim to have local girl bringing home the first British gold medal of the games toCornwall.  Helen Glover epitomises the Cornish spirit to triumph in the short time she has taken up her sport and has done so with such humility that she is a credit to herself and an example to us all.  Well done!

So as a Council we are looking forward to getting back to the business in hand after the summer recess.  We continue to welcome comments, either via the website or in person, from any member of the parish that has a view for us to consider, and would remind everyone that we meet on the first Friday of the month at 7.00pm in the Old School Room.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

Stuart Taylor


Quiz Night – Lights fund

Christmas Lights;

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been a bit hectic and as a result my dedication to the blog has been diluted. however just a quick post to let you know that we have not fallen into the pit of apathy and the Christmas Lights is still on track to add some festivity to the parish this coming Christmas.

We are having a quiz night at the sports & Recreation club at Rosudgeon on the evening of September 21st. there will be a raffle to help raise more funds. Not sure what all the prizes will be yet but first prize will be a big free range turkey to be supplied just before Christmas eve.

So please try to attend and bring a friend or two it should be great fun and all for a worthy cause.

Christmas Lights

St Hilary Christmas Lights Committee.

We have to admit that over the past few years the commitment to Christmas Lights displayed in St Hilary has slipped a little. However we have now formed a sub committee to try and improve the display for Christmas 2012.

We are naturally looking for any volunteers who may be willing to help with fund raising or just give some time where possible to help put the lights up and take them down later.

We have regular meeting to discuss progress and ideas and if you would like to attend please contact Councillor Brian Baker on 01736 763554 or email on and we will be in touch.

Ideally we could use someone with a Cherry Picker and a qualified electrician would also be of great value.

We hope that the parish residents will help where possible to give a hand to make St Hilary a brighter and more festive place to drive through this Christmas. Naturally we hope to build on any success achieved this year in following years.