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.


Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings are held on the first Friday of every month, except August, at the Old School Rooms near St Hilary Church. The meetings start at 7.15pm but the doors are open from 7.00 for members of the public to view relevant planning applications.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings and get a first hand perspective on how your council works for the parish.

Council Surgery

A surgery is also held in the Old School Rooms at 10.00am on the first Wednesday of every month, where parishioners can discuss matters with a parish councillor or seek advice on local issues.

Public interaction is encouraged and plays a vital part in keeping issues topical and providing feedback on local points of view. We look forward to seeing you there. If time constraints prevail however please feel free to email us on any issues you want to air.

Chairmans Report August 2011

A Quiet Corner

Our very helpful web developer and website content manager Mr Brian Baker tactfully pointed out to me the other day that I hadn’t updated the chairmans blog for the parish website in a while.  It had actually been nearly a year (see what I mean about tactful?) and it shamed me into sitting down and committing pen to paper so to speak, and updating it.  So I found myself a quiet corner of the house and thought about the beautiful parish of St Hilary and all the things that we have to be proud of.

Since moving back into the parish earlier this year I have been struck once again by the sense of community we have in what is, geographically speaking, a very large parish indeed.  Many things have happened in the parish that have brought us together, not least of which was the opening of the Penwith historical centre and church room.  This really is a wonderful project undertaken by local builders who did a first class job.  It is available for bookings and I would heartily recommend a visit to the historical centre on the ground floor for a very well presented insight into the local area.  See the link on the main parish website for contact details for bookings.

For me this sense of community was underscored recently in its contrast with the unrest in other parts of the country.  For whatever perceived reason(s) the rioters and looters had for taking to the streets and venting their frustrations we all feel from time-to-time with the current global economic situation; be it the government cuts, lack of money, lack of work, housing etc. nothing I saw justified it and we are blessed indeed to live in such a beautiful and tranquil part of the country that still retains its unique identity and a very strong community spirit.

Whilst we as a parish council are not wholly responsible for the community spirit we all enjoy, it should not be underestimated either.  The work we carry out on the parish council (in conjunction with our county councillor Mrs Sue Nicholas among others of course) is vital.  The parish council is made up of lay people who want to be involved in their community.  We all work for nothing and can often times be found finding cost effective solutions to local issues without making a song and dance about it : To coin a nautical expression (and with due deference to the Royal Navy of course) we are also the silent service.

And that’s the point I am trying to make in this blog today. That with everything else going on around us in the wider community we can still say that we have a quiet corner of the country in which to live that still holds true to the motto of Cornwall – Onen hag Oll or One and All.

Schoolroom Renovation

Old SchoolroomSt Hilary Parish Church resolved at the end of 2008 to tackle the much-needed restoration of the Old School, beside the church, which had been disused for many years.  In response to aspirations contained in the Marazion and District Forum Community Plan for a higher profile for local history, language and culture, the idea took shape of creating, as well as a new hall for church and community use, a small Heritage Centre in which to interpret and exhibit the story of this remarkable area.

St Hilary Parish SchoolroomBecause the task was somewhat daunting it was decided to proceed in phases, the first being to stabilise the building so that it ceased to deteriorate.  This involved re-roofing, renewing windows and repointing the stonework.  Phase two, now nearing completion, involves replacing the upper floor supports and completely fitting out the lower storey and installing catering and toilet facilities.  Phase three, early in 2011, will equip and establish the Heritage Room (on the ground floor) under the direction of research curator, Dr Joanna Mattingly.  The Grand Opening should be in March or April 2011.  A new Local History Group is being set up, based in the Old School, with membership reaching beyond St Hilary parish to reflect the shared history of the Mount’s Bay area, with a remit to develop local history research and to oversee access to theHeritage Centre by members of the public.

St Hilary SchoolroomThe main hall will be available for hire early in the new year, for goup activities or private functions.  Details of hire and opportunities to view the restored building will soon be available.  Those wanting to register an interest in using the hall should contact Joanna Craven on 01736-762548 and anyone wishing to know more about the Local History group should ring Owen Baker on 01326-560970.  Donations in support of the Project would be welcomed by the Treasurer, David Ball, since there is still a slight shortfall in the funding.  David may be contacted on 01736-763628.