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Power Chimney Sweeping …   


Three log burners (two pictured) and a Rayburn swept in Withiel – all appliances and the rooms (cream carpets and furniture) covered with sheets… Lined flues swept with the Snaplok bullet head and flexible 8mm & 12mm Snaplock rods. Pictures 2 and 3 show the master lounge “before sweep” and the room prepared for sweeping […]

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Power Sweeping   


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Wood Burner swept Little Treviscoe 15/11/16   


Wood Burner swept Little Treviscoe 15/11/16

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Wood Burner swept at Tregurrian   


Beautiful Wood Burner and flue swept at Tregurrian near Newquay with the Snaplock bullet head chimney sweeping kit. Stove is all ready for the coming Winter…

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Seven Deadly Sins   


Envy, Pride, Anger, Gluttony and Lust are some of the misdemeanours considered so serious by the Church that they could have a fatal effect on an individual's spiritual health. Early British wall paintings stressed the connection between committing these so called "deadly sins" and ending up in Hell. But who decided what the seven deadly sins should be? Why was sadness replaced by sloth? Ernie Rea discussed the Seven Deadly Sins, their history and relevance today with John Cornwall, Catholic writer and Visiting Professor for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at the University of Cambridge; Akhandadi Das, Vishnau Hindu teacher and theologian; and Father Andrew Louth, Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church and Emeritus Professor of Patristic Studies at Durham University. Producer: Amanda Hancox.




For many years, transgender people have remained silent. But today they are affirming publicly that they have a rightful place in society and religious groups are now grappling with transgender issues. The Church of England General Synod recently debated a motion to draw up a prayer to welcome people who have transitioned from one sex to another. The House of Bishops turned it down. The Bible asserts that God made mankind in his own image; so what's the problem? Presumably he made people whose gender does not sit comfortably with the sex they were assigned at birth? But debate still rages within the church because the Bible also says that "male and female, God created them" which suggests that there should be no ambiguity when it comes to a person's gender. The issues are complex and they can multiply if a trans person is living a religious life within a religious community. What is the attitude of religious traditions towards transgender people? Are the problems more cultural than religious? Joining Ernie Rea are Kamalanandi, and Philippa Whittaker, A Buddhist and a Christian who have both transitioned. With them in discussion is the academic Dr Susannah Cornwall whose work concentrates on contextual theologies, particularly those relating to sex gender and sexuality. Ernie also talks to Indian transgender activist Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli about the role that the Hijra play within the Hindu community in India. The Hijra are transgender people who are invited to bless new born babies and married couples but they find themselves outcast within Indian society despite a change in the law in 2014 which recognises their right to be who they are. Producer: Helen Lee Series producer: Amanda Hancox.




Multi BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne returns to our TV screens tonight with the latest in his trilogy exploring life in modern Britain. "The Accident" on Channel 4, starring Sarah Lancashire, is set in a small Welsh town in the aftermath of a industrial disaster. We talk to the writer about anger, blame and justice as the community faces up to some difficult truths. 2020 looks to be a vintage year for child performances at The Oscars. Leslie Felperin joins us to discuss whether The Academy ought to reintroduce the Juvenile Academy Award, last given to Hayley Mills, one day shy of her 15th birthday for her performance in the 1960 film Pollyanna. Comedian and actor Jillian Bell stars in Brittany Runs a Marathon, a film about a lost young woman who takes back control of her messy, unfulfilling life by entering the New York City Marathon. The film is based on a true story and Jillian goes through a complete physical transformation as the story unfolds on screen. Kirsty talks to Jillian about body shaming and why it’s a good time to be a funny woman in Hollywood. Before he became an artist James Dodds was an apprentice shipwright, and boats remain the focus of his attention. For his new exhibition, Wood to Water, at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, Dodds has painted a series of large – some very large – pictures of the traditional boats of the region, but these are not the usual views of the vessels at sea, with wind, waves and weather. Dodds is concerned with boats as sculptural shapes and with the details of their construction. The Cornish maritime historian, John McWilliams, reviews. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Simon Richardson


Introducing New Artists from Devon   


Recorded in front of an audience at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, Sarah Gosling introduces and showcases the artists and performers making a name for themselves in Devon, in collaboration with BBC Music Introducing. Grace Lightman is an electropop singer whose debut album Silver Eater is about an alien stranded on earth. BBC Music Introducing artist Grace performs her lead track Repair Repair with her band. 17 year old writer Jonny Hibbs has created a comic audio drama about young farmers and a rural dating app called CattleGrid! He was commissioned by the New Creatives talent scheme run by BBC Introducing Arts and Arts Council England, which gives emerging artists aged 16-30 the chance to have their works broadcast. Kimwei McCarthy is a poet and musician who has recently been appointed the Grand Bard of Exeter. He talks about how climate activism and trans activism influences his work, and performs a poem about Devon, Because You Invited Me. Scratchworks Theatre Company are an all-female ensemble who are creating original comic plays retelling history from a woman's perspective. Laura Doble, Alice Higginson Clarke and Sian Keen perform a song from their new plays Hags, about the witch trials of Bideford. Presenter Sarah Gosling is the BBC Music Introducing Presenter for Devon and Cornwall and hosts evening shows on BBC Radio Devon. Producer: Timothy Prosser


Front Row at BBC Music Introducing Live   


Sarah Gosling is joined by Ferris & Sylvester, music director Kojo Samuel and composer Tom Foskett-Barnes, in a show recorded at the recent BBC Music Introducing Live weekend in London's Tobacco Docks. Ferris & Sylvester are a blues folk duo, championed by BBC Introducing, who played Glastonbury this year and are recording their debut album. Izzy Ferris and Archie Sylvester perform two of their songs, Flying Visit and London's Blues. Kojo Samuel is one of pop music's top music directors, who works with Stormzy, Jess Glynne, Dave, Rudimental and Rita Ora, and was responsbile for Stormzy's Glastonbury performance this year. But what does a music director actually do? Kojo Samuel explains. Composer Tom Foskett-Barnes has created a new audio documentary about the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, the charity phoneline that has provided help since the 1970s. He was comissioned by the New Creative scheme, run by BBC Introducing Arts and Arts Council England. BBC Music Introducing Live is a weekend of masterclasses, interactive sessions and performances for emerging artists, music fans and anyone who wants to know more about how to get into the music industry. Presenter Sarah Gosling is the BBC Music Introducing Presenter for Devon and Cornwall and hosts evening shows on BBC Radio Devon. Producer: Timothy Prosser


The Kanneh-Masons, Minack Theatre, Imran Perretta   


The Kanneh-Masons are an extraordinarily musical family of seven siblings who spent lockdown together at their home in Nottingham and were filmed by BBC1's Imagine. Tonight we're joined by pianist Isata and cellist Sheku, who perform live from their home, and we also talk to their mother Kadie. Open air theatre performances with socially distanced audiences are allowed from tomorrow, and first out of the block is The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Director Zoe Curnow talks about restarting her theatre with a one-man play. Last year’s Turner Prize was awarded not – as it usually would have been – to one artist but to all four finalists as a group. And this year the situation has changed again - Tate Britain announced that ten artists who will each receive one-off £10,000 bursaries. We’ll be interviewing all 10 here on Front Row and start tonight with Imran Perretta. David Mitchell's new novel Utopia Avenue, about a band in the 1960s, is reviewed by crime writer Mark Billingham and books journalist Sarah Shaffi. Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe Producer: Timothy Prosser Studio Manager: Matilda Macari Production Co-ordinator: Lizzie Harris


Property Management Devon & Cornwall   


Holiday Home Management provides property management and property maintenance services to holiday home owners, residential property owners and second home owners across Devon and Cornwall.


The Path to Crantock   


The coastal path to Crantock Beach from West Pentire, Newquay, Cornwall


Newquay Lifeguard   


RNLI Lifeguard in Cornwall


Hello world!   


Hi, my name is Fiona and I am fortunate to live in a beautiful fishing cove almoust as far south as you can get in Cornwall. I live with my husband Simon, former fisherman, who still spends hours drooling over, and our three sons, aged 8, 6 and 3. We love to take a […]




Many of you know I drive buses in Cornwall. The company I work for has been long established in the area. At the moment we are under pressure from a rival company known as Go Cornwall (although they are run from over the border in Devon at the moment as Plymouth Citybus). This poem is […]




I was asked to write a poem for the programme commemorating the annual Penzance Running Day for the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society on 18th April. Obviously due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic crisis, the event will not now be taking place. Still, shame for the poem to go to waste. This poem highlights the […]




The West Cornish Bus Driver’s Prayer was my own conceit, my attempt to make a poem out of places I have driven buses. For the Penzance Gathering of The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society for 2020 (now cancelled due to the corvid 19 virus), I had widened the scope of the prayer to cover places further […]


Banging Top Breakfast – Episode 4   


Jimmy reminisces about when he and Jabba got each other in head-locks while drunk, Lea goes to cornwall and I, the inimitable Johnny Wisdom, wax lyrical about salt encapsulated butter to try and fool Jimmy that he’s using up all of their breakfast budget when he’s secretly going to Lidl and pocketing the difference and...

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Gallery: Cornwall   




Dorset, Devon and Cornwall   


After a rest for a week or so at our favourite campsite in Glastonbury (including a visit from Bill and Amanda and an epic walk through neighbouring Somerset countryside one day), we headed down to Dorset for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. The weather was superb, the cheese sublime and the ale, as always, delicious. They also have a fantastic shop in Sturminster Newton that has what has to be the largest range of quilt fabrics I’ve ever seen!

The following day we had a nice trip through the Dorset countryside to the coast at Eype. We set ourselves up at a great campsite there, overlooking the cliffs of the Jurassic coast. Fossils abound there and on our third morning there we took ourselves fossil hunting. We found all sorts of fossilised bits of sea creatures and convinced ourselves we’d found a dinosaur bone!

We also did traditional fish and chips on the beach for lunch and soaked up the English sunshine that can present itself at opportune moments! The weather that day was great and a couple of people were parapenting at the cliff face, swooping right over us and Vinnie.

When we finally convinced ourselves to leave that lovely spot we headed towards Exeter via A La Ronde, a crazy 16 sided house built by two spinsters after their 10 year grand tour of Europe. Unfortunately it was closed but I can jump ahead a few days and tell you we made it back there later and had a look around. They even have a shell gallery where they constructed massive murals from shells and feathers in the ceiling mezzanine.

As we headed southward we detoured into a village called Ashburton, (I have to say it’s a bit nicer than our Ashburton) to find a picnic spot. A winding trail led us to a picnic spot that turned out to be a great campsite, so that was us sorted for the night. Right on the river Dart, the site had amazing adventure playgrounds, flying foxes and the like. Nick went nuts while I observed – my toe was playing up again so I had to be nice to it. They also had a great hydro scheme to generate power for the site, a pirate ship, sandy beach and a load of other things. Being term time and more or less the end of summer it was really quiet too. We met a lovely lady, Ruth, who does fantastic stained glass work in High Wycombe and has a super cool van she has ‘girlied’ up.

Exeter excluded us from their Park and Ride facilities (Vinnie to too high for their barrier) so we excluded Exeter from our sightseeing itinerary this time!

We dropped into Totnes to have a look around (nice place) and start trying to get airfares sorted for the next leg of the journey – to Asia. Not too far from Totnes we found a campsite down numerous narrow lanes and it turned out to be so cheap and quiet that we had two nights there, giving us a bit of time to start planning our itinerary for Asia.

The Lizard is the most southern point of mainland Britain and a gorgeous, wild spot. The National Trust guy there was super friendly and we learned a few things J We went to Land’s End a few days later, which by comparision is nasty! The National Trust leave things all nice and natural but unfortunately they were outbid by some guy for Land’s End and he built a big commercial complex there to extract money from tourists.

At The Lizard we stayed at one of those big campsite complexes with evening entertainment, pools, 10 bin bowling, bingo etc. It was quite a hoot although we didn’t really participate in any of it. That night was COLD, and we knew this part of the trip was drawing to an end.

The next day we visited St Michael’s Mount – a great castle on an island near Penzance. We took the boat across, but the tide was low enough on the way back to take the causeway. It’s an amazing spot.

After the previously mentioned visit to Land’s End we went into Penzance and actually had a bit of a nightmare trying to book some airfares with Emirates. It turns out (after a week or two of frustration) that there’s now a process called Verified by Visa near the end of the transaction and of the three Visa cards we have, none can be registered for it. Grrrr…. It means that we can’t use our Visa’s for online purchases with any company that uses Verified by Visa. And both airlines we’ve been trying to book with, use it! We got around the problem with Emirates by arranging to go to Birmingham to pick up manual tickets.

Before heading northward we had a couple of nights at a campsite overlooking St Ives Bay. For only 7 quid a night it was an incredible spot. We had a great view of the dunes, beach, sea, light house and there always seemed to be people out surfing or windsurfing, despite the cold. The beach is enormous and just beautiful and it now has to be one of my favourite places.

We’ve also been doing the rounds of a few National Trust places and Killerton House was one of the highlights. It’s an enormous Victorian house with lots of Arts and Crafts type décor. And being rebuilt after a fire in the late 1800’s it’s a contemporary of many of New Zealand’s oldest homes so there was a certain nice familiarity about it. One of its features is that it clearly shows the behind the scenes aspect of running the house – servants quarters, kitchen, dairy etc. We really enjoyed our time there.

We then headed back to Bristol to visit The Boys – Harry had been on the Trans Mongolian since we’d been there last and we wanted to chat to him about Mongolia etc. Despite our intention to stay only one night, we ended up there for three as Paul (former flatmate) was having a housewarming and then a street party was held in his street the following day. The weather was miserable for it but the few hardy souls that ventured out were pretty interesting people. It’s a very multicultural street and we met Ali who’s a Kurdish guy, Pearl from Jamaica (who’s lived in the street since 1957), another lady from Botswana and of course a few English people! Unfortunately it was Ramadan so many of the people on the street were fasting and couldn’t/didn’t join in.

Next we headed across the Welsh border for a brief catch up with Andy (see Wychwood blog). He took us to a cool pub that does excellent food and we totally blew the budget that day!

We passed through Hay-on-Wye on the way, which is known for having a disproportionate number of second hand bookshops. It was great! If only the budget and the backpacks were a little bigger….

We totally blew the budget the next day when we went to Birmingham for the air tickets! It was a bit of a hassle but we also had to apply for travel visas for India and this can only really be done in Birmingham or London, so we combined the two. That also turned out to be a hassle and we ended up paying a travel agent a bit extra to do it for us (107 quid all up). They were great too and gave us a much needed cup of tea, some books on India to look at while we had it (to make it all seem worthwhile) and some top tips for travelling in India (e.g. no water but plenty of tea for the first 2-3 days)! The guy that ran the place was so nice that we left feeling pretty great and looking forward to India.

After a couple of nights hanging around in the Stratford-upon-Avon area, not really doing the things we should have been doing!) we headed across country to stop in on people in Tring (family of friends of my family!) before heading to Cambridge again. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way, as Vinnie started to make horrible noises, the steering became heavy and when we stopped at Morrison’s supermarket, we were unable to get going again. Panic ensued as on a Saturday we found it really hard to get someone to come and have a look at him. After much flapping and phone calls to Guy (Cambridge) and Jules (Tring) we joined the RAC at the roadside which costs exactly one arm and one leg! We did a lot of waiting but the eventual outcome was an assessment by the RAC guy that the ball joint in the front suspension/steering had worn through and was about to collapse completely (which would have been a bit nasty) so Vinnie went to hospital on a huge flat deck truck. It was all a bit traumatic and exciting (and expensive), all at the same time. Fortunately we had calm words from Guy and Jules on the other end of the phone and Jules and Nick (her husband is Nick also – don’t get confused!) very kindly offered us a refuge with their family (including Ellie and Matthew) while we waited for Monday and the mechanics to have a look at it. Now we just wait to hear when they can look at it and get the part – fingers crossed it’s soon! In the meantime the Wake Family keep extending our Tring visa’s so we don’t have to camp in the van in the mechanic’s yard!

While here though we’ve been able to look around Tring a bit. It’s a nice quiet town and has an interesting history. Once owned by the Rothschild’s there’s obviously been wealth here, and where’s there’s wealth, there’s often eccentricity! We like eccentricity! One of the Rothschilds like to collect stuffed animals, which sounds rather low key – but he gathered the greatest collection of animals species ever collected by one man and many of them are in a small museum here. It was fascintating! Its not nice to think that these were once living animals, but the damage is done now and it really is an amazing and interesting collection. The first you see are lions, polar bears, thousands of birds, followed by monkeys, gorillas, just about every thing you can imagine. My favourite was the Tibetan Lynx, such a beautiful creature – I want one! (So I’ll no longer be hassling for a pony!) And I’ve also identified what I want to come back as – a Sportive Lemur (see photos!). Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild also had a park here with Zebras and he trained them to pull a cart! (google Tring National History Museum and you can see some pics). There’s even a photo of him, in local books, on the back of a giant tortoise here dangling lettuce in front of it from a stick, like the proverbial carrot and donkey. Apparently when he went up to Cambridge he took 30 live kiwis with him! It all seems a little cruel, but the whole thing was inspired by a love for nature and a desire to set up resources for scientists to study and understand animals and evolution better.

Well that’s it for now -  a rapid summary of a month of travel! I’m sure I haven’t done it justice and there will be things I’ve missed – you’ll have to wait for the book to hear about those!

Now we just sit with our fingers crossed that Vinnie gets better quickly….




Carn Galver Mine, Cornwall   




Walking the Stone | Mark Surridge   


Walking the Stone, a solo exhibition of work by renowned abstract artist Mark Surridge at Tremenheere Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Cornwall in collaboration with Coates and Scarry opens in August.     Walking the Stone references and takes its inspiration from ancient sites in Cornwall, either in the form of megalithic structures or solitary monolithic stones positioned in the Cornish landscape. Throughout his career Surridge has explored the mystery of these ...




La cornwallita es un arseniato básico de cobre, conocido con el nombre de erinita al menos desde 1828. Cristaliza en el sistema monoclínico, siendo dimorfa de la cornubita, que lo hace en el triclínico. Es isoestructural con la psedomalaquita, de la que se diferencia por la presencia de arsénico en lugar del fósforo, y con


Getting to know Melbourne furniture, product and interior designer Thomas Coward   


Thomas Coward isn’t just a bathware designer. The Cornwall-born, Melbourne-based creative who grew up on a farm dreaming of being a tractor has spent years designing everything from interior fit-outs to furniture, tiles, and even the bathroom sink. He’s currently creative director at Artedomus, where he recently collaborated with IDEA 2020 judge and style maven Hana […]

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Eastern Ontario, Women-Led and Green Tech Startups Shine in N1M   


Cobourg, Ontario—Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is pleased to announce the results of competitive selection for the second tranche of the N1M program (N1M-2) as originally announced by Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, on December 18, 2018, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

As of February 21st, 2019, with the support of FedDev Ontario, Northumberland CFDC has committed CDN $952,500 in non-dilutive performance-based seed funding to its innovative portfolio of 42 technology startups from across Northumberland, rural Eastern Ontario, and beyond.

Hitting the Mark with N1M-2

The N1M-2 portfolio exemplifies economic development and diversification priorities by accelerating the advancement of new and innovative firms across key sectors and geographies:

  • Northumberland-based (24%) including Foundation Cloud Solutions, Audience GPS, the Microfactory Co-operative, Suffuse and Frontier Labs.
  • Rural Eastern Ontario-based (22%) including Renfrew County’s RC100 winner Riverwood Acoustics, blockchain startup Grain Discovery in Prince Edward County, FanSaves in Cornwall, SN Technologies in Ganonoque and Hops on Board in Quinte.
  • Based in Peterborough and the Kawarthas (12%) including Netmechanics, Canuck Play and Biosphere GPS.
  • Greentech startups (12%) via Northumberland CFDC’s partnership with the GreenCentre Canada, including Pliant, H2Nano, CHAR Technologies, Phycus Biotechnologies, and Alchemy.
  • Women-led ventures (24%) including Meta Innovation Technologies, Elemental Systems, MFMG, ConnexHealth Canada and SpaceIShare.
  • Top N100 startups Convictional Commerce, Able Innovations and EmulGreen Labs also received a boost from N1M, recognizing their exceptional performance in Northumberland’s 2018 open invitational technology startup competition (biennale).

Founder Skills Training

The N1M program not only matches private investment of up to $30,000, it also provides entrepreneurial development and skills training opportunities for founders.

In partnership with Watkin Small Business Service in Cobourg, N1M offers entrepreneurs a four-part group training series on financial management at Venture13 (Quickbooks Online, Tech Landscape, Pricing for Profitability and Understanding Taxes) as well as concurrent one-on-one mentoring and support—virtually or in person.

N1M-2 startups will convene at the Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Northumberland County on March 1st for “Innovating in Customer Acquisition for Tech Startups” featuring Keynote Speaker Sarah Stockdale, Founder and CEO of Valkerie, with a special introduction by MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South and 2011 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award-winner, Kim Rudd. N1M Startups participating in the March 1st session will also access coaching from multiple N1M Mentors including Sherry Colbourne from Northumberland’s Regional Innovation Centre, Spark Centre, Noureddin Chahrour form Adrenalease (an Impact Centre company), and Ali Hirji from the AI Hub. Chris Gillis from Durham College will lead an interactive learning session that morning to reground and refocus early-stage technology entrepreneurs in the art and science of customer acquisition—an outcome inspired by discussions at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) “Unconference” in November, 2018.

A Long-term Commitment

Through Scientists and Engineers in Business, N1M-1 and N1M-2, Northumberland CFDC has demonstrated its long-term commitment to accelerating technology entrepreneurship in Southern Ontario, with the support of FedDev Ontario and in partnership with fourth pillar organizations from across the regional innovation ecosystem.

Click here to view a list of all startups funded by Northumberland CFDC. 


“On March 1st I will be sitting down with the startups who have received funding and support through N1M and Northumberland CFDC, as part of my Innovation in Action round table. I look forward to hearing their stories and perspectives as innovators and change-makers. As an entrepreneur myself, I am thrilled to have this time at Venture13 with such a diverse and exciting cohort of startups from Northumberland and across rural Eastern Ontario, where the Rural Renaissance continues to unfold.”-Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland−Peterborough South

“With our second round of N1M, Northumberland CFDC is now powering some 75 technology startups across Southern Ontario. We are inspired to see such a diverse group emerge in response to our call to action to accelerate women-led, greentech and rural Eastern Ontario-based ventures with renewed funding and support from FedDev Ontario.” -Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC

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