Wadebridge and Padstow

Silent witness: why archaeologists now believe human bones found near Padstow are those of a sailor shipwrecked in the 18th century

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Male, aged 25-40, buried in a shroud at the top of a cliff at Trevone, near Padstow.  Well developed shoulders.  At some point had repeatedly used...

Labour Party has a Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Labour has selected Robyn Harris as its Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall. Ms Harris, from Wadebridge, works for Cormac.  She hopes to build on the progress...

What else can you do when your football team has just lost a 7 goal thriller in the final minute of extra time?

It is rarely the case that Port Isaac is short of celebrities.  Liverpool football club manager Jurgen Klopp thought the best way of shedding the bitter taste of Sunday's...

This morning’s high tides were higher than usual

High tides here today making 8.5 metres above chart datum!#springtides pic.twitter.com/xsnrgb0fFI — Padstow Harbour (@padstowharbour) March 12, 2024 High tide at Padstow this morning was 8.5 metres higher than...

Lanivet chemical spill worries locals

By Harold Callahan Villagers at Lanivet, near Bodmin, are keen to find out more about an accident yesterday (Wednesday) which appears to have spilled a chemical into the environment....

How angry is it possible to be about seaweed? Quite angry, actually

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 200 people packed into the Percival Institute, St Minver, last night (Tuesday) for a public meeting called to discuss plans for a huge seaweed...

Another 325 houses for Wadebridge?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have been asked what they think about a proposal to build 325 houses on land behind the Aldi store in Wadebridge, next to the Dunveth...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: this week sees two chances to find out what they are really all about

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall’s seaweed wars move up a gear this week with two public meetings. The first is tomorrow (Tuesday) at the St Percival Institute, St Minver,...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: the first shot was fired at the bottom of page 36

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Battle lines are being drawn over plans for seaweed farms off the North Cornwall coast. The Marine Management Organisation has received applications for large farms at...

Have you heard about the seaweed farm planned for Port Quin? Neither had most locals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Marine Management Organisation is considering proposals for a seaweed farm at Port Quin, on the North Cornwall coast. A similar proposal at Gerrans Bay was...

Then: Britain’s “first six-star tourist resort.” Now: just another failed theme park, hoping to host tents and caravans

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial Cornish holiday park which went into administration last year has filed fresh planning applications. The Camel Creek site, off the A39 near Padstow, once...

Hundreds without electricity in North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 700 homes are without electricity in the St Kew Highway area of North Cornwall, near Wadebridge, close to the A39. Western Power was alerted to...

Perch garage murders: judgement day

By Harold Callahan Judgement is expected tomorrow (Thursday) in the case of two brothers who have  spent 20 years in prison for one of Cornwall’s most notorious murders. Lee...

Swamped: Cornwall’s developers told they can carry on house-building provided they help create new sewage bogs close to protected wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners look set to push ahead with a novel trading scheme in the New Year which would allow property developers to continue building houses close...

Six months later: brothers jailed for 2003 Perch garage murders await judgement

By Harold Callahan Two men serving life prison sentences for the murders of a Wadebridge garage couple in 2003 are hoping they might be released before Christmas. Three Appeal...

County Hall pushes ahead with plan to axe school transport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 80 children from four schools will be required to walk up to three miles on narrow country lanes if Cornwall Council approves a recommendation coming...

More losers than winners as government sprinkles £450,000 on only six leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Only six of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been awarded a share of nearly £450,000 from the government’s £20.3 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. All of them...

North Cornwall GP surgery ruled “unsafe” by Care Quality Commission

By Anne North The St Petroc doctors’ surgery at St Columb has been given six months to improve or face closure, after the Care Quality Commission ruled it is...

Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery breaks the internet (nearly) with two million views of 40-second video

The power of the digital age to "inform, educate and entertain" has been illustrated by the National lobster hatchery, Padstow, whose 42-second video hosted on a range of social...

Tales of the Riverbank: Tories set to dump more sewage into Cornwall’s rivers in bid to protect house builder profits

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Communities secretary Michael Gove is set this morning (Tuesday) to rip up environmental rules and allow house builders to dump more sewage into rivers. Wildlife groups...

Bodmin man sent to secure mental hospital after threatening staff at office of local MP

By Peter Tremayne A judge has sent Ian Rogerson, 44, of Bodmin, to a secure psychiatric hospital after hearing how he entered the constituency office of North Cornwall MP...

Hands up if you would like to be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall or St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has started the process for selecting Parliamentary candidates for the next general election in North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies. Both constituencies are...

Royal Cornwall Show secretary Chris Riddle announces his retirement

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Christopher Riddle has announced that he is to retire as Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) in September 2024.  He will by then have...

Up the creek without a paddle: theme park which once promised 997 full-time jobs goes into administration

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The controversial Camel Creek tourist attraction near Wadebridge has gone into administration. The theme park, developed on the site of the former Shire Horse centre, later...

Keep windows closed, warn firefighters, as flames rip through mid-Cornwall barn

By Peter Tremayne Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a large barn at Lockengate, near Lanivet, Bodmin. A thick plume of smoke is lying close to the ground and...

Search called off for missing yachtsman

By Peter Tremayne Emergency services have stood down their search for a sailor whose yacht was found 70 miles off the North Cornwall coast. Duncan Lougee’s fibreglass boat Minke...

Perch garage murders appeal: judges lift reporting restrictions, revealing new evidence about “witness Z” which could not have been known to the original jury

By Peter Tremayne The Appeal Court has lifted its reporting restrictions of a case which has the potential to reopen an investigation into the Perch garage murders, near Wadebridge,...

Reporting restrictions ordered for Perch garage murders appeal

By Peter Tremayne Three Appeal Court judges have ordered reporting restrictions on yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) hearing to consider the Perch garage murders of 20 years ago. Lord Justice Holroyde, Lady...

Perch garage murders: could the “killers” be freed this week?

By Peter Tremayne The two brothers jailed for life for the murders of Graham and Carol Fisher at the former Perch garage, Wadebridge, 20 years ago could be freed...

Boy, 5, dies after falling from Padstow harbour wall

By Peter Tremayne A five-year-old local boy has died in hospital after falling 13 feet from the harbour wall at Padstow. Emergency services were called at around 11:45am on...

Brothers convicted of the 2003 Perch garage murders back in court to protest their innocence

By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s most notorious murder cases was again discussed at the Appeal Court this morning (Thursday) ahead of what is expected to be a full...

Sign of the times: two more Post Offices set to close

Post Offices in Wadebridge and Portreath are closing, forcing residents of the two towns to travel long distances to post parcels and use counter services.  Both had been housed...

20 years later, the Perch garage murders are still being debated in court

By Graham Smith The two men convicted of the Perch garage murders, near Wadebridge in 2003, are on a court list for a hearing on Thursday (15th June) prior...

North Cornwall police constable fired for failing to disclose he had failed GCSE maths

By Peter Tremayne A North Cornwall police constable has been sacked for falsely claiming he had a GCSE qualification in maths. PC Kye Smith, who ran the force’s Twitter...

North Cornwall dairy farm fined more than £60,000 for accident in which teenager fell through roof

By Peter Tremayne A St Tudy dairy farm has been fined more than £60,000 after one of its workers sustained multiple injuries when he fell more than 20 feet...

Helland Bridge badly damaged by another lorry, only six months after it reopened

By Graham Smith Only six months after it reopened, Helland Bridge, near Bodmin, has again been badly damaged by a lorry. The 15th century listed building, which spans the...

Planners approve more holiday lodges at North Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Richard Whitehouse A holiday park has been given permission for up to 51 holiday lodges despite concerns that the development could harm a protected landscape. Mother Ivey’s Bay,...

If you see a “rough-looking chap with a white van” call the police, says Inspector

By Peter Tremayne A police inspector in Cornwall has quit a community Facebook page because of negative comments about the force. Inspector Regie Butler-Card, whose patch covers Bodmin and...

Crossing the line: towns and parishes resume battles for local governance

By Julia Penhaligon The long-running saga of whether some villages and communities on the outskirts of towns should have their own parish councils is once again on the horizon,...

Amanda Pennington quits Wadebridge Town Council

By Graham Smith The mayor of Wadebridge, Amanda Pennington, has announced she is stepping down from the town council after 11 years. The town’s first Green Party mayor, councillor...

£15,000 per month electricity bill worries community sports centre

By Richard Whitehouse A community group which saved its under-threat leisure centre said they were shocked to receive an energy bill for more than £15,000 for just one month....

Back To Brown: County Hall tells North Cornwall property developers they can resume dumping sewage in the rivers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have agreed to relax the rules about phosphate pollution of the River Camel and its tributaries, signalling a green light to developers to resume...

Padstow skeleton could belong to sailor shipwrecked more than 200 years ago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A human skeleton discovered recently on a footpath on the north Cornish coast may have belonged to a sailor shipwrecked more than 200 years ago. Cornwall...

Hosepipe ban latest

Residents of Egloshayle, Wadebridge, woke this morning to find their playing field flooded.  Cornwall's reservoirs, however, are still at only a third of their normal level for this time...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

Men convicted of 2003 Perch garage murder due to have their day in the Appeal Court

By Graham Smith The Criminal Division of the High Court is today (Thursday) due to hear an appeal against a 19-year-old murder conviction following the brutal killing of garage...

Perch garage murder: appeal will be heard on Thursday

By Graham Smith A date has now been set for an Appeal Court hearing which could quash the convictions of two men accused by police of murdering Graham and...

Perch Garage murders: 19 years later, the Appeal Court prepares to consider new evidence

By Peter Tremayne One of the most notorious murders ever committed in Cornwall is to be re-examined in the Court of Appeal next month. New evidence about the killing...

Government rejects coroner’s call for improved safety at Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss festival, despite woman’s death in 2019

By Peter Tremayne A government minister has ruled out any change to the law to improve safety at Padstow’s annual ‘Obby ‘Oss festival, following the death of 34-year-old Laura...

Christmas tree nursery damaged by fire

By Peter Tremayne Fire has severely damaged a Christmas tree nursery near Bodmin.  It broke out at the Cedar Croft Nurseries and Storage at St Tudy at about 5.45pm...

Power to the people! Olympic star helps Wadebridge celebrate town’s new-look sports centre

By Graham Smith Olympic swimming medallist Andy Jameson was guest of honour at the official opening of the new-look Wadebridge Sports and Leisure centre this morning (Saturday) – less...

New-look Wadebridge sports centre offers locals a free “open day” in official celebration of local management

By Graham Smith The new-look Wadebridge Sports and Leisure Centre is holding its official opening day tomorrow (Saturday) a month after the local community took control of the facility....

North Cornwall farmer dies in the queue to see Queen’s lying in State

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A North Cornwall farmer who went up to London to visit The Queen’s lying in State has died while queueing. Anthony Wills, 64, ran the Pawton...

Isles of Scilly ferry link hits a snag as government questions business case for £48 million “Levelling Up” bid

By Richard Whitehouse The government has told the Council of the Isles of Scilly to rethink its approach to a £48million project to replace ships which serve the islands....

A new way of doing things: Wadebridge takes control of its sport and leisure centre

By Graham Smith Nearly a year after Cornwall Council was forced to admit it was secretly planning to close four leisure centres, the residents of Wadebridge have finally taken...

Wadebridge can’t wait to get its hands on its own sports and leisure centre

By Graham Smith Residents in the Wadebridge area are preparing to take over their local sports and leisure centre this evening, aiming to provide it with a bright and...

Helland Bridge should reopen this evening, eight months after Cormac first started thinking about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Helland Bridge, west of Bodmin, should reopen for the first time in nearly eight months this evening. The narrow 15th century bridge, a Grade 1 listed...

RAF St Eval to get part of £110 million investment in new radio equipment

By Peter Tremayne The RAF St Eval military base, near Padstow, is to see part of a £110 million Ministry of Defence contract to upgrade its radio equipment. During...

Planning inspector over-rules Cornwall Council and gives the go-ahead for 245 houses to the north west of Wadebridge

By Graham Smith A government planning inspector has over-ruled Cornwall Council and approved the development of 245 houses to the North West of Wadebridge, between the A39 Ball roundabout...

Another fine mess: Cornwall’s main leisure contractor falsely announces the “closure” of Wadebridge sports centre

By Graham Smith People in Wadebridge are fuming about a message sent by Cornwall Council’s main leisure contractor, GLL, falsely claiming that the local sports centre is about to...

Eight months after it was closed, work finally starts to repair Helland Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly eight months after Helland Bridge was closed by a lorry crash, contractors have finally started work on repairs. Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have had...

Councillors defy officials to approve “affordable” housing at St Merryn

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build affordable housing in a North Cornwall village have been approved despite concerns that the development could impact protected landscape and road safety.   Cornwall...

Repairs to Helland Bridge, closed since December, now due to start next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have been told repairs to their bridge over the River Camel are now due to start next week.  The bridge has...

Live on TV: BBC commentator and Olympic medalist Andy Jameson praises Wadebridge community for saving local swimming pool

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC sports commentator and former Olympic athlete Andy Jameson has praised the community at Wadebridge for rescuing their local sports and leisure centre. Mr Jameson used...

Back to the Future: Wadebridge counts down to sport and leisure centre takeover

By Graham Smith The community group which will take over the Wadebridge leisure centre has started “shadowing” the outgoing management company with a view to taking full control on...

Police crackdown on “snob yob” resort after vandals trash Polzeath beach

By Peter Tremayne Police have taken action after boozed-up youths littered Polzeath beach and engaged in anti-social behaviour. North Cornwall MP Scott Mann said that this week had seen...

How to ensure a clear water revival? River Camel and its tributaries remain plagued by pollution problems

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 100 people attended a public meeting at The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge, last night to discuss the continuing water pollution problems affecting the River Camel and...

Left hand, right hand – bridge repair people now look to September before locals can cross the River Camel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scaffolders have today (Monday) arrived at the footbridge between Egloshayle and Wadebridge for what would appear to be 10 weeks of repairs which will force local...

Helland Bridge repairs delayed again, because Cormac failed to apply for planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fed-up residents of a North Cornwall hamlet, hugely inconvenienced for six months by Cormac’s failure to repair a small bridge over the River Camel, have been...

“Doc Martin” surgery in North Cornwall, closed for two years because of Covid, might never reopen

By Anne North A small, rural doctors’ surgery in North Cornwall – closed for two years because of Covid – might never reopen because of staff shortages. The St...

For Sale: Either a 114-acre farm, or “an upmarket Butlins,” depending on the planners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty appear to have stalled, pending the sale of the site by its administrators. The...

Mixed reception for Boris Johnson at Royal Cornwall Show

Missing from this photo is the St Ives MP Derek Thomas, who last week declared he had no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.  Mr Thomas was one...

Royal Cornwall Show resumes, bringing heavy traffic to Wadebridge

The Royal Cornwall Show resumes today (Thursday) after two years’ absence due to Covid.  About 100,000 people are expected to attend over the next three days, bringing heavy traffic...

Transfer of Wadebridge leisure centre to local community management still not complete

By Graham Smith It could be a few more months before the community in Wadebridge can take charge of its local leisure centre, councillors heard yesterday (Tuesday.) County Hall...

Environment Agency probes river pollution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is investigating the cause of pollution which has killed fish and other aquatic life in two North Cornwall rivers. There have been incidents...

All bridge repairs are equal, but in Cornwall, some are more equal than others

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Repairs to a bridge between Wadebridge and Polzeath are due to be completed tomorrow (Friday) following strong lobbying from the tourism sector. The Grade 2 listed...

Cormac fails again to start repairs to the bridge which took only four days to build

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It took a television production crew only four days to build, but it now appears to have taken more than six months before Cormac can even...

Three bridges over Cornwall’s River Camel all closed at the same time

By Graham Smith Another bridge over the River Camel is to close next week, bringing to three the number of crossings waiting for Cormac to carry out repairs. The...

How long does it take to repair a bridge in Cornwall? Another accident closes a road, forcing local residents to go the long way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A second road in North Cornwall has been closed because of a single-vehicle collision with a bridge.  Local residents fear they now face months of disruption....

Falmouth turns out to talk about a leisure centre – but can local politicians now apply pressure to Cornwall Council’s annual meeting? Meanwhile Wadebridge contemplates a re-brand

By Graham Smith More than 150 people packed in to Falmouth’s Princess Pavillions last night (Tuesday) to discuss how they might save the town’s leisure centre at Ships and...

Closure of Helland Bridge has been good news for breeding birds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic road bridge in North Cornwall, badly damaged by a lorry in December, is now likely to remain closed until July following the discovery of...

The curious case of the giant concrete “shed” which now dominates the skyline in an Area of Great Landscape Value

By Graham Smith There are calls for an inquiry into how Cornwall’s planners approved a huge agricultural building currently under construction in the Camel Valley Area of Great Landscape...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Royal Cornwall Show cancels poultry section because of bird flu fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The poultry and egg section of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show has been cancelled because of bird flu. The show is the biggest celebration of all...

Wadebridge leisure centre looking to resume its place at the heart of the local community

By Graham Smith People in the Wadebridge area are looking forward to returning to their leisure centre, following its successful takeover by a local community group. The Friends of...

Wadebridge leisure centre saved, as County Hall declares local community organisation its “preferred bidder” to take over management

By Graham Smith People in and around Wadebridge are celebrating this evening (Thursday) after Cornwall Council announced it was awarding a contract to a local community group to take...

Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival will never be the same, as inquest concludes that local woman’s death was an accident

By Peter Tremayne Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival, a centuries-old tradition of dancing in the streets and heavy drinking, is to change the way it liases with authorities after an...

Ukraine crisis: aid from Wadebridge reaches refugees in Prague

By Graham Smith Two former Mayors of Wadebridge have arrived in Prague with a van full of humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.  The Czech Republic has so far taken...

Wadebridge recycles its former Mayors by sending them to Eastern Europe with aid for Ukrainian refugees

By Graham Smith Two former mayors of Wadebridge have set off in a mini-van to deliver aid for Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic. Elliot Osborne and Steve Knightley...

Helland bridge, closed by lorry crash in December, likely to remain closed until at least the end of April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic, narrow bridge in North Cornwall which has been closed since December could remain shut for months to come. Helland Bridge has long been used...

Wadebridge Town Council bust-up as former Mayor quits

By Graham Smith The former Mayor of Wadebridge, Phil Mitchell, has resigned from the town council with a blistering attack on some of the councillors who remain. Mr Mitchell...

Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet votes to close Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has voted to close the Ships and Castles leisure centre at Falmouth. The Pendennis headland site will now be declared “surplus” and...

Plan to close Falmouth’s leisure centre puts pressure on Cornwall’s Conservatives

By Graham Smith The political consequences of County Hall’s recommendation to close Falmouth’s leisure centre, despite a local offer to take it over, are spreading swiftly through Cornwall. Cornwall...

Falmouth leisure centre should close, but Wadebridge survives, according to council officers

By Graham Smith County Hall officials are recommending the closure of Falmouth’s leisure centre, despite a local community offer to take over the management. Although a final decision rests...

High Noon: County Hall sets Tuesday deadline for questions about Falmouth and Wadebridge leisure centres, but still hasn’t published any recommendations

By Graham Smith Residents interested in the future of leisure centres at Falmouth and Wadebridge have until 12 noon on Tuesday (1st March) to submit questions to Cornwall Council’s...

Falmouth and Wadebridge leisure centres will learn their fate next week

By Graham Smith The fights to save Falmouth’s Ships and Castles, and the Wadebridge leisure centre, have entered their final stages. Both facilities are due to close at the...

Power cuts and fallen trees, as Storm Eunice reaches its peak

The main road into Wadebridge was blocked this morning (Friday) as Storm Eunice uprooted a large tree at Egloshayle.  About 7,500 homes, mainly in west Cornwall, are without electricity. ...

Storm Eunice is expected to bring a tidal surge, and flooding, to North Cornwall coast on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is urging people living in flood risk communities along Cornwall’s north coast to prepare for flooding from a forecast tidal surge caused by...

Countdown to closure? The fight to save two Cornish leisure centres enters its final weeks

By Graham Smith The fight to save two of Cornwall’s leisure centres has entered its final stages, with facilities at Falmouth and Wadebridge due to close in only six...

A bridge too far: Cormac now says it can’t repair Egloshayle link until April at the earliest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to repair the footbridge which links Wadebridge with Egloshayle have been postponed until at least April.  Work had been due to start on Monday (7th...