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Monday, 31 August 2009


Enjoy a wide selection of Seafood, Cooking Demonstrations, Children’s Workshops, Fish Auctions, Open Vessels, Craft, Art and Trade stalls together with a full programme of Music and Harbour Entertainments including Gig Racing, Helicopters, The Penlee Lifeboat, the Camborne Youth Band and much more! .
Sanjay Kumar, head chef at the Green Bank hotel in Falmouth, is the star guest.
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Venue: Newlyn Harbour, Newlyn, Cornwall Festival Date: 31st August 2009 - Bank Holiday Monday Opening/closing time: 09:00 to 17:00 - last entry at 16:00 Admission Fee: £4.00 (free entrance for children)- tickets at the gate. Disabled Access: Full disabled access aside from vessels. How to get here: Click here to access the multi map site Public Transport: Bus no. 5, 6, 1A from the bus stand at Penzance train station. Parking: Newlyn Green, Sports Ground up the Coombe, Sandy Cove (on the far end of the harbour). Children: Bouncy Castle and enclosed grassy area with entertainment. Toilets: By the Mission and plenty of portaloos within the Festival's grounds.

Saturday, 29 August 2009


. Thanks to Julie for donating this item to the Lower Treavers Hockey Team for next year! . We finished 9th out of 11 in the summer league and had a lot of fun scrapping around against some pretty organised and determined sides. Thanks to Pete for all the organisation and all the players who turned up for a game. . Which reminds me....Cornish Pirates take on Harlequins at the Stoop today in a pre-season friendly...a fixture which I am sure will en'capsulate' all that is great about rugby. For extra supplies...see Julie! . . . Real or fake....? The coach isn't saying! Probably real blood, but almost certainly fake legs. .

Monday, 24 August 2009


Hurricane Bill, that ‘twas its name, It brewed up dark and stormy, And as he watched the weather charts It put the wind up Normy. ‘Tie down your kids’ in vain he cried, But not because of weather, They were getting on his nerves, Bikes racing hell for leather. ‘Advise your wives’ he shouted out, To wear something less floating, The wind will catch her fair and square, And flight times we’ll be quoting.’ ‘Take down your flags and lower your masts, Whatever be their colour. Turn off your fairy lights and lamps, Sure life will be much duller.’ ‘For we must ride this great storm out, And all come through the weather, ‘Cause when you camp at Lower Treave, We’re all in it together!’ ‘But wait’ cried Norm, ‘the chart is wrong, This weather’s for another, This hurricane won’t come to us, It’s going to Bill’s Mother!’ Hence the saying ‘It’s looking black over Bill’s Mother’s!


. Gareth Logan and Will Brawn, from Polzeath, are passionate about Cornwall’s marine life and have decided to take action to do something to help it. They will be walking and paddleboarding from Polzeath to Lands End at the beginning of September in a bid to raise money for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. The boys are hoping the people of Cornwall will help them reach their £1000 target by sponsoring them at . Will says: “Being a surfer, I spend a lot of time in the sea, and feel an attachment to the coastline. I’ve come to realise how fragile an environment it is, that really needs looking after. My friend Gareth and I wanted to combine our love of the sea, whilst helping it out at the same time. So this paddle seemed like perfect way to do that. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network does great work in helping our dolphins and other cetaceans, which we both really care about, so we thought it was a great charity to support.” . The boys hope to have a suitable weather window between the 1st and 14th September when their walk and paddleboard challenge will take place. They already have sponsorship from Mountain Warehouse, Nineplus, Cornish Rock Tors and Wave Hunters and the use of a very special paddle board from Surf’s Up Surf School. Will will be using the same board as that used by James Cracknell in his cross Channel paddle with Surfs Up’s Pete Craske in 2005. . Will says “At least I know the board’s been given a proper test run in similar conditions! So I feel confident my equipment will stand me in good stead, now it’s just down to my endurance and experience in the sea.” . As well as completing the physical challenge they intend to play several gigs with their band, Droptone, along the way where they hope to generate more fundraising opportunities, including prize draws. Dates confirmed include The Tubestation, Polzeath on Monday 31st of August to kick the event off and the Old Albion Inn, Crantock, on Thursday 3rd of September. There will be more dates to follow. Everyone is invited to come along and support them at these events and help their fundraising efforts. . Cornwall Wildlife Trust developed the Marine Strandings Network in response to the many dead dolphins that wash up on our beaches each year and the Network is now the recognised recorder of dead dolphins for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Network has a Strandings Hotline which is manned by volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive reports of dead dolphins from the public, the number to call if you find one is 0845 201 2626. The 120 strong volunteers which make up the Network record, photograph and collect vital data from the dead dolphins. They also secure and deliver the dolphins to Veterinary Laboratories Agency Truro for post mortem examination, to help determine the cause of death. . Ruth Williams, Marine Conservation Officer for the Trust says, “The information collected by the Marine Strandings Network and through the post mortem examinations is incredibly important for improving our understanding of the biology and ecology of our dolphin species, the threats they face and how we can reduce these.” . Ruth continues, “It is brilliant that these two young men want to undertake such a big challenge with the sole aim of raising money to help the Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. We wish them well and will be closely following their progress along the coast, maybe they’ll be lucky enough to encounter dolphins along the route!” . If you’d like to sponsor Will and Gareth and help them reach their £1000 target please go to All proceeds will be donated to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network. For more information about the challenge call Gareth on 07980 018959, or Will on 07961 880989 or visit . .

Thursday, 20 August 2009


Cornwall’s longest serving airline, Skybus is celebrating its 25th anniversary today.
Skybus, which flies between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly, marks a quarter of a Century in business; the first ever paid-for-passenger flight to St Mary’s was on Wednesday, 22 August 1984.
The airline has changed significantly over the last 25 years having started its operations with one pilot, one small aircraft and one route to six aircraft, 50 staff including 18 pilots and six routes today.
In 1984, Skybus carried nearly 14,000 customers and numbers have grown steadily to 57,000 in 2008/09. Over the 25 years they have carried nearly one million customers and two million bags. As well as passengers, the airline carries the post between the Scillies and the mainland for the Royal Mail.
'Happy Birthday Skybus'

Monday, 17 August 2009


. Two volunteers for Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trusts have attended an event at Downing Street which celebrated their commitment to land and marine conservation work. Prime Minister Rt Hon Gordon Brown held a reception in the garden at Number 10 (on Wednesday 22 July) to personally thank the hard-working individuals who give their time freely to better our environment. Over 40 volunteers who work for The Wildlife Trusts across the UK were invited along with those from other environmental organisations. . The Prime Minister said, . "I am grateful for the contribution that people right across the country make every day to their local environmental and wildlife projects, giving up their time without pay. The inspirational work they do helps create a better world for us all. It is my pleasure to welcome these volunteers to No 10, so I can say thank you in person." . Don't forget to order your Wild Cornwall calendars in time for Christmas. Full details at: . . . Remember, Lower Treave is 'Miss July'! .

Sunday, 16 August 2009


After a long day at 'the office', it was nice to come in last night and see this on the email:
'We have just returned home from our week's stay with you and just wanted to thank you for a great stay. You run the campsite really well in a very relaxed manner which suited us down to the ground. When we revisit Cornwall sometime in the future we will definitely be making a booking to return to Lower Treave. Many thanks L & J, Nottingham.'
Your comments are very much appreciated and we look forward to your return.
Don't forget, anyone can make a review of Lower Treave, either by dropping us a line which we will show here or using one of the feedback sites such as Trip Adviser or UK Campsite.
Busy changeover weekend coming to an end now (49 out, 54 in) so time for everybody to relax and enjoy their holidays as the site moves into it's daily the gate, put the rolls and croissants into the shop, get the milk, check the toilets, open the shop, mow the pitches, check the toilets, book in the new-arrivals, check the toilets, close the shop, do the VAT, reply to the enquiries, write the blog, walk the site, check the toilets, lock the the's a long day at the office, and very rewarding when a customer likes what you do...thanks L&J.
Weather...grey, but warm and dry and the beach is very 'do-able'. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


. For many people, the Perseid meteor shower in August is one of the astronomical highlights. This is the richest and broadest meteor shower of the entire year, lasting a couple of weeks and rewarding observers with multiple bright meteors every night. You will always see more meteors from a dark site after midnight, but it’s hard to miss a meteor if you spend any time watching the sky during this period. This year a bright Last Quarter Moon rises around midnight, cutting down the number of meteors you will see. . Perseid meteors peak on August 12!


Crazy weather yesterday. Whilst on the site we basked in warm sunshine, and Penzance was positively Mediterranean....Sennen Cove sat in the swirling mist. I am told by the aviators at Lands End Airport that the valley running up from Sennen Cove towards the airport is known as 'The Fog Factory'. Certain combinations of wind, humidity and pressure cause this phenomenon. More of the same today? Check out the forecast here: . .

Sunday, 9 August 2009


. Dig deep for the Simms family who set off on LeJog tomorrow in aid of Cancer Research. . Full details of their epic on their donation website ...or just chuck them a fiver as you go by their support truck! . . Good luck! .


. tows like a dog, but at least it means we can enjoy our caravan! .

Friday, 7 August 2009


For those of you leaving us this weekend, have a safe journey and thanks for coming to, and looking after, Lower Treave and Cornwall. Keep looking at the Blog to see all the latest news, particularly about changes for next year, and remember to book early to avoid disappointment!
For those of you travelling to join us at Lower Treave for your holidays, good advice on the roads situation can be found at and
Just a reminder that arrival times were given in your confirmation letters and as we are very busy at the moment, your pitch or holiday caravan will not be available until those times (2pm for pitches, 3pm for holiday caravans).
Travel easy, take care.

Thursday, 6 August 2009


. Quarter share available in G-CSFC. Friendly, Perranporth based group. Great for hours building or flying the fabulous Cornish coast. Genuine sale, now flying for a living, too busy to fly for fun. . Cheap hours and monthly costs. Full annual Apr 09. . Genuine enquiries to our email and we will pass on. . Weather for flying today...looking good. .

Wednesday, 5 August 2009


For those of you bemoaning a couple of days of inclement weather and recounting how summers were much better 'when I were a lad', think back to this day thirty summers ago...
The 1979 Fastnet race was the twenty-eighth competition held since 1925, generally every two years. In 1979, it was the climax of the five-race Admiral's Cup competition, as it had been since 1957.
. Storms during the race wreaked havoc on over 306 yachts taking part in the biennial race, resulting in 15 fatalities. Emergency services and civilian vessels from around the west side of the English Channel were summoned to aid what was the largest rescue operation in peace-time. Those involved included naval ships, lifeboats, commercial boats, and helicopters.
Today's forecast...better than 30 years ago!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


Don't often see this...five suns in a row on tomorrows forecast! . .



. Cornwall Wildlife Trust is asking beach goers to look out for the Portuguese Man-of-War, a jellyfish-like creature, after several have washed up on Cornwall’s beaches in the past few days. The creatures can inflict a painful sting, even when they are dead. . “So far, we've had no reports of anyone being affected and we don’t want to stop people from going in the sea for a swim. We just want the public, especially those with small children, to be able to recognise these animals and be aware that they do have a nasty sting”, said Tom Hardy, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Officer. . The distinctive Portuguese Man-of-War is not a true jellyfish, but a floating colony of closely-related hydrozoans that normally live at the surface of the open ocean. The colony floats from the bottom of an air-filled float, and has many long thin tentacles hanging below that it uses to catch fish. . Tom says, “People should immediately report any sightings of these animals to the RNLI Lifeguards on the beach and avoid touching them. Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network is also keen to hear of any that strand, so that they can plot their appearance around the coast and alert the authorities on beaches with no Lifeguard cover. They can be reached on their Hotline on 0845 201 2626” . Recommended treatment for Man-of-War stings includes immediate removal of any tentacles with tweezers, wearing rubber gloves (do not rub the affected area as this will only spread the sting) and by washing in lots of saltwater first. This can be followed by immersion of the affected areas in warm, fresh water (no warmer than bath temperature) for 20 minutes. Alternative recommendations include the application of an ice pack once the stings have been removed, to help ease inflammation. Under no circumstance should vinegar be used on stings from this animal as this can make them worse. Anyone who is worried about a Portuguese Man-of-War sting should immediately consult a doctor. . Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish are quite rare in our waters, but Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network has had nine reports in the last five days from along the south coast. The onshore winds over the last week will have washed them in from the ocean. It is quite possible that more may wash up on South West beaches as the winds persist. . The Trust recommends that beach-goers speak to the RNLI lifeguards at the beach to find out whether any Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish have been found on that beach in recent days. .

Monday, 3 August 2009


Couple of things you could help out with which we would really appreciate: . RUBBISH! (as Eric Morecambe once said) . . Please complete the campsite waste survey at: . . It only takes a couple of minutes and it will really help us to help the local authority get it right on how we deal with our rubbish. Remember, Penwith doubles in population over the summer months so we have to have the systems in place to deal with that and this is our chance; if we get it right now, when you come back we will be clean and green! . could win £250 towards your next holiday in Cornwall if your survey is picked out of the prize to be better odds than the lottery! . BALLS! (as we have all said from time to time) . . We are trying to build enough support for a modern, multi-functional stadium in Cornwall....we don't have one! . The Stadium for Cornwall group (S4C) have raised a petition to highlight the cause and would welcome your support. . Full details here: .


For those of you travelling with a TV this year, don't forget that the final stage of digital switchover is happening for us in West Cornwall on 5 August. So if you are bringing a TV with you on holiday this summer, make sure that it is a digital TV or pack the set top box and bring that along too. If you have booked into one of our holiday caravans, they are all equipped with digital TV/DVD and we will do all the retuning for you on the appropriate dates. If you want more information go to ; our transmitter is Redruth. .

For those who want to set up their aerials accurately, this is a useful site:


. If you put in the grid ref for our location (SW388273) it gives you a direction of 068 degrees to point your aerial. . ....or read a book...plenty to borrow from our collection in the bookcase in the laundry! .