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St Dominick Parish News - 2011

December 2011 (99) A local archaeological dig led by the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has come to an end and the team led by Dr Chris Smart of the University of Exeter has uncovered some important parts of the past.

November 2011 (98) If you saw the school children walking up to school from the Methodist Chapel recently, this was all a part of ‘walk to school week’ and involved activities like wearing bright wellies and singing songs. Will we beat our record of coming 3rd in the area for the number of pupils participating all week?

October 2011 (97) Also, where were you in 1952 when Princess Elizabeth became Queen? Would you like to share your memories to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? We are also planning a Safari Supper to raise funds for the Jubilee celebrations and are looking for hosts for this event. If you can help with either of the above call...

September 2011 (96) The second suggestion from the other member of the public was to get the bus to stop a few yards further down the road than it does, opposite the school, so that people don't have to get off into the long wet grass. This was considered a good idea as well, although possibly the cars parking opposite could cause a problem sometimes, and the clerk is to contact the bus company. No one seemed to have thought of it before, although people always struggle there.

July 2011 (95) As you will know, the Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. St Dominick Parish Council would like to celebrate this occasion too and to this end we are going to form a 'working party' to plan and create a parish celebration which will hopefully encompass everyone in the community.

June 2011 (94) During the year the parish Hall Management Committee arranged four events which raised just over £2000 for the hall Improvement Fund. These events were: Pasty and Pudding Lunch in October 2010 which raised £520, the Liskerrett Male Voice Choir in December 2010 raised £519...

May 2011 (93) We learned that seventeen million cars a year use the bridge. When it was built, fifty years ago, it was the longest suspension bridge in the country and even now it is the fourth busiest. In 1994 the extra lanes were cantilevered from either side, and the original heavy concrete road bed was removed and is now at Burcombe Farm.The suspension cables, made up of hundreds of steel wires, were tested in 2008 and were found to have not much corrosion. This has caused a problem with similar bridges worldwide. In fact the bridge will still be fine for another two hundred years!

April 2011 (92) The census has been taken every ten years since 1801, apart from the war years, and currently the information is used to decide on such things such as funding for Cornwall. Apparently in 2001 26,000 people didn't respond and Cornwall lost out on 8.8million pounds. Looking at 1881, in the village of St Dominick, occupations are given as farmer, haydealer, waggoner, tin/copper miner and shoemaker.

March 2011 (91) Do come and join in the Big-Tidy-Up, with WI members, to clear litter from the highways and byways around the Parish. Meet outside the Parish Hall at 2pm on Saturday 19th of March to Collect Bags and High-Visibility Tabards and to Choose A Route. Youngsters welcome, we have small size tabards, badges and stickers too!!

February 2011 (90) A Date for your Diaries! - our pupils will be helping St Dominick Church's current fund-raising campaign, by raising money towards provision of a "Children's Corner" in Church. They will be providing homemade soup, bread rolls and a dessert, in the Parish Hall - a "Winter Warmer" lunch for the bargain price of £4! - Friday 18th FEBRUARY, between 12.00 and 1.30pm.

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December 2010 (89) On a chilly, moonlit night, we all gathered together in the Parish Hall to hear tales of Hairy hands, Devils and Black Dogs. Paul Rendell came over to our side of the Tamar, to tell us some of the Legends and Folklore of Dartmoor. We heard of stories passed down, mainly by word of mouth, some based on real events but changing as they go from one generation to the next.