Poldice Valley Equine and Events Arena is delighted to be hosting a Richard Maxwell demonstration on the evening of 9 th April.

Demonstrations like this are a fantastic way for folks to get together and share their passion for equine training. In addition to being productive and cost effective, demos are sociable and great fun, offering insights into groundwork and ridden issues.
Demonstrations may incorporate the use of a round pen, trailer or other spooky demon! Typically, two or three horses are selected from a previously volunteered list to provide a balanced spread of issues for the demo topic.
Richard’s philosophy is that “a horse that performs with a happy and willing mind is a safer and much more enjoyable horse to be around. I take inspiration from many people and never stop learning! I’m always seeking something new to disseminate through my clinics and ensure my methods are easy for riders and owners to maintain daily in order to continually improve the relationship with their horses”…
Based in Suffolk, Richard travels the UK (and abroad) teaching proven solutions to horse and pony owners of all levels and ambitions. Some would simply like to lead their youngster without being dragged through the muck heap, others need answers for issues under saddle, and competitors learn techniques which can maximise well-being and performance.
Horses were an early interest and Richard starting riding aged nine before owning his first pony at the age of eleven. His love of all things equestrian remained through his first few years in the army, until he transferred to The Household Cavalry Regiment and swapped growling tanks for gleaming Cavalry Blacks! He became a Riding Instructor, training Life Guards subalterns and backing the young horses coming over from Ireland. During this time, Monty Roberts came to prominence and this provided Richard’s introduction to natural horsemanship.
As Richard studied, adapted and incorporated the best of both natural and traditional methods of horsemanship, it quickly became evident to him that where a horse’s behaviour changes, pain is often the catalyst. “I don’t think a horse wakes up one morning and decides he’s had enough – there has to be more to it” Richard’s explains, a sentiment that saw him begin considering a horse from a “physical first” approach. This decision connected Richard with Andy Andrews and Jim Masterson, later forming the foundation to Richard’s Bodywork Courses.
We’ve all met a horse we think should feel better! Bodywork is the process of releasing tension and engaging our horse. It encourages them to seek active participation, rather than simply tolerating procedures being applied. Richard is an accredited Masterson Method TM practitioner.
Poldice Valley is a purpose-built competition and training facility set in a quiet village in a lovely part of West Cornwall 8 miles from Truro and Falmouth.. The site is idyllic and combines both superb facilities with a tranquil and relaxed setting. Re-opened under new management after a four year wait the indoor arena is 61m x 21m with a TurfFloat surface, a large Viewing Galley and 2 Judges’ boxes.
Karen Trezise, the owner, is herself an experienced horsewoman who has competed both Nationally and Internationally. She offers training herself and clinics run by many other professional trainers like Richard. She also runs regular competitions as well as making the facility available to local Pony and Riding clubs to host their own competitions and has also had dog agility groups and rugby clubs making use of the arena during the winter months.
Tickets for the event are £25.00

PENWITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST has Vacancies for Youth Worker Posts.

YOUTH WORKER posts (4 posts 9-12 hours per week)
Covering work in West Cornwall

PCDT/CRCC is looking for enthusiastic and motivated sessional Youth Workers to deliver Centre Based and Detached projects throughout West Cornwall, all projects are aimed at addressing needs of children and young people (11+)
We are looking for individuals with a JNC or equivalent qualification with experience in youth work. Successful applicants will need to be flexible, available evenings and with some weekend work. Applicants must have experience working in both centres and detached work, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and a knowledge of basic consultation and evaluation techniques.

A full driving license & own transport is required.

Application packs are available at the address below or please email kate.macarthur@pcdt.org.uk or by contacting Kate MacArthur on 01736 334669 or 07753250286 – The Penwith Centre, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU

Closing date for applications 31st March 2019
Interviews for the posts will take place 4th / 5th April 2019

Parish Office

I am sorry, but I am unavailable on Tuesday 12th February at the Enterprise Centre in Vogue and the St Day coffee morning.

Please contact me on 01209 210298/07826 856262 for any matters concerning the Parish Council, as I will be working from home.

I will be there next week, as usual!

Once again, my apologies, Sarah Moore, (Parish Clerk)



Update on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project – January 2019

Drilling of our first well, UD-1, started on 8th November 2018. We originally intended this to be the injection well but, having reviewed the drilling performance to date and the geological information from cuttings, we have decided that it will now be the production well. This is the more important well of the two as it will provide crucial information about the geology and temperature at our target depth, and it is important that we complete it as soon as possible.

At the date of writing (31 st January) we have reached a depth of 2,300m. We will continue drilling at a diameter of 12 ¼” to a depth of about 4,000m and then run the last of the three casing strings. Then we will finish the hole at a diameter of 8 ½” before carrying out a short period of production testing and scientific measurements. We will then skid the rig 8m to the second hole location and begin drilling UD-2, sometime in April.

Drilling has been slower than expected and there have been some technical issues with the rig and casing that have caused minor delays. We will try to
catch up some of the lost time but it is likely that we won’t now finish the second well until May or June, roughly a month later than our original plan.
The microseismic monitoring system continues to collect background data, and we are working towards completing the remaining installations before drilling of UD-1 is finished.

Our education programme continues to gain momentum with continuing visits to both primary and secondary schools, participation in the Cornwall STEM programme and development of a specific learning hub for the closest secondary schools based on measuring worldwide seismic activity. During 2018 the programme directly reached more than 2,000 local students.

The public drop-in sessions at site have been very well attended and we have been pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from visitors. The next session is planned for 18 th February, and further sessions will be arranged in March and April. The dates will be publicised on the project website, on community noticeboards and on Gate B at the site.

The project website provides information about geothermal energy in general, and the UDDGP project in particular, and will be kept up to date with news on the programme and site activities.


UDDGP Project Team

Notice from United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP)

Saturday 19th January, 11am – 1pm & Monday 18th February, 2pm – 4pm

Drop-in sessions will be a chance for you to talk to a member of the project team, browse the information panels, watch educational and project films and view the rig from our viewing platform. The map on the link below shows the UDDGP site office. Please park at Gate C and walk to our site entrance at Gate B to enter the office, where our staff will meet you.

If you wish to book a group visit or for more information on the project, please see our website www.uniteddownsgeothermal.co.uk or contact us: 01326 218955; Website: www.uniteddownsgeothermal.co.uk


January 2019 UDDGP Drop In

February 2019 UDDGP Drop In