Millbrook Matters and Gallery

MB-032-town-crierMillbrook Matters!

If you have any news you want to share with the community, please email it to, putting ‘News submission for Millbrook website’ in the Title.

We are looking for news about events, fund raising activities, entertainment and photos. Also any interesting information about the history of Millbrook would be gratefully received!

Millbrook Model Boat Club picnic table

The Council has received an email from the Chairman of Millbrook Model Boat Club.  On 12th May the club met at the lake as usual and were very disappointed to find that someone had lit a disposable BBQ on their picnic table.


Millbrook Remembers | 11th November 2018


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which led to the end of World War One. In Millbrook there will be a special commemoration, organised by All Saints’ Church, in the run up to the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 11 November.

If you have an ancestor who is remembered on the Village War Memorial, in All Saints’ Church or in the churchyard and you would be interested in participating in this special commemoration we would like to hear from you.

We are also keen to contact people who have family members who died in World War Two and other conflicts and are commemorated on the War Memorial or in All Saints’ Church.

For more information call Caroline Tapsell 01752 823770 or email


A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Plymouth including tidal estuaries. Flooding is possible for: Rame Head to Plymouth including Kingsand, Cawsand, Cremyll, Torpoint, Saltash, tidal rivers Tamar and Plym excluding Plymouth Barbican.    Be prepared. Flooding is possible over the high tide on Saturday morning, 3rd March. High water at Plymouth is at 6.39am, times of high water will vary along the coast. High spring tides combined with wind and waves are forecast to cause flooding of low lying areas and some sea spray in exposed coastal areas including harbours, coastal car parks and ferry terminals. With Met Office warnings of ice and snow also in force people are advised to stay away from risk areas and take extra care next to the coast in freezing conditions. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this information if the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 2.99 mAOD, this is 0.33m above astronomical tide level, with Force 6 South Easterly winds and offshore wave heights of 2.2m. To check the latest information for your area
To check the latest information for your area ——————————————————- * Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: * Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 211003 . * Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter. * Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

NHS England Community Bulletin | February 2018

Click here or on the image above to read the bulletin.

NHS England Community Bulletin | January 2018

Click here or on the image above to read the bulletin.

Millbrook All Saints Church and St John | Calendar for November 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning | 28th October 2017 in the Balcony Room – Millbrook Village Hall

Delicious Cakes! All Welcome!

Stride Cornwall, Lanhydrock | 10K Walk for Cancer Research UK | 5th November 2017

STRIDE Cornwall is a 10K walk through the grounds of Lanhydrock’s glorious 900 acre estate. It’s a great event for all of the family, including dogs.

Set in the grounds of Cornwall’s grandest country house, the walk starts and finishes outside the stunning 17th Century gatehouse. The beautiful route takes in Lanhydrock’s breathtaking views through woods and parkland running down to the River Fowey.

Join us on the 5th November and help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

STRIDE Cornwall Poster

Please help keep our community clean and tidy.  

Below is some information and web links  regarding refuse collection and fly tipping.

Cornwall Councils domestic refuse collection calendar is available on their website or can be downloaded here.

Please try to avoid use the Parish litter bins for household rubbish.

Fly tipping is a serious offense and carries hefty fines.  For further information click on the link below;

You can report fly tipping on using an online form on Cornwall Council’s website.  If you see it please report it.

Have a look at the Keep Britain Tidy website which gives information and advice on litter and the law and fly tipping and the law.

Millbrook Boundary Stones 1869

Mr Mark Fenlon sent this email to the Parish Council ” I have been involved in a project (Plotting Plymouth’s Past), since 2012, to record all of the boundary stones that have a connection to Plymouth. Our field trips have taken us to the Rame Peninsular to record the markers around the forts on the coast.

 It was recently brought to my attention, by local resident Mr Paul Diamond, that two War Department (WD) stones now form part of the entrance to a row of houses on The Parade. Today I visited Millbrook to record the 2 x WD Stones.

Whilst in the village I recorded some other inscribed stones. One of these is in Radford Lane and it is built into the wall in the area where the Papermill Pond used to be. It is inscribed Js. Head / 18?3 with an additional mark resembling an ‘X’ or ‘Y’.

I also looked for the Millbrook District Chapelry (MDC) markers. This is has been on my ‘to do’ list for a few years, so it was good to finally start looking for them. I managed to find the MDC 7, 8 & 9 stones.  The MDC 9 stone is in plain view, but were the locations of MDC 7 & 8 known too?

Are the others, MDC 1 to 6,  known to exist and, if so, have they been found in recent years?

I take GPS fixes of all the object that I find. I will forward a copy of my findings, when
complete, to the Parish Council.

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.”

Millbrook Boundary Stones – London Gazette 1869

This PDF describes the boundary of Millbrook District Chapelry along with the locations of the 9 boundary stones.

Pictures of the lake

Many thanks to Luke Eveleigh for sending us these lovely pictures of the lake.

Donation of Black Prince Painting by Liz Jones

Much loved local artist Liz Jones has made a magnificent donation to The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession which takes place annually in Millbrook Kingsand and Cawsand Liz was introduced to the Procession by the owner of Panache Gallery in Kingsand, Jan Ferguson, where her paintings are for sale. Liz loved it so much that she decided to paint a picture of the Procession and donate it to the Black Prince to raise funds to enhance this well loved local event. This original painting, entitled “Launching The Black Prince”, is an acrylic on canvas valued at over £500 and will be raffled, with tickets costing £1 each.


The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession is sponsored by the Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Lions Club and so 20% of the funds raised by the raffle of this superb painting will go to the Lions for them to distribute to local charities with the remaining 80% going to support the Black Prince Flower Boat Procession.

Liz came to painting later in life after working in factories for most of her working life, and has taught herself to paint straight to canvas without sketching.  Nowadays, she is a member of the  Association of British Naive Artists and her paintings are sold worldwide including one which hangs in Plymouth Massachusetts, sent to America on the USS Stark which followed the footsteps of the Mayflower which sailed from Plymouth in 1620.

She developed a love of Cornwall after being evacuated to a small hamlet called Pencuke. Her paintings always contain a small white dog (Rascal) and two caterpillars which are often mistaken for worms. Sometimes, as in this painting, they contain local figures.

The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession is a festival which dates back to pagan times. It is a festival which bids farewell to winter and welcome to spring and summer.  A colourful festival full of music and dancing with traditional Morris teams, town criers, maypole dancing and a village fete, culminating in the launch of the Black Prince Flower Boat by volunteers from HMS Raleigh, with a prayer for a good harvest from land and sea.

The painting was officially handed over to Mrs Lesley Weeks, the Chairman of the Black Prince Crew on Cawsand Beach, the setting for the painting. The painting itself is currently on display in Panache Gallery in Kingsand and over the next few months will also be displayed in Millbrook.

The raffle tickets are currently on sale on the Rame Peninsula at Cliff Top Cafe in Whitsands, Millbrook News in West Street, Millbrook, Panache Gallery in Kingsand and Rame Framing in Antony or by contacting and member of the Black Prince Crew. The draw will take place on 1st May 2017 at the Black Prince Flower Boat Procession in Cawsand Square.

For tickets or any queries, please contact:

Lesley on   01752 822721

Julie or Clive 01752 823635

Panache Gallery 01752 823280

Skittles at Millbrook Football Club

Anybody wishing to play skittles?  Millbrook Football Club  would like to develop a team or hold a mini tournament amongst the village.

Come along, make new friends and make the most of those looming winter evenings!

To find out more, call Karen on 07471 093879.

August 2016: Antony Estate donates more daffodils to the village and Sir Richard Carew Pole visits Millbrook Lake

Parish Councillor, Bruce Taggart recently met with the Antony Estate owner, Sir Richard Carew Pole who said he was ‘delighted to give Millbrook the daffodils’ and was interested to know where we intended to plant them.

Bruce and Sir Richard

Bruce showed Sir Richard around Millbrook Lake and Park explaining the work that had been done so far to improve habitats for wildlife and our plans for the future.

Sir Richard reminisced back to the 1970’s when he was a councillor and the area was a landfill site. He said how much nicer it looked now and that he thought the Daffodil bulbs should be planted in large drifts to create maximum impact.

He commented on how much the village had improved over the past few years and congratulated all those involved.

Bruce thanked Sir Richard on behalf of the Parish Council and the Village Enhancement Team for his kind donation.

What’s happening with the Doctor’s Surgeries?

A Public Meeting at Millbrook Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd August, 7pm

The Peninsula Trust has called this public meeting to try and clarify the position. On behalf of the community, we are asking all interested parties (Medical Practices, NHS England, Friends groups) to attend or send a statement

More information at the Rame Centre:Tues/Wed/Thu/Sat, 10.00 – 12.00

Phone 823909


Do your bit for wildlife this summer

Now that the school holidays are here, we’ve got some great family ideas on how you can do something for wildlife. Why not build a Bug Box or even an Insect Hotel and put it somewhere in your garden. How about planting some lovely night scented flowers or do something to help frogs, toads and hedgehogs. Here are some links to show you how.

How to make a bug box

How to make a wildlife hotel

Plant a night scented garden for moths

How to build a Toad houseMB-060-bees-&-sunflowers

How to make a Hedgehog house

How to put in a mini pond

When you have done something for wildlife you can add a flower to our map on the Millbrook website. Go to the My Nature Haven webpage and click on Tell us to get your flower on the map.

Let’s get Millbrook covered with flowers!​

Can you give butterflies 15 minutes of your time?

We are almost into week 2 of the butterflie count. So far two people in MIllbrook have taken part. It is very easy to do, it only takes 15 minutes and is a great activity for kids. Choose your garden, Millbrook park or anywhere where you might see a few butterflies. Go to to find out how you can do your bit to help save butterflies this week.

Millbrook Surgery update 29th July 2016

Important changes at Millbrook and Lodge House Surgeries

NHS England has urgently written to patients (28th June 2016) of Millbrook Surgery and Lodge House to advise them of some unplanned changes to the new arrangements for GP services which were due to commence on 1st July. The arrangements were put into place following the ending of the contract for general practice provision at Millbrook Surgery and Lodge House Surgery in Torpoint on 30th June.

Unfortunately there has not been sufficient time to complete the necessary preparations to resolve the operational issues which permit the Rame Group Practice to see patients at Millbrook Surgery from 1st July. Everyone has worked really hard to try and make this happen, so we are very sorry that in the short time frame it has not been possible to resolve all of the operational issues which permit the Rame Group Practice to see patients at Millbrook Surgery.

As a result Millbrook Surgery and Lodge House Surgery in Torpoint will close on 30th June, when Access Health Care’s contract ends.

Access to GP services

Patients at Millbrook and Lodge House Surgery, who have not yet registered with another practice will need to take steps to re-register as soon as possible.

NHS England has encouraged patients in the letter to take action and explained if they do not, they will be without a GP on 1 July.

We have explained to patients that they will need to provide identification for every family member they wish to register, including children as part of the registration process.

It is important to stress that local GP care is still available.

Any patient in their catchment area may register with the Rame Group Practice, which provides services from Penntorr Health in Torpoint and from Coombe End Surgery at Cawsand.

Cawsand Surgery will now be open for increased hours in recognition of the need to cope with greater demand – five days a week, 8.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm.

The Rame Group Practice have assured NHS England that they have sufficient capacity to look after all of the Millbrook and Lodge House patients.

Commemorating the Queen’s 90th Birthday 

On Saturday 11th June, an Oak Tree was planted by the Earl of Edgcumbe to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday. There was a good turn out of local parishioners and the sun shone especially for us! Our very own nonagenarian, Phyllis Northam, did the honour of cutting the cake.

The town crier

Town crier and consort

The earl planting the tree

The earl 2

The scouts

the scouts 2

the scouts 3

Councillor Lewis


cutting the cake

good fun

the cake





The Millbrook Royal Oak (not a pub!)

Millbrook Parish Council will be planting an Oak tree to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Saturday 11th June.

We will update you with further details when we confirm them.

We would like to invite anyone in the Parish who also celebrates this milestone birthday in 2016 to let us know.  Email, call MPC on 01752 823128 or mention it to one of the  Parish Councillors.

Boat Appeal – Update!

A fourth boat has now been found.
Some of you may have already seen the new boat situated behind the Pharmacy. It looks a little sad at the moment but between now and Black Prince Day the VETS will paint it and full it with season planting. We hope that you enjoy it. Special thanks to Simon De Groot for the donation, Maggie Palmer for finding it and Dennis Gale for moving it to its new home.

Boat Appeal

Millbrook Village Enhancement Team are looking for an additional boat to plant-up and display in the village.

MB-043-flower-boatIdeally, they would like to have it in place before Black Prince on May Day.

If anyone is able to donate one, please send us a private facebook message or email

Wednesday 7th April

The VETs have started the Millbrook Spring Clean

MB-063-bloke-gdnrMillbrook benefited from part one of a Spring clean today as seven members of the Village Enhancement Team worked for a total of 14 volunteer hours to prepare the centre of the village for Spring and next month’s Black Prince Parade.

Weeds around the car park and pavements were removed and the areas swept clean.

A Hornbeam and Lavender were added in the raised planters around the bus shelter.

The team managed to recycle some plants in the process and look forward to more planting completing the Spring clean on Saturday 23rd April.

Wednesday 23rd March


Millbrook Parish Council check out their new road sweeper. The sweeper will be brushing and sucking-up debris in a street near you soon!

Tuesday 23rd March

Tree Felling

A Quantified Tree Risk Assessment revealed that the condition of the poplar tree in the play park is such that it poses a high risk and thus regrettably required immediate felling.


The Council has consulted with the RSPB regarding the Rooks nests at the took of the tree. As it is early in the breeding season there will not be chicks in the nests and the chances are that the Rooks will re-nest in adjacent trees.

Although we considered waiting 6 weeks or so until the Rooks had flown it was considered that the Council would be acting irresponsibly having identified its dangerous condition.

Thursday 17th March

Beware! Council Tax Scam

Millbrook Parish Council has been informed that a company is phoning local individuals claiming to be able to re-rate your property to achieve reductions in council tax and tax banding.

They are asking for a £65 credit card payment up front. Cornwall Council and Trading Standards have confirmed that this a scam.

Please pass on this message within the area.

Wednesday 16th March

Notice of forthcoming essential tree work

MB-051-summer-treesMillbrook Parish Council has a duty of care towards the public that use the facilities it provides.

Following reports of a fallen branch in the ‘Tractor Park’, a risk assessment has indicated that the large Poplar trees next to the roundabout between New Road and Southdown Road require remedial work.

The tree by the stone with the round hole, will almost certainly need to be removed and the one next to it requires deadwood to be taken out.

These trees are important landscape features. Whilst it is regretful that one must be felled you must appreciate that the Council has a legal and moral responsibility to ensure
children’s play areas in their control are in as safe condition as reasonably practical.

The Parish Council has an established tree planting programme and a replacement tree will be planted at a future date.

The work will be undertaken by fully a qualified arboricultural company and for your own safety, please do not use the Tractor Park during windy conditions and follow on site
instructions when the work is being carried out.

Richard Woodley
Clerk, Millbrook Parish Council

Saturday 7th March

MB-071-secateursOn Saturday morning 7 village volunteers gave 13 hours to Millbrook when they turned out to clear back the encroaching Ivy around the Skatepark.


Making the most of the fabulous Spring weather they then went on to litter pick around the brambles and removed a total of 7 bags of rubbish.

20160312_105448The Volunteers were not only very concerned about the amount of rubbish but also about the hazards that it poses. We cleared a vast number of glass bottles. Some of them had been there for some time and were broken so would cause terribly injuries to children, dogs and wildlife. We also found a significant amount of old beer cans and plastic and again these can be hazardous.

Litter is not only very unsightly but will cause great harm to humans of all ages, pets, wild animals and the environment.

Millbrook Parish Council and the VETs ask that you support us by always encouraging
others to bin it or take it home.

Tuesday 16th February

Millbrook Parish Council Publish new Weed Control Policy

WeedWeed control is needed to prevent blockages to gutters and storm drains and to protect road and pavement surfaces from damage.

Weed control will be limited to man-made surfaces, pavements, paved
areas, gutters and gravelled areas.

The only possible exception to this would be to eradicate invasive species such as Japanese knot weed with specific treatment.

The Parish Council favours hand-weeding by volunteers and council staff as the prime method of weed control.

If further weed control is required the Parish Council reserves the right to use approved herbicide subject to the following:

  • Only materials approved by the Government code of practice for use in public areas will be used.
  • Such materials will not be used near streams and water courses.
  • Warning signs will be displayed when herbicides are being applied.
  • Herbicide will only be applied by suitably equipped trained operatives who hold the relevant qualifications.
  • A record of all herbicide use detailing date, time, location and area covered is held by the Parish Council.
  • All appropriate health and safety regulations will be followed.

Monday 15th February

A one-off Portrait Drawing Day

MB-048-arts-&-craftsFiona Guy is running one-off Portrait Drawing workshop on Thursday 10th March.

10.30am to 3.00pm in the Attic Room, Millbrook Village Hall.

The workshop gives you the opportunity of drawing directly from the clothed portrait model.

The day is suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike – lots of individual guidance will be given during the day.

You need to bring your own materials, plus a drawing board and lunch. Make sure you have lots of paper!

Students will work on various pose lengths and be experimenting with a number of techniques and media, including pen and ink, brushes, charcoal, biro etc.

The course costs £40.

ENROLMENT ESSENTIAL due to limited spaces.

Phone Fiona on 01503 230552 if you need any more information.

Make sure you leave it no later than 28th February to book a place!

Thursday 11th February

Support available for older people on the Peninsula

The Peninsula Trust is regenerating their ‘Supporting Older People on the Peninsula’
initiative.  One-to-one help, information and advice, a new Dementia group and Speech Therapy support will be available to residents ‘of a certain age’.

Full details can be found in this Special Bulletin – Bulletin 21 – print version

Notice of sewer works

workman-clipart-11949895411910631226man_w_umbrellaWork to upgrade the sewerage network in Millbrook, Cawsand and Kingsand will begin on 13th February. Work is expected to take around 8 to 10 weeks to complete.

Sewers will be repaired and lined.  During the lining works, there may be a smell similar to that of car body filler. Advice is to ventilate the area until it disappears.

We are informed that there should be no restrictions to waste drainage, but there could be some road restrictions.

Here’s a link to a map which identifies where work will be carried out scan@glanville-cleansing co uk_20160211_154537

MB-051-summer-treesVillage Enhancers keep up the good work

Many thanks to Bruce and Chris who took advantage of today’s blue skies to complete the VETs planned new planting around the Quay.

Hornbeam Fastigiata trees have now been added to the raised planters around the bus shelter.  These beautiful trees will not only enhance the area with their elegant shape but also support wildlife and pollinators.  Look out for their Catkins in the Spring.

On Wednesday 10th February members of the Village Enhancement Team turned out in changeable weather.  We had hoped to clear and then replant some of the raised planters around the Quay bus shelter but due to very wet soil most of this work has had to be
delayed for a few days.

However, there was activity along Potes Lane as three large terracotta coloured planters were put into position and then planted up with ever green Vibernum (another good shrub for supporting pollinators) and in the green Snowdrops .

In all about ten volunteer hours were given to the village by the team members and they all enjoyed working on something that will be a noticeable improvement to the whole Quay area.

Sunday 7th February 2016

weather-showers-scatteredIt’s raining again!

Millbrook Parish Council went into action again yesterday having been made aware of severe flooding at the top of the village on Hounster Hill.

Councillors Don Wood, Sharon Lewis, Bruce Taggart, Anne Creese, Steve Creese, Karenza Heald, along with County Councillor George Trubody and residents Karl Clements and George Cavill battled to unblock drains an divert the torrent of water into the fields.

Flood 4        Flood 5

The use of many sandbags together with digging mud in the pouring rain and wind

eventually succeeded and the water stopped flooding down the hill into properties at the top of West Street.

Flood 3              Flood 1        Flood 2

Local residents at the top of West Street were also out trying to clear drains and move

Many thanks also to Councillor Chris Wilton who assisted local farmer Charlie Matthews with his tractor and shovel who cleared 3 land slides from Hounster Hill.

Flood 6

Thanks also to the gentleman who worked hard clearing all the drains along Millpool Head and up to the cemetery stopping the village centre from flooding.

The weather forecast for the next few days is not looking good and the Council will be keeping a look out for potential flooding.

Please help us by moving leaves and debris from gutters and drains and letting us know as soon as possible if there is a problem.

Saturday 6th February 2016

New – a weekly community run

MB-034-person-runningThere is a brand new community run at Mount Edgcumbe which takes place every Saturday at 9.00am.

130 people turned up at the first event on January 30th.

Everyone is invited – young, old and dogs … and even better,  it’s free.

It’s organised by Millbrook’s Matt Biscoe and a team of volunteers.

    • What is Mount Edgcumbe parkrun?
      It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.
    • When is it?
      Every Saturday at 9:00am.
    • Where is it?
      The event takes place at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ.  See Course page for more details
    • .What does it cost to join in?Nothing – it’s free. But please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.
    • How fast do I have to be?
      We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.
    • Mount Edgcumbe parkrun needs you!
      It is entirely organised by volunteers.


More information can be found at

If you would like to help, please email

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