Events 2011

All the latest events can be found on the Current Events page


27th November 2011 (Sunday)
Work party - Reed bed path - willow weaving and bramble removal
Second work party of the season (after this one we skip across the holiday season to the next one at the end of January). The willow growth has been so good, we can start weaving it to form the living screen. At the same time we will remove whippy brambles from underfoot.

When? 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where? Meet opposite the car park hut at the silt trap
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. Over 16s please (16-18s must be accompanied by an adult). Please wear tough gloves and heavy duty boots and be prepared for adverse weather. A spade or pair of pruners would be useful. We'll be bringing our flasks for tea and coffee making.


17th November 2011 (Thursday)
Quiz night with David Stevens, with raffle
Friends of Par Beach have been fortunate in getting David Stevens to run another Quiz Night for us. David is well known in the area for his entertaining quiz nights and our last one was a full house.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes including some kindly donated by Tesco, and the chance to win a bottle of whisky in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter.

Maximum of 6 people per team.

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers a cocktail pasty, tea, coffee and squash. There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish. It will be another fun night, so in order to avoid disappointment it is recommended (but not compulsory) to book a table in advance.

When?
7:30pm start
Where? Gott Hall, Par
Cost? £4 per person (this includes a small pasty and a soft drink). Bring your own drinks if you would like to.
How? Book a table with John on 01726 814430, email info@parbeach.com, or just turn up on the night. If you are on your own you can still join a mixed table.


30th October 2011 (Sunday)
Work party - First of the winter season
Right then, first work party of the season, and monthly thereafter until the Spring.

Building on the work started last Winter, this activity is to dig up the small brambles in the west end meadow. Come along and help us out, and work up an appetite for Sunday lunch in the process!

When? 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where? West end meadow which is through the gate near the sculpture
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. Over 18s only please. We'll be bringing our flasks for tea and coffee making! Please wear tough gloves and heavy duty boots and be prepared for adverse weather.


2nd October 2011 (Sunday)
Photography Session with Tim and Janie Bullen
Come and join us at Par Beach for another informative photography session with Tim and Janie Bullen. This time we will be looking at taking landscape photographs. As before, this session will be catering for point and shoot cameras as well as dSLR's, so there is no need for expensive gear. It will all about making the most of your equipment, whatever it may be, and having fun with it.

If the weather is persistent rain, the session will be cancelled. Contact John on 01726 814 430 or use the Contact Us page, for further info.

When? 10am
Where? Meet in the main beach car park
Cost? Free to members, £2 each to non-members
How? Just turn up


28th September 2011 (Wednesday)
2nd AGM and a Talk on Beach Management

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual General Meeting of Friends of Par Beach, which will be held on Wednesday 28th September, 2011 at 19.30 (7.30pm) in The Gott Hall, Par Green.

After the AGM Paul Mason, the ranger for Par Beach and David Attwell, Senior Countryside Officer will give a short talk on beach management followed by a question and answer session. This talk is timed to start at about 9pm.

There are some important deadlines set out in the Constitution, between now and the AGM, and these are detailed below:-
Resolutions
Resolutions should include the name of the member nominating. A seconder can be obtained at the AGM.
Resolutions concerning the Constitution must be in the hands of the Secretary (see bottom of page) by 31st August. These resolutions will require the approval of a two- thirds majority of members present and voting at a General Meeting at which it is discussed.Other resolutions must be in the hands of the Secretary (see bottom of page) by 7th September.

Nominations for Officers and Committee need be proposed and seconded by members and may be sent in advance to the Secretary (see bottom of page) showing the name of the person standing for election, the proposer and the seconder. Alternatively this may be done at the AGM.
Posts for election are:-
Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 Committee Members

The final agenda will be emailed to all members who have given their email address and will be available at the AGM. The AGM is open to all, but only Members may speak and vote so do please make an effort to come along to have your say and support Friends of Par Beach and bring your membership cards with you.

Resolutions and nominations for election can be emailed, posted or delivered by hand to:
Jules Jonklaas, Secretary,
1 Upper Eastcliffe, PAR, PL24 2AL
01726 812700


When? 7:30pm for AGM, 9pm for the talk
Where? Gott Hall
Cost? Free. Light refreshments will be available
How? Just turn up. The AGM is open to all, but only Members may speak and vote so bring your membership card with you.


2010-2011 Photography Competition
Friends of Par Beach Inaugural Photograph Competition
Full details are on the competition page. We’re inviting entries to our competition, which is open to amateur photographers of all ages. Entries are welcome from now until Monday 15th August 2011. We will hold a display and prize giving at the next Friends of Par Beach AGM in September 2011 and winning entries will be published in the Cornish Guardian. THERE ARE PRIZES, kindly donated by Tesco.

Two Categories: ‘Colours’ and ‘Texture’. So perhaps you could photograph the colourful kites on the beach, a flower in bloom or the ripples in the sand, whatever catches your eye, as long as it is taken OF or ON Par Beach and/or Par Beach local nature reserve.
Two Age Groups: ‘Under 14s’ and ‘14 and Over’

Closing date? Monday 15th August 2011
Winners announced? Our AGM in September 2011

2011 Young Persons Plant Poster Competition
Friends of Par Beach and Four Turnings Garage Plant Poster Competition
Full details are on the competition page. We aim to encourage and entice young people who are up to 14 years old and have an interest in wildlife and photography, to visit Par beach to discover and to photograph some of the amazing wild flowers that live there. The competition is to take photographs and then to display them on a hand made attractive poster.

We provide a reference sheet of species to help you find the plants, and you photograph 6 different ones from the list between June and September. Then make a poster from the photos that clearly show they have been taken at Par Beach and not anywhere else.

The prize, worth up to £35, is kindly being donated by David Taylor of Four Turnings Garage. The closing date is 10th September.

Closing date? 10th September 2011
Winners announced? Our AGM in September 2011

25th September 2011 (Sunday) (non-FoPB event)
Work Party with Jon Cripps, Countryside Officer, Cornwall Council
Join Cornwall Council, Serco Rangers, Friends of Par Beach and Sustrans volunteers to help carry out essential management work within the Local Nature Reserve. We will probably be cutting back scrub in the meadow to promote the growth of the wild flowers that make the site so special. Jon would also like to clear the area beside the boardwalk (west end) so it might hold water again and be good for dragonflies again.

When? From 10:00am, work continues until approx. 3pm (you do not need to stay for all of it!)
Where? Meet behind Par beach where the multi use trail starts next to the stone sculpture. Grid ref SX078533 (just passed 'Eden Way' on the way to the western end car park).
Cost? Free
How? Booking is essential– call 01872 323468 to book your place, even if you can only come to help out for a little while you will still need to book.



17th September 2011 (Saturday)
Beach Clean/Litter Pick
Every year we run a litter pick to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch week and this year is no exception. Please come and show your support - bring gloves and your friends & family!

When? From 10:00am
Where? Meet in the main beach car park
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. Wearthick gloves for protection and you should wear weather appropriate clothing to keep yourself warm and dry.


9th September 2011 (Friday)
Bat Talk & Walk with Sue Harlow of the Cornwall Bat Group
Sue will give a presentation and talk abut these wonderful and often misunderstood little creatures. She will also bring some along for you to see! The talk will be followed by a 'Bat Walk' (weather permitting) to see and hear some of the bats which reside in our area. This is going to be an interesting evening so do come along and join in.

When? Starts 7:30pm
Where? Gott Hall, Par Green, Par
Cost? Free to members, £2 to non-members
How? Just turn up.


17th August 2011 (Tues ONLY at Par Beach) (non-FoPB event)
Ragwort Clearing
Paul Mason (the ranger) has asked if we can join in with the BTCV (British Trust of Conservation Volunteers) to help pull the ragwort growing through the dunes and surrounding areas. The ragwort pull will start at the east end and work westward. WEDNESDAYs RAGWORT PULL at Par Beach dunes is NOT NEEDED now as it all got done on Tuesday, but you can help out at Luxulyan Valley if you want instead, just meet BTCV at the small car park by the viaduct at about 10am.

When? 10:00am to 15:30pm'ish (you can come for just 15 minutes, an hour or all, it's up to you)
Where? On and around the dunes, meeting initially in the main car park then on site throughout the day.
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. Please wear tough gloves, long sleeved shirts and long trousers and be prepared for adverse weather.

27th August 2011 (Saturday)
(non-FoPB event)
Litter Pick (small scale)
A university student (Beatta) is carrying out a 4th litter pick on Par Beach - she will be doing a 100 metre stretch to analyse and record the type and amount of rubbish that is washed up on to the beach, as part of a Marine Geography course at UCL in conjucntion with the MCS (Marine Conservation Society). All volunteers willing to help will be very welcome.

When? 10:30am for perhaps an hour
Where? Meet in the WESTERN car park
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. All under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing and thick gloves.


14th August 2011 (Sunday)
Seaweed Project
We need help to put the next batch of seaweed in to the compost bins (the ones we made earlier in true Blue Peter style). The bins are tucked away west of the western car park. We need to fetch fresh seaweed so a rake or fork if you have one would be handy to bring, gloves (as ever) and wellies wouldn't be a bad thing either as your feet may otherwise get wet. We have a trolly but if you have some heavyweight sacks that we could fill and put on the trolley that would be helpful.

When? 10:00am
Where? West end car park
Cost? Free to all
How? Just turn up. Please wear gloves and being a rake or fork if you have one.


16th and 17th August 2011 (Tues ONLY) (non-FoPB event)
Ragwort Clearing
Paul Mason (the ranger) has asked if we can join in with the BTCV (British Trust of Conservation Volunteers) to help pull the ragwort growing through the dunes and surrounding areas. The ragwort pull will start at the east end and work westward. WEDNESDAYs RAGWORT PULL at the dunes is NOT NEEDED as it all got done on Tuesday, but you can help out at Luxulyan Valley if you want instead, just meet BTCV at the small car park by the viaduct at about 10am.

When? 10:00am to 15:30pm'ish (you can come for just 15 minutes, an hour or all, it's up to you)
Where? On and around the dunes, meeting initially in the main car park then on site throughout the day.
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. Please wear tough gloves, long sleeved shirts and long trousers and be prepared for adverse weather.


30th July 2011 (Saturday)
Star Gazing on the Beach with Kit Williams
Friends of Par Beach are holding an informal beginner's guide to the heavens by Kit Williams. Under Kit's guidance, you will be shown what can be observed on the night sky at this time of year. Kit will show you where to look for constellations, explain to you how to tell a planet from a star, where to find the Milky Way and tell some of the stories that are associated with the stars.

Standing still can be surprisingly cold even in summer, so be sure to dress up warm for the evening. You don't need any fancy equipment. If you want to, bring a pair of binoculars as they can be handy. If you are bringing a torch, understand that it will spoil your night vision. A useful tip is to cover the front of the torch with red cellophane so that it gives out a red light. Now if you happen to have any Quality Street chocolates about, you might be interested to know that the red chocolates have the perfect cellophane wrappers for the job!

This event is weather dependent so if the weather looks doubtful do check if this is going ahead by calling John on (01726) 814430.

When? Starts at 9pm for about an hour and a half
Where? Meet by the Par Sands (caravan park) office
Cost? Free to members if you show your membership card, £2 each to everyone else. There will be a warm drink and a biscuit or two provided.
How? Just turn up but do wrap up warm. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult/parent/guardian at all times.


28th July 2011 (Thursday)
Cadbury Spots & Stripes
Friends of Par Beach are delighted that the Cadbury team will be at the beach for locals and holidaymakers alike. Pick a side to play for (spots or stripes) then you get to play a game against the opposite side. This could be anything - from giant Connect 4 to frizzy winks to shoe golf, there will be something for everyone and IT'S FREE! In the meantime you can check out the Spots vs Stripes website.

The team will be at the beach between 2:30pm and 4:30pm to keep you really busy having fun. Tell your friends, neighbours, visitors, grannies and get down there. Don't forget your sunscreen; just turn up and enjoy the FREE activities for all ages.

If the weather is bad then look for notices on Par Beach to see if it has changed to an undercover venue, but whatever happens, don't stay at home.

When? From 2:30pm to 4:30pm (if any adults are able to help carry all the fun gear on to the beach from 2pm, it would be a great help)
Where? On the beach - look out for the purple gazebo!
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up!


17th July 2011 (Sunday)
Seaweed Project
We need help to put the next batch of seaweed in to the compost bins (the ones we made earlier in true Blue Peter style). The bins are tucked away west of the western car park. We need to fetch fresh seaweed so a rake or fork if you have one would be handy to bring, gloves (as ever) and wellies wouldn't be a bad thing either as your feet may otherwise get wet. We have a trolly but if you have some heavyweight sacks that we could fill and put on the trolley that would be helpful.

When? 10:00am
Where? West end car park
Cost? Free to all
How? Just turn up.


7th July 2011 (Thursday) (non-FoPB event)
Tywardreath and Par Parish Council Meeting
Mike Eastwood, Programmes Manager, Environment Dept., Cornwall Council will be attending the Parish Council meeting to talk about the regularisation of the footpaths on Par Beach. Cllr. David Hughes had a very positive meeting with him last week and it would be excellent to have a good turnout at this meeting, so please put the date in your diary.

When? 7:00pm
Where? Par running track pavillion
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up.


6th July 2011 (Wednesday)
Talk on the Friends of Par Beach/University of Plymouth Seaweed Composting Project
Owen Smith from the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences at Plymouth University will be explaining what we've been up to and what is planned for the seaweed composting project.
Do come along to find out what this is all about, if you're a keen gardener it may be of real interest to you.

When? 7:30pm
Where? Tywardreath Village Hall
Cost? Free to all, and there's a cup of tea available too...
How? Just turn up


26th June 2011 (Sunday) TWO ACTIVITIES......
1. Seaweed Composting Project
We need help to put the first batch of seaweed in to the first two compost bins (the ones we made earlier in true Blue Peter style). The bins are tucked away west of the western car park. We need to fetch fresh seaweed so you will need to bring a rake or fork if you have one, gloves (as ever) and wellies wouldn't be a bad thing either as your feet would otherwise get wet. We have a trolly but if you have some heavyweight sacks that we could fill and put on the trolley that would be helpful.

When? 10:00am
Where? Meet in the WESTERN car park
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. All under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear WELLIES, weather appropriate clothing and thick gloves. A rake or garden fork would be useful.
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2. Litter Pick (small scale)
(non-FoPB event)
A university student (Beatta) is carrying out a 2nd litter pick on Par Beach - she will be doing a 100 metre stretch to analyse and record the type and amount of rubbish that is washed up on to the beach, as part of a Marine Geography course at UCL in conjucntion with the MCS (Marine Conservation Society). All volunteers willing to help will be very welcome.

When? 10:00am for perhaps an hour
Where? Meet in the WESTERN car park
Cost? Free
How? Just turn up. All under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing and thick gloves.


5th June 2011 (Sunday)
Bird Walk with Matt Ward
Matt will lead a circular walk to take in the beach, dunes and local nature reserve to point out and observe the birdlife that can be found. Do bring binoculars with you (if you have any) and wear sensible footwear. The walk will last approximately two hours, if this is too long for you do come anyway as you can always leave when you need to.
If the weather looks like it might be bad, please ring John on (01726) 814430 for further info.


When? 10:00am until approximately midday
Where? Meet in the car park opposite the duck pond
Cost? Free to members, £2 to non-members
How? Just turn up. All under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing & if you have binoculars do bring them along.


2nd June 2011 (Thursday)
Work Party to finish the Seaweed Compost Bins
You may have read about the seaweed composting project recently and know that if you can help by volunteering to help/monitor this summer, we would like you to contact us. Before seaweed collection and monitoring can get under way, Jan needs 4 or 5 people to help finish constructing the bins. There are four bins left to do plus some bits of tidying up. We may also need to collect the first 2 cubic metres of seaweed for the first two bins but that depends on the weather and if Plymouth University has done the metals analysis. Please ring Jan (01726) 810026 if you can make it.

We also need scraps of old ply, chipboard or similar to line the base of each compost bin so that when the seaweed is turned there is a flat surface to scrape the fork along. If you have anything like this (up to 1m square in size) please would you bring it with you?

The seaweed project is attracting a lot of interest from beach users and also positive comments. If you collect seaweed from the beach to add to your garden, or have done so in the past, we would be interested to know about your experiences/anecdotes. Please
contact us through the website or email friendsofparbeach@yahoo.com

When? 7pm
Where? Meet in the western end car park
Cost? Free
How? Please let Jan know in advance if you can help (or just turn up). No under 18s. Please wear sturdy shoes, gloves, weather appropriate clothing & bring hammers and wire cutters if you have them.


8th May 2011 (Sunday)
Work Party - Seaweed Project
We need some help constructing five compost bins for the seaweed project that the University of Plymouth is running with us & for us - remember the community grants that we won?
The project is investigating possibilities of what best to do with it (not all, just some) and we hope to start a composting experiment on Sunday 8th May. We need two things. Firstly we need willing and able folk to come help put together the one metre square compost bins from pallets, fence posts and chicken wire (this will be at the west end), and then help put some seaweed in to the first one. Secondly we then need people to take a turn in turning the seaweed to help the compost along. If you think you may be able to help with either/both or have some questions please do get in touch by email or by calling Jan P (01726) 810026.

When? 10:30am
Where? At the west end car park (that's the Imerys end).
Cost? Free to all
How? Just turn up. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. If you can bring a mallet, wire cutters and/or a hammer it would be helpful.


April 2011 (Easter; 22nd April to 2nd May) non-FoPB event
Great Easter Newt Hunt
The Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) would like as many people as possible (whatever their age) to join in and hunt for newts in their garden ponds. For fantastic information on how to do this, identification sheets, results logging and the like, pop over to the Newt Hunt website and have a look. They need your help between 22nd April and 2nd May so spend 10 minutes during the day and perhaps 10 minutes after dark (yes really, though you'll be wanting a torch!) and count some newts. All under 18s need to be with an adult, there's water safety advice on their website.

When? Any time between 22nd April and 2nd May 2011
Where? Your garden pond
Cost? Free
How? Just turn pop along to ARG UK website for all the know how and later to submit your findings.


2nd May 2011 (Bank Holiday Monday) (non-FoPB event)
PL24 Community Picnic
Par Community Association (PCA) are organizing a picnic by the disabled ramp on the beach. You can find more information on their website, click on events and scroll down until you find it. Bring your own picnics, there will be fun and games for all ages.

When? See their website for more information
Where? On the beach by the ramp
Cost? Free to all
How? Just turn up. All under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult.


17th April 2011 (Sunday)
Beach Clean

Organised by Friends of Par Beach (with lots of help from Caroline Wildish) to tie in with Clean Cornwall's Spring Challenge. Please come and show your support, bring your gloves and your friends!


When? Sunday 17th April at 11am
Where? Meet in the main beach car park
Cost? Free
How? You must wearthick gloves for protection and you should wear weather appropriate clothing to keep yourself warm and dry.


10th April 2011 (Sunday)
Photography Session with Tim & Janie Bullen

The next informal session for camera play time with like minded people.
Bring your point & shoot, your 35mm or your dSLR, it doesn't matter what camera you have, just that you want to use it. Tim is very keen for folk with compact cameras/point and shoots to come along and play with those dials.

Tim will work with us on two techniques:
1) Macro wild life, i.e. flowers on the dunes and pond area.
2) Wild life from different angles, birds in general, viewing wild life from their perspective.

As before, this session will be catering for point and shoot cameras as well as DSLR's, so there's no need for expensive gear. It will all about making the most of your equipment, whatever it may be.

The session will last for the afternoon and will go ahead if there is no steady rain.

When? 14:00 (that's 2:00pm) (For confirmation that this is going ahead, please phone John 01726 814430 or email info@parbeach.com. Light showers will be fine but if it's continuous rain we will cancel)

Where? The pool by Par Beach. Meet us by the pool near the Par Sands office. If it's possible (weather willing) we'll have our navy blue gazebo up.

Cost? Free for FoPB members - you must show your membership card, £2 each for non-members. Over 14s only please, ALL under 18s are to be accompanied by a responsible adult/parent/guardian at all times.

How? Just turn up. Bring your camera! Wear weather appropriate clothing and sensible shoes as it may be a bit muddy.


22nd March 2011 (Tuesday) non FoPB event
Illustrated Talk on Cornish Cetaceans by Tom Hardy from
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Hosted by Friends of Fowey Estuary at Royal Fowey Yacht Club, PL23 1BH.
Here in Cornwall we are often lucky to watch dolphins cruising along our coastline or following fishing boats into port. Tom Hardy will speak about the life and behaviour of these incrediable animals and the work Cornwall Wildlife Trust does in protecting them.

When? 19:30 start
Where? Royal Fowey Yacht Club, Fowey, PL23 1BH
Cost? Free to Friends of Fowey Estuary£1.50 to all others
How? Just turn up. For more information please contact FFE Membership Secretary Mick Hill (01208) 871027


27th March 2011 (Sunday)
Practical Work Party
Dune Habitat Management.

This last winter work party will be controlling the spread of sea buckthorn in relation to paths on the dunes.
You need heavy duty gloves, safety glasses if you have them and thorn proof everything else!

Please bring any good pruners and loppers and perhaps a digging spade.


When? 10:30am to 12:30hrs (Don't forget that the clocks go foward at 1am Sunday morning!)
Where? Meet us in the corner of the main car park.
Cost? Free. We'll be bringing our flasks for tea and coffee making.
How? Just turn up. Please wear **tough gloves and heavy duty boots** and be prepared for adverse weather. We have some tools but please bring a spade or heavy duty loppers (in good condition) if you can. Over 18s only. Info from Jan 01726 810026


March 19th 2011 (Saturday) non FoPB event
Pond Dipping at Par Lake with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

This is a Cornwall Wildlife Trust "Fox Club" event with Catriona Burt aimed at youngsters over 7yrs old and we can extend the invitation to you.
"Explore the mysterious Par Sands lake and find out what lives in its depths. Wear suitable footwear for muddy banks and bring a pond dipping net if you have one. Being a donation to the CWT Fox Club. Booking is essential."

When? 11am to 1pm
Where? at the lake (the duck pond) (more info provided when you book our place(s))
Cost? Please bring a donation for the CWT Fox Club
How? Age over 7yrs only please. Booking is ESSENTIAL as places are limited, please telephone Kirstie Francis (01872) 273 939 ext. 203


19th March 2011 (Saturday)
Friends of Par Beach Strictly Cornish Spring Dance with Caracana

A fund-raising, energetic Spring dance to traditional Cornish music from CARACANA. Luckily Caracana are bringing folk with them to help show us which left foot goes where. Everybody is welcome so come alone, with family and/or your friends, either way it stands to be a fun and lively night out.

There will be refreshments available but as we don't have a licensed bar, you're welcome to bring along any drinks you may want.


When? 8:00pm start
Where? Gott Hall, Par Green, Par
Cost? £5 each in advance or £5.50 on the door. Under 10yrs old are free.
How? Buy a ticket and come along, or come along and buy a ticket! Tickets available from Par Post Office or Mike Freemantle in advance, or on the door. Any questions please call Mike Freemantle on (01726) 816 454 or email mikeatpolmear@yahoo.co.uk or info@parbeach.com


27th February 2011 (Sunday)
Practical Work Party
The orchid meadows have become swamped by colonising scrub and we are going to continue with our bramble bashing.

Come along to help us out, and work up an appetite for your Sunday lunch in the process!
When? 10:30am to 13:00hrs
Where? Meet at the clay sculpture near the car park at the west end (Par Docks end).
Cost? Free. We'll be bringing our flasks for tea and coffee making.
How? Just turn up. Please wear **tough gloves and heavy duty boots** and be prepared for adverse weather. We have some tools but please bring a spade or heavy duty loppers (in good condition) if you can. Over 18s only.


24th February 2011 (Thursday)
Quiz night with David Stevens, with raffle
Friends of Par Beach have been fortunate in getting David Stevens to run our first Quiz Night. David is well known in the area for his entertaining quiz nights and hopes to draw a full house.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes including some kindly donated by Tesco, and the chance to win a bottle of whisky in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter

Maximum table 4 adults plus up to 2 under 16s.
Charge is just £3 per adult, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee and squash.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It should be a fun night, so in order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended (but not compulsory!) to book a table.
When? 7:30pm start
Where? Gott Hall, Par
Cost? £3 per person (this includes a small pasty and a soft drink), under 16s free. Bring your own drinks if you would like to.
How? Book a table with John on 01726 814430 or email info@parbeach.com , if you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table!


13th February 2011 (Sunday)
Photography Session
By popular request we're having another informal session for more camera play time with like minded people.

We'll have experienced photographers Bob Rawlings and George Collings from St Austell Camera Club who have kindly offered to be on hand to provide advice or ideas if anyone wants them. The grand plan is just to spend time by the pool and perhaps the beach and dune area.

Bring your point & shoot, your 35mm or your dSLR, it doesn't matter what camera you have, just that you want to use it.

The session will last for an hour or so and will go ahead if there is no steady rain.

When? 14:15 (that's 2:15pm). For confirmation that this is going ahead, please phone John on 01726 814430 or email us. Light showers will be fine but if it's continuous rain we can move on to Miss T at Snowlands if anyone wants to chat or ask advice about cameras etc.

Where? The pool by Par Beach. Meet us by the pool near the Par Sands office. If it's possible (weather willing) we'll have our navy blue gazebo up.

Cost? Free for FoPB members - you must show your membership card, £1 each for non-members. Over 14s only please, ALL under 18s are to be accompanied by a responsible adult/parent/guardian at all times.

How? Just turn up. Bring your camera, whatever it may be. Wear weather appropriate clothing and sensible shoes as it may be a bit muddy/slippy.




5th February 2011 (Saturday)
non FoPB event
Par Beach Community Day
Cornwall Council, along with other stakeholders of Par Beach & the local nature reserve are holding a community day about what the community would like to see (or not see) happen at the beach. If you went to one of the Clay Futures sessions, this will be similar.
"Your Beach, Your Say"
Friends of Par Beach will of course be there and we feel it is very important that everyone comes along to share their thoughts and ideas, and help influence what will happen there in the future.
When? 10am to 5pm
Where? Gott Hall, Par
Cost? Free, and there's coffee and a cuppa on offer too
How? Just turn up


30th January 2011 (Sunday)
Practical Work Party
The orchid meadows have become swamped by colonising scrub and we are going to start with some serious bramble bashing.

Come along to help us out, and work up an appetite for your Sunday lunch in the process!
When? 10:30am to 13:00hrs
Where? Meet at the clay sculpture near the car park at the west end (Par Docks end).
Cost? Free. We'll be bringing our flasks for tea and coffee making.
How? Just turn up. Please wear **tough gloves and heavy duty boots** and be prepared for adverse weather. We have some tools but please bring a spade or heavy duty loppers (in good condition) if you can.


Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
Par Bay Big Local, Trenython Manor,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Trenython Manor Par Bay Big Local