Events 2016

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

 

Cormac Ranger Volunteer Day
Friday, 9th December 2016
Venue: Par Beach (meet in the car park by the toilets)
Time: 10am to 3pm

This is a work party organised by Jenny Heskett our Cormac Ranger responsible for the site. We are asking for help in removing the  invasive rosa rugosa from the fore dune system before it gets established and smothers the native flora. A start was made at our last work Party on the

Meet in Car Park by toilets.

Hot drinks available but bring lunch and drinks.

Wear strong boots and old clothes, if you have gauntlet type glove or small garden digging tools please can you bring them along.

Under 16’s to be accompanied

Booking: There is no need to book but to say you are coming to give jenny some idea of expected numbers or for more information contact jheskett@cormacltd.co.uk or call Jenny Heskett on 07973 813843

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November - Clearing Invasive Species on Foreshore
Sunday, 27th November 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

The November work party will consist or clearing invasive species from the foreshore.

Meeting Point: Meet at the car park by the toilets opposite the pond.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

To see a preview of other work parties for this coming season click here


Autumn Quiz Night
Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our popular Quiz Nights.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter.

Up to 6 per table – no age restriction.

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee or soft drink.

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

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is recommended, but not necessary, to book a place or a table please call Richard on 01726 816258. If you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


October Work Party - Clearing Reed Bed Path
Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Our second work party of the season on Sunday October 23rd will consist of clearing the reed path near the bridge over Polmear Stream, at the eastern end.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet at the FoPB boards that should be easily visible by the entrance to the path close to the bridge and sluice gates for Polmear stream. Please note car parking charges still apply if you are coming by car. This will be the last work party of the year before the charges are relaxed for the winter season.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit. As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


Friends of Par Beach & OPAL Project, Fungi and Lichens in the Nature Reserve
Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free

Friends of Par Beach have again joined forces with the Opal Project and will be holding a Fungi and Lichen Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event.

Under the guidance of Dr Owen Smith from Plymouth University discover more about the incredible variety of fungi and lichens that can be seen on Par Sands Local Nature Reserve at this time of year. He will guide you through OPAL’s Explore Nature pack to identify fungi and lichens and explain how local air quality impacts on our natural environment.

To learn more about the OPAL Project see their website http://www.opalexplorenature.org/

This is a free event for all and there is no need to book.

Meet by the statue at the western end of the beach access road. Please note car parking charges still apply.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather, it may be wet underfoot so sensible footwear is recommended.

If you have any questions please contact us using our Contact Us page or call Phil on 01726 817396.

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens, interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal in their development and this event would be great opportunity for them.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


September Work Party - Annual Orchid Field Makover
Sunday, 25th September 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

This, our first work party of the 2016/2017 season will commence with our annual Orchid Field makover.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite one if you wish.

Park at the western car park (by the docks) and walk back to the FoPB boards that should be easily visible by the statue and gate to the Orchid Fields. Please note car parking charges still apply.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.

To see a preview of other work parties for this coming season click here


Friends of Par Beach AGM
Tuesday, 20th September 2016
Venue: Gott Hall, Par Green, Par, PL24 2AF
Time: 7:30pm

Friends of Par beach will be holding our AGM on Tuesday 20th September.

Join us for a glass of wine (there will be tea and coffee as well) and a finger buffet preceded by a short AGM and followed by a talk and Q&A session with Natalie Gibb, a Your Shore Beach Ranger with Cornwall Wildlife Trust who will tell us about the new Beach Ranger project that started this year.


September Beach Clean & Litter Pick
Sunday, 18th September 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 11am to 1pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our September Litter Pick and Beach Clean to support Clean Cornwall's twice yearly September campaign.

Join us at any time between 11am and 1pm in the main car park where we will provide litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open. Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

Meet in the Beach Main Car Park, look out for our blue gazebo. Cornwall Council have very kindy agreed to waive parking charges until the end of the litter pick. If you wish to stay longer you will need to purchase a parking ticket.

For further information please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

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Par Beach Fish Fayre
Sunday, 28th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Old Play Area (next to Milos)
Time: 12noon to 4pm
Cost: Free

The first Fish Fayre held on Par Beach, a collaboration between Par Bay Sustainable Fish Project, Friends of Par Beach and PL24 Community Association, will be held from 12noon to 4.00pm on Sunday 28th August. The idea for the Fish Fayre is to showcase locally available fish and shellfish and to encourage more people to eat more varied seasonal fish more often.

A varied programme and attractions to appeal to all ages has been devised for local people and visitors alike to have fun, learn about preparing and cooking fish and shellfish and provide a place to learn from many groups and organisation who are working with Cornish fish.                                                     

There will be interesting stalls, a bouncy castle, a scavenger hunt, children's activity table and two marquees, one for useful information and talks and the other, cookery demonstrations.                            

We will be opening the cookery with – ‘How to Hypnotise a Lobster’ with Felicity Sylvester the name behind the Par Bay Sustainable Fish Project. Felicity was on the television showing Valentine Warner how to do this on his ‘What to eat now- more please!’ BBC cookery programme.

Various cookery demonstrations will also show seasonal family fish recipes that will be available to taste. Recipe leaflets will be available.

Everyone welcome………. Free Entry to the Old Play Area next to Milos Bistro behind Par Beach, plenty of parking and please note normal car parking charges will apply.

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Bat Walk around Par Beach Nature Reserve with Carol Williams
Saturday, 27th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free to FoPB members & children 12 & under. £2 for non-members

FoPB are delighted to announce that we have been able to organise another Evening Bat Walk with Carol Williams, a leading bat expert. Come and see the different species of bats that feed around the beach area and find out more about these often misunderstood little creatures.

The event will start with an introduction to the bats that can be found around Cornwall and Carol will be able to answer any questions you may have.

This is a family event, under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult; well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

This is a wheelchair friendly event

Cost:        Free to FoPB Members*, £2 for non-members (children under 12 free), bring your membership card.

Bring:       Sensible footwear and clothing

Contact:  John Page on our contact us page or 01726 814430 for further info or if you have any questions.

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* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event on the night if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page, for details and where you can now join online.

Please wear sensible footwear and clothing. Do bring a bat detector if you have or have access to one. It is anticipated that there will be about four people that we know of who will come with detectors.

Donations to ‘Bat Aid’ will be most welcome. If you want to see them on Facebook click here, to see info on the work they do in helping sick and injured bats found in Cornwall, it is a public page so you shouldn't need to have a Facebook account to see it. If you want the day to day stories look at Nancy Noctule's FB page. Sadly Norman has passed away but a friend of his has taken over running his page.

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Non FoPB Event - PL24 Community Association Classic Car Rally
Sunday, 14th August 2016
Venue: Cornish Market World Events Field
Time: 10am to 3:30pm
Cost: Adults £3.50 & Child £1

Friends of Par Beach are supporting our friends at PL24 Community Association.

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OPAL - The Big Bug Hunt
Saturday, 13th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Orchid Field
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 30th July to Saturday August 13th August

Friends of Par Beach have joined forces with the Opal Project and will be holding a Bug Count Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event. We will be holding this on and around the Orchid Field at the western end of the Beach Local Nature Reserve. Friends of Par Beach believe it is important to connect children with nature and this event is one our initiatives in achieving this.

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Meet by the statue/gate to Orchid Field and Slipway towards the end of the beach access road

The OPAL website is worth a look too: http://www.opalexplorenature.org/. There is a large amount of info about the project with photos, photographs and videos.There are various newsletters from this organisation available in PDF format.

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust a few years ago that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens etc. and interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal in their development and this event would be great opportunity to further this ideal.

Booking: FoPB request that you book your place please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

Dogs welcome but must be kept under control on a lead.

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FoPB/Cornwall Wildlife Trust – Family Strandline Search
Friday, 5th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Cost: Free

Friends of Par Beach are hosting Cornwall Wildlife Trust on a Strandline Search on Par Beach as part of their Wildlife Trust Marine Week and the CWT are holding events all over Cornwall, see their events page for details.This is a free Family event for all the family searching for interesting things at the high tide line with Natalie Gibb from Cornwall Wildlife Trust with the newly formed Your Shore Beach Rangers.

Meet: Par Beach Car Park by the access gate to the beach alongside the stream.

Cost: Free.

Bring: Sensible footware and clothing for the prevailing weather plus sun screen and hats if sunny. Gloves are advised.

Weather: May be cancelled if steady rain is expected. Check with Phil on 01726 817396 before 10am on the day if you are uncertain.

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Family Beach Art Competition
Sunday, 10th July 2016
Venue: Par Beach, Eastern End
Time: 11am with judging at 12:30pm

PLease note slight change to timings previously advised

As part of Par Carnival Week Friends of Par Beach and Par Community Association are holding a Family Beach Art Competition to follow on from the Children's Treasure Hunt.

No rules just come along and have fun in the sun. Bring whatever tools you think will be useful. Use natural materials to enhance your creation. Be imaginative.

Judging by Amanda Hoskin (local artist) www.amandahoskin.co.uk

Time: Start at 11am with judging from 12:30pm

Place: Top of the beach at the Eastern End, look out for our flag and blue gazebo

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For up to date info on Par Carnival keep an eye on their website http://www.parcarnival.org.uk/ they can also be followed on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/parcarnival/?fref=ts


Non FoPB Event - PL24 Community Association 2016's Big Lunch
Sunday, 12th June 2016
Venue: Sweets Grill, off St Andrews Road (by the Fishing Lakes)
Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm

On Sunday 12th June a supporter of FoPB, PL24 Community Association will be hosting their annual  BIG Lunch, 11:30am to 3.30pm (not as BIG as the Big Lunch Big Cream Tea last year!!) It will be held at Sweets Grill, Par (between Par Station and St Andrews Road duck pond).

Come and join us for this community event, bring the family for a fun time.  There will be stalls and games, a bouncy castle and music.  Tea and coffee will be available and everyone is asked to bring food to share at the table, also chairs if you can. The aim is to bring the community together and to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. 

We hope to see you there!

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Non FoPB Event - Friends of the Fowey Estuary Talk – Water Quality in St Austell Bay
Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Venue: Trenython Manor, Tywardreath
Time: 7pm
Cost: FotFE Members free, non-members £2.50

Our friends 'Friends of the Fowey Estuary are putting on a talk 'Water Quality in St Austell Bay' by Becky Hughes, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group & Gary Rawle owner of Westcountry Mussels, one of the mussel farms in St Austell Bay

Date: Tuesday 10th May
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Trenython Manor Hotel, Castledore Rd, Tywardreath, PL24 2TS
Cost: FotFE Members free, non members £2.50

Friends of the Fowey Estuary website www.friendsofthefowey.org.uk

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Pinnock Tunnel Trip (Non FoPB Event)
Sunday, 24th April 2016
Time: First trip 12 noon
Cost: Adults £5, Children £2.50

Non FoPB Event

Our friend and supporting group PL24 Community Association (formerly Par Community Association) is holding another session of their trips through the Pinnock Tunnel. Pinnock Tunnel was originally on the line from St Blazey to Lostwithiel via Fowey and is the longest tunnel in Cornwall at just over a mile long.

Please book early to secure your place, this is a popular event!

Click here to see the poster for all information regarding booking details etc.


Spring Quiz Night
Tuesday, 19th April 2016
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our popular Quiz Nights.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter.

Up to 6 per table – no age restriction.

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee or squash.

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

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is essential to book a table with Jules on 812700. If you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to view the poster, you can then download to spread the word as you wish.


Sandy Hill School Big Spring Beach Clean
Saturday, 16th April 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 10am to 12:30pm

Sandy Hill School are carrying out a Big Spring Beach Clean on Par Beach on Saturday 16th April. Everyone is welcome to come and help the children. It is heartening to see that communities are taking more and more interest in their surroundings, especially the children who are our future. This event is fully supported by Friends of Par Beach.

This event is timed to coincide with the Big Spring Beach Clean, which is an event promoted by Surfers Against Sewage from the 11th to 17th April. http://www.sas.org.uk/…/big-spring-beach-clean-are-you-rea…/

Meet at the blue Friends of Par Beach gazebo that will be located in the main car park to collect your litter pickers, bags and hoops.

Cornwall Council have very kindly agreed to relax car park charges in the main car park until 1pm on the day of the litter pick. Friends of Par Beach would like to thank Cornwall Council and Doug Scrafton, our County Councillor, for their efforts in achieving this concession. Please note: If you intend to stay after 1pm you will need to purchase a ticket from 1pm onwards.

Click here to see a poster


March Work Party
Sunday, 20th March 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet at the Western Car Park at the very end of the Access Road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

The March work party will consist of carrying out maintenance of the Sustrans Path at the western end of the Beach Nature Reserve. The Sustrans Path goes from the western path (middle of Par Green) crossing the China Clay Road, bearing right and going to the left of the conifers. When it meets the track leading to the old slip go left to reach the sculpture

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet at the sculpture by the entrance to the Orchid Field at the end of the Beach Access Road.
 
Please note the car parking charges will be in force from the 15th March.
 
Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.
 
For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.
 
Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.
 
As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.
 
To see our poster for printing off to post somewhere or just to look at click here
 
This is the last of the 2015/16 season maintenance work and Friends of Par Beach thank all who have contributed their time, especially Jan Phillips who organises them.

Beach Clean & Litter Pick
Sunday, 13th March 2016
Venue: Par Beach and Local Nature Reserve
Time: 11am to 1pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our Spring Litter Pick to support Clean Cornwall's ‘Spring Clean’ week.

Join us at any time between 11am and 1pm in the main car park where we will provide litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open. Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

Meet in the Beach Main Car Park, look out for our blue gazebo. There will be no charge for using the car park as charging for 2016 season starts on March 15th.

Free hot drink voucher for all participants courtesy of Park Leisure!

For further information please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

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Winter Bird Walk with Mark Whittaker
Sunday, 28th February 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, meet in car park opposite the pond
Time: 10:30am

WE HAVE JUST HEARD THAT DUE TO UNFORSEEN CURCUMSTANCES WE WILL HAVE TO POSTPONE TO ANOTHER DATE AS MARK WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE 28TH. WILL ADVISE NEW DATE ASAP.....

Morning walk around the Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR) to look for wintering birds with Mark Whittaker. Some of you may have seen Mark's wonderful pictures of birds around Par Beach Nature Reserve. You will also get the chance to see where we placed some of the 13 birdboxes that were put together by some of the children from Tywardreath School. Signs of birds being interested in them have been seen already this year! This is an ideal meeting for beginners.

This is a family event, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Meet: at the car park opposite the pond. Look out for our flag.

Cost: Free to FoBP members (bring your membership card) and 12 and under therwise £2

Please wear appropriate clothing and bring binoculars if you have them.

For info or to check if it is still going ahead if weather looks bad please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use the contact us page

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February Work Party
Sunday, 21st February 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature reserve, main car par park by the sand ramp to the beach
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Nothing at all!

The Sea Buckthorn has been encroaching on the Main Dunes Path at the Eastern end of the site and needs managing. We may take the opportunity of widening this section of the path

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish, sea buckthorn can have sharp thorns.

Meet at the main car par park by the sand ramp to the beach. Please note car parking is free during the winter months!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster


January Work Party
Sunday, 17th January 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet by the gate/statue at the entrance to the Orchid Field towards the end of the Access Road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: There isn't any!

The January work party will be bramble and invasive species clearing in the Orchid Field at the western end of the Nature Reserve.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet by the gate/statue at the entrance to the Orchid Field towards the end of the access road. Please note car parking is now free!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather please ring Phil on 01726 817396 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster that you can print, download share or whatever.



Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
PL24 Community Association, Tesco,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Tesco PL24 Community Association