Country Fair – Factoid Number 18!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 18

Did you know?

There will be ferrets at the fair?

We will not be recommending you have a go at ‘ferret legging’, the stunt thought to have been popular amongst Yorkshire miners in the 70’s. This involves tying the legs of your trousers at the ankles and seeing how long you can keep two ferrets inside. The world record is said to be 5 hours and 30 minutes, nothing is said of the condition of the record holder at the end of this period! Legging probably originated when hunting was only allowed amongst the wealthy and rabbit poachers had to hide their illicit ferrets in their clothing.

Ferrets are a domesticated form of the European polecat and the name ferret is derived from the Latin furittus, meaning “little thief” a reference to their penchant for secreting away small items.

However, we do recommend you have a go at the ferret racing which will take place as these inquisitive creatures have fun darting through their tunnels.

5 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

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Country Fair – Factoid Number 17!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 17

Did you know?  

Who Betty Stogs was?

She was a woman from Cornish folktales living on moorland near Towednack. In this area it is said that the fairies take the children of lazy, “couseying” women clean them up and return them. She had a six-month-old baby but was lazy and neglectful and known for her raucous behaviour, untidy ways and drinking. The baby was apparently taken and cared for by the fairies who returned it clean and laid upon a bed of moss. This had a positive effect on Betty who then kept her cottage clean, cared for the baby, drank less and lived happily.

Importantly for us the full-bodied, golden-hearted and just a little fruity Betty Stogs is also the name of one of Skinner’s Brewery’s beers. We serve this real ale and other delights at the fair. Last time it was so popular we ran out, so we shall be ordering more this year. We don’t have Betty behind the bar, but we do have Janet who pours a grand pint and is much more ‘well-behaved’ – so I’m told.

[If you are interested in more of this tale look up Popular Romances of the West of England, collected and edited by Robert Hunt.]

5 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 16!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 16

Did you know?  

The proper way to pronounce Scone is ‘Scon’

“No it is not” you cry. A Scone is a ‘Scone’. Well if that is not enough to cause an argument here’s another. The great Cornwall and Devon Cream Tea dispute raises it’s head regularly. Jam before cream or cream before jam, always clotted cream of course but which gets put on your scone first? Etiquette gurus Debrett’s say spread your jam first. Do you agree or disagree?

Why not have your say on our Facebook page, we look forward to hearing your opinion!

The cream teas served at the country fair are really yummy, not to mention the home made cakes and proper coffee. Come along and try them for yourself, we do not discriminate on the grounds of layering your jam and cream – honest!

 

6 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 15!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 15

Did you know?  

The sport of Pilot Gig Racing has evolved over a number of years from what was once a way of earning a living?

The Cornish pilot gig is a 6 oared rowing boat, built ideally of Cornish Narrow Leaf Elm, 32 feet long with a beam of 4ft 10″. It’s original purpose was as a working boat used to take pilots to incoming vessels off the Atlantic. The first boat to reach a ship secured the job and payment, hence needing to be quick.

This evolved into the gig racing of today with over 100 clubs worldwide. All modern gigs are based upon the design of ‘Treffry’, built in 1883 by William Peters of St. Mawes and still owned and raced by the Newquay Gig Club!

We are hoping to have our local gig club and their boat at this year’s country fair, so look out for a very long boat trailer approaching St Ewe on Sunday 21st.

 

7 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 14!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 14

Did you know?  

A sheep dog is generally a breed of dog used in connection with the raising of sheep?

Obvious you might say! But do you know how many different types there are? They usually include pastoral dogs which guard sheep and other livestock and herding dogs.

Such dogs are used in all parts of the world, from Cornwall to the Himalayas to Australia. There are at least 42 types of livestock guardian dogs and 75 herding and droving dogs – a total of 117. See how many you can list without using Google.

We’re really pleased that Norman will once again be bringing his amazing sheep dogs along to the show. They can round up anything from sheep to herds of children!

8 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 13!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 13

Did you know?  

You get by with a little help from your friends.

The Country Fair is run entirely by volunteers. There is a small committee which coordinates the event but when it comes to running the show we have to rely on local support to make it happen.

In 2015 over 90 people were involved over the weekend of the fair, most on show day. That’s about a fifth of the population of St Ewe and the hamlets of Polmassick, Pengrugla and Kestle. It just shows what a fantastic community we have as almost all of the helpers were from the parish or close by.

We need lots of help again this year, especially as some of our previous stalwarts are not available. Pretty much anyone in the village will point you in the direction of John or Karen who keep on top of the main list of who does what, contact us as below or mention it in the pub, church, village hall and at Gorran School.

9 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 12!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 12

Did you know?  

About the talking dog?

We always hold a fun dog show at the Fair. One year someone enquired if we had a category for talking dogs? Sceptical, the judges asked for proof. The owner took his canine friend over to the wood turner’s tent and selecting a piece of sandpaper asked the dog what he thought. The dog ran his paw over the sandpaper and replied “Ruff”. He won best in class.

There are categories for all kinds of proud pooch, motley mongrel and perfect puppy. We’re very happy to have dogs on leads at the fair so please bring yours along this year and be sure to enter the show.

10 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 11!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 11

Did you know?  

Where the expression ‘fed up’ came from?

Apparently, it was the term used when a hawk was full of food and therefore not very inclined to hunt or do anything for its master. Today we use the term when we are bored and sat around doing nothing.

Hunting with birds of prey is thought to have originated in the Far East as far back as 1700BC. It is likely to have reached Britain around AD 860. The invention of gunpowder saw a great decline in hunting with hawks as a gun was more effective. At the beginning of the 20th Century it was almost extinct. Luckily, it has seen a revival, particularly for display.

We are pleased that our friend Julian from Countryside Hawking will once again be at the fair flying his amazing birds of prey – a spectacular sight not to be missed.

11 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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18 June, St Austell A30 Link consultation

Cornwall Council says that they have developed two potential options for the new road and are consulting with the public from 11 May until the 24 June 2016. Presentations will take place at the following venues:

Thursday 12/05/2016

13:00 to 20:00 hrs

Bugle Village Hall, 18 New Street, Bugle, PL26 8PG.

 

Friday 13/05/2016

10:00 to 20:00 hrs

Cedar Suite, St Austell Print Conference Centre, St Austell Business Park PL25 4FD  (Sat Nav use PL25 4EJ)
Monday 16/05/2016

13:00 to 20:00 hrs

Roche Victory Hall, 15 Victory Road, Roche, St Austell, PL26 8JF
Saturday 18/06/2016

10:00 to 16:00 hrs

Former Eden Project Café, White River Place, St Austell, PL25 5AZ

 

Country Fair – Factoid Number 10!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 10

Did you know?  

About the mystery of the vanishing sheep?

Over the years we’ve had many different types of livestock on show at the fair. Horses, goats, alpacas, geese, hens, ducks, bantams, sheep and many others have clucked, honked, neighed and entertained young and old alike. This year we hope to have a good selection of creatures for visitors to see.

Early in the history of the event we had on show some rare breed sheep, so rare in fact that they vanished before the event opened to the public. Perhaps they were feeling ‘sheepish’. Luckily they were discovered in one of the tents some say enjoying a cream tea, others thought a pint and pasty. What variety of rare breed you may ask? Houdini’s!

12 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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