Welcome to the parish of St John
PARISH COUNCIL - recent achievements
Achievements in St John and Freathy that councillors have been responsible for over the past several years have included taking an active role in developing theRame Neighbourhood Development Plan, and the Rame Traffic Studies, involving liaison with Cornwall County, Antony, Sheviock, Maker with Rame and Millbrook PCs (Rame Cluster parishes).
They have pursued Cornwall County (and Cormac) on flooding and road cleaning, speeding, parking problems (along Military Road), dealt with planning applications (successfully supporting all those in St John Village and most of the chalet developments in Freathy), supporting two major solar farms whilst successfully objecting to two overpowering proposed wind turbine developments in our parish. They have liaised with CC Planning Enforcement regardingunauthorised development, including serious flooding failure of an unauthorised dam.
To aide transparency they have set up and maintained your new parish websiteand created new noticeboards in St John and Freathy. They have provided sound financial management enabling a freeze to the Precept on your Council Tax for several years and arranged donations on your behalf to many local charities.
Your Councillors have successfully negotiated a funding agreement with British Solar Renewables granting the community £3000 pa, and allocated this funding to a range of projects, from defibrillators to improvements to footpaths, improvements to Freathy and St John community halls, St John church etc.
The Councillors have enabled the upgrading of our local infrastructure including footpaths, steps, styles etc and annual vegetation clearing, new finger post, bus shelters, and new road signage covering speeding and Neighbourhood Watch in St John, Clearway signage on Military Road, yellow lines in Freathy and significant upgrading and maintenance of our War Memorial garden (PC’s only physical land asset) and improvements to St John Church graveyard and drainage. The Councillors are responsible for winter gritting, and this past winter have endeavoured to lift morale during this difficult period with two new Christmas tree displays, both in our St John Memorial Garden and in Freathy village.
In order to maintain our wonderful environment, the councillors liaise with The Wildlife Trust and The Woodlands Trust in respect of woodland management and have physically worked with them in clearing woodland.
Most of this work has been undertaken by Councillors themselves, including physical work in the parish environment, in many cases assisted by ad-hoc working groups where time has been willingly given by parishioners, effort for which is extremely appreciated.
Description of St John Parish
The parish comprises two settlements, St John and Freathy, together with residential houses and farms set in a rural landscape classed as Area of Great Landscape Value, and situated between the two AONBs of Rame and the Tamar Estuary.
The village of St John is a narrow ribbon type hamlet of some eighty cottages and houses, situated in a narrow wooded valley. Many of the cottages are traditional stone cottages up to 400 years old and for this reason St John is a designated heritage Conservation Area, the limits of which are the tops of the surrounding hills that can be seen from the village itself. The Conservation Area is significant in preserving the character and appearance of the village, and provides planning protection from inappropriate development.
The twelfth century St John-in-Cornwall church is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The listed building has a Norman tower and fifteenth century chancel and nave. St John-in-Cornwall church has a delightful graveyard, which abounds in beautiful spring flowers.
The St John Village Hall is a pro-active centre for the community, providing the venue for several activity clubs, and which hosts many social functions throughout the year, from Guy Fawkes displays to popular wine tasting evenings, childrens’ fun days and various quiz and themed events.
The St John Inn has now been refurbished and owners Rob and Gill are there to welcome you on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
St John’s Lake, just north of the village is a tidal creek recognized for its importance to many overwintering wildfowl and wading birds and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There is an unusual tidal ford still maintained on Gooseyford Lane.
Freathy village (together with smaller settlement of Treganhawke) is a chalet village, comprising chalets erected prior to the Town & Country Planning Act and in which there are tight restrictions on the development of new chalets as well as alterations to existing chalets. There are approximately 120 chalets, 40% of which are used as holiday homes. The resident population of Freathy is approximately 115. Freathy is in the south of the parish, which is designated as Heritage Coast. At Freathy there is a lovely sandy beach accessible only by steep footpaths, which lead down from the South West Coast Path
The landscape is mainly used for farming including sheep, dairy and flowers and crops. Tourism is important to the area and many visitors come in the summer to stay in the holiday chalets on the cliffs at Freathy and Tregonhawke and the Whitsand Bay Holiday Park. There is a small polythene products factory adjacent to the B3247.
Message from the Chair of the Village Hall
If you’ve been peeking around the hall field, you’ll have seen how fantastic it is looking and that we’re now on the home straight. Just a few more weeks to go and we are already planning to get “up and running” – all being well. With everything else going on and the risk of tighter Co-Vid measures, it is difficult to be firm on completion dates, so what we’d like to do is ask you ALL to keep an eye on the village noticeboard and this website for the latest information.
First and fore-most we’re going to need VOLUNTEERS and I know there are many of you who’ve been longing to get together and chat and what better place than at Your Village Hall! So please watch out on for the dates to be announced!
- Clean up the hall and prepare for re-opening
- Team up and seal and stain the new woodwork cladding
- Rake up, weed up, trim and seed the field and hedges
Don’t be shy! You’re not too old and not too young! Surely, you’re not too busy!
New to the village? – then please just come along and say hello!
There’s so much we can plan for the Autumn – and we need your ideas – but we need you to tell us! Clearly the field will need time for the re-seeding to set but there’s the patio and boules court ready for outside events.
There are two new activity groups, Darts and “The Drectly Club” and information will be added soon to this website. The new Annexe offers great opportunity for smaller groups to use and enjoy the lovely views.
It’s now over to the Community of St. John to grasp this tremendous gift we have been given from the National Lottery and take us forward……so please do come and discuss new ideas at the AGM.
Make a note on your calendar
- National Lottery Official Opening – date to be announced
- St John Village Trust AGM – provisionally Monday 1st November 2021 at 7:30pm
- Christmas Party – provisionally Saturday 11th December
Here is a table of weekly activities which will be restarting soon