Community Library Opening February 2020

Reading and companionship are the driving force behind the passion for ‘What the Dickens’.  This community initiative will be open to all ages – whether you’re a young reader, a seasoned reader, or you just fancy coming along for a chat and a brew – everyone will be welcome, and we hope it will become a hub for meeting people who you may not always see when out and about in the villages.   We will be opening our doors from Sunday 23 February 2020 at 1pm, and will be at the Community Centre every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.



Here are just a few benefits of reading just 20 pages a day:

  • Mental stimulation which can increase knowledge and expand your vocabulary
  • Stress reduction
  • Stronger analytical thinking skills
  • Memory improvement which can help stave off dementia
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Better writing skills
  • And finally - Free Entertainment!


For low-budget entertainment, you will be able to visit our new facility and bask in the glory of the countless books available there for free. We aim to have books on many and varied subjects, and as we will be rotating our stock quarterly, and are planning to get regular new books, you’ll never run out of reading materials.  Did you know that there is a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides or romantic novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination?


The ‘What the Dickens’ team were fortunate to secure a grant from the Western Community Engagement Forum (CEF) to start up this venture which will help to fund the running costs, however, the team would love your help to build up a library of books.  So please, while you’re doing your Christmas shopping, why not treat “What the Dickens” to the gift of a new reference book?  We are looking for donations of good quality books to provide a wide selection of topics for the library and if you would like to donate, please contact Sue Woodhall in the first instance on 07500 450249 for some suggestions from our preferred list of reference books.

Wise Owl Quiz 2020

Save the date for 2020 - Saturday 25th January.


Please join us for our infamous annual quiz night - for the chance to win the prestigous Wise Owl trophy.... or return home with the wooden spoon.

Tickets will be available towards the end of the year.  Please contact us if you would like to register your interest

Landmarks - An Other Lives Production - 31st October

It is 1935. In the countryside the tractor is taking over from the horse. The balance of nature is being upset. A stranger appears. A ghost? An angel? Or… a Boggart? Whoever he is, don’t put him in the village stocks.


Nicke Darke was a Cornishman who cared passionately about the environment. He was also a lobster fisherman, broadcaster, film-maker and chairman of his local parish council. His plays are often set in the past but project themes which are relevant today. As well as on radio and television, his work has been performed by Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Court, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Despite his distinguished career he claimed that his greatest achievement, along with his wife Jane – who has given her full support to this production – was in persuading North Cornwall Council not mechanically to rake the beaches and thus avoid damaging the natural eco-structure.


Richard Avery, who directs, worked with Nick Darke and was in the cast of Landmarks when it was staged at the Chester Gateway Theatre in 1979.


The show will run for something inside two hours including an interval


For reservations ring 01977 682334