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Shelterbox to the rescue

By Julia Conway

A Helston charity is providing vital support in the Philippines assisting families in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Shelterbox, a humanitarian aid organisation, provides rapid response worldwide following natural and man-made disasters. David Crook, 63, a volunteer for the past six years told The Penryn Times: “Our ethos is to provide shelter, warmth, dignity and hope in the shape of a green plastic box.”

The Super Typhoon tore through the Philippines archipelago on November 8 2013 with wind speeds reaching 195 miles per hour. Mr Crook added: “This is the largest storm to make landfall. We estimate 11 million people have been affected with 1.8 million people displaced. “We have 11 response teams in the area, three teams were already in Bohal responding to the earthquake of October 15. The building they were in collapsed around them.”

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Shelterbox volunteer David Crook

Volunteers at the warehouse on Water-Ma-Trout Industrial Estate pack boxes with equipment including a family size tent, cooking equipment, water containers and purification, blankets and a children’s activity pack. A team of ten can pack a typical consignment of 224 boxes in two hours. Mr Crook said of one victim whose home was destroyed: “Jeremiah and daughter Jingle Heart have moved into a Shelterbox disaster relief tent. They had been sheltering from torrential rain under a sheet of tarpaulin, but now they can keep dry.”

A Shelterbox  and contents

A Shelterbox and contents

Shelterbox was founded in 2000. Their first consignment of 143 boxes was deployed to help earthquake victims in India in January 2001. Since then they have worked in 85 countries, responded to more than 200 disasters and provided temporary homes for about 1.25 million people.

To find out more about fundraising, voluntary work opportunities or to make a donation contact http://www.shelterbox.org.

News Story 3

Chips Off The Old Block

By Julia Conway

A SWANSEA fish and chip shop is celebrating its 40th anniversary today.

The Roma Fish Bar on High Street, Gorseinon first opened on November 5 1973. To mark the occasion, for one day only, chips are on sale at 1973 prices costing 5p for a small bag, 7p for medium and 9p for large. Anthony Romanello, 32, said: “They’ve been queuing half way up High Street. We knew it would be busy but didn’t expect this. It’s been mental!”

The family business is managed between four brothers, Paul 44, Nicky 41, Roberto 37 and Anthony.  They have expanded to open four more chip shops in the Swansea area.  All are run by family members.  Mr Romanello added: “We’ve had three times as much business than usual, it’s been amazing.  We didn’t even advertise, just a poster on the window, and word got round.”  As customers queued, Matthew Evans, 34, from Killay said he had been to The Roma before but had come “especially for the offer today, the chips here are excellent”.

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The queue at the Roma in Gorseinon

Frank Romanello, 67, and his wife Maria, 63, started out with a small café in Aberdare.  Tesco wanted to build there and offered them a cash lump sum to vacate.  Family friend Joe Verdi (an Ice Cream legend in the Swansea area) knew of a chip shop for sale and helped his friend to set up the first Roma fish bar.  “My parents are still involved in the business, we can’t get mother out of the kitchen,” said Anthony.

Natasha, 17, has worked at The Roma for just over a year. She said: “It’s been heaving.  They started coming in just after 11(a.m.) and it’s going well.”  She added that they are “a lovely family to work with”.

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Fisherman Catches Cold during Oyster Festival
By Julia Conway
A MYLOR fisherman had a disastrous start to the oyster season when his boat ran aground at Penarrow Point on Thursday afternoon.

The boat with one man onboard was returning to Mylor under sail and veered too close to shore at low tide.  Falmouth Coastguard, alerted by another fisherman in the area, requested the RNLI launch the Inshore Lifeboat.  “We got the call at 16.27 and were on scene in about ten minutes,” said Andy Jenkin the Helmsman.  “He was well and truly stuck, high and dry.”  The lifeboat crew of three were concerned that the wind and swell might blow the boat further up the beach or tip it right over.

“My colleague Adam West waded over to secure a second anchor to the starboard side and we attached a line to the port side to pull the boat back into the water when the tide came in,” added Mr Jenkin.  The fisherman, who had been stranded for an hour before the alarm was raised, had tried to prop up the boat with fish boxes but they had floated away.  The boat was refloated at 19.20 and escorted back to its mooring in Mylor Harbour.  Mr Jenkin, who works at Falmouth Docks said: “These working boats travel bare, no food or water, they don’t even have outboard motors.  It was dark, the skipper had no radio or life jacket and his mobile phone battery was nearly flat.”

The experienced fisherman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was very appreciative for the help given by the lifeboat crew.  The present complement of RNLI boat crew at Falmouth stands at 30 with six helmsmen on call for a week at a time.  They train once a fortnight and are all unpaid volunteers.

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Oyster Festival Success

 By Julia Conway

FINE weather brought crowds into Falmouth for the four-day Oyster Festival this weekend.

The 17th annual festival, which celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, opened on Thursday with a 12 foot Oyster Man leading the parade followed by local school children dancing through the main street.  A new marquee was erected in Events Square with  stalls offering a wide selection of local crafts including jewellery, clothing and refreshments.

Cathy Stead from The Cherry Tree, an award-winning preserves company based in Polperro said it was proving to be a good year for sales. “We’ve been coming for a few years and this is the busiest ever.” She said.

Favourable weather encouraged visitors to the town and attendance figures were estimated to reach 38,000.  Highlights included cookery demonstrations from television celebrities Andy Tyrell from River Cottage and a pasty crimping competition hosted by James Strawbridge.