About Kilkhampton Parish News
Welcome to our website, the home of Kilkhampton Parish News, a village newsletter bringing the local population together, as well as keeping ex-Kilk residents informed of what is going on in the village.
Originally started by the Reverend Peter Abell as a St James the Great news sheet in 1998, the Parish News has undergone many changes over the years to become the ‘go-to’ place for all village news. Adam Spry took over the editorship in 2009 when Peter retired, and managed to pass the editorship on to Glenda Lavender (with the help of husband Patrick) when he sold his house to them! Glenda was editor from 2012 to2016, when Jill Rodgers, the current editor, took over. The editor looks after the first part of the Parish News, the editorial section, which provides information about local events, both in the village and further afield, plus news items submitted by local residents. No item of news is too small to be included!
Jill is not the only member of the team busy working behind the scenes. There is also a substantial advertising section, helping local businesses raise awareness of the services they offer. Tim Prince, our advertising manager, is the first point of call for the submission of adverts and payments for these, and Adam Spry, our advertising editor, produces the advertising pages we see today, as well as running this website.
Alongside these people are the rest of the team of volunteers. The parish news is printed by Barrie Rose, who is also our chair who has the unenviable task of keeping us all in order! Once printed, the newsletter is then collated and stapled by a team of volunteers led by Rita Cann, and this team plus others then distribute over 700 copies to households across the parish and also to local churches and shops for people to pick up for themselves.
These are the people that you ‘see’ – the people you often don’t see are the ones that make this newsletter possible – our contributors, some of whom write for every edition, some who collect information from others (such as for our church floodlighting page), some who send in regular notices, and a large number of occasional contributors who send in news, reports of local events and event notices. As already mentioned – and it can’t be said often enough – no item is too small to be included!
The village of Kilkhampton, known locally as ‘Kilk’, lies in the very far north of Cornwall, 5 miles from the seaside town of Bude. Kilkhampton was first mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086, and known at that time as Chilchetone.
Limited access to major roads and railways means that this corner of Cornwall has remained less developed or populated than many other seaside areas. Kilk has a population of around 1000 people, and is a village rich in amenities including a variety of shops, pubs and takeaways. It has a 16th century church, St James the Great, one of the finest churches in Cornwall.
The village itself has a mix of people, many of whom have raised their families in the village or surrounding area for generations, plus many ‘incomers’ attracted to the beauty of the area and the richness of Kilk itself. There is also a holiday park and campsite on the edge of the village, plus a number of second homes and holiday lets within the village.
It is a warm and welcoming place with a strong community spirit, where village life has kept its importance. Villagers are friendly and welcoming to people settling in the village, and there are many regular social events, as you can see in the pages of Kilkhampton Parish News.