|In medieval times there were two towns
on opposite banks of the River Looe. East
Looe includes the fishing harbour, the main shopping centre and the
sandiest beach. West
Looe is quieter, but also has shops, restaurants and hotels and leads
to Hannafore with its fine views of Looe Island. The two towns are
now one, joined by a bridge across the Looe river.
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|Most recent development -
22 August 2013
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|Sunday night is auction night!
Looking for something to do on a Sunday evening?
Well, you could pick up a bargain at a new Sunday evening "Community
Auction" which has been established by Keith Martin and wife
Emma - Keith wields the gavel and Emma deals with all the paperwork.
A website is in the process of being built at the moment and hopefully
at some stage items will be available to view on line. Any item is
accepted for sale so long as it is legal, and they are trying to establish
a reputation for selling good quality items and so far have sold items
that range from poop scoops to diamond rings!
As with all auction fees are payable
- 25p lotting fee on every item whether sold or not and 10% commision
on sales and purchases. Keith said "It is a cash auction so all
sellers are paid in cash on the day of the auction. unless agreed
differently with the seller, maybe they can't get to the auction and
I will give them the proceeds at an agreed time. At some stage in
the future when we are a bit better established we intend to run regular
charity auctions with all the proceeds going to local charities in
The auction is held every Sunday at the Millpool
Centre, West Looe, with items being accepted for the sale from 1.30pm,
the sale starts at 6.30 pm and with free parking on the millpool carpark
from 6pm it is an ideal time for people to come and enjoy the auction.
Further information can be obtained from the auctioneer on 07967916977.
Photos of the auction in progress expected shortly.
www.looe.org - news - 22 August 2013
|That was the Carnival
|Every summer Looe &
Polperro Lions organise a week of Carnival events in and around Looe
- in late July into early August. Naturally the weather plays an important
part in its success and this year the the weather was kind to the
Carnival. The week starts with a an all
day car boot sale and a vintage and classic transport display, there
is a "Carnival Royalty" event and a Looe Floral Dance and
many other events, the grand finale of which is the Carnival Parade
on the closing saturday.
Visit the Lions
website to see what you missed this year and make a note in
your planner so you don't miss the 2014 Looe Carnival. Carnival events
are good fun for young and old and, of course, the donations of many
people enable the Looe & Polperro Lions to perform important charitable
social work for the community throughout the year.
One ongoing event which is an important fundraiser
for the Lions is the Car Boot Sale held every Sunday during the summer
(weather permitting) thru till mid September from 08:00 to 12:00 at
West Waylands midway between Looe and Polperro. £5 for sellers
and free (donations invited) to buyers. More
info on Lions website
|A fresh view of Looe
Photographer Simon Lawrence recently discovered Looe. He has
a fresh view and an exceptional eye for both the wide views
and the close-up details that we often overlook. Simon has produced
a stimulating portfolio of Looe full of striking colours and
intriguing shapes. Here (left) are just 4 of his photos - click
on them to get larger versions. You can see lots more of
Simon's photos on his r website - click
here - if you like them you can buy high quality prints
which will look really good on your wall
& Land slips - diversions in place
As a result of the wet summer, autumn and winter of 2012 there
were cliff and land slips in many places in the south-west of England.
Sadly the Looe area did not escape and in the most serious incident
a local resident lost her life when a landslip caused her house to
partially collapse - this slip was between two of the main approach
roads to Looe and resulted in a temporary closure of the roads. Both
roads are now open but on the Plymouth road there is still a traffic
light controlled one way flow section. The owners of houses adjoining
the one which collapsed had to move out and are now faced with a long
and expensive legal battle with Cornwall Council for compensation
- it is alleged that the Council and its predecessor failed to properly
channel water from the road above the houses and allowed it to soak
into the ground thus destabilising the steep hillside. Other slips
affected the South West Coast Path and in some places there have had
to be diversions or permanent rerouting but the path is open .
www.looe.org - news - 28 July 2013
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ABOARD A CORNISH FISHING LUGGER
last days of working fishing luggers in Cornwall are vividly captured
in a new book by former Looe fisherman Paul Greenwood. His
frank account of the hardships he encountered at sea as a young crewman
aboard the lugger Iris in the 1960s is a brilliant evocation
of a bygone age that contrasts with modern conditions in the fishing
In Once Aboard A Cornish Lugger, the
author describes how he overcame sea-sickness and learned his job
on deck working the nets and lines alongside four other crewmen aboard
the Iris, skippered by Frank ‘Moogie’ Pengelly, the last lugger skipper
left in the port of Looe. In the four and a half years he spent aboard
the Iris, Paul Greenwood endured fatigue, cold and wet, often in rough
weather while working night and day hauling nets and lines. “Those
four years that I worked with ‘Moogie’ set me up well for the rest
of my sea-going career,” he says, “because nothing subsequently ever
seemed as hard or as physically demanding as the time I spent working
on the deck of the Iris.”
Visit our new page on Cornish
luggers which has details of how and where you can buy this
new book - click here
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Looe Harbour Commissioners - 01503 262839
Looe Town Council - 01503 262255
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For many years Looe had a popular & much-loved regular visitor
to its harbour - a seal called Nelson (because he had lost one eye
in an injury or accident). Sadly Nelson has gone to the great ocean
in the sky but now he is fittingly commemorated by a handsome life-size
statue in the harbour which was formally unveiled in 2008 by Sir Robin
Knox-Johnston, the famous sailor. Local sculptor Suzie Marsh gave
her services in making the sculpture free of charge and the costs
of casting and siting the bronze statue were met by grants and donations
from many charitable and other bodies and by individuals.
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|How did Cornwall get a forest of timber
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