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What Wikipedia say about Boris Johnson

 Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, journalist, and popular historian who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, having been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. He was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2018 he served as Foreign Secretary. A member of the Conservative Party, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies. Johnson is a candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party, and thus Prime Minister, in the 2019 leadership contest. Born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class British parents, Johnson was educated at the European School, Brussels I, Ashdown House, and Eton College. He read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1986. He began his career in journalism at The Times, but was sacked for falsifying a quotation. He later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, with his articles exerting a strong influence on the growing Eurosceptic sentiment among the British right-wing. He was eventually made assistant editor of the Telegraph in 1994. In 1999, he left the Telegraph to become editor of The Spectator, a role he would hold until 2005. He was elected MP for Henley in 2001, and largely adhered to the Conservatives’ party line during his first period in Parliament. He did, however, adopt a more socially liberal stance on issues like LGBT rights. He was later selected to be the Conservative candidate for the 2008 London mayoral election; Johnson defeated Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone in the election, and subsequently resigned his seat in the House of Commons. During his first term as Mayor of London, he banned alcohol consumption on the city’s public transport, and introduced the New Routemaster buses, cycle hire scheme, and Thames cable car. In 2012, he was re-elected Mayor, again defeating Livingstone. During his second term he oversaw the 2012 Olympics. In 2015, he returned to Parliament as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, stepping down as Mayor the following year. In 2016, Johnson was a prominent figure in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, becoming a leading figure in the successful Vote Leave campaign. He later declined to run in the party leadership election immediately following the referendum, despite speculation that he would. After Theresa May won the leadership, she appointed Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and  Commonwealth Affairs. He served in this position for two years, before resigning in protest at May’s approach to Brexit, criticising the Chequers Agreement. Johnson is a controversial figure within British politics and journalism. Supporters have praised him as an entertaining, humorous, and popular figure, with an appeal stretching beyond traditional Conservative voters. Conversely, he has been criticised by figures on both the left and the right, who have accused him of elitism, cronyism, dishonesty, laziness, and using racist and homophobic language. Johnson is the subject of several biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals.

159,000 Conservative members voted 87.4% 509 voting papers were rejected.

Jeremy Hunt 46,000 Boris Johnson 92,000

European Parliamentary Elections

Elections for the European Parliament are currently scheduled to take place in the UK on Thursday 23 May.

Full details on Cornwall Council website here…

Key dates

  • Registration deadline – Tuesday 7 May
  • EU citizens declaration form due – Tuesday 7 May
  • Postal vote application deadline – 5pm on Wednesday 8 May
  • Proxy vote deadline – 5pm on Wednesday 15 May
  • Polling day – Thursday 23 May

Are you registered to vote? 

The electoral register, also known as the electoral roll, is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote. 

You must be on the register to be able to vote at an election. Are you registered?

To vote in these elections, anyone who has never registered or has recently moved must register by Tuesday 7 May.

People must re-register if they’ve changed address, name or nationality.

If you are already registered you do not need to apply again unless your circumstances have recently changed.

Register to vote at:


Recycling for Charity

Save these valuable resources being wasted.  They can help our charities raise funds.

  • all biscuits and crackers packets, inc. penguin and similar bars & multiply pack wrappers
  • mini rolls and individual cake wrappers 
  • baby food pouches and lids, Ella kitchen and similar, plus the snack wrappers
  • used toothbrushes, electric heads and packaging and all tooth paste tubes
  • all crisp/snacks, pringles & peanut packets, please bag together  
  • > triggers and pumps off cleaning products
  • > plastic air fresheners and packaging
  • > flexible plastic cleaning wipe packets, any brand
  • > tops off washing up liquid bottles > all recycle together
  • all brands of bread bags 
  • all Weleda products in soft plastic tubes
  • contact lenses & all plastic/foil packaging, coming soon.
  • pet food pouches, biscuits and treats packs, please put the pouches inside a bag so as not to contaminate the other recycling
  • all used stamps, leave on the backing
  • old mobile phones, gadgets, cameras, unwanted jewellery, Sat Navs, games consoles, laptops & tablets, MP3’s and unwanted banknotes any country and if obsolete.

Please don’t mix in other plastics as I have to sort it out and in most cases these plastics can be taken to Tesco Callington in store recycling area. If in doubt contact me Ali 01579 384544, email or bring it to Green Meadows and we’ll sort it together or bring it to 

Tamar Valley AONB centre, Cemetery Road at Drakewalls Thursday May 30th 10am – 1pm

When we’ll be sorting out our recycling with SHARE, Cornwall Council and others. For more information visit

Join our Recycling for Charity. Facebook group


Come and meet the donkey

Palm Sunday, 25th March, St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, are planning an informal service, with a real donkey, A good natured miniature chap called Corduroy, who is a local resident. it will take place at Golberdon parish Hall at 10am We will have a short walk of witness and singing, led by the donkey, starting from outside Green Meadow, (on the road towards South Hill) to the hall, join us there or along the route, or at the hall, bring a branch to wave. This will be followed by a short friendly service, biscuit making for all ages, tea coffee and hot cross buns.
Contact for more information.

Thanksgiving for our animals

Thanksgiving service for our animals
Celebrating God’s care and concern for creation
Sunday 24th September 10am
St Sampson’s Church, South Hill

This will be a short informal service followed by coffee, tea, juice and the best cake ever.

Our lives are enriched by our animals. They bring us many blessings and they play a big part in our lives, giving us joy, companionship, livelihood and sustenance.
You are invited to bring your well behaved: dog, cat, rabbit, parrot, stick insect, sheep, horse or chicken, whatever, to give thanks for the part they play in your life.

Bring a photo of your pet past or present.

South Hill Horticultural Show

Schedule Final 2017

Classes include: Floral Art, Pot Plants, Fruits & Vegetables, Preserves, Cookery, Handicrafts, Photography and new tallest Sunflower Children’s classes include: Animal made from fruit & vegetables, Garden in a seed tray, Recycled model, Handwritten verse, 3 cup cakes, Mini pizza, Lego model, Decorated boiled egg, Photographs.

The Sunflower class is an addition to the Horticultural Show Programme, and is open to everyone, the winner will be the plant that has grown taller than the person that planted it.       On August 14th submit your entries including your height and the height of your sunflower!

Callington U3A Feb article

‘The Mystery of the Royal letters’

On a dismal January day we were cheered by a very professional and entertaining talk by Janet Cowlard. Janet, who had an interest in the Royal family, was delighted when her husband bought, at a stamp auction, 5 letters written from various royal residences. None of the letters had envelopes or a clue who they were from. Some had dates but no year, and only through thorough research did Janet find out the years they were written. She was able to do this by the events mentioned in the letters. For instance one black edged letter, used after a bereavement, brought her to conclude it was in memory of Empress Eugenie, so she had a clue about what year it was written.  Janet even wrote to our late Queen Mother for information as to who might have written them.

The letters from a mother to her daughter were full of local gossip, news of weddings, and of shopping trips with Queen Mary.  Janet told us about the Queen being careless about acquiring items she coveted, sometimes even resorting to kleptomania! Our present Queen Elizabeth has in fact returned many of the treasures to their rightful owners. Much more careful research and background checks led to the conclusion that the letters were from Lady Elizabeth Dawson to her daughter Kaitilin. Lady Elizabeth was appointed as a Lady of the Royal Bedchamber in the early 1920’s. In her position she was able to tell her daughter of happenings at court, and of visits to Sandringham and Balmoral. We heard about the clothes and jewellery of guests, family sickness, and their connections to European royalty.

Lady Elizabeth died aged 55, a short while after she fell and broke her hip while out walking at Balmoral. Her daughter Kaitilin went on to marry into the aristocracy and became the mother of an alleged notorious murderer. We were asked not to reveal the end of Janet’s story, so you will have to watch for one of her talks, and be surprised at what a load of research and 5 hand written letters can reveal.

By Jane Black   Callington U3A

Monthly meetings the first Monday at Callington Town Hall 10am next meeting 6th Feb.

Church Matters Feb 2017

Within global Christian circles there is quite a remarkable woman called Heidi Baker. Heidi is a Christian missionary to the country of Mozambique, and with her husband Rolland set up Iris Global, which is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to charitable service and evangelism. Through its work within Mozambique, Iris Global has provided orphanages, free health clinics, village feeding programmes, well drilling and operates primary and secondary schools. They have also created over 5000 churches.

Heidi was born in Laguna Beach, California in 1959. Having gained degrees in Arts she went on to study Systematic Theology at King’s College in London, emerging as a Doctor of Philosophy in 1995. Systematic Theology sounds a very highfaluting term – it’s basically a discipline of Christian theology that steadily works through things to provide an orderly, rational and coherent account of the doctrines of the Christian faith. To gain a Doctorate in such a discipline is no idle task. It speaks highly of Heidi’s academic prowess – she is well versed in rubbing shoulders with academics.

And yet her work in Mozambique is far removed from academia. In August last year I attended a conference in York where Heidi was one of the Christian speakers. The conference had already provided many positive and stretching things from a faith perspective, but when Heidi walked out on the stage and immediately knelt down in prayer you knew that this was going to be different. Heidi is definitely “out there” in terms of her relationship with God and devotion to Jesus. Continue reading