Par

Overview
Location
Tides

The Par Bell

Under development.

The community of Par Bay is made up of three specific areas/villages including Par, St Blazey and Tywardreath. All areas are distinctly different, and the social history and demographic information differ. The three parts of Par Bay are St Blaise, Par and Tywardreath, which are contiguous and share a number of common features. They are, however, three quite distinct settlements, with some very clear differences – of outlook as well as of economic and social structure.

Par Beach itself includes a local nature reserve and the brackish pool known as Polmear Lake or the Duck Pond. The area sits on the Meadfoot Beds of the Lower Devonian - essentially various layers of mudstones, siltstones and sandstones or sandy siltstones. The dunes are still building, which is unusual in the UK, as most sandy coastlines have retreated in the last 100 years. In fact the high tide mark moved about 100m towards the sea between 1885 and 1985. The dunes are an important flood defence.
The bell is planned to be ...

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Poetry in Par

Here is Jon Best's contribution to a number of poems written by the Poetry group in Par.

A very productive day

Saturday March 5th 2022 saw much fruitful work by Richard Parks, chair of the Friends of Par Beach. All to the backdrop of a half-bell just delivered by Marcus Vergette, currently in Cornubia, the local venue encouraging social enterprise, encouraging creativity and promoting healthy  living.

On the Strandline

The wonderful performance we commissioned from Prodigal UPG has been touring to a few locations, including the Eden project, during the summer of 2021. The aim is that it should be performed at as many bell sites as possible in 2022. Here is a brief trailer.

Flooding

The website Climate Central came in for a bit of stick from the BBC R4 programme More or Less on 1.7.21. It shows maps of the world together with their liability to flooding from sea level rise. On the site it looks as if most of Holland and surprisingly large areas of the UK will […]

New logo for the Par bell

The team in Par, among MANY other things, have put work into designing a logo for their bell. It follows our national approach - the same outline, but with colour ways chosen locally, for historic or other reasons. At the centre of this design is the white cross on a black background, the flag of […]

Developments in Par

Marcus has completed an outline design for the installation in Par. And the location is becoming clearer, in the fairway of the former river route. It is shown slightly more clearly in this aerial photo - the location is marked with a red dot. An excellent team is forming to drive things forward. Watch this […]

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