On The Man
What a surprise to find the tiny Cornish moorland village of Minions mentioned in the Golden ubilee edition of “This England” (Spring 201 ).
The village, on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, near Liskeard, came to my notice when I was a cadet journalist on “The Cornish Times” in the 1950s. The editor, Mr ack Hoskin, thought I should look into a proposal to convert a small disused reservoir in the village into a working men’s clubroom.
An influential local resident who was said to own half the village was opposed to the idea, despite the strong interest of a large number of the villagers. The matter was to be considered at the next meeting of the Liskeard Rural District Council.
What eventually happened I cannot tell as I moved to another part of the country and then, in 1964, emigrated to Tasmania with my wife and two small children.
I never imagined that one day, thanks to a cartoon film, Minions would become a draw for tourists, who may also go to see the imposing sight of the Cheesewring, along with stone circles such as the Hurlers in the same general locality.
ohn gg s ni