National Junior Gig Championships

National Junior Gig Championships

National Junior Gig Championships Sunday 31 July 2016 Newquay   Sunday 31 July saw the finals of the National Championships of the Junior Gigs Division in which there were 30 crews from as far as Hayling Island in Hampshire who were appearing for the second year.   The weather was wonderful and Newquay Harbour was bustling with supporters and proud parents enjoying the exciting races and glimpsing the occasional appearance of the local seals hoping for some fishy snacks.   As usual the event was organised by John Cuthill and his excellent office staff and tea ladies from Newquay Rowing Club; which ensured a very successful day. The event, which is sponsored by the Cornwall Heritage Trust in the form of the engraved glassware and shields, was attended by the Chairman, Lt Col Philip Hills, and Lt Col Richard Trant who presented the prizes. His Father, General Sir Richard Trant, late Chairman and President of the Trust and a Newquay boy, instigated the sponsorship in 2006 and it is due to be renewed in 2020. Cornish Gigs are part of the living heritage of Cornwall; participants being both young and veteran crews and the sport is regarded by the Trust as a tradition which will survive well into the future with new gigs being built and more crews being formed in Cornwall and further afield, both nationally and internationally. Congratulations are due to all the junior crews that took part, who all contributed to make the whole day a great success....
Reading the Hurlers archaeological excavation

Reading the Hurlers archaeological excavation

The Reading the Hurlers archaeological excavation will be taking place between Tuesday 13th and Saturday 17th September 2016.  A small team from Cornwall Archaeological Unit will be working with a number of volunteers excavating an area adjacent to The Hurlers (triple stone circle complex) on Minions Moor, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. This exploratory dig will be assessing the presence of a potential “fourth” circle within the immediate landscape setting of The Hurlers.  This excavation is part of the HLF funded project Reading the Hurlers.  The excavation can be viewed by the public throughout the week and an open day will be held on Saturday 17th from 10am where there will be opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the excavation and wider project.  A series of guided walks by archaeologists, geologists and other experts will be taking place throughout the day on 17th and Brian Sheen from the Roseland Observatory will be holding a drop-in workshop between 10.00 am – 4.00 pm which will explore the astro-archaeology of The Hurlers and surrounding area.  To find the site, park at The Hurler’s car park (SX 2598 7111) in Minions and walk the short distance north across the moor to the stone circles, where you will see the fenced excavation area.  The open day is free and booking is not required.  For enquiries, please email Archaeological Project Co-ordinator Emma Stockley geologyatthehurlers@gmail.com  For more information, please see the Reading the Hurlers website www.readingthehurlers.co.uk Reading the Hurlers is a project funded by Cornwall Heritage...