Trustees were delighted to welcome members and friends to the Trust’s 32nd Annual General Meeting, held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, a couple of weeks ago.

Colonel Edward Bolitho, President of CHT, described the Trust as achieving “remarkable things” during the year and thanked everyone for all their hard work.  During the Chairman’s Address Lieutenant Colonel Philip Hills described the year as being “dominated by the Luxulyan Valley Project”.   Members were advised that the stage 2 bid for the Luxulyan Valley Project has been submitted with a decision expected imminently.  This project will see the refurbishment of Treffry Viaduct as well as reinstatement of the water running across the aqueduct channel.  Members were also interested to hear about the launch of the Kernow Bys Vykken website, the culmination of the project to digitise the Millennium book – Cornwall Forever! – given out to every school child in Cornwall in the year 2000.

Following the business of the AGM the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for Heritage Champion 2017 was awarded to Carole Vivian for her work establishing and organising the Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) as well as her extensive work giving talks to groups on the history of their locality.  Carole also supports the work of the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust by designing and running a tour of a different area of the County and then producing a companion booklet for sale with the proceeds going to the CHCT.  Carole’s untiring efforts in promoting Cornwall’s history made her a very deserving recipient of the Heritage Champion 2017 Award.  There were a number of very worthy nominations for the award this year and the Trust would like to thank those people that took the time to enter their nominations.

The AGM was followed by the Dr John Rowe Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Captain George Hogg, Heritage Champion 2016.  On his home turf at the Maritime Museum, Captain Hogg entertained those present with an informative talk about Cornwall’s Maritime heritage; much of it often hidden in plain sight!  Links to everyone in the audience were easily made as one of the photographs turned out to feature a Trustee’s own home and a picture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to St Michael’s Mount in 1846 elicited a story from Colonel Bolitho concerning the Prince’s visit to Chyandour!