Crying the neck

Crying the neck

On Monday 12th September, St Columb Old Cornwall Society will be holding their Annual ‘Crying the Neck’ at Trembleathe Barton, St Ervan PL27 7TA, by kind permission of Mr Richard Banbury. For a small charge, transport will be available from Trekenning Car Park, St Columb Major, leaving at 6.30pm.  Meet at the farm at 7pm for the Ceremony, then to St Ervan Church for a service of Thanksgiving, followed a by a Pasty Supper at St Ervan Village Hall where entertainment will be provided by Mark Hawken and friends. Payment of £5 for the supper and entertainment is payable on the door. Please follow the sign posting for parking and the event. Further details about this event and St Columb Old Cornwall Society from Sheila Neal (secretary) on...
Goodbye to Madeleine!

Goodbye to Madeleine!

After 5 years the Trust waved goodbye to our Admin Secretary, Madeleine Baker, who retired last Thursday.  Madeleine joined us in 2011 just after the Trust had taken over the office space in Threemilestone; she quickly set up the office and has not stopped since! Celebrations included a lunchtime buffet with trustees before the last Council meeting where Madeleine was surprised with a beautiful cake and bouquet of flowers.  Last weekend a small group of staff and trustees ventured down to Sancreed Beacon where they enjoyed a fascinating guided walk led by Mike Hawkey (Property Trustee).  It was wonderful to meet the four Dartmoor ponies that live on the Beacon, enjoy the views and see the work being done to manage this very important site.  After all that walking it was time for some refreshment and a cream tea was thoroughly enjoyed! Huge thanks to Madeleine for all of her hard work, here’s wishing her a long and very happy retirement!...
Story Cafe “Luxulyan to Newquay – an Example of Cornish Ingenuity”, Saturday 16th July

Story Cafe “Luxulyan to Newquay – an Example of Cornish Ingenuity”, Saturday 16th July

Saturday 16th July 2016 at 8.30pm Kings Arms, Luxulyan We are delighted to announce another of our very popular Story Cafes, this time focusing on Joseph Treffry who is recognised as one of the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution in Cornwall as well as many of the other engineers and scientists who contributed to Cornish Industry in the 19th Century. All are welcome!  ...
Bonfire Celebrations at Castle an Dinas

Bonfire Celebrations at Castle an Dinas

More than eighty adults and children came together on 23rd June to celebrate the Ancient Cornish Tradition of lighting a bonfire on Midsummer’s Eve.  It was hosted by St Columb Old Cornwall Society at Castle an Dinas, courtesy of Cornwall Heritage Trust.  Among the spectators were members of other Old Cornwall Societies, several Bards of the Cornish Gorsedd and trustees of Cornwall Heritage Trust. The history of the Midsummer bonfire dates back to the times of Pagan rituals.  The Church had to make a decision.  It could either suppress such Pagan Festivals or use them for its own purpose.  It decided the latter and the fires were allowed to continue and to occur on the Feast Day of John the Baptist.  The Cornish name for the Festival is ‘Golowan’ translated from Cornish as Gol(feast) and Jowan(John). There were plenty of hot pasties and cups of tea served by Sheila Neale, Rosemary Coley and Jean Smith, plus a huge bonfire at the St Columb celebration.  The Master of Ceremonies. Dave Crewes, started the event by welcoming everyone.  As is the custom, the Ceremony was spoken first in Cornish and then in English.  Following the lighting of the bonfire at 9pm, by Peter Wyper, the Lady of the Flowers, Barbara Wyper, cast her garland of flowers into the burning fire.  The garland is made up of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ herbs and tied together with ribbons of symbolic colours.  The ‘good’ herbs have medicinal properties and the ‘bad’ ones are poisonous. Then everyone gathered around the roaring fire for Community singing led by John Bennallick and aided by Mark Hawkins, playing the...
Introducing Hairy Tej at the Royal Cornwall Show 2016

Introducing Hairy Tej at the Royal Cornwall Show 2016

It was wonderful to meet so many members and new friends over the three days of the recent Royal Cornwall Show.  One of our guests was The Right Reverend Tim Thornton (Bishop of Truro) who can be seen in our photos with the Trust’s Chairman, Lt Col Philip Hills, and Vice Chairman, Mr Mike Hawkey. Our stand was well received and we were thrilled to meet lots of younger visitors who were hot on the trail of scarecrows!  The Show runs a scarecrow trail every year and this year we joined in the fun with a depiction of our new Iron Age character, Hairy Tej!  Hairy Tej will be helping out with children’s activities and events so watch this space for more news of him!        ...