News from Cornwall Heritage Trust

AGM and Heritage Champion Award winner 2017

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... read more

Liskeard Unlocked

Cornwall Heritage Trust is delighted to support the “Liskeard Unlocked” Project which is taking place from the 7th to 10th of September. Part of the National Heritage Open Days Scheme, visitors to Liskeard will have the chance to view buildings which are normally closed to the public and discover the hidden stories of Liskeard.  The Masonic Hall, St Martin’s Church tower and the Cornish Times Archive, as well as a selection of private houses, will all be open.  There are also a series of art workshops available, all linked to the Liskeard Unlocked project. The project applied for funding through the Cornwall Heritage Trust’s new small grants scheme, where grants of up to £500 can be applied for at any time throughout the year to make it easier for smaller projects to get started.  CHT also offers larger grants to heritage organisations in Cornwall, for more information on our grants schemes please click here . For more information about Liskeard Unlocked please refer to the booklet below. Liskeard Unlocked leaflet  ... read more

Exciting New Part-Time Posts at Cornwall Heritage Trust

Cornwall Heritage Trust is looking for two dynamic people who would like to work with us at our office in Threemilestone: Heritage Site Officer: A committed, enthusiastic and self-motivated Sites Officer to oversee the management and administration of the 11 heritage sites that we own and look after throughout Cornwall. Working closely with Trustees you will be responsible for the management, budgeting and reporting for the sites as well as liaison with key agencies such as English Heritage and Natural England. Experience of working within the heritage sector would be advantageous.  For more details please download the pdf below. Heritage Sites Officer Jul 17 Financial Admin Assistant: We are looking for an experienced Financial Administrative Assistant to join our busy office team. You will be a meticulous self-starter with a proven track record in financial admin. Working with the Administrator you will be involved with the production of the management accounts as well as being responsible for inputting accounting information into the accounting system speedily and accurately, ensuring that invoices are paid on time, reconciling the bank accounts and providing additional support as required.  For more details please download the pdf below. Financial Administrative Assistant Jul 17   To apply for either post, please send your CV and a covering letter by email to Mrs Cathy Woolcock at info@cornwallheritagetrust.org If you have any questions please email or telephone the office on 01872 224 014 Closing date for applications is Monday 4th of September at... read more

Treffry Viaduct closed to public on 11th and 12th May

Please note that Treffry Viaduct will not be accessible to the public on the dates of the 11th and 12th May 2017. Essential investigation works will be undertaken during this period that will inform the design for the HLF funded restoration scheme. Please be assured that the viaduct will re-open following the conclusion of these vital exploratory works and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience... read more

Bohemian Crantock Story Cafe

On Wednesday 25th March, another excellent Story Café took place in Crantock. The Cosy Nook Tea Rooms was packed with interested people eager to listen to Ben Dobson’s talk on Bohemian Crantock. Ben’s unique style of presenting a story had the audience fully engaged from the start – with many facts on how the village developed from a primarily farming area a tourist haven, the people who lived here and the factors which shaped the area. The GWR began to promote Newquay as a holiday destination because the revenue from transporting ore and china clay had declined significantly as Par docks expanded. However, Crantock remained isolated as the road from Newquay was tortuous and went through Treloggan before descending to Trevemper and thence on to Crantock.  It was not until 1926 that the Gannel road was built that shortened the journey. This was a major development and was accompanied by the building of a new bridge at Trevemper.  In 1939, an order was finally approved by Cornwall Quarter sessions at Bodmin, granting Cornwall County Council permission to close the old bridge. Three years after the Gannel road was opened, the telephone network was extended from Newquay to Crantock and West Pentire and in May 1935, new power cables were approved for installation along the same route. Crantock’s isolation was coming to an end! It was interesting to learn about the events which took place in the village – the Gannel Regatta, the Tea Treats, Crantock Band and the people who had stayed in the village over the years – using it a base for writing, composing, painting and drawing... read more

Trust receives bequest in honour of its work with Cornish heritage

Susan Irene Pellowe Trust Susan Irene Pellowe, passed away on July 16, 2012 after a valiant fight against ALS (a form of Motor Neurone Disease). She was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 10th 1939 to Lila Irene Cook Pellowe and William Charles Smithson Pellowe. William was a Cornishman by birth and a Methodist Minister and it was from him that Susan inherited her keen interest in Cornwall and the life and work of John and Susanna Wesley.  Susan was named after Susanna Wesley. A performer, writer, theatre director and educator, Susan toured the USA, Canada, and Britain with her solo enactment of the Mother of Methodism, “O Susanna!”. In 1997 she was honoured with an award from the Westminster Experiment and Research in Evangelism Trust in London for her “outstanding contribution to promoting our traditions and letting people know the message that is at the very heart of Methodism.” Named a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh in 1996 for her services in preserving and furthering Cornish culture Susan visited Cornwall often. She was also co-founder of the Illinois Cornish Society and a member of the board of Celtic Women International. The Trustees of Cornwall Heritage Trust were delighted to receive a bequest of over £12,000 from Susan and will endeavour to use the money in a manner of which she would approve. Donations, bequests and membership subscriptions are vital to the Trust to enable it to carry on its work with the various sites around Cornwall as well as providing grants to organisations, educational projects and so much more. Thank you Susan for remembering Cornwall Heritage... read more

The Legend of Dupath Well – rewritten!

What a wonderful film to showcase the work undertaken by Storylines as part of the “Landmark Travels – Our past in a suitcase” project, which was funded by Cornwall Heritage Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Many thanks to the children of Pensilva and Calstock Primary Schools who helped to tell the... read more

HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall renews his Patronage of CHT for a further 5 years

The President, Chairman and Trustees of Cornwall Heritage Trust are delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall has agreed to extend his Patronage of the Cornwall Heritage Trust for a further five years from January 2017. This is a great honour for the Trust and provides encouragement to all within the Trust to carry on their aim of preserving and strengthening Cornwall’s unique heritage. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary last year the Trust is busier than ever. It owns four properties of its own and manages a further seven historic sites in Cornwall on behalf of English Heritage, all of which are free to visit all year round. The Trust has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council on the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project, which received earmarked funding of £3.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2015. This project will enable important restoration works to the Treffry Viaduct, an iconic monument owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust.   The grants scheme offered by the Trust enables organisations and individuals to further its work in preserving Cornwall’s heritage and promoting the knowledge of Cornwall’s rich past. This work is also reflected in the education programme where Schools Transport Grants enable Primary Schools to take the children on trips to experience their Cornish heritage first hand. This renewed Patronage by His Royal Highness underlines the importance of the work done by the Trust and acknowledges the difference made by the promotion of Cornwall’s heritage. Lt Col Philip Hills, Chairman of the Trust commented: “This is a very exciting time for the Trust and we are... read more

Story Cafe – Bohemian Crantock 1920 – 1950

Another of our wonderful Story Cafes, this time focusing on Bohemian Crantock – 1920 – 1950.   Please come along to Cosy Nook Tea Room on Wednesday 15th March at 6.30pm to hear the talk by Ben Dobson, Institute of Cornish Studies Associate... read more

Trust acquires Trethevy Field

At the beginning of November the Trust were informed that the field in which Trethevy Quoit is located was for sale.  While the quoit itself was gifted to the Government in the 1930s, the field was in separate ownership and a potential buyer was keen to use it for grazing horses.  The Trust was most concerned about this as some years ago there had been many problems with the public accessing the quoit because of grazing horses. In consultation with the Government Agencies, Historic England and English Heritage, it was decided that Cornwall Heritage Trust should bid to acquire the field thus protecting this magnificent monument.  The Trust are indebted to David Attwell, the Trustee that manages the East Cornwall sites, who successfully negotiated the purchase as well as a grant from Historic England to help pay for the land. If you would like to learn more about Trethevy Quoit, a monument managed by the Trust for English Heritage, click here... read more