News from Cornwall Heritage Trust

Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley – A riot of autumnal colours

Trust Administrator, Cathy Woolcock, and her family visited Luxulyan Valley and Treffry Viaduct for the first time this weekend and here’s what she thought: “I hang my head in shame that I have worked for the Trust for over a year now and have only just made my first trip to see Treffry Viaduct however it was definitely worth the wait!  The colours of the trees and hedgerows in the valley are truly spectacular at the moment, ranging from lincoln green to vivid scarlett and every shade in between; Mother Nature is truly putting on a fantastic autumnal show this year.  We all enjoyed trying to catch falling leaves as the wind whipped them just out of our grasp like confetti in the breeze.  Shuffling through the deep carpet of crispy leaves we made our way to the top of the viaduct itself and the children were fascinated to hear how the water had passed over the aqueduct to power the waterwheel and how it is hoped water will once again flow across – they couldn’t resist peeping through the gaps to see if they could spot any drops of water! The view from the top is breathtaking and what a treat to be able to walk across!  We were delighted to spot the tram lines and sluice gates and appreciate the wonderful view before we headed back down the paths to enjoy the full splendour of the viaduct by standing underneath it!  This was a really great place to bring the family (Alfie the spaniel too!) and it was FREE!!  We didn’t have enough time to properly explore however another visit... read more

New member benefits – Discounted entry to Wheal Martyn Museum

We are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a discount of 50% off the entry cost to Wheal Martyn Museum for all of our members.  Wheal Martyn is a a fantastic day out where you can find out more about Cornwall’s China Clay heritage, visit the Victorian clay works and explore the nature trails.  It’s a great place for families: who wouldn’t enjoy looking at the giant waterwheels, vintage trucks, train and the chance to let off some steam on the adventure play area?  Added to this is the chance to view the working pit.  For more information about Wheal Martyn please click here Don’t forget, members of Cornwall Heritage Trust also receive 50% off entry to King Edward Mine and FREE entry to the English Heritage sites in Cornwall.  Why not plan a trip today? If you would like more information on becoming a member of Cornwall Heritage Trust please click here... read more

2016 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting, 2016 Ronnie Biggs, Jack the Ripper and the last surviving Bal Maiden were the subjects of just a few of the clips and stories enjoyed by Trustees, members and friends at Cornwall Heritage Trust’s 31st Annual General Meeting on Saturday September 24th 2016 at Heartlands in Pool.   Only the late Ted Gundry, last year’s Heritage Champion, could have produced such an eclectic range of topics during his long career. Claire White, Tom Goskar and Dr Tehmina Goskar from Azook were honoured to be invited to give the annual Dr John Rowe Memorial Lecture in memory of Ted and they entertained all present with a wonderful lecture bursting with stories, memories and titbits!   Following the presentation Colonel Edward Bolitho, President of Cornwall Heritage Trust, presented the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for Heritage Champion 2016 to Captain George Hogg. Following 37 years in the Royal Navy Captain Hogg became the Honorary Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth from 1993 until the creation of the National Maritime Museum in 1998 where he was one of the founding Trustees.   George is still an active Trustee and Volunteer at the NMMC where he has spent his time developing the Cornwall Galleries and the Bartlett Library working closely with his friend and colleague, Tony Pawlyn. During this time he has also created an extensive Maritime Archive. It was his commitment to the NMMC and the Bartlett Library that led to him being nominated for the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award and he was deemed a very worthy winner by the judging panel.   The business of the AGM followed... read more

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.... read more

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... read more

A Landscape layered with Stories

Exhibition of Stories Inspired by Local Landscape Landscapes are embedded with stories, and unearthing these stories has been the job of the Storylines team, who have been gathering memories from the area to showcase in an exhibition at Wheal Martyn Museum from the 10th September- 13th October. The exhibition, ‘A Landscape Layered with Stories– a View from Carn Grey Rock,’ will launch with a film screening and story sharing session, starting at 6:30pm on Friday 9th September 2016. Using the natural high point of Carn Grey Rock near Trethurgy, local people have been coming together to overlook the unique surrounding landscape and record their memories. Ali Roscoe from Storylines says, “landscapes provide a valuable way of triggering memories, and it has been a real privilege to hear so many. It is important to bring these stories to light and this exhibition is a perfect way of honouring and celebrating them.” The exhibition will give people a chance to explore these personal and intimate stories, by entering a large panoramic installation. A film and creative responses from children from local primary schools, who have taken their own trip up Carn Grey Rock, will also be on display. Mr. Brian McCaldrin, headteacher at Luxulyan School, says “children were engaged with and immersed in their local heritage, giving them a sense of their place in time and history.” This exhibition is a culmination of a 2 year journey for the ‘Landmark Travels, Our Past in a Suitcase’ project, which has been unearthing the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks throughout Cornwall. The project is being delivered in partnership with the social... read more

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... read more

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!... read more

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... read more

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