Geevor Gala Day 2018

Geevor Gala Day 2018

Geevor Gala Friday 3rd August 2018 “Geevor Gala is an annual event held at Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen to celebrate the rich heritage amongst our community. We welcomed back over 25 former employees onto the site to share their memories with our visitors. It was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyable for all those who attended. The day was full of family friendly activities including; kibble filling, hand drilling, dressing up, a vintage merry-go-round, and panning for gems. We also welcomed many musicians onto the site with Craggs Law, Cape Singers and Davey & Dyer providing an excellent musical back drop to proceedings. Cape Singers also brought a film crew from along with them who are creating a documentary about Devon & Cornwall of which Geevor Gala will feature in; this will air on More 4. Our Count House Cafe supplied great food throughout the day for both our participants and visitors. Our visitors had the chance to speak to a variety of men who worked at Geevor both above and below ground. This is one of the best ways to learn about the site, hearing information first hand from those who experienced Geevor in its prime. The day also featured demonstrations of our recently restored mining machinery, with both the Eimco Mucker and Holmans Rock Drill being displayed to our visitors by men that used them underground. These machines have been restored by our dedicated team of volunteers who undertake excellent work on site. We also held a raffle to raise money for our restoration projects. We hope to hold Geevor Gala once again in 2019...
Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing

Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing

Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing A research programme and a series of projects that celebrated South West England’s granites and Cornwall’s dimension granite quarrying traditions, skills and practices.  CHT funded the research and development of the St Piran’s day celebratory events and launch day events with a grant of £2,000. The Tracing Granite programme included a commission from La Vallee des Saints, where David Paton and Stephane Rouget carved a 4.5 metre tall sculpture of St Piran.  Throughout the six months that the St Piran statue was carved at Trenoweth Dimension Granite Quarry (Mabe Burnthouse) the public were invited to visit, and also see the quarry and its working operations. St Piran’s Day 2018 was celebrated with a series of events around Cornwall using the scupllture before it was transported to La Vallee des Saints in Brittainy in May 2018 on board La Nebuleuse, a traditional Breton tuna fishing vessel. https://www.facebook.com/The-Giants-Crossing-686319364862802/ More Grants Geevor Gala Day 2018 Grants Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing Grants Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols Grants Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Grants Coastguard’s Daughter Grants Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project Grants Madron History Group Grants West Penwith Survey Grants The Garstin Archive Grants The Gibson Photographic Archive Grants « Older...
Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols ‘Cornish Carols are unique and to have a publication that brings together the essence of that is marvellous. The hours and miles will have been well worth it I am sure. Congratulations to Sally and Hilary for the achievement’. Roger Gool (Leader of Padstow Carollers) Following the success of their 2015 book Shout Kernow, which won the Waterstones’ Holyer an Gof Award (also funded by CHT), Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman turned their attention to exploring the continuity and revival of the Cornish carolling tradition. During 2016 they travelled around Cornwall, recording stories, memories and local versions of carols. Cornish carols are special and have a long history which deserves recognition. These carols are part of Cornwall’s rich communal singing. “We hope the book will raise awareness of them and will preserve this heritage as well as increasing knowledge of Cornish history through the background of the carols and the local stories” said Sally Burley. Funded by the Cornish Heritage Trust, The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and the Red River Singers, the book is accompanied by 2 CDs of recordings and contains 32 carols with associated history and photos. ‘Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols’ was published in November 2017 and immediately sold extremely well virtually selling out within a month! The good news is that a reprint will be done this Autumn for the next carolling season. Hilary and Sally were delighted when they received the following message from Bert Biscoe after he had read a copy of Hark and shared it with others:  ‘my mother-in- law has been...
Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project

Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project

Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Bringing communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route. St. Michael’s Way was used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land’s End. Dating back to pre-historic times (10,000BC – 410AD), it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall’s rapid conversion into a Christian faith. The trail stretches from Lelant (near St. Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km.  Project Aims:   To create animated films on the theme of St Michael’s Way that can be shared and distributed widely promoting learning and appreciation for this historic route. Future aims: To form collaborations to raise awareness of St Michael’s Way both regionally and internationally. To work together to ensure that the route is maintained and conserved for future generations. When: September 2017- September 2018 Where: Penwith Who: Community Groups, businesses, Schools, Archive Centre, volunteers, historians, specialists and artists. Project outline After a period of consultation Tough Dough will deliver a series of activities that will include walks, talks, Tea treats and cooking events, art activities and film screenings. Learning Outcomes Tough Dough will raise the awareness of St Michael’s Way in different ways: Heritage, history, health and wellbeing and cultural connections with Europe About Tough Dough Tough Dough is a Community Interest Company. Tough Dough artists have been delivering creative projects in the community for 12 years.  Project themes have included Cornish culture, festivals, food and heritage. Workshops and activities are inclusive and aimed at diverse groups and schools. The outcomes include...
Coastguard’s Daughter

Coastguard’s Daughter

COASTGUARD’S DAUGHTER A community theatre project to take the play “The Coastguard’s Daughter” to various coastal towns, and to work with a different choir in each location so that each community engages with the production.  The grant of £2,500 was used to establish two workshops with each community choir. https://www.canvastheatre.co.uk/ More Grants Geevor Gala Day 2018 Grants Tracing Granite – St Piran’s Crossing Grants Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols Grants Stepping St Michael’s Way – A Community Art Project Grants Coastguard’s Daughter Grants Wheal Martyn Water Wheel Restoration Project Grants Madron History Group Grants West Penwith Survey Grants The Garstin Archive Grants The Gibson Photographic Archive Grants « Older...