What an incredible evening we had celebrating the launch of our £49,832 community history project with our Platinum Jubilee lightings at Sancreed and Castle an Dinas!
Nearly 1300 people joined us last Thursday to light up the Beacons and celebrate the beginning of this landmark two-year project, which will see Cornwall Heritage Trust creating and growing community engagement and volunteering opportunities across its heritage sites, with a particular focus on Sancreed and Castle an Dinas. The project has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of the Platinum Jubilee funding.
The evenings, which were free to all guests, involved music, pasties – courtesy of St Buryan Farm Shop and Peter Morris Butchers – and a great deal of merriment. At Sancreed, the Village Hall Committee also treated guests to a wealth of Jubilee-inspired cakes and live music in the evening sun.
The Beacon at Castle an Dinas was lit by Derek Lindsay, who was nominated for his dedication to preserving and strengthening heritage in Cornwall and specifically for his instrumental role in developing Padstow Museum. He was supported by Carl Roberts, who is Cornwall Heritage Trust’s honorary Vice President as well as a Founder Member and Founder Trustee.
William John Thomas was nominated to light the Beacon at Sancreed due to his heavy involvement in Sancreed Parish Council and the local Church as well as his hard work and dedication to the Parish.
Ahead of the lighting at Sancreed, pupils from Sennen School processed up the Beacon with lanterns created in a special workshop made possible by Cornwall Heritage Trust.
Cornwall Heritage Trust, CEO Cathy Woolcock said: “What an evening! We have a proud tradition of beacon lighting here in Cornwall and last night is one that I hope our communities will remember for many years to come.”
“Both events were incredibly special and would not have been possible without the support and help of a host of people. I would therefore like to thank Sancreed Parish Council, Sancreed Village Hall Committee, St Columb Old Cornwall Society, Trystan and Ben, our bugle players, William James, Peter James and the Rescorla band. Huge thanks go to all their hard work and dedication!”
Sancreed Beacon and Castle an Dinas are two of 12 historic Cornish sites owned or managed by Cornwall Heritage Trust. These sites are freely open to the to the public and more information about them can be found at www.cornwallheritagetrust.org