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The Organisation for those who love Cornwall

'Kuntellewgh an brewyon eus gesys na vo kellys travyth'

(Gather up the fragments that are left that nothing be lost)


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A maritime slice of St Ives by Tony Mason Southern Sons of Cwll Sept 2015 Map Truro - Bert Biscoe Trura - Bert Biscoe Taves an Tir No. 15 ICS Dec 2015 Cornish News NZ Summer 2016 Launceston in Devon St Buryan Churchyard Cross March 2016 Lanhadron Inscribed Cross Base N Z Soc of Geneologists June 2016 NZ Cornish Assoc May-Jun2016 CHT - GK - OCS Heritage Plaques Golowan Mazey Day Penzance image0101010 12592372_1116040528416816_8750559359421008214_n

Another viewpoint - from the Bendigo Advertiser via Tom Luke

Hosken, Trevithick & Polkinhorn (HTP)

It was December 1935 at Crosscoombe Chapel and the soprano singer was in full flow when an explosion stopped her in mid cadenza. The chapel superintendents rushed out to catch the perpetrators but they were nowhere to be seen. Little did they know that the guilty parties were sat amongst them, stifling a smile. With a plan that was clearly modelled on the Gunpowder Plot, Doug Mitchell and Jim Boundy had brought the concert to an explosive and premature finish.

Doug takes up the story. “We had a couple of bangers left over from Guy Fawkes Day and I made up a long fuse out of binder twine, candle wax and iron filings. We put the device in the tool shed under the organ loft and took our places in the audience. We waited and waited but nothing happened, so we assumed that the fuse had gone out. We’d obviously miscalculated on our fuse design because suddenly there was a huge double explosion; it was much louder than we expected and seemed to rock the place. Despite the fact that Jim and I were always up to mischief we were never suspected of carrying it out. Well, it was only a bit of youthful exuberance”. (From Jericho to Cligga)

Cornish Association of NSW Oct-Nov May Cannan (Bert Biscoe) Kevren Nov 2016 19th December - Carols from the Stratton Hundred Find a Speaker Ballarat December 2016 London Cornish Pilot Gig Club Truro Railway Station - David Teagle New book - The Cornish in Latin America Keep Kernow Whole

OCS Federation Events


Saturday 25th February 2017: Spring General Meeting at Lys Kernow, Truro,  


Saturday 24th June 2017: FOCS Summer Festival, Padstow


Saturday 7th October 2017: FOCS AGM & Autumn Meeting, Lys Kernow, Truro


Saturday 4th November 2017: FOCS Winter Festival, Redruth,


All members of OCS are entitled to attend these festivals and meetings

Gorsedh Kernow Events


Saturday 22nd April 2017: Gorsedh Proclamation, Launceston


Saturday 2nd September 2017: Open Gorsedh, Launceston

OCS and Cornwall-wide Events

March 2017: St Piran's Celebrations: please advise the website manager of your activity so that it can be included here

London Cornish Winter 2016 2016 Winter Festival St Paul's Church Petition MAGA Dec 16 - Jan 17