Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Goonhavern & District O C S


Goonhavern Old Cornwall Society has its own

website which can be accessed from this link




Chairman: Mr John Jackett 01872-572449


Secretary: Miss Jean White 01872-572337


Treasurer: Mrs Carolyn Wilkinson 1872 572791


Recorder: Mr Derek Brooks Tel: 01872 573417





Villagers may not be aware that many local views, past and present, are being added to our website - courtesy of John Thornton Design, by our Recorder Derek Brooks.



If you would wish to have any old views of Goonhavern Village or of our immediate local area, displayed in this manner, please feel to get in touch with Derek  01872 573417 or John Jackett 01872 572449 (Chairman), any original photographs, with the owners consent, will be scanned and handed back as soon as possible, before they are added to the above website.   If it is more convenient, they may be forwarded by email derek_brooks@tiscali.co.uk



Founded: 1996


Colours: Dark Grey & Orange


(Representing the Mine Waste and Iron Water from the Mines)




"Down your Way"


Society chairman John Jackett asked for committee replacements namely: Chairman due to his increasing health issues, also ladies committee before welcoming outgoing OCS Federation webmaster Tony Mansell.


The 21st century social history of Silverwell was the thread of his “Very Cornish village” presentation, alongside extracts from his recent publication of the early life of Elsie Pearce / Thomas.

Topical soundtracks illustrated family village life changes from tin baths and privvies to bathrooms, pumped well water to indoor tap water.

Candles and paraffin lamps to electricity, the Cornish range remained the centrepiece in every kitchen, providing heat and food for many years.

Compulsory education brought an end to child exploitation in 1880 many working in local mining, overall boredom never featured.

Probably the biggest life changer was the `Telly, decimating social gatherings centred around, band concerts and simple pursuits of tea treats – rapidly became a thing of the past.


Tea and biscuits were served by Pat, Muriel and new volunteer Joyce.


On Fri 31st May our AGM will be followed by a topical quiz, presented by Alan, who will include some readings for all to enjoy.

Members Cornish supper will close the evening.    Visitors will be made very welcome at a charge of £1.00 admission.  












Shops - Goonhavern Forge




Tea and Biscuits served at the close of meetings at a cost of 20p per person,

unless supper has been arranged when there will be no charge.

Non-members welcome at a cost of £1.00 per person.

A members raffle will be held for Society funds.




Friday 31st May, 2019