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The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Liskeard Old Cornwall Society




President: Duncan Paul Matthews, Trelowia, 27 Trecarne View, St Cleer, Liskeard, PL14 5BS. Tel: 01579-208912.


Secretary:  Duncan Paul Matthews, Trelowia, 27 Trecarne View, St Cleer, Liskeard, PL14 5BS. Tel: 01579-208912.


Asst Secretary: Zachary Leon


Treasurer: FROM OCT 2015: Mrs Brenda Furse, 130 Woodgate Road, Liskeard, PL14 6DY. Tel: 340375


Recorder: Mrs Paula Arthur, 20 Pavlova Court, Liskeard, PL14 4NY. Tel: 01579-344808.


Archivist: Jackie Jenkins   01579-347529    


Dialect Recorder:


Two Federation Delegates: President + vacancy



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Sun  5 Mar 17 St Piran's Day

Sun 5 Mar 2017        St Piran's Concert

3.00pm      Liskeard Methodist Church

Choir and Instrumentalists. Cornish Readings

Open to all  -  Admission Free


Thu 27 Apr 17 Trevithick Day



Fri 5 May 2017        St Cleer Well Dressing

11.30am        St Cleer Holdy Well.

260 Children in song and dance

Readings in Cornish.

Free to all


Fri 12 May 17*        Annual Social


Sat 13 May 17         Midland Cornish Association Annual Lunch


Sun 16 May 17300th Anniversary of the Quakers Friends at Looe


Sun 21 May 17Wesley Day - Digory Isbel's Cottage, Trewint,

4.00pmNr Alternun.


Sun 28 May 17 Beating The Bounds  (13 miles) between Parish

10.30am                  Boundry Markers


Mon 29 May 2017   St Neot Oak Apple Day

6.00pm           St Neot Village

Parade to Church and hoist oak branch up the tower.

Free to all


Thu  8 Jun 17          Coffee Morning - Public Hall, Longroom



Mon 12  Jun 17         St Keyne Well Cleaning



Fri 23 Jun 2017    Mid Summer's Eve Bonfire

6.30pm       Bolitho Farm, Maudlin, Liskeard

Reenacting ageless tradition of prolonging summer

to guarantee a bountiful harvest. Cornish/English

Free to all


Fri 30 Jun 2017     Trelawny Day - Pelynt

5.00pm          Village Hall Talk & Tea    

7.30pm Worship and Concert in St Nun's Parish Church Pelynt Male Voice Choir

Open to all


Fri/Sat 9/10 Jul      Liskeard Agricultural Show, Merrymeet.


Sat 10 Jul 17FOCS Summer Festival - Padstow


Thu 4 Aug 17          1549 Prayer Book Rebellion Commemorations

6.30pmSt Petroc's Parish Church, Bodmin.

                                   Levow Kesson. (To be confirmed)


Aug/Sept     'Crying the Neck Ceremony'

Date and Time to be announced once harvested

Ancient ceremony to capture the Spirit of the Harvest

in Cornish and English

Bolitho Farm, Maudlin, Liskeard, PL14 3RG

Open to all


Sat 2 Sep 17Gorsedh Kernow  -  Launceston



Fri  8 Sep 17*Sir Richard Carew - 16th Century Gentleman

2.30pm Carole Vivien


Mon  11  Sep 17     St Keyne Well Cleaning



Thu 12 Oct 17        Coffee Morning - Public Hall, Longroom



Fri 13 Oct 17 *        Cornwall's Lighthouses

2.30pm Alan & Anne Cox  


Fri 10 Nov 17*        The Lighter Side of the First World War

2.30pm                      Di Lawer                


Fri 8 Dec 17             In Search of Smugglers

2.30pmCarole Vivien


Fri 12 Jan 18*Cornish Personalities - Rev Stephen Hawker

2.30pm                      Alan & Anne Cox    


Fri  9 Feb 18*


Fri  9 Mar 18*


Fri  13 Apr 18*


Fri 11 May 18 *       Annual Social


*  Meetings held in the Public Hall, Longroom at 2.30pm each second Friday in the month.










On Fri 10 Mar 17, the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society were treated to a very well research and informative

presentation on 'Joseph Turner', titled 'Turner In the Tamar Valley', by Mrs Dorothy Kirk, of Gunnislake.    

The presentation included copies of Turner's painting and the original sketches used from his on site

inspiration at a time when this part of Cornwall's fronteir was a heavily industrialised with mining pointing

out the recognised landmarks and geological features in his paintings that are still recognised today.


Dorothy, also explained that from the names of the local area it proved that in medieval times both the

Roman's came up the river to trade safe  from marauding pirates are the river mouth and the Vikings to rob.


In his painting 'Crossing the brook' it portrays the Gunnislake New Bridge in the background with industrial

water wheels in the woods to work the mine stamps for crushing the ores, pumps, smithying workshops,

bones imported from France to be crushed for fertilizer and Mills for miling cerial crops into flour, gaining

their energy from water released from the Mining Adits as well as waterwheels dipped into the fast flowing

River Tamar above the tidal reaches.


The illustrated talk gave reference not only to the industry of the river and  Cornwall's only island at the wier

to allow shipping bring the Plymouth night soills upsteam as manure for the Market Garden and  later Daffodil

Industries, the wier having its own Salmon leap.


Dorthy's presentation ended with the picture of 'The Fighting Tameraire', being towed through the Harmoze

to the PlymouthBreakers Yard by a steam tug.    Her next pre-prepared talk is to be on; 'Turner in Cornwall'.


Guests at the gathering were from the Bodmin OCS,, Torbay Cornish Association and the Cornwall Association

of Local Historians,





















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