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Midsummer Bonfires


The history of the Midsummer bonfire dates back to the times of Pagan rituals. The Church had to make a decision. It could either suppress such Pagan Festivals or use them for its own purpose. It decided the latter and the fires were allowed to continue and to occur on the Feast Day of John the Baptist. The Cornish name for the Festival is 'Golowan' translated from Cornish as Gol (feast) and Jowan (John).

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St Just & Pendeen OCS


Our Bonfire Celebration will be on Saturday, 23rd June, and we plan to light the bonfire at 8.00 p.m.   Our Mayor has been invited to light the bonfire, and we have a ‘Lady of the Flowers’ to complete our Ceremony.


Pasties will be on sale during the evening.


There will be music and singing, so do come along and share this special evening with us.


We meet on top of CHAPEL CARN BREA.   Directions will be found at various points around St Just.   From St Just you take the Sennen/Land’s End Road, the B3306.   Just past the aerodrome you turn left to Crows-an-Wra.   Continue up the hill, and Chapel Carn Brea is on the right.  There is a car park but, if full, you can park on the road.   You then walk up to the top of the Carn.   If you are coming from the Penzance area on the A30, you continue towards Land’s End, and take the right hand turn once you reach Crows-an-Wra.    The Chapel Carn Brea will then be on your left as you get to the top of the hill...

St Ives OCS


At Carnstabba Hill, Halsetown, St Ives at 8pm on Sat 23rd June.


There is free car parking in a private field behind the Halsetown Inn’s carpark and we suggest people attending bring a torch to light their way back down the hill after the event.


At 8.00 we are hoping to do some community singing. At 8.30 hot pasties will be delivered for sale.


The actual fire will be lit at 9.00. Mr Vaughan Bennett from Penhalwyn Trekking stables, Halsetown who is setting and extinguishing the fire has kindly given us written permission to use his land. We all hope for is a warm dry evening!

Val Thomas

Liskeard OCS


Saturday 23rd June 6.30pm at Bolitho Farm, Liskeard.

Rod Sheaff is our Cornish speaker.

Father Gilmour of Liskeard RC Church is reading Psalm 19, verses 1-11, and a short homily.

Deputy Mayor Sue Pike is to light the fire followed by a Lady of the Flowers and Maids from two local schools casting their garlands.

Music, Dance and Theatre group Caradon Youth will provide half an hour's entertainment ending, of course, with Trelawny.

To end the evening saffron buns will be provided free of charge, visitors will need to bring their own drinks, with Zac Leon, Liskeard OCS secretary, and his pals on acoustic guitars in the background.

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