Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

Bird Chough Facebook circle blue large

St Agnes Old Cornwall Society

Officers

 

President: Barrie Bennetts

 

Secretary: Beryl Thomas

 

Treasurer: Pat Nankivell

 

 

email contact

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

All indoor meetings are held on the First Tuesday of the Month

 

in the Methodist Church Hall St Agnes at 7.30 pm

 

The annual subscription is £5; visitors £2 each meeting

 

All are welcome so why not come and join us

 

 

 

2017

 

Tuesday October 3rd

“Helston to Trevarno Steam Railway”

Alan Burton

 

Tuesday November 7th

“The Enys Estate”

Terry Chapman

 

      November 4th

     Winter Festival

Redruth

 

Tuesday December 5th

“The Perraners”

 

2018

 

Tuesday January 2nd

Local Slides and Talk

Clive Benney

 

 

 

The St Agnes Cuckoo

 

The men of St Agnes noticed that when the cuckoo was uttering its curious call, summer was nigh high. “If,” said the men of St Agnes,“we can build a hedge about the cuckoo and keep him, then shall we have summer time all the year round”. Although they built their hedge as fast as possible the bird took wing and flew away. “There now!” exclaimed the disappointed hedgebuilders, “If us had put on one daub more, us would have kep’ en in!”

 

This is one of many variations of the story, in all of which the poor St Agnes men are held to ridicule.

 

 

**************************************************************************

 

 

A tribute written to John Martin Rogers by the late Ruth Jennings

 

John Martin Rogers

1862-1911

 

Composer of Ring the Bells (referred to as the St Agnes Carol)

 

Ring the Bells was composed by the late John Rogers of Higher Bal.

It was a brilliant composition for a local man of those days and he gave a manuscript autographed copy to the choir master of St. Agnes Methodist Choir at that time (The late Mr. John Angwin) and it was sung by the choir every Christmas night for 50 years in succession.   John Rogers died on a Christmas morning and at the choir's Carol service, in the Wesleyan Chapel that night, Mr Angwin paid tribute to the Christian character of John Rogers and the choir stood to sing the Carol as their tribute.

For many years it was sung both indoors and in the street, as it was the choir’s custom in those years. Whatever day Christmas Day fell on there was a Carol service in the Chapel at 6.00pm followed by carol singing in the street. There would be at least 700 in the Chapel and some 50 in the Choir. So, therefore, this precious heretige (sic) should not be allowed to die.   Though it may not be known to some, sing along together and thanks to John Rogers.

 

 

 

 

Founded

 

1926 - listed in journal

 

1932 - local recorder only

 

1933 - re-formed / ???? - ceased

 

1951 - re-formed as Mount Hawke

 

1964 - ceased

 

1964 - re-formed as St Agnes

 

Colours: Blue & Green

 

Ringthebells St Agnes Banner May 2014 Trevaunance circa 1910