Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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St Ives Old Cornwall Society



President: Margaret M Stevens


Vice-President: Frank Stevens


Chairman: Brian Stevens  


Secretary: Valerie Thomas   01736 794845


Treasurer: Raymond Perkins


Recorder: Frank Stevens



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Our annual subscription is £8.50, and we charge £2 for visitors.


The Society meets at 7.00 p.m. in St Ives Infant School, Trenwith Burrows on the third Monday in the month, except

for December when we meet on the second Monday.


There is plenty of free parking at the school.





   Nov. 20th: St Ives Characters captured in photographs by the late Cyril Honey, presented by Christopher Care


    Dec. 11th: Newlyn Artists - Zoe Burkett                                        






            May 21st: Barbican & Batttery - Val Thomas     [AGM]







The society’s April meeting took place on a windy evening, but was well attended. Deputizing for Margaret, a welcome to all was given by Christine after which Trelawney was sung. Christine then introduced presenter Col. Edward Bolitho, Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant, whose topic was ‘Home and Duty’. He began by tracing the Bolitho’s from the 18th century, although the family name, from the Cornish ‘bos or ‘bod’ meaning a dwelling, was known much earlier. It is believed to have originated from Bolitho, a small village east of Praze-an- Beeble in the parish of Crowan. The family became involved in tanning yards in Penryn, and the pilchard industry. Soon it was investing in mining, establishing a smelting works for tin at Chy-an- Dour. Because of the various industries, it was decided that each should have its own banking system, Bolitho Sons & Co, for paying their workers ; these were taken over by Barclays Bank in 1835 though the two companies complemated each other by shipping fish between Penzance and South Wales. Their first ship was the Trewidden [here a slide was shown] named after the family home . It was then that property investment also began by  purchasing the Tregenna Castle Hotel  [ here a slide was shown], later taken over by the Great Western Railway Company. By now the family home was Trengwainton  [1867] given to the National Trust in 1961 although the family is still in residence and its gardens famous world –wide.  Col .Edward went on to reveal that both his grandfather and great grand- father were also Lords Lieutenants, so he followed in their footsteps in 2011. Established by Henry VIII to represent several counties in the 1540’s, they were initially responsible for the militia in their local areas. Nowadays Col. Bolitho enjoys travelling around Cornwall as the Queen’s representative and high profile visitors to the County are his responsibility; he welcomed the Queen to Cornwall in 2013 when she visited St.Ives.  He has also a duty to present several awards to nominated people, encourage the voluntary sector and support Cornish business, while retaining a strong link with the Armed Forces. There is no doubt that Col. Bolitho enjoys his role as Lord Lieutenant.


Col Bolitho was thanked by secretary Val, after he answered questions. She also told of forthcoming events, such as the Federation Summer Festival, and Brian’s guided walks later in the summer, as well as Bonfire night and ‘Crying the Neck’, date to be decided at Harvest time. Afterwards the raffle was drawn and refreshments served. The last meeting, of this session, including the AGM, will be on Monday May 21st when Val Thomas will present ‘Barbican and Battery’. All are welcome.




















Founded: 1920


Colours: Purple

St Ives new From Frank Stevens St Ives OCS