Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Callington Old Cornwall Society










Founded: 5th October 1928


Colours: Maroon






Meetings in Callington Town Hall

7.00 p.m. in the Lounge, 2.00 p.m. Council Chamber

Business first 30 minutes

Membership: £6.00 – Visitors: £1.00


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Monday 17th September, 2018 – 7.00 p.m.

90th Annual General Meeting


Thursday 18th October, 2018 – 2.00 p.m.

Member David Naylor

“My Cornish Pioneer Family”


Sunday 11th November, 2018

Remembrance Day Service: St. Mary’s, Callington


Thursday 15th November, 2018 – 2.00 p.m.

Grand Bard – Elizabeth Carne (Melennek)

“My Vision as Grand Bard”


Saturday 24th November, 2018

F.O.C.S. Winter Festival: Bodmin


Monday 17th December, 2018 – 7.00 p.m.

Christmas Social: A ‘Faith Supper’


Thursday 17th January, 2019 – 11.00 a.m.

Members New Year Gathering at Clitters

Refreshments and Pasty Lunch.


Thursday 21st February, 2019 – 2.00 p.m.

Carole Vivian

“Jamaica Inn, Fact and Fiction”


Monday 18th March, 2019 – 7.00 p.m.

Vice President Les Pierce

“Vivian and Pellow, Bolitho and Poldark”


April 2019

    Gorsedh Proclamation: St. Just


Monday 15th April, 2019 – 7.00 p.m.

Federation O.C.S. President Karin Easton

“F.O.C.S. 100 years 2020 Update” followed by “Influences on Winston

Graham in creating Poldark”


June, 2019

Summer Visit

Jamaica Inn – date and time to follow


Saturday 22nd June, 2019

Midsummer Eve Bonfire – Tansys Golowan

Summit of Kit Hill


Saturday 6th July, 2019

F.O.C.S. Summer Festival:

St. Just.


Saturday 7th September, 2019

Gorsedh Kernow – St. Just

Annual Gathering of the Bards of Cornwall


Monday16th September, 2019 – 7.00 p.m.

A.G.M. and Speaker






Unfortunately, The President Barbara Shaw – Mentenor a’n Ertach (Upholder of the Heritage) and The Secretary Keith Shaw – Kaswydh (Small wood or Copse) were unable to attend the Midsummer Bonfire this year for the first time in many years.


Merv and Allison Davy played music to entertain the gathering crowds prior to the Town Cryer – Tony Stentiford summonsing all to gather for the procession to the bonfire.


The Vice President Les Pierce led the dignities through the ceremony in Cornish and English. The Guest of Honour was the newly installed Deputy Portreeve and Deputy Mayor Mike Tagg, the Prayer for the Benediction of the Midsummer Bonfire was given by the Reverend Heather West - Gwas Duw (Servant of God) of South Petherwin Parish, whilst the Lady of the Flowers was Pam Cox, whose bunch of flowers to be cast into the fire included “wicked weeds, fast withering, let this fire kill!” – together with beneficial which would prevail “thousand fold to let good seed spring”.


It was a wonderful evening – with songs, and the stirring Cornish Anthem “Bro Goth Agan Taves”, followed by the familiar Federation Anthem “Trelawny”.


New Members will be most welcome – contact the secretary for further details.


Keith Shaw – Kaswydh (Small wood or Copse),

Skrifenyades – Kelliwik Kowethas Kernow Goth

Secretary to Callington Old Cornwall Society.

Tel: 01579370344e-mail: [email protected]


Photographs by member Gill Naylor

Callington Bonfire 2019