Chairman and Librarian: Lewis Hocking 01872 863630
Vice Chairman :- Martin Hughes
Secretary: Mrs Beryl Hinton Restharrow, Penpol Hill, Penpol, Truro TR3 6NS 01872 864611
Treasurers :- Barry & Kate Gaskill
Recorder: Phil Davey Helenes Cottage, Quenchwell Road, Carnon Downs 01872 865400
Committee :- Murray Hinton & Margaret Dale
Our meetings are held at Carnon Downs Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month
The meetings begin at 7.15pm
Subscription is £7.50
September 5th. Mr. Tony Mansell. Cornwall - A Land Apart.
October 3rd. Mr. Vivian Hendra. 19th Century Truro
November 7th. Mrs. Janet Axton. A History of St. Ives.
December 5th. Mr. Mike Edwards. The Lake's Pottery, Truro.
January 2nd. Social Evening with Entertainment.
January 12th. New Year Lunch at the Falmouth Hotel.
February 6th. Mr. Colin Retallick. St. Piran and the
March 6th. Mr. Duncan Matthews. John Smeaton.
April 3rd. A.G.M. Bring-and-share supper.
Next Meeting - September 4th. 2018.
There have been 2 Summer Outings. The first was to the Bodmin and
Wenford Railway for Steam and Cream. It is the only full size railway
with steam engines in Cornwall. We sat in the restored Pullman dining
carriages of the Cornish Belle for the 2 hours and 13 miles journey.
From Bodmin General the train went up to Boscarne Junction where it
stopped for a while while the engine was run round for the return
journey. We were served with freshly baked scones and plenty of jam and
cream and large pots of tea at our tables, which were complete with
table cloths and china. We were able to sit back and relax and enjoy
the views of the Cornish countryside. On the return journey we stopped
again at Bodmin General where there were milk churns on the platform
waiting to be collected and a trolley load of luggage, typical of the
1950s. From there the train went passed the Walker Lines sidings and
reached Colesloggett Halt, a very small, quiet station in the
countryside and then the train went on to Bodmin Parkway which connects
with the main line. From there the train steamed back to Bodmin General
station. Everyone agreed that the Outing was most enjoyable.
The second Outing was to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. After it was
built in 1870 Porthcurno was the largest and busiest telegraph cable
station in the world for 100 years. The Falmouth Packet boats had
carried messages prior to the development of Porthcurno. The Museum
underwent refurbishment last year and an additional new building was
constructed as a learning centre and to store the archives. Many of the
exhibits we saw were hands-on and we could try out various things.
There were also talks and many displays. It was interesting to hear
about the history of the cables coming ashore on the beach at
Porthcurno. There were examples of the different types of cable used
over the years from the thin cover used over the wires initially which
lead to the cable breaking easily, to the armour plating used
subsequently. We heard about the problems of laying the cables and the
very large ships needed to carry them. Gradually the world became
linked by cables and 14 came to Cornwall. Now 5 fibre optic cables come
We were also able to explore the tunnels used in WW!!. Members agreed
that it was a fascinating Museum to explore.
Colours: Black & Scarlet