Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Carnon Downs OCS



Chairman and Librarian: Lewis Hocking  01872 863630


Vice Chairman: Martin Hughes


Secretary: Yvonne Frankson    07957 907769


Treasurers: Barry & Kate Gaskill


Recorder: Phil Davey  01872 865400








PROGRAMME 2019/2020


Meetings are held at Carnon Downs Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month,

Commencing at 7.15 p.m. Subscriptions £7.50, visitors £2.00


3rd September

 Philip Hosken  

            The History of HTP


1st October

       Adrian Wilton

             Churchill’s Secret Army


5th November

Roger Radcliffe

The St.Agnes Coastline


3rd December

Hugh Trevarthen

The History of Holmans




7th January

Social Evening with entertainment

– bring and share supper


10th January (Friday)

New Year Luncheon

Falmouth Hotel, 12.30 for 1.00 pm


4th  February

Chris Knight

            St.Austell Brewery                    


3rd  March

David Thomas: Lantern slides,

            Victorian and Edwardian Camborne


7th  April

AGM – bring and share supper


Next Meeting – 1st September 2020





Churchill’s Secret Army


‘Churchill’s Secret Army in Cornwall’ was the subject of a fascinating presentation given by Mr Adrian Wilton who explained how Churchill feared an invasion along our South Coast during WW2 and how these special forces were recruited, trained and operated from 1940 to 1944. Recruits were selected for their knowledge of the local areas and signed the Official Secrets Act so even families were unaware of the existence of this special group.

Trained purely to sabotage and delay any advance to London 300 men in Cornwall operating from 30 underground bunkers were thankfully not called into action. Adrian’s research enabled him to give the names of those involved in the locality. Several members recognised the names. Adrian concluded his talk by revealing that his father had been a member of Churchill’s Army and proudly produced his father’s badge. A poignant moment.


St Agnes Coastline


There was the usual good attendance at Carnon Downs Old Cornwall Society when Roger Radcliffe gave an illustrated talk on a section of the coastline around St. Agnes. The talk was one of a series and was entitled ‘Sets and Spells’, a reference to the changing moods of the sea – the sets being sets of waves enjoyed by the surfer and the spells the calmer waters favoured by the fisherman. There were stories of wrecks, treasure seeking and mining and many unusual views of the rugged cliffs, caves and coves photographed from the sea. Roger will be welcomed back for the next chapter in the series.



























Founded: 1963


Colours: Black & Scarlet

Carnon Downs Blacksmith's shop 1940s  (1)

Blacksmith's Shop 1940s