Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Helston Old Cornwall Society


Founded: 1924


Colours: Green




President: Martin Matthews  01326 572340


Vice-Presidents: Mrs J. Spargo, Mr J. Penaluna, Mr P. Phillips


Secretary: Mrs Elaine Foreman  01326 574643


Treasurer: Mike Atkins  01326 561464


Membership Secretary: Mrs E Wood


Hon. Recorder: Mrs J. Chambers 01326 619688





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The meetings take place at Hens Horn Court on the first Wednesday of each  

month from October to April at 7 p.m., except for January when the meeting will

be on the second Wednesday.


The annual subscription, payable on the first evening of attendance, remains at £5 for 2018/19. The charge for Visitors is £2 per evening, which is refundable if the annual subscription is taken out.



Wednesday October 3rd

“A Potted History of Porthleven”

  an illustrated coverage by Roger Hosking


Wednesday November 7th

“Every picture tells a story”

 Photographs 1865 – 1915 by Frank Argall

 Featuring local history and early picture postcards


Wednesday  December 5th

Christmas Social Evening with the Cadgwith Singers



Wednesday January 9th

“Electricity development and introduction into Cornwall with the

 arrival of the tramcar system between Camborne and Redruth”

 Illustrated by Peter Benbow


Wednesday February 6th

“The History of Rodda’s Clotted Cream”

 Presented by family member Philip Rodda



Wednesday March 6th

“Hayle and its Heritage”

 an illustrated talk by Trevor Smitheram


Wednesday April 3rd

Annual General Meeting and Members’ evening










On 22 June a group of our members travelled to Altarnun, where initially they enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Church Hall before splitting into two groups to undertake arranged visits. One group received a very informative guided tour of Altarnun Church under the direction of Tony Naylor, Churchwarden, and the other visited Wesley Cottage, where John Hogarth and his colleagues not only undertook a fascinating guided tour, incorporating a resume of its history, but all kindly provided welcomed tea and cakes. The day, in fine weather, was enjoyed by all in a most splendid Cornish setting.






“Following on from our successful summer excursion to Altarnun Church and Wesley Cottage at Trewint last year, we decided to “go west” this year. On 21st June, our group firstly travelled by coach from Helston to St Just, where we were greeted by Mr. Doug Luxford, President of St Just & Pendeen OCS. He proceeded to give us a most comprehensive and informative tour of points of interest around St Just, and we also enjoyed a very interesting talk in St Just Church given by their Vice-President and Church Warden, Mrs Gillian Hocking. We concluded with a final talk at the magnificent former Miners’ Chapel, which is currently under renovation. Whilst there, our members enjoyed a pasty lunch and refreshments, kindly organised and co-ordinated on our behalf by members of St Just & Pendeen OCS. After our lunch break we thanked them for their excellent hospitality and departed to Zennor Church. There, we were met by the Rev. Elizabeth Foot, who proceeded to give us an historical talk on St Senara’s Church, following which  members were able to look around. Finally, refreshments were enjoyed at the Zennor Chapel Cafe, before travelling back to Helston. Everyone had enjoyed a marvellous day with the bonus of glorious sunshine.”

Helston Helston Life in Cwll mid 19th C (2)