Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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St Columb Major O C S



President: Bill Glanville


Chairman: Lyn May 07724 088707


Minutes Secretary: Barbara Wyper


Treasurer: Ms Rosemary Coley  01637 889457.


Events Secretary: Phil Ellery   07971 240037


Recorder: John & Bernie Mankelow





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Winter Lectures normally held on the 3rd Monday in the Month

Except December (Second Monday)    


Meet at Bowling Club unless posters state otherwise. Meeting address is - St Columb Bowling Club, West St, St Columb, TR9 6RX.

(No post to this address, please)


Winter Meetings start at 7.30 p.m.  Subscription = £3  

(Paid up members are insured while attending OCS talks and events)


January 2020

St Columb Major Old Cornwall Society are meeting on Monday 20th January start time 7.30pm at

the Bowling Club, West Street, St Columb Major. The room is wheel chair friendly. The talk will be

by Mr John Bennallick on Old St Columb Major. All are welcome to attend. Perhaps you have

something you might like to share?


DECEMBER 2019 Meeting Report


There is never a dull moment at the St Columb Major Old Cornwall Society meetings. On

December 9th 2019 they held their 'Christmas Evening'. Lyn, Chair, welcomed everyone. John

Bennallick was our MC and he introduced those taken part and of course adding his own sparkle

with his readings and punchlines. Kana Rescorla very ably provided the music with their variety of

instruments including clarinet, fiddle and piano accordion and of course the singing of Keith and

Clarinda Truscott. People's memories served them well when joining in with the Carols, as we did

not have the words! Everyone took part in singing and performing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas',

Cornish Style. We were so grateful to Lyn who produced an enormous spread of home cooked food.

The Old Cornwall Society generally meet on 3rd Monday in the Month at 7.30pm in The Bowling

Club, West Street, St Columb Major. The room is wheelchair friendly. All are welcome. Next

meeting will be on January 20th when Mr John Bennallick will talk about the Old Shops of St

Columb Major. (Please see seperate notice in this magazine). If you have any memories/photos of

our town, why not come along and share them


The Romans in Cornwall, The Latest Evidence

The room was filled to capacity for St Columb Major's Old Cornwall Society's meeting on Monday

21st October. Lyn, Chairperson, introduced our speaker, Mr Carl Thorpe. His talk was entitled 'The

Romans in Cornwall, The Latest Evidence'. This absolutely fascinating talk attracted people from

Wadebridge, St Austell and even a family on holiday from Yorkshire.

Carl has been an archaelogist in Cornwall for about 25 years and has worked with the 'Time Team'.

It was believed that the Romans stopped at Exeter but through discoveries of forts at Nanstallon,

Lostwthiel, Carvossa and Calstock, history has almost needed to be rewritten. Carl spoke about

other excavations such as the Roman Villa at Magor near Illogan, the Signal stations at Pabyer Point

near Gorran Haven and at High Cliff on the North Coast of Cornwall. He showed photos of

hobnails, neck rings and pottery all believed to be Roman.. Also Roman coins found alongside the

Cornish Coast and Rivers indicating a Roman presence. In 2006 Roman Cremation urns were

discovered in Tregony and were believed to hold the remains of an adult female. Carl rather hopes

more sites will be discovered over time. He answered many questions.Lyn, thanked Carl for his

very in formative talk.The Old Cornwall Society generally meet on 3rd Monday in the Month at

7.30pm in The Bowling Club, West Street, St Columb Major. The room is wheelchair friendly. All

are welcome.

















St Columb St C

Photo: Terry Knight

Midsummer Bonfire 2019


St Columb Major Old Cornwall Society held their Annual Midsummer Bonfire on Saturday 22nd June at Castle an Dinas.Hot pasties were on sale from 8pm. Lyn May, Chair, welcomed everyone. Reverand Helen Baber read the prayer. Master of Ceremonies was Peter Wyper who spoke in both Cornish and English. The lady of the flowers was Lyn May and Phil Ellery lit the fire. More than 70 people stood around the blazing fire and joined in the singing led by John Bennallick and music was provided by Rescorla Accordions

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