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St Columb Major O C S



President: Mr Phil Ellery, Bazeley Farm, Talskiddy, St Columb, TR9 6EB. Tel: 01637-880324.


Chairman: Mrs K M (“Bill”) Glanville, 21 Fair Street, St Columb Major, TR 9 6RL. Tel: 01637-880486.


Secretary: Sheila Neale    Tel: 07840 239048


Membership Secretary:


Treasurer: Ms Rosemary Coley, 68 The Hurlings, St Columb Major, TR9 6FE. Tel: 01637-889457.


Events Secretary - Phil Ellery    Tel: 07971 240037


Press Officer: Barbara Wyper     tel: 01637 499406




Dialect Recorder:


Two Federation Delegates: vacant









St Columb Major OCS Website




Winter Lectures normally held at 7.30pm, on the 3rd Monday in the Month Except December (Second Monday)


Meet at Bowling Club unless posters state otherwise


Subscription - £3


Guests £1 per visit








Thurs 23rd June

Midsummer Bonfire at Castle an Dinas.


Sat 9th July

Summer Festival at Mullion- Entertainment and excursions.

Names to Secretary soonest, please


Summer Coach trip

Date and destination to be confirmed


Sat 3rd Sep

Gorsedh Kernow at St Keverne


September, (date tbc)

‘Crying the Neck’ at St Ervan. Date TBC


Mon, 17th October

Cider making – Talk by  Lorraine  Turnbull. Followed by cider tasting


Sat 26th November

Winter Festival at Saltash

Names to Secretary soonest, please


Mon 21st November

Cornish Shipwrecks – Talk by Derek Lindsey


Monday, 12th December

‘The Wrecking Season’ – Film by Jane Darke



Monday 16th January

January Get-together


Monday 20th February

Talk TBC


Monday, 20th March

Annual General Meeting


Monday, 10th April

'Wheal Martyn and the World of Clay' - Talk and film by Malcolm Gould





St Columb OCS 18/1/16

More than 30 members of St Columb Old Cornwall Society gathered at The Quintrell Inn for their

Annual January Get Together. Prior to eating, members were given several quizzes to solve.

Among the puzzles was an anagram of Cornish place names, cryptic questions to decipher and

questions about St Columb. At times members were heavily engrossed in consulting each other

regarding the answers. When we had exhausted our grey cells, we sat down to a delicious carvery

and yummy puddings. There was also a raffle and as everyone had donated something, many prizes

were won. We finished by singing from our newly printed book of Cornish Songs. John led the

singing and we all followed. It was truly a very special evening for everyone. Our thanks must go

not just to the Quintrell Inn but also to those committee members who did all the organising. The

next meeting of St Columb Old Cornwall Society will be on February15th 2016.There will be an

illustrated talk by Alex Langstone on The Folklore of Cornish Holywells. The meetings are held in

the Bowling Club, West Street, St Columb Major, starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come.





St Columb Old Cornwall 15/02/16

What an interesting evening we all had at St Columb Major Old Cornwall Society's February

meeting. Mrs Bill Glanville welcomed everyone and introduced our speaker Mr Chris Blount She

thanked him for stepping in at short notice. If one closed their eyes and listened it was just like as if

we were listening to him on the radio. His voice has not changed!

Chris related how he had become interested in the wireless through his grandfather who had every

new 'gadget' that was available. Having been put off being a pilot through an experience of a

turbulent flight, he chose broadcasting as a career. He joined the BBC at Bush House in London in

1961 as a Technical Operator. In 1965 he transferred to Plymouth under Mr Tom Salmon. He

became a presenter with Radio Cornwall in the 1980's.

His talk took us back to Radio programmes long forgotten such as The Luscombes and Dick Barton.

But by far the most fascinating elements were his archive recordings of people from Cornwall,

Australia and America. It was wonderful to hear the Cornish Dialect spoken. Such a shame that so

many of the words we heard tonight and the way in which they were said are rapidly disappearing

from our language. At some point or other everyone found themselves laughing. It was a truly

enjoyable evening. Phil Ellery thanked Chris on behalf of the Society. Our next meeting will be on

Monday March 21st starting at 7.30pm. It will be the Annual General Meeting followed by a slide

presentation of St Michael's Mount and Mont Saint-Michel. Why not come? You will be made very

welcome. We meet in the Bowling Club, West Street, St Columb Major. The room is wheelchair

friendly. Further details from Sheila Neal on 07840239048.

Many thanks Barbara Wyper




















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