The annual display of poppies in fields at West Pentire was this month’s destination for the Crowlas and Ludgvan Camera Club. Though the mist was rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean, the impact of the scarlet poppies in the summer fields was stunning.
Members and a couple of guests joined Dick Cole of Cornwall Heritage Trust for a fascinating walk around their newly acquired site ‘Caer Bran’. Dick not only gave members an insight into how the site might have looked in ancient times, but also explained about the mining and quarrying that took place more recently. The group also learned that archaeology is not just about digging, but starts with looking at clues above ground; how the vegetation has grown and how the land has been changed by human use over hundreds and thousands of years. Members are looking forward to visiting other sites managed by the Trust and learning more about Cornwall’s past.
Cathy Woolcock from Cornwall Heritage Trust was this month’s speaker at The Murley Hall. Cathy explained the history behind the Trust and told members about it’s various sites across the county, some of which were very familiar to members such as Carn Euny, and others which were unknown. The importance of preservation of these rare historical sites was explained, and some of the work undertaken by the Trust and it’s volunteers was shown in a display of photographs. Next week members will have the opportunity to visit a newly purchsed site, Caer Bran, a bronze age hill fort near Sancreed.
This month’s walk on the coastal foot path around St Agnes was full of surprises . The views were stunning – high cliffs, sandy coves, imposing ruins of Wheal Coates and the landscape covered in heather.
For part of the walk we were joined by Neil Roberts. Neil is a cousin of Pat’s family and has written books on the history of the area. Not only did he point out the various land marks but he talked about the camp that was built for the Americans during the second world war. In 1951 the camp and any equipment was demolished and thrown down the mine shafts.
We were surprised to see a row of neatly parked vintage cars – Austin and Morris 8s on the Clift top on the way back . The owners were taking a break and encouraged us to have a look and even sit behind the wheel!
Eventually we returned to our cars but did have a break for afternoon tea and cake on the way home. (Shirley)
Members of Crowlas and Ludgvan turned out in force to help with the Ludgvan Big Jubilee Picnic Lunch, providing hundreds of cups of tea, coffee and juice and supplying cake to all those attending. Their was fun to be had too; Mary won the best dressed dog with her pooch Jasper, and our very own Kathy (pictured below) was crowned Queen for the afternoon. Despite a few looming black clouds we also managed to avoid the rain! See our facebook page for more photos of the event.
With it’s quirky sculptures, hidden pathways, ponds and woodland, Tanglewood Wild Garden, Newbridge was a very interesting destination for this month’s Camera Club outing. It’s a fascinating place to visit, with something to offer for all ages, and a great little tea hut if you want to stop for refreshments, or just take a picnic and find your own tranquil little corner.
The sun shone as our Coffee Beans group set off on the open topped bus for St Ives. On arriving, there were plenty of free seats at the outside tables, so tea, coffee, teacakes and tapas were all ordered and enjoyed before a leisurely stroll along the seafront. It was at this pont that the rain started…. and my, it rained! The shops did well out of it, with everyone diving in for cover and being tempted, before a dash back to the bus station, via the Pedn Olva of course for more coffee!
This month a group of us and some guests joined Shirley Battle for a walking tour with Bert Biscoe. We wandered around the centre of Truro learning about the history and characters of Cornwall’s capital.
Bert is a poet, songwriter, local councillor, historian and a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow. He represented Truro for over 20 years on Cornwall Council and held a range of offices, from Chairman of the Board of Cornwall Enterprise Co, to Cabinet member for different portfolios.
As he took us around the city he informed and entertained us with the stories of the rogues and heroes that have shaped Truro. We learn that sometimes these are one in the same depending on whose viewpoint you saw them from. We learn of Truro’s rich trading past and the story of the city through is changing landscape and architecture. With his unique story telling ability and great poems we all left vowing to return for another adventure with Bert. Should you wish to join one of his tours contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org .
This month’s Meet and Eat met up at Trevenson Restaurant, Camborne College. Members enjoyed a choice of starters and mains including goats cheese and basil arancini ,wild mushroom veloute, minute steak, lemon sole and tomato and tofu tartlet. For dessert we were spoilt for choice with key lime pie, sacher torte and pear and almond tart.Our next lunch is at Tremeneere Gardens on Wednesday June 1st.
We were very lucky that our painting workshop was on a lovely sunny day and able to be out in Hazel’s garden. We started with a copy of a sea scape collage we were to base out paintings on, to give us inspiration, and encouraged to interpret in our own way. We were provided with a prepared canvass, brushes, acrylic paint and a collection of sand, shells, and all the bits needed to create our own seascape. We were a very mixed group, some who paint and those who hadn’t picked up a brush since school days. With the encouragement and tuition, given by Hazel and Val Stevens, we all finished the day with a picture we felt pleased with, and probably a bit surprised with what we had achieved. A very enjoyable day for all. We are looking forward to the next one. (Val P)