Past events

This is a narrative of past projects and events organised by Darite Heritage and other local organisations. The purpose of this document was as a place to link to event write-ups and as a reference when considering events for the future. THIS DOCUMENT IS NOW OBSOLETE Please go here for links to its replacements.

Past events

Notes about recent events.

Treasure hunt

This took place on 2011-09-03. We sent family groups on a route around the village with an illustrated list of flora and fauna to find and the opportunity to add more discoveries to the list to win a small prize.

This was very successful and enjoyable. We've retained the materials so we can do it again in years to come.

Hedge week

This was a series of activities organised by the CHAHP taking place from Saturday 2011-10-22 through to Saturday 2011-10-29. These were:
Hedge Laying Course.
Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd of October 09:00 - 16:00.
Venue — Upton Cross playing field.

There are still spaces left to join this course which teaches how to lay hedges and would be valuable to builders, landscape gardeners and others interested in the practicalities of hedge laying. The course is free but would normally carry a significant cost.

Dormouse Workshop.
Monday 24th of October 10:00 - 16:00
Venue — Upton Cross Hall

Learn how to study Dormice and account for them in surveys and when considering building work. Dormice are protected and attending this course would count as the first stage in obtaining a licence to work with them. Again, this would normally be costly to attend but is free.

Willow Weaving.
Tuesday 25th of October 10:00 - 16:00
Venue — St Martins Church Hall, Liskeard

The course is open to families with children over 7 years old; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Static Display — Morrisons Liskeard, Wednesday 26th October
This actually didn't happen.
The field systems and boundaries of the Cornish landscape.
Thursday 27th October 14:00
Venue — Millennium Hall, Pensilva
Birds Of garden & hedgerow.
Thursday 27th October 19:00
Venue — Millennium Hall, Pensilva
Bird Box Workshop.
Friday 28th October 10:00 - 16:00
Venue — St.Cleer Sports pavilion

We Need your Help: The Pied Flycatcher used to nest in Golitha Falls NNR until its bird boxes fell apart.

The aim of the day will be to construct boxes for this interesting little bird under the guidance of Peter Kent, an expert birder from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

All attendees will have the opportunity to make a box or two for Golitha Falls and one to take home to their garden.

Please help us make things happen!

Hedge Walk & Exhibition.
Saturday 29th October 10:00 - 13:00
Venue — Darite & Tremarcoombe

This was a walk led by Jane Uglow from Darite to the Pipe Well, paying particular attention to the hedges.

There may still be details at the CHAHP blog site.


A public meeting of the CHAHP planning group took place in our village hall on 2011-11-01 from 19:30 to 22:00. It was chaired by Derris Watson and the agenda was:

Federation of Old Cornwall Societies Winter Festival

2011-11-12 from 10:00 to 17:00:

This will be in the Liskeard Public Rooms. Details of the day are here (but beware irritating music).

Animal tracks and signs

2011-11-17 at 14:00:

Walk to discover woodland animal tracks and signs at Golitha NNR led by Barney Hill.

Meet at Golitha car park with suitable clothing to start at 2pm.

Railway Terrace history day

2011-11-19 from 14:00 to 19:00:

Organised by us at the Village Hall. To begin there will be an exhibition of local interest and we'd like you to come along and bring any old artefacts, documents or photographs you have that will help us to construct a historical narrative of our village. We can offer to digitise items for you to help preserve the information.

We are especially interested in anything that sheds light on the railway activity here as well as the mining.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day for a nominal charge.

John Manley will be with us and at 15:00, weather permitting, John will lead a short walk up the road to give an outdoor talk about South Caradon mine.

At 17:00 back in the hall, John will give a further presentation about our mining heritage.

"Moor than words"

Starting 2011-11-03:

A 6-week creative writing course Aiming to ignite and develop your writing skills, especially your personal reflections of the local moorland.

Meeting at the Cross Link Centre, Upton Cross each Thursday from 3rd November to 8th December

**Please contact Gayle Hollington Wyatt to book your place**
Telephone Gayle by telephone on 01579 362685 or mail

More details at the CHAHP blog.

Monument watch meeting

2011-11-24 at 18:00:

Monument Watch Meeting in the back room at the Cheesewring Hotel, Minions. Some light food will be provided.

This is a meeting for people interested in helping to monitor local monuments. If your rambles take you near a particular monument, say more than 3 times a year, you can volunteer to check its condition so that action can be taken quickly if any problems are observed.

The meeting is to talk about any training or equipment you feel you would require and for everyone to meet each other and discuss which areas to cover.

If you'd like to attend, please contact Iain Rowe (Contact details are at the CHAHP blog).

Cornish woodland

2011-11-29 at 19:30:

An Illustrated Talk on the 'Past, Present and Future of Cornish Woodland' by local woodland owner, ecologist and expert Simon Humphreys.

Venue: Millennium Hall, Pensilva at 7:30pm

Restoration projects on Bodmin Moor

2011-11-30 at 19:30:

An Illustrated Talk presented by the Pensilva & St Ive Local History Group on 'Restoration projects on Bodmin Moor' by local industrial archaeologist Colin Buck.

Venue: Millennium Hall, Pensilva at 7:30pm

Ultimate quiz night

Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 19:00

A quiz night with a local theme! To enter is £5.00 for a team of 4 and there will be a major prize.

Snacks, tea and coffee will be available and you may bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Darite village hall. Quiz starts at 19:30.

Spawn foray

Sunday 4th March 2012 at 11:00

Image of spawn Meet at Darite village hall whence local enthusiast Howard Jones will lead a short walk to find amphibian spawn in local pools. There will be opportunities to collect some for your garden pond!

This is a moorland walk so come equipped with suitable footwear - wellies, nets and buckets an advantage.

Explore Craddock Moor

Sunday 25th March 2012 14:00-16:00

Join the CHAHP supported Bodmin Moor Monument Watch Team in an investigation of the lesser known scheduled ancient, or listed monuments of the area. Open to all with appropriate clothing and footwear for a rugged moorland walk, sorry no dogs.

Meet at Minions Heritage Centre PL14 5LJ. SX 2614 7145

Simple Surveys to Monitor Your Local Environment

Tuesday 27th March 2012 at 19.30

An illustrated talk by Alison Smith, OPAL Community Scientist, on: The next step on from the Big Garden Bird Watch. Open to all.

Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard


Bookings being taken for the following workshop:

Make a willow plant support -11th April 2012 10-4pm

For further information on these, please contact 01579 362350 or email

The history of Rillaton Manor

Saturday 14-Apr-2012 14:30 - 16:30 BST

Meet at Rilla Mill village hall.

A short presentation by Kathy Wallis, then a guided walk to look at what is left of this fascinating and historic manor.

Refreshments will be available after the walk.

Organised by the Linkinhorne History Group.

Short story workshops

Start Thursday 19th April at the Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard at 19:00 - 21:30 for 12 weeks.

The ultimate aim of the course is for an anthology of works with a Caradon Hill area theme to be published. To enable this one of the sessions is with a publisher who is coming down from London to talk to the class. So if you have a longing to see your name in print, this is an opportunity not to be missed! The course is free to those who work or live in the Caradon Hill area.

for more information see


The Miracle Theatre is touring its production of "Tin" in the coming months. See their site for details. The tour starts in Redruth, but it will be at the Sterts Theatre on 17-Apr-2012 through 21-Apr-2012.

TIN related events

On Saturday 21st, at 2pm leaving from Minions Heritage Centre:

Iain Rowe will be leading a walk to Phoenix United Mine, where we will be looking at the other end of the spectrum - the actual children, women and men who worked on the mines, and who, although living in near poverty, kept the "mining gentry" in the way they had become accustomed.

Later at 5pm at Sterts it is your opportunity to find out about your ancestry with a unique chance to tap into the knowledge held by members of the Cornwall Family History Society. For beginners or improvers alike - come and pick up some tips from the experts. You never know you may find some mining ancestors!

On Saturday 28th, at 2pm, there is a unique opportunity to visit the Record Office in Truro, have a guided tour of the strong-rooms by Archivist David Thomas, and to look at some of the documents used to find out about the true story behind TIN! For those who have not visited the site before, it is an opportunity to have a close-up look of over 1,000 years of the history of the county laid down by those who were there! There will also be an opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at the massive collection of local mine plans, the largest in the country.

For all of the above events you need to book a place by calling Miracle Theatre on 012 0921 6762.

Himalayan Balsalm event - Weekend of 2012-05-26,27

Himalayan Balsalm is an invasive plant that has colonised parts of Tremar. Local residents have worked hard to keep it under control and this weekend we will lend a hand. In our usual style we will be sustaining the activity with a good supply of food and drink.

If you aren't sure what the plant looks like, here is its Wikipedia entry.

Surveying talk - Tuesday evening 2012-06-12

This is an event of interest to those who take a practical interest in archaeology. The Southeast Cornwall Branch of the Trevithick Society have a talk/workshop on Surveying by Kim Moreton, an Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter.

It is at the Public Hall, Liskeard on 2012-06-12 at 19:30 BST. There is a £1.00 charge for non-members to attend.

Pensilva Wildlife Group - Thursday evening 2012-06-14

This is the launch of a new group at Pensilva.
Guest speaker is Alison Smith from OPAL who will be giving advice about hedgerows and carrying out surveys.

Millenium House, Pensilva at 19:30 BST on Thursday 2012-06-14.

A Star On The Mizzen - Monday evening 2012-06-18

Illustrative image A dramatic retelling of the events of the Cornish fishing riots read and performed by Simon Parker and Jonathan Plunkett with special guest Archie Plunkett.

This will be followed by a question and answer session.

At the Manor House Inn, Rilla Mill, 2012-06-18, 19:30 BST.

Admission is free, but donations towards Linkinhorne History Group Fund would be much appreciated.

Organised by the Linkinhorne History Group. For more information, please contact Mike Todd on 015 7936 3160.

Bee hive visit - Sunday afternoon 2012-06-24

A visit to some working bee hives at Minions.

Watch this space for further details.

To be followed by lunch at the pub.

Village People - 2012-06-26 through 2012-07-06

An exhibition by the village and parish historians who live or work within the Caradon Hill area about their own settlements.

There will be exhibits about the past lives, industries and associated structures of those who lived in and around Darite, St. Cleer, Linkinhorne, Moorswater, North Hill, Pensilva and St. Neot

There will also be an exhibition by those who live and work in the area now about how they interpret these locations today.

This is at Stuart House, The Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard & District Museum on 26th June through 6th July 2012.

The history of Moorswater - Saturday 2012-06-30

A guided walk to look at what is left of this fascinating and historic area. From Medieval, pilgrimage shrine and baptistery, through to virtually every aspect of the industrial revolution this often-overlooked settlement had it all! Meet & return to Stuart House.

Those who wish to join the walk, but would like to meet us at the bottom of the valley, meet us at 10:30 by the gates of Moorswater Lodge at the bottom of Old Road.

Saturday, 2012-06-30 10:00 - 13:00 BST.

Organised by the Stuart Heritage Group in association with Village People and open to all.

Weathering, Erosion and the Shape of our Landscape

Part 1, Thursday, 2012-09-13, 19:30BST at Stuart House

Talks by geologist Calum Beeson.

Part 2, Saturday, 2012-09-15, 11:30BST

At Golitha National Nature Reserve car park. Please bring a packed lunch.


This document is maintained by Darite Heritage. Comments are always welcome and should be addressed to heritage at darite dot org dot uk.

Updates that are routine moves from current to past are not all noted in this section.

  1. PNJ, 2011-10-31. Created from the projects document.
  2. PNJ, 2011-10-30. Moved PPG meeting here.
  3. PNJ, 2011-11-18. Moved past events here.
  4. PNJ, 2011-11-22. Relocated Railway Terrace History day.
  5. PNJ, 2011-12-14. Moved past events here.
  6. PNJ, 2013-03-13. Marked this document as obsolete. It is retained in case anything links to it.
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