St Tudy History Group
Following on from the well received D-Day 75 Garden Party and display of 1944 military and civilian events in the Village Hall on the 22nd June, the feedback from those attending that day has been that it would be good to have the chance to spend more time to browse again, and with more time to view in greater detail.
Therefore, by popular request, we plan to set up the display for a repeat viewing.
We intend to run the event over two days, the Bank Holiday weekend of 24th and 25th August. The Village Hall will be open between 2pm and 5pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
Entrance will be by ticket that will give unlimited entry for the two days. £2 for adults and £1 for children, on the door. In addition we will offer a simple cream tea at £3 for a cup of tea/coffee with two splits or scones, cream and jam. The bar will serve Prosecco and Cava at £3 per glass, red and white wine will be available as will be the very special St. Tudy Ginger Beer.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to view the extensive collection of information about not only D-Day, the local men and women who served in the Second World War, the Americans based at Hengar Manor prior to embarkation but also the Battle of Kohima and the Italian Campaign. There are also snippets of information about life in 1944 including fashion, sports, hobbies and life in Wartime. Not to mention the Jane cartoons, Slang expressions and so much more of the 1940s. As before the cinema will be showing footage from 1944 and the music of the 1940s will be playing.
We look forward to seeing you over the Bank Holiday weekend in St.Tudy, at the Village Hall to take tea in the garden, sip a glass of Bubbly and browse the extensive collection of research.
Welcome to St Tudy Historical Society.
The group has gone from strength to strength more than doubling its numbers to 40 in less than three years. Its intention is to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the Parish of St Tudy while also fostering an interest in Cornish and wider history.
This has resulted in the republication of a beautifully handwritten and drawn manuscript compiled by the ladies of St Tudy Women’s Institute in 1951. Known as the WI Scrapbook, it details many of the principal buildings as well as providing a fascinating social history of the village. A handful of books and CD copies are available at £15 including p&p with the proceeds shared between the WI and the History Group. In addition in 2017 the guidebook to St Tudy Parish Church was updated and republished for the benefit of the Church. Please contact us via the Feedback page if you would like a copy of either of these books.
On-going projects include mapping the graves in the Churchyard, compiling a history of the buildings in Churchtown to create a Village Trail and creating a Village Archive
St Tudy Historical Society usually meets in the upper room of Clink at 7:30pm on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December). A variety of external speakers are arranged with occasional visits to places of interest while members are encouraged to share the results of their own studies during Members’ Interest meetings. Forthcoming highlights include ‘The Okes of St Tudy (Bankrupt Innkeeper and Shipwrecked Missionary)’; ‘Cornish Crosses: Discovery, Repair and Restoration’ and ‘Understanding Cornwall’s Historic Landscapes’ among other subjects. The full year’s programme can be viewed by clicking the left-hand panel.
Previous speakers have given fascinating accounts of the prehistory of St Tudy and its locality; who would have thought that Iron Age St Tudyites probably sat in the same spot as the Clink 3000 years ago? The Clink itself came under the microscope during a discussion on Church Houses - was it a Church House or not? That debate continues. The rebellious Cornish, including Trelawney, were under the spotlight of several speakers while there was a definite theme on local buildings with a visit to Wetherham, talks on Michael’s Cottage followed by a contrasting lecture on the Country Houses of Cornwall plus the first meander around the developing village trail. And that was just last year!
In 2015 we uncovered some fascinating facts including the discovery of several unknown ancient milestones and bridge markers in and around the village, a visit by Oliver Cromwell and his Roundhead soldiers and St Tudy's contribution to the Cornish national anthem. Members also enjoyed a guided tour of the Cornwall Record Office where they were able to handle some ancient texts and historic maps of the village. Members' interest meetings taught us about the history of St Tudy School, Col Toots Williams' amazing trek across Italy escaping from captivity during the Second World War.
Although most meetings are on the final Thursday of each month it is important to check the dates in the programme as there are occasional changes.
New members are always welcome so why not come and join us