On the morning of the 6th of June, the village noticed some unusual
activity around the Clink as a gazebo went up and people in high-viz
jackets were milling around bringing out chairs and setting up tables.
By 10am cars began to flood into the village and the visitors from
CALH descended on the Clink for coffee, kindly provided by Linda Tucker,
Alison Oxendale, and Julie Brazier.
We had spent the last two years preparing for this day, searching for
facts and collating information about the various properties and people
that lived in the village in past years, uncovering some brilliant stories.
So when the day came, we were ready for this very knowledgable group of
people. The day began with Angela Aylward giving a talk with slides in
the Upper Room of the Clink beginning with discoveries of Iron Age
settlement 43AD to date. Pam Free introduced the "tour guides" for the
day who would be taking the group around the village - Joy Armstrong,
Angela Aylward, Julie Brazier, Rita Westlake and herself.
After an explanation of the Clink building and the War Memorial and
Chestnut Tree, the group began their walk around some of the oldest
properties within Churchtown.
The St. Tudy Bellringers began ringing, to herald the lunch break, where
pasties were served by Maggie Lobb, and more teas and coffees by the
team of course. One of the group, a Bellringer himself, joined in with
After which the group an opportunity to discover the Church where Eileen
Partington answered any questions about the Church, and the group had
time to look at the displays of Historical Notes, Old Maps, Notable
People, The Bligh Family, The School, Slate Walls Project, and the
Graveyard Project that Phil Tizzard is currently doing, and notable
graves were marked out in the graveyard.
It was a perfect day for the visit, slightly overcast in the morning,
but the full glory of the sun was evident before long and by lunch time
the visitors were very glad to have their pasties and seek the cool
sanctuary of the St. Tudy Church, as they took in more historical
details of the Parish.
The group then repaired to Hengar Manor for a short history of the house
before departing for their homes all over Cornwall.
The CALH group were impressed at many levels by their day in St. Tudy.
They were fascinated by the vertical slates used in buildings and
boundary walls, they admired the gardens, and all marvelled at how well
preserved this amazing village was, the Delabole rag slate roof lines
presenting an interesting and splendid skyline from the War Memorial
aspect and many stopped to admire and comment on their authenticity and
This group of well informed and interested historians were very
knowledgeable of Cornish history. None failed to pass positive comment
on the excellent historical presentation, noting that the research was
diligent and thorough. They were equally impressed by the exceptional
organisation of all aspects of the day, from road signs, seating and
planned walkabout. Comments ranged from “An exceedingly good day”, “The
most well-informed presentations”, “A visit that will always stand out
as a most memorable day” to “The best day, absolutely A1”.
And so, the guests departed home, and the team retired to their own
homes knowing that their past two years of research and planning had
presented St. Tudy in a most excellent light.
Well done, and thank you everyone for your hard work!