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2021 A New Year and a special Number

Covid-19 has had a big impact on so much of everyday life. The Society’s last ‘in person’ lecture was just before lockdown in early March 2020 but what a good one on which to end. Viv Hendra spoke to a full room in Fowey about the Cornish portrait painter, John Opie. A fascinating and lively talk.
The AGM was held on line via Zoom in June and the Society was delighted to see so many members signing in from their living rooms. This gave us hope for our autumn/winter series of talks. The Society took the decision to keep speakers local just in case we could have a normal meeting but that was not to be so all talks have been, and will continue to be, via Zoom.
Helen Doe started off the series and spoke about the wide number of shipowners based in Fowey and Polruan in 19th century, then we had Marcus Lewis talking about the Fowey River class’ 70th anniversary. Then there were four speakers, Marian and Simon Cole, Kathryn Bartlett and Cecil Varcoe taking us on a virtual tour of East and West Looe.
By the end of 2020, when we fully expected to be down in membership, we in fact grew our list and now have 100 paid up members. This is a record number and includes an increasing number who live outside Cornwall. Some good news on which to start 2021.


Some insights into Golant History

The talk was presented on Saturday 16 November 2019 to a packed Fowey Parish Rooms by Sue Reardon and Ian Laughton, members of Golant's Heritage Group. Golant is a small waterside village of around 220 people on the west bank of the river Fowey and at one time a well-used ford crossed the river nearby. Many of Golant's residents attended the talk.

The Group had been set up seven years ago and has discovered many new and fascinating facts about Golant's past. Sue talked a little about its exhibitions and booklets, then presented her recent project, illustrated with slides, 'Golant Through Time', which was a brief history from Domesday to the mid-19th century. Information was given about the medieval ownership of the lands of Lantyan and Golant, the villagers and their occupations over time, the church, civil war skirmishes and battles, and so much more. Ian then talked about their brand new online archive and demonstrated how to navigate the website. It was all very interesting.


Members lunch 2nd November

Members lunch 2nd November
Fowey Harbour Heritage Society held their Members Lunch at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club on Nov 2nd, and as well as the lunch, there were Heritage Awards presented to Nigel Hall, who has written a fascinating book on the History of Polkerris, and also for Paul Richardsfor his ongoing contribution to local history, but especially for the recent wartime exhibitions which show the extent of Pauls research and knowledge.

There were also awards presented to some of the FHHS Guides who were retiring from this role.

It was a great social occasion, with excellent food, well served by the staff of RFYC.

Keep a look out for the next one !!