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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society
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Talks

From July to April each year the Society arranges a series of talks  held in Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan. These are open to all and Members have reduced price entry.

If  meetings are  not possible due to restrictions,  talks will be held online.  

To join, or to renew your Membership for 2021/22, please contact Kath Pearce on  07977 572268 or email FHHSociety@gmail.com

The programme of talks for 2021/22 is as follows;

Friday 3rd September Fowey Town Hall. "A History of Cornish Gigs" by Anne Curnow Care.  POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

Saturday 16th October Whitecross Village Hall. "Breaking the Mould, the South West Suffragettes" by Pamela Vass.

Saturday 13th November via Zoom. "14th Century Cornwall, the Rise of Fowey" by Dr Sam Drake.

Saturday 11th December via Zoom. "The Vikings in the South West" by Dr Derek Gore.

Saturday 22nd January via Zoom. "Cornish Church Benchends" by Dr Todd Gray MBE. 

Saturday 19th February via Zoom. "Nelson's Forgotten Surgeon: Dr George Magrath" by Barbie Thompson.

Saturday 19th March Fowey Church.  "The Cornish Miners" by Ken Johns.

Saturday 23rd April Whitecross Village Hall. "Surnames of the Fowey Valley" by Dr Bernard Deacon. 



A History of Cornish Gigs

A History of Cornish Gigs

Date/Time: Friday 4 March. Talk commences 3pm

Venue: Fowey Church

Cost: £5 for FHHS members, £8 for non members.

Contact: Buy tickets at the door or in advance https://buytickets.at/foweyharbourheritagesociety/650306, or contact treasurer, Andrew Gardner 07769977116 or andrew@gardner.be


These 6 oared boats have a particular link with Fowey, are a much loved sight on our waters and many have been built in Fowey and Bodinnick. Anne is secretary to the Cornish Pilot Gig Association and she will be joined by gig builders Peter Williams, Maurice Hunkin and Louis Hunkin


›› Download details of the talk on A History of Cornish Gigs (pdf)

The Cornish Miners of WW1  by Ken Johns

The Cornish Miners of WW1 by Ken Johns

Date/Time: Saturday 19 March 2.30pm

Venue: Fowey Church

Cost: £5 for FHHS members, £8 for non members. Admittance will be ticketed at the door.

Contact: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/foweyharbourheritagesociety/650321 or contact treasurer, Andrew Gardner 0776997116 or andrew@gardner.be

The talk is about the authors book ‘Battle Beneath The Trenches’, an authentic previously
untold story about 221 Cornish Miners who were specifically selected by the Royal
Engineers to fight in the trenches in WW1. These Cornishmen became the 251st Tunnelling
Company RE, and after its formation in Hayle, was posted with haste to the Western Front.
Their story was one of enormous success, probably the most successful Tunnelling Company
on the Western Front; certainly they were recognised by Field Marshall Haig in his reports to
the War Office, possibly the only Company to ever achieve such recognition. The feat is even
more remarkable in that they were billeted at Bethune for much of their time, one of the most
hostile areas in the First World War. The talk covers the story of these men from its
formation to its disbandment in February 1919.
Ken Johns is a retired businessman who has spent many years working closely with Military
Authorities worldwide, undertaking many research projects on their behalf. He was born in
Cornwall and comes from a long line of underground tin miners. On discovering that his
grandfather had been a tunneller in the Great War, he researched extensively into his
grandfather’s life, and using many authenticated records and archives, he has traced the
history of the 251st Tunnelling Company from its establishment to demobilisation.


›› Download details of the talk on The Cornish Miners of WW1 by Ken Johns (pdf)

Surnames of the Fowey Valley, a talk by Dr Bernard Deacon

Surnames of the Fowey Valley, a talk by Dr Bernard Deacon

Date/Time: Saturday 23 April, 2.30-4.30

Venue: Whitecross Village Hall, Bodinnick. PL23 1NF

Cost: £5 for FHHS members, £8 for non members.

Contact: https://buytickets.at/foweyharbourheritagesociety/665636 or contact treasurer Andrew Gardner 07769977116 or andrew@gardner.be

What do our surnames mean? When did they appear? What can they tell us about past times in Cornwall?
These questions will be answered with special reference to Fowey and district.
Bernard is a noted expert on Cornish history and recently retired from The Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter.

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