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Reinstated medieval cross had been used as a gatepost

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

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THIS year the Camborne Old Cornwall Society celebrates its 90th anniversary and will host the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies' Summer Festival at Pool Academy on July 13.

The society motto is, "Gather ye the fragments that are left, that nothing be lost" and the Camborne branch has been collecting and recording local history for the past 90 years.

Before and after the Second World War the society restored Trevithick's Cottage and more recently, at Gwealavellan, reinstated a medieval cross previously used as a gatepost.

The cross was discovered and recovered by local farmer Ernie Bawden who donated a site and helped to re-erect it.

It was originally one of 13 marking the pilgrim route from Gwithian to Camborne Church. Another Cornish cross restored by Camborne Old Cornwall Society has been rededicated at Crowan Church.

At the festival, Camborne will get to showcase its history, heritage, culture and talented musical groups.

It will begin with a parade of dignitaries and Old Cornwall banners, followed by musical entertainment by the Camborne Youth Brass Band and pasty lunch, then coaches will ferry people to tours around the district.

These will include one of Camborne town centre heritage by David Thomas. David Oates will lead an historical tour of Gwithian and Godrevy, Kingsley Rickard will lead a tour of King Edward Mine and there will be tours to Duchy College and Treslothan Church to hear about the Cornish miner and poet John Harris and the work of the Sustainable Trust at the Carwynnan Quoit.

On their return delegates will enjoy a cup of tea and saffron bun before a concluding performance of Cornish songs by local group Proper Job.

Camborne's rich history and heritage needs to be recognised and demonstrated to the visiting societies from all over Cornwall.

For more details contact society secretary Ivor Corkell on 01209 714037.

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