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Saturday 23rd September 2017 at 7.30pm

Talk: ‘Brunel’s First Ship and her Cornish Captains’

by Dr Helen Doe

Isambard Brunel’s Great Western was the first ship to establish a transatlantic steam service. Launched in 1837 it carried the rich and the famous for 18 years. Helen’s talk, based on her new book, will tell the tales of the crew, the passengers and the two Cornishmen who were in charge for many years.

Fowey Town Hall

Saturday 21st October 2017

at 2.30pm

Talk:  ‘A Brisk Stroll through 300 years in Polperro’

by Jeremy Rowett Johns

Jeremy talks us through 300 years of Polperro’s history, beginning with a shipwreck, meeting a smuggler, a squire, a surgeon, and a pioneering photographer along the way… and ending with a fingerprint experiment.


Polruan WI Hall


Saturday 25th November 2017

at 2.30pm

Talk: ‘The Pinwell sisters – woodcarvers from Ermington and Plymouth’ by Dr Helen Wilson

Mary, Ethel and Violet Pinwill worked as woodcarvers from at least 1889, through their own company, Rashleigh, Pinwill & Co. By the time Violet died in 1957, Pinwill woodcarvings featured in over 185 churches in Devon and Cornwall, including St Winnow.


Whitecross Village Hall


Friday 8th December 2017

at 7.30pm

Talk: ‘South Coast Barges’’ by Stuart Hunkin

A talk compiled from extensive family archives and a diary dating back to 1918 which looks at the Hunkin involvement in trading along the south coast of Devon and Cornwall in sailing barges during the first part of the 20th century.


Fowey Parish Rooms

Friday 26th January 2018

at 7.30pm

Talk: ‘Sailing Forward by Looking Back’ by Thom Axon

This talk gives an insight into the modern day goings on of life aboard tall ships and explores the notion that they are tangible links to our past and that we have much to learn from the seamanship, art and politics of these incredible vessels.

Fowey Parish Rooms

Friday 23rd February 2018

at 7.30pm

Talk: ‘Fowey Consols’ by Jim Lewis

In the 1830s Fowey Consols copper mine in Tywardreath was one of the biggest mines in Cornwall employing about 1,700 people. Jim  has written a history of the mine and will give an illustrated talk and discuss the mine’s growth and decline and its economic and social impact on the local area.


Fowey Parish Rooms

Saturday 17th March 2018

at 2.30pm



Saturday 28th April 2018 at 2.00pm

Talk: ‘Boconnoc – it is the paradise of Cornwall’

by Dr Catherine Lorigan

This talk will show how the estate and house at Boconnoc have developed over time. The Cornish families who have owned it have played important roles in the immediate vicinity (including at Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan) and in national events.


 AGM and Talk ‘Cornish Victorian Writersby Dr Alan Kent followed by a cream tea.


Whitecross Village Hall





Fowey Parish Rooms


COST of talks and films for non-members £6

All enquiries to our Hon Sec, Jane Staniland (01726) 833749