Lessons and Life by Calstock Archive
The latest in the Voices of Calstock Parish series is now in print.
Local residents, some long gone, tell us in their own words about their lives as children and we hear childhood recollections of schooldays, strangely enough education doesn’t fly to the top of their minds in most cases. Walk, catch a bus, get a lift on a tractor, ride a bike and race home – anything to get there and get away again.
Did they behave themselves? No, not very often, not all day. William Hillman was expelled when he was six for pushing his teacher’s dog out of a first floor window. His reaction, “Well, I’d hardly started”. Lots of punishments were received, although they didn’t seem to make much difference.
Today’s children wouldn’t recognise the lessons. We hear about gardening lessons attended by pupils who were working on commercial market gardens after school. Many had to work either before or after the school day to supplement the family income.
Altogether this is an interesting read and a valuable insight into the social history of the last century in Calstock Parish. Make up your own mind – were their times better or worse than ours?
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Calstock Heritage Weekend - 27th and 28th July
More than 260 people visited the Archive's exhibition in the village hall covering the rich heritage of Calstock.
ALBASTON FETE - 22 JUNE
The Archive put hundreds of photographs on display. Many old (and new) friends enjoyed a trip down memory lane!
25 Years of Gunnislake Train Station
The Archive put on a small exhibition at Tamar Valley Centre 10th to 13th June to celebrate 25 years since the station was moved to its present location.
In accordance with requests received at our 2017 exhibition, the theme for 2018 was "Farming and Market Gardening".
The exhibition was held in the Albaston Cemetery Chapel on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. All the donations we received have gone towards our project to make the chapel a new home for the Archive.
On Saturday 28th July the heatwave and drought took a break and it was a wild wet and windy day. Many thanks to all those brave souls who visited our display of photographs.
The archive held an exhibition in the Public Hall (aka the Village Hall) as part of the Festival on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July
The displays included Gunnislake School, Gunnislake Station, WW1 casualties, Gunnislake WI, Friendship Club and a selection of local photos and documents.
We displayed a selection of our River Tamar photographs at the Boot Inn, Calstock in conjunction with the Steam Boat Rally on 23rd and 24th June. This was the first event of its kind at Calstock. The organisers were very pleased with the level of support and interest. We look forward to their holding a similar Rally in 2019.
It was a glorious day and a wonderful community event. Many people visited our display of local photographs.
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We were delighted when The Last Watch offered to perform for us to help raise funds towards providing a new home for the Archive at Albaston Cemetery Chapel. All tickets were sold well in advance and a packed audience enjoyed a marvellous acapella programme of sea shanties and Cornish songs.
Thank You again to Phil, Colin, Rich and Mike for giving us such a wonderful evening.
Our 2016 Summer Exhibition "East Cornwall Mineral Railway" was one of the most successful events we have held, with a host of attendees and very positive feedback. Visitors were asked to indicate what subjects they would like to see in future exhibitions. Our 2017 exhibition theme was chosen In accordance with their requests.
The exhibition took place in the Albaston Cemetery Chapel on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August. It was very well attended on both days despite miserable heavy drizzle throughout Sunday. Donations at this event have gone towards our project to make the chapel a new home for the Archive.
We were very pleased to learn that the Albaston Fete Committee had agreed that the Archive would be a beneficiary of the 2017 Albaston Fete, which was held on Saturday 24 June. The Archive tent housed a display of local photographs which attracted over a hundred visitors during the afternoon.
On 21 July the 'Queens Head' public house hosted the Fete Committee presentation of grants to seven local community groups. On behalf of the Archive, Lynda Harman received a very handsome cheque for £450 which will contribute to our fundraising activities in connection with our bid to move to the Cemetery Chapel. The Archive are delighted to have taken part in supporting the amazing efforts of the Albaston Fete Committee and very appreciative of the generosity of all who contributed to the Fete Fund.