This is the place to keep up to date with all the latest goings on in the Caradon Hill Area. There's a huge range of events taking place every month, from guided themed walks and school trips with local experts, to wildlife and monument conservation and community celebrations. There are also lots of opportunities to learn new skills and sign up as a volunteer.

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Mapping the Sun at the Hurlers

A groundbreaking community archaeology project on Bodmin Moor has just wound up its excavation phase. Mapping the Sun has been facilitated and managed by The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP), which receives funding from the Heritage Lottery Project, DEFRA, Cornwall Council and other local partners. This phase of the project has been deemed a great success, with the excavation and associated workshops being visited by well over 1,000 people. Twelve local school group visits were also facilitated and managed during the week long project by CHAHP. With the children learning about life in the Bronze Age and actually visiting the remains of the roundhouses where the builders of the Hurlers may have lived, as well as Rillaton Barrow, former home of the famous gold cup. Myths and Legends, Astronomy and Archaeology workshops were laid on for them also. A series of guided walks during the week were well attended, as were the flint knapping, small finds and woad dyeing workshops on Saturday. The excavation team was mainly made of volunteers, most of which were local, and had no archaeological training beforehand. Apart from the successful community aspect of the project, important discoveries have been made and a unique pavement excavated initially in the 1930s, and under threat from erosion has been re-excavated, surveyed and resealed. During the excavation a Bronze Age cutting tool was found as well as other flakes of flint. We will have to wait, possibly up to three months, for the pollen sampling analysis to come back, which should enable us to date the building of this unique monument, which is unknown in any other part of Britain, possibly the world. The excavation has been led by members of Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Projects Team, who have overseen the dig, trained the volunteers and kept the visitors informed. The Roseland Observatory was on site all week leading workshops and surveying the landscape and astronomical alignments. A local Geologist has also been on site adding to a unique mix of experts who will be all adding their findings to the final report, which is due to be published before Christmas 2013. The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project would like to thank the landowners, site managers, graziers and local commoners for their help and permissions, without which this event could never have taken place. We would also like to thank all those who turned up to help out with the dig, school trips, workshops etc.

Hurlers - Mapping The Sun Update

Firstly we must apologise, the very week we have our biggest event ever - our website goes down! WE ARE SORRY!

Please follow the link below to find out what has been happening (you do not have to be a member of Facebook to access it).

We are up and running now, so watch this space for more news!

The CHAHP Team

Scrub clearance Minions Mound

Tuesday 17th September  Minions Mound and Hurlers
Lead: James Gossip, Jacky Nowakowski and Mapping the Sun team
Meet: Hurlers car park, SX 2259 7111, 10.30 am
Aim: to clear gorse and vegetation from Minions Mound and between Minions Mound and the Hurlers Stone Circles to create visibility between the monuments.  This will be part of the Mapping the Sun project. 

With Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, Historic Environment Projects, Cornwall Council and
The Conservation Volunteers
The aim of this work is to improve the condition and visibility of monuments in the Minions area.   The work will vary between removal of large gorse bushes to small-scale ‘gardening’ work on low stones.  So there will be something for everybody!

Recent Archaeological Finds in Cornwall Talk

Caradon Archaeology Present A Free Talk, Open To All:

“Recent Archaeological Finds Reported To The Portable Antiquities Scheme”

By Anna Tyacke
Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall
Portable Antiquities Scheme

Followed By:

Their AGM

Wednesday 10th July
Stuart House, Liskeard 7:30pm.


Invites you to a talk by: Jen Bousfield on Dormice
You may never see them, but these elusive and fascinating creatures are our neighbours – so do come and find out more about them, free & open to all.
Millennium House, Pensilva, Wednesday June 12th starting at 7.30pm

CHAHP & Liskerrett Centre Summer Workshops

Friday 3rd May  10am - 4pm
Willow Sculpture
To make a willow moorland bird or animal
Carol Whibley

Friday 10th May 10am-4pm
Watercolours and Collage
Jenny Boniface

Friday 17th May 10am-4pm
Mixed Media Landscapes To make landscape reliefs inspired by Bodmin Moor
Carol Whibley

Friday 24th May 10am-4pm
Knitting Socks
Vicki Rowan

Friday 7th June
Free Form Knitting
Vicki Rowan

Friday 14th June 10am-4pm
Acrylic Painting
Jenny Boniface

Friday 21st June 10am-4pm
Moor Patch Make a patchwork panel to use as a bag or cushion front from a pile of moor
coloured scraps using simple English piecing
Sue Field

Friday 28th June 10am-4pm
Mono Printing
Teresa Precey

Friday 5th July 10am-4pm
Crazy Moor Victorian crazy patchwork from rich fabric scraps, Feather stitched down and
capturing the odd moor saying or two
Sue Field

Friday 19th July 10am-4pm
Printmaking using mixed approach Inspired by images of The Caradon Hill area
Teresa Precey

Each day course costs just £5.00. This includes materials, and tea and coffee throughout the day.
The venue for each workshop is Liskerrett Community Centre.
To book your place please complete the attached booking form and return it with your payment to:
Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard PL14 4AP

Oaktree Surgery Walking For Health

Patients of Oaktree Surgery, Liskeard are invited to join our walk leaders on Tuesday 7th & 21st May for a short walk leaving the Surgery at 10am


Is Himalayan Balsam invading your territory?
Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project are holding a Himalayan Balsam ìAlien Invadersî information launch day on:Tuesday 14th May 2013, 11:00 to 15:00 Siblyback Lake, Commonmoor, Liskeard.
Anyone interested is welcome to come along for the launch by South West Lakes Trust. You will be able to chat to representatives from South West Lakes Trust; Westcountry Rivers Trust; Environment Agency; Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Council, for information and advice on how we are able to work together to tackle this menace.
Himalayan Balsam, although very pretty, is a growing problem in the area. Our native flora is being lost, especially along the river banks, and the lack of winter vegetation is causing soil erosion and increasing the risk of flooding. This is a free event supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Lunch time refreshments will be provided.


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