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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Research ‘hub’ to help Caradon Hill area residents discover local and family history

Press Release issued on 22 January 2013

A new research 'hub' has been built in Liskeard to help local residents trace their family roots and research local history.

The new facility, at Stuart House in Barras Street, will give users access to local newspaper files from the 1800s, Cornish parish records, census material and information on births, deaths and marriages. Access will be free of charge though there will be a charge for printing.

Developed by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP) and The Stuart House Trust, the project has also brought back to life 19th Century copies of the Cornish Times newspaper.

From Friday 1 February, members of the public will be able to access digital copies of the weekly newspaper from the first edition published in January 1857 to December 1900.


Caradon Archaeology visit Bearah Tor Quarry

The event on Sunday 13th October was well attended with 28 braving the biting wind, whilst simultaneously enjoying glorious sunshine. As well as spectacular views of Bodmin Moor the attendees were shown around the site by local stone mason Ian Piper whose family has worked here for generations.

Another object of the walk was to indentify a base for the medieval wheel headed cross, currently in Pendeen House, Liskeard. The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project in partnership with English Heritage and cross expert Andrew Langdon will this month be restoring the monument before moving it back to the location from which it was removed in the early C20th. All those who attended reported have a fascinating insight to the site, and Ian Piper was thanked for giving up his Sunday morning to show the group around. On the way back down the track several archaeological features were identified including a large Bronze Age round house, and a Neolithic chambered tomb.


Event Cancellations


Sent on behalf of Jen Bousfield

Dear All,
Just had a call from our prospective speaker Gary Lewis. He is worried about getting to and from Stoke Climsland tonight in adverse weather, so the event has been cancelled for tonight and will be held at a later date.

Subject Phoenix United Clearance Work Cancelled 19/01/13

Sent on behalf of Chrissie le Marchant

Dear all

I’m sorry but we are going to have to cancel tomorrows work party, not all of the permissions needed to work on this site have been received back, in particular the one from Natural England to do works on the SSSI.

Hopefully we will be able to get to do some works on the site in future.

Thank you for your interest in helping look after the site.

Painting Classes with Jennie Boniface

Painting classes with Jennie Boniface to start soon:

Beginners and improvers are welcome on these painting workshops at the Liskerrett Community Centre, Liskeard 10am-4pm

Cost per session £5.00 - subsidised by Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project

Friday 25th January - CHARCOAL

Combine Charcoal, Watercolour and Ink to achieve a tonal and atmospheric Moorland view


Using a selection of alternative techniques recreate the textures of the Moors, Rocks and Stones

Friday 8th February - PAINTING MIXED MEDIA

Inspired by images of the Caradon Hill Area, use a variety of water-based media to create a textured collaged painting

Friday 15th February - SOFT PASTELS

Produce a pastel painting depicting the moods, light and colours of the Caradon Hill Area

To book onto a workshop or for further information about art classes, please contact:

Liskerrett Centre on 01579 340307 or visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Jennie Boniface on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Birdwatcher's Year in Cornwall

CANCELLED! Mid-Tamar Wildlife Group on this Friday, 18th at the Old School in Stoke Climsland at 7.30pm.

The speaker is Gary Lewis who manages the Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS). Please note, there is a small charge for non-CWT members.

Full details on the LAPWG website:

12 week Creative non-fiction writing course.

Are there stories or events you have experienced in your life, family's, or those of people you know, or those that you've always wanted to investigate and feel these could make enlightening reading?

This 12 week course will provide you with the tools to write an engaging narrative which explores the emotions and happenings of real-lives.


Training Opportunities for Volunteers

A range of new courses for volunteers are being provided by the Lottery Heritage funded Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project.

These are certificated courses, which are free to those living, working or volunteering in the project area and booking is essential by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To confirm a course booking, you need to supply a full name, address and telephone number.

Course:          1st Aid - HSE Emergency First Aid at Work

Venue             Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard

Date               Saturday 9th February 2013

Time               9.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor              Howlett Training Partnership



Last Freight Train To Moorswater?

Thursday 3rd January 2013 was a sad day in the life of Moorswater, a location with so much history. For on that day, the last freight train ran to Moorswater.  The train arrived mid-morning with twenty wagons of  cement from Derbyshire, which were unloaded and returned empty to  Westbury in the afternoon. This followed the established pattern of an occasional train which has run up the branch line once every few weeks.

A change of ownership of the Hope cement works in Derbyshire has brought about the cessation of this flow of rail traffic to Moorswater.   It is understood that cement traffic will now arrive at Moorswater by road instead.  This location has been a hive of activity long before the arrival of the railway, when packhorses brought down minerals and stone from Bodmin Moor.  In 1846, the Liskeard and Caradon Railway opened for horse drawn (or gravity worked downhill) trains from the granite quarries and copper mines on Caradon Hill.  The cargo was transferred from wagons at Moorswater to barges on the Liskeard  & Looe Union Canal for onward shipment from Looe harbour. Moorswater, at the time reverberated with much industry, with several lime kilns and a granite dressing plant, as well as the canal basin. 


THE GREAT CIVIL WAR with special reference to Cornwall

The Stuart House Trust is proud to host a public lecture, which is open to all, by Professor Ronald Hutton of Bristol University on Thursday 17th January at 7.00pm, at The Old Hall, Liskeard School and Community College.

CHAHP Walking for Health Update

The Caradon Monthly Walkers are going from strength to strength with the continued support of Mandy, Brigette, Mel, Jack and their team. Since the local government support stopped, the team have worked hard to keep it going and develop it into a must attend monthly event!

For more details see

Another exciting local group is the ‘Walking for Health Group’ started over the summer. With the support of CHAHP* and Ann from the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Pensilva Surgery, two new walk leaders have been trained. The walking routes vary in lengths depending on the abilities of those who attend. The group is taking a break over the festive season and will be back in the New Year where it meets every Wednesday morning at 10am at the Pensilva Surgery. If you are interested in joining a walk with the group or would like to know what date they will be back walking, contact Iain.

For more details see 

‘Liskeard’s Got Stile’, another walking group supported and promoted by CHAHP, has been ticking off many stiles on numerous footpaths in and around the town. This group, currently run as part of the Vital Spark programme, will be supported by CHAHP if the monthly events continue into the summer!

For more details see 



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