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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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!

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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.

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‘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!

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Latin course offered FREE in Liskeard

‘Introduction to Latin for Local and Family History’, supported by the Heritage Lottery Funded Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, will be offered free of charge at the Liskerrett Centre in January 2013!

This course will be useful for those researching local and family history; it will equip students with the basic skills necessary to read the Latin of pre-16th century documents.


Two More Teachers Thanks To CHAHP

Following an appeal in the Parish Newsletters associated with CHAHP for residents of the area who wished to participate in a basic teacher training course, in order to run new workshops in the Project area, CHAHP is pleased to congratulate Suzanne Kellman and Lianne Crocker for passing their PTTLLS qualification. The two ladies participated in the Preparing To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course at Saltash College, part of Cornwall College. Suzanne is already putting her new found skills into action working with adults with learning disabilities at Morley Tambly Lodge. She will be devising a series of workshops which will enable CHAHP to fund the construction of a Sensory Trail in Golitha National Nature Reserve. Suzanne is also writing a course which will be delivered at the Liskerrett Centre during the Summer. Lianne on the other hand will be facilitating a course on Short Story Writing and Publishing, which will be starting on 19th April 2012 at Liskerrett.

Oral History Tapes

CHAHP Project Partner the Stuart House Heritage Group has this week started to digitise over 80 oral history interviews. This project which will also involve some bullet point transcriptions will allow the files, until recently held in a private collection, to be backed up and stored in more than one location for safety. It also means the files will be able to accessed & listened to by the general public. The first tape digitised contains an interview with Mr. Honey a waggoner who has first hand knowledge of the loading up of the Moorswater Anglican Church (a large galvanised steel structure) and its moving to Dobwalls on two timber wagons & being pulled by a team of horses. He remembers the books & bell were still in situ as the whole structure was moved!

CHAHP Partner Pensilva History Group website launched:

The Pensilva Group which were formed 12 months ago with continued support from CHAHP are pleased to announce the launch of their website. You can see what they are up to & find out a good deal about the village, which started its life as a frontier mining settlement, by clicking the link here:


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