Anyone interested in the heritage of Cornwall, from the very youngest upwards, is a welcome member of St Gerrans and Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society. In the name Old Cornwall, the Old refers to the past culture, history, arts, customs, language etc. and has nothing to do with the age of the membership.
The first Old Cornwall Society was formed at St Ives in 1920 and since that time Societies have developed throughout Cornwall under the auspices of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies who are determined to uphold the words written by Morton Nance to work to protect… all those ancient things that make the spirit of Cornwall – its traditions, its old words and ways, and what remains to it of its Celtic language and nationality.
A very small group formed St Gerrans and Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society in 1976, but since that time the Society has grown considerably. The Society meets at Gerrans Memorial Hall, Portscatho at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month (from October to May) when a speaker, usually with slides or a PowerPoint presentation, talks on a Cornish subject. Dates for these can be found on our website.
In addition to our monthly meetings, we gather together annually to celebrate St Piran’s Day and the Feast Days of St Gerrans and St Anthony. In the summer, we arrange an afternoon pilgrimage, as well as an evening visit, both to places of Old Cornwall interest.