Taranaki Christmas Lunch - 13 December 2022 at Cobb & Co, New Plymouth

An excellent assortment of raffle prizes, including a selection of goodies brought back from a recent visit to Cornwall by the association president.

Eighteen members of the Taranaki branch held their final meeting of 2022 with a Christmas lunch at Cobb & Co in New Plymouth. They are pictured here holding their copy of the NZ 60th Anniversary booklet. The booklet was presented to each member as a gift from the National Association. According to branch secretary, Carol Cowling, "everyone was thrilled with the booklet and some members have asked for extra copies"

Christchurch branch, Christmas meeting 3 December 2022

This year's production by committee members was an adaptation of "The Green Man", a well-known character from traditional folk culture.

Staring Les as “The Green Man”

Standing in for Father Christmas this year and assisted by Green Woman, Green Man then presented a small gift of a chocolate bar and a copy of the just released history of the New Zealand Cornish Association 1962 - 2022 booklet to members.

Dorothy and Jennie as the narrators

Dorothy cutting the Christmas cake

Adrianne & Jennie our wonderful tea ladies.

More entertainment was provided by Celia’s word game, provoking much sighing and head scratching.

Heather and Nadine lead the singing with some well-known carols including the "Sans Day carol" and finishing with "While Shepherd Watched" to the tune Lyngham. This is the traditional tune sung at Cornish Christmas celebrations.

Click on the link to hear the Port Isaac Fisherman's Friends sing "While Shepherds Watch" to the tune "Lyngham" in the Chapter House of Wells Cathedral - Link

Pictures from the November 2021 Christchurch Meeting - The theme for the meeting "The Enjoyment of Books"

Guest speaker, Renee Blackburn from the “Book Discussion Scheme”

Our masked crusaders!!

Keeping with the theme of books. The members watched a video book review by Simon Savage. These books were chosen by the Duchess of Cornwall for season one of her "Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room.

Jennie delivering the prepacked teas

Pictures from the August 2021 Christchurch Meeting - the meeting had an island theme

Long standing members David and Olwyn King cut a cake on the double occasion of Olwyn’s birthday and their 70th wedding anniversary

Guest speaker, Bert Walker, gave a talk about a holiday in the Chatham Islands.

We couldn’t let the occasion go by without reminding everyone about our beautiful islands off the coast of Cornwall – The Isles of Scilly. A video followed Julia Bradbury on a 5-mile circular walk of St Martin’s, before island-hopping to Tresco..

Heather leads the members in the song "The Sweet Nightingale" adding to the collection of Cornish songs that the members have been learning and enjoying each month.

Isles of Scilly themed table decorations

The Isles of Scilly from the air

Pictures from the May Bi Annual AGM Held in Christchurch 2021

Pasty lunch is always a favorite with the members

Musical Entertainment

A wonderful display of Cornish Bards past and present associated with the Christchurch branch

The AGM makes a start with Heather acknowledging Nick Bartle (the national secretary) as the latest association member to be honored in the list of Cornish Bards for 2018

As its May month it must be Helston Flora!! – With music provided by Heather and friends. Some of the more energetic members had a go at the Furry Dance

Our three current bards (L to R):

Heather Mitchell-Gladstone - KERNEWES ILOWEK

Nick Bartle - DEN AN SOTH


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