At another summer season drew to a close. we were able to see that takings had risen tor another year at the Penzance shop.

Unfortunately our worst predictions were realised at the end of November when we had to leave 3 Market Place. where we had been so comfortably settled for the last two and a half years. We cannot thank WIt Smith enough for letting us use its premises, and now our gratitude goes to Next plc, which owns 2 Market Place and hat let us move in at such short notice to enable us to continue into the run-up to Christmas. It is a much layeer shop and much of the space hat been turned over to information and donated goods, namely our ever-growing second-hand book section which. thanks to many hours of voluntary help. has become comprehensively categorised.

The supply of goods for tale through branches of the Trust hat been resumed. and will hopefully provide valuable publicity for the Trust's work at well as having the added bonus of sales profits. If you would like any information about runnino a stall. and would like to arrange f(sr the collection of a supply of sales goods. please do not hesitate to contact me via the Trust headquarters or the Penzance shop.

Sally Hawkins

Bat Hospital

The Flittermouse Fair in August raised a profit of at least 560. Carol Williams won't be able to organite the event again this coming summer. so a volunteer is needed urgently if it is to continue. Offers will be most welcome. and don't forget that the bat adoption scheme is still seeking new sponsors

Kay marches for wildlife

Kernow Flag




In May 1497 the people of Cornwall, already very poor and greatly oppressed. rose up in protest against a new tax imposed by Henry VII to fund hit war against the Scott. Led by Michael Joseph, the smith (an gof) of St Keverne on the Lizard Peninsula, and Thomas Flamank, a lawyer of Bodmin, an army of protesters made their way out of Cornwall towards London.

They made their way without violence, in fact their numbers increased each day. and it was clear they had great support from the local people who fed and encouraged them en route. They arrived at Blackheath, overlooking the city of London, on 16th June with some 10,000 followers.

Unfortunately they reached London in such haste that Henry had not yet ordered his assembled troops northwards. Instead they turned to face the Cornith.

In the brief battle that ensued on 17th June 1497 the Cornish fought courageously in a one-sided contest. Two hundred Cornishmen were killed, against eight of the king's men. Michael Joseph and Thomas Flamank were captured, tried in the Tower of London and condemned to be hanged, drawn and quartered. From the scaffold the smith proudly declared that he would have "a name perpetual and fame permanent and immortal".

Their heads were stuck on London Bridge. The Cornith Rebellion was over.

Over but not forgotten. On 24th May 1997, as an act of commemoration and celebration (and the remarkable fulfilment of a prophecy), marchers will again set out from St Keverne on the 320-mile route to London. The main difference will be that those taking part will alto be raising funds for charity. (We are fairly certain there will be no violence this time when we get to London!)

Foremost amongst those leaving St Keverne on that Saturday will be Dr Kay Hocking, a senior Trust member. Kay it the first person to register at a walker sponsored to raise funds for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. His aim it to walk the first two days, a total of 17 miles. We already have tome volunteers to walk all the way to London, but anyone it welcome, even if they only manage a few hundred yards. So why not get out the pushchair, the walking stick, the zimmer frame or the dog and bring along the family (it's half-term week) for a unique and enjoyable way of raising funds for the Trust? (The next one will be in 2497 AD.)

Contact Paul Horak at Trust HQ or myself on (01736) 710116 for details of the route through Cornwall and for sponsorship forms.

Howard Curnow

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