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The Shrove Tuesday hurl at St Columb took place on a cold, bright but fortunately dry February afternoon when there were two former hurlers in their 90s present, both previous winners, Henry Tinsley & Denis Ellery. The game started at 4:30pm when after an introduction from Town Crier Kevin Roberts officiating at his first hurling, another veteran Roger Ford, at the invitation of last year's winner Marco Ciarleglio, recited the traditional couplet "Town & Country do your best, For in this Parish I must rest" before tossing the ball to the waiting crowd.
For just over half-an-hour the hurlers raced up and down the streets before Countryman Aaron Rundle made a break down Bank Street in the direction of the goal at Lanhainsworth. His plan was foiled by townsman Ben Scott however and Marco Ciarlegio gained possession as far as Bridge where he was stood (tackled) when he declined the invitation to deal (hand over) the ball. With a small group of townsmen in possession play continued up Trewan Hill with countrymen Matthew Rodliffe and later Josh Ellery attempting to halt their progress towards the parish boundary at Whitewater. The ball again came into Marco's possession and he, with Kaylup Johns in support, threw off another tackle and outstripped the following pack to record his seventh victory. He was carried back to the town in triumph and during the evening after providing silver cocoa for the children the hurlers toured the pubs drinking silver beer.
The Fourburrow Hunt met at the Silver Ball, St Columb major on the New Year bank holiday and are pictured at Bridge
Almost 50 decorated trees adorned St Columb Major Parish Church for their Christmas Tree Festival
The St Columb Major Community Carol Service took place in the parish church and included switching on the lights for the Christmas Tree Festival. The Academy school choir and the In-Tune choir both took part
St Columb Major Academy held two separate Christingle services at the parish church, led by Revd. Chris McQuillen-Wright
The St Columb Major Christmas Lights in Market Square were switched on following a lantern parade from the Academy School. The school choir sang, the Gladiator traction engine was in attendance, and the ceremony ended with fireworks
The Annual Remembrance Parade, Service and wreath-laying ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon at St Columb Major Parish Church led by RAF Padre Revd. Andrew Turner
Armistice Day ceremony at the war memorial at St Columb Major. Wreaths were laid by Steve Double MP, Town Mayor Paul Wills, and Kath Tucker
Harmoniemusik Chamber Orchestra taking a break from rehearsals for their concert series at St Columb Major Parish Church
Some pictures from the Carnival procession
Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon at Party in the Park
Runners and prize winners at the Vale of Lanherne Chase, a part of St Columb Major Carnival Week. It was won by It was won by Jonas Gumnesson "The Cornish Swede" in a time of 30mins 40secs.
The Cornish Wrestling under 18s Championship of Cornwall was held at St Columb Recreation Ground during the town's Carnival Week. Trophies were presented by Colin Roberts, Town Crier, and the Under-18 belt was won by Luke Hannford
In July 2015 Burrell traction engine "Cornishman" returned to St Columb Major to be reunited with it's former stablemate "Cornish Maid". Both engines had been owned and operated before and during World War II by Charles Parsons of Bridge and carry consecutive registration numbers. "Cornishman" was sold in the late 1940s, and eventually came into the ownership of Robert Hobbs of Kent who has carried out an extensive restoration. Last year's visit for the Boconnoc Steam Fair was the engine's first return to Cornwall for 70 years.
There the story might have ended were it not for the dream of Agricultural Contractor David Tremain who lives right next to Parsons Garth (yard) at St Columb`. It took twelve months to make the necessary arrangements, but "Cornishman" has once again returned home, into his ownership, and this time it's not just for a summer holiday!
The St Columb Major Town Council Civic Service was brought forward from it's usual August date to the second Sunday in June to co-incide with the official 90th birthday of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
At the beginning of the service Mayor Paul Wills made a presentation of a hurling ball to Canon Ed & Mrs Margaret Pruen, who will shortly be leaving the area
The second hurl of 2016 was started by three times former winner David Juszczak who threw up the ball at the traditional time of 4:30pm. After around 45 minutes hurling through the streets townsman Jack Glanville set off down Newquay Road towards the town goal at Cross Putty. He soon found he lacked the stamina to complete the run and dealt (passed) the ball to Marco Ciarleglio who successfully goaled the ball to record his sixth successive win.
The Shrove Tuesday hurl took place on a cold early February day when Nigel Masters threw up the ball on behalf of the winner of the second hurl of 2015, countryman Sean Johns.
After almost an hour of hurling up and down the street townsman Marco Ciarleglio made a break down Bank Street in a northerly direction. The ball then passed between a number of townsmen including Jack Scott and Kaylup Johns, who were harried by the countrymen amongst them Matthew Rodliffe and Harvey Ellery. Marco regained possession near Trewan Hall and broke away for the parish boundary at Whitewater to record his fifth personal victory.
Images from the James B. Tremain collection.
Please ignore "date photos were taken" (unable to enter pre-2003) but the year can be found in the Reference.
The traditional New Year's Day Meet of the Fourburrow Hunt took place at the Silver Ball, St Columb Major
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