Events and Activities

The activities of the society include lectures, film shows, walks, field visits and occasional social events.


We are currently planning a talk in March, filed trip in May and a walk in July – dates and details will follow shortly.

PAST Events


November 2017 – Two Film Nights.



November 2015 – Two Film Nights.

February 2015 – Ray Hingston gave a talk about the Mineral Records of Lanhydrock House. Colin Short gave a talk about the position of different Methodist sects in the 1913 china clay workers strike.


November 2014 – AGM followed by Film Night.

July 2014 – a guided walk up the Gover Valley, St Austell, led by Ivor Bowditch and Jenny Moore.

March 2014 – Colin Bristow gave an illustrated talk entitled “Memoirs of a Globetrotting China Clay Geologist: the Early History of ECC’s Overseas Activities”.


November 2103 – AGM followed by Film Night.

September 2013 – Ed Buscombe, Mining Technical Support Manager at Imerys, gave an illustrated talk entitled “China Clay Mining in Cornwall: The Way Forward”.

September 2013 – Events to commemorate the Centenary of the 1913 china clay strike and the Bugle baton charge.

July 2013 – Trewoon Village Hall Meeting to commemorate the start of the 1913 Clay Workers’ Strike at Carne Stents – TALK and WALK

July 2013 – Excursion to Tregargus Valley led by John Yeo, Ivor Bowditch and Monty Hooper.

March 2013 – Ivor Bowditch gave a talk on Heavy Earth Moving Equipment at Wheal Martyn.


November 2012 – Annual Film Show

June 2012 – A walk to Gothers and Wheal Frederick.

February 2012 – Maurice Dart gave a talk at Wheal Martyn about Railways in the China Clay Area.


December 2011 – Film Show.

October 2011 – Ivor Bowditch led a visit to Par to see the remains of the Harbour, Slurry Plant and Buell Dryers, and to visit the Mill, Fluid Bed Dryer and Opacilite Plant.

August 2011 – Barbecue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Society.

May 2011 – Walk in the Fal Valley from Wheal Remfry to Collins Dry.

February 2011 – Talks by Colin Bristow about canals at Carclaze and Scredda, and by Jim Lewis about the Par canal.


November 2010 – Annual Film Show.

September 2010 – Excursion led by Ivor Bowditch to trace the development of power in the china clay industry.

May 2010 – Walk around Blackpool Pit, Refiners and Driers.

March 2010 – “Metalliferous Mining in the St. Austell area” exhibition at Wheal Martyn.

February 2010 – illustrated talks by Charles Thurlow – “Industries of the Pentewan Valley” and Bob Evans of the Pentewan Old Cornwall Society – “The Pentewan Railway”.


November 2009 – Annual Film Show, including an item on the Cornwall Aviation Company. There was also a static display of model railways.

June 2009 – Guided walk around Goonbarrow


October 2008 – Trip around the works of Goonvean Ltd.