2016 Events Archive

Cornish Song lines: legends in the landscape

Andy Norfolk

November 19th 2016
Marazion Community Centre

Andy said: “I looked into Cornish legends and how they related to their landscape. I was interested in the aboriginal view of how their landscapes could be sung as stories and wondered if there were anything similar in Cornwall. There were and there are. Some of our legends match straight alignments of ancient sites.”
Andy gave a fascinating presentation, which explored the journeys taken by several of the well-known characters in our local legends, including the Bucca at Newlyn and our famous Giants and overlaid them with locations of West Penwith alignments.

Dowsing trip to Rosewall Hill and Trevalgan Hill

Site Visit Team

October 16th 2016
Rosewall Hill

A wet and windy afternoon saw us in anoraks and all the gear for the first time in months. Fortunately we’re an intrepid bunch but it wasn’t an afternoon for lengthy discussions or hours of exploration out in the open!
At Rosewall Hill, the first hill on the left from St Ives to Zennor, Cheryl Straffon and Lana Jarvis led us up to a gateway where there were two impressive granite gateposts. Our task was to decide whether one was previously a standing stone. The majority felt that the shorter stumpy stone was a late Bronze Age/early Iron Age standing stone, which had had its top removed. There was an energy ley passing through the gateway so both stones had some interesting energetic flows around them. Several people thought that the slimmer of the two was a relocated standing stone from nearby.
We were then led to the site of the main cairn, unfortunately hidden in a mass of gorse. Several radial lines were identified and a few brave souls fought their way to the centre, which was lumpy but with no stones to be seen.
Cheryl then took us up to an impressive rocky outcrop. In this jumble of rocks there were several viewing frames, the main ones being to Knill’s Steeple and St Ives Head.
Across the road at Trevalgan Hill, we dowsed in pouring rain, with the concensus being that the summmit is indeed a late Bronze Age/early Iron Age burial place anchored into the rocky carn. A blind spring and associated radials spread out around the site and two energy leys were also dowsed here.
At that point, before pneumonia set in, most of us dowsed that a cup of tea was the most pressing need. Another good afternooon, nevertheless!

Dowsing trip to Bodrifty Settlement and Mulfra Quoit

Site Visit Team

September 4th 2016
Bodrifty Settlement

This trip was worth it for the glorious panoramic views and the moorland covered in flowers.
Not far from Newmill, Trythall and Tredinnick, Bodrifty is a late Bronze Age, early Iron Age settlement, where there are remains of 8 huts. We dowsed around the site, focussing on the large natural rock just outside the boundary to the north west. Dowsing results suggested that the rock had been the focus of ceremony with formal processions to and from the settlement and well. Interestingly, dowsing also suggested that processions divided around the rock, men to the north and women to the south.
There were two interesting clefts on top of the rock, possibly enhanced, one pointing towards the Nine Maidens’ circle at Boskednan and the other towards Hannibal’s Cairn – aligning with mid-summer solstice sunset.
An energy ley ran from the rock up to the barrow on the hill to the north and another up to Mulfra Quoit. Despite cloudy weather the 360 degree views around the landscape were superb.
At Mulfra Quoit, a Neolithic tomb, we dowsed for the boundary of the original earth mound which came out at about 35 feet. The general feeling was that the Quoit had been deliberately decommisioned. Apart from the dowsing results from several people, the missing “leg” suggests that this was the case, as well as the peculiar angle of the capstone. It appears to have been pushed horizontally southwards before dropping steeply to the ground.
On the way back on our circular route, we dowsed one large standing stone and admired the unusual, ancient animal-proof gateway.
Another good afternoon’s dowsing in our very special landscape.

Dowsing trip to Tregeseal stone circle, barrow, holed stones and Carn Kenidjack

Site Visit Team

July 17th 2016
Tregeseal Stone Circle

A hotter than hot day for a trip to this part of West Penwith, the area of moorland outside St Just.  And what a panoramic view for our picnic spot on the top of Carn Kenidjack, from Pendeen to Land’s End!  Home of legends, nearby is No Go By Lane and, for anyone foolish enough to “go by”, particularly at night, the lane approaching the moor is Devil’s Lane.   Fortunately, our trip was in daylight but we looked out for the stile “that bears an evil name” – just in case!

John Moss provided hand-outs on the historical and archaeological significance of the area, with some suggested dowsing tasks.

Below the Carn (the “Hooting Tor”) we went to the round barrow and found underground water, leys and spirals.

Then a walk across the moor to see and dowse the mysterious holed stones.  Holes aligned to particular stars to mark the seasons?  No one knows and, frustratingly, the stones are not in their original positions.

Another walk down to Tregeseal stone circle, once the site of three circles, (although it has been suggested that one of them was a large hut circle).   We dowsed and traced a blind spring, underground water streams, radials and spirals from the centre and the stones, as well as energy leys.  Afterwards we discussed our findings and concentrated on putting some energy and vitality back into the circle.

A fascinating, interlinking collection of sites and their alignments,  And, apart from some good dowsing, a group of 16 enjoyed another happy, sociable time in a spectacular landscape.

Pathways to the Past 2016

Various Speakers

May 28th to May 29th 2016

Now in its 10th year, this was an excellent weekend organised by CASPN (Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network).  A packed weekend of walks and talks among the ancient sites of West Penwith by experienced and entertaining historians, researchers and archaeologists, including Cheryl Straffon, Lana Jarvis and Palden Jenkins.  A wonderful opportunity to see and learn more about our magical landscape.

Extracts from the diary of a sceptical dowser

Christopher Strong

April 23rd 2016
Marazion Community Centre

Finding lost objects, pets, people and ancestors! Very well known in the dowsing world for decades, Christopher and his wife have helped thousands of people through dowsing.  Unlike some dowsers, they did not specialise in a particular area but worked on a wide range of cases and this afternoon Christopher told us about some of these.  Fascinating as well as entertaining, he described his techniques and approaches to certain problems and we appreciated the diverse experiences he has had during the development of his dowsing skills.

Christopher’s autobiography has just appeared:

Christopher Strong: Autobiography of a Sceptical Dowser. Practising Intuition in Every Aspect of Living.  Compiled and Edited by Nigel Twinn.

It is available to buy on line from Penwith Press: www.penwithpress.co.uk

Conversations with Landscape – Dragons, Elementals and Devas

Dr Patrick MacManaway

March 5th 2016
Marazion Community Centre

This was all about celebrating our sacred relationship with all things. Patrick, a Past President of the British Society of Dowsers, and one of the world’s leading dowsers and geomancers spoke at one of the very first meetings of Trencrom Dowsers.  We were delighted to welcome him back today.

This afternoon he spoke of the work he has been doing on farms in Australia, Vermont and in the UK. Using dowsing and geomantic work for the trials, there is now sound evidence of his success with milk yields in dairy cattle and in crops of all kinds. Farmers in these countries are now attending courses devised by Patrick, appreciating the enormous financial benefits to them.

He also spoke of the need to focus on areas of geopathic stress and to work and interact with the spirits of the place – the dragons, elementals and devas – to bring harmony to the land and to resolve problems relating to crop and animal health.

And now there is a sudden rush for us to get out to our gardens and fields!

Leys and things: Revelations on the Road to Damascus

John Christian

February 6th 2016
Marazion Community Centre

“Some revelations, coincidences and mysteries which together we call, after Alfred Watkins – Leys”.

Living on Dartmoor, John is an artist and intuitive dowser, with many years of exploration of the more isolated parts of Dartmoor as well as Bodmin moor.  Despite yet another storm he managed to get to Marazion, as did a good-sized audience.

Differentiating between leys, alignments and energy lines he told of how his intuition and experiences had led to a revelation of an alignment through several ancient churches on Dartmoor.  Using a spread of maps and some helpful little models of churches, he also introduced into his discussion a Templar theme, (the church at Temple), and the connection with the Goddess/Saint Brighid.  Fascinating insights and afterwards there was a clamour to arrange a visit to a couple of Bodmin sites.  Not during the holiday season though folks!

The consciousness of water

Fay Palmer

January 23rd 2016
Marazion Community Centre

Fay has many years’ experience as a dowser and geomancer and has used her techniques to work with geopathic stress, involved in agriculture, gardening, health and equine performance.  She described her workshop as: “Water is often viewed as an inanimate target, to be located for a well, or for geopathic stress. But how often do we use dowsing to talk to the consciousness of water?

This approach can help us to gain better results when seeking to work with water for a variety of purposes”.

A good hall-full of people attended this event. With an extensive knowledge of the subject, Fay gave us some little-known insights into the structure and function of water.  Armed with dowsing tools and bottles of water, we spent a fascinating afternoon dowsing and experimenting with changes in the energy of water – and us.