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Hwedhla adro An Run ha bewnans Trewoon I Gathering Stories about The Reens and Troon Life

An arts and heritage-led community celebration sharing life memories, stories, photos of The Reens and Troon in Cornwall. The event was for those who couldn’t walk to a sacred place a group of us are working to safeguard.

Resting after a pilgrimage walk to a sacred place called Fenton Ia (after the saint) at The Reens in Troon, Cornwall. Saint Ia was said to have been an Irish princess, the sister of Erc of Slane. Photograph Peter Dewhurst

Preceding the event, a double bill workshop was also held for young people – an afternoon in the woods foraging and making co-created 3D landscapes then followed by a virtual experience and a pop-up installation for everyone at the event in Troon to explore, especially those that could no longer walk to the woods. Many of the older people in Troon spent their childhood playing in the woods.

The celebration was a story café event self-initiated by a local group of us. We facilitated participants in sharing memories by capturing sound, words, film, virtual worlds, and map-making. Additionally, we engaged in the serpentine dance, a traditional parade walk from recent history, and indulged in a the origins of the tea treat together. Moving forward, we are collectively shaping the direction of the project and determining its future development.

We have published work about our walks in a book about Movement Heritage.


Movement Heritage

A Celebration and exploration - The Reens and Tea Treats - draft 1

Mapping the Reens with Wendy Brawer of Green Map System to help us safeguard the Reens. Photograph: Andy Hughes.

Hopeful, Positive, Interesting and Local
Interesting, Inspiring, Fun, Kernow
Interesting, Informative, Helpful. Friendly
Freedom, Sunshine, Teatreat, Band
Educational, Friendly, Creative, Inclusive
Green, Nourishing, Enriching, Holisitic
Lovely, Relaxed, Entertaining, Informative
Fun, Good, Nice, Cool

These four words are from participants asked to summarise their experience of the event [outdoor workshop + hall event]

This project is funded by Feast and Camborne Town Council.

FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall.

FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life.

Participatory map-making by Fenton-Ia in the Reens. Mapping of land use within the different categories of common land, created by Philip Hills. Photograph Andy Hughes.