A Busy Autumn for Godolphin WI

‘Crying the Neck’

Members of Godolphin WI have had a busy time lately.

They welcomed Fred Thomas, better known as Betty Stogs, to one of their meetings to tell them all about his adventures running the marathon, cycling, body boarding, zip wiring and even being locked up in Bodmin Jail, all to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West and the RNLI. Since taking on the persona of Betty he has raised over £400,000.00.

A few members attended Germoe Church to witness the Crying the Neck. This is a very old harvest festival tradition held in the cornfield. When the time came to cut the last handful of standing corn, they all stood and shouted “What ave ee” three times. The cows in the next field came to watch and the group then returned to the church for a pasty, tea and cake. They felt it was such an honour to be part of keeping old traditions going.

On a sunny day in October, the women enjoyed a visit to Helston Railway. They were all taken back to time gone by and the days of train travel. They trundled along the tracks taking in the views and stopping to have a wander at the last station. The train then wound its way back and they all had a cream tea in the station cafe.

Finally, on a damp and mizzly day later in the month, it was off to Deer Park Farm at Callington. There was so much to do and see, and they even got to have a tractor ride!

Helston Railway

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