February Update on the Friends Lodge

Work continues on the Friend’s Lodge – the site has been now been completly cleared, the footprint of the lodge has been dug out, the area levelled and marked out. A weedproof membrane and plastic base has been layed.

Stones have been ordered and are arriving early next week. The plan is for these to be layed over this base next week by a team of volunteers.

Would you like to get involved with the running of The Friends?

There are vacancies on the committee including executive positions for anyone who would like to help with the running of the Friends. Both Neil and Tony will be retiring as Chairman and Treasurer respectivey at the AGM on 3 March and we are particularly looking for volunteers to take on these roles.

For anyone interested in getting involved in the committee we have produced a Terms of Reference. This document provides details of what each of the committee roles involve.

If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch or contact Neil on 01752 822558 for further information.

Work starts on the replacement Friends Lodge

Following a preliminary discussion with Cornwall Planning Department at the end of December 2017 we finally received planning permission to go ahead on 4th January 2019 having overcome objections from Historic England and the Cornwall Council Historic Environment Department. We had already decided on the type of building and supplier so an order was placed without delay.

Thanks to the generosity of Lee Steening, the Head Gardener, in allowing us to use a part of his domain just beyond the Archway into the Formal Gardens site work commenced on 15th January with a team comprised of Nigel Bruce-Robertson, Steve Creese, Alan Drummond, Ged Edgcumbe, Tony Hutchings and Neil Rugg. The area selected contained a concrete block wall surrounding a cold-frame and half filled with large red stones alongside a large pile of earth containing stones, slates and other debris dumped following the bombing of the Orangery during WW2. Fortunately we were able to call on assistance from Bryan Luxford with the mini-digger loaned by the Mount Edgcumbe Model Railway Society and Nick Butcher with the Park’s tractor.

The Friends working party re-convened on 22 January and approximately levelled half of the base area before deciding there was still more work to be done by the digger, scheduled for the 29th.

The ‘finds’ from the heap of soil included a number of intact glass bottles and ceramic jars. One bottle originally contained the following ‘Sheildhall Essence of Coffee & Chicory SCWS’. Looking on ebay we could have purchased one of these for £5 with a lot less backache incurred. A more interesting one was marked ‘Atkinson & Barker’ which articles on Google advise were suppliers of ‘Royal Infants Preservative’ which claimed to ‘provide instant relief in convulsions, flatulency, affliction’s of the bowels and difficult teething’. Since it contained laudanum and there was at least one recorded case of an infant dying after being dosed with the medicine the claim to ‘provide instant relief’ seems to be genuine. Perhaps someone can shed light on the pear shaped bottle (unfortunately with a broken spout) which contains the following ‘T Denniford late Mackey & Co Pure Aerated Water 25 Russell Street, Plymouth’. If you can help with information about this bottle please do get in contact.

The 100th Edition of the Journal is out

The latest copy of the Friends’ Journal went out to all members on 21 January together with the 2019 membership cards.

2019 Membership

Annual Friends Membership fees for 2019 are due on 1st. January;

  • Single £10
  • Couple £15
  • Family £20

If you pay by standing order – please could you check that it is set to the correct amount.

Many thanks to everyone who has already renewed their membership.

Please note that the 2019 Membership cards will be sent out with the Winter Journal during the week commencing 21 January.

Wonder Nights continues at Mt.Edgcumbe until 6 Jan (except NYD)




Wonder Nights is a great opportunity to see Mt.Edgcumbe in a different light including some of the Friends’ projects.

For further information please contact Wonder Nights

Just a reminder that there is a reduction for Friends when booking online.

Looking for a last minute Christmas present?

Then why not give someone the gift of membership to The Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

There is no joining fee and the annual subscription is:
Single £10, Couple £15, Family £20, Life membership (individual only) £100

For information on how to join The Friends and to find out about the benefits please click here.

The Friends' Christmas Tree is part of All Saints' Church Christmas Tree Festival

All Saints’ Church Christmas Tree Festival in Millbrook is looking really super this year. The Festival is open:

Wednesday 12 December, 2pm – 5pm
Thursday 13 Dcember, 2pm – 5pm
Friday 14 December, 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 15 December, 10am – 12noon

This year the Friends’ Christmas Tree has paper origami decorations inspired by one of the books we came across when emptying the Lodge. We also discovered some rather out of date French maps which gave us the idea for the paper chains.

Please do pop along and support this event at All Saints’ Church in Millbrook.
Free entrance. Donations welcomed.

Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre, 8 & 9 December

The 14th. Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre is next weekend – Saturday 8 December, 10am-5pm & Sunday 9 December 2018, 10am-4pm.

Organised by the Park, Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre is always a great event, with over 70 stalls, cookery demonstrations, santa, live music and living statues.

As in previous years The Friends’ will have a stall. We hope to see you there!

For further information please visit Mount Edgcumbe website.


Wonder Nights 29 November-2 December & 11 December-6 January

Wonder Nights is a new after-dark event being organised by Adventure Mountain at Mt. Edgcumbe between 29 November-2 December & 11 December-6 January.

For details about this event please click here

Just a reminder that reduced admission to Wonder Nights is available to Friends – please see below.