BBC Radio 4 program about Cornish Chapels which includes Tregona

St Eval Archive, Tregona Chapel and the film called About the Land.

Tregona Chapel was a Methodist Chapel which opened in 1838. It was used by people from all over St Eval parish especially from Treburrick. They walked across the fields to get there or went in a cart before there were cars. It was sold in 1986 and hasn’t been used much since then.

Andrew Tebbs bought it a few years ago, he’s an artist. We have held open days with Tea and Cake there. In the last two years we have concentrated on renovation, the ceiling was an issue, but this year we will have another open day.

Andrew Tebbs and Jane Darke, who lives in Porthcothan, decided to collect a digital archive of St Eval memories. The archive with books and documents relating to the parish will be in the chapel for the open day as in previous years.

Jane made the film The Wrecking Season about the coast and everything that washes in from the Americas and decided to make a film about the land and people of St Eval where she lives. They recorded a lot of the older people to start with and younger farmers, trying to get a general feel for the mix of people who live here. She also has a collection of photographs and films from her late husband’s family.

All the material gathered so far is going onto a website for everyone to view and some is being made into the film called About the Land.

An edit of the film was shown as a work in progress three years ago at the Parish hall in St Eval. Now they are planning another round of interviews to see what has changed in that time, such as the Chocolate factory, and to talk to more working people in the Parish and young families up at Trevisker, St Eval.

Anyone interested in talking about their life in St Eval or having their photographs added to the collection is welcome.

If you would like to be included in the archive or the film, or both phone Jane Darke at 01841 520393 or email: 

St Eval Archive is a collection of digital photographs from the people of St Eval Parish. It looks at farming practice, family life up to the present day and St Eval Aerodrome during and after World War II. It is available to view on the St Eval Archive website.  This is an on going project. If you have photographs of interest please contact Jane Darke.

We have meetings and TEAS at Tregona Chapel from time to time where we gather new photographs and discuss old ones. Please look for information here, in the Parish Newsletter for St Eval and on the notice board at Tregona Chapel.

We are working on a new edit of the documentary film about St Eval.

The original film is available on Amazon or through this site.


This film is a companion to:

St Eval Airfield

(Power Point Slideshow)