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Mining Sunday Pilgrimage

Event date: 11th September

On Sunday 11th September the Revd Caspar Bush, Rector of Redruth, will lead a Mining Sunday pilgrimage both celebrating the heritage of mining in the town, but also commemorating those who lost their lives in the mining industry over many years. We are delighted that this year this event is back in its more usual format, and that the Red River Singers will be leading us in song at various points along the way. The walk is only really accessible on foot – please bring outdoor footwear appropriate to the weather. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the walk and in church. Alternatively, you are welcome to miss the walking part, and join at St Euny Church instead, which is fully wheelchair accessible.

We begin at 10am at the Bassett Stamps building on the south side of the valley above Carnkie village (what3words reference: balloons.mixed.gathering; OS grid ref: 692398). It’s about a 3km walk here from the middle of Redruth, or you could park either at Seleggan car park near the top of the hill to the east of Carnkie, or park near St Euny Church and walk along Church Combe (about 1.5km). After some songs and words and a prayer we walk steadily along the Great Flat Lode to Wheal Uny, where we pause at the open mine shaft to commemorate in song, poetry and silence those who lost their lives in the mining industry, and we drop flower petals down the shaft in their memory.

Then on to St Euny Church. Pausing to listen to Red River Singers outside church while people gather, the fairly short service will begin at 11.30am, after which refreshments will be served.

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