Our History 1800’s – 1958

In Brief:

As far back as the 1800’s regatta’s, fete’s, carnivals were held in Par in the summer. Early events consisted of a regatta at Par Harbour in the morning, children’s sports in the afternoon on the land now known as Snowlands and the carnival in the evening. It was a popular event and it is believed that extra trains ran from Plymouth to Par to cater for the occasion.
Many of the early parades were around Par, Tywardreath & St Blazey, organised by the local nurses with the collections going to the St.Austell and Fowey cottage Hospitals.
After the carnival’s return following its absence due to the war, it continued up until 1958 when it became difficult to find people to help.

Research Documentation:

Research by Steve Roberts Par Community Carnival Team.
Please note the spelling mistakes are as the original transcripts

PAR REGATTA & SWIMMING MATCHES On Wednesday the above sports were inaugurated with great success, after having been dropped fer about four years. The weather was of a most delightful description. The greatest possible amount of interest was centred on the swimming matches, the three best men from Plymouth (Rogers, Dawe, and Marshall) being present. Mr G. E. Louth aoted as treasurer, Messrs. H. A. Barton and W. Moriom as hon secretaries, and Mr J. Tregaskis, as an efficient clerk of the course. The harbour is a capital one, being well suited for a regatta, and the sports were conduoted there by the kind per- mission of Dr Treffry. The committee boat was moored near the shore, and was excellently situated for view- ing the various events. The band of tbe local Volun- teer Artillery Corps played some capital selections of music. The first match that took plaoe was for sailing boats not exceeding 16 feet in length. First prize, £1 5s ; second, 15s ; third, 7s 6d. The course was abont 4i- miles. The following boats started : — The May- flower (Tregaskis) ; Hector (Biuney) ; Bessie (Smith) ; Pert (Kitt). The Mayflower took the lead at st arting, but was soon overhauled by the Hector, whioh, with tbe fine breeze which was blowing, went through the water magnificently. At the conclusion of the first reund the Hector led by a gocd three minutes, the Mayflower lead- ing the Bessie by 44 minutes ; the Pert being one minute behind the latter. This state of things was maintained throughout the last round, and the boats eventually won in the order named. The next race was for four- oared ships’ boats, not exceeding 17 feet in length. First prize, £2 ; second, £\; third, 10s, the course being the same as in the last contest. The following boats started : — Gipsy Queen, Isabella, Edith Wood, Snowflakr, Robert Hudson, Sparkling Wave, and Treffry. The craft got away together capitally, and without a foul, the men through- out the long course pulling splendidly. Eventually the winners’ boats came in ss follows : — Snow-flake, 1, Robert Hudson, 2, Sparkling Wave, 3, Treffry a good fourth. The contest for sailing boat.”, not exoeeding 20 feet in length, might be termed the race of the day. The prizes were : — lst, a silver sup, value .£3 ; second, £1 ; third, lOe. Three Fowey boats Btarted, viz. :— J. S. T (Tregaskis), Jani* (White), Six Brothers (Kails). The three got away with a fresh breeze, the J. S. T. being the first to round the buoy. At the end of the first round she led by 6 minutes 45 seconds, the Janie being second, and the Six Brothers a considerable distance in the rear. The leading boat still increased her dis- tance from her opponent and won, being eight minutes before the Janie, the other boat being rather a bad third. The small sailing boats belonging to the port then had a race, the prizes offered being 15s, 10s, and ss. The Pert Mary Ann, Rosina, and Harriet started. This match was one of the prettiest of the day, and gave much satisfaction. In the first round, the Pert was first, Rjsina seeosid, and Mary Ann third, the Harriet following. In the last round, the Pert and Rosina still kept their respective positions, but the Harriet went ahead of the M try Ann, winning the third prize. The next thing en tho programme was a race for four- oared boats not exceeding 15ft Gin in length, nor less than 4ft 4in in beam. — First, £ 1 10s ; second, £1 ; third, 10s. Only three started, the Vivid, Clara, and Joe. The Vivid was muoh tbe lighter boat of the three. The coxswain performed his duties with tact, and the men almost lifted the boat out of the water. The first prise went to tbe Vivid, and the seoond to the Clara. What excited by far the greatest amount of interest was the swimming match, open to all comers, in three prizes of £3, £2, and £1. Rogers, of Devonport ; Dawe and Marshall, of Plymouth ; Keen, of Brighton ; and Elliot, of Lostwithiel, entered. Rogers and Marshall were in capital working order, but Dawe, unfortunately, met with an acoident to his hand on the previous even- ing, tearing the flesh rather badly, and, therefore, he did not appear quite to his best. Rogers swam with the Johnson stroke, and appeared to do his task with ease throughout. The course was from the committee-boat to a buoy moored about 250 yards’ distant, twice round, and then to touch tha quay wall, making altogether a distance of over 1,000 yards. A capital start was effected at 5h 30m 405., the whole five men going off pretty well together ; by some miscalculation Mar- shall got out of his course, but soon got right again. Rogers was the first to round tbe buoy, Marshall being seoond, with Dawe close behind — Dawe soon getting into seoond place. The pace at whioh the men came baok to the committee boat again was something grand, the following bein^ the time — Rogers, 5h 39m; Dawe, 5h 39m 30s; Marshall, 5h 39m 325. Keen and Elliott were now a long way in the rear, and gave up the contest to the former three. The whole three swam in the seoond round quite as well as they did in the first, coming ia in tho following order: — Rogers, 5k 48m ; Dawe, oh 48m 455 ; Marshall, oh 49m 15s — Rogers thus doing the distance in aboat 17 minutes and 10 seconds. The oheers of the assembled crowd were deafening as tbe men came on board the committee boat. We should mention that Mr Searle, the indefatigable treasurer of the Plymouth Swimming Matches, was present throughout. Rogers and Mar- shall then delighted the sightseers with some pretty ornamental swimming, whioh took immensely well. Some races and swimming contests of a minor character brought the sports to a very successful termination.
Published: Saturday 26 July 1873
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

Par and Polkerris Regatta.— This popular amuse- ment came off on Wednesday week at Par, and, favoured on the whole by tho weather, drew a large crowd …
Published: Saturday 28 August 1875
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

PAR ANB POLKERRIS REGATTA. This annual regatta took place at Par Bay Monday. The weather was tine and the water smooth, and there was a large attendance of spectatera. The coinmitteeboat was moored off the entrance of Par harbour, and was gaily decorated with hunting, also were the vessels in the harbour, giving the place a very animated api»earance. The arrangements were very efficiently carried out by a committee composed of the Messrs. E. W. Moroom, John Bennett, and Inkerman; with Mr. Tregaskes honorary secretary; Mr. John Tregaskes, comiiKHlore and umpire; and Mr. John Elliott, clerk ot the course. … . The regatta commenced with a race for sailing l*oats ; course alsmt ten miles ; three tinies ananid the c.mimittei’- boat; second lass, not exceeding 17 feet oyer all.—The following started, viz., Elizabeth Ann, J.P.E., ‘lay Flower, and Storm Petrel. The J.P.E. obtained a good lead in the first round, but in the third round the Elizatieth Ann cut out the J.F.L. The Elizabeth Ann won the first prize and J.P.L. the second (205.). First-class sailing boats, not exceeding feet length ; three prizes, first silver cup, presented by Mr. E. W. Kashleigh.—There were three entries—J.S.T., Mr. John Tregaskes; Janie, Mr. J. White; Six Brothers, Sir. H. Elliot. This was a time race, one minute per foot being allowed. The boats got off in good style. rounding the first mark J.S.T. was ahead, but on rounding the second mark Janie Jed. There was a moderate breeze from south west during the early part of the race, but the wind gradually died away to an almost complete calm, and instead of going three times around the boats could not go more than once. There being only three boats to compete in this race, the committee awarded but two prizes, viz., I*l 10s. and 15s. Four-oared ships’^boats; three times around the course. “This was capitally-contested race, and resulted follows —Sparkling Wave first, Vectis second, Jane Ann third. Fwo-oared skiffs; twice round.—This also was good race. Centipede first. Little Harry second. Second-class fonr-oared ships’ boats, not exceeding 15A feet ill’ length, and not less than 4 ft. 4 in. beam.—After exciting pull, the Jane Ann came in first, Zoe Treffry second, and the Vectis third. punts, 14 feet in length.—This was good contested race indeed, and after a ileal of struggling attey, the great Fowey stroke, maiiiiged to pull his boat ahead, and won by about four length. The regatta terminated with a gig and punt chase. This caused much amusement, and after long chase the gig was awarded first prize and punt second. The band of the D.C.A.V. enlivened the proceedings. SPORTS AND REGATTA. The regatta, which the success of previous years has established an annual event, took place at ijostwithlel Tuesday. Swimming matches and other amusements had been arranged by the committee—consisting of Mr. F. H. Knight, hon. treasurer ; Mr. ¥. Probert, hon. sec.; and Messrs. ,T. Howe, W. F. Husman, J. Woods, and M. Solomon—and, but for tlie incessant rain, the hopes <»f the townspeople and visitors, who were numerous, for a day’s complete enjoyment would probably have been more than realised. The proceedings commenced with athletic si>orts in a field, where the band of the St. Austell volunteers jierformed. Boat racing on the river Fowey commenced at four o’clock, the hour being determined* by the tide. Swimming matches came off l>etween and simultaneously with these races. The following were the results : Flat racing; boys under twelve—l, J. Collins; 2, R. Vague ;3, C. Cuudy. Boys under 15—1, S. Marshall; A. Wherry; 3, H. Whitter. Men, 300 yards—Dead heat between J. Burton and W. J. I*. Burton; 3, J. Spike. Hurdle race—l, J. Burton ; 2, J. Kent. High jump—1, J. Spike feet inches) ; 2, J. Knight; 3, A. Tailing. Pebble picking—l, W. Honey ;2, J. Kent; J, Oliver. Steeplechase—l, J. James ;2, J. Burton ;3, W. Swimming ; boys under 12—1, R. Weeks ;2, R. Swarch ; E. Stevens. Boys under l(i—1, H. PacUlock ;2, J. Wedall; 3, W. Hawken. Residents the neighbourhood —l, J. James; 2, A. Tailing ;3, W. Kinner. First-class two-oared boats, not exceeding 15 feet in. in length, and not less than feet 2 in. in width, distance, three miles*.—l, Centi|»ede(Wattey),2, Squirrel (R. Benny), 3, Little Harry (Rundle). Amateur race for two-oared boats, not exceeding 15 feet in. in length, and not less than 4 feet in. in width, distance, miles. —1, Trial (R. Wood), 2, Squirrel (R. Benny), 3, Slasher (A. Tailing). Four-oared boats, not exceedimr 17 feet in length, and not less than 5 feet in. in width, distance, three miles.— 1. Leisure Hour (R. Oliver), 2, Concord (P. Ling), 3, Kusella (J. Phillips).
Published: Thursday 21 August 1879
Newspaper: West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
County: Cornwall, England

PAR REGATTA I The annual regatta at Par took place on Monday, by permission of Mr. C. E. Treffry, of Fowey. The weather was all that could be desired, and the ships in the harbour were gaily decorated witb bunting, whilst the splendid band of the sth …
Published: Thursday 21 August 1890
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

PAR ANNUAL REGATTA. Tbis regatta, wbich was held last week under favourable «ircumstances, excited great interest amongst the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. A large crowd of spectators watched the events from the pier, on which was stationed tbe band …
Published: Thursday 09 August 1894
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

A successful fete on behalf of the funds the Fowey Cottage Hospital was held at Par Green, on Saturday, in a field kindly lent by- Mr. H. Shopland. The fete was organised by the members of the St, John Ambulance Classes Tywardreath. and favoured with …
Published: Thursday 03 September 1903
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

. Par regatta baa been fixed for August Bank Holiday. Maragiaaay Regatta baa been fixed for Thursday, July 4th. Pro bos feabt a porta will take piece Tuesday, July 9th nest. Mr. W. H. Roose, proprietor the King’s Arms Hotel, Came (ford, died on Friday morning …
Published: Thursday 30 May 1907
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

PAR REGATTA AND SPORTS. Par regatta and sports were held on Monday. A strong south-westerly breeze was conducive good waling. The officials were President, Mr. W M. (iott, hon. (secretary, Mr. ti*. t. Elliott; hon. treasurer. Mr. A. Bouse; clerk course …
Published: Thursday 08 August 1912
Newspaper: West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
County: Cornwall, England

PAR Par Regatta Proceeds —A credit balance of £6 was the result Par regatta and sports Bank-holiday, and it has been decided to distribute the money as …
Published: Thursday 29 August 1912
Newspaper: West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
County: Cornwall, England

. PAR. Dancing on the green and the Flora, post- or. August Bank Holiday, in que ice of rain, took place Par cn Thursday evening. A large number danced around the Tillage to the music of Blaiey Town Band. The Rev. John J. Barton, recently appointed to Austell …
Published: Thursday 12 September 1912
Newspaper: Royal Cornwall Gazette
County: Cornwall, England

LOCAL NEWS. G.W.R. Cheap Trips on Monday (Bank Holiday) include those to Par (for the regatta and sports), Looe (regatta) and Plymouth. Other trips are detailed our advertisement columns. N.S.P.C.C. and Child Neglect —ln the West Cornwall branch of the …
Published: Thursday 03 August 1939
Newspaper: West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
County: Cornwall, England

. The weather was kinder than it was last year for the Par regatta and sports Bank Holiday. Rain held off until about tea-time, when a rather dreary drizzle set in for a few hours. The regatta, ield in Par harbour, by permission of the president. Colonel E …
Published: Thursday 10 August 1939
Newspaper: West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
County: Cornwall, England

.. PAR GARDEN FETE 20,000 Votes At One Penny Each Following a garden fete at Par, which raised over £240 for Fowey and District Cottage Hospital Miss Pearl Burley, of Par. was Saturday crowned .-as Hospital Queen of the …
Published: Monday 21 August 1944
Newspaper: Western Morning News
County: Devon, England