Rescorla Centre

The home of Cornish culture in mid Cornwall.

Find us in the centre of the hamlet of Rescorla, near St Austell.
Please have a look at our events page to find out all that's happening at Rescorla.

  •  28/01/2023 10:30 AM

Come along to the Saturday Kitchen to enjoy good company, food ,traditional Cornish music and song and dialect readings. All welcome.

  •  28/01/2023 02:30 PM

If you can speak some Cornish join us at this free event on Saturday 28th January 2.30-4.30 Rescorla Centre, a great opportunity to practise your conversation and have some fun. Book your tickets now through Eventbrite. Please see our Facebook page for details.

  •  21/01/2023 07:30 PM

Come along to the Sawles Arms to hear Kana Rescorla sing traditional Cornish songs, feel free to join in. We will aslo be suported by Ryb an Mor. It promises to be a lively and enjoyable evening! All welcome.

  •  21/01/2023 10:30 AM

The topic for discussion this month is transport. Please bring along your memories and any artefacts that you have eg. photos. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

  •  15/01/2023 06:00 PM
  •  31/12/2022 10:30 AM

Come along to Rescorla for Hogmanay! There'll be music, singing, readings and food. All welcome.

  •  18/12/2022 06:00 PM
  •  17/12/2022 10:30 AM

Come along to the Winter Festival here at Rescorla. In the morning we will be finding out about Cornish Christmas traditions. Then the festival will continue in the afternooon witha Christmas party with music, song and seasonal refreshments. All welcome.

  •  14/12/2022 01:30 PM

This month we will be discussing 'Frenchman's Creek' by Daphne Du Maurier.

  •  26/11/2022 10:30 PM

Come along to the Saturday Kitchen where there will be music and song. Opportunities for people to contribute music, song and story as well. All welcome.

  •  20/11/2022 06:00 PM
  •  19/11/2022 07:30 PM

Kana Rescorla will be singing at the Sawles Arms. All welcome to come along to listen or join in.

  •  19/11/2022 10:30 AM

The topic for discussion this month is female Cornish writers. All welcome.

  •  12/11/2022 10:30 AM

Ever thought about learning Cornish or just want to find out more about it? Then come along to this taster session run by Kim Hopewell, our Cornish Language Officer. There will be refreshments. All welcome.

  •  31/10/2022 01:30 PM
  •  22/10/2022 12:00 PM

Come along to the Celtic Harvest here at Rescorla. It will start with a harvest lunch, (price £7:50 and let Enid Rose or Garry know if you would like lunch) At 2pm the traditional harvest auction will be presented by David Michael. There will be music by Fable and Ilow Rescorla. There will be Welsh song from Maryanne Thomas and the Lord's Prayer in Irish by Griffith Collins. It's always an enjoyable occassion! Donations for the harvest auction are gratefully received.

  •  19/10/2022 01:30 PM

We will be discussing 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon.

  •  17/10/2022 01:30 PM

An upbeat music seesion. All welcome. £1:50 charge. Refreshments provided.

  •  16/10/2022 06:00 PM
  •  15/10/2022 08:00 PM
  •   Sawles Arms at Carthew.

Music session led by Ilow Rescorla but all welcome to participate. Contact Garry if you would like to be involved. See the details on our Facebook page.

  •  15/10/2022 10:30 AM

We will be looking again at Cornish personalities. There will also be refreshments. All welcome.

  •  26/09/2022 07:00 PM

Kana Rescorla meets every Monday at Rescorla at 7pm. Please come along if you would like to join in. No auditions. Refreshments provided.

  •  24/09/2022 10:30 AM

At the Saturday Kitchen we welcome members of the Bodmin Youth Band. Thanks to Alice Margetts for arranging this. There will also be the usual opportunities for people to contribute music, song and story. All welcome.

  •  19/09/2022 01:30 PM
  •  18/09/2022 06:00 PM
  •  17/09/2022 10:30 AM

The topic for discussion is Personalities in Cornwall's Past. All welcome.

  •  31/08/2022 01:30 PM

This month we will be discussing 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce. All welcome. Refreshments provided.

  •  26/08/2022 10:30 AM
  •  21/08/2022 06:00 PM
  •  20/08/2022 10:30 AM

Cornish Studies Group will be looking at personalities of Cornish history. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

  •  18/08/2022 06:00 PM

Thursday 18 August: Roche, Coldvreath, Trezaise and Roche Rock. Meet outside St Gomonda’s Church (SW 98806 59793) at 6pm.

  •  30/07/2022 10:30 AM
  •  18/07/2022 01:30 PM

Come and join in with the Roots Music group wher 'upbeat' music is played. All welcome. £1:50 per session.

  •  16/07/2022 10:00 AM

We are looking forward to the Rescorla Festival which will take place over the weekend of the 16th and 17th July. On Saturday 16th there will be a guided walk in the morning with Malcolm Gould. Meet at 10am at Drinnick Yard in Nanpean for a 'clay country walk'. The walk will finish back at Drinnick Yard at approx 12:30 where you can have a pasty for lunch in the cafe. From 2pm there will be an exhibition based on the series of walks: 'Walking The Higher Quarter'. The Cornish Studies group will also be meeting - all welcome to come along. There will also be a demonstration and talk on Cornish wrestling with Simon Margetts. Refreshments will be available during the afternoon. On Sunday 17th from 2pm there will be music by Ryb an Mor, Bagas Crowd, Maryanne Thomas and Frank Bigham and the Rescorla Band. The famous Snail Creep dance and processsion will take place. There will be a BBQ during the afternoon. It's going to be a great weekend! All welcome. There is no charge but donations are gratefully received.

  •  11/07/2022 01:00 PM - 11/07/2022 07:00 PM

On Monday 11th July between 1 and 7pm as part of Rescorla's 'Walking the Higher Quarter' project there will be an opportunity to portray through weaving your impression of the nature, colours and memories of the area. Nicola Builder from Wayward Weaves will be bringing her looms and you can try your hand at Saori weaving, a freehand style that is easy to learn and do. The results will be exhibited at the Rescorla Festival on July 16 & 17th.

  •  07/07/2022 06:00 PM

A series of evening walks exploring Clay Country Walking the Higher Quarter For further details, please see either the Luxulyan and District Old Cornwall Society or the Rescorla Centre face book page or visit website https://rescorlacentre.site123.me/, You can also contact the secretary on 07929 747397 Thursday 7 July: Carloggas Downs, formerly Singlerose. Meet at the car park at the foot of the access road off the A391 (SX 01410 56528) at 6 pm. Thursday 21 July: Treskilling, Resugga and Lantern. Meet at the Rescorla Centre (SX 02726 57502) at 6 pm. Thursday 18 August: Roche, Coldvreath, Trezaise and Roche Rock. Meet outside St Gomonda’s Church (SW 98806 59793) at 6pm. All are welcome to join these walks, there is no charge.

  •  19/06/2022 06:00 PM

Celtic Service at 6pm. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

  •  18/06/2022 10:30 AM
  •  15/06/2022 01:30 PM

We will be discussing 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler. There will be refreshments.

  •  05/06/2022 03:30 PM

Come along to Rescorla to enjoy a High Tea and listen to music to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. All welcome.

  •  28/05/2022 10:30 AM

Come and enjoy delicious food, chat and music at the Saturday Kitchen. Listen to music by our special guests this month - 'Ryb An Mor' and 'Fable'. All welcome.

  •  21/05/2022 10:30 AM

The Cornish Studies Group will be looking at 'Roman Cornwall' with Tash Fulbrook. There will be refreshments. All welcome.

  •  15/05/2022 06:00 PM

Celtic Service at Rescorla. Followed by tea and refreshments. All welcome.

  •  15/05/2022 02:30 PM

Meet at the Rescorla Centre at 2:30pm for a guided walk of the local area. Garry will be leading the walk. Remember to bring a bottle of water with you.

  •  06/05/2022 07:30 PM

Come along to Rescorla for an entertaining, musical evening with the Hurdy Gurdies! Refreshments will be provided. Entry by donation.

  •  30/04/2022 10:30 AM

Come along to the Saturday Kitchen where you can enjoy a chat, delicious food and music. Our guest for this month is Mo Keast who will be singing and using dialect for story telling! All welcome.

  •  27/04/2022 01:30 PM

We will be discussing 'Black Rabbit Hall' by Eve Chase. There will be refreshemnts.

  •  23/04/2022 10:30 AM

The group will be discussing Cornish entertainment from Plen an Gwari to magic lanterns. All welcome. Refreshemnts provided.

  •  17/04/2022 06:30 PM

The Celtic Service for Easter with David Michael will take place at Rescorla. However please note that building work to the interior walls will have started. There will be scaffolding in the building, however it will be placed to one side so that the service can take place.

  •  20/03/2022 06:30 PM
  •  19/03/2022 10:30 AM

This session will be on Methodist Heritage - buildings, customs etc. There will be refreshemnts. All welcome.

  •  16/03/2022 04:00 PM

This month we are discussing 'The Trouble With Goats and Sheep' by Joanna Cannon. There will be refreshments.

  •  11/03/2022 07:00 PM

Come along to the Film Night where films about Cornwall are presented by Malcolm Gould. There will be refreshments. All welcome.

  •  05/03/2022 11:30 AM

Celebrate St Piran's Day! Come to St Austell Church in the centre of St Austell where a programme of talks and demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day starting at 11:30 am and continuing until 3:00pm.

  •  26/02/2022 10:30 AM

A warm welcome awaits you at the Saturday Kitchen. Special guest his month is Luna the Harp. Come along to hear music, song and dialect readings.

  •  20/02/2022 06:00 PM

Come along to the Celtic Service by David Michael. Refreshments provided afterwards.

  •  19/02/2022 10:30 AM

Come along to Rescorla to discuss an area of interest in Cornish history and culture. Refreshments will be provided.

  •  16/02/2022 01:30 PM

Meet at Rescorla to discuss this month's book "Zennor in Darkness" by Helen Dunmore. There will be refreshments.

  •  11/02/2022 07:00 PM

Film night presented by Malcolm Gould. Refreshments will be provided.

  •  29/01/2022 10:30 AM
  •  16/01/2022 06:00 PM

Celtic Service held by David Michael. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

  •  15/01/2022 10:30 AM

We will be looking at Cornish family names. Refreshemtns will be provided. All welcome.

  •  14/01/2022 07:00 PM
  •  19/12/2021 11:00 AM

Yule Celtic Service followed by lunch. There is no charge for lunch but please book in. Please book your lunch and advise of any dietary requirements. Contact: 07886734492

  •  18/12/2021 04:00 PM

Meet at Rescorla at 4pm to go Carol singing around the village! There will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards!

  •  18/12/2021 02:00 PM

At this session we will be looking at Cornish place names. There will be refreshments. All welcome.

  •  18/12/2021 10:30 AM

We will be loking at Cornish family names. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

  •  10/12/2021 07:00 PM

Cornish Carol Service on 10th December at 7pm. Come along to a Cornish Carol Service, arranged by David Michael, supported by the Red River Singers from Redruth. There will be many old Cornish Carols including those by Merritt, Broad and Nicholas.

  •  04/12/2021 12:30 PM

Come and enjoy a Christmas meal (with vegetarian option) on Saturday 4th December. At 2pm the Washaway Choir will be singing traditional Cornish Christmas Carols. A wonderful festive occassion! The Christmas meal, with tea and coffee and mice pies is £8:00. Places are limited to 30 this year so please reserve your place before the end of November.

  •  27/11/2021 10:30 AM

Richard Trethewey will be our guest performer for the November Saturday Kitchen session. There will also be readings, performances, singing and the Rescorla Band. Delicious breakfast baps by Enid. All welcome.

  •  21/11/2021 06:00 PM
  •  20/11/2021 10:30 AM

Come and join us at the Cornish Studies Group when today we will be looking at and discussing paintings, pictures and photos of Cornwall. Come along and discuss your favourite picture of Cornwall and what it means to you. There will be refreshments too!

  •  17/11/2021 01:30 PM

It's our first anniversary! We will be discussing "Into Danger" by Kate Adie. We will also discuss which one of the books that we have read over the year has made a lasting impression. There will be refreshments and cake! All welcome.

  •  12/11/2021 07:00 PM
  •  30/10/2021 10:30 AM

Join us from 10:30am to celebrate the Celtic Harvest. Our special guest today is Kathy Wallis who will be story telling and singing. There will be an open session for people to play music either individually or together and there will be music from the Rescorla Band. There will be music from The Isle of Man and Scotland, Gaelic singing and singing in Breton. We will have readings and poetry as well. We will have a pasty lunch (there will be a vegetarian option) and homemade cakes. All donations of cakes gratefully received! We are looking forward to a wonderful Celtic celebration. All welcome.

  •  20/10/2021 01:30 PM

This month we will be discussing 'Heat and Dust' by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

  •  17/10/2021 06:00 PM

Celtic service of healing and celebration will be hosted by David Michael. There will be refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

  •  16/10/2021 10:30 AM

We will be discussing film in Cornwall. All welcome.

  •  08/10/2021 07:00 PM
  •  25/09/2021 10:30 AM

Come along and enjoy breakfast baps by Enid, enjoy music and poetry. Our guests today are Alison and Merv Davey.

  •  18/09/2021 10:30 AM

Today we will be looking at the landscape of the Clay Country. What does the Clay Country mean to you?

  •  15/09/2021 01:30 PM

We will be discussing 'Friendly Fire' by Patrick Gale.

  •  28/08/2021 10:30 PM

Saturday Kitchen returns! Come along to chat, listen to music, poetry, dialect readings. There will be an invited guest to share their music with us. There's no charge for this, but donations are gratefully received.

  •  18/08/2021 01:30 PM

The Book Group will meet to discuss 'All The Light We cannot See' by Anthony Doerr.

  •  14/08/2021 10:30 AM

The next meeting of the Cornish Studies Group will look at myths and legends and the landscape of the local area. Please come along with a myth or legend to share with the group.

  •  24/07/2021 10:30 AM

Rescorla Festival Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th July 2021 The annual Snail Creep Festival returns with a weekend programme of music, words, dance and heritage. It will be opened by Liz Carne, Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, on Saturday 24th at 1030am and will be followed that day with music from: Bagas Crowd Lamorna Spry and John Carter Kiera Smitheram Rescorla Band and others Snail Creep will be performed during the day and all are welcome. Food and refreshments will be available but any contributions to the tea treat table will be welcome. On Sunday 25th July at 1030am Doug Carpenter, Larry Mclaughlin, Audrey Caust and other friends will continue the entertainment in true Rescorla style. Malcolm Gould will then lead us on a heritage walk in the Carclaze area at 230pm. All welcome: contact us for further details. No charge but donations welcome Further details from: Rescorla Festival Office, 10 Hallaze Road, Penwithick, St Austell, Kernow PL26 8UT. Tel: 07714210966. See our Facebook site (Rescorla Centre) or check out our website for news of the festival and our other activities - www.rescorlacentre.site123.me/

  •  21/07/2021 01:00 PM

At the next meeting of the Book Group we will discuss 'The Go Between' by LP Hartley. Refreshments will be provided and the next book will be available, with thanks to St Austell Library. If you would like to come along please get in touch with Tracy on 07761443733.

  •  14/03/2020 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK
  •  25/02/2020 06:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Celtic Service to celebrate Lent at the Rescorla Centre. This will be followed by pancakes. All welcome.

  •  14/02/2020 07:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Film night at Rescorla. Starts at 7pm. Tonight's film is 'Stocker's Copper' - a film about the 1913 strike at a Cornish clay pit and the tensions that arise when Welsh police are sent in to keep order. Light refreshments provided. Film Night is free however all donations made are gratefully received and go towards the funding of events at Rescorla.

  •  02/02/2020 06:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Celtic Service for Candlemass. This will be followed by tea. Enjoy a time of Celtic worship and some food and fellowship afterwards. All Welcome.

  •  25/01/2020 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along for the Saturday Kitchen. Good food, join in with some Cornish songs, music provided by Kana Rescorla, listen to dialect readings, meet friends. There's no charge for any of the events at Rescorla however all donations are gratefully received. All the money goes towards funding the events at Rescorla.

  •  10/01/2020 07:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along to Rescorla for the film night with old films on the theme of Coastal Cornwall by Bob Keys and Malcolm Gould. Light refreshments provided. There's no charge for any of the events at Rescorla, however all donations are gratefully received. All money donated goes towards the funding of the events.

  •  28/12/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along to Rescorla for a Cornish Hogmanay! There will be hog's pudding, haggis and a vegetarian option. Music and song provided by Kana Rescorla. All events at Rescorla are free however donations are gratefully received. All the money goes towards funding the events.

  •  12/12/2019 08:00 PM
  •   Luxulyan, Bodmin, UK

Picrous Celebration at the Kings Arms, Bridges from 8 pm

  •  07/12/2019 12:30 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch at Rescorla. This is very popular so please ensure to book - final date to book is Saturday 30th November. Contact us via the email on the contact page.

  •  30/11/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Enjoy delicious food - please bring something to share if you can, it will be greatly appreciated, listen to music by Kana Rescorla, hear dialect readings and join in with singing traditional Cornish songs.

  •  24/11/2019 06:00 PM
  •   Gunwen Methodist Chapel

Come along to a service held in the Cornish Language. The service will be followed by a traditional Cornish tea.

  •  21/11/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Luxulyan, Bodmin, UK

Luxulyan and District Old Cornwall Society Talk by Roger Smith “Protecting Luxulyan’s Heritage”, Luxulyan Memorial Institute, 7 pm

  •  08/11/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Film Night - an opportunity to see a selection of short films about the history and culture of mid Cornwall. The film that we will be showing is by Johnny Frenchman filmed in Mevagissey in the 1940s. It's a lovely film that looks at fishing and the relations with the Breton fishermen. Light refreshments are provided and a warm welcome awaits. The Rescorla Centre is a charity. There is no charge to any of the events but donations are gratefully received. All money raised goes towards the charity and funding future events.

  •  27/10/2019 02:30 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along to Rescorla for a traditional Celtic Harvest. There will be music by Kana Rescorla, delicious food - please bring along something to share if you can - a harvest auction and 'Crying the Neck'. This is a Cornish tradition to give thanks for the harvest and to look forward to next year's harvest. The Celtic Harvest at Rescorla is a wonderful celebration! We look forward to seeing you!

  •  26/10/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along to Rescorla for a Harvest Celebration as part of the Saturday Kitchen. Delicious food will be provided by Enid - please bring something to share if you can, it would be greatly appreciated. Make corn dollies with Jo Tagney. Listen to the wonderful singing of Kescana and music provided by Kana Rescorla. Also if you have any donations for the Harvest auction, which will take place on Sunday 27th October, please bring them along with you. A wonderful morning awaits!

  •  17/10/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Luxulyan, Bodmin, UK

Luxulyan and District Old Cornwall Society Talk by Hazel Harradence “The Home Front in the Great War”, Luxulyan Memorial Institute, 7 pm

  •  28/09/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Enjoy delicious food, listen to music by Kana Rescorla, hear dialect readings and chat with friends.

  •  19/09/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Gunwen Chapel, Gunwen.

Crying the Neck, a Cornish tradition to celebrate harvest, followed by a Harvest supper at Gunwen Chapel.

  •  07/09/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Come along to Rescorla for a one-off workshop about working with clay. Zenna Tagney is leading the workshop, in association with the White Gold Festival. Light refreshments form the Cornish kitchen will be provided by Enid. There is no charge for this workshop, but donations would be gratefully received.

  •  31/08/2019 10:30 AM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

Enjoy great food, listen to music by Kana Rescorla, hear dialect readings and chat with friends.

  •  18/08/2019 02:00 PM
  •   Innis Downs SX 02959 62861

Guided Walk to Castilly Henge.

  •  03/08/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Rescorla, Saint Austell, UK

This is a free community lunch. Booking essential. Please contact David Michael.



Saturday Kitchen - Kegin dy'Sadorn.
Come along to Rescorla on the last Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 12:30pm for the Saturday Kitchen.
Enjoy delicious food, please bring something to share if you can - it would be greatly appreciated, however please label incase of allergies, chat with friends, hear dialect stories and readings, listen to music by Kana Rescorla and join in with the singing. We will also have a special guest each month.
There's no charge for any of the events at Rescorla, however donations are greatly appreciated. All money goes towards funding  the events and maintaining the building.
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The Cornish Studies group meets at Rescorla. The aim is to record people's personal histories of Cornwall and to move on to looking at cultural and historical aspects of Cornwall.
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30am. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome.
At our first meeting we began by looking at personal objects that tell a story. The stories were recorded and will be broadcast in a podcast at a later date.

If you feel this is something you'd like to be involved in, please get in touch either via the email on the website or via the facebook page. 
The group is an informal conversation group that meets on Mondays at 10am, however some knowledge of the language would be useful in order to join in. The group is run by Kim Hopewell who is our Cornish Language Officer.

If you would like to join please get in touch with Tracy on 07761443733.

Click on the link below to hear the interview with Jack Murley from BBC Radio Cornwall. Jack visited on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 and interviewed Kim Hopewell, Di Pomroy and Di Trudgeon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0b68vy3



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The Rescorla Book Club meets on the third Wednesday afternoon every other month at 1:30pm. The next meeting is on Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 1:30pm at Rescorla when we will be discusing 'Frenchman's Creek' by Dauphne Du Maurier.
If you would like to join the group, please contact Tracy on 07761443733.

Book Club Newsletter
Hi everyone,
It was lovely to see you again and to those of you who couldn’t come, we’ll hopefully see you next time.
We had a lively and interesting discussion about ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon. Some of us felt it was a bit of a slow start but then became a page-turner. We liked the voice that the story was told in and most of us liked Christopher – although some of us thought that he appeared selfish. We realised that he had no concept of how his behaviour could affect others. We also liked how he understood some things so clearly. It was through Christopher’s ‘detecting’ that the mystery was solved. We all felt sympathy for his dad but wondered how he thought he could keep up the lie that his mother was dead. And of course he couldn’t. The train journey was brilliantly described. This is another book that we all liked!
The book that I said this book reminded me of is: ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd.
Review from The Guardian, September 2013.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon - review
'I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time'
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a murder novel written by Mark Haddon. Before you start reading the review, I am going to say that this is definitely not a book for the faint hearted. There is quite a fair bit of swearing and also at times, the story and accounts of Christopher Boone are quite harrowing.
So, if you are still up for the book after that, then here is a short description of the plot:
Christopher Boone is a fifteen year old boy who has a psychological disorder called asperges. Christopher lives with his father in Swindon and has a far from normal life. His dad told him that his mother died in hospital from a heart attack and Christopher had always accepted that. Although, there are things that Christopher doesn't accept. He will not eat yellow or brown foods, as he doesn't like those colours; won't eat anything that has touched each other on the same plate; and he decides on how his day is going to be by the amount of yellow and red cars he sees on the way to school in the morning. Everything in Christopher's life was content and moderately happy. Until he sees Wellington (Mrs Shears' dog) with a garden fork through his chest on her front garden. Christopher decides to investigate (after he has been arrested for hitting a policeman) who is to blame for the murder. As Christopher starts to unravel the mystery, he is beginning to open a few other blank bits in his own life. Where has Mr Shears gone? Why doesn't his own father want him to investigate Wellington's death? As he discovers a box on top of his father's wardrobe, Christopher realises that his life isn't what he thought it was.
I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time. I thought that Haddon really portrayed Christopher's lifestyle in a very intimate way and with so much understanding. I think that my favourite character was probably Christopher's father because he really was a saint. He understood Christopher and tried his best at all times so I like him for that. I would obviously recommend this book to older readers as it's not really a children's book but it's not that hard core!! Hopefully, those of you who do decide to read it, will enjoy it as much as I did.
This review was published in 2019.
In this piece, Serena Shim, sister of someone on the spectrum, discusses the novel that caused so much controversy in the autism community.
Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a detective story about fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone. It received many awards as well as criticism by the autism community for its portrayal of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Christopher is presented as a mathematical genius who has trouble interpreting social situations and does not understand metaphors. When a dog is killed in his neighborhood, Christopher sets out to solve the mystery. As he becomes more involved with the murder case, he ends up discovering the truth about his own life and family. His journey in looking for the dog’s murderer soon becomes a search for his mother.
Even though this novel does not directly reference autism, the book’s back cover originally described Christopher as someone with Asperger’s. Mark Haddon also admitted on a blog post that he did not do any research on autism, which is why there has been so much criticism towards the book. This may not have been the first fiction piece written on Asperger’s, but I believe it was the first novel to achieve widespread notice. I remember when I first read this novel my freshman year of high school; it was my, as well as many other peers’, introduction to the term Asperger’s.
My brother is now fourteen and a half years old. Since his diagnosis, I have learned a lot about the autism spectrum, both from personal experience and research. I have come to realize that this novel is not an accurate portrayal of Asperger’s. While Christopher does have many traits of someone with autism, this novel teaches readers autism’s stereotypes, rather than the reality. I wish that Mark Haddon could have made a new edition with a disclaimer at the beginning of the novel.
It is unique that the chapters are numbered by prime numbers in order to tie in with Christopher’s character. I also thoroughly enjoyed looking at the interesting illustrations and diagrams that were in the novel. Yet, I am disappointed that novels like these, along with the media, have popularized many stereotypes that people with autism have to overcome.


Our meeting in December is on Wednesday 14th December at Rescorla at 1:30pm.
Looking forward to meeting with you again soon.
Happy reading!
Tracy.


The Kana Rescorla Singing Group meets every Monday at Rescorla at 7pm.
If you're interested in joining please come along. There are no auditions.
Refreshments provided.
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The Rescorla Festival 2022 was another success! During the weekend there was a guided walk, the Cornish Studies Group met, there was a demonstration of Cornish wrestling, there was music and dancing and the traditional Snail Creep was performed! There was also a BBQ and cream tea.
Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the Rescorla chapel. Plans are already underway for an extra special celebration that will take place over the week.

Higher Quarter is the old name for the northern part of the historic parish of St Austell. The aim of this innovative project supported by Arts Well in association with Cornwall Council is to develop a walking trail of heritage landmarks in this area of the Clay Country that will feature on digital platforms and on a website. Members of the public are invited to participate by a) walking the trail, b) exploring the history behind these sites and c) recording these landmarks through an artistic medium that appeals to you such as photography, drawings, paintings, poetry or music.
The use of mobile phones would be especially encouraged since we would provide ST20 Portable Selfie sticks that have 360 degree rotation and a tripod. Volunteers associated with ‘Walking the Higher Quarter’ can then make short videos that can be long the lines of the popular BBC series ???? Photographs, narratives and poems would also be collected in digital format and for a pamphlet. There would also be an exhibition of artistic work produced by members of the community at the Rescorla Centre.
The next walk is: Thursday 18 August: Roche, Coldvreath, Trezaise and Roche Rock.
Meet outside St Gomonda’s Church (SW 98806 59793) at 6pm.

Check out our website https://rescorlacentre.site123.me/, join our facebook group ‘Rescorla Centre’, email cornishstudies@exeter.ac.uk or telephone 07714210966.

There will be a Celtic service of healing and celebration on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6pm here at Rescorla. The services are hosted by David Michael.
Refreshments will be provided afterwards. All welcome.
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