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Perran Penrose, who died suddenly on 6th
November 2012, was an inspirational chairman of the St. Piran
Trust, which was set up to assess the possibility of
uncovering St. Piran’s Oratory Chapel in the dunes near
Perranporth, so that it may once more fulfil its iconic
purpose as the earliest known Christian edifice on
Dealing with statutory bodies
such as English Heritage, Cornwall Historic Environment
Service, Natural England and the Heritage Lottery Fund
has necessitated negotiating a maze of difficult and
sometimes conflicting decisions.
At this point the Trust has high expectations
that a new archaeological project will succeed in giving
back to Cornwall its most famous place of pilgrimage.
Using his diplomatic and
negotiating skills, the result of his years working in
many countries with, for instance, the UN and the EU,
Perran was well placed as the main driving force to
realize the Trust’s objectives.
It will be a difficult, perhaps impossible task
to replace him.
But the work will go on so that his immense
service will attain full and well deserved recognition.
The St Piran Trust is a non-profit-making
charitable Trust which is committed to the development, protection and
good administration of the historic sites on Gear Sands connected with
St Piran. The Trust will promote awareness of the cultural, educational,
historic and scientific significance of those sites for Cornwall and for
The Objectives of the St. Piran Trust are:
To uncover the Oratory of St Piran on Gear
Sands, with the support and cooperation of all interested
The Oratory of St. Piran is one of the oldest
edifices in the British Isles and has been consigned to the
sands since 1980.
To protect, preserve, maintain and
administer the Oratory, the site surrounding the Oratory, and
access to the site.
The Oratory was buried to protect its fabric in the
absence of public commitment to protect and make it
accessible. The Trust will ensure that once uncovered
it will be protected and properly managed.
To develop, protect, preserve, maintain and administer the
Church of St Piran, the site surrounding the Church, and access to the
The Trust, in partnership with others, has excavated
the Second Church and put it into sound condition.
To promote the cultural, historical and educational
significance of the sites of the Oratory and the Church in an inclusive
manner, relevant to all the population of Cornwall and other interested
In addition to the Oratory and the Church, the Trust
has taken charge of the maintenance of Perran Round, the
Mediaeval Playing Place or Plen-an-gwary, one of the best
preserved Playing Places in Britain, which had been
neglected and covered in woodland scrub, gorse and brambles.
Our ambition is to see performances in the Round once again.
We invest in representing the three sites to all who are
To support schools, educational and cultural organisations so
that they can promote greater awareness of Cornish and Celtic culture
The Trust will provide speakers and other resources
to organisations that are involved in promoting Cornish
history and culture.
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We work in partnership with many bodies and
are an inclusive organisation without affiliation to interest
groups or political parties, being concerned only to achieve our
objectives for the benefit of all Cornish people, whether at
home or outside Cornwall and people who wish Cornwall and the