The work is being carried out in association with the Duchy of Cornwall. Prince Charles viewed the sword on Bryher soon after its discovery and is being kept up to date with how the project is progressing. As well as the 34 inch long sword in its bronze scabbard and the oval mirror, the finds include fittings from a shield, a spiral ring, a brooch and a ring used to fasten the sword belt all made of bronze and a rare tin object. Although there is some academic debate about the precise date of the burial, the mirror is thought to be the earliest British decorated Bronze mirror so far known, dating to circa 130 BC, if not before.
The Sleeping Sword “tells the magical story of the discovery of an ancient Saxon sword and shield by a blind boy on the island of Bryher in the Scilly Isles. On a recent visit to the island he was told of the discovery by Paul Jenkins and this discovery inspired the popular children’s author to weave a wonderful and magical story of Excalibur and the mystery of King Arthur. Cornwall’s successful annual scheme to recycle thousands of old yellow Pages directories has been recognised as best practice’ in a national magazine devoted to publicising directory recycling.
The magazine New Directions is the newly-launched official newsletter of the national Directory Recycling Scheme, sponsored by Yellow Pages themselves. Cornwall’s 60 Tonne Triumph illustrating the impressive large scale sculptures constructed by Cornish school pupils last year to publicise the scheme. Cornwall’s scheme, depreciation schedule for rental property enabled by Cornwall Pare Company and supported by schools and local councils, also features in a national recycling round-up.
The difficulty with yellow-stained paper is that it cannot enter the usual waste paper chains. The information will then be displayed in the library and used as an informal evaluation of the types of books Liskeard people like to read. This is just one idea of many across Cornwall libraries for celebrating World Book Day. This year it has the theme Get Caught Reading, with posters and advertisements featuring such well-known personalities as Ben Elton, Anne Robinson, Frank Skinner and Stephen Fry photographed reading their favourite books.
Other events at Liskeard include a Baby Bounce and Rhyme session with children and young parents at Trewithen Health Centre in Liskeard. also on the 14th March. 15th March also sees the start of an ongoing programme of study skills for the children of Upton Cross School.