Skinners Bottom had a Male Voice Choir in the late 1940s and in 1954 the name was changed to the Skinners Bottom Glee Choir. A newspaper cutting said, “This choir has the unique distinction of being the only one which sings songs in the Old Cornish tongue” – they always started or finished with Trelawny sung in Cornish. The choir became famous even taking part in the Pan-Celtic Festival in Killarney. One of their records was played at the congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities in West Germany and the BBC broadcast their rendition of the St Day carol sung in Cornish. They were clearly a choir of some distinction and in 1954 they were awarded the Cornish Gorsedd Music Trophy and William Garfield Stevens, their conductor, was made a bard and given the name Lewyer (Conductor). Members in 1954 were Maurice Wilkins, Will Trevillian, Garfield Stevens, Lester Harris, Bert Wherry, Will Skinner, Maurice Roberts, Dennis Wherry, Brian Wherry, Dennis Tonkin, Ray Wherry and Hartley Stevens.
(A History of Blackwater and its Neighbours 2004)
Clive Benney and Tony Mansell, A History of Blackwater and its Neighbours, Published by Trelease Publications, 2004 ISBN 0-9545583-4-0