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Hello and

As we have been navigating through this latest lockdown, our

February/March issue has arrived a little later than usual, but we thank

all of our patient readers and collaborators for waiting it out with us.

In these trying times, we’ve had to think on our feet more so than ever

and making sure we can weather through this storm until better days

is a priority to us.

That being said, this edition of myCornwall is just as packed with

plenty of Cornish loveliness as always. Celebrating the influence of

ancient eras on new, modern projects, we delve into Cornwall’s latest

artistic and sculptural landscape creation. Headed by the same team

that produced the breathtaking Man Engine, Kerdroya is set to be

a spectacular, ecological haven that takes inspiration from Cornwall’s

most ancient landmarks and celebrates the power of our old, humble

hedges. Our contributing writer, Elizabeth Dale, explores Cornwall’s

ties with famous novelist Thomas Hardy and the imprint the county

left on this historic writer.

With spring in our sights, we’re excited for warmer days, blooming

coastal flowers and the seasonal tastes of Cornwall that come with

it. No stranger to the challenges of the past year, we catch up with

Tarquin Leadbetter to discuss how leading Cornish gin brand Tarquin’s

have managed Covid-19 amongst exciting new releases and new

projects. From using the downtime of lockdown to devise delectable

new small-batch flavours, whilst opening a brand-new gin school and

Tarquin’s very own rum, Twin Fin, this craft distillery has a taste for a

bright and bold future. It’s very much felt that food and drink are the

simple joys we can still indulge in during this latest lockdown, so it

only felt right that with our insight into a Cornish drink, we matched it

with a discovery about Cornish food too, and who better to focus on

than Ugo Massabo, The Cornish Italian, who is bringing his authentic

and delicious famiy recipe-inspired dishes to the homes of Cornwall.

From his award-winning tiramisu to his rich, bold and mouth-watering

pastas, Ugo is bringing the very best of Italian cuisine and Cornish

produce together.

Despite the hardships lockdown and Covid-19 have brought, Cornwall’s

sense of community continues. The dedicated team behind Cornwall

Museums Partnership have been doing all they can to help and champion

Cornwall’s heritage museums and centres, whilst offering creative

outlets to families and those struggling the most during this lockdown.

We also meet with Makers Cornwall, a new high-quality craft group born

from the Etsy Makers Cornwall collective, who have used lockdown to

create new ways of engaging with one another and form an exciting,

independent platform that they hope to build on in the future. With a

sense of spring hope in the air, some of our favourite galleries, artists

and makers are gearing up for the new season ahead with stunning new

exhibitions, releases and emerging artists on the horizon.

It’s all here and plenty more, so until we can all head to our favourite

haunts again, get the best of Cornwall here, with myCornwall.

Oll an gwella,

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6 News A round up of all the latest happenings

12 MyCornwall's Insta-Worthy Snaps

14 Dog Friendly Cornwall

16 Museums at Home

18 Adore My Store The Cornish Highstreet

20 The Want List Cowhouse Gallery

22 Design Hub The Cotton Mills

24 Thomas Hardy's Cornwall

28 Kerdroya - The Landscape Labyrinth

33 Tasting the Future

38 My Cornish World Dan Dicker

40 Let's Speak Cornish

42 Art News A round up from the creative world

47 VIP Seaside: Photographed

50 Through the Eyes of... Lizzie Black

52 Art Focus Kurt Jackson

54 Maker's Focus The Celebration Goes On

56 Artist Profile Gemma Lessinger

58 Meet The Maker Makers Cornwall

60 Gallery Of The Month Cornwall Contemporary

64 Bites

66 Dish of the Month Paul Ainsworth x Rodda

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68 Meet the Chef Emily Scott

71 Meet The Cornish Italian

76 Places to Eat Delectable Deliveries

80 Weekend Away A Trip Down Helford River

82 Experience St Ives School of Painting

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A New Challenge for 2021

In a year of lockdowns, restrictions and

adhering to government guidelines, 2020

was certainly a year like no other.

One thing the ever-evolving situation did

give many of us was an opportunity to reevaluate

our careers and work/life balance,

whether through furlough, redundancy

or working longer hours to fit around

childcare, home-schooling or other family

responsibilities.

Although returning to work or finding a

new job has been the traditional route

many people have taken, one of the

biggest movements witnessed throughout

all this has been the growing number of

brave individuals willing to take that leap

of faith, strike out on their own and start

their own business.

Back in November, Outset Cornwall

reported receiving over 300 enquiries and

referrals, with over 250 people joining the

programme in recent months, despite the

global pandemic.

Kate Perkin, Programme Director at Outset,

commented: “The fact we’ve seen so

many enquiries and referrals proves the

entrepreneurial spirit hasn’t diminished

here in Cornwall. We’ve seen a real variety

of ideas coming through; from people

wanting to repurpose their existing skills

and experience to honing their hobbies and

passions into sustainable businesses. For

them, Outset offers a fantastic opportunity

to do all the groundwork first, building solid

foundations from which to launch a new

business when the time is right.”

2021 may not have got off to the greatest

of starts, as we experience yet another

national lockdown and face more

uncertainty in the months ahead, and

there’s no doubt that starting a business

or going self-employed, especially now,

seems incredibly daunting.

But sometimes, the greatest challenges

can also offer the greatest opportunities,

and having the right support behind you

really can make all the difference.

Funded by the European Regional

Development Fund, HM Government

and the Outset Foundation, Outset

Cornwall has been helping people start

their own businesses since 2009, offering

a flexible, award-winning business startup

programme that supports you through

every step of your business journey.

Whether you want to repurpose your

existing skills or turn your hobby into

a sustainable business, Outset offers

a fantastic opportunity to do all the

groundwork first, helping you build solid

foundations to launch your new business

from, when you’re ready.

Visit www.outset.org/cornwall or text

OUTSET to 82228 and find out how you

can start turning your ideas into reality,

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Krowji’s New £2 million Studio Building

the Krowji vision for the last 15. Under

Ross’s leadership, the organisation has

grown from its beginnings as a popular

campaign set up to save Truro’s old City

Hall in the 1980s into Cornwall’s key

creative sector support organisation with

40 staff and a turnover of £2 million a year.

Undeterred by bad weather and

lockdowns, Jewell Construction have

delivered the impressive final stage of

Krowji’s Percy Williams Building which

has seen a further 21 studios created,

linked by a bridge to the £3.7 million

Phase 1 building which opened in 2015.

The completion has added space for

another 40 people to join the 200-strong

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Krowji community of artists and creatives

working on the site of Redruth’s Old

Grammar School. Taking the helm is

Creative Kernow’s new CEO, Dr Fiona

Wotton, who joined Creative Kernow’s

senior management team at Krowji six

years ago and succeeds Ross Williams,

who has retired after 29 years with

Creative Kernow, steering and developing

Cornwall’s Early Pregnancy Loss Charity

A national registered charity has

launched its service at Treliske

Hospital to provide support to

bereaved parents during or

following first or second trimester

pregnancy loss.

Emma Pearce, Cornwall’s Cradle

Ambassador, has been working with

Treliske Hospital to provide CRADLE

Comfort Bags to families for both

planned or emergency care.

The donated reusable jute bags

feature essential toiletries as well as

the CRADLE ‘Dear Friend letter’,

which signposts women and their

partners to Cradle’s online support

groups. In Cornwall, each Comfort

Bag is prepared by Emma herself,

who relies on donations from the

public and businesses willing to help

create the bags.

Having officially launched at the

end of April 2020, Emma has

continued to keep well within

government guidelines regarding

social distancing. Over 15 Comfort

Bags were donated on to midwives

at Penrice Hospital to be couriered

to Treliske over lockdown. Now,

Emma is working harder than ever to

create more bags, “I’m working hard

to restock bags quicker than usual,

so that all women feel supported

during these tough times. The need

is greater than ever to ensure that

CRADLE comfort bags are provided

to hospitals as pregnancy loss is

tough, physically and emotionally,

but even tougher during a pandemic,

where women may be alone due to

social distancing and restrictions.”

Emma is appealing to the local

community to collect and donate

toiletries for the comfort bag

project. If you are interested in

helping or would like to find out

more you can contact Emma via her

Facebook Group Facebook: Cradle

Cornwall or Instagram Instagram:

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For more information about

CRADLE contact

info@cradlecharity.org

Follow CRADLE on Twitter @cradle_

charity and Facebook Cradle and

Instagram cradle_charity

Phase 2 of the state-of-the-art building

has been made possible by grants from

the European Regional Development

Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall

Council. Fourteen of the 21 new spaces

have already been taken by current Krowji

tenants looking to upsize, downsize or

move from small, shared spaces into selfcontained

ones. There are also a number

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journey, its work, partners and its flagship

Percy Williams Building project head to

www.krowji.org.uk/about/redevelopment/

Bust of Late Captain Sir Tom Moore to

Feature in Cornwall Hospice Care Auction

A bust of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore by west

Cornwall sculptor Penny Lally, will be at the centre

of an exciting online auction being held by Cornwall

Hospice Care in March. A number of artists have

donated 100 items to the Cornish healthcare charity,

including Ken Howard OBE RA who’s given a

stunning oil on canvas of St Michael’s Mount.

“I was amusing myself in the first lockdown sculpting

famous people’s faces when Captain Sir Tom started

his walk,” explains Penny Lally. “It was meant to be

as the sculpture came together really quickly and I

decided to cast it in bronze resin.”

Amongst Penny’s other works is a bust of Chief

Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty that’s now

in Manchester Art Gallery ready for the opening of

a Grayson Perry Exhibition. “I’m very proud of my

work as it’s a hobby really and people are surprised

when I tell them I’ve sculpted 111 faces of all sorts of

people during this pandemic.”

More than 100 lots are set for the auction, which will

provide vital funds for the two hospices that make up

Cornwall Hospice Care, which has seen many of its

fundraising activities curtailed due to the pandemic.

Both hospices have continued to admit patients 24/7.

The auction will run from the 14th to the 21st of

March and can be accessed via the following links:

www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/events/artauction2021

www.jumblebee.co.uk/chcartauction


Cornwall Council Announces

Multi-Million-Pound Contracts

Cornwall Council announces multimillion-pound

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s portfolio

contracts for three holder for Culture, Economy and Planning

new workspace centres that will grow

Cornwall’s economy and support the

creation of jobs in three towns.

said: “These new workspaces will bring

business and jobs to three areas and

this is crucial in terms of the challenges

our towns are facing. This package of

Three workspaces equating to £13 million

investment is a key part of our Economic

in building contract deals have been

Recovery Plan for Cornwall.

allocated for Penzance, Hayle and Liskeard,

generating some much needed economic

activity during their construction phase

and opening new job, work placement and

training opportunities for local workforces.

“The new workspaces will enable the creation

of around 100 new jobs in sectors which are

fast growing and at the core of Cornwall’s

Local Industrial Strategy, ultimately increasing

footfall to the town centres and supporting

Two of the developments focus on

existing local businesses.”

supporting the fast growing creative

sector, with a new facility at Causewayhead

in Penzance to provide 30 modern studios

and workspaces for creative enterprises as

well as a new workspace development at

Liskeard Cattle Market, which will become

part of a larger regeneration programme

set to transform the town’s old cattle

Delivery of these transformational projects

will be supported by an investment of

£8.7m being sought from the European

Regional Development Fund and £7.7m

of match-funding from Cornwall Council,

as part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Growth Programme.

market site.

Each workspace will be built to BREEAM

The third scheme is set to develop an

extension to the Hayle Marine Renewables

Business Park, building on the successful

‘Excellent’ standard and will minimise

carbon emissions during both construction

and operation.

first phase which was completed in 2015.

Completion of the three new workspace

schemes is expected in Summer 2022

and once operational, they are projected

to add more than £3.7m annually to

Cornwall’s economy.

The contracts for the construction of the

new workspace sites are advertised at

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New Secondary School for North Coast Cornwall

A new secondary school has been confirmed) will provide education facilities

announced for Cornwall’s north coast as

part of the Free School programme, offering

1,350 new secondary school places.

to the area's more rural communities in and

around St Agnes, Perranporth, Goonhavern

and Cubert, creating capacity in Newquay and

Truro’s secondary schools, which have seen a

It was a decision confirmed by Secretary of

growing demand over the last five years.

State for Education, Gavin Williamson, which

saw Truro and Penwith Multi Academy’s Following the announcement, Cornwall

Trust bid for the new secondary school on

the north coast. The approval is part of

a new Wave 14 Free School programme

which will see the creation of 21 new free

schools announced by the Department for

Education across England, creating more

than 15,500 additional school places.

Cornwall’s new school’s location on the

north coast (the exact location has yet to be

Council will now work with Truro and Penwith

Academy Trust, who have been chosen

to open the new Free School, to bring the

project to fruition. Dr Jenny Blunden OBE,

Chief Executive of the Trust, said of the news,

“We are delighted to be the Trust to lead

the development of a new 11 – 16 secondary

school in Cornwall... We look forward to

delivering outstanding teaching and learning

for our students when they join us.” l

CWT RECEIVES

GENEROUS DONATION

Leading holiday home company Cornish

Gems presents the Cornwall Wildlife

Trust with a donation of £5,771.55 – to

help support the protection of Cornwall’s

wild spaces, in spite of challenges faced

in 2020.

Cornish Gems chose the Cornwall

Wildlife Trust as their 2020 Gems

Charity of the Year – hosting fundraising

initiatives and encouraging guests

to support the vital work of the Trust,

who’ve been helping people enjoy

nature for over 50 years.

The donation from Cornish Gems,

which will directly support conservation

projects in Cornwall, was in part

enabled thanks to Emma Fashokun –

the newly appointed Guest Experience

and Corporate Social Responsibility

Manager - who’s passion, drive for

positive change and fundraising, played

a significant role in the success of this

year’s Gems 2020 charity.

Despite 2020 being an exceptionally

challenging year, with tourism being one

of the sectors hardest hit, Cornish Gems

felt that now more than ever it was so

important for Cornish organisations to

stand together in solidarity – a ‘one and

all’ approach in the face of adversity!

Cornish Gems Co-founder, Julianne

Shelton says: “Our team so appreciates

the vital conservation work the Cornwall

Wildlife Trust undertakes and we’re

so thankful to our owners, suppliers,

business partners and our generous

guests who’ve passionately supported

our fundraising. Never more than

during the adversities of 2020, have we

appreciated the joy of being surrounded

by Cornwall’s beautiful natural landscape.

We feel it’s our responsibility both as a

Cornish tourism business and as local

people to help protect and preserve

Cornwall’s wildlife, on land and at sea, for

ourselves and future generations.”

In total, since the initiative began in 2018,

Cornish Gems has raised over £14,000 for

the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the Cornwall

Air Ambulance and the RNLI.

It is with great excitement that Cornish

Gems names Surfer’s Against Sewage as

their Gems 2021 Charity of the Year.

For more information about Cornish

Gems or to support the Gems 2021

Charity of the Year fundraising, please

visit www.cornishgems.com l

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12 MYCORNWALL'S INSTA-WORTHY SNAPS

14 DOG FRIENDLY CORNWALL

16 OUT & ABOUT SPECIAL

18 ADORE MY STORE

20 THE WANT LIST

22 DESIGN HUB

24 THOMAS HARDY'S CORNWALL

28 KERDROYA - THE LANDSCAPE LABYRINTH

33 TASTING THE FUTURE

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FOR THE MOMENTS OVER 2020 THAT

WE COULD EXPLORE AND APPRECIATE

CORNWALL FOR ALL ITS BEAUTY, HERE’S

SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR POSTS LIKED

BY OUR INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS. FOR MORE

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1. Winter Sun at Porthtowan

2. Springtime on the St Agnes Coast Path

3. Lone dune walks at Porthkidney

4. Springtime Thrift (Sea Pinks), North Cornwall

5. A quiet harbour morning, St Ives

6. A different view of The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

7. St Anthony Head Lighthouse, The Roseland Peninsula

8. Glorious morning in the harbour, Porthleven

9. Clear autumn days at Godrevy

10. New Year Snow Day, Carn Marth


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We are allowed to walk our dogs during lockdown, and here in Cornwall, even

if we are remaining local to our homes, we are often spoiled for choice when it

comes to beautiful walks.

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But it’s been a long winter lockdown, so

we here at Dog Friendly Cornwall talked to

some of Cornwall’s best known and loved

dog trainers to get some great tips and

training ideas to help keep you and your

best friend entertained and to help to

prepare for the world opening up again…

Many of these trainers are running

fantastic online training sessions and have

some resources on their social media

pages and websites, so do look them up

to find out more!

“I’m running lots of fun classes and

workshops over lockdown, all online

which work really well because the dogs

and pups can learn without distractions.”

says Ruth Collett of Ruth’s Pet Behaviour

Services based in Falmouth. “Most dogs

find it tricky to learn skills in a class with

other dogs around so teaching puppies

and dogs in the comfort of their own home

works brilliantly.”

Tip 1: Try some sniffer dog training

Andy McCarthy runs Hotdogs K9 dog

training near Wadebridge. The company

are experienced UK Sniffer Dogs and

Mantrailing UK Instructors.

“There are lots of benefits of teaching

your dog Scent work,” says Andy. “It is a

fun way to give your dog a mental workout

as well as extra physical stimulation. Scent

work also builds your dog’s confidence and

improves focus around distractions. It is a

way of giving your dog a job to do and it

can strengthen the bond between you and

your dog. Most of all, Scent work is a fun

and rewarding activity for both of you.”

Andy has this game you can try with

your dog.

Hide And Seek

Hide and seek is a simple but fun game

that teaches your dog a few important

lessons. They'll learn to use their nose to

find you. They'll also develop a stronger

bond and will be more likely to come when

called, even if they can't see you.

You will do all of the hiding while your

dog seeks. You can teach this with treats,

though your dog will probably also enjoy

the thrill of finding you. You can play the

same game in the garden or in safe areas

while out for a walk. When your dog is

sniffing and not watching you, crouch down

in long grass or hide behind a tree and call

them. Remember to be very excited when

they find you. You can reward your dog

with high value treats or their favourite toy

to build a stronger desire for the game.

For more tips and information visit:

www.facebook.com/hotdogsk9

Tip 2: Enjoy mindful time with your dog

Laura Dobb runs ‘Dog Sense’, Cornwall

and the SW Peninsula’s first dedicated

indoor canine enrichment facility, based

in Penzance.

“Dog enrichment is about making sure

that as well as having their basic needs

met, such as food, drink, sleep, regular

walks and positive social contact, we make

sure our dog gets additional important

things in their life which will make them

happier. These include things like play,

freedom of movement, choices and

chewing opportunities.

In lockdown in particular, dog owners may

be interested in learning ways to calm

down their dogs with slow, sniffy walks and

other techniques instead of feeling like

they have to run three miles to make up

for a dog with a lot of energy after being

‘cooped’ up at home.”

As well as running Dog Sense, Laura is

also known as Lala Human Dog Coach and

founded the Slow Dog Movement C.I.C.

which aims to inspire and educate dog

owners to slow down and simply enjoy

being with their dogs as well as providing

them with positive experiences.

“Enrichment, slow walking, calm social

activities, and many other ideas are part of

it,” explains Laura “But this does not mean

that dogs can’t have fun and run about

or engage in fast play. It’s all about doing

calm activities too and providing dogs with

choices in many elements of their life.”

Forest bathing with your dog

“One way to slow down and give your

dog a more enriching walk, and enjoy the

benefits of nature and a more mindful,

stress-relieving walk yourself is to try forest

bathing on a woodland walk with your dog.

Forest bathing with your dog is more than a

slow walk. It is a meandering, or ‘sauntering’

walk. This is a term that was used by the

American Essayist, Henry David Thoreau,”

says Laura. “A woodland journey where

you leave your worries and dog commands

behind. Use your five senses with your nose,

mouth, eyes, ears, and sense of touch. Go

barefoot when you can. When your dog

‘invites’ you to wade in the stream, consider

and, if possible, accept. When you stop

and touch a mossy stump, let your dog use

her footpads or nose to sense that velvety

texture too. Listen to the wind, bird song

and nearby stream. Find a spot where you

can sit quietly and let your dog explore

safety and just sit quietly and tune in to the

natural environment.”

You can find out more about Dog Sense

and the Slow Dog Movement at:

www.slowdogmovement.org/

facebook.com/groups/slowdogmovement/

Tip 3: Remember, lockdown

will end eventually!

“My top tip would be to use this

opportunity to practice training your

dog to settle quietly on their own in

preparation for owners returning to work

and school,’ says Ruth Collett of Ruth’s

Pet Behaviour Services.

“Leaving them in their crate, the kitchen

or wherever you plan to leave them when

you return to work is very important so they

build a positive association with being on

their own, with something enjoyable to do.

Give them a kong or puzzle feeder with

chicken or sausage and veg as well as

some of their normal food and this will

motivate them to be happy for a while

without their humans.

If they cannot cope in another room while

owners are in the home, they will find it

extremely difficult to cope when owners

have left the house, so now is a good time

to work on this.”

Find out more:

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The pandemic may have forced museums to close their

doors, but this year Cornwall Museums Partnership and

their partner museums have taken collections beyond

the walls of the building to support their communities

remotely through creativity. By partnering with local

foodbanks, Cornwall’s museums have provided hundreds

of activity packs alongside vital food parcels to families in

need throughout this difficult time.

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Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) is a

charity formed in 2015 to provide leadership

for Cornish museums; to support them,

represent them and give them a voice.

Driven by a mission to create positive social

change with museums, CMP’s investment

programme supports museums to make a

positive difference to people’s lives. Some

of their most vital work this year has been

delivering creative supplies to local food

banks to encourage family togetherness and

combat the negative mental health effects of

the pandemic.

Emmie Kell, CEO, said: “There is a growing

body of evidence that museums contribute to

improved health and well-being. At CMP we

are passionate about the role of creativity in

society. And museums, with their fascinating

and diverse collections, can be a rich source of

creative inspiration, helping to feed people’s

imaginations and enhancing well-being.”

With community outreach projects put on hold,

staff and volunteers have gone above and

beyond to encourage community wellbeing

by sharing their collections online, offering

live-streamed crafting sessions and producing

digital learning tools. However, unfortunately

not everyone has the materials at home to get

creative or can afford to buy them.

To tackle this issue, in the summer of 2020

Celine Elliott, Engagement Lead at CMP,

worked alongside artist Felicity Tattersall to

develop a Zero Miles Culture project. Three

hundred activity packs, made with art supplies

from Truro Arts, were delivered to food banks

in Penzance, St Austell and north Cornwall to

be distributed to local families.

“The challenge of reaching those most in

need is never simple;” said Celine, “food

banks across Cornwall have been doing this

for many years, so working in partnership

to connect communities with creativity was

an obvious route throughout the lockdown.

Museums collect things, so the artist Felicity

Tattersall asked people to draw anything

they’d collected and to draw what they could

see from their windows.”

In the run-up to Christmas, Penlee House

Gallery & Museum (owned and operated by

Penzance Council) replicated the success of

this initiative by teaming up with Penzance

Food Bank. A tireless team of volunteers

led by Zoe Burkett, Education and Outreach

Officer, boxed up 100 activity packs

containing free art materials including paint,

colouring pencils, paper and an activity

book full of ideas for getting creative at

home. These boxes, delivered alongside

vital Christmas food parcels by The Food

Bank, offered hours of fun to children who

had been faced with limited access to social

events for many months.

“Getting creative is great for well-being” said

Zoe, “and we hope that these boxes help our

local community during this difficult time.”

Sharon Jones, from The Food Bank in

Penzance, commented “These unexpected

items are a real bonus to people who are

having a hard time just trying to feed their

families. They are a symbol of people caring."

Other museums across Cornwall, including

Bodmin Keep, Wheal Martyn and Falmouth

Art Gallery have also produced art packs

for local residents; and CMP has supported

WILD Young Parents and Carefree Cornwall

to send creative resources to young people

throughout lockdown.

The charity continues to champion the crucial

support and resources museums bring to their

communities. To discover more about their

impact and the home learning activities still

available from the museums, visit the CMP

website and blog. l

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THE CORNISH

HIGHSTREET

A brand-new online shop with a penchant for sustainability, The Cornish Highstreet

is the latest virtual start-up looking to support small, independent Cornish

businesses and make local shopping easier than ever.

Having launched in November

2020 by Holly Power-Brown,

The Cornish Highstreet is a new,

online store that’s set to support

local and sustainable. From the smallest of

small businesses to emerging brands, The

Cornish Highstreet features everything

from handmade soaps to eco-friendly

accessories, homeware and extra special

pantry goodies.

“I set up this business because I love

shopping locally,” explains Holly, “and

supporting small businesses…I’m aware

that it can get expensive with multiple

postal charges and 2020 has been a year

of uncertainty for small businesses, so I

wanted to do something to support them

whilst also making it easier to shop for

amazing, locally made products.”

Sustainability and locality are key points

for the store, with everything featured

made to a high standard here in Cornwall.

Many of the products are made using

sustainable resources and processes

and parcel notes are printed by a

local company on recycled card, whilst

packaging is also from a local supplier.

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra

plays an integral role in how The Cornish

Highstreet functions as a business and as

a result the products selected to feature

on the sight follow a similar ethos.

Since its launch, The Cornish Highstreet

have been regularly adding new

businesses and are still on the lookout for

new local and small business owners who

are keen to sell their wares online. With the

goal to provide a wide variety of products

to their audience, The Cornish Highstreet

is open to all creators, be it homeware

and lifestyle products, giftware, health

and beauty or even Cornish treats to fill

the cupboards with.

MOTHER’S DAY IDEAS FROM

THE CORNISH HIGHSTREET

Keen to get mum something local

and lovingly created from The Cornish

Highstreet? Here’s our myCornwall

recommendations!

Pink Clay and Rosehip

Luxury Face SpaMask £8

An eco-friendly, all-natural pink clay mask

by Essential Creams, Pink Clay from

France and Rosehip powder is blended

together in Essential Creams’ Cornwall

based workshop to create a natural face

mask with anti-inflammatory and beneficial

properties. It comes in a glass bottle with

a cork lid.

Grey and White Moon Phase

Wall Hanging £14.99

Designed and made in Cornwall by Rustic

Rose, these beautiful wall hangings are

made from jesmonite and individually

created and finished, meaning each one is

one of a kind.

Cornish Coastal Candles from £4.50

Handmade and poured from 100% soy

wax, Cornish Coastal Candles are vegan

friendly and cruelty free and come in a

range of glorious smells that can burn for

approximately 15 hours! Discover scents

such as Gin & Tonic, Pixie Dust, Parma

Violent and Minerals & Sea Kelp. l

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THE WANT LIST

Cowhouse Gallery

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

Run by a collective of artists and craftspeople in west Cornwall, the Cowhouse Gallery has long been an integral part of

Perranuthnoe’s artistic community. A mixture of alternative, expressive, abstract and landscape art sit beside stunning sculptural

and ceramic works. With a new website currently in the making, soon followers and collectors of the Cowhouse work will be able to

browse and buy work online, so be sure to keep up to date for all the latest information.

The Cowhouse Gallery, Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, TR20 9NE

www.cowhousegallery.co.uk • Facebook: Cowhouse Gallery

1. Deep Tangled Waters by Jean Foulds. 58cm square including floating frame £320 2. Fairy Toadstool Wishing Pot. Velvet lined

trinket pot by Candice Scorey £68 3. Land's End Shags by Lee Stevenson. Etching £60 unframed 4. Odette. Polished concrete, by

Carol Chapman. £150 5. River Fal, near Trelissick, by Paul Young. Image size 30 x 40 cm framed £75.00

6. Sea inspired silk Velvet Wrap by Rachel Stowe £210 7. Silver and gemstone stacking rings by Chloe Williams. £26-£42

8. Spalted Beech Bowl by Dave Jones £38 9. Waiting For The Tide by Linda Craig £175

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Everhot - The Electric Range since 1979

Pure craftmanship and a great cooker

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Design

As the season of spring cleaning and

sprucing is soon upon us, the search is on

for the latest designs and trends that can

swiftly transform our interior spaces. An

independent interior design house, Cotton

Mills have been creating and making designs

for curtains, blinds, shutters and upholstery

collections for over thirty years.

Founded by Ali Cary, the Cotton

Mills team boasts a talented array

of creative individuals, who all

contribute to creating beautiful

designs in their local workshop.

With an enormous selection of

fabrics, this passionate, design

led interiors establishment are

providing leading, high quality

products to the homes of Cornwall

and beyond. Here, we take a look at

what’s in store this season...

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Designer Guild Anshu in Dusk

with a Midnight border

A new fabric from Designers Guild

shown here in these eye-catching

curtains, this textile features a

hammered texture with a satin finish

and are available in 45 colours, 13 of

which are available in wide widths.

With prices starting from £26

per metre, this fabric is luxurious

without the luxury price tag,

Romo Camansi Sarouk Collection

in Nectar and Wild Rose

This fabulous new range from Romo

titled Sarouk, seen in full bloom in

these bright and stylish designs,

are perfect for Cornwall’s aesthetic

with their vibrant colours and subtle

palm tree design. Get a holiday

home feel alongside a high-quality

cotton that’s second to none.

Key features

Whilst the hammered feature of the

Anshu design creates movement

and texture, it’s wide variety of

colours matched by affordable

pricing makes this fabric a versatile

edition to any room and style.

For Romo’s Sarouk range, patterns

are presented in a timeless and

subtle design, with a simple colour

scheme that makes them easy to

live with.

With a fabulous purpose-built

showroom in Truro ready and

waiting for when restrictions allow

visitors once more, in the meantime

Cotton Mills are on hand to chat

with you via phone and email

over your ideas. From creating

storyboards to suit your colour

schemes at no charge to discussing

design options over Face Time, you

can still achieve fresh, exciting new

looks to welcome in the new season

this year. l

Open Monday to Friday

9am – 5.30pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Cotton Mills, 1 Infirmary Hill,

Truro, TR1 2JB

T: 01872 278545

E: mail@cotton-mills.co.uk

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Cornwall

In recent weeks the Dorset History Centre has managed

to raise some £50,000 to acquire a privately owned

collection of 46 documents that have not been available to

the public for more than a hundred years. The collection

of books, letters, personal correspondence and poems all

once belonged to or were written by Thomas Hardy; and

the excitement surrounding the discovery, nearly a century

after the poet’s death, demonstrates his continued ability

to move and enliven us.

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When I set out for Lyonnesse,

A hundred miles away,

The rime was on the spray,

And starlight lit my lonesomeness

When I set out for Lyonnesse

A hundred miles away...

Cornwall has always been a source of

inspiration for artists and writers but for

Thomas Hardy it was the loss of his wife in

1912 that brought nostalgic memories of

his time on the north coast flooding back.

The resulting series of poems, as well as

being an atmospheric exploration of the

Cornish landscape, is also a touching

glimpse into the couple’s early courtship.

Thomas Hardy had worked at an

architectural firm since leaving school at 16

and had shown particular promise in the

art of church restoration. In 1870 when he

was 30 years old he was sent to survey St.

Juliot Church near Boscastle. It was to be

a life changing visit. Hardy was just finding

recognition as a writer and was about

to publish his second book, Desperate

Remedies, but although he had already

formed a number of romantic attachments

as yet none of them had been serious.

Here in Cornwall he was to fall head over

heels in love for the first time.

On the day that Hardy arrived at St Juliot

Church Emma Lavinia Gifford was there

to greet him. Emma had been born in

Plymouth in 1840 but had come to live in

Cornwall in 1860. When she met Hardy she

was living with her sister Helen, who had

married the vicar of Boscastle, Rev. Caddell

Holder. It was Holder who had raised the

funds to have the little church renovated.

Emma was a well-educated governess but

she was also strikingly beautiful with bright

blue eyes and a mass of auburn hair. Hardy

was smitten. He wrote in his diary that he

would like nothing more than to “walk the

world” with her. And walking was what they

did, the quiet lanes and wild clifftops of

Cornwall’s north coast were the romantic

setting for their growing affection.

There was a stunted handpost just

on the crest,

Only a few feet high:

She was tired, and we stopped in the

twilight-time for her rest,

At the crossways close thereby.

She leant back, being so weary,

against its stem,

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And laid her arms on its own,

Each open palm stretched out to each

end of them,

Her sad face sideways thrown.

Her white-clothed form at this dim-lit

cease of day

Made her look as one crucified

In my gaze at her from the midst of the

dusty way,

And hurriedly 'Don't,' I cried.

I do not think she heard. Loosing thence

she said,

As she stepped forth ready to go,

'I am rested now.-Something strange

came into my head;

I wish I had not leant so!'

And wordless we moved onward down

from the hill

In the west cloud's murked obscure,

And looking back we could see the

handpost still

In the solitude of the moor...

NEAR LANIVET, 1872

Emma, who was a bit of a tomboy and

fearless on a horse, took Hardy on long

rambles through the countryside. On one

occasion they were so caught up with each

other that they stayed too long at Tintagel

Castle and found themselves locked

in. They had to attract the attention of

people in the cove below by waving their

handkerchiefs so that they could be let out.

These bright early days of their relationship

were what Hardy returned to in his poetry

after Emma’s death, producing what is

considered some of his finest work.

Hardy and Emma courted for the next

four years, spending as much time

together as possible whenever his work

brought him to Cornwall. Emma wrote:

“My architect came two or three times a

year... I rode my pretty mare Fanny and

he walked by my side, and I showed him

more of the neighbourhood. The cliffs,

along the roads and through the scattered

hamlets, sometimes gazing down at the

small solemn shores below, where seals

lived... often we walked to Boscastle down

Valency Valley... Sometimes we drove to

Tintagel and Trebarwith Strand where the

donkeys were employed carrying seaweed

for the farmers; Strangles Beach, also

Bossiney, Bude and other places along the

coast. Lovely drives they were...“

Emma inspired much of Hardy’s early writing

too, his third novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes,

published while they were still courting, is

almost certainly autobiographical. The book’s

heroine, Elfride Swancourt, is seemingly

based on her. Elfride is the daughter of

the Rector of Endelstow, a remote parish

in Cornwall inspired by Boscastle and St

Juliot. The character is also blue-eyed and

high-spirited, if a little naive. In the novel she

becomes entangled with two men, the young

architect, Stephen Smith (we can assume this

is Hardy) and Henry Knight and is forced to

choose between them. This entanglement is

also true to life, when Emma and Hardy first

met she was expected to marry another man

– a curate’s son, William Serjeant who lived

in St Clether.

One of Hardy’s early poems The Face at

the Casement written in 1871 describes

the couple paying William Serjeant a

final visit. He was too unwell to see them

and unbeknownst to Emma as the pair

rode away together in the pony and trap

Hardy saw a face at the vicarage window.

It was William watching them leave. At

that moment, in an act that later haunted

him, Hardy vindictively put his arm around

Emma’s waist so that William would see

that he had truly lost her. The young man

died soon after their visit.

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The pale face vanished quick,

As if blasted, from the casement,

And my shame and self-abasement

Began their prick.

Long long years has he lain

In thy garth, O sad Saint Cleather:

What tears there, bared to weather,

Will cleanse that stain!

Love is long-suffering, brave,

Sweet, prompt, precious as a jewel;

But jealousy is cruel,

Cruel as the grave!

THE FACE AT THE CASEMENT

Hardy and Emma married in 1874, the same

year that Far from the Madding Crowd was

published, and settled in London. With

Emma’s encouragement Hardy gave up his

job as an architect to write full-time. But it

was in those first few months of what would

be their 38 year marriage that the cracks

began to show.

Emma’s new life in London, as the wife of a

successful novelist, was not quite as she had

envisaged. In Cornwall, she had been free

to walk for miles in the country lanes or ride

her horse on the cliff tops with the wind in

her hair, now she felt constrained. After her

death this is how Hardy remembered the

woman he fell in love with in his poems The

Phantom Horsewoman and in Beeny Cliff.

O the opal and the sapphire of that

wandering western sea,

And the woman riding high above with

bright hair flapping free –

The woman whom I loved so, and who

loyally loved me.

BEENY CLIFF, 1913

The couple never had children and Emma

may have begun to suffer from bouts of

depression. She became reclusive, often

locking herself away in the attic of their

home for days on end. Hardy, unsure how

to comfort his wife, began to have affairs

with other women.

By the time Emma passed away in 1912 the

couple had been estranged for a number

of years, but her sudden death shook

Hardy. He found himself reminiscing about

the beginning of their relationship and

their courtship in Cornwall. It was this surge

of melancholy nostalgia that produced

these sentimental sometimes regret-filled

poems. Hardy also returned to Cornwall in

the spring of 1913 to place a memorial for

Emma in St Juliot Church. The woman he

had fallen in love with, lost to him through

years of unhappy marriage, was now gone

forever, but for Hardy their love affair was

intrinsically linked to the place they had

met – Cornwall.

Why go to Saint Juliot?

What’s Juliot to me?

Some strange necromancy

But charmed me to fancy

That much of my life claims the

spot as its key.

Yes, I have dreamed of that place

in the West,

And a maiden abiding

Thereat as in hiding;

Fair-eyed and white shouldered, broadbrowed

and brown-tressed...

A DREAM OR NO – FEBRUARY 1913

Whatever their later difficulties, perhaps

for us as well as for Hardy, it is kinder to

think of them in the warm summer-glow

of the early years of their relationship.

She the beautiful and daring horsewoman

and he the love-struck writer. When Hardy

died in 1928 his ashes were buried in

Westminster Abbey but his heart was

interned with Emma in her grave in the

Stinsford Churchyard. l

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THE LANDSCAPE LABYRINTH

HONOURING THE HUMBLE HEDGE

It feels completely fitting that Kerdroya resides on Bodmin Moor,

a place that has long captured the imagination and inspiration of

archaeologists, artists, scientists, folk lore enthusiasts and walkers

alike. Where shadows and spirits of ancient eras still linger in their

forgotten forms; a perfect spot to celebrate the unsung beauty of

Cornwall’s most overlooked relic of all. One that still weaves across

the county today – the Cornish hedge.

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One might wonder how much

can be said about a hedge,

but in Cornwall, a rich and

important heritage rests

within these man-made margins. With

some having been dated back to around

4,000 years old, these weather worn,

coastal corroded and bush battered

borders consist of hefty stone, earth and

quite often a flourish of wild flower. Today,

they are regarded as rich ecosystems for

plant and animal life and there are plenty

of Cornish folk out there dedicated to

protecting, preserving and praising the

power of these humble hedges.

Now, there is Kerdroya, a living, breathing

artistic construction that takes inspiration

from the Cornish hedge, designed to

last for thousands of years. The labyrinth

structure, set to be the largest of its kind

in the world, is based on the mysterious

symbols found at Rocky Valley. Devised

by the same team that created the famous

Man Engine, Golden Tree, Kerdroya’s

creation began in 2020, in a disused car

park by Colliford Lake.

Just north of Tintagel, a segment of

Cornwall is known for its historic and

mythical sites. The Rocky Valley Labyrinths

can be found carved onto the surface of

an exposed rock face of dark shale. It’s

no surprise that these peculiar lines have

been the subject of debate and mystery

for centuries. Little certainty surrounds the

origins of the carvings, some believe them

to date as far back as the Early Bronze

Age, whilst others believe they date more

towards the Celtic Age, also known as the

Iron Age. There are even rumours that

they’re not that old at all; however the

design of the carvings does correlate to

the style of mazes that were popular during

the medieval period. Discovered in 1948

by SJ Madge, the Rocky Valley Labyrinths

were brought to archaeologists’ attention in

1954, and from then on one thing has been

certain – that from stories of local witches to

signs of the tree of life, mythology from all

eras surrounds these symbols.

Taking inspiration from the elusive

carvings, Kerdroya looks to emulate the

spiritual connections that lie between

Cornwall’s ancient, natural and man-made

structures. Built with traditional Cornish

hedging with a 56m metre diameter,

the Cornish Landscape Labyrinth will

feature artisan stonework that celebrates

the distinct styles of hedging and will

commemorate the 12 sections of the

Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty, which saluted its 60th anniversary

in 2020. Amidst the build and ongoing

difficulties caused by Covid-19, this year

will see the real hedging work begin,

which will require people of all ages

and abilities to come together to bring

Kerdroya truly to life.

Pioneering the project is Will Coleman,

Director of Golden Tree, who has been a

driving force behind Kerdroya’s creation

process, “This isn’t a quick project,” Will

explains, “and it will be well into 2021 before

hedging proper begins. But, when you are

building something to last 4,000 years,

everything is better off done ‘dreckly’.”

At the heart of the labyrinth is a

10-metre circular space that opens out to

breathtaking views across the moorland

and lake. Here, a newly commissioned

art installation funded by an Arts Council

England National Lottery Project Grant will

feature, created by local father and son duo

the Thrussells, who won the commission

to create an artwork that deepens the

response to the Cornish landscape.

Less about being a tourist attraction and

more about being a homage to what

it means to live in Cornwall, the site is a

tribute to heritage of all aspects and how

this can be brought into today’s modern

world. In creating its spectacular Cornish

hedge, the site will be welcoming the

Outdoor University of Cornish Hedging

as an extensive training programme

supported by the Guild of Cornish

Hedgers, funded by Cornwall Council

and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It’s designed to pass on the ancient craft

of hedging to the next generation and

to continue to educate people on the

importance Cornish hedges offer for local

wildlife. Overall, at least 62 apprentice

Cornish hedgers will be part of the skilled

team contrasting the labyrinth.

“We’re asking one and all to join us to

create Kerdroya,” says Will, “a living

testament to culture, habitat and skill.

Not only can you be part of the largest

classical labyrinth in the world, but you

will also be part of a project that will

support tens of thousands of species of

insects and pollinators, plus 600 types of

flowering plants.”

Currently, Cornish hedges are not

protected under hedgerow regulations,

and with the alarming decrease in

pollinators over recent years, the need for

micro-ecological hotspots such as Cornish

hedges is now more valued than ever

before. More than just a bank of a field,

these geological structures are havens for

insect and wildlife populations. However,

out of the 48,000km of Cornish hedge in

existence, they are currently being lost at

a rate of 100km per year. As beautiful as

it is meaningful, Kerdroya is a permanent

monument which offers the opportunity to

champion the true beauty of Cornwall and

to remind both residents and visitors the

necessity to keep local wildlife and natural

areas safe for the future.

Emma Browning, Partnership Manager of

Cornwall AONB, sees Kerdroya as a cultural

achievement to last for generations, as

she explains here, “We are thrilled with

the Hedge Pledge initiative created by

Golden Tree, giving everyone an incredible

opportunity to get involved in an iconic

piece of heritage. The Cornish Hedge is

an important cultural feature and wildlife

habitat throughout Cornwall and within

the Cornwall AONB. We are delighted to

see Kerdroya transform from concept, to

hedge restoration, to Labyrinth, celebrating

the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Whilst we may have to wait a little bit

longer before we can see and experience

the magic of Kerdroya in the flesh, this

latest piece of heritage to join Cornwall’s

rich tapestry certainly isn’t planning on

going anywhere anytime soon. l

To discover more you can visit

www.goldentree.org.uk/projects/kerdroya

as well as www.kerdroya.co.uk

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New flavours, a new gin school, a new rum and a new hand sanitiser,

world renowned spirit and household name Tarquin’s entered its eighth

year with a few unexpected challenges. But from the days when founder

and creator, Tarquin Leadbetter, was selling the first 300 bottles from

the boot of his car, to becoming the 2nd largest independent distillery in

the UK, this past year has allowed Tarquin’s to take stock of all they have

achieved and all they have to come in an exciting future.

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n the summer of 2013, 25-year-old

Tarquin Leadbetter was selling

bottles of his newly crafted homemade

gin out of the boot of his car.

Having graduated with a degree

in Economics and Politics in 2009, Tarquin

decided a life amongst big investment

banks and large corporations wasn’t a life

for him. Instead, he longed to return to the

West Country, for a life by the sea. Inspired

by the craft distilling whisky boom in the

United States, and with his grandfather

having once been a brewer, Tarquin was

eager to undertake a new challenge that

would offer creativity and the chance to

be his own boss. As a result, Tarquin’s Gin

began to take shape.

It was, of course, humble beginnings, as

Tarquin started out teaching himself to distill

gin on a tiny copper pot still on his kitchen

cooker at home in 2012. Several hundred

batches later and he upscaled to an old

cow shed outside of Padstow, with himself,

his sister and his parents making up a small

team. Today, Tarquin’s is the 2nd largest

independent distillery in the UK, listed as the

29th fastest growing company in the Sunday

Times Fast Track 100 in 2019. Now with a

team of 40, the leading craft distillery had

doubled in size every year for the subsequent

five years of its initial start-up, with no outside

investment and on a shoestring budget. Very

quickly, the Tarquin’s brand had become a

prominent name in the UK’s spirit community,

recognised by countless awards, including

Best Gin in the World for their Sea Dog Navy

Strength Gin in 2017.

Entering into 2020, Tarquin’s eighth year

making gin, and it was full steam ahead, but

lockdown and Covid-19 quickly scuppered

the distillery’s initial plans. The closure of

the hospitality industry saw over 50% of the

business’s outlet supply cease. Overnight,

Tarquin’s had to drastically change how it

worked, “It has been a bit of a roller-coaster,

as it has been for everyone,” says founder

Tarquin Leadbetter, “it’s been challenging for

myself personally and for us as a distillery."

“Pre-Covid, a large portion of our business

was supplying bars and restaurants, so

we’ve had to adapt. But also, at the same

time, do what we can to support the world

around us and our Tarquin’s community.”

Putting their skills and knowledge to good

use during the first lockdown, Tarquin’s

swapped the gin for gel as they distributed

free bottles of Tarquin’s own hand sanitiser

to almost 3,000 retailers across the South

West as well as to local NHS, Cornwall and

Devon Police and local food banks. When

it came to helping their retail outlets,

Tarquin’s extended credit terms and

scrapped minimum order quantities to

allow even the smallest of their customers

to bounce back from Covid once allowed.

Ever one to take advantage of silver linings,

Tarquin chose to embrace the moment

of quiet that lockdown afforded as well

as striving to carry on with their exciting

projects they had planned for that year, the

biggest perhaps being the launch of their

brand-new Gin School & Shop in Padstow

and their very first rum, Twin Fin.

Opening in July 2020, Tarquin’s Gin School

& Shop welcomed over 20,000 visitors over

the course of the summer and early autumn.

Just a few miles from the distillery HQ, the

school offers hands-on experiences, from

Tarquin’s Tasters to making your very own

custom-made and individually flavoured

gin for you to take home, complete with

Tarquin’s classic wax label seal.

“We got off to a great start [eventually],”

describes Tarquin, “we’ve had some

amazing sessions with people creating all

types of cool gins and we have a BYOB

policy, that’s a Bring Your Own Botanical!

From home-grown herbs to foraged fruit

to wild coastal flowers, the overall aim

was to recreate the time I had when first

making gin on my kitchen stove, playing

with flavours, enjoying the process and

sharing it with friends.”

Next came Tarquin’s first launch into the world

of rum with the arrival of Twin Fin, a golden

spiced rum infused with a secret recipe

including orange and vanilla, designed to

blend together the very best of Cornwall and

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the Caribbean. Rich, smooth and swimming

with aromatic spice notes followed by a

smoky finish, this bold flavoured rum has

been met with rave reviews and has quickly

become a firm favourite amongst eager

rum enthusiasts, “I’ve always loved rum and

have wanted to make one for a long time,”

Tarquin explains, “it was simply a question of

finding the right ingredients and using my

experience making gin in a creative way to

try something new. I’m really happy with how

well it has been received and we’re currently

looking into a couple of new, unique Twin Fin

expressions for release before the summer,

so watch this space!”

From his downtime over 2020, Tarquin and

his team also crafted together two more

exciting releases in the gin world with

Tarquin’s Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange

Gin and the most recent Tarquin’s Hibiscus

and Lemon Gin hitting the online shop and

outlets in a splash of vibrancy. In Tarquin’s

own words, his latest Hibiscus and Lemon

Gin is a celebration of the return of English

Spring, where Cornwall’s wildflowers take

centre stage, and the buzz of excitement

hangs in the atmosphere as the county

begins to awaken from its winter sleep.

“Lockdown actually gave me the time

to get back to our roots as a progressive

distillery looking to innovate, experiment

and take risks. Freeing up the time to distil

new gins,” he says. “We’ve launched a

series of ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ online to share

our ultra-small-batch special gin releases…

and to bring a little bit of Cornish sunshine

to people across the globe.”

Like so many, the challenges of Covid-19

have undoubtedly thrown many

unexpected hurdles down Tarquin’s way,

but they are challenges that have been met

with determination and positivity from this

resourceful craft distillery, which Tarquin

still finds himself surprised by since his first

days experimenting. Behind the business’s

strong ethos of creativity and love for

the local, natural environment, comes an

undeniable love for the local community,

which when looking back, Tarquin has

always felt supported by. “Gin is a pure

expression of flavour, and the creativity to

craft something entirely unique is what I

love! But even better than that, it’s being

able to share it with friends."

If I could say anything to my young self, it

would be to stick to my guns and trust in the

products and the local Cornish community.

I was incredibly proud of what I created in

2013 and it was fantastic that everyone else

thought so too... We wouldn’t be where we

are today without the support of local bars,

restaurants and shops.

“I feel very optimistic about 2021, I cannot

wait until pubs and restaurants are back

open. We’ve got plans for some more

limited-edition gins, two new Twin Fin Rum

expressions and something very top secret!”

With a taste of the future on their tongues,

Tarquin, his dedicated team and the

distillery’s four uniquely tuned copper pots

are ready and raring to continue taking on

each new challenge in their stride and to

continue delivering outstandingly delicious

gin, and rum, to the people of Cornwall. l

Check out all the latest releases and

special editions at Tarquin’s online store

at www.tarquinsgin.com

Using Tarquin’s latest Hibiscus and

Lemon Gin, why not try a simply

delicious Cornish Confiture cocktail,

bringing together the summertime

fruits of strawberry and lemon:

• 50ml Tarquin’s Hibiscus and Lemon Gin

• 25ml lemon juice

• Teaspoon of strawberry jam

• Shake all your ingredients over ice

and strain into a jam jar filled with

ice cubes.

• Garnish with a whole strawberry

• For an extra twist, top with

Sparkling Brut Rosé

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Y CORNISH WORLD

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Meet Dan Dicker, CEO

and founder of Circular

& Co an eco-conscious

homeware and lifestyle

brand that looks to

make the most of our

resources. Creating

products that champion

recyclability and

longevity, this innovative

design company are

putting the planet first.

Hi Dan! Tell us a little bit about yourself

Q and your connection to Cornwall?

Nearly 18 years ago I was designing for

landlocked Dyson near Swindon and

spending most weekends travelling to the

coast to enjoy windsurfing and surfing. There

are only so many hours on the M5 before

you have to question your priorities! I loved

working at Dyson and if they had a Cornwall

Coastal Division, I’d still be with them, but

they selfishly didn’t, so I selfishly left!

Tell us a bit about Circular & Co and

Q what is involved in the brand?

To be very honest we started Circular

& Co to make a living and to make a

difference. Hand on heart, as long as the

first objective was just about covered,

our main energy and enthusiasm has

always been built around the latter. We

passionately believe after nearly 18 years

at the core face of Circular Design we all

have real opportunity to right some of

the global wrongs by adopting a Circular

ethos, lifestyle and mindset.

What inspired you to start Circular

Q & Co?

Completely and utterly the draw of

Cornwall. 18 years ago, if as a product

designer, you wanted to live in this

wonderful playground, then you had to

start your own business to enable it. A

company only then moves forward by

having several challenges in front of them,

and we are lucky enough to have had lots!

The resilience that we’ve built over time

provides us with the motivation to keep

pushing the brand and industry forwards.

What do you love about your work

Q and what do you find challenging?

The fact we produce products that try to

do more, they are built to specifically tackle

some of our big environmental problems.

By designing products from waste

materials, you create sustainable highvalue

demand for once worthless objects

that we would have previously classed as

litter. Everything has value and nothing has

a single purpose. The biggest personal

challenge is I ironically now find is the time

to go windsurfing or surfing!

What ideas and advice would you

Q give to people who want to invest

more in the circular generation?

At the current rate of mass consumption, we

will soon start to run out of key resources so

if we want the next iPhone in 30 years-time

we need to act now and get more from

what we already have.

1. Reduce – we are all guilting of carefree

consumption, take stock and constantly ask

yourself ‘Do I really need that?’ And if the

answer is yes then it is on to step 2:

2. Is that product circular? We have a simple

three-step checklist we always follow:

Choose – is it made from recycled materials

Challenge – longevity, is it designed to last

as long as possible

Check – can it be easily recycled at the end

of its long life

We all have a choice despite what is in

front of us. If it isn’t matching up to your

circular checklist then scroll on to the next

page, there is always a next page. You

have that power!

Tell us about some of your bestselling

products and the process

Q

behind them?

Virtually all our best-selling products

have come from material innovation,

where we’ve managed to find a way of

recycling problematic materials back into

a new product. Our Circular Cup made

from single-use paper cups has been

very popular, especially in the UK where

you see lots of people out about with

them. We are massively proud that the

product has become a beacon, especially

within industry and academia, for Circular

Design. Every cup sold is another person

becoming aware of how valuable waste

can be and if treated as such, can become

tomorrow’s product.

When you’re not busy, what do you

Q like to do to relax in Cornwall?

Windsurf and surf! My family and I love the

diversity of Cornwall, one day it’s the rugged

north coast and all its high-octane sports,

the next you are lounging in a hammock

made from old fishing nets overlooking a

tranquil Carrick Roads. To top it off the very

next day you can be hiking in the middle

of Bodmin Moor trying to outstare a pony!

Thank you so much Dan! l

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GWREN NI KEWSEL

KERNEWEK

Let's Speak Cornish

Ha ni a dhalleth an vledhen nowydh, yth omgevyn arta yn-dann

naw alhwedh niver tri. Gras dhe deknologieth, ni a bes dhe

gestava gans agan teylu ha kowetha dre Zoom, po neb omrians

haval. Rag lies ahanan a res yw rag oberi a-dhyworth tre po

dhe dhyski Kernewek, rag ensempel! Nans yw bledhen, yth esa

hwarvosow warlinen a’n par ma ow pos usys genen hwath mes

lemmyn tamm skwithus re beu ni dhe glewes “Hou, heb son os

ta!” arta hag arta.

As we start the new year, we find ourselves again in lockdown

challenj

dhe les

komendya

kessedhek

rol negys

diwyethek

synsi

metyans

a challenge

of interest

to introduce

committee

agenda

bilingual

to hold

meeting

number three. Thanks to technology, of course, we continue kowal

entire

to get in touch with our family and friends through Zoom, or skrifenyas

secretary

some similar app. For many of us, it is essential for working from

diharesow

apologies

edhom

need

home or to learn Cornish, for example. A year ago, we were still

getting used to events like this but now we have become a little

bored of hearing “Hey, you’re on mute!” over and over.

Nebes lavarennow kuntelles warlinen

Some online meeting phrases

dalleth

to start

My yw Kador omma!

omkavos

to find oneself

teknologieth

technology

I am the Chair here!

gestava gans

to get in touch with

Ny’th eus awtorita vyth oll omma Jackie Weaver!

haval

similar, alike

You have no authority here at all Jackie Weaver!

oberi a-dhyworth tre to work from home

Heb son os ta!

hwarvos

event

You’re on mute!

bos usys gans

to be used to

skwithus

boring

Fatell wrav vy settya an skrin rag gwel virva?

arta

again

How do I set the screen to gallery view?

Ytho, rag keworra challenj byghan dhe les dh’agas bewnans

warlinen, prag na assayewgh dhe gomendya temmik a

Gernewek ynno? Martesen, y hallser dannvon yn mes rol negys

diwyethek rag an nessa kuntelles kessedhek a’n hel treveglos?

Prag na skrifewgh agas titel yn Kernewek war an skrin dhe’n

metyans konsel pluw, yn arbennik an kador, an skrifenyas ha’n

alhwedhor? Kyns pell, hwi a vydh ow synsi an dra gowal yn

Kernewek – nyns eus edhom a dhiharesow!

So to add a little interesting challenge to your life online, why

not try to introduce a little bit of Cornish into it? Perhaps you

could send out a bilingual agenda to the next village hall

committee meeting? Why not write your title on screen in

Cornish at the parish council meeting, especially the chair, the

secretary and the treasurer? Before long you will be holding the

entire thing in Cornish – no need for apologies!

A yll nebonan profya kemeryans an gwayans na?

Can somebody propose acceptance to that motion?

Omdhisoodhys re wrug Mabel ytho yma edhom a esel

nowydh yn skon!

Mabel has resigned so we need a new member quickly!

Pris rag votyans yw, mar pleg! Sevewgh agas leuv.

It’s time to vote please! Raise your hands.

Rag!

For!

Erbynn!

Against!

For general enquiries: maureen.pierce@kesva.org

For enquiries about publications: roger.courtenay@kesva.org

For enquiries about examinations: tony.hak@kesva.org

For enquiries about the language correspondence course:

kernewekdrelyther@hotmail.co.uk

For more Cornish Language visit: www.kesva.org

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47 VIP

50 THROUGH THE EYES OF...

52 ART FOCUS

54 MAKER'S FOCUS

56 ARTIST PROFILE

58 MEET THE MAKER

60 GALLERY OF THE MONTH

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Art News

SHOP ONLINE FROM

THE POLY GUILD

A contemporary craft and design shop in the

heart of Falmouth, The Poly Guild is now online!

The Poly is a charity which, since 1833, has

existed to promote the arts, history and science

for Falmouth and Cornwall. Championing the

work of our local makers and craftspeople

through The Guild is just one of the ways we

do this.

The Guild would like to thank everyone

who has made a purchase online during their

current closure and kept alive an income stream

for their artists.

Looking ahead to brighter days in 2021,

and looking forward to promoting new work,

handmade with love and originality, from

existing and new Poly Guild artists. The team at

The Poly Guild hope to see you soon! l

www.thepolyguild.org

COVER ARTIST: HOLLY ASTLE

Holly is an illustrator based in Falmouth, a place that truly captured her heart

since moving there from rural Gloucestershire for her degree in illustration, which

she graduated from in 2020 before transferring to freelance work.

Her illustrations are primarily digital based, although she is also inspired by the

printmaking practices of lino and screen print, the textures and layer processes

transferring across into her digital work.

She is greatly influenced by her local surroundings of the coast and love of the

natural world. To find inspiration Holly may be found walking the coast path whist

looking at fungi, fauna and other wildlife. She aims to capture an essence of

Cornwall in her work, trying to evoke a true representation of coastal areas and

the wildlife found there.

Holly’s client work has involved working with several local Cornish companies,

including In Falmouth magazine and Forever Cornwall Cottages. Recently she

has worked on a wildlife book out later this year. She also has a small online shop

which she stocks regularly with illustrated prints. l

To find more of Holly’s work you can visit her website hollyastle.co.uk or check

out her instagram @hollyastle

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NEW FEATURED ARTIST SERIES

AT WHITEWATER GALLERY

Following their successful Featured Artist series of last year, Whitewater Gallery

opens this year’s new series from 1st April, with paintings by artist Luke Knight.

Luke’s coastal paintings, which are inspired by Cornwall’s beautiful north coast,

have won him a prestigious European gallery award, and selection for the 2020

Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition in London. Other featured artists for

2021 will include Simeon Stafford, Suki Wapshott, Virginia Ray, and potter Hugh

West, whose exhibition celebrates his 50th year in ceramics. Since the opening

of its newly extended gallery in 2019, Whitewater has positioned itself as one of

the foremost destinations for collectors of contemporary art, exhibiting work by

the best regional and national painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers

and potters. During lockdown, clients can make use of the gallery’s high

resolution Virtual 3D Tour of the exhibition space.

See Luke Knight - Featured Artist from 1st to 29th April at Whitewater

Gallery, The Parade, Polzeath, PL27 6SR, or take a virtual tour of the gallery at

whitewatergallery.co.uk l


Sadly, the Gallery is closed until

further notice but please look at our

beautiful website where all of our

members have their own page.

www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk

SEASCAPE ARTIST FOCUSING ON

AERIAL VIEWS OF THE CORNISH COASTLINE

www.gemmalessinger.com

@gemmalessingerart

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ARTISTRY AT HOME WITH PENLEE HOUSE

Whilst Penlee House Gallery & Museum remains closed due to Covid-19,

the gallery’s creative team have launched a series of projects which people

of all ages can take part in at home. From Arty Afternoons to a range of

special activities for Under 5’s, the gallery takes inspiration from its rich

archive of renowned works from iconic and historic figures to add influence

to their family-friendly creative challenges. l

Visit www.penleehouse.org.uk/learning-from-home to discover more.

NEWLYN ART GALLERY & THE EXCHANGE

RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS GRANT

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange are among three Cornwall

organisations to benefit from £30 million in grants to arts organisations

across the UK from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Having received a total of £128,544 from the Garfield Weston Foundation,

both galleries were recognised for their adaptive efforts to remain connected

to audiences across the world by not only offering and producing work

online but creating immersive and interactive opportunities for audiences

to take part in be it in person or online. Philippa Charles, Director of the

Garfield Weston Foundation said of the grant: “Our Trustees were impressed

by the entrepreneurial spirit shown across the arts in response to Covid-19

and it was a privilege to hear what organisations had been doing to not only

survive but also to reinvent the way they reach audiences...”.

“We all want and need our cultural sector to thrive and, if anything,

our time away from the arts has shown just how important they are to

us – bringing much needed pleasure and enrichment to our lives. Arts

organisations are desperate to reopen and get back to what they do best,

and we hope that this new funding will help many of them do exactly that.”

The Weston Culture Grant will help the team at Newlyn Art Gallery &

The Exchange to reconfigure the entrance at The Exchange and repurpose

two currently under-used adjoining spaces to create a single large, digitally

equipped art space that is safely accessible to participating audiences from

school and community groups to workshop participants. They will also be

able to create a hard-working and flexible technical resource: cameras, editing

software, light/sound, etc. for the team and community partners, to create a

rich and interactive online programme that complements what’s happening ingallery,

but also offers potential for new stand-alone digital work. We will also

expand our offline and remote programming that will reach out to isolated

audiences and communities, and those not able to access the digital world.

Having tried out a new, popular and Covid-safe pop-up Garden Café

at Newlyn Art Gallery during the summer of 2020, and a new shipping

container exhibition space to show video work, the gallery aims to make

the garden a more usable space year-round, making the gallery more

visitor-friendly and freeing up gallery space for more art.

James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange said: “We

are thrilled with this investment. It’s a credit to the whole team here - trustees,

volunteers and staff, for their commitment to supporting our communities

during this most difficult of years. This award is truly transformational.”

The other organisations in Cornwall to receive a Weston Culture Grant

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MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO LISTEN

New Craftsman Gallery

opens its 2021 exhibition

schedule with a collection

of new work by sculptor

and painter Rebecca

Polyblank, which

celebrates the detail and

beauty of nature, and all the precious sights and

sounds that can delight our senses if we would only

take the time to notice them. Rebecca lives and

works in a remote setting on the edge of Bodmin

Moor, and her studio looks out across the ancient

landscape of Carne Down. Throughout the seasons

she is immersed in nature’s changing colours, the

flowering and fading of plant life, and the coming

and going of familiar birds, animals and insects. All

of nature and Rebecca’s encounters with Cornwall’s

wild creatures are brought together on paper

through her delicate use of line and a palette of

shimmering colour, and in her sculptures she brings

out the unique character of each carefully observed

hares, owls and moor pony. l

See Rebecca Polyblank, Music for Those Who

Listen from 6th to 27th March at New Craftsman

Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE.

www.newcraftsmanstives.com

CUSTOMS HOUSE GALLERY LOOKS

TO WELCOME SPRING IN STYLE

Every year the Customs

House Gallery are known

for their immersive

exhibitions and focus

shows that set the stage

for some of the region's

most revered artists. From

local artists showcasing

their take on the glorious south coast, to exhibitions

championing the latest in contemporary art and

craft from across the county, this integral member

of Porthleven’s art community is looking to return in

style this spring.

Kicking off in May, and with Covid-19 restrictions

depending, the likes of Phil Ward, Roger Curtin,

David Gray, Rebecca Jewell, Jack Davis, Simon

Jewell and Andrew Barrowman will be holding

solo exhibitions at the Customs House Gallery

until October.

It’ll be a chance for both artist and gallery to show

off their latest works, which have often sold out in

previous exhibitions, including 2020. However, for

those eager to get a glimpse of what’s available now,

the Customs House Gallery website is fully stocked

with work available to browse and buy online, with the

Own Art Scheme allowing for easy payment options.

To find out more details about the upcoming

season exhibitions, visit

www.cornwall-art.co.uk/customs-house-exhibitions

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The Customs House Gallery

Harbourside - Porthleven

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Martin Parr, New Brighton, England, from The Last Resort, 1983–85

VIP

A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE

SEASIDE: PHOTOGRAPHED

3RD APRIL* – 12TH JUNE 2021

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance

Seaside: Photographed is a major exhibition that looks at the relationship between photography

and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. Images of the beach, hotel life, the holiday

camp, dressing up and dressing down, wild waves and coastlines all combine to create a rich

picture of British resorts.

As well as featuring the work of respected photographers including Jane Bown, Henri Cartier

Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash, Martin Parr, and Ingrid Pollard, the

curators have included rich and often unknown work from across photography’s history, including

Raymond Lawson’s remarkable chronicle of family life in Whitstable.

This image is from The Last Resort, a series of 40 photographs taken in Brighton, in Wallasey on

the Wirral peninsula, Merseyside in the mid-1980s by Martin Parr. Parr is a British documentary

photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic

projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life. The

exhibition includes several works from The Last Resort series.

Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson, Seaside: Photographed is a touring exhibition

organised by Turner Contemporary. The exhibition was presented at Turner Contemporary

in summer 2019, touring to three other UK venues in 2020/21, each with their own unique

connection to the seaside.

Showing with support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Seaside: Photographed can be seen at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Penzance,

3 April* – 12 June 2021.

See newlynartgallery.co.uk for more details.

*At the time of going to press, the gallery was unable to confirm an opening date. Please see the

gallery’s website for up to-date information.

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CREATIVE & CULTURAL LIVING

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN OUR 2021

ART GUIDES PLEASE CONTACT MELANIE WINN

TEL: 01209 314147 • EMAIL: MELANIE@MYCORNWALL.TV

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If you would like to advertise

in our Art Directory please

contact Melanie Winn:

CREATIVE & CULTURAL LIVING

Tel: 01209 314147

Email: melanie@mycornwall.tv

COWHOUSE GALLERY

INSPIRE MAKERS

The gallery is run by a group of local artists and craftspeople and offers a

wide range of original arts and crafts at very affordable prices.

A stroll away is Perranuthnoe Cove with breathtaking coastal walks looking

towards St Michael’s Mount in one direction and to Prussia Cove the other.

Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe TR20 9NE

T: 01736 710538 • www.cowhousegallery.co.uk

Located towards the top of Falmouth High Street, Inspire Makers is a

creative space showcasing the talent of over 40 Cornish craftspeople.

There is a wide range of contemporary work from both well-known and

emerging makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, painting & prints,

stationery, and homewares. There is also a dedicated workshop space

which will offer classes to inspire people to take up making themselves. On

hold for the moment, we hope to start the programme later in the year.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am-5pm

Inspire Makers, 5 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AB • T: 01326 531176

E: create@inspiremakers.com • W: www.inspiremakers.com

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JACKSON FOUNDATION

Kurt Jackson –

Wheat: From Plough to Plate

From March 20th. For many years

the building that houses the

Jackson Foundation was part of

Warrens Bakery. It was here that

their lorries were serviced, repaired

and maintained.

In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson

traces the journey of a staple crop -

wheat - from ‘field to fork’ in media

spanning paint, sculpture, poetry

and film.

Please check website for

opening times.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB

www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com

MARTIN JOHN FOWLER

Martin John Fowler is a

professional working artist

based in South Yorkshire

with strong connections

to Cornwall. Displaying

in several local galleries,

Martin’s work looks to

capture Cornwall’s rugged

and wild coastal areas,

often en plein air when

possible, and as a result

has had his work exhibition

both nationally and

internationally in solo and

mixed exhibitions.

www.martinjohnfowler.com

SHARON MCSWINEY

Sharon creates a unique & distinctive range of metalwork & jewellery

inspired by the sea. Working in copper & brass she handcrafts decorative

wall pieces featuring seaweed & sea creatures. Local beach combing

providing endless inspiration for limpet & seaweed jewellery. Crafted in

St Ives into silver pieces which evoke Cornwall. Soft verdigris finishes &

colouration making each creation a one-off.

New online shop www.sharonmcswiney.co.uk

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THROUGH THE EYES OF...

Lizzie Black

A landscape artist based in west Cornwall, Lizzie Black’s methods focus deeply

on the practice of en plein air as she strives to capture the light, colour, tide and

time in some of Cornwall’s most captivating and scenic locations. Absorbing each

place in her own, unique style, Lizzie looks to project the experience and essence

of a place onto canvas.

Firstly, tell us about one of your chosen

locations to paint and why it inspires you...

Portloe on the Roseland Peninsula. I love

Portloe as a place and plein air location.

There is so much to paint and enjoy in this

pretty little harbour and village. Beyond

the cove there are some of the most

unspoilt and impressive stretches of the

Cornish coast path. It is always peaceful

and quiet even in the height of summer.

When painting your location, is there

anything that really catches your eye that

you enjoy focusing on?

From the village you quickly rise to

the surrounding steep paths that wrap

around the coziness of the cove giving

you a multitude of views and wonderful

options to paint from. The sea is a magical

turquoise colour that invites passers-by

in for a dip, occasionally myself. There

are also a few colourful fishing boats with

their buoys that catch the light like jewels

amongst dark shadows. The contrasts

between these details and the vastness of

the cliffs is a joy.

Describe the sounds, smells and feelings

you experience in your location...

It always feels lucky to be able to spend

the day in Portloe and I feel fortunate to

have the resources and time to spend my

days painting and visiting such beautiful

places. I have to pinch myself sometimes

that this is my work! I would happily paint

plein air everyday. It is a real passion for

me to paint directly from my subject. It

feels far away from everything, which is

very nice especially at the moment.

What colours do you like to use when

painting your location?

Portloe faces South and in the summer

it has the sun and light for most of the

day. Out of season the steep cliffs and

hills that surround Portloe envelope the

cove in deep shadows. It is therefore very

dramatic to paint with its deep tones and

contrasting light. I enjoy painting the

cool shadows and bright white-washed

cottages that rise out of the valley. I have a

quiet and earthy artist's palette but love to

add dashes of color that draw the eye in.

When painting/practicing ‘en plein air’,

what do you think about and what are

your processes when painting this way?

When I arrive in a painting location I have

to figure out where to go and obviously

am drawn to sheltered spots in the sun

or sometimes out of the sun and out of

the wind. I often struggle between this

and getting the best painting views and

personal comfort. I mostly opt for the best

view and endure the discomfort. Always

arrive prepared for any weather: woolly

hats, sunhats, sun cream, scarves, gloves,

raincoats, whatever I can carry. Once set

up I spend a little time soaking up the view

and choosing a frame.

When I paint plein air I am totally

absorbed in the activity. I concentrate

wholly on looking, observing, making

colours and describing shape and form

with brushstrokes. I sometimes review how

things are progressing and ask myself.

What do I want to achieve? What do I want

to say? I wait for a magic moment with

the light half way through the work and

attempt to capture that in my final piece.

This might be when a boat appears on

the horizon or when the sun has created

a pattern of shadows that is particularly

interesting or when the sea has risen to a

certain level.

What challenges do you face when

conveying your location onto canvas?

I sometimes have a plan of what I will paint

and where I will go. However it is always

surprising how I don’t always follow this

up. This is one of the delights of plein air

painting. It is full of unexpected surprises

and sometimes misfortunes. You have to

be prepared to fail and from the errors you

grow and learn.

In my home of Mousehole I am familiar

with the layout of the village, the weather,

the light and the cycle of life. By revisiting

Portloe, I have a growing awareness of the

rhythms of the days and seasons in a similar

manner. Portloe is unique and beautiful.

Finally, what do you love most

about your location?

The best thing about Portloe is that it

never fails to charm you. It also has a

very nice restaurant and after picking up

a croissant from Da Bara Bakery you can

break off mid morning and enjoy a nice

coffee from The Lugger on the bench at

the top of the slipway. Fuel for creativity! l

You can discover more of Lizzie Black’s

work in the charming space of The New

Gallery at Portscatho and online at

www.thenewgalleryportscatho.co.uk

The New Gallery

Portscatho, Cornwall, TR2 5HW

T: 01872 580719

Email: chrisinsoll@gmail.com

Opening times

Thursday to Saturday,

10am – 12.30pm, 2 – 5pm

The gallery is also open by appointment

which you can call or email to arrange.

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ART FOCUS

Kurt Jackson

Wheat: From Plough to Plate

The Jackson Foundation Gallery’s spring exhibition will see renowned landscape

artist Kurt Jackson capture the journey of our food in a stunning take on the

agricultural world in Wheat: From Plough to Plate.

In an ever-evolving quest to capture

mankind’s connection to the natural world,

Jackson has often depicted our associations

with various elements of the environment

through his work. Wheat: From Plough to

Plate, describes the transitions shown from

the humble beginnings of a summer crop

and wide expanses of rich fields to the

bread and jam of a morning and the daily

offers of a bakery. Kurt offers a captivating

take on the harmonising of the agricultural

and the natural.

For many years, the Jackson Foundation

Gallery was a building that made up part

of the Warrens Bakery, where lorries and

other vehicles were serviced, repaired and

maintained. Other areas offered storage

for cake mix and other baking elements,

which were ferried up the road to the bakery.

Taking inspiration from the building’s history,

Kurt looked to explore and investigate the

immense work that goes into creating the

average loaf of bread and began to notice

on his travels the many fields dedicated to

wheat crops. Captivated by the colours and

processes behind the industry, Kurt was

soon taking to the land. An artist unafraid

to immerse himself in his subject matter,

Jackson can often be found in unforgiving

and rugged landscapes to achieve the

perfect angle and his willingness to submit

himself to the laws of nature are reflected

heavily in his works, both poetically,

sculpturally and artistically.

As a result, Wheat is somewhat of

an ode to the world of agriculture, a

sonnet illustrating the journey of our

food, bringing together original artwork,

sculpture and poetry all from the creative

hands of Kurt Jackson.

Throughout this exhibition, The Upstairs

Gallery area of The Jackson Foundation

will be featuring an exhibition from

renowned explorer and photographer

Robin Hanbury-Tension, President and Co-

Founder of Survival International, a human

rights organisation formed in 1969 that

campaigns for the rights of indigenous,

tribal and uncontacted peoples. l

Discover more about the exhibition,

dates and opening times at

www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com

All images © Kurt Jackson

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MAKER'S FOCUS

The Celebration Goes On:

Cornwall Crafts Association Commemorates

125 Years Of The National Trust

Last year, the Cornwall Crafts Association was invited by The National Trust at

Trelissick to take part in their celebrations to honour 125 years of The National Trust.

This major exhibition, featuring 40 pieces of

spectacular work from the CCA’s members,

took place in Trelissick House. The exhibition

launched in March 2020, but soon after

lockdown and national restrictions, the show

has since only been seen by a small number

of people as Trelissick House remained

closed for the season.

Now, it has been announced that

once restrictions are eased on this latest

lockdown, the CCA’s ‘Celebrating 125

Years of The National Trust’ will be

relocated into the upstairs gallery of

Trelissick, offering a fantastic opportunity

for future visitors and members alike, as

the exquisite works created finally get

to be appreciated in full. The exhibition

features uniquely personal art from the

members of the association as they

explore the significance of the special and

historic places the National Trust cares

for. The resulting exhibition is a broad,

beautiful array of various mediums, from

jewellery, prints and sculptural pieces to

textiles, ceramics and metalwork.

In the meantime, the talented members of

the Cornwall Crafts Association are available

on the CCA website, where visitors can

browse works and discover more about each

member on their own page. l

Trlissick Gallery, Trelissick,

Feock, Cornwall, TR3 6QL

T: 01872 864514

www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk

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ARTIST PROFILE

GEMMA LESSINGER

If there is one artist who is inspired by the ocean, it’s Gemma Lessinger. Having

rediscovered her passion for painting during 2020, Gemma’s love for the

everchanging shoreline has now seen her take on a new role as one of Cornwall’s

fastest emerging artists.

In what has been a time full of uncertainty

and gloom, Gemma’s bright, textured

and bold works inspired by the Cornish

seas have been a welcomed sight. Ten

years ago, Gemma moved to Newquay

with her husband and whilst immediately

mesmerised by the surrounding ocean,

it wasn’t until last year during the first

lockdown of the pandemic that she found

herself returning to her love of painting.

“I studied Art & Design at college in

Berkshire,” Gemma explains, “and then

decided to focus on Fashion Design

for my degree... Somewhere along the

way of building a career in buying and

production, I forgot that I could paint.”

In Gemma’s own words, the busyness

of life took over and it wasn’t until being

forced into lockdown that Gemma found

herself with time on her hands. With the

urge to bring her love of the sea into

her home, she began to paint, “Once

I started, I remembered how much I

loved to do it and couldn’t stop,” says

Gemma, “I began painting wave crests,

remembering the crashing waves on my

nearby shorelines. Then I decided to

change my perspective and painted an

aerial view of the shoreline. I love the

bird's eye view of shorelines and decided

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I wanted to focus on that. Whilst working

on each painting I realised I loved texture,

and began building it with thick layers of

acrylic, then adding sea salt and sand to

the paint to get really deep textures.

“I think about the type of wave that

breaks in a particular place too,” she

adds, “whether it’s an infamous surf spot

or a calmer, flatter location.”

Capturing the rugged nature of

Cornwall’s cliff edges juxtaposed with

clean stretches of sand and dunes are

a big element in Gemma’s work where

her texture building processes require

a balance of delicacy and fluidity.

Photographs and images taken by

Gemma with her drone allow her to gain

aerial reference for her pieces. Full of

depth, texture and movement, Gemma’s

paintings are a statement of brilliant

blues, frothy whites and sweeping sands

that bring the life of the sea straight to

the canvas. l

To discover more about Gemma and her

work visit www.gemmalessinger.com

A @gemmalessingerart

A NEW ART

COLLECTIVE

CHAMPIONING

THE CORNISH SEA

Recently, Gemma has taken her love for

Cornwall’s artistic communities to a new

level, having launched a new, femalelead

art collective that brings together

fellow creatives and lovers of the

ocean. Hyli Creatives are a small group

of ocean-inspired artists and makers

and with Hyli being the Cornish word

for ‘saltwater’ the group have one goal

– to celebrate the magnificent aquatic

world that surrounds Cornwall each in

their own distinctive style.

“We all have our own businesses and

unique styles, but we want to help

one another and inspire other women

to discover their creativity,” Gemma

explains. “We are planning lots of group

projects and events, ways that we can

share and highlight our individual styles

but also combine them to create some

really unique work.”

Meet the members and find out about

their upcoming events via Instagram

@hylicreatives


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MEET THE MAKER

Born during 2020’s lockdown with the goal to provide support and community to

Cornwall’s crafters, from their previous role as Etsy ambassadors and event organisers,

Makers Cornwall is a new, independent group that has big plans for the future.

Many will have seen, and even purchased,

the high-quality creations from many of

the Makers Cornwall members before,

normally at their sparkly, festive modern

Christmas fairs. For several years, the Etsy

Made Local Cornwall Christmas Fair was

a highlight event of the festive season

and in the winter of 2019, the group saw

their biggest turnout ever at their new

venue on Penryn Campus, with over

5,000 visitors gracing the hall to browse

the stalls. A bursary from Etsy enabled

the events to take place over the course

of a weekend and come 2020, exciting

plans were in place for bigger, bolder

events, but with lockdown and Covid-19

changing the future of events, the group

knew that they would need to adapt to

the ‘new normal’.

Over the course of the lockdowns, the

group have been supporting each other

and collaborating through their makers

group on Facebook. Navigating together

through technological and logistical

challenges, creative ideas and advice

was soon flowing to help one another

in keeping their businesses going, as

well as offering a safe, supportive place

to keep spirits going and offer isolated,

struggling makers and artists ways to

maintain a positive mental attitude. Soon,

weekend craft fairs were streaming online

and makers were setting up stalls in their

kitchens, studios and bedrooms to show

to virtual audiences.

Sarah Drew, one of the Makers

Cornwall organisers, started the craft fairs

in her garden during the first lockdown

and was blown away by how popular and

effective they were, “I think people were

really bored, stuck in at home and missing

social, creative events. The benefit of

doing the Facebook lives, were that they

were interactive, people could ask you

questions immediately, ask to see things

closer, or just chat and be daft.”

Sarah asked if other makers and artists

wanted to join her to do group shows and

soon found they worked really well for

other people too, some selling thousands

of pounds worth of handmade items.

Alison Bick, illustrator and Makers

Cornwall organiser, points out another

benefit of doing the online live shows,

“Our customers get a chance to get

to know us better, and we get to know

them too. I think the live shows mean

people realise we’re real people, making

these things we sell by hand. After the

shows, the interactions I’ve had with my

customers have been so much more

friendly, and relaxed, it’s so lovely.”

Entering into a new year, and another

lockdown, the group spent February

taking part in an Instagram challenge

organised by Sally Atkins from The

Sunny Cupboard, “We’re so amazed

and pleased at how popular it’s been,”

Sally explains, “with hundreds of people

joining in from all over the UK including

the Scottish Highlands, and as far away as

Iceland and the US. I think it’s definitely

tapped into a desire for makers and

artists to connect with people, appreciate

where they live and use positivity to keep

going and help each other.”

With time on their hands to reflect how

they wanted their group to evolve, Alison

and Sarah made the decision to drop the

Etsy umbrella from their group, officially

becoming Makers Cornwall, where all

makers and artists in Cornwall can apply

for their shows, irrespective of where

they sell their wares. Opening up their

platform, a new website has now been

set up to work as a permanent director of

local makers, which in time will one day

support events once they are allowed to

take place in the real world again. Aiming

for it to be the go-to site to find quality,

contemporary craft and design products

made in Cornwall, that will share the

creative on-goings to a bigger audience,

Sarah hopes to encourage further

collaborations and community efforts

across the county, “We always want our

events to give back to the community”

she describes, “so with the lockdown

online craft fairs each maker has donated

a third of their ‘stall’ fee to help homeless

and vulnerable people in Cornwall via

Daisy Duke’s CIC in St Austell.” l

To discover more, visit

www.makerscornwall.co.uk

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The Sunny Cupboard

www.thesunnycupboard.co.uk

Jane Marks

Mrs Marvellous

www.mrsmarvellous.co.uk

Laura Drayson

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/

LauraDraysonSilver

The Sage Hen

thesagehen.co.uk

Spellbound by the Sea

Spellboundbythesea.Etsy.com

Esme Burton Jewellery at Circa 21

www.circa21.co.uk/jewellery

Sable Cloud Jewellery

www.sablecloudjewellery.co.uk

Julia Crimmen Ceramics

www.juliacrimmenceramics.co.uk

Kernowspa

www.kernowspa.co.uk

Natalie Toms - Wildlife Artist

www.natalietoms.com

Melody Ryder Designs

www.melodyryder.com

Alison Bick Designs

www.alisonbick.co.uk

Erranim

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Erranim

Lowenna Designs

www.lowennadesigns.com

Emporium of Illumination

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/

EmporiumIllumination

MJHS contemporary

mjhscontemporary.wixsite.com/mjhs

Amy Cooper Ceramics

www.amycooperceramics.co.uk

Rosie Marks Jewellery Maker

Windsweptgirlie

www.windsweptgirlie.co.uk

Sarah Drew Jewellery

www.sarahdrew.com

Rachel Stowe

www.rachelstowe.com

Rebecca Spikings

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RebeccaSpikings

Roberta Hopkins

www.robertahopkinsjewellery.co.uk/

Lucy & Ben Silver Sapling

www.silversapling.co.uk/

Pam Nature of Paper

www.thenatureofpaper.com

Dark Star Designs

www.darkstardesigns.co.uk

Gullz r Loud

www.gullzrloud.co.uk

Lucy Joines Ceramics

linktr.ee/lucyjoinesceramics

Belinda Latimer

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BelindaLatimerArt

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GALLERY OF THE MONTH

cornwall contemporary

Since 2006, Cornwall Contemporary has held a prominent place in Penzance’s artistic

community, and whilst it may be welcoming its 15th year in unusual circumstances, this

renowned gallery is still providing leading, contemporary art worldwide from its West

Cornwall hub.

Residing at the top of Penzance town’s

iconic Chapel Street, well-established

gallery Cornwall Contemporary has

been leading the way for the town’s

artistic development since its opening

15 years ago. Opened by Sarah Brittain-

Mansbridge, Cornwall Contemporary

has long been bringing the paintings

and sculptural work of Cornish artists to

audiences from global locations.

“2020 was indeed a very strange and

unprecedented year,” explains Gallery

Director, Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge,

“but we have been delighted to still

be in regular touch with our artists

and customers and have actually been

fortunate to sell and ship out many

paintings in this time. I’ve sent work out

to Singapore, USA, Germany, and in fact

I have just finished wrapping a painting

that is due to be sent to Australia. Our

paintings have certainly done more

travelling than we have this past year!”

A large, spacious gallery comprising of

three floors, a typical year sees the gallery

holding a wide variety of exhibitions,

focus shows and capsule collections. It’s a

space that often captures the attention of

visitors alone, with gorgeous views from

the top floor window and plenty of space

for tranquil viewing.

“When I was looking for a gallery space

to buy all those years ago, I didn’t want

a white box,” says Sarah, “I wanted

something with character and people

always respond really well to it.”

Despite the challenges over the last

year, the gallery has still been striving

to offer unique, captivating art whilst

helping the wider community. In place

of busy preview nights and bustling

days with eager art explorers, collectors

and enthusiasts gracing Cornwall

Contemporary’s walls, Sarah instead

welcomed thousands of visitors online

for a host of specially curated exhibitions,

“Working from home was certainly a

different experience, but I really wanted

to continue to support all my artists and

of course, like everybody in the country, I

felt a huge amount of gratitude towards

the NHS and all our key workers, so

I decided to stage an online charity

exhibition, where a percentage of sales

were donated to NHS charities.

“I was completely blown away by the

amount of encouragement from our

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customers who wanted to support our artists

and the NHS. In the end we raised over

£4000 for the charity which was wonderful.”

The gallery’s reputation over the last

fifteen years has grown into one that

champions some of Cornwall’s leading

contemporary artists on a national level,

with a broad variety of mediums ranging

from landscape and still life to abstract and

portraiture. In 2019, Sarah was selected as

a trade ambassador by the Department for

Trade, which saw Cornwall Contemporary

reach international recognition amongst

the creative industry, “We are proud

to have become known for showing

exciting, quality, unique works of art,”

describes Sarah. “The gallery has built its

reputation on representing nationally and

internationally known artists mainly based

in Cornwall, but I do also show work by

artists from further afield.

“Kristin Vestgard, who has a solo

exhibition of her exquisite portraits with

us this year, actually lives in Norway, but

studied at Falmouth College of Art.”

The first solo exhibition of Cornwall

Contemporary’s 2021 season is ‘Water’,

featuring the works of Neil Pinkett, set to

open from the end of March.

“Neil has produced some stunning

paintings of the sea, rivers and canals

around Cornwall, painted from clifftops,

beaches and also his boat,” she explains.

“We are excited and hopeful that we will

be able to open our doors to the public

again for that exhibition, and we can’t

wait to see everyone and to share these

very special paintings. After that opening

show, we have a number of mixed shows

lined up for 2021, with exciting solo

exhibitions from Kristin, Alasdair Lindsay,

David Mankin and Paul Lewin.”

Sarah prides herself on her close

relationships with her artists, many of

whom have been members of Cornwall

Contemporary since the very beginning

and have transformed from exciting

emerging artists into well-established

figures that customers retain a key interest

in long after their paintings have reached

forever homes. There’s also a rich selection

of high-quality makers present too, with

ceramicists, sculptors and jewellers also

displaying their work throughout the year.

This year, Sarah has also introduced a few

new elements for the gallery, “This year, in

addition to featuring our painters on our

website and filming more 3D virtual tours

of the exhibitions, we are busy behind

the scenes working on adding a special

section to our website which showcases

work by our makers, so watch this space.”

It was Penzance’s community that drew

Sarah to open a gallery there, and since

then Cornwall Contemporary has been

an integral member of the town’s creative

infrastructure. Today, Sarah is still delighted

to call Penzance home, “I chose to open a

gallery in Penzance all those years ago as

I wanted to be in a thriving town with an

all-year-round population, rather than have

a huge influx of tourist visitors in summer,

and then quieter winter months. Penzance

hasn’t disappointed and I especially love

being near Chapel Street, which has

a wonderful and eclectic selection of

independent lifestyle shops, and of course

there’s the wonderful Jubilee Pool.”

With a hopeful outlook on the year

ahead, Cornwall Contemporary is looking

to bring just as much culture and artistic

creation to the community as always

and led by a dedicated team, will be

honouring its 15th year in style, “I am

hugely grateful and thankful to do the

job that I do,” describes Sarah, “I love

working with artists who are my friends

and I have a fantastic gallery team behind

me in Maggie, Jess and Emma.” l

To find out more about the gallery,

including virtual tours, exhibitions and

more, visit www.cornwallcontemporary.com

Cornwall Contemporary

1 Parade Street, Penzance, TR18 4BU

T: 01736 874749

Opening Times (Please check in

advance due to national lockdowns and

restrictions): Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

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64 BITES

66 DISH OF THE MONTH

68 MEET THE CHEF

71 MEET THE CORNISH ITALIAN

76 PLACES TO EAT

80 WEEKEND AWAY

82 EXPERIENCE

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North Coast Brewery Raises Money for Ocean Clean Up

North Coast based brewery Driftwood

Spars is thinking eco-consciously after a

new initiative to support those keep our

oceans clean.

The St Agnes brewery is now donating a

percentage off profits from its Cove range

of craft beers to Fathoms Free, a certified

charity which is actively removing plastic

and ghost fishing gear from the ocean

around the Cornish peninsular. Each

purchase of the small-batch, crafted

beers, of which there are four to choose

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from, funds will be generated toward

Fathoms Free, with hopes of raising

enough money to acquiure a remotely

operated vehicle which will be able to

scour sea beds, harbours and remote

parts of the coastline to recover ghost

fishing gear, abandoned nets, pots,

angling equipment and other plastics

which are causing countless damages to

the marine environment and its sea life.

The funds will also go towards retrieval

dives to recover yet more plastic debris.

Head brewer Mike Mason approached

the charity personally after their work

was featured on the BBC 2 documentary

‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’. The

microbrewery’s Cove range was inspired

by Cornwall’s wild and rugged landscapes

and will now have a positive impact

in contributing to the ocean clean-up

efforts taking place around the county. l

You can purchase the Cove range online

at

www.driftwoodsparsbrewery.com

as well as independent bottle shops in

Cornwall.

Cornish Roast Delivered to Your Door

Acclaimed Falmouth eatery, Star &

Garter, have made their decadent take

on a Sunday Roast available for delivery

countrywide.

Featuring the finest Cornish produce, the

Star & Garter Roast Box boasts Phillip

Warren’s 30-day aged moorland beef

sirloin, roasted seasonal vegetables, the

ultimate cauliflower cheese plus extra

special horseradish and thyme Yorkshire

puddings. Finished off with a scrumptious

dessert of dark chocolate mousse

cheese with smoked almond praline, this

innovative gastro pub is taking lockdown

Sundays to a delicious new level.

At £45, the box feeds two generously and

includes a simple flow chart to ensure

that every element is timed to perfection.

Locals in Falmouth, Penryn and St Agnes

will get their boxes delivered to their

doors and preparation time is just 30

minutes. Nationwide deliveries take place

by courier and orders must be placed

by 3pm on Wednesdays ahead of the

approaching week. Extras can be added

to boxes, including a selection of Verdant

beers, hand mixed cocktails and a curated

collection of wines. l

Order yours at www.starandgarterfalmouth.

co.uk/athomeshop and keep up to date

with future product releases via social media

@starandgartercornwall

Water Bottle ReFill Stations

to Be Set Up

A community project has received funding

from Cornwall Council that will see water

bottle refill stations installed across Cornwall.

Our Only World is set to receive £67,500 to

manufacture and install water bottle refill stations

at 15 locations throughout the county, including

Saltash, Looe, Fowey and Par. The stations will

help to reduce single-use plastics. l

A New Look for Cornish

Plant-Based Ice Cream

Coconuts Organic, the Cornish based ice

cream makers, have announced a total rebrand

and name change to Cecily’s ahead of a major

new product development drive for the spring

and summer season this year.

A plant-based ice cream company, the rebrand

looks to champion their Cornish heritage and

put founding member Cecily into the forefront

of the brand’s identity. Renowned for its

creamy texture and knock-out flavours, Cecily’s

have sold 250,000 scoops worth in the last year

and boast an impressive seven Great Taste

Awards. The ice cream achieved TV fame when

it was praised on Dragons' Den by Peter Jones

as being one of the best free-from ice creams

he’d ever tasted.

“It was always really important for me to

make an ice cream that was just as close to

traditional, home-made dairy ice cream as it

could be, but with plant-based ingredients.

Cecily’s is a totally natural ice cream made in

small batches, with ingredients you can buy in

your local health food shop,” explained Cecily.

“We love living here in Cornwall, and very

much see it as the spiritual home of ice cream.

We’re proud to be taking Cornish ice cream

into the 21st Century by using sustainable,

plant-based ingredients combined with the

expertise of generations of Cornish ice cream

makers to produce the creamiest non-dairy ice

cream around.”

Coconuts Organic was founded in 2015 by

Cecily Mills, a BBC Dragons' Den winner and

former senior manager for M&S. Adopting

a plant-based diet herself, Cecily set out on

a mission to replicate the luxurious taste of

dairy ice cream, but in a natural, vegan-friendly

version. Following a move back to her native

Cornwall, and alongside having two daughters,

Cecily set about making her passion for ice

cream her full-time career.

Cecily’s is available in a range of different

flavours such as Mint Choc, Chocolate Orange

Swirl, Double Caramel, Creamy Coconut,

Pure Chocolate, Pure Caramel, and Rum ’n

Raisin. 2021 is set to be a landmark year for

the business as Cecily’s are primed to release

a variety of delicious new flavours that will

take the plant-based ice cream landscape into

exciting new territories.

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Argal Farm Shop

Trudgian Farm Shop

Love Local

Argal Farm Shop is family-run and

located just outside of Falmouth

near Argal Reservoir. We offer all the

essentials, as well as those Cornish

treats that you can’t resist to add

to your basket. Providing fresh and

as local produce as possible is our

mission. We love supporting and

showcasing all the wonderful Cornish

suppliers. Contact us for daily/weekly

orders for particular items or to have a

box put together for you to collect the

next day. Or just pop in - we are open

7 days a week.

Argal Farm Shop, Argal,

Falmouth TR11 5PE

T: 01326 372737

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Trudgian Farm Shop located in the

heart of Probus is a family run business

that prides itself on producing and

supplying excellent quality local food.

They sell their own reared lamb, beef

and pork and chickens and bacon are

sourced from local producers. There is

a wide variety of Westcountry cheeses

and home grown vegetables when

available. The shop is open Tuesday

to Friday 9am to 5pm and on Saturday

9am to 4pm.

Un-Rap

For more information contact Sarah:

Trudgian Farm Shop, 1

Church Terrace, Probus, Truro TR2 4JN

T: 01726 883946

E: trudgianfarm@aol.com

www.trudgianfarm.co.uk

Falmouth’s zero waste shop is open

during lockdown, offering refills of

your own containers to reduce plastic

and waste. They are refilling for you, to

ensure social distancing and minimising

high touch points. They offer refills of all

dried foods, oils, cleaning products and

they hold a wide range of eco-friendly

household and lifestyle goods. They can

also deliver to your door free of charge

in the surrounding town and villages, or

you can request a click & collect package

to be collected from the shop. Simply

download the Order Form from their

website and email them an order.

Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday 9.30-5.00

1 Webber Hill, Falmouth,

Cornwall, TR11 2TE

T: 07847 355 580

E: info@un-rap.co.uk

www.un-rap.co.uk

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In this issue's Dish of the Month we feature a very special

Paul Ainsworth x Rodda’s collaboration, where pancakes

take on a whole new dimension in Paul’s Layered Rodda’s

Clotted Cream and Banoffee Pan-Cake. Sheets of pancakes

separated with fresh Rodda’s Clotted Cream and gooey

caramelised bananas, drizzled with decadent butterscotch

sauce, crunchy pecans and finished off with a topping of

chocolate sauce. The perfect treat for an Afternoon Tea, or

simply because you want to... here’s how to make it!

TO MAKE THE PANCAKES

(AMERICAN-STYLE):

• 400g plain flour

• 2 large eggs

• 4 tbsp caster sugar

• 350 ml milk

• 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• 2 tsp cream of tartar

• 2 tbsp salted butter, melted, plus

extra for frying

Method:

1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl

and make a well in the centre.

Whisk together the eggs, sugar

and half the milk until smooth then

pour into the flour and whisk to a

smooth paste. Gradually whisk in

the remaining milk until smooth

2. Whisk in the bicarbonate of soda

and cream of tartar then fold in the 2

tbsp of melted butter

3. Heat a little butter in a frying

pan over a medium heat and add

enough batter to cover the base of

the pan. When the bubbles start to

appear on the surface of the batter,

flip the pancake and cook for a

further minute until golden

4. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat

the process using all the batter.

Leave the pancakes to cool to room

temperature

TO MAKE THE

CARAMELISED BANANAS:

• 5 large bananas

• 200g caster sugar

• 100g unsalted butter

• 50 ml dark rum

Method

1. In a large pan add your sugar and

start to melt over a medium heat

until the sugar starts to turn a dark

golden colour

2. Turn the heat very low and add

the butter and stir to incorporate,

making sure you are very careful as

the sugar is extremely hot!

3. Add the rum and mix well

increasing the heat, to make a

butterscotch caramel

4. Remove the skins from the

bananas and add them to the

butterscotch caramel and turn

them so they are coated all over.

Remove the pan from the heat and

leave to cool until they are at room

temperature

TO MAKE THE

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

• 120g caster sugar

• 120g water

• 50g cocoa powder

• 125g double cream

• 1 pinch Cornish sea salt

Method

1. Bring the water and sugar to the

boil in a small saucepan then add

the cream and cocoa powder and

whisk well

2. Over a medium heat cook the

sauce for two minutes whisking

occasionally. Remove from the heat

and add the salt

3. Leave to cool to room temperature

TO MAKE YOUR

LAYERED PAN-CAKE:

1. Remove the bananas from the

butterscotch and slice evenly

2. Spread an even layer of Rodda’s

Clotted Cream on each pancake on

one side, leaving one pancake plain

for the top of the cake

3. Place the banana slices onto the

clotted cream and drizzle over the

butterscotch sauce

4. Sprinkle each pancake with

chopped pecan nuts and popping

candy

5. Now build the cake by stacking

each finished pancake on top of

each other, you can go as high as

you like! Make sure you use the plain

pancake last, so you have a flat top

6. Finish the cake by pouring the

chocolate sauce over the top

and serve as a centrepiece to an

afternoon tea party. To serve, cut a

slice and enjoy!

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MEET THE CHEF

Emily Scott

WWW.EMILYSCOTTFOOD.COM

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Rising star chef Emily

Scott has been putting

her mark on Cornwall’s

culinary culture. With her

new, debut cookbook set

for release in May and a

new restaurant on the very

near horizon, discover the

simple pleasures, executed

to perfection, from this

seasonally inspired chef.

Hi Emily, thanks for being our Meet the

Chef! Please tell us a little bit about

yourself and what you’ve been up to

I am passionate about food and it is in

my kitchen where I feel most at home. I

love nothing more than delighting others

through food, bringing friends and family

together around the table.

Tell us about your food, what are you

passionate about when it comes to

different cuisines?

I am often asked how I cook; I like to use

a few ingredients and let them shine. Less

really is more on my plate. Life has not been

easy during this uncertain times, and I hope

everyone is kinder and more appreciative.

Perhaps a slower, gentler way of living has

enabled us all to become more connected

in real life together. Enjoying our days in

a whole new way. I love each season as

it unfolds. A time for so many wonderful

ingredients to fill our kitchen with and

be inspired to cook. Enjoy the ordinary.

Celebrate the day with a cup of tea and

a piece of cake, hot buttered crumpets,

strawberries in June, picking blackberries

in Autumn, all the simple pleasures of life.

How would you describe your own food

and how has this style developed?

I think cooking for people is one of the most

loving of all human skills. My cooking has

changed over the years and is now a true

reflection of myself and how I think and feel.

What I love about cooking is how creative it

is and how much joy it brings to others.

My debut cookbook

is being published

by Hardie Grant

on 27th May which

is totally exciting,

and definitely

a highlight of

my career.

What rules do you live by in

your kitchen?

I cook with the ebb and the flow of the

seasons going naturally with what nature

has to offer at its best. I know where I

am then, there is something grounding

and reassuring about each changing

season. I could not tell you which season

is my favourite but the promise of each

one brings its own excitement, evokes

different memories and brings different

produce into my kitchen.

Tell us about some of the highlights

of your cooking career

I have been recognised by Michelin. I was

listed in Code Hospitality top 100 women

which was very humbling and also listed in

the Top 50 gastropub. Appearing on the

Great British Menu has been exhilarating.

My debut cookbook is being published

by Hardie Grant on 27th May which is

totally exciting, and definitely a highlight

of my career.

What ingredients couldn’t

you live without

Herbs inspire me and are essential to cook

with, I love their scent, fragrance, colour,

diversity and natural beauty, also an

essential good olive oil, lemons, Cornish

sea salt and parmesan.

Finally, what is your

guilty food pleasure?

Hot buttered toast with peanut butter and

a mug of tea. l

I am opening my new restaurant Emily

Scott Food at Watergate Bay this Spring

and I can be found at St Tudy Inn, my

inland restaurant with rooms.

For news, recipes and more head to

www.emilyscottfood.com

Photography by Beth Druce

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We Look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN OUR

2021 FOOD GUIDE PLEASE CONTACT JENI SMITH

TEL: 01209 314147 • EMAIL: JENI.MYCORNWALL@GMAIL.COM

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Meet Ugo Massabo, a 29-year-old Italian cook

who has been bringing authentic Italian flavours

and dishes into the homes of Cornwall since 2018.

From his signature family recipe and award-winning

take on tiramisu to his latest delivery of freshly

cooked Italian dishes across the county, we find out

all you need to know about The Cornish Italian.

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TiramisUGO also comes

in Vegan, Chocolate and

Cornish Rum flavours,

something Ugo is close

guarded about when it comes

to the secret recipes involved.

Ugo’s career was not always

intertwined with food, in fact

before Ugo discovered his

passion for cooking, he was

heavily involved in the theatrical arts. Born

and raised in Garbagnate Milanese, just

north of Milan, Ugo and his family moved

to Imperia when he was 10, a coastal city

in the Liguria region and the birthplace

of his father. A classic guitar player, Ugo

spent his adolescence attending concerts

and recitals, meeting musicians, artists

and creative performers. Then, in June

2005, Ugo’s father passed away and to

commemorate him, Ugo organised and

held a sell-out music show in his honour.

From there Ugo’s career in theatre began,

and with the support of his family, he

produced five successful shows including

performances at Teatro Nuovo of Milan

and Teatro Stabile of Brescia. In 2014, after

obtaining a Bachelor of the Arts degree

in Marketing and Management for the

Performing Arts, Ugo moved to the UK

from his native Italy, settling originally in

London and working for the likes of The

Courtyard Theatre, the Royal Opera House

and the Phoenix Dance Theatre. His final

role in theatre came in 2016, which saw

Ugo move to Cornwall as assistant to the

Director of Hall for Cornwall.

However, when the Hall for Cornwall

closed for major refurbishment in 2018,

Ugo found himself made redundant.

During that time, he’d met his now wife,

Laura, and the prospect of continuing to

follow his career in theatre would mean

either returning to London or moving out

of Cornwall. With a potentially new and

uncertain future ahead of him, Ugo found

himself looking to his heritage and family

traditions. Leaving behind the theatre

world for good, Ugo began handmaking

authentic tiramisu, using a mixture of local

Cornish and authentic Italian ingredients,

crafted into glass jars. A family recipe

created by Ugo’s father, the dessert had

long been a part of his personal history

and culinary world, “I needed stability

after losing my job and found myself going

back to my origins,” Ugo explains, “to

the tiramisu I used to make with my dad

before going skiing...We used to make it

with my dad as a regenerator after a long

day on the slopes or to enjoy after a long

walk. So, TiramisUGO was born, a small

family business, which makes the very best

tiramisu using the best ingredients from

Italy and Cornwall, the rest is history...”

An award-winning product, TiramisUGO

scooped up a Gold Taste of the West in

last year’s 2020 awards, as well as a One

Star Great Taste award. As passionate

about nature and staying eco-conscious

as he is about creating a delicious

product, Ugo champions fresh, local

produce, from the St Ewe eggs to the

Italian mascarpone cheese. As well as the

classic signature flavour, TiramisUGO also

comes in Vegan, Chocolate and Cornish

Rum flavours, something Ugo is close

guarded about when it comes to the

secret recipes involved.

“Our Vegan Tiramisu is made with six

ingredients like our original, plus a hint of

Cornish rum from Rosemullion Distillery.

No coconut milk, no cashew nuts, no air

miles, the secret stays with us I’m afraid!”

With a gluten free range too, it’s no surprise

that this classic dessert swiftly found itself

a new fan base in the home of Cornwall

and beyond. So much so, that in 2018

TiramisUGO was selected to be an official

judge for the Tiramisu World Cup in

Treviso of that year, a nod to its impressive

reputation as a genuine Italian pudding.

“Since starting, TiramisUGO was growing

steadily,” says Ugo, “we were selling

directly to farm shops, delis, cafés, theatres

and garden centres. Then, Covid-19 hit and

all our events of the year were cancelled,

whilst lockdown restrictions forced our

usual outlets to close. That’s when family

values saved us once again as I decided to

offer customers the opportunity to order

genuine, Italian ready meals, delivered

directly to their door at no extra cost. I

called on my heritage and my love for

cooking to develop The Cornish Italian

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I am now on a mission:

to create a real Italian

brand like it was made for

the Italian market, but in

Cornwall. A business born in

Italy. Made in Cornwall.

Meal Deal’, high-end Italian deli boxes to

go which include breadsticks, delicious

homemade pasta dishes and of course,

our iconic tiramisu to finish it off.”

Delivering across Cornwall on set days

from their base in Truro, The Cornish

Italian offers a menu of sumptuous,

mouth-watering pasta dishes, from the

classic pasta al pesto to filled ravioli’s

and saucy gnocchi. Gluten free and

vegan options are available and it’s all

made fresh by Ugo and his small team

in their kitchen. From the unpredictable

challenge of Covid-19, The Cornish

Italian was a welcomed adaptation, a

takeaway for lovers of Italian cooking at

its most authentic, using Cornish produce

we know and love. Locally reared beef

from Etheringtons meets with Italian

basil and tomatoes from Italy for Ugo’s

flavourful Bolognese, “I love simple

recipes, gnocchi with a fresh tomato

sauce and extra virgin olive oil and reshly

made tagliatelle al ragu alla Bolognese

are among my favourite dishes. My mum

likes to think her Bolognese is the best.

It actually is, but don’t tell her that! For

me, my four cheese sauce is the best of

the best, we love experimenting with

fresh pasta recipes and combinations,

but also we are huge fans of high-end

patisserie recipes which we have started

to introduce with our TiramisUGO and

Rosemullion Cornish Rum.

DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Meal Deals from £10 Including Delivery

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Truro, Newquay, Padstow,

Wadebridge, and Bodmin

Wednesday – Truro, Penzance, Hayle,

St Ives and Helston

Thursday – Redruth, Camborne

and Hayle

Friday – Truro St Austell, Lostwithiel

and Tregony

Saturday – Truro, Tregony

and Falmouth

Sunday – Closed

“Italian food needs to be simple but full of

flavour. We’re very lucky that in Cornwall

there is a combination of outstanding

ingredients and amazing people

passionate about their food that allows us

to ensure quality at all times.

“I am now on a mission: to create a real

Italian brand like it was made for the Italian

market, but in Cornwall. A business born

in Italy. Made in Cornwall.”

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Ugo

has taken it on in his stride and from

the difficulties faced, new and exciting

avenues have been discovered. Looking

ahead, with a new website on the horizon,

Ugo also has plans to ship his dishes

nationwide in boxes insulated with wool

from this spring, reaching more homes

than ever before beyond Cornwall, whilst

retaining his values of community and

sustainability, “Our community will always

come first, it’s where we belong. We will

still deliver locally, and we are also making

a huge improvement on production

processes and sustainability with a mission

to become a B Corp in the near future.”

Food-wise, Ugo continues to champion

his ethos of simple, outstanding produce,

setting his sights on an upcoming

Focaccia al Rosmarino side (Rosemary

Focaccia) and a very special TiramisUGO

Gelato for the summer, set for release in

June this year.

In his own words, Ugo Massabo looks to

bring a ‘touch of La Dolce Vita to Cornish

shores’ and it can certainly be said that this

Cornish Italian’s passion for cooking and

evidently delectable results are certainly

making life sweeter in Cornwall. l

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meal, visit www.mytiramisugo.com

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on via social media:

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Delectable

Deliveries

Having spent a large majority

of these winter months indoors,

our cupboards, recipe books and

imaginations have just about been

stretched to the limit in search for

new ideas to spice up mealtimes.

So, to help, we’ve rounded up

10 of Cornwall’s delicious foodie

deliveries that will save you raiding

the cupboards for inspiration.

Flour Power Pizza Parlour

As lockdown continues for many of us, Flour Power Pizza Parlour have

been doing deliveries across West Cornwall from Tuesday to Friday, with

set areas for each day. Professional Pizzaioli’s Simon and Rebecca trained

in Italy to perfect the art of pizza making and over the last several years

have been typically seen parked up in kitted out, colourful van across

Cornwall. During lockdown, they’ve been delivering their delicious

slow-risen, multigrain dough pizzas straight to doors, alongside their

decadently popular brownies and tiffin bakes for an extra treat. Using

traditional Italian flavours incorporating Cornish ingredients, Flour Power

is a myCornwall favourite! To find out what days they deliver to your area

and to see their exciting menu check out their website.

www.flourpowerpizzaparlour.co.uk

The Cornish Italian

Keen to get authentic Italian dishes as well as an

award-winning tiramisu delivered to your door? Read

all about Ugo Massabo, the Truro based Italian who

is serving up his authentic family recipes to Cornwall,

in our Taste section!

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C Food

A small business based in the fishing village of Portscatho

on the Roseland Peninsula, C Food specialises in creating

delicious home cooked meals for delivery that feature locally

sourced ingredients, from ultra-local seafood caught in the

bay to meat from the fields. Even C Food’s vegetables from

their own patch are frequently featured. Their menu changes

frequently to reflect what’s available and seasonal, but from

dishes such as ‘sausage and bean stew’ and ‘courgette dahl’

to ‘lemon polenta cake’ for pudding, it’s sure to be delicious.

Order online with ease at www.cfoodcornwall.co.uk

Bien Manger

Based in Penryn, Bien Manger offers rustic, continental dishes

that feature locally sourced and freshly cooked ingredients.

Headed by French chef Vincent, Bien Manger’s sumptuous menu

features classical and modern French cooking starter to dessert,

delivered to homes throughout Penryn and Falmouth.

Check them out on Facebook @bienmangercornwall

Dinner Party Delivery

Designed to be affordable, comforting and simply delicious,

Dinner Party Delivery works with local suppliers to provide

‘ready to go’ food to Cornish homes. From Afternoon Tea,

Brownie Boxes and Curry Clubs to Three-Course Dinner

Menus, Artisan Mac & Cheese and special occasion menus, all

packaging used is kerbside recyclable and sustainable.

www.dinnerpartydelivery.co.uk

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Good Grazey

For lovers of snacking, cheese platters and all that

antipasti goodness, Good Grazey is delivering delicious

cheeseboard boxes to the tip top of Cornwall. Lucky

residents of the Rame Peninsula, St Germans, Saltash,

Cawsand, Kingsand as well as Plymouth and Torpoint

can indulge in these beautifully packed boxes that are a

cheeseboard lover’s dream. To find out more, including

prices, delivery terms and box sizes follow them on

Instagram @goodgrazey

Source Kitchen

For the people of St Ives, it was a delight when TV show Rick

Stein’s Cornwall featured a relatively new local restaurant. Led

by the season and inspired by artisan, local producers, Source

offers an exciting menu of seafood, vegetarian and meat

dishes that bring small and large plates together. During the

current lockdown, Source Kitchen are offering ‘Source Kitchen

at Home’, for delivery or collection in the St Ives area.

Find out more at www.sourcekitchen.co.uk

Kern of Kernow

The brilliant bundt baking team of Kern of Kernow have been

spending lockdown supplying their delicious and picture

perfect treats to Cornish homes in the Newquay area and

beyond. Whilst typically Kern can be found parked up in iconic

French van Beyonce, as lockdown continues eager bundt fans

can get a direct delivery of these tasty treats. With their next

delivery details set for release in March, keep up to day via their

Instagram @kernofkernow. You can also discover more at

www.kernofkernow.co.uk

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Fee’s Food Kitchen

Based in North Cornwall, Fee’s Food Kitchen offers meals delivered

to doors that use the very best local ingredients and suppliers.

Passionate about home grown and homemade, the small family-run

team behind Fee’s Food, led by Fee Turner, grow and make a wide

variety of products, from sauces, dips and pates to edible flowers

for their canape trays. In their own words, there’s no shortcuts or

comprises, just delicious, wholesome, unfussy food that celebrates

natural and organic produce. Online, you can find a range of

frozen meals and sides to suit all preferences and tastes. Classic

cooking sits alongside contemporary flavours, but all champion rich,

authentic cooking. www.feesfood.co.uk

Cornwall Good

Seafood Guide

The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide have put together a

fantastic list of local fishermen across Cornwall who are selling

directly to the public, many even delivering to homes. Now is

a vital time to support our local fishermen, as well as a healthy

and sustainable choice when it comes to finding fresh, locally

caught seafood and fish. Check out the full extensive list

online at www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/

cornish-fishing

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WEEKEND AWAY

A TRIP DOWN

HELFORD RIVER

Whilst we’re all anxiously waiting for the time when we can travel

safely once again, a brief moment of escapism can be found

delving into the histories and highlights of some of our favourite

Cornish haunts. Here, we take a look at some of the Helford

River’s most idyllic hotspots.

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The unspoilt magic of the Helford

River is no secret to the people

of Cornwall. This bustling estuary

of deep-set valleys and rich

waters offers a sense of peace even on

the brightest of summer days, and with 50

miles worth of secluded coves this small

slice of Cornwall has a lot to offer.

With its placid waters and sheltered

scenery, it’s no surprise that Helford

River is popular with wild swimming

and a favourite local haunt for a dip has

to be Grebe Beach. There’s a wild and

quiet atmosphere about Grebe, with its

surrounding woodland and trees set into

the steep banks. It’s also a popular place for

families and the ideal spot for an outdoor

picnic or post-wild swim breakfast. Next

to Grebe beach is the hamlet of Durgan

and as well as the mirage of wading

birds and picture perfect cottages, you’ll

also find Glendurgan Gardens. During

its opening season, this stunning valley

garden is bursting with exotic flora and

fauna, with olive groves, apple orchards,

cherry orchards and the impressive 190

year old Tulip Tree, known proudly as the

Grandfather of Glendurgan’s notable tree

collection.

Also on the river’s northern banks is the

small village of Helford Passage. Boasting

a small, perfectly formed beach, a cluster

of cottages and the renowned riverside

pub The Ferry Boat Inn, where you can

get a taste of everything from freshly

caught seafood to locally crafted spirits,

Helford Passage is the perfect pit stop on

the north side for those wanting a day of

riverside relaxation. It's gradually gaining

a reputation as a hive of pioneering

produce when it comes to the local tipple,

with award-winning gin Monterey from

Helford River Distillery scooping up Gold

at the 2020 International Wine and Spirit

Competition and Mainbrace, a delicious

seafaring inspired rum launched at the

Ferry Boat in 2019, which has since gone

on to win Silver in the Gold Rum Super

Premium category at the Rum & Cachaca

Masters competition and Bronze at the

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

of 2020. Of course, sampling the local

delicacies is just part of what’s on offer

here. There’s also paddle boarding, river

boating and kayaking opportunities,

giving avid explorers the chance to delve

deeper into the river’s hidden gems

through the river’s charming creeks, some

more famous than others.

Across the river, Helford Village resides

on the south banks of the river. Renowned

for its picturesque cottages and thatched

roof pub, the Shipwrights, traditional

village life is well kept in this small knit

community. Once a port popular with

smugglers, since then Helford’s notoriety

has transformed into an inspirational

haunt for artists and authors alike. The

village offers an opportune circular walk

around the iconic Frenchman’s Creek,

the beautiful setting featured in Daphne

Du Maurier’s novel of the same name.

In more recent years, the creek became

the subject of contemporary landscape

painter Kurt Jackson’s work, culminating

in his exhibition titled Frenchman’s Creek,

held at the Jackson Foundation Gallery

in St Just. There are plenty more walks,

some a little quieter than others, so be

sure to do a little research. If you’re keen

to experience Helford River at its most

peaceful and if the trip involves adventure

on both sides, then the Helford Ferry is

ready and waiting to carry passengers

across seven days a week throughout

April to October. It’s a service that’s said to

have been running since the Middle Ages,

providing a vital connection between the

river’s communities.

Whether it’s a day spent with the family

watching the sail boats go by, an evening

with friends over dinner and drinks or a

morning walk to soak in the sounds and

sights of nature, serenity can be found in

every creek and cove amongst this river,

a small but sublimely rich member of

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SCHOOL OF

PAINTING

The world-renowned St Ives

School of Painting has been

streaming live art tuition

classes to wide acclaim as

those stuck in worldwide

lockdowns have made the

most of the creative outlet.

Introduced last year when the pandemic

meant the iconic art school could no longer

hold traditional face to face classes, the

online courses have proven to be incredibly

popular with eager art enthusiasts who have

enjoyed learning and practicing with the

likes of expert tutors such as Alice Mumford,

Kerry Harding and Gary Long holding

classes specialising in various art mediums.

There’s a wide range available to suit all

abilities, ages and preferences. For example,

there’s the newly launched Sunday family

painting workshop, priced from just £10, as

well as a two-hour life drawing session at

£12. All participants can access recording

after the course has ended and feedback on

content and structure is welcomed.

With an 80 year legacy under its belt, the

St Ives School of Painting has shown fierce

resilience in the challenging circumstances

as it adapts and diversifies to reach new and

wider audiences. Until a time when members,

students and artists can be welcomed back

into the historic studios once more, this

creative alternative is proving a popular hit

amongst its varied participants. l

To find a class to suit you or try

your hand a life drawing and more,

visit www.schoolofpainting.co.uk/courses

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