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AUTUMN ACTIVITIES • TOP 10 COFFEE SHOPS •

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Hello and

It gives me great pleasure to wish

you “dynargh” (welcome) to this,

the October/November edition of

myCornwall, and my first in the editor’s

chair. I’m thrilled and honoured to take

the reins from Alex Saunders; I’m sure

you’ll join me in thanking her for her

sterling work over the last five years,

and wishing her well in her new career

as a teacher.

If you love Falmouth as much as I do,

you’ll find plenty in this edition to take

your fancy. Turn to p20 for a major focus

on how the town has coped during

the last 18 months (short answer:

admirably), and how it sees its future

(bright); and on p56, learn more about

Henry Scott Tuke, a founding father

of Falmouth Art Gallery and a leading

light, albeit controversial presence, on

the town’s artistic scene at the turn of

the 20th century.

It’s the time of the year when the days

grow shorter, meaning hot drinks and

roaring fires appeal. We’ve chosen

a selection of Cornwall’s best coffee

shops (p75) and dog-friendly pubs

with fires (p18) – but the truth is, there

are so many, it’s impossible to pay

tribute to them all.

While you’re there, why not curl up with

a good book? If you don’t mind the

dark side, a new anthology of Cornish

horror stories (p39) might be right up

your street.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth.

Image courtesy of Beautifully

Handcrafted in Cornwall

All this, plus a musical tribute to

Penzance genius Humphry Davy (p34),

a tour of the mysterious Roche Rock

(p31) and a whole host of art and

food features to tickle your cultural

and culinary tastebuds. I hope this

warms your cockles during the autumn

months, and I look forward to seeing

you again in December.

Oll an gwella (all the best)

Kirstie Newton

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6 News: Tour of Britain

12 Things to do in October/November

16 A day out at The Regal

18 Dog-friendly Cornwall: Pubs with roaring fires

20 A focus on fabulous Falmouth

28 Adore My Store: Truro Wool

30 The Want List: Atishoo Gallery

31 A history of Roche Rock

34 Celebrating Humphry Davy in music

39 Cornish Gothic: a new anthology

42 My Cornish World: Air Operations Officer Steve Garvey

46 Art News: exhibitions from Polzeath to Porthleven

50 A Very Important Piece: Lizard Art

52 Through the eyes of: Chris Insoll

54 Maker focus: Ceramicist Susy Ward

56 Art focus: Henry Scott Tuke at Falmouth Art Gallery

58 Artist focus: Catherine Hyde at Lighthouse Gallery

60 Meet the Maker: Karen Berg of CCA

62 Gallery focus: Tremenheere

66 Food Bites: Award-winning pasties

68 Dish of the month: One-pot blackberry crumble

70 Meet the chefs: Longstore Truro

72 Sweet, sweet music: 8 Track Rum

75 10 of the best coffee shops

80 Weekend Away: Una St Ives

82 Experience: The Falmouth Hotel

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Riders pass Beelzebub (Darcey Ball) and the Archangel Michael

(Sennen Richards-Fardell), characters from the historic Ordinalia

trilogy, near St Just. Photo by Jon Rowley

A Wheely Good Day

The Tour of Britain began in Cornwall on

Sunday, September 5. Some of the world’s

best cyclists left Penzance and rode a

circuitous 111-mile route to Bodmin,

passing through many Cornish towns to

the delight of massed crowds.

Among the riders were former BBC Sports

Personality of the Year Mark Cavendish

MBE, UCI World Road Champion Julian

Alaphilippe and Belgian cyclist Wout

van Aert, who seized the victory in

this opening stage, and would later be

crowned champion at the finishing line in

Aberdeen on September 12.

He described the Grand Depart as “a

tough stage,” adding: “It was almost

overwhelming seeing the amount of

crowds at the side of the roads. It’s nice to

see people outside again, especially in a

crowd together, and it’s nice to see people

are so crazy about cycling. It makes it more

beautiful when we win.”

Riders from Cornwall’s own Saint Piran team

were also in the peloton. Team principal

Richard Pascoe described the event as

“a lifetime’s ambition to get a grassroots

team into the premiership... mission

accomplished in six years.”

The build-up to the big day saw a raft of

cycling-related announcements including

the granting of planning permission for

a new £7 million state of the art Cornwall

Cycle Hub. In a partnership between

British Cycling, Cornwall Council and Sport

England, the hub will be built on councilowned

land near the Newquay Aerohub

Business Park, as a destination for riders

to enjoy a range of exciting, fun and

exhilarating cycling activities in 54 acres of

enhanced natural environment.

The site will provide a national standard

closed road circuit racing track and

European standard BMX track. Trained staff

will provide coaching to develop skills and

bike handling for all ages and abilities, from

the youngest child learning on a balance

bike to someone who has been referred

through their GP, or someone who wants to

learn how to ride their e-bike safely.

In addition, 10 community cycle tracks are

to be built throughout Cornwall. Walking

and cycling charity Sustrans is working with

schools that will house the tracks for use

by the wider community too, in a project

funded by Cornwall Council and British

Cycling. Some schools have also purchased

fleets of bikes that can be used on the

track, and staff will be trained to lead cycle

sessions. Locations include Penzance,

Camborne, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay,

Bodmin, Liskeard, Charlestown and Stratton.

Seven tracks have already been completed

by specialist track builders; the remaining

tracks will be built during the autumn.

Sustrans’ Active Travel Officer, Nick

Ratcliffe, who co-ordinated the cycle track

programme said: “These tracks will provide

these communities with somewhere safe and

local for people of all abilities to learn and

enjoy. They will help to encourage greater

cycle confidence and develop bike handling

skills. I hope that the tracks not only generate

enthusiasm for more active lifestyles in the

community, but also develop local talent.

Maybe a future Olympic star will start their

cycling career on one of these tracks.”

This cycle track programme is one of many

cycling projects being implemented by

Cornwall Council that have been inspired

by Tour of Britain’s approaching visit.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for

transport Philip Desmonde said: “We’re

building a home for cycling in Cornwall so

the inspiration and legacy of the Tour of

Britain will benefit Cornwall’s residents for

years to come.” l

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Bloomin’ Lovely

The Great Callestick Sunflower

Weekend, over the August bank

holiday weekend, raised £3,460 to be

split between three charities: Farm

Safety Foundation’s Yellow Wellies,

Children’s Hospice South West and

the Hall For Cornwall. Members of

the public were invited to pick the

beautiful blooms, and those left

over were harvested to be used for

sunflower oil. The farm hopes to

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New multi-use trails

A new off-road trail for walkers, cyclists and horse

riders has opened near Portreath as part of a project

to open up links between the town and Redruth, and

to encourage active travel. The Tolgus Trail begins

near the Cornish Gold Centre, passing through the site

of the former Tolgus Tin works and runs parallel with

New Portreath Road, passing through historic mining

landscape. On the Rame peninsula, the Looe Valley

Trails project has published details of a recommended

route between Looe (pictured) and Cremyll, covering

Downderry, Seaton, Portwrinkle, Crafthole and

Freathy along the way. The project team are keen

to hear the views of members of the public; visit

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Piran Saves the Day

A pet cat helped lead rescuers to its 83-year-old owner when she fell 70ft

down a ravine near Wadebridge. Police were searching for the woman when

a member of the public heard Piran’s persistent miaowing. Rescuers found

the victim close by, where she had fallen down a drop and into a stream

"with incredibly difficult access and uneven terrain". Fire crews hoisted

the woman to safety on a stretcher, and she was taken to hospital by air

ambulance. "Piran the cat saved the day," said Bodmin Police of the rescue,

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Dawn Flies

the Flag

Actress and Falmouth University

chancellor Dawn French is among 24

leading figures in the arts, education,

communications and law, all portrayed

wearing masks by photographer Joanna

Vestey. Boasting an emblematic St Piran

flag face mask, French sits alongside

actress Juliet Stevenson, author Philip

Pullman and artist Grayson Perry and

his psychotherapist wife Philippa. The

exhibition runs at the Stables Café,

Blenheim Palace until December. All

profits will help deliver a school-based

programme of art as therapy. l

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St Dennis church

by Charles Francis

12 TWELVE THINGS TO DO IN CORNWALL

16 OUT & ABOUT SPECIAL

18 DOG FRIENDLY CORNWALL

20 FABULOUS FALMOUTH

28 ADORE MY STORE

30 THE WANT LIST

31 ROCHE ROCK

34 CELEBRATING HUMPHRY DAVY

39 CORNISH GOTHIC

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Things to Do

1. BREAK A LEG!

The Hall For Cornwall in Truro is due to

open this month, following a three-year,

multi-million-pound transformation of the

venue. First to tread the freshly varnished

boards of the Cornwall Playhouse

auditorium is the world premiere of

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical. The

cast has been announced, and includes

actor Calum Callaghan (Mr Selfridge) as

Danny, a fish-out-of-water music manager

who stumbles across a group of shantysinging

fishermen in Port Isaac. Local

talent includes Drop The Dead Donkey

star Robert Duncan, originally from St

Austell; and Edward Rowe, aka Kernow

King, star of the BAFTA-winning film

Bait. Star of stage and screen Susie Blake

also joins the company as pub landlady

Maggie. See it from October 13 to 30;

tickets from £15, call 01872 262466 or

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

2. CREATIVE SCILLY

Autumn visitors to the Isles of Scilly

will enjoy Creative Scilly, a three-week

celebration of art, literature, poetry,

music, theatre, comedy and spoken

word. From October 9 to 30, this tiny

cluster of wild little islands will host

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over 60 live events. Expect al fresco

pop-ups, workshops, open studios,

creative courses, imaginative talks and

performances in beautiful surroundings.

Enjoy folk-rock from Winter Mountain,

aka singer/songwriter Joe Francis;

experience impulses and soundwaves

from plants using state-of-the-art

wearable technology with sound artist

Justin Wiggan; and see literature brought

to life on the beach as Scary Little Girls

make their Scilly debut. Paint The Day

on Tresco encourages budding artists of

all ages and abilities to pick up materials

and explore the islands, with submitted

artwork to be judged and exhibited; and

Talk Scilly will include wildlife expert Lucy

McRoberts’ account of Wally the walrus’

visit. www.visitislesofscilly.com

3. REDRUTH SOUND WALK

Embark on a journey of discovery in

Redruth via a new immersive sound walk.

Historic England has been working with

the National Trust, Sound UK and local

artists to bring hidden high street histories

and stories to life in six UK locations. In

Stret an Levow/Street of Voices, Anna

Maria Murphy, Sue Hill and Ciaran Clarke

have applied their collective imaginations

to represent a broad spectrum of Redruth

residents and their experiences. Hear

the tale of Emily Knuckey, delivered from

Redruth to the Bodmin court wrapped in

a carpet; the ballad of fierce cross-dresser

Gracey Briney; the memories of the West

End Stores’ Christmas grotto; and the

story of Robin Knight and his revolutionary

duvet demonstration. “Redruth’s Fore

Street is full of riches and tales that are

important to hear - delightful, poignant

and entertaining,” says Sue. Listeners

will take a self-guided route, supported

by an illustrated map, at their own pace;

download the walk onto a smart device at

HistoricEngland.org.uk/SoundWalks

4. MIRACLE THEATRE: EVERYMAN

When your time’s up, how will you account

for your life on Earth? That’s the lofty

question at the heart of Everyman, a 15th

century English morality play updated by

former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and

presented by Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre.

Everyman works hard and plays harder. He

has success, wealth, good looks and is living

the dream - until Death comes calling. As

he attempts to justify his life choices, who

will speak in Everyman’s defence before his

time runs out? This is an intense multi-media


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experience with live music, projection,

choreography and a high-energy cast of

four. Recommended age 15+. The play

will be toured with The Fleapit, an intimate

and safe performance space with separate

audience booths. Individual seats £20, booth

(seats seven) £120. Venues include the Royal

Cornwall Showground and St Ives Guildhall.

www.miracletheatre.co.uk

5. HALLOWE’EN

As the clocks go back and the nights draw

in, our thoughts turn to the dark side! Halfterm

coincides with Hallowe’en, meaning

many family attractions are offering spookythemed

activities – for example, the National

Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

presents Silhouettes and Shadows, a

programme of crafts and trails from October

23 to 31 www.nmmc.co.uk. Meanwhile, the

Headland Hotel in Newquay - the setting

for the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s

The Witches - has hired its very own Grand

High Witch to preside over a particularly

spooky season of afternoon teas. Think white

chocolate mice, pumpkin cheesecake and

treacle tart www.headland.co.uk

For a super-scary grown-up experience,

Bodmin Jail offers Ghost Walks, scary

movies (including Hallowe’en on

October 31), an after-dark experience

and paranormal tours. Learn about the

inmates who lived and died in the jail – and

be warned, sudden drops in temperature

have been reported on previous tours!

www.bodminjail.org

6. OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Witness intrepid human-powered

challenges and mind-boggling marine and

mountain wildlife, all from the comfort of

a cinema seat. Redruth’s Regal Theatre

hosts two breathtaking film festivals this

autumn. The Ocean Film Festival returns

on October 27 and November 11, with

a selection of short films starring wild

seafaring voyages, extreme watersports

and marine conservation from the least

explored depths of the planet. Visit the

volcanic Kuril Islands, between Russia

and Japan, with ragtag Russian marine

biologist Vladimir, and follow university

friends Lucy and Mathilde as they tackle

an ambitious kayaking trip along the Inside

Passage, down the coast of Alaska and

Canada. The Banff Mountain Film Festival

World Tour arrives on November 9 and 10,

including a coveted mountaineering first

on K2 and a raucous running expedition in

Tajikistan. Visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

and www.banff-uk.com

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7. JOIN THE AUTUMN SEED SEARCH

One of the easiest ways to help Mother

Nature is by potting up a seed and growing

a native tree - and you’re never too young,

or too old, to learn how to do it. Autumn

is the perfect time, and Cornwall Wildlife

Trust and Cornwall Council are hosting a

countywide seasonal seed search. Simply

take a container (eg. a yoghurt pot), plus

some good quality peat-free compost

and gritty sand for drainage. Then pull on

your wellies and go seed hunting! Collect

a variety of seeds, plant them in pots and

look after the saplings until they are strong.

For potting and storage advice, and to

let the Trust know how you got on, visit

www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/seedsearch

8. THE ST BURYAN SESSIONS

The new solo album by award-winning

singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid will be

launched on October 15 at a very special

benefit concert in – and for – St Buryan

Church, where it was recorded and filmed.

The St Buryan Sessions were conceived

when Sarah’s gigs and tours were

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cancelled due to COVID-19. A successful

crowdfunding campaign financed a live

recording of songs that span her 24-year

career, in the lovely medieval church

near her home in rural west Cornwall.

No entrance fee will be charged on the

launch day, but there will be a voluntary

retiring collection for church funds. Two

further Cornwall dates feature in the

subsequent six-week tour: Praa Sands

Community Centre on October 30 and

Sterts Studio near Liskeard on November

28. sarahmcquaid.com/tour

9. LOOK TO THE SKIES

It wouldn’t be November without a flash

of colour in the sky. The Cornwall Drive-In

Firework Spectacular takes place at the Royal

Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge

on Sunday, November 6. Simply buy your

ticket online, arrive in good time, park

up, enjoy great hot food and drink and

marvel at an impressively large display.

www.fireworkscornwall.com.

Alternatively,

Flambards hosts a Hallowe'en Fireworks

Spectacular on Wednesday, October 27,

during half-term week. www.flambards.co.uk

10. CHRISTMAS IS COMING

The festive season begins in November,

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with lantern parades, Santa grottoes

and shopping sprees. The charitable

Cornwall Christmas Fair returns to the

Eden Project on November 10 and 11,

featuring an enticing mix of gifts, home

accessories, clothes, jewellery and

mouth-watering produce. Tickets include

a meal and free admission to Eden,

with all proceeds donated to Cornwall

Community Foundation, which supports

Cornwall’s struggling communities

(last year’s online auction raised an

impressive £50,000). Wednesday 5pm to

9pm: £28; Thursday 10am to 4pm: £15.

www.cornwallchristmasfair.com

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum in

Charlestown will open its underground

tunnels from October half-term through

to early January. This year the tunnels will

be transformed into an Arctic wonderland

by a group of creative artists and a leading

snow and ice special effects company.

www.shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk

11. KILHALLON COW PIE & BEER FESTIVAL

Liberate your inner Desperate Dan at

Kilhallon Barn, near Par, on Saturday,

October 23 with James Kittow Butcher

& Grazier. Beer lovers will be treated to a

selection of more than a dozen special real

ales to choose from, and Jah Hemmings

from Moor to Sea Food Company will be

creating mouth-watering pies to enjoy,

with ingredients including beef reared

on the farm. There will also be a dash of

live music during the evening. From noon

until 10pm. Tickets cost £5 (includes a

special festival glass) and are on sale at

www.jameskittow.co.uk/events-experiences

12. TRIGGER HAPPY PENZANCE

Remember Dom Joly, he of the enormous

mobile phone with the Nokia ringtone?

“HELLO?? I’M ON THE TRAIN!” He

brings his latest show, Holiday Snaps:

Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone,

to Cornwall this autumn, his first UK tour

since 2011. Dom will be talking about

his exploits as a serial globe-trotter and

seeker of dangerous travel spots, from

North Korea through the Congo and

Syria to Chernobyl. The best-selling

author will meet fans after the show

to sign copies of his latest book, The

Hezbollah Hiking Club. Tickets £20.

Sunday, October 17: The Acorn Penzance,

http://theacornpenzance.com; Thursday,

November 11: Launceston Town Hall,

01726 879500, www.crbo.co.uk


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It “went dark” for 535 days thanks to the pandemic, but the

Regal Theatre reopened to great fanfare on September 2.

No one could be more pleased to be back in business than

the hardworking staff who worked tirelessly to bring the

Redruth stage back to life.

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“To say my team and I are thrilled that our theatre is back up

and running is an understatement,” says theatre manager

Helena Tondryk-Wilde. “It’s a hub for the local community

and the wider area. It’s important for us all to have access to

live entertainment, and the Regal brings an array of shows

to Cornwall.”

Originally built in the 1930s in the fashionable Art Deco

style, the venue has been reconfigured over the years and

underwent extensive refurbishment in 2015. The theatre

auditorium has a dual purpose: as well as presenting live

theatre and entertainment, it also boasts the largest cinema

screen in Cornwall.

Since 2015, the Regal has been committed to bringing

a wider variety of live shows to the stage. Comedy is a

speciality, with the likes of Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and

Jim Davidson playing to packed houses.

Strictly dancers Pasha Kovalev and Oti Mabuse have

graced the stage, as have all types of musicians from Port

Isaac shantymen Fisherman’s Friends to folk pin-up Seth

Lakeman, ‘70s rockers Showaddywaddy to Philly soul group

The Stylistics, and some of the very best tribute bands

touring the world today.

The Regal also supports local talent, with regular

productions from Redruth’s exceptional amateur

dramatics groups. In December, RAOST presents Ray

Cooney’s frolicking farce Out of Order, while in January,

RAMPS offers traditional panto with Dick Whittington.

The cinema, meanwhile, operates under the Merlin banner

and shows all the latest blockbusters (think James Bond!),

as well as visiting events including Banff Mountain Film

Festival (November 9 and 10).

“There’s pretty much something for everyone, from national

comedians and rock’n’roll bands to tribute bands and even

a psychic,” says Helena. “We’re so pleased to be back in

business, and we hope audiences will come out to support us.”

To find out more, call 01209 216278, find @regalredruth on

Facebook or visit www.merlincinemas.co.uk/regal-theatre

COMING SOON:

November

Friday 19th: The Abba Reunion Tribute Show | Live Music

Tuesday 23rd: Sindhu Vee - Alphabet | Comedy

Thursday 25th: Psychic Sally | Variety

Friday 26th:The Drifters | Live Music

December TBC: RAOST presents Out Of Order

January 2022

12th-16th: Dick Whittington - pantomime presented by RAMPS

Friday 28th: An Evening of Burlesque

Look out for future productions:

• Comedian Simon Evans (February 10);

• Live music from Brit Award-winning vocal group Blake

(February 18), musical theatre medley act Beyond the

Barricade, Disco Inferno and One Night In Dublin;

• Variety from Chippendale-style act Forbidden Nights

and Circus of Horrors, blending burlesque with bizarre.

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The Gurnard's Head,

Zennor © Paul Massey.

The Gurnard's Head,

Zennor © Paul Massey.

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5 DOG FRIENDLY PUBS

WITH ROARING FIRES

Words by Victoria Carpenter

It’s that time of year when it is lovely to

go for a bracing walk with the dog and

then snuggle down in a cosy pub by the

fireside. Here is a list of some of the best

dog friendly pubs with roaring fires.

You can find many more of our favourite

dog friendly pubs, restaurants and cafés at

www.dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

After a walk beside the surf, you can take

a short stroll and enjoy the UK’s only bar

which is actually right on the huge beach at

Perranporth. Let your dog snuggle down by

the woodburner while you enjoy watching

crashing waves from the cosy warmth (and

safe distance) of the pub. There are lots of

other dog friendly venues in Perranporth

too, including a dog wash by the car park.

www.thewateringhole.co.uk

The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor

This award-winning pub has an excellent

reputation for food and is very popular with

walkers due to its dog friendly credentials.

As a result, you usually need to book a table

in advance and make sure you reserve one

of the dog friendly tables. It’s well worth

the planning, however, as you can enjoy

some spectacular views on nearby walks

along the magnificent stretch of coastline

from St Ives and Zennor towards Pendeen.

This is also very close to the Poldark film

sets near Levant mine and Botallack.

www.gurnardshead.co.uk

The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe

If you haven’t heard of this award-winning

pub near Helston, then you should give it

a go! It is extremely dog friendly having

won awards for its consideration of canine

customers and the food is wonderful.

There are lovely walks along the coast

path and Dollar Cove, next to Church

Cove is dog friendly all year round.

halzephron–inn.co.uk

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

A spot for Doc Martin lovers and friends of

Fisherman’s Friends. This pub is very dog

friendly with a lovely fire and you can also

enjoy some really beautiful walks around

the coast path. Take note of the tide times

if you’ve decided to park on the beach

though! thegoldenlionportisaac.co.uk

The Halfway House, Kingsand

This gorgeous, cosy little pub is a short

stroll from the beach in the really beautiful

village of Kingsand on the oft-missed Rame

peninsula. The pub itself has a fireplace,

candles, really fabulous food and a great

atmosphere. They are very dog friendly and

this is a beautiful part of the world to explore

if you’re looking for some new adventures.

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It’s been a busy year for Falmouth. On the one

hand, it appeared on the world stage during the

G7 global summit in June; welcomed tens of

thousands of staycationers and day visitors to the

vibrant town and its many glorious beaches; and

enjoyed a successful Falmouth Week in August,

with eight days of fleet racing for 150 boats from

Shrimpers to Sunbeams.

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On the other, it has faced the

various challenges posed by a

global pandemic: shop and venue

closures during lockdown, the

spike in Covid that followed halfterm

and G7, and the more recent staff

shortages caused by the pingdemic.

In the face of turbulent times, the town

has adopted a defiantly can-do attitude.

Richard Wilcox and Richard Gates are

Business Improvement District (BID) and

Town Manager respectively. Commonly

known as “the Richards”, they have worked

as a double act for over a decade, latterly

from the Old Post Office on the Moor, the

public and private sector meeting in the

middle. Half an hour in their company is

akin to sitting in the path of a juggernaut,

such is their energy and enthusiasm for

Falmouth, and their successful partnership

has seen them co-opted onto advisory

boards for other Cornish towns.

“We’re passionate about what we do,”

says Richard G. “Whether it’s a positive

opportunity or challenging situation, we

take that passion and drive to give a sense

of leadership to the town. Any town or city

can be improved with good engagement

from businesses, the community and the

voluntary sector. Falmouth does that very

well, which helps us move through the

challenging times.”

While the past 18 months have indubitably

brought their challenges, from furlough to

changing legislation about where you can

eat and with how many people, the Richards

are more inclined to focus on how many of

those obstacles have been transformed

into opportunities. Falmouth was the first

town to create a toolkit for businesses to

deal with Covid, which was subsequently

rolled out to other Cornish towns.

“The spirit of collaboration and innovation

has been superb,” says Richard W.

“We’ve seen some brilliant examples

of how to address these challenges.”

Many hospitality venues took advantage

of temporary pavement licensing to set

up extra tables outside, including in

Church Street car park. This has been

extended until 2022, and has been well

received. “It works really well, and lends

a Mediterranean feel to the town,” says

Richard G. “We’ve always encouraged it,

but this has been the biggest positive of

the past 18 months: it has enabled many

businesses to carry on trading.”

“It’s great to see quiet, forgotten bits of

pavement filled with food and drink,” adds

Richard W. “This should really influence public

realm thinking, and I’m looking forward to

seeing how we can use it to shape policies.”

Falmouth found itself at the eye of the

publicity storm when Covid 19 spiked after

May half-term and G7. “We had to deal

with the fall-out, including the political fallout

of who was to blame: G7? Visitors?”

says Richard W. “For us, it was simple: it’s

here, let’s just get on with the operational

response.” This included volunteers

handing out lateral flow tests, and social

media campaigns on Spotify and TikTok to

encourage the younger demographic to

utilise pop-up vaccination clinics. During

busy periods, stilt walkers and pirates

rather than burly security guards were

hired to remind people to keep left, and an

advertising van is still being driven around,

reminding people what to do to stay safe.

Richard W. draws attention to the raft of

new businesses that launched during and

despite the pandemic, often dealing in

upcycled or second-hand goods, plasticfree

or micro-breweries. “That diversity

of businesses makes the high street more

dynamic and sustainable.”

These include Inspire Makers, a shopfront

for 50 micro-craft businesses in Old High

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Street. “I didn’t choose to open during the

pandemic, it just happened,” laughs owner

Vicki Glaister. “The regeneration of the High

Street in particular has been appreciated by

residents and visitors alike. I’ve heard many

say they haven’t been up here for a few

years, and isn’t it great? They love all the

independent shops and the brewery yard.”

In fact, Vicki feels the support for independent

shopping will stand Falmouth in good stead

for bouncing back. “I have a background in

high street retail, and have seen the race to

the bottom of mindless shopping,” she says.

“While lockdown has led to online shopping

for boredom relief, it has also made people

appreciate the shopping experience and

enjoy seeing what’s out there – mindful

shopping, if you will.

“I’ve lived around the UK and have seen

how a cookie-cutter high street can result

in vacant retail units when chain stores

close. With the exception of M&S, this

hasn’t impacted Falmouth in the same

way, because it doesn’t have many chains.

Independents offer something different,

which makes for an attractive and vibrant

place to be. They are also able to pivot more

easily in times when change is needed.

“I feel very strongly that Falmouth has

a lot of potential, and have never felt

so passionate about anywhere else. It

has a very proactive BID, and a lot of

people with ideas; while there hasn’t

been much time to act upon them with

everything going on, I think that’s about

to start now.”

On the other side of town stands the

National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

In early spring 2020, installation of a

major temporary exhibition, Monsters

of the Deep, was in full-swing – couriers

and lenders were travelling across the

country to deliver the final loans, and the

marketing campaign had rolled out. Then

Coronavirus hit.

“It was a shocking blow for the museum,

for our community and for the industry

as a whole,” says chief executive Richard

Doughty, “and one that arrived just days

before we were due to open our most

ambitious exhibition to date.

The last 18 months has been the most

challenging time in the organisation’s

history. The lockdowns have led to just over

nine months of closure and once we could

reopen the capacity restrictions meant that

we couldn’t generate the income we need.

For a museum reliant on admissions, spend

in the shop and café as well as donations

it’s been incredibly difficult.”

The museum was awarded grants from the

National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts

Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

which were used to fund the necessary

Covid 19 safety measures, reopen its doors

and stay afloat. “Our visitors have helped

too – every person that buys an admission,

enjoys a coffee in the café or buys a

keepsake from the gift shop ensures our

future,” says Richard.

Summer 2021 presented its own

challenges. “It has been a daily struggle to

ensure we’ve had enough staff available to

be able to remain open, but with the help

of our wonderful staff and volunteers, we

have managed to get through the whole

summer season with no hiccups.

“We hear every day how businesses

and organisations have adapted and

innovated through the pandemic, and

so have we. Our education workshops

and adult lectures are now both

available in-person and virtually and

we’ve reformatted aspects of our family

education programmes to either be solely

online or a blended approach. It means we

are now reaching new audiences across

the country, and beyond, connecting

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Argal Farm Shop

The Falmouth Hotel

Argal Farm Shop celebrates it’s 10th birthday in November. Stacey and

family took on the shop with the main principal of sourcing local produce

and products where possible endeavouring to provide an enjoyable,

inspiring and friendly shopping experience. If you enjoy quality fruit and

vegetables, local butchered meats, cheeses, really good pasties, pies and

cakes then pay us a visit. Lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free choices

too. The shop is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.

Thank you to all our loyal customers for supporting us over the last 10 years.

Argal Farm Shop, Higher Argal, Falmouth TR11 5PE

T: 01326 372737 • G @ArgalFarmShop • A argal_farm_shop

The Grey Lurcher

Four years on the High Street

Falmouth, and one move later,

The Grey Lurcher is building

on its homewares and lifestyle

pieces.

Enjoy a taste of grandeur at the “Grande Dame of Falmouth”, oozing

with Victorian splendour, spacious interiors, and stunning sea views, for

one of our superb Cornish cream teas. Delight in our locally made scones,

accompanied by Cornish clotted cream, and homemade jam, or alongside

a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries in our

elegant Castle beach restaurant. To book your table please visit

www.falmouthhotel.co.uk, select dining and choose English cream teas.

For our restaurant lunch and dinner reservations please also visit our

website and select dining at The Falmouth. See page 82 for Autumn/

Winter special offer breaks.

The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NZ

T: 01326 312671 W: www.falmouthhotel.co.uk

G @TheFalmouthHotel A @thefalmouthhotel

Stitches & Cream

After a move at the end of

the first lockdown and the

renovation of the shop and

courtyard garden, The Grey

Lurcher is worth popping

into. It houses a selection

of homewares and lifestyle

products that just might

tempt you.

Alongside, cards, Bath and

beauty products, there is

also a selection of jewellery

and accessories, cushions

lampshades and interior

pieces.

Building on the success

of Annie Sloan paints and

products the shop also stock

the new. Ornithology Milk

Mineral paint another local

brand for furniture painters.

The Grey Lurcher,

20 High Street, Falmouth

T: 01326 618240

www.greylurcherfalmouth.com

Stitches and Cream is a small family run business selling high quality and

contemporary dress fabric, sewing patterns, a wide range of kits, and we

stock natural fibre yarns that we love to use ourselves.

We are committed to supporting other local and British small producers

and creatives. Being able to tell the story and heritage of our products is

important to us, and our customers.

So if you need help choosing the right yarn or fabric for your next project

come in and talk to us as we love talking about knitting, crochet or sewing,

and get a real kick out of helping people.

Or if you fancy trying something new we offer small and select workshops for

you to learn new skills, and develop existing ones too. We also offer cake!

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them with our stories and collections for

the first time.”

He is optimistic for the future. “We have

to be. We remain as ambitious and as

dedicated as ever to our programme of

events and exhibitions, while keeping a very

close eye on how the pandemic evolves.”

Of course, while Falmouth relies on

visitors for some of its income, the

happiness of its residents is also crucial.

Also in the Old Post Office, town clerk

Mark Williams has spent the last few

years overseeing the Neighbourhood

Development Plan (NDP), which

has enabled community groups and

individuals to influence the policies that

will govern future planning applications.

When the plan was launched, a major

concern was housing, in particular the

conversion of family homes into houses

of multiple occupation (HMOs), as well

as the building of new accommodation,

largely in pursuit of the student pound.

Several applications had been turned

down at a local level, only to be passed

on appeal by inspectors across the Tamar.

The NDP, which went to a public vote in

August and was passed by a whopping

94% of voters, is a bid to prevent this from

happening again.

“The NDP has given residents a voice and

ownership of what’s happening in their

community,” says deputy mayor Cllr Kirstie

Edwards. “It’s empowering, and it makes

policy more accessible to the lay person.”

The survey also highlighted areas that locals

would like to see improved. These included

the pedestrianisation of Church Street,

which proved popular during the pandemic;

the redevelopment of Church Street car park

as an appealing destination for pedestrians

to sit and admire the waterfront view; and

the rejuvenation of the centenarian Prince of

Wales Pier. There are also hopes to maximise

the potential of a green corridor between

Swanpool and Tregoniggie Woods. “The

future vitality of town centres doesn’t rely on

retail alone,” says Mark, sagely.

After an on-off presence in town due to

Covid 19, students are back, bringing with

them a youthful joie de vivre to university

campuses at Tremough and Wood Lane.

Again, lessons have been learned and

some lockdown measures have proved

enduringly successful.

“Although the pandemic presented

considerable challenges, our staff

worked extraordinarily hard to provide

the best possible experience for our

students last year,” says Falmouth

University Provost Professor Eunice

Ma. “Although students are once again

immersed in our in-person resources and

receiving face-to-face teaching, we have

harnessed the best of digital learning to

deliver a 'digitally enhanced approach',

which provides an inclusive, creative and

flexible learning experience.”

The university is one of the partners behind

the Falmouth Book Festival (October 14

to 17), in collaboration with Falmouth

Bookseller and the team behind the Port

Eliot Festival literary line-up. It fills a gap

where the Falmouth Oyster Festival has

been cancelled due to ongoing coronavirus

concerns, and in the long-term, organisers

hope it will sit right up there with the likes

of Cheltenham or Hay-on-Wye.

Falmouth Bookseller owner Ron Johns is

excited by the project. “We had a festival

in town a few years back but now feels like

a great time to revisit the idea and create

something impactful and with a real legacy.

It should give a real boost to the town,

especially after such a long time without

festivals like this in our lives.” l

Words by Kirstie Newton

Photographs courtesy of

Falmouth Town Team

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CHECK OUT A FESTIVAL

The inaugural line-up of the Falmouth

Book Festival (October 14 to 17) looks

promising, with award-winning writers

Max Porter and Monique Roffey alongside

Cornwall-based authors such as Raynor

Winn (pictured), Charlie Carroll, Catrina

Davies, Nina Stibbe, Cathy Rentzenbrink,

Wyl Menmuir and festival patron Philip

Marsden, as well as illustrator Rebecca

Cobb and Bafta-winning film director

Mark Jenkin. Venues include The Poly, the

Cornish Bank and Princess Pavilions.

www.falmouthbookfestival.com

SEE AN EXHIBITION

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art ran to huge

acclaim at the National Maritime Museum

in 2017, challenging long-standing myths

and preconceptions about tattooing (eg.

class, gender and age), while celebrating

the astonishingly rich artistic heritage

of tattooing in the UK. After touring

nationally, some key artworks return from

October 16, including The 100 Hands:

silicone arms tattooed with original

designs by 100 leading UK tattoo artists.

At Falmouth Art Gallery, as well as bighitting

shows on Henry Scott Tuke and

Freud-Minton-Ryan, you can see Thanks

For The Apples, which sees new work by

nationally and internationally acclaimed

contemporary artists, inspired by and

displayed alongside hidden treasures

from Cornish museum collections.

ENJOY A SHOW

You’ll find a wide range of activities in

Church Street. Take a pottery workshop

with Karl Owen at The Poly, or see Owdyado

Theatre’s Twisted Tales Vol 2 on October

22. https://thepoly.org Alternatively, head

to The Cornish Bank for an impressive

and eclectic line-up, from comic Tony Law

(October 16) to contemporary UK jazz from

the Ishmael Ensemble (November 24).

EAT YOUR FILL

The Greenbank Hotel offers a variety of

options. Enjoy fine dining in the two AA

Rosette Water’s Edge restaurant with

executive chef Nick Hodges, cosmopolitan

drinks in the stylish bar, sink a few on

Cornish time in the cosy Working Boat pub

while admiring the harbour views.

www.greenbank-hotel.co.uk

REST YOUR HEAD

Known as the ‘Grande Dame of Falmouth’,

The Falmouth Hotel first opened in 1865

as Isambard Kingdom Brunel expanded

the Great Western Railway into Cornwall.

Its castle-like Victorian architecture,

spacious interiors, seafront location and

award-winning food has ensured its place

as one of Cornwall’s best known hotels.

Its guests add up to a mini-Who’s Who

of the great and the good, the famous

and the fascinating, the triumphant and,

occasionally, the tragic. Will you be next?

www.falmouthhotel.co.uk

EXPLORE A CREEK

The Fal wends its way through the Cornish

countryside, with myriad creeks shooting

off to tiny hamlets, picturesque churches

and thatched pubs. Why not base yourself

at the heart of one? Creekside Cottages

specialises in self-catering holiday

accommodation by the waterside in

Falmouth and surrounding area, including

Flushing, Mylor and Restronguet.

www.creeksidecottages.co.uk

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TRURO WOOL

Owned by Julie Cowan, independent yarn shop Truro Wool is the only Cornwall

finalist shortlisted for Best Regional Independent Store South West of England in the

2021 British Knitting & Crochet Awards

To say I’m chuffed to be nominated for

an award is an understatement. We’re

down to the last five in a huge area;

the others are in Devon, Somerset

and Wiltshire, and while the whole industry

gets behind it, all nominations and votes have

come from our customers. It’s a proper pat on

the back. We’re very hopeful, because lots of

our customers have told us they’ve voted for us.

That’s why it means so much. It shows people

appreciate what you do.

I started knitting when I was seven. My gran

knitted clothes for my dolls, then taught me

to knit - I must have got too demanding!

Opening a shop became my dream, and

eight years ago, when my children had left

home and my employer wanted to put me on

shiftwork, I thought: why not now?

I now stock more than 1,000 yarns, from budget

man-made to merino wool dyed in the foothills

of South America. There are so many different

types of yarn: 100% recycled, cotton and

bamboo, solid colour and sparkles, even selfstriping

and patterning, which can produce

complex-looking jumpers and socks, all very

simply from one ball. We also sell accessories,

such as knitting needles and buttons.

During the pandemic, we turned increasingly

to native breed British yarns: Shetland,

Blue-Faced Leicester, Jacob. I also stock

small-batch yarn dyers from Cornwall,

including Perran Yarns in Goonhavern and

Madder About Wool near Launceston, while

Frangipani of Helston specialises in wool for

knitting traditional Cornish ganseys - hardwearing

fishermen’s sweaters with patterns

individual to families or villages.

I'm supported by a fantastic community of

knitters and crocheters from near and far -

some people make a special visit to the shop

when they are on holiday. In 2018, the team

created over 15,000 hand-knitted and crochet

poppies to commemorate the centenary of the

end of the First World War, which became the

Bridge of Remembrance on Truro’s River Walk.

I operated throughout lockdown by click-andcollect

and delivering yarn. We built a new

website and started an email newsletter. Our

Knit and Natter social group moved online

and later outside at Sunny Corner; one-toone

tutorials and courses took place over

Zoom, and the group sessions are now dualparticipation,

with some attending in person

and others online. It means people can take

part even if they don’t live in Truro, or don’t

want to miss out while on holiday.

What really struck me is how much people

use knitting for mental well-being. It’s almost

meditative – taking that time to stop, and get

in the moment and the rhythm of it. It’s also

sociable: for Knit and Natter, I suggest people

bring something simple to do and enjoy the

conversation. It’s also an act of love: people are

often making things for other people, whether

it’s a relative or for charity.

If you knit or crochet, you want to talk about

it and show people. People often bring their

projects into the shop, and there’s a lot of

banter and laughter. It’s also seen as a very

safe environment in which to talk, especially for

women – although I do have male customers,

and men make excellent knitters.

We see people of all ages, thanks in some part

to the Tom Daley effect! I tend to find younger

knitters like instant results, and buy chunky

wool that enables them to finish quicker. In

contrast, the further you get into your knitting

career, the more satisfaction you get from the

making process, however long it takes.

Buying wool and knitting are two different

addictions. New yarn releases endorphins, and

I have jokingly imposed a “wool ban” on some

customers, if I suspect they are buying lots of

wool but not knitting with it! One customer

even told me she has her wool on display,

like my shop, so she can look at it and stroke

it. During my courses, I set homework so

participants have something to aim for: “I must

do this for next week, or Julie will be cross!”

My son also knits. He made the woolly seagulls

flying around the display. The pattern is sold to

raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission, and

we’ve donated over £100 so far.

October and November are our busiest

months. People start to knuckle down and

make Christmas presents. We also have a Knit

and Natter weekend at the Budock Vean in

November, a huge get-together with around

20 of us. We get quieter in December, just as

everyone else gets started, although we do

sell vouchers and also things that might make

suitable gifts, such as knitting baskets. l

Truro Wool, St Mary’s Street, Truro,

TR1 2AF. Tel: 01872 270661 (Monday

to Saturday). Facebook & Instagram:

@TruroWool, www.trurowool.com

The winners of the British Knitting &

Crochet Awards will be announced on

October 28. For further information, visit

www.letsknit.co.uk/awards

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THE WANT LIST

Atishoo Gallery

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

Located in the beautiful village of Charlestown, a short walk up from the harbour opposite the old chapel, Atishoo Gallery is full to the brim

with an eclectic mix of original art, crafts, prints, homewares and jewellery, all designed by UK based artists and designers and at a variety

of price points. Atishoo is owned by artists Liz Hackney and Paul Clark, who have their own artwork on display. Paul also offers a bespoke

picture framing service by appointment; he has been a framer for over 25 years and is known for the excellent quality of his craftsmanship.

1. Life Is A Journey Campervan, small framed print by Becky Bettesworth, from £39.50. 2. Blue lobster cushion, from £29.50

3. Stay Wild, small framed print by Becky Bettesworth, from £39.50. 4. Deep Blue Sea large lentil pendant, from £75

5. Go With The Flow compact mirror from £9.95 6. Large Seaspray heart pendant from £79 7. Framed seahorse print from £26.50

8. Mackerel Shoal apron from £19 9. The Lonely Pine Tree, Charlestown, print by Liz Hackney, from £15

Atishoo Gallery, 71 Charlestown Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NL Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Tel 01726 65900, email info@atishoogallery.co.uk or visit www.atishoogallery.co.uk

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A spectacular geological phenomenon that has

long been the focal point of the surrounding

communities, Roche Rock is associated with

numerous myths and legends. Discover the

history of this striking landmark, and the truth

behind the stories that cling to these enigmatic

ruins like moorland mist.

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"The granite outcrop rises like a huge

molar into which has been inserted

the early fifteenth century chapel of

St Michael, long roofless and with a

hermit's cell below it."

John Betjeman 1964

The history of Roche Rock is a delightful

tangle of folktales and half-remembered

truths regarding lepers, lords, giants and

hermits. It has always drawn people (and

tall tales) to it, and yet remains firmly off

the typical tourist trail.

The nearby village of Roche, indeed

the whole parish, has been named after

this strange group of rock formations.

Since at least 1201, the area has been

known as La Roche, meaning ‘the rock’

in French. In the past, fairs and cattle

and horse markets were held in the

shadow of the outcrops several times a

year; it was also a campsite for gypsies

and, as far back as the Middle Ages, was

considered a place where evil spirits

would congregate.

The highest outcrop of these black

tourmaline granite rock formations -

likened by the poet John Betjeman to

“a molar” jutting up through the sparse

vegetation - rises to 20m (66ft) above the

surrounding moorland, and was probably

formed around 270 million years ago.

Today it is crowned by the ruins of an

ancient chapel, but before that structure

was built, it is thought there was a simple

hermit’s cell on the rock, home to a monk

or priest called Ogrin. The 12th century

poet Beroul mentions the priest and his

hermitage in his telling of the romantic tale

of Tristan and Isolde: according to legend,

Ogrin gave shelter and counsel to the starcrossed

lovers as they tried to escape the

wrath of Isolde’s husband, King Mark.

The chapel we see today was built on

the rock more than 600 years ago in 1409

by the Tregarrick family, who owned the

manor in which the rock stood at that time.

Sturdily constructed using locally quarried

granite, the building is a feat of medieval

engineering. It hugs the topography of

the outcrop, using the natural stone as an

intrinsic part of its structure.

The two storeys of this now roofless, floorless

ruin once provided accommodation for

the chaplain on the ground floor, with

a small chapel above dedicated to St

Michael. Just like St Michael’s Mount, it is

thought that Roche Rock was once a site

of pilgrimage and that a beacon would be

lit on its heights to guide weary travellers

across the lonely moors to its shelter.

The windows still frame staggering views

of the surrounding clay country, and are

decorated with finely carved mouldings,

as are the doors. Old etchings hint at

other buildings on the rock, long since

disappeared. The chapel can still be

accessed by some rather rusty ladders;

according to historian William Hals, writing

in the 18th century, there was once a stonebuilt

flight of stairs leading to the doorway,

but this was subsequently pulled down

and the stone reused in the village.

One of the most memorable legends

connected to Roche Rock is that it was

the home of a leper. This story may have

some truth in it, as it is said that Sir John

Tregarrick, lord of the manor and MP for

Truro in the 14th century, and his family

were the chapel’s last inhabitants. Some

say Tregarrick was weary of the world

and wanted to live on the rock in solitude

and peace, others that he had contracted

leprosy and was forced to hide away from

the community. His daughter is said to

have cared for him, bringing him meat and

bread every day and collecting water for

him from a well at the base of Roche Rock.

This well, supposedly named after her, is

called Saint Gundred’s or Gunnett’s well,

and has a strange myth all of its own. The

folklorist Robert Hunt wrote about it in

1896, claiming it never runs dry and the

level of the water “ebbs and flows as the

sea”. Richard Carew wrote a verse about

this strange marvel in 1602:

“You neighbour-scorner, holy proud,

Go people too Roche’s cell,

There, hermits, may you dwell.

Is’t true that spring in rock hereby

Doth tide-wise ebb and flow?

Or have we fools with liars met?

Fame say it; be it so.”

Although Roche Rock was clearly once a

site of important religious significance,

stories like this one illustrate the many

traditional folktales that are attached to

this atmospheric place. It is a lonely spot,

well suited to wild imaginings.

The rock was also said to have been

a meeting place for witches, while yet

another myth has the moans of a giant

emanating from the stones on stormy

nights. But perhaps the most famous

former occupant was Jan Tregeagle, said

to have been a 17th century magistrate and

Cornwall’s answer to Sisyphus. There are

various versions of his unfortunate story,

but most agree he was an evil character

who sold his soul to the Devil.

After his death, Tregeagle was doomed to

repeat a number of impossible tasks for all

eternity, such as making a length of rope

from sand and emptying Dozmary Pool on

Bodmin Moor with a holey limpet shell. At

night, he would find himself being hunted

across the moor by the hounds of hell, and

on one occasion they chased him all the

way to Roche Rock. Legend has it that he

took refuge inside; the ungodly hounds

couldn’t enter the chapel walls but it is

said Tregeagle’s terrified howls can still be

heard on the wind.

These days, myths and legends aside,

Roche Rock makes a beautiful spot for

a picnic, especially with the surrounding

nature reserve, and its precipitous rock faces

often attract brave climbers. The outcrop

stands in the heart of clay country, a part

of Cornwall often overlooked but boasting

dramatic scenery, much of it shaped by

its industrial past. It’s worth spending a

day exploring this unusual landscape, and

there’s no better starting place for such an

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Humphry Davy

Truro’s Three Spires Singers perform a

new work about the revered scientist,

written by Cornish composer Graham Fitkin

Chemist, inventor, Enlightenment

Man: Sir Humphry Davy is one

of the most famous sons of

Penzance, and this month he

will be celebrated by another. When the

Three Spires Singers of Truro decided to

create a new work to celebrate their 40th

anniversary, renowned composer and

Cornishman Graham Fitkin was the natural

choice, and Davy the perfect subject.

The resulting piece, Humphry Davy – The

Age Of Aspiration, is a joyful union of

Science and the Arts, and will be performed

in November at Truro Cathedral with actor

Samuel West as narrator and countertenor

Rory McCleery in the titular role.

The singers will also be joined by Cornwall

Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs, as well as over 50

musicians from the Three Spires Orchestra.

A leading light in the minimalist and

postminimalist genre, Graham has been

commissioned by orchestras and artists

around the world, from the Hallé in

Manchester and the BBC Philharmonic to the

Tokyo Symphony and New York City Ballet.

His cello concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma, was

premiered at the BBC Proms in 2011, and

he has composed for dance, film and digital

media, as well as running his own ensemble.

A busy man, he does most of this from

Cornwall’s far west. Hailing from the

hamlet of Crows-an-Wra in West Penwith,

he attended Humphry Davy secondary

school in Penzance and now lives near

Land’s End with his wife, harpist Ruth Wall.

Having previously collaborated on projects

with Tate St Ives and the Minack Theatre,

he was thrilled to join forces with the Three

Spires Singers in their landmark year.

“As most of my work is for institutions,

festivals and venues in major cities across

the UK and abroad, it’s always a delight

when someone down here asks me to do

something,” he says. “It means I feel more

involved, both with the commission but

also with my community.”

Working locally comes with specific benefits.

“A lot of halls have their own characteristics,

often built in, which means a performance

in Berlin might not be the same as in Tokyo

- but while I do my best to find out, it’s often

the case that I don’t get to visit. In contrast,

I know Truro Cathedral well, and enjoy

writing for it,” Graham explains.

“Also, a commission for a large orchestra

might only see a couple of rehearsals

before a first performance, meaning I

might simplify or modify my ideas to take

that into account. With this one, I can relax

because I know the Three Spires will have

time to learn and practise some of the

techniques I’ve included, and have them

embedded. I can even drop into rehearsals

to check on progress, and advise and

adapt accordingly.”

Davy was born on December 17, 1778, the

son of woodcarver Robert Davy and his

wife Grace. Having attended school in his

home town and Truro, he developed a love

of chemistry and worked as a lab assistant,

during which time he experimented with

gases, largely by inhaling them. In this way,

he discovered the properties of nitrous

oxide as both anaesthetic and "laughing

gas", while carbon monoxide almost led to

his early demise.

“He would note how he felt for each

experiment, and whether he’d had a

glass of wine or a full meal. He also

experimented on his friends. Great

fun, very informative but incredibly

dangerous,” says Graham. Having secured

a post at the Royal Institution in London,

Davy’s renown grew as the inventor of the

safety lamp, discovered electrolysis and

isolated iodine. He also wrote books on

fly fishing and travel, and was knighted in

1812. He died in 1829 in Geneva, where he

was buried.

Graham turned to Kresen Kernow

(Cornwall’s historical archive in Redruth)

and the Royal Institution in London for

his own research. Both yielded letters,

research notes and background from

which he wove the text of this new work.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process,” he

enthuses. “Most people might not know

much about Davy, or only know the one

thing: the miner’s safety lamp. But the

other stuff is just as extraordinary if not

more so. People flocked to his public

lectures because he was so entertaining.”

The work also serves as a commentary on the

society of the late 18th century: the industrial

revolution and the rise of capitalism and

consumerism, the disenfranchisement

of the poor and Wilberforce’s abolition

speech from the House of Commons. “It’s

the first time you’ll have heard a House of

Commons rap,” laughs Graham. It all adds

up to a lot of information, and yet Graham

was aiming for "a single, monolithic piece: -

a huge challenge”.

The choir was founded for the Three

Spires Festival in 1981, when around 60

singers were directed by the late Richard

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English and celebrates life. It’s written with

the same love and care as a eulogy at a

funeral, and I found it incredibly moving,

but also refreshing.”

Graham Fitkin

Graham was commissioned in 2016, and

before a single note was written, the

fundraising wheels were set in motion,

both by choir members and through grant

funding applications. “For an amateur

choir to commission at that level and

expense is a massive undertaking,” says

Three Spires chair Lora Wicks. “Minimalist

music doesn’t normally put bums on seats,

so we are really sticking our neck out. But

it’s exciting to be doing something new.”

Hickox, performing with revered musicians

including violinist Nigel Kennedy and

percussionist Evelyn Glennie. While the

festival is long gone, the choir remains,

with 125 members at last count, and is

today led by Christopher Gray, director of

music at Truro Cathedral.

While it is well known for performing the

blockbuster works associated with large

choirs (eg Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Verdi),

the group is no stranger to commissioning

new music. In 2013, it premiered A Secular

Requiem by Truro composer Russell

Pascoe, which is scheduled to return to the

cathedral in March 2022.

For Christmas 2019, a new carol was

written especially for the cathedral choir,

with lyrics by the choristers set to music

by Sasha Johnson-Manning. “It’s one

thing commissioning a Christmas carol;

it’s a much bigger statement to go for a

40-minute piece, for choir, soloist, narrator

and full orchestra,” says Chris, with pride.

Performing new music gives the choir a

“balanced diet” of musical styles and eras.

“There’s so much choral repertoire along

religious themes, partly because before

concert halls and opera houses opened,

music came out of the church and was

written for it,” Chris explains.

“So it’s nice to be doing something

completely different. Graham has a

distinctive voice of his own, unlike other

composers you might have heard. It’s for

a sophisticated palate and the choir will

find it challenging to start with, but it will

become intuitive after a while.”

What about the audience? “Some people

will come to the concert because it’s a

bit different, and they’ve heard the Verdi

Requiem before; others will be interested

in Humphry Davy - his life and legacy,”

says Chris. “I think all will find it appealing,

not least for the narrative text spoken by

Davy. Where church texts are often written

in Latin and concern death, this is in

With singing viewed as a potential means

of spreading covid 19, choirs suffered

more than many activities during the

pandemic. Having been restricted to

online participation since March 2020,

the choir returned to rehearsing together

on September 6, in a school hall with

open windows and well-spaced seating.

“It’s a big part of our lives, both musically

and socially,” says Lora. “Rehearsing

via Zoom just isn’t the same, but it was

better than not singing at all, and it kept

the tribe together.”

Lora has also kept the choir up to date

via a number of podcasts, including two

in conversation with Graham about the

emerging work. Fellow Cornishman Petroc

Trelawny, of Classic FM, is the choir’s

patron and will host a pre-concert seminar

with Graham, former Tomorrow’s World

presenter Vivienne Parry and science

historian Dr Patricia Fara on October 16

(venue to be confirmed).

Once premiered, all involved hope the

piece will go on to have a long and fruitful

life. “One of the biggest thrills is that we

are bringing a new musical work into being

in a way that is meaningful to the people of

Cornwall,” says Lora. Adds Graham: “This

is only the beginning of the life of this

particular piece - I’m very excited.”

Humphry Davy – The Age Of Aspiration

will be performed on November 20 and

21 at Truro Cathedral. The programme will

also include Poulenc’s Gloria and Ravel’s

piano concerto in G played by Cordelia

Williams. www.threespiressingers.org.uk l

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A new short story anthology plumbs

the depths of Cornwall’s darker side

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mariner inherits a skull

that screams incessantly

along with the roar of the

sea; a phantom hare stalks

the moors to deliver justice for a crime

long dead; a man witnesses a murder

in the woods near St Ives, only to

wonder whether it was he himself who

committed the crime. Sherlock Holmes

and Dr Watson find their Cornish Riviera

holiday scuppered by a series of horrible

murders in what Holmes describes as “the

strangest case I had ever handled”.

These chilling yarns are all set in Cornwall,

and come from the pens of Victorian

Gothic luminaries such as Bram Stoker,

Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle and

a host of underappreciated and forgotten

writers from the past two centuries.

Together they form the anthology Cornish

Horrors: Tales From The Land’s End,

edited by Joan Passey and published by

British Library. The collection capitalises

on the surge in interest in the likes of

Winston Graham (Poldark) and Daphne

du Maurier (Rebecca), and explores

Cornwall’s rich folklore and traditions

in a journey through mines, mythology,

shipwrecks, seascapes and the arrival of

the railway and with it, tourism.

A teacher and researcher at the University

of Bristol specialising in transhistorical

Gothic fiction, Joan was partial to chillers

from an unusually early age. “My dad

had to give special permission for me

to have an adult library card when I was

eight, because I’d already read every

Point Horror and Goosebumps book in

the children’s section,” she laughs. “I was

reading Stephen King far too young, and

have dined on a steady diet of Gothic

horror ever since.”

As an undergraduate, she studied at the

University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus,

with lectures in the Daphne du Maurier

building. “I fell in love with Rebecca and

Frenchman’s Creek at the same time I fell

in love with living in Cornwall,” she says.

In her third year, she took the Gothic unit

with Professor Nick Groom - “the Prof of

Goth!” - and wondered whether there was

a Gothic Cornwall before du Maurier. Her

persistent digging led to an undergraduate

dissertation on the use of Cornwall as a

Gothic space, followed by a PhD to define

a Gothic Cornwall (with the intriguing title

Corpses, Coasts And Carriages).

“The Gothic has been a really rich field

for study since the 1970s, with lots of work

on Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gothic,” says

Joan. “But despite a wealth of narratives,

many by some of the most famous authors

of the 19th century, a Cornish Gothic

hadn’t yet been considered.

"I started by Googling, and relied a lot on

word of mouth – at conferences, people

would recommend their favourite Cornish

Gothic wonders. I trawled through archives

with increasingly elaborate search terms,

and found many short stories while working

as an intern at the wonderful Royal Cornwall

Museum. Those included in the anthology

are just a few of what turned out to be

hundreds, and I’m finding more all the time.”

With its Celtic roots, myths and legends

and lively history, particularly during the

Civil War, Cornwall had long been viewed

by both locals and outsiders as a land of

mystery and otherness. While we take a

more educated stance on this in the 21st

century, with the Cornish being granted

EU minority status in 2014 to celebrate

and protect their unique identity, opinions

were less kind in the 1800s.

In her introduction, Joan explains how

the Cornish were seen as “ungovernable

miners, fiery Celts and potentially even

smugglers, wreckers and pirates”. Of a

group of Cornish miners encountered

on his overseas travels, Robert Louis

Stevenson, no less, wrote: “A division of

races, older and more original than that

of Babel, keeps this close, esoteric family

apart from neighbouring Englishmen …

This is one of the lessons of travel – that

some of the strangest races dwell next

door to you at home.”

Rather than repelling would-be visitors,

this reputation had precisely the opposite

effect: “Tourists flocked to this strange,

frightening land on England’s doorstep.”

In 1859, when Isambard Kingdom

Brunel built the Royal Albert Bridge and

extended the Great Western Railway

into Cornwall, it saw a sudden influx of

visitors who were as fascinated by the

locals as they were appreciative of the

“Mediterranean” climate.

While the income from tourism filled

the void left by the increasing decline of

mining, there were concerns – then as

now – that the hordes would spoil the very

things that made Cornwall so special. For

that reason, authors hurried down west,

eager to see it before it was changed

irrevocably. Joan points out how many

stories “feature the county somewhat

rejecting the unwary visitor”.

Some tour operators were only too

happy to exploit Cornwall’s newly

discovered dark side; among the ghoulish

experiences on offer was a special train

transporting rubbernecking visitors to

Bodmin Jail for a ringside seat for the

latest round of hangings.

Why haven’t these stories been collected

before? “Historically, Cornwall has been

somewhat marginalised and occluded

from literary and cultural histories,” says

Joan, “for reasons including sheer distance

and inaccessibility, historical administrative

neglect, a radical and tumultuous

reputation throughout the 19th century,

and perhaps just bad luck!

“Humphry Davy offered Samuel Taylor

Coleridge a tour of Cornwall the same

summer William Wordsworth offered a trip

to the Lakes. What would literary landscapes

look like if Cornwall had become the

nation’s heart of Romantic poetry?”

While renowned anthologist Denys Val

Baker collected a number of Cornish Gothic

tales in the 1970s, Joan admits: "There has

been very little love for this rich, bountiful

and very particular genre of fiction.” She

predicts a sea-change, with the forthcoming

release of Gothic Kernow by Ruth Heholt

and Tanya Krzywinska (Anthem), as well as

her own Cornish Gothic (University of Wales

Press). “Poldark led to a renewed popularity

in Cornwall’s brooding coasts, and Mark

Jenkin’s Bait offered a modern spin on the

haunted county. Hopefully there’s much

more to come!” l

Words by Kirstie Newton

Illustrations by Sandra Gómez,

with design by Mauricio Villamayor

Cornish Horrors: Tales From

The Land’s End is published by

British Library, paperback £8.99.

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An insight into the work

of the Cornwall Air

Ambulance crew

In August, the Cornwall Air Ambulance

crew was tasked to 124 emergency

incidents across Cornwall and the Isles of

Scilly. Air Operations Officer Steve Garvey

takes us on board a busy summer day shift,

to offer an insight behind the numbers and

the types of incidents the lifesaving team

are called out to.

“The early shift starts at 7am. On Friday,

August 6, I was working alongside critical

care paramedic Stuart Croft and pilot

Richard Dixon. We had barely finished the

morning briefing and helicopter checks

when the red phone rang at 7.15am.

First call of the day was a motorbike

accident on the A38 near Bodmin. We

were fortunate to be able to bypass all the

morning commuter traffic and land right

next to the road within 10 minutes. The

motorbike rider suffered an open fracture

on his ankle and was visibly in a lot of pain.

As a team, we administered ketamine to

the patient, which allowed us to manipulate

his foot and put his leg in a splint. Due

to the nature of his injury, he needed to

be transferred to Derriford Hospital for

an operation - a flight which took just 18

minutes from the scene.

As we lifted from the hospital to head back

to base, South Western Ambulance Service

(SWASft) control room radioed in with

another job. We flew straight to Wadebridge

to help an elderly woman who was found

unconscious at home. Depending on

where an incident takes place, we can’t

always land as close to the patient as we

would like. On these occasions we rely on

our colleagues from the police, ambulance

service or sometimes even passers-by to

get us where we need to be. This patient’s

vital signs were poor, so we worked to

transfer her to Royal Cornwall Hospital as

quickly as possible.

Following the handover at Treliske, it

was 12.30pm – time for lunch (or so we

thought). The next call came through

before we lifted, this time a violent incident

in Polperro. With reports of two casualties,

Devon Air Ambulance was also tasked to

the scene. Stuart and I were prepared for

the type of injuries we might encounter,

such as a traumatic arrest.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still

wearing PPE when we treat patients. Often

this involves changing into a full protective

suit at 1,000ft in the air! In the helicopter,

we maintained contact with the ambulance

control room for updates and to make sure

we knew exactly where the aircraft from

Devon was. We landed side by side in a

field at the top of the town, just as the call

came through to stand down. Sadly, both

casualties died from their injuries before we

could get there.

The final tasking for the day shift came as

soon as we lifted from Polperro: a cardiac

arrest in Fowey. Pilot Richard landed in a

playing field, about a five-minute run from

the site to the patient’s house. The survival

rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is

fewer than 1 in 10; sadly, despite our best

efforts, the patient did not survive.

We returned to base for the first time all

day at 3pm. Our priority is always to refuel

the helicopter and restock the kit bags, as

we never know when the phone might ring

again. It’s relentless at times, particularly

in the summer when it’s busy and you’re

on back-to-back jobs - it can be very

demanding. Some days you can’t always

help everyone, but when you do make a

difference in someone’s life, that is what

makes it all worthwhile.” l

Cornwall Air Ambulance is a charity which

relies on the generosity of supporters

to fly and save lives across Cornwall

and the Isles of Scilly. Find out more at

cornwallairambulancetrust.org

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ART HOUSE GALLERY

Always on the lookout for new talent, Art House Gallery features a diverse

mix of mediums, blending representational and abstract styles.

The exhibition evolves all season with fresh and dynamic work.

Their collection includes more than 20 of the most respected artists

working in Cornwall today.

Open times: mostly 11:30am-4:30pm • Private views are available

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Art House Gallery, Island Square, St Ives, TR26 1NT

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52 THROUGH THE EYES OF...

54 ART FOCUS

56 MAKER'S FOCUS

58 ARTIST PROFILE

60 MEET THE MAKER

62 GALLERY OF THE MONTH

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Art News

INSPIRE MAKERS, FALMOUTH

Have you ever wanted to learn new skills or try

different crafts? Are you curious about how artists

and makers do what they do? Inspire Makers

on Falmouth’s Old High Street is delighted to

report that its workshop programme is now

fully up and running! A wide range of “kitchen

table” based classes are available to inspire you

to find your own creative path. Half- or full-day

sessions are hosted by the artists and makers

showcased in the shop, and are designed to

give you an introduction to various art forms and

the confidence to carry on exploring at home

without needing a large outlay on equipment or

materials. So if you’re a budding jeweller, glass

fuser, bookbinder or artist of any kind, see what

sparks your imagination! l

Inspire Makers, 5 High Street,

Falmouth, TR11 2AB.

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Tel. 01326 531176,

www.inspiremakers.com/workshops

COVER STAR:

MATT JOHNSON, SEASALT CORNWALL

Matt Johnson is an illustrator based in Falmouth. His artwork focuses on Cornish

landscape and nature and he is currently working on his first illustrated book,

all about Cornwall’s fishing history. Matt designs prints and illustrations inhouse

for the fashion brand Seasalt, as well as freelance artwork for customers

such as the RNLI, Bloomsbury Publishing, Jacobi Jayne and Digital Arts. The St

Mawes garden scene on this issue’s cover was created for Seasalt, and featured

in their 2021 calendar. It is also currently available as a greeting card at www.

seasaltcornwall.co.uk l

To see more of Matt’s work and to buy prints, visit his website:

www.mattillustration.uk or find him on Instagram: @mattillustrationuk

His prints are also now available at Olde Rope, 5 The Moor, Falmouth, TR11 3QA

ANDREW BARROWMAN AT

THE CUSTOM HOUSE, PORTHLEVEN

Landscape artist Andrew Barrowman prefers to paint en plein

air, using oils as his chosen medium. His paintings often start

with ideas found while walking his dog, making quick sketches

and colour notes in a small sketch book. "Painting outdoors on

location helps me learn more about my subject, but there are often

distractions: changeable weather, rising tides, changing light and

insects biting!” he says. “It’s all part of the experience of creating

a painting. I often come home tasting the salt on my lips from the

sea spray thrown into the air as the waves crash against the rocks.

When painting inland, I usually return covered in mud or scratched

by brambles after tumbling over with all my painting gear!” l

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See Andrew’s work at the Custom House Gallery on Porthleven’s

harbourside from Saturday, October 16 to Monday, October 25.

www.cornwall-art.co.uk


TRELISSICK GALLERY

Our Autumn/Winter Members Exhibition opens on

the 2nd October and will run until January 2022.

www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk

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PORTHMEOR ART COLLECTIVE

St Ives School of Painting has introduced the next phase of a free youth

programme, giving local and national young artists the opportunity to

exhibit work in Cornwall’s cultural heart. The Porthmeor Art Collective is

a free online programme for 13- to 16-year-olds which can be accessed

around the UK. Spearheaded by emerging Cornish artist Caleb Richards,

25, the programme explores art from a contemporary perspective,

including how it contributes to pop culture and influences the way young

people see themselves and the world around them. “When I was in my

teens, I craved this insight and encouragement when scribbling spooky

faces in my bedroom,” he says. “With this course, I hope to offer useful

tips and tricks, and help participants develop a pragmatic process they

can use every time they approach a new piece of work." The project

will run on Tuesdays from October 12 to November 9 at 4.30pm. The

exhibition will take place on November 21 from 11am to 3pm. l

Visit http://schoolofpainting.co.uk/young-artists/ or Instagram @

porthmeor_youngartists

THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

The paintings and prints of Suzy Sharpe are on show at The Old Coastguard

hotel in Mousehole from October 16 to January 5. Suzy’s latest body of

work has a particular focus on owls and other British birds. Imagine the

magical momentary glimpse of a barn owl, the barely heard hoot of a

tawny owl, the distant flock of lapwings passing an estuary, or a cloud of

200,000 starlings overhead. Contrast that with the roar of the busy rush-hour

traffic and the hectic human landscape of wind turbines, power cables and

plastic navigated daily by wildlife. Mancunian Suzy has lived in Cornwall

for 27 years, having studied Fine Art in Plymouth and an MA in Authorial

Illustration from Falmouth University. She is now a part-time lecturer on the

Art & Design Practice BA (hons) course at Cornwall College. Her studio is

based on her smallholding, where she occasionally runs workshops. l

www.suzysharpeartist.com/ocg

EARLY WINTER WORKS AT

WHITEWATER CONTEMPORARY

As part of the gallery’s ongoing Featured Artist

series, Whitewater Contemporary in Polzeath

presents a new collection of paintings by Virginia

Ray throughout October. Virginia’s mixed media

landscape works are inspired by the dramatic

weather and rich industrial heritage of West

Cornwall, and include materials taken from the land

itself - slate, tin, copper and stone dust – so each

work engages with Cornwall’s natural elements

and celebrates the rich materiality of the land. The

collection is informed by walks on which Virginia

records her sensory impressions of the unique

scenery, retracing the footsteps of those who once

populated this working mining area. Then from

November 1, artist Suki Wapshott presents a new

exhibition of work, inspired by her love of literature

and the spectacular surroundings of her home in

Polzeath.l

Whitewater Contemporary, The Parade, Polzeath,

PL27 6SR. For further information and to take

a virtual tour of current gallery exhibitions, see

whitewatercontemporary.co.uk

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The Customs House Gallery

˜ Porthleven ˜

Improve your skills and meet like-minded

people with pottery classes and workshops

in Redruth, Cornwall.

These sessions are a great way

to further explore the world of

pottery.

I have three types of weekly

workshops; on the wheel, for

those who want nothing more

than to learn to throw and are

focused solely on that; general,

for those who want to try

everything and those who just

want a few fun hours making

a mug, plate or bowl.

My studio has a relaxed and

happy atmosphere, 10am-

12noon and 1pm-3pm Tuesday

to Friday. 10am-12noon and

6.30pm-8.30pm Mondays, and

10am-12noon weekends

G10 Percy Williams Building, Krowji,

West Park, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3AJ

Text: 07855 102 598

Email: susywardg10@yahoo.com

www.susywardceramics.com

ROCKY BEACH, PERRANUTHNOE

an exhibition of

original paintings

by andrew barrowman

CREATIVE & CULTURAL LIVING

SATURDAY 16TH TO

MONDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2021

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN OUR 2022

ART GUIDES PLEASE CONTACT JENI SMITH

TEL: 01209 494003

EMAIL: JENI.MYCORNWALL@GMAIL.COM

OPEN DAILY 10.30AM TO 5PM

W: WWW.CORNWALL-ART.CO.UK

T: 01326 569365

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A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE

LIZARD ART, TRELOWARREN

Autumn show: Until October 31

Book Launch and Little Picture Show: November 3 to 21

Lizard Art, Trelowarren Estate, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Cornwall TR12 6AF

Found within the ancient cobbled courtyard at the heart of the Trelowarren estate,

the Stable Yard Gallery is an idyllic place to soak up the creative culture of the Lizard.

The old converted stable barns house the popular Pantry and New Yard Restaurant,

and are also home to Lizard Art co-operative which brings together the work of some

of the country’s most southerly-based artists.

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After successful Spring, Summer and Autumn Exhibitions in 2021, Lizard Art is looking

forward to celebrating the launch of a new book, Lizard Uncovered, which features

a compilation of words and images from each of the current members. This is a real

personal insight into the artists’ work and their influences, and with Christmas round

the corner, makes a perfect gift for fellow creatives.

The launch coincides with the annual Little Picture Show, from November 3 to 21 - a

lovely intimate exhibition of smaller works, curated collectively to create a cohesive

and immersive show that allows each member’s work to shine. Expect a broad range of

different media from each artist, including more experimental work. It’s a must-see, and

again a great opportunity to grab a special painting, print, drawing or sculpture for a

loved one (or yourself!) from one of the collective professional artists of the Lizard.

Our artists are looking forward to welcoming you to this special exhibition, so please

tell your friends and make a date to explore this hidden gem on the Lizard.

E: admin@lizardart.co.uk W: lizardart.co.uk T: 01326 221778

Facebook: @lizardart Instagram: @lizardartgallery


COWHOUSE GALLERY

CREATIVE & CULTURAL LIVING

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.

Open daily 10-5. Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe TR20 9NE

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

JACKSON FOUNDATION

Kurt Jackson –

Wheat: From Plough to Plate

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.

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

a creative space showcasing the talent of over 50 Cornish artists and

craftspeople. There is a wide range of contemporary work from both wellknown

and emerging makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, painting

& prints, stationery, and homewares. There is also a pop-up gallery which

hosts a year round programme of short exhibitions by Cornish artists, and a

dedicated workshop space which offers classes to inspire people to become

creative themselves. Check our website for details on what’s coming up.

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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LIZARD ART

A stunning gallery located at the heart of

the timeless Trelowarren Estate, run by a cooperative

of exciting and diverse professional

artists all sharing an enthusiasm for living and

working on the Lizard peninsular. Seascapes

to abstracts, prints, crafts and cards with

various media to suit all tastes.

Autumn Exhibition

8th September- 31st October

Winter Exhibition

Little Picture Show & Book Launch

3rd - 21st November

Open Wed - Sunday 11am - 3pm

Lizard Art, Trelowarren Estate,

Mawgnan-in-Meneage, Cornwall, TR12 6AF

T: 01326 221778 • E: admin@lizardart.co.uk

www.Lizardart.co.uk • Facebook: Lizardart

Instagram: @lizardartgallery

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.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE –

Echoes of a Vanished World

An explorer and a Founder of Survival

International, this exhibition is a

collection of his photographs from the

1950’s-1970’s.

There is nothing self-conscious or

patronising here. Instead, there is a deep

admiration, a sense of wonder, respect

and desire to share what he sees with a

world that has grown increasingly out of

touch with the things that really matter.

Kurt Jackson - Kenidjack:

A Cornish Valley

From August 28th. A sister exhibition to

2017’s Cot: A Cornish Valley - this show

is a stunning collection of paintings and

sculpture that follows a stream from

its source on the moors above St Just

down through the valley and into the

sea, taking in the sights, sounds, history,

heritage and wildlife along the way.

Open Tuesday - Saturday.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB

T: 01736 787638

www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com

MARTIN JOHN FOWLER

SHARON MCSWINEY

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

We have moved to a new gallery space exhibiting handcrafted metalwork,

jewellery & paintings. Inspired by the sea unique metal seaweed wall

pieces & silver limpet jewellery capture the Cornish coast.

Sharon McSwiney, Gallery on the Square, Island Square, St Ives TR26 1NX

Tel: 01736 448293 • www.sharonmcswiney.co.uk

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THROUGH THE EYES OF...

CHRIS INSOLL

Chris Insoll trained as an accountant before following his love of art. He founded

the Portscatho Art Society in April 1984, opening The Gallery Portscatho in River

Street the following year. In 2000 he launched The New Gallery, an artist-run space

specialising in the work of established West Country artists, most of whom also

exhibit in London. Chris paints figurative and abstract work, which can be found in

collections including the Royal Cornwall Museum and Falmouth Art Gallery.

Tell us about one of your favourite

locations to paint, and why it inspires you...

I’d choose the harbour and bay at

Portscatho, which has continued to provide

me with inspirational material for 40 years.

It changes with every season: from a small

deserted cove with old chains and outdated

harbour equipment rusting into history, into

a mass of visitors, boats and children, all

rushing around in the pursuit of pleasure.

What do you particularly enjoy focusing

upon when you paint?

I often surprise myself by what I find. Most

recently, after a swim at the end of a hot

day, I tried to account for a mass of small

children and their parents jumping off

the jetty into the water. Jetty jumping is a

traditional activity which continues to this

day, despite the newly installed chains.

Describe the sounds, smells and

feelings of your location

The sounds are the shrieks of the holidaymakers.

The remnants of a fishing

expedition quietly rotting in a small boat

contributes toward the smells, and the

feeling is that of an observer, slightly

detached, of the British on holiday during

the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

What colours do you like to use?

Colours are suggested by the subject, and

I use as many as possible to paint around

the subject rather than just copying a view.

What do you think about while

painting en plein air?

Each panel is a gambit and may well

come to nothing. En plein air painting can

encourage me to be too literal, and yet I

need a constant supply of information from

working outside in order to help me paint

the much larger canvasses in my studio.

What are the challenges of

working in this way?

My main challenges can be broadly

described as weather and visitors. For

anyone working outside, the weather can

be an issue. However, a clear blue sky

holds little interest in comparison with

clouds together with the blacks, blues

and greys associated with the sort of

skies which Constable painted outside,

and which are so admired for both their

observation and inventive composition.

Visitors contribute to the crowds in

the summer months. Crowds change

the landscape as beaches and harbours

become a different subject, which is

sometimes quite a welcome challenge as

in my recent study of the jetty jumpers in

Portscatho. I often enjoy painting people

at their leisure. As I have got older, I have

become less worried by interested parties

peeking at my work - I sometimes get a

sale, occasionally their sympathy.

What do you love most?

I live nearby and am able to get out whenever

the conditions are right for whatever I am

doing with regard to my en plein air studies.

At present, I’m painting from almost the

same place each time I go out, and am

trying to explore the graduations of light in

different conditions. These studies contribute

to my much larger and ambitious studio

compositions. To have such a marvellous

subject on my doorstep is a privilege I still

appreciate after all these years. l

See more of Chris Insoll’s work at the

New Gallery, Portscatho TR2 5HW.

Open Thursday to Saturday, 10am

to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm, or by

appointment at other times.

Tel 01872 580719

Email chrisinsoll@gmail.com

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ART FOCUS

THE SUNSHINE PAINTER

Falmouth Art Gallery shows an exhibition of work by Henry Scott Tuke.

In 1894, the first Falmouth Art Gallery in

Grove Place under the directorship of

artists Henry Scott Tuke and William Ayerst

Ingram. Now based in the Municipal

Buildings, the gallery in its present form

pays tribute to one of its founding fathers.

An exhibition of work by Henry Scott

Tuke explores the complexities that

surround the life and art of the British

painter, famed for his depictions of sun,

sea, bathing and especially for his prolific

depiction of nude boys and youths

bathing on Cornish seashores.

Henry Scott Tuke, a touring exhibition

from Watts Gallery-Artists’ Village,

explores how, both as an artist and an

individual, Tuke navigated the shifting

social, artistic and sexual dynamics of late

Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Tuke

and his art simultaneously raise questions

about how we might depict, view and

discuss the body in the 21st century.

The exhibition features key works

from the artist’s early years, which were

spent studying at the Slade School of Art

before travelling in Italy and France. It

was during this seminal phase of Tuke’s

early career that he first encountered the

practice of painting en plein air. The critic

Abraham Cooper would later write: “Mr

H. S. Tuke is a sunshine painter, one of

the pioneers of that outdoor school which

makes beach and boat, field and wood,

its studio and its model.”

On his return to Britain in the 1880s, like

many of his generation, Tuke was drawn

to Cornwall. He initially worked at Newlyn

while the emerging artists’ colony was still

in its infancy, building a reputation with

sombre-coloured, increasingly large-scale

scenes of Cornish seafaring life.

Finding the increasingly competitive

atmosphere at Newlyn claustrophobic, in

1885 Tuke moved to Falmouth. An avid

sailor, he acquired an ever-expanding fleet

of small boats, which he used for leisure,

racing, fishing and painting. Tuke even

converted an old French brigantine, the

Julie of Nantes, into a colossal 60-foot

floating studio; it was aboard this ship that

he painted his most ambitious seafaring

scenes, including All Hands to the Pumps!

This was hailed as the artist’s ‘strongest

work’ when exhibited at the Royal

Academy’s 1889 exhibition.

From the 1890s onwards, Tuke devoted

much of his time to the study of the male

nude, driven by a desire to capture the

chromatic effects of sunlight on skin. Today

– as in his lifetime – Tuke is best known

for these idiosyncratic depictions of nude

male youths swimming, messing about in

boats and sunbathing on Cornish beaches.

The exhibition explores the significant

role that Tuke played in the resurgence of

the male nude in British art of the period,

while also considering the ways in which

his paintings have prompted a complex

range of responses and interpretations,

from the pastoral to the erotic.

As a close associate of Uranian poets

and writers such as Charles Kains-Jackson,

Tuke and his nudes were simultaneously

embedded within the group's homoerotic

interests, distinguished by a preference

for youthful male beauty that remains

troubling today. The exhibition and its

accompanying programme invite visitors

to consider how these works provoke

challenging questions about how we look

at and display the body – particularly the

young body – today.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Cicely

Robinson, editor of a new collection

of essays on the artist. “Tuke was, and

continues to be, an intriguing artistic

anomaly,” she says. “In drawing together

a unique synthesis of establishment and

avant-garde influences, he infused his

paintings with a distinctive aesthetic

that continues to make them instantly

recognisable today.

“Featuring a varied collection of rarely

exhibited art and archival content, this

exhibition explores the full breadth of

Tuke’s career in order to begin to unpick

the complexities that surround the

life, art and reputation of the so-called

‘sunshine painter’.”

Falmouth Art Gallery holds a collection

over 3,000 artworks that belong to the

town, the core of which dates from 1923,

with gifts made by the South African art

benefactor Alfred Aaron de Pass (1861-

1952) that include ‘Study for The Lady of

Shalott’ by John William Waterhouse and

other names many people are surprised to

find in Falmouth.

The gallery is a service of Falmouth

Town Council and in 2016 became part

of its Falmouth Cultural Services. The Fal

Culture Team works together to run the

council’s cultural venues and uses them to

share knowledge, celebrate heritage and

promote creativity and wellbeing through

activities and events for the community.

Henry Scott Tuke, showing now until

November 20 at Falmouth Art Gallery.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm,

and Saturday 10am to 1pm. Free entry. l

www.falmouthartgallery.com

Our Jack by Henry Scott Tuke, courtesy

of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

Tuke Collection.

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MAKER'S FOCUS

Susy Ward Ceramics

“My studio is a happy and welcoming place,” says ceramicist Susy Ward. This

much is true as we chat in her Redruth studio at the artist hub Krowji. Surrounded

by packed shelves of work in varying stages of progress - some made by students,

some by Susy herself – from mugs, jars and plates to bowls of all sizes, I feel the

three bears would be in their element here.

“My focus is on workshops these days as

my exhibitions, last year and this, were

cancelled and with no Stithians Show,

Royal Cornwall, Lowender Peran, Open

Studios and the like, sales have been

sporadic at best.”

When I arrive, student Molly is learning

to throw and has a very happy smile on her

face. “I love it when they get it,” says Susy.

“It’s such a good feeling.”

Susy moves to the completed work,

and produces pieces made by siblings

holidaying with family in Cornwall. “Over

their five weeks with me, they each

produced a large platter and matching

plates with totally different surface

designs. They made my Monday mornings

brighter.” The pieces are beautiful, surely

destined to become heirlooms.

Susy has had to redesign and rearrange

the studio to accommodate the

workshops, “buying in more wheels, a

shedload of new tools and a clay extruder,

as well as having a 4ft x 8ft table built. Of

course, new shelving covering two walls

had to be built to hold increased volume

– it's still something of a work in progress,

because although full of energy and ideas,

I’m no spring chicken so the heavy work is

commissioned out.

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure

than to offer options and watch as the

pieces take shape. I don’t just point to the

clay and tools, I offer examples of what

can be achieved from the making to the

surface decoration.

“So many people are told in school that

their efforts are poor and they take that

with them through life. As a result, they

don’t feel they have the right to express

themselves with their marks. Hopefully that

does not happen these days.

“People don’t have to commit to

learning on the wheel and they don’t

have to commit to learning long term.

I offer one-off taster sessions either for

themselves or as a gift. Most people buy

20 hours; some take all 20 hours in one

week, some over ten weeks or less. When

and for how long is up to the student.”

A number of Susy’s students have

gone on to become professional potters

themselves with their own set-up and

growing fanbase. “Love it!” beams Susy.

From the attention to detail that Susy

instils, I can see why. Looking around, I

see hundreds of handmade tiles. “These

are being made by a pair of – I won’t

say students, because they are focused

on this one task, and I am helping them

achieve their goal. The tiles will adorn

their bathroom wall,” Susy explains. “The

sketches are beautiful and the end result

will be magazine worthy - there will be

an estimated 5,000+ tiles.” That’s some

project, and it proves there are no limits.

“I am as happy teaching the skills

and discipline needed to become a

professional potter as I am helping

someone make a memorable piece during

a two-hour session. I have been fortunate

in my life to have met and worked with

people who have been generous with their

knowledge. I like to think I, too, am that

generous person.”

From pottery evening classes in Falmouth

to private lessons with established potters,

and an HND course at Camborne College

- “the best thing I ever did” - followed

by a degree course, Susy concludes by

saying: “I have had many and varied jobs/

careers in my time, and I have LOVED every

decade from the ‘50s onwards. I have raised

children and grandchildren, and now have

five great-grandchildren. Somehow, I have

ended up right here with a huge smile on

my face.” l

Susy Ward Ceramics,

G10 Percy Williams Building, Krowji,

West Park, Redruth, TR15 3AJ.

Tel: 01209 254897

www.susywardceramics.com

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ARTIST PROFILE

Catherine Hyde

Catherine Hyde follows the life-cycle of the buff-tailed bumblebee at Penzance’s

Lighthouse Gallery in her exhibition - The Golden Hours.

Inspired by time spent with nature

during lockdown 1.0, Catherine Hyde has

based her latest work on the life-cycle

of the buff-tailed bumblebee. Using her

captivating style of painting, she hopes

to encourage people to actively engage

with the issue by showcasing bee-friendly

plants and herbs, and inspiring us all

to creating wildlife havens - even in the

smallest of gardens.

The resulting collection, The Golden

Hours, will form her biannual solo

exhibition at Lighthouse Gallery in

Penzance from November 6 to 20, which

will also see the launch of her latest book:

The Bee and The Sun.

With all the power and erudition

of an accomplished visual storyteller,

Catherine will take gallery visitors on a

journey through the seasons, celebrating

the richness of the natural world as we

stand on the cusp of the darkest months.

The captivating collection of paintings

follows the life-cycle of a queen

bumblebee as she hibernates through

the winter, before emerging in the spring

to find nectar and begin the search for a

suitable nesting site.

Like the whole of the UK insect

population, bumblebees are in drastic

decline, a situation which could have

dire consequences for both wildlife and

people. Catherine is passionate about

raising awareness of this issue, and

encouraging people to take action by

considering bee-friendly planting in their

gardens and outdoor spaces.

“I’ve done a lot of research on the

decline of pollinators, and it is quite a

scary scenario we’re heading for,” she

says. “During spring 2020, when life

stood still during that first lockdown,

I found the natural world louder and

more beautiful than ever in the space

vacated by human activity. During that

time, I began this body of work: my own

creative effort to encourage people to

engage with the issue.”

The paintings feature in her new book,

The Bee and The Sun. Each month

of the year is illustrated with a bee in

various stages of the cycle as Catherine

introduces a plethora of bee-friendly

medicinal herbs and plants. It’s great

inspiration for gardeners keen to use their

green fingers to support the pollinating

insect population.

“Some of my earliest memories are of

my mother’s garden, a paradise of herbs

and flowers and the buzzing of bees

and insects,” Catherine recalls. “I find

the glorious aromas of freshly picked

mint, rosemary and oregano powerfully

nostalgic and it fills me with pleasure

to gather them now from my own

wildflower garden.”

Published by Zephyr, The Bee and

The Sun is the companion book to The

Hare and The Moon, which follows the

phases of the moon and a hare’s journey

throughout the 12 months of the year.

Based in Helston, Catherine studied

Fine Art Painting at Central School of

Art in London, where she began honing

her style of atmospheric and symbolic

landscape paintings enlivened by flakes

of mica and inlaid with gold and copper

leaf. She has been nominated four times

for The Kate Greenaway Award for

illustration in children’s literature, and her

paintings can be seen in The Princess’

Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy, and The

Snow Angel by Lauren St John.

In Cornwall, Catherine has been

represented by the Lighthouse Gallery

for over 15 years. First opened in spring

2003, this spacious, light-filled venue on

Causewayhead is a veritable art treasure

trove, with a reputation for showing some

of the finest paintings by contemporary

artists inspired by Cornwall and its artistic

heritage. A Catherine Hyde show is a

hotly anticipated event.

“Catherine’s work has an extremely loyal

following and it’s not hard to see why,”

says Tracey Spry, gallery co-founder with

Christine Weschke. “Her paintings have a

special magic – an irresistible allure. We

know collectors are eagerly awaiting the

arrival of this new body of work.” l

The Golden Hours by Catherine Hyde

at Lighthouse Gallery, Causewayhead,

Penzance from 13th ~ 27th November

2021. Prospective purchasers are

advised to join the gallery’s mailing list

for updates. Signed copies of The Bee

and The Sun will also be available.

www.lighthouse-gallery.com.

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MEET THE MAKER

Karen Berg is a mixed-media textile artist from Truro. She loves working with

reclaimed materials and memories, and her latest collection puts the humble moth

in the starring role.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and raised in Truro, and

attended Truro College (the year it

opened!) followed by a foundation course

at Falmouth School of Art. That’s where

my love of textiles began.

I really enjoyed the immediacy of mono

and screen print, and loved combining it

with collage and surface manipulation. I

went on to specialise in printed textiles,

working for several design agencies, selling

work in the UK and throughout Europe - I

even had my own gift wrap collection on

sale in Selfridges! I came back to Truro 21

years ago; I gained a teaching qualification

and lectured in textiles, art and design at

Truro College, where I also completed a

City and Guilds in machine embroidery.

Today, I balance my time between family

life, working for The National Trust and

being a freelance artist.

What media do you most enjoy

working with?

I enjoy combining painting, collage and

machine embroidery to create textural

and multi-dimensional pieces, using

machine-free stitching to add the finer

details - like ‘drawing’ on my pieces. I

also use a lot of old photographs - I love

manipulating the surfaces and layering

the smooth, flat textures of a photograph

with the textural qualities of fabrics,

wallpaper and fibres. These pieces

possess a real sense of history and the

passage of time, and feed into my ideas

of metamorphosis, change and renewal.

What drew you to creating moths?

Before the pandemic, my most recent

works were mixed-media pieces inspired

by the Cornish landscape. My Moth series

started during lockdown - I couldn’t

browse fabrics in the shops, so I had to

explore the materials I had to hand. The

idea of recycling and repurposing what I

already had developed into the concept

behind the Moths: creating them from the

very materials they could have destroyed

became my new focus, obsession even!

Rather than finding fabric to suit my plans,

I let the materials lead the way, forming

the design and structure of the pieces. It

made for a more organic and instinctive

process. I don’t see the finished works

as recreations of actual types of moths,

more a vehicle to explore the textures

and colour combinations that inspire me.

On a personal level, it feels like the moths

are documenting or cataloguing my

development and evolution as an artist.

What do you love about working with

recycled textiles?

I’m the first to admit I’m guilty of buying

into today’s ‘disposable’ way of life. It’s

so easy to replace things rather than

re-purpose, repair or re-use. But I hate

wastage, and have a sentimental streak;

I’m reluctant to throw anything away,

and every scrap and off-cut is kept

and used again. Also, layering unusual

combinations of materials such as

clothing, tablecloths and old wallpaper

creates exciting results that wouldn’t

happen if I had a pre-conceived plan of

what I was going to use and how.

What inspires you when working

on a piece?

The dramatic landscapes and fascinating

flora and fauna we are blessed with in

Cornwall. I love the colour and texture

combinations of the natural world,

whether it’s the lichen on the rooftops

of St Ives, the contrasting textures of tall

grasses beside a glassy stream or the

fascinating layers of the peeling paint on

boats out of the water for winter. A scene

is never quite the same from one minute

to the next; the light changes, the clouds

move, the tide ebbs and flows, the wind

changes direction. I’m always fascinated

by how the seasons, the weather and

even my mood can have an impact on

how a place feels.

Your work sounds very personal

Very much so. They are all truly intimate

pieces which chart and record my life so

far, containing and exploring my internal

and external influences. Each piece its

own history: I can tell you where I bought

the papers, who donated the fabric to

me, which old project the photo was

from. It all adds weight and a sense of

connection. All my pieces come with a

tag - “I started life as...” - so the recipient

knows the history and life cycle of the

piece. And have proven to be the best

therapy for surviving lockdown and

coming out the other side, stronger and

brighter - like hatching from a chrysalis!

Do you still create landscape pieces?

Yes! But I try to convey atmosphere and

drama in my landscape studies, not just

a picture postcard idea of Cornwall. I use

textures and layering to represent the

tonal and surface qualities of the rocks,

the moors or the dramatic coastline.

Heavyweight fabrics such as woollen

tweeds add texture to moorland scenes,

lighter silks and chiffons convey the

reflective water and stitched lines add the

detail of grasses and reeds.

Where can we see your work?

I’m a member of Cornwall Crafts

Association, and the Moths are on display

at their home gallery in the National Trust

property of Trelissick, near Truro. I also show

my landscapes locally, at venues including

The Waterside Gallery in St Mawes. l

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GALLERY OF THE MONTH

Tremenheere

In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount, Tremenheere

Sculpture Gardens combine large-scale exotic and subtropical planting with an

evolving programme of contemporary artwork.

Outside, woodland, streams and

dramatic vistas provide the perfect

backdrop for the work of internationally

renowned artists, who have interacted

with the landscape to create site-specific

permanent work. James Turrell’s Skyspace

offers a space from which to view the

sky, especially at twilight; while garden

designer Darren Hawkes’ 2015 Chelsea

Flower Show entry, featuring 41,000

pieces of slate, is now surrounded by

a majestic weeping willow and old,

characterful trees.

Inside, Tremenheere Gallery offers an

evolving programme of curated shows

from local, national and international

artists across two exhibition spaces in a

beautiful oak-framed building.

Anthem runs until October 9, and

sees four artists drawn together in a

lyrical exploration of this particular

moment in time through the diverse

media of sculpture, pottery, oil paint

and mixed media.

The work of St Ives artist Marion

Taylor and Falmouth ceramicist Julia

Florence occupy the downstairs gallery.

Marion’s works express notes of colour

and light, shining in darkness. During

lockdowns, Julia felt a deep affinity

for Cornwall and many of her beautiful

vases portray the colour, textures and

sensuality of the county.

In the upstairs galleries, Iranian artist

Masoud Akhavanjam exhibits sculptures

in mirror-polished stainless steel,

reflecting light in a beautifully iconic way.

Like many, artist Danny Romeril yearned

for live music events during lockdowns

and his paintings express the excitement

of live music through paint.

Joint curator Sophie Kazan explains:

“Anthem means a hymn of praise or a

popular song that sums up the feelings

associated with a moment in time. It is

also the name of the Leonard Cohen

song that inspired Marion Taylor during

the isolation of the pandemic. He sings:

‘There is a crack... in everything. That’s

how the light gets in'."

“Janet Rady and I wanted the

exhibition to be uplifting, and I think that

Marion’s paintings, alongside Masoud

Akhavanjam’s sculptures, Danny Romeril’s

paintings and Julia Florence’s ceramics,

portray a sense of time, place and a sense

of hope.”

From October 16 to November 7,

the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA)

celebrates 125 years since its founding in

1896. One of the longest-surviving and

most prestigious groups of professional

artists in the UK, the NSA currently has

close to 90 members working across

all disciplines, from painting and

printmaking to sculpture and film, all of

whom either live in Cornwall or have close

links with the area.

The NSA began as a group of radical

artists breaking away from tradition and

seeking to create work which was fresh

and unconfined by tradition. The society

was established by Stanhope Forbes and

other innovative artists including Walter

Langley, Dod Proctor and Dame Laura

Knight, who challenged turn-of-thecentury

convention by painting the social

and economic realities of ordinary people

in real-life settings. This included Newlyn

fishermen and women, their children and

extended families, and the local harbours

and village settings of the time.

Later came other waves of ideas, from

Ithell Colquhoun, Peter Lanyon, Bernard

Leach, Terry Frost, Sandra Blow and Kurt

Jackson bringing new ways of seeing

and making art, including Surrealism,

Modernism, 1970s Pop Art and

Modern Expressionism.

That line of radical thought continues

today, and for this commemorative

show at Tremenheere Gallery, curated

by award-winning painter and ceramicist

Lisa Wright, members were asked to find

inspiration from the society's influential

history. Accordingly, works might be

inspired by a 20th century NSA artist,

or ideas introduced and popularised by

members over the last 125 years, such as

working from real life, plein-air painting,

or using freer brushstrokes or bright

colours. The exhibition will also include

an ‘in conversation’ event by a panel of

arts writers, educators and curators.

Current NSA chair Yolande Armstrong

said: "Our artists push the boundaries

and make work which is challenging in

its content and form and continues to

explore and experiment. Many have

been showing exciting work with the

NSA over a period of time, while others

are new and will continue to bring

welcome change."

"In this exhibition, presented in the

lovely space of Tremenheere Gallery,

you might find the work of our members

moving, challenging, or simply beautiful

and inspiring. In strange and difficult

times, I think we all benefit from a pause

for reflection, time to consider our past

and our present, and to ponder our

future." l

Tremenheere Gallery is open

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

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Susan Kinley - HOME

Julia Florence - ANTHEM

Mike Newton

P Wilson Smith

Charlotte Turner

Marion Taylor

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66 BITES

68 DISH OF THE MONTH

70 MEET THE CHEF

72 SWEET, SWEET MUSIC

75 PLACES TO EAT

80 WEEKEND AWAY

82 EXPERIENCE

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bites

New Partnership for St Austell Brewery

St Austell Brewery’s flagship lager

safeguard the environment as part of its

ongoing commitment to sustainability.

The MCS logo will feature on the lager’s

100% recyclable cardboard can packs

soon, and it has been named ‘Charity of

the Year’ by St Austell Brewery’s Charitable

Trust. Laura Mackay, head of marketing for

Beers & Brands, said: “We are proud to

support the charity in its urgent mission

korev has partnered with the Marine

Conservation Society (MCS) to support

green, sustainable initiatives that help

for plastic-free seas, and raising awareness

about the simple steps we can all take to

protect our coastline.” l

Helluva Pasties Brings it Home

A Cornish bakery has secured a hat trick drink producers, not only in Cornwall but

of accolades for its pasties in the 2021 the region, is very humbling and gratifying

Taste of the West Awards. Judges gave for our hardworking team,” said Sam. Visit

top marks to Helluva Pasties’ extra pepper Helluva outlets at Hatt, near Saltash, and

Cornish, Cornish Blue cheese and steak, St Ive, near Liskeard, from Wednesday to

and Davidstow mature cheddar and red Saturday; frozen and uncooked products

onion pasties, all awarded Gold, as was can also be sent via courier to pasty lovers

the bakery’s chicken and mushroom pie. across the UK. l

Its steak pie secured Silver and popular

egg and bacon pie was Commended

www.helluvapasties.co.uk

in the savoury bakery category. Armed

with a passion for baking and her gran’s

secret Cornish pasty recipe, Samantha

Cox launched Helluva Pasties in 2013

between Callington and Liskeard; she

currently employs a team of 12 staff. “To

be recognised as one of the best food and

High Point Drinks Delivers

for Sober October

Sober October sees a new alcohol-free kid

on the block in Cornwall. Each bottle of

High Point Drinks’ Ruby Aperitif (with notes

of hibiscus, lavender, wormwood, pink

peppercorn, orange and pink grapefruit

zest) and Amber Digestif (lapsang, ginger,

clove, vanilla, cacao nibs, gentian root

and oak) is a month in the making, and

crafted without artificial flavours or colours

- just Cornish spring water, tea leaves and

a selection of natural ingredients from the

surrounding countryside. These botanicals

are then infused, fermented and blended

to produce drinks layered in flavour and

deep in complex aromas. The result: a

healthy, sustainably sound alternative to

alcohol. The team is led by Harbour founder

Eddie Lofthouse, founder of premium

craft brewery Harbour in Bodmin, who

believes the future lies in super-premium

fermentation, creating the perfect balance

of sweet, sour and spice. l

£19.99 a bottle;

www.highpointdrinks.co.uk

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Dish

of the

Month

PAN-SHARE BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE

BY AMY SHEPPARD

When Amy Sheppard’s oven broke down,

she had to think outside the box and prepare

meals using only her hob. As the author

of the hugely successful Savvy Shopper's

Cookbook (2017), Gorran Haven-based

Amy knew this happy accident contained

the germ of an idea for the sequel.

Hob: A Simpler Way to Cook was published

in June, containing 80 simple pocketfriendly

recipes for the time-poor. Whether

you’re entertaining friends or looking for

a perfect mid-week meal, a busy parent

or a budget-conscious student, this is a

collection for anyone who wants to dial

down the effort and turn up the flavour.

The concept is simple: as suggested by

the title, all recipes are cooked on the

hob, mostly in one pan, and guaranteed

to make the table in under 30 minutes.

No 15-minute wait to pre-heat the oven,

and no endless cooking with uninspiring

results; HOB delivers on flavour while

cutting out all the fuss, because life is

complicated enough.

“I started writing HOB just after Christmas,”

Amy recalls. “When the oven broke, I had

to go back to basics – but all my recipes

centre around simple, budget-friendly

food, so it made me realise how well the

hob fitted with that style of cooking.

“I think most people have a desire to cook

and to try new recipes, but we often just

don't have the time. HOB is full of easy,

family-friendly dinners that are quick to

prepare and don't use lots of ingredients.

It's the kind of food I like to cook - and eat!

“And it's very much an autumn comfort

cookbook. I think people will find plenty of

new family favourites to see them through

the winter!

Recipes include crowd-pleasers such as

chorizo marinara and vegetable katsu curry,

budget wonders like spicy bean burgers

and red pesto koftas, and treats such as pan-

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CRUMBLE

“You can use fresh blackberries for

this one-pan treat,” says Amy, “but

I like to use frozen as they hold

together better in the pan (and

are easy to rustle up a last-minute

throw-together dessert). The

topping has a sweet, chewy, nutty

taste that goes perfectly with the

sharp blackberries and a dollop of

vanilla ice cream.”

Serves 2–3 | 20min

share blackberry crumble. Amy takes time

and financial restraints into account, using

budget-friendly ingredients and offering

quick fixes and tips on meal planning to take

the hassle out of your dinner party.

Amy moved to Cornwall when she was seven

and grew up in Probus. She was taught to

cook by her mum: “There was never very

much money, so the key was cooking great

food on a budget, clever meal planning and

using up leftovers.” Now a busy mum herself

with two young sons, Amy has continued

cooking in this tradition.

As a food writer and social media influencer,

she has 54,000 followers across her social

media and has created content for big

brands including Sainsbury's, Morrisons,

Pizza Express, Gordon's Gin and more, as

well as writing recipes for the Daily Mail

and the Daily Telegraph. HOB is published

by food specialist imprint Bloomsbury

Absolute, and sits alongside work by

Nathan Outlaw and Jack Stein. l

Hob: A Simpler Way to Cook: 80

Deliciously Simple Recipes for Everyone

by Amy Sheppard. Published by

Bloomsbury Absolute, £18.99. Recipe

image: Polly Webster.

INGREDIENTS

375g frozen blackberries

2 dessertspoons light brown soft

sugar

scoops of vanilla ice cream, to

serve (optional)

FOR THE TOPPING

60g unsalted mixed nuts

30g light brown soft sugar

40g plain flour

30g butter

METHOD:

• First, make the topping. With a

pestle and mortar or the end of a

rolling pin, roughly crush the nuts

into very small pieces. Stir in the

sugar and flour.

• Melt the butter in a large, nonstick

frying pan on a medium heat.

Add the nut mixture and reduce

the heat to low. Stir until all the

ingredients are coated in butter,

then gently fry for five minutes,

stirring continuously, until the nuts

are lightly toasted and the sugar

has melted.

• Pour the topping into a bowl and

set aside. It will crisp as it cools.

• Make the filling. Add the stillfrozen

blackberries to the pan

on a medium heat and sprinkle

with the brown sugar. Simmer the

blackberries gently for 10 minutes,

stirring regularly until they’re soft

and heated through and the pan

has a covering of juice.

• Turn off the heat. Sprinkle

the nutty topping over the

blackberries, breaking it up with

your hands as you go. Serve

topped with scoops of ice cream,

if you wish.

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MEET THE CHEF

Will Spurgeon

Matt Liddicoat

&

THE LONGSTORE TRURO

62 LEMON STREET, TRURO TR1 2PN.

TEL 01872 430000 • WWW.THELONGSTORE.CO.UK

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Tell us about your

professional journey

Will: “I grew up in the fishing village of

Mevagissey, and the day boats and fish

we had at our disposal really captured my

imagination and led me to pursue a career

in the kitchen. Cornwall is abundant in food

resources both from land and sea, and

I love working with raw products - using

creativity to produce a finished dish.”

Matt: “I started working with my father,

who was a head chef for a Cornish hotel,

and realised early on that the kitchen

environment was where I wanted to be. I

loved the camaraderie and the structured

chaos of service. This fuelled my ambition

to grow within the trade, and I’ve been

influenced by the hands-on experience I

gained working in hotels and restaurants

within Cornwall. The Nare helped me hone

and finesse my skills, and I find myself

perpetually inspired by numerous unsung

legends of the trade, plying their craft and

freely sharing their abundant knowledge

for me to add to my own repertoire.”

Tell us about the restaurant

Will: “Our Charlestown restaurant

launched in 2016, and it took us five years

to fine-tune the Longstore brand and to

feel ready to launch a second site. Truro’s

Longstore spans three floors of a Georgian

townhouse in Lemon Street. It’s full of cosy

corners and has a moodier ambience than

our seaside flagship. As soon as you enter,

you are transported into a buzzing service

that is vibrant and alive. We just love it.”

Tell us about the menu

Matt: “The Longstore specialises in only

the finest Cornish steaks and seafood, but

our menu is varied. We major on flavour

– bold, punchy, and unapologetically in

your face; our aim is to make crave-worthy

feasts that you can’t stop talking about.

In Charlestown, we made a name for

ourselves with our big cuts of steak. On

any given night, you can find 30 to 45oz

Porterhouses, 1.2kg tomahawk ribeyes

and 22oz sirloins on our big cuts board,

which runs alongside our menu staples.

The idea is that they are sharing steaks, but

we certainly don’t judge when a meat lover

orders one to share just with themself!”

Will: “We also have a fantastic vegetarian

and vegan offer, and took just as much

time developing our Jack Stack vegan

burger as we did when sourcing our dryaged

steaks.”

What's your signature dish?

Will: “It’s not about one dish for us. It’s about

creating a food offer that makes it impossible

for our diners to pick just one favourite. We

want them to come in, look at our menu and

deliberate over their choices. So many times,

we’ve couples ordering three starters to share

because they couldn’t choose just one each.

The same with our sides: it’s very common to

see an extra one thrown in, like our mac-andcheese

bites. We can’t blame them, really!”

Matt: “We take pride in our ingredients

and ensure they are of the highest quality.

Take the mac bites, for example – we use

three-year-old Davidstow cheddar and

Old Winchester in our recipe. You can ask

our local supplier, James at Greet Cheese,

how much we buy from him – he might

need a bigger van!”

Which chefs inspire you?

Will: “The Longstore recently launched

a sister restaurant in Charlestown:

Springtide, specialising in seafood. I’m

inspired by what Australian chef Josh

Niland is doing with fish butchery. Noseto-tail

cooking and dry-ageing of fish

– both concepts are underexplored.

Another talent I found through Instagram

is Mateo Zielonka, aka ‘The Pasta Man’.

He makes the most spectacular pasta and

is big on the educational side of helping

amateurs hone their pasta-making skills.”

Matt: “Raymond Blanc is a hero of mine. The

length of time he’s been in the kitchen and

the everlasting passion he has for the industry

is incredible. He’s a real artist, with unwavering

passion for creativity with his food.”

What ingredients couldn’t

you live without?

Will: “A high-quality sea salt and fresh

lemon juice. ‘Nduja sausage - its flavour

is impossible to replicate, but a complete

sensation and so versatile! Garlic too: such

a punchy, moreish aroma. Capers. Fennel.

The list is long!”

What's your guilty pleasure?

Will: “Cooking and baking with my

daughter Poppy: a personal favourite is

courgette and lime cake. I also love an

antipasti board with some craft beers on

a night off.”

Matt: “Thai curry is always a winner for me.

A simple dish, but when it’s done well is

tasty and heroes the ingredients.” l

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SWEET, SWEET MUSIC

alcohol duty, cashflow and the logistics

of moving products around. This whole

process has been really exciting and

stretched my knowledge and experience.

It makes me admire anyone who starts up

a business.”

The branding needed to stand out in such

a crowded drinks market. “We wanted

an identity that would jump off the shelf.

Kingdom and Sparrow in Falmouth got

what we were trying to achieve: something

that spoke of a spiced rum that was high

quality but easy drinking, and that exuded

joy and togetherness on the back of Covid

and tough times.”

8Track was launched in May, and having

firmly established itself in its home PL25

postcode, it’s now on sale in 170 bars,

pubs and restaurants around the county

and beyond, including the Longstore in

Charlestown, The Old Bakery in Truro and

Bristol Beer Factory.

8Track rum was born in

Charlestown during the

pandemic, and hopes to lift

spirits after challenging times

It takes its name from the iconic recording

kit used by so many musical artists,

and 8Track Spiced Rum is as perfectly

composed as any fine tune. The brainchild

of Jeremy Mitchell and Matt Franks, it

was conceived in Charlestown in 2020

and launched in May this year. Based on

rum imported from Guyana, it offers a

refreshing balance of citrus and spice,

ideal drunk long over ice in the summer, or

warming and mellow for winter.

The former marketing manager at St

Austell Brewery, Jeremy left the company

in July 2020 with his heart set on a new

challenge. “I’d always loved the drinks

and hospitality sector, and had a real

yearning to create a brand from scratch,”

he confides. “Now I had the opportunity to

do just that. Rum was my number one spirit

of choice, because there’s so much variety

and quality of produce.

“Looking at the market, I think it’s about

to take off the way gin has in recent years.

Where gin takes a base vodka and adds

botanicals to create spirits, spiced rum

takes a base rum and adds herbs, spices

and botanicals to create something unique

and exciting.”

Jeremy and Matt were introduced

by mutual friends who identified a

shared ambition. Matt heads up ethical

merchandising firm Fluid Branding and,

having chewed the fat over a few drinks

at the Pier House in Charlestown, the pair

had the bones of something that might

grow into a business.

Much of the subsequent lockdown was

spent in Zoom meetings and online

research. The LinkedIn community was

generous in offering help and advice,

from where to source the best base rum to

testing flavour mixes; and with 16 years of

experience in the trade, across beer, spirits

and wines, Jeremy was able to draw upon

an enviable contacts list.

“It helped me understand how the

market works and what the customer

wants,” he concurs. “However, coming

from a company with lots of people

around you who are experts in individual

things, you have to do everything and

think through all the links that have to

happen. I now understand things like

Jeremy’s two sons are members of Cornish

rock band The Velvet Hands, who have

supported the likes of Paul Weller and

Liam Gallagher on Cornwall tour dates. So

many musicians and artists saw their work

dry up during lockdown – self-employed,

they didn’t qualify for furlough, and one

government-backed campaign was widely

panned for implying that those in the

sector should consider retraining in cybertechnology.

In contrast, Jeremy and Matt

have pledged to donate a percentage

of profits to the PRS Foundation, a

charity funding new music and talent

development.

8Track is just the first product to come out

of the parent company, Upbeat Spirits. The

duo has ambitions to produce many more,

hopefully working with Cornish ingredients

and distillers. “While there are a lot of

‘me toos’ out there, there’s always room

for good products that have something

different to say,” says Jeremy.

He adds: “Without wishing to diminish

the changes that have happened, times of

hardship and enforced change can offer

a chance to pause and reset, think about

what you really want to get out of life and

what you can offer.” l

www.8trackrum.com

Words by Kirstie Newton

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Cornish

Coffee Shops

Chosen by some as a surrogate office, and others as a calm

retreat, coffee shops have persisted as a firm favourite for

many during the past year and half. We have put together a

small selection of the choicest from across Cornwall, for you to

sample at your leisure.

Words by Eliza Tetley

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Bread & Butter, Truro

With a glorious courtyard sanctuary and comfortable booths to

settle in with a book and a delicious Origin espresso, Bread &

Butter brings a chic, laid back vibe to Truro’s River street. An array

of breakfasts, pastries, cakes, and light bites make for a delectable

diversion and one further reason (as if you needed one!) to while

away the hours in this modern yet delightfully quaint high-street

gem. Supporting local suppliers including Trewithen Dairy, St Mawes

Hens, Da Bara Bakery and Origin Coffee Roasters, Bread & Butter is

a sure-fire win if you’ve got an hour or two to spare in Truro. Try their

specialty American-style pancake stack – you won’t be disappointed.

www.breadandbuttertruro.com

The Old Bakery, Cawsand

As seaside spots go, Cawsand, tucked-in on the Rame

peninsula, is pretty high on our list. And the Old Bakery –

an artisan bakery, pizzeria and café situated just seconds

from the village’s iconic shingle beach from which you can

gaze across the water to Devon – makes it unmissable.

With the café’s friendly staff and warm atmosphere, it is a

welcome retreat come rain or shine. But be quick to avoid

disappointment – the Old Bakery is only open between April

and October. That said, if you like what you see and want

to recreate some of their goodies to tide over the winter

months, you can learn the art of sourdough baking yourself

in one of their Friday or Saturday masterclasses, which run

throughout November. www.theoldbakery-cawsand.co.uk

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Espressini, Falmouth

Even among the host of coffee shops crowding the scene in

Falmouth, Espressini needs little introduction. Effortlessly cool,

the eclectic pink shop front is just the first hint of the café’s

quirkiness. On entering, the contrastingly shabby-chic interior

gives the place a well-worn, comfortable character – the perfect

atmosphere as you sip on an expertly brewed espresso and or a

loose-leaf Earl Grey. Whether it’s house blend or single origin you

are after, Espressini does it all, topped off with some of the best

latt-art around. And if you are going to become a regular, why not

pick yourself up one of their own-brand takeaway reusable cups –

environmentally friendly and they look pretty good too.

Facebook @Espressini

Pavilion, Newquay

Ensconced in a cleverly restored lifeboat shelter overlooking

the harbour, Pavilion has to be one of the ultimate spots

for any coffee lover looking for a caffeine boost on the way

to the beach. And with a range of artisan loaves, pastries

and wood-fired pizzas on offer, coffee is by no means the

only draw. For the more adventurous among us, Pavilion’s

unusual range of pizza toppings is an unmissable gastronomic

experience. Being the chain’s only site outside of London,

the Cornish vibe clearly resonates with founder Rob Green,

who, at all of his cafés, celebrates sustainable UK produce by

stocking meat-free ingredients from organic, local suppliers.

pavilionbakery.com

Copper Waves, Hayle

A cool, geometric breath of fresh air on Hayle’s Fore Street,

Copper Waves is among the fashionable new cafes that have

brought a new lease of life to the north coast port town. Bringing a

tropical elegance to breakfast, their signature colourful “smoothie

bowls” are a treat for the eyes as well as the palate, and will leave

you feeling virtuous to boot. Everything from the clean, inviting

interior, to the tasteful minimalist branding, imbues a sense of

calm escapism. Supporting a locally-owned, independent business

never felt so good. Facebook @copper.waves.hayle

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Olive & Co, Liskeard

Boasting fantastic views over Siblyback Lake, family-run Olive & Co.

is a true Cornish delight. The eponymous “boss” is owners Roxy and

Lee’s six-year-old daughter, Olive, who clearly knows the ingredients

for a successful business! With a young and vibrant team, the café

has a modern take on traditional home-made food and cakes – with

a mouth-watering array of vegan and veggie options, as well as

artisan coffee and teas galore. Relax in at one of the café’s outdoor

tables and catch the last rays of October sun rippling on the inviting

waters of the lake. www.olivecocafe.com

Strong Adolfo , s, A39 Atlantic

Highway near Wadebridge

With “roots in art, surf and motorcycle subcultures”, Strong

Adolfo’s is the perfect blend of Californian cool and rustic

Cornish charm. With an exterior reminiscent of the iconic

American diner, the menu and atmosphere certainly does

succeed in redefining roadside dining. Taking influence

from across the globe, but sourcing ingredients locally, with

a focus on sustainability – all food and packaging being

recyclable or compostable – you can experience a world of

flavours safe in the knowledge that you are helping protect

the environment. Fans of Origin Coffee Roasters will be

pleased to see the beans taking centre stage on the café’s

coffee menu. www.strongadolfos.com

Temple, Bude

Laid back coffee joint during the day, and fine dining at night,

Temple offers so much more than just coffee. Boasting local

produce from young and progressive farmers, Temple is

thoughtful in its choices, celebrating quality and flavour while

capturing a relaxed and elegant vibe. Bag a spot on the roof

terrace overlooking the pretty seaside town of Bude to watch

the world go by, while sipping on a cold glass of rose and

snacking on tapas-style small plates. And if you fancy staying on

for dinner, you can experience Temple’s fantastic two course setmenu

– an inventive and beautifully executed array of nostalgiainducing

seasonal food – all without breaking the bank.

www.templecornwall.com

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Dog and Rabbit, St Just

The wood-panelled interior, exposed beams, and wooden countertops

fully laden with cakes and pastries, give the Dog and Rabbit

the look and feel of a Victorian sweet shop. But don’t be fooled into

thinking this place is old fashioned. The place combines everything

one could wish for from a café, with a modern menu, and a cosy

and relaxed atmosphere, and plenty of sofas to sink into in front

of a wood-burning stove. Run by Cornish born and bred owners,

Rosie and Ben, most ingredients are sourced locally from Bosavern

Community Farm, Trevean Farm and Alsia Cross Market Garden,

and their coffee is from Falmouth entrepreneur-owned Yallah. Friday

Night Live Music night is an unexpected bonus if you find yourself

there after hours. Facebook @Café-Dog-And-Rabbit

Cast Café, Helston

With lovely views across Helston to St Michael’s Church, there

is no better place to spend a Saturday morning than on Cast

Café’s sun-bathed courtyard seating area or inside the light

and airy café. The simple but well-executed menu suggests an

elegant minimalism that is also mirrored in the Scandinavianstyle,

clean décor. Ingredients come from local suppliers

including Trevelyan Farm, Treen Farm, Dales Butchers and

Kernowsashimi, and the Mediterranean-inspired menu and

delicious coffee selection will delight, whether you are there

for breakfast or lunch, or flying by for a mid-morning revive.

www.castcafe.uk

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WEEKEND AWAY

UNA ST IVES

THE ART OF HOSPITALITY

Situated in the picturesque Carbis Bay area on Cornwall’s north coast, Una St

Ives is a relaxed and stylish holiday resort offering the finest in laid-back luxury.

Set in a tranquil countryside location, close to the golden shores of St Ives Bay,

Una St Ives gives guests the chance to do as little or as much as they want in

this rich natural and cultural landscape.

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A

warm welcome meets worldclass

travel standards, with a

selection of 29 contemporary

lodges along with dining and

leisure facilities, making the perfect

home base for a Cornish adventure

whether you’re a couple, family or a

group of friends.

The resort’s collection of luxury lodges

range from one to four-bedroomed

abodes, with hot tub and wood burner

options. Flooded with natural light, the

airy interiors include fully equipped

kitchens with spacious dining and living

areas with each lodge featuring private

outdoor space for alfresco socialising,

relaxing, and dining.

The award-winning Una Kitchen is headed

up by multiple AA Rosette-winning

Cornish chef Glenn Gatland, and offers

fresh, honest, woodfired cooking. Glenn

would describe his culinary style as

“relaxed Mediterranean” with punchy

flavours and vibrant colours: simple

foods, full of flavour, making the most of

Cornwall’’s fine ingredients and producers.

Guests can enjoy fresh, locally-landed

fish and authentic pizzas alongside dishes

more often associated with Italy than

the South West. The selection of classic

wood-fired Sunday roasts (including

vegetarian and vegan options), cooked

over flame on Una Kitchen’s imposing

Gozney oven, have made a name for

themselves among locals and are a musttry

for any roast aficionados.

The restaurant’s interior design highlights

the Una St Ives ‘art of hospitality’ ethos

perfectly. This is a welcoming, casual

dining space for socialising, the walls

filled with original pieces of contemporary

artwork. Open for breakfast, lunch, and

dinner - or simply coffee, cake, or cocktails

- you can dine in, or enjoy the elements

eating on the terrace.

At the heart of the resort’s main Atrium

building, the Spa at Una encourages

guests to take time for wellness, with four

treatment rooms providing an extensive

range of pampering and holistic treatments.

The wild, elemental setting combined with

the use of Elemis products brings together

nature and science for the ultimate escape.

Leisure facilities are centred around the

impressive sun-lit 15m infinity swimming

pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna and

steam room alongside the fully equipped

Life Fitness gym. Leisure memberships and

day passes are available to local visitors as

well as resort guests.

From here, there is easy access to the

cultural and culinary delights of bustling

St Ives. Art is integral to the Una St Ives

experience, so take time to immerse

yourself in the rich artistic heritage of the

area by visiting Leach Pottery, Tate St Ives,

and Barbara Hepworth Museums and be

inspired to take a class at the School of

Painting or simply browse the world-class

galleries of St Ives.

With Godrevy and Gwithian within easy

distance, surfing and nature-watching

are on the agenda. Una St Ives is an

idyllic, peaceful haven to return to after

a busy day exploring. With a multitude of

coastal and countryside walks and plenty

of green space on the doorstep, Una St

Ives is a perfect base for holidays with

your dog, with a range of pet-friendly

accommodation options available.

The exciting next phase of Una St Ives’

development will see 10 high-end villas

join the collection in 2022. These are to

be built with Cornish stone, giving the

sense of rising from the land; expect an

understated style that blends into the

local landscape. With plans underway for

a further 55-unit apartment-hotel, a total

of 93-holiday villas and enhanced leisure

facilities to follow, the future of Una St Ives

is very bright. l

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LIFE IS BETTER BY THE SEA AT THE FALMOUTH

HOTEL THIS AUTUMN AND WINTER

Experience the grandeur and history of the “Grande Dame of Falmouth” this

Autumn and Winter with their special offer breaks starting from £109.

Standing tall with superb coastal views,

5 acres of beautiful gardens, spacious

interiors, Victorian architecture and

an unrivalled seafront location The

Falmouth Hotel is the perfect place to

relax and unwind. Built in 1865 hosting

famous guests from Beatrice Potter to

royalty it will certainly be an experience

to remember.

Enjoy dining in the hotel’s Castle Beach

Restaurant overlooking Castle Beach

featuring the best local produce with

a mouthwatering mix of international

and British dishes, or take a dip in the

heated indoor pool for that perfect

getaway or staycation.

Falmouth is superbly located for

exploring the beautiful Cornish coast,

with many local attractions to visit,

wonderful beaches, outdoor activities

including boat trips and paddle

boarding. If you fancy a stroll into

Falmouth town it is only a six minute

walk from the hotel where you will

experience a plethora of independent

shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

To experience Falmouth’s landmark hotel

for the upcoming season find out more

by visiting falmouthhotel.co.uk/autumnwinter-breaks/or

call 0800 005 2244.

The offer is available from the 1st

October to 21st December. T’s and C’s

apply. Subject to availability. Price is

based on 2 adults sharing, per room. l

The Falmouth Hotel

Castle Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NZ

www.falmouthhotel.co.uk

Reservations 0800 005 2244

Facebook: @thefalmouthhotel

Instagram: @thefalmouthhotel

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