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Hello and

Spring is sprung! How do I know this? Well, it was

declared officially in Cornwall on February 22,

somewhat earlier than the rest of the UK, thanks

to magnolias being coaxed out of bud by our

gentle climate (find out more on page 6).

Traditionally, spring brings the promise of

longer days and new life, but it can be hard

to take comfort in this when times are so

incomprehensibly turbulent. Cornwall has shown

solidarity with Ukraine in many ways – for example,

the Bishop of Truro conducted a moving service

at a cross with special significance, as Elizabeth

Dale explains on page 38.

Surrounded by coastline, Cornwall knows only too

well the importance of sustainability. This edition

shines a spotlight on some of the things people

are doing to raise awareness of the urgency of

a more sustainable approach to life. You’ll find a

selection of environmentally themed stories from

page 18, but keep your eyes peeled elsewhere in

the magazine – especially in the art section, where

Andrea Insoll explains how beach finds are turned

into artistic treasure with a special message.

Finally, in our Taste section we meet the team

behind Harbourside Hospitality in Charlestown

(pictured) and beyond. If you’re wondering who

triumphed at the World Pasty Championships

– where I met the Mexican ambassador to the

UK (below) - see page 68. And did you know

that April 21 is National Tea Day? You do now,

and from page 76 you’ll find a selection of our

favourite places to enjoy afternoon tea.

Oll an gwella


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6 News: Cornwall supports Ukraine - plus how to

celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

12 Things To Do in April/May:

From Easter to Trevithick Day

14 Dog-Friendly Cornwall: Bluebell walks

16 The Minack at 90: Look forward to the 2022 season

18 Sustainable Cornwall: Podcasts, apps, beach cleans,

fashion and shopping

25 The Want List: Cornwall Crafts Association

26 Adore My Store: Circa21, Penzance

28 Design Hub: Rozen Furniture

30 Mother’s Boy: Author Patrick Gale’s new novel about

Launceston poet Charles Causley

32 National Gardens Scheme: Cornwall gardens

open for charity

34 St Day Old Church: Breathing new life into

an old building

37 Cornish language: Feast Days

38 Cornwall’s Ukraine connection: By Elizabeth Dale

40 My Cornish World: Musician Will Keating

44 Art news

50 Art Focus: Jackson Foundation, St Just

52 Through the Eyes of... Martin John Fowler

54 Maker Focus: Helen Eastham,

Cornwall Crafts Association

56 Gallery of the Month: Art House Gallery, St Ives

58 Artist Profile: Iona Sanders, Summerhouse Gallery

60 Very Important Piece:

Customs House Gallery, Porthleven

62 Meet the Maker: Andrea Insoll, Portscatho

68 Food Bites: A new street food festival in Newquay

70 Harbourside Hospitality:

Taking over culinary Charlestown

74 Great Cornish Food: Meet Oliver Basham

76 Places To Eat: 10 purveyors of afternoon tea

80 Rustic luxury: New yurts at The Park, Mawgan Porth

82 Experience: Spa and afternoon tea at Mullion Cove

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Support for Ukraine

Cornwall residents have shown their solidarity with the

people of wartorn Ukraine. On Sunday, February 27, the

Bishop of Truro conducted a service in Mylor Bridge at a

cross built by Ukranian refugees escaping persecution after

the Second World War (see page 38). A scratch orchestra

gathered on Truro’s Lemon Quay on Sunday, March 6 to play

The Great Gate Of Kiev by Mussorgsky to massed crowds,

and individuals and removal firms travelled to the Ukrainian

border to offer skills and donations of warm clothing.

Companies created special collections to raise funds to help

refugees: Cornishware released a range of yellow and blue

crockery, while Flotsam Flo created badges in Ukrainian

colours from paddling pools destined for landfill.

Object of the Year

The Cornwall Heritage Awards took place on February 9, hosted

by Cornwall Museums Partnership. The Object of the Year, decided

by public vote, was a rare 19th century dip needle from the Royal

Cornwall Polytechnic Society – otherwise known as The Poly in

Falmouth. Designed by Cornish Quaker Robert Were Fox, this

compass enabled ships to traverse the seas safely. Its four worthy

co-finalists were a pair of Cornish fishwife’s pattens from the

National Maritime Museum Cornwall; an 1868 telegraphy cable

from PK Porthcurno; a half-hull model of the schooner “Doris” from

Wadebridge and District Museum; and the Dancing Girl of Naukratis

from the Museum of Cornish Life in Helston. Other winners included

Isles of Scilly Museum, Leach Pottery St Ives, and the Old Guildhall

and Gaol Museum in Looe. l

Truro Cathedral Choir has recorded and filmed Ave Maria

by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov in support of their

Crowdfunder appeal for UNICEF’s Protect Children in Ukraine

- you can hear it now on the choir's YouTube channel. l

The Spring Story

Spring in Cornwall was officially announced on

February 22, marked by six champion Magnolia

Campbellii trees having over 50 blooms.

Founded by The Nare Hotel in conjunction with

The Great Gardens of Cornwall, the Spring Story

saw Cornwall’s most westerly magnolia tree at

Trewidden Garden achieve its target first, with

Trebah, Tregothnan, Trewithen, Caerhays and the

Lost Gardens of Heligan not far behind. James

Stephens at Heligan said: “Even though Storms

Dudley, Eunice and Franklin tried to scupper the

early arrival of spring, this really is proof that the

milder winter we experience in Cornwall means

we get to enjoy an extra month of spring.” l

Gardens: see page 32

Port Isaac crowdfunder

Fishermen have warned that the picturesque village of Port Isaac will be at risk of

regular flooding if its harbour is not repaired. A large chunk of concrete has come

off the outside of the eastern breakwater, with the cost of repair estimated by the

harbour commission to be “eye-watering”. The responsibility for repair traditionally

rests upon local fishermen, of which there remain just two, who cannot afford the

extensive work. The village has been made famous around the world by the TV

series Doc Martin and the performances of the Fisherman’s Friends on The Platt. A

GoFundMe page has been set up to raise £60,000 towards these repairs, as well as

work on the 16th century fish cellars. l

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Setting the spark

Golden Tree Productions - masterminds of The Man Engine and Kerdroya: The

Cornish Landscape Labyrinth – are leading a new cultural adventure in Redruth,

exploring the notion of the town having a plen an gwari once again. This would be

the first medieval-style Cornish amphitheatre to be built for 500 years, to serve as

an important community hub, a beautiful green space and an exciting performance

venue with a rolling programme of cultural events.

Hellfire Kernow will be the community engagement and cultural animation strand

of the plen an gwari research project, with Kap’n Kryw (‘Crew Captains’) and Krefter

Kryw (‘Crew Makers’) working closely with young people from Redruth School,

leading a series of workshops to prepare for the first trial event in May 2022: the

inaugural Redruth Hurling Championships, with costumed, colourful crews each

supporting their team with chants and 'haka'-style encouragements. l

Find out more at

Gorgeous Godrevy

The South West Coast Path Photographer

of the Year 2021 competition has been won

by a beautiful image of Godrevy Lighthouse,

captured through a natural rock frame with

rockpools reflecting the pink hues of dusk.

Lensman Christian Coan has visited Godrevy

every year for the last 18 years, and checked

the tide times and the weather before

searching for the perfect spot from whch to

shoot. Over 1,200 entries were judged by

critically acclaimed seascape photographer

Rachael Talibart. Christian takes home not

only the title, but also a four-day Canoe Trails

kayaking adventure on the Jurassic Coast and

£250 worth of adventure-friendly kit courtesy of

Bamboo Clothing. l

Rare birds on the up

Rare birds once close to extinction in

the UK have been spotted on National

Trust countryside in Cornwall following

positive measures to improve numbers.

Yellowhammers and cirl buntings are among

Britain’s most colourful farmland birds, but

loss of habitat and food has attributed to the

steep decline in numbers and both are now

‘red-listed’. However, careful site management

at Tregew on the Trelissick Estate, near Truro,

has resulted in recordings of both birds. The

National Trust has worked with tenant farmers

to ensure hedgerows are cut on a rotational

basis, allowing them to fruit, seed and grow

both wide and dense, providing food and

shelter for birds and mammals. l

City of



Cornwall has lost its bid to be

City of Culture 2025. It was

dropped from the longlist

along with Armagh City, Derby

and Stirling, leaving Bradford,

County Durham, Southampton

and Wrexham to battle it out on

the shortlist. The winner will be

revealed in May. l

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Platinum Jubilee fun

Communities come together to celebrate

HM The Queen’s historic 70-year reign

over the extended bank holiday -

Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5. Below

is a selection of events taking place across

Cornwall – check the interactive map for

more (and remember to add your own) at

• Beacons will be lit on Thursday, June 2 in

more than 1,500 towns, villages and cities

throughout the UK, as well as in UK Overseas

Territories and Commonwealth countries. If

you are planning one, register and find tips


• Also on Thursday, June 2, an informal

celebratory Jubilee Parade is planned to

take place in Truro, leaving St George's

Road at 12.30pm. Bude will take a retro

approach to proceedings, with Petticoats

and Rockabillies taking over The Castle

Lawn from 11am until 6pm. In Port Isaac,

you’ll find an all-day party in the village hall.

• On Sunday June 5, the Big Jubilee Lunch

will see flagship events at the Eden Project

(where the idea originated) and in London,

while over 200,000 neighbourhood

events are anticipated across the UK – for

example, at the Princess May Recreation

Ground in Penzance. Pride of place will

surely be given to the newly crowned

Platinum Pudding. Make it official: register

your event, order a free pack and find out

more about an entire Month of Community


• Also on Sunday, June 5, 70 cars - one for

each year of The Queen’s reign - will travel

70 miles from Bodmin to Penzance.

• Cornwall Heritage Trust will join the

national beacon lighting event at 9.45pm

on June 2, lighting beacons at Sancreed,

near Land's End, and Castle an Dinas near

St Columb Major.

• The Cornish Street Food Festival will run

across the entire four-day bank holiday at

Barrowfields in Newquay – see page 68. l

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Easter runs from April 15 to 18, and

there’s plenty happening in Cornwall.

Truro Cathedral is a good place to start;

as well as major services, you will find The

Stations of The Cross, ten oil paintings

by artist Zoe Cameron recording Christ’s

final journey and resurrection (until April

21). Also in Truro, the BIG EASTER Market

will run on Lemon Quay from April 13 to

16, 9am to 4pm, with over 60 stallholders

in attendance. The St Endellion Easter

Festival takes place from April 9 to 17 at

St Endellion near Port Isaac; highlights

include Sir James MacMillan conducting his

own Stabat Mater, and two performances

of a new translation of Bach's St Matthew



Porthleven Food Festival (April 22 to 24)

makes a welcome return following a twoyear

break due to Covid-19. While the

Chef’s Theatre sits at the heart of the event

in the tent on the Harbour Head, The Diner’s

Club offers space to sit and enjoy samples

from street food stalls. These taster pots

will cost less, so you can try more - the

very essence of a food festival. The food

market is now run by the team behind the

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Food & Farming tent at the Royal Cornwall

Show. Family entertainment on the playing

field includes circus skills, crafts and a

visit from Porthleven’s resident mermaid;

and the new Ann’s Pasty Lounge will offer

comedy, choirs, cocktail masterclasses,

crimping workshops and more, while

Busk Stops provide music across the

site. Unticketed; donations welcome.


Folk and jazz, history and art, films and

photography, choirs and quartets, walks

and talks – all feature in the diverse

programme of events of the Roseland

Festival (April 23 to May 7), taking place

across the beautiful peninsula in locations

including St Mawes, Veryan and Portscatho. In Falmouth,

the team at the Cornish Bank have curated

grassroots music and arts festival Wanderfal

(April 8 and 9), with more than 30 bands

spanning five venues (including the Princess

Pavillion). Headline acts include This Is

The Kit (pictured), Martha Tilston and the

London Bulgarian Choir. wanderfalfestival. And Healey’s Cornish

Cyder Farm at Penhallow presents

RattlerFest (April 21 to 24), with headline

acts including The Feeling, DJ Scott Mills

and The Utah Saints.


The Annual Cornish Language Weekend

(Pennseythen Gernewek Bledhynnyek) is

hosted by Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek at

St Austell Arts Centre from April 22 to 24.

The three-day weekend offers language

lessons, workshops, talks, social events

and entertainment for Cornish speakers

of all levels, from absolute beginner to

fluent and with family language sessions

on Saturday and Sunday. Buy tickets via

Eventbrite, or find out more about the

weekend line-up at cornish-language.


Speak Cornish – Feasts and Festivals.

Page 37


Spring has arrived, and with it a dazzling

display of camellias, magnolias and

rhodondendrons. There are so many

gardens to choose from in Cornwall,

including Pentillie near Saltash (open

Sunday, May 8) and Trewidden near

Penzance (open daily until September 25).

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Open Gardens

season launches on April 24 with Pedn Billy,





near Mawnan Smith - expect incredible

views of the Helford (for further dates and

venues, visit;

while ancient Enys, near Penryn, is famed

for its bluebells – for further details of

opening dates, visit

More gardens: page 32.


More than 60 choirs from around the

world will gather in Cornwall for the 10th

bienniel International Male Choral Festival

(April 28 to May 2), with performances at

40 venues including Truro Cathedral and

the renovated Hall For Cornwall. Look out

for the winner of the Festival’s Composers’

Competition: “Tale of a Train: The City of

Truro”, by Kari Cruver Medina from Seattle,

was inspired by a picture on the wall of

the Rising Sun pub. The City of Truro was

built for the Great Western Railway (GWR)

in 1903 by Kari’s great-great-uncle, and

was the first British steam locomotive to

exceed 100mph, pulling the mail train from

Plymouth to London Paddington in 1904.

Visit or purchase concert

tickets at


Feeling ambitious? Put your running shoes

on and tackle the 16th Endurancelife Classic

Quarter, a relentless Ultra Marathon along

the South West Coast Path from Lizard

Point to Land's End on May 21. The task

is brutally simple: to run non-stop from

the southernmost point of England (Lizard

Point) to the westernmost tip (Land’s End)

- 90 degrees of the compass, hence the

name Classic Quarter. This challenge can be

undertaken solo, or as a relay team of two

or four. In 2021 Classic Quarter participants

raised over £21,000 for good causes. Raise

more than £400 for a charity and your entry

is free. Sign up at


It is exactly 100 years since Sir Ernest

Shackleton died during the Quest

expedition to Antarctica, but his legacy

remains as powerful and fascinating as ever.

Interest was reignited by the discovery of the

long-lost wreck of his ship, the Endurance,

3km below the icy Weddell Sea in early

March, making a new celebration of the life

and achievements of the polar exploration

pioneer extremely timely. Charlestown’s

Shipwreck Treasure Museum, in association

with the Royal Geographic Society and the

Institute of British Geographers, presents

the immersive Shackleton Experience in the

museum’s network of tunnels, setting the

scene of this daring expedition into a harsh,

unknown wilderness. An accompanying

exhibition, Shackleton’s Legacy and the

Power of Early Antarctic Photography,

will display a selection of images taken

by the man himself or by the leading

photographers he commissioned. From

April 9.


Camborne remembers its most famous

son, engineer Richard Trevithick, on

Saturday, April 30. Trevithick Day will see

the town centre come alive with vintage


steam engines and other vehicles, street

entertainment, morning and afternoon

dances led by Camborne Town Band,

exhibitions and plenty of singing: Listen out

for the town anthem, Goin’ Up Camborne

Hill. And in Helston, on Saturday, May

7, Helston Flora Day will mark the end

of winter and the arrival of the fertility of

spring. Locals will decorate their houses

with greenery, and don their finery to

do the historic Furry Dance through the

town’s streets. For more information and

advice on attending this very busy day, visit


Research shows the sound of birdsong

can increase happiness and wellbeing by

up to 30%. May 3 is International Dawn

Chorus Day, but if getting up early fills

you with dread (around 3am at the height

of summer), you can go online at a more

civilised hour to hear how it sounded in an

ancient mixed tree woodland near Truro.

From their small cottage backing on to

a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),

Nichola Andersen and Swenson Kearey

enjoy a large variety of birds: blue, coal,

great and long-tailed tits; owls, buzzards,

woodpeckers, nuthatches and finches. They

have recorded the dawn chorus daily since

the start of the pandemic. “We know we’re

lucky to hear so many birds every morning,”

says Nichola, “so we decided to share this

experience with those who may not have

the time, space or location to enjoy it in real


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Bluebells are at their finest in Cornwall in late April and early May, and the good

news is that some of the finest displays in Cornwall are in dog-friendly gardens.

Here’s a selection of the best, courtesy of

Enys Gardens, near Penryn

These beautiful gardens just outside

Falmouth are famed for vast swathes

of bluebells, especially in the oftphotographed

Parc Lye. The best chance

to see the flowers in all their glory is

in early May. There’s also a lovely tea

room where you can sit outside with

your dog. Other features include a lake

and a walled garden – even without the

bluebells, this is a glorious place to walk

your dog at any time.

Tel: 01326 377621

Godolphin Estate, near Helston

The bluebells come out early at this

National Trust estate, and you can enjoy

them as you stroll through the woods from

the car park to the main house, where parts

of the most recent Poldark series were

filmed. Dogs are welcome in the gardens

and estate and there are dog-friendly

seating areas at the café, situated at the

entrance to the main house and grounds.

Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin

There are some beautiful displays of

bluebells here. Run by Forestry England,

the woods are very family friendly with

several marked walks, while the dogfriendly

Woods Café offers lovely cakes

and Tregothnan tea.

Idless Woods, near Truro

Around two miles north of Truro, Idless

is listed by Forestry England as one of its

top ten bluebell sites in the UK. It’s a lovely

dog-friendly walk with good parking,

and refreshments available from the

Woodman’s Cabin.

Tehidy Woods, near Redruth

The popular woods are carpeted with

bluebells at this time of year and they are

a lovely place to explore with your dog.

Keep your dog on a lead if they like to

chase wildlife and note that dogs are not

allowed near the lakes. Do watch out for

swans, especially as they are nesting at this

time of year. There is a café at the main

South entrance, where you can sit with

your dog at the outside tables.

Trelowarren, near Helston

Ten minutes' drive on to the Lizard (towards

St Keverne) is Trelowarren, a beautiful

estate with really lovely bluebell walks. The

New Yard restaurant allows dogs in the

courtyard area.


The wooded estate around the main gardens

and house of the National Trust’s Lanhydrock

is a haven for dogs and their walkers. From

Respryn car park or the main car park, you

can set out on walks along the River Fowey.

Pick up walk and trail maps from the kiosk

at the gatehouse, reception and shop. Dogs

are not allowed in the main gardens, but you

can sit outside with them at the Stable Café

which sells homemade dog treats. l

For more dog-friendly inspiration

for Cornish adventures, visit

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Still Going

The Minack Theatre celebrates nine decades of

theatre with a sparkling spring season.

The story of the Minack began in 1929, when

Rowena Cade became involved with an openair

production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer

Night’s Dream in a valley near Porthcurno. It was

such a success that three years later the company wished to

stage The Tempest and Rowena Cade offered them the use

of her cliff garden for the performance.

In 1932, the Minack – from ‘meynek’, meaning ‘rocky place’

in Cornish – opened to the public, a magnifcent openair

amphitheatre seemingly clinging to the rock face by

sheer gravity. The phenomenal achievement of Miss Cade

and her dedicated gardener, Billy Rawlings, this unique

theatre, which was originally intended for just one week of

performance, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

The Minack is an entrancing place to visit at any time of

year, especially in spring when the weather grows warmer

and plants begin to wake up from their winter slumber (is

this the only theatre in the UK to have a sub-tropical garden

actually in the auditorium?).

Visitors to the Minack can discover the extraordinary story of

Rowena Cade and how she built this amazing space with her

own hands, experience breathtaking views over Porthcurno

Bay, and look out for the seals and other marine mammals

that visit our shores in spring. Don’t forget to enjoy a cream

tea or a snack in the café, with its panoramic vista, or relax

with a picnic on the grass terraces.

Of course, The Minack is first and foremost a theatre and

there’s a full programme of events happening in April and

May. During the Easter holidays, look out for Hetty Feather

by Emma Reeves, based on the popular children’s books by

Jacqueline Wilson.

“This production was in rehearsal in 2020 when Covid

struck,” explains The Minack’s executive director, Zoë

Curnow. “The set was built, and we were only a few days

from opening when lockdown was announced. The cast

includes a number of young performers from our Minack

Acting Academy, and it was especially heartbreaking for

them to cancel after all their hard work.

“It’ll be very emotional to bring it back to life now, after the

two years we’ve all been through. It’s an appropriate play

with which to start a new year, as it celebrates the triumph

of the human spirit through even the darkest times. I just

hope the children haven’t grown too much, or we may need

to make new costumes!”

During the school holidays, storytelling events take place

three times a week to entertain families with young children,

while grown-ups should look out for Miss Cade’s gardener,

Billy Rawlings (played by actor Mark Harandon), who will

give you a first-hand account of how the Minack was built.

A highlight of the spring season will be Calvino Nights, a

new production by Mike Shepherd with the Minack Theatre

and imPossible Producing. The founder and former artistic

director of Kneehigh, Mike was inspired by folk tales

collected and rewritten by 20th century writer Italo Calvino:

a boy the size of a pea, a skinflint miser, a woman who lives

on nothing more than wind. The show invites the audience

to join the marvellous Mr Calvino and his motley troupe of

tale-tellers, song-makers and fire-raisers for an unforgettable

ride through life on the edge - quite literally! Calvino Nights

is described as “a good night out” for ages 8+.

“We are delighted to be working with Mike on this new

piece of theatre,” says Zoë. “Many generations of Cornish

school children - myself included - were inspired by Mike's

work at the Minack in the early days of Kneehigh, and we

are really excited to reintroduce this style of performance to

a new generation of young people, the Cornish community

and our visitors.”

As part of the Minack’s 90th anniversary celebrations, look

out for a special exhibition about the beginnings of the

theatre and the very first production that took place there in

1932. This Rough Magic opens at the Minack this Easter. l

For information on everything happening at the Minack

Theatre this spring, visit

NB. The Minack is always busy in holiday seasons, so

advance booking for all visits and performances is strongly

advised at any time and essential during school holidays.

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Podcaster Tia Tamblyn combines healthy eating with

sustainable discussion.

post-lockdown, the breakfast club was still

stymied. While home-schooling, “to keep

myself sane,” Tia began writing blogs on

a sustainability theme, illustrating them

with seasonal vegetarian recipes using

local produce.

Tucked away in lush countryside upstream

from Fowey is Botelet. This special piece

of rural Cornwall has been farmed,

nurtured and styled by the Tamblyn

family for 150 years, nurturing an idyllic

landscape including woodlands dotted

with wild orchids, and the Iron Age hill fort

of Bury Down.

Today, it’s home to self-catering

accommodation and a variety of wellbeing

courses – as well as sustainability podcast

Breakfast & Beyond. The show grew out

of lockdown, and has featured host Tia

Tamblyn in conversation with Cornwallbased

sustainability followers (including

chef James Strawbridge) in all walks of life,

from food to floristry, cosmetics to clothes.

Prior to the pandemic, Tia had been

running a regular breakfast club at which

conversation flowed over a wholesome

vegetarian meal at a rustic kitchen table.

“When you have good food in front

of you, everyone relaxes and it evokes

conversation,” Tia explains. “There was

a real sense of community, creativity and


But Covid 19 put paid to that, and while

accommodation at Botelet was able to

recommence on a self-catering basis

“I loved doing this, but I also love to chat,”

she says. “I would visit people on location,

and was essentially curating what they said.

Meanwhile, I found podcasts enabled me

to multi-task while doing things with the

kids, so I thought: why not do one myself

about sustainable living, celebrating

amazing people and what they are doing

at home and in their work lives?”

The first was recorded in November 2020

with Rebecca Stuart of the Garden Gate

Flower Company, and was followed by

half a dozen more, including Amanda

Winwood of Made For Life and Freyja

Hanstein of Wholesome World. Then in

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June 2021, Tia was asked to chair a panel

discussion at the G7 fringe festival. “The

theme was: ‘Does my breakfast make a

difference?’ What role do my individual

decisions play against the macro,

structural actions of big business and

Government?” That became episode 5.

A second season is about to launch,

bringing in contributors from the third

sector, kicking off with Marcus Alleyne

of Black Voices Cornwall. “I wanted to

broaden the content to include not only the

environment, but also issues of equality and

social justice – they all go hand in hand,”

says Tia. “I know I’m extremely lucky and

privileged to live at Botelet. I have mostly

lived in rural areas, and love being so closely

in touch with such a diverse environment:

moorlands, beaches, forests. It also enables

me to make certain choices - I can forage

for plants on my doorstep, and have the

space to grow veg.”

Breakfast: the best meal of the day?

Discuss. “For me, it’s certainly one of

the most important parts of the day,”

says Tia. “I love cooking and sitting and

enjoying a leisurely breakfast. It’s about

self-sustenance – a basic need to function

healthily and happily, the ability to think

and contribute more broadly.

“Breakfast sets us up at the beginning of

the day in a positive framework. It helps us

to make better, more considered, positive

choices as we go along: what we wear,

what we eat, how we travel. We make those

choices for ourselves, while considering

other people and the planet too; and as

we change our own behaviours, we share

them with our families and communities,

and become part of a virtuous circle.” l

Breakfast & Beyond can be found on

Spotify and Apple Podcasts and at

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people who are sitting in,” she says. “I really

hope we’ll see a return to common sense.”

Pat Smith, aka Action Nan

“I always thought ‘someone’ should do Initially Pat’s sights were set on plastic

something – then I realised I was someone.” drinking straws - an astonishing 2.2 billion

are thrown away every year, having been

Such is the mantra of Pat Smith, 73. Also

used for an average of just 20 minutes. “It

known as Action Nan, Pat is a force of nature

seemed the simplest thing that people

and a tireless campaigner on environmental

wouldn’t miss, and might get them thinking

issues. Her four-year quest to eradicate

about other things.”

plastic single-use drinking straws from the

hospitality industry ended victoriously, with Pat and her team urged customers to say

government legislation in October 2020. “no, thank you” to straws, and persuaded

600 businesses across the hospitality and

Now, she has turned her attention to

tourist sector to offer biodegradable

disposable coffee cups and other singleuse

items which are often unsuitable for

alternatives, or better still, no straw at all:

“Most people do not need them.” The

household recycling. The Final Straw #2

campaign took off, with sister groups up

was due to be launched during Keep

and down the country – and in 2020, the

Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean

government banned not only plastic straws,

(March 25 to April 10), and marked by a

but also drink stirrers and cotton buds.

number of beach-cleans with local groups

Asked how she felt, she replies: “Euphoric.”

all around the Cornish coast.

While Pat continued to raise awareness

This is all just the latest chapter in Pat’s

of other single-use plastics, the pandemic

environmental journey. At Bosinver Farm

undid much of the good work. Disposable

Cottages near St Austell, she and husband

cutlery and crockery proliferated in cafés

David led the way in implementing ecotechnology

such as solar panels and

keen to avoid transmitting Covid 19, while

face masks joined dog poo bags as the

electric car charging points. But a major

main culprits to fall out of your pocket

turning point came in 2017, when Pat saw

when you’re not looking.

the film A Plastic Ocean and learned that

of the 88 billion tonnes of plastic produced Pat hopes to see reusable utensils – like

since 1948, 90% was used just once and the good old-fashioned mug - make a

will take hundreds of years to break down, comeback in eating establishments as

releasing microscopic fragments into the restrictions are relaxed. “Too many places

ecosphere where it risks poisoning wildlife. are still handing out takeaway cups, even to

In 2018, Pat resolved to carry out weekly

beach-cleans and litter picks, launching

beach-cleaning groups including the

Charlestown Chums and a sister group in

Mevagissey. These groups have grown in

size and number, becoming social affairs.

“A lot of the rubbish I pick up consists

of everyday items used by all of us, but

especially fast-food wrappers,” she says.

“We should all take responsibility for

picking up litter – and not dropping it in

the first place - but I would like to see a

plastic tax on companies who overwrap

their goods unnecessarily.

“We need more long-term thinking about

end-of-life – what happens to things once

we’ve finished with them. We should take

a more circular approach so we know

something will be reused, rather than

sent to landfill here or even exported for

disposal elsewhere.”

As Pat reaches her own twilight years, her

thoughts turn to the legacy she will leave to

those who come after. “I’m reading a book

called How To Be A Good Ancestor. I want

to sort things out before I go, so others will

be aware and will carry on the work when

I’m gone. If governments won’t do it, then

public opinion must demand it.” l


For more information about the Keep

Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean,


Pat Smith (2nd from right) and

the Last Straw Litter Pickers

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You’ll wonder how you lived without these items,

devised and made by Cornish companies


The Flotsam Flo range breathes new life

into items that have outlived their primary

use and would be otherwise destined

for landfill: paddling pools, wetsuits, air

beds, hot tub lids, banners and bicycle

innertubes. Even builders’ single-use lifting

slings are reborn as bag straps and handles.

“I can do my bit, no matter how small,”

says maker Kate Doran (who also patched

up Mount Hawke’s temporary vaccination

surgery when it was vandalised). “If I can

just save a few things from going to landfill

then I’ll be happy.” Stockists include All You

Can Eco in Perranporth, The Refill Store in

St Austell, Krog Den in Newquay and Hayle

(where you’ll also find a wetsuit recycle bin

outside the shop) and Northcoast Wetsuits

in Port Isaac, to be joined by Pentewan

Watersports in April. Look out for Kate at

craft fairs including Cornwall Air Ambulance

Trust’s Helifest on July 16. Pictured: Bumbag

made from a banner with a punctured

innertube strap. £20. Find Flotsam Flo on

Facebook, Instagram and Etsy or email


Making a living

from fishing and

passing down the

skills needed from



generation is dying

out in Cornwall,

so Frank Plummer

- retired skipper

of Tyak Mor and Harvester in St Ives - and

granddaughter Beth, 15, sought a weird

and wonderful way to keep those skills

in the family while helping to protect the

environment and sea-life for generations

to come. The answer: Cornish Spliced,

producing dog leads, pet toys and lifestyle

products from re-purposed fishing gear.

Rope is “spliced” to make joins for affixing

clips, making handles etc. Materials include

retired goodies from fishing families and

“ghost gear” scooped out of the sea on

beach-cleans. Each product is tagged with

info about its “previous life”. Traditional

lead £7. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram



A product is truly sustainable when made

from recycled materials, designed to last

and fully recyclable. Made from 14 singleuse

bottles, the Circular Reusable Bottle

has a 10-year lifespan and is specifically

designed to be easily recycled back into

the next new product, thanks to Circular

& Co of Perranporth’s industry-leading

takeback promise. Designed for life on

the go, this bottle is lightweight, leakproof

and features the company’s signature onehanded

push-click lid with 360-degree

drinking (not suitable for hot drinks), £14.95, l

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Kirstie Newton learns how the team behind a

Cornish app hopes to encourage users to map and

care for trees across the globe

The creators of a smartphone app have

made a clarion call for a “citizen army”

to help them kickstart a global tree

database. With its headquarters in the

Clay village of Nanpean, the team behind

Tremap is seeking to encourage public

participation through interactive games

and competition.

Tremap was originally devised by

Jonathon Jones at Tregothnan, near Truro

- best-known for its tea plantation - as a

stress-free way of labelling and mapping

trees on the estate. Physical labelling is

labour-intensive, expensive and not always

tree-friendly - hence a move towards

digitisation and GPS, which also provides

long-lasting accuracy. So successful was

this initial venture that Tremap has since

been contracted to produce a digital map

of Eden’s outdoor garden.

Trees are nature’s way of sequestering

carbon, and with current concerns about

climate change, there is much talk about

planting – not least with the Queen’s Green

Canopy for the Platinum Jubilee. However,

just as we say “reduce, reuse, recycle”, so

Tremap’s mantra is “position, protect and

preserve” - in that order.

“There are three trillion trees out there

in the world, and our philosophy is, let’s

take care of the ones we’ve got,” says

Tremap chief executive Richard Maxwell.

“If we’re going to take care of existing

trees, we need to connect people with

them emotionally. We have to make it

interesting, engaging and easy to get

involved - not just statistics.

“Tremap is super-user friendly – any

average person can find or add a tree.

And we hope to encourage the public to

interact with and care about trees through

games and competitions like Pokemon.”

In Falmouth, the Trecare app is being

trialled to help the community connect with

the council over tree care. Information that’s

normally buried in council archives is now

available at the touch of an app. You can

look at a tree, find it on the map and tap

on it to find out what species it is, whether

it qualifies as ancient or veteran, or if it’s

subject to a tree preservation order (TPO).

Tree champions can report on issues like

ash dieback, a branch down after a storm

or touching a wire, a tree threatened with

being cut down despite a TPO – and

communication is streamlined to go straight

to the person who needs the information,

rather than having to wade through layers

of bureaucracy. A crowdfunding initiative

is under way to spread this facility to other

locations in Cornwall.

Cornwall has the least tree coverage in the

UK but, thanks to Victorian plant hunters,

one of the highest numbers of introduced

species. Its mild microclimate reflects

areas around the world such as Darjeeling,

which is how you can grow tea on a little

peninsula near Truro. “It’s important to

protect imports as heritage items,” says

Richard, while adding: “It would be better

to plant native trees moving forward.”

The name is an affectionate nod to the

native language of Kernewek: Tre is

Cornish for house or home. “Tremap is

a virtual home for the tree database,”

says Richard. However, the name has

caused mild confusion beyond the Tamar:

“Jonathon pronounces it ‘Tre-MAP’; I’m

from Canada, where people say ‘TREEmap’

and ask why there’s only one ‘e’,”

laughs Richard. “That’s fine – anything that

gets people talking about it.” l

Tremap, Drinnick House, Nanpean, St

Austell PL26 7XR. Tel 0203 982 2216,

Find out more about the

Trecare crowdfunding initiative,

which closes on April 12, at

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Everyone is doing their part for a more sustainable future


Sustainability informs every decision made at the Jackson

Foundation. The multi award-winning arts space in St Just-in-

Penwith is known for exhibitions that focus on environmental

themes including the plight of bees and marine plastic

pollution, and regular donations are made to eco-champions

such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Surfers Against

Sewage and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The commitment to

sustainability goes beyond paintings: the building has a

positive carbon footprint, warmed by underfloor heating

from a renewable ground source heatpump and powered

by a 28KW array of solar panels, with the excess going into

a Tesla Powerwall battery storage unit – this is drawn upon

before resorting to using mains power and once full diverts

any excess to the National Grid. This clean green energy is

also used to charge the gallery’s fleet of three fully electric

zero-emission vehicles. The gallery has been plastic-free since

opening in 2015, sourcing the most environmentally friendly

products available, from cleaning to till rolls, and refusing to

do business with suppliers who don't. To find out what’s on

show in April and May, see page 50. l


Can you spare an hour or so to

help the National Trust keep

Roseland beaches looking

beautiful, and safer for wildlife?

Soak in fantastic views and

fresh sea air while doing your

bit. Dogs on leads and children

are very welcome and we will

provide gloves, bags and litter

pickers. Attendance free, no

booking necessary. Hemmick:

Saturday, May 7, Saturday, June

4. 10 to 11.30am. Porthcurnick:

Monday, May 2, Monday, June

6, 10 to 11am. Pendower:

Monday, May 2, Monday, June

6, 2 to 3.30pm. l



A Truro-based wine importer, wholesaler and retailer has become the

first merchant in the UK – and only the second globally – to become

a registered B Corp. Old Chapel Cellars on St Clement’s Street

achieved the highly regarded environmental and social certification

this month, after undergoing a rigorous verification process. B Corp

status signifies a thorough, holistic approach to safeguarding people,

planet and profit which has to be recertified every three years. They

join a 20-strong group of Cornish B Corps, which together form a ‘B

Local’ group with members including Origin Coffee, Rodda’s Cornish

Clotted Cream and Pentire Drinks. Louisa Fitzpatrick, who runs Old

Chapel with co-owner Jamie Tonkin, said: “It’s rewarding to have

our commitment to the highest environmental and social standards

validated in this way. Our business is not going to solve the world's

climate crisis, and neither are we perfect. However, becoming a B

Corp commits us to transparency and continual improvement. We’re

really excited to see where the journey takes us.” l


As fuel bills rise in line with the increase in price for electricity and

gas, it’s worth remembering that a wood pellet boiler offers a viable

alternative for heating your home. It’s small, cost-effective and

energy efficient, producing a minimal amount of ash. Best of all, it’s

environmentally friendly: the amount of the carbon dioxide emitted

during the burning process is only ever equivalent to the amount

absorbed during the growth of the trees. The cost of pellets is working

out at 9p kilowatts/hour, compared with new electricity rates of 30p.

There’s a wide range of modern and attractive stoves and boilers to

suit your home, and you might even be able to get a government

grant from April 2022. l

For more advice, contact Wendron Stoves on 01326 572878 or

01872 520010, or visit

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A proper Cornish fashion story shot at Mount Edgcumbe

When photography student Erin Williams disposable? Clothing should be affordable

attended a clothes-swapping party in but designed to last and cherish -

Millbrook, south-east Cornwall, she was something half-decent you don’t have to

inspired to organise a fashion shoot with throw away when you buy the next best

an eco edge. While the dresses were thing only a year and a half later.”

gorgeous and stylish, Erin was shocked to

Erin enlisted friends to help her shoot a

hear their owners declare they would never

sustainable fashion story, which will form

wear them again - and if no one wanted

part of her photography portfolio. Their

them, they would just be thrown away.

mission: to show that second-hand and

“Fashion is a £2.5 trillion global industry, hand-me-downs could look just as good

using up lots of resources to create cheap as the newest designer gear - especially

temporary products,” says Erin, 17, who when shot against the beautiful backdrop

studies at Plymouth College of Art. “It’s of the Mount Edgcumbe estate in Cremyll

not currently sustainable, and is made on the Rame peninsula.

worse by the internet, which enables any

“As young people living in Cornwall, we

company to set up a simple website and

are increasingly worried about climate

sell clothes without considering the impact

change and the environment,” says Erin.

on people and the planet.

“We can see what's happening right here

“Why does fashion have to be so on our beaches and in our fields - and we

know we need to do something. Wearing

second-hand and vintage is something

that happens everywhere in Cornwall. We

have tried to turn it into something cool,

leading the way in what's considered

stylish - but also sustainable.”

The resulting shoot is beautiful and

moody, capturing a very post-lockdown

moment in time. Girls Grace and Eowyn

and guys Rohan and Finn play around

with a range of pre-loved clothes amid

stunning parkland, shorelines, follies and

historic buildings.

One of the more striking images happened

when Finn decided to add some diversity

and donned a slinky dress to pose

alongside the girls, blowing his audience

a cheeky kiss. “Our generation likes to be

more flexible in our approach to clothes

and fashion,” says Erin. “Finn doesn’t see

anything wrong with wearing a dress. If he

likes one, he’ll wear it down to the local

pub to gauge people’s reactions.” l

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Cornwall Crafts Association

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

For nearly 50 years, Cornwall Crafts Association has been supporting makers resident in Cornwall, promoting a diverse and exciting

range of contemporary craft made to the highest standard of design and artistry. Set within the beautiful Trelissick estate, its gallery

provides a showcase for the work of over 100 of Cornwall’s most talented craftspeople.

1. Handwoven wall tapestry by Debbie Rudolph, £720; 2. Carved alder bowl by Howard Moody, £110;

3. Small porcelain flower wall piece by Carole Venables, £45; 4. Aluminium and silver earrings by Rachel Stowe, £34;

5. Cotton purse by Claire Armitage, £12.50; 6. Ceramic egg cups by Debbie Prosser, £25;

7. Ceramic buttons by Mary Goldberg, £2 each; 8. Glass dish by Heather Frary, £26; 9. Feather hairbands by Holly Young, £34.99.

Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick, Feock, near Truro TR3 6QL.

Tel. 01872 864514 •

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“Locally Made and Fair Trade” is shopkeeper Esme Burton’s motto

Tell us about yourself

I was born and brought up in north

Cornwall, around Bodmin Moor. I was

always an artsy kid and followed my

passion for making things by qualifying

with a BTech HND at Birmingham School

of Jewellery in 1991. I married a Heamoor

lad, Alan Burton, and we are now the

parents of two teenagers. I don't want to

live anywhere else but West Penwith. I love

being a creative shopkeeper, using all my

knowledge and experience working in the

jewellery trade. I have also spent years

as a maker at craft, design and market

stalls, under the name Family Silver – I'm

a member of Cornwall Crafts Association.

Where are you based, and what's the

best thing about your location?

My two-storey shop Circa 21 is in the heart of

Penzance town centre. There’s an amazing

array of independent shops here, and

Penzance has a great buzz when the season

picks up in spring. I also love the closeness

to Mount’s Bay - I can see St Michael's

Mount from my top-floor workshop space!

What do you sell?

A beautiful range of gifts and homeware

made by about 30 Cornish creatives, mostly

women (bar two men), about half of whom

have been with me since I opened Circa 21

in 2014. They include ceramicists like Jess

Berriman and Natalie Bonney, homewares

from Polperro-based Windswept Girlie

and Humble Cottage Designs from

Penryn, as well as my own silver jewellery

range. We've introduced a Fair Trade

artsy furniture range to complement our

cushions and throws – these are full of

colour and individuality and add real ‘wow

factor’ to the shop window.

Where do you find inspiration

and new ideas?

My eyes are wide open to the big Cornish

outdoors, so my instinct is to infuse my

ranges with a coastal and natural element.

I select beautiful and useful pieces that

you won't see everywhere. When I choose

Fair Trade or locally made products, their

quality and provenance, the back story and

personality of the maker, are crucial.

Which pieces are popular with visitors?

Brands based in Cornwall are always loved

by visitors, like St Eval Candles and Liga

Home from Fowey. Liga’s Beach Clean

range in particular has been flying off the

shelves – it uses washed-up beach plastic

to create items such as coasters.

What values are important to you when

choosing what to sell or how to develop

as a business?

Our emphasis is on a more sustainable way

of living and making a living, so we aim to

offer customers well-made and beautifully

designed items, as well as gifts made from

recycled cotton, glass or silver, homeware

made from natural materials such as

wood and seagrass. Our skincare range

includes vegan and organic options too.

I'm passionate about promoting “Locally

Made and Fair Trade”, and customers will

travel miles just to shop with us. Becoming

a “destination shop' is a dream come true.

Why is your store called Circa 21?

Simply because 21 is our street number,

and Circa means about or approximately,

especially when used with dates. I'm a

real family history nerd and wanted to

discover who lived and worked at Circa

21 in the Victorian times; in 1861, it was

cordwainer (shoemaker) Charles Reynolds,

aged 71. Born in Penzance, he lived and

worked here with his blind wife Elizabeth

Reynolds, 75, originally from St Ives, and

their daughter Eliza Reynolds, who was 43.

What trends are you noticing this year?

The trend for spring this year is towards

energy and escapism. A need for more

colour and positivity in our lives is more

important than ever, isn't it? So go bold

and colourful, floral and natural. Set your

senses alive with wild gorse soap, and

geranium scented candles. Shine in silver

blossom earrings and feel creative with

gem-coloured glass vases.

What are your favourite things to do in

and around Penzance?

My husband and I love to walk the

precarious cliff paths between St Loy and

Penberth with a pasty from St Buryan Farm

shop - especially when the daffodils or

bluebells are in flower. l

Circa 21, 21 Market Jew Street,

Penzance TR18 2HR.

Tel 07876 124449.

Subscribe to the online web shop to get

discounts and offers:

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When did Rozen’s story begin?

Ian Cox: Rozen first came to be in 1986

through the creative partnership between

myself and my co-director, Alan Pearce.

Both cabinetmakers by trade, they

combined their vision, skills and expertise

to create Rozen: a company that focused

on the artistry and craftsmanship of

furniture creation. After growing in success

over the years, in 2000 they moved to a

workshop in the little village of Ruan Minor

on the Lizard Peninsula. It’s here that we

continue to create bespoke luxury pieces

for homes and offices across the UK.

What makes Rozen different to

other brands?

Alan Pearce: For over 35 years, we have

built a reputation as one of Cornwall’s

leading designers, joiners and creators of

luxury furniture and interiors. There are

only a handful of companies offering truly

hand-crafted pieces - everything we make

is fashioned right here in Ruan Minor, from

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initial design to construction. As a brand,

this sense of high-quality local artistry

defines our ethos and leads what we do

– it’s all the very best materials shaped by

the very best hands.

What is the creative atmosphere

in your workshop?

Ian: It’s infectious! We have a team of some

of the most highly skilled craftsmen and

women in the county – some of whom

have been with us for more than 20 years.

By sharing knowledge, developing skills

and combining modern technologies with

traditional methods, we create the very best

products available to meet the most detailed

requirements. There’s nothing our team can’t

do, and the passion for the work and the

level of artistry is something really special.

Where do you draw inspiration

from for your designs?

Alan: From our clients. We combine

their vision with our team’s expertise

to create products that are completely

unique. That’s the beauty of it. Be it for a

contemporary office or traditional home,

we can take ideas and turn them into

reality. Sometimes, it’s about moulding a

piece to fit with an existing environment,

and other times it’s about creating a whole

new space that really reflects and meets

the needs of the customer. What’s exciting

is that every project is completely different

and the results one-of-a-kind.

Why is the concept of ‘space’

important to you?

Ian: Whether you’re at home, working

in the office or socialising with friends

somewhere, the space you’re in has the

ability to transform the experience and the

atmosphere. As we spend so much time

inside, it’s really important to be in spaces we

enjoy – and where we have the opportunity

to influence this, it’s essential to do so. One

of the biggest improvements comes from

simply decluttering, and we often create

furniture and interiors to capitalise on space

– creating beauty in function and form.

What would you like people to

take away from your work?

Alan: The biggest focus for us as a brand

is quality. From the materials to the

workmanship to the customer service,

everything has to meet the highest

standards. As we work with customers every

step of the way, we make sure that this level

of quality is maintained throughout, while

at the same time being both friendly and

professional. Ultimately, the expertise of

our team, the pride we have in our work and

the care we have for our customers are all

things we hope are apparent and evident in

everything that we produce. l

Rozen Furniture Ltd

Cherry Tree Workshop,

Ruan Minor, Helston TR12 7JR

Tel 01326 290 100

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Commonly described as “the

best Poet Laureate” we never

had, poet Charles Causley

(1917 – 2003) spent his life in

Launceston. Cyprus Well, the tiny twobedroom

terraced house where he resided

with his mother Laura (and latterly alone),

looks much the same as when they lived

there, right down to the furniture. Too small

to be a museum, it is now made available

to writers-in-residence, and it was only

right that author Patrick Gale should spend

a week here while researching his latest

novel: Mother’s Boy, a fictional account

of Charles’ childhood and his relationship

with Laura.

“It was strange, and powerful, to be

sleeping in Laura’s bedroom, looking at

pictures she would have looked at, knowing

I would be writing a deeply intrusive novel

about her life,” Patrick admits. “I didn’t

dare sleep in Charles’ bedroom - as it was,

it was quite funny coming out of Laura's

room to be confronted by his portrait. I felt

I had to tread carefully.

“I could feel the ghosts of them and their

cats and dogs. I imagined them winding

up the grandfather clock whose tick I could

hear while writing. I’ve spoken to other

people who stayed there, and they say the

same – it's a bit like being inside Charles’

head. Although he moved there after the

period in which the novel is set, it’s easy to

imagine the way he and Laura would have

lived there – as soon as you walk through

the front door, you see Laura’s armchair

next to the telephone table.”

Patrick committed himself to honouring

the facts he unearthed about Causley -

although these were “quite thin on the

ground at a certain point in his life”, and

were supplemented by the memories

of those who met him and extracts from

Causley’s own writings: sketches, articles

and, of course, poems, some well-known

and others markedly less so. “At every

stage, I’ve used hundreds of bits of

material – what he left behind.”

The book explores the period from

Charles’ conception to the start of his

career as a schoolmaster in Launceston,

wending its way through childhood, school

days and his wartime years as a coder.

Causley had started out as a playwright,

and Patrick has a theory that his wartime

experiences influenced his direction as a

poet. "The discipline of being trained as

a coder, working very fast in tiny amounts

of words in code - it’s very close to how

he wrote poetry, and he intimated that he

found it much easier during the war to hold

four or five lines of poetry in his head and

work on them,” he explains.

Causley was famously private, so how does it

feel to be imagining scenes from his life, and

presenting them for public consumption?

“Extremely cheeky,” grins Patrick.

What drew him to Causley’s story? “I’m

interested in stories with unanswered

questions, and it seems to me that the

biggest question with Charles is what

made him tick emotionally. In many

ways, the public version he chose to

present, especially later in life, was

quite forbidding. He was friendly on the

surface, but intensely private, which is very

unfashionable these days, when everyone

is examining themselves on social media.

“I wanted to examine the construction of

the public persona of Charles Causley, and

worked back from that into his vulnerable

boyhood. I think he would have made a

very good spy, because he realised he

needed to compartmentalise his life, and

put his emotions and vulnerabilities into a

locked and very well-guarded box.”

Waterstones describes the novel as “tender,

compassionate and rich in psychological

truth”, while referring to “the secret desires

he must keep hidden”. It’s not a huge

leap from this to speculating on Causley’s

sexuality at a time when homosexuality

was some way off being legal. But Patrick,

who lives near Land’s End with his husband

Aidan, is quick to see where I’m going and

heads me off at the pass. “I don’t want

anyone saying ‘He’s making Causley out to

be gay,’” he says, emphatically.

But he continues: “It’s safe to say that in

his private diaries from his teens and 20s ...

he never gives a physical description of a

woman, just simple names. If he mentions

a man or a boy he has met, you get a vivid

physical description.

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Kirstie Newton talks to Patrick Gale about his new novel exploring the youth of poet

Charles Causley, who lived in Launceston with his mother

“Homosexuality was illegal then, and it

would have been a very frightening thing

to admit to himself. Some people say he

was just waiting for the right woman, but I

think he chose to live with his mother, who

was the ultimate shield to hide behind,

very respectable. Anyone who visited him

said you had to get past Mother before

you got to Charles. In a way, she protected

him, and when she died later in his life, he

had a breakdown – he must have felt very

exposed suddenly.

“So I’m not painting him to be gay, but

I am exploring things that he found

uncomfortable to talk about.”

Care has been taken, given Charles’ living

relatives; these include Devon folk singer

Jim Causley who has previously recorded a

CD of his distant cousin’s work set to music.

“He has read it – my heart was in my mouth,”

laughs Patrick. “I’ve also had nice feedback

from people who didn’t know Charles’ work,

and who were keen to read it after finishing

my book, which was very satisfying.”

Mother’s Boy is as much Laura’s story

as Charles’. A Cornish lass, she met her

husband (also Charles) in 1916 when

both were in service in Teignmouth. Their

son was born the following year, but

Charles Sr returned from the trenches a

damaged man and ill with tuberculosis.

Soon widowed, the fiercely independent

Laura raises Charles alone in small, classobsessed

Launceston, working as a

laundress, gradually aware of his genius.

Patrick examines their relationship with

interest: “How he and his mother got

on each other’s nerves, and how she

shaped him. A lot of the characters I’ve

extrapolated from his poetry – this wisdom

had to come from someone.”

Unlike Causley, Patrick is very sociable and

is active on the literary circuit of Cornwall,

where he has lived since 1987. He is the

artistic director of the North Cornwall

Book Festival, a director of Endelienta at St

Endellion, and a patron of Penzance LitFest

and, of course, the Charles Causley Trust.

“When I started out, I was grateful when

older writers gave me a hand. Writing is

a very precarious business, and we need

all the help we can get. It's a duty of the

successful to help others up the ladder.

Festivals are one way of doing that, and

we are lucky to have so many writers down

here who can be persuaded out of their

hidey-holes, like Cathy Rentzenbrink and

Nina Stibbe.

“Twitter is also a very powerful tool. If I like

a book and tweet about it, it makes a big,

big difference.”

He was knocking at an open door when

seeking support for his new release,

marked by the Charles Causley Trust with

a three-day festival in Launceston from

March 4 to 6. Events included workshops,

book signings, the launch of the Causley

Young Person’s Poetry competition and

a special evening event at the Eagle

House Hotel with Patrick, Jim Causley and

documentarian/filmmaker Jane Darke.

Whether or not you attend the festival,

Patrick urges people to read Causley’s

work in the context of its setting. “There is

something powerful about going to a place

where a poet lived his entire life. People

often talk about Betjeman in Cornwall, but

he wasn’t born here. With Charles, you can

read an incredible body of work describing

Launceston in specific detail, then walk the

streets where it’s set.” l

Mother’s Boy was published on

March 1 by Tinder Press.

For further information about the

Charles Causley Trust,

Patrick Gale

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The Lodge

National Garden Scheme volunteer

Laura Tucker profiles neighbouring gardens

that open together for charity

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Pinsla Bucks Head House The gARTen © Carole Drake

Gardening in a

sustainable way is

something we hold

dear in the National

Garden Scheme. In

Cornwall, many of our

garden owners have long been passionate

about being kind to the environment, and

some have simply made sustainability a

way of life. Here are two pairs of gardens,

close neighbours that open together.

Pinsla, Cardinham

Mark and Claire Woodbine have been

gardening at Pinsla for 40 years and the

thread of sustainability is woven into

everything they do. "We see ourselves

as custodians rather than owners of

the land,” says Claire, “working with

nature to create a garden that’s not

just for today but as a future legacy.”

Their relaxed approach has allowed an

informal, biodiverse tapestry to emerge.

A wide variety of flowering plants is grown

throughout the season, focusing on those

particularly attractive to pollinators.

Vegetables thrive in compost made with

the assistance of a wormery and a hot bin.

Woody prunings and branches are put

to use in the garden or allowed to decay

naturally and become habitats for insects.

The Lodge, Fletchersbridge

The sound of a gurgling stream beckons

visitors into the garden, a tranquil

woodland valley punctuated by calming

pools providing a home for frogs, newts,

moorhens, mallards and dragonflies.

Nuthatches, chaffinches, woodpeckers are

among the regular winged visitors, together

with the occasional kingfisher. Owner Tony

Ryde has been gardening here for 22 years

and is proud of the hundreds of trees he’s

planted, including 40 different varieties

of Magnolia, flowering in succussion

February to November. While generally

keen to encourage wildlife, Tony has

discovered an ingenious way of deterring

deer from eating his roses: when he visits

the hairdresser, he takes sweepings of hair

from the floor to hang in perforated bags

on the bushes. The deer are repelled by

the scent of humans. “I’m the only person

who leaves the hairdressers with more hair

than I started with!” laughs Tony.

Pinsla PL30 4AY and The Lodge PL30

4AN are in close proximity and will open

together on Sunday, April 24 from noon

to 5.30pm with cream teas served at The

Lodge. Pinsla will open from 9am to 5pm

on many more occasions in the summer.

Bucks Head House, Constantine

With a passion for trees, 17 years ago

Deborah Baker set about creating an

arboretum in a high, windy field and in so

doing, silenced the doubters who said it

couldn’t be done. Deborah waited patiently

for two years while the initial windbreak

of Griselinia and Elaeagnus became

established before planting 1,000 species of

native hazel, alder, Scots pine, oak, sorbus

and birch. Encircled by the protection of the

native trees, Deborah then planted 1,000

unusual and rare specimens. The result is

a dappled delight of mown paths curving

beneath a foliage canopy, underplanted

with bulbs, perennials, ferns and flowering

shrubs including 85 different types of

hydrangea. This tranquil oasis provides

nesting sites and food sources for wrens,

robins, chiff-chaffs, stonechats and fieldfares.

Shrubs and trees are specially selected to

offer berries and seed heads; woodpiles

are left undisturbed and wide areas of grass

remain unmown. Only collected rainwater

is used for watering and all prunings are

chipped or shredded and used as mulch.

Among the star performers in spring are

the multi-stemmed Alnus sieboldiana,

with its fabulous catkins, the wonderfully

fragranced Elaeagnus umbellata and the

daisy-smothered Olearia cheesemanii.

The gARTen Garden, Constantine

Drs Sara Gadd and Daro Montag have

demonstrated their professional skills in the

fields of art, design and the environment

by creating the organic gARTen garden,

their family home for the past 20 years.

Great care has been taken to cultivate and

adapt the garden holistically, respecting

the ecosystems. Visitors will be drawn on

a delightful meander through different

areas such as the spring garden, hot

terrace, fernery and willow circle. Planting

combinations, together with sculptural

architectural features, have been carefully

hand-crafted by Daro and chosen for

dramatic effect. Interestingly, tree prunings

are used to make bio-char, a charcoal

additive which improves the water retention

and texture of soil, as well as supporting

mycorrhizal fungi and raising the pH of

the naturally acidic soil, enabling brassicas

and leafy vegetables to be grown too.

The family’s horses and chickens provide a

welcome natural source of manure for the

crops. Sara says: “I like to grow heritage

varieties of vegetables, which helps to

preserve them for future generations.”

The gARTen Garden TR11 5QW and

Bucks Head House TR11 5QR are close

neighbours and open by arrangement

on Fridays (mornings and afternoons

respectively) from April to July.

The National Garden Scheme (NGS)

gives visitors unique access to over 3,500

exceptional private gardens and in 2021

donated £3 million to some of the UK’s

best-loved nursing and health charities

raised through admissions and refreshment

sales. For further information on Cornwall

gardens, visit l

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the Roof!

St Day Old Church enjoys a new lease of life as a

community hub and entertainment venue

Photographs by Charles Francis

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Towering above the village of St Day

is a building so impressive, the late

poet Sir John Betjeman referred

to it as an “ecclesiastical toy fort”.

Following a 30-year campaign to

save it, this stunning building strikes the

perfect balance between relic and ruin.

In 2021, it found a new lease of life as an

entertainment venue under the watchful

eye of the St Day Old Church Community

Interest Company (CIC). There are six

voluntary directors, all with different skills,

be it health and safety, fundraising, PR and

marketing or theatre programming. Lesley

Trotter’s specialism is history, and she sees

the Old Church as a self-supporting tripod

of heritage, arts and community.

“The building is iconic to the local

landscape - wherever you walk around St

Day, you can see it,” she says. “Its presence

is there in the community, all the time. It

makes sense for it to be used, but while

there were efforts before the millennium

to save the church, there was no coherent

plan to generate any income to ensure we

could keep it safe for public use.”

The emphasis is on sustainability rather

than quick fixes. “That’s incredibly

important, and it’s one reason we haven’t

replaced the roof – apart from the fact

it’s a USP and lends atmosphere, it would

generate a maintenance problem for future

generations. We’d rather keep what we’ve

got in good order, and generate a feeling

of belonging in the town, so it becomes

part of our lives and not just the scenery.”

The Old Church was built in 1826, part of a surge

in church building to commemorate victory

in the Battle of Waterloo (fellow “Waterloo

churches” including St Paul’s in Charlestown

and St George’s & St John’s in Truro).

In the early 19th century, the mining industry

was booming, and nowhere more so than

in an area once referred to as “the world’s

richest square mile”. St Day needed a larger

church to cater for the rapidly growing

population in the town and surrounding

district. The building followed designs by

Christopher Hutchens of Torpoint in the

popular Gothic Revival style, and with its

grand gallery, it could accommodate a

congregation of 1,500 people.

But by the early 1900s, the congregation

had dwindled so drastically with the decline

of mining that the decision was made to

remove the gallery. This compromised

the stability of the entire church, which

was declared unsafe and closed in 1956.

The church community moved into the

hall opposite, where it remains to this day,

and the once glorious building was left

unmaintained for decades. In 1985, part of

the roof caved in; the decision was made to

remove it completely, and the church has

been exposed to the elements ever since.

In 1988, St Day Old Church Appeal

Committee was formed, launching what

would be a 30-year battle to save the

building. Three years ago, things were

cranked up a notch when the church was

purchased for £1 from the Diocese of Truro

by the new CIC. A huge community effort

ensued to get the building set up as a

centre for heritage, education and the arts.

Thanks to a number of funders, including

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raised and essential works were undertaken,

including window repairs and the installation

of a modern electricity supply. A mosaic

was created by the community under the

watchful eye of artist Clare Summerson,

and the reception class of the local primary

school ran 100 miles in laps around their

classrooms to raise money, and were

rewarded with the opportunity to be the

first performers on the new stage. “That’s

why we do this,” says Lesley. “I hope that

memory will stay with them forever. Many of

the children go back generations in St Day,

and nurturing those connections will ensure

the survival of the building.”

The church is extremely popular with the

Cornish diaspora, with descendants of

Cousin Jacks – the miners who left Cornwall

in search of work in Australia, South Africa,

Mexico and other locations – regularly visiting

St Day. “In a normal year, we might expect

around 3,000 people asking for church access

for this reason,” says Lesley. “One lady from

Tasmania came, and was able to stand where

her great-great-grandmother had married. It

was such an emotional connection.”


April 23 - Mohan: A Partition Story

Mixed Scots-Indian writer Niall Moorjani recalls

their grandpa’s experiences of the Partitioning

of India 75 years ago. Moving, visceral,

emotive and at times hilarious, the story will be

interwoven with fascinating historical insight,

and set to live music. Tickets £12.

April 30 - Peri... Meno... What now?!

Nina Hills’ comedy show about the

perimenopause - expect stand-up, song, rap

and even a cuppa. Who knew getting old

would be such a pain in the lady garden? Adult

themes and language - 16+. Tickets £12.

May 7 - Katie’s Black Hole Adventures

Little Trebiggan Theatre

Katie is given a science kit for her 10th birthday

and opens a black hole in her bedroom into

which her noisy dad gets sucked. Will she be

able to get him back? Will he ever be the same

again? Fun, frolics, musical fusion and a little bit

of science in this family show. Tickets £6.

May 28 - Wish We Weren't Here

Camidge & Stringer

A west Cornwall tourist information office

in 2023. Staff members Linda and Jak swap

their lockdown experiences and explore the

‘complaints’ archive, with contributions from

George Eliot and DH Lawrence. Tickets £12.

While not quite restored to its former glory,

any imperfections simply add character.

The stone floor is peppered with bits of

original church floor tile; an aged piece of

wood from the fallen roof timbers still sits

behind the stage in the shape of a cross,

while the cracked central heating pipes still

line the walls.

The first entertainment season began in

August, a year later than planned due to

the pandemic. The Old Church CIC has

programmed an eclectic mix of events to give

the people of St Day and surrounding area a

reason to come and see their church brought

to life, from children’s theatre to adult-only

storytelling performances, film nights and a

musical bonanza day for all the family.

Running the church as a venue has been a

learning curve for all involved. Having got to

grips with it, the CIC hopes for more events

and, crucially, more volunteer stewards. “We

might even get to the point where we create

employment,” says Lesley. “Ultimately, the

more people use it, the more people love it,

the longer it will survive.” l

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An bobel a Gernow a gar aga Dy’Golyow ha golyow erell. Selys

yn ta yns y’n kalender gonisogeth ha kevrennys, dell yw usys,

dhe sans an dre po pluw. Nebes dy’golyow a ost kesstrifow

sport, rag ensempel an hurlya yn Porthia po Sen Kolom Veur –

an re erell re dhisplegas yn termyn arnowydh dhe solempnya

kowlwriansow ynjynorieth kepar ha Dydh Trevithick po Dydh

Murdoch. Prest re beu boos brav rann posek a’n kentel, yn

arbennik torthellow delit te. Torthellow safran, melyn splann dre

reson a’n spis bleujen, re beu pebys y’n Dhuketh dres istori ha

dybris peskweyth may vo dy’golyow po solempnyansow kryjyk.

Leveris yw safran a gevi y fordh dhe Gernow dre kenwerth sten

mar a-varr es peswar kans Kyns Osweyth Kemmyn!

The people of Cornwall love their Feast Days and other festivals.

They are well-established in the community calendar and are

usually linked to a parish or town’s saint. Some events host

sporting competitions, for example, hurling in St Ives and St

Columb Major; others have developed in modern times to

celebrate engineering achievements such as Trevithick Day or

Murdoch Day. Fine food has always been an important part

of the occasion, especially tea treat buns. Saffron buns, bright

yellow from the added flower spice, have been baked in the

Duchy throughout history and eaten on feast days and religious

celebrations. Saffron is said to have found its way to Cornwall

through trading tin as early as 400 BC!


Feast Days





sans an bluw

parish saint


to host








always, constantly













Kyns Osweyth

Before Common

Kemmyn (KOK) Era (BC)

Nebes a’n golyow kernewek an brassa a hwer yn mis Me. Yn

Lannwedhenek, afinys yw an dre gans bleujyow, parys rag

devedhyans an ‘Oss glas ha’n ‘Oss rudh ha koth. Gwrys yw an

eyl ha’y gila a fram hirgylghek, gorherys yn kroghen oyl gans

penn margh byghan a-dherag, ow bratha y jal. Ilewydhyon a

sen jarwel ha tabours dell led pub ‘Oss keskerdh a-derdro an

dre, brosys gans an Tontyer. Mernans ha dasgenesigeth an ‘Oss

Let's Speak Cornish

a represent gorfenn an gwav ha’n hav ow tos. Tennvos tornysi

gerys-da dres eghen yw an hwarvos lemmyn ha meurgerys yw

avel onan an hengov gwerin moy a vri yn Breten.

Some of the largest Cornish festivals take place in May. In

Padstow, the town is decorated with flowers ready for the arrival

of the “Blue ‘Oss” and the old “Red ‘Oss”. Each one is made

from an oval frame covered in black oilskin with a small horse's

head in the front, its jaw snapping. Musicians play accordion and

drums as each ‘Oss leads a procession around town, goaded by

the Teaser. The death and re-birth of the ‘Oss represent the end

of winter and the coming of summer. The event is now a hugely

popular tourist attraction and is loved as one of the most famous

folk customs in Britain.


to decorate




blue (green)



an eyl ha’y gila one and the other




to cover

kroghen oyl

oil skins


to bite, snap








to goad









A vynn’ta dos genev dhe Dhydh Trevithick?

Do you want to come with me to Trevithick Day?

Na vynnav, meur ras, nyns yw da genev oll an ethen ha mog.

No, thanks, I don’t like all the steam and smoke.

“£3.60 an gramm! Ass yw safran kostek!”

“£3.60 per gram! How expensive is saffron!”

“Hanafas a de ha torthell safran, mar pleg!”

“A cup of tea and a saffron bun, please!”

“Gans amanyn po lughes ha taran?”

“With butter or thunder and lightning?”

“Ogh, yw hemma Dy’Gool? Y brederis my dhe vos dhe

guntelles sodhva?”

“Oh, is this a Feast Day? I thought I was at an office meeting”

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Cornwall supports Ukraine

Elizabeth Dale on how

a monument erected

in Cornwall after the

Second World War has

found new significance

following the Russian

invasion of Ukraine.

As the world woke to the dreadful news of

war erupting in Ukraine, many people’s first

thought was what they could do to help.

On February 27, 2022, some 200 people

gathered in a quiet lane just outside the

village of Mylor to show the beleaguered

Ukrainian nation their support.

The choice of location may seem a little

strange at first glance, but the history of this

quiet corner of the Cornish countryside is

in fact incredibly pertinent, especially as

hundreds of thousands of refugees stream

across the Ukrainian border in search of safety.

Beside the dead-end road to Restronguet

Barton, tucked away under trees and

painted bright white, stands a stone cross.

This small monument was erected here in

1948 by Ukrainians who had been living and

working in the area in the post-war era. A

symbol of their gratitude for their escape

from persecution, and the safe refuge

they had found in Cornwall, it also bore

testament to their strong Christian faith.

These days, hidden from passing traffic,

its significance had been mostly forgotten

until recent events made its story even

more moving and relevant.

At the end of the Second World War, after

the collapse of Nazi Germany, there were

an estimated 11 million displaced people

in Europe, communities that were unable

or unwilling to return to their homes. It

is thought that around 200,000 of those

exiled souls were resettled in Britain, and

many came here to Cornwall.

After the terrible losses of both World

Wars, the UK found itself with a severe

labour shortage, leading the European

Voluntary Workers scheme (EVWs) to invite

people from all over Europe to come to

Britain and provide a much-needed boost

to our workforce.

The refugees who came to Mylor were

just some of the hundreds of Ukrainian

men, women and children fleeing violent

persecution by the communist regime

installed in their home country by the

Soviet Army. Many of them had fought

against the invading forces; the Second

World War had inevitably brought about

a strong independence movement in the

Ukraine, and as a consequence many of

these nationalists had been rounded up,

imprisoned and even executed.

Close to where the cross stands today was

once the site of an anti-aircraft base during

the war and at one time up to 300 British

troops were based there. As peace returned

to Europe, the British Government utilised

its now empty bases to house refugees. So it

was that Ukrainian families were moved into

the unused buildings in Mylor in 1947/48,

staying there for around 12 months.

The men found work on local farms, in the

mines and as gardeners, often taking the

place of the Cornishmen that had never

come home. The women looked after the

children and some took in sewing work. As

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a devout Orthodox Christian community,

they built themselves a make-shift chapel

on site and local Catholic priests would visit

Restronguet to hold services.

As time went on, the refugee families

gradually moved out of the camp; some

went back to Europe in the hope of

returning home, others emigrated to

Canada or Australia. But many found

permanent accomodation in Mylor and the

surrounding villages. Recollections of that

time suggest that, despite initial language

barriers, the Ukranian families integrated

well and quickly became part of Mylor’s

community. Their children played with

their Cornish peers, while many unmarried

adults found local matches and remained in

Mylor for the rest of their lives.

A service of rededication was held at the

cross in 2008, and amongst the attendees

were grandchildren of those original

Ukrainian families who found safety and

welcome in Cornwall 70 years earlier.

In February 2022, the cross once again

became a very real symbol of compassion

and solidarity between two distant

nations who have built an unexpected

bond through conflict. This most recent

gathering was a more sombre occasion.

A service was led by the Bishop of Truro,

Philip Mounstephen, and the crowd was a

mix of locals and Ukrainians who have come

to live in Cornwall in recent years. The little

cross was swathed in Ukrainian and St Piran

flags, with daffodils laid on the brick base.

In a message on the Mylor Parish Church

Facebook page, Ukrainian Marsha

Szewczuk wrote: "My family and I wish

we could be there today ... My Ukrainian

grandfather, who stayed in the camp and

lived on the outskirts of the village, helped

erect the memorial. He’d be pleased that

there is a service there today - thank you."

In these difficult and divisive times, it

is important to remember the lessons

that history teaches us. Cornish people

have found work and homes and joined

communities all across the globe, and in

turn we have welcomed strangers in need

here. The Ukrainian Cross near Mylor Bridge

stands as that reminder of a time when we

were able to offer safety and community to

people in dire need - and that we may need

to do that again. l

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Will performing with John Dowling

at the Minack Theatre

Tell us about your childhood

People assume I’m Cornish, but I actually

grew up in Somerset! I joined the Royal

Navy at 16, and spent six years at HMS

Raleigh in Torpoint. Rugby was my thing,

and joining up was one way of playing

professionally – until I snapped my anterior

cruciate ligament at the age of 21. These

days, my participation is limited to warming

up the crowd at all the Pirates’ matches.

Where do you live now?

I returned to Cornwall 14 years ago, by

which time I was married with newborn

twins and two foster children. All my life

had been spent by, on or under the sea.

Friends emigrated to far-flung places like

Australia, but as foster parents we couldn’t

do that, so we settled in Falmouth. I knew

about Cornwall’s maritime heritage, but

not its culture - that was a bit of an eyeopener.

I started working for Skinners

Brewery - a job made in heaven for me –

and that’s how I met The Oggymen. I’ve

sung with them ever since. It's more like

a group of friends – a hobby rather than

a job.

What kind of repertoire do they perform?

The kind of songs that have been sung

in Cornish popular culture for hundreds

of years. Think Lamorna, Lil Lize and

Trelawny. But the song that drew me in

was Cornwall My Home by Harry ‘Safari’

Glasson. Even though I’m not Cornish, it’s

like an arrow through the heart for me. I

later discovered that Harry had written lots

of songs commenting on Cornish history,

and I’ve performed many of them in my

solo show. I love their simplicity. They are

ideal for engaging young children; on April

23, I'll perform at the Roseland Festival with

pupils from St Mawes primary school.

What inspired you to start

performing solo?

I’d always wanted to have a go, but was

held back by what other people might

think. What moved me to actually do it was

when my foster son took his own life at the

age of 19 - nothing could hurt me as much

as that did. So I went for it, and did 85 gigs

in that first year – I knew a lot of people who

had pubs! Harry Glasson had toured for 30

years and put me in touch with venues.

He was a huge support and mentor to me

during that time; we became great friends,

and in May I’m going to a garden party at

Buckingham Palace as his plus-one.

How did you keep

performing during lockdown?

The Voices of the Borough Facebook group

was launched to encourage people to sing

Cornwall My Home on Thursdays, after the

Clap For Carers. They asked to play my

version for people to sing along to; I went

one better, and live streamed it alongside

my four daughters! It went out to around

16,000 people, and I was getting messages

from around the world. At gigs, people still

tell me how much it meant to them.

Why do you think music is such a key part

of Cornish culture?

Celtic nations have music as their bedrock.

You can see it in Irish and Welsh culture too.

They play it to express emotion, be it sadness

or joy, and to bring people together. It’s

good for the soul, and it’s important to keep

it alive. With the male voice choir population

ageing, we must think about how these

songs will continue to be heard. Thankfully,

there has been a massive resurgence in

young people singing them – I performed at

the Chainlocker on St Piran’s Day, and it was

as busy as New Year’s Eve.

You have a new album coming out

in September

Yes, I’m launching a Crowdfunder in May

to pay for it. It will include traditional and

contemporary songs, and some of my own

compositions. During lockdown, I learned

more about a poet called John Harris; some

of his words are on a slab in Gylly gardens.

I turned two of his poems into songs. I’ve

also written two in Kernewek, with the help

of the Cornish language department at

Cornwall Council.

What else do you have planned for 2022?

It’s looking busy! I’ve been booked to sing

at low tide on Tresco on Easter Monday,

and am in discussions about performing in

the RNLI garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower

Show in May. In June, The Oggymen are

singing at Tunes in the Dunes in Perranporth

and the International Sea Shanty Festival in

Falmouth, then at the Minack on August

16 – that gig sold out within a week. In

February, I did a candlelight tour of village

churches with banjo player John Dowling.

It was a huge success and we’re going to

tour new repertoire in November. I’m also

hoping to join a residential course in June

to improve my skills in Kernewek.

Where is your favourite place in Cornwall?

My home – Falmouth. This morning, I went

for a swim in the sea at Gyllyngvase beach.

My wife and I like to go out for breakfast

when the kids are at school – Indidog and

Windjammer are our favourites, and it

has to be a full Cornish for me, with hog’s

pudding. l

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Kernow Art Collective takes over the courtyard buildings

of the historic Boconnoc Estate from April 15 to 17,

offering a window into contemporary art made in

Cornwall across a variety of media, from a selection of

artists both seasoned and new. Pictured: Clay Tip Country

by Sara Owens. Find Kernow Art Collective on Facebook.










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Art News


Catherine loves everything about Cornwall; the beaches, the people, the

wildlife, the food, the pace of life. She studied illustration at Falmouth

College of Arts over 20 years ago, and although she’s based in land-locked

Shropshire now, she makes sure to get her Cornwall fix each year by taking

a holiday with her husband, son and daughter. This never fails to create

wonderful memories and inspire Catherine in her artwork. Cornwall evokes a

feeling of nostalgia for her, which is why she creates pieces such as the one

on the front cover: Hanging About in St Ives Harbour. Catherine creates her

artwork digitally, using elegant lines and simple colour ways and ensures to

print and package them using eco-friendly materials. l

You can buy Catherine’s prints at


Marking the launch of their 2022 Featured Artist

series of exhibitions this April, Whitewater

Contemporary brings you paintings and

sculptures by the ever-popular Simeon Stafford.

This collection includes paintings inspired by the

busy North Cornwall beaches of Polzeath and

Daymer, the harbours of Padstow and Port Isaac

in summer, and the daily workings of Cornwall’s

fishing industry and historic mining scene.

Also included are examples of Simeon’s highly

collectable bronze figures, including his famous

Yo Yo Girl. Then throughout May, mixed media

artist Viv Richards is on show. Her new collection

comprises 23 paintings, each made on separate

days by the sea near her home on the North

Cornwall coast. Viv’s works express the tranquillity

of life in the far west, and celebrate Cornwall’s

vast skies, ocean views, and the sublime feeling

of open space, using layers of collage, gouache,

oil paint, and sometimes clay, paper pulp or

felting wool. l

Whitewater Contemporary,

The Parade, Polzeath, PL27 6SR.


In the late 19th century and for much of the 20th, Polperro captivated artists with its twin

harbours, stone breakwaters, cobbled alleys and courts leading to quaint, haphazard housing,

often with first floor porches reached by time-worn steps. Add the River Pol bubbling its way

under ancient stone bridges, and a stunning coastal setting surrounded by hills, and it’s small

wonder this fishing village became “the haunt of half the artists of Britain”, as well as many

significant international artists. An exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery will feature paintings by

leading American, German and Dutch artists, as well as by many accomplished British ones

- some familiar, others less so. Work is drawn from public and private collections, curated by

leading Cornish art historian, David Tovey, and accompanied by his two-volume history of the

village as an art centre. Highlights include William Mouat Loudan’s critically acclaimed 1888

Royal Academy exhibit, Fish Sale, Polperro; unexhibitable for decades, it has been restored

for the show; and Edward Reginald Frampton’s 1896 work ‘When the sun to Westward sinks

and bathes all things in gold’ (pictured). l


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April 2 to June 18, Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth TR11

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Lizard Art Gallery, at Trelowarren Estate, launches its spring exhibition on

Saturday, April 2. The gallery is a co-operative of 15 members made up

of mainly professional artists who work to a high standard, encompassing

many styles and techniques including representational and abstract works,

printmaking, collage and mixed media - from exciting seascapes that

capture stormy weather to gentle watercolours that capture the warmth

of summer. Among the collection, you’ll find work from associate craft

members including gorgeous serpentine works, fascinating ceramics, glass

and jewellery. Housing an eclectic collection of originals, prints and cards,

the gallery is run by the artists themselves, which enables them to share

their enthusiasm about their own work and that of their colleagues - a

real highlight for visitors keen to know more. Sit and enjoy the ambience

of the peaceful surroundings of the old converted stable barns, with

neighbouring restaurant and The Pantry coffee shop. l

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Stableyard Gallery,

Trelowarren Estate, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Helston TR12 6AF.

Tel. 01326 221778,

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Jane Bodle’s textile pictures are worked from

recycled fabrics, ribbons, threads and other

materials entering further reincarnations. Sometimes

work is screenprinted first, then completed with

embellishments from Jane’s studio store. Having

collected interesting pieces, including sea glass,

pebbles, old buttons and bows with vibrant colours,

she integrates them wherever possible. Jane’s

feltwork is a fusion of wools using a large palette of

colour moulded into a felt backing with stitchwork.

Her original paintings take subjects from the rugged

coastline of Cornwall, from rocky headlands to the

delicate flora and fauna of the shoreline, using

varied media fed on to Yupo paper to create a vivid

kaleidoscope of colour. Bespoke cards start at £2.50

each and pictures start from £50. l

The Cowhouse Gallery,

Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe TR20 9NE.

Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Tel. 01736 710538


From May 28 to June 5, the annual Open Studios event will see artists,

designers and makers share curious studio spaces in beautiful places across

Cornwall, from Marazion to St Minver, St Ives to Saltash and Penzance

to Penwithick; in leafy villages, seaside settlements and wooded valleys;

between granite gateposts, down driveways and along ancient footpaths.

Artists of all kinds - painters, printmakers, potters, textile designers,

sculptors and illustrators – will reveal where and how they work, what their

rooms look like and what they need around them to feel creative. Curate

your own art trail by following the distinctive orange ‘Os’ across the Duchy’s

creeks, coves and coastlines, to discover, discuss and purchase their work.

Alternatively, take the virtual route from the comfort of your own home.

Pictured is Cookworthy Knapp, or the Coming Home Trees, by “Fibreista”

Araminta Greaves, whose spinnery can be found in her garden at the foot of

Roughtor, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. l

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Summer Exhibition - ‘Treasure’

30th April - 25th September

Focus on Furniture Maker Tom Heywood

30th April - 15th June

Open daily between 10am-5pm

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Eastertide announces the welcome return of Spring

at Yew Tree Gallery through woodcuts by Guy

Royle, stoneware bird sculptures by Reece Ingram,

light-filled paintings by Sally Holman, lustrous

ceramics by Sutton Taylor, woven wool throws by

Rhian Wyman and cushions by Sue Marshall, plus

pottery by Jill Fanshawe Kato and Nigel Lambert,

and silver and aluminium jewellery by Helen Nock.

The gardens are open for a stroll or a picnic to make

for a leisurely outing until May 7. This exhibition

is followed by Homage To John Maltby from May

21 to July 3, a retrospective exhibition celebrating

the broad creative talents of a remarkable artist.

An illustrated book published to coincide with

this show will also be on sale. Image: First Flight,

woodcut by Guy Royle. l

Yew Tree Gallery, Keigwin, Morvah TR19 7TS.

Tel 01736 786425,


Enys Art Exhibition and Bluebell Festival both run from Saturday, April

30 to Sunday, May 8, meaning one ticket for two great events. A short

distance from both Falmouth and Truro, Enys is famed for its 30 acres of

gardens, which flower magnificently with fragrant bluebells at this time of

year. The old mansion house will also be open and the rustic walls filled

with work by 11 talented local artists: Ben Baker and Laura Menzies in

the dining room, Chloe Tinsley and Rachel Corney in the hall, Stephanie

Sandercock and Theo Crutchly-Mack in the library, Rachel Painter and

Sophie Penstone in the drawing room and Danni Dixon in the lobby, plus

Eloise Wall and Kamil Waniowski on the front lawn. Refreshments will be

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The Customs House Gallery in Porthleven will show work by Scilly-based

Steve Sherris from May 14 to 23. Steve is a self-taught artist and has been

painting full-time for 15 years, working on location and from his studio on

St Mary’s. Steve lives on Scilly all year round and paints the islands for half

the year, then in the winter months loves to travel with his paints in search

of new subjects and challenges to keep his paintings fresh. “Generally, I

look for simplicity in a scene,” he says, “rendering enough information to

give the viewer the sense of being there. To help me capture this feeling,

I believe it is essential to paint on the spot in front of the subject, only

working in the studio once I have an intimate knowledge of the subject.” l

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Market Place,

Marazion, Cornwall,

TR17 0AR

Tel: 01736 711400

Opening Times:

Open daily 10.30-5pm,

Closed on Mondays


The Summerhouse Gallery

Spring at The Summerhouse Gallery is bursting with

hope and joy, showcasing the very best of Cornish

art in a light and welcoming space.

Our April show ‘Joy’ by Iona Sanders is a delight to

see, filled with colour and simplicity of line. We are

also showing work by Imogen Bone, John Piper,

Kit Johns and many more, as well as a beautiful

selection of locally handcrafted ceramics, jewellery

and sculpture.

Please see our website for further information.

The gallery is both child and dog friendly and is

set in the heart of Marazion. We look forward to

welcoming you!

Painting by Simon Jewell - Oil - ‘Brooding Mount’

A stunning gallery located at the heart of the

timeless Trelowarren Estate, run by a co-operative of

exciting and diverse professional artists all sharing

an enthusiasm for living and working on the Lizard

Peninsula. Exhibiting a varied selection of paintings

in a variety of mediums and a large selection of Prints

and Cards. Crafts available include ceramics, glass,

serpentine sculpture, jewellery and mixed media.

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The Jackson

Foundation, St Just

Sustainability is a subject close to the heart of artist Kurt Jackson, and two

exhibitions running concurrently at his gallery in St Just bear testament to this.

Fragile Earth by Sally Baldwin is a body

of work evoking natural forms such as

trees, pods, flowers, insects, sea life and

water. The materials used - recycled and

handmade paper, silk waste and gauzy

cotton scrim - are ghostly, white and

ephemeral, suggesting delicate, fragile,

vulnerable and finely balanced landscapes.

The work had its origins during the

first lockdown. “It felt as if the world as

we knew it was collapsing,” Sally recalls.

“Not only was the environment under

extraordinary threat, with climate change

and habitat loss demonstrated clearly

all around us, but our society was also

crumbling because of a rampaging virus.”

Sally launched a project with funding

from Arts Council England. “Initially my

idea was for the pieces to form a white and

ghostly landscape, a reminder of what we

once had but have now lost,” she explains.

However, as the work progressed, she

named the collection Fragile Earth: “I felt

it was more optimistic, and reflected my

belief that we can still reverse this decline

if we work together globally and locally to

switch to a circular, carbon-free economy,

and to protect endangered habitats.”

In the titular hanging installation Fragile

Earth, the long, disintegrating tree-like

shapes are an indicator of our loss of

trees through farming, land clearance and

bush fires. The long, stitched paper piece

implies moth-like creatures, moths being

an indicator species reflecting the health

of our eco-systems - as with butterflies,

their numbers are in serious decline. In

contrast, pod shapes in delicate silk fibres

(see also Warming Oceans) represent

jellyfish whose numbers are thriving at the

expense of other forms of sea life.

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The Monarch Migration wall pieces

refer specifically to the Monarch butterfly,

which migrates annually over 2,500 miles

from the USA and Canada to hibernate

in central Mexican forests. Their numbers

have dropped by an astonishing 95% since

the 1990s, due to a variety of environmental

factors including climate change, increased

pesticide use, illegal logging (especially

for avocado plantations) and the loss of

grassland containing milkweed, the only

plant they can lay their eggs in.

Meanwhile, Kurt Jackson’s own

Mermaids’ Tears explores the use of nurdles

– tiny pieces of plastic which are melted

down to create single-use items. These are

spilt on land at industrial facilities, and can

float off down drains and ultimately out

to sea. It’s estimated that around 250,000

tonnes of nurdles are currently in the world’s

oceans, where they are mistaken for food

by sea creatures and thus find their way into

the human food chain.

Weighing 20mg each, nurdles have been

common on beaches since the 1970s. Kurt

takes nurdles from local beach cleans and

incorporates them into paint for large-scale

collage works. “Artists are often described

as people who ask questions. I hope that

a body of work like this will make people

think, look more closely and ultimately

make demands,” says Kurt.

“We really do need to stop this

mentality of making something to use

it once, then chuck it away. There is no

‘away’. I want to open people’s eyes to

what a beautiful planet we live on; if we

abuse it, we abuse ourselves.”

Running alongside both of these

exhibitions is Kurt Jackson’s Clay Country.

Having previously explored Cornwall’s

extractive industries in collections based

around South Crofty tin mine, Delabole

slate quarry in north Cornwall and Carnsew

granite quarry near Falmouth, Kurt now

seeks inspiration in the peaks and troughs

of the area close to St Austell, which have

been mined for kaolin, aka China Clay,

for two centuries. All three exhibitions

run until August 13 (check the website for

opening times).

The Jackson Foundation is housed

within a former industrial building at the

heart of the thriving former mining town

of St Just-in-Penwith. Kurt and his wife

Caroline aimed to provide a space for

the public to reflect on our symbiotic

relationship with the natural world. The

carbon-positive gallery is powered by a

28kw array of high-efficiency solar panels,

Tesla Powerwall battery storage and

ground-source heat pumps, and hosts

an annual programme of contemporary

exhibitions in partnership with a variety

of environmental and non-profit

organisations. Paintings are delivered

within Cornwall by zero-emission fully

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Top: Two paintings from Mermaid's Tears by Kurt

Jackson - left: This soft sea, this hard plastic. 2021

(detail); right: Woven tied by the tide. 2021 (detail)

Middle: Warming Oceans by Sally Baldwin

Bottom: Monarch Migrations, Fragile Earth and

Reminded Of Chinese Lanterns. All by Sally Baldwin.

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Martin John Fowler

Where are you based?

I live in Doncaster but travel up and down

the country, mainly to coastal areas. I’ve

tried to relocate to Cornwall a couple of

times but have been priced out. Precovid,

I visited the South West every

month, especially in winter. The place

is just magical, with a different view on

every corner. It just feels calm - fewer

motorways, less noise. The people are

friendly; on many occasions, I’ve turned

up on a harbourside, started to paint

and the fishermen have offered to show

me the coast. I haven’t got the best sea

legs, but I love it, and they are kind - they

tell me their life stories, and they like my

Yorkshire directness!

Tell us about one of your chosen locations

to paint, and why it inspires you

I love landscape as location. It might be

a seascape, where the human element of

trawlers and leisure boats in the harbour

meets the power of the open sea; or

an urban setting, with the hustle and

bustle of a marketplace, the rhythmic

vibrancy and array of colour, shapes and

forms colliding in endless juxtaposed

compositions. Inspiration, for me at

least, comes from direct experience and

interaction with the environment. Whether

the setting is intimate or dynamic doesn't

matter; the location will tell me how to

react or respond through the materials

and media I use.

What catches your attention the most here?

What matters is where the pulse is in the

setting I am responding to. I can only get

the most from somewhere if I fully immerse

myself in the sensory potential a setting

communicates to me. If the location does

not provide me with this impetus, I guess

it doesn't seem right. In turn, then, I'll only

commit to a painting, drawing or mixed

media work when I can fully commit myself

to the location.

Describe the sounds, smells and feelings

you experience in this location

Sensory perception is such a personal

thing, as I have already alluded to. It is

about the feelings a location gives me -

and those feelings are determined by the

sounds, smells, colours, temperature, and

the unique elements that it emits. It is this

that makes the experience exciting and

interesting, and it is this that, ultimately, I

want to communicate to the audience.

What colours do you like to use when

working here?

Again, colour is very much determined by

the location. My colour palette choices,

then, depend on the expressive qualities a

daub or splash of colour can give to what

I am wanting to depict from the setting,

what I am wanting to communicate as a

response to what the place offers or how

the weather determines the mood and

atmosphere of a place on any given day.

What do you think about while working

here, and what are your processes?

It is difficult to say what any given thought

might be at any given time, but what I

consistently tend to do is focus thinking on

the matter at hand - enjoying the process

of immersing myself in the setting and

going with the flow, so to speak, so my

imagination can work with the narrative a

place is communicating to me at the time.

What challenges do your face when

committing this location to canvas?

Challenges sometimes might simply be

logistical – say, any changes in weather,

how long I can be in a location for. These

might determine the scale of a canvas, the

pace for working through a composition,

what media is best for work, etc.

What do you love most about this location?

The location provides a sense of solace. I

really like how it simply enables me to have

a very simple call and response dialogue

with it and, as such, it provides me with

a catalyst for sharing this through, what

I hope my work communicates, these

experiences I have felt and seen.

Where can we find your work?

I exhibit in many galleries in Cornwall,

including the Custom House Gallery in

Porthleven and Art World Falmouth. l

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Helen Eastham

Capturing adventures and memories in glass

Where is your studio?

At home in Newquay, in the garden.

There’s a lot of light, and on blustery days I

can hear the gulls and the sea. It’s a lovely

space to work in.

What inspired you to take up glass work?

I’m a lifelong learner and have always

been a maker, I discovered glass as a

medium 14 years ago by doing a day’s

course with Amanda Copson. Glass just

fitted and still does.

What appeals to you most about

the medium?

I love the qualities of glass with its

juxtaposition of liquid or solid, fragile

or strong, clear or opalescent. It’s a

mesmerising, exciting and surprising

medium to work with. It’s a material that

allows me to play, have an adventure, be

surprised and escape from the everyday

pressures of life for a small amount of time.

What makes your work different to that

of other glass makers?

I make sculptural kiln formed vessels,

which hold the narrative of my life’s

experiences – all the encounters, journeys

and adventures - and epitomise the

connections we make in life. They allow

me to bring the outdoors indoors. My

work is about evoking a physical emotion,

asking people to remember a special

walk by the shoreline, on the coast path

or eating fish and chips on the harbour

wall. What do they remember seeing and

experiencing? The bright white froth of the

breaking waves with the bubbles escaping

to the surface? The bluey-green colour of

the sea next to the bright blue sky, and

the horizon in the distance? Or the shapes

and forms of the flora on a winding coast

path? I want people to make their own

connections to my work, but to recognise

why the connection to them is important.

How has Cornwall influenced your

passion? Can specific aspects of the

landscape be detected in your work?

I was born and brought up in St Austell. My

father and brother were keen surfers, so

we spent a lot of time on the north coast

chasing the waves, winter and summer,

immersed in the cycle of coastal living. All

those experiences have shaped how I see

and view the world, and I now make work

which reminds me of those places and the

people who I have had those adventures

with. The shapes and forms of pebbles,

sand-pools and rock-pools are present in

the forms that I make. For example, my

Actinia vessels are the interpretation of the

small anemones we used to explore the

rock-pools for at low tide; Shorelines are

about beach walks with family and friends,

and Buoys are about the fishermen and

their adventures. Recent work has been

about coastal walks in the winter months

- once, after a particularly fierce storm, I

found goose-barnacles.

You're a member of Cornwall Crafts

Association. What's it like to be part of

a collective?

I was selected recently and feel privileged

to be able to exhibit alongside so many

other talented craftsmen and artists. It

feels very supportive and encouraging. The

gallery at Trelissick has spring, summer and

autumn/winter exhibitions, so the work on

display changes frequently and there is

always something fresh and inspiring to be

seen. Members also hold focus exhibitions,

and I’ve been invited to do so in November,

which I am really excited about.

You also teach - tell us more about this

Yes, I teach at Create (Cornwall) CIC, a

contemporary craft hub I set up in Camborne

with fellow artists Jane Smith and Angela

Hatherell. We’re providing community crafts

facilities and courses, specialising in glass,

ceramics and jewellery. It’s in the early stages

of development, and is an extremely exciting

initiative to be involved in.

What do you have planned for the future?

I’m going to be at the Craft Festival in Bovey

Tracey with Design Nation in June; I’m

in discussion with Elaine Dye at The Byre

Gallery, at Mount Edgcumbe in south-east

Cornwall, about future opportunities; and

have an artist feature planned with The Poly

in Falmouth, as well as with other associate

applications for upcoming selected

exhibitions at the Penwith Gallery in St Ives.

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Owner Joan Orr recounts the gallery’s history

Tell us how the gallery started out

The gallery launched in the 1990s – it was

initially called The Picture House and run

by Roger Cadwallader. I consider Roger

as a mentor; we developed a working

relationship over the years. He helped

me to establish our gallery on Cape Cod

featuring many of his St Ives and Cornish

artists, and in return, some of our Cape

Cod artists showed with him. We sent art

back and forth across the Atlantic in this

way for over a decade. Roger had a unique

eye for art that was "different". When he

retired, we were offered the chance to

come to St Ives, and took over as owners

in 2008. We rebranded it as the Art House

Gallery, and it has operated under that

name ever since in St Ives’ Island Square

in the wonderful neighbourhood of

Down'long, the old fishing quarter.

Who’s the team today?

I have a degree in Art History from Harvard

University, with a thesis focused on James

McNeil Whistler and his en plein air

painting of St Ives. I’ve been selling and

collecting art for over two decades. Gallery

manager Duncan Evans obtained a Fine

Art degree from St Martins, London, and

he also works at Tate St Ives.

What’s your focus?

Over the years, we have moved into all

original art and developed a reputation

as a collector gallery. We’re primarily a

paintings gallery featuring oil, acrylic and

watercolour. We look for dynamic and

unusual work – we are especially attracted

to art inspired by the landscape, town and

people of St Ives, and artists often exhibit

this part of their work exclusively with us.

Name some names!

We still show many of Roger’s chosen

artists: for example, Trace Goldsmith,

whose tonal acrylic work of tranquil boats

at rest has been selected for display at the

London Royal Society of Marine Art four

years in a row; and Allan Storer, whose

association with St Ives stretches back to

the 1960s - his recent work in oils captures

the excitement and changeability of its

ever-moving sea and sky. Keran Gilmore

is from St Ives and knows every nook and

cranny - she brings that intimacy into

her watercolours, resulting in masterful

impressions. Neil Hetherington, who

produces tonal impressionist oils, lives

half the year in St Ives and the other half

in Australia, where he is a Fellow of the

Royal Art Society. Joe Armstrong has a

background in commercial art design,

which enables him to blend seemingly

incongruous colours into cohesive,

exciting scenes; while David French often

paints from “above”, offering a distinct

vantage point into scenes depicting the

unusual and almost Mediterranean colours

found in the St Ives water (look out for

small self-portraits of the artist paddling in

his kayak or dinghy!).

How do you identify new artists?

We’re approached by artists every

week. We’ve created a diverse group of

painters, and a signature style is required

to fit in. Our most recent additions are

Sue Mecklenburgh, who uses multiple

layers of textured paint to create a

three-dimensional depiction of St Ives’

street scenes – best seen up close to

appreciate the clever detail; and Jo Bemis,

who produces en plein air seascape oils:

amazing waves, lively skies and a seascented

essence of St Ives.

Describe the vibe

Visiting The Art House on a grey day is

like stepping into a colourful scene from

the Wizard of Oz. It's a space that feels

creative and hopeful, and the walls are

filled with positivity. We aim to create that

uplifting feeling of St Ives, captured in

paint; excitement comes from the variety

of styles and colours. Creating our window

displays is a thrill, and there is a happy

buzz from relationships with our artists and

clients – it feels like a big Art House family.

How did you cope with the pandemic?

We were able to use the down time

to reinvent the website, improve

our Facebook page and develop an

Instagram presence. But of course, our

biggest concern was for our artists and

we continued to promote them via the

Internet and social media. Together we

weathered that storm.

What’s in the immediate future?

This is an exciting time for the gallery, with

new work arriving daily. Come and see us! l

The Art House Gallery,

1 Island Road, St Ives,

Cornwall TR26 1NT

Tel 01736 794423

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At the Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion

The Summerhouse Gallery in Marazion

is delighted to be hosting Joy, a feature

show for artist Iona Sanders, this April.

Joy is something we are all craving during

these difficult times; this body of work

epitomises the joy that art can bring, and

invites viewers to absorb themselves in it.

Iona’s painterly signature and boldness

of colour and line, paired with a sensitivity

of narrative, appeal to many. Mentored

by the late Rose Hilton - whose painting

style informed her current style of work -

Iona has broadened her subject matter to

include landscape, still life and figurative

form. Although naïve and playful, the work

also holds a narrative and the artist leaves

the viewer to complete the story.

Iona was born in the far west of

Cornwall and has spent most of her life

living here. As such, her native land has

always been her greatest influence and

continues to inspire her work today.

Her early days were spent in, on or by

the water, combing remote beaches for

treasure that would go on to become the

subject matter for her drawings.

Working mostly in oil and acrylic, Iona

has increasingly explored the use of mixed

media, which has defined her signature

style: that of a free, fun approach to

creating with a naïvety that makes her

pieces a true breath of fresh air, perfect for

an uplifting Easter show.

“My work is always inspired by colour,

and emotion,” she says. “My family life

constantly throws ideas my way, and my

deep-rooted love of Cornwall provides

an endless source of inspiration. I have

a genuine emotional connection with

every piece, and I hope this is portrayed

in my work.”

Iona took “real pleasure” in preparing

for this exhibition. “At this time of

the year, often with a backdrop of a

battleship-grey sky, the colours seem to

come out to meet you. Everything looks

eager and hopeful, and expectant of the

sunny, warm days to come.”

Jayne Elliott, creative director and

founder of The Summerhouse Gallery,

recalls meeting Iona eight years ago.

“When she first came to see the gallery,

her work was relatively unknown - but her

uplifting paintings, singing with joy, made

a perfect match with The Summerhouse,”

she says.

“All the team here love working with

Iona. Her light and zest for life come

through in each and every piece. We have

loved showing her paintings over the

years, and are delighted to see the high

regard for Iona’s work, both in Cornwall

and nationally.”

Included in the show are two figurative

paintings, Conservatory Figure and

Bedroom Figure, both painted from

drawings she made of Rose Hilton’s

model, Kirsten.

“Iona treasures these times and we

feel privileged to be showcasing this

special work in ‘Joy’,” says Jayne. “This

is an exhibition where the hope of better

times to come, and the quiet stillness

of the everyday objects painted by Iona

with honesty and tenderness, will bring

joy to every person who comes to lose

themselves for a moment or two.” l

Joy by Iona Sanders runs from April 10 to

24 at The Summerhouse Gallery, Market

Place, Marazion TR17 0AR. Open from

10am to 5pm daily (closed Mondays).

Tel 01736 711400,

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at the Customs House Gallery, Porthleven

The Customs House Gallery in Porthleven is delighted to welcome sculptor Robin

Fox to its stable of talented artists.

Robin has been sculpting professionally since 2010, having attended Jacob

Kramer College of Art in Leeds in the early 1980s and following a long career in

furniture design/making and architectural services. He works from a home studio

in the beautiful market town of Hexham, Northumberland.

Each piece, no matter how small, is hand-built rather than cast in order to produce

a true original. Robin starts with an internal armature/skeleton, making each piece

unique, with every subsequent layer enabling the execution of finer detail.

Robin sculpts in a wide variety of materials, including high-content bronze epoxy

resin and ink-tinted metal/silverleaf in various finishes. Locally sourced and

upcycled materials are used wherever possible, including hardwoods, heather

and sandstone hand-quarried locally.

Much of Robin’s inspiration is attributed to a connection and respect with the

rural environment. His subject matter reveals his love of nature, in particular

birds and animals, and his work is well known for being quirky and humorous.

He places emphasis on movement, expression, postures and mannerisms, with

dynamic surface finishes adding to his distinctive style.

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The Customs House Gallery, Porthleven.

Tel 01326 569365 •

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


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

throughout the week, also

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A carefully curated selection of affordable gifts, cards, kitchen and homeware,

alongside a selection of Cornish makers and designers.

20 High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2AB • Open: 10am-4pm Daily • Tel: 01326 618240

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Beachcombing creations made using ‘treasure’ found around Portscatho

Where are you based?

I moved to Portscatho, on the Roseland

Peninsula, over 30 years ago. Having

previously lived in towns or cities, I was

instantly captivated by the sea and

especially the beautiful beaches, and have

remained so ever since – I've lived more

than half my life here now.

You’re something of a treasure hunter!

Yes, I started beachcombing as soon

as I arrived here. One person’s trash is

someone else’s treasure, and my own

collection has grown bigger and bigger in

the intervening years. I’m like a magpie,

drawn to anything shiny or colourful, and

especially interesting sun-bleached and

water-worn flora and fauna.

Have you noticed an increase in rubbish

washing up on beaches?

Yes – unfortunately, over the last couple

of decades, the amount of plastic debris

washed up on our shores has increased

significantly. While the sense of excitement

and anticipation at what I might find has

never diminished, it is now tempered by a

sense of horror at the untold damage this

is doing to the marine environment. That’s

one reason why I started to incorporate

my treasures into my work around 10

years ago. I make collages called Objets

Trouvés, and other pieces from the flotsam

and jetsam I accumulate.

Which is your favourite beach for

finding treasure?

One of my favourite walks is at low tide

from Portscatho across to Tatum’s beach

in the village, then over the rocks to below

the meadows and across to Porthcurnick

beach. Things tend to stay within the bay,

washing in and out with the tide; things

lost on the beach often turn up months

later hardly any distance from when they

were last seen. On this walk, I drop in

on pieces of my artwork which are now

permanent features: three “grids” at The

Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick, thanks to

Simon, and another at Treloan campsite

thanks to Debs and Pete.

When’s the best time for beachcombing?

There is always more ‘treasure’ to be found

in the winter after the storms, especially

easterly gales, and I am often to be seen

walking home groaning under the weight

of irresistible finds, like a large piece of net

or a giant float.

Did you do much beachcombing

during lockdown?

I resumed as soon as we were able to go

for walks - I can lose myself completely and

forget all my cares while beachcombing.

You’re also a painter

Yes, I work in acrylics. I have two dedicated

studios, one primarily for my painting

and the other for my beachcombing

work. I find that the 3D work influences

my paintings, and vice versa. It's also

great to be able to leave one medium

and concentrate on another, therefore

hopefully keeping me constantly artistically

stimulated. I can’t imagine being restricted

to just one medium or discipline - I have a

butterfly mind!

Does the clientele differ between

the two?

As a rule, the people who are drawn to

my environmental pieces are themselves

interested in the environment, and

especially the impact we humans are

having on our fragile ecosystems.

How did you start out in your career?

My parents were arty - Dad was a graphic

designer, Mum a printmaker – and we

kids were encouraged to be creative. I

left school at 16 and spent five years at

various art schools, studying a variety of

media: graphics, photography, textiles and

finally surface design. Upon moving back

to Cornwall in 1984, I met my husband,

Chris, and got involved in the New Gallery

in Portscatho. I’m now one of a group of

artists based there permanently, which

allows me to show my work however

“uncommercial” - I’m very lucky. l

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Artist Kathryn Campbell presents a collection of real

imagination and character, writes Mercedes Smith

Kathryn Campbell’s portraiture is unusual,

even odd, in a way that fascinates; there

is something of the poetic in each work,

a narrative that speaks louder the more

you look.

Kathryn is a recent graduate of the

Newlyn School of Art’s Mentoring

Programme, a landmark course for

professional artists that has turned out a

succession of talent in recent years, as well

as some excellent art shows.

Having studied at Bath Academy of Arts,

Corsham - under the tutelage of notable

artists Malcolm Hughes, Howard Hodgkin

and Gillian Ayres - Kathryn completed

her studies at Goldsmiths College

London before moving into teaching. A

former head of faculty for art, music and

drama, her subjects may well have had

an influence on the allegorical, almost

theatrical nature of her painting, while

a teacher’s focus on the potential and

individuality of people is also evident in

the deeply human nature of her work.

Taking inspiration from figurative painters

such as Paula Rego, Alice Neel, Faith

Ringold and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,

Kathryn places human characterisation

at the forefront of her work. “Through

reiterating and reinventing forms, I feel

I am developing a personal and visual

dialogue,” she says, “and painting family,

friends and my own portrait allows me the

imaginative interpretation of known faces.”

Kathryn describes her life as “filled

with the enjoyment of nature”, be it

plants, insects, birds, water and trees. She

often connects people with nature in her

paintings and drawings, saying: “People

and nature are as one. Sometimes,

an aspect of nature will have a deep

connection with certain individuals - for

example, I associate horse chestnut trees

with my parents because we often walked

among them when I was a child.”

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Sometimes she uses nature to throw a

subject into relief in her work: “In Urban

Boy, I am remembering young students,

those who wore their hats back to front.

I have tried to reveal a different side to

them by including roses and leaf forms in

their portraits.”

Many of her paintings also involve a

degree of fantasy and imagination. The

work Renoir Woman With Figures And

Birds includes the overlapping of real and

half-real subjects, while Union Of Land

And Sea personifies the character of water

and earth through the paraphernalia of

things such as shells and weeds.

Animals of the zodiac, such as dragons,

goats and monkeys may also appear

alongside human subjects, and paintings

often include cultural imagery such as

mendhi body patterns, African sculpture

and religious icons remembered from time

spent in a multi-ethnic area of London. “As

my children are bi-racial, I have been able

to extend my work, culturally speaking,

beyond typically Eurocentric subjects,”

Kathryn explains.

The inclusion of ethnic patterns and

forms adds to the decorative nature of her

images, bringing line, pattern and abstract

shape into her compositions. “A lot of my

art training featured abstract and hardedged

genres,” Kathryn tells me. “That

influence crops up in some of my portraits

as linear backgrounds, or natural forms

that have become geometricised.”

She works mainly in oils and acrylics,

but graphite, charcoal and pen drawing

are integral to her practice, both as

stand-alone works or as precursors to

paintings, while coloured pencil, pastel

and watercolour are used to investigate

a subject and create embellished prints.

“Psychological testing at Corsham defined

my greatest capability as ‘pure painting’

rather than graphic work. I’ve always

enjoyed the plasticity and versatility of

painting; it offers me the opportunity and

sensitivity to explore cultural mores.”

Style, process and technique are equally

important. “The way in which a work is

rendered is as important to me as the

content,” she says. “While some images

come straight to canvas or board, others

are layered, with experimental formats

hidden beneath the final layer. When this

happens, I photograph the various stages

of my painting to create a record of all

those hidden aspects of the work.

“In galleries, it is the work of painters

that interests me most. I examine their

every shift in style and technique. I might

enquire of a painting, what contribution

does that tiny brush mark, in an obscure

corner, add to this remarkable picture?” l

See Kathryn Campbell at Morvah

Schoolhouse Gallery from April 30 to May

13. Look out for ‘Meet the Artist’ events.




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.

Left: Bluebell field, mixed media by Lorna Hirst Johnson

Right: Turned Oak pot by David Wolstencroft

Summer hours open daily 10-5. Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe TR20 9NE

T: 01736 710538 •

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

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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.


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 •

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Awards 2022

Winners of the Trencherman's Awards

2022 were revealed at The Alverton

in Truro on March 7 in the presence

of the South West’s leading chefs,

restaurateurs, hoteliers and other

influential foodies. The Porthminster

Beach Cafe in St Ives (pictured) was

named Best Trencherman’s Restaurant;

Best Bar List went to the Fistral Beach

Hotel in Newquay, with The Greenbank

Hotel and The Longstore taking runnerup

places; and Best Front of House

Team was taken by THE PIG – at

Harlyn Bay, with The Alverton among

the finalists. Now in its 29th edition,

Trencherman’s Guide invites restaurants

from Cornwall to the Cotswolds to be

in the guide upon meeting strict and

exacting criteria. l

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Tenth Annual World Pasty Championship

The tenth annual World Pasty

Championships took place at the Eden

Project on St Piran’s Day (March 5) and

was a family affair. The prestigious

Cornish Pasty Amateur category was

claimed by Jon Lovejoy from Plymouth;

his daughters Summer, 13, and Daisy, 10,

capped a winning day for the family with

a one-two finish in the Open Savoury

Junior category. The Cornish Pasty Junior

crown went to Carter Deakin, seven, from

St Day – his father, Billy, has won the

Cornish Pasty Amateur title three times

in the past. Former Open Savoury Junior

champion Jodie Heath from Bodmin

took her first senior title, winning Open

Savoury Amateur with a sweet and sour

Cornwall Street Food Festival

The first Cornwall Street Food Festival

will take place over the Platinum Jubilee

weekend (June 2 to 5), hosting over 25

of the tastiest street food traders from

across Britain and Cornwall - your taste

buds won't be disappointed! Situated

Barrowfields, this is the perfect place to

enjoy delicious food and good vibes. From

Afghanistan to Mexico, halloumi fries to

gourmet burgers, crepes and waffles, the

festival has everyone covered. All you

need to do beforehand is grab a FREE

ticket and arrive hungry and ready to taste

some of street food’s finest culinary dishes

from cuisines all across the globe. Don't

forget to check out the social media page

@cornwallstreetfoodfestival for updates

and special competitions to win delicious

treats for all the family. The event will be

cashless, family- and dog-friendly; entry is

free but ticketed, with attendees scanning

a barcode at the entrance. l

Book now at

on Newquay’s beautifully scenic cliffs at

Earth, Surf and Turf

The Summer House at Perranporth

has launched ‘Earth, Surf and Turf’, an

initiative designed to engage residents

and visitors in keeping things local in the

hope of providing year-round work for

both employees and suppliers, thereby

supporting Perranporth’s economy.

Behind the scheme are business partners

Ben Quinn, the chef behind Canteen

Cornwall, and Jamie-Lee Job, who

runs The Summer House and Alcatraz.

Jamie-Lee described the vibe as “casual

fine dining”, with a streamlined menu

featuring steaks, burgers, fish, lobster

and vegan options. She added: “We’ll be

chicken pasty; her dad, Andy, scored an

impressive double victory in the Cornish

Pasty Professional and Open Savoury

Professional categories, the latter with his

own sweet and sour chicken pasty. Cornish

Premier Pasties took the Cornish Pasty

Company category while the Phat Pasty

Co. was victorious in the Open Savoury

Company Category with a peppered

steakless vegan pasty. The World’s Fastest

Crimper was Chloe Rowse of Proper

Cornish. The special Pasty Ambassador

award went to Mike Burgess of The Pure

Pasty Company in Vienna, Virginia, USA,

while the special guest was Her Excellency

Josefa González-Blanco, Mexico’s

Ambassador to the UK. l

taking fish from local boats, and as such

will serve what they catch – if they don’t

catch it, it won’t be on the menu.” l

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You might not have heard of Harbourtown

Hospitality, but you will certainly know some of

its restaurants, centred around Charlestown but

radiating out into wider Cornwall.

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Will & Matt

Mel, John, Ed & Tom

Its flagship venue is The Longstore in

Charlestown, but if you’ve ever dined

at the The Sharksfin in Mevagissey, or

12 Beach Road in Newquay, you have

also enjoyed a Harbourtown Hospitality

experience. There are nine outlets in total,

employing 170 staff across the sites.

The company was born in 2013 when

husband-and-wife duo John and Melissa

Marquis went into business, and were

soon joined by John’s brother-in-law, Tom

Gaze. John began his working life in the

pot wash at 16, before working his way up

to becoming a head chef; American Mel

is passionate about front of house, while

Tom’s experience is bar focused. With the

addition of finance director Ed Glyn in

2018, they form a hospitality force to be

reckoned with.

First, they took over the ownership of

the St Austell Brewery tenancy of The

Sharksfin; three years later, The Longstore

appeared, to great success, growing with

offshoots including a café, a wine store

and al fresco pop-ups, and expanded into

Truro five years later.

While each restaurant has its own

personality and charm, all are underpinned

by menus delivering bold, tasty flavours

using the best locally sourced, sustainable

and seasonal ingredients. “Our aim is to

create places where people can come

together, to enjoy time with family and

friends while tucking into brilliant food and

drink that offers something a bit special,”

says Melissa. “We’re huge foodies

ourselves, so we’re always scheming new

ideas, innovating and planning how we

can make things better – we want to bring

a sense of fun and joy for our customers.”

They now dominate culinary Charlestown.

Having launched in 2016, The Longstore

is now their flagship restaurant. A steak

and seafood restaurant overlooking the

UNESCO world heritage harbour and its

resident tall ships, it offers the very best

Cornish produce, locally sourced from

land and sea. Repurposed from a tinroofed

mast shed, the design reflects a

rustic industrial finish, with wide Cornish

oak floorboards and hand-cast ceramic

oyster shell chandeliers designed by local

artist Sarah Hunkin.

Underneath it, you’ll find Short & Strong,

a café inspired by travels in Australia. It

marries single origin coffee from Origin

Coffee Roasters with accompanying dishes

including smashed avo on toast with feta,

baked eggs or the ultimate Cornish brunch

served alongside a range of delicious cake

slices and pastries baked on site.

The cellar door for The Longstore leads

to The Winestore. The perfect space for

a pre- or post-dinner drink, it stocks an

eclectic selection of wines made from

more unusual grape varieties, lovingly

crafted by small, family-owned producers

with big stories to tell.

And next door is the latest permanent

addition to the stable. Springtide opened

on March 23, and offers a tasty menu of

straight-from-the-boat Cornish seafood

with a Mediterranean twist. With its fun

and friendly atmosphere, outside dining

and harbour views, this is a perfect spot

for lunch or dinner with the whole family.

Outside of the Charlestown hub, you’ll

find a number of Harbourtown Hospitality

satellites. The second Longstore

restaurant opened in Truro’s Lemon Street

in May 2021, bringing its signature buzzy

dining experience and ‘locally sourced,

big on flavour’ philosophy to a charismatic

Georgian townhouse in Cornwall’s capital.

This younger sibling also specialises in

dry-aged steaks & flavoursome fish dishes,

as well as an extensive cocktail offering

from the bar; Saturday brunch and Sunday

roasts are especially popular.

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Inside Springtide

the perfect trilogy of tacos, melon

margaritas and beach views! This relaxed

dining destination overlooks Towan

Beach, and serves artisan flat whites made

with Cornish roastery Yallah coffee beans,

an extensive cocktail menu and fresh,

flavoursome food. Enjoy sea views from

the outside deck or upstairs balcony.

And of course, The Sharksfin on

Mevagissey harbour is still going strong.

Inspired by New England seafood shacks,

this bright and airy former pilchard press

now serves fish tacos, moules mariniere

and specials of whole Cornish fish straight

off the boats.

A restaurant is nothing without its kitchen

team, which is led by two executive chefs.

Will Spurgeon started out as a commis

chef at The Sharksfin when he was just 16,

little knowing he would return 24 years

later. Will worked with local fruit growers

and fishermen as a young man, and this

sparked his interest and respect for food,

its sources and seasons. He loves Korean

cooking, and is experimenting with noseto-tail

cuisine and fermentation to extend

the seasonal use of vegetables - check

out his favourite dish on the Longstore

menu, rosemary & garlic roast lamb with

polenta, parmesan, bitter leaf salsa and

crispy shallots.

Fellow Executive Chef Matthew Liddicoat

was inspired to become a chef by being

in the kitchen environment from a young

boy, working with his father at a Cornish

hotel. His passions include provenance,

preserving and smoking meats; he is

currently in the process of developing

charcuterie to be made in house at The

Longstore for all restaurants, as well as

developing new and exciting ways to cook

with cheese.

Both are keen to bring on the next

generation of chefs. Will has worked

with Cornwall College to do food

demonstrations and Longstore takeovers

at St Austell College, while Matt wants to

retire knowing he can eat out with great

chefs at the pass.

As it was for so many in hospitality,

the pandemic was challenging for the

group, on a personal and professional

level. “The uncertainty and changing

restrictions certainly kept us on our toes!”

says Melissa. “We worked really hard to

keep our customers safe, without losing

the buzzy, up-beat atmosphere of our

restaurants. Our team was absolutely

amazing and got on board with all the

new ways of working. We loved being able

to support our customers through those

tough months.

“As a company we always try to keep a

glass-half-full outlook, and we’re feeling

hugely excited and optimistic about what

comes next.”

This certainly promises to be a busy year.

Everything is sparkly and new; Short &

Strong and 12 Beach Road were renovated

over the winter, and the kitchen team has

experimented with new menus and even

more amazing cocktails.

In Charlestown, new arrival Springtide will

be joined by two delectable summer-season

eateries opening in early April in the historic

harbour. HarbourQ returns for its fourth

season in the inner harbour, offering meltin-your-mouth

barbecue flavours including

slow-cooked meat, fish and veggie daily

specials and mixed meat platters, all freshly

cooked in a purpose-built smoker and

grill. Sunny days call for a frozen margarita

or fruit daquiri. And new for 2022, Dough

Buoys will bring a taste of the Italian Med to

the outside deck in front of the Shipwreck

Centre – expect artisan pizzas, salads and

sharing bites, plus a full Italian wine list.

“One thing’s for sure – we’ve got lots

going on!” laughs Melissa. l

Find out more about the Harbourtown

Hospitality stable of restaurants at

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This June jubilee weekend, the first Cornwall Street Food Festival is

taking place in Barrowfields Newquay! Hosting over 25 of the tastiest

street food traders from across Britain and Cornwall, your taste buds

won’t be disappointed! From award winning, flame thrown steaks, to

juicy bao buns there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Situated on the beautifully scenic cliffs of Newquay, Cornwall Street

Food Festival is the perfect place for everyone to come and enjoy

some delicious food and good vibes this June jubilee weekend!

Book your free tickets via our website:

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Oliver Basham



TEL 01872 306060


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Have you always been

interested in food?

Yes, it’s always been an important part

of my life. I grew up in Hampshire, and

my parents were foodies - I used to go

foraging with my father. I love cooking

with quality produce, and I started out in

hospitality by running pubs for Whitbread,

at a time when provenance was coming

to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Being

able to tell the stories of our suppliers

and how a product has come to be on

the table, or in store, is vital. People

really like that, and it makes it a much

more personable experience than buying

something wrapped in cellophane.

What brought you to Cornwall?

I initially moved here in 2008 and ran

restaurants: first Indaba (now Hooked)

in Truro, and setting up Indaba On The

Rocks at Swanpool in Falmouth. I’m also

an outdoor pursuits instructor, and worked

with the military at Penhale Camp. But

after six years, my girlfriend (now wife) and

I gave up work to travel the world.

...we want the store

to be a destination

for anyone who

loves Cornish

produce and wants

to support the


Where did you go?

Everywhere from the Far East and the

Antipodes to South America. In culinary

terms, it was a feast. Highlights include

Vietnam street and market food – fresh,

vibrant flavours and textures; cockles

from New Zealand’s South Island, and

incredible hogget barbecued with Central

Otago pinot noir; and authentic ceviche in

Peru accompanied by pisco sours!

What happened when you came

back to the UK?

First we went to Hampshire, where I

opened Rick Stein’s first restaurant outside

Cornwall, in Winchester, and stayed on as

general manager. Then I moved to Thyme

& Tide in Stockbridge, a restaurant with

a high-end deli that stocked small, local

products. I headed up the fish counter, and

became a fully trained fishmonger in the

process. All our fish came from Cornwall,

from Starfish of Looe – who I use today.

What brought you back to Cornwall?

My wife comes from Devoran, between

Truro and Falmouth. We now have two

children, a four-year-old daughter and a

two-year-old son, plus a dog and a cat!

Like many people, we found the pandemic

made us reassess our lives and consider

how we wanted to live out the rest of our

days. We have such a strong attachment

to Cornwall, and are drawn to the water.

What appealed TO YOU ABOUT

the Great Cornish Food Store?

I love the ethos. It was a natural fit with my

experience, and my passion for seafood

and small independent businesses. I really

admire what Ruth has done here, and had

shopped here while visiting Cornwall.

When the job came up, I applied and have

been full-time since December, which was

a good opportunity to see the store at its

finest and busiest!

Who are your customers?

We go to great lengths to say that what

we’re offering here isn’t only for the highend

market. It’s very competitively priced,

and we want the store to be a destination

for anyone who loves Cornish produce

and wants to support the county.

What’s in store for the

immediate future?

Our café has been closed since March

2020 (the start of the pandemic), and we

can’t wait to relaunch it this year. It’s a great

opportunity to showcase the things we

sell, and it’s such a nice place for people

to meet. l

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April 21 is National Tea Day. Did you know that, collectively,

Brits consume more than 60 billion cups of char a year?

That’s more than 165 million cups a day. What better

accompaniment than an afternoon tea? According to the BBC,

searches for cream teas are up 750%. Here are some of our

favourites, and remember: it’s jam first! #nationalteaday

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Rectory Tearooms, Morwenstow

This farmhouse was first documented in 1296, when it was attached

to the monks of the order of St John of Bridgewater. Legend

has it that a secret underground passage connects the house to

the cliffs and may have been used by smugglers! The family-run

business was first established in 1952, with Jill Savage at the helm

for the past 30 years, using locally sourced ingredients to produce

delicious home-cooked food, often to family recipes. As well as

Cornish grown tea from Tregothnan, The Rectory stocks special

blends from Tugboat Tea of Truro. Recommended by Coeliac UK.

St Moritz Hotel

Afternoon tea at St Moritz, near Rock, comes with a choice of tea

or coffee and a glass of prosecco each (£30pp) - make it extra

special by adding a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne (£35pp).

The limited-edition Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea

features a selection of the Queen’s favourite sweet treats: savarin,

Battenberg, fondant fancies topped with edible silver leaf and

choux buns. Add finger sandwiches and warm scones topped

with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, and you will leave

feeling royally full. Served from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Trevallicks, Pensilva

This charming café, close to Caradon Hill on the southern fringes of

Bodmin Moor, celebrates its 10th anniversary in June. It is run by five

sisters - Hanna, Amy, Emily, Olivia and Niamh – who have sourced

and tasted everything for sale here. Choose from three types of

afternoon tea, all including a selection of delicious finger sandwiches,

home-baked scones and cakes presented on a three-tier Cornish slate

stand. Standard afternoon tea comes with a pot of Cornish-grown

Tregothnan tea; add champagne for that extra-special occasion, or

splash out on the gin taster afternoon tea, served with four Cornish

gins. Gluten-free options available on request.

Fowey Hall

Fowey Hall has announced a very special partnership with

The Roald Dahl Story Company from April 26. The Matilda

Afternoon Tea includes adult and children’s menus lovingly

crafted to celebrate the story’s iconic food moments, with treats

including the Crunchem Hall sandwich selection, Lavender’s

macarons, Newt Juice and, of course, Bruce Bogtrotter’s

chocolate cake. Adult menu £35, children’s menu £15.

The Alverton, Truro

Take afternoon tea in style at The Alverton. With views across

the manicured gardens, graze on delightful finger sandwiches,

home-baked scones with lashings of Cornish clotted cream

and jam, and cute little cakes. The menu changes with the

seasons: in the summer, enjoy high tea on the sun-drenched

terrace with refreshingly fruity flavours, or cosy up by the

roaring fire in winter for a festive twist on this wonderfully

British pastime. Monday to Saturday from 12pm until 5pm,

Sundays 3pm to 5pm.

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Miss V’s, St Just-in-Roseland Church

Tucked away in the sub-tropical creekside gardens of the most

beautiful church in Cornwall – nay, the world – Miss V’s is a vintage

tea experience harking back to the days of chintzy china and proper

tablecloths. Alternatively, visit the new bakery in Bodmin’s Honey

Street. Both serve a Cornish cream tea with a big scone, a serving of

Boddington’s jam and a pot of Cornish Tea. (Or go for a full Cornish

breakfast, or thunder and lightning on toast!).

Café Mylor

Enjoy sweet treats with sterling views of yachts moored at the

floating pontoons of Mylor Yacht harbour, against the waters

of Carrick Roads. Order a pot of St Piran’s Tea, a flavoursome

brew grown in the highlands of Kenya before being carefully

blended to complement Cornwall’s soft drinking water. If you

need to walk it off afterwards, the pretty village of Flushing is

a short scenic walk around Trefusis point, from where you can

take the pedestrian ferry to Falmouth.

Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth

Afternoon tea at The Greenbank is an occasion to be savoured.

Elegant finger sandwiches, miniature desserts and cakes, Cornish

scones with jam and clotted cream with a pot of loose-leaf Cornish

tea – all overlooking Falmouth harbour. Add a G&T per person for

a gin-tastic twist – or go the whole hog and order the Bottomless

afternoon tea for two, sipping prosecco by the bobbing boats while

tucking into three tiers of tasty treats. Divine!

Hellys, Helston and Penzance

This family-run business launched its original tearoom in

Helston’s Meneage Street in 2015, and branched out with

a deli in Penzance in 2017. Both serve a Cornish cream

tea - home-made fruit or plain scone with clotted cream,

strawberry jam and a pot of English Breakfast tea – which

can be upgraded for a small charge to a different tea (or

coffee) of your choice. Among those on offer are teas and

herbal infusions (including Nettle & Rose) by Newquay

blenders Westcountry Tea.

Rosemergy Tea Rooms, Zennor

What could be more appealing than a traditional farmhouse Cornish

cream tea in Cornwall’s wildest, furthest-flung corner? In Zennor, the

traffic jams moo. With stunning sea views over the Atlantic Ocean

in one direction and the Penwith moors in the other, Rosemergy ‘s

family-run tea garden is a hidden gem offering Aga-baked cakes and

scones. It’s a popular resting point for dog walkers, hikers, climbers

and cyclists; call ahead to check opening times.

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Springtide, Charlestown is a new fish and

seafood restaurant, located in Charlestown

overlooking the beautiful UNESCO world

heritage harbour (and just next door to The

Longstore, Charlestown). Offering a tasty

menu of straight-from-the-boat Cornish

seafood, with a Mediterranean twist. Expect

a friendly and fun atmosphere, with outside

dining and views over the harbour - a perfect

lunch or dinner spot for the whole family.

Opening from March 23rd, 2022

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The Park at Mawgan Porth now offers

glamping with four Mongolian-style yurts

Glamping has seen a

surge in popularity

in recent years,

and now there’s

an opportunity to indulge at

The Park in Mawgan Porth. The

holiday village recently had a

makeover in the Yurt Village:

traditional round tents styled on

the portable structures used by

Mongolian nomads.

Described as “rustic luxury”,

each yurt is named after a

Cornish location - Tehidy,

Boscawen, Brea and Penryn

– and features a door with a

bespoke design (herringbone,

Moroccan, parquet) created by

on-site carpenter Jonny.

Two yurts sleep two people,

while the other two sleep four.

Each contains comfortable beds,

and is kept warm and cosy by a

woodburner (free wood supplied)

and underfloor heating; however,

as each yurt is cladded, insulated

and double-glazed, many visitors

have felt no need to heat them

further. Bedding and bath towels

are supplied but please bring

towels for swimming; cots are

available on request.

The yurts are supplemented with

communal facilities including a

“sitting room” yurt with comfy

seating and a large flatscreen

TV/DVD (individual yurts have

smaller versions); two funky

shepherd’s huts with WC and

shower (as well as an outdoor

shower fashioned from a sailing

boat, for rinsing off after a day at

the beach); a communal country

style cookhouse with full kitchen/

dining facilities, including storage

cupboards and fridges for each

yurt, plus a shared microwave,

freezer and dishwasher; and

a laundry room with washer

and dryer. Not forgetting the

highlight: a gorgeous hot tub,

fire pit and clay oven for evening

outdoor feasts or sundowners

with a stunning backdrop.

The yurts can be hired

individually or as a group –

the communal yurt is licensed

for civil weddings for up to 25

guests. Yoga and surfing retreats

have also chosen the yurt camp

for group bookings.

Just a short stroll from Mawgan

Porth beach, The Park has plenty

of amenities on site, including

two swimming pools (indoor and

outdoor), a sauna and steam

room and a children’s soft play

area. The Kitchen By The Beach

restaurant has fantastic food and

a great atmosphere - whether

you’re after breakfast, coffee

and cake, or something more

substantial from the main menu,

you’re sure to be served fresh,

seasonal grub.

The Tunnel of Light leads down

towards one of the children’s play

areas, and livestock including

hens (described by Dianne

Viljoen as “our happy girls”)

and friendly goats. A woodland

walk is under development, and

a reading corner is planned for

the wildflower area and has won

a David Bellamy Award for its

eco-friendly features including

a small pond and hotels for

bugs and hedgehogs. Look out,

too, for beehives – and for the

resulting honey, which is on sale

for all visitors.

While the yurts are not dogfriendly,

The Park boasts a

number of properties with

enclosed gardens where fourlegged

friends are more than

welcome, and there’s a spot in

the restaurant where they can

make themselves comfortable.

The stunning beach is dogfriendly

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Treat yourself to a spa experience or an afternoon tea. Choose from the options

below, and book by calling 01326 240328 or visit

Probably the best

Afternoon Tea in Cornwall

Handpicked quality teas; freshly baked

cakes and scones; Cornish clotted cream

and staggering coastal views. Does cream

tea in Cornwall get any better? Available

all day and served in our lounges, bar or

gardens in fine weather, this is the ultimate

holiday treat. Choose from:

Traditional Cream Tea, £12pp: Plain and

fruit scones, Cornish clotted cream and

strawberry jam.

Mullion Cove Afternoon Tea, £22.50pp:

Selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches,

homemade fruit and plain scones, a

selection of homemade cakes, Cornish

clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Escape to the edge of the world

Catch your breath, recharge and reset with

the perfect spa experience, set against

majestic clifftop views of Mullion Cove

and beyond. Choose one of our specially

selected treatments, made with the purest

organic ingredients in Cornwall.

Catch Your Breath half-day spa

experience (4 hours), £85pp: Restore

luminosity to skin with Soothe & Nurture

Organic Facial, or drift into a meditative

state with a Catch Your Breath Back and

Scalp Massage. Post-treatment, curl up by

the fire with a mug of hot herbal tea in the

secluded rejuvenation room. Finish with a

delicious traditional Cornish Cream Tea in

the Glenbervie Bistro or Sea View lounge.

Sea Spray Spa Morning/Afternoon (4

hours), £99pp: Invigorate the senses with

this specially designed spa session. Take

a plunge in the outdoor Atlantic view

swimming pool; immerse yourself in the

cliff top hot tub, and revive body and mind

with organic seaweed treatments, handharvested

sustainably from the Atlantic

Ocean. Includes a 45-minute VOYA

massage or facial treatment and a twocourse

spa lunch in the Glenbervie Bistro.

Ocean Breeze Spa Day (6 hours), £189pp:

Pause, reflect and revive with a specially

selected treatment using 100% organic

seaweed products. Includes full-day spa

access, the signature Mullion Ocean

Essence spa treatment, relaxation time in

the secluded rejuvenation room and a twocourse

spa lunch in the Glenbervie Bistro.

Mullion Cove Romantic Escape Spa Day

(6 hours), £225 per couple: The perfect

escape with your special someone.

Rekindle your magic, spark a new flame

or fall in love again with our panoramic

Atlantic Ocean views. Includes full-day spa

access; a 30-minute massage or facial in

the exclusive Couple’s Suite; fizz, nibbles

and herbal tea in the secret rejuvenation

room; and a two-course spa lunch in the

two AA Rosette Atlantic View restaurant. l

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