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CREEK FAMILY THEME PARK • ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT • SHIPWRECK MUSEUM • NEWQUAY ORCHARD

YOUR PASSPORT

TO THE SOUTH WEST

COAST PATH

QUENCH

YOUR

THIRST

Art

PLUS

Attack!

A bumper crop of

summer exhibitions

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Hello and

It’s the most wonderful time of the

year... Not Christmas, but summer

in Cornwall! It’s to be hoped there’s

a happy medium between the

heatwave of recent weeks and the

torrential rains we occasionally suffer

in August.

There are some noticeable themes

in this month’s edition. First: the sea.

There’s a new passport for the South

West Coast Path – get your hiking

boots on and earn those stamps! Sea

swimmers will love the poetic output

of Morvoren (Cornish for mermaid),

and author Wyl Menmuir explores our

fascination with the briny. Meanwhile,

an enterprising mum has devised a

beach safety app that will tell you all

you need to know for a grand day out

with the kids/dog.

Second: art. We always do our best to

bring you a smorgasbord of creativity,

but this month even we struggled to

fit it all in. It’s a veritable explosion

of goodness, from galleries in

Porthleven, Rock and Falmouth, and

artists including painter Kurt Jackson,

metalworker Rebecca Rasmussen and

ceramicist Julie Harper.

Third: drinks. Should that pesky

heatwave return, there are plenty

of refreshment recommendations

in Taste; some might even include

a cheeky tot! There’s a shack in

Newquay that will have you singing

about pina coladas all summer long

(you’re welcome).

All that, and we also catch up with

the teams at Newquay Orchard and

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and get all

cultural with IMS Prussia Cove and

Hellys International Guitar Festival.

You may well ask how we managed to

fit it all in, to which I can only reply:

with a dash of Cornish magic.

See you on the beach!

© Mike Newman

See page 20

Oll an gwella

Kirstie

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6 News: A local’s pass for St Michael’s Mount

8 News: A model of Endeavour at the Shipwreck Museum

10 Things to do in August and September

12 Dog-friendly Cornwall Year-round dog-friendly beaches

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16 A Day Out Camel Creek Family Theme Park

18 Morvoren Poetry inspired by sea swimming

20 A new passport for the South West Coast Path

22 IMS Prussia Cove

24 Hellys International Guitar Festival

26 Newquay Orchard at 7

28 Books The Draw of the Sea, plus reading recommendations

30 Beavering away The hard work of Cornwall Willdlife Trust

32 Film Long Way Back and Fisherman’s Friends: the sequel

35 My Coast A beach safety app for the summer

36 Homes Sustainable design ideas

38 Gardens Gardens Cottage, St Blazey

40 Cornish language Looking forward to the Esedhvos in Hayle

41 Scenic ferry rides With Elizabeth Dale

44 My Cornish World Melissa Thorpe, Spaceport Cornwall

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48 Art news A selection of exhibitions around the county

54 Gallery of the Month Customs House Gallery, Porthleven

56 Gallery Focus Lemon Street Gallery - An exciting

programme in Rock and Withiel

58 Art Focus Hevva! Hevva! At Falmouth Art Gallery

60 Artist Focus Kurt Jackson profiles the Helford River

62 Maker Focus Rebecca Rasmussen at Newlyn Art Gallery

64 Meet the Maker Ceramicist Julie Harper

66 Very Important Piece Whitewater gallery, Polzeath

70 Food Bites

72 A berry good idea Tenzing - An energy drink with Cornish ingredients

74 Dish of the month Prawn Linguine at Springtide Charlestown

76 Totally tropical The Coconut Chy on Newquay’s Towan Beach

78 Summer brews Five refreshing tipples

80 Weekend Away St Michaels Resort, Falmouth

82 Experience Polurrian on the Lizard

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MAKING NEW MEMORIES

A new locals’ pass for St Michael’s Mount.

St Michael’s Mount is one of Cornwall’s

standout landmarks, attracting

visitors from around the world to

explore this intriguing, beguiling place with

a history stretching back at least as far as

the Bronze Age.

Pilgrims have been drawn to the Mount for

centuries; in the Middle Ages, the journey

involved sailing by boat from Wales or

Ireland, landing at St Ives and then walking

the 12.5 miles coast to coast to reach the

island in a bid to avoid the treacherous

journey around Land’s End.

Today’s pilgrims have an easier journey,

and indeed, many of them don’t have to

travel very far at all. St Michael’s Mount

is very important to those who live in

West Cornwall, and the Mount Memories

Pass has been launched to recognise this

integral link by enabling local residents

to apply to visit free of charge. Every year,

1,000 single-use passes will be available

and will give a group of up to four people

free access to the island, castle, and garden.

“St Michael’s Mount is a truly unique place

for those who live and work here, and

it is held in the same regard by many of

the 350,000 visitors who travel from far

and wide to visit each year,” said Harvey

Thomas, chief executive of St Aubyn

Estates, which manages the island in

partnership with the National Trust.

“The Mount is also an important part

of life in the West Cornwall community,

and many people have a real affinity with

the island. The Mount Memories Pass is

designed to enable those with strong

links to the island to come over and make

new memories, as well as helping those

living locally who would like to plan their

first visit.”

Examples of Mount Memories passes

issued so far this year include a couple

who got engaged while taking in the view

from the castle terrace; a family member

celebrating a special birthday; and a

nomination from a nearby village for one

of their long-standing residents to enjoy

a visit to celebrate her contribution to

community life over many years.

Local families who have not had the

opportunity to visit the island before and

would like to bring their children to explore

for the first time are actively encouraged

to apply for a pass. Applicants are asked

to send in their request by email, outlining

their reason for visiting.

“We expect a high level of interest for the

Mount Memories Pass and may not be

able to accommodate every request, so we

advise those interested to get in touch well

in advance of their proposed visit,” says

Harvey. “We look forward to many happy

memories being made or rekindled at St

Michael’s Mount this year.” l

To find out more about the Mount

Memories Pass and to apply for one,

please visit www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

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Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM) and the associated Courtney Library

in Truro’s River Street have warned that both could close immediately

and indefinitely following the withdrawal of Cornwall Council funding.

In a statement emailed to all supporters, Executive Director Jonathan

Morton described the announcement as “devastating news”, adding:

“The decision is even more disappointing considering the great

successes we have had over the past two years.” Cornwall Council

portfolio holder for neighbourhoods Carol Mould explained how,

having supported the RCM over many years as part of its cultural

revenue grants programme, the council had turned to a new Culture

and Creative Investment Programme with a change in emphasis. “It

has become clear that this is not the appropriate funding stream

to support the RCM,” she explained. “However, its work is clearly

important to many in Cornwall and beyond, and we want to work with

them to find an alternative way forward.” l

Where did you

get that hat?

In soaring temperatures, swimmers from Gorran Haven

Coldwater Crew took to the water at Gyllyngvase beach in

Falmouth, wearing hat sculptures created by Cornish artists

Sue Hill and Meier Williams for the inaugural Falmouth

International Arts Festival in July. l

Poetry prize

The Morrab Library in Penzance has launched an

international poetry competition which is now

open until September 30. The inaugural Patricia

Eschen Prize for Poetry is free to enter and will

be judged by Katrina Naomi and Penelope

Shuttle, both multi-award-winning poets based

in Cornwall. Poems can be on any subject that

kindles the poet’s imagination, and must be written

in the English language to a maximum length of 40

lines. There are two categories: 16+, with prizes of

£1,000, £500 and £300; and under 16s, with prize

money of £150, £100 and £50. One poem per

person. Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022. l

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Saving the planet with every wash

A green technology company based in

Bude has created a washing machine filter

that captures and recycles microfibres as

small as one micron, in a bid to tackle ocean

pollution. Cleaner Seas Group is aiming to

raise £1m through private investment and

crowdfunding to get the internationally

patent pending filter into production. With

an estimated 1.4 million trillion microfibres in

our oceans, microplastic pollution is one of the biggest unregulated environmental

issues facing the planet. Its impact on marine life has been well-documented, and

earlier this year microplastics were discovered for the first time in human blood and

lungs. The filter, which has drawn megastar support from the likes of Coldplay, will

fit new and existing machines and captures up to 700,000 at an RRP of under £90. l

www.cleanerseasgroup.com

A fun time

in Falmouth

Next year promises to be a fun time to

be in Falmouth, which will host Armed

Forces Day in June 2023 and the

prestigious Tall Ships Race, Magellan

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A TALE OF ENDURANCE

A model of Shackleton’s famous ship is being made in the depths of a war zone.

A

Ukrainian model maker is creating

an intricate model of Shackleton’s

ship for a Cornish museum’s

latest exhibition. Charlestown’s Shipwreck

Treasure Museum has commissioned Vitaliy

Vrubel from the city of Dnipro to build

a scale replica of Endurance, which was

famously crushed in ice during his bid to

cross Antarctica more than a century ago.

Retired engineer Vitaliy lives in daily fear with

his wife, Tatiyana, as war rages on three sides

of Dnipro. He has begun the intricate task of

building the model in his workshop, in the

loft space of his fourth-floor apartment.

“We live with the understanding that

we can die at any moment,” says Vitaliy.

“Missile strikes are carried out regularly

and air raid sirens wail day and night. We

don't hide in a bomb shelter because there

isn't one. We just go to the hall where there

are no windows.”

The project was instigated by chance after

the museum’s managing director, Ramon

Van De Velde, who saw a post on the

business social media network LinkedIn by

Vitaliy’s daughter, Nataliia.

“She was appealing for somewhere for

her father to store his prized models safely

during the conflict,” Ramon recalls. “A

model of Endurance is the finishing touch

for our brilliant Shackleton exhibition and

Vitaliy needed something positive to focus

on during this incredibly difficult time.

“Like so many people, we were keen to see

how we can help the people in Ukraine.

At the museum, we tell stories through

ordinary people. So, this is an opportunity

to tell the story, through Vitaliy, of ordinary

Ukrainians whose lives have been upturned

through no fault of their own.”

Vitaliy’s first model ship was inspired by

the fictional sailing vessel Arabella from

Rafael Sabatini’s novel Captain Blood: His

Odyssey. Today, Vitaliy embraces the latest

technology in his quest to recreate ships

in striking detail, including 3D modelling.

“The desire to create accurate historical

copies of ships requires careful study of the

material, the historical features of the era and

the specifics of the vessel,” he explains. “It

takes a lot of time, but it is very interesting.

“The captain had to know everything

about the ship, even down to the smallest

detail. So, in the same way, the modeller

must know everything about the ship they

are building. The process is exciting!”

A plinth will be placed within the museum’s

Shackleton exhibition, ready to display

Vitaliy’s model when it is eventually

transported to Cornwall. “It’s all part of

the challenge; no doubt Shackleton would

approve,” Ramon concludes.

Shackleton’s Legacy and the Power

of Early Antarctic Photography, and

the immersive Shackleton Experience,

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1. A SAUNA WITH A VIEW

Sauna Society is a new wood-fired sauna

experience with uninterrupted sea views

over Watergate Bay. Take a pew on a

wooden bench and feast your eyes on

the Atlantic view through the panoramic

window. The mobile unit is built from

Canadian cedarwood, with British wool

insulation and traditional Estonian

stones. Essential oils enhance the sensory

experience: choose bergamot, ylangylang,

green mandarin and rose to help

improve mood, manage stress and diffuse

tension; or for calm, with a blend of clary

sage, petitgrain, Indian sandalwood and

lavender. Afterwards, cool down outside

with a freshwater rainfall shower. The

sauna seats up to 10 people; book a seat in

a one-hour communal session (from 8am

daily, £20pp) or bring friends for a private

experience (one hour £95, two hours

£160). Look out for workshops on breath

work, hot and cold immersion and holistic

health. From October, Sauna Society will

move to Gylly Beach, Falmouth. To book,

visit www.sauna-society.com

2. SUMMER GARDEN SESSIONS IN TRURO

Bask in the natural beauty of The

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Alverton's private gardens, dine al fresco

on the sun-drenched terrace and listen

to fantastic live music with two for £10

summer cocktails in hand at the Summer

Garden Sessions. Miranda Brook (August

11) and Tom Baker (August 25) will

perform three sets from 5.30pm onwards.

The season will come to a grand finale

with singer-songwriter and Britain's Got

Talent semi-finalist Josh Curnow in the

Great Hall on September 8. The Summer

Sessions are ticketed events – the £17

entry fee (grand finale £22) includes a

reserved table on the terrace and a pint

of Offshore or a cocktail. Book by calling

01872 276633 or at www.thealverton.co.uk

3. MEDIEVAL THRILLS IN FALMOUTH

Witness a no-holds-barred medieval

contest at Pendennis Castle. Watch

magnificent medieval knights compete

against each other in four gruelling

rounds, including hand-to-hand sword

combat and archery. Arrows will fly, swords

will clash and the winner will be decided

in the Grand Melee finale. For the Grand

Joust, these fearless fighters will charge at

full speed on horseback. A living history

encampment demonstrates what life

on the move would have been like for

itinerant soldiers and their families. Plus

minstrel music from Caliban’s Dream,

birds of prey with Raphael Historic

Falconry and japes aplenty from Tom Fool.

Grand Joust, August 9 to 11; Knights'

Tournament, August 16 to 18 and August

23 to 25. www.english-heritage.org.uk

4. BLAM-TASTIC AT EDEN

The Eden Project presents a blam-tastic

summer with cross-generational appeal,

courtesy of comic icon The Beano. The

dreaded mega-monster COD-Zilla has

landed and is threatening to destroy

the world - starting with Eden. Team up

with Dennis, Gnasher and friends on an

epic quest to defeat the villain, save the

planet, rebel against climate change and

earn your red and black stripes. Expect

great games, creative crafts and awesome

activities, all with an eco-friendly message.

Until September 4; book your timed ticket

at www.edenproject.com

5. OUTDOOR THEATRE

Cornwall’s outdoor theatre is in full

swing during August. Look out for

Miracle Theatre’s King Lear at venues


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including Sterts Theatre near Liskeard,

Stowe Barton near Bude, Bodmin

Moor, Newquay Orchard, Trelowarren

on the Lizard, Tregrehan Gardens in St

Austell and Enys Gardens, near Penryn.

www.miracletheatre.co.uk

And Rogue Theatre brings its own

brand of magic to Tehidy Woods, with

family-friendly performances by day and

something a little more mystical by night.

rogueotherworld.co.uk

6. CARNIVAL FEVER IN BUDE

Bude Carnival celebrates its centenary

this year, delayed by the pandemic. The

event dates from 1920, when it was held

in December. Events included a torch-lit

procession and a Grand Masked Confetti

Fete; hourly concerts by four Jolly Sailor

Men and an exhibition of war trophies.

The grand sum of £34.16s.7d. was

collected, with Stratton Cottage Hospital

being one of the main beneficiaries. The

event moved to the summer after the

Second World War, when a Carnival King

and Queen were added to proceedings.

It is now held on the third Saturday of

August, with all profits donated to local

charities and organisations. Judging starts

at 5.30pm and the procession leaves the

Lower Wharf at 6.30pm.

7. 50 YEARS OF LOVENY

The Loveny Choir marks its 50th

anniversary this year with a special gala

celebration on August 20 at St Neot

Parish Church. The first rehearsal took

place at Carnglaze with a modest six men

in attendance, and music written out on

wallpaper pinned to the chimney breast.

The choir has since won the Cornwall

County Male Voice Championship and

the Wadebridge Music Festival, as well as

singing at the Welsh Eisteddfod, the Royal

Albert Hall and live on BBC 1’s Songs of

Praise. Today, more than 50 members are

led by Marcus Alleyne; in 2023, they will

sing on the war beaches in Normandy. To

purchase tickets to the St Neot concert,

call 01726 63513 or visit www.crbo.co.uk

8. FUN AND DRAMA ON CARLYON BEACH

It’s all happening at Carlyon Beach, near St

Austell, this summer. Take to the water on

a jetski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard,

then fill your boots at a foodie pop-up,

from rustic pizzas and burgers to seafood

platters or superior coffee and cake.

www.carlyonbeach.co.uk

In the evenings, Wildworks theatre company

presents I Am Kevin on Carlyon Beach, a

promenade performance promising a dark,

humorous, fiery, and honest journey of

impossibility. wildworks.org.uk

The private beach is dog-friendly thanks

to a trial relaxation of the seasonal ban

this year.

9. SEPTEMBER FESTIVALS IN

ST IVES AND LOOE

Looe Live! (September 16 to 18), returns

with a stellar line-up including Soul II Soul,

the Lightning Seeds, Reef, Public Service

Broadcasting and former Kasabian

frontman Tom Meighan. Plus a free-toenter

community and food zone in Buller

Quay car park. Weekend tickets £77

adults, £38.50 under 16s - under 6s go

free. looelive.co.uk

At St Ives September Festival you’ll find

folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne, rhythm and

blues greats Dr Feelgood and American folk

icon Peggy Seeger, as well as local talent

including The Countrymen, Will Keating,

Molly Hocking and Bailey Tomkinson – and

workshops, talks, poetry and open studios.

www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

10. LITERARY DISCUSSION IN ST ENDELLION

Curated by international best-selling

author Patrick Gale, North Cornwall

Book Festival returns to St Endellion,

near Port Isaac, from September 22

to 25. A dazzling selection of talks,

performances and workshops includes

authors Kit De Waal (whose My Name Is

Leon was recently televised by the BBC),

Kate Mosse and Esther Freud, Cornish-

Welsh singer Gwenno and performance

poets Inua Ellams and Vanessa Kisuule.

Come for the day and enjoy beautiful

surroundings, delicious food and drink

and a festival market. Book tickets at

ncornbookfest.org/whats-on

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5 OF THE BEST DOG-FRIENDLY

BEACHES FOR FAMILIES

Many beaches in Cornwall are subject to a dog ban from 10am to 6pm throughout

July and August. Here are five beaches which allow dogs all year round, and are

family-friendly to boot. Find more at www.dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk

Loe Beach near Feock

This is a lovely sandy beach on the upper

reaches of the Fal estuary, near Truro

(not to be confused with Loe Bar, near

Porthleven). There’s a café and a car park,

and good, level access. It is dog-friendly

all year and you can enjoy watersports

including SUP, kayaking and sailing.

Perranporth

This ever-popular sandy beach on the

north coast allows dogs to run free off lead

on Perran Sands to the north. Families will

love it for the lovely soft sand and space,

as well as nearby shops, cafés and The

Watering Hole – the famed pub on the

beach. There are dog-friendly ice creams

on offer at several cafés, and there is even

a doggy shower available alongside the

human facilities. This beach is also really

accessible, with fairly level access and car

parks close by.

Watergate Bay, Newquay

This is our pick for several reasons. It’s wide,

flat and sandy, with summer lifeguard cover

and great facilities: toilets, cafés, shops,

watersport lessons and hire. Look out for

fabulous dog-friendly restaurants such as

Wax and The Beach Hut, and coffee and

snack vans, as well as magnificent coastal

walks which are fairly easy. Park either right

by the beach (with good level access) or

on the hill above by the Hang Out Café,

where there’s an easy stroll down the coast

path to the beach.

Holywell Bay

Distinctive for the twin peaks of Gull Rock

just offshore, Holywell Bay will be familiar

to Poldark fans as a key filming location for

the BBC TV series. It is backed by beautiful,

soft, sandy dunes with car park access right

by the beach, and a couple of dog-friendly

village pubs. Holywell gets its name from

an ancient well tucked away in the dunes.

A beautiful beach for a dog- and familyfriendly

day out.

Carne beach, Roseland Peninsula

On the southern shores of the beautiful

Roseland Peninsula, Carne is sheltered

by Nare Head and has National Trust

parking and fairly easy access to the

beach. The beach itself is sandy and

popular with families, and is overlooked

by the dog-friendly Nare Head Hotel,

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For more dog-friendly beaches, a list of

beaches which have dog bans, and to

order a printed guide with maps, visit

www.dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk

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16 CAMEL CREEK FAMILY THEME PARK

18 MORVOREN POETRY

20 PASSPORT TO THE PATH

22 IMS PRUSSIA COVE

24 HELLYS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL

26 NEWQUAY ORCHARD AT 7

28 SUMMER READING RECOMMENDATIONS

30 BEAVERING AWAY

32 LONG WAY BACK

35 MY COAST - A BEACH SAFETY APP

36 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IDEAS

38 GARDENS COTTAGE, ST BLAZEY

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A day out at


Camel Creek Family Theme Park is

gearing up for the summer with

a host of exciting new additions

to the park, including a state-ofthe-art

film 5D cinema and a thrilling lineup

of character meet-and-greets from

Peppa Pig to Titan the Robot via your

favourite superheroes.

Open daily, the park has launched a

Summer of Fun offer, allowing unlimited

visits until September 4 for just £25pp.

There are rides to suit all ages, from

the Kiddie’s Carousel to fan favourite

rollercoaster Morgawr, and the highoctane

Airbender. Take a break and fill your

bellies at two new food outlets: Swampy’s

Pizza and Creeky’s Donuts.

Until very recently, my daughter would have

given her right arm to visit a theme park in

the holidays. However, she recently turned

12 and is now suspicious of anything that

might be construed as childish or “uncool”.

In her mind, Camel Creek was gentle teacup

rides and people dressed as dinosaurs;

could she be convinced that there was

enough to keep a pre-teen happy?

Upon arrival, we studiously avoided the

"dinosaur” welcome party and headed for

a ride she was previously too small/young

for: the Airbender rollercoaster. It was a

huge hit, and we went on it several times

- a great start.

Next, we checked into the new 5D

cinema, which was showing a film in

which Leonardo da Vinci finds his work

interrupted by a rogue paintbrush. Buckle

into a moving seat, don your goggles and

prepare for a film with an added dimension

(or two). Look out for an exhilarating new

movie, Base Zero; your mission, should you

choose to accept it, is to save civilisation

from the threat of advanced alien

technology. (Static chairs are available for

a less-bumpy 3D experience).

Then came the wet rides. These were

immensely popular during the heatwave,

and small wonder. We were thoroughly

drenched on the Thunder Falls (aka log

flume) and Raging Rivers (a water slide

with dinghies). Fortunately, there’s a heater

just outside the Morgawr ride – the whole

family can step inside and dry off for £2.

We enjoyed a mouth-watering lunch at

the recently opened Swampy’s Pizza, then

headed off to the stables for a highlight of

the day: the Camel Creek Junior Keeper

Experience. Visitors aged 8+ can join the

park’s expert animal care team in their

daily work, getting hands-on with feeding,

grooming and cleaning.

Camel Creek started life as Trelow Farm;

the owners opened a visitor centre

specialising in shire horses, which was

taken over as a Cornwall offshoot of

Devon-based Crealy in 2003 (it became

independent and rebranded as Camel

Creek in 2016). Animals remained a key

part of the business, setting Camel Creek

apart from its competitors; you can see

meerkats, reptiles, ferrets, chinchillas, rats,

birds, kunekune pigs and pygmy goats as

well as horses.

The meerkat keeper’s experience is the

most popular, by some margin. There

are six meerkat brothers here: Cooper,

Charles, Casper, Cody, Chester and Chase.

They were born three years after the park

became Camel Creek, hence the C theme

(ditto Cassie the horse), and in keeping

with that theme, they are every bit as

cheeky, cute and captivating as you’d

expect a mob of meerkats to be.

Under the supervision of keepers Adam

and Morgan, Daughter fed the excitable

creatures live mealworms and morios

(aka super giant mealworms - yum). The

meerkats squabbled and scrambled at

her feet, climbed on her lap and tapped

her on the shoulder in the hope of a juicy

treat. The action then moved inside, as

she helped to clean out the toilet area and

nestboxes and wipe the windows with a

squeegee, before scattering live crickets in

a ball pool for the meerkats to forage.

All the while, she had plenty of questions

for her patient mentors, as did we.

There are five keepers, and they all have

their particular interests – Morgan loves

mammals, while Adam is fascinated by

reptiles. They clearly love their job, and

had plenty of tips for us on looking after

pets in hot weather, including ice packs and

frozen water bottles, especially for rabbits

(of which there are several at Camel Creek).

It was a fun and illuminating hour. I have

never seen Daughter participate so readily

in household tasks, and live in hope that

this experience will encourage her to feed

the cats or clean out the rabbit hutch at

home. The chances are somewhat slim,

but I can dream.

There was just enough time for us to do a

final round of the park. “Can we go on the

Airbender again? Can I say goodbye to the

horses?” Daughter pleaded. The day had

been an unqualified success. Camel Creek:

you’ve still got it. l

Camel Creek Family Theme Park,

Tredinnick, Wadebridge PL27 7RA.

Prices: Adults and children over 105cm,

£23.95; children between 92cm and

105cm, £18.95; under 92cm, free.

Concessions available for families,

seniors and emergency service workers.

All tickets include re-entry for the week.

Summer of Fun special offer: unlimited

visits until September 4 for just £25pp.

Tickets to Camel Creek can be

purchased on entry or online at

www.camelcreek.co.uk

The Junior Keeper Experience is priced at

£45 for non-members, £30 to members.

Price includes park entry, goodie bag and

certificate.

A @camelcreekpark

U @camelcreekpark

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Dip a toe or dive straight in; stroll along the sand or race through

the surf. Poet Katrina Naomi describes the experience of sea

swimming as “being burned alive from the ankles up”.

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Morvoren: The Poetry of Sea

Swimming is a 32-poem collection

celebrating the magic and beauty

of sea swimming in Cornwall alongside

stunning colour photography and

interviews with the swimmers who

inspired the verse.

Taking their group name from the Cornish

word for “mermaid”, nine female poets

in Cornwall and Scilly - Kate Barden,

Ruth Eggins, Penelope MacBeth,

Abigail Ottley, Polly Roberts, Morag

Smith, Hannah Temme, Kerry Vincent

and Ella Walsworth-Bell - contacted sea

swimming groups including She Swims

Falmouth, Manamaids, Morva swimmers

and Gylly Swimmers for Wellbeing, in

search of women who swam regularly for

health and happiness.

They interviewed swimmers (sometimes

in the sea!) and created poems as

a community collaboration, while

photographers Alice Bray and Rita

Maureen Hencke got right in the water

with the women to create beautiful

images that bring the poetry to life.

“This is a wholly women-focused and

women-created project which aims

to create beauty and magic from sea

swimming,” says poet Ella Walsworth-

Bell. “Everyone has volunteered

time and effort to make this project a

success.” A crowdfunding campaign

has raised money for editing and

design work, ISBN purchase, printing (in

Cornwall) and distribution.

“I recognise so much of my own sea

swimming in these stunning, anarchic,

joyful poems,” says Katrina Naomi. “These

poems ask: 'Why wouldn't you swim?'.

Read this anthology, and see if it doesn't

have you running for the waves, 'nipples

like limpets'. Brava to one and all.”

Hear work performed at St

Ives Festival on September 12.

www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Find out more about the project

by joining the Facebook group

@Morvoren: the poetry of

sea swimming.

Swimming Free

by Polly Roberts

Leave the child at home,

the bedtime duties and washing up too.

Leave behind the day’s work and worries,

the social commitments and responsibilities.

Take only the dog,

a silent best friend who waits on shore.

You have a date with the full moon,

whose reflected path you swim,

bathing in phosphorescence,

thoughts shocked into liquid.

It takes only thirty seconds.

Only space.

Physicality takes hold.

Gone are the

to-do lists, shopping lists, anxieties.

Washed away.

People have been saying you’re looking well,

that your essence has returned.

You re-meet your dog refreshed,

pulled by current and moon, back to yourself.

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A new way to enjoy the South West

Coast Path and support its businesses

Photographs by Mike Newman

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Millions of visitors walking the

South West Coast Path this

summer can keep a lasting

record of their journey by

stamping their Coast Path Passport. The

booklet is being trialled by the South

West Coast Path Association (SWCPA), the

charity that looks after the National Trail

- Britain’s longest at 630 miles, stretching

from Minehead in Somerset to Poole

in Dorset, via Land’s End at Cornwall’s

western tip.

The passport is based on the model used

by the world-famous Camino de Santiago

walk across Northern Spain. Walkers are

invited to stop on their journey and collect

‘stamps’ from more than 100 ‘Way Makers’

- SWCPA business supporters, including

visitor information centres, museums,

cafés, shops and pubs. It's hoped that when

they do, they will take refreshment or stock

up on supplies, helping local businesses

get their share of the £520 million that nine

million path visitors contribute to the local

economy each year.

Craftsman Marc Hoskin of Dartmoorbased

Wild Work has created stamps

with seven designs to reflect different

sections of the South West Coast Path:

a wave for North Cornwall, a tin mine for

West Cornwall and an anchor for South

Cornwall, as well as a lighthouse for

South Devon, a seal for North Devon, an

ammonite for the Jurassic Coast and a

moorland pony for Exmoor.

“We hope the fun of collecting the

stamps will encourage people of all ages

to experience the amazing health and

wellbeing that the South West Coast Path

offers, whether they are walking just one

small bit or the whole lot,” says SWPCA

director Julian Gray.

“It’s also a great way to raise awareness

of the work we do as a charity to help

protect, care for, and share this amazing

environmental and tourism asset which

costs almost £1 million a year to do – half

of which we raise from our supporters.”

Way Makers include 18 St Austell Brewery

pubs scattered all along the trail, and

The Godolphin hotel in Marazion. “As a

business located on the South West Coast

Path, we understand how important it is to

the local economy and recognise that by

being a Way Maker, we are doing our bit

to help support and protect this natural

resource,” says events manager Alexa

Allen. “We have been welcoming walkers

for years, and we are sure the Passport will

encourage many people to explore all that

the path has to offer.”

The oldest ferry crossing in Britain is also

on board. “We’ve been helping people to

cross the Helford passage for over 1,000

years,” says Phil Brewer of Helford River

Boats. “Without the Helford Passage ferry,

hikers on the South West Coast Path have

to walk an extra 13 miles inland to reach

Helford Village.

“We’re honoured to be selected as one of

the first Coast Path Passport Stamping points

and help walkers to save their tired feet! It’s

a great initiative which means we can also

support the charity doing such a great job

in looking after this amazing environmental

and tourism asset for the region."

Passports cost £6.50 each. During

the summer trial, passport users and

stamping point venues will be asked for

their feedback with a view to growing

the scheme in time for the charity’s 50th

anniversary celebrations next year.

The South West Coast Path National Trail

was originally a means for the coastguard

to track and pursue smugglers, and

continues to provide access to. As a

designated National Trail, it is the longest

and most popular walk in the country,

passing through Somerset, Devon,

Cornwall and Dorset, including two World

Heritage Sites, five Areas of Outstanding

Natural Beauty and one National Park. It’s

a journey through one of the most diverse

coastal landscapes in the world, where no

two days walking it are ever the same. l

For more information about the South

West Coast Path Passport and to buy

your own, visit www.southwestcoastpath.

org.uk/passport

Follow the South West Coast Path on

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use

#southwestcoastpath

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The magical world of IMS Prussia Cove

Author Hans Christian Andersen

once said: “ Where words fail, music

speaks.” Hungarian violinist Sándor

Végh would surely have agreed. In 1972,

Végh launched a series of international

musicians’ seminars (IMS) on the family

estate of Cornish landowner Hilary

Tunstall-Behrens, at the beautiful Prussia

Cove between Porthleven and Penzance.

Their aim: to provide a creative haven away

from the distractions of daily urban life, for

players of any age or nationality to practise

chamber music.

Masterclasses and rehearsals took place

in Porth-en-Alls, the house built by Hilary’s

grandfather. Half a century later, they still

do. Many well-known names have passed

through its doors, including virtuoso cellist

Steven Isserlis, who first attended IMS

Prussia Cove as a teenager and is now its

artistic director.

In September, IMS hosts a programme of

events alongside its annual Open Chamber

Music seminar to mark this important

milestone, including a special exhibition of

its archive collection at Kresen Kernow in

Redruth (culminating in a family workshop

on September 24), and a series of outreach

workshops in local primary and secondary

schools. There will also be a sale of portraits

by Romi Behrens – Hilary's sister-in-law - of

IMS musicians, patrons and helpers from

the 1970s onwards.

Tim Boulton attended his first IMS in 1979

at the tender age of 19, and attributes

his lengthy career in music in large part

to the influence of IMS and its charismatic

co-founder. Today, he is a driving force

in music education and provision in

the county, directing Cornwall Youth

Orchestra and running the Concerts

Penzance series. He will lead IMS’

outreach project, with aspiring young

musicians learning alongside chamber

music professionals, then performing in

local primary schools.

“I fell into IMS Prussia Cove by accident,

when a friend of a friend of a friend

suggested I volunteer in the kitchens,” he

recalls. “I’d never been to Cornwall and

had no idea what I was letting myself in

for. I hitch-hiked from London and ended

up on a track leading further and further

into nowhere, with this beautiful sea and

stunning landscape.

“The course itself was a bit of a whirlwind,

but it gave me the chance to hear Sandor

Végh speak, and his influence on my

musical life has been enormous.”

Soon, Tim was taking part in viola classes

and keeping Easter and September free

every year. “IMS became an important

part of my life. I learned much more about

music as a language there than I ever did

in my formal musical education.

“That the courses took place in Cornwall,

rather than in London or a European city,

meant our music reflected the waves of the

sea, the way the wind was changing, the

feeling of motion. We spoke to each other

through our music.”

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Tim Boulton

Sándor Végh

Hearing Sandor Végh speak took some

getting used to: “He used a kind of homemade

Esperanto, combining words from

the many languages he spoke and using

whichever best conveyed what he wanted

to say. Sometimes, that language would be

music. At first, I just heard words, but when

I eventually understood what he meant, it

was a revelation.”

Végh believed in music as a means of

communication, and that playing an

instrument represented an intimate,

whole-body experience for the performer,

making them physically and emotionally

as one. This approach was further

enhanced by an emphasis on chamber

music: the art of playing one instrument

to a part, with no conductor, requiring

players to develop a deep connection

with each other.

The residential courses offered the

opportunity to hear musicians from all

over the world, at the top of their game,

in beautiful venues. “I met musicians

who seemed untouchable but who have

become long-standing colleagues and

even friends - it’s the most extraordinary

community,” says Tim. “Many of us started

here at IMS, and there’s a sense among us

that we carry a responsibility for passing on

Végh’s traditions.”

The intense privacy of the early days has

relaxed somewhat, and the seminars are

accompanied by concerts around West

Cornwall with a fervent following. “Some

of our members remember seeing Steven

Isserlis during his first visit, and have

watched his meteoric rise with interest,”

says Alexandra Maund, chair of the Friends

of IMS Prussia Cove.

The group takes on the responsibility of

fundraising, largely through organising

OPEN CHAMBER CONCERTS

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2022

WEEKEND ONE

Friday, September 16

Marazion Community Centre, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 17

Trelowarren Chapel, 7.30pm

Sunday, September 18

St Hilary Church, 2.30pm

WEEKEND TWO

Friday, September 23

St John’s Hall, Penzance 7.30pm

Saturday, September 24

St Buryan Church 7.30pm

Sunday, September 25

Princess Pavillion, Falmouth 3pm

WEEKEND THREE

Friday, September 30

St Pol de Leon Church, Paul, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 1

St Michael’s Mount, 2pm

Sunday, October 2

King Charles the Martyr

Falmouth, 3.30pm

Archive exhibition

September 20 to 24

Kresen Kernow, Redruth.

www.i-m-s.org.uk

and staffing concerts. It has a membership

of around 550, two-thirds of which is in

Cornwall but many of whom live out of

county and even abroad. “Some are highly

qualified in music and play instruments,

but it’s the love of listening to live music

that drives most of us," says Alex.

Like many events, the seminars were

cancelled or moved online during the

pandemic. “We missed it terribly – at the

first concert, players almost cried with joy at

being able to play for a live audience again.”

Mullion-based luthier Mark Jennings sets

up his studio on site during seminars and

talks to musicians about their instruments,

helping with problems where necessary.

He’s fond of sporting analogies, describing

the musicians as “the Premier League”;

of his own contribution, he adds: “Like a

Formula 1 driver knowing what goes on

under the bonnet, I hope I help musicians

understand and appreciate the construction

of their instruments, whether old or new."

Over the last five years, Mark has been

working with German colleague Peter

Greiner to craft a new string quartet for

IMS; with the cello due to be finished this

summer, the instruments will be played

together for the first time during the

September seminar, and at the prestigious

Wigmore Hall in November. In the longterm,

they will be loaned to young

musicians in need of instruments while

finding their feet.

“These are some of the best musicians in

the world - Premier League stuff – and most

play instruments that are old and valuable

instruments, so it’s a challenge to make a

new quartet that will be good enough,”

says Mark. “In some ways, I’m sad this

collaboration is coming to an end, but

I’m really excited to hear the instruments

played together - and knowing that will

happen at the Wigmore is very special.”

The feeling one gets from all involved

is that of a tight-knit, dedicated band of

brothers. “It’s nice to be part of the IMS

family,” says Mark, while Tim Boulton

adds: “It makes me feel proud – or, more

accurately, it’s a privilege.” l

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Walking through Helston in mid-

August, you might be fooled into

thinking you were in southern Spain,

or Baroque-period Italy. Mediterranean

guitar music will fill the air during Hellys

International Guitar Festival 2022, which

takes place at the newly refurbished

Epworth Centre from August 18 to 20.

Featuring 18 concerts over three days, it

unites the cream of international concert

performers from Europe and Latin

America, offering a huge variety of styles

from classical to Brazilian to blues.

In guitar spheres, the line-up is positively

stellar: Milanese maestro Andrea Dieci,

German guitar superstar Jule Malischke,

Brazilian musician Marco Campos, Penwithbased

blueswoman Sarah McQuaid. It’s also

an opportunity to see up-and-coming players

tipped for future stardom, such as Newquay’s

Alex Roche or Przemek Hotlas from Poland.

Pulling it all together is Cornwall-based

lutenist Ben Salfield, a player of some

renown himself with an enviable little black

book of contacts and a reputation for

enticing foreign performers to the UK.

Ben Salfield

It’s the first festival since the pandemic,

and Ben has been deluged with requests

not only from audience members but

also from prospective players. As well

as classical, flamenco and blues, there

will be opportunities to hear less familiar

instruments and styles: Matthew Nisbet’s

Baroque theorbo with its impressively

long neck, for example, or the fast

and furious Latin-jazz-rock sounds of

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse,

featuring Ben himself.

He's especially proud of this year’s

gender balance. Not only are there

several female players, but Liverppolbased

Eleanor Kelly will perform Latin

music by rarely heard women composers.

Ben predicts she and German/Belgian

prodigy Laura Lootens will soon be

household names: "I’ve been lucky

to book them while I can still afford

them!” he laughs. “Just under half of all

guitarists are women, so it’s ridiculous

that they don’t seem to get their share

of the shows.”

The festival is about more than just

performance. There are talks, workshops

and lessons for all ages, as well as five

of the UK's best guitar makers to meet.

Merchandise will come from Ben’s

personal sponsors, include string makers

and sheet music publishers.

Ben is passionate about encouraging the

next generation of guitarists, so under

18s access everything for free. Complete

beginners should not be nervous: even

you could learn to play a three-chord song

under the watchful eye of Polish ukulele

teacher Przemek Hotlas.

In 2023, Ben will return to touring with

a series of recitals in Poland, Germany

and Italy. But Helston will always beckon.

“There are more kids in schools here

learning guitar than anywhere else in the

South West,” he says. “Helston is a world

guitar centre, and is known as such from

South America to South Africa.” l

For further details and tickets,

visit www.hellysfestival.co.uk

Jule Malischke

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The urban greenspace that has become

a community sanctuary

As North Cornwall’s largest

town, Newquay is blessed with

beautiful beaches and fresh

Atlantic air. It’s also lucky to

have a seven-acre “urban greenspace”

in Newquay Orchard, which has grown

organically and exponentially since 2015

to offer everything from fresh produce and

horticultural skills to a shared workspace,

makers’ studio and community café.

Follow the espaliered walkway, and find

yourself surrounded by Cornish apples,

bees buzzing around lavender, vibrant

poppies. The place just teems with life,

and shouts its ethos from the rooftops:

sustainability, healthy eating, field to fork.

Ultimately, it’s a sanctuary, a space to breathe

and escape, with volunteering and education

at its heart. More than 800 volunteers have

passed through its gates, and in June, the

orchard received the Queen’s Award for

Voluntary Service - the highest award a local

voluntary group can receive in the UK and

the equivalent to an MBE.

On July 19, His Royal Highness The Duke

of Cornwall dropped in to see how the

project has evolved over the last seven

years. The orchard was built on Duchy land

and links “old” Newquay with the Duchy’s

own recent development at Nansledan.

The Duke munched on a tasty homegrown

mangetout as he chatted with those

harvesting the produce in An Lowarth –

The Garden in Cornish.

It’s a long way from the boggy, disused field

in which chief executive officer Luke Berkeley

first met the Duke, armed with a big map

and a big idea for the best community green

space in the UK. Luke had studied ecology

at university, but was frustrated by the focus

on “doomsday predictions” and poor use of

green urban spaces.

“The only course of action was to do

something about it,” he tells me as we

explore the extensive site, which is alive

with play groups in the forest garden and

carpenters in the craft workshop.

The ramshackle shed has been replaced by

Kowel Gwenen, a hi-tech and comfortable

community building housing the orchard

HQ as well as a co-working space and a

café using produce grown on site to feed

34 employees and 150 volunteers. “It’s not

a small operation anymore,” Luke agrees.

“There are six enterprises under one

umbrella – but our ethos still underpins

everything we do.”

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The market garden is at the very heart of

the orchard’s raison d’etre. Volunteers sow,

tend and harvest the food to be prepared

and served in Canteen at the Orchard,

built during lockdown as a community

café and still going strong. Food miles are

measured in metres, and the goal is to be

carbon negative this year. “It’s a model to

show what you can do with seven acres.”

This formed a huge part of the orchard’s

appeal during the pandemic, when people

realised they needed nature and flocked to

get involved – there’s now a waiting list for

volunteers. “People come here when they

need us, and we see them grow. Lifelong

friends are made in this place.” These

include orchard ambassador Rory, who has

grown in confidence and now has a parttime

job thanks to his experience here.

The space has also been a boon for

external businesses, from touring theatre

companies (see Shakespeare on the

terraces in August) to yoga, dance and

family bushcraft activities – Imagine

Outdoors launched during the pandemic

and now employs five people.

In July, a Community Supported Agriculture

(CSA) veg box pilot scheme was launched.

Grown By Newquay Orchard enables

45 local households to share in weekly

fresh produce from Fentenfenna Farm in

Ruthvoes, near St Columb Major, while

young people will get the opportunity to

learn horticultural skills.

When considering what the orchard has

achieved, Luke speaks of a “palpable

pride” in the community. “I’m really, really

proud of everyone who has been involved.

When we hear people talking about their

experiences here, it’s very emotional –

there is no bigger compliment.” l

Newquay Orchard,

Yeoman Way, Newquay TR7 2SL.

Tel 01637 877182

www.newquayorchard.co.uk

Events in August and September:

• August 16 & 17: Miracle Theatre

King Lear

• August 21: Duke Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

• August 22: Mary Lattimore – Harpist

• September 17: Newquay Orchard Fayre

• September 20: Horticulture masterclass

Winter pruning, tidying, mulching and

composting. £50pp - includes materials

and lunch.

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Of The Sea

Author Wyl Menmuir explores the

human pull towards the coast

Since the earliest stages of

human development, the sea

has fascinated and entranced

us, sustained communities

and provided livelihoods. It fires our

imagination, brings us joy and solace - but

also wields immense destructive power. It

offers the promise of faraway lands, but

also shapes our borders and erodes the

very ground beneath our feet.

Booker Prize nominated author Wyl

Menmuir makes his first foray into non-fiction

with The Draw of the Sea, in which he meets

those who spend their lives by the water –

fishermen and free divers, sailors and surfers,

artists and environmentalists, those who

have turned to it for health reasons – and

attempts to define the role the sea plays in

our lives. “It does so much for us: it’s work, it’s

play, it feeds us and heals us,” he says.

Wyl had already made his reputation with

novels – his 2016 debut was longlisted for

the Booker Prize, no less. The Many is a

mystery set in an isolated coastal village,

and it was on festival circuit that Wyl had

the idea for a non-fiction work about how

humankind relates to the sea.

“People would want to know where The

Many was set, and many recognised it as

their own village,” he recalls. “One elderly

gentleman in Piccadilly swore blind it was

his home in west Wales, and begged me:

‘Please don’t tell me it isn’t my village.’

Above all, people wanted to share their

feelings about the sea.”

As a former journalist, Wyl was no stranger

to non-fiction. He had also interviewed

Clay Country residents for Kneehigh’s

Walk With Me story-telling app. “Fiction

and non-fiction are not so different, in that

they are simply alternative ways of telling

stories,” he says.

In 13 interlinked chapters, Wyl sets out

to investigate what it is that draws us

to the water’s edge. He starts with Jane

Darke, widow of filmmaker Nick and an

experienced beachcomber; and ends

with rake artist Tony Plant, known for his

expansive and intricate work on sand. In

between, he searches Scillonian beaches

for tiny shells, swims with freediving

photographer Daan Verhoeven, handplanes

surf boards in Porthtowan and even

runs away to sea on a tall ship bound for

the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.

In that sense, the book sounds like the

perfect excuse to sample lots of different

activities, especially for someone who

clearly loves being in the water. “It was

so much fun,” Wyl enthuses. “That’s the

privilege of being a writer. We all take a

different path to the sea, and in this book I

wanted to trace those lines.”

Wyl himself grew up in landlocked

Stockport, where the only water was “the

brown waters of the River Mersey, which

passed under Asda”. Therein lies the

appeal: “Inland, everything is parcelled up

in some way. There are so many places you

can’t go. When we went on holiday to the

seaside, it felt like unregulated space.”

Having started his own family, he moved

down to Cornwall to be nearer his wife’s

parents, and is a lecturer in creative writing

at Falmouth University and co-creator of

The Writers’ Block, working with children,

adults, schools, communities and more.

“Even though I’m a northerner, Cornwall

feels like home now.”

At the bottom of it all is a serious message.

“We want to use the sea as our playground,

our fishing grounds, but we’re not so good at

looking after it and protecting it. We need to

get better at that, and pass the experience

onto our children, and their children.

“This isn’t a book of hard campaigning,

but the idea behind it is to get people to

explore the way in which we love the sea,

and from that work out

ways in which they can

protect the thing they

love.” l

The Draw of the

Sea is published by

Aurum, RRP £12.99

(hardback).

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Whistling Jack

Josephine Gardiner

Hypatia Publications.

In the summer of 1976,

11-year-old Sally Martins

and her friends spend days

From the Cliffs of

Cornwall to Kilimanjaro

Eric Marks

Troubadour, £14.99.

In 2018, aged 76, the author

trained to climb Mount

Ebb and Flo and the

Sea Monster

Jane Simmons

Graffeg Publishing, £7.99.

A journey home from

Granny’s house turns into

The South West

Coast Path: 1,000 Mini

Adventures Along

Britain's Longest

Waymarked Path

Stephen Neale

and nights at an abandoned

Kilimanjaro in Africa by

a big adventure when Ebb,

Bloomsbury, £20.

house on the subtropical

walking over 252 miles with

Flo, Mum and Bird end

This inspiring guidebook

landslip known as the Fall.

his nephew along the South

up marooned. They camp

highlights adventures to

When they discover the

West Coast Path through

out for the night, but when

enjoy along the entire

body of a young girl, they do

Somerset, Devon, and

Mum heads off to find some

630-mile route, offering

not report it; six years later,

Cornwall. Was this a late-life

wood, Ebb and Flo think

cherry-picked,

time-saving

as teenagers, they face an

crisis, or what? Eric shares his

they see a sea monster... but

and inexpensive ideas for

inevitable reckoning. At the

memories and stories with the

sea monsters don’t exist,

wild days out. Divided into

same time, Sally starts reading

reader, from the comforting

do they? The trio find that

regions, it explores the best

the journal of impoverished

sights of home to the exotic

making the most out of what

places to get closer to nature

curate James Prideaux, who

landscapes of Africa, the

seems to be a bad situation

and shows the locations for

witnessed the landslip at the

great seascapes he saw, and

can lead to some interesting

hidden beaches, woodland

Fall 200 years earlier on the

the fascinating people he

experiences. Inspired by the

areas, wild swims, kayaking

day a young girl went missing.

met, unexpected situations

mythical creature Morgawr,

and camping. It also points

Separated by two centuries,

and near-death moments.

this tale gives under fives an

out hill forts, starlit cliffs,

the crises echo each other

One thing is certain: Eric

insight into life on the coast

caves and pools, while

and show how being the

proves you’re only as old as

and invites conversations

foraging for nettles, crabs and

'innocent bystander' has

you accept you are.

about seaside safety. Ebb and

shrimps, and supplying useful

consequences. A debut

Flo and the Greedy Gulls is

information on great places

novel by Cornwall-based

due for publication in August,

to stay the night or grab a

writer Gardiner, Whistling

while the first two books

bite to eat. All with simple

Jack appears in the Cream

have been adapted into an

directions, engaging writing

of Cornish slot at the North

animated TV series narrated

and beautiful photography.

Cornwall Book Festival.

by Fiona Shaw, which can be

www.ncornbookfest.org

viewed on YouTube.

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How an experimental flood prevention

scheme has come up trumps

Juvenile beaver swimming

© Adrian Langdon

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Issue 73 | August - September 2022


In 2017, Woodland Valley Farm near

Ladock was a tidily beautiful green

space. There was one pond, fed by

Nankilly Water, with one stream in

and another out. Today the site is utterly

unrecognisable, with seven large ponds

surrounded by wetlands and overgrowth.

It’s considerably messier, and that’s exactly

how owner Chris Jones likes it.

It’s all thanks to the neighbours who moved

in five years ago. Who are they? Look

around and the clues are there for all to

see: felled trees brought down by almost

cartoonish toothmarks, several dams –

classic beaver traits. All that’s missing is

someone yelling “TIMBERRRRR!”

The Cornwall Beaver Project - a

partnership between Woodland Valley

Farm, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The Beaver

Trust and the University of Exeter -

celebrated its fifth anniversary in June by

unveiling a wheelchair-friendly boardwalk.

Around 5,000 members of the public have

visited the site since 2017, while millions

more have seen it on mainstream TV

programmes such as BBC’s Springwatch.

The beavers were an experimental solution

to an ongoing problem. “In 2012, Ladock

flooded twice within a month,” Chris

recalls. “It would have happened again

in 2013, but a big tree had fallen and

diverted the water. It struck me that with

the increasing rainfall we were being told

to expect, we needed to find a way of

holding water on our land.”

While many measures required funding,

beavers promised to do the work for free.

Following a successful crowdfunding

campaign, a male and a female - named

Chewy and Willow - were released into the

five-acre enclosure on the farm, with two

kits born less than a year later.

The gamble paid off: thanks to natural flood

defences created by these ‘ecosystem

engineers’, water now takes over an hour

to travel through the site, compared to just

15 minutes prior to the beavers’ arrival.

Dams hold water in dry periods, helping to

cut drought and subsequent flash flooding,

reduce erosion and improve water quality.

Progress has been eagerly monitored

by everyone from farmers and flooding

consultants to researchers and wildlife

recorders. Native species have flourished,

including 13 that were previously absent

from the site - such as the willow tit (the

UK’s most threatened resident bird, having

declined 94% since the 1970s), and the

pole cat, once on the brink of extinction

in Britain. Fish have also increased in size.

So, having been hunted to extinction

400 years ago, beavers are now back in

Britain, with five enclosures located across

Cornwall and calls for more carefully

considered wild releases in areas of

flooding and biodiversity loss.

Cheryl Marriott, head of conservation at

Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s amazing

what can happen when you let nature look

after itself, without the need for humans

to manage it. The beavers have breathed

new life into this habitat and their natural

dam-building behaviour has delivered lots

of benefits for both wildlife and people.

“With the ever more extreme weather

events that we’re getting, beavers give

us hope that our streams and all the

wildlife that relies on them can adapt to

the changes. We must use their natural

‘superpowers’ in the sustainable, longterm

restoration of our wetlands.”

The trust hopes to replicate the success of

the Cornwall Beaver Project at Helman Tor

nature reserve, one of its most important

wetlands, between Bodmin and Lostwithiel.

Here, a mosaic of wetland, woodland and

grassland habitats supports many rare

species, including the marsh fritillary, one

of Europe’s most endangered butterflies, as

well as otters, dormice and willow tits.

In June, the trust celebrated its 60th year

by launching its largest-ever fundraising

appeal to acquire the 97-acre Creney Farm.

The site is almost entirely surrounded by

the Helman Tor reserve, which has been

bought up in parcels since 1980.The trust

needs to raise £240,000 through a public

appeal, with a philanthropist and CWT

supporter agreeing to match donations

pound-for-pound up to £120,000.

Research completed in 2020 by the trust,

in partnership with Cornwall Council and

the University of Exeter, shows Cornwall’s

nature is in trouble. Over the last 30 years,

nearly half of terrestrial mammals and 60% of

butterflies are found in fewer places. Almost

50% of breeding birds, such as the buzzard

and yellowhammer, have also declined.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust wants to ensure at

least 30% of Cornwall’s land, rivers and

seas are managed well for wildlife by 2030.

The new plot will contribute to this target

by reconnecting and restoring land for

nature’s benefit, as well as providing better

reserve access with a new main entrance

and enhanced visitor parking.

“If we’re going to hit this target, we need

bigger nature reserves - rich, special places

for wildlife,” says Cheryl. “But we can’t do this

alone. We want to work with neighbouring

farmers and other landowners in the

Helman Tor area to support sustainable land

management and create corridors through

which wildlife can expand.

“Nature is missing from too much of our

countryside but given the chance, it can

recover in the most remarkable way.” l

To contribute to the Creney Farm appeal

and have your donation doubled, visit

www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/landappeal

or call 01872 273939 (select option 2).

To learn more about The Cornwall Beaver

Project and book onto a guided walk,

visit

Helman Tor View

© Ben Watkins & Cornwall Wildlife Trust

www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/

cornwallbeaverproject

As myCornwall went to press, the trust

launched yet another programme

with the aim of restoring intertidal

seagrass found in the Fal Estuary. These

underwater meadows are sometimes

called the ‘lungs of the sea’ because of

their incredible ability to store massive

amounts of carbon. Funded by clothing

brand Seasalt Cornwall, the Seeding

Change Together project will use

new technology to identify and test

restoration methods that can be scaled

up in the fight against climate change.

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A Cornish road movie from brothers Brett and Simon Harvey

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Issue 73 | August - September 2022


T

he “Nearly Home Trees”, they call

them. Cookworthy Knapp, to use its

given name, is a much-loved landmark

close to the Devon/Cornwall border near

Launceston. After a long journey, the

appearance of the tree-topped knoll on

the horizon means “home”, so its starring

role in a Cornish road movie is well earned.

In Long Way Back, we meet reluctant

father David, who is the only person who

can help his estranged daughter Lea

when she leaves university under tragic

circumstances. As they make an eventful

car journey across Britain, revisiting old

haunts – concluding with the copse of 100

beech trees - and reliving old memories,

David attempts to make up for a lifetime

of disappointments and to reconnect with

Lea. But is it too late?

It’s an emotionally visceral tale of

relationships, regret, responsibility and

ultimately love. Long Way Back stars top

Cornish talent: Tristan Sturrock, most

recently seen as Zacky Martin in the BBC’s

wildly popular adaptation of Poldark; Chloe

Endean, who made her film debut in Mark

Jenkin’s Bafta award-winning Bait; and star

of stage and screen Susan Penhaligon.

The content has family at its heart, and it’s

a family affair behind the screens too. Long

Way Back was written and directed by

Brett Harvey and produced by his brother,

Simon (who also appears in the film). Third

brother Dan did the on-site catering, and

various other relatives have walk-on parts.

Long Way Back was filmed largely in

Cornwall on a minuscule budget in 2019,

and premiered at this year’s Manchester

International Film Festival, its release

delayed by the pandemic. In April, two

impromptu screenings in Truro sold out,

and it’s bound to be popular when it returns

to home turf in September, showing in

WTW cinemas and Newlyn Filmhouse.

“We waited so long to show it to an

audience, we were quite nervous,” says

Brett. “But the reception was incredible. It

provoked lots of interesting conversations.”

“The Truro screenings were

overwhelming,” adds Simon. “We grew

up going to the Plaza. I have never had to

stand outside an auditorium and shake so

many hands.”

Brett was inspired to write the story many

moons ago, on a similar journey home

from university with his father. “I couldn’t

remember any other time with just me and

him in the car,” he says. “We didn’t know

what to say to each other. It was slightly

awkward, and I remember thinking it would

be a great setting for a film. It’s only taken me

20 years to develop it, and the characters are

about as far from me and my dad as possible

– they are far more interesting.”

The idea of a British road movie is unusual:

“You can drive to most places in a day,

so we came up with a story in which they

weren’t in a hurry, and didn’t mind taking

detours,” Simon explains.

Cookworthy Knapp is on private land

(on the Devon side of the border), so the

brothers had to seek permission to film

there. “It was quite hard to find out who

owned them, so in the end we drove out

and knocked on doors until we found the

owner,” says Simon.

“I’d always wondered what they looked

like from inside,” adds Brett. “We always

make films with the audience in mind, and

this one is especially Cornish. The more

people I speak to, the more I find it really

resonates with people as an image.”

Most of the action takes place in the car

(Simon's Saab, which deserves a credit

in its own right), giving the brothers the

challenge of finding “the epic in the

ordinary” - quite a good rule to live your

life by in general.

The Harveys pride themselves on featuring

Cornish locations that haven’t been filmed

before, and there isn’t a single shot of a

beach in Long Way Back “or in any of my

films, and I wear that as a badge of pride,”

says Brett. “It’s good to see a different side

of Cornwall on screen.”

“Our reality of living here isn’t being on

beaches all the time,” chimes in Simon.

“That’s why Bait landed – it dealt with real

human emotions everyone can relate to.

“I get really fed up when people say ‘will

it have broad appeal if you make it in

Cornwall?’ I love watching films set in a

factory in the middle of the USA. I don’t

know anything about those places, but I

believe those people exist. Such films are

specific yet simultaneously universal.”

Both supplement their income by working

in Cornwall’s burgeoning creative industry:

“You don’t go into film making at this level

to get rich.” Simon is an Associate Artist at

the Hall for Cornwall and a theatre director

for hire, most recently bagging a 2022

Olivier for Best Entertainment or Comedy

Play for Pride and Prejudice (Sort of), a

comedic retelling of Austen’s novel that

comes to the Minack in September.

Brett is currently editing films for Tate St

Ives, and has a new work in progress: Full

Stops Not Tadpoles, a genre-bending

comedy drama about Parkinson’s,

following his own “life-altering” diagnosis

in 2019. Both brothers are also associate

lecturers at Falmouth University, and drew

heavily on it for their crew, offering moneycan't-buy

experience for their students to

get a credit on a bona fide cinema release.

The brothers have worked together before,

on films including Long Weekend and

Brown Willy. It’s a formula that clearly works:

“It’s not like working with my brother,”

says Brett. “We’re more like collaborators.

Simon will give it to me straight.”

“Some people do this just as a job,” says

Simon, “but for us it’s an investment.

We’ve got each other’s back.” l

Long Way Home plays in cinemas from

September 2.

Pride and Prejudice (Sort of) comes to the

Minack Theatre from September 22 to

October 6.

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The Fisherman’s Friends film spawns a sequel

In 2019, the story of Cornwall's most

famous “buoy band”, the Fisherman’s

Friends, was immortalised on film. Its

uplifting story of everyman success drew

such keen interest that its producers

decided a sequel was in order. As a result,

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All – whose

subtitle echoes the Cornish motto - sails

into cinemas across the UK and Ireland

from Friday, August 19.

The original hit movie was inspired by the

story of the wildly popular shanty singers,

who rose to fame performing on the

harbour in their native Port Isaac. Executive

producer Meg Leonard admits a sequel

wasn’t part of the original plan but grew

out of the film’s rapturous reception. “We

were thrilled by how engaged audiences

with the storyline and the characters,” she

says. “The pitch was simple: 10 singing

fishermen get a major record deal and

chart in the top 10. The next one was the

challenge of their success.”

Part two catches up with them a year later,

following the soaraway success of their debut

album No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues.

Struggling to navigate the pressures, pitfalls

and temptations of their newfound fame,

band members find lifelong friendships are

put to the test as they battle the dreaded

“curse of the second album”. Will they iron

out these issues in time to perform on the

Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, on the same

bill as Beyonce?

Returning cast members include Maggie

Steed, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Jade

Anouka, David Hayman and James Purefoy,

whose character Jim is at the forefront of

the action. As well as getting to grips with

his public profile, Jim is grieving the loss of

fellow band Jago in the first film.

“We wanted to go to deeper places,”

says Meg. “Jim is an alpha male, and has

to admit that it’s OK to be not OK. James

spent a lot of time on this in the script

process, beyond the role of an actor, and

we honoured that by crediting him as

executive producer.”

New faces including Richard Harrington,

Ramon Tikaram, Joshua McGuire and Irish

singer-songwriter Imelda May in her debut

acting role as a washed-up rock star hiding

out in rural Cornwall: in Meg’s words, “an

emotionally complex female lead” and a

foil for Jim.

The action moves beyond Port Isaac,

with a performance at the Minack and

plenty of shots of wild coastal scenery and

abandoned engine houses.

The stage musical based on the film

returns to the Hall For Cornwall, Truro

from April 11 to 22, 2023. Since the

world premiere launched the refurbished

auditorium in October 2021, the show has

been refreshed to reflect the content of

both films, and will tour nationally before

crossing the Atlantic to Canada.

Lest we forget that it’s all based on a true

story, the film ends with footage of the

actual Fisherman’s Friends making their

way to Glasto in 2011, and preparing to

go on stage. “It’s so moving,” says Meg,

who was in the audience for that very

performance. “It’s amazing to watch it now.

“Shanties are in our DNA. Shanties are cool.

“I think people want a sense of community

tradition, honesty and simplicity, now more

than ever.” l

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (12A)

plays in cinemas from Friday, August 19.

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Issue 73 | August - September 2022


A new app for coastal users

If you’re heading to the coast this summer,

you might be wishing there was one handy

home for tide times, parking information,

live water and beach conditions and more.

Mother-of-three Jo Murray certainly felt that

way, so she created one.

Launched officially at the end of July,

the My Coast app has been designed to

help users make the best of visiting the

coast while staying safe, and has been

praised and supported by a host of key

partners including the RNLI, MET Office,

South West Water and the Universities of

Plymouth and Exeter.

Jo, a chartered accountant from Ladock

near Truro, came up with the concept after

a string of ill-fated beach trips during the

first Coronavirus lockdown. “Every time

I wanted to take the family to explore

beaches around Cornwall, it ended in

disaster: the tide was in, the beach wasn’t

dog-friendly, the facilities we wanted

weren’t available,” she explains.

“My Coast was born with the aim of

taking the luck out of enjoying a safe and

amazing day on the coast, and to lessen

the chances of failing miserably, as I had.”

The app is now active on three trial beaches:

Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Porthtowan and

Perranporth. It is free to download and

use, giving coastal and beach users live

safety information – including tide times,

lifeguard presence, wave height and wind

speed - and other useful, verified data

to ensure they find a beach to suit their

specific needs.

Users are asked two key questions: do you

need disabled access and are you taking

children? They can choose the elements

that matter most to them, such as public

toilets, defibrillators or decent coffee.

“Users can find out how busy an area is

in real-time, so it will be easy to avoid

crowds,” adds Jo. “It will also capture crucial

data relating to visitor flows in popular

coastal hotspots, useful for future planning

considerations – and could even drive socioeconomic

and environmental policies.”

In a bid to avoid parking stress and

encourage sustainability, My Coast will link

with public transport timetables, data on

EV charging points, bicycle parking and

walking and cycling routes.

A key aim of the app is to help to reduce the

number of avoidable deaths and accidents

on our coastline. There were 277 accidental

drownings around the UK’s coast in 2021;

and in the five-year period from 2014 and

2019, there were 177 drownings along the

Cornish coast. Not only was this a tragic loss

of life, but it also came at a cost of £354m to

the UK taxpayer.

My Coast will deliver live safety information,

emergency service push notifications and

an emergency help button should a user

into difficulty.

Brendan Prince founded the charity

Above Water in 2014, after witnessing

three drownings in Mawgan Porth in 2014.

“In a world where apps dictate our lives,

MyCoast is such an obvious, essential

app - you can’t believe it’s not already out

there!” he said. “I hope it will become the

go-to for any family planning a Cornish

coastal visit.”

The app has garnered praise from

high places. Malcolm Bell, head of

Visit Cornwall, describes Jo as “a force

of nature – for good”, adding: “The

beauty of this app is that it takes all the

information and puts it in the palm of your

hand.” RNLI spokesman Steve Instance

adds: “We want people to be safe and

come back to their loved ones. With this

app, they can get the key information

they need to decide where to go, what to

do and when.”

Jo’s ambition is to take it not just Duchywide,

but national and even global.

“My Coast will be an invaluable tool for

so many reasons in Cornwall but also

nationally, given that we have 11,000 miles

of coastline,” she explains. “To make

this happen, I need the support from

individuals and businesses who can see

the immense value of the app.” l

To find out more and support

the Crowdfunder campaign visit

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/my-coast-app

or email jo@my-coast.com.

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Sustainable DIY

Charlotte Dawson of Chestnut Interiors offers

advice on planet-friendly refurbishment

Bobbi Beck

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Issue 73 | August - September 2022


Our world is changing, and

staggering statistics highlight

the impact our lifestyles have on

the planet. Consequently, the

conscientious consumer can feel guilty

when embarking on a renovation project,

often questioning if changes are necessary

or just desired.

Making eco-friendly changes in your home

requires consideration about the way

materials are made, where they come from

and the impact their production has on

the planet. Additionally, ripping out and

knocking down typically leads to waste, and

with landfill volume increasing, renovators

and decorators are finding alternative ways

of disposing of what they no longer need.

If you’re prepared to do some research, there

are ways to make changes without having

such a significant impact on the land, sea and

air. Favour businesses that are passionate

about sustainability and environmentallyfriendly

home improvements – here are six

for you to consider.

Bobbi Beck

Redruth-based Bobbi Beck designs and

prints wallpaper and murals on a madeto-order

model. This enables the team

to work from a smaller space, thereby

reducing carbon footprint, and avoiding

excess paper stock that could potentially

go to waste. Paper is sourced from

sustainable forests, the inks are waterbased

and packaging is plastic-free. Even

the print studio and office is powered on

100% renewable energy. With every sale,

a tree is planted in a UK forest by climate

change prevention charity Ecologi.

Murals start from £29m², rolls from £66.

www.bobbibeck.com

Soho Lighting Ocean Range

Soho Lighting, based in Cornwall, recently

launched an innovative sustainable lighting

range, appropriately named The Ocean

Collection. Fishy Filaments in Newlyn

retrieve discarded nets from the sea; this

waste material is given a new life as a

carefully designed, 3D-printed pendant

light supplied with an ultra-efficient LED

bulb. Soho Lighting is striving to have

plastic-free packaging by 2024.

Ocean Collection pendants start at £440.

www.soholighting.com

Cornish Milk Mineral Paint

This new paint supplier shares my passion

for the Cornish landscape, and is driven

to retain and protect the environment

too. Cornish Milk Mineral Paint is free

from chemicals and uses organic earth

pigments sourced within the UK. It’s

suitable for interior and exterior projects,

including furniture upcycling. There are 60

stockists around the UK (including 11 in

Cornwall) and 25 colours to choose from,

with names such as High Tide, Sea Pink

and Sea Glass. I’ve spied a few favorites!

Available in 250ml £13.95 or 500ml £23.95.

www.cornishmilkmineralpaint.co.uk

Decorum Tiles

Decorum tiles who are based a few miles

from Port Isaac. Read their blog for an

insight into a day in the studio: all products

are hand-produced using traditional

methods and lead-free paints, then fired

in a kiln powered by solar energy. Each tile

is painted to order, another great example

of a supplier keeping waste to a minimum.

The Glass House Collection, inspired

by The Eden Project and Kew Gardens,

showcases the talent of local artists.

Hand painted tiles from £2.85.

www.decorumtiles.co.uk

Couch Flooring

Did you know, the amount of carpet thrown

away each year could cover an area the

same size as Birmingham? That’s 130,000

tonnes in weight. Sadly less than 2% of

carpet waste is recycled, so it’s good to find

a host of Cornwall-based flooring suppliers

that go the extra mile to offer sustainable,

environmentally friendly choices. Couch

Flooring recently opened a new studio

in Bude to display a wide range of natural

flooring, including sisal carpets made using

the long leaves of the agave plant - nontoxic,

hard wearing and biodegradable.

The team can also advise you to make the

right flooring choice for you and your home.

Remember, before taking a carpet to the tip,

consider professional cleaning and repairs,

and donate it if it is in good condition: for

example, to an animal rescue shelter.

www.couchflooring.co.uk

Sustainable Furniture & Homeware

There are many businesses striving to

reduce waste and improve longevity of

their products. Alice Collyer of Alice in

Scandiland recognises the value in giving

furniture and homeware a second (or third)

lease of life. With an eye for vintage pieces,

the quaint shop in Lostwithiel tastefully

displays tables, chairs, lamps, vases, tea

sets and more, both old and new - you’d

find it hard to distinguish between the

two! The craftsmanship and character of

a pre-loved glazed vase offers a unique

touch to your home while considering the

impact shopping has on the planet.

www.aliceinscandiland.com l

Cornish Milk

Decrorum Tiles

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Lower Penbothidnow

Gardens Cottage, near St Blazey, opens to raise funds

for the National Garden Scheme

Words by Laura Tucker

Nestled in rolling

countryside and

enjoying views of the

surrounding

landscape,

Gardens Cottage occupies

a beautiful position. When

Roger and Sue Paine arrived in 2014, they

set about the successful transformation

of the adjacent meadow into a garden

full of year-round interest. The existing

canopy of mature trees and part of an old

walled garden formed a helpful skeleton,

which has since been developed and

enhanced with inspirational design and

interesting features.

Visitors are greeted by a unique dry-stone

sculpture incorporating a treble clef. A dry,

sunny rockery slope is home to sun-loving

tree lupins and verbena. The symmetrically

designed formal garden is planted in

pastel shades. There is a private courtyard

garden, a wildlife pond and a woodland

area, complete with a vintage gypsy

caravan, which has been lovingly restored

by Roger.

A winter garden, close to the house,

is certain to light up even the dullest

day. Stems of coloured dogwoods

and variegated evergreen foliage are

punctuated by the white bark of 12 silver

birch trees.

Sue’s dad, Fred, was her teacher and

inspiration. He was almost 102 when he

died, and a special part of the garden is

dedicated to his memory. Fred was an

enthusiastic fruit grower, so following

in his footsteps, Sue and Roger grow a

wide range of berries in a fruit cage and

stone fruit, apples and pears in the

orchard. They are well rewarded with a

generous harvest.

In all she does, Sue stresses the

importance of biodiversity and seeks to

live and work at peace with nature and

wildlife (beehives are a recent addition).

Gently curved mown paths meander

along the herbaceous borders, which in

late summer are buzzing with pollinators

and ablaze with colour. The fiery asters,

dahlias, cannas and grasses all joyously

intermingle in a riotous cacophony.

Sue is also keen to promote the benefits

of gardens for health and wellbeing. Asked

whether she has a favourite part of the

garden, she replies in a heartbeat: “If I

was only allowed one part, it would have

to be the Kitchen Garden!” Sue grows a

wide range of salads and vegetables in

raised beds using ‘no-dig’ and rotational

regimes. Her plants thrive in the homemade

compost she has mastered making,

and she gains such satisfaction from

the whole process of sowing, growing

and harvesting.

Such a large, well-maintained garden

doesn’t happen without a lot of work.

Roger and Sue are ably assisted by staff

from Folium Horticulture - a new enterprise

born out of lockdown by Meg Lowman

and Riyah Snow, former apprentices at the

nearby Eden Project.

Visitors to Gardens Cottage will be

treated to delicious home-made cakes

accompanied by tea served in quirky

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Gardens Cottage, Prideaux,

St Blazey PL24 2SS.

Open on Wednesday, August 31 and

Thursday, September 1 from 2-5pm.

Admission £5 (children free). Home-made

teas available. For full details, please visit

ngs.org.uk/Cornwall

In Cornwall, 50 gardens are opening for the

National Garden Scheme this year. Funds

raised through entrance charges and sales

of refreshments will support charities such

as Macmillan, Marie Curie, Parkinson’s UK,

Carers Trust, Hospice UK and The Queen’s

Nursing Trust.

ngs.org.uk/Cornwall

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

alongside a selection of Cornish makers and designers.

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Esedhvos an Orsedh Kernow a vydh synsys yn Heyl an vledhen ma,

a-varr yn mis Gwynngala. Heyl a dal y vosva, hag y hanow, dhe’n

heyl – onan a’n boghes tyller klos war an arvor peryllus a-gledh

Kernow. Y tallethas seweni ages porth yn tevri dres an Domhwelans

Diwysyansel, ow tri glow yn derowel a-dhyworth Kembra Dyghow

rag an teudhva sten yn ogas dh’Angarrack. Wosa drehevyans

an kay yn 1740ow, settys gwell o Heyl dhe servya an diwysyans

balweyth. Onan an mebyon moy a vri o Henry Harvey, mab gov leel

a sel teudhla dhe wruthyl an pibow, pompyow ha partys jynn.

The Esedhvos of the Gorsedh Kernow will be held in Hayle this

year, in early September. Hayle owes its existence, and its name,

to the estuary - one of the few sheltered spots on Cornwall’s

treacherous north coast. It really began to thrive as a port

during the Industrial Revolution, originally bringing coal from

South Wales for the tin smelter at Angarrack nearby. With the

construction of a quay in the 1740s, Hayle was better placed to

service the mining industry. One of Hayle’s most famous sons

was Henry Harvey, the son of a local blacksmith who established

a foundry to make the pipes, pumps and engine parts.

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vri kepar ha Hykka Trevithick ha provia jynnweyth neb o

treusperthys a-dreus an bys. Jynnys keber a-dhyworth Heyl a

bompa balyow mar pell es Meksiko hag Afrika Dhyghow. I a

wrug jynn keber an brassa y’n bys hogen, usys dhe garthleudhya

polders a’n Iseldiryow. Teudhla goeskar a Heyl, an Kowethyans

Kober a Gernow, a dhisplegya bri treusvysek ynwedh, ow sordya

kemmys marth yn Brunel hag ev a wovynnas orta dhe brovia an

chaynys rag y bons difennans dhe Clifton, Brystow. Deklinans

an diwysyans balweyth leel a verkyas dalleth an mernans lent

rag teudhleow a Heyl, mes bostya yn kothus a yll an dre bos

ragresegydh a’n marghas ollvysel ynjynorieth!

Let's Speak Cornish

Harvey’s of Hayle flourished, working with great engineers

such as Richard Trevithick and producing machinery that

was transported across the world. Beam engines from Hayle

pumped mines as far afield as Mexico and South Africa. They

even manufactured the largest beam engine in the world, used

to drain the polders of the Netherlands. A rival Hayle foundry,

the Cornish Copper Company, also developed a worldwide

reputation, impressing Brunel so much that he asked them to

provide the chains for his suspension bridge in Clifton, Bristol.

The decline of the local mining industry marked the beginning

of a slow death for Hayle’s foundries, but the town can proudly

boast of being the precursor of the global engineering market!

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My a’gar Heyl! I love Hayle!

Tre byghan yw mes kemmys a istori!

It’s a small town but with so much history!

Ytho, pyth yw pasti an gwella, po Hampson po Philps?

So which is the best pasty, Hampson’s or Philps?

Py fordh dhe Bark Paradhis, mar pleg?

Which way to Paradise Park, please?

An lowarthow ydhyn? War-vann Bre an Teudhla. Prag?

The bird gardens? Up Foundry Hill. Why?

Ni a vynnsa gweles an pandas rudh!

We want to see to the red pandas!

Govenek a’m beus bos an diwotti leel kowethek ha kosel. Pyth

yw y hanow arta?

I hope the local pub is cosy and friendly. What’s its name again?

An Kelorn a Woos!” “The Bucket of Blood!”

For general enquiries: maureen.pierce@kesva.org

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

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

For enquiries about the language correspondence course:

kernewekdrelyther@hotmail.co.uk

For more Cornish Language visit: www.kesva.org

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WATER WORLD

Elizabeth Dale explores Cornwall by boat

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Exploring Cornwall from the water

not only enables you to venture into

some of its more hidden corners,

but also offers a totally different

perspective on our wonderful coastlines

and waterways. As well as guided boat

tours and wildlife watching trips, numerous

ferries criss-cross Cornwall’s rivers and

estuaries on routes that have been in use

for hundreds of years. It makes for an

exciting and inexpensive day out.

Falmouth Ferries

Reputedly the third deepest natural

harbour in the world, Falmouth has

attracted global shipping for hundreds

of years. Each summer, the bay becomes

a destination for international cruise

ships and an anchorage for hundreds of

bobbing yachts.

You, too, can take to the water on one of

Falmouth’s many ferries. A brilliant network

of boat routes, all leaving from the Prince

of Wales Pier, helps you to experience the

beautiful Fal River and the Carrick Roads in

a way that is just not possible on land.

The longest ferry ride is from Falmouth to

Truro, on selected dates at high tide. With

a journey time of nearly one hour, you can

relax and watch the deeply wooded banks

of the river slide by, passing smugglers’

cottages, mussel farms and hidden

country houses, including the National

Trust property of Trelissick with its beautiful

gardens and parklands. A more regular

service runs several times daily between

Falmouth and Trelissick.

Alternatively, the St Mawes ferry sails the

2.8 miles across the harbour, treating you

to expansive views of the docks and the

twin Tudor castles at Pendennis and St

Mawes, before arriving at the idyllic village

on the Roseland Peninsula. From here

you can either enjoy the pretty waterside

community of St Mawes, or jump aboard

another ferry (summer months only) to take

you across the creek to Place. From here,

there are beautiful walks to the lighthouse

on St Anthony Head and sheltered

beaches ideal for swimming.

Find out more: www.falriver.co.uk

Mevagissey to Fowey

In the warmer months between April and

October, this little ferry runs between two

of Cornwall’s loveliest south coast fishing

ports. Both are working harbours and each

has plenty to offer visitors - beyond the

obligatory ice cream and cream teas, of

course! There are wonderful beaches within

easy walking distance of both; Mevagissey

has its own mini-aquarium and museum,

while Fowey is famed for its connections to

the writer Daphne du Maurier.

You can start your ferry trip in either

harbour and the journey takes you along

the picturesque coast for 40 minutes, with

glorious views of the beaches and headlands

around St Austell Bay and beyond.

At Fowey, you can continue your ferry

adventures by taking the short hop across

the water to either Polruan or Bodinnick

on one of the boats that crosses the

estuary. From either village, the walking is

wonderful and the views over the river are

well worth the effort - plus both have pubs

for those in need of refreshment.

Find out more:

www.mevagissey-ferries.co.uk

The Helford River

It is thought that there has been a ferry

crossing at Helford Passage for more than

1,000 years, taking passengers to and

from the Lizard. This ferry still runs today,

but you can also explore the whole of the

Helford River on a guided boat ride.

As large swathes of the banks of the

Helford are still privately owned, the only

way to see it is from the water. The tidal part

runs for roughly five miles, and a 90-minute

trip with Helford River Boats takes in as

much as possible of the river and its seven

creeks. Your guide will also entertain you

with some of the area’s fascinating history

as you explore the old smuggler’s haunts,

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forgotten quays and hidden waterways.

There is nothing quite like floating into the

serene waters of Frenchman’s Creek with

the only sound the cry of the birds nesting

in the ancient overhanging oaks.

Find out more:

www.helfordriverboats.co.uk

Cawsand to Plymouth

Known for its white sandy beaches and

dramatic coastal scenery, the Rame

Peninsula is one of the most beautiful and

secluded regions of Cornwall. Nestled

beneath high hills, the twin coastal villages

of Cawsand and Kingsand once straddled

the Devon and Cornwall border and were

famed for smuggling. These days they offer

cosy pubs, tasty fish and chips and excellent

walking opportunities, including nearby

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park which

covers 885 acres of rolling countryside.

From Easter to October it is possible to

take a ferry ride from Cawsand along the

coast to the Barbican in Plymouth. The

30-minute trip provides breathtaking

views along miles of unspoilt coast. Spot

the 14th century Rame Head Chapel and

the elegant ruin of Mount Edgcumbe

folly before turning towards the historic

defences of Plymouth Sound.

Find out more:

www.plymouthboattrips.co.uk

The Wilder Side of Padstow

The rougher seas of the north coast

of Cornwall means that ferries are less

common, but the fishing port of Padstow

provides alternatives for those feeling a

little more adventurous. The Rock ferry

may only take about 10 minutes to cross

the River Camel, but it is well worth it for

the scenic views and delightful beaches.

But for a longer, more memorable

experience, book a wildlife watching safari

along the wild north coast. Spend a few

hours at sea in the hope of spotting seals,

dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and even

whales, as well as a myriad of seabirds along

the way. These safaris are both educational

and exciting, introducing you to the diversity

of the Cornish marine environment.

Find out more:

www.padstowsealifesafaris.co.uk

Looe to Polperro

There are lots of choices for boat trips

from the pretty harbour town of Looe, from

shark fishing excursions to coastal cruises

and wildlife watching tours. But for those

in search of something a bit different, a trip

to Polperro in a glass-bottomed boat is a

great option.

Experience amazing scenery both above

and below the water before arriving in

Polperro, where you can while away a

couple of hours exploring Cornwall’s

most infamous smuggling village, with

its impossibly quaint harbour and narrow

streets lined with ancient cottages. Then it’s

time to return to Looe. The journey takes 45

minutes each way, and is tide dependent.

Find out more:

www.welcometolooe.com

Best of the Rest

• Take a boat over to Looe Island,

an idyllic private nature reserve.

www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

• The Flushing Ferry from Falmouth takes

you to this often-overlooked village, with

walks to Mylor and the famous Pandora

Inn. www.falriver.co.uk

• Explore the history of Falmouth on one

of the harbour tours.

• Hop on the King Harry Ferry near

Trelissick – one of only five chain ferries in

England (you can tick another one off in

Torpoint). www.falriver.co.uk

• The Cremyll Ferry takes foot

passengers only from Mount Edgcumbe

to Plymouth’s Stonehouse district,

close to the Royal William Yard.

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Tell us about yourself

I’m originally from Canada, and came

to Cornwall in 2010. As an aerospace

economist, I was a consultant for Cornwall

Council when it purchased the site of

what is now Cornwall Newquay Airport

from the Ministry of Defence, to see what

other business could be done on the site.

The airport was announced as a potential

satellite launch site back in 2014; I was

pulled over to work on it at that point,

and in 2021 became head of Spaceport

Cornwall.

Why do we need a Spaceport?

The UK builds a majority of the small

satellites currently in use, but had no

means of launching them and had to send

them overseas. The UK government saw

a great opportunity to secure that market

and launch our own satellites. While the

stereotypical idea of a launch is that of a

vertical lift straight up into space, ours will

launch horizontally, using a runway; an

aircraft will carry the rocket to altitude and

then drop it mid-air.

Why was Cornwall chosen?

It was shortlisted due to the infrastructure

of the airport, for factors such as runway

length and sea access. We didn’t need to

do much to make it launch-ready, which

was very attractive. Plus we have Goonhilly

Earth Station on our doorstep, which was

fundamental. We are so lucky to have this

here – you couldn’t find it anywhere else in

the UK. We are making history.

How will it be good for Cornwall?

Top businesses are relocating here

because of it, creating highly skilled jobs

and developing a space culture here.

G7 in 2021 was also a huge platform for

Cornwall. I was able to meet heads of

state, and my main message to them was

that we don’t need to create a spaceport

in the middle of the jungle, or be impactful

to the environment.

How do you propose to

be more sustainable?

We’re using more sustainable methods to

start with, but there is still a carbon impact.

Even though it is lower, we are looking at

ways of improving it even further. We are

also being transparent about our impact

by way of reports and assessments, which

is quite new for the space industry. We take

that responsibility very seriously, and would

like to achieve carbon zero.

The launch was due to take place in

time for the Platinum Jubilee – now it’s

planned for September. What happened?

Among other things, we had to wait for a

launch to take place in the Mojave desert

in California, so our partner Virgin Orbit

could move its team and equipment

back to Cornwall and set up here. Space

is hard, but we are constantly learning

and improving. The best thing about the

industry is that it keeps on going. Plus it’s

the first time, and the main objective is to

prove safe and capable launch processes.

What will be on it?

There will be several small satellites on

the first launch, with diverse purposes – a

mix of private, government and academia.

One will monitor illegal fishing – this was

announced in April in the USA, and I was

there with Sir Richard Branson for that.

Another is a partnership between the UK

and the USA militaries, for keeping forces

safe overseas, yet another offers weather

monitoring to the Royal Navy. It’s a real

showcase of what the industry can do.

With commercial flights, exploration

on Mars and an increasing number of

satellites, space is looking very busy! Why

do we need this launch?

Our modern world is underpinned by

satellite technology. Every single one of us

uses it, every single day – from monitoring

the crops that will make wheat for our

breakfast, to GPS on the school run, to

all the ATMs that dispense our money.

Humans are hungry for this technology. We

couldn’t function without it, or at the very

least would be less efficient. It enables us

to observe the earth, protect democracy

and hold people to account – for example,

the images that have come from Ukraine

were obtained using satellite technology.

It has become fundamental to our lives,

and there’s no way we can go back. But it’s

not new - humans have always looked at

the stars and wondered what’s out there.

It’s inevitable we will be a multi-planetary

species in the future.

How are you involving the next generation?

Schoolchildren from all over the UK visit

us. Our ambition is to have an outreach

facility on site, so we can get local kids in

front of amazing emerging businesses and

show them you can do really cool jobs in

Cornwall – you don’t have to leave.

Do you see yourself as a

role model for girls in science?

No – I'm just doing my job the best I can,

with integrity. Yes, I’m the only female head

of a spaceport in the world, and people

write me amazing letters and posts on social

media. But I think it's a bit sad I’m in that

position. I have two daughters myself, and

of course I believe there should be more

women doing what I do, but I understand

that we’re not quite there yet. It’s up to me

and my colleagues to change that. l

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1st to 30th August 2022

This August we feature a new collection of paintings by award winning artist

Ian Hargreaves, with scenes of Italy, Portugal and Greece, alongside images

inspired by locations in Polzeath, Port Isaac and the surrounding area.

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© Kurt Jackson

See page 60

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54 GALLERY OF THE MONTH:

CUSTOMS HOUSE GALLERY, PORTHLEVEN

56 ART FOCUS: LEMON STREET GALLERY

58 ART FOCUS: HEVVA! HEVVA!

AT FALMOUTH ART GALLERY

60 ARTIST FOCUS: KURT JACKSON

62 MAKERS FOCUS: REBECCA RASMUSSEN

64 MEET THE MAKER: CERAMICIST JULIE HARPER

66 VIP: WHITEWATER GALLERY, POLZEATH

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Art News

CANDICE SCOREY AT THE

COWHOUSE GALLERY

Artist Candice Scorey is inspired by myths and

legends, and by the magical, extreme beauty of

Cornwall. Working in mixed media and using a

wide variety of materials allows Candice a real

sense of freedom when creating pieces, which

often incorporate vintage relics and finds from

antique pewter teapots to salvaged Napoleon

hat clocks. More recently, Candice has been

working to develop her techniques in copper

embossing and repousse work, translating her

more complex Cornish designs into structured

pieces. Painting in metallic and pearlised colours

helps her to produce jewel-like finishes, while

lacquer adds to the final lustre. Find a wide

selection of Candice’s work on display at the

Cowhouse Gallery in Perranuthnoe, and on

Instagram @fairy_wishing_pots

The Cowhouse Gallery, Lynfield Craft Centre,

Perranuthnoe, TR20 9NE

Open daily, 10am to 5pm

Tel: 01736 710538, www.cowhousegallery.co.uk

Pictured: St Michael’s Mount from Newlyn

COVER ARTIST: JENNIFER ARMITAGE

St Michael’s Mount has commissioned illustrator Jennifer Armitage to

portray the iconic island using her trademark abstract and bold technique.

As well as immortalising the castle, causeway and ferry boats, Jennifer

has immortalised the flora of the subtropical gardens - spiral aloe, agaves,

echiums and agapanthus – as well as the swooping swallows that visit the

mount in midsummer. Jennifer, who is based in West Penwith, said: “My

illustration reflects how I perceive the Mount as a magical and enchanting

Cornish landmark, bursting with life, nature, stories and beauty.” The original

work will sit in the Island Café and will be reproduced on a range of exclusive

lifestyle products for the island’s shop. l

www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

WAVES OF COLOUR

This visual feast of colour represents an annual coming together of

two makers whose work has a strong connection to St Ives. Sharon

McSwiney, whose gallery is in Island Square, and Worcestershirebased

Alison Dupernex are both inspired by the Cornish colours

and textures of the landscape, and this exhibition will showcase

the variety of work they produce carefully by hand in their

respective studio spaces. Sharon contributes artwork, metal wall

sculptures and jewellery: brass and copper is worked into seaweed

‘landscapes’, while silver limpet shells and seaweed fronds form

desirable jewellery pieces; while Alison produces wearable textile

art, with silk and cashmere yarns combined to evoke the colours of

the sea and sand by way of jackets and scarves. l

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October 1 to 7, St Ives Arts Club,

Westcott’s Quay, St Ives TR26 2DY

www.sharonmcswiney.co.uk


LSG Rock

Long established in Truro, Lemon Street Gallery (LSG) anticipates a bright and

beautiful summer ahead with an exciting and dazzlingly new space just outside

Rock, on the Camel Estuary. It’s the perfect place for a vibrant and eclectic

new group show, Scene Change, featuring work from both up-and-coming

and established British artists including: Prunella Clough, David Roberts, Amelia

Humber, Brendan Stuart Burns, John Blackburn, Peter Lanyon, Sam Lock, Alan

Davie, Dot Wade, Jason Wason, Abigail Ozora Simpson, Hamish MacDonald,

Barrie Cook, Sutton Taylor, Felice Hodges, William Gear, Jethro Jackson,

Darshana Shilpi Rouget, David Bomberg, and many more. Scene Change Act I

continues until August 15, with Act II running from September 3 to October 1.

LSG Withiel

Now in its twenty-first year, Lemon Street Gallery is

one of the country’s leading contemporary galleries.

It occupies a classical, elegant and spacious building

within Truro’s prestigious Lemon Street and has an

enviable reputation for offering a vibrant eclectic

programme of exhibitions and quality publications.

Nestled in an ancient Cornish village, in the shadow of the moors but only a

few miles from the Atlantic coast, Withiel Sculpture Garden is fast becoming an

international centre for contemporary sculpture, exhibiting works by more than 50

emerging and established artists. A gentle stroll through the six-acre plot offers an

eclectic journey of sculptural and spiritual delight.

UPCOMING

Withiel 2022

FEATURING over fifty sculptors

including: Ann Christopher, Dominic

Welch, Louise Plant, Nicolas

Moreton, Mark Stonestreet, Rosie

Musgrave and many others

10 July - 30 October 2022

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MARTIN JOHN FOWLER

A daub or splash of colour can communicate mood and atmosphere.

Yorkshire-based Martin John Fowler enjoys immersing himself in the Cornish

landscape and its intrinsic mythologies whenever possible. He travels

extensively, mainly to coastal and harbour areas and Cornwall in particular.

“I love painting landscapes and seascapes, where the human element of

trawlers and leisure boats meets the power of the open sea,” he explains.”I

am inspired by direct experience and interaction with the environment,

be it intimate or dynamic, and aim to capture a sensory perception of the

rhythmic vibrancy and juxtaposition of colour, shape and form as well as

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TREASURE AT TRELISSICK GALLERY

The glorious Treasure exhibition runs at Trelissick

Gallery until September 25. This exhibition is

showing some exquisite work from members of

Cornwall Crafts Association including Charles Hall,

Sue Spooner, Sarah Dunstan and Martin Page. This

is a selling exhibition and is on display in the firstfloor

gallery; downstairs is the Members’ Summer

Exhibition, which includes a focus on the wonderful

ceramicist Mary English - her fabulous pit-fired

vessels will be on show in the foyer from August 3 to

September 25. l

Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Trelissick Gallery,

Trelissick, Feock, Truro TR3 6QL.

Tel 01872 864514, www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk

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Selected works by Martin John Fowler are available at the Custom

House Gallery, Porthleven

FORM FALMOUTH

Spearheaded by independent gallery owners Vicki Glaister (Inspire

Makers) and Ann Morgan (Morgans), Form (September 30 to October

2) is a new annual festival celebrating the visual arts in Cornwall. It will

offer a series of events such as talks, workshops and exhibitions in venues

across the town, including in a three-day art fair at Princess Pavilion. Five

Falmouth primary schools have welcomed local artists to collaborate

with pupils on work in a variety of disciplines, to be displayed in shop

windows during the festival. Participating artists are ceramicist Lucy Joines,

printmaker Dena O’Brien, multi-disciplinary contemporary artist Rachael

Kinmond and painters Kitty Hillier and Laura Menzies. l

Form is supported by Falmouth BID and is part of Falmouth Creates, an

exciting new group of creative and cultural festivals working together.

www.formfalmouth.com

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Neville Cox - ‘Gweek at Low Tide ‘

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.

A warm welcome awaits you at Lizard Art.

Stableyard Gallery, Trelowarren Estate,

Mawgan-in-Meneage, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6AF

Tel: 01326 221778 | Open Weds-Sun, 11am-3pm | www.lizardart.co.uk

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KERNOW YARN AND FIBRE FESTIVAL

Don’t miss the inaugural

Kernow Yarn And Fibre

Festival (KernowYAFF) on

September 18 at Royal

Cornwall Showground. The

best of hand-dyed, handcrafted

and sustainable yarns,

fibres and related products

will be showcased in an

exciting market-style show

with a vibrant festival feel.

Celebrate your favourite

yarn and fibre crafts while

supporting small, local producers and artisans. Take the opportunity to

learn more about sustainable production methods and the circular textile

economy, in partnership with Falmouth University. Delicious refreshments

will be available from Dank Frank's Food and The Cornish Barista. Tickets

can be bought online in advance or on the day. l

Sunday, September 18, 10am to 4pm at the

Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground.

www.kernowyaff.com

G @kernowyaff

A @kernow_yaff

ANDREA INSOLL AT

NEW GALLERY, PORTSCATHO

Andrea is best known in Cornwall for her

environmentally-friendly sculpture and collages

made from beach debris. However, throughout

August she will be showing new paintings at the

New Gallery in Portscatho. These large colourful

canvasses reflect her earlier interest in plants

and semi-abstract painting, ranging from book

illustrations to cleverly-designed semi-figurative

works. These pictures also owe a great deal to

Andrea’s former occupation as a china painter

and textile illustrator, both of which require a high

degree of skill and discipline. l

New Gallery, Portscatho TR25HW.

Tel 01872 580445

www.thenewgalleryportscatho.co.uk

ART ON THE MENU

A new exhibition at Wheal Martyn Clay Works, near St Austell, recalls

how artist luminaries were commissioned to design affordable everyday

tableware in 1934. Sir William Rothenstein, principal of the Royal College

of Art, hoped to revolutionise attitudes towards the relationship between

art, design and industry. Each artist would be paid £10 per design plus

royalties, and they visited ceramic factories to learn the techniques

required to translate their work on paper into the finished product.

Among the 27 participants were Laura Knight, Barbara Hepworth and

Ben Nicholson; the diverse and striking ceramics they designed were

exhibited in Harrods of London and department stores across the

country before touring internationally, with pieces now in museum

collections around the world. l

See Art on the Menu in the Roger Preston Gallery until September 1;

entry included in museum admission price.

www.wheal-martyn.com

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TRELISSICK GALLERY

Summer Exhibition ‘Treasure’

Continues until 25th September

Focus on Ceramicist Mary English

4th August - 25th September

Open daily between 10am - 5pm

www.cornwallcrafts.co.uk

Julie Harper Ceramics

Improve your skills and meet like-minded

people with pottery classes and workshops

in Redruth, Cornwall.

These sessions are a great way

to further explore the world of

pottery.

I have three types of weekly

workshops; on the wheel, for

those who want nothing more

than to learn to throw and are

focused solely on that; general,

for those who want to try

everything and those who just

want a few fun hours making

a mug, plate or bowl.

My studio has a relaxed and

happy atmosphere, 10am-

12noon and 1pm-3pm

throughout the week, also

some weekends 10am-12noon

G10 Percy Williams Building, Krowji,

West Park, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3AJ

Text: 07855 102 598

Email: susywardg10@yahoo.com

www.susywardceramics.com

Julie specialises in porcelain paintings, bowls, vases and platters.

These one-off pieces are decorated to reflect the colours and textures of

St Ives and its coastline. She is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday but

she will also open up her studio if you contact her.

Studio 6, Whites Old Workshops, Porthmeor Road, St Ives, TR26 1NP

Tel: 07734 793686 • Email: jbhshoretosea@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.julieharperceramics.co.uk

Instagram: julieharperceramics

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GALLERY OF THE MONTH

Customs House Gallery,

Porthleven

Owner Louise Winterton offers an insight into this welcoming

space in one of Cornwall’s prettiest harbour villages

Tell us about this beautiful building

The building dates back to 1840 and was

built as the accounts house for the very

first harbourmaster in Porthleven:

William Edgcumbe Cudlipp, whose

initials you can see above the door.

The gallery was established 30 years

ago and we’re the third set of owners,

having been at the helm almost

10 years.

Tell us why you do what you do

I run the gallery with my husband,

John. I’ve been lucky enough to have a

varied career, from a degree in Modern

Languages to teaching, then taking over

the gallery. I grew up in Porthleven - my

family goes back at least five generations

here, and my great-grandmother lived in

the house next door to the gallery. I can

think of no better place to live and work -

Porthleven is an extraordinary community

and we both feel hugely privileged to be

running a business here.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I’ve always been passionate about

art; Cornwall is full to the brim with

it, after all. I enjoy the challenge of

running a busy, successful business and

I love meeting such a diverse range of

customers. I do my best to remember

names and faces – although as we

are dog-friendly, it’s often the dogs I

remember best! Ultimately, I like to think

the gallery is a welcoming space. We’re

not the largest gallery, by any means,

but we’re extremely proud of the stable

of artists we work with and the diverse

collection of their work that we show.

What goes into running the gallery?

We’re a small team and have become

adept at wearing lots of different hats:

from curating the space, keeping in

touch with our followers via social media,

managing the website and online orders –

and that’s all before we open the doors to

welcome our lovely customers! John runs

the picture framing side of the business

and is kept busy with orders from artists

and private clients. His order board is

continuously full with returning customers

who appreciate his attention to detail.

Alongside John and myself, you will also

meet Julia and Debbie, who are both

lovely and creative in equal measure and

complete our team.

What and who will we find when we visit?

Our location dictates that seascapes

work very well, but we also like to show

a variety of still life work and landscapes

too. Our painters work mostly in oil and

acrylics, and styles range from traditional

to contemporary. They include Amanda

Hoskin, Ben Taffinder, Andrews Barrowman

and Jago, David Gray, Gary Long, Heather

Howe, Phil Ward, Rebecca and Simon

Jewell and Steve Sherris from Scilly. Most

come from all over Cornwall, but we do

also have David Beatson and Martin John

Fowler, who come from Yorkshire but visit

and paint Cornwall regularly.

And besides paintings?

There’s lovely ceramic work from Penn

Boylan and Jake Boex, studio-mates

Hugh West and Karen Carlyon, raku by

Catherine Lucktaylor and Demelza Whitley.

Jake’s father, Peter, shows his sculptures

alongside copper work by Paul Hoskin

and hand-built wild birds by Robin Fox.

We also stock a range of jewellery by

Rock & Silver, Jen Williams, Steph Lawry

and Claire Allain, as well as beautiful

hand-painted silk scarves by Sharon Verry.

We’re proud to be a member of the Own

Art scheme, which offers an interest-free

method of spreading the cost of buying

original artwork.

Does Porthleven have a strong art

community?

Absolutely! There has always been a

wealth of creativity in Porthleven and

the surrounding area. It might not be

as famous as St Ives or Newlyn, but it

quietly goes its own way. It has become

better known over the past decade, but

remains peaceful and tucked away, which

is what many people like about it. These

days, Porthleven is definitely on the map

as a destination that offers a wealth of

high-quality restaurants and independent

shops, and we love being a part of that.

What’s coming up?

We have regular featured artists: Roger

Curtis until August 8; Andrew Jago from

August 20 to 29; Rebecca Jewell from

September 10 to 19, then her husband

Simon from October 1 to 10; and Andrew

Barrowman from October 22 to 31. Also,

look out for the 10-day Porthleven Art

Festival from September 24 to

October 2 – find out more at

www.porthlevenarts.com l

The Customs House Gallery, Harbour

Road, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JD.

Tel 01326 569365, www.cornwall-art.co.uk

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GALLERY FOCUS

Lemon Street Gallery

Louise Jones curates exciting exhibitions in two stunning locations

With its stylish Georgian architecture,

Truro’s Lemon Street is a classy part of

town and has long been the place to

find beautiful art. Louise Jones has run

Lemon Street Gallery for 22 years; while

it’s currently under refurbishment, she is

broadening her scope with a fresh new

exhibition space in Rock, close to the

Camel estuary - perfect for the bright and

beautiful summer months.

The gallery launch took place in May,

with the inaugural exhibition Scene

Change, continuing until August 15 (part

2 follows in September). Vibrant and

eclectic, it features work from British artists

both established and up-and-coming, with

many names that will be familiar as LSG

regulars: painters Amelia Humber and

Felice Hodges, ceramicists Sutton Taylor

and Jason Wason, and historic works by

late artists including Prunella Clough, Peter

Lanyon, Alan Davie and Barrie Cook.

LSG Rock grew out of a new partnership

with artist Jethro Jackson, who has taken a

new abstract direction in his art and asked

Louise to represent him. With that came a

studio move to a new build in Rock, which

shows all the signs of becoming an artists’

hub; as well as hosting the gallery, it’s also

home to artists Alistair and Fleur Mackie.

LSG Rock joins another sister venue.

Nestled in an ancient Cornish village, in

the shadow of the moors but only a few

miles from the Atlantic coast, Withiel

Sculpture Garden is fast becoming an

international centre for contemporary

sculpture, exhibiting works by more than

50 emerging and established artists.

A gentle stroll through the six acres

surrounding the Grade II-listed 17thcentury

rectory reveals something special

around every corner: in the bluebell

wood, along the paths and borders, on

the formal lawns, and even among the

fruit, vegetables and flowers of the kitchen

garden. Contemporary sculpture by the

likes of Louise Plant, Dominic Welch, Yasuo

Terada, Jason Wason, Rosie Musgrave and

Guy Stevens sits comfortably alongside an

ancient Celtic cross, all overlooked by St

Clement’s parish church next door.

Upstairs is now a gallery, like the garden

open by appointment. There is a yearly

calendar of solo and group exhibitions, with

Idylls of the Field by Forest and Found (aka

artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth)

showing from August 13 to September 24,

and esteemed painter Hughie O’Donoghue

throughout November.

During the summer months, you can

hear international musicians, especially

jazz; in September, Raymond MacDonald

– saxophonist, composer and chair of

Music Psychology and Improvisation at the

University of Edinburgh, no less – will play

an intimate set.

Louise hails from Scotland, and as a

young girl was surrounded by the arts:

music, dance and visual. She was inspired

by The Third Eye Centre in Glasgow,

and later aspired to be a “facilitator”,

an ambition she is now fulfilling with her

stable of galleries.

While the walls hang with work by

eminent artists, Louise is not afraid

to push the envelope. Scene Change

includes wearable art in the form of

luxury silk scarves by Darshana Shilpi

Rouget, and Louise is embracing 21stcentury

innovations in art by exploring the

world of digital assets like Non-Fungible

Tokens (NFTs). She becomes animated

when discussing the month-long online

collaborative exhibition Poetics, which

includes work by actors Val Kilmer, Vincent

d’Onofrio and Laurence Fuller.

“NFTs are digital images that you can

upload and buy, and hang in a virtual space

at home,” she says, gesturing to a large

screen. “They are big in the USA; I think

we’re still a bit wary of them here, but they

are out there and it’s an interesting concept.

“I want to stay relevant in the art world.

I’m not telling people to go out and buy

NFTs, but it’s my responsibility as a curator

to keep people up to date so they can

make up their own minds. I also offer art

consultancy and help people with their

collections, so it's important I offer them

breadth and depth.

"And I do find it exciting to think

of where it could go. Animations

are incredibly skilful – imagine a 3D

holographic image in your home. That’s

how I see it developing. Making art and

it going live around you is incredibly

exciting, and still requires an innate ability

in colour, form and shape.

“Also, the overheads of mounting a

physical exhibition are huge, so you need

to be able to sell pieces to cover that cost.

The fact that NFTs can sell online for a

couple of dollars levels up the playing field,

giving a platform to emerging artists.”

Louise is clearly passionate about her

role. “I’m driven by a love of what I do,”

she beams. “I feel privileged and I never

take it for granted." l

CURRENT AND

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

• Rock: Impermanent Horizon by

Jethro Jackson, until August 30

• Withiel 2022, until October 30. Over

50 sculptors including Ann Christopher,

Dominic Welch, Louise Plant, Nicolas

Moreton, Mark Stonestreet, Rosie

Musgrave and others.

• Rock: Scene Change Act II,

September 3 to October 1.

• Withiel: Forest and Found Idylls of the

Field, August 13 to September 24.

• Withiel: Ashraf Hanna, October 1 to 29.

• Withiel: Ronald F Smith, October 1 to 29.

• Withiel: Hughie O'Donoghue,

November 5 to December 3.

LSG Rock, Pityme, Rock, PL27 6PY.

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

LSG Withiel Sculpture Garden and Galleries.

Strictly by appointment only.

Sign up for the newsletter for news of

further exhibitions.

T: 01872 275757

E: info@lemonstreetgallery.co.uk

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ART FOCUS

A history of fishing in Cornwall, at Falmouth Art Gallery.

You might recognise ‘Hevva’ as a Cornish

language word, most commonly seen in

the sweet and sticky hevva (or heavy) cake.

It actually means ‘shoaling’, ‘swarming’

or ‘flocking’, and was the traditional call

used by the ‘huer’ to rally fishermen to

their boats once pilchards (aka Cornish

Sardines) had been sighted.

Hevva! Hevva! at Falmouth Art Gallery

explores the highs and lows of fishing in

Cornwall, from the days when it employed

whole communities to more recent times,

when consumers barely think about how their

dinner ended up in their shopping trolley.

The exhibition was inspired by the

story of Fred Stephens (1832-1908), a

legendary ‘huer’ who spotted shoals of

fish at Cadgwith for over 40 years. An

obituary in the Illustrated Western Weekly

News on April 25, 1908, described Mr

Stephens in his prime as "the tallest and

broadest-shouldered man that Cadgwith

could produce,” and “a strict Sabbatarian

- nothing would induce him to go on the

cliffs on a Sunday”.

It goes on to tell how one night, Fred

dreamed of a large shoal of pilchards in

his fishing stem. His wife ridiculed the idea

and told him to go to sleep, whereupon he

dreamed the same dream twice more and

determined to take action. He went to the

cliffs and waited for morning light, upon

which he found that his stem was indeed

full of pilchards, enough to keep the boats

busy for a week, thus ending a fallow period

that had left Cadgwith close to starvation.

Fred Stephens is the great-great-greatgrandfather

of Falmouth Art Gallery’s

access and interpretation manager, Donna

Westlake. When plans were made to host

an exhibition themed around Cornwall’s

fishing industry, dipping into the gallery’s

ever-popular collection of artworks by

Charles Napier Hemy and the Newlyn

School, well-connected Donna was the

natural choice to curate it.

“I’m a Cadgwith girl with a lot of

relatives in the area, many of whom have

fished,” she said. “Fred’s story has been

passed down through the generations, so

I took as my starting point the pilchards he

would have fished when the industry was

at its peak.”

Fishing has been a vital source of food

and income since people first settled on

the Cornish coast from about 8,000 BCE.

It is still a key contributor to the Cornish

economy and a celebrated part of Cornish

life, steeped in tradition and heritage. As

such, it has inspired artists for centuries.

The Newlyn School painters settled in

the town not for the light, but because the

tough working lives of local fishing families

gave them plenty of subject matter.

Stanhope Forbes, known as ‘the Father of

the Newlyn School’, rented studio space

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Above: Mini-Dave and Bird in St Ives

by Holly Bendall

Far Left: Filling Pilchard Barrels in St Ives

Harbour by Winifred Freeman

Left: Study for ‘Pilchards’

by Charles Napier Hemy,

above the net lofts and paid his subjects

for their time and their fish: nine pence

for three huge skates, four shillings for

one hour with a turbot. Hevva! Hevva!

features Forbes’ seminal work Fish Sale

on a Cornish Beach 1885 (on loan from

Plymouth gallery The Box).

In Falmouth, Charles Napier Hemy’s

floating studio, the ‘Vandermeer’, gave

him the perfect vantage point to observe

fishermen at work (you can see him depicted

in Paul Spooner’s automaton, Our Premier

Pilchard Painter, at Falmouth Art Gallery).

Falmouth Natives (1886) depicts

fishermen oyster-dredging from a working

sailboat. To this day, the town has a

handful of working boats still governed by

the same ancient laws as their ancestors;

Falmouth is the only oyster fishery in

Europe, if not the world, where traditional

methods such as sail power and handpulled

dredges must be used.

In Filling Pilchard Barrels in St Ives by

Winifred Freeman, Hemy’s sister-in-law

(1866 – 1961), we get an insight into the

labour-intensive process of seine netting,

once the mainstay of many a Cornish

community, employing vast numbers of

fishermen, boys and women. Pilchards were

pressed to remove valuable fish oil, then

salted and packed into barrels for storage

or export as far afield as Rome, where they

are considered a delicacy to this day.

However, the romanticised images of idyllic

fishing villages that many associate with the

industry do not reflect the harsh realities

and challenges of the day-to-day life of the

fishermen and women and their families, past

and present. Donna was keen to show “the

real side of fishing, not just the chocolate-box

image”, with contemporary artists exploring

wider issues such as sustainability, and the

impact of the decline of the industry on its

associated communities.

Samuel Bassett’s painting Today we

eat hake, tomorrow we burn our boats

comments on the contrast between the

decline of the local fishing industry and the

rise of tourism. “I believe there were once

700 employed in fishing in St Ives; now, do

any live downalong?” he asks. “That’s a

big shift. I liked the idea of the boats being

burnt. It’s also a symbol for a last cry of help

of a sinking ship: set fire to it in the hope

someone will see the smoke.”

Holly Bendall was inspired by a visit to

Cadgwith during a crowdfunding campaign

to save historic buildings used by local

fishermen for centuries (£300,000 was raised

to protect them from future development).

Waiting For Fish depicts a man called Dave

and his companion Bird looking out to sea.

Originally a small sketch, it has evolved

into a sculpture project highlighting the

importance of small boat fishing in Cornwall

and the question of provenance.

Holly’s own Crowdfunding campaign

raised over £20,000, including £10,000

from an anonymous donor. A life-size

reproduction of Dave and Bird is currently

being cast in bronze and will be sited

in a prominent position at the end of

Porthleven Harbour, en route to the

South West Coast Path, to be unveiled

at a special event on September 23.

Meanwhile, a mini-bronze of Dave and Bird

can be seen at the Falmouth exhibition.

“Some communities in Cornwall still rely

on fishing to survive, but many of us have got

so used to the convenience of buying fish in

the supermarket without even questioning

where it comes from,” says Holly. “It’s a global

issue, but the success of my crowdfunding

campaign shows that people are aware of the

problems and that they care. Once people

care, you can help to protect the fishermen

and their way of life.” l

Hevva! Hevva! runs until September 10 at

Falmouth Art Gallery.

Free entry. Open 10am to 5pm

(Wednesday and Saturday, 10am to 1pm).

Closed Sunday.

Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth

TR11 2RT. Tel 01326 313863

www.falmouthartgallery.com

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ARTIST FOCUS

Kurt Jackson

A profile of the tranquil Helford River through the seasons.

I first became aware of the Helford late

one winter, while staying with friends in

their old stone farmhouse on the Lizard.

We walked the mile or so to Gear Farm

Shop, wading through virgin snow with

redwings and fieldfares flitting past. Eating

a steaming pasty in the cold morning air

and staring across a panoramic fieldscape

of white, with the odd yellow daffodil

field and the grey blue river below, was a

beautiful moment and the basis for a large

canvas that month.

After this, I met the Helford more

intimately. I painted a series of watercolours

of the Gweek boatyards, and canoed out of

Frenchman’s Creek into the wide exposed

expanse of the river at the will of the tide. I

felt I needed to get to know the Helford in

her entirety - not like a resident or someone

who has worked and lived their lives next to

or on her, but nonetheless to make a sum of

her parts to portray and depict this glorious

Cornish watercourse.

The Helford divides the top of the Lizard

peninsula from the rest of Cornwall. The

name may come from the two words:

‘Heyl’, an estuary in Kernewek and ‘ford’

in English. It is actually a ria – a drowned

river valley fed by several small streams

into its many creeks, principal among

them Ponsontuel, Mawgan, Polpenwith,

Frenchman’s, Port Navas and Gillan. It is

largely navigable and tidal, its shoreline

over 30 miles long and lined with ancient

woods of sessile oak.

The Helford has such beautiful sunsets.

On a creekside path above the confluence

of Frenchman’s and the Helford, there is

always a good chance of a light show in

the late afternoon. This big, wide expanse

of estuary mirrors the heavens above,

catching the late low light, reflecting the

skies and clouds in its ebb and flow and

shining flats like a cinema screen laid flat

on its back.

A gig cuts through the centre of this

vision, her crew’s voices and rhythmic

clunk of oars quite clear, carried across

a mile of waters. The boat leaves a silver

flickering filament that disintegrates

then disappears. Mud-coloured curlew,

sandpiper and greenshank exploit the

perfect acoustics; their whistles, piping

and cries rise from their unseen wading,

calls of delight, exclamation and alarm.

The harsh shriek of a heron, guttural and

raucous, shatters the calm and announces

sundown. The ball of the sun slowly

sinks upriver towards Gweek, where the

river shrinks to just a few visible bends

between the dark oaks: past Merthen, past

Tremaine, the trench of the silver river lying

ready to catch it.

Twice daily the estuarine waters are

drawn back; slowly, almost imperceptibly,

the tideline retreats, leaving behind a

plane of wet, shining mudflats that reflect

the sky, the clouds, the overhanging oaks,

the lights of the day (or night) and shine

with hues of grey and brown and tints of

sienna, copper, gold and silver. Autumnal

foliage, sunsets and sunrises can be

mirrored in this substrate - variously soupy,

clayey, gooey or firm - to give beautiful

glassy backdrops for the birds to stride

and tiptoe across.

A six-foot stretched canvas seemed wide

enough to cope with that vast exposed

sway of mud and estuary. I carried it from

the van, parked amongst the trees above

the river, down the track and a flight of

steps and along the bank to lean it against

the stump of an old, felled Monterey

pine as my easel. The eye was led upriver

with the perspective of the narrowing

grey waters, past Merthen and Tremayne

towards Gweek in the distance.

Sunshine lit the breeze-ruffled waters

and mudflats to shine and glisten in the

low light. The silver mud of the creek

shone beneath the dark surrounding

woods. I worked on the canvas with speed,

knowing the weather was fickle and could

change in a moment. I smeared and

brushed on thick slabs of grey river and

dark silhouetted oaks. I worked in a frenzy

on a precarious footing where the ground

sloped away below me. I slipped and

staggered between paints and canvas.

The breeze grew stronger and the

painting started to gain a life of its own,

lifting and shifting away from the tree trunk.

I took my scarf and tied the back of the

canvas to the tree with the help of the ivy to

hand. A gust picked the whole thing up and

slammed it back down. My game became

more of a struggle, holding onto the tree

and the canvas and trying to paint as well.

Furiously mixing paints in a rising wind now

blowing across the river full force, painting

the canvas, trying to stand back to appraise,

moving around the painting to reach the

top and the sides, grabbing it with every

extra gust. A full workout!

The ground became slippery, paint pots

blew around, my palette was a mess, the

brushes in the mud, my body bruised. The

rain came in, at first a fine drizzle but soon

became heavier in horizontal sheets. I

wondered how much of my painting would

survive, remain. The sun disappeared, that

lovely light was turned off, the sky darkened.

I decided enough was enough and untied

the painting to drag it to shelter out of the

wind and rain. Bruised and exhausted, I had

been knocked over and overstretched; most

of the paint seemed to have landed on me

but I had made something. I would have

to wait until I was back in the studio to see

whether it was worthwhile. l

Taken from the foreword to Helford River,

accompanying the exhibition of the same

name which runs from August 27 at the

multi award-winning Jackson Foundation,

St Just. Admission to this world-class art

space is free.

Jackson Foundation, North Row, St Justin-Penwith

TR17 7LB

Tel 01736 787638

www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com

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MAKER FOCUS

REBECCA RASMUSSEN

AKA RAZIMAKER

Participating in Cornwall Design: The Art Of Making at Newlyn Art Gallery

Where did your love of

metalwork originate?

My grandmother was a formidable woman

who cared deeply about her possessions.

Every artefact had a story from her

colourful life full of travel and adventure.

It taught me the importance of objects.

I would help her polish all the brass and

silverware on a bi-weekly basis, and that

instilled in me an appreciation for the skill,

care and intricacy developed by makers

throughout history. My love of antiques,

and the tools and processes used to create

them, began there.

How sensory is the making

experience for you?

The feel, patinas, textures and even

the smell of the brass and silver have

always evoked in me an excitement and

intrigue into how it was all created. Brass

is quite an old-fashioned metal, and in

my current practice I feel it’s important to

bring this under-used metal into a more

contemporary use and design.

At what point did you decide to gain

formal training in the craft?

Initially, my passions fell between painting

and sculpture, but I never developed a real

identity. I was confused and didn’t know

that a craft degree befitting my ‘fine art’

style at the time was out there. While at art

college, the course leader from Falmouth

University’s Contemporary Craft degree

visited and demonstrated work created

from the course. That’s when I knew for

certain that training in craft was for me.

Where do you work?

I was in the spare room, but I don’t

think my partner, dog or neighbours

appreciated the endless banging

vibrating through the uninsulated wooden

floorboards of our 19th century fisherman’s

cottage! I now work from a self-contained

unit within an old granite grist mill, which I

share with some other wonderful creatives.

Tell us about your traditional tools

and techniques

I didn’t have much money to invest in a

lot of tools when I committed to making,

so I started with the absolute basics: for

example, a collection of hammers and a

doming block, mostly gathered secondhand.

It forced me to be creative with

the traditional tools that I did have. I love

the idea that the processes I use haven’t

changed for hundreds of years, keeping

the tradition alive but bringing the designs

themselves into the present.

You work on a steel bench block, which

contributes to the texture of your pieces

The patterns and textures left on my

steel bench block I feel are a secret story

left by the maker. The many hours spent

hammering away creating pieces have

left a mark. The inverted textures left on

the brass handles I use for my spoons

are created by those many slips of the

hammer indenting the steel. Each piece

has evolved from a piece made before.

How do you intend your pieces

to be used?

They are absolutely created to be

functional, but they equally look beautiful

hanging on the wall. I love the idea of

my pieces being a conversation piece

and a delight to use. Tableware and

serve-ware create rituals within a home.

For example, a tea strainer in particular

forces you to take a moment of calm -

you can’t rush loose-leaf tea stewing in

a teapot, delicately pouring it through a

beautiful tea strainer, catching the leaves

then placing it to rest while enjoying what

you’ve just spent the time to make.

You use rivets to join your pieces.

How did this process evolve?

I was determined to make spoons, but

I didn’t have the appropriate facilities

or tools to solder such big forms, so I

began experimenting with riveting to join

my pieces instead. This developed into

a meditative and delicate process, and

I instantly grew to love it. I then began

transferring this skill into all my work,

including my jewellery and hair pins. The

rivets are so small and intricate, and using

recycled silver against the contrasting

brass really adds to the aesthetic and

intrigue of each piece.

How do your Cornish surroundings

inspire you?

I create the circles used as my spoon cups

in an organic nature, inspired by circles

found in my immediate surroundings:

honesty seed pods, limpets, wall pennywort

and nasturtium leaves. Cornwall is such an

inspiring place in general, steeped in history

and full of exciting and creative people and

makers; you can’t help but feel inspired. l

Rebecca Rasmussen is participating in

the exhibition Cornwall Design: The

Art Of Making at Newlyn Art Gallery,

featuring exceptional contemporary

craft by regional designers and makers.

They include: glass artist Bethany

Wood; potters Jack Doherty, John

Mackenzie and Tor Harrison; textile

artists Amy Brock Morgan (BROCK) and

Darn Collective; jeweller Emily Nixon;

wood sculptor Kinsley Byrne; Francli

Craftwear and Tom Raffield Design.

The exhibition runs in The Picture

Room, Studio and gallery shop areas.

All work is for sale.

Cornwall Design: The Art Of Making

coincides with the Jerwood Art Fund

Makers Open, which showcases a broad

range of material disciplines including

glass, textiles, digital modelling,

silversmithing and sculptural installation.

See this in the upper and lower galleries.

Both exhibitions run until October 1.

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MEET THE MAKER

Julie Harper, St Ives

Tell us about yourself

I’m a porcelain ceramic artist, and have

been working with porcelain for 20 years.

I’m married to Duncan, and we have three

grown-up sons and two grandsons. I was

born in the West Country, and after living

and teaching in Kent for many years, I

returned to the place I love the most.

When did your interest in porcelain start?

When my sons left home. I was still

teaching, and had always wanted to try

pottery but had never had the opportunity.

I enrolled on a pottery course and

immediately wanted to use white clay.

This was not encouraged, as porcelain is

both more expensive and difficult to work

with. Nevertheless, I persisted by buying

my own porcelain clay to work with in the

classes. A year later, I met Billy and Alan,

two Master Potters who ran Aylesford

School of Pottery. That’s where I continued

my learning curve with porcelain, and I’m

grateful to them as they were so generous

with their time and patience.

What brought you to St Ives?

Around this time, I visited a friend in

Penzance who introduced me to St Ives.

I couldn’t believe the beautiful colours of

the sea and sand, as well as the quality of

the light. It made the hairs stand up on the

back of my neck when I looked out of the

window at the harbour and saw that the

light and sea were ever-changing. I knew

then that this was where I wanted to be.

Where is your workspace?

In Whites Old Workshops, which has

opened up a new group of friends that

are supportive and enthusiastic. I like to

walk daily along the coast; the colours

and textures of the sea and beaches

inspire and provide me with new ideas for

my work.

What steps did you take to

sell your work commercially?

I worked hard at making 3D relief paintings

of cottages, buildings boats and the sea,

all out of porcelain. I was making so much

work, it started to take over the house. At

that time Channel 4 had a new afternoon

programme with Richard and Judy, and

they wanted to promote new artists so

I sent in photos of my paintings. Two

weeks later, a production assistant rang

to say I should approach galleries with my

work. This was just the confidence boost I

needed, as I had never shown my work to

anyone before. I plucked up the courage to

contact the New Craftsman in St Ives; they

took my work, and within 30 minutes called

me to say they had sold one of my pieces. I

was thrilled - it was a dream come true.

What do you love about porcelain clay?

It has a wonderful smooth texture and can

be incredibly delicate. It fires very white

and colours dance across its surface. The

texturizing techniques I use take time and

patience, and you never know if a piece

will be successful until you open the kiln

after the firing - nothing is guaranteed.

How do you start a piece of work?

I make a sketch using pastels. I also

take photographs of the bay and sea at

different times of day so I can observe the

colour changes and textures on the sand

and rock formations. I then use these to

decide the form and design of each piece.

This includes deciding whether to handbuild

or throw the clay on the wheel. The

new piece will need at least a week to dry

at its own rate, according to humidity and

outside temperature - then it will have its

first firing, for just over 10 hours.

What next?

I mix my own palette of colours to

decorate it. The finished painting will

sometimes have a glaze and glass

additions, then it goes into the kiln for its

final firing of just over seven hours. I have

to allow the kiln to cool for a day before

opening it, which is when it is ready to

frame or take to the studio. The entire

process from starting to the finished

product takes approximately three weeks –

porcelain clay can’t be hurried.

What are the challenges of

working with porcelain?

It’s temperamental. If it’s too dry, it cracks;

too wet, and it slides off the wheel like

putty! But when you get it right, it’s just

magical. I absolutely love working with it

and hope to be able to carry on exploring

its many possibilities. l

Julie Harper is based at Studio 6,

Whites Old Workshops,

Porthmeor Road, St Ives TR26 1NP

Tel: 07734 793686

Email: jbhshoretosea@hotmail.co.uk

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VIP

A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE

‘VIOLA’

by Andrew Thomas SWAc at Whitewater

Contemporary

Whitewater Contemporary Polzeath presents work by artist Andrew Thomas from

his sculptural Instrument series. Thomas is a member of the South West Academy

of Fine and Applied Arts, and works from his studio in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.

Initially carving his designs in wood, he explores the form and subject of each

piece with technical precision and an artist’s subjective eye, before casting his

sculptures in bronze. He is also a published author, who has written prolifically on

the subject of woodcarving and sculpture.

“I have worked incredibly hard over decades to develop my understanding of

form in relation to concept or subject matter,” says Andrew. “I work primarily

in wood, using the deconstruction process of carving to explore the infinite

possibilities of form within the block. All my works are cast in bronze metal, which

offers the permanence of a medium that can be experienced and treasured for

generations to come.”

See works by Andrew Thomas on show at Whitewater Contemporary,

The Parade, Polzeath PL27 6SR.

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CIRCA 21

COWHOUSE GALLERY

Discover Circa 21, a wonderfully creative shop in the

heart of Penzance & established in 2014 by Esme &

Alan Burton. Spread over two floors, you’ll find work

from some of the region’s top makers like John Webb.

West Penwith is bursting with creativity and Esme has

captured some of this talent for you to admire and fall

in love with. In amongst the Fair Trade homeware are

around 30 Cornwall based makers, including owner

Esme’s pretty floral silver & copper jewellery that she

makes in house. Feel inspired by a colourful and

energetic shopping experience this summer!

During Penzance Art Festival 3-19 June, pop up to

the top floor studio of fine artist Sophie Dennett

whose work is direct & emotionally charged without

sentimentality.

CIRCA 21, 21 Market Jew Street, Penzance,

Cornwall, TR18 2HR • Open 10am-4pm

(closed Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays)

Instagram: circa21 • www.circa21.co.uk

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: Larry the Lobster. Fabrics, Threads and Seaglass by Jane Bodle

Right: Shell Sculpture. Stoneware by Janeve Bainbridge

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

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

INSPIRE MAKERS

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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KERNOW YARN AND FIBRE FESTIVAL

Join us at the brand new Kernow Yarn And Fibre Festival (KernowYAFF)

on Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall

Showground,10am to 4pm!

You’ll find the best of hand-dyed, hand-crafted and sustainable yarns, fibres

and related products, in an exciting market-style show with a vibrant festival

feel. Come and celebrate your favourite yarn and fibre crafts while supporting

small, local producers and artisans. There’ll be delicious refreshments & food

from Dank Frank’s and Cornish Barista.

See www.kernowyaff.com for exhibitors, tickets and more!

MARTIN JOHN FOWLER

Martin John Fowler is a

professional working artist

based in South Yorkshire

with strong connections

to Cornwall. Displaying

in several local galleries,

Martin’s work looks to

capture Cornwall’s rugged

and wild coastal areas,

often en plein air when

possible, and as a result

has had his work exhibition

both nationally and

internationally in solo and

mixed exhibitions.

www.martinjohnfowler.com

JACKSON FOUNDATION

SHARON MCSWINEY

MERMAIDS’ TEARS

Until August 13th. This exhibition, originally shown in

Scotland during COP26, charts Kurt Jackson’s efforts

to address the blight of plastic in the ocean, and draws

attention to the resin pellets or nurdles from plastic

manufacturing (known as mermaids’ tears) that pollute the

environment. In association with Surfers Against Sewage.

CLAY COUNTRY

Until August 13th. For this project previously exhibited

at Wheal Martyn and Worcester, Kurt Jackson worked

in situ at the Littlejohns China Clay Works, observing

the workers in the pit as they extracted and transported

the china clay in an extraordinary manmade landscape.

The dramatic (and sometimes extreme) variations in

the weather inspired a diverse range of drawings and

paintings, perched on the edge of the pit or down in the

depths – including the clay and stone itself in the mix.

SALLY BALDWIN - FRAGILE EARTH

Until August 13th. Textile artist Sally Baldwin’s Fragile

Earth is a body of work evoking natural forms such

as trees, pods, flowers, insects, sea life, water. The

materials used - recycled paper, handmade paper,

silk waste, silk, cotton scrim - are ghostly, white and

ephemeral, suggesting delicate, fragile, finely balanced

and vulnerable landscapes.

KURT JACKSON: HELFORD RIVER

From August 27th. In this new collection Kurt Jackson

revisits the Helford River, her creeks and her tributaries to

capture her stunning beauty and incredible biodiversity.

Along the way, Jackson explores the wildlife and the

communities that live in and on this unique watercourse.

ANDER GUNN: SEVEN DECADES

From August 27th. Photographer Ander Gunn has

spent a lifetime turning his lens to the world, from

working class Londoners framed in the doorway of a

public convenience to the brightest lights of the St

Ives School. This exhibition of black and white images

reflects his output over the last 70 years to offer a

sample of both rural and urban subject matter.

Please check website for seasonal opening times

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB • T: 01736 787638

www.jacksonfoundationgallery.com

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

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

pieces & silver limpet jewellery capture the Cornish coast.

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

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

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70 FOOD BITES

72 A BERRY GOOD IDEA - TENZING

74 DISH OF THE MONTH

76 THE COCONUT CHY ON

NEWQUAY’S TOWAN BEACH

78 SUMMER BREWS

80 WEEKEND AWAY:

ST MICHAELS RESORT, FALMOUTH

82 EXPERIENCE: POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD

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Jazz and Supper

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, near

Lostwithiel, hosts a weekend of

summer jazz from August 19 to 21, with

entertainment from the Pete Canter

Quartet, the Martin Dale Quartet and

a day-long free jazz and blues jam led

by the Simon Latarche Trio. Friday and

Saturday evenings offer Jazz and Supper

from 6.30pm, with a menu specially

created by head chef Christopher

Archambault including Cajun blackened

Cornish Picanha - a classic Brazilian roast

beef cut slow-cooked and seasoned

Louisiana style; or vegetarian gumbo

served with spring onion rice. £40pp; just

jazz, £15pp. l

To book, call 01208 872668. Duchy of

Cornwall Nursery, Cott Road, Lostwithiel

PL22 0HW.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

The Great Cornish Food Store in Truro celebrates six successful years by becoming an

employee-owned business. The move means employees will part-own the company

and will therefore be able to enjoy a more active role in how the company is run and a

share of the profits going forward. The organisation follows the model of their next-door

neighbour Waitrose, which is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the largest employeeowned

business in the UK. l

Something’s Bubbling

and fermentation fanatic Aiden Blakely-

May. Create and name your own sourdough

starter, bake bread using ancient

grains grown nearby, understand lactofermentation

and produce a restorative

Amazake drink with Cornish strawberries.

The break includes a seven-course tasting

menu at the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant

Rastella, with paired drinks and a twonight

stay in a King Room with breakfast.

As the trend for the gut-health properties

Available Thursdays and Fridays until

of fermented foods continues to rise,

September 30. On Thursday, September 8,

you can now embark on a fermentation

Aiden will be joined by fellow fermentation

journey at chic coastal hotel Merchants

fan Robin Sherriff, the experimental chef

Manor in Falmouth. This summer, the hotel

and owner of Koji Kitchen in Edinburgh. l

offers the two-day fermentation course

Something’s Bubbling, led by head chef www.merchantsmanor.com

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Taste of Scilly

Taste of Scilly, the archipelago’s food and

drink festival returns from September 15 to

25. The undisputed highlight is a series of

feasts hosted by Hidden Hut founder Simon

Stallard, who will visit the islands to cook up

a storm using Scillonian produce. Simon is

best-known for cooking fresh, high-quality

local produce over fire, and his memorable

dining experiences in remote and beautiful

locations, in particular Porthcurnick beach

on the Roseland peninsula. His three beach

feasts will be the grand finale on September

23, 24 and 25. l

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A new energy drink uses Cornish ingredients and puts

money back into our coastline, writes Kirstie Newton


In ancient times, the leaves and young

branches of sea buckthorn were fed

to horses as a nutritious meal that

led to healthy weight gain and a

shiny coat. This is reflected in its genus

name: Hippophae, derived from hippo

(horse) and phaos (shining). Now you,

too, can experience the same benefits

of “seaberries” thanks to a partnership

between a Cornish grower and a national

drinks company.

This hardy plant flourishes in conditions

that would punish lesser species: the arid

semi-desert sites of landlocked central

Asia, and the salt-tinged coasts of western

Europe. Seth Pascoe launched the Cornish

Seaberry Company in 2016, and now grows

thousands of trees each year, with orchards

in Lostwithiel, Tywardreath and Veryan.

Having worked with local tonic producers

and launched his own brand of seaberry

juice, this summer Seth embarks upon

his most ambitious collaboration to

date: providing Cornish seaberries to

be blended with British apple juice and

Cornish sea salt in a limited-edition flavour

for TENZING Natural Energy drinks.

While traditional energy drinks are often

heavy on sugar and artificial ingredients,

TENZING products are plant-based and

low in calories - around 60% less sugar

than comparable products - offering

naturally sourced caffeine, vitamin C and

electrolytes with every sip. An impressive

95% of ingredients are sourced in the UK.

The company also claims to be the

world’s first carbon negative energy

drink and invests a portion of profits into

environmental projects. Cans will be sold

in selected Co-op stores nationwide,

with 1% of all proceeds going back to

St Agnes-based campaign organisation

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

“I’ve always loved surfing and wanted to

support SAS, so I was considering how

to work with them,” says TENZING chief

executive and founder Huib van Bockel.

“I decided to try and source ingredients

as locally as possible. When I discovered

Seth’s seaberries, I couldn’t believe how

similar our back stories were.”

It turned out both businesses have their

origins in landlocked Nepal. Huib launched

TENZING based on a recipe used by

Himalayan Sherpas, and named his company

after Tenzing Norgay, who famously became

one of the first men to scale Mount Everest

in the company of Sir Edmund Hillary. A

percentage of revenue from his first product

– combining green tea, green coffee and

lemon juice - funded 15 stone bins to help

solve the rubbish problem on the slopes of

Everest, at the request of the Sherpas.

The Cornish seaberry story began when

agronomist Seth suffered from altitude

sickness — dizziness, nosebleeds, splitting

headaches and breathlessness - on a trek

to Mount Everest base camp. A Sherpa

gave him a glassful of a hot, bright-orange

elixir: his first introduction to seaberry

juice, with its distinct nutritional properties.

Later, Seth was surprised to stumble across

the same seaberries growing wild on the

Cornish coast path.

“TENZING was looking for weird and

wacky local ingredients, and I often come

up when that conversation happens,”

laughs Seth. “The seaberry is a wonderful

fruit with so many healthy attributes,

and it needs something to put it on the

map. TENZING will reach a much bigger

audience than I can on my own.”

The seaberries aren’t the only Cornish

ingredient in this drink. Salt harvested

from the seas around the Lizard Peninsula

plays an important role, by amplifying the

flavour and facilitating rehydration.

Based in Gweek, near Helston, Cornish

Sea Salt was founded in 2004 and is now

the number one UK sea salt brand, selling

to chefs and home cooks in 35 countries

around the world. While table salt is as much

as 99% sodium chloride, Cornish Sea Salt

is naturally lower in sodium and contains

more than 60 healthy trace minerals which

have all kinds of health benefits, from

effective brain, nerve and muscle function

to a strong immune system.

Chief operating officer Philip Tanswell

says: “Salt is the base ingredient for so

many things, so we get approached by a

lot of producers. TENZING came to us for

our provenance and science, and it was

the link to Surfers Against Sewage that

appealed to us – it meant we were giving

something back.”

Surfers Against Sewage founder Hugo

Tagholm met Huib in July and showed

him around SAS HQ and St Agnes Head.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of a

brand like TENZING to help us drive our

campaigns,” he says. “We are mobilising

record numbers of people at the beach to

tackle plastic pollution and call for better

water quality and stronger legislation.

It’s vital that the corporate and business

sectors put their money where their mouth

is and help us do that.

“We say no to a lot of multi-national

companies who don’t match our values

or the level of commitment TENZING

showed us. I know they are sourcing

ingredients in Cornwall and supporting

that part of the production cycle and

economy, being considerate to the impact

their products have. They passed our due

diligence process – not everyone does.”

In 2021, TENZING became the first soft drink

brand to label its cans with its environmental

impact from crop to can - “transport,

production, everything” - calculated and

revealed for all to see. “We know and we

show our carbon footprint, and we try to

reduce it as far as we possibly can,” says Huib.

Perhaps most importantly, what does the

drink actually taste like? “It’s unique - very

tangy and citrussy,” says Huib. “It will be

the first time many UK drinkers have tasted

a seaberry. I’d say it’s our most refreshing

product to date.” l

TENZING Natural Energy: Apple and

Seaberry is due to go on sale in Co-op

supermarkets from August 15. RRP £1.90.

www.tenzingnaturalenergy.com

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PRAWN LINGUINE

ALFREDO

SPRINGTIDE, CHARLESTOWN

This is one of the most popular dishes on the menu at Springtide, Charlestown. Executive

chefs Will Spurgeon and Matt Liddicoat say: “We love this linguine and clearly so do our

customers! The flavours of tangy tomato, earthy spinach and fragrant basil are finished with

an aged parmesan and garlic ciabatta to deliver a really fresh family favourite.”

INGREDIENTS

• 6 or 7 tiger prawns, peeled and de-veined

• 1 clove of garlic

• ½ sliced red chilli with seeds

• 150g linguine

• 100ml white wine

• 250ml double cream

• 100g washed spinach

• 8 cherry tomatoes

• 1 lemon

• 100g basil leaves

• Olive oil

• Sea salt

• Grated parmesan

METHOD

• First make the basil oil. Blend basil and 50ml of olive oil on high speed with a

pinch of sea salt. Once blended, leave to one side.

• Cook the linguine for 5 minutes. Drain, toss with a little oil and leave to one side.

• Heat a large frying pan. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, then fry the cherry tomatoes until

the skins start to blister.

• Add garlic and chilli to your pan and fry for 30 seconds. Add the prawns;

sear and toss both sides with a pinch of salt.

• Add the wine to the pan and bring to a rapid boil. Add the cream and squeeze

your lemon in. Reduce until the liquid starts to thicken.

• Add the cooked pasta, spinach and basil oil. Toss until the spinach is wilted.

• Serve in a bowl and finish with freshly grated parmesan.

• Chef's tip: make pangrattato (garlic breadcrumbs) and sprinkle on top for crunch.

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Tropical!

The sun always shines on

The Coconut Chy in Newquay

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If, as a well-known song goes, you like

pina coladas, get yourself down to

Newquay’s Towan Beach. The Coconut

Chy opened in mid-June and serves

non-alcoholic pina coladas in hollowedout

pineapples, as well as fresh coconuts

for drinking and eating, all from a cheery

brightly-coloured hut.

Owner Alison Ballard hopes to bring the

taste of the Caribbean to Cornwall, to

which end you are more likely to hear

reggae over the speakers than Rupert

Holmes’ cocktail-related hit. “Whether

you are on holiday in Cornwall or simply

on your lunch break, I want you to feel as if

it’s hot and sunny all the time, even when

it isn’t,” she smiles.

In fact, the sun is shining today; the tide is

out and Towan Beach is lively with families,

surf schools, dog walkers, rockpoolers

and sunworshippers. A steady stream of

customers come and order: a pina colada

with two cardboard straws for a pair of

teenagers to share, a fruit salad served in a

half-pineapple, and a coconut for a young

lad who returns at Alison’s instruction to

have the top sliced off so he can eat the

white flesh inside.

The name is Cornish as they come: the

word Chy means house in Cornish in

Kernewek, so this play on words from

the traditional fairground coconut “shy”

means the Coconut House. You can also

indulge in smoothie bowls served in

coconut shells, watermelon slices, barista

coffee and home-made cakes.

Alison started the business following a

change in personal circumstance. "I was

working in an admin role while running

my own business making vintage-style

clothing, but last year I started to have a lot

of problems with my eyes,” she explains.

“By January, I was partially sighted and

unable to drive or look at a computer for

long periods. I had to quit my job and was

unable to run my own business online or

take on any festivals, which were a large

part of my income but required driving.”

The hunt was on for a different kind of work.

When job applications to cafés brought

no response, Alison decided to set up her

own. "Ever since visiting Sri Lanka in 2016,

I had thought of selling coconuts on the

beach. When I saw the building, I knew it

was perfect, so I emailed the landlord and

viewed it the very next day. By the end of the

week, it was mine! I could see it would be

beautiful painted up, and it was right next to

the beach, so ideal. Towan is dog-friendly all

year round, and has good, flat access.”

Within nine weeks, Alison had transformed

the run-down space (with the help of her

DIY-handy dad), got her Food Hygiene

Certificate, trained to be a barista,

designed the menu, found staff and

suppliers, created a logo and more. Much

of the equipment and furnishings were

acquired second-hand. “It’s higgledypiggledy,

but I didn’t want it to be perfect

– I wanted it to feel like the kind of shack

you’d find in the Caribbean,” says Alison,

sporting a tropical print apron that

matches her bar stools. “It’s tiny, but that’s

all I need.”

For the uninitiated, a pina colada is a mix

of pineapple juice, coconut water and lime

juice, with the scooped-out flesh frozen

and blitzed to create a smoothie-like

consistency. You might add a tot of rum

elsewhere, but Alison doesn’t currently

have an alcohol licence and prefers the

inclusivity that offers. “This isn’t a bar,

which means you can come here with your

kids, or on your own. It’s for everyone.”

Fresh stock comes from Fresh Point in

Newquay, including juicy Costa Rican

pineapples and ready-prepared drinking

coconuts. Alison’s dad knocked up a nifty

contraption to punch a hole in the top for

a cardboard straw, and a knife to slice off

the top. “It’s not quite the machete I saw

traders using in Sri Lanka, but I don’t think

I’d be allowed that on Towan Beach,” she

laughs. “I’ve never seen anyone else in the

UK doing this. It’s fun and a bit different –

and it’s healthy.”

With no need for crockery, it’s also

sustainable, not to mention highly

Instagrammable. Canny Alison’s ability

to dress her wares has brought the selfie

crowds flocking. “You can take them down

on the beach, or snap them here on the

decking with the island house behind,” she

explains. “So many people do the PR for

me, and then more people come down.”

The shack comes complete with a kennel

for Alison’s British bulldog, Holly, who loves

to be made a fuss of. Four-legged friends

are more than welcome, and the menu

includes a “pupaccino” - frothy milk with

whipped cream and a bone dog biscuit.

Alison’s eyesight has improved following

an operation, but The Coconut Chy is here

to stay. While pineapples and coconuts

are decidedly summery, Alison plans to

remain open throughout the year, serving

hot spiced pineapple juice and eggnog,

and gourds for Hallowe’en.

“There’s a lifeguard from Brazil who says it

feels like going home,” she beams. “That’s

the ultimate compliment. l

The Coconut Chy,

Towan Beach Promenade,

Towan Beach, Newquay, TR7 1DU

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Quench your thirst with some of these tipples.

1 2 3

4 5

1. The future’s orange

Parisian-style bistro The Orgia, in

Falmouth’s Church Street, offers a wine

list dedicated to ‘skin-contact’ or orange

wines, which are poised to be the new

rosé. Try several options by the glass,

while tasting sliders of three small glasses

allow inquisitive customers to explore this

easily-missed category in more depth.

Feeling peckish? Team up your tipple with

a menu of light bites, nibbles, full plates

and sharing platters including Porthilly

oysters, British-made nduja and French

wild boar saucisson. www.theorgia.com

2. Hazy days

Firebrand Brewing Co at Launceston

enters the alcohol-free market with the

launch of Shorebreak Hazy Pale - perfect

for those who like their craft beer without

the hangover. This super-satisfying

0.5% brew is bursting with mango and

lemongrass flavours - clean and refreshing,

a flavoursome, thirst-quenching

option for the summer. £2.30/330ml,

www.firebrandbrewing.co.uk

3. Sundowner spritz

Crafted by the team at Knightor Winery,

Aprèz is a refreshing, delicately aromatic

canned rosé wine spritz bursting with

Mediterranean flavours and punches of

zesty citrus. It’s just perfect for sundowner

moments, chilling with friends on

the beach or in the park, or even just

kicking back on the train or sofa. For

more information and to pre-order,

email sales@knightor.com

4. 0% alcohol, 100% Rattler

Described as “100% Rattler, 0% Alcohol”,

Rattler Zero was some three years in the

making. “When choosing zero alcohol,

consumers don’t want an existing product

that’s simply diluted down - they want

a product in its own right, and shouldn’t

need to compromise on taste or mouthfeel,”

says Joe Healey, managing director

at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. With 97%

of this product coming from fermented

apples, it has all the character and

flavour you’d expect in a Rattler product.

www.healeyscyder.co.uk

5. Hard seltzers

Created from spirited sparkling Cornish

water, hard seltzers are the fastest

growing drinks sector in the USA and

are predicted to make a splash this side

of the pond. William and Rubina Tyler-

Street, the husband-and-wife team behind

Curio gins, have created a 4.5%abv Hard

Seltzer range to reflect the easy-going

outdoor lifestyle dubbed “Kernowfornia”.

Delectable flavour combinations include

delicate Peach and Rose, zingy Rhubarb

and Ginger, sweet Pear and Elderflower,

tropical Mango and citrussy Yuzu and

Mandarin. www.curiohardseltzer.co.uk l

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ST MICHAELS RESORT, FALMOUTH

Get some coastal calm and revive your senses with a short break in Falmouth, carefully

crafted by the crew at St Michaels Resort to punctuate the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The resort is mere footsteps from the

white sands and crystal-clear waters of

Gyllyngvase Beach, meaning you don’t

need to risk a flight cancellation or a ferry

queue to feel good again this year.

Home to an award-winning spa and

hydrothermal experience, and not one but

two restaurants, St Michaels Resort offers

more than your average coastal hotel, and

all located within walking distance of the

sights and sounds of Falmouth.

The Twilight Spa Break encapsulates

tranquillity, relaxation and indulgence, and is

especially popular with locals. The highlight

is the two-hour hydrothermal experience in

the largest hydrotherapy pool in the South

West. Heated up to a comforting 35C, it’s the

perfect place to ease away stress and tension.

After a soak, stretch out on the poolside

beds and heated loungers, cleanse the

skin in the herbal Finnish sauna, bubble

away in the outdoor hot tub and take in

the views of the stunning Falmouth Bay

from the outdoor barrel sauna. Step back

inside and bask in the thermal paradise

of the rainforest steam room before

breathing deeply in the world’s only

Cornish sea salt steam room. Whatever

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relaxation looks like for you, you’ll find

it here.

Following a brief interlude, you’ll be

guided upstairs into St Michaels’ relaxed

restaurant, the Brasserie on the Bay.

Overlooking subtropical gardens and on

to the shimmering sea beyond, expect a

three-course menu devised by executive

head chef Darren Millgate to showcase

the very best in Cornish ingredients.

Local boy Darren trained under Michelinstarred

Ben Tunnicliffe and honed his craft

in the south of France. He is now back on

home turf with a food philosophy centred

on honest Cornish produce, taking diners on

a laid-back tour of Cornish fields, farms and

waters. Darren makes regular trips to local

markets and fields to source fresh produce;

his food revolution at St Michaels centres on

dishes big in flavour and low in food miles.

“One of my earliest memories was going

out with my dad on our boat at Portholland

to pull up the net and see what was in store

for dinner,” he recalls. “Sometimes it was

mackerel, or fiddly spider crabs, occasionally

bass. The excitement of not knowing what

would be in the net still guides me today. It’s

far more important than the flamboyance

and waste of a fine-dining operation.”

Spend the evening taking in sunset views

across the ocean, sip on something

ice-cold and refreshing (or perhaps

something with bubbles), before slinking

back into one of St Michaels’ comfortable

coastal bedrooms. A true home away

from home for the night. l

The Twilight Spa Break is available on

Wednesday and Thursday nights, from

£140 per person.

St Michaels Resort, Gyllyngvase Beach,

Falmouth TR11 4NB.

Tel 01326 312707

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POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD

With breathtaking views across the Atlantic, Polurrian on the Lizard is a spectacular

clifftop hangout where vintage glamour meets coastal-contemporary. If unforgettable

sunsets coupled with expertly mixed aperitifs are holiday musts, this turn-of-thecentury

railway hotel should be top of your list.

What better plan for a summer Sunday

than fine food and smooth sounds in

a stunning location? The Woodfired

Sessions tick all those boxes, combining

delicious food and drink with a live

acoustic set from a roster of some of

Cornwall’s finest performers.

Arrive early for a Woodfired lunch, and enjoy

a digestif backed by quality entertainment;

or rock up in time for the performance at

4pm, leaving yourself enough time to order

a cocktail with a Cornish twist, or the taster

board of local and artisan rums.

You could even make a day of it, making use

of the hotel’s leisure facilities (temporary

membership is available). That was our

plan. We arrived mid-morning, in time for

a much-needed neck, back and shoulders

Elemis massage in the spa for me, followed

by some quiet time in the relaxation room.

Meanwhile, my other half and our

daughter strode off along the coast path

in search of ice cream, and wound up at

Poldhu Cove, famous for its connections

with radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi,

who sent his first transatlantic message

from this very spot. Upon their return,

we enjoyed some family time in the 30ft

heated indoor swimming pool and its hottub

(the outdoor pool is also available

from May to September).

WOODFIRED SESSIONS

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER:

August 7: The Sea Strings. Classical,

contemporary and folk music on violin

and harp.

August 14: Ryan Jones. Singersongwriter

and acoustic guitarist.

August 21: Adam Parfitt. Covering The

Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Oasis and more.

August 28: Miranda Brook. Sumptuous

cover versions and awesome original

compositions.

September 4: Rick Chappell and Barry

Hunt. Acoustic music from Paul Simon to

Paul Weller.

September 11: Sam Ashton. Soulful

blues and country tones.

September 18: Helm & The All-Star

Band. Sweet country slide guitar.

September 25: Callum Flew. Jazz, swing

and big band favourites.

The Woodfired Sessions continue

throughout the year. Lunch from noon to

4pm; acts play at 4pm. Woodfired pizzas

available from 6pm (eat in or take-away).

Special offer: Pizza & Pint (or Prosecco)

£15. Book by calling 01326 240421 or

visit www.polurrianhotel.com

Then it was time for lunch. The restaurant

offers Mediterranean-inspired meals,

using produce from within a 20-mile

radius where possible, cooked in a

wood-fired Gozney oven and served

in spectacular surroundings. We took

our table, by floor-to-ceiling windows

boasting captivating views over Mounts

Bay, and ordered wood-fired handstretched

pizzas.

By 4pm, we were feeling very relaxed,

mellowed by the warmth of the sun, good

food and a large glass of wine. Excitement

was building as more people arrived

specially to hear Our Atlantic Roots, aka

husband-and-wife duo Mac and Laura,

who took to the stage area and delivered

an hour of American-style folk (Mac hails

from North Carolina). They are due to

return to the Polurrian in November, but

in the meantime, there is a fabulous lineup

on offer for the summer.

Polurrian on The Lizard is embarking on

a fresh chapter with a new owner and

significant investment on the horizon.

Lincolnshire businessman Andrew Long

has holidayed with his family in Cornwall

for over three decades, and is cofounder

and CEO of the Extra Motorway

Services Areas Group; he has exciting

plans to enhance the existing facilities.

Watch this space! l

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The Customs House Gallery

- Porthleven -

ANDREW JAGO

An exhibition of original paintings

Saturday 20th to Monday 29th August

The influence of the ocean as muse is hard to ignore as a painter in Cornwall

Beautiful yet imposing - the agency of nature against the architecture of man has been a recurring theme in my work. For

this series of new paintings I have focused on our relationship with the sea and how we have attempted to harness the

natural elements to our own advantage. The sea itself is the central motif and metaphor, I have always been interested in

our co-dependency; of how we gain strength from it yet we are at its sublime mercy.

My

Harbourside, Porthleven, TR13 9JD

01326 569365 | hello@thecustomshousegallery.co.uk

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