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Cornwall’s world-renowned Eden Project has announced that it making its Apprentice Scheme a part of its long term future. The iconic organisation launched its own apprenticeship scheme three years ago in partnership with Cornwall College and currently employs 26 apprentices who all join on a two-year contract. Eden has key commitments to apprenticeships in the areas of chef, horticulture and host (customer services / visitor experience), as these are identified areas for succession planning requirements within Eden and core to the visitor experience. There are other apprenticeships in finance, marketing, plumbing, electrician, market research, graphic design, PR and media and event management. Initially Eden had established one-year apprenticeships, which had proved successful, leading to the decision to establish the scheme on a more permanent basis for Eden, as part of its strategy and mission as an educational charity. As part of the second year of the programme, the apprentices also have to complete a community-based project which has seen groups partner with local schools to develop accessible and sustainable gardens, working with a local Scout group to re-develop their Scout Hall and local environment and marine projects such as beach cleans and recording of key data. The Eden spokesman added: “Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial to us. This is part of a longer term strategy in terms of succession planning and building skills for the future in key areas. From the 2014 intake of 12 apprentices, seven have stayed with Eden post-graduation in permanent roles. We have also seen how the dynamics of teams have changed with apprentices joining and the energy that this brings”.
New Pirates Wreck-ord Attempt Planned for Penzance
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Cornwall’s Air Ambulance has been provided with over £15,000 worth of new ventilator equipment, funded by St Austell Breweries. The device is used to assist patients in transit who are having difficulty breathing, or have stopped altogether. Paramedic Stuart Croft described the ventilator as being like having an extra crew member. “We used to have to juggle carrying the patient on a stretcher, sometimes over several fields, as well as trying to breathe for them using the old squeezable ambu-bag and potentially trying to administer CPR.’’ The new ventilator does the work of ventilating and monitoring, keeping vital oxygen flowing to the brain. St Austell Brewery is well known for its Charitable Trust which since 2003 has donated over £600,000 to local organisations and individuals. Cornwall Air Ambulance carries out around 700 missions per year across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
New Era Beckons at Devoran Metals
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After 32 years building the success of Devoran Metals, Richard Orsman is moving from his role as managing director to chairman - opening the door for an exceptional replacement to lead Devoran Metals into the future. Devoran Metals is one of the South West’s leading suppliers of reinforcing steel and concrete reinforcement products, and the company has been in the Orsman family since 1966. Richard Orsman began working for the company in 1985, transforming it from a humble joinery to Cornwall’s only CARES approved supplier of steel reinforcement - and has since led the business from strength-to-strength. The company has grown steadily with Richard Orsman at the helm, now employing over twenty people in Cornwall and a geographic reach that is expanding throughout the UK. Richard has recently invested in a strong digital presence for Devoran Metals, including a new e-commerce website, and has secured high-profile projects including Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Waitrose in Truro and current work to the Tate in St Ives.
A world record attempt which aims to gather the largest number of pirates ever in one place has been launched in Penzance after a similar stunt flopped two years ago. The team behind Pirates on the Prom, led by Andy Hazlehurst and Clare Trevaskis, are currently drumming up funding and support, as well as registering the event with Guinness. The new attempt follows a near miss in 2014, when the town fell short of the required number of pirates by just 77. This year’s effort is scheduled to take place on August 27, at 4pm, as part of a weekend filled with activities, re-enactments a funfair and entertainment, which will raise funds for the RNLI. If you would like to participate in the discussions or volunteer to help at the event, please contact Claire Eason-Bassett on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to sign up to join the record attempt, visit the project website for more info.
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New Ventilator for Cornwall Air Ambulance
Tesco Waste Sugar to Help Cornish Bees
Waste sugar from split bags and in-store bakeries is being collected by supermarket giants Tesco across Devon and Cornwall to be re-distributed to bee keepers in Cornwall to supplement the seasonal nectar shortage. The trial is the first of its kind in the UK. During the autumn and winter months commercial beekeepers typically buy or make their own sugar feed, dissolving sugar in water to create a thick syrup or fondant. The solution is given to bees as a substitute for nectar and honey. The waste sugar discarded by Tesco stores in the west country will be used to help feed bees bred and reared by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo). The ideal sugar is basic white granulated; any containing artificial sweetener can be harmful to bees and brown sugar gives the insects dysentery. Since 2007 the UK’s overall bee population has dwindled by a third due to pests, diseases and fewer wild flowers, all of which makes it harder for bees to produce enough honey to feed themselves throughout the winter.
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Penzance to Scillies Helicopter Service gets the Go-ahead from Cornwall Council
A new helicopter link between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been given the green light by Cornwall Councillors. The council’s strategic planning committee has given its approval to plans for a heliport to be built on Jelbert Way in Penzance, which will be a base for flights to the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco. The project will be created with £2 million of private investment, including from Robert Dorrien-Smith, the owner of Tresco, and is hoped to be completed in early 2018. Mr Dorrien-Smith said: “Naturally, we are delighted. Today’s decision marks the start of the project that we believe will bring about a revival for the islands and dramatic improvements for their residents, businesses and visitors. Penzance Heliport Ltd plans to use its new site, which will be next to a former heliport on Eastern Green to offer year-round flights to the island in new AW139 15-seater helicopters. The former heliport operated flights to the island for 48 years, until October 2012, and currently the only connections are via the Scillonian ferry service or aeroplanes from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter. Penzance Town Councillor Dick Cliffe added: “The approval of Penzance Heliport is a shot in the arm for Penzance, and is potentially transformational for the Isles of Scilly.”
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Eden, One of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK, Confirms Long Term Plans
It is certainly hard to imagine the shipwrecks there, and if you like a slightly ghoulish thought there are likely the bones of many a sailor still in the beach dunes….
James Sutcliffe was appointed as the engineer for the project, with James Walker contracted to design the lighthouse. Its construction took around a year at a cost of £7,082 15s 12d and the light began operating on 1 March 1859.
One great problem persisted – poor navigation and the presence of many rocks and reefs! Skippers ‘coasted’ because that allowed them to know by sight of landmarks where they were, and so ships tended to sail fairly close to shore. And when it was dark or stormy, or foggy, it was oh so easy to end up closer to disaster than was comfortable!
At Godrevy Head a line of jagged rocks extends northward out to sea; known as the ‘Nine Maidens’, as well as ‘The Stones’, this was a dangerous spot and it had a reputation in the mid 1800s for claiming a vessel per month!
You might not realise it when you sit or swim or surf around Hayle’s three and a half miles of golden sandy beach, but a century or so ago there was a great deal of shipping traffic coasting along the North Cornish coast. Hayle and St Ives to the west and Padstow to the east were busy harbours, and traffic up the Bristol Channel was thriving.
In 1649 a boat carrying away to safe keeping the personal effects of King Charles 1st was lost here and over the years there had been call after call for a lighthouse to be erected but nothing came of the various plans.
Each of the Stones has its own name: the furthest north-west appears on charts as Heva but its real form, preserved by St. Ives fishermen, seems to be Harva. Then come Deeper, Middle, and Shoaler (shoaler is a 17th century word meaning ‘shallower’). Nearest to the land is Tide Rock or Quarter-Tide Rock, and the half-mile passage between this and Godrevy Island is the Sound, or Godrevy Sound. Just outside the island on the west and north-west lies a submerged reef of broken stone over which the waves run and drain. It has several names: Shore Lanner, Maen Launder and even Plenty-to-come-yet, an old term used by fishermen because it was so abundant in lobsters.
Until that is the wreck of the heavy ironsteamer SS Nile during a storm in 1854. The 40 people aboard were lost; somebody managed to launch a lifeboat but it was found, empty, on the beach. Eventually Trinity House was petitioned to build a light, and in 1856 the decision was taken to do so.
Godrevy Head is made of a slatey rock, but the reef is of a much harder sandstone. The island (known as ‘Godreve Island’ as early as 1622) on which the light is built is actually two masses of rock. It creates a setting which could have been designed by an artist, with the octagonal 28 metre tall white tower. This put the light some 28 metres above sea level.
Godrevy remains a most beautiful spot, well worth a wander across the headland, for a view of the island, the birds and very often the grey seals in the sea and rocks below.
The main light’s rotation was powered by a clockwork motor, driven by a large weight that descended down a cavity in the wall of the tower. A fog bell was also provided.
In 2012 Trinity House discontinued use of the light within the tower, replacing it with a modern LED light mounted on a steel platform nearby on the rocks. It had been intended to demolish the tower but after a good deal of protest it was retained and is maintained as a daymark, remaining in the care of Trinity House.
In 1939 the lighthouse was automated, and the keepers cottages demolished.
The lighthouse was visited by writer Virginia Woolf who used the setting in her book ‘To the Lighthouse’. An enclosing wall surrounded the lighthouse and the small keepers cottages. There were two keepers who worked one month on and two months off, with boats from St Ives bringing supplies – when the weather allowed.
The first light was a revolving white one which flashed every ten seconds, with a fixed red light below the main light, which could be seen over a 45-degree arc of danger from the reef. Originally the light would have come from candles, and later from an acetylene burner. From 1995 it has been solar powered.
A garden also existed though it’s hard to imagine it grew much! When you look at the enclosure you will see what looks like a large slated roof on the ground – this was for collecting rainwater, as there was of course no well on the island!
Winner of last year’s farmers’ market of the year, Cornwall’s most westerly mainland point was once famed for smuggling and wrecking. In these more conservative days, Sennen market opened in May 2009 as an arena for the vast array of local produce. More than just a forum for food, the market has become a centre for social cohesion bringing those scattered along the Cornish lanes, valleys and fields together in what is as much a community occasion as it is a market. As well as local produce, expect to find plants, herbs, cards wood carving, jewellery and more.
If you want to switch to your local farmer’s market, rather than the supermarket then where can you find them? Here’s a quick guide but there are plenty more if you look for them!
Camborne opens its stalls to the public for the first time on Saturday 9th July. This is no ordinary market however, as Market Consultant and Organiser Joanne Schofield explains: “Nobody in the country is doing this. This is a fusion, an amalgamation and essentially an event as much as a market.” Alongside local food, a flea market, entertainments and food demos, Camborne Produce Market will be offering services to its customers. Fixing, repairing, mending, recycling: the old school skills that are being lost and for which we now pay a premium, will all be incorporated into the new style market. “People need services … it will work”, reiterates Joanne. Providing much needed employment and motivation for local people, the revival of a traditional Cornish market is also intended to bring the community together and meet the needs of Camborne. Locals are even entitled to have a stall from which to sell flea market goods.
British supermarkets have been forced to ration vegetables after floods and storms ransacked crops across the Mediterranean. Some of the country’s leading retailers have put caps on the amount of fresh produce shoppers can buy at one time, with broccoli and iceberg lettuces among the worst affected vegetables.
Meanwhile, at our local markets, there is an abundance of fantastic quality seasonal veg! Just another convincing reason to eat local. Shoppers at Truro Farmers Market have found that the choice, quality and quantity of locally grown vegetables is better than ever – encouraging more people than ever to visit the market for their weekly shop.
With a huge cauliflower costing just 75p, grown just a few miles away and picked no more than 24 hours before, it’s easy to see why visitors to the market are impressed.
Meadowside Nursery can be found at market every Wednesday and Saturday, when the green and white stripped stalls of the market occupy Lemon Quay, in the heart of the city, 9am – 4pm.
Regulars beat a path to Anne Pengelly’s blooming display, as she dishes out handfuls of fresh cut flowers and dispenses a selection of seasonal plants, along with advice on their on-going nurture. Brian and Ralph execute the planting and potting. The whole family have to plan ahead carefully, as they aim to have something to bring to market every week of the year. And they haven’t disappointed yet!
Get your dose of fresh food every Saturday in St Austell from their local produce market. You’ll find all you need for your kitchen, with fruit, veg, local meat, fresh fish, West Country cheeses, homemade jams and preserves, cakes and biscuits and fresh bread. The highlight of this weekly event is a hog roast, chef demonstrations and musical entertainment.
The pull of St Ives is huge. The light, the art, the Mediterranean feel are all justification enough for a visit but since 2008 the town has extended its list of credentials. The St Ives farmers’ market was set up by the appropriately named GULP (Great Tasting Unbeatable Local Produce) with the aim of getting local food to local people. With a mention in Rose Prince’s Good Produce Guide, these are credentials enough but to whet your appetite further: Sushi Ichiban for fish, veggie and beef sushi, Ottoman Kitchen for Turkish and Mediterranean food, Ruby June’s curry sauce as well as the top quality bread, eggs, fruit and veg and all that you would expect from the great Cornish larder. Held every Thursday in the centre of town, a great selection of the freshest produce is available once a week for your home shop, a picnic on the beach or a special occasion.
There is also a market in Falmouth every Tuesday on The Moor, 9am – 2pm. A huge variety of local produce can be found at both Truro and Falmouth markets, including ethically-reared meats, freshly-caught seafood, homemade breads and cakes, fresh-cut flowers, award-winning cheeses and popular Cornish beers, wines and spirits.
Helston farmers’ market is for the foodie purists and one of Cornwall’s biggest success stories, run by market organiser and consultant, Joanne Schofield. No craft, just pure food and drink. Helston has the most farmers selling direct to the customers and strict guidelines on food provenance means that only locally produced food within a certain area can be sold. The market regularly attracts 1500 on the first Saturday of each month and more than 40 stall holders sell anything from cider to sushi, cakes to curries and sausages to fish, making it well worth a visit. What was the old town cattle market building, closed due to Foot and Mouth, has now once more become a central foodie hub for the west of Cornwall.
Countries in the Mediterranean have suffered what has been described as the “perfect storm” of poor growing conditions, including horrific floods on the south-eastern coast of Spain that took the lives of five people before Christmas. One of the worst-hit areas was Murcia, which is the heartland of lettuce production in Spain and one of the biggest lettuce hubs on the continent. In 2013, Murcia produced 370,451 tons of lettuce, and the year before that the region accounted for 74% of all lettuce exported by the country.
Family nursery Meadowside provides Truro Farmers Market with an injection of colour and a fresh waft of floral scents each week. The family business is traditional and unassuming, yet also proud and successful. You won’t find a website or glossy marketing materials, but you will find the Meadowside stall sold-out at market each week, and the nursery taking the top accolades in fiercely contested local competitions.
Anne Pengelly is delighted: “We have definitely noticed an increase in custom. It’s great to see new faces at market and we hope they will become regulars now that they have seen what we – and all the other fabulous producers here - have to offer.”
They have an abundance of freshly-picked cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, swede, carrots, parsnips, purple and white sprouting broccoli for sale. This quality produce is being quickly snapped up by queues of eager shoppers, looking for their five-a-day fix.
The mill building at Cotehele dates back to the 18th century and was further developed during Victorian times. It was originally used to grind flour and after this was used for grinding animal feed until the 1960s. It was restored in 2002 for grinding flour, and the mill bakery has also since been revived. The flour is on sale at the mill. Continue ahead in the direction signposted to the mill until you reach another junction, then follow the path ahead, signposted for Cotehele Quay, until it ends on a road. Cotehele Mill is regularly used to grind grain from which the flour is sold in the mill shop. In the interests of science and lunch, a number of baking experiments have been tried with the Cotehele flour. It has a rustic, grainy texture that adds fantastic character to bread. The flour produces beautiful rustic breads when mixed 50:50 with strong white bread flour. When mixed at just a quarter with strong white flour it produces a dough which still has plenty of character and makes excellent rolls. These have been extensively tested in picnics on walks. Follow the road ahead to return to Cotehele Quay and follow along the edge of the Quay past the Discovery Centre to return to the car park. For more great walks in Cornwall, check out www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk for rambles from 2 to 10 miles. They are also available through a guided walk mobile app - a “SatNav” for walking, describing when and what to do next, and giving you information about the local area as you walk around the route. Search the App Store or Google Play for “iWalk Cornwall” to install it - and let us know how you get on!
Pass the gates of Brooklands on your left and go through the small metal gate ahead; follow the narrow path between the walls to reach a post at a junction of paths. Continue ahead from the post to merge onto a lane. Follow the lane ahead past the Carpenter’s Arms to reach a junction. The Carpenter’s Arms is named after the carpenters who built Cotehele House in the 15th century, and the pub here is thought to date from the same period, although the current building is more recent. Turn left at the junction and follow the lane until you reach a public footpath sign on a bend. Go through the gateway into the field and follow the left hedge to the end. Then continue ahead on the grassy strip to reach a stile. You are now re-entering the Tamar Valley AONB. Keep right along the fence and follow the path ahead, down the steps. Continue to reach a junction of paths at the bottom of a flight of steps. Turn right here and follow the path a short distance further until it ends on a lane. Turn left onto the lane and follow it until it ends at a junction. At the junction, cross over the road to the track opposite and keep right at Orchard Cottage to follow the path down into the valley to reach the weir. Continue ahead at the weir to follow along the left-hand side of the river. Continue until you reach a junction of paths at a signpost for the mill.
The Snowdrop has been voted the top spring flower in the South West, with the gardens at Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Trelissick and Kingston Lacy being the most popular places to see spring blooms. Did you know the scientific name for Galanthus (snowdrops) means milk flower? These lovely flowers are among the first to raise their heads after new year, and when it is warm they release a soft and delicate fragrance. Look carefully at the snowdrops to see their green markings on the inside. Did you know that soldiers were so enchanted by snowdrops that they brought them back from the Crimean War battlefields to plant in their gardens (1853 - 1856). Snowdrop collecting has now become very popular with some snowdrop bulbs selling for over £600. Thousands of people every year look for places to see the snowdrops and we are pleased to bring you a beautiful walk that ensures you won’t be disappointed. So grab your camera and head to Cotehele for this Real Winter Walk from www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk - you will not be disappointed.
Cotehele House belonged to the Edgcumbe family for nearly 600 years before being donated to the National Trust in 1947, together with over 1000 acres of land. The house is largely Tudor, and by the 1750s it was already attracting tourists seeking to visit an historic building. You will start here, so head to reception and then bear right to reach a waymarked gate to the right of the buildings. Go through the gate and follow the track, passing beneath the house and formal gardens. On the other side of the house, keep right to follow the track around a bend to the right. Follow the path to a junction of paths.
The gardens at Cotehele were constructed during Victorian times and are now Grade II* listed in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest. The formal Italian terraced gardens around the house are connected by a tunnel to the Valley Garden, which is planted with trees including rhododendrons and azaleas which produce profuse amounts of brightly-coloured flowers in spring. Continue ahead, signposted to Calstock, at the junction, and then keep right on the lower of the paths ahead. Follow the path until it ends on a track at a waymark. Turn left onto the track and follow it up the valley. Continue past the cottages and engine houses where it peters out into a path; follow the path alongside the stream until it eventually emerges onto a lane.
Danescombe Sawmill was opened in 1878 and used a 43 foot waterwheel to drive the sawing machinery. Power from the waterwheel was also used to haul carts up the tramway, which is now the track. These were loaded with timber grown on Cotehele Estate land that was landed on the quay at the bottom of the track. Using just the power from the waterwheel, the mill could saw 2000ft of timber in an hour. Even the sharpening of the saw was mechanised using water power. Despite its efficiency, the mill was relatively short-lived; by 1905 it was disused and had lost its iron roof, which was presumably sold as scrap. Its demise is thought to have been brought about by the closure of the nearby mines as much of the sawn timber was used in the mines. Turn left onto the lane, pass Danescombe Farm and then turn right onto a track towards a public footpath sign, then keep left on the leftmost track (in the direction of the yellow waymark, not the direction indicated by the footpath sign). Continue past the ruins of a building to a fork in the path at a waymark.
The ruined building beside the footpath was a paper mill which is thought to have been built in the 18th century, and was recorded as being in production in 1788. Water from the stream was used to fill a header pond and then a leat ran from this to a waterwheel around 14 feet in diameter. The mill closed in 1857 after a larger one opened further up the valley. Keep left at the waymark and follow the path to a kissing gate and continue along the path to a second kissing gate, onto a lane. Go through the kissing gate and turn left onto the lane. Follow the lane until it ends at a junction. Turn left at the junction, signposted to Metherell, and cross onto the right-hand side of the road; then continue a short distance to another junction.
Turn right at the junction, signposted to Metherell, and continue a short distance to one more junction. Turn right at the junction, signposted to Metherell, and follow the lane until you reach a road on the left marked Nicolas Meadow. The settlement of Metherell was first recorded during mediaeval times, in 1298. The name is thought to be mean “middle hill”, from the dialect of English in use during mediaeval times. Turn left into Nicolas Meadow and follow the road a short distance until you reach a junction on the right, just past No. 6. Turn right and follow the road to the corner, then follow the public footpath ahead, signposted to Lower Metherell, to reach an iron kissing gate. Go through this and follow the path across the garden to reach another iron kissing gate leading into a field. Go through the gate and follow the right hedge of the field to a waymarked gate. Go through the kissing gate on the right of the gate and follow the track to reach the gates of Brooklands.
2 large dressed crabs. 1 glass dry white wine. 1 dash dry sherry. 1 banana shallot finely diced. 2 star anise. 1 tablespoon English mustard. 1 pint of double cream. 100g sharpham rustic cheese
Cook the linguine in salted, boiling water. Drain. Add the crab meat and pangrattato, season, garnish with rocket, mizuna or nasturtium leaves and flowers.
Tear the ciabatta into small pieces, separate but do not peel the garlic cloves and place in a roasting tin with the chilli, herbs and olive oil. Roast for a few minutes in a medium oven then add the tomatoes and ciabatta and roast until the bread is golden and crisp. When ready remove the skin from most of the garlic leaving a few for garnish.
Now, family business Favis of Salcombe provide the best quality brown crab and blue lobster to some of the UK’s finest hotels and restaurants.
In 1972 Keith Favis decided to change career from being a lorry driver to fishing and in 1976 he bought his first fishing boat, a 22 ft crabber the “Boscastle Lass”. Two years later he invested in a larger boat, the 37 ft crabber the ‘Antusa”. In 1982 his son Nigel joined him desperate to become a fisherman and two years later his other son Kevin decided that he also wanted to be a part of this growing family business.
Here they give us three of their favourite family recipes - all simple and easy to make at home - and good for us too; crab meat is packed full of protein which is essential for the building and repair of body tissue and muscles. Crab is also a fantastic source of beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA which both have anti-inflammatory properties. Research also shows that these Omega 3’s can help protect against heart disease, help lower blood pressure and help improve memory. It has also been reported that they can possibly improve depression and anxiety. Crab meat also contains certain minerals that aid the immune system. The meat is low in calories and although it does contain a little fat it is generally unsaturated fat.
Reduce the wine, sherry, shallots and star anise until nearly all the liquid has gone, add the mustard and cream and reduce again by one third, add the parmesan and leave to cool.
150g white crab meat. 150g brown crab meat. 100g diced par-cooked potato. 1 glass dry white wine. 1 dash sherry. 1 banana shallot finely diced. 2 star anise. 1 tablespoon English mustard. 1 pint of double cream. 50g grated parmesan. 1 egg for eggwash. Good quality puff pastry (10cm rounds if possible).
Add 1 large tablespoon to each puff pasty round, fold over and crimp shut with your thumb or a fork, brush with beaten egg and cook for 30 to 35 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
Add the mustard and cream and reduce further by one third. Fold in the crab meat and spoon the mixture into the clean crab shells. Top with crumbled or grated sharpham rustic and place under a hot grill until gratinated.
Fold in the potato and crab meat and refrigerate.
Remove the crab meat from the shells and place into the fridge. In a saucepan reduce the wine and sherry with the shallots and star anise, until the liquid is nearly gone.
200g white crab meat. 100g brown crab meat. 500g linguinet. 1 handful of rocket, mizuna or (seasonal) nasturtium flowers.
1 loaf of par-baked ciabatta. 2 whole bulbs of garlic. 5 red chillis split in four lengthways. 1 sprig of rosemary or lemon thyme. 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half. A good slug of extra virgin olive oil.
Not in Cornwall? That’s ok! Celebrate in London with a Toast to St Piran and a taste of Cornwall at Kernow in the City; an annual live music event at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London. Featuring Cornish music, food, drink and culture!
11.00am to 12.00 noon in Bodmin - the celebrations will commence with a parade down through the town to the Mount Folly where invited dignitaries will address the gathered crowd, which will be followed by the children singing and dancing. The children will then be escorted to St Petroc’s Church where they will present their own contributions to mark St Piran’s Day and celebrate by eating a good old Cornish pasty. Parade will commence at 11.am from the library on Lower Bore Street.
This was first held in 2011 and billed as the biggest St Piran’s celebration in Cornwall. It includes entertainments in the town centre which start at 12 noon from the western end of Fore Street, into Shoot Row and Flowerpot Chapel car park and finishing back in Fore Street. The parade then makes its way to the rugby club for a market and fairground rides and rugby match. In 2011 over 2000 people attended the rugby club events while hundreds more attended events in the town! Choirs will lead the singing of Trelawney by the town clock at the end of the procession. The celebrations include street entertainment, live music, children’s town trail, tin panning, craft fair and exhibition by the Redruth Story Group. For further details call 01209 210038.
Join the celebration of St Piran with a Furry Dance by local school children and musicians. The parade will leave from the Moor, onto Webber Street, High Street, Brewery Yard, Prince of Wales Pier where there will be community dance will be performed with everyone welcome to join in. Then the parade will walk through town to Church Corner where the story of St Piran will be told and Trelawny will be sung, the first verse in kernewek by the children of Marlborough School. The parade will be finished off with a lunchtime Cornish recital in the parish church featuring the Brass Band, Recorder Consort, Mrs Keam’s poetry and Michael White leading the singing.
Join Turo’s parade from 11am at St George’s Road and will pass through the streets to High Cross. From the cathedral steps the Grand Bard, Merv Davey, will deliver his spring address, the Dean of Truro and Bishop Chris, will briefly discuss Piran’s values and how they can inspire people. The City of Truro Male Voice Choir will lead Trelawney - all this will be preceded by Bec Appleby singing ‘From the Chamber to the Grave’, the song which awoke the Man Engine in the Summer of 2016. For more information visit the Visit Truro website.
This year there will be a concert held in Chapel Street Methodist Chapel on Wednesday 4 March starting at 7.00 pm with at least 100 school children taking part and the Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Reverend Julyan Drew. On Thursday 5 March, the St. Piran’s Day Parade will take place at 10.00 am after assembling at the top of Causewayhead. The parade will proceed down Causewayhead to Lloyds Bank and then to the post office in Market Jew Street before going back to Queen’s Square and on to Morrab Gardens. Once in Morrab Gardens there will be a small performance in the bandstand. Following this the parade will proceed to Morrab Terrace and out into Morrab Road before turning right to return to Causewayhead via the Greenmarket to disperse at the top.
St Piran Play on Perran Sands is a highlight of the county’s celebrations. Hundreds of people make a pilgrimage to Perranporth and the site of the oratory every year. A procession takes place across the dunes to St Piran’s Cross, where people dressed in black, white and gold carrying the Cornish flag place daffodils at the cross, representing the gold coins on the Duchy Shield. You can take part in this celebration by joining the spectators who walk over the dunes and watch a play acted out in three parts; dozens of actors and musicians portray the stages of St Piran’s life from his birth in Ireland, his arrival in Cornwall, his miraculous discovery of tin and his christian ministry in Kernow. The procession will be led by the Falmouth Marine Band to the Oratory where the audience will be invited to sing along with invited choirs. This year James Gossip, head archaeologist on the excavation, will give an update on the plans of St Piran Trust and Cornwall Archaeological Unit in connection with the site.
According to legend, Piran rediscovered tin-smelting when his tin-bearing ore hearthstone underwent a process of smelting, causing a white cross to appear on the black hearthstone. For that, he became the patron saint of tin-miners, as well as of Cornwall in general. The Cornish flag is a white cross on a black background in honour of him to this day. Most Cornish towns celebrate with a procession and a Furry Dance, often performed by school children. A ‘furry’ is a processional dance performed four-abreast. Falmouth, Redruth and Bodmin all have parades and events scheduled to mark the day.
Celebrations have been growing in popularity since the 1950s, but it dates back much further than that. The term ‘drunk as a perraner’ came into use in the 19th century, proving that St Piran’s Day was a time to drink as much as you possibly could. St Piran however was a 5th century Irish abbot, said to have been thrown into the sea by heathen Irishmen, only to float miraculously to Cornwall (which was extra impressive given that he was tied to a mill-stone at the time). He made Cornwall his new home and decided to build an oratory in Perranporth to promote christianity. The story goes that his first disciples were a badger, a fox and a bear! The oratory is now preserved in the sand dunes at Perran Sands.
Celebrations happen right across the county but one thing is guaranteed - you’ll have fun wherever you go as this is a day for casting aside your inhibitions and doing things the Cornish way! Here’s a guide to a few things happening around the county - why not share your experiences with us via our social media channels?
Tania Withers is the owner of Lashings of Beauty and Training in Plymouth and Torpoint, Cornwall, the first two Beauty Salon and Training Academies in one. Following having children she needed to find work that was flexible. After completing training in the beauty industry she identified a need for better quality courses and put together her own training manuals, submitted them for accreditation and launched her own Beauty Training Academy in June 2014. She now has a small team which work in a self-employed basis and each specialise in chosen treatments. Tania offers Accredited Training Courses in various aspects of Beauty, many courses from complete beginner level up to advanced. On top of the courses the salons offer Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lifting, Brow Enhancements, Massage, Facials, Reflexology, Hopi Ear Candling, Acrylic and Gel Nail Enhancements, Waxing, Manicure & Pedicure plus Hair-up. Here Tania gives us five treatments that could set us off on the right foot in 2017.
Microblading is a treatment carried out on the eyebrows. It is a fantastic treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance the appearance of their eyebrows and is suitable for both male and females. It’s a relatively new treatment that enhances brows, but offering thin, realistic hair strokes for a very natural finish. A small specially designed blade is used to implant pigment under the epidermis (top layer of skin). Your therapist will design a brow which is totally bespoke to you – down to the colour, shape and thickness.
A lash lift is especially suitable for those who want a natural look, those who may be allergic to eyelash extensions, people who rub their eyes due to hay-fever or allergies or those that haven’t got time to return for regular eyelash extension top-ups.
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Microblading can create a range of looks, from a very natural light finish or a beautifully bold brow. Sparse or missing brows can be completely restored. This treatment is only available at our Torpoint branch. We have a purpose-built clinical room that has been inspected by the local council and meets their requirements. We hold a valid licence to practice this treatment, so you can be assured that you will receive a high quality treatment in professional and uncompromised working conditions.
Reflexology is a treatment carried out on the feet. There are a huge benefits to this treatment and they can accommodate people of all ages. Just some of the benefits of Reflexology include; • Nerve function stimulation prevents migraines • Eliminates toxins • Speeds up recovery after injury or surgery • Increase in energy • Boosts circulation • Aids of relaxation • Soothe pregnancy aches & pains • Stimulates the central nervous system • Helps ease sleep disorders • Reduces depression
Many of us are on our feet all day. Regardless of what job or hobbies you have, or how busy your lifestyle is, there is a good chance that you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. Stress can also manifest itself in other parts of our body. By working with pressure points on the feet, we can get rid of various underlying issues.
Eyelash extensions can be worn indefinitely, with no break, when they are applied correctly by a highly qualified professional. We are careful not to add too much weight (in terms of both length and thickness) to the natural lash. As they are applied to just one lash at a time, the natural lash can grow and fall out naturally, before a new lash begins to grow again.
Spa Find Mineral Spa Facials contain a unique blend of rejuvenating natural ingredients to give skin an instant boost. Almost every skin condition or complaint is partly caused by a mineral or vitamin imbalance within the body. By using Spa Find products and having Spa Find treatments, the mineral levels within the body can once again begin to normalise and bring inner health back into balance.
False eyelashes were first invented by the American film director D.W. Griffith while he was making his 1916 epic, “Intolerance”. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have ‘lashes that graced her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life’ in a black and white film. A wigmaker wove human hair through fine gauze, which was then glued onto Owen’s eyelids. Gradually the idea took off, fringe eyelashes were carefully attached to thread and by means of glue this pattern was fixed to the eyelids. Obviously, these eyelashes failed to look natural; besides, they lived a very short life – they only last for several hours.
There are now various techniques available, which offer bespoke looks for each client, so whether they would like their lashes to look fuller, longer, thicker, curlier or darker, we can tailor each set, to meet every individual requirement. With classic eyelash extensions, one single synthetic eyelash, is carefully placed on to one single natural lash. With Russian Volume eyelash extensions, we skillfully hand-fan numerous lightweight lashes, before applying that to one single natural lash. This method creates a lot more fullness and can help cover gaps in the lash line.
This is a fantastic treatment carried out on the natural lashes. It offers clients length, lift and volume that lasts up to six weeks, and is the perfect alternative to eyelash extensions. Lashes are lifted from the root and set in place, to give tired eyes a more open, lifted look. It’s especially good for clients whose natural lashes are straight, or point downwards. This treatment is suitable for both men and women, and the tint can be left out of the treatment if preferred.
However around 1950 and through into the late 60s the procedure came back into vogue after invention of new plastic materials. Then, in the last few years brand new methods such as a lash-by-lash technique have meant that eyelash extensions are now the fastest growing treatment in the world. One woman in Plymouth has made such an impression with her skills that she has won first prize as the most talented lash technician in the world.
Winter months can really take its toll on our skin…cold, windy weather mixed with central heating and late nights of partying over the festive season, can leave you with noticeably tired, dry or dehydrated skin.
Discover a stunning range of properties in and around Cornwall, from a fabulous character cottage in a beautiful wooded valley to a charismatic six bedroom country property, there’s something for everyone. Tap below to view this month's selection of properties.
The property enjoys a good degree of privacy but is not isolated. Melynowyth is set within the hamlet of New Mills adjacent to a minor country road about one mile east of the village of Ladock where there is a pub, church and primary school. The cathedral city of Truro is approximately eight miles away and here there is a good range of private and state schools, a fine shopping centre with many national multiples, the Hall for Cornwall and an inter city rail link to London (Paddington).
The land extends in all to 17.25 acres or thereabouts and includes an old lane alongside the mill leat where in early spring there are displays of snowdrops and later daffodils and bluebells. One of the paddocks is dominated by a magnificent spreading oak tree. Whilst wholly residential the property will appeal to a wide range of discerning buyers looking for a country retreat and especially those with equine interests and a passion for conservation.
A working watermill that has been carefully nurtured, upgraded and restored. The property includes a four bedroom detached cottage of immense character together with integral mill- house and working overshot waterwheel which generates electricity and provides income. This is complemented by mature easily managed level gardens, a large garage and workshop, two stable ranges, paddocks, riverside meadows, woodland and a mill leat stretching along the valley for approximately half a mile.
abulous character cottage and former corn mill in a beautiful wooded valley, in the same family ownership for over forty years.
To the front of the house, on the opposite side of the lane is a small sliver of land included in the sale which houses a good sized barn. To the side of the kitchen is a good-sized lawned garden which is a private suntrap. To the rear of the property is ancient woodland. The current owners are offering this as an option should a buyer wish to own it, by separate negotiation.
Stairs lead up to a magnificent double height sitting room. Original wood floors, a fireplace and dual aspect windows create a light and unique space which is ideal for entertaining or relaxing in. Adjoining this is another double bedroom, again with dual aspect windows, a built-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. A staircase from the sitting room rises up to a gallery overlooking the sitting room and to both a double and single bedroom. Below the house is a double garage and large utility room. This is ideal as a boat store or parking in addition to the driveway.
Large rooms over three floors offer ample space for a family and the optional woodland to the rear is the ideal playground! Steps from the parking area at the side of the house lead up to an entrance door on the upper ground-floor. Opening into a reception hall (with space for lots of Wellington boots) a door leads to an inner hall and subsequently to the kitchen, family bathroom and an en suite bedroom.
The kitchen is large enough for a table and chairs and has farmhouse-style timber cabinetry to three sides. A stable door leads to a rear hall and on to the attractive timber frame extension which, while currently used as a studio, is a lovely additional reception room either as a dining room or additional sitting room. A vaulted ceiling with Velux lights and plenty of windows creates a light space which is a joy to spend time in. There is a family bathroom on this floor as well as a double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room.
beautiful south-facing Grade II listed Mill set peacefully amongst ancient woodland.
Externally there is a fenced courtyard area, ideal for BBQs, which contains a shed approximately 6ftx8ft. This plot is accessible at the end of the passageway which is currently covered in paving slabs. A great opportunity for first time buyers, investors or those simply looking for a bolt hole by the sea! Make sure you visit tidmans.co.uk to view the feature film property tour.
A wood panelled door opens into the carpeted bedroom with built-in wardrobe and front aspect timber double glazed window. Stairs to first floor open into open-plan kitchen/living room. A range of floor standing kitchen units run along the front wall of the property with a cooker, sink and plumbing for a washing machine.
Stable Cottage is located in a tucked away position along an historic alleyway, yet very close to the town centre. The property is presented in good order throughout and comprises of a modern shower room, double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an open-plan kitchen and living room. A slate floor entrance leads to the downstairs shower room and bedroom.
truly unique one bedroom reverse level cottage located in the popular harbour village of Penryn.
Externally the property enjoys extensive tiered gardens to the rear which are arranged as slate terraces, level lawn and an elevated expanse of decking which provides an excellent vantage point to take in the breathtaking panoramic sea views. A large garage provides secure parking beside unrestricted road parking. This individual coastal home is brand new to the market, to fully appreciate this unique bespoke residence which is finished to the highest of standards, contact Parkes & Pearn to arrange your viewing.
The living accommodation is cleverly arranged in a sociable ‘open-plan’ style with an ultra-modern fully integrated kitchen with solid Quartz working surfaces, dining and sitting areas with tri-fold doors opening to a first floor stainless steel and glass balcony. From here stunning panoramic views can be enjoyed out to sea from Rame Head to St George’s Island. The sleeping accommodation includes a large master suite with dressing room and a stunning luxury en suite bathroom.
Situated in an elevated location at Hannafore in West Looe, Clouds is an individual and unique luxury two storey penthouse apartment. The property was converted and totally refurbished in 2015 from a former hotel to create and extremely spacious family residence. The opulent accommodation features three to four bedrooms with the versatility to provide an annexe or teenagers flat.
pulent and luxury coastal penthouse with breathtaking marine views.
his individually designed house is truly special in many ways.
Tucked away in a peaceful spot in Trevanson, there are extensive gardens and ample room for a family to grow. Five bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and a huge garden room completes the package and the ten minute walk to town is the cherry on top! Set in the village of Trevanson, along a quiet lane, which serves only one other property, this unique detached house was architecturally designed in the sixties and won awards for its quality and style. Now extended by the current owner, the space has been modernised throughout to meet the demands of modern day living.
The space now includes an open plan kitchen/diner and a cosy sitting room with a Juliet balcony where lush and lovely views across the extensive gardens are a sight to behold. There is enough room to accommodate a large family or you could even run a B&B as there are two huge bedrooms, both with en suites on the ground floor. How about that!
Outside the property, the gardens are huge with the rear garden winding down into your very own woodland at the bottom. You could create the garden of your dreams from this amazing space. The front garden is south facing and is where you will find a paved patio and areas of lawn which are bordered by mature plants and flower beds. A path and steps lead up to the garden room which is attached to the garage. This huge entertaining space is where you could have indoor barbecues or parties.
Detached Bungalow A pretty bungalow set in the lovely landscapes gardens. The bungalow comprises a double bedroom with a window to the front aspect and radiator heating. Next to this is the shower room with a shower cubicle with a mains fed shower and attractive seaside blue splash back tiling. There is also a WC and wash-hand basin with light over. A miniature stain glass effect window catches the eye. The main living area is very attractive with a vaulted ceiling with oak beams. To one corner is a kitchen area with cream units, worktop with a sink unit inset and a cupboard housing the ‘Worcester’ gas central heating boiler. There is space for a fridge to one end. A lovely room with windows to the front aspect, a perfect hideaway!
It has large landscaped gardens with a detached bungalow in its grounds! A bubbling brook meanders through the grounds hence its name and includes off-road parking and a double garage. A dream cottage and a bungalow with potential set in rolling gardens.
Stratton has a full range of amenities and it is but a short drive from the coastal town of Bude with its spectacular coastline and beaches. A beautiful, detached Cornish three bedroomed cottage believed to date back to the 19th century. It oozes character and charm; if only walls could talk! It has been extended since its origins as a thatched single story dwelling.
rookside is set on the edge of Stratton, a village full of history and ancient architecture including the infamous Tree Inn.
Higher Demesnes has a very special setting above and just to the north of the town of Lostwithiel and accessed over its long private well surfaced tree lined lane, yet is one mile only from the heart of the town.The historic old town of Lostwithiel is renowned for its range of antique and curio shops, good restaurants and public houses and an excellent range of local shopping located on the lowest bridging point of the River Fowey with its historic Norman bridge. Just beyond the bridge is the mainline railway station linking Paddington to Penzance with regular stops for the commuter.
The theme of quality is continued in the holiday homes with these beautiful properties providing a lucrative income opportunity. The cottages are offered for sale fully fitted and equipped, save for personal specific items. The property is accessed over the private lane which then opens into the outstanding grounds with first, the large paddock to the right hand side below The Hayloft and garages. After a short distance will be found The Mill, this delightful cottage is set in its own garden with the working water wheel to the rear served by a leat passing through the grounds.
The main residence is full of charm and quality finishes and the many features also include a large quantity of open beamed ceilings, fitted log burners and a variety of exposed internal stone work with one stone being an amazing 4ft x 4ft in proportion. We would recommend an early appointment to view and to appreciate the fascinating layout of the house; a great place for entertaining and for accommodating guests with a mixture of bedrooms and reception rooms on both floors.
n outstanding country property complex comprising a magnificent private home and two cottages set in about 5.4 acres of land with complete privacy yet within only one mile of the heart of the town of Lostwithiel.
charismatic six bedroom country property with 5 acres of land situated in a glorious rural situation yet only 4 miles from the town centre and the amenities.
This former Duke of Bedford property oozes charm and character and would suit buyers looking to live the good life, offering seclusion and privacy alongside gardens, outbuildings, fields with wonderful country views and a small wood leading down to the river. The property may also appeal to equestrian buyers and offers stables and associated stores, substantial sand school and gently sloping fields.
The property offers extensive and flexible accommodation including an open-plan kitchen and breakfast room on two levels with a sun room just off which looks out on the side garden. There is a spacious living room with flagstone slate flooring and a wood burner with an additional cosy sitting room which also has a wood burner. The property retains much of its character including sash windows, some beamed ceilings and the slate floors. Externally there is an useful studio/office alongside a range of other sheds and outbuildings.
There are pretty gardens surrounding the house including a landscaped cottage style garden at the front and side with a generous lawned garden to the other side alongside a vegetable patch beyond. At the other side of the house there is an extensive lawned garden with an opening which leads down to a small wood and a pleasant walk alongside the river overlooking Druxton bridge.
Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago. The event offers fun and excitement for all the family. At midday at the Guildhall the Grand Bard and Mayor choose the May Queen and King and their attending Prince and Princess, in a ceremony known bizarrely as the “pee whip”. The St Ives Guisers, dressed in their traditional black and white “mock formal” make an appearance, horn blowers herald the start of spring and there’ll be May sticks. At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can watch May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music. Various local choirs and brass bands perform by the harbour throughout the day.
It’s the day of the year when local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) gets the recognition he deserves and Camborne celebrates its importance as a major player in Cornwall’s former mining industry. Expect lots of spluttering steam engines, singing, dancing and parades! All over the town of Camborne the streets play host to local trade stalls, choirs, brass bands, clowns to entertain the kids, buskers, musicians and dancers including hundreds of children from local schools traditionally dressed as traditional Bal Maidens and Miners, along with live theatre, and an impressive display and celebratory convoy of vintage vehicles, model exhibitions and fairground rides making it a great day out for the whole family.
How does a weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven sound? Fill your shopping bags with Cornish food, eat yourself silly, and drink until you are merry. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations. You might even spot the odd celebrity chef around too. Over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the harbour and all- day cookery demonstrations from some of the UK’s biggest names. The party atmosphere is alive from start to finish with everything from classic and country to rock and reggae with the very best of local and international acts. Marvel at the firework finale! The Porthleven Food Festival is a free daytime event and a weekend not to be missed. Music entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings are ticketed.
Head to the Eden Project for the World Pasty Championships and celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. Entries from around the world head to these championships, and set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares. The championships are supported by the Cornish Pasty Association. The event includes celebrations of all things Cornish, with a brilliant line-up of live music and comedy throughout the day.
Kernow In The City is London’s celebration of Cornish music, culture and language on St Piran’s Day. Now in its seventh year, the event is back at the Rich Mix Arts Centre, Shoreditch. This year’s event is also the launch for London’s first-ever gig rowing club – the London Cornish Pilot Gig Club. The club formed at the capital’s monthly Wrecker’s Wednesday nights and train at the boat club in Richmond set up by Cornish boatbuilder, Mark Edwards (who built the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Barge). Formally recognised by the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, the club will have a team competing at this year’s World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly in May. Musical headliners Flats & Sharps are one of the UK’s best bluegrass and country bands and started off busking as teenagers on the streets of Penzance. North Cornwall’s anthemic guitar-rockers, Auction For The Promise Club and alt-folk rock Hanterhir also perform, with Cornish comedy from Colin Leggo, known for his Grand Theft Cornwall YouTube video.
This highly anticipated exhibition offers a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. It tells a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time giving a voice to and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK. The exhibition showcases the work of major tattoo artists from George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, to Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy. The exhibition features items from three of the most important private collections of tattoo material in Britain, providing a rare opportunity to display original artwork and artefacts not otherwise on public display. The exhibition also delves into previously unseen private archives that reveal hidden histories, including the incredible real story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight.
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