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he sound of the sea can be so enthralling, but never more so than during a walk along The Wharf at the start of the new year.

It was a stormy day and the waves were pounding in, but the lack of human activity made the sound so much more resonant. Fleeting dark clouds were vying for attention with winter sun, too, creating the most enchanting light (see the picture on our Instagram account). Truly a remarkable time, and at the time of writing, no sign that that will be changing soon. January and February are always the quietest months of the year, in retail (apart from the sales, of course) and hospitality. This year it is more important than ever to support our local businesses in any way we can. We’re not encouraged to travel anyway, so shop on your doorstep. And don’t forget, some of our fantastic restaurants and pubs are offering take-aways. You don’t have to cook every day! Watch our website, stiveslocal.uk, and social media for the latest news on our publications and for regular updates on what’s happening in an around St Ives. If you’d like to submit news, events, or stories of local interest, email hello@stiveslocal.uk. Once again, thanks to John Chard (john-chard-images.co.uk) for our cover picture. Will we see snow this winter? Wait and see…

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Local News £1,000 gift supports NCI’s vital work St Ives’ National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station, on The Island, has been gifted £1,000 by Persimmon Homes Cornwall via its Community Champions scheme. The NCI will use the funds towards the costs of maintaining the station and to help meet the annual £7,000 bill for running the service. Trevor Peake, who made the successful application on behalf of the service, said: “We are all volunteers, and at St Ives NCI our duty is to act as the link between [the Coastguard] Falmouth and the local RNLI, and be the eyes and ears around the coast in St Ives Bay. “As well as having to meet our annual running costs, we are raising funds to repair the roof of our station and renew equipment such as our telescope and fuse box. We are grateful to Persimmon Homes Cornwall for the support, and are delighted to have been selected as a Community Champion.” Jane Cartwright, sales director for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: “The service these volunteers at St Ives NCI offer has the potential to save people’s

lives. They give their time freely and we were pleased to support their activities.” The company’s national match-funding programme, Community Champions, seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life for local people. Each month, the Launceston-based builder donates up to £2,000 to community groups across the South West.

Cinema ‘takes a break, but will be back’ Despite its group receiving a share of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, St Ives’ Regal Cinema could stay closed until Easter. At the time of going to press, cinemas are closed anyway, because of tier 3 lockdown rules, however Merlin Cinemas took the decision to close all its local cinemas in Cornwall, apart from Redruth, just before Christmas, when the county was still in tier 1. At the end of last year, Craig May, Merlin’s director and film programmer, said: “Merlin Cinemas’ mission and driving ethos has always been to bring


the cinema experience to places where people have little or no access to experience film at the cinema and further to restore and preserve beautiful and interesting old cinema buildings. Local cinemas can and should be a big part of each individual community that they serve. “The Culture Recovery Fund will be a welcomed lifeline in continuing this mission, as well as securing the many valuable jobs the company provides to the local economies. It will enable our team to return to doing what they love most by bringing the big screen experience and the magic of the movies to communities up and down the UK.”

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Local News Covid-19: Stick to the rules Following a rise in the rate of Covid-19 cases after the Christmas holiday, Cornwall Council leaders have urged residents to follow the rules aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. Director of public health, Rachel Wigglesworth, said: “If you have any of the main symptoms – a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of taste or smell – you must self-isolate and your household must continue to self-isolate while waiting

for a test. You also must continue to isolate until you get your test results. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate, along with all members of their household, whether they have symptoms or not.” Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message is still our best weapon in the fight with Covid-19, so please remember to wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when physical distancing is not possible, and try to keep your distance from those not in your household. Following these simple steps could make a significant difference in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and help protect all of us and save lives.”

The next train arriving … Ahead of what could be a great summer of staycations – virus permitting – St Ives railway station has benefited from a new departure screen to give visitors accurate travel information. It’s part of a £38,000 partnership between Great Western Railway and Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, with further screens being installed at Newquay, Looe, and Lostwithiel. Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership manager, Richard Burningham, said: “This is an important step forward for passengers at these four Cornish stations and we are delighted to have been able to join with Great Western Railway to make it happen. Thanks to GWR

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The St Ives Skatepark Project, St Ives Town Council, and Palemon Best trustees are forging ahead with a new look for the park. The project has been made possible thanks to cash from the St Ives Town Fund. There was also a lot of grassroots fundraising, resulting in a total of £37,000. The work will be carried out by Maverick Skateparks, a specialist in the field. “The design for the park has been updated in line with survey results, safeguarding, and Maverick’s expertise, which has further evolved due to three more years of building awesome skateparks all over the UK,” said a spokesperson for the project.

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Welcome to St Ives LIbrary and Information Service. Our opening times will remain Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-4.00pm. We continue to work hard to keep you safe, with hand sanitisers at the entry and exit. We are operating a track and trace system to allow browsing upstairs and downstairs. Please wear a mask if you are not exempt. We have four computers with access to printing for public use, and two workstations for WiFi. We are happy to do photocopying for you. Citizen’s Advice is now available in St Ives Library with remote access to an adviser. To make an appointment to see an adviser online, text ADVICE DIGITAL to 78866, and they will call you back within 48hrs (excluding weekends). MP Derek Thomas holds surgeries in the Library – please phone his office on 01736 363038 to make an appointment. Reserve and renew books online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/library. Access is also available to newspapers, magazines, information, and online learning. We offer a home delivery service for those who are housebound or self-isolating. Please contact us to discuss the type of books or talking books you would be interested in receiving. Phone 01736 796297 or email stives.library@liscornwall.org.uk Friends of St Ives Library are looking forward to re-starting our art talks soon, with social distancing guidelines being followed. We appreciate your support and continued patience during this time.

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St Ives Archive: Piers and lighthouses It may surprise you to learn that there have been quite a few lighthouses in St Ives over the years. There are, of course, two on Smeaton’s Pier: the original one, built of granite in 1831, and the metal ‘pepper pot’ on the end, which was made in Bath in the 1890s. John Smeaton (1724-1792) designed the first half of the pier in 1766. He is considered to be the country’s first civil engineer, and was so highly regarded that there is a memorial stone to him in Westminster Abbey. The builder was Thomas Richardson, and the pier is made of granite walls enclosing a rubble masonry core. It cost £9,480 to construct, is 36ft above the pier’s foundations and 360ft in length. In January 2018, Storm Eleanor revealed these foundations for the first time in many years. The splendid granite lighthouse was initially lit by candles, and later by gas. However, in the winter of 1996/97, it was damaged by fire and had to be renovated. Information at the Laying the foundation stone for the Archive casts some Smeaton’s Pier extension on 28th June doubt as to whether 1888. Photo courtesy of St Ives Museum. John Smeaton actually designed this lighthouse: there are records stating that it was built in 1770, but others give a date of 1831 – many years after the pier. However, Smeaton’s Pier did not house the first lighthouse in St Ives. This was apparently at St Nicholas’ Chapel on the Island, where furze (gorse) was burnt to guide fishing boats home. Next came a pier built out into the sea from Carnglaze, where the old pub, Ship Aground, once was, and where the

Building of the wooden New Pier in 1864.

Fishermen’s Co-op is now. This simply had a light on the end of a pole. In 1864, New Pier was built, and this time, it was decided to use timber. This proved to be a very bad idea, as the pier only lasted for about 20 years before it succumbed to the battering of the sea. Remains of this pier are still evident behind Smeaton’s Pier, so the foundations must have been exceedingly sturdy, even if the rest of it wasn’t! West Pier was built in 1894; this is the pier that stands where the lifeboat house is now. Records at the Archive state that the lighthouse on the end of West Pier had the only blue navigational light in the country – but sadly, this was removed in the late 1970s. In the late 1890s, it was decided that Smeaton’s Pier needed to be extended to enlarge the harbour and accommodate the increasing number of fishing boats, so an extension was built, which added a further 300ft to its length. A section of the original pier was modified at the same time, with the addition of three arches, to prevent a build-up of sand in the harbour. Today, of course, sand in the harbour is what everyone wants. How times change! Jan Harris

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by Alice Harandon, manager of St Ives Bookseller Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully – Amy Hale £20, Strange Attractor Press After decades of neglect, the British surrealist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun’s unique vision and hermetic life have become an object of great renewed interest, both for artists and for historians of magic. Although her paintings are represented in such major collections, Colquhoun’s rejection of both avant-garde and occult orthodoxies resulted in a life of relative obscurity. After rejecting the hectic social expectations of London’s art and occult scenes, Colquhoun pursued a life of dedicated spiritual and artistic enquiry embodied in her retreat to Cornwall. This book offers the first in-depth biographical study of Colquhoun, situating her art within the magical contexts that shaped her imaginative life and work.

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Frostquake – Juliet Nicolson £18.99, Chatto and Windus Frostquake tells the story of the frozen winter of 1962 and how Britain emerged a different country ... On Boxing Day 1962, when Juliet Nicolson was eight years old, the snow began to fall. It did not stop for 10 weeks, and the drifts in East Sussex reached 23ft. In London, milkmen made deliveries on skis. On Dartmoor, 2,000 ponies were buried in the snow, and starving foxes ate sheep alive. When the thaw came, 10 weeks of extraordinary weather

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The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna £8.99, Usborne, published 4th February A West-African inspired YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed …

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by Heather Wright of Stories by the Sea The Boy Who Met a Whale – Nizrana Farouk £7.99, Nosy Crow, published 7th January This book is perfect for readers aged from nine to 11 who love a great adventure. The story takes place in Sri-Lanka and includes a shipwreck, kidnap, sea monsters and missing treasure. This is a page-turner and will captivate those who enjoy a bit of peril and suspense! Check out the first chapter here: nosycrow.com/product/the-boywho-met-a-whale/ Special edition copies are available at Stories by the Sea.


The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book – Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle £7.99, Pan Macmillan, published 7th January This twist on a classic fairy tale told in rhyme is perfect for little bookworms aged three to six. Read it together to find out if it has a different ending, and spot familiar characters along the way. The beautiful illustrations will keep a young reader’s attention. Available at Stories by the Sea.

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A chat with Ellie Donalds of Ellie’s Caribbean Kitchen There’s nothing like a Caribbean curry on a Cornish winter day! What makes it so delicious? Caribbean food is very flavoursome, with lots of tropical fruit and spices. It’s light, fresh and nourishing, and makes you feel good. Seasonal ingredients are used to marinate a piece of meat slowly for 24 hours. In jerk chicken, the ‘jerk’ is a marinade which includes thyme, Scotch bonnet chillies, spring onions and lime juice. What inspired you to become a chef? My mum is a very creative cook. We would have lobster for dinner, and I learned how to take the meat from the shell when I was five years old. We also had lots of vegetables and pulses, as my dad was a vegan. We were a large, sociable family, and Mum had lots of dinner parties. We lived in Brixton, where there was a strong Caribbean community – both my parents were born in Jamaica – and 10 years ago, Mum opened Etta’s Seafood Kitchen there. It started as a pop-up restaurant, and is now a successful family business – we’ve been featured in the Tatler and the New York Times. I studied business and finance at university, and I’m still involved with the restaurant, but in 2014, I decided to move to Cornwall. Why Cornwall? We used to holiday in Mousehole and Porthcurno. I loved the beaches, the sea, the fresh air, and looking up at the stars and planets. And the people were really friendly, lovely and welcoming. When I was 12, I said to my parents: “One day, I’m going to live in Cornwall.” They thought I was absolutely crazy! But I’ve been here seven years now, and I know I made the right decision. How did Ellie’s Caribbean Kitchen come about? I decided to see if there was a market for home-cooked Caribbean food in Cornwall. I’ve


found brilliant suppliers, like Chypraze Farm in Newlyn, where I get my organic meat, and shops like Thorne’s, the Granary and Archie Brown’s in Penzance. I now go to the farmers’ markets in St Ives, Penzance, Mousehole, Pendeen and Goldsithney, and as well as jerk chicken, I serve mutton curry and chick pea curry, which was one of my dad’s favourite meals. It’s cooked in coconut milk – a traditional way of cooking in the Caribbean – with fresh turmeric and other spices, on a very low heat for several hours. What are your plans for 2021? Covid permitting, I’m aiming to expand and employ people. I want to go to more farmers’ markets and do festivals, and I’m also offering a catering service for events, from small dinner parties to special celebrations. I’ve found my niche: Caribbean food is definitely something people want. The friends I’ve met here have been so supportive and encouraging, and I haven’t once thought that I want to go back to London. Brixton has changed from being a Caribbean/African/Indian/Irish community to more of a hipster culture. I still love it – but when I’m there, I can’t wait to get back to Cornwall. I live near Lamorna, and the first time my father came to visit me, he said: “it’s just like the Caribbean!” A week before he died, he said he was very proud of me, because I had followed my dream. Find Elie’s Caribbean Kitchen on Facebook and visit https://elliescaribbeancat.wixsite.com/ elliescaribbeankit-1

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Scrumptious: Recipes from St Ives Farmers Market Another seasonal recipe from Dr Deborah Philips’ new book, Scrumptious, now on sale. Deborah is a regular at the farmers market with her partner, Paul Connor, selling their organic fruit and veg. The book is beautifully illustrated and is available on the stall. A donation from sales will be made to The Sepsis Trust.

Smokey artichoke, leek, squash, hazelnut and blue cheese burgers These burgers are substantial and very filling. Adapt accordingly, for instance, omit eggs or nuts. Also, you can use other vegetables in season, such as fennel. The burgers freeze well (up to three months) or place the mixture into a bread tin and roast it (three-quarters of an hour in a medium oven) and slice. It’s delicious cold, too!

the chopped leeks, squash, rocket, and tomatoes in a little olive oil. Add seasoning and garlic. Pre-heat the oven to 190°c/gas 5. Place the artichoke in a large bowl, add the stir fry mix of leeks, squash, rocket, and seasoning, add the ground nuts, the polenta/rice flour, and finally the beaten eggs, lemon zest and juice, and chopped cheese. Mix very well. The texture should be moist, but firm enough to shape into burger balls. Roll in the coating mix of oatmeal and sesame seeds. Heat the olive oil in a large wok or frying pan and shallow fry the burgers, while keeping them hot in the oven between batches. Serve with a slice of lemon or more cheese.

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The Cornish Chef: A winter risotto This vegan friendly recipe from Daniel Rouncefield showcases the butternut squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste, and making the stock and roasting it gives a full hit of flavour. Butternut squash is low in calories but high in many nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. It pairs beautifully with walnuts and the woodiness of sage.

Roasted butternut squash and sage risotto Ingredients 200g Arborio rice 1 large butternut squash 50g sage 1 vegetable stock cube 1 white onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 125ml white wine 50g walnuts olive oil salt pepper Method Fry ten large sage leaves in oil until the bubbles have stopped and the sage has gone crisp. Place on kitchen towel to drain any excess oil, keep the oil for cooking with. Peel the butternut squash, cut in half, and deseed the bottom sections. Dice and put in a saucepan with the vegetable stock cube and approximately 1.3 litres of water. Bring to the boil and cook until the butternut squash goes soft, then blend with the water to make a smooth stock. With the top half of butternut squash, dice, and roast off in the sage oil, salt, and pepper in a medium heat oven until golden and soft. In a dry pan toast the walnuts until just starting to colour and set to one side.


In a heavy-bottomed pan fry finely chopped garlic, onion, and chopped sage in the sage oil until softened but not coloured. Add the Arborio rice and stir together. This will help the rice take on the flavour. Add the white wine and cook out on a medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, letting it reduce but not boil dry, then start adding your butternut squash stock a ladle at a time, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid. Repeat this until the rice has gone soft. It should take roughly 1 litre of stock and about 45 minutes and finish looking creamy. Taste the rice to check if it’s cooked. It should have a slight bite to it still and not feel mushy on the tongue. A risotto shouldn’t be so dry that it holds itself up on the plate, it should flow like lava. Add the diced roasted butternut squash and re-check the seasoning and finish by topping with the toasted walnuts and crispy sage. Visit Daniel Rouncefield, The Cornish Chef, at thecornishchef.co.uk and follow him on Instagram @the.cornishchef

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With love from St Ives: hopes and plans for 2021 In concert

2020 was a tough year, and while the pandemic still creates national headlines, its impact, social and economically, locally will be felt for some time to come. So what better time for the Sustainable St Ives group to launch? Sustainable St Ives aims to provide a central point for people who care about the town, its residents and its future, and regularly ask how they can help. It evolved from the work of St Ives Charter, an umbrella organisation set up in 2017, which has mapped local groups and is active in supporting those in need. Sustainable St Ives is not undertaking its own projects, but will be fundraising to provide grants for all groups in the town, for affordable homes and workspaces, new initiatives, sustaining and developing current activities and to build community resilience and confidence for the long term.

Flamenco, and Latin fusion guitarists Andy Bunce and Kevin Parsons. There was also a reading of the lyrics of the St Ives Charter song. The concert took place at Bedford Road Church, the home of Flashlight youth club and the Tower Music project. Morag Robertson from Sustainable St Ives produced the video. She said: “The music reflects the great range of talented musicians we have in the town. We are so grateful to all of them for taking part. “We saw the resurgence of community spirit in 2020 and we hope Sustainable St Ives will be able to help those still vulnerable, keep existing groups and projects going and support new projects. 2021 will be a great challenge, with the cost of economic damage to the town yet to be seen. What we do know is that businesses will be trying hard to succeed and to keep people in employment. One area of growth is in community development. This new charity is starting off that process.” To get a copy of the video, and help kick-start the project with a donation, go to tinyurl.com/ycp5to5w.

In December, a special fundraising concert was recorded – socially distant, of course – to help get the group off the ground. The event, With Love from St Ives, featured local talent in the shape of singers Molly Hocking and Bailey Tomkinson, contemporary folk musicians Tir ha Havas, classical pianist Charles Martin, and Gypsy,


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New Year message As we look forward to a happier, healthier year, Helen Tripconey, St Ives Business Improvement District (BID) manager, looks back on a tumultuous 2020.

“Despite the many difficulties that have impacted us all since the start of the pandemic, it has been wonderful to see St Ives businesses adapting in the face of unprecedented hardships. From national lockdowns to tier restrictions, our shops and businesses have done their best to re-adjust and offer a safe and secure space for staff, customers and the local community to enjoy.

“I think we can all agree that 2020 was not the year we were hoping it would be. But I am sure that the strong community spirit that thrives in St Ives and has helped pull us all together at this most difficult time, will support us as we hope for a more prosperous 2021.”

“This adherence to the ‘new normal’ saw us welcome visitors back to the town throughout the summer months, as well as more recently with our festive late night shopping events. And even with the new Covid-secure restrictions in place, we continued to offer that unique St Ives experience that makes our town such a special place to visit.

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Liz’s Quizzes It’s been an ever-changing time for Liz recently. Pubs were closed, then re-opened, then closed again. Her quizzes are back online for now (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and raising money for both local and national charities. At the time of going to press, more than £7,300 had been raised from just under a year of quizzing! Test yourself with these 30 posers from Liz. Answers on page 34. 1. What colour is pinot noir wine? 2. In Cockney rhyming slang, which guitarist is used to describe an acute state of hunger? 3. What number playing card, in the suit of diamonds, is known as The Curse of Scotland? 4. What is America’s equivalent of what the French call a Cesar? 5. What type of earthenware takes its name from the Italian term for cooked or baked earth? 6. Which leading pantomime character marries Alice Fitzwarren, his master’s daughter? 7. What is the only American state capital that begins with the letter D? 8. Which pop group did the Isle of Man honour on its stamps in 1999? 9. How many sides does a hendecagon have? 10. Which video games series is often referred to as COD? 11. The Cavaliers and the Roundheads fought in which war? 12. In the first Back to the Future film, which Chuck Berry song does Marty McFly perform at the school dance? 13. What is the final letter on the top row of a standard Qwerty keyboard? 14. Who was the mother of King Henry VIII? 15. What is the name of the Manchester suburb in which Coronation Street is set? 16. What colour is the middle stripe on the flag of France? 17. By area, what is the largest island in the Caribbean? 18. What name is given to a short Japanese poem with only 17 syllables? 19. What five-letter word is the title of a 1990 Madonna single and is also a fashion magazine? 20. Black Amish is a variety of which fruit? 21. According to the proverb, what should people in glass houses not do? 22. In the UK, the top layer of a wedding cake is traditionally saved for what? 23. Aurophobia is the irrational fear of which metal? 24. Mary Westmacott was a pen name used by which famous British author? 25. In Indian cuisine, a dosa is a type of what? 26. What does the L stand for in the name of the actor Samuel L Jackson? 27. In The Bible, who was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japeth? 28. In which year did the Vietnam war end? 29. Which brand of orange juice has the name of an Italian island in its name? 30. Matlock is the county town of which English county?


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The one-year plastic free challenge by Emma Fashokun of Cornish Gems There are two things we all know about plastic. Firstly, that plastic items degrade over centuries into micro-plastics, polluting our planet and infiltrating our waterways, oceans and wildlife. Secondly, that using plastic is so much a part of our 21st century lives that it can feel overwhelming trying to avoid it. At Plastic Free St Ives, we concentrate on eradicating as many single-use plastic items from our lives as possible. Single-use plastic is particularly damaging to our planet, as it’s made from unsustainable materials such as coal and natural gases. Sometimes, a plastic item is only used for minutes, yet it remains stubbornly in our environment for centuries. It does not biodegrade, unlike some other waste which goes to landfill. For all these reasons, we are challenging you all to lose one single-use plastic item per month for a whole year! Every month on our Facebook page, we will name an item that has a plastic free alternative and challenge you to try to avoid it for a month. We’re hoping to inspire people to lose the single-use, tell us their stories, and suggest local makers and suppliers where we can purchase these environmentally-friendly alternatives. We kicked off in December with a challenge to avoid single-use plastic Christmas wrap and cards. Cards and wrapping paper typically end up in the waste bin by January. If they are adorned with glitter, foil or laminated, they are unrecycleable, and will add to the world’s plastic pollution problem.

ribbon. The tissue is recyclable or biodegradable and the ribbon is reusable. This approach to present wrapping can be used for birthdays and will also save you money all year round! Many people also now donate a sum to charity in lieu of card sending, and if you donate to an environmental charity such as Surfers Against Sewage, it’s a double win for our planet! Now that the Christmas bustle is over, we are asking our followers to leave the plastic shampoo and conditioners on the shelves in January, and try a plastic free alternative. We’re hoping to have lots of recommendations from our followers on Facebook, and we’re kicking off by trialling Cornish company Beauty Kubes’ plastic free alternative. The St Ives Company has an exciting range of shampoo bars in store in Fore Street, including one with lavender and almond oil. Through 2021, we will ask our followers to replace items like dish brushes, toothbrushes and clingfilm with something less environmentally damaging. Every time we say no to an item of single-use plastic, we reduce the ongoing risk to our planet and put pressure on manufacturers and suppliers to find a better way.

Suggested alternatives included buying local artists’ and crafters’ cards, such as the wonderful designs from Erin at Pick Pretty Paints in the Sloop Craft Market. A bonus is that you are supporting our local small business community. We also showed how we layer up tissue paper and tie with some vintage


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Travel: Planning a dream trip by Jo and Paul Mooney of Stunning Escapes

Happy New Year! At the time of writing, there have been some positive developments with regards to opening up travel for 2021. The vaccine roll-out and improvements in Covid-19 testing are critical to this. Many of our customers are looking forward to trips this year, while others are more cautious and waiting to see how things unravel over the coming weeks, especially now we are faced with a new variant of the virus. What everyone has in common is their dream of a holiday in 2021!

We often get asked about longer-haul destinations in the summer holidays, which offer a different experience to the normal two weeks on a beach in Europe. We are huge fans of Mauritius, and have been lucky enough to visit several times. We are booked to return in August 2021, and very much looking forward to our trip with our twin nine-year-olds. Located in the Indian Ocean, with pristine beaches, coral reefs, and fabulous hotels, Mauritius has a lot to offer for a family holiday. The level of service in the hotels are second to none, and the people are lovely and friendly. The temperature in July and August averages 25 degrees, which drops to a pleasant 17 degrees at night. The sea temperature is 24 degrees, which is gorgeous to swim in. Parts of the island can be windy at this time of year, so it’s essential to seek advice on where best to stay. For the more active family, there is an abundance of watersports, including snorkelling, diving, water skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing. Many hotels include these activities as part of their all-inclusive packages and even offer free tuition in some cases.


If you like exploring, Mauritius will not disappoint. There are hikes to secluded waterfalls through the rainforest, hidden temples, and the giant tortoise nursery at La Vanille Nature Park. The seven-coloured earth at Charmarel is a true spectacle of nature and not to be missed!

After being out all day, what better way to start your evening than with a pre-dinner cocktail while watching the sunset? The local food is a blend of African, Chinese, European (particularly French), and Indian cuisine. Most hotels offer plenty of choice, to be sure to cater for your tastes. Unlike for other long-haul destinations, jet lag is minimised after a trip to Mauritius, due to the time being only three hours ahead of the UK in the summer. Another reason to visit! “How much will it cost?� is a question we are often asked. You will be surprised to learn that a holiday to Mauritius is comparable in price to a summer holiday in the Canaries or the Balearics. In summary, if you are looking for a different holiday experience from Europe in the summer holidays, and can handle the longer flight, Mauritius might be an option for you. Please feel free to get in touch if you want to find out more. Sending you best wishes, Paul and Jo x

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Trevena Cross Nurseries: Spring into action in 2021! The Trevena Cross team can’t say that they’re sad to see the back of 2020. While the pandemic isn’t behind us just yet, they’re all feeling very positive about 2021, and look forward to welcoming visitors to the garden centre for a spring like never before. Right now, preparations – and of course growing – are going on behind the scenes to make it the best spring ever! Let’s just hope that the weather will be as kind as it was last spring. What a beautiful couple of months we had, and how needed they were, at a time when everyone was enduring their ‘garden lockdowns’.

traversii ‘Compacta’ for the most exposed coastal spots. Don’t forget to get your hands on some seed potatoes, as well as onion and garlic sets, to get the ‘grow your own garden’ off to a good start. Continue planting those bare root bargains and raspberry canes, too – there’s still plenty of time before the garden wakes up for spring. And while summer may seem a long way into the future, July and August colour can be planned now: summer-flowering bulbs are already on the shelves.

A few ‘firefighting’ jobs may be on the agenda this January and February, before we really get down to it this spring, as Trevena Cross owner Graham Jeffery explains: “For locations right by the coast, like St Ives, it is a good idea to check for wind victims in your garden. Check anything planted within the last year is still stable and in place. Wind rock can be a particular problem in exposed or coastal gardens, making the plant vulnerable at its roots, and allowing water to collect in the ‘socket’ where the stem moves at soil level. This can lead to fatal rotting, so if anything feels a bit ‘rocky’ it won’t hurt to stamp it back into place – and to avoid it in the future, try keeping things short!” Other wind casualties this winter may include fence panels. Trevena Cross advises that you consider replacing your windbreak with a ‘greener’ solution – hardy hedging plants that provide excellent screening and create great windbreaks inland or by the coast. Taking up little ground space, hedging can be a very cost-effective and attractive option. Trevena Cross top picks include Griselinia littoralis and Olearia


The team at Trevena Cross are on hand to help with any pre-spring planting enquires, and look forward to helping with any plant-based decisions – be it potatoes, bulbs, bare root, or perhaps assistance with choosing and sowing those early veg seeds?

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Garden Stories Snowdrops

As winter nears its end, a stunning swathe of snowdrops is a sure sign that spring is on the way – and these beautiful white blooms are an especially welcome sight in these sad and uncertain times. Snowdrops flower early in Cornwall, with the first petals appearing before January is out. At Trengwainton, the exotic garden just west of Penzance, thousands of snowdrops cluster around the winding paths and carpet the grass, and when the gates open for the start of the 2021 season on 7th February, the snowy show should be at its best. Venture a bit further afield to see fine displays at two other National Trust gardens – Trelissick, near Truro, and Glendurgan, not far from Falmouth. The trust is also keen to encourage visitors to create drifts in their own back gardens. Snowdrops are hardy and easy to grow, and offer a vital source of nectar for bees early in the year when not many other plants are in flower. Jack Lindfield, head gardener at the trust’s Ickworth garden in Suffolk, says: “If you’re hoping to create an impressive swathe, you can’t beat Galanthus nivalis. It’s the most common species because it self-seeds and spreads very quickly, which means you’ll get to enjoy your snowy white display sooner. “The best location to plant snowdrops is somewhere with partial shade such as under a tree, and with moist but well-drained soil. Plant around four inches deep, and if you bought multiple clumps, space them about six inches

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apart. Within a couple of years, each clump will have grown to fill the gaps you left.” Over the last 20 years, Cornish snowdrop expert Alison O’Connor has planted more than 70 different varieties in her garden at Tregoose, at Grampound, east of Truro, where, along with dwarf daffodils and erythroniums, they flourish beneath Monterey pines and cypresses, dracaenas and deciduous azaleas. “There were some snowdrops here when we came, just the common Galanthus nivalis growing on a bank, and they looked extremely happy,” she says. “But I knew little about snowdrops until a guest brought me some Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ bulbs. They flowered the second week after Christmas, and I had never seen anything take off so quickly. They clump up every year and make drifts. If you’re going to start with one snowdrop, start with that one. “Another guest sent me Galanthus reginae-olgae, and then I really got going with snowdrops. I like them because they look gorgeous, and when they’re finished you don’t have to tidy them up or cut them down. They just come up the next year and look clean and beautiful. I key each cultivar in with a different shrub, which I plant near them. You just have to make sure you know exactly where they are, so you don’t plant a shrub on top of them!” For up-to-date information on any restrictions on any coronavirus-related restrictions affecting National Trust gardens, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ features/reopening-and-coronavirus-faqs

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Saints Funeral Services: A new haven for grieving families in Hayle Two years after Saints Funeral Services restored the old Barnoon Chapel to create a peaceful place for grieving families, the St Ives family firm has opened a second chapel of rest in Hayle. And Darren Saint and his team have again brought a disused building back to life – this time, a former garage at the end of the suitably-named King George V Memorial Walk. “We had already decided we wanted a base in Hayle, and I’ve always thought that the Memorial Walk was a beautiful, calming place,” says Darren. “I’d often noticed the large garage at the end of the Walk – it’s been derelict for years, which was a shame in such a lovely location – and I realised it would be perfect for us.”

He contacted the owner of the building, and was pleased to be able to acquire it. Restoration work began late last year in readiness for opening in January. “We replaced the front door with a new door and windows and added a rear entrance. We’ve also laid floorboards and insulation – there’s a central meeting area there, as well as the chapel of rest. Outside, beyond the gate, is a parking area, so that people can drive straight in.” The next stage will be landscaping: the plan is to plant trees and plants to enhance the building’s tranquil location. Just as people coming to Barnoon Chapel benefit from its outlook across Porthmeor


Beach to the sea, visitors to the Hayle chapel of rest will be able to find solace in views of the Memorial Walk’s subtropical garden on the banks of Copperhouse Pool.

The Saints team pride themselves on offering a high level of support for bereaved families, and the new chapel of rest is part of that service. “We want people to have something to look out at when they are grieving, and to feel that they can stay in the chapel for as long as they wish,” says Darren.” It’s about being with people, and making their lives less stressful at a difficult time. We can be their rock.” To find out more about the new chapel of rest, phone 01736 447070 or visit www.saintsfunerals.co.uk

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