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ISSUE 5 Cosy weekends & festive fun


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ooh, don’t you just love this time of year? There’s a magical excitement in the air as the Christmas lights go up, colourful festive knits come out and shop windows gleam with gifts and snow spray. The smell of cinnamon and cloves wafts from vats of mulled wine, and after dark groups of merry colleagues sing Fairytale of New York arm-in-arm in the streets. There are plenty of festive activities and events happening in Falmouth in the lead up to the big day. If you want some inspiration to get in the mood, head to our Get Festive feature on page 5. But this time of year is not all about Christmas. Embrace the cooler, darker days and enjoy cosy pubs and comforting meals with your friends, no special occasion needed (page 25). Or how about pulling on a coat and hat, and seeing what delights you can forage in nature for your own winter feast at home (page 12)? When the weather’s a bit rubbish, it’s a great time to learn a new ‘indoors’ skill too. Why not try rejuvenating some old furniture? Get inspired by Polliander upholstery on page 40. Whatever you’re up to this winter, remember to take the time to feel gratitude for this incredible place that we live in. Go outside, breath the crisp, cold air, look out at the sea, wander the beautiful streets and slowly savour a hot coffee. Look after yourself, be kind to others and spread some cheer. Happy Christmas fellow Falmouth-lovers. Hannah Founder & Editor

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Not your average socks


Pub grub & your Sunday best


Fal-local favourites


Saying pants to cancer


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New year, new you


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Christmas Parties Step in from the cold and enter our cosy Christmas wonderland for some feasting and frolicking. Expect vibrant cocktails, bold Cornish cuisine and music to keep you moving on the dance floor until midnight.

Festive Lunches

With gorgeous dishes, contemporary cocktails and airy interiors, our festive lunches offer ample opportunity to get everyone together to feast, drink and submerge yourself in Christmas bliss.

If you’re in no rush to head home post shindig, our comfortable bedrooms are designed as a home away from home for you to slumber in from an additional £35 per person. We’ll even make sure that you’re refueled and ready to start the day with an indulgent full Cornish breakfast included.







Our party nights run from the end of November until the middle of January and can seat up to 100 merrymakers. From £36 per person.

Our festive lunches in Brasserie on the Bay run Thursdays – Sundays throughout November, Dececember and January. From £18 per person.

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We’ve invited Tregothnan Estate’s head florist to enhance your festive lunch with an exceptional wreath-making workshop. From £45 per person.

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Baker Tom ’s

Located in the heart of Falmouth on Church Street, a short stroll from the Marina, you’ll find our shop window brimming with freshly baked artisan bread, pastries and cakes. Take your pick from our tasty selection of handmade sandwiches and rolls. 10% student & NHS discount available.

Tel: 01326 318221 10C Church St, TR11 3DR WWW.BAKER TOM.CO.UK

05 Get festive in Falmouth


here’s plenty of fun and merriment to be had in our town at this time of year. In no particular order, here’s our pick (along with some locals’ suggestions) of jolly activities to fill you with that warm and fuzzy festive feeling.


Join the celebrations at the Christmas lights switch on on 28th November. With local school children and the community choir singing carols, Pirate FM and Santa making an appearance, and a local champion (voted for by the public) doing the big switch on, there's always a magical community spirit in the air.


Get warm and cosy with a gingerbread latte at Huddle cafe. inFalmouth


Find a new decoration for your tree. Willow & Stone always have a dazzling selection and a beautiful window display to get you inspired.

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Make a full two days of it at Falmouth's Festive Weekend on the 14th and 15th December, new for 2019. There will be nordic tipis on Events Square with music, a Christmas market and a bar, an artificial ice skating rink in Church Street car park, snow machines for a Christmas shopping winter wonderland on Church Street, a Victorian carousel on the Moor, a 'snow train' for rides through town, gingerbread making workshops at Rick Stein's and more. We're super excited!

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Pick up a packet of freshly baked mince pies from Baker Tom’s.

7 Make a beautiful Christmas wreath. There are several local workshops to choose from including 'Living Festive Wreaths' with Down By The River Florals (30th November at The Poly, 7th & 14th December at Potager) and wreath and garland workshops at Polliander Studios (weekday evenings and weekend afternoons between 7th and 14th December).

8 Dress up warm and don a Santa hat for a refreshing, blustery walk along the coast path from Gylly to Maenporth. inFalmouth

Have a fancy festive afternoon tea at The Greenbank with traditional Christmas sandwiches, mini mince pies, eggnog cheesecake, Disaronno trifle and more (ÂŁ20 per person).

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Get crafty and make your very own advent calendar, Christmas PJs, personalised stocking or customised Christmas jumper at Stitches & Cream. Classes from 27th November.

Paint your own Christmas decoration at Star Glazers Pottery Painting Cafe.

Go and see Treasure Island at The Pavilions, this year's Miracle Theatre Christmas show. With a tagline of 'YO HO HO and a barrel of fun!' we're betting it'll provide plenty of swashbuckling festive entertainment. From 13th December to 5th January.


Head to the Old High Street to find unique Christmas gifts for everyone. Clothing, jewellery, antiques, records, homeware, plants, crafts‌ you'll find it all on this one stretch of characterfilled independent shops. And if you need some refreshment stop for coffee and cake at Beacon or Stones Bakery, or for something a little boozier head to the courtyard for a craft beer at Hand or cocktail at The Chintz. Choosing to shop in Falmouth's independents will help to support our local economy and real local people - so think twice before you order from those big online companies.

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Treat yourself to a Christmas feast at The Brig. They're putting on a platter of slow cooked pulled turkey and bacon, chilli and cheese stuffing balls, spiced pigs in blankets, cranberry salsa, BBQ gravy and more! Plus they're doing a special Christmas cocktail - Golden Hazelnut Eggnog. YUM.

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Make someone a Cornish Christmas hamper with locally produced jams, chutneys, chocolate, biscuits, gin and more from A Gift From Cornwall. Find out more on page 35.

Get merry at the Mini Christmas Festival at The Working Boat on 19th December. Settle in to enjoy a live band, a festive menu, mulled cider, wreath-making and more, from afternoon until late.

Help a good cause by donating unwanted toys, clothing or quality homeware to a local charity shop.

Have a giggle at A Cornish Carol (with apologies to Mr Charles Dickens) at The Poly on the 4th or 5th December. The synopsis says 'Over the course of one miserable, mizzly Cornish night, join miserly Scrooge and a gaggle of ghostly ghouls who force him to revisit his PAST(y), explore his (Ker)NOW and decide if his FUTURE will Come-To-Good.' You get the picture! inFalmouth

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“Just walk through town in the evening with all the Christmas lights on - magical!” From @sankalpahealth. Revel in the atmosphere on late night shopping nights (Thursdays from 28th November). Convince all your colleagues to take part in Christmas Jumper Day on 13th December. Wear your ugliest, silliest or sparkliest festive knits and donate £2 to Save The Children.

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Follow the Live Nativity from Events Square to The Moor on 8th December, with real life animals and scenes played out at various locations through town.

Watch Elf (possibly the best Christmas film EVER) at Cornwall Film Festival’s pop-up on The Moor (7 December at 6.30pm).

Do your bit for the environment. Head to the Plastic Free Christmas event in the marquee on The Moor on 7th December (1-3pm) and get inspired with free craft activities for children and adults of all ages, from making plastic free christmas decorations to printing wrapping paper. You’ll find more ideas on how to reduce your plastic waste this Christmas on page 42. Get festive in Falmouth

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Warm your cockles with a spiced mulled cider or wine at Pennycomequick.


Admire the twinkling boats, follow the glistening trails and make macrame lanterns at the National Maritime Museum for their nautical Christmas theme, Lanterns & Lights.

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Enjoy some healthy competition with a board game and a beer at The Games Room.


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Join hundreds of Santas running, jogging and walking in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care at Falmouth's annual Santa Fun Run on 14th December. Big white beard optional.

Look your best for your Christmas party with a fresh new haircut and glam blow dry at Zebrafinch. Open by private appointment only (from just £30 for a wash & blow dry), you’ll feel pampered and relaxed after a visit to the salon. Meet Santa, sing carols and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies for ‘Nadelik Lowen’, the traditional Christmas celebration at Pendennis Castle (14th & 15th December).

30 Choose your favourite tree at the Falmouth Christmas Tree Festival at Princess Pavilions. Decorated by community groups, the theme is Treasure Island. The grand tree lights switch-on will take place at 5.30pm on Sunday 1st December and the trees will be on display until 2nd January.

“Sit by the fire in Star & Garter and admire their doggy Christmas tree decorations!” From @rosie.leo

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Find unique gifts at The Poly’s Christmas Bonanza, a Christmas market filled with handmade goodies from designers and makers (from 9th to the 24th December).

“Seeing the Harmony Choir on Christmas Eve really gets you in the Christmas Spirit” from @janey_q21. The wonderful Harmony Choir has been performing every Christmas for over 100 years! On Christmas Eve they'll be making their way through the town singing songs and carols from 9.30am.


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12 Foraging for food on your winter walks

By Emily Wheeler, Content Writer & Workshop Leader.


s the weather turns crisper and colder we sometimes need a little extra motivation to spend time outdoors, and the call of free food could be just the thing to get us out of bed on a winter’s morning. I spoke to local Falmouth forager Bridie Toft, who has been picking and gathering from the natural world for as long as she can remember. She points out that you probably have too, if you’ve ever picked a handful of blackberries or a posy of wildflowers! inFalmouth

There are many different definitions of foraging, but one of the most inclusive is ‘to search widely for food or provisions.’ Making use of our natural resources is a growing agenda for communities concerned about the environmental impacts of twenty-first century living. Picking from the hedgerows is much more enjoyable, as well as more sustainable, than picking up food from the supermarket. You just have to know where to look…


Sitting at Castle Beach Cafe, Bridie and I talk about how lucky we are to live just a stone’s throw from both coast and countryside. As well as the extensive South West Coast Path, the large number of local beaches in Falmouth provide plenty of public land for foraging. The exact rules around what you can and can’t forage are vague, but the easiest principle to follow is this: you are allowed to pick on common land for your own consumption. Once you start foraging on private land or selling your wares it becomes more complicated. Take an identification book or app with you when you start your foraging adventures, or book a guided walk and be shown the ropes by someone in the know. If you’re going it alone, start with the four F’s: Fruit, Flowers, Fungi and Foliage. And don’t forget the beach! Seaweed is an underwater foliage that has become particularly popular. Sea Spaghetti and Kelp are both found on Cornish beaches and are collectable from rock pools at low tide. Bridie always recommends picking on an outgoing tide, to minimise your chances of being cut off. inFalmouth

Foraging for food on your winter walks

Photo by The Cornish Seaweed Company


Three Starter Plants for Foraging in Winter: Sloes: Yes, as in sloe gin! Best picked

after the first frost, these look similar to blueberries but are not particularly delicious to eat on their own. The most common use for them is in gin (or jam), where just a few weeks’ patience can set you up with the perfect Christmas tipple.

Foraging for food on your winter walks

Sweet Chestnuts:

Once retrieved from their spiky cases, these nuts are a classic for roasting and using as an ingredient in a large variety of dishes. Head out after a windy storm for the best collection, but make sure you know the difference between a sweet chestnut and regular conker.

Sea Spaghetti:

Easy to spot by its distinctive spaghetti-shape, this seaweed can often be found on the Falmouth beaches. The Cornish Seaweed Co. describe is as ‘fresh, crunchy and mild’, so it’s a good place to start if you’re not 100% sure about that ‘seaweedy taste’. Once you get started, there are literally hundreds of species you can forage for free in our local environment. However, experts still advise “When In Doubt, Leave it Out”. It’s essential that you know what you’re eating! (And remember, foraging doesn’t just have to be for food: dried stems and fallen branches can make the most beautiful decor for bringing a touch of the outside into your home.) If the first few times you don’t return with baskets overflowing, don’t be disheartened. You’ve still had good exercise, spent time in nature, and

Photo by The Cornish Seaweed Company

either enjoyed the company of friends and family, or had some well-deserved peace and quiet! Foraging is a mindful activity that requires concentration and focus in the present moment. It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill which has the capacity to grow endlessly as your obsession for free food intensifies...


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Moor up on our pontoons then sink a few in our proper pub.




Falmouth Bookseller

This beautiful shop holds something for every taste and is one of the leading independent booksellers in the UK, let alone Falmouth. Keep an eye out for the events and book signings they host throughout the year. 21 Church Street


This treasure trove of secondhand books has been running for 20 years. You’ll find all sorts of titles and genres but it’s especially worth a visit for their nautical, maritime and local history selection. 34 Arwenack Street Top 5 bookshops

ho doesn’t love a good book? Here are some of our favourite places to find a failsafe Christmas gift, or discover your next perfect read to cosy up with this winter.


Falmouth’s famous bookshop and pub combo is a great place to spend an hour (or three) getting stuck into a good read while sipping on a decent beer or cup of coffee. 3-4 Bell’s Court

Greenbank Books

In this little hidden gem near the top of the Old High Street you’ll find secondhand books on art, local history and more, stacked up high to make browsing all the more fun. 9 High Street


Willow & Stone

Ok, so it’s not strictly a bookshop - but we love the well-curated titles on cookery, art and design, mindfulness and more lining the gorgeous shelves. You can pick up your wrapping paper and cards while you’re there too. 18 Arwenack Street

18 New year, new you

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s 2019 comes to an end, it’s a great time to reflect and take note of how your body is doing. If you have some aches and pains, skin problems, stomach issues, or you’re simply not the healthiest version of yourself right now, perhaps it’s time to try something new. Conventional exercise and healthy eating are always important for physical wellbeing but have you considered these alternative methods and therapies? Read on and you might just find something that’s right for you.

Acupuncture Treatment for: Chronic pain, insomnia, migraines. What is it?

Used in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves thin needles being inserted through the skin at strategic points on your body. Sensory nerves are stimulated which results in the body producing natural substances like pain relieving endorphins.

In Falmouth:

Moon Rise Acupuncture Clinic, 5 Arwenack Street Inspiring Health, 17 Fish Strand Hill Falmouth Natural Health Practice, 31 Church Street



Treatment for: Skin disorders, weight issues, insomnia, headaches, pain in muscles & joints, digestive disorders, seasonal disorders (colds, flu, etc.), women’s health. What is it?

Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality originating from India, literally translated as ‘science of life’. In Ayurveda, every individual has a unique combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics, which is his or her constitution or ‘dosha’. A consultation will determine your unique dosha, any imbalances, your health concerns, and then the development of a health program which may involve a mixture of herbs, diet changes and lifestyle advice.

In Falmouth:

Keren Cooksey, Aryuveda & Yoga Practioner, Falmouth Yoga Space, 46 Killigrew Street

Infrared Therapy Treatment for: Pain, joint stiffness, skin conditions, immune system issues, weight management. What is it?

In Falmouth:

This therapy uses infrared light to deeply penetrate into your tissues, muscles and cells, similar to lying in the sun but without the harmful effects. With everything but your head inside an infrared ‘pod’, it’s designed to give you a detoxifying experience. Saunapod, The Mill Yard, College Hill, Penryn


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Chiropractic Treatment for: Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries.

New year, new you

What is it?

Chiropractors use their hands to stimulate natural movement in areas of the spine that are not functioning as they should. They call these impulses ‘adjustments’ as they adjust the way that the brain and body communicate in response. These adjustments aim to restore normal communication and function in the affected area.

In Falmouth:

Living Room Chiropractic, Marina House, North Parade Cornwall Chiropractic, 24 Berkeley Vale Falmouth Harbour Chiropractic, 21 Kimberley Park Road

Meditation Treatment for: Pain, high blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, insomnia, menopausal symptoms.


What is it?

Meditation is a practice where mental exercises and techniques such as mindfulness are used to train attention and awareness and in turn, reduce stress. Whilst it focuses on the mind, meditation can have a multitude of positive effects on physical health too. Stress reduction is proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen consumption, which results in higher energy levels and better immunity and sleep.

In Falmouth:

Falmouth Meditation (at Falmouth Natural Health Practice), 31 Church Street Mindfulness Cornwall, Zedshed, Jubilee Wharf, Penryn

Treatment for: Insomnia, IBS, migraines, pain, skin conditions, weight management. What is it?

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to induce a trance, a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility. During a session, positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help resolve issues that are beyond the capacity of your conscious mind.

In Falmouth:

Inspiring Health, 17 Fish Strand Hill Falmouth Natural Health Practice, 31 Church Street


The goal of ayurveda is not to be as healthy as possible but to be as HAPPY as possible. Ayurveda uses herbs, diet and one’s overall life style to achieve this goal. Hop onto Ayurveda Falmouth’s website ( and learn about how you can take control of your own health and find a bit more balance.




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22 Not your average socks


ho says socks are a boring Christmas gift? These soft and lovely treats for toes are sure to put a smile on their face all winter long.

Van Gogh The Starry Night, Joe Cool, ÂŁ5 Dizzy 3 Arwenack Street


Nude Artichoke, Bonne Maison, ÂŁ15 Blink 29 High Street

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Hakket Socks, £15 Finisterre 23 Arwenack Street

Hedgehogs, Joe Cool, £5 Dizzy 3 Arwenack Street

Photo by Rhona Mcdade, Photographer & Content Creator @goodrestudios.

Lambswool, Catherine Tough, £17 Willow & Stone 18 Arwenack Street



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25 Pub grub & your Sunday best

By Kyle Wotton, our regular Falmouth foodie.


here’s no better way to warm your cockles on a chilly day than to treat yourself to some hearty pub grub or wrap up on a Sunday and head out for one of the yummiest roasts that Falmouth has to offer. I’m here to show you some of my favourite places to do just that. Located a short distance from offers Discovery Quay, the

Cutty Sark


generous, relaxed, fun food. For their daily lunches, you can enjoy a range of delicious sandwiches or one of their succulent burgers, but the breakfast menu even extends across lunch time for fans of a good brunch. They also offer a lovely Sunday lunch and, as part of an offer, you can get a free medium glass of house wine or Bloody Mary with your meal.


Alternatively, one child can eat free with two adults. If you’re looking for excellence, look no further than the on Killigrew Street. Not only do they offer a delectable selection of irresistible daily lunches—I cannot recommend the Penny cheeseburger highly enough—but their Sunday lunches (particularly the beef) come with the highest recommendations. With super friendly staff, a great atmosphere and, most importantly, delicious food, this isn’t one to miss. Found on the Old High Street in the heart of Falmouth, the love what they do and it shows. You can eat with some of the best views in town, but its great location isn’t the only reason you’ll want to visit. With fabulous daily lunches (the fish dishes are exquisite!) and out-of-this-world Sunday roasts, you can easily lose an entire afternoon tucking into delicious food while gazing out across our stunning bay.


Overlooking Falmouth estuary, the

Seaview Inn on Wodehouse Terrace offers a warm and cosy atmosphere

to enjoy a wonderful Sunday carvery. With at least three different meats to choose from and as many vegetables as you can manage, this is a Sunday treat that you would be remiss to ignore. During the winter months the

Star & Garter

Pub grub & your Sunday best



carvery tends to be popular, so booking in advance is recommended. With stunning views of Falmouth Harbour and is beyond, always ready with a warm welcome for you; whether you’re popping in for a light lunch or a Sunday roast. As a burger fiend, I wholeheartedly endorse the half-pound steak burger, but their local Hake fillet is also a beautiful dish. Not only are their Sunday roasts wholesome and tasty, but there’s always enough food to fill even the hungriest of tums! On the waterfront at Greenbank

The Boathouse


The Working Boat

is a perfect Quay, place to enjoy hearty pub grub. The absolutely divine battered fish and chips is a lunchtime must-have, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. On Sundays, roasts are rustled up until they run out, and there’s a wide choice of incredibly appetising meals to choose from. Lovely roast spuds, great Yorkshire puds, and everything cooked to perfection—what more could you ask for? So, put on your scarves, coats, and bobble hats and go and make yourselves cosy by a warm pub hearth. As always, Falmouth has plenty of places to choose from—just be sure to turn up with an empty tum.

Homemade Italian . a st a p & d a e r tb a fl d fille Visit us and have a tasty bite of Italy! 13 Arwenack St. Falmouth TR11 3JD 01326 212277


lice Rushworth-Lund was born and raised in Penzance but first fell in love with Falmouth when studying here. For 10 years after uni she travelled and dabbled in sailing jobs abroad and in Brighton but after a trip to see her mum and friends in Cornwall one weekend, she realised that Falmouth truly was the place she wanted to return to and settle for good. Now, 3 years on, she’s a mum to adorable 1 year old Mia, works part time at Falmouth Boat Co and hosts an Airbnb. She’s a busy lady but when she does find time to have fun, these are her Falmouth-favourites. Cafe Huddle is great. They have a lovely space for Mia to play while I enjoy a nice coffee, and all the staff are really friendly. Evening meal I went to Namaste for the first time recently and it has to be one of my new favourites. I’m gluten-intolerant and they have lots of really good (yummy!) options.

Bar for cocktails I love Lemon Twist. My partner is Mexican and he agrees that their Margaritas are amazing! They also serve great tapas and have a heated area for sitting outside, so it feels like you’re on holiday. Beach Castle Beach is perfect for playing in the rockpools with Mia. It tends to be quieter than Gylly around the corner. Shop Spice on Arwenack Street has a lovely selection of toys, cards and homely wares so it’s my go-to for gift shopping. Date night (What’s that?! Haha!) If mum has got Mia for the evening we enjoy a good oldfashioned cinema date. Thing to do on a rainy day With Mia, it’s either Penryn Gymnastics Club for ‘Preschool Drop In’ or Raze the Roof (fun times). If it was just me, I’d have a relaxing day getting my nails done! inFalmouth


Thing to do on a sunny day Taking out Aneth, our Newbridge Venture sailing boat, and exploring the creeks. When it’s warmer we like to take the paddleboard over to Flushing and have a picnic on the beach too. Winter walk Argal Lake to look at the ducks, followed by coffee and cake at Wild Vibes Cafe.

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Saying pants to cancer




to Cancer

Local charity Pants Cancers is on a mission to get us all thinking about what goes on down below, with good reason.

By Jennie Rawling, local writer and puppeteer.


ancer survivor Jeannette Preston set up the charity in 2009 to raise awareness of the cancers that affect people in the pants area, including gynaecological, testicular, bowel, bladder and anal cancer. Jeannette was diagnosed with womb cancer 12 years ago, and within just six weeks of having surgery she returned to work as a college lecturer in health and social care. Jeannette says: “Although my treatment and my care was amazing, and I recovered incredibly well, I just didn’t want anybody else to go through it. inFalmouth

“When I returned to work it suddenly clicked in my brain and I thought, if I don’t speak out about this, the staff group and others may not have a clue what to look out for, and aren’t going to be alerted to the risk, and truly I’ve not stopped talking since then.” The charity’s first shop opened in Killigrew Street in 2009, by which point Jeannette had been working hard to spread awareness, standing in foyers, on street corners and on market stalls. She says: “It wasn't till I opened the shop that I realised how the men felt. No one talks about their cancers either.”

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32 Saying pants to cancer

have you heard about Pants? Pants Cancers now runs a Cancer Rehab Programme in Penryn, a charity shop called Posh Pants and a larger Hub. The Cancer Rehab Programme offers support for local residents living with cancer, whether they have just received a diagnosis, are undergoing treatment, or are postFind out more about Steve’s treatment. The centre has Cancer Rehab Programme and recently been renamed personal trainer services go to: The Riverside Suite Fitness and Rehabilitation, and houses a fully equipped gym where Personal Trainer and Cancer Exercise Specialist Steve Winnan runs a group exercise programme for cancer survivors. Steve says: “Not everyone wanted inFalmouth

to be seen going to a gym that had ‘Pants’ or ‘Cancer Rehab’ written on the front, as people like to have a bit of anonymity. So that was the reason behind the name change.” “Steve helped me to fitness, that’s how I met him,” Jeannette says. “He went to St Thomas’ Hospital in London to train and was actually the first Cancer Rehab specialist in the South West, and he’s been working non-stop on all of it since then. He’s been phenomenal.” The support offered at the Cancer Rehab Programme is made possible by the proceeds from Posh Pants and the Hub. Posh Pants can be found just off the old high street in Falmouth,


and sells second-hand clothing, shoes, books and a variety of other donated items. The Hub, by Sainsbury’s, offers everything from clothing and toys to bric-a-brac, books, furniture and more. Jeannette is keen to spread the word about the work Pants Cancers is doing: “I’ve been all over the country, especially talking to breakfast groups of business people before they go off to work, and I would start always with something along the lines of, have you heard about Pants? And the number of people that would say, know about it?! You’ve just furnished my girlfriend’s flat! They’d all heard about Pants, across the county, which was just amazing. But there’s still a huge

number of people who don’t know about us.” She has plans for the charity to develop further: “There’s a lot we want to do, still. The focus on research is important, but also to take this around the county to people who can’t access any support after they’ve had cancer.”

To find out more about Pants Cancers and how you can get involved, including if you’re looking for support, go to inFalmouth

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A gift from Cornwall

A gift from Cornwall

ooking for locally-made treats this Christmas? This bright pink shop on Arwenack Street is a must-visit. A Gift From Cornwall stocks goodies from all sorts of makers and producers, from jams and chutneys to soaps and candles, so it’s the perfect place to create a special Cornish hamper. Or for smaller gifts and budgets, there are gift bag options to mix and match two or three items to suit your recipient’s taste. Perhaps a Dynamite Valley ale and some Popti savoury crackers for Dad? And some clotted cream shortbread and Tregothnan tea for your Gran? In fact, you might want to grab a basket because there’s something for everyone here! Pottery-lovers will appreciate a Natalie Bonney Ceramics piece (made in Penryn). And how about a

colourful art print for your friend’s wall, by Falmouth illustrator Hannah Beech? Despite the name, the shop is not just a good port of call for gifts. Stock up your cupboards with Cornish Sea Salt, Freda's peanut butter and dressings, sauces and jams from Halzephron. Or indulge yourself with Roskilly’s organic fudge, Chocolarder’s bean-to-bar chocolate and a tipple of Tarquin's gin, Curio cacao nib vodka or Camel Valley wine. Whoever you’re shopping for this Christmas, head to the pink shop to support a local business, discover new makers, and find unique gifts that they’re bound to love. A Gift From Cornwall 21, Arwenack Street

inFalmouth | 01326 619796 15A Killigrew St, Falmouth TR11 3PN A delicious tapas menu, daily cocktails deals and chilled vibes make Bahama Mamas the place for a night out in Falmouth. If you've got an event to host or reason to celebrate, let us work on a food and drinks menu to please every guest!

Bahama Mamas is our favourite place to eat in Falmouth. We really like the variety of craft beers, delicious cocktails and superb wine. There is so much choice for vegetarians which we really appreciate. Would highly recommend, five stars.

Incredible! Best place in Falmouth by a mile. I had my birthday dinner here with 15 of my friends and couldn’t fault the food and service for a second. Awesome experience thanks to the amazing team at Bahama mamas, you guys made my night so special. Will definitely be back, awesome work guys!

Working in gold and silver and gorgeous gemstones, Mirri Damer’s jewellery is hand-made in her Falmouth studio. Visit to view her beautiful work or have a chat about a bespoke commission 8 High Street, Falmouth TR112AB Tues-Sat 10.30 - 4.30pm





ark Musgrave, founder of outdoor supplies brand The Level Collective, moved to Falmouth from Sheffield in March this year and has recently designed his own line of beautiful, waxed organic cotton backpacks. Whilst he had no prior textiles design training or experience, Mark’s own lifestyle inspired him to design this hybrid bag that would that would be comfortable for hiking and cycling but also smart enough to carry his laptop. He’s now collaborating with Francli Craftwear, who are making these ‘Roll Top Minis’ in their workshop on Argal Farm. inFalmouth

The Level Collective, whose product collection also includes a range of t-shirts, sweaters, beanies, boots and outdoor tools and supplies, strive to combine beauty and functionality in all of their pieces. Sustainability and ethical production is at the heart of everything they do too, and their backpacks are built to last. ‘They’re designed to be enjoyed for many years, gain character with age, and wearin, not out’ says Mark. ‘We are the opposite of fast fashion.’ To buy or find out more go to:   @thelevelcollective

Meet the designer

Meet the designer


Artist showcase // Chloe Elliott



artist showcase

Artist showcase // Chloe Elliott

Chloe Elliott


hloe is a Falmouth-based artist, inspired by the beauty of her coastal surroundings. She studied at Kingston University London but her natural draw towards the ocean brought her to Cornwall. Her vibrant, energetic and multitextured paintings mostly derive from experiences she has had as a keen surfer, swimmer and dweller in the great outdoors. She uses the feelings provoked by what she can see to produce an emotional, as well as

physical, representation of the moment. “My aim is to capture the moment, freezing time for a split-second. This can mean stopping a wave at the time of its break, or halting an ocean full of surfers poised, waiting for that next big swell to come through” says Chloe. See more of her work or commission a piece:   @chloeelliottartist


40 Old chair, new tricks

By Lauren Brogden, freelance editor & copywriter.


ust a few minutes’ drive from Falmouth town centre lies Polliander; a teaching studio dedicated to artisan crafts and founded by upholsterer Polly Waite. With plans to offer courses on everything from jewellery to Christmas floristry and homemade organic toiletries, Polliander has launched with a focus on the craft that Polly loves best; upholstery – making this the perfect place to breathe new life into your fatigued furniture. With a pretty but timeworn antique chair in tow, I headed to a weekend-long course, hoping to learn some new skills and restore my seat to its former glory in the process. The first thing that struck me as I stepped into the studio, was the startlingly realistic blue-sky-and-clouds wallpaper, which has the surreal effect of making you feel like you’re perched in the heavens. Installed at my bench and with Fleetwood Mac flowing inFalmouth

from the speaker, I set to work removing my chair’s top covering. This revealed an intriguing sandwich of animal hair, cotton wadding, hessian and webbing. Amazingly, Polly thought that the bottom layers of horse hair and hessian were most likely original - dating back a couple of hundred years. That’s some pretty ancient material, and probably explains why it was so sneezeinducingly dusty. It all had to go. After much (careful) whacking of a mallet onto a tack lifter, I successfully stripped the chair back to its bones. Tiny holes littered the wooden frame, showing where previous upholsterers had worked. I wondered who these people were, and where this chair had lived in its past incarnations, before it came to be here in Falmouth having its latest facelift courtesy of me. Under Polly’s patient eye, I attached fresh webbing and hessian, and then began replacing what had previously been horse hair with bundles of Coir; a natural coconut fibre, stitching the parcels into place to create the beginnings of a seatlike silhouette.

41 Old chair, new tricks

The second morning involved the use of a ginormous needle and thread to further form a solid shape, before moving on to my next tier; more animal hair. Polly explained that it’s possible (and more sustainable) to wash and re-use original hair, but given time was ticking, I added a soft new batch. A fleecy sheet of wadding was laid over it, followed by calico. Powered on by another delicious lunch, I was approaching the grand finale; my top fabric. As I pulled the suitably regal, thistle grey velvet taut and attached my handmade piping, I felt a wave of satisfaction. In a world that is so dominated by throw-away culture, to not only build something by hand using traditional techniques, but to restore it to its former beauty and ensure its enjoyment for years to come, is a truly rewarding experience. Now if anyone dares to actually sit on it‌..

Polliander runs regular weekend and 5-day courses: ď‚Ź inFalmouth


an interview with

Piada & More S

ince opening in April 2018, husband and wife Riccardo and Mary have been bringing a real taste of Italian food and lifestyle to Falmouth. We chatted to them to find out more about their story and the heart that goes into every dish they serve in Cornwall’s first ‘piadineria’.

An interview with : Piada & More

So for people who don't know we have to start by asking, what is a piada? R: A very popular street food dish in Italy! Also known as piadinas, they're are a tasty thin flatbread served with choices of Italian fillings like cold cuts, cheese, vegetables and herbs. M: Piadas are an ancient part of Italian history because they date back to the 11th century, when they were cooked on terracotta dishes in fires. R: We make ours on pans but the recipe is still authentic. On your menu board there are piade, crescioni, rotoli and piadapizza. What’s the difference between them all? R: They are all made using the same flatbread but prepared and served in different ways with different fillings and toppings. Piade are folded and rotoli are rolled. Both are eaten like a sandwich. Crescioni are more like a calzone and piadapizza is what it sounds like - we use the flatbread as a base and serve it like pizza!

Is there more on the menu? R: Yes, we started with our speciality piadas last year but have recently introduced pasta to the menu and it's proving popular, perhaps because it's a more well-known dish in England. We also serve fine Italian wine, limoncello, home-made desserts like panna cotta and baked Nutella and Amaretti cheesecake, and our famous coffee cream! M: We normally have one or two pasta dishes to choose from each day. Today it’s spinach and ricotta tortelloni. We keep everything on the menu simple, always homemade and always using high quality ingredients. Italian style is 'less is more'. It all sounds amazing. What sort of prices can people expect to pay? R: Our piadas range from £5 to £7, and our pasta dishes from £7-15. Everything is very good quality but we want to keep it our prices affordable. Do you cater for parties? M: Yes, we often put on Italian evenings for groups of 8 to 12 people for birthdays and other events. R: We can make a special menu for you if there is something particular that you'd like.

And you make your bread fresh every day? M: We make it fresh with each order. Everything here is homemade and prepared in the same way that we would for our family and friends, with love and care.


inFalmouth An interview with : Piada & More


44 An interview with : Piada & More

Good to know. So what brought you to Falmouth? R: As we were both approaching the age of 50, we wanted an exciting change in our lives. In Italy I was a sales rep in the food and drink industry and Mary was working in an office but had a passion for cooking. We both dreamt of opening a restaurant. I have always wanted to live in England since coming here as a child and I’ve been in love with Cornwall since I had a holiday here 28 years ago. After discovering we had some proper Cornish family in Lanner, we visited them, visited Falmouth, and decided to make the move last year. Are you still loving Cornwall? M: (laughing) Not the weather! But yes, the landscapes, villages and countryside are so beautiful. R: The people here are very friendly and kind too.

As are you both! What time are you open? R: We are open in the day time (11 until 6.30pm), and some evenings in the summer. We’d love be open all the time but as it’s just the two of us running the place, we need to find some time to rest and enjoy Cornwall. Do people eat in or takeaway? M: We offer both street food to take away and a little lunchtime Italian restaurant if you want to sit down. It really does have an Italian feel here. M: Yes, some customers have said they love coming through the door and feeling like they have stepped into a different place and culture. R: It's a little space with real Italian people, coffee, wine and, of course, authentic Italian food that we put our hearts into. Piada & More, 13 Arwenack Street  @piadafalmouth  @piada_falmouth


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Purses, make-up bags, glasses cases, tea towels and more!


Visit us in our Falmouth studio for a spot of Christmas shopping Every Saturday from November 30th until Christmas 10am - 6pm

Find us at 21 Church Street, Falmouth. We are above Falmouth Bookseller and Dolly's Tea Room... Follow the signs up the stairs.

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Gull’s -eye view

Gull’s-eye view


endennis Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1540, has a rich and fascinating history - and did you know that many believe it’s haunted? One of the most prolifically reported is the ghost of the kitchen maid who fell to her death down a staircase. Staff and visitors alike claim to have heard her piercing screams! Aerial photograph by Bull & Wolf Film Co.  @bullandwolffilm


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48 5 ways to reduce your plastic waste this festive season

By Jessica White, local freelance writer.

shop local

Independent food outlets are more likely to supply goods that aren’t overly packaged. Look for items wrapped in paper rather than plastic and where you can, fill up containers at your local zero-waste shop, unrap. Take advantage of Christmas markets for homemade treats and produce for wholesome festive feasts.

natural decorations

Take the chance to get your winter warmers on and go for a walk to find natural alternatives to make your home feel festive. Think holly, fir, twigs and branches, mistletoe and pine cones, paired with dried fruit, cinnamon, ribbon and twine.

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fancy foods

There are plenty of canapés to choose from in the shops, but why not just make your own festive nibbles? This is a fun and productive alternative to buying in treats that have a lot of plastic packaging.

party time

It’s the season for annual office parties and social gatherings, which sometimes means throwaway plates and plastic cups. Opt out of single use items and instead use proper plates, cutlery and glasses. Don’t be afraid of some extra washing up to do your bit for the environment!

Try new ways of wrapping your presents without glittery gift-wrap and tape. Get creative with recycled paper, scraps of fabric, or even pages from your favourite magazine! Cut up your old Christmas cards from last year into tags, and secure your gifts with twine or fabric ribbon. inFalmouth

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