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Babington’s Leek

Posted on: 20th April 2012

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Some guests staying here this week, keen botanists, pointed out that we have Babington Leeks growing in our woods – along the pathway. I must confess that I had never heard of such a plant, but apparently it is quite rare, and grows in the Roseland, our particular part of Cornwall. Another local rarity is the moss “Weissia multicapsularis” (many-seeded) but no-one seems to have spotted that yet. There is lots of wild garlic in our hedgerows at the moment – the flowers resemble white bluebells but the garlic scent gives away its identity. Lots of culinary uses for this one – and I have even seen the leaves for sale in the greengrocer’s organic boxes.

Heartlands opens and Duchy Opera sings

Posted on: 12th April 2012

Duchy Opera is honoured to have been invited to sing at the launch of the prestigious new Heartlands attraction and World Heritage site. We shall be there on Sunday April 22nd at 11.30–12 & 1-1.30. Everyone is invited to this free event which lasts all weekend. Watch out for the specially commissioned 4m² heart-shaped blimp which will rise into the sky over the 19 acre site.

“Special guest, Newton Faulkner joins line-up for three-day opening celebrations at the UK’s first free cultural playground”

BRIT nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner was today announced as the special guest of honour at the launch of Heartlands, the new free visitor attraction and World Heritage site in Cornwall, which will open to the public on Friday 20 April 2012.
The musician, who will be playing two concerts in nearby Falmouth on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 April, will perform a small live acoustic set on the Saturday afternoon as part of the three-day party to celebrate the opening of this inspirational new 19 acre site, which has been created to help regenerate one of the poorest areas of Cornwall.
As well as performing, Newton will also leave his mark on the Totem Circle within Heartlands, a new events space dedicated to buskers and new talent.  Twelve totems surround the circle; each with two sides left blank for performers to graffiti their initials.  On carving his initials, Newton will kick-start this ritual and begin the Totem Circle’s story.
Newton joins a large and eclectic line-up for the Heartlands Magic Myth and Mayhem Launch Party, which includes music performances from (amongst others) Dalla, John Dowling, The Viewers, Hedluv and Passman, and Duchy Opera; theatre from Rogue, Bish Bash Bosh and Squash Box; dance from The Big Dance Company, CScape and TR14ERs. The event will also include special lantern, flag making and dance workshops, storytelling, face painting, aerial performances, acrobatics, skateboarding, BMX, fire show and fireworks.
The weekend will begin with a Hearty Party Parade on Friday 20 April as over 800 schoolchildren, local community groups, businesses and colleges formally open the site.  Once open, a specially commissioned 4m² heart-shaped blimp will rise into the sky and fly over this, the former mining heart of Cornwall for the remainder of the weekend.
Vicky Martin, Chief Executive of Heartlands said:
“We are honoured that Newton was able to take time out of his busy tour schedule to pop in to see us at Heartlands and we can’t wait to see him perform.  Our three-day extravaganza brings together an eclectic and exciting mix of music, dance, theatre and spectacle and we are looking forward to opening Heartlands in style.”
Heartlands is based on former derelict mine land at Robinson’s Shaft in the village of Pool.  It is hoped the £35 million Cornwall Council-led development, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Union will support the regeneration of Pool, Redruth and Camborne – an area containing over 10% of the Cornish population which has struggled to recover from the closure of the tin and copper mines (and related industries).
• Heartlands became a reality in 2007 when it was awarded a £22.3 million grant by the Big Lottery Fund, the biggest grant BIG has ever given to a single project in England.  It was one of only three projects in the UK to receive the grant under BIG’s Living Landmarks scheme.

• The free attraction will be run as a social enterprise by the charity, the Heartlands Trust and includes:
o World Heritage Site state-of-the art exhibitions
o Restored Engine House with 80” Beam Engine (the last Cornish engine to work on a Cornish mine)
o Biggest Adventure Playground in Cornwall (themed on Cornish myth and history)
o Diaspora Botanical Gardens (each relating to a country that the Cornish have emigrated to)
o Red River Café and Bar
o Art and Craft studios
o Chi an Bobel (large community, conference and function hall)
o Totem Circle  (small amphitheatre for music, dance and theatre performances)
o Market Square
o Events Arena (for large scale outdoor festivals)
o Interactive art installations including graffiti-me totem poles and Red River paddling stream
o 19 one and two-bedroomed sustainable homes
o Biomass boiler, photo voltaics, rain-harvesting system and wind turbine
o Year-round programme of events
• Newton Faulkner first entered our world back in 2007, when his debut album Hand Built By Robots rocketed up the charts all the way to the number one spot. Since then, Newton has toured relentlessly around the world and 2009 saw the release of his second full-length album, Rebuilt By Humans. Currently Newton is working hard on material for the eagerly anticipated third album, due for release next year.  For more information, visit www.newtonfaulkner.com
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG)
• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Big Lottery Fund Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030, Textphone: 08456 021 659. Full details of Big Lottery Fund projects and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
• Big Lottery Press Office: 020 7211 1888. Out of hours: 07867 500 572
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Its vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. This is achieved by:
• Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities through close working with local authorities on local investment planning
• Enabling local delivery through the channelling of expertise and investment
• Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders

Musical Adventures in Cornwall

Posted on: 26th March 2012
Musical Adventures in Cornwall

Musical Adventures in Cornwall

The British Newspaper Archives make fascinating reading and in the Western Morning News and Daily Gazette of Monday March 14th 1938 I came across a reference to an appearance of the Falmouth Opera Singers, giving two performances at London’s Notting Hill Gate of Mozart’s opera “Idomineo”, with “The chief honours” going to “the orchestra, which, under the baton of Miss Maisie Radford, played crisply throughout”! The story of the Radford sisters, and indeed the Falmouth Opera Singers, is told in their 1965 book, “Musical Adventures in Cornwall”, and the amazing achievements emerging from their St Anthony-in-Roseland cottage and studio are a joy just waiting to be discovered.
They shared their music in W.I’s and village halls and formed choirs and orchestras all over Cornwall, founding  the Falmouth Opera Singers in 1923. Their productions of classical opera included the first performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo in England, and performances of Gluck’s operas, which were acclaimed by musicians throughout the country.  The best means of transport from St Anthony at the time was by water, and in their own words, “All had to be transplanted by farm cart, by row boat, by steamer, by truck from the steamer, whenever we set out.” To get to their newly founded St Mawes Choral Society, their first permanent choir, they “had only to run down two fields and row across.” The book tells of the dismay of their visiting singer at having to “wade over thick mud in evening dress, through pitch darkness, to launch the rowing boat which was then their only transport back to their Roseland home”.
Their tradition has been continued by their niece, Jennet Campbell, founder of our local band, ‘St Anthony’s Noyse’, and you can read more on the website of the Radford Trust, and of course in their fabulous book, published by David and Charles.

Ice-skating at Eden

Posted on: 27th January 2012

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Ice-skating at Eden until at least 26th February.
Perfect for half-term holidays. Check it out!
“Our magical ice rink is back with a new stunning glacial theme. In addition to our general skating sessions, there are special sessions for all ages and abilities, so come on down and get your skates on!”

Of course, there’s lots to see and do all the year round.

Top 10 things to do with kids:
Explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world.
Enjoy the imaginative children’s play areas.
Follow exciting trails around the site, with shortcuts,
hideaways, stepping stones and sandpits.
Get involved in special events for kids, including den
building in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and
rock climbing at certain times during the year.
Marvel at the massive futuristic Biomes and sculptures.
Listen to fascinating stories about weird and wonderful plants
Interact with exhibits such as the Seed, Plant Engine & Nutcracker.
Learn about the amazing things plants do.
Feast on the delicious children’s food in the cafes.
Get some great toys, games, gadgets and books in the shop.

Trewince Avenue Elms

Posted on: 27th January 2012

Trewince Avenue before Dutch Elm disease destroyed the trees. This road is the one leading from the village up to our gates. The photo comes from Arthur Mee (Children’s Encyclopædia, I believe, but unable to verify). Date, anyone?

St Anthony in Roseland Trewince Avenue

St Anthony in Roseland Trewince Avenue

Below is another photo of Trewince Avenue. When we first arrived at Trewince in January 1985 one of the first things I experienced was skidding on the ice and crashing the car into one of the elm tree trunks buried in the hedgerow. It had been our son’s first day at the Roseland School and we had been misinformed about the time of the school bus, making it necessary to drive him to Tregony. At the time my husband was still working in London and was using our Morris Minor that week, so I had to explain to him that I had dented the company Volvo! In fact, I only just managed to drive it to my new home.

Trewince_Avenue

Trewince_Avenue

The Elm trees have been replaced by Sycamores planted at the sides of the road (actually on the edges of Trewince Farm fields.) Time will tell whether the appearance of the Avenue will be restored but it’s hard to imagine that it will ever look like this again.

Roseland-Online & the Roseland Magazine

Posted on: 27th January 2012

You can read all sorts of local news on Mark Hatwood’s amazing Roseland-Online website, which brings together all the local news from around the Roseland area. It’s updated very frequently (daily?) and is the place to look for all the latest gossip…..


www.roseland-online.co.uk
Roseland-Online – South Central Cornwall’s comprehensive online information resource for events, classified ads, sports, local businesses, photograph galleries and much more in and around the Roseland Peninsula and South Central Cornwall.

…… like the story of Caroline Quentin’s ITV series on Cornwall on Monday evenings. She centered her programme this week on the local Treloan Farm campsite with a very welcoming Debbie, and also visited the (local) Porthcurnick Beach cafe where a big pan of Paella was being prepared to feed the 5,000, judging by the size of it.

C Quentin

C Quentin

Roseland-Online:
Two Roseland businesses feature in a TV series which has already begun. The programme, entitled ‘Cornwall’, was filmed over the summer of 2011 at Treloan Holiday campsite, (‘Arthur’s Field’, in Gerrans) and at ‘The Hidden Hut’ on Porthcurnick beach. Monday nights on ITV or on the ITV Player.
More here:
http://roseland-online.co.uk/​roseland-news/​roseland-news.html

You can also read Portscatho & Roseland News, find out about what’s on and see local advertisers on this site:
Roseland Magazine – Cornwall – UK

The magazine is distributed every month in a print version by an army of volunteers, and for many years was the only source of all things Roseland. You can find Announcements, times of Church services, a Diary of What’s On and a scrolling bar with all the local businesses’ and shops’ adverts displayed.  A mine of information, in fact.

The local Heritage Centre

Posted on: 23rd January 2012
Gerrans & Portscatho Heritage Centre

Gerrans & Portscatho Heritage Centre

Gerrans Parish Heritage & Information Centre
The Old Forge, Tregassick Road, Gerrans, Cornwall.

The Heritage and Information Centre opened in 2004. In addition to the permanent exhibition, specific exhibits will be set-up on an annual basis. 

The history of the parish is illustrated with displays depicting Farming through the Ages, the Fishing Industry, Education, Domesday Book entries, the Manors, World Wars, Coastguards, Churches, Chapels and much more. There are photographs, tithe maps, documents, parish records and other artefacts (including the Trewince Bottle fragment).

For those with an interest in family history there is a database containing the baptisms/christenings, marriages and deaths/burials of more than 11,500 parishioners. Indexes are also available for St Gerrans and St Anthony parishes covering, marriages, burials and a churchyard plan. The 1841 – 1901 census has also been indexed.

Welcome to Trewince Holiday Lodges!

Posted on: 22nd January 2012

We are situated in the centre of 26-acres in a prime position overlooking the English Channel at the southern tip of the Roseland Peninsula. Our estate is fully landscaped and almost surrounded by water. Gerrans Bay is to the front of the Georgian manor with the Percuil River to the west. Guests can walk through our woodland which leads to our own private quay on Froe Creek where boats have access down the Carrick Roads to the sea. Carrick Roads is an expansive waterway which forms a large natural harbour between Falmouth and the Roseland. The lower part of our estate looks across to St. Mawes. We welcome self-catering and timeshare guests.

View from the end of Trewince Woods

View from the end of Trewince Woods

Our 3 bedroomed luxury timber lodges are welcoming self-catering holiday homes which accommodate up to 6 people and have unique interior touches. All are fully furnished and generously equipped with bed linen, duvets, pillows, cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, washer/drier, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and iron. They are also equipped with Freesat digital television or Sky.
Pool viewed from Mezzanine

Pool viewed from Mezzanine

Trewince has a 13m indoor pool with sauna and spa bath as well as children’s splash pool. We use the latest UV water treatment instead of the chemical approach.

sauna

Sauna

All our staff live locally and we pride ourselves on local knowledge. Whether it be something you would like to see, taste or experience we will help you find it. You, the guest, are what we focus on. Low-occupancy discounts are available at certain times of the year and we advertise last minute discounts on our website. Please contact us for details.

The Roseland has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty andHeritageCoast. The area has great places to eat, together with several places to hire motor boats, sailing dinghies, kayaks and wind surfers. There are many spectacular walks to be experienced: just ask our staff and they will be pleased to make recommendations.

aerial view

Aerial view of Trewince

Trewince has lodges for sale and is also affiliated to RCI Timeshare for holiday exchanges or you can of course spend all your time here on the Roseland.

For old-world charm, relaxed lifestyle, quiet beaches, coastal walks, sailing from our own quay, Trewince is the place to stay.