Upcoming St Hilary Church visit

St Hilary Church
St Hilary Church

Later this month, we have an outing to the lovely St Hilary Church and the adjacent Heritage Centre. For anyone who hasn’t been to the church before, you’ll be amazed at the gorgeous 1920s Newlyn School paintings there.

The church was transformed during Rev. Walke’s time at St Hilary, due in part to his wife Annie who was an artist in Newlyn and whose friends were commissioned to help decorate the church. It’s an extraordinary story!

Penzance-Literary-Festival-2013_largeIt occurred to us that, after our visit, you might be interested in hearing more about Bernard Walke. On Thursday 17 July, there will be a talk about him as part of this year’s Penzance LitFest! Speaker Lesley Michell was instrumental in setting up the St Hilary Heritage Centre and will be talking about Walke’s fascinating life.

If you’d like to come along on the St Hilary Church visit scheduled for 20 June, please contact Kathy Merrett on 757107 or by email on kathleenmerrett@btinternet.com.

To book tickets for the Penzance LitFest, click here.

A splendid morning at Tremenheere

The weather was definitely in our favour this morning as a group of us were treated to a wonderful tour of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, led by Dr Neil Armstrong, creator of the gardens. What we’d thought was going to be a rainy day turned into an absolutely perfect one.

Dorothy Oliver and Kathy Merrett.
Dorothy Oliver and Kathy Merrett.

Most of you will probably remember Neil’s talk to our group last October. We were so inspired by what he had to say and were delighted when he offered to give us a tour.

Sue Knights, Ruby, Jane Twose and Pam Smith listen to Neil Armstrong talking about the Skyspace.
Sue Knights, Ruby, Jane Twose and Pam Smith listen to Neil Armstrong talking about the Skyspace.

Neil led us along tranquil paths around ponds overhung with ferns, through an exotic woodland of palms and bamboos that felt almost like a jungle and emerging onto arid slopes with breathtaking views over to St Michael’s Mount.

Dappled sun on Seymour Tremenheere's bridge (which bears his intitials and the date 1849).
Dappled sun on Seymour Tremenheere’s bridge (which bears his intitials and the date 1849).

All the while he pointed out unusual plants, running through their names faster than my brain could keep up with!


Nestled at various spots throughout the garden are spectacular sculptures and works of art, spaced as Neil explained to us, “randomly, but evenly”. We saw James Turrell’s wonderful Skyspace, the beautiful ‘Black Mound’ charred oak piece by David Nash and two pieces by the very talented Kishio Suga.

Tim Shaw's 'Minotaur' - new this year.
Tim Shaw’s ‘Minotaur’ – new this year.

We were told about a new sculpture which will be arriving tomorrow – a highly-polished silver skip! It will be placed near the entrance to the gardens. “People can make up their own minds about it,” said Neil. You read it here first!

After our tour, we sat outside in the glorious sunshine and had lunch at The Lime Tree Cafe. Over delicious plates of food, we talked about morning and how much we’d appreciated Neil sharing with us his incredible passion for the gardens. If you haven’t yet been, you’re missing out on something very special!

Jane Twose, Tracy (Pam Smith's sister) and Pam Smith enjoy the sunshine.
Jane Twose, Tracy (Pam Smith’s sister) and Pam Smith enjoy the sunshine.

See more photos of our day here.

A ‘group’ outing to Cotehele

A happy group of 23 ladies representing Crowlas & Ludgvan, St. Ives, Carbis Bay and Zennor spent a glorious day in the sun at Cotehele.

After arriving and having a coffee break, the ladies had a wander around the house, admiring the kitchen, the housekeeper’s room and the beautiful tapestries. Some then made their way to the flour mill where they bought some flour. Others went to the quay and enjoyed lunch in the restaurant there.

All in all, the day was a great success! Although we no longer have an official ‘group,’ many members still like to meet up with others from nearby WIs for outings and social events, and we hope this will continue!

Cotehele group meeting_Sept 2013

A Day out in Falmouth

Last week a small group of us (including honorary WI member Miss Ruby) set off for a splendid day in the sunshine in Falmouth.

We began by taking a lovely boat ride up the Fal, stopping off in Malpas for a coffee. The sun was bright, the sky was blue and it couldn’t have been a better day.

Pam and Kathy
Pam and Kathy

After the boat trip, we headed to Rick Stein’s for some al fresco fish and chips in a delightfully shady spot. Following lunch, some of us headed to the Falmouth Art Gallery while others browsed in the shops.

Thanks to Kathy for organising such a wonderful day!

(More pictures can be found here.)


An afternoon with Bette and Joan

Today, quite a big group of us went to the Hall for Cornwall to see Bette and Joan, starring the wonderful Greta Scaachi and Anita Dobson. The play was all about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during their filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and provided some interesting insights into both women’s lives … as well as a lot of good laughs and some VERY RUDE WORDS!

Lis, Gill, Janet and Helen
Gill, Pat and Val


A big thank you to Mary who arranged the trip and booked us some great seats!

You ladies might enjoy this excerpt from an interview with Joan Crawford in which she talks about Bette Davis and about the film: