Penzance Food and Drink openings_4th July 2020

Thank you to the Penzance BID for the list of restaurants, cafes and Pubs that will be open in Penzance from the 4th July

Penzance Opening Information 4th July 2020

Morrab Gardens painting and drawing classes

Using the wonderful plants of Morrab Gardens and the Botanical
book collection held at Morrab Library as inspiration, these
ongoing classes offer you the opportunity to celebrate the beauty
of plants in all stages of their life cycles through the medium of
drawing and painting .
The Tuesday class has been running for over a year now, and has a
couple of places available in 2020, and a new class will be starting on
Thursdays for beginners and improvers.
On both classes we will produce sketches and more finished pieces
using a variety of media & explore what plants mean to us
personally, and how we can develop our own unique artistic
identity through drawing and painting them.
Fortnightly Thursday afternoons 1-3.30pm
Starting February 27th
£15.00 per session if booking for 10 or more classes
(can be paid in instalments)
£17.50 if coming monthly, and £20 to drop in occasionally
All levels of experience welcome!
Contact Claire on 07532174802 or email her at
information or to book your place.
Places are limited so early booking is recommended

Morrab Garden Plant Sale



at The Nursery, Morrab Gardens, Penzance

Saturday 14 September 2019 10am til noon


We have a wide selection of

  • Salvia, purple, blue and scarlet
  • Geraniums and Pelargoniums
  • White vanilla scented Nemesia
  • Tibouchinas

Come early to avoid disappointment

• Succulents


Above: Tibouchinas

The other Woodstock

Woodstock still sounds golden 50 years on

A woman near the "Free Stage" at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Bethel, New York, August 1969Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

This summer marks 50 years since 400,000 people flocked to a field in upstate New York for “an Aquarian explosion” of “peace and music”.

The Woodstock music festival, held at a farm in Bethel, has come to symbolise much of the idealism of the 1960s. It is seen by many as the nexus of freedom, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll which fuelled the countercultural movement of the decade.

To mark the anniversary of the legendary gathering we spoke to some of those who experienced the festival first-hand.

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Jim Shelley was back at home in “pre-Springsteen” New Jersey for the summer after his first year at university in the conservative Midwest.

The “suburban white Catholic kid” was questioning the legitimacy of the Vietnam War and started to think “the direction the country was heading in politically was wrong”.

He had developed an interest in world music and French New Wave cinema, and felt increasingly at odds with mainstream society.

“I felt like an outsider. If you were like me, people didn’t like you. People didn’t agree with my views on the war,” he says. “People thought you were a nerd, or stupid, or strange.”

For the 19-year-old, Woodstock was the first time he felt others shared his world view.

Crowds trying to get to WoodstockImage copyrightJIM SHELLEY
Image captionJim borrowed a 35mm camera and one roll of film to record the weekend. He isn’t in any of the photos he took: “Selfies weren’t invented yet”

“I had never experienced anything like that before,” he recalls. “I remember looking around at the crowds of people like me and thinking, ‘Look how many of us there are’.”

Jim describes Woodstock as “life-affirming, rather than life-changing”.

“The attitudes I before I went to Woodstock, which were so out of place back home, were confirmed when I was there. Woodstock made me realise I was right and my ideas were legitimate.”

Three sunburned men stood up in front of a large crowd of peopleImage copyrightJIM SHELLEY
Image captionWhen asked who attended the festival Jim half-jokingly replies: “White kids getting sunburned”

His experience emboldened him and his then girlfriend – now wife – not to conform.

“My wife and I cared about the environment so we used recyclable nappies when our children were born. She was the only woman on the maternity ward to breastfeed. I was the only man to be in the delivery room. We wanted to do things differently, and we did.

“Woodstock didn’t teach me those ideals but it made me confident they were legitimate.”

Man with a parasolImage copyrightJIM SHELLEY
Image captionJim took this photograph from his sleeping bag on the Saturday of the festival

‘Smoking grass and rotting hay’

Casting his mind back to that August weekend in 1969, Jim recalls the two smells that came to mind – marijuana and rotting hay.

“I didn’t do drugs at that point. I was straight and guess I hadn’t had the opportunity. But there were lots of people smoking grass.

“But I wasn’t the only person not to smoke. People think it was everyone but it wasn’t.”

The heavy rain that lashed the site on the Friday had soaked into the mat of cut hay that covered the field. It soon began to rot.

“That rotting smell hung in the air. I remember it was not pleasant.”

Crowd at WoodstockImage copyrightJIM SHELLEY
Image captionJim snapped this image of the crowd cheering after Santana performed

He says he appreciates the legacy of the festival much more now he is older.

“I was 19, I didn’t think it would have a lasting impact on my life. But I now understand it has become a symbol of liberation. It’s a broader symbolic event and a beacon of freedom.”

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Patrick Colucci describes himself as “a broken young man” battling a “storm of self-doubt” in that summer of 1969. He was studying to be a priest, but was questioning his path.

It was a chance encounter on a park bench that led him to ride his Honda motorbike to Woodstock.

“A young girl shouted to me that she was leaving in a caravan the following afternoon, and that I could follow on my bike if I wanted. The next day I found myself in the back of a car caravan on the way to Bethel, New York.”

The influx of thousands of people to rural New York state overwhelmed the small roads. Patrick was stuck in traffic jams for hours.

“That’s when the girl got out of the car in front and walked over. She had long, flowing hair, was wearing jeans and was barefoot. She noted I had a bike and suggested we ride together along the side of the road to the farm 10 miles (16km) ahead.”

Patrick and the girl, Maria, spent the weekend together.

Patrick Colucci and MariaImage copyrightPATRICK COLUCCI
Image captionPatrick and Maria after Woodstock

“I immediately felt the shackles of a lifetime of repression lift from my shoulders. There was a tremendous feeling of euphoria and the adrenaline of unbridled freedom in the air.

“That in my mind was when the Woodstock generation took flight and for the first time I felt I belonged,” he says.

Patrick and Maria married shortly after the festival and are now grandparents.

He hopes that the spirit of Woodstock can be “rekindled” and calls on his generation to “join forces with the young” to tackle issues such as climate change.

“If you are anything like me, the mud of Woodstock still squishes between your toes.”

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Glenn Weiser was a 17-year-old high-school student studying classical guitar in 1969 – but he loved rock ‘n’ roll.

Glenn and a group of his “starry-eyed hippie” friends travelled to the festival from New Jersey.

He admits that while he remembers the music clearly, other details from the weekend are a bit hazy because they were all experimenting with LSD.

“That psychedelically inspired love that so many of the hippies really did seem to have at Woodstock and elsewhere is probably the thing I miss the most about the late 1960s.”

“Woodstock really was as fabulous as it was cracked up to be. It was wild and glorious. I left that weekend glowing. I was walking on air.”

School photo of Glenn WeiserImage copyrightGLENN WEISER
Image captionGlenn Weiser a few months after the festival – he points out his tie in this photo is “Day-Glo”

While he was struck by the size of the “mighty crowd”, Glenn was unaware of the impact the festival would have.

“I got home and my parents told me that it was the main news story,” he says. “I had no idea.”

Glenn’s long hair and questioning of the Vietnam War was “most unpalatable” to his parents. But, seeing the number of young people who shared his ideas was reassuring for him.

“The ethos of peace and love was very real. I was a real believer in that gospel.”

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‘A teeming squalid mess’

While the festival-goers we spoke to remembered Woodstock positively, not everyone looks back so fondly on the weekend.

American journalist Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in 1989 that the only true ecstasy to be found at Woodstock was “getting the hell out of there”.

He recalls traversing “a thick, slippery, brown river of boots and muck”, spending hours queuing for the toilet and dodging “chemically disoriented” passers-by.

This sentiment is echoed by Mark Hosenball who wrote an article in 2009 titled “I was at Woodstock. And I hated it”.

Rather than an attendee at the centre of a hazy hippie haven, he sees himself as victim of a “massive, teeming, squalid mess [of]… colossal traffic jams, torrential rain, reeking portable johns, barely edible food, and sprawling, disorganised crowds”.

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Penzance Business Pack Swap Launches

Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of Commerce join forces to help businesses reduce and reuse plastic packaging, as part of work to tackle the impact of plastic pollution and create a more sustainable town.


Plastic Free Penzanceand Penzance Chamber of Commercewill launch a new initiative in the town this week, to make it easier for businesses to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use. Pack Swap PZ will provide a packaging hub for all local businesses, where they can drop-off plastic that has been delivered by suppliers so it can be re-used again by other businesses.


The idea came about through Plastic Free Penzance Business Champions, who had started informally swapping things like bubble wrap, packaging peanuts and jiffy bags between them to save money and waste. It’s hoped launching a formal town-wide project will now make it easier for businesses to re-use and share resources as well as encourage more to take part.


The service will be based in Unit One of the Wharfside Shopping Centre, which has been donated by the management team until a tenant is found, putting an empty unit to community use and supporting efforts to improve the town’s environmental impact. Wharfside Shopping Centre is a ‘community ally’ of Plastic Free Penzance and has already helped promote on-street recycling in the town and supported training events.


Claire Whitton from Penzance Chamber of Commerce said: “The Pack Swap idea is absolutely fantastic for businesses. Not only does it help to reduce the amount of packaging that is being created and thrown away, it ensures that existing plastics are being re-used and that we are doing more to stop single-use. An added bonus for businesses is that it will save them money, as they won’t have to buy in this type of packaging to send out their stock. A win-win all round!”


The pilot scheme will launch on Tuesday 23rdJuly and will run for six months to determine demand, what packaging can be re-used/swapped and to see how the service can then be widened out to the general public.


Pilot Details:


Location:Unit One Wharfside Shopping Centre

Drop Off:Every Tuesday 5.30 – 6.30pm

Pick Up:Every Thursday 5.30 – 6.30pm

Packaging collected:Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, Poster Tubes, Plastic Bags, Air Pockets & Jiffy Bags


Plastic Free Penzance Community Lead Rachel Yates said: “This is an exciting step forward for the town in terms of helping our businesses take the action they want to take. We work with almost 100 Plastic Free Business Champions and many, while putting pressure on suppliers to stop sending excessive plastic packaging, are frustrated at what is still being sent into their businesses on a daily basis.


“Pack Swap PZ means we can re-use more of that packaging rather than it end up being burnt in Cornwall’s incinerator or in the environment. It means businesses are saving money and precious resources and it is another example of how our community is working together to find better, kinder ways of doing things”


Pack Swap PZ will be run entirely by volunteers. Plastic Free Penzance is linking up with Active Plusin the town to provide opportunities for people to get involved. Volunteers from Penzance Chamber of Commerce and Plastic Free Penzance will also help open up the unit and collect and distribute packaging. If anyone would like to get involved, please email


Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Wharfside Shopping Centre for the use of the unit, D.J Andrewarthafor donating storage bags, Sailflagsand Quayside Design & Printfor donating signage and Cllr Jonathan How for helping get the pilot off the ground.


Any enquiries can be directed to


Photos will be available after Tuesday’s first collection day.


You can find out more about Plastic Free Penzance here:


Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities here:


Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities


Plastic Free Communities exist to free where we live from single-use. They bring people together on a journey to tackle avoidable single-use plastic, from the beach all the way back to the businesses and brands who create it. It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about kicking our addiction to throwaway single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.


Plastic Free Holidays – Tips and guides

Article by Surfers Against Sewage


Summer is well and truly on us! Before the schools break up and the mass exodus starts, we thought we’d share some great action and advice from our Plastic Free Communities, who are all helping us reduce our plastic impact over the holidays. It can sometimes be hard when away from home or out of the usual routine, to keep up good habits. But, with more communities signing up to Plastic Free Communities every month the chances are, wherever you are, there will be support to choose plastic-free options.

Here are some ideas from around the UK … feel free to get in touch and add your own. You can find out how at the end of this article.

Straight out the blocks are Plastic Free Portsmouth, who are sharing five steps to cut plastic during the summer holidays, whether you are staying home or heading elsewhere. Lead Claire Seek said: “Remember there is NO ‘away’, so it’s best to avoid single-use items in the first place and little changes to habits can all have an impact”. Here are their tips:

  1. Ice Creams: Choose a cone rather than a tub with a spoon and avoid lollies wrapped in plastic
  2. Souvenirs: pick up a cotton t-shirt, a bottle of local brew or a local jam, reducing plastic and supporting local economies too
  3. Sunscreen: look for sun cream in metal tins and cover up or stay in the shade at the hottest time of day. You can also get plastic-free aftersun from the SAS shop
  4. Water Bottles: always remember to take a water bottle with you.  Use local refill apps to see where you can top up for free
  5. Snacks: have fun with the kids or test your own skills with a regular bake-off and make treats to take on days out. Or grab some plastic-free fruit from the local grocer.


In Whitstable the Plastic Free Communities team have recognized that many people leave their usual habits at home when they’re on holiday and don’t remember things like refill cups and bottles. So, Plastic Free Whitstable are trialling the FetchhCupscheme in local cafes, enabling visitors to borrow keep cups and return them after their stay. The town also has 45 refill water points with key tourist locations such as the Old Neptune pub signed up as Plastic Free Champions, promoting and enabling refill and reuse for visitors and locals too.

We love this next idea, from Plastic Free Denholme. They’re holding a ‘Plastic Free Summer Challenge’.  Children can register to take part and are set a challenge activity each week during the summer break.  If they complete all of the tasks they get a Plastic Free Summer Challenge Award with a certificate and fabric badge. The challenges are set via YouTube and email each Monday and all local schools have been contacted to tell their pupils and get as many involved as possible. What a great way to fill some of those down days!

In Westward Ho! a new breed of fish has been employed to help raise awareness among visitors and encourage them to reduce their plastic impact. Phillup the Fish(see what they did there?) is a 5m long and 2m high metal structure which people can fill with their plastic packaging. At the end of the project it will all be taken away for recycling, having also made a big impact and raised awareness of the single-use crisis. Community Lead for Plastic Free Westward Ho! Andrew Cross said: “We are going to bring the fish alive! We hope this will encourage those visiting Westward Ho! to use the fish for depositing their single use plastic and, in turn, further raise awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution crisis we face.”

At the other end of the UK in the Scottish villages of Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir the plastic free movement is promoting actions that you can take whether you holiday at home or abroad. Our favourite is this great tip to use your social media holiday updates to inspire others. It could be places and businesses you’ve visited that have made positives changes or photos of yourself and family/friends enjoying alternatives to throwaway plastic while you are out and about.

Community Lead Jo McFarlane added: “Carry a little bag with you to pick up plastic pollution on beaches or in green spaces and make a difference wherever you are. Celebrate doing this on social media to inspire others. Join a local volunteering beach or community clean, it’s a great way to meet locals and get tips on where to visit, eat, socialise and find out about local events you might never have known about. Remember to only flush the 3Ps wherever you go, to help prevent sewage related plastic in rivers, the sea and on beaches too”

Feeling inspired? We’d love to see your plastic free holiday snaps and tips over the next few weeks. Just share them with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitteraccounts and hashtag #PlasticFreeCommunities #PlasticFreeHolidays

To find out more about Plastic Communities click here

To get your own Plastic Free Individual Action Plan click here

Penzance Breathe Community

All are welcome to come to ‘Breathe’ in the Wharfside Centre, Penzance.  Open Thursday, Friday (10.30-3pm) and Saturday (10-12).  On offer are free art resources to create around a fortnightly theme.

For all ages and fully inclusive, the groups core values are:

‘breathe’ a place to relax, recharge, find a listening ear, read, do a jigsaw, have a cuppa (free) and prayer if you wish.

‘create’ free resources provided to paint, draw, write and experiment creatively.

‘grow’ a place to grow in friendship, skill, wellbeing and -if you chose- relationship with God.

We also have various workshops, discussion groups and activities that occur throughout the year, watch the facebook page, instagram, Twitter and website for details.

Ludgvan Friendship Group 60+

Starting on the 12thJuly 2019 is a new Live at Home Scheme friendship group for people aged 60+ living in west Cornwall.  Our friendship group will meet in Ludgvan Community Centre, Jubilee Hall, Fairfield, Penzance, TR20 8ES, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon every Friday.  The Live at Home Scheme members find the friendship groups a great way of meeting others over a cup of tea or coffee in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  Regular guest entertainment provided, along with quizzes, bingo and raffles.  Members can also come to other activities held by the scheme, like our monthly trips out on a Thursday, carpet bowls, lunch clubs and even an annual scheme holiday.  For more information please contact us on 01209 719062 or send an email to  First session to any of our friendship groups is free.  We hope to see you soon!


Our Facebook details are:


Penzance Feel Good Friendship Group

“The Feel Good Friendship Group was set up to encourage adults of any age to come, feel valued, make new friends and enjoy fun activities.  So far we have had 60s, 70s & 80s group karaoke, line dancing, sequence dancing, quiz & bingo with prizes, film, board games, creative art and group dance exercise & keep fit.  Refreshments, coffee & cake are provided.  We hold the group on the 1st Wednesday of every month 10.30am-12.30pm at The Shekinah Centre, Taroveor Road, Penzance (top of causewayhead). This is a free event.  Donations are welcome.  The next group is Wednesday 3rd July and its ’60s Name That Tune with prizes’.”

Poldark and Rosamunde Pilcher Tours

If you are looking for a tour that covers the West and features iconic legends like Poldark & Rosamunde Pilcher then please contact Doug on 07889535009