Monday, 31 May 2010

First Strawberries Of Spring

First Strawberries Of Spring - St Ives Cornwall
First Strawberries Of Spring - St Ives Cornwall

I've just enjoyed the first strawberries of the year - lots more to come as they ripen - can't wait !

I've been hard at work in the garden planting peas, french beans, spinach, broccoli, salad leaves, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes and sweetcorn.

I've been included in the programme for 'Secret Gardens Of St Ives' which is on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June. So please do come along if you'd like to take a look - just don't expect a "show garden". This is definitely a "working garden" and a work in (permanent) progress.

Also - one idea that I've had today is to set up a website for a local veg / plant swap scheme. Like most gardeners I'll probably end up with a glut of some things later in the year, while other plants don't produce as much as I'd like. Let me know what you think.

Right now I've got loads of Jerusalem Artichoke plants if anybody wants some.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Sacconi Quartet
Sacconi Quartet - Music In May

Another busy week ahead in St Ives.

Tonight (30th) Sacconi Quartet have a concert at St Ives Parish Church - part of Music In May. Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor. Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C. Dvorak Piano Quintet in A. Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £12.50 (reserved seating), £10.00 (unreserved).

Tomorrow (31st) St Ives Cricket Club take on Stithians CC at The Belyars, match starts at 2.00 pm.

On Tuesday (1st) St Ives Jazz Club are staging reedsman Stewart Curtis with Ralph Freeman Trio at The Western. Doors open at 8.00 pm, music from 9.00 pm, entry is £10.00 / £6.00 (jazz club members).

On Wednesday (2nd) St Ives School of Painting are running an art class - Life Drawing. Suitable for all levels of ability, including beginners. It starts at 7.30 pm and costs £7.00, no need to book just turn up.

On Thursday (3rd) you could join local guide Valerie Hurry for St Ives In The Frame - a guided tour focussing on the art and artists of St Ives. It starts at 11.00 am, meet outside The Guildhall, cost is £5.00 per person.

Friday (4th) sees the opening of the annual CAMRA St Ives Beer Festival at The Guildhall. It starts at 11.00 am and remains open until 11.00 pm. More than 60 real ales, ciders and perries, live music from Gallowglass at 8.00 pm. Entry is £3.50 / £2.00 (CAMRA members) which includes a festival beer glass and programme. The festival continues on Saturday (5th) from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm with more live music throughout the day.

Details of more events this week and throughout the year are on:
St Ives Events Calendar

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Ayr Field Day 2010

Ayr Field Day
Ayr Field Day

Ayr Field Day 2010 will be on Sunday 4th July from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

A great community event - all welcome - with theatre, dance, live music, stalls, food and lots more.

Its organised by The Ayr Field Community Group - a grassroots volunteer organisation that maintains Ayr Field and raises funds so the entire community can have year round use of the field.

A full programme will be published in due course but right now the organisers are asking for help with the event.

Local organisations can apply for a stall. An opportunity to raise funds or spread the word about what you do. Stalls involving games and childrens activities are particularly welcome and you're asked to keep it affordable (say 50p).

There are also a few commercial stall pitches available.

They are also looking for anybody who can provide demonstrations / workshops for children and adults.

Local businesses are asked to support the event if they can - in a number of ways. Cash donations are always welcomed and in return you can be featured as a sponsor on the day. Raffle prizes are needed, also donations of food and drink for the volunteers working on the day. Staff are invited to donate their time to help with stewarding, set up and take down.

Any business offering help will be featured in print material, including 4000 leaflets distributed locally. You will also feature in press releases, the Ayr Field website and announcements on the day.

Cost of sponsorhip varies, between £100 and £50 depending on what you sponsor. For my part - I'll offer one 6 month listing on my OneStIves website to the first business who offers to throw in an extra £50 on top of their standard sponsorhsip.

For more information get in touch with Rissa Parsons.
07727 210 324

Thursday, 13 May 2010

St Ives Food and Drink Festival - June 2010

Seafood Cafe - All Things Cornish Fish - 15th and 17th June
Seafood Cafe - All Things Cornish Fish - 15th and 17th June

The festival have issued a first draft of their events programme.

It starts on Monday 14th June and runs through to Sunday 20th.

Events include food and drink tastings, cookery demonstrations, food foraging walks and BBQ.

Also the regular weekly St Ives Farmers Market on Thursday 17th June.

Over the final weekend there will be a Cornish Food and Drink Producers Exhibition at The Guildhall, open Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

I've put details of events on my:
St Ives Events Calendar

Also more details on:
OneStIves - Food and Drink Festival

The festival's own website will be going live soon with more details:
St Ives Food and Drink Festival Website

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Ayr Field - New Play Area - Grand Opening

Ayr Field St Ives - Childrens Play Area
Ayr Field St Ives - Childrens Play Area

Saturday (15th May) sees the grand opening of the fantastic new childrens playground at Ayr Field.

The fun starts at 12.00 pm and continues until 4.00 pm. Official ribbon cutting is at 1.00 pm.

There will be music, storytelling and mayhem. Activities and games for all ages. Eden project H2O challenge.

Locally baked cakes and treats. BBQ, teas and coffees at the scout hut.

Parking is very limited - so please walk if you can.

All events are free - but donations are welcome.

You can see more about Ayr Field on the website: