Monday 31 January 2011

St Ives Jazz Club

St Ives Jazz Club - Phronesis - Tuesday 15th February

St Ives Jazz Club return to The Western this week after a short winter break.

They'll be staging top class live jazz every Tuesday night for the rest of the year.

It all starts with Ralph Freeman Trio + Guests tomorrow evening (1st February).

Coming up over the coming weeks:
  • Jazz Tutors In Concert
  • Phronesis
  • Tim Whitehead
  • John Law's Opt Trio
  • Will Collier Septet
  • Kristian Borring Quartet
  • Asaf Sirkis Trio
  • Kit Downes Trio
For all gigs - doors open at 8.00 pm. music from 9.00 pm. and cost is £10.00 / £6.00 (members) on the door.

Full details are on:
St Ives Jazz Club Website

Sunday 30 January 2011

Sunday Walk - Woodland - Tregenna Castle

St Ives Cornwall - Tregenna Castle - Woodland Walk

Just back from a nice winter Sunday morning walk with Jo.

We headed up the hill to Tregenna Castle to enjoy their Woodland Walk. This runs along the edge of the estate and the golf course. Beautiful scenery with views of both St Ives Bay and the countryside.

We then intended to continue continue up the hill to Steeple Woodland and Knills Monument - but ran out of time. This will be the objective of one of our next walks - maybe we'll approach it from the Halsetown side of the hill.

If you'd like to see more photos take a look at:
OneStIves - FaceBook - Tregenna Walk Gallery

I'm hoping to add a new Walks section to my OneStIves Website - with more details and maps of various walks around St Ives and West Cornwall. Hopefully more news of that here soon - although I've got loads of new websites to get up and running for clients first !

Me and Jo have also decided to tackle the whole of the Cornwall Coastal Path - in one day sections. So when we get another sunny day it will be stage one - out to Zennor and the Tinners Arms.

Saturday 29 January 2011

What's On In St Ives Cornwall

Tregenna Castle - St Ives - Sunday Lunch and Jazz

Lots going on in St Ives this week, as ever. Here is a small selection of events.

Tomorrow (30th January) you can enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch and some great music at Tregenna Castle with Sunday Lunch and Jazz. Food served from 12.00 pm, music until 3.00 pm. Booking essential: 01736 795 254.

On Monday (31st) Café Art are hosting an evening of poetry and music with Colin T Johnson and Bernie Davies. Two Voices From Salford starts at 7.30 pm and costs £2.00 including a free glass of wine.

On Tuesday (1st February)  St Ives Jazz Club return to The Western after a short winter break. They are staging Ralph Freeman Quartet. Doors open at 8.00 pm with music from 9.00 pm, entry on the door is £10.00 or £6.00 (members).

On Wednesday (2nd)  St Ives School Of Painting have an art class - Life Drawing. It starts at 7.30 pm and costs £7.00, no need to book just turn up 10 minutes before the start.

On Thursday (3rd) you can get some wonderful fresh Cornish Produce from St Ives Farmers Market, from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm, at The Backpackers on The Stennack. Free entry.

On Friday (4th) St Ives Library host the Poetry Appreciation Group, starting at 1.00 pm, free and all welcome.

More Events:
St Ives What's On

Thursday 27 January 2011

Busy Thursday Evening In St Ives Cornwall

The Drill Hall - Royal Square - St Ives Cornwall

A lot going on in St Ives this evening.

The Drill Hall on Royal Square are hosting a "Swish" Night Clothes Swap - a cheap and fun way to change and freshen up your wardrobe. Just bring a bag of clean clothing, accessories or shoes and "swish" away ! Many of the shops will be open, along with Café Art serving drinks and snacks. Entry Fee is £3.00 - proceeds to charity. Starts at 6.30 pm.

Miracle Theatre present their "panto with a difference" - Beauty and the Beast from Mars - at St Ives Theatre on The Stennack. With original sixties inspired tunes, technical wizardry and huge laughs from Cornwall’s foremost ‘masters of comedy’, this will be a wonderful night out. Have tickets - can't wait ! Doors open at 7.00 pm, performance at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10.00 / £6.75 (under 15s) from the theatre box office - 01736 796 007 - open tonight from 7.00 pm.

Café Frug - an evening of entertainment where anything can happen - is at St Ives Arts Club. It will feature any combination of  poetry, prose readings, comedy, music, film or anything else  - depending on who turns up. Doors open at 7.30 pm with performances from 8.00pm, entry on the door is £4.00 or £2.00 for club members.

With a bit of footwork you could catch all three of these - Swish from 6.30 pm, a bite to eat at Café Art, over to the theatre for 7.30 pm then on to the Arts Club when that finishes around 9.30 pm.

Wednesday 26 January 2011

Craft Fair - St Ives Library

Craft Fair - St Ives Cornwall - Library

A new Craft Fair opened in St Ives Library today - featuring hand made work by local craftspeople.

These will run throughout the year - on the first Thursday of every month, starting on 3rd March. Open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Thursdays have been chosen as the regular date to coincide with St Ives Farmers Market.

Well worth a trip into town to get some great local food then enjoy browsing some unique and individual hand made work in the library.

For more information or to enquire about booking a stall get in touch:
0300 1234 111

This and more St Ives Cornwall events are on:
St Ives Cornwall - What's On

Sunday 23 January 2011

Chickens Are Back

St Ives Cornwall - Chickens

Thanks to a neighbour who had some to spare - we now once again have chickens !!

Two Rhode Island Red and one Battery Rescue.

We've made the run and hen house as fox-proof as possible - so hoping for the best.

Can't wait for the first fresh eggs.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

St Ives - Winter Sunrise

St Ives Cornwall - Sunrise Over St Ives Bay

Beautiful sunrise over St Ives Bay this morning. I was up early and back to work for another day on The Net.

I've got several projects under way for clients around St Ives.

I'm helping The Mex Restaurant with their current marketing push - both online and offline. They've got a special offer for January - 10% off every meal and you can bring your own wine. I've been adding them to various travel websites and have added a discount voucher - available for download here.

Hobblers Restaurant on St Ives Harbour will also have a new improved website online in the next couple of weeks, together with a site for their new self catering cottage on Island Road.

St Ives Secure Parking are adding to their services - as well as secure reserved parking they now also offer a vehicle valet and return journey check. They have also reduced their prices. Coming soon - a new website for their 24 hour car wash in St Ives.

Miracle Theatre return to St Ives next week - Thursday 27th January - with their brilliant panto Beauty and the Beast from Mars. We're running a competition to promote the show with a great prize - a pair of tickets plus a theatre supper at The Mex. Please do enter !

I've added more events to St Ives Arts Club - What's On.
These include Cafe Frug, The Unplugged Chameleon, World Classics Series and The Arts Club Ball. More coming soon including the new season of exhibitions - once details are confirmed.

I've been adding more listings to my OneStIves website - with Cross Estates joining this week.

I'm helping a number of clients set up and maintain their FaceBook business pages including:
Fine Art Print Centre
Keith English - Artist

My own new project this week is a new T-Shirt website that I've started with local writer Rod Bullimore. Amusing and witty slogans as seen at St Ives Literature Festival and St Ives September Festival:
Abducted By Humans.
Been to St Ives - done stuff - now get the T-Shirt !!!.

Monday 17 January 2011

St Ives TV

St Ives Cornwall - Yellow Rooftops

St Ives TV is a new online community TV channel with some great films covering various aspects of life here.

They will be adding new content on a regular basis - so check out their website and FaceBook.

St Ives TV - Website

St Ives TV - FaceBook

Friday 14 January 2011

St Ives Tourist Information Centre

St Ives Cornwall - Tourist Information

A story in The Cornishman this week reports "St Ives Tourist Information Centre Saved By Councillors".

I've heard from two separate and reliable sources that this is somewhat premature and that nothing has been finally settled as yet.

As reported previously - Cornwall Council have withdrawn all funding from the centre from March 2011 - due to a shortage of funds.

A statement from St Ives Town Council today said:
"The town council are working to take positive action with regard to provision of a tourist information service, but this is subject to further negotiation."

A working group has been set up including representatives of St Ives Town Council, Chamber of Commerce and Hotel & Guesthouse Association. They've been working hard for the last few weeks to resolve the situation and come up with a solution - despite many stumbling blocks.

More definite news is expected soon.

Also - good to see that, despite the cutbacks, Cornwall Council still has enough of our money to fund vital front line services - such as a Business Change Manager (salary up to £51k) to "deliver a programme of change that will promote a performance led culture ...... a chance to play a leading role in the transformation of our services as we seek to develop opportunities for the delivery of our services to public bodies across the South West"

So we can look forward to further service enhancements from the Most Improved Council of The Year - things can only get better.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Beauty and the Beast from Mars

Beauty and the Beast from Mars - Nurse Bumper and Alien

Miracle Theatre return to St Ives this month with a spectacular new show packed with live music, video, comedy and space-age mayhem.

Beauty and the Beast from Mars is a panto like no other.

Poptastic singing icon Bobby Beauty finds himself hotly pursued by The Beast, evil queen of Mars. Can Bobby, helped by his number one fan Nurse Bumper, stop The Beast and her evil plan to destroy Planet Earth?

Miracle are no strangers to St Ives - their previous productions here, including Romeo & Juliet and The Revenge Of Rumpelstiltskin, have received rave reviews.

This show is not to be missed. Huge fun and suitable for all ages.
I saw it in December in Truro and I'm really looking forward to seeing it again.

For reviews and a video preview visit:
Miracle Theatre Website

Enter Our Competition !!
As an added bonus - you have the chance to win a fantastic prize. A pair of VIP tickets, plus a pre-theatre supper for two at The Mex Restaurant opposite the theatre. Click below to enter our:
Beauty and the Beast from Mars Competition

Thursday 27th January, 7.30 pm, St Ives Theatre.
Tickets are £10.00 / £6.75 (under 15s).
Available now from the theatre box office - 01736 797 007.

Monday 10 January 2011

Textile Art and Knitting

Creative Textile Course - St Ives Cornwall

Do you have an interest in textiles and want to learn some new skills ?

My wife Jo will be starting a Creative Textile Course -  this Friday (14th) at St Ives Library and then running over the next 10 weeks. Each session runs from 10.00 - 13.00 and the cost is £10.00 per session, with a £20.00 deposit to cover the first two sessions.

The course covers a wide variety of techniques including Feltmaking, Weaving, Hand Embroidery, Machine Embroidery, Fabric Dyeing, Fabric Printing and lots more .....

There are still some places left so to book or for more information get in touch with Jo:
01736 797 122

Jo is also running craft evenings at Café Art on Royal Square. Next Monday (17th) is a Knitting and Crochet Evening - for both beginners to get started and more experienced knitters who would like to learn more. It runs from 19.00 - 21.00 and costs £5.00 per person - call in at the Café to book a place. Should be both great fun and sociable - a chance to learn new techniques and meet fellow knitters. As an added bonus the Café will be open and serving their delicious range of home made cakes, snacks and drinks.

More Textile Art Workshops and Craft Evenings are scheduled after that - details are on:
Jo McIntosh - Knitweave Website

Sunday 9 January 2011

Walk On Trencrom Hill

A beautiful sunny day in St Ives and West Cornwall.

We've just been for a walk on Trencrom Hill - just outside St Ives.

The photo gallery above follows our route - from the car park, up to the summit, down the other side of the hill then along the woodland margin back to the start.

The views from the top are stunning - unique because you can see both the North and South Cornwall coasts. Views across to St Michael's Mount, Hayle Estuary, St Ives Bay and Godrevy.

One of my plans for 2011 is to get out walking more - so I hope to post more walks including Rosewall Hill, Lanyon Quoit and Mên-an-Tol.

Saturday 8 January 2011

St Ives Arts Club

St Ives Arts Club - Sunrise (Photo: Jordan Jackson)

I was recently commissioned by St Ives Arts Club to redesign their website - with a brief to add more useful content and produce a fresh modern design to better reflect the club.

Working closely with the committee and other club members - I've produced something that I have to admit I'm pretty pleased with:
St Ives Arts Club Website

The new What's On page is now has more information about future events - including both exhibitions and performance. This will be kept as up-to-date as possible as the calendar evolves. Although some events are members only most are open to all. If you're not a regular visitor to the club you might be surprised to see just how much there is on through the year:
St Ives Arts Club - What's On

There is also a separate section for the World Classics Series which brings top class musicians to the club from around the world. Three new concerts have been scheduled for 2011 - tickets on sale now - with more to follow:
St Ives Arts Club - World Classics Series

The History of the Club has been re-written for the site by Marion Whybrow and Archa Robinson - taking the story from 1890 to the present day. We've included some wonderful old photographs and hope to add more, including some from the extensive collection at St Ives Archive Centre:
St Ives Arts Club - History

There is lots more to take a look at - so please do visit the site and explore. As ever - feedback is very welcome either from club members or visitors.

Wednesday 5 January 2011

St Ives September Festival 2011

Joey the Lips - St Ives Guildhall - Saturday 24th September

Some of the performers at St Ives Guildhall for the 2011 Festival have just been announced:

Sunday 11th September - Barbara Dickson
Monday 12th September - Jacqui Dankworth & the Brodsky Quartet
Friday 16th September - Show of Hands
Saturday 17th September - Seth Lakeman
Monday 19th September - John Williams & John Etheridge
Thursday 22nd September - Focus
Friday 23rd September - Adrian Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds with John Otway (support)
Saturday 24th September - Joey the Lips

A mixture of some previous visitors and newcomers.

Barbara Dickson, Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, among the returnees, will all prove popular gigs.

Adrian Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds are regulars on the festival circuit - but this is their first visit to St Ives.

Focus - surely not the legendary Dutch prog rockers ?

Joey the Lips look like a great choice to headline the festival closing night - Soul, Blues, Funk with a bit of Motown and Rock according to their website.

Tickets will be on sale from around March and no doubt more gig announcements will follow soon.