Help for people affected by the recent storms

posted on February 14th, 2014 by rosie

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Penzance seafront following the recent storms

In usual circumstances we love splashing around in our Seasalt Rain coats and wellies but the recent storms have been more intense than anything we have seen before and we have been saddened to witness the terrible damage to people’s homes around the country.

We heard about the Cornwall Community Foundation setting up a brand new Emergency Storm Fund to help with the aftermath of the storms and we immediately donated £500 to help out local people affected by flooding and storm damage. It was set up to assist people whose homes may not have adequate insurance or to households with vulnerable children and adults. It could help to replace lost clothing or food, to replace carpets or furniture or to help with the clean up or structural repair costs. Community organisations and voluntary groups whose properties or activities have been affected can also apply for help.

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seasalt and leach pottery launch unique creative opportunity

posted on February 11th, 2014 by rosie

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Seasalt Joint Managing Director, Neil Chadwick, with Julia Twomlow, Leach Pottery Director

We are excited to announce that we are launching a Seasalt Bursary where we will be offering one lucky person the enviable opportunity to train and study as a potter at the famous Leach Pottery in St Ives.

Julia Twomlow, Leach Pottery Director, said, “The Leach Pottery has always attracted potters, students and apprentices from across the world. We want to invite someone with no experience or skills in pottery but bags of enthusiasm and creativity and provide them with the best possible training experience to become a fully-fledged potter.”

Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Japanese artist, Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is now a UK charity. Alongside promoting the work and life of Bernard Leach, it also works to further the development of studio pottery and encourage young talent through its studio and education programme. With long-held strong links to the creative community, particularly, in St Ives, we are delighted to provide backing for this innovative 12-month scheme.

Seasalt Joint Managing Director, Neil Chadwick, said, “We’ve always loved and been inspired by St. Ives and its artistic heritage. We’ve been involved with the Leach to some degree for many years and the Seasalt Bursary feels like the next exciting step together.”

The Leach Pottery will be inviting applications for the scheme very soon but will be looking for someone who is available for 12 months and has natural enthusiasm and skill. We are providing the bursary towards the establishment of this position on an annual basis.

The Seasalt Bursary coincides with the launch of a unique collection of tableware created by the Leach Pottery for us which will be available from mid April in selected shops and online www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk

 

 

 

Christmas music recital – Seasalt style

posted on December 31st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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There are many musical people here at Seasalt. Neil has been learning the piano for 30 years and you can often hear the sound of his tinkering throughout the studio, as he takes 10 minutes out from the day.

This year he held a recital for his fellow music students and what a glorious evening it was! Around 30 music students, plus families, ranging from age 4 to much older got together for a Christmas bash! Each played a tune in turn for the rest and by the end we think they had played every Xmas song ever written!

Neil would like to say a big thank you to Michelle ( his piano tutor) for all her brilliant musical tutor-age all year, and thank you to his fellow students including Victoria and Zephyrine who work so hard at Seasalt, we are all surprised they had anytime to practice and be so brilliant!

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The grand piano pictured above lives permanently lives at our design studio’s in Falmouth, for people to play whenever they want!

Top tips for enjoying the beach with kids in winter

posted on December 29th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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With two child-friendly properties in Cornwall and one in Dorset, our friends at Luxury Family Hotels know all there is to know about making the most of beaches during the colder months. We invited them to share their top beach games, activities and tips for winter breaks with kids.

• They might not be up for a swim or even a barefoot paddle, but many beach activities that kids love can be done all year long – rock/shell-collecting, rock-pooling, fossil-hunting, crabbing, sand-writing, sand angels, sandcastle-making, driftwood sculptures, hide and seek among the sand dunes, and ball games including beach volleyball. In fact, they can be even more fun when the crowds are gone and you have the beach to yourselves.

• Some activities actually come into their own in winter – windier days are great for blowing the cobwebs away after a hearty Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner but are also a boon for kite-flying and games of frisbee. Bigger, wilder waves than in summer might well tempt the kids (and you!) into the sea to play a spot of ‘wave chicken’, so make sure to bring high-top wellies and waterproofs.

• Winter may bring birds and other wildlife that you won’t see at other times of year, so remember to take binoculars on your outing.

• If there is more than one adult, take it in turns to distract the kids while the other lays a winter treasure trail around the beach – think shiny and even festive items such as Christmas baubles and glittering chocolate coins. Make an ‘X marks the spot’ map, and give the kids small spades and bags for their booty.

• Go prepared. A winter beach picnic should include a massive flask of hot chocolate and a packet of marshmallows, either to float on top or to toast over a disposable/portable barbecue or even a campfire if you’re feeling particularly adventurous (bring sausages to scoff first). If you do aim to sit down and eat, bring a blanket/mat with waterproof backing.

• Get the gear. In winter, it’s even more important than the rest of the year to take spare clothes and shoes and a plastic bag for wet and/or sandy items.

Mousehole Christmas lights- 50th year

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Christmas lights offer the perfect excuse to venture out on these cold December nights, have a mug of mulled wine and stroll around taking in the sights, sounds and delicious spicy smells.! We braved the gale force winds and rain, and wrapped up in our RAIN coats to join in the festivities at Mousehole, as the town switched on its famous Christmas lights for the 50th year!

Preparations begin as early as September to get the near 10,000 bulbs and over 5 1/2 miles of cable in place across the village ready for the 3,000 to 4,000 spectators who flock to see this twinkling village. All the lights are made in the village by the local volunteers and tell a story of the village’s customs, history and its maritime heritage.

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our favourite christmas lights

posted on December 4th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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We love the magic and sparkle of Christmas lights as they twinkle along our beautiful coastline. So wrap up warm, grab a mince pie and join us at some of our favourite displays.

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lyme regis walking festival

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Are you looking for something fun for all the family this weekend? Well look no further,  Lyme Regis are holding a walking festival and you couldn’t wish for a better place. Set in the heart of the 95-mile long Jurassic Coast and sitting on a stunning section of the celebrated South West Coastal path, Lyme Regis really is the perfect destination for walkers looking to explore the best of the beautiful coastline and inspiring landscapes of West Dorset and East Devon.

Local residents will be sharing their favourite walks with festival goers and there will be organised events led by Lyme’s Regis resident experts to help you explore the town’s fascinating fossil, wildlife, history, and literary secrets. If you would like to find out more about the festival and how to get involved have a look at their Facebook page here. Whatever the weather this is set to be fun for all the family!

Whatever the weather this is set to be great fun for all the family

st ives boat day

posted on August 9th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

This coming Thursday is St Ives Lifeboat Day, a fun-filled family day for everybody to join together and raise some money for a great cause!

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There will be lots going on including some great stalls on West Pier and the Lifeboat house, children’s rides, face painting, Cornish music and dancing from Bagas Porthia, a scrumptious BBQ and much more. The day will finish off at the Sloop Inn at 8pm for live music and the grand auction.

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Our lovely St Ives store manager, Amy Iggulden will be volunteering on the day and shaking donation buckets on the pier. Seasalt will also be donating raffle prizes to help raise funds directly for the launch and recovery vehicle the lifeboat team need to continue doing the great work they already do.

It all promises to be a great day so why not pop down?

celebrating the golowan festival!

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Golowan Festival is an annual highlight for the people of Penzance. Meaning the Feast of St Johns this midsummer date has been celebrated since pre-Christian times with  torches, blazing barrels and burning bonfires. But concern about damage to property soon saw laws introduced to limit the locals fun and the festival died out.  But in 1990 the Golowan Festival was reborn and soon the traditional ingredients of the original event were revived including the Serpent Dance, Mock Mayor elections and fireworks.

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All traffic is banned from the streets and crowds of people congregate to watch series of colourful processions move though the town. With the rain holding off and the sunshine out, the crowds this year were out in full force and our Penzance store had the fun of watching the people flock past and managed to catch a few snaps!

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Where you at the Golowan festival? Do you have any interesting stories about the festival, if so we would love to hear them!

gool perran low-en. happy st. piran’s day

posted on March 5th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Move over Saint George, Saint Piran is in town! The patron saint of tin-miners  is generally regarded as the national Saint of Cornwall and his flag, a white cross on a black background, is the flag of Cornwall.

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