Whitegold Project- Brickfields


Whitegold Project- Brickfields

As part of the Whitegold project 2019, the first Clay Exchange project is Brickfield, a community arts project set in the heart of Cornwall’s clay country run by Rosanna Martin and Georgia Gendall .

Brickfield involves the creation of an experimental brickworks at Blackpool China Clay Pit, TrewoonSt Mewan, St Austell. The project aims to develop a new site for collective community brick production.

Rosanna and Georgia will be working with a wide range of students, architects, and local businesses as well as calling on brick making experts, clay country geologists and historians.

Together with community groups from around the clay towns and villages, they will design, make and fire a new Clay Country brick which will be stacked to make a specialist brick kiln and will be fired as part of the Whitegold festival 2019.

During June/July there will be opportunities to take part in field trips exploring the china clay landscape to learn how the china clay industry has shaped the countryside around St Austell.

In August there will be a series of workshops that will involve designing a new brick. A brick-making production site will be created with opportunities to get involved in all stages of making the new brick.

This will involve: mixing and preparing clay, adding combustibles to the mix, wedging the clay to remove air, pressing clay into wooden moulds, knocking out the bricks and laying them to dry before they are finally added to the kiln to be fired.

A number of brickworks existed across Cornwall, from small scale sites such as Heligan, to larger scale commercial outputs like Par.

Brickfield invites you to get involved in all aspects of the project, for further details visit their website http://whitegold.org.uk/ or to register interest contact [email protected]

Buddy Benches


Buddy Benches

Two custom made ‘Buddy Benches’ are helping to create new friends and combat loneliness at Treverbyn Primary School.

Made by students studying at Cornwall College, Engineering Lecturer, Luke Bazeley explained the project began after a plea for help from the Friends of Treverbyn parent group.

“They originally asked if it was possible for us to make some simple benches, but we decided to go one step further and created a design based around the contents of a pencil case,” he said.

“The Engineering students then managed the ‘real life’ project and together with the carpentry department, the end result was these impressive and very unique benches made to a very high standard.”

Emma Knowles, Friends of Treverbyn Academy (FTA) explained that the school have a student council and are voted in by their peers on a yearly basis, who are then asked what they would like to see or improved in the school.

“This year, they asked for Buddy Benches, with the ethos being that if a student is lonely, sad or has no one to play with then they can go and sit on the bench and then other children would join them or involve them in what they are doing,” she explained.

The Friends of Treverbyn parent group exists to help to provide the extra things that are not always provided by the school. Treverbyn Academy has 210 children and additional funding is always welcome.

“The guys at the college said ‘we can do that’ when they heard about the buddy benches and the children have all been really excited about the benches and we’ve been keeping them updated with the progress,” Emma added.

“Some of the college students joined the grand unveiling of the benches and it was a great opportunity to see the fruits of their labour and how excited the children were all too finally have these benches”

Head teacher at Treverbyn, Simon Welch thanked the FTA committee and the team at the college.

“The FTA have been amazing with the fundraising and making things happen that will provide the children lots of opportunities of health, fitness and wellbeing – the buddy benches are part of that wellbeing, so thank you for all your hard work,” he said. 

For more information on the range of Engineering & Carpentry courses available at Cornwall College St Austell visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.E

Murder Mystery Summer School


Murder Mystery Summer School

For the third successful year, young actors in Cornwall are to put themselves in the frame again for a mystery murder performance.

The free, two-day summer school event will see keen young performers workshop a murder mystery scenario, before performing in front of friends and family.

Taking place with Launch Theatre and Performance Training at Cornwall College St Austell, current year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students from the St Austell area and beyond are invited to book their place.

Those that might be considering acting or a performing arts course, or those who “just love acting” are invited, according to performing arts lecturer, Lydia Day.

“This is a great way to meet the lecturers and find out what it’s like to be an acting student at Cornwall College and to tread the boards,” she continued.

“We’re going to be workshopping a murder mystery over two days so we’re going to need talented suspects!”

The event will run over Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of August from 10.00am until 4.00pm with a scratch performance for friends, parents and the community at 4pm in the Keay Theatre.

This opportunity is suitable for those aged 12 to 18. Places are limited and given last year’s popularity, booking is essential. Please get in touch to book your place or to find out more please contact [email protected]

For more information on the range of Acting & Performing Arts courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

St Austell Garden Festival 2019


St Austell Garden Festival 2019

The 2nd annual Garden Festival in St. Austell, Cornwall held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 was a true celebration of the town’s famous gardens, beautiful surrounding landscapes, it’s bio-diverse local wildlife and all things green and gardening!

Welcoming all sectors of its vibrant community, the festival welcomed young and old, residents and visitors alike. Featuring local bands and music, projects by local schools and displays from local historic gardens, and retail stands from local plants enthusiasts, conservation charities and craft stalls.

Garden Festival Grand Opening

Posted by White River Place on Saturday, 22 June 2019
James Staughton Chair of SABEF and CEO of St Austell Brewery Opening the Garden Festival


‘Lovely to see so many good things happening here loved the atmosphere today!’

‘Do continue with this resounding success’

‘Great vibe – as it should be! Market House was buzzing!!

‘‘The festival was good because it encouraged people to think about their gardens, plants and flowers that we have around us and also about what has been and is being done, to make St Austell a nice place to live and for visitors to come to. I think the festival brought a lot more people into town and also encouraged people to come together and try some new ideas, that might appeal to people, such as the people showing art and craft work in the Market House., and all of the shops who had colourful displays in their windows – loved the entertainment that was provided for us!’

“Please have it again next year – very positive and wonderful!’

“Great stalls and everyone very willing to have a chat and share their enthusiasm for gardening and clay’

The Garden Festival, has a sister project Whitegold Festival an annual event that happens in September which further enhances the rich heritage of St Austell and surrounding areas by creating art in public spaces, working with artists, makers and designers from across Cornwall and the UK.

Contact us if you would like to get involved, join our mailing list or keep in touch on social media. We look forward to seeing you soon.

St Austell Bay Economic Forum runs both projects with funding from the Coastal Communities Project and, other partners and sponsors below.

To find out about other events in St Austell please visit the St Austell website or the St Austell Facebook page

Whitegold International Ceramic Prize


Whitegold International Ceramic Prize

The first Whitegold International Ceramic Prize is a celebration of clay in relationship with people, culture and place. The winners of the prize will be invited to make a new piece of work drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections.

Artists, collectives and CIC’s from around the world are invited to submit works that use clay to inspire new perspectives and insights into place – the specific character of a location that makes it unique. All work of exceptional quality that connects people and place through creativity with clay will be considered. Submitted artwork should ideally be culturally and environmentally aware and socially engaged. 

The Whitegold International Ceramic Prize is an award in two parts. Winners will receive a cash prize, along with a paid commission for the development of a new work for St Austell.

First Prize: £10,000 with an additional £5,000 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

Second Prize: £5,000 and an additional £2,500 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

This is the first prize of its kind to be run by the Whitegold Project.

The object of the Whitegold Project is to raise the profile of St Austell as a world recognised destination for art and clay, an attraction for visitors from across the globe. Our vision is to work with artists, makers and designers to celebrate past and present, and create future stories of china clay and the communities who live with it, inspiring people in and around the district to develop their creative potential and the area’s future sustainability.

St Austell boasts one of the top UK catering colleges


St Austell boasts one of the top UK catering colleges

Cornwall College St Austell is celebrating cementing its status as one of the top catering colleges in the UK, with a Highly Commended AA College Rosette.

The Cornwall College Group retained its three Centres of Excellence, one of only a few colleges in the UK to hold three, and Gold accreditation from the AA and People 1st.

Following a thorough inspection process over a number of days, international employer-led College Accreditation Board People 1st renewed the college’s accreditation and centres of excellence statuses.

Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead for Hospitality, and Tourism at the College, said everyone was “incredibly proud”.

“These accreditations are testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our team, combined with the many achievements of our students,” Grant continued.

Culinary Arts students from Cornwall College are renowned for achieving great things across the industry, with chefs such as Tom Brown from Great British Menu fame, Edward Cooke the head chef at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray, and Dorian Jahmeet, Head Chef at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to name a few.

“The combination of exciting opportunities, industry-standard facilities and extremely experienced tutors has life changing impacts on our students and I would urge people to consider beginning a rewarding career with us.”

Cloisters Restaurant Manager, Matt Bird explained that the opportunities that are available in the hospitality sector are incredible.

“If you want to travel the world or stay right there in Cornwall there are some amazing restaurants which are always on the lookout for talented front of house staff and chefs,” he added.

Those interested in a career in the catering and restaurant industry can find out more by contacting 0330 123 2523 or emailing [email protected]

For further media details, please contact Laura Gale T: 01726 226 462 or email [email protected]

St Austell Coastguard Need You!


St Austell Coastguard Need You!

St Austell Coastguard are looking for new coastguard rescue officers.

Are you looking for a new challenge? Want to do something for the local community? Ever thought about becoming a Coastguard Rescue Officer?

The local teams in Polruan and Mevagissey are looking for recruits. The teams are involved in search and rescue, cliff rescue, water rescue, PR events, local patrols and much more. 

If you live close to the area and are available to respond to emergency situations then this could for you. Full training is given.

For more information please email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

St Austell’s Top Dog Days Out


St Austell’s Top Dog Days Out

St Austell, Cornwall is far more dog friendly than you think, we even have a full things to do section all about dog friendly days out and attractions.

Select Cornwall have now published their top spots for days out with our furry friends and amongst them, some of our beautiful beaches and gardens have made it to the top of the list.

Beach walks

Most beaches in Cornwall allow dogs in the winter season and some even allow them in the summer season.

Gorran Haven beach near Mevagissey has made it to the top of the list
with private parking just a short walk away, toilets nearby and a beach shop on hand for forgotten beach essentials and tasty refreshments, what more could you ask for?

Public gardens

St Austell is well known for its public gardens. Most of them are happy to open their doors to our four-legged friends. Here are two of them which made it to the top of the Select Cornwall list.

Eden Project in St Austell – The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, UK. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell – Considered to be one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England, it has become one of the area’s most popular visitor and local attractions.

Check out our things to do section for many more fantastic dog friendly days out and places to visit.


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