Agatha Christie Conundrum at Keay Theatre


Agatha Christie Conundrum at Keay Theatre

Keen young murder mystery performers took part in an Acting Summer School that would make Agatha Christie proud.

Past, present and prospective students from Cornwall College, along with students from Brannel, Penrice, Poltair and Truro School worked closely with specialist performing arts lecturers to present a murder mystery performance to family and friends.

A record 40 students attended the workshop and using the Cornwall College St Austell campus for their performance – including the Keay Theatre.

Based around a traditional murder mystery, the students inspected a crime scene and interviewed five suspects to help find the culprit.

The students delivered their findings to an audience of parents, friends and teachers, taking on the roles of detectives, suspects and interrogators. The piece was created so that the audience could decide who had committed the crime.

Course Manager and Performing Arts Lecturer Lydia Day said the atmosphere was “electric”.

“I can’t believe how confident and creative all of the attendees are, they were thoroughly engaged throughout and it’s been a joy to work with them,” she added.

The experience will be available again next year so you can follow them on Facebook; Launch Cornwall College, Instagram @launchcornwallcollege and Twitter @LaunchCornwall to hear about projects that the Performing Arts department produce throughout the year.

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

Whitegold Festival 2019


Whitegold Festival 2019

Save the date! Saturday 21st September 2019 will see the 4th annual Whitegold Festival in St Austell, Cornwall.

The festival celebrates all things clay and creative. In addition to the festival the Whitegold Project is creating amazing art, will be working with local communities and reaching out to artists, makers and designers from across Cornwall, the UK and the world.

The 3rd Whitegold festival was such a huge success for everyone involved in 2018.

2019 will be bigger and better with more music, food, art, crafts, dancing and pop up art galleries, just some of the activities happening in St Austell during the event.

Visit their website for more details

Kneehigh goes to the Beach


Kneehigh goes to the Beach

The Asylum, Kneehigh’s bespoke venue is popping up at Carlyon Beach this summer season.

The Asylum provides an exciting space to perform their shows and play host to friends and collaborators. It is a pop-up palace for fun, hope and escape. Visit their website for full details and to book tickets.

A number of productions will be taking place over the season;

Kneehigh’s UBU!

15 Aug – 1 Sept
Tuesday – Sunday 7.30pm

A sing-along satire
“ The show simmers delicately on the edge of chaos. This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skilful ”

The Dancing Frog

2 – 11 Aug & 20 Aug – 1 Sept
Tuesday – Sunday afternoons

A delightful tale of hope, heart and hip-hoppity adventure based on the classic children’s book by Quentin Blake. Book tickets fast – they will hop away.

Kneehigh Presents …

1 – 28 September
Various times

A fabulous mini festival that celebrates exciting work from our close collaborators. We wanted the shows to celebrate togetherness, inclusivity and strength in numbers – and we’re proud to say that every show on offer stands in defiance to these mad, mixed-up times we’re currently living in.

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 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 or call 0330 123 2523.E

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.

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