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]

Giving Thyme to Help!


Giving Thyme to Help!

A group of college students have helped transform a local care home’s outside space with the addition of herbs and and bedding plants.

Owner of North Hill Nursing Home, David Smith said how “excited” everyone was at the home to be the beneficiaries of the project.

“We have had to groups of students who have spent the year designing then clearing, planting and painting the woodwork of several flower beds around the home as part of their community course,” he said.

“This has been an incredibly difficult task as the flower beds were over grown and unkempt and the weather has not always been kind – however, the results are a pleasure to see!”

The student’s hard work has resulted in beautiful flower beds and herb gardens that the residents and their families can enjoy.

Tutor for the ‘Skills for Independence and Work’ course, Lucy Lawler, explained how hard the student groups have worked.

“Over the past year they have had to work in some variable Cornish weathers but this hasn’t stopped them achieving some great results,” she continued.

“We acquired some bedding plants and herbs from our sister site at Carthew, Heaven Scent and the students all worked particularly hard, getting really stuck in with transforming the gardens – some are thinking about volunteering during their free time in the summer to keep an eye on their hard work.”

David added that the project demonstrated that young people can make an excellent contribution to their local area.

“We all at North Hill wish to thank them and all the staff involved in this project for their hard work and look forward to more projects we can take on together,” he said. 

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

St Dennis & Nanpean Community Trust


St Dennis & Nanpean Community Trust

Do you have a project or idea to support the local community of St Dennis and Nanpean?

St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust has been established to support individuals and projects (primarily with grant aid) in the St.Dennis & Nanpean parishes in Cornwall, UK. The Trust receives £200,000 a year during the construction period and around £100,000 per year during the operational life.

The Trust supports projects and individuals who live in the area of benefit with support mainly in the form of grants. The trust can provide revenue or capital for projects.

The closing date for the next round of applications is Friday 25th July 2019. For more information visit their website

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

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge


Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

St Austell Library are looking for volunteers for this summers space chase summer reading challenge 2019.

Volunteers must be over the age of 14, and be willing to come into St Austell library through the summer holiday and help them to administer the Summer Reading Challenge.

This is an annual scheme to help keep children aged 4 – 11 reading over the summer holiday. For every 2 books they read they get rewards and when they have read 6 books they get a medal.

For the volunteers, it would involve chatting to the children, asking them to talk a little about the books they have read, give out the rewards and maintain the record cards.

This could be a good opportunity for students taking The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or partaking in other organisations such as Scouts, or indeed any student who would like to do something rewarding during the summer holiday.

For more info call 0300 1234 111, e-mail [email protected]liscornwall.org.uk or pop into the library and have a chat

Calling all Accommodation Providers


Calling all Accommodation Providers

Do you have accommodation in the St Austell and surrounding areas for students studying to degree level at the Eden Project?

Cornwall College are looking for accommodation for their new student intake for September 2019 and returning students. 

Students are studying at degree level for 1, 2 and 3 years programmes. Courses run from September to June.  Secure payments, deposits and references can be obtained.  Rates paid from £300-£400 p.c.m.   All contracts are with students and landlords direct.

If you are interested, or know anyone else who might be able to help, please visit their website or contact:

Liz Hellier, HE Accommodation Development Officer on 07500572546 or [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.

ClayTAWC Computer Lessons


ClayTAWC Computer Lessons

Did you know ClayTAWC in St Dennis offer computer lessons at concessionary prices for those looking for new skills or recently started working with computers?

The Adult Education Service are running courses to fit in with school hours and school holidays.

ClayTAWC events programme is full of training programmes, arts and crafts and much much more. Click here to find out more.

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