And the winners are      The Cousins!

And the winners are The Cousins!

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We’ve finally managed to track down the Town Treasure Hunt winners, who will be sharing the £100 first prize. Our winners are an intrepid team of hunters, who call themselves: The Cousins. They are infact the Mcguires of St Ives and their cousins, the Abells, who visited during the Christmas holidays; they are all aged between 5 and 9. This was a real family affair as they were accompanied on the Treasure Hunt by their Granpa, Maurice Abell.

Jan Mcguire, mother of Evie and Annie, reported, “They had so much fun doing the Treasure Hunt and were absolutely thrilled to find out they’d won!”

The Cousins, from left to right, in this photo taken on Porthgwidden Beach by Richard Abell: Annie Mcguire (7); the Abells – Betsy (6), Ben (5 ) & Poppy (only 2 and too young to take part this year); Evie Mcguire (9).

From all at St Ives in December

From all at St Ives in December

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We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in or took part and particularly to our major sponsors – St Ives BID and St Ives Chamber of Trade and Commerce. We rely entirely on the generosity of local businesses and organisations, and, without their support (St Ives Tourism Association, St Ives Town Council, Aspects Holidays, Sail Lofts, Coodes, Cornwall Councillors Andrew Mitchell, Tim Andrewes and Liz Penhaligon), St Ives in December simply would not happen. We’re also grateful for the Christmas donations from the local Co-op and Wyevale Garden Centre.

But we have to make a special mention to Danny and Lee Strickland for letting us take over Cohort Hostel for the Winter Wonderland Grotto, to Peter Charnley in his first year as Father Christmas and to Calvin Ward of Mirror Image, who built a magnificent chair for the Grotto.

It’s only just over 10 months until the next St Ives in December programme kicks off. We’re already planning some great events for the whole community but we need more volunteers to get involved. We’ll be posting updates on our Facebook page so make sure you stay in touch. Even better, come along to the next meeting in February – date TBC.

Penbeagle lights up for Christmas

Penbeagle lights up for Christmas

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It was the second year of the St Ives House Lights Competition and choosing the winner was a very difficult decision. In the end it was a clean sweep for the residents of Penbeagle estate with the first prize of £250 awarded to Timothy Ralph of Penwith Close, with highly commended certificates going to Aaron Wheeler of Penbeagle Close and John Bassett, also of Penwith Close.

Glass Tree wins Shop Window Competition

Glass Tree wins Shop Window Competition

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Although Christmas is officially over, St Ives in December has been busy judging its popular competitions, which have been hotly contested around the town. The entries for the Shop Window Competition really impressed Mark Osterfield, Executive Director of Tate St Ives, but he awarded first prize to The Glass Tree on Fore Street (which also won the People’s Award). Mark commented, “The standard of their windows was exemplary and magical. But I have to say that there were many other really good windows from the stylish and contemporary to the traditional and the funny.” The runners-up for the Judge’s award were: Lilac and Lime (Tregenna Place) with “a beautiful window with a lot of Christmas cheer”; Shoreline Tattoo (Chapel Street) with “a humorous adult take on the perils of drink-driving and snowy conditions”; RAAR Emporium (Drill Hall) with “an innovative display of toys bursting out of their wrappings”.

Word search proves popular

Word search proves popular

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Great fun was had by all the families who took part in the Town Treasure Hunt looking for Christmassy words hidden in shops around St Ives. There were lots of correct entries and the lucky winners drawn from those were local seven-year-old Bella Sutcliffe and Max Chaplin, a nine-year-old from Bristol, who both won vouchers kindly donated by Fabulous-St Ives. The identity of the first-prize winner of £100 has yet to be discovered!

Calling all House Blingers!

Calling all House Blingers!

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Are you a House Blinger? Is ‘Deck the Halls’ your favourite film and, like Danny Devito, you wish your house could be seen from outer space? Do you live in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Halsetown or Nancledra ? Then don’t be shy: enter the St Ives House Lights Competition and make sure everyone gets to see your illuminations.

There’s a cash price of £250 for the display that the judges think has the biggest bling factor so make sure you enter your display. The closing date for entries for this year’s competition has been extended to 31st December 2016 to give everyone a chance to enter.

Email hello@stivesindecember.co.uk or message us on our Facebook page with your details.

Morgawr meets the Mermaid

Morgawr meets the Mermaid

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As darkness falls this Saturday, Morgawr the Sea Monster will be leading the St Ives Lantern Parade through the streets to the harbour where, rumour has it, he will meet up with the famous local Mermaid.

Zoe and Pete Giles of Barnoon Workshop, a dedicated space for arts and crafts activities in St Ives, have been busy organising community lantern-making workshops in the run-up to the parade. The first parade last year was described in the press as one of the highlights of the year for the town and that’s helped publicise this year’s events.

“Our workshops have been fully booked and we now have an array of marine creatures of all shapes and sizes who will be following Morgawr, as well as a snowman and a walking model of Knill’s Monument,” Zoe said. “We’ll also have our large Fisherwife puppet and a new Pirate Girl puppet taking part.”

The parade will leave Barnoon Workshop at 6pm on Saturday evening and head down Barnoon Hill, onto Ayre Lane, along Fore Street, down Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf. “There is a great sense of community as everyone gathers together, wrapped up against the cold with musicians for company, illuminating a dark winter’s evening with light and colour as they wend their way through town,” Pete said. “We hope people will cheer us on and join us en route to swell the numbers.”

So it’s fingers crossed for a dry and calm night for the St Ives Lantern Parade but there’s still plenty during the day too. It’s the last chance to visit to Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland Grotto from 12-4pm. If you want to learn all about St Ives, the History & Mystery Walk starts from the Malakoff at 12pm.

The Shop Window Display Competition has become the most hotly contested events in the St Ives in December calendar. Over 60 shops and galleries around the town go the extra mile with their window decorations to attract more customers but also to compete for one of the coveted annual awards. The results are absolutely stunning and Mark Osterfield, Executive Director of Tate St Ives, will be taking a tour of the town this Saturday to decide who will win the Judge’s Award. And it’s the last day to vote for the popular People’s Award and to enter the House Lights Competition. But, there still fun to had with the Town Treasure Hunt right up until 31st December.

Father Christmas is waiting

Father Christmas is waiting

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This year, Father Christmas has a new Winter Wonderland Grotto in Cohort Hostel at the bottom of the Stennack. There are elves and Christmas trees, snowflakes and twinkling fairylights to ensure that your visit is a truly magical one. There is a charge of £5 per child to visit the Grotto which includes a special gift from the North Pole. There are also free craft activities while your children wait to tell Father Christmas their wishes and dreams for Christmas.

Father Christmas is waiting to hear from you on:

  • Saturday 10 December, 12 – 4pm
  • Saturday 17 December, 12
Are you going to Sing-A-Long-A Frozen?

Are you going to Sing-A-Long-A Frozen?

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Tomorrow at 11am (Saturday 10th December), St Ives in December is presenting a special showing of Disney’s Sing-A-Long-A Frozen at the Royal Cinema (part of the Merlin Cinemas). All tickets £1.99

Not just for kids – this is fun for all the family with all the words on screen and a bouncing snowflake to help you all sing along with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven. Just Let It Go! And why not make this an extra special occasion by dressing your children as their favourite character or simply coming along in fancy dress. And why not dress up too? Go on – let it go!

And Princess Elsa will be making a special appearance before the start of the film

 

Rain doesn’t stop play!

Rain doesn’t stop play!

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Well, the weather forecast for tomorrow (Saturday 10th December) is for rain, rain and more rain but we are not going to let that spoil the fun so we are making sure that there’s plenty to do indoors!

ROYAL CINEMA There’s a special 11am showing of Disney’s Sing-A-Long-A Frozen with all tickets at £1.99. This is fun for all the family and a chance for the children (and possibly adults too) to dress up as their favourite characters. Plus Princess Elsa will be making a special appearance before the film starts

GUILDHALL From 12-4pm, Swamp Circus will be entertaining the crowds with their amazing tumbling acrobats, aerialists, firewalkers and brilliant musicians. Great entertainment but also an opportunity to learn some circus skills during the afternoon. St Ives Pizza Company will also be on hand with their artisan pizzas and pulled pork rolls so you won’t go hungry.

COHORT HOSTEL Elves and Christmas trees, snowflakes and twinkling fairy lights are just some of the magical ingredients at the Winter Wonderland Grotto. From 12-4pm, Father Christmas will be waiting to make wishes and dreams come true. It costs £5 per child which includes a gift from the North Pole plus there are free craft activities and games.

DRILL HALL There’s even more excitement with a Mad Photo Booth,  a Bad Christmas Jumper Parade and activities for kids as well as a chance to grab lunch or shop for some great Christmas presents.

SALVATION ARMY HALL  From 2-5.30pm, there’s a Free Kids’ Disco and Fantastic Books in the new Salvation Army Hall on the Wharf. So come along and take the weight off your feet while they are entertained with music, fun and games.But that’s not all: there also a chance to for them to meet Smeaton the Pirate, Downalong Della and even Trencrom the Giant! Local children’s author, Jaki Windmill, of Fairy and Foul of St Ives weaves her magic with words and music to make this an extra-special afternoon.

BARNOON WORKSHOP On both Saturday and Sunday, Barnoon are running lantern-making workshops from 11am – 4pm ahead of the St Ives Lantern Parade, which takes place on Saturday 17th December. There’s also an evening session on Thursday 15th December from 6.30-9pm. All materials are supplied, there’ll be someone on hand to help and you get to keep your lantern after the parade.

HISTORY & MYSTERY WALK Or brave the elements: take your umbrella and wellies for  a stroll down memory lane with Tony Mason to learn about the town’s ancient fishing industry, the railway, lifeboats, shipwrecks, the harbour and anything else that happens to catch his eye. Leaving from the Malakoff at 12pm on Saturday, tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to the St Ives Archive.