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.

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!

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.

St Ives IS Christmassy Town

St Ives IS Christmassy Town

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Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December, make sure you’re in St Ives for Christmassy Town:

  • Father Christmas will be in his Winter Wonderland Grotto at Cohort Hostel at the bottom of the Stennack from 11am – 3pm. There will be free craft activities for children while they wait to tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Entry to Grotto is £5 including a gift.
  • Visit Busk Stop in Fore Street for music, dancing and street artists galore to entertain you.
  • Take a walk down memory lane with Tony Mason’s History & Mystery Walk, leaving from the Malakoff at 12pm – tickets £5 and all proceeds to the St Ives Archive.
  • Make yours a Crafternoon from 2-4pm: Jo Mcintosh is hosting a MIND fundraiser and craft event. Make a donation and get a free cuppa.
  • Christmas shopping was never more inspired in the quirky and specialist shops in St Ives, and there’s food and refreshments to suit all tastes.
  • And Etsy is also hosting its Made Local Christmas Fair in the Guildhall between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Plus there’s the Town Treasure Hunt to do and choosing the best Shop Window Display – great fun for all the family.

THERE IS FREE PARKING ALL DAY IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK.

Father Christmas arrives this evening!

Father Christmas arrives this evening!

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Tonight at 6pm the St Ives Town Band will be playing festive music outside the Lifeboat Station to welcome Father Christmas to St Ives. He’s come all the way from the North Pole and will be met by the RNLI who’ll bring him into the harbour at 6.30pm on the evening tide. Father Christmas will then parade through the town on his sleigh, accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, to meet up with his reindeer who’ll be waiting for him in Royal Square. Parade to the Square for the Christmas Tree lights switch-on and have your photo taken with the reindeer. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers and munch on a mince pie from the lovely Co-op staff, who will be dressing up for the occasion.

This also marks the start of: our popular Town Treasure Hunt, the fantastically creative Window Display Competition and the stunning St Ives House Lights Competition. Drop into the Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre (5-9pm) for Christmas shopping and a preview of their pantomime Cinderella. Or pop into the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair at the Guildhall (6-9pm) with live music and festive food and drink.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENING THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES ALONG THE WHARF, UP LIFEBOAT HILL, HIGH STREET, GABRIEL STREET AND ROYAL SQUARE FROM 5PM – 7.30PM.

THERE IS FREE PARKING FROM 4PM TODAY AND ALL DAY ON SATURDAY 3RD AND SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER IN THE STENNACK CAR PARK.