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Christmas Storytelling

We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of interest shown in our story telling event next Tuesday 18th Dec – thank you so much to all who have responded. It would help us enormously if you could confirm if you are DEFINITELY coming along – we do have an upper limit on numbers, and more importantly, we need to know how much cake to provide! So please let us know as soon as you’re able. And if you miss out this time, don’t worry – we will be offering more sessions in 2019!

In the mean time here’s a lovely story written by one of our members, Alice Kavounas, about Tintagel, the Travelling Cat

POSTPONED: Christmas Party

Dear Members,
Unfortunately, it looks as though the weather has foiled us again. More very strong winds and unpleasant conditions are forecast tomorrow evening, just as our Christmas Party was due to start, and there is every chance that the council will close the gardens. So it is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to postpone the festivities.
We will now try again on the afternoon of Saturday 15th December from 2.30 to 4.30pm. Unfortunately, due to the change of date, the Buccas Four will not be able to join us, but we shall retain the festive cheer! Please do spread the word to other members who may not have internet access. We hope to see you then.
There is also a small risk that the gardens will not re-open first thing Saturday morning as the winds subside. We will keep you posted via email and social media on Saturday morning, as soon as we know the situation. But if you were planning to attend the Ukulele workshop, or visit the Library, it may pay to phone ahead to see how things stand.
We can only apologise for the inconvenience this causes – we are at the mercy of the Council and their decisions around public safety in the Gardens.
With very best wishes,
The Committee and Library staff

Christmas storytelling in the Library, Tuesday 18th December

Bring your little ones to the beautiful Morrab Library, the oldest library in Penzance, for a morning of stories, tea and cake. Our storyteller Pheona will be reading the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas, as well as Michael Foreman’s Cornish Christmas story, The Cat on the Hill. Tea, coffee and cake will be available for parents, and all who attend will be placed in a draw to win a year’s free membership to the Library.
We are Cornwall’s oldest independent library, situated in the heart of the Morrab Gardens in a fabulous Victorian building.
Please let us know if you would like to come along so we can make sure we have enough cake!
Admission: £2
Date: Tuesday 18th December, 10.30am

Charity Auction – The Gardeners’ House Project

On the 1st November there’s a Charity Auction being held in aid of The Gardeners’ House project. You can read more about this exciting project on their website.

The auction looks set to be a very special evening & there’s a dizzying array of things up for bid – you can also see the full listings on their site & follow the event on Facebook.

The Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (a gift from the Hypatia Trust)

Wednesday 22nd August: Formal Handover by the Hypatia Trust
Finally – A room of our own
In 2012 the Hypatia Trust launched a campaign called “A room of our own”– inspired by Virginia Woolf’s seminal feminist essay–to find a new permanent home for the Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and just over 6 years later this 3000-strong collection of books and papers has finally found a permanent public home at the Morrab Library.
Hypatia has permanently gifted the Elizabeth Treffry Collection to the Morrab Library with a number of fittings and accessories to aid the continued cataloguing of the books and archives for the benefit of the public.
Dr Tehmina Goskar, Heritage Lead for the Hypatia Trust said:
“This move has been a long time coming. Echoing the struggles many women face to have their achievements recognised, recorded and valued, I am both relieved and delighted at the Morrab Library’s offer to be the place where the only collection dedicated to Cornish women will reside. And what a year to do it, to mark the suffrage centenary–the possibilities for women’s studies and women’s heritage in Cornwall have gone up considerably. We have numerous supporters to thank for making this happen, but in particular everyone involved in the Heritage Lottery-funded History 51 project in 2013 and the Tanner Trust who supported the cataloguing of the collection.”
The collection of books, information boxes and archives covers a range of topics from Cornish women’s achievements to their literary triumphs. It also includes works by women who have adopted Cornwall as their home or for whom the Duchy has been an inspiration.
Lisa Di Tommaso, Head Librarian of the Morrab Library said:
“We think the Morrab Library is a fitting permanent home for the collection. The library celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. It remains one of the last independent libraries in the UK, and with connections to Penzance’s late-18th century Ladies’ Book Club it is a very appropriate home for this unique collection of women’s writing.”
In a room of its own that has been lovingly decorated and set up by the library’s staff and trustees, readers will be able to use the collection for research and inspiration from this Autumn.