Penzance Post visited the library last Friday, taking Dawn’s 2 o clock tour, tea and photographs. The feature is brilliant – eloquently capturing the spirit of the library, and accompanied by some wonderful photographs that really show us off. Thank you Penzance Post! You can read the article here: Penzance Post – Hidden House of Knowledge
Days Gone By: Pioneer
After a rather more extended hiatus than we’d anticipated, our slide collection posts are now back on track. We’re kicking things off for 2012 with this beautiful, photograph from the 1920s. It shows passengers boarding the fishing vessel ‘Pioneer’, for one of the regular sea excursions around to Lamorna Cove. It looks charming and dignified, and is making us long for summer days on calm waters.
The Poineer was built by the Paynters of St.Ives in 1899, and was one of the first such vessels to be fitted with a steam engine. It was owned by the Hendy family, originally worked out of St.Ives, and after some war service, fished out of Newlyn until 1966. At some stage her steam engine was replaced with a Kelvin Internal Combustion Engine. She was restored, and then relaunched in 1999.
We believe this information is correct, but as always, would appreciate your input – any corrections, more info or comments are most welcome and encouraged. Thank you.
We asked members with bulging bookshelves of their own if they’d like to bring surplus volumes to the library and sell them on their own little stalls. We were deluged! So, on the 18th there will be stalls in every room of the library – and a wide-ranging array of stock is promised – children’s books to local history to contemporary fiction and all things in between. Come along to expand your collection, and support the library at the same time (10% of all proceeds go to the library).
This post is both an apology and a warning… Somehow, despite being passed by three pairs of (not so) beady eyes, we managed to get our 2012 dates a bit muddled on the calendar of events. So if you received a newsletter from us, we’re very sorry, but the dates are incorrect. In early 2012, the correct dates for lectures and A.G.M are:
Winter Lecture Series / Bob Harrison ‘Carry On Up The Volga’ / Wednesday 8th February at 2:15pm
A.G.M / Monday 5th March 2012 at 2pm
Winter Lecture Series / Cecil Jenkin ‘A Newlyn Childhood’ / Wednesday 14th March at 2:15pm
There will be a 2012 newsletter winging its way to you later this month with further (hopefully correct this time) event dates for the rest of the year. Sorry.
This month’s ‘lecture’ was actually a film – made by John Potter and introduced by the man himself. A box office smash: no spare seats, everyone enjoyed the film about Nanquidno (where John and his wife actually live now) – in particular hearing from ‘Egbert’ about his family and life as it was in times gone by, and to see footage of the Choughs, now back in the valley.
Next month’s lecture is on Wednesday 8th February, (2:15pm) and is brought to you by Bob Harrison, title: Carry On Up The Volga.
Please also note, the lectures aren’t exclusively for members – all are welcome so do come along for a little mental stimulation / diversion (followed by some reviving tea and Saffron cake!).
Robin Lenman (editor of The Oxford Companion to the Photograph) is hosting a new lecture series at the library. Commencing on February 2nd, and at the very reasonable cost of £24 for the six sessions, each session has a theme and will be followed by discussion –
#1 ‘All things under the sun’: The rise of photography.
#2 The Global Medium
#3 Humanist Documentary Since The 1930s
#4 ‘You press the button…’: The Snapshot
#5 Photography and the Environment
#6 Staging, Faking and Manipulation from Daguerreotype to Digital.
Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment – And you needn’t be a member of the library to attend the Lecture series, all are welcome. For further information and to book a place, please telephone 01736 330 869, or ask in the library.
Splendid day – thank you everyone* for your support.
We hope you all have a Jolly Christmas and happy new year!
(*And special thanks to George for the photographs)
Come one, come all!
Lots of superb stalls selling all sorts of handmade fare. Liz’s food stall is always a sell out within the first half-hour so well worth coming early for the delicious treats on offer there. Everyone’s welcome so come along, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie while you do a spot of Christmas Shopping. We look forward to seeing you!
Friday’s Mexican ‘Dia de los Muertos’ Feast at the library was amazing – we raised just over £500 for the library! The fancy dress costumes were brilliant (Martin’s ‘Chinese’ attire was slightly off brief but he more than made up for it with the Tequila -not a drop left by the end of the evening). David made a toxic punch which was drank in its entirety. Liz’s menu was inspired and delicious, and quite unbelievably carried off considering there’s no oven at the library and she had to cook the lot in advance before transporting it over from her house. Everyone seemed to have a grand time so thank you to all who came along and those who helped out decorating beforehand and clearing up afterwards. (Masses of washing up!)
There’s more photos of guests in costume over on the library facebook page, but here’s the decorated room…