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Archive group explores life on the shoreline

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 20, 2013

Fishing boats on Harbour Beach, St Ives, with Smeaton's Pier on the left  COURTESY: ST IVES ARCHIVE

Fishing boats on Harbour Beach, St Ives, with Smeaton's Pier on the left COURTESY: ST IVES ARCHIVE

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The aspects of life that created the beating heart of St Ives for centuries is to be the focus of an exhibition being staged by the port's archive group this week.

The harbour, fishing fleet and boat-building industry, plus the more recent growth of the local surfing scene, are the subject of a display at the Western Hotel on Friday.

The event, which runs from 11am to 1pm, will concentrate on the history of life on the shoreline, including the Victorian extension of Smeaton's Pier in 1890, the boom years of the pilchard fishery and the town's famed boat building industry. It will also touch on the social life of fishermen and their families and the development of St Ives' lifeboat and coastguard service.

Archive volunteer, Ivy Trevarthen, said she and her team had gathered a selection of interesting and appropriate photographs from its large maritime collection.

"The most difficult thing was to decide what to leave out," said Ivy. "Continuing the maritime theme into the modern era there will be a display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the country's first surfing store. And last, but not least, will be a display explaining the annual process of mayor choosing."

Admission is £1, to include a cup of tea or coffee. Cakes will also be on sale, along with St Ives Archive's books, maps and cards. For more information, visit stivesarchive.co.uk

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APPLEDORE

Church Hall: Craft Fair, Tuesday 11am-4pm. Refreshments. Free entry.

BARNSTAPLE

Pannier Market: North Devon Beer Festival. Sunday-Monday.

Queens Theatre: Reduce Shakespeare Company, Tuesday 7.45pm; That'll Be the Day, Thursday 7.45pm; The Lumberjacks, Friday 7.45pm.

BEAWORTHY

Chilla Chapel: Plymouth Area Police Choir. Tickets £6. In aid of church funds. Friday 7.30pm.

BELSTONE

Brennamoor Car park SX 621938: North Devon Ramblers walk Belstone, Okement Farm, Belstone Tor. Hilly in parts. About six miles. 11am on Thursday.

BLACK TORRINGTON

Village Hall: Craft and table- top sale. Saturday 10am-noon.

BODMIN

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sundays and bank holidays.

BRIXHAM

Town: Brix Fest, Friday-Monday.

Berry Head Hotel: An Evening of Songs and Stories "Tugs, Trawlers and Life at Sea" with Jim Radford. Friday 7.30pm.

BROADHEMPSTON

Parish Church: Broadhempston Primary School PTFA present Handel's Messiah – Sing from Scratch, to raise funds for the school. £4 audience tickets. Saturday 7pm.

BUGLE

Village Hall: Bugle Silver Band supporters committee Bingo. Eyes down Monday 7.30pm.

CALLINGTON

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CHAGFORD

Stone Lane Gardens: 'Mythic Garden' outdoor sculpture exhibition in a woodland setting. Entry £5 adult, £2.50 child. Details 01647 231311. Daily 2-6pm.

DARTINGTON

Village Hall: Playford style country dancing. Friday 7.30pm.

DAVIDSTOW MOOR

RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily 10.30am-4pm. Free entry. Donations appreciated.

DEVORAN

Parish Church: Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe. Adults £5 or £6.50 on door. Friday 6.30pm for 7pm.

EXETER

The Mint Methodist Church: Baroque Glories, Thursday 7.30pm.

Cygnet Theatre: Cygnet Theatre presents Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Fridays until June 1 at 7.30pm.

Exeter Phoenix: Gentleman's Dub club, nine-piece band. Wed from 8pm. Standing; Gadjo, gypsy-cumbia etc. Thursday from 8pm, standing.

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Halwill Village Hall: Plymouth Area Police choir in Concert. In aid of Emmanuel Methodist Chapel, Chilla. Tickets £5 on the door. Friday 7.30pm.

ILLOGAN

Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.

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Lukesland: Special charity opening on Sunday 2-6pm. Special handkerchief tree opening in aid of St Luke's Hospice with plant sale and stalls.

KINGSBRIDGE

Harbour House: Vibrant Images, Vibrant Artists opens on Tuesday until 8pm then daily 10am-5pm until June 2.

LANGORE

Village Hall: Gaming evening, 16+ age group. Friday 5-10pm. Admission £1.

LISKEARD

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross: Touring play The Incomers. Saturday.

Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-noon.

LOSTWITHIEL

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LUXULYAN

Village Hall: Annual meeting Tuesday 7.15pm. Anyone interested in the running of the hall is welcome to attend.

MELDON

Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.

MODBURY

Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone: Photographer Roy J Westlake exhibition of photographs capturing the soul of the Westcountry. Tuesday until July 4.

MOLLAND

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The Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club lunch, guest speaker Tony Randal. New members welcome. Wednesday 11.30am-noon.

NEWTON ABBOT

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OKEHAMPTON

Charter Hall, Market Street: Two plays comedies Courtenay Players. £7 adults, £4 children under 14. Wed-Fri 7.30pm.

OTTERY ST MARY

Cadhay House: May Fair. International entertainment etc, barbecue, Cream teas. Adults £2.50. Children free. Saturday 11am-4.30pm.

PAR GREEN

The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meets every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.

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Guildhall: Music of the Night Choral Foundation Encore. Friday 7.30pm.

Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, The Hoe: Carlton Big Band. Tickets £8 on the door. Sunday 12.30pm.

PLYMPTON

Matchroom: Plymouth Country Music Club present Ridgeway Country. Tickets £6 on the door. Saturday.

PORTHCURNO NR PENZANCE

Minack Theatre: Jamaica Inn presented by BishBashBosh Theatre Company. Mon-Friday.

RILLA MILL

Village Hall: Whist drive. Tuesday 7.30pm.

ROCHE

Victory Hall: Whist drive. Good prizes. Friday 7.30pm.

SALTASH

Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.

Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun noon-4pm. Until end September.

SIDMOUTH

St John Ambulance Hall: Sidmouth Lions Club Books Sale. Plants and cake stalls etc. Saturday 9.30am-noon.

STRATTON

St Andrew's Church: Flower Festival 'God's Here'. Fri, Sat, Mon 10am-6pm, Sunday noon-5pm. Parish Mass Sun 9.30am. Festival includes bank holiday Monday, May 27.

ST AGNES

Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.

ST AUSTELL

Wheal Martyn: Park and Museum open daily 10m-5pm.

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ST BURYAN

Village Hall: Farmers' Market. Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.

ST DENNIS

Claytalc: St Denys Old Cornwall Society meet with speaker Robert Evans on Pentewan Railway and Tea Treat. All welcome. Monday 7.30pm.

ST ENDELLION

Church: Concert by The K'antu Ensemble. Saturday 7.30pm.

Church Hall: Whist drive. Tuesday 7.30pm.

ST IVE

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New Craftsman Gallery: Exhibition of ceramics, paintings, sculptural furniture. Until May 11.

ST TUDY

Church: Organ recital of popular organ music by Philip Davey, director of Truro Methodist Church. £5 on the door. Thurs 7.30pm.

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TORQUAY

Harbour: ORDA Powerboat Racing. Fri-Sun.

Babbacombe Theatre: Spellbound. Tuesday and Thurs 8.15pm.

TRERULEFOOT

Windy Ridge Car park: Car Boot sale. Sunday.

TRURO

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tues 9.15am-3pm.

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