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Wednesday 27th May 1:30pm

Dr. Sandra Rothwell: The Economic Catalyst of the Falmouth/Penryn Creative Cluster

Dr Sandra Rothwell is the Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.   Initially establishing and now driving forward the Partnership to lead on private sector-led economic growth and success in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, she is responsible for the implementation of the £1bn Strategic Economic Plan for the area which includes the 2013-20 EU Programmes.  Sandra played a lead role in securing early success for the LEP including Regional Growth Funds and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone.

Sandra will be reflecting on the economic potential of the mix of expertise found in Falmouth/Penryn communities – tourism, the creative industries, the marine/yachting sector and the universities. Are they forming an entrepreneurial creative cluster which will produce a steady stream of high quality jobs? What role will Falmouth and Penryn play in the development of the wider Cornish economy? What role will Cornwall play in a digital world?

Sandra will be happy to answer questions about the nuts and bolts of the financing of Small Enterprises, indicating where the LEP can help.


Thursday 28th May 7:30pm

An Evening With Vanessa Whitburn

Come and spend an evening with the longest running editor of any soap opera in the world!  Vanessa Whitburn was Editor of The Archers for 23 years.  She retired in 2013 after a distinguished career in both radio and television drama.  Headline grabbing stories during her time as Editor included Brian Aldridge’s affair with Siobhan, Ed Grundy’s fathering of Emma’s child while she was about to marry his brother Will – the press called this story ‘Who’s the Daddy?’, the imprisonment of Susan Carter for helping her brother escape from a prison van and the death of Nigel Pargetter.

During the foot and mouth crisis of 2001, Vanessa’s team won plaudits for their storyline concerning Brookfield under threat.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, listening figures to The Archers rose to over 5 million and in latter years the programme frequently topped the podcast charts. The serial also gained many awards including the Sony Gold, Mental Health in the Media and several Television  and Radio Industries Club awards.

In 2012 Vanessa was given an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, The University of Hull and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list she was delighted to accept an OBE from The Queen for  services to radio drama.


Tuesday 2nd June 7:45pm
Poly Bar

Fashion and Fancy in Regency England

A Local History Talk Brought to you by Falmouth History Archive

An opportunity to explore Regency clothing and society with period costume historian and seamstress, Nichola Butland of Lyrebird.

Nichola is gaining an excellent reputation for her authentic designs and puts her passion into practice by participating in worldwide re-enactments and historical events.

She will share her knowledge and examples of her work with you.

Book early

Spaces are limited to 35 for this session.

Taking place in the Poly Bar

Pop in or call 01326 319461 to book a place

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)

Come early for a drink and comfy seats! Bar open from 7pm.

Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm

Cafe Scientifique – The Function of Nonverbal Behaviour in Human Courtship

with Martin Graff, University of South Wales,

This session will examine the nonverbal communication which is displayed in human romantic relationship initiation.

Unless we are very bold, we don’t just walk up to someone and ask for sex.  Rather, most of us engage in well established scripts for this purpose, which in psychology means an idea of what we think or expect should happen in a certain situation.  These scripts are often nonverbal displays where we use for example our eyes, faces, body orientation and gestures.

This talk will also provide some insights into the psychology behind the types of ‘opening lines’ people use in attempted relationship initiation, and further will examine the function of self disclosure and touch in sexual flirtation.

The session concludes by looking at differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner.

For more on Martin Graff: http://www.martingraff.com/index_files/Page313.htm

Thursday 9th July 8:00pm

Once upon a time in the West … Country with Tony Hawks

An epiphany happened when Tony Hawks was on holiday with his partner, Fran, in the Far East… Waking with a jolt he knew beyond doubt that his time living in London had come to an end. The countryside called. So, with conviction and no arguing, they upped sticks and began searching for the perfect new place, a home with a view across Devon’s rolling hills.

With some enthusiasm Tony and his better half submerged themselves in local life and it wasn’t long before they made the new county their home, tractor rallies and all!

This wonderfully wry, gently humorous and self-effacing look at a seismic shift in everything including scenery, takes in their new life – village halls, committees, Tony’s total ineptitude with anything mechanical and the bliss of a new neighbour who owns just the right tool for any job, trying for a greener life and growing their own vegetables… oh, and taking up the challenge of cycling from one Devon coast to another with a mini-pig called Titch.

As if that wasn’t enough, in their first year of country dwelling, Tony became a father (overcoming the strongest of instincts to avoid Responsibility) and with it they discovered hypnobirthing, midwives, doulas, relaxation songs and how to give birth at home.  As much a shock to his system as fatherhood.

As you might expect from this most energetic of TV and radio comedians and the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (both of which have sold over a million copies) this is a joy to read.  His comic observations and opinions contribute to what is a gem of a book.

TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks regularly pops up on shows like Have I Got News for YouQIJust A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He is the bestselling author of five books including Round Ireland with a Fridge andPlaying the Moldovans at Tennis which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He now lives in Devon with his partner, Fran.  Follow Tony on Twitter @thefridgeman, or visit his website www.tony-hawks.com.