Welcome to the latest edition of Fathom, the newsletter designed to deliver information, news and events direct to the heart of your community.
This autumn we’ve been celebrating the 350th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter. A date in history that changed the fate and face of Falmouth forever. Celebrations kicked off with our 350th Art Exhibition, opened by Sarah Newton MP, followed by a parade led by the Royal Marine Band, the Sea Cadets and Guides and Scouts. On the anniversary date a reenactment took to the streets, messages were sent to all Falmouth’s around the world, whilst the Big Sing ‘All the Kings’ provided a fine finale. I’m also pleased to announce that Falmouth was yet again triumphant in the annual South West In Bloom Awards, bringing home Gold for the town along with many special accolades for the local community. Councillor Geoffrey Evans, Town Mayor


In Bloom
Falmouth has an historic legacy of world renowned gardens and with yet another year of success at the annual In Bloom Awards, it’s great to know that this heritage is blossoming. The In Bloom submissions are a real community effort and judged on participation, education and sustainability, as well as our wonderful floral displays.

The town itself was awarded Gold, whilst many community projects were recognised for their success, including Falmouth BID’s guerrilla gardening and community clean-ups by the Waterfront crew.
The Mayor collected the awards at a prestigious ceremony in July and was especially pleased with the recognition given to King Charles School at Queen Mary Gardens, Falmouth School Gardeners, Swanvale Allotments and the Mission to Seafarers Garden. If you want to help with next year’s submission please let us know: telephone 01326 313553 or email

Visitor Hospitality Project
Every year our town sees thousands of tourists flock to it’s shores and centre, providing not just an important income, but also the chance to champion the amazing place in which we live.

We realise that we are instrumental in the visitor experience and the Visitor Hospitality Project, one of the largest projects in the Falmouth BID, has been designed to enhance this experience.
Spearheading improved information, destination signage and interpretation of the area, the project aims to: Increase visitor satisfaction • Extend the visitor stay by encouraging them to see and explore more • Increase visitor spend in our BID businesses, which in turn helps stimulate economic growth in the town • Support from Falmouth Town Council, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and Falmouth Town Forum has been excellent, with the Council committing £20k towards the initiative. To find out more about this and other projects the BID is driving forward visit


Celebrations October 5th 1661
350 years ago Falmouth was granted the Royal Charter and this year the town celebrated in style.

Awarded £38,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Charter 350 project worked with local groups and organisations to compile a whole host of events in the local community.
A diverse schedule of celebrations included a community play ‘Remember‘, written by Steph Haxton, whilst numerous exhibitions were hosted, a reenactment by local school children took to the streets, and the Big Sing celebrated in true Cornish tradition. Links were also formed with other Falmouth’s around the world with visits to the town from Mark Hart, Mayor of Falmouth Kentucky, and Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner to the Court of St James for Antigua and Barbuda, representing Falmouth Antigua. A commemorative book is in production, which is hoped will provide a legacy of heritage for future generations. Remember.


A message from Richard Gates
I’ve been in the role as Town Manager for almost two years now and in that time many achievements and changes have taken place in Falmouth as well as many challenges.

The events calendar has gone from strength to strength, with historic celebrations continuing to play important and unique roles in the town.
One off opportunities, such as the filming of Brad Pitt’s film World War Z, have injected a considerable amount of income into the local economy and shone the spotlight on our town. The town management team has worked hard with the Falmouth BID and many other organisations to make these events a success. In particular I’d like to thank Ruth Abraham (Town Management Assistant) and Ruth Thomas (Town Council Finance Officer), alongside the volunteer marshals who contribute invaluable support. We continue to strive to make Falmouth better and plans for the coming months focus on improving and maintaining public spaces. For more information telephone 01326 313553 or email


Get In The Frame
Falmouth Frameworks, an autumn exhibition at the Falmouth Art Gallery, invites the public to ‘get in the frame‘. Alongside the opportunity to see masterpieces and gems from the gallery’s extensive collection, there’s an entire programme of free hands-on events planned for the whole family. There’ll be the chance to create your own work of art, with frottage, decoupage, collage and monoprinting workshops, plus the chance to frame the finished piece.

Workshops will be held every Saturday between 2pm and 3pm, with the exhibition running daily (Monday - Saturday) between 10am and 5pm. Admission is free.
Falmouth Frameworks is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information about the exhibition or the accompanying workshops please contact Donna Williams: 01326 313 863 /


Developing a world-class university campus for Cornwall
University College Falmouth (UCF) and the University of Exeter (UoE), who jointly manage the Tremough Campus, continue to develop a world-class university campus for Cornwall with the construction of three iconic buildings that will open in 2012. UCF’s £9M Academy for Innovation & Research will focus on research themes of sustainable design and digital economies, and enable Cornish companies to develop new products and services. UoE’s £30M Environment and Sustainability Institute will lead cutting-edge research into the consequences of environmental change. It will also engage with businesses to translate its research themes of clean technologies, natural environment, and social science and sustainability into innovative business practice, products and services. The Exchange, a £10M shared learning space, will provide distinctive facilities that reflect the needs of 21st century students.

These developments will provide local people with more opportunities to engage with the Campus for business and leisure.
Visit to find out more about the Tremough Campus and events that are open to the public.


Stay safe at home
46% of all fires happen in the kitchen - get your own free ‘home fire safety check’ and stay safe.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue provide free home evaluations that calculate your risk and provide invaluable prevention advice.
Dave Carlisle, Station Manager Community Safety, says ‘Fires in the home are preventable. By simply taking extra care in the kitchen, not leaving cooking food unattended and ensuring grill pans are kept free from the build up of grease and fat, we can make our homes safer for our families. Prevention is the key to safe cooking and a safer home.” Fire and smoke alarms are invaluable as early warning systems, but in event of a fire don’t take risks, don’t tackle the fire yourself, get out, stay out and dial 999. For free fire safety advice call 0800 3581 999


It’s Easy Being Green!
A Household Waste Recycling Centre is making green living easy in Falmouth. Opened earlier this year, the new site, the thirteenth of it’s kind in the county, is a Mecca for recycling. Alongside provision for all the usual recycling suspects of cardboard, textiles, plastic and glass, the site also accepts asbestos, batteries, household chemicals, electrical items, fridges and freezers - for a full list of items accepted please visit

The site is open 7 days a week and is located at Carveth Farm - off the A394 between Treliever and Longdowns, near Mabe Burnthouse.
This site does not accept trade waste. Residents who own commercial type vehicles or large trailers and want to use them to visit HWRC’s with their household waste must apply for a permit. For more information visit or call 0300 1234 141

High Street Campaign

The Falmouth BID took its High Street Campaign to the Houses of Parliament this year to champion the cause of the great British High Street.
Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton, Falmouth BID Manager, Richard Wilcox and Falmouth Town Council Town Manager, Richard Gates, attended an all-party discussion on the future of the British High Street and also had a short meeting with retail guru Mary Portas. Ms Portas has been appointed by the Government to undertake a review of what needs to be done to stimulate growth and economic activity in UK towns and cities. The BID and Town Centre Manager have been working together to drive forward the campaign, raising awareness of the key issues affecting businesses, meeting Cornwall Councillors and proposing ideas that aim to enhance the economic fortunes of the town. Over 60 MPs and Ministers including Ed Davey, Minister for Employment Relations, and Jack Straw were also in attendance.


Trescobeas Park
A hive of activity has been taking place with the installation of new equipment, remedial site works and the re-sitting of the memorial equipment. Works were funded by Falmouth Town Council and SITA Cornwall Trust.

Lambs Lane and Ashfield Residents Association (LLAMA) held their annual fun day on the 17th September, which coincided with the official opening of the Phase III works by the Mayor.

Kimberley Park Association
The Association, together with Falmouth Town Council, has submitted an application to the Big Lottery Fund. If successful funds will be added to the Council’s budgeted contribution and used to facilitate the installation of the Phase I enhanced play for toddlers. Outline designs have been agreed with an emphasis on locally sourced products wherever possible.

Public Conveniences
The contract for replacement public convenience provision should be finalised by the date of publication, with work starting on the 12th December.


Put that in your pipe…
A brick tower nestling in amongst Custom House Quay offers a reminder of smuggling in the 19th Century. As the gateway to the world, Falmouth saw all sorts of goodies arrive on these fair shores and in the 18th Century the art of smuggling had developed into an industry in it’s own right.

Ships anchored in the bay for weeks, selling everything from alcohol and tobacco to textiles and china, amassing huge untaxed profits.
But by the late 18th Century the authorities were cracking down and around 1814 the King’s Pipe was built to burn contraband seized by the King’s excisemen. At the time the entire UK coastline would have been dotted with similar structures, but today the King’s Pipe in Falmouth is believed to be the last of it’s kind in existence and in 1973 was awarded Listed Building status.

Fathom is the official community newsletter for Falmouth Town. We want you, the people of Falmouth, to take ownership of this publication by actively contributing content. If you have any information that you feel may be of interest to the wider community, please contact us.

Falmouth Town Council Municipal Buildings, The Moor Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RT T: 01326 315559 | F: 01326 312662 E:
Arwenack Ward Councillors: O.K. Cramp | 16 Harbour Terrace, Falmouth, TR11 2AN | T: 01326 316400 M. Davies | Tophouse, 5 Seaview Road, Falmouth, TR11 4EF | T: 01326 312508 G.F. Evans | 19 Arwenack Avenue, Falmouth, TR11 3JW | T: 01326 311543 D. Merrett | 18 Trelawney Road, Falmouth, TR11 3LX | T: 01326 212097 M. Ryan | 8 Carrick Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PQ | T: 01326 312450 Trescobeas Ward Councillors: A.K. Ayres | 5 Manor Close, Falmouth, TR11 4LE | T: 01326 315507 A.J. Biggins | 49 Kimberley Park Road, Falmouth, TR11 2DG | T: 01326 318096 D. Saunby | 20 Trevithick Road, Falmouth, TR11 2JP | T: 01326 315285 Boslowick Ward Councillors: J. Booth | 18 Kings Avenue, Falmouth, TR11 2QJ | T: 01326 219205 C. Choak | 42 Penhale Road, Falmouth, TR11 5UZ | T: 07899 957413 D.M. O’Brien | 20 East Rise, Falmouth, TR11 4HN | T: 01326 311694 A.J. Jewell | Pennance Mill Farm, Falmouth, TR11 5HJ | T: 01326 317431 Penwerris Ward Councillors: I.J. Body | Lakeside, Swanpool, Falmouth, TR11 5BB G.W. Chin-Quee | 29 Old Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2PR | T: 01326 212526 Dr D.A. Sterratt | 27 Turnaware Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PH | T: 01326 318633 S. Hrydziuszka | 47 Old Hill Crescent, Falmouth, TR11 2PU | T: 01326 314582 Graphic Design: Sames + Littlejohns Graphic Design E: | Environmental Statement: Throughout the production of this publication, careful consideration has been given to ensuring that its environmental impact has been kept to an absolute minimum. Disclaimer Notice: All information contained within this issue of Fathom is published in good faith and has been checked prior to publication. Please send any queries to





Performing at Falmouth methodist church every evening. Produced by the amity Friendship Theatre. one performance on Thursday and two on Friday /saturday.


santa run
Leaves the Moor at 1:00pm Pull on your santa suit and run, walk or jog in aid of cornwall hospice care. cornwallhospicecaresantafunrunfalmouth


ChrIstmas FaIr
The Old Brewery Yard (Old High Street) 10:00am — 6:00pm hampers, crafts, stocking fillers, Xmas wreathes, local produce and so much more.


BIG ChrIstmas LIGhts swItCh on
The Moor / 7:00pm Witness the spectacular switch on of 80,000 lights within the town. New lights for 2011 in Grove Place and Kimberley Park.

Lantern paraDe
The Parade will be led by santa and leaves Discovery Quay (events sq) 6:00pm and travels through town to arrive at the moor 6:30pm for carols by the primary schools. The salvation army Brass Band will be playing on the moor.

harmony ChoIr
leaves the Watersports centre 10.30am and travels through town to the moor 1:00pm. a tradition for over 100 years with singing throughout the streets.


servICe nIne Lessons + CaroLs By CanDLeLIGht
7.30pm Falmouth Parish Church


FanCy Dress paraDe
leaves the old Brewery yard on the old high street 1:00pm and travels through town to Discovery Quay (events square). Free to take part.


LIGhts paraDes Lanterns santa run FestIve FaIr FanCy Dress FIre juGGLers BIG swItCh on new FestIvaLs theatre Bazaar ChoIrs
CaroL sInGInG
church choirs throughout the town at various times, as well as a lunchtime concert which will be held at the King charles the martyr Parish church at 12pm.

ChrIstmas Bazaar
10am-5pm Poly Browse and buy handmade books. Fair-trade jewellery, ceramics, original paintings, prints, bags, vintage china, handmade cards, crafts and much more!



a pInCh oF ChrIstmas spIrIt
The Moor / 1:00pm — 3.30pm christmas carols, raising money for little harbour children’s hospice, family friendly, homemade festive food and drink, an array of choirs from the community.

ChrIstmas tree FestIvaL
10am – 7pm (except 25th,26th,27th) all saints church


street entertaInment
magicians, fire jugglers, stilt walkers and balloon modellers and more. Various days throughout December.



16-18 15-18
shop For theatre
Throughout the town, throughout the day stories, Poems, Plays to delight and distract. contact the Poly in church street on 01326 319461 for more information.



ChrIstmas events

ChrIstmas FestIvaL
Discovery Quay. Inaugural christmas festival celebrating all things local. Features cornwall Food & Drink marquee, arts & crafts market, cookery demos, santa’s Grotto, rick stein book signing and more.

For upDates on aLL the FaBuLous events anD aCtIvItIes takInG pLaCe thIs ChrIstmas vIsIt us
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