Does this float your boat? Self-sufficient Fal cafe planned

Plans to open a floating river café similar to those in World War One, have been postponed due to environmental concerns.
The FalRiver Company are proposing to open a floating café on the Fal River, initial plans propose that the café will be moored at the south end of King Harry Reach along the river Fal.

The directors hoped that the business would be open by Easter this year, however plans have now been put on hold due to environmental disputes.

The café will have no shore connections meaning the new venue will be completely self-sufficient and self-contained.

A spokesperson from The FalRiver Company, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “The café is now more likely to open in spring 2018 due to disputes regarding the affects the café could have on surrounding environment. We can’t say much else about our current plans at the moment.”

Concerns have been expressed by The Environment Agency, regarding water pollution and waste produced by the café. Additional environmental impacts such as potential damage to local mussel beds, which grow in the proposed location, have also been discussed.

Peter Brooke, a local resident and fish monger, said: “I think it would struggle commercially, I can’t see how it would be a good business plan from a commercial point of view.

“There is already a café in Trelissick Gardens itself and on the boat trips they have their own refreshments on board for passengers. I would also be a bit concerned of waste products produced by the café.”

The café will be anchored down to the seabed in order to stop the structure going adrift. It is rumoured that the local environment agency has said that this could potentially affect the growing mussel beds.

The FalRiver Company are proposing to provide transport to the café, leaving from The Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth.

The structure will be around 200 Meters Square in size with plans for an additional pontoon, current plans propose that the café will be open for eight months of the year and is expected to seat up to 100 people.

The Alba Floating Tea Rooms was a novelty café operating before and during World War One. Local boatmen would take customers for day trips, where clients could purchase a cup of tea and a piece of cake for one shilling a head.

The new planned floating cafe aims to replica this historic business, by bringing some of its traditional customs back to life in a contemporary setting.

FalRiver hopes that the café will provide a good day out for locals and tourists alike. While also giving people the opportunity to see some of the natural beauty spots surrounding Falmouth.

Who knew reporting could be so glamorous?

Here is a short vlog of me reporting from Newlyn fish market a few weeks ago, in order to discover what the future holds for the industry in light of Brexit.

This event has been a daily occurrence for centuries, it was a very male dominated and fast paced environment, with the bidding appearing to be over as soon as it had begun.

Many of the fishermen and buyers were reluctant to be recorded, with many of them being keen to get back on the road or head out to sea. However, with some gentle persuasion I did manage to get some good interviews, resulting in some really insightful views and content.

After an early  4:00 AM start, I was also handed a white overall to wear while walking around the market-who knew reporting could be so glamorous!

Video produced my Michael Lee Green.

Warning: ink envy. Tattoo art exhibition at Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth has a major new temporary exhibition for 2017: Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed.

Derryth Ridge, fellow Curator of the exhibition, said: “We feel this is a really important story that is an important part of our social history. I feel this is the perfect place to tell that story.

“One of the myths we are trying to bust through the exhibition is that tattooing is not gender or era specific and women have been tattooed throughout the years. I really like tattoos, sometimes its just because I like the look of them, sometimes its because of the meaning behind them.”

It is estimated that about one in five people in the UK have a tattoo. However, many still believe tattoos remain a taboo subject for many people. Whilst the visibility of tattooing in contemporary culture may feel like something new, tattoos and tattoo art have always held a significant place in Britain’s history.

The exhibition explores this rich history in depth and shows that while the word tattoo may have come into the English language following Captain Cook’s voyage, this was not the start of the story of British tattooing.

Fredrick, volunteer at the Maritime Museum, said: “I’m slightly biased because I have a tattoo myself, of a butterfly. I haven’t seen all of the exhibition yet but I think it’s excellent and it’s been really popular.”

While showcasing the heritage of tattoos, the exhibition also shows how people from all areas of society have tattooed using different technique. From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history as a means of expressing both individual and group identity.

The exhibition provides a fantastic insight into a part of British history, which has had little coverage. To find out more follow #notjustforsailors or visit the National Maritime museum website for ticket prices.

Video produced and edited by Emily Furness and Amy Wall

Surf Action provides ocean theraphy

A Cornish charity helps servicemen battle the waves at Tolcarne beach every Saturday – no matter what the weather.

Established in 2009, Surf Action is a leading Cornish based charity, which strives to help military personnel suffering from physical and physiological injuries, including Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The charity aims to reintegrate members of the Armed Forces back into civilian life through the many benefits of surfing.


Alan Reynolds, a 57 year old veteran and clinic participant, said: “There are an increasing number of older veterans coming forward from legacy conflicts such as the Falklands and Northern Ireland because knowledge of, and attitudes towards have changed massively. I tried to commit suicide two and a half years ago.”

“I turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism and I don’t really sleep. Thanks to the charity I have a formal diagnosis and know a lot more about PTSD and how to control it. By going surfing every week I have something I can rely on, so even if I’ve had a rubbish week.”
Alan also describes how even simplest things, such as wearing a surf cap over his ears to keep warm, can trigger claustrophobia and unease.

Officially recognised in the 1980’s, PTSD is described as an anxiety disorder, which often follows witnessing a violence or traumatic event. Symptoms include insomnia, flash backs and extreme anxiety.

The charity recognises that surfing, as a vigorous activity, uses up any excesses in the body similarly as we would by running away or fighting, leading to a more positive and calmer outlook.

Joel Hewitt, a volunteer for Surf Action said that he believes it helps to talk to someone who isn’t from the military.

Surf Action members meet in Newquay on a weekly basis, with several uncompromising members not being swayed by the winter elements.

Mel Murphy, Surf Action Coordinator and RAF servicewoman, said: “I’ve been involved with Surf Action for around 4 years now. The charity aims to get all the family involved bringing the family back together, as well as focusing on the physical benefits that surfing and being in the outdoors brings.”

Surfing has been introduced to many veterans suffering with PTSD because:

  1. It introduces you to a close knit group/tribe which the human brain works best with and in some ways replicates service life.
  2. By surfing in the natural environment it naturally boosts the body’s production of endorphins such as Serotonin which gives a feeling of happiness.
  3. Surfing burns up the body’s stress chemicals such as Cortisol.
  4. The natural noises of the ocean provide a sound barrier from the many land based sounds which can sometimes trigger a flashback and intrusive thoughts.