Fundraising in 2008


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Bucket Collections during 2008

Morrisons logo


Bucket collections have taken place as follows -

28th and 29th March - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £541

5th April - Co-operative store, Hayle - raised £162

11th and 12th April - Marks & Spencer, Hayle - raised £262

20th and 21st June - Marks & Spencer, Hayle - raised £294

18th and 19th July - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £511

5th August - Lands End - raised £271

21st and 22nd November - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £579

Concert at Gulval Church

The Mounts Bay Singers presented a concert in aid of ACE at Gulval Parish Church on Saturday 8th November 2008. The conductor was their Musical Director, Sheila Farmer, and the accompianist was Bridgit England.

They sang a very international programme, with pieces from England, Wales, Ireland, America, and even Easter Island. The undoubted highlight was a very spirited rendering of Chattanooga Choo Choo.

The Matthews Family were also due to take part but were unable to do so because of illness.

Also singing was 12 year old Cally Curnow Kennedy. Cally had visited the ACE schools in Uganda with her family in 2006 and has been assisting with fundraising since then. She sang three songs, finishing with the Bette Midler hit, Wind Beneath My Wings.

ACE trustee, Roger Drew, was the compere, coming out of retirement as a professional magician, to perform a few of his old tricks and provide lively banter between the musical pieces.

£256 was raised for ACE.

Cream Tea

cream Tea  

Angela and Vic Peake hosted a cream tea, in aid of ACE, at their home, Chynoey, Newmill, on Sunday 7th September.

There were plants, cakes, books, and wooden garden items for sale.

Unusually for this summer, it was a warm, sunny day and £310 was raised for ACE funds.

Quiz Night

A Quiz Night in aid of ACE took place at The Coldstreamer in Gulval on Wednesday 13th August.

£130 was raised for the funds.

ACE Collection at Land's End

Land's End Sign

ACE held a collection day at Land's End on Tuesday 5th August.

This picture shows ACE trustee, Roger Drew, with a new member of the ACE fundraising team.

Land's End is currently hosting a Dr. Who exhibit and ACE were fortunate to be loaned two working daleks created by local sculptor, Tom Leaper.


Roger Drew and Dalek

The weather was very poor so the ACE collectors and the daleks sheltered under the entrance portico for most of the time.

Some visitors had their photos taken with a dalek in exchange for a donation to ACE.

This picture shows the Coulter family from London and Oliver Pescetto from Barcelona.

Coulter family

Alex Rattray  

Another donor was Alex Rattray (right) from Lancashire.

He gave a generous donation to ACE from his holiday money which he had been saving through the year.



Tom and Julian

Later in the day the Daleks were brought to life by Tom Leaper and his colleague, Julian Greenwood-Penny. The picture on the left shows Tom and Julian taking a dalek away to fire it up.

They toured the site with ACE collectors. Shown here is ACE trustee, Joy Kell.

Dalekand Joy

A dalek on the move  

By the end of the day we had collected £271 for ACE.

We are very grateful to the manager at Land's End, Martin Potter, for allowing us to collect there.

Also we are indebted to Tom and Julian for loaning and operating the daleks.

Newmill Open Gardens 2008

Sunflower Logo


The annual Open Gardens Day took place in Newmill on Sunday 6th July. We had one new garden in addition to the ones that have opened previously, making a total of eight.

There was also an art exhibition in the Jamieson Library which benefitted ACE. The participating artists were Margaret Chinn, Meg Jenkins and Pam Furby.

On the Open Gardens Day the rain held off for most of the afternoon although there were a couple of heavy showers.

Unfortunately we had endured continuous heavy rain and strong winds for the preceding two days and this inevitably reduced the number of people attending.



The Mill House

By Sunday morning it looked like autumn had set in and the lawns were covered with fallen leaves and broken twigs.

However, our gardeners did their best to make their gardens presentable during the spell of fine weather on Sunday morning.

Many visitors were very complimentary about the gardens and clearly enjoyed their visits.




A new feature this year was the garden at Bay of Biscay Cottage which has been undergoing a big refurbishment.

So now our Garden Day is able to boast a stone circle.

Stone circle

This year our gardens have also been subjected to unprecedented attacks from rabbits.

We have seen a huge increase in their numbers and they have overtaken slugs and snails as our gardeners' biggest problem.

Rabbit damage

At least they haven't yet figured out a way to eat the contents of hanging baskets.
Hanging baskets

Despite the inclement weather and the ravages of the rabbits, we are pleased that the fundraising for ACE has reached a total of over £1,900 and, when the art exhibition profits were added in, topped £2,000.

Sponsored Cycle Ride

Liam Cotterill, a student at Hayle School, did a sponsored cycle ride in aid of ACE on Sunday 20th April.

He rode along The Bissoe Trail which goes from coast to coast, starting at Portreath on the north coast and riding to Devoran on the south coast. He then turned round and cycled back. The total distance was about 27 miles.

He raised £157 in sponsorship for ACE. We are very grateful to Liam and his dad, Rob, who rode with him.

For details of the Bissoe Trail click here.

Dog Show

Parade of dogs


A Companion Dog Show with Obedience classes took place at St. Johns Hall, Penzance on Sunday 16th March 2008. It was organised by Goldsithney Dog Training Club.

We are very grateful to the Goldsithney club for arranging this to benefit ACE.

Waiting their turn  
Young competitors

Young lady with her dog
judging time

Roger Drew and his stall  

Refreshments were served and a variety of stalls were set up.

This picture show ACE trustee, Roger Drew, with his stall of wooden garden items. He designs and makes a wide variety of these items in his workshop in Newmill. If you missed the Dog Show you will be able to buy from him on the Open Gardens Day in Newmill on Sunday 6th July.

The event raised about £588 for our funds.

Quiz Night

A Quiz Night was held on Friday 25th January 2008 at Rosudgeon Community Centre.

The quizmaster was David Leek from Trythall School.

Proceeds amounted to £145.



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