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June 2020

The 15 - 21 June 2020 is Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome. The Falmouth and Penryn community is already celebrating its own positive encounters as in December 2019 a refugee family from Syria was welcomed to the area with the support of Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families. The family are settling in really

Echium pininana Common name:     Pride of Tenerife Family:  Boraginaceae Genus:   Echium Exposure:  Full sun Hardiness:  Half hardy Soil type:  Well drained/ light Height: 400cms Spread:  90cms Echium pininana is a stunning plant for any sheltered border providing a tropical touch to the summer. It is commonly found on the Canary Islands where its flower heads can be seen growing out of the lush undergrowth. In its second year Echium pininana suddenly spurts into growth and prodcues a single 4m (13.1ft) high flower spike festooned with blue, funnel-shaped flowers. After flowering the plant scatters its seeds and dies. In Cornwall these will germinate where they land, but in colder areas seeds should be

Are you up for a challenge? Join the Tallest Sunflower Growing competition 2020 - Open to all ages, whether you have green fingers or not. Sign up and receive your sunflower seedling with full growing instructions. Each week chart the growth of your flowers by measuring them and completing the growing log as you watch them flourish. You’ll be invited to join the closed Facebook group, where you can upload pictures of your plants, ask for advice and see how other people’s sunflowers are growing. The winner will be the person who has grown the tallest sunflower, after verification, by the closing date

Falmouth Library is one of only 5 in the country that has been nominated to be a partner in the Living Libraries project run by Roehampton University. The aim of the project is to create an oral history archive on public libraries, with a particular focus on recent and ongoing changes in library provision. The interviews, public talks, installations and performances will then feed into a 15-20 minute audio documentary. Falmouth Library was nominated as it was the first of Cornwall’s Libraries to devolve to a Town Council in November 2016 and the project focuses on select

The Story Republic, featuring our very own Jo Lumber, would normally be out and about sharing stories, poems and songs at Cornish festivals and events. Alas, this isn't possible at the moment so instead they will be sharing four stories digitally. These are aimed at adults and a new story will be added every two weeks. Jo voices Mary 'Mouse Ears' Harvey in their latest story 'Lucy Wild Hair' or 'The Case of the Tarred Pillow' by Anna Maria Murphy, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IQth8938x8

Julian Dyson (1936-2003): Spotted dog, signed and dated 2003, ink. 5 minutes to spare? Want to improve your drawing skills and observation? Do a line drawing of your pet, or other creature using Julian Dyson's work above for inspiration. Line drawings are great because they are quick and often capture the energy of the subject you are drawing. A line drawing emphasizes form and outline over colour, shading, and texture. Give it a go and share your work with us. View the challenge with more detail at https://lovefalmouthvolunteers.volunteermakers.org/get-involved/just-a-minute/5-minute-creative-challenge/71/ Submissions Line drawing of Dotty by Jenny 'Composition Study, Porthmoine Cove' by Suzi Stephens

This picture has been pinned on the wall in my ‘home’ office for the last fifteen years. If I am in a quandary about something, it reminds me to weigh up the pros and cons. It is the penultimate frame on page 45 of my copy of Tintin in Tibet. It shows Snowy (originally Milou in French) Tintin’s valiant sidekick, wrestling with his conscience as he carries an urgent SOS note but stumbles on a huge bone which he describes to himself as ‘a five-star model!’. Only seven frames before we have seen Tintin sprawled, helplessly unconscious, as a huge