Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

Dr Jane Gibbins honoured with prize from The Royal Society of Medicine

Cornwall Hospice Care consultant Dr Jane Gibbins has been awarded the Palliative Medicine Masters Prize from The Royal Society of Medicine. She carried out a novel piece of research about care of the dying, which challenged the cultures and perceptions surrounding previous research on this phase of life. The aim was to improve care of the dying by facilitating individualised care and symptom control for patients. Jane elaborates: “As part of the study we developed some simple, yet comprehensive prompts for staff to use in hospital wards, alongside prescribing guidance and a symptom observation chart. We didn’t know if it would work, but it did. The symptom observation chart improves care for patients by changing the standard focus of measuring blood pressures and temperatures, to concentrating on key problems for the dying, like pain, nausea and breathlessness.”

Jane says the award is an honour and recognises research; “we’re exploring novel areas of development within Cornwall Hospice Care, such as the use of outcome measures, and at the Joint Palliative Care and Oncology Clinics we’re involved in at Treliske Hospital. I’m pleased that we are empowering other healthcare professionals to provide the best quality of care for all patients reaching the end of their lives.”

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ABL Plastics have the right materials at the right price for the job

ABL Plastics, the Certass registered, Redruth based, family-run company can supply and fit all things plastic, from sash windows and porches to conservatories and French and bi-fold doors. They can also help you with your patio and any composite doors you require – nothing is any trouble. What’s more, when it comes to double-glazing, they’ll supply and fit the replacement units for you, making your life completely hassle-free.

ABL has earned a fantastic reputation in the local area and rightly so – the value for money and realistic prices on offer, as well as the free, no-obligation quote service make the business one of the top in the county. In fact, with a two week lead time, once you’ve decided what it is you need –a new conservatory, for instance – the team will have everything you need ready with unrivalled speed.

Trade and the public are both welcome at ABL Plastics, so whether you need a quick fix for your home or need the right materials for a big job, be sure to get yourself to the store in Redruth.

For more information call 01736 755657 or 01209 314365


Help people who need it while doing something unforgettable

The Hft Team Extreme Weekender really is an adventure that can’t be missed. You can defy gravity on the UK’s tallest swing over a cliff edge, soar over a flooded quarry on a zip wire, plunge into the water during coasteering, be catapulted off ‘the blob’ and much, much more; with breakfast, lunch and a barbeque dinner included! Team Extreme Weekender is brought to you by Hft and helps support adults with learning disabilities across the UK live life on their own terms. The practical help, support and encouragement the team over at Hft offer gives them a chance to find more comfort and satisfaction in life. It’s about helping people to have the kind of life we would want for ourselves or our loved ones. The weekend itself will take place on the 10th and 11th June at Adrenalin Quarry in Liskeard, with tickets costing just £150.

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This year’s Cornwall Art Fair is set to be bigger than ever!

After receiving over 3,000 visitors last year, Cornwall Art Fair is looking forward to its return to St Ives this coming May with even more artists, interactions and activities.

We asked fair Director, Matt Pooley, about the event, who explained that Cornwall Art Fair aims to promote the vast talent of established and emerging Cornwall-based artists, across a variety of media, by providing them with an outlet for their work. After the success of last year, the team are looking forward to hosting an even bigger 2017 event.

“We will be running the Student Discovery Competition, which allows local students to showcase their work to a large audience. We have also introduced the Live Art Sessions, where visitors can watch the artists in action as they create their work.”

So, if you’d like to witness the emergence of young and upcoming artistic talent or appreciate the work of well established across a whole spectrum of mediums, get yourself to this year’s Cornwall Art Fair.

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Boot up for this year’s Walk Scilly!

Explore the stunning Isles of Scilly – 28 miles off of the Cornish coast – with 29 different walks, including wildlife discovery tours, food foraging forays, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands and a Mediterranean stroll through Tresco Abbey Garden.

Scilly is a walker’s paradise. It’s uncrowded, known for endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna. Walk Scilly is simply the best way of exploring the islands’ spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage.

This year, you can also take a spooky tour through Hugh Town, up to the Star Castle Hotel on St Mary’s, which ends at the hotel’s Dungeon Bar, where more than four centuries ago some of the most notorious prisoners in the country were incarcerated!

There’s plenty to be explored on the Isles of Scilly and Walk Scilly, between 1st and 7th April, has it all covered. Unfortunately, tickets are limited, so be sure to secure your place soon!

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Savour the beautiful handcrafted jewellery, designed and created by jeweller Sally Napier

Before setting up her own studio, Sally completed her BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing at De Montford University before working for various jewellery designers where she gained knowledge and experience in both London and Hong Kong. Sally’s jewellery is designed and handcrafted with the emphasis on quality, attention to detail and keeping a contemporary edge. Taking inspiration from everything, including art, travel, country walks, the coast and graphic design, Sally Napier Jewellery designs range from geometric to organic shapes and colours. Each design is created individually using a combination of semi-precious stones, silver, gold, pebbles and pearls.

Sally Napier Jewellery is sold through fashion boutiques, design galleries and exhibitions. Sally also works to commission with both private and commercial clients, so why not get in contact, visit her in the studio to see her work, discuss a commission or request a repair. Sally Napier Jewellery is also available to buy online via her website or the Little Piece of Cornwall online shop. Sally is also taking part in ‘Open Studios Cornwall’ in the summer where her studio, which is located near Bude, is open to the public from 30th May until 4th June, 10am to 4pm.

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