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The Year In Porthallow

All the money raised goes to charity.

Our main summer event is the Bank Holiday Cream Tea Weekend in August.  Organised by the Beach Committee and other volunteers it is well attended by villagers and visitors.  It’s a great excuse to indulge in a slice of home made cake and watch the world go by.

As summer turns to autumn the pub quiz (every other Wednesday) begins again, providing much joviality and entertainment.  Free to enter there is nevertheless keen competition and friendly rivalry.

As the nights shorten we look forward to Christmas.  Our November Craft Fair in the Village Hall is an excellent excuse to eat more home-made cake and buy some locally made gifts.

In the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas Day Porthallow gets really festive.  A tree is lashed securely to the beach wall and decorated with lights and CD‘s (hardier than baubles when faced with the coastal elements of winter!) and 2014 witnessed the first batch of our themed light displays around the village.  One evening in December, the St. Keverne Band play carols around our “musical” tree.  This is followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Village Hall to warm the hardy singers. We round the year off with a village party in the pub and welcome in the new year.

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A. J. Strickland

Besides a pub, craft gallery, marine garage, guest house, self-catering accommodation and a cafe interesting and entertaining events are held throughout the year for residents and visitors alike.

Regular Village Hall events are Pilates, table tennis and an art group, and Film Night is held on the second Monday of each month.

The villagers are responsible for the beach and, in preparation for the warmer season, many residents turn out to clear it of the surprising amount of debris tossed up by winter’s easterly gales.

On Easter Monday all ages participate in the hilarious Duck Races.  The first race is a charity race where numbered ducks are sold whilst the following are the free-range races by “home-grown” ducks.  These are “hatched” from such items as coffee tins, plastic cups and the odd bit of driftwood.  The central stream that runs through the village is used as the course and a net temporarily strung across the riverbank stops the entrants escaping to the sea and freedom.  Prizes awarded are of the chocolate variety.

There is an opportunity to visit a wide variety of Cornish coastal gardens when we hold our biennial Open Gardens day. Plants and produce are for sale on the beach and refreshments are available at various venues.