My plate represents Penryn Buzz, which I’m really proud of, and the Town Hall which is also the Museum where I volunteer, so the items on the plate really reflect me. The dates mark the founding of the town to the present day.
The flowers are borage and sunflowers which are great pollinators. Penryn Buzz started back in 2014, the inspiration came from a young student, Charlotte Rankin, from Exeter University. We got talking at the café where I used to go and she said she wanted to do something for the town related to her studies around the environment. I suggested: if you want a project, we’ve got five sites around the town you could plant up and turn into a pollinating centre. Not only did she do it, but she got her friends involved and raised the money for the plants too, and that’s how it started.
It’s all volunteers and now we get people contacting us for help with their own projects. Penryn Buzz now has 730 members on Facebook from New Zealand, America and the Netherlands and all across the UK, which encourages them to do the same thing in their own towns as we’ve done here. The memorial garden is the crowning glory, with a tremendous number of pollinating plants there. This year, we’ve managed to create a pollinating corridor all the way through the town.
I was born in Falmouth. I lived at Old Hill, and it was easier to go down the hill to Penryn on my bike to play in the valley than it was to go up! I went away to the army for six years and then I returned to Penryn and have been here ever since. I was a postman, joined in 1965 when I came out the army. In 1972 I took over the Anchor Pub which used to be on Quay Hill. In 2015 I got elected to the Town Council and was Mayor in 2019.
I love Penryn, even though I was born in Falmouth, because in Penryn you’re always given a chance. If you’re prepared to get on and do something, then the town will support you. The community spirit is amazing.
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