Jo W’s chaotic month

jo wJune has been more than a little chaotic to say the least. We are now several guides down so I have been learning how to do the main underground tour for July and August. I love doing this and it’s a change of scenery.

We had Bish Bash Bosh do a theatre performance called Surfing Tommies here at the beginning of June. A good 40 people (see last month’s blog for note on numbers!) turned up – it was brilliant. It was on the tin floors in the mill. I was terrified we would overload the power supply the whole way through but all was well. Will certainly do more of this. Got into a bit of a panic though trying to lock up a million doors and gates with new Claire  Sat 11 at night in the pitch black….needed a strong gin when I finally got home.

Bill has been tied up writing a paper for a mining history conference which Claire R has been helping to organise for the last two years. Well done Bill and Claire, it went well I heard.

Nick and I took delivery of the 200 maps and plans that we have sent as batch one of the scanning and then had to prepare the next 300 to go……what a relief that’s over. Still, it’s always nice to see the lovely Richard who has probably been down every mine in the world.

I have been planning the next exhibition with the learning team…a photographic exhibition Wildlife on the Edge to tie in with the wealth of biodiversity on the site. We are having photos by professional photographers alongside runners up and winners of a photographic competition we are going to run. Super. Cant wait. Been speaking with BTCV and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as well on various events.

In the middle of this chaos, I had a wonderful birthday celebration with lunch at the Porthmister Beach Café – the sun shone and St Ives was at its best. That’s it now, we won’t be back there till the summer tourists have gone!

On 22nd we launched our campaign for public votes in the National Lottery Awards. Voting closes any day now, fingers crossed. PLEASE VOTE FOR US IF YOU ARE READING THIS. The link is…http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/shortlistitem.cfm?id_category=5&id_entry=72

June was clouded with some very sad news. Mike Lindley who has been a volunteer on site for years died suddenly. It was a great shock to us and to the team of volunteers whom he worked with every Wednesday morning on the archive project. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and he will be greatly missed.

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