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Half Price Sale Now On!

Half Price Sale

Come and grab a bargain on the shop floor. We have a half price sale for a fornight onl on all our winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves. All stock must go! Maybe you have a winter holiday planned soon or want to save the pennies ready for the next winter season!

Christmas at Penryn Treasures

Christmas at Penryn Treasures

It’s been a varied month! With Christmas fast aproaching we wanted to honour and show our appreciation to our dedicated volunteers. We took them out for a carvery for a lovely afternoon where we were all able to put down tools and enjoy each others company! We couldn’t do what we do without those giving up their time to help us on our shop floor.

Christmas at Penryn Treasures also saw our on-going collaboration with the Penryn Youth Cafe at the Penryn Lights Switch On handing out free hot chocolates (with cream and marshmallows of course!). It was an opportunity for them to spread the word about their group.

In our first year we supported this community group by purchasing them an air hockey table and some support towards their Christmas meal seeing young people from different towns having the opportunity to be introduced for the first time. It’s great to continue a relationship with the Youth Cafe, seeing them alongside us on the Penryn Lights Switch On, helping us with our jumble sale set-up and even volunteering on our shop floor.

We’d like to thank all supporters of our shop and cause over this year- we really appreciate you and wish you a very Happy Christmas. Look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

 

How we’re supporting the refugee crisis

Donating Wadebridge Cornish refugee aid project

The plight of a refugee fleeing for their lives is tragic. At Penryn Treasures we are on the look out for ways we can bless those most in need with our excess stock, particularly left over from our jumble sales. Today we donated to Wadebridge Cornish refugee aid project. It’s great to see the donations you give us going to those most in need! Thank you for all your support!

Donating Wadebridge Cornish refugee aid project

Connecting & Supporting Mums – A Journey to Sustainability

Acorns Parent & Toddler Group

Between 2012-2015 we have, on occasions, funded Acorns Parent and Toddler Group.  Finance has gone towards helping to fund Christmas parties and contributed to two salaries, initially, to allow  Acorns to become established.

Due to the initial investment this community project has now become self-sustainable.

With the supportive funding the Parent and Toddler Group has been able to increase the quality of its service and its support within the community, with just over 230 families on the books in 2015 alone. With the addition of the coffee bar to their service, providing barista style coffee and a selection of cakes, this has allowed Acorns to become financially self-sustaining, whilst maintaining its affordability.

“Acorns is a life-saver to our family. The community centre is a lovely big space, where parents can socialise over a coffee.”
– Acorns parent

This facility has become a much needed service amongst parents, providing a place to connect with each other, a precious moment to socialise and gain a sense of self and support.

“I love coming to Acorns, we use it at least twice a week, sometimes more. It is a much-valued opportunity for adult socialising as well as child play, which is essential. Child-rearing can be very solitary, and the centre is ideal, it is vital to have so much space…In short, these facilities are essential.”
– Acorns parent

Check out their latest updates on their Facebook page

 

Dramatic Growth for the Boxing Club

Falmouth and Penryn Amateur Boxing Club (abc) has seen dramatic growth since receiving a grant of £1000 from Penryn Treasures two years ago.

The grant was used to buy new sparring gloves and equipment to make training safer and more effective, as well as some being invested in a range of club clothing, which was sold to members. It also helped cover aba affiliation costs and generating advertising for the club.

In April 2014, the club successfully held their first boxing tournament, a feat only possible thanks to the increased membership and development of the club.

The tournament was a resounding success, with further interest in boxing generated across the community of Falmouth and Penryn, leading to more people from all backgrounds attending training sessions, for numerous reasons, such as, to compete, get fitter, become part of a community, or build self confidence and discipline.

One of our younger boxers, Lewis Rollason was selected to represent Cornwall at the annual County Tournament, and was also made team captain for the night! Lewis’ success has generated interest amongst his peer group and we have a group of youngsters hoping to box next season, who came to training sessions initially to see what their classmate was doing, or to spar with him!

We have now successfully hosted three tournaments, with ten boxers representing the club last season and often have thirsty plus people attending training sessions, enough to comfortably cover our costs, where three years ago we were struggling.

The club is hoping, in the near future, to be involved in further growth and development with the Dracena Centre, to provide more sessions and even better facilities for members to train with. Our management team can now boast having Gerald Pitts, director of Falmouth Docks, as Chairperson and Sue Stuart, director of Cargo Clothing, as Treasurer.
Their experience and expertise has brought our organisation on in leaps and bounds, giving us a strong approach to fresh projects and challenges.

We currently have two qualified coaches at every session, Chris Martin and Dan Coles, backed up by Charlie Black, Nick Brown and Toni Partridge on a regular basis. It is hoped that a further two or three of our members will gain aba qualification for the coming season, to help increase both coaching cover and the range of training we can offer all sections of the community.

Richard Lister, Secretary of abc

Bids for Wedding Dresses!

Have you seen the Treasures window? You can bid on some of the stunning bridal items donated to us. Make your bid in the shop, we’ll need your name and contact details. Bidding ends on the 23rd May!
* Red evening dress/ bridesmaid dress – size 8-10 – min. bid of £100
* White wedding dress – size 14 – min. bid £100
* Armani suit – size 40″ chest 34″ waist/long length – min. bid £100

The Return of the Jumble Sale

With new and additional storage, our popular jumble sales have returned! Penryn and Falmouth Foodbank were the first group to use our excess stock to raise funds towards the purchase of a building to provide a home for the Hub of Help. Nearly £400 was raised through the sale of our stock. Here’s some of the photos from the event. Keep an eye out for the date for the next jumble sale on our Facebook page!

First Aid Course

This month a few of us enjoyed a day learning first aid with others at the Highway Community Centre.

We like to try and offer these courses for free when we can to give as many of our volunteers the opportunity to gain a potentially life saving skill. It’s also another way in which we hope to aid those going into employment, as a great skill to have on a CV.

We never know what situations we will be exposed to, being able to react quickly and confidently to emergencies can save a life

We are looking to offer another free First Aid Course at the Highway Community Centre in a couple of months. If you’re interested in voluntering with us (and enjoy some of the perks!), find out how here.

Penryn Treasures Fashion Show

On Saturday 14th November volunteers and staff from Penryn Treasures Charity Shop and the Penryn and Falmouth Foodbank held a fundraising Christmas Ball themed Fashion Show at the Highway Community Centre.

Many beautiful outfits were showcased all of which had been donated to the charity shop over recent months and they were enthusiastically modelled by volunteers from Penryn Treasures as well as young people from the Penryn Youth Cafe. Tim Gooch who works at the Highway Community Centre said “the night was vibrant and was a privilege to be part of sustaining Foodbank and the Youth Cafe in such a fun way”.

The preparation for the event involved the Youth Group demonstrating pirate themed dances which they learnt from Gill Sadler from Dance Embrace Fitness, Gill also choreographed the final folk dance which required a bit of audience participation.   The cat-walk models were trained and choreographed by Falmouth University Student Claire Painter.

Felicia Francis commented “it was a fun evening for all. It was brilliant to see the kids engaging with everything- they all had a fantastic time!” Although the final figure is still not confirmed as money is still coming in – the event proved to be a great success as over £400 has been raised so far for the Foodbank by selling the donated clothes and raffle tickets.

Thanking those who had supported the event Rachel said “the Foodbank does an amazing job, supporting local people and families – it can be tough. To raise funds to support the project in such a fun and uplifting way is really important, using the amazing community space we have here is such a blessing and we are very thankful to everyone who helped, donated or supplied amazing raffle prizes. Everyone involved has made a positive impact on the local community”.

Additional funds there raised by the young people who ran the Youth Café on the night and all the monies made by them will be re-invested into the Youth Group.

We have some more storage!

Over the last couple years we have noticed a steady increase in donations to our little shop, which has been fantastic and encouraging news! This has demanded a re-think on how we adequately store everything.

Today our portakabin, to be kept at the Highway Community Centre, is providing the solution. With close proximatey to the Community Centre, we hope to relaunch our jumble sales again too! Watch this space.