Friday, October 14, 2011 - 09:00

There will be a bumper crop of activities at White River Place this autumn as part of the St Austell Live programme of events, starting with a Café Conversation on October 19 about the joys of community food.

Clive Cobb, the inspiration behind the Town Mill Bakery in Dorset and the Eden Bakery, will be joined by Charlotte Barry from the Camel Valley Community Agriculture project to discuss the successes and challenges of community food projects, as well as visions for the future.

The conversation starts at 6:30pm at the Eden Café and is free for anyone to drop in, whether they are aspiring growers, seasoned food producers or just keen to know more.

Lantern-making sessions start on Saturday October 22 and take place in the unit opposite Costa Coffee from 10am until 4pm. The drop-in sessions are free and Eden’s creative team will be on hand to help make decorative lanterns for the Torchlight Carnival, which takes place on November 19.

Eden’s story tellers will be weaving yarns at the Eden Café each Sunday starting from October 23. The free Fireside stories take place from 3pm until 4pm and are suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and older.

The Art Afternoons got off to a flying start recently when St Austell Mayor Sandra Heyward sat for a portrait demonstration. The lessons, which cover still life and figurate drawing as well as portrait painting, continue to run every other Thursday, with the next sessions taking place on October 27. Running from 3:30pm until 5:30pm, they cost £5, which includes coffee, cake and materials.

Emma Mansfield, St Austell Live programme co-ordinator, said: “With such an inspiring variety of autumn colour and seasonal produce, it’s the perfect time to get creative. The St Austell Live events should have something to excite everyone.”

The St Austell Live programme has been funded by a grant from Cornwall Council for the Eden Project to undertake an events programme aimed at attracting more people to the town centre.

The programme is part of the Eco-communities Programme of Development awarded to Cornwall Council by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

For more information on St Austell Live, or to sign up for any of the classes, email or see the Cafe page of the Eden website at