Monday, September 3, 2012 - 16:30

The Eden Café has an abundance of activities planned throughout September to help people get crafty, discover fantastic finds for free and make the most of their garden. 

The monthly Stitch & Mix evening will return on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30pm until 9pm. It costs £2.50 per person and provides people with the opportunity to learn new skills and reinvent old clothes and fabrics. Sue Bamford, Eden’s Props Maker, will be on hand to share her expert advice and demonstrate new techniques.

The café will also be hosting a veg swap, where people are invited to use apples, herbs, preserves or even carrots for currency. The event, which is being run by the Cornwall garden share project Growing Together gives people the chance to swap their produce and meet other growers. Swapping isn’t compulsory, as everyone is welcome to come and try their hands at haggling.

The veg swaps will take place on Wednesday, September 12 from 10am until 12pm and on Thursday, September 20 from 6pm until 8pm. On September 20, the film Room to Grow will also be shown. Created by Growing Together and The Sensory Trust, it is made up of a collection of local people’s stories and their experiences of vegetable growing- past and present.

The popular Freegle event will also be back on Wednesday, September 26 for a third afternoon session of item swapping and bargain spotting. Visitors to the café will be able to swap their goods from 2pm until 6pm.

People are not only encouraged to swap their unwanted items, whether it’s t-shirts or tumble dryers, but anything from skills and knowledge to the gift of time. 

Ashley van Dyck, Eden Café Manager, said: “With the change of season, it’s a great time to clear out your cupboards, reinvent your wardrobe and make room for some new treasures.

“In the welcoming atmosphere of the café, it’s also a great place to grab a drink, meet some likeminded people and make new friends.”

In addition, the Eden Café will be displaying the work of photographer Matt Ferris, whose exhibition focuses on the circus company NoFit State while they were at Eden performing Bianco throughout the summer. 

To find out more about the Eden Café and the other events and activities that take place, go to: To volunteer to help with the Freegle event, go to:!/StAustellFreegle