Invitation to 'The Hand On' ….to the Next Generation 2012


The Hypatia Trust invites you to join us this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 22nd November 2012 to welcome

  • Polly Attwood, our new Director-designate
  • Dr Tehmina Goskar, our new Elizabeth Treffry curator
  • Joanne Schofield, our new Events organiser.

.......and to raise a toast to 'new beginnings'.

Melissa will remain a Trustee after this 'hand on' & hopefully have a little more free time [wish-full thinking]

Miki and Justin Ashton
Miki and Justin Ashton

Miki and Justin Ashton of The Lime Tree Cafe at Tremenheere will be our hosts, and a variety of their finest dishes - both traditional and vegetarian - will be on offer.

Capacity at their beautiful restaurant is set at 40 on this occasion, so please book early to be sent a Menu for your individual choices.


A wonderful raffle will be the only possible extra. Please do come & help us celebrate!

Lime Tree
Lime Tree

Location: The Lime Tree at Tremenheere, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Gulval, Nr Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8YL

Time: 7pm until 10pm

To book your place(s) and request a Menu, please ring Melissa at 01736 360549 or send an e-mail to, stating the number of tickets required. You may also send a card to Hypatia Trust, 16 Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AW.

Be quick to ensure your presence! [Our spatial capacity is limited.]

Annual Founders Day Thanksgiving Celebration 2009

On Sunday 29th November we held an AUSTERITY PIE PARTY !


at Trevelyan House

.......that is cherry pie, apple pie, punkin’ pie, pecan pie all baked by Donna Anton & Melissa Hardie

tea -- coffee -- hot spiced cider -- cranberry juice

The event was a sell-out with over 50 people attending.

There was -

  • Bluegrass live music by Mrs Kirk & Co
  • Free draw for 2 copies of the Newlyn Art Dictionary
  • Book-bobbing for mystery prizes
  • Exhibits in every room on current projects

Melissa writes:

The house was full to overflowing with the jolly crowd that 'pulled a book' in the book-bobbing, and fed on scrumptious pies (15 pies consumed of 5 varieties - those on the invite + chocolate cream pie for 'dessert' and spiced cider.

Alethea Wigzell and Marion Whybrow each became the proud new owner of a copy of the Newlyn Art Dictionary & Sourcebook.


Peter Waverly's timely exhibition of the 48 businesses closing down in the past year in Penzance, made sobering but very interested viewing.

All of this plus the delightful bluegrass music of Mrs Kirk & Co throughout the afternoon. It really was a huge success and much fun had by all!

£120 was raised and given to Save the Children’s Ethiopia Food Crisis Emergency Appeal

Thanksgiving Dinner and Book Launch 2008

MelissaDeidre1The Hypatia Trust's 12th Thanksgiving Dinner took place at Trevelyan House on Thursday 27th November. As usual, it was very well subscribed. So many people wanted to attend that a few late applicants had to be disappointed.

The event was linked to the Launch of the book A Passion for Nature - 19th Century Naturalism in the Circle of Charles Alexander Johns.

The book was written by Deirdre Dare and Melissa Hardie and is published by Patten Press & Jamieson Library.

MelissaDeidre2The evening began with bubbly and canapés at The Old Custom House, which is directly opposite Trevelyan House, and is another of Penzance's historic buildings.

We were there at the invitation of Barnes Thomas Fine Arts, and the authors signed copies of their book for the guests.

After the reception the guests crossed the street to Trevelyan House for the Thanksgiving dinner presented by Justin Ashton and staff of The Lime Tree Restaurant.

There were so many guests that the buffet meal was consumed in all the available rooms in both the restaurant and the Hypatia Trust offices.

The Tenth Annual Founders Day Dinner November 2006

Golowan Mural
Golowan Mural

The tenth annual dinner was the best attended yet. Justin and Miki Ashton catered for well over 50 people in The Lime Tree, producing a delicious turkey dinner. The big news was that John Garrihy had completed the Penzance People's Mural, which was up in its full glory for the occasion.

There were exhibitions in every room, mostly related to the People of Penzance.

Also on display were copies of the books which have been written by friends of Hypatia and published during 2006.

The proceeds of the raffle, which amounted to £144, were donated to ACE.

Founders' Day Dinner 2005

erechtheion3On Saturday 26th November 2005 we continued our series of annual November 'Thanksgiving' dinners - this year we had a Greek theme. After all, Hypatia was a Greek scholar although she lived in Egypt. We were fortunate to have our member, Donna Anton, to make several Greek specialities.

ACE-logoWe added £5 to the price of each ticket and donated it to ACE - our local charity working to improve education in Uganda. We also held a raffle with the proceeds going to ACE. In all ACE will receive just over £200.

You can learn more about ACE by clicking here.