Seventeen Group Acquires Christopher Rowe Limited

Seventeen Group has acquired Cornwall based Christopher Rowe Limited (‘CRL’) effective
from 11th May 2021 for an undisclosed sum.

CRL was established in 1984 by Christopher Rowe and is a respected local broker
specialising in the Marine sector and associated trades plus personal lines. The business,
now owned by Christopher’s wife Kathleen, employs 8 staff in its Penzance office.
Seventeen Group has acquired CRL to build its presence in the South West and specifically
to establish a footprint in Cornwall. It is also an opportunity for James Hallam to expand its
Everard Marine Division in a region which is strong in the marine sector and associated

Seventeen Group CEO Paul Anscombe comments:

We are very pleased to welcome the Christopher Rowe team into Seventeen Group. This is
an important strategic acquisition which should offer a very exciting future for the team in
Penzance. Cornwall is a unique county which prides itself in supporting the local economy
and so we felt strongly that if we want to play a part in this then we needed to put some roots
down long term”.

Support Your Local Fishermen

In these somewhat troubling times, it’s become increasingly apparent that only by working together can we find a way forward.  The Fishing Industry in particular is suffering, with reduced demand from restaurants, with supermarkets closing fish counters and fish prices plummeting in fish markets.

We are an island nation.  Fishing is important and there are ways we can all support the industry.

In Cornwall, the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation Ltd and Seafood Cornwall are working together to connect people to their local fish merchants with their #FishToYourDoor initiative.  You can contact them on twitter at  If you are a fisherman, looking to sell your catch – then contact them on twitter or their website:

Newlyn Fish Market is still trading.  The Newlyn Fishmonger is still open – and still delivering to your door:

Fresh Cornish Fish is another Newlyn business that will deliver to you:

If your tastes run to handpicked crab then try The Real Cornish Crab Co:

It’s not just Cornwall.  Fish Markets around the country, such as Peterhead, are still trading. 

Seafish UK have set up a #SeaForYourself initiative to get consumers to eat more sea food caught in UK waters.  You can find out more at:

Wherever you are in the country, lots of local fishmongers will deliver to your door.  If you are not sure what fish to buy or how to cook it then ask the fishmonger for suggestions – they’ll be only too happy to help.

If you’re a fisherman and you’re struggling during the current crisis then don’t forget the Fishermen’s Mission – they are there to help and support.

Catherine Haines, Jubilee Pool Stories and More – Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange – August/September 2018


Catherine Haines  –  06 AUG — 22 SEP 2018 – The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery

A collection of etchings and paintings that explore folklore, the sea and collections by artist Catherine Haines.

Opening Event: Fri 10 Aug 18.00 – 21.00 with Indian street food from Sharmi’s Kitchen, serving curries, chapatis, pakoras, and Indian Scotch eggs.  All welcome.

With an emphasis on affordable works The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery offers the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and drawings by some of the region’s most recognised artists. All profits from sales directly help to support the gallery’s education and exhibition activities.


Jubilee Pool: Then, Now, To Come – 04 Aug – 22 Sep 2018 – The Engine Room, The Exchange

Work-in-progress of a three-year participative, creative exploration of the life and history of Penzance’s iconic and much-loved lido.

For more information on the project see Awen


Paint Your Dog! – 18 August 2018 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Newlyn Art Gallery

This is your chance to incorporate some drawing and painting into your walkies! Armed with paper, paint and dog treats, painter Ben Sanderson will lead you in quick-fire, fun drawing and painting exercises to help you create off-the-cuff sketches of your dog.

This workshop is for well-behaved dogs and their owners. Please bring a dog lead.

£4 per slot, please choose your slot and book via eventbrite

  • 14.00 – 14.20
  • 14.20 – 14.40
  • 14.40 – 15.00
  • 15.00 – 15.20
  • 15.20 – 15.40
  • 15.40 – 16.00


Ikebana Workshop – 25 August 2018 – 15:30 to 17:30 – Newlyn Art Gallery

The return of our popular Ikebana workshop.

Katsushi Koike, from Japan, will guide you through the art of Japanese flower arranging.  £20 including all materials and flowers. Booking essential, please call 01736 223125 to book.


Summer Art Classes  – Wednesdays in August – The Engine Room, The Exchange

Led by the wonderful Alice Ellis-Bray and inspired by our Rose Wylie exhibition, these workshops are for 7 – 13 Year olds. Please wear old clothes as it will get messy!

£6 per session, all materials provided. You can book on all sessions or pick and choose. Booking via eventbrite

WEDNESDAY 01 AUG – Pillow Stories
What are your dream adventures? What stories do you come up with in your sleep? – Inspired by the exhibition, you will be painting the story of a dream you have had – onto a pillow case. Sweet dreams!

WEDNESDAY 08 AUG – Portrait Painting
Who is that in the mirror? How do you paint yourself? – Using mirrors, you will be working out how to look and paint at the same time.

WEDNESDAY 15 AUG – Story Box Painting
Looking at story-telling through painting, you will create different scenes of the same story. What goes inside your story box is up to you – possibilities are endless!

WEDNESDAY 22 AUG – Painting with Feeling
What’s your favourite colour? How do you know? – Using your instincts, this workshop is all about following your intuition when making colour choices, and painting without getting caught up in too much decision making. What comes naturally when using paint and how do you choose colour?

WEDNESDAY 29 AUG – Time Travel for Painters
Exploring ideas about our past, our present and our future, you will be creating a triptych of paintings to tell stories through time. When, now and then!


Lay Up For Winter – Boat Out of Water Checklist

It’s that time again – with boats coming out of the water, a few simple hints and tips can ensure that re-commissioning in Spring will be much more straightforward.**

  1. Give the bottom a thorough power-wash and also wash down the topsides and deck.
  1. Give the interior a thorough wash down with a disinfectant solution to prevent any build up of mould and mildew whilst laid up.
  1. Winterize your engine:
    1. Top off your fuel tank to prevent build up of condensation.
    2. Drain and flush the cooling system before replenishing with anti-freeze mix.
    3. Change the oil and the oil filter.
  1. Winterize plumbing by either draining it completely or refilling with anti-freeze.  Water and holding tanks should be flushed with anti-bacterial solution and drained.
  1. Disconnect and remove the battery – alternatively set up a battery charger to maintain it through any long period of inactivity.
  1. Check the hull for any damaged paintwork or cracks – repair and reseal with a good wax coat.
  1. Provide your boat with a properly fitting cover to protect it from rain, snow and frost.
  1. Ensure that, although protected, there is always good airflow to prevent build up of damp and mildew.
  1. Keep the sea cocks and drains open to prevent build up of any water from rain or leaks.
  1. Grease all parts that require it to protect from corrosion.

Click to download these tips as a handy PDF to print and keep.

**These hints and tips are provided for useful information only and Christopher Rowe Limited accept no responsibility for any resulting consequences.

What’s On – Penzance/Newlyn – August Bank Holiday



Saturday 26 August 2017:

Pirate Saturday – 10am – 4pm

Children’s and Adults Treasure Hunts and many shops with special pirate deals. From Causewayhead to Chapel Street. For more details: Pirate Saturday


Penlee Park Theatre – Romeo and Juliet – 7.30pm

It’s MODS V ROCKERS! Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. For more details: Romeo and Juliet

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Sunday 27 August 2017:

Pirates on the Prom – Penzance Prom – 12 – 7pm

Guinness World Records Attempt to regain our title as ‘LARGEST GATHERING OF PIRATES’ – 15,000 Pirates needed To Win!  All pirates must be in the designated area on Penzance Prom by 4pm to be included in the count at 4 – 4.10pm.  Entertainment on the Prom from 12-7pm.  For more details, including what to wear, please visit: Pirates on the Prom


Penlee Park Theatre – Tales from the Trees – 2pm

‘Tales from the Trees’ by Squashbox Theatre is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology.  ‘Tales from the Trees’ is 50 minutes long and suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.  For more details: Tales from the Trees.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Penlee Park Theatre – Macbeth – 7.30pm

Shakespeare’s dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ hilarious new musical, steampunk-style adaptation.  For more details: Macbeth.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500


Monday 28 August 2017:

Newlyn Fish Festival – 9am – 5pm

One of the biggest and best celebrations of the sea, seafood and fishing in the country.  Fish cookery demonstrations, fish display, crab picking demonstrations, two music stages, luggers in the harbour, trawlers racing, gigs sprinting, children’s rides, entertainment and education, lots of fabulous food to enjoy plus art & craft stalls to explore.  For more details: Newlyn Fish Festival

Admission: £5.00 (free entrance for children under 16) tickets at the gate. (Fishermen’s complimentary tickets available from the CFPO office.)


Penlee Park Theatre – The Princess and the Pig – 6.30pm

Folksy Theatre are delighted to be returning to Penlee following last season’s sell-out performance of the Smartest Giant in Town, in 2017 we have their musical adaptation of Jonathan Emmett’s “The Princess & The Pig’.  An exciting new show for friends & family, an open-air production, filled with music, and puppetry!  For more details: The Princess and the Pig.

Tickets: CRBO Tickets or call the Box Office on 01726 879500





Vintage Car Rally – Penzance – Saturday 15 July 2017


The Rotary Club of Penzance is holding a Vintage Car Rally on the Western Promenade in Penzance on Saturday 15th July from 10.00 – 16.00.

There will be a wide range of cars from the 1920s until the early 1970s, so there will be lots of superbly restored cars to see and marvel at.

In addition, there will be a good range of traders on the Promenade for those that fancy a little bit of retail therapy. As it should be a bright and warm summer’s day, there will be a number of refreshment stalls as well to satisfy various tastes and preferences.

During the day, it is anticipated that there also will be musical inputs from some local schools.

Please come along to what promises to be a really good family day out with plenty to see and do.

The best part of the Rally is that it is free, although the Rotary Club of Penzance will be carrying out a street collection in aid of local charities, throughout the day.

Cornwall Under 15 Cricket Team to tour the West Indies

Fully endorsed and supported by the Cornwall Schools’ Cricket Association and the Cornwall Cricket Board, the Cornwall Under 15 Cricket Team will tour the West Indies from Tuesday 28 March 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017.

The tour will take in practises and matches in Barbados together with matches in Trinidad and a day-night match against Trinidad and Tobago.

It’s a great opportunity for the young squad to gain experience on different pitches – and to face a variety of different bowling and systems they may not have seen before.

We are pleased to advertise in the Tour Brochure and wish the squad an enjoyable and successful tour.

To support the squad, please contact Malcolm Broad:




A Muddy Run for Cancer Research

One of our staff members, Kelly, has been persuaded by her sister to take part in the Race for Life Cornwall Pretty Muddy 5k run in September, together with some of her sister’s work colleagues – the ‘Trauma Girls’ at Treliske Hospital.

Basically, as far as she has been led to understand, it is a 5k run with obstacles and lots and lots of mud! We are sure that her sister has sugar-coated it a bit and she will end up looking like a swamp monster from one of the old black and white horror movies!

However, it is all in a good cause as she is raising money for cancer research, which, as some of you will know, is currently affecting a couple of her very close friends. Training is going well, although there is not much mud around to practise in due to the glorious weather we are having at the moment. Although we are sure that the element of surprise will be much better on the day for not having trained in mud!

We will be posting pictures of the creature from the black lagoon after the event so that you can all have a laugh at the state she ended up in and hope to post a few updates on how the training is going. With only a few weeks to go, it is time to really hit the tarmac and lay off the delicious cakes that the boss’s wife makes for us!

If you would like to sponsor Kelly, the link to her Just Giving page is:

Any donations will be gratefully received and will help Cancer Research to continue to find ways to fight this wicked disease.