“Salty Cove” – New Book Celebrating the Cornish Fishing Industry

Thanks to crowdfunding, a new book called “Salty Cove” which is the third in a trilogy of beautiful books celebrating the Cornish fishing industry is available for pre-order now. The book will raise funds for The Fishermen’s Mission and is released on 10 June 2022. You can purchase the book direct from The Fishermen’s Mission or from various outlets such as the Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance.

“Salty Cove” is the title of the third in a trilogy of beautiful books celebrating the Cornish fishing industry. Due to be released in June 2022, Salty Cove follows the successful 2014 title “Salt of the Earth” by David and Jan Penprase which featured a moment in history of the Newlyn fishing community. This was followed in 2017 by “Sea, Salt and Solitude” by Chris Hewitt and Deborah Richards which focussed on North Cornwall. Salty Cove is a collection of professional black and white portraits of those connected to the Mevagissey fishing industry and their accompanying life stories. It is a living piece of social history, dedicated to the unique, amazing and hard-working people from this beautiful part of Cornwall.

Our volunteer photographers Matt and Sally, along with writers Barbara and Jill, have spent many long days, come rain or shine, taking images and recording stories to create this unique coffee table book, bringing to life the fishing community of Mevagissey. Everyone has volunteered hundreds of hours to make this project a success. We are delighted to say Salty Cove will be printed in Cornwall. The successful crowd fundraiser in March reached its target so the book could be printed.

Seventeen Group Purchases Torbay Insurance Services

Seventeen Group has completed the purchase of Torbay Insurance Services at the end of April. TIS handles £1.4M GWP and is led by John Stott out of offices in Torquay.

Paul Anscombe, CEO of Seventeen Group, comments:

“We are delighted to welcome John and his team on board with Seventeen Group. TIS is not only an excellent local broker in the Torbay area but also complements our South West presence. Our broking subsidiary James Hallam now has offices in Plymouth, Penzance and Torquay through which we can offer a number of our specialist products and services relevant to the South West region including Hospitality, Events, Fish Processors and Marine/Marine Trades”.

The business will continue to operate out of its existing Torquay offices and trade under the TIS brand.

Boat Recommissioning in Spring – Checklist

Doesn’t time fly? Another Spring and time to look at recommissioning your boat after the Winter lay-up. Here are a few simple tests and tips to help make the process more straightforward. Please note, this checklist is also available as a downloadable pdf.

  • Inspect, lubricate and close all valves and sea cocks and check all hoses and pipework.  
  • De-winterize your engine. Flush the cooling system, replace engine oil, filter and  check belts. Check batteries and fuel lines and joints.                                                                      
  • Check the hull for blisters, cracks and any oxidation. Repair and rewax the hull.                 
  • Ensure that all hull and deck fittings are in good working order and free from corrosion. Then clean and grease.                                                                                                                           
  • Check all safety equipment including lifejackets and carefully check expiry dates on fire extinguishers and distress flares. Replace them if necessary.                                                           
  • Inspect all rigging, halyards, ropes and fixing bolts. Also repair any damaged covers.       
  • Check all rudder fixings are secure and steering systems are running smoothly         
  • Check and test all navigational equipment is in operation – replace/upgrade if necessary
  • Clean the interior and galley area and ensure that any gas system is satisfactory and if in doubt arrange for the installation to be inspected by an approved professional.        
  • Trailer – check the tyres for sidewall cracks, wear and pressure.  Do you have a spare?    
  • Check your paperwork – up to date charts, manuals, insurance etc.                                          

Spring Checklist – PDF Download

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

Seventeen Group Announces 2020 Financial Results

Seventeen Group have announced its Financial Results for 2020:

During a year dominated by the global effects of Covid, the Group reported an 8.3% increase in revenue and increased EBITDA from £3M in 2019 to £3.5M in 2020.

The ‘rolling’ EBITDA for the 12 months to 2021 is on target to reach £6M. Our underwriting subsidiary, Touchstone, increased revenue to £4M and is on target to achieve £5M in 2021.

James Hallam had two divisions particularly exposed to the impact of covid, (Motorsport and Hospitality & Travel) but the remaining divisions (excluding acquisitions) grew by £820,000 over the prior year.

Group CEO Paul Anscombe comments as follows:

“We are delighted with our Group performance in 2021. The business held up extremely well under the twin challenges of a hard market and covid. We have been able to reduce costs in a number of areas, including closing two premises, and the positive impact of these operational savings has flowed through to our 2021 year to date results.

Whilst covid restricted face to face meetings, we were still able to launch London Re our German based Lloyds broker, established in partnership with our German partner MRH Trowe gmbh. From a technology perspective we launched our first on-line product via ProMed, specialist medical sector division.

Our investment in Touchstone continued through this period and I am delighted to report that Touchstone went through the £40M GWP threshold this year and continues to work with our long-standing insurer partners. 2020 was also important in terms of cementing our relationship with our funding partner to help finance future acquisitions and so in 2021 we completed the purchase of Ryans, PRS and Christopher Rowe.

Our strategic objectives remain to grow both organically and through acquisition over the coming years as we see increased opportunities for a truly independent insurance business during a period of huge change”.

The press release is available as a pdf at Seventeen Group.

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 https://twitter.com/CornwallSeafood.  If you are a fisherman, looking to sell your catch – then contact them on twitter or their website:  https://www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk/

Newlyn Fish Market is still trading.  The Newlyn Fishmonger is still open – and still delivering to your door: http://www.newlynfreshfish.co.uk/

Fresh Cornish Fish is another Newlyn business that will deliver to you: https://www.fresh-cornish-fish.co.uk/

If your tastes run to handpicked crab then try The Real Cornish Crab Co: https://www.therealcornishcrabcompany.co.uk/

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: https://www.seafish.org/article/sea-for-yourself

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.