Born and brought up in Penzance, Colonel Edward Bolitho spent 20 years in the Grenadier Guards before returning to Cornwall in 1998, to run Bolitho Estates on behalf of his wider family. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in September 2011 on the retirement of the late Lady Mary Holborow.
He is involved in a wide range of business and voluntary sector organisations, with an official role in more than 40 and involvement in many more. Despite being a hopeless shopper, he is particularly delighted to be President of the Christmas Fair because of the outstanding and life-enhancing work Macmillan does, not to mention the enthusiasm and brilliance of all involved in making the Fair the phenomenal success it has become.
Edward is married to Alexandra and they have twin daughters, a son and a large number of dependent animals.
I have been on the receiving end of fabulous gifts from the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair for many, many years (my mother Mary Holborow founded the fair some 25-plus years ago) and when I moved back to Cornwall I was really pleased to be asked to join the team. When my mother was ill, I saw the work of the Macmillan Nurses at first hand and welcome the chance to help (even in a small way) to ensure Macmillan can continue to change lives in Cornwall. I am responsible for bringing the sponsors in and have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from businesses both large and small across the county. My company, Wild West, runs the PR campaign for the Fair on a pro bono basis and I am particularly grateful to Florence Bate at Wild West for the support she gives me on this.
I’ve worked for The Christmas Fair for 27 years, since the very beginning. I started organising art sales at the Christmas Fair, and then took over selection and running of the stalls, which I did for 15 years. This was all at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay, where we held the Fair for 20 years in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Cornwall. It was outgrowing itself, and after much research, Eden Project kindly offered to act as our host. This was a huge move, but it’s been a very successful partnership. We now raise over double the amount taken previously. At the Hotel Bristol we aimed to raise around £20,000 each year. Our target at Eden is now to exceed £50,000 each year.
The money raised at the Fair goes directly to Cornwall Community Foundation, after 27 years of raising for Macmillan. Supporting community projects that do a huge amount of beneficial work with the struggling communities of Cornwall.
Kate and I are very proud to lead a very vibrant, hard working team that achieves more and more each year, committing valuable time and energy with endless enthusiasm. We are all working hard for the good of our amazing county.
Be sure to come and support us!
We have the opportunity to give something back to our beloved Cornwall and to work with friends to raise money for this wonderful, grassroots charity. Result! Discussing brands is a favourite pastime of mine, so I get to keep the brand of our Cornwall Christmas Fair on track and work on our marketing to help put the message across. Wonderful sponsors contribute their expertise to our marketing efforts and it’s amazing to see the dedication that individuals and companies give.
All together we are working to support Cornwall Community Foundation in its funding for Cornwall’s community projects, reaching the vulnerable and those most in need. I urge you to come to this Fair; you’ll be supporting Cornwall Community Foundation and it will jet propel your Christmas shopping!
I have worked most of my life in the adverting industry followed by ten years working with luxury hotels. Self employment followed with owning my own business called Rawhide, selling beautiful suede cardigans, jackets and coats. This was my first encounter with the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair as a stall holder. Having done many fairs over the years this one stood out in terms of the dedication and hard work of the committee. And now I am one of them! This time on the other side of the fence responsible for organising the stall holders. I am so proud to be a part of the team and look forward to contributing further to the wonderful charity that Macmillan is.
I sadly lost my aunt to cancer before Christmas. She was fabulously cared for by Macmillan during her final days and therefore when I was asked to join the Macmillan Committee at the beginning of this year, it felt like the perfect opportunity to say thank you and give back.
I have visited the Christmas Fair since I moved to Cornwall in 2005 so know first-hand what an amazing event this talented team organise each year. I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Committee and helping our sponsors get the most from their generous support.
I’m delighted to join this talented committee this year to help continue the fantastic fundraising event for Macmillan at The Eden Project. Having spent my working life in the TV industry (mostly at the BBC) creating many live event series I hope to think up some new ideas to support a cause that touches us all.
Like many of the committee members, I have experienced first hand the incredible work Macmillan nurses carry out. The care and support they give to both the patient and their families is second to none. I was delighted, therefore, to be asked to become a committee member in 2014, assisting with design and print. It is great to be part of such a wonderful dynamic team, who every year attempt to make the Fair bigger and better, to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan to continue their amazing work within the county
I’m honoured and excited to be working as part of an incredible team of people who are enthusiastic about raising money for great causes in Cornwall. It feels vital to ensure that communities across the County are supported and the Cornwall Community Foundation are able to do that. I feel so lucky to be living and bringing up our children in Cornwall.
The fair is a treasure trove of food and presents that you won’t easily find elsewhere and a wonderful reason to visit Eden.
I am a relative newcomer to the committee having joined the committee in early 2013 after being a part of the initial discussions regarding moving the fair to its new home, Eden – a big responsibility following its previous success at Hotel Bristol. I am honored to be part of such a worthwhile event which has such a positive impact in Cornwall. As well as working with such a fabulous group of people who all have a wealth of experience in such an array of areas. As the Eden Project event manager my role within the committee is to combine our dreams and aspirations to make the fair even more fabulous with the logistics and practicalities of Eden. Personally the fair for me is like a shopping heaven, with the added bonus of wine, food and of course friends! The only problem is it’s all so lovely I never want to give any of it away as gifts!
I moved to Cornwall in 2016 and 2020 is my first year on the Cornwall Christmas Fair committee, having attended it for several years previously, at the evening event and left with laden bags. I have found it to be a superb fair with energetic people both running the event and the stalls holders alike. It really does feel like my start to Christmas in Cornwall.
I am joining the stalls team alongside Lavinia and Bella and we are striving to offer a balanced mix of new and popular returning stalls, to appeal to a wide range of people and budgets. I feel most proud to be doing a little bit to help raise money for the Cornwall Community Fund, who carry out breath-taking work with a wide range of charities all across Cornwall. Please do come and join in, supporting us and all the lovely stallholders, and get your Christmas shopping well and truly underway. Festive wishes, Annabel
I have been part of the Cornwall Christmas Fair team for few years now and it is always a pleasure to work with such a dynamic, creative and enthusiastic team. Having lived and worked in Cornwall for most of my life I am passionate about its communities, its diversity and the people around us. However there is a considerable degree of poverty and hardship in many parts of Cornwall and I am delighted to be part of a team that give their skills and time to raising much needed funds for communities across our wonderful Cornwall.
Like so many others affected by cancer, both of my Grandparents died from the terrible disease. I was therefore honoured when asked in 2015 to become the Treasurer for the Fair. It is wonderful to be part of such a dedicated and hardworking committee who help raise money for such a fantastic charity.
Having been based in Cornwall all of my life, this is a great opportunity to put something back .
The Cornwall Community Foundation means so much to so many people that it is a real privilege to help Lavinia with the stalls. We hope that we select a vibrant and diverse selection of stalls supporting many small local companies.
I have been an enthusiastic shopper (and diner!) at the Cornwall Christmas Fair for several years and so I’m thrilled to be part of the committee for the second year running, helping Kate with our very generous sponsors and Amanda with our sparkling Christmassy tombola.
I’m delighted to spread the word and raise funds for CCF, a dynamic Foundation that assists so many grassroots charities to make such a difference to the people of Cornwall.
As both a proud Cornishwoman and supporter of the Cornwall Community Foundation I was delighted to be invited to join the Cornwall Christmas Fair Committee this year. It’s an event I have enjoyed attending for many years and I’m thrilled that the Committee have chosen to support the Cornwall Community Foundation through it. The Cornwall Community Foundation quietly supports hundreds of small charities throughout Cornwall each year, with grants that make a huge difference to some of most disadvantaged and vulnerable people within our County. I think the partnership with the Cornwall Christmas Fair and the Foundation is a perfect fit and I look forward to spreading the word about the wonderful work that the Foundation’s support enables many Cornish charities to carry out each year. Having enjoyed a career as a professional fundraiser I will be liaising between the Christmas Fair Committee and the Foundation’s Committee to maximise the Foundation’s fundraising at the event and to hopefully gain more supporters to the charity.
Peter is the Executive Director with responsibility for the Eden Project’s charitable mission. This role includes responsibility for Eden’s biggest educational outreach campaign, The Big Lunch. From September 2013 to June 2014, alongside David Harland, Peter was responsible for all of Eden’s operations.
As well as running small businesses, Peter previously spent over 10 years in the advertising industry working for British Leyland, J. Walter Thompson and BMP DDB, working with a variety of businesses including the Guardian, Knorr, National Dairy Council (milk), Courage (Fosters, Courage Best and John Smiths). In between JWT and BMP, Peter was also Account Director at Leo Burnett working on Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris, Sanyo and Nestle (Crosse & Blackwell).
Peter was appointed to the main Eden Project Board in March 2012. In the same year he was also awarded an MVO by HM The Queen for his work on the Diamond Jubilee, as The Big Lunch played a major part in the celebrations.
Having recently moved to Cornwall I am thrilled to have been asked to join the Macmillan Christmas Fair team – an opportunity for me to give something back to the wonderful nurses who so helped us when my mother was ill some years ago.
With a background in catering and events, I hope to be able to bring useful skills to a highly qualified and efficient group of ladies who are passionate about making this fair as good as it is. It is also extremely helpful for me as a busy mother of three to know that I can blitz all of my Christmas shopping in one hit!
Having moved all around the world before settling in Cornwall 8 years ago it was wonderful to be invited onto the Cornwall Christmas Fair Committee. It has been a privilege to be part of such a pro-active dynamic team of volunteers who take time out from their busy lives to raise much needed funds for community projects all across Cornwall.
And it is so much fun!!! A wonderful opportunity to get started (or finished) with the annual challenge of Christmas shopping and find some really innovative, personal gifts for my ever growing family.
I’m thrilled to be involved with the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair. I remember going to the very first Fair which Lady Mary Holborow hosted in a marquee at Ladock House on a wet and rainy day. I have been on the committee since the Fair moved to Eden Project. I work at Eden, know the site and therefore make my contribution to the very hard working committee members by helping with the operational aspects of getting the exhibitors and guests in and out. Long may the Fair prosper and with the generosity of the Cornish people continue to raise substantial sums for the benefit of Macmillan cancer support.
We moved to Cornwall 18 years ago for an improved quality of life, and have never looked back. We have met so many amazing people and continue to do so. Four years ago I was asked if I would like to be a member of the Cornwall Christmas Fair committee, a real honour, and I have enjoyed every moment. It is not only rewarding, but a real privilege to work with such and inspirational team of people. The “Fair” seems to get better and better every year and it is great to be a part of such a great team who have raised a considerable amount of money for Macmillan. This year I am very excited to be able to work with the Cornwall Community Foundation who support some of Cornwalls most deprived communities .