Cornwall College Newquay student visit
Wheal Jane’s appeal and interest to degree students has broadened further.
The first ever group of Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicity students from Cornwall College Newquay, led by lecturer Michelle Gurney, spent time on site on Friday.
The 3rd year degree group’s visit included a tour of the mine water treatment plant operated by Veolia Ltd and a presentation by ourselves covering the site’s post-mining development and remediation.
21st March 2017
Cornwall Mining Alliance Launch
More than 80 attended the recent publicity launch of the Cornwall Mining Alliance (CMA) at the Camborne School of Mines.
The exceptional turn out consisted of both members and a number of non-members interested to find out more about the CMA.
Liam Palmer, technical manager in the Wheal Jane Laboratory, was impressed by both the progress of the CMA and the opportunity to network with fellow professionals;
‘From my point of view the excellent attendance was a clear indication of the interest in the concept of the CMA among businesses in the sector. My overall impression was that there was a buzz of optimism for the CMA which made me confident that it would have a very positive impact on our business and the 60-plus other businesses which are already members.
‘I think the CMA could have a significant positive impact on the regional economy as it develops.’
Photo credit – Kathy Hicks
21st November 2016
Equinox 24 Sponsorship
Our congratulations go to WO Jim Spencer (2nd from left) of the Submarine Service for completing the recent Equinox 24 hour running challenge at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.
The Wheal Jane Group was delighted to sponsor Jim and his running partner Damien (far right) and their team on this challenge, just one of a 12 event challenge which Damien has taken on in support of the Paul McCann Fund for Needy Children, a fund set up by the family and friends of Paul who lost his life at the age of just 32 in an accident aboard the submarine HMS Tireless in 2007.
Well done to Damien for completing no 6 of his 12 challenges, and to Jim for completing the challenge with him and the rather easier task of convincing us to support their worthy efforts.
26th September 2016
Another boost for the 3 Rs at Wheal Jane
Recent recycling equipment trials have enabled us to reprocess this material on site to provide various, more useful products, including stone and hardcore to improve our roadways, and topsoil for use in our reclamation and landscaping work.
Maintaining roadways on the site to a good standard becomes particularly important in winter time, ensuring that vehicles can move around the site easily and, most importantly, safely.
The trial has confirmed that a significant proportion of the material is suitable for recycling in this way and may provide further opportunities in due course.
Another step forward for Wheal Jane’s programme to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.
21st September 2016
New Christmas decoration now available
Since 2002, the South Crofty Collection has produced a new Christmas decoration each year and we have been delighted to launch 2016’s this week. Each decoration is inspired by a traditional festive image and our latest is no exception – an intricately detailed Christmas pudding, complete with icing, holly leaves and berries on top.
Available for sale on our website, www.croftytin.co.uk, alongside all previous years’ decorations and, of course, our beautiful range of Cornish tin jewellery.
15th September 2016
Visit from Chile promotes trade links for the mining industry
An initiative set up by the UKTI and hosted by the Cornwall Mining Alliance (CMA) resulted in a visit to Wheal Jane by Viviana Daza, mining and minerals specialist from the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
The aim of Viviana’s visit to the UK and Cornwall in particular was to promote trade links within the mining sector.
The CMA was an obvious point on contact given the collective expertise in Cornwall being promoted through this new industry alliance.
Viviana met several CMA members, including Clifford Rice, director of Wheal Jane Laboratory, and was able to have a short tour of the laboratory itself.
The visit was a very useful opportunity to promote the expertise here, and a firm line of contact has been established which we hope will result in work from Chile, one of the few countries in the world we have not yet had work from.
25th August 2016
Truro Boscawen Rotary Visit #2
We were pleased to host the second group of visitors to the site on Friday 5th of August from the Truro Boscawen Rotary Club.
After a visual presentation on the site’s recent history and development, the group took a short tour, taking in the Wheal Jane Laboratory, the shaft head and the company’s extensive range of mine plans and records.
The group were also able to see some of the company’s collection of tin ingots which were salvaged from Cornish shipwrecks (including some currently under restoration), and examples of the tin produced at Wheal Jane which went into the 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medals, introduced by the director of the Wheal Jane Laboratory Clifford Rice.
17th August 2016
Man Engine comes to Wheal Jane
A gathering of nearly 400 people enjoyed a unique performance by the Man Engine at Wheal Jane on Saturday. Halfway through its adventure through the county celebrating Cornwall’s mining heritage, this amazing engineering creation travelled from Truro to Wheal Jane for its last performance of the week and a well-earned rest day.
Beautiful weather and a magnificent sunset provided the perfect backdrop for the introduction and rising of the giant Man Engine from where he gazed across the Carnon Valley towards Mount Wellington and the great Consolidated and United mines areas beyond.
Catering provided by the Victoria Inn at Threemilestone completed what everyone agreed was a hugely successful and enjoyable evening.
Suitably rested, the Man Engine made his way from Wheal Jane on Monday to St Agnes and then Camborne, and on to numerous other mining locations, heading ultimately to his journey’s end at Geevor next weekend.
Our congratulations go to Will Coleman and all his team for creating a great symbol of Cornwall’s mining heritage. Wheal Jane were delighted to be able to provide one of the locations on its great journey.
4th August 2016
Dog rescued from nearby mineshaft
A local resident’s dog had a lucky escape yesterday. Missing for more than 48 hours, it was eventually found and rescued by the fire service from a shallow mineshaft a short distance outside the Wheal Jane site boundary. To read the whole story and see a short video clip of the rescue, click here.
To be sure there are no such risks on the Wheal Jane site, all known shafts are fitted with cage-style caps to ensure they remain safe and secure. These prevent accidental access, but being popular habitats for birds and bats, still allow uninterrupted access to these popular roosting places.
If anyone has concerns regarding an existing or possible void, shaft or mysterious depression on their land, the Wheal Jane Group can help with its ‘one-stop-shop’ service.
The companies within the Group can research historical mining activity in the area using our huge private collection of mining plans and records. If a potential problem is identified, we can also carry out a site investigation and, if necessary, rectify the problem using a number of proven methods. For more information, click here.
3rd August 2016
Successful open day for Woodturners
This year’s annual open day of the Cornwall Association of Woodturners took place in glorious sunshine at Wheal Jane last weekend.
The organisers were delighted with the level of support and attendance on the day which resulted in four new members joining the club, including two ladies, and almost £700 being raised for the Association’s chosen charity Children’s Hospice South West.
When the CWA found themselves without suitable accommodation, a perfect solution was found at Wheal Jane. In return for a peppercorn rent, the CWA agreed to refurbish an unused shed using their woodworking skills! The Association has held weekly sessions at Wheal Jane ever since, in addition to a series of successful open days.
Visitors to last weekend’s event were also interested to know more about the Wheal Jane site and the businesses and developments taking place here.
For more information about the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park past, present and future, click here to visit our web site.
2nd August 2016
Trevithick Society at Wheal Jane
The first of two groups of Trevithick Society members visited Wheal Jane last week. All were surprised by the level of activity on site and the wide range of businesses and processes taking place.
After a presentation on the history and development of the site, particularly over the past eighteen years since all mining and minerals processing on site ceased, the group were able to view various aspects of the operations on site. The tour took in the Wheal Jane Laboratory where mining samples from all over the world are analysed, the shaft head where water treatment pumping continues, and the company’s unique mine plan archive.
Also on display were the company’s collection of tin mining-related artefacts and examples of the South Crofty Collection of tin jewellery and giftware, all handcrafted on site.
7th July 2016
Cornwall Mining Alliance website goes live
We are delighted to be one of over fifty companies which have already signed up to membership of the Cornwall Mining Alliance and to be part of the steering group which has brought this project into being. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has supported and helped with the project.
The CMA is a portal which services the mining and minerals industry by connecting Cornwall’s unique concentration of experts in this sector and providing the right people for the job.
If you would like to find out more about what the CMA can do and how it can help with your next project, please get in touch via the CMA website at www.cornwallminingalliance.org, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd June 2016
Wheal Jane’s contract for Wave Hub Project
One of the more unusual sights here at Wheal Jane in recent weeks has been the result of a contract carried out by Carnon Contracting to assemble giant dumpy bags of stone (pictured). The bags will be lowered onto the seabed to anchor cables in place as part of the Wave Hub Project. Over 400 such bags have been prepared at Wheal Jane and transported to the site in Hayle over the past few weeks.
3rd June 2016
Wheal Jane’s battle with Mother Nature
The arrival of Wheal Jane Ltd’s new tractor and trailer could not have been better timed.
The extraordinary rain over the past few weeks has made the movement and placement of material a real challenge. A new, more powerful tractor with a 14 tonne dump trailer (pictured) will enable activity to continue almost regardless of weather and ground conditions, including the constant improvement of roadway surfaces around the site.
The new plant will be a valuable addition to the site’s fleet and is likely to be fully employed until spring brings (hopefully) some respite from the rain.
15th February 2016
South Crofty Collection News
The South Crofty Collection is enjoying a buoyant start to the year, and a recently launched Valentine’s Day promotion has generated a lot of business. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we are hoping for similar success!
Our workshop is undergoing something of a makeover, and we are aiming to make it an even more efficient work space in time for the busy summer months. We have recently introduced a new design in our cufflinks range which is already proving popular, and we will be introducing more contemporary items throughout the year.
12th February 2016
The South Crofty Collection is attending Truro’s Made In Cornwall Christmas Fair
Running from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th of November, the Made In Cornwall Christmas Fair on Lemon Quay in Truro is a wonderful festive event, showcasing the very best arts and crafts produced in the county. We at the South Crofty Collection will be there with our traditional tin jewellery, as well as lots of new designs and, of course, this year’s Christmas decoration. Please call in to see us and also take advantage of the opportunity to do all your Christmas shopping under one roof!
24th November 2015
Success for Wheal Jane-sponsored Bowls squad
The England squad (pictured in New Zealand) returned home with one gold, three silver and four bronze medals, and a total points tally which took them to 3rd place in the World Cup rankings just behind South Africa and New Zealand.
Wheal Jane was pleased to have assisted with the cost of jackets, pens and badges for what was clearly a very successful trip for the squad.
11th November 2015
New Addition to Wheal Jane Earth Science Park Family
To meet the high standards of connectivity and communications required by Earth Science Park tenants at Wheal Jane, a superfast broadband link was installed in 2013 by Microcomms Professional Services. The company liked the site so much that they have now relocated their business to Wheal Jane where they are able to provide IT and communications services to clients on and off site. The company’s move to Wheal Jane coincided with the visit by HRH The Duke of Kent who took the opportunity to meet directors of the company just days after their moving in.
23rd October 2015
Manchester Comes To Wheal Jane
The interest in Wheal Jane to university students has been further extended with a visit by a group of architecture students from Manchester University.
A recommendation from Exeter University’s Environmental and Sustainability Institute, whose students visit Wheal Jane every year, led to this first visit by students from Manchester and the first from a group studying architecture.
The students, on a field trip looking at the effects of mining on the architecture of Cornwall, were, after a presentation and tour, able to appreciate how the legacy of mining on the site is being transformed to provide economic benefit and job creation as well as restoration, remediation and a sustainable future for the site.
23rd October 2015
Royal visit to Wheal Jane
Our latest Earth Science Park project received the Royal seal of approval last week. HRH the Duke of Kent spent over an hour touring newly completed workspace occupied by various companies.
The Duke was surprised by the diversity and scope of work taking place on site. During his tour, HRH was able to see archive mine plans dating back to the 1700s, rare mineral specimens mined at Wheal Jane, and ingots of Cornish tin salvaged from shipwrecks which were being restored after over a century on the sea bed.
In the Wheal Jane Laboratory, the Duke was introduced to advanced analytical techniques use to provide minerals analysis for projects worldwide and, in Wardell Armstrong’s pilot plant facility, aspects of a European minerals research project.
The visit was concluded with HRH unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion and being presented with a limited edition set of tin coins by staff in our jewellery production workshop.
Click on the images for a larger view.
1st October 2015
County Cycling facility plan for Wheal Jane
The One and All Cycling Academy at Bissoe have secured the support of the South West regional British Cycling Board for a joint project to help create a challenging and exciting cycle race circuit at Wheal Jane.
We have agreed to tarmac sections of roadway on the site to create a complete circuit of some 1.5km and accommodate welfare and storage facilities for use during training and Cornish Series races.
The venture will see the club contributing £10,000 from various fundraising efforts towards the total cost of circa £40,000 for the road surfacing work. The balance will be met by the Wheal Jane Group.
The site, which is being developed as an Earth Science-based business park, is a unique venue for cycling in many ways and will include a number of tight bends, slopes and obstacles.
We feel this is an excellent way to provide a much needed long-term, county-wide facility which supports Cornish sport and the local community in a safe but challenging environment with excellent facilities.
Wheal Jane have committed to completing the surfacing work during 2015 so that the circuit can be available for the 2016 season.
This innovative joint venture will also help raise the profile of the Cycling Academy and the opportunities it offers. Watch this space for further news of its progress.
Rod James, Chair of One and All Cycling, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Youth Cycling in Cornwall. Youth riders are unable to race on the road and the nearest closed circuit is In Torbay or Ilton Somerset! Wheal Jane have already been very supportive in allowing us to use the incomplete circuit for training. This new phase is a tremendous opportunity to offer training and racing to all of Cornwall’s youth who wish to take part in the exciting, growing sport of cycle racing. This will allow us to dream of achieving the aim of over representation of Cornish riders in the 2020 Olympics.”
30th June 2015
The South Crofty Collection’s new website is now online
We are delighted to let you know that our newly updated website – now fully mobile phone compatible – is open for business! Enjoy FREE postage and packing on all orders this weekend.
Click here to go to our website: www.croftytin.co.uk
26th June 2015
Wild Wheal Jane
Recent surveys at Wheal Jane by the Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society have provided some startling results, and support the conclusion that the site is benefitting from a combination of natural regeneration and sensitive management.
A night survey in mid April identified 24 species of moth including an unexpected dark form of the beautiful Yellow Underwing.
A further evening survey during early May, normally a quiet time for moths, identified over 50 species in a single day.
During the past couple of weeks, more excellent results have logged 16 species of butterflies and moths including a stunning male Green Hairstreak (pictured) and examples of the Orange Tip which appears to be common at Wheal Jane.
10th June 2015
Sponsorship of Truro City Swimming Club continues
With every club swim bag sporting the Wheal Jane Group logo, members have already taken Wheal Jane to national meets and galas across the country including London, Sheffield and Jersey and an international gala in Germany, as well as regional championships throughout the southwest… not to mention every training session!
During the time that Wheal Jane has sponsored TCSC, the club has thrived and enjoys a full membership and a long waiting list. Under the guidance of level four head coach Emily Dart, the club has celebrated a year of fantastic achievements. They retained the Ellis Trophy as top Cornwall County Club, and this year took their largest swim squad to the youth and age group Regional Championships where more finals were reached and three Regional Champions were crowned.
This summer the club is delighted to be taking four national qualifiers to the British and English Championships.
It’s great to see a club like this full of happy and enthusiastic sporting youngsters all striving to reach their individual goals and working together as a team. One young club member said, “I think it’s really cool that a Cornish Company like Wheal Jane want to sponsor us and I love their logo on my bag ”
9th June 2015
Third Age meets New Era
“Former professionals and their associates from across Devon and Cornwall who once served in the property management of the former English China Clays Group of Companies meet twice a year under the banner of TALC – The Third Age Luncheon Club.
Whenever possible we like to add something of interest to our day together.
On 15th May 2015 we visited Wheal Jane and enjoyed a presentation by Bernard Ballard which included the history of the mine, the remedial work that followed its closure and the interesting development of the site to provide a cluster of specialist Earth Science businesses based on skills associated with miners generally. We were also very interested in the special work that was being devoted to nature conservation and relations with the community.
After the meeting we all adjourned for lunch at the Victoria Inn in Threemilestone!”
Whilst on site, members of the group took the opportunity to visit the main shaft head where the Mine Water Treatment Plant pumping begins, as well as the Wheal Jane Analytical Laboratory and other recently developed facilities, all part of a new era for the former mine site.
8th June 2015
Nick Talbott prints discovered at Wheal Jane
During a reorganisation of our mining archives, we have discovered several prints by the late Nick Talbott, a former mine surveyor and draughtsman for South Crofty Mine, stashed away here at Wheal Jane.
Nick Talbott was an excellent illustrator who was interested in all things Cornish. His work is well known locally for its accurate and highly detailed representations of mine shafts and engine houses.
The three prints (from original watercolours) found here at Wheal Jane are entitled ‘Boscawen Incline’ featuring the Crowns at Botallack Mine, ‘Robinson’s Shaft’ featuring the headframe and engine house now the centrepiece at Heartlands in Redruth, and ‘Indian Summer’ featuring the Cornishman steam train with Carn Brea in the background.
These prints can be bought from our offices for £10 (set of three £25). They are printed on sturdy card measuring 45cm x 32cm, and are ready to be framed.
13th May 2015
Taiwan interest in Wheal Jane development
Representatives of the Taiwan Smart Grid Industry Association (TSGIA) and Taiwan-based multinational company Tatung made a further visit to the Wheal Jane site this week, reflecting their continued interest in the development of the site as an earth science park, and in particular the renewable energy opportunities which would help create a unique example of the sustainable development of a site such as Wheal Jane, at the same time presenting interesting challenges and opportunities in relation to the creation and management of green energy systems.
Whilst in Cornwall, the group have visited other potential projects of interest, facilitated by the Cornwall Development Company section of Cornwall Council as part of an exercise to develop commercial links with Cornwall.
Pictured are Chen Yenhaw of the Taiwan Smart Grid Industry Association, Lu Su-Ying of the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, I. P. Chen of Tatung Co, David Giddings, chairman of the Wheal Jane Group, and Bernard Ballard, Wheal Jane’s Marketing and Planning Director.
8th May 2015
St Michael’s Mount
Congratulations to St Michael’s Mount on their wonderful new website and its images of this fascinating place to visit in Cornwall, and where Wheal Jane Ltd continues to service one of the Mount’s most unique features.
Built in 1912, the Mount has its own 200m long inclined, funicular type freight railway system which Wheal Jane Ltd has been servicing and maintaining for many years using the company’s mining skills acquired from operating the last Cornish tin mines.
The hoist system, which runs in a tunnel under the garden, is used to transport goods from the quay up to the house. Originally steam powered, it was converted to electricity in the 1920s.
Wheal Jane is delighted to be engaged in supporting this unique Cornish gem.
7th May 2015
Wheal Jane Group to attend Cornwall Business Fair 2015
We are pleased to be attending the Cornwall Business Fair on May 13th, taking place at the Eden Project. As always, this prestigious event gives Cornish businesses a chance to come together and strengthen their relationships, as well as forge new ones. With thousands of visitors expected to attend, the Fair is one of the biggest events on the Cornish business calendar. We hope to catch up with our regular clients and associates, but also to meet with new clients whom we hope will join us in our future projects.
If you want to learn more about our businesses, or if you simply want to find out what we have been doing recently, feel free to come up and see us.
1st May 2015
Wheal Jane Consultancy reaches new milestone
Our property and environmental business Wheal Jane Consultancy has, this week, reached a new milestone by completing its 30,000th documentary mining search.
Mining searches are an essential part of the property and land conveyancing process due to the extensive, and often unrecorded, mine workings in many parts of Cornwall and Devon.
The shafts and workings are a legacy of the days when the two counties provided much of the world’s tin, copper and other minerals, particularly during the Industrial Revolution period.
23rd February 2015
Historic ingots to go on display at Wheal Jane
Despite many changes of management and location, the Wheal Jane Group is pleased to have been able to preserve an interesting collection of metal ingots, most of them historic but also one or two modern, and it is hoped that at some time in the near future this collection will be on display in the Company’s new reception area at Wheal Jane. The ingots include various 28lb and 56lb tin ingots recovered from wrecks around our coasts, including the SS Liverpool which sank in 1863, the Carn Brea Castle which sank in 1829, and the ingot pictured which was salvaged from the wreck of the SS Cheerful which sank off St Ives in 1885.
The sinking was the result of a collision with HMS Hecla eighteen miles N/NW of St Ives on July 20th of that year. Ingots salvaged from the wreck can be identified from their hotmarks stamped into them during the final pouring at the smelting works, and among the ingots recovered are examples from various Cornish smelting works. The example pictured, which interestingly was particularly encrusted with sea life but which has cleaned up beautifully, originates from L.C. Daubuz Smelting Works at Carvedras in Truro which was sited underneath the railway viaduct arches and is still industrial workshops today. The hotmarks are particularly clear on this fine example of a 28lb ingot of the period.
The Wheal Jane Group’s collection also consists of a single copper battery plate salvaged from the wreck of the Carn Brea Castle which sank in 1829, and a small 400g tin ingot produced and refined entirely at Wheal Jane during 2012 which formed part of a batch of tin provided for incorporation into the Olympic bronze medals for the 2012 London Games.
4th February 2015
Wheal Jane continues charity and community support into 2015
Whilst our support for various local organisations and clubs has continued through 2014, we are delighted to have added Little Harbour Children’s Hospice South West to the list, and to be supporting this organisation for the first time during 2015. We watch and constantly admire the amazing work the staff at Little Harbour do in “making the most of short and precious lives across the South West”, to use their own words. We are very pleased to be making our own contribution to their fundraising efforts.
Meantime, the One And All Youth Cycling Academy have now been using the Wheal Jane site for over four years. The club has run, on average, 45 sessions a year on the site during which over 100 young people have benefitted from the traffic-free area to practise as beginners or develop cycle racing skills. In four years of using the site, the club has clocked up 7,200 hours of individual cycle training, ensuring that our youngsters can enjoy safe cycling on our roads, and hopefully breeding Cornwall’s own future Olympic hopefuls.
Our support for Carn Brea Storm Netball Club has continued, and it is wonderful to see the club continue to grow from strength to strength under coach David White, BBC Radio Cornwall. The full report on their progress this season will follow soon.
With the days already lengthening, we are all looking forward to the arrival of spring and the first full season for our link up with the Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society, and we look forward to working with them in their efforts to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat here at Wheal Jane. We are also grateful to members of the Society for providing wildlife photography which we have incorporated into the Wheal Jane Group’s calendar for 2015.
2nd February 2015
New vehicles join the Wheal Jane fleet
Wheal Jane Ltd’s investment in plant has continued, the most recent of our arrival being a new 21 tonne swing shovel (pictured) which is the workhorse of the company’s plant fleet and used for a variety of works around the site relating to the reprofiling and rehabilitation of the tailings dam slopes and other areas of the site. Pictured with the swing shovel is the new Wheal Jane road maintenance vehicle which is a combination of road sweeper, jet washer and sump sucker, which will be hard at work keeping the roadways and accessways into the site clean, tidy and dust free.
30th January 2015
Wood sculpture donated to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice SW
Being far more accustomed to seeing metal structures of all shapes and sizes at Wheal Jane, the appearance of this striking wood sculpture was an interesting distraction. The sculpture was the highlight of a day of woodturning and wood sculpture demonstrations by the Cornwall Association of Woodturners (CAW) hosted at Wheal Jane. The sculpture was created by a professional chainsaw carver, Stuart Eccleston, from Gloucester who was a guest of the CAW on the day. The sculpture is in the form of a chair with a giant oak leaf back and an acorn beneath for the seat. The sculpture was created from a 2.4 metre tall sweet chestnut tree trunk purchased by the Woodturners from Camborne. After a few days at Wheal Jane the sculpture was transported to the Children’s Hospice Centre at Little Harbour near St Austell to whom it was donated by the Cornwall Association of Woodturners and where it now resides in the children’s play garden.
26th January 2015
Wheal Jane Group directors attend Mines and Money conference
Wheal Jane Group directors Mark Giddings, Bernard Ballard and Clifford Rice (pictured) are currently attending the Mines and Money London 2014 conference to engage in business matching and networking with the many mining company representatives, investment leaders and fund managers in attendance. Through this, Wheal Jane Group hopes to secure further prominent contacts within the mining industry and expand our own business scope by working with them on exciting new projects in the future.
Mines and Money is one of the biggest mining investment exhibitions in Europe, lasting five days, and offers countless opportunities for those working in the mining and minerals industry to connect with others in their field and forge new business relationships.
1st December 2014
A big step but only a short walk for geologist Simon
Simon Kavanagh has joined the Wheal Jane Consultancy team as a Mining Geologist to help expand the scope and capabilities of the business.
Although he will now be applying his knowledge and skills to a different aspect of geology, he has not had far to move to his new office literally just two doors down the corridor from his previous employer SGS Minerals who are also based at Wheal Jane!
Prior to joining SGS Minerals in 2013, Simon had worked for gold mining companies in Northern Ireland and Finland after completing his BA in Geology at Trinity College, Dublin and his MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines.
Simon will be carrying out petrographic analysis, mining searches and environmental surveys throughout the southwest from the company’s base at Wheal Jane.
Simon commented: “I’m looking forward to helping Wheal Jane expand and grow, and hopefully get to put my knowledge of geology and the southwest to the test.”
9th September 2014
South Crofty Collection to attend Royal Cornwall Show
The South Crofty Collection will be attending the Royal Cornwall Show from 5th to 7th June. This show is always an important event in the South Crofty Collection’s calendar, and last year we achieved records sales and benefitted from the fantastic hot and sunny weather. This year, we have been fortunate to obtain a much sought after position in one of the craft marquees which should make us easier to find – and much less vulnerable if it rains!
28th May 2014
Crusher house disappears
Another milestone in the rehabilitation of the Wheal Jane site has been completed. The former crusher house which stood alone roughly midway between the headworks area and the site of the former processing plant has been demolished. This very substantial and dominant structure was in poor condition, and its demolition has removed the last significant derelict structure on the site.
The area created by the project will be used for the time being as open storage by our tenants Fugro Seacore. Longer term, the area is designated within the Wheal Jane Masterplan for the development of up to 6,000m2 of new employment space for earth science-related businesses.
16th May 2014
International visitors to Wheal Jane
The wide-ranging interest in the Wheal Jane site and its ongoing development has continued into 2014. During the past four months alone, ten groups have visited Wheal Jane, including six groups of college and university students and four local interest groups.
This week we welcomed representatives of the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (pictured) who are investigating possible collaborative projects with Falmouth University in the field of smart technology. Chen Yenhaw and Lu Su-Ying are pictured beside the Wheal Jane Laboratory’s Inductive Coupled Plasma analyser during their visit.
16th May 2014
Cornish tin wedding rings now on sale!
At last, the long-awaited range of wedding rings made from precious metal and South Crofty tin are available to order online. These beautiful rings have been handcrafted by Richards Stevens, owner of Canary Blue Jewellers in Truro, exclusively for the South Crofty Collection. Available in yellow gold, rose gold or silver, either 4mm or 6mm wide, each ring incorporates a seam of South Crofty tin to create a unique and stunning effect. A wonderful way to keep a little piece of Cornish heritage with you every day!
16th May 2014
Engineering students present hydroelectricity assessment to Wheal Jane
The engineering student group from Exeter Univeristy at Tremough who we reported on in February have now completed their assessment of the opportunity for a hydroelectric generation scheme at Wheal Jane. Members of the Wheal Jane board attended a presentation at Tremough last month at which the students presented their findings. The presentation was both impressive and very comprehensive, including an assessment of legal, planning and financial aspects of the project.
The company is looking forward to refining the proposals along with the University and the student team and taking the project forward in the near future. During the course of the project, the group have become good friends of Wheal Jane, and we hope that contact will be maintained as they go their separate ways following completion of their engineering courses to various parts of the UK and overseas. All at Wheal Jane wish them well, thank them for their efforts and look forward to keeping in touch in the future.
16th May 2014
South Crofty Collection to attend Devon County Show
The South Crofty Collection is delighted to be attending the Devon County Show this year from May 22nd to 24th. It is the first time we have been involved in a show outside of Cornwall. It will be interesting to see how much attention a Cornish product attracts over the border, but with our more contemporary and stylish designs on display we are confident the event will be a success.
15th May 2014
Storm coach goes nationwide
The brilliant reputation of Carn Brea Storm netball team, sponsored by Wheal Jane Group, has taken another exciting new turn.
The club’s coach David White was invited by England Netball to join the South West Regional Academy coaching team who were representing England at the Netball Europe U15 Invitational Championships in Worcester last week.
With David’s help the squad achieved some outstanding results winning both of their games. They beat Scotland 77-17 and Switzerland 74-7.
David works with the players as part of the Team Bath Futures squad, of which he is Assistant Coach. The Futures squad, which is a pathway into the Team Bath Superleague squad, trains at the University of Bath, and David makes the regular drive up the M5 to help coach the players.
David is already putting the local Storm teams through new training exercises brought back from the experience!
28th March 2014
Wheal Jane hosts Truro College student field trip
A group of some thirty Truro and Penwith College A-level students recently enjoyed a visit to Wheal Jane where they were able to hear first-hand details of the activities and work taking place at the former mine site. The visit included presentations by the operators of the site of the Wheal Jane Group, and the company which operates the water treatment plant on behalf of the Coal Authority, Veolia Ltd. A number of the students are aiming for a career in geological sciences, and many aspects of the site are of interest to them, including the mine water treatment plant and the remediation and development of the site. Organiser of the trip, Leslie Allen, commented, “We study OCR A-level Geology, and Wheal Jane is actually in the textbook as a case study for acid mine water treatment and remediation, so this visit was perfect!”
A group of students studying for a Master Degree in Surveying and Land Management also visited the site this week, demonstrating the broad spectrum of topics and subjects for which the site holds great interest for students looking to develop careers in the field of earth sciences.
25th March 2014
High-speed Broadband brings benefits to site
The installation of a high speed, dedicated Broadband line to Wheal Jane during the autumn of 2013 has already brought substantial benefits to companies operating from the site.
The facility puts companies based at Wheal Jane at the very top of the connectivity league table. The system has been designed in order to accommodate the expansion of the Earth Science Park to ensure that all companies joining the cluster at Wheal Jane are able to benefit from the highest standards of IT and communications.
The company is also exploring other opportunities which the facility could provide in terms of data storage and processing.
The installation of the broadband was part funded through the EU convergence programme and completes another key objective of the ongoing development of the site.
18th March 2014
Engineering students tackle renewable energy scheme at Wheal Jane
After a very polished presentation to Directors of the Wheal Jane Group, five 4th year Engineering students from Exeter University based at the Tremough campus will spend the next three months working up a hydroelectricity generating project for the Wheal Jane site.
The project already has planning consent as part of the Wheal Jane Development Masterplan, and is one of five potential renewable energy projects identified within the plan. A commercial scale solar PV array is already operating on the site.
The project will involve dealing with all aspects of the project, from its initial feasibility and detailed design through to its funding and financial implications, in order to produce a full business plan for the implementation of the scheme.
The project provides a unique local opportunity for the students to be involved in an exciting live project from its conception to its completion. The group will have full access to the site and the location for the project, and will be working closely with various Wheal Jane Group staff during the course of the project.
Course lecturer Justin Hinshelwood commented, “This collaboration between the students and local business is just the kind of project the students need to develop their skills and gain experience… the group are all looking forward to working with Wheal Jane and contributing to the company’s ambitious plans for the site”.
12th March 2014
Latest news from Wheal Jane Ltd
Spring is here, so we are told, but everything is still wet. This winter has really tested our ability to keep the lorries which bring material in for recovery moving around the site. Despite this we are still open for business, unlike some others. Hopefully the worst of the weather is behind us, so when we dry up we can start to repair the worn roadways with our recycled crushed concrete.
It’s all change for us, as our weighbridge operator Jim has retired as of the end of February. However, he has kindly agreed to work part time temporarily to train our new weighbridge operator Darryl, whom we would like to welcome to the Wheal Jane Team.
7th March 2014
South Crofty Collection tin wedding rings in production
The South Crofty Collection has some exciting news! We have been working closely with the super-talented Richard at Canary Blue Jewellers in Truro to produce wedding rings incorporating South Crofty tin. Still a little fine tuning to do, but the picture to the left shows the fantastic quality of Richard’s work. Hoping to launch in the next few weeks. Watch this space!
5th March 2014
Baldhu Office Project enters second phase
Progress on the Baldhu office development at the entrance to Wheal Jane for our tenants Wardell Armstrong International finally got underway during 2013. The first part of the development, the construction of the new office block, was completed in November and handed over to Wardell Armstrong who then moved from the original office building next door to the new accomodation. Work on the second part of the development is now well underway, with the old building being completely reclad and refurbished in the same style as the new. This will be handed back to Wardell Armstrong in due course, at which point the company will occupy both buildings which will be accessible via a new atrium link between them.
This EU Convergence Fund supported project has enabled the first major step towards the further establishment of the Earth Science Park at Wheal Jane, and created a stunning modern entry point to the Wheal Jane site. Work on other projects in other parts of the site are expected to begin during 2014, providing opportunities for companies within the earth sciences and associated fields of activity to join the Wheal Jane family. Companies interested should contact us either via our website, www.wheal-jane.co.uk, or by telephone on 01872 560200.
20th February 2014
South Crofty Collection launches silver jewellery range
The South Crofty Collection is delighted to introduce our brand new range of sterling silver jewellery. Each beautiful item has been handcrafted locally by Sally Lock who, as well as designing and creating many of the popular contemporary designs in our tin collection, is a talented silversmith with many years of experience. Sally is inspired by the natural light of our beautiful Cornish coastline, and has used various techniques and textures to reflect this in our exclusive collection of silver jewellery.
To view the collection, please visit http://www.croftytin.co.uk/cornish-sterling-silver.asp
20th February 2014
Wheal Jane soldiers on through bad weather
Efforts made during 2013 to ensure that the site operations are not affected by adverse weather have been thoroughly tested during the extraordinary weather we have experienced over the past month or so. Despite exceptional rainfall, work on surface water management and the consolidation of road and track surfaces has proved invaluable in keeping the site fully operational at a time when other similar sites have been unable to continue operating. Much of the improvement to vehicular surfaces has been achieved by reclaiming and recycling material already on site. This is a good example of another factor contributing to the Company’s environmental improvements and continuing efforts to operate in a sustainable way.
4th February 2014
Wheal Jane Consultancy to present to the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust
Wheal Jane Consultancy’s Phil Costello will be presenting to the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust on the topic of land contamination and its management. Phil will cover the recent legislative changes and their impacts, as well as methods of investigation, assessment and remediation. He will then go through in detail the land contamination issues of particular interest in Cornwall, starting with a basic lesson in geology that shows how the Cornish landscape was formed.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please go to www.csbt.org.uk. The meeting will be held at the Victoria Commercial Centre in St Austell on Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 9.30am.
21st January 2014
Wheal Jane donates defibrillator to charity
For several years now, the Wheal Jane Group has in case of need held a defibrillator on site and trained members of staff in its use in the case of an emergency. Having upgraded the machine this year, we are pleased to have donated the old machine to a charity called CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who are raising funds for the purchase of defibrillators for use in sports venues around the country. We are delighted to hear that ours will be placed in a cricket club in Bristol.
The defibrillator was handed over to Martin Yarde from the charity (on the right of the picture) by Wheal Jane Director of Site Operations Darren Evans last week.
19th December 2013
Wheal Jane hands over new build office block
The development of the Wheal Jane site with the assistance of Convergence Grant Funding has reached a further major milestone with the handing over of the new office building at the mine entrance to tenants Wardell Armstrong International. This is one of a number of ERDF funded projects in Cornwall. Click the link below to view the Western Morning News’s latest feature article on these developments.
9th December 2013
South Crofty Collection to attend Wadebridge Christmas Fair
We enjoyed a very successful day ar the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair last week, and it was lovely to catch up with many of our loyal customers who come to us every year for their Christmas shopping. We were pleased to have some new designs to show off too!
The next event in the calendar is the Christmas Fair being held in the Pavillion at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on 14th/15th December. This promises to be a really lovely festive weekend, and lots of other well known names will be there too, including Cornish Sea Salt, Hogsbottom Preserves, Helford Creek, Hugo’s Breakfast, B Skincare and, of course, Kernow Chocolate who are organising the event. Indoors with free parking! See you there!
3rd December 2013
Latest news from Wheal Jane Ltd
Wheal Jane Ltd has gained a further contract to maintain the vegetation on the Kernow Solar Farm near Newquay Airport as well as the Wheal Jane Solar Farm, thanks to the ongoing partnership between us and our sister company Wheal Jane Enterprises and SolarCentury for both the construction and maintenance of some of the largest solar projects in the UK.
Restoration of the tailing dam at Wheal Jane in progressing well, with Kemp Engineering setting out the phase one slope for us. Unfortunately, the weather has turned against us a bit, but we will be making good headway again come spring.
The recent Mine Closure event which took place here at Wheal Jane produced some very positive feedback. Many thanks to everyone who attended, and we hope to hold a similar event in future to show how we continue to improve and develop the site.
27th November 2013
New Jewellery Design by South Crofty Collection
The South Crofty Collection has released a new design in its jewellery range. The Trapezium pendant is a simple yet sophisticated piece of jewellery, and comes with matching stud earrings, all made using 100% Cornish tin from Wheal Jane’s reserves. Click here to view this item on the South Crofty’ Collection website.
7th November 2013
Wheal Jane Project Approaches Milestone
The first EU Convergence Grant funded project at Wheal Jane is approaching a key milestone.
The construction of a new office block for tenants Wardell Armstrong International (WAI) is due for completion and handover to them in mid November. WAI will transfer from the existing accommodation next door into the new block whilst their current accommodation is upgraded and reclad.
Completion of the refurbishment is scheduled for spring 2014 at which time WAI will take occupation of both blocks which will be linked by a new entrance lobby. For details of the Wheal Jane Masterplan and the future vision for Wheal Jane, visit our website at www.whealjanemasterplan.co.uk.
6th November 2013
8th International Mine Closure Conference
More than 80 delegates attending the 8th International Mine Closure Conference in St Austell, and invited guests braved wind and liquid Cornish sunshine on a visit to Wheal Jane last week.
The trip to Wheal Jane, one of three field trips organised in conjunction with the Conference, gave visitors an opportunity to tour various facilities and businesses operating on the site. The event was hosted by the Wheal Jane Group and supported by companies operating on site including Wardell Armstrong International, SGS Minerals, Veolia Ltd and the Coal Authority.
Highlights of the day included a tour of the site in a Land Rover, viewings of a 1971 documentary charting the development of the site, tours of the various laboratory facilities and a chance to see historic mining plans in the Wheal Jane Consultancy archive.
The following are a few of the comments received from delegates following the event;
“We have heard nothing but praise about your day yesterday, sounds like you put on a belter even with the weather,” Eden Project
“It was a very informative and enjoyable day despite the British weather,” AF, Australia
“Thanks for hosting such a good field trip last Tuesday. I was very heartened to see that the site is being used by a variety of different businesses and projects,” DR, Wales
“Many thanks for your hospitality and the impressive show you put on. I hope your project continues to develop and all those plans come together,” BB, Australia
“I enjoyed the Field Trip very much, even managed to get two visits to the Tailings Dam,” AB, Sweden
“It’s such an inspiration to see how hard work and perseverence can produce such remarkable outcomes,” MH, Liskeard
Student interest in Wheal Jane rockets
During the past 12 months alone 8 groups totalling more than 150 students have visited the site from Exeter University and Camborne School of Mines, Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall College, Falmouth Marine School and even 10 year old future renewable energy professionals from Threemilestone School. Courses being studied by visiting groups have included Environmental Resource management, Forensic science, Renewable Energy and Land Management and Law.
Review of planning conditions completed
Wheal Jane Ltd in consultation with Cornwall Council has completed a major review of the planning conditions for the whole Wheal Jane site. The new conditions cover all aspects of the sites operation and future development and set the long term objectives and controls which will secure the sites development and rehabilitation.
The original conditions put in place in 2001 had become outdated, were in some cases no longer relevant and lacked detail. The company employed consultants to draw up comprehensive and detailed plans for the submission which has been approved by Cornwall Council.
South West’s first solar farm operational
Over 5,600 solar panels transform old tin mine to generate electricity for 400 homes
The South West’s first solar farm has been connected to the grid in Cornwall by UK-based solar developer Lightsource Renewable Energy. On the site of a disused tin mine, the 1.4 MW farm is the biggest in the UK to date. Covering a 7.2acre plot at Wheal Jane, Truro, it is the first of many renewable energy projects planned at the reclaimed mine. The farm’s 5,680 solar panels will generate 1,437 MWh of electricity a year, enough to power the equivalent of 430 homes in the area and save over 737 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Lightsource Renewable Energy has a number of additional sites being built across the UK, due to be connected by the end of the month.
Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd. worked with Solarcentury, the UK’s most experienced solar energy company, to deliver the solar farm; the project is funded by Octopus Investments.
Conor McGuigan, Head of Planning, Lightsource Renewable Energy said: “It’s fantastic to see our first solar farm in the South West operational. It’s been a race against the clock to get it connected to the grid by the end of the month. Cornwall Council, Western Power Distribution, Wheal Jane Group, 35 Degrees, Solarcentury and the local suppliers have all played a significant role in making this happen. While it’s been disappointing that the Government has decided not to support the large scale solar sector going forward, the solar farms developed this summer will play a critical role in the supply of green energy in the UK. We look forward to helping building owners develop solar projects from this point.”
Derry Newman, CEO, Solarcentury added: “To see a tin mine diversify into producing 21st Century clean solar energy, provides an optimistic glimpse of where we’re now heading for our energy production. Wheal Jane’s solar farm demonstrates that solar technology can contribute to our clean energy future, and quickly. Solarcentury designed and constructed this site, powering over 400 homes, in less than two months. Solar is not to be underestimated; it is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, simply because it is clean, reliable and a readily available alternative to fossil fuels.”
Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the Environment, said: “It’s great to see the UK’s biggest solar farm opening in Cornwall where we are well placed to take advantage of the significant potential of solar power. Wheal Jane solar farm demonstrates how these developments have been sensitively sited, maintaining the balance of our need for clean energy and maintaining our landscape. Despite the Government’s change in policy on Feed-in tariffs, we are determined to ensure that solar energy brings great benefits to businesses and communities throughout Cornwall. Those with roof space for solar should see it as not only as helping to contribute to our clean energy future but a rewarding investment.”
For the construction of Wheal Jane solar farm, local contractors were employed to carry out the work, preparing the land, supplying fencing and installing the solar panels. The solar farm is situated at Wheal Jane, a reclaimed mine site, due to be home to the UK’s first earth science park that will use renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro, shallow and deep geothermal sources. The site is currently being developed with plans underway for a 60,000sqft business park.
Bernard Ballard, Marketing and Planning Director of the Wheal Jane Group added: “We are thrilled that Wheal Jane is now home to one of the UK’s first solar farms. This is another significant step towards our ambition to have a number of renewable technologies operating on the site providing green energy to businesses based here.’
Truro and St Austell based law firm Stephens Scown LLP has provided property and commercial legal advice to the Wheal Jane Group throughout this project.
Scott Mitchell, Partner and Commercial Property Team Leader at Stephens Scown LLP said: “We are absolutely delighted that this latest phase of regeneration and development of Wheal Jane has come to fruition through renewable technologies. This is the latest chapter in a long but extremely successful story for the site.”
Wheal Jane solar park construction gets underway
Work on the construction of the solar farm at Wheal Jane has begun in earnest. Just five weeks in to the build, solar panels are being installed and virtually all the ground works and support infrastructure have been completed.
Wheal Jane partner company Carnon Contracting were delighted to win the contract for the site preparation, piling and trenching and has had a workforce of more than 25 working on the site in order to meet the short timescale.
The project must be completed and connected to the grid by July 31st 2011 in order to secure the current level of feed-in tariff. The government’s planned review, which has drastically reduced the incentive, comes into force on August 1st.