Tom Bawcocks

December 2012

Exploring new ways to celebrate Tom Bawcocks Mousehole learns about the origins of the Tom Bawcock story makes Star Gazey Pies. Children from Mousehole School and the community feasted on seven sorts of fish at a celebratory supper.

Beginning with a visit to Newlyn harbour, the children were given a tour of the market organised by Seafood Cornwall lead by Andy Wheeler. The children visited Stevensons Fish Shop and selected seven sorts of fish that were kindly donated for their fish pie. Local fisherman Bill Johnson visited the school and talked about his trade. At school, artists Lizzie Black and Alessandra Ausenda worked with the whole school making fish themed decorations, hats and table decorations. The older children drew fish and created 3 dimensional fish heads as table displays.

Tough Dough worked with volunteers from the community to prepare for the event. Class 4 was divided into 4 groups and each group helped to make the Star Gazey Pies and refreshments. Community chef Sanjay Kumar, a familiar face at local events such as the Newlyn Fish Festival, prepared 80 individual fish pies. He said about the event: ‘It was a great way to give the valuable traditional recipe back to the community it came from originally’. Fish was also generously donated by Trelawney Fish and the children witnessed the entire process from catching, marketing, preparing and cooking.

During the event there was a short introduction by Tough Dough followed by a presentation by the children where they talked about the project as whole. A projection of photographs was screened in the venue showing photographs of the weeks’ activities. A story-teller from Scary Little Girls told a story to the audience and all the children sang the Tom Bawcock song.

Caroline Newborn, classroom teacher commented: ’As always with Lizzie and Alessandra an amazing night. Thank you so much for all the fun and excitement you bring to projects like this.’