by tocle on January 22nd, 2016 - Comments Off

A&P Director, Gerald Pitts, met with the US Embassy Attaché, Kathryn Crockart from the London Embassy’s Team Cornwall, when she visited Cornwall yesterday.

The visit was hosted by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and gave 20 companies based in Cornwall the opportunity to meet the Attaché during the day, culminating in a one-to-one with Gerald Pitts, Director at A&P Falmouth’s shipyard.

During the meeting, Gerald explained the A&P Group’s long term ‘Through Life Support’ contract with the Ministry Of Defence to maintain RFA vessels, and how this had led to them using a partner yard in the United States using the Global Reach Agreement.  The possibility of future business in America was also on the agenda and the meeting concluded with Gerald presenting the Attaché with a Company plaque and the 150th Anniversary book, Sailing Ship to Superliner, which charts A&P Falmouth’s history.

A&P Falmouth’s Pensioners Annual Christmas Dinner 2015

by tocle on January 11th, 2016 - Comments Off

A&P Falmouth’s Pensioners Annual Christmas Dinner 2015

A&P Falmouth Ltd held its Annual Pensioners’ Christmas Dinner in December for retired A&P employees; a time when the company gives thanks to all those who have helped build the business and to update them on its future.

The evening is eagerly anticipated by both the pensioners and Falmouth’s management team alike, and gives everyone an opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues from across all the various departments.

Around 120 former employees were waited on by directors and senior managers of the company, and served a traditional Christmas meal of roast turkey and trimmings, Christmas pudding, mince pies, coffee and a drop of “Christmas Cheer”.

Gerald Pitts, Director of A&P, gave an update on the business and thanked the management team and workforce for their continued commitment and support, and was also pleased to report that looking to the future the company now employs 10 apprentices.

The Pensioners’ return of thanks was given by retired Tug Engineer Mr Tony Thomas, who said it was pleasing to hear that the Docks continues to thrive.  He thanked the company for giving the retired employees an opportunity to gather annually, as for some it is the only opportunity they have to catch up with former colleagues.  The pensioners raised a toast to A&P and absent friends and to former colleagues who had passed away since the last Dinner.

Irish Ferries dock with A&P Group

by tocle on February 12th, 2015 - Comments Off

Irish Ferries dock with A&P Group

Oscar Wilde, the luxurious Irish Ferries passenger ferry, has docked in at A&P Group’s Falmouth shipyard for her annual maintenance and painting programme.

A regular visitor to A&P Falmouth the ship with her distinctive blue hull and Shamrocked-funnel is pictured below at sunset.

The vessel was launched in 1986 and has carried the name Oscar Wilde since 2007, she can carry 1458 passengers and 580 cars.

Falmouth Docks will be unique venue for night of dance, music and film

by tocle on January 19th, 2015 - Comments Off

Falmouth Docks will provide a dramatic industrial backdrop for an innovative evening of dance, music and film taking place on Saturday January 24.

A&P Falmouth stepped in to offer one of its buildings at the Docks as the venue for the performance after being approached by former Falmouth University graduate Grace Clayton.

The new piece – called RULES – is Grace’s first piece of independent choreography and will feature seven undergraduate 2nd year performers from Falmouth University.

Grace said: “The piece is based on the idea of breaking social rules and my hope was to organise a performance in early 2015 in a warehouse space, which proved to be far more challenging than originally anticipated.

“I approached A&P and they kindly offered to show me round and see what we could do. Since then it has all been incredible, A&P’s support and generosity has been amazing and I couldn’t have asked for more.

“I also need to thank the amazing team at AMATA (Academy of Music and Theatre Arts) at Falmouth University in so many ways, especially the technical team who have been incredible at helping me bring the evening to life.”

Peter Child, Managing Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “The Docks are such an integral part of the fabric of Falmouth and so we are always enthusiastic to support the local community when possible. Hosting an arts event in an industrial setting may well be a first for us in the Docks but we were only too happy to help out.”

The event itself is takes place on Saturday January 24 January 8.30pm and will feature:

  • A video installation which Grace has collaborated on with Luca Parasiliti a student of BA(Hons) Film at Falmouth.
  • The dance piece itself entitled RULES.
  • Following this will be a performance by artist Dominic Allen, a DJ set by Paul Kelly and Alex Smith with VJing by Emma Walsh.  Ian Biscoe a Phd student who specialises in real time communications has also been involved with creating the visual experience of the evening.

Tickets costing £7 are available in advance only at the following link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/141906