01736 731040
Duck Street, Mousehole,
Penzance TR19 6QW.

About Us

Welcome to the Solomon Browne Hall, a fantastic, stylish and communal space used by locals and visitors alike, and officially opened by the Duke of Kent on the 3rd April 2017.

We host regular weekly exercise classes for all ages and abilities, a pre-school parent and toddler playgroup, a thriving weekly Farmer’s Market, art exhibitions, music gigs, craft workshops, weekly talks on an array subjects, a monthly film club night, quiz nights and many other special and regular events. We have also hosted productions and theatre groups such as The Mousehole Cat and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ and ‘Saturday Live’.

With our fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, accessible facilities, children’s play equipment and competitive prices to suit all budgets, we are the ideal venue for most public and private events.

Come and have a look around, we’re open for scheduled events and by appointment.

To place your booking, for more information or to join our mailing list, so we can keep you up to date with all that’s going here, please contact info@solomonbrownehall.co.uk

We have an exciting list of scheduled events lined up for you over the next 12 months so keep an eye on our calendar, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to obtain more details and to book your tickets.

Being part of hosting events at the hall is a lot of fun and our volunteers enjoy the team work and friendship that it brings. We are always looking for more volunteers to join the team, so if you would like to support our charity and help us to grow please contact us at info@solomonbrownehall.co.uk

As a charity we very much rely on the generosity of donations, funding bids and fund-raising events. If you have ideas or would like to support us in any way then please get in touch. The SBMH Charity’s key objective is to bring people together as a community and in order to achieve this and to sustain the support for future generations, we would welcome involvement and help from everyone in our local community – so don’t be shy, get involved and come and join us!

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Patrons, Trustees & Staff


Simon Weston CBE

In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. 

Simon endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.

Today Simon takes the opportunity to convey his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be! The only obstacles to achieving one’s targets and successes are those you create for yourself. His words never fail to inspire you. Following his injuries, Simon’s road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures. He remains a tireless worker for the charity and his charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He was also awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He has appeared in the Top 100 Merseysiders list in 2003 and honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004.

Prof Ken Howard OBE RA

Ken has had a house and studio in Mousehole for over 35 years, and has always been very passionate about preserving its history, and supporting the famous Harbour Lights, and is very glad that there is now a Community Hall at its heart.   

Ken studied at the Hornsey School of Art  and the Royal College of Art in the nineteen fifties with a spell of two years as a Royal Marine during  his National Service.

His fame as an artist grew and in 1979 he was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official artist in Northern Ireland.   He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

He is a member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, The Royal West of England Academy, The New English Art Club,  and was elected as a Royal Academician in 1991.


Chair of Trustees: Addrienne Munday

Secretary: Judy Joel

Judy Joel is a successful artist, representing the many self employed creative people in the village. She is the founder and Chair of ABNA – Association of British Naive Artists. Judy is an active member of Moushole Methodist Church and Choir. Judy also runs a successful gallery in Mousehole and represents the 25 retail outlets in the village owned and run by local people.

Sylvia Pezzack

Born and educated on the Isles of Scilly

Worked at the islands Telephone Exchange, was nominated/achieved runner-up in the National GPO Interflora Personality Competition.

Sylvia and her family moved to Mousehole in 1967 soon involved herself in the local organisations, which included:

19/20 years secretary of the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall since inception.

Secretary to Penzance Youth Wind Band for 12 years

Helped to start up Mousehole Rowing Club and was secretary for 20 years, including
acquiring funding for the club’s Boat Store ETC.

Secretary/Recorder to Cornwall Rowing Association for 12 years, securing a £10,000
grant for a Safety Boat.

Worked with the Girls Brigade for 15-20 years

1996 – 2012 – Help to start the Biennial Maritime Festival, “Sea Salts & Sail.

Since losing her daughter Debbie Rendle, a former Trustee, has raised over £42,000. This is to finance bringing a Mobile Heart Screening Unit to Cornwall, to screen 14 to 35 year olds for undetected heart defects. This unit has now visited Cornwall 5 times and has screened over 840 people, with 75 who have been sent for further investigations.

Chris Yacoubian

Anu van Warmelo

Anu van Warmelo MSc AEES

Widely travelled, he has had an eclectic career from microbiology technician to English and Science teacher, from vegetarian chef to environmental consultant.
After obtaining his Masters at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, a course run by the University of East London, he won an UnLtd Award for developing the concept of Blitz Cafes, a scheme to enhance social cohesion through concerns about the environment. Since then he has focused on developing sustainable strategies for communities of all sizes and types. 

He has also been involved with numerous theatre, film and TV projects, developing ways to bring science and environmental awareness into fictional contexts, and has published several novels and poetry books pseudonymously.

Jane Torrie


Centre Manager: Tamsin Harvey

Tamsin is the person to call if you want to visit, get involved or have any questions about the hall. Tamsin is from Mousehole and is passionate about preserving her home village’s heritage, and creating a fantastic community resource for this and future generations. She has a successful history of working with communities and in particular with young people to create positive changes. Tamsin was the managing director of ‘Chew TV’ the UK’s first on-line TV channel run by young people, for young people. She has also significant experience of fundraising and managing education and community projects in her previous role as Development Manager with ‘Creative Partnerships’ and ‘The Real Ideas Organisation’.

Finance Manager: Sarah De Lacy

Experience of managing budgets and grants, forecasting, cashflow management, marketing and PR and managing and leading teams in previous roles at University of Surrey, University of Nottingham and Bass Brewers Ltd.  Worked for 10 years as Director of a Technology and Satellite Applications Incubator, mentoring start-up Technology business; also co-founded an Angel Investment Club in 2007 which is still going strong today, before moving on to setting up and running own gift and home interiors shop and online business.

PR & Events Manager: Donna Black

Caretaker: Jane Harvey

Cleaner: Julia Chirgwin

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