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.


Chair of Trustees: Sarah Picknett

Treasurer: Tom Hender

Tom and his wife bought their house in Mousehole in 2011. Retiring to Cornwall after working in Financial and Property sectors. His family originate from St. Neot. He enjoys playing golf at Cape Cornwall, looking after his garden and being a trustee.

Secretary: Tim Hubbard

Tim came to Cornwall in 1977 when he began teaching English and Drama at Newquay’s Treviglas School, becoming a presenter at BBC Radio Cornwall in 1983. Now freelance, he writes magazine features and books about Cornish gardens and also interviews other authors at literature festivals across the UK.

Lizzie Black

Lizzie was brought up Newlyn and now lives with her family in Mousehole. She is an artist with a background in the visual arts, delivering community art projects, arts education in schools and teaching adults to paint. Lizzie devotes herself to her practice as a landscape painter and exhibits in galleries across the UK and West Cornwall.

Gemma Harvey

Born in Mousehole, Gemma is very passionate about the local community and has been involved since an early age with Mousehole Rowing Club as Head Coach and Catering Lead for Sea Salts & Sail Festival, which she’s been involved with since 2008. Gemma can also be seen on stage with the Porthenys Players Pantomime Group which raises money for charity each year.

Amanda Owens

Mandy moved to Mousehole with her family in 2002. She worked as an Educational Psychologist and manager in Children’s Services for Cornwall Council until 2021. She now works freelance as a trainer for other psychologists. She is a keen sea swimmer and walker and loves to garden.

Andrew Beard

Andrew is a retired architect, and was formerly City Architect in Sheffield. He moved to Cornwall a decade ago and lives in Paul. His activities now include printmaking, beekeeping, bassoon and contrabassoon playing, kayaking, gardening, and walking the coast path. He acted as a facilitator for the Mousehole Village Plan.


Hall Manager (Community & Development): Tamsin Harvey

Tamsin co-manages the hall with Sarah De’Lacy. Alongside strategic management of the Solomon Browne Hall and Charity, Tamsin’s specific responsibilities are community engagement and support. Tamsin sources funding and organises projects, events and activities that support the youngest to the oldest in our community. 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’.

Hall Manager (Finance & Operations): Sarah De Lacy

Sarah co-manages the Hall with Tamsin Harvey. Alongside the strategic management of the Solomon Browne Hall and Charity, Sarah’s specific responsibilities are managing the finances and operational aspects of the Hall. Sarah provides budget and financial management for the Hall and any Grants awarded, ensuring the financial health of the Charity. Sarah also manages the daily operations and maintenance aspects of the building. Sarah has 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.  She 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

Donna manages the marketing and promotion of the Hall, including the newsletter, social media, website and public relations.

Caretaker: Jane Harvey

Jane is responsible for opening and closing the Hall and is our main keyholder for the intruder and fire alarm.

Admin Assistant: Ian Gower

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