About Roseland Online


Phil Keymer
Phil Keymer

Editor – Phil Keymer

An engineer by profession, Phil has spent most of his career in local government transport management and consultancy.  He’s enjoyed a parallel occupation in IT systems engineering and support.

He and his wife Jenny live in the Churchtown Road house her mother, Peggy Pascoe, was born in.  Initially from Wales and spending the greater part of his working life in the Big Smoke, he’s been living on the Roseland in Gerrans for the past 18 years, initially commuting whilst Jenny looked after her father Ian Maxwell from 2004, and then permanently for the last twelve years.  Jenny’s ancestors can be traced back to the Sawles and Pascoes in the 1500s, but would go back to the earliest settlements of Gerrans and Portscatho.

Jenny and Phil have supported the local organisations, particularly St Gerrans Church, the Heritage Centre, and Gerrans and Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society, as well as the other local events.  Phil supports local websites, and provides help and assistance for many of the computers of the village residents.

He is looking forward to working with all those volunteers who help make Roseland Online a great community website, and carrying forward the remarkable achievement that Mark had in its creation.

Peter Evans
Peter Evans

Editor – Peter Evans

In April 2014, we were delighted to introduce you to your co-editor, Peter Evans who has been instrumental in helping keep this ever growing asset afloat.

Peter’s family have lived in Trewithian for over 35 years.  After his mother died, Peter and his wife Sue renovated the cottage with a view to moving there permanently.  That dream was realised in 2013 when Peter retired after working for more than 37 years for the Foreign Office both at home and overseas.

Both Sue and Peter like walking with the dogs.  Sue runs the garden; Peter loves anything to do with the sea and boats! They have two grown up sons (one married) who are frequent visitors to the Roseland. Peter is mainly in control of our day-to-day posts including the calendar and announcements. He can be contacted on peter@roselandonline.co.uk

We are always open for new ideas and suggestions. So if you would like to join Roseland Online’s growing team, helping it to give more to the residents and businesses of South Central Cornwall, Phil or Peter would welcome your contact.

Lindsay Brooke
Lindsay Brooke

Features Editor – Lindsay Brooke

Roseland Online is thrilled to be welcoming Lindsay Brooke who will be supporting us with news and stories from around the Peninsula, and using her extensive experience as a reporter to help us improve the site and the emails to make them more relevant and important to you.

Lindsay spent most of her career working as a reporter in regional television for ITV and the BBC.  She worked at Channel Television, ITV’s smallest TV station, as a trainee journalist, and Anglia TV as a reporter and presenter. Next at BBC Nottingham for three years then at BBC East Midlands Today.

Before moving to Cornwall she spent 12 years at the University of Nottingham working in their press office, and writing research stories for some of the world’s leading scientists.

Lindsay now lives in Veryan with her dog Mabel – who loves the beach and the treats she gets at the village shop!

“As one of the Roseland’s newest residents I want to learn as much as I can about my new home and the people who help make it tick. If you have a story to tell I would be more than happy to come and talk to you about it and give you a mention in Roseland Online.  Email me at lindsay@roselandonline.co.uk.”

Julie Saunders
Julie Saunders

Accounts Manager – Julie Saunders

Julie spent much of her life in Southampton and, with her husband Terry, took the leap of faith and moved to the other side of the world. Having spent 4 years in rural Auckland, New Zealand it was decided they would return to the UK. Cornwall was the top of their list for the next place to plant their roots and they were fortunate to encounter the Roseland Peninsular in their house hunting adventure, settling in the lovely Gerrans for the last 4 years.

Much of Julie’s working life has been spent managing and mentoring staff as well taking a respite as a foster carer. Her hobbies include bespoke curtain making, soft furnishing, tailoring and dressmaking, gardening and more latterly sketching. Julie is also a keen power walker and has completed 3 London Moonwalk Breast Cancer marathons, pacing the streets of London in decorated bras at night.

Julie sits on 3 local committees and currently awaits training as a voluntary advisor with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Founder – Mark David Hatwood FRSA

Roseland Online was started in 2009 by Mark David Hatwood and his friend Martin. With no dedicated online community magazine for the Roseland at that time, Mark felt the Roseland Peninsula was in need a platform that would: inform the locals of what was happening in their area in an easily accessible online platform – with the speed of instant updates; help promote Roseland businesses; and to help promote the area’s outstanding credentials worldwide through the internet in an unbiased way.

As a not-for-profit enterprise, Roseland Online has grown steadily to become a much-used community resource and in 2011 expanded to support all 15 parishes of South Central Cornwall, including  Cuby, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Ladock, Mevagissey, Philleigh, Probus Ruan Lannihorne, St Ewe, St Gorran, St Just in Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

Its steady growth means it now regularly enjoys up to 30,000 hits and 2650 unique visitors per day. Because of this success, Roseland Online continues to reinvent itself with a new look and extra features. Improved navigation and interactivity keeps it in touch with our growing communities and has made it even more accessible to everyone, both locally and worldwide.

Roseland Online has a growing team of volunteers including 10 feature writers, local sub editors and a host of contributors. It also reinvests its profits back into the community, helping local sports teams and community groups prosper. In its first 10 years alone, Roseland Online has raised in excess of £65,000.

It’s founder editor-in-chief, Mark David Hatwood, has also used Roseland Online’s platform to spearhead many community initiatives, working with companies like BT to oversee the roll out of Superfast Broadband for the Roseland.

Mark himself ran a successful fine art gallery in Portscatho, The Harbour Gallery as well as two online galleries, BritishContemporary.art and ArtRehome. He is also a script and novel writer and was in the music business for 35 years, writing for many world-renowned acts (more here). After running a UK wide non-profit recycling initiative, Mark was offered an unconditional fellowship of the RSA in 2010.



Roseland Online has been extremely active in campaigning for superfast broadband across the Roseland peninsula. They have raised awareness of broadband issues across the peninsula, and acted as the focal point for residents and businesses to register their interest. Roseland Online have engaged with Superfast Cornwall in a highly positive and effective way, highlighting the areas of demand and exploring the opportunities for rolling out as much superfast broadband as possible. They take the holistic view, and their key motivation has always been focussed on the potential benefits for the community as a whole. There is no doubt that such an enthusiastic and positive engagement with the Superfast Cornwall programme will ensure that the best possible solution within the parameters of the programme is delivered to The Roseland.” 

Julian Cowans, Programme Manager, Superfast Cornwall Cornwall Development Company


“St Just in Roseland Parish Councillors are always keen to keep members of the public up to date with what is happening in the parish. Publishing the agendas and minutes of the main parish council meeting on Roseland Online is a valuable addition to the monthly article in the Roseland Magazine and will provide a more detailed insight into the work of the parish council. I hope that having access to the agenda through Roseland Online will encourage people to come along to a council meeting and find out more about the work of the Parish Council.”

Cllr Mrs. Chris Williams, Chairman of St Just in Roseland Parish Council

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