The Team

Mary Gander

I grew up with my sisters and brothers on the family farm in Bedfordshire and look back with great fondness on days seemingly spent surrounded by chickens and cats and with “Botha” – our black labrador.

Many years later I fell in love with Cornwall, and discovered that Britain’s south-westerly tip has a character all of its own. Coming from an inland county – the fact that it was not just a county but almost an island was exhilarating for me. I love the ancient creeks and secret coves, rugged cliffs and wide sandy beaches. The Cornish landscape has definitely forged a special place in my heart since the family made our move to begin our adventure here in 1996.

Mary Gander
During my career I’ve spent many years in Complementary Therapies – both travelling & teaching yet always holding on to a passion for textiles & colour. I completed a City & Guilds Working Designs & Embroidery course that’s just added more fire to my passion for beautiful materials.

Since founding Sweetpea & Betty in 2010 with my sister Tricia I’ve been able to indulge – and share – my love of vintage romantic style, beautiful gifts and mirrors & chandeliers. When Annie Sloan agreed that Sweetpea & Betty could become stockists of her unique range of chalk paint – that was it, I was thrilled – and delighted to be able to offer these quality products to my neighbours and friends in Cornwall.

I have done alot of work for charities and particularly for Penhaligon’s Friends – a Cornish children’s bereavement charity. I ran (slowly) in the London Marathon in 2002,  have completed the London to Brighton bike ride,  thrown myself out of an aircraft for a charity parachute jump, been paragliding & micro-lite flying with my brother. Perhaps that’s why my sister Tricia teases me (gently) about having my head in the clouds! I love chocolate, walking on Cornwall’s glorious beaches & headlands, am known for baking especially delicious cakes… Perhaps that’s why I consider this my motto – ‘A great many things can be resolved in kindness, ever more with laughter, but there are some things that just require a cup of tea & piece of cake’.

Tricia Kent
Tricia Kent
My family were farmers in Bedfordshire where I spent a happy and carefree childhood with my two brothers and two sisters in the great outdoors. After college I worked in marketing, organising trade shows, exhibitions, later opening my evening and vintage dress hire company. So started a love of vintage clothes and accessories. The company was sold in the 80s.

I have since pursued my interest in antique jewellery, decorative arts and interiors, trading in antique jewellery for gentlemen for a number of years, and stopped in 2010 to embark on the Sweetpea & Betty adventure in Falmouth with my sister Mags.  Tricia retired from Sweetpea & Betty in 2014.

It was a marvellous experience setting up Sweetpea & Betty. Not just being surrounded by the beautiful vintage pieces from a bygone era, or working with the glorious artist pallet of Annie Sloan Paints, or the extraordinarily friendly and interesting inhabitants of the Falmouth area, but the sheer fun and pleasure of working with my little sister. A consumate professional, but with a “funny bone'” – the best.


Yolo Dog

Completely out of the blue in 2012 “YOLO” joined our team at the tender age of 8 months old . He’s a yorkie cross bichon – very fluffy & very cuddly. His main job is to meet and greet however, he thinks you’ve all come into the shop to play with him

Dog scarves


Also known for being The Top Sales Dog Extraordinaire for our very own Doggie Scarves and cushions!



New Creative Chalk Paint™ Workshops with Val

 In 2010 Val joined Sweetpea and Betty assisting Mary with the running of the furniture painting workshops – this was Val’s introduction to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint TM . It wasn’t long before Val realised it was an ideal medium for creating paintings. Having worked as an illustrator for many years producing artwork in a very precise and realistic manner, and on a small scale, it was a wonderful opportunity to move forward with Val’s work and explore pattern, colour and texture on a larger scale.

Val now facilitates Creative Chalk Paint TM  workshops enabling customers to make their own piece of art.




Judy has enjoyed a varied career in Buying and Primary education before making her home in Cornwall in 2013.
She has joined the team at Sweetpea and Betty and is always experimenting in using the Chalk Paint to dye fabrics and is a whizz on the sewing machine.
Judy loves Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and interior design so is looking forward to developing her skills within a creative environment.



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