Mawgan can relax this week after hosting a fine spread of activities for its annual Feast Week.
With a different event for every night, the celebrations ended at the weekend with Feast Saturday.
Happily the rain that filled much of last week stopped and the sun came out, resulting in a well attended afternoon.
With a bouncy castle and shire horse rides for the children, and vintage vehicles, stalls and a car boot sale for the adults, there was something for everyone.
The event was officially opened by Cornwall Councillor Walter Sanger, followed by a performance from Garras Owlets Pre-School children led by pre-school leader Julia Newman, with assistants Sadie-Rose Green and Pepsi Porter. Garras School children then followed, led by assistant headteacher Karen Richards and helped by teachers Jenny Holyer and Ally Bird.
The fancy dress competition proved a great success (results below), sponsored by Greg and Ally Laskey who run the Ship Inn, with pottery prizes made by local potter Russell Gibbs.
With predominantly children taking part this year, it is hoped more adults will take the plunge and get involved next year.
Pupils at Garras School and Owlets Pre-School were able to take part in an art competition sponsored by Glebe Hall Cottages in Mawgan (results below), which was judged by Dilly Tutton and local artist Simon Jewell.
They were thanked by organisers, along with Kath, Ally, Lucy, Nicola, Kim, Fran, Maria, Beryl, Nelly and Tess who helped in the kitchen and all who made cakes and scones, the marshals for keeping people safe and directing the traffic.
The event ended with a friendly tug-of-war contest involving both children and adults, before everyone headed off to the Ship Inn for their Feast Week “recovery party” in the evening.
The weather stayed dry and relatively warm, allowing people to sit outside to enjoy live music from Helston School Jazz Band, early evening story telling for the children by Charley Rose and pork baps, hot dogs, pasta and chips. Later there was a disco that ran into the night.
The Feast Week began the preceding Sunday, when 40 people gathered for a thanksgiving service at the village war memorial led by the Rev Len Jepp.
Posies were laid by representatives of the school, church and all the village organisations, while the Rev Tim Wilkinson, chaplaincy team leader at RNAS Culdrose, led prayers and also laid a posy on behalf of the base. Hymns were accompanied by Gweek Silver Band, which performed a concert afterwards.
Although the following day proved damp, those attending a concert by Trengilly Singers remained dry inside the parish church, where they were conducted by musical director Melanie Uren and joined by guest performer Richard Collington, who lives in the village, who played solo classical pieces for acoustic guitar.
The children’s tea and sports on Tuesday was well attended, with 50 to 60 youngsters from the parish and beyond tucking into a tea of homemade cakes and food donated by Julie Lock from Mawgan Stores.
They then took part in a range of sports, with parish council chairman Kevin Roberts and primary school governor Michael Davidson handing out small cash prizes for first, second and third places after each race.
Around 40 people, making up 11 teams, took part in Wednesday’s family quiz night, which was won by The Scratch Team, followed by Dot’s Lot in second place and Two Old Age Pensioners, a Toy Boy and a Student in third. Questions were asked by Rev Len Jepp, with Lindsay Hockley as adjudicator, and the evening raised approximately £100 for Mawgan Church and CLIC Sargent.
A parish walk on Thursday saw 20 villagers and half a dozen dogs enjoy a two-hour trek through the Trelowarren Estate, passing places such as the New Lodge and the Ten Tonne Bridge, which was organised by Vivian Benney and his wife Brenda, while a bingo and pasty evening took place on Friday.
Callers were Stuart and Emma Richards, pasties were supplied by Gear Farm and a raffle was organised by Pearl Merton.
Fancy dress: 0-7 years – 1, Alex as a weather girl; 2, Isaac as Harry Potter; 3, Ivy as a nurse. 7-14 years – 1, Alex as James Bond 007; 2, Isla as the tooth fairy; 3, Charlie as Spiderman. Adults – 1, Pearl Merton as ‘Split Personality’; 2, Simon Jewell as Kurt Cobain.
Children’s art competition: Garras Pre-School (2-4 years) – 1, Delilah Tiffin; 2, Lydia Massey; 3, Arthur Axe. Garras School (5-7 years) – 1, Annabel Nicholas; 2, Bertie Summers; 3, Sophie Benney. Age 8-11 years – 1, Tashi Briar; 2, James Davies; 3, Charlie Green.