A stalwart of Mullion village life has become just the second recipient of the Ron Curnow Community Award.

This was handed out by the parish council for the first time last year, in memory of another active member of the village, Ron Curnow.

Its first winner was Rex Bray, a born and bred Mullioner who was involved in almost every aspect of the community, but who sadly passed away before he could accept the trophy.

Happily this year’s recipient, Pauline Rowse, was able to collect the award in person last week.

She is particularly involved in the work of the Methodist chapel, organising the scarecrow parade and competition in the autumn and the Christmas tree festival in December.

Mrs Rowse is also chairman of the Mullion Heritage Association and took over as chairman of the village horticultural society from Mr Bray.

She is involved in the Old Cornwall Society and was a governor of Mullion Primary School for four years.

Mrs Rowse, who moved to the village 15 years ago, said she was “very proud and honoured” to collect the award, adding: “To follow Rex is amazing, who was so local and did so much over the years. I haven’t been here that long. I’m just so proud to be involved in the work of this village.

“I did say I think it’s not really just an award for me but all the people that do the work. It’s a huge committee on the horticultural society, where everybody is very good, and we had 60 odd scarecrows and 20 odd trees from businesses and individuals – the community.

“If I’ve been able to contribute to that I’m very proud and pleased.”

She was presented with the award by the widow of last year’s recipient, Rosemary, together with chairman of the parish council John Lang.