A week of festivities in Mawgan ended with Mawgan Feast Saturday being enjoyed in blazing sunshine.
Crowds descended onto the village’s recreation field on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far, to enjoy a varied family day out with something for everyone.
A car boot sale ran alongside a display of vintage vehicles from all over the county and shire horses brought along by Ron White from Leedstown.
There were also games, a fancy dress competition, Garras School Art Competition (results below) and a grand raffle organised by Nicola Andrews and Cassie Thomas.
In the kitchen, Dot Spragg and her team of tireless helpers were kept busy serving teas.
Alison Stevenson, owner of nearby Parc Vro Residential Home, opened proceedings.
Once again the village schoolchildren took part in the opening ceremony, this year performing a play about Henry Trengrouse as well as songs from the younger ones about “mini beasts.”
Much to the delight of the children, St Keverne Fire Brigade was present which gave an opportunity for the youngsters to scramble all over the engine and sound the klaxon. The fire tender also provided water to soak sponges for the stocks.
After all the pasties, ice cream and teas had been consumed, and the prizes awarded, the crowds, who showed little sign of going home, were entertained by Degrees of Jazz, sponsored by The Ship Inn who had provided a licensed bar all day on the field – a first for this event.
The “recovery party” then began at 6pm, with music provided by Loose Change who performed three sets.
As reported last week, the annual celebrations started with a thanksgiving service at the village war memorial and were followed by a concert by Gweek Silver Band.
The following day, a concert by the Trengilly Singers took place at Mawgan Church.
Tuesday saw fun for children and adults, starting with the annual children’s tea and sports afternoon at the recreation hall and ground. The event was sponsored by the parish council and was organised by Julie Lock from Mawgan Stores with a team of parents.
Joining the event this year was the new curate of the parish, Heather Aston, who asked the children to join her in singing grace.
They then all enjoyed a tea with food provided by volunteers from the village and school. Afterwards the children took part in a variety of sports races, culminating in the mothers’ and fathers’ sack races.
Prizes were handed out by school governor Michael Davidson and Pearl Merton from the parish council.
American Square Dancing took place as part of the week for the first time. It was hosted by Cornwall councillor Walter Sanger who runs Thursday evening dance sessions at Mawgan Recreation Hall and was enjoyed by regular dancers from Wheal Around Wendron and a few locals who wanted to give it a go for the first time.
A family quiz night on Wednesday saw approximately 45 people making up 15 teams. In first place with 71 points was La La Land, second, with 69.5 points, was Cranky Old Cars and third, with 68.5 points, was 10 Speed.
Questions were set by Lindsay Hockley and Len Jepp as quiz master.
A total of £203.03 was raised and will be divided between Mawgan Parish Church and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
A parish walk last Thursday saw 17 walkers follow the path from Tangies down to Loe Pool and Loe Bar before turning inland again.
There was a mini drama when two from the party seemed to be missing. After a search with binoculars it was decided they had returned to their car, but later it was iscovered they had returned home forgetting to tell anyone.
The penultimate night, last Friday, featured the regular bingo and pasty supper involving more than 50 players. Money prizes were £5 and £10 a game on the books and up to a payout of £27 for the house on the fliers. Caller was Stuart Richards.
Everyone involved in the week has been thanked for making it such a success.
Fancy dress results: Seven years and under – 1, Fairy in the Garden, Layla Kundall; 2, Thomas the Tank, Eli Mitchell; 3, Darth Vader, Oliver Mitchell. Eight to 15 years – 1, Piskey, Isla Martin; 2, Chewbacca, Alex Rand; 3, 80s Pop Dancers, Ellie and Jess Laskey. 16 years and over – 1, Pearly Queen, Pearl Merton; 2, Batman and Robin, Carrie Mitchell and Lorna Martin.
Children’s art competition results: Garras Owlets Pre-School – 1, Jamie Coles; 2, Chloe Essen; 3, Eve Nicholas. Garras Primary School Reception – 1, Alice Bedford; 2, Daniel Andrews; 3, James Hosking. Key stage one – 1, Luke Thomas; 2, Annabel Nicholas; 3, Finley Andrews. Key stage two – 1, Zoe Hosking; 2, Eliza Walsh-Newton; 3, Isla Martin.