The village is very fortunate to have a defibrillator situation on the Millennium green. However, we have managed to secure funding from both our local turbines, The British Heart Foundation, the County Councillors Community fund and the Amenities to enable us to recently purchase our second defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation which is situated outside of the Village Hall. This will be a great contribution to the residential area at the top end of the village and of course any functions that take place in the village hall. The list of trained responders will be the same for both defibrillators and is located next to them. The defibrillator is registered with the South Western Ambulance Service and all weekly and monthly checks will be carried out throughout the year by Sandra Pipe, and training for use of the defibrator will be a joint training session for both defibrillators for the named responders.
Lanreath Amenities Group was formed in the year 2000 by Marion Facey with profits that were raised from the newly resurrected May Day Celebrations.
Prior to the year 2000 Lanreath had become a “ghost” village with nothing much happening and with all the older stalwarts retiring, social life went into decline. In the 1980’s the original Lanreath Amenities Group ran weekly bingo sessions in the old village hall and so it was decided to resurrect the old Amenities Group once more to include lots of social activities.
The Group of ten continued under Marion’s leadership for six years where social events took place every year, including May Day Celebrations, cream tea afternoons, Mother’s Day tea parties, Senior Citizens Christmas Meal, Valentine’s Day Ball, an annual boat trip, music on the Green evenings, safari suppers, race nights, monthly Sunday outings in the Community Mini Bus for the Senior Citizens and even coach trips abroad! In fact, it was on one of the coach trips to see the Mousehole Lights one Christmas that it was suggested that Lanreath would like to have some Christmas lights of their own so, the Group requested monies from all the organisations in the village, including the Parish Council, the Church and Village Hall. In total £750 was collected to buy lights and now the village, to this day, gets illuminated to rival any village in Cornwall, at Christmas!
We’ve Won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Following Marion’s retirement Sandra Pipe took over the reigns and they continued to do several of the events but concentrating more on May Day, the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner and also a Firework Night in November. They also included the weekly Bingo Sessions which have proved very popular plus a few other events.
In 2011 the Group won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in the Community, which recognised the achievements of such a hard-working Committee. The Award was presented by Lady Mary Holborrow, the High Sheriff of Cornwall at a tea party held in the Village Hall and a couple of the Committee were able to go to Buckingham Palace to a Garden Party.
Up to the present day the Amenities Group is still in existence, under the leadership of Sandra Pipe, but with a much-reduced Committee, and concentrating mainly on the Christmas Dinner and May Day Celebrations, which are run in conjunction with the newly formed Lanreath Community Spirit. Their weekly Bingo Sessions still prove very popular.
Committee Members through the years from 2000 to present day are:
Marion Facey, Sandra Pipe, Peggy Penhaligon, Noel Thomas, Richard Pugh, Ann-Marie Spierings, Corrine Kelly, Mandy Williams, John White, Henry Hayward, Sue Stephenson, Billie Hayes, Irene Keen, Jane Jedwab.