LANREATH AMENITIES GROUP
Christmas Meal 2020 The group would like to let the Community know that due to the current covid situation it is with great regret that we cannot hold this year’s Christmas meal. It’s a decision the group did not want to make, as this is such a popular event that kicks off the Christmas season for the village. We are sure most people were expecting this news but that does not make it any easier to confirm. However, we must look forward, and dearly hope this virus will be well behind us when we hold the event next Christmas.
Defibrillator News The village is very fortunate to have had a defibrillator situated on the Millennium Green for a few years. It has been felt that with extra housing having been built at the top end of the village, a second defibrillator would be beneficial and would also be closer to hand should it be needed at sports events or activities/functions in the Village Hall. We have now managed to secure funding with help from; both Turbine Funds, The British Heart Foundation and the Amenities. Many thanks to all of them for the support. Sandra has subsequently purchased the defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation. In due course this will be fitted and situated outside the Village Hall. The list of trained responders will be the same for both defibrillators.
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.