Lanreath Community Spirit was set up on 2012 after a chance conversation in the local village shop regarding the organisation of an event for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The original group, who had just four members, were subsequently invited to organise the May Day event for 2013. With a kind donation from the Lanreath Amenities, fundraising was also necessary in order to put on the May Day event. This led to the introduction of Quiz and Curry nights, a Christmas Fayre and a Halloween party for the children. This year, a Murder Mystery evening is being added to the list of events.
Throughout the past seven years, our motto has always been ‘affordable for all’, therefore we strive to put on events within the community that are accessible for all budgets, whilst preserving old traditions like the choosing and annual May Queen and children dancing around the Maypole, to the introduction of new community inspired events such as voting for a community person and having a pasty bake off. We also try to involve as many different groups from the community as possible on May Day because, although it is organised by Lanreath Community Spirit, it is very much a Village Event, bigger than any group or organisation.
Lanreath Community Spirit currently has seven members, that we feel, reflect the ‘makeup’ of the local community. We see ourselves as the ‘little sister’ to the Amenities group.
LANREATH COMMUNITY SPIRIT NEWS - November 2020
So this year is going to be very different to other years. Unfortunately, this year there won’t be a Christmas Fayre. There’s no point in dwelling on what we can’t do, so we are focusing on what we can. As announced last month, we are holding a competition for the best outside Christmas decorations, with £100 worth of vouchers, as the prize. There will be three judges, (three local people) who will have the task of picking the best decorations. This will be judged mid December, so that the lucky winner will have the vouchers in time for Christmas. You don’t have to do anything to enter, just make your outside look Christmassy . It doesn’t have to be flashing lights or cost lots of money, We just hope it will help to bring some Christmas cheer.
Also we are delighted to say, we are again running Secret Santa. Anyone new to the village, we will put a list up in the shop, and this year, also at the Tipsy cow, you put your name down, pay £1 and pick a name out of the hat. You then buy a present ( approx £5 ) and drop it into the shop or Tipsy Cow. We then distribute them a few days before Christmas. This will be the third year, it’s great fun and adds some Christmas cheer. • There will be a list in the Shop and the Tipsy Cow from 1st November • Parcels need to be in by 16th December **We are mindful of Covid, and the parcels once we collect them, will be quarantined in a safe and secure place, before we distribute them on either 22nd or 23rd December.
May Day 2019
Past May Day Events
Crystal is the Village Personality 2018
The winners of the May Day Pasty Making Competitions
The winners of the May Day Photographic Competitions
The Christmas Fayre
The May Day Handbell Ringers in the Church
Line Dancing on May Day
The group enjoying the successful ending to May Day celebrations
(from left to right Lydia Rollings, George Clark, Kirsty Pugh, Penny Short, Lucy Shaw and Jane Aspinal)