I would like to begin by paying my own tribute to Denis Gartside. Ever since I have known him he has shown a real commitment and enthusiasm in serving the people of this Parish. I trust you are all aware that unfortunately due to illness Denis has had to relinquish most of his re-sponsibilities within the Parish.
As Vice-Chairman of Mawnan Parish Council I took on the role of Acting Chairman. Although I was aware how much enthusiasm and effort Denis put into his role, I have since discovered that his contribution was more than I ever envisaged. He deserves more recognition than I can possibly record – but from all those in Mawnan, Denis you have our grateful thanks for all your hard work and our very best wishes for the future.
This last year we enjoyed the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. So much work goes on before such a day dawns and our thanks go to those who made it such a success The Parish Remembrance Day Service last November was led for the first time by Rev Geoffrey Bennett with well over 90 people in attendance, not including the children from Mawnan School who participate so effectively in their various roles.
Christmas and the New Year saw the village again full of the joys of the season with even more Christmas Lights than previous years. The lights really are a special and unique contribution to the start of the Christmas Season.
In February, the Panto Group performed “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” to full houses – providing exceptional entertainment to one and all. The costumes and scenery were as professional as you will see anywhere.
The 2012 Community Award was presented to Ian Newman for his commitment and all-consuming efforts in maintaining the Memorial Hall and all its activities.
The new Cornish Hedge and access path have been installed in the new graveyard and we are in discussion with the Church to establish the final processes for using the new graveyard once the current graveyard is “closed”.
I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received both from Councillors, the Clerk and from members of other organisations.
Finally a huge thanks to every member of the committees and village groups who keep this village active and alive, and to Councillor Neil Hatton for the support he offers Mawnan Council and the Parish.
Councillor David Gibbons – Chairman