Each year at the Annual Parish Meeting, I am impressed by the number and breadth of the organisations which exist, each contributing to the life and sustainability of our community. Two of the most conspicuous are the Christmas Lights Committee, who yet again surpassed themselves to produce a spectacular display over Christmas, and the Panto Group. Each year we engage in the friendly rivalry with Mylor, and each year Mawnan comes out on top. This year there was no comparison, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates really was a superb production. So a huge thanks to the Christmas Lights Committee and the Panto Group for making winter seem shorter and much more fun.

On 1st April Cornwall’s county and district councils joined together to form Cornwall Council, with the strategic aim of transforming local government in Cornwall. Services will now all be delivered by the single Cornwall Council.

The purchase of the new graveyard appears to be moving very slowly, but it is progressing. The Compulsory Purchase Order has been presented. The National Trust has agreed to sell the land. We are just waiting now for the legal formalities to run their course. I attended a legal course on burials held by the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management, which has enabled me to draw up the regulations, and informational notes. These will be available in the Parish Council Office once the graveyard is functional.

Incidents of vandalism in the village have occurred over the last few months : Christmas lights broken, fire in the toilet, toilet roll holders torn off, roof tiles broken on the bus shelter, and guttering forcibly removed. I am aware of other cases involving private individuals who have allegedly been intimidated by a group of youths. The Parish Council is considering what might be the best course of action, including the possible formation of neighbourhood watch schemes. In the meantime, we must not allow this sort of thing to ruin our delightful village. If you witness ANY suspicious activities, or you feel intimidated, then ring the police immediately on 0845 2777 444.

And please remember that the police cannot respond if they don’t know what’s going on.

Congratulations to David Rickard who was nominated at this year’s Kerrier Sports Awards on March 20th for his lifetime services to sport. Awards were presented by Heather Fell, the Modern Pentathlon silver medallist from the Beijing Olympics and Hannah Stacey, seven times UK Freediving Champion. Councillor Rex Sadler and I joined David and his family for this great occasion celebrating sport across Cornwall.

After 14 years, the Parish Council regrettably said goodbye to Phil Moyle who has resigned for personal reasons. I would like to place on record our grateful thanks to Phil, who always represented and articulated local interest. Sylvia King was duly co-opted to the vacancy left by Phil, and we look forward to her growing input to Council business.

Elections for the Council will take place on June 4th, with 123 electoral divisions, Mawnan, Budock and Constantine making up a ward. Mawnan is in the Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Area, and our “One Stop Shops” for advice and services are in the old Carrick Council building at 34 Church Street, Falmouth, and inside the Town Hall, Saracen House, Higher Market Street in Penryn. They may be contacted by telephone on 0300 1234 100.

I would like to thank both Neil Hatton and Rex Sadler for their hard word as our County and District Councillors over the years, plus all members of Mawnan Parish Council and the Parish Clerk for their loyalty and efforts, and for their continuing dedication to this Parish and our community.

Cllr D Gartside – Chairman

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