Mawnan Smith, at the centre of the parish, was for years a staging post for shipping goods and produce across the Helford River to the Lizard peninsula. The name of the village came from the four blacksmiths’ “smithies” which were there for years.
Mawnan is at the centre of the three sub tropical gardens:
Glendurgan, Trebah and Penjerrick, gardens which attract thousands of tourists and local visitors every year. There is an extensive network of public footpaths around the picturesque
coastal areas of the Helford River. Mawnan Smith village has a thatched roof pub, the Red Lion, a Mediterranean restaurant, a well used cafe, general store, Spar shop with a post office, together with an estate agent, holiday home agent, hairdresser, charity shop, doctor’s surgery and the Parish Council Offices.
The Memorial Hall is the hub of village activities promoting over four hundred and fifty separate events including the summer craft market and the village show, both held annually.
Mawnan Parish enjoys many community activities: The Mawnan Community Association; Drama and Panto Group; Friendship and Luncheon Clubs; Mawnan Wives; Women’s Institute; Brownies and Guides; Local History Group; Playgroup; Mums and Toddlers and Youth Clubs and The Rendlesham Trust. Please take a look at the Annual Reports booklet which tries to compile details of all the activities that take place from the Annual Parish Meeting which takes place in April/ May.
There is also a wide range of sporting clubs: Bowling; Cricket; Football; Golf; Tennis; Swimming; Snooker; Table Tennis; Gig Rowing; and Sailing. Other recreational and sports events make use
of the Carwinion Trust’s sport’s amenities and the Junior Playing Field.
The Parish Council provides services for, and manages and maintains the assets of Mawnan Parish, and sets itself high standards of governance.
It is vitally important to the local community that the parish continues to be sustainable, a fact which led to the production of the Parish Plan in 2006. This plan formed the strategic direction of the parish for the next 10 years.
Based upon the aspirations within the Parish Plan, members of the Council elected to take on individual “portfolio” responsibilities, which are published in the list of Council Members. Council members have signed up to a Portfolio Holder Protocol, which determines their portfolio responsibilities.
In recent years the Council has developed a number of other important strategies :-
Grants Procedures to ensure that any grant applications are considered professionally, so as to achieve the maximum benefit to the residents of the parish. Please check out the Community Grants page for more information and application forms.
Neighbourhood Development Plan – the community agreed in March 2017 that starting a NDP would be a good idea. We are now beginning the long process of compiling data, writing policies and evaluating our community.