SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS & ST JAMES
(1861 - 2011)
Between 1857 and 1861, the acclaimed Victorian architect, William Butterfield, came to St Mawgan during which time he was responsible for building the Village School and the ‘Old Rectory’. He also carried out some restoration work to the Church, added the Vestry and built the Lychgate. On completion of this work, in 1861, the Church was re-dedicated by the Bishop of Exeter on St James’ Feast Day - 25th July – 150 years ago!
This Feast Day has been celebrated annually in St Mawgan ever since, with children’s sports in the afternoon and adult’s sports in the evening. The sports are always held on the nearest Wednesday to the 25th July, before and not after, and therefore this year will be held on 20th July with the children's sports beginning at 12:30 pm and the adult's at 6pm.
St Mawgan History Group will be exhibiting photographs and information about the tradition of Feast Sports during the Flower Festival, which this year runs from 10th – 13th July. Entitled ‘Sesquicentennial Celebrations’ in honour of the re-dedication of the church, the Festival also picks up the theme of St James, as each arrangement will feature a scallop shell, which is his emblem.
Continuing the link with St James, for some time now, work has been on-going to refurbish St James' Well in Ball Lane. To celebrate, the well will be dressed with decorative boards made by the pre-school and primary school children and everyone is invited to come to the well for a short dedication service at 10:30 am on Sunday 24th July followed by a Community Songs of Praise in the church at 11:00 am.
For more details on these and other events in and around St Mawgan and Mawgan Porth in July, please read on.
Sunday 3rd July - Charity Sales
* Merrymoor Inn, in aid of The Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10am - 4pm. Contact Judith Green on 01637 860 304 for details.
* Costumes & Cast-offs Sale at Mawgan Porth Village Hall in aid of Cabaret Club, 10am - 3pm. Call Sue Tabner on 07988 766 298 for information.
* Car Boot at Bridgehouse Car Park, Mawgan Porth, in aid of SMEGMA, 10am - 3pm. Contact Andrew Prowse on 01637 860 859 for more details.
Friday 8th July - Beer Festival & Hog Roast
Trevedras Farm, St Mawgan. Tickets £20, advance sales only. 8pm - 1:00am. In aid of St Mawgan Pre-School and Primary School. Contact Gillian Cooper on 01637 860 189 for details.
Sunday 10th - Wednesday 13th July - Flower Festival at St Mawgan Church
"Sesquicentennial Celebrations". Entry by programme £3, under 16s free. Refreshments available. Contact Val Tremain on 01637 860 566 for details.
Sunday - Open 12 noon - 8 pm
Monday & Tuesday - Open 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday - Open 10 am - 5 pm
Also see St Mawgan History Group Exhibition of photographs and information about the tradition of the Village Feast Day Sports.
Tuesday 12th July - Ladies' Morris Dancing
The Saffron Maids perform outside The Falcon Inn, St Mawgan, 7:45 pm. Contact Val Tremain on 01637 860 566 for more details. Also see www.saffronmaids.webs.com
Wednesday 13th July - Concert
St Mawgan Church, Newquay Male Voice Choir with Oll An Gwella. Contact Val Tremain on 01637 860 566. www.newquaymalevoicechoir.co.uk
Saturday 16th July - Cornish Wrestling
St Mawgan Playing Field, from 2pm. The first tournament in the village for over thirty years! Barbecue and other refreshments available. Contact Gerry Cawley on 01841 540 914 for details, or search for them on Facebook, with this link:
Sunday 17th July - Bikers' Cafe
Bikers meet at 10:30 am at Mole Valley Farmers, St Columb and ride to St Mawgan Chapel for refreshments. Contact Pete Sterling on 01637 860 635 for details.
Monday 18th July - Reader's Group
St Mawgan Readers' Group at The Falcon Inn to discuss 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens, 7:30 pm. Open to all. Victorian costume optional! Contact Salli Blackford on 01637 860 494 for details.
Wednesday 20th July - Feast Day Sports
St Mawgan Playing Field. Continuing a 150-year-old tradition with Children's Sports from 12:30 pm and Adults' Sports from 6 pm. Refreshments available. Contact Liz Spry on 01637 860 602 for details.
Saturday 23rd July - Latin Summer Beach Barbecue
Mawgan Porth, 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Barbecue provided, bring your own food to cook. Contact Elaine Davies on 07812 049 795 for details
Saturday 23rd July - Salsa Dance Party
Mawgan Porth Village Hall from 7:30 pm. Advance tickets £7 from Betty's News and St Mawgan Post Office, or £8 on the door. Contact Elaine Davies on 07812 049 795 for details.
Sunday 24th July - Well Dressing & Dedication
St James' Well, Ball Lane, St Mawgan, 10:30 am. The St Mawgan pre-school and primary school children have been decorating boards to dress the well and everyone is invited to come along so see what they have achieved and to take part in this short dedication ceremony. Contact Lesley Vickery on 01637 860 157 for details.
Sunday 24th July - Community Songs of Praise
St Mawgan Church, 11 am, following the dedication of the well, to celebrate St James' Day. Contact Angela Butler on 01637 859 238 for details.
Thursday 28th July - Donkey Derby
Run by St Columb Rotary Club from 6:30 pm at Mawgan Porth. Refreshments available. Contact Andy Bales on 01637 861 912 for details.
PLEASE SUPPORT THESE COMMUNITY EVENTS
ALL ARE WELCOME