Did you know that the only species of daffodil generally accepted as native to Britain is narcissus psuedonarcissus, the “Bastard” Daffodil, Lent Lily or Wild English Daffodil? Or that on one farm on the Lizard over 130 varieties were grown at one time? The local industry swings into gear early in January with millions of stems being picked every day in Cornwall. We are lucky to be surrounded by flowers in West Cornwall and want to celebrate the beautiful and varied daffodil and its industry. So preparations are well ahead for the fifth Daffodil Festival at the 12th century Grade I listed church of St Mawgan in Meneage.
The Mawgan Daffodil Festivals celebrate the wonderful industry that surrounds us in West Cornwall, and the delightful and varied daffodil, by decking the beautiful church of St. Mawgan in Meneage with thousands of daffodils of every variety available at the time. Give all your senses a treat and come and enjoy the sight and smell of thousands of daffodils, learn more about the flower (do you know the difference between a narcissus and a daffodil?) and the industry around us, view displays of equipment used over 50 years ago, listen to music from local musicians and admire displays of paintings, photographs and embroidery with a daffodil theme. The music this year so far includes local organists, Cornish Male Voice group Thraw'd Together, local classical guitarist Richard Collington, harpist Jade Hamzelou, Maen Voes Choir from St Keverne and the bell ringers will be in action on Saturday and Sunday.
The Festival is made possible again by the donation of daffodils from the Scrimshaw family of R H Scrimshaw and Sons Limited and the church is very grateful not only to them but for sponsorship received or promised from other local companies and organisations. To date we are lucky to have printing from Brewers of Helston, materials from Travis Perkins Trading and bunting from The Big Beautiful Bunting Company. Other companies sponsoring us to date are Classic Cottages, D J Kevern Building Contractors, Down By the Riverside Café, Fresshh Cornwall Halzephron Herb Farm, Ivan's Car Sales, Moore's Floors, Parc Vro Residential Home, Pendle Funeral Services, Porthgwara Nursing Home, Roskillys, The Prince of Wales (Newtown), The Ship Inn (Mawgan), Trengilly Wartha Inn.
The proceeds will help maintain the church where having achieved a new heating system we now need substantial roof repairs.
The Festival is taking place on Saturday February 14th to Monday February 16th from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm each day and is free to enter. On Sunday there is a Celtic evening service at 5.00pm, at which the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Reverend Chris Goldsmith will be the preacher. Light refreshments will be available including pasties and homemade soup at lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday and tea and cakes all day every day.
Anyone wishing to help in any way with the huge team effort needed to make this festival a success should contact Wendy Bailey on 01326 221631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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