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Lanreath celebrates being 'Best Kept Village'
Lanreath
A view of Lanreath's Church from Fore Street

The village of Lanreath near Looe has been awarded the 'Best Kept Village' accolade in Cornwall.

Pay a visit to this pretty award winning village.

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+ Lanreath has won the award for Cornwall's Best Kept Village.

+ The parish council emplys street cleaners and gardeners to keep the village in good shape.

+ Lanreath now goes through to the national final of the Best Kep Village Awards.

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The villagers of Lanreath are celebrating after being named as Cornwall's Best Kept Village.

Lanreath can be reached by travelling along the main road to Looe (turning off to the right between West and East Taphouse)

The pretty village receives tender loving care from street cleaners and garden maintenance workers. These are paid for by the local parish council.

"With the parish council we have spent a lot of time and effort improving the village," says Andrew Facey, chairman of the parish council and lifelong Lanreath villager."

Village Green
The Millennium Green is based on land where the old village hall used to be.

We have a play area for the children. We worked for grants to build our Millennium Village Green and our successful village hall."

When the villagers heard they lived in Cornwall's 'Best Kept Village' they were over the moon.

"Absolutely elated, everybody within the parish feels very proud to belong," says Andrew.

Punch Bowl Inn
The village pub is popular with locals and holidaymakers

"It is a very pretty village. As chairman of the parish council its nice to follow in my father's footsteps. He was the chairman when the award was last won."

The villagers never knew when the judges would be coming along and made a team effort to ensure the village always looked at its best.

"To be honest we never saw the judges," smiles Andrew.

"They come around the village twice between June and August. They come un-announced so it could be anytime during the day, you have to keep yourself on the ball. We are very pleased because I had one person asking how are we going to advertise our Best Kept Village Award and so far we have been in three Cornish Newspapers and now on the BBC Cornwall website which is excellent publicity."

Andrew's childhood home
Churchtown where Andrew grew up in the 1960s

Andrew is proud of the village he grew up in. He spent his childhood years living near the top of the village at a farm house called 'Churchtown'.

"I spent many happy years here back in the 1960s. My mother would do bed and breakfast as most farmers wives in the area would.We would all enjoy cricket and games on the front lawn."

Andrew is married to Rachel and it is their children who now enjoy village life.

Lanreath Village Hall
There is always plenty for people of all ages in the village hall

"A lot of people say there is nothing to do in a village but personally I've found lots to do," says Andrew. "My children always long for the school holidays because they always have plenty to keep them busy."

Cob Cottages
The Cob Cottages on Fore Street in Lanreath

Walking around the village you can enjoy the old 'cob cottages' on Fore Street. They were built using material from the earth. Many originally would have sported a thatched roof.

"The cottages are some 300-years-old," says Andrew. "A lot of the original homes in the village were one up and one down dwellings."

Lanreath's well and pump
The village well and pump can be found in Basin Street

Take a walk into Basin Street and you will see the old village pump and well which are based below one of the cottages. The pump has not been used for many years.

Each year the village holds a Flower Show, this year there were some unusual exhibits, namely scarecrows!

Village Scarecrows
King Charles has returned after his trip to the pub!

"We have a roundhead, Queen Elizabeth and King Charles I," smiles Rachel Facey. "

"The villagers loved them, the King Charles scarecrow ended up in the pub. I wouldn't know if the real King Charles had ended up in our pub all those years ago."

The pretty village always looks spotless. The villagers are now keeping their fingers crossed for the national final which Lanreath has gone through to.

The prize, should they win is £6,000, and no doubt Lanreath has many ideas as to how the money could be spent on their special village.

Pay a visit to Lanreath's fascinating Farm and Folk Museum

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