The lunch this year was held at Place, St. Anthony-in-Roseland by kind invitation of the Grant-Daltons. The family and their forebears the Sprys have lived on the estate for over four centuries. Set on the spectacular Roseland peninsula the manor commands fabulous views across the estuary to St. Mawes. Drinks were served to guests on their arrival during which short tours around the church were given by historian Jo Mattingly. The church adjoins the house via an 11th Century doorway and, like the house, has undergone many alterations and additions over the generations. There was much to admire not least the high quality carvings of foliage, corbel heads of kings and bearded men adorning the 13th Century tower.
The lunch is always popular but this year drew in some welcome new faces from across Cornwall and further afield. The drizzle was persistent and confined everyone indoors but failed to dampen spirits as drinks were followed by the buffet lunch. The house lends itself to large parties and the 130 guests were seated at long trestle tables in three large reception rooms. All proceeds from the lunch go towards restoration of churches across the county.