Christmas with West Looe Traders

Businesses in LooeI went along to a meeting the other day with a wonderful group of people in West Looe.

The group are known formerly as the West Looe Traders and their remit is to encourage us all to get over to West Looe and do more shopping.

This is not just a Christmas group either and I would encourage other business owners who weren’t there to contact Edwina and join in.

Anyway, down to the press release from Edwina which I received last week which relates to the forthcoming Christmas celebrations, the tree and the 100’s of stars that have been painted by local children.

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Traders in West Looe are planning their first ‘Christmas in West Looe’ celebration on Saturday 3rd December from 10am – 6pm.

Local Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford who has been helping the fledging group said, “Although West Looe may be the quieter side of the river, the shops have a very distinctive flavour with a wide selection of artisan shops.” “The day seeks to showcase West Looe by offering children face painting, carol singing and shop window competitions, mulled wine and of course highlight the 20ft Christmas Tree kindly donated by Hillcrest House Nursing Home which for the first time will be bedecked with hand painted stars.”

Although West Looe may be the quieter side of the river, the shops have a very distinctive flavour with a wide selection of artisan shops.

Owner of The Lovely Lane Interiors Christine Iles said, “West Looe is gaining a reputation for quality hand crafted, stylish and unusual gifts. The range of shops is fantastic with flowers & Christmas wreaths, a café and tea room, curios, paintings, art pieces, jewellery, ladies wear, shoes and accessories, delicatessen and food store as well as home ware and soft furnishings.” “We invite people to come and have a browse, sample some mulled wine, join in the carol singing and rest your feet with a cuppa and cake in West Looe’s café and tea room.

Christine continued, “ People often overlook the businesses on West Looe at Pennyland, The Millpool and Hannafore, we want to make sure people are aware of not only the wide range of shops but services which include an optician, haberdashery, hotels and guest houses, charity shops, hairdressers, florist and dog grooming parlour.

West Looe boasts the oldest pub in Looe and possibly one of the oldest pubs in the country The Jolly Sailor. The pub is featured in a wills cigarette card collection called 40 oldest inn’s. You will also find the 14th century St. Nicholas Church on the harbour side, which is apt as St Nicholas was a man known for his generosity. The characters of Father Christmas and Santa Claus are based on him and his good works.

We invite people to come and have a browse, sample some mulled wine, join in the carol singing and rest your feet with a cuppa and cake in West Looe’s café and tea room

If you would like to commission a hand painted Christmas Tree star dedicated to a loved one or decorate one yourself contact Val at The Tole Fairy, West Looe Quay or check out the Facebook group West Looe Traders. Stars are just £1.50. Children from surrounding schools are busy decorating their star which have been donated by West Looe businesses free of charge. The winning designs will be judged and all stars will be put on the tree. Deadline for entries of 25th November. Prize winners will be announced at 1pm on 3rd December round the tree on West Looe quay.

If you are interested in joining the West Looe Traders contact Christine Iles of Lovely Lane Interiors on 01503 265556 or Anne Sherrington in Olivers Tea Rooms.

The next meeting of the Traders is on 25th November 5pm The Tole Fairy, all traders welcome.

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