St Peter's Fair - Pretty Maid

The Pretty Maid for 2021 is Alisha Squirrell

Photos courtesy of Rodney Parrish

The blessing of the Pretty Maid
Almighty God bless this your servant Alisha
that she may be a good example for the Town of Holsworthy.
Bless her in all that she does as the Pretty Maid
and give her the wisdom, courage and strength that she needs,
in the name of the + Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

Photo courtesy of Dawn Bewes


The Pretty Maid for 2020 - Miss Harriet Cousins

Due to the covid pandemic there is not a St Peter's Fair this year. But there is still a Pretty Maid. The Pretty Maid charity after much discussion voted to ask Harriet Cousins to stay on as the Pretty Maid. We are delighted that Harriet has agreed. We wish her well and ask God to continue to bless her.

Photo courtesy of Mick Burke

Harriet has very kindly agreed that the money that normally goes to the Pretty Maid from the charity is to be given to Holsworthy Mutual Aid.

Below we can see Harriet passing on the donation (at a safe distance!

Thank you Harriet.

Photo courtesy of Mick Burke


The Pretty Maid 2019 - Miss Harriet Cousins




















Photo courtesy of John Powers


Holsworthy born and bred.  Harriet attended Holsworthy primary and secondary school.

She has finished her first year of apprenticeship at Llewellyn’s Hair Dressers and is looking forward to starting her second year there in September 2019.

Harriet also works part time at Cousin’s Cafe with her Mum and Dad and enjoys cooking and whilst at school also enjoyed Sciences as well as Food and Nutrition.

Growing up she enjoyed swimming and gymnastics and took part in both for 10 years and gained several awards and trophies including most improved. Harriet also enjoyed hockey at school and went on a ski trip to Italy with the Holsworthy Community College. Harriet was also deeply moved on her school visit to the war graves and memorials in Belgium.  

Whilst at school Harriet played both the piano and violin and achieved grades in both.

Harriet has enjoyed holidays abroad including the Caribbean and Tenerife and trips to London.

Harriet is a member of the bell ringing team at this church, and practices on Wednesday evenings.  She rings most Sundays and then joins the congregation for the 9.30 Eucharist.

As well as bell ringing Harriet enjoys running and taking their dog, Toby, for walks.













Photo courtesy of John Powers



The ceremony taking place on the steps outside the church tower doors



Pretty Maid 2018 - Miss Lizzy Flaherty

Lizzy Flaherty

Photo: Dawn Bewes


Front Row,

Trustee of the Pretty Maid charity - Angela Blackman, Pretty Maid - Lizzy Flaherty, Portreeve - Robert Painter

Photo: Dawn Bewes


Pretty Maid 2017 - Miss Alice Banks

Alice Banks

Photo: Dawn Bewes


Trustee of the Pretty Maid charity, Angela Blackman, reads the citatation to the crowd gathered opposite the bell tower.

Photo: Dawn Bewes


Alice Banks with Betty Oke who was Holsworthy’s Pretty Maid in 1947

Photo:  Dawn Bewes


Alice Banks with trustee of the Pretty Maid charity, Angela Blackman

Photo:  Dawn Bewes


Alice declares the fair "OPEN" and takes a thrilling ride with the Portreeve, John Addicott, and The Rev,d Jane Lucas

Photo:  Dawn Bewes


Pretty Maid 2016 - Outside of the bell tower on

Wednesday July 6th -  Just after 12 noon

Photo By Mary Beckford


How is the date of St Peter's Fair Day determined?

The Charter of many moons ago dictates it is calculated as being the first Wednesday after the first Friday in July.

In 2017 that would have resulted in St Peter’s Fair being on Wednesday July 12thHOWEVER, we do seem to run in tandem with Kingsbridge Fair day and every 15 or so years there is a clash which means we have to come forward by a week. 

2017 happens to be that year.

So in 2017 it was Wednesday July 5th as an exception.

The Pretty Maids' Charity

The Pretty Maid's Charity was contained in the Will of a Revd Thomas Merryck of Carta Martha, near Launceston, who died 27th May 1841. He was the brother of the Revd Owen Merryck one time Rector of Holsworthy. 
Under the terms of the Will, the income from a legacy is to be paid annually "to the young single woman resident in Holsworthy under 30 years of age who is generally esteemed by the young as:
 The most deserving
. The most handsome
. The most noted for her quietness and attendance at church."







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St Peter's Fair - Pretty Maid Archive Film 1977
Archive film from 1977