Laneast is a small Cornish village situated in North-East Cornwall about 7 miles west of Launceston. It is bounded on the North by the Parishes of Treneglos and Tresmeer, on the East by Egloskerry and Trewen, on the South by Altarnun, and on the West by St Clether. Laneast village sits above the valley of the River Inny and has many ancient rights of way which cross surrounding farm land and Laneast Downs. These are fully maintained today providing many wonderful walks.
Beating the Bounds is an ancient tradition dating back to Norman and Saxon times and is still upheld today. But ancient traditions don’t mean ancient technologies when it comes to bringing digital solutions to village life.
The rural nature of this community meant that we focused on making sure the features we built into the site helped connect and inform the local population. This included a news feed on the site, integration of their latest editions of a Parish Newsletter, making it easier to hire the Parish Hall online and the usual output from the council such as meeting minutes and updates on planning applications.
We believe that every piece of work offers us an opportunity to be creative so when we were researching the Parish history we dug (pun intended) into the Cornish mining history associated with the area and discovered that it had once operated an opencast manganese mine.
This was the inspiration to develop a colour scheme that took a cue from one of the pinkish, red colours associated with Rhodochrosite – a manganese carbonate mineral. Combine that with an unusual Celtic cross that’s a local feature and we had a new Parish logo!
For a small council, this is a big advance in helping us communicate the work we do for our local community.