Like many parish feasts, this used to be a major celebration in the calendar of local people. The feast is said to celebrate the foundation of the village church by Saint Ludowanus, a little-known Cornish saint. In fact, it is quite likely that Saint Ludowanus did not exist at all and that the name Ludowanus meant “place of ashes” in Old Cornish. The feast features an annual football match and a “feast walk” to a local landmark called Trencrom Hill.
One story about St Ludgvan tells of a miracle he performed. According to the tale, the saint prayed while looking for something to attract people to Christianity. As he did, a well was miraculously created below his feet and an angel appeared before him. The angel said that any child baptised in this well would be protected from being executed by hanging.