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April Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary - Rosemary Stevenson
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and Andrew Pidgen
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne - also on PCC as Reader
PCC members: Downderry: Tim Pullin, Sue Booth; Cashier; Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling;
St Germans: June Greaves
Chris Bowditch; Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford: John Ditchburn, Hugh Parker Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

see adjacent column


2015 AGM

19th April following the 9.30am Eucharist service at Downderry


Coffee Morning and Soup and Pud Lunch
on Saturday 9th May at St Nic's Downderry


Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on SATURDAY 18th APRIL at 3pm

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............

Michael's Message

Quick!  It’s rubbish collection today -  is it recycling as well?  What have the neighbours put out?  While we are doing this, does the compost pot need emptying?  Is this how your Mondays start?  It may be that your collection day is different, or you are more organised than me.  Still, with the two dogs dancing around my ankles, it gets done and all the leftovers of our daily living are cleared away.  I sometimes think it would be good if there was no rubbish to be collected, but try as we might it seems impossible not to collect the unwanted detritus of daily life.  No doubt Easter will bring its extra bin fill of chocolate egg wrappings - at least I hope so!               

What is good for the household is also good for the soul.  Just as clearing away the rubbish makes space and helps to keep us healthy so clearing out our spiritual lives also enables us to function better both as human beings and in the worship of God.  Both of those are really the same, God called us into being to God’s glory.  This is expressed in many ways including worship and good works, but that is not all.  God loves us for ourselves who we truly are.  Easter is a remembrance of how much God loves us and goes on loving us even when it seems impossible that this could be.  We celebrate on Easter Day the wonder of a God who not only became human yet remained divine, but also took to his own body the disease of our souls.  In the great gift of God’s death on the cross and resurrection,  we are shown the true nature of love. God loves us so much that there on the cross and through Jesus’ resurrection all the detritus of our souls can be collected.  All we have to do is offer them. 

This Easter I encourage you to put out the rubbish of your spiritual life and allow God to take it away, so that free and healthy spirits may be our existence.

Blessings Rev'dMichael                                                                                                                               


The Coffee morning and Soup and Pud lunch on the 24th January raised about £320 pounds for Parish Funds, and the March event raised about £300.  We hope to repeat this sort of fundraising event on a regular basis, as we are concerned to meet our increased contribution to Diocesan funds (the MMF) .  All ideas and offers of help gratefully received.   Please speak to Margaret or David W. 

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Martin Edwards
Richard Laugharne, Jo Buchanan
Evelyn Reed, Fiona Bristow, Chris Bowditch, Lorraine Evens



 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. 
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, Sponge Puddings, Instant Mash Potato and Coffee.

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email:

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire