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September Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary - post unfilled
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
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 and Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Fran Moore. 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: June Greaves
Chris Bowditch;
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on Saturday 12th September at 3pm in St Germans Parish Church

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

Summer is drawing to a close as we move into September.  The “hot?” memories of the past months drift from our minds as we move into the time of harvesting the crops and preparing the ground for the winter and next year.  As always some plants have done better than others; our peas failed yet our runner beans are thriving.  Both had the same care with mulch and fertiliser,  both were watered and both were in the same part of the garden.  Maybe it’s time to reconsider what to grow: a different variety or even a different crop -  or maybe just to do it differently.                                                                                                                                           Doing things differently is always a struggle until it becomes the normal way.  This is as true in life as it is in the garden.  You may be aware that as a parish we are looking at doing our services differently and indeed the styles of worship we will use.  All of this is because, just as we like our gardens to flourish,  so also as Christians we wish for God’s kingdom to thrive and grow. 

To do this we need to learn about the things of God.  So this autumn we shall be starting a course called Pilgrim.  It’s a weekly course aimed at helping us reflect upon what we believe.  There will be both a day-time session and an evening session, to enable as many that wish to join to do so.  Please look out for the posters and notices. 

AND.....please remember God is the ultimate gardener;  he wishes for us to flourish, and in our flourishing for the Kingdom of God to grow.


                         Events in the Parish.....


So far this year the Coffee mornings and Soup and Pud lunches in  January, March and May have raised about £750 pounds for Parish Funds. 

The next Coffee morning and Soup and Pud lunch will be on

12th September.

 We are repeating 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 Rosemary S. or David W. 


St Germans Group Parish is hosting a

 Community Breakfast

at the Inn on the Shore, Downderry on

Saturday 3 October at 8.30am.

As we all share in the life of our local community, we want to help identify and work towards answers to our local burning issues, working alongside other organisations and in close collaboration with all those who have concerns. We do not want to preach to you or at you - promise!

 So - we are want to find out what matters to you and we may decide to have those breakfasts on a regular basis - say every couple of months or so - to continue to explore issues, progress, frustrations, and so on.

 You can just turn up on the day but it may be helpful to have an idea of numbers - so, if you want to, let David Watters know on 01503 250 521 - or you can just roll up on the day. The cost of the breakfast will not be excessive - you will pay for what you eat!


St Germans

~   Held in the Arms     ~

Does religion lead to liberty or bigotry?

Tuesday 29th September 2015 in the Eliot Arms, St Germans

Held in the Arms is a discussion about all things spiritual.  We explore questions about life and God in an informal, open and non-prescriptive way over a drink in the pub.  An initial short thought and question gets things going, after which the conversation runs freely.  All are welcome.  There are no 'right' answers, and all are requested to respect and to listen to other peoples' views.

4th October 5pm Choral Evensong followed by Concert with the Valley Voices Choir



18th October 11am St Luke's Patronal Festival with Harvest Eucharist



10th October Harvest Supper in the Parish Hall


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, 

Malcolm Cross, William Trinick and Bob Foulkes.



 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