2013 Annual Parish Report
Vestry and Annual General Meeting - Sunday 28th April
Permanent members of the PCC:
Secretary -Rosemary Stevenson
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Election of Parish Wardens:
Brenda Crago and Andrew Pidgen
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne - also on PCC as Reader
Election of PCC members:
Downderry: Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles
St Germans: June Greaves
Tideford: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps:
Rosemary Stevenson (newly elected)
Services to welcome the new Bishop of St Germans
There will be a service of welcome for the new Bishop Chris Goldsmith in Truro Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 19 May. He will visit our parish for the first time on Sunday 26 May for an 11am Parish Eucharist at St Germans Priory. After the service a Bring and share Lunch will give parishioners the opportunity to meet Bishop Chris.
Revd (soon to be Bishop) Chris Goldsmith (aged 58), studied at York University where he gained a doctorate in Biochemistry and then worked for Shell International for the next 25 years in Kent, Essex, Amsterdam and London – first as a Research Scientist and then in various Human Resources and Change Management roles. He was licensed as a Reader in 1984 and trained part-time for the ordained ministry on the North Thames Ministerial Training Course from 1997 to 2000. He served his curacy at Pitsea with Nevendon, in Chelmsford Diocese from 2000 to 2004. Since 2004 he has been Vicar at Christ Church Warley and Saint Mary the Virgin Great Warley in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Chris Goldsmith is married to Ellen who is also ordained and they have two grown up children. His interests include garden design, walking and the visual arts
As we rush towards summer on the
calendar, spring seems finally to be catching up. New
life is abundant, trees and shrubs showing leaf, plants
developing and of course the lawn now needs constant
attention, as do the weeds. We were delighted this
week to get some vegetable plants in and find a rather jolly
scarecrow to protect them. We shall find out how
effective it is over the next few weeks.
Our church life mirrors creation at this time of year with Ascension Day, May 9th, and later Whit Sunday May 19th. Both of these festivals mark important aspects of our Christian faith. Ascension Day is when we remember Jesus returning to his Father having delivered the world from sin via the cross. He paid with his own perfect life the ransom for our imperfect ones. Whit Sunday is a time of great joy, for on this day we celebrate God’s power coming and living within us to enable us for the life that God has intended for all. Not that we are now faultless - rather that we have a refreshed start and a guide who will not only point the way but also help us travel it. The Holy Spirit is so much more than a scarecrow shooing away evil; rather a constant gardener tending, caring, feeding and training us to produce the fruits of the Christian life.
That is firstly, “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” And secondly, “to love your neighbour as yourself.” Over the next few months look out for notices inviting everyone to share in weekly times of exploration of what it means to be Christian and having the living God as your friend in life.Blessings Rev’d Michael
Tel: 01503 230275 Correspondence to:
The Vicarage, Quay Road, St Germans. PL12 5LY
The St Germans Priory Project
There is not much new to report this month. There has been lots of behind-the-scenes work; getting to meet the team who will help us with our lottery bid, developing the detail of the lease and working up follow-on press articles for several magazines which we hope will go to press over the summer. We have also been talking to all existing users of the building to see how their needs might shape what we do inside the building in the future and looking at how we can make facilities a bit better in the short term. There will be more news next month..
Board of Trustees
Chair- Martin Edwards
Hessenford Church Hall Update No.2 - May 2013
Since the floods in November and December the Hall has been completely disinfected and dried out. The Hall Committee has been working hard with the insurers to get quotes for the repairs and for the replacement of items that were destroyed. A work plan is being put together to manage the repairs so that the Hall can open again as soon as possible. Flood proofing the Hall against future flooding is important and this is likely to be the first bit of external work that you see. In tandem with this the walls will be stabilised and replastered where necessary and a new, fully insulated, floor laid throughout. A free standing kitchen will be installed and all of the appliances will be at table top level in case the water gets in again! The support and patience of everyone who normally uses the Hall regularly is greatly appreciated while we try and get this work completed. Thereafter we will turn our attention to resolving the long standing problem with the adjoining gully and will attempt to make the loos a much more pleasant experience.
At some stage we are going to need to call on your time and talent to help us with ‘finishing off’ inside- a bit of decorating, making new curtains and cushions etc and then helping with a grand opening. If you are able to help on the committee for a period (running the booking system, helping with the accounts, overseeing repairs and ‘caretaker’ duties) please let us know on 241008. None of the jobs are arduous and if shared around the village are not a big burden.
Thank you all for your patience and support
The Hessenford Hall Committee
THE FOOD BANK
continues to need our support! Please try to bring at least one tin each time you attend worship - in whatever church in the Parish! Those who need the Food Bank are more in need of our support than ever!
Tinned Meat, Tinned Fish, Long Life Milk, Fruit Juice,Sugar (small bags), Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned Vegetables.
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:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
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.
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire