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May Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
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 Saturday9 20th June 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

Spring is fast changing into summer as the seasons change.  I miss the passing of primroses and daffodils.  Summer planting is now a must with the wise gardener already looking towards autumn.  May I cry 'pause'; let us look at what there is about:  all the last signs of spring;  and rejoice in those things and the others now gone but still remembered.  Change comes upon us so fast that it is difficult to remember the joys of last month.                      

Later this month,  17th May we shall be having a shortened 9.30am Service at Downderry following  which after coffee, we shall be pausing to look at what we are doing as a church.  This is an important time for us to pause, remember and then plan for the future.  We have already relaunched “Messy Church” with the help of our Methodist friends in St Germans.  There may be other things that you would like to see happen, styles of worship, midweek evening meetings or ?  Please pray about our Christian life within the parish and how best we can serve God in our expression of it.  Serving God is not just about praying and doing although those are important;  it is also about giving our financial resources.  I was chatting to someone last week who asked about this matter.  I replied that the Bible talks about giving as 10%, a tithe, of what you earn.  It’s a good place to start, to reflect on how much we can give.  You may wish to give 10% of your disposable income after essentials have been paid. 

All I ask is that you do pray and think about these things - all these things mentioned above.


Blessings Rev'dMichael                                                                                                                               


So far this year the Coffee mornings and Soup and Pud lunches in  January, March and May have raised about £500 pounds for Parish Funds.  The next Coffee morning and lunch will be on 11th July.

 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