Originally the Richard Wagner, the 1994 ton Hera was owned by Rhederei Aktien of Hamburg. On that February night the Hera was 91 days out of Pisaqua loaded with Chilien nitrates, and closing the Lizard. The weather was rough with a gale blowing, and Captain Lorentz was unsure as to his exact position. He thought to sail slowly into Falmouth bay and pick up the flash of either St. Anthony’s light or the Lizard. As dusk fell the weather steadily worsened and as the hours passed they still saw no shore lights. At about midnight the second mate reported land ahead. Captain Lorentz ordered the Hera put about, but the ship was slow to answer the helm and seconds later the Hera was impaled on Gull Rock.
You can read more about the Hera and the events of the night of 31 January/1 February 1914 by clicking on the link below. There is also a booklet available to be purchased in the church.
Some photo’s relating to the Hera can be seen by clicking on the link below:
The Centenary Weekend 1-2 February 2014
On the weekend of 1-2 February 2014 the loss of the Hera and her crew, and also the part played by those involved in the rescue was commemorated in Veryan Church with a Requiem Mass and the re-dedication of the grave. On Saturday 1st February there was an exhibition of artefacts, photos and reports which was opened by Bishop Chris Goldsmith (Bishop of St Germans) & Revd Steven Wild (Chairman of Cornwall Methodist District). One of the most amazing events in that memorable ’Hera’ weekend was the visit by Mrs Kathleen Benney (neé Frost) who was the baby in her mother’s arms in the photograph taken in 1914 at the graveside. Mrs Benney came to see the display in the church and was photographed, appropriately, beside her own infant image. That evening there was an evening of song and story to commemorate and remember, with Du Hag Owr, Philleigh Shout, Trounce Guy and Charles Fox.
The Requiem Mass took place on Sunday 2 February at 11 am with Revd Jon Robertshaw preaching and the re-dedication of the memorials by Canon Doug, Ven Roger Bush (Dean of Truro Cathedral) and Revd Mark Dunn-Wilson took place at 3 pm that afternoon with the German Honorary Consul (Plymouth) Mrs Angela Spatz in attendance.
Photos of the weekend can be seen here: Hera Commemoration Weekend 2014
The Wreck Today
In 1959, a group of divers explored the wreck having been taken to the site in the fishing boat of Les Johns and William Arthur Blamey. Among the items recovered were some of the ship’s portholes. A group of divers from the sub-aqua club of RAF St Mawgan began to investigate the wreck in 1970. After many dives they located the wreck and brought up a number of artefacts including links of chain, pulley blocks and lumps of coal stamped with a crown and “Cardiff”. some of these items, along with photographs, were presented to the then landlord of the “New Inn” Veryan for permanent display in the bar. Since the early dives, the wreck has been visited several times with more artifacts recovered.
Over the next few years we will be remembering those who died in the First World War. Each person will be remembered in our main Sunday service on the Sunday following the centenary of his or her death.
We have some information about those whose names are recorded on our War Memorials but if anyone has personal details and/or photographs we would like to have access to them. We are very conscious of the fact that many people who now live in our parishes may have relatives who died in the War but whose names are not included on our local memorials. Anyone who is in this position is invited to let us have details of their fallen relative(s).
It is hoped to mount an exhibition some time over the next four years. It would be good to include stories of what impact the War, especially the death or injury of a family member, had on families. Any personal effects will be treated with respect and returned after being copied and catalogued, unless you especially ask for them to be retained on a permanent basis. Please contact Fr Doug [01872 501618] or the Parish Magazineeditor [01872 501727, email@example.com] if you wish a relative to be remembered or if you have any material you wish to contribute.
Monday 1st February SOUP LUNCH, Portloe 12:30PM
Wednesday 3rd February Alegria CONCERT IN Veryan church 7.30 pm
Monday 4th SOUP LUNCH Portloe from 12.30 pm
Tuesday 5th VERYAN W I meeting in Parish Hall, 7 pm
WATER AID – Barrie Galley, All welcome
F0r more information contact 01872 501673
Wednesday 13th OLD CORNWALL SOCIETY
at Gerrans, 7.30 pm
CORNISH AIRFIELDS—John Gould
All welcome – Members free, visitors £2.50
More information: 01872 58054
All Stars for ages 7-12 in Veryan School 5-6.30 pm [contact school for
Brownies meet in term time, Veryan Parish Hall 6.15-7.30pm
Meditation Group Third Thursday in the month 2.30 pm
01872 501650 or 01872 501565 for details
Parish Council meets on third Monday, 7.30 pm, Veryan Parish Hall
Pre-School at Sports and Social club, Veryan, Mondays
11.15am-3 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.15am-1.15 pm
Ringing Practice at Veryan 4th Tuesday most months, but contact
01872 501203 for up-to-date information
Roseland Youth Group Social Club Tuesdays 7-9.30 pm for ages 10-14
School Open Assembly Fridays at 9.15 am in church
Whist Drive Every Friday Veryan Parish Hall 7.30 pm
Yoga every Tuesday Veryan Parish Hall 10.am-12 noon
ZUMBA Class Wednesdays Veryan Parish Hall 7.30 pm [07739 468142]
CHURCH SERVICES FOR JANUARY
Sunday 3 January EPIPHANY
11 am Eucharist
Sunday 10 January Baptism of Christ
11 am Eucharist
Sunday 17 January Epiphany 2
11 am Eucharist
Sunday 24 January Epiphany 3
8.30 am Holy Communion
11 am MATTINS
Sunday 31 January CANDLEMAS
11 am Eucharist
Priest In Charge
Rev Philip Greenhalgh
The Haven, Veryan Green, TR2 5QE
Mr David Elliott
Mr Robin Rundle
Mrs Sarah Rundle
Mrs Helen Robins
Mrs Marilyn Veness