The Hera

On the night of the 31 January-1 February 1914, the “Hera” was wrecked on the outer stones of Gull Rock just off Nare Head in Veryan Parish.
Only five of the crew of 24 survived. Fifteen bodies were eventually recovered and are buried in the churchyard of St Symphorian’s Church, Veryan. The Captain, whose body was sent back to Germany for burial, and the three men whose bodies were never found are commemorated on the memorial stone that marks what is reputed to be the longest marked grave in the country.
Hera at sea
The Hera at Sea

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.

The Hera

Some photo’s relating to the Hera can be seen by clicking on the link below:

The Hera Photos

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.

Today the Hera lies well broken up and scattered on a rock and sandy bottom in about fifty feet of water. It is a very pretty dive with most of the metal spars and plating covered in beautiful plumose anemones. There is plenty here to see and lots of fish life especially large Pollack and a rather large orange coloured starfish.
On 16 March 2014 a commemorative plaque was placed on the wreck.



Remembering the Fallen 1914-1918

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,] if you wish a relative to be remembered or if you have any material you wish to contribute.

WW1 Leaflet

Visiting Us

Veryan Map
Veryan Map
Our Church can be found in the centre of the village. It is normally open every day during daylight hours. There is level access to the church and as well as a small (un-paved) car park, there is also on street parking. Refreshments are usually available in the church after Parish Eucharist services.
Although there are no toilet facilities in the church, there are public toilets opposite the church entrance, next to the Holy Well.
In the village, there is also a pub, The New Inn
new inn
a shop, Veryan and Portloe Stores
Veryan stores
and a primary school
Veryan School
Down the hill from the church is the village hall which hosts community events throughout the year. It is the home venue for our local amateur dramatic group Veryan Players

What’s On January 2016

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


at Gerrans, 7.30 pm


All welcome – Members free, visitors £2.50

More information: 01872 58054



Regular Events


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

committee room

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 noon

ZUMBA Class Wednesdays Veryan Parish Hall 7.30 pm  [07739 468142]

January 2016 Church Services



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


Who’s Who

Priest In Charge

Rev Philip Greenhalgh

The Haven, Veryan Green, TR2 5QE

01872 501950



Mr David Elliott

Boswague, Tregony

[01872 501230]


Mr Robin Rundle

Trevarthen Cottage

Veryan Green

[01872 500950]

Hon. Secretary

Mrs Sarah Rundle

Trevarthen Cottage

Veryan Green]

[01872 500950]


Mrs Helen Robins

[01872 501458]

Envelope Treasurer

Mrs Marilyn Veness

[01872 501704]

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