We’ve had an impressive number of visitors this summer, some as usual
looking for graves of former family members, others visiting the ‘Hera’
grave, but recently we have had several enquiries about ‘Mr Trist’: why, we
wondered? We suggested the mausoleum behind the tower: no, not that one; the memorials close to the altar for Jeremiah and Samuel;
no, not that one; and eventually asking why people were suddenly keen on
this former vicar’s family, we learnt that there was a published ‘treasure trail’ which included a question about Samuel Pendarves Trist, the one who restored the well in 1913; ‘oh’, they all said, ‘we didn’t have to go into the church at all then’…
However, look at Veryan’s visitors’ book to restore your faith: ‘lovely to have a church that is open’, ‘thank you for a lovely service’, ‘a lovely and peaceful spot for quiet contemplation’. Many of our visitors live in busy
and noisy towns and the quietness of our countryside, our churchyard and
our church is clearly very special. We thank them for visiting us, and are glad to provide a quiet haven for them all.
We are very grateful to our churchwarden David for taking the service on 16
September when Philip was on holiday: he threatened us with a 40-minute sermon which thankfully he ‘hadn’t had time to prepare’!
More seriously, we have had notification from our electricity supplier that the cost of heating will increase dramatically this year, to the level where we will not be able to afford to pay. Weekly collections help but are nowhere near the amount we need. Options so far suggested include not using the storage heaters [with what effect on the church fabric? – but the
building has stood for centuries without any heating at all], using under-pew heaters only in a few seats and all sitting together rather than scattered
around the church; and charging other users for the power they use. And we
need to be much more aware about turning off lights, power, and closing
doors! And why not simply put on another jumper?
From the Editor…
Well, nobody has volunteered to take on ‘Parish News’ in any format, so this is the penultimate issue .
It has been fun to edit the magazine for what I was surprised to discover has been fifteen years.
In February 2003 Graham Salmon asked me to share the editing after Mike Lane retired. When Graham also retired Brian Perman for a short while shared the editing, and he developed the magazine from a modest
A5 booklet to the present 16-page A4 format with illustrations.
More recently I have been the only editor, and with Paul Robins’ help the magazine now appears in full colour on our church websites as well as in ‘hard copy’ for local distribution and posting ‘out of parish’.
I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our contributors, regular and occasional, our ‘church’ reporters, organisers of local events, and our school, for providing varied and interesting articles and reports over so many years. It all takes time and commitment and a strict adherence to
deadlines and I am deeply grateful to you all. And of course our loyal advertisers have supported the publication of the ‘News’ for many years.
So what next?
In the past year we have issued in alternate months a brief ‘newsletter’ with brief notices and information about events and activities in our churches and parishes. And we would like to continue this in 2019 with an issue each
month, BUT chiefly as an emailed or online version. Our delivery team’s average age is well over ‘retirement’ and a few would like to retire. Given that many of us have access to email, all we need is your email address and an agreement to receive the newsletter in electronic format.
Please email me [firstname.lastname@example.org] to say ’please email me the benefice newsletter in 2019’ with your name and email address and I’ll make sure it arrives in your in box!
For those without computer access, a few copies will be printed and left in our churches for you to collect. There will be no copies delivered or posted.
This new format will allow the newsletter to be flexible in size and content – and of course it will be free both by email and on the church websites. Yolande will help with the editing – a [fairly] willing volunteer!
And finally, thank you to you, our readers, for your
loyalty and support over the years.
The August magazine went to press too early for pictures and details of the fete to be included, but nevertheless huge thanks to everyone who planned,
prepared, produced, presided and patronised the afternoon’s activities – it’s
our major fund-raising event of the year, but it’s also a good opportunity for all of us to chat to friends old and new, for newcomers to the parish to find out who we are, and for visitors to experience a traditional summer fete – not forgetting the cream teas
Thank you too to Trounce for performing the formal opening [how ‘cool’ is that, to be known to so many simply by your first name – one of our local ’celebs’ of course!]
Please, please note that the Diocesan regulations do NOT permit artificial
flowers, ornaments or solar or other lights on graves; we don’t want to upset families but these items should be removed, please.
Our PCC AGM was held after the service on Sunday 29 April; it’s always a brief meeting, to report that the church fabric is in good order, that the inventory of church property and possessions is up to date, and to receive a report on the church finances for the previous year.
The vestry meeting which follows appoints officers: We are deeply grateful to Malcolm Craven who has volunteered (well done!) to take over as PCC secretary, while Sarah Rundle, our former secretary, is now our treasurer. Huge thanks to Helen Robins for steering us through the previous few
years with such efficiency. While we are expected to appoint two churchwardens this is entirely dependent on
someone being willing to take on the role, which has becoming more and more demanding in recent years. We are so grateful that David Elliott has agreed to continue in the role, but we do ask anyone who might be willing to help to let Philip know!
Veryan church fete will be held on 21 July this year – a week before the
school breaks up for summer holidays. Please contact Ann or Margaret if you can help – we have only a few able to organise and run the event this year, and need your support.
Books! If you would be willing to take on the task of selling books, before the fete if that’s easier, we have a goodly accumulation of very
high quality books which have been donated to the church for
fundraising. Some are in mint condition, some are collectors’ items – contact Christine for more information.
New editor needed!
After many years the editor has reluctantly decided for a number of reasons that this year will be her last as editor of ‘Parish News’ – your last magazine in this format may well be December’s issue. Anyone who would like to
take on the rôle would have a free hand in the size, design and content – from the current A4 ‘newsletter’ to something a bit more ambitious.
Call Christine if you’re interested: ’desk-top publishing’ can be fun!
Annual Parish Meeting 7 pm
Wednesday 11 April in church.
Followed by a brief PCC meeting to elect officers.
All are welcome to become PCC members:
Contact Sarah or Philip for Application forms.
WANTED! PCC SECRETARY
Veryan needs someone to take over from Sarah as secretary of
the PCC (she is expecting to take on the role of treasurer
PLEASE, if you would like to help, contact Sarah for a chat –
And it would be good if someone would also volunteer to run the
‘100 Club’ – it’s a useful addition to our income, it doesn’t involve
a lot of work but needs to be revived. Contact Sarah if you
can help .
Contributions from parishes towards Diocesan costs was discussed at a recent Deanery meeting. The Diocese of Truro, like all other Anglican Dioceses, provides certain services for its parishes [these include legal and
financial support and advice, training and support for parish priests, management of clergy houses and glebe land etc].
Unlike many other Dioceses, Truro, as a new creation in 1877,
has no ancient endowments, land or investments, and is largely dependent
on contributions from individual parishes to provide the funding to run the Diocesan office and its obligations. Currently the income from parishes
is not enough to maintain the Diocese which is having to dip into its modest reserves to balance the budget. Recent arrangements have allowed
parishes to make an offer that they feel they can afford, so that in theory richer parishes can support those which are less welloff. The Diocese suggests that this is not working and is asking for a cost-based system whereby each parish pays the full amount of its ministry and other support costs. Our cluster clergy have responded to this:
•reminding the Diocese of the many hours of volunteer time in parishes which seem not to be acknowledged by the Diocese as ‘in kind’ support, worth, in money terms, a very considerable amount. This of course includes
the chairmen and members of numerous Diocesan committees who give their time and expertise freely.
•The cost of ministry is known but we have no idea of the overall cost
of Diocesan staff salaries and other costs.
•Many active members of congregations are pensioners who should
not be expected to bridge the gap in the Diocesan pensions fund.
•If it isn’t good practice for the Diocese to meet the shortfall out
of its reserves, it is equally unfair to expect parishes to do so.
•Given that parishes have to work hard to generate income, maybe
the Diocese could organise a few fund raising activities of its own?
Welcome to Veryan in April to yet more far-flung members of Philip Clear’s
family – our brave Napoleonic soldier has relations all over the world,
it seems: Ann Waugh and her husband are from Brisbane, Australia, and
hope to be with us around 14-16 April.
Family ties are still close for many people: you have only to look at the visitors’ book to see how many note ‘looking for family graves’
or ‘our great-great-greatgrandparents came from here’ The new visitors’
book has a space for email contact, so we may be able to maintain the connection even after our visitors have gone home, maybe with a
brief newsletter update on church and parish events –
Veryan Churchyard Guidance
The PCC has put together a guidance leaflet for memorials/flowers in the churchyard. It can be read here.
Christmas seems a long time ago now – nevertheless many if belated thanks to everyone who in any way helped to make our services so memorable – and the church so beautiful.
Services for Lent this year will take the form of a brief meditation followed by traditional Compline on Sunday evenings at 6 pm. If you’re not familiar
with Compline but love the Prayer Book, this is worth experiencing:
a contemplative and gentle service to end the day. Early service of Holy Communion is once again being held on the fourth Sunday (the Sundays
when we have Matins) at 8.30 am. This is by special request of those regular ‘early birds’ who prefer this service, or who can’t always make the 11
Churchyard gates at the Sentry Lane end of the churchyard have become increasingly difficult to open and close, and we are replacing them, but need
your help to pay the bill! Please encourage others to make a contribution, however modest – we will all be so pleased to be able to come and
go without struggling to operate the gates !
Thank you to Marion and Doug for agreeing to take some services: this will allow Philip to spend a bit of time after services at Ruan and Portloe without having to rush away to reach Veryan in time for 11 am.
Thank you too to Luke for dealing with the fallen tree which fell in one of
the recent gales and blocked the steps.
Weddings at Veryan seem to be on the increase: we have five booked this year. The PCC is hoping to produce a leaflet with contact names and numbers to help brides to plan their big day – all kinds of things have
to be thought about: flowers, organists, bells, choir, hymns, music for processions, photogaphers, licences for ‘public performance’ of copyright
music or poetry, banns or licence or Registrar’s certificate? The Diocesan website has lots of information (including ’suggested hymns’, the first of which is ‘All things bright and beautiful’ which may explain why it is sung at so many weddings!)
Guidelines for the churchyard are also a possibility (see page 4 of this month’s Parish Magazine for the reason)
It’s been a busy year for us – events, fund-raising, special services, and still Christmas to come!
Some of us ‘beat the bounds’ in May, this year in gloriously fine weather, raising over £200 for the Historic Churches Trust. It stood us in good stead later in the year when the Trust awarded us a £3000 grant towards the
restoration of the tower needed when the storm-damaged clock face was replaced.
Cream teas at Crugsillack (masterminded and baked entirely by Jill ) brought in an amazing amount, as did the fete in July.
August saw a visit from the Cornwall Organists’ Association when we heard how glorious an instrument we have when played by an expert.
October brought us – at last – a new parish priest, and we were so pleased to welcome Philip and Valerie in a well attended service that was formal, but also enjoyable and fun. Nearly twenty organisations from our two parishes were represented and were able to meet and chat at supper afterwards.
Remembrance is an important time in our year, with many local families represented on our parish memorials. Veryan school’s act of remembrance
was solemn, beautifully presented, and well attended, while our joint benefice service on Remembrance Sunday involved representatives
from all three of our churches – many thanks to our readers, our ringers, our churchwardens, and especially to young Dominic who, proudly wearing
his great-grandfather’s medals, read faultlessly his part of the Exhortation.
Next year, on Sunday 11 November, we will mark the centenary of the Armistice at the end of ’the war to end all wars’.
Christmas events begin early this year:our carol service is on 10th December supported by the Roseland Churches Choir. Friday 15th sees a ’Mediaeval Christmas’ concert with friends of our friend the world renowned lutenist
Ben Salfield, and after a service of Mattins at 11 am on Christmas Eve we have our traditional Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm.
On Christmas Day there will be an 11 am Eucharist. Please come and join us for this most important festival. Please spare a thought and a prayer this Christmas for those in our community and congregation who have lost loved ones this year.
Our churchwardens and PCC send greetings to you all, and hope for a peaceful 2018.
Welcome! to Rev’d Philip Greenhalgh and his wife, Valerie, who have moved into the newly acquired priest’s house in Veryan Green (now
renamed ‘The Haven’ ). We hope that they will be very happy here: we are delighted that they have accepted the Bishop’s invitation. ‘House for
Duty’ means that Philip will not be expected to work full time –
Sunday services and a couple of week-days is the usual arrangement.
Huge thanks to Jill Jobson who single-handedly raised nearly £400 helping at the ‘Open Garden’ day at Crugsillack – two days of baking buns really paid off – a wonderful effort!
Books for sale We have been given about 30 books from the late Neville Quinney’s library to sell for church funds. They are nearly all ‘as new’ , a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, paperback and hardback, and
worth much more than the usual ‘£1 for a hard back, 20p for a
paperback’ which we promote at the church fete. A list is being
compiled – contact Christine  or by email
email@example.com for a copy. All proceeds will go
towards the extra work on the clock [see page 5!] and many of
us would surely like a memento of a good friend.
PCC meeting : a reminder to PCC members that we meet next on Wednesday 11th October at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall committee
room. Please come with ideas for fundraising events – heating will soon be needed in church and we have been warned that the ‘rainwater goods’ need attention as does the roof…
And if anyone not on the PCC has a brainwave, don’t be shy!
Music stand? Our music stand has disappeared; if anyone knows of its whereabouts we would be grateful: otherwise, if anyone has one superfluous to requirements the church would be happy to give it a
Baptism of three siblings took place at Veryan on 17 September: the children of James and Sophia Huxtable were christened by Fr Doug in a lovely and moving service: Isabella Sophia, Harry James Keith,
and Ines Lily Sophia all behaved impeccably .Many of us will remember Keith Symons and Alyn Wasley and it was good to be able welcome some of their family back to Veryan. Fr Doug commented that he could not remember three siblings being baptised on the same day .
New priest appointed!
We are delighted that a new priest has been appointed to look
after our benefice and we look forward to welcoming the Rev’d
Philip Greenhalgh and his wife Valerie sometime in September.
The formal licensing of Philip as house-for-duty priest will be on
2 October: more details of the service will be available in the
September newsletter and on our church websites. Meanwhile it’s
a date for your diaries!
An eagle-eyed member of your PCC has noticed in some ‘junkmail’
catalogues ‘solar-powered memorials’ described as being ‘suitable for graveyards’.
PLEASE don’t be tempted!
There are quite strict rules for what can be placed on graves in
the burial grounds of parish churches; solar-powered angel
images are NOT allowed! Nor is any kind of lighting, any toys
or photographs, and the rules don’t allow for plastic or silk
flowers: poppy wreaths are excepted, however. Containers for
fresh flowers, which so enhance the beauty of the churchyard,
must be safely fixed and out of the way of grass-cutting tools.
We are hoping to provide a ‘user-friendly’ (and considerably
shorter!) version of the Diocesan regulations in due course which we hope will help everyone to maintain the beauty and peacefulness of the churchyard for all of us.
Our meeting last month dealt with arrangements for various social and fund-raising events – the fete, of course, the visit by Cornwall Organists’ Association, and a possible ‘cream teas’ at Crugsillack if the gardens
are opened to the public at the end of this month. And there will also be a supper after Philip’s licensing on 2 October.
We are all too aware that these activities, most of which are essential for generating income to keep our church open and in good order, do occupy a good deal of the time of a few dedicated souls – even if you’re not a regular churchgoer, please volunteer to help out – there’s fun and
friendship as well as the washing- up!
We are so pleased that the ‘missing’ face of the church clock should have been replaced by the time you read this. It has taken many months to arrange, but the insurance company [Ecclesiastical] has been very cooperative and helpful, and with their contribution and the many donations we have received not only is the clock restored but the
stonework and fixings have also been repaired.
Repairs in church
We’ve arranged to have the uneven and dangerous area of flooring at the east end of the north aisle professionally repaired.
This was highlighted in the quinquennial inspection as an ‘essential’ item, and this should be completed by early August.