What an amazing service for Fr Doug’s last Sunday as our parish priest: many, many thanks indeed from the churchwardens to everyone who helped in any way to make the event run so smoothly – including those
young choir members who removed the playground gate for us with such ease!
As ever, it’s not only the preparation and ‘tending on’ on the day, but the tedious clearing up afterwards when everybody else has gone home, so special thanks to those stalwarts who stayed on to tidy up.
We are grateful to Fr Doug for arranging priestly ‘cover’ for
us until late September, and to all the priests and readers,
local and visiting, who are now taking services. Please
come and support them and make them welcome.
Our visitors’ book as usual contains the names of many overseas visitors, some from Germany to see the ‘Hera’ grave, others with family connections. We’ve already mentioned some Australian connections
of Philip Clear, our ‘Waterloo’ soldier, and more recently we noticed some
Trists, also from Australia. Sadly, probably because of security issues, people rarely leave an address or email contact:
it would be good to keep in touch.
On Sunday 5th June a Cluster service was held at Veryan Church. The Mass was sung by a visiting choir, The Charpentier Consort. The service also marked the retirement of Father Doug as Priest in Charge of Veryan and Ruanlanihorne. The full service can be seen by clicking on the link below.
Photos from the service can be seen here:
Canon Doug’s Retirement Service
June is the month when we ask our readers to rally their friends and family to find lots of goodies for the church fête in July, and to keep the date free!
Contacts for all the stalls will be in our July issue. This is our major fund-raising event for the year, so we are grateful for whatever support you can
give. Organisers Margaret , Helen  and Christine  will be happy to advise!
We’ve also been invited to provide teas at the ‘Open Gardens’ day at Crugsillack on 17 July: if you can spare a few hours to help, please contact
And even more help needed, please! The very successful series of concerts arranged for our church by Ben Salfield, and featuring internationally
known musicians, continue this year in July, September
and December. Until now Fr Doug has been responsible for much of the arrangements [tickets, promotion, hosting on the night] but he
will not be around for the remaining concerts this year.
If you would be happy to help with one or more of the concerts
– dealing with bookings for tickets, or distributing posters,
or sorting out wine and glasses beforehand, helping on
the night with refreshments, tidying up, etc., please contact
our PCC secretary Sarah  – you don’t have to
do it all! It makes life so much easier if we have a good
team to organise and run the events.
And the next Veryan International Series’
concert on 29 July promises to be something
‘completely different’! It would be good if someone
could promote this and sell tickets at the fête!
At the recent annual meeting the two churchwardens were unanimously
re-elected, as were the sidesmen. It would be so good if we could encourage a few more to volunteer to help at services – it isn’t a complicated task, but it does mean that preparation for, and just as importantly, clearing up after, services can be shared among more than a very few loyal helpers! Do have a word with David or Robin if you would like to help occasionally (the more there are, the less often your name appears on the rota!)
And it’s the same with readers – for all kinds of reasons we have a much shorter list than we had a few years ago – do have a word with Christine if you would like to ‘have a go’.
The storm damage to the clock is currently being investigated by our insurers, but associated repairs not caused by the storm may require even more expense.
Easter services were lovely, well attended and the flowers and Easter garden much admired by parishioners and visitors, who appreciated the many hours of work needed to achieve such glorious displays.
We have been invited to provide teas at Crugsillack when the garden opens to the public on 17 July, with proceeds going to the church – if you can help please contact one of the churchwardens.
All the way from Galicia in Spain, we are delighted to present the international award-winning guitar virtuoso Pablo Rodriguez, performing Spanish music from composers including Narváez , Tárrega and de Falla.
Pablo Rodriguez @ Veryan
Clips from his performances worldwide can be seen below:
BEATING THE BOUNDS
Sunday 1 May 2016 – Rogation Sunday
After last year’s very successful ‘beating the bounds’ of Veryan parish we’re going to do it again this year. The younger [and fitter] walkers and runners will tackle the whole route, but most of us will probably opt for the second stage of the walk we began last May.
Last year a goodly group walked from Pendower to Beruppa, along the boundary between Veryan and Ruan. This year we start at Beruppa and walk to Hay Barton [it’s around 3-4 miles, mostly off-road].
Beating The Bounds 2016
Dedicated walkers and runners leave West Portholland at 8 am [walkers] or 9 am [runners].
Everybody else will leave Beruppa at 11.30 am after a short service led by Fr Doug [cars can be left here]
The route will be clearly marked and maps will be provided. We aim to reach Hay Barton at around 1 pm for lunch [we’re still working on this but refreshments may be available ]
Cars will take drivers back to Beruppa, or make your own arrangements if you want to carry on walking [Hay to West Portholland is around 5 miles].
There will be a barbecue at Pengelly Farm, West Portholland, from around 5 pm.
There’s no charge, and we hope that lots of you will want to join in. We hope to raise some funds to help the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, which has provided substantial grants recently to make possible the restoration of the windows at both Veryan and Ruan churches, and to enable Veryan to install the new heating system. The Trust relies mainly on local fundraising for its income, and we feel that it’s time to say thank you by giving something back.
More information and maps will be available nearer the date: you can check the Veryan church website [www.veryanchurch.org.uk] or contact Barry Pound  or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Edwards  or by email on email@example.com
What a lovely surprise a few Sundays ago to find bunches of flowers and pots of daffodils outside the church porch, with a note saying that they had been provided by ‘CHAOS’. Few of us knew what this organisation was: it was set up in our neighbourhood to help the disadvantaged in society in many practical ways. ‘Random acts of kindness’ include the distribution of supermarket goods donated to the charity close to their sell-by date: hence the gifts of flowers. Recipients are asked in return to do something for someone else, so passing on the ‘kindnesses’. The ‘chaos theory’ is the one that says that if a butterfly flaps its tiny wings somewhere on the planet, some time later somewhere else a chain reaction will cause something interesting to happen… We hope to feature the work of CHAOS in a future issue.
THE CHURCH CLOCK
has temporarily lost one of its faces: the huge gale in early March took the whole of the face from the north side of the church, fortunately causing no real damage to people or to the building, but requiring a major repair. Our insurers have been informed, and we await its restoration. Meanwhile many thanks to David Truscott for dealing so competently with the situation.
The ANNUAL PAROCHIAL MEETING will be held in church at 7pm on Wednesday 13 April, followed by a PCC meeting. If you are not on the Electoral Roll but would like to be , contact Sarah Rundle [01872 500950]
Every parish has recently received two letters from Bishop Tim which were to be read out in our churches at the beginning of Lent. One asks us to care for our environment by thinking about what sources of energy we currently use and trying to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’, at home and in church. He suggests a ‘carbon audit’ – we can measure what we use, even if it’s only reading the electricity meter regularly, looking at our car mileage, and trying to reduce them. Christian Aid is also campaigning to get churches and congregations to switch to renewable energy – there’s a helpful website: www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk
The second letter suggests that we all talk about our faith, and tell other people our ‘stories of faith, love and hope’ in order to ‘grow the church’….
Our PCCs are considering how much we can afford to give towards the overall expenditure of the Diocese: these include costs of clergy, clergy houses, training, all the legal and financial advice available from Church House, and a contribution towards the cost of the archdeacons. Previously the calculation was based on a formula which should have meant that richer parishes helped those less able to contribute (except that not every parish paid its quota in full); now the suggestion is that each parish should be assessed on what its own actual costs are. As Veryan’s treasurer points out, “our income is largely unpredictable, and depends on several key items: how many extra services are held in the Church (marriages and funerals principally), how much is donated through collections and additional fund raising. The latter consists mainly of the parish magazine, booklets and guidebooks, the annual fete and 100 Club, all of which remain profitable, but which are small in the context of the Diocesan requirements. In addition, we can reasonably expect costly repairs to the Church building in the short to medium term. As we have asked our parishioners to help raise significant sums of money over the last 5 years for new windows and heating, it would be difficult to ask for more. Therefore, we need to keep some reserves for this.”
Your PCCs have some serious thinking to do!
We are very grateful to our visiting priests who have taken services during Fr Doug’s absence in January: Revd Anne Shaw, Canon Ken Boullier, our Rural Dean, and the Revd Martyn Pinnock. Thanks too to Joyce for doing ‘double duty’ at the organ! Our Christmas services seem a long time ago now, but huge thanks to our wonderful team of flower arrangers who transformed our church once again: and to everyone who made the whole festive season so special. The comments after the carol service were very much appreciated by members of the Roseland Churches’ Choir who supported the congregational singing and sang three ‘choir pieces’ . It is a lovely church to sing in, and Martin Davies did us proud on the organ.
Bishop Tim’s two visits to our benefice were greatly appreciated; he managed to squeeze an amazing amount into the time available.
Bishop Tim spent most of the day in the parish on Friday 4 December . He visited the school and celebrated communion with members of the congregation who are unable to attend church on Sundays. He was delighted to find that he had an ‘ecclesiastical’ connection with Bill Hunkin!
In the Evening Father Doug demonstrated his wonderful culinary skills. He had invited all members of the PCCs to meet Bishop Tim at Portloe for supper.
While Fr Doug was preparing the food the churchwardens were able to talk to Bishop Tim informally about the future.
It was reassuring to find how approachable Bishop Tim is and how supportive he will be when Fr Doug retires. He expressed his confidence for the Roseland Cluster, he listened carefully to our concerns about dwindling numbers in the congregation and an ageing PCC, and how we shall miss Fr Doug’s leadership.
Bishop Tim responded with sincerity and warmth. He felt that the future must lie in all the Roseland cluster parishes being flexible and able to respond to change. This might include the provision of a broad base of clergy, both ecumenical and non-stipendiary, presiding at our services.
There might also be opportunities for ‘job-sharing’ between PCCs, thus reducing the workload. Reassuringly, Bishop Tim does not want churches to close but saw working together as a way forward for us all.
It was late in the evening before Bishop Tim left, having heard and exchanged many tales including the prowess of one of our number who had swum the Channel