September News 2016

Our recent PCC meeting was held in school, as the hall had already
been booked; we had not realised how small the chairs would be! It
certainly concentrated the minds and the meeting was shorter than
usual… But we were grateful for the room [it was ringing practice
night, too , so we couldn’t have used the church!]
Canon Ken, our Rural Dean, came along to explain the initial process
necessary in the selection of a new priest.
As we are currently ‘in suspension’ [that means we have no parish priest] the meeting had to appoint a Lay Chairman [someone who isn’t a priest]. Christine Edwards is now the PCC’s chairman for the next year with David
Elliott as vice-chairman.
The matter of winter services was discussed, especially the early service at Veryan once a month [on the 4th Sunday, 8.30 am].
The average congregation at this service is modest in number, and
the PCC will be looking at the possibility of rescheduling it: regular worshippers’ comments are sought.
The Quinquennial Report has been received  and the churchwardens
will prioritise works required to be done.
We were sorry to learn that Robin Hart no longer finds it possible to
play for 11 am services on a regular basis. Doreen Freeman has
agreed to play on first and third Sundays, but on some Sundays it
can be difficult to find a willing organist; if any of our readers
would like to volunteer, for organ or piano, the churchwardens
would love to hear from you!

August News 2016

Thank You! To everyone who helped to make Veryan’s church fête such a successful and happy day.
From setting up to tidying up, so many people were involved – producing items for the stalls, selling, providing cream teas, moving furniture, dealing with unsold items – all with great good humour.
And the result – at the time of writing (the day after the event!) we hear that we exceeded £1600 – a wonderful result. Photos can be seen in this month’s Parish Magazine and by clicking on 2016 Church Fete


Church Services July

Sunday 3 July Trinity 6
11 am Eucharist Rev’d Martyn Pinnock

Sunday 10 July Trinity 7
11 am Eucharist Rev’d Jill Edwards

Sunday 17 July Trinity 8
11 am Eucharist Rev’d Anne Shaw

Sunday 24 July Trinity 9
8.30 am Holy Communion
11 am Mattins
Ven. Bill Stuart-White

Sunday 31 July Trinity 10
11 am Eucharist Canon Ken Boullier

July 2016 News

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.

News June 2016

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 [501256], Helen [501458] and Christine [501727] 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
Margaret [501256].
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 [500950] – 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!

News May 2016

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.

Beating The Bounds 2016


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 [] or contact Barry Pound [501741] or by email on or Christine Edwards [501727] or by email on


News April 2016


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.


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]