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?