Monthly Happenings


Lunch at ‘Cloisters’


On Tuesday 28th January a group of thirty from St Paul’s congregation celebrated our Patronal Festival at Cloisters Restaurant in Cornwall College, St Austell.


We were made to feel very welcome by both staff and students. Disabled parking spaces were reserved for us as requested and our special dietary needs were taken into consideration. Service in the restaurant was first rate and I think the majority of those that attended enjoyed their meal.


Many thanks to Pauline for organising the raffle which raised additional money for ‘The Friends of Saint Paul’s’.




Lent Charity


The season of Lent is upon us and with it comes a time of reflection when we focus on Christ’s sacrifice for us and look forward to the joys of Easter. It is customary for us at St. Paul’s to make a collection throughout Lent for charity. This year we are collecting for “Help for Heroes” in support our armed forces injured both physically and mentally by conflict especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Sunday leading up to Easter a collecting jar will be placed at the back of church for donations. Please give generously towards helping those who have sacrificed so much in our country’s efforts to make the world a safer place.


In order to supplement this collection, the charity to share in the proceeds from our Coffee Mornings and Cake Bakes in March and April will be “Help for Heroes”, please come along and support these events on Friday 15th March, and Friday 12th April – Friday Lunch with a Cake Stall (no Cake Bake on Good Friday).


North side Repair work

February 2019


In my last report I mentioned the problems found on the North side of the roof, having experienced a huge leak pouring into the church. I am pleased to report that the pointing of the stonework and replacement of lead work has now been carried out. Gutters have been cleared, with new hoppers and downpipes being installed.


At this stage and whilst the scaffold was in place, the replacement of the bars across the stained-glass windows on the North side have been fitted.


We also took the opportunity, whilst Gloweth were on site, to reseal the ‘new to old’ lead work on the South side. A small leak had been reported to the company and this work was still under warranty. With the aisle roof being so flat, the joint between the lead has always been susceptible to a southerly gale. The sealing of this joint should now solve the problem. I have kept an eye on the recent heavy storms and thankfully no leaks have been visible.


Coincidentally, our Quinquennial Inspection also became due. With the involvement of Robert Shaw, our architect, and his numerous visits and inspections during the roofing and decoration work, plus the additional work on the North side, his recent inspection is probably the most thorough that St Paul’s has ever had. Without pre-empting our report, I am expecting a positive outcome. In fact, Robert was quite glowing about the way that we all work to look after our church.


Obviously, there will always be work that is needed to be carried out on our church. The New Office is already work in progress. Nobody has a 170-year old property without needing repairs. However, I think the generosity of all who have strived and contributed over the many-many years to raise funds in so many various ways, should all be pleased with the outcome of this huge project. There is no way that this major work could have been considered without the funds from all those raffles, lunches, flower festivals and yes, even jumble sales. St Paul’s is now in a far better condition than it was two years ago and that is down to all those both past and present who have given their time and energy.


Thank you all so very much.


Steve Rivers




Granny at the Airport


During a geography lesson at the primary school, a six-year-old was asked where her grandparents lived. Thinking that the little girl would say a town or a county, the teacher was surprised when little Nancy answered that her grandma lived at Newquay Airport.


Are you sure asked the teacher? “oh yes” said the little girl. “When granny comes to stay with us we always go to the airport to collect her and then when mummy has had enough of her we take her back and leave her there”.


There are differing views about the origin of Mothering Sunday. Some say that the custom originated in honouring the 'Mother Church' and parishioners travelled to the main church or the cathedral to worship on this day. The other view is that it was a holiday to allow young girls and boys in service at big houses and farms to visit their mothers.


This came six months after the main hiring fairs in October. Often the girls were allowed by their employer to make a special cake to take home. This was called Simnel cake and would sometimes be kept by the mother for the Easter celebrations. 


The origin of the Simnel cake is recorded in a Shropshire legend. The story is told of Simon and Nell who both wanted to make a cake to give to their mother. Unfortunately they could not agree how to cook the cake. Simon wanted to boil it and Nell wanted to bake it. In the end they decided to do both and produced a rather solid indigestible cake. They probably argued about the name as well and settled on Sim-Nel, and so we have the Simnel cake! 


There are several different kinds of Simnel cake. The Devizes Simnel is made in the shape of a star but the Bury Simnel is a flat spiced cake. The best known of all is the Shrewsbury Simnel with a central layer of marzipan in a rich fruit cake.





Electoral Roll


The Church electoral roll is the foundation of the whole structure of synodical government in the church. It contains the names and addresses of everyone who can vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

The electoral roll is revised annually however every six years each parish is required to prepare a new electoral roll.

During the period of preparation of the roll, members on the previous roll need to apply to be included - inclusion is not automatic. New people can also apply during this period. A person applies by filling out an application form which is available in church or from our Electoral Roll Officer, Mo Bleakley.

Who can be on the electoral roll?

To be on the electoral roll a person needs to have been baptised, be at least 16 years old and either:

Living in the parish and a member of the Church of England or a Church in communion with the Church of England

A member in good standing of a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and they are prepared to declare themselves a member of the Church of England, having regularly attended

worship during the six months prior to enrolment

  • Not resident in the parish but is a member of the Church of England (or a Church with which the Church of England is in communion) and has regularly attended worship in the parish during the six months prior to enrolment





After our period of free play we raised the question “Where does our milk come from? All but the tiniest knew there was a connection with cows, and no-one answered “Tesco” – perhaps to my surprise. We showed a montage showing cows grazing, then a milking parlour, a milk tanker taking the milk to the bottling plant and finally milk as it reaches us. The children then coloured outlines of farm scenes to take home. Since we always like to keep our meetings topical we made Valentines cards to give to loved ones. After refreshments, Georgina, Margaret and Ann led us in as many Farm action songs as they could remember, and we closed as always with our prayer:


God in heaven, hear my prayer, Keep me in your loving care. Be my guide in all I do and bless all those who love me too. Amen


‘First Steps, meets in March on Mondays the 11th and 25th



Letter from Danny


Dear Friends


We’ve been away for the week-end. I always know when there’s travel afoot – the suitcases come down from the loft and wait in the hall ready for packing. I will not be persuaded to go to bed but sit in the hall next to the door just to make sure I am not forgotten!! We were heading for Penzance where Master had an important meeting. There was a dinner in the evening, and we stayed overnight.


On the way we stopped off at St Mawgan in Meneage Church where their Daffodil Festival was in full swing. It is an old and lovely Church and looked even more attractive with 7000 daffodils on show. Missus likes the flowers very much. I never like to be left behind in the car, but I have to say the most I saw was lots and lots of feet and knees whichever way I turned!


Soon we were on our way again and it wasn’t long before our hotel was in sight. We settled in, including the green bag which contains all the important things specially for me. Master went along to his meeting and Missus and I set off to walk along the promenade to Newlyn. The wind was blowing but there were lots of other dogs to meet along the way and children playing in the skate park who all said ‘Hello’ to me. The wind made the waves quite high and only brave dogs like me were bold enough to venture further than the water’s edge.


Back again Missus made tea, then it was time for my meal and the family went down to dinner. The meal was very good, and I’m told I was the subject of conversation (no surprise) since several of the family’s table companions donated meat scraps from their plates and a doggy bag arrived later in the evening. I commented in my doggy way “we must do this more often”.




Flowers for Easter


Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render.’


On Easter Day churches up and down the country, and world-wide will be adorned with Easter lilies, [together with other flowers] which are a symbol, and celebration of Jesus' resurrection more than 2,000 years ago.

The lily has always been highly regarded in churches.

Jesus referenced the flower, saying, "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27).

According to legend, "after Jesus' death and resurrection, lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray the night before his crucifixion. Legend has it that these flowers sprung up where drops of Jesus' sweat fell as he prayed."

Christians see the flowering white lily, representing purity, as a "reflective of the resurrection, of new beginnings, of life restored,".

If you would like to give a gift towards the Easter Flowers at St Paul’s please place your money in an envelope marked ‘Easter Flowers’. If you provide your name and any dedication this will be placed on a list and displayed in church during Eastertide.

More information is available from Dorianne Forsdick.



A Saint for March



8 March – Woodbine Willie:  bringing love with cigarettes and the Bible

Here’s a ‘saint’ that the Church of England remembers from the 1st World War –  the Revd. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy MC,  or ‘Woodbine Willie’, as everyone knew this popular, much-loved army chaplain on the Western Front.

Studdert Kennedy (27th June 1883 – 8th March 1929) had been born in Leeds as the seventh of nine children. After reading divinity and classics at Trinity College Dublin, he’d studied for ordination at Ripon Clergy College, and served his curacy at Rugby.


By the time war broke out in 1914, Studdert Kennedy was vicar of St Paul’s Worcester.   He soon volunteered to go to the Western Front as a chaplain to the army.   Life on the front line in the trenches was a desperate affair, but soon Studdert Kennedy had hit on a way of bringing a few moments of relief to the stressed out soldiers: as well as good cheer he gave out copious amounts of ‘Woodbines’, the most popular cheap cigarette of the time.


One colleague remembered Kennedy: “he’d come down into the trenches and say prayers with the men, have a cuppa out of a dirty tin mug and tell a joke as good as any of us. He was a chain smoker and always carried a packet of Woodbine cigarettes that he would give out in handfuls to us lads. That’s how he got his nickname. He came down the trench one day to cheer us up. Had his Bible with him as usual. Well, I’d been there for weeks, unable to write home, of course, we were going over the top later that day. I asked him if he would write to my sweetheart at home, tell her I was still alive and, so far, in one piece… years later, after the war, she showed me the letter he’d sent, very nice it was. A lovely letter. My wife kept it until she died.”


Kennedy was devoted to his men, so much so that in 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross at Messines Ridge, after running into no man’s land in order to help the wounded during an attack on the German frontline.


During the war, Kennedy supported the British military effort with enthusiasm, but soon after the war, he turned to Christian socialism and pacifism.  He was given charge of St Edmunds in Lombard St, London, and took to writing a number of poems about his war experiences: Rough Rhymes of a Padre (1918) and More Rough Rhymes (1919).  He went on to work for the Industrial Christian Fellowship, for whom he did speaking tours.   It was on one of these tours that he was taken ill, and died in Liverpool in 1929.  He was only 46.

His compassion and generosity in the face of the horrors of the Western Front was immortalised in the song ‘Absent Friends’:  “Woodbine Willie couldn’t rest until he’d given every bloke a final smoke before the killing.”   He himself had once described his chaplain’s ministry as taking “a box of fags in your haversack, and a great deal of love in your heart.”