Porthleven: The Apostolic church was helped in their contribution with the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning by Year 6 pupils from Porthleven School, pictured here with teaching assistant Miss Tripp and Pastor Glen Chaplin of the church.
Morning worship at Balwest Methodist Church on Sunday was led by Ruby Brown of Leedstown. The accompanist was Jill Warden.
During the service, a visitor from South Africa gave her testimony and spoke of work with some of the abused people in her country.
This weekend is Harvest Thanksgiving weekend at Balwest. On Sunday, October 3, there will be morning worship at the usual time. On Monday evening at 7pm, a mini-quiz will be held in the Sunday schoolroom. Teams of four invited. After the quiz there will be the sale of harvest produce.
Members of Breaney Chapel joined with the local church congregation for a Harvest Songs of Praise with readings in Ashton Church on Sunday last, which was well-attended. The singing was led by members from the choirs of Breage and Germoe churches, conducted by Des Chapman. The accompanist was Margaret Goldsworthy.
The readers were Carol and Colin McCleod, Malcolm Hersee, Georgina Thorn and Bevan Osborne.
Ashton Snooker Club
Today, Thursday September 30, is the closing date for entering the knockout snooker competition at Ashton Snooker Club in October. Further details can be obtained by contacting Dave on 01736 762444.
Burras Methodist Chapel
The preacher on Sunday was Mr Andrew Beasley. Tilly received the offering.
The harvest festival is this Sunday, with services at 11am and 2.30pm.
The preacher for Back To Church Sunday was Tony Nicholas from Porthleven. The service based on Luke xv, 11 to 24 – The Prodigal Son.
Visitors were again in the congregation. Tony spoke to the children about leaving a good impression Jesus did. Choruses were sung before the children left for their junior church.
Musicians were Paul Jenkin on the organ, Lilly and Megan on flutes and Craig on drums.
Fellowship continued over coffee downstairs.
No service was held at Breaney; instead the congregation joined with the church at Ashton for their harvest festival.
Our service on Back To Church Sunday was conducted by the Rev Graham Kitts, who warmly welcomed the congregation, which included some new families who we hope will join us again in the future.
Alfie McDonald, vestry steward, welcomed Graham and read the notices at the commencement of the service.
Graham's talk to the children was entitled Communications. Estelle, his wife, read the lesson from Luke's Gospel.
John Gilbert played the organ and Joe Hill welcomed everyone to the service.
The flowers were provided by Wendy Real.
Cury Methodist Church
Members of Cury Methodist Church were welcomed by Mr Ken Mills of Mullion, the preacher on Sunday.
Ken had the congregation singing along with him, playing the guitar for three new songs to the congregation.
Marian Jenning and Brenda Lawrance acted out a skit, called Enjoying Yourself.
Don Bettle gave the Scripture reading, from Genesis xi, 5 to 13 and Jose Trounson read Galatians 1, 2 to 17.
For the first time the prayer which Ken had recently wrote, called Lord Have Mercy, was sung.
The message "What do we believe?" was given by Ken. The accompanist was Sybil Benney and Christopher Trounson took up the offering. Flowers were provided by Ann Gendall.
Next Sunday, October 3, at 11am, is the family service with Mr Barry Partridge. We look forward to welcoming you.
Shoe boxes for Romania are now being packed. If you wish to fill one please contact a member of the chapel, as they have to be ready before October 17.
Cury Village Hall events
The village hall show is on Saturday, October 2, at 2.30pm. Prizes will be presented at 4pm, by Mr Andrew George, MP.
On Saturday, October 9, there will be a concert at the hall for BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association, with St Keverne Male Voice Choir and soloist, Charlotte Firth. Entry is £3 with a licensed bar, refreshments and raffle.
Please come along and support this worthy cause.
The following Friday is the hall's annual race night, which opens at 7pm, with the first race at 7.30pm. All proceeds will be for hall funds.
Members would like to extend their thanks to Stephanie Gordon of Breage for the lovely Harvest festival service she conducted last Sunday. She involved the young people throughout and everyone enjoyed singing the harvest hymns. There was a solo from Valerie Wallace, entitled The Story Of the Sparrows; Mavis Harper accompanied. It was a pleasure to welcome former member Dick Brunwin on a visit from Scotland. There were also friends of members present.
The chapel was beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit and vegetables and thanks are extended to those who did the decorating and to those who donated.
Please note the opening hours for the post office facility is now Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 11.30am, in the Methodist schoolroom.
Harvest Home reminder
Don't forget the Harvest Home in the Godolphin Arms at 8pm tomorrow, Friday, October 1.
Germoe and Praa Sands
Church of St Germoe
The church was looking beautiful with the flowers from the wedding of Paula Hobday and Andrew Quinney on the previous day, and baskets of harvest arrangements.
The Rev Penny Prince officiated at the parish Harvest Eucharist service, assisted by Dennis Howes and Grete Imbrey, who was also serving with John.
Joy Gunter led the intercessions; the lessons were read by John Watton and Bette Owen; Gwynneth Willett played the organ; sidesmen were Meg Ostler, Dennis Howes and Mike Rayment; and Geoff Helmore was the sacristan. Gifts of toiletries were collected for the Cornwall Refuge.
In the evening, Des Chapman arranged a Harvest Songs of Praise at Ashton Missionary Church, where the joint choir led the joyful singing and the congregation was joined by friends from Breaney Chapel.
The harvest supper will be held on Friday, October 1 at Country Skittles, Townshend with a short bowling session first – to work up an appetite. For those wishing to play skittles, please arrive by 6.45pm in order to order your food before bowling at 7pm. For those just wishing to eat, please order your food by 7.15pm.
Anyone wishing to join us will be made welcome, but please ring Diane on 01736 763020 beforehand to add your name to the list.
On Sunday, October 3, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi will be celebrated with a pets' service at 9.30am. Vicar Penny will welcome most pets – except snakes and spiders.
In the afternoon, a traditional harvest festival will be held at 4pm. We are inviting our church congregation, Sunday school children, children from the local schools and you to take part in a short service, during which Vicar Penny will accept gifts of harvest produce – fruit, vegetables, eggs, jam and chutney, eg,gs etc.
Afternoon tea will follow and then Vicar Penny will auction the produce; all monies raised will be given to ShelterBox. This harvest festival celebration is a simple way for those of us who have so much, to give to those who have so little. Please join us.
A date for your diary: on Sunday, October 31 at Breage Church, the Boscastle Buoys will be giving a concert in support of Miners 33; during the evening everyone is invited to join in the singing of It's A Working Man I Am, while remembering the trapped Chilean miners. More details later.
Praa Sands Community Centre
The 200 club draw winners for week 17 were Mr and Mrs Muxlow, with ticket number 65.
A most enjoyable concert was given by Hoover The Dog, with the three musicians entertaining everyone to a toe-tapping evening.
Helston Methodist Church
On Back To Church Sunday, there were many invited guests for both the harvest services, which led by the Rev J Drew, from Newlyn.
The church had been beautifully decorated by the ladies of the church, who also served tea and coffee in the Wesley Hall after the morning service. Mr Drew gave serious but amusing sermons, and all the favourite harvest hymns were sung.
Nigel Dower and Margaret Bilkey were the organists.
St Michael's Church
It was Back To Church Sunday and, at Parish Communion the rector, Canon David Miller, spoke of the huge importance of a warm welcome, which far outweighed any other aspect of a church service in helping newcomers feel they belonged. This warm welcome, he added, was always offered at St Michael's. The Rev Dorothy Noakes presided at communion, assisted by Mrs Betty Booker, lay reader. Tony Rule read the lesson. the organist was Richard Berry.
The harvest festival will be celebrated next Sunday, October 3, at 9.30am.
Before the service, the rector said fundraising for the new church roof was going well, with a concert on October 2 by the Truro Chamber Ensemble just one of several forthcoming fundraising events.
However, uncertainty about the future of VAT relief on church repairs was making the matter very urgent, with the need to tap every available source of support.
Leedstown Autumn Show
This year's autumn show in Leedstown Village Hall was a great success, due mainly to the excellent and continuing work of Tom and Joan Christophers, who do so much for the village in many different ways. They also had a large body of willing helpers.
The show was opened by Mr and Mrs Alex Foreman. Elaine (née James) comes from Leedstown and grew up here, and was delighted to be invited back. Alex is a great show supporter.
In her opening remarks, Elaine spoke of the affection which she holds for Leedstown and the enjoyment she had in the village when she was young. She emphasised how lucky Leedstown is to keep it school, pub, chapel, mission church and village hall. She spoke of helping to lay the boards for the village hall when it was being built. She also said how much she and her husband always enjoyed the autumn show: he had entered for many years. They were pleased to see how high the standard had become over the years. She stressed how important it was to keep a sense of community alive and thanked all who helped.
The results were: Perpetual cup for most points, children's sections B, C and D, Madeline Thomas; J&H Pollard Cup, most points group A, Tegan Spain; Youth Club Cup, best prose, Madeline Thomas; J Woodcock Cup, best handwriting, groups A and B, Lucy Pascoe; Trelawney Award, best entry, children's art groups C and D, Tiernan Richards; Bryon-Edmond Cup, best entry, children's art groups, A and B, Molly Clemens; Donald Tippett Cup, best entry, children's handicraft, Madeline Thomas; Gibson Trophy, best entry, children's photography, ten years and under, Tegan Spain; Gibson Trophy, best entry, children's photography, over ten years, Jonathan Kitto; Hayle Lion's Shield, most points, handicraft, MM Allen; D&S Goldsworthy Cup, best entry, handicraft, David Goldsworthy; J&G Woodcock Cup, most points, cookery and preserves, Jennifer Kitto; Rosehill Shield, most points, floral art, Rose Joynes; Mr & Mrs LH Thomas Cup, best entry, floral art, Rose Joynes; Wendy Thomas Trophy, best entry, foliage class, Eunice Woolcock; P&H Howell Shield, most points, horticulture (ex 62 and 63), Clarence Thomas; D&J Roberts Cup, most points, vegetable section (44-56), Clarence Thomas; Binnerton Cup, best exhibit, horticulture (ex 62 and 63), Russell Willey; D Tippett Shield, runner-up, horticulture (ex 62 and 63), Clarence Thomas; Clowance Nurseries Cup, hanging baskets, Mr and Mrs M Yould; Clowance Nurseries Cup, any other container, Mr and Mrs M Yould; D&S Thomas Cup, best small garden, Mr and Mrs R Bashforth; Christophers Garden Shield, best large garden, Mr and Mrs T Christophers; AW Glasby & Son, best entry, art, Maureen Gibson; Cyril Williams Shield, most points, photography, James Kitto; Crowan Parish Council Cup, best entry, photography, Victoria Spain; Baines Cup, most points, wine, David Gash; Galassini Cup, best entry, wine, David Gash; Calloose Shield, best entry, literary, Julian Kitto; An Gernyk Shield, most points, Young Farmers; Central Garage Shield, most points overall, Clarence Thomas; V Pascoe Cup, best entry in cookery section, Rose Joynes; V Pascoe Cup, best entry in classes 77 to 82, Russell Willey; Joan Peters Cup, best entry in savoury cookery, Eunice Woolcock; J&G Williams Cup, best entry in preserves classes, Helen Prudames; Kitto Cup, best entry, pasty section, Eunice Woolcock; Challenge Cup, most points in egg section, Blair Hocking; best entry, egg section, Blair Hocking; Liz Banfield Cup, most relaxing garden, Marie Brock; Henry & Dorothy James Cup, lady with most points, Eunice Woolcock.
Mr Hood has sent his apologies for any disruption last week and through this week: he has damaged a disc in his lower back and will probably not return to school until next week. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child's class teacher. He is in daily contact with the school office, so can follow up anything that needs his attention.
He hopes all were able to support this year's village show. All prizewinners will be presented with their certificates and prize money, and there will be a display in school of the winning entries.
Walk To School Week is from Monday to Friday, October 4 to 8.
Class One is looking for different types of hats that you would not mind them using in a hat shop. Hats will be returned!
The church council is looking for someone to take the minutes at church council meetings, which are held twice a year. Can you help?
The Operation Christmas Child coffee morning is from 10am to noon, on Saturday, October 9, at which items for the Christmas shoeboxes can be purchased. There will be a raffle and a cake stall for which donations are requested, as well as volunteers to run the stalls.
The Duke of Leeds
Sunday saw the second monthly charity fun quiz at The Duke of Leeds, with teams battling it out over eight rounds, plus an ongoing round.
It was a close-fought contest with the lead changing hands several times, but Leedstown team Last Shoe In The Shop were again triumphant.
This month's chosen charity was ShelterBox, with the quiz raising £50, boosted to £65 with a £5 contribution from Keith "Tommo" Thomas, of Dapper Dogs, at Leedstown; and £10 from Daniel and Donna, landlords of The Duke of Leeds. Last Shoe in the Shop generously donated their £15 prize money to the Leedstown Christmas Lights fund.
At the end of the evening, the quizzers were invited to suggest a charity to benefit from the next event, to be held on Sunday, October 31, and they were unanimous in their choice of the Precious Lives Appeal.
Charities which would like to raise funds for themselves at the quiz are invited to give The Duke a call on 01736 850273; drop in and have a word with Daniel or Donna to book a date; or e-mail email@example.com
One for your diary: There will be live music at The Duke on Friday, October 22, when rock'n'roll band Boogaloo Dudes play, starting at about 9pm. This is a popular band, and it promises to be a cracking evening.
Last Sunday was Back To Church Sunday and our service was led by David Giddens. The readings were taken from John ix and Galatians iii. The theme of the sermon was Living The Gospel. The Galatians were described by Paul as "foolish" for changing the Good News of the Gospel. We can never earn God's gift by virtue of what we do; but God lights the flame of the spirit in our hearts.
This Sunday at 11am, our harvest festival and family service will be led by the Rev Sylvia Burgoyne. The service will be followed by a bring and share lunch in the school room: all welcome.
Back To Church Sunday was marked at Mawgan Church with a special musical Eucharist and an interesting address from the rector, in which she spoke about her and her family's personal experience of going to church, and emphasised how important it is for the congregation to be aware of people's needs.
Next Sunday, Bishop Tim Thornton will be celebrating the Eucharist at our harvest festival, accompanied by the Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers, before joining the congregations of Mawgan and St Martin for lunch.
On Saturday, October 9, a coffee morning will be held at the Vyvyan Coach House, at which the harvest produce will be sold.
Trinity Methodist Church
Back to Church Sunday's service was led by the organists, with some help from the young people and Susan Bennetts and Pauline Reed. The chapel was full for the celebration.
The theme was Jesus The Storyteller. Pauline and Susan told parables of their own.
The congregation were asked to write down two areas of their life where they would like to see fruit grow and mature within the next year. We then had a tree planted in the garden and the congregation were asked to put their papers under the tree.
We finished with a rousing hymn, We'll Go In The Strength Of The Lord, with Philip Bennetts on cornet, Elizabeth on piano and Ivy on the organ.
The lovely flowers were provided by Everett Tripp.
After the service, most of the congregation stayed and joined in with the lovely lunch.
Our recent Macmillan coffee morning was a great success, as part of the World's Biggest Coffee morning.
It was made all the more special with the help we had from pupils of the Year 6 class at Porthleven school. They were a credit to the school as they served cakes and helped in many different ways, all wearing lovely green Macmillan T-shirts. It was a great community event, and raising more than £200 for this worthy cause.
Starting today, Thursday, September 30, at 12.30pm is the fourth Alpha Course here at Thomas Street. More than 13 million people worldwide have completed an Alpha course and found it a wonderful way to explore and discover the Christian faith. It includes a light lunch, a short talk and discussion. If you would like to find out more, please contact Pastor Glen on 07846 237543 or see our website, www.apostolic-church-porthleven.org
On Sunday evening at 6pm, we will be holding a harvest supper, with Pastor David Gray from the New Life Church, Falmouth, as our guest speaker. Please come along.
President for the day, Roger Hosking, welcomed visitors from Lincoln, Reading, Weston, Bristol and Solihull.
The speaker was Michael Lewis from Weston. He used the daily reading from Luke to show the lesson that we must learn from the rich young man and Zacchaeus. The encounters Jesus had were to illustrate the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, and the Parable of the Pounds.
Michael reminded us of this powerful lesson and that we too need forgiveness through Jesus.
After sharing tea with the visitors, Michael gave an interesting presentation examining the truth about baptism. It showed the history of the act of baptism and the Old Testament symbolism of the use of water. He showed illustrations of where John the Baptist preached and baptised in the river to symbolise the cleansing and salvation needed. Baptism was an essential part of the early church as Jesus had instructed them. Michael showed the many examples of baptism in the New Testament and the need to believe with all you heart, repent and be baptised.
Porthleven Methodist Church
Morning worship was led by circuit reader Mrs Sue Galassini from Leedstown, who used a service on the theme Dealing With Uncertainty, using material from the book of Job and from Matthew's Gospel.
Mr Peter Galassini read the lessons: David Philp was at the organ.
The preacher for the evening service was Mr Ken Rule from Illogan, who spoke about the importance of little things, illustrating his message from a passage in the Book Of Proverbs, where the strengths and importance of various small animals is detailed. John Gilbert was the organist.
Powerhouse, the church's young people's group, held a coffee evening on Friday, at which they raised £84. The money will be channelled through Oxfam for the purchase of seed for needy farmers in the Third World.
This Friday, the Porthleven Wives' Club commences its autumn session, meeting at the chapel at 7.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Porthleven Ladies' Community Choir under their conductor, David Pountain. The choir, which meets at the church for practice each Wednesday afternoon at 2pm, is an open group, and welcomes ladies of all ages who like to sing.
St Bartholomew's Church
Sunday's service was taken by Father Harry Pugh. Esther Brown and Francoise Ziemann read the lessons and Andrew Woods was organist.
This week's services will be on Thursday at 10am, Holy Eucharist; Sunday at 9.30am, Solemn Eucharist; and Tuesday at 6.30pm, Holy Eucharist. Choir practice will be on Wednesday at 7.15pm. St Bart's harvest thanksgiving service will be on Sunday, October 10 at 9.30am.
Maureen Williams is hosting a bacon, sausage and bap coffee morning at her home, Arcon, Sunset Gardens, on Thursday, October 14, at 10.30am. There will be a bring and buy, a raffle, etc. Proceeds are for St Bart's church funds.
Pupils of Crowan School had entries in Leedstown Show last weekend. The prizewinners were: Handwriting – Key Stage One, Ellie, second and Ella, third; Art – Foundation Stage, Jimmy, second and Hannah, third; Key Stage One – Daisy, third; Key Stage Two – Molly, first, Kathryn, third and Imogen fourth. Special prize for best entry, Molly.
Last week, the harvest festival celebrations at Crowan School saw £104.20 raised for the ShelterBox appeal. The children had an enjoyable walk through the countryside and sang beautifully. The school expressed their thanks to Mrs Northey, for preparing the choir and to Miss Judge for helping the children with their singing.
The school will be celebrating National Book Week from Monday, October 4, and have arranged for Don Newton to take an art and literacy workshop. The author Jack Trelawney will be visiting on Monday, October 18.
The children in Years 5 and 6 this week worked with an advanced skills teacher, Mary Edwards from Helston School, to develop ideas for a dance to showcase alongside other primary school children in November. The theme is traditional Cornish tales and all the children in Crenver Class are invited to perform on stage on the evenings of November 24, 25 and 26. The last time this opportunity arose, the children performed a piece based upon an Aboriginal story.
Wendron Parish Church
In the absence of the Rev Harry Chant through illness, the rector, Canon David Miller, was the celebrant and preacher at the morning service of Holy Communion at Wendron Church on Sunday.
The epistle was read by Philip Warren; Mr Miller read the gospel. The intercessions were led by Mary Cowley. The communion elements were presented by Sir Leonard and Lady Peggy Allinson, The sidesperson was Mary Cowley and the organist was Ann Veneear.
On Saturday, Steven Andrews and Carla Drake were married in the church by Mr Miller.
On Wednesday evening of last week, the Society of Mary visited the church for a service of Holy Communion. The celebrant was the Rev Andrew Gough and Mr Miller was the preacher. The organist was Peter Mitchell.
This Sunday, the celebrant and preacher at the 10.30am service of Holy Communion will be the rector, Mr Miller.
The Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, October 10, and will be followed by a harvest lunch. Please see the list at the back of the church if you are able to join us.
On Sunday, October 17, there will be a special service in church to which all who have been baptised there during the past two years have been invited to bring their families along. All are welcome.
Trewennack Methodist Church
Everyone arriving at the Back To Church Sunday service was given a welcome by stewards and young people, wearing BTCS T-shirts in varying styles according to size and preference.
The service was led by Mrs Shirley Wearne with musicians David Wingham at the piano, Andy Wingham on cornet and Connor Campbell on drums. The younger children searched the chapel for clues about holidays which led to a welcome to Hameldaeme: the Scots for 'home will do me'. Shirley pointed out that home is where we are accepted as we are, just as God loves and accepts us.
The young people also took part in a Spot the Misteak puzzle, with Shirley showing how we can try to rectify mistakes, but we have to give up and start again with a clean sheet. This is only possible with God's forgiveness and help.
Bible verses from Ezekiel and 2 Corinthians highlighted a new heart and a new creation. The Phillips family performed a sketch about Joe Everyman and his choices between good and bad on the ladder of life. The service concluded with the blessing of the marriage of Tom and Becky Pearce (née Smith) by the Rev Geoffrey Thorpe. Wedding cake, tea and coffee were served afterwards in the hall.
Penwith Kerrier Group of The Ramblers
Wasn't it just a lovely weekend to be out walking?
Our three walk leaders reported that they were joined by nice crowds of interesting people who enjoyed the adventures of exploring the countryside in sunny weather.
Bryan Street's Polgigga 12 to 14-mile walk on Saturday was delightful, particularly as seals appeared on the rocks to watch them walk by, and it was interesting to watch fishermen hauling in their boats at Penberth.
Val led a four-mile walk in the afternoon from Manningham Woods and was joined by 13 walkers with three dogs. The party was interested to see a couple of young reindeer at Feadon Farm before they made their way down to Portreath Beach for an ice cream. The walk followed routes which provided a bit of everything, woodland, open countryside and the coastal paths.
On Sunday, Hazel Perham was out and reported: "Mabe paths and tracks were the routes for Sunday's walk. Starting from the old part of the village in Treverva we proceeded to the chapel which was decorated for the harvest festival with blue hydrangeas along its railings.
"From there, it was along the new footpath down to the spring and onto the ancient site of Helland Priory, Menallack Farm and across the fields of the new Vision Farm. Over and along the raised wall of Little Palestine, the route led to Goodygraine, passing the blacksmith's shop and dairy farm.
"From there, it was over to Boundy's Complex. The lost byway sign at the entrance was queried, but the residents knew not where it had gone.
"Halvasso was next, passing the old chapel and site of the school, then on to Carnebo and Hantertavis looking at the ancient Cornish walls. Higher Spargo Downs was gained, with views across Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads.
"From here, it was down the bridleway to Lower Spargo Farm, up the lane to Trenoweth and its high step stones, then pushing our way through the maize, which luckily was dry.
"The walk concluded by coming out onto the busy Argal Road to the reservoir entrance and back through the park, making our way back to Helland Mill and the village.
"The Mabe parish was a pleasure to walk, with many interesting features along the way, and all the interesting people we met at smallholdings and workshops."
Tomorrow, October 1, Hazel is leading an eight-mile walk along local paths from Trewennack Chapel, on the Helston to Falmouth Road, setting off at 11am.
On Saturday. the coastal walkers need to be at Hayle Harbour car park to catch the coach leaving at 10am for Portreath: there will be one member of the group completing her two-plus year quest to complete the whole route. Well done to everyone who sets off to achieve such a feat.
For the long-distance people, Mark Hynard will start his 16 to 18-mile walk from St Erth Church at 9am.
On Sunday, Hazel Perham is out again, this time leaving from near Helston College at 11am for an eight-mile hike using the parish and town paths. Happy rambling!
Sylvia Ronan, secretary for Penwith Kerrier Group of The Ramblers, telephone 01736 740542; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramblers' website: www.cornwallramblers.org.uk