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By West Briton  |  Posted: September 06, 2011

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A warm welcome was extended by the congregation at Balwest Methodist Church last Sunday to Mrs Gina Varker, on her first visit as reader.

The service interesting and much appreciated by the congregation, which included visitors who were staying in the area. The accompanist was Christine Cumber; the flowers were given by Miss Kathleen Jory.

Thank you to everyone who supported the waste paper collection and coffee morning on Saturday.

Tonight, September 8, Balwest hosts an evening of gospel music with Johnny Cowling.

Preparations are in hand for the buildings to be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday 11, the chapel will be open as part of Heritage Open Days.

Also on Saturday, September 10, the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust's annual cycle ride will take place.

Ashton Church

The Mothers' Union Wave Of Prayer service, led by Eve Cox in Ashton Church on Tuesday of last week, was quite well attended.

The parish priest, the Rev Penny Prince, was the celebrant at the monthly Book of Common Prayer Communion service on Friday last. Malcolm Hersee read the epistle, with Vicar Penny reading the gospel. The sidesman was Bevan Osborne.

This Sunday, there will be Evensong at 6pm.

The church will be open on Saturday, September 10, for the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust's annual cycle ride.

Village horse show

Breage and Germoe Bridleways Association is holding its annual horse show on September 10 at Hendra Lane.


St Breaca

The Rev Penny Prince and the Rev Sharon Chalcraft did a double act at the family service of worship last Sunday.

Ms Prince presided and Mrs Chalcraft talked about building bridges rather than erecting fences in one's relationships.

She was ably assisted by Edmund and Josh, who became honorary brothers for the morning.

Jon Chalcraft had created a stunning wooden bridge building kit which he proceeded to build before the congregation as an apt illustration of the talk.

The service was well attended, with several young children present.

Dave and Kim led everyone in prayer, and Josh served at the altar. Two members were preparing to go off to university; churchgoers all wish them well they will be missed.

Breaney Chapel

Preacher Ken Rule was welcomed at Breaney Methodist chapel by Stephanie Gordon last Sunday morning, his first visit for a while. Music was provided by Paul and Megan Jenkin.

Some children were at Kenneggy for its chapel anniversary, and 13 were still on holiday, so Sunday school did not run; however, talk time for the children, on the subject of communication, still took place.

Hymns were all from Songs of Fellowship. Jude 1 to 4 was read.

For his sermon, Mr Rule told how as a small boy he had polio and had to wear calipers on his legs; his grandfather used to train boxers, and spent many an hour massaging young Ken's legs, as Ken sat on the kitchen table, in the hope of making him walk again. He did walk again, and still does!

Coffee and tea were served later downstairs.

In keeping with Methodist practice there was no evening service at Breaney, as a circuit service was held at Mullion chapel to welcome the Rev Steven Swann as the new minister, and Julie Swann as children and families worker.

The Rev Steve Wild, chairman of the Cornwall Methodist district, was the preacher.

Carleen Village Show

Why not come along to the show this Saturday? It has gone from strength to strength since it first started and has gained a reputation for quality entries in its many classes.

A new section has been introduced this year, giving competitors the chance to show off their eggs.

There will be the usual classes for fruit, vegetables, floral art, cookery, art, photography and children's crafts.

The show starts at 2.30pm, with prizes awarded from 4pm.

Chynhale Chapel

Roy Picken from Falmouth conducted the morning service last Sunday; the organist was John Gilbert.

Mr Picken was warmly welcomed by Tracie who also read the notices at the commencement of the service. His text was "I am the gate; whoever comes in by me shall me saved", and his theme throughout was the shepherd taking care of his sheep.

The Old Testament lesson was read by Mark Dale, who was on holiday locally.

The congregation were welcomed by Crystal Matthews and Jean James.

Following the service, coffee and biscuits were served by Avis Hosken, Sylvia Curnow and Linda Lawrence.

This weekend is Chynhale's harvest festival, for which the morning service will be conducted by the Rev Andrew Hill. At 7.45pm there will be a concert by Praze-Hayle Male Voice Choir with the chairman being Charlie Hitchens; admission will be £5 at the door, to include tea and cakes.

On the evening of Monday, September 12, the chapel continues its harvest celebrations with a Cornish harvest supper, followed by auction sale of harvest goods; all proceeds for chapel funds. A warm welcome to everybody.

Cury Methodist Church

Nigel Bishop of Mullion took for his service at Cury Methodist Church last Sunday a Sermon written by the Rev Andrew Hill called The River.

Lessons were read by Marian Jennings and Jose Trounson. The offering was collected by Christopher Trounson and the accompanist was Sybil Benney. Flowers were provided by Jose.

This Sunday, at 11am, is the chapel's monthly family service and harvest festival. The congregation looks forward to welcoming you.

Village hall

Today, Thursday, September 8, it is the turn of the village hall committee to run the coffee morning from 9am until 11am. The post office will also be available until 1pm.

Zumba dancing starts on Wednesday at 6.30pm, with Jadine Hocking. For more details, contact Jadine on 01326 562936.

Helston U3A is holding a coffee morning and open day in the village hall on Tuesday, September 13, from 9am to noon. Come and see what's on offer. Retirement just got better!

The next family games evening is on Friday, September 16, commencing at 7pm. Entry is free; everyone is welcome. A licensed bar and food will be available.

The village hall show is on October 1. Schedules are available from Brenda Lawrance, 01326 240889.

Bells project quiz

Tomorrow, September 9, there is a quiz with a difference at the village hall, for the Church Bells Project.

During the first half there is entertainment by a Cornish group, War-an-Dor; in the interval, pasties will be served, followed by a short quiz on a harvest theme with questionmaster Colin Cooper.

Entry is £1 per person, teams of four; there will be a raffle and a licensed bar. If you would like a pasty, please let Brenda know on 01326 240889 before Tuesday, September 6, at the latest.

Heritage Open Days

The parish church is holding Heritage Open Days from today to Sunday, September 8 to 11, inclusive.

The church will be open each day from 10am to 4pm except Sunday, when the hours are 11am to 4pm.

The event will feature an exhibition of local artists and the artist in residence; there will be refreshments and church tours.


Church of St Germoe

The Rev Sharon Chalcraft officiated at the family Eucharist service last Sunday, assisted with the chalice by Geoff Helmore and Des Chapman, and with Cara and Eve Cox serving.

Joy Gunter led the intercessions; the Gospel was read by Canon Michael; sidesmen were Rosie Shorthouse, Jan Semmens and Trystan; Jay Helmore played the organ and sacristan was Val Greet.

Des Chapman took Evensong.

The Traidcraft stall was busy with people buying ingredients to make into delicious items to be sampled at the Fair Trade food tasting after the service on September 11.

The previous day kept the Rev Penny Prince busy with the baptism of Poppy Dougall in the morning followed in the afternoon by the wedding of Gaynor Wertylo and Terry Riley.

The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust sponsored event takes place this Saturday, September 10; both Michelle and Dominic are cycling for Germoe Church, and both would be pleased to accept more sponsorship!

Porch stewards are still required for the morning: please contact Sue Rayment if you can help.

If you wish to visit ShelterBox in Helston, the church is arranging a visit on the afternoon of Friday, September 16, followed by tea at Avalennek. Please contact Diane or Sue, churchwardens.

The Crying the Neck ceremony is likely to be either on September 19 or 21, depending on weather and contractors.

Ben Salfield in concert

On Sunday, September 11, internationally acclaimed lutenist Ben Salfield returns to Germoe Church following a summer touring in the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.

The programme includes solo music by such famous renaissance composers as John Dowland, and Ben will also accompany highly regarded local soprano Lucille Clitherow, singing medieval and renaissance songs.

One of the highlights of the evening will be a short set of Spanish and North African-inspired duets performed by Ben with his brother Jon – as seen by an estimated 12 million people worldwide on BBC World.

The concert starts at 7.30pm in Germoe Church with tickets available on the door at £7.50; under-14s free.


The service last Sunday was conducted by Desmond Thomas, from Brill, near Constantine. He started his Sermon with the words "Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ". As usual Mavis Harper was the organist.

Village hall facility

The schoolroom at the rear of the Methodist church is Godolphin's village hall facility. It has a fully equipped kitchen and is available for hire for meetings, children's birthday parties, etc. The contact number is 01736 763709.

Helston Methodist Church

For the first service of the new Methodist year, the congregation was delighted to welcome a large congregation of family and friends of baby Hazel Strickland, who was baptised by the Rev Andrew Hill.

He explained that the word 'Connexion', devised by John Wesley who started the church, encompassed the whole Methodist church, locally, nationally and worldwide.

Margaret Bilkey was at the organ, and played Happy Birthday to two people with birthdays this week, who shared the Birthday Hat during the service.

In the evening, members of the congregation went to Mullion Methodist Church for a service to welcome the Rev Steven Swan, the new minister, with his wife Julie and Sid Harris who are both taking youth and family appointments in the Circuit this autumn.

St Michael's Church

The first Sunday all-age family Communion for September also included Holy Baptism.

The Rev John Schild, using a liturgy from the church in Wales, officiated at the baptism of his granddaughter, Rowan Schild Greenough, who is a member of St Michael's Junior Church.

Mr Schild also preached, using some highly amusing anecdotes to show that God's good gifts don't wear out, but endure for the whole journey of life. One very special gift, that of water, was to be used in the baptism, Mr Schild using a scallop shell that he then passed on to Rowan as a memento of the occasion.

The rector, Canon David Miller, presided at Communion, assisted by the Rev Dorothy Noakes and Betty Booker, lay reader. Diane Barlow read the lesson and Eileen Bland led the prayers.

Rowan's father, with his guitar, led the singing of Lord Of The Dance, while the remaining music was played by organist Richard Berry.

Last Sunday's successful Songs Of Praise event raised almost £500 for the church roof fund.

Leedstown Autumn Show

The show takes place on September 17; doors open at 2pm. The show will be officially opened by Mr and Mrs Trevor Goldsworthy, of Polgaze Farm, at 2.30pm. For information and entries until September 12, please contact Joan or Tom Christophers on 01736 850315.

Blues and Two's

The country music club Blues and Two's have their next event on September 17. The evening begins at 8pm. Bobby D Sawyer is the entertainer this week.

Leedstown Junior Church

There was an exciting carnival atmosphere at Leedstown United Methodist Church on Bank Holiday Sunday, for the junior church's annual celebration of mission work throughout the world.

Pat Henwood and Anthea Pearce had spent hours creating fabulous feather headdresses for the children to reflect life in Papua New Guinea where Methodist Church mission work started in 1870.

The congregation were appreciative of the work in planning the worship and as usual wore colours of the rainbow, as requested.

Arrangements were co-ordinated by Tania Bird, JMA missions secretary.

Two sketches presented by the King and Willoughby families were very enjoyable and Kathryn, Shana and Caitlin sang beautifully.

The organist was Gerald Verran and the steward, Jackie Paul.

The junior church will next be singing for Back To Church Sunday, on September 25; and the harvest festival, on October 2.

Barn dance

Godolphin Friends' Barn dance will be on Saturday, September 24, in Carleen Village Hall. All are welcome.

Music will be provided by Jig and Reel, with Frances Oates as the caller.

Tickets, in advance only, are £8 and include a pasty and pudding supper; bring your own drinks. Order your tickets now from Alan Clegg, 01736 758227.

New reporter

The new community news reporter for Leedstown is Terri Smith, whom many of you will know as she lives in the village.

She would like news by e-mail, if possible, to terrismith-theknoll@hotmail.co.uk

Her telephone number is 01736 850460.

If you want to drop in material for her, her address is: Mrs Terri Smith, The Knoll, Horsedowns Road, Leedstown, TR27 6BS. If you want to have photographs of particular events, give her plenty of warning to contact the papers.

A reminder that material needs to be in her hands about eight days before you want the report in the papers, and well before the actual event.


The two noticeboards outside An Gernyk will still be used to display information: one for the Crowan Parish Council material in the garden of An Gernyk, and the second on the shed for posters advertising events in the Crowan and Leedstown area only. All of these must be laminated.

For events outside Leedstown please consult Ann Jenkin at An Gernyk, who will laminate notices at 10p a time if you wish, and display them only if there is spare room.

The Lizard Methodist Chapel

Last Sunday, the service was led by Hugh Tresize from Porthleven. The organist was David Turton. The readings were taken from Ezekiel, Romans and Matthew xviii – "A brother who sins against you".

The preacher this Sunday at 11am, is Denis Bassett.

New minister

New minister, the Rev Steve Swann, opened his account at Mullion Methodist Church with a service of Holy Communion, before leading the morning worship.

Taking as his text Psalm 23, Mr Swann developed the theme of Christ as shepherd to all, and urged his listeners to be shepherds too, and live out the psalm with all we meet.

The large congregation was augmented by Mr Swann's wife, Julie, his brother and sister-in-law, and friends.

The organist was Peter Townsend.

Following a bring and share tea, a service of induction was held in the evening, led by the Rev Steve Wild, district chairman, with representatives from the churches in the new Lizard/Penzance circuit.

Also welcomed were Julie Swann, in her role as the new children and families worker, and Sid Harris, the circuit's new youth worker.

There will be no morning service at Mullion next Sunday as the Wesley Day service will take place at the Wesley Stone, Angrouse Farm, at 2pm, and then in the chapel grounds at 3pm. The services will be led by the Rev Colin and Ann Short, formerly of Porthleven.

Apostolic Church

Today, Thursday, sees the recommencement of the toddler group at the church at 10am. The leaders look forward to welcoming everyone back after the summer break.

This Sunday, September 11, Pastor Glen is speaking in the morning at 10.45am and Adrian and Elaine Marks, from Illogan, at 6pm, followed at 7.30pm to a preview of the Christmas musical the church is planning to present this year called Hallelujah, Jesus Is Born. This contemporary choir presentation is similar to He's Alive and Sing Joy from previous years, and is a blend of up-tempo, gospel-style songs telling the Christmas story.

If you can sing in tune, (reading music would be a huge bonus, too), and would like to come along to find out more about planned rehearsals and details, you are most welcome to come along to the church at Thomas Street, Porthleven.

For further information about the church and charity shop please visit the website, www.apostolic-church-porthleven.co.uk

Christadelphian Church

The president for the day, Dieter Friedrich, welcomed the many visitors from Solihull, Malvern, Studley, Hall Green, Sheffield and Newquay.

The speaker for the day was Roy Smith, of Newquay. In the afternoon he looked at three Bible readings and noted that they were all connected by the heart.

In the Bible, the heart is regarded as the seat of affection, wisdom and understanding, and it can be read that the gospel is received by an honest heart.

Jesus said that treasure would be where your heart is. Roy suggested that most people would value their life most of all and that would be safe with God where their heart should be too.

The apostle Paul received a new heart at his conversion and everyone can look for the same love and zeal for God as Jesus showed and is remembered in the Communion service.

After sharing tea and birthday celebrations for a young visitor, Roy spoke in the evening about the certainty of Bible prophecy. The reading was about Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the image in the book of Daniel and its interpretation in history.

Gospel concert

On Friday, September 9, at 7.30pm, the Apostolic Church on Thomas Street, Porthleven, will be the venue for a Gospel concert with Nia, a talented gospel artist.

Originally from West Wales, Nia, is currently celebrating 25 years in gospel music and is touring the UK.

For more information about Nia, and a free song download, please visit her website, www.nia-music.co.uk

The evening will be an informal café-style event, with merchandise available to purchase and refreshments.

For more information and directions to the church, see www.apostolic-church-porthleven.org or phone 01326 560278 for details.

Porthleven Methodist Church

The preacher last Sunday morning was the Rev Dr Kilworth Mason, from Truro, the Methodist district training officer.

On this, her first visit to Porthleven, she took the theme of Reconciliation, using scriptural material from the Book of Ezekiel, the Epistle to the Romans and the Gospel of Matthew. In the absence of the regular organist, the Rev David Pountain deputised.

There was no service at the chapel on Sunday evening, because of a special service held at Mullion to welcome the new circuit minister, the Rev Steven Swann. Representatives of nearly all 23 chapels in the circuit made up the large congregation: the sermon was preached by district chairman, the Rev Steve Wild.

St Bartholomew's Church

Last Sunday's service, for the 11th Sunday after Trinity was taken by Father Harry Pugh.

The first lesson and the Psalm were read by Maggie Higgins, Yvonne Bellinger read the second lesson and Phyllis Whiting led the intercessions. 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.

The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust cycle ride takes place this Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Anyone wishing to take part can obtain sponsor forms from Ronald Mildren at Sithney.

Praa Sands

Praa Sands Community Centre

The healing clinic takes place every Tuesday, 11am to 1pm, with the last treatment at 12.40pm.

A minimum donation of £3 per treatment is requested to help cover the cost of the hall rental. For more information, telephone Sally on 01736 719062.

Zumba fitness is on Tuesday mornings at 9.25am. Get fit and come and join the Latin fun; hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness programme that will blow you away.

For further details contact Catherine Cambell on 07528 135146, 01736 711926 or e-mail catherinenut@hotmail.com

200 Club: the winner for week 14 was Ingrid Sofrin, with ticket number 76.

The next management committee meeting is tomorrow, Friday, September 9, at 2pm, in the community centre.

Representatives of the user groups are invited to attend.

The community centre has some amazing shows booked for the autumn – so you can enjoy some excellent live entertainment and support your local community centre at the same time.

Put these dates in your diary now!

Friday, September 30, at 8pm: The Ghosts Of May – an evening of Cornish readings and music with Pauline Shepperd and Pete Berryman.

Pauline is one of Cornwall's foremost writers, with many successes to her name including work on Radio 4 and Kneehigh Theatre, while Pete is a virtuoso guitarist of exceptional talent.

Saturday, October 22, at 8pm: Rita Hosking and Michael Chapman, singer/songwriters.

Saturday, November 26, at 8pm: Carn to Cove presents Sadio Cissokho – a rare opportunity to see this exciting artiste present an evening of African colour and rhythms with songs, music and dance from Senegal.

It is advisable to book early for all these shows. Tickets are available from Linda on 01736 763339.

Finally on Saturday, October 29, at 7.30pm, there is a charity concert in aid of ShelterBox with The Lizard Shanty Singers.

Please support this evening to raise funds for our very own Helston-based charity.

Tickets at £5 are available from Jeanette on 07828 078056.

Trewennack Methodist Church

Last Sunday's morning service was conducted by David Giddens, who spoke about the Book of Revelation.

David described how John was a prisoner on Patmos because he refused to worship the Roman emperor as a God.

John's images of God and of His wrath, and of the glory that is to come do not make easy reading but study help books are available. The old order will pass away and Jesus will return.

The Bible readings were from Revelation iii, v and i. Music for the service was led by David Wingham and Margaret Eva at the piano, Matthew Wingham on drums, John Martin on guitar, Joe Phillips on clarinet and Harry Chant on the trumpet.

Chris Campbell operated the computer and projector to show the words of the songs, and also pictures of Patmos.


Wendron Parish Church

The celebrant and preacher at the service of Holy Communion at Wendron Parish Church last Sunday was the Rev Peter Bradford. Anne Veneear was the organist.

This Sunday, September 11, there will be two services at Wendron to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible. The morning service will be at 10.30am, and the other at 6pm.

The former will be a service of hymns and readings from the authorised version of the Bible. The evening version will be as per the Book Of Common Prayer; a service that many of us were brought up with.

There will be a wedding in the church on Saturday, September 17; the Harvest Thanksgiving service is on Sunday, September 18.

On Sunday, September 25, there will be a wedding anniversary with Holy Communion; all welcome.

Penwith-Kerrier Ramblers

Last Sunday's walk followed a long circular route around Drift dam lead by Phil Jones, who wrote: "Leaving Wherrytown and heading west to Tredavoe, the group enjoyed a tea stop at the Iron Age settlement before setting off to Chyenhal and following the road to Tresvennack where a clear view of the dam was enjoyed.

"Passing through several fields of maize and arriving at Kerris, the party stopped to admire the farmhouse, stone cross and granite well.

"Crossing the A30 at the Blind Fiddler, the rain came in and continued for the rest of the walk.

"Lunch was taken at Sancreed Church, which provided some shelter. Dropping down to Treganhoe, the rear of Drift dam could be seen through the heavy drizzle.

"The ramblers then followed the bridleway to Sellan and took the footpath to Skimmel's Bridge to follow the easy route to Trewidden and Trereife. Passing Mount Misery the return was along Love Lane to Wherrytown."

Cornwall Ramblers area chair, Graham Ronan, had a successful and productive trip to Kettering where he had been invited by Ramblers central office to speak at a national conference about Volunteer Path Work Partnerships.

His PowerPoint presentation, showing the work of the Cornish groups clearing footpaths in St Ervan earlier this year, was well received and the upcountry groups were exceptionally impressed at the number of eager volunteers involved.

REACT is about to swing into action again this month when Cornwall Council officers have checked and confirmed the route of a sadly neglected definitive path near Truro.

This coming weekend, Penwith-Kerrier have just one walk arranged for you to enjoy: on Saturday, Alison will set off at 10am from Portreath for a 10 to 11-mile circular via Carn Brea.

Sylvia Ronan, secretary for Penwith-Kerrier group of The Ramblers; telephone 01736 740542; e-mail: sylvronan@btinternet.com; The Ramblers' website: www.cornwallramblers.org.uk

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