Like its counterpart in the poem by e. e. cummings Portloe’s church might (softly) say of
itself “i am just a little church (no great cathedral)…far from the frantic world with its
rapture and anguish..”
However it seems that, on the quiet, it has been welcoming people from far and wide in its
own understated way. A glance at the visitors’ book for the last couple of months will reveal
that there have been visitors from Sweden, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Wales, Australia and the U.S.A., not forgetting those from places closer to home.
Those who record their visit often write of the peace and sense of welcome they find here.
We pray that all who find our churches on their travels may experience that peace and the
love of God and take away encouragement for their pilgrimage of life.
NEW PRIEST APPOINTED
The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, is pleased to announce the appointment of the
Revd Philip Greenhalgh (currently Rector of Bewcastle, Stapleton and Kirklinton with Hethersgill in the Diocese of Carlisle) to be Priest-in-charge (house for duty) of the benefice of Veryan with Ruanlanihorne (Diocese of Truro). A service of Licensing will be held on Monday 2 October in Veryan Church.
Inclement weather aside, around 50 of us gathered in Portloe
Church and harbour on the evening of the 15th May to attend
the special annual Blessing of the Sea Ceremony. We even
managed to lure Father Doug down from Inverness that day to
perform the ceremony and host our evening – his tenth, and, if
he is to be believed, last time!
Given the poor weather we had a ‘top ’n tail’ service – performing
the beginning and end of the service in the church, and, then
processing down to the harbour to cast the beautifully decorated
cross into the sea to bless the waters and all who use them. We
were then treated to a magnificent feast in the church – courtesy
of the indomitable Joyce’s culinary skill, and which included
delicious crab caught by our very own Chris Mlynski – such
that we all committed to a 10k run the next morning to atone
for our indulgence.
The evening was splendidly topped off by the jewel-like singing
of Gena, Mike’s haunting saxophone rendition of
‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, and the mellifluously-told
tales of Trounce. We left with a smile on our faces, warmth in
our hearts, and deep gratitude for the enduring holding quality
of the Portloe community. Father Doug optimistically handed
the wooden cross over to Jeanne, and we look forward to whoever
will be our presiding priest in 2018!
The last of our winter soup lunches has been held and what a jolly affair it was!
Two simply delicious soups provided by Rachel and Joyce plus all the usual
goodies. We’ve also had a welcome offer from Lin to make soup next winter –
can’t wait! – for the soup, that is, not winter…
Isn’t it great to have light evenings again, and now welcome warm sunshine?
The church’s Open Meeting will be held on Monday 10 April at 7 o’clock:
do come and join us.
And don’t forget, the Blessing of the Sea on Monday 15 May,
Details next month
BUT PLEASE BOOK FOR SUPPER!
Contact Joyce or Jeanne!
The vicarage has been sold and an offer made by the Diocese on a bungalow which, although it will need some modifications to
make it suitable for a clergy house, will provide the accommodation essential for a ‘house-for-duty’ priest.
This progress means that the post can now be advertised – on the national and Diocesan church websites and in the ‘Church Times’ – and, as the Archdeacon commented, ‘we only need one applicant, if it’s the right one!’
Your PCCs have done their best to produce a ‘Statement of Needs’ which reflects all our wishes and concerns, and it’s up to others now to answer our hopes and prayers that we shall sometime this year once again have
a priest to care for the spiritual needs of our two parishes.
The briefest report on our celebration of Christmas which, ‘twas said, was the best ever. In fact we’ve used the same format for sixteen years and it obviously works well for us.
Why, there’s even a list of new volunteer performers for this year’s event! Some of the credit for the evening must go to the three generations of the Burley family who between them decorated the tree so beautifully.
And as always Midnight Worship on Christmas Eve with the Revd Aubin de Gruchy provided the perfect start to The Day.
Monthly winter soup lunches are, it seems, here to stay. The next is on Monday 6 February and we’ll look forward to seeing you here, 12.30-ish.
The first – and last – soup lunch of 2016 went so well that there’ll be another
one in the New Year on Monday 9 January, 12.30-ish. Do come and join us – Rachel
makes a particularly delicious soup!
More news next time, but, on the Methodist front, our splendid preachers for the first
three months of the year will ensure that 2017 gets off to a flying start!
There will be a Soup Lunch here on Monday 5th December at the usual time of
12.30-ish. Do come and join the merry throng!
Following that, we hold our Celebration of Christmas on Tuesday 20th at 7 o’clock, with the usual
Midnight Worship on Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm. Posters will give details and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Portloe this Christmas.
After a happy harvest Thanksgiving with the Revd Martyn Pinnock, the Harvest Supper
on the following evening was a very jolly affair. After the Revd Mark Dunn-Wilson had
said Grace, we all enjoyed a hot pasty and an autumnal pud, a glass (or two) of wine
whetting our appetites for the after-supper entertainment.
Revd Mark opened the proceedings followed by an enchanting song from Gena and
a tune from Mike.
Trounce regaled us with stories: his own, and a wonderful Harvest story from Anne
Treneer’s ‘Schoolhouse in the Wind’.
Celebrations continued apace on the tenth day of the tenth month when Val Johns arrived for a (truly) surprise 90th birthday party. This had been arranged by her family who were there – all four generations of them – together with many neighbours and friends.
The bedecked church was packed for this very special party. Val was overwhelmed: she does so much for us all and we hope the occasion showed her how much we treasure her, and how much we love her.
‘PARISH NEWS’ – new style
A message from the editor
Well, this is the last year for ‘Parish News’ in its present format and frequency of publication. The one potential co-editor, though enthusiastic and getting to grips with ‘Publisher’, is now likely to move away from Cornwall.
I am happy to continue to produce issues in the current format, but in alternate months, [six issues a
year instead of twelve]. The remaining six months will have a two-sided A4 news sheet which will carry notices, rotas, reading lists, the diary of events, and maybe tide tables. The bonus is of course that this can be produced quite cheaply, and we can even email it to you rather than deliver a paper copy if that’s acceptable.
It could of course be produced as a Word document by anyone willing to take it on! It will have the same layout each time so it’s only a case of typing in new information every couple of months….
It’s likely that the cover price of the main magazine will rise to £1, but it will still contain the same
number of pages and variety of contents.
The subscription form will be in the December magazine as usual, and thank you to all our readers for your support and comments!
Advertising manager .
After many years of extraordinary skill in attracting advertisers [and extracting their money!] Pat Raine has decided that it’s time to retire.
Much to our delight Sue Day has agreed to take on this task. It remains for us to thank Pat for her
wonderful work over the years and to welcome Sue to the fold.
The Editor insists that something is written under this heading, and who would dare
In fact quite a lot goes on here in Portloe but really nothing news-worthy this month.
On the other hand there will be plenty to report next time, so watch this space!
Well, a the time of writing the sun is shining and the village is filled with very
happy holidaymakers – and residents! It’s been wonderful to see the harbour
come alive, not only on occasions with shoals of mackerel and whitebait,
but paddlers, swimmers and kayakers. It makes one yearn for the ‘good old
days’ and Harbour Day – do you remember?
Our Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday 25 September with
Harvest Supper on Monday 26th. Do please come and join us! Posters will give