News August 2018

How we’re all enjoying this wonderful summer weather!
(writing this, though, on 16 July we’re also enjoying the first rain
for some weeks and the garden is loving it!)
Since the last Parish News we’ve had the annual Blessing of the
Sea – Rev’d Philip’s first – and, most unusually, we were blessed
with glorious weather. We had a film crew here for an
episode of one of Rosamund Pilcher’s novels for the very
successful German TV series. The church was used as a Green
Room only, for relaxation and learning lines, not for the actual
A ‘crab and gin’ event was held in glorious sunshine in the
Ship’s garden when Portloe’s very own gin was distilled, right
there and then. This Limited Edition gin, with its own label,
will no doubt become a collector’s item. The handsome sum of
over £3000 was raised for Cornwall Air Ambulance.
On the church front we’ve been greatly appreciative of, and enjoying,
the wide variety of services provided for our ‘DIY’ services (that was Gerald’s very
apt phrase). These are led by – always! – willing volunteers. For example, Hilary recently
offered to lead the service, her mum played the organ (beautifully) and her husband
read the appointed Bible lesson. A truly family affair. We feel we’re on a good learning curve,
which is just as well as sometimes we have three DIY services in a month with five
It’s always good to welcome visitors and we were delighted to have young Holly with us recently.
She took great delight in helping to unpack the first of three bright blue chairs for children,
declaring it ’very nice’, and that blue was her favourite colour It’s exactly the right
height for the low table which has a selection of colouring books and crayons