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Since the last newsletter we have lost three treasured members of All Saints. Most recent of these, Olive Pengelly, was its most long-standing member, having been christened in the church by Rev. Townson in 1910, and the two aunts, with whom Olive lived as a child, having been its champion through difficult times. After her Service later this week we shall be serving tea in the church in which she was always so at home, as we did also in June after the Service for Pauline Pitts who, in spite of increasing ill health, had stoically continued with her leadership right up to her death: for both her Service, and for that of Win Williams in May, All Saints was filled with their many friends.

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April, Beryl Roome joined Sally Hall as a church warden, with thanks expressed to Vernon Williams for his years of service. Thankfully the PCC also acquired four new members, Hamish Hamilton, with previous accountancy experience, being prepared to take on as Treasurer; Anne Chapman has agreed to become Minutes Secretary, so lifting some weight off Secretary/Grant-raiser Bill; Martin Michell who is already indispensable as our Organist-cum-Musical Director; and Ann Bray, a stalwart All Saints supporter of many years. Yet again this year the Friends and Village General Meeting was held immediately after the APCM, which seems to be proving a good formula.

This spring was a milestone for Bill and Sally, with their Golden Wedding bringing forth a wonderful gesture from the whole Parish - kept completely secret beforehand - of the presentation of a handsome garden seat, with inscribed plaque, which will, when secure fixings have been arranged, be situated in the churchyard, looking down the valley.

Saul Williams and Gayle Sowden, good friends of All Saints, were married in the church in July, and two weeks later both they and Alan and Gill. Callgway, down from-Bristol to celebrate their First Anniversary, having been married in All Saints last summer, were at the Evening Songs-of-Praise when we sang a hymn from each Service, as well as Olive Pengelly's favourite hymn for her in hospital. We continue to alternate Evensong and Song-of-Praise Services monthly, with Archdeacon Clive Cohen joining us one May evening for the latter.

Family Services have continued to be varied, that for August being particularly for all who had suffered in the Boscastle and Area floods, as well as for all people and placed facing trauma, and disasters, in this we particularly included the Ivory Coast, from where part of the Molton family's recent letter was read out, it being almost exactly a year since they left Herodsfoot to return to Africa. The collection that Sunday was added to the wonderful amount raised by Anita Bishop, with the raffle at the August Village Party on the Green - thankfully a lovely fine evening this time - and the sum of £340 was sent to the Flood Relief Fund. Good china, kitchen utensils, toys etc. which we had ready to send if necessary, were not in fact eventually needed, but the offer was greatly appreciated. We’ve continued to have a short celebration of communion immediately following the Family Service, and although Christopher or Gill always go to the back of the church to say good-bye to those wishing to leave before that, in fact most people seem to stay to receive communion or a blessing.

Our other event on the Green this summer - the Ram Roast and Duck Race - was again hugely successful, thanks to the efforts of so many people, and again to the generosity -of Herbert and Winnie Kastelan. The Duck Race, followed, and helped on down the river, by Ian Gordon in his Wellingtons, had a large crowd of youngsters and adults enthusiastically waiting for the first ducks to arrive - they were almost counted down; it was the climax of a very happy evening, raising £809 for the Friends Repair and Restoration Fund.
In view of the weather for much of July and August we were so lucky again with the Fete - another lovely happy day, opened this year by our deputy Organist, Noreen Grenville. With the youngsters arranging so much to help as always, we also had good strong working parties to prepare and clear up, which makes such a difference, as well as all those helping with the Fete in action. The result was £885 raised for church funds. How lucky we are to have the continued use of the Mandls Old Vicarage Garden, and also Barry and Brenda Ingram's land for overflow parking, the field above the Car Park being almost a quagmire this year. We hope now to do one or two car boot sales for further fund-raising.

We still haven't been able to achieve any disabled car parking nearer the Church gate, but a very kind offer from David and Anne Newell, of the top of their land, has revived our hopes, and we now await some decisions and action from the County Council.

Instead of the final stage of the Repair and Restoration programme being the repair of the church roof, for which we had applied for a grant from Heritage Lottery (not being eligible for an English Heritage grant) they have now offered us a grant of £127,000 maximum towards complete re-roofing, this, they feel, being more cost-effective than repair. This means that our Church's share of the cost over and above that grant, will be about £40,000, towards which we are well on the way already, thanks to fund¬raising, a legacy, and further grants offered from several sources. So hopefully sometime early next year, once all the formalities have been completed, the final work will be underway, resulting in a fully sound building to go on into the future,

Among those extra grants offered towards this stage, is one from the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, who have done us proud right through. By the time that most of you receive this newsletter the CHCT main fund-raising day, on Saturday llth September, will be over. We have always managed to support this Annual day well, as hopefully we will again this year. Gill is again organising a sponsored walk from St. Pinnock to Morval, with Herodsfoot church providing refreshments for the walkers on the way.

Below are some of the other special dates for the Autumn and Winter, the first being Harvest Festival, Supper and Auction, on 19th September, always greatly looked forward to, and for which sometimes friends from quite a distance come especially. This is followed in October by an Evening with Parson Hawker of Morwenstow - originator of the present Harvest Festival Services - courtesy of Hamish Hamilton who has already given this performance in other parts of Cornwall.


Sunday 19th September 6.30pm Harvest Festival, Supper and Auction.

Contributions of flowers and produce for decorating and auction and towards the Supper gratefully received.

Friday 22nd October 7.00 pm Evening with Parson Hawker

Sunday 31st October Patronal Church Gift Day, and
6.30 pm Taize Service in the Church with Martin Michell.

Thursday 11th November 10.45 pm Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on the Green.

Friday 24th December 6.30pm Christmas Eve Carol Service in the Church

We hope again to have Carol Singing around the Village during the week before Christmas, and also revive our Herodsfoot Hogmanay perhaps on Saturday 15th January, as well as a Songs-of-Praise Evening with Martin for learning new hymns, and possibly, other events. Watch the Church gate, the Village notice board and the Cornish Times!


SECOND SUNDAY IN THE MONTH 6.30 PM ALTERNATE EVENSONG AND SONG-OF-PRAISE (September will be Evensong, October will be Song-of-Praise etc.)


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