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It has been a busy and happy six months in many ways since September, in spite of some problems. The good attendance and support for all our special Services, such as Harvest and Carol Service, is always an inspiration, hopefully to everyone attending; it is lovely to see the Church full, with lamps and lights, candles and heaters glowing, and all ages involved. The flower arrangers do a super job, helped by others on occasions such as Harvest with all its produce; Beatrice Gough keeps the brass shining, and Anita, helped by Veronica, does wonderfully with the cleaning. How good to have Anita, with all her energy, as a new PCC member: Gayle Williams has joined the flower arrangers, with Saul continuing to be a tower of strength with the churchyard. At our recent AGM Curate and Rural Dean Gill said that All Saints is always a lovely church to come into, with such a friendly and welcoming feeling about it. In the new Visitors Book, started in the autumn, (the previous one had been in use since the 1950s) there is a recent comment of 'a nice church on a wet day', and those Chichester, Sussex visitors (or someone else!) had obviously been browsing among our library books, and also through our Living Churchyard records and display, at the back of the church, and also the literature on the table, and quite often one sees that the toys have been in use out of their box, which is nice.

We missed our hymn-singing on the Green in September, as St Pinnock Band were not able to come. However this September Martin Micheli and/or possibly a small Band or Group, will be playing for that. With the September Benefice Sponsored Walk in aid of the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, this Parish raised £315, shared between All Saints and the CHC Trust, which has been very good to us. This time the Trust's County Organiser, Murray Gowan, saw the walkers off from St Pinnock, and then joined the refreshment team in All Saints for coffee, before the walkers arrived for their refreshments, en route for Morval.

Harvest Festival, supper and auction were as good as ever and fittingly Hamish Hamilton's `Parson Hawker of Morwenstow' Evening followed soon afterwards; that was a marathon effort, with the help of friends from Sterts, to whom we were very grateful. We had visitors from afar, including author Donald Rawle, from Wadebridge, inspite of it being a rough and wild night, reminiscent of the weather only too familiar to Parson Hawker on his wild north­east Cornish coast. We are sad to say goodbye to Hamish and Janet and little Cameron, for their two years in S. Wales -their new home there looks very like their North Mine Cottage here. This has meant that Hamish, our new Treasurer, is now unable to do that job, and so Bill Hall has been 'tiding aver', and at the recent AGM, Cathy Gough volunteered to work herself into the job, with Bill's help.

We again had the use of the Pitts pavilion, on the Green - put up for us by Brian and Julian - for our Patronal Gift Day on 31-`-t October. Serving teas and coffees etc. is an enjoyable way of having small gatherings of parishioners and visitors throughout the day, and not only financial contributions were brought there; five year old Katie brought her own-made delicious apple pie, with cream, for Sally and Bill at lunch-time. It is so nice that visitors come and take part in so many All Saints and Village events - thanks to all those who encourage them to do so; on this occasion one family managed to stay on for Martin Michell's candlelit Taize Service that evening - (just right for a dark autumn evening) - on their way back to Bristol. Martin always gets us all involved in Jubilates and part singing and readings, and hopefully he will repeat that lovely service for us this coming autumn.

The November 1 l th Remembrance Service on the Green was, as always, well attended. Ann Bray held a delightful December Sherry and Mince Pie Evening at Carglonnon Farm, as All Saints fundraising effort for the Joint Benefice Flower Festival at St Cuby's over 28th-30th May, and with raffles and auction as well, over £400 was raised. Recently Janet Brenton held a Lunch as St Cuby's event for this. Trixie Gordon, with Ion and her committee, are working hard towards this Festival. Herodsfoot's turn to look after refreshments is on Monday 30th; offers of help and also of cakes and scones etc. needed (Sally Hall, 01 579 320797). Just before Christmas the Molton Family came on a brief visit after their evacuation from trouble-torn Ivory Coast.

Our Village Carol Singing was this year in aid of the Respite Centre in Liskeard. We were particularly glad of hot mulls and lemonades in the shelter of the Ingram's kitchen, after having been caught in a hail squall, which eventually slightly curtailed our round, but our visits seemed to be appreciated everywhere. After the magic of the Christmas Eve Carol Service, it was St Pinnock's turn to have the Christmas Morning Service this year; and then, on Boxing Day came the dreadful news of the Asian Tsunami. We decided to give the donations at our Herodsfoot Hogmanay, in the Church on 15th January, to that Appeal and, with a super raffle effort by Anita, over £200 was quickly sent off, to be followed later, in answer to the Lions Appeal, by kitchen items, blankets, linen etc which had been held ready, but not needed at Boscastle.

February 27th was a pretty busy and special day, with again an overflowing church for the christening of little Henry Rollings. Mrs Ann Carter also came to the Family Service, to tell us about Duloe School's (including Herodsfoot childrens), involvement in the Parish Plan. For the rest of the day we had a succession of visitors, with the Plan Exhibition rapidly set up at the back of the church after the Service, and there was plenty of interest and discussion, with teas and coffees being served.

Christopher Newell's Farewell Service and Faith Lunch was on Mothering Sunday at St. Cuby's, so there was not the usual Service and Tea at All Saints. A joint Benefice contribution, and individual small Parish gifts - ours a Herodsfoot mug -were presented to Christopher with our best wishes for his future. Ail Saints also had a small 'thank-you' present for Gill, with which she has now bought a magnolia tree. In March Sally Hall gave a glimpse of `A Child's view of Wartime Downderry" - another dark rough night -at least dark enough to seethe slides! The Lent Lunches, arranged by Monica Garbett and Evelyn Julian were their usual success, resulting in welcome contributions to several local charities and to All Saints and St Cuby's

As in previous years the Friends of All Saints Meeting immediately followed the Church APCM, which meant that the Churchwarden's report, about the present and future of the church, could be made just once- to both. Secretary Bill reported the current position of the Repair and Restoration work, and 'Friends' Auditor, Lorna Bailey gave the position re the Friends R&R fund. Our thanks to Pam Stratton and Lama for looking after this. Two new PCC members, Anita Bishop and Cathy Gough, were elected. Sadly Beryl Roome is not well and therefore unable to act as a Churchwarden at present; thanks went to her and also best wishes for her coming operations. Bill reported progress in Health and Safety aspects, with the new rails now on either side of the Church steps. The Prestons have very kindly provided us with a substantial fence in the new Churchyard, for protection until the hedge regrows, and Ian Gordon and Trevor Keast have fenced a length of the old Churchyard. Thanks were expressed to Gill Lonsdale for all she does for us; she, and others, paid tribute to Secretary Bill for his intrepid grants and donations raising, and for acting as co-ordinator and `Clerk of Works' right through the R&R programme; Anne Chapman taking over as Minutes Secretary is a great help to him. Gill also gave her thanks to Sally as a good and strong Churchwarden.

Rev David Phillips gave us a lovely Easter Service (and the Easter Egg hunt in the Churchyard was very thorough! ). We took three teams to the Deanery Quiz at Lanreath in April - reasonably successfully but no winners! Our thanks also to Jackie and Peter Taylor for their continued work with the website, and for coping with requests for sales items etc.. Again, what would All Saints do without all its Friends.

Dates so far:

28th - 30th May                         Joint Benefice Flower Festival at St Cuby's

Sat 30th July (to be confirmed)    Ram Roast on the Green and Duck Race

Sat 13th                                    August  Church Fete in old Vicarage Garden

Sat 10th September                   Cornwall Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Walk

Sun 17 th September                 Hymn Singing on the Green

Sun 2nd October                        Harvest Festival and Supper etc.

Regular Services Second Sunday in month Evensong or Songs of Praise

Fourth Sunday in month Family Service, followed by Communion for those who wish

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