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For details of services and other information, see our the Parish Newsletter and Village Events Guide

All Saints marches on………August 2015
The plans for improving facilities at All Saints are progressing well. The architect is drawing up a scheme for improvements to the toilet, heating, storage, and access to make the church better suited to general community use.  The plans build on the great work already done by the village a few years ago to renew to the roof and install kitchen facilities etc.  A visit has already been paid by representatives of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (essentially the planning authority for approvals to our grade 2 listed building) and we have their approval in principle. Our plans have been discussed with Viridor and we are hopeful of making a successful grant application as well as seeking funding from other trust funds.

The scheme has benefited from the re-formation of The Friends of All Saints with a strong band of people willing and able to take on that role. Special thanks to Ian Gordon for convening the group and to Mary Counter for agreeing to act as treasurer. As soon as names are confirmed we will publish the names of all trustees of the new Friends ( and I am sure all of whom will be glad to receive fund raising ideas and donations! )

The idea is for the church to act as a public resource and not only a centre for worship. So if you have ideas for using the building do let me know.

Thanks to all

Revd Peter C Bellenes
Tel: 01822 833508

Update on All Saints building works – May 2015
Plans are progressing for improving opportunities for using All Saints as a community venue.
The parish is going to maximise the open space at the rear of the church and plans are being considered :

  • To improve heating by installing air pumps for air to air heating which will provide comfortable ambient temperatures in the building. (Quotation already received and approval of diocesan heating advisor obtained)

  • To improve the toilet facilities with installation of a composting toilet.

Meanwhile general maintenance continues _ great thanks are due to Saul Williams for massively improving the paths to church and churchyard. The guttering and drainpipe problems are being attended to.
We urgently need to develop a village association committee that can act as a “Friends” group, independent of the Parochial Church Council, which can help with the planned developments.
If you could help please let me know:
Peter Bellenes tel: 01822 833508 / email: Salamanca1968@outlook.com

April 2015 - New priest for Duloe and Herodsfoot
The Revd Peter Bellenes has been licensed as parish priest for the parishes of Duloe and Herodsfoot. Peter retired from full time ministry in Devon in 2009 and has been helping out with Sunday services at Duloe and Herodsfoot since May last year. Peter, who lives in Harrowbarrow, is married to Alyson and he has two adult daughters, Emma and Charlotte. Looming large in his and Alyson’s life are their two granddaughters, Eleanor and Isabelle, who live close by at Trewoodloe.
Having served ten years in Devon Peter retired to Cornwall in 2009 to live at Harrowbarrow. Since returning to Cornwall Peter has helped during vacancies at Torpoint, Antony, Sheviock, Maryfield, Callington, South Hill, Landrake and Botus Fleming.
Peter is no stranger to Cornwall having moved to Dobwalls in 1989 to take up a post as team leader at Liskeard with Cornwall Social Services, later working with the same department in the capacity of senior manager for services for the elderly and disabled and lastly as Head of Training.
Peter studied philosophy at Salamanca (Castile, Spain) and theology at Lincoln. Ordained priest by Bishop Michael Ball at Truro Cathedral in June 1990 Peter was at that time serving part-time with the Liskeard Team Ministry and shortly after moved to Menheniot to assist the parish priest there. Leaving Menheniot in 1999 Peter was appointed team vicar of Marldon and Berry Pomeroy, in the Diocese of Exeter. Peter has always felt really fortunate to have the support of his wife Alyson.
Peter was delighted to be asked to help during the vacancy at Duloe & Herodsfoot and along with Alyson has got to know the congregations. Needless to say he was even more delighted to be invited in February this year to come out of retirement and dust off the little grey cells. Happy to look after the worship and pastoral needs of the two parishes he also looks forward to wider engagement with the communities of both villages and with the school.
Peter can be contacted on 01822 833508, 07894862375, or e-mail: Salamanca1968@outlook.com

The Church

Overlooking the village is the church of All Saints, built of local stone. With its pointed lancet windows, high Chancel arch and buttresses John Betjeman thought it had all the hallmarks of the well known Victorian architect G E Street but the chance discovery of a signed plan and elevation drawing of the church dated in 1849 has confirmed that the architect was John Hayward the then Diocesan Architect of The Exeter Diocese. At that time all of Cornwall lay in the Exeter Diocese but in the 1870s the Truro Diocese was created.

With boom of the mining industry in the mid 1880s – Herodsfoot was noted for its production of silver, lead and two minerals that are the trade mark of Herodsfoot throughout the world, Bournonite and Tetrahedrite, the village really began to grow. The Rev. Robert Scott, Rector of St Cubys, Duloe at that time decided Herodsfoot needed its own church – until then there had only been a small building in the village used by the Bible Christians – and he took the lead in the fundraising to obtain the land and to build All Saints. W E Gladstone was one of those who contributed to the cost of building the church. Herodsfoot thus became a completely independent Parish with its own Vicar. We have recently, through this website, made contact with the great-grandson of its first Vicar in 1850, the Rev. Newling

All Saints Church from the village All Saints - click to go inside

All Saints Church from the village

All Saints - click to go inside

In 1936 St Cubys and All Saints were re-joined and became the United Benefice of Duloe and Herodsfoot although both parishes were independent. Since then we have shared Rectors/Priests in Charge with, in the earlier days, a Curate living in the Vicarage in Herodsfoot with particular responsibility for Herodsfoot parish. One of the most dearly loved of these was the Rev. Edgar Faull, a blind priest who was here during WW II and for some years afterwards. Quite recently the Benefice has been enlarged to include the Parishes of Morval and St Pinnock with the Rev Gill Lonsdale now looking after all the churches as well as being our Rural Dean.

Unfortunately after 150 years All Saints needed considerable repair and restoration which was estimated in 1999 to be approaching £40,000 but which, due to inflation, rapidly rose to over £70,000. The Parish is the 7th smallest in the Truro Diocese and with a population of some 140 over the age of 18 the task of raising such a large sum from such a small population was, to say the least, daunting.

Fundraising started in 1999 with various, lectures, talks, plays, a 3 Day 150th Anniversary and Millennium Festival in 2000 and many others events too numerous to mention we were able to start work in 2001 and by 2004 a repair and restoration work programme on the outside and the inside of the church had been completed and paid for resulting in a much drier and community useful church but work was still necessary on the roof, high level masonry, coping stones etc. and so we applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund through English Heritage for a grant towards this work. It was decided by English Heritage that the church should be completely re-roofed and last year we were awarded a grant for this work.

The estimated total of the whole programme from 2001 is £155,000, and the work on the roof  started in September 2005 and was completed in 2006 - we believe that All Saints will now be good for another 150 years! Restoration Work ]

All Saints is very important to Herodsfoot, in that, as well as being a well-loved place of worship, it is also the only public meeting place remaining within the village.

Do you run holiday accommodation?
Would your guests love to be married in our gorgeous Cornish countryside?

Do they know they could be married in All Saints church at Herodsfoot once they have stayed for just 7 days in a holiday cottage or hotel / guest house accommodation?
For further information do put them in contact with:
Revd Peter Bellenes, Tel: 07894862375;
e-mail Salamanca1968@outlook.com



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