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A message from Michelle

December 1st 2017

An informal gathering outside the shop on Friday afternoon - the first day of opening - saw Michelle presented with flowers and chocolates (and a big kiss!) from delighted local residents.

Michelle would like to thank everybody involved, and many others in the village, for their kindness and support on opening day and also in the weeks leading up to it.

Our village shop is open again!

December 1st 2017

The residents of Lerryn and no doubt our visitors are delighted that the Lerryn River Stores are open again as of today 1st December.  We showed Michelle our appreciation by gathering outside the shop at 2.00pm and presenting her with a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates.



The shop is open for basics and she will gradually stock up.  The post-office is open in the mornings only for the time being.  A coffee shop will soon be opened in the back room. We can't wait!

We wish Michelle every success in her new venture.

To see more photos of the occasion go to the Photo Gallery or click on the bouquet below:

Ronald Elliot

November 28th 2017


Ronald Elliott passed away peacefully yesterday with his daughter Jane and son Duncan at his bedside.

Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available.



November 27th 2017

Michelle plans to be open (8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday, plus Sunday mornings) from this Friday, December 1st. Obviously, she couldn't order in a lot of stock till she had a shop to put it in, so it will be just basics at first, building up gradually in line with what people actually buy and need. However, there will be a little seating inside for those who fancy a pasty and a hot drink. Come and visit, look around and tell Michelle what you want.

It will be a huge relief to everybody to have the shop back. Now we need to get on and use it.

St Veep Church bells: they are back!

November 27th 2017

Thursday 23rd November was a red letter day in the long history of St. Veep church.
In the afternoon our vicar, Paul, rededicated our refurbished maiden bells and the school performed a play which illustrated superbly the casting of the bells back in 1770.
In the evening, members of the community came to the church to view the bells, take some photographs and enjoy a glass of wine.
It was a very social evening but also quite significant as it is probably the last time that those present will see the bells during their life time
On Monday,  the rehanging of the bells will commence so everything will be ready for our gala weekend of 9th and 10th December.

Christmas Arts Fair

November 26th 2017

Lerryn School Christmas Fayre

November 26th 2017

St Veep Church bells - updated dates for your diary

November 26th 2017

Most of you know that the refurbishment and rehanging of our historic bells has been delayed. The reason for this is that the fabricator, the man who assembles the bell frame, has been off work for six weeks and apparently this highly skilled work can only be carried out by this one man.   Thankfully he returned to work on 9th October.  We now have some firm dates from Nicholsons, the bell hangers, so we have been able to rearrange our events calendar as follows: 

Monday 13th November
Return of bells and frame
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November
Installation of foundation frame
Wednesday 15th November
Builder to cement frame
Thursday 23rd November
At 2.00pm, Lerryn School pupils will perform a play based on the casting of the virgin bells back in 1770. This was written by a well known local academic and was last performed about 25 years ago. The bells will be on display in the aisle of the church and Paul, our vicar, will perform a short blessing of the bells. All are welcome.
In the evening at 7.00pm, the church will be open for everyone to have a last look at our refurbished bells before they are rehung. This is a “Once in a Lifetime” event and wine and nibbles will be available to mark the occasion.
Monday 27th November
Assemble frame and hang bells
Wednesday 6th December
Bell hanging complete
Saturday 9th December
At 9.30am, the Truro Guild of Ringers will attempt to ring a full peal. This is the first full peal to be rung at St. Veep since 1988 and, if successful, will take about three hours.  Please feel free to drop in.
During the afternoon, we are inviting local teams of ringers to join us in Cornish traditional ringing. This should be fun. Once again feel free to drop in.
Sunday 10th December
Our final event at 6.00pm is a Celebration of the rehanging of the bells and the completion of the project which will be conducted by Reverend Paul.  Please come along and be part of this historic event.

Christmas Coffee Morning

November 24th 2017

The coffee morning at the end of November has become one of the bus' favourite fundraisers, and we look forward to seeing you in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 25th November  from 10.30 - 12.00.

You can expect:
  • Delicious cakes
  • Fresh coffee
  • A lavish hamper raffle
  • Challenges to your skill and imagination
  • Stimulating books for sale
  • Gifts to buy
 - and all in the best possible company!!

St Veep Church Bells

November 13th 2017

St. Veep Church Bells      Image result for images bells

For those of you who have been lucky enough to experience David Vipond’s telling of the casting of the St. Veep bells in the 18th Century you will know not only what a unique event it was then but, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, what a truly magnificent venture St. Veep Parish has successfully undertaken again. History repeating itself?

When Mr Pennington prepared to tune the bells in June 1769 little did he know before he tapped them that he had cast a perfect virgin peal. It was known that one or two bells had been perfectly cast prior to this but Top of the Towernever a full six. It was the only virgin peal in England in 1770 and it remains, as far as we are told, the only virgin peal to this day.

Highslide JSLike all precious things the bells need to be cared for and loved. They were taken down in 1935 for cleaning and the Medieval bell frame was replaced by John Taylor a Bell Founder of Loughborough. The bells were laid in the Churchyard. (See photo left).

After a decree from the Bishop in 2015 the bells were once again inspected and it was discovered that not only was the bell frame badly corroded but the bell hangings needed replacing. So it was in August 2015 a committee was formed and the bell appeal was started. The estimate for the work which needed to be carried out was £120,000. At this point many would have balked, not so the newly formed committee and with the help of Dick Stern they began their campaign. The local community raised £25,000, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £55,000 and with Dick’s advice further grants were obtained from SITA Cornwall Trust, Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, Truro Diocesan Ringers, All Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation. The East Cornwall Bell Ringers Association and local Church Towers also contributed to the fund. The money was raised and The Bells come downin April 2017 the Committee informed their contractors, Heritage Cornwall Limited, M&M Scaffolding and Nicholson’s Engineering that the project was set to go. In June of this year building Coach trip to Lyme Regis and Nicholsons Bell Foundry at Bridportwork commenced. The tower was re-pointed, rotten stone was replaced and cracks were repaired. The bells were lowered in July. All were welcomed to view the bells on the 13thof July as they were displayed in the centre aisle of the Church. Lerryn Primary School had their own private viewing that afternoon and the bells set off on their journey to Bridport the following day.

The bells may be absent but the Committee is not. A group from St Veep and their friends went to Bridport in August to visit the foundry. Andrew Nicholson was on hand to explain the process and timescale. The 10 hundredweight tenor bell inscribed with “William Penwarne, Vicar AD 1770. I call the quick to Church and the Dead to Grave” had been sent to Cambridgeshire to have a hairline crack repaired.  In September Heritage Cornwall Limited offered members of the public the chance to climb the scaffolding and enjoy the view from the top of the tower.

Local Organisations have been instrumental in promoting and supporting the work of the Committee. In April Lerryn History Society arranged a talk about the history of the Church. A Jazz evening was held in October with the Penny Royal Jazz Band. On the afternoon of November 23rd Lerryn Primary School will perform a play written and directed by David Vipond, last performed 25 years ago, based on the casting of the virgin peal in 1770. Later that evening the Church will be open for all to view the refurbished bells before they are re-hung.  The Supporters of St Veep will lay on wine and nibbles to mark this “Once in a Lifetime” event. It is hoped that the bell hanging will be completed by Wednesday December 6th.

Work has been held up for six weeks but the Committee are able to verify that the Truro Guild of Ringers will attempt to ring a full peal on Saturday December 9th which will be the first full peal to be rung at St. Veep since 1988, and, if successful, will take around 3 hours to complete. Their marathon starts at 9.30 am and all are welcome to hear this historic event. During the afternoon local teams of ringers have been invited to join St Veep in Cornish Traditional ringing, again, all are welcome. The final event will take place on the 10th December at 6.00pm, a celebration to mark the re-hanging of the bells and the completion of the project conducted by the Reverend Paul.  Please come and join us - all are welcome to enjoy this historic event.         

We would like to thank Brian and Penny Philp and Pat Bucknell for their stalwart support, Oliver Trevelyan and Charles Morgan St. Veep Churchwardens. The Stevens family who constructed the steelworks for lowering and hoisting the bells, and supported whenever necessary, Heritage Cornwall for their meticulous work on the tower. To Nicholson’s Foundry for their work on the bells, the volunteers who helped remove and rehang the bells. To all local organisations including the Supporters of St Veep, the WI for their catering and all individuals who helped with fundraising, events and support.

In times of need there are always individuals who step up to the plate and put in hours and hours of work behind the scenes to ensure a project is guaranteed success, so a


HUGE THANK YOU to Peter Bucknell, Dick Stern and the wonderful people at the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“From tower embattled, all ivied and gray,

Our virgin bells herald this blest happy day,

From inland to seaboard, twixt earth and blue sky,

Their message soars heavenward to Jesus on high.”


(Taken from St Veep on the Hilltop written by Jim Pearce Tencreek)

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