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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)

Cornwall from the Coast Path

November 13th 2017

A reminder of our talk this month which is on Wednesday 15th November at 7.30pm at the Trenython Manor Hotel.
It is a talk by Mike Kent entitled 'Cornwall from the Coast Path' 
In 2007, Mike Kent fulfilled a long-standing ambition to walk the whole of the coast path of his Cornish homeland, from Marsland to Cremyll. During the 16-day journey, walking for up to 14 hours each day, and occasionally camping wild on remote and rugged cliffs, Mike recorded his thoughts and observations about various things Cornish. On his return, Mike and Merryn Kent dug deeper to uncover more about the places and people, landscapes and wildlife that caught his imagination along the way. Some are as world famous as Tintagel Castle and the tin mines of Levant. Others, like the cliffside hut built by poet and playwright Robert Duncan, are equally fascinating but barely known. Handsomely illustrated with many photographs and maps, this book aims to capture the authors' shared passion for Cornwall's rich coastal heritage.

WI trip to Plymouth

November 10th 2017

Lerryn WI trip to Plymouth to visit the Synagogue, lunch at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and Plymouth gin distillery tour on Wednesday 20th September 2017

Thanks to the Lerryn minibus, driven wonderfully by Annie Singer, we arrived in Plymouth ahead of schedule.  Which was just as well as it took a while to work out how to undo the gate to get in to the synagogue!! However, once in Jerry Sibley, who is the Custodian of the Synagogue, warmly welcomed us.  After an explanation of the history of Catherine Street (it dates back to Catherine of Aragon) Jerry explained that the order of buildings is very important to the Jewish faith. First comes the bathhouse because cleanliness is next to Godliness, then the school room (the teaching of Hebrew is essential to be able to read the Torah) and finally a place of worship, the synagogue.  Before you can build a synagogue,  you need to have a minyan and this is a minimum of 10 males over the age of 13, as you need this number of males to be assembled together before the scrolls can be read.

The current bathhouse is in the adjacent building to the synagogue and looked incredibly uncomfortable and not somewhere any of us wanted to linger. Refreshments were provided while Jerry talked generally about his role as Custodian. He explained that he isn’t Jewish as he needs to be able to work on the Sabbath and if you’re Jewish, that’s not possible.  The snacks were all Kosher, including Kit Kats!  We also met Dexter, perhaps the largest cat I’ve ever met!! And I don’t just mean large, I mean HUGE!!!!

The synagogue still stands on the original site in Catherine Street in the heart of the city.  The building itself is very discreet, from the street there is nothing to indicate what the building is, or how incredibly beautiful it is inside.  Built in 1762, the Georgian building is Grade II* listed and is surprisingly small. Amazingly it is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world.


Of particular interest were the tiny boxes attached to all of the doorposts, called mezuzah. Each one contains a parchment inscribed with specific Hebrew texts from the Torah.  



They are angled to point inwards on the doorpost as an indication that Jewish people are inside and that the Angel of Death should pass over; it acts as a reminder that God is always with them and traditionally Jewish people kiss their fingertips and touch the mezuzah when entering a room.




In the synagogue the painting and pictures were all dated using the Jewish calendar. Jerry explained about the Jewish calendar and the dates shown were AM – anno mundi meaning the year after creation, rather than anno domini, the year of the Lord. So 2017 is 5778 in the Jewish calendar.


The main body of the synagogue has a display of old maps showing how the city of Plymouth has grown over the centuries, starting with the 3 towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse. In 1914 the three towns merged to become Plymouth and in 1928 became the City of Plymouth.  Despite not having a cathedral, city status was granted by Royal Charter due to the size of the population.

The naval influence on the construction of the synagogue is very clear. The woodwork is typical of naval construction of the period and the Bimah (the central platform) resembles the naval cockpit of an old sailing ship.  It has been adorned with brass acorns, Georgian pomegranates containing bells and is the inner sanctum where the High Priest reads from the Torah.

On the eastern wall is the Holy Ark that contains the Scrolls. Its ornate white and gold decoration is in stark contrast to the plain wood of the rest of the building. Although it looks like marble it is in fact made from wood and plaster and then has been highly decorated.  The stained glass windows are magnificent, each one telling a story of a family (including the ancestors of Wallace Simpson, future wife of King Edward VIII!)

Jerry is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and imparted so much information that it’s not really possible to tell you all about it in a few minutes. However some audience participation was required to act out the roles of the important people within the synagogue. To great amusement the President’s horn was blown, and various hats were worn including the big top hat worn by the treasurer and funeral director!

Our two-hour tour was over far too quickly and we all agreed that a follow-up visit is a must.


So, a bit late we had a very quick lunch at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club before moving on to Plymouth Gin! By this stage the weather had turned and Annie kindly dropped us outside the distillery in monsoon conditions!

The building date back to the 1400s, and was a monastery before becoming the home of Plymouth Gin in 1793. The Black Friars distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England.  And in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in England there before sailing to America.

Navy Gin is gin that is 57% alcohol compared to standard gin that is 37.5% alcohol. The problem was that when the Royal Navy took standard gin on their battles ships if it got spilt over the gunpowder, then the gunpowder was useless and couldn’t be used. So Plymouth Gin was asked to look at the problem and Navy gin was the result because 57% alcohol is the level at which spilt gin will not ruin gunpowder!

After looking at the copper stills we explored what goes into the gin to make it special.  We looked and smelled a range of botanicals that are used to make gin including juniper berries, coriander seed, citrus peels, green cardamom, angelica root and orrisroot. We got to taste the product too (gin and sloe gin).  As a gin-lover I’ll certainly go back but next time to do the Master Distillers Tour where you get to taste lots more and make your own gin!

We had hoped to go to the Hoe to see the memorial wave of poppies but by the time we left the distillery the weather was too wet and wild (but if you haven’t seen them, then it’s worth a trip but go in the evening as they’re lit up and look magnificent).

A wonderful day all round, and many thanks to our organisers and driver.

Julie Devine

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