Messages from the Vicarage and the Church Wardens

 

May 2018

 

May services

 

ServiceDateTimeVenue
Eucharist6th May11:00St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion13th May08:00St Neot Church
Eucharist13th May11:00St Neot Church
Cluster service20th May10:00Warleggan

Evening Prayer

20th May18:30St Neot Church

Eucharist

27th May11:00St Neot Church

 

As you will see from the above there is a joint cluster service at Warleggan on the 20th of May. This is not just to celebrate Pentecost but also the service will be led by Bishop Chris. Following the service there will be a joint BBQ in the field next to Warleggan Church.

 

On Tuesday 29th May there will be the normal Oak Apple Day celebrations starting in the St Neot car park at 5:45pm with the raising of the branch at the church at 6pm followed by a BBQ with music and dancing. Please do come and join us.

 

We would like to express our thanks here for all the service and work Jane Glanville has put in over the past six years as Church Warden. She stepped down at the AGM. Also, Penny Greenwood has stepped down as secretary. Again, thankyou Penny for all you have done in your role for the church.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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April 2018

 

Dear Friends,

The older one gets it seems the more words one needs to express ones thoughts or share ones stories, so I suppose it is no bad thing that Church and Chapel have been limited to one page each in the St Neot News.
Hopefully, it keeps things  sharper!

As your News is delivered we are in the midst of Easter. The Easter season lasts 40 days - this year, until 10th May - Ascension Day. However, the season reminds us of the very first Easter event, that in our daily lives we are given the opportunity for new life, are forgiven and have the capacity to forgive; the capacity to live lives which are other centered and not self-centered; the ability to care for the other.

 

Good reasons to celebrate by eating chocolate!

 

Philip


Assistant Priest, St Neot, Warleggan and Mount.

 

 

April services

 

ServiceDateTimeVenue
BCP Holy Communion - Easter Day1st April08:00St Neot Church
Eucharist - Easter Day1st April11:00St Neot Church
Eucharist8th April11:00St Neot Church
Evening prayer8th April18:30St Neot Church

BCP Holy Communion

15th April08:00St Neot Church
Morning prayer15th April11:00St Neot Church
Eucharist22nd April11:00St Neot Church
Joint Cluster service at St Cleer29th April10:30St Neot Church

 

St Neot is part of a cluster of parishes including Warleggan, St Cleer and Pensilva, with Rev Becca Bell as Priest in Charge. Previously on the 5th Sunday in the month we have joined with Warleggan for our main service, but on the 29th April we will begin to rotate through all the cluster churches, beginning at St Cleer. Please come and support this new venture, and if you need a lift to St Cleer then contact a church warden.

Easter is a joyous time for the church as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We look forward to seeing you over this period, at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2018

 

As I write this we are at the tail end of the half term break and when I wake there is light coming through the curtains. It is a relief. As much as I love winter and the cosines indoors and the starkness outdoors, I am relieved that it is easier to wake up, and there is a promise of warmth. I am sure I am not alone!

 

As Easter approaches we approach hope. It is also echoed beautifully in the season around us (unless you are in the southern hemisphere!). Last week I visited a lady in her final days of life and the peeking spring flowers and sight of a bullfinch outside her window brought her real joy. They whispered hope.

 

It seems to me that we need that hope more than ever. Both personally and globally we face things that make the world seem hopeless. In a few weeks we face the final stretch of lent in Holy Week when we remember the last supper and Christ’s death on Good Friday. It seems that until we engage with the despair of those days, we don’t understand the immensity of the hope of Easter. We can be tempted to jump straight to bunnies and chocolate, but as we approach Easter we hold the hard things and the pain before God; knowing that this is why Jesus suffered and died, and that this was all beaten. Death is beaten. Hope is here.

 

 

Rev Becca Bell

 

This is not a new ceremony but part of the exploration to find out what is behind the High Altar. We managed to remove the lower section which was determined that it was added later. The central section, with the rings, may have been an original altar table that had been modified. More work is needed but specialist help will be needed to fully determine what exists. Thank you for all who helped and Chris Timms for the photo. If you want to submit a caption for the photo, please do.

 

Details of the services can be found in the diary listings. As we journey through Lent there are several additional services or events planned. This includes a concert by The East Cornwall Bach Choir plus a Choral Evensong and organ recital. The lead into Easter sees additional services, some joint with the Chapel.

 

March services

 

ServiceDateTimeVenue
Eucharist4th March11:00St Neot Church
Eucharist BCP  11th March08:00St Neot Church
Eucharist - Mothering Sunday11th March11:00St Neot Church
Lent Lunch - Christian Aid14th March12:00Village Hall
Morning Prayer18th March11:00St Neot Church
Evening Prayer18th March18:30St Neot Church
East Cornwall Bach Choir24th March19:30St Neot Church
Eucharist - Palm Sunday25th March11:00St Neot Church
Choral Evensong by ECBC25th March15:00St Neot Church
Organ recital25th March18:00St Neot Church
Eucharist - Maundy Thursday29th March18:00St Neot Church
Last Hour Service - Good Friday30th March14:00Chapel

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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February 2018

 

In the Church’s calendar we are starting to move into Lent. As part of this there is an additional mid-week service for the Imposition of Ashes, as shown on the services list below for February.

 

Please also note that the 8am service on the 11 Feb is to be confirmed. If you are intending to come, please make contact with us beforehand to confirm.

 

February services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following Christmas and Epiphany may we leave you with a thought ~

 

When the song of the angels is stilled; When the star in the sky is gone; When the kings and princes are home; When the shepherds are back with their flocks;

The work of Christmas begins.

To find the lost; To heal the broken; To feed the hungry; To release the prisoner; To rebuild the nations; To bring peace among people; To make music in the heart.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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December 2017 / January 2018

 

With December now upon us the church starts to celebrate in earnest throughout the month the birth of Christ. It is a real festive time in the church’s calendar with services for all ages. We do hope you will find time to join us in our celebrations.


Below are our services for December and January. We also have several extra services/concerts to our normal ones in December to help celebrate Christmas. Please note our Morning Prayer on 17th December will be our Advent service this year.


December 14th at 7:30pm Loveny MVC Christmas Concert


December 23rd at 7:30pm Community Christmas Carol Concert with Canoryon Lowen, The Larks and Levow Kesson ~ see advert


December 24th at 2pm Jazz in the Church ~ see advert


December 24th at 4:30pm The Carols by The Crib service


December 24th at 11:30pm The Midnight Eucharist service.

 

 

December services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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Novemeber 2017

 

Harvest Festival was a successful time of celebration and thanksgiving. Many thanks for all from the church, school and village who contributed to the weekend. All non-perishable produce/gifts were donated to the Liskeard Food Bank. At the lunch, which raised £440, John Keast used his wonderful auctioning skills to raise a further £265 for Christian Aid selling all the perishable gifts.

 

November sees the annual Remembrance Day. This year it is on the 12th of November. The Service of Remembrance begins at the Village Memorial at 10:45 and then moves into the Chapel. There is also a Cenotaph in the grounds of the church for the fallen in the 1st World War. This year our normal 8am service will conclude with an act of Remembrance by laying a wreath at the church Cenotaph.

 

On 5th November we have Archdeacon Audrey taking our 11am service and Rev Andrew Balfour taking the All Souls service at 6pm.

 

Also for those who would like to support Joe Rowe (St Neot) and Ross Harrison (Mount) they have their confirmation service at the Cathedral on Saturday 25th November at 7pm.

 

November services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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September 2017

 

This is being written the weekend before the Festival, which will of course has been the usual enormous success. Can we say a huge thank you for all those how have helped, in any capacity, to enable it to take place.


The PCC has started to discuss how we use the altars here at St Neot. Upon looking closely at the High Altar it is clear that it has been added to over the past 100 years or so. For instance underneath the existing construction is an earlier pitch pine altar and behind the rheredos (the substantial timber backdrop to the altar) there are, we think, more William Morris style tiles. Before The PCC can make any decision about the place and use of the altars, it is clear we need to understand what has been there before now, not least in the context of the Shrine of St Neot at the North end of the sanctuary.


The Archdeacon has given permission for the altar and rheredos to be moved away from the West wall and for photographs to be taken of what is unveiled. The work will be undertaken across two days and the altar will be returned to where it is now. This work will be undertaken on the weekend of the 23rd (with a break for the wedding) and 24th September. In order to give everyone the opportunity to inspect what is revealed, there will be some minor inconvenience created to the distribution of Holy Communion on Sunday 24th. After worship on that day there will be a short explanatory talk, followed by the opportunity to look, touch and ask questions.


At the end of October on Friday 20th we have arranged a Wild West Hoedown in the Village Hall starting at 7:30pm. Tickets will be £10. A chance to let your hair down and dance the night away

 

 

September services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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August 2017

 

Our main focus in August will be on The St Neot Village Festival. Thank you to all who have helped in the planning of the Festival so far and volunteered to help. There are many events and activities being planned, so we need more volunteers please to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane ~ many hands make light work!

 

As part of the Festival publicity we have our own website at www.stneotvillagefestival.com and Facebook page, which can be found via the link on the website. Please do look at these as updates and additional information will be there. There a timetable of events and activities on the website so you know what is happening when. Copies of these will be available around the village the week before the festival.

 

Can we please take this opportunity to thank all of those who help in keeping the church grounds and cemetery maintained. It is not a job everyone can do so we are grateful for those who do.

 

 

August services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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July 2017

 

A great thankyou to all who took part in the celebration weekend including the Bishop’s visit. We are so privileged to have such great musicians amongst us. It was good to look back on what has been achieved not just by the church but the village as a whole. We value your support and would not have achieved what we have without you.

 

At the end of July on Sunday the 30th we have our annual service in remembrance of St Neot. This year it is also a joint service with our friends at Warleggan.

 

Planning for the St Neot Village Festival continues at a pace, details of the next meeting are on the diary page. Thank you to all who have helped in the planning of the Festival so far and volunteered to help. There are many events and activities being planned, so if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane ~ many hands make light work!


Included in this newsletter is a flyer asking if you can volunteer. If you are not returning the flyer please use it to help advertise the Festival. As part of the Festival publicity we have our own website at www.stneotvillagefestival.com and Facebook page, which can be found via the link on the website. Please do look at these as updates and additional information will be there.

 

 

July services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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June 2017

 

Thank you to all who made Oak Apple Day a success. As part of an Archbishops initiative entitled “Thy Kingdom Come” we have been encouraged to have a Prayer Walk around the village. This has been organised to start in the church at 9:30 on Sunday 4th June. It will be a level walk through the village, stopping at various points where we will focus our prayers on different aspects of God's kingdom. Please do come and join us if you can.


Over the past few years as a church, with the support of so many people, we have undertaken successfully many projects. We have therefore decided to have a weekend to celebrate God’s provision to us. Please see the article by Nick Hart outlining what is planned. It will culminate on Sunday with Bishop Tim visiting us for the last time. This will be followed by a BBQ to which all are invited, the Bishop will also attend. Please come and celebrate with us but please bring your own food to BBQ.

 

Planning for the St Neot Village Festival continues, details of the next meeting are on the diary page. There are many events and activities being planned, so if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane, the more the easier.

 

 

June services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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May 2017

 

For those of you who attended the recital of Faure’s Requiem what can be said but “what a performance”. In Nick’s words “That is the longest pause between performance and applause I have ever experienced. Quite stunning” as people took in what they had just heard. Thank you Nick and Carnoryon Lowen.

 

Can we say a thank you to all who produce music for us at Church. Our Nick and Heather and or own choir on a weekly basis and all the visiting choirs and music maker we get. It enriches our services and the life of the village.

 

Our next main fund raiser, plus village event, is Oak Apple Day on the 29th May. This year it falls on the bank holiday Monday. There is much planned for the event along with the usual BBQ, so please come to the car park for 17:45 to then march up to the Church for 18:00. This year, with no scaffolding around the tower, it will hopefully be easier to raise the oak branch.

 

As many of you know we are planning a St Neot Village Festival with the proceeds going to the Church and Chapel. There are many events and activities being planned. Details of the next meeting are on the dairy page but if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane.

 

May services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2017

 

As many will know there was a meeting recently re a potential St Neot Flower and Art Festival. After much discussion those present agreed that there would be sufficient support for this to proceed over the late August bank holiday weekend 24th to 28th. It was also agreed that the Festival will be in the aid of St Neot Church, The Chapel and The Institute/Village Hall. This is going to take a lot of effort and to the benefit of the village, therefore if you think you can help in any part please do contact Jane or Graham. More details will be released next month after further meetings to agree the final structure.

 

However, our first fund raising event is a Sunday lunch at Trevenna on the 5th of March at 1pm. Tickets are selling fast so do contact Jane Glanville or Jill Thompson to book your place.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have received full DAC approval for the proposed new PA system so the orders can now be placed. It is hoped this will be in place by the end of March. The new system will help the church to be used by others, School, Choirs, Orchestras and Theatre groups as well as beneficial to regular Sunday services. It is hoped that all will be able to hear what is happening inside the church once installed. If you wish to donate towards the cost of this system, it would be much appreciated.

 

March services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for all your support at our events and we look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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February 2017

 

We are very privileged to live in a Village where there is such a sense of community. Last year we held several fund raising events for the Church and with the support of all raised £4,900. Thank you for your support and we hope to surpass this figure in 2017. We have planned our fundraising calendar for 2017 and at present it is:

 

 

March 5th
Trevenna lunch
April 12thFaure’s Requiem
May 29thOak Apple Day
June 24thChurch Celebration Concert
August 16thChurch Fete ~ Vicarage gardens
August 24th to 28thSaint Neot Village Flower Festival
September 23rdHoe Down
October 1stHarvest Festival and lunch with auction
December tbcLoveny MVC Choir Christmas Concert

 

 

February services

 

Schedule - Februray 2017

 

Thank you for all your support at our events and we look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2016

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I write this newsletter the panto is in full swing. "Oh no it's not!" I hear you cry. "O yes it is!" And as I look forward to the month of March and Easter I can hear the same words of debate concerning the Easter celebration of Christ's resurrection. Christ is risen! 'Oh no he's not!' some will respond, and others Oh yes he is!"

 

The Easter season now approaching, only really makes sense if we can understand that the transformation and delight we feel at our shared living in this village is just a small taste of what is offered to all of us always. Creation is forever renewing itself and us.

 

It is natural for us to think our lives are mostly routine, repetitive and even uninspiring. We may feel moments of hope and new vision are fleeting respite from the inevitable return of the "ordinary". But perhaps our experience of the panto and village life in St Neot, 'the village of the decade', is a reminder that our life is extraordinary – all the time!

 

The Easter story carries the same message. It tells of the victory of love over destructiveness and negativity. It is a story about the way in which God offers to restore and renew all human life if we accept and respond to the gift of His love.

 

We sort of get a taste of that as we queue to enter the Village Hall for the panto. You could touch the atmosphere of hope, expectation and excitement! Oh yes you could! You could sense the feeling of community, neighbourliness and friendship. People felt part of an acting out which included them.

 

The large drama of Easter includes all of us. It is the drama of the one who was nailed to a cross, buried in a tomb and yet who came to life to demonstrate God's love is much greater than human evil.

 

With good wishes for your celebration of new life this Easter.

Your parish priest and fellow pilgrim,

 

Philip

 

 

 

 

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