Messages from the Vicarage and the Church Wardens

 

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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