Annual Report


St.Piran’s Church, Perran-ar-Worthal

Parochial Church Council
Annual Church Reports for the year ended 31 December 2015

The principal objective of the PCC is to further the work of the Church of England in the Parish of Perranar-Worthal. St Piran’s Church is situated in Church Road, Perran-ar-Worthal. The PCC is a body corporate and a charity excepted from registration.
The full PCC met five times during the year and at a Cluster Conference Day.

The full Financial Report can be viewed in print. There are copies at the back of the church and in the entrance porch. 

St Piran’s Church completes 2015 after a busy and successful period of fund raising.  The Church Hall interior has been redecorated and repairs carried out to the kitchen. The Vestry roof has been replaced and ongoing work to the heating system has also been done. At the end of the 2015 financial period, the overall asset value is higher than that at the end of 2014. Our largest outgoing each month is the Mission and Ministry Fund, payable to the Diocese. This was not the total amount required by the Diocese which we were simply unable to fund. The deficit was generously paid by way of a donation.  We continue to face a difficult challenge in 2016 with an additional amount of £85 per month, payable to the Diocese, representing an annual payment total of £18,500. This will continue to be a challenge and requires us all to review the level of our giving and where possible consider an increase. Weddings and baptisms remain on a similar level to 2014. The monthly, weekly and yearly Bank Gift Aid donations, along with one off donations, provide the Church with regular and reliable funds which have contributed towards a dependable receipts balance at the end of each month. We are very grateful for the invaluable continued support of parishioners. The clergy in the Eight Saints Cluster make regular visits to the Church and the clergy expenses remain at a reasonable level each month. Insurance of the Church and Church Hall with Ecclesiastical continues to be another major outgoing. Fund raising activities have continued throughout the year and the income raised has greatly helped with managing rising costs - we are extremely grateful for the time, commitment and efforts put in by so many to keep our Church clean and beautiful with flowers. Our thanks to the working party for all their hard work in maintaining the Churchyard and Church. It is gratifying to also see the Sunday school thriving and again thanks are due to all those who have made this possible.
Honorary Treasurer Dated: 1st March 2016

Restrictive Funds

The Bell Tower Fund receives donations from the Truro and District Ringers and from visiting ringers to the Tower. The Fabric Fund provided a significant source of funds for expenditure relating to the new heating system. The remaining balance in this fund at the end of this year reflects the time and effort from money raising activities to help replenish funds. However, the cost of additional electric heaters will show early in the 2016 accounts. The Churchyard Fund received a non-recurring grant of £500 from Perran-ar-Worthal Parish Council which helped with upkeep of the churchyard. Coffee Stop continues to be a popular meeting point for many in the village. The funds collected this year met all of its expenses and was also able to make donations to Shelter Box. Perranwell Methodist Church continued to make regular donations towards the upkeep of the church which is greatly appreciated. The PCC thank them for their support and contribution in the many joint services. The closing balance of £410 in the Transformation Cornwall Fund, raised through Sunday Church coffee donations, will be donated to them in the early part of 2016. Thanks to the Assistant Treasurer her ongoing support which has been invaluable. This year, with the new accounting system embedded, has been infinitely easier.
Treasurer Dated: 1st March 2016

Churchwardens' Report

A considerable amount of maintenance work has been undertaken during the past year.  In April the church vestry roof was replaced and in May, following essential repairs, the entire church hall was redecorated with the exception of the small storage room.  Paul very ably ‘project managed’ these works and I am very grateful to him for his hard work.
Following an interview process in February Rev Dom Jones was appointed as Assistant Curate to the 8 Saint’s Cluster. His installation service, conducted by the Bishop of Truro, was held at St. Piran’s in July.  Sadly the expected creation of the vicarage in Perranwell did not materialise but instead Dom and his wife now occupy the vacated house at Devoran.
At a meeting of the PCC attended by the Bishop and the Archdeacon it was agreed that the long overdue review of the cluster would be undertaken.  In the autumn the Bishop of Plymouth conducted an external and independent assessment having meetings with the PCC’s of all the churches as well as with the clergy.  Following receipt of his report an open cluster meeting will be held to discuss the findings and plan for the future.
Following the demise of the oil boiler, the pipes were drained and the oil tank removed.  Additional free standing electric heaters, which incorporated both time and temperature controls, were purchased. 
Western Power reduced the height of some trees near the church and cleared vegetation around the overhead electric cables.  Arrangements were made to remove the fallen Monterey pine.
Piran’s People continue to meet under the guidance of Chris Ryall who is ably supported by a group of parents.  Once again a very successful and well attended Holiday Club was held in early August.
The Methodist congregation continue their use of our church but also join with us on a variety of occasions throughout the year.  The Fellowship group meets fortnightly and the Joint Churches Committee three times a year.  Coffee Stop and Lent lunches continue and are always well supported by the village residents.
We wish to thank all the clergy and lay leaders who take our services throughout the year.  So many of the congregation help in so many ways to keep our church, hall and grounds clean, maintained and welcoming.  We are very grateful to you all for what you do.
David decided to stand down as church warden at the AGM and we would wish to thank him for his help and support during his time in office.
Heather McCombie and Paul Stuart, January 2016

Tower Captain's Report

We have maintained sufficient numbers for Sunday service ringing throughout the year, and have also continued our regular Tuesday evening practices.  The second Tuesday practice each month continues to be run as a District practice and has been well supported. We have continued to make good progress with some basic method ringing, and can now include a simple touch for Sunday service alongside the call change ringing.
Our band membership has dropped to the present level 9 (7 adults and 2 juniors).
During 2015 we rang for 5 weddings and 1 Memorial Service.
My thanks go to the members of the band for their willing support and help throughout the year.
Alun Thomas, February, 2016

Church Organist and Choir Report

Thank you again choir members for your support during the last year. We have not grown in numbers, but you are all much appreciated. Our Carol Service was a great success again, and thanks to all who supported it.
It is lovely to have a junior organist; George Stevens, who is having organ lessons with John Sherriff. We look forward to his progress in the future.
Juliet Dundon, February 2016

Perran-ar-Worthal Handbell Ringers Report

The team has 12 members who meet regularly for practice on Monday evenings.  Sadly we have lost three members who are no longer able to ring through illness.  On a brighter note we were delighted to welcome George Stevens to the adult team.  Five members of the team are also involved with other teams.  Two of these are now running their own groups.  Most of the group are members of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. In January the team was interviewed by Donna Birrell for Radio Cornwall.  Much to our surprise we were given about twenty minutes of air time one Sunday morning, and by popular request we were on again in the afternoon and the next morning. In March we hosted a Handbell Rally in the village hall.  More than eighty ringers from twelve teams around Cornwall attended.  In October I led a mini rally hosted by Illogan Handbell Ringers. In May we visited Gerrans Primary School and our village memory club. In June we took part in the Church open day and the Praise Service which were part of the “Big Village” celebrations.  July saw us visit a special school at St Blazey and the Apple Tree Group at Charlestown.
August saw members helping with ringing at the Holiday Club. In September we rang in Truro Cathedral for the Bell open day.  We also entertained two “Live at Home” groups at Camborne and Illogan, and in October we played for Allet Chapel's harvest service. November saw us again near Charlestown entertaining Carclaze Bright Hour, and then Redanick House in Truro. We played at Mylor Christmas Fayre and at our own village pre-school Christmas concert and fair. December as usual was busy with our own Church Services – The Christingle, Carol and Crib Services (Children) We were invited to join the Imerys Singers in their Christmas charity concert at Carclaze Chapel and finally we joined the Evergreens in Stithians for their Christmas gathering. It has been quite an eventful year.  A number of members have had health issues this year.  We are keen to recruit some new members from Church.  So do please contact me if you would like to have a go. Finally it is with great regret that we record the death of Chris Banks in January 2016. Chris was a founder member of the team.  R.I.P.                                                                                                                    Janet Thomas, February, 2016

Perranwell Christian Fellowship Report

The Fellowship Group continues to meet fortnightly on Wednesdays evenings in the homes of members. In the early part of the year we studied the letter of James.  During Lent we joined with others to follow the York Course  “Praise Him”. In the latter part of 2015 we used readings from St Matthews Gospel with thoughts provided by Monsignor Thomas Waldron. We organised the Lent Lunches raising money for the British Red Cross Ebola Appeal and Cornwall Air Ambulance.  As usual some twenty different people contributed to the meals and over thirty people came each week raising £1,294.00, of which £790.00 was gift aided.
Janet Thomas, February, 2016

Fund Raising and Social Report

The committee remains unchanged from last year. We meet early in January to discuss and plan events for the year and are very aware that our efforts are vital in helping with the financial security of our church and with supporting any improvements or repairs that are needed. We try to arrange events that will be enjoyable and bring in money not only from the church congregation but will also be supported by the local community. Fund raising is time consuming and hard work and we rely on the support of you all to reach our target of £3,000 every year. This year events included another very successful Plant Sale which not only raises a significant sum of money but also ensures that our gardens are filled with colour during the summer months. The Silent Auction with Promises was another great event this year. Strangely, of the many items available the most bids were made on a garden kneeler!  We also had a Car Boot sale during Big Village Month which took place on the playing field.  It was a great opportunity to clear out cupboards and sell off remaining items from the Silent Auction.  Cream Teas and Croquet was again a very enjoyable event. The Bridge Drive took place in November and was well supported by enthusiastic players from the many bridge clubs around Truro. A team social event at Radnor Golf Club in which one experienced golfer with a couple of beginners was held on a wet windy day in April. Despite the weather a good time was had by all and was followed with a delicious cream tea in the club house. Radnor made us extremely welcome and were very tolerant of the beginners efforts to hit the ball.   Thank you to everybody who has been involved with the organisation and running of events and those who have supported our fund-raising efforts this year. We have already arranged some events for 2016 and hope that you will continue to give your support. Should you wish to run a fund-raiser of your own we would be delighted.  These need not be big events but if individuals could perhaps have a coffee morning or put on something that interests them it would be a great help this year.    

The Coffee Stop Report

On the 11th February, the Coffee Stop celebrated its 6th anniversary. On that day, exactly six years ago, it was organised by Chris and Shirley Banks. We were all saddened to learn of Chris’ death in January this year. We know that they were delighted that the weekly gatherings still continue to be a very valuable part of the life of the Parish. 
The Team, January 2016

Church Flower Arrangers Report

The team of flower arrangers has been most grateful this year for the financial assistance that the congregation, through the weekly collection, has made towards the purchase of flowers. Because of this, the ever increasing cost of flowers has not prevented the Church from having a display on the altar each week. The funding for the purchase of flowers has also been assisted through the generosity of a number of members of the Parish who have donated money in memory of a member of their family. Thank you. This is much appreciated. Although our team has not decreased in numbers this year, new members are always most welcome. Members are responsible for two consecutive weeks and usually take on this responsibility between two and four times a year.

Tuesday Work Party Report

Another year has passed since the last report. Once again, hedges have been cut, autumn leaves swept up and removed from the road and paths, gutters and gullies cleared of debris, paths mown, hydrangeas de-headed, light bulbs in the church replaced, branches and other vegetation burnt and mud removed from the road. New chippings [donated by one of the team] were purchased and laid in front of the Church Hall, and the fallen tree has slowly been removed by enthusiastic wood carvers – for wood burners? Our team has grown in number during the year – coffee at half time is an added bonus.
Anon, January 2016

Deanery Report

During 2015, much discussion took place regarding MMF (Mission and Ministry Fund payments) The outreach and work of each church of our Carnmarth North deanery was prayed for at the start of each meeting. At a meeting in Portreath in September that we attended, the whole theme of this meeting was to explore how we can use what we are already doing to communicate the gospel better and to share good ideas and practice with one another. There were various events throughout the year. In January 2016, the deanery covenant service was held at Stithians church. Deanery Reps are elected on 3 year terms. This also gives us places on our PCC. Both of us enjoy working together and are happy to continue our terms of serving as your deanery representatives which run until spring 2017, whereas we will then make our individual decisions whether to stand again. 

Eight Saints Cluster of Churches Annual Report

It is now the fifth year since the Eight Saints Cluster began. We continue to make steady progress as we seek to ensure that we can each focus on the Diocesan mission to ‘Discover the Kingdom’ and together ‘Grow the Church’. 
Each of the eight churches has weekly Sunday worship and there are also regular midweek services in four of the churches. The Clergy (licensed and retired), Readers and Local Worship Leaders have covered all of these services although at times covering the rota has been a challenge and our thanks go to all who have lead worship this year.
During Petertide, the Revd Elly Sheard and Revd Steve Fletcher were ordained Priest and celebrated their first Eucharist’s in the Cluster. They are developing their ministries across the cluster and have become valued members of the team. We said goodbye to Margaret and Geoff Saville and bid them well in their retirement and to Bridget and Nigel Guzek who returned to Bath & Wells Diocese to continue their ministry there. On July 8th  the Bishop of Truro licensed Revd Dom Jones to the cluster, Dom and his wife Hannah join us after serving his curacy in West Cornwall and he ministers across the cluster. Our cluster administrator Wendy continues to be an invaluable resource to the clergy team and across the cluster. 
The WAY2 Internship continues to develop, we welcomed Jonty Brawn into the Community House and the role of warden was taken over by Rose Grigg. We were also delighted that Rose was successfully selected during this past year to train for ordained ministry.
We have continued to conduct many baptisms, marriages and funeral services within the Cluster throughout the year. The overall annual attendance in each church has remained fairly static with some churches experiencing slight growth and welcoming new congregational members into the church family.  There were however encouraging attendance throughout the cluster churches for the services during Christmas and Easter again this year.
After what has been a difficult year with the increase of 28% in the Mission and Ministry Fund (MMF) the cluster has once again (for the fifth year running) paid it’s MMF commitment in full. Our heartfelt thanks goes to all the parishes for this tremendous effort, and for their realistic and generous offers for 2016.
Throughout the year in each church there has been busy worship and social programmes including Lent courses, Lent lunches, lunch club, fêtes, musical festivals, fund raising events, harvest suppers, Christingle and Carol Services, Midnight masses, and many more and as if that wasn’t enough all 8 Churches continue to be well maintained, clean, tidy, organised and open for worship and social interaction week after week. Our sincere thanks go to all who work so hard in so many aspects of church life.
Our young people’s work within the cluster is continuing to develop well with Messy Churches, All Age Worship, and Open the Book assemblies taking place regularly. Our links with the local cluster schools goes from strength to strength with regular contact and assemblies from the clergy and visits by the schools to the churches for special services. The annual holiday club in Perranwell also took place and was well attended and enjoyed by those who came.
Prayer continues to be central to our lives as a cluster and disciples of Jesus, early in 2015 we ran a ‘Prayer School’ where different ways of prayer were explored and experienced.  
The clergy team continue to take Home Communion to many members of our local community and visit those in Hospital and our thanks to those who have let us know who has needed visiting.
 The annual cluster retreat took place at St. Rita’s, Honiton, 16 members of the cluster enjoyed 4 days of bible study, fellowship, and worship. The retreat included a trip to Exeter Cathedral and the Christmas markets as well as an opportunity to look around Buckfast Abbey and get to know each other better.
An important event in our cluster calendar this year was our cluster Review led by the Bishop of Plymouth – Rt. Revd Nick McKinnel. The parishes welcomed the opportunity to discuss the original formation of the cluster along with the advantages and disadvantages of being a cluster and the review concluded with some suggestions for the future such as the formation of the cluster, improved communication lines and concerns over the sustainability of the current number of Eucharist services.
The cluster team continue to meet each week on Thursday mornings for communion in the community house chapel and the staff meeting in the lounge. 
Simon began Accompanied Ministerial Development in June 2015 and has almost completed part 1 of AMD; the 5 clergy colleges, meetings have taken place following each college with our AMD advisor and ministry development team. In June 2016 Dom will begin the cycle of clergy colleges and by March 2017 it is hoped that Simon and Dom will begin phase 2 of AMD together.
We conclude by once again thanking you for your continued support and for all that you do for Christ’s  Church and please be assured of our thanks and prayers for you all.
With every blessing,
Simon and Dom February 2016


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