St Mabyn Village News

News from the village of St.Mabyn in North Cornwall...

Monday, January 08, 2024

Thomas Hare Photography

Anyone looking for a wedding photographer in Cornwall, I can highly recommend Thomas.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Church Service Rota for October 2021

 Service Rota for October 2021

Sunday 3rd October-Trinity 18

11.00am St Mabyn, Holy Communion and Harvest

Sunday 10th October-Trinity 19

10.00am St Mabyn, Holy Communion

Sunday 17th October-Trinity 20

10.00am St Mabyn, Holy Communion

Sunday 24th October-Last after Trinity

10.00am St Mabyn, Morning Prayer

Sunday 31 st October – 4 th before Advent

10.00am St Mabyn, Holy Communion

You are warmly invited to join us in church and stay

for coffee and refreshments afterwards.

We are still encouraging the use of facemasks and social

distancing to prevent the spread of Covid 19

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Chair’s report for Friends of St Mabyn Church AGM

Tuesday 13 August 2019

• Another year of effort by a very small committee. Fina Stannard has
been a most welcome addition, and I am grateful for all her work and
support. Likewise, Carole Grigg and David Bishop. Thank you for all
efforts made this year. I also thank non-committee members,
principally Rob and Liz Turner for their hard work, Jan Fisher for
helping with publicity and Greta Fookes for supporting us when she
• It has been an interesting year with fundraising events, the context for
which has been the installation of modern facilities within the church
to address the need for refreshment and comfort. We were very
happy to be able to donate £6,000 to facilitate the completion of the
work in very short time. However, we need to replenish our funds for
future projects and so we worked hard to progress towards that aim.
• Elaine Reynolds of Bruallen Flowers returned for a pre - Christmas
flower demonstration, which was instructive, enjoyable and
entertaining. Tom’s contribution of mulled Haywood cider
enlivened the evening and we all went home full of Christmas spirit
and confidence in our own creative efforts – if only until the next
• Johnny Cowling’s gospel evening at the church on 28 April drew a
large enough audience to make our considerable efforts
worthwhile. 93 tickets were sold, and generous donations were
given for refreshments (Haywood cider and Aunt Avice pasties). I
am grateful to all who sell us their goods or services discounted to
help our charity, such as the above mentioned as well as Palace
Printers and Bricknells for printing and photocopying. A great deal
of work for months beforehand went into making this event a
success. It was a wonderful evening, supported by an audience
largely from outside the village. The warmth of Johnny’s
performance raised the feel-good factor for us all and I am grateful
to him for giving us an evening to remember. Mera Royle, an
outstandingly talented harpist and winner of the BBC Young Folk
Musician of 2018 award, gave a performance during the interval
which impressed us all and gained her new followers. What a lucky
coincidence that her cousins brought her for Sunday lunch at
Westfield and decided to stay for the evening.
• Exultate, in concert on 11 May, gave a thrilling performance of
choral music, which filled the church with glorious sound. It seemed
that this is what the great barrel vault was built for: to amplify
sublime voices. Rob and Liz were instrumental in organising the
concert; Fina and I worked very hard to promote it and sell tickets
and whilst we were sorry that the church was not absolutely full for
such an uplifting concert, we were relieved to have sold over 70
tickets and to have made just enough to cover costs. We would
happily host the choir’s return in future but would give over the
promotion and ticket sales to their own organisation.
• The FoSMC stall at the fête held in the church did respectable
business in strawberries, cakes, tea towels, etc.
• I was pleased to receive a substantial donation in January and
would be delighted to receive one-off donations from anyone who
feels they would like to support the ongoing maintenance of the
fabric of the church, without necessarily joining as a member. If you
are able to confirm that you are a tax-payer, we can benefit even
more in the form of gift-aid.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Harvest Festival

St Mabyn church will be celebrating their Harvest Festival on Sunday 6th October. Please note the latter time of the service at 11.00am. You are invited to stay for lunch following the service for which a small donation is welcome. Our famous auction of harvest produce concludes the event - always popular to pick up some lovely fruit, vegetables, cakes and goodies! Do come and join us - everyone is welcome! For further information, please phone Carol Grigg on 01208 841276

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Church Fete

Thank you to everyone who attended this years church fete and despite it being undercover this year, there was a great atmosphere and the church was buzzing! Everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon especially the entertainment from St Minver Brass band and the wonderful Maypole dancing and singing from the children of St Mabyn school. Grateful thanks as always to everyone who helped in anyway to make the event so successful.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


A new era in the history of St Mabyn Community Shop will begin on the 1st July…… we are delighted to announce that Sarah Ward and Kathy Hodges will between them look after the vast range of duties which constitute the Management of the shop. Most of these tasks have of course been performed since the opening of the shop by Neil and Gill, to whom we all say an enormous thank you. Without them, it is hard to imagine that the shop would have been so successful; they said they’d take it on for 6 months, they will have done 10, and they have given enormous amounts of time and energy to keeping the shop running smoothly and effectively. We hope very much that they will still be on hand to offer help and advice in whatever form it may be required in the future!
So we are sure that everyone, the Committee, Volunteers, Shareholders, and Customers, will extend a warm welcome to Sarah and Kathy and give them all the help and support they need as they settle into their new role.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Church fete - June 15th - Update!

Due to exceptional circumstances and the prospect of inclement weather -  the decision as many of you will already know is to bring our fete this year under cover.
Stalls and entertainment will be split between the 2 sites of the village hall and church. 
A meeting was planned for tomorrow re final planning and this has now been deferred to FRIDAY 14TH at 4pm prior to the set up at 6pm which will still need to take place as there are still tables and chairs etc to be shifted and put in place.
St Minver band will be in church at 2pm - 2.30 and 3.15 - 3.45pm approx. Maypole dancing (weather permitting) will be in the lower playground at 2.30pm and choir in church at 3pm.  
Despite all the hurdles this year in making this event happen, we are doing our best to bring the fete off for the village, so everyone's continued support is paramount and most welcome. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

St Mabyn Scarecrow Competition

St Mabyn Scarecrow Competition – Just for fun! We are holding a scarecrow competition in the lead up to the church fete this year. You may choose your theme but scarecrows must be over 36 inches tall. Just display your scarecrow in your front garden from Sunday 9thJune to Saturday 15th.Judging will take place on Wednesday 12thJune.
Free entry to take part. Please register your entry at the village community shop.
There is a prize for the winner, which will be announced at the fete at 4pm!

St Mabyn Church fete – Saturday June 15th 2pm on the Green.

We have booked the sun and the band so all we need is you to turn up and enjoy yourself.
St Minver Band are back to open the fete for us so we look forward to seeing them and enjoying their sound along with a cream tea! This year we have all our usual stalls and Grand Raffle.
The scouts will be there with their great games and bouncy castle.
There will also be Maypole dancing from the children of St Mabyn school, the school choir and children's races to entertain us!
We thank all those in anticipation who give their time and resources freely to make this day a success and you know who you are. Look out for information regarding donations for the fete – coming soon! As always we are looking for strong help on the Friday evening before at 6pm to help set up and at 5pm on the Saturday to help clear away – we have some new marquees this year!
If you can help us – please contact Jan Fisher 01208 852182.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Defribulator has moved!

The Defribulator has moved from the entrance of the old shop to the side of the St Mabyn Inn

Saturday, February 16, 2019

St. Mabyn Church kitchen and toilet project

After many months of planning and fundraising, we can now confirm that our new kitchen and toilet are installed and ready for use!
To bring our beautiful church in to the 21stcentury, the plans of having this sort of luxury seemed insurmountable. Our churchwarden Rob Turner, however, took a different view and has worked tirelessly to see the project through.
Plans were drawn up by architect – Ian R. Jamieson (services given gratis) and eventually approved. Thanks to some great fundraising, building commenced in early January 2019. Bright Ideas of St Tudy (Dave Holborow, ably assisted by Si, Charlie, and Mash) have made an incredible job for us. They were clean, tidy and considerate workers. A great team, faultless workmanship and always punctual too! We thank you.
The whole project would have been much harder to come by however, without the very generous donation of £6,000 by the Friends of St Mabyn led by Esther Dudley, through their own fundraising efforts. We also secured a grant of £1,125 from the All Churches trust for which we were also very grateful.
Two further grant applications are still pending, and it is hoped that these and further Friends fundraising planned for the first half of 2019 (concerts in church by Johnny Cowling and Bristol’s acclaimed Exultate Singers) will cover a further significant proportion of the balance, financed in the short term from PCC funds.
The project will mean that as a church we can offer better catering facilities for church services and events. Mores to the point, visitors can use the 'throne room' and stay comfortable – very valuable for the children and elderly who use the church.
Do drop by to see the new kitchen or come along to our Pancake party on Tuesday 5thMarch at 7pm, to see it in full action. No charge ~ Jan Fisher

Monday, January 28, 2019

Johnny Cowling LIVE

Saturday, December 08, 2018

St Mabyn Patronal Festival

Our Patronal Festival was celebrated in our usual friendly way – it was followed by a delicious lunch in the Village Hall! and we were delighted to welcome a number of visitors who clearly much enjoyed it too.The Reverend David Seymour led the service of Holy Communion and gave a most interesting and informative address on Patronal Festivals with particular emphasis on St Mabena – newcomers learned a lot! The church was still decorated with the many poppies which are the efforts of so many in the village – a real community affair. Warm thanks to all who contributed to the lunch afterwards, a fitting follow-on to the fellowship of the service.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bruallen Flowers

Friday, July 06, 2018

St Mabyn Community Shop

Plans for a St Mabyn Community Shop took a huge step forward last night when a very well-attended public meeting elected a steering committee to take the project forward. We are on track for having a pop-up shop in place very soon.
About 80-90 people packed into the village hall and agreed to set up a St Mabyn Community Benefit Society. The six-member steering committee is Neil Embury, Henrietta McLachlan, Dave Masters, David Bishop, Ian Kemp and myself.
This temporary committee must now examine the information received so far from people who have expressed an interest in becoming members of the Community Benefit Society.
Over the next few weeks we will be able to judge how much share capital we might be able to raise, and this will inform how ambitious we might be in terms of how the shop is fitted out and the opening stock.
Anyone can become a member of the Society on purchase of a nominal £10 share - although we hope people will "invest" more - and all members of the Society will then each have only one vote, determining how the shop is run. Our current target for share capital is £30,000.
One piece of very good news: it looks like, eventually, the site (beside the village hall) will have a proper car park. There were several good ideas contributed during the course of last night's meeting and the steering committee is now able to consider these as well.
As the Community Benefit Society starts to take shape, over the next two weeks, members of the Society will elect a more formal management committee - which, once elected, will replace the temporary steering committee. This will all happen very quickly over the next week, although anyone can join the Society at any time.
Management committees are normally elected only once a year at an AGM.
If you would like to become a member of the Society, and nominate anyone (including yourself) to be on the management committee, please contact me before 12th July. Only members of the Society can vote for the management committee.
We are fortunate to have help and advice from the Plunkett Foundation, which has assigned St Mabyn a support officer to help guide us through the formation of a Community Benefit Society. At the moment we plan to adopt "model rules" for financial governance, which are available here -…
Many thanks to Les Eastlake from the St Tudy community shop for taking part in last night's meeting and explaining some of the details.
Watch out for further updates in the weeks ahead, or just message me if you would like more information.  (Graham Smith)

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Friends of St Mabyn Church

The Friends of St Mabyn Church will hold their AGM at 3pm on Thursday 5 July at the church.

We welcome anyone who is interested in seeing the church maintained as a landmark building, not only central to the spiritual life of many, but also for its architectural significance. Any support is much appreciated.

Esther Dudley chair FoSMC  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

From Rails to Trail

I have recently released a book called “From Rails to Trail” which follows the course of the River Camel from its estuary below Padstow to the village of St. Breward high on Bodmin Moor incorporating the Camel Trail which replaced the tracks of the historic, groundbreaking railway whose construction was initiated by Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow.
This book is a combination of fact, fiction and illustrations. It features the people, towns, villages, and countryside from the Camel estuary to the heights of Roughtor. It describes the old industries; mining, quarrying and china clay, which together with farming, provided work for the people who lived along its course. Above all else it is a book which could have been written by a true son of Kernow in its praise for the Duchy but its author can only describe himself as an 'adopted son' having worked and holidayed throughout the County for over fifty years. 
It is a book for everyone who lives in or visits this magical, mysterious and historical area of Cornwall.
Local stockist along the way are: Tourist Information Centres in Padstow and Bodmin; The Bodmin & Wenford Railway; The Wadebridge Book Shop; Pencarrow House; St Tudy Community Shop and the Snail Pace Cafe at Wenford Bridge.

Derek Sturch
(Long time visitor to St Mabyn)

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Margo Kirkwood Exhibition

Monday, April 30, 2018

St Mabyn Church Summer Fete

Ignore all rumours to the contrary – the St Mabyn Church Summer Fete is definitely on! It will be held on the village green on the afternoon of Saturday 16th June and there will be the usual stalls, activities and entertainments, plus a few new ones. Save the date in your diaries!

We will be contacting all the people we have details for who have helped in previous years, but if you don’t hear from us in the next week or two, or if you have not been involved previously and would like to join in, please contact:

Jan Fisher:
Jill Campbell:

As ever, there will be lots of work to do on Friday evening and Saturday morning to set up on the green, and after the fete to clear it all away again, as well as manning the various stalls and activities. All volunteers will be very welcome.

We are really looking forward to this much-loved event, and hope you will support us as novice organisers!

Best wishes to all,
Jill Campbell

Monday, April 09, 2018

St Mabyn Church Children’s Corner

Warmest thanks to Jan Fisher and Jenny Coltart for re-establishing, and refurbishing the Children’s Corner in Church. It is now a delightful and inviting space and has already met with great approval from visiting children as well as those who attended the special Mothering Sunday Service. Why not pop into church and have a look?

Monday, March 26, 2018

St Mabyn School PTA Spring Fayre, and B-B-Q

Do come along to St Mabyn Village Hall on Sunday 29th April from 11am til 4pm, enjoy a barbeque and ice cream and enter your own homemade goods – or admire those of others! Classes include Children’s
Growing a bulb in an unusual receptacle, Portrait of your favourite person/pet (A4 size) Lego model, Decorated wooden spoon, A poem and a photo of Easter/Spring....... Or Snow! For adults there is 
Photo of the Cornish countryside, a handicraft item, Jam/chutney/homemade produce and also showstopper bakes for both adults and children too! Ready..... Steady........ Make (or bake!!!)

Monday, January 22, 2018

St Mabyn Community Art Project

Fed up with wet winter weekends?
Come and join in the St Mabyn Community Art Project for four Saturday afternoons from 24th February
I am running this 'Storybox' community art project with the theme of People and Place. It will be about St Mabyn (the place) and the story of how we (the people) all came to be here.
It is a textile art project, we are hoping to make a textile book which will fold out to make a long hanging panel. No drawing and only simple sewing skills needed (these can be learnt while you are there). Each person will work on their own small panel which will be joined to all of the others to make a large piece of work. All materials will be provided. Men and women and youths all welcome to take part  All materials and refreshments provided.
It will be an enjoyable, informal, sociable event - a time for conversation and swapping stories about St Mabyn. It will run for four Saturday afternoons, 1pm until 4pm, from the 24th Feb and will take place in the village hall. You need to be aged over 10 and live in St Mabyn to take part (although parents of younger children can come to the first session and take the materials home for younger children to have a go if they want to)
Please sign up on the sheet in the Post Office (to give me an idea of numbers). See you on 24th February 
The project is organised by Endelienta and funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Qualified teacher offering 1:1 tuition

Qualified teacher offering 1:1 tuition either in my own home (St Mabyn) or willing to travel. Usually better if child is out of their own home for better concentration and results.
Can offer Maths, English from age 5-13 years. Qualified Special Needs Practitioner with many year experience of Autism and ADHD. SATs booster revision given also.
Please contact Susie Westwood on 01208 841096
Available most evenings (3.30 – 6pm) and Sunday morning. Also during holiday if needed.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Friends of St Mabyn Church

Friends of St Mabyn Church
will hold their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 July in the church. 
We welcome anyone who is interested in seeing the church maintained as a landmark building, not only central to the spiritual life of many, but also for its architectural significance.
Any support is much appreciated 
Esther Dudley, chair FoSMC 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Friends of St Mabyn Church AGM

"Please note that the Friends of St Mabyn Church AGM, scheduled for tomorrow ( Tuesday ) evening is postponed. The new date will be circulated soon."

Thursday, June 08, 2017

prayer experience day

The children at St Mabyn School had a prayer experience day with Felicity Henchley yesterday.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Snooker Club Open day

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Exhibition Margo Kirkwood and Deborah Mitchell

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

St Mabyn School News

No sooner does the summer term start than children from years 3 to 6 are off, for their residential camp, to the River Dart Country Park at Ashburton. There they will embark on three days of team building activities: high and low ropes, raft building and bush craft. Following camp the RNLI will visit to the school to talk about beach safety. This is very important because children need to know about how to enjoy their visit to the beach, how to stay safe and what to do when help is needed. The children will able to take part in several scenario situations under the guidance of the visiting lifeguards. Later in the term children will also have an opportunity take part in surfing at Polzeath Beach.
St Mabyn School is still celebrating their good Ofsted report, with outstanding personal development and welfare, and outstanding provision for pre-school, and has an exciting term ahead. The learning focus for the summer term is ‘Cornwall’ with an emphasis on Cornish large houses and homes; Cornish Industries and Cornish Art and artists. This local study will involve learning about the village of St Mabyn both past and present.
Dates for the diary:
Toddler Tea Group meets every other Tuesday at St Mabyn School - 1.30 until 3pm. This started again on 25th April. INSET day for Royal Cornwall Show 9th June

Friday, December 02, 2016

Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree
A traditional concert for a country church
Given by Washaway Gallery Choir
St Mabyn Church
Monday 19th December 2016 at 6,30 
Hosts --Friends of St Mabyn Church 
Warm seasonal refreshments provided 
Display of Christmas cards and gifts

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mistletoe Fayre

Dear Parishioners, an appeal for your support,

This is the biggest yearly fund raiser which we hold for the Village Hall.    It is only through events such as this, supported by parishioners generosity,  that the Hall continues to provide a vital venue for our community.

The  super Adult Raffle.  We welcome gifts of Christmas Cheer – Wine, Sherry, Port, Brandy, Chocolates, Christmas pudding,  and such like.

Our Tombola has been a great success over the years.  Do have a search around the house!  Your gifts will be a great draw for people to spend some money!

The Cake Stall is always a big attraction. Contributions to this table including cakes and also chutneys, jams, mince pies, scones etc. entice many to indulge!

The Book Stall.  Donations being received of books in excellent condition – worthy of being a Christmas present

We seem to get better every year and this year there is such a variety of stalls that there will be something for everyone’s taste- 19 diverse stalls in total!.  

Mistletoe including seasonal greenery will be on sale too - £1 a bunch..

We have a lot of fun.  Just when you think your feet need a rest, coffee/tea with a refill and a warm mince pie for £1.50 p.p. is on hand, with time to sit at a table and have a chat with friends - free fruit drinks for your children..

Do encourage friends to come along – they will not be disappointed.

Contact   Helen Barrett on  841342 for further info.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Friends of St Mabyn Church

The Friends of St Mabyn Church invite you to a
 Christmas Flower Demonstration
 by Elaine Reynolds of Bruallen Flowers
 7.00 pm Thursday, Ist December
 St Mabyn Church.
Elaine will demonstrate how to make beautiful
arrangements to decorate our homes at Christmas
Donations in aid of charity instead of an entry fee
Refreshments and a raffle to win flowers and decorations
St Mabyn greetings cards, tea towels and other seasonal
Friends of St Mabyn Church merchandise
 good choices for presents.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Development of Glebe land in St Mabyn

Last months community consultation meeting on the development of the Glebe land was a lively affair!
Staff attended from Savills (sales agents), Coastline Housing Association (developer) and the Diocese (land owner).
There was a good report on the meeting by our own Graham Smith, in the Cornish Guardian on 19th October.
In this report Graham inadvertently created confusion for some in the village! 
Confusion was caused by use of the word “church”, rather than Diocese for ownership of the Glebe land.
We want to make it clear that the St Mabyn Church does not own the Glebe land or benefit from any development profit made on the sale of the land or the houses.
We understand that the Diocese has, by law, to invest the money received on the sale of the land. The income from the investment can only be used for the payment of clergy pensions and salary (stipends). The income cannot be used for any other purpose.
We are much in favour of the proposed car park!
Colin Hyde and Carole Grigg. 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thai takeaway food night

Chabaa better known as Orr and originally from Thailand has been living in St. Mabyn for nearly 4 year now. She is testing the waters to see if anyone would be interested in buying Thai takeaway once a week in St Mabyn, it would probably be Wednesday or Thursday night and would only be a starter and choice of a rice dish or stir fry but different each week. She is wondering if people would be interested?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Christmas starts with Christ

Friday 25/11 @ 7.30pm –FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT 
                                       A Christmas gift to the village
                                 Great music--- singing------readings
                                      Free food and seasonal drinks
                Collection in aid of Samara’s appeal aiding refugees from Iraq and Syria

 Thursday 1/12 @ 7pm Making Seasonal Decorations for Christmas     
                              Talk and demonstration by Elaine Reynolds of Bruallen Nursery 
Friday 9/12 @ 7.30 pm-YOUNG FARMERS’ CAROL SERVICE—Steve Williams                     
Monday 12/12@ 1.30 pm - St Mabyn SCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY full dress rehearsal 
Tuesday 13/12@ 6.00pm -St Mabyn SCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY in the Church
Friday 16/12 @ 1.15 pm –CHRISTINGLE SERVICE--Rev Sherry Bryant
Sunday 18/12 @10am- TRAD. CHRISTMAS CAROLS & Readings--- Church Worship Group 
Saturday   24/12 @ 3pm   CHRISTMAS EVE CRIB SERVICE with Steve Williams.
A  great family start to Christmas plus donkey procession and Children’s Carols 
Saturday 24/12Christmas Eve @ 8 pm –Candlelit BETHLEHEM MASS--  Rev David Pollard
Friday 25/12 @ 10am –CHRISTMAS DAY HOLY COMMUNION—Rev Dave Elkington

Friday 6/1/17 @ 7pm FREE Christmas / Epiphany Party with food, drink and entertainment. 


Remembrance Service

The Remembrance Service will be on 13th November 2016 at 10.15am and will be taken by Rev David Pollard.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

St Mabyn Church in November

We celebrate our Patronal Festival on Sunday 20 November and as usual it will be the only service in the Benefice that day. The Reverend Jem Thorold will conduct the service, starting at 11am and a warm welcome is offered to parishioners from the whole Benefice and, as usual, it will be followed by the Patronal Festival Lunch – not to be missed! We need numbers for this so please let Churchwarden Colin Hyde, on 841546, know if you hope to attend. Remembrance Sunday falls on 13 November and we are pleased that David Pollard will be with us to lead this service, starting at 10am and concluding at the War Memorial in time for the 11 o’clock Two Minutes Silence.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Public consultation on St Mabyn glebe land and village requirements.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

‘Duw Genes’----- Rev. Dave !

‘Duw Genes’----- Rev. Dave !
Rev Dave Elkington will be taking his last service as Vicar of St Mabyn on Sunday 31st July at 10 am 
He will be greatly missed for all that he has done and will always  be remembered by the village church as follows: 
Interesting, topical, to the point with a touch of humour which keeps you on your metal. 
We shall miss him and hope that he will come back from time to time to take services in his retirement.
He has done a lot for St Mabyn Church.
Inspirational and empowering.
Diligent, Optimistic, Inspiring.

Encouraging , positive, dynamic, caring, hospitable 
"A ministry of friendship, inspiration and encouragement’
As a newcomer to the area, Dave in his own way has said to me:
'You are welcome here, wherever you come from, whoever you are - you are welcome'
His sermons relate to 'everyday', are current and bring the bible to life.
An inspirational leader, compassionate and prepared to provoke us into spiritual growth.
 Always building people up and encouraging them to believe and achieve. 
Passion maintained throughout his years of ministry –just like a true Leicester Tigers fan!

We will really miss you Dave. You have done so much to help uncertain people learn, understand and enjoy worship. Thank you.

Richard Jenkin

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Church Fete

Warmest thanks to all who assisted at / attended / rang the bells to herald it / otherwise supported this wonderful and successful event where 500 people enjoyed all the fun of the fete and we were able to raise the monies necessary to insure this wonderful and historic building. Many thanks to everyone for their donations and especially those who gave their time collecting items, preparing the field and clearing up the field on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Friends of St Mabyn Church

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Mabyn Church will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday 28 June in the church. We will outline a campaign to raise funds for a project which will benefit many parishioners. Please come along if you’re at all interested. All very welcome.

Friday, June 10, 2016

St. Tudy History Group

St. Tudy History Group Family History Research Day Who do you think you are? Come and join us on Saturday the 18th of June in the Village Hall - 10.00 – 4.00 and start the exciting journey of tracing your family history... If you would like to find out more about your family history, whether your ancestors lived in the Village or in another part of England or the World, come and join us and we will help you get started on your family history research. Our aim is to help you search through Births, Marriages and Deaths, and the 1911-1841 Census's in England and Wales, or even parish records if available, and then advice for further research that you can do to investigate even more of your family. If you are already researching your tree and have come up against a problem you can't solve, then please bring your information along, and we will see if we can help you break down that brick wall. We are also going to have displays on what the History Group are doing at the moment – Mapping out the Village through the centuries and the Churchyard, a display from the School on their History Project, and the Bligh family and current day descendants. There will also be access to St. Tudy family names from the 1500's to the present day, it is amazing how many families are still here in the area and surrounding villages. Call Pam – 01208 850450 for further information.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

St Mabyn Garden Club

St Mabyn Garden Club went on a coach trip to Plymouth where they had a boat trip around the Harbour and then onto Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, A great day was had by all.

Friday, May 20, 2016

St Mabyn Fete

The third Saturday in June is a fixture in most locals' diaries and this year's promises to be the usual Great Day Out! St Minver Silver Band will be our guest musicians this year, and we look forward to the schoolchildren's maypole dancing, Punch and Judy for children of all ages! and lots of games and sideshows for have-a-go activities, children's races and the tug-of-war, as well as the usual wonderful stalls - plants, books, games, bric a brac, jewellery and cosmetics, cakes and tombola. We've said prayers for good weather, so that all this can take place on the village green (teas under the oak tree of course) but we do have a wet weather plan which will involve the village hall, school playground and of course the church itself - the fete aims to raise the staggering three thousand pounds which is the cost of the insurance premium, and with your support we will achieve that again this year - do come along for a great afternoon! Offers of help are always gratefully received by Colin Hyde, senior Church warden on 841546. See you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cornish Camino

A 'Cornish Camino' ­ Walking the length of Cornwall from the Tamar to Cape Cornwall – a Pilgrimage in Appreciation and Thanks after Whitsun
After our enjoyable pilgrimage to Truro in June last year I started planning a longer route across the whole length of Cornwall that would be a sort of 'Cornish Camino' ­ starting at the Tamar outside Launceston and then going via Altarnun skirting Bodmin Moor, through St Mabyn then to Truro and on to Cape Cornwall ­ a distance in total of 100 miles. As many of you will know I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last Autumn, and all this went on hold while I undertook radiotherapy treatment at both Exeter and Truro hospitals – excellent places with very professional kind staff . We were really touched by the level of concern and support we received from our friends ( local and distant) and the church communities of St Mabyn, St Tudy and St Breward, which made a profound difference to our approach to the cancer and its treatment. We recently received the great news that the cancer has been cured ( as much as one can be sure of anything in life), and I'm well on the way to being fully recovered. So, to demonstrate my appreciation to all of you and my grateful thanks to God, I've decided to undertake this Pilgrimage as a continuous 8 day walk starting on Sunday 10 July and finishing on Sunday ­17 July. I will walk the whole way but the start day and finish day will start after church in St Mabyn. Others will be joining me for the two Sunday walks and some/all of the other legs. This should be an attractive route passing through quiet countryside with great views and several points of interest including ancient churches, the cathedral, St Michael's Mount, and ending on the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Cornwall.
I would be delighted if others would join us for part of the route or even the whole pilgrimage – I have done some preliminary work on places to stay along the way and ways to organise drop­offs and pick­ups – and I will do more later as numbers walking become clearer. The specific walks will be: Sun 10 Polson Br (over Tamar) Launceston to Altarnun 11 miles
Mon 11 Alturnun to St Mabyn 19 miles
Tue 12 St Mabyn to St Columb Major 13 miles
Wed 13 St Columb Major to Truro (cathedral) 18 miles T
hur 14 Truro to Stithians 9 miles
Fri 15 Stithians to Relubbus 13 miles
Sat 16 Relubbus to Gulval 7 miles ( via St Michael's Mt)
Sun 17 Gulval to Cape Cornwall 10 miles
If you would like to find out more please contact Bob Kirby­Harris on 01208 850651 or 07837 603130 or email

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margo Kirkwood and Deborah Mitchell exhibition

The show features mainly landscape and seascapes, cards are also available - originals and prints.  Deborah will display a variety of pots for the table and vessels for flowers, mainly earthenware and stoneware.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Wanted – knitting wool and  knitting cotton for blankets and garment's for Samara's Aid Appeal!

We are undertaking a 6 month knitting challenge to support Samara in her latest appeal for resources for Syria and Iraq. If you have any double knitting wool or knitting cotton, please drop it off into the basket at the font, St Mabyn Church.

We will be making the following:
  1. Hospital blankets: made from cotton blends (not woollen yarns or double knit). These blankets must be suitable for use in hot Middle Eastern Summers.
  2. Blankets for adults, new mothers and the elderly (these can be wool)
  3. Baby clothes including hats/bonnets, mittens, socks, cardigans
  4. Children's clothes including jumpers, cardigans, mittens, scarves, hats, socks
  5. Adult clothes including hats, scarves, jumpers, cardigans, shawls, socks

NB- Strong colours are recommended over pastels and whites as it is difficult for many displaced people to wash their clothes.

Look out for patterns and further information – coming soon!

For further local information, please contact – Jan Fisher – 01208 852182, or see


For Richard Jenkin

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Queen's 90th Birthday, Thursday, 21st April

The Queen's 90th Birthday, Thursday, 21st April

An Update on the St Mabyn bonfire beacon.
Andrew and Sally Kellow have kindly agreed to have the bonfire beacon at Treveglos Farm.

There will be a BBQ at The St Mabyn Inn from 6.00pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire beacon at 8.30pm, then back to the pub for the quiz at 9.00pm.

We want to build as bigger bonfire as we can, so will anyone with anything suitable to put on the bonfire please ring Andrew on 07813803001 or me on 07968002450.
Carol Bray

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

No Reply - Murph & The Gazorpos

New track by Murph & The Gazorpos recorded and filmed in St Mabyn

Easter Sunday Service

The Reverend Canon Dave Elkington will conduct our service of Holy Communion for Easter Sunday, and blessing and distribution of the Palm Crosses  this coming Sunday, 20 March at 10am. Refreshments are always served afterwards and offers the opportunity to socialise with friends old and new.There is a table at the back of the church with a wide selection of magazines – do come in at any time for a browse (they cover all sorts of hobbies and not just of a religious nature!) and please take home any you would like.

Maundy Thursday Service

Do come and join us for our Agape meal and Tenebrae sung by Roscarrock Revival – this is always a very moving occasion, and of course also with much enjoyable fellowship.

Annual Church Meeting

At our Annual Church meeting Colin Hyde and Carol Grigg were re-elected as Churchwardens and a full list of members of the PCC is posted in the porch of the church. We were all delighted to learn that the church electoral roll now stands at 55 and we have all been so pleased to welcome the new members.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Queen's 90th birthday

On Thursday 21 April 2016 the Queen will be 90 years old, and St Mabyn Parish Council have decided to mark the occasion by joining in the lighting of Beacons.  There is a long tradition in Britain of lighting beacons on Royal occasions.  It could turn out to be a very enjoyable village get-together.
More information re: location etc. will follow shortly.
Carol Bray

Thursday, January 21, 2016

St Mabyn Church News

At the recent PCC meeting exciting plans were made for the Easter period and Holy Week in particular – it all happens rather early this year so please make a note! Warm thanks were expressed to all who contribute to making our services so enjoyable and the Church Warden’s report of increased attendance last year proved that we must be getting something right! The lack of a fulltime regular organist has actually led to a wider variety of music and we are deeply grateful to Les Field for playing the organ for us from time to time and also to the Reverend Steve Williams and his amazing Music Group for the joyful sounds they produce – there is nothing so good as a strong lead from the front! This has enabled us to enjoy some very jolly Gospel style hymns as well as the old stalwarts with which so many of us grew up. Our Lent course starts on Tuesday 16 February and each Tuesday morning until Easter and David and Mary Bishop have kindly agreed to host these at their home, Trelowarth, Watergate Lane – and newcomers are always welcome. A warning – the group generally adjourns to the pub for lunch afterwards! and indeed anyone who would like to join us just for lunch is most welcome. Mothering Sunday is on 6 March and we will hold a non-Communion service and look forward to the participation of the children from St Mabyn School. On Maundy Thursday we will hold our Agape Supper and this year it will be accompanied by the singing of Tennebrae. We will hold our Annual Church meeting after the Palm Sunday service on 20 March – do come along and hear what we have been up to and what are our future plans – including the installing of a kitchen and full toilet facilities!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Church services

Sunday Church Service
This Sunday, 20 December is the fourth Sunday of Advent and the Reverend Canon Dave Elkington will lead our service of Carols and readings at 10am. Refreshments will, as usual, be served afterwards and a warm welcome is offered to all.

Christingle Service
This Friday, 18th December, at 1.15 is the Christingle Service with Rev Dave Elkington. These are always delightful and you don’t have to have a young relative performing to enjoy them – do come along!
Christmas Eve service
At 3pm on Christmas Eve, 24 December, there will be the delightful Crib Service with Dave Elkington and Steve Williams, telling the Christmas story with the donkey procession, carols and gifts for the children – do come along!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mistletoe Fayre

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Mistletoe Fayre.  From the
ladies in the Tea Room, to those who managed the VH stalls, to those who contributed
 towards the Raffle thank you.  I don't know who you all were but your gifts were a
delight to see on the stage, thank you again.
Tony Dickinson our Town Crier did a marvellous job as usual selling tickets and keeping
everyone amused.  Thank you to the parking attendants assisting  stallholders to unload their
cars.  Special thanks to all those who came in and supported our stalls financially.
Cedar Croft owner Mark Orchard who  donated the beautiful potted Christmas tree.  It was just stunning
among the raffle prizes.   Do remember to give him your support when thinking about Christmas.
He has  a shop in the vicinity where he sells his trees - have a look around there are some gorgeous
gifts to tempt you.
Lastly, gratitude for the wonderful selection of various stalls.  We couldn't have a fayre without
the interest of the independent Stall Holders who come along each year.
In total we cleared £500, which the VH Committee is delighted to receive.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Village Hall Mistletoe Fair

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