Down Your Way – West Briton
Rotary Club of Falmouth
Talented singers, musicians, a comedian and a magician delighted a big audience at the Falmouth Poly on Thursday in the Rotary Club Charity Variety Show.
Hosted by Falmouth's Rotary president Peter Griffiths, it raised substantial funds for Rotary's big new project to bring clean water to a group of needy villages in Uganda.
Oboe player Fernando Ramirez from Madrid joined Seworgan-based singing duo Rob and Sue Ford of Sounds Eclectic, talented man of magic Jon Martin from Constantine and Bodmin's professional stand-up comedian Chris Batters. The icing on the cake was a guest appearance by Canon Anthony Phillips, who had the audience in stitches with a reading on how to give a pill to a cat. Ticket-holders were treated to a magnificent buffet supper during the interval.
"The show, through tickets sales, raffle sales and bar sales gave a real boost to our water project," said Mr Griffiths.
"Our very warmest thanks go out to all the performers for a truly memorable show.
"We are also very grateful to the Poly and its wonderful volunteers for providing the venue and for the audience for coming out in such numbers on a wet, windy night."
Rotary also expressed thanks to the Tresanton Hotel at St Mawes, St Mellion Hotel, the Maritime Museum, St Michael's Hotel, the Cove, Maenporth, and the Eden Project for donating a glittering array of raffle prizes.
With help from Penryn, Helston, Helston-Lizard, Redruth and St Ives Rotary Clubs, plus local schools, Falmouth Rotary Club aims to raise £30,000 for the project. These will be multiplied by 3.5 by Rotary International – making £100,000.
With an active membership approaching 50, Falmouth Rotary Club has been supporting the local community and projects overseas since its foundation in 1922.
The aims of Rotary are service before self, the maintenance of high ethical standards in business and the advancement of international understanding and goodwill.
Falmouth Society of Railway Modellers
The society will be holding a one-day exhibition at Budock village hall, on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, admission £2 adults, £1 children. There will be seven working layouts in various styles, together with a demonstration table, with a trade stand for those Christmas presents.
Refreshments will be available; all welcome.
Falmouth Decorative Art Society
The society's lecture programme aims to be varied and future lectures for the year include: The History of Stained Glass Seen Through The Christmas Story; Caillebotte: The Unknown Impressionist With The Unpronounceable Name; Dreamtime To Machine Time – A History Of Contemporary Aboriginal Art; Flemish Painting From Van Eyck To Brueghel; Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera: The Golden Age Of Mexican Painting; and John Opie, The Cornish Wonder.
Anyone interested in joining the society, or coming along for a taster, should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Richard on 01326 251233. Meetings are on the second Friday in the month at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth from 10.30am to 12.30pm; visit www.fdfas.org.uk for details.
The new Falmouth Vocalz choir has been running for three weeks and now has more than 30 members attending its rehearsals, held at 8pm on Wednesdays in Falmouth Methodist Church Hall.
Falmouth Vocalz is a lively mixed-voice choir which sings a wide range of music from classical pieces to pop and everything else in between.
The choir is now preparing for two Christmas concerts, in Falmouth Methodist Church and Truro Cathedral. It is accompanied by Peter Luing and conducted by Neil Shepherd. A warm welcome awaits both ladies and gentlemen. The choir welcomes lively singers who are willing to learn music at a fairly fast pace, enjoy an active social life and pick up basic music-reading skills if they don't already have them.
To find out more, come along to a rehearsal, log on to www.falmouthvocalz.co.uk or call Neil or Kate Shepherd on 01736 759944; e-mail email@example.com
Falmouth Methodist Church
On Sunday we held a joint service with Penryn Methodist Church.
This was led by the Reverend Arthur Cowburn assisted by Deacon Michelle Legumi.
The service took the form of an adult baptism, confirmation and membership service.
The reader was Jennifer Webster, the organist was David Collins and the steward on duty was Jane Bennett.
Jane welcomed everyone present and congratulated Rose Webber from Penryn Methodist on her Saracen Award.
Olivia from Junior Church read a prayer to bless the shoe boxes collected and to say "Thank you."
Ginny, a leader from Junior Church, explained about the shoe boxes we had been collecting. More than 30 boxes have gone already and we still have many more to go.
The young people went around the church with the boxes on a trolley showing them to the congregation. The young people then left the service for their classes.
Peter from Penryn led us in our prayers.
Deacon Michelle then baptised Bonnie, and Emma from FMC gave her a lighted candle. The names of the people who were welcomed into membership by the Reverend Cowburn and Deacon Legumi were Bonnie, Pauline, Peter, Beryl and John from Falmouth Methodist Church and Sandra and Mike, Hilary and Peter and Carol and Philip from Penryn Methodist Church.
They were welcomed into the Methodist Church by FMC senior steward Jane Bennett and Penryn Methodist steward Alan Darvell. All hymns sung at the service were chosen by the new members. Holy Communion was also included, and Jane Bennett assisted Reverend Arthur with this.
The Memorial Chapel on the ground floor is open for daily prayer. The prayer tree is situated in the Memorial Chapel and is available for anyone to put prayer requests on.
Cards for Good Causes are now on sale in the foyer until December 7 from 10am to 4pm.
The regular church coffee mornings continue on Thursdays from 9.30am to 11.30am and on Fridays from 9am to 11.30am.
On Saturday we held a very successful Autumn Fair.
This Saturday the Falmouth and Gwennap Circuit will be holding their Autumn Fayre in our church from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments are available all day.
Amity Theatre are again presenting Snow White at our church this year.
It will take place nightly from November 29 to December 1 at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are available from the church (mornings only).
On December 2 the Falmouth Ladies' Guild of the RNLI are holding their annual Lifeboat Christmas Concert at 7.30pm.
Taking part will be Pendennis Brass (musical director Steve Thomas) and St Stythians Male Voice Choir (musical director Ken Downing).
Tamsin Thomas (media relations, South West) will once again be the compère.
Tickets are available from the church foyer from 10am to 4pm, price £6.
All Saints' Parish Church
At the winter fair held on Saturday, more than £800 was raised for church funds. When consideration was given to the fact that there were several similar events held in the town at the same time, the ladies of the Social Committee were very satisfied.
During the sung mass on Sunday, the generosity of the All Saints congregation again manifested itself. A silver wafer box, donated by his family in memory of the late Ralph William Round, was consecrated by Father Stephen, priest-in-charge. This gift is appreciated by the members.
Father Stephen was the celebrant and preacher of the mass which began with the Introit hymn Angel Voices Ever Singing.
After the Kyries and Gloria were sung and the Prayers of Penitence and Confession said, Barbara Martin read the first lesson, taken from the Book of Daniel, xii, 1 to 3. This sets out a vision given to Daniel regarding the happenings at the end of the world. The second reading, by Sally Maynard and taken from the letter to the Hebrews, x, reminds us that through the sacrifice of Jesus we have an advocate in Heaven for all time.
Father Stephen then proclaimed Mark's Gospel, xiii; because of the nature of its content this has become known as the 'Little Apocalyptic'.
In his address that followed he stated that because of the barrage of advertising today, it was sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction.
However, he said there were two lessons Christians should take from this chapter: be aware, do not be afraid.
Chalice administrators at the Eucharist were Helen Bancroft and Sally Maynard, and the server for the mass Jane MacLennan.
Prayers were led by Ann Hill and Hazel Bennett. The sidespersons were Amy Seaton and Paul Jenkins. David Cunliffe, deputy church organist, was at the organ and after the singing of the final hymn, Songs Of Praise The Angels Sang, brought the mass to a conclusion by playing the Grand March from Scipio by Handel.
On Sunday, November 25, there is sung mass, Christ the King, at 10am.
Falmouth Camera Club
With an audience eager to learn more about the intricate methods of picture manipulation, member Gerry Curtis gave a lucid insight into this sometimes controversial subject. His easy-to-understand methods of converting a mundane image into a vibrant masterpiece was greeted with enthusiasm, as was illustrated at a hands-on session that followed his illuminating contribution to the club's winter programme.
Today's session will be devoted to a points competition when the set subject is Outbuildings, coupled with a general section in both print and projected images.
Popular judge for the evening will be Bryan Crick, of St Ives, well known for his skilful manner in the art judging.
Meetings are held at the Athenaeum Club on Thursdays at 7pm.
For further information visit www.falmouthcameraclub.co.uk
Falmouth Community Choir
Rehearsals of Falmouth Community Choir continue on Wednesdays from 10.30am until noon.
The choir meets at Falmouth Methodist Church Hall and new members are welcome.
There are no auditions and the choir is warm and friendly.
Members sing a wide range of music including folk songs, pop tunes, classical pieces, show tunes and other items, including Christmas carols and other pieces at this time of year. Cost is £3.50 per session.
For more detail visit the website www.cornwallcommunitychoir.co.uk, call Neil or Kate Shepherd on 01736 759944 or attend a rehearsal.
On behalf of the Crypt Pre-school, St Mary's Church, Falmouth, we would like to invite you to its annual Christmas fair, to be held between 11am and 1pm on December 8.
There will be a variety of stalls, including the ever- popular cake stall, a tombola, a lucky dip and many others. There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes, including meals at The Cove and St Michael's Hotel.
St Mary's Church
On Sunday, November 4, the scripture reading from St Mark's Gospel told how Jesus repeated the basis of Jewish and Christian belief, which is called Shema, meaning "listen", and then goes on to the two commandments, to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbour as yourself
Sunday, November 11, was Remembrance Day and the congregation stood for the two minutes' silence, remembering how at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns of the First World War fell silent. Tragically, that was not the end of war. Prayers are said regularly for those serving in Afghanistan.
Prayers were also asked for Norman Beard, who died recently.
In the afternoon there was a meeting for the 15-plus age group to study Youcat, the youth catechism.
The prayer group met in the church on Monday. On Tuesday morning the St Vincent de Paul Society had a meeting in the presbytery. Their aim is to help local people in any kind of need and at present they have an urgent request for a gas cooker for a family without adequate means of cooking. In the afternoon, circuit training was held in the hall. In the evening the Bible Study Group and the Word and Spirit Group held their meetings; also there was a meeting in the presbytery for the Salesian co-operators, who work with young people in the spirit of Don Bosco.
On Wednesday, Falmouth Church Hall was available for table tennis. The DVD series on Catholicism continued to be shown on Wednesdays in Helston. In the evening there was a special meeting in Helston for anyone interested in pastoral care in the parish. The funeral of Norman Beard was held in Falmouth on Friday morning. On Saturday, parishioners took part in the pro-life vigil outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Sunday, November 18, was the last but one before Advent, when the church's new year begins. The readings from the prophet Daniel and from St Mark's Gospel described in dramatic and apocalyptic terms the ending of the world and the final judgment.
There was a warm welcome in Helston for Ryan Williamson who became a member of the church in Christian baptism. The Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal was closed with a total of 127 boxes of toys and presents for children in need, contributed by St Mary's parish and school.
In the hall there was a stall selling homemade chutney for the Kanji Project in South India. The parents of young children were reminded that admission to the September 2013 reception class of St Mary's school was now open and admission forms should be completed.
A language club in Falmouth set up three years ago boasts more than 200 members.
Café Polyglot was created by Victoria Dunfour as a way of bringing different nationalities together in a relaxed, social atmosphere.
It gives people a chance to practise foreign languages and offers those from abroad here to live, work or study a chance to make friends.
The club meets on Thursday evenings at the Watersports Centre and has people from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China and Greece.
Ms Dunfour said: "Café Polyglot has helped me integrate into the local community and meet people with the same interest in other languages and cultures.
"The group has been of enormous benefit in helping other people settling into the Falmouth way of life."
It also organises trips out across Cornwall, as many members are foreign students who do not have vehicles.
St Peter's Church
The Holy Communion Service held on Sunday, the second Sunday before Advent, was celebrated by the Reverend Andrew Stevenson, priest-in-charge, who in his sermon said that when we enter a cathedral we are often struck by the magnificence of the architecture and the beauty of the surroundings. Such wonder can bring with it a sense of the otherness of God.
It was much the same in Jesus's time, but the great temple in Jerusalem, which featured in the Gospel for today, St. Mark xiii, 1 to 8, was not just a splendid building; it was a functional place too – a place of sacrifice.
The readings for today invite us to consider the redundancy of the temple as the need for a regular sacrifice is wiped away by the person and action of Jesus.
Sacrifice, and with it the need for a place to carry that out, is swept away by the once and for all time actions of the first Easter, and with that the need to focus on a specific place is removed.
In the post-Easter world places of worship exist not for their own ends, but rather as a means to build up and facilitate the coming of the Kingdom of God. What is important is that we seek to build the Kingdom, wherever and whenever we can: in our lives; in our communities. Then, and only then, will we be giving God the gift he truly craves and truly deserves.
The Old Testament reading, taken from Daniel xii, 1 to 3, was read by Carol Bassett and the New Testament reading, taken from Hebrews x, 11 to 25, was read by Jean Morris.
Peter Ryan composed and read the Intercessions and Joan Treloar played the keyboard.
Nankersey Male Choir
The choir will next be heard outside the Lemon Arms, Mylor, when the village's Christmas lights season is opened at 7.30pm on Monday, December 3. Its next concert will be with Stithians Band in Perranwell Village Hall on Sunday, December 16, starting at 7.30pm.
The choir's practices are held in St Peter's Church Hall, Flushing, on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Anyone interested in singing with the choir should contact its secretary, Fred Bidgood, on 01326 373984.
For more information, visit www.nankerseychoir.org
A concert was held at Tremayne Hall, Mylor, on November 10.
Dres Kernow Ladies' Barbershop Harmony Chorus, under its new musical director Sarah Netherton, held a concert in conjunction with Treverva Male Voice Choir. The musical director was John Adams, deputy musical director Terry Reed and accompanist Ruth Bray, and there was a guest appearance by the Fortuity Ladies' Quartet: Gemma Netherton-Hind, Ellie Mills, Veryan Zimberton and Sarah Netherton. Formed in 2011, it won a gold medal at the Ladies' Association of Barbershop Singers and this year a bronze medal at the Sweet Adelines Convention.
Performing to a packed hall, Dres Kernow sang a selection of songs to a very appreciative audience, followed by Treverva Male Voice Choir who sang some beautiful pieces and some much-loved Cornish songs with accompaniment by Ruth Bray.
The very talented Fortuity ladies stunned the audience with their wonderful barbershop harmonies.
The concert was followed by wonderful home-made cakes and savouries.
Penryn Camera Club
The meeting of Wednesday, November 14, was opened by the chairman who told members that there are now more than 100 images on the website, which is building nicely into a good advert for the club.
He inquired whether any members would like to be nominated as a judge for photographic competitions. He then introduced the main event of the evening, which was the display of members' photographs, with everyone present suggesting titles for the images. A lot of fun was had with some of the suggested titles, eg. a picture of a millstone at Kennal Vale ('St Piran's Boat'), and a picture of a rack of white surfboards ('Mine's the white one.')
We then had a demonstration of images, with some straight off the camera and others that had been processed in Photoshop and we had to identify which was which. It wasn't easy.
The next meeting will be held on November 28, when the speaker will be Steve Rogers of South West Optics. His subject will be natural history, and will cover bird and insect photography.
On Monday, December 3, there will be an inter-club competition between Penryn, Truro and Falmouth, taking place at Carnon Downs Village Hall at 7.30pm. The following meeting on December 5 is a club competition, Round 2 of the Ken Farnell Cup, with the subject being Low Light.
Club meetings take place each Wednesday at 7.30pm, at The Space, Penryn RFC, Kernick Road, Penryn.
Penryn Camera Club is renowned for its friendly and welcoming outlook. It includes all levels of experience and types of camera. It aims to help its members to improve their photography, whether for competitions or for their personal enjoyment. If you would like to know more you can telephone chairman John Winchester on 07974 221878, or visit www. penryncameraclub.org.uk
Penryn Methodist Church
For the service on Sunday some of our congregation joined Falmouth Methodist Church for a service which included a baptism, confirmation and a welcome to new members of both churches.
The first hymn was All People That On Earth Do Dwell. Peter Mehaffey led the prayers of praise and thanksgiving and the reading, taken from John xv, 1 to 8, was read by Jenny Webster.
Deacon Michelle Legumi and the Reverend Arthur Cowburn led the service and Holy Communion was taken at the end.
The last hymn was When We Walk With The Lord. Tea and coffee was shared. The organist was David Collins.
The service at Penryn this Sunday will be led by John Burns and members of the church family.
A bazaar on Saturday was opened by mayor Gill Grant and raised £480. Many thanks to all who attended.
St Gluvias's Church
Some members of the church had a table at the WI charity table-top sale on November 10 and £85 was raised for church funds.
Father Beverley Thompson was the celebrant and preacher at the parish mass for the second Sunday before Advent. Lesson-readers were John Hodge and Peter Fittock. Father Beverley proclaimed the gospel and the prayers of intercession were led by Richard Hopper. During communion the choir sang Lead Me, Lord by Wesley; soloists were Julia Hunter and Jenny Byatt. Chalice assistants were Lilian Ferris and John Hodge and the organist was Daniel Shermon, who concluded the service with the Trumpet Voluntary in D major by John Stanley.
On Friday, November 30, at 7.30pm there is a concert in aid of the Penryn branch of the Royal British Legion. Taking part are Cantabile, a local recorder group, the Returners Orchestra, Daniel Shermon, Andrew de Labat and Dr David Crosse (organ) and the choir of St Gluvias. Tickets are available at the door priced at £5.
On Saturday, December 1, the annual Christmas Fayre takes place in the Temperance Hall beginning at 9.30am, with various stalls including home-made cakes, savouries etc. Tea and coffee and light refreshments will also be available.
Stithians Methodist Church
The morning service at Stithians Methodist Church on Sunday, November 18, was led by Mike Ely.
There was a Bible reading by Sandra Roberts and the organist was Colin Anthony.
The evening service was led by the Reverend Celia Phillips and included Holy Communion. There were Bible readings by Tony Langford and Belinda Green, and the organist was Hazel Roach.
Treverva Male Voice Choir
The choir's next concert will be at Enys Gardens at 2pm on Sunday, December 2; the gardens will be open from 1pm.
This is a historic event as, following renovation, Enys House will be open to the public for the first time in 50 years; come and have a sneak preview. Tickets are £10, to include a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. For more details and to order tickets call 01326 259885.
If you are interested in joining the choir, Ann Trudgen will pleased to hear from you on 01326 210444 or e-mail ann. firstname.lastname@example.org
The choir practises on Mondays at 7.30pm at Treverva Chapel.
Cornwall Health Services Retirement Fellowship
We held our autumn meeting at the Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, on Tuesday, November 13. Members welcomed Sarah Newton from Cornwall Hospice Care, who gave us an insight into the work of the two hospices in Cornwall. Our vice-chairman, Kathleen Radley, presented a cheque for the hospices to Sarah.
Members had also brought along warm clothing to be taken to St Petroc's Society for the homeless in Truro.
After tea, a short business meeting showed that the Fellowship's bank account was very healthy. Members commented favourably upon the outings planned for 2013 and our proposed holiday in Dorset in June next year. Our next meeting is Christmas lunch at the Kingswood Restaurant in London Apprentice.
We are looking forward to our get-togethers in 2013; if you have retired from the NHS or any of its related services and would like to join us, please do contact our Hon Secretary, Margaret Herbert, for further information on 01872 863987 or e-mail margirvinherbert@ tiscali.co.uk
The lovely thing about the four-plus-four-mile walks is that everyone can choose the distance they want to walk, have a social gathering at lunchtime if they want to and come and go as they please.
On Sunday, 20 ramblers joined Graham Ronan (and Smudge), leaving the Ship at Mousehole for a four-mile mud slosh across the fields and through Higher Kemyel Farm, then back via Castellack for lunch at the Ship. Thank you, Mel and Rob, for making us all so welcome, and for the delicious food; it was ace!
Just after 1.30pm the group set off again for the afternoon trek up to Trevithal and on to Chyenhal Moor, returning to Mousehole by way of the Ring and Thimble and Paul to complete the eight-mile figure of eight. The weather was superb and the views even better, and the company just great. Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful day's walking.
This weekend on Saturday we have an 18-mile(ish) walk from Madron with Mark Hynard, leaving from the church at 9am, and then on Sunday, another four-plus-four-mile with Graham and Sylvia Ronan leaving the Watermill at Lelant at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Why not come out for a walk with us?
Contact Sylvia Ronan, membership secretary for Cornwall Area Ramblers, on 01736 740542, or e-mail her at email@example.com
The Ramblers' website also gives details of walks at www.cornwallramblers.org.uk
Cornwall Organists' Association
The association met on Saturday, October, 27, at Falmouth Baptist Church.
The meeting was opened by the president, Graeme Wright, who spoke about past president Ron Keeping, who is still very lively and attends the meetings. A recital was given by Michael Hoeg on the organ, which was originally built by Hardy and Sons of Stockport in 1901. Michael did an excellent job, although the organ is unfortunately situated at the very front of the church, with its pipes hidden behind a screen, which stifles the sound rather.
After the business meeting and tea the meeting transferred to All Saints' Church, Falmouth, where a recital was given by cathedral organist Luke Bond in celebration of organist John Winter, who died earlier this year.
Some recordings of Mr Winter's improvisations were also heard.