Nov 4th   All Saints

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am FS  Remembering loved ones/Shoeboxes Heamoor

11.00am HC Gulval

11.00am FS  Remembering loves ones/Shoeboxes Madron

4.00pm EP Gulval

6.00pm EP Madron


Nov 11th   Remembrance/Gulval Feast

8.00am HC Gulval

9.30am HC Heamoor

10.50am Remembrance Service  Gulval

10.50am Remembrance Service Madron

4.00pm Gulval Feast Service

6.00pm  Scouts and Legion Parade Service  Heamoor


Nov 18th   2nd before Lent

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am HC Heamoor

10.00am FS  Heamoor

11.00am HC Gulval

11.00am  HC  Madron

6.00pm  EP  Madron


Nov 25th  Christ the King   

8.00am  HC  Gulval

9.30am  HC  Heamoor

11.00am Mattins  Gulval

11.00am HC  Madron

6.00pm EP  Madron


Anglican /Methodist Prayer meetings

The next meetings to pray for our six area churches, Anglican and Methodist, will be at Madron Methodist Church on Saturday November 3rd from 9.30 to 10am


Special events in November

 Sun 4th 9.30am Remembering Loved ones Service at Heamoor

11.00am Remembering Loved ones Service at Madron

11.00am Remembering Loved ones Service at Gulval

A chance to light a candle and remember those we have loved and lost

Sun 11th 10.50am Annual Remembrance Services at war memorials and church at Gulval and Heamoor

Sun 11th 4.00pnm United Gulval Feast Service with Rev Karsten Wedgwood as preacher

Mon 12th 10.30am Coffee and Doughnuts at Gulval church

Mon 12th 7.30pm Feast choir concert with St Buryan MV choir at Gulval

Fri 16 7.0pm Pasty Supper in Gulval Village Hall

Sat 17 10.30am Pre Feast Christmas Bazaar at St Thomas

Sat 24  11.00am Gulval Christmas Bazaar in the Village Hall


Vicar’s letter   

November is a time for remembering – not just the 5th of November, as the rhyme goes, and not just the fallen in war on the 11th. We remember too all those who have died, and on the first Sunday of November we will be mentioning in prayer at our main morning services all those who have had funerals at our churches this last year, praying too for their families. Technically we are combining two feasts here – All Saints on Nov 1st and All Souls on November 2nd. That Sunday will also be our time to remember children less well off than we are, when we collect and dedicate our shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. The children who receive these boxes will be thereby receiving God’s love and ours. It is very likely they will have never received any Christmas gift before, or indeed any other gift.

The point of memory is that it keeps the past fresh in the present, just as with communion we recreate Jesus’s presence at table with his disciples. Although there will now be hardly anyone alive who remembers 1918, the names we read on war memorials are being kept alive in memory. We see them not just in photograph or newspaper report but in the young servicemen of today who serve in dangerous places and in our minds they stand alongside those killed in Iran and Afghanistan.

So may November be a month to remember servicemen and women as well as loved ones and children overseas, bringing them to the forefront of our thoughts, hearts and prayers, as if we were standing with them




Margaret SIMKISS  (85 )    October 9th  Gulval

Margaret was born in Birmingham. After school she worked in accounts for Royal Insurance and then later for Social Services and for the University, where her husband Barry worked. Barrie’s family had relocated their business to Cornwall after being bombed out, so it was a natural place for them to retire to. Barry died not long afterwards in 1994 but Margaret found plenty to occupy herself in the garden, waking and taking part in village activities such as the Welcome Club and the Whist Drives. She died after a short illness bravely borne. Margaret chatted to anyone, was a kind person and made good friends, while remaining essentially a private person.


Jean ROFF (94)   October 12th    Heamoor

Jean was born in Newhaven, Sussex. Dad was in the Royal Navy, and she spent much of her childhood in Gillingham, Kent. She left school at the age of 14 when the family moved to Swansea. Jean had wanted to train to be a hairdresser but family circumstances and attitudes of the time dictated that she earn her keep, so she undertook a variety of housekeeping jobs (including kitchen maid and general housemaid / lady’s companion) before joining the WRNS (Women’s Royal Naval Service) during WWII.  She met John at a dance at Helensburgh. They were married on 21 July 1945 at Mullion Church, as her parents had moved there. The newlyweds spent most of the next 10 years in Scotland; home was near wherever John’s work took him on Scottish hydro-electric projects. In 1955, her husband was ‘posted’ to a major new hydro-electric project in Kariba, Southern Rhodesia, and Jean (with 4 children in tow!) flew out to join him 3 months later, early in 1956  After 5 years in Africa, it was time to take a short break in the U.K. before moving on to Iran. In early 1961 they returned to Penzance, John returning to Iran; they only saw each other for 2 months each year). Jean made many good friends and was a founder member of the St Paul’s Church Young Wives Group. In 1969 Jean & John moved back up to the Highlands of Scotland for the next 5 years. John was in increasingly poor health and so retired early. They moved back to the southwest of England, first in Chagford, and then Penzance. Unfortunately, John died in 1978 but not before they had settled happily and reacquainted themselves with old friends. In 1982 Jean moved to her cottage in Heamoor where she lived happily for over 30 years, getting herself fully engaged in the local community, including joining St Thomas’ Church as a regular member of the congregation and involved in wider church activities. Her other interests included quilting, art, keep fit, aquarobics, entertaining and travelling.  From the early 1970s onwards, Jean took a lively interest in her now further expanding family – she loved spending time with her grandchildren, of whom she eventually had 8. She regularly travelled to Australia to visit her elderly mother and her younger sister and family until the early 1990s, and soon after that she started on a new phase of life which saw her grandchildren reaching adulthood. Her mobility began to suffer and she underwent both knee & hip replacement surgery – she remained active throughout and onwards! The first of her 7 great-grandchildren arrived in 2012, and she had met all of them by early summer 2018. In the last 10 years, she coped with increasing mobility difficulties but eventually, compounded by other health issues, reluctantly gave up her independent living to go into Penlee Residential Care Home where she spent nearly 3 years both safe & comfortable.


Ruth Blakemore (97)  October 12th       Heamoor

Ruth was a strong and independent lady despite her smallness of stature. She grew up in Penzance and worked as a cleaner in the Cliff Hotel and the Youth Hostel after leaving school. She married Leonard and they had over forty years together before he died some years ago. Ruth lived many years in Heamoor and was a constant fixture in the Legion, St Thomas and local events. She always loved cats, knitted and supported others where she could, Her sadness in life was losing a baby. In recent times she lived in the Haven, where she found herself feeling tired, but she retained a good memory till the end and the staff loved her stories.