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October 2023

Look at the lovely flowers the ladies have produced for our Harvest Service on Sunday, 17th October!

Quethiock School held its Harvest in the church last week and donated three huge shopping bags of non-perishable food items for the Foodbanks in Callington and Liskeard. Further donations of non-perishables and cash were made on Sunday, as well as a contribution of £75 from the congregation. Over forty people attended the service which was led by Li and Martin. It included a reading of the list of farms in Quethiock Parish. A Bring-and-Share supper was enjoyed afterwards and fresh produce was then auctioned.

Unusual visitor:

Look who was found exploring the Trehunsey Chapel and probably doing a fantastic job keeping the spider population under control! Now, hopefully, more at home outside near one of the soakaways.


Lauren and Joe had a beautiful wedding in St. Hugh’s on 16th September.

May 2023

Today we were visited by John from the U.S.A. John got in touch a few weeks ago, using our Contact Form to ask about ancestors who might have lived in Quethiock. We were quickly able to tell him that 19th century family members were buried in the churchyard. We also put him in contact with a 4th cousin living nearby. John managed to fit a day in Quethiock into his planned visit to the U.K. He met his new-found cousin and spent the day looking around the church and then visiting the places his ancestors had lived (as well as sampling Cornish pasties, saffron buns and a cream tea!!).
If you think you may have ancestors who lived in Quethiock, do get in touch using the Contact Form. We cannot promise success (or the cream tea) but will do our best. Quethiock has an active Local History Group who enjoy investigations.

John Howard:
We have been very saddened by the sudden death of John Howard, one of the Readers who takes our services. Although not residing in the parish, he considered St. Hugh’s as his spiritual home. A message from Martin Smith, Reader, St Hugh’s Quethiock and the Tribute Cluster:
“I’m very sad to report the passing of my dear friend and fellow Reader , John Howard, who died on Monday 24th April.
John had a very full life. Among other things , he was a police officer, a motorcycle cop and a member of the underwater search team. After his retirement from the police he joined Caradon District Council where he worked on sustainability issues.
He lost his first wife, Jean, about fifteen years ago but remarried a couple of years later to Pearl. They recently celebrated their thirteenth wedding anniversary. John was a Reader for many years before I took the scarf. As well as the normal parochial duties of a Reader he was also honorary chaplain to the Devon and Cornwall Police Service and also the Plymouth and Cornwall Wing of the Air Cadets, offices that he was proud to hold. His loss will be sorely felt by all who knew him, Quethiock parish, Tribute Cluster of Churches, West Wivelshire Deanery, the Police and Air Cadets, but most of all, by me. So rest in peace, my friend and mentor, and at the last, rise with Christ in Glory”

Service times:
Morning services have reverted to a 10am start with immediate effect.

Coronation Carnival!

Carnival float

Coronation Bank Holiday dawned wet … and just got wetter! Undeterred, Liskeard and Callington Young Farmers Clubs brought tractors and floats to join classic vehicles, riders and more in a carnival parade around Quethiock. Prize rosettes were awarded (Rev. Li was chief judge), Saltash Town Band played, Quethiock School PFA sold light refreshments, the Parish Hall Bar was open, and there was much consumption of burgers and sausages, not to mention posh cake. A FANTASTIC total of £500 was raised for St. Hugh’s. Quethiock School PFA and the Parish Hall also raised funds. There was an amazing turnout and support for the event despite the monsoon conditions.

Coronation flowers in the church:
Once again, the church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Garden or hedgerow flowers were largely used, with a theme of ‘red, white and blue’.

New card on sale:
The wonderful primroses in the churchyard have been captured on a new greetings card.

New greetings card for sale, showing primroses and church door

This card joins ones showing the chancel roof and the church door. They are blank inside and cost £1.50 each, or £5 for 4 cards. The cards are for sale in the church – it is requested that payment is put into the donations box by the door (emptied daily).

January 2023

A sound system has now been installed in the church and the facility for an additional ‘loop’ system will be added soon. This is fantastic news as it is often difficult for voices to carry in such a big space. The system has been installed sympathetically to the interior of the church so that it is virtually invisible.

At the January PCC, it was decided that morning services should start half an hour later at 10:30am from 1st February. It was also decided to move forward with the project of installing a toilet which now requires expert guidance regarding where and how to install it and an application for a faculty.

The Quethiock Parish Heritage Centre is now installed in the church. Display boards provide information on a variety of aspects of Quethiock Parish heritage, for example the sale of the parish in 1919, mining and the period when it was compulsory to be buried in woollen. The display is available to be seen whenever the church is open, that is every day!

Forty people attended the BIG Breakfast event which was very kindly organised and run by the Kent Family. Mandy served up delicious sausages and bacon generously supplied by Tamblyns and the eggs were also donated. In total, £220 was raised towards church funds.

December 2022 – CHRISTMAS

Both the Carol Service and Christmas Day Holy Communion were well attended and church looked beautiful in the candle light. A large bag of food gifts were taken to Callington Food Bank. Quethiock School children decorated a tree and provided other decorations for the Trehunsey Chapel. Key Stage Two children held their Christmas celebration in the church in front of pews packed with family and friends.

Do join us at this popular Village event!


A few cards are available for purchase in the church – payment in the Donations Box please.
Otherwise, cards can be purchased directly from Mary-Ann 01579 344259 or by ordering through Rachel or another PCC member. All cards are blank inside and come complete with an envelope and a cellophane wrapper.


LYF Tractor run

The afternoon of Sunday, 9th October, was not a time to be out and about on the roads and byways of Quethiock parish….unless of course taking part in the LYF tractor run organised by Joanne Harris in aid of St. Hugh’s. Tractors, of all ages and sizes, passengers and 4x4s set off from Dannett Farm for a two hour exploration of the area, arriving back for a welcome tea of splits and cakes. A magnificent total of £445 was raised during the afternoon!

The church, decorated with beautiful flower arrangements, was packed with families and friends for Liskeard Young Farmers traditional Harvest Festival. LYF led the service with Revd. Becca Bell giving the address. Readers, John Howard and Martin Smith, assisted. Well known hymns celebrating harvest and the countryside were sung and a range of produce, from land and sea, was processed up to the altar. An auction of produce followed the service, with bunches of flowers proving very popular. Proceeds from the auction went to LYF charities while the collection was for church funds. A delicious spread of savouries and cakes was laid out for the harvest supper and St. Hugh’s provided teas and coffees. The party went on well into the evening as people took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with friends!

September 2022 – BOOK OF CONDOLENCE

Following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth, a Book of Condolence was opened in St. Hugh’s and there was the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance. The book is now closed and will be archived but below are a selection of anonymised entries: