The Flower Festival - A great success.

By general acclaim this years Flower Festival was simply amazing. 36 organisations contributed to the displays on the theme of Art and Craft and the flower arrangements were completely stunning. The various themes were also extremely well chosen. 

Although fewer people visited than last time the total taking this year was larger at £2300. Much needed for the big restoration of St Julitta's starting at the end of this year. We are still £30,000 short!

 Margaret Bosley - one of the organisers and Jenny Rowe - chair of FOLC

Margaret Bosley - one of the organisers and Jenny Rowe - chair of FOLC

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PALM SUNDAY

Palm Sunday at St Julitta's was a Camel-Alan Cluster service with a difference. Taken by Revd Angela Cooper, it started with a procession around the church carrying leafy branches to represent palms. Although it was a communion service, the earlier part of the service was punctuated with readings from St Mark's gospel. The spoken parts were taken by individuals in the congregation with Reader Sue Wilcocks taking the role of the evangelist. The whole congregation joined in lustily whenever a group of people proclaimed.

The short video reflects the moment of peace and quiet while most of the congregation process around the church before the service begins. The organ is played by Steve Tyrell. Note the unusual tracery in the west window. The swirling symbol at the top is very early and definitely pre-christian from the Far East signifying 'The Universe' and good fortune.

A SUCCESSFUL OPEN DAY!

Snowdrop Saturday and Open Day on 17th February 2018 was a great success. Delabole slates for the restored roof were signed, Organ music was wonderfully played in the background by Steve Tyrell and Vaughan Williams gave  a lecture (Twice)  on the amazing Captain Wallis who discovered Tahiti and was baptised in the font here at St Julitta's.

£680 was raised for the re furbishment and about 100 people came from around Cornwall and 'up country'. Volunteers arranged refreshments and guided tours of the church together with a heritage exhibition were available.

This was the first open day and was partly sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Grant. It coincided with our Snowdrop celebration of spring. Another open day is planned for later in the restoration project.

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MORE NEWS

There is a current exhibition at St Julitta's focused on the amazing heritage of the church and its links with international visitors. The high status stained  glass is one aspect of this heritage and is of concern because the stone mullions and tracery in the windows is deteriorating putting the glass at risk. We have already had a stained glass specialist have a look at this and 2 stone masons to assess the window stonework. Their reports will form the basis of further action.

Tombchest Problems

Outside the church there are 14 tombchests one of which has collapsed. All together there are 14 Grade II listed tombchests in the churchyard. Several quotes have been requested but the process of restoration is complex. However, the plan is to at least get the collapsed tomb restored. It is actually a double tombchest. From the inscriptions would seem that the tombs commemorate 4 young children of William and Arminel Inch who died in 1755, 1759, 1763 and also 1763. The father, William, died in 1766. 

One of the ledger stones has a rather morbid and fatalistic memorial poem that probably reflect the times when death was a much more an integral part of life than it is now.

'Death with his dart did pierce my heart when I was in my prime. Farewell unto this wicked world 'twas.God's appointed time'