Parish Events for May 2019

Every Monday 7.30 pm
Table Tennis Club.  All welcome.

Wednesday 1st May 7 pm
Annual Parish Meeting in the Reading Room.
This is your chance to bring to the attention of the council any matters relating to the parish.

Wednesday 1st May 7.30 pm
Annual Council Meeting

Saturday 11th May 10.30 am
Coffee Morning in the Reading Room.
Come along for a chat, cup of tea and some biscuits.  There will also be a cake stall and raffle.

Safe Guarding

The Diocese of Truro
The Diocesan Policy on Safeguarding
contained in a handbook entitled Responsible Caring.
A copy of which is held in the Parish by the Parish Priest who is:
Reverend Philip Greenhalgh – 01872 501950
Greenhalgh, Philip 2018
And the Safeguarding Co-ordinator in the Parish who is:
David Hughes – 01872 501855
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“Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.”

If you have a concern relating to Safeguarding or if you need to talk, or if you wish to see the handbook please contact one of the above or:-

In the Diocese:
Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Useful telephone numbers

CHILDLINE              0800 1111

SOCIAL CARE          Children & Adults     0300 1231 116

THE POLICE            101

“The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults” can be read on the below link.


Parish Events for March 2019

Every Monday 7.30 pm
Table Tennis Club.  All welcome.

Tuesday 5th March 10 am
Wild Roseland By-monthly meeting
All welcome

Wednesday 6th March 7 pm
Parish Council meeting in the Reading Room.

Saturday 16th March 2 pm
Fun parish walk and treasure hunt.
Ruan Social Group invite you to join them for a fun parish walk and treasure hunt.  Meet at the Reading Room.  To be followed by a cream tea in the Reading Room.  All welcome, with dogs on a lead please.

Wednesday 20th March 7 pm
Mammals of Cornwall
Ruan Reading Room
Wild Roseland invite you to a presentation by Dave Groves, chair of the Cornwall Mammals Group at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. He has a specific interest in otters and hedgehogs which Wild Roseland propose to survey later in the year.  Entrance by donations


Parish Events for February 2019

Every Monday 7.30 pm
Table Tennis Club.  All welcome.

Wednesday 6th February 7 pm
Parish Council meeting in the Reading Room.

Saturday 9th February 11 am
The Parish Council invite you to a Parish Meeting in the Reading Room.  An open discussion to formulate an emergency plan for our Parish.  All Welcome.  Refreshments available.

Rectors of Ruan Lanihorne

In 2018 with the end of the First World War exhibition, research started on the Rectors of Ruan Lanihorne.

Starting with the list of rectors on the board by the font, an extensive search was made of various church websites and books.  Relatives of more recent rectors were contacted and locals quizzed.

From all the information gathered it was possible to put together this exhibition.

The exhibition will be in the church from January 2019 for a year.

Finally a big thank you to all those that helped with information, especially the various family members for their help and contribution.

Rectors of Ruan Church

Tomb Restoration 4

After the mammoth task of rebuilding the Daw tomb we moved on to the tombs of the Peter family.  The   tombs are next to the Luke vault in the North corner of the churchyard.  The first (railed) tomb contains the Reverend John Peter, Rector of Grade & Ruan Minor 12th November 1852, his wife Mary 3rd March 1867, daughter Sarah Hitchens 4th January 1832, daughter Mary 4th January 1832, daughter Martha Franklen 1st August 1885 and son Reverend Lewis Morgan Peter, Rector of Ruan Lanihorne & Vicar of Cornelly 30th March 1895.  The next grave contains John Luke Peter 20th November 1900 (second son of the Reverend John Peter) and his daughter Mary Wilmot Peter 8th December 1859.

The Peter family lived at Treviles.  The Reverend John Peter inherited Treviles in 1822 from his father Robert Peter, Rector of Sully in Glamorganshire, who had previously inherited it from his cousin Ann Luke.  The census shows us that only Mary and the children lived at Treviles while John lived at the vicarage at Grade.  On the death of John Peter in 1852, Treviles passed to his eldest son the Reverend Lewis Morgan and as he never married, on his death Treviles went to his brother John Luke Peter.  John Luke Peter may have lived at Treviles for a short while after his brothers’ death.


The first tomb is surrounded by iron railings.  It has granite boarders sitting on low stone walls.  From the outside boarders is a sloping stone leading to two flat rectangular headstones with inscriptions.  On top of these is a stone cross.  On the south side the top of a brick arch can be seen in the low wall and it is guessed that originally there were steps going down into the ground to give access to the tomb.

Peter Mary Wilmot

The second grave has granite boarders with granite slabs inset.  The granite end once had a stone cross on it which now lies broken on top of the granite slabs.  There are inscriptions on the granite end and on one of the boarders.

We started on the railed tomb as this was going to be the easier of the two.  The vegetation that had been growing on it had been given several doses of weed killer previously and the brambles and ivy on the top had died nicely.  The ivy on the sides was still persisting in places so another dose of weed killer was needed.  We hadn’t planned to paint the railings but with the Luke vault next door looking so good with its’ newly painted railings we decided to do the same.  The first job to be done was to rub them down with a wire brush to remove all the rust.  David had to do the inside as I couldn’t fit through the gap in the railings (perhaps it’s time for a diet).  Once this was finished we gave them a coat of black paint.  The two small trees that were growing in the wall and top were persistently putting up new growth but after a good dose of stump killer we hope this has now killed them off.  To give the weed killer time to work we moved to the restoration of the grave of Mary Wilmot Peter.

The first thing to do was to gently move the side granites slightly away so allowing us room to correct the height of the middle slabs and push them back together.  We then pushed the side granites back into their correct position.  The next thing to do was to bring the head end back up to the grave (it had previously fell down the slope and for safety reasons we had propped it upright where it had fallen).  This stone is extremely heavy and it took several moves to eventually get it back to the correct height and position.

The granite stones between the grave and the railed tomb had also been pushed and broken by trees, so we careful took these up, removed the stumps and relaid them flat.

With everything in place, we started to lime mortar the grave and then the granite path.


Now that this was complete we returned to the railed tomb.  The stump and root on the top was careful reduced so that mortar could be put in.  The gaps in the granite were all filled and then we started to mortar the sides.  The tree growing in the side had still not died, so we gave it another dose of stump killer and waited.  It is now showing no signs of life and we hope to finish mortaring the sides soon.


Thank You

The PCC and churchwardens would like to say a big thank you to all those that have helped decorate or clean the church, mow the grass in the churchyard or strim around the headstones, throughout the year. We very much appreciate what you all do to help keep our church and churchyard looking beautiful.

We would also like to thank all those that have supported the church by attending the various fund raising events throughout the year. Without your support we could not continue to maintain and keep the church open.

To our regular congregation, God bless and see you in the New Year.

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.