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Scilly Christmas Tradition Will Go Ahead Whatever The Weather

Scilly Christmas Tradition Will Go Ahead Whatever The Weather

Angels, shepherds and wise men will be out in force on Sunday for the annual ‘walking nativity’. Former Methodist Minister David Easton started it around ten years ago but it is an event that welcomes participation from all of the island’s churches. Jackie Pritchard is helping organise it. She says that the main characters will […]

Church Charity Shop To Help Refugees This Weekend

Church Charity Shop To Help Refugees This Weekend

This weekend the Church Hall Charity Shop will help refugees who face the prospect of spending Christmas in tents in Calais. One of the organisers of the second hand goods sale, Sue Hodgson, says she was moved by Bishop Tim Thornton’s sermon at a recent Truro Cathedral service, which featured the plight of people fleeing […]

Record Number Of Christmas Gifts Donated By Islanders

Record Number Of Christmas Gifts Donated By Islanders

Disadvantaged children in Africa and parts of Europe will be receiving Christmas gifts from islanders again this year. 114 shoeboxes filled with gifts have been collected for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal, organised by Mary Leathers and schoolteacher Sam Grossett. Sam has been involved with the appeal for 25 years and Mary has overseen the islands’ […]

Methodists Launch Search For Scilly’s Next Minister

Methodists Launch Search For Scilly’s Next Minister

Methodist church leaders are hoping to find a replacement for the islands’ current minister, Reverend Charlie Gibbs, when he retires in 2016. But the most senior figure within Methodism in England says he’d still like to see closer working between Scilly’s Methodists and Anglican churchgoers, whether Rev Gibbs is replaced quickly or not. A significant […]

New Chaplain Won’t Shy Away From Island Issues

New Chaplain Won’t Shy Away From Island Issues

Scilly’s new Chaplain says he won’t shy away from speaking out and sharing his views on important issues affecting the islands. Canon Perran Gay says he’s looking forward to talking to islanders about their concerns over subjects such as transport. Perran was officially installed in a service at the Parish Church on Saturday. He takes […]

Queen’s Reign Marked With Bell Ringing In Scilly

Queen’s Reign Marked With Bell Ringing In Scilly

St Mary’s marked the occasion of the Queen becoming the longest reigning British monarch yesterday. Her Majesty has been on the throne for 63 years and seven months. David Maybrey says the St Mary’s bell ringing group rang a quarter peal, that’s 1260 changes, for around 45 minutes at 9am yesterday.

Investigations Continue Into Vandalism At Parish Church

Investigations Continue Into Vandalism At Parish Church

Scilly’s police say their investigation into vandalism at St Mary’s Parish Church is continuing and they think they have a lead. The glass in a notice board was smashed at some point overnight between Sunday and Monday. Canon Paul Miller says he’s disappointed by the incident. The damage has now been repaired and Paul says […]

Damage At Parish Church

Damage At Parish Church

There’s been an incident of vandalism at St Mary’s Parish Church overnight. The glass in the noticeboard has been smashed and plants from the garden were uprooted and strewn around the area. Canon Paul Miller says someone has very kindly been out this morning to clean up the mess and he’s currently talking to the […]

Islands’ Saint Being Celebrated With Pilgrimage Tomorrow

Islands’ Saint Being Celebrated With Pilgrimage Tomorrow

It’s the annual pilgrimage to the uninhabited island of St Helen’s tomorrow (Saturday). The island takes its name from a Christian hermit who founded a chapel there in the 8th-century. St Elidius’ Day is celebrated on 8th August each year. A boat will depart from St Mary’s Quay at 2pm and it’s Canon Paul Miller’s […]

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