(Morwenstow 11 May 2014) Residents of The Diocese of Truro’s most northerly outpost, the United Benefice of Kilkhampton with Morwenstow, celebrated an important milestone today when The Lord Bishop of Truro, The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, confirmed eight new members into the Church of England – their ages ranging from nine to 50.

The service, held in the beautiful and historic setting of the Parish Church of St Morwenna and St John The Baptist, Morwenstow, was attended by more than 60 local people and visitors most of whom, along with the newly-confirmed candidates, received Holy Communion from the Bishop.

The Vicar, the Reverend Richard Ward-Smith, described the event as ‘an important a milestone’ not only because of the Bishop’s presence, but because of the number and range of ages of those who were confirmed. He also noted that this was the first confirmation service to have been held in the Church since 1999 – 15 years ago.

The church bells were rung before and after the service. Lessons were read by Richard Painter and Bob Pirie, Colin Tape was organist and the collection was taken by Arthur Wickett and Kingsley Bryant.

Morwenstow Church is renowned worldwide for the activities of its one-time Vicar, the Reverend R. S. Hawker, who lived in the Old Vicarage in the valley beneath the Church. To celebrate today’s event, the current owners of that historic residence, Jill and Richard Wellby, entertained everyone to tea after the service.


For further information contact Bob Pirie. Tel. 01288 331245 Mob. 07813 069646


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