John Culver writes:
Last Sunday (10th February) The Mayor, Councillor Suzanne Tanner, The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Joan Symons and her Consort, together with several councillors and Mrs Louise Dowe, Town Clerk, guarded by Mr Paul Bates, the St Ives Mace bearer, headed a congregation of some 60, including several children, in the celebration of the Feast of St Uny.
The Service was led by our Associate Priest, The Revd Carlyn Wilton. The Reverend Canon Audrey Elkington, Archdeacon of Bodmin/Cornwall preached.
The service began with the singing of one of St Uny’s special feast hymns which starts with the following verse:
“We come, the people of Lelant, hard by the Atlantic shore, / To keep our Dedication Feast as in the days of yore; / For in the ages long ago our sires beneath the sod, / In honour of St. Uny built this temple of our God.”
The Mayor read the first lesson from Isaiah Chapter 6, verses 1 to 8, and the Gospel, Luke 5: 1 – 11 ‘The calling of the first Disciples’ was read by Rev’d Carlyn. Canon Audrey, in her talk, spoke strongly of the need to recognise that sin is not just the major stuff, but includes all those small ways we fail or fellow men and therefore fall short of God’s standard for us. She also reminded us of the call to the Disciples to follow Jesus and ‘catch men’, a call answered by St Uny a thousand years ago and now a call that applies to us all in the present day.
The Feast of St Uny is normally celebrated on the nearest Sunday to Candlemas but was delayed this year in the hope that the restoration of the church bells would be completed. However this was not to be, so the ringers greeted all as they arrived, with a peal on hand bells. The complete restoration of the Bells and frame, at a cost of some £44,000, should be completed within the next two weeks. Last year £78,000 was spent re-roofing the tower in preparation for the Bells work.
It was pleasing to see the Town’s silver mace, dated 1641, lying on the Lady Chapel Altar. A fitting reminder of the history and tradition behind the day’s event.
After the Service we all enjoyed the fellowship of the long table and a Feast Lunch of delicious Pasties and puds. As usual the catering team surpassed themselves with the quality and quantity of the fare!
Photos by John Culver