Forthcoming Events



A lot is happening at Paul church and the Heritage Lottery Fund project is now in full swing.  The capital work in the church is now complete. Come along and see the ‘new’ window, check out the new loo and serving area, appreciate the benefits of the lovely new heating system.

A World War One window re-dedication service and celebration event will take place on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May respectively.

CHURCH SERVICE 10.30am on Sunday 6th May 

Everyone is welcome at the special service in church to re-dedicate the East window and in thanks for all the other work that’s been done. Without local backing over the past four years the restoration of the window would not have been possible. Come and celebrate your achievement!

CHURCH EVENT 10 am – 4pm on Monday 7th May  

Guided Tours of the church will be launched. Part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project is to share as widely as possible the history and heritage of the church and the area. The Oral History project is a large part of that aspect of the funding, which will continue for several months yet.

The church will always remain a place of worship, but in addition the aim will be to present information about the church and its heritage in an accessible and interesting way that will encourage more people to visit the church and feel the peaceful calm of centuries of prayer.

Bring along with you any photographs of the parish, village and church. There will be equipment in church so they can be scanned in and used as part of the heritage project. In due course they will form part of the heriatge website and will be available for everyone to view.

Refreshments will be available all day.


  • Guided Tours of the church from 10am. Tours start on the hour until 3pm
  • Throughout the day, trips to the top of the church tower for one of the best views of West Penwith
  • Demonstration of traditional stained glass making techniques from 10am. A limited number of visitors will get the chance to have a go and make something to take home
  • ‘Poetree’ with Sally Crabtree from 10am. Learn about the poem found within the East window and other WW1 poems
  • Trip down memory Lane – Photograph scanning and sharing from 1pm until 4pm
  • Raffle - Tickets for the special Bank Holiday raffle will be on sale, to be drawn during the evening concert (see below)



An exhibition will feature some of the panels used in the Royal Cornwall Museum’s WW1 exhibition “Heart of Conflict” ( The focus of the exhibition is the role women played in WW1 in nursing and the land army. Another interpretation board looks at conscientious objectors in Cornwall.  There is an interesting fact about Paul Parish, come along to find out more!

Also, we are hoping to have an exhibition of heritage research, undertaken by Penwith College A Level history students.


Please get in touch if you have any WW1 paraphernalia that relates to nursing or women in the land army that you are happy to loan the church for May 7th. This can be anything from letters, to diaries, photographs, and personal items or anything you think might be of interest. Contact Sarah Stevens (see details below).


Three of Pip Wright’s lovely groups - Dawn Chorus, Levow an Bys and Morning Glory - will be singing individually and together on Monday 7th May in 'a relaxed community concert of beautiful harmony songs'. The concert, which will be in the church, starts at 7.30pm. Free entry, with a retiring collection for church funds - a fantastic way to end the celebration holiday weekend.



Guided tours every Wednesday at 11.30am. Commencing 9th May until the end of September. Meet in the church. Donations welcomed.

First enjoy coffee morning and the sale of local produce in Paul church hall from 10 – 11.30am and then come across the road to the church to hear tales of bravery and sacrifice, piracy and philanthropy.


If your group is interested in booking a tour the price is £5 pp with a cream tea. For more information contact Sarah Stevens (see details below).


You don’t have to commit to long hours or many days, just to do as much as you want. You could do tours on your own or with someone else, learn more about the church and share what you learn about its history and heritage with others. For more information contact Sarah Stevens (see details below).


The structural aspects of the Heritage Lottery Fund project are complete and concentration is now on promoting the heritage of the church and surrounding area. The oral history project is part of that, gathering stories and experiences for recording and sharing. Don’t worry if you haven’t been before, come and share your enthusiasm, memories and ideas.

So please spread the word, and if you or someone you know has a story to tell, or you'd like to be involved in doing some interviewing you can email Barbara Santi, who's overseeing the project.

Email: Website:


There are lots of volunteering opportunities for a range of skills and interests: from research, to admin, to running workshops or joining the choir. Or you may have an interest in local history or heritage - everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Sarah Stevens (see details below).


Another full programme of talks begins this week. Entrance is £5, proceeds to be shared between a charity of the speaker’s choice and Paul Church Maintenance Fund.

All talks start at 7.30pm with light refreshments served from 7.00pm

  • Tuesday 24th April Conscientious Objectors and World War One

Clive Barrett will explore the stories behind some of those who registered as objectors.

  • Tuesday May 29th The Bolitho Windows in Devon and Cornwall the untold story by Michael Swift
  • Tuesday June 26th Shackletion’s Endurance Expedition 1914 – 1916 A Photographic Odyssey by Mark Cottle
  • Tuesday July 24th Entranced by a Special Place: The Art of Lamorna Birch, RA by Louise Connell
  • Tuesday September 25th Peace and Reconciliation? 1918 And All That by Robin Lenman



Paul church is an Arts Award supporter. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. As part of the heritage project the church are looking to train a volunteer to become an Arts Awards advisor. The advisor will offer support to young people who visit Paul Church as they work towards their Bronze or Silver Arts Award. If you are interested please visit Art Awards website ( and get in touch with Sarah Stevens (see details below). Training costs and out of pocket expenses will be paid.

For more information about the project and forthcoming activities and events please visit Paul heritage website:

Or contact Sarah Stevens Paul Heritage Participation Officer

E T 07928595528

Cornwall had 62 conscientious objectors in the First World War and 19 of these came from the parish of Paul making it the community with the highest number of Cos.  Among them was Wilfred Tregenza of Mousehole who was starting a teaching career when the war broke out.  His response was to register as a conscientious objector.  He joined the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) in France in 1915. When mass conscription was introduced in 1916, Wilfred heard that some Cos had been sentenced to be shot.  He was so moved by this news that he returned to England to face conscription himself and was given 10 years hard labour.

Clive will explore the stories behind those who took this stand.

Tickets £5 to include drink and snack supper.


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