An Introduction to our Rector

My wife and I moved to the Trelawny Benefice, along with Bluebelle our black Labrador in early February 2021 before my Installation on 24th, a month under thirty years since I was first ordained. I met Harriet some 34 years ago while she was at college in Exmouth and knew I was on to a very good thing and married her six months later at Christ Church Exmouth. We have three children. Josh is a junior schoolteacher at Blundell’s. He is engaged to Ana, a community physio on Exmoor and they enjoy Exeter Network Church when times permit. We also have identical twins Rosie and Jas whom I married within six weeks of each other in 2018 – that was a costly summer! They both live in Penwith and love Cornwall. Jas is a physio married to Chris who assists in Leadership of Harbour Church Falmouth. Rosie is a nurse and married to Jake. They are active members at Engine House Church Redruth. I have an 85-year-old dad, John whom I married to Penny in the summer of 2021 at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol our home church. They had both lost lifelong partners.

I myself found faith whilst doing my PGCE in Exmouth at Christ Church where I had the privilege of becoming Rector myself from 1993 to 2002. The church grew rapidly being a diverse community with lots of young families and students and a wonderful band of older ladies who prayed for the growth we saw. We went as a job lot to Millfield in 2002 where I taught some RS and lots of sport. Harriet taught in the juniors and ran junior teams. Our children represented Millfield in all the team sports. Rosie and Jas with twin telepathy staving off many attacks and Josh captained Devon. I had the privilege of coaching and umpiring a number of pupils who now play county cricket. One or two have played for England and some of my former pupils play premiership rugby. I’ve been able to sow so many seeds in so many young people’s lives. With ailing knees from refereeing and coaching, I sought something a little less strenuous so went off to Brecon. I had a wonderful little innings modernising their chaplaincy and coaching and refereeing pupils. I also filled in doing a house for duty position in Devon which renewed Harriet’s and my hearts for pastoral ministry. So, here we are in Cornwall. We have quite literally walked the parishes along the coast path, up the estuary from Polruan to Lanteglos Highway and visited inland to Pelynt and Lanreath. Something just clicked that there was a delightful inheritance for us in Cornwall. We both love walking with Bluebelle and have spent many happy hours ticking off more sections of the Southwest coast path. We spend a lot of our holidays in Switzerland and stay in the mountains near Wengen. On days off too we are often found sat on the boundary at Taunton watching Somerset. We have enjoyed getting to know everyone and the Rectory garden is just the job for barbecues! If you’ve a community event, please drop us an invite. All the children at school called me `The Rev` or `Rev`. Feel free to keep the tradition going!

Richard `The Rev`