After 62 years of faithful service on the PCC (Parochial Church Council) of Landulph, 85-year old Amy Cloake is ‘retiring’ from service.

Amy with Rev Chris Painter and Warden Richard Hosking ©2016 Emily Norris

Amy with Rev Chris Painter and Warden Richard Hosking
©2016 Emily Norris

Presenting Amy with flowers, Warden Richard Hosking said: “Amy has been a backbone of Landulph church, with a wealth of information. If anyone wants to know anything, just go to Amy!”

The Priest in Charge, Rev Chris Painter, thanked Amy for all her work over the years, and said everyone appreciated the huge contribution she’d made to the life of the worshipping community.

Amy has enjoyed all of her 62 years, and remembers during a nativity play in the Church, it was so cold that the flower pots iced over! Another memory were the flower festivals, which were a lot of hard work but very rewarding.

Amy was surprised to be elected as a Church Warden, a role in which she served for ten years even though she didn’t particularly enjoy public speaking! She served alongside other wardens, Dan du Plessis, Peter Braund and Terry Dark. Amy has enjoyed Landulph and helping it to grow; she also sees St Dominick as being her second ‘home’.

Amy Wilton was born in 1931 and christened at St Dominick Church. She lived in the parish of St Mellion, receiving a medal for full time attendance in her first year; she then suffered with tonsillitis and was unable to keep the record up, much to her disappointment!

On moving to St Dominic, age seven, she would cycle to school at St Mellion school. At 11 years of age she attended St Hilary’s school at Saltash, left school at 14 and worked home on the farm at St Dominick. She attended Sunday schools in both churches and also sang in the church choir, being confirmed on 12th May 1945 at St Dominick.

In 1950 Amy married Jack Cloake and moved to Cargreen in the Parish of Landulph, and soon, George Snell, at Park Farm, encouraged her to join the PCC. After joining she was elected on to the Diocesan conference, at Truro, in spring and autumn. She would travel with Canon Adams and remembers going while eight months pregnant – not a very comfortable journey!!! Amy had to then report back to the PCC.

“I have enjoyed it very much. But I am glad to be giving up – enough’s enough!” Amy laughed.

Amy’s daughter Jackie Leverton continues to serve on the PCC, keeping the family connection going.