Preparations are well underway for St Thomas Church in Heamoor as they gear up for a year of celebrations to mark their 125th anniversary.

Situated in the small village of Heamoor near Penzance, the church was built in 1892 and forms part of the Madron and Gulval Parish Churches.

The church has a number of celebratory events planned including coffee mornings, café days, flower arranging, concerts and cream teas. A full list of events can be viewed on the Madron and Gulval Parish Churches website. 

The 14th May will mark the date the first stone was laid as building of the church began and on this day

Revd Tim Hawkins

in 2017, a united service will take place, which will include neighbouring churches, Gulval and Madron.

The church was declared open on the 21st December 1892 and this official ‘birthday’ will be celebrated with a big carol service as it coincides with advent.

A large amount of work has been completed on the church in the last few years but there is still more to do, and it is hoped that this year’s fundraising efforts will go towards individual heaters for the rooms, external re-painting, a new noticeboard, the installation of glass into the inner doors and landscaping of the east end garden. They also hope to build on their successful café days, which feature live music and food in a café style environment in the church.

Revd Tim Hawkins explains the importance of the anniversary:

“St Thomas’s Church is Heamoor’s best kept secret. Skulking on a street corner at the lowest point in the village, many people probably assume we are closed, if they know we are here at all.  But like Dr. Who’s tardis, once you get inside it is a fantastic place full of light and colour and the friendliest people you could care to meet.”

“My hope it that our 125th anniversary will not be backward looking but will remind people of our presence and encourage others to join us for the future, as they take part in the celebrations.”