Among those picking up the Cross of St Piran award at St Piran’s Church in Perranuthnoe this year was Kathryn Hill from Polruan who was nominated by West Wivelshire Deanery for her ‘enthusiasm, energy and sense of mission to bring the Gospel message to the young people of her parish that had inspired others to follow suit’.

Kathryn said of her nomination: “’I feel highly honoured and overwhelmed”

Kathryn, who was born and bred in Polruan, has been energetic in taking Open the Book into her local school, is involved in Messy Church and she also organises Children’s Club activities fortnightly during term time and during the school summer holidays.

On top of this, Kathryn has also been a Reader for 12 years and spent five years as Deanery Readers Steward which involved arranging study and social events for the Readers.

Kathryn’s life as a Reader started after joining the Parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey [worshipping both in in St Saviour Church, Polruan and the Parish Church of St Wyllow] on her return from missionary work in Nigeria. She attended a Methodist church as a child but at 18 left Polruan to go to university. Kathryn then spent 20 years working as a missionary in Nigeria before returning to Polruan and St Saviour Church.

Supporting Kathryn at the awards service will be her brother [who also lives in Polruan], her sister [who has travelled from Cardiff for the occasion], friends from the church and the local community plus her co-leader of the Children’s Club together with a Young Leader and two of the members.