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CHURCH OF THE MONTH
St Moran, Lamorran
While the term “bats in the belfry” has become a euphemism for eccentric behaviour, in the tiny hamlet of Lamorran, the literal threat is only too real. A freestanding belfry is home to one of Devon and Cornwall’s few populations of greater horseshoe bats – but their roost is just the tip of the iceberg.
The main church building has been adopted as a “des res” by two colonies: brown long-eared bats, and common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle bats. The church has received a sizeable grant of £129,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding through the Bats in Churches (BiC) project. The money will be used to create two bat lofts in the north and south transepts, linked by a crawlway; and to seal the shiplap timber roof, whose narrow gaps provide all the access the bats need.
Treasures include the Norman font, carved from catacleuse stone from Harlyn Bay on Cornwall's north coast; stunning stained-glass windows; and a carved slate memorial to John Verman dated 1658. This was partially obscured by a false wooden floor, which will be removed and replaced with something more faithful to the original.
Work such as this, and replastering, is not related to the bat project. As such, a further £84,000 is required. Last week, Cornwall Historic Churches Trust confirmed grant funding of £5,000.
Taken from an article by Kirstie Newton, published across The Voice newspaper titles on February 17, 2021
To enable us to offer the invaluable assistance for the preservation of our Cornish heritage, we need every church in the Duchy to support and work with us so that we can be there for all in times of need.
To support more projects, we need more funds and your community can help. If each of our 218 parishes could fundraise just £100 a year for CHCT we would have in excess of £20,000 additional funding to offer annually. Find out more here.
Next CHCT Event
We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the next Friends Outing until 2022 and to postpone the Annual Meeting to 23rd September. Full details soon.
Next Community Event
We do not have any details of community fundraising events at the moment but will post them here as soon as they come in.
Savills have sponsored the Christmas Party since its inception in 2006 and continued their support despite us having to cancel the event in 2020, like all others, due to Covid. Our heartfelt thanks to them and also to all those who responded to the "non-invitation" with donations totalling in excess of £4,000. Thank you one and all.
A huge thank you to all the communities who raised funds for us last year. Your support really does make a difference and together we can help to keep Cornish churches & chapels open for future generations.
See recent fundraising results here.
EXPLORE CORNISH CHURCHES
Over the years, CHCT has been encouraging individual parishes to write a local history of their church. This is a short, informative piece and is written by the local parish with the help of our historian and archivist.
Is your local church missing from the archive? Full details of how to send us your information are included in the archive here.
Over the past three years, thanks to Joanna Mattingly, we have been privileged to be addressed by renowned experts on different stages of church architectural development. To date we have worked through the Romanesque, Early English and Decorated periods. In 2021 we hope to move on to Perpendicular period. We have records of the lecture notes from each talk which you can view here.
The annual driveabouts are created by Carole Vivian as a way of discovering 3-4 churches in a day. She writes about the history of the buildings and features to look out for and directs you from one church to another with suggestions for good places to stop for lunch en route. Trails from previous years are available for a donation of £5. Find out more here.