Ladock News April 2022 - Messages from our Team Curate and Churchwarden

A Message from our Curate

I’d like to start this piece by wishing you z velykodnem! No that’s not a typo, but Happy Easter in Ukrainian. Easter is one of the most important days in the Ukrainian calendar (although they will be celebrating it on the 24th of April this year, a week later than we do) and it is a festival centred on hope and new life. I’ve been wondering how they will celebrate it this year in the midst of the destruction and fighting but Easter has always been about hope in the days of trouble. The promise of the resurrection was originally given to the Israelites when they were a people who had been taken away in exile, and later in Jesus’ day this same people were oppressed by the occupying the Roman Army which must have been hated as much as Russians soldiers are in Ukraine today. Yet in the midst of that trouble and turmoil something world changing, universe changing, happened such that it still gives us hope nearly 2000 years later. When Jesus rose that Easter morning, he didn’t just come back from the dead but was transformed into an imperishable state such that his once broken body can now go on forever without wear, pain, sickness, death or decay. That would have been momentous enough, but the message of hope that I’ve mentioned is centred on the belief that we too can be transformed, that someday in the future, whilst we’re still living or even after we have died, our tired, worn and broken bodies can be changed into brilliant, imperishable ones as we live forever with our God. That is why celebrating Easter is not about looking back 2000 years or even celebrating what we have today but is always a looking forward in hope, despite the troubles of this day, to the glory of what God has for us in the end. It is my hope that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine can find comfort and joy in their celebration of Easter this year whatever situation they may find themselves in and I would encourage you all to share in their hope too. Happy Easter.

With Every Blessing,


Rev’d Paul Salaman


The planned services for April are:

3 April, Holy Communion, 11.00 am with Choir

10 April, Palm Sunday Holy Communion, 11.00 am

14 April, Maundy Thursday Service, Holy Communion and washing of feet, 7.00 pm

15 April, Good Friday Liturgy, 10.00 am

17 April, Easter Sunday, Holy Communion, 11.00 am with Choir

24 April, Holy Communion 11.00 am, with Sunday Club

24 April, Evensong, 6.00 pm


In addition there is a short service of Morning Prayer every Tuesday at 9.00 am.


The Church is open for private prayer every day, including weekends.


Full details of online services are on our website:


Saturday Community Coffee Mornings in the Hall

What a wonderful St Piran’s coffee morning in the village Hall in March, thanks to Martin and Viv Stals and Tina Clements. Thank you all so very much.

April coffee morning, 10.00 – 12.00 2 April, is being hosted by Sue S and Jenny

May coffee morning, 10.00 – 12.00 7 May,  will be hosted by Chris and Tony, Liz and Liz

4 June Jubilee Coffee Morning 10.00 – 12.00  will be hosted by the church.

It is so good seeing folk again and catching up for a chat.

Thank you to all host volunteers, the wonderful cake makers and to those who help prepare and clear the hall. It is so much appreciated.


April 17th is Easter Day.

After the solemn weeks of Lent when the church has but a little greenery inside it is a joy to see the Church bedecked on Easter Day with Flowers. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come and arrange flowers for Easter Day. Decorating will be 16th April between 10-12 with coffee. Some may not find this time inconvenient but we hope not. The church will be open all day. With the greatest of respect to all, we ask that no flowers are put in church on Good Friday.


Flower and Arts Festival

It’s some 4 years since the village launched itself into a Flower Festival. This is mainly due to the restrictions that were imposed upon us by Covid. It’s a wonderful way for people to get together in preparing and for others to come and enjoy what has been created. The date this year will be late in the season, that of the weekend of September 23 - 25. We have booked Will Keating and John Dowling to play and sing on the evening of 25 September.


The theme will be about the sea. Many of you will have stories to tell maybe about family or your own experiences.  It can be in the sea, under the sea, about the sea. The imagination can run riot. There will be an initial meeting on April 23rd in church for ideas and looking at space. 10-30 am onwards. Whatever your levels of skill (and no one is judging) please do come along. Whether you are an artist, wood turner, photographer, dabbler in flowers and so please do come along. If anyone is interested, I have a list of ideas for you to ponder before we get together. If you would like a copy please let me know and I will send one by email. Your ideas maybe infinitely more original than mine!


Platinum Jubilee Queen’s Green Canopy

The Parish Council and the Church applied successfully for some hedging and a Jubilee Oak to plant in the new churchyard extension to commemorate the Queen’s seventy years of dedication and service to us all. We were able to organise a modest planting ceremony on 16 March and invited children from the school to help. We were delighted that so many were able to come to participate and as a result we were able to complete the hedging work in record time. We hoped that by including younger members of the village community from the outset, they would be able to identify with scheme and help maintain it in years to come and for this reason we asked the grandchildren of Sue and the late Philip Smith to plant the Oak. In the event, all the children present were able to join in to demonstrate their digging skills, The tree was then blessed and doused in Holy water by the Rector, Reverend Joachim Foot. Definitely a good start to the celebrations.


Contact Details

Rev’d Joachim Foot     Rev’d Linda Whetter

07930 095687  01872 530265

01726 882218  Email:



Rev’d Paul Salaman

07549 292734



Jeremy Sharp (Churchwarden)     Shirley Soper (Safeguarding)

07816 317180  01726 882697

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