Welcome to the Parish of Calstock
Our parish is the second largest in the Diocese of Truro in Cornwall, the farthest south-west County in England. Our Parish Family extends a warm welcome to all visitors and newcomers.
We are situated in the beautiful Tamar Valley, with the River Tamar being the boundary between Cornwall and Devon. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 2006 the Tamar Valley Mining District was designated a World Heritage site. The active mining industry has long since gone and nature has disguised the scars to create many fascinating wildlife habitats and recreational sites.
There are three Anglican churches in our Parish: St Andrew’s at Calstock is the Parish Church and the oldest building, dating from the thirteenth century. St. Anne’s at Gunnislake dates from the 19th century when the village population expanded as the surrounding mining and ancillary industries prospered. All Saints Church at Harrowbarrow also dates from the late 19th Century. We hold monthly services in the spring and summer at the ancient Family Chapel of the National Trust’s Cotehele House. For directions to all these churches, click here.
Our Pastoral Care Team have recently been relicenced to carry out pastoral visits in the parish. If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit, please either contact one of our clergy (Chris or Linda) or the Pastoral Team co-ordinator Debbie Crocker 01822 832956.
St Andrew’s Church in Calstock is an ancient church in beautiful surroundings. It’s enjoyed by the congregation of course and for those significant events in our lives – births, marriages and deaths. But in between those times it is locked and silent – and that’s a great shame. So it has been decided – with the support of the congregation – to open St Andrew’s Church each weekday (Monday to Friday) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You are very welcome to come along during that time, just to sit and relax in peace and quiet, or have a look around. Feel free to bring a book or your knitting or a picnic lunch – or all three. There will be someone in attendance to help you if required. We hope you will find our open church welcoming and worth a visit.
We are also a sociable fellowship and have social gatherings too. To read the Parish Church’s contribution to the bi-monthly Calstock News for Easter 2015 click HERE.
PLEASE VIEW THE WAY HEAD PAGE FOR INFORMATION ON DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCHES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS.
THE CALLINGTON FOODBANK is doing a great job helping those who are in need. Supplies are running fairly low at the moment and our help is as vital as ever. They would be very grateful for donations and the latest wish list includes fruit juice, tinned carrots & sweetcorn, baby wipes, soap, shampoo, nappy sacks.THANK YOU! The “satellite” foodbank has recently moved to St Anne’s Church Hall in Gunnislake and will be open on a monthly Thursday afternoon. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact Jenny Snuggs on 01579 350546.