Our Clergy - current and previous.
The Rev'd Alison Hardy - Priest in Charge.
Alison & Chris farm at Virginstow in Devon, where they raised a family of five children with the help of their own parents who also live on the farm. She enjoys spending time with her growing family and continues to help on the farm during busy seasons with a regular lambing holiday in the spring. She now lives in Egloskerry Vicarage with her youngest daughter, Sammy and her one-eyed, three legged sheep dog, Belle, who continues to work the sheep.
Alison was ordained in 2014 in Truro Cathedral. She was a curate in Stratton, Bude, Marhamchurch, Launcells, Kilkhampton and Morwenstow. Alison moved to Launceston in 2018 when she was licensed as the parish priest and was appointed as Rector to North Petherwin in 2021. She continues to work in Launceston and seven rural churches alongside North Petherwin: Egloskerry, Tremaine, Trewen, Laneast, St Clether, Davidstow, with the help of Revd Nicki
Revd Alison Hardy
The Vicarage, Egloskerry, Launceston, PL15 8RX 01566 785365 or 07780 29575
The Rev'd Nicki Farr - Curate.
Hello. I’m Reverend Nicki Farr and during the last year I have been serving as a Curate in the Launceston parish and in the Benefice of Moorland and Egloskerry. From May 2022 I will be giving particular focus and attention to the church and parish of North Petherwin. I look forward to getting to know you and meet you in person but would like to introduce myself by sharing with you a little bit about me and my journey.
I grew up in Andover, Hampshire and moved to Cornwall in 1988 when I married my husband Andrew. We have four daughters, Bethany, Kirsty, Rachel and Holly, aged between 28 and 21 who continually delight and enrich our lives. I worked in a bank when I left school and later became a peripatetic music teacher, teaching children and adults clarinet and flute.
I was baptised as a baby, and regularly went to church and Sunday school as a child, and later went through confirmation. After a few years of drifting away from the church I felt God calling me back to him, so on arrival in Cornwall, we started to attend St Mary’s Church in Callington where we were given a warm welcome.
In the years that followed, I discovered a new found faith. Built on the foundations of childhood, I now discovered a personal relationship with Jesus and realised, through his death on the cross, that all the mistakes I had made had been forgiven. Through his resurrection and ascension it enabled me to step into a new life with Jesus, as both my Saviour and friend, guided by his Spirit.
As my journey as a disciple of Jesus developed, I embraced many roles within the church, and engaged with a variety of different ministries, both with adults and children, and in teaching and healing ministries.
As my faith deepened, I became aware of a calling to ministry. I was accepted for training by St Mellitus Theological College where I studied theology, mission and ministry alongside working in practice in Callington Church. This provided me with a rich experience and a wide range of different styles of church services which helped me develop my ministry.
In June 2020 I moved to Launceston to start my new role as a Curate, where I have continued to gain experience but also to embrace and understand the churches and communities that I am called to serve within.
Prayer is foundational in my life and I will be praying for the people and area of North Petherwin. If you would like to receive prayer for anything please do not hesitate to contact me. There are regular services in the church to which everyone is welcome.
My journey is ongoing, as there is so much to discover of God. I am grateful to be able to continue my journey in the Parish of North Petherwin and look forward to getting to know you and hear your story.
Revd Nicki Farr
The Rev'd Geoffrey Pengelly - our Vicar of nearly thirty years.
Fond memories of Geoffrey from the near three decades he was Vicar of our Parish.
Over the years there have, of course, been many memories, but overall the outstanding recollections are of his care for everyone in whatever circumstances and whether they are churchgoers or not. We've been able to share with him our joys and sorrows and he always had the time to listen and guide no matter what his own cares may have been. We recall the time during one of the services when he told us that he would not be able to continue driving because of a sight problem. At the time the Hewlett family were living in the village and David Hewlett stood up and asked the congregation to gather round to show our support and willingness to help Geoffrey in whatever way we could. Then on a very happy occasion at the end of a service Geoffrey said he had something to tell us. We all inwardly felt he was going to say that because of the sight difficulty he would have to be leaving for another parish, but to our delight he said that he and Rosemary were getting married. Immediately everyone smiled and showed their pleasure. There are many circumstances too numerous to mention but his dedication to his calling mark him as a humble Godly man who will be greatly missed.