Friends of St Andrew's

The Parish Church of St Andrew, Stratton, Cornwall

Our Mission: to help preserve and maintain the building and churchyard for future generations

On with the job! The new Priest in Charge greets the people.

One for the album. Seated, left to right Ven Audrey Elkington, Archdeacon of Bodmin; Bishop Tim Thornton; Rev’d David Barnes, Rev’d Robert Thewsey, Rural Dean. Standing, left to right; Churchwardens Margaret Dunne and John Davies (St Swithin’s, Launcells); Di McDougall and Christine Willey (St Michael’s, Budehaven; Rob Corney and Angela Grills (St Marwenna’s, Marhamchurch); Andrew Davey and Ian Barker (St Andrew’s, Stratton).

The Presentation. The Priest Designate is introduced to the Bishop by Rev'd Dr Ruth Hansford a representative of one of the patrons.

The key participants. Ven Audrey Elkington, Archdeacon of Bodmin; Bishop Tim Thornton; Rev’d David Barnes, Rev’d Robert Thewsey, Rural Dean.

The Event at St Andrew’s in Pictures

All robed and ready!  Some of the local and Diocesan clergy prior to joining other representatives and guests at the service.

The Reverend David Barnes

Priest in Charge

The United Benefice of Bude Haven and Marhamchurch

The United Benefice of Stratton and Launcells


New Priest Licensed

Report of the Licensing and Installation of Rev’d David Barnes -

Monday 30th January 2012

 On a cold and wet evening at the end of January the Reverend David Barnes was  licensed by the Bishop of Truro as Priest-in-Charge of the United Benefice of Bude  Haven and Marhamchurch and the United Benefice of Stratton and Launcells. The  event took place in the Parish Church of St Andrew, Stratton where he was I  installed by the Archdeacon of Bodmin, the Venerable Audrey Elkington.

The new priest was formally welcomed by the Rural Dean, the churchwardens of the parishes and by representatives of the various parish communities.  Among those represented were the Blanchminster Trust, the R.A.O.B., the Mothers’ Union, the Local Schools, our Ecumenical Partners, the Street Pastors, Stratton Hospital League of Friends, the Funeral Services, local and County Councillors and the Stratton Deanery.

The Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Tim Thornton, in his address said that we live in a changing world which can bring about confusion. The parish priest is no longer an accepted figure of authority in the community but must be a fellow disciple, a learner along with his people as they seek to see what is going on in this world. Christian disciples should seek to discern what is wrong in society and speak out. All need to get back to their Christian roots and show confidence in their belief in Christ.

After the service refreshments were served by ladies from the four parishes.

Val Barker said,

“It was a happy, joyous and uplifting service full of symbolism and the sense of occasion and so good to be able to welcome Fr David Barnes to his new ministry here among us. We are all looking forward to this part of our journey with a feeling of excited anticipation.”

Having been licensed by the Rt Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, Fr David was installed by the Archdeacon of Bodmin, the Venerable Audrey Elkington, on Monday 30th January 2012. Fr David was formerly vicar of the parish of Honley in the Diocese of Wakefield and had trained for the ministry at Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained in 1989 and is married with a son and three daughters.