Ladock News August 2021 - A Message from our Team Rector Revd Joachim Foot

A Message from the Rector

August 2021


As August rolls in we reach peak ‘silly season’ as it is often called. After what has been a traumatic year and a half or so, we are all very much in need of some rest and relaxation. With the pressure we’ve all been under and the endless barrage of, often confusing, rules and regulations it’s most definitely time to head for the beach to unwind. 


As I reflect on what has been a truly bizarre time, I find that so much of life has been brought more clearly into perspective. I know many people for whom the disruption of Covid has led to a re-assessing of their priorities. If you’ve spoken to a midwife recently for example you will have heard of the baby-boom that seems to be upon us. We’re also seeing a bumper wedding year in our churches as couples have had time to take stock of their relationships and see what really matters to them in life.


In amongst all of that, I find myself reflecting on the real blessing of life itself. In what has been a chaotic time, I have been constantly drawn back to God our creator, who guides us through even the darkest of times and holds our hand through it all. I am reminded of William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence: 


To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 

And Eternity in an hour....

God Appears & God is Light.


 With Every Blessing,


Reverend Joachim Foot



On 19 July, Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap from lockdown came into effect. As a result, most Coronavirus legislation has been removed: legal limits on numbers of people allowed to meet indoors, capacity restraints in churches, limits on numbers attending weddings and funerals, social distancing rules and the wearing of masks are no longer compulsory; the ban on singing has been lifted also. However, there is now general guidance that emphasises the personal and corporate responsibility of individuals and organisations to protect others and themselves. We recognise that there are as many people who view the ending of the restrictions as bringing additional risk to themselves as those who find the rules intrusive, unnecessary and irksome. We are seeking to accommodate both camps: fortunately, our church has plenty of space and we are able to welcome those who wish to continue to worship at a social distance as well as those who are happy to be in closer contact. There is no pressure either to remove or to wear a mask; hand sanitiser continues to be available. Congregational singing and the service of coffee after services have resumed for those who wish to participate.


If you would like more information or you are concerned about the new arrangements please contact a member of the clergy or the Churchwarden (details below).


The planned services for August are:


1 August, Holy Communion 11.00 am

8 August, Holy Communion 11.00 am

15 August, Holy Communion 11.00 am

22 August, Holy Communion 11.00 am (with Sunday Club)

22 August, Evensong, 6.00 pm

29 August, Team Service – No Service at Ladock


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 all the online services are on our website:


Children’s Sunday Club

Please join us every fourth Sunday of the month during the Church Service for Children’s Sunday Club for exciting activities, arts and crafts, games, bible stories and lots of fun in a Covid-safe environment. Numbers may have to be restricted so in the first instance please contact Roxana:’


St Ladoca’s Holy Well

Sadly, we have to record an instance of the area by the Holy Well being used for a late night party: the next morning the area was strewn with broken bottles and rubbish; a small fire had been lit too. The well is a place of contemplation that has a special place in the hearts of many in the community; it is visited regularly by families, school parties and walkers. It is not a place for parties. We sincerely hope that those concerned will realise this and find somewhere else less public and sensitive to enjoy themselves.



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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