The Coracle Appeal

10387317_414034332089108_8992617206655477715_nThe Coracle Appeal is a charitable fund for the refurbishment of the buildings and fixtures of Padstow’s Parish Church (St Petroc’s).

Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to help please contact us or write to:

“THE CORACLE APPEAL” The Parish Office,

46 Treverbyn Road, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8DN U.K.



What we have achieved:

NEW CHURCH HEATING: – With two gas boilers, housed in the vestry, all 30 radiators are beautifully hot within three quarters of an hour of striking up the boilers.

SOUND RE-INFORCEMENT:  –  We now have a “loop” system to assist the hard of hearing and coupled with this we have a first class sound system to aid worshippers.

THE WINDOWS:  A great deal of the lead work in the stained glass windows had to be replaced although most of the existing glass has been saved.



The valleys, lead-work and associated roofs have had major repairs together with an overhaul of the gutters and down-pipes. We also fitted solar electricity panels.

RENEWAL OF THE LIGHTING:  –  The lighting has been replaced and re-wired with new economic, controllable lighting systems including an outlet for stage lighting.

RELOCATION OF THE RINGING ROOM: – The ringers have been relocated to above the Choir Vestry in a glass-fronted area so they are visible and warm.  The Choir Vestry has been modernised and fronted with an oak screen.

RENOVATION OF THE WEST END AND KITCHEN: – The old rotten pews at the back of the Church have been removed, the area slate floored and moveable seating provided.  Also the old kitchen has been replaced by one that blends into the area.  In doing this we had to relocate ancient drainage channels running under the Church.

CHURCH INTERIOR REDECORATION: – When all building work was completed the interior was redecorated to provide a bright, welcoming environment.

THE CHURCH ORGAN: – Our historic Organ has been completely cleaned, refurbished and the old mechanical, spring operated stops and controls replaced with electronic items.

THE CHURCH TOWER: – We obtained a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of c.£200k to help us fund the total repair, re-pointing and re-roofing of the Tower including mechanical stabilisation of the bowing and bellying of the Tower walls and replacement of interior ladders with stairs.  This project will cost well over £400 in total including funding from the “Coracle Appeal”.

THE CHURCH ROOMS:   –    Now the Tower is being sorted we are pressing on with the re-building of the old Victorian wooden construction Church Rooms, replacing them with a modern, comfortable, low-maintenance and energy efficient building designed to meet modern day needs.  This has been enabled by a £120k specific bequest with the rest of the costs being met from the “Coracle Appeal”.

THE TOWER – Extensive work on stonework and joints AT A COST OF £250,000 +


In 2003 we realised that our beautiful building was in need of urgent repairs if we were going to hand it on to future generations in good condition.


We formed a Restoration Steering Committee and it was decided to launch “The Coracle Appeal”—so named as it is believed that Petroc arrived in Padstow in a coracle (a small boat).

With the expertise of our church surveyor, David Scott, of Scott and Company of Truro, we were soon in a position of knowing how great the task is that we face.  So the Appeal was launched for £500,000 BUT with the spiralling costs of the restoration of the tower we have to find an additional £100,000 to complete our task.10986703_414034035422471_625820326343336398_n

Some Questions answered

Who was St. Petroc?

A Saint who came here 1500 years ago to spread the Good News of the Gospel. He built the first church here and our Church is dedicated to him

When was the present church built?

It was built between 1425 and 1450, so now it is more than 550 years old and badly in need of repair.

Why do repairs cost so much?

Because the church is a Grade I Listed Building and all the work must conform to the standards laid down by law.

What can I do to help?

Be as generous as possible so that Padstow Parish Church will be here for future generations.

Thank you


As you have read on this page we have a mammoth task ahead of us and, with your help we are confident that we can restore our beautiful church to its former glory.

You can help in the following ways:


Cheque, or bankers draft

using the blue envelope to enable us to claim the tax through Gift-Aid.

By  Bankers Order

Through Gift-Aid.

In the form of a loan

We will gladly sent details of this scheme

Leave a legacy

to “The Coracle Appeal” to enable us to keep the church in good repair for future generations

Any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help please contact us or write to:

“THE CORACLE APPEAL” The Parish Office, 46 Treverbyn Road, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8DN U.K.


And finally……………………

Because our Church is a Grade I Listed Building (1425—1450), legislation insists that all remedial work must be carried out by skilled and professional craftsmen. This must be done to preserve St. Petroc’s Church not only for us, but for future generations, and the longer it is left untreated the more expensive it will become.

Whether we attend Church services or not, we ALL need our church for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, so we are confident that the work can be achieved—but only with the financial help of ALL the community.

Please help us to repair our church to its former glory


Jan and Bob Gilbey have produced a lovely book entitled “Towers of Strength”  which describes 100 churches and their bells in the Diocese of Truro.

The cost of the book is £5 (Plus 95p P & P. ) and is available from The Parish Office on 01841-533776