LAUNCESTON AREA METHODIST CIRCUIT

responding to the Gospel of god's love in Christ

Pipers Pool Chapel and Community Hub

Minister: Revd Doreen Sparey-Delacassa

Services at 11.00 am  - please check Circuit Plan  for details.

Contact Steward:
Mr D Pett (Tel: 01566 86730)

Organists:
Mrs C Tratt - 01566 781712
 

Pipers Pool Chapel and Community Hub is located in the rural village of Pipers Pool on the A395, 5 miles west of Launceston in the parish of Trewen. The church building interior was completely refurbished in 2019 to provide modern and welcoming facilities for church and community use. This includes a flexible and versatile main meeting space with digital audio and projection, new heating and led lighting, updated kitchen and disabled access facilities.
 
The regular members are very welcoming and would be delighted for visitors to join them in worship.
 
On the first and third Sunday of each month at 11.00am we share a more informal way of worship called ‘Café Church’. This is held in the main building where we enjoy coffee, tea and nibbles whilst being guided through the session by a different local preacher or leader each month. The first Sunday of each month is especially focussed on families.
 
On the remaining Sundays, the service is led by local preachers or the minister and is usually more traditional. Special evening services are held on Good Friday and Christmas Eve. Please check the plan for more details. We like to explore different styles of worship and currently draw from both Singing The Faith and Songs of Fellowship as well as www.isingworship.org for worship songs and hymns.   
 
There is currently no regular Junior Sunday School but activities can be provided if there are children present.
 
Community groups regularly hold meetings and events in the church. Please see further details below.
 
Pipers Pool Lunch Club
The popular monthly lunch club at Piper Pool Methodist Church takes place on the third Thursday each month.
A 2-course home cooked meal and coffee are served for which we ask a minimum donation of £5 per person. The club will have been running successfully for the last ten years. - Booking and information from Maureen Jones 01566 86855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Parents and Toddlers Group
This group meets in the church hall on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All are welcome. For further information please contact Liz Jones 01566 86298.
 
Parish meetings
Trewen Parish, in which Pipers Pool is part of, has no Village Hall so the Chapel building has traditionally been used as the meeting room for the Parish meeting.
 
Community Events
We are very keen for the building to become a Community Hub and encourage use of the building for social and charity fundraising events. Trewen Parish Church make use of the hall facilities for their annual ‘Big Breakfast’ and Cream Teas’. There is also the annual Car Treasure Hunt which starts and finishes at the Hub for supper.  We are hoping that more social groups will be set up in the coming years and make use of this lovely space. 

Pipers Pool Refurbishment 2019 - Celebration Weekend

Many people came to Pipers Pool Chapel & Community Hub recently to view the completed extensive refurbishment. An open community afternoon was held on Saturday 22nd June when high teas were served by ladies from the Parish. Val McGill organised the refreshments assisted by Peggy Stephens, Bridget Pett, Carol Marks and Jean Gollop. 

Ladies from the chapel and Sue Jones helped with serving over 100 people. A memorabilia exhibition of photos, a ‘potted’ history and even a dress worn for a Sunday School  Anniversary in 1956 were on display!

There were games outside for the  children and young at heart! David Pett welcomed everyone and asked Jean Humber to cut the celebratory cake which had been made by Jean Gollop.  Jean Humber made a speech saying she had lived in Pipers Pool for 65 years and was very proud of it. She had spent many years on the farm at Gospenheale then retiring to Tresanber which had been built by Jean and Hugh, her late husband.
Between 1952-53 a special prize was presented to her for full attendance at Sunday School and Sunday morning services. At the age of 10 she started to play hymns in chapel on the old style pedal organ. She continued playing for many more years. Jean served as Sunday School secretary, Sunday School teacher, Communion steward and had taken Reader services. 

For many years she was a member of Pipers Pool W.I. and had organised Parish events, one being the Annual Car Treasure Hunt which she started and is still going strong.  She spoke of the old Ebenezer chapel which was built in 1839 where the entrance to the present car park is situated.
It is now 200 years since the first Methodist Society was formed in Pipers Pool in 1819. It is very fitting therefore that the refurbishment has been completed in 2019 bringing the building up to the 21st century. 

The whole project has been several years in the planning and the chapel has been closed for several months whilst the work took place. David Pett made several successful bids for grant funding which together with individual donations enabled the work to be done.  David Jones has been the project manager and has spent many, many hours overseeing the work, doing jobs to help it along and ensuring everything ran smoothly. 


 A pdf copy of the Pipers Pool Chapel Community Hub Project Story is available to download here


 An historical look at the Methodist beginnings in Trewen 1808-39

John and Charles Wesley preached several times between 1744 and 1751 in the parish churches of Laneast and Tresmeer. Whether as a result of these visits or not, a Methodist society was formed at Tregeare by 1785.

In 1808 William and Mary Bettess of Pipers Pool were members of the Tregeare Society, and William shortly became a class leader there, but the probability is that his class actually met at his own home at Pipers Pool.  Certainly between 1810 and 1815 this class was made into a separate society, known in 1815 as Trewen,  and in 1819 as Pipers Pool Society; William Bettess being the leader throughout.

If you would like to read more you can open a PDF here


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