Canon. Hilary Samson
Priest In Charge
It has been a privilege to be the Parish priest of St. Enoder parish for almost nine years. I have not always been a priest. When I left school I trained as a Research Laboratory technician and worked for 15 years in University College London Anatomy Department.
I am married and have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. We moved to Cornwall 25 years ago and enjoyed all that Cornwall had to offer – especially horse riding & walking. I continued to work as a Science technician in two local secondary schools for 14 years while at the same time supporting my local church. I led youth groups, taught in Sunday school and was active in the Deanery, the “Churches Together” initiative and in the Diocese. Eventually I found my true calling (or God found me) and I was accepted for training as a priest.
Part of my training was in St. Agnes parish /Mount Hawke and I served my curacy there remaining in total for five years before being appointed as priest in Charge of St. Enoder and St. Newlyn East.
Mr. Don McQuillen-Wright
I could be described as a lifelong Christian being born and raised in a Baptist family.
Along the way there were lapses of involvement; forays into both Methodist and baptist churches, investigations into other faiths but a I made a serious commitment to Anglicanism some 40 years ago and have been a reader since 1992.
The first twenty-four years of my working life were spent in senior retail management; 5 years running my own retail business; 2 years ‘sabbatical’ as a professional gliding instructor and then 32 years as a driving instructor before retiring 2 years ago.
I’m married to Harvey, have 2 married sons, 1 grandson and 1 new arrival. My hobbies include Piano, reading, leading a community choir in Newquay and building and flying radio controlled model aircraft.
Mrs. Denise Jeffery
St Enoder Church is a major part of my life. I’m on the PCC and am assistant secretary but over the years have been Churchwarden, Treasurer & Synod representative. The family live and farm next door so are always on hand for the various activities and no excuse for being late for services!
I am lucky enough to have grandchildren close by and love to have them with us to take them riding on our old pony and to go on cycle rides. My husband and I along with our son are organic dairy farmers and all enjoy the challenges that this presents.We love the theatre, the sea and like to sail when work load & weather permit and to travel to discover other cultures.
I have helped organise flower festivals, run youth groups and lunch clubs but now am keen to expand on our Open the Book outreach in our schools to Messy Church Events. So please watch this website or feel free to contact me if you and your family are interested in attending or helping in this new venture.
I have been a regular Parishoner at St. Enoder since my husband and I moved to Cornwall, from Devon, in 1991 We bought the Post Office in Summercourt, where I was Postmistress for about a year and then my husband took over and I went out to work, firstly at Pall Newquay and then Cornwall Council, until I retired recently.
St. Enoder is a beautiful Church and the Congregation are friendly and welcoming. Over the years I have been a representative on the PCC, Minute Secretary and have just recently been appointed as a Church Warden.
In my spare time I go to keep fit, yoga and Tai Chi. I enjoy reading, dog walking and have taken up knitting, although I am not very good at it!
I am also involved with CRUSE Bereavement and have helped run a Friendship Group in Newquay for the past 11 years.
Revd. John Pratt
Assistant Priest Now retired since 1st of January 2017
I was commissioned as a Church Army Evangelist in 1963 to Parish Ministry, assistant to the parish Priest, where I served for 6 years. I was then appointed Officer in Charge of a Hostel for working men in the London Borough of Brent where I worked for ten years.
In 1979 I was appointed Officer in Charge of an Elderly peoples residential complex, looking after people with a mixture of sheltered housing & total care needs. In 1984 I was promoted to Group Manager responsible for a number of residential homes, Day Centers and Lunch Clubs.
I took early retirement in 1988 and moved to Cornwall, where I bought a Newsagents at Fraddon that I managed until 1996.
I was Ordained Deacon, then Priest in 2000 and served as assistant priest at St Enoder until my retirement in 2006. Though officially retired, I still exercise a supportive ministry as Hon Assistant to the Vicar of St Enoder.