St. Sampson’s Unlocked Events

Giant making

Have you ever wanted to make a giant?  Now is your chance.  Friday 14th April 9.30am – 4pm ish at St Sampson’s Church, we will be making a giant St Sampson monk figure for walking in the procession at Callington May Fest on Saturday 13th May.  The workshop will be led by Mark & Biddy Gregory, who have years of experience and have helped for many years to create ‘giants’.  All ages can join in the creating of the giant and help to parade it at Mayfest.   Drinks and cake will be available, but bring your own lunch.  Contact for more information and to reserve your place. 

INSPIRATIONS   Thursday 27th April 7.00 p.m.  St Sampson’s South Hill

  • A relaxing evening of artistic delights in the unique setting of ancient St Sampson’s. World renowned organist and conductor David Davies, now organist of Buckfast Abbey plays piano and organ and accompanies his wife soprano Rebecca Davies.
  • Published Poet Jane Newberry takes us on a surprising and mysterious journey in verse
  • Anthea Lay, former contestant of The Big Painting challenge invites us to discover what inspires her fantastic paintings
  • Enjoy a glass of wine in ancient, atmospheric St Sampson’s Church and be inspired.
  • Free entry, but donations welcome towards St Sampson’s Unlocked restoration fund. 

Baroque concert Wednesday May 24th 7.30 pm

A unique opportunity to see and hear a professional string quartet, Aderyn, perform at St Sampson’s Church.  Candle lit and refreshments.  It will be wonderful.  Free entry but donations welcome towards St Sampson’s Unlocked restoration fund. 

Medieval Barrow push and fete Saturday June 24th

Remember last year? We are doing a repeat performance.  If the giant survives Mayfest, it will re appear at this event.  Why a barrow push you may ask?

In the beginning, there was only a faraway churchyard. The road to St. Sampson’s was onerous to carry the weight of the dearly departed. “What say ye we have a church and a yarde of our own?” said the burghers of Callington in 1371. In time, the parishioners of St. Sampson’s, the Lord of the Manor, the Prior of the Abbey of St. Germans, and the Pope in Rome himself all agreed…it was a long walk. So, in 1438, St. Mary’s became its own daughter church to St. Sampson’s and Callington Parish was created from South Hill. Now we walk this Medieval route from Callington to St. Sampson’s in celebration. 

Get your teams ready to push your decorated barrow and win the trophy for best decorated barrow.   The traditional fete at the church last year was great, this year will be even more fabulous.