Project information

Endelienta - fostering the arts and spirituality

To build on the two well known St Endellion music festivals to create a year round programme of artistic and spiritual activities. The project involves the renovation and development of the residential, rehearsal and performance facilities around St Endellion Church in North Cornwall .

July 2008 - December 2013

Charity information: St Endellion Festivals Trust

St Endellion Festivals Trust
  • Need


    A significant number of the population of North Cornwall are disadvantaged, primarily by poverty and social isolation; there is a serious lack of community facilities and of opportunities for artistic and spiritual activities; consequently there are high levels of demand from individuals and organisations for artistic and spiritual activties.


    A partnership between St Endellion Parish Church Council, the Diocese of Truro and the Festivals Trust will develop the buildings around the church to provide year-round opportunities for the performing and visual arts; for retreats, quiet days and courses for the Diocese, the parish and for different faith groups; for community activities for local people; and field trips for youth and school groups. It will focus on those who experience barriers to participation in the arts and spirituality.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    promote the arts and spirituality


    » Sustaining and building on the success of the music festivals by organising a year round programme of music, drama, dance, and literary events
    » developing the residential and non-residential facilities for artistic and spiritual groups to practice, rehearse and perform
    » Offering quiet and peace for rest days, retreats and recuperation and for a year round programme of courses and conferences for Diocesan staff

    What success will look like

    by end of 2012: arts performances in every month throughout the year; at least 2 retreats and quiet days per month throughout the year; at least 60% residential occupancy

    Aim 2

    Promote educational activities relating to the arts and spirituality, the environment and sport


    » developing and offering residential and non-residential facilities for educational visits for schools and youth groups

    What success will look like

    Residential or non-residential bookings by school and youth groups taking up at least 25% of the available capacity by end of 2012

    Aim 3

    promote community involvement and development in the arts and spirituality


    » developing and offering residential and non-residential facilities to local groups and organisations
    » developing a programme of arts and spiritual activities focused particularly on the young, the elderly, the underprivileged and the disabled

    What success will look like

    residential or non-residential bookings by community groups taking up at least 25% of the available capacity by end of 2012; activities every month for disadvantaged groups

  • Impact


    Endelienta will help to transform the artistic and spiritual well-being of those who live locally and across North Cornwall. Success wil be demonstrated by the number of artistic and spiritual events which take place at St Endellion; the number of people who participate across the full range of Endelienta's activities; the extent to which participants come from disadvantaged groups; and Endelienta's and the Festivals' reputation for high quality artistic and spiritual expression and experience


    There are capital financial risks which are mitigated by careful planning and phasing of the project; contruction risks which are mitigated by careful procurement, close controls and supervision; revenue and operating risks which will also be mitigated by careful planning, proactive marketing and good insurance arrangements; legal risks which are mitigated by engaging good legal advisors and insurance cover; and partnership risks which are mitigated by the Tripartite Agreement.


    A regular Appeal update newsletter will be issued to all donors; individual donors who have placed conditions on their donations will be kept informed about the fulfilment of their particular conditions; there is a website which has up-to-date information

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,616,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £169,300 phase 1 2008/9 architect master plan; purchase of old dairy; renovation of rectory;
      £326,500 phase 2 2010/11 Stone Barn renovation;
      £299,400 phase 3 2011 Old Dairy renovation to become Richard Hickox building;
      £331,800 phase 4 2012 extension of church hall
      £358,800 phase 5 2013 extension to Glebe Farm and landscaping
      £130,400 revenue underwriting of revenue costs for Endelienta 2011-13; bursaries; appeal costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    private donations £400,000 Guaranteed
    CHK trust £50,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The hamlet of St Endellion sits prominently on a ridge in North Cornwall near the historic fishing village of Port Isaac with stunning views of the coast to the north and Bodmin Moor to the east. Dominated by its beautiful 15th Century church, Endellion is a very special place and visitors are struck by its unique atmosphere. John Betjeman described the church’s interior as “giving the impression that it goes on praying night and day, whether there are people in it or not."


    The indices of multiple deprivation show that 70% of households in the local area are in the bottom 20% in the UK when it comes to access to services and facilities. The project will benefit all local people, particularly the young, the old, the disadvantaged and the disabled. It will particularly benefit school and youth groups; people from faith groups from across Cornwall who are on retreat; and Festival and artistic performers and their audiences both from nearby and from further afield.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Endellion Festivals Trust is managing the capital appeal on behalf of Endelienta - which also includes the St Endellion PCC and the Diocese of Truro. The project grows out of the success of the festivals. The three parties own the properties whose development will be funded by the capital appeal. The properties will provide the facilities for the arts and spirituality which constitute the Endelienta project. Endelienta is currently applying to be registered as a charitable company.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rev Prebendary John May

    John is the priest in charge of the 6 local parishes which include St Endellion. He lives in the rectory. His vision and enthusiasm are pivotal.

    Parochial Church Council Of St Endellion

    The local partner and managing trustees of the church hall. Two of the PCC board members have drafted the all-important Tripartite Agreement.

    The Diocese Of Truro

    The support of the Diocese underpins the spiritual mission of the project and the Diocese will generate much of the custom for the facilities.

    St Endellion Festivals Trust

    The Festivals' reputation and history provide the backbone to the project. The Trust launched the appeal and is managing the capital programme.