A very warm Welcome to the website of
THE MOORLAND GROUP
situated on the
northeastern edge of Bodmin Moor
THE CHURCHES ARE
ST. NONNA`S, ALTARNUN with BOLVENTOR
ST. SIDWELL AND ST GULVAL`S, LANEAST
ST CLEDERUS`, ST CLETHER
ST. DAVID`S, DAVIDSTOW
Parish Priest: Reverend Deryn Roberts
‘It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. Discuss.’
So ran the one and only exam question I remember from my long-ago college days. I have no idea why I remember it. I don’t even remember if I attempted to answer it. There was just something about it that made it stick in my mind.
We are travellers, living in the age of the traveller. Travel has never been so easy, so cheap (well, relatively!), so accessible to so many people. Once, it was rare and virtually unheard-of for someone to journey abroad. Travel was the privilege of the wealthy. But not any more. Anyone can go anywhere, just about, if they really want to.
People’s reasons for travelling are many and varied, as many and varied as the choice of means of travel. I think of Lorna, my sister-in-law who, many years ago, wanted to find out first-hand more about the family and culture of the Bangladeshi man to whom she had become engaged. But her finances didn’t run to using conventional long-distance transport such as planes or boats for the whole journey, so she decided, as far as possible, to pedal her way to his village in a remote part of Bangladesh on her bicycle.
Or my son Michael who, with a friend from university set off on a ‘world tour’, visiting South America, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand - their intention being to soak up the varied cultures and atmospheres of the different continents. They opted for more conventional means of transport, but they had to work and save hard for quite a long time beforehand.
Both Lorna and Michael made their trips from choice, but there are others less fortunate than them, who are forced to travel, to flee their homes: those tens of thousands of refugees across the world, some forced out by the threat of violence against them by people with different beliefs than theirs - that horrific genocide known as ‘ethnic cleansing’; some forced out because they find themselves living in a war zone; some forced out because of natural disasters such as famine or flood. And the results are thousands upon thousands of innocent victims, communities scattered far and wide, families torn apart, never knowing when - or even if - they will ever return home or see each other again. They don’t have the luxury of being able to plan their journey. They don’t know where they’re going, when they’ll arrive, how long their journey will take. They travel purely in hope of a better, safer life in another country.
Whether on a physical journey or purely engaged in the journey of life, we all need to travel with hope. It is what sustains us and holds us, especially when the going gets tough.
May we all travel hopefully, until we reach our individual destinations – and may we be overjoyed by what we find when we at last arrive.
Your priest and friend,
Revd Deryn Roberts