William Braviner is a Lancastrian who has fallen in love with Polperro.
He had worked in Lancashire for a few years before he was advised
to make a move to Cornwall.
have a friend who is a vicar in Launceston and he persuaded me to
apply for parishes in Cornwall about four years ago. Polperro didn't
have a vicar at the time so I was invited to apply."
he took up his position in Polperro Father William kept busy with
his parish in Oldham, Lancashire. He found a move from an urban
area to a rural village had many new challenges.
is a huge difference to move to Cornwall," he says. "With
Polperro it is lovely you can really get to know everyone which
can be really great. Although it can sometimes take half an hour
to walk 100 yards!"
William is happy with his life in Polperro
William Braviner now looks after seven churches in an area stretching
several thousand acres.
cover eveything from here almost up to Liskeard except I don't cover
Looe," he says.
big difficulty with an area like Polperro is employment. There is
a lot of seasonal work so in the winter there are many people without
jobs and very little money. In the fishing industry if you don't
catch anything you don't make any money. The poverty issue is quite
there are a lot of people who have second homes here and who have
money, there are not here all the time," he explains.
picturesque Polperro has poverty issues
a vicar in a rural area keeps Father William Braviner very busy.
try to act as an advocate for people with financial problems or
other difficulties that arise from living in a rural area," he says.
"Because my background is in finance I can talk the language so
I am able to help people in the area."
might not get a lot of spare time but Father William would not change
out of the window and seeing the sea is amazing," he smiles. "Sometimes
I am driving around and looking at the amazing view and I have to
pinch myself to believe I really work here."
genuiness of the people is amazing," says Father Braviner. " I was
told before I moved here nothing impresses the Cornish fishermen
which is why a lot of celebrities like to come here. Everybody is
treated the same which is great."