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Friday, 17 February 2017


On Thursday 9th February, a prominent East Devon landmark was rededicated by two Anglican Bishops who travelled over 10,000 miles to pay their respects. The memorial at Patteson’s Cross was commissioned to remember John Coleridge Patteson from East Devon, who was a missionary and the first Bishop of Melanesia, but martyred in the Solomon Islands in 1871.

The refurbishment project by the Ottery St Mary Heritage Society was completed last September, on time and on budget. It was gratifying to learn that the life of Bishop Patteson and the importance of maintaining such a splendid memorial to his name engendered so much interest, both locally and nationally.

The institutions at which Bishop Patteson received his education – The King’s School at Ottery St Mary, Eton College and the Oxford University Colleges of Balliol and Merton – gave generous donations.  Major institutional grant providers included the Tale Valley Trust, Allchurches Foundation Trust, Devon County Council and Ottery St Mary Town Council.  The Heritage Society has expressed its gratitude to these bodies, as well as to many individuals, for their generosity.
prayer by the Revd. Prebendary Cate Edmonds was followed by readings by David Lanning and pupils from Feniton Primary School.  The ceremony of rededicating the memorial by the Rt Revd Leonard Dawea, Bishop of Temotu and the Rt Revd Ellison Quity, Bishop of Ysabel, both in the Solomon Islands, marked a fitting completion to the refurbishment project.  

The congregation included Lord and Lady Coleridge, Revd. Stephen Weston, Ven. John Rawlings, Cllr Roger Giles, the Melanesian Mission, members of the OSM Heritage Society, the Feniton History Group, pupils from The King‘s School, Payhembury and Tipton St John Primary Schools and members of the public.

After the ceremony, most people moved quickly to Escot Village Hall to socialize, with a welcome cup of hot soup and other refreshments. Robert Neal, chairman of the Heritage Society, gave a short welcoming address, and Bishops Ellison and Leonard expressed their pleasure and thanks for the opportunity to participate in the ceremony, and to meet many local residents.

Chris Saunders

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


A tribute to the 11,000 Devon men and women who lost their lives in the First World War will be staged at the 2017 Devon County Show. This commemoration will be made of hand-crafted poppies and put together to create a carpet of red.

The poppies can be knitted, crocheted, made from lace or felt, in fact anything but paper. Handcrafted poppies will be a poignant memorial and, highly appropriately for handmade flowers, will be staged in the magnificent craft and garden pavilion. If you are making the poppy in memory of a relative who died in the War a tag with the name of the person can be added.

Deborah Custance-Baker, who is a Devon County Agricultural Association Board of Management Director is asking the public to get involved, so this is where we can take part.

On Friday the 10th March at 2pm there will a knit in and a free Cream Tea in Feniton church where we can have a collective “Knit and Natter” to make the poppies, Anyone can come along, the more the merrier, but bring a pair of size 10 needles and some double knitting poppy red wool, a limited supply of needles and red wool will be available should you not have any or forgot to bring it along. Patterns will be printed or you can bring a pattern of your own and help will be on hand for the knitters.
After the County Show exhibition it is planned to transfer the poppies to the Cathedral where they will be sold and  the proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

Please come along to help to make a poppy or poppies and for any more detail please contact me on 01404 850699.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Rev. Cate's January 2017 letter

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

May I wish you all a Happy New Year? I certainly hope that this year is a better one than 2016, so much war and aggression, so much political turmoil and unexpected results and changes. A new phrase I heard coined,” lies are the new truth”. I have to say that I find that shocking and have to wonder where our moral compass is facing.

But it’s a new year, a fresh start, the light of Christ has been celebrated and remains with us, I hope and pray that this light will shine into the darkness of this world and bring some hope for us all. It is important that we hold onto hope or else we could slide into a downward spiral. So what do we hope for in 2017? Do we hope for world peace-that’s a large hope which we could say is not our responsibility or is it? Do we hope for personal prosperity- that can just further the “me” culture. Do we hope for political honesty and integrity- that would be good? I hope for the love which we have been celebrating over the Christmas, the love which comes from God through Jesus Christ, the baby in the manger who grew up into a teacher of the greatest message, to love, God and our neighbour as ourselves, will spread into every part of our lives and throughout our world. A vain hope you may say but one which must be held onto.

What is this love, there is a passage in the bible which is used regularly at weddings, which describes love, in fact it list 7 positive characteristics of love including, kindness, patience and 8 ways that love is not including love is not arrogant or selfish or rude, but the characteristic which is particularly important is found in 1 Corinthians 13:6 “it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth”.

St Paul who was the author of this passage was writing a letter to a new Church which was forming in the city of Corinth, there were power struggles as the roots of this new community were being laid, but Paul is emphasizing the need for love to under pin everything they were doing and that love is much more than affection. His emphasis on truth and forgiveness was so important then as they built their community and it is just as important for us now as we continue to build our communities and build up a new community in this country in the light of political change( I’m not going to use the word).

This particular passage of scripture concludes with the words faith, hope and love, we have to have faith in our leaders so we need honesty and integrity to be paramount, we need hope so that we can move forward not backwards and most importantly we need love, the God given love which is the glue for our communities and the world.

May the love of God surround you all this New Year and may it shine out and lighten our world. 

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Poppies Rememberance Sunday

West Hill Church Conformation Candidates

Bishop Sarah confirmed, 10 young people and 11 adults at a deanery service hosted by St Michael’s Church, West Hill, on Remembrance Sunday. Friends and family gathered together from Sidmouth, Feniton, Ottery St Mary, West Hill, Whimple, Talaton, Bradninch and Dawlish, filling the church to support their loved ones as they each continue on their Christian journey. Sun 13th Nov 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Operation Christmas 2016

!28 boxes being dispatched from St Andrews which have been the work of the three parishes of Escot, Payhembury and Feniton to Operation Christmas Child 2016

The picture depicts Sheila Lanning who has co-ordinated the collection with the lady who came to collect them for onward transit to the Exeter depot

The back of the car was full and part of approximately 17,000 being dispatched from Exeter

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Rev, Cate Ten Years at Feniton, Escot and Payhembury

I am sure folk will join me in Congratulating Rev. Cate on the anniversary of arriving amongst us ten years ago in October 2006.  All her support and enthusiasm across the generations is much appreciated, I know from personal experience.

Thank you Cate and Paul.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rev, Cate's November Letter

          Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton 
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

I have to say a comment I heard from someone the other day, it was made in jest, was that, “lying seems to be fashionable”. It was made after a certain political debate on television which got a lot of publicity. But it did make me wonder, if it is ok for public figures to lie so openly when else do people lie.

What are lies? Is there a time and place for lies, we often talk about white lies, just little insignificant untruths to ease a situation;  when a loved one asks if a particular  part of their body looks big and in order not to upset them you might say “oh no”. But is that really helpful? 

I was always taught that little lies grow into big ones and I think that is often the case. The deliberate untruth can eventually turn around and bite you back.  Now no one is perfect and I expect at times we may all slip up, but it must be the intent behind the untruth which is the real cause for concern.  Why is it necessary to speak an untruth? Is it to cover up a mistake? We all know children will often do that when they are young before they learn to be honest. Or is it to make some form of profit for the person involved?  What then are the consequences? 

Truth and honesty are the essentials in any civilized society, so we look to those in public office to be an example, so it is often shocking when we see deliberate lies, but we too have to be careful that we are not being hypocritical ourselves. 

There are many references to truth in the Bible, in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written so long ago, he talks about the “belt of truth”, I think that’s a great image, not the belt holding something up or holding something in but the belt around the body which tightens with an untruth.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was the case in with public figures in debate, every time a lie was spoken the belt tightened, some might end up choking!  But it would also be helpful to us that every time an untruth fell from our lips or in our thoughts we were just given a little squeeze to correct ourselves. We all as responsible citizens do have to fight hard for the truth for in the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.

It’s worth pondering just for a moment on what truth is to you and let’s hope that that joke of lies being fashionable is just a joke.

Every blessing, Rev Cate