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Friday, 23 June 2017

Coffee Morning for Share and Play

A  Coffee Morning for Share and Play and held on Saturday the 17th June was organised by members of St Andrews church. It was a social and financial success with £205 contributing to towards the purchasing of items needed for a child's sensory room at the Youth Centre. A big thank you to all who baked and helped on the day.

The idea behind the sensory room is to provide a play environment where parents and members of the community can take  a child to play and develop using equipment designed for children who have additional needs.
The church member behind the scheme, Danny Beaven, says "we have children with a variety of disorders, some who are not mobile and others on the autistic spectrum"

The closest sensory room to the one that is being targeted for Feniton is 12 miles away and for parents with children who have conditions where travelling, especially on public transport difficult, would find the local facility extremely beneficial . The Share and Play group meet at the Youth Centre every Wednesday from 10 am, they welcome anyone who would like to pop in and find out more to just come along says leader, Danny Beaven.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Feniton War Memorial 2017

Feniton Parish Council are very pleased to say the War Memorial has now been cleaned and repaired.

This was done with grants from "Devon Remembers" and the War Memorial Trust, also we acknowledge the help given by Mr Cuming in removing the overhanging tree.

Also we are very pleased to remember the WW1 soldiers who died from our village and their names are now known and on the carved plaque inside the church. The men were researched by Feniton History Group.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

"The Little Unsaid"

On Friday 19th May the church was host to The Little Unsaid. The Friends had been very lucky, as the group could fit us in to their national spring tour, which is ending at Glastonbury Festival, in June. The music was inspirational and although there was a mixed reaction to some of it, no-one doubted the exceptional talent of all the musicians. It was a wonderful event and the group played to a packed church. Many people have asked if the Friends are going to make this a regular event, as they enjoyed it so much, so watch this space. It also made over £600 for the upkeep of the church, so everyone was a winner.

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.