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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Report on Martin's Talk in the Church 19th Oct 2017

Sadly due to the stormy weather only eight visitors were able to enjoy Martin's fascinating illustrated talk, here are my rough notes taken on the night. These snippets are wonderful and worth reseraching further on the Internet or in books. We raised £40. for the Church Fabric.

“A miscellany of little known facts about Churches.”

Ogham:  a script used in Celtic times.
 A Viking tomb, 8th C, known as a Hogs Back Tomb.
Various Saxon crosses, the one in Colyton church found after a fire and reconstructed.
The Saxon stone building pattern of Long and short work in a Saxon Crypt.
Romsey Abbey has an example a carving Dextera (Right Hand of God).
Norman font in Clyst St Lawrence Church. Old fonts would often be reused in new churches.
Norman chevrons and beak head carving on Iffley Church, Oxford
The Rose for the Virgin Mary.
The Daisy for the Virgin Mary and virginity.
The Green Man origins are unknow, but many myths surround him, thought to signify rebirth and the Spring.
Bestiality animals carved in various forms and symbols.
Sheela na gig a carved figure of an old hag showing all her nakedness  11th / 12th C.
signifying lust and evil, atropay or fallen.
Mensa table with consecration crosses.
There 2 tombs  in the UK with original saint bones, these have holes to place your head to pray or place a withered limb.
Masons and Carpenter marks. Used to show work done for their pay or aligning joints.
The Church house used as village hall and brew house for ale revels, Bridal is derived from the Bride Ale.
Sundials, round and linear
Sanctuary ring  or knob on the door, once grasped, you  40 days to arrange  for your defence.
Hunky Punks are a form of carved figure placed on the outside of churches, Hunky means to hunker down and punk is short legged
Pelican shed her blood to feed her young, she dies, but the young survive, as Christ shed his blood to save us.
Gurney stove an early heater for the church
Funeral helmets.
Hatchments hung on house then moved to church, male on the left, wife on the right, black background shows the death.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Coffee Morning for Operation Christmas Child on Sat 21st Oct

You are invited to a  Coffee Morning in church from 10.30 to 12 .30. 

This is in aid of the shoebox appeal organised named Operation Christmas Child.

The appeal works each year to provide a little joy and happiness to children of all ages in poverty stricken areas of Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus. 

It is a UK registered charity. 

We hope you can come along for coffee, or tea, biscuits, cake and a friendly chat.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A note from Ann and Malcolm re the Concert

Malcolm and I would like to say a very big "Thank you" to all who performed, helped with the technical aspects ('backstage' so to speak), and helped with the refreshments at our Autumn Concert on Sunday afternoon; as well as those who were part of the audience.

It was great to have such wonderful village participation - without you all it would not have been the magnificent success it turned out to be! The final 'income' from the event to be shared between the Toddlers' Share and Play Scheme and The Melanesian Mission will be announced at a church service next Sunday and in the November Parish Magazine.

There is talk of 'another one'! What about it? Let us know how you feel; and if enough interest is shown - Well then, it could well happen!

With best wishes


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Feniton History Group Invite you to...

On the 19th of October at 7.30 pm there will be a talk by
Martin Horrell in
Feniton Church entitled
“A miscellany of little known facts about Churches.”
Come and find out about
Mermaids, Mason Marks, Hunky Punks and many other things that can be seen in local Churches.
Admission to include tea/coffee
Donations will go towards the
Church Fabric Fund.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Escot Confirmation Service 17 Sept. 2017

Rev. Cate with Dame Sarah, Bishop of Crediton and Archbishop George of Melanesia.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Service and Bring & Share Supper with Archbishop of Melanesia

Wed 19:00St Andrew's, Feniton

Service of thanksgiving for the life of Bishop Patteson with The Archbishop of Melanesia, The Most Reverend George Takeli and Mrs June Takeli. Service to be followed by a Bring and Share Supper.
 All welcome.

Rev. Cate's September Letter

This is rather sad as it will be Rev. Cate's last letter. I am sure you all join me in wishing Cate and Paul all the very best in their retirement.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Coffee Morning

Dear all,

A grateful thank you to all who came to the coffee morning in church on Saturday - you deserve a medal for negotiating the road works let alone the parking.

Thanks to you we raised £273 for the Ottery Help Scheme. Thanks also must go to those who donated cakes, flap jacks, quiches and raffle prizes.

Kind regards


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dates for your Diaries Feniton History Group

Martin Howell has kindly offered us a new talk called 
"A miscellany of little known facts about Churches" on Thursday 19th Oct, 7:30 pm in
the Church.

Jim Wooley and Bob Neal from Ottery Heritage are coming to talk about Jim’s book on WW1 in Ottery St Mary also in the Church on Thursday 30th Nov. 7:30 pm.