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Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Picnic

                                                               The Picnic.
On Sunday the congregation
Had a picnic at Feniton Court.
The company was good and so was the food,
And the children enjoyed the sport.

We were sitting in the beautiful garden
Under a sunny bright blue sky,
It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon
In the beautiful month of July.

All this followed a lovely service
Led by Ann our local priest
who in her energetic manner
led this baptism feast.

I really enjoyed every minute
Of the kiddies running around,
But the internal computer between my ears
Had decided to switch off the sound.

But in spite of the silence around me
I still had my eyes to see
people enjoying the afternoon
Like a loving family.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Dates for your Diary from David, Churchwarden

The Coffee morning for TRIP raised £215.60

Bell ringers ringing a Peal starting 9 am Thursday 21st

Churchwardens meeting  with the Rural Dean to go through the format of the Licensing service for Rev David Carrington at 9 am Monday 25th June

11th July Emmanuel Ladies Fellowship will be at Feniton church for a talk on the history of the church

11th July PCC meeting 7pm in church


Monday, 2 April 2018

St Mary and St Giles Church, Buckerell

St Mary and St Giles Church, Buckerell  
Church Services for April 2018

               April     8          1000     a.m.         Morning Worship    - Lay-led
               April   15          1115     a.m.         Parish Eucharist
               April   22          6.30      p.m.         HMC Evensong
               April   29          No service at Buckerell
               May      6          8.00 a.m.               Holy Communion 1662     

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Friends of St. Andrew's Church

Valerie, who is the Chair of the Friends of St Andrews, has asked me to forward on to you the Agenda for their AGM 

Although you may not be a registered Friend of St Andrews, but as member of the congregation you give your support to the church in another way, it would be appreciated if you could find time to attend their AGM and hear about their plans, finance and the past contribution they make to the church.

 I have to say without them the church would be a poorer place and not in such a good structural state of repair and we would not have the village plant sale which is an enormous social event.

You will not be "pressed ganged" into anything but your presence at the AGM would give encouragement and thanks to them, so please, if possible, diary today Monday 26th March at 7.30 in church.
Kind regards, David


To be held on
Monday 26th MARCH  2018 at 7.30 in the Church

1.   Apologies
2.   Minutes of 2017 AGM
3.   Matters arising
4.   Chairman’s Report
5.   Treasurer’s Report   
6.   Election of Committee
7.   Matters arising from 2017/18 season
8.   AOB  

Followed by general meeting:
1.       Minutes of last meeting
2.       Matters arising
3.       Treasurers Report -  as above
4.       Data Protection
5.       Update of church maintenance
6.       Fundraising event
7.        AOB
8.        Date of next meeting

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Churchyard Grass Cutting 2018

Dear all,

 I know you have been waiting to arrange 2018 social events in your diaries but put off doing so until you received the grass cutting dates. Well at last here they are:-

 The first Saturday in each month is
March 3rd
April 7th
 May 5th
June 2nd
July 7th
 August 4th
 Sept 1st
Oct 6th
 November 3rd - possibly depending on grass growth.

 Start time is as usual, approx. 9 a.m. and as you know we aim to finish by 11 a.m. at the latest, but you can come and go to suite your Saturday plans.

Should you not be able to do a particular Saturday if you let me know you can always come at your convenience and do a bit on your own as I can make the gear available for you to use.

 At the end of last year we did talk about splitting the team into two and cutting every 2 weeks, each team doing alternate sessions, perhaps we could chat this idea over again and seek a consensus view.

 If you could raise up any other helpers amongst your friends and family it would certainly lighten the load on the stalwarts. This year I would like to see if we could cut back the edges of the grass where its growing over the paths and also flatten some of the grave mounds which make cutting more difficult. In addition to grass cutting Nod Harwood has caught the mole that has been causing so much damage around the graves, once caught no more mole hills have been seen. George Sweeney has treated the benches with wood preserver. Normans wild flower seeds may appear this year so things are still happening.. We have had a tree surgeon cut out the dead wood and pruned back the yew trees a bit ,but now this has released other branches to drop so a bit more trimming is needed which I think we can do

 Coffee, Pats shortbread and Normans bread remain the incentive to come but I hope so is the humour, the sense of fun and the feeling of a community spirit with a job well done. I know the church and PCC really appreciate what you do to help keep our church looking loved and cared for and I know I could not do it without your help.
With many thanks, David (850699)

Thursday, 15 February 2018


The Churchwardens of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury are pleased to say that a new vicar has been appointed for our three parishes. He will join the Otter Vale Mission Community of which we are a part.

 The announcement was made at the services on Sunday 11th February.

Our new Vicar is the Rev’d David Carrington who is currently the Team Vicar of Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho! Rev’d David will be joining us later in the year, possibly in September, but until then we will continue with the pastoral support of the Mission Community.

Like Rev’d Cate his will be a 0.5 appointment, which means only half his time will be allocated to the three parishes whilst the other half of his role is Director of Lay Education for the South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC). This involves training volunteers involved in spiritual and pastoral work in their churches and communities across Devon.

David writes:

‘My wife, Dawn, and I are delighted that we will be moving to Feniton later this year. We know the area from a few years ago when we lived in Cullompton, and our son attended Clyst Hydon school (he’s now grown somewhat and is at university). Before being ordained I worked for the Met Office for many years, and was latterly responsible for their professional training.

‘The joy for me of being a vicar is the people one gets to know - young and old, in the church and in the community. I loved the involvement in the communities and schools (including as a governor) in the rural parishes I worked in before moving to North Devon. I’m looking forward immensely to being part of your communities.

’How do I relax when not vicar-ing or training? Family-time is top, but I also enjoy music (I play the viola, piano and guitar - with varying degrees of skill), hill-walking and sailing. You are also likely in future to catch sight of this vicar on his bike.’

We all look forward to David and Dawn joining us, hopefully in time for our Harvest Festival services.

Churchwardens of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury

Friday, 9 February 2018

Ringing for Peace Armistice 100

Armistice Day on Sunday, 11th November 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. More than 1,400 of our church bell ringing community laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars’ even though we know in retrospect that wars were not ‘ended’. Our fallen  bell ringers came from all walks of life, as we ringers still do today and we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.
There is a nationwide movement to recruit 1,400 ringers in 2018, the same number as those who fell in the First World War. The aim is for new ringers to be involved in ringing on Armistice Day at their local tower. This is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project fully backed by all the key military, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’: 1,000 pipers will be piping before dawn, bugles sounding and the Last Post will be played at 6.55pm at many of the 1,000 beacons lit across the UK. As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out at 7.05pm in celebration of the end of the First World War. The sound of mighty bells, some of which are hundreds of years old, will provide a stirring soundtrack to this historic event.
Could you be one of the 1,400 new ringers? Yes! Unfortunately church bell ringing is often wrongly portrayed as swinging on ropes with people flying up and down. In fact the way church bells are rung requires little strength, is well controlled and, with practice, very accurate. Ringers remain standing on the floor and do not have to be acrobats! Tower bell ringing is still done in the same way as when it began in the 17th century and within the capabilities of most people. It’s a team activity that is good mental exercise and helps to keep you fit. It’s a fun hobby and a challenge at the same time that anyone over the age of 11 can learn. There is no need to attend church services. Come and see what bell ringing is all about.
The tower at St Paul’s Church, Honiton will be open on                                      Saturday, 24th February between 10am and 12pm
Trevor Hitchcock, 17 The Chase, Honiton, Devon EX14 1QB (East Devon Branch GDR publicity Officer)