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Monday, 19 March 2018

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

In Feniton Church on Saturday 24th March
10.30 to 12.30
In aid of the
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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


Don’t forget we will be holding the customary Easter morning sunrise service and bonfire at the top of the hill adjacent to Feniton car park on Easter morning Sunday the 1st of April followed by breakfast in church.

We will meet in the car park at 6.15; this is a bit later than usual as sunrise over Honiton is not until 6.30. All are welcome to come and bring your dog on a lead as part of your early morning walk.

A donation of £2 per person towards the breakfast of porridge, toast, croissants, boiled eggs, fruit juice, tea and coffee would be appreciated. 

This reminder is also early as some readers may not receive their magazine prior to April 1st


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)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Kit and Natter

Knit and Natter held in church on the afternoon 26th January brought together 19 ladies who enjoyed knitting, tea cakes and of course a chat. This was the second such an event and by popular request there will be a third get together on Tuesday 20th March at 2pm. Please note previous Knit and Natters have been on a Friday but due to heavy diary happenings this time it will be a Tuesday
People (including men) can bring along their own projects, make baby hats for a maternity unit or hats and scarves for older children which will be sent out as gifts in the Christmas shoe box appeal.

If knitting skills need a brush up there is plenty of help on hand together with needles and wool. It is an ideal opportunity to meet new people with similar interests. All ages and abilities will be welcome.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Wings for Worship

Wings for Worship
With Andrew Maries

Andrew is the consultant to the Diocese of Exeter for Liturgy and Music is leading a 5 week course entitled ‘Wings for Worship’ starting on the 30th January at 7pm, to be held at Feniton Church. It is open to members of the three parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury as well as other parishes in the Mission Community
It is a hands-on course, aimed at developing confidence and equipping those who would be interested in leading lay led services, leading intercessions, taking a part in the service, lesson reading, in fact covering all aspects of worship in our church.
People can attend all 5 sessions or dip into ones which are of particular interest to them.
Most of the ministry that takes place within the diocese is done by lay people. While there are a few hundred ordained ministers there are thousands of lay people who use their gifts of teaching, preaching, listening, administration, music, leadership and others to minister to others and to further God’s mission in Devon.

Please join us to give you confidence, to ask questions, and to offer help to others with your ideas and experience. See what Andrew can offer us and what we can offer our church by being participating members. None of us are professionals and we will all be in this together so there is no embarrassment in attending and we don’t know where it may lead.

There is a charge but the PCC believe that if you are willing to give of your time, we, the PCC should take that cost.

Sunday, 19 November 2017


This year exceeded all expectations with 127 boxes being sent via Operation Christmas Child from the three parishes of Feniton, Escot and Payhembury. In addition to the boxes ,so generously filled, there was  a considerable sum of money, in excess of £300 either from donations or raised from the Coffee Morning in October.

Our boxes went out on the first load to the children Albania. This will give pleasure to many children who are not as fortunate as ours.

Sheila Lanning

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


I cannot believe how generous the box holders were this year, the total sum collected was £1,045 which is the most we have ever received. It was a combined effort between the three parishes of Feniton Payhembury and Escot.

All the money we collected is sent to the society towards helping vulnerable children and young people. Through the Societies network of services all over the country they are there for children when they feel they have no one they can turn to for help. Last year alone they helped 13,000 while their campaigning brought changes to more than 3 million.

The campaigning involves working closely with both national and local government, actively engage with ministers, their advisors and civil servants to influence policy development and set out policy solutions.  The Society are seeking to actively influence local government as they are given greater discretion to determine priorities and resourcing. 

I cannot thank the box holders enough for their generosity and should anyone who is not a box holder wish to have a box in which to put odd change please contact me.

With much gratitude,

Sheila Lanning 01404 850699