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June 2016

Hilary writes:

MU anniversaryThis year marks a very special anniversary – 140 years of the Mothers’ Union.  This remarkable organisation was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a mother of three daughters, who understood the joys, demands and challenges of family life.

Over the years it has changed and developed but has never wavered in its commitment to pray, to live out the love of God, and to support individuals, families, whole communities and people of all faiths and none.  One of its earliest branches was set up in Exeter and by 1900 the Mothers’ Union had 170,000 members across the world.  Today, it is active in 83 countries and has over 4 million members.

People are often surprised at the range of work undertaken by the MU.  Here is just a flavour:  in Devon, the MU knits clothing for premature babies; in Leicester it supplies nappies and clothing for refugee families; in Carlisle it runs the children’s play area in Haverigg prison. In Baghdad, its members help to run a nursery school and health clinic; in Botswana members campaign against domestic violence and human trafficking; in Spain, MU members have a particular ministry supporting the bereaved.  In addition to all of this, wherever there are MU branches, there is a much valued opportunity for social events, mutual support and the sharing of interests and skills.   At the heart of everything the Mothers’ Union does is a vibrant life of prayer and worship which sustains the work of its members and enfolds those with whom it works.

Our Mission Community has a Mothers’ Union branch in Colyton which is always pleased to welcome new members.  Please do contact Christine Sansom (552065) if you would like further information.

On Sunday 3rd July at the 9.30 service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Colyton there will be an opportunity to celebrate the 140 anniversary of the Mothers’ Union, and to pray for its work here and across the world.  Do come and join us if you can, and do pray for the Mothers’ Union in this very special year.

The Mary Sumner prayer:

All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen.

Colyton Jazz Concert

A Friends of St Andrew’s event on Saturday 18th June at 7.30, with drinks beforehand.

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Southleigh’s organ restored!

Southleigh is celebrating the restoration of its organ including the addition of (second hand) ivory keys. The work has been done by Michael Farley, organ builder and mender. You are invited to a free concert and tea on Sunday 26th June at 4.00 pm. Donations to church funds

Performers will be Bob Millington on the organ, with the Blackmore Singers and the Greenwood Family.

All welcome!

The Queen’s birthday in Southleigh

On Saturday June 11th at 3 pm in the village hall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday: bring and share food and drink, with games and raffle, and a treasure hunt to find the crown jewels. Click here for poster.


St Winifred’s Flower Festival Friday 24th to Monday 27th June. Help wanted.

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Do you have any spare time to help make this wonderful event a success?  We are currently looking for people to help with stewarding or helping with the refreshments.  If you can spare some time, however short, please contact Pat –

Many thanks

St Winifred’s Choir

Do you love singing praises to God?

Would you like to share this passion with friends?

St Winifred’s Church Choir are seeking new members.  If you would like to join please contact Geoff Butler (01297) 21375.

Musbury Barton Cream Tea

Img_3836 Musbry cream tea 2015Once again by kind permission of Tony Drake, cream teas will be served at Musbury Barton from 3-5 pm on Sunday 5th June, with the opportunity to look round the beautiful garden. Cake stall and raffle in aid of church funds. Come and enjoy!

Birthday Serenade

On Sunday 5th June at 3.00 pm in St Andrew’s

To celebrate Jilly Spencer’s 85th birthday, Leslie and Kate Baker and Michele Banting will perform favourites from Schubert, Gilbert & Sullivan and Flanders & Swann.

Followed by tea.

Entry is free: retiring collection in aid of Shelterbox – NO cards or presents please.

St Winifred’s Flower Festival 24th-27th June 2016

787 Branscombe flowers 2014 editOn Friday 24th June to Monday 27th June 2016 (inclusive) St Winifred’s Church will be holding a spectacular flower festival.  Tasty refreshments will be available throughout the day.

We are all looking forward to seeing ‘Earth’s bounty’ depicted in flowers within such a wonderful setting.

If you would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact Pat Morgan or leave a message on the website.

Don’t forget….Cocktail Party for St Winifred’s Church

 Cocktails and canapés in the garden of Hooken, Branscombe, on Saturday 2nd July 2016 at 6.30pm.

Join us for what promises to be a fun evening and help us raise important funds for St Winifred’s Church.

To book contact Ross Willmington 07813 117149 or 680264


Tickets £15 per person

Car Parking available at the Sea Shanty Car Park by kind permission of Anthony and Robert Sellick.  Please supply your car registration when booking tickets if you require car parking.

Corpus Christi Communion

chalice_and_hostOn Thursday 26th May at 7.30 pm we will be giving thanks for the institution of Holy Communion with a short and quiet service for everyone in the Mission Community in St Andrew’s Colyton.

Cafe celebrates 3rd birthday!

balloons editSt Andrew’s cafe is celebrating its 3rd birthday on 17th May – all are welcome to come along and enjoy the Fairtrade tea and coffee, and delicious homemade cakes. This year the cafe is supporting The Project, a local charity in Axminster promoting mental health among young people.

The cafe is open in The Sunday School Building every Tuesday from 9.30-11.30

Colyton concert 15th May

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Sunday 15th May at 3pm, St Andrew’s Church, Colyton

Once again we are delighted to present the Axe Vale Orchestra with Guest Conductor Ian Crew

Mozart:  Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

Schumann: Piano Concerto, Soloist, Vyvian Bronk

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.1

Christian Aid 2016

Christian Aid logoThis year our Christian Aid service jointly with the Methodist Church in St Andrew’s will be giving thanks at the end of Christian Aid week, on Sunday 22nd May at 9.30. We will be welcoming Ash Leighton Plom, Regional Coordinator for North & East Devon, to speak at the service

Musbury Barton Open Garden

Musbury-Barton-Garden-41 2-KBThe Garden at MUSBURY BARTON, near Axminster EX13 8BB will be opened in aid of SEND A COW (charity No.299717 – see by kind invitation of Lieut.Colonel Anthony Drake and with the support of Seaton Inner Wheel. This will be on the 18th. and 19th. of June from 2.00 – 5.00 pm. Admission £5 to include Tea on the Terrace – children under 14 free. There will be plants, cakes & preserves for sale. This is a glorious garden in a wooded valley complete with stream. Due to its steep paths and steps, wheelchair access is limited to the terrace from which there are fine views of much of the garden. Dogs on leads welcome. Contact Jenny Reynolds – 01837 861678