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November 2016

Dscf0510 poppies at St Andrew's editThis month’s letter comes from Revd Anne Futcher, Curate in the Holyford Mission Community.


‘O God, please help me to be brave., for the men’s sake, for my family’.  So prayed Gerald Lewes at 6.05am on November 13th 1916 in the Somme Valley.  Blowing his whistle, he shouted ‘Follow me’  – and scrambled up the pegs on the trench sides, over sandbags, and into the still grey landscape above.  We know what happened next – but not from him.

This account is in a book I’m reading about men who served in the Great War.  It’s called ‘Six Weeks’ – the average life expectancy of junior officers who led their men over the top.  And 2nd Lieutenant Lewes is an almost perfect statistic.  He survived at the Front just 4 days longer than average.

2016, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme, gives us an opportunity to remember those, like Gerald Lewes, who lost their lives in the Battle.  It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the human cost of conflict.  And It also gives us opportunity for hope – an opportunity that’s reflected in the British Legion’s strapline ‘Live on’.  For this strapline carries, I think, a two-fold message: the importance of ensuring that memories of those who died live on through the generations; and that we, too, live on to shape a different future.

It underlines for me that remembrance isn’t simply recalling the past in the present.  Rather, it’s something far more mysterious and powerful.  It involves not living in the past but living in relation to the past, so that lessons can be learnt, healing and forgiveness can take place, and a different future can be shaped by love and compassion.

Reading the diaries and letters of those young men in ‘Six Weeks’, I’m struck by how their testimonies speak of courage and justice, of loyalty and compassion. And I’m particularly struck by how many of them speak about God; how many draw in some way on their childhood faith; how many have a strong sense of One who holds destinies in his hands.

Remembrance, forgiveness and compassion are unequivocally at the heart of the Christian faith.  Among the last words Jesus spoke to his disciples before his crucifixion were ‘Do this in remembrance of me’, and among the final words spoken to Jesus on the cross were ‘Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom’.  Jesus’s entire life, teaching and death were suffused with love and compassion and forgiveness and hope.

So November, with its focus on remembrance and reflection is a sombre month.  But it’s also one of hope.  It invites us, by gazing attentively at past events, to build on the dedication and self-sacrifice of people like Gerald Lewes.  And it invites us to commit ourselves to recreate and renew the world in the light of love and compassion – in the light of the cross.

Weekly news-sheet

Did you know that the website now features our weekly news-sheet with information about everything that is going on around our five communities? Do take a look on the welcome page.


Christmas Day lunch


This year St Andrew’s Church is hoping to host Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day at 12.30.  This would be open to anyone who would welcome joining with others to celebrate Christmas.  There would be a modest charge, and it would be very helpful if we could have some idea of numbers to help us with our planning.

If you are interested, please talk to Revd Hilary Dawson (Rector), or Christine Sansom or David Fouracre, Church Wardens, by the end of November. Alternatively, there is a sign-up list in church or you can ring the Church Office on 552307 (Tuesday to Friday mornings between 9 and 12.)

Chandelier cleaning

On Monday 17th October St Andrew’s was a hive of activity for the annual cleaning of the chandeliers. Each chandelier has to be dismantled, the pieces cleaned and then reassembled.


Many hands make light work! Now they’re gleaming beautifully, ready to be lit for Carols by Candlelight. We are so blessed to have these magnificent objects to remind us of Christ’s glorious light coming into the world.





… is that still with us?

Sadly, it is!

We recently heard about Jesus healing ten lepers…

Come and hear a presentation about leprosy and the work of The Leprosy Mission, with Rev’d David Beazley, Area Rep, as part of One World Week.

Thursday 27th October at 7.30pm in St Gregory’s Church Hall.

Churches Together in Seaton.

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance Sunday on 13th Nov will once again be marked in our churches, with the following services to which all are welcome:

9.30am    Southleigh     Remembrance service
10.50am  Colyton           Remembrance service
10.55am   Branscombe  Remembrance service
10.55am   Musbury        Remembrance service
3.30pm    Colyford         Evening Prayer

Poppy quilt detail

Poppy quilt detail


Auctions speak louder than words.

Talk by Graham Barton on 9th Nov at 7.30 in St Andrew’s:


Musbury Christmas craft fair

Musbury are holding their Christmas craft fair on Sat December 3rd from 10-1.

Would you like a stall, at £8.00? Please ring Sue 01297 552440.

Izmir trip talk

Michael and Jo Selman will be talking about their recent trip to Izmir, Turkey on Thursday 3rd November at 7.30 in the SSB, Colyton. They will talk about their experiences over the summer ministering to the congregation of St John’s Anglican church in the city. This promises to be very interesting, and all are welcome.

A time to remember…

A Time to Remember – Sunday October 30th at 6:30 pm

On Sunday October 30th at 6:30pm there will be a special service at St Andrew’s Colyton to remember loved ones who have died.  If you have had a bereavement, whether recently or longer ago, you are warmly invited to come to this quiet service of reflection and light a candle in their memory.

Holy Land Meeting

There will be a meeting for those who may be interested on Thurs 24th Nov at 7.30 in the SSB, Colyton. We are exploring the possibility of running a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from this Mission Community in Jan/Feb 2018. Time would be spend visiting Jerusalem and Galilee, visiting various pilgrimage sites. We would use a specialised tour operator and have the services of an experienced local guide.


Colyton Bible Study


Colyton Bible studying is continuing on Thursdays at 7.30 at Forecourt, South Square, Tel 551400. The new dates are:

20th Oct, 10th and 17th Nov and 8th Dec.

New members are very welcome.

Musbury Bible study continues fortnightly on Tuesdays (553180) and Branscombe Bible study monthly on Fridays (680424) – dates on calendar.

Men’s Breakfast

Now is the time to sign up for the new, occasional, men’s breakfast in the Garden Centre, Colyton.

8.45 am on Saturday 29th October.

Enjoy a full English breakfast, socialise, and the speaker is John Mills on his career in local government.

Richard Dawson 553138 or

Branscombe coffee morning

Branscombe are holding a coffee morning on

Saturday 22nd October 2016
in the Village Hall, 10 am – 12 noon
Cakes – Raffle – Jumble – Books – Refreshments – Bric a brac & more!

Joint Healing Service

The annual mission community and joint healing service will be held this year at the Methodist Church, King St, Colyton on

Sunday 16th October at 3.30 pm.

All are most welcome.

Messy Church dates

messy church square
Messy Church for families and children continues over the autumn and winter – games, craft, fun, food and a Bible story.
Sundays 4 – 6 pm at the Reece Strawbridge Centre, dates:

October 9
November 20
December 11 – Messy Christingle in St Andrew’s
January 8