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Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six–  singing beautiful unaccompanied choral music from the renaissance to the present day. If you were lucky enough to have been listening to In Tune on BBC Radio 3 on 19th March, you would have heard a feature on Gesualdo Six’s forthcoming UK Spring tour (here is a link to the BBC programme; the feature starts 13 minutes in).

St Andrew’s is a venue hosting one of the concerts from these talented young men. The concert is brought to you by Margaret Clark, the originator of Concerts for Colyton, and supported by the Friends of St Andrew’s (FoStA). Colyton is proud of its legacy in bringing artists of international reputation to our magnificent church. Show your support by coming to this remarkable event. You will be made very welcome.

Tickets available at The Little Shop, Colyton, on the door (pending availability), or online. Telephone: 01297 553238. There will also be a bar and a chance to socialise.

Colyton Lent lunch new date

The lunch which was postponed because of the snow will now be held at 12.30 on Friday 16th March

St Andrew’s Colyton are holding a Lent lunch on Thursday March 1st from 12.30-2.00 in the Sunday School building. The menu will be cottage pie with peas and apple crumble with custard.

The cost is £5.00 with all proceeds to World Vision for their appeal for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. Please click here to find out more about World Vision and the appeal.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is on 11th March this year and everyone is welcome to the services in our churches. We celebrate our mothers and grandmothers as well as the care that all parents have given in our lives and the mothering role of our church.

Branscombe – 11.15 Morning Prayer
Colyford – 3.30 Evening Prayer
Colyton – 8.00 and 9.30 Holy Communion
Musbury – 10.00 Village Praise
Southleigh – 11.15 Holy Communion

Branscombe confirmation photo

Our wonderful confirmation candidates with Bishop Robert, Hilary and Shuna, after the service in Branscombe on Sunday 26th February 2018. It was a joy to welcome Bishop Robert who preached to a packed church.


Breakfast Service 18th March

The 3rd Sunday Breakfast Service takes place in St Andrew’s again on 18 March: bacon baps and croissants at 10 followed by the short service for all ages at 10.30.

The Gesualdo Six sing in Colyton on 5 April

Talk about Dartmoor 9th May

The Friends of St Andrew’s present an illustrated talk by Alan Endicott on 9th May at 7.30 in St Andrew’s Church:

Alan Endacott was brought up on Dartmoor and has spent his life exploring and trying to make sense of its world-famous prehistoric landscapes, especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial or ritual monuments. In 2007, following up a hunch, he discovered a long-buried and forgotten stone circle on an exposed ridge near Sittaford Tor.
His illustrated talk explains his theories regarding the layout of ritual landscapes on northern Dartmoor and the context of the discovery of the Sittaford circle, with personal accounts and some of the insights he has gleaned into the beliefs and rituals of those who built it some 4000 years ago…


Talk at St Andrew’s Cafe

On Tuesday 20th February at 10.30 the community cafe welcomes Sara Bennett from the Exeter-based charity Balloons to give a short talk about their work with bereaved families. The cafe will be open from 9.30-11.30 as usual with the usual delicious cakes and fresh coffee.

Ash Wednesday Communion

Lent starts this year on 14th February, and we will be celebrating Holy Communion in the morning at 10.00 in Colyton, and then in the evening at 7.30 pm, Holy Communion with imposition of ashes in Colyford. All are most welcome.

Quiet Day on 17 Feb

Everyone is warmly invited to a Holyford Mission Community Quiet Day, led by Bishop Bob Evens (former Bishop of Crediton)

‘Growing Closer to the God who loves you’

Seeing more clearly,  Questioning more freely, Facing ourselves more openly.

Saturday 17th February from 10am-3pm

at St Rita’s Conference Centre, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton EX14 1AP

Lunch is included – donations welcome

To book your place please sign sheet in church or contact Hilary Dawson by Monday 5th February

Breakfast service 21 Jan

Colyton’s breakfast service this month is on 21st Jan, with everyone warmly invited:

Bible Studies

Our Bible study groups are meeting again in the New Year. We are very friendly groups and you are welcome to join us at any point.

The Branscombe group is continuing to meet at 3 Mill Lane from 2.30-4.00 pm, with the first date Friday 19th January and further dates to be confirmed. Phone 22303 for details.

The Colyton group meets on Thursdays from 7.30-9.00, dates 11th and 18th January, and February 1st which is to be confirmed. The venue will be confirmed. Phone 551400 for details.

The Musbury group meets on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.00, please phone 553180 for details.


Messy Church and Noah’s Ark

Children’s event are continuing in the New Year, with Messy Church for Primary age children with their families meeting again at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4-6 pm on Sundays 14th January, 11th February. In March Messy Church will meet on Good Friday, 30th March, from 3.00-4.30 in St Andrew’s Church Colyton. Then the next session back at the Reece Strawbridge Centre will be as usual on Sunday 13th May from 4.00-6.00.

Noah’s Ark babies and toddlers is meeting at a new time, 1.15-2.45 pm, which we hope will suit those who then have to pick up from school. Noah’s Ark continues at the Memorial Hall in Colyford on Thursdays 4th  and 18th January, 1st February and 1st, 15th and 29th March.

Messy Christingle making

Messy church were busy making the Christingle oranges surrounded by the Christmas tree festival in St Andrew’s church. It’s a beautiful sight when finally all the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit!

The Posada’s continuing travels…

Mary and Joseph continue their travels around Colyton at the weekend (see our earlier post). They enjoyed choir practice:

Musical enjoyment continued at Tysons – click here for video: Posada 2017 Tysons – 5

It was good to see they found suitable-sized housing for one night at least:

then continuing on their way with the promise of lunch at Abbeyfield:

next a little musical interlude…

then Mary and Joseph stopped off at Bishop Court for a little chat with St Francis:

Next Mary and Joseph snuggled up cosily for bedtime stories with three of the Fouracre grandchildren:

Then perhaps not so cosily among the metalworking tools:

Life on the road isn’t always easy: danger averted!

At last, a quiet night by a nice warm fire: