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St Andrew’s Summer Fete

Saturday 27th July 2.00-5.00 pm on the church green.

Fun for all the family – games and competitions, cakes, plants, books, cream teas, bar, quiz. Raising funds for Colyton parish church.

Obligato String Quartet

On 17th August at 7.30 in the Branoc Hall, Branscombe

St Giles Bike Ride

Sunday 21st July 2.30pm

This has become a regular annual event since it was launched in 2013. Starting at the Church and finishing at the Village Hall with a Barbeque and bar, it has proved a popular and enjoyable Sunday afternoon family activity. At the same time significant funds have been raised for a variety of good causes.

This year’s good cause is HEADlight, an Action East Devon Service providing a friendly, non-clinical space for young people in East Devon who are affected by emotional and mental health issues.

Registration at St Giles, Northleigh from 2.30 pm

Jazz and Pimms July 20th

The Friends of St Andrews presents Le Jazz Quartet on 20th July at 7.30.

St Giles Garden Party

Saturday 13th July open 2.30pm – 5pm

The SEATON SMUGGLERS UKULELE BAND will be visiting Northleigh providing their own brand of musical entertainment at the

Jan and Jim Fulton look forward to welcoming you to their garden at Shutes Farm (EX24 6BL) and hope the weather will be kind.

The Seaton Smugglers Ukulele Band will be entertaining us during the afternoon and there will be a collection for Devon Air Ambulance to show our appreciation.

*STALLS * RAFFLE* *GAMES*

Admission including cream tea  Adults £5.00 Children £2.50 Under 5 Free. 

We would be really pleased to accept donations of full bottles of any kind, books, fancy goods (unwanted gifts and toys), plants, produce and cakes. Items can be left at the back door at Shutes Farm or given to Pam Mayall, Ba Faraday or Norma Rich.

Colyford Blossoms

Colyford has an action-packed weekend on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June. The flower festival with contributions from local societies and organisations is open daily from 10.30-4.30, with refreshments served by the Friends of St Michael’s.

On Saturday evening Sidmouth Gospel Choir will perform in concert, with cheese and wine first at 7.00 pm, the performance at 7.30 pm, and tickets £5 from The Little Shop Colyton, Colyford Post Office and The Owl and Pyramid Seaton or on the door.

The festival concludes on Sunday 23rd with a special Songs of Praise at 6.30 pm and during the weekend we will be inviting visitors to the festival to vote for a favourite hymn.

New Rector appointed

The Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton, the Patron and the five Parish Representatives are delighted to announce that, subject to the completion of the statutory formalities, an offer of the post of Rector of the Holyford Mission Community, comprising the parishes of Colyton, Musbury, Southleigh and Branscombe, and Priest-in–Charge of the parish of Northleigh has been made to The Rev’d Dr Steven Martin, who is currently Assistant Curate in the United Benefice of Tavistock, with Gulworthy and Brent Tor, and that offer has been accepted.

His institution by the Bishop of Crediton will be on a date and venue to be advised.

Steven is married, and he and his wife Caroline have two sons, Henry (three and a half) and John (3 months). We warmly welcome them to our Mission Community

Farewell to Anne

We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to the Rev Anne Futcher on the completion of her training and curacy here with us. Anne has taken a very full part in the life of our community over the last few years and been a good friend to us all. She will be much missed.

We are pleased for her that together with her husband Christopher she is making an exciting move to Cyprus, where she will be licensed as an Assistant Priest in St Helena’s and will serve as Cyprus Archdeaconry social concern coordinator, while he will become the Archdeacon.

Anne’s last day in Holyford Mission Community will be on Sunday 9th June, when there will be a bring and share lunch at Southleigh Village Hall after the Communion service in the church at 11.15.

Beach Songs of Praise

This year we continue our popular Songs of Praise services on Branscombe beach on

Sunday 9th June at 6.00 pm and

Sunday 18th August at 6.0 pm, when the singing will be led by Honiton Town Band.

If wet it will be in the Sea Shanty. Do join us for these most enjoyable events.

Vacancy for New Rector

We’re looking for a Rector with clean wellies to inspire and guide us in God’s work amidst the best of East Devon’s coast & countryside. We work as a caring and co-operative team, with five parishes at the heart of community life – Branscombe, Colyton with Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh and Southleigh.

Please click here for the Mission Community profile.

We’re seeking a priest to strengthen our Mission Community, bringing a Christian faith that is evident, grounded and capable of inspiring others. We anticipate an affection for many worship styles and an appreciation of quality in liturgy and music. We hope for a natural warmth, with openness, diplomacy and tact. We expect him or her to have collaborative leadership skills and experience in nurturing teams. We in turn can offer great lay, clergy and administrative support, a children & families worker, and cake at the drop of a hat.

For an application pack and Mission Community Profile please contact: The Archdeacon of Exeter archdeacon.of.exeter@exeter.anglican.org tel. 01392 425577

Closing date: 14 May     Interviews: 4 June 2019

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure

Summer children’s activities

Noah’s Ark for toddlers and Messy Church for primary age children return in the summer term with a full programme of events where everyone is welcome.

Noah’s Ark continues at the Colyford Memorial Hall from 1.15-2.45 on alternate Thursdays; dates: April 25 (with egg hunt), May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20, July 4 and 18.

Messy Church at the Reece Strawbridge Centre in Colyton from 4.00-6.00 monthly on the second Sunday: dates: May 12, June 9 and July 14.

Messy Church is also meeting on Good Friday, 19 April at St Andrew’s Church Colyton.

Noah’s Ark egg hunt and tea

Noah’s Ark returns after Easter with an egg hunt and tea on Thursday 25th April at the usual time of 1.15-2.45. The afternoon will start at the Memorial Hall as usual and then the egg hunt will take place in the garden of St Michael’s Chapel (weather permitting). All pre-school children and their carers are very welcome.

Retreat Day – “Silence Speaks”

St Lawrence’s Southleigh

Sat 13 April, 10.00 – 3.30: a Retreat Day in the beautiful setting of Southleigh Church.

Join us for a day of personal reflection through a selection of contemplative activities. Inspired by ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, in which they share their experience and practice of Buddhism and Christianity; yet inclusive to people of all faiths and none.

‘When we were quiet our hearts discovered that they were kindred spirits’.

To book please contact Hetty Kothari or Helen Miller 01297 639002 or at silencespeaks81@gmail.com. No charge, donations to cover cost welcome, tea and coffee provided, please bring packed lunch.

Holyford Lent Course

This year’s Lent Course is entitled

Environment Matters: treading lightly through God’s world

Mon 18th March – SSB, Colyton – Brother Sam SSF, formerly of Hilfield Friary: A Franciscan View of Creation – Seeing the World Differently

Mon 25th March – Musbury Church – Laura Ford, Reader, Netherexe Parishes: Do you need to be green to be a Christian?

Mon 1st April – Branscombe Village Hall – David Curry, Diocesan Environmental Advisor: God’s Other Book: The Great Book of Creation

Mon 8th April – Northleigh Hall – Christopher Southgate, Exeter University: Further Food for Thought

Each evening begins with refreshments at 7.15 and ends at 9pm.

Jilly Spencer Concert

All are welcome at this free concert in memory of Jilly Spencer.