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Harvest Festivals 2018

It’s harvest festival time around the Mission Community, with a celebration in each of the churches. Everyone is welcome!

Branscombe – Sunday 16th September at 11.15

Musbury – Sunday 30th September at 11.15

Southleigh – Sunday 7th October at 11.15

Colyford – Sunday 14th October at 3.30

Colyton – Sunday 21st October: Breakfast from 9.45, service at 10.45.

Musbury Scarecrows

The bridal party

These were the Scarecrows in the Church at Musbury’s Scarecrow Festival!! They won the judges’ vote!!!

There were fantastic Scarecrows up all over the village and a total of £2000 was made to be split between the Church and the Village Hall. Our thanks to all visitors from the Mission Community for your support.

Well done to Hilary for walking round and visiting all 53 Scarecrows! Quite a feat! Most people drove to some of them!!

Kay Short.

Autumn Bible Study groups

Our three Bible study groups are continuing for autumn 2018. As ever each group welcomes new people from anywhere in the Mission Community.

The Musbury group, meeting fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7.30-9.00 at Knap Orchard, will meet on Sept 4th, Sept 18th, Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, Nov 20th. Contact phone Hilary 01297 553180.

The Colyton group, meeting fortnightly on Thursdays at 7.30-9.00, has moved to the Sunday School Building. Dates are 27th Sep, 11th and 25th Oct, 8th and 22nd Nov and 6th Dec. Contact phone Emma, 01297 551400.

The Branscombe group meets monthly on Fridays at 2.30-4.00 at 3 Mill Lane. The first date is Friday 21st September. Contact phone Nigel, 01297 22303.

Musbury Bible Study Social

Some of the members of the Musbury Bible study group met recently for a most enjoyable social evening at Rev Shuna’s house. The group will be meeting again on Tuesday evenings in the autumn, and new people are always welcome.

Breathing Space in August

You are invited to “Breathing Space” – short, reflective times of stillness and prayer which are taking place again in August. Each time is from 6.30-7.00 pm. If you have any queries please ask Hilary.

In Musbury:  Tuesdays 14th, 21st, 28th August

In Colyton:    Wednesdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd August

In Branscombe: Thursdays; 16th, 23rd, 30th August

Musbury Scarecrow Festival 2018


MUSBURY SCARECROW FESTIVAL AND ARTS TRAIL

SATURDAY 14th AND SUNDAY 15th JULY

2 – 5.30 pm both days

Follow the scarecrow trail round Musbury and visit some artisan studios en route.  Villagers have created a variety of scarecrows to be seen lounging around in gardens and on drives – there will even be a wedding in the Church !

Refreshments and cream teas will be served in two gardens in the village, each day at a different garden.

Trail programmes will be available on the day at the Village Hall – £4 for Adults, Children free.

This event aims to raise money for the Village Hall and St Michaels Church.

Do put the dates in your diary and join us for a fun weekend. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711

 

Ascension Day Communion

There will be a service of Holy Communion for the Mission Community on Ascension Day,

Thursday 10th May at 7.00 in Musbury Church.

Supper afterwards for those who wish at the Golden Hind.

Beaminster Gallery Quire 5th May

We are very fortunate to have Beaminster Gallery Quire visiting Holyford on Saturday 5th May, to sing informally at Southleigh at 10.00 am and Musbury at 2.30 pm.

They write: Based in West Dorset, we like to play and sing the sort of music performed by Thomas Hardy’s family and his fictional characters. The music has been described as ‘of th earth’. It has strong tunes and lovely harmonies. Much of our repertoire is derived from 18th and 19th c settings of the Psalms but there is also a large collection of Chrismas Carols as well as a selection of secular music – reels, jigs and glees. Our church music would have been performed from the West Galleries of English parish churches. For performance and services we generally wear costumes, loosely based on the period 1825-1840.

Musbury Barton Open Garden

To help celebrate Send a Cow’s 30th. Anniversary the garden at Musbury  Barton, opposite Musbury Church, near Axminster, EX13 8BB will be open on Saturday and Sunday, May 12th. and 13th., from 2.p.m to 5.p.m. in aid of Send a Cow.   (www.sendacow.org)

The garden was started in 1947 and has been developed ever since. Trees and shrubs are well established – some of them rare and unusual.  The garden has never been professionally designed. It has grown and changed  to suit the owners’ tastes.  It aims to provide colour and interest all the year. There will be Teas on the Terrace and plants for sale.  This is a glorious, five acre 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 Entry £5 – under 14s Free.   Dogs on leads welcome.

In Ecclesia sing at Musbury on Palm Sunday

There will be a special service of Evening Prayer at Musbury church on 25th March, Palm Sunday, at 6.30 pm. We are delighted to welcome In Ecclesia, whose mission is to to maintain and promote the glorious tradition of Anglican choral music by bringing that music to churches large and small. This will be a chance to hear superb singing within the service and a wonderful way to mark the beginning of Holy Week. We hope to see you there!

Musbury Table top sale

Musbury church and village hall are holding a table top sale in the hall on Saturday 17th March from 10-1.

Stalls include cakes, books, raffle, cards, bric a brac and lots more. Refreshments including bacon butties. Enquiries 01297 552440.

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.

 

Open the Book at Musbury

Children at Musbury School helped out in bringing to life the story of the Creation in the recent Open the Book session.

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