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Northleigh Craft Fair

The Pianoraks Northleigh

Saturday 12th October at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall. THE PIANORAKS, Bill Young and Ian Richardson. On two pianos they perform a variety of original and cover tracks to great acclaim. Look them up on Facebook!

Tickets £12.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30.00, Under 12 £6.00, including supper – Tel 01404 831476

Ticket only event. In aid of St Giles church

Harvest at Northleigh

A big thank you to everybody who contributed to an excellent Harvest Festival Weekend on 6th-8th September. 

To those who organised and prepared Harvest Supper enjoyed by 49 villagers and raising  £365 shared between the Village Hall and Church. To the 40 exhibitors who produced 201 exhibits in 44 classes. Classes ranging from produce and flowers, through the products of cooking skills to many arts and crafts. Congratulations to Richard Mills who this year was a runaway winner and to Logan (aged 5), our youngest competitor. He received no favours from the Judges but still collected a 1st and a 3rd!

A weekend finished off on Sunday with bells rung and harvest hymns sung at a lovely service of thanksgiving. 

Victoria becomes a Deacon

Many of us already know Victoria Chester, who has been exercising her Reader ministry here in Holyford Mission Community for a number of years. She has now completed her training for ordination and will be ordained Deacon at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 14th September at 3.00 pm. Please pray for Victoria as she prepares for this new chapter in her ministry.

She will be welcomed among us in her new role on Sunday 15th September at the Breakfast Service in Colyton: breakfast at 10.00 followed by the service at 10.30. So that everyone who wishes has the opportunity to be there, the morning services in the other Holyford churches that day have been cancelled. Other services which will still take place that day will be 8.00 am Holy Communion, Colyton; 6.30 pm Evening Prayer, Colyton.

She will be continuing in her secular job as CEO Bristol Animal Rescue Centre while working among us as our Assistant Curate (self-supporting).

Harvest weekend at Northleigh

Northleigh will be a hive of activity with events spread over three days.

Friday 6th  Harvest Supper – 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Village Hall . Tickets – Adults £10, Children under 16 years £5 – Please call Norma 01404 871422,

Saturday 7thHarvest Show from 2.30 pm at the Village Hall We are planning a brilliant harvest show this year, on the theme of ” Our Planet  Matters” with craft entries photographers, artists, gardeners and flower arrangers. Presentation of Cups 3.00pm – Cream Teas available – Entrance £1- Under 16’s free  for more details call Hazel 01297 552416

Sunday 8th  The Harvest Festival Service in St Giles Church –  11.15am

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

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.

Rogation Sundays

On these days parishes traditionally asked for blessing on the land, and often people would walk around the parish boundaries.

Sunday 19th May at 3.00 in Branscombe. Meet at the Branoc Hall for a short service and gentle walk finishing with cream tea at the Old Vicarage.

Sunday 26th May at 2.30 start at Northleigh church for a drive around Southleigh and Farway with worship along the way, ending with tea at Stubbhaynes Farm.

All welcome!

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.

Mission Community Quiet Day

St Rita’s Conference Centre, Honiton

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

How these ancient texts may lead into the all-encompassing Mystery of God, with Canon Patrick Woodhouse

The Psalms are treasured texts within both the Jewish and Christian traditions, and yet they can also be difficult, even forbidding, coming from an ancient and very different world.

On this Quiet Day we shall touch on what these ancient texts are, when they were written, and out of what kind of contexts they emerged; but mainly we shall explore the power of their meanings for us today, and how they can nourish a deep life of prayer and contemplation, enabling us to see ourselves and the world differently.

Patrick Woodhouse is a writer and Anglican priest. Recently he published Life in the Psalms (Bloomsbury 2015) and Etty Hillesum, a Life Transformed (Bloomsbury 2009), the story of a young Jewish diarist who died in Auschwitz. He was for thirteen years a Canon of Wells Cathedral. He now lives in South Somerset.

The day is provided free, including lunch, with an opportunity to make a donation to the Mission Community. Please sign up on the sheets which will be in the back of the church from Sunday 3rd February, by Monday 18th February at the latest. Please also indicate whether you need transport.

New Prebendary photos

A group from Holyford came to the cathedral on 10th February to support our John Lees when he was installed as Prebendary – a very happy occasion. John continues his ministry in Holyford as Associate Priest as before.

Welcome to Northleigh

Holyford Mission Community is delighted to welcome the parish of St Giles, Northleigh who are joining the community on an informal basis from 1st January 2019. We look forward to getting to know each other and sharing our life together. There is now a “Northleigh” page under the churches menu on this website where relevant information will be added as soon as possible.

Farewell to Hilary

Hilary’s last day serving in the Mission Community will be Friday 4th January, when she will be saying goodbye to our mission community congregations and to the wider community at a special service  at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Colyton. Refreshments afterwards. All very welcome.

Northleigh to join Holyford

After extensive reflection and discussion our PCCs have unanimously agreed that we should welcome Northleigh Parish to become part of Holyford Mission Community. We will shortly be guided in the formalities of the process by the Archdeacon of Exeter, and from January 2019 things will begin on an informal basis.  All of our PCCs warmly welcome Northleigh: we are delighted they would like to be part of what we do, and we look forward to the contribution they will make to the life of this vibrant mission community.