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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.

Lent course postponed

The final session of the Lent course has been postponed because of the snow. It will now take place in Southleigh on Monday 26 March at 7.00 pm in place of the Holy Week Worship. Zillah Martin will talk to us about the season of Advent, and there will be a short act of worship at the close.

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!

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.

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.

Weather situation

1st March:  We regret that, because of the deteriorating weather,

Noah’s Ark today is cancelled,
the Lent Lunch is postponed and
the Women’s World Day of Prayer tomorrow is cancelled.

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.

March 2018

Holyford Mission Community Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018

On Tuesday 30th January in the icy cold of the early morning twenty hardy pilgrims left Colyton square heading for Heathrow airport.   On Friday 9th February those same twenty pilgrims returned to Colyton, to be met by the torrential rain of a winter’s night.  In between, we experienced a warm, sunny journey that took us to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Bethany, Jericho, Tiberias, Nazareth, Capernaum, the River Jordan, Cana, Mount Tabor, the Mount of Beatitudes and Caesarea.  Accompanied by our ever-patient driver Hassan, and our wonderful guide Samer, whose knowledge of history, archaeology, religion, art, botany, politics and culture was profound, yet shared with such humility, we were generously fed. We visited plenty of ancient stones but drew our greatest inspiration and learning from the living ones – the people who faithfully live out what they believe in the most difficult circumstances. We heard stories of pain and loss, light and hope, and of remarkable co-operation between those of all faiths and none. Such a journey will take time for us to process, and in time we will share our stories and photographs. For now, here are a few first impressions from our intrepid travellers:

A land of contrast and contradiction and blessing.

Old stone, repurposed so many times; history sits in thick layers, yet the light over the water is unchanged, the green of spring just as fresh. Perhaps the old stones matter less than the living stones – those who we met, we who are changed.

No wonder the Lord of all creation was raised in the beautiful land of Galilee, though amid so many human tensions, and chose the shores of the lake for so much of his ministry.

I enjoyed the singing: the Peruvian Gloria in St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, and then again at the Sea of Galilee; singing heartily in St George’s, remembering the harmony to ‘Just as I am’; the exquisite acoustic of St Anne’s in Jerusalem;

hearing other groups around us with their chants and hymns, some very different from our sacred music.

Jerusalem: beautiful in an unbeautiful way.

Gethsemane: the feeling of Christ among the ancient olive trees.

Tabgha: a moving, relevant, Eucharist over-looking the Sea of Galilee.

Tiberias: saying prayers in the early morning on my balcony.  As I read the phrase, ‘Christ as a light’, so the sun appeared over the hills opposite.  What an amazing feeling and a great way to finish a wonderful pilgrimage.

Inspiring, thoughtful, provoking, insightful….and just the start of our journey.

Finally, some words from our guide Samer, which we found helpful on our pilgrimage, and will carry with us into the future:

‘In this world, there is no black or white, only grey.’ 

And, his oft-repeated injunction to us in Arabic to walk ‘shway, shway’ (slowly, slowly), encouraging us to move more slowly through this world, lest we miss signs of God’s glory in beauty, creation and the faces of our neighbours.


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…


Pancakes at Messy Church

Messy Church met just before the beginning of Lent and the children enjoyed traditional pancake races.

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.

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.