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Colyford Christmas Fair

The fair will take place in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 23rd November from 10.00-2.30. Entry is free!

Come along to enjoy morning coffee or tea. Followed by a delicious lunch of homemade soup, a choice of puddings and a cup of tea or coffee for £6.50. All freshly cooked and served by The Friends of St Michaels.

You will find our usual attractive and interesting selection of stalls including: ‘This and That’, Christmas Food and Drinks, Children’s Books and Games, Cakes, Handmade Cards and Photographs, Variety of lovely hand-made goods, Christmas Presents, Raffle, Games including ‘Lucky Dip’ and ‘Choose a Number’.

Steven Martin’s Installation

The service to install Steven as our new Rector, which will be conducted by The Rt Revd Jackie Searle, the Bishop of Crediton, will be held in St Andrew’s Colyton on Wednesday 20th November at 7.30 pm. All are welcome! Steven will preside at Holy Communion at 10.00 am on Thursday 21st November in Branscombe.

Messy Church Remembrance

A record number of families met for Remembrance Sunday at Messy Church. They enjoyed story time and a shared meal, as well as making poppies and eating their poppy biscuits.

Northleigh Craft Fair

Musbury Craft Fayre 7 Dec


Christmas Craft Fayre at Musbury Village Hall – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. A good variety of local craft stalls including stained glass and wooden reindeers, jams and chutneys and in addition our Church cake stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments including bacon buttys !  Proceeds to St Michaels Church Musbury. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711 – stalls still available !

November 2019

We are very excited about moving to Colyton and getting to know the churches and parishes that make up the Holyford Mission Community.  In preparation for our arrival, I have been asked to provide a few lines about myself, so…

I was born ‘at a very early age’, in London, and came to the church through music, as a choirboy at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark. It was there that I encountered some inspiring Christians and began to learn about the faith; it is since then that I have always felt the deep and loving presence of Jesus Christ in my life.

We moved to Sussex when I was about 10 years old, and it is there I began to learn to play the organ. My family and I moved again to Devon, about 22 years ago. Music, especially church music, has always been a passion. I read music at Exeter University, going on to postgraduate study there and finally at the University of Bristol. During my time studying I was organ scholar at the University and at Crediton Parish Church and for three years a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral. Before ordination, I was a teacher and taught music at The Maynard School in Exeter.

I trained for ordination at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and served my curacy at Tavistock with Gulworthy and Brent Tor. During the past year I have also been looking after the churches at Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy. I am married to Caroline, who works as an historic landscape specialist for Nicholas Pearson Associates. We were married just over eight years ago at Crediton (where I was Director of Music), and have two sons, Henry (aged 3 ½) and John (7 months). You will also see (and hear!) Beryl pottering about. Beryl is our 1969 brown Morris Minor who has been with me for the past 20 years.

It would be good at this point if I could write something gripping or niche about my hobbies and interests (…that I liked windsurfing in tweeds or that I was founding captain of the England Bo-taoshi team…) but the truth is that in my spare time I like to do all the usual things, like listen to music, read (short-ish) books, wander about in the garden and, most of all, doze off in front of the television.

I know that there will be precious little time for dozing off as I endeavour to meet everyone and discern how I can best serve you and the growth of God’s Church on our journey together. Thank you for inviting me to become your next Rector; I hope that we shall meet soon, and pray that God will bless us and all that we do in his holy name and in the service of his love.

Fr. Steven.

Greenpeace talk 16 Nov

Indi Heath of Greenpeace will be talking at St Andrew’s Colyton at 7.30. Tickets in advance or on the door – under 18s free.

Messy Church October

At this week’s Messy Church and we were making a tractor for the Tractor parade at the Harvest Breakfast Church on Sunday.  Also apple printing and bread making and eating cottage pie.  All welcome to the next Messy church on Sunday 10th November.

New Charity Shop in Colyton

The new shop opens on Nov 1st! Donations of clothes and small goods welcome.

October 2019

Food for thought?

Or should it be the other way around.

Writing this when many of our Churches are about to celebrate harvest festivals or have recently done so I am also aware that the topic is rarely absent from one form of media or another.  I am particularly reflecting upon the different emphases of such information, including economics, environment ethics and health and, as I listen to the latest ‘wisdom’, it seems increasingly difficult to hold them in a balance which does not involve conflict between them.  😕

Our food comes from many different sources and even improvements in package (another issue!) labelling do not give us the whole story.  We may have the country of origin but not the type of agricultural system which produced it, what its carbon footprint might be, the degree of exploitation of vulnerable individuals and/or local environment and animal welfare issues (if appropriate).

We live in a complex world and as we are faced with more information the complexity seems to increase and it can be tempting to carry on regardless but it is clear that to do so is unsustainable for our planet and calls for urgent action should not go unheeded.

Any changes we can make may seem like a drop of water in an ocean but when there are many drops it does make a difference.  We have a responsibility to one another and to the global human community as well as having respect for the natural world.  We should acknowledge our dependence on many others and giving thanks for what others have provided for us is a sign of responsibility and respect; reducing our over-consumption and wastage of food is a practical way to demonstrate it.

When we obtain our food perhaps we should focus more closely on what we needrather than what we want and indeed on what we might be able to share.  Our heavenly Father is a generous God and gives us many things for our enjoyment and well-being but also recognises our different needs and situations. All he requires in return is our acknowledgement of his generosity with thankful hearts and to remember that what we do for ourselves may well have an impact on others.

Charles Hill

Musbury Song recital 7 Oct

On the 7th Oct at the church, starting at 6.30pm, doors open 6pm for wine and nibbles.

All are welcome at a song recital.  Words by Shakespeare, performed by a soprano Kipper Chipperfield and on the keyboard Peter Wood.

An event of the Friends of St Michael’s in aid of funds for the Church

Violin and Piano Concert in Colyton 19 Oct

Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel is an emerging performer recognised for her versatility and passion on stage. Born in 1995, she started her violin and music studies at the age of four learning with her parents. She acquired her professional music degree at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música ‘Adolfo Salazar’ in Madrid , before moving to London. Maria has recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree at the Royal College of Music where she is taking her Masters in Performance degree.

Fun Painting at Noah’s Ark

At Noah’s Ark this week we were having fun printing with apples and blackberries.  Also a grandmother with her new grandchild was enjoying the afternoon, with Pat’s famous homemade carrot cake and tea for all!

Harvest with Breakfast at Colyton

On 20th October, come along for breakfast any time from 9.45, with the service starting a little later than ususal at 10.45. Bring a toy tractor!

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