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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.


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.

Cantamus 14 July

An afternoon concert at 3.30 in St Andrew’s Colyton. Tickets £10 on the door including refreshments.

Sunday 30th June

This is our Mission Community 5th Sunday with three opportunities to meet for worship.

8.00 Holy Communion in Colyton as usual

10.00 Joint Mission Community Holy Communion in Musbury

3.30 Afternoon tea at Colyford followed at 4.15 by Celtic Evening Prayer

We look forward to welcoming you at any of these services.

Musbury Barton Open Garden

The beautiful garden will be open to the public on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. 1.30-5.00 pm, with teas available, in aid of church funds.

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

Musbury Rogation at Trill

Musbury church members enjoyed themselves outdoors in the beautiful setting at Trill Farm, for a traditional “Rogation” service, asking for blessing on the land and crops.

June 2019

Trinity is the green season now for church hangings, which seems very appropriate when we see the abundant leaves and grass growing all around us. As I write, the lanes are still full of bluebells and cow parsley, which will give way to pink campion and honeysuckle and other summer flowers. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area where people want to come on holiday.

But the joy of summer returning and the apparent tranquillity of the English countryside can possibly lull us into paying less attention to the serious environmental challenges facing us with increasing urgency, not only in the near future, but actually now.

Several high profile events in the media came together over Easter to draw attention to the seriousness of the situation of global climate change. One was the broadcasting by the BBC of David Attenborough’s hard hitting documentary spelling out climate change facts. No-one who saw it could remain unmoved by the sight of thousands of bats which had dropped dead to the ground from sheer heat exhaustion due to extreme temperatures in Australia.

It’s a step forward that the BBC have accepted that climate change is a scientific fact, and not a political position that needs to be balanced by giving airtime to fossil fuel industry deniers. Not only the BBC but the Governor of the Bank of England is warning of this growing crisis.

Of course climate change also means more storms and flooding, melting glaciers and rising sea levels, which are already having a catastrophic effect in some areas. This is the effect of greenhouse gases raising global temperatures by 1oC already, and we need to avert much greater rises.

We have also seen unprecedented mass nonviolent action from the group Extinction Rebellion who mobilised many thousands of protesters demanding change and action from our politicians. Over a thousand were arrested, and whatever we think of mass civil disobedience as a tactic, it succeeded in raising the profile.

At the same time we saw the school children’s climate strikes around the world started by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who gave a hard-hitting speech to our parliament. According to the Environment Secretary she is the “voice of our conscience”. She used a striking image to describe how we must respond now – “Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while not knowing exactly how to build the ceiling.”

We can each start doing something to reduce our carbon footprint – waste less food, buy from local producers, insulate our homes, walk or use public transport. Let’s wake up to the need, and remember that the earth is the Lord’s. We are merely caretakers, handing on to generations to come.

Emma Laughton.

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.

Village Praise at Trill

Village Praise for Musbury Church at

10.00 am on Sunday May 19th will take place at Trill,

in the Herb Garden

Lifts can be arranged. Ring Cherry on 552470

Refreshments after the all age worship.

Come and visit Trill and learn more about how herbs help us.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day this year is on Thursday 30th May and everyone is welcome at our traditional Mission Community Holy Communion at 7.30 pm at Musbury Church.

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!

May 2019

This month’s message comes from Anne Futcher

I’m writing this having just returned from a flying visit to Cyprus. I was there for a forum, convened by the Anglican Church, which focussed on refugees and people who are trafficked.  The day was an introduction to my ministry there from September, which will include responsibility for co-ordinating the Diocese’s response to refugees on the island.

At the forum, there were representatives from various secular and religious organisations, both from the north and the south of the divided island.  As each stood to speak, I was struck by their shared energy, passion and commitment. And this was in the light of a refugee situation that must have felt overwhelming. For in 2018, Cyprus exceeded every other EU member state in asylum claims, mainly from people fleeing Syria.

Stories were told from different perspectives, and many were very moving.  They spoke of large numbers of people dislocated and traumatised; of the daily challenges faced by strangers in a strange land. 

As the day went on, it seemed to me that the work of every group, whether secular or religious, was underpinned by pretty much the same three messages: ‘We stand with you.’  You have worth.’ ‘Things can be different’.

Messages of solidarity and of hope and dignity; messages we would all want to hear in times of very real need, wherever, and whoever, we are.

And these three messages resonate absolutely with the Christian faith. Throughout his life on earth Jesus bestowed time and attentiveness on those whom his society deemed insignificant – women, foreigners, the poor, the maimed, and those who were unwell, either mentally or physically.  His very presence signified to each of them: ‘I am with you’;  ‘you have worth’; ‘things can be different’.  Through an encounter with him, their lives were transformed.  And those who later met the risen Christ – the disciples, the soldiers, the two Marys – experienced profound change too.  Their confusion, shame and fear dissipated.  And Jesus bestowed on them, through his attentive love, a sense of worth and hope and dignity.

Our world today is every bit as wounded and wounding as it was in Jesus’ time.  And it’s every bit as wonderful, too.  For within each of us lies the potential to bring new life and possibility to another.  Every act of compassion, every good deed, every fair and honest act of business, every kind word, really matters.  Each act says to another person: ‘you are cherished’, ‘you have worth’; ‘things can change’.  Each of us, wherever and whoever we are, can make a much greater difference to someone else than we might ever have imagined.

Over the past few years, I have been so touched by the care and warmth in this community. It’s been a privilege being here.  Thank you.  I look forward to my work in Cyprus hugely and I take with me precious memories.

God bless you


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 tel. 01392 425577

Closing date: 14 May     Interviews: 4 June 2019

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure

Rewilding the Garden

Anne Swithinbank talks in St Andrew’s Church at 7.30 on May 9th.