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A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Church News

We had a very happy day at the Sheepdog trials on September 1st. The weather was ideal with sunshine but not too hot. There were crowds there enjoying the spectacle of such skilful sheep dogs and their handlers as well as numerous dogs in the family dog show and all the various stalls and sideshows. The takings were slightly up on last year. 


In the family dog show, the local winner was Patrick MacCarthy, the winner of the agility class was Jenny Leadham and the Best in Show was Anne Martin. In the trials themselves the winner of the Open Maltese Cross class was Jed Watson, who also had the most points, and the winner of the driving class was David Kennard. In the tent, the winner of the best house plant was Rosemarie Kingdon and there were three joint winners of the garden on a plate, Sophie and Jemima Wright and Hannah Bale. 


Once again we must thank all those who helped to make the day so successful, especially Brian Duke for judging the sheep dogs and their handlers, the Kingdon family for the loan of the field and the sheep, all those involved with erecting and taking down the marquee and in running the stalls and sideshows, and lastly (as they used to say at The Old Time Music Hall) your very good selves.


Our Harvest Festival will be over by the time this magazine comes out but I know from past experience that the church will be beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit and produce and that a great time will be enjoyed at the Tuesday supper and sale. Again we are so grateful to everyone who puts so much time and effort into this happy celebration. 


Our prayers and good wishes go to Martyn Tyrell who is to be ordained priest in the Cathedral on Saturday September 29th. His ministry is already much appreciated in the Mission team.


On October 14th Frank Peter Tossell is to be baptised during the morning service, do pray for him and his family.

Chapel News

The service on October 7th will be at 6.30 and will be led by the Rev Don Macalister. 


On Sunday October 21st we have our Harvest Thanksgiving service which will be at 3pm and will be led by the Rev Marilyn Tricker. 


Do come and join us in this celebration of God’s gifts to us.


Home Group

Our Home Group will meet on October 10th at 7.30 at The Old Smithy when we continue with our Bible study on David. The following meeting is on October 24th at North Swincombe Farm (Lionel Huxtable’s home). 


The venue for the meeting on November 7th has still to be decided, but is likely to be The Old Smithy.


Do come along and see if this is something which will appeal to you. We are a very mixed group and we welcome anyone who would like to join us, even if you cannot get to every meeting.