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A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter


Saturday November 11 .  Following a successful full day of Bridge with homemade lunch and tea at Shirwell Village Hall last month, a similar event is now being organised for the benefit of East Down with Arlington PCC.  Interested players of this fascinating game are invited to apply for tickets to Pat Bunch Tel: 850215  





Once again St James Church Arlington is to be the venue for the Arlington Christmas Tree Festival, last held in 2015, and this year being held between 2 – 17 December.  The idea, as before, is that local people, businesses and organisations sponsor a donated tree, decorate it to taste and the trees, with or without decorations are then auctioned off on the last day at the end of a special Carol Service.  In the meantime the amazing sight of some 30 or more trees all together and sparkly, can be viewed and a collecting bucket will be available at the Church.  The trees themselves are to be generously donated by Mole Valley Farmers and all proceeds will be added to the Arlington Church repair fund. In 2015 the Festival was even featured on BBC’s Spotlight programme.

Sponsors are now invited to contact  Church Treasurer Edward Mather to arrange their sponsorship Tel: 850598.  Add the dates to your diary for a spectacular Christmas display, with an uplifting Carol Service on the 17th December and the opportunity to buy the family Christmas Tree and at the same time supporting Arlington church.





Although numbers were reduced due  to a number of the regulars being on holiday, the Harvest Festival Service at St John the Baptist Church on Sunday September 17 went well, with the Church full of flowers and produce, the latter donated to the North Devon against Domestic Abuse charity (formerly women’s refuge) and the generous collection to Thika Diocese in Kenya to help with solving their long term drought problems.  Odette Dunn was organist, Rev Rosie took the service and readers were Patrick Kift and Peter Bunch.