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A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Songs of Praise at St James' Church, Arlington - 26 August

Despite the onset of Autumn rain, a congregation of around 60 people attended a lovely uplifting ‘Hymn Sandwich’ with hymns specially chosen by members of the congregation interspersed with appropriate ‘Flowery’ readings reflecting the Flower Festival, masterminded by Jenny Dellow, during which the service was held, all linked together by Curate Martyn Tyrrell in a humorous as well as Christian discourse.  

Roger Martin played the organ with great aplomb and the delightful Shirwell Choir, with a few singers from other churches, sang 2 solos.  A really successful and enjoyable event which added the nearly £200 collection to the Flower Festival proceeds for renovating the church.


Harvest Festival

For East Down with Arlington Churches, this year held at St James Church, Arlington on Sunday 16, was splendidly decorated with seasonal produce augmented by donations from the National Trust Arlington Estate and including, unusually,2 displays of this years abundant crop of field mushrooms, together with magnificent flower arrangements in part recycled from the recent Flower Festival.   Bells rang, organist Stuart Neale played the usual Harvest Hymns with verve, and the specially shortened family friendly service, attended by a number of newcomers was appropriately  lightly conducted by Rev Rosie Austin.  A generous collection was donated to the Freedom Centre for the homeless together with half the bountiful produce with the other half taken to the North Devon Against Domestic Abuse charity.

Flower Festival

Take the tall mainly Victorian Gothic Church with a particularly long aisle of St James,  Arlington, keep it cool to maintain the freshness of the blooms, then, organised by master flower arranger Jenny Dellow, fill it with wonderfully imaginative colourful displays supplied by the Churches of the Shirwell Mission Community and Ilfracombe Flower Club, on the theme Our Green and Pleasant Land based on the Hymn Jerusalem, and the ingredients of a superb Flower Festival are in place. 


Despite mixed weather which may have reduced visitors the 4 day Festival  raised £700 towards the just completed electrical re-wiring and heating.