May I start by wishing you a very happy new year!

Looking back on last year, as always it seems to have been very busy. In August we welcomed our new vicar Rev David Carrington and his wife Dawn. From our point of view Dave has settled in well and those of us closely involved with services appreciate working with him and his involving us in any proposed changes.At the end of January we are having a combined meeeting of the PCCs from all three churches and we look forward to seeing what will come from that. We celebrated two weddings and two baptisms with a total of four people being baptised. Happily we had no funerals though we had several interments of ashes.

All last year we were fundraising hard for our new boiler. Events included one of our soup lunches, the snowdrop weekend and refreshments at Helen Brown's snowdrop day, our flower and quilt festival, harvest supper although that is not meant to be a fundraiser, and of course our regular whist drives which provide an ongoing source of finance. As I write all of last year's expenses have not come in and so I do not know the accurate financial position but we have certainly made a significant profit. We have submitted an application for permission to replace the boilerso hope to proceed early in 2019. The £10,000 required will more than account for any profit we made last year! The importance of replacing the boiler was emphasised one Sunday last month when the boiler failed to fire up and the church was very cold. Hopefully it was a one-off and we'll have no more problems over the next few weeks.

This year's snowdrop weekend is on February 16th and 17th when the church will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days with a range of delicious snacks available all day including cheese scones in the morning, hot soup over lunch time and cream teas in the afternoon. We hope to have a display of our kneelers with an associated quiz, and of course our registers will be on display for anyone seeking family information.

I shall conclude as I started by wishing you a very happy new year.

Judy Davis

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NEWS FROM ESCOT

It seems a long time ago now but although numbers were down on previous years, Harvest Supper was a very good evening. The meal followed the usual pattern of soup, cold meats, salad and jacket potatoes (for which we are very grateful to Sue Hansford and Pitt Farm) and an array of delicious

NEWS FROM ESCOT

As I write we are halfway through our Harvest celebrations. We had a very joyous and well supported Harvest Festival service in church at the beginning of October. The area round the font was covered with many and various items for the food bank for which we are most grateful. We

NEWS FROM ESCOT

We now have our new vicar, hurray! Rev David Carrington was licensed as planned on 1st August since when he has taken his first service at Escot. It was good that there were 18 of us there so we were able to welcome him with unusually large numbers.

NEWS FROM ESCOT

By the time you read this Rev David Carrington, our new vicar, will have been licensed by Bishop Nick, the Bishop of Plymouth. The service is full of symbolism with the new vicar being taken to different areas of the church, being presented with a bible and oil and tolling the bell. It’s a good thing the service is not at Escot as we’d have problems with that! Although the service is taking place at Feniton, members of all three congregations, Feniton, Payhembury and Escot are all taking a significant part in it so he will truly be welcomed by and involved with all of us.

Rev David’s first service at Escot will be Parish Communion at 9am on August 12th when I hope we will have a good congregation to welcome him. Please do join us if you can.

Over the last month we have had two weddings at Escot, very different but both beautiful in their own way. The first one had the church decorated all in green with beech trees both inside and outside the church and the whole of the back of the church filled with pots of many plants from foxgloves to strawberries. It looked very unusual but the bridal party matched it with the bride in a flowing white dress with a garland of flowers in her hair and the groom, best man and ushers in yellow trousers and sports jackets. The second was much more conventional with beautiful flower arrangements and the bride also looking beautiful. Both were lucky in that the weather was perfect so our beautiful church will have featured as a backdrop to many photographs.

To give you very advance warning, we are intending to hold a Harvest Supper as normal this year, the likely date being Friday 26th October so please keep the date free. More details will follow nearer the time.

Wishing you all happy holidays in this glorious weather,

Judy Davis

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