What an exciting few weeks we’ve had! It has been a joy to see the church so full on so many occasions, a wedding blessing, a christening for three small brothers, a wedding and most recently a confirmation. When we planned to hold this in Escot, we thought it was to be a small one with few people being confirmed; in the event 12 people were confirmed and with all their families and friends, there were about 100 people in church. Serving tea for everyone was always going to be an interesting logistical exercise but

everything became more complicated when an elderly lady collapsed during the service and had to be laid down in the aisle to await an ambulance. Bishop Sarah was the essence of calm and suggested we all moved into the churchyard where she continued with the confirmations. Danny collected his guitar from the car and accompanied the hymns and all those who wished received communion outside church. Happily it was a fine afternoon so we then all enjoyed tea outside. Mercifully the lady recovered and was able to go home. It was an occasion when everyone helped, and I am so grateful to those members of our, Feniton and Payhembury congregations who ensured its success.

Please don’t forget our harvest supper on Friday 13th October in Escot Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10 for adults and £5 for children to include your first drink are on sale now from me or other members of the PCC.

Before that is Harvest Festival Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 8th October. This will be the normal thanksgiving for harvest, but will be a service tinged with sadness as it is Rev Preb Cate’s last service before she retires from parish duties. I should like to take this occasion, on behalf of us all, to say a huge thank you for all she has done in her 11 years with us. Although we have continued with our traditional services we now mix them with more contemporary worship, we have become more involved with the parishes of Feniton and Payhembury, we have over the years been much more involved with children in our parish and now regularly have coffee after church. Some of these seem small changes but overall we are a much more outward looking church and this is entirely due to Cate’s energy and enthusiasm. We shall miss you Cate but give our very best wishes to you and Paul and hope you will be able to spend more time together in the future.

Judy Davis