Yet another busy month in Escot! Our Harvest Festival Evensong was really well supported both by the farming community and also by those from other parishes who came to bid farewell to Cate. It was

wonderful to hear the hymns sung so joyously by the 70 of us in church joining together to thank God for the harvest. We had a marvellous collection of non-perishable goods which were very gratefully received by the food bank in Ottery and for which we are most grateful to all who donated. After the service we shared wine and refreshments and said our farewells to Cate. We are very sad that she has gone but happy that we were able to send her and Paul off with the good wishes of so many of us.

The following Friday was the occasion of our Harvest Supper. After a slow start, ticket sales picked up and 48 of us sat down to an excellent 3 course meal. We are most grateful to all those who helped with the evening, making soup, cooking food for the main course, providing a huge spread of delicious sweets, serving drinks, running the raffle and most importantly to the mum and daughter in the kitchen who washed up all evening. They made the end of the evening so much easier for us all. Final accounts are not in, and the object of this evening is not to make money, but I think we will have raised over £300.

And now we are into the inter-regnum, the period between Cate’s departure and the arrival of a new priest. For this we will be very dependent on the other clergy in the mission community for their support and it may involve us in making changes or cutting services occasionally. For this we ask for your understanding. We are already advertising for a replacement but the earliest we could possibly have someone would be Easter next year and that is by no means guaranteed or even likely. We’ll keep you posted.

We know we are approaching winter as Evensong will now be at 4pm for the next few months. Otherwise services continue as normal and we would be happy to see you whenever you can join us. As always the month’s services are shown on the centre pages of the magazine.

Judy Davis