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

sweets. We had two quizzes on the table which kept us all amused between courses and the evening passed very quickly.

Sometime recently we suffered vandalism in that the handrails leading up to the eco loos were broken. Looking at them I suspect that people were swinging off them and they broke. This is very sad and I hope will not be repeated as the loos are well used by walkers and church people alike and are a most useful asset for us. They have been repaired but it is a cost that we could well do without. Most embarrassingly I only found out they were broken when a group of 4 people from Bath and Wells diocese came to see them as they are considering putting in something similar by their churches!

Thinking of the churchyard I should like to say a very big thankyou to all who have worked to maintain it so beautifully all year, volunteers and paid alike. I’m especially grateful to Raymond and Sue Bailey who continued to look after it even after moving to Feniton; they are now retiring and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude – thank you.

We are now preparing for Christmas which we will celebrate with a carol service on Sunday 23rd December at 3pm and a communion service on Christmas Day at 9am. Both of these are family friendly services and we hope to welcome many families there. The carol service will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Hopefully, both services will take place in church but if the weather is unkind and the field is too wet for parking we will move the carol service into the village hall – something we have done frequently over the last few years.

May I finish by wishing you, your family and friends, a peaceful and joyous Christmas

Judy Davis

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