NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

Easter was well celebrated within the parish. Our Good Friday reflection service was well attended as was Communion on Easter Sunday. I missed the latter as I had guests but enjoyed the early morning tramp up the hill in Feniton where, although we didn’t actually see the sun, the light was beautiful and the view across the

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Looking at the churchyard now, a beautiful sight of primroses and daffodils, it seems more than a month ago that we held our snowdrop weekend. It wasn’t, however, and the snowdrops really were at their best. The whole weekend was a great success; we had visitors the whole time, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon both being extremely busy. The soup that we had expected to last both days sold out on Saturday and all our additional supplies were brought out. Our

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Starting with a disappointment, we had to cancel our children’s party as so few were able to come. I think Friday evening is not a good time for several families so we will hope to find a more suitable day/time when we plan the next one.

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Christmas already seems a long time ago but was joyfully celebrated at Escot with a well-attended carol service, actually in church, and Holy Communion on Christmas morning. The Christmas trees disappeared by twelfth night but the crib remained for the whole of January until Candlemas with the addition of the three kings at Epiphany.

Our first service in January was the funeral and burial of Anne Palfrey, or Mrs Palfrey as she was known to me. She died at home in 1 Escot Cottages having spent her whole life in Fairmile and was a very regular visitor to church and churchyard over very many years. We regret her passing and extend our sympathy to her family.

Our children’s ‘Light Party’ will take place on Friday February 3rd in Escot Village Hall from 5 – 6.30 pm.

The ‘Snowdrop Weekend’ is on the weekend of 18th and 19th February when the church will be open both days from 10am – 4pm. Light refreshments will be available all day including soup at lunchtime. Information from the baptism, marriage and funeral registers will be available in church and we hope to have a children’s quiz. We just hope the snowdrops will be out – and for fine weather!

Our annual church meeting will take place in church on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm. This is the occasion when we present our annual report and accounts and elect church wardens and Parochial Church Council for the following year. It is your chance to question us and offer suggestions as to where we should be going so do, please, come and join us.

Judy Davis 812739

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As I write we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in Escot Church. The church is partially decorated due to a wedding held there last week, the Christmas trees are up and the crib is ready to receive baby Jesus on Christmas Day. The weather is unseasonably warm but so far fairly dry so we hope to have our carol service in church which would be lovely.

We intend to reinstate our children’s parties in 2017 and the first one is planned for Friday February 3rd, hall availability permitting. Our theme will be ‘light’ as the date is close to Candlemas, the festival when the young Jesus was presented in the temple and traditionally celebrated with candles. I suspect we will go for the more modern alternative of torches! I will be in contact with all the children we know but if you are aware of any newcomers to the parish with children of primary school age or younger please let me know so they can be included.

Also in February we will be repeating our successful ‘Snowdrop Weekend’ with the church and churchyard open both days on the weekend of 18th and 19th February. More details will follow next month.

I have been very remiss in not following up an action I was given at the last PCC meeting. We discussed a very interesting talk given by Rev Canon John Hall, the Diocesan Adviser on Inter-faith Matters who lives in Ottery, at the last Deanery Synod meeting on the multi-faith world in which we now live and the Christian response to it. We all thought it would be interesting to hear more so I should have invited him to come and talk at a wine and cheese evening at Gosford Pines. I cannot recommend him too highly as a speaker so will organise this early in the new year and hope we can get a good crowd to come and hear him, and take part in discussion. Watch this space for a date!

May I conclude by wishing you a very happy new year and a peaceful 2017.

Judy Davis 812739