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It seems a long time ago but we held a very happy Harvest Supper at the end of October. About 50 people sat down to an excellent meal of soup, cold meats and salads and a range of delicious sweets. An innovation this year was that we paid someone to do the washing-up – probably not noticeable to those who supported us but a massive bonus for those of us who would have been in the kitchen sink! We are most grateful to those who helped in any way, providing food, serving, running the raffle and moving furniture – without you we could not run the event. Although we do not run this as a fund-raiser we made nearly £400 for church funds.

We have just received notification of our common fund contribution for 2017. This is the money we pay to the diocese and which chiefly goes towards clergy stipends and pensions. The amount is calculated on the average number of active members of our congregation over the past three years. As our numbers dropped significantly two years ago, our contribution has also dropped significantly from £4,362 to £3,090. In spite of this we will still need to fund raise as the collections and regular giving by members of the congregation do not meet our commitment to the diocese and maintenance of our church building.

We are now very much in the countdown to Christmas, though you might think that has been going on for months judging by the shops. As we go through the penitential season of Advent we have a dark blue altar cloth and no church flowers which makes the white and gold of Christmas with its flowers and candles even more joyous.

Our Christmas Carol Service takes place on Sunday 18th December at 3pm when the mixture of carols and readings is suitable for everyone and we welcome families with children of all ages. We hope everyone will stay for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. On Christmas Day our service is a Family Communion at 9am, again suitable for families, so we hope to see you at one or both of these occasions.

May I conclude by wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Judy Davis 812739

NEWS FROM ESCOT

Harvest festival was duly celebrated at the end of September with a good congregation appreciating a joyful service. This year we were unable to find anyone to accept donated fresh fruit and vegetables so, instead, we collected tins, packets and jars and took them to the Ottery Food Bank. I think this is the way of the future but, like many others, I am saddened that there are people in Ottery who need a food bank.

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The Devon Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride Bike and Stride duly took place on September 10th. As is often the case I was away, but members of the PCC manned the church all day so there was a warm welcome to those dozen or so who visited us. As is often the case just having the church open meant that others dropped in as they walked by so a good number of people saw inside the church. Several of those commented on how good the churchyard was looking so I would like to say a big thankyou to those volunteers who keep it so all the time.

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August was a very happy month for us at Escot though strictly the first ‘happiness’ happened in July, on Sunday 31st. About 80 guests arrived at church to celebrate Jacob Keenor’s christening and were duly given the relevant service sheets. After Rev Cate read the opening sentences she said ‘Oh, I think we have the wrong service sheets’ and asked Gary Keenor and Jenny Peek to join her at the front of church. She then explained to the congregation that in addition to Jacob’s christening, Gary and Jenny were getting married. After a stunned silence, cheers and clapping broke out – the secret had been very well kept – and we continued with the marriage ceremony. It was a really joyous occasion with everyone going on to Les Peek’s garden afterwards for a barbecue on a glorious summer day.

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At the end of May we held our second whist drive of the year. Players poured in and a total of 91 people played whist, enjoyed a delicious tea and contributed very generously to the raffle. An incredible amount of £414 profit was made for which we are hugely indebted to Les Peek, his family and friends from far and wide who support us so regularly and so well. I always say that Escot Church is good at fund-raising but cannot claim to contribute significantly to the success of the whist drives. Without their regular input our funds would be much less well off.