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.

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We celebrated Easter with a very good congregation for our Communion service this year. As it was the day the clocks went forward we were delighted to see so many people. Some of us had already got wet at the Sunrise service on the top of the hill in Feniton but were relieved to be in church for breakfast before the hail