NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

We held a very happy Harvest Festival service in church at the beginning of October. Numbers were good, singing was enthusiastic and Rev Cate told us a very appropriate story too long to retell but about how one person brought together a very impoverished village both feeding them and more importantly working together for the common good. It was a good message for us all. We then all shared

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

The season of harvest is upon us. Our Harvest Festival evensong, followed by refreshments in church, will be on Sunday 4th October. This is always a well-supported and joyful service to which I hope many of you will come. Our second celebration, Harvest Supper in Escot Village Hall, will be on Friday 23rd October. Tickets cost £10 to include a three course meal and your first drink and are available from me or any member of the PCC. We look forward to seeing as many as possible there and would ask you both to support it yourself and to make sure as many as possible know about it.

Last month I mentioned the experiment of our only holding services on three Sundays a month to enable Rev Cate to be at Feniton on the second Sunday. After considerable thought we have decided to continue with the experiment for a few more months as we felt that summer months were not necessarily typical of the year overall. Consequently we will not have services at Escot on the second Sunday at least until after Christmas. As you know, Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November so for the first time we will not hold our own Remembrance service but Escot’s dead will be commemorated at Feniton at their service at 10.55 am. We are saddened by our lack of service but the attendance at Escot last year was only eight people so we hope that they will be happy to go to Feniton.

Another issue we have been discussing at PCC is that of maintenance of family graves which, in fact, legally is the responsibility of the family. For many years we were very spoilt by Jim Pearcy who maintained the entire churchyard in pristine condition so this issue did not arise. Recently we have noticed that some families have been looking after their own graves and for that we are very grateful. Our position is that we, as a PCC, will maintain the churchyard to the best of our ability but that we cannot guarantee that every grave will always be perfectly looked after. Much of the churchyard is maintained by volunteers who give their time and energy to help us and for that we are extremely grateful. We could not survive without them.

Judy Davis 812739

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

Our stained glass talk was a wonderful evening. Andrew Johnson arrived with lots of slides to illustrate his talk on stained glass from its earliest days to some windows he has designed and made for Devon churches, not to mention bringing examples of different types of glass. His talk was absolutely fascinating and we all learnt much that we had not known before, explained in a most entertaining way. He told us that that he had only touched on the subject so would be happy to come again to tell us more. I think all of us there would really welcome that so we hope to arrange a return visit in two years’ time. He also brought with him four coloured pictures he had made of windows in Chartres cathedral which we auctioned off to add to the proceeds. My fears that no-one would come were unfounded as we had over 40 people in church who not only enjoyed Andrew’s talk but also the wine and delicious refreshments provided by members of the PCC. All in all, it was a great evening and swelled our coffers by over £470.

As you know, we have been running an experiment on which our service on the second Sunday of the month has moved to Feniton. We agreed to review this after three months but need Rev Cate’s input to any decision on the long-term position. As she is on holiday until after the cut-off date for entries to the magazine I have agreed with David Lanning, the Feniton churchwarden, to continue for one more month to enable the decision to be taken thoughtfully and without undue haste. I hope those of you who come to this service will understand and accept this. We will take a decision before October.

Harvest is a very important festival for all of us who live in the country – I have been marvelling at how fast the maize in the field through which we pass en-route to the church is growing! Our Harvest Festival evensong, followed by refreshments in church, will be on Sunday 4th October. This is always a well-supported, happy service to which I hope many of you will come. Our second celebration, Harvest Supper in Escot Village Hall, will be on Friday 23rd October. Tickets cost £10 to include a three course meal and your first drink and are available from me on my return from holiday in mid September.

Judy Davis 812739

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

As I write we are looking forward to our talk on stained glass upon which I will report next month. As usual I am concerned about low numbers of ticket sales but hopefully they will pick up in the final week.

Continuing on the subject of fund-raising we have another whist drive on Monday 31st August to which we would be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to join us. It starts at 2pm and I can promise you a delicious tea as well as a good game of cards. There are loads of prizes for the whist as well as a massive raffle so you have every opportunity to win something!

Our final fund raising event this year is our harvest supper which this year will be held in Escot Village Hall on Friday 23rd October. Please put the date in your diary.

We have just had to produce ‘participation’ figures for the diocese. This is the number of people who attend Escot regularly, the definition being at least once a month, and who regard Escot as their principal place of worship. We considered this at PCC and concluded that the number is eight. This very low number, down from 13 last year, is the lowest of any parish within the deanery. It will have the effect of lessening our parish contribution to the common fund but is clearly not viable in the long term.

However, all is not doom and gloom! Our small band of worshippers come regularly to the services and we pray and praise God most cheerfully. We have a wedding to look forward to at the end of the month, Matt and Louise who live on the Escot estate, and it is always a joy to use our beautiful church for these happy occasions.

May I wish you all very happy summer holidays and hope that you return from them rested and refreshed.

Judy Davis 812739

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Firstly a reminder about our talk on stained glass on Friday 24th July at 7pm. Andrew Johnson’s talk is entitled ‘Stained Glass, a coloured image, or an opening on another world’. We are really looking forward to what promises to be a most interesting evening and hope you can join us. I just hope that the weather is as good as it is at present as the sun shining through the stained glass windows casts a most beautiful light. Tickets for the evening will cost £10 to include wine and light snacks, and are available from Lindsay Saunders on 812962 or me.

At the end of May we held our second whist drive of the year and although numbers were slightly lower than at Easter we all enjoyed an excellent afternoon, as always most grateful to Les and Jackie Peek, their family and friends, for supporting us and raising over £250 for our funds.

For the first time since I have been at Escot, and quite probably for the first time ever, we held a meeting of Ottery Deanery Synod in church in June. Deanery Synod is part of the church hierarchy and our Deanery consists of the three mission communities, Otter Vale which includes us and is based around Ottery, Sid Vale which is based around Sidmouth, and Churches 4 All which is based around Whimple. We meet three times a year with representatives from each parish and the clergy and it is a means of communication both from us to the diocese and from the diocese to us. We always have interesting speakers, this time welcoming Rev Canon Andrew Godsall speaking on Mission Community Development. He was encouraging us to work together as a Mission Community but emphasising that we all have a part to play even if some of our parishes are very small.

The churchyard is looking very beautiful at the moment, some areas being well tended and others with longer grass and big white daisies coming up. I have spoken to several walkers recently most of them saying how much they enjoy coming through it. I have to agree with them. If you haven’t been recently do come and walk around it; it really is very peaceful and calming.

Judy Davis 812739