NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

Our Snowdrop Weekend was a great success. The weather wasn’t brilliant but it didn’t rain and the sun even came out on Sunday afternoon. We

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

As I write, this weekend is our Snowdrop Weekend. The sun is shining today and the snowdrops are out, though for some reason they don’t seem as prolific as usual. The daffodils on the other hand are in fine bloom. The forecast for the weekend is not good but we can just prepare in hope that people will come and visit us. The helpers will be fed on delicious cakes if they don’t!

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

It seems a long time ago but Harvest Supper was a very successful occasion. Over 60 people joined us in Escot Village Hall for a delicious three course meal prepared and served by members of our PCC, their families and friends. I am most grateful to all of them not to mention those who helped with the raffle, washing-up and clearing the hall at the end of the evening. During the evening we made a presentation to Brian Waterfield who has played the organ and brought choirs to our festival services for about 15 years. We are truly grateful for all he has done for us, not least for including a comment in his thanks that it was great to see so many people there but wouldn’t it be good to see so many in church?! I can only endorse his words. This occasion is not designed as a fund raiser but I can report that we made a profit of over £485 which is remarkable and a very welcome addition to our funds.

We have just received notification of our common fund contribution for 2016. The overall diocesan budget has risen by 1.8% but our contribution has gone down by 22% to £4,362 due to the dramatic decrease in our numbers. In order to pay this, and taking no account of costs such as maintaining the church, clergy expenses and the numerous other essential expenses, the contribution required from each ‘participant’ is £10.50 per week. I think we can safely assume the need for fund-raising will be as great as ever.

We look forward to celebrating Christmas in church with a Carol Service on Sunday 20th December at 3pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. This is always a well supported service suitable for all the family and we look forward to welcoming you there. On Christmas morning we have a Family Communion Service at 9am which again is suitable for all ages, and a lovely way to start Christmas Day.

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

Judy Davis 812739

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