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

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