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

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

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

Escot Open Weekend 3/4 May 2015:

Rev Cate's summary here

 

   

   

 

NEWS FROM ESCOT

 

We held two very successful Open Days at the beginning of May with very interesting displays on the history of the church and village, men who died during the first world war commemorated on our memorial window, flower festivals, kneelers and our baptism, marriage and burial registers. Although we did not have huge amounts of visitors those who came were most interested, some staying for hours and we never had an empty church. Tea and cakes went down well and in total we made over £300. We are most grateful to Olive whose idea it was and to all those who helped in any way. Our 175th anniversary was well and truly celebrated.

We are delighted that Andrew Johnson has agreed to give his talk on stained glass on Friday 24th July at 7pm in Escot Church. Those of you who visit the church will know that our glass is very beautiful and Andrew’s specialist knowledge will, I am sure, tell us much more about it. Tickets for the evening will cost £10 to include wine and light snacks, and are available from Lindsay Saunders on 812962 or me. This is a rare opportunity to learn about probably the church’s most important feature so I do hope you will come and join us and encourage others to do so.

June is the first of three months when we do not have a service on the second Sunday. Although it is a cause of sadness that we will not have services every week our regular congregation is very small and we must accept that this may be a sign of the future. Feniton is having a 9am Communion service on that Sunday so I hope that our faithful few will be able to join the congregation there. Other services are as normal so we look forward to welcoming you to them.

Judy Davis 812739