May I start by wishing you a very happy new year!

Looking back on last year, as always it seems to have been very busy. The main practical event was the replacement of our old asbestos covered boiler with a new much more efficient one. It has taken me a little while to get used to the digital controls – and we had a few cold services in the process – but I think I’ve now got it sussed and we have hot radiators for our services! At present the boiler is set to go on whenever the temperature in the church drops below 5 degrees but once we have worked out how much oil we’re using we hope to raise the temperature at which it switches in. That would certainly be good for the fabric of the church.

Our services have followed their usual pattern and numbers have kept up over the year. We enjoy welcoming Feniton and Payhembury on the fifth Sundays for a joint service giving us larger congregations both then and at major festivals. Although we only had one wedding last year we look forward to five in 2020, a great cause for celebration.

As a PCC we have been considering Escot’s place in the future and Rev Dave has encouraged us to consider the church as a place for private prayer. It’s peaceful setting and beautiful surroundings make this ideal but we obviously need to keep the church open outside services. We are looking at how we can do this and would welcome suggestions from local people as to how to go about it.

This year’s snowdrop weekend is on February 15th and 16th when the church will be open from 10am to 4pm both days with a range of delicious snacks available all day including cheese scones in the morning, hot soup over lunchtime and cakes and cream teas in the afternoon. Our organist Shelagh has been extremely busy over the last 12 months taking pictures of the many plants in the churchyard and these will be on display. Copies of our registers will as always be on display for anyone seeking family information.

I shall conclude as I started by wishing you a very happy new year

Judy Davis