St Peter's Church



ST PETER'S CHURCH

Stuart and I have been on a much-needed break in North Yorkshire and Scotland, and so this contribution will be a little shorter than usual.

One piece of good news is that the congregation is now allowed to sing during the service. We still have to wear face masks, but singing makes the service so much more enjoyable.

Church services are advertised on the notice boards by the lych gate, as well as in the church porch and top churchyard gate. Whilst we strive to have 4 services each month, occasionally this is reduced to 3 when we are regretfully without a Minister or Lay Reader to conduct the service. We do, however, convey our sincere thanks to Rev John Roles and Rural Dean Rev Rosie Austin who are covering for wedding and funeral services in Berrynarbor during this period of Interregnum.

On a positive note, following a meeting of all three churches within our group [Combe Martin, Berrynarbor and Pip & Jim's] we have prepared our individual Parish Profiles in preparation for interviews with new candidates for the post of Priest in Charge. We are hoping to commence these interviews in November/December.

You may recall Stuart's plea for people to serve on our PCC otherwise Berrynarbor Church will be in serious danger of closing. It is gratifying, therefore, to have had two volunteers to come forward and join us - but we still desperately need a PCC Secretary to help bolster our ranks as soon as possible. Please contact me on 883893 if you are willing to help us! Remember, there are only 6 meetings in the year - which is not a big ask!

Repairs to the church are now completed and our sincere thanks to Kevin Brooks and his team for their hard work over the last year. Also, we now have 5 brand new gas heaters installed by Martin Pollard of Hydronics Plumbing & Heating Ltd., and the condemned heaters have now been removed.

We must also pay great tribute to our Gardener, Simon Partridge, who keeps both churchyards in the most beautiful condition. So many visitors and local residents have passed comment on his efforts throughout this year!

We continue to pray at this time for all those who are sick, awaiting operations or hospital treatment. Our sincere condolences to Lorna Bowden's family, her funeral was held whilst we were away. Also, the Gibbs family at The Lodge, on the loss of Yvonne.

Finally, isn't it great to hear the Church bells ringing once again especially with another Wedding later on this year. Let's hope the weather stays fine for the couple!

Sue Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST PETER'S CHURCH, BERRYNARBOR

By the time you read this, we all hope that the Government's decision [to be announced on Monday 19th July] will be to relax the current restrictions enabling churches throughout the land to reopen and allow congregations to sing once more! We hope that many businesses will begin to prosper once again and that everyone will be vaccinated against this dreadful Virus. We also pray that the current Delta virus is brought under control and that our NHS will be able to redirect their efforts to the huge number of people awaiting appointments for specialist treatment.

The sad news, however, that Rev. Peter Churcher has resigned from his position, has resulted in the three churches under his mantle are once again without a Priest in Charge. We wish Peter, his wife Josie and family happiness in their new venture. We shall, of course. notify everyone when we have news of a replacement.

Despite this absence, Church Services will be held on Sundays commencing at 11.00 a.m. and we shall ensure that more detail regarding the type of service will be advertised throughout the village and our Village Shop in August and beyond. We are very fortunate in having George Billington, who has kindly offered to take two services each month, which will help us enormously through this difficult period.

Repairs to the Church are nearing completion, and the fitting of new cast iron guttering and downpipes at the rear of the church will shortly be completed. The scaffolding will soon be removed - and the church will once again ensure a beautiful backdrop for the weddings taking place in July and September this year.

We continue to pray at this time for Margaret Sowerby who is undergoing chemotherapy and following a difficult time in hospital is now back at home with her husband Roger. We all hope that in the months ahead Margaret responds well to specialist treatment and returns to her bright and happy nature that we all know and love!

We have just heard that one of our Berrynarbor Choir members Lesley Symes has sadly passed away following a long illness. We send our deepest sympathy to Lesley's husband Dave at this very sad time.

Finally, we all look forward to hearing the Church bells ringing again, and hope that this will be possible in the very near future.

 

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Whilst we are able to hold Church Services on Sundays, the church still remains closed during the week. However, we patiently await the UK Government's announcement on Monday 17th May [followed by recommendations from the Diocese of Exeter], which hopefully will enable us to fully re-open our church in Berrynarbor to welcome villagers, parishioners and visitors alike.

Our AGM will have taken place on the same day and we all hope that the elected PCC members will now look forward to a more positive year ahead with hopefully the Covid situation, which has affected the whole nation, will diminish from these shores!

We'll continue to ensure that parishioners and visitors to the church sensibly adhere to on-going Government safety guidelines for the remainder of this year, but we must not let our guard down and ruin all the good work carried out by the NHS, care staff and many more in this country over the last 18 months.

Repairs to the church are progressing very well, and renovation to the cast iron guttering and downpipes will shortly be completed, plus repairs to the end gable adjacent to the front porch. Stained glass windows, where loose sections have been identified, have now been repaired and cleaned. The Vestry windows have also been carefully cleaned, and the huge stained-glass window in the bell ringing chamber, which has become very dirty, will soon receive its first professional clean in 20 years! NB: The height of this window is such that special scaffolding/ladders will be needed to enable safe access!

We hope that in the near future, Rev. Peter Churcher, bearing in mind improvements to his wife's health and special family commitments, will be able to return to full duties to the three churches to which he is dedicated.

It is very heartening that we have taken three wedding bookings for this year and four for next year - so we look forward, as I'm sure the couples involved will, to such an important event in their lives together.

We pray at this time for Margaret Sowerby who is undergoing chemotherapy and following a difficult time in hospital is now back at home with her husband Roger. We all hope that in the months ahead she responds well to specialist treatment and returns to her bright and happy nature that we all know and love!

Church services will be held on Sundays commencing at 11.00 a.m. and we shall ensure that more detail regarding the type of service and timings will be advertised throughout the village and in the Community Shop and Post Office in June and beyond.

Finally, we all look forward to hearing the church bells ringing again, and hope that this will be possible in July/August.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

As mentioned in the previous edition of the Newsletter, a new lockdown was introduced following the Prime Minister's broadcast on the 4th January.

It therefore comes as no surprise that Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's churches remain closed until further notice.

However, following the UK vaccination programme, which as you all know by now has been an unqualified success, coupled with the restrictions placed upon us all at this difficult time, has happily shown a substantial reduction in hospital cases, and has, for the moment at least, given us all hope for the future. It is therefore hoped that our church and others in neighbouring communities will be opened in the coming months.

Repairs to the church are progressing very well, and renovation to the cast iron guttering and downpipes is now underway. As I'm sure you all know, the rain, cold temperatures and strong winds have severely hampered our intrepid building workers and we all hope that better weather arrives soon.

Our Vicar, Rev. Peter Churcher, has recently had to reduce his pastoral care and activities due to his wife's illness and this has meant that he has to devote more of his time to his four children with regard to their schooling and general welfare. This has meant that attending to three churches has meant that Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe, will become self-supporting for the next month or so. Rev. Peter will, however, be able to give some time to both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin Church communities - which is most welcome. We pray that Peter's wife, Josie, improves and send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

A few weeks ago, we learnt of the death of Sylvia Berry aged 94 - a regular churchgoer for many years. Sylvia had lived in Barton Lane for a long time but due to health reasons decided to live with her son Richard at Honeywell Farm near Mullacott. Sylvia was a lovely lady and is now at rest with her husband in Berrynarbor churchyard. We send our condolences to Richard and his family at this sad time.

We have just learnt that Chris Pocock from Berrynarbor Park has died following a short illness and we send our deepest sympathy to Phil and family at this sad time. Chris was an early member of Berrynarbor Church Choir, she will be missed by us all.

We shall keep everyone informed when the Church is to be

opened again - which we hope will be very soon.

Once again, keep safe and well! Stuart Neale

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

During these difficult times, it is heartening that we had two services led by Rev. Peter leading up to Christmas. However, our Christmas Eve Service was poorly attended, in some part due to the very cold evening and the ongoing situation with regard to the Covid pandemic. At least the Christmas lighting in the churchyard and around the Church wall was a very welcome sight for all to enjoy!

We are pleased to confirm that repairs to the church roof valley have been completed and other areas requiring attention will shortly be underway. Our builders have been working under great difficulty with rain interruptions being all to frequent!

We have one piece of good news with our quest to find a new Treasurer. Tom Oliver has very kindly offered to take on this important role and this will be a great deal of comfort to our outgoing Treasurer, Margaret Sowerby, who has been aided by her husband Roger. We are also delighted to welcome Kate Sargent to the fold and look forward to her contribution at the next PCC meeting in 2021.

However, our first meeting scheduled for 11th January, had to be cancelled following the Prime Minister's nationwide broadcast on the 4th January advising that a new lockdown would be introduced immediately in an effort to contain the new strain of the virus which is spreading rapidly through the country. Following discussions with Rev. Peter, our PCC and some regular churchgoers, it has been decided to close the Church for church services. Weddings and funerals are exempt from this ruling. We all hope that things will return to a safe level in the weeks ahead and with the vaccination programme currently underway it is hoped this this awful virus will eventually be defeated!

This must be the shortest contribution I have ever had to write, but clearly things have been extremely difficult for everyone in this village and elsewhere throughout the United Kingdom. However, it is important to recognise that our PCC members have all worked hard within the village to offer help and assistance to those who are infirm or alone. We recognise that many others within the village have also played their part in looking after friends and neighbours during these difficult times. We thank you all, and remember - keep safe and well!

Stuart Neale

 

 

In view of the PCC's desire to keep costs down covering water, electricity, gas, tower clock and organ servicing, building insurance [plus maintenance of internal and external parts of the Church, the Churchyard grass, Boundary trees and bushes], we have

decided to go out to tender for all this necessary work to be carried out.

As a first step [but by no means the last] we shall be going

out to tender for the

Churchyard Grass Cutting

Please contact our Secretary Alison Sharples

[01271-882782] for a Tender Application Form.

The closing date for this work is 1st March 2021

 

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At the time of writing it will come as no surprise to everyone that from Thursday 5th November [Bonfire Night!] this country will be under new lockdown restrictions. These restrictions will have a knock-on effect with regard to Church services. St. Peter's will be open on Sundays for Private prayer only, from 11.00 a.m.to 4.00 p.m.

NB: Please look out for posters detailing forthcoming services.

Our AGM was cancelled yet again, but to the relief of all our PCC members, this important meeting [limited to 6 people] was held in church and the following resignations were recorded. Doreen Prater, who has served on the PCC for over 20 years; Margaret Sowerby, our Treasurer, will remain in office to the end of this year; and myself, who as PCC Chairman, Churchwarden and Organist, has served here since the year 2000.

The situation which now presents itself is extremely worrying, for we desperately need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret who has, with much help from her husband, served brilliantly over the last few years. Both Margaret and myself are willing to help any newcomers - come the new year - to guide them into their new roles. We meet 6/7 times during the year, so it's not a big ask for anyone who wishes to keep this church going in the years ahead, so important for this village with Services, Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals, Churchyard Burials and Internments, plus the holding of special events, some of which involve Berrynarbor School. Whatever your beliefs, religious or otherwise. it is vital that Berrynarbor Church remains at the centre of this beautiful village for the foreseeable future!

We are pleased to confirm that building repairs to the church roof and other areas requiring attention are well under way. NB: Scaffolding has been erected and we politely ask anyone who uses the church path takes heed of the warning signs in place.

We are extremely grateful to Karen Loftus and all those working in the Village Post Office and Community shop for assisting in the collection of food items for the Ilfracombe Food Bank, and of course our thanks to all those who have contributed to this worthy cause.

One very sad note must be the passing of June Marangone, who, as a volunteer, served in the shop and was a regular churchgoer. She will be remembered for her smile and welcoming manner. June, who had been ill for many months, died peacefully at home in late October. We shall all pray for her devoted husband Gerry and family during this very sad time. We continue to pray for our magnificent NHS, Ambulance Service and Police Force, and all those in our community who are unwell.

It was with some relief that our Service for Loved Ones was able to take place on Sunday 1st November. This short service is always extremely poignant in that parishioners have the opportunity to remember their loved ones in a special candlelit service which was presided over by our Priest in Charge, Rev. Peter Churcher. Maintaining all the safety restrictions imposed by the UK Government, this service, the first since March, was warmly welcomed by the local congregation.

Our Remembrance Service, like most of the services in North Devon and elsewhere, was cancelled following the new lockdown measures. However, it was decided that poppy wreaths should be laid on the War Memorial and so a modified service was held. Adam Stanbury laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council; his daughter Emily laid one on behalf of Berrynarbor School and Sue Neale laid one on behalf of our PCC. I read a short service and the two-minute silence was observed. We were joined by a very small number of villagers who arrived in time to pay their respects.

Finally, as retiring Chairman, I wish to express my deep appreciation to all PCC Members who have served and supported Berrynarbor Church over many years. Special thanks to all those Choir members from Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Parracombe who have given so much pleasure to everyone in this village. I shall never forget all those wonderful musical moments, including us singing on two occasions with the Chivenor Military Wives Choir at special concerts held here in Berrynarbor!

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST PETER'S CHURCH

Following the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, it is hoped that services will commence in some form come September or October.

As mentioned in the August Newsletter, notices will be placed on the church gates and entrance porch to advise parishioners attending church, as well as visitors, to maintain social distancing and the sanitising of hands on entry and exit.

At the time of writing, the singing of hymns will not be permitted, and we can only hope that this will change in the near future.

There are no weddings planned for this year but funeral services are permitted with the limitation of 30 persons in church, but again, regretfully, no singing will be allowed until we receive the go ahead from the Diocese.

To just reflect on wedding services, we must sympathise greatly with couples who have had to re-arrange or delay what must be one of the most important days in their lives, not to mention the financial cost to them in having to cancel their wedding reception and honeymoon plans. Two such couples have had to cancel their wedding day service in Berrynarbor, which should have taken place earlier this year. How sad.

Our AGM, which was to have taken place at the end of March and was then re-scheduled to take place on the 21st September, has again, due to Government regulations, been postponed. Once we are able to hold this meeting, we'll keep you informed.

Following approval from the Archdeacon of Barnstaple for our Faculty application to carry out all the repair work on the church building, and at this time, we await scaffolding to be erected so that repairs to the roof, guttering and masonry can proceed. Western Steeplejacks have completed their work on the tower, and an upgraded heavy-duty earth wire has been connected to the tower's lightning conductor by James Electrics.

Please note, there will be special notices in place adjacent to the main cobbled path, and special cordoned security tape alongside to advise members of the public to keep well clear of any building/repair work in progress.

Our special prayers go to Margaret and Peter John Hiscox on the recent death of their husband and father, whose burial service was held in Berrynarbor churchyard on Wednesday 29th August. We continue to pray for our magnificent NHS, Ambulance Service and our Police Force, and all those in our community especially Carol Lucas and June Marangone who are unwell at this time.

Finally, we convey our thanks to Simon for keeping our churchyard, both old and new, in such pristine condition. We also thank Chris and his colleagues for the removal of a diseased holly tree, some branches of which were overhanging the roadway in Barton Lane. Chris had to obtain permission from the District Planning Office prior to the tree's removal, since trees in our churchyard are under a protection order.

Stuart Neale

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, it is hoped that in the weeks ahead we shall have more detailed information from the Diocese of Exeter as to how the shape of services will evolve for St. Peter's Berrynarbor, St Peter's Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe.

Obviously, there will be a continuation of social distancing and the sanitising of hands on entry and exit. and these arrangements will be made clear prior to entering the church for Sunday services. Notices will also be placed on the church gates and entrance porch for visitors wishing to enter the church building to ensure that social distancing and the sanitising of hands are maintained.

Weddings and funeral services will be able to proceed but with a limitation of 30 persons attending, but, as it stands at the moment, no singing of hymns will be permitted or the ringing of bells!

It is worth reflecting that the last three months have been an extraordinary time - the first period without public worship and sacraments in England for more than 800 years! There will be real joy as we come together again, even if at a physical distance.

We have now had approval from the Archdeacon of Barnstaple for our Faculty application to carry out all the repair work on the church building.

We continue to pray for our magnificent NHS, Ambulance Service and our Police Force. Our special prayers go to all those in our community who are unwell and recovering from treatment following their time in hospital, and those who are lonely and finding things difficult to manage, especially during this awful pandemic.

We also pray for the family of Mary Tucker BEM who sadly died following a short illness at her home in Lancashire. Mary was a wonderful lady who served our church and community with so much care and compassion during her time here in Berrynarbor.

Finally, a word of sympathy for our intrepid bellringers who are still unable to practice on Thursdays, and ringing for church services on Sundays. Due to the close proximity of ringers within the bell tower, they must be totally frustrated, and we can only hope that soon. all will be back to normal!

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

With Berrynarbor Church closed until further notice, there is not very much to say for this issue of the Newsletter! Not even our intrepid Bellringers are allowed to practice on Thursdays or ring on Sunday mornings!

We were hoping to receive the go ahead from the Diocese of Exeter for the necessary repair work to be carried out on the roof, masonry and cast iron guttering, but as yet have not received the 'green' light. However, with builders' merchants closed and other suppliers in lockdown, we have to patiently wait for things to return to normal.

Apart from the few good people who donate using the gift aid scheme, we like other churches throughout the land do not receive any collection money and other donations due to the absence of church services during the lockdown period. However, there are many charities nationwide whose very existence rely on public donations year after year, not to mention vital support of businesses and their workers throughout the land who, at the end of the day, provide the life blood of this country's economy and existence!

We pray for our wonderful NHS and the huge difficulties that nursing staff face every day, and despite the tragic loss of some colleagues due to this awful virus, hope that they remain safe and well in the coming months ahead.

Our special prayers go to those in our community who are unwell and recovering from treatment following their time in hospital and those who are lonely and finding the lockdown difficult to manage, and hope that things return to normal and that everyone maintains all the social distancing and other measures recommended by the Government.

Our vicar, Rev. Peter Churcher, has arranged Service Videos on Sunday mornings which can be viewed on the following website: www.combetocombechurches.co.uk They start at 10.30 a.m. with a chat box for you to engage with!

Keep safe and well, God bless you all.

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

With Berrynarbor Church closed until further notice, there is not very much to say for this issue of the Newsletter! Not even our intrepid Bellringers are allowed to practice on Thursdays or ring on Sunday mornings!

We were hoping to receive the go ahead from the Diocese of Exeter for the necessary repair work to be carried out on the roof, masonry and cast iron guttering, but as yet have not received the 'green' light. However, with builders' merchants closed and other suppliers in lockdown, we have to patiently wait for things to return to normal.

Apart from the few good people who donate using the gift aid scheme, we like other churches throughout the land do not receive any collection money and other donations due to the absence of church services during the lockdown period. However, there are many charities nationwide whose very existence rely on public donations year after year, not to mention vital support of businesses and their workers throughout the land who, at the end of the day, provide the life blood of this country's economy and existence!

We pray for our wonderful NHS and the huge difficulties that nursing staff face every day, and despite the tragic loss of some colleagues due to this awful virus, hope that they remain safe and well in the coming months ahead.

Our special prayers go to those in our community who are unwell and recovering from treatment following their time in hospital and those who are lonely and finding the lockdown difficult to manage, and hope that things return to normal and that everyone maintains all the social distancing and other measures recommended by the Government.

Our vicar, Rev. Peter Churcher, has arranged Service Videos on Sunday mornings which can be viewed on the following website: www.combetocombechurches.co.uk They start at 10.30 a.m. with a chat box for you to engage with!

Keep safe and well, God bless you all.

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Unfortunately, my contribution for this issue will have be somewhat shortened. There has been a bereavement in Sue's family and in consequence this has meant that we have to travel up to Oxfordshire once or twice a week, a return journey of some 300 miles.

To return to Church matters, we are still awaiting approval from the Diocese to commence the major repair work to the church and hopefully this will, with a respite in the dreadful weather, commence in early spring.

There will, of course, have to be areas of scaffolding erected, but this will not impede access to the church or churchyard in any way whatsoever. Signs will, of course, be positioned near pathways for safety considerations.

Our AGM will be held in the Church vestry on Monday, 30th March commencing with the election of officers. Whilst readers of this Newsletter will not have been aware of this meeting, it is hoped that our AGM will have been well attended. It is of great importance that we welcome new blood onto our PCC since many of our existing members have served for 10 years or more and are not getting any younger!

There are 5 or 6 PCC meetings in a year - so it's not a great ask for new people to join and to share among our 8 members the task of running the Church and Churchyard for the benefit of the village.

As mentioned many times, we urgently need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret Sowerby - who will be happy to spend time explaining this important role. Please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison Sharples, on 01271-882782.

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish and our special thoughts are with Viv Fryer and her family. her husband, Brian, having died recently following a lengthy illness. We also hope that both Pip Summers and Jill Jones continue to recover from recent hospital surgery.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

We wish all in Berrynarbor a Happy and Healthy New Year!

As mentioned in the last newsletter, Rev. Bill Cole has now left the parish and we wish both Bill, and his wife Jenny, a very happy retirement in their native Cumbria.

The Remembrance Sunday Service was led by Rev. George Billington and was well attended. The Choir sang a beautiful rendition of Fields of Poppies, set to the music entitled Fields of Gold and composed by Sting. Congratulations to Karen Loftus who sang the fourth verse beautifully! We must not forget to express our sincere thanks to Ivan Clarke who played the Last Post and Reveille before and after the two-minute silence. Wreaths were laid by Adam Stanbury on behalf of Berrynarbor Parish Council, Sue Neale on behalf of St Peter's PCC and Fenella Boxall on behalf of Berrynarbor Primary School.

Our Christmas Carol Service was well attended and this year we welcomed Parracombe Choir to join forces with our Choir to sing traditional carols and three special solo carols, during the service which was led by Rev. Peter Churcher. There has always been a strong link with Parracombe going back to 2009 when, following a recruitment drive here in Berrynarbor, many Parracombe singers came over to sing with us at our Monday night practices. For many years now, our Choir travels over to Christ Church, Parracombe, to sing at their Christmas Carol Service in December. Following both services, mulled wine and mince pies were served for the congregations and choirs!

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass - actually commencing at 9.30pm - was led by Rev. Peter and complemented by the singing of seasonal carols, and on Christmas Day a short Family Service was held, again by Rev. Peter, but the attendance was very small, partly due to the fact that many villagers were visiting their respective families over the Christmas period. A special thank you from me to Graham Lucas for deputising on Christmas Day!

A specialist builder has been chosen for the repairs to the church roof and other areas, and the quotation has been sent to the Diocese of Exeter [Church Buildings/Architects Dept] for their approval. It is hoped that work can commence in the early spring.

As mentioned previously, we are in urgent need of a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret Sowerby, who will be stepping down from this role. If you would be willing to take on this post, please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison Sharples, on [01271] 882782.

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Viv and Brian Fryer, Carol Lucas and Jill Jones who broke her pelvis just before Christmas.

Our next PCC meeting will be held in late January when a range of forthcoming events will be discussed in detail. Our AGM will be held in late March - the date of which will be agreed at the PCC meeting.

Please note: there will be a Joint Service on Sunday, 29th March, which will be held at St. Peter's, Combe Martin. This service commences at 9.30 a.m.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

As stated in the October edition of the Newsletter, our House for Duty Priest, Rev. Bill Cole, will be retiring in early December. The Diocese will not be replacing Rev. Bill's position, which is much regretted, and as a consequence our new Priest in Charge, Rev. Peter Churcher, has set out a revised service schedule for all three Churches - Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's - which will take effect following Rev Bill's departure.

Whilst we shall still have the valued support of Rev. George Billington and some Lay Readers from Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's, it means that we shall probably have Rev. Peter just once a month. Quite clearly this is regrettable for all three churches - but Rev. Peter cannot possibly be at all three churches at any one time! Perhaps the Diocese will re-appraise the situation we are all facing and a House for Duty Priest will be reinstated!

Our Harvest Supper was a great success and although the numbers were marginally down on last year, everyone had an enjoyable evening. As always, a great many thanks and appreciation must go to the ladies for supplying and arranging the excellent buffet for the evening, rounded off with an excellent quiz which was won by the Bellringers Table! A total of £150 was raised on this successful evening, and a cheque for this amount was sent to the Calvert Trust at Kentisbury, who cater for those with disabilities.

We must also convey our thanks to all those parishioners who gave generously to our Food Bank collection - which was taken, with Berrynarbor School's contribution, to the Salvation Army's Food Bank in Ilfracombe.

With regard to the repairs to the Church Roof and other areas, we shall be selecting a builder in the near future which will then be passed to the Diocese of Exeter, Church Buildings/Architects Dept., for ratification, and hope that the necessary work can get under way as quickly as possible.

As mentioned before in the Newsletter, we urgently need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret Sowerby, who will be stepping down from this role. For anyone who would be willing to take on this position please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison Sharples, on 01271-882782.

Berrynarbor Choir continues under the direction of Graham Lucas, and Choir practice is held on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30pm. The Choir were invited to perform at Woolhanger Manor in their splendid

octagonal Music Room where we supported North Devon Hospice on Sunday 3rd November. There is a superb pipe organ and grand piano in the music room and the I had the pleasure of playing both instruments during the concert. There were craft stalls and refreshments in the music room and adjoining room and we understand that much money was raised for such a worthy cause.

Our annual Service for Loved Ones with the lighting of candles in the church was also held on Sunday

3rd November led by Rev. Peter. We were grateful to organist Ian Lovegrove for deputising for me on this occasion.

The Choir has been asked to perform once again at a special afternoon Tea on Saturday 7th December in support of Berry in Bloom.

We look forward to our Annual Carol Service in December which attracts a congregation in excess of 100, including regular parishioners, parents and visitors from afar. The service will be on Thursday,

12th December commencing at 6.30 p.m. Mulled wine and mince pies and soft drinks and sweets for the children, will be served following the service.

In addition to the above, our Christmas Eve Service will be Holy Communion with Carols, commencing at 9.30 p.m., and our Christmas Day Service - a short Family service - will commence at 11.00 a.m. We look forward to welcoming parishioners from Combe Martin and visitors for both services at this special time.

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Viv and Brian Fryer and Carol Lucas

Our service pattern for November and December is as follows:

 

 

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m.

and are as follows:

1st Sunday: Village Service

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise

4th Sunday: Holy Communion

 

There will be a Joint Service on Sunday 29th December, 10.30 a.m. at Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our new Priest in Charge, .Rev. Peter Churcher, is settling in nicely here in Berrynarbor and of course at

St. Peter's, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's in Ilfracombe. It's such a relief that we have someone who is extremely approachable and 'at the helm' at last!

We must not forget, however, the wonderful support we have had over several years from Rev. George Billington and Rev. Bill Cole. The only sad news is that Bill will be retiring in December to be near his family, having served his 3-year contract as House for Duty Priest. We wish him and his wife Jenny a most happy retirement together.

The PCC have received a very comprehensive quotation from a specialist building/conservation company with regard to repairs to our church and we have now received a second quotation from a specialist company, a requirement stipulated by the Diocese of Exeter. We shall be studying all the details relating to costings/time frame etc., at a special meeting of our PCC.

As some of you may have noticed, we experienced a major structural problem with three large commemorative headstones adjacent to the cobble path leading to the Church Porch. These headstones, for several decades, were completely covered with thick ivy and nobody actually realised what was behind until the ivy died, revealing huge headstones dating back to the early 1800's! Anyway, something had to be done to save the headstones from imminent collapse and so we instructed Kevin Brooks to literally rebuild the brick supports and install special clamp brackets to permanently secure the headstones, one of which had a hairline fracture from top to bottom! Kevin has done a really superb job and we are all very grateful to him.

As mentioned in the last edition of the Newsletter, we urgently need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret Sowerby, who will be stepping down from this role. For anyone who would be willing to take on this responsible position, please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison Sharples on 01271-882782.

Berrynarbor Choir continues under the direction of Graham Lucas, and Choir practice is held on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30 p.m. The Choir were invited to sing at a fund-raising event for Berry in Bloom

in August, to be held at the Old Rectory, but due to the weather we had to adjourn to the Manor Hall and perform a selection of songs, with audience participation in the famous Hippopotamus Song! So successful was the event that we are delighted to have been invited back to sing Christmas songs at a special afternoon tea event to be held in the Manor Hall on Saturday 7th December.

Our Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday 10th November commencing at 10.45am in Church, followed by the Roll Call of Servicemen who gave their lives, and the traditional Silence at 11 o'clock by the War Memorial. We always look forward to a large attendance for this special annual service. We also look forward to Berrynarbor School's input with commemorative drawings, pictures and special poems from the schoolchildren.

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Viv and Brian Fryer and Carol Lucas.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following his Installation and a special Joint Service on the 19th May, attended by all three churches, our new

Priest in Charge, Rev. Peter Churcher, is settling in nicely and on Sunday 26th May he visited St. Peter's for his

first service here in Berrynarbor. We especially welcomed his wife Josie and their children Sophie, Faith, Izzi and Xander - and not forgetting Harvey the dog!

Our Annual Gift Day was held on Wednesday 19th June at the Church Lych Gate, and £662.97 was raised. We are extremely grateful to all those villagers and visitors for their most generous donations and they can rest assured that the money received will be wisely spent on the maintenance of the Church. One kind lady, who lives in Hampshire, has been coming on holiday to Berrynarbor with her husband for the last 50 years made a very generous donation, and it was interesting to learn that the same annual tradition of Gift Day was held in their village on behalf of their Church.

The PCC have now received a very comprehensive quotation from a specialist building/conservation company with regard to repairs to St. Peter's, but we are still waiting for a second quotation from another specialist company - a requirement stipulated by the Diocese of Exeter. It would seem that scaffolding will be in abundance - particularly over the roof where the lead gullies and their adjacent roof tiles will have to be removed. Protection from a special roof canopy will be erected to prevent rain, birds and bats from entering the building!

As mentioned in the last edition of the Newsletter, we urgently need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret Sowerby, who will be stepping down from this role. If anyone would be willing to take on this responsible position, please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison Sharples, on [01271] 882782.

Simon, our new gardener, is doing a grand job keeping the churchyard and associated areas in excellent condition and we are also grateful to tree specialist Chris Townsend and his team for attending to the trees that form the perimeter, together with other trees and bushes within the churchyard.

Berrynarbor Choir continues under the direction of Graham Lucas, and Choir practice is on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30 p.m. The Choir have been invited to sing at a special event in August held at the Old Rectory in Berrynarbor, the date and time of which will be advertised locally in the village and at the shop and post office.

Our Bellringers rang in a recent competition at Morchard Bishop, Down St. Mary and Bow churches, one after the other! The bells were all different weights to test their skills as ringers, and in all of them they rang 'raised' 'rang' and 'lowered', which some of them had never experienced before. A great learning curve for all our team who will work to improve for next year's competition!

Our dedicated flower ladies welcome Joan Lupton to their arranging team, and if anyone else would be interested in helping please contact Sue Neale on 883893.

We continue to pray for all those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Carol, Viv and Brian, and Jill.

PLEASE NOTE: there will be a slight change to the Service pattern for the next couple of months, which will be as follows;

 

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m.

1st Sunday: Songs of Praise

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Village Service

4th Sunday: Holy Communion

There will be a Joint Service held on Sunday 29th September at Berrynarbor, commencing at 11.00 a.m.

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A large congregation from the churches of Berrynarbor, Pip & Jim's and Combe Martin, together with civic leaders, gathered in Pip & Jim's Church on Monday 13th May for the Installation of Rev Peter Churcher, who will be our new Priest in Charge. The joyful service was led by the Bishop of Exeter, The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, together with Archdeacon Rev. Dr. Mark Butchers and many local clergy.

At long last, following another extended interregnum, we can look forward to welcoming Rev. Peter to our church in the very near future.

Following this wonderful service, a superb buffet was ready to welcome the whole congregation in the Church Hall. A sincere thank you to the ladies from all three churches for preparing the refreshments.

A special Joint Service to welcome and meet Reverend Peter and his family was also held at Pip & Jim's on Sunday 19th May. The service was followed by a bring-and-share lunch which, again in the church hall opposite.

Our well-attended Easter Sunday Service was led by Rev. George Billington. Berrynarbor Choir sang the beautiful negro spiritual Steal Away, and the joyful service concluded with Rev. George handing out chocolate crème eggs to all the congregation! Yum, Yum!

Our Annual Gift Day will be held on Wednesday, 19th June at the church lych gate, and it is hoped that once again Berrynarbor School will be involved during the day. We are not quite sure what fun activity will be arranged since our new Vicar, Peter Churcher, may wish to be involved with the School in some way and we shall keep everyone informed nearer the time.

The PCC have started the ball rolling with regard to repairs to the church by obtaining quotations from specialist building/conservation companies, with the necessary approval of the Diocese of Exeter's Building and Architectural Department, and will keep everyone posted as to the outcome. In the fullness of time there will be the necessary erection of scaffolding around the perimeter of the church with safety for building workers and the public very much in mind.

At our recent AGM, our PCC Treasurer Margaret Sowerby stood down, and so we urgently need a replacement to join us as soon as possible. Margaret will be happy to spend time necessary to explain the workings of the Treasurer's role. Margaret, together with valued help from her husband Roger, has modernised much of the recording and filing of data, which will be invaluable to the new applicant. The PCC wish to thank Margaret and Roger for their hard work and commitment over the last few years.

Berrynarbor Choir continues under the direction of Graham Lucas, and Choir practice is on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30 p.m. We welcome anyone who enjoys singing to come along and join us!

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish. especially Carol Lucas, Viv and Brian Fryer and Jill Massey.

It is with much regret that the Friendship Lunch, held at The Globe on the last Wednesday of the month, is to come to an end. For some time now the numbers attending this lunch have fallen to such a low level that it is no longer sustainable. We wish to thank Jill McCrae for helping to organise this happy get-together over so many years.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following his interview on Thursday 3rd January, we are delighted to announce that Rev. Peter Churcher has been appointed as Priest in Charge to serve St. Peter's Berrynarbor, St. Peter's Combe Martin together with Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe. Rev. Peter comes from a church in West Wickham, Kent, and will be arriving in North Devon with his wife and family this coming April.

His formal Installation will take place on Monday, 13th May at a special service held at Pip & Jim's Church, Ilfracombe. commencing at 7.00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this service headed by The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter. Refreshments will be served following the Service in the Church Hall opposite.

Following Rev. Peter's Installation, there will be a special Joint Service, also held at Pip & Jim's, on Sunday, 19th May, commencing at 10.30 a.m., so that Rev. Peter will have a better chance to meet all of us personally. The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch which will be served in their Church Hall.

Of course, we all look forward to his first service here in Berrynarbor - possibly in late May or early June.

Berrynarbor Choir is practising hard under the direction of Graham Lucas, and it is hoped that they'll give a music concert, combined with our excellent School Choir, in the very near future. Choir practice is on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30 p.m. and we have attracted some new members who enjoy a good singalong!

Having retired as Organist, I shall, however, be playing for the Easter Services, but we still look forward to welcoming someone who can permanently take over this role. As mentioned before, please contact me, Stuart Neale, on [01271] 883893 if you wish to take on this role or if you know of someone who may wish to come forward to help.

The Joint Service scheduled to be at Pip and Jim's on the 31st March has been cancelled and Mothering Sunday, on that day, will be celebrated here at St. Peter's.

Easter follows with:

Sunday, 14th April: Palm Sunday Service, 11.00 a.m. with the handing out of Palm Crosses.

Friday, 19th April: Good Friday, Hour of Devotion Service, 2.00 p.m.

Sunday, 21st April: Easter Service, 11.00 a.m.

We hope to welcome as many people as possible to all these services, especially the children with their mothers and fathers.

We continue to pray for those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Carol Lucas and Viv and Brian Fryer.

Last, but not least - The Friendship Lunch will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in the Globe Pub at 12.30pm.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The post for a Priest in Charge has been re-advertised and a new candidate was interviewed on Thursday 3rd of January for the position to serve St. Peter's Berrynarbor, St. Peter's Combe Martin together with Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe. We are currently waiting to hear if the candidate was successful and will notify everyone in the April edition of the Newsletter as to the outcome.

Our Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 19th December was, as usual, very well attended, and how well the young children sang at the earlier Service and also at the later Service commencing at 6.30 p.m. Both School and Berrynarbor Choirs sang special songs and carols, and mulled wine and mince pies, plus other refreshments for the children, rounded off the evening in fine style! We thank Rev. Bill Cole for taking this special service.

Our Christmas Eve Service at 9.30 p.m. welcomed many parishioners from both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin, together with visitors - some of whom had travelled long journeys to attend this special service which was conducted by Rev. George Billington. There was also a good attendance for the short Family Service on Christmas Day, and many thanks to Graham Lucas who deputised for me on this occasion.

How nice it was to see so many attend from Pip and Jim's Ilfracombe, and St. Peter's Combe Martin at our Joint Service held here in Berrynarbor at the end of December, with Revs. Bill and George taking the service.

Once again, we are still hoping that someone will come forward to fill the post of Organist at St. Peter's - if only on a temporary basis. Music is an essential part of the Church Service and if you know of someone who could help us out then we would be most grateful. Please contact me, Stuart on 883893 for details.

Still on the subject of music, for those who are interested in joining our Choir please contact Graham Lucas on 01271-883847 - or just come along to our Monday evening Choir practice in the church at 7.30 p.m. and enjoy a sing-along!

Church Services for February are as follows:

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m. and are as follows:

1st Sunday: Village Service

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise

4th Sunday: Holy Communion


N.B. There will be a Joint Service on Sunday, 31st March at Pip and Jim's, Ilfracombe, commencing at 10.30 a.m.

In view of the PCC's desire to keep costs down covering water, electricity, gas, tower clock and organ servicing, building insurance [plus maintenance of internal and external parts of the Church, the Churchyard grass, Boundary trees and bushes], we have decided to go out to tender for all this necessary work to be carried out.

As a first step [but by no means the last] we will be going out to tender for the Churchyard Grass Cutting

Please contact our Secretary Alison Sharples [01271-882782] for a Tender Application Form.

The closing date for this work is 1st March 2019


Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th March in the Church Vestry at 1.45 p.m. We welcome all parishioners to attend this important meeting.

As many of you will know, Judie Weedon became unwell in early January, and we send our prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery following her stay in hospital. We also pray for those who are unwell in this Parish - especially Carol Lucas, Viv and Brian Fryer and also Pip Summers who is recovering from a knee replacement.

Last, but not least - The Friendship Lunch will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in The Globe Pub at

12.30 p.m.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Things have moved on a pace from the October edition of the Berrynarbor Newsletter and we have received applications from two candidates for the position of Priest in Charge to serve St. Peter's Berrynarbor, St. Peter's Combe Martin, together with Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe.

Following their planned visit to all parishes on the 18th October, formal interviews were held on the following day at a neutral venue. Two representatives from each church were allowed to ask questions to the two candidates, along with contributions from the Bishop of Crediton, the Archdeacon of Barnstaple and the Rev John Fisher. Unfortunately, neither of the two candidates was chosen and the post will be re-advertised.

Our Harvest Festival Service was well supported, as was the Harvest Supper. Our grateful thanks must go to our ladies who provided an excellent buffet, the evening rounding off with a fun quiz. The amount raised from the Harvest Service collection and ticket sales from the Supper - after deducting expenses - was £157.00. Following PCC agreement, this was rounded up to £200 which was donated to the Indonesian Disaster Fund.

At this point we must convey our grateful thanks to all who contributed food, in the form of tins, cereals, pasta, biscuits, etc., for the needy, and with a superb effort from Berrynarbor Schoolchildren and parents. All this food was taken to the Ilfracombe Food Bank which is administered by the Salvation Army from their Hall in Ilfracombe. Photographs were taken to record the event and it is hoped that the North Devon Journal will feature this in a future edition. Well done to everyone!

The Remembrance Sunday Service was very well attended and it was particularly poignant that Armistice Day fell on the 11th of the 11th. Rev. George Billington led the service and at the War Memorial for the two minute silence. Ivan Clarke played the Last Post and Reveille on his bugle. How well he played on this tranquil, sunlit, morning, and there was a touching moment when his son, Ben - a pilot in the RAF - stepped forward to place a poppy wreath on behalf of his Squadron. Clare White, representing the Parish Council, read the Lesson and the Choir sang You Raise me Up - the words conveying both hope and calm. The collection of £200 will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

Christmas is just around the corner and once again we look forward to a full church on Wednesday, 19th December, for our annual Carol Service. The little ones will once again be performing their Nativity Play with songs and carols from 5.45 p.m., the main service commencing promptly at 6.30 p.m.

We look forward to additional contributions from the older children, under the direction of Christina Barrow, plus the Berrynarbor Choir under the direction of Graham Lucas.

We have not received any formal request to take on the position of Organist, and can only hope that someone comes forward to take on this important role. Once again, please contact me, Stuart Neale, on 01271-883893 if you, or you know of someone who is willing to help us out, even on a part time basis!

For those interested in joining our Choir, please contact Graham Lucas on 01271-883847, or just come along to our Monday evening Choir practice in the church at 7.30 p.m. and enjoy a sing-along!

Following our search for the position of PCC Secretary, temporarily undertaken by Sue Neale, we are very pleased to announce that Alison Sharples will take on this important role come the New Year.

As we approach Christmas, we think and pray for those who are unwell in our parish.

Friendship Lunch will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at The Globe at 12.30 p.m.

Please Note: There will be no Friendship Lunch in December

Finally, from everyone at St. Peter's Church, we send our very best wishes to you all for a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following on from the August edition of the Berrynarbor Newsletter, the Parish Profile has now been approved by the Archdeacon and advertising will have commenced in September. So, we now have to wait for candidates to come forward and hope that this will be sooner rather than later. Meanwhile we are very grateful to our two faithful, Rev. Bill Cole and George Billington with occasional assistance from Pip & Jim's retired clergy and their lay readers for conducting services here in Berrynarbor.

As you know, I retired from playing the organ for church services at the end of July, but with help from a selection of pre-recorded hymns on six CD's, services can at least be conducted to the sound of a church organ. The CD's were originally used at St. Peters Church in Combe Martin, but following an update of their sound equipment, their PCC very kindly passed these CD's over to us here in Berrynarbor. We are, of course, extremely grateful for this gesture; nevertheless, we in Berrynarbor continue to hope that the position of Organist will be filled as soon as possible.

Whilst on the subject of recruitment, we should welcome anyone who would be prepared to take on the position of PCC Secretary, currently undertaken by Sue Neale. This is purely a temporary position for Sue, since she is also heavily involved with Ilfracombe Flower Club and is currently Chairman, Secretary and goodness knows what else, and so we cannot emphasise enough our need for the secretarial post to be filled. There must be someone out there who can come to our rescue with only 6 meetings a year to attend! Please help!!

We welcome everyone to our Harvest Service on Sunday, 7th October and of course our Harvest Supper on Wednesday 10th October, 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. in the Manor Hall. Ticket price remains unchanged at £6.00 for a really super buffet meal and a complimentary glass of wine/beer/cider. Please remember to bring your own knife, fork and spoon on the evening.

On the same subject of Harvest, we should invite all villagers to think about those folk not so well off at this time and to contribute either tins/packets/pasta/rice/cereals or whatever for our annual gift to the Ilfracombe Food Bank, organised/hosted by the Salvation Army in Ilfracombe. There will be a large container placed next to the font at the rear of the Church from 1st October for people wishing to donate to this worthy cause!

Remembrance Sunday will be held on Sunday 11th November commencing at 10.45 a.m., followed by the short act of Remembrance at 11.00 a.m. alongside the village War Memorial in the churchyard. We encourage all villagers to attend this important annual service of remembrance. Berrynarbor School will once again be paying their respects by exhibiting wonderful poems and special commemorative pictures for all to read and view at the end of the service.

We are especially grateful to Graham Lucas for taking on the running of the Berrynarbor Choir, and hope to see any newcomers who may wish to join our fabulous Choir. As usual, choir practice is on Monday evenings commencing at 7.30pm.

The Friendship Lunch will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in The Globe Pub at 12.30 p.m.

A Personal Message I wish to thank all those who contributed gifts and the wonderful signed card following my last Church Service on Sunday 29th July. I was extremely moved and will always cherish the services for which I have played covering so many years. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and appreciation.

As if that were not enough, I was completely hoodwinked into a surprise party at John and Fenella's as a thank you for running the Berrynarbor Choir since 2000. Almost the whole Choir were there and certainly a few tears were shed from yours truly. Thank you, John and Fenella, for hosting this wonderful evening which I shall never forget.

Stuart Neale

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Now that we are in a period of interregnum, we have submitted our Parish Profile, together with the three churches' [ourselves, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's] personal profile requirements to the Archdeacon of Barnstaple for perusal. These will be passed to the Diocese of Exeter for final approval so that advertising for a new Vicar can commence. As mentioned in the June edition, we are fortunate to have the full support of Reverends Bill Cole and George Billington during this period.

Without going into minute detail, our PCC have to continue to manage the books, so to speak, and much credit goes to our Treasurer, Margaret Sowerby, with considerable support from husband Roger, for keeping our heads above water. Our monthly expenses - which include a considerable sum to the Diocese of Exeter - are in the region of £1,000, which is a huge amount of money set against a relatively small amount of incoming revenue! So, we are indeed very grateful to the people of Berrynarbor who supported our annual Gift Day, held on the 27th June, which raised £620. To make this day even more important, Sue Neale organised a super Treasure Hunt inside the Church and in the surrounding Churchyard for the pupils of Berrynarbor School to enjoy! The day was very hot but a great time was had by all, with prizes for all who took part. A special thank you to the teachers on duty who kept the children on track throughout the morning.

One of the questions set for inside the church was, 'How much does the Marriage Service Fee cost?' The Fee is of course £441.00. However, when asked, one of the children came up with the answer in a very loud voice, "£441,000". Hilarious! Still, we can all make mistakes and putting the decimal in the wrong place didn't really matter one jot in this instance! Well done to all the youngsters.

The Original Chivenor Military Wives Choir gave a concert in our Church on Friday 6th July and what a wonderful event this was! They were supported by Berrynarbor and School Choirs during the programme, and a finale performed by all three Choirs brought a standing ovation from the 200 audience. The Military Wives were simply wonderful and there were six ladies and husbands who came all the way from Oxford to enjoy the concert - how about that!

It was sad to learn of the death of Rosemary Gaydon who lived in Barton Lane with her late husband Bernard for many years, before moving to Combe Martin several years ago. Rosemary was a really lovely lady, and those who knew her will be saddened by her passing. Both Rosemary and Bernard were members of the Russian Orthodox faith and, following permission from the Bishop of Exeter, a Russian Orthodox service was held for the very first time in Berrynarbor Church followed by her burial in the grave of her late husband.

We are still hoping for a replacement Organist to come forward as well as someone to take on the role of Secretary following Jean Pell's departure from the village. Please come forward to at least enquire about this position for it is not a huge amount of work for someone who is organised.

Just a reminder about the Friendship Lunch which is held on the last Wednesday of the month in The Globe commencing at 12.30pm.

 

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m.

and are as follows:

1st Sunday: Village Service

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise

4th Sunday: Holy Communion

 

ORGANIST REQUIRED

As readers and members of the church are aware, I shall have retired as Organist by the time you read this newsletter and I sincerely hope that someone has or will have, responded to the plea for someone to come forward to take over this position and that of Choirmaster for St. Peter's.

The post obviously entails playing the organ as well as organising the music and, of course, running the Choir on a weekly basis.

I studied piano at College, many years ago, before taking on the organ. Although a church organ is obviously different to a piano, converting to the organ need not be a huge challenge, so it does not matter if you are a pianist and might like to come forward.

I should be more than happy to help familiarise anyone who wishes to take over this role and to help and advise on the structure of some of the church services.

If you think you might be interested in taking on this role, I should be very happy to discuss the position with you, so please contact me on

01271-883893.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At the end of May we shall be saying our goodbyes to Canon Michael Rogers who is retiring after many years in the Ministry of the Church. As Priest in Charge for Pip and Jim's Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor Churches, we send our best wishes to him and his wife, Alison, for a happy retirement in their home near North Molton.

In June, the PCC's from Pip & Jim's, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor Churches will prepare a new Parish Profile Document so that advertising for Michael's replacement can be speedily set in motion. We shall, of course, continue to work closely with our House for Duty priest, Rev. Bill Cole, during the interim, and look forward to his visits to Berrynarbor to take some of our church services, with, no doubt, strong support from Rev. George Billington who lives here in the village.

Our Annual Gift Day will be held on Wednesday 27th June at the Church Lych Gate, and this year we'll be inviting Berrynarbor School into the churchyard for a special treasure hunt! If the weather is unfavourable we'll hold this event inside the church.

As many of you will know, we shall be welcoming the Original Chivenor Military Wives Choir for a super Concert in Berrynarbor Church on Friday 6th July at 7.30pm. Many of you will remember their fabulous Concert in 2016, and once again Berrynarbor and School Choirs will be featuring in both halves of the Concert. Tickets are available from Berrynarbor Shop and Post Office priced at £15 to include refreshments. Don't miss this very special evening!

As mentioned in the April edition of the Berrynarbor Newsletter, I shall be retiring from playing the organ for church services at the end of July. As yet, no requests to take on this role have been received, so please feel free to contact me on 01271 883893 if you are interested. It does not matter if you have not played an organ before but perhaps can play the piano, and I should be more than happy to help and advise on 'converting' to the church organ and the service structure.

Berrynarbor PCC are currently looking for a Secretary following the departure of Jean Pell. This is an important but not demanding role which needs to be filled as soon as possible. Please contact Sue or myself on 01271 883893 for details.

Going back to the special concert given by the Exmoor Carolers in December, we forgot to mention that £482 was raised from this event, the full amount being donated to the Shelter Box Charity.

Whilst on the subject of donations, we were pleased to donate £125 to the Devon Air Ambulance, raised from our joint service held here with Combe Martin and Ilfracombe churches on Sunday 29th April. These

helicopters and expert crews have to date flown 25,627 missions, which is absolutely wonderful!

Ron Toms' ashes were interred in the new churchyard at the end of April. The short service, attended by Ron's daughter Sheila and her husband Tony, together with villagers in support, was conducted by

Rev'd. Michael Rogers on what was fittingly a bright, sunny day!

 

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m. and are as follows:

1st Sunday: Village Service

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise

4th Sunday: Holy Communion

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Well the New Year is under way and one of the immediate challenges facing the PCC is the need to obtain grants for the church roof and associated masonry repair work to be carried out. This has been a very long process from the preparation of Grant Requests which have to be presented in the most detailed format complete with a Parish Profile, project costings, building quotes and goodness knows what else - all to focus on not only Church Charities but many other major business organisations throughout the land. The response from most of these charities has been painfully slow - with some organisations unable to respond with a decision. in some cases, between 6 and 9 months. However, having had to prepare all of the above, I shall continue to persevere - with hopefully some light at the end of the tunnel.

The PCC will continue its fund-raising efforts into 2018 and these will be announced as the year progresses.

During the recent gales in this region, we have had a couple of large branches break off from trees, one of which fell into the road just short of the church steps. Thank goodness nobody was hurt and there was no damage to vehicles passing or parked! It took four people to lift this particular branch, which has now been cut up. Quite clearly, we cannot, nor anyone else, predict when a branch might shear off any tree, but we have taken immediate steps to have the trees immediately behind the churchyard wall and railings thoroughly inspected, and then trimmed accordingly to make things as safe as possible. Our Insurance Company has been advised as to the event described above, and they are happy for us to take these precautionary steps.

At our PCC meeting in January, I announced that I shall be retiring from playing the organ for Church Services at the end of July this year. Having played nearly 1,400 services since 1998, including many services at St. Peter's at Combe Martin, the time has come to retire! So, we shall need an organist to take over from August onwards. Please contact me on 01271-883893 if you are interested.

A special 3-tier candle stand for anyone who wishes to light a candle to remember a relative or someone who is perhaps ill at home or in hospital, has kindly been provided by Sue Neale. It stands adjacent to the font at the rear of the Church. There have been many requests from parishioners and visitors to have such a stand and it is hoped that this will be well received by everyone.

We should like to thank our Secretary, Jean Pell, for her hard work over the last few years and wish Jean and her husband Peter a happy move to be near their family in Westbury. We shall, therefore, be needing a new Secretary at the earliest opportunity. If you would like to take on this position, please speak to anyone on the PCC or telephone Sue or me on 883893.

Easter is upon us and Good Friday, 30th March, will be remembered with an Hour of Devotion Service commencing at 2.00 p.m. Easter Sunday will be celebrated on the 1st April with the Service commencing at 11.00 a.m. when we hope that Berrynarbor School may be involved and we look forward to seeing you all on this special day.

We remember the sad passing of Hedy Belka in February and send our sincere condolences to her family. Hedy, who was so kind and helpful and came from Austria many years ago with her husband Josef, was one of our congregation for many years before entering a care home in Barnstaple. Hedy, or Hedwig which was her Austrian name, will be remembered with great fondness and her ashes will be laid alongside her husband Josef and their son in Berrynarbor Churchyard.

All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m. and are as follows: 1st Sunday: Village Service 2nd Sunday: Holy Communion 3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise 4th Sunday: Holy Communion

Please note that there will be a Joint Service at Berrynarbor on Sunday, 29th April. at 11.00 a.m.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following the announcement of Michael Bowden's death, his funeral in St. Peter's Church on Friday 3rd November was attended by no less than 270 people. The service was led by Rev. George Billington which, despite the sadness, was most uplifting and a real tribute to Micky, as he was widely known!Unfortunately, Lorna was not well enough to attend but she must feel proud that so many people from far and wide came to remember him. The congregation was very generous in supporting the Devon Air Ambulance and St. Peter's Church, two organisations which were very special to Michael's heart.

A special joint service was held at St. Peter's Church, Combe Martin, on Sunday 26th November led by Rev. John Roles.This service was especially important in that we welcomed congregations from Ilfracombe Parish Church, Bittadon, Woolacombe, Mortehoe and Lee, which was followed by refreshments served in Combe Martin Church Hall.

It is, however, with great sadness that Rev. Michael Rogers who came to Combe Martin and Berrynarbor churches 18 months ago, has recently announced his retirement from May 2018. This now means that we, on Berrynarbor PCC, and including Pip and Jim's and Combe Martin, will be facing a second interregnum period come May of this year. We sincerely hope that the powers that be will find a welcome replacement with the utmost speed and not the excessive delay that was experienced during the last interregnum!We are, of course, extremely fortunate and grateful to have Reverends Bill Cole and George Billington to help us with church services when they can, but both are retired and they need to have spare time like everyone else.

A special thank you to Graham Lucas for leading the Monday morning School Assembly. His Bible stories are always interesting and easy to understand and enthusiastically re-enacted by the children!

The Christmas lights [by courtesy of the Parish Council] were already in place for a superb Concert given by the exmoor Carolers, who entertained an audience of over 80 in our church on Sunday,

10th December, and a lively rendition of special Christmas carols, including hand bells, and with vocal support from all, made for a fantastic evening's entertainment!Mulled wine, mince pies and other nibbles were served during the interval and many thanks to the ladies who organised this part of the evening.

Berrynarbor Primary School had their special Village Walkabout on Wednesday,13th December, to sing Christmas carols to residents within the village, ending up at Lee Lodge to give the residents there some special Christmas cheer!

Whilst on the subject of Berrynarbor School, those parishioners who attended the Senior Dudes' Christmas Dinner in the Manor Hall give a wholehearted thank you for the superb evening's meal and entertainment.Well done to all the children and to their supporting staff!

Our Christmas Carol Service, including the very young ones on early at 5.45pm, was a great success with a church filled with people, and it was uplifting to hear both Berrynarbor and School Choirs in full voice during this joyful service.Many thanks to Sue Neale and her willing team in serving mulled wine and mince pies, as well as drinks and sweets for the youngsters following the service.

Our Christmas eve [Midnight Mass] service was very well attended and how nice to welcome visitors from far and wide to our beautiful church and village! Our Christmas Day Family Service was led by

Celia Withers from Combe Martin, and a big thank you to Graham Lucas who deputised on the organ for me on this occasion.

A joint service for the Coast and Combe team was held on 31st December at Pip and Jim's, Ilfracombe, with no service at Berrynarbor or Combe Martin on New Year's eve.

Church services for the New Year will follow the same pattern as for 2017.

Finally, a very special thank you to our Bellringers for ringing superbly for all services throughout 2017, and to Church Caretakers, Betty and Kevin Brooks for tending the church on a regular basis.

A Happy and peaceful New Year to you!Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A special joint service with Combe Martin was held at St. Peter's on 5th November and for a pleasant change, Maureen Richards on clarinet, Jenny Cole playing guitar and yours truly on keyboard, presented the hymns in a pleasant new light! Rev. Bill Cole took the service which was attended by a good-sized congregation.

Our Antiques Fair regretfully had to be cancelled with only a few tickets being sold.Our Guest Valuer, who was coming up from Exeter, has kindly offered his services in 2018 when we hope to hold this event in the summer.

Our Harvest Supper was attended by over 40 people and everyone enjoyed themselves with a superb buffet provided by the ladies, who are to be congratulated once again. The evening was rounded off with a music and general knowledge quiz, enjoyed by all! After expenses we made a profit of £92 - which will be sent to the Shelter Box charity.A generous collection of tinned food, fruit and vegetables was donated and this will be given to the Food Bank in Ilfracombe to help those in need.

We mourn the passing of Michael Bowden who had been poorly for some considerable time and we send our sincere condolences to his wife Lorna and all the family. Michael was Captain of the Bellringers at St. Peter's for many years and not only was he a great character, but an inspiration to the whole team!He will be greatly missed by all the Bellringers and Parishioners here in Berrynarbor.

Remembrance Sunday will have passed by the time this article is read and we are hoping that once again a good-sized congregation will attend this very important service. The Choir will have sung the beautiful song Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, the words of which are so appropriate for remembering not just those who did not return from these two major conflicts, but to those who were badly injured surviving to be reunited with their families.

There will have been a special Holy Communion service held at St. Peter's Church, Combe Martin, on Sunday 26th November when we shall have welcomed parishioners from the whole 'Mission Community' covering Combe Martin, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Mortehoe and many others in the surrounding area.

Christmas is only just around the corner and. as highlighted in the October issue, our first event in December will be a special Concert given by the Exmoor Carolers in our Church on Sunday 10th, commencing at 4.00 p.m. The Exmoor Carolers have a very high reputation for presenting Carols in an entertaining way, and the evening will close with mulled wine and mince pies.Tickets are available from the village Shop priced at £7.50.As previously mentioned, do not miss this special event!

A reminder to all that, for the very first time, pupils from our Primary School will be walking around the village singing Carols and songs to the community on the evening of Wednesday, 13th December, starting from the Shop car park at 6.00 p.m.We welcome parents and friends to what should be a really fun evening!

Our Christmas Carol Service will be held this year on Monday,

18th starting at 5.45pm for the really young ones, followed at 6.30pm by the main Carol Service.Do come and support this wonderful evening which usually attracts over 100 people. As always, mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service with soft drinks and chocolates for all the children!

Since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday there will be no morning service because our traditional Christmas Eve Service, which although entitled Midnight Mass, starts, as always, at 9.30 p.m.We welcome everyone from Berrynarbor as well as visitors from other parts of the country and also dear friends from overseas to this annual celebration.

Our Christmas Day Service will be a short Family one, commencing at the usual time of 11.00 a.m.Mums, dads and children are most welcome.

Since there are five Sundays in December, we are not quite sure [at going to press] whether there will be a service on the 31st, which is, of course, New Year's Eve, but we'll inform everyone nearer the time.

Berrynarbor PCC wish to thank Karen and her team for providing the Friendship Lunches throughout the year - but since Christmas is a very busy time at The Globe, there will be no Lunch in December.

We wish all Berrynarbor residents a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Stuart Neale.

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

As mentioned in the August edition of the Newsletter, we have been welcoming visitors to our church services from this country and overseas. We are not only delighted that this has continued, but from our Church Visitors Book it is clear to see other visitors' comments relating to the beauty of St. Peter's, many of whom have travelled from Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand and other European countries.

On a more pressing note, we are currently in contact with many charitable organisations in an effort to obtain grants for the repair of the church roof, reinstatement of associated masonry and some areas of cast iron guttering which urgently need attention. This has been a long process and we hope that we shall be successful in the not too distant future, and that work can finally begin in earnest!

Michael Rogers, Bill Cole and George Billington continue to take our services with weddings, funerals and baptisms predominant over the last couple of months. We offer our thanks to them all and to the flower team and church cleaning ladies who make the church look so beautiful.

Some great news from our Bellringers! At the Combe Martin Carnivalwith ten bell-ringers and helpers, their float [which depicted our church complete with weather vane and fox] achieved 1st place in the Out of Town category! The bells were in 'mini-ring' mode, all complete with a sign directing everyone to The Globe pub!

As if that were not enough, at the Ilfracombe Carnival on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday week-end, they did it all over again! This time they won Best Carnival Float and Out of Town Cups with huge support from a combined total of 14 bell-ringers, helpers and children!

So! Huge congratulations to them all especially to all those who helped build the float and not least to Richard Gingell who drove the towing tractor at both events.

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the passing of Joan Berry, one of our regular churchgoers over many years, who spent her remaining days in failing health at Lee Lodge. It is yet another sad blow for Simon who lost his dear Sue only a short while ago and we send our thoughts and prayers to him and the wider family at this time.

Our Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 1st October at 11.00 a.m. and our Harvest Supper on Wednesday 4th October 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. There will be a special combined Music and Quiz competition following the supper, which should be a great deal of fun! Tickets, priced £6.00 to include the super buffet and first drink, will be available from the Shop and Post Office and members of the PCC Committee.

Remembrance Sunday is on the 11th of November with the service commencing promptly at 10.45 a.m. in church, followed by the two-minute Silence by the War Memorial at 11.00 a.m.

And now, leading up to Christmas, which may seem early, but put the dates in your diaries and on your calendars! This year we have pleasure in inviting the Exmoor Carolers to Berrynarbor Church for their jolly renditions of Traditional and Folk Carols on Sunday 10th December commencing at 4.00 p.m. If you haven't seen and heard these Carolers before, do not miss this event! Tickets are £7.50 and will include mulled wine and mince pies following the performance.

A first for Berrynarbor School will be an evening walk around the village with candles and carol singing on Wednesday, 13th December, when they will visit as many residents as possible.

Our Christmas Carol Service, as usual with Berrynarbor School, will be held on Monday, 18th December, commencing at 5.45 p.m. for the younger ones with their carols and songs celebrating the Nativity,followed at 6.30 p.m. by the main Carol Service. This service is usually held on the last Wednesday before Christmas, however, with the School breaking up earlier it was decided to bring the service forward.

More details about all the above celebrations will be included in the December Newsletter.

Our services for October and November will follow the normal pattern commencing at 11.00 a.m.

 

1st Sunday Village Service

2nd SundayHoly Communion

3rd Sunday Songs of Praise

4th Sunday Holy Communion

 

Please note that on the 5th Sunday in October there will be a Joint Service held at St. Peter's Church, Combe Martin, commencing at 9.30 a.m.

Friendship Lunches will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in October and November, but due to the many other Christmas events, there will not be a Lunch in December.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

With the holiday season in full swing, we have been welcoming visitors to our church services - from this country and from Holland, Germany, Canada and New Zealand. One gentleman from Holland had cycled from that country and then cycled all the way from Dover in Kent, calling in to Berrynarbor on his final leg to Land's End! One very amusing incident was his request to charge up his mobile 'phone in church, for which we were happy to oblige, so that he could call his mother back in Holland to tell her that he had arrived safely here in Berrynarbor! Without exception, all visitors say to us - coupled with messages in our visitors' book - what a beautiful church this is in such a beautiful village, and how everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We, serving on the PCC, make every effort to welcome everyone to St. Peter's and long may that continue. Canon Michael Rogers, Bill Cole and George Billington are conducting services on a regular basis and visits to the School and wider community are welcomed by all.

On a very sad note, which we were unable to record in the June issue, the sudden and unexpected death of Sue Kemp was a terrible blow to us all. Sue was a member of our church community and a regular sidesman for all services as well as helping to keep the church clean and spotless - nothing was too much trouble for Sue - and we miss her dearly! Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Simon, Joan and to Ian and Kate Kemp.

Berrynarbor Choir sadly lost Linda Lunn in June following a long illness, and our choir sang a special tribute to her and her family at the funeral service held in Ilfracombe Parish Church.

Our Annual Gift Day was held on Wednesday 21st June, and we are extremely grateful for all the kind donations received from villagers and visitors alike. This year the day was combined with a very special Teddy Bear Abseiling event for pupils from both Berrynarbor Pre-School and Primary School. The teddy bears were abseiled from the top of the church tower, some 30 metres high, with much excitement from the children. All received a special certificate to commemorate the event!

In all, 91 teddy bears successfully abseiled down, although, to be truthful some actually turned up in the shape of a tiger, a monkey, a polar bear, a wolf, a jellyfish and even a 6-foot wiggly snake! Ah well! Everyone had a great time on probably the hottest day of the year, and we must really thank all those bellringers and helpers who stayed all day on top of the tower to make things happen. Well done to you all!


 

Illustrated by: Debbie Rigler-Cook

We are planning an Antique Fayre fund raising event, for both the Church and Macmillan Cancer Support, with Cheese and Wine refreshments on Friday, 22nd September to be held in the Manor Hall. We are currently waiting to hear from the antique specialists as to the time they can arrive on the day, and their visiting fee. We shall, therefore, be advertising this event in late August with all details, so look out for posters. Meanwhile, make a note of the date and please search your homes/lofts etc., for any artifacts you may possess in readiness for what should be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

In conclusion, we must not forget to offer our thoughts and prayers for all those who are ill at this time, and for those who are waiting to have treatment in hospital.

Our services for August and September, commencing at 11.00 a.m. are: 1st Sunday: Village Service,

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise, 4th Sunday: Holy Communion

Our Sunday morning Harvest Service will be on the 1st October at 11.00 a.m. Our Harvest Supper will be held on Wednesday 4th October at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. Tickets will be available from the PCC Committee members and the Community Shop - £6 to include free first drink.

Friendship Lunches will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at The Globe, meeting at 12.00 for 12.30 p.m. Stuart Neale


 

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our AGM, which took place on the 28th March in the Vestry, was chaired by Canon Michael Rogers with Rev. Bill Cole, our new House for Duty Priest, in attendance. The 2016 Annual Report was read by Stuart Neale and approved. The Audited accounts for 2016 were formally approved.

The position of Churchwarden was not filled and it was agreed that all PCC members would share various small duties to cover this very important role.All PCC members serving during 2016 agreed to be re-elected for 2017.We were very pleased to welcome Pip Summers to our PCC team for this year.

Pip, who is a member of our church flower arranging team, will make an important contribution to our committee. So that villagers and others in the community know who we are and may feel the need to contact us on any matter relating to St. Peter's, we list below the names of our committee members:

Stuart Neale - Deputy PCC Chairman & Organist , Jean Pell - Secretary, Margaret Sowerby - Treasurer and Flower Team, Jill McCrae - PCC Member, Yvonne Davey - Joint Deanery Synod Representative, Pip Summers - Flower Team, Doreen Prater - Joint Deanery Synod Representative, Sue Neale - Verger and Flower Team.

A vote of thanks was made to all those who help clean the church on a regular basis and to our wonderful team of bell-ringers who not only ring for Sunday services but also for weddings and, when requested, for village funerals.Special thanks go to Bet Brooks who opens and closes the Church and regularly cleans brass plaques and other items within, and Matthew Walls and family for cutting the churchyard grass and other specialised gardening maintenance within both churchyards.

Graham Lucas continues to lead the Monday morning schoolchildren's assembly which generates much enthusiasm all round, and his dedication is much appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are ill at this time.

Our Gift Day will be on Wednesday 21st June, and we hope that, as in previous years, villagers will be generous in their support.This year we are combining this important day by holding, weather permitting, a Teddy Bear Abseiling event from the top of the church tower for all the schoolchildren, when they can see their own teddy bears abseiling down special ropes from the church tower to receive a special Teddy Bear

Certificate commemorating their own bear's abseiling feat! We shall keep the time involved to a minimum so as not to impede upon the children's education.This should be lots of fun, and all parents that are able to attend are most welcome to come and support their children.

Finally, and after much frustration, both black and green wheelie bins will be sited together, where the green bin currently stands next to the water tap and tank.We sincerely hope that this move will finally put an end to the inconsiderate person, or persons, placing plastic items and plastic film incorrectly into the green bin.Watch this space folks!

 

Church Services for June and July commencing at 11.00 a.m. are:

1st Sunday. . . Village Service

2nd Sunday . . .Holy Communion

3rd Sunday. . .Songs of Praise

4th Sunday. . .Holy Communion.

NB:for the 5th Sunday, that is 30th July, there will be Joint Service at Jim's', Ilfracombe at 10.30 a.m.

Friendship Lunches will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at The Globe, meeting at 12.00 for 12.30 p.m.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

We are very pleased that our new Priest in charge, Canon Michael Rogers and Rev Bill Cole, as House for Duty Priest, are settling in to their new roles here in Berrynarbor and Combe Martin. Their presence will be much appreciated by all in the village, our school and congregation, as well as our PCC who as many of you will know have worked very hard over the last two years during the interregnum period.

We continue to have the welcome support of our retired

Rector George Billington, and we shall soon be able to welcome back Celia Withers who is presently away on a Lay Readers course.

By the time you read this article our AGM will have taken place, but we are continuing to seek additional committee members to join our PCC, and should like to welcome anyone who can spare just a few hours per month to help spread the load and make things easier for us all.

As mentioned on several occasions, Margaret Sowerby and her husband Roger have taken on the important role of PCC Treasurer and together they have done a terrific job. The important thing to emphasise is that when occasional difficulties arise, we on the committee are all here to help each other by resolving matters quickly and efficiently.

As many in the village will know, the Church [and the Manor Hall] are experiencing problems with roofing, and the main central gutter which sits between the two church roofs and its supporting masonry, needs urgent repair. The PCC are currently approaching various organisations to obtain grants for the repairs in question, which will involve very high costs to the church. Therefore, we are taking immediate steps to effect a temporary repair to the central guttering, which is badly cracked, to prevent water from entering the interior roof and damaging the main roof beams. We hope to commence this work shortly, preferably when it's not raining, and will keep everyone up to date with our progress!

One of our oldest parishioners, Sylvia Berry, who is not in the best of health, is currently staying with her son Richard and his wife Vanessa at their farm just outside the parish. We hope that Sylvia is more comfortable being with her immediate family.


Church services for May, commencing at 11.00 a.m. will be as follows:

1st Sunday - Village Service

2nd Sunday - Holy Communion

3rd Sunday - Songs of Praise

4th Sunday - Holy Communion

Friendship Lunches will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at The Globe, meeting at 12.00 for

12.30 p.m.

Stuart Neale

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following the installation of our new Vicar, Canon Michael Rogers, a service for the Licencing and Installation of Rev Bill Cole - supported by Michael Rogers - took place on Monday 5th December at St. Peter's Church, Combe Martin. This enjoyable service was led jointly by the Lord Bishop of Exeter, the Right Revd. Robert Atwell, and the Archdeacon of Barnstaple. the Ven. Dr. Mark Butchers.

A special thank you to all the ladies who provided a superb buffet in the Church Hall following the service.

We wish Bob Cole and his wife Jenny a happy stay at the Combe Martin Rectory and look forward to his involvement here in Berrynarbor and Combe Martin in supporting Michael Rogers. Bob has already taken services here in Berrynarbor over the Christmas period but his initiation, accompanied by his wife Jenny, was attending the Senior Dudes Christmas Meal in the Manor Hall, brilliantly hosted by the older school children with support from the teaching staff. How smart they all looked as they served all the food, teas and coffees, causing much merriment and laughter all round. They all deserve a huge thank you!

Remembrance Sunday was well attended in a moving service led by Rev. George Billington, and wreaths were laid by members representing Berrynarbor Parish Council, Berrynarbor PCC and Berrynarbor School.

Our Christmas Carol Service was a huge success, and both Berrynarbor and the School Choirs sang Carols and other Christmas music for the congregation to enjoy. The First Lesson was read for the very first time by four school children cleverly reading one paragraph at a time, the effect was stunning! The service concluded with the singing of O Come all ye Faithful, followed by the serving of mulled wine and mince pies! Special thanks must go to our intrepid Bellringers - who as usual were fully engaged not just over the Christmas period, but throughout the past year.

Christmas services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were both well attended.

A very special vote of thanks must go to Graham Lucas whose Monday morning school assembly stories from the Bible were cleverly told and then re-enacted by the enthusiastic pupils.

Graham's time is very precious in caring for his wife Carol, and our thoughts and good wishes from all their friends in Berrynarbor go out to both of them throughout 2017.

Church services for the moment will follow the normal pattern as follows:-

1st Sunday in the month: Village Service

2nd Sunday in the month: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday in the month: Songs of Praise

4th Sunday in the month: Holy Communion

All Berrynarbor services commence at 11.00 a.m. However, when a 5th Sunday occurs, there will be Joint Service with Combe Martin and 'Pip and Jim's' at one of the churches within the Coast & Combe Team. Posters at the Lych Gate and within the village will inform Parishioners as to these service venues and timings.

Don't forget the Mothering Sunday Service which will be on Sunday, 26th March.

The date of our Annual General Meeting - usually towards the end of March - has not yet been finalised, but will be advertised in the village nearer the time.

The Friendship Lunches will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in the Globe Pub to meet at 12.00 for 12.30pm, 22nd February and 29th March.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

After what seems such a long time, and at a special joint service, we, in both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin, had the greatest pleasure in attending the Installation of our new Vicar, the Rev. Michael Rogers, in St. Peter's Church on Sunday 23rd October. The service was led by our Archdeacon, Rev. Mark Butchers. The event was very well attended by parishioners from both communities. Whilst this service was predominantly for Berrynarbor and Combe Martin, we must not forget that St. Phillip and St James, Ilfracombe [perhaps better known as Pip and Jim's!] will be welcomed and linked to both our parishes. Rev. Michael will now be responsible for all three churches in the years ahead. Suitable refreshments were served following this important service.

We now look forward to the Licencing and Installation of Rev. Bill Cole, supported by Michael Rogers in St Peter's Church Combe Martin on Monday 5th December at 7.30 p.m. Bill will take on the role of House for Duty Priest in support of Michael Rogers to cover both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin parishes. This important service will be led by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

Following the success of the Flower Festival entitled Anniversaries 2016, a fabulous Concert featuring the Chivenor Military Wives, together with the Berrynarbor and School Choirs, was held on 4th November. The church was packed to capacity, just over 200, and an evening of superb singing was enjoyed by all. There were 28 Chivenor ladies, 18 Berrynarbor Choir members and 13 wonderful Berrynarbor School children who sang their hearts out. The finale, at the Chivenor Military Wives' request, featured all three choirs singing my arrangement of Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, with rapturous applause from the audience.

It must be recorded that Judith Adam was responsible for organising the evening with support from her husband Geoff, and much credit must go to them for staging this wonderful Concert.

Bouquets were presented to Judith and conductor Rachel Smith by Sue Neale, and to pianist Sue Trick by Berrynarbor School conductor Christina Barrow. Special commemorative medals were presented to all 13 schoolchildren by members of the Chivenor Military Wives Choir and all featured in a photoshoot at the end of the Concert.


 

From a personal point of view, it was such a pleasure to work with Rachel in rehearsing together the finale with the Military Wives at their base in Chivenor, and likewise with both Berrynarbor Choirs who have worked so hard over the last few months. A final thanks to Dot Stairmand who expertly conducted three of our choir pieces at very short notice due to our regular conductor and alto vocalist, Bish Muir being regretfully unable to attend. Also, a personal thank you to Christina Barrow who conducted the Children's Choir.

A special thank you to the bell ringers who not only rang for us, but also helped to transport chairs from the Manor Hall to and from the church before and after the concert. Superb refreshments were organised in the Manor Hall following the Concert by Wendy Applegate and her team.

What a wonderful evening to remember and a huge thankyou to all who attended the concert, which will raise much needed funds for the repair of the Manor Hall and Church roofs. I'm sure I've forgotten to mention many other people who also helped on the night - but many thanks anyway!

Remembrance Sunday will have passed by the time this edition of the Newsletter goes to print, and we hope that many in the village will have supported this important service in remembrance of all servicemen and women who died during two World Wars.

There may be some minor changes to church services over the Christmas season, so please do check the posters at the lych gate and village shop for up to date information.

The annual Christmas Carol Service, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, will take place on Wednesday, 21st December, at 6.30 p.m.

There will be the usual Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service on Saturday, 24th December, commencing at 9.30 p.m. A short Family Service will be held on Christmas Day at 11.00 a.m.

There will be no Friendship Lunch in December but there will be a Friendship Lunch on the last Wednesday in January 2017.

Stuart Neale.

 

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At last some good news! Our new Vicar, Rev. Michael Rogers, will be installed in St. Peter's Church on Sunday, 23rd October at 11.00 a.m. The service, which will be a combined service with Combe Martin, St. Philip and St. James and Berrynarbor, will be led by our new Archdeacon Rev. Mark Butchers, and all are invited to this special day. More good news follows with the appointment of Bob Coles who will take on the role of House for Duty Priest in support of Michael Rogers. Bob will assist both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin parishes and his special Licencing Service, supported by Michael Rogers, will be held at St. Peter's Combe Martin on Monday, 5th December. [NB An evening time has yet to be finalised and we shall inform everyone as soon as possible.]

The Flower Festival entitled Anniversaries 2016 was an outstanding success, with wonderful displays commemorating The Royal Mail, William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, the first commercial flight of Concorde and the first flight of the famous Spitfire. The artist L.S. Lowry was celebrated as was England's famous 1966 World Cup victory, Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter, and Capability Brown. It was, of course, the Queen's 90th Birthday, the 100th anniversary of the formation of Cubs and Scouts, the 300th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and not forgetting the 50th anniversary of the Ilfracombe Flower Club.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the floral displays and to those who helped with the refreshments over the four days of the Festival, and, of course, to all those who supported this event. It is a pleasure to announce that £464 was raised which will be apportioned to the Church and Ilfracombe Floral Art Club, whose members' support was much appreciated.

We were hoping to hold a small fund raising event in September, but this has been put on hold for the time being. However, we are all preparing - especially the Berrynarbor and School Choirs - for the forthcoming concert by the Military Wives Choir on Friday, 4th November. There is much to do organisation-wise and we hope to raise much needed funds for both the Manor Hall and the repair of the church roof.

Sadly, two of our Choir members - Linda Lunn and Elain Filer - are going through difficult times with Linda losing her husband recently and Elaine's brother very poorly in a hospice. Our thoughts and prayers are with them both and their respective families.

Please note that the Sunday Services for October will be slightly different and are as follows:

Friendship Lunches will be held in The Globe as usual, 12.00 noon for 12.30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month - 26th October and 30th November.

Stuart Neale

 


 

This picture of St. Peter's was taken some 50 years ago and shows elm trees on the left hand side of the lychgate. Sadly, they died. One fell down the other was cut down by Ivan Huxtable, Bill's twin brother. He was the only person with a chain saw!

Lorna B

Was this a case of Dutch Elm Disease? Dutch elm disease is caused by a member of the sac fungi and is spread by the elm bark beetle. Although believed to be originally native to Asia, the disease has been accidentally introduced into America and Europe, where it devastated native populations of elms that did not have resistance to the disease. About 1967, a new, far more virulent strain arrived in Britain on a shipment of rock elm logs from North America, and this strain proved both highly contagious and lethal to European elms; more than 25 million trees died in the UK alone. By 1990 very few mature elms were left in Britain or much of continental Europe.

One of the most distinctive English countryside trees, the English elm is particularly susceptible. Thirty years after the outbreak of the epidemic, nearly all these trees, which often grew to more than 45m high, were gone. The species still survives in hedgerows, as the roots are not killed and send up root sprouts or suckers. These suckers rarely reach more than 5m tall before succumbing to a new attack of the fungus. However, established hedges kept low by clipping have remained.

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

We still await the formal arrival of our new Vicar, Michael Rogers, but the good news, at the time of writing, is that we have received replies from two candidates for the House for Duty Priest to support Michael. Interviews are to be held on the 14th July, when it is hoped there will be a successful outcome and that we shall be able to announce some really positive news in the very near future.

Our new Treasurer Margaret Sowerby, and her husband Roger, have been working very hard to get to grips with this important role and have completely modernised the system to make life easier all round. We are delighted, with the full support of the PCC, that they have become part of the team.

Our annual Gift Day raised £817 and we are extremely grateful to all those who gave donations. With major expenditure needed on the fabric of the church on our list of priorities, these donations will be very helpful indeed.

A big thank you for all those who supported the Flower Demonstration and Afternoon Tea - we managed to raise £180 towards the flowers for the Anniversaries 2016 Flower Festival, which by the time you read this will have taken place and we hope it will have given much pleasure to everyone who has supported this colourful event between the 22nd and 25th July.

For a whole raft of reasons, mainly logistical, we shall not be holding our Church Fayre this year. However, we shall be holding an alternative event, hopefully in September, which we feel will be attractive to residents and visitors alike. We shall be advertising this event and its timing towards the end of August.

The Berrynarbor Choir, who meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m., are currently practising hard for Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and, of course, the premier event of the year, the Concert by the Military Wives' Choir. This will be held in the church on Friday, 4th November, when our Choir will be singing during the concert as well as Berrynarbor School Choir. The evening should be a wonderful one of musical entertainment. Judith Adam who has spent many months of negotiation to book the Military Wives Choir will be advertising the Concert during the autumn.

Church Services continue to follow the same format:

1st Sunday - Village Service

2nd Sunday - Holy Communion

3rd Sunday - Songs of Praise

4th Sunday - Holy Communion

All Services commence at 11.00 a.m.

Harvest Festival Service will be on Sunday, 2nd October, and the Harvest Festival Supper on Wednesday, 5th October, 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.

Friendship Lunches will be held in The Globe, 12.00 for 12.30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Unfortunately, there is no further news about the installation of our new Vicar, Michael Rogers, as we are still awaiting replies to our advertisement for a House for Duty Priest to support Michael, and sincerely hope that we have some more positive news to announce in the very near future. On the positive side, Michael is already taking services here and in Combe Martin, which certainly eases the strain on our PCC.

Our AGM was held on the 29th March and Jean Pell, Sue Neale,

Jill McCrae, Yvonne Davey and Doreen Prater were all re-elected with yours truly acting as PCC Chairman for 2016.

As mentioned in the April issue, we were very sad to hear of Pat and Malcolm Sayer's departure from the village and a gift box of wine was presented to them both shortly before they went on their way. We wish them both a happy time in their new home, nearer to their immediate family in the Cheltenham area.

We have been trying to recruit a new Treasurer for the PCC for several months now and we are very happy to welcome Margaret Sowerby and her husband Roger, who have very kindly offered to take on this position. It is always daunting when a new treasurer takes on this responsibility, but we on the PCC will offer Margaret and Roger all possible help and support in the months ahead.

We are all looking forward to our special Flower Festival on Friday 22nd July through to Monday, 25th inclusive. In this year of so many anniversaries to celebrate, it will be called - surprise, surprise - Anniversaries 2016.

Berrynarbor PCC and so many members of our congregation were sad to hear the passing of Ethel Tidbury, who many of you in the parish will know was the oldest resident in Berrynarbor. She had reached 102 years of age and had a wonderful life together with her family and we send our condolences to Linda and her family for their sad loss at this time.

We are delighted, especially our Choir members, to see Elaine Filer back on her feet again following her untimely fall fracturing her hip.

This year's Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 22nd June, when members of the church will be at the Lych Gate to receive your envelopes. We hope, in this difficult financial year for us with urgent major repairs needed on the church roof, that, as always, the people of Berrynarbor will be generous in their support.

Church Services follow the same format:

1st Sunday - Village Service;2nd Sunday - Holy Communion.

3rd Sunday - Songs of Praise;4th Sunday - Holy Communion. All Services commence at 11.00 a.m.

 

There will, however, be a Joint Service at St. Peter's on Sunday, 31st July, at 11.00 a.m.

Finally, all our welcome to the Friendship Lunches held in The Globe, 12.00 for 12.30 p.m., on the last Wednesday of the month.

Stuart Neale

 

 

ST. PETER'S CHURCH, BERRYNARBOR

presents

ANNIVERSARIES 2016

A FLOWER FESTIVAL

 

22nd - 25th JULY 2016

10.00 a.m. TO 5.00 p.m.

Tea/Coffee and Cakes

served in Church

 

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

As mentioned in the February Newsletter, we are looking forward to welcoming our new Vicar Michael Rogers to serve both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin parishes - hopefully by April this year. Rev. Michael has already taken services at both churches and has made great efforts to get to meet parishioners - and will no doubt be able to make himself known in our village and Primary School in the fullness of time. Advertising is already under way for the House for Duty Priest, a position that will support Michael in the wider community once he has officially taken up the reins here in Berrynarbor.

Our AGM will have taken place by the time this edition of the Newsletter is circulated and we sincerely hope that we are able to attract a new Treasurer to join us on our PCC. It is very important that we attract a new Treasurer to our fold because Malcolm Sayer - our current Treasurer - and his wife Pat will sadly be moving away from Berrynarbor at the end of March to be nearer their family. Malcolm's departure will be a great loss to us all for he has been an absolute rock and helped steer us financially during these difficult times. We wish him and Pat the very best in their new home. NB If there is anyone in Berrynarbor or nearby who would like to take on the post of Treasurer we should be very pleased to hear from you. It is not a requirement that an applicant attend church services in deciding to take up this post. Please contact me on [01271] 883893 if you would be willing to help.

A Quinquennial Inspection - 5-year inspection by the Diocese of Exeter's architect - was carried out in September last year and we have now received the full report. The Architect acknowledged that the church has been well maintained but there is a serious issue with regard to the lead guttering and associated flashings that needs immediate attention to prevent water from entering the ceiling and adjacent roof beams inside the church. Although there are many grants that are available to us from various sources, the PCC has to contribute £6,000 from our funds to get things underway. This will make a sizeable dent in our funds, but we have to move forward in a positive way to avoid serious damage to the fabric of the church.

On a more uplifting subject, we shall be holding a special Flower Festival entitled 'Anniversaries 2016' commencing on Friday 22nd July to the 25th inclusive. There will be no entrance fee for this event but any donation towards the cost of flowers before the event would be very welcome. There will be a Planning Meeting on Friday, 6th May at 11;00 a.m. in the church and we should welcome all those interested in taking part or offers of help.

For anyone who is interested in joining Berrynarbor Choir to sing a wide range of music, please contact me on [01271] 883893 at any time. We meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. If there are tenors out there - and there must be - Britain, no Berrynarbor Needs You!

We wish our retired Rector, George Billington, the best of health following his recent illness and Elaine Filer who unfortunately fractured her hip recently and is now convalescing. Her friends from Berrynarbor Choir and the bell ringers wish her a speedy recovery;

Church Services will follow the same format as before and are:

 

1st Sunday Village Service

2nd Sunday Holy Communion

3rd Sunday Family Service

4th Sunday Holy Communion

 

All services commence at 11.00 a.m.

Please note there will be a Joint Service with Combe Martin held at St. Peter's Church, Combe Martin on Sunday, 29th May commencing

at 9.30 a.m.

The next Friendship Lunches will be held in The Globe from 12.00 noon on Wednesdays 27th April and 25th May.

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

First and foremost we hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas spent with your families. In this new year we are now looking forward to welcoming our new Vicar, Michael Rogers, to serve both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin Parishes - hopefully by April at the latest. His presence will bring much needed support to our community as a whole, and welcome news for Berrynarbor School with whom Michael will be working in the years ahead. Apart from Berrynarbor PCC, Michael will have the support of a 'House for Duty Priest' who will be offering help and assistance to both our communities on a part time basis. This important position is currently being advertised and we shall in due course inform everyone who the successful candidate is.

The Christmas Carol Service was a great success, and how nice to welcome so many parents and relatives to the first part of the Service which focused on the very young ones from Berrynarbor School. Their singing of songs and carols was a delight and it is a marvel that they all managed to remember all the words! Well done indeed!

The main Carol Service commenced at 6.30 p.m. and a special mention to the School Choir who sang the carol Infant Holy, Infant Lowly in both Polish and English to perfection. The Berrynarbor Choir sang The Angel Gabriel, unaccompanied with difficult harmonies to contend with, creating a really beautiful performance.

The very special version of In the Bleak Mid-Winter by Harold Darke was also beautifully sung with special praise to our two tenors - Graham Lucas and Bobby Bowden - for their superb duet in the third verse.

The Congregation had their chance to sing popular carols, finishing with the usual O Come All Ye Faithful at the end of the service. Many thanks to our retired Rector George Billington, who conducted proceedings, and to all the ladies who helped prepare and serve mulled wine and mince pies after the service. A truly wonderful evening enjoyed by all!

The Christmas Eve - Midnight Mass - Service, again conducted by George Billington, was well attended considering that many parishioners were away for the Christmas break to visit family and other relations and the Christmas Day Service, too, was very well attended with many visitors present to enjoy a short Family Carol service. Grateful thanks to Celia Withers for Officiating and to Graham Lucas who kindly deputised for me on the Organ.

Church Services will follow the same format as in 2015, and are as follows

 

1st Sunday: Village Service at 11.00 a.m.

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m.

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise at 11.00 a.m.

4th Sunday: Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m.

 

NB: There will be a Joint Service with Combe Martin [Holy Communion] on Sunday 31st January at 11.00 a.m. to be held in Berrynarbor Church.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will continue to be held on the last Wednesday in each month, from 12.00 noon onwards. Everyone welcome.

With regard to Easter Services - my goodness we're nearly there again! - these will be as follows:-

25th March - Good Friday: Hour of Devotion, 2.00 p.m.

27th March - Easter Sunday: Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m.

Berrynarbor PCC Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th March at 2.00 p.m.

In conclusion I offer my sincere thanks to all those dedicated members on our PCC who have worked tirelessly over this extended period of Interregnum. I, for one, will await the arrival of Michael Rogers with a great deal of pleasure - coupled with a great sigh of relief!

A Happy New Year to you all!

Stuart Neale - Acting Chairman Berrynarbor PCC

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Understandably, I keep getting asked when our new Vicar is going to arrive. The straight answer to this is I just don't know! However, what I can tell you is that our new Archdeacon Mark Butchers is going as fast as he can to accelerate matters, not just for Berrynarbor but for Combe Martin as well!

Following the break-away from the North Devon Coast Team by Parracombe, Trentishoe, Martinhoe, Lynton, Lynmouth and Brendon nearly a year ago, leaving Berrynarbor and Combe Martin thoroughly isolated, both our PCC's have had to consider many options to ensure the continuation of Church, Wedding, Funeral, Baptism and other Services within our two Churches throughout this year!

What is likely is that Berrynarbor and Combe Martin will link up with one of the Churches in Ilfracombe in the very near future, and so it now looks, assuming everything goes to plan, as if we shall be able to welcome the Rev. Michael Rogers as the new Vicar in the early part of 2016.

Our Harvest Festival Service was well attended with lots of jolly singing from Berrynarbor School as well as a beautiful Anthem sung by Berrynarbor Choir. We were very grateful to Rev. Clive Thomas from Ilfracombe, who although retired, was absolutely wonderful with the youngsters from the School handing out lots of special sweets to them, who in turn ensured that the congregation didn't go without!

Our Harvest Supper was very successful with everyone enjoying a superb buffet together with wine and cider! A big thank you as always goes to the ladies who supplied the wonderful food and to Malcolm and Stuart for providing a really excellent quiz and 'sing song'.

The Service for Loved Ones is always a lovely service which was sympathetically led by our retired Rector George Billington, culminating in the placing of special candles on the altar from the congregation.

Berrynarbor's Remembrance Sunday Service on the 8th November was led by George Billington and Berrynarbor School had produced some wonderful artistic tributes and poems to those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and several other conflicts to those more recently in Afghanistan. The service is very poignant and this year was made even more so by the beautiful unaccompanied singing of Elgar's We Will Remember Them by the Berrynarbor Choir. On behalf of all those who attended this year's service our sincere gratitude to Ivan Clarke who played the The Last Post so beautifully on his bugle.

The Christmas Carol Service is not far off and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this fabulous service on Wednesday 16th December at 6.00 p.m. for Berrynarbor School young ones and 6.30 p.m. for the main Carol Service with older children from the School. Remember, there will be mulled wine and mince pies following this service. Our traditional Christmas Eve Service will start at 9.30 p.m. led by George Billington and there will be a short Family Service on Christmas Day commencing at 11.00 a.m.

Berrynarbor PCC has taken the decision not to hold a service on Sunday 27th December as it feels that following the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services on Thursday and Friday, followed by Boxing Day on Saturday, many people will either be visiting or hosting relatives on that day.

A reminder that the next Friendship Lunch held in the Globe will be on Wednesday 27th January from 12.00 noon. Everyone welcome.

Along with Berrynarbor School we should like to extend our grateful thanks to Graham Lucas for conducting all the Monday Morning Assemblies in Church. Graham, who communicates with the children in language they can really understand, involves them in acting out the Bible scenes in a meaningful way which they obviously enjoy!

Finally, Berrynarbor PCC and our parishioners send our grateful thanks to George Billington,

Celia Withers, Chris James, Michael Rogers, John Roles, Keith Wyer and Clive Thomas for officiating at Church Services over the last year. We wish them all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following my comments in the August edition of the Newsletter, we have moved on to the stage where a meeting was held in Berrynarbor Church on 7th September with a prospective candidate for the position of a Vicar for both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin.

The meeting was extremely encouraging, and there will be two or three follow up meetings with other organisations in the very near future - with the outcome put forward to the Diocese and our new Archdeacon before any formal announcement will be made. Berrynarbor PCC looks forward to really positive news for the next edition of the Berrynarbor Newsletter.

Our annual Church Fayre was held on the 18th August in beautiful weather with the hope of attracting as many visitors to the event as possible. However, we believe that the weather slightly backfired on us and many visitors remained on the beaches! As a result numbers were well down on last year but nevertheless we enjoyed a good evening and were very grateful for the support we received. We managed to make a profit [albeit slightly down on last year] of a very creditable £807. These events cannot be run without all the support of so many volunteers - to the erection of marquees in the morning and to all those who helped on the evening! Once again, a very special thank you to Richard Gingell for transporting the skittle alley, barbeque and other items, and to John and Fenella Boxall for the loan of their barbeque.

We shall be holding our Service for Loved Ones with lighting of candles on Sunday, 1st November, at 3.00 p.m. This is a beautiful service which we hope many parishioners and others will support. Refreshments will be served following the service. Please note: there will be no Sunday morning service on this day.

We shall be holding our Remembrance Service on Sunday, 8th November starting promptly at 10.45 a.m. in the church with the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial at 11.00 a.m. With the anniversaries of the ending of the Second World War in both Europe and Japan, it is especially important that we in Berrynarbor pay our tribute to all those gallant men and women from Great Britain, the Commonwealth and other European countries, who gave their lives so that we may be free today!

The Christmas Carol Service in the Church will be held on Wednesday,16th December starting at 6.00 p.m. for the really young ones with the main service commencing at 6.30 p.m. From experience we have found that this format works very well indeed, giving the young ones the opportunity to sing all their Christmas songs and to participate in a Nativity scene without getting soaking wet in the village square - thanks to the British weather!

The Berrynarbor and School Choirs will be singing a selection of Carols and the evening will end, in the usual tradition, with the serving of mulled wine and mince pies! This service is always full to capacity, so please come early to find a seat!

Finally, the monthly Friendship Lunch from12.00 noon in The Globe will be held on the last Wednesdays in October, 28th, and November, 25th. The next one will then be on the 27th January 2016! Please come along and support this very enjoyable event.

Stuart Neale. Acting Chairman, Berrynarbor PCC

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A recent meeting with the new Archdeacon Rev. Mark Butchers was attended by PCC members from both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin churches with the view of exploring various ways of moving forward during this difficult time without a Rector for our two parishes.

The meeting was extremely encouraging and it was made clear by Rev. Mark that he desired a speedy solution to our present situation and has set up a platform for positive meetings with clergy from other parishes to explore ways of resolving our immediate problems.

Clearly Rev. Mark is a man of action, and further meetings have been held which we hope will bring a positive outcome for us all. As Acting Chairman of our PCC, I hope I shall be in the position to announce encouraging news by the time the next issue of the Newsletter is published.

We are extremely grateful for the great support from George Billington and also visiting clergy over the last couple of months, and are hopeful that this will continue in the months ahead.

It was hoped that our Primary School, following positive discussions with Headteacher Sue Carey, would be involved in a special School Church Service before the children break up for the summer holidays, but due to various commitments and the school syllabus, this will have to be delayed until the autumn.

Gift Day was very successful and £707 was donated to the church thanks to the generosity of you all and rest assured, the money raised will be directed towards the running of our beautiful church, especially in mind that every five years we have to engage [under Diocesan rules] a Church Architect to inspect the whole fabric of the building, including electrical items, heating, lighting and fire inspections. This costs a lot of money in addition to other outgoings related to regular payments for the church's annual energy consumption. The inspection is due this coming September!

We have now provided two new wheelie bins [one black and one green]located near the lych gate and water tank/tap respectfully. There are notices on both bins to advise residents and visitors what items should be placed in them and as most people should be aware, the black bin is for general household rubbish and the green one for decayed flowers and foliage only. It seems, however, that some people do not read notices, or dare I say it, don't mind where they place their rubbish. A reminder that the plastic or wrappers surrounding flowers should be placed in the black bin, not the green one! PLEASE do try to help us look after the churchyard by doing the right thing, as you would at home.

The Church Fayre is not far away and we look forward to a successful evening on TUESDAY, 18TH AUGUST, commencing at 5.30 p.m. As usual there will be many sideshows and stalls for residents and visitors to enjoy and our jolly George B. and his team of helpers will again be running the super BBQ!

Please save any books, CD's, DVD's, games, bric-a-brac, etc., and contact me [883893] or any member of the PCC if you would like items collected.

On a sad note, we have to report an attempted break-in to the church vestry. Thankfully, the culprit[s] didn't manage to get in and apart from minor damage to the vestry doors, they left empty handed. The incident was reported to the Police but it is unlikely that they will be able to trace the offender[s]. So, we just request that we all be vigilant and report anything suspicious in the future.

Again we must thank Matthew and his team for keeping the churchyard in good order, our intrepid bell ringers who turn out virtually every Sunday - and at other times as well, for weddings and funerals - our flower ladies and everyone on the cleaning rota who help to keep St. Peter's such a beautiful church. We are proud of you all!

Forthcoming Events:

Church Fayre Tuesday, 18th August, 5.30-9.00 p.m.

Harvest Sunday Service Sunday, 4th October, 11.00 a.m.

Harvest Supper Wednesday, 7th October, Manor Hall, 6,30 for 7.00 p.m.

Friendship Lunches Wednesdays 26th August and 30th September, 12.00 noon at The Globe

 

Tickets for the Harvest Supper will be available from the Church and the Village Shop. Everyone is welcome at the Friendship Lunches - please bring a friend with you!

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Annual General meeting was held in St. Peter's Church on the 31st March, following the election of officers to stand on the PCC for 2015.

Unfortunately, there were no applications to take on the responsibility of Churchwarden following my resignation and it was agreed that the whole committee would share the load for this year. If there is anyone in the village who would be willing to take on the role of Churchwarden, then we should welcome you with open arms!

As mentioned in the Easter and April edition of the Newsletter, we are still without a resident Rector to serve the parishes of Berrynarbor and Combe Martin. Maureen Richards [who is acting PCC Chairman and Churchwarden for Combe Martin] and myself [acting PCC Chairman during the interregnum] are continuing to work very hard with their respective teams to lobby the powers that be in redressing the current situation that exists in both our communities. We shall endeavour to keep everyone informed as to any meaningful progress that arises in the months ahead.

Church services at Berrynarbor are continuing every Sunday and we are indeed extremely grateful to Berrynarbor's George Billington, Celia Withers from Combe Martin, together with John Roles and Michael Rogers - both from Ilfracombe - for their valuable input and considerable time in conducting a wide range of services for the community.

John Roles organised a special Joint Palm Sunday Service for Berrynarbor and Combe Martin involving the congregation in a re-enactment of the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Keith Wyer, who many of you will remember as our Rector and Rector for the North Devon Coast Team is, with John Roles, taking many of the weddings to be held here and in Combe Martin, and will also be available to conduct baptisms and funeral services throughout this year.

Berrynarbor Primary School continues to hold its Monday Morning Assembly in the Church and a great deal of thanks must go to Graham Lucas who has rejuvenated the proceedings with really interesting stories and involving the children to re-enact the events with much vigour and, above all, a great deal of fun! Well done Graham!

I have been in contact with Headteacher Sue Carey to consider ways of involving the School in a special Church Service sometime in the next couple of months and before the children break up for the summer holidays. The details have yet to be finalised, but we are very keen to encourage all parents to support this event, and it would be wonderful if villagers in turn could come along and ensure a packed to capacity church on the Sunday that we decide upon! The Service will involve many things, but more importantly, it will be a truly joyous event!

Finally, we really must convey, on behalf of everyone in Berrynarbor, a special thank you to Matthew Walls and his team for cutting and strimming the Churchyard grass on a regular basis. This hard work is very much appreciated by villagers and visitors alike in keeping the churchyard in superb condition. Well done Matthew!

To help keep our churchyard tidy, it would be appreciated if those tending graves and other visitors would kindly take their waste - dead flowers, plants, plastic pots, etc. - home for disposal or if not, place them in the rubbish bin provided and located by the lych gate.

Forthcoming events:

Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 24th June when members of the PCC will be at the lych gate from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Envelopes will be delivered around the village the week before and it is hoped everyone will take the opportunity to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.

Special School Service Date and details to be arranged.

The Church Fayre will this year be held on Tuesday, 18th August from 5.30 to 9.00 p.m. at the Manor Hall. If you're having a clear out at home, please save any bric-a-brac for our stall.

Friendship Lunches in the Globe will, as usual be on the last Wednesdays in the month, 27th May and 24th June, from 12noon. Everyone welcome! Stuart Neale.

 

SPECIAL NOTICE

 

 

Any enquiries for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and other Church matters - please contact Mr. Stuart Neale on

01271-883893 or by email: stuartneale@btinternet.com

This request is purely temporary whilst we await the arrival and installation of a new Rector for the Parish of Berrynarbor.

 

 

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Firstly, Berrynarbor PCC warmly welcomes three new members with Jean Pell taking on the important role of Secretary, plus two committee members, Jill McCrae and Yvonne Davey.

As mentioned in the February edition, we on the PCC are continuing to work very hard indeed to maintain regular Church and other related services throughout the interregnum - which could last up to nine months!

The North Devon Coast Team comprises of nine parishes of which Berrynarbor is one, and we - Berrynarbor and Combe Martin - have been advised that the 7 remaining parishes, which include Lynton & Lynmouth, are breaking away to form their own team! This action will have serious consequences for Berrynarbor and Combe Martin with respect to obtaining full time clergy. It is very likely, despite much lobbying from both PCC's, that we shall have an allocation of what is known in church parlance as a .5 vicar, which putting it bluntly means a part-time one!

Both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin PCC's have been working very hard to rectify this situation and Joint Parish Profiles, together with lobbying letters have been sent to the acting Archdeacon of Barnstaple and we are currently awaiting his reply.

Because of the current situation, but still maintaining our individual identities, it is looking very likely that both Berrynarbor and Combe Martin will be linking with one or other of the churches in Ilfracombe in the hope that we may achieve a full time Rector or Vicar.

Things have not been on our side in many ways and were not helped recently by the fact that the Church Insurance Premium has been increased from £2,300 in 2014 to a whopping £3,487 for the current year!

However, we assure the residents of Berrynarbor that we shall do everything in our power to maintain the role of the Church in this beautiful village.

At this point, we must convey our sincere thanks to 'Our George' Billington - a retired Rector - and to Celia Withers from Combe Martin for taking two services each per month. Furthermore, sincere thanks to

John Roles of Ilfracombe and Giles King Smith of Woolacombe for offers of help in taking some services this year.

Keith Wyer, who very many of you will recall was our Rector here and at Combe Martin, has offered to take several weddings this year at both churches and we are extremely grateful for his dedication and commitment. It was especially poignant that he officiated at the recent funeral of Vic Cornish with so many attending. Our sincere thoughts, of course, must go to Anita and her family at this sad time.

Berrynarbor PCC is urgently seeking a new Churchwarden to take my place as I am retiring after 10 years in the post. Volunteers please step forward!

The Berrynarbor Choir will be having a somewhat forced rest following orders from my Doctors to ease up over the next six weeks as a result of my continued illness since Christmas.

On the 31st May there will be a Joint Service with Holy Communion, 9.30 a.m. at St. Peter's Ad

Vincula, Combe Martin. Friendship Lunches in The Globe will be on Wednesdays 29th April and

27th May, from 12.00 noon. Everyone welcome.

Stuart Neale

SPECIAL NOTICE

 

Any enquiries for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and other Church matters - please contact Mr. Stuart Neale on

01271-883893 or by email: stuartneale@btinternet.com

This request is purely temporary whilst we await the arrival and installation of a new Rector for the Parish of Berrynarbor.

 

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Church was full to capacity for our annual Carol Service held on 17th December! The evening commenced with some joyful songs and carols by the younger children from Berrynarbor School - all dressed up in their wonderful costumes of birds, shepherds and angels to set the Nativity scene.

At 6.30 p.m. the main service commenced with the solo voices of Melanie and Poppy from Berrynarbor School singing, unaccompanied, the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. The School Choir later sang in German Silent Night, Holy Night from the earliest German score dated 1818 with lyrics written in 1787. How wonderful they all sounded!

The Berrynarbor Choir sang my arrangement of O Holy Night and a special thanks to all the soloists, especially soprano Elaine Fanner who had to hit some very high notes.

The service ended with a rousing O come all ye Faithful and all were invited for mulled wine and mince pies to round off a wonderful evening. A special thank you to all parents, villagers and visitors for supporting this special event.

Sunday 21st December was chosen to say farewell to our Rector Chris Steed at a special buffet lunch held in the Manor Hall with a presentation of a gift towards his new computer. The event was organised by Berrynarbor and Combe Martin PCC's and a special thank you to all the ladies who supplied the refreshments. We wish Chris well in his new parish of Totton, near Southampton.

The Christmas Eve service was taken by George Billington and it was pleasing to see so many visitors attending this lovely service.

Christmas Day Service was a short family based service and thanks to Graham Lucas for playing the organ in my absence.

With the departure of Rector Chris Steed, we, Berrynarbor PCC, will have to work very hard indeed to organise visiting clergy during the Interregnum period - which could last between six and nine months!

The church service structure will remain unchanged as follows:

1st Sunday: Village Service 2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise 4th Sunday: Holy Communion

There will be the occasional group service, where there is a 5th Sunday, and these [advised in advance] will be held in either Berrynarbor or Combe Martin.

Our thanks to Graham Lucas who has very kindly offered to assist with School Assemblies on Monday mornings.

We have a small dedicated team of flower arrangers to decorate the Church throughout the year. Sue Neale would welcome anyone who would like to join this team -you don't have to be a Churchgoer- so please

feel free to contact Sue on 883893.

There will be a Friendship Lunch at The Globe on Wednesday,

25th February from 12.00 noon onwards.

Easter is early April this year and Special Service will be as follows:

15th March, 11.00 a.m. Mothering Sunday

29th March, 11.00 a.m. Palm Sunday

3td April, 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. Good Friday, Hour of Devotion

5th April, 11.00 a.m. Easter Day

The church will be decorated for Easter following the service on Good Friday and Sue Neale will welcome gifts of flowers or donations towards the cost [Tel: 883893].

Finally, a very special thank you to all our wonderful Bellringers who ring for Church Services throughout the year, as well as for Weddings, Funerals and other special events! They have two new ladies in their team - Debbie Thomas and Pat Weston - who are showing the guys that they too can pull the bell ropes! We wish them well.

Stuart Neale

 

SPECIAL NOTICE

 

The following very important notice is now displayed on the

Lych Gate Noticeboard:

Any enquiries for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and other Church matters - please contact the Churchwarden, Mr. Stuart Neale on

01271-883893 or by email: stuartneale@btinternet.com

This request is purely temporary whilst we await the arrival and installation of a new Rector for the Parish of Berrynarbor.

 

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

On Saturday, 27th September, Berrynarbor Choir gave a Concert in the Church. They were joined by our illustrious Bell Ringers, resplendent in white shirts and red bow ties, who performed brilliantly!

The Choir were in good voice and sang a wide range of songs to suit all tastes. However, the audience of around 85 in number didn't escape for they were invited to join in with a potted selection of WWI songs to close the evening. Cheese and wine refreshments rounded off a very successful concert enjoyed by all.

Thanks to all who attended and bought raffle tickets which allowed us to donate £150 to the Motor Neurone Organisation and £100 to the Devon Freewheelers, a voluntary organisation of specially trained motor cyclists who deliver vital body organs to hospitals for patients requiring transplants. We retained a sum of £45 to cover the heating and lighting costs of the church.

The Harvest Service and Supper were again well attended and the lovely spread in the Manor Hall and the sing-a-long of WW1 songs which rounded off the evening were enjoyed by all. Special thanks to everyone involved in making the Supper such a happy event.

A special Service for Loved Ones was held in the afternoon of Sunday, 2nd November when beautiful candles were lit by parishioners in remembrance of their loved ones.

Our annual Remembrance Service was held on Sunday, 9th November when wreaths were laid by the War Memorial followed by the traditional two minute silence, broken only by the sound of thunder. It was especially poignant this year being the centenary of the start of World War I. The Choir sang a special tribute during the service, and Berrynarbor School had prepared some beautiful letters for all to read.

We look forward to another joyful Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday, 17th December at 6.30 p.m. Because of the vagaries of weather, the really young children from Berrynarbor School will have their special service commencing 40 minutes earlier at 5.50 p.m.in the Church, so we look forward to welcoming all parents at this special event and hope that many parents and their children will stay for the later service when the older school children's choir will again be singing with the Berrynarbor Choir. This wonderful service will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine [for the adults!] and everyone is welcome - so please come early!

Wednesday, 24th December Christmas Eve Service, 9.30 p.m.

Thursday, 25th December Christmas Day Service, 11.00 a.m..

No Friendship Lunch in December and look out for details of the January Lunch.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year!

Stuart Neale.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH.

Our thanks to everyone who helped at the Church Fayre on Tuesday August 19th at the Manor Hall.

Despite a torrential downpour spot on 5.30 p.m., villagers and visitors alike arrived in good number and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A very special thanks to our Barbeque Team [who got absolutely soaked during the downpour] for providing excellent burgers and hot dogs for all! After expenses, we managed to raise the sum of £995 - well done all!

The Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 5th October at 11 a.m. which will include music and readings from Berrynarbor School. We all look forward to a joyful service!

The Harvest Supper will be held in the Manor Hall, 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 8th October. Following last year's successful evening, there will be a sing-song, led by Stuart and a quiz organised by Malcolm Sayer. Tickets at £5 each are available from the Shop as well as in Church. NB: Please remember to bring your own cutlery!

A Candlelit Service for Loved Ones will be held on Sunday,

2nd November at 3.00 p.m. There will be no morning service that day, so we hope that this special afternoon service will be enjoyed by all.

The annual Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday,

9th November at 10.45 a.m. We look forward to having a large congregation this year - especially mindful of the Centenary of WW1.

Our PCC, who look after and administer all Church matters, are looking to someone in the village who might be willing to take on the post of Secretary. Whilst this is a most important position which needs filling as soon as possible, the PCC meetings are only held at six weekly intervals.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 29th October and 26th November, from 12.00 noon onwards and as always, everyone is welcome.

Finally, we are all sad to learn of Mary Tucker's imminent departure from the village. Mary Tucker BEM [to give her the correct title] has not only been a pillar of strength within the Church community over many years, but also to the whole village! She has given much of her time to the residents of Berrynarbor, whether visiting the frail, sick or others over so many years - an amazing example to us all!

We wish her many happy years with her family in the North of England, where I'm sure she will continue to be a most valuable member of the community. God Bless you Mary from everyone in Berrynarbor!

Stuart Neale

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our thanks to everyone who helped on Gift Day and for your generous donations. At the time of writing, the total received stands at £783 with envelopes still coming in. If you have not returned yours yet, it is not too late, please hand it in to church or the village shop. The weather held for the day which was especially busy in the morning with Bishop Robert Atwell's visit and the children out and about enjoying their community week.

Our next major fund-raising event will be our Church Fayre, to be held on Tuesday,19th August, at the Manor Hall, commencing at 6.30 p.m. There will be sideshows, skittle alley, barbeque, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments will be served all evening. Offers of help and, as always, gifts of cakes, bottles [full!], books, good bric-a-brac, china and glass, raffle prizes, etc., will be very welcome. Please contact Sue and Stuart Neale [883893] with your offers. BUT, most importantly, please come along on the day, support us and join in the fun!

The Christians Together Service held on 22nd June in the evening was enjoyed by all who came. Linda Pearce, the Methodist Minister, and Avril Harrild from the Baptist Church, gave a lively 'interview' about their five days living on the line, each spending only £1 a day on food, all for Christian Aid. There may be another Christians Together Service in Berrynarbor on the evening of Sunday, 31st August.

The Berrynarbor Choir will be giving a Concert in St. Peter's on Saturday, 27th September, starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, which will include a Cheese and Wine Supper [to follow the concert] will cost £5.00 and will be available from the Village Shop in early September.

Services will continue as usual throughout August and September, with Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.

Harvest will be celebrated on Sunday, 5th October, with a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. and the Supper on Wednesday, 8th October - more details in the next Newsletter but also look out for posters.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays

27th August and 24th September, 12.00 noon onwards and everyone welcome as always.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Annual Meeting took place at the end of March. As all the reports were read out we realised how much had been done over the past year. Again it was encouraging to note that church attendance has been maintained and we are still able to have a service every Sunday. Apart from all the help from members of the PCC, thanks are due to those who clean our church every week, to caretakers Bett and Kevin Brooks and to the Walls family who maintain the churchyard making sure the grass is cut regularly over the growing season. And we all appreciate the bell ringers who come in every Sunday. Special thanks were expressed to Marion Carter who was PCC Secretary for many years and who has now left the village. No one has yet come forward to take her place.

Stuart Neale has returned as churchwarden but we still need a second one and we are actively seeking two people to come forward to fill these posts. Malcolm Sayer has taken over as PCC Treasurer.

This year the very moving Quiet Hour on Good Friday was led by Rector Chris with more people attending - an opportunity to take a break, away from the hustle and bustle and busyness prior to Easter.

And what a joyous occasion on Easter Day! The service was led by Rev. George, who gave an excellent sermon, and a full choir [thank you Stuart] led the singing with a soaring descant in the last hymn and a beautiful rendering of the Sanctus from Faure's Requiem. As always the church was beautifully decorated by Sue Neale and her team.

Looking forward to June, Pentecost will be celebrated on the 8th with a Family Communion at 11.00 a.m. Then on the 23rd there will be an additional evening service at 6.30 p.m. with Christians Together and envelopes will be handed in for Christian Aid. St, Peter's Day falls on Sunday, 29th.

Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 28th June and the Rector and PCC will be at the lych gate all day. Letters and envelopes will be delivered around the village the week before and it is hoped everyone will take the opportunity to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.

By comparison, July looks quieter at the moment. There will be a wedding on the 5th, the fourth this year, and three more still to come.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 25th June and 23rd July.Our main fundraising event, the Summer Fayre, will take place on Tuesday, 19th August, and will again be organised by Stuart and Sue Neale with help from us all.

Mary Tucker

 

MESSY CHURCH

We have now had two very successful Messy Church sessions at Berrynarbor School. One on 1st April and the second on the 1st May. We do various craft activities with a Christian theme which are for the whole family - Parents, Grandparents and Carers all attend with the children, it is open to all.
 
Refreshments are provided and the craft sessions end with a story and songs based on that day's theme. We have two more planned, come and join us!

When? Thursday 5th June and Thursday 3rd July
Where? Berrynarbor School
What time? 3.15 to 5.00 p.m.

NB - children must be accompanied by a parent/carer

We could also do with some extra pairs of hands to help with the craft tables. If interested, please contact Teresa Crockett 01271 32889 or e-mail at
Teresa.crockett12@gmail.com.

 

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Annual Meeting took place at the end of March. As all the reports were read out we realised how much had been done over the past year. Again it was encouraging to note that church attendance has been maintained and we are still able to have a service every Sunday. Apart from all the help from members of the PCC, thanks are due to those who clean our church every week, to caretakers Bett and Kevin Brooks and to the Walls family who maintain the churchyard making sure the grass is cut regularly over the growing season. And we all appreciate the bell ringers who come in every Sunday. Special thanks were expressed to Marion Carter who was PCC Secretary for many years and who has now left the village. No one has yet come forward to take her place.

Stuart Neale has returned as churchwarden but we still need a second one and we are actively seeking two people to come forward to fill these posts. Malcolm Sayer has taken over as PCC Treasurer.

This year the very moving Quiet Hour on Good Friday was led by Rector Chris with more people attending - an opportunity to take a break, away from the hustle and bustle and busyness prior to Easter.

And what a joyous occasion on Easter Day! The service was led by Rev. George, who gave an excellent sermon, and a full choir [thank you Stuart] led the singing with a soaring descant in the last hymn and a beautiful rendering of the Sanctus from Faure's Requiem. As always the church was beautifully decorated by Sue Neale and her team.

Looking forward to June, Pentecost will be celebrated on the 8th with a Family Communion at 11.00 a.m. Then on the 23rd there will be an additional evening service at 6.30 p.m. with Christians Together and envelopes will be handed in for Christian Aid. St, Peter's Day falls on Sunday, 29th.

Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 28th June and the Rector and PCC will be at the lych gate all day. Letters and envelopes will be delivered around the village the week before and it is hoped everyone will take the opportunity to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.

By comparison, July looks quieter at the moment. There will be a wedding on the 5th, the fourth this year, and three more still to come.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 25th June and 23rd July.Our main fundraising event, the Summer Fayre, will take place on Tuesday, 19th August, and will again be organised by Stuart and Sue Neale with help from us all.

Mary Tucker

 

MESSY CHURCH

We have now had two very successful Messy Church sessions at Berrynarbor School. One on 1st April and the second on the 1st May. We do various craft activities with a Christian theme which are for the whole family - Parents, Grandparents and Carers all attend with the children, it is open to all.
 
Refreshments are provided and the craft sessions end with a story and songs based on that day's theme. We have two more planned, come and join us!

When? Thursday 5th June and Thursday 3rd July
Where? Berrynarbor School
What time? 3.15 to 5.00 p.m.

NB - children must be accompanied by a parent/carer

We could also do with some extra pairs of hands to help with the craft tables. If interested, please contact Teresa Crockett 01271 32889 or e-mail at
Teresa.crockett12@gmail.com.

 

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At last Easter is just around the corner! Special

Services will be as follows:

Sunday, 13th April Palm Sunday:

11.00 a.m. Holy Communion with distribution

of Palm Crosses

6.30 p.m. Christians Together Service in

Combe Martin Baptist Church with choir

18th April, Good Friday:

2.00 p.m. Quiet Hour with hymns and prayers

20th April, Easter Day: Family Communion, 11.00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing a full church for these important dates in the church calendar.

The church will be decorated after the service on Good Friday and Sue Neale will welcome gifts of flowers or donations towards the cost [Tel: 883893].

As Easter is late this year, Pentecost, Whit Sunday, will not be until the 8th June.

St. Peter's Annual Meeting will have taken place on 25th March. Since my last article circumstances have changed in that Teresa Crockett will no longer be able to carry on as Churchwarden. Stuart Neale has offered to return to the post after a break, but we still need a second one and hopefully new people will come forward prepared to serve on the PCC. A full report will appear after the meeting.

Subject to confirmation, Friendship Lunches will be held at The Globe on Wednesdays 30th April and 28th May.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At last Easter is just around the corner! Special

Services will be as follows:

Sunday, 13th April Palm Sunday:

11.00 a.m. Holy Communion with distribution

of Palm Crosses

6.30 p.m. Christians Together Service in

Combe Martin Baptist Church with choir

18th April, Good Friday:

2.00 p.m. Quiet Hour with hymns and prayers

20th April, Easter Day: Family Communion, 11.00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing a full church for these important dates in the church calendar.

The church will be decorated after the service on Good Friday and Sue Neale will welcome gifts of flowers or donations towards the cost [Tel: 883893].

As Easter is late this year, Pentecost, Whit Sunday, will not be until the 8th June.

St. Peter's Annual Meeting will have taken place on 25th March. Since my last article circumstances have changed in that Teresa Crockett will no longer be able to carry on as Churchwarden. Stuart Neale has offered to return to the post after a break, but we still need a second one and hopefully new people will come forward prepared to serve on the PCC. A full report will appear after the meeting.

Subject to confirmation, Friendship Lunches will be held at The Globe on Wednesdays 30th April and 28th May.

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A wonderful Christmas was spent at St. Peter's. The church was beautifully decorated, again thanks to Sue and her team, with the tree and the added touch of candles on the window sills. In spite of the weather, the church was packed for the Carol Service and the Christmas Eve service was well-attended with more people taking communion this year. A Family Service was held on Christmas morning with Rev. Chris bringing along a family of sheep to delight the children. The Epiphany [arrival of the three wise men] was celebrated on 5th January with Celia Withers coming over to lead the service. It is now time to put away the crib and carol sheets for another year!

January and February will give us time to recharge our batteries although the PCC will be holding their annual meetings to look back over 2013 and make plans for the year ahead. A second churchwarden is needed by March to join Teresa Crockett and lighten her load.

Easter is not until the third week-end in April and Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on the 5th March. Mothering Sunday falls on 30th March which will also mark the beginning of British Summer Time.

As we look forward to spring, we wish everyone every blessing for 2014 and our thoughts and prayers are with those of us who are contending with ill-health.

Friendship lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 26th February and 26th March. Our thanks to Karen and staff for their constant hospitality - we are about to embark on our fifteenth year!

Mary Tucker

 

Due to the atrocious weather on the evening of the Carol Service, the toddlers from the School performed their carols in the church to a large gathering of parents. Their costumes and singing were a delight and how they managed to remember all the music is a tribute to the dedication, time and effort of the teaching staff at our school.

The Carol Service got underway with soloists Louis and Holly singing, unaccompanied, the first verse of Once in Royal David's City, and the first lesson read beautifully from the pulpit by Poppy and Melanie.

The service continued with the singing of popular carols.

The school choir performed a beautiful carol sung in both French and English, the first time the choir has sung in a foreign language and they received well deserved applause from the congregation. Our choir then sang two carols, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and a joyful rendering of Malcolm Archer's A Child is Born in Bethlehem.

Then it was the turn of the school choir who sang two Christmas songs, the last, Bells Ring Out, was superbly sung with ability and fun which brought rapturous applause from everyone in the church.

How hard the school choir has worked to sing with such quality and style and again many congratulations and thanks to all those teachers who have put in so much time behind the scenes.

The final carol, O Come All Ye Faithful, was a rousing finale and the evening ended with mulled wine and mince pies!

Thanks to the Rector for leading the Service and to all those helpers who contributed to a memorable evening.

Stuart

. . . and many thanks to Stuart for all his effort and dedication to the great music enjoyed in our church.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A wonderful Christmas was spent at St. Peter's. The church was beautifully decorated, again thanks to Sue and her team, with the tree and the added touch of candles on the window sills. In spite of the weather, the church was packed for the Carol Service and the Christmas Eve service was well-attended with more people taking communion this year. A Family Service was held on Christmas morning with Rev. Chris bringing along a family of sheep to delight the children. The Epiphany [arrival of the three wise men] was celebrated on 5th January with Celia Withers coming over to lead the service. It is now time to put away the crib and carol sheets for another year!

January and February will give us time to recharge our batteries although the PCC will be holding their annual meetings to look back over 2013 and make plans for the year ahead. A second churchwarden is needed by March to join Teresa Crockett and lighten her load.

Easter is not until the third week-end in April and Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on the 5th March. Mothering Sunday falls on 30th March which will also mark the beginning of British Summer Time.

As we look forward to spring, we wish everyone every blessing for 2014 and our thoughts and prayers are with those of us who are contending with ill-health.

Friendship lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 26th February and 26th March. Our thanks to Karen and staff for their constant hospitality - we are about to embark on our fifteenth year!

Mary Tucker

 

Due to the atrocious weather on the evening of the Carol Service, the toddlers from the School performed their carols in the church to a large gathering of parents. Their costumes and singing were a delight and how they managed to remember all the music is a tribute to the dedication, time and effort of the teaching staff at our school.

The Carol Service got underway with soloists Louis and Holly singing, unaccompanied, the first verse of Once in Royal David's City, and the first lesson read beautifully from the pulpit by Poppy and Melanie.

The service continued with the singing of popular carols.

The school choir performed a beautiful carol sung in both French and English, the first time the choir has sung in a foreign language and they received well deserved applause from the congregation. Our choir then sang two carols, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and a joyful rendering of Malcolm Archer's A Child is Born in Bethlehem.

Then it was the turn of the school choir who sang two Christmas songs, the last, Bells Ring Out, was superbly sung with ability and fun which brought rapturous applause from everyone in the church.

How hard the school choir has worked to sing with such quality and style and again many congratulations and thanks to all those teachers who have put in so much time behind the scenes.

The final carol, O Come All Ye Faithful, was a rousing finale and the evening ended with mulled wine and mince pies!

Thanks to the Rector for leading the Service and to all those helpers who contributed to a memorable evening.

Stuart

. . . and many thanks to Stuart for all his effort and dedication to the great music enjoyed in our church.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Memorable Harvest celebrations were held at the beginning of October. The Sunday service was attended by 80 of us, including families with children. Well known harvest hymns were sung and a full choir joined by children from the school sang John Rutter's 'Look at the World', earning spontaneous applause at the end. Much rehearsal had gone into this and our thanks go to Stuart Neale for his time and inspiration. The church was beautifully decorated again thanks to Sue Neale and her team. Boxes were provided in the Shop, Church and Manor Hall for contributions to the Food Bank and we were able to take 3 full boxes to the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple. A proposal has been put forward to collect food on a regular basis and your opinions on this would be appreciated.

It was a pleasure to welcome so many to the Harvest Supper on the Wednesday - twice as many as last year, we shall be better prepared next time [and perhaps people will buy their tickets a bit earlier] but as always there was a lovely spread and plenty for all. Special thanks to everyone who provided the mouth-watering desserts and to Doreen Prater and Sue Neale who took overall charge. The evening was rounded off with a sing-a-long led by Stuart and a quiz compiled by Malcolm Sayer. The Bell-ringers were the worthy winners. Finally our thanks to Rev. George for conducting the auction of produce, raising over £30. Thanks to everyone's generosity, in addition, the PCC were able to send a cheque for £160 to the Freedom Centre.

Rev. Chris conducted a sensitive service on 3rd November. All members of the congregation went up to the altar to light a candle in memory of loved ones and there was time for a cup of tea and conversation afterwards.

The Remembrance Sunday Service on 10th November was heralded in by the muffle peal of bells. The sun was streaming in through the church windows and along the altar rails were poems written by the school children. This year they had addressed their poems to names taken from the War Memorial, making them more personal and poignant. The service was led by Rev. George and the wreaths laid by the Parish Council and the Church. Ivan Clark sounded the Last Post and the Reveille. The service continued in church with the lesson read by

Adam Stanbury, Chairman of the Parish Council. The song from 'Band of Brothers' was sung by a full choir. A collection of £193 was taken up for the Royal British Legion.

During January our services will continue in their normal pattern beginning at 11.00 a.m. and the Epiphany will be celebrated on the 5th. We are looking forward to the initiative and activities planned for the New Year as we seek to draw more people into church.

There will be no Friendship Lunch at The Globe in December and the January date will be made known later.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Summer Fayre on 20th August went with a swing. Our sincere thanks to everyone who gave items for the various stalls, etc., helped with the preparations and again on the night. We did not seem to have so many visitors this year but £975 was raised during the evening - there will, of course, be some expenses to pay. Our special thanks to Stuart and Sue Neale who again organised everything.

The final total for Gift Day reached £815. Thank you again for all your support.

The Harvest will be celebrated on Sunday, 6th October, with a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. and the church will be decorated on the Friday and Saturday before. Please let Sue Neale [883893] know if you can bring any flowers or produce or would like to make a donation towards the cost. This year again we are going to collect tins of food for the Food Bank, so please bring a gift along to the Sunday service or to the Supper. The Supper will be on Wednesday, 9th October at 7.00 p.m. in the Manor Hall. A buffet will be organised followed by a sing-a-long and there will not be a service in church. Any produce will be sold off during the evening. Everyone is invited to come along and join us - please look out for posters.

The following special dates are rapidly approaching:

Sunday, 27th October - Bible Sunday with Holy Communion as usual at 11.00 a.m.

Sunday, 3rd November - All Saints Day. There will be a service in the afternoon when we light candles in memory of loved ones. Tea and biscuits will follow and a chance to talk.

Sunday, 10th November - Remembrance Sunday. We shall meet in church at the earlier time of 0.45 a.m. ready to proceed to the War Memorial for 11.00 a.m. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of the Parish Council and St. Peter's.

Sunday, 1st December - Advent Sunday. A village service as usual at 11.00 a.m. and the first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath.

We'll meet for Friendship Lunches at The Globe on Wednesdays 23rd October and 27th November,

2.00 noon onwards. As always, everyone is welcome.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Once again the weather was kind to us on Gift Day and our time at the lych-gate flew by with a steady stream of people coming by to hand in their envelopes and have a chat. To date, £770 has been raised and late gifts are still arriving - thank you to everyone for your continued generosity and support.

Our next event will be the Summer Fayre on Tuesday, 20th August, 6.00 p.m. onwards at the Manor Hall. There will be a barbecue and all the usual side-shows and stalls. Please get in touch with Stuart and

Sue Neale [883893] with offers of help and as always, gifts of cakes, bottles [full!], books, good bric-a-brac, china and glass, raffle prizes, etc., will be most welcome. Most importantly, do come along and support us on the day and join in the fun.

'Playing the Field' with Beaford Arts was a big success and our thanks go to Sue Neale and her team for the much admired floral arrangements in the church, and to Stuart and the village choir for the concert in church - all too short for the appreciative audience. June 29th was also St. Peter's Day and the new flag flew proudly. The PCC were able to purchase a new flag of St. George and a Union flag with a donation from Karen at The Globe from money raised at their quiz evenings.

While we are still enjoying the summer, we are also looking ahead to the autumn and Harvest which will be celebrated on Sunday, 6th October in church with the Supper on Wednesday, 9th October - more details next time.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will continue through the summer and will be on Wednesdays 28th August and 25th September, 12.00 noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

 

In support of the Beaford Arts 'Playing the Field', it was wonderful to welcome so many people to St. Peter's - beautifully decorated with flowers - to listen to a short concert given by Berrynarbor Choir. The Choir, which was reformed in 2008, comprises of singers from Berrynarbor, Parracombe, Combe Martin, Arlington Beccott and Ilfracombe, under my direction as Organist and Choirmaster.

We were delighted to include one of the Choir's particular favourites, a special arrangement of Scarborough Fair by one of our singers, Uda Goode from Parracombe.

On behalf of the Choir I should like to thank the audience for attending and, of course, the Choir themselves for all their hard work during rehearsals and on the day!

The Flower Festival on the theme of 'Sound' was much appreciated and Sue Neale would like to express her thanks to all her helpers, several from nearby villages who gave up their time and effort to provide such beautiful and imaginative floral displays.

In conclusion thanks must also be given to those who donated so generously to both events especially Berrynarbor Parish Council and Berrynarbor in Bloom.

Stuart Neale

P.S. The Choir meet in the church every Monday evening, 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. and would love to welcome anyone who enjoys singing! We should especially like to have more tenors and if you happen to be a bass, don't leave the village - we need you!!

 

Thanks to Stuart Neale and the Choir for the wonderful concert at St. Peter's on the 29th June. It was an inspired programme: the choice and variety of music demonstrating the Choir's range.

The first item was a real treat 'Stranger in Paradise'. A good tune. Well it would be as it was written originally by the Russian composer Borodin. It took me back to early childhood when the song was a popular hit and my father got me an extended play record of the original instrumental version from 'Prince Igor'.

Next came Mozart's 'Ave Verum Corpus'; ethereal music which is up there with the Bach St. Matthew Passion for elevating the listener to a higher plane. Beautiful and restrained.

This was followed by a sweet rendition of one of the loveliest folk songs - 'Scarborough Fair'.

Stuart gave a touching tribute to the composer John Rutter; a modest and talented man who has produced a large body of contemporary yet accessible music performed widely by amateur choirs.

As Stuart remarked, "Why hasn't this man been knighted?"

After the Rutter came that famous song from 'Les Miserables'. I must say it sounded much better with Berrynarbor Choir singing it than the usual versions!

Finally the Choir gave a spirited and theatrical treatment to the 'Ascot Gavotte' from Lerner and Lowe's 'My Fair Lady'.

May we have more concerts like this please? Encore! Encore!

S.H.

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Easter Service led by George Billington came well up to expectations. A good number of families with children attended and the choir was well up to strength singing Rutter's 'A Clare Benediction' beautifully. Our thanks to Stuart Neale for his dedication. At the end, there were only just enough mini-eggs to go round!

Services will begin as usual at 11.00 a.m. during June and July and will follow the usual pattern:

1st Sunday in the Month: Village Service following a simplified version of Morning Prayer without Communion, so a good chance to make a start if you are not used to coming up to the altar.

2nd and 4th Sundays: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise - again a simplified service of worship with plenty of hymn singing.

I have just heard on the radio that nationally numbers attending church are down again. However, our core congregation has increased over the past two years. For various reasons not everyone is able to attend every Sunday and we have been fewer of late but hopefully shall revert to normal soon, and we are already being joined by visitors to the village.

There will be a special occasion at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 23rd June when the Christians Together Service will be held in Berrynarbor. The collection will be for Christian Aid and donations from all the churches will be handed in. Do come along, this is always a lively service and there will be refreshments afterwards.

Gift Day this year will take place on Wednesday, 26th June,

[St. Peter's Day is on the 29th]. Letters and envelopes will be delivered around the village the week before and the Rector and members of the PCC will be at the lych-gate all day.

Our main fund raising event, the Summer Fayre, will be on Tuesday, 20th August. Please get in touch with Stuart and Sue Neale [883893] if you can help on the day and please look out items and prizes for the various stalls and side-shows.

Friendship Lunches will be on Wednesdays 26th June and 24th July. Again you will be very welcome to come and join us.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

At the end of January Karen treated everyone who comes to the Friendship Lunches at The Globe to a beautiful meal. Our thanks go to her and her staff who welcome us every moth. We have been joined recently by more people and numbers are increasing again. Please ask if you would like to come along - it is very informal and we order whatever we should like from the menu and pay as we go. The next lunches will be on Wednesdays 24th April and 22nd May, 12.00 noon onwards. Contact me on [01271] 883881.

Berrynarbor was well represented at the Women's World Day of Prayer Service held in Combe Martin Parish Church this year. The service had been written by Christian women in France and the theme was based on welcoming strangers into our churches and communities.

As we celebrate this occasion we are aware that this same service is being re-enacted not only across this country but all around the world, drawing Christians of all denominations together.

It has been lovely over the last few weeks to see so many families and children in church. There were baptisms on Sundays 24th February and 3rd March and of course 10th March was Mothering Sunday when we were joined by children from the School with their parents. The children read out tributes to their mothers and Rev. Chris and Teresa Crockett enacted a modern version of the story of the Prodigal Son. During the last hymn, the children took round posies of spring flowers, first to their mothers and then to the other ladies present. Special thanks to Sue Neale for making up the posies and to everyone who put so much time and effort into preparing the service. Needless to say, our congregation has trebled over these weeks and the average age fell somewhat - would it could be the same during April and May.

Having said that, there will be another village baptism on Sunday, 7th April. Another special service - Whitsunday [Pentecost] is early this year and falls on the 19th May. There will be a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. when we hope to be joined by the school children once again.

The annual Meeting of the PCC was held on Tuesday, 12th March. All members of the PCC were present but disappointingly no other members of the congregation were able to attend. The meeting began with the election of churchwardens. Stuart Neale has decided to stand down after ten years of service but has agreed to remain as Deputy. Teresa Crockett was elected as churchwarden and we wish her well as she takes up her duties in May. Ideally we should have two churchwardens and once again this matter needs to be addressed. The PCC then looked back on all that had been achieved over the year and the Rector reported on the progress being made in the North Devon Coast Team. Growing links with the school were particularly well received. The PCC were re-elected and are: Marion Carter - Secretary, Mary Tucker - Treasurer, Sue Neale and Doreen Prater with the Rector in the Chair. David Steed has decided to stand down from the Council but will remain an active member of the congregation. Our thanks to David and Stuart for all their service over the past few years.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our church, beautifully decorated with Christmas flowers, was filled to capacity for the annual Carol Service. We were delighted to have the children from our School who started the proceedings. Actually, not in church but in the bus shelter decorated in the form of a manger with the children singing jolly carols. They had also decorated the porch with lighted candles and in spite of the rainy weather, this created a lovely welcoming scene.

Chris Steed welcomed everyone and the school choir and the Berrynarbor choir processed to the opening carol, Once in Royal David's City. Following this, and based on the service of 9 lessons and carols, the first lesson was beautifully read by Jak Daglish.

The school sang Go Tell it on the Mountain accompanied by Graham Lucas - one of our tenors - on the accordion. Berrynarbor Choir, which includes excellent singers from Parracombe, sang Harold Darke's

delightful arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter incorporating a solo verse beautifully sung by our longest serving tenor Bobby Bowden.

Our choir also sang a charming carol in both German and English and Uda Goode who was born and lived with her family in Germany, sang a solo verse in immaculate German.

The congregation joined in singing many popular carols and the school performed their Calypso Carol with much enthusiasm.

The choir sang Rejoice and Be Merry and the service came to a joyful close with the singing of O Come All Ye Faithful.

Mulled wine and mince pies were then served to the enjoyment of all!

Thanks to both choirs and school children for their beautiful singing, and to Sue Carey, Carol Lucas and fellow teachers for their encouragement and enthusiasm.

Stuart

 

I was away for the service this year but from all I have heard it was a joyous occasion and on everyone's behalf a special thank you to our resident organist, Stuart, for playing not only for the service but for us throughout the year, and a huge thank you to the congregation of parents, residents and visitors who supported this wonderful evening.

Christmas services continued to be well attended and on the 30th December we were pleased to welcome members of Combe Martin church and several visitors. Collections for the Children's Hospice amounted to £290 - up on last year - thank you all for your generosity.

Also thank you to all those who went round the village delivering the church Christmas card. This year we chose photos taken by Marion Carter when she visited the Holy Land in November - a little different and we hope you liked it.

Now a list of dates for 2013:

13th February marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent

10th March is Mothering Sunday when we shall be joined by children from the School

24th March is Palm Sunday followed by

29th March Good Friday and

31st March Easter Day

Please look out for posters nearer the time but all Sunday services will begin at 11.00 a.m. On 'normal' Sundays there will be Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and a more informal service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Another special date, which many look forward to: the Women's World Day of Prayer Service will be on Friday, 1st March at St. Peter's Parish Church in Combe Martin, 10.00 for 10.30 a.m.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 27th February and 27th March, noon onwards. Once again our thanks to Karen and staff for their welcome and hospitality.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

'Come, you thankful people come,
Raise the song of harvest home!'

We were all [nearly 100 of us] gathered once again on the first Sunday of October to celebrate the Harvest Festival. The church was beautifully decorated with autumn flowers, the loaf and grapes on the altar. Celia Withers led the service, involving the children in her address. The choir sang John Rutter's arrangement of 'For the Beauty of the Earth' and the school children sang and said prayers whilst laying gifts on the altar.

The church bells summoned us back to church on the Wednesday for a short evening service followed by the buffet supper. A lovely spread welcomed us to the Manor Hall with mouth-watering desserts to follow. There were fewer of us this year and we did not have so much produce to auction but we shall still be able to send £100 to WaterAid, the charity helping to get clean water to deprived people in poorer countries.

Two special services in November. On the 1st Sunday the annual Candle Service was held in the afternoon, led by Rev. Chris. At the end the choir sang softly as we all went up to light a candle to be placed on the altar. There was a chance to talk afterwards and enjoy a cup of tea.

A muffled peal of bells called us to another well-attended service the following week for Remembrance Sunday. Again the service was led by Rev. Chris and we were joined by members of the Parish Council. The two minutes' silence was observed at the War Memorial, the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by bugler Ivan Clarke and wreaths were laid by Theresa Crockett on behalf of St. Peter's and Adam Stanbury for the Parish Council. On returning to church, Adam read the lesson and the choir sang unaccompanied 'God shall wipe away all tears' by Karl Jenkins. Before leaving we were able to read poems written by the school children and arranged on the Lady Chapel altar rail. Our thanks go to the bell ringers who turn up without fail and to Sue Neale for the lovely flower arrangements.

Advent Sunday falls on 2nd December and the first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath. Looking forward to Christmas, services are planned as follows. Wednesday, 19th December, 6.30 p.m. Carol Service when we hope to be joined by the choir and school; Christmas Eve, 9.30 p.m. Blessing of the Crib and first Communion of Christmas; Christmas Day, 11.00 a.m. Family Communion; Sunday, 30th December, 11.00 a.m. Family Communion with carols.

During January Services will continue every Sunday beginning at 11.00 a.m. It is essential that we keep attendance up, to average over 20, so if you have been thinking about returning to church or come for the first time, don't hesitate, you will be very welcome.

There will be no Friendship Lunch at the end of December and we shall resume in January on Wednesday, 23rd, from noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our congratulations to Stuart and Sue Neale for master-minding another successful Summer Fayre. In spite of challenging weather and fewer visitors, £932.50 was raised and once expenses have been deducted we shall have cleared just under £800.

A big thank you to the team who came to get everything ready and to everyone who put in so much time and effort to run the stalls and side-shows - again a wonderful atmosphere.

The Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 7th October beginning as usual at 11.00 a.m. and we shall be joined by the Choir and children from the School. The church will be decorated at the end of the week before and gifts of flowers, fruit and vegetables will be most welcome. Evensong on Wednesday, 10th October will begin at 6.30 p.m. in church and will be followed by a Buffet Supper in the Manor Hall. Tickets will cost £5.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and will be available at Sunday services and from the Community Shop. Proceeds from the auction of produce will go to the charity WaterAid.

Looking forward to November, the Candle Service in Memory of Loved Ones will be held on Sunday, 4th November from 3.00 p.m. This is a simple service of hymns, readings and prayers, open to all. At the end everyone is invited to go up to the altar to light a candle. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided afterwards.

Remembrance Sunday actually falls on the 11th November this year and we shall gather in church at the earlier time of 10.45 a.m. ready to assemble at the War Memorial at 11.00 a.m.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 24th October and 28th November, from 12.00 noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

What a wonderful celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! The whole village came together for a truly memorable once-in-a-lifetime event. The church had been asked to arrange a Flower Festival and Sue Neale and her team produced vivid displays with a national and royal theme, giving pleasure to everyone.

On Sunday 3rd June, the Manor Hall was being prepared for the Big Lunch and the church bells rang out to summon us to the Thanksgiving Service when our regular congregation was joined by many families from the parish. A great deal of preparation had gone into this service and our thanks go to Celia Withers who led the worship and to our organist

Stuart Neale. The village choir led the singing and delighted us all with a medley of songs from the four parts of the United Kingdom. Michael Bowden and his team rang out the bells again on the Sunday afternoon and on the Tuesday morning, joining others all around the country.

£102.50 was collected around the village for Christian Aid - thank you to everyone who returned an envelope and also to those who came to the Christians Together service on the 24th June. We were pleased to welcome friends from Combe Martin, altogether an enjoyable evening.

The weather was kind to us on Gift Day and for those of us at the lych-gate the time went quickly as people came up to talk to us. So far £874 has been donated and if you still have an envelope, it is not too late to hand it in. Once again, thank you all for your generosity.

By the time you read this, the Summer Fayre will be over as St. Peter's chose the earlier date of 31st July and the film 'Chariots of Fire' will have been shown in the Manor Hall. Please look out for other events planned for the autumn.

The Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, 7th October with the buffet supper on Wednesday, 10th. More details next time.

Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 29th August and 26th September. Do come along and join us - you will enjoy a meal and good company.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Easter began early with Class 3 from the School coming into church on 29th March to give their presentation of 'Good News'. A lot of work and rehearsal had gone into their enthusiastic performance which covered the Easter story as though it were happening and being reported on the TV News, interspersed with lively songs.

The well-attended Palm Sunday Service was led by Celia Withers who had us take a fresh look at the old familiar story and, on Good Friday George Billington presided over the quiet hour of music and reflection before the cross. Twice as many people as usual came to this service and the trend was repeated on Easter Day with a large congregation joining in the happy celebration with the Rector. The singing was led by a full choir who also sang the 'Agnus Dei' by Karl Jenkins most beautifully.

Once again Sue Neale and her team must be thanked for the lovely flower arrangements and thank you, too, to those who made donations towards the cost.

We are looking forward to the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Flower Festival in the church. The Thanksgiving Service will be at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, 3rd June. On Sunday, 24th June, Christians Together will be holding their Evening Service at 6.30 p.m. in Berrynarbor. This is always a well-attended, joyous occasion so do come and join us. A collection will be taken up for Christian Aid.

St. Peter's Day falls on the 29th June and Gift Day will be held on Wednesday, 27th. Once again letters and envelopes will be delivered around the village and the Rector and PCC members will be at the lych gate to receive donations, meet everyone and have a chat.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe, from 12.00 noon, will be on Wednesdays, 27th June and 25th July.

July is set to be the Wedding Season with three weddings booked in over the month. Sunday services will follow their normal pattern.

St. Peter's Annual PCC Meeting was held at the end of March preceded by the Vestry Meeting for election of Churchwardens.

Stuart Neale agreed to stand as Churchwarden for another year but there is still a vacancy for the second post. It is important that this is filled and efforts will continue over the coming year to find someone able to take on the role.

The meeting continued with a review of the past year. The appointments and licensing of Rev. Chris as Team Rector and Rev. Yvonne as Team Vicar were the outstanding events of 2011 and an encouraging start has been made on building up the North Devon Coast Team Ministry and getting the parishes working together - not an easy task when there is such a wide area to cover and so much travelling is involved. Growing links with the School are particularly encouraging.

Thanks were extended to all those who give so generously of their time to maintain all aspects of church life. Especially thanked was

Sylvia Berry who has retired from the PCC after 18 years' service. We were pleased to welcome Teresa Crockett back on the Church Council after a few years' break.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETERS CHURCH

A reminder that Sung Eucharist is now on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month, with a Village Service on the 1st and Songs of Praise on the 3rd, all starting at 11.00 a.m. When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, a joint service will be held in one of the churches in the North Devon Coast Team.

On the 29th January a Team Service took place here in Berrynarbor.It was a very uplifting service with over 60 present and was led by Rector Chris with Vicar Yvonne, Revd. George and Reader Chris James all taking part.Afterwards a bring-and-share lunch was enjoyed in the Manor Hall and farewells said to Chris James and his wife June.The next Team Service will be on the 29th April in Lynmouth.

April will start with a special service on Sunday 1st.It will be Palm Sunday and will be celebrated with rousing hymns and the distribution of palm crosses.In the afternoon at 4.00 p.m. there will be a Confirmation Service in Combe Martin church to which everyone is invited to come along and support the candidates from all over the Shirwell Deanery.

The church will be decorated for Easter from late Friday and donations towards the cost of flowers will be most welcome.Please give to Sue Neale [Tel: 883893].

During Lent, tins of food are being collected to be given to the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple. Please hand in by Easter there will be a box at the back of the church on Sundays.Continuing with charity giving, Christian Aid week begins on 13th May and envelopes will be delivered round the village. If you are out at the time, please return your envelope to the Community Shop.Eastertide will end with Ascension Day on Thursday, 17th May and Pentecost [Whit Sunday] will be celebrated with Holy Communion on Sunday,

27th May at 11.00 a.m.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 25th April and 23rd May, 12.00 noon onwards.

Do come and join us.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Christmas Carol Service

A lovely Carol Service was held at St. Peter's on the Wednesday before Christmas, the church having been beautifully decorated with flowers and candles by all the flower ladies. The choir from our Primary School holding candles led the procession with Berrynarbor Choir all singing 'Once in Royal David's City'. The lit candles were then placed in prepared trays and displayed in front of the altar.

Reverend Chris led the service based on the Nine Lessons and Carols sung in many cathedrals and churches throughout the land.

Led by Headteacher Sue Carey, the School sang a beautiful piece of Christmas music entitled 'Follow that Star'. The large congregation then sang 'On Christmas Night all Christians Sing', followed by a lively performance of John Rutter's 'Shepherds' Pipe Carol' by our Choir.

Berrynarbor Choir is made up of singers from Berrynarbor and Parracombe and we must convey our hearty thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of Parracombe for their dedication - they have been attending our choir practice on Monday evenings for well over a year!

As is tradition, the School sang 'Away in a Manger' with the congregation joining in with the last verse.

'O Come all Ye Faithful' brought the service to a close with mulled wine and mince pies served to complete a wonderful and joyous evening.

A very big thank you to all who attended and to all the helpers who contributed to make the evening a success!

Stuart Neale - Organist and Choirmaster

More than fifty worshippers attended the Christmas Eve Holy Communion at 9.30 p.m. Officiated by Reverend George Billington, the service commenced with the blessing and placing of Baby Jesus in the crib. The collection was donated to the Children's Hospice South West.

It is always a pleasure to welcome so many visitors and parishioners to the church and thankfully the weather was much milder than last year.

The Christmas Day Communion Service at 11.00 a.m. was also well attended and was taken by Rector Chris. We are grateful to Phil Bridle for playing the organ in Stuart's absence as he was playing at Combe Martin church.

Doreen Prater

Special dates during February and March:

22nd February Ash Wednesday
26th February First Sunday in Lent

18th March Mothering Sunday, when we shall look forward to a Family Service with children from the School.

All services will begin at 11.00 a.m. and it is hoped that a regular pattern will be established soon. In the meantime, 'variety is the spice of life!'

Looking ahead, Easter Day will be on 8th April with Palm Sunday the week before, on the 1st.

We shall continue to meet at The Globe once a month for the Friendship Lunch - the dates are Wednesdays 29th February and 28th March. Our thanks to Karen and the staff for their hospitality and kind welcome.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

It was a joy to welcome so many people into church for the Harvest Festival. The service was led by Rev. Yvonne with 65 adults and 25 children present, including children from the Primary School and their parents. The choir sang John Rutter's arrangement of 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' and the school entertained us with a harvest calypso. The church was beautifully decorated and our thanks go to the arrangers and those who brought in produce and delicious jam.

After Evensong on the Wednesday, over 30 of us went over to the Manor Hall to find a tempting buffet waiting. Thank you once again to Doreen Prater who co-ordinated everything and to the many good cooks and helpers.

The School had held their Harvest Service in the afternoon and their gifts were brought over ready for the auction. The fresh produce was soon sold by the ringers and £72 was raised very quickly. In total, £120 has been sent to WaterAid. A thank you letter has been received saying our donation will be sent to Ethiopia to help provide safe water to communities there. It was decided to donate the large quantity of canned goods to the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple. This haven provides hot meals for the homeless and needy.

Two further special services have taken place. Firstly the Candle Service on Sunday afternoon 30th October to remember loved ones. This moving service was led by Rev. Chris Steed and everyone present went up to light a candle which was placed on the altar. Then Remembrance

Sunday was commemorated on the 13th November, the bell ringers ringing a muffled peal. This well-attended service was led by the Rev. George Billington and we were joined by members of the Parish Council. Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial by the Chairman and Marion Carter on behalf of St. Peter's. The names of the Fallen were read out and the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Ivan Clarke. Afterwards we returned to our pews for the church service during which the village choir sang the emotive 'Bring Him Home', The lesson was read by Councillor Lorna Bowden. The collection of £177 will go to the Royal British Legion.

A special mention, on the Friday before the school held their own service in church, placing poems they had written by the main altar. These were read by many members of the congregation on the Sunday.

Collections from the Carol Service and on Christmas Eve will be donated to the Children's Hospice South West. The church will be decorated in time for the carol service and any donations towards the cost of flowers should be given to Sue Neale [Tel: 883893].

In the new year the time of services will remain at 11.00 a.m. but the pattern may be changed with Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month, a Family Service on the 1st Sunday and a Village Service or Songs of Praise on the 3rd Sunday. On Sunday 29th January, the Group Service for North Devon Coast Team will be held in Berrynarbor. Do come along and fill the church!

There will be no Friendship Lunch at The Globe in December and the date for January has yet to be decided.

Mary Tucker

Confirmation

If anyone has yet to be confirmed who would like to, please note that in January we shall be collecting names of candidates. Names to Rev Chris please in preparation for a confirmation course to start soon for a Confirmation Service with Bishop Bob on 1st April 2012.

Pastoral Care Team

As of the beginning of January, pastoral care support will be offered in our communities. The purpose is to offer a listening ear and support to those in difficulty and need someone to talk to. It could be anxiety, loneliness or some form of loss - bereavement, relationship breakdown or unemployment that is troubling them. A group of people from our parishes have been trained to listen and are prepared to offer up to six weeks of confidential support. In the first instance contact our Co-ordinator, Carolyn Gold, on 01598 753921, who is the point of contact.

Chris Steed [883203]

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St. Peter's Church

Fund-raising over the summer has gone well. The final total for Gift Day came to £1,032 and the Summer Fayre made a profit of £1,142 with all expenses paid. Our thanks go to all those who helped in so many different ways to make the evening such a success. A special thank you is due to those who so willingly turn up every year offering to do whatever is necessary, plus the clearing up was done in record time. As always there was a wonderful atmosphere which is particularly appreciated by visitors and holiday-makers.

Congratulations to Stuart and Sue Neale for the superb Concert and Flower Festival staged over the August Bank Holiday week-end. One comment made: "It is so nice to see the church full and being used in this way." A full report by Stuart and Sue follows.

A reminder that the Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 2nd October with a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. The church will be decorated on the Friday and Saturday before and gifts of fruit, vegetables and flowers would be appreciated. The Harvest Buffet Supper will be in the Manor Hall on Wednesday, 5th October at 7.15 p.m. and will be preceded by Evensong in the church at 6.30 p.m. Tickets at £5 will be on sale the week before, available from the Community Shop or in church on Sundays. The auction of produce will follow the Supper with proceeds to WaterAid.

Back to Church Sunday will have taken place on 25th September. We hope that some of you were encouraged to come along and will come again. Following the Harvest, there will be Communion Services on Sundays 9th and 16th October and a Songs of Praise on the 23rd. On Sunday 30th October there will be a Team Service in Parracombe Church at 10.00 a.m. with no morning service at Berrynarbor but at 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon there will be a Candle Service when we are all invited to come along to remember loved ones. The service is quite short, with hymns, prayers and a reading and at the end everyone is invited to the altar to light a candle. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served afterwards.

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 13th November this year and we shall gather in church at the earlier time of 10.45 a.m. ready to lay the wreaths at the War Memorial at 11.00 a.m.

On the 27th November Advent begins and we shall start looking forward to Christmas by lighting the first candle on the Advent Wreath.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will continue on Wednesdays 26th October and 23rd November, 12.00 noon onwards - everyone is welcome.

Mary Tucker

 

MUSIC CONCERT

The recent Concert held at St. Peter's was a great success in more ways than one! The church was filled to capacity and judging from the comments afterwards, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening's entertainment.

Personally, I cannot praise enough the wonderful performances by all the instrumentalists: the lovely sung duets, the moving rendering of The Green Fields of France and the opening of the second half of the concert by St. Peter's Belles with a 'rip roaring' presentation of 'Berrynarbor!' based on the song 'Oklahoma'!

I am immensely proud of our Church Choir for their wonderful singing and without wishing to single anyone out, I must convey my thanks to Uda Goode for her arrangement of Scarborough Fair and her performance of Habanera from Bizet's Carmen.

A music concert is nothing without a compere 'knitting together' the whole proceedings and on behalf of everyone involved my sincere thanks to Tony Kitchin for his professionalism throughout the evening.

It is with pleasure that I can announce that the money received for the Concert and the Flower Festival amounted to £704 and after expenses paid, Shelter Box and Singing for the Brain [Alzheimer's] will each receive £275, with the Flower Fund for the church receiving a smaller sum.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event, enabling us to give a substantial gift to two such worthwhile organisations!

Stuart

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Our sincere thanks to everyone who handed in Gift Day envelopes, whether at the lych gate or later on in church or to the Community Shop. To date a generous £902 has been raised for church funds. We enjoyed a sunny day and it was good to have the chance to meet and talk to everyone.

On Sunday 26th June we shared an evening service with our friends from Combe Martin. Methodist lay reader, Martin Reardon, led the service and members of the Roman Catholic and Baptist churches read from the Bible and led the prayers. Collections for Christian Aid were handed in - the total has yet to be announced but the envelope collection in Berrynarbor raised £69 plus £29.50 at the service.

By the time you read this, Christians Together will have met here on Sunday, 31st July for a Songs of Praise evening.

Arrangements for the Summer Fayre on Tuesday 16th August at 6.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall are now in hand. Items for the various stalls - cakes, books, toys, plants, good bric-a-brac, china and glass - will be most welcome and again there will be a gift stall for jewellery, cosmetics, etc. There is a special request from Tony Summers for items for the bottle stall, and prizes are of course needed for the raffle. Please give me a ring on [01271] 883881 if you would like to help on the night or if anything is to be collected.

We are all looking forward to the Concert and Flower Festival to be held in church on Saturday, 27th August - please see Stuart's separate article.

Looking ahead, the Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 2nd October at 11.00 a.m. with the Evensong and Supper on Wednesday, 5th October. More information next time.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 31st August and 28th September from 12.00 noon onwards. All welcome!

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH


The church filled up rapidly with parents and children for the service on Mothering Sunday. The hour flew by with the children reading the lessons and prayers and singing a lively 'Count your Blessings'. Rev. Chris invited everyone up to the altar for communion or a blessing. Thanks to Sue Neale for the lovely bunches of flowers taken round at the end.


The Thursday before the school holiday began, Class 3 were back in church to perform The Sonflower [not a misspelling] for their parents, an allegory about the life and resurrection of Jesus. It was hard to tell who enjoyed the afternoon most - the children or the audience!


A wonderful service was held on Easter Day led by the Rev. George Billington. The flowers and lit candles made the church so welcoming and the singing was led by the choir who also sang the anthem 'Come Ye Faithful'. A truly joyous occasion.


Special dates in June will be Ascension Day on Thursday 2nd followed by Pentecost [Whit Sunday] on the 12th. St. Peter's Day is on the 29th June and we shall be at the lych-gate from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for Gift Day. Letters and envelopes will be delivered round the village the week before and we hope you will come along for a chat and an opportunity to meet the Rector if you have not already done so.


On Sunday 26th June there will be an Evening Service in Berrynarbor Church at 6.30 p.m. with Christians Together and we shall be joined by members of all the churches from Combe Martin. This is always a happy occasion. The collection will be for Christian Aid and all the money collected during Christian Aid Week will be presented. If you still have your envelope and would like to make a donation, please hand it in at church or in the village shop.


St. Peter's Summer Fayre will be on Tuesday, 16th August this year. Please let us know if you would like to help in any way and items for the various stalls and for prizes will be most welcome as always.


Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 29th June and 27th July. Do come and join us, you will be very welcome.


Licensing of Rev. Yvonne Yates


It has been a long time since a licensing/induction has taken place in Berrynarbor - the last would have been the induction of Rev. Lewis in 1970. I wonder how many people remember it.


After a great deal of preparation, the licensing of Rev. Yvonne Yates went off well, with the church almost full and so many dignitaries and clergy present as the rituals unfolded, including the ringing of the bells.


The Bishop of Exeter led the service and gave the address. Once again the joint choir excelled and sang 'The Lord is My Shepherd' to the tune of the 'Vicar of Dibley'.


After the service we all went over to the Manor Hall to enjoy a delicious buffet provided by the ladies of the North Devon Team [10 churches between Countisbury and Berrynarbor]. Our sincere thanks to everyone.


Rev. Yvonne will be living in Lynton and working across the team, supporting Rev. Chris in his ministry. We wish her well as we look forward to the future.


Mary Tucker


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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The service for the Women's World Day of Prayer held in Berrynarbor on Friday, 4th March, went smoothly and according to plan thanks to the Leader, Doreen Prater, and all those who took part from the various churches, not forgetting our Organist, Stuart Neale. There were 36 of us gathered together and our speaker was well received. The collection for WWDP charities amounted to £111.

Mothering Sunday is on the 3rd April at 11.00 a.m. and we are looking forward to a Family Service with children from the school and village. Do come and join us - there will be bouquets for everyone!

Palm Sunday will be celebrated on the 17th April, again at 11.00 a.m. with distribution of Palm Crosses and Easter Services will be as follows:

Good Friday, 2.00 p.m. A quiet hour of prayer and meditation with hymns and readings

Easter Day, 11.00 a.m. Family Communion.

Please look out for posters nearer the time. The church will be decorated on the Friday evening, 22nd April, and on Saturday. Gifts of flowers [which should be white] and donations towards the cost of lilies may be given to Sue Neale, telephone 883893.

As we go to press, we have heard that the Licensing of the new vicar, Yvonne Yates, who has been appointed to live in Lynton and to be part of the North Devon Coast Team, will take place in Berrynarbor Church on Monday, 9th May, at 7.30 p.m. We are honoured and it will be a busy time with arrangements to be made over the next few weeks.

Christian Aid Week begins on the 15th May this year and there will be an envelope collection around the village.

There will be a Friendship Lunch at The Globe on Wednesday, 25th May; the date for April has yet to be discussed - it should be the 27th but this would be immediately before the Royal Wedding and may not suit everyone.

The Annual Meeting of the Church was held on the 14th March. Attendance was low, with only 9 people present, most of whom were PCC members and including Rector Chris Steed, who was welcomed and gave a presentation of his vision for the Team. After some ten years of service, Doreen Prater has decided to stand down as Churchwarden and she was thanked most sincerely for all she has done for St. Peter's. She will remain on the PCC and will continue to take an active part in church life. Sadly, no-one has come forward to take her place - a situation which will be addressed by the PCC over the coming months. Due to other commitments, Jean Pell has resigned from the PCC but will continue to lend her skills when needed. The Curry and Quiz Evening in aid of the tenor bell is still remembered!

The PCC now numbers 7:

Stuart Neale - Churchwarden

Sylvia Berry and David Steed - Deputy Wardens

Marion Carter - PCC Secretary

Mary Tucker - PCC Treasurer

Sue Neale and Doreen Prater

We are all available when needed - please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our new Rector can be contacted on the old number - 883203

Mary Tucker

 

LICENSING SERVICE FOR CHRIS STEED

This was a special day in this year's calendar, to celebrate the licensing of our new Rector Chris Steed, held at Lynton Parish Church on Wednesday, 16th February.

About 300 people attended the evening service presided over by Bishop Michael of Exeter. The North Devon community was represented by members of all Parishes within the diocese, together with civic dignitaries, including the Mayor of Lynton, the Devon Police and Education and Religious leaders from many different churches and denominations.

It was very pleasing to see several school children from the parishes, and we were delighted that Berrynarbor Primary School was represented - in particular, Macy Ivan who spoke beautifully when presenting Chris Steed with a special Bible. The teaching staff was represented by Carol Lucas, and Teresa Crockett, who also sang with the Choir, represented the School Governors.

The service and music were largely the choosing of our new Rector and as Choirmaster it was a privilege to lead singers from Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Parracombe, together with other friends throughout the service. The Choir, some 22 members strong, led the service and as a special request from Chris, performed Elgar's beautiful anthem 'Ave Verum Corpus'. A special thank you must go to Pat Taylor who played the organ for the rehearsal and the licensing service.

Chris Steed showed all his warmth and jovial personality throughout the proceedings, and the hour long service was followed by a wonderful buffet - and grateful thanks must go to the ladies of all parishes for providing sandwiches, cakes and other refreshments.

We, the parishioners of Berrynarbor, welcomed Christ Steed to his first service at St. Peter's Church on Sunday, 20th February, and together with Berrynarbor Primary School, under the Headship of Su Carey, are delighted to have a Rector once again to serve all within the community.

Stuart Neale - Churchwarden, Organist and Choirmaster


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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Christmas celebrations began with the Carol Service on 23rd December. The church had already been decorated and was bright and welcoming with the tree and crib lit up and festive flower arrangements on every shelf and sill. The pews were full and as well as the well-loved carols and readings, the service included the school choir singing 'I Saw Three Ships' and the village choir singing 'The Angel Gabriel' and a Christmas lullaby.

Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were as well attended as usual, in spite of the icy weather, and Readers and Clergy must be thanked for making difficult journeys to reach us and also the bell-ringers who missed no services, including the one held on Boxing Day. This dedication was all made worthwhile by the numbers present in church. Collections taken up for the Children's Hospice came to £250.

The new Rector, the Revd. Christopher Steed, will be moving into Combe Martin Rectory soon and as he will be Rector of the whole North Devon Coast Team, the licensing is due to take place in Lynton Church on Wednesday, 16th February at 7.00 p.m. Numbers of those intending to be there are needed so please let a churchwarden know, as soon as possible if you can attend. As far as we know at present, services will continue at the usual time in Berrynarbor.

Easter is not until the end of April this year and Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 9th March. Mothering Sunday will be on 3rd April when there will be a Family Service - more details next time.

'How many Loaves have you?' This year the service for the Women's World Day of Prayer will be held here at St. Peter's on Friday, 4th March, the time to be confirmed but it is usually early afternoon. We shall be joined by members of all the churches in Combe Martin making up Christians Together.

The service this year has been written by the women of Chile. It is an appropriate theme for bread is eaten at every meal and is very much part of every day life. The women of Chile offer what it means to them as they share this service with us.

Stretching from Peru to Antarctica, the Republic of Chile occupies a long, narrow strip of land 2,640 miles long and 110 miles wide. It is a land of incredible contrasts. It also has the highest incidence of domestic

violence in Latin America and most women suffer from discrimination in some form or other. Equal opportunities are being pursued.

Although organised and led by women, this is essentially a day of prayer for everybody as solidarity with those in other countries is demonstrated, and all are welcome to attend.

 

Our thanks to Karen and the staff at The Globe for continuing to host the Friendship Lunch once a month. Numbers have dwindled over the past year, so do come and join us for a meal and company. We usually meet on the last Wednesday of the month - turn up for 12.00-12.15 and order whatever we want from the menu, everyone paying for themselves. It is all quite informal. The next lunches will be on Wednesdays, 23rd February and 30th March. Please ring me [883881] if you would like to come so we can give The Globe a rough idea of numbers.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Harvest Thanksgiving so successful. The Family Service on 3rd October was well attended and was conducted by Reader David Rushworth, who gave a talk on fruit and seeds. Members of the Choir led the singing and children from the School sang a Harvest Calypso. The Lesson was beautifully read by Kate Crockett. The church was further brought alive by the flower arrangements in vibrant, autumn colours - a warm welcome to everyone and a credit to all.

The Supper on the Wednesday was enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Doreen Prater and all who helped prepare the food and get the hall ready - what a tempting spread. Once again we are indebted to Michael Bowden and his team. It is lovely to hear the bells ringing out over the village and as always the produce was expertly auctioned off making £53.50. A total of £105 was raised over the evening for WaterAid . On this occasion Reader Chris James was with us and we are most grateful for all he is doing to keep things afloat during the interregnum.

The special Candle Service held on 31st October and led by Rev. Chris Tull was a dignified occasion bringing comfort to many. During the service, candles were lit in memory of loved ones and it was fitting that we were joined by family and friends of Win Collins, whose ashes were interred in the churchyard afterwards.

The service on Remembrance Sunday conducted by Reader Chris James was very well-attended, with over 70 present. Everyone gathered at the War Memorial for 11 o'clock and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Church and the Parish Council. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Ivan Clarke. We then returned to the church for the rest of the service. The Lesson was read by Lorna Bowden and the Choir sang the theme tune from 'Band of Brothers'. The collection, taken up for the Royal British Legion, amounted to £130.

We look forward to welcoming everyone over the Christmas Season and wish you peace and joy and every blessing for the New Year.

Apart from those of us suffering seasonal colds and minor ailments, there are those in the village with more serious health problems. Please know that you are continuously in our thoughts and prayers and we are here to help when needed.

There will be no Friendship Lunch at The Globe in December, and the date for January has yet to be verified.

Mary Tucker

 

Are there any flower arrangers in the village? We are in need of some help on the Church Flower Rota. Several of our regular helpers have moved away and some are physically unable to manage! If anyone is interested in helping out 3 or 4 times a year [or even less] in making the Church look beautiful for festivals - Christmas, Easter, Harvest, etc., then please give me a call. Your help would be very much appreciated.

Sue Neale [883893]

P.S. Stuart says are there any more singers who would be interested in joining the Berrynarbor Choir? The more the merrier!

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Church services from July have gone well. All the stops were pulled out for the Archdeacon's visit on the 18th. The choir came in to lead the singing and the good congregation was further augmented by family and friends of Betty Dudley-Ward, whose ashes were interred in the churchyard after the service.

Since the beginning of August we have been very fortunate in having the 'retired' Revd. Chris Tull coming over from Challacombe to celebrate the Eucharist and other services have been led by our Readers and Churchwarden, Doreen Prater, all well supported by our regular congregation.

At the end of August we received the devastating news that Mike Taylor had died suddenly in Combe Martin. As Reader, he had been working very hard holding the fort and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Janet and family.

To fill the gap David Rushworth, a Reader from Pilton, is coming over to help as are Celia Withers from the Parish Church and Philip Young from the Baptist Church in Combe Martin. We are well blessed to have so much support.

The Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 3rd October, with a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. The church will be decorated on the Thursday and Friday before [there is a Blessing of a Marriage on the Saturday]. Please let Sue Neale [883893] know if you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers or if you can bring anything in from your garden. Gifts of produce will be especially welcome - we have not had so much in recent years - and everything will be auctioned after the Supper on Wednesday, 6th October. Tickets for the

buffet supper priced £5 for adults and £2 for children, will be on sale at the Community Shop, and the evening will begin with the service in the church at 6.30 p.m.

Looking forward to other special services: All Saints Day will be commemorated at the Sunday 11.00 a.m service on 31st October, when candles will be lit in memory of loved ones. Remembrance Sunday will be on the 14th November. The service will begin at 10.45 a.m. in church and poppy wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial by the Parish Council and St. Peter's. A collection will be taken up for the Royal British Legion. Advent begins on Sunday 28th November, when the first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath.

Fund Raising: The final total for Gift Day came to £650. Thank you to everyone. The Summer Fayre on the 3rd August was a great success thanks to all the help received in preparation and setting up on the day. The way everyone rallies round is much appreciated and our sincere thanks go to all those who regularly give raffle prizes and items for the various stalls, not forgetting those unable to attend on the day who make donations to the church. Special thanks are due to Ivan, June and family who having organised the barbecue without any charge for many years, are finding pressures at work which means they cannot commit themselves to continue in the future. With expenses paid, a splendid £1,165 has been raised for church funds.

Again thank you to everyone who gave towards the village collection for the Shelterbox Flood Appeal for Pakistan which raised £160. Conversely, WaterAid will be St. Peter's charity for Harvest. WaterAid, as you know, works to give poor, deprived communities throughout the world access to clean water and improved sanitation.

Friendship Lunches will take place at The Globe on Wednesdays, 27th October and 24th November. Everyone is welcome to come and join us, please ring Mary Tucker on 883881 in the first instance.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The month of June ended on a sad note as we said farewell to Rector Keith expressing our appreciation of his

18 years' ministry with us at the presentation party in the Manor Hall and his last service in Combe Martin, when the church was full. We wish Keith and Christine every happiness in their retirement.

The churchwardens and PCC are now making every effort to keep the church and services running as normal during the interregnum and rely on your support.

Over the past few months there have been many charity and fund raising events in the village and as always, people have given very generously. The Christian Aid collection in Berrynarbor raised £93, with an additional £45 from the collection at the Christians Together service on 27th June. In the event, this well-attended service was led by Reader Mike Taylor and the preacher was Philip Young from the Baptist church. The total collection for Combe Martin and Berrynarbor came to £519.45.

Members of the PCC spent a pleasant few hours at the lych gate on Gift Day. To date £610 has been given and donations are still coming in. It is still not too late to return your envelope!

And don't forget to come along to the Summer Fayre on Tuesday, 3rd August, 6.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.

Looking ahead we anticipate celebrating the Harvest Festival on Sunday, 3rd October, with the Supper on Wednesday, 6th October. More details nearer the time.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will continue during the summer and will be held on Wednesdays 25th August and 22nd September.

Happy 21st Birthday to the Newsletter - see you on the 7th August.

Mary Tucker


Keith's Farewell

Combe Martin and Berrynarbor came together at the Manor Hall on Saturday, 19th June, to say farewell to our Rector Keith, and wish him well for his retirement.

The Hall was full and the tables literally 'groaned' under the weight of the delicious food, kindly provided by the ladies of both parishes. After enjoying the savouries and sweets, Stuart Neale spoke on behalf of everyone, thanking Keith for everything he had done for us all over the

past eighteen years and wishing him and his wife, Christine, health and happiness in their new life ahead.

Stuart unveiled Keith's present - a beautiful engraved silver chalice and communion plate and a cheque for £1,725, and flowers were given to Christine thanking her for her support.

Keith responded in his own humorous inimitable way, bringing, as always, a smile to faces - he will be sadly missed.

Keith's last service at St. Peter's - at least for twelve months - was taken on the following day, Fathers' Day.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Following the superb service on Mothering Sunday, the church was full again on Palm Sunday when the service was led by Rector Keith and the school choir came in to join the village choir. Everyone was invited to join the procession around the church after paper palm leaves had been scattered along the aisles by the children and the palm crosses had been handed round. The popular Palm Sunday hymns were sung and also a lively rendition of 'Jubilate'. Special thanks to Mrs. Newell and school staff for their work with the children.

Easter Day was celebrated by about 60 adults and children, the sun streaming through the windows at last, and the church once again bright with flowers, thanks to Sue and her helpers, as everyone rejoiced in the glorious Easter message.

There will be some changes to services at the end of June as we say our farewells to Rector Keith on his retirement. He will celebrate his last Eucharist in Berrynarbor at the 11.00 a.m. service on Sunday, 20th June, which incidentally is also Fathers' Day. Then there will be no morning service in the village on Sunday, 27th June, as we shall all be going over to Combe Martin to join in the service there to celebrate Keith's time with us as well as his 38 years of ministry. This service will begin at 10.00 a.m. and we may need to get there in good time!

That evening, Christians Together will be holding their 6.30 p.m. service led by Rector Keith in Berrynarbor church, so do come along - this is always a happy occasion and there will be refreshments afterwards.

And if you are planning to come to the Farewell Party on 19th June, be sure to obtain your ticket while there are still some available.

Over the summer, services will continue as usual beginning at 11.00 a.m. and overseen by the Archdeacon of Barnstaple. There will always be someone to lead the service and it will be up to us to make every effort to come along and support whoever it may be, ready for when a new Rector arrives.

St. Peter's continues to need funds and the PCC will be holding a Gift Day on Wednesday, 30th June. As usual, letters and envelopes will be delivered around the village the week before and the PCC and church members will be at the lych gate to receive your donations. Again, do support us - all aspects of the church are so important to the village.

Following on, the Summer Fayre will be held on Tuesday, 3rd August this year.

The observant will have noticed a cross that has been erected in the churchyard by the tower. This cross has been given in memory of the late Daisy Carter by her family and may be used by anyone in the parish. There are many living in the village who have come from away and are not always able to visit family graves; others have interred or scattered ashes elsewhere. A wish has been expressed for a focal point where flowers could be laid on anniversaries and festivals. There is now a special spot thanks to Marion and her family.

Christian Aid envelopes have been delivered around the village. If you still have one which you would like to return, please hand it in to the Community Shop or at church. Donations from all the churches will be presented at the Christians Together service on the 27th June. Friendship Lunches will be held at The Globe on Wednesdays 23rd June and 28th July. All welcome.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A wonderful service on Mothering Sunday which did the School proud. About thirty children filed into church in an orderly fashion and settled down quickly. Parents and brothers and sisters were already in the pews along with the church choir and our regular congregation.

The Lesson from St. Luke was read very clearly by Oliver Ivan, the school sang a Mother's Day song unaccompanied and one child from each year group read a poem, producing spontaneous applause - and some tears. Each child had a personally made card for their mother and bouquets with cards were distributed around the whole congregation on behalf of St. Peter's. The service ended with Macy Ivan singing 'Somewhere over the Rainbow', accompanied on the guitar.

Special thanks to Mike Taylor who led the service, Mrs. Newell and School Staff for their work with the children and Sue Wright who made up some 50 bunches of flowers for us all.

April 23rd is St. George's Day. St. George is usually portrayed slaying the dragon but there is also a story that the Emperor Constantine [3rd/4th Century] built a church over the Saint's grave and declared him guardian of seaside towns, ships, channels and dangerous waters. And there is a St. George's Channel off the Welsh coast between Great Britain and Ireland.

There will be two special dates in May. Ascension Day is on the 13th and Pentecost [Whitsunday] will be celebrated on the 23rd with Holy Communion. This is the week-end before the Bank Holiday.

Friendship Lunches will be on Wednesdays 28th April and 26th May, 12.00 noon onwards. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us.

A receipt has arrived from Shelterbox thanking us for the £400 sent in response to the Haiti earthquake appeal

The money was collected in church and through the Community Shop. We have also received a thank you letter

from the Children's Hospice for the £250 sent from Christmas collections.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Looking out today on a darkening, snowy, late afternoon, how bright and colourful the church was in comparison over Christmas. The lit crib, the Christmas tree and the red and gold of the flower arrangements could not have been more welcoming. The church was full for the Carol Service [see Stuart's article] and it was all over too soon - we would have been happy to sit listening to the choirs all evening. The services over Christmas itself were well attended and as always we were joined by visitors to the village. Collections this year were taken up for the Children's Hospice South West.

Not so long ago, Candlemas Day [February 2nd] was an important church festival. It commemorated the Purification of the Virgin Mary and people gathered for the blessing of the candles and tapers to be used during the year. Lit candles were then taken in procession around the church to ward off evil spirits. With the days lengthening, Candlemas was regarded as the turning point of winter and there was a saying:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain,
Winter is gone and will not come again
.

Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on the 17th February and Mothering Sunday will be on the 14th March and Palm Sunday will be celebrated on the 28th March. On both these occasions we look forward to being joined by the children and the children from the Primary School, who will be taking part in the services. Easter falls over the first week-end in April.

All Services begin at 11.00 a.m. and are followed by coffee and tea and biscuits.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be held on Wednesdays

24th February and 24th March, from 12.00 noon. Our thanks once more to Karen and all the staff at The Globe who always make us welcome and put in every effort on our behalf.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The bright reds, oranges and yellows of the flowers brought the church alive for the celebration of Harvest Festival on Sunday, 4th October. Thank you once again to our talented team of arrangers. The porch looked particularly welcoming and pumpkins were brought in from the Tongues of Fire event. The Sunday service was a truly family occasion with children from the School singing and also the village choir. Harvest Evensong and Supper were not so well attended this year - about 30 in all coming so soon after the Saturday event. But those of us who were there enjoyed a delicious meal, once again prepared by the ladies of the church. The food looked most inviting and by the end very little was left! Michael Bowden and Bill Huxtable made short work of the auction of produce raising just over £50, and together with the church collection and donations, we'll again be able to send £100 to Water Aid.

Candles were lit and placed on the altar on Sunday afternoon, 25th October, for All Saints Day - a moving service for those who came to remember family and friends. There was time afterwards to talk and share tea and biscuits.

The Remembrance Service on the 8th November was very well attended. Wreaths were laid by the Parish Council and the Church and the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Ivan Clarke. Our thanks also to Chris James who officiated and to the choir who sang 'From a Distance' by Julie Gold - beautiful!

A Coffee Morning was held on Saturday, 24th October, arranged after the magazines had gone to press. Nevertheless, £134.30 was raised for church funds thanks to all who contributed and supported us on the day.

The PCC are constantly looking for new ideas for fund-raising and social events to help with finances and would welcome suggestions for 2010.

There will not be a Friendship Lunch in December and details of the January one will be announced later.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Everything went well for the Summer Fayre which took place on 18th August and turned out to be the most successful for some time, if not ever. The day was fine and we were able to make full use of the Manor Hall Car Park. As always, there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere and our thanks go to everyone who took part, gave so generously and helped in so many different ways. With all expenses paid, a total of £1,186 was raised. Remaining items from the bric-a-brac stall were given to the Hospice Shop and books were delivered to the Combe Martin Museum for their stall.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING will take place the first week-end in October, with a service in church at 11.00 a.m. on 4th October, the day after the Beaford Arts events in the village, in which St. Peter's hopes to take a full and active part. The church will have been decorated ready earlier in the week and please contact Sue Wright [993893] if you have flowers, fruit or vegetables to donate or would like to contribute towards the cost of flowers. The Harvest Supper will be held on Wednesday evening, 7th October, with Evensong in church at 6.30 p.m. followed by a buffet in the Manor Hall. Tickets price £5 for adults, £2 for children will be on sale the week before in the Shop or from church on Sunday. Any produce will be auctioned after the meal, with proceeds going to Water Aid.

Looking forward to November, All Saints falls on Sunday, 1st November. There will be a service as usual at11.00 a.m. and the Special Service at 3.00 p.m. when candles will be lit in memory of loved ones.Do come andjoin us - you will be assured of a warm welcome and there will be tea and biscuits afterwards.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is on the 8th November, and this year the service will probably start earlier at10.30 a.m. Please look out for posters.

Finally, Advent Sunday will be on 29th November when the first candle will be lit on the Advent Ring and we shall start to think of Christmas! Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 28th October and 25th November. Anyone is welcome to come and join us - please contact me on 883881 if you would like to give it a try.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The rain cleared for the Pig Roast held on Saturday, 27th June, at South Lee Farm - a great village evening thanks to the generosity of the Gubb and Clarke families, and so many others, not forgetting Gary and his fellow musicians. Once again the response was over-whelming and over £800 has been added to the Bell Fund.

Friday, 3rd July, saw us back in church for the Concert given by Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir. Their varied programme was most entertaining and the choir's own enthusiasm added to the atmosphere. Donations at the end amounted to £111.

Before these last events, a special Thanksgiving Service was held on Sunday, 21st June, for the restoration of the Tenor Bell. Drinks and nibbles followed kindly provided by Jean Ede - thank you Jean.

Over the past two months, other charities have not been forgotten. Collections for Christian Aid made through the churches in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor amounted to £811 this year - quite an increase on 2008 - and £41 has been forwarded to the African Mercy Ships from donations at the Pentecost Songs of Praise.

St. Peter's Summer Fayre will be held in the Manor Hall on Tuesday, 18th August, starting at 6.30 p.m. Gifts for the various stalls will be most welcome - cakes, books, toys, good bric-a-brac, plants, etc., also prizes for the raffle, tombola and bottle stall. We look forward to a bumper evening.

Friendship Lunches will continue through the summer and we shall meet at The Globe on Wednesdays 26th August and 23rd September from mid-day. Everyone welcome.

Looking forward, the Harvest Festival will be celebrated the first week-end in October. More details next time.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

A big thank you to Sue Wright for making up the colourful posies which were presented by the Rector to all the ladies on Mothering Sunday, ably assisted by Katie Crockett. Although we had a good congregation, there were very few families with children on this occasion. However, the church was full on Easter Day and it was a joy to welcome children from the school who came along and sang 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing'. The choir led the hymn singing and also sang the anthem 'Come, ye Faithful' - a very beautiful and moving arrangement. Once again, the church was beautifully decorated thanks to Sue and her helpers, and Rector Keith had more than enough Easter eggs for all!

Christian Aid envelopes were delivered round the village in mid-May. If you still have an envelope which has not been collected, please hand it in at the Community Shop or at church on any Sunday before the end of June. The final collection is usually made at the Christians Together service which will again take place in Berrynarbor on the last Sunday in June: 28th June at 6.30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this service and there will be refreshments afterwards. Most important, on the Sunday before [21st June], the village service at 11.00 a.m. will be given over to a thanksgiving for the repair of the Tenor Bell.

Everyone was enthralled by David Chaffe and his barn own Phantom, who entertained us on the evening of 8th May. Has the Manor Hall ever been so silent? Our thanks to Malcolm and Pat Sayer for arranging this evening and the ringers and helpers who provided the refreshments and raffle prizes.

The date has been fixed for the visit to St. Peter's of the Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir - it will be on Friday, 3rd July at 7.30 p.m. We look forward to your support. Entry will be free with a retiring collection and light refreshments will be provided. A 'Musical' week-end is promised with the 'Open Organ Day' following on the Saturday.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 24th June and 29th July. We meet between 12.00 and 12.30 p.m. and order whatever we choose from the menu. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome and good company. Please get in touch with me on 883881 if you would like to come along.

Advance Notice: St. Peter's Summer Fayre will be on Tuesday,

18th August this year. As always, gifts for the various stalls will be very welcome, as will anyone who would like to give a hand.

Mary Tucker

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Special Services during April and May will be as follows:

5th April Palm Sunday, 11.00 a.m. Songs of Praise with distribution of Palm Crosses

10th April Good Friday, 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. A quiet hour for reflection with hymns & prayers

12th April Easter Day, 11.00 a.m. Family Communion [and will there be Easter Eggs for the children?].

The church will be decorated late Friday afternoon and on Saturday. Please let Sue know if you would like to give flowers or make a donation towards the cost. Her 'phone number is 883893.

Thursday, 21st May is Ascension Day followed by Whitsunday [or Pentecost] on 31st May, which is the Sunday after the May Bank Holiday week-end. The service will be at 11.00 a.m. as usual. Please look out for posters nearer the time.

Christian Aid Week will be 10th to 16th May, and once again envelopes will be distributed and collected around the main village.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 29th April and 27th May. On behalf of everyone, I should like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at The Globe for the delicious Christmas Lunch prepared for us - we finally managed to arrange it at the end of February!

Restoration of the Tenor Bell

The tenor bell was reinstalled on Monday, 9th March and the other bells were checked at the same time. Those venturing outside on the evening of Thursday, 12th, were overjoyed to hear a practice peal ringing out over the village. There was quite a gathering in church that night with our own ringers joined by others from Combe Martin and a photographer from the Journal.

The response to the appeal for the restoration of the bell has been overwhelming. Thanks to all your very generous donations and support of the special events held, there will be enough money in the bank to cover the invoice when it arrives. The Curry and Quiz Night was a runaway success and we cannot thank Jean and Peter enough for their magnificent effort. The Folk Evenings arranged by Tony Summers were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and together raised £656. Our thanks to Tony and Pip and everyone who gave so freely of their time and talents. Over the past few weeks there has been a prize hamper in the Community Shop provided by Bill Huxtable. The draw, which took place on Saturday, 14th March, was won by Gilly Loosemore and raised a further £122 . The total sum raised was increased by an incredible amount following the Coffee Morning on the 21st March, organised by Elaine Filer. And there are still a few more planned events in the pipeline, dates yet to be confirmed.

All the money raised has been placed in a Bell Fund and any sum remaining will be kept there for future maintenance of the bells. Since leaflets 'Help Us to Save Our Bell' were distributed all round the village, there will be no Gift Day in June this year.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Once again the church was transformed for the Christmas services by the flower arrangers, with every windowsill and shelf decorated and stands by the altars and pulpit. Thank you all. The crib took its place at the font and the tree, decorated and lit up, looked lovely. The Carol Service on 17th December, fulfilled its promise. The church was almost full, the choir excelled itself and the added presence of the school children gave much pleasure. The choir sang John Rutter's 'Nativity Choir' with its truly beautiful lilting melody and then, with the school, a special arrangement of 'Away in a Manger'. There were a few empty seats on Christmas Eve when the 'Midnight' Mass was celebrated and the crib blessed. So many have been laid low with 'flu, coughs and colds already this season and we hope everyone will soon be recovered.

Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on 25th February and special courses will be taking place in Combe Martin.

Mothering Sunday falls on 22nd March this year and the Family Service will begin at 11.00 a.m. as usual. Please look out for posters nearer the time.

Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe, the next two being on Wednesdays 25th February and 25th March. This will be our tenth year! We do appreciate all that the Ozelton family does for us - we are always assured of a warm welcome.

Mary T.

It is sad to report the current demise of the largest bell in the tower of St. Peter's Church. At practice back in the autumn, ringers noticed that the tenor bell stopped abruptly and on examination it was found the gudgeon pin that supported the bell's headstock had sheared off and the bell was jammed at a crazy angle in the tower. This means that a full peal cannot be rung and continued ringing of the bells could cause more damage to the tower machinery.

Investigation has revealed that a considerable sum of money, between £3,000 and £4,000 is required to repair it. Unfortunately, the tower fund doesn't have sufficient monies to pay for it and events are being held to raise funds.

Peter and Jean and the PCC are holding an event on Friday, 6th February, and Tony Summers is organising an event at The Globe on Saturday, 7th March. It is hoped that as many people as possible will support these events and enjoy great nights out.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

There were over 60 of us in church to celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday, 5th October. We were especially pleased to welcome children from the school with their families and the singing of 'Look at the World' by them and the church choir was enjoyed by all. Once again the church was beautifully decorated thanks to the efforts of the flower arrangers, but not a lot of produce was given this year although more was brought in ready for the Wednesday evening auction. There was a happy atmosphere at the Evensong and we all walked over to the Hall afterwards to the sound of the bells ringing out over the village. The appetising supper prepared by Doreen Prater and helpers was much appreciated by us all. The auction, conducted by the bell-ringers raised £51.40 and, when added to the collection taken in church, the PCC will again be able to send £100 to Water Aid.

The moving Candle Service held on Sunday, 2nd November, was well attended and once again the altar was aglow with all the candles lit in memory of loved ones. The choir led the singing of hymns chosen by members of the congregation and they also sang 'Lead Me Lord'.

Members of the Parish Council joined us for the Remembrance Service on Sunday, 9th November. The congregation numbered almost 70 and it was good to see families with children present. In spite of the heavy rain and wind, Rector Keith led us to the War Memorial to observe the two minutes' silence at 11.00 a.m. Ivan Clarke was the bugler and wreaths were laid by Marion Carter and Paul Crockett on behalf of the Church and Parish Council respectively. The lesson was read by Sue Sussex and the choir sang 'Band of Brothers'. The collection, taken up for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, amounted to £125.

There will be no Friendship Lunch in December but we shall all be meeting again at The Globe in the New Year on Wednesday 28thJanuary.

Mary Tucker

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So, once again we had the rain to contend with at our Summer Fayre held on the 5th August. Everyone opted to bring their staff inside, apart from Ivan, who with his family and friends nevertheless had a successful evening running the barbecue. We did miss the skittles, but it was just not practical to bring the board down in the wet. The hall was very busy thanks to everyone who braved the weather to come out and support us. So many also gave prizes and goods for the various stalls, not to mention their time. Including several generous donations and with all expenses paid, £760 has been raised for much needed church funds.

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be on Sunday, 5th October at 11.00 a.m. This promises to be a special celebration with the school choir joining the church choir for a Family Service. Coffee [or tea] will be served afterwards. The church will be decorated on the Friday and Saturday before and gifts of flowers and produce will be very welcome. Harvest Evensong and Supper will follow on the Wednesday, 8th October, beginning in church at 6.30 p.m. There will be a buffet again this year and ticked priced at £5 will be on sale at the Community Shop the week before. Please buy your ticket in good time to assist in accurate catering for the numbers. The produce will be auctioned off at the end of the evening with proceeds going to WaterAid.

November will see a number of special services and times will vary from the normal, so please check.

Sunday, 2nd November, is All Souls Day and the Candle Service will be held at 4.00 p.m. with refreshments to follow. We welcome everyone from the village or outside to this service and it gives us all an opportunity to quietly remember loved ones. Please note there will be no service at 11.00 a.m. on this occasion.

Sunday, 9th November, will be Remembrance Sunday. The service will begin in church at the earlier time of 10.45 a.m. and we shall be joined by members of the Parish Council for the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.

Sunday, 30th November, is St. Andrew's Day and also the first Sunday in Advent when the first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath. The service will begin at the normal time of 11.00 a.m.

Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 22nd October and 26th November.

Mary Tucker

Two Choirs

Some months ago I approached the Primary School Headteacher, Sue Carey, to see if some of her talented children could get together with St. Peter's Church Choir to sing something special for our Harvest Festival Service this year. It was quite clear to me that Sue was extremely

enthusiastic about the project and so it was agreed that those children who enjoy singing should start practising as soon as possible!

Under the expert eye of Mary-Jane Newell, rehearsals have got underway and as such will be 'recreating' an event that took place many years ago when the School and Choir performed John Rutter's 'Look at the World' anthem at Harvest Festival time. Rehearsals are going well and 'joint' rehearsals commenced in early September. Come October, we hope that the Church will be filled to capacity to hear this beautiful piece of music performed once again - the words and music being so appropriate for the celebration of Harvest.

My earlier plea for new people to join our Church Choir has not met with much success, but one new lady, from Ilfracombe, has joined us. We are very pleased to welcome Anne Baldwin to our fold and can only hope that more people will come forward to enjoy singing together in the very near future.

Stuart Neale - Organist and Choirmaster

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Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor held their United Service at St. Peter's on Sunday, 29th June. We had a good congregation and the service was led by Rector Keith with the Baptist Minister, Philip Young, giving the address. Christian Aid collections, made during May, were offered up from both villages at the end of the service, resulting in a final total of £664.98.

Church members were out again at the end of June delivering Gift Day envelopes around the village. It is surprising how quickly the time goes at the lych gate on a fine day! To date donations for the upkeep and running of the church have reached a generous £840. Thank you all once again for your continuing, unstinting support.

DON'T FORGET the Summer Fayre to be held in the Manor Hall on Tuesday, 5th August, 6.30 p.m. onwards. Admission is free, so come and join in the fun.

Harvest celebrations will be on Sunday, 5th October with the Supper and Auction of produce on Wednesday, 8th October. Full details will appear in the next Newsletter.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 27th August and 24th September.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Easter Services were well attended. The Good Friday 'Quiet Hour' was thoughtfully led by Reader Mike Taylor, a solemn time for reflection before the joyous celebration of Easter Day. Once again the flower arrangers did us proud - the church looked really beautiful. [Thanks again to all those who make regular donations towards the cost.] It was good to see the choir back with us singing Mozart's 'Ave Verum', and the hymn 'All for Jesus'. After Stuart's appeal, new members will hopefully have been inspired to come along and swell the ranks.

With summer approaching and a number of new people in the village, this seems a good time to recap on our regular Sunday services. Firstly, all services begin at 11.00 a.m. and last about an hour, with coffee and biscuits to follow and time to talk. A Songs of Praise takes place on the first Sunday of the month, with hymns chosen beforehand by members of the congregation, ensuring sequence and keeping up the momentum. Strangely enough, although favourite hymns are chosen at various times by different people, a theme always seems to emerge and it is never the same. The Eucharist on the second and fourth Sundays of the month follows the modern order of service for the Church of England, called Common Prayer, and is meant to be 'user friendly'. Members of the congregation take turns to read the lessons and sometimes lead the prayers.

The third Sunday in the month is the Village Service - a simplified form of Morning Prayer. The choir is present but when numbers are too few they join with the congregation giving a welcome boost to our singing!

During June there will be a special Evening Service on the 29th at 6.30 p.m. [St. Peter's Day] when Christians Together will be coming to Berrynarbor for a United Service. Do come along if you can. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

St. Peter's Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 25th June this year, when the Rector and PCC members will be at the lychgate all day, from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., to receive your envelopes and exchange news. Letters and envelopes will be delivered round the village the week before. Looking further ahead, the church Summer Fayre will be on Tuesday, 5th August, with all the usual stalls, etc. So please look out any books, bric-a-brac, etc., that you no longer need.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 25th June and 23rd July. For anyone who would like to join us, my telephone number is 883881.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The repainting of the inside walls of the church is finished at last and everyone agrees how much better it looks - fresher and cleaner with a happy choice of colour. It was no easy task for the contractors, especially as everything had to be tidied away for Sunday services and special events. It was also interesting to see how many people visited the church during the week, in spite of notices on the gate advising that work was in progress. It is encouraging that the church is so well used and a focus for the school, parishioners and visitors alike. Plans are now in hand to repaint the vestry with the left over paint.

A strange service for Berrynarbor on Mothering Sunday! No families with young children appeared, although the adults [numbering the same as last year] enjoyed singing the hymns and taking part in Rector Keith's address, all going home with bunches of daffodils. Church festivals are coming round early this year and some of us are perhaps being taken unawares, but you were missed!

With Easter Day on 23rd March, Pentecost [Whit Sunday] will be celebrated with a Family Communion on Sunday, 11th May at 11.00 a.m. The 11th May also sees the start of Christian Aid Week when envelopes will be delivered around the village for those who wish to donate.

The PCC held their Annual Meeting on Monday 10th March, looking back on 2007 and forward to 2008. Rector Keith thanked the Churchwardens and the PCC for all their work in maintaining the life and witness of the church. Doreen Prater and Stuart Neale continue as Churchwardens and all members of the PCC pronounced themselves willing to continue to serve: Sylvia Berry, Marion Carter [Secretary], Jean Ede, Janet Gibbins, David Steed, Mary Tucker [Treasurer] and Sue Wright. Marion has also been elected Sidesman. Any of these people may be approached at any time with queries, suggestions, etc.

Friendship Lunches will be held at The Globe on Wednesdays 23rd April and 28th May, the Globe 12.00 noon onwards. Everyone welcome.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Still in the midst of redecoration, the church was dusted and tidied ready for Christmas. The crib, tree and the flowers appeared and suddenly everything was bright and cheerful. All the windows were decorated again and Sue and her team must be congratulated for their skill and imaginative arrangements. Thank you once again to all those who made very generous donations, making it all possible.

All the services were well attended. The Choir sang 'Ding-Dong-Ding' and 'In the Bleak Midwinter' at the Carol Service - we could have listened to them all night. On Christmas Eve, the service began with the age-old tradition of Blessing of the Crib and the singing of 'Once in Royal David's City' - Christmas had really begun! Visitors augmented the congregation on Christmas morning, in spite of the earlier start at 10.00 a.m. Then it was back to 'family' on Epiphany Sunday, 6th January, the last day of Christmas when the candles on the Advent wreath were extinguished. Finally, a big thank you to our bell-ringers who turned up for all the services and also rang in the New Year.

Lent begins early this year with Ash Wednesday on 6th February. Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on 2nd March, when we shall look forward to families in church and spring posies all round.

Palm Sunday will be on the 16th March, followed by Good Friday on the 21st and Easter Day on Sunday, 23rd March. A reminder that all Sunday services start at 11.00 a.m. and please look out for posters nearer the time giving more details.

Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe the last Wednesday in the month - 27th February and 26th March. Please ring me on 883881 if you would like to join in. Everyone is welcome. We arrive any time after 12.00, order for ourselves from the menu and pay as we go.

Mary Tucker

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Harvest Festival time came round again and was celebrated on Sunday, 30th September. As we are still in the midst of redecoration [to be finished by Christmas], not so many flowers were in church this year but the entrance was welcoming with fruit and vegetables along the back shelves and a huge basket of flowers placed for Mrs. Dummett in memory of her husband. Sunflowers and marigolds brightened up the pulpit and reading desk and, as always, there was a beautiful arrangement at the altar.

The Evensong and Supper on the following Wednesday were enjoyed by everyone and the buffet meal was a great success thanks to Doreen Prater and helpers. A lively auction of produce rounded off the evening and once again we shall be able to send £100 to Water Aid.

Two moving services were held at the beginning of November. The Candle Service on the first Sunday was very well attended. Our own choir was joined by choir members from Combe Martin to sing 'There's a Place for Us' and 'Ave Verum'. The congregation were all invited by Rector Keith to go up to the altar to light a candle in memory of loved ones. The following Sunday, 11th November, saw well over 70 of us gathered in church for the Remembrance Service, conducted by Rev'd. Steve Painting. On this occasion we were joined by the Parish Council and Ann Hinchliffe read the lesson on their behalf.

After the first hymn, everyone gathered at the War Memorial for the two minutes' silence and laying of wreaths. The collection of £165 has been sent to the Royal British Legion.

On Advent Sunday, 2nd December, the first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath as we begin to anticipate Christmas. This year the services will be as follows:

Cards will once again be distributed around the village and a sincere welcome is extended to everyone to come and join in the celebrations.

Donations towards the cost of flowers in church for Christmas will be gratefully received. We are sorry to report that Linda Brown has now left the village and will no longer be in charge of the flower arranging team. Thank you, Linda, for all your hard work and patient help - we are going to miss you. Sue Wright has agreed to take Linda's place and all queries should be addressed to her, telephone 883893.

There will be no Friendship Lunch in December and the date for January will be announced later.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Everyone rallied round to make the best of the inclement evening for the Summer Fayre on 14th August. Stall holders and those running the various attractions were kept busy, as were those providing hot drinks, and a special mention for Ivan and family who as always braved the elements to do a brilliant job on the barbecue. Our thanks go to everyone who supported us in so many different ways. Gifts poured in and the china/bric-a-brac stall did particularly well with 'new' stock for sale. By the time all expenses had been paid, £836 was raised towards church funds.

Congratulations and praise all round were the order of the Bank Holiday week-end when the Flower Festival was held in the church. The theme was 'Creation' and included not only set pieces based on verses from Genesis, but also displays featuring the creative arts. Visitors were most impressed commenting on the imagination and professionalism displayed and also saying how refreshingly unique it was against the backdrop of a small village church. Our thanks to Sue Wright and the St. Peter's team of flower arrangers and also to Ilfracombe Floral Art Club - we could not have staged the event without them. Once again Judie kindly produced the informative leaflets and others gave up time to steward the church. Donations over the week-end, including proceeds from the wine and cheese evening, came to £408.50. Expenses were met from the generosity of the Ilfracombe Club, individual donations and St. Peter's Flower Fund.

The task of redecoration of the interior walls of the church has begun. There will be upheaval and some inconvenience over the next few weeks and the church will not always be open for safety reasons, but services will continue as normal.

The special Candle Service for remembering loved ones, family and friends, at All Saints will be held on Sunday, 4th November at 11.00 a.m. This service is open to everyone as always, and tea or coffee will be served afterwards.

Remembrance Day falls on Sunday, 11th November this year and the Service will begin in church at 10.45 a.m. ready to process to the War Memorial for 11.00 a.m.

We have been thinking of the Ozelton family as they deal with the aftermath of the fire at The Globe. In spite of everything, they gave thought to the Friendship Lunches and in August we all went to the Sawmill Inn where we were well looked after and served lovely meals, which everyone enjoyed. We shall be there again in September but hope to return to The Globe later in the year. Our last two lunches for 2007 will be held on Wednesdays 31st October and 28th November.

The PCC has just received a cheque for £130 from Lee Lodge, part of Fremington Homes. Staff and residents held an Open Day and Cream Tea on 29th August in support of the church and attracted a lot of visitors who were very impressed. We should like to thank everyone involved and wish Lee Lodge every success in their new venture.

Mary Tucker

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Just over £200 was collected for Christian Aid from the house-to-house collection in Berrynarbor. Once again, thank you all for your generosity and to those who gave their time delivering and collecting envelopes. Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor gave a commendable total of £796.

Gift Day: a rewarding day was spent at the lychgate on Wednesday, 27th June. A steady flow of people came along to make their gift and have a chat. To date £1,283 has been raised for the Building Fund and our grateful thanks go to everyone for their continued support. If you were away and missed us on the day, it is still not too late to hand your envelope to the Rector or any member of the PCC.

Preparations for the church Summer Fayre on the 14th August are now in hand. If you would like to help or have a new idea for a side-show or stall, we should be glad to hear from you. Our stock of bric-a-brac is low at the moment, so good saleable items would be very welcome, also books, cakes, plants and prizes for the raffle, tombola, etc. Please get in touch with any member of the PCC or ring Mary Tucker [883881] for collection.

Services will follow their normal pattern through the summer but there will be a special Family Songs of Praise at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, 26th August during the Flower Festival. Then the Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 30th September with a Family Communion at 11.00 a.m. The church will be decorated the Friday and Saturday before and gifts of flowers and produce will be much appreciated. The Supper will take place the following Wednesday, 3rd October, preceded by Evensong. Please look out for posters nearer the time.

Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 29th August and 26th September, 12.00 noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

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A happy service was enjoyed on Mothering Sunday although there were a few spaces in the pews. By the end of the service, all the posies had disappeared and our thanks to the ladies who spent time on the Saturday making up the bunches. It was lovely to see the children's faces as they went round the congregation making sure no-one had been forgotten.

What glorious weather for the Easter week-end! We had a good congregation for the Sunday service with families and visitors coming along to take part. Luckily Rector Keith had enough Easter eggs to go round! The choir sang "All in the April Evening" most beautifully and once again the flower arrangers had done us proud and our thanks go to those who gave so generously - we were able to decorate the south windows again this year.

The Coffee Morning held on Election Day was quieter than usual and we did miss the social side. However, proceeds came to £120 - well up to average - the cake and plant stalls doing particularly well. In addition, over £30 was raised on the Fairtrade stall. Thanks to the efforts of Janet Gibbins, a book of Gospel Readings for the Rector to use on Sundays and a table for the church have been purchased with the profits from the Fairtrade Stall to date.

GIFT DAY will be on Wednesday, 27th June. Rector Keith and members of the PCC will again be at the lichgate all day to receive your donations and have a chat. Look out for letters through your box!

Friendship Lunches at The Globe continue through the summer with the next on Wednesdays 27th June and 25th July. If you would like to join us, we meet from 12.00 noon onwards, ordering what we should like from the Bar Menu and paying for ourselves as we go. Ring me on 883881 if you would like to know more.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Church Summer Fayre with all the usual stalls and attractions will be on Tuesday, 14th August.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

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The songs of Praise at the beginning of March was very well attended and already hymns have been chosen for the next one on 1st April, Palm Sunday. There will be a notepad at the back of the church to give everyone the opportunity of choosing a favourite hymn and hopefully coming along to help sing it! Sunday, 6th May will be the next date.

It would be lovely to see the church as full at Easter as it was at Christmas. There will be a Quiet Hour led by Rector Keith on Good Friday, 2.00 - 3.00 p.m., with hymns, readings and prayers. Do set aside time to come if you can. Then in the late afternoon, the flower arrangers will arrive to begin decorating the church ready for Easter Day. Please let Linda know if you would like to contribute towards the cost of lilies [Tel. 882600]. On Easter Sunday the Family Communion Service will begin at 11.00 a.m. Will there be surprises for the children?

Special Services during May? Sunday 27th will be Whitsun, which actually coincides with the Bank Holiday this year! So hopefully lots of visitors to join in our Family Communion Service.

There was a lovely atmosphere at the Pancake Day Coffee Morning and Knit-In. The pancakes were delicious and at the end a donation of £65 was made to church funds. Our thanks to the organisers and the valiant team in the kitchen.

The next Coffee Morning held by the PCC will be on Election Day, Thursday, 3rd May, in the Manor Hall, from 9.30 a.m. until noon. Please come along and support us and as always gifts for the various stalls will be most welcome.

We are all looking forward to the Friendship Lunches at The Globe on Wednesdays 25th April and 23rd May. It was lovely to see all the familiar faces again in February and two friends were celebrating birthdays.

This year Christian Aid Week is from 13th to 19th May. After the successful house-to-house collection last year, envelopes will be delivered and collected once again for those who wish to make a donation. Look out for the posters!

Mary Tucker

The Annual Meeting of the PCC was held in the vestry on the evening of Thursday, 15th March. Listening to the various reports, it was astonishing how much had been achieved over the year and how much time members of the Council had spent on the work of the church. This meeting is open to all whose names are on the Electoral Roll: perhaps more will manage to come next year. The Rector expressed his thanks to all the Officers of the PCC and to the ladies who now clean the church on a rota basis, not forgetting Bet Brooks who continues to polish the brassware. Once again there is a strong team of bell ringers and Michael Bowden was able to report that all is in good order. The churchyard is being well maintained by Tom Tucker and Matthew Walls.

PCC Officers continue as before:

Churchwardens:Doreen Prater and Stuart Neale
Secretary:Marion Carter
Treasurer:Mary Tucker
Additional Members:Sylvia Berry, Janet Gibbins, Jean Ed & David Steed<
Deputy Wardens:Sylvia Berry, Janet Gibbins, David Steed

We are sorry to lose Margaret Walls from the PCC after more than five years' service, three spent as Treasurer. Margaret will continue as Magazine Distributor and is still a Sidesman. No doubt we shall also see her behind the plant stall at various events!

Margaret Andrews has not been with us for some months now due to ill-health but continues to do what she can from home and is with us in spirit. She has recently taken on the Chairmanship of Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor and we wish her well. Margaret says thank you for all the support and prayers she has received during her incapacity.

We are already a quarter of the way through 2007 and with your support we look forward to another year of fellowship and growth.

M.T.

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The church was packed and all the stops were pulled out for the Service of Carols and Readings held on the 20th December. The Choir sang 'Noel Nouvelet' in French and 'The Seven Joys of Mary', and the children, in Nativity costume, processed along the aisles during the singing of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'. They then grouped on the altar steps to sing 'Away in a Manger'. It was good to see so many children in church once again and their performance was repeated during the morning service on Christmas Eve. The rest of the Christmas services were enjoyed by all and the Family Communion on Christmas Morning was particularly well attended. The last service on Sunday, 7th January, saw the celebration of the Epiphany and also a Christening.

Then it was time to pack away the crib and the tree for another year. Our thanks to everyone who helped with the decorating - the flowers, as always, were lovely, in no small part due to the generosity of those who regularly make donations - you know who you are.

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on the 21st February. There will be Lent boxes at the back of the church for the Bible Society to be returned at Easter.

Mothering Sunday will brighten the atmosphere on 18th March, when we shall be joined by the children who will help in handing bunches of flowers around the congregation.

Easter is quite early this year with Easter Day on 8th April, preceded by Palm Sunday on the 1st. More details next time.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be held on Wednesdays

28th February and 28th March and new members are always welcome. Please telephone me [883881] in the first instance.

Mary Tucker

Monthly Church Services

1st Sunday11.00 a.m.Songs of Praise*
2nd Sunday11.00 a.m.Sung Eucharist & Holy Communion
3rd Sunday11.00 a.m.Village Service
4th Sunday11.00 a.m.Sung Eucharist & Holy Communion by Extension
5th Sunday11.00 a.m.Please see the Notice Board

* Songs of Praise: Your favourite hymns by request. Please let Stuart know your choice in advance - Tel: 882447.

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Harvest Service was celebrated on Sunday, 1st October, for which the church was beautifully decorated. The Evensong was held on Wednesday, 4th October when the bells rang and the service was well attended. Our thanks to Mary Tucker and all her helpers for the supper which was very much enjoyed, and to the Rector for doing such sterling work auctioning all the produce. With the money raised through the auction and the collection, the amount of £100 will now be sent to WaterAid, the charity helping communities to establish their own safe water supply in under-developed countries. Marion Carter

A successful Autumn Bazaar was held on Saturday, 4th November when £144 was raised for church funds. Our thanks to everyone who came along to give support and especially to those who gave to the various stalls. There were lots of bargains to be had and some of us now have space in our wardrobes! Everything left over has been given to the Hospice shops. The Fairtrade and Hospice stalls also had a very profitable afternoon.

Congregations during the latter part of October were somewhat depleted with people ill or looking after others, as well as taking a break before the winter. Nevertheless, services continued with their usual vigour and the enthusiastic input of those present made up for the lack of numbers. Our thanks, especially to Keith and Stuart, for arranging the Candle Service on 29th October - a quiet time to remember loved ones and of comfort to us all.

The church filled up rapidly for the Service of Remembrance on 12th November when we were joined by members of the Parish Council. This year the service was led by Reader Mike Taylor and in his talk the question was asked once again: what lessons have been learnt? The lesson was read by Sue Sussex and the choir sang 'Bring Him Home' from the show 'Les Miserables'. Before the service, the two minutes' silence was observed at the War Memorial and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Parish Council, the Church and the Women's Institute. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by trumpeter Neil Hamilton. The collection of £113.50 will be sent to the Royal British Legion.

Advent Sunday falls on 3rd December. The first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath and the service will take the form of a 'Songs of Praise'.

There will be no Friendship Lunch in December and we shall meet again in the New Year on Wednesday, 24th January, 12.00 noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: David Duncan

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Summer Fayre was a great success with £1,024.75 being raised in a short space of time. Our thanks to everyone who helped in any way and to those who gave donations, being unable to attend on the day. The performances by Puppet Power and the Hand-bell Ringers were much appreciated and added to the enjoyment of the evening. Items not sold on the china and bric-a-brac stalls have been passed on to the North Devon Hospice shops. Thank you to the stall-holders who packed everything away so tidily at the end. One plea: Please do not give electrical goods in future - we are not allowed to sell them second-hand.

The final total for Gift Day came to £1,090 and all the money will go to the upkeep and running of the church.

A steady flow of visitors made their way up to the church for the Holiday Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. There was something for everyone to enjoy and the atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly. The Village Shop was well represented with local and specialist foods to sample and the wine-tasting was very popular. Doreen and Janet kept us supplied with refreshments - the home-made cakes were delicious! Then there was the music, the spinning and flower arranging; the Newsletter display, the model railway and the stalls. There was even a team of visiting bell-ringers. Altogether a good team effort, co-ordinated by Stuart, which made some £320 for the church.

The Manor Hall has been booked for an Autumn Bazaar on the afternoon of Saturday, 4th November, from 2.00 p.m. There will be racks of nearly-new clothes plus the usual stalls and a raffle. Items for the various stalls will be most welcome. Please contact Mary Tucker [883881] if you have gifts to be collected. It is also hoped to have a stall selling Christmas items and there will, of course, be refreshments.

Following the Harvest, our next special service will be on Sunday, 29th October, at 3.00 p.m. when candles will be lit and placed on the altar in memory of loved ones. This simple service of hymns and prayers is open to everyone and affords an opportunity for quiet remembrance at All Souls tide. The afternoon ends with tea and biscuits.

Remembrance Sunday falls on 12th November this year, and together with the Parish Council we shall gather in church at 10.45 a.m. ready for the laying of wreaths followed by the special service.

Friendship Lunches continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 25th October and 22nd November, from 12.00 noon onwards.

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Alvary Scott

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The collection around the village for Christian Aid enabled St. Peter's to contribute £288 to the total of

£840 raised by Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor - a huge increase on last year. Thank you all for your willing support. With so many demands being made on our purses, we all know it is just not possible to give to everything.

Beautiful weather for Gift Day this year and a day once again which was well worthwhile, with so many coming along to hand in an envelope and have a chat with the Rector. With donations still arriving, over £1,000 has been raised - a welcome boost to church funds. We shall know the final amount by the time the next Newsletter goes to press.

Special Services:

On Sunday 6th August, there will be a Songs of Praise in place of the Family Service. Do come along to enjoy some favourite hymns and a cup of coffee or tea afterwards. Then on the first Sunday in September, 3rd, there will be an Animal Service. Looking forward to October, the Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 1st October, with the Evensong and Supper on the following Wednesday, the 4th.

All Sunday morning services begin at 11.00 a.m.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 23rd August and 27th September, 12.00 noon onwards. Everyone welcome!

Mary Tucker

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Artwork: Helen Armstead

ST. PETER'S CHURCH

Easter Services A quiet time on Good Friday afternoon when a group of us spent an hour in prayer and contemplation interspersed with hymns and readings. Our thanks to Margaret Andrews for leading us at this service.

Easter Day at last and the joyous celebration of the Resurrection. The Choir sang an unaccompanied anthem and again it was lovely to see so many families in church with the children all coming up to the altar for a blessing. The newly lit Easter Candle and the flowers brought the church alive and our grateful thanks go once again to the arrangers and to all those who made such generous donations.

Two special services will be held in June - Sunday, 4th June is Whitsunday [Pentecost] when there will be a Family Communion at 11.00 a.m., and on Sunday, 18th June, the Christians Together Evening Service will be held in Berrynarbor Church beginning at 6.30 p.m. This is always a lively service and the singing is not to be missed! There will be tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards.

The Sunday School children will be in church on 2nd July - their last Sunday before the summer holidays - and members of the PCC are planning a Family Service with a difference, come and see!

In spite of disappointing attendance at the Coffee Morning held on 4th May, £115.45 was raised for church funds. Thank you once again to everyone who gave support in any way.

Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 28th June. Envelopes and a letter from the Rector will be distributed round the village the week before and members of the PCC will join Keith at the lych-gate on the day, from

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Do come along for a chat but if you can't make it please hand your envelope to any member of the PCC or bring it along to church.

Tuesday, 1st August, is the date of the Summer Fayre. As always offers of help will be appreciated as will any new ideas and gifts for the various stalls.

Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 28th June and 26th July. Newcomers are most welcome to come and join us - any time after 12.00 noon.

Mary Tucker

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ST. PETER'S CHURCH

The Church Annual Meeting was held in the vestry on Thursday evening, 2nd March, with the Rector in the Chair. We are pleased that Doreen Prater is able to continue as Church Warden and she has been joined by Stuart Neale. We are represented at the Deanery Synod by Margaret Andrews and Doreen Prater. Margaret is to be re-licensed as Reader and we hope she will feel ready to take an active part in services again soon.

Two new members have joined the PCC and we now number eight: Sylvia Berry, Marion Carter [Secretary], Jean Ede, Janet Gibbins, David Steed, Mary Tucker [Treasurer], Margaret Walls and Susan Wright. Reports on all the work done during 2005 were read and it is always interesting to look back on how much has been achieved and how many people have contributed to church life in so many different ways. A copy of the Annual Report has been fixed to the church notice board. We look forward to the challenges of 2006, not least meeting financial commitments. The amount to be paid to the Diocese this year stands at £13,155. Planned giving and collections at services increased last year and members of the congregation are to be thanked for their dedicated support.

EASTER is late this year, falling in the middle of April. Palm Sunday is on the 9th April and the Sung Eucharist will be celebrated at 11.00 a.m. There will be a Quiet Hour in the church on Good Friday afternoon [14th April] from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. Later on the church will be decorated ready for Easter Day when the Family Communion Service will begin at 11.00 a.m. and we shall be joined by the Choir and Sunday School.

Lent boxes for the Bible Society should be returned at Easter and there are envelopes still at the back of the church if you would like to make a donation. Also, if you would like to contribute towards the Easter flowers, please contact Linda Brown [882600].

The PCC will be holding a Coffee Morning at the Manor Hall on Thursday, 4th May, 10.30 a.m. onwards.

There will be stalls for cakes, bric-a-brac and plants and a raffle - gifts always welcome! There will also be a Fairtrade stall and a stall selling goods for the North Devon Hospice. Do come and support us on the day.

Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor will be 'Beating the Bounds' on Sunday evening, 21st May. This year the group will meet in Combe Martin Church car park and end in Berrynarbor where tea/ coffee and biscuits will be waiting in the church. Please look out for posters giving details nearer the time.

The week before, 14th - 20th May, is Christian Aid Week. This year it is hoped to make a house-to-house collection around the village - again more details nearer the time.

Friendship Lunches will be held at The Globe on Wednesdays 26th April and 24th May.

Mary Tucker

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