seems a long time since we first arrived, at the end of June 2007, following my
4 years as a curate learning the ropes in Parkham, a village to the west of
Bideford! I was five months pregnant with Brendan, so looking forward to
figuring out the joys and challenges of parenthood, as well as those of being a
vicar. Over 10 years later, we have definitely learnt a lot, but haven’t yet got
it all figured out!
On Wednesday 14th February, we will be moving to Tywyn on the west coast of
Wales just north of Aberyswyth, where I will be taking up a new role as the
Ministry Area Leader of Bro Ystumanner, an area that includes five parishes and
six churches (Tywyn, Aberdyfi, Pennal, Abergynolwyn, Llanfihangel y Pennant and
Llanegryn). We had always thought we would stay here for about 10-12 years, but
weren’t gearing up to leave quite yet. However, having felt that God was nudging
me towards future ministry in the Church in Wales, the advert for this job just
happened to catch my eye. It seemed to be the kind of thing we would be looking
for, so I felt I couldn’t not apply. I was then rather surprised to be
This is then our opportunity to say thank you to you all for welcoming us into
these communities, and making it home for us in our time here. We have been
greatly blessed by everyone’s friendship and support for us as a family. I have
been privileged to walk with some of you through times of joy and sorrow in your
own lives, and to work with many of you in a variety of contexts in the churches
and communities. I am so grateful to each of you for your graciousness in
allowing me to share part of the journey with you.
Departing on a day that is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday is a reminder
that we leave with love in our hearts – the love we have for you, and the love
you have shared with us, and are preparing for whatever the future might bring
in the knowledge of God’s love for us, and presence with us. We will be very sad
to leave you all, but pray that in your future journeys, you may be blessed with
love in your hearts, both given and received, and know the joy of God walking
With our love and thanks to you all,
Rev. Ruth Hansford, Paul, Brendan, Krysty (Flynn, Swallow, Eby – the dogs;
Smokey & Bandit, Gin & Tonic – the cats)
Rev. Dr Ruth Hansford has been appointed
as the Vicar and Ministry Area Leader in the Bro Ystumanner [pronounced ‘uh stee
manner’] Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor in the Church in Wales. This is
a group of six churches on the coast, north of Aberystwyth at the southern end
of Snowdonia National Park. Ruth's last Sunday here will be February
11th 2018, when there will be a special service to celebrate her time here.
Ruth and the family will be very sad to leave behind friends and colleagues in
Devon, but are looking forward to the opportunities this new post brings.
Ruth is presently the Team Vicar of
Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team
Ministry in the Diocese of Exeter.
We wish Ruth and her family every
happiness in their new home.
“The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living,
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” The Archbishops of Canterbury and
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of
England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can
explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
We are intending to have at least one of the pilgrim courses running somewhere
within the Mission Community at all times and would also be very willing to
facilitate a new group at any time too. Anyone who is interested can contact
Revd Steve Cook, Revd Adrian Brook or Revd Ruth Hansford to find out more about
pilgrim and what's going on at any particular time.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SPONSORED OUR BIKE RIDE IN AID OF DEVON HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST!
Rev. Ruth Hansford (Team Vicar of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team Ministry) and her son Brendan (8 years old) would like to announce that we completed our bike ride for Devon Historic Churches Trust from Hatherleigh via the back road to Jacobstowe and back. The pull up Park Road and then to the top of Hatherleigh Moor required several pauses and much puffing (particularly by Ruth). As we coasted our way down past the Upcotts to Cadham, we realised that going back would involve a good deal of going uphill. We reached Jacobstowe Church in just over 45 minutes and enjoyed having a break at the Cream Teas there (with Ruth looking rather flushed!!). Refreshed and replenished, we set out on our return and, after 55 minutes, whizzed down the hill to finish at Hatherleigh Church. As we wheeled our bikes up the church path towards home, Brendan said, ‘That was great fun!’ After riding 9 miles in less than 2 hours, Brendan immediately got off his bike after cycling up the drive to charge off and join his sister Krysty playing with friends at our neighbour’s house! Rev. Ruth went inside for an Almond Magnum and a sit down with a very welcome cup of tea.
Our Advent course this year will be looking at another of the Pilgrim course series. We will be exploring The Eucharist; what it means, how we celebrate it and why it is central to our Christian faith.
It will run at Bratton Clovelly School Room on Mondays at 7.30pm and the Fox and Hounds Hotel at Bridestowe on Thursdays at 11.00am.
This means that we have had to change the days of the Bridestowe prayer group for the duration - all details can be seen on the calendar.