Okehampton Remembers

St James Church, Fore Street, Okehampton

To commemorate the end of World War 1, we will be showing the 'Okehampton Remembers' video
Thursday 8th November mid-day to 5.30pm
Friday 9th November 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10th November 10am - 12noon.

Bridestowe Advent Course

Advent course. It is being conducted by The Rev’d. Tim Newcombe and is called “Cracking open Christmas” - an opportunity before the Christmas rush to consider just what the Evangelists were doing when they began their presentations of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s birth. It will be held at Bridestowe Methodist Church on the 12th., 19th., 26th. November and 3rd. December from 7.30 to 9.00 pm and all are welcome.

St Bridget's Poppy 'Wave'

Residents of Bridestowe have been busy working on a special way to honour the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, marking the end of World War One and to say “Thank you” to the local people who were involved in The Great War.
Beginning at Easter people around the village have been busy knitting and crocheting poppies, with over 1400 in total! The idea has captured the imagination and generated a wonderful community spirit, with help from many organisations within the village and sponsorship from people unable to knit or crochet.
The fruits of their labour has culminated in a beautiful “wave” flowing down from the tower of St. Bridget’s Church and other displays around the village with still more to come as we approach 11th November.

Bridestowe Christmas Tree Festival & The Teddy Trust

We are having a Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 8th December – Saturday December 15th at 10.30a.m. – 5.00 p.m. with trees decorated by many local groups and
Enquiries to Georgina 861183 or Jenny T 861236

We will also be collecting teddies and other soft, cuddly toys in good, clean condition for

To be sent to traumatised and displaced children overseas.
So please bring any redundant furry friends with you either to the Festival or they can be left in the Methodist Church shop on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings or with
Jenny Reynolds. (Ring 01837 861678) Please check the Teddy Trust website for details. Facebook


Men's Breakfast & Men's Shed News

After a 2 month gap owing to a little wind and rain that seemed to put people off we are expecting a good turnout for the November Men’s Breakfast walk on the 10th November.
I’m pleased to report that the Tors is definitely open and running and Kevin is expecting us at 9am after a brisk walk up Belstone tor or at least a nearby hill starting at 8 am. You have a couple of weeks nearly to get used to the change from summer time so will have to make that extra effort to get out of bed in time.
Added attraction is the craft fair in the Belstone Village Hall that day so you can get the wife a present to compensate for your lengthy absence.

December location is not decided yet but the date is 16th December which is the weekend before the weekend before Christmas so gives you an excuse not to go off to Exeter with the wife shopping. You can be a normal man and leave it to Christmas Eve which is a Monday so shops should be in full swing.

Men’ Shed News.
December 15th is 3 years and 1 day since the inauguration of the Okehampton Men in Sheds operation.

The Men’s Shed will be having another wine and carols evening sometime before Christmas. This year with electric light hopefully. Date TBA.

The shed is getting quite busy and is thinking of starting an additional day, possibly Thursdays. Even if you are a DIYphobe you should come along one Saturday or Wednesday for a cup of tea which tends to happen about 10am and 1pm. We now have a clock so have a better idea when those times are. There is no obligation to stay so you can safely come along for a short chat. If you need to meet someone in Okey why not suggest meeting in the shed instead of under the station clock or perhaps take a walk up the valley from Simmons Park then back by road from the viaduct passing the shed.

07855 806468

*Saturday 15th September 7 pm: ~ 'A Middle Eastern Celebration' *

*Saturday 15th September 7 pm: ~ 'A Middle Eastern Celebration' *
Venue: ~ Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton EX20 1HN
Cost : ~ £15 to include a welcome drink.

Following on from the success of last year's Greek Night this will be another opportunity to bring your friends to a fun filled evening of music, dance and good food.

Please see Mish Flexman for tickets or for more information.

The Sanctuary



On Wednesday 27th June 2018 the contoured benches were put into place around the tree stump and prayer completing the Sanctuary Project at All Saints Church coinciding with the All Saints Flower Festival the following weekend.

It is encouraging that the Sanctuary has received a lot of positive feedback despite the Sanctuary looking new and unnatural and the grass brown and trampled. When the grass has regrown to its previous verdant self, the bases have lost their white glare and the benches have toned down the Sanctuary will blend in more with the natural setting of the churchyard and surrounding area.

Now the Sanctuary is open to all for prayer, contemplation and remembrance. Also due to its quiet and natural setting people can sit and connect with the natural world benefitting their health and wellbeing.

For more information about the Sanctuary contact David Back on 07713459189 or email davidback59@btinternet.com.

All Saints Living Churchyards Project is part of the Exeter Diocese Devon Living Churchyards Project.


Germansweek Church Wins National Lottery Support

Germansweek Church Wins National Lottery Support

Germansweek church has received National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Thanks to National Lottery players, essential conservation work can be carried out to the roof and tower. Parts of the church date back to Norman times and it has been a focal point for the local community for many hundreds of years.

Commenting on the award, Churchwarden Jon Walker said “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. St. German’s church has played an important part in people’s lives over the centuries and it’s good to know that we can now help to keep it here for future generations.”

GDPR - 25th May 2018

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