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.
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
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.
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 THE TEDDY TRUST
To be sent to traumatised and displaced
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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