There have been three
churches within the Parish - the first was probably of wood and
further west at the stream confluence. The second was near the
present building. In 1830 Rev Luxmore wrote "The old church remained
in the churchyard and was converted by the addition of chimneys into
a poorhouse After 30 years of exertion to get the nuisance removed,
I succeeded". He reports having the arch, which divided the chancel
from the body of the church, rebuilt at the principal entrance to
the churchyard. The present church was built in 1450, possibly
because the settlement had outgrown the old one with its round tower
built of local stone. The present church was much changed during the
19th century - the tenor bell has the inscription "these bells
re-hung and the tower heightened and beautified, 1828". By 1890 the
church was changed by Rev Francis to basically what we see today.
There are six Table Tombs' in the churchyard five of them being
listed, and two 18th century brick tombs.
The window over the altar is very colourful and consists of three
main lights, being a 19th century restoration.
Thanks to Vera Whiting for
for Bridestowe PCC
The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 11.09.17
‘As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture,
protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We
recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the
responsibility of the whole church community. We are fully committed to acting
within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan
Safeguarding procedures. We will also act in an open, transparent and
accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding
Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services
and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We welcome staff
and volunteers who are recruited in accordance with House of Bishops’ Interim
Guidelines on Safer Recruitment 2013. This means we will ensure that those who
are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable
adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that
they are supported in carrying it out.’
• The PCC offers a range of activities and services for the community. This,
therefore, means there are a range of individuals engaging in these
opportunities. The PCC must ensure that all involved are vigilant that
vulnerable persons are looked after and concerns reported in the appropriate
• In accordance with the latest legal requirements and national church guidance
we undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and
support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or
vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring
• All staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable peoplehave the opportunity
to take up the provision of Diocese safeguarding training.
• As part of the PCC local safeguarding training we have discussed and practiced
responding in an appropriate and timely way. This has involved some scenario
planning for situations when, for example,
o a child/vulnerable adult may disclose something that has upset or harmed them
o someone else might report something that a child/vulnerable adult has told
them, or that they believe that a child/vulnerable adult has been or is being
o a child/vulnerable adult might show signs of physical injury for which there
appears to be no explanation
o a child/vulnerable adult behaviour may suggest he or she is being abused
o the behaviour or attitude of someone towards a child/vulnerable adult may
o a child demonstrates worrying behaviour towards other children.
• If you have a Safeguarding concern surrounding a person involved with
Bridestowe Parish Church please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer:
• Dave Egford 01837 861 444; The Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on
0345 155 1071 or the NSPCC. Contact them via the website,
, via email firstname.lastname@example.org Or phone
0808 800 5000. If you think an individual is in immediate risk of hard please
contact the Police on 999.
• If there is a concern the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will be contacted in a
timely manner. We will also contact other organisations, these include but are
not limited to:
o the parish’s insurer
o Disclosure and Barring Service
o Charity Commissioners
• The PCC is committed to co-operate fully with the Diocese and appropriate
statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when
allegations are made against a member of the church community
• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and
referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known
to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
People within the PCC and the parish who hold formal responsibilities for
safeguarding (such as safeguarding representatives, people who are advertised as
being safe to report a concern to, etc), with a summary of their
This policy will be reviewed on ……September 2019
St Bridget's Poppy 'Wave' - 2018
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
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.
Renovation work at St Bridget's - March 2016
Renovation work at St Bridget's Church in Bridestowe unveils striking floor.
? Okehampton Times
(16 March 2016)
Work is in full flow to renovate St Bridget’s Church at Bridestowe and part of that has been to uncover the striking floor which has been covered in carpet since the 1960s.
In part of the floor is a plaque - pictured here with church committee members looking on
- in memory of two brothers who died in 1751. Work is also taking place on the roof which has been helped with a £50,000 Church Roof Grant from the Government.
Harvest Festival 2015
parishioners make a symbolic appeal for Fair Trade milk for Dairy
farmers at St. Bridget's church harvest festival.
Bridestowe parishioners make a symbolic appeal for Fair Trade milk for Dairy farmers at St. Bridget's church harvest festival.