In the ancient West
Devonshire village of Germansweek St German's is a Norman church
founded on an earlier settlement. It was dedicated in honour of St.
German (or Germanus), a 5th century missionary and Bishop of Auxerre,
who visited the South West of England in 429 and 443 and established
numerous churches in the region. The small church, sheltering in a
hollow on the southern edge of Germansweek, has undergone numerous
changes over the centuries, and was extensively modernised and
restored in 1875.
Today St German's is a member of the Northmoor Team of Churches in
the Okehampton area on the north-west edge of Dartmoor. There is a
Sunday service every fortnight at St German's, to which visitors are
welcome. The bells are rung regularly, and the church is a beautiful
venue for baptisms, weddings and other special services. The Team
clergy welcome enquiries about baptisms and weddings - see links for
more details. Do come to Germansweek and visit St German's - a place
of peace where prayer can come easily and healing may be found.
its name from St Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, who came to these
shores in AD 429. Did St Germanus visit our village? No detailed
records survive, we think it was possible, which would make
Germansweek one of the earliest a Christian sites in this part of
the world. The oldest parts of the present church were built not
long after the Norman Conquest with additions dating from the 14th
and 15th centuries. There is Tudor stained glass in the North aisle
showing the arms of Frithelstock Priory plus the Kelly and Rolle
Our name has undergone variations over the years - 1086 Wica, 1242
Wyk, 1458 Wyke Germyn. At other times it has been Wyke Langford and
Week St German.
The village grew until the mid eighteen hundreds, when the
population reached 450. Today we are Just over 100, which makes
survival of the church exceedingly difficult The loss of our farming
community has been devastating and we have to find new ways to
restore the social awareness
Many visitors to the church say we have a unique and special
sensitivity about the building and grounds -perhaps the Lord is
showing us a new holistic healing ministry as a way forward. Early
in the new year we have plans to hold a few 'Healing and Wholeness'
services at Germansweek. Watch for more on this.
Germansweek Church website
for Germansweek PCC
The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 10.07.2017
‘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
The PCC offers a range of activities and services for the community. viz.
Festival Services including a Christingle service,
Fundraising Activities e.g. Lent lunches
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 people have 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,
- a child/vulnerable adult may disclose something that has upset or harmed them
- 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
- a child/vulnerable adult might show signs of physical injury for which there
appears to be no explanation
- a child/vulnerable adult behaviour may suggest he or she is being abused
- the behaviour or attitude of someone towards a child/vulnerable adult may
- a child demonstrates worrying behaviour towards other children.
• If you have a Safeguarding concern surrounding a person involved with
Germansweek Parish Church please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer:
• Mary Barkell 01822 820272; The Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on
0345 155 1071 or the NSPCC. Contact them via the website,
, via email: email@example.com 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:
- the parish’s insurer
- Disclosure and Barring Service
- 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.
Identification of the 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
PCC Safeguarding representative
This policy was reviewed in October 2018. Next review October 2019.