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13 new deacons ordained at Exeter Cathedral

13 new deacons ordained at Exeter Cathedral

Posted: 8th September, 2016

A former US naval officer who became a war reporter is among 13 people ordained by Bishop Robert in Exeter Cathedral yesterday (11 Sept). Rob Densmore served with the navy in Afghanistan and later became a war reporter in the country, travelling with both British and US forces and publishing a series of interviews with Taliban commanders. He has also published poetry reflecting on his experiences in war zones. Rob moved to the UK after studying…

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Celebrating the lives of trees

Celebrating the lives of trees

Posted: 8th September, 2016

The importance of trees was highlighted at Exeter’s Green Fair on 3 September, when Devon Churches Green Action launched a new leaflet at an interactive display on the Cathedral Green: Trees for life leaflet. Trees are an integral part of planet Earth and play a very significant role in the life of Devon, but are often taken for granted and not treated well. Participants at the Green Fair were encouraged to respect and protect them as…

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Reaching out beyond the church walls in Torbay

Reaching out beyond the church walls in Torbay

Posted: 5th September, 2016

  A NEW centre to reach out to people who don’t normally come to church and support some of the poorest communities in the country is being launched in Torbay. Set up in partnership between The Church of England in Devon and the Church Army, the centre will serve people across the Bay. Revd Roger Carlton, Rural Dean of Torbay, who has been helping to set up the project, said its purpose was “to reach…

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Bishop Sarah praises “inspirational work” in community in mid Devon

Bishop Sarah praises “inspirational work” in community in mid Devon

Posted: 25th August, 2016

Bishop Sarah spent three days meeting people in Tiverton and Cullompton and the surrounding villages as part of a nine month long initiative to visit every part of the county. During her stay, she opened the new community centre in Uffculme, Square Corner, which is run by St Mary’s Church. She also dropped in on knitters in Bampton and the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health in Cullompton. A former nurse herself, Bishop Sarah was…

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North Devon church holds vigil for village war dead

North Devon church holds vigil for village war dead

Posted: 23rd August, 2016

Soldiers from a North Devon village who died a century ago while fighting in World War 1 were remembered at a vigil held on Sunday 7 August. Worshippers at St Paul’s Church in Landkey, near Barnstaple, gathered beside a bed of flowering poppies in the garden below the church after their service. The Revd Shaun O’Rourke, who led the vigil, began by explaining that 100 years ago, World War 1 had been raging for two…

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Bebo founder supports Woolsery Church

Bebo founder supports Woolsery Church

Posted: 17th August, 2016

The social media tycoon and multi millionaire Michael Birch, who has invested in the north Devon village where his ancestors have lived for hundreds of years, has also paid for repairs to the church. Rev Wendy Mitchell, Rector of All Hallows Church, Woolsery, said Mr Birch had donated thousands of pounds to repair the cornices inside the church, some of which had fallen from the ceiling. “We were struggling to raise the money and he very kindly donated to help us carry out…

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