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Eight town churches attacked in spate of burglaries

Eight town churches attacked in spate of burglaries

Posted: 11th July, 2017

CHURCHES in towns from Crediton to Newton Abbot have been broken into and ransacked in a spate of burglaries. The Diocese of Exeter is alerting all its churches to be on their guard after the break-ins, which have occurred overnight over the last two weeks. Huge damage estimated to run into tens of thousands of pounds has been done to stained glass windows and internal doors and cupboards, as the culprits seek computers and other…

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New vice-chancellor installed at Marjon University in Plymouth

New vice-chancellor installed at Marjon University in Plymouth

Posted: 4th July, 2017

Professor Rob Warner was installed as Vice-Chancellor of Marjon University in Plymouth in a special service at which University patron the Bishop of Exeter presided and preached, and students, staff and dignitaries were present. Bishop Robert said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to be here as we officially install Professor Rob Warner as Vice Chancellor and seek God’s blessing on him and on the university as it moves into the next chapter of its life.” He added: “A…

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‘Not Being Alone’ – Devon churches tackling loneliness

‘Not Being Alone’ – Devon churches tackling loneliness

Posted: 4th July, 2017

At the end of June, Healthwatch Devon, in cooperation with the Diocese of Exeter, held an initial conference at County Hall to explore how local churches can better address issues of loneliness in their communities and congregations. Devon County Council’s Public Health research suggests that as many as 50,000 people in the county experience some kind of loneliness, often brought about by social isolation in an increasingly mobile society. This has detrimental effects on human…

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Anna Norman-Walker July Letter 2017

Posted: 3rd July, 2017

Anna Norman-Walker records her July letter to the diocese. The text of the letter is printed in the July 2017 issue of the Church of England Devon magazine.

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First act of worship for centuries held in ruins of ancient chapel

First act of worship for centuries held in ruins of ancient chapel

Posted: 3rd July, 2017

The first service for centuries is to be held in a ruined chapel on an Exeter housing estate. Situated on Rifford Road in Exeter St Loye’s chapel it is thought to be the only building in the country dedicated to the saint. Historians believe the chapel dates back to 1238. Although St Loye is not a well-known saint he is mentioned in the Canterbury Tales and is the patron saint of goldsmiths, metalworkers and coin…

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Harvest Appeal

Harvest Appeal

Posted: 29th June, 2017

What is the most important fact about food?  In Thungururu it is whether you have any.  That is why the Thungururu Conservation Farming and Water Catchment Project is so exciting. Thungururu is in the semi-arid area of our link Diocese of Thika in Kenya which has no permanent rivers.  Rainfall is increasingly unreliable and people are often dependent on food aid. In 2011, a drought in Thika led to an appeal for funds which raised money…

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