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Prayer and Pudding on Stir-Up Sunday

Prayer and Pudding on Stir-Up Sunday

Posted: 22nd November, 2022

A Devon church made the most of Stir-Up Sunday to organise a community Christmas Pudding-making event. Stir-Up Sunday falls on the last Sunday before Advent and is traditionally the day when people make their Christmas puddings. All Saints Church in Okehampton invited people to make their puddings in the town-centre church hall. The afternoon event was organised by Michelle Farrelly, who gathered multiple bowls, aprons, and other cooking implements together, as well as copious quantities…

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Transforming Plymouth Together Gets 750 Requests for Winter Warm Packs for People Struggling to Heat Homes

Transforming Plymouth Together Gets 750 Requests for Winter Warm Packs for People Struggling to Heat Homes

Posted: 22nd November, 2022

Transforming Plymouth Together has had 750 requests for Winter Warm Packs to give to people who are struggling to heat their homes this winter. The charity, which is a joint Diocese of Exeter and Church Urban Fund project, decided to create the warm packs for people who would find it difficult to travel to a church or community ‘warm space’ because of transport or mobility issues or mental health reasons. Each pack costs £25 to…

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Bishop of Plymouth Praises Work of NHS Staff on Derriford Hospital Visit

Bishop of Plymouth Praises Work of NHS Staff on Derriford Hospital Visit

Posted: 18th November, 2022

The new Bishop of Plymouth has seen first-hand the pressures the NHS is facing on his first visit to the city’s Derriford Hospital since he started his new role. The Rt Rev’d James Grier visited an oncology ward and the hospital chaplaincy, meeting with the team of chaplains and a representative from St Luke’s Hospice. Bishop James praised the work of the staff he met. “In just one ward, I met staff from across the…

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Bishop of Plymouth Shares Childhood Memories of Falklands at Remembrance Service

Bishop of Plymouth Shares Childhood Memories of Falklands at Remembrance Service

Posted: 13th November, 2022

The Bishop of Plymouth has shared his memories of growing-up in the city during the Falklands Conflict in his first Remembrance service since taking-up his new role. The Rt. Rev’d James Grier led this year’s service at the war memorial on Plymouth Hoe. The ceremony is one of the largest in the South West with serving members of the military present, as well as veterans and members of Plymouth City Council and the public. This…

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Dowland Poppy Tribute Remembers Three Lost Soldiers

Dowland Poppy Tribute Remembers Three Lost Soldiers

Posted: 8th November, 2022

A beautiful memorial has been created to remember three young soldiers from Dowland, near Winkleigh, who were killed during World War 1. The memorial was made to honour William Piper, 29, his brother Arthur, 21, and George Westcott, 21. It was discovered that four Piper brothers went to war. The third brother, Harry, passed away at the end of the war from influenza, so the family lost three sons. Whilst none of the Piper family…

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Video Appeal for More Ukraine Host Families in Devon

Video Appeal for More Ukraine Host Families in Devon

Posted: 8th November, 2022

Residents of a Devon village have made a video encouraging more people to consider hosting a Ukrainian refugee family. The video is presented by 10-year-old Ailia from Ukraine, who is now living with her mother and sister in Walkhampton, near Tavistock. It has been made on behalf of the Diocese of Exeter, which has been working with the charity Citizens UK, to offer Ukrainian guests a home in Devon. So far 34 families (89 people)…

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