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Celebrating Devon’s Best Churchyards as Places of Spirituality, Wildlife and Wonder

Celebrating Devon’s Best Churchyards as Places of Spirituality, Wildlife and Wonder

Posted: 15th October, 2021

A Devon churchyard which has been transformed by a group of volunteers into a wildlife haven with trails for children and seating areas for quiet reflection has won this year’s Devon’s Best Churchyard award. The award was given to St Andrew’s, Ashburton, by the Devon Campaign to Protect Rural England (Devon CPRE). St Peter’s Burial Ground in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon) was runner-up. Three churchyards were Highly Commended: St Swithuns in Shobrooke (Mid Devon), St…

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New General Synod Members Elected to Represent Devon

New General Synod Members Elected to Represent Devon

Posted: 14th October, 2021

A new team of people has been elected to represent Devon on the General Synod of the Church of England. The new lay members are: Luke Appleton, Simon Friend, Tim Hamilton and Georgia Willis. The new clergy members are: Rev’d Prebendary Rosie Austin, Canon Morwenna Ludlow, the Venerable Douglas Dettmer (Archdeacon of Totnes), Rev’d Karl Freeman and Rev’d Graham Hamilton. They were elected by deanery synod members from across the Diocese of Exeter. The General…

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Final Funding Push for YMCA Exeter’s Affordable Housing for Young People Using Church Land

Final Funding Push for YMCA Exeter’s Affordable Housing for Young People Using Church Land

Posted: 13th October, 2021

An ambitious £2.7 million project to turn an abandoned warehouse into 26 studio flats for young people has passed its halfway point but still needs to raise a final £225,000. Sidwell Studios is being built by YMCA Exeter to help tackle the serious lack of affordable housing in the city. Part of the land is owned by the Church of England and the main entrance for the accommodation will be through St Sidwell’s churchyard. Thanks…

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Church Poetry and Creative Writing Group “Creates Space for People to Be Creative”

Church Poetry and Creative Writing Group “Creates Space for People to Be Creative”

Posted: 12th October, 2021

A poetry and creative writing group which was started by an Exeter church to “create space for people to be creative” has published its first anthology. The Watchful Heart is a collection of poems and prose written by members of the Inner Room group. The poems range in subject from making marmalade to meteor showers and wasp stings. It is based at St Stephen’s Church in the parish of Central Exeter, although it has been meeting…

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Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Devon Church Weddings Project Aims to Encourage More Couples to Marry in Church

Posted: 12th October, 2021

A Church of England project to encourage more couples to choose a church wedding has been launched by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, at the Wedding Extravaganza show in Exeter. Devon Church Weddings will showcase the county’s 600 Anglican churches, many of which are Grade 1 listed and in beautiful coastal or rural locations. It will also work with churches to ensure that prospective wedding couples receive a warm welcome and…

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Remembering a “Kind and Thoughtful” Woman Who Put People at the Heart of Exeter Diocese Property Department

Remembering a “Kind and Thoughtful” Woman Who Put People at the Heart of Exeter Diocese Property Department

Posted: 5th October, 2021

Judith Feltham worked for the Diocese of Exeter central services team for more than 35 years, starting at the diocesan offices in 1986, at a time before it even had computers. She worked mainly in the Property department and was a key member of staff in the clergy housing and glebe team. The Property Director, Graham Davies, said “For many, Judith was the first point of contact for calls in to the department and she…

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