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Our Lady of Walsingham Visits Devon For Pilgrimage Site Centenary

Our Lady of Walsingham Visits Devon For Pilgrimage Site Centenary

Posted: 24th May, 2022

A festival to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the restoration of the ancient Anglican shrine of Walsingham has been held in Devon. It included a procession and service at Exeter Cathedral and an evening prayer service at St Peter’s Church, Plymouth. Walsingham in Norfolk has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years after Saxon Noblewoman Richeldis de Faverches had a vision of the Virgin Mary in which she was told to recreate Jesus’…

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Devon Vicar Marks 40th Anniversary of Night He Was Saved in Falklands Bombing Raid

Devon Vicar Marks 40th Anniversary of Night He Was Saved in Falklands Bombing Raid

Posted: 24th May, 2022

A Devon vicar and former Royal Marine is preparing to mark the 40th anniversary of a Falklands bombing raid which killed two of his comrades. Rev’d Steve Jones, who is Team Rector of Exmouth, Littleham and Lympstone, says he believes his life was miraculously saved in the attack at Ajax Bay. He was just 16 when he joined the Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone. Following training he qualified as a signaller…

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Church a Catalyst for Ukraine Refugee Support in Exminster

Church a Catalyst for Ukraine Refugee Support in Exminster

Posted: 19th May, 2022

A church in Exminister has worked closely with its local community to co-ordinate accommodation and support for 15 Ukrainian refugees with more expected to arrive in the village soon. Connect Church is led by Rev’d Vanessa Pestridge, who said “It’s been a wonderful thing to say to people that this is at the heart of being a Christian, that of course the church wants to respond in this way. “I feel this is my role…

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Meeting Ukrainians Hoping to Find a Safe Place to Call Home

Meeting Ukrainians Hoping to Find a Safe Place to Call Home

Posted: 17th May, 2022

The Diocese of Exeter is working with the charity Citizens UK to act as a key sponsor in Devon to co-ordinate providing homes for Ukrainian refugees and help ensure ongoing community support. The Archdeacon of Exeter, Andrew Beane, shares this update about the process so far: “Each potential Ukrainian family or individual meets on Zoom with one of our team of volunteer translators and a volunteer from the Diocese to answer a few basic questions and ensure…

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Devon School Children Draw Climate Change Hopes and Fears for Exeter Cathedral Christian Aid Exhibition

Devon School Children Draw Climate Change Hopes and Fears for Exeter Cathedral Christian Aid Exhibition

Posted: 16th May, 2022

Devon school children have drawn their hopes and fears about climate change for a Christian Aid art exhibition at Exeter Cathedral called Letters for Creation. The winning entry was by year four pupil Molly, whose drawing was called “Think about the Polar Bears.” The Bishop of Exeter, who was at the exhibition launch at the start of Christian Aid week, said “Children and young people are passionate about the environment and we would do well…

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Bishop of Exeter Says Met Office a Force for Good on Climate Change

Bishop of Exeter Says Met Office a Force for Good on Climate Change

Posted: 16th May, 2022

The Bishop of Exeter says the threat posed by climate changed has been brought home to him by a visit to the Met Office, which is based in Exeter. The Rt. Rev’d Robert Atwell visited the UK’s national meterological service at Exeter Business Park on 12 May and was shown some of the research being carried out there. It includes agricultural research about soil degradation caused by climate change, long-term temperature forecasts for the UK…

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