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Bell Tolls At Landmark Dartmoor Church As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Bell Tolls At Landmark Dartmoor Church As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Posted: 15th May, 2020

The bell has been rung at one of Devon’s most scenic churches for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began. The sound rang out from the 12th Century St Michel de Rupe on top of Brentor, Dartmoor, following new guidance from the Church of England permitting the tolling of a single bell. Churches were closed for public worship in March in line with the Government’s coronavirus restrictions and all bellringing was suspended on public…

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Swapping people in pews for parcels of food

Swapping people in pews for parcels of food

Posted: 7th May, 2020

A number of Devon churches have become busy hubs despite being closed for public worship after stepping-up to host foodbanks. St Luke’s, Buckfastleigh, began housing the existing foodbank after the town hall and school were closed in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidance. It is now providing a storage facility, space for packing and a distribution base inside the church itself. The Team Rector, Tom Benson, said “If not us then who?” Since mid-March, he…

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Bishop of Plymouth leads VE Day 75th Anniversary Service

Bishop of Plymouth leads VE Day 75th Anniversary Service

Posted: 6th May, 2020

The Church of England in Devon is commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) with a special service led by the Bishop of Plymouth. It has been pre-recorded and will be made live on the Diocese of Exeter website, YouTube channel and Facebook page at 1000 on Friday 8 May. Bishop Nick McKinnel recorded his sections of the service by the naval war memorial on Plymouth Hoe. He said: “8 May…

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Sewing their support: Exeter Cathedral tapisers making NHS scrubs

Sewing their support: Exeter Cathedral tapisers making NHS scrubs

Posted: 1st May, 2020

A group of Exeter Cathedral needleworkers have swapped vestments and kneelers for NHS scrubs, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers started stitching together the scrubs two weeks ago and have already completed 10 sets of scrubs, with another 14 in progress. The Exeter Cathedral response was initiated by Sally Hulin of the Company of Tapisers, in response to a call from Mid Devon Scrubs Angels. Since starting the scrubs production line, Ms Hulin…

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Churches adapt with “remarkable speed” to online services

Churches adapt with “remarkable speed” to online services

Posted: 1st May, 2020

A survey by the Diocese of Exeter has found that the speed with which churches in Devon have adapted to their buildings being closed by offering worship online and on the phone has been “nothing short of remarkable”. The Worship In Lockdown  survey was carried out five weeks after the coronvirus restrictions were implemented and had 199 respondents. It asked what technology churches were using to broadcast services, hold meetings and communicate with members and…

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Downing Street Names Devon Vicar As New Bishop of Lewes

Downing Street Names Devon Vicar As New Bishop of Lewes

Posted: 29th April, 2020

Devon vicar Will Hazlewood is to become the new Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester. He is currently vicar of Dartmouth and Dittisham. The announcement was made by 10 Downing Street this morning at 10am. It was followed with a video appearance by Will alongside the Diocesan Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, and the Reverend Ruth Bushyager, who is to serve as the new Bishop of Horsham, also in Chichester Diocese. It…

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