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A summer term like no other in one of Devon’s CofE schools

A summer term like no other in one of Devon’s CofE schools

Posted: 24th July, 2020

Evie Semmens is the head of Ellacombe Church of England Academy in Torquay, part of The Learning Academy Partnership, a Trust with a Christian Foundation, with schools across Devon. Ellacombe is a medium-sized primary school in an area of high deprivation. Here, she shares an insight into what school life has been like for teachers during the coronavirus pandemic and the measures she and her staff had to take before the school could welcome back…

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‘Loving our neighbour’ by wearing masks in church

‘Loving our neighbour’ by wearing masks in church

Posted: 23rd July, 2020

Churchgoers in Devon are being strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when attending church services following new guidance from the Church of England. It follows updated Government guidance encouraging people attending all places of worship to wear face coverings. It follows a number of recent coronavirus spikes in England which have led to local lockdowns.  It is these which have prompted the Government’s new guidance for places of worship, in tandem with face coverings now…

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‘Refreshments on the Hoof’ at new Horsebox Café

‘Refreshments on the Hoof’ at new Horsebox Café

Posted: 17th July, 2020

The Reverend Wiz Slater has taken advantage of lockdown to set up a pop-up community café in a refurbished horsebox to serve the local community. Wiz is the Team Rector for the Clyst Mission Community and, ever since moving to the area in 2018, she and her husband have been interested in setting up a community cafe. Wiz said: “We both really love hospitality and, when I first came for an interview here, we looked…

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St Basil inspires new rural church plant on a farm in Devon

St Basil inspires new rural church plant on a farm in Devon

Posted: 17th July, 2020

The Church of England is planning a new rural church plant on a farm in Devon. The vision is for St Basil’s is to become a centre for spiritual renewal, innovative creativity and “redemptive entrepreneurship”. The church will be led by the Reverend Pete James, who was licensed by the Bishop of Exeter for his new role on 15 July. Pete, 33, grew up in Devon and studied at Exeter University. He has recently moved…

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Exeter church believed to have hosted first wedding since World War Two

Exeter church believed to have hosted first wedding since World War Two

Posted: 10th July, 2020

A wedding has taken place at one of Exeter’s oldest churches for, what’s believed to be, the first time in 80 years. Steph Selway married her fiance Chris Stokes at St Olave’s Church on Wednesday 8 July. Theirs was also one of the first weddings to take place in Devon since the Government allowed them to resume on July 4. The vicar, the Reverend Shiela Swarbrick, said the couple had discovered a newspaper article from…

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Exe Estuary Pilgrimage Brings Light After Lockdown

Posted: 8th July, 2020

A Devon vicar and former Royal Marine is leading a one-day walking pilgrimage from Exeter Cathedral to Exmouth to celebrate the re-opening of church buildings after lockdown and raise money for charity. The Reverend Steve Jones and others will set off from the cathedral on Saturday 11 July, following a short service led by Canon James Mustard and a blessing by the Bishop of Exeter. They will be carrying a candle lit from the Cathedral’s…

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