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Marystowe Dedicates ‘Online with Oliver’ Show to The Children’s Society

Marystowe Dedicates ‘Online with Oliver’ Show to The Children’s Society

Posted: 11th January, 2022

Christmas entertainment from the community in Marystowe donated over 40% of their funds to The Children’s Society in December as they offered free admission to the Zoom show ‘Online with Oliver’. In 2020, Marystowe began what is fast becoming a tradition with a Zoom reading of A Christmas Carol. This winter they followed up on 11th December when a motley collection of friends (and their dogs) did a reading on Zoom of Oliver Twist with…

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Devon Church Holds Clues to Princes in the Tower Mystery

Devon Church Holds Clues to Princes in the Tower Mystery

Posted: 4th January, 2022

A Devon church could hold the key to the mystery of the ‘Princes in the Tower’. King Richard III was widely believed to have had his two nephews, Edward V (12) and Richard (9), murdered, so he could claim the English throne in 1483. He imprisoned the young heirs to the House of York in the Tower of London, but their bodies were never found. Historians have spent centuries trying to prove whether they did…

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‘Lego Church’ Starts Up to Engage with Children and Families in Okehampton

‘Lego Church’ Starts Up to Engage with Children and Families in Okehampton

Posted: 28th December, 2021

All Saints, Okehampton, has started a monthly “Lego Church” service. The church had been thinking for some time how to offer something more accessible to families with children than the current Sunday fare. “Messy Church” was the obvious answer, and they explored the idea extensively before reluctantly deciding it wasn’t for them: they didn’t have enough creative talent among them to sustain it month after month. Then the idea of “Lego Church” came onto the…

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New Year’s Reflection by the Revered Prebendary James Grier

New Year’s Reflection by the Revered Prebendary James Grier

Posted: 28th December, 2021

The Revered Prebendary James Grier, Diocesan Mission Enabler, has shared his reflection on the concept of New Year’s Resolutions and how a New Year can be a chance to ‘step back in line with God’. Read the reflection below or watch a video of James speaking aloud here.   I’ve never been a great fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I’m probably avoiding failure by not trying in the first place. I seek to justify it…

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A Statement on the Sentencing of Norman Clarke

A Statement on the Sentencing of Norman Clarke

Posted: 23rd December, 2021

Norman Clarke, a retired priest who was a Priest-in-Charge in the Diocese of Exeter from 1988 to 1995, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to six counts of indecent assault of a minor. The offences date back to his time when he was a teacher in Leicestershire in the 1970s. Mr Clarke was Priest-in-Charge of the parishes of Cheriton…

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People of Moretonhampstead ‘Delighted’ to Hear the Church Clock Tick Again

People of Moretonhampstead ‘Delighted’ to Hear the Church Clock Tick Again

Posted: 21st December, 2021

Moretonhampstead’s Church clock is once again ticking away and striking the hours and quarters after having been silent for a few years. The clock was installed in 1937 and was originally wound by hand, but an automatic winding mechanism was installed over 50 years ago to eliminate the need for someone to climb the church tower regularly to wind the clock. Over the years the clock and its winding mechanism had been maintained and repaired…

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