Dianne

Pet Blessing Service

On 28th July there was a special Pet Blessing Service which was enjoyed by all present

Tthere were about seven dogs and the unusual pets included:

Three snails and a chicken from Emma (aged two and a half) and her eleven week old brother;

a caterpillar which will turn into a fluffy moth;

and a bantam called Henny who livesin a greenhouse.

 

 

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Dianne

Sermon Series 2018

Sermon Series 2018

All of the notes from the Sermons in this years Sermon Series "Women in the Bible" are now available under the Resources section

 

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WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

 

It was a hundred years ago that women first got the vote.  Some women and a greater number of men were enabled to vote when ‘The Representation of the People’ act passed into law

6th Feb 1918.  To mark the occasion the lady ringers of Whimple will come together and ring our bells on Tues. 6 February 2018.  They have decided to ring on the same day at 7:30pm.

Life is very different today, but of the dozen people in Whimple able to ring the bells, eight are women.; and of the regular core they represent half our number.  The doors will be open so they would be delighted if you came along to support them or listen out from where you are.

If you would like to join them during this year, why not have a word afterwards to find out what is involved.  The two previous Tower Captains were women, and Whimple has a fine tradition of very good lady ringers going back to 1929.  Their picture still hangs in the Tower.

Roger Algate,

Tower Captain.

 

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Dianne

BBC Songs of Praise

BBC Songs of Praise



This week’s Songs of Praise will be our Preparing for Christmas episode. It will be airing on Sunday 10th December at 3pm on BBC One and will be available to watch online here afterwards: 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jhb8p

 

 

Keep your eye on our Facebook page and Twitter page for some preview clips of the episode going out on social media across the next few days. Feel free to share our episode poster (attached) amongst friends, family, and on social media, and encourage people to tune in on Sunday!

We really hope you enjoy the episode. We love hearing your feedback so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know what you thought. 

Many thanks and God bless,
Jessie

 

https://www.facebook.com/CotleyFarmChristmasShop/?hc_ref=ARQuflJqHG2-59ujQZACGcjrx_IhaHF5S3rQd3_663WHLmKECXk-zKcW1t5H9EyI3iQ&fref=nf

 

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Dianne

Whimple Abseil and Teddy Zipwire

Whimple Abseil and Teddy Zipwire
 

In June we held a very successful fundraising event. Fifty three brave people abseiled down the side of the Church Tower and even more brave teddies took part in a Zip wire Challenge. At the time of writing it looks like awe have raised about £5500. Added to this, a further £1000 was raised by the various stalls including the Cream Teas, Pimms and Ice Creams. Many thanks to Bruce and Alice Truscott, Phil Dominy and Ian Spicer who helped to set up and organise this successful event. day. Also thanks to the different groups of musicians who provided a variety of music during the afternoon. These included Slack ma Girdle, Glorious Rascals, Service and Reception, Whimple Worship band. Thank you also to everyone who helped in any way, both church members and non-church members, and to the large number of people who supported the event.

 

 

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Dianne

Whimple Abseil and Teddy Zipwire

Whimple Abseil and Teddy Zipwire

St Mary’s Church, with the help of the Rock Climbing and Caving Centre is holding a sponsored abseil.  REGISTER NOW – pick up a form from the Whimple village shop or the church or alternatively request one from Bruce Truscott, whimple.abseil@yahoo.com,
Tel 01404 823063.

 

 Brave teddies are invited to take part in a special Zipwire challenge

 

Not good with heights? No problem, come along and enjoy the Fete, 2:30pm – 4:30pm in the Church grounds and village Square. Fun for all the family, including live music, games and delicious food and drink. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - get involved by helping with the fete!  For further information please contact Ian Spicer. Tel: 01404 823640.

 

 

All proceeds raised are to support the Whimple Church building. The tower dates back to 1571 and this is its first ever abseil! Funds will help to maintain this wonderful old building and improve it for community use.

 

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Dianne

Churches4All Prayer Walk

Churches4All Prayer Walk

Churches4All Prayer Walk

 

Join us as we walk between the four villages of our Mission Community.

Starting at St James the Great in Talaton at 9am, we will walk to St Mary's in Whimple where we will take a short break for Coffee and Cakes.

The next stage of the walk will be from St Mary's to Clyst St Lawrence and then to Clyst Hydon for lunch (bring your own)

Finally we will walk back to Talaton where Cream Teas await in the Village Hall (plus Open Gardens)

 

Copies of the itinerary are available in all of the churches.

 

You can join us at any point on the walk and go as far as you want but Chris, Sheila and Tim will be walking the whole route, regardless of the weather!!!!

 

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Peppi

Annual Churchyard Tidy Up Talaton

Annual Churchyard Tidy Up
Well the tidy up eventually went ahead in perfect weather, after we'd had to postpone the scheduled date due to heavy rain! A good number of people came along for a couple of hours, and the churchyard, after the long winter months, is now back to its springtime best. It wasn't all hard work, with a lot of laughs all morning, and teas and coffees accompanied by some excellent cake.

This is a purely voluntary morning, designed to keep our lovely church at its best, and we'd love to see you next year if you fancy joining in. Huge thanks to the team this year:

Sue and Chris Harwood

Gordon and Jenny Pring 

Andy and Jan May

Lee French (wearing the very fetching flower behind his ear)

Jonathan Boles

And of course Jo Spencer for the refreshment

 

 

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Peppi

Harry's Rocket

Harry's Rocket

Harry Channon was asked to make something simple to warm up the bell ropes for us in winter when, with the damp and cold, they remain rigid and difficult to pull.

Every church, every one, should have a Harry, but no one has a Harry quite like we do in Talaton. He is exceptionally innovative and a master of ‘quietly getting on with a job without any fuss’ and perfection.

He has made an amazing contraption, certainly not simple, but economic to run and efficiently engineered. All six ropes are fed down a tube and heated by an electric light bulb. Come the autumn and winter we will be most indebted and also very grateful to Harry and his rocket science, every bell tower will want one. Harry Channon is willing to advise.

 

If you would like to bell ring please contact either Chris Trimmer 01404 850831 or Peppi Shaw 01404 822482. We try and ring for the first Sunday of the month at 9am. Practice is 5pm most Wednesdays.  Learners welcome, you can start at any age. At the moment while it is warm and hot, and the ropes soft and pliable, we are trying to practice for the Area Striking Competition on 2nd July in Payhembury.

 

Thank you Harry

 

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Peppi

The Family Village Walk

The Family Village Walk

A bit of fresh air makes you sleep better, a gentle three mile walk through Talaton stopping off to listen to a chiffchaff and a passing puff puff enabled nine of us, plus a 5 month old baby, to do just that. One who walked the whole way went on to an evening church concert and slept through the whole performance flat out on her pew.

 

It was fun. Chris Harwood organized this year’s Family Village Walk leading us around Talaton through fields via footpaths to New Barn returning to the Church for a welcome cup of tea and refreshments, maybe that is why we all slept so well?

 

Hope you will be able to join us next year.

 

 

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Peppi

Churchyard Tidy Up

Churchyard Tidy Up

The Annual Churchyard Tidy Up
took place in mid March, in time for a very early Easter. Some longstanding volunteers were joined by several new faces to the team, including Andy and Jan who had only moved to the village a matter of days beforehand! The formal start time was 10am, but Lee French was tied up late morning, so was at work cutting the grass long before the rest of us had had breakfast! Refreshments, including some absolutely delicious chocolate fridge cake, and lemon and elderflower drizzle cake, were supplied by Jo Spencer, and enjoyed with tea and coffee prepared by Sue Harwood. Thanks to everyone that came along - and to Alex Barback, who would have been there had it not been for a dose of flu!
Rick Spencer

 

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Sue

Women's Breakfast

Women's Breakfast

Women’s Breakfast

Despite it being a really cold and frosty morning on Saturday 16th January, 35 ladies braved the elements to enjoy a wonderful continental breakfast in Talaton Village Hall. There were delicious bread rolls and croissants cooked by Francis and Ann complemented by Peppi and Marilyn’s homemade jam and marmalade. Heinz and Rick braved the all-female audience as waiters and excelled in their role.


Following the breakfast the now relaxed and well-nourished audience listened keenly to a very interesting talk by our Rev. Sheila Walker. We were privileged to receive a glimpse of her family history and her pathway to her present position.


Many thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you all next time when Rick and Heinz have volunteered to produce a cooked breakfast!

Sue and Marilyn

 

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Dianne

Send a Cow Quiz Night

Send a Cow Quiz Night

In early November, the Impact youth group of St. Mary’s Church organised a quiz night in aid of the charity ‘Send a Cow’. This charity helps to end poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa by helping farmers gain confidence for successful farming as well as providing livestock and training.

We simply wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and supported the event. We were so encouraged by the turn out and are excited and very pleased to say that we raised around £1200 for the charity! With generous match funding from Whimple Church PCC and further match funding from the government, we will have raised a total of nearly £5,000 which will help to change the lives of several families.

We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did and thanks again for your support!

 

 

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Dianne

Rogation Sunday

Rogation

This year we enjoyed good weather and the congregation made their way through the village, stopping at various places for prayers and Bible readings. We finally arrived at Mount Pleasant Farm where we enjoyed refreshments kindly provided by Raymond and Brenda Taylor and their family.

Thank you to all who came to this service.

 

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