Chris

A meesage from Chris

Message from Chris the Vicar:

 

Thanks to all those lovely people who have been clearing paths, checking on anyone who is vulnerable near to them to see that they are all OK and helping them when required, giving lifts to the medical professionals and just generally being wonderful neighbours. Thanks too to the Parish Council members for all they are doing to help in these adverse weather conditions. Keep up the good work everyone. And to those who need it, please ask for help.

 

 

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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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Chris

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

On Saturday 27th May, a group of enthusiastic prayer-walkers roamed the lanes, fields and churches of the four villages praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, starting in Talaton and heading to Whimple (for coffee and cake), Clyst St Lawrence (for the loo!), Clyst Hydon (for a picnic lunch) and back to Talaton (for more tea and cake and the loo again). Over the course of the day, 25 or so people joined us, including the young and the not quite so young. 

 

Many thanks to all who came. Special thanks to Tim and Sheila, our intrepid leaders, for organising the route and the prayer resources. Thanks too to Mary and team for the delicious cakes at Whimple, to Hannah, David, Jenny and Graham for the welcome use of their facilities (!), to Hannah for the cold water and oranges, and to Sarah and Chris Jones for providing the very welcome cuppa over lunch together. Definitely worth doing again!

 Fit and Raring to Go

 

 

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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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Chris

The Royal Arms in Whimple church

The Royal Arms in Whimple church

The Royal Arms in Whimple Church

 

In the north aisle of Whimple Church is hung a painting of the Royal Arms of George III which were used by the king from 1801 to 1816. The display of Royal Arms in churches is now relatively uncommon, having been compulsory after the Reformation to show loyalty to the Sovereign as Head of the Church, but most were removed during the Civil War and not all were replaced after the restoration of the Monarchy. Many of those that were replaced were removed during Victorian re-building.

 

We are fortunate that our 200 year old painting still exists and is on display. These were the first Arms of the United Kingdom following the Union with Ireland in 1800 and for the first time since 1340 no longer included the French fleur-de-lis. A Conservator's report had stated that the painting was in dire need of attention having already lost some painted detail in the centre and it was feared that if it was not treated soon the losses would increase. Two small patches of the painting were cleaned as a trial and showed what a dramatic improvement cleaning and conservation would make.

 

With the benefit of grants from the Parish Council and the County Council Locality Budget, together with donations from individual members of the Church Council and parishioners who were concerned to ensure that items entrusted to us by previous generations were properly cared for, it has been possible to have the Arms professionally conserved by McNeilage Conservation of Talaton. The painting has now been re-hung and the work has revealed the name S Banks of Honiton in the bottom left hand corner. The name and dating of the painting is corroborated in the Honiton section of Pigot's Directory for 1822-23 which lists Samuel Banks, painter.

 

 

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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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Chris

Alpha

Alpha

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge.

 

It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe and typically has around ten sessions (as well as a one-day weekend getaway) with food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.

 

Alpha really is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.

 

The Churches 4All Mission Community Alpha Course begins on Monday September 14th at Whimple’s Victory Hall at 7.45pm.

 

If you are interested in coming, or for more information, please contact Revd Chris Martin on 01404 822427 or by email: vicar@churches4all.org

 

 

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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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Chris

What went up - came down again

Talaton Church Sponsored Abseil

The good, mad and really brave were encouraged to go down the west side of the 60 foot Church Tower on a gloriously hot and sunny Saturday in July, two at a time on two ropes after specialist instruction from the Chudleigh Rock Centre. This spectacular occasion has raised over £8,000 towards the Church Bells due to the sixty abseilers who agreed to partake and raise sponsorship money.

The generosity of those who have supported this event has been amazing. We praise Lyndsey Trimmer who with her dutiful ground crew served refreshments and staffed the tower all day inside the church accompanied by the Ottery hand bell ringers; Chris Harwood who while harnessed to the flag-pole for six hours took many memorable ‘over the top’ photographs and the patience of the Rock Centre staff who spent their entire time in the relentless sunshine.  

But it was they who abseiled who were really good, from the small children who took it in their stride to go over the edge to those who were ‘old enough to know better’. It took people out of their comfort zones, while the Reverend Chris Martin stayed below praying for those coming down; they climbed over the parapet into the unknown, trusting only those up above and meanwhile smiling sweetly at the cameraman. Some enjoyed their swinging descent then came down, saluted the crowd, ate an ice cream and then wanted to go again. Such was their madness and brevity.

We asked you to jump and you jumped. Thank you.

 

Lady Anne Boles raised the most sponsorship and won a three course lunch for two at the Jack in the Green and Dom Sositha won a One4all Post Office Gift card

 

 

 

 

While sheep safely grazed …

 

 

Emma Rooms was safely on the ledge and “the worst bit was over”

 

Harry Channon aged 88 drew the crowds as did many others who abseiled

 

Chris Harwood safely strapped to the tower took photographs all day which he later put on display in the Parish Hall where they could then be ordered

 

Joanne Schooch from America and Kate Ralph took it all in their stride

 

 

 

Sean the sheep who raised not only his own sponsorship but some of the short-legged abseilers up onto the parapet 

 

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