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Stoodleigh Church, Devon

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Stoodleigh News

Sadly the church had to be closed on 23rd November following a fall of plaster from the roof.   There will therefore be no services in the church for the time being while the damage is being assessed.   The Carol Service will now be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.

2017 saw a very successful coffee morning in May at the Old Stable where over £300 was raised for the church.   As well as the usual raffle, two lovely bird feeders were donated and raffled.   June saw cream tea at Parkhouse Water for Steph Jeffs to meet those in the village who contributed so much to the church by way of flower arranging, etc. and being a Friend of St Margaret's.

The Dog Show on 12th August 2017 was a very popular event held on one of the few fine days so far this August.  There seemed to be more dogs than ever and the Judge, Chris Coles, had a busy time.   Cream teas and Pimms were enjoyed as people relaxed after guessing the number of sweets in a jar, the name of a bear and hoping for success in the raffle, tombola and pound in a jar.  We were enormously grateful that yet again Fred and Pat Robinson opened up their paddock for this annual event.

August Bank Holiday Monday was a beautiful day and some forty people enjoyed a convivial time over a ploughmans lunch in the beautiful setting at Champles Barn shaded by a selection of gazebos.  £316 was raised at this social event. It was good to have Steph and Robert with us for this occasion.

Harvest Supper on 2nd October was a great success and the change to skittles brought out a competitive spirit with those taking part.  Over £370 was raised for Devon Air Ambulance.

Over £200 was raised at a coffee morning on 31st October 2017 kindly hosted by Mrs Enid Hamadullah.   It was lovely to welcome newcomers to the Village as well as catching up socially with so many people.

Below is a round up of 2016 news from Stoodleigh Church and Community (please see 2017 dates in Events):

Carol Singing round the village on 20th December was enormous fun and we are grateful to all those who welcomed us into their homes.   We were very thrilled to be able to add a further £130 to the Marie Curie fund set up in memory of Michael Honnor whose funeral had taken place earlier in the day.

The annual Carol Service on 18th December was led by Steph Jeffs, our new Rector, who was warmly welcomed to Stoodleigh.   The church was packed and the children performed a short Nativity Play concluding with young Lottie Rigamonti playing "Away in a Manager" on the organ.  The choir this year had swelled to twenty and gave great support to the congregational singing with splendid descants.  Joe Strong sang the first verse of "Once in Royal David's City" and in addition there were two choir items, "Christmas Lullaby" by John Rutter and "The Three Kings" by Peter Cornelius, in which we welcomed Keith as the soloist.  See our photograph album for some pictures of the service.

The Family Fun Dog Show on 13th August was a happy event held in brilliant afternoon sunshine after a damp morning.  A considerable amount was raised shared between the church and the parish hall.

The annual Ploughmans on August Bank Holiday was held at Champles Barn on a lovely sunny day and was a great success.     This was followed by a busy September which saw a coffee morning at Furzeclift, a drawing-room performance of "The Gondoliers given by the Barle Singers at Champles Barn and at the beginning of October, Harvest Supper.   We are grateful for all the support raising funds towards St Margaret's.  In addition, it was good to be able to send £100 to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust as a result of the Harvest Supper auction.

The annual Christmas Fayre in the Parish Hall on Saturday 10th December was a great success and over £1,100 was raised for the church.   Many thanks for all who helped decorate the Hall, had stalls and came to support this event.  Father Christmas got delayed by the fog but otherwise all things ran smoothly!

Exe Valley Notices for Sunday 3rd December 2017

We hope that you're all prepared for Christmas. Here's what is coming up this week in the Exe Valley. This week's Advent Reflection...

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Stoodleigh Services

Due to a plaster fall, services at Stoodleigh Church will be cancelled until further notice. We will update you as soon as possible. This means...

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Informal midweek worship starts in January

From 18th January 2018 we will be launching a new monthly service of Informal Worship in various locations across the Mission Community. The first ...

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Prayer Diary for October and November 2017

1-7 October We pray for the people who live, work and worship in the Parish of Cadeleigh. 8-14 October We pray for the people who live, wor...

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Holiday Club 2017- Dress Rehearsal

This year's Holiday Club was held at Calverleigh Hall to enjoy a fun packed four days of fun and games. Around 40 children attended each day, l...

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Home Groups and Prayer Breakfasts 2017

I am pleased to announce that Home Groups and Prayer Breakfasts will resume this autumn. Details as follows: Home Groups We will be meeting...

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Mid Devon Show Churches Tent

Saturday 22nd July - 2017 Are you able to spare an hour or two on the day of the show? Could you help with the serving of refreshment...

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The Holiday Club Needs You!

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a desire to plant the seeds of faith in the next generation? We need volunteers to help with Th...

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Prayer Diary for June and July

Each month we provide a Prayer Diary as an aid for people in the Exe Valley. 4  - 10 June: I will pour out my Spirit Pray that the God o...

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Pledge 2 Pray 949

Prayer Diary Thy Kingdom Come -  Pledge2Pray949 Could, The Mission Community, Pledge 2Pray 949? Every day at 9am and 9pm between Ascensi...

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