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prayers, marriages and ducks - an update from Calverleigh

Our Annual Day of Prayer took place on 27 May with 30 people taking part.  Our thanks go to all who participated but especially to Aubrey and Julie Goldsworthy who arranged the whole thing. We are sure that the power of prayer will prevail.

This was also the day of the Duck Race, which set off just below Lurley Bridge, with a novel use of party poppers by race official Liz Carrey as a starter gun. The lure of water was a great draw for the many children who splashed their way through to the end of the course, in front of the ducks or helped to free ducks that became stuck along the way.  Our appreciation go to all who helped and donated with the thrilling race but especially to organisers Geoffrey & Lorna Thomas, Aubrey & Sheila Greenslade, Roland Morrish. The £882.29 which was raised was split between Calverleigh church and Hospice Care.

On Saturday 3 June we celebrated the marriage of Natasha Goldsworthy and Marc Gerolimatos, which was conducted by Steph. We wish Tasha and Marc many congratulations as they embark on a long and happy marriage. Thanks to all who had any part in the preparation of the day, especially with the flowers in and around the church. All your hard work and time was greatly appreciated.

Our congratulations also go to Keith and Clare Hayes who were married on June 23 at the Fox and Hounds, Eggesford.  We wish you both every happiness for the future.

Sunday 11 June was our annual open-air service, for which thankfully the weather just about stayed dry for us (although it was a little bit windy at times as the threatening looking clouds got ever closer!). This year we congregated at the top of the churchyard to listen to our special guests Ad-Lib as they played a mix of hymns and their own choice of spiritual songs. We were also joined for the occasion by a family of Canadian Geese that took a liking to the pond for a few days. Thank you to all who came along provided refreshments, including fruit punch and cake.

It was with sadness that we learnt of the passing of John Greenslade, who farmed at Palmershayes. After a service at Devon and Exeter Crematorium a Thanksgiving Service for his life was held in the church on 22 June. Colin Radford, a lifelong friend of John’s read a tribute giving details of school life at Calverleigh School and also Tiverton Grammar School, times spent at young farmers, his love of family, village life, his animals and growing fuchsias. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aubrey, Sheila and all the family at this time and also with all who have lost a loved one in recent months.

We would like to say a big thank you to Alison Webber for her skilful job of updating the list of St. Marys Clergy and the Baptismal Roll - not an easy task and requiring a lot of patience. It is lovely to see it all back in place and know it is a great source of interest to visitors of the church.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in playing the organ (or any other musical instrument) during our Sunday services, please get in contact with Aubrey or Jackie, our church wardens.

Coming Up

Our now annual Produce Show will take place on 26 August at the village hall. We would like to remind you that all entries for the Calverleigh Produce Show must be returned to Rita Tapp or Sheila Greenslade by August 9 at the latest. The show opens at 2.30pm on August 26, for results, teas & coffees, draw and a bring and buy stall. Entries have to be in place on the day of the show by 11.30am for judging. [Rumour has it that there has been a great deal of practising already going on, especially in the Swiss roll category. Competition will be well fought again this year, particularly between our male bakers!] Refreshments, which may include prize winning cake, pasties etc... will be served during the afternoon.

Our harvest supper and thanksgiving service takes place on the weekend of 9/10 September.  Details of tickets for the supper on the Saturday evening will be available from the PCC from around Aug 30. The thanksgiving service will be at 11.15am on the Sunday. Tickets will be available from all church committee (PCC) members from August 30 at a cost of £8 per person.

Advanced Notice: Our Autumn Fayre will take place on 18 November at Calverleigh Hall.

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