Exe Valley Mission Community


Calverleigh Round Up - Oct 2018

On 14 July a fundraising Summer Tea with Friends was held at Calverleigh village hall. The afternoon was hosted by Jackie Herniman and Mandy Cotter, who with the help of others provided a sumptuous tea. We were entertained by Andrew and Sue Herniman who gave comedic renditions through song and poetry. Our thanks go to all who catered for the afternoon and we are pleased to say that £586, including donations, was raised and shared between Children's Hospice South West and Calverleigh Church.


The following day, Maggie Powell was brought to church for Baptism by parents Sarah and Neil, who kindly invited members of the congregation to join them afterwards in the hall for refreshments. This day was extra special as it was also Maggie's first birthday, which was spent with family and friends.


An informal get-together with coffee, cake and conversation (tea was also available) was held on 29 July in church, and despite the morning being very wet and windy, loads of you came along. This was open to everyone and we warmly welcome you to join us next time. It is a relaxed time of meeting together for a chat about everything and nothing in particular. The next one is being held on 30 September at 10am and another is planned for later in the year.


On Sunday 5 August the service was led by Nikki Burton. As part of her talk, medals were handed out to the congregation, by other members of the congregation, to show their appreciation to each other for all they do in the life of the church, at social gatherings and how they use their various God given gifts and skills. Even if you weren't there on the day, you probably still deserve a medal if you help out in any way!


Back in August, our annual flower and produce show was another great success. The number of entries were again up with the youngest under a year old. Our thanks to the judges, stewards and all who helped in any way, especially afterwards with the cleaning up. The judges were amazed at the overall standards and particularly impressed by some of the open classes. The section winners were: Vegetables – Q Dickinson; Flowers – Mandy Cotter; Bakery – Nikki Burton; Children's – Rebecca Dummett and Most Points – Diana Hopper. Thank you all for making it such an enjoyable day.


The marriage of Matthew and Lucy Hammett took place on 1 September. The sun shone, the bells rang and family and friends joined them to celebrate afterwards with the reception at the village hall. Our very best wishes go to you both for a long and happy future together.


At our Harvest Supper on Saturday 8 September, former Olympic Race Walker Chris Maddocks gave us a very interesting and informative talk about his training leading up to, and his experiences, during his many years of representing Great Britain in Athletics, including taking part in five Olympic Games, making him a record holder. We were served a delicious meal including a field mushroom soup (which was harvested locally) a cold meat salad and home-made desserts. Our thanks go to all who supplied food or who helped with setting up the hall, for this special time of fellowship and praise.


The following day a Harvest Cluster service with Holy Communion was led by Rev'd Steph Gordon-Jeffs. The church was beautifully decorated with a vast variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers, some of which were given to the church from the wedding the week before. Thank you to all who provided produce, which was given to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.


As ever, our deepest sympathies and prayers are with anyone who is going through a hard time at present, whether due to ill heath or bereavement. Please do get in contact with us if you'd like to be mentioned in prayers at any of our services.


Coming Up...


The next Coffee, Cake and Company is being held on 30 September at 10am.


On Sunday 11 November on the night of the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War, as many church towers as possible will be ringing the bells as part of a nation's tribute. The ringers at Calverleigh are joining in with many other churches and Cathedrals taking part throughout the country. Ringing begins at 7.05pm. Listen out for us!


Our Autumn Fayre takes place on Saturday 17 November at Calverleigh village hall from 10.30am – 2pm with the usual children's craft, raffle, tombolas, produce, bric-a-brac, tea, coffee, cakes and much more!

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