Exe Valley Mission Community


Calverleigh November Update 2021

It is lovely to see that there is still a lot of colour in the gardens as we move further into October.  I wonder how we will be fairing as the new month arrives?

We hope that all those who have moved onto new places of education have settled into the new term well.

This year the Potato Competition results night was held in the village hall. There was a good turn out of people and a few newcomers who have moved to the village in the past 12 months.  The potatoes had a bit longer growing this year and this may have reflected in the good crops, all grown from two spuds per person.  The winners were: in the men's category - Tim (15lbs 6oz), with runners up Charles, Kipper and Morley; in the women's category - Brenda (29lbs 1 oz), with runners up Sue, Pat and Diana; in the children's category - Tilly (10lbs 3oz), with runners up Rhys, Callun and Evie.  Well done everyone.  Thanks go to Gillian, Mary, Tim and Louise for organising the evening and to all who supplied a delicious supper.  A total of £620 was raised for church funds.

The Produce and Flower show took place in August after cancellation last year due to the pandemic.  Although entries were down a little this year the quality definitely wasn't. There were concerns that not all categories would go ahead but fortunately this was not the case. Congratulations go to Maureen Furneaux who won Best in Show with her beautiful display of flowers in the 'Pretty in Pink' category, along with all who entered and won a first, second, third, highly commended or a well done certificate.  It is good to see so many of the next generation taking part with baking and craft. Our thanks must go to Rita and Sheila for organising the show but sadly they have both said that it would be the final show they organise. Hopefully we will have people come forward who would like to take on this fun 'friendly rivalry' fundraising event.  Thanks go also to all who helped set up the tables for the day, played a part in stewarding, judging, working in the kitchen and to those who supplied refreshments or draw prizes for the afternoon.

Our condolences go to anyone who has had a bereavement in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times. May God comfort and protect you at this difficult time.

Congratulations to anyone who have been or will be celebrating a new birth, birthday, wedding or an anniversary in the coming months. (Please let us know if you want us to add a message here in the magazine).  

On 4 September, the marriage of Steven and Sara took place in church after being postponed 12 months ago. Our very best wishes are with you and your family for a long and happy future together.

The following weekend saw 90th birthday celebrations for Myrtle. A special service was held in church with a large number of family and friends coming together to sing favourite hymns chosen by Myrtle and then her great grandchildren sang one to her.  It was a special occasion, which was followed by a birthday tea in the village hall immediately afterwards. Donations were suggested instead of presents and a total of £500 was given towards church funds. Thank you Myrtle!

On the same day a welcome tea was held at Templeton village hall for our new curate Claire Curtis who had been ordained at Exeter Cathedral the previous day.  Congratulations Claire! We are very glad to  be able to welcome to the Exe Valley Mission Community.  We hope that your training, under Steph's expert guidance, goes well and we look forward to you being with us at a service at Calverleigh.

The Harvest Supper took place on Saturday 18 September in the village hall.  This year it was a bring and share supper and a lovely variety of food was provided.  Two hymns were sung during the evening along with some food and plant based quizzes compiled by Aubrey.  Our thanks go to all who helped in any way in preparing for the evening.  Although it was a much simplified evening compared to other years we felt that it worked well!

A service of Harvest Thanksgiving was held the following morning.  The church, as ever, was beautifully decorated with locally grown produce and flowers which helped to give off a lovely aroma when the church door was opened.  It was nice to be able to celebrate a return to some kind of normality with this being the first major service since the removal of restrictions. The fruit and veg was later taken to the Salvation Army who used it to provide meals during the week for local residents.  They were very grateful to have been thought of to receive the food.  Thank you to everyone who gave so generously of their produce.

Please see the events / calendar pages for details of forthcoming events.

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