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Please note that some of the following details are not updated for April due to the non-availability of material
From the Registers
Diary Dates & Reminders
Vestry and Annual Parochial Church Meetings:
Lent Study Group
Study groups continue meeting at the Vicarage, Holne on Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.00pm, and on Friday evenings from 7.30-9.00pm weekly until 7th April.
The theme is based on Jesus’ question to his disciples: “And you, who do you say that I am?”
All welcome, details from Corynne on 01364 631522
There is also a Lent group meeting in Princetown on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. For details of this please contact David Swales
We are hoping to run a Confirmation Group this year, possibly based in Postbridge. The date for Confirmations in this area is May 14th so we need to start classes as soon as possible. If you would like to consider Confirmation please contact Corynne 0n 01364 631522.
As those of you who visit our churches regularly will know, there are several building and renovation projects going on at the moment.
In Leusdon church the organ is having a complete clean and overhaul, and should be finished in time for our Easter celebrations.
In Widecombe work is being done to repair the lych gate roof, and the pulpit has been dismantled and moved to the south transept. This has made a tremendous difference to centre of the church, both visually and in terms of the space available. Work to reassemble the pulpit in its new position has started, and is being done by local stonemasons. Following this, major repairs to the roof valleys and leadwork is needed.
In Holne the replacement of the leaking gutters and rotten facia boards is well underway, and when the repairs to the medieval rood screen are done, the delicate work of cleaning it will start.
As you know, the task of keeping these beautiful buildings open and in good repair is an ongoing and costly business. We rely on the generosity of both local villagers and visitors to help us with this task.
If you haven’t visited our churches lately you might like to come and see some of the things that are happening, and perhaps make a small donation towards the costs at the same time.
We are planning on holding our prayer breakfasts on the five Saturdays between easter and Ascension Day. We will meet for an hour from 9.00-10.00am to share a simple breakfast and spend time in prayer and meditation. If you would be willing to host one of these breakfasts, or would like to join us, please contact Corynne (01364 631522). Locations will be announced at the Easter Services and posted on church notice boards.
Dates for your Diaries
Every Monday Evening in Ashburton Town Hall – Yoga Classes see printed link for more details
If you are used to receiving communion, but can no longer get to church because of ill-health or loss of mobility and would like to receive communion at home, please contact Rev’d Corynne Cooper (01364 631522) or Capt. David Swales (01822 890603).
Parish Pastoral Contacts
Responsibilities of Sides-people (welcomers!) :-
To arrive early; to welcome each person to the morning worship; select & hand out appropriate service books etc; take part in the Offertory collection with the Warden, and ensure all worship books are returned at the end of the service.
If you are unable to do your Sidesman Duty where possible, please find a replacement for your day, or do a swap.
Services at St. Pancras this month
Please respect the silence before the service so that others may have the opportunity to say their prayers & compose themselves before the service begins
Rainfall in Widecombe
News from Widecombe Primary School
Over the past month we have been willing on the new season with a bit of pre-Spring cleaning around the school. Amongst other weird and wonderful artefacts from the school’s past, we have found lots of old registers and many log books dating back to the days when the school was in the Church House. They make fascinating reading.
We have details of a school inspection from 1904 that states that, ‘…some of the desks are actually falling to pieces and the ends are propped up by logs of wood’. We have also discovered a Behaviour Log with details of misdemeanours carried out by the children and the punishments imposed on them. This has been of most interest to the children as many of them cannot believe what their parents or grandparents got up to when they were younger (however, some are not at all surprised!)
As mentioned in last month’s Parish Link, we are planning our anniversary celebrations to mark 75 years on the current school site. We are planning a series of events from September onwards to mark the anniversary of the opening of the new school in April 1932 (built at a cost of £2,100). One of the events that we hope to organise is a return to the Church House for an historical school experience in April of next year.
As I write this report, the children in Upper Dart are working in the Church House on their dance for this year’s Body Language performance. This year’s theme is ‘World Cultures’ and the children are attempting to retell an ancient Maori creation myth through dance. The performance at South Dartmoor takes place on 28th March.
The coming half term is full of a variety of sporting events with the children taking part in football and netball tournaments and also the annual Blackpool Cross Country event for 8 to 11 year olds. We will be taking enthusiastic teams to all of these events.
Last week we celebrated World Book Day with the children and teachers dressing up as their favourite book characters. We hope to build on this by raising money for Book Aid to help communities throughout the world that do not have enough access to books.
Finally, I will return to the past with an entry from 1876 from a new headteacher who was far from impressed with her new pupils. She wrote; ‘I find them very deficient in all subjects with the exception of Holy Scripture’. This is backed up by another very cruel entry ten years later that simply states the infants are ‘very dull’!
Oh, how times have changed!
Widecombe and District Ladies Social Group
Will meet on Thursday 9th March at 7.30pm. In the Church House for a Slide Show of:- Unusual Foreign Travels given by Mr Eddie Ellis.
Church House Management Committee
For all future bookings please contact
Mrs. R. Mortimore 01364 631238.
For all small repairs and maintenance please contact Gerry Wooton on 01364 621357.
Rates of Hire £2.50 per hour or £12.00 per day for Local Residents. Evening Rate of Hire £3.00 per hour (cheques payable to Widecombe Church House Fund), and given to the Post Office.
For other matters relating to the Church House please contact Mrs. D. Cameron 01364 621218.
Widecombe & District Local History Group
Meetings for the Local History Group are held at the Church House in Widecombe on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.
March 1st An insight into the activities of - The Dartmoor Trust and Archives Speaker - Natalie Gibbs
April 5th Merrivale’s Archaeological Landscape. Speaker - Jane Marchand
For more information call Tony Beard on 01364 621246
Widecombe & District Sports Group
The court is being used well, so if you want to be sure of play please contact the Post Office to book on 01364 621220.
For other information please ring Ann Claxton on 01364 621232 Or Claire Partridge on 01364 621468.
Monday 7.30pm –9.00pm Netball
Tuesday Adult Tennis (16+) 6.30 – 9.00pm. Contact Di Cameron on 01364 621218.
Wednesday: Family Hockey 6.00 to 7.00pm will recommence in September.
Saturday Family Tennis 2.00 – 4.00pm.
Please leave the court tidy with the net replaced. Report any damage immediately.
Close all gates and replace the keys.
Widecombe Baby & Toddler Social
We are a small friendly and supportive group who meet every Friday morning (10.00am – 12.00 noon) at Leusdon Memorial Hall. We have plenty of stimulating toys for children from birth to 3 years of age. Come and have a chat and a cuppa while your child plays with others and learns social skills.
Children 1 year and over £1.50 Babies £1.00. Cost includes squash.
Please ring Shirley on 01364 631533 or Barbara on 01647 221321 for more info.
Enjoy some free time while your child plays and learns with others at this friendly, highly rated OFSTED inspected pre-school.
They will be guided by our NNEB qualified supervisor and assistants.
The pre-school is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings (9.15am - 11.45am) operating from the Church House, Term times only. The cost is £4.00 per session.
For information or to reserve your child a space phone Jo Druett on 01364 621465 or Mary Hadow on 01364 631390
no news this month
Invites you to join them at their service Sunday 5th March at 3 pm
Led by Superintendent Minister Rev.Edgar Daniel
Services at St. John this month
No flowers during Lent
The Electoral Roll will be revised in time for the Annual Meeting on 5th April. Anyone who wishes to be included is invited to complete an application form available on the notice board in the church porch.
LEUSDON CHURCH ORGAN
Work on the restoration of the organ is in progress with lots of interesting parts including the large pipes laid out in the nave. Unfortunately to maintain our insurance cover it is necessary for the church to be locked when unattended
The hedge between the lower churchyard and the adjoining field has become heavily overgrown.
Within the next few weeks it will be cut down and made stock-proof, we hope then to be able to maintain a tidy appearance. We have a churchyard fund which is supported by donations and by an annual grant from Widecombe Parish Council.
Leusdon Memorial Hall Alternative Mondays at 7.30 pm
EVERYONE WELCOME COME AND ENJOY THE COMPANY.
6th & 29th March
3rd & 17th April
13th & 20th March
10th & 24th April
Short Mat Bowling Club
We meet at Leusdon Memorial Hall every Friday from 7.30 – 10.00pm, and new members are always welcome.
For more information ring: 01364 631327 or 01364 631245
Leusdon Memorial Hall - For Hire
The hall can take up to 100 people for functions or events. There is a large, well equipped kitchen with plenty of worktop space. Parking is available for many vehicles.
If you would like to book the hall or for more information please contact Margaret on 01364 631421.
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