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From the Registers.

  • Baptism    Leusdon April 10th                Charles Alexander Bamsey

  • Baptism    Postbridge 12th June 2005     Kayden David Jessop Sarah Rowan Arrowsmith-Brown

Team Service

The Team Service on Sunday 31st July is at St Mary the Virgin Church, Holne. After the service there will be a bring and share picnic in the Vicarage garden – seating is limited so if you don’t fancy sitting on the grass please bring a chair as well. All welcome.

An all-age activity week is being planned for the first week in August in Holne, on the theme “Who put the colours in the rainbow?” This is open to families throughout the benefice. Full details will be published in the August Link, or contact Corynne if you would like to help.

As many of you will know, Rev’d Michael Allso is unfortunately on sick leave at the moment. We all hope and pray that he will able to return to duty as soon as possible, but in the mean time, please would you refer all parish related matters to Rev’d Corynne Cooper, Preb. Philip Darby, Captain David Swales, or one of your churchwardens.

A Message from Michael

8th June 2005

As I write this I am still in Derriford Hospital following brain surgery and awaiting further tests – the fact that they found brain to operate on is a matter of wonderful relief to me. By the time you get to read this the further tests should be completed and decisions made as to how and when I am to return to my ministerial duties.

The past few weeks and months have been difficult and chilling, but they have been made far easier by all care, support and love I have received from all of my friends and colleagues on and around the Moor.

I hope that in due course, I shall be able to say thank you properly for all the private acts of generosity and corporate acts of support.

Bless you all,


The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion has received £437 which was collected at the funeral service of Wing Commander George Foskett, our late President.

At the request of his family the money is to be donated to the RBL home, Dunkirk Memorial House, near Taunton, where it will be used to purchase an electric fire suite, suitably inscribed for their newly refurbished bar. 


“Come unto me. .... and I will refresh you” – St. Matt. 11:28

Over the last fourteen years I have often found myself traversing the area covered by the Moorland Team Ministry - some 250 sq. miles! During this time 1 have learnt the names or many of the Tors and other landmarks which are so appealing to those who live here and to the thousands who visit year by year. I can clearly see and understand why people, myself included fall in love with the Moor coming back again and again for their of holiday and recreation.

As I write this article many people are passing my window reminding me that the holiday season is once more with us. Living on the "Top of Moor" I am quite sure it is not just the weather that draws people - especially today, as it is thick fog and raining. My guess is that people come because of the intrinsic beauty and peace of the Moor, it brings the rest and relaxation they need from everyday routine. Getting away from it all to somewhere like the Moor is often just what is needed to refresh and revitalise a tired inner spirit.

Jesus knew about getting away from it all. He also knew how important it was to be quiet and to recharge his batteries. Often, in the Gospels, Jesus is found going away to a quiet place to be with his Father, a place, no doubt, very similar to many places on the Moor.

However, there are many whose lives on the Moor are very busy. How much more important for those who work so hard at helping others relax, to get moments of quiet and time for themselves. Taking "Time Out" can be very beneficial not only to ourselves, but also to those around us. We all need "Time Out", however some see it as a luxury when it is a necessity! Even in very busy lives there must be some time when we let go even if only for a few hours - a time when we stop and others hopefully respect

We in the Church need to build "Time Out" into our lives. There is always much to be done and most of the work is done in addition to our day to day work. Our mission and task is never over - there is always something else that could be done, I am sure that Jesus felt the same way when he was on earth, So many people needed him, so much pain to heal, so much evil to confront. Yet Jesus also knew that if he did not allow time and space to allow God, his Father to refresh his Spirit he would overload and become tired just like You and I. Jesus also knew that those who followed after him would need to rely on that same refreshing for our strength.

So either if you have been away already or are preparing to go away I pray that this time of Holiday, whether at home or away may be to you and your Families a time of great enjoyment, relaxation and renewal and that you all return safely to face the challenges of every day life.

Lord enfold me, in the depths of your love

and there hold me. Renew my being,

Refine, Refresh, Restore me.

Raise me up and Remould me

Until my whole being is aglow

With your Glory and Goodness

Gracious and Generous Loving God. - David Adam

Yours in Him


A Leusdon Larder Handy Hint

If you are cooking a recipe in the oven that has grated cheese on the top, crumble up some breadcrumbs and mix in with the cheese before you sprinkle it on. The breadcrumbs make a really crispy topping and means you can use less cheese!! If you have a tomato that needs using up you can slice that up as well and lay the pieces over the topping or add a dash of Worcester sauce.

A tip for the gardeners... we have found that white ice cream tubs cut up make excellent plant labels as the surface is flat they are easy to write on!!!

The Bug Chant

Red bug, bed Bug

Itching on the head bug,

Blue bug, poo bug,

Floating in the loo bug

Stripey bugs, spotty bugs,

what a lot of dotty bugs.

By Beth Somerville Age 6

To make you smile

Q: What is a complete waste of time?

A: Telling a bald man hair raising tales

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The Longhouse Project - Mediaeval Open Weekend

9th July 12.00 Noon – 4.00pm 

10th July 10.00am – 5.00pm

Our Self Build design is based on the simple form of a traditional thatched Dartmoor longhouse, and follows its journey through time as it might have evolved down through the ages. Now in the 17th century, we invite you to join us on that journey at our Open Weekend, when a mediaeval re-enactment group will be demonstrating daily life at that time inside the house.

Outside you can try your hand at wattle and daub, see how crime was punished, find out about weaponry, have a go at archery, or enjoy a cream tea. On Sunday there will also be a falconry display and Punch and Judy show.

All proceeds to Macmillan Nurses and local causes.  Donations of £2.50 per adult, accompanied children free, and free parking.

Find us at Cherry Tree on the Postbridge Road, just outside Moretonhampstead. Geoff and Jenny Codling. Tel: 01647 440171

Charity Bazaar

Sunday 10th July – 10.30am onwards

Dee is doing a 5 day trek through Iceland to raise funds for Cancer and Leukaemia in Children. C.L.I.C. This will take place at the end of July and in order to boost funds, a fun day has been organised at the Church House, Widecombe.

To include: Jumble Sale, Bric a Brac, Teas/Coffees and Cakes, Face Painting, Plant Stall, Tabletop Sales.

For further info visit the fundraising site at www.justgiving.com/Barneytrek. Target to raise £2,000 by end of July. Running total so far £1,730.

For tabletop hire and items of donations for the day i.e. jumble, bric a brac etc. please call Dee on 01364 631486.

All help gratefully received, and thanks to all those who have donated already

Big day for Bellringing

On Saturday August 6th as well as holding our annual invitation competition, the Widecombe Bellringers are hosting the launch of the Aune Head Arts DVD of Dartmoor Ringing Walks.

There will be a display in the church and the DVD will be shown periodically in the Church House.  All this, plus bell ringing will be continuing throughout the day. 

There is also a church service at 4pm, which is open to everyone. 

Come and have a look and listen.

You are all welcome!

Coffee Mornings For Bereaved People

A new venture intended to help men and women who have been bereaved is to begin on July 1st 2005. This informal meeting will be held at St John's Church, Bridgetown,

Totnes on the 1st Friday of each month and will take place in the upstairs meeting room (a lift is available for those who cannot manage stairs).

From 10.00am until 11.30am. People are welcome to start at any time in their bereavement and to continue for a period of twelve months. The organiser is Paula Berdinner, who is presently working with the Rowcroft Bereavement Service. Paula can be contacted on tel: 01803 840730

There will be no charge but donations towards refreshments and the cost of the room would be appreciated.

Just come along or phone for more details.

There is some car parking available behind the Church. After 11.30am Paula will be available to talk with anyone who feels they would like to speak to her more confidentially. First meeting July 1st 10.00am

Complementary Therapy

Join the friends of Widecombe School for a complementary therapy day: relax & revitalise, try therapies, enjoy a day out with friends in the wonderful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings of the Karuna Institute, Natsworthy, Widecombe on Thursday 14th  July, 10am to 9pm (refreshments will be available from 9.30am)

A wide range of relaxation techniques & complementary therapies on offer in a day of group classes, talks & short one to one "taster sessions" with qualified tutors & therapists refreshments & delicious meals will be available

Therapies will include aromatherapy,    Bowen Technique, shiatsu, yoga and many more. Various packages available from £10.00.

For further information and a brochure please phone Lu Palmes on 01364 661142

Med Theatre - Roots

A new Dartmoor Play by Theatre on an Ecological Theme. Performances will be at Mortonhampstead Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July.

Tickets £5.00 Adults (£4.50 concessions) £3.50 for Children.

For more information or to book tickets please contact Mark Beeson on 01647 441536 or email info@medtheatre.co.uk

St. Pancras Church


Church Warden

Mr. John Mousley

Norleigh, Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Tel:- 01364-621272

Services at St. Pancras in July

  • Sun 3rd July 11am Family Service

  • Sun 10th July 11am Holy Communion Order 1

  • Sun 17th July 8am Holy Communion Order 2

  • Sun 17th July 11am Mattins

  • Sun 24th July 6.30pm Evening Prayer

Please respect the silence before the service so that others may have the opportunity to say their prayers & compose themselves before the service begins.

Sidesman’s Rota

  • 3rd July             William & Tom Dracup

  • 10th July             Patrick Coaker

  • 17th July             Peter Dracup

  • 24th July            TBA

  • 31st July TBA

Responsibilities of sides-people (welcomers!) :- To arrive early and 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. Thank-you.

Church Flower Rota

  • 2nd July                          Wedding

  • 9th and 16th July              Mrs W Beard

  • 23rd and 30th July            Mrs B Hicks

Thank you

The Parochial Church Council is extremely grateful to Mr. Frank Angwin of Chudleigh for his beautiful matchstick replica of our church. It is hoped to be able to permanently display in Church this wonderful representation of the Cathedral of the Moor. The skill expertise and dedication Mr Angwin has demonstrated in this model are a great example of patience to us all.

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What's On In Widecombe this month

Rainfall in Widecombe

Total Rainfall for May was 72mm

The Wettest Day was the 21st May with 20mm of rain.

The longest Dry Spell was from 4th–14th May

Church House Management Committee

For all future bookings please contact

Mrs. R. Mortimore 01364 631238.

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.

Rossallian Club Service

The annual meeting the West of England Branch of the Rossallian Club will be on Saturday 16th July. The service will be at 12.15 preceded by coffee. All are welcome.

Widecombe and District Ladies Social Club

For more information please contact:

Margaret Phipps 01364 631421

Thursday Craft Markets

From May 19th to October 13th every Thursday at the Church House Widecombe from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Friends of  Widecombe School

Our Summer Fete takes place on Tuesday 5th July at 2 o’clock.

Come along and support The Friends of Widecombe School. Bric a brac, Plants   Cakes, Toys and games, Bottlestall

Jumble. Books and Refreshments

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.

The July meeting is a talk by Mike Perriam entitled “ The Moorland Erme”.

This is followed on July 9th by a walk on the Moor along the Erme led by Mike Perriam. Meet at 12 noon at the car park near  Cornwood Village , near Ivybridge. map ref: 625611, - for a picnic lunch followed by the walk.

On August 3rd we will have a discussion evening. The topic of this is still to be confirmed so watch out in next month’s edition for more information.

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 62122. 

For other information please ring

Ann Claxton on 01364 621232

or Claire Partridge on 01364 621468.

Regular Bookings:

Monday 7.30pm –9.00pm Netbal

Tuesday *Adult Tennis (16+) 6.30 – 9.00pm.  *Tennis coaching – During May and June for six weeks we hope to run tennis coaching sessions for Children and Adults.  Adult tennis will move to Thursdays for the duration. Contact Hilary Jarvis on 621309 for details.

Wednesday: Family Hockey 6.00 to 7.00pm contact Brenda Boston on 621378.

Thursday: Adult Tennis (13+) 7.00 – 10.00pm Contact Di Cameron on 621218.

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.

Thank you.

Widecombe Baby & Toddler Social

We are a small friendly and supportive group who meet every Friday morning (10.00am – 12.00 noon) at Dunstone Chapel 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 Mary on 01364 631390

or Jo on 01364 621465 for more info.

Widecombe Pre-School

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

Katie Way 01364 654525 or

Fi Daly 01364 621460

Widecombe Educational Foundation

The Widecombe Educational Foundation was set up in 1814 to give financial help to  Widecombe Primary School and to young people living in the civil parish of Widecombe. The Trustees can offer grants for young people of Widecombe, which includes Poundsgate, Ponsworthy, Sherril,

Lowertown, Natsworthy and Dunstone etc. During the past year we have assisted the school and other youth organisations in the parish by over £2,000 and over £600 to individual young members of the community. 

Young people who are under the age of twenty-five and still in full time education at primary, or secondary school, or at college or university, can apply for assistance to purchase books, clothing or equipment etc. Also upon leaving full time education to start a career, small grants can be allocated for the purchase of tools and equipment.

The trustees invite you if you feel that you could benefit from such a grant to contact the correspondent to the trustees in writing to Anthony Beard. Bittleford Parks,  Widecombe, TQ13 7TQ or telephone him for further details on 01364 621246.

Cinema South West

Cinema South West is hoping to launch a film project that bases its story on the great storm of  Widecombe Church.

We would like to involve as many of the villagers of Widecombe as possible, be it appearing as an extra or helping create the film.

Please email or call us if you are interested in being part of this project or have any comments about the idea.

Email: james@cinemasouthwest.co.uk



On Saturday 13th August 2005

The Widecombe Parish Social & Entertainment Club

are holding their Summer Party.

It will be held in the Widecombe Fair field.

The day starts at 12 noon, entry is free, with lots of activities for the whole family. There will be Punch & Judy, a magic show, Elfic the Jester, Circus workshop, Bouncy Castle, Face painting,

Bowling for the Pig, a Tornado fencing competition, stalls, refreshments, etc, etc.

The Evening Party starts at 7pm.

There will be a Bar, Band, Disco & a Grand Firework display.

Tickets for the Evening Party are now on sale, the ticket includes entry to the Party & a Hog roast roll and a bowl of Chilli.

Adults tickets are £10.00 & under 16's £5.00

Please come along & enjoy the great day out.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact one of the following:

lan Mayhew 01364 621440            Mark & Sharon Hutchins 01364 621294

Peter Druett 01364 621465          Geoff Partridge 01364 621468

Margaret Phipps 01364 631421

News from Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School

The SATs tests are over for another year and now the real fun starts….

Last week we held our annual Pet Day where the children came to school with a great smile on their face because they were accompanied by their pets. Along with the usual 73 children we were joined by 4 ponies, 22 dogs, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, chicks, ducks, mice, rats, kittens, and a snake to name but a few of the weird and wonderful creatures that descended on our school. As always it was one of the best days on the school calendar and one that has already been pencilled in for next year.

It has been a term of sporting success. Peter Boston’s all conquering girls’ football team have won the inaugural Widecombe Football tournament (sponsored by both the Friends and the Widecombe Educational Foundation). Four teams were invited to enter and Widecombe’s girls came out on top. The following week they entered the Devon tournament including many large schools and some from as far away as Somerset . Once again, they took the occasion in their stride. They won six matches, including two penalty shoot outs, before winning the final against a school with five times as many children. On Monday they will be going for a treble as they are currently top of their summer league with one match to play. Watch out for the open top bus tour across the moor if they win! 

Next week we have out Art Week and this will be followed by an exhibition in the Church House. Some of the work will then be displayed in the church, before moving on to the Visitors Centre at Princetown for two weeks. Please come along and see what talented children we have, if you can.

Having yet again been turned down for funding to help build a school hall that we so desperately need, the Governors and staff are working hard to develop other areas of the school site. We are hoping to provide the children with better facilities to cater for the varied demands of the curriculum that has changed a great deal since the school moved to its current site 74 years ago. We are feeling very hopeful that improvements to both the school grounds, playground and classroom space will be started before the end of the year.

Nick Banwell

Head Teacher

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Dunstone Methodist Chapel

No news this month.

Poundsgate Methodist Chapel

No news this month.

St John the Baptist - Leusdon

Church Wardens 

Mrs. Anne Malpass

Jordan Cottage

Widecombe TQ13 7PN

01364 631378

Mr. Geoff Bamsey,

26 Old Manor Close, 

Holne Cross.

Tel. 01364-652820

Services at St. John this month

  • Sun 3rd July 11am Morning Prayer

  • Sun 10th July 11am Holy Communion Order 1

  • Sun 17th July 8am Holy Communion Order 2

  • Sun 24th July 11am Family Service/Morning Prayer

Please respect the silence before the service so that others may have the opportunity to say their prayers & compose themselves before the service begins

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What's on in Leusdon this month

Leusdon Church

Leusdon Church is most grateful to the Memorial Hall committee and to the Moorland Merrymakers for the invitation to join them in the Evening of Entertainment on 28th May which, proved to be so successful and enjoyable. Many thanks to everyone from Leusdon PCC.

Family Funday On  Widecombe Green

Our annual fundraising event for Leusdon Church will be on Tuesday 16th August. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who might like to help and would welcome gifts of cakes, produce etc.

Widecombe Fair Day 13th September

Leusdon Church will again work with The Friends of Widecombe School to provide refreshments in the Church House. We would welcome extra help; please let us know if you could manage a couple of hours or more.

Leusdon Memorial  Hall

Badminton will be held on the 11th and 25th July.

We are a friendly team and always welcome new players, if you would like to come and have a game of Badminton please come along to Leusdon Memorial hall - play starts at 7.30 pm '

Whist Drives will be held on 4th and the 18th July.  All welcome - play starts at 7.30pm.

For Hire

The hall can take up to 100 people for functions or events. Inside there is a large, well-equipped kitchen with plenty of worktop space and outside, parking is available for many vehicles.

If you would like to book the hall or for more information please contact

Margaret on 01364 631421.

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.

 Grand Summer Bazaar

The Moorland Jam and Preserve Fund raising team have been busy preparing for our Summer Bazaar on Saturday 16 April. Someone locally gave us 20lbs of home-grown organic rhubarb which we have made into some wonderful jams and chutney's using ginger, oranges, figs and dates. 

We have also been busy planting lots of shallots and red cabbage to be pickled for our Christmas Bazaar in December.

Many thanks for all the jam jars people have been dropping off both at our events

and Grooms Cottage, Leusdon . As usual we will have a jar collecting box outside the hall at the Bazaar, so please bring any unwanted jam, pickle and pasta sauce jars

(with their lids if possible)

A Night To Remember .........

from a member of the audience at the Variety Show;

To those who wined and dined us

who sang and played so well

who made us laugh with forgotten lines

who missed a 'beat' and introduced 'asides'

We thank you -

and the audience was drawn into all this making it such a 'fun evening' !

All this came about in order to raise funds for the church and for the restructuring of the village hall to be made more easily accessible for everyone who would want to hire the hall.

Leusdon Variety Show was a great success and from the loud applause and participation by the audience seemed to be enjoyed by all! The Hall Committee would like to thank everybody for their help and generosity together with a special 'thank you' to the 80 people who bought a ticket and came along to raise a fantastic £385.50 each for St John The Baptist Church and the 'Steps Free Access' fund for the Memorial Hall. We didn't realise what local talent we had in the area!! Many people have said how much they enjoyed getting together for a social evening so we will try and plan some more.

Norma Tempest Hall Secretary 

Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony Novice Pony Show

On Tuesday 26th July at Corndonford Farm, Poundsgate from 10.30am. 

A great day out with farmhouse cream teas.

Enquiries Annie Williams

01364 631595.

River Rapids Youth Theatre

Saturday 9th July 2005

6.00pm – 9.30pm

BBQ & video evening

at Lowertown Farm, Poundsgate.

Please bring along the food you want to BBQ, drinks will be provided.

Early notice of a meeting for anyone interested in RRYT 2006 production. It will be held at Lowertown Farm on Tuesday 25th  October from 7.00 – 9.00pm.

The group is open to all 10 to 18 year olds who are interested. It is £1 per session and this includes drinks and biscuits during the evening. Everyone has a say in what they do whether it is on the stage, back stage or just helping out during rehearsals with props, costumes, scenery - just remember there is always a lot to do!

If you need any more information contact Gail Fursdon 01364 631282

Grand Summer Bazaar at Leusdon Memorial Hall

Saturday 16th July at Leusdon Memorial Hall

12.00-4.00 p.m.

Big Book stall, Plants, Produce,

Locally produced meat from Proper Pork

Home made Preserves & Pickles,

Children's Lucky Dip,

Nearly New Clothes Rail,

Tombola ,Treasure hunt and lots more!

Lunches Hot Pasties & Sandwiches,

Cream Teas and home made cakes

Raffle with good prizes, including a Proper Pork Voucher to be drawn at 3.30pm

Admission FREE and plenty of parking!

All proceeds to our steps free and improved wheel chair facilities

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