Benefice Letter for September

What a shame that the wonderful weather we had been experiencing changed almost as soon as the children broke up for their summer holidays! Still, there have been some good days and plenty going on in the village to be enjoyed. August was very busy with some wonderful events taking place. First there was Shaldon Water Carnival which drew huge crowds to the beach and village and was very successful – Well Done to all the committee and volunteers for a brilliant event! At the end of the month we had Shaldon Regatta with so much going on it was hard to keep up! It is fantastic to see youngsters being encouraged in a variety of water sports – and also novices! Once again the Regatta was amazing and thanks must go to their committee and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication year on year.

The children are now preparing to return to school, some to the next year class and others to new schools, college or university. Please do keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as they settle into the new academic year.

September brings the season of Harvest and our services begin with Harvest Evensong at St Blaise Church, Haccombe on Sunday 10th September with a Harvest Lunch on Saturday 30th September at 12md at How’s Farm, Haccombe by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Bullied. Harvest Praise will be held at St Nicholas Church, Ringmore at 6pm on Sunday 24th September. St Peter’s, Shaldon will hold their Harvest Festival service on Sunday 1st October at 10.30am and All Saints, Combeinteignhead with have their Harvest Festival at 3pm on Sunday 1st October followed by the auction of harvest produce in the Wild Goose Inn at 4.30pm. St Andrew’s, Stokeinteignhead will hold theirs on Sunday 8th October at 11am – this will be followed by a Harvest Auction at the Church House Inn at 8pm on Monday 9th.

Saturday 9th September is designated as Devon Historic Churches Day and all of our churches will be open to visitors. This incorporates the national Ride and Stride event whereby folk are encouraged to walk or cycle between and around churches and to raise sponsorship for Devon Historic Churches – it is worth mentioning that half of this sponsorship does come back to our churches! For further information and sponsorship forms please contact Barry Healey on 01626 871345.

Coming up in October is the return visit of the Resurrection Choir from St Petersburg to St Peter’s church – more details elsewhere in the magazine. This promises to be another fantastic concert – please do have a look at the choir’s website! If you missed it last year – then this year’s concert is a must!!!

There will also be the annual ‘Blessing of the Boats’ on Teignmouth Quay at 4pm on Saturday 2nd September, which is an important event for our sailing community.

May God’s blessing be with you all and especially with our farming community as they gather in the Harvest.

With much love from the Rectory,

Annie x

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