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Please help prevent dog attacks on sheep

There has been yet another attack on a sheep flock in Buckland Brewer.

It occurred at 9.30 pm on the evening of Saturday 27 June 2015.  The flock was grazing in the Lydeland Water valley area when it was attacked.

The attack was seen.  It involved two dogs.  One was described as a large Rottweiler-type, and the other as a Jack Russell terrier with a long black tail.

These attacks are disgusting.  They cause sheep intense pain and terror.  They are totally preventable.  They can and must be stopped.  Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs, especially when they are out of sight.

If you can identify the dogs and their owner, could you please contact the Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish at the address below.  This is the first step.  You can write in confidence.  The information will enable subsequent steps to be taken to prevent a recurrence.

Thank you.

Patrick Blosse, Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish Council
Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross
Monkleigh, Devon, EX39 5LE
Telephone: 01805 624832

Methodist Church Notices 14 to 20 June

Welcome to Holy Communion at Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Sunday 14th June 2015 – led by Rev Stephen Hill

Today is Methodist Homes Sunday

Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this morning – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome

Methodist Minister – Rev Ken Morgan – Kendor, Torrington, EX38 7BU – 01805 628041

Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary – Psalm 92:1-4,12-15; Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 21st June – 11am – Methodist Church – Julia Spencer

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Morning Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 28th June – 11am – Methodist Church – Muriel Gammon

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (CW)

Every Friday from 10.15am – 12noon – Coffee Morning at Parish Church Schoolroom

Every Friday’s– Buckland Brewer ‘Bumps & Babes Toddler Group meets in the Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Schoolroom from 9-45am-11-45am

Buckland Community Shop from 7.30-6pm each day and 8am-1pm on Saturdays in Old Vestry

North Devon Foodbank Collection Point in Community Shop

Young persons (11+) Drop In on Thursday’s during Term Time at 7pm in Chapel Schoolroom

THIS EVENING – Thornhillhead Methodist church continue the celebration of their 185th Anniversary with a concert by South Molton Circuit Choir at 7pm with Rev Ken Morgan as Chairman followed by a Finger Buffet .

THIS EVENING – United Methodist & Anglican ‘Songs of Praise Evening’ in Alwington Methodist Church at 6.30pm

To mark the 185th anniversary of Thornhillhead Chapel and the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Bible Christian movement, Diane Barron together with Gill Badcock have produced an illustrated booklet which contains much new information on not only the Chapel building but on the Circuit events which took place in the Chapel and on Thornhillhead Moor and the many individuals who have been involved  in the Church life over the last 185 years.  The booklet will be launched at the Church Anniversary on the 14th June or can be obtained by phoning Diane on 01237 474483 or Gill on 01237 421461.  The booklets cost £5 (plus postage if applicable).

Tuesday 16th June – Local Preachers Support Group Meetings at 7.30pm at the home of Julia Spencer

Wednesday 17th June – Community Shop Shareholders AGM from 6.30-7.30pm in Methodist Church Schoolroom

Thursday 18th June – Torridge Circuit Meeting at Black Torrington Methodist Church at 7.30pm

Friday 19th June – Torridge Methodist Circuit Eisteddfod at 7pm at Torrington Methodist Church

Sunday 21st June – Rev Graham Thompson, Chair of the Plymouth & Exeter Methodist District will be leading Chapel Anniversary services at Bideford, High Street at 10.30am & Black Torrington at 6pm. (He has been booked to take ours in 2017!)

Monday 22nd June – Fete Meeting at 8pm in Buckland Brewer Methodist Schoolroom

Wednesday 24th June – Buckland Brewer Annual Parish Meeting at 8pm in Village Hall with Guest Speaker, Devon County Councillor Barry Parsons. Tea & Coffee available

2015 Fete & Garden Show on Saturday 11th July – a ‘Pot & Potato’ are available to Grow a Pot of Potatoes – cost £1 from Trevor Mills on 01237 451314 or David Blight on 01237 451785

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July – Buckland Brewer Open Gardens & Flower Festival in Parish Church – more details to follow

Saturday 16th August – Annual Sankey Evening at 7pm in Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

We bring all these events – our Churches, Ministers, Local Preachers & all those who hold leadership positions in our churches and all that we now who need the love & comfort of Jesus Christ – to You our Lord and Saviour

We hold in our prayers the East Anglia Methodist District and also the Methodist Churches in the United States, Canada, Mexica, Puerto Rico & El Salvador.

We remember today those working for peace & stability in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, West Africa & many other places around our world – for those who flee their homes as refugees.

On Tuesday 2nd June the Methodist Church Council met and agreed to move forward with weekly joint services with the Anglican Church starting in July. Further discussions took place at a joint meeting which followed the Church Council. This has to be discussed at the next Methodist Circuit Meeting on 18th June and then further details will be given.

Methodist Collection for Sunday 7th June (Chapel Anniversary) was £85 in Collection Envelopes and £155 loose cash for the morning & Concert – Many thanks to all who helped in any way for the Concert.

The Collection today is for Methodist Church & Circuit Funds

Methodist Cleaning & Coffee/Flowers

Cleaning – Sat 20th June – Rosemary Sanders – Coffee – Sun 21st June – Sylvia Evans

Buckland Brewer Parish Website – www.bucklandbrewerparish.org.uk

Torridge Circuit Website – torridgecircuit.co.uk

Buckland Brewer Methodist Church has a Facebook page – just log into Facebook & type Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Methodist Church Notices 7 to 13 June 2015

Welcome to United Chapel Anniversary at Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Sunday 7th June 2015 – led by Rev Steve Hunt

Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this morning – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome

Methodist Minister – Rev Ken Morgan – Kendor, Torrington, EX38 7BU – 01805 628041

Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary – Psalm 130; Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 14th June – 11am – Methodist Church – Rev Stephen Hill – Sacrament  – 9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 21st June – 11am – Methodist Church – Julia Spencer

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Morning Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 28th June – 11am – Methodist Church – Muriel Gammon

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (CW)

 

Every Friday from 10.15am – 12noon – Coffee Morning at Parish Church Schoolroom

Every Friday’s– Buckland Brewer ‘Bumps & Babes Toddler Group meets in the Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Schoolroom from 9-45am-11-45am

Buckland Community Shop from 7.30-6pm each day and 8am-1pm on Saturdays in Old Vestry

North Devon Foodbank Collection Point in Community Shop

Young persons (11+) Drop In on Thursday’s during Term Time at 7pm in Chapel Schoolroom

THIS AFTERNOON – Buckland Brewer Chapel Anniversary Concert at 4pm by the Choir from Kingsley School – followed by Tea.

Wednesday 10th June – Community Shop ‘Mini Market’ in Methodist Schoolroom from 9am-3pm with Tea & Coffee available from 10am-12noon

Wednesday 10th June – Buckland Brewer Parish Council Meeting at 8.00pm at Buckland School

Friday 12th June – The Bright Stars Theatre Group present their Annual Quiz Night at 7pm at Northam Methodist Hall. Proceeds are to Grow @Jigsaw which operate at Victoria Park in Bideford. Please book teams of 6 persons per team at £5 per person with Maggie on 01237 421956

Thornhillhead Methodist church will be celebrating their 185th Anniversary with a weekend of events. On Saturday 13th June there is a car treasure hunt starting at the church from 6 pm and finishing at Bower Farm, Bulkworthy (by kind permission of Steve & Rose Wooldridge) with a Bar-B-Q and fun and Games. On Sunday 14th June there will be a concert by South Molton Circuit Choir at 7pm with Rev Ken Morgan as Chairman followed by a Finger Buffet . All will be made most welcome to these events and we look forward to sharing our celebrations with you.

To mark the 185th anniversary of Thornhillhead Chapel and the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Bible Christian movement, Diane Barron together with Gill Badcock have produced an illustrated booklet which contains much new information on not only the Chapel building but on the Circuit events which took place in the Chapel and on Thornhillhead Moor and the many individuals who have been involved  in the Church life over the last 185 years.  The booklet will be launched at the Church Anniversary on the 14th June or can be obtained by phoning Diane on 01237 474483 or Gill on 01237 421461.  The booklets cost £5 (plus postage if applicable).

Sunday 14th June – Buckland Brewer Young Farmers are holding a Big Breakfast in the Village Hall from 9am-1pm

Wednesday 17th June – Community Shop Shareholders AGM from 6.30-7.30pm in Methodist Church Schoolroom

Thursday 18th June – Torridge Circuit Meeting at Black Torrington Methodist Church at 7.30pm

Friday 19th June – Torridge Methodist Circuit Eisteddfod at 7pm at Torrington Methodist Church – see information pack for more details

2015 Fete & Garden Show – a ‘Pot & Potato’ are available to Grow a Pot of Potatoes – cost £1 from Trevor Mills on 01237 451314 or David Blight on 01237 451785

We bring all these events – our Churches, Ministers & those who hold leadership positions in our churches and all that we now who need the love & comfort of Jesus Christ – to You our Lord and Saviour

We hold in our prayers the Lakelands (Ireland) & Bristol Methodist Districts and also the Methodist Churches in Zimbabwe & Zambia.

We remember today those working for peace & stability in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, West Africa & many other places around our world – for those who flee their homes as refugees.

Our prayers & best wishes for Mrs Cleverdon who is now home from her spell in Hospital & all others who are not well in any way.

On Tuesday 2nd June the Methodist Church Council met and agreed to move forward with weekly joint services with the Anglican Church starting in July. Further discussions took place at a joint meeting which followed the Church Council. This has to be discussed at the next Methodist Circuit Meeting on 18th June and then further details will be given.

Methodist Collection for Sunday 31st May was £177.30 and £6.60 for coffee

The Collection today is for Methodist Church & Circuit Funds

Methodist Cleaning & Coffee/Flowers

Cleaning – Sat 13th June – Iris Chapple – Coffee – Sun 14th June – Kate Slocombe

Buckland Brewer Parish Website – www.bucklandbrewerparish.org.uk

Torridge Circuit Website – torridgecircuit.co.uk

Buckland Brewer Methodist Church has a Facebook page – just log into Facebook & type Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Parish council minutes 13 May 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, Wednesday 13 May 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer school

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson.
Read on…

Methodist church notices 17 to 23 May 2015

Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Notices Sunday 17 May 2015

NO SERVICE TODAY due to the Plant Sale & Safari Lunch

Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this morning – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome

Methodist Minister – Rev Ken Morgan – Kendor, Torrington, EX38 7BU – 01805 628041

Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary – Psalm 1; Acts 1:15-17,21-26; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 Read on…

Parish Council vacancy

There were 8 candidates in the recent Parish Council elections so the following were elected unopposed:

Barbara Babb, Andrew Hewitt, George Heywood, Jim Lowe, Trevor Mills, Sally Nichols, Shirley Tilley and David Watson

There is one place still unfilled and the council would like to “co-opt” another member at the next meeting, which will take place at Buckland Brewer School at 8:00pm on 10 June 2015.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse, on 01805 624832 or email bucklandbrewerparishcouncil@gmail.com, or just speak to any of the councillors named above.

Being a parish councillor is a worthwhile and rewarding role and gives you the opportunity to make a very positive contribution to your community. The position is open to all registered electors of Buckland Brewer over 18 or, if you are not a registered elector, you occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the last 12 months, or Buckland Brewer was your main or only place of work during the last 12 months, or you lived in Buckland Brewer during the whole of the last 12 months

District Councillor elections 2015: candidate statements

The election for district councillor in the Waldon ward, covering Buckland Brewer parish, takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

There are two candidates:

  • Robert Hicks
  • Jim Lowe

Both candidates have been given the opportunity to post election statements on the community website listed, in alphabetical order.

Robert Hicks

Buckland Brewer has nearly half of the electorate of the Waldon Ward which runs from Orleigh Mill to Holsworthy Beacon. This large rural ward has very few services provided by Torridge District Council. Rubbish collection, Recycling and Town and Country Planning are the main services that affect the ward. I will fight hard:

– to retain weekly collections

– to ensure that the Planners treat Buckland village fairly, permitting a reasonable balance of house types, sizes, price and ownership

– In the rural areas I will do my best to ensure sensible development whilst preserving our unique rural environment

Jim Lowe

As Chairman of the Parish Council, I have viewed with alarm the indifferent attitude of the Westminster parties towards the wellbeing of rural communities. In recent years the financial cuts imposed by County and District Councils have meant moving their cost centres on to ours or cutting services completely. Parish councils together could fill some of the gaps but they need help to do it.

I want to challenge the financial and social discrimination against rural communities, bring freshness and vision to the role of district councillor, look to the future not the past, and serve your interests only.

For further information about the elections, please see Torridge DC election page.

George Schofield

Changes to village bus service

Early Morning 372 service to Bideford and Barnstaple and the late afternoon service back will be withdrawn from 1 May 2015.

This is due to contractual changes between the bus operator and Devon County Council. This will not be a timetabled service and will only be provided for students attending Petroc College.

We will then be left with the daily mid morning service 10.25am to Bideford and Barnstaple and 1.30pm service back. This service will be run by Turners Tours. We believe this daily service will continue until late June early July when Devon County Council will, or not confirm the reduction of the service to Tuesdays and Fridays.

New timetable (Monday to Friday) until June or July

InboundDepOutboundDep
BRADWORTHY, Square 0950BARNSTAPLE, Bus Station 1330
WEST PUTFORD, Churston Cross0958OLD TORRINGTON ROAD, Petroc1338
PARKHAM, Bell Inn1013BIDEFORD, Quay Stop D1355
BUCKLAND BREWER, Church 1025LANDCROSS, Chapel1400
HOOPERS WATER FARM1030LITTLEHAM, Shelter1405
LITTLEHAM, Shelter1035HOOPERS WATER FARM1410
LANDCROSS, Chapel1040BUCKLAND BREWER, Church1415
BIDEFORD, Quay Stop D1045PARKHAM, Bell Inn1425
OLD TORRINGTON ROAD, Petroc1102WEST PUTFORD, Churston Cross1440
BARNSTAPLE, Bus Station 1110BRADWORTHY, Square1450

 

This decision to cut bus subsidies to has been brought about by the financial cuts the county council have to make due to the reduction in their annual settlement figure from central government.  This is a major blow re the provision of public transport from and to the village and will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 13 May.

 

 

Methodist Church notices 19 to 25 April 2015

Welcome to Worship at Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Sunday 19th April 2015 led by John Hawkins

Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this morning – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome

Methodist Minister – Rev Ken Morgan – Kendor, Torrington, EX38 7BU – 01805 628041

Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary –Psalm 4; Acts 3:12-195; 1 John 1:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

Forthcoming Services

  • Sunday 26th April – 11am – Methodist Church – Roy Down
    9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (CW)
  • Sunday 3rd May – 11am – Methodist Church – United Service led by Nancy Hall-Tomkin
  • Sunday 10th May – 11am – Methodist Church – Julia Spencer
  • Sunday 17th May – Methodist Church – NO SERVICE – Safari Lunch

 

  • Every Friday from 10.15am – 12noon – Coffee Morning at Parish Church Schoolroom
  • Every Friday’s– Buckland Brewer ‘Bumps & Babes Toddler Group meets in the Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Schoolroom from 9-45am-11-45am
  • Buckland Community Shop from 7.30-6pm each day and 8am-1pm on Saturdays in Old Vestry
  • North Devon Foodbank Collection Point in Community Shop
  • Young persons (11+) Drop In on Thursday’s during Term Time at 7pm in Chapel Schoolroom

TONIGHT – Torridge Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service at 6.30pm at Northam Methodist Church with a Bring & Share Tea at 5.30pm – The Theme is ‘The leaves of the Tree’ & the Speaker is Rev Ken Morgan

Thursday 23rd April – Local Preachers Meeting at 7.30pm at Torrington Methodist Church. This will include a Communion Service.

Saturday 25th April – Starting at 7.30pm at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Roger Jones will be conducting a choir made up of people from local Baptist, Methodist & Anglican Churches. They will be singing ‘The Apostle’ about the Conversion of Saul & his ministry as St Paul. It will include a Hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith and will have Roger’s usual supporting singers. Entry is Free with Charity Donations

Sunday 26th April – Concert by The Newton St. Petroc Male Voice Choir at Bideford, High Street Methodist Church at 7pm which will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome to join us

Saturday 16th May & Sunday 17th May – Plant Sale on behalf of Fete Funds on Village Green – Safari Lunch starting in Methodist Church on Sunday 17th May – more details to follow

Saturday 6th June – Cider & Pasty Stroll on behalf of the New Buckland Brewer Community Hall starting from Village Hall between 4-6pm – walk across private land by kind permission of the land owners finishing with a BBQ in the vicinity of the New Community Hall. Adults £7.50, Under 18’s £6 – Family Ticket £20 – Tickets include Cider & a Pasty available on 01237 451822

Sunday 7th June – Buckland Brewer Chapel Anniversary Concert at 4pm by the Choir from Kingsley School – followed by Tea. More details to follow

Friday 19th June – Torridge Methodist Circuit Eisteddfod at 7pm at Torrington Methodist Church – see information pack for more details

2015 Fete & Garden Show – a ‘Pot & Potato’ are available to Grow a Pot of Potatoes – cost £1 from Trevor Mills on 01237 451314 or David Blight on 01237 451785

We bring all these events – our Churches, Ministers & those who hold leadership positions in our churches and all that we now who need the love & comfort of Jesus Christ – to You our Lord and Saviour

We hold in our prayers the Manchester & Stockport Methodist District and the Methodist Church in Indonesia & Sri Lanka

We remember today those working for peace & stability in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, West Africa & many other places around our world – especially at this time the peoples of Vanuatu the island nation in the Pacific recently devastated by a Cyclone; the families of those involved in the airliner crash in France & the terrorist incident in Kenya.

Methodist Collection for Sunday 12th April was £ & £ for Coffee

The Collection today is for Methodist Church Funds

Methodist Cleaning & Coffee/Flowers

Cleaning – Sat 25th April – Kate Slocombe – Coffee – Sun 26th April – Brenda Adams

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Attributed to St Patrick (372-466)

Loving, living God, you come to our world as light shining in our darkness. Through Jesus, your Son, our Saviour, you offer our world the bright burning flame of hope which neither fear, nor doubt, neither cynicism, nor despair can ever extinguish. Yet that hope which is ours is no rose-tinted optimism: it is a hope forged in the pain of the servant hanging on a cross. Because of his life, death and resurrection we live in hope today. So, Lord, this day may we live in that hope, and work that the hope which is ours may be made real for all. Amen.

James Booth, Liverpool District Chair

Buckland Brewer Parish Website – www.bucklandbrewerparish.org.uk
Torridge Circuit Website – torridgecircuit.co.uk
Buckland Brewer Methodist Church has a Facebook page – just log into Facebook & type Buckland Brewer Methodist Church