Church notices 4 October 2015

Welcome to United Holy Communion at Buckland Brewer Parish Church

Sunday 4th October 2015 led by Rev Wendy Mitchell
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 PJ Jackson – The Manse, Shebbear, EX21 5SH – 01409 281262
Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary – Psalm 8; Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Forthcoming United Services

Sunday 11th October – 10am – Parish Church – Rev PJ Jackson – Holy Communion
Sunday 18th October – 10am – Methodist Church – TBC
Sunday 25th October – 10am – Methodist Church – Duncan Withall
Sunday 1st November – 10am – Parish Church – Holy Communion

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 during Term Time
Buckland Community Shop from 8am-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
Snooker Club every Wednesday in Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30pm starting on Wednesday 7th October

Bible Christian 200th Celebration Exhibition at Lake Chapel, Shebbear from Sunday 4th- Monday 5th & Wednesday 7th-Friday 9th October from 2-4pm. On Friday 9th October there is a Tea from 5-6.30pm at Lake Chapel followed by a Celebration at 7pm with the Shebbear College Music Group, Newton St Petrock Male Voice Choir & the Torrington Drama Group. The Speaker is Rev Steve Wild, President of the Methodist Conference.

Saturday 10th October – Buckland Women’s Institute Table Top Sale in Buckland Village Hall from 11am-4pm (Sellers can set up from 10am) Tables at £5 per table to be booked in advance with Kim on 01237 451724 before 30th September. Refreshments & WI Stall.

Wednesday 14th October – Buckland Brewer Community Shop ‘Mini Market’ in Chapel Schoolroom from 9.30am-3pm with Tea/Coffee from 10am-12noon

Thursday 15th October – Torridge Methodist Circuit Local Preachers Meeting is at 7.30pm at Alverdiscott Methodist Church.

Saturday 17th October – Buckland Brewer Village Hall are holding an Evening of Wine Tasting from 7.30pm

Sunday 18th October – Concert by the Exeter Male Voice Praise Choir at Torrington Methodist Church at 6.30pm – Bring & Share Supper to follow

Tuesday 20th October – Take a Break Meeting at Alwington Methodist Church at 2.30pm. The Speaker will be Andrew Millman – the subject will be “Memories” followed by tea and biscuits.
Tuesday 20th October – Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Council Meeting in Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30pm

Wednesday 21st October – Buckland Brewer History Group Meeting at 7.30pm in Parish Church Schoolroom

Monday 26th October – Usborne Book Party in Buckland Parish Church Schoolroom from 7-9pm

Rev David Wheeler – a Supernumerary Minister in the Exeter, Coast & Country Methodist Circuit – has recently died. Rev Wheeler’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday 14th October at 10.45am at the East Devon Crematorium. This will be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 2.30pm on the same day at Sidmouth Methodist Church. Rev Wheeler served as a Minister in the old Shebbear Circuit

We hold in our prayers the Bedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire and the Midlands & Southern (Ireland) Methodist Districts and also Methodist Churches & all Christians in Equatorial Guinea and Ghana

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 & sometimes lose their lives. For all Christians, who are & feel persecuted around the world for their faith.

We remember in our prayers Carol Hampson & family following the sudden death of Keith; Rev Wendy Mitchell & Hamish and Wendy & Roy Pedlar & all we know who are ill, worried or bereaved.

To mark the 185th anniversary of Thornhillhead Chapel and the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Bible Christian movement, there is a booklet for sale – it can be obtained by phoning Diane on 01237 474483 or Gill on 01237 421461. The booklets cost £5 (plus postage if applicable).

Harvest Festival Cash Collection was £111.10; Methodist Envelopes were £117 & Meal donations were £200. Village Hall costs to be paid of £12.50. The produce has been taken to The Harbour Project in Bideford as the Foodbank Warehouse is currently full. Many thanks to all who helped, attended & contributed.
The Collection today is for Parish Church Funds

Methodist Cleaning & Coffee/Flowers
Cleaning – Sat 10th October – Kate Slocombe – Coffee – Sun 11th October – PARISH CHURCH
Cleaning – Sat 17th October – Iris Chapple – Coffee – Sun 18th October – Sylvia Evans

Buckland Brewer Parish Website –
Torridge Circuit Website –
Buckland Brewer Methodist Church has a Facebook page – just log into Facebook & type Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Plantlife: events summer 2014

Wild about plant life?

If you are wild about plant life then three events organised by Plantlife this summer, as part of their “Make the small things count” project, will give you an opportunity to indulge yourself.  The events are free.

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

11am to 4pm, Wednesday 30 July

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Meet at the Woodland Centre which will be signed from near to the entrance to the reserve and has parking. Information on how to get to the reserve can be found on the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve website.  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Earth’s Studio Arts Workshops: Lynmouth Pavilion

11am to 4pm Thursday 21 August and Saturday 13 September

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Meet at the Pavilion.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

The Lowdown on Lichens

11am to 2pm, Tuesday 2 September 2014

Join us for a walk in one of the south west’s special and beautiful Atlantic woodlands and learn about the lichens growing there.  This journey through Badgworthy woods at Malmsmead on Exmoor will open your eyes to a new world.  Walk leaders will help you not only to identify a few iconic species to amaze your friends with, they will share some of the lichens’ secrets including how they can protect you from burning in the sun and how they could help you to find your way if you were lost…

Bring a packed lunch and clothing for all weather.  We will be walking through the woods so stout footwear is advisable.  You might want to bring your camera to take photos and enter our Wonders of the Woodlands competition.  This is a free workshop suitable for absolute lichen beginners and is being run as part of the lottery funded Make the Small Things Count project.  Over 18s only please.  Meet at the car park at Malmsmead close to Lorna Doone Farm SS792478. Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Further details about see Plantlife’s Make the Small Things Count project.

The organiser for all the above events is Katie Cameron


Post: 14 Rollestone St, Salisbury, SP1 1DX

Telephone:  01722 342759

Website: Plantlife

Devon Remembers the First World War

The parish Clerk has received the following letter from Heidi Watson-Jones, who is the Project Coordinator for Devon Remembers, the project which is tasked with commemorating the centenary of the First World War in Devon.

“This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, an event you will already have noticed being commemorated nationally and locally in many different ways. Some of you will have attended our launch event at the Devon Heritage Centre last year.

Devon County Council, along with the Royal British Legion, Community Council of Devon, neighbouring authorities, and other partners are working together to provide information for schools, communities, interest groups and individuals wishing to find out about available resources, events and projects taking place over the next four years. A number of nationally funded projects are also underway which will engage groups to explore the impact of the War on their local communities.

The Devon Remembers website ( provides links to fascinating research material, news updates on projects and events, and invites local schools and groups to share First World War commemorative projects they are involved in.

Are you involved in a local history group, a member of a Book Club, interested in the First World War, or organising a commemorative event ? If so we’d love to hear from you…

The Libraries Service has compiled a comprehensive reading list of fiction and non-fiction books about the First World War which both adults and children will find interesting and which are available at Devon libraries, this includes titles such as Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. You can find the reading list on the Devon Remembers website, under ‘News’.

If you are in a Book Club, why not consider reading a book from the list and send us a review to share on the website? A Bovey Tracey book club has recently reviewed ‘A Testament of Youth’ by Vera Brittain, which you can read on the Devon Remembers website under ‘News’.

If you are involved in a First World War commemorative project, or have a review or a forthcoming event you would like to share on the Devon Remembers website, please contact:

Heidi Watson-Jones, Service Support Officer (Education & Learning) and Project Coordinator, Devon Remembers.  Her address is Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.  Her email address is, her phone number is: 01392 382644 / 383000 (she works part time: Mon- Fri 8.45am – 2pm) and the website URL is:


Police and Crime Commissioner: Public Surgery

The Police Commissioner will hold a “public surgery” in Bude on Wednesday 16th April.   This is potentially a good development, suggesting that he wants to hear the views of residents.  The venue is the Parkhouse Centre, The Crescent, Bude.

We have been given relatively short notice, and Bude is a less convenient venue than Bideford.  However, should you wish to attend the surgery, or to contact the Commissioner to make your views known contact his office.

Email: opcc@devonandcornwall.pnn.police

Telephone: 01392 225555.

Buckland Brewer village fete – Saturday 13 July

Buckland Brewer village fete 2013

buckalnd brewer village fete

2pm, Saturday 13 July 2013

2pm Village playing field

  • Appledore Band
  • Phoenix Morris Dancers
  • The Pirate Slide and Bouncy Castle


  • Teas
  • Garden and produce show


  • Fancy dress judging

7pm Village

  • Parade

7pm Village playing field

  • BBQ
  • Entertainment by the North Devon Display Gymnastics Club

Sunday 14 July 6.30pm

  • Open Air Fete Service

Proceeds to
Methodist Church, Parish Church, Village Hall & Churchyard

Community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Saturday 2 February saw the grand opening of the Buckland Brewer Community Shop.

There was a fantastic turnout from the village and the shop committee were delighted to welcome a number of special guests who have helped get the shop up and running. Geoffrey Cox MP helped cut the ribbon. Daniel Lobb, who helped inspired the shop logo design, cut the celebratory cake.

The committee also welcomed representatives from the Community Council of Devon, the Plunkett Foundation and the Bideford and Shebbear Methodist Circuit, plus our county district councillors Cllr Alison Boyle and Cllr Robert Hicks.

BBC Spotlight were on hand to film the opening and there was a nice package that went out on the Sunday bulletin.

A big thank you from the shop committee to everyone who helped make the day so special.

There are further photos on the shop website and Facebook page.

Your shop is open 7.30am to 6pm every weekday, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and 10 to 11am on Sundays for prepaid newspapers.

Photo courtesy of Trevor Maggs

The Proposed Wind Turbine on land at Bowden Farm, Buckland Brewer

The Proposed Wind Turbine on land at Bowden Farm, Buckland Brewer

There will be an opportunity for public to hear about the above Planning Application, in the Village Hall, from 10 A.M.-12 NOON on Saturday 9th February

Come and meet the developers, Hallmark Power Ltd;

See the Plans, Maps and Pictures;

Ask your questions.

Jim Lowe, Chair, Buckland Brewer Parish Council

Buckland Brewer AGMs

Don’t forget, two important annual general meetings in the coming weeks:

  • Wednesday, 21 November 2012: Village hall  AGM will be held at 7.45 pm in the Village Hall.
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2012: Playing fields’ association AGM will be held at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Buckland Brewer Traditional Christmas Market














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