Doctor Green

… or how we reached Doccombe and then North Bovey on
Ride ‘n’ Stride day for Devon’s Historic Churches

It was time for the annual ‘Ride and Stride’.
So we began with a bus ride to Doccombe.
We were eleven strong, if strong is a bit of a stretch
for those of us clutching a bus pass.
The chapel is usually secured with binder twine,
but this time it was locked with a key so we could not go in.
We took the green way up to Mardon, quite a stiff climb to begin.

Then it was down to Moreton, past the farm that took in
a stray bomb in the now distant war. Some stopped to take pictures
as we paused to enjoy the views. The track was a little soft underfoot
after recent rain. Another short climb took us up to the Sentry,
and on to the church. We were welcomed with drink and a biscuit
before we gathered in silence to remember the Queen
and the son who was now to take her place.

We passed through the town and climbed to Brinning.
The sky was blue and the trees glowed in the morning sun.
Before reaching Narramore we turned to avoid more stiles
and found ourselves at Fursdon. Down again, up a little,
down again. We paused at the stepping stones.
Then it was up again into North Bovey where drink was rustled up
after a kettle was found. The church made a fine picnic place.

It was the homeward path now – no Lustleigh or Manaton this year.
Past Pound Rock we took the lane before crossing a field
that promised much winter feed for hungry cattle.
A few weeks ago the fields were brown as far as the eye could see.
But here after rain, the grass was green again.
Nature’s self-heal had done her work. And we, with good conversation
thrown in, had enjoyed our own therapy too from Doctor Green.

World Day of Prayer

An excellently devised event which drew a significant number of people from the Moreton benefice to St Andrew’s Church at the beginning of this month.

Our thanks to all who organised, attended and provided for this event in any way, and especially to Marie Randall who co-ordinated all the arrangements, who writes: ‘We had a very moving service in St Andrews on 4th March. It was very poignant and certainly helped us remember and pray for the people of Ukraine at this awful time for them. We gave out packets of sunflower seeds for people to plant – the sunflower is actually the national flower of Ukraine!’ Two images illustrate the occasion.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas Eve
Manaton…………….Children’s Crib Service  4.00 pm
Moreton……………..Crib Service  5.00 pm
North Bovey………..Midnight Mass  11.00 pm
Lustleigh…………….Midnight Mass  11.30 pm
Manaton……………..Midnight Mass  11.30 pm
Christmas Day
Moreton………………Christmas Communion  10.00 am
North Bovey….……..Family Service  10.30 am
Lustleigh……….…….Family Carols  11.00 am
Manaton………………Family Service  11.00 am

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday will be observed on 14th November at all churches in the Moreton Benefice, except in North Bovey where a simple Act of Commemoration will take place, as it always does, in the lych-gate porch entrance to the churchyard on Armistice Day itself, Thursday 11th November at 10.55 am.  This will be followed by refreshments.



Services on Remembrance Sunday are as follows:

Moreton              Holy Communion …………………………………….. 9.30 am
Manaton
             Service of Remembrance ………………………. 10.55 am
Lustleigh
             Service of Remembrance ………………………. 10.55 am
Moreton              Act of Remembrance at War Memorial ….. 2.45 pm
followed by a Service of Remembrance in St Andrew’s ……. 3.00 pm

Churches in our benefice are OPEN for prayer and reflection

ALL churches in the benefice – Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Lustleigh and Manaton – are open daily 10 am till at least 3 pm. 

For details of Sunday services, please click here.

In each church, certain areas may be cordoned off
Please follow any other directions that are given on notices

We do hope parishioners and visitors will take advantage of the hard work done by volunteers to make our churches available in this way.