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

Tick Tock – the bells are back!

Moretonhampstead’s church clock is once again ticking away and striking the hours and quarters after having been silent for a few years.

The clock was installed in 1937 and was originally wound by hand, but an automatic winding mechanism was installed over fifty years ago to eliminate the need for someone to climb the church tower regularly to wind the clock.  

Over the years, the clock and its winding mechanism had been maintained and repaired as necessary, but the automatic winding mechanism had become increasingly problematic as the years took their toll – with repairs becoming increasingly expensive and spare parts more difficult to source, and it became impossible to repair about three years ago and so the clock fell silent.

Since then the church and the community have been working to have the clock restored and, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of St Andrew’s and a grant of over £10,000 from Viridor Credits, the clock mechanism has been completely stripped, cleaned, repaired, rebuilt and a new automatic winding mechanism installed by church and public clock specialists Cumbria Clocks.

The church, the people of Moretonhampstead and visitors to the area are delighted that it is now ticking away again and that the bells sound out the hours and quarters from its prominent position on The Sentry in Moretonhampstead.

Click on the arrowhead (just above, on the left) to hear the chimes!

The photo below shows Luke Ridge from Coldridge, on the staff of Cumbria Clocks, working on the mechanism.

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.