Well, the summer has continued which is wonderful – and even more wonderful is that we have had a little long awaited and much needed rain! So far it has been well behaved though and limited itself to odd days here and there.

As you read this we will have served what we hope to be many cream teas at the Open Garden event at Little Ash Bungalow and made some money for the Church upkeep. Let’s hope the rain stays away for that event!

It is coming up to the main summer holidays when the children break up from school and families go away for a well-earned break from work and the everyday chores, and we hope and pray that all have a wonderful holiday and come back refreshed, renewed, and more importantly, safely, ready for the rest of the year ahead.

If you are in need of a little quiet in your life (and who isn’t these days?) don’t forget the Prayer Walk round the churchyard. Peaceful and so beautifully looked after, it is a very tranquil place and ideal for a spot of prayer or meditation – or both!

We welcome dog-walkers with their pets on a leash in the churchyard, but please remember not to leave anything but your footprints and your thanks.

It is remarkable how many vehicles we see using the track up to the parking area … most to walk dogs but others to enjoy a short walk in the beautiful countryside. I sometimes wonder though about the late night visitors I often see driving up there in the dark. Perhaps it doesn’t do to speculate too hard on that …..

SOME DATES FORYOUR DIARY:

We would like to remind everyone that there is to be a Whist Drive at the Village Hall at 2 p.m. on Monday, 28th August. We are deeply grateful for the hard work of those who run the Whist Drives for us.

On the 9th of September we hope to see lots of bicycles arriving at Escot Church as well as many walkers and visitors arriving by car. This is the date of the annual Ride and Stride event when participants try to visit as many of Devon’s Historic Churches as possible. Half of the sponsorship money you raise will be used to repair historic churches and chapels all over Devon, and half of it will be returned to us to help maintain and repair Escot church. This is a fun event – please try to take part. Most people walk or cycle, but visitors by car are just as welcome – I even took part by canoe on Northamptonshire canals one year. Sponsorship forms – ask Shelagh, 811584.

We have another very special event in September. Escot Church is hosting a confirmation service at 3 p.m. on 17th September. Even if you cannot attend the service, we would appreciate it if you could ask God’s blessing on the candidates, who are coming forward for confirmation into the Church of England.

You will notice that this month’s News has lacked Judy’s masterly style as she is presently unwell. We look forward to her recovery and ask that you will bear with us in the meantime.

Peace and blessings to you all.

Ann and Shelagh

Stop-press: The “Open Garden” event at Little Ash was a splendid occasion and the rain kept itself to a minimum. The gardens were absolutely beautiful, full of fascinating plants, and a real tribute to the hard work that goes into creating and caring for them. Large quantities of gorgeous cakes were eaten and seemingly gallons of tea and coffee consumed. Thank-you to everyone who joined us. We enjoyed meeting all of you.