To compensate for our losing one communion service a month, Escot hosts joint services for Escot, Feniton and Payhembury on fifth Sundays of the month. The service at the end of April was very well supported by about 35 people, so much so that we wondered how many would be at our

patronal festival service the next Sunday. We should have had more faith as almost 50 people were there for a very joyous service to celebrate St Philip and St James. We are used to small numbers but it is wonderful to see the church full of people on special occasions.

We are also very happy that Terry Palmer, a Methodist lay minister who takes one service a month for us has had his double heart bypass operation and is recovering well. We miss his presence but hope he will take enough time off to make a full recovery. We look forward to welcoming him back later in the year.

This year we are fortunate to have two christening ceremonies and two weddings. The first christening service where two adults and a baby were baptised has just taken place and was a very happy though noisy occasion.

Our Flower and Quilt Festival is now almost upon us. We will be setting up in the church early in June ready to open at 10am on Friday 8th June. We will have a large display of quilts and quilted objects made by some expert quilters and some spectacular flower arrangements spread round the church. We are open all Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with refreshments all day. The plan is to serve bacon baps in the morning and baps filled with ham, egg mayonnaise etc for lunch, though some people seem to think bacon baps make a very good lunch! Of course we’ll have scones, savoury and sweet, and a choice of delicious cakes as well, all served in the refreshment tent behind the church. Please do come and visit us for what we hope will be a memorable exhibition.

Judy Davis