We now have our new vicar, hurray! Rev David Carrington was licensed as planned on 1st August since when he has taken his first service at Escot. It was good that there were 18 of us there so we were able to welcome him with unusually large numbers.

Work has progressed on the boiler in that I have had a meeting with the diocesan heating adviser who made several recommendations which we will need to follow to avoid requiring a faculty. They have necessitated changes to our initial quote. Since then I have met a representative of a firm of asbestos removers. I have not yet had a quote for the work but was told that they will need to put up a tent outside the boiler room through which they pump clean air, bring generator, shower unit and portaloo on site for a job lasting five days so it is not going to be cheap! They will remove the boiler as well as the asbestos. Hopefully we can get quotes for all the work needed fairly shortly so we can establish the way forward.

We have also applied to the War Graves Commission for a sign on the church gate saying that there are war graves within the churchyard. This is part of a national initiative by the WGC to mark every churchyard where there are war graves.

It seems early to be thinking about Harvest but our Harvest service will take place on Sunday 7th October at 6pm followed by refreshments in church. As mentioned last month, our Harvest Supper will take place on Friday 26th October. Tickets will be £10 to include the first drink and available from me or any member of the PCC from mid September. We very much hope to see you at one or both of these events.

Hoping that you have had peaceful and refreshing holidays

Judy Davis