As I write we are halfway through our Harvest celebrations. We had a very joyous and well supported Harvest Festival service in church at the beginning of October. The area round the font was covered with many and various items for the food bank for which we are most grateful. We

all enjoyed the delicious refreshments afterwards and it was a great opportunity for more people to meet our new vicar David Carrington. We are now preparing for Harvest Supper.

At our PCC meeting we took the difficult decision to go ahead with replacing the boiler. In spite of the expense and the inevitable concerns of how long the church will be viable we feel we have no choice but to proceed. Several of us are now busy applying to charities for funding but it is inevitable that we will still need to fund raise enthusiastically. It is far too far ahead to think about next spring but we are planning another Snowdrop Weekend in February – details to follow.

This afternoon is glorious; the sun is shining from a cloudless sky and it is really warm. However, by the time you read this the clocks will have gone back, the days will be much shorter and winter will definitely be on its way. This inevitably turns our thoughts towards Christmas and the season leading up to it, Advent. One item always on the calendar is the Mission Community Advent Carol Service held in Ottery Parish Church. This year it takes place on December 2nd at 6.30pm and is always a lovely occasion. Do come and join us.

Judy Davis