A very happy new year to you all. It is strange to write this with Christmas still ahead and having just taken the decision to move the carol service to the village hall. However by the time you read this the festivities will be over and I hope that you have had a happy and blessed Christmas.


By the time you read this we will be in December with Christmas approaching fast. Where has this year gone? It seems to have flown by. A brief updats on a replacement for Rev Cate. Sadly no one had applied by the closing date so the search


Yet another busy month in Escot! Our Harvest Festival Evensong was really well supported both by the farming community and also by those from other parishes who came to bid farewell to Cate. It was


What an exciting few weeks we’ve had! It has been a joy to see the church so full on so many occasions, a wedding blessing, a christening for three small brothers, a wedding and most recently a confirmation. When we planned to hold this in Escot, we thought it was to be a small one with few people being confirmed; in the event 12 people were confirmed and with all their families and friends, there were about 100 people in church. Serving tea for everyone was always going to be an interesting logistical exercise but


Many thanks to Ann and Shelagh who wrote last month’s Escot news. Having created a precedent of using different authors I think it is a practice we would do well to continue as it gives a more varied view – and gives me a break!

May I thank those families who are able to tend their family graves and do so so effectively. It does help those who look after the churchyard and we are really most grateful to them.

September is a very busy month at Escot Church with a baptism, wedding, the annual Ride & Stride event and a confirmation, the last named being the first for a very long time to be held here. We are delighted to be able to host these and share our church with others.

On September 30th at All Saints Church Hall Sidmouth is an event which I cannot recommend too highly, OTlive, a walk through the Old Testament. Those who have been previously say it is both very enjoyable and informative. The cost is £12 if you pay before the day or £14 on the door. Please let me know if you’d like to come. 11 – 16 year olds accompanied by an adult go free but need to register.

Our Harvest Supper is approaching fast. It is to be on Friday 13th October in Escot Village Hall at 7.30pm and will consist of the traditional 3 course meal of soup, cold meats, potatoes and salads and, no doubt, delicious puds. Tickets are on sale now from me or any member of the PCC at the price of £10 for adults, £5 for children, to include your first drink.

As I think everyone knows by now, Rev Preb Cate is very rapidly approaching retirement, at least from parish work. Her last service with us will be Harvest Evensong on Sunday October 8th for which I hope we will have a large congregation. Harvest is always well supported but I would ask you to make a special effort to join us then so we can give her a very special send-off. We will as always have a glass of wine and refreshments after the service.

Judy Davis


Save the date!

On Saturday 30 September, 1000-1630h, Ottery Deanery (that’s Sid Vale, Otter Vale and the Whimple-area Churches4All Mission Communities) are hosting a one-day ‘Walk through the Bible’ Old Testament event. See for more details and reviews of similar events.

Now is your chance to get to know the Old Testament rather better, in good company.

Where? All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth.

Cost: £12 before 30 September, £14 on the door; accompanied 11-16 year olds free. This includes all resources, including those to take home, and free entry to future Old Testament events.

BYO lunch, drinks provided through the day from 0930h

Contact: Judy Davis on 10404 812739 or your parish rep for more details. There will be sign-up sheets at the back of (Escot) church.