St Andrew’s War Memorial now Listed

The following letter was received in June from the Listing Co-ordinator of Historic England:

War memorial west of the Church of St Andrew, Moretonhampstead, Devon – Awarded Listed Building Status.  List Entry Number: 1457158

P1030262P1030263 As you will know from our earlier letters, we have been considering adding the above memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am writing to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add War memorial west of St Andrew’s Church to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.

Please follow the link below to download a copy of our advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England. This List can be accessed here.

Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future. Listing does not mean, however, that no alterations can be made – in fact in the vast majority of cases applications to make changes to a listed building are approved. Further information about listed buildings can be found on the ‘Your Home’ pages of our website.

The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The rest of this letter concerns purely administrative matters, but the full text may be obtained from the editors of IN TOUCH – or use the CONTACT button on the website menu.

The Communion Wine at St Andrew’s

Commn wine picture

St Andrew’s has, for some time, been supplied with Communion wine by the Stellar Winery in South Africa.  Stellar is a fairtrade organisation — its workforce benefits directly from sales of fairly traded wine and grapes, while the linked Stellar Foundation manages development projects designed to improve the quality of workers’ lives and benefit surrounding communities.  The Winery prides itself on a product which is:

  • Made from organically-grown grapes
  • Ethically produced
  • Fairly traded

But the Stella Winery is more than just an organic wine producer.  Ever since the cellar was founded in 2000, they’ve been refining their ideas on how to create a healthy business that is environmentally, socially and ethically responsible.  Their aim is to make a significant difference to the part of South Africa in which it is located.

For instance, the Stellar Foundation has funded a much-needed pair of spectacles for Hailey, a Grade 12 pupil from a nearby village.  She was just about to start her exams when her original spectacles broke.  She is from a very poor family who would struggle to afford a new pair.  Hailey went on to pass her exams as one of the top pupils in her class.  Stories like this could be multiplied.

So, when you are next at the Communion rail in a service at St Andrew’s, you can give thanks for what the Stellar Winery and the Stellar Foundation are doing to improve the lives of people in South Africa.

Record level of Children’s Society giving in Moreton!

It is wonderful to report that giving to one of the most esteemed charities supported by the congregation at St Andrew’s for many years has achieved the highest level of giving of any other church in the Exeter Diocese!

Very well done and our special thanks to those who organise the collecting of and accounting for the gifts – Christine Walton and Brenda Jeffery.  When the boxes were opened in June, the amount in them came to £680.25.

General Data Protection Regulations

Our Privacy Notice is displayed on the church notice board and sets out what we do with personal data and your rights.  Please refer any queries to a churchwarden.

Where to find our parish magazine – IN TOUCH

To read the parish magazine IN TOUCH online, please click on PUBLICATIONS at the top of every website page, and then select IN TOUCH from the next page that pops us.  If you wish to read a back-number, then please click on whichever back-number you wish to read.  If the one you want is not listed, then please click on CONTACT (the word that appears at the right-hand end at the top of every website page, and NOT the publication that appears below IN TOUCH) – and ask for whichever back-number you require to be sent to you.

Messy Church

Messy Church in 2018

There will be no Messy Church in August.

The next Messy Church will be on Tuesday, 4th September, 3.30-5.30 pm, as usual in the Parish Hall.  Everyone is welcome to join us for the story (and, dare we say, the ‘jokes’), the singing, the fun and the crafts – and we will end by sharing a meal together before we go home. It’s all free, and all ages are welcome – but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Do come along and join in the fun!

For further details, please use the CONTACT form on this website.

Other dates for Messy Church in 2018 will be:

October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th.

Welcome to all visitors

To all visitors and holidaymakers who find themselves in Moretonhampstead at this beautiful time of year, we offer a very warm welcome. Please feel free to visit our parish church dedicated to St Andrew and to join in our worship at any of the services taking place during your stay here. You will find great warmth and a friendly welcome.
For details of all services not only in St Andrew’s but also in all churches in our benefice, please visit our website at: moretonhampsteadparishchurch.org. We look forward to seeing you!

Children’s Society News

The Children’s Society home collection boxes this summer have raised £652.05.  Our profound thanks to all those who continue to support this wonderful charity.
If you would like a box in which to collect all your odd change – and you’d be surprised to see how quickly it builds into such a worthwhile amount! – then please contact Brenda on 440755, or Christine on 440717.  Thank you!

Light a Candle

Those of you who visit churches whilst on holiday or travelling will have often seen Votive Candle Stands where you may light and leave a candle as a living sign of a prayer, to cherish the memory of a loved one, to give thanks, or merely to contemplate where you are in the grand scheme of life.
There is now such an opportunity in your parish church of St Andrew; it can be found in the Lady Chapel, near the small altar on the right hand side of the Nave.
It is available for our community and visitors alike, including all who have no specific commitment to the Christian faith.  If you wish, you may leave a small donation but it is by no means necessary or expected.
Each year a charity will be chosen and the whole of that year’s donations will be made to it.
For the current year it is the Amos Trust (amostrust.org).