Christmas services in the benefice

The following services will  be held in the benefice over the Advent & Christmas period – In some cases, they replace the regular Sunday services, so please consult the list of those as well

Sunday 3rd      4.00 pm Christingle        North Bovey

Saturday 16th  5.00 pm Christingle        Moreton

Sunday 17th    4.00 pm Carol Service     North Bovey

Sunday 17th    6.00 pm Carol Service     Lustleigh

Sunday 17th    6.00 pm Carol Service     Manaton

Tuesday 19th   7.00 pm Carol Service     Moreton

Thursday 21st  6.00 pm Carol Service     Doccombe

CHRISTMAS EVE (Sunday 24th)

5.00 pm     Crib Service    Moreton

11.30 pm   Midnight Communions   Moreton, North Bovey and Lustleigh


9.30 am     Christmas Communion    Moreton

10.30 am   Christmas worship          North Bovey

10.30 am   Family Carols                  Lustleigh

11.00 am   Christmas Communion    Manaton

Special poppy and boot display for Remembrance Sunday

Why ‘Boots’? – the Remembrance display explained by its creator, Lynn Bartlett


The idea came to me in a ‘light bulb moment’ while planning a short break to the Western Front. The tour would allow me to follow in the footsteps of our WW1 soldiers, tread the paths of the battlefields, walk the trenches where they lived and died, and stand, looking over their final but tranquil resting places.


The brochure suggested items I would need to make the most of my experience, emphasising the importance of strong waterproof boots! 

This was it: my idea was born! So important to me, so how much more important for our WW1 soldiers?

How did I obtain this windfall? Not as hard as you might think.

Talking with my new neighbour, who just happens to be a Commander in the Royal Navy, I explained my idea. To my surprise, he said, “Good call – l can help.” Good as his word, he delivered 26 pairs of decommissioned boots. Thanks, neighbour!


Each boot represented one soldier on our Memorial Roll.

Making these into gardens, came from my thought that “our strong memories of these men still march on through time, and their families continue and grow in their memory”.

That’s why it was Boots!


Linked with this amazing display are two very moving items which were read at the afternoon service on Remembrace Sunday to commemorate the service in WWI of William Hannaford, the Moretonian pictured in the display (above).

The first is an account from a contemporary diary of the battle in which William Hannaford died, while the second is a poem by John Randall, written after visiting the site earlier in November.


The Attack on El Jib: Day Two, November 23rd 1917 ‘The Valley of Death’

Before the weary officers of the 1/5 Somersets settled down to sleep late on the 22nd, they had learnt that in the morning they would be required to make a direct attack on El Jib. Early on the 23rd Major Urwick accompanied Brigadier Colston to a small hill ‘from which we could get a good view. El Jib is a natural stronghold … and looking at it from the West, as we did, it stood out about 2,000 yards away, a high-terraced rocky hill, with the village standing on the left shoulder. On the right were the lofty slopes of Nabi Samweil, and on the left was high ground and ridges leading forward from Beit Izza. The approach to El Jib was through a valley 600 to 700 yards wide … Altogether it looked a very strong position to take without artillery support, and with a Battalion which had been so reduced it could only go into action with about 400 bayonets’ …

‘Immediately our extended lines emerged from the end of the valley the enemy left off shelling Nabi Samweil and opened a very heavy fire of HE and shrapnel on us. The men advanced in perfect formation as if on parade. Soon the leading waves … came under intense machine-gun and rifle fire and suffered heavy casualties …

‘It was found that when the attacking waves reached the rock’ (on which El Jib stands) ‘that the terraces were so high and steep that it was almost impossible to climb them, but the men went forward with wonderful bravery and small parties actually succeeded in reaching the village, where they were wiped out … ‘

‘At nightfall the Battalion was ordered to withdraw to the same bivouac area it had left in the morning … Our wounded were collected …

Our Padre read the burial service, with myself, the Adjutant, and one or two men standing by. After all we had gone through that day, this simple ceremony I shall always remember as one of the most impressive in which I have ever taken part.

Remembering William – by John Randall

We take a five-shekel ride from the bus station

Near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

We climb to Mount Scopus to find the cemetery

Next to the Hadasseh Hospital.

In the distance there is the glimmer

Of the Dome of the Rock.

The graves are laid out in familiar rows

With trees and flowers paying silent tribute.

The grass on which we walk is long and springy.

On the walls are the names of many who fell

A hundred years ago but have no known grave.

A large Jewish group happens to be visiting today.

We tell the story in brief of the young man that

We have come to honour, William Hannaford from Moreton,

Second Lieutenant, aged 19, killed in the Battle for El Jib.

It takes some time to find him beside a soldier

From the Devonshire Regiment who died

The same day at the same age.

Nearby lie Turks and Germans.

Those who were once divided by war are now at rest.

Some have come from the counties of England, from towns

And cities, Jews from London, and from countries

That we once called Empire – Australians and New Zealanders,

Come to fight and die so far from home.

An olive tree stands not far off.

Above the bustle of the city

We scrump flowers in this quiet place

To plant on William’s grave

And place a simple poppy to say that he is not forgotten.

Messy Church

Messy Church in 2018

Our next Messy Church will be on the second Tuesday of January: Tuesday 9th January, when we shall meet as usual in the Parish Hall, 3.30 pm-5.30 pm, and enjoy the story (and, dare we say, the ‘jokes’), the singing and the fun, and will end by sharing a meal together. Do come and join us. It’s all free! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Reminder! In January, we shall have Messy Church on Tuesday, 9th January – the second Tuesday – for next month only.

Other dates for Messy Church in 2018 will be:

February 6th, March 6th. No Messy Church in April, but there will be an Easter Activity in church. 

May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd. There will be no Messy Church in August.

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


For more information, please contact Gill, using the contact us form.

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: 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 (