The Friends of the Church of St Mary Magdalene Huntshaw was established on 16th February 2018. Our aims are to raise funds for the maintenance and preservation of the church and to encourage enjoyment and appreciation of it by the people of Huntshaw and the wider community.
All services cancelled and the church closed until further notice
All Age service Second Sunday of the month 11 am
Tea and cake served
VE Day Celebrations
On Saturday, 9th May Huntshaw will be celebrating VE Day with a 1940s themed street party. Food (with a modern touch) will include plenty of spam and fish paste. There will be live music, a sing along, poetry, games including a 1940s quiz, and lots of fun. More activities to be confirmed soon. Guests will be invited to dress up in the 1940’s style and there are lots of ideas on what to wear on the internet.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
We held our AGM on Sunday, 16th February at Huntshaw Water House. The minutes will be on the website soon.
UPDATE ON REPAIRS
Phase 1 of the repair work has been completed. We now have a community space at the rear of the nave, a restored west door, a new vestry floor and a new tower roof. Our wonderful bats did their best to thwart our efforts, but we got there in the end. We have yet to furnish the community space but are working on it. Now we need to think about Phase 2 which involves a partial new roof, masonry repairs and upgrading of rainwater goods.
HUNTSHAW PARISH HALL
The parish hall has a new management committee and we are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with them to put on joint events and to work closely on other ventures.
We held a very successful Open Day on Saturday, 25th January with around 70 people coming along. There were displays of historic photographs and other memorabilia and representatives from the Plough Theatre and Community 100, both from Torrington, came along. Adam recruited a skittles team (almost) and music was provided by Truffetete. Guided tours around the church were conducted although visitors tended not to linger as it was bitterly cold inside! Delicious soups, buns and homemade cakes completed the afternoon. The generosity of visitors resulted in a massive £250 being raised. So Huntshaw Parish Hall is now open for business.
As we enter 2020 there are exciting times ahead. We want to continue celebrating the fantastic heritage that our church and village have to offer by launching the “History of Huntshaw in 100 Objects”. This is a five-year project that we hope some (or many) of you will get involved in. Richard is taking our bell restoration project forwards and there is now a scaffold platform in the tower (above the wooden ceiling) that will allow closer inspection by the Loughborough bell foundry. Our Eco-church yard got off to a slow start last year but watch it flourish and “buzz” this year. The graveyard survey is underway and we are hoping to implement Champing (church camping)
Skittles and Social Evening at Huntshaw Village Hall Saturday 7 March, 7 pm Just before Covid-19 shut the country down we held a very successful skittles themed evening. Everyone had a go at playing skittles and help was on hand for those who had never done this before. Skittle skill was varied but most people managed to keep the ball on the alley. The evening was enlivened by a table top quiz and a raffle. The beer and wine flowed and the pasties were delicious. Well done Adam for organising the evening and I believe you now have a team.
Dates for your diary
Thursday, 14th May Another bat evening lead by the Bats in Churches project
Details of other events to follow pending the course of the Covid-19
If you are on Facebook have a look at the Alverdiscott and Huntshaw Community page and keep up to speed with all that is going on
All plans are on hold due to Covid-19
Putting up the internal scaffold tower
Some photos taken from a great height by Richard. Note the winged horse, the angel and the face.
The repair work would not have been possible without the generosity of a number of organisations.
The Coastal Recycling Community Fund has
awarded a grant of £25,000 towards urgent repairs.
The Devon Historic Churches Trust Devon Historic Churches Trust has awarded us a grant of £4,000 and the Allchurches Trust Allchurches Trust has awarded us a grant of £1,500. The Wolfson Foundation in conjunction with ChurchCare have awarded £7,000 for essential work to the fabric of the church. The Bideford Bridge Trust awarded £1,000 in 2018 and again in 2019. Grants will be used to carry out essential repairs to the tower, the west door, pews at the rear of the nave and the vestry floor.
Our thanks also goes to Grow Wild who has awarded us a Wild Flower Seed Kit and a Fungus growing laboratory which we are using in our eco-friendly churchyard. The Grow Wild is a national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund
Thank you to all organisations for their generosity
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:
Our Safeguarding Representatives are:
Rev Gary Owen
Mr Derek Birch
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted via:
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.
Get involved: Keeping the church clean and tidy, maintaining the churchyard, organising fundraising events, contributing to research of the fascinating heritage or simply making the tea. Get involved and do your bit to keep your local church a special place. And have fun along the way! There is something for everyone. See the Events Page to keep up to date with the latest events, news and stories
Making a donation is your opportunity to support and help us raise funds to keep the Church of St Mary Magdalene open for the enjoyment and appreciation of the whole community.
We have implemented a policy of no single use plastics