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
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Our lives have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 crisis and the current situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The effects of the pandemic have impacted on almost every aspect of life as we knew it and this includes the church. Regrettably the church is closed with all services cancelled until further notice. However, restrictions on visiting the churchyard have now been lifted. Due to social distancing measures and the need to avoid non essential travel we have also had to postpone or cancel all planned social events. We will keep you informed of change in this situation.
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.
A successful Open Day on Saturday, 25th January
saw around 70 people coming along. There were
displays of historic photographs and other
memorabilia along with representatives from the
Plough Theatre and Community 100. 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.
Skittles and Social Evening, Saturday 7 March Just before Covid-19 shut the country down we held a very successful skittles themed evening. Everyone had a go at skittling and help was on hand for the novices. Skittling 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.
There are exciting times ahead but for the moment
everything is on hold. 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 involve in.
Richard is taking our bell restoration project forwards and there is
now a scaffold platform in the deadening chamber (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 and we were hoping that it would flourish and “buzz”
this year. But we may have to wait for another year. One thing that
we have managed to take forewards is the graveyard survey
which is almost complete thanks to Richard. We were hoping to
implement Champing (church camping) but again this has been
put on hold for the moment.
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 locally. And let us know what you are doing.
Erecting the internal scaffold tower 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