News Desk - August 2022
New Director of Music
We are pleased to announce that we have made an appointment for a new Director of Music to succeed Alan when he retires at the end of September. His name is Tim Matthews, a freelance music teacher who lives in Crediton. In the past, Tim has been Assistant Organist at Crediton parish church, and Director of Music at Okehampton. He comes with excellent qualifications and wealth of experience, including directing a number of community choirs. Tim’s first Sunday will be 2 October. In the meantime, we pray for Alan as he begins his final couple of months on our organ bench, with his final Sunday in post being 25 September.
Coffee with Bach
After the Parish Eucharist on 14 August, we will be joined by 16-year old student, Antony Knight, who will play a selection of music by Bach as we enjoy our coffee to raise money for DEC Appeal for Ukraine. Antony is a violinist, a music scholar at Taunton School and winner of Taunton Young Musician 2022, and will play Bach's Partita No. 2, Allemande and Sarabande; and Bach's Sonata No. 3, Largo. His performance will last about 13 minutes, so I hope as many of us as possible will be able to stay and enjoy the music and make a donation to this worthwhile cause.
We have now had a visit from a church heating engineer on recommendation from our PCC Architect, who has made a survey of the church and our needs and is preparing a report which will help us to decide whether “green” options are viable or whether we should renew our gas heating system. We are aiming to make some concrete decisions about action at the next PCC meeting in September. In the meantime, whatever system we choose (a decision that will need to be based on available finance), we need to begin to raise funds now. Antony Yeo, our Treasurer, would be very pleased to receive donations to church funds now, dedicated to this work, which will be held separately and duly ring fenced for use as soon as work can begin. We will be applying for grant funding, but many donors expect to match funds we have raised ourselves. Our usual Fundraising Team primarily work to support our Parish Share commitment, but if you would like to offer to organise a fundraising event for our new heating system, please let us know and we will all support you in whatever way we can.
Our New Bishop
After due process, the Rt Revd Michael Beasley is now our new Bishop of Bath & Wells. During the early part of the autumn he will start getting to know the diocese, while the date for his official Enthronement in Wells Cathedral has been set for Saturday 12 November.
9 October Harvest Thanksgiving
15 October Parish Conference and Mission Action Plan Review
(As before, staff, PCC members and team leaders will be specifically invited, but all who wish to may attend)
30 October All Saints/All Souls