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Project Good Cause

We Love Chudleigh

Benefice Weekend 2017

Safeguarding Policy

 Church Flowers

Brass Cleaning

Memorial Book



 Lee Abbey Weekend Away Talks March 2019        

Life in the Vine

Speaker: Simon Holland

Click on the following links to hear his talks

Session 1: Grafted

Session 2: Abide

Session 3: Fruitfulness Part 1

Session 4: Fruitfulness Part 2

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Chudleigh Parish Church’s 2018 Summer Project

The Summer Project this year will support 2 causes:

1) The Farming Community Network  see - http://www.fcn.org.uk/about-fcn

The Farming Community Network is one of the chosen charities for this year’s Summer Project.

FCN was founded in 1995 at a time of great pressure on farmers, and continues to be needed to the present time. In 2001 the 'Green Welly Fund' was Devon's initiative to help fund FCN during the Foot and Mouth epidemic. Today FCN uncritically supports farmers with a wide range of problems and situations – including debt, stress, bereavement, health issues and more. Help from volunteer professionals can also be sought (eg. with accountancy).

FCN runs a chaplaincy at Exeter Cattle Market each Friday, where professional health checks can also be arranged at intervals. Confidentiality is crucial, and clients are only ever referred to by a coded number. Names are only known by the regional co-ordinator, their visiting volunteer and those directly helping them with their permission.

We hope that Chudleigh can give generously over the summer, as it costs £1500 per day nationally to run FCN – £330 is to run the Helpline. To find out more, visit their website.

Mercy Ships.   see - https://www.mercyships.org.uk/

‘Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor, following the 2000-year-old model of Jesus’

Mercy Ships is an international charity founded in 1978. Its headline activity is life-changing surgical operations delivered on board the hospital ship Africa Mercy, moored close to population centres in Sub-Saharan Africa, most recently Cameroon (August 2017 to June 2018). Treatment is delivered without cost, and without regard to religion, race or gender. Operations on cleft lip and palate, cataract removal, straightening of crossed eyes, and orthopaedic and facial reconstruction are among the most common procedures. In addition, Mercy Ships has treated more than 163,000 dental patients.

Whilst present in any port, and even before the ship’s arrival, land-based Mercy Ships volunteers see prospective patients and set-up infrastructures in primary health care, education and agriculture that it is intended should continue after the ship has moved on to another country. Community development projects focusing on water and sanitation are promoted and supported.

The charity counts those who have benefited from its activities over the years at more than 2.6 million, and that it has trained 40,800 local professionals in anaesthesiology, midwifery, sterilization, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery, and leadership.

Your generous support will be welcomed. Ways of raising funds include the weekly cash collection in church, which will go to the Project from 22nd July to 26th August; a tithe (10%) of envelope giving over the same period; personal donations (always welcome – please Gift Aid if you can)

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We Love Chudleigh

We Love Chudleigh is an annual event for young people who want to serve the people of our town and show them unconditional love.

 We Love Chudleigh takes place over two days during the Easter holiday.

On the Wednesday everyone arrived at the Youth Centre with their sleeping bags for the sleepover. The event started with a session about being servant-hearted led by our youth leader Maren. During this we discussed what we wanted to achieve over the two days and how we could show our love for all the people visiting and living in the town.

After lunch we began our outreach by offering to pay for people’s car parking and handing out free chocolates in the High Street. People were very positive in response, if a little surprised, but it was good to be able to talk to them about what we were doing.They were impressed by our We love Chudleigh T-shirts.

The rest of the first day was spent baking a range of cakes and biscuits in the Youth Centre kitchen in preparation for the coffee morning the next day. Dinner was provided by Mothers’ Union and we were very grateful for the delicious cottage pie and crumble! We rounded off the evening by watching a film before settling to sleep.

On Thursday morning after breakfast we set off to the Church to prepare for the free coffee morning. People were appreciative of our baking and there was a good turnout. After tidying up and having lunch, we started to plan our service for Sunday evening. This was an opportunity to share with the congregation all that we had been doing, and to thank them for their support.

We look forward to We Love Chudleigh 2019

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Benefice Weekend 2017


A weekend away as part of “Our Parishes PLC”

Two years ago we moved into our new home and attended our first services at Chudleigh Parish Church, where many of the congregation were talking enthusiastically about their recent Benefice Weekend to Sidmouth.

So two years on, we joined 60 people aged from 2 upwards at Sidholme Hotel for this year’s Benefice Weekend. What were we expecting? We were not 100% sure but having been assured that we would be made very welcome and having led many residential experiences for school children over the years (in a variety of settings from Youth Hostels to Canal Boats!) We thought it would be an interesting, and hopefully a positive and fulfilling experience.

We arrived on the Friday afternoon and after checking into our room. (A pleasant one with en-suite facilities)  We took a stroll down into Sidmouth to explore the town and visit the beach. When we returned more people had arrived and there was a positive buzz and exchange of news and conversations.

 Before dinner, there was a drinks reception in the magnificent Music Room. This enabled people to chat and socialise before going into dinner. At dinner, people ate in groups at various sized tables and again there was the opportunity to talk to different people. This turned out to be one of the successes of the weekend, as we were able to have conversations with “new” people (who we hadn’t really spoken to before, except for quick greetings in church on a Sunday) as each meal time we sat on a “different” table.


There were four sessions, spread out over the weekend, led by our visiting speaker, John Samways and these were centred on Prayer, Love and Confidence in the Gospel (PLC!) and these were in turn, thought-provoking, interesting, amusing and helpful in developing our understanding of the Christian Faith.

Each morning and evening, a different person led informal prayers, which like all sessions and activities, there was an option to join if you wished to do so. 

On Saturday afternoon, some people went for a walk, others enjoyed strolling the beautiful grounds, some went swimming in the pool on site and some people learnt to make fabric flowers with John’s wife Chris. I joined this group and we all wore our “creations” proudly to dinner!

In the evening was the “Variety Show”, which showed the range of talents in our church! From short plays, to songs, musical recitals to poems, readings to sketches. All enjoyed by performers and the audience.

Sunday Morning’s Communion Service was held in the Music Room before our final Sunday lunch and our return home.

So was it as I expected? Yes in many ways. I feel very much part of the Christian Community in Chudleigh and feel I now know more people better.  It was good to have time to think, pray and learn together.  For me personally, the highlight was sitting quietly at Evening Prayers on the Saturday evening surrounded by people whose names I now know, who share my faith and I see as my “Christian Friends” in Chudleigh.

Would I go again? Yes! And I can understand why people look forward to going to “Sidholme”!

 Leah Stirrat



The Benefice Weekend was held at Sidholme Hotel on 17th – 19th March. The leader was John Samways and the theme of the weekend was ‘Our Parishes PLC Growing in  Prayer Love and Confidence in the Gospel'

John,s talks are available below. They are;

1.       Our Parishes PLC.

2.       Prayer.

3.       Love.

4.       God's Presence.

5.      Confidence in the Gospel

6.      Endless Hope

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Benefice Weekend 2015

The Benefice Weekend at Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth 6th to 8th March 2015

If you weren't at Sidholme over the weekend of March 6th-8th, you won’t know what you missed. If you were, you don't need to read any further because you will have experienced this marvellous spiritually uplifting time of fellowship with 56 others from Chudleigh, Chudleigh Knighton and Trusham Churches. Seven young people also enjoyed themselves under the guidance of Graham and Liz Allen. A bonus was the weather; Saturday was one of those near perfect days for this time of year. Since there were no programmed activities during the early afternoon many of us spent the time outdoors either on the coast or inland to recharge our batteries.

The success of the weekend was largely due to our speaker, David Rowe, Warden of the Lee Abbey Christian Community, who took as his theme 'Sacred Spaces'. I can see your eyes rolling at this. No, he was not talking about bricks and mortar but of our spiritual needs and behaviour as people of God.

We must have 'Private Space' to communicate with our Creator. We require 'Intimate Space' to journey with those in need or distress. 'Social Space' is vital especially in this electronic age, since body language is so important. This looked like the end of the message and it was only 6.00pm on Saturday! Mark you, it felt as though we had been going all weekend. David had given us so much spiritual food and it was time for another sumptuous hotel meal. But, by 8.00pm we were gathered into four groups: some with Sheila Fletcher to prepare a collage; a second option was to join Colin and Maryon Avery to experience and discuss music; others were with Fiona Wimsett to select books to take to a desert island while the fourth group considered prayer under the guidance of Paul Wimsett. In the context of the general theme, these activities were labelled 'Shared Space', thus emphasising the need to be free in sharing our interests and talents with others and indeed learning from them.

During all this time the seven young people were being entertained and challenged. One of their activities that intrigued us was their quest to photograph each of us: we could not guess why! All was revealed after Communion on Sunday, when each of us was presented with a card with our photo and an appropriate passage of Scripture. A lovely gesture and souvenir of the weekend.

Sunday morning came, and what else was there for David to say before we all shared in the family meal of Communion? It was, of course to remind us that the Church is in the world not just in a building or at Sidholme, but with people everywhere in 'Public Space'. As David put it, the Church is always called to be in two places "IN Christ and IN Colossae". The push of Pentecost must always be present. So we came to our joyful Communion service and the opportunity for the young people to show us what they had been up to and tell us how they too had been challenged.

Finally, to our roast beef and yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch before getting into our cars for the journey home; all the time reflecting on a wonderfully uplifting time. We went on our way with the words put in our minds by David Rowe 'You are my son/daughter whom I love, you bring me great joy'.

What an uplifting weekend, led by such a good speaker but we should not forget that an event like this does not just happen by itself. All credit must go to Nicky Over and her team for achieving this success.

Rob Cowley

The ‘ice-breaker’ activity on Friday evening – making costumes out of newspaper! Starting the day with a good breakfast (photos by Nick Tuckett)


Young People at Sidholme

The young people report on their programme (photo by Nick Tuckett)

As is mentioned in the separate article about the Benefice weekend away, we had seven young people with us in Sidmouth. These were some of the things that they said about the weekend:

Christina Dunn said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Church weekend away. The young people’s sessions were very thought provoking and challenging whilst maintaining an essence of fun and enjoyment. The large hall and lounge worked well for the adults and young people.’

Tom Gale said that he ‘learned lots and likes the way they have their own special theme which is different every year (such as Spacebook)’.

Will Gale said that it ‘was great and he wished it was every year!’.

Ellen Jones said that she ‘enjoyed the activities and loved the human conveyor belt game!  She also loved being able to explore the hotel.’

William Jones said that he ‘liked watching the human conveyor belt game and doing lots of drawing. He also liked playing football outside and going swimming.’



The Benefice Weekend was held at Sidholme Hotel on 6th – 8th March. The leader was David Rowe, the warden of Lee Abbey, and the theme of the weekend was ‘SACRED SPACES – Stillness with God in a busy world.’

David’s four talks are available below. They are;

1.       Social space (60 mins).

2.       Public Space (58 mins).

3.       Intimate Space (49 mins).

4.       Private Space (44 mins).

(Please note that David changed the order from the published programme).

David’s notes on his talks are available as a printout or via e-mail from Nicky Over..

Nicky Over, 852668, over@stationhill.eclipse.co.uk


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Church Flowers

We have a wonderful group of people who keep the Church beautifully decorated throughout the year.

We welcome both adults and the younger generation alike. So if your children enjoy being creative with flowers, this is a chance to let them use their imagination.

If you would like join us as a flower arranger, please contact one of our flower co-ordinators:

Pam Cox
Tel: 854228

Barbara Chisnall
Tel: 852406


For weddings, please contact:

Judith Perriss
Tel: 854513

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Health & Safety and Safeguarding Policy

Chudleigh Parish Church is a safe place to worship, hold events and visit. The Parochial Church Council has a health and safety (H&S) policy and risk assessments were updated in 2011 along with Safeguarding practice guidelines updated in 2017. Every effort is made to ensure that the church is managed in ways that make it a safe and comfortable place to be in. If you have any queries or wish to raise any H&S issues, please contact with the church warden:

Steve Cox 01626 854228



Please find below a selection of H&S and Safeguarding documents that we hope you will find useful and informative:

  • Notes and slides from the The H&S briefing held in August 2011:

The H&S Notes leaflet has been put together to assist sidesmen and other people who organise, steward or lead services, meetings or other events in Chudleigh Parish Church.

 The topics covered are:

  •  First Aid

  •  Communications

  •  Fire alarm procedures

  •  Manual handling


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Brass Cleaning

Do you love to see burnished brass in the church? Many of our visitors certainly do. We are in need of brass cleaners – can you afford 2-3 hours over one month?

Brass cleaning needs doing each week, and you undertake to go on the rota for one or more complete months. Not all the church brass is cleaned so a routine rub takes about half an hour, with a thorough clean once a month taking about an hour. It can be done any time to suit you, and is a very satisfying job.

If you are interested, please contact Paul Wimsett  01626 853241  or churchwardens

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Memorial Book

In the Side Chapel of Chudleigh Parish Church is a book where the names of loved ones who have died can be included on a particular day of the year (typically the date of death or their birthday), along with a brief tribute. There is no fixed charge for doing this, although a donation for church funds is invited.

If you would like to place an entry in the book, or to find out more details, please see Paul.

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