“Flood” at St Disen’s

Following the heavy snowfall at the end of February, the north and south gullies on the church roof became clogged with snow. With the thaw beginning on March 3rd, the melt water had no escape except downwards into church!  Many gallons of water soaked the south and north aisles, the carpets, pew runners and the floors between the pews. Fortunately, there was no damage to the chancel, the rood screen or the piano. The only way of stopping the downpour was to dig away and dispose of the snow in the gullies.  Many, many thanks are due to Colin and Paul Crispin for completing this Herculanian task!

The Sunday morning communion service had to be held in St Disen’s Hall—- different, but actually very lovely.

A combination of an overworked VAX machine, constant heating and a hired de-humidifier means that everything is now almost back to normal.  Many thanks to everyone who helped in moving furniture and lifting carpets, and especially to Jill and David for their sterling work with the VAX!

New Priest for St. Disen’s

We are delighted to welcome Revd. Olly Mears and his family to Bradninch.

Olly will be licenced by the Bishop of Exeter at St. Disen’s Church on Monday, 4th December at 7-00pm.

Everyone is most welcome to attend the service and, later, to join Olly and his family for refreshments in St. Disen’s Hall.


Children’s Society

In August, I held my annual coffee morning in aid of the Children’s Society. Lots of people supported the event and enjoyed coffee, chat and delicious cakes.  Thanks to all who baked, made coffee, gave draw prizes or attended.

This coincided with the annual box opening — little plastic boxes have been filled with loose change by people in Bradninch and beyond.  I had the pleasure of counting many pounds worth of coins!  Thank you to everyone who has one of our boxes.

The final total sent to the Children’s Society was £703.00.  This fantastic amount will go to support the charity which does such important work with and for children, and campaigns for change to improve their lives.  Thank you all, once again.

Lyn Lucey


Many thanks to The Town Trust who have bought us a beautiful new baby changing table for Tiddlywinks (and all other little people).  It will be used again….and again…..and again!

Christian Aid Week

Thank you so much to all those who collected for Christian Aid Week around the town and many, many thanks to all our generous contributors.  We collected £1,540 to help the poorest and most desperate people in the world.  A fantastic result, which would have been even greater if we had had enough collectors to cover the whole of Bradninch.

If you would like to help with next year’s collection, please contact Sarah or Ros.  Just a couple of hours of your time could make such a difference!



Letter from the Past

I recently received an interesting parcel from a Mr Jack Saunders, now living in Lincolnshire.  It contained an old Bible and Hymn Book which had been presented to him in 1940 when he was an evacuee in Bradninch.

The letter reads — I have sent these two precious books to you as I am now getting on in years and have no-one to leave them to.  I thought you might like to display them in your church which I used to attend as an evacuee during the war.  I will always remember those days which I spent with my younger sister and older brother in Bradninch.


St. Disen’s Church Sunday School, Bradninch. Christmas 1940

Given to Jack Saunders in memory of his stay in the above little town.



Jack and his brother and sister stayed with the Skions family (who had five children of their own) in Westfield.


Jack, with some of the Scions family.

The boy on the left is John Scions who was killed in Korea in 1951 and whose name is on our War Memorial.


Annual Parochial Church meeting

The annual church meeting was held on Wednesday, 26th April. Reports were presented on church services, finance,  church fabric, social events etc. Grateful thanks were extended to all who help in church, in any capacity.  The PCC was congratulated on the way the church has continued to thrive during the interregnum.

PCC members, for the following year, were elected as follows:

Jill Lucas — churchwarden,  Ros Emerton — churchwarden,  Sue Watts — church administrator,  Gwyneth Garner — secretary,  Dorothy Parsons — secretary,  John Emerton — treasurer, June Bolt, Hazel Excell,  Lyn Lucey, Warwick Knowles, Bryan Parsons.