Under the Carpet


Following the recent flooding in church, it was necessary to lift the carpets in the N and S aisles in order to dry them out.  This revealed seven grave stones laid in the N aisle, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.  The most legible of these was that of Henry Shapcott:

“Here lyeth interred Hennery Shapcott of this parish gent. and also Margaret his daughter y wife of M Christopher Samford of y city of Exon merchant who died the 13th day of January 1689.”

Further research found that Henry was a rich man, owning a great deal of property in the area.  He was born in Knowstone but lived in Bradninch, where he requested to be buried. Henry’s first wife was Wilmott Hill, by whom he had five children–Winifred, Elizabeth, Margaret, Robert and Francis.  Wilmott died in 1627 and Henry subsequently married Mary Codner who survived him.  Henry died in 1632, when all his children were still under 21 years old.  He had been a churchwarden of St. Disen’s from 1621 to 1625 and Mayor of Bradninch in 1625 and 1630.

Henry’s son, Robert, was a colonel in Cromwell’s army.  He was also Recorder for Bradninch and Tiverton before 1647. He is commemorated in a window, above the stage, in St Disen’s Hall.

Further names to be researched are three more Shapcotts, Humphrey Marshall, Anne Martyn, Samuel Lymmington and Catherine?, the wife of Thomas?.

Thank You

Our coffee morning last Saturday raised an amazing £477.00.  A big thank you to all who supported and helped in any way.  The morning was in aid of our Organ Restoration Fund and thanks to you, we are now well on the way to raising enough money to pay for the repairs to the organ, so that it can once more sound as it did when it was first built in the 19th century.

Tiddlywinks

Plenty of fun for mums at Tiddlywinks.

Do come and join us — every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 9.30 to 11.30 in St Disen’s Hall.

 

 

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

To celebrate Easter, St Disens is holding an Eggstravaganza on Saturday, 31st March from 2.00-4.00pm.

There will be games, crafts, food, history, music and an Egg Hunt at 3.00pm.  And hopefully the tower will be open too.  Great fun for everyone.

Wedding At St Disen’s

Congratulations to Helen and Peter who were married in St Disen’s on 10th March.  The church looked lovely, with wonderful, coloured flowers and thankfully dried out after all the stirling work following the roof leaks.

“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!