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!
Many thanks to DCC and our councillor, John Berry, for their generous donation, which will enable us to buy a new carpet and toys for Tiddlywinks.
‘Trio Exe’ will be making a welcome return to St. Disen’s for a special Concert of Remembrance. Sunday, March 11th at 4.00pm.
Come and chat with our new priest, Olly Mears over a pint of beer (or whatever your tipple is) in The Castle from 8.30pm onwards.
Please note that there will be no Tiddlywinks this Wednesday, 3rd January. It will start up again on Wednesday 17th January, 9.30am. And on Wednesday 24th January we will be hosting our usual coffee morning from 10.30am.
Adults and children alike enjoyed our crib service on Christmas Eve as the stable gradually filled with woolly figures as the Christmas Story unfolded.
We were delighted to officially welcome Revd Olly Mears last evening, 4th December, when he was licensed by the Bishop of Exeter to serve as Priest in Charge at St Disen’s here in Bradninch and also as Pioneer Minister for St Andrew’s in Cullompton. Representatives from the parishes, neighbouring churches and the County Council added their words of welcome. We look forward to working with Olly as we put into action words from the Bishop’s address to grow our church.
We also take this opportunity to thank the PCC and particularly the Churchwardens for all their hard work in keeping the life of the church going during the 18 month vacancy.
St Disen’s celebrated the end of the church’s year and started looking forward to Advent and Christmas with a lovely three course lunch – a trio of starters, roast beef and a scrumptious selection of deserts.
As well as welcoming friends and family, we were also delighted that Revd. Olly and his family were able to join us. Our thanks go to all who helped prepare the meal and made the tables look so lovely.
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.