New Rector appointed to Mission Community.

We are pleased to announce that the new Rector for the Mission Community of Littleham cum Exmouth with Lympstone is James Hutchings. He will be licensed by Bishop Bob of Crediton on Thursday 15th December at Holy Trinity Church Exmouth.

James is 48 years old and is married to Alice. They have three children who are 17,15 and 12. James is a graduate of Exeter University and has spent time in banking, running for Parliament, being a local councillor and working in the voluntary sector as regional director of a disability charity the Shaw Trust. He will come to Exmouth from the post of Mission Resources Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter. He lists his interests as walking the dog, tennis, golf, theatre and the cinema. Aside of the golf I can think of several Lympstone clubs and societies which will want to get to know him!

New Church Warden

Avid readers of this column will know that a special vestry meeting took place last month. This was to elect a new church warden. As often happens in these ‘elections’ one volunteer is worth two pressed into the post. Therefore we welcomed unopposed Richard Giles as the new warden to replace Andrew Hubbard who was warmly thanked for his work in the post.

The Drop-in Coffee Morning Tuesday 26th July, 10am-noon with proceeds to the church flower fund.

The Produce Stall continues its ten week run on Saturday 11th July from 9.30 (until it has sold out) but not 23rd.July. If you would like to donate items to the stall, of cakes, baking, garden produce etc they will be gratefully received by the stall holders from 9.15. Please support this ever popular village tradition under the railway arch on Saturday mornings.

Sea Sunday Service with the Lympstone SW Telecoms Band takes, or took, place at 11.15 for 11.30 am on 10th July and it is good to carry on traditions seen in the cine archive we have of the event in 1930s and 1976. These will soon be available on the web under East Devon ANOB.

The Jazz Festival Morning Praise Service on 17th July will have the Failsworth Jazz Band augmented by our own Worship Band and the format for the Morning Praise will be ‘Songs of Praise’ style.

The Parochial Church Council meets on 19th July – if you have anything of concern you wish to raise, please see Jill Wilson, PCC Secretary or any other member of the PCC.

Brian Mather