In between fishing trips Jason and friends have been busy in the church.

First they had made and installed a new vestry door in the short passage between the toilet area and the vestry. This makes the vestry more private and improved for sound proofing during services. This is especially important when the children meet there and also means that the toilet area may be made available without the security risk of the vestry being open. The vestry will also be warmer in the winter.

Tower arch window. He then went on to provide an experimental plastic sheeting ‘window’ to cut off draughts from the tower coming into the rear of the church. A brilliant job has been made of the temporary screen and it is worth having a look to see how a permanent window might look. We have thought for some time that this is the main cause of the church feeling freezing cold with all the heaters on full. The new trial screen has already proved the point when the social committee organised a games evening at which players did not have to sit in their coats all evening!

The new social committee has been set up to look at the possibility of holding a range of events, on a monthly basis in the church or other venue, which will be open to all. Before the committee was introduced we have had two successful events as trial runs, the quiz evening in December and the games evening in January. More will follow, so watch in this column, the church notice board and, inevitably, the telegraph poles, A4 size of course!

‘The Net’ is the monthly magazine for the Mission Community, Littleham cum Exmouth with Lympstone. We have our new priest-in-charge, James Hutchings, and now we know we have the appointment of Benedict Cambridge as Team Vicar. In this month’s Net he writes about himself and his family and I have copied some of his report. The full version is in the Net, a copy of which may be seen, borrowed or taken from the church. He writes: ‘It is with a great sense of anticipation I write this, sitting in my office on the Stoke-on-Trent campus of Staffordshire University. (where he has been senior Chaplin for the last seven years) We will be moving down over the Easter Holidays and look forward to joining the community, school and churches. (He will be licensed on 19th April.) I am originally from the Wirral and grew up on the banks of the Dee. I trained at Durham. I love kayaking, canoeing and climbing so am hoping to meet some paddlers.’ He is married to George (Georgina, a teacher, but he is Benedict, not Ben) and they have two boys Samuel (9) and Joshua (7). ‘So we’re really looking forward to meeting you all and we look forward to all that God has in store for us all as we proclaim His Kingdom together.’

Lent Lunches begin on Monday 27th February in the Methodist Hall from 12 noon to 1.30pm with a simple meal of home-made soup, bread and cheese. They continue for five Mondays in Lent.

Give it up for Lent!

There will be a Table Top Sale in Lympstone Parish Church on Saturday 17th March from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a table (£5) please contact Louise Pearson on 226153 or Debbie Skidmore on 279610.

Brian Mather