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2021 An Olympic Year

I cannot explain why but I have always associated the Summer Olympic years with leap years. If there is a summer Olympic games then there is a 29th February that year.

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New Expressions

June always seems to be the beginning of the summer. I always look forward to warmer weather, longer days and lighter evenings and even holidays! These hopes of future holidays and other such aspirations come now with a COVID 19 conditionality.

Upcoming Services


Holy Communion

9:30 am - 10:15 am
Church of St John the Baptist

Holy Communion

9:30 am - 10:15 am
Church of St John the Baptist

Evening Prayer

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm
Church of St John the Baptist
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The church was dedicated originally to St Nicholas, mentioned in a charter dated 1150.  In the 15th century the manor was acquired by a member of the Denys family of Orleigh in Devon, and the church was then substantially reconstructed. The church was restored in the Victorian era in 1843-4, to the plans of the Exeter architect John Hayward with Henry Lloyd of Bristol. The north aisle was added at that time. The church contains a rare Easter Sepulchre, situated on the north side of the chancel. The advowson of the church was acquired by the Bishop of Wells, which made it into a prebendary for one of its canons. The advowson was acquired by the Bishop of Exeter in about 1850.

The altar is an ancient Spanish chest in carved oak from Culver House, one of the principal residences in the parish. The font is 15th century. There existed formerly next to the manor house a private chapel, demolished in the 18th century, the only remains of which are some stone blocks made into a mounting block by the church gate.


Rector – Rev. Martin Wood  (01647 24119 Tuesday to Sunday) or email

Church Warden – Mr Chris Fowler (01647 61493)

Bellringers – Mrs Jane Blight (01392 811246)