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COLYTON: Successful year at village church

Thursday, 03 April 2014

A BUSY?and successful year for St Michael’s Chapel of Ease in Colyford was reported at the church’s annual meeting.
Reporting on the past year, chapel warden Vicky Mills said: “The life of St Michael’s has continued to be busy and varied, with the regular programme of services enhanced with special services and events.”
Mrs Mills added that there had been two wedding in the chapel over the past year, with another in July 2014 - the busiest year ever for weddings in the Holyford Mission Community, which includes Colyford and Colyton.
She thanked Colyford Memorial Hall, which hosts special events and allowed the church to use its car park, the Reverend Hilary Dawson, sidesmen, the organist, choir, cleaners, flower arrangers, the Friends of St Michael’s, Keith Mills for looking after the fabric of the church, those who provide refreshments, the gardener, volunteers and former chapel warden Gay Bremridge who had continued to offer her support.
Particular thanks was paid to retiring sidesman Betty Ash who was presented with a card and bouquet of flowers.
The Reverend Dawson added her own thanks to the team of ministers, adding that they were continuing to work with more families and children in the parish, as well as schools.
Margaret Nicholson, reporting on behalf of the Friends of St Michael’s, said they had enjoyed another active year and had raised more than £2,000 for the fabric of the church.
Last year’s donations allowed for edging slabs on the path leading to the church to be placed, as well as new plates and cutlery to be purchased.
The next fundraising event for the Friends will be a coffee morning at Harepath Farm bed and breakfast in Colyford, hosted by Simon and Mary Card, on May 8th.
Reporting on the choir, Andrew Stone said that member numbers had raised from two to eight and sometimes 12 since he started working with the group two years ago. He added that new members were always welcomed with they only requirement being that you enjoy singing.
Mr Stone said a donation from the Goose Fayre Committee had allowed the choir to buy new music.

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