The next village event will be St Paul's Church Open Afternoon on 27th August 2016 at 2:00 PM in St Paul's Church
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The tranquil village of Landkey is situated just three miles from the busy market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. With a growing population in excess of 1800, a strong sense of community exists within the village and, of this, the church is an important part. As well as offering regular Christian worship, the church provides valuable links to other areas of the community such as the local Primary School and the Mothers' Union.
St Paul's is a friendly church in which the Christian message is heard regularly by a congregation of around 30 worshippers. All are welcome to attend our services.
After our Family Service on Sunday 7th August 2016, a vigil was held in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. The vigil took place in the garden below the church beside a flowerbed of poppies in bloom. The poppies were grown from seed donated by the Diocese of Exeter in 2014 as part of an initiative to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war in 1914. Seed harvested from poppies in 2014 and 2015 was sown in May this year and, despite some young plants being eaten by slugs after germinating, a fine display of red blooms was in evidence for this year's vigil.
The vigil included a roll-call of the names of soldiers from Landkey who died in WW1. We were fortunate this year to have learned a little of the background of Charles H Cornish who lived in Landkey. Private Cornish joined the 1st Battalion Devonshire regiment but died in action at Maricourt in France on 13th October 1915. His was the only fatality recorded on that day. Two other Landkey soldiers, T J Gratton and R G Lock, were awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry but, sadly, died in the war.
We are grateful to the descendants of Pte. Cornish for allowing us to use this information about their relative as well as the other Landkey soldiers mentioned.
Our Family Service on 7th August 2016 was well attended with several children present. Angela Bellamy chose the parables of the "Lost Sheep" and the "Good Samaritan" on which to base her short talk about a child losing a favourite toy and then being given a new one by another child in an act of kindness. She explained how is important to regain something that is valued and that being kind to others is also important.
The music provided by Bob Loveridge and his family continues to be appreciated at Family Services.
During August, beginning on Tuesday 9th, we will be holding a series of Open Days. The features and history of St Paul's will be explained in an interesting and engaging way by Michael Gee (BEM) as he guides visitors around our parish church, assisted by other members of St Paul's. There is no charge and there will be refreshments on offer. Please come along and learn about the many interesting aspects of our church! The dates of other Open Days are 16th, 23rd and 27th August. All Open Days will take place between 2pm and 4pm.
Fuller details are available on our Events Calendar. If you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Us page.