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Next Service:

28th January at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Fourth Sunday of Epiphany)


The next village event will be Mothers Union meeting on 24th January 2018 at 2:30 PM in Landkey village hall


Diocesan Magazine

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A link to the magazine is available on the Home page.


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A picture of William Gould, in 1936 an octogenarian Landkey resident, who reminisced about his life in the village and church over a period stretching back as far as the late 19th century. A newspaper article written in 1936 is reproduced on the website (see News Articles) and we are grateful to Eric price for providing this clipping. Image courtesy of Eric Price 5th January 2018.
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The Nativity Play, held at St Paul's on 17th December 2017, was enjoyed by the many people who came along for the occasion. A number of children were present and were keen to take part in the retelling of the story of Jesus' birth. Here, the crib scene is shown, having been recreated in the choir area of the church and on which Revd Shaun O'Rourke (left) looks approvingly. The play was led very ably by Angela Bellamy and her efforts were much appreciated. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 18th December 2017.
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Next Service:

28th January at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Fourth Sunday of Epiphany)


The next village event will be Mothers Union meeting on 24th January 2018 at 2:30 PM in Landkey village hall


Diocesan Magazine

Click here to visit the Exeter Diocese website

A link to the magazine is available on the Home page.


Recent Images Highslide JS

A picture of William Gould, in 1936 an octogenarian Landkey resident, who reminisced about his life in the village and church over a period stretching back as far as the late 19th century. A newspaper article written in 1936 is reproduced on the website (see News Articles) and we are grateful to Eric price for providing this clipping. Image courtesy of Eric Price 5th January 2018.
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The Nativity Play, held at St Paul's on 17th December 2017, was enjoyed by the many people who came along for the occasion. A number of children were present and were keen to take part in the retelling of the story of Jesus' birth. Here, the crib scene is shown, having been recreated in the choir area of the church and on which Revd Shaun O'Rourke (left) looks approvingly. The play was led very ably by Angela Bellamy and her efforts were much appreciated. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 18th December 2017.
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Welcome to the website for St Paul's Church, the Church of England church for the parish of Landkey.

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 25 worshippers. All are welcome to attend our services.

News

5th Jan 2018

A glimpse of life in Landkey long ago

St Paul's worshippers, as well as Landkey residents generally, might be interested to read this article which appeared in a 1936 newspaper (the identity of which is not known) and which offers a glimpse of life in the church and village dating as far back as the late 19th century. Thanks are expressed to Eric Price for providing this clipping.

Oldest Inhabitant Looks Back

(From a 1936 newspaper)

Landkey, an old-world village near Barnstaple, retains much of its charm, for it is still mainly dependent on agriculture.

With an Acland in the House of Commons for the Barnstaple Division, Landkey is proud of being the birthplace of that distinguished county family.

Here is situated Acland Barton, now a farmhouse, adjoining which are the remains of the ancient family chapel, erected about 300 years ago.
The oldest male inhabitant is octogenarian William Gould, the carpenter who fixed the clock in the ancient parish church in commemoration of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria [June 1887].

Among Mr Gould's most vivid recollections are those of Landkey Revels, last held 70 years ago, and the wrestling matches for silver spoons - one local champion went to church with his trophies fastened to the band of his hat.

Church services then were renowned for the accompaniment of the singing on lute and bass violin.

Then there were the challenging sermons of the famous sporting parson, the Rev. Jack Russell, of the nearby village of Swimbridge, who would often go straight from morning service to prepare for the hunt.

Mr Gould remembers the coaches rumbling to a brief halt before the Ring O'Bells; the first train on the Barnstaple-Taunton line; and the obsolete industry of lime-burning at Venn, a neighbour hamlet. Efforts are being made to revive this.

Mr Gould recalls the time when there was one newspaper per week for the whole village. Two landowners shared the copy and read it to their employees, who kept the parish supplied with news of international affairs and local gossip.

A picture of Mr Gould appears on this site (see Social Events - Church Life).