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After 19 Sundays without congregations gathering, St Paul's held its first service in church on Sunday 2nd August 2020. It was in the format of Morning Prayer and the 11 worshippers all wore face coverings - but it was good to be back in church! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd August 2020.
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Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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In Brief

Next Service:

16th August at 10:30 am.

Morning Prayer
(Tenth Sunday after Trinity)

Diocesan Magazine

Click here to visit the Exeter Diocese website

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

Safeguarding

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After 19 Sundays without congregations gathering, St Paul's held its first service in church on Sunday 2nd August 2020. It was in the format of Morning Prayer and the 11 worshippers all wore face coverings - but it was good to be back in church! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd August 2020.
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Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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Church Life

It might be tempting to imagine that the life of a rural church like ours would be confined just to Sunday morning services. This is not the case for the many members of the congregation of St Paul's who find themselves regularly involved in activities connected with the church. The work that they do helps to create a valued sense of community in the village associated with the church. These are a few examples of organisations or activities in which St Paul's Church members play important roles:

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  • We have an active Mothers' Union which meets regularly, often in the village hall. They frequently invite a guest speaker to talk on a topic of interest.
  • The Landkey Horticultural Society provides a popular focus for its members to meet and discuss gardening tips and to purchase garden seeds at attractive prices. It also helps to host the annual Landkey village fete in July.
  • The church has close links with the village primary school and these include frequent talks to the children by Churchwarden Mrs Eileen MacCaig.
  • Church fund-raising events are organised periodically and their themes can sometimes be quite imaginative. One of the most memorable occurred after a Sunday morning service when our previous vicar, Revd. Peter Bowers, abseiled down the church spire in order to help raise much-needed church funds! His efforts were rewarded by a swelling of the church coffers!
  • Landkey United Fellowshipcomprises a group of Christians from various denominations which meets in Landkey Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 2:30pm and lasts for about an hour. A short session of worship involving hymns and prayer is followed by a 20-30 minute talk before tea and biscuits are served.

If you are interested in being involved in any of our church or village organisations or activities, please feel free to contact us. A list of contacts may be found on our "Contact Us" page.

Recent Events

Events associated with our church are often attended by someone with a camera at the ready to record the occasion and we are pleased to reproduce here a few of the more memorable ones to illustrate the life that is associated with St Paul's! In order to view them you need just to click on each picture. Enjoy the show!

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Revd John Ewington (pictured) led our Stations of the Cross service on Sunday 15th March 2020. He set up 11 stations representing stages of Jesus' journey to the cross with each being marked with an explanatory reading and meditation as well as a poem or music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,16th March 2020.
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Our Candlemas service on 2nd February 2020 was a very enjoyable occasion. Angela Bellamy (second right) gave a talk on the meaning of this important time in the Christian calendar, with assistance in readings and lighting of candles from the young people present. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,2nd February 2020.
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January is a busy month for birthdays at St Paul's and Angela Bellamy went to a great deal of trouble to make two cakes to celebrate the occasions. From left to right, Wendy Steggel who was shortly to reach her 70th birthday, Angela Bellamy whose birthday falls later in the year, organist Bob Loveridge, churchwarden Hazel Price and Emma Waldron whose birthdays were imminent. Church members Chris James and Michael Gee also celebrate in this month but were not present for the cake cutting! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,19th January 2020.
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The St Paul's Christmas lunch was held at the Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple on 8th January 2020. Among the 26 cheerful diners were Joan Dearle and Peter Elder shown here in the foreground. Image courtesy of Angela Bellamy,11th January 2020.
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Angela Bellamy (left) led our Nativity Service on 15th December 2019 and did it in a very professional way. She was thanked by Hazel Price for her hard work and for the Family Services that she routinely leads on the first Sunday in the month throughout the year. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,16th December 2019.
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Coco the donkey played an important role in our Nativity service on 15th December 2019. She bore Isabelle Ley (left), taking the part of Mary, into the church while her brother, Joseph, was cast as Joseph, of course! Coco's owner, Pat, who is Isabelle and Joseph's grandmother can be seen in the background walking to the church. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,15th December 2019.
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Advent was the theme of our Family Service on 1st December, Advent Sunday. Angela Bellamy talked to the young people present about the meaning behind the candles that we light each Sunday in the approach to Christmas. From left to right Joseph Ley holds a drawing of the first candle lit at the start of this service to represent Hope, Robert Waldron's is for Peace, Isabelle Ley's for Joy, Lizzie Martin's for Love, while George Wilks' represents the Christ Candle lit during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,1st December 2019.
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Tom Wilks (green beret) and Bill Parker lay their wreaths at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of St Paul's Church and Landkey Parish Council, respectively. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,11th November 2019.
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A garland of knitted poppies adorned the war memorial in readiness for Remembrance Sunday, 2019. Numbering 365, one for each day of the year since Remembrance Day last year, they were knitted by village residents Karen Trigger, Sue Ackland, Anita Thorne and Liz Davies. Their work is much appreciated and led to a round of applause at the Act of Remembrance on 10th November. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,10th November 2019.
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The Act of Remembrance at the war memorial on 10th November 2019 was attended by as many 100 village residents. Tom Wilks (green beret) laid a wreath on behalf of St Paul's Church, while Bill Parker laid his on behalf of Landkey Parish Council. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,10th November 2019.
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Oldest to youngest. At our Family Service on 6th October, Josie Foster's newest grandson made his first appearance, aged just a few days! He is pictured here (behind his sleeves!) with his dad, Josh, together with Joan Dearle, the oldest member of our congregation who was shortly to celebrate her 91st birthday. They are joined by Churchwarden Emeritus, Eileen MacCaig. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,6th October 2019.
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The Archdeacon of Barnstaple, The Ven. Dr Mark Butchers, led our Harvest Service on 22nd September 2019. He drew on a reference to harvest in "Larkrise to Candleford" to illustrate how agriculture has changed since 19th century but that our dependence on God and His abundant harvest remain the same today. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,22nd September 2019.
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Turning the tables: Usually it is me (Charles) who is behind the camera taking photos of congregation members on their birthday. This time, though, it was shortly to be my (60th) birthday and Louise had kindly made a cake for the occasion with her husband, Tom, taking on the role of photographer! Image courtesy of Tom Wilks,25th August 2019.
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St Paul's church members featured prominently at the annual Landkey village show on 27th July 2019. Here, Ella and Christian Delacour are photographed in front of their 1950s Nuffield which formed part of a display of vintage tractors. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,28th July 2019.
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The St Paul's Garden Party, held on 29th June 2019, was a very enjoyable occasion with well over 100 visitors attending. "Soak the Vicar" proved to be one of the most popular attractions with customers queuing at times for the opportunity to toss wet sponges at the "vicar". Revd Shaun was unable to attend but, here, Tom Wilks takes his place as a participant demonstrates the art of soaking the vicar! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,29th June 2019.
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The tea-and-scones stall was one of the busiest at the Garden Party on 29th June 2019. Here, Hazel Price and Annemarie de la Cour pause briefly to pose for this photo. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,29th June 2019.
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The band "ONO" kept visitors to the Garden Party on 29th June 2019 entertained with a range of enjoyable easy-listening music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,29th June 2019.
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Michael Gee was kept busy at the plant stall at the Garden Party on 29th June 2019. Here, he helps another customer to select a suitable plant. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,29th June 2019.
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At the end of the Garden Party on 29th June 2019, Angela Bellamy presented a hamper to the winner of the "English Country Garden" game. Entrants were invited to choose from a selection of well-known gardens across the country at which would be ideal to have a picnic. The winner was a lady called Ruth. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,29th June 2019.
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Birthday blessings form part of our monthly Family Services and are appreciated by those whose birthday falls within the month when the service is held. Several people came forward for a blessing at our service on 2nd June, as shown in this photo. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,3rd June 2019.
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Our Easter Sunday service was a joyful occasion and coincided with the 16th birthday of George Wilks, pictured on the right. He is accompanied by Angela Bellamy, who made Easter-themed cakes, as well as Angela's niece, Lottie. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,21st April 2019.
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Our Lent Lunch on 10th April was held in Landkey village hall and proved to be a very happy and enjoyable occasion - as shown by the smiles all round! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,10th April 2019.
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Bob and Jean Loveridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 5th April 2019. The occasion was also celebrated at our Family Service on 7th April with Angela Bellamy drawing inspiration from Bob and Jean to form the subject of her talk which was about the importance of love. Here, Bob and Jean are photographed in front of the altar. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,8th April 2019.
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Our Mothering Sunday service on 31st March 2019 was led by Reader-in-training Josie Foster (centre). She was ably assisted by the young people present who also distributed daffodils to the ladies in the congregation at the end of the service. Image courtesy of Peter Elder,2nd April 2019.
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At the end of our service on 24th March 2019, Revd Shaun informed congregation members that he had recently baptised Stan Wilks in the sea at Westward Ho! at Stan's request. Here, Stan (left) is joined by Revd Shaun and by Robert Waldron, who was shortly to be confirmed at St Martin's church in Barton Torquay, where he was baptised. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,24th March 2019.
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Our Family Service on 3rd March 2019 was a happy occasion and fell on the birthday of Robert Waldron. He received a blessing at the traditional "birthday blessing" part of the service and two cakes were made for the occasion! Thank you, Angela and Margaret, for your efforts! Robert is joined in this picture by Eileen, Angela and Mum, Emma in front of the cakes! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,3rd March 2019.
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Our Family Service on 3rd February coincided with Candlemas and (l-r) Joseph Ley, Isabelle Ley and Lizzie Martin all helped by holding candles during the intercessionary prayers. Image courtesy of Angela Bellamy,3rd February 2019.
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The birthday theme that had been a feature of previous services in January continued on 27th when Angela Bellamy (left) brought cakes in to help celebrate the birthday of Hazel Price (right), as well as the forthcoming 50th wedding anniversary of organist Bob Loveridge and his wife, Jean. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,27th January 2019.
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The birthdays of several members of our congregation coincided with our service on 20th January. Wendy Steggel (l), Emma Waldron and Bob Loveridge all celebrated theirs on that day, with the help of a cake made for the occasion by Margaret Perryman. Thank you, Margaret! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,20th January 2019.
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The first service at St Paul's in 2019 was our Family Service, held on 6th January. As it was Epiphany, Angela Bellamy made the story of the Three Wise Men the subject of her talk to the children. Several members of the congregation whose birthdays fall in January came forward as the service drew to a close to take part in the Birthday Blessing, conducted by Peter Rozzell (centre). These included (l to r), Isabelle Ley, Lizzie Martin, Joseph Ley, Emma Waldron, Hazel Price and Wendy Steggel. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,7th January 2019.
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The St Paul's Nativity play attracted many people into the church on Sunday 23rd December 2018 and, among them, was a large proportion of children. Angela Bellamy was not short, therefore, of actors for the play which she directed without having had a rehearsal. She did a commendable job, though, and was able to use the many willing helpers at her disposal to retell the story of Jesus' birth. In the picture, members of the "cast" gather around Joseph and Mary (centre) for a photocall. The angels are at the back with shepherds and sheep joining in! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,23rd December 2018.
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Coco the donkey was a star attraction at our Nativity Play on Sunday 23rd December 2018. Coco had the important responsibility of bearing Mary, played by Isabelle Ley (seated on Coco in the picture) into the church, assisted by her brother Joseph who played, well, Joseph, of course! Lizzie Martin played the part of an angel and here she joins Coco and Isabelle. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,23rd December 2018.
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The Carols by Candlelight service, held on 20th December 2018, was enjoyed by regular and occasional churchgoers alike, with most of the pews being filled for the occasion. This blurred image captures, perhaps, some of the magical atmosphere of a carol service, with real candles adding to the feel. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,21st December 2018.
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Several Landkey-based organisations contributed trees to the St Paul's Christmas Tree Festival and worked hard to decorate them. The fruits of their labours was on display at our service on 16th December and made for an enjoyably festive scene in the church. Here, Hazel Price (left) and Eileen MacCaig stand between two of the trees on display. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,16th December 2018.
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This hamper, provided by ASDA, could be yours as the first prize for taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival raffle, 14th-16th December 2018! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,14th December 2018.
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Our Family Service on 2nd December 2018 included the Christening of Eli Grice. Here, at the font, Revd Shaun O'Rourke prepares to Christen Eli who is held by his mum while Dad looks on eagerly! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,2nd December 2018.
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At our Family Service on 2nd December 2018, church member Vi Snell (left) was presented with flowers by Eileen MacCaig (right) in recognition of Vi's 90th birthday. Happy birthday, Vi! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,2nd December 2018.
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The Remembrance service and wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday 11th November 2018 were attended by many, possibly over 100, Landkey residents. The service and ceremony were both led by Reader Chris James who was supported by many others associated with St Paul's Church and village organisations. Here, Chris (left) pauses before the Act of Remembrance began just before 11am, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Armistice in France in 1918. He is joined by John Hayes (Standard Bearer for the Burma Star Association), Lieutenant Tom Wilks and Colour Sergeant David Green, both of whom were about to lay wreaths. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,11th November 2018.
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On Saturday 3rd November, Bob Loveridge (l), led a concert which featured classic pieces for the organ. It also included orchestra sections during which Bob was joined by his family members, Anya-Jade and Mark, pictured. It was the first time that the 1877-built organ had been played at a public event since it was restored earlier in 2018. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,4th November 2018.
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Joan Dearle celebrated her 90th birthday on 18th October 2018 and was joined by many friends and relations in Landkey village hall for a party. A good time was had by all! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,18th October 2018.
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Cooper Selwood was Christened at our Family Service on 7th October 2018. Here, at the font, Revd Shaun prepares to Christen Cooper while Mum and Dad (behind the Pascal candle) look on eagerly. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,8th October 2018.
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Two milestone birthdays were celebrated at our Family Service on 7th October 2018, together with others whose birthdays fall in October. Joan Dearle (seated) would shortly become a nonagenarian while Revd Shaun had just reached 60! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,8th October 2018.
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The St Paul's Church Harvest Service was held on Sunday 23rd September 2018 and was led by The Ven Dr Mark Butchers, Archdeacon of Barnstaple, who is pictured here. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,25th September 2018.
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Florence Upton was Christened at our Family Service on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Here, Revd. Shaun prepares to perform the Christening at the font as Florence is held by her father. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,6th September 2018.
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Eileen MacCaig is presented with flowers in celebration of her 85th birthday at our Family Service on 2nd September 2018. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,5th September 2018.
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Arthur Lynch was Christened at our Family Service on Sunday 5th August 2018. It was an enjoyable occasion with many of Arthur's family and friends joining him for his special day. Here, at the font, he is held by his dad while his mum, Holly, prepares for Revd Shaun (foreground) to Christen him. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,5th August 2018.
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The attraction,"Soak the Vicar" amused many people at the Garden Party on 30th June 2018. Here, Revd Shaun is assailed by a sponge-wielding participant but, with the temperatures approaching 30C, Shaun felt that it was no hardship being doused with water! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,3rd July 2018.
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Demand for cream teas at the Garden Party on 30th June 2018 was brisk. Here, Hazel Price (left), serves Marilyn Tricker. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron,30th June 2018.