Marwood Parish Church
Priest in Charge:
Margaret Greenslade 01271 372065
The Domesday Book of 1086 indicates the presence of a church in Marwood as early as the 11th century, where it refers to the settlement of ‘Cherchemerewode’ (Church Marwood). Some of the fabric of the parish church which stands today has 13th century origins, although the greater part dates from the 15th century onwards.
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Treasurer: Marwood Church
Following his move away from North Devon, Darryl Williamson has had to resign his position as treasurer for Marwood PCC. We are very grateful to Darryl for the care with which he has carried out this role over several years. Unfortunately the PCC is in the difficult position in which no-one from Marwood Church is currently able to succeed Darryl. We are therefore looking for someone with some experience of book keeping or a head for figures who might be prepared to give of their time to fill this important role. The commitment is not as onerous as many perceive and we can arrange to provide instruction and support. If you would be prepared to take on this position (you do not have to be a regular church attender) or know of anyone who might please contact either Rev’d Steve Painting (01271 812605) or Margaret Greenslade ( 01271 372065).
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY November 11th 2018
Please join us in church at 10 15am followed by the Act of Remembrance at the Marwood War Memorial at 11am.
You are invited to stay afterwards to see the display of locally crafted poppies, meet with others and exchange stories about those known to you who make Remembrance Sunday so important. We will be serving Trench Cake made from the traditional recipe for the cake sent to soldiers in the trenches during the First World War. Come and try some with your coffee.
Remembrance Day Poppies
We hope to make a display with poppies in Marwood Church for Remembrance Sunday but to do this we need lots of poppies and this is where we need your help.
The poppies can be of any size and made of any material you can think of, eg. knitted, crocheted, sewn, moulded in playdoh, salt-dough, plasticine, clay, paper, as a sketch, a painting, an embroidery, wood or whatever else comes to mind. A knitting and crotchet pattern is below as a PDF
For those who don't have nimble fingers a poem or a few words about poppies would also be very useful. We have already collected some evocative posters and the poppies will set them off well. If you can include some type of fixing that would be helpful but what and how we will attach them, depends on quantity, size and material used.
We need them by Thurs 8th November at the latest but we can collect them any time before that if you prefer by phoning 01271 376744. Poppies can be left in Marwood Church in the box by the fundraising thermometer or delivered to Angela at Chedlee, Prixford or June at Smilyn, Muddiford.
Poppy making competition for children - Reception to Year 6
To encourage the youngest members of our community to produce a poppy we are holding a competition for them. Poppies can be made out of any material, drawing or represented by a poem or a few words and all of the entries will be displayed in Marwood Church on Remembrance Sunday when the prizes will be awarded. The competition closes on 31st October.
There are three age groups for the competition
Group A – Reception, Years 1 & 2
Group B - Years 3 & 4 Group C - Years 5 & 6
Entries, clearly named, may be handed to either Margaret Greenslade at Marwood School or delivered to Angela Webb at Chedlee, Prixford or June at Smilyn, Muddiford by 31st October.
We look forward to seeing you at the Remembrance Sunday Service and joining us for coffee and Trench Cake afterwards. Angela Webb
Soup & Pudding Night
Sat 8th Sept 2018
at Marwood Church Hall 7pm for 7.30pm
Raffle Bring your own drink All Proceeds for Marwood Church
Tickets £10.00 For tickets and info June W 01271 346435 Maureen 07867526457
MARWOOD EASTER FLOWER FESTIVAL 2018 - A wonderful community event of beautiful flowers - enjoy the gallery
Christmas Fair 2017 - 2nd December 2-5 at Church Hall
Sheep, sheep everywhere…..
…...of every size and shape, from the sheep pen in the porch to those hiding among the floral arrangements. Yes, it was Marwood Church Spring Festival taking the theme of “Jesus the Good Shepherd”. Children enjoyed crafts, games, storytelling, bouncing around and catching magic bubbles with “Jiggy Wrigglers”, an animal fancy dress parade, face painting and eating lots of iced cakes.
Everyone enjoyed barbecued food (not lamb!) as well as drinks and delicious cakes and scones. There were some ingenious entries by adults and children for the best sheep picture or model.
….and the weather? Well, it did rain on and off, but spirits were not dampened, and by 3.45pm the rain stopped for everyone to gather outside to watch cuddly toys parachuting from the church tower. What excitement from the children as they watched the wind taking their toys this way and that! All eventually reached land, even the one which had to be rescued by ladder from the roof!
A big thank you to everyone who helped and came to support making it an enjoyable day which raised over £1100!
STOP PRESS £1,118 raised at Marwood “St George’s Day” celebration.
This was one of the many church fund raising events planned over the next 6 months and took place in Marwood Church Hall on Saturday 22nd April 2017 when around 60 parishioners, friends and visitors enjoyed a banquet of succulent locally produced sausages and mash (vegetarian sausages were also available) plus a superb array of puddings followed by cheese and biscuits. The entertainment started with poems and some amusing accounts of the origins of St George given by David Pepper. A lot of head scratching followed with questions relating to our English heritage. Finally there was much flag waving and fine singing of “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Britannia” to the accompaniment of music played by Margaret Greenslade and Pauline Williamson. Event organiser, June Williams, said she was quite overwhelmed with the amount raised and sincerely thanked the support of the helpers and all those who attended.
THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF RESEARCH DONE ON THE PEW ENDS IN THE CHURCH - PLEASE GO AND EXPLORE AND FIND THE INFORMATION TO THE LEFT OF THE MAIN DOOR.
Marwood Parish Churchyard
Churchyards hold many special memories and ours in Marwood are no different. In 2014 a small group of us thought it would be a good idea to create a plan of the parish churchyard and record the births, marriages and deaths within the parish. This would enable anybody who wanted to, to research their families and possibly find their graves. We were also very aware that the evidence on many gravestones was gradually becoming illegible and the lead lettering was wearing away so recording needed to be completed sooner rather than later. It sounded so simple and achievable. Two years later we have completed the first stage of recording the burials.
During 2015, Jane Ratue (a former teacher at Marwood School) copied and/or photographed records from the Church and Barnstaple Record Office. David Pepper put this information onto an interactive programme - with well over 3,000 people recorded so this was no mean task. The records began in 1679 and with only on average about 10 entries a year, you can understand how this has built up.
Graham Edwards completed an excellent plan of the Churchyard and I have linked and recorded as much information as possible from the memorials within the Churchyard to his plan and the interactive programme.
You can view the plan and churchyard information below and it is also displayed in the Church. You can gain access to all the records through the Church Office at Heanton or through the Church Warden. If you can give us any additional information about any of the graves in the churchyard or help in any other way, please let us know.
Thank you, June Tamlyn September 2016
INFORMATION The graves are split into 5 sections, A,B,C,D & E .
The commemorative plaques and cremation ashes are within Block F and those named on the War Memorial are noted as WM. Sections V,W,X,Y & Z are repositioned headstones. There is a separate plan to show their original positions and the number in the column on the far right # relates to that plan.
Please use this information together with the plans of the churchyard. The surnames are listed here in alphabetical order.