St Michael & All Angels
St Michael & All Angels

Marwood Parish Church 

 

 

Priest-in- Charge
Rev. Steve Painting 01271 812605

email: stevepainting061@gmail.com

Churchwarden: 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.

 

FOR SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES PLEASE LOOK AT PAGE 2 IN THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CHURCH CREAM TEAS click here. 

 

For the Villages Mission Community North Devon Website and Newsletter including Heanton, Georgeham, Marwood and West Down    CLICK HERE

 

       Marwood's beautiful Grade 1 listed Church is in need of major works to the roof. The original fixing nails holding the slates have nail fatigue which means they are starting to perish. This puts the roof at risk and not water tight.  At the same time our Garde 2 Lychgate Room, a valuable and fondly held resource to many people who have used it in the past, is no longer available to the community due to the deterioration of the building. 
       We have been raising funds for roof and building repairs for some time but now as well as the usual fund raising events we intend to apply for funding from charitable bodies. To help us we would be very grateful if you could answer a few simple questions about the type of community activities you would like to see in both these buildings. The survey will not take long to answer but with your help we can preserve these buildings for future generations. 
 
Survey
St Michael summer consultation (1).pdf
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Remembrance Day 2019

 

Appeal for Poppies
Can you help us build on the 2018 success of the Marwood Church appeal for handmade poppies by adding to their number for our Remembrance display 2019? This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first national Victory Parade and Peace Celebration so as always there is much to reflect on.
Poppies can be of any size either knitted or crotcheted and delivered to the church during the next two months. We are very grateful to everyone that helped us last year and hope you will be able to do so again in 2019.
We will be decorating the church on Thurs 7th & 8th November.

Fabric CommitteeA knitting and crotchet pattern is below as a PDF

   

Crotchet and Knitted Poppy Pattern
Crochet and knitted poppy pattern.pdf
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Childrens Holiday Bible Club - organised by

Marwood Church at

Marwood Church Hall

 

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2019

10am - 12.30pm (Doors open 9.45am)

4-11 years  

More information from

Pauline Williamson 01271 343303

 

No charge but donations towards costs appreciated.

 

 


MARWOOD EASTER FLOWER FESTIVAL 2018 - A wonderful community event of beautiful flowers - enjoy the gallery

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.

Churchyard Memorial Information, Surname Order
Churchyard Memorial Information 092016.p
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Churchyard plans A1 16.10.15.pdf
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Original position of Headstones Removed.
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