Marwood Parish Church
Rev. Steve Painting 01271 812605
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.
There are no services in the church at the moment but Marwood Church will be open for private prayer on Thursdays from 10am -12noon, commencing 9th July. Volunteers will be on hand for guidance.
However, for further updates and online services of prayers and reflection go to the North Taw Mission Community Website and Newsletter including Heanton, Georgeham, Marwood and West Down please CLICK HERE
MARWOOD CHURCH HALL
At the moment we are unable to open the Church Hall, as we do not yet have the means to meet government guidelines regarding Covid 19. To address this situation we would like in the coming weeks to set up, from the local community, a management group to carry out risk assessments, update hirer agreements and ensure that procedures are in place for the hall to be safely re-opened. Anyone who is interested in being part of that group is asked to contact Margaret Greenslade (tel. 372065).
Marwood - a fond encounter with a rural Devon parish
Residents in Marwood may remember Anna- Louise who, while living in Guineaford, wrote a book 'Marwood - a fond encounter with a rural Devon parish'. Residents helped Anna with the research and provided old photographs and when it was published many of us bought the book so we could read about the history of our own houses. Anna has since moved on but has very kindly donated several new copies of the book for the Fabric Committee to sell in aid of Marwood Church funds. So if you didn't buy it first time round or you have moved into the parish of Marwood since 2011this is your opportunity to buy a copy. They are £14.99 each and are available from Angela on 01271 376744.
Remembrance Day 2019
The Fabric Committee.
Childrens Holiday Bible Club - organised by
Marwood Church at
Marwood Church Hall
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 201910am - 12.30pm (Doors open 9.45am) 4-11 years
More information from Pauline Williamson 01271 343303
No charge but donations towards costs appreciated.
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.
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.