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COUNTRY NEWS FREE Dec 2021 - Jan 2022 Parish Magazine of Shillingford St George and Dunchideock Is that all? Nearly.. The Editorial Team would like to take this chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy (& healthy!) New Year

From November onwards we’re thinking about Christmas. We need to buy presents for our children, our parents, our sisters our brothers. Friends and relatives. Neighbours. Colleagues. The list can be immense. Some of the gifts and cards will go abroad, so we need to start in extra good time. Then we have to think about who we’re going to see. Will family be staying? Will we be going to visit and stay with others? And what about all those commitments which will be crowding out the calendars? Yes, from the start of November (and even earlier) it’s a busy time. Those of us who don’t plan ahead find ourselves jumping on the last-minute merry-go-round getting gifts which are less than perfect, and wishing there was a different way of doing it all. Aren’t we lucky to have worries like this! These are the cares and concerns of the well-off and the privileged. Every time I’m tempted to moan about something seasonal, I try to remind myself just what a treat it is to be able to grumble at all. We should be taking our hats off to the army of volunteers who have a different kind of Christmas. Maybe you’re one? One of those people who makes sure someone on their own won’t be alone at Christmas. Or who volunteers to put on a lunch? Or who have no choice but to work because hospitals and prisons and police don’t get the choice to stop when the rest of us do. And beyond our own communities, the pressures are even greater. Thousands of refugees and migrants dream of a new life in a country like ours. Thousands more are powerless, trapped in poverty, without even the luxury of thinking about Christmas, not to mention worrying about it. Every December, I remember that the one in whose name we celebrate, was much closer to the poor of this world, with their cares and fears, than he was to the affluent with their rather trivial worries. He was born in poverty. He fled persecution to a strange land. His mother suffered the scorn of better-than-thou neighbours. As he grew up, there was no safety net to catch people when they fell on hard times. And the people who held power had little sympathy or care for the plight of the poor and the weak. This hymn, which I only discovered during lockdown, says it all for me: Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour, yet, for love's sake, became so poor; leaving your throne in glad surrender, sapphire-paved courts for stable floor: Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour, yet, for love's sake, became so poor. You are our God beyond all praising, yet, for love's sake, became a man stooping so low, but sinners raising heavenwards, by your eternal plan: you are our God beyond all praising, yet, for love's sake, became a man. Lord, you are love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship you; Emmanuel, within us dwelling, make us and keep us pure and true: Lord, you are love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship you. F Houghton Mike Partridge 2

Shillingford St George Church Calendar for December 2021 & January 2022 Date Name Service Time 5 December Advent 2 Advent Candle Service 9.30am Sidesmen Readers Nick Prayers 12 Dec Peter Various Sidesmen Readers Christopher Manstree Lane & Manstree Terrace Prayers 19 Dec Advent 3 Holy Communion 9.30am Sidesmen Readers Norman Prayers 24 Dec Derek Philippians 4 v 4 - 7 & Luke 3 v 7 - 18 Sidesmen Readers Nick Glebe Lane & Palace Farm area Prayers 26 Dec Advent 4 Carol Service 6.00pm Prayers 2 Jan 2022 Tom & Gwen Sidesmen Readers Tam & Edmund Various Prayers 9 Jan Clergy Road through Shillingford St George Sidesmen Readers Christmas Eve Midnight Communion 10.00pm Prayers 16 Jan Nick Sidesmen Readers Tam & Edmund Hebrews 1 v 1 - 4 & John 1 v 1 - 14 Prayers 23 Jan Clergy 10.00am Sidesmen 1st after Christmas Mission Community Service @ Ide Readers Prayers Surrounding parishes of Dunchideock, Kenn & Eminster 2nd after Christmas Morning Praise 9.30am Di & Eric Ken Ephesians 3 v 1 - 12 & Matthew 2 v 1 - 12 Christopher Barrack Lane & Barton Lane Baptism of Christ Holy Communion 9.30am Liz Derek Acts 8 v 14 - 17 & Luke 3 v 15 - 17, 21 - 22 Nick Oak Close & Waybrook Lane 6.30pm 2nd after Epiphany Evensong Tom & Gwen Tam 1 Corinthians 12 v 1 - 11 & John 2 v 1 - 11 Clergy Road through Shillingford Abbot 3rd after Epiphany Holy Communion 9.30am Norman Norman & Peter 1 Corinthians 12 v 12 - 31a & Luke 4 v 14 - 21 Delia Ash Court & St George’s Terrace 3

Date Name Service Time 30 Jan 4th after Epiphany Mission Community Zoom Service 10.00am Readers 1 Corinthians 13 v 1 - 13 & Luke 4 v 21 - 30 Prayers Our Mission Community with Alphington & Ide 6 February 4th Sunday before Lent Morning Praise 9.30am Sidesmen Di & Eric Readers Christopher 1 Corinthians 15 v 1 - 11 & Luke 5 v 1 - 11 Prayers Christopher The Willows & Ilex Close “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” – Matthew 2:1-2 SHILLINGFORD CHURCH NOTICES In the run up to Christmas there will be many different services around the Mission Community to which we extend a very warm welcome to everybody to join in with us. An additional “Flyer” will be included with the Shillingford magazines so it can be pinned up on household noticeboards to refer to. In preparation for next year’s Platinum Jubilee, we will shortly be planting a tree in the church carpark; that will be dedicated over the Jubilee Bank Holiday next June. If anybody would like to contribute to the cost of the tree, please hand an envelope with your donation inside to anybody on the PCC and they will ensure it is banked appropriately. From the Registers 20 November. Baptism of George James David Knight If you can’t wrap Christmas presents well, 4 at least make it look like they put up a good fight.

WELCOME TO THE NEW RESIDENTS OF VICTORIA HEIGHTS Whilst this Parish Magazine is aimed primarily at people who live in Dunchideock, Shillingford St George & Shillingford Abbot, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our near “new neighbours” by sharing some information which we hope will be of interest. Unlike Victoria Heights, the villages of our Parish have been here a very long time. Until around the time of the first world war, the Parish consisted mainly of farms & labourers’ cottages, which are easy to identify even today. It is only since that time that any developments have taken place & these have been small scale. There were few services available then & we still have no mains gas & the subject of internet coverage is best avoided! The Parish Church in Shillingford St George was founded in the 15th Century & is set in a delightful, peaceful, rural location. A public footpath passes through the churchyard which links up with local lanes and access to a permissive path into Shillingford Woods. The community is currently close to purchasing a large area of the woodland for the benefit of those who wish to be close to nature & to preserve the beauty & natural habit therein. The Church is ordinarily locked but visitors are most welcome, by arrangement. You won’t be disappointed as it is a lovely little Church, in a good state of repair. Services are held weekly with full details in this publication. Do come along, proceedings are very informal & you are assured of a warm welcome. In addition to the above, you will note from the information in this magazine that various activities take place on a regular basis within the Parish. Most are based around the Village Hall in Shillingford St George. Further information is available on our Shillingford Community Website – Christmas Quotes Part 1: Family. At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional. The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: ‘Some assembly required.’ Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. 5

The Open Door Cafe We welcome everyone to our Xmas Coffee morning on Wednesday 8th December at 10.30am followed by a free Buffet Lunch which will commence at 12.30 pm (approx.) Hopefully Father Xmas will pop in to meet us! We look forward to seeing you all again. Daphne and Wendy P.S. Further dates for the café will be the 5th & 19th of January! Shillingford Film Night Friday December 17th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall The event is free but ice creams will be available at their usual prices ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Plus a Tom and Jerry short This is the film of the story of the fishermen’s choir from St Agnes which got their songs into the chart. It is a heart-warming fun movie. And on January 21st, ‘Ordinary People’ From 1981, a wonderful film of family relationships which are wrecked and repaired through struggle. This was Robert Redford’s directorial debut for which he won an Oscar. The film stared Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton who won the Oscar for best supporting actor. The film also won Oscars for the screenplay and best film. This Christmas, may you have the fulfilment of seeing around you the people you love the most. May you have the satisfaction of creating special memories they will remember with pleasure forever. This Christmas, may you feel peaceful and contented, knowing what Christmas means, and celebrating it your way. 6

The Friends of Shillingford Wood We, The Friends of Shillingford Wood would like to thank everyone for their amazing support at the recent Exchange morning held in the parish hall of SSG. The whole event was very well attended and lots of funds were raised all of which will go towards the wood fund. We would also like to thank the parish hall committee for allowing us to participate in this event and again promote our cause. Our fund raising is going very well and our goal is in sight but we continue with our fund raising efforts. 2022 Calendars. The now annual calendar is on sale at 3 Ilex Close SSG. It shows views of the two villages, surrounding countryside and of course of Shillingford wood itself. These make lovely Christmas presents and cost £8 each. I can be contacted via messenger on FB, emailed - [email protected] or just call in (address above) The 100+ club. This will be running each month commencing this December, proceeds will be going into our Shillingford wood fund. Tickets are £1 each month for each number chosen but an individual can have as many tickets / numbers as they wish. There will be a first, second and third winner each time, winning amounts will vary depending on how many participants there are. Please contact Claire at, 3 Ilex Close, or email [email protected] for information and tickets. Hurry there are still numbers left. Thank you, Claire Dummett “It gets a little lonely, All these empty rooms. Just watching the hours tick by.” Anna, from ‘Do you want to build a 7 Snowman,’ Frozen.

THE EXCHANGE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Shillingford Village Hall SATURDAY 18 th DECEMBER 10.30am - 12.00 COME & HAVE A FREE GLASS OF MULLED WINE & A MINCE PIE! Exchange Your Books, Plants, Toys & Home Produce .. or just take some away No bric-a-brac please! CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Coffee, Tea & Cake 8

THE EXCHANGE Saturday 29th January 2022 10.30am – 12.00 SHILLINGFORD VILLAGE HALL F BOOKS R TOYS,PUZZLES E PLANTS E SEEDS Bring ~ Swap ~ Take Away ~~/~~ Coffee, Tea, Cake is served Christmas Quotes part 2: the Naughty List… ‘Be Naughty, save Santa the trip!’ “It’s All Fun and Games, Until Santa Pulls Out The Naughty List” Dear Santa: I’ve been good all year. OK, maybe most of the time…. Well, perhaps once in awhile… Oh, never mind, I’ll buy my own presents this year. “I’m trying to get into the Holiday Spirit, but the darn bottle won’t open.” 9

Shillingford Wildlife Group Tuesday 11th January 2022 7.30 pm in The Village Hall Please join us for a Talk by Amelia Davies on DAWLISH WARREN Amelia Davies is the Ranger At Dawlish Warren Tea or Coffee and biscuits 10

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service have advised us that as of 5pm on the 3 November 2021 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain. This means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard are required by law to take a range of bio-security precautions: Schedule 1 - Minimum biosecurity measures applying to all keepers · Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry. · Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources. · Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds. · Minimise movement into and out of bird enclosures. · Cleanse and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy. · Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas. · Keep free ranging birds within fenced areas, and ponds, watercourses and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances, e.g., zoo birds). Schedule 2 –Enhanced biosecurity measures for premises with over 500 poultry or other captive birds - see website for details. Full details of what is required can be found on the government website: https:// attachment_data/file/1030990/aipz-declaration.pdf To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, the biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists have been updated and all the latest information can be found at Remember that if you have poultry it is your responsibility to keep updated on any outbreaks and an easy way to do this is to sign up for text notifications - register with the APHA alerts service. 11


From the Rectory... Happy New Year! The church celebrated its New Year last Sunday at the beginning of Advent. We begin again the round of the seasons following the life of Jesus Christ from his birth in Bethlehem through his ministry of preaching and healing to his death on the cross on Good Friday and his glorious resurrection three days later, on Easter Sunday. This story, whether in part or as a whole, is familiar to many of us: the story of a love greater than we can understand, the love of God for humanity, despite our shortcomings and our frequent refusal to accept it; the story of a power we find difficult to understand, the power of love demonstrated through vulnerability. The season of Advent, the four weeks before our celebration of Christmas, is a time for us to prepare ourselves to listen afresh to this story with open hearts; to look at ourselves and our own vulnerability and recognise how God is working in our lives. Then we can come to the stable on Christmas Eve and ask, ‘What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb. If I were a wise man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart’. The list of Christmas services follows: Rev’d Eleanor and I look forward to welcoming you in church to join with us in the huge birthday party that is Christmas. 12 Dec 4:00pm Dunchideock Family Christingle 19 Dec 6:00pm Christow Carol Service 6:00pm Dunsford Carol Service 21 Dec 6:00pm Doddiscombsleigh Carol Service 24 Dec 4:00pm Dunsford Crib Service 6:00pm Bridford Carol Service 10:00pm Ashton Christmas Carols and Readings 10:00pm Dunchideock Christmas Night Holy Communion 10:00pm Dunsford Christmas Night Holy Communion 25 Dec 10:30am Christow Christmas Day Family Communion 10:30am Dunsford Christmas Morning Worship My wish for you all is that the light of the Christ-Child will shine on you and your families this Christmas and kindle in you the warmth of God’s love: that you will shine out as candles of hope in a dark world. Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas! 13

Teign Valley & Haldon Hill Mission Community The Teign Valley & Haldon Hill Mission Community includes the parishes of Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock and Dunsford. Rev’d Ruth Frampton (Rector) - 01647 253164 or [email protected]. Rev’d Eleanor Oelmann (Curate) - Tel 07772 127598 or [email protected]. Pastoral Care If you would like, or know someone who would be glad of, a call or “virtual” visit from Rev’d Frampton or Rev’d Oelmann, or another member of the church community, please contact the rectory (contact details above), or the Churches’ Administrator (see Getting in touch… below). Private Prayer - Days and Times of Opening: All our churches are open for visiting and private prayer as follows: Ashton – 8am to 6pm / Bridford – 8am to 5pm / Christow – 9am to 5pm Doddiscombsleigh – 8am to 9pm / Dunchideock – 8am to 6pm / Dunsford – 9am to 6pm Sunday Services There is a 9am telephone service each Sunday - see details below for how to join. With the easing of lockdown, all our church buildings have re-opened for public worship and details are provided in the separate schedule of services. As the situation can, however, change quickly, please check the “A Church Near You” website for your parish for updates (search for e.g. “A Church Near You Dunchideock”). · Please do not come if you are suffering any symptoms of coronavirus, but contact NHS 111 · Please ensure that you clean your hands on entering and leaving the church building · Please observe social distancing and follow all the safety guidance inside the church In line with current national requirements, church services continue to have measures in place to ensure people’s safety e.g. hand sanitisers, social distancing of 2 metres, additional cleaning. Limited singing and the removal of face masks when sitting is possible in some of our churches, but in all our churches there will be a safe space reserved for those who wish to continue to wear a face mask and/or not sing. Currently communion is available in one kind only. You will be asked to give your name and contact details in order to comply with “track and trace” requirements. This information is covered by GDPR and will be destroyed after 21 days. Alternatively you can use the NHS app to scan the “track and trace” QR code. Please do not hesitate to ask those welcoming you, or contact Ruth, Eleanor or Steve if you have questions about COVID safety in church. 14

Wednesday Evening Prayer There is a regular, short service of evening prayer each Wednesday at 6pm by telephone – see details below for how to join. For telephone services, you do not need internet access, but simply a landline or mobile telephone. Between 5 and 10 minutes before the service begins, please dial 0333 011 0616 and enter the code 334 7721, followed by the # key, when asked. You will also be asked to give your name. The cost of the call is the standard cost for any 01, 02 or 03 number, but will vary according to your telephone contract. It may well be covered by your “inclusive” minutes, or by free evening or weekend calls, but you are advised to check. Messy Church – Saturday 4 December Don’t miss the special Christmas Messy Church at 3pm at Teign Valley Community Hall. Lots of fun craft activities, Christmas story and a meal together. Children – please bring an adult with you. Scattered Church – Home Communion – Thursday 23 December Rev’d Ruth and Rev’d Eleanor will be taking home communion to those who are not able to attend church on Thursday 23 December. If you would like them to visit, please contact them (details above). Christmas Services There are special Christmas services in each of the six churches – everyone welcome! See Ruth’s first page. Villages Prayer – Tuesday 7 December 5:00pm to 6:00pm An opportunity for anyone to pray for our villages and beyond – at Stonehouse, Village Road, Christow, EX6 7NF. Anyone is most welcome to come or contact the Churches’ Administrator (contact details below) with a request for prayer. Giving It is possible to make a donation towards the general mission and running costs of each of our six churches through an online giving page on the “A Church Near You” website – see and search for the relevant parish. The “Give Now” button will enable you to make an online donation, which can also be Gift Aided. Getting in touch… If you wish to discuss plans for a postponed or future baptism/christening, banns of marriage, wedding, funeral, interment of ashes or memorial service, or have any other enquiry, please contact Steve Cook, the Churches’ Administrator, on 01392 832332 or email [email protected] 15

VILLAGES PRAYER: An opportunity for anyone to pray for situations in our villages and beyond to meet at 5.00-6.00pm on Tuesday December 7th at Richard and Jane’s, Stonehouse, Village Road, Christow EX6 7NF. Anyone is most welcome to come or ring with a request for prayer. For more information ring Steve and Tina on 01392 832057 Dunsford Singers Christmas Concert Choruses from: Handel’s Messiah, Magnum Mysterium Audience participation carols and more! Bring your own refreshments - Raffle Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow, EX6 7WA 11th December 2021 at 7.30pm Tickets £10, under 12’s free Buy from Dunsford shop, Choir members Jan Middleton 01647 252368 email: [email protected] or cash only on the door (if room). Reduced capacity this year to 100 seats, so book in advance! www. 16

FIRE! PART THREE In April 1958, farmer John Goodridge Paul’s property was again affected by fire - but this time it was his own farmhouse, The Barton at Lower Shillingford, which burned down. He had been born and raised at Higher Splatford Farm, Kenn, and had leased The Barton 51 years earlier. He had eventually been able to purchase the freehold of the farm, together with the row of six cottages at Lower Shillingford, from the Commercial Union Assurance Company in 1918. This photograph, taken from a sale catalogue, shows the old farmhouse building as it looked before the fire. As the photograph shows. The Barton was a large E-shaped house originally built of cob and thatch, which was extended in the Georgian period. John Goodridge Paul and his wife Edith Florence lived in the front part of the house, and their son Colin who worked the farm with his father, lived with his family in the older east wing. John Goodridge Paul’s older sister, Miss Alice Paul, lived in the west wing with a housekeeper. Saturday April 26th 1958 was a sunny day, and the fire started in the west wing. Fire authorities later stated that they believed the cause of the fire was a burning chimney beam in that wing. Due to the wind direction, the fire spread into the older part of the house. Colin Paul’s wife first noticed the outbreak, and employee Mr. Bill Horsham, climbed a ladder to try and tackle the flames with buckets of water, but the blaze, not surprisingly, got out of hand. Colin Paul, who was a former skipper of Exeter Rugby Club, was reportedly with the Exeter “A” team at Honiton on that Saturday, while his brother Philip Paul was watching the first XV rugby match in Exeter – both rushed back to the farm, where the thatched roof of the older part of the house was well alight. Gill Eveleigh (nee Paul), a member of our Shillingford Local History Society, was Colin Paul’s daughter and lived on the farm. She was 14 years old at the time of the fire. Gill remembers being sent on her bike down to the village to direct the fire engines which had been called from Chudleigh, Exeter and Topsham. She met them in the lane on the way and finished up in the hedge! The fire was fought by three Exeter Fire Brigade appliances and one from Topsham, manned by about 20 firemen. Although the front of the house, which was the Georgian extension, was saved from serious damage, the older part of the building, including the east and west wings, was gutted. Among those who came to help were members of Exeter Rugby Football Club 17

committee, some of whom had come straight from the match. Men worked throughout the night and on Sunday afternoon they were still clearing away the thatch, while the family was sorting out what furniture and clothing they had managed to salvage from the fire. On Monday 28 April, a report of the fire was published in the Express and Echo newspaper. It included two photographs, including this copy which survives in Gill’s parents’ news cuttings collection, and which was captioned “Fourteen year old Gillian Paul sips a comforting cup of tea as she watches her home burn.” Gill lost everything in the fire, and feels very sad that this beautiful house, with its very interesting past, which had survived hundreds of years, was destroyed – and that it was her family that suffered the devastating loss of their beloved home. Ironically, the farmhouse had been newly rethatched and this had only been completed 2 days before. Colin Paul received the bill from the thatcher’s just 2 days after the fire!. The following photographs were taken after the fire, and show the damage to the older part of the historic farmhouse. These photographs were given to the Shillingford Local History Society by the late Mrs. Betty Courtney, a former local history society member, who before marriage had been Betty Brewer. Born in January 1927, she was the daughter of William and Gertrude Brewer of no. 10 Lower Shillingford, so had been a toddler when the three cottages owned by John Goodridge Paul and standing opposite her home, had burned down in September 1928. Later, Betty and her husband Fred Courtney lived at The Bungalow in Lower Shillingford. 18 Jan Wood, Shillingford Local History Society

Hard Times or A Christmas Carol? Everyone in the Teign family will have been affected by the recent increased pressures on household budgets. Even if you’re relatively well-off, filling up the car’s fuel tank comes as a bit of a shock these days. The rise in the national minimum wage, coming into effect in April 2022, is welcome, but will need to make difficult choices, especially if their income includes the Universal Credit, which was recently cut. We know that saving enough cash for food can be hard, and now it’s even harder for some. Unfortunately, we are seeing this reflected in the Teign Valley Larder use. Specifically, we recorded a 24% increase in items taken between September and October this year. It is worth reiterating that if you need to use the larder, you must. If you think that maybe the shelves are looking bare, and you are concerned about denying someone else food, don’t worry. We restock the main Christow larder nearly every day, and the boxes in the satellite locations are also refreshed regularly. Thanks to the amazing organisers and volunteers, we have an excellent supply chain in place, and we endeavour to quickly replace what people take. If you make charitable donations in the run up to Christmas, have you considered the Teign Valley Larder as a local option, to help make sure that everyone in the valley can enjoy some kind of Christmas celebration? While we eagerly accept food donations and keep our list of in-demand items refreshed on our website, financial contributions allow us to plan ahead and buy more efficiently. At this time of year, we’d love to buy in a few Christmas puddings, for example. A regular, monthly donation of just £5 would be brilliant if you can afford it. Please visit for the list of popular items and for details on how to contribute. Finally, as we approach Christmas, we would like to say a big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped make the Teign Valley Larder a success. Thanks to your amazing generosity, food is being put on tables when cupboards are bare. Your small gifts are making a big, big difference. Cheques to Teign Valley Larder (drop off or post to Barn End, Village Road, Christow, EX6 7LY). Standing orders and one off BACS transfers: Account name: Teign Valley Larder Account Number: 20428730; Sort code: 60-83-01 Facebook: Website: 19 Teign Valley Larder

Children’s Page! (must be under 105 to count!) 1. Can you find out how many Snowmen are in this magazine? 2. How many reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh (including Rudolph)? 3. How many times does Santa check his list to find to who is naughty and who is nice? 4. What is the Spanish name for Santa Claus? 5. In It’s A Wonderful Life, what happened each time a bell rings? An angel got its wings. 6. In A Muppet Christmas Carol, who played Scrooge? Hint: They are/were not a muppet. 7. What was the first Christmas carol broadcast on the radio? 8. Which Christmas Carol is the most-recorded Christmas song of all time? Answers on page 26! Colouring in: Jokes! What do Santa's little helpers learn at school? The elf-abet! What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas? Cross-mouse cards! What do snowmen have for breakfast? Snowflakes! What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective? Santa Clues! 20 Dunchideock Village Hall 100+ Club 1. H Gaskin October 3. D Walker 2. F Stone Dunchideock Village Hall Events as follows (possibly subject to change!) Saturday 11th December - The committee have decided to hold a Xmas tea afternoon with mince pies and Xmas crackers. From 3pm to 5pm. £5 per person. Saturday 18th December - Drinks & Sing Song - Get into the Xmas spirit. Saturday 31st Dec - New Years Eve Party - see separate advert. Also: Tea afternoon Saturday 15th January 2022 - 3pm to 5pm £5 for sandwiches, toasted teacakes, cake and plenty of tea/coffee. All events will be held under the latest coronavirus restrictions, so changes may occur along with social distancing, table service etc. Please keep an eye on the noticeboards for the most up-to-date information. Registered Charity No. 301096 Christmas Drinks & Sing-Song. To be held at Dunchideock Village Hall On Saturday the 18th December Come and join us for a drink (or more!) and sing-song to kick-start the Holiday Spirit. If you can sing, great. If you can’t, just as great - we don’t care! Come and belt out as many Christmas tunes as you can partly remember the words for as possible (the more random the better!). “Deck the halls with bras of holly” “Bells on cocktail rings” “While Shepherds washed their socks by night” etc. etc... 21

Dunchideock Village Hall Tea Afternoons Saturday: 11th December - Christmas Special! 3 - 5pm Entry free! £5.00 to include Mince Pies & Christmas Crackers and unlimited tea or coffee. All welcome - come along for a chat with friends! Registered Charity No. 301096 Dunchideock Village Hall Tea Afternoons Saturday 15th Jan. 3 - 5pm Entry free! £5.00 to include a selection of Cakes etc. and unlimited tea or coffee. All welcome - come along for a chat with friends! Registered Charity No. 301096 Christmas Quotes part 3: Christmas Trees \"Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.\" \"Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you've got a Christmas tree in the living room.\" \"Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.\" \"Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.\" 22

Dunchideock Village Hall presents: A Lord Haldon Hotel hosted: New Year’s Eve Party Friday 31st December 7.30pm till Late! Tickets: £25 each - Numbers limited! Includes 2 course meal + Cheeseboard Children 15 & under free! No formal dress code - Discounts for Dunchideock residents - talk to your Village Hall Committee - Karen 832015, Peter 833936, Callum 07944 887219, Nick 834850, Katrina 833168, Louise 832697 or Gleneth 833966 Music & Some sort of entertainment! There will be hand-cleaning gel available, and as much anti-covid stuff as we can do. 23

Services in the Teign Valley and Haldon Hill Group of Churches December Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock, Dunsford 5 Advent 2 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone 9.00am Holy Communion at Ashton, St John the Baptist Holy Communion at Christow, St James 10.30am Family Service at Dunsford, St Mary 9.00am 12 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone Advent 3 Holy Communion at Bridford, St Thomas Becket 10.30am Service of the Word, Dunsford Sidesperson Christingle at Dunchideock, St Michael & All Angels 4.00pm Readers Shirley Phillips Readings Ann & Ray Mallett Zephaniah 3 v 14 - 20 and Phillipians 4 v 4 - 7 19 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone 9.00am Advent 4 Mission Community Holy Communion at Doddiscombsleigh, 10.30am St Michael Service of the Word, Dunsford Carol Service at Christow 6.00pm Carol Service at Dunsford 21 Carol Service at Doddiscombsleigh 6.00pm 24 Crib Service at Dunsford 4.00pm Christmas Carol Service at Bridford 6.00pm Eve Christmas Night Holy Communion at Dunchideock Ray Mallett 10.00pm Sidesperson Steve & Tina Cook Readers Isaiah 9 v 2 - 7 and Titus 2 v 11 - 14 Readings Christmas Carols and Readings at Ashton Christmas Night Holy Communion at Dunsford 24

December Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock, Dunsford 25 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone 9.00am 10.30am Christmas Christmas Day Family Communion at Christow 9.00am Day Christmas Morning Worship at Dunsford 8.30am 26 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone Christmas 1 9.00am 10.30am January 2022 9.00am 10.30am 2 Epiphany Holy Communion at Dunchideock 9.00am 10.30am Sidesperson Elizabeth Jenne Readers Ray Mallett & Shirley Phillips Readings Isaiah 60 v 1 - 6 and Ephesians 3 v 1 - 12 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone Holy Communion at Bridford Family Service at Dunsford 9 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone Baptism of Holy Communion at Christow Christ Holy Communion at Dunsford 16 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone Epiphany 2 Holy Communion at Ashton Holy Communion at Doddiscombsleigh Service of the Word at Dunsford There is also a Service of Evening Prayer (by telephone) each Wednesday at 6.00pm. For all Telephone services, please dial 0333 011 0616 and enter the code 334 7721, followed by # when asked. 25

January Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock, Dunsford 23 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone 9.00am Epiphany 3 Holy Communion at Christow 10.30am 9.00am & Installation of Rev’d Ruth Frampton as Rector 30 Worship at Home: Scattered Church by Telephone 10.30am Candlemas Holy Communion at Dunchideock Sidesperson Steve Cook Readers Jamie Cumming and Peter Goodchild Readings Malachi 3 v 1 - 5 and Hebrews 2 v 14 - 18 Holy Communion at Bridford Service of the Word at Dunsford Church Cleaning Rota Flower Arranging List Dec 10/11 Liz Anderson & December - No flowers in Advent Dec 29/30 Heather Ellis Jan 28/29 Jan 1 & 8 Pat Ouseley Ann Mallett & Elizabeth Jenne Jan 15 & 22 Ann Mallett Liz Thompson & Jan 29 & Feb 5 Heather Ellis Tina Cook Types of Snow… things Children’s Page Answers: 1. 24 26 2. 9 3. twice 4. Papa Noel. 5. An Angel got it’s wings 6. Michael Caine 7. O Holy Night (in 1906!) 8. Silent Night with 26,496 record- ings as of December 2015. yes, I know it’s not particularly up-to- date!

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Villages Diary - December & January Date Time Event Place Sat 4th Dec 3-5pm Messy Church Teign Valley Comm. Hall Sun 5th Dec 9.30am Advent Candle Service Shillingford Church Tues 7th Dec 5.00pm Villages Prayer meeting Stonehouse, Village Road, Christow EX6 7NF Wed 8th Dec 10.30pm -12 Open Door Café S.V.H. Sat 11th Dec 3 - 5pm Christmas Tea Afternoon D.V.H. Sat 11th Dec 7.30pm Dunsford Singers Concert Teign Valley Comm. Hall Sun 12th Dec 4.00pm Christingle Family Service Dunchideock Church Tues 14th Dec 7.30pm Shillingford Parish Council S.V.H. Fri 17th Dec 7.30pm Shillingford Film Night - S.V.H. Fisherman’s Friends Sat 18th Dec 10.30am-12 The Exchange -Christmas Special S.V.H. Sat 18th Dec 7.30pm Christmas Drinks & Sing-Song D.V.H. Thur 23rd Dec 2.30pm Church Decorating for Christmas Dunchideock Church Fri 24th Dec 10.00pm Christmas Night Service Dunchideock Church Fri 24th Dec 10.00pm ‘Midnight’ Communion Service Shillingford Church Fri 31st Dec 7.30-Late New Years Eve Party (booked Lord Haldon Hotel places only!) Wed 5+19 Jan 10.30am -12 Open Door Café S.V.H. Tues 11th Jan 7.30pm Shillingford Wildlife Group talk S.V.H. Sat 15th Jan 3 -5pm Tea Afternoon D.V.H. Fri 21st Jan 7.30pm Shillingford Film Night S.V.H. Sat 29th Jan 10.30am -12 The Exchange S.V.H Please note: all of the above are subject to the latest Covid-19 regulations, and may change. This is beyond the Organizers or Editors control! 31

Shillingford St George & Shillingford Abbot Priest in charge: Rev. Mike Partridge, The Rectory, Alphington. EX2 8XJ (day off Thursday) Tel: 01392 491476 or 07751 725306 Email: [email protected] Churchwarden: Mr. N. Mansell (832660) [email protected] Dunchideock Priest in charge: Revd. Ruth Frampton, The Rectory, Christow. EX6 7PE (day off Thursday) Tel: 01647 253164 Email: [email protected] Churches Administrator: Steve Cook 832332 or [email protected] Editor Dec/ Jan: Judith Travell Editor Feb: Front Cover: Anne Barwell (833958) [email protected] Advertising Ed: Judith Travell (832600) [email protected] Michelle Saunders (07856 663696) Treasurer: Main Distributors: [email protected] Mrs. E. Jenne (832240) [email protected] Mr. P & Mrs. L Wareham / Mrs. E. Jenne Contributions should be sent to the Editor by the 15th of the preceding month COUNTRY NEWS - ADVERTISING RATES The current rates for advertising in this magazine are: Classified Quarter Page Half Page Full Page £1.00 for up to £4.00 or £8.00 or £16.00 or Three line max/issue £30.00 per annum £60.00 per annum £120.00 per annum All ads should be sent to the Advertising Editor, who will forward them to the Editor for that month. All payments to the Treasurer in advance please.

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