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In Brief

Next Service:

26th February at 9:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Midweek Holy Communion. The church will be open from 8:30am.)

The next village event will be Landkey Horticultural Society meeting on 25th February 2020 at 7:30 PM in Landkey village hall

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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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In Brief

Next Service:

26th February at 9:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Midweek Holy Communion. The church will be open from 8:30am.)

The next village event will be Landkey Horticultural Society meeting on 25th February 2020 at 7:30 PM in Landkey village hall

Diocesan Magazine

Click here to visit the Exeter Diocese website

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

Safeguarding

View our Safeguarding policy

Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding contacts

Recent Images Highslide JS
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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Mission Community

We cooperate in matters of worship with two other churches and one chapel located within just a few miles' distance from Landkey. The term that we use for our group of churches is a "Mission Community" and the main purpose of this grouping is to share the resources of our priests.

All of the churches in our Mission Community welcome new worshippers, whether they be established residents, new arrivals to the area or holiday-makers.

St James' Church, Swimbridge

St James' Church, Swimbridge

Swimbridge

The Church of St James the Apostle is located in the centre of Swimbridge and its tall, lead-covered spire is immediately noticeable as one descends on the road which leads into the village from Barnstaple, which lies just four miles to the west.

The church's origins date back over 1000 years, with the presence of a chapel here recorded in the Domesday book in 1086. The oldest part is the tower and the timbers which support the spire have been dated to c.1310.

Despite its medieval ancestry, St James has only been a parish church since 1866 and its first vicar was the sporting parson, The Reverend Jack Russell (1795-1883). In addition to his clerical calling, Revd. Russell became renowned for breeding the strain of terrier dog which eventually bore his name.

St James' is also well known for its uncommonly lavish furnishings. There is a fine carved limestone pulpit which dates from c.1490 and a spectacular Rood Screen which was installed in c.1500 and is 44 feet wide.

Contacts:Churchwarden: Matt Bluge 01271 830764 Website: www.swimbridgeparishchurch.org(Opens in a new window)

Gunn

The Chapel of the Holy Name is situated in the small, peaceful village of Gunn which lies about five miles east of Barnstaple.

It is a relatively new place of worship, being built during the 48-year incumbency of the Revd. Jack Russell. It was opened for divine service by Dr Temple, the then bishop of the diocese, on 7th August 1873.

The building is constructed of local stone and is of a simple design, being a single room containing a nave and a sanctuary with an adjoining meeting room. A beautiful east-end stained-glass window depicts "Faith, Hope and Love".

The chapel functions as a "daughter" church to St James the Apostle, Swimbridge and its congregation typically meets twice each month.

Contact: Deputy warden: Bryan Hawkins 01271 830597.

West Buckland

The village of West Buckland lies on high ground between Barnstaple and South Molton and the church of St Peter is its most imposing feature.

The list of rectors of St Peter goes back to 1261 but only the west tower and the priest's door remain of the original building. A Victorian church was constructed in the 1860s and this is buttressed to the medieval tower.

West Buckland is known both locally and further afield for the thriving private school of the same name which is located near the village.

Contacts: Churchwarden: Pat Witheridge 01598 710512

Source for information on these churches: "The Pilgrim's Guide to Devon's Churches" (Cloister Books) and St James' website.