Serving Christ, King of kings

Vicar. Rev. Simon Talbot 
Infant Baptisms/Christenings.

First, have a look at the appropriate leaflet using the links on the

"life Events"  page. And then follow instructions.

Sunday Morning
Services: We have two:  9:30am "Parish Praise" and 11:00am "Traditional Style"; except on the 1st Sun in the month we have a single service at 10:15am. More...

12th April 2014 Mag's
clic pic to enlarge

18th Dec 2010
a revisit to  the snow 2 years ago - the church bell tolls on the hour


News - Events:- future nearest the top of the list - but have a look up and down this whole page, 'cause its not all strictly in date order

as at 11 Jan 2016

this site is currently under re-construction
From 12 Sept 15 the new Bishop of Crediton is Dame Sarah Mullally. [She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery]

the Guild get some insights to local politics from Ray
Feb 12th 2015
goto Guild Page for more

Visit of Bishop Julius of Thika, Kenya
July 4th 2014
Members of St Mary’s Church were delighted to be able to welcome Bishop Julius Wanyoike of Thika, his wife Esther, Teresia, Link Secretary and Peterson Karanja ACK Financier to supper at the home of Catherine Heath who had been entertained by them two years ago. 

Bishop Julius was in Exeter to attend the Installation of Bishop Robert Atwell [also see immediately below this item]. The Thika party came with their hosts and  Following a buffet supper Peterson gave us a short talk on the Five Talents Scheme which is an organisation helping individual entrepreneurs to start a business from very small beginnings. It then gives advice to them to grow and succeed; encouraging other people to do likewise. Our Parish of Gakui has benefited from our giving to this scheme. 

New Bishop of Exeter - Robert Atwell
July 2014
The election of the new Bishop of Exeter [Right in photo - click to enlarge] was confirmed in a special service at Lambeth Palace.
The Right Reverend Robert Atwell’s election as the 71st Bishop of Exeter was confirmed in a service led by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The confirmation of election service bestows the legal title as Bishop of Exeter to Bishop Robert, although he will not start his public ministry until he has met the Queen and taken an oath of allegiance.
He was to be installed in a special service in Exeter Cathedral in July 2014, but intends to spend some time on pilgrimage around Devon before then.
Bishop Robert said: “It’s a real honour to be confirmed as Bishop of Exeter and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the county before the installation service and spending time listening to people.”
Bishop Robert was formerly Bishop of Stockport, in the diocese of Chester.
pring 2014; Gakui, our Kenyan partner
Clink link or image  more detailed & local map..

5th Mar - 17th Apr 2014
Click on the logo for poster advert

CHAT Café 1st March 2014
Some 70 'customers' visited the CHAT Café on March 1st to partake of fine food and drink. They were entertained throughout the evening by varied and multi-talented groups of musicians and singers. The reason for the evening was to raise funds for CHAT the Churches Housing Action Team, based in Tiverton but providing housing support and advice throughout mid-Devon, including a number of people in Willand. The evening raised almost £400 which, with the benefit of Gift-aid, will add over £510 to CHAT finances. In addition, during the evening a donation of £300 was made to CHAT by Willand Community Composting Scheme. Everything about the planning, preparation, and the events of the evening showed evidence of the Lord's touch. An unbelievable evening.

27th July 2013
The leaning wall of Willand leaneth no longer, but the debate goes on as to whether it is a bund, a revetment, gabion, retaining wall, a kentledge ...
a counterweight?

Claire's Leaving do, Uffculme Vicarage, 21 July 2013. Some photos, plus a collection of short vids.
happily, the ensuing mass water fight was also captured.

see also
or see copy here   or News item on  party

16th June 2013
Round and round the garden
National Gardens Scheme Event, with a lot of St. Mary-ites involved
WoV - Willand Old Village!

Messy Church
Some slides 

June 2013 - 6 months of Messy Church
18th Jan 2013 Messy Church arrives ... 

Weds 15th May 2013
A quick look into the workings of the Luncheon Club

Sun 12th May 2013 - 8pm
Barn Praise at the "Toarmina" Barn, Kerswell. Speaker Rev. David Cole, Exeter

Tue 30th April - Sun 5th May 2013

Turin Shroud replica at St Andrews Tiverton

10.30 A.M. - 4.30 P.M.

Additionally,  the Christian artist, Rosa Tuffney, was demonstrating  original paintings from her work. For further information:  

email Jill Haines:
Or/ phone Rosa Tuffney on: 01884-232.975 
Or/ More  

24th Nov 2012
Experiences in Uganda, Gilbert Is. Women's meeting in the Merriemead, Sampford. Talk by Margaret Ritchie

15th July 2012 - Church BBQ

1st July 2012 was set as the provisional date for the consecration of the new Cathedral in our partner diocese of Thika in Kenya
A group of [21]? from the diocese travelled to attend the consecration and also undertake visits of various sorts throughout the diocese.

Concert in aid of Gakui.
7pm in St. Mary's Church, Willand,
on Sat 7th July. £5 admission.
“Secular and Sacred”
– the Sheldon Singers
directed by Julie De’Ath Lancaster

The visit is led by Bishop Michael (Bishop of Exeter) 

30/6. 4pm. Trip to a Tea factory and farm visit and another warm welcome at churches; asked to 'baptise' a tree!
2/7. noon. Warm welcome in Gakui , linked to Willand Devon yey!!!
2/7. 9pm. Last sleep in Kenya; an inspirational visit. Wouldn't it be lovely if we were upgraded for the night flight home tomorrow?

June 2012
"Create" Youth Worker Trainees - All change - 
farewell [in a while] to Vicki Highet and Peter Dawkins.
Hello to a new trainee youth worker - Claire Stoney joins Rev. Selina in the middle of September - Claire is 22 and has just completed a degree in Bristol.

2nd June 2012
there are 79 photos

21st May 2012
YouTubed version of DVD sent to Gakui
[these really are quite good quality - if your system can cope, make sure you set it as viewing an HD vid - and F11 it up to full screen]

to view the whole lot, click link:

to just look at individual bits of Playlist:
[toddlers Xmas Party vid - not shown here]
Michelle and Ray Mahdon [not shown here]


10 May 2012. 

Men’s Group Curry Night. Thursday. The Ostler, meeting from 7:30pm. Exploring Café Church. Many of you will already have met Ian Jarman who has recently been appointed by St Mary's Uffculme as Volunteer Co-ordinator for Square Corner and associated activities. Ian will be sharing a bit about his own background, his passion for exploring cafe church and other forms of 'alternative' worship, as well as his hopes, dreams - and biggest challenges - in his new role. Ian will kick off the discussion, but it will also provide an opportunity for us to explore our own understanding and hopes for how we can make church fresh and relevant to others in our communities.

12th May 2012

St Mary’s Church, Willand. MEN’S BREAKFAST. Saturday. 12th MAY
Full breakfast £6.00, Small breakfast £5.00
"CHRIST IN CRISIS?” Dr John Wibberley (Shaldon)
8.00 a.m. at Willand Restaurant. Please confirm by Thursday, 10th May. Phone: Martin Turner (38041) or email:

28th Apr 2012
Fascinating job description for the vacancy for a replacement for Bishop Bob. 20 page  document.

9th April 2012
Easter Monday Walk 

Rendezvous at Willand Church at 2pm. In cars to Kentisbeare  Village Hall. Start walk at 2:15pm from Kentisbeare.

4 miles, along footpaths, farmland, bridleways and quiet roads over fairly level terrain with three stiles. Tea and biscuits after the walk. Route-Meister: Don (Yellow Jacket) 38216.

Start at Kentisbeare ... click to enlarge

8th April 2012 - He is risen - Easter Sunday
click photo above to enlarge

7th - 8th April 2012
YOUTH: were invited to the Squarefish Easter Sleepover incl. late night walk, bonfire and a river baptism at 8am Easter Sunday morning, Uffculme.

18th Mar 2012 - Mothering Sunday

"Rob by Rod"

Archbishop Rowan in June 2009 in Exeter

interregnum maximus
the Archbishop is moving on ,... 16 Mar 2012. Archbishop Rowan Williams has today announced his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge with effect from January 2013. He will therefore be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012.

Lent Studies - replacing homegroup meetings from Tues 28th Feb - Thurs 29th March. Lent: the 5 meetings will be each Wednesday: 29th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar, 21st Mar, 28th Mar. The following week is Easter.

Lent  Studies start at 7.15 for 7.30 pm at the Square Corner Café, Uffculme. Based on the Scripture Union series of studies: "From the ram to the Lamb” – the course "will take us on a journey to discover some ways in which Jesus fulfils Old Testament prophecy and the sacrificial system." ...   ...   ...
 WkDate SubjectDownload Audio files Download Documents 
 1st29/2"The Ram";  Abraham & Isaac; by Rev. Rob Wilkinson
28.6MB .mp3 file. 128 kbps. 31min 20sec 
17.8MB .mp3 file. 128 kbps. 19min 33sec 
19.32MB .mp3 file. 128 kbps. 21min 07sec 
week 1
2nd    7/3
"Passover";  leaving Egypt/  Moses
Whole meeting
1hr31mins19sec 26.1MB 40kbps .mp3 file
week 2
3rd 14/3"Sacrifice"; "Once you have rules for a just and fair society, there have to be structures, systems and punishments for failure to keep them." Whole meeting (excl. songs). 16.69 MB; 58min 10sec; 40 kbps mono .mp3

Song: "How deep the Father's love for me" + 1 other song are not recorded. 
week 3
4th 21/3 "Lamb of God"; John the Baptist.Whole meeting 
week 4
5th 28/3"Crucifixion";   
week 5

more puddings:

End of Jan 2012

Support for CHAT – the Tiverton based Churches Housing Action Trust – can take many forms. Groceries for use by their clients, both housed and homeless; volunteering in a number of roles; regular giving through their Giver of Hope scheme, and specific money raising activities – all this, of course, covered with prayer.

Members of St Mary’s have be collecting in a different way during January .  They undertook to place an amount of money in a CHAT jar each time they sat down to a main meal. The jars were returned on 29 January – Homelessness Sunday. While not all monies have been counted it’s expected that some £450 will have been raised.  With the aid of that can provide ‘match funding' means CHAT will receive in the region of £900.

 Further details about the services CHAT can provide, together with ways of supporting them, can be found in St Mary’s Church Hall or at

or/ go to our Mission page

27th Jan 2012

Skittling at the Barge  in Halberton

more skittling ...

Christmas Services 2011
More? click image above.
We experienced something very similar over Christmas in Willand: services full up, and as reported by some: most of the seats occupied by people we didn't recognise as week-on-week congregation members.

Dec 2011
Cullompton Community Centre completes
time-lapse photography of early site progress
Part 1 groundworks
Part 2 steel frame to service core
Part 3 main frame
Part 4 walls

aerial view of the new Hall
more to follow ...

BBC TV spotlight news 4th Dec 2011
News video featuring Canon Anna and £39,300 funding for Square Corner in Uffculme.

The version above is the 10pm bulletin, with Rev. Selina [badly]  spliced back in from the 6pm bulletin

Dec 2011 ... Pineapples
click pic to enbiggen
they don't just grow on pine trees y'know!
have a look at the
Gakui-Thika-Kenya page. - nice waterfall photo there too

20 Nov 2011The Revd Prebendary Lynda Barley was formally installed as the new Canon Pastor in Truro Cathedral at Sunday Evensong 

Lynda will be working primarily as Diocesan Secretary, responsible for the administrative, planning, financial and personnel matters for the diocese, but will be combining this with her joint post as the Cathedral's Canon Pastor.

Lynda comes to Truro from the Diocese of Exeter where she has lived and ministered since ordination in 1996. For 10 years, she was head of research and statistics at the Archbishops' Council, continuing the themes of some of her earlier work before ordination when she was a professional statistician and social researcher.

In recent years her priestly ministry has been split between some Devon villages and Southwark Cathedral where she has been an honorary chaplain.

Bishop Tim said, "We welcome Lynda and her family to the Truro Diocese. Her expertise and skills will make a valuable contribution to the challenging work that we face as an organisation while her ministerial skills will be well used at the Cathedral and across the diocese."

Lynda will be based at Diocesan House with some days allocated for her work as Canon Pastor. 

[photo and blurb lifted from Truro diocese website]

[To turn up in such similar attire as one Bishop, … , may be regarded as a misfortune; to match both looks like carelessness]

20th Nov etc Squarefish youth programme
following on from the very successful Youth Alpha, "Squarefish" (also the name of the website) provides a varied programme of youth activities for Nov and Dec 2011. Sunday evenings at 6pm for a couple of hours. Programme ...

Nov 2010 CVMC New s
Culm Valley Mission Community (CVMC) Newsletter no. 10 - Autumn 2011 - lists of Xmas Services at:
  • Blackborough (Ponchydown Farm)
  • Kentisbeare, Uffculme and Willand at the 3 St. Mary's
  • Ashill and Bradfield

Thurs 10th Nov 2011
Men's group : not to be missed.

 The Ostler pub, Uffculme.

My life as a soldier in India and Burma

More ... [if you didn't make the meeting: sound recording  ... [follow link to Mens group]

Nov 2011
Bishop Bob is retiring next October. Archdeacon Penny Driver, leaves Devon for the diocese of Carlisle in December this year. see CofE Devon magazine article.

Sunday 23 Oct 2011 we welcomed Canon John K. Mbuthia (2nd from left; a previous Vicar of Gakui) and Jevansen (Left), a Reader, from Thika diocese, Kenya to our 9.30 am and 11.00 am services; followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the Church Hall at 12:30 pm. 

More ...

in the Hall, and later in Church

Luncheon club need a Collapsible Wheelchair (to assist people to/from the CarPark/Hall). Next club lunch is Thurs 16th Nov. Phone David Brister on 35171

Got one !!!! - 13th Nov 2011. 1st used at the remembrance service, on its way to the luncheon club for future.

5th October 2011
Baptisms and
Confirmations at Uffculme church : 2 of our youth get the works from Bishop Bob
In the slideshow: Bishop Bob (Bishop of Crediton), Martin Turner (Willand Reader). Selina Garner (Vicar of Uffculme) and our own Rob Wilkinson. 16 were Baptised and/or Confirmed.

2nd Oct 2011 we say goodbye and congratulations to Lynda and Chris on their way to Truro diocese:

Lynda goes to the joint post of Diocesan Secretary and Canon Pastor of Truro Cathedral

Lynda will begin her work there in November. She will spend the majority of her time in her Diocesan administrative role, but will be ministering as Canon Pastor for about three days a fortnight, together with the majority of Sundays. With her varied background and skills she will have much to offer to the Cathedral community

CVMC PARISHES WALK Sat 30th Sept 2011
12 mile walk: route map
our walk leader: Don 

Thurs 8th Sept 2011 - Men's Group
Above: The CVMC Men's Group gets to meet the new Willand Vicar,
Rev. Rob Wilkinson, over a pint or few and a curry in the Ostler, Uffculme. More photos on the "Regular Groups" page.
Audio recording (approx 1 hour) of the meeting is available on the sermons page

Some of our youth went on DCYC camps this Summer
Video c/o Squarefish

You're History

19th July  2011: Just started rebuilding the History section - have a look. 29th Aug 2011: Added ye olde map of the Parish - dated 1889

Ride and stride
10th September - see poster
Ride + Stride helps to preserve both church buildings and the unique landscape that we all take for granted. Churches are steeped in history and intrigue and for millennia have been centres of culture, arts and learning. Taking part in Ride + Stride allows you to explore the countryside and discover more about these extraordinary buildings. Encourage your friends and family to join you on a fun day out and raise money for your local church and the County Trust that supports it!

The Devon Historic Churches Trust is dedicated to funding repairs and maintenance to places of Christian worship in the Diocese of Exeter and throughout Devon.
Their main fundraising event is Devon Historic Churches Day incorporating the national Ride+Stride

Baptisms and Barbecues
Next*** Baptisms will be on Sun 7th Aug 2011 at the 10:15 United Service.
Followed by a Church Family barbecue in the Rectory Garden ...

from the Baptism of Melany

*** [next confirmation and Baptisms will be in Uffculme on Weds 5th Oct 2011]

Taizé - style service
7pm Sun 30th Oct 2011 at Ashill St Stephens; and every time there is a 5th Sunday in the month

Cupcake competition
16th July 2011. 10am-noon at Square Corner Cafe Uffculme. Cupcake competition in aid of Create youthwork projects. Click cake or See poster.
AND/ Cupcake Marathon on Thurs 14th - click for Marathon details

RESULTS:- Chanan from our congregation, gets a 2nd place win. Over £300 was raised for Create youth  work.

Sunday 8th May 2011 and continuing on Sundays, 6.30pm - 8pm: Youth Alpha.

Where? the Square Corner Café in Uffculme
WHAT HAPPENED on week 1:-
20-30 (20 youth) turned up. Selina and Vicki did most of the talking. Human Bingo was played - a sheet of questions -  names to fill in on the sheet - your sheet described something about a person, you had to run around the room asking if anyone fitted the bill.
They watched a slideshow of a song. They were each given the opportunity to frame a question about Christianity, something to be answered over the coming weeks.
Two of the youth, when asked afterwards, gave it a 9/10 and a 10/10. 17th July = FINAL WEEK.
YOUTH ALPHA CONTINUES:- back on Sun 11th Sept at 6pm in the Sq Corner Café; with Session 9 "Exploring Baptism and Confirmation"

a recent (12 jly 11) picture of one of our three homegroups.

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