Events and Notices

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HLF Children's CHurch Trail at St Margaret's Northam
Friday 17th November 2017 found St Margaret’s Church Northam buzzing with children at the launch of the ‘Trail for Children'.

Watched by a number of guests, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Northam, Northam Town Councillors, Governors from local schools and committee members of NDDFAS (North Devon Decorative and Fine Arts Society), children from Kingsley School , Kingsley Prep School and St Margaret’s Junior School Northam, with accompanying adults,  were presented with clipboards, pencils and the ‘Trail’ sheet, and invited to experience following the Trail for the first time. They did so with great enthusiasm and interest.

Adults also joined in, going all round inside St Margaret’s to find the answers to a set of questions. The questions have been designed to encourage children and adults to see the many aspects of the architecture and furnishings of the building which often go unnoticed. The trail blazers were also finding out from their answers more of the history of St Margaret’s.

The Event was opened officially by the Mayor of Northam Town Council, Councillor Brading and the Chairman of NDDFAS, Mrs Pamela Selman, by together cutting a ribbon. The Trail was created by a Church team with the guidance and sponsorship of NDDFAS.

“It has been a joy to see how much the children have enjoyed following the Trail and learning more about St Margaret’s Church”, said the Rector, Revd Derek Arnold.  “We hope many more children will take part in future.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant to St Margaret’s Church for the development phase of the roof project.

Tree Festival Starts Friday 8th Dec 7.30pm St Margaret's

ALPHA COURSE – APPLEDOREThursdays through to December 6.45 - 9pm
at Market Street Kitchen (formerly Susie’s Tearooms)
“We are really excited to invite you to Appledore Alpha. This course gives you the opportunity to explore some of life’s big questions in an informal setting with dinner, a video presentation and discussion time over coffee - this will be a lot of fun and we are looking forward to meeting you. Please get in touch if you have any questions: John 07868 850111 – There’s no charge to do Alpha.”

The Appledore Singers’ Christmas Concert, in aid of Devon Air Ambulance, will take place on Sunday 17th December.

Appledore Band Concert Sun.17th Dec 3pm

HLF HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORT St Margaret’s Church, Northam has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for urgent roof and ceiling repairs to improve the building for community use.
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It is hoped to resurrect the Grapevine and have it available for Sunday 14th January 2018. Would people who would be interested in helping the production of this newsletter please contact Susan Hateley at the following
Lots of people will be needed to collate and staple the finished copies, this used to happen one afternoon a month at the Church. People to contribute copy about the various Church Activities and local attractions like Coffee Mornings etc.
Please help to make this venture a great success. Thank You.

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Regular Meetings

‘Church on the Mat’
Church on the Mat - A half-hour Informal Service
A Mission Community-wide Sunday service, it will be held every Sunday at 9.10am at St Mary’s, Appledore, and last around 30 minutes. It is geared to suit families with young children, and the young at heart of all ages. Everyone welcome right across our Mission Community of Northam, Westward Ho! and Appledore. This service is an opportunity to hear Bible stories, have a good sing, join in with interactive forms of prayer and simple liturgy, all in an informal setting. Will you please help us get the message out to people in our community? * Come and see what goes on * Invite friends and neighbours to come along.

Prayer Groups

CW Evening Prayer Services  5.00pm every week
at St Margaret’s,
at Holy Trinity
Fridays at St Mary’s 

Prayer Focus Wednesdays 10.30am at St Margaret's
In our worship we are including a longer time for prayer to focus on the way ahead for the Mission Community.
Please join us in this new venture - All welcome.

Wayfarers Group (the new name for the 2016 Lent Group!) meets on the first Monday each month from 2 to 4 pm in Holy Trinity Church Hall for prayer and reflection on our daily lives, and that of our wider communities, in the light of the Easter story, letting what has happened help us to understand and deepen our faith as we explore one or more of the themes that emerge. All welcome – and any queries to Penny on 01237 477264. We never know what will arise from our prayer, sharing and discussion, but it is always enlightening and often joyful and inspiring as we journey together as people of “The Way”.

Knit and Nat Knit & Natter Group meets at Holy Trinity Hall in Westward Ho! on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays between 1.30 and 3.30pm, £1.50 per session to include tea/coffee and biscuits.  Recently the Northam Knit & Natter group have been given several hundred  beautiful, colourful blanket squares, some crocheted and some knitted. One blanket is already  finished and a second is being assembled. When the project is complete, the blankets will go to Christian Hope International, a charity based in Harold Wood, Essex which we have been working with for several years.
5 large blankets have now been finished and are on their way to the refugee camps on the borders of Syria. Two smaller lap rugs have gone to Donnington House care home for their new residents.
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Torridgeside Friendship Group is a club who's members are mainly single, lonely, elderly people. We meet on alternate Tuesday afternoons for a couple of hours. Our members are collected from home by our volunteer drivers and returned home at the end of the afternoon. We are very short of drivers at present so if anyone has a few spare hours on alternate Tuesday afternoons and would like to be a driver and maybe join our committee please phone: Anthea Easton on 01237 472231 or Jenny Hacker on 01237 475246 for more information

Harbour Appeal
Harbour is a drop-in centre in Bideford for those in need, and provides soup, hot snacks, sandwiches and food parcels, amongst other services. They need non-perishable food items and warm clothing: any donations would be so appreciated. Contact Ali Stone 01237 478639. A box is provided at the back of the church for donations. Tel 01237 423891

The Northern Devon Foodbank (Christian charity) provides at least 3 days supply of nutritionally balanced food to people in crisis. Just in February 2016 we distributed the equivalent of 7826 meals to people in Torridge and North Devon Districts (a 30% increase on February 2015).

During the past year our annual operating costs have risen from £25,000 to £35,000 whilst our income has dropped. Government grants to the Community Projects who have supported us has been discontinued and our biggest supporter (Tesco) is cutting their grant from about £7,500 to £5,000.

We are asking the churches and church members to raise some cash support preferably by regular giving. Please can you help? Contact Duncan or Toni on 01237 422243. Thank you.

St Margaret's Community Churchyard PROJECT
 Every last Saturday each month 10am - 3pm to work on St Margaret's churchyard. Lunch is provided free.  For anyone who has an interest in the maintenance of the churchyard and enjoys gardening. Contact 01237 477242
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Mothers' Union meet at St. Margaret’s Church, Northam, every month. At each meeting there is a speaker and we would welcome ladies and gentlemen of any age to join us. We meet on the 3rd Thursday [except July and August] starting at 10.30 with refreshments and finishing around 12 noon.
For further information, please call Christine on: 01237 474007
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Street Pastors urgently required for prayer team and team on the streets of Bideford on Saturday nights. They are in their seventh year and need to increase their membership. If you are interested, please contact Duncan Withall 01237 475755 or 07592 021464

Appledore have shared their magazine. Send any news or articles that may be of interest to

I am also starting the tower lights again at St Margaret's Church. There are people who have continued to sponsor the tower lights since the stopping of the grapevine and I am very grateful to them but I would like anyone else who would like to once again do a dedication to contact me. Deadline for September magazine is the beginning of August. cost is £2 per night £5 for 3 nights. Many thanks - Paula Martin 472834

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Appledore Book Festival

Appledore Carnival

Northam Lodge

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Focus Appledore

Maritime Museum


Kingsley School Choir

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St Margaret's Friends pdf

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