ST PETERS CHURCH
The present church building dates from the end of the thirteenth century. Monuments both inside and outside the church commemorate the Clevland family, who once lived at Tapeley Manor and the Christie family, to whom the house and estate passed by marriage. There are also monuments to the Berry Torrs, who lived in the littler village of Eastleigh. Some restoration work has been done, and more is envisaged in the near future when funds become available.
The present congregation is small and ‘elderly, though there is a much bigger body of people who come on special occasions and are willing to help in practical ways. The church and the pub are the two main focal points for this community.
St. Peters, Westleigh is part of the United Benefice comprising St. Peters, Westleigh, St. Johns, Instow and St. Peters Fremington. Reverend Keith Brimacombe is the vicar of St. Peters, Westleigh and St.Johns, Instow.
At such times, it is good to remember that the Church is not primarily a building or an ordained minister, but rather the people of God. People have worshipped here for hundreds of years and they do so still. Please pray that others in this generation will come to put their trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour, and bear witness for him in this rural community.
Rector & Vicar :
Revd Keith Brimacombe
Sun 2nd 9.30am
Prayers in the Parish
Sun 9th 9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 16th 9.30am
Prayers in the Parish
Sun 23rd 9.30am
Joint celebration at Fremington
Fastnet Part 1
Recently I was asked to write an article on the Fastnet sailing tragedy as the 40th anniversary approaches. I was part of a seven man crew on board a yacht called Charioteer -
Official records reveal that “The 1979 race began on August 11 in fine weather but that was soon to change. More than a third of the yachts were knocked over until their masts were parallel to the water, and a quarter capsized completely. The Royal Navy led rescue efforts, with a Dutch warship and French trawlers joining in with the search and rescue operation. Together with ships, rescue helicopters and lifeboats, they found around 80 boats and rescued 136 crew members from life rafts or sinking yachts. It was the biggest rescue operation launched by UK authorities since the Second World War. Six men were lost overboard and swept away because their safety harnesses broke; nine others drowned or died of hypothermia. Three rescuers also lost their lives. Only 85 yachts out of 303 reached the finish line; at least 75 boats flipped upside down, five yachts sank and 24 crews abandoned ship. I was one of the lucky ones who returned home safely.
John Rousmaniere's wrote in his book, Fastnet Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing, as he described his experience in the 1979 race “I had seen gales before the Fastnet race – but none as bad -
A very enjoyable Soup and Sweet lunch was held in the village hall on Friday 10th of May attended by 46 people. There was a wide choice of delicious home made soups and sweets. We welcomed friends from Instow, Fremington and further afield. THANK YOU for your support. Also many thanks to everyone who helped on the day to make it a success. A total of £324 was raised for church funds.
The funeral and burial has taken place of the late Mr Melvyn Harris which was attended by over 300 family and friends. The service was taken by the Rev. Keith with a tribute given by Julie-
Donations were divided between the Devon Air Ambulance and Hospicecare, Exeter.
The internment of ashes has taken place of the late Mrs Stella Marmion, following a short service taken by Rev. Keith and was attended by family members and friends. We send our sincere condolences to her family.
WELL DONE to Sophie Temple team leader of her group from Shebbear College who successfully completed the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.
Flippy Fronteras, wife of the late Captain Paul Fronteras, has recently moved from the village to the Totnes area to be nearer her family. We send our very best wishes to Flippy and her family.
At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 26th April, Mrs Julie Grigg was re-