Welcome to St Michael's Church, Otterton, Devon
The Raleigh Mission Community is the Church of England community serving the people of Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh and Otterton, and the surrounding hamlets in our corner of East Devon.
Our vision is ‘To know and worship God, to show his love by reaching out into the community, and welcoming all into his church.'
We have recently launched an appeal to safeguard the future of our beautiful church - see below.
Di uses power of pen to help SPACE
Introspection - a collection of Poems, prayers and psalms, has been published by Di Bagshawe, of Fore Street, to help Otterton’s SPACE (St Michael’s Parish and Community Endeavour) appeal.
Di, who already has work published in several anthologies and the religious magazine Triumph Herald, moved to Budleigh three years ago when one of her three daughters was living in the town and is a member of the town’s film club the Otter Valley Association and an active congregation member at St Peter’s Church.
She said: “I find Otterton church fascinating, its history and the French names in the graveyard intrigue me.
It’s wonderful to able to help, in some way, to save it.”
Priced £4.50, Introspection is on sale at The Fairlynch Museum, East Budleigh Community Shop and Otterton Community Shop.
Flower Festival to boost appeal
Elements of Devon Life will be illustrated in stunning floral displays in Otterton’s Flower Festival and Art exhibition to be held in St Michael’s Church from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday 28th.
The church will be open daily from 10am until 6pm for visitors to admire the beautiful floral features on themes such as coast and moorland, with art and plants available to buy. Homemade refreshments will be on sale throughout the festival and a songs of praise service will be held on Sunday the 28th at 6pm. Why not combine the festival with a walk along the River Otter? All proceeds will go to the appeal to save this treasured church.
The flower show will raise funds for SPACE (St Michael’s Parish And Community Endeavour) a campaign set up to safeguard the church which requires urgent roof repairs and is listed on English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.
A heritage lottery bid was submitted this Spring and the village will soon hear if it has been successful. After essential roof repairs have been carried out the second phase of the project will involve re-ordering the church which will include providing much needed toilets, a new kitchen, and dividing up the space inside the building to provide a hall/meeting room which could be used by the school and the wider community. This ambitious venture is estimated to cost around £500,000.
For more information, or to offer financial or fundraising support,
contact Reverend Anne Charlton email@example.com tel (01395) 444276.
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