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Church Services

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On Sunday 24th June a joint  church service will be held at the Baptist Chapel at 11a.m.  There will be no service at the Parish Church that day, Culmstock will hold  a service of Holy Communion at 8a.m., Clayhidon a Family Service at 10a.m. and Evening Prayer will be held at Culm Davy at 3.30pm  


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St Mary's Church Council are to consider the best way to use parts of the church to enhance worship, serve the community, provide necessary facilities and meet the needs of all.

An open meeting for any interested parishoners will be held at the church on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30pm to consider some of the options.

If you have ideas/suggestions but cannot attend the meeting send them to the PCC Secretary, 101 Bulford, Wellington, Somerest TA21 8DH or email gandbsamuels@tiscali.co.uk by June 11th   

Erection of a 50kw wind turbine at Highlands Farm

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You may be aware of the planning application currently being considered for a large wind turbine to be erected just outside Hemyock.  The proposed turbine is very tall at over 34 metres - this is two thirds the height of Wellington Monument, or about the height of an 11 storey building.  At higher wind speeds the volume of noise generated is similar to that of a chainsaw.  This really is out of keeping with its surroundings, in an AONB where many people go to get away from it, and take a walk, ride a horse, exercise the dog in exceptional beauty, peace, and tranquillity.

If you would like to object, but don't know how to go about it, or think it will take too long, you can now do so exceptionally easily, just visit this page:


and enter your name and address, and click 'Send' - it really is that easy!  Your objection will then be registered with MDDC Planning. Please could you spread the word to anyone else you think would feel the same way.  UPDATE 2: deadline for objections changed again, now Monday 4th June...

Diamond Jubilee Sunday

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 As St Mary's  will be taking part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee service at Longmead Field on Sunday at 11a.m. there will be no service that day at the Parish Church.  There will however be a service of Holy Communion at St Andrews, Clayhidon at 8.30a.m. and All Saints, Culmstock at 10a.m.

The official opening of St Mary's Charity Shop will take place at the Church Roon this Saturday, 2nd June. All are welcome to go along, snap up a bargain and meet their friends for coffee between 10a.m. and 12 noon 

Hemyock Queen's Diamond Jubilee Photo Competition now open for entries.

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Hemyock Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo

As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, we are having a photo competition. It covers past and present royal occasions.

Entry is open to non-professional photographers. Cash prizes. Entries close at midnight on June 29th, so get snapping!

Entries will be posted on hemyock.org after the competition closes and can be voted for by anyone. Judging of the top 3 in each Category is on Saturday 29th June. There is even talk of making them into a Hemyock Calendar for next year!

We have reduced the number of categories, to coordinate better with St Mary's, who seem to be having a photo competition too!

Activities at Healthy Living Centre affected by flooding

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Due to the flooding, many people are unable to get to The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre.  As a result, some activities will be cancelled.  Please contact your respective group organiser for more information.

Cameo Club will be closed Monday 30 April, to avoid putting our volunteer drivers and members at risk.  If similar conditions exist on Thursday, we may also be closed.  Call before you set off.

01823 680687

A special service

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Sunday 29th April will see a special service at St Mary's church at 6.30p.m taking an informal Iona style form of worship which will be led by Rev. David Burton. All are welcome.

The morning service will see the churches of Hemyock, Culm Davy and Clayhidon joining All Saints, Culmstock at 10a.m. for Holy Communion.  The following weekend (5th - 7th May) All Saints will be holding a Flower Festival with Wellington School Choir singing Evensong at the church  on the Sunday at 6.30p.m.

Concert - Tonight

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Tonight, Maundy Thursday, Hemyock Singers, conducted by Ron White, will be presenting 'Requiem' written by Bob Chilcott.  The concert will begin at 7.30p.m. and last around 35minutes. Soloists will be Jenny Doble (soprano) and Glyn Jones (tenor) with Nigel Atkinson as organist.  Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection which will be equally shared between 1st Hemyock Scout Group and 1st Hemyock Brownies.

For many years Hemyock Singers have given a performance at the Parish Church as part of worship during Holy Week and as usual the concert will be followed by an optional service of Holy Communion.  

Fund raising

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Throughout the period of Lent members of St Mary's organised weekly Frugal Lunches at the Church Room rasisng £580 to support the work of Rev Jenny Green in  Kisoro, Uganda.

A further £100 was raised at the lunch held on Ash Wednesday and this will be donated to The Potters Village where Jenny heads up the work of rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned babies and neglected chidren. If you would like to make a donation towards this or find out further information please contact one of the names on St Mary's Church page.