CONGREGATION TOASTS TAVISTOCK CHURCH’S 700TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Glasses of mulled wine were raised by members of the congregation, which filled three-quarters of St Eustachius’ Church and included town mayor, Cllr Philip Sanders and West Devon mayor, Cllr Jeff Moody.
The candlelit service of readings and carols was festively set with 65 decorated trees glowing as part of the ninth annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Vicar, the Very Rev Dr Christopher Hardwick shared the church’s plans for a year of anniversary celebrations and introduced a new, illustrated guide book of the church, which is supported by Tavistock Town Council. The guide will be among anniversary gifts on sale, including an anniversary mug.
Lining up is a full calendar of events, which will offer something for everyone. Besides the annual Tavistock Festival and Exon Singers’ Festival, it will include special services, visiting choirs, concerts, a lecture series, barn dance, quiz and the grand summer fete and much more. Later in 2018 the Bishop of Exeter will be attending a service to mark the 700th Anniversary. (Photographs taken by June Wildman)
VICAR CHRIS INTRODUCES NEW GUIDE BOOK AT CENTENARY LAUNCH
The full colour, fully illustrated book is being introduced by the church vicar, the Very Reverend Dr Christopher Hardwick, when the 700th anniversary celebrations are being launched at the Advent Carol Service, on Sunday 3 December.
Vicar Chris is pictured with Ossie Palmer, church photographer (left) and Director of Music, Dr Sean Sweeney (right), who helped compile the book, together with Joan Torvell and Judy Hannaford Hirst.
TAVISTOCK PARISH CHURCH LAUNCHES ITS 700TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
CELEBRATIONS to mark Tavistock Parish Church’s 700th Anniversary are to be launched at its Advent Carol Service on Sunday 3 December at 6 pm.
The candlelit service of readings and carols will be festively set with 65 decorated trees. St Eustachius’ annual Christmas Tree Festival will be running from Friday 1 December to Sunday 10 December.
With the support of Tavistock Town Council a new 700th anniversary church guide book is to be launched and the church’s plans for a year of celebration in 2018 will be shared.
Vicar, the Very Reverend Dr Christopher Hardwick, said: “The present church building was dedicated in 1318, and 2018 is a very significant anniversary year for the Church and Town. During the year we can give thanks for the past, celebrate the vibrancy and life of the Church today, and look forward to future with confidence.”
Lining up for the anniversary year is a full calendar of events, which will offer something for everyone. Besides the annual Tavistock Festival and Exon Singers’ Festival, it will include special services, visiting choirs, concerts, a lecture series, barn dance, quiz, the grand summer fete and much more. The Bishop of Exeter will be attending a service to mark the 700th Anniversary later in 2018.