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Summer Festival Celebrates 700 Years of Faith, Fellowship and Fun
A SPECTACULAR, week-long Summer Festival is being held at Tavistock Parish Church next month to celebrate its landmark 700-year anniversary.
Between Friday 8 June and Thursday 14 June, the Church of St Eustachius’ opens its doors to showcase its life of times past, the present and the future. Fascinating displays, set amongst themed floral arrangements, will include rarely seen silver, clerical vestments, historical photographs, parish records and glimpses of parishioners’ memories.
Visitors will be able to peep behind the scenes at what the various church groups do, from the Choir, the Prayer Groups, The Brass Band and Holy Dusters, to Messy Church, the Social Committee, the Friends of St Eustachius’ and “Open the Book”.
Of particular interest will be the Fabric Committee stand, which will illustrate the team’s invaluable role in maintaining the building. There will an opportunity to make your mark on Tavistock’s heritage by sponsoring and signing a slate for the new vestry roof, which once completed will act as a time capsule for years to come.
The church has many fascinating architectural features dating from its past and historian, Joan Torvell, who helped compile the latest guide book, will be on hand to”colour in” details for visitors.
Contributing to the flower displays will be Tavistock Flower Club, Tavistock Church Schools’ Federation, Gulworthy Church, Gulworthy and Tavistock WI, Tamar Valley Club, Abbey Garden Machinery and A Scent-Sation.
Vicar of St Eustachius’, the Very Reverend Dr Chris Hardwick, said: ‘This promises to be a wonderful Summer Festival celebrating the vibrant life of St Eustachius’ Church in Tavistock over the past 700 years. It represents a rare opportunity to learn more about the Church, its history and antiquities, and to see the Church at its most beautiful during our Anniversary celebrations’.
Joint organiser, Pam Hunter, added: ‘The festival is to celebrate our 700 years of life in the church by showing things not always visible to visitors (or the congregation) on an average Sunday, also to show how various groups carry out their ministry. Above all, it will celebrate the faith, fellowship and fun that is St Eustachius’ and we hope will be in the future. Come and see!’
The church will be open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, except Wednesday and Sunday, 11.30 am to 4.30 pm. Admission is £1. There will be activities for children and refreshments provided by a different church group daily.
Photo: Time to celebrate: Vicar, the Very Reverend Dr Chris Hardwick, with Hilary Sanders (left) and joint organiser, Pam Hunter, below the tower of St Eustachius’, the lower part of which has a few remains of the 1318 church. The ring of bells dates from the 15th century and the clock (the property of the town council) has had the same mechanism for many decades. The chimes have a melody for each weekday.
‘Living with Bereavement’ – on the third Thursday of each month.
The Funeral has taken place, we have said our farewells, family and friends have returned home, and we are left alone with our memories, of love, joys and sadness and maybe regrets.
Bereavement leaves us in places we are not familiar with and finds us in different situations that we are not used to.
We would like to invite you to ‘Living with Bereavement’, a new group to be held on the third Thursday of the month from 2 pm until 3.30 pm in the Parish Centre Tavistock, next to the Bedford Hotel, where over a cup of tea and cake we can share with others going through similar experiences of the loss of a loved one. This group is for everyone, so please do come and join us.
For more information, please contact the parish office on 01822 616673.