Bishop Michael back in North Devon this week

THE Bishop of Exeter returns to North Devon this week with an extended visit to the Shirwell Deanery, which includes Combe Martin, Lynton and Bratton Fleming. The Right Reverend Bishop Michael Langrish begins his tour on Wednesday with a visit to several

THE Bishop of Exeter returns to North Devon this week with an extended visit to the Shirwell Deanery, which includes Combe Martin, Lynton and Bratton Fleming.

The Right Reverend Bishop Michael Langrish begins his tour on Wednesday with a visit to several schools in the area, including Kentisbury, Bratton, Combe Martin, Berrynarbor, Shirwell and Landkey, where he will join pupils for the school flower festival and service.

It is part of the continuing tour by local bishops as the Diocese celebrates its 1100th anniversary this year.

On Wednesday evening he will meet the Deanery, with a Vocations event at St Peters Church, Bratton Fleming, from 7.30pm. This is open to all and will include a questions session and refreshments.


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"We are very much looking forward to having our Bishop among us," said Reverend Leslie Austin, the Rural Dean for Shirwell.

"With such a large Diocese it is not often that he is able to come and share with us, and see us in our setting. These four days will be a special celebration and a privilege."

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On Thursday Bishop Michael will be visiting a shoot at Filleigh, before going on to the Calvert Trust near Blackmoor Gate, where he will spend time learning how the charity enables those with disabilities to enjoy activities such as climbing, archery, horse riding and abseiling.

At 3pm he will be conducting an outdoor Communion service on the banks of Wistlandpound Reservoir, which is open to all. People are requested to park in the public "Fisherman's" reservoir car park if attending. Call the Trust on (01598) 763221.

On Friday morning he will be visiting Watermouth Castle near Ilfracombe and in the afternoon joining an Exmoor Park ranger to learn about the life and work of the moor.

The congregation at St Peter ad Vincula Parish Church in Combe Martin is looking forward to Saturday evening, when Bishop Michael will visit their church for the first time.

"There's great excitement as this is the first time in 50 years a Bishop of the Diocese has been to a service in our parish church," said the Reverend Keith Wyer.

A Confirmation service is being held at 6.30pm and all are welcome.

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