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The Parish of Awliscombe is set in rural surroundings, yet is only two miles from Honiton. The Parish consists of two villages Awliscombe and Weston and the population of 500 residents covers a broad spectrum of ages and social mix. There are a noticeable number of young farming families and with the national decline in agriculture the general problems of a farming community are apparent.
Awliscombe church, set in one and a half acres of churchyard, is a medieval building with Victorian re-ordering. There is seating for 200 people, the tower houses a ring of six bells, the graveyard is still open and there is a car park, leased from the Diocese for 30 cars. A medieval stone screen and Dicker organ are two of the more notable features in the church. The last Quinquennial inspection showed the building and surrounding area to be in good condition requiring only minor repairs. In order to comply with forthcoming legislation the PCC is planning a scheme to enhance disabled access to the building by regarding one of the paths to the front porch and altering the main entrance from the car park to the more level approach, thus avoiding the steep steps lower down.
The broad spectrum of residents in the community is reflected in the congregation. The village does not have a geographical centre as such, but the church is always at the centre of village activities. A wide range of social activities within the Church includes a singing group, a children’s band and a bell ringing team. There is also a village youth club which is helped financially by the PCC. The Church continues to host regular concerts by visiting artists. Fund raising/social events for the whole Parish are arranged by a social committee, ranging from ceilidhs to beach barbeques.
The Parish’s style of worship is liberal catholic.
The regular Sunday services are:
|2nd,3rd, 5th||Holy Communion with hymns|
Spoken Communion is held during Thursday evenings, except when a priest is unable to be present, when a Service of the Word is held.