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The Village: - Buckerell is 3 miles west of Honiton and very rural with a population of approximately 200. Although the village does not have any public amenities, such as a village hall or shop, there is a very lively community spirit harnessed by a broad spectrum of dedicated people who organize a variety of activities throughout the year. In 2001 the Buckerell Community Association was set up to make plans for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and it continues today to plan and organize the variety of events. Communication within the village is by means of the village e-mail network (with special provision made for those without internet access) and The Buckerell Bugle, a free quarterly newsletter which reviews and previews village events and activities.
The Church: The church is the focal point of the village. The building dates back to the 14th century and is of a simple style. The tower is a later edition and was built to replace an earlier bell turret, probably made of oak. The bell tower and organ loft is reached by an outside staircase near the west door. There is a clock with parts dating back at least to the 1750’s which has to be wound every 48 hours.
According to the Public Record Office dated 1553 the number of bells was then three, two of which were cast in the village in 1410. There are now six. The church building is opened by volunteers every day from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and holds approximately 90 when full. Box pews were added in about 1550 and remain to this day. There is an open churchyard which is maintained regularly by villagers and parishioners. The church is used for meetings and refreshments are offered after services at all festivals. The church has free access to all the community equipment when required.
The Congregation: Electoral Role 2011 = 26
Buckerell is a rural parish with a mixed population. There is no school in the village so children travel to Feniton and Awliscombe for Primary education and Honiton and Ottery St Mary for Secondary schooling. Buckerell provides one Foundation Governor for Feniton Primary School.
The Services – the normal pattern-
Church Life: There are several groups of volunteers who assist with running of the church;
Mission: The parish is active within the Honiton Team Mission Community.
Our aim is to make people of all faiths or none feel welcome within the village. Charitable giving includes contributions voted on by the PCC, usually from the Harvest Festival, Christmas Day, and Remembrance Day collections. Special collections are made in response to natural disasters.
Our Annual Village Fete is run by the village for the sole benefit of the church and has enabled the Parish always to meet its Common Fund Payment in full.
As a Parish Church within a small village community, Church members try to provide a good example of faith and caring for everyone.