West Alvington Parish Council

All Saints Church

Contact details:-

Prebendary - Reverend Jackie Taylor    -  01548 856231

Church Wardens:  Mr Keith Steer  01548 561509
                             
Jackie Walster - 01548 856390

Sunday Services each month

1st Sunday  -  Matins                                                            -        9.30am
2nd Sunday -  Holy Communion BCP said                           -         8.00 am
                        Village Praise (Family service)                     -         9.30 am
3rd Sunday  -  Holy Communion with hymns                       -         9.30 am
4th Sunday  -  Benefice Service on rotation
                       
                      within the Benefice                                        -        10.00 am
5th Sunday  -  Holy Communion BCP said                          -         8.00 am
                                                            

Church News

Our aim is to hold a regular church service every week (times as above) and provide teas and coffees when the Village Praise and Common Worship Holy Communions are held to which everyone is welcome to attend. For any further details of special services or events please contact the Prebendary or churchwardens

Future Dates:

Easter Eve – First Mass of Easter and renewals of baptismal vows followed by champagne and savouries after the service – Saturday 20th April 2019 - 9pm service

Easter Day – Sunday 21st April 2019 – 9.30am service

Annual Fete at Bowringsleigh to be opened by Mrs Patricia Brooks – Saturday 29th June 2019 starting at 2pm. Cream teas and BBQ, ice creams, plant and cakes stalls, grand raffle, and numerous sideshows an afternoon for everyone with the children of the West Alvington Primary Academy entertaining during the afternoon on the lawns

Harvest Festival followed by supper in church – Friday 20th September 2019 service at 7pm (if you would like to attend the supper tickets can be obtained from either Keith or June Steer at £7.50 per head 01548 561509)

Annual Village Picnic for all villagers and schoolchildren all free of charge – 27th September 2019 starting at 2pm



Church Information

General

There is evidence that a church stood on the site in 909 AD. The present fine building is early Perpendicular and was re-modeled in the 15th Century. The remains of the earlier 13th Century stone-work can still be seen by the piscina. The whole church was extensively restored in 1867 at a cost of £2,600 when the roofs, screen and seating were replaced. It consists now of tower (with belfry), nave, two aisles, parts of the original rood screen, a chapel set apart for the Ilbert family, chancel and a Vicar's vestry added in the 19th century.

Tower                                         

The square West Tower has three stages with a crenellated parapet which rises to 53 feet supported by set-back buttresses. at the top are four crocketted pinnacles which are unusually 20 feet in height.  The 2 light cinquefoiled belfry lights have probably been restored. It is entered by a 15th Century 2-centred arched west doorway above which is a perpendicular window. The clock is a memorial for those killed in the 1914/18 war.

Belfry

The six bells were installed by the Ilbert family in 1775, and then rehung in 1877 at a cost of £65. All the money being raised by public subscription. West Alvington for many years possessed a champion team of ringers. 

After a sad period of silence all the necessary remedial works have now been carried out and the bells can once again be safely rung. They are usually rung on the third Sunday in the month for the 9.30am service and the Tower Captain is Paul Adams

Porch

                        

The 15th Century 2 story creellated porch has a large round-headed doorway with an image niche above it containing the figure of St Hugh of Lincol with his swan. This was erected in memory of the Revd. Hugh Lethbridge, a former vicar of the Parish. Inside there is a small niche in the left wall, and unusually, a fireplace in the right front corner because the porch was for some time used as the School Room.  

Font

                       

The late medieval 15th Century octagonal font has eight panels, decorated with leaves, surrounding the lead-lined bowl. Four of these are crudely carved and were possibly located to face the wall when the font was originally located under the tower. The supporting column and base are recent additions. The lid of iron-studded oak is probably 19th Century.



  

The Parish Church "All Saints" is a noble 15th century building in the hard green local slate with a fine pinnacled tower. The lofty arcades are of Beer stone brought by water and carried up the hill from quay House Now part of Kingsbridge.

 

What does "ALL Saints" church in West Alvington have in common with St Pauls and Exeter cathedrals, parts of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London,Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, St Louis Cathedral (Missouri)???

They all use Beer Stone from east Devon. This stone is perfect for carving fine and detailed designs. When carved it possesses a smooth finish that when it comes into contact with the air hardens fivefold and turns a beautiful creamy white. The quarry was first stated by the Romans and only closed in the 1920's. The quarry is open to the public extending to some 73 acres of underground space.

Do have a look at the lofty Arcades within the church to see examples of Beer Stone

A fascinating history of this quarry can be obtained by using this link