Church including 100 Club


The August draw was held on Wednesday 2nd August 2017


Won by Stephen Barge


Won by Loretta McHugh

The sum of £343.00 will go towards the church.

The number of £5.00 shares entered in the draw was 98.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Your turn next month?

If you would like to join or hear more about the 100 Club, please contact Kate Ayres (01823 413873)

Services in the Parish – August 2017

A list of all the church services planned during August 2017 is available here:

August 2017 service plan



The July draw was held on Thursday 29th June 2017

FIRST PRIZE £99.00 – Won by Henry Besley

SECOND PRIZE £50.00 – Won by Kate Ayres

The sum of £346.00 will go towards the church.

The number of £5.00 shares entered in the draw was 99.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Your turn next month?

If you would like to join or hear more about the 100 Club, please contact:

Kate Ayres (01823 413873)



The June draw was held on Friday 2nd June 2017

FIRST PRIZE £98.00 Won by Christine Bevan

SECOND PRIZE £49.00 Won by Diana Henry

The sum of £343.00 will go towards the church.

The number of £5.00 shares entered in the draw was 98.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Your turn next month?

If you would like to join or hear more about the 100 Club, please contact:

Kate Ayres (01823 413873)




Services in the Parish – May 2017

A list of all the church services planned during May 2017 is available here:

Church Services – May 2017


A Sensory Trail is proposed in the churchyard at West Monkton Parish church.

The proposals include raised seating areas and a range of flower beds and shrubs. The images illustrate the three areas involved, with the area in front of the stocks, followed by the raised boundary area just beyond, then a grassed seating area near the back of the church and vestry. All three areas are free of gravestones and are presently grassed with some Spring bulbs which would be retained. There are no ‘recent’ graves in the areas of this ‘closed’ churchyard, and low maintenance is seen as a priority.

The sensory areas are intended to offer visitors tranquil seating areas in quiet surroundings, and will enjoy aspects of the recently restored South side of the church and the lovely grounds. Funding has been agreed with the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the St. Augustine’s Heritage Project grant towards the Heritage Trail.
Selworthy Special School is keen to be involved in the proposals, with their students keen to participate as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for 2017. It is hoped and intended that the areas will offer seating and planting which will appeal to everyone, including those with a wide range of disabilities. The proposals are seen as part of the wider mission of the church in the Benefice to ‘ know, share and spread the love of God in our community’.
The PCC respects the fact there will be many who have loved ones buried in the churchyard, and wants to be sensitive and respectful , so if you have any comments or can offer help and/or materials, please contact Kevin Davenport on 01823 413628.
Thank you. “




(Note from Clerk – apologies that these scanned images are 90 degrees out!)


































Latest news for St Augustines – August 4th 2016

St . Augustine’s Heritage Project




Scaffolding down and a new steel roof on the South Aisle at St. Augustine’s Church.


No more leaking lead roof, no new damp to the walls and ceiling; the gutters and down-spouts repaired or replaced where required; the structural wall cracks repaired and the window (tracery) stonework to the upper South elevation beautifully cleaned and dangerous loose stonework to walls and windows secured; internal and external wall mounted monuments which were in danger of falling off are now secure; decorating undertaken. Three years hard work in finding the funds and liaising with architects, surveyors, contractors and conservation specialists is at last coming to an end.


Some church works are still outstanding. The South Porch is due for over-haul, but bat activity during the Summer means this has to be delayed until later in the year. We are aware the South wall has been damp for generations, so although it has been decorated with a specialist coating to allow ‘breathing’, it is anticipated further decorating will be necessary over the next 6-12 months as the wall continues to dry out.


At the time of writing, we await the outcome of the tender process to complete the car-park extension. This work needs to be complete before November to meet one of the agreements in our funding arrangement with Viridor-Credits, who have supported the Heritage Lottery Fund with grants towards the Project. The next task is to progress the new (replacement) toilet, and that is at planning consent stage.


The South Quantocks Heritage Trail is the final element of the Project. Regular readers will be aware the Trail extends across the four churches in our Benefice, together with Hestercombe House and Gardens, Fyne Court and the canal towpath/National Cycle Route at Bathpool.


I am indebted to our Primary Schools at both West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine. Teachers have worked with children at both schools have prepared wonderful art work to use on the Trail leaflets. This included church visits to the respective churches. It follows the visit by Heathfield Community School students to St. Augustine’s last term , when they inspected the revealed medieval roof structure. We are presently looking for a suitable location for a sensory garden/pathway for Selworthy School to become involved in the Trail. Draft plans are currently being prepared for the Trail.


As ever, sincere thanks to my Project Team colleagues, Rosemary Pugh-Thomas and Pearl Heard, to so many who were involved in cleaning the church after the contractors moved out, to our churchwardens John Roynon and Brian Hill and the PCC for their support, to our Parish Councils at West Monkton and Cheddon for their help and support, and to both Norman Cavill and Henry Besley for their work on preparing the car-park . Thanks to all who have contributed physically, prayerfully and financially and continuing thanks to both HLF and Viridor-Credits for the grants to enable us to undertake the project.


As we welcome Rev. Mary into the Benefice, I am delighted that we can be a ‘church of new beginnings’, with our new Rector and a repaired church building offering opportunities for increased involvement from across our community. Praise the Lord!


Kevin Davenport (Project Leader)


























Please click on the link to see the booklet


St Augustine’s Church is found in the village of West Monkton.

Kevin Davenport (Tel: 01823 413628 ) for St. Augustine’s PCC.

West Monkton Church 100 Club               

This is an exciting way to help St Augustine’s Church, with a real chance to win valuable cash prizes each month.


  •  You  join the Club by agreeing to pay £5 each month-by standing order. You can download the form as indicated below.  Please give the completed form to Di Besley, Annie Penny, Katharin Dalton or Francis Cornish (or send it to him at Coombe Farm, West Monkton, TA28RB).
  •  We will write to you to welcome you to the Club and to give you a membership number.
  •  Each month your number will be entered in the draw. There are two big prizes each month: the first prize is 20% of the money paid in that month, and the second prize is 10%. The rest goes to the church to help finance the work on the roof of the South Aisle.
  •  This means that when we have 100 Members, the first prize each month will be £100, the second prize will be £50, and the Church will get £350. That is quite big money!
  •  While we are building up to 100, obviously these sums will be smaller.


St Augustine’s Church is the centre of our community, both as a place to meet and worship, and as a beautiful historic building. Like all old buildings it needs a lot of care. At the moment the focus is on the roof of the South Aisle because it is in a bad state: raindrops keep falling on your head, and there will be a big bill for putting it right.

So we hope you will want to join in this way of helping the church (and each month two lucky people will be helping themselves.)

If you have any queries or suggestions, please do contact:

Dianne Besley : Tel 01823 412857

Annie Penny: Tel 01823 413013

Katharin Dalton: Tel 01823 412278


Click here to download the form


St Augustines Church, West Monkton

Church Services at St Augustines are posted in the Village News.
Communion services are held at HEATHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE and at GOTTON MANOR. Dates and times in the Village News .

The Activities Committee arranges a full calendar of interesting events
Details from Mrs Tiggy Reeves tel 412 657

West Monkton Church has an active band of ringers, who meet on Thursday nights 7.30-9pm and ring regularly for Sunday services.
Apart from ringing we organise social activities during the year.
All ages welcome – please just come along or phone:
Pearl on 412804 or Colin on 412090.

Meeting dates are in the Village News.

Early enquiries about Baptisms are welcome. Baptisms take place in some 10.00am services.

Regular services are held on Sundays in the church, and at other times in Heathfield Community Centre and Gotton Manor Residential Home.

The Parochial Church Council meets regularly at the Rectory. Church flowers are organised on a rota system, whilst the Bellringers meet and practice regularly. The Activities Committee organises social events.

Bathpool Chapel, The Church of the Nazarene, has Sunday Services at 10.30am and 6.00pm. Enquiries to Diane Robinson on 01278 663 193.

Greenway Chapel is located on Greenway in Monkton Heathfield and has regular services.





Upcoming Events

10:00 am IWA Somerset Bridgwater Working ... @ IWA Cabin
IWA Somerset Bridgwater Working ... @ IWA Cabin
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We are expecting a number of young people from a local Church youth Group to join our volunteers group for this work session. We will car share to site if necessary Volunteers are advised to[...]
all-day IWA Somerset Waterways Volunteer... @ Bridgwater to Taunton Canal
IWA Somerset Waterways Volunteer... @ Bridgwater to Taunton Canal
Aug 28 all-day
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) are planning a social event. A waterways walk in the Taunton area followed by a Volunteers social get together.   Further details will follow soon.


Would local residents like to see two tennis courts for free use in the Parish at Hartnells Farm?

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