Things we do in West Hill
Photo - thank you to Ann Robertson
We regularly meet on the second Monday of the month (except July & August) in the Narthex at St Michael’s Church, West Hill. We are ecumenical and warmly welcome men who want to experience our meetings to decide whether to join us. There is no requirement of any particular religious affiliation or belief. Guest speakers present subjects on religion, science, arts, history, education and life experience but not partisan politics.
Meetings start at 6.45pm for drinks and fellowship followed by a 2 course dinner by Feniton Foods at 7.30pm. We are usually finished by around 9.30pm. The current charge per evening is £15 covering wine or non-alcoholic drinks before and during the meal. Our membership is currently 47 men and attendance is usually between 25 and 35. Please contact Peter Bennett on 07967684562 or 01404 812534 or “Contact Us” for more information.
We also invite offers to speak at future meetings and would welcome suggestions of appropriate speakers.
The bi-monthly “Messenger” publication delivered to all West Hill houses also includes this information and invitation especially to new residents.
Our speakers in the next few months are:
Dr Alistair Martin on Life of a consultant anaetheist
Roger Strike on Father Willie Doyle SJ - Scholar, Priest & War Hero
John Neal on Ottery Heritage Society
CAMEO started some ten years or so ago. Ann Simms, Christie Smith and Jan Dick were the founder members. The first meetings were held in each other’s homes until we became too big and transferred to the Narthex.
CAMEO came about because the village houses were so spread out it was not always easy to meet our neighbours hence the name. It is held at St Michael’s Church Hall (the Narthex). it is a village group although initiated by three church members, and everyone is welcome.
Originally we had a finger buffet where members took turns in providing the food, but now it is more formal and members book in for a two course supper provided by caterers so we can all relax over a meal and a glass of wine!.
In the early days we had all sorts of craft activities and occasionally went out for lunch. Craft included patchwork, card making and we also made boxes. From this CAMEO Christmas Confection sprang up, where we sold crafts, cakes, had a tombola and served ploughman’s lunches. The boxes came in handy when we made some home-made sweets. We also helped the Brownies to learn to knit.
Meetings now usually have a speaker but sometimes we have fun with Beetle Drives, Film shows, Garden Games and sometimes an outing.
Currently several of us are knitting baby jackets for the South African Orphanage ‘Door of Hope’. We use wool donated by other members.
See the "News" page for our latest programme of events.
We regularly support charities, including Street Pastors and YMCA.
If you are new to the village and would like to get to meet people you will find our contact numbers in the village magazine The Messenger, or "Contact Us" and one of the group will be in touch.
You will find a warm welcome among us.
Tea & Toast & Toys
We meet in the Village Hall from 8.45 to offer tea, coffee or milk and toast with marmalade, jam or Marmite and a chat with the opportunity to make new friends.
There are toys for Pre-Schoolers and Toddlers.
We welcome all ages, with or without children. Feel free to drop in and say hello.
Messy Church is an informal church for families. Its values are Christ-centred and are based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Together, we use hands-on activities to explore Bible stories.
Although Messy Church is geared towards the under-12 age group (NB children must be accompanied by a grown up) all ages are welcome. After the activities and a clergy-led talk, the children have tea whilst the adults enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Everyone looks forward to the delicious home-made cakes!
We meet once a month on a Friday in the Narthex at St Michael’s Church, West Hill from 3.45pm to 6pm. All the dates are included in the School’s newsletters plus there are posters around the village.
Why don’t you give Messy Church a try?
We would like to encourage some new younger members to come along perhaps from pre-school plus reception and year 1 from the Primary School.
It is a great opportunity for all members of the family to enjoy meeting and making things together with some amazing crafts, hearing some of the Bible stories come alive, singing some cool songs AND enjoying a super tea!!
Dates for 2019
See "News" page for more details
pastoral care team
Do you live alone?
Do you feel alone?
Would you welcome a visit from a member of our Pastoral Care team?
Do you know a neighbour or friend who lives alone or would appreciate a visit?
We will be glad to drop in and be a listening ear.
Please get in touch through the "Contact Us" form
We are not trained carers or counsellors so cannot offer care or advice. All the Pastoral Team have had Safeguarding training and will be glad to be a friendly face.
children in the village
Members of St Michael's have close links with West Hill Primary School and enjoy an excellent working relationship.
Most months, someone from the church takes a morning assembly at the school.
A couple of time each year one class visits the church to learn all about the building and the furniture, signs and symbols that make up St Michael's. There might be a picture hunt or a fashion parade of the colourful vestments that mark the religious seasons and festivals of the church year. We demonstrate how all these features carry Christian symbolism and meaning and how they help to convey the messages of Jesus Christ to everyone who comes into the building.
There are also events for pre-school children and their families at such times as Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
bible study on mondays
Monday Afternoon Bible Study, or MABS as it is known, is an informal get-together of between 20 and 30 people. In groups of 6 or 7, we read a part of the Bible and follow a study- guide which explains, provokes further thought, and encourages us to apply what we discover to our own lives.The value of the booklet is that it’s designed for people who have some Bible knowledge, or have none, so we can make it appropriate and helpful to each one of us.
The Monday afternoons - about 20 per year - are an opportunity for people to ask questions, and to help one another to come to a better understanding. They are a way of getting to know both the Bible, and each other, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and are for anyone in the parish or beyond, whether church members or not.
There is more information, about the current study, on the MABS board in church and in the parish magazine and on the "NEWS" page on this site.
You may also get in touch through the "Contact Us" form.
Every Monday during term time West Hill Pre-School runs a Toddler Group between 9am and 11am, meeting upstairs in the village hall. St Michael's organises a rota of helpers who make coffee and tea for the mums, dads, grannies, grandads or nannies who accompany the toddlers. They also serve snacks and drinks for the children.
If you would like to be included on the coffee helpers’ rota and spend an enjoyable couple of hours at the start of the week, please contact Sue Ritchie on 01404 814811.
The Messenger is the village magazine produced for everyone in West Hill.
It is published bi-monthly and is distributed free to every household in the community.
The Messenger carries a range of articles and news from organisations in the village and events in the church. It also carries several pages of advertising from businesses in and around West Hill or for services that may be helpful for local people.
The magazine is delivered door to door by a team of volunteers but if your household is not receiving a copy, please "Contact Us".
St Michael’s Walking Club
Our Walking Group continues to meet every two weeks with each member taking it in turn to lead the walk and we aim to complete it in around one and a half hours. We start at McColls and begin each walk at 10.00 am sharp.
We would love to welcome some new walkers so why not give it a try!
Come along for a refreshing walk, good company and conversation and perhaps see views of our lovely area that you might not know.
Please feel free just to turn up and join us or get in touch through the "Contact Us" form.
Dates for the walks each Monday are on the "News" page but note that the walks may be cancelled in the event of adverse weather.