St Mary the Virgin, Diptford

Diptford and North Huish are situated in the Avon Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Although nestled in this lovely valley, a short drive away lies Plymouth, Exeter, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmoor etc., offering Diptford the best of both worlds.

We are a community of around 900 people consisting of all sorts including doctors, teachers, farming community and quite a number of retired couples.  A busy village with lots going on in the Parish Hall, the Primary school and numerous organisations.

For almost 800 years the village of Diptford has had a church at its centre.  St. Mary the Virgin is a medieval structure and the first Rector was appointed in 1226, with the 19 year old monarch Henry III as patron.

The granite pillars and arches of the main body of the church, and parts of the tower are some of the oldest features, dating from around the thirteenth century.  The window on the south side of the chancel also dates from the early thirteenth century and is the oldest window in the church.                                                                                          

The western tower tapers towards the summit and is covered with a stone broach spire, one of the few stone spires in Devon.

The aisles are thought to date from the fifteenth century and the altar table in the chapel is probably the oldest furnishing of the church.  Above the porch you will find the sun-dial, made in 1694, it reminds us that “As time and hours passeth away, so doth the life of man decay”.

Much has been changed and added to St. Mary’s in the last two centuries, the tiled area by the choir, the stained glass windows and the clock tower, the addition of the organ chamber to the side of the chancel followed by the carved oak screen at the front of the church and the altar rail.

St. Mary the Virgin Church in North Huish, a fine example of 15th century architecture, despite fierce opposition was declared redundant in 1993, this resulted in the merger of our two parishes to become Diptford with North Huish.  The church is now part of the Church’s Conservation Trust and holds three regular services per year; Rogation, Remembrance on 11th November at 11 am, and a candlelit Carol Service followed by an extremely well attended supper.  All services are popular.

Diptford’s St. Mary’s Church holds services every Sunday and Communion every other Wednesday.  Services are varied and include All Age Communion, Matins and Choral Communion, and we welcome all to come and join in our services.  Special services are popular and well attended and include Mothering Sunday, Blessing of the Animals, Christingle, Harvest followed by a very popular and well attended supper, Remembrance and of course Easter and Christmas. To keep up to date follow us on Facebook.

Churchwardens: Val Haddy and Mary Pinhey

Verger: Val Haddy

diptford@threeriversmissioncommunityy.org.uk

 


The Parish Giving Scheme
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All Age Worship
A contemporary Holy Communion service using a more relaxed and informal style of worship.
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Avonwick Shop
Small village shop in Avonwick, serving the communities of Avonwick, Diptford, North Huish and South Brent.
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Bellringing - Diptford
The bells are rung for Sunday Services by a band of ringers from the local community.
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Breakfast Church
Informal All Age Worship with Breakfast.
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Diptford and North Huish Handbell Ringers
The handbell ringers meet and practice for special services and events in Diptford and North Huish.
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Diptford Church - Facebook
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Diptford Church Choir
Church music and choral singing is very important to Diptford and members have links with Exeter Cathedral Choir and other notable choirs within the county.
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Diptford Parochial C of E Primary School
Our Primary school uses the church at least once a week for assemblies, and plays and concerts are staged on regular basis; also special Easter and Christmas services are well attended. 
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Diptford Village
The village has a recreation ground, a Baby and toddler group, a preschool and a church school, a parish hall, a part time post office, a computer club , a short mat bowls club, a WI and a church.
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Diptford WI
Meets in the Parish Hall every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm
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In Search of Emperors: Travels in Antarctica
Thursday 22nd February - 7pm - St Andrews Church, Harberton

Matins
BCP Matins led by or local worship leaders every third Sunday of the month
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Messy Church - Diptford
Every 1st Sunday of the month in Diptford Parish Hall
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PIPS - Pre-Schoolers in Prayer and Song
PIPS meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 9.30am until 10.30am (followed by social time) during term time. Please check the Parish Magazine for exact dates.
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Pop Up Breakfast - Diptford
Our Pop Up Breakfasts are held a few times a year in Diptford Parish Hall from 9.00am - 10.30am.
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