News & Diary

CURATE LAURA TO TAKE A YEAR’S ABSENCE (Posted 28th November 2021)

Laura writes: I am going to pause my role as curate and take a year’s leave on 1st January. I am delighted to share with you that I’m becoming a parent, adopting a 5 year old boy who I’ll meet and bring home in the early weeks of 2022. It has been a long process, one that Tom Benson and the Archdeacon have been part of since the beginning two years ago, and a calling that is best fulfilled whilst I’m a curate.

We shall greatly miss Laura’s enthusiasm, ebullience and her concern to make sure that all is as well organised as possible. We wish her well as she becomes mother to a little boy, and offers him the care and support he needs.

Gina will of course be in overall charge of the Mission Community and its 7 churches, supported by the other members of the ministry team. However, Gina is meant to be half-time, and the other team members are all voluntary, so it is clear things are going to be tight. So do please do all you can to support our ministry team.

LATEST EDITION OF ST LUKE’S NEWS (Posted 28th November 2021)

Each month we produce a 2 or 3 page newsletter “St Luke’s News”, (though this one is a two-month edition for December and January). It be accessed here

FINDING A NEW TEAM RECTOR (Posted 12th November 2021)

The profile (the document describing the Mission Community and its constituent parishes, including St Luke’s, and describing what we are looking for in a new Team Rector) has now been agreed, and the vacancy will be advertised in the Church Times over the coming weeks. We hope for good applications, and interviews will take place on January 11th. So the process moves forward. We pray for God’s blessing and leading.

NEWS FROM HOLY TRINITY (Posted 17th October 2021, updated 12th November)

The Bee, Bug and Butterfly Project at Holy Trinity Churchyard had an ‘open’ day on Saturday 16th October, with introductions by Donna Cox of Moor Meadows, who were instrumental with Caring for God’s Acre in setting up the Haven area. Tracey Hamston of Buckfastleigh Action for Nature Group expanded on the value of maintaining sites for wildlife. Also present was David Curry of Devon Green Churches. Ecologist John Walters showed some stunning moths be had caught in a moth trap.

For the second year Holy Trinity entered The Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. This year we have gained a Most Improved Churchyard Certificate, so congratulations to all those who helped to achieve this.

Twenty five people attended this event. We are interested is forming a very ‘loose’ group to help with the maintenance with the churchyard, If you can help, please contact me. Thank you. Trefor K Jones, Estate Manager, St Luke’s and Holy Trinity Church. 01346 643627.

1200 bulbs have been planted by volunteers, and the churchyard is looking more colourful and cared for. We are looking for more volunteers – nothing strenuous, just what you can manage – and if you can help, please contact Trefor, as above.

COFFEE MORNING RESUMING (Posted 1st October 2021)

Thursday Coffee mornings resume on October 7th, from 10am.

LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH groups (Posted 1st October 2021, amended 13th October)

After running two “taster sessions” for the Living in Love and Faith course, we have been inviting people to sign up for the 5-session course which we shall be running very soon. The course looks at the very important issues that relate to questions of sexuality and relationships, and since these issues are so important we hope that many members of St Luke’s will take part. The course will be run in groups in our church buildings. We now have 35 people signed up and are not taking any further names.

LATEST ON HOLY TRINITY (Posted 15th September 2021)

For the latest on the Bee, Bug and Buterfly Haven click here, including a work party on Saturday October 2nd, 10am to 12 noon.

PARENT CAFE  (Posted 15th September 2021)

Now running each Wednesday in term-time, 9.30-10.30am. See the Families and Young People page for more details.


The weekly Bible studies resume in church at 10am on Tuesday mornings starting from September 21st. All welcome.

LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH (Posted 29th August 2021)

We shall be using this hugely important course from the Church of England during the autumn and we hope as many church members as possible will be involved. It considers issues of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

To give an idea of what it is all about we are running two “taster” sessions, one at St Luke’s, Buckfastleigh and one at St Petroc’s, South Brent. For details click here

THE NEXT STAGE OF THE JOURNEY (Posted 20th June 2021)

Following the move of the Rev Tom Benson to a new parish, we are starting on the process of seeking a new incumbent. The churchwardens of all our parishes and the clergy and readers are meeting together, and beginning to work on the profile which will describe our various churches, the overall mission community, the different needs, and the qualities and gifts we are looking for in a new Team Rector.

The life of the church now continues – the ever exciting journey of following the Lord’s leading.

We thank Tom for the huge amount he has done over the last 8½ years. We shall greatly miss his ministry among us, but we wish him and Maryanne well for their new future.

Tom’s last Sunday morning service at St Luke’s was on June 6th, and concluded with worship in the open-air, including a presentation on behalf of Buckfastleigh Town Council. Photos below.

NEW ACTIVITIES STARTING (Posted 4th July 2021)

As we listen to the needs of the local community we are starting a monthly Grief Group for those living with grief, however long ago. The Grief Group meets for the first time on Sunday 11th July, at 7pm in the lounge, and then on August 8th. This is an informal gathering. It is a chance to talk about your loved one, or simply be in the same place as others who have travelled a similar road. There’s an opportunity to light a candle, but otherwise it’s simply a space to remind you that you’re not alone.

There are some exciting ongoing conversations about providing space for play therapy, support groups for parents of children with autism, and working alongside the home education community in Buckfastleigh. We’re also preparing to welcome back the coffee morning and other food and biscuit based activities once restrictions allow!

Our monthly Sunday Supper gathering aimed at those exploring faith particularly within the themes of environmental and feminist spiritualities may resume on Sunday evenings later in the year.

We are actively engaged in becoming an eco-church and will be working with the local community on Craftivism projects, supporting the wildlife work at Holy Trinity and working on environmental projects with the local schools and children’s groups.


We are now back to running services in church each Sunday at 11.00am. (Please note the change of time from 10.45am).

Support and care for people in our community acontinues to be a priority, both for those who are church members and for those who aren’t. So do get in touch for practical or pastoral support, or with requests for prayer, via the details on the Contact page.

The FOODBANK is now operating mainly on Fridays, from the hall door at the rear of the church. However, please phone 01364 643120 or email beforehand to arrange collection. For further details for the Foodbank click ♦here♦

We need your support – the present situation is putting a strain on many people, and we as a church are glad to offer help.
But it is also putting a strain on our resources, and we would welcome any support you can give – click ♦here♦ for how to give to St Luke’s online.

Funerals – there is now no limit on the number of mourners at funeral services. Services can be held in St Luke’s, or in local crematoria, etc.
Contact Rev Laura McAdam on 07341258852 for support and help in your time of loss, or phone the church line on 01364 643120.

Problems with the church roof and with Holy Trinity Church

Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with our church roof being prone to leaks.
These have been evident for many years but are now getting worse.
A small committee was set up to examine the cause of the problem and to consider possible future action. The committee undertook initial engineering study work, which indicated the current roof technical design is unsuitable, requiring complete renewal of the roof covering to a new specification.  
Committing to this would require a major financial investment but we are actively considering how best to proceed, and have recently set up a building committee to work on this, and our PCC (Parochial Church Council) is actively pursuing various options  
Further details will be released as they become clear. In the meantime we have completed necessary work on firmly securing some loose roof panels.

In addition in late 2019 it was found that the top of the walls of the ruin of Holy Trinity Church are unstable.
Until repair work can be done, signs have been erected to stop people entering the main part of the ruin, though the tower is safe and so the bells can continue to be rung.

Wildlife haven at Holy Trinity Church

For information about work in Holy Trinty churchyard to make part of it more eco-friendly, see the panel at the foot of  the History page


It was with great sadness that we heard the news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. In our service in church on Sunday April 11th we gave thanks for his life and his huge contribution to our nation, and we prayed for Her Majesty the Queen and for the Royal Family in their loss.

Photo courtesy of Press Association

Richard Lester, who has helped us as an organist at St Luke’s Church,  has recorded a CD of French popular organ music entitled French Bonbons.
All proceeds from this CD will go to St Luke’s Church as it hosts the vitally important Buckfastleigh Food Bank.
The CD will be released by the international recording company, Nimbus Records, and will be available globally.
It can also be purchased on Amazon, Apple, and many other websites from November 1st at a retail price of £12.75.
Copies can also be purchased at St Luke’s Church at a bargain price of £10.