News & Diary


Each month we produce a 2 or 3 page newsletter “St Luke’s News”. The June edition can be accessed here

(Posted 24th May)

Several nesting boxes for swifts have been installed at the top of the tower of Holy Trinity Church.

The height afforded by towers and spires is ideal as swifts prefer a lofty home, and this year they’ll be checking out new breeding sites for future use.


We were not able to appoint following the interviews earlier in the year, but we are planning to advertise the vacancy again in the Church Times in the near future, and then we hope there will be a suitable applicant.


Our regular Tuesday morning Bible study resumes on April 26th, at 10am, lasting for about an hour, in the lounge.

THURSDAY COFFEE MORNING (Posted 30th December 2021)

We have decided for the time being at least to end the Thursday coffee morning. The numbers attending have been very low, probably due to reluctance to be in gatherings during this time when there is a risk of infection.

LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH (Posted 26th December 2021, updated 14th May 2022)

30+ people from across our mission community took part in three groups using the Living in Love and Faith course, which looks at issues of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. There was very positive discussion, and several participants have sent in comments and contributions as the Church of England reaches a crucial stage in the debate about these issues. As a church we are committed to welcoming all, and many of us want to see change to a far more accepting position in the Church of England.

SUNDAY SERVICE CHANGE (Posted 9th December 2021)

Please note that from January we shall be reducing the Sunday services to two Sundays a month, at least for this period of vacancy without a Team Rector. The morning services will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11am, and will both be communion services. The once a month service of Compline will continue.

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.

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. Also 1200 bulbs have been planted by volunteers, and the churchyard is looking more colourful and cared for. We are interested is forming a very loose group to help with the maintenance with the churchyard, nothing strenuous, just what you can manage. If you can help, please contact me. Thank you. Trefor K Jones, Estate Manager, St Luke’s and Holy Trinity Church. 01346 643627.

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDIES  (Posted 12th September 2021)

The weekly Bible studies have resumed in church at 10am on Tuesday mornings. All welcome.

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.


Support and care for people in our community continues 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 – services can be held in St Luke’s, or in local crematoria, etc.
Contact Rev Gina Radford on 07903 400480 for support and help in your time of loss.

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