St. Petrock’s Church


29th September15th after Trinity6.00pmHarvest Festival, followed by Harvest Supper in Timberscombe Village Hall
6th October16th after Trinity11.00amHoly Communion
(Book of Common Prayer) said
13th October17th after Trinity11.00amHoly Communion
(Common Worship)
20th October18th after Trinity11.00amHoly Communion
(Common Worship)
United Service
27th OctoberLast after Trinity11.00amMorning Prayer
(Common Worship)


NCT have supported our fundraising for an accessible toilet and small servery with a wonderful £10,000 grant in August 2019 towards our total amount needed of £46,077. Thank you to everyone who supports NCT and our village church.
We hope for your support to raise the final £10,000 so that we can install our church improvements in the summer of 2020. – St Petrock’s is at the top of the press release!


22nd DecemberCarol Service3.00pm
24th December Crib Service4.00pm
25th DecemberChristmas Mass10.00am
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Rector      Day off Monday
Rev Caroline Ralph
Tel: 01643 821812
The Rectory
Church Lane
Minehead TA24 6NT

Associate Priest
Revd Margaret Jackson
Tel: 01643 822501

Mr John Gratton Tel: 01643 841490
Mrs Mary Holcombe Tel: 01643 841443                                                            

Parish Administrator
Tracey Staples Tel: 01643 821812
Office hours Wed 9.30am – 12.30 pm & Thurs 9.30am – 5.30pm


Safeguarding Rep
Tracey Staples
Tel: 01643 821812

Office hours Wed 9.30am – 12.30pm and Thurs 9.30am – 5.30pm

Diocesan Safeguarding Teams’s webpage:


St Petrock’s is one of six churches in the Benefice of Dunster. St Petrock’s Church is open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm and often in the evenings for events. The church is in regular use by the worshipping community with services, festivals and celebrations; and by the local community for a wide variety of events and by our local village church school.

For further information about St Petrock’s and the history of this Grade 1 Listed building, please refer to this website tab History of Timberscombe, select Listed Buildings and further select St Petrock’s Church.

Clubs and groups use the church on a regular basis and visitors are always welcome:

Bellringing Group           

Practice every Thursday at 7.30pm and ring before each Sunday service from 10.30am.

Contact: Elisabeth Powls 01643 841055

Gardening Club      

Meets on the first Monday of the month, March onwards, from 7.30pm. Next meeting 4th March.

Contact: Marion Moncrieff 01643 841318 or Jenny Gratton 01643 841490 or

History Group        

Meets every other month on a Monday at 7.00pm or 7.30pm. Next meeting 15th July at 7.00pm.

Contact : Marion Jeffrey 01643 841500 or

Flower Rota

There is a small rota of dedicated flower arrangers but further volunteers would be extremely welcome.

Contact:  Maureen Waters 01643 841656 or Joy Booth 01643 841043

For full details about the activities and other information relating to St Petrock’s and to our sister church, All Saints’ in Wootton Courtenay, please refer to the Dunkery Tidings which is a monthly publication available at an annual subscription of £4 or for 40p per copy.

World War I Memorial and Research by Harvey Grenville

The PCC is extremely grateful to Harvey Grenville who has researched in a huge amount of detail, the life and service records of twelve local men who served in World War I. Harvey has kindly produced a magnificent booklet which gives full and supporting detail to their service, and a great deal of other supporting background material, which is available in St Petrock’s Church, Timberscombe priced £5, with all proceeds donated to St Petrock’s Church Funds.

Details of Timberscombe’s Fallen of World War I can be found

Celebrate! We have reached an important milestone.

In August the PCC made a report about the progress it was making with regard to faculties and fundraising. Now that the Heritage Lottery Fund has approved our re-application for their financial support to repair and restore the slated and leaded areas of the church, the PCC can provide a very positive update for everyone interested. With HLF support the PCC is now able to confirm that the roof repairs will go ahead, that there will be a good deal of heritage activity over the next year which we all hope will involve as many volunteers as possible, and that we are delighted to have won the support of the HLF.

The PCC was fortunate to be able to work with some helpful targeted guidance from the HLF to make sure our application for funding was as well presented as possible. There was no doubt about the importance and necessity of the repair to the roof of the church, but at a time when there is strong competition for funding assistance, it was crucial to make a compelling case for community engagement in a restored church building.

There are limited funding opportunities from major grant-awarding bodies who will welcome applications from places of worship and it was important that this was successful. Now that funding for the roof is secure, work will commence in January and we plan that the roofing and heritage projects will be completed by June 2019 although the benefits of both to our community will endure for a very long time.

As everyone knows, the PCC has also been working hard on a distinct and separate project since June 2017 to raise funds to provide an accessible toilet and servery in the church. A recently published National Churches Trust Opinion Poll from September 2018 shows that almost a quarter of British people said they would be more inclined to visit a church as a leisure activity or tourist attraction if there were better visitor friendly facilities such as accessible toilets. There is no doubt that this is the right way forward and will prove to be a huge asset to our village. Of course, without a watertight roof there would have been little point in pursuing this objective. Fundraising for the toilet and servery will continue so that the church can be fully prepared to face the future as a secure, modern and welcoming community asset.

Could you volunteer? Your support will be welcomed.

There will be a number and variety of opportunities to engage in heritage activities, particularly over the next year, and this is a call to anyone who might be interested to express that interest to us as soon as possible. The list following describes the sort of volunteering opportunities that are being created through our engagement with HLF and timetables are fairly flexible at the moment so that we can best use the talent and the willingness of all who come forward.

Please take time to consider what you can offer to enable these activities to take place, and what taking part in those activities might offer to you. The opportunity is to meet other people, support youngsters, learn creative and collaborative skills, have fun doing something different, enjoy new activities, reflect on our heritage and how important what we are doing is for our community and for heritage tourism.

HLF supported activities and timetable for St Petrock’s January to June 2019 include:

To record the restoration of the roof photographically

Are you a keen amateur photographer? This supports a variety of skill levels!

Come along and show your enthusiasm and your creativity in January – when we have a start date confirmed – for the project. You can photograph the roof, or even the photographers if you like, while we serve you refreshments! At all stages photographs of the work will be welcomed and a record of the work will be kept for our village archive.

To create new interpretation boards, a new church heritage walking trail for the Dunster Benefice, and a new church pamphlet for all visitors.

Are you interested in designing educational materials? Could you help scope the walking trail to create a unique Benefice walking map encouraging heritage and a healthy outdoor pursuit? Would you like to help develop a village walking trail by suggesting places of interest and short resumes of their importance? Could you develop an I-spy write up of a village walking trail for young ones? Would you like to help revise our church pamphlet to show recent activity?

To research local archives, share findings online and carry out an oral history project.

Would you like to receive professional support and training from the Oral History Society so you can be proficient in undertaking high quality recordings for an oral archive? We want to gather life stories and experiences for recording and sharing. We want to cover a range of Exmoor voices. Would you like to be interviewed? Are you interested in archive training at the Somerset Heritage Centre, general research of archives, sharing material that you have about local history, learning how to post material effectively on our village website?

To hold a series of lectures and talks, exhibitions and celebratory and community events in the church.

This is a community project and we have funds to train volunteers to acquire heritage skills, interact socially and enjoyably, and create enduring heritage outcomes for the village. Would you like to deliver a musical evening in the church? Would you like to help organise soup and sandwiches to start our roof project, or be involved in providing a barbeque to celebrate the successful conclusion of all these events on the first weekend in June at our Patronal Feast Day?

Project work will include a number of events linked with the village school so children learn more about their local village history and heritage. We would like to run an event in March 2019 to celebrate School World Book Day and our strong link in Timberscombe with JP Martin, former Methodist Minister and author of the cult ‘Uncle’ books. Could you help with that? Do you have reminiscences about JP Martin that could be included in an exhibition?

We have funds to create a Village Cookery book which could reflect local recipes and characters. What would you submit? We hope every volunteer who assists in this activity will have a rewarding and enjoyable time. With no upper or lower age limit, the scope is wide to create a unique recipe book. Would you like to be involved with this?

Please contact Marion Jeffrey on 841500, John Gratton 841490, Marion Moncrieff 841318 or any member of the PCC. Thank you.