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The Official Re-Opening and Community Opening     Pete Kilgannon 1st October 2005

After much uncertainty (and two false starts), the Management Committee has decided that the Official re-opening would be able to take place on Wednesday 30th November 2005 (which is also Saint Andrew's Day, one of the two major 'Church Ales' money raising days for this Parish in pre reformation times). The building will be open for people to look around from 2.00 pm and the Official Opening, by Debbie Griffiths, Head of Archaeology and Historic Buildings, Dartmoor National Park Authority, will take place at 3.00 pm. There is expected to be background music by a local harpist and input from the Wren Trust inside the building.

Whilst the official opening is on a weekday (suitable for the Press and Restoration Professionals), it has been decided to open also on Saturday, 10th December for the convenience of the local community who might have been at work during the week. Church house Ale, specially brewed by Exe Valley Brewery, will be on sale at the Seven Stars and again, it is expected that some suitable entertainment may be provided. More details closer to the date.

           Marshall's Joinery - Sampford Courtenay 30th August 2005

The door and window frames, the screen and shutters are being provided by a local firm - Marshall's. We went on a visit to see some of the work in progress.

Veneer Store
Timber Planks
Paint & Dye Finishing
Sawing to Shape
Dated Timber Store
Timber on Hoist
Intricate Inlay Pattern
Stack of frames
Saw Operative
Workshop View
Geometric Screen
Spray Shop Preparation
Selecting Sheet
Measuring for Cut
Large Timber Frame
Finishing Machine
Dust Extractor
Machine feeding
Empty Paint Tins
Rotary Saw Operation
          Exe Valley Brewery - Silverton 27th September 2005
The Church House's main function, when it was built in the 1490's, was to act as a community centre, raising money to support the activities and structure of Saint Andrew's Church, primarily by brewing ale, preparing food and providing the feasting hall for communal events on church holy days, saints days, weddings etc. To revive this tradition, the Exe Valley Brewery are once more producing a South Tawton 'Church Ale' for sale in local public houses. Always slaves to duty, David and I went along to see it all happening and to sample the product.
The Entance from the road
Brewery Exterior
Brewing process chart
Fermenting vessel
Preparing to extract the waste grains
Tap to Draw Off the Wort
Extracting the waste
Waste ready for Transport
25kg Malt Sacks
Cattle Feed By-product
The Cattle who are Fed
Brewer's yeast
Top of the Copper
Testing Equipment
Steralising Barrels
The Conditioning Room
A Ready Glass
Drawing off a Pint
A Barrel of Church Ale
Tractor and delivery Van

  Further Information
Please contact David Youle

          Phone      01837 840418