After a two-week works shutdown over Christmas and the New Year the builders are now back and making good progress.

At the west end, the new flooring has been completed behind the nave. The joints are yet to be pointed but samples are being prepared for the approval of the architect. The flooring in the children’s area is almost complete and the contractor has managed to reduce the stepped area of flooring against the south wall. This will allow more freedom in designing the entrance area furniture just inside and to the west of the porch. The step in the floor will be hidden below cupboards in the children’s area and the new children’s area will be at the same level as the rest of the west end.

The materials necessary for the structural slab for the new baptistery outside the Greenway Chapel will soon be on site and completion of this area, which is relatively small, will allow the font to be moved from the west end.

The stone flooring for the new servery in the area of the north aisle will be delayed until the structural works to enlarge the opening through the west wall to the new toilet block have been completed. This will prevent damage the new floor. Exposure of the existing archway structure, by removing the plaster finishes, has necessitated a little more design development to ensure that the new opening is structurally sound.

We have discussed the logistics of the contractor handing back the west end for our use whilst the east end dais works progress. It is therefore envisaged that the contractor will retain the north aisle, the servery area, as works in this area will continue after completion of the remainder of the west end. There will be ample space for us to provide seating and a temporary altar in a manner that still allows observation of the current social distancing requirements.

Design work on the new library mezzanine level is almost ready to submit for approval from the Diocesan Advisory Committee. Their preliminary support has already been given, so we hope this process will be reasonably short. Once the revised works have been priced by the contractor, we will be able to plan the timing, but we are sure they will have to continue after the rest of the work – self-contained with access via the north door.

External work on the new toilet block structure is moving forward well. This will become more exiting once the external stonework and stone details start to appear. The external natural stone walling is essentially a cosmetic skin; all the functional requirements will be built into the inner wall, giving an impressive total thickness of about 16 inches. The contactor hopes to be able to start work soon on the toilet block roof structure. Once the block is watertight, the internal works can get underway.

Parish Magazine

The latest magazine for St Peter’s and Tiverton and St Thomas’, Chevithorne with Cove is now available to read. Click the picture on the right to download your copy. For previous issues, please visit the Parish Magazine page.

Online Services
Don’t forget: the Sunday services over the last month remain available to download. You can listen by clicking here or going to the ‘Services and Extracts’ page from the ‘Services’ tab on the Menu. Our thanks to Stephen Roche and Dave Burton for making this happen. Please note that Zoom login details are changed every week; contact the church office if you do not receive them by e-mail. Phone details remain the same. We look forward to seeing and hearing you again this week.

To give to St Peter’s Church PCC, please visit our Give-a-Little page by clicking here. Please use the reference St Peter’s services.
Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

Here are a few things to remember when accessing the conference call at 10 am on Sunday:

  • The text of the Order of Service is available by clicking the link on our Services page. It will be emailed to those for whom we have up-to-date addresses.
  • The number to join the conference call and the access code are on the Order of Service.
  • There is also a Zoom video option. For Zoom connection details, please email or call St Peter’s parish office (during working hours) or the ExeValley Mission Community office ( or 01884 250417).
  • The call will be open from 9.45am, so that people can greet one another before the service starts.
  • You may have to try several times.
  • Please then wait until the service begins at 10.00am.
  • Once the service has started, your microphones will be muted remotely, to avoid interference from background noise.
  • If you cannot access the call until after 10.00am, don’t be afraid to keep trying but please remember that the service will have started. Try to remember that any background noise can be heard unless you have engaged the “mute” mode.

The online (Zoom) and conference call phone service will be the same as the published service available to download from the Services page.

Notes for Zoomers
If you are joining us via Zoom and you want the order of service in front of you without having to print it first, please follow these instructions to see it on your screen alongside Zoom. This should work for Windows 10 users. Users of other operating systems, iPads etc may need a different approach.

Step 1: Open the order of service on your computer or download it and use a pdf reader.

Step 2: Start Zoom and join the service
DO NOT ENTER FULL SCREEN (if you do, use the EXIT FULL SCREEN button or ESC to return to the smaller window)
You should now have both the Zoom picture and the order of service on your screen side by side

Step 3: If you need to separate the two open windows, place the cursor on the top bar of either, then left click and hold to drag the window to the left or right

Step 4: Use your mouse or the Page Up / Page Down buttons (up / down arrows) to scroll through the service

If you are using a PC to zoom you may also follow the order of service on your smart phone by opening the St Peter’s website in a browser (Safari, Firefox, Edge or similar).