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Bishop to open Uffculme's Square Corner this weekend

posted 16 Aug 2016, 04:23 by Julian Garner

Express and Echo article, 16 August 2016

SQUARE Corner, a community meeting place in Uffculme, will be officially opened by the Bishop of Crediton this weekend.

The Bishop of Crediton, Sarah Mullally is visiting the area as part of her three-day visit to Tiverton and Cullompton and the surrounding area.

Her visit is part of a nine month long tour, spending time with people in churches and communities, to discuss the vision and priorities for the Church of England in Devon.

Square Corner is a community resource for individuals and local groups which is run by St Mary's Church. It is used for a Youth Café, coffee mornings, craft groups, festive celebrations, community and business meetings, displaying information and much more.


Bishop Sarah will kick off her visit on Friday by joining people at Knit and Natter in Bampton before going on a walkabout and enjoying a pub lunch. In the afternoon she is the guest of Dr Michael Dixon in College Surgery in Cullompton where they will focus on spirituality and health. A former nurse, Bishop Sarah was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to nursing and midwifery.

On Saturday she will spend the morning in Silverton before attending the official opening of Square Corner in Uffculme. Following tea with those pursuing vocations in Halberton Church, she will be grilled during a Question Time at Hemyock Village Hall. Joining Bishop Sarah on the panel for the evening will be Julie Dent, Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and Sharon Bradshaw from the Community Housing Action Team.

After presiding and preaching at Holy Communion in St Peter's Tiverton and attending the Family Service in Bickleigh, Bishop Sarah will round-off her visit by attending Youth Worship in the evening in Cullompton.

Bishop Sarah said: "Tiverton and Cullompton are such diverse communities and I am looking forward to spending time with them over the three days.

"It will be really good to meet a range of people from those going to knit and natter on Friday morning in Bampton, to those in church leadership and to answer questions along with others in Hemyock.

"I hope that not only those from the churches but also the community will feel welcome to join me."

Bishop Robert launched the new vision and its three priorities to pray, grow and serve with joy this spring. He and the Bishop of Plymouth Nick McKinnel and the Bishop of Crediton Sarah Mullally, are spending the year visiting parishes to talk with people about the priorities to grow the Church in Devon, and to serve the community.
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Recruitment

posted 30 Jun 2016, 23:47 by Julian Garner

Square Corner Manager and Community Development Worker

Part-time Job Vacancy

St Mary’s Church Uffculme is recruiting a Square Corner Manager and Community Development Worker. This exciting new part-time role is based in the newly refurbished Square Corner building in centre of Uffculme, but also includes working with groups in the local area.

The post offers a flexible working arrangement of

10 hours per week at a rate of £9.00 per hour

The Square Corner Manager and Community Development Worker will work with the Square Corner Management Group and a team of volunteers in the following areas:

1. Managing the Square Corner building

2. Developing new programme with groups and individuals

3. Sharing information on local services and activities

4. Promoting building hire, organising programme bookings and administration

The deadline for applications is Monday 18 July 2016. Interviews will be held on Monday 25 July 2016.


Cleaner for Square Corner

Part-time Job Vacancy

4 hours per week at £7.20 per hour


For more information or to talk about these posts:

Please contact Rev Selina Garner on 01884 841001 or by email at selina@thegarners.me.uk

A Massive Square Corner Thank You!

posted 30 Jun 2016, 23:38 by Julian Garner   [ updated 30 Jun 2016, 23:39 ]

We reached our fundraising target for the building and the interior furnishing and equipment, so thanks to everyone who contributed financially. We would also like to thank the many local people who have given their time and used their skills in building design, estimating, health and safety, electrical systems, finance and graphic design. You’ve all been amazing!

A big thank you to our Volunteer Project Manager Julian Garner who has given up so much of his time over the last five years to enable hundreds of good ideas about developing this fantastic community building to become reality!

Also, a special thank you to the team of volunteers who have recently agreed to become part of the new Square Corner Management Group; Tony Kidd, Richard Rutty, Rev Jill Purser, Lesley Salter and Tony Lane.

Square Corner is a very real symbol of what a community can do when they work together in partnership and prayer to achieve a BIG dream. Now we look forward to the working with you all to bring the Square Corner vision to life.

Would you like to hire one of the new rooms?

posted 30 Jun 2016, 23:34 by Julian Garner

The cafe
The café space can be hired for all sorts of community events such as a community cafe, an art display or for an information or consultation event. It can also be used as a venue for a pop-up shop for your artisan creations or to raise money for local charities.

The Lounge
The lounge is the perfect informal space for a small group, book club, discussion group, or a training event. It also has a projector and screen so why not set up a new film club with some friends.

The Meeting Room
The new meeting room is an affordable space for smaller business meetings, personal tuition, for groups to meet to share hobbies and crafts activities, and is a perfect space for offering beauty therapies.

The Loft
The Loft is a great space for 1:1 talking therapies, wellbeing consultations, life coaching or for a few friends to meet up in a tranquil space. It’s so cosy you’ll love it!

So whether you want to:

  • Gather friends and family 
  • Meet for leisure and hobbies 
  • Promote services and information 
  • Raise money for charities 
  • Deliver health and wellbeing services 
  • Develop your business 

… Square Corner might be just what you are looking for!

Come and have a look!

posted 30 Jun 2016, 23:31 by Julian Garner   [ updated 30 Jun 2016, 23:39 ]

You may have noticed that Square Corner is no longer looking like a building site and so we are finally ready to invite you in to have a look around. Check the front editorial article on page one to find out when you can pop in or arrange a visit.

We still need to finish furnishing the building, update paperwork and systems, and recruit new staff, but we are on track for Square Corner to be back in full use from September.

Square Corner is now a modern, flexible and comfortable building which we hope will inspire individuals, groups and local organisations to meet, share, learn, volunteer and work together.

Square Corner offers:

Space
Four affordable and high quality rooms to hire

Information
A focal point for information on local groups and services which can support you and your family in all sorts of ways

People
Square Corner can support you to make a difference through volunteering, helping you set up a new group or to organise an event for our community.

If you have a passion or a bright idea which you would like to share with others then get in touch. We might be able to help.

Amazing News!

posted 29 Jul 2015, 02:32 by Julian Garner   [ updated 29 Jul 2015, 02:34 ]

28 July 2015

We are delighted to have been awarded a major grant for the Square Corner re-development by Viridor Credits. Once we have completed the paperwork we'll be able to say more.

Uffculme Lights switch-on

posted 17 Dec 2013, 11:47 by Julian Garner   [ updated 17 Dec 2013, 11:47 ]

Well done to everyone who helped to set up the Christmas Lights, and to organise the 'big switch on' again this year. It was wonderful that it was attended by more people than ever.

With Christmas Blessings

Selina



£600 raised for Karen People

posted 7 Oct 2013, 02:13 by Julian Garner   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 02:14 ]

The coffee morning on 28 September raised over £600 people for the Karen people in Burma. A BIG thank you to all those who helped on the day and contributed.

Work Experience week

posted 18 Aug 2013, 00:11 by Julian Garner   [ updated 18 Aug 2013, 00:11 ]

By Callum Taylor (Uffculme School) 

Often the young people of our communities are looked down upon for their bad attitudes or choice of clothing but recently, eight of those teenagers took part in a week of community action to try and make a contribution to Uffculme. 


Eight of us from Uffculme School aged 14/15 years old came together with a variety of ideas to make the week successful and after a long, hard couple of months preparing for exams, now was a chance to gain experience of life beyond school. We volunteered to be part of a social enterprise team working in the community and developing our skills in team building, project management, publicity and communications. We helped run the brilliant Kingwood Childcare graduation and pulled off a very successful Cake Sale at the Thursday coffee morning at Square Corner, raising around £120 for Parkinsons UK. As well as this a group of us took control of Year 4/5 for an hour at Uffculme Primary School where they had fun doing PE activities such as circuits and small sided ball games, completely arranged by us. 

Many thanks to Rev Selina, Claire (the church youth worker) and everyone else involved with Square Corner, as well as the Primary school, Kingwood childcare and everyone who came and made a contribution to the cake sale as they all made our week worth while. 

“I enjoyed doing the PE lesson with students from Uffculme Primary because it helped me develop my team skills and helped me learn how to control the students!” Ty White

Consultation a big success

posted 18 Aug 2013, 00:04 by Julian Garner   [ updated 18 Aug 2013, 00:06 ]

A big THANK YOU to all of you who wrote, chatted, emailed and texted us your views about the proposed redevelopment of Square Corner. 

There was lots of support for the proposals which we have outlined, as well as some challenges and questions about the project which we also valued. 

We received over 50 written responses and emails and also had lots of discussions during the consultation process at the St Mary’s Tea tent at The Uffculme Show, Coffee mornings, the St Mary’s AGM, discussions with other Churches, the Youth Café, as well as meetings with a number of local organisations. 


We have summarised the main findings from the consultation process as well as details of what will be happening next. 

Many thanks again, 

Rev Selina Garner 
on behalf of the St Mary’s Church Council 

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