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A New Priest for St Luke’s Milber and St John’s Bovey Tracey.

Reverend Matthew Cashmore has been appointed Vicar of Bovey Tracey St John with Heathfield and Team Vicar in the Newton Abbot Team Ministry with special responsibility for the parish of St Luke, Milber in the Diocese of Exeter. Fr Matthew has been Vicar of St Anselm, Hayes in the Diocese of London.

Before ordination, Fr Matthew worked for the BBC and later for publishing and bookselling businesses in the development of digital communications including digital broadcasting, podcasting production, and e-book publication. Having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, he earned a degree in theology from the University of Durham and prepared for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. His initial curacies were in Hereford and West London, and he has served the parish of St Anselm, Hayes in West London since 2019.

Your prayers are asked for Fr Matthew, his wife Catherine, and their son Edmund as they adjust to their new home in Milber Vicarage; and for this new stage in Fr Matthew’s life and work as a priest.

You can follow Fr Matthew on Twitter at @matthewcashmore or read his blog at

Praying for our New Bishop of Exeter

This is the year our new Bishop of Exeter will hopefully be appointed. Please continue to pray for the selection and discernment process as it moves forward. The shortlisting of candidates will take place in February, with interviews likely to be in held in April.

Milk Bottle Tops

St. Luke’s are collecting for the Childrens’ Hospice South West. Please save your plastic tops (not cartons) and send them to the office or leave them in church to be brought to the office. Thank you.


Churches in Devon are being warned to be on the alert for an email scam in which fake emails are being sent out which look like they are from a bishop or the local vicar.

In fact they are a fraud, designed to trick recipients into doing the sender a 'favour' by buying online gift cards for them.

Some people have lost thousands of pounds before realising their bishop or vicar has not really emailed them and they have been conned.

Police Advice

Action Fraud, a national police scheme, offers the following advice about scam emails:

The first email typically reads something like “[name], are you free at the moment?” or it may be more detailed, such as “Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy… so no calls just reply to my email.”

A reply then draws the recipient into a dialogue in which they are encouraged to buy vouchers, and ultimately send images of their serial and security numbers to the fraudster.

Please click here to read the full story and for detailed advice about spotting scam emails.

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Parish Office at St Paul's Church, Devon Square is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For all enquiries, please phone 01626 211346 or email

Mel Dunn, Benefice Administrator.

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