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Meshaw Parish Meeting AGM Tuesday 30th April


The AGM will take place on 30th April at 7pm in St John Baptist, Meshaw, agenda attached here. Pease let Sarah Vertigan know if you would like to add any items.

Rededication and Holy Communion Service 12th May 2024


Following the reordering of the Church building, there will be a rededication and holy communion serice at St John the Baptist Church, starting at 10.30 am, held by Archdeacon Verena Breed, and followed by refreshments. All welcome.

Car Treasure Hunt Saturday 11th May 2024


This will start from The Square, Meshaw, and finish up at a mystery location for lunch. More details nearer the date.

Village Plant Sale Saturday 27th April 10 am


Don't forget the Village Plant Sale on Saturday 27th April! For further information about putting plants up for sale, please contact Rod Galea or e-mail Teas and coffees available.

Village Quiz Friday 26th April, Meshaw Church


To be held in the Church, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Hosted by your quizmaster Zara.

Reopening of Meshaw Parish Church 20th April 2024


St John the Baptist Church Meshaw is proud to announce that after a period of closure to allow for the reordering for wider community use, it is to reopen its doors on 20th April.


In 2018 the Meshaw Parish Meeting and the Parochial Church Council started serious discussions about the wider community being able to become more involved with the Church and using the building as a village hub, as Meshaw did not have a village hall of its own. 


Initially a feasibility study was carried out to gauge opinions, support and possible outcomes, and following Covid-1, the necessary planning issues were tackled, resulting in agreement from the Church of England in April 2022 to alter and make improvements to the fabric of the building to provide not only improved facilities for church goers but also provision for much wider community use.


During 2022 the team finalised plans and put out tenders to builders so that they could cost the work required and start to raise the necessary funds. Work started in November last year and the new facilities include a kitchen servery, WCs, heating, an audio-visual system, and chairs and tables, creating a multi-use building for the residents of Meshaw and the surrounding area to have tea and coffee mornings, lunches, meetings and other village events hosted by the Parochial Church Council, Meshaw Together (Friends of St John the Baptist) and more.


The re-opening on 20th April will start at 10.30am and run through to 3pm, when you can meet the team and see what they have achieved, and more importantly what is proposed in our village hub. There will be a slide show detailing the past, the historic significance of the building and the step by step transformation to arrive at what is now in place. Thanks to all the grant funders and bodies involved in making this possible.


Have a look at the picture gallery over the next few weeks for images.


Meshaw Good Neighbours Whatsapp Group


Just a reminder that there is a Whatsapp group for Meshaw Village, which can be used to share information on village activities, sell, buy or exchange things, offer or ask for help, and more. To join the group, please contact the administrator Roger Creed with your name and your mobile phone number or e-mail

Coming back in July this year ...



Meshaw Together Plant Sale  27th April 2024  Meshaw Square 10 am


After the huge success of the 2023 Meshaw Plant Sale, we've decided to hold another one in 2024. The success was down to the generosity of all who donated their surplus plants to the sale and those who purchased them. To try not to have too much of the same thing, we are inviting you to let us know what you're intending to grow and potentially donate this year in your garden and/or vegetable plot, so that the team can focus on any gaps. 


For further information and tables to fill in, please contact Rod Galea or e-mail

Sheep Bingo is back! It's time to play again, courtesy of Andrew and Sally Meikle


Meshaw Together is raising funds for our own village hub. Bingo sheets and the rules of the game are now available from Meshaw Together team members, or e-mail Please enter to help the village hub succeed and thrive. Prizes include a half a leg of lamb dinner (meat and veg) and chocolates.


Entry is £3 per sheet (6 cards) or £5 for two sheets.


Meshaw Together Quiz Night Friday 24th November 6.30pm for 7pm start  Oxham Hall


Price £3 per team member, for teams of four to six people. Don't worry if you can't make up a team, we can partner you up. Spaces going quickly, please contact Jeff or you can e-mail


Bring your own drinks and nibbles!

Scarecrow Competition Trail


Trail forms are now available with maps showing the location of 15 scary, spooky scarecrows to spot and guess the name of the character.


Competition winners will be announced on Saturday 28th October at 7pm in Meshaw Square, along with the pumpkin carving competition. Bring along your carved creations for judging and to light up the Square. Hot chocolate will be served, but please bring your own mugs.


Trail forms are available from Jeff Souch and Erica Reynolds.

Stop Press! Meshaw Together Scary Scarecrow Competition and Trail


There is still time to put in your entry for the Scary Scarecrow Competition and Trail! Meshaw Together is organising the Trail around the village and the surrounding areas of Meshaw. We would like to invite as many children and adults as possible to join in and create a scary or spooky character for everyone doing the trail to identify. Let's see how many Count Draculas, Dementors, Professor Snapes or Maleficents we can spot!


If you would like to join in, please give the details below to Jeff Souch, Sally Meikle or Erica Reynolds before Monday 16th October 5pm, with your entry fee of £1 per scarecrow.


Name of entrant

Location/address where scarecrow will be sited

Telephone contact number

Scarecrow character or name


Each scarecrow will need to be displayed by Monday 23rd October and stay up till Tuesday 31st October.


Scarecrow Trail forms will be available to collect from Friday 20th October, entry fee also £1.


Winners of the competition for best scarecrow and most identified scarecrows on the trail will be announced in Meshaw Square on the evening of Saturday 28th October. To light up the Square on 28th October we are also holding a pumpkin carving competition. Please bring along your carved creations to the Square by 7pm for judging.

Meshaw Harvest Festival Supper Oxham Hall Saturday 14th October


Tickets for the Meshaw Harvest Festival Supper are now available from Jeff Souch and Sally Meikle - alternatively, you can put in a request to The supper will be held at Oxham Hall 6.30pm for 7pm start. As usual there will be good food and sumptuous puddings!

Please bring your own drinks.


Price this year held at £10 for adults and £6 for children aged 11 and under.

MacMillan Coffee Morning Friday 29th September 11 am


Andrew and Sally Meikle are holding a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September starting at 11 am. All are very welcome to come along and have a chat, a coffee and some cake to support this worthy cause. Your support will be very much appreciated.


For more details, e-mail


Meshaw Pig Roast Saturday 26th August 6pm


Meshaw's famous pig roast is back! Pig roast, games and raffle will take place on Saturday 26th August at 6pm in Oxham Hall. Adults £10/children (16 and under) £5. Please bring your own drinks.


Tickets available from Jeff Souch and Sally Meikle, or you can book online by filling out the form here and e-mailing it to


Fete and Family Dog Show 27th August


Head down to the South Molton Pannier Market for a traditional fete and family dogshow! Sunday 27th August 12 - 4pm

Meshaw Garden Fete and Dog Show 29th July Application Form


If you would like to enter one of the competitions at the Garden Fete and Dog Show, you can download an application form for the Meshaw 2023 Fete from this website - just click here and print off. Completed forms and payments must be returned to the organisers at the addresses given on the form by Monday 24th July 5pm.  Besides the dog show, there are classes for vegetables, flowers, crafts, baking, preserves, creative writing, and more! The Fete will take place at Bournehead, Meshaw.

Meshaw's famous pig roast Saturday 26th August  Oxham Hall


Not to be missed - further details nearer the time!

Meshaw Garden Fete and Dog Show Bournehead 29th July


To take place at Bournehead, Gidley Cross, Meshaw. There will be craft stalls, BBQ, burger stall, cream teas, tombola, raffle, and games, plus dog show and vegetable, flower, craft and baking competitions. Entry forms available now from the organizers or e-mail

Church Picnic at Lower Ashmoor  25th June 12.30


Bring and share! By kind invitation of Kath Cole

Quiz Night Friday 9th June 7 pm Oxham Hall


Zara has another quiz for you! Can you beat the current trophy holders "The Unsinkable Ducks"? Teams of four to six people at £3 per competitor. Spaces limited to 48 competitors. Arrive 7pm for 7.30 start.Bring your own drinks and nibbles.


Book in with Zara or the Meshaw Together Team or contact via

Plant Sale Saturday 13th May at 11 am


Stop press! The Meshaw plant sale will be on Saturday 13th May starting at 11 am in the Square.


Paddington Bear the Movie Saturday 13th May 3pm South Molton Library


And once you've got your plants ...there is a film show in South Molton Library in aid of South Molton Community Welcome. Tickets £5 per person on sale in the Library. Join us for a fun afternoon and help raise funds to sponsor a refugee family to live in South Molton. Raffle, popcorn and more.

Coronation Weekend BBQ and Music Sunday 7th May


What is Meshaw doing for the Coronation weekend ... because of the extensive TV coverage on Saturday, Meshaw Together are running a BBQ in the barn at Northdown Farm, by kind permission of Diana and John, on Sunday 7th May. BBQ and music event to start around 5.30/6pm at North Down. Donations to Meshaw Together team at £5 per head, to include bun, burger and sausages from our local butcher. Bring your own drinks ... Music by DJ "James V". Book your food and a place from Zara or Jeff, or e-mail Webmaster Mary on

Coronation of King Charles III


The Meshaw Together team are arranging a street party/barbecue for Sunday 7th May so you can watch the event on Saturday and relax on Sunday. More information from the team closer to the time.


Treasure Hunt Saturday 15th April


Treasure Hunt around the parish on Saturday 15th April between 12 noon and 5pm, finishing up at Oxham Hall for refreshments. Further details to follow!


Quiz Evening Friday 10th March 7.30pm


This will be at Oxham Hall, with teams of four to six people at £3 per competitor. Limited to 48 people. Tickets available from the Meshaw Together team.



DEC Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal


You are invited for coffee/tea and cake at Lower Ash Moor on Saturday 18th February anytime between 10am - 12 noon or 2pm - 4pm to raise funds for the DEC Turkey/Syria appeal. Everyone will be very welcome. All monies and donations will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee.


Sheep Bingo!


New exciting village bingo session from the comfort of your own armchair - raising funds for the Meshaw Together project.


Bingo sheets now available. Project team members will call on you in the next week or so with the bingo cards and rules, or contact the webmaster at Please enter to help the Village Hub to succeed and thrive.

How does it work? There will be two flocks of ewes (red and yellow) numbered one to ninety, so you can buy and compete in two bingo games at the same time. As the ewes produce a lamb (single, double or treble) we will notify the players by email each day around 7pm the ewes' flock, colour, and number, so you can mark off your bingo cards.

There will be prizes for a line and a full house. Full house wins half a leg of lamb dinner (meat and veg) and a line wins a box of chocolates. Written rules of the game will be issued when you buy your bingo sheets. Lambing will start around the end of February or beginning of March so you have time to join in.

Price £3 per sheet for six cards or £5 for two sheets.

 Batsworthy Cross Community Benefit Fund


Is your community group in need of funding? The Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Fund is available to support community organisations and small charities in Oakford, Meshaw, Knowstone, Bishops Nympton, Rackenford and Creacombe, East and West Anstey, East Worlington, Molland and Rose Ash. To find out what projects fit the criteria and how to apply, you can contact the Grants Team on 01884 235887 or visit the website here.