Local Groups associated with our Churches

Contact us for further information about any of the local groups


Tea and Chat


Our programme of the Tea and Chat meetings runs from April until September and has finished for 2017. Why not join us for our soup lunch which runs during the winter months instead

Home Fellowship Group

  • For several years a group has met fortnightly for an hour to look at the Bible Readings for the following Sunday. For a lead they have used Jane Williams’ (wife of the former Archbishop) useful guide. These meetings have been helpful, in that is has allowed the group to grow spiritually and in friendship. 
  • At present there are seven who meet in the group but there is room for more 
  • If you are interested in attending the Group, speak to Iona, Moira or Alison on 322170 you will be very welcome

Forthcoming dates are:

Wednesday 29 November - 10.30 am


Soup Lunch 

The programme of lunches for 2017/18 will be run between October and March (except December) in Staplegrove Village Hall.

Soup lunches will be held, between 12 noon and 2 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from October until March. (Cost £2).  ALL WELCOME


Future dates for your diary

No soup lunch in December
Tuesday 16 January 2018 - 12 noon to 2 pm
Tuesday 20 February 2018 - 12 noon to 2 pm
Tuesday 20 March 2018 - 12 noon to 2 pm


Helpers are also required to provide food/transport/service on the day.  Please contact us if you are available to help or need a lift.


  • The group was set up as a social gathering for the elderly. It meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month at St. John's Church, Staplegrove
  • Please note that the monthly coffee mornings have been discontinued, but other events may be organised from time to time
  • There are a range of speakers on a wide variety of subjects, together with a monthly raffle to provide funds. Members enjoy chatting over a cup of tea
  • On the fourth Tuesday of each month a coffee morning is held in members’ homes.
  • Due to the age of members of the group, mobility is an ever increasing problem, any offers of help with transport are greatly appreciated.
  • For further details about joining the Evergreens or to offer transport, please use the contact form.

Future dates for your diary

Tuesday 12th December 2.45 pm Christmas tea and carols Staplegrove Village Hall 
Tuesday 9th January 2.45 pm AGM and Quiz St. John's Church
Tuesday 13th February 2.45 pm "Walking my dog" a continuation of George Williams' talk  St. John's Church


Mother's Union

The Mother's Union has a world-wide membership of over 4 million who work to provide Christian care for families in their local communities. 

The Staplegrove branch meet monthly usually in the church. In addition to regular meetings our branch supports the Neonatal unit at Musgrove Park Hospital, the Mission to Seafarers and other charities with knitting; organises Church Mice, a monthly children's activity based service in church; helps with Messy church activities and youth mission work.

Future dates for your diary

 Full Programme of meetings for 2017

14th December

Christmas Celebration  
7.30 pm   Moira and Jim's House

11th January

Eucharist and AGM

7.30 pm

St. John's Church, Staplegrove

8th February

Soup Lunch, followed by Wave of Prayer Service at 2 pm
(Joined by Wiveliscombe and West Monkton branches)
12.30 pm  St. John's Church, Staplegrove

Photographs from the Meeting between Messy Church and the Mother's Union at Slapes (August 2016)


Knitter's Group

  • The knitters group, which was started by members of the Mothers' Union normally meets in St John's, Staplegrove on the last Thursday of every other month between 2-4 pm.  Please see below for venue during Reordering work
  • In spite of the lovely warm summer weather knitters have continued to produce a multitude of items, all of which have been carefully knitted with love and care.8 knitted toys have gone to the Women’s Refuge where one will be put on each bed as a child arrives.   What a comfort they will become!  Thank you.
  • 12 jumpers and cardigans have gone to RAFT for Syria and the camps in Europe. We have chosen various sizes and warm ones as they must have to endure many cold days and nights
  • A few hand selected jumpers have gone to families who attend the Food Bank.
  • The remaining jumpers will go to the Children’s Centres at Norton or Priorswood once the weather cools down a bit.Thank you to all who knit.  
  • Recently more wool has been donated.  We are grateful to you all.  Now we can give where there is a need
  • Why not come along to the next meeting, but if you cannot join the group and would prefer to knit at home the group have plenty of wool, patterns and needles for you to use (simple jumper pattern)
  • Contact Alison on 322170 for further information

Future dates for your diary 

18th January  2.30 - 4 pm  St John's, Staplegrove

Mother's Union Banner Group

  • Calling all sewers, embroiderers, patch workers, quilters, weavers and knitted.
  • Staplegrove branch are hoping to create new banner and we are looking for anyone who would like to be involved to meet and discuss the project.
  • If you are interested please come to a meeting on Thursday morning, 18th January at 10.30 am at 2 Stoneleigh Close, Staplegrove

Staplegrove Trust

The Staplegrove Trust, operating in its present form since 1978, makes grants of money to persons in the area of benefit who are in need, hardship or distress. Since 2000  has been extended to include assistance to any other charitable purpose in the area of benefit. Click on the link for further information about the Trust.

The next meeting will be held on        Wednesday 11th April 2018