• Welcome to

    St. Augustine's Church Heanton Punchardon.

    St. Augustine's church is also the parish church for RMB Chivenor and the village of Wrafton.

    Our Mission Community partners are:

    St. Michael and All Angels church Marwood, St. Calixtus church West Down, and  St. Georges church Georgeham.


    We are pleased to announce that as from the beginning of September we have been able to increase the number of services in our churches across the Mission Community. Details and times of services at Heanton, West Down and Marwood and Private Prayer sessions at Marwood can be found on the Calendar page. We regret that outside of these times, each of our church buildings will remain closed.


    Coronavirus update

    Following the most recent Government guidelines concerning the rule of six, implemented on Monday 14th September we are currently able to offer the following services. Sunday services will continue to be held on two Sundays in every three at each church. This pattern is unlikely to be altered in the foreseeable future. Please see calendar for details. On-line services will continue to be available on this website. We will also continue weekly audio messages and more in-depth midweek reflections.

    We are now able to hold wedding and funeral services in each of our churches though numbers are restricted to thirty people in total. Please contact the Rector if you would like further information.  We regret that we are not able to offer baptisms at this time.

    If you would like us to pray for any specific need please e-mail us at   northtawprayer@gmail.com  and we will ensure that members of our prayer team pray for you. If you have any other pastoral need, please feel free to contact either of us.

    Rev Steve Painting (Rector) 01271 812605

    Rev Caroline Raby (Associate Minister) 01271 815560


    Annual Parochial Church Meetings

    Following the postponement of our annual meetings earlier in the year we will now be including the essential elements of the meeting following a service. If you are not a regular member of the congregation but would like to attend the meeting and/or the service that it follows please contact the Rector. (For further details go to the news and events page).


    Harvest 2020

    We regret that because of limitations imposed by Coronavirus regulations, we will not be able to hold specific harvest festivals in our churches this year. There will though in addition to our usual written service be a recorded on-line service on this website on Sunday 4th October 2020.

    For further details of how we are observing the harvest season please go to the news and events page. 


    If attending a service please note that:

    • If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 – please do not come to the service. If you develop symptoms within a week following the service please contact the Rector on 01271 812605 and the NHS Track and Trace service.
    • Toilet facilities will only be available at Heanton.
    • If for medical reasons, you are shielding, you are strongly advised not to attend services at this time.
    • There will be no singing of hymns. Organ or CD music will be played at the start and end of the service and music for reflection may be played during the service.
    • You are required to wear face coverings throughout the service except whilst taking communion bread. Ministers leading services will wear face coverings before and after the service and during the distribution of Holy Communion. They will wear head visors at other times during the service, in order to be clearly heard, but at these times will be further distanced from the congregation.
    • 2 metre social distancing will be maintained throughout the service. Stewards will guide you to an appropriate seat.
    • Your name and contact details will be requested at the start of the service for track and trace purposes.
    • You will be asked to sanitize your hands on entry and exit from the church.
    • If you would like to follow readings, please bring your own Bible.
    • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of the service and leave promptly through the marked exit point at the end of the service.
    • Refreshments will not be served following the service.
    • There will be no collection during the service but offerings can be placed in on a plate or basket available as you leave the church. If you would like to give regularly to the work of the Church please contact the relevant treasurer.
      • Marwood – Sue Nightingale – 01271 812291
      • West Down – David Ravenscroft - 01271 865413
      • Heanton – Stan Westlake – 01271 816340
    • Seat coverings have been removed. If you require a cushion to sit on, please bring your own.


    The September 'Link' magazineis here - see News and Events.


    If you miss the sound of Church bells, listen to ours by going to the Audio Messagespage.


    Safety & Safeguarding

    If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

    .  The Parish Safeguarding Representative is:-  Mr David Roff.

    .  The Parish Safeguarding Contact Number is:-  01271 813329

    .  The link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team is:-


    If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.



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