OUR PRIEST

Revd Adrian Brook

Revd.  Adrian Brook is originally from Devon but spent most of his early life in Somerset and for a brief time, in Cornwall. After leaving school he worked on Dairy farms as a cowman until he joined the Army. After serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps for five years he left service life and studied a Biology degree at Plymouth before returning to work in agriculture once again. During this time a growing sense of calling to ministry led him to Church Army Training College in Sheffield and eventually ordination in 2010.

In 2014 he moved to Bridestowe to become Team Vicar in the Northmoor Team Ministry, with responsibility for Germansweek and four other parishes.

He is married and has three children and a grandson, two dogs and two horses.

 

 

OUR CHURCH

In the ancient West Devonshire village of Germansweek St German's is a Norman church founded on an earlier settlement. It was dedicated in honour of St. German (or Germanus), a 5th century missionary and Bishop of Auxerre, who visited the South West of England in 429 and 443 and established numerous churches in the region. 

 

The small church, sheltering in a hollow on the southern edge of Germansweek, has undergone numerous changes over the centuries, and was extensively modernised and restored in 1875.

 

Germansweek takes its name from St Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, who came to these shores in AD 429. Did St Germanus visit our village? No detailed records survive, we think it was possible, which would make Germansweek one of the earliest a Christian sites in this part of the world. The oldest parts of the present church were built not long after the Norman Conquest with additions dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. There is Tudor stained glass in the North aisle showing the arms of Frithelstock Priory plus the Kelly and Rolle families.

Our name has undergone variations over the years - 1086 Wica, 1242 Wyk, 1458 Wyke Germyn. At other times it has been Wyke Langford and Week St German.

The village grew until the mid eighteen hundreds, when the population reached 450. Today we are Just over 100, which makes survival of the church exceedingly difficult The loss of our farming community has been devastating and we have to find new ways to restore the social awareness

 

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