Down St Mary parish is in Mid Devon, some fourteen miles from Exeter and about twenty-five miles from Barnstaple. The nearest town is the market town of Crediton with a good range of shops. Our parish comprises the settlements of Morchard Road and Chaffcombe as well as the village of Down St Mary itself. The parish has some eight farms set in the rolling hills of the Devon Countryside. There are 169 dwellings and a population of approximately 360. The parish is served by the A377 and A3072 roads on which there are regular bus services and we have our own railway station at Morchard Road on the Exeter-Barnstable Tarka Railway Line. The centre of the village is dominated by the fine Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, in which can be found some of the most ornate wood carvings, with the pews dating back to the Elizabethan period and the screens to Victorian Times.