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Comments and suggestions are welcome! For a speedy response to any questions, please get in touch via our Contacts page.
• Lost or looking for something? Try the search bar at the top-right of each page.
• For News items and enquiries, please contact Jane Mountford 01803 862499
• For Community News, please contact Liz Waterson 01803 849345
• To discuss Events, please contact Julian Hall 01803 867537
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August news & updates

stmarysseal1000pxSTILL TO COME IN AUGUST is a Coffee Concert with Robin Andrews on border bagpipes (‘not too loud’, we are assured), recorder and tin whistle. Then a few days later there’s this year’s bank holiday weekender, Sea Change Festival, which builds on its hugely successful debut in 2016, and so far looks to be presenting nine performances at St Mary’s Church over the Friday and Saturday evenings. There’s no Evensong and likewise no Messy Church this month – those two favourites return triumphantly in September. Further ahead, if you want to fill your diary early, there are the four St Mary’s events from Totnes Early Music Society‘s new season – see the newly-added listings on the Events page.
Further down this page there’s quite a bot of Community News, including a report with photos of the recent Heritage Tea Party at St John’s Church, and also some stories of those from Bridgetown who gave their lives in service during WW1. There’s some feedback from the New Union Flag project, plus the latest news from the Drop In, the Freedom Centre and Marketplace Ministries. Thanks as always to everyone who sent in words and pictures.
PS If you haven’t yet gotten hold of the August Parish Newsletter, there’s a contents list way down below and a link to download the extended, colour version.


for your diary: Sunday 24th September at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
of our Curate, the Reverend Steve Jones
Celebrant: Bishop Nick McKinnel
• Steve will then be celebrating his first Eucharist on Sunday 1st October at 11.15am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


Saturdays 12th & 18th August from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A series of events, when older residents of Bridgetown will come and share their memories of Bridgetown generally and the church in particular, while enjoying tea and cake. Newer and younger residents may like to come along to hear about life in Bridgetown in the past.
everyone is welcome
• no tickets are needed, but there will be a bowl for donations

Sunday 13th August
meet at 3pm at St John’s car park to share cars
Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon
The Tablets of the Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon have recently been restored and we a planning a summer pilgrimage there with a short Worship Celebration led by the Reverend Steve Jones, followed by a picnic tea and a longer walk.
• for more information email Joy Hanson or telephone 01803 445470

Tuesdays 15th August & 22nd August from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049

Wednesdays 16th August & 23rd August from 10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café will run on a pay what you feel basis.

MESSY CHURCH messychurchblue
August – no Messy Church
• next session Saturday 16th September

Saturday 19th August at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Coffee Concert by Robin Andrews
hosted by the Friends of St Mary’s
Music played on the border bagpipes
– these pipes are about half as loud as the Highland Pipes and much mellower. A mixture of tunes from various British and European Traditions, as well as some original compositions. There will also be some quieter interludes with tunes on the recorder and tin whistle.
entrance by suggested donation of £5

NEW: Friday 25th & Saturday 26th August
(August Bank Holiday Weekend)
various venues in Totnes
A community festival based in Totnes town centre – films, literature, talks and plenty of music across five venues.
Events at St Mary’s Church:
Daniel Brandt and Eternal Something
Masayoshi Fujita
Douglas Dare
Michael Chapman
Lux Harmonium
Ryley Walker
Julie Byrne
Nadia Reid
Jim Ghedi
festival website


ON JULY 1st THIS YEAR, there was a big tea party at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, when people were invited to come and share memories of Bridgetown and  St John’s Church, and to bring any pictures they had to show everyone – and to see a display of pictures of historic Bridgetown, people who were part of the Church history, the church before the fire and the fire. (click the photos to view them larger)

This event was to promote the heritage of St John’s. It was a free event, but people kindly donated £237 towards the cost of the new windows.

We also have three history talks planned for the autumn. These are to promote the heritage of the church and to raise fund, all on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at St John’s. (There will be a charge for the talks.)
Duke of Somerset 27th September: The History of the Seymour Family
Bob Mann 25th October: Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Todd Gray 22nd November: The Art & History of Devon’s Ancient Churches
~ Carolyn Stilwell


~ The Monmouth

~ The Indefatigable
Click the names below to read the stories of four of those who gave their lives in service…
Leading Stoker Frank Cudmore, HMS Monmouth (died 1 November 1914)
Petty Officer Stoker John Hodge Gribble HMS Indefatigable (died 31 May 1916)
Private Reginald Darke Cockwill (died 26 March 1918)
Rifleman Edward Torre Edmonds (died 20 September 1917)

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

Feedback from the NUF Project

I took the hugely generous donation of knitted children’s clothes to the Plymouth Red Cross last Friday, where they were warmly received by the Women’s group of asylum-seekers and refugees, who meet there on Friday mornings.

I was staggered myself by the quantity and quality of all this beautiful knitting.
Who are these knitters??
One of the volunteers who run the women’s group said photos of some of the children wearing some of these garments will follow!
But meanwhile, please convey my deep appreciation to the knitters on behalf of all the recipients. I think some will go to women and children already here, some kept to add to the Welcome boxes when children come, or the packs for Family Re-unions.
~ Wendy Stayte

Comment from Liz Waterson:
The knitters are the Mothers’ Union from all over Devon and Totnes Knit and Natter, and the Totnes Bowls Group – who don’t play in the winter but knit instead!

Freedom Centre news

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Drop In Newsletter Summer 2017

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Marketplace Ministries July figures

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Thanks for helping!
Sue and John Stabler have kindly taken over the St Mary’s gardening from Bill Mindang (centre). Warmest thanks are also due to Lylie Hardy, Sandra Nicholson, John Hawkins and Martha Fausset, who have recently joined the St Mary’s locking up team, and to Seb Brown and Emily who are helping clear the roof gutters.
• still plenty of other jobs waiting to be done – please see the notice in the porch

Flower arrangers at St Mary’s
Please remember to sign up for the summer rota.
Thank you!

church work dayTime to tidy the church
The next working party to tidy and spruce up St Mary’s Church will be on Saturday, 2nd September, from 10am to 12noon. There’s a lot going on at St Mary’s in September, so it needs to look good for all our visitors!

Totnes Team Afternoon House Group
Restarts on Tuesday 5th September at 2pm. We will meet at St John’s Church, Bridgetown. We will be studying Chapter 7 ‘Working Faithfully’, from the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard. Fi Eaton will facilitate the session
• any queries please ring Liz Waterson on 01803 849345

Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
Delicious jam, marmalade, chutney and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be so for some weeks to come!
• jam jars and lids are not needed at the moment!

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August 2017 issue is online

Parish News August 2017 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • August: a time for going places…growing places? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Caring Town Information Exchange – open and happy to help
  • Pals at Prayer in Exmouth – an Exmouth prayer intiative proves popular with children
  • Find the ‘key log’ – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • News from Exeter Anglican Org – three short articles
  • Alive to God – The Ven Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes
  • The Forgotten Christians of Baghdad – Church leaders in Baghdad are really struggling to help with the practical needs of their congregations

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter


calendarclockClergy days off
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!

at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome

History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.

penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.

Churches in Totnes supporting the initiative of Plymouth Red Cross for welcoming asylum-seekers
Jackie Fern and Wendy Stayte, on behalf of Totnes Quakers, are asking if other churches in Totnes would be willing to join with us for making ‘Welcome Packs’ for asylum-seekers when they arrive in Plymouth.
This is part of a ‘Welcome’ scheme that has been run by the Plymouth Red Cross for many years, and the scheme involves welcoming new arrivals when they come to Plymouth, helping them find their accommodation and generally find their feet during their first month in Plymouth, befriending them and giving them practical help.
All of this is done by the volunteers of the Welcome Project.
The part which Red Cross is now looking to Totnes to see if we can help, is the making of the Welcome Packs, which consist of shoe boxes containing toiletries and a few other useful items to have on arrival.
About 300 new asylum-seekers arrive in Plymouth per year, which means about 6 boxes per week. If a few other churches would join the Quakers in this practical initiative that would be very welcome.
We would make the collection point for the filled boxes at the Quaker meeting house (in Ticklemore Street Totnes), and would take responsibility for taking them over to Plymouth.
• more about British Red Cross support for refugees here

You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website

Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!

Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.

Parish Giving Scheme
There are various people using the Parish Giving Scheme who would be more than happy to answer any queries and help with the paperwork if necessary.
• please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 about this in the first instance

Help & Advice
The Need Help poster has recently been updated (March 2017).

• click here to download a printable A4 version

stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon (enquiries will not be taken at any other times), or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos

coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!

Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here

foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore to wait for the first Sunday of the month. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
• you can now also take your food bank donations to Morrisons in Totnes – there is a collection bin by the toilets
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here

totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are always desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster

Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page

wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes

table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146

albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday

St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158

For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


stmarysseal1000pxANOTHER BIG WEBSITE UPDATE is coming soon, with news about exciting projects for St John’s Church, Bridgetown – plus all the latest community news including feedback from recent fundraisers. Meanwhile, below is a Press Release about public consultations over the next couple of weeks for proposed projects in and around St Mary’s Church.
Also below are listings for other upcoming events…
Messy Church heads out of town to Exeter Cathedral for a Messy Fiesta on Saturday 10th June. But if you’re spending that day in Totnes, head down to Vire Island for the Totnes Christian Festival. There’s plenty of singing going on throughout the rest of this month – Ogwell Village Choir, the Collati Singers, and the Chapel Choir of Robinson College. There are also two special services – Wild Church presents an Oak Pilgrimage, plus a Deanery Confirmation on the 3rd Sunday.
Last and far from least, the June edition of the Parish Newsletter is now online; a contents list and a download link are below
PS If you’re near St Mary’s Church on any Tuesday until September, pop in for a Tuesday Special and enjoy refreshments and good company, and help fund Friends of St Mary’s at the same time.

on behalf of Totnes Trust and and Totnes with Bridgetown Parochial Church Council

EXTENSIVE PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENTS are beginning this week, to involve as many people as possible in shaping projects which will enhance the heart of Totnes. As reported previously in the Totnes Times, a major Parochial Church Council project is underway to restore and re-order St Mary’s Church for more community use. At the same time, Totnes Trust has set up another major and complementary project to realize the true heritage value of the whole surrounding area.

The two projects have come together as St Mary’s Partnership, which has been joined by Totnes Town Council, which is based in the historic Guildhall and undertakes care of the churchyard.
The work of the Partnership is of fundamental importance to the life of the town, both for townsfolk and visitors, and so can only be successful if the public is willing to say what it feels about change and improvement, and contributes creative ideas that can be incorporated into the work of the professional designers who will begin work after the consultations.

Consultation events will be held in the church from
• 12noon-7pm on 8 June; and from
• 10am-4pm on 9-10 June and 15-17 June

There will be displays showing the scope of the projects; how things look now; and what sort of improvements have been made in other places. Some key questions about the future will be set out, and volunteers will be on hand to answer queries and encourage visitors to leave a record of their own questions and ideas.
Apart from the urgent work that needs doing to repair the ‘at risk’ exterior of the church building, the PCC’s St Mary’s Renovation Project hopes to carry out a re-ordering of the church interior to make it more widely useable for the community in the 21st century.
Basic utilities like heating and toilets need to be brought up to date. Spaces could be more flexible for a wider variety of uses, and any adaptations for special types of uses and events need to be thought through. Current and potential users must have a major say in what happens.
The area around the church is one of the most importantly historic in any small town in the UK. It includes Tudor merchants’ houses facing the church across a magnificent ‘St Mary’s Square’; a churchyard underlain by the remains of an ancient Priory; the remains of the town wall ramparts walkway; the peaceful green amenity space of the churchyard; and the unique Elizabethan Guildhall hidden behind the church.
The Heritage Area Project aims to raise the quality of all these buildings and spaces, to make them a source of pride for citizens and a joy for visitors – a heritage site of national importance, and a generator of economic activity. This will only happen with full public engagement and support.
Ideas emerging from these consultations will be converted into initial sketches by design professionals, and there will be more consultation based on this in the autumn.
Help needed: We need people to help as stewards for an hour or so on the consultation days (see above for dates and times). Any time you can spare would be helpful – if you can help or want more information, please email Frances Northrop or telephone 0770 6466841.


Tuesday 6th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049

Saturday 10th June
from 10.30am to 1.30pm
Exeter Cathedral
All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space…
From the Exeter Cathedral website“Messy Church is a way-of-being church for families involving fun. This event will bring all the Messy Churches of Devon together to experience a little of ‘worldwide church’ and celebrate all that God is doing. It’s also a great way to bond with your Messy Families by going somewhere together as Messy Church.” If anyone would like more information please ring Diana Lusher on 01803 840702 or 07710 222955. We then start again after the holidays on September 16th.
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church

NEW: Sunday 10th June from 11am to 4pm
Wild Church
Join us for a longer silent pilgrimage to meet the oaks of Dartmoor. We’ll gather in the Vennford Reservoir car park at 11am.
This day is offered in stages to suit a range of fitness levels, so feel free to come along for just the morning or the full day (until around 4pm or later).
The first part of the day will be a quiet stroll around the water, which is a level walk of about 45 mins. We’ll then move a short distance onto the moor and sit beside a stream for some celtic storytelling with a taste of oak lore and our communion, followed by sharing reflections and lunch.
For those who wish to continue into the afternoon, our silent pilgrimage will then lead us deeper into the oak woods and down to the River Dart for some sacred time with the trees and the water. It’s then a good, steady climb up onto Bench Tor with wonderful views over Dartmoor, before we head down to meet Sue Blagburn at Middle Stoke Farm, Holne for a concluding cuppa with her and the horses. There is then a shorter way to walk back to our cars.
Please come prepared with lots of warm and waterproof layers and sturdy footwear suitable for going off the beaten track. You might like to bring a waterproof mat or suchlike for sitting. If you are staying for lunch, please bring a picnic to share and make sure you have plenty to drink, especially if you intend to stay for the full day. Bear in mind that you may be carrying your pack for several hours and be prepared to ‘wee in the wild’ if need be! (Toilets at each end.) Each person is responsible for their own wellbeing on this moorland walk.
email Reverend Samantha Wernham or call 01803 86254107979 057169
facebook event page

Saturday 10th June from 12noon to 8pm
Vire Island, Totnes
A Celebration of Christian Life and Culture
You are invited to come along to this free event as a member of a local church, and bring as many people as you can!
• Speaker (pictured right): Bishop Nick McKinnel

Tuesday 13th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049

Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Sam Richards
A selection of Sam’s piano pieces stimulated by the idea of music as landscape, including a brief talk about the idea of landscape.

Saturday June 17th at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Conducted by Trefor Farrow, The Collati Singers will sing Delius’ wordless Two Songs to be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water. The concert will also include unaccompanied arrangements of folk songs made for the King’s Singers and music by Ravel, Dowland and Whitacre.
admission is free (retiring donations invited for the church maintenance fund)
• for further information see their website
• see also their facebook page
download a printable A4 poster

Sunday 18th June at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
with the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Reverend Nicholas McKinnel. Please come along and support the candidates from our church.
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church on this day

Tuesday 27th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049

Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Concert by the CHAPEL CHOIR of ROBINSON COLLEGE, Cambridge
A mixed-voice choir who sing services twice a week in the wonderful setting of Robinson College’s Chapel.
They also sing services on feast days and special occasions throughout the academic year. The Choir tours every year both abroad and in the UK. Previous tours have included Paris, Innsbruck and Southern Spain. ​
entry £5 plus a retiring collection
• download a printable poster

Saturday 1st July from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A series of events, starting with a Tea Party, when older residents of Bridgetown will come and share their memories of Bridgetown generally and the church in particular, while enjoying tea and cake. Newer and younger residents may like to come along to hear about life in Bridgetown in the past.
everyone is welcome
• no tickets are needed, but there will be a bowl for donations

Tuesday 4th July from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049

NEW: Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Marldon Community Choir presents

A delightful mix of songs which will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer.
tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine / soft drink, call Anne on 07703 066877
• all profits to Rowcroft Hospice

updated: Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Brent Singers‘ Purcell concert
director Philip Arkwright
Denise Kenoe, Heloise West & Tim Mirfin
• retiring collection
• details from 01752 892703
• download a printable poster

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the June 2017 edition is now online

Parish News June 2017 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Choices – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Focus On What Really Matters – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Christians Urged To Vote At Election – Church of England / Devon
  • Exeter Diocesan News – various small articles
  • God Is Personal – former Army medic & vicar-in-training Kim Stanton
  • Our Churches Enrich Devon Life – Exeter Diocese
  • May Blossom Near Totnes Weir – local signs of Spring

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016

Easter services, events updates & community news

stmarysseal1000pxHOLY WEEK & EASTER are approaching fast, and below (and on the Services page) is an at-a-glance list of services at St Mary’s and at St John’s.
This is an ‘extra’ news post, focussing on a variety of upcoming and newly-announced Community events. Please see the Events page for listings of upcoming entertainments and events further ahead.


Monday 10th April at 8.30am 
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown:

Wednesday 12th April at 10.30am 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:

Maundy Thursday at 8pm until midnight
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
with Meditation on the Servitude of Christ and Watch

Good Friday 
10am starting at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
(Churches Together in Totnes)
2pm at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
Meditation before the Cross & Eucharist

Holy Saturday at 7.30pm 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:

Easter Day
8am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
9.30am at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
11.15am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes

Easter Sunday 16th April at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
programme tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

quietdayforlentposterA Quiet Day for Lent
Wednesday 29th March
from 10am to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Led by Rev Debbie Parsons, Team Vicar & Richard Frost, Team Reader
• tea & coffee provided – please bring your own lunch
• book your place by telephoning 01803 865196 or email
• all are welcome
• download a printable poster

Caring Town Information Exchange
We’re delighted to announce that the Caring Town Information Exchange will be open from Monday 27th March.
The need for this service was identified as a priority when Caring Town first started back in 2014, to help ensure that local people know about the great range of services on offer here – so this is an idea that has turned into reality, with many thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen, including Totnes Town Council who is our main partner.
Located in the front right ground floor room at The Mansion, we will be open from 10.30am – 2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Our Connectors, Denise or Victoria will be on hand to help signpost local people to local health, care and well-being services, groups and activities. These include formal and informal providers of public, community and private sector services. Working with South Hams CVS, we’ll also be helping connect people with volunteering opportunities.
Please drop in and say hello, meet Victoria and Denise and make sure we have information about your services – ideally we need an A4 portrait poster and some of your leaflets or flyers if you haven’t already provided these.
This is a learning stage for us, and we welcome your participation and support as the Connectors get up to speed on all the local services, and as we find out more about who uses the Caring Town Information Exchange and what they want from it.
We are not having a big public launch at this stage – for now we are letting you (our network) know and will use some social media to slowly raise our profile. I have attached our flyer – please feel free to send this to your staff, clients and volunteers and help us get the word out next week. We can also provide you with some hard copies.
we’ll be having an opening morning just for our Caring Town network people and organisations, and will let you know that date within the next few weeks

Electoral Roll
A revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 3rd April and 10th April. If your details have changed since last year or if you are a newcomer to the church and would like to be included on the register, please complete an application form and hand it to Douglas Mitchell (St Mary’s) or Anne Binns (St John’s) or a Church Warden by Monday, 10th April.

Annual Meeting
Wednesday 26th April
2017 at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Totnes with Bridgetown
(Eucharist at 7pm)
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
nomination papers available in both churches – please complete and return to Lynne Birch


First Aid Course
Wednesday 5th April
 9.30am to 3.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
For members of St Mary’s and St John’s Churches.
If you are able, a voluntary contribution towards the cost would be very much appreciated. We will confirm your place as soon as possible but please bear with us as, if we have a lot of interest, you will appreciate we will need to ensure an even spread of attendees from both churches.
• cost per person: £25
• please email Carolyn Stilwell or telephone 01803 863030

Beyond Borders Totnes & District
You are invited to a screening of
(French with English subtitles)
Thursday 6th April at 7pm
in Bogan House (opposite the Market Square in Totnes)
A moving feature film about a young, unaccompanied Kurdish asylum seeker from Iraq hoping to cross the channel at Calais – and a Frenchman becoming aware of his predicament.
Made in 2009, these issues are as alive today in more ways than one…as we digest the voting down of the Dubs amendment’s scheme for sanctuary for children seeking UK asylum…and as young asylum seekers return to Calais with the French authorities clamping down on humanitarian aid organisations offering them food.
open discussion after the film, all views welcome
• donations welcome for Luck of Birth
• download a printable A4 poster