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event cancellation + new listings


CANCELLED: Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society
CONVIVIO
A Royal Engagement
   
Totnes Early Music Society regrets to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
TEMS website

Scroll down for new and upcoming events and services in and around Totnes…..


SPECIAL SERVICES in Stoke Gabriel & Bridgetown


StokeGabrielStmaryStGabrielschurchNEW: Sunday 29th October at 10.30am
St Mary & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
TEAM EUCHARIST
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes and no 9.30am service at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
(8am service at St Mary’s as usual)


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


UPCOMING EVENTS


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st October
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Creation
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (right) by Joy Hanson


Wednesday 25th October
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


NEW: Wednesday 25th October at 7pm
Totnes Library
Friends of Totnes Library present
DESERT ISLAND BOOK EVENT

with the Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
• all proceeds to Friends of Totnes Library
tickets £5 available from the Library or on the door
refreshments available


Wednesday 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY TALK AT ST JOHN’S
Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Speaker: Bob Mann
• donations in aid of St John’s Windows fund


Wednesday 1st November
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


NEW: Saturday 4th November 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
PAY WHAT YOU FEEL CAFÉ + BRIC A BRAC
Tasty food, freshly prepared to order – raising money to pay for a Children’s Singing Workshop, coming soon with Choir Director Stephen Tanner.
(Free refreshment for St Mary’s Working Party on that day.)
• enquiries please email
Bric a Brac wanted!
To sell at the above fundraiser. Collection of small to medium size items possible in Totnes area by arrangement.
Please contact Jan Dietz 01803 770515 or Sandra Nicholson 01626 330049.


NEW: Wednesday 8th November
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
ENERGY ADVICE DROP IN AT COMMUNITY CAFÉ
We will be joined by an Energy Advisor from local group South Dartmoor Community Energy to help you check you’re not paying too much for your energy and are receiving all the support you’re entitled to from the energy companies. Katie’s advice is all free and impartial and she can also answer queries on smart meters, the Priority Services Register, heating systems and damp and condensation.
• bring a recent fuel bill to see if you could save by switching
• for more information call the advice team on 0800 112 3044 or visit the website..
Katie Reville, Director and Energy Advisor
• also on Wednesday 6th December


COMING SOON


More updates and community news.


recent news & updates


stmarysseal1000pxWE ALWAYS WELCOME photographs, and some lovely ones have recently arrived to echo recent events and to brighten up this bulletin. As summer fades, Harvest Services arrive at the Team Churches (see below for the current list). We even have advance news of some (not all, yet) Christmastime events – though we’ve kept most of those dates just to the Events page for now, so that we can focus here more on Autumn…but do go check the listings if you want to fill your diary up.
Displaying once again St Mary’s huge potential as a venue for all kinds of events, the Bodykind Festival has chosen the Church for its ‘Core Event’, which features talks, entertainments and workshops. A few days later there’s an important evening happening at the Civic Hall, highlighting drugs-related safety issues for the young people of this town.
If you are into tales of the unknown, head over to St John’s in late October and Bob Mann will tell you things you didn’t know about Bridgetown. Or, if you envy Doctor Who for being able to ‘talk baby’, take your tiny one to St John’s on a Thursday morning and Amy will teach you both some baby signing.
We’ve added a very warm round-up to Wild Church‘s page of their past year of adventures and eco-spiritual services, and hints of more to come
Scroll down this page for various bits of community news (someone asked how to donate money to the Food Bank and related projects; a good question, and we’ve found the ideal answer and replied on here).
Thanks as always to everyone who sent in words and pictures.
PS Last but never least, the October Parish Newsletter is now online – a link and contents details are below.


ORDINATION OF PRIESTS 24th September 2017


 
Rt Reverend Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, plus our Curate, Steve Jones (left) – along with Robert Densmore and Stephen Yates (both from the Torquay Mission).
• photograph by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
• click the images to enlarge them


MARY HARRIS’S GARDEN PARTY photos from July 2017


 
 
So many people enjoyed a wonderful tea at Mary Harris’s Garden Party, at the end of July.
With generous donations the final figure is over £1600, boosting the fundraising for St John’s New Windows Appeal. Mary would like to thank all who helped from all our churches in Totnes, a fine Ecumenical effort of fellowship over the tea pots and bric-a-brac! Click the images to view them larger.


COMMUNITY CAFÉ @ St John’s



The Community Café at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, continues to run on Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm, on a pay what you feel basis. 

A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Brooking, Bridgetown & Dartington


Sunday 1st October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TEAM SERVICE
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Jones
no services at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
• this will be the first celebration of the Eucharist by Steve and we invite you to join us for light refreshments in the Church following the service.


Sunday 1st October at 3pm
St Barnabas’ Church, Brooking
HARVEST SERVICE
.


Sacred Space Poster December 2014Sunday 1st October
from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SACRED SPACE
theme: The River of Life
A continuing initiative of St Mary’s and St John’s churches, an opportunity for alternative and creative worship.
all welcome
• for more information, call Reverend Debbie Parsons on 01803 840113


Sunday 8th October at 11am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
JOINT HARVEST SERVICE
followed by LUNCH
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day


Sunday 8th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
HARVEST SERVICE
.


Sunday 15th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme:
Introit: O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace – Tye
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 418 Father, Lord of all creation
Psalm 139 vv1-11
Mag and Nunc: Noble
Anthem: O Lorde, the Maker of all things – Joubert
Anthem after the prayers: O Thou the central orb – Wood
Hymn 166 Crown him with many crowns
Musical Director: Jan Dietz


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
These services are be in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


for your diary: Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
• Christmas is coming, and so are further details for this event!
• further Christmastime listings are on the Events page


UPCOMING EVENTS


Tuesday 3rd October at 4.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
MEETING
Discussion about ideas and plans for Christmas events.
• free coffee and biscuits


Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th October
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


NEW: Saturday 14th October from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Core Event at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
BODYKIND FESTIVAL
An innovative weekend about looking at ways of feeling more comfortable in the skin we’re in.
 Inspiring speakers, workshops, art, photography, theatre, dance, film and music. St Mary’s Church is the venue for the Core Eventthe overall festival runs from 13th to 15th of October and features events in other venues, elsewhere in central Totnes, too.
full details and ticket sales are on the event’s website


Saturday 15th October at 3pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
DIVERTIMENTO STRING QUARTET
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 no 4 in C minor, Heitor Villa Lobos String Quartet no 1 and Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F
A most stimulating and varied programme beginning with Beethoven in dramatic mood. Villa Lobos’s Quartet is in six short movements which take the form of a suite, alternating song and dance movements. Ravel’s Quartet is one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire. Altogether a varied and easily approachable programme.
tickets £12 children & students free, from Divertimento 01803 863677 Drift Records, High Street, Totnes 01803 866828 or at the door


NEW: Tuesday 17th October from 6.30pm to 9pm
Totnes Civic Hall
KEEPING YOUNG TOTNES SAFE
You are invited to help make a positive, constructive community response to the recent, tragic deaths of local teenagers through the misuse of drugs.
Want to find out about support for young people offered by local organisations?
Affected or concerned about issues related to the misuse of drugs by young people in the area? Want to share your concerns and ideas with other parents and interested members of the community? Could your experiences and ideas contribute to a programme of positive activities with and for young people in our town?
Then please join us!
light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm
for more information see posters further down this page, and / or email


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st October
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Creation
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (right) by Joy Hanson


CANCELLED Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONVIVIO
Totnes Early Music Society regrets to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
TEMS website


Wednesday 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY TALK AT ST JOHN’S
Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Speaker: Bob Mann
• donations in aid of St John’s Windows fund


NEW: Saturday 4th November 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
PAY WHAT YOU FEEL CAFÉ + BRIC A BRAC
Tasty food, freshly prepared to order – raising money to pay for a Children’s Singing Workshop, coming soon with Choir Director Stephen Tanner.
(Free refreshment for St Mary’s Working Party on that day.)
• enquiries please email
Bric a Brac wanted!
To sell at the above fundraiser. Collection of small to medium size items possible in Totnes area by arrangement.
Please contact Jan Dietz 01803 770515 or Sandra Nicholson 01626 330049.


BABY SIGNING CLASSES at St John’s


Thursdays from 10am to 11am
Learn to communicate with your baby before it can speak, at a baby signing class. The classes at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, will be half an hour of singing familiar nursery rhymes, learning some signs to help communication with babies, and then there is a different sensory aspect to the class each week, including bubbles, scarves, mirrors and more. The second half of the class is social time – a chance for parents / carers to meet other families and enjoy a hot drink and biscuits.
• please contact Amy on 07973932477 or email
website


KEEPING YOUNG TOTNES SAFEa Caring Town Information Exchange event



COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


Totnes Team Afternoon House Group
updated: Our next meetings are on Tuesdays 17th & 31st October at 2pm. We will meet at Mary Harris’s House: 4 Riverside, Totnes. We will continue studying the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
• any queries please ring Liz Waterson on 01803 849345


Tuesday Evening House Group
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30pm. We will meet at 3 Sparrow Road. This term we will be continuing to discuss topics raised in the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
• any queries please ring Carolyn Stillwell on 01803 863030


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can now donate food at Morrisons once again. Look out for the large black plastic bin labelled ‘Food Bank’. You can also drop food off in my porch any time and it will be collected every week.
Liz Waterson32 Copland Meadows Totnes TQ9 6ER 01803 849345
• more about Totnes Food Bank here


Food Bank suggested donations list
download a printable pdf of this list


Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


Calling charity Christmas Card shop volunteers
Could you join the friendly team manning the Totnes Cards for Good Causes pop-up charity Christmas Card shop? We are seeking more volunteers to help run their charity Christmas card shop in Bogan House in the lead up to Christmas. The shop will be open from 20th October to 9th December.
Volunteers are asked to just give three hours of time once a week or fortnight over seven weeks to help raise funds for national and local charities. Training is provided and volunteers usually work either a morning or afternoon session. A chance to meet new people, get some work experience or simply get involved in something worthwhile and rewarding.
• please contact Frances Guy, Regional Organiser, 01392 439599 or email


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 October 2017 issue is online


Parish News October 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:

  • Mary Harris’s Garden Party – photographs
  • You Can’t See Me, Can You? – by Reverend Gill Still
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • St Mary’s: The Reformation? (part 2) – by Ian Wintersgill
  • Ideas For Growing Your Rural Church – Exeter Anglican Church
  • Full Steam Ahead For Steve – the new Railway Chaplain for South West England
  • God’s Guidanc is Better Than Sat Nav –  Ven Ian Chandler Archdeacon of Plymouth
  • God Has A Plan, Trust Him – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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


DON’T FORGET…


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


prayerprofilePrayer
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’.


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
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
parishgivingscheme
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 once more 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


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.


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


Sunday 24th September at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ORDINATION to the PRIESTHOOD 
of our Curate, the Reverend Steve Jones
Celebrant: Bishop Nick McKinnel
• the Ordination replaces all other services in the Totnes Team, except for the service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes at 8am
• Steve will be celebrating his first Eucharist on Sunday 1st October at 11.15am, at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


NEW: Sunday 1st October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TEAM SERVICE
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Jones
• no services at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
This service will be in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Sunday 13th August
meet at 3pm at St John’s car park to share cars
Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon
SUMMER PILGRIMAGE
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
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
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
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
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
BORDER LANDS
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
SEA CHANGE
A community festival based in Totnes town centre – films, literature, talks and plenty of music across five venues.
Events at St Mary’s Church:
Friday
Daniel Brandt and Eternal Something
Masayoshi Fujita
Douglas Dare
Michael Chapman
Lux Harmonium
Saturday
Ryley Walker
Julie Byrne
Nadia Reid
Jim Ghedi
festival website


ST JOHN’S HERITAGE TEA PARTY


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


REMEMBERING BRIDGETOWN & WWI



~ 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

• click to enlarge


Drop In Newsletter Summer 2017

• click to enlarge


Marketplace Ministries July figures

• click to enlarge


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


DON’T FORGET…


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


prayerprofilePrayer
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


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
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
parishgivingscheme
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


WHAT DOES ST MARY’S MEAN TO YOU?


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.


PRESS RELEASE
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.


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS


Tuesday 6th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
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
MESSY CHURCH FIESTA
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
Dartmoor
Wild Church
presents
OAK PILGRIMAGE
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
TOTNES CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL 2017
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
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
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
MUSIC AS LANDSCAPE
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
THE COLLATI SINGERS
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
DEANERY CONFIRMATION
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
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
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
website


Saturday 1st July from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY AT ST JOHN’S
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
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
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
SOUNDS OF SUMMER 2017

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
DIDO & AENEAS
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