Christmas is coming!

St John's Church Bridgetown Totnes by Andrea Hoile

NEWLY ARRIVED is this winter-wonderful photograph sent to us by Andrea Hoile, showing St John’s Church, Bridgetown in a past year’s scenic splendour (click the photo to enlarge it).
• If anyone else has any local seasonal pictures / winterscapes, please send them in.

newsletterthumb201312The December edition of the PARISH NEWSLETTER is now online. This edition includes:

  • The Meaning of Advent by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Letter from Egypt by Khedra Sayed
  • The Story of Justin by Helga Watts
  • Building Relationships in the Community by Chris Grimshaw
  • We Can Spread it out Before the Lord
  • The Way I See It: In the Shepherd’s Field: The Strangest Sign by Canon David Winter
  • Doing the Right Things – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also
  • And the usual Contact Details and Service Times

COMMUNITY NEWS from Liz Waterson

caregiftaccountCare Gift Account

I have just opened this account. From time to time churches and individuals have been giving me money for the Food Bank, the Drop In and for Christians Against Poverty all linked and based in Totnes.

In order to target our donations most effectively, I have opened this account so that the amount can grow. Small donations of between £1 and £10 across the Team have grown quickly and we have already been able to give £60 to Christians Against Poverty for their Christmas Hamper Scheme.

If you would like to give a small donation, just put it in a envelope marking it Care Gift Account and drop it the collection box at the back of the church. It will be banked and as soon as we have between £50 and £100, I will contact the charities to see where the money is most needed. Contact Liz Waterson 01803 849345.

• See the Community page for more news, information and advice


Flowers in St Mary’s Church: Please make your donations to Joan Caskey as soon as possible.

Mike Winter wishes to thank all the many people who sent cards or telephone messages during his recent illness.

There is a new Events Retreat on the Dart including Centering Prayer Meditation. For full details, see or contact Liz Waterson 01803 849345


winterconcert2013Saturday 21st December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Singing in Harmony: Winter Concert
with Devonly Voices & The Singers Upstairs
and guests Pretty Noisy
Come and join us for a joyous festive evening of song, in support of Rowcroft. See also
entrance £6 (children free)
• enquires 01803 866308 or email Vicky Hadland
download a poster to print and display


christmastreefestival2013_05Throughout December…
Christmas Tree Festival
St Mary’s Church
A host of trees decorated by local groups and organisations.
• Scroll down for  photos and more details, or click here
• Remember St Mary’s Church closes around 4pm in the Winter months

quakerslogoSaturday 14th December at 7pm (last one)
Totnes Quaker Meeting: Vigil for the People of the Philippines
“We are holding a vigil at the Quaker Meeting House, Ticklemore Street on the coming four Saturdays, you and your congregations are very welcome to drop by to pray for the people of the Philippines with us.”
• Contact: Lindsay Clifton 01803 867895
• Map:

Celebrating ChristmasWednesday 18th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Celebrating Christmas in Words and Music
In the Company of
Words For Voices & The Devon Waites
• More details here
• Help promote this event by displaying the poster


This year’s CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL began on Tuesday 3rd December at St Mary’s Church and ends on 5th January. The Church has filled up with trees decked out in full finery. Even if you’re not actively taking part, pop into the Church and have a look!

• Donations are invited towards the Hurrican Disaster Apeal in the Philippines.
• Click the photos to view larger, or click here to view them in the Gallery section.
• Your photos are always welcome, please send them in!


The CHRISTMAS FAYRE at St John’s Church, Bridgetown (Saturday 30th November) raised £1,060 (to cover the cost of ongoing maintenance, new windows, etc).

It was a very enjoyable occasion, with a great sense of community, and music provided by local players including Totnes Junior Band. Many thanks to all who helped, especially Mayor Pruw Boswell for opening the festivities!

• Click the photos to view larger, or click here to view them in the Gallery section.


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