services, events & community news for mid-May onwards


EVENTS


messychurchblueSaturday 14th June  from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
The theme this time is
Pentecost – Wind and Fire
Messy Church is held monthly and is for Primary school children and their parents or carers. There are craft activities, a short act of child-centred worship and a meal together.
• Messy Church is FREE but donations towards craft materials and food are welcome!
• a gallery of photographs from a past Messy Church is here
• note there’ll be no Messy Church in August
• enquiries please email Diana Diana Lusher or telephone her on 01803 840702


musicswirl01Sunday 6th July at 2pm
YOUNG MUSICIAN’S CONCERT
more details coming – watch this space


messychurchredSaturday 19th July  from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
The theme this time is
Journeys
Messy Church is held monthly and is for Primary school children and their parents or carers. There are craft activities, a short act of child-centred worship and a meal together.
• Messy Church is FREE but donations towards craft materials and food are welcome!
• a gallery of photographs from a past Messy Church is here
• note there’ll be no Messy Church in August
• enquiries please email Diana Diana Lusher or telephone her on 01803 840702


summerfete01For your diary: Saturday 2nd August 2014
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
St Mary’s & St John’s REALLY BIG GRAND SUMMER FETE! 
Last year’s fantastically successful Summer Fete raised £1,756, let’s see if we can top that this year! More details as they become available.
• Want to be involved? Contact Lynne Birch on 01803 840259 or email Lynne.


St Mary's Church, Totnes World War IMonday 4th August 10am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Decorating Church for WWI Memorial Commemoration
• see also ongoing photography exhibition, below


Tuesday 5th August time tba
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
WWI Memorial Commemoration


hothousefourbuskingSaturday 9th August 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Coffee Concert: HOT HOUSE FOUR
Early American Roots Music: Western Swing, Blues, Early Jazz, Hokum, Swing & Ragtime
• a Friends of St Mary’s event
• watch this space for more details
website


jandietz2Tuesday 12th August 9am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ORGAN CONCERT
with Jan Dietz


the organ at St Mary's Church TotnesSaturday 23rd August at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
ORGAN CONCERT in memory of Bill Drake
with Jan Dietz


[See the Events page for listings beyond August 2014.]


St Mary's Church, Totnes World War IOngoing: World War I Photography Exhibition (continues throughout 2104)
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
• more than 120 photographs are currently on display in the Church, courtesy of Totnes Image Bank
• click the photograph to enlarge it


COMMUNITY NEWS from Liz Waterson


Totnes Food Bank logoTOTNES FOOD BANK

The Food Bank continues to deliver food personally, supporting people during their time of crisis, helping them out of food poverty and linking them with agencies that can help them resolve underlying issues. Our Food Bank does not work on a food voucher scheme.

However the demand for help is high and Carol Leigh and her team are looking at ways to meet the increasing need quickly whilst maintaining their very personal touch.
Pasta, rice, soups, non perishables, cereals, tea and coffee are great. Also toiletries and cleaning materials are much appreciated.

Food in Community TotnesFOOD IN COMMUNITY

What about fresh food and learning to cook economically, and healthily?

Sue Stevenson’s hens at Cornworthy regularly send several trays of fresh eggs for use to the Food Bank, Drop In and Daisy Family Centre, but Food in Community run by Laurel Ellis and David Markson (Ashprington) brings fresh food, that would otherwise be wasted, to many community projects.

Here’s a précis of Rob Hopkins’ Guardian article :

Volunteers at Totnes Food Redistribution - Laurel Ellis (front) and David Markson (left)

In a small corner of a storage shed at Riverford, volunteers ‘grade-out’ produce not quite perfect enough for sale or nearing the end of its shelf life, into boxes for local distribution.
There are avocados, carrots, cauliflowers and apples, broccoli and bananas, spinach and peppers and much more.

Each box has a card stating who it’s for. There’s the Totnes Food Bank, the Totnes Drop-In Centre, Cool Recover (a local charity working with young adults with mental health issues, a local primary school), Rainbow Nursery, as well as several boxes for individuals and a few other local projects. One box goes to a community radio station offering volunteers and vulnerable adults the chance to make radio programmes. If we weren’t doing this, it would all be fed to the farm’s extremely fortunate pigs.

One recipient of Food in Community‘s boxes is local primary Grove School, which had until recently outsourced its school dinners, with only 30 out of 200 pupils taking them. When the PTA decided to take over the catering, employing a chef, take-up doubled. When Food in Community showed up and was able to bring weekly deliveries, the PTA no longer needed to buy in prepackaged and frozen produce, and could spend more on better quality local ingredients. Take-up rose to 100.

[Read the full Guardian article here.]

Food in Community‘s thinking goes beyond just delivering produce. They have started running cookery classes at the Daisy Family Centre and also in the newly-established community kitchen in the town’s Civic Hall, for people with mental health issues and older men living alone.

Food in Community is just that – it touches all aspects of our Caring Town Totnes. There is more about this in Transition Town Totnes’ recent newsletter.

• David and the team are looking for more volunteer drivers to help deliver produce. If you want to help and learn more, Food In Community can be contacted by email or call 07846 021248 or support them via Facebook.

THE CINNAMON TRUST

cinnamontrustThe Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity for the terminally ill and people in their later years and their much loved, much needed companion animals.

We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Totnes who are able to offer some much needed walks for a lovely 5 year old Cairn Terrier.

What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four legged companions?

A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, and feel that their only option is to rehome them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together.

We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. We are always seeking new volunteers even if you can only spare an hour a week we would love to hear from you.

• If anyone can help please call during office hours on 01736 758707 or via email
• please also check out our website for more details www.cinnamon.org.uk
• registered charity number 1134680

CARE GIFT ACCOUNT

caregiftaccountSmall gifts are still most welcome and I can now arrange standing orders and Gift Aid – even for very small amounts.

As the gifts mount up to between £50 and £100, I pass them on to the Drop In, Food Bank and Christians Against Poverty – they are all most grateful. You are most welcome to designate your gift.

Often small gifts can be given directly to Mark at the Drop In for his weekly running expenses.


BELL RINGING at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


churchbellWould you like to learn a new team skill, have some fun at the same time? Why not try Bell Ringing?
It is an old English traditional activity which contributes much to the general community as well as the Church. Bell ringing develops your musical ear, your power of concentration, not to mention your physical powers, and it can become a most enjoyable hobby.
It is also a skill which means you are welcome as a participant in any tower in the country and also countries abroad where bell ringing is done.
You can start at almost any age and you can return to it having had a break for some time.
• ring Peter on 01803 863962 if you think you would be interested.
• practice evenings Wednesdays at 7.30pm (negotiable) at Berry Pomeroy Church


PARISH NEWSLETTER MAY 2014 is now online


newsletterthumb201405Parish News May 2014 – with 12 pages full of news, articles and information

  • Encountering the Risen Christ in our Midst by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 6) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Word for Today: An Encounter with God – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Why didn’t the Romans and Jews see the Risen Jesus? by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • How to Read the Bible in Public by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • WW1: Woodbine Willie by Preb. David Winter
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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.


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