COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson
NEW: Wednesday 8th October 8.45am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CARING TOWN TOTNES NETWORK LAUNCH
Are you past of a group, business or organisation that is involved in health, wellbeing of social care?
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NEW: TOTNES POUND
We are currently busy working on enabling payments by text message in Totnes Pounds from any mobile phone and a Totnes web portal to help local businesses and individuals. We will soon be in touch with businesses that are signed up to accept paper Totnes Pounds, to explain it all in more detail.
In the meantime, we would like to offer an update in person about the Totnes Pound to any interested people that attend St Mary’s or St John’s. This could be a general talk about the Totnes Pound, our aims and plans, with a chance for people to ask questions, but we are pretty flexible about the format. As well as explaining what we are trying to do for the local community as a not for profit social enterprise, we would love to hear what is happening in this Church community and gather some feedback on what we are doing from trusted community members.
• If you are interested in learning more and / or giving feedback about the Totnes Pound, please let Liz Waterson know. If enough people are interested, a meeting / presentation can be set up.
• Liz Waterson 01803 849345 or email Liz
NEW: FOOD BANK
Carole is building up wonderful relationships with the people that she meets, who in turn are looking for ways to give something back, with one family who had a little left over passing it on to another friend in need.
She is most grateful for your donations – the Frey Bentos tinned pies go down a storm especially as they don’t take much gas or electric to cook.
Carole is regularly picking up from me every Sunday and we are very happy to take Harvest Festival produce that is not designated elsewhere. Marisa has contacted me to tell that she will be bringing Buckfastleigh’s Harvest gifts to me to pass on to Carole.
Thank you all so much.
• more about the Food Bank
NEW: “More housing, more traffic. Can Totnes cope?”
South Hams District Council are considering sites for development in Totnes. There is a display in the entrance to Totnes library until Wednesday next week (1st October), in Totnes Guildhall between 10am and 4pm on weekdays until next Thursday (2nd October).
You can look at maps showing the sites and the assessment of each site, then add your own comments.
Food Bank Collection Points
Many thanks for the food, toiletries and cleaning materials. They are greatly appreciated.You may find it more convenient either to pop food in the collection box at the back of St Mary’s Church or in my porch, 32 Copland Meadows – it can be left there any time and Carol Leigh collects directly from me. (Carol also picks up 4 trays of eggs from Cornworthy every week.)
• Liz Waterson 01803 849345 or email Liz
Care Gift Account
I am still collecting for our Care Gift Account and if you want to give a small gift to the Food Bank, the Drop In or Christians Against Poverty, you can pop that through my door too (address above).
Cheques can be made payable to the Care Gift Account and you can leave the money to be donated accordingly or specify the charity to which you wish the money to go.
We have Gift Aid and Standing Orders now too and we can pay the charities directly by BACS. I wait until I have collected £50 or more and then donate.
• I have just given a gift of £50 to CAP. Pastor Fraser Nute from Totnes United Free has retired as Pastor there and has become the part time CAP representative at TUF – he was blessed to receive our gift as he started his new job.
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 this number!
Changes at Totnes United Free Church
Pastor Fraser Nute has now retired and we send our best wishes to him and Polly. Our prayers are with Pastor Ade Gascoigne and his wife Mary as they take over the leadership.
We have received a thank-you letter and certificate from Parkinson’s UK, following the concert by Elie Fruchter at St Mary’s Church, Totnes, on Saturday 16th August. The event raised £352.52. (The event also raised somewhere in the region of £250 for the Friends of St Mary’s.)
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A note of thanks
Many thanks to those who made up the working party on Tuesday, 16 September (including the ladies working at the coffee morning who joined in between serving the paying customers).
The Smart Water treatment has now been applied to all surfaces, an essential requirement for our insurers. The gutters are now cleared again, and the gardens around the South entrance are looking great, with the buddleia all well cut back
We were also graced with the Town Clerk calling into to see what was going on!
We are starting a six week course called Puzzling Questions, co-facilitated by Debbie Parsons and Tony Gregg, which is designed to help you ask some big questions about the meaning of life. The course encourages discussion of some extracts from a DVD and a comes with a workbook, which you have an option of buying for £3.99 and can be used for notes.
The course started on Sunday 14 September from 4pm to 5.30pm at the Vicarage, Crosspark, Totnes TQ9 5BQ & thereafter fortnightly for six sessions, but newcomers are still welcome. • contact Debbie Parsons on 01803 840113 or email Debbie
The next book that the Crosspark Bookclub will be discussing on Monday 6 October from 7pm to 9pm at The Vicarage is “Sarah`s Key” by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Please come with ideas for what we might read in future meetings.
• contact Reverend Debbie Parsons if you’d like to come along:
01803 840113 or email Debbie
Tuesday House Groups
The Tuesday afternoon group meets from 2pm to 3.30pm every two weeks. Please note: the group will meet at 2pm on 30th September at Greystones – Margaret Beckwith’s home (entrance in St John’s Car Park), phone: 01803 862783.
• further information from Liz Waterson 01803 849345 or email Liz
• the evening group will meet as usual at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes, contact Carolyn Stilwell: 01803 863030
This issue includes:
- Foreword – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
- It’s Just a Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
- Pop-Up Church: Jesus Goes to ‘Somersault’ – by Jane Willis, Vicar of Filleigh
- The Story of Justin (part 10) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
- Ordination Joy
- Thika Bishop Visits Devon
- New Book by Bishop Robert
- Father, we thank you for the gift of the morning – a prayer from Keith McKay
- Word for Today: Volunteers not Conscripts – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
- Christianity is Under Attack – by Julian Hall
- Keswick Lecture 24th August 2014 – by Ravi Zacharias
- Footprints – by Carolyn Carty, 1963
- On The Run
- Don’t Chase What Isn’t There
- …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times