FOLLOWING ON from all the events earlier this month, there’s quite a lot of catching-up on other things in this post, with details of special services and lots of community news.
(A few new events for October onwards are listed below – including a Children’s Singing Workshop.)
Liz Waterson writes about, amongst other things, the innovative Giving Back scheme (which was launched outside St Mary’s on Friday 25th September).
Read also about the Street Pastors’ new website, feedback from the Words and Music for the Jungle concert, and a new ‘postcard’ from Pip & Mike Shail. Would you like a (free) embroidered pocket Cross? You can find them in St George’s Chapel.
There are two special services, both at St John’s in Bridgetown, on Sunday 4th October. And we’ve added a special page with at-a-glance listings of Harvest Festival Services & Events at our Team Churches.
NEWLY ADDED EVENTS – see the Events page for further listings
NEW: Saturday 17th October (see below for times)
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
A CHILDREN’S SINGING WORKSHOP
…using Popular Music to encourage, educate and inspire children not only to sing, but to sing well!
Workshop starts at 10am
Informal concert of music studied during the day, begins at 2.15pm
Director: Stephen Tanner
Director of School Music and the Girl Choristers – Exeter Cathedral
• to book a place and / or to find out more, please telephone 01803 770515
or email Jan Dietz
NEW: Saturday 17th October at 7pm
St. John’s Church, Bridgetown
HARVEST FESTIVAL SUPPER
• tickets £5 each available from John Derbyshire telephone 07932 019301
or Martin Harvey 07860 492997
• all welcome
• please bring your friends and book early to avoid disappointment
• scroll down for news of Harvest Festival services – or click here
NEW: Sunday 18th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
• musical director Jan Dietz
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir
For your diary: Sunday 22nd November at 3pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COLLATI SINGERS CONCERT
The Collati Singers are a chamber choir conducted by well-known local conductor Trefor Farrow. The programme will include Howells’ Requiem, Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli and motets by Jenkins, Gjeilo and Lukaszweski.
The choir specialises in unaccompanied music from the Renaissance and twentieth centuries.
• more details on the Events page
• free entry but exit donations invited – proceeds will go towards St John’s Church, Bridgetown
• download an A4 poster
• further information contact 01364 643134 or email
HARVEST FESTIVALS 2015 at Team Churches
We’ve added a new page (under the Services menu) with at-a-glance dates and times of Harvest Festivals at St Barnabas’, Brooking; St John’s, Marldon; St Peter’s, Cornworthy; St David’s, Ashprington; St Mary’s, Dartington; St John’s, Bridgetown and St Mary’s, Totnes.
COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson
Caring Town Totnes & Giving Back
As you know, we have had concerns about the issue of begging in Totnes and how best to support those on the streets and direct any money given into effective strategies.
In my role as Coordinator of Totnes Street Pastors, I have been working with Carol Whitty within the Caring Town Totnes Network (CTT) to come up with a sensitive and compassionate public information response.
The result is the letter on the left (click to enlarge) and the downloadable poster. You will see by the logos how many public bodies were involved in this work and the very broad support that the letter and poster have.
We feel the letter may be best used to send out possibly to schools and community groups. The posters are being used by the Chamber of Commerce to distribute to all our shops.
It would be great if you could print off a poster and pop it on your noticeboards and use the letter to suit the needs of your church / group as you feel best.
• we thank Print and Design on The Plains for the final professional finish
The Giving Back Scheme (Freedom Centre, a division of Marketplace Ministries) now has 4 cafés involved: Seeds 2, Kerela, The Brioche, and The Green Café. In the first 5 weeks, when only 3 cafés were involved, the scheme raised £600.
The Scheme is continuing to develop strategies to help the homeless and those in need and all the cafés involved are fully supportive – this isn’t just a ‘tin in the corner’ collection idea.
There will be a formal launch on September 25th (see the events listing at the top if this post) with Sarah Wollaston, MP, our Mayor Jaqi Hodgson and a strong media presence – more details to follow.
A little background…
Caring Town Totnes (CTT) is a network of all the voluntary charitable organisations in Totnes – you will be surprised that there are over 70!
Issues around begging surfaced when Mark Hatch mentioned his concern that his attempts to effectively help people at the Drop In were somewhat derailed at times by the ease with which many of his Service Users were able to collect money in the town, followed by the temptation to use it unwisely!
I prepared a Business Card with Drop In details on it, to give to people on the streets (you can pick them up in the church) in order to interact with people on the streets but not give money. Cllr Robert Vint thought we needed a wider strategy and this is where CTT comes in. The Totnes Team Ministry and Totnes Street Pastors are part of CTT and I contacted other members of CTT, and those groups within the network that have an interest in these issues then came together to put out some public information about what help is available and how we may wish to support financially.
Lindy Strong, who has introduced the Giving Back initiative in some of our cafés, came to a meeting and so we were able to hear more about it and publicise it further. Money collected by the scheme goes to Mark and the Emergency Food Parcel scheme, and will go to support Mark when he moves out of the Drop In in order for South Hams District Council to rebuild a Drop In more fit for purpose than the current building is. They also have exciting plans for more creative support for those currently homeless and facing addiction problems.
Do come along to the launch of the scheme outside St Mary’s on 25th September at 11am and find out more.
• please download and display the A4 poster
We now have Totnes Street Pastors website
I have added all the information about Totnes Street Pastors and the latest initiatives that we have been involved in. Soon to be added will be the Street Pastors and Drop In Summer newsletters.
• the website is enabled by the website team employed by Ascension Trust
• download the latest Totnes Street Pastors newsletter
• see also our Street Pastors page
Postcard from Pip & Mike Shail, 17th August 2015
“Dear Friends and Family
Well, it seems almost unbelievable that we have now been here in San Cayetano for over 5 months and it is a whole month since our recent visit to UK. We had an excellent trip by train and fortunately managed to avoid any delays at the channel tunnel. The only heart-stopping moment was when the taxi taking us to Alicante station at the beginning of our journey got stuck in traffic…”
• continue reading the letter here
The 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 well received. We have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
Calling all jam lovers! Gina and Peter Rogers need empty jam jars (no lids) to start making a batch of damson jam.
• please bring them along next week or phone on 01803 867011
Calling all Messy Church helpers!
Katherine Lyddon, the Diocesan children’s work advisor, is coming to meet Messy Church helpers at 11am on Wednesday October 14th at St John’s Church, Bridgetown.
• please let Carolyn Stilwell know if you would like to come for a chat about Messy Church
• coffee and cake will be served!
Feedback from the Words & Music for the Jungle event (Saturday 5th September at St Mary’s, Totnes), in aid of the Calais Refugees, from Alison Williams – one of the campaigners:
“Sam Richard and Kate Sermon who organised the wonderful Words and Music for The Jungle concert at St Mary’s Church on Saturday have just given me £1527 raised at the concert. Hats off to them both! This concert went from bright idea to actuality in ten days! Many many thanks to everyone who took part and donated time and money so generously. Thanks to the vicar Rev Julian Ould for letting us have the use of the church free and the lovely tea ladies who donated the refreshment money. You are all fabulous!”
• click the image to read Alison’s post on facebook, published before the final, larger, amount raised was announced.