community news & upcoming events

stmaryssealgravatarWE ARE IN THE PROCESS of adding more events and special services for November and beyond, so check back here soonOctober.Meanwhile included below are some November events plus a few recently-added listings for later in the year, for those who like to fill in their diaries early. Liz Waterson and others have as always been busy sending in Community News – of special interest is the latest report from the Giving Back scheme, plus details of a new project to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.


rembday2012gallery_12Sunday 8th November from 10.45am
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
followed by Service in St Mary’s Parish Church
Officiant & Preacher: Reverend Julian C Ould (Chaplain to The Royal British Legion)
no 9.30am service at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
• several albums of photographs from past years can be found under the Galleries menu

NEXT EVENTS (watch this space for updates coming soon)

totnescaringbannerSaturday November 7th 7.30pm
Civic Hall, Totnes
• read about Totnes Caring

messychurchgreenSaturday 14th November from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: Jesus the Light
We had a good Messy Church last month, with many children now coming regularly!
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church

totnescaringbannerFriday November 20th from 10am to 12noon
Methodist Hall, Totnes
• read about Totnes Caring


communitypotluck201412NEW: Friday 20th November from 6pm to 8.30pm
Civic Hall, Totnes
The Totnes Community Potlucks are continuing at the Civic Hall, so we can have more room to welcome the lovely members of our community!
Organised by the Network of Wellbeing, the Potlucks are free shared meals on the third Friday of the month, open to everyone, where members of the community contribute a dish towards a collaborative feast.
more details plus a video on the Events page

LaudatoSINEW: Saturday 21st November from 11am to 4pm
St Mary and St George Catholic Church, Totnes
Care for our Common Home
Pope Francis is writing to everyone on the planet, of any religious affiliation or none, but what does it mean for us in Devon and globally? Click the image for more details.
• free event
• tea and coffee provided, please bring a dish for a shared lunch
• to help cater for everyone, please email to let them know you are attending
download an A4 poster

baklava20151205NEW: Saturday 5th December at 8pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
With a unique combination of traditional instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle-Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices. More details on Events page.
tickets on the door £8

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Giving Back – UPDATE
The scheme, run by The Freedom Centre (a division of Marketplace Ministries) has now been formally launched by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP and our Mayor Jaqi Hodgson. As Jaqi said ‘This scheme has opened a door of hope in our town’.
The scheme currently works with Seeds 2, Kerala, The Brioche and The Green Café. They are looking to recruit just one or two more cafés.
Giving Back markets those cafés as ‘community cafés’ and there is quite a high expectation that the scheme is fully and properly advertised on every table.
Working with a small and fully committed group has paid great dividends and in the four months of trialling the scheme, £2000 has been raised. The money is used to support Mark’s Drop In Centre and the Emergency Food Parcel scheme (scroll down for more information).
They have been able to provide Mark with a weekly budget, something he has never had before -previously he was relying on one off donations from week to week. He also has quite large water and electricity bills from running the shower and washing facilities. The Giving Back scheme was able to pay his last £400 water bill.
foodboxThe Emergency Food Parcel scheme provides stop-gap support and links people with the Totnes Food Bank.
Next year, the Drop In will be knocked down and South Hams District Council is looking to build something more fit-for-purpose. Giving Back has allowed the Freedom Centre to lease the land behind their own building, and they are hoping to rent a portacabin for Mark to use whilst the Drop In is rebuilt ; it will then be used for further projects to help the homeless and those in need.
• the scheme has a separate bank account with charitable status, and no money is spent on administration as it is staffed entirely by volunteers
More about Market Place Ministries
& Giving Back:
We now have a one-off Emergency Food Parcel Service run by Market Place Ministries and supported by the Giving Back scheme (run through some of our Cafés and Restaurants). It can be accessed to get immediate help whilst people get onto the Totnes Food Bank’s system. Each parcel will contain details of the Totnes Food Bank. Everyone using the scheme will be given details to link in with the Totnes Food Bank.
Tuesdays: 10am -12am
Fridays: 9.30am – 10.30am
contact 01803 840354

janefrost01Our new Curate, the Reverend Jane Frost
Jane was welcomed to the Team at a service on Sunday 20th September at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. Her contact details have now been added to our Contacts page.

Hexagonal Jam JarsGood news for jam lovers!
We have damson jam on sale this week and next at St Mary’s Church, Totnes.

thecornubrianThe Crosspark Bookclub will meet again on 7th December at 7pm at the Vicarage to discuss The Cornubian by Julie Spiller. The author will be with us for that meeting and Michael Heather will facilitate the discussion.
• please bring along any questions that you would like to ask about the novel
• contact Rev’d Debbie Parsons on 01803 840113

Microsoft Word - SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN2 (2).docSyrian refugees in Jordan
St Mary & St George Roman Catholic Church in Totnes has been helping to support a poor parish and a home for abandoned children in the village of Anjara in Jordan.
With the Syrian crisis, there are now a number of refugees in the village who are also being helped by the parish.
Toward our fundraising (and responsible recycling) we are collecting items – both new and used.
If you can help us, goods in black sacks can left in our church entrance from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th November, from 10.30am to 4pm.
All suitable goods collected will be sold to Phil-the-Bag – a recycling company – and the money raised will go to the refugees in Anjara.
WE NEED: All kinds of Adult and Children’s Clothing, Hats, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, and Household Textiles including Sheets, Pillow Cases, Duvet Covers, Curtains and Towels
WE DO NOT WANT: Blankets, Bric-a-Brac, Duvets, Pillows, Sleeping bags, Rugs, Carpet, Offcuts of Fabric, Tent Canvas, Ripped or Stained Clothing.
• if you need any further information please contact Anthea Holmes on 01803 867319
• there will also be a jumble sale on Saturday 31st October from 11.30am, in the hall at St Mary and St George Church – please come to support us and snap up some bargains!

flowersAfter some 13 years organising the flower rota at St Mary’s, I feel it is time I stepped down. As from 31st October, I will no longer be responsible for the rota. I am most grateful for the help given by the ‘team’ and hope someone will take it on. Anyone willing to assist with the Harvest Festival, please let me know.
Joan Caskey

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

calendarclockFor your diary…
PCC MeetingWednesday 24th November at 7.30pm (approx.)
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown

cardsforgoodcausesCards for Good Causes
Volunteers are needed for their charity Christmas card shop in Bogan House, 16th October to 12th December. No previous experience required.
email Nora Gibbins for information

Bartolomeo_Montagna_Saint_PaulIn the Footsteps of St Paul
Prebendary Brian Tubbs will lead a pilgrimage to Greece
from 23rd to 30th April 2016.
• a brochure is available giving full details.
• please ring him on 01392 200506

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

prayerprofilePrayer at St John’s Church
Every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome

penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and tuppennies.

Totnes Food Bank logoReminder: You can now bring your Food Bank donations to ANY Sunday service at St Mary’s Church. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.

sleepingbagclipartRough 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!

PARISH NEWSLETTER available online

Parish News August 2015Parish News October 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 10 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Holidays and it is good to be alive! – by The Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Love flowing from the depth of God – by Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton
  • The Story of Justin (part 23) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • God’s Not Broke – the call to ordination of Philip Sourbut, the new diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry
  • The Way I See It: of House and Home – by Canon David Winter
  • Word for Today: Practise Soul Care – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also
  • …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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