news + updates for May and beyond


A COUPLE OF EVENTS recently added for May are part of Open Arms Week (fundraising & celebrating welcome for refugees); scroll down for a little more about that. Towards the end of the month there’s the Party in the Town, which includes events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes…we’ll do a fuller feature about that in a News post later this month. Rounding off all this Maytime bustle is a chance to indulge, perhaps, in some reminiscing – to commemorate 10 years of service for Julian and likewise for Liz you are invited to help them celebrate on 29th May (date & venue changed) at St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy, after the 10.30am Team Service. THE MONTH OF JUNE, TOO, is filling up with things to do: diary-jotters can add a pair of unique events presented by Friends of St Mary’s, both of which are in aid of the stained glass window restoration project – a Floral Tribute celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday (with ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea’)…plus A Morning with Ann Widdecombe, when you can hear her tell of her colourful life and experiences. Scroll right down for Liz Waterson’s Community News, including Copland Meadows opening their garden gate to visitors, feedback from fundraisers, help needed for Christian Aid Week – and a chance of a WWI tour of Bruges, Arras & Lille. If you want even more to read, the May edition of the Parish Newsletter is now online; scroll right down this post for the contents list. Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images!

SPECIAL SERVICE in Berry Pomeroy

stmarysberrypomeroyNEW: Sunday 29th May at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s Bridgetown / St Mary’s Totnes on this day
followed by celebration of 10 years of service by Julian and also by Liz (see below)

UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

Sunday May 8th to Saturday May 14th
Archbishops’ Call for a Week of Prayer during the week before Pentecost

All the churches in our Team are taking part in the Week of Prayer.
WeekofPrayerposter  WeekofPrayerBooklet
• A4 poster (pdf) explaining the aims of the week
• A4 prayer booklet (pdf) telling you what day your church is covering, who your coordinator is  and a framework for your prayers
• A4 prayer rota (docx)

openarmsbigUPDATED: Friday 13th May at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
– an Open Arms Week event, bringing together written word performers Visible Ink and local composer / songwriter Sam Richards
Readings of international poetry and prose explore themes of exile, displacement and homeland in a mix of pathos and humour.
Music is provided with original song, improvised piano, hang drum, Appalachian dulcimer and cello.
tickets £7 from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 or on the door
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
• a South Devon Refugee Support Network fundraising event
• facebook page

calendarclipartSunday 15th May
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
next Evensong will be on Sunday 19th June at 6.30pm

christianaidNEW: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May

We shall be collecting as usual in the town on .
help needed – please see under Community News, below

messychurchgreenSaturday 21st May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: Spreading the Word (Pentecost)
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church

unityinmusicbigNEW: Sunday 22nd May at 3pm
Great Hall, Dartington
with Dartington Chamber Orchestra
An Open Arms Week event
Music by Purcell, Handel, Kareem Roustom and others, with voice, flute, clarinet and Nay and Arab percussion.
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
tickets £20 (£12 under-18s) from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070
• facebook page

NEW: Friday 27th May from 6pm to 9pm
in and around Totnes
partytownslider3-1024x576Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues.
Party in the Town takes over central venues and public spaces on the Friday of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the fantastic musical talent of Totnes and the surrounding area. Catch chamber ensembles, jazz acts, choirs, folk singers, street performers, rock bands, electronica and more throughout the evening.
The Party opens with a special schools commission in St Mary’s Church at 6pm, led by the charismatic Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale – there are more events at St Mary’s during the evening*.
The town’s headline act is British jazz royalty Courtney Pine and his band; their House of Legends show is at the Civic Hall at 9.30pm
*for full details of what’s happening for Party in the Town at St Mary’s Church, please see the Events page
all events are free

Anniversary_10DATE & VENUE CHANGED: Sunday 29th May
following the 10.30am service
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
Julian has now been Rector of Totnes for 10 years, and Liz has been with us as a Lay Reader for the same time. We will be celebrating this on 29th May, with refreshments after the 10.30am Team Service. Please come along and join the celebrations!


globalharmonyvivaSaturday 11th June
from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
by members of Global Harmony and Viva choirs
• directed by Roz Walker
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
further details to be announced
more about Global Harmony and Viva here

Microsoft Word - Vintage Tea Poster.docxNEW: Friday 17th June
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Event
in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s
90th Birthday

Vintage Afternoon Tea
served from 2pm to 5.30pm
• in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
• download the printable poster

NEW: Saturday 25th June at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Talk
in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
A Light-Hearted Talk about Her Life and Experiences – you will also have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Ann’s books
• home-made cake & coffee on sale from 10.30am
• admission £5
• download the printable poster

musicswirl02Sunday 26th June at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
pupils of Ekaterina Shetliffe (piano)
• further details to be announced

marldonchurchREMINDER: Sunday 3rd July at 3pm
Marldon Church
• please let Julian or Debbie know if you are interested
(children or adults)

musicswirl03Saturday 9th July from 11am to 12noon
Piano and Soprano
Ekaterina Shetliffe and Claudia Alvarez Calderon
• further details to be announced

MORE ABOUT OPEN ARMS WEEKfundraising and celebrating welcome for refugees

openarmsbig  unityinmusicbig
We’re so excited to launch the first Refugee Week in Totnes starting on Friday 13th May.
We chose to call it Open Arms away from labels that keep people in boxes.
embracingrefugeesheartThere will be a series of events during those days to celebrate cultural diversity in South Devon and raise awareness about the current refugee crisis. Above are posters for two of the events (click them to enlarge). Keep checking the Embracing Refugees facebook page for future updates. We greatly look forward to seeing you then. With love, Saif

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are continuing to discuss Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 3rd May.
• afternoons 3rd May & 17th May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Anne Binns’ house, 8 Rowsells Lane, Totnes – further information from Anne on 01803 849345
• afternoon 31st May
, 2pm to 3.30pm at Mary Harris’ house:  4 Riverside Swallowfields – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evenings 3rd May
, 17th May & 31st May, 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes – further details from Tony & Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030

christianaidChristian Aid Week Collecting
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on Friday and Saturday, 20th and 21st May. St. Mary’s Church will be covering the Co-op gap in Fore Street, and St. John’s Church covering the bottom of the town by the Seven Stars Hotel.
• we need four people to cover the hours from 10am to 2pm on both of those days
volunteers at St. Mary’s, see Julian Hall – and at St. John’s, see John Burston

collatisingersFundraising Feedback
The recent Collati Singers concert raised £201.21 towards St John’s Fabric Fund – they are hopefully coming again on December 17th this year.

childrenactbookCrosspark Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting is on Monday 6th June at St John’s Vicarage, Crosspark.
The book we shall be discussing is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Liz Balkwill will be facilitating that discussion.
Happy reading!

coplandmeadows20160515Copland Meadows Open Gardens
Sunday 15th May from 12noon to 4pm
The Allotment Association are opening their gate to show and share their crops.
• tea & cakes
• nature trail for children
• entrance £5 per person
• on-street parking

Lenten Appeal for Water Aidwateraidlogo
Martin Harvey writes: “I’m pleased to advise that the envelope to Water Aid contains the total of £258.65.”
• thanks so much to everyone from both churches for this excellent donation
• if anyone forgot and would like to make a donation then please contact Martin Harvey or John Derbyshire and it can then be sent on

getwellsoonSpare a Thought for Cliff
Reverend Cliff Berdinner has just had an eye operation which, it is hoped, will help preserve his fail- ing eyesight. Despite this, he has still managed to send in ‘A few thoughts’ for the Parish Newsletter (see below).
Thank you, Cliff.

WWIWWI Tour and the History of Bruges, Arras & Lille
Five days from £389, from 3rd October 2016
Pick-up point Totnes Rail Station
There are still one or two places on this tour, which is being organised by Carmen Luscombe on behalf of the Devon Federation of Women’s InstitutesFamily and friends are all welcome (several husbands are already coming!).
• for more details contact Carmen Luscombe on 01803 864514 or email Carmen


Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• click here to download a printable poster

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the May issue is now online

Parish News May 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 16 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the new and regular advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Who do you think you are? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just a Few Thoughts – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Bishops Out And About – Over the next 3 months bishops will be visiting parishes to talk about their vision to grow the Church in Devon
  • The Teacher In The Garden – a poem by Helga Watts
  • Readers Mark 150 Years Of Ministry – Bishop Sarah led a Biblical Reflection
  • Giving Scheme Reaches £1 Million – the Parish Giving Scheme returns money to local parishes
  • Wave Of Prayer For Pentecost -The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited all Christians to join them in creating a wave of prayer
  • Nickie’s Call To Mothers’ Union – “The MU helped me with the upbringing of my children in the faith.”
  • Journeying Together – by the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Constructive Complaining – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also

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


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need to wait for the first Sunday of the month! Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here

You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website.

dayoffClergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian C Ould) and Fridays (Reverend Debbie Parsons) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!

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

at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome

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

albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday

St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158

penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Liz Waterson on
01803 849345, or email Liz


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