mid-May news + updates


AS YOU’LL SEE BELOW, Reverend Julian C Ould was recently installed as a Prebendary – congratulations to him and to Reverend Cate Edmonds, too, who was also installed at the same time.
Upcoming events this month include (on 23rd May) the launching of Beetroot, an innovative lunchtime food project which includes the opportunity to be part of some audio story-making. Try to get along to help this – the first of a series of lunches – get off to a BIG start! (You can help even more by printing and displaying the downloadable poster.)
Also new is a chance for the over-60s to take a free ‘Fitness MOT‘, see 25th May at St John’s. Towards the end of this month there is of course the Party in the Town, which includes several events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes…there’s a summary below, and a fuller listing on the Events page.
A reminder that you can come along and help commemorate 10 years of service for Julian and likewise for Liz  on 29th May at St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy, after the 10.30am Team Service.
IN EARLY JUNE there’s a newly-added music event, Elgar Chorale will be providing songs from ‘Elgar, Shakespeare and Merrie England’. And look out for several more new additions throughout June and July.
Scroll right down for Liz Waterson’s Community News: there are several important news items plus a chance to read the latest Totnes Street Pastors newsletter.
Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images!

TWO NEW PREBENDARIES at Exeter Cathedral


BISHOP ROBERT installed two new Prebendaries at Exeter Cathedral earlier this month. They are Reverend Cate Edmonds, vicar of Escot, Feniton & Payhembury and Exeter Diocesan Adviser for Education Chaplaincy and Reverend Julian Ould, Team Rector of the Totnes Mission Community.
Prebendaries are members of the College of Canons of the Cathedral, with their own stall in the quire.  This means that they provide advice to the Cathedral when consulted and have to formally approve the appointment of a new Diocesan Bishop.
Traditionally, a Prebend was provided an annual income to supplement that derived from the parochial income. Today, with stipends standardised, each new Prebendary is presented with a loaf of bread to symbolise this ancient entitlement.

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

christianaidFriday 20th and Saturday 21st May
Totnes Town Centre

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

church work dayNEW: Saturday 21st May from 10am until 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Please come along and help! Newcomers are always welcome, even if only for half an hour!
• coffee break during the morning

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

unityinmusicbigSunday 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

beetroot_poster_2NEW: Monday 23rd May from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
Join us for a light lunch, whilst sharing stories of the food of your life. Make recordings for a radio broadcast, eat, learn and celebrate together.
• a Food in Community voluntary project seeking to help older members of the community – they also bring fresh veg gleaned from Riverford to the Food Bank every week
no need to book
• further information from David on 07702 727009
help promote this project by downloading the printable poster

fitnessMOTposterNEW: Wednesday 25th May from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
St John’s Church Hall, Bridgetown
For everyone over 60!
Test your strength, flexibility, balance, aerobic endurance and activity levels. Free personalised activity booklet to take home.
drop in between the above times
download the printable poster
• visit website or call Pauline Virgo on 07975 708130 or email Pauline

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
download the printable poster

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!

Poster 2.pubNEW: Friday 3rd June at 1.15pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Lunchtime Concert
The Elgar Chorale of Worcester presents
The Elgar Chorale is a mixed voice choir of up to 40 singers, many of them professional musicians, based in Worcester.  It was formed by Donald Hunt –  Piers Maxim took over as Director of Music in January 2015. 
•  lasts about an hour
free admission with retiring collection
• coffee and cake on sale from 10.30am to 12 noon
download a printable poster


Water Aid St MarysUPDATED: Saturday 11th June
from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert

with members of Global Harmony and Viva choirs
• directed by Roz Walker
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
download the printable poster
• 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

greenwoodensembleNEW: Sunday 19th June at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
The Greenwood Ensemble presents a Baroque programme featuring harpsichord, flute, cello, recorder and song.
• seasonal interval refreshments
• tickets £7.50 on the door

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

TotnesChristianFestival2016NEW: Saturday 2nd July from 3pm to 7pm
Vire Island, Totnes
One Church Totnes presents

Totnes United Free Church has booked Vire Island for a celebration of Christian life in Totnes. This day will be a feast of live music, inspirational messages, local food and drink, exhibitions of local initiatives and family fun!
The Christian community is thriving in the area, and serving the town in so many unseen ways through creative grass-roots initiatives.  All of these initiatives are expressions of our belief in a good and generous God who loves to bless and to release people into wholeness.  Join us onn Saturday 2nd July as we celebrate the goodness of God.
– Ade (Pastor of Totnes United Free Church)

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

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

church work dayChurch working party
Saturday 21st May
from 10am until 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes – see under Forthcoming Events, above, for more details

foodboxEmergency Food Parcels
Market Place Ministries is closed until Tuesday 31st May
• meanwhile, please see Mark Hatch at the Drop In Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon

fitnessMOTlogoFree Fitness MOT for the over-60s
at St John’s Church Hall, Bridgetown
Wednesday 25th May
 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
– see under Forthcoming Events, above, for more details

Totnes Street Pastors Newsletter Spring 2016
(click to enlarge)
• previous editions are available here

flowersFlowers to celebrate the Queen’s birthday (17th June)
If you are one of the church’s flower arrangers or are interested in helping put on a display for the Queen’s birthday, and haven’t yet registered an interest, please contact Gina Rogers on 01803 867011

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 31st May.
• afternoon 31st May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Mary Harris’ house:  4 Riverside Swallowfields – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evening 
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

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!

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. But note temporary arrangments in May whilst Market Place Ministries is closed, see above.
• click here to download a printable poster


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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