events, news & updates for August


IT IS SUMMER HOLIDAY TIME and many things pause at this time of year, but there are still several events to look forwards to over the next month or so. First off, in a few days’ time, is the monthly Pay What You Feel Café at the Methodist Hall, with fresh organic food. There are two Special Services at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on Sunday 7th August. In the middle of the month, head over to Stoke Gabriel for an evening recital by organist Ian Curror and trumpeter Sam Massey (who happens to be Jan Dietz‘s nephew). There’s a Sea Change in Totnes for August Bank Holiday weekend, which includes some performances at St Mary’s – once we’ve unravelled what’s on, where and when at this innovative festival, we’ll let you know too!
Please note there is no Messy Church and likewise no Choral Evensong this month; dates for the September ones are on the Events page. We’ve just added a couple of new music events for September, scroll down for details.
Events sometimes have posters to download – if you can print and display them, it really helps increase attendance and awareness of what’s going on.
We were lucky with the weather this year for the annual Choir of St Mary’s Garden Party, held as usual at the home of Diana Brown. There are two sets of photos below, to give you a feel of the event and a taste of the scrumptious food.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section this time includes a few highlights:
If you’ve spotted any cartoony furry things in and around the church recently, our Pokémon @ St Mary’s guide will explain everything – we hear the CofE has quickly picked up on this and encourages churches to be welcoming to those pursuing the game…the quarterly Totnes Street Pastorsnewsletter is now online – read about, amongst other things, a typical evening’s pastoral shift…’walking the Portuguese Way‘ will be Reverend Gill & Fred Still, off next month on a 100-mile sponsored trek…plus as always, a collection of at-a-glance reminders of ways to get involved with things, and where to find essential information.
For those who haven’t picked up a print copy, the August, extended version of Julian Hall’s monthly Parish Newsletter can now be downloaded. (A link and a contents list are at the foot of this post.)
• Last but not least, many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.


stmarysexterioraug2013__07Sunday 7th August at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Celebrant: The Rector
no 9.30am service at St John’s Church
, Bridgetown
on this day

stmarysexterioraug2013__07Sunday 7th August at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Officiant: The Rector


stmarysexterioraug2013__03Very advance notice!
On Sunday 11th September, there will be no 11.15am service at St Mary’s, Totnes. Instead, there will be a Eucharist to celebrate our Patronal Festival at 6.30pm that evening. The following week, on Sunday 18th September, we will be welcoming our new Curate, Steve Jones, at the 11.15am service.
Please write these dates in your diaries!

ST MARY’S CHOIR GARDEN PARTY – Friday 22nd July 2016

The annual bring-food-to-share event, in Diana Brown‘s sunny garden.
photographs above by Jane Mountford

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click the photos to enlarge them
• or click here to view them all-at-once on a gallery page (photos from previous years are also available under the Galleries menu).

UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

paywhatyoufeel20160806NEW: Saturday 6th August from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street, Totnes
organised by Food in Community
We held the first of this year’s ‘pay what you feel’ Community Cafés, at the Methodist Church Hall, Fore St, Totnes, at the beginning of February, 2016. Encouraged by good feedback and a regular following, we continue to run these on the first Saturday of every month.
fresh organic food created from surplus produce
• download the printable poster

StokeGabrielStmaryStGabrielschurchNEW: Tuesday 16th August at 7.30 pm
St Mary and St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
RECITAL by local musicians in aid of South Porch Church Fund
Sam Massey (trumpet) & Ian Curror (organ) with popular works, including music by Purcell, Haydn, Bach & Lefebure-Wely
entrance £8 to include an interval drink

seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
Totnes – various venues
For your diary: a festival featuring films, literature, talks and music across five venues, including St Mary’s Church.
• watch this space for more details

baklava20160903NEW: Saturday 3rd September at 8pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
Following their performances at St Mary’s Church in May, where they had people dancing in the aisles, Ensemble Baklava are giving a full programme of acoustic music and song from around the Mediterranean at St John’s Church.
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 to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean, both contemporary and ancient.
“Beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies”
“Virtuoso performances on authentic instruments”
“Very uplifting, energetic, original and warm”
“They really rock!”
• coffee and cake available from 7.30pm
tickets £8 on the door
download a printable poster
listen to Baklava on their website

messychurchgreenSaturday 17th September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church

NEW: Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
Pour le Souper du Roi
An outstanding trio of musicians
from this renowned ensemble perform music written for Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Those allowed into Louis’ inner circle were titled ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’ and provided music for the king in his private chambers. This concert offers a chance to hear music by harpsichordist and composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and includes Marin Marais’s enactment of a surgical operation (with narration) and his stirring Sonnerie
Nicolette Moonen (left, violin) is founder, artistic director and leader of the Bach Players. She directed the Dartington baroque orchestra from 1998 to 2013, has played with English Baroque Soloists and the OAE, and has led major ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Reiko Ichise (centre, viola da gamba) studied viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. She now performs regularly with many orchestras and ensembles and is a member of Fretwork, Florilegium, and Passacaglia. She teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music.
Lynda Sayce (right, theorbo) studied at the Royal College of Music and has a PhD for her research on the history of the theorbo. She is principal lutenist with Ex Cathedra, the King’s Consort, and the Musicians of the Globe and performs regularly with top period ensembles.
• in association with The Arts at Dartington
tickets for non-members are £12, tickets for students & under 18s are £5
(tickets available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30 to 7pm) or online or on the door)


Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

Pokémon Go @ St Mary’s (updated 02.08.16)
The Ann Ball Memorial Sign is a Pokémon Gym in the game and is located opposite St Mary’s Church, but as long as you are standing in or around the church you will be able to access the game content.
(Please be respectful if any services or events are in progress.)
It is one of only 6 gyms in the Totnes and surrounding area – the others are: The Steam Packet Inn; The Royal Seven Stars, Leechwell Springs; The Old Wooden Door (somewhere at the top of town?); Totnes Bowling Club and the South Devon Arts Centre.
In terms of what being a gym means in the game, players have to physically be at these locations to access a large proportion of the game. This means anyone playing the game will want to visit one, if not all, of these six locations regularly.
pokemon2An article on this website tells you everything you need to know about Pokémon gyms. As for the war memorial, it is a Poké Stop (pronounced Pokey Stop). These are far more numerous and less significant in game terms, but players will still want to visit them – there are around 30 of them scattered around Totnes.
Have you got any screenshots of the ‘gym’ near St Mary’s Church?
If so, send them to Liz Waterson and we’ll feature the best on this website, along with your team or trainer name!

Totnes Street Pastors
TSPsummer2016newsThe TSP Summer 2016 Newsletter is now available to download or read online.

Urgent appeal100milesRowcroft Hospice is facing difficult times at the moment, and a shortfall in funding means we are struggling to maintain current levels of care and support to local people.
The hospice is asking people to support an Urgent Appeal, which aims to raise an extra £585,000 by the end of March 2017. We aim to raise this sum from our shops, the Rowcroft Lottery and donations to cover the shortfall of funds needed to provide care to local people in the current financial year.
RowcroftappealPlease support local families living with life-limiting illnesses by making a monthly or one-off donation. It is only with the help of people like you that this unique care can be given to thousands of people within your local community each year.
A monthly donation through your bank or building society is the best way to give your support. Just £5 each month will really make a difference and help to provide a regular income for the hospice.
• sponsorship forms for this very worthy appeal are available in both of our churches – or click HERE to download a printable sponsorship form

house groupsHouse Groups
We will restart on Tuesday 20th September 2pm (venue to be decided) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345

bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary

Monday 1st August The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (facilitated by Graham Cane)
Venue: Lynne Birch, Golden Oktober, Jubilee Road, Totnes TQ9 5BP
Monday 3rd October Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Venue: Crosspark Facilitated by Graham & Gaye?
Monday 5th December Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes (with the author??)
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Michael Heather
Monday 6 February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)

choirserviceheaderSt Mary’s Choir
During the month of August, the choir continues to rehearse on Fridays, but takes a well-earned break from Sunday duty. Services will continue to be sung but without the usual lead from the choir.

totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster

Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page

Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!

dartingtonbrookingbooklet20160711Dartington & Brooking booklet
Now that Wild Monastics no longer meet at Dartington on Wednesdays, the downloadable pdf booklet has been updated to reflect this.
• click here to download the new version
• more information about Dartington & Brooking is under the Team Churches menu

coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!

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 available 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

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August issue is online

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

This issue includes:

  • Spreading Vision in Tavistock – Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Looking back over 10 years – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • God’s Masterpiece – Suzanne Dugmore’s journey to health
  • It’s Just an Honest Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Traveller’s Prayer – by Julie Palmer
  • Walking in God’s Sunlight – by Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Love Yourself – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Remembering Friar Maximilian Kolbe – 75 years on
  • God’s Grace Distilling – poem
  • 1500 Young People at Upload – report from a festival at Exeter Cathedral
  • Queen Awards Birthday Medal – Devon woman Anne Hawken received the British Empire Medal

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
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

Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can 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 Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


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