mid-August updates & news


WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME ON THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS, whatever this very variable weather decides to do. After a quietish couple of weeks, things are starting to get busy again…
Several Special Services  are coming up in September and October, including a couple of out of town ones, featuring the ordination of Reverend Jane Frost and also her first holding of a service. We welcome St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon to complete our set of Team Churches (you can find links to them all under the Team Churches menu).
The Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to be actively involved in upcoming NHS Community Consultations – details of how to have your say are below, along with a downloadable pdf briefing document.
Entertainments-wise, there’s a Sea Change in Totnes for August Bank Holiday weekend, which includes some performances at St Mary’swe now have listings, but please keep checking their web pages for changes or additions. Also newly-added is a 3-day Pianarama Festival, organised by Sam Richards and including a couple of free events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. See below for more details, or visit the Events page for listings further ahead.
[Events often have posters to download – if you can print and display them, it really helps increase attendance and awareness of what’s going on.]
Just arrived is an invigorating bulletin with photos from Wild Church, with reports from past months alongside details of their upcoming events – you can also find all of this and more on their own page, under the Community menu.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section this time includes repeats of a few things from the last News post – for those who may have been away and missed them first time around. New for this post, though, are a free Woodwork Workshop for those who like to pamper and protect their furniture…a couple of jam-related items…a situations vacant for Gift Aid officer…and updated details of the House Groups‘ restarts.
• As always, many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.

UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Churston Ferrers & Marldon

stmarysexterioraug2013__07UPDATED: Sunday 11th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST to Celebrate Our Patronal Festival
Celebrant: The Rector
• no 8am or 11.15am services at St Mary’s Church
, Totnes on this day

stmarysexterioraug2013__07NEW: Sunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Service includes
Officiant: The Rector


NEW: 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

RevJaneFrostNEW: Sunday 25th September at 10am
St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Churston Ferrers
of our Curate, Reverend Jane Frost
• Jane will be holding her first service at St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, on Sunday 2nd October, at 10.30am

stjohnbaptistmarldonNEW: Sunday 2nd October at 10.30am
St John the Baptist Church, Marldon
• officiant Reverend Jane Frost, holding her first service, so we hope as many as possible will attend
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s on this day


dioceseexeterlgoThe Diocese of Exeter is encouraging as many people as possible to be involved in the consultation which is proposing to close Paignton, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Community Hospitals. This is an opportunity for you to listen to the proposals and to have your say about what is most needed for healthcare provision in your area. Click the image to enlarge it, or see the link further down, to download it as a pdf.


The Venerable Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes, writes:

As you may be aware, the Clinical Commissioning Group plans to consult for twelve weeks with communities across South Devon and Torbay on its plans to develop community-based services. To do this, it is proposing the closure of hospital beds so that the money can be used to provide more care in or close to people’s homes. This consultation will run from 1 September to 23 November.

The Clinical Commissioning Group wants to connect with as many people as possible and encourage them to take part in the consultation so that it can hear their views on the proposals, which include spending more on community based services, closing four community hospitals, and reducing the number of minor injury units so they can have consistent hours with increased access to x-rays.

Martyn Goss as our Diocesan Director for Church and Society and Bishop Sarah as portfolio holder for healthcare issues in the diocese have suggested that it would be helpful for clergy and mission communities in the area to be alerted to the consultation, as the Clinical Commissioning Group wants to get information and the feedback questionnaire to as many people as it can through as many groups as it can. It has also offered to arrange a specific meeting during the twelve week consultation period if requested.

Please see the attached briefing and the web links at the end. I hope this information will be helpful to you.
With best wishes,

• download the stakeholder briefing here

UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
Totnes – various venues
A festival featuring films, literature, talks and music across five venues. Events at  St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
Friday 26th August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Lux Harmonium
Friday 26th August from 5pm to 6pm Red River Dialect
Friday 26th August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm Nathan Salsburg
Friday 26th August from 8pm to 9pm Joan Shelley
Friday 26th August from 9pm onwards Yorkston Thorne Khan
Saturday 27th August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm Thirty Pounds Of Bone
Saturday 27th August from 4pm to 5pm Howes
Saturday 27th August from 9pm to 10pm Holly MacVe
Saturday 27th August from 10.30pm to midnight Alasdair Roberts
tickets are selling out, so get yours soon!
more listings still being added, see the official website
• see also their facebook page for last-minute news

baklava20160903Saturday 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

NEW: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September
Totnes School of Piano presents
Microsoft Word - Pianarama Festival 2016 Poster.docx  Microsoft Word - Pianarama Festival 2016 Poster.docx
A programme of piano events with music from Philip Glass, Erik Satie and Piaf, to Poulenc, at venues including Dartington Space Studio, Bogan House and Totnes Cinema, plus on 10th September:
2pm Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
5pm Music of Ludovico Einaudi, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
• click here and here to download printable posters
• for more details, visit their facebook page

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

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

WILD CHURCH news & upcoming events

WILD HARVEST LAUNCH & FUNDRAISERSunday 9th October at Dartington Church • NEW PILGRIMAGES & RETREATS (date corrected) begin Sunday 30th October, then on the 2nd Sunday of each month from November.CommunionJuly2016Over the last couple of years, Wild Church has met monthly, our focus being on silent communion with nature and each other. We’ve recently completed a pilgrimage from our home base in Dartington towards first the source and then the mouth of the River Dart. CanoeAdventureFor the story of our journey, with lots of lovely photos, have a look at our journal. Many thanks to all who have journeyed together, whether for just one stage or many.
We are now taking a summer break in which to cook up our next adventure! This will be a series of retreat-like days in the wild from Autumn 2016. Each event will be focussed on meeting with remarkable trees and in collaboration with some local social enterprises who share our love of mindful silence and of the wild.
Network of Wellbeing logoWild Church is delighted to have received some seed funding from Totnes based charity Network of Wellbeing.
Join us on Sunday 9th October in Dartington Church for our Wild Harvest launch and fundraiser. From 3-6pm we have a feast of poetry, storytelling (& cake!) featuring local poet, Ian Adams, reading from his latest book Unfurling and local storyteller, Helen Raphael Sands, telling the tale of the Dartington White Hart. (Cost £6 including tea.)
Then from 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme Pilgrim, How to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
Our first retreat day will be on Sunday 30th October with Myrtle Cooper from Wild and Curious and will feature wild food foraging and further delights focussed on the ancient Dartington chestnut trees. Then from November we’ll be offering monthly tree pilgrimages / retreats on the second Sunday of the month in collaboration with local lovers of the wild including Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary, Sue Blagburn from Adventures with Horses and Jo Formosinho of Wildful. More details on our website & facebook group in due course, but you can look forward to a sloe gin forage, yew mead communion, birch tapping, the magic of apples and bees, joining a horse herd under the oaks… and more!
~Reverend Sam Wernham 
Founder of River Dart Wild Church – ‘bringing spirit back to earth’
Wild Church‘s webpage
external website and facebook page

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

Marldon Church
St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, is now listed under our Team Churches menu – or click here to vist their website.

The Reverend Jane Frost
Our curate, Jane Frost, is being ordained on Sunday 25th September at 10am at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Churston Ferrers. She will be taking her first service on Sunday, 2nd October. This will be a Team Service at 10.30 at St John’s Church, Marldon, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along.
• read more about Reverend Jane Frost on our Who we are page

Pokémon Go @ St Mary’s
If you missed the feature on Pokémon Go
in the last News post, click here!

Woodwork Workshop
woodworkworkshopYou are invited to
Anthony Stillwell who is a skilled furniture restorer and polisher has agreed to demonstrate the techniques for polishing and generally caring for antique or any wooden furniture. There is no charge for attending this event and you’re invited to share a cream tea at the end of the afternoon.
Everyone is welcome!
• click here to download a printable poster

Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale!
Damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!

jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!

caregiftaccountGift Aid – vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259

house groupsHouse Groups
We will restart on Tuesday 20th September…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
During the autumn term we will be using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345

bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary

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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