September updates & news


ST MARY’S CHURCH stayed open later than usual over the August bank holiday weekend, as one of the main venues for the Sea Change festival. We’ve had very positive feedback plus some photos – see below and also in the Gallery section.
Several special services  are coming up in September and October, including a couple at out of town churches, featuring the ordination of Reverend Jane Frost at Churston Ferrers – and also, at Marldon, her first holding of a service. Note that on September 11th, both of the morning services at St Mary’s are cancelled due to the Ordination of Deacons at Exeter Cathedral.
Entertainments-wise, there’s another Totnes festival coming up: the 3-day Pianarama, organised by Sam Richards and including a couple of free events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. Details of this and other September events are below. (Note we now have listings for Messy Church themes right up until the end of this year.)
Looking further ahead, there’s early news of October’s Wild Harvest – devised by the Wild Church team, who once again light up this page with their colourful imagery.
There is now a date set for a Totnes public meeting re. the NHS Consultations (which the Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to take part in). If you haven’t already done so, you can download the briefing document.
Of possible interest to those with a little or a lot of spare time, there are now TWO situations vacant, details are below.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section has quite a few new items, plus as always reminders of the myriad things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
• Many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.

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

stevejones800pxSunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
for new curate Steve Jones
Officiant: The Rector
• Steve’s details are now on the Who we are page


UPDATED: Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Introit: Thou visitest the earth (Maurice Greene)
Responses: Smith
Psalm: 129 (Walmisley)
Canticles: Morley (fauxbourdons)
Anthem: O Come Let Us Sing – Anthony Piccolo
• musical director Ian Curror
• organist Paul Morgan
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir

RevJaneFrostSunday 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

stjohnbaptistmarldonSunday 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

SEA CHANGE FESTIVAL 2016 – feedback and photographs

seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August 2016
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
The festival featured films, literature, talks and music, across five venues in Totnes.
Events at  St Mary’s Church, Totnes included:
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
• click the photos to enlarge them – or you can view them, all at once and full size, on the new gallery page

Reports are that the festival was a very successful event – very friendly, well organised, lots of people having a great time. St Mary’s Church was pretty full from 3pm ’til 11pm on both days, and an estimated thousand+ people passed through the church. Some were really complimentary – loved the building, appreciated the fact that it was open enough to hold a community event of this type. “Wow, this is just awesome” being one favourite comment. This kind of appreciation makes it worthwhile staying into the small hours to clear and lock up!
• thanks to all the photographers, and to Mark El-Kadhi, of Totnes Pulse online community magazine, for use of some of the photos (for some more-detailed Sea Change reviews, click here)


nhsstakeholderbriefingThe consultation 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. The meeting for Totnes is on Tuesday 11th October at 6.30pm, in the Civic Hall.
• click here to download the briefing document
• for much more about the consultations, see the previous News post.

WILD HARVESTa Wild Church special event for your diary


Dear Friends
Please join Wild Church for a harvest feast of poetry, storytelling, music and an inspirational talk about spiritual ecology on Sunday October 9th at Dartington Church.
At 3pm we start with ‘Unfurling’, a poetry performance by poet, artist & writer, Ian Adams followed by tea & home-made cake and a chance to discover more about Wild Church & the fascinating folks who are collaborating with us over the next year. From 4.30pm Helen Raphael Sands will spirit us away into the mythic landscape of Dartington with her tale of ‘The White Hart’ accompanied with music & song by Julia Thomas. At 8pm enjoy the magic of Dartington Church by candlelight as Peter Owen Jones reflects and invites conversation on Spiritual Ecology.
This is a fundraising event for Wild Church (as match funding for a grant award from the Network of Wellbeing) so we can offer another year of wild and wonderful retreats & pilgrimages on a donation basis. So please come along… and spread the word!
Wild autumn blessings
~ Sam

Rev Sam Wernham
Founder of River Dart Wild Church – ‘bringing spirit back to earth”
• download a printable poster
• download a two-page pdf with artist details for this event
• supported by Sacred Space

UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

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

fundaysunday20160911Sunday 11th September from 11am to 4pm
Edgelands Lane, Ipplepen
Newton Abbot TQ12 5UF

Animals in Distress Rescue Centre
Fun Dog Show
Agility demonstration by Quintor Agility
Fun gun dog scurry and demonstrations by Oakwood Gun Dogs
Children’s competitions
Grooming by Dan’s Dogs
Temptation Alley – a fun game for dogs
Torbay Owls and Company
Face painting and tattoos
Stalls and attractions include:
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Rabbits GaloreGreyhound Rescue (West of England), Trophy Foods, Secondhand books, volunteer information stand, Blue Cross (Torbay), Podenco Support (animal rescue), “Go Fishing” game, Canine Creations (dog toys), First Aid for pets, Pandora style jewellery, Forever Living ProductsSnow Cones , barbeque and refreshments and much more…
1. Best Puppy (under 1 year)
2. Best Paw Shaker
3. Most Handsome Boy
4. Best 6 Legs
5. Golden Oldie (10 years plus)
6. Most Gorgeous Girlie
7. Best Sausage Catcher (knock out)
8. Dog the judge would most like to take home
9. Best Rescue
10. Best in Show
Classes entry £1 per class
We hope to see you there!
Event entry £2, children free
• enquiries 01626 812121

pwyfcafe20160917NEW: Saturday 17th September
from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Methodist Church Hall, Totnes
Delicious meals from local organically grown surplus produce.
• everyone welcome

messychurchgreenSaturday 17th September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: The Tale of Two Houses
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

100milesThursday 22nd September
Sponsored Walk 100 Miles
Hospice is facing difficult times at the moment, and a shortfall in funding means they are struggling to maintain current levels of care and support to local people.
• more details on the News page
• monies raised
will be divided between Rowcoft Hospice and Stoke Gabriel Parish Church
• sponsorship forms
 for this very worthy appeal are available in both of our churches – or click HERE to download a printable sponsorship form

eliefruchter20160924UPDATED: Saturday 24th September at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert with
A piano recital of preludes and fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier by JS Bach.
• in aid of Parkinson’s UK and Friends of St Mary’s
• doors open at 10.30am
• enquiries 01803 867537
• download a printable poster

SITUATIONS VACANT – two roles offered

Personal Assistant vacancy

caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer 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

CURATES – Steve Jones & Jane Frost

Due to the Ordination of Deacons at the Cathedral, there will be no morning services on Sunday 11th September at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. Please remember Steve Jones in your prayers – he will be deaconed on this day and begins his ministry in the Totnes Team. The 11.15am service on Sunday 18th September, at
St Mary’s Church, Totnes includes a welcome for Steve as a new curate.
Our existing 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 subsequently 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
• details for Steve Jones coming soon

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

sleepingbagclipartBedding for the Drop In Centre
Many, many thanks to everyone who has given me duvets and blankets for the Drop In Centre. Mark is preparing now for the Winter Emergency Night Shelter and along with this, we have provided duvets for those in need. In all I have given out 15 duvets. Currently, I still have plenty of blankets and some bed linen, but the duvet stock in now very low.
If you have any spare duvets (single and double) please pop them in my porch and I will store them for Mark until he calls for them. It would be really helpful if you could put a label on the bag to say whether the duvet is single or double.
Liz Waterson 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER – email Liz or telephone 01803 849345
more about the Drop In Centre here

Totnes Drop In Summer Newsletter
dropinnewsletter2016summer• click the image to read online, or click here for a downloadable pdf version
• visit the Drop In external website

Totnes Information Centre – a farewell


Dear all
As this is more or less the final day that the Information Centre in Totnes will be open, and the last day that Laura will be here, we wanted to write to you to say farewell.
Laura and myself have had a wonderful time here helping our customers over the past 12 years. Thank you for all your tremendous support over that time.
Please direct any specific queries you have from now on about the new structure to Catherine Marlton, Deputy Town Clerk: Tel: 01803 862147
May I wish you great future success, prosperity and happiness. We will miss you all.
With our best wishes – Amanda and Laura, Totnes Information Centre

download the printable information sheet – apologies for the low quality, we are working on getting a better version!

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!

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!

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)

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the September issue is online

Parish News September 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 22 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • The River Dart – a selection of summer photographs
  • Letter From Spain – news & photos from Pip and Mike Shail
  • Going For Gold – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • A Moving Experience – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Pilgrim On A Journey – Reverend Nick Shutt’s journey to ministry
  • Stay Focused On Your Mission – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Open The Doors Of Fate – by the Venerable Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth

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


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!


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 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!

foodboxFood 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 anymore 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 (see above)!
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.

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

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


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.