October updates & news


AUTUMN IS VERY MUCH IN THE AIR and Harvest Thanksgivings are very much part of this month’s events and services.
harvestfestivalbigContinuing another theme which seems to have become a hallmark of this year, there are yet more mini-festivals and mult-performance events coming up – the very colourful Wild Harvest promises to be nearly everything at once, and events elsewhere include visiting choirs, food, street games, raft races and (next month) a Caring Town Fair. Interwoven is a medley of singular events. So, don’t let the seasonally blustery weather keep you at home!
There’s also a couple of  special services later this month: the ever-popular Evensong, and a fortnight later a Team Service takes us out of town to picturesque Cornworthy…note that due to the latter service, there won’t be the usual 9.30am / 11.15am services in Bridgetown / Totnes on that morning.
Bishop Robert Atwell has sent out a letter on the topic of vocations, entitled What is God calling you to?. We’ve reprinted it in full, lower down. And we’ve added a photo and brief bio of our new curate Steve Jones to the Who we are page.
Our website statistics show that people around the globe are fascinated by the histories of our local churches. We’ve just extended the St John’s Church history page with the story of its first curate, Reverend James Shore; read a little below, and follow the link to the full article.
One last reminder…there is a Totnes public meeting on Tuesday 11th October 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.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section includes this time some news and an appeal for help from the Night Shelter, and a reminder that the role of Gift Aid Officer is as yet unfilled – and as always, details and memos about 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.


stdavidsashpringtonSunday 9th October at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington

stmarysdartingtonexterior03Sunday 9th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington

Sunday 9th October (see descriptions for times)
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
launch and fundraiser
From 3 to 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.)
wildharvestpojFrom 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme PilgrimHow to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
• supported by Sacred Space
downloadprintable poster
download a two-page pdf with artist details for this event
• read about Wild Church here

stjohnbaptistmarldonSunday 16th October at 9.15am
St John’s Church, Marldon

stjohnsfront02Sunday 16th October at 11am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
with Celebrant The Reverend John Luscombe

St Peter's Church CornworthySunday 16th October at 11am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy

stmarysexterioraug2013__02Sunday 16th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
with Celebrant The Rector and Deacon The Reverend Steve Jones
• Liz has asked that, instead of gifts of food, we should have a special collection for Mark Hatch’s appeal to buy a Portacabin for the Drop-In Centre, for use as an office and and as a night shelter. Please be generous!

SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Cornworthy


Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Introit: O taste and see – Vaughan Williams
Responses: Ayleward
Psalm: 149
Canticles: Aston in F
Anthem: Benedicite – Stephen Tanner
• musical director Ian Curror
• organist Stephen Tanner
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Choral Evensong in November. The next choral evening service will be the Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday, 27th November.

St Peter's Church CornworthyNEW: Sunday 30th October at 10.30am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s
on this day

VOCATIONS – a letter from Bishop Robert Atwell

vocations(click the image to enlarge, or click here to download a printable pdf)


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 a previous News post.

NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

divertimentopianotrioThursday 6th October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Louise Farrenc – Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 33 in E flat major
Saint-Saëns – Piano Trio No.1 in F major Op.18
Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 49
tickets £12 from Divertimento 01803 863677 / on door

foodfestivalSaturday 8th October
from 12noon to 6pm
Vire Island, Totnes
As part of Food Link’s Totnes10 local food campaign, TTT are teaming up with local farmers and foodie folk to run a local food festival. This is a festival to champion and shout about the amazing local food producers and products we have nearby and we’ll be holding a series of fringe events in the run up including a local food tour!
• more details on the TTT website

orpheuschoirSaturday 8th October at 7pm
St. John’s Church, Bridgetown
Brixham Male Voice Choir & Guests
The popular Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir is pleased to returning to the St John’s Church for a concert in aid of Totnes Caring. Also featuring include guest choirs Mendip Male Voice Choir and the Brixham Harmony Singers. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and hear three choirs sing in one evening and the programme promises to be varied, demonstrating the different strengths of each choir.
£5 in advance (contact Totnes Caring to reserve a ticket) or £8 on the door

raftraceSunday 9th October from 8.30am
Buckfastleigh to Totnes
Rafts are launched from Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh at one-minute intervals from approximately 8.30am. The finish is 14km away in Totnes. The Finish Event takes place on Vire Island, where there will be live entertainment, food, merchandise and a live commentary. Totnes Caring will have a stall there and everybody is welcome to pop by and see us!
• event website

nhsstakeholderbriefingTuesday 11th October at 6.30pm
Totnes Civic Hall

(details above)

church work dayNEW: Saturday 15th October from 10am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Please come and help tidy up inside and outside, ready for Remembrance Sunday.
Coffee and biscuits served!

Saturday 15th October from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: Trust God
We had a good Messy Church in September with 18 children. The theme was The Two Houses, and the older boys made a den and really had a good time!
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church

beyondborderstotnesNEW: Sunday 16th October time tba
Come out and Play! The Street Games Festival is a one-day event. Its aim is to celebrate outdoor games traditions from around the world by bringing adults and children together to rediscover street game traditions that are dying out due to changes in children’s play patterns and the use of public spaces.
if you would like to be part of the Street Games Team and can help with publicity and marketing, researching games or leading a game on the day, please email Inez


Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
(details above)

potluck201610NEW: Friday 21st October from 6pm to 9pm
Totnes Civic Hall
Network of Wellbeing presents
The October Potluck will launch our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to enable the local community to take on the running of the Totnes Community Potluck in 2017, so it becomes an event run for the community by the community.
We will be joined by the choir Singing 4 Refugees who support refugees and asylum seekers in Devon and Calais.
Come and support these two initiatives in whatever way you can and remember to bring a delicious dish to share.
The Community Potlucks are regular events, which provide the local community in Totnes with an opportunity to come together and share a meal, with everyone contributing a delicious dish. These regular events have proven to be a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and have fun!
• free to attend (donations welcome) and no booking is required
please bring a dish to share
• for further information, email NOW
We look forward to seeing many of you there!

musicswirl04Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
JUBALEE! – Songs of the American Slaves
Concert presented by Ian Wintersgill, dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, with a retiring collection in aid of Anti-Slavery International.
• more details to come

cameosingersmay2013_01NEW: Saturday 5th November at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
includes Britten Hymn to St Cecilia and Gloriana Choral Dances
coffee and cakes from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door

NEW – for your diary: Saturday 12th November from 11am to 2pm
Civic Hall, Totnescaringtownfair

bunsonseatsNEW: Sunday 13th November from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetwon
Poetry, music and cake with Visible Ink
In aid of St John’s church windows.
tickets £6, includes refreshments
• please phone 01803 863030 to book

Saturday 19th November from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: Elijah and the Ravens
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


St John's Church black and whiteThe St John’s Church History page has been extended with a fascinating biography of Reverend James Shore, its first curate:

“James Shore, the first curate of St John’s, was evangelical and a great speaker. Hundreds of people came to the services. When a new vicar, William Cosens, was appointed in 1843 he realised that Shore had been preaching without a licence for nine years, and because he disagreed with his views, he refused to nominate him to the Bishop for a licence.
The Duke decided to make his chapel a Free Chapel, an independent church, under the Toleration act. Shore was reluctant at first, but 800 members of the congregation signed a petition that they wanted him to continue as their minister…” (more)


caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are (still!) 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

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

NIght Shelter News – help needed
(click to enlarge)
Mark Hatch needs helpers during Night Shelter opening times. Last year, two stalwart lades were regularly on hand to help. It would be great if this year Mark had more people onboard. The Drop In will be properly prepared as a Night Shelter (as mentioned above) but if you could offer to be ‘on call’ to help out when there is severe weather, please contact Mark so that he can begin to work out a support rota.

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

house groupsHouse Groups
Next meeting Tuesday 18th October…
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 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)

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!

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the October issue is online

Parish News October 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 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:

  • Coastal Landscapes – a selection of photographs
  • A Real Privilege – by our new curate, Steve Jones
  • Odyssey – by cyclist Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Sexy Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Do You Know About The ACR? – by Michael Heather
  • Our Bishops Spread The Vision – Bishops Robert, Sarah & Nick have begun their nine-month tour of the diocese
  • A Fair And Local Harvest – how we live today effects how others will eat in the future
  • Ministry Of Readers – marking the 150th anniversary
  • Responding With Love – Charlotte Payne talks about modern slavery
  • A Future With Hope – by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Enjoy Each Day – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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


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