November updates + news

2013sealwreathNOVEMBER is a month of Remembrance and also a transition into the Christmas period.
There are several special services later this month, including Remembrance Services in Totnes and Bridgetown on Sunday 13th November (preceded in Totnes by the usual parades and an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.
On the same morning, Wild Church offers a Wild Remembrance outdoor pilgrimage on the Dartington Estate.
The next Charity Sunday is on 27th November at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, this time in aid of the Drop In Centre and including a speech from Mark Hatch; note there won’t be the usual 11.15am service in Totnes on that day.
There is no Choral Evensong in November – there is however the Advent Carol Service on Sunday 27th November (at 6.30pm). On Wednesday 30th November, there’s a Rowcroft & Allwood Light Up A Life service at 7pm.
Christmas is coming and our Events listings are beginning to look a bit festive. We are compiling the various Christmastime services and events (please let us have details if you haven’t already done so!); we’ll then create a special Christmas-at-a-glance page covering everything from the end of this month and into the beginnings of 2017.
As the temperatures drop, the Totnes Drop In Centre always starts getting busy at this time of year. There’s a mini-feature below on the Drop In and Night Shelter, including their latest newsletter, a thankyou and a continuing appeal for donations of bedding.
Totnes Street Pastors have also just published their Autumn Newsletter, again see below to read or download it.
More thankyous are awarded to those who work behind the scenes – cleaning, polishing, arranging and providing flowers and so on – all of which help make St Mary’s (and the other Team Churches too) look their best for congregations and visitors.
There’s a further mini-feature on Network of Wellbeing, who are the driving force behind several innovative community projects.
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section also includes this time the latest dates for groups and meetings – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Rounding off this news post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the November Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it. Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you always read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.

SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Bridgetown

stjohnsheader01Sunday 13th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown:
Officiant: Reverend Steve Jones

2013wreathlaying05Sunday 13th November from 10.45am
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
followed by Service in St Mary’s Parish Church
Officiant & Preacher: Reverend Julian C Ould (Chaplain to The Royal British Legion)
• several albums of photographs from past years can be found under the Galleries menu: 2012 and 2013

St John's Church Bridgetown TotnesSunday 27th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
(Joint Service with St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre
Speaker: Mark Hatch
The plate collection on that day will go to the Drop In Centre. Your regular monthly giving is not included. If you aren’t able to come to the service, you can leave a donation with the churchwardens or Lynne Birch.
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day

adventcandlesNEW: Sunday 27th November at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
All welcome

rowcrofthospice01NEW: Wednesday 30th November at 7pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
Rowcroft & Allwood Service
All welcome

Microsoft Word - Pet Service POSTER 2016 v2.docxSunday 4th December at 4.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
supporting Animals in Need
• everyone welcome including pets
download a printable poster

serviceofremembranceNEW: Wednesday, 14th December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
in association with Perring Funeral Directors
A service for all those who have lost friends or relatives and wish to come together to remember them at this time of year.
refreshments will be served after the service.

WILD REMEMBRANCE – Wild Church upcoming events for November

wildchurchsloeSunday 13th November from 11am to 1pm
Sam’s Dartington Slow Sloe Pilgrimage
WANDER SLOWLY through the hidden wilds of Dartington from the heart of the Estate to Hunters Moon with Reverend Sam. Come & have a taste of the wild wisdom way (a marriage of head & heart, body & soul) and meet the Dartington sloe thickets; including mindfulness practice, silent walking and a sloe gin communion. We will end under the ancient Dartington yew for a time of remembrance. Gather by the fallen tree on the Dartington playing field beside the old primary school for an 11am start. (Until approx 1pm).
suggested donation £5 – £10 in aid of the Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Appeal.
facebook event page

wildchurch02THIS MONTH also sees a new beginning for Wild Monastics, which this time last year involved a small group meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings for sacred chant & silent meditation in Dartington Church. We restart with a Remembrance Day for Lost Species at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30th November. More details coming soon.

SPECIAL THANKYOUS for helping St Mary’s Church look its best…

mothersdayflowersHarvest Flowers
We’d like to express our warmest thanks to all those who created such beautiful harvest displays in St Mary’s Church for the Harvest Festival Service.

church work dayChurch Working Day
Thanks too to all those who worked so hard on sprucing up the church last week, from cancel hoovering to gutter cleaning to pew dusting. And special thanks for our lovely flower beds!

NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown

Saturday 12th November from 11am to 2pm
Civic Hall, Totnescaringtownfair

bunsonseatsSunday 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


stmaryandstgeorgeNEW: Sunday 13th November at 4pm
St Mary and St George’s Church, Totnes
Service of Solidarity for Refugees
There will be a short service to remember those who are refugees or still in great danger in their own homes.
We hope to have the South West Lampedusa
Cross present as a sign of solidarity and hope.

walkofwitnesspostera4NEW: Saturday 19th November
depart 10am from Plymouth City Piazza (by big screen), walk to Plymouth RC Cathedral for a short service at 11am
RALLY followed by WALK of WITNESS with REFUGEES – led by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’
Millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. Pope Francis calls us to see them as “brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved”. CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter, Devon Faith and Belief Forum, Plymouth Council of Faiths and others are organising a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
• click the image to download a printable poster

messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 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
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson

FoSMAGMNEW: Sunday 20th November at 12.30pm (straight after the 11.15am Eucharist)
Friends of St Mary’s AGM
Nomination forms for committee posts will be placed inside the main entrance to St Mary’s. New members welcome!
• Among other things, the Friends have recently funded the restoration of the Paige Adams stained glass window (cost £3,500) and have pledged over £3,000 for repairs to the Parvis room window (directly above the Porch)

cameosingersmay2013_01NEW: Saturday 10th December from 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s presents
entry £5
coffee and cakes on sale

DROP IN & NIGHT SHELTER NEWS – special feature

Totnes Drop In Newsletter
• click the image to read online – or click here to download a printable version

NIght Shelter News
(click the image to enlarge it)
Once planning is complete and we start to look to buy the portacabin, I’ll write a fuller article about it all, so much has happened since all this started and we are still trying to get the Flood Risk Assessment finally approved -I hope to be meeting with the Environment Agency this week.
As wheels grind rather slowly, it is a good thing that the Drop In has not been demolished (as it was scheduled to be) because at this rate we wouldn’t have anywhere for a Night Shelter to go.
We have had the Drop In thoroughly deep cleaned so that it is as heathy as the current building could be, but even before demolition we are hoping to move Mark to much better temporary premises and the portacabin will be needed (among other things) as an office.
Although the new premises (opposite the Drop In) are rather warmer and much more inviting, there is no private space for Mark, private interviews or the work of professionals who come to work with his service users during the week. As the portacabin will be situated directly behind the building to which Mark is relocating, this will be the perfect solution. ~ Liz

markhatchCharity Sunday Service
Sunday 27th November at 9.30am
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Mark Hatch (pictured right) will be speaking at a Joint Service (with St Mary’s Church, Totnes), in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre.
more details under Special Services, above

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 is 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

NETWORK OF WELLBEING – news of two projects

Community crowdfunding
• click the image to download a printable poster

shareshop2Totnes Share Shop
Here at the Network of Wellbeing, we have been seeding a Share Shop in Totnes. The great news is we now have a venue thanks to Totnes Town Council and a grant to support us thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. The council have granted us a space to pilot the Share Shop in The Guild Hall garage on Guild Hall Yard.
The Share Shop would enable local people to borrow all sorts of useful things at nominal cost so that they don’t have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to encourage the sharing economy, to help people connect more, spend less, consume less, and waste less. (Photo just for illustration – the Totnes Share Shop isn’t yet in place!)

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

Totnes Street Pastors – Autumn Newsletter
• click the image to read it online – or click here to download a printable version
past editions of the Totnes Street Pastors newsletters, and a Prayer Booklet, can be downloaded here

house groupsHouse Groups
Both house groups will be meeting on Tuesday 15th and 29th November and then breaking until 10th January…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
We are 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)


Christmas stall at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, after the joint service on Sunday November 27th. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee and support fair trade by buying cards, gifts and festive food.

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

Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Delicious 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 November issue is online

newsletterthumb201611Parish News November 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!

Any donations to help pay for our publishing costs, however small, would be most welcome, even if you’re reading the magazine online. We can accept BACS payments, cheques to Totnes with Bridgetown PCC or cash. Email Julian Hall for details.

This issue includes:

  • St Mary’s Doors – Martin Harvey looks at the Devil in the Detail
  • Remember – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • Samhuin to All Saints and All Souls – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just Another Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Embrace of God – by the Very Reverend Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Working Together – the writings of John Hall
  • A Senior’s Prayer – by Jo Sollars
  • A Joyful Outloook – 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 – rates updated November 2016


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 Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or 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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