WE HOPE EVERYONE had a very happy Easter!
As we move further into Spring, the listings pages are starting to fill out, with three new upcoming special services, and a variety of entertainments events – including a very busy evening on Friday June 29th at St Mary’s, Totnes, as part of Party in the Town.
Not to be overlooked is the Totnes with Bridgetown Annual Meeting on Wednesday 26th April at 7.30pm, at St John’s, Bridgetown (preceded by Eucharist at 7pm). Please make every effort to attend! Nomination papers are available in both churches – please complete them and return them to Lynne Birch.
Forward dates for the Tuesday Afternoon and Evening House Groups, and likewise for the Crosspark Book Club, are below under the Community News section.
There’s a new page underneath the Vision menu: Proposed St Mary’s Partnership – a sample is below, with a link to the full document. If you haven’t browsed the Vision section yet, go have a look, it is full of exciting and inspiring ideas for the future of St Mary’s Church and its grounds.
And if you haven’t yet gotten hold of the latest Parish Newsletter, there’s a contents list below along with a link to download the extended, colour version.
Many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.
SPECIAL SERVICES in Dartington, Bridgetown & Totnes
NEW: Sunday 30th April at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
• all welcome
• apart from the 8am Eucharist at St Mary’s Church, Totnes, there will be no other services this day in the Team
NEW: Sunday 14th May 2017
9.30am at St John’s Church, Bridgetown
11.15am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
WATER AID CHARITY SUNDAY
Guest Speaker: Professor Hilary Neve, explaining the work of the charity and how our donations are spent
• plate collections will go to Water Aid – please remember to bring cash or cheque
Sunday 21st May at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir
Saturday 22nd April at 7pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
LOVE IS BLIND BUT THE NEIGHBOURS AIN’T – Songs and Stories of Love
part of the Devon Song Festival
Patron: Sarah Walker CBE
Providing an annual weekend of song in the beautiful surrounds of Devon, the Devon Song Festival aims to invite award-winning young singers to bring fantastic song to new audiences. Established in 2016 the festival programmes concerts that feature well-known repertoire whilst also exploring some unjustly neglected gems in dramatic and accessible programmes. This year we continue our journey through Devon with a concert at Totnes’ beautiful St Mary’s Church for a programme featuring Schumann’s dramatic Spanisches Liederspiel and songs by Barber, Schubert and Schumann.
• to reserve tickets for this year’s festival, click here
Wednesday 26th April at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Totnes with Bridgetown
(Eucharist at 7pm)
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
• nomination papers available in both churches – please complete and return to Lynne Birch
updated: Friday 28th April from 6pm to midnight
various venues in Totnes
PARTY IN THE TOWN
Dartington’s annual celebration for the people of Totnes to come together and experience the strength of our community. After a massively successful Party in the Town in 2016, Dartington is doing it again. In 2017 we will reflect on the past and look forward, with a theme of ‘Revolution’. What we can do together that we can’t do apart? What are our visions and dreams for the future?
Local venues, empty shops, and the streets of Totnes will come to life in a celebration of the diverse talents and ideas of this unique town. There will be music (headline act will be announced very soon) and participatory activities, as well as walkabout poetry and a performance of a brand new work developed in local Primary Schools with Brazilian musician Adriano Adewale.
There will be also be events programmed by the teams behind local festivals and Dartington’s After Dark series. And don’t miss our workshops with the brilliant Craft Revolution.
EVENTS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, Totnes, run from 6pm to 10.15pm:
6pm to 6.30pm
A special primary schools commission, Waterwheel, from Dartington International Summer School led by the charismatic Brazilian percussionist.
6.45pm to 7.15pm
South West Music School
South West Music School is a Centre of Advanced Training (CAT) and a music charity working with talented young instrumentalists, singers and composers aged 8 to 18 years in the South West of England.
7.30pm to 8pm
Voices of Freedom
A collaborative creative movement lead by Rob Carney & friends with messages of hope, unity and positive action.
8.15pm to 8.45pm
The Choral Engineers can be heard singing, whispering, speaking, producing animal voices and playing mechanical instruments.
9pm to 9.30pm
Award winning a’cappella choir from Totnes performing well-known classics with a twist. Expect a visual feast.
9.45pm to 10.15pm
Big Noise Chorus
A community choir lead by Colin Rea. Set lists include World Music, contemporary numbers and show numbers.
• check the event’s facebook page for latest news
• or see the whole evening’s line-up here
updated: Saturday 29th April at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
CONCENTUS VII ~ Et in Arcadia Ego
A programme of exquisite secular solo cantatas and oboe sonatas from Alessandro Scarlatti, Lotti, Vivaldi and Handel (who spent 3.5 years in Italy).
All were influenced by the Italian Academy of Arcadia of which Scarlatti was a member, and which favoured a simple idyllic, pastoral style. The ensemble’s eponymous CD has already been much enjoyed by committee members (“they are stunning and will go down a storm” wrote one).
American soprano Emily Atkinson has appeared as a soloist in more than forty Bach cantatas with the Sweelinck Ensemble. She has toured extensively with the Tallis Scholars, and performs with viol consorts, baroque chamber groups and other early music ensembles in the UK and abroad.
Belinda Paul (oboe and recorder)·is co-founder of Concentus VII, and plays and records with orchestras including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort and Players and Ex Cathedra.
Louise Strickland (recorder)·has performed with many ensembles including·Il Giardino Armonico, The Gabrieli Players, and Les Arts Florissants. She has a Masters in Historical Musicology from Goldsmiths, London.·
Dan Tidhar (harpsichord) has directed the Cambridge University Baroque Ensemble for several years, and has performed as a soloist and continuo player with ensembles such as The Kings Consort and Chelys.
Sophie Willis (cello) has performed with singers such as James Bowman and Emma Kirkby and with orchestras such as the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Florilegium.
• tickets are available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30pm to 7pm) or online or on the door
• in association with The Arts at Dartington
• TEMS website
NEW: Tuesday May 16th from 2.30pm to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
THE SYON BREVIARY
The Daily Office of Our Lady
Afternoon Workshop with Lauds and Vespers
Hear about and learn how to use the centuries-old daily office of the Bridgettine Sisters. This is a unique opportunity to discover the The Syon Breviary ~ the prayers used by the Bridgettine Sisters of Syon Abbey at Marley in Rattery for their daily Office and now published in English for the first time. Syon Abbey was founded at Isleworth in 1415 by King Henry V and is the only English religious community to have survived the Reformation.
• please book by May 9th with Joy Hanson 01803 445470 or email Joy
• donations welcomed for expenses and The St John’s Windows Appeal
• download a printable A4 poster
updated: Saturday 20th May at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Hosted by Friends of St Mary’s
Concert celebrating the life of
“An interesting programme with children from the Totnes Harp School, then David accompanying the Peruvian singer Claudia; Elie Fruchter on his Jewish ancient clarinet and (hopefully) a flamenco guitarist, Adam…but Adam too has become very popular – as a young musician he has to take every opportunity to perform elsewhere and at present he is on another cruise ship, doing very well indeed.”
• entry £5 on the door
Saturday 20th May
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: The King who would not listen (Jeremiah 38)
We had a good Messy Church at April’s session, with two new children joining us!
• more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (right) by Joy Hanson
ONGOING until Saturday 15th July
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
EXPLORING OUR FAITH
Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Members of the Clergy and Reader ministry team will be leading a series of six sessions on selected Saturday mornings looking at the following topics:
Exploring the Bible
Why do we have the Bible? Where did it come from? Personal Bible reading.
The importance and meanings of baptism, confirmation, marriage, funerals & ordination.
Exploring the Eucharist
What’s Holy Communion all about?
What is prayer & why do we pray? Praying alone, praying together. Different ways into prayer.
Exploring the Church
What is the point of church? Buildings & robes. Mission & maintenance. Choirs & congregations.
The relevance of confession, absolution, wholeness & reconciliation.
• all sessions will take place at St John’s, Bridgetown
• click here for more details and to book your place
THE VISION – enhancements & evolution in and around St Mary’s Church, Totnes
A new page has been added underneath the Vision menu heading:
Proposed St Mary’s Partnership
Proposal that Totnes Town Council join a partnership aiming to realise the potential of the magnificent St Mary’s Church and the historic spaces around it.
In pursuing its charitable objectives of improving historic buildings and public spaces in the town, Totnes Trust has been considering the next phase of projects it might undertake. The most creative idea has been to build on the unique heritage around St Mary’s Church, which is potentially an historic precinct of international quality and interest.
The broad intention would be to enhance the grand space in front of St Mary’s, lined on one side with Elizabethan merchants’ houses, and on the other side by the church forecourt and building…
COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson
St Mary’s Flower Arrangers
We would like to say a special thank you for the wonderful display in the Church on Easter Sunday. It was very uplifting and a real pleasure to see. A very big thank you for all your efforts which have been much appreciated. A big thank you also to the members of the congregation who donated generously to make the purchase of the lilies, etc. and therefore contributed to such a splendid display. A real Church effort.
Thank you! ~ Gina
Tuesday Afternoon House Group
The Tuesday Afternoon House Group will restart on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm following the Easter break. We will meet at Mary Harris’ House: 4 Riverside Swallowfields.
STOP PRESS: Slight change of plan for our meeting on 9th May. Jane Frost now has to attend a funeral at 2pm on that day – but don’t worry, you will meet a Curate! Reverend Steve Jones will be coming to the group to talk with you about his vocation and answer any questions that you might have. Thanks to Steve for stepping in!
Our new study book is Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
You may wish to read the chapter Living Gracefully which starts on page 19, and follow the Prayer Reflection on page 25.
• on Tuesday 23rd May we will meet at St John’s Church. Please bring your books – we shall be looking at Chapter 2 together Knowing God’s Guidance (page 26)
• further details, Liz Waterson on 01803 849345
Tuesday Evening House Group
The Tuesday Evening House Group has been taking a break over Easter and will restart on Tuesday 9th May. to discuss the first part of the book Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
9th May – Living Gracefully
23red May – Knowing God’s Guidance
6th June – Handling Money
20th June – Handling Our Sexuality
4th July – Facing Temptation
18th July – Being Healthy (this is the last house group before summer).
• all sessions are at 3 Sparrow Road except 6th June, which will be at 25 Kings Orchard
• contact: Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030
Crosspark Book Club – 2017 forward dates for your diary
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)
Delicious jam, marmalade, chutney and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be so for some weeks to come!
• jam jars and lids are not needed at the moment!
PARISH NEWSLETTER – the April 2017 issue is online
Parish News April 2017 – 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!
This issue includes:
- Easter Again! – by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
- It’s A Few Thoughts For Easter – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
- Is The Resurrection Fake News? – by Michael Heather
- The Harmony Of Life – poem by Eileen Noakes
- Be Kind To The Unkind – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
- Exploring God In Dementia – an Ecumenical study day in May
- Inter-faith Adviser Explores Extremism – a new book by John Hall
- Faith Across Continents – Chris Cant’s widespread ministry
Clergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!
Giving Back news
There is now a Walk-in Food Bank at the Market Place Ministries building, run by Freedom Centre Totnes. Two more businesses have joined the scheme: Pure Hairdressing on Station Road and Drop Dead Gorgeous on the High Street.
The other businesses are: Kerala Delicacies, The Brioche, The Green Café and Seeds 2.
Since January 4th, the Giving Back Scheme has raised £635; 17 emergency food parcels have been given out, and there are currently 14 regular clients. This is in just 2 months!
The Totnes Team Ministry are able to make referrals, along with CAB, SHDC, the Job Centre and Caring Town Totnes. Our Care Gift Account supports this work along with the Drop in and Christians Against Poverty and there is quite a bit of overlap.
Parish Giving Scheme
There are various people using the Parish Giving Scheme who would be more than happy to answer any queries and help with the paperwork if necessary.
• please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 about this in the first instance
Help & Advice
The Need Help poster has recently been updated (March 2017).
• click here to download a printable A4 version
Booking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon (enquiries will not be taken at any other times), or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos
Coffee 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!
Food 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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here
Food 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.
• you can now also take your food bank donations to Morrisons in Totnes – there is a collection bin by the toilets
• 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
We are always 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.
•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page
The 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
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
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
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
Pennies 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