Events


Groups, meetings, lunches, drop-ins and support agencies are listed on the Community pages. [If you’d like to view past events, click HERE.]


Wednesdays throughout February & March
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis. View a video (below): “On Valentine’s Day 2018, Bishop Robert visited a community café that’s making a real difference in Bridgetown, Totnes.”


Thursday & Friday 22nd & 23rd February 10am to 5pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friday & Saturday 2nd & 3rd March 10am to 5pm
The Mansion, Totnes
HERITAGE FOR LIFE
Consultation Exhibitions
Have your say about designs for a St Mary’s Heritage Area in Totnes with a church building improved for community use in the 21st century.
read more about this here and in other pages under the Projects menu


Friday 2nd March at 2pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
(INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDENOMINATIONAL)
Special Service: All God’s Creation is Very Good!
The interdenominational movement of the Women’s World Day of Prayer invites everyone to attend one of over 5,000 services being held on Friday 2nd March with the title All God’s Creation is Very Good! We will join an estimated 3 million people around the world that day in a service which has been written this year by the women of Suriname in South America.
Starting in Samoa as the sun rises, and ending as the sun sets off the coast of American Samoa, the service will have been translated into more than 95 languages and 1000 dialects as we are reminded that we have responsibilities in caring for this wonderful world we live in. With its vast rainforest and wealth of resources,
Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife, through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse, as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. This is not simply a day of prayer for women, but for everyone who cares about our world and those who live in it.


Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
 
ENSEMBLE BAKLAVA / RADIAL BAND

Ensemble Baklava play a wealth of songs and instrumental dance tunes from around the Mediterranean region on traditional instruments. More information about Radial Band is here.
tickets £8 available on the door, in aid of St John’s Windows fund


Sunday 4th March at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
THE CONVERSATION
theme
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These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and take place on the first Sunday of each month.
“A new way of thinking about being the Christian Church. This informal and relaxed service exists for people who don’t belong to a church, and facilitates real and honest conversations about the biggest issues of life”.
• Open to all. No strings attached. Every voice welcomed.


NEW: Thursday 8th March
at 7.30pm
The Royal Seven Stars Hotel
An A-Z of the RESTORATION
Join top historian Dr Ian Mortimer for this informative and entertaining lecture on this fascinating period in our history, the subject of his latest best-selling Time Traveller’s Guide.
tickets £5, on the door only
• this event complements the concert Music of the Restoration by Passamezzo – see Sunday 10th March
• download a poster


Friday 9th March at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
DESERT ISLAND CHOICES
sung live for Alice Oswald (local poet & BBC Radio 4 Resident Poet)
by Global Harmony, Viva and friends
• tickets £8 )concessions £6) from Oxfam (60 High Street Totnes), or choir members or on the door
• refreshments available
website
• download a poster


Saturday 10th March from 10am to 4pm
at Dartington Church & Dartington Church Hall
FOLLOW ME
A Lent Quiet Day
Led by Reverend Jane Frost, Team Curate & Richard Frost, Team Reader, Totnes Team Ministry. During this period of Lent, we reflect on how God called different people in both the Old Testament and New Testament to follow him, and we consider our response to that same call.
• booking required by email or call 01803 865196
• a small donation will be requested to cover costs
• download a poster


Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
PASSAMEZZO
Music of the Restoration
An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner the lecture (on Thursday 8th March at the Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes) by historian Ian Mortimer.
After years of civil war and an Interregnum, Charles II has ascended the throne…
Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell, plus pieces from Playford.
Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and we are delighted to welcome them back.
• tickets for non-members £14 (under 18s £5) available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30pm to 7pm) or online or on the door
• this event complements the lecture An A-Z of the RESTORATION by top historian Dr Ian Mortimer – see Thursday 8th March
• download a poster
TEMS website


cancelled: Saturday 10th March
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
PIANO CONCERT
with Ekaterina Shetliffe
• we’ll let you know when or if this concert is rescheduled


NEW: Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm
Community Space
at St John’s Church, Littlehempston
REMEMBERED FIELDS
A programme of poetry, prose and music written during the First World War
Bob Barsby will be accompanying Tom Morris (tenor) singing songs by George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney and Vaughan Williams and there will also be some folk music and songs from Oh What a Lovely War, some of which you may be invited to join in!
Local writer Laurence Green will be launching his new biography of George Butterworth and the spoken words will be provided by Chris Waters, who has inspired the event, and other members of the reading group Visible Ink.
tickets £8 on the door
• enquiries to Chris Waters on 01803 865458
• in aid of Medecins sans Frontieres


NEW: Sunday 11th March at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Totnes
TORBAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
This concert is part of the COMA National Festival of Contemporary Music.
Stephen Montague: Dark Sun
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Soloist – Elena Abad
Mahler: Symphony no 1
Leader: Chris Eastmann
Conductor: Richard Gonski
• tickets
and more information available here


NEW: Wednesday March 14th at 7pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TALK & RECITAL
by John Wellingham
John will talk about three Totnes organs; the Father Willis organ at St Mary’s Church , Totnes, the organ that was lost in the fire at St John’s and the present organ, built by William Drake, which he will play.
John has been a major influence on British organ students. He is now in his eighties, and still active as an inspirational organ teacher at Oxford and Cambridge universities. He studied at Dartington College when Imogen Holst, and later John Clements, ran the music department.
He taught piano, organ and recorder at Eton and was a counter-tenor lay clerk in the Chapel Choir before leaving to study organ , harpsichord, viola da gamba, Gregorian chant and Lutheran chorales at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
In 1974, he founded the Loosemore Centre for Organ and Early Music in Buckfastleigh, the first early music centre in Great Britain. It closed in the early 1990s, but the organ building workshop remains open.
There will be a small charge for the talk, which is one of a series of talks the church has arranged to promote the history and heritage of St John’s, and in aid of the St John’s Windows fund.


Saturday 17th March from 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Coffee concert by NEWTON ABBOT UKULELE BAND
view a video:
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• in aid of Friends of St Mary’s
entry £5 on the door
• homemade cakes and coffee on sale


NEW: Saturday 17th March
St Mary’s Church & Hall, Dartington
starting in the Hall at 2.30pm followed by candle-lit celebration of parts of the Vespers at 4.20pm in the Church
An opportunity to hear, learn and sing the
ANCIENT CHANTS of SYON ABBEY
with Michael Graham, Director of Chapel Music, Exeter University
• image shows an engraving of the original seal of the Abbess and Convent of Syon


Sunday 18th March at 3pm
St John’s Church, Totnes
DEVON TELEMANN ENSEMBLE
Experienced professional musicians Mary Eade, Anna Cockroft, Brenda Willoughby, Pam Canter, Andrew Gillett, Vicky Evans and Michael Allnatt will play lively and beautiful music by Telemann, Bach, Handel and Sarri on violins, recorder, cello, viola, bass and harpsichord.
• retiring collection is for Rowcroft Hospice and the St John’s Windows fund


Sunday 18th March at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme:
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Musical Director: Jan Dietz


Sunday 1st April at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
THE CONVERSATION
theme
tba
These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and take place on the first Sunday of each month.
“A new way of thinking about being the Christian Church. This informal and relaxed service exists for people who don’t belong to a church, and facilitates real and honest conversations about the biggest issues of life”.
• Open to all. No strings attached. Every voice welcomed.


NEW: Friday 6th April time tba
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
CONVIVIO
A Royal Engagement
   
Convivio celebrate the anniversary of Bach’s appointment as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, exactly 300 years ago. From the court of Frederick the Great in Dresden to that of George I in London, Convivio explores music from some of the most renowned baroque composers working at the royal courts across Europe, alongside lesser known works from composers including the Bach family, Handel, Hasse and Telemann.
Formed in 2016, Convivio features students and alumni from the Royal College of Music, including former KEVICC student Katie Cowling. The ensemble has performed at venues across London, including St George’s Hanover Square and Handel House, and as part of the Guildford Music Festival 2017.
• tickets for non-members £12 (under 18s £5) available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30pm to 7pm) or online or on the door
TEMS website


NEW: Saturday 14th April at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
GREAT BRITTEN!
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.
In 2018 we return to Totnes with Great Britten! – a programme tracing a journey round Great Britain in folk song and poetry, presenting favourites from the German and English song traditions sung by rising stars of the next generation.
• download a poster
tickets £12 (£10 over 65, free for under 18s)
booking and more information here


NEW: Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ENSEMBLE MOLIERE
Telemann and his Friends in Paris
This programme belatedly marks the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death in 1767. In 1737, he met several great musicians in Paris including Blavet, Guinon, and Forqueray. They performed 12 sets of “Paris Quartets” together – with Telemann on the harpsichord!
Formed at the Dartington Summer School in 2013, Ensemble Moliere has already performed widely throughout the UK and Europe. In 2015 the ensemble was selected to participate in the Early Music Live! scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival, and recently performed at the London Baroque Festival.
• tickets for non-members £14 (under 18s £5) available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30pm to 7pm) or online or on the door
TEMS website


Sunday 6th May at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
THE CONVERSATION
theme
tba
These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and take place on the first Sunday of each month.
“A new way of thinking about being the Christian Church. This informal and relaxed service exists for people who don’t belong to a church, and facilitates real and honest conversations about the biggest issues of life”.
• Open to all. No strings attached. Every voice welcomed.


If you are organising any events, or are in touch with anyone who is, please contact Julian Hall as early as possible.


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