Friends of St Mary’s


ABOUT the Friend’s of St Mary’s


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The Friends of St Mary’s, Totnes, is established to support the maintenance, repair, preservation, beautification and improvement of the fabric of the church and the monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels belonging to the church.

  • please contact the Secretary on 01803 867537 for information.
  • to see more photos of the Shop, click here

MEMBERSHIP of the Friends of St Mary’s


The Membership subscription scheme was launched in early 2017. Membership benefits include…

  • Access to a stunning, growing collection of online images showing our historic church in all its splendour – not to mention close-up photos of many architectural highlights that you may have missed.
  • Also, Members receive email listings of all forthcoming concerts and events, with reserved seating (on prior application) for all ticketed Friends of St Mary’s events.
  • Last but not least, you are helping to support a variety of very worthy projects to enhance and maintain St Mary’s Church.

Click HERE for more about Membership, or HERE for details of how to join.

(We have recently published a downloadable pdf leaflet [2.5Mb], which is ideal for emailing or showing to friends and relatives in the UK and overseas who might be interested in the activities and Membership of the Friends of St Mary’s.)


ACTIVITIES of the Friends of St Mary’s


A handful of examples are below, including concerts and other fundraisers, the Shop, and donations towards repairs, fittings, furnishings and books.
Many more refcent items still to be added to this list!


Historical emblemOngoing: our Shop  has for sale greetings cards, postcards and notebooks with images of the church, together with preserves, ceramics, music CDs. soap and other gift ideas.

  • please browse and put money into the wall-safe beside the church door

Ongoing: Friends of St Mary’s concerts are listed on our Upcoming events page.
matthewandme_72Coffee and delicious home-made cakes are served from 10.30am, and concerts then start at 11am and typically run for about 50 minutes. The church’s acoustics are considered to be superb and performers enjoy the opportunity to play here. Take time out from shopping to chill out at these relaxing events!

  • admission £5 on the door
  • we welcome any offers of Saturday morning Coffee Concerts and also of evening concerts and recitals. If you are organising any such events, or are in touch with anyone who is, please contact the Secretary, Julian Hall on 01803 867537 or email him for information

Pictured are Matthew & Me, a local band who have performed several times at St Mary’s. For more information, see their website: matthewandme.co.uk.


hymnbookEarly in 2015: the Friends of St Mary’s donated £2,500 towards new, improved Common Worship hymn books at St Mary’s – just one of the many ways in which they have been enhancing the church.
Thank you to all those who have dedicated copies in memory of loved ones. This has helped defray the considerable cost.


May 2014: REVIEW & VIDEOCLIP: Robin the Piper
Friend’s of St Mary’s Coffee Concert • Saturday 26th April


All in all a very successful concert at St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon.

“It was the début performance of Robin the Piper and Sheila Whittaker playing together, and by all accounts the combination of Sheila’s classical violin style and Robin’s more folk-based recorder playing was very pleasing to the ear. The acoustics of the church are great, and it was fun to play a wide variety of music from different sources and periods. Many thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s for making it possible.”


November 2013: Friends of St. Mary’s held their AGM at 12.30pm on Sunday 24th November in St Mary’s Church. This followed a highly successful fundraising year in which many improvements to the church have been effected or are in hand.


September 2013: There is now a beautiful new carpet on the floor of St Mary’s Children’s Chapel. The cost of £329 was funded by the Friends of St Mary’s and the Coffee Fund. St Mary’s Church Porch has now been redecorated. Work to improve the notice boards and prevent unauthorised fly-posting is still ongoing.

The Altar Missal arrived and needed an inscription before presentation for use. Thanks to Pete and Gina Rogers for this item.

Kitchen Area and Storage: the Fabric Committee agreed on the refurbishment of the kitchen area and awaited professional advice on layout and cost. It was suggested that the people who use the kitchen should be consulted before work is started and that the highest quality material should be used.

Ann Rutherford reported that sales in the Shop were up as this was the busiest time of the year and there seemed to be more people around. Current stock was selling well. She was also pleased that the surrounding area of the wall safe had been cleared thereby improving accessibility.


malleticiousAugust 2013: The Friends of St. Mary’s Coffee Concert with Mosaic, conducted by Bob Barsby and featuring Malleticious (www.malleticious.com), Marimba players Molly Lopresti and Harriet Riley, raised £510 gross and over £430 net.

A truly memorable event.

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