news, events & special services


stmarysseal1000pxLOTS OF UPDATES this time for things to know and things to do. The really BIG news at the moment is the next wave of consultation exhibitions, for ideas and plans for St Mary’s, taking place later this month at St Mary’s Church and also, in early March, at The Mansion – see below. Please help spread the word – we hope as many as possible will come along, to give their views and offer any ideas of their own.
LENT will be beginning soon, and there are courses, events and services to read about below.
After the usual quiet start to the year, the entertainments side of things is getting very prolific and very eclectic too. We’ve room in this blog only for February and March listings, but to find out what’s happening in April head over to the Events page.
Don’t forget to scroll down to the Community News section – there are quite a few interesting, inspiring and informative new items on there, including a Help for Hard Times compilation of all sorts of really useful information from Caring Town Information Exchange.
Many thanks as always to everyone who sent in words and pictures. 
PS If you are getting a deja vu feeling, it’s because we’ve repeated a few important things from our last big News blog, in case some people missed them amidst all the hustle and bustle around Christmas and the New Year.


ST MARY’S ‘HERITAGE FOR LIFE’ PLAN Consultation Exhibitions in early 2018


Thursday / Friday 22nd to 23rd February 10am to 5pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friday / Saturday 2nd to 3rd March 
10am to 5pm
The Mansion, Totnes

You may remember that in June last year the St Mary’s Partnership held its first public consultation events. Prior to that, St Mary’s with Bridgetown Parochial Church Council had embarked on a major scheme to restore the magnificent ‘At Risk’ fabric of St Mary’s church, and to reorder the interior of the building so that it is more suited to modern community use. At the same time, Totnes Trust, which is dedicated to preserving heritage buildings and improving public spaces, had embarked on a project to make the area around the Church one of the most attractive and unique heritage areas of any town in the UK.

Our two organisations had come together in the St Mary’s Partnership, and shortly afterwards were joined by the Town Council, which is responsible for the upkeep of the churchyard, and has a strong interest in one of our aims: to create better public access to the Guildhall.

the first consultation event, June 2017

The first consultation was very well received. Consequently we were able to commission sketch designs from professional designers, and these have now reached the stage where we can hold a second public consultation to finalise the proposals.

It has become evident that these projects, focusing on the St Mary’s Precinct, have so much in common that they should be master-planned under a single banner, which we have named the St Mary’s ‘Heritage for Life’ plan. This will coordinate the work, assist with the case for obtaining finance, and potentially provide a model for heritage improvement in other parts of the town.

The second consultation exhibitions will be held 10am to 5pm at St Mary’s Church on 22nd to 23rd February, and at the Mansion on 2nd to 3rd March. Our project comes from the community, is for the community, and depends on its approval to move ahead. So we would be very grateful if you could publicise these events and encourage people to attend and make their views known.

One element of the masterplan involves creating a new ‘Place to Remember’, with better siting of the War Memorial, and space to record the names of those killed in recent wars. This is a sensitive matter, and we wished to hold an early consultation with relatives of the Fallen. The Mayor of Totnes kindly hosted this special advance event in the Guildhall at 2.30pm on 30th January.

We look forward to extensive participation in shaping the final development of these exciting proposals. Best wishes,
Louis Victory (Totnes Trust) and John Birch (Parochial Church Council)


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Bridgetown


Wednesday 14th February 10.30am & 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ASH WEDNESDAY
Imposition of Ashes & Eucharist (Order 1)
• all welcome


Sunday 18th February at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme:
Introit: Lent Song – James
Responses: Smith (with Lord’s Prayer – Stone)
Hymn 96 Jesu, lover of my soul
Psalm 119  vv 17 -32
Mag & Nunc: Dyson in F
Anthem: Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks – Howells
Anthem after the prayers: Litany for Lent
Hymn 547 Oft in danger, oft in woe
Vesper anthem: Jesu, priceless treasure – Cruger
Musical Director: Jan Dietz


NEW: 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.


UPCOMING EVENTS in February & March


Wednesdays throughout February
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.


Saturday 17th February from 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary & St George RC Church
WELCOMING THE STRANGER
The day will look the plight of refugees from a global perspective and discussions about our practical response at a local level. There will be presentations from a Christian / CAFOD perspective and from the perspective of the Charities Beyond Borders, Totnes and Open Hearts, Open Borders.
facebook event page


NEW: Tuesday 20th February from 12pm to 2pm
St Mary and St George Catholic Church Hall
LENT LUNCHES 2018  – DONATIONS FOR CHRISTIAN AID AND CAFOD
are being held for five Tuesdays during Lent (nearest parking: Budgens carpark)
please support St Mary’s Parish and Priory Church Team on Tuesday 20th February be- tween12pm and 2pm
• offering a choice of 3 homemade soups with bread and butter.


Thursday / Friday 22nd to 23rd February 10am to 5pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friday / Saturday 2nd to 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
• or scroll up for fuller details


updated: Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ISCA VOICES
Former Girl Choristers of Exeter Cathedral Choir directed by Stephen Tanner
A  Miscellany of Choral Music, Sacred, Classical, Folk and Popular Tunes in Close Harmony.
tickets £6 on the door
• download a poster


cancelled: Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
 
Postponed due to adverse weather.
• we’ll let you know if and when this event gets rescheduled


updated: 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


NEW: 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
TEMS website


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, Bridgetown
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.


NEW: 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


updated: 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


* * * for listings for April and beyond, please see the Events page * * *


TIME OUT for Messy Church


This is to remind you that Totnes Messy Church will not be operating for the year 2018. This is owing to the building works at St John’s Church, where we hold our Messy Church once a month. We do not know exactly when the work will be taking place but it seems sensible to take a year out to allow the preparation and building works to take place. Messy Church hopes to return to the updated and more convenient St John’s Church in January 2019 and we look forward very much to seeing you there. We will contact you at the end of 2018 to let you know when and where exactly we’ll be in January 2019.
Diana Lusher and all the Totnes Messy Church team
• read about Messy Church


HELP in HARD TIMES a guide


click the image to view / download the two-page pdf, with a compilation of all sorts of really useful information from Caring Town Information Exchange


COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


Thank you & News from the Food Bank & Drop In Centre
Totnes Food Bank logo 
A massive thankyou to all our congregations, schools and members of the community who have given me, food, clothing, towels, bedding and financial gifts for the Food Bank and Drop In Centre.

The Food Bank has had a lot of people coming for help for whom it has literally been a life line. With Universal Credit rolling out in Totnes next year, they are going to be very busy indeed.
The Family Fun House, and pay as you feel Café are open 2 doors down from the Drop In. As well as being a service to the community, Freedom Centre is hoping that it will provide a steady income stream, along with the Giving Back Scheme so that the work of the Drop In and Food Bank can be securely funded.
We have had some financial gifts given to the Care Gift Account. I am saving up a little so that as people move into homes (5 have done so, so far in 2017) we can help provide some of the essentials of furniture (often from Refurnish) and white goods. The CGA gave £100 to Christians Against Poverty in December which went towards preparing Christmas hampers for families in Totnes and the South Hams.
Fraser from Totnes CAP said that the hampers are the highlight of many of their clients’ Christmases.
Bulletins…
Helped a homeless person move off the streets of Totnes on February 2nd into a flat. Great work from the Marketplace Drop in Centre support workers, local authority and other agencies combining together to make this happen. One supporter has really helped this person and she deserves a big thank you. On-going support will be giving by the Drop in with house visits, life skill training and moving in package.
Many thanks to everyone who supports the work of the Drop in Centre in Totnes. Your kindness helps us to help real precious people
from streets to homes, being supported and given a chance of a better future.
Two other ex-homeless people in Totnes now housed in flats had support visits from myself and another Marketplace support worker early this month to help them. Ongoing commitment from the Drop In to help people thrive and not just survive.
Together we are stronger and can touch the lives of people in our community and bring change, hope and a future for someone in need.|
Thank you, Mark Hatch


The Training Hub
at The Freedom Centre
When? – Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm
Details – Space and support to help you complete courses. Digital inclusion can be facilitated with access to computers.
• more information here
• scroll down for news about the Freedom Funhouse & Café


Tuesday Afternoon House Group
Our next fortnightly meeting will be on Tuesday 20th February at 2pm.  We will meet at Anne Binns’ house: Brooks’; Barn, 8 Roswells Lane, Bridgetown and will be starting a 5-week Lent Course. We will meditating on a selection of chapters from Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s book The Things He Carried, A Journey to the Cross – not just the cross itself but the crown of thorns He was forced to wear, the seamless robe that was taken from Him and the other burdens laid upon Him.
In order to understand the cross you need to stand under it, with imagination as well as the mind, with the heart as well as the head. Further dates…
March 6th: Mary Harris’ house: 4, Riverside, Swallowfields
March 20th: Anne’s house
10th April: Mary’s
24th April: Mary’s
• any enquiries please call Liz Waterson 01803 849345


Tuesday Evening House Group
Our next fortnightly meeting will be on Tuesday 20th February 7.30pm to 9pm.  We will meet at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes.
In Lent we will be studying The Things He Carried, A Journey to the Cross by Bishop Stephen Cottrell.
February 20th: based on the first 3 chapters
March 6th: chapters 4 & 5
March 20th: chapters 6 to 8
• further details from Carolyn and Tony Stilwell 01803 863030


Life on the Frontline Lent Course
Mondays in Lent at 7.30pm, at The Rectory
Described as ‘a 6-session course for equipping whole-life disciples’.
• all welcome.
please let the Rector know if you hope to attend


Freedom Funhouse & Café
A new initiative from Freedom Centre Totnes
Freedom Centre,  Burke Road, Totnes Industrial Estate, Totnes TQ9 5XL
• telephone 01803 866650
download a poster
website


Parish Yellow Pages
Following a meeting between members of St John’s and St Mary’s congregations, it has been decided to collect names & addresses of people attending both churches using specially designed forms. People will be invited to complete these simple forms between January and March with a view to publishing the first Parish Yellow Pages booklets in April. The Yellow Pages will be a valuable resource for the Parish, enabling people to keep in touch with each other and contact Church officers and event or group organisers as necessary.
• participation in the scheme is entirely voluntary but we hope it will be well supported


Candle-makers wanted!
Mike Winter has been making candles for St Mary’s church, following John Scott’s careful written instructions, for the last 10 years and now feels that it is time to hand on the job to someone else. We’re looking for someone to take on this rewarding work and produce candles every now and then, when needed.
• please talk to Mike or contact the Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould if you’re interested


RISE Recovery and Integration Service
at The Mansion, Fore Street
(above the Totnes People’s Cafe, next to the Library)
If you would like to talk to somebody about drug our alcohol use, our drop in is open:
Thursdays 10am to 12:30pm
Our service is free, confidential, friendly and open to everyone;
• support for Family and Friends
• advice and Information
• help to make changes
• access point for further treatment


Totnes Drop In has a new website

• click here or click the image!


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can donate food at Morrisons. Look out for the large black plastic bin labelled ‘Food Bank’. You can also drop food off in my porch any time and it will be collected every week.
Liz Waterson32 Copland Meadows Totnes TQ9 6ER 01803 849345
• more about Totnes Food Bank here


Food Bank suggested donations list
download a printable pdf of this list


Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
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 February 2018 issue is online


Any donations to help pay for the newsletter’s 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.


Parish News February 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Lent – by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
  • John Wellingham – by Carolyn Stilwel
  • It’s Just A Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • All God’s Creation Is Very Good – by Carmen Luscombe
  • Bishop Sarah To Be Bishop Of London – news from Exeter Anglican
  • Exeter Anglican – more news from the Diocese
  • A Life-Changing Trip – Steven Martin has recently returned from the Solomon Islands
  • Practising Love At Lent – by Archdeacon Christopher Lutcher
  • Don’t Just Read It, Do It – an 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


DON’T FORGET…


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.


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’.


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated January 2018 with new rates, 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


Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!


Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
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


stjohns21_72bigBooking 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


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 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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here


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.
• you can now once more 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


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
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.
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


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


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


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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Christmas 2017 services, events & more!


stmarysseal1000pxWELCOME to our Christmas News blog. Below are listings for the upcoming seasonal services at our Team Churches and also a separate list of other festive events. Alternatively, head over to the Events page which at the moment has services & entertainments woven together, so you can work out when not to try to be in two places at once. It’s worth checking there now and then anyway, in case of additions or alterations.
We’ve also included, below, a few further events, stretching a bit deeper into the New Year, so that all those who received diaries and calendars amongst their gifts can start filling up 2018 now!
Don’t forget to scroll down to the Community News section – there are quite a few important and informative new items on there.
Many thanks to everyone who sent in words and pictures throughout 2017. We hope everyone has a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. 


CHRISTMAS BANNERS at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould and Reverend Steve Jones preside over the unfurling of one of the Christmas Banners.
   

Banners on display from local charities.
• click the photos to enlarge them


PET SERVICE 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


   
The Pet Service was a resounding success!
Above are photos of just a few who attended and participated.


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES in our Team Churches


Sunday 17th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of NINE LESSONS & CAROLS
Traditional Bible readings, carols, choir anthems and congregational hymns.

• all welcome


Thursday 21st December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE with the Dartington Brass Consort


Saturday 23rd December at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CRIB SERVICE

Saturday 23rd December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SERVICE of LESSONS & CAROLS


Christmas Eve at 9.15am
St Barnabas’ Church, Brooking
MATINS

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
IONA SERVICE

Christmas Eve at 11am
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SUNG EUCHARIST

Christmas Eve at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
VILLAGE WORSHIP

Christmas Eve at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
EUCHARIST

Christmas Eve at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTINGLE

Christmas Eve at 3pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
CHRISTINGLE

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTINGLE

Christmas Eve at 4pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
CRIB SERVICE & Santa on the Quay

Christmas Eve at 11.15pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
MIDNIGHT MASS

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
MIDNIGHT MASS

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG MIDNIGHT MASS


st peter's church ugboroughChristmas Day at 9.15am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
SUNG EUCHARIST

stjohnssnowChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
FAMILY EUCHARIST

Christmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Marldon
FAMILY COMMUNION

Christmas Day at 10am
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SUNG EUCHARIST

Christmas Day at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
FAMILY COMMUNION

Christmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICE

Christmas Day at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
EUCHARIST with HYMNS


Tuesday 26th December at 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


Wednesday 27th December at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


Sunday 31st December at 8am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST

Sunday 31st December at 10.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TEAM EUCHARIST


2018


Sunday 7th January at 8am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST

Sunday 7th January at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HOLY COMMUNION with HYMNS

Sunday 7th January at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE

Sunday 7th January at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG EUCHARIST


FURTHER 2018 SPECIAL SERVICES in Bridgetown & Totnes


Sunday 7th January at 2.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
MARY HARRIS
Service of Celebration
Mary would love you to join her in a service to celebrate her life, her husband Roy, her family and all of her friends. They look forward to seeing you!
• the service will be followed by light refreshments in the church
if you would like to make a cake or help in any way with the food preparation for this very special occasion, please contact Sandra on 01626 330049 (evenings are best) who will be coordinating all contributions. Thank you!


NEW: Sunday 21st January
9.30am—St John’s Church, Bridgetown
11.15 am—St Mary’s Church, Totnes

CHARITY SUNDAY

in aid of The Children’s Society
Speaker: Gill Ford, Relationship Manager, South West
The plate collection from the two morning services and Evensong will go to the Children’s Society. Please bring cash or cheque. Your regular monthly giving is not included.
• if you aren’t able to come to the service but would like to donate, please contact the churchwardens, Lynne Birch or Carolyn Stilwell


FESTIVE EVENTS


Friday 15th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS
IN WORDS AND MUSIC

with Words For Voices and The Devon Waites
directed by Bob Barsby
in aid of St John’s Church and Kampala Music School, Uganda
tickets £10 ( U16 £5 ) including mulled wine and mince pies, from Creative Crafts and Needlework shop, opposite St Mary’s Church, or from Carolyn Stilwell 01803 863030
• 
download a printable poster


Saturday 16th December from 2pm to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A CHALICE FOR HUMANITY
• talk
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Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
WINTER CONCERT
Devonly Voices & The Singers Upstairs
with Pretty Noises & The Rockettes
Come and join us for a winter-wonderful joyous evening of BIG a capella harmony singing!
• proceeds to Rowcroft Hospice
£10 on the door (children under-16 free / donation)
• download a printable poster


Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm
St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DA
COLLATI SINGERS
Christmas Concert
Following their sell-out concert in Buckfast Abbey in November, The Collati Singers conducted by Trefor Farrow are back – this time at St Luke’s Church Buckfastleigh – with a new programme for their Christmas concert. The programme features Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and other shorter seasonal pieces. Organist Robin Stubbs.
entry is FREE, no booking necessary
• retiring collection
• singers
include Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould and Jane Mountford


Wednesday 20th December
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.


2018


cancelled: Saturday 27th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
HOLOCAUST CONCERT
by Elie Fruchter
• updated 25.01.18: Elie has contracted an infection following recent surgery and will not now be able to perform. Get well soon, Elie!


Saturday 10th February at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
FOUR-HANDED PIANO RECITAL
by Veronika Shoot and Sasha Grynyuk
Including Rachmaninov Suite, Schubert Fantasie and more.
In aid of the Friends of St Mary’s stained glass window restoration fund. As a child aged 7, Veronika Shoot was hailed by Lord Yehudi Menuhin as “destined to become a great pianist”. Sasha Grynyuk received guidance from Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia, among others. He was described by the legendary Charles Rosen as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality always moving with the most natural, electrifying, and satisfying interpretations”.
‘Don’t miss this very special event by two amazing young Russian-born musicians! And don’t forget to invite your family and friends along too.’
tickets £8 (accompanied under-16’s free but still need tickets) online or from Julian Hall – update: tickets are now also on sale at the Creative Crafts and Needlework shop, directly opposite St Mary’s; this is open 9.15am to 5.15pm Monday to Saturday, telephone 01803 866002 (people are asked to bring the right money i.e. £8 per ticket if possible ,as they don’t like having to give change)
join the Friends of St Mary‘s from just £1.43 per month and help preserve our beautiful church for posterity


SPONSORED WALK to Team Churches


How many wise men does it take to raise the money needed to complete our ‘Windows of Opportunity’ project at St. John’s in 2018? The answer, according to Steve Jones and John Luscombe, is as many as possible!
John and Steve are inviting ‘wise’ men and women to join them on a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th January. The plan is to start at Stoke Gabriel with breakfast (kindly provided by Stoke Gabriel parish) and a prayer on Friday morning, taking in Marldon and Berry Pomeroy before stopping for lunch at St John’s, Bridgetown.
We shall hold a short Pilgrim Liturgy in each church, inviting church members to join us. After lunch we shall carry on to Dartington, by which time it will probably be getting dark, so time to stop!
On Saturday we shall gather again at Dartington for another breakfast (thank-you, Dartington!) Then back into Totnes via Brooking and the ridge above Follaton, and a visit to St Mary’s, then lunch. After lunch we shall continue along the John Musgrave trail to Ashprington and Cornworthy. At Cornworthy there will be an Epiphany Tea and a chance to rest our weary feet before Evensong.
John and Steve are looking for (a) fellow pilgrims and (b) sponsors. You are invited to join them for all or part of the pilgrimage. The route has been planned to stay away from roads and traffic as much as possible and is about 24 miles (13 on Friday, 11 on Saturday), but you’re welcome to do just one day or one section. Or just come and meet them at one of the churches and join in the Pilgrim Liturgy. Sponsorship forms are available to sponsor them – or if you’re going to walk, to get your own sponsors.
• you can also give through our Just Giving page


TIME OUT for Messy Church


Owing to the building and repairs to St John’s Church, there will be no Messy Church for the whole of 2018. We will certainly come back in 2019.
• read about Messy Church


COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


Fundraising FeedbackSome of the pupils from Ontrack Education and their teacher Rebecca Robinson (also a parishioner at Dartington), who sold handmade goodies and Christmas decorations outside St Mary’s Church in early December when it was so wet and windy. Rebecca writes:
“Thanks for everything on Friday. We raised over £110! I gave it to Bonita at the Freedom Centre and they were delighted. The pupils loved the church with its banners- I will be coming back up with them to look around if we have time again this week!”
• click the photo to enlarge it


Crib Figures
Mary and Joseph crib figures are seeking overnight shelter in homes on Totnes and Dartington on their travels through Advent. This is a good way of making friendships and they bring blessings on your home!
Please sign up on the sheet by St John’s coffee table or contact Joy Hanson on 01803 445470 to book a date. Hospitality involves providing simple refreshments for their carriers then visiting the next hosts the following afternoon.


Parish Yellow Pages
Following a meeting between members of St John’s and St Mary’s congregations, it has been decided to collect names & addresses of people attending both churches using specially designed forms. People will be invited to complete these simple forms between January and March with a view to publishing the first Parish Yellow Pages booklets in April. The Yellow Pages will be a valuable resource for the Parish, enabling people to keep in touch with each other and contact Church officers and event or group organisers as necessary.
• participation in the scheme is entirely voluntary but we hope it will be well supported


Candle-makers wanted!
Mike Winter has been making candles for St Mary’s church, following John Scott’s careful written instructions, for the last 10 years and now feels that it is time to hand on the job to someone else. We’re looking for someone to take on this rewarding work and produce candles every now and then, when needed.
• please talk to Mike or contact the Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould if you’re interested


RISE Recovery and Integration Service
at The Mansion, Fore Street
(above the Totnes People’s Cafe, next to the Library)
If you would like to talk to somebody about drug our alcohol use, our drop in is open:
Thursdays 10am to 12:30pm
Our service is free, confidential, friendly and open to everyone;
• support for Family and Friends
• advice and Information
• help to make changes
• access point for further treatment


Totnes Drop In has a new website

• click here or click the image!


Afternoon House Group
Our first meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday 9th January at 2pm.  We will meet at Anne Binns’ house: 8, Roswell’s Lane and we will be studying Chapter 14 of Living Faithfully: Nurturing Friendship.
On Tuesday January 23rd we will meet at Mary Harris’ house; 4, Riverside Swallowfields and we shall study Chapter 15 of Living Faithfully: Building Community.
• further details from Liz Waterson 01803 849345


Totnes Street Pastors
• click the image to enlarge the Autumn 2017 newsletter – or click here to download a printable version


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can donate food at Morrisons. Look out for the large black plastic bin labelled ‘Food Bank’. You can also drop food off in my porch any time and it will be collected every week.
Liz Waterson32 Copland Meadows Totnes TQ9 6ER 01803 849345
• more about Totnes Food Bank here


Food Bank suggested donations list
download a printable pdf of this list


Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
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 December 2017 issue is online


Parish News December 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Advent – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • Follow Our Star – a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Journey Of The Crib Figures – by Joy Hanson
  • Reaching Out To Refugees This Christmas – Church of England, Devon
  • New Dean’s Ministry Of Welcome – Dean Jonathan Greener comes to Exeter
  • Our Compassionate God Reaches Out – by the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • Practise Humility – 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


DON’T FORGET…


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.


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’.


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, 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


Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!


Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
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


stjohns21_72bigBooking 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


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 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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here


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.
• you can now once more 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


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
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.
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


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


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


For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


event cancellation + new listings


CANCELLED: Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society
CONVIVIO
A Royal Engagement
   
Totnes Early Music Society regrets to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
TEMS website

Scroll down for new and upcoming events and services in and around Totnes…..


SPECIAL SERVICES in Stoke Gabriel & Bridgetown


StokeGabrielStmaryStGabrielschurchNEW: Sunday 29th October at 10.30am
St Mary & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
TEAM EUCHARIST
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes and no 9.30am service at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
(8am service at St Mary’s as usual)


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


UPCOMING EVENTS


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st October
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Creation
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (right) by Joy Hanson


Wednesday 25th October
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.


NEW: Wednesday 25th October at 7pm
Totnes Library
Friends of Totnes Library present
DESERT ISLAND BOOK EVENT

with the Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
• all proceeds to Friends of Totnes Library
tickets £5 available from the Library or on the door
refreshments available


Wednesday 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY TALK AT ST JOHN’S
Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Speaker: Bob Mann
• donations in aid of St John’s Windows fund


Wednesday 1st November
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.


NEW: Saturday 4th November 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
PAY WHAT YOU FEEL CAFÉ + BRIC A BRAC
Tasty food, freshly prepared to order – raising money to pay for a Children’s Singing Workshop, coming soon with Choir Director Stephen Tanner.
(Free refreshment for St Mary’s Working Party on that day.)
• enquiries please email
Bric a Brac wanted!
To sell at the above fundraiser. Collection of small to medium size items possible in Totnes area by arrangement.
Please contact Jan Dietz 01803 770515 or Sandra Nicholson 01626 330049.


NEW: Wednesday 8th November
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
ENERGY ADVICE DROP IN AT COMMUNITY CAFÉ
We will be joined by an Energy Advisor from local group South Dartmoor Community Energy to help you check you’re not paying too much for your energy and are receiving all the support you’re entitled to from the energy companies. Katie’s advice is all free and impartial and she can also answer queries on smart meters, the Priority Services Register, heating systems and damp and condensation.
• bring a recent fuel bill to see if you could save by switching
• for more information call the advice team on 0800 112 3044 or visit the website..
Katie Reville, Director and Energy Advisor
• also on Wednesday 6th December


recent news & updates


stmarysseal1000pxWE ALWAYS WELCOME photographs, and some lovely ones have recently arrived to echo recent events and to brighten up this bulletin. As summer fades, Harvest Services arrive at the Team Churches (see below for the current list). We even have advance news of some (not all, yet) Christmastime events – though we’ve kept most of those dates just to the Events page for now, so that we can focus here more on Autumn…but do go check the listings if you want to fill your diary up.
Displaying once again St Mary’s huge potential as a venue for all kinds of events, the Bodykind Festival has chosen the Church for its ‘Core Event’, which features talks, entertainments and workshops. A few days later there’s an important evening happening at the Civic Hall, highlighting drugs-related safety issues for the young people of this town.
If you are into tales of the unknown, head over to St John’s in late October and Bob Mann will tell you things you didn’t know about Bridgetown. Or, if you envy Doctor Who for being able to ‘talk baby’, take your tiny one to St John’s on a Thursday morning and Amy will teach you both some baby signing.
We’ve added a very warm round-up to Wild Church‘s page of their past year of adventures and eco-spiritual services, and hints of more to come
Scroll down this page for various bits of community news (someone asked how to donate money to the Food Bank and related projects; a good question, and we’ve found the ideal answer and replied on here).
Thanks as always to everyone who sent in words and pictures.
PS Last but never least, the October Parish Newsletter is now online – a link and contents details are below.


ORDINATION OF PRIESTS 24th September 2017


 
Rt Reverend Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, plus our Curate, Steve Jones (left) – along with Robert Densmore and Stephen Yates (both from the Torquay Mission).
• photograph by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
• click the images to enlarge them


MARY HARRIS’S GARDEN PARTY photos from July 2017


 
 
So many people enjoyed a wonderful tea at Mary Harris’s Garden Party, at the end of July.
With generous donations the final figure is over £1600, boosting the fundraising for St John’s New Windows Appeal. Mary would like to thank all who helped from all our churches in Totnes, a fine Ecumenical effort of fellowship over the tea pots and bric-a-brac! Click the images to view them larger.


COMMUNITY CAFÉ @ St John’s



The Community Café at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, continues to run on Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm, on a pay what you feel basis. 

A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Brooking, Bridgetown & Dartington


Sunday 1st October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TEAM SERVICE
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Jones
no services at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
• this will be the first celebration of the Eucharist by Steve and we invite you to join us for light refreshments in the Church following the service.


Sunday 1st October at 3pm
St Barnabas’ Church, Brooking
HARVEST SERVICE
.


Sacred Space Poster December 2014Sunday 1st October
from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SACRED SPACE
theme: The River of Life
A continuing initiative of St Mary’s and St John’s churches, an opportunity for alternative and creative worship.
all welcome
• for more information, call Reverend Debbie Parsons on 01803 840113


Sunday 8th October at 11am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
JOINT HARVEST SERVICE
followed by LUNCH
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day


Sunday 8th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
HARVEST SERVICE
.


Sunday 15th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme:
Introit: O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace – Tye
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 418 Father, Lord of all creation
Psalm 139 vv1-11
Mag and Nunc: Noble
Anthem: O Lorde, the Maker of all things – Joubert
Anthem after the prayers: O Thou the central orb – Wood
Hymn 166 Crown him with many crowns
Musical Director: Jan Dietz


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
These services are be in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


for your diary: Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
• Christmas is coming, and so are further details for this event!
• further Christmastime listings are on the Events page


UPCOMING EVENTS


Tuesday 3rd October at 4.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
MEETING
Discussion about ideas and plans for Christmas events.
• free coffee and biscuits


Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th October
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.


NEW: Saturday 14th October from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Core Event at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
BODYKIND FESTIVAL
An innovative weekend about looking at ways of feeling more comfortable in the skin we’re in.
 Inspiring speakers, workshops, art, photography, theatre, dance, film and music. St Mary’s Church is the venue for the Core Eventthe overall festival runs from 13th to 15th of October and features events in other venues, elsewhere in central Totnes, too.
full details and ticket sales are on the event’s website


Saturday 15th October at 3pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
DIVERTIMENTO STRING QUARTET
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 no 4 in C minor, Heitor Villa Lobos String Quartet no 1 and Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F
A most stimulating and varied programme beginning with Beethoven in dramatic mood. Villa Lobos’s Quartet is in six short movements which take the form of a suite, alternating song and dance movements. Ravel’s Quartet is one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire. Altogether a varied and easily approachable programme.
tickets £12 children & students free, from Divertimento 01803 863677 Drift Records, High Street, Totnes 01803 866828 or at the door


NEW: Tuesday 17th October from 6.30pm to 9pm
Totnes Civic Hall
KEEPING YOUNG TOTNES SAFE
You are invited to help make a positive, constructive community response to the recent, tragic deaths of local teenagers through the misuse of drugs.
Want to find out about support for young people offered by local organisations?
Affected or concerned about issues related to the misuse of drugs by young people in the area? Want to share your concerns and ideas with other parents and interested members of the community? Could your experiences and ideas contribute to a programme of positive activities with and for young people in our town?
Then please join us!
light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm
for more information see posters further down this page, and / or email


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st October
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Creation
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (right) by Joy Hanson


CANCELLED Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONVIVIO
Totnes Early Music Society regrets to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
TEMS website


Wednesday 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY TALK AT ST JOHN’S
Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Speaker: Bob Mann
• donations in aid of St John’s Windows fund


NEW: Saturday 4th November 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
PAY WHAT YOU FEEL CAFÉ + BRIC A BRAC
Tasty food, freshly prepared to order – raising money to pay for a Children’s Singing Workshop, coming soon with Choir Director Stephen Tanner.
(Free refreshment for St Mary’s Working Party on that day.)
• enquiries please email
Bric a Brac wanted!
To sell at the above fundraiser. Collection of small to medium size items possible in Totnes area by arrangement.
Please contact Jan Dietz 01803 770515 or Sandra Nicholson 01626 330049.


BABY SIGNING CLASSES at St John’s


Thursdays from 10am to 11am
Learn to communicate with your baby before it can speak, at a baby signing class. The classes at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, will be half an hour of singing familiar nursery rhymes, learning some signs to help communication with babies, and then there is a different sensory aspect to the class each week, including bubbles, scarves, mirrors and more. The second half of the class is social time – a chance for parents / carers to meet other families and enjoy a hot drink and biscuits.
• please contact Amy on 07973932477 or email
website


KEEPING YOUNG TOTNES SAFEa Caring Town Information Exchange event



COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


Totnes Team Afternoon House Group
updated: Our next meetings are on Tuesdays 17th & 31st October at 2pm. We will meet at Mary Harris’s House: 4 Riverside, Totnes. We will continue studying the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
• any queries please ring Liz Waterson on 01803 849345


Tuesday Evening House Group
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30pm. We will meet at 3 Sparrow Road. This term we will be continuing to discuss topics raised in the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard.
• any queries please ring Carolyn Stillwell on 01803 863030


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can now donate food at Morrisons once again. Look out for the large black plastic bin labelled ‘Food Bank’. You can also drop food off in my porch any time and it will be collected every week.
Liz Waterson32 Copland Meadows Totnes TQ9 6ER 01803 849345
• more about Totnes Food Bank here


Food Bank suggested donations list
download a printable pdf of this list


Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


Calling charity Christmas Card shop volunteers
Could you join the friendly team manning the Totnes Cards for Good Causes pop-up charity Christmas Card shop? We are seeking more volunteers to help run their charity Christmas card shop in Bogan House in the lead up to Christmas. The shop will be open from 20th October to 9th December.
Volunteers are asked to just give three hours of time once a week or fortnight over seven weeks to help raise funds for national and local charities. Training is provided and volunteers usually work either a morning or afternoon session. A chance to meet new people, get some work experience or simply get involved in something worthwhile and rewarding.
• please contact Frances Guy, Regional Organiser, 01392 439599 or email


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
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 October 2017 issue is online


Parish News October 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:

  • Mary Harris’s Garden Party – photographs
  • You Can’t See Me, Can You? – by Reverend Gill Still
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • St Mary’s: The Reformation? (part 2) – by Ian Wintersgill
  • Ideas For Growing Your Rural Church – Exeter Anglican Church
  • Full Steam Ahead For Steve – the new Railway Chaplain for South West England
  • God’s Guidanc is Better Than Sat Nav –  Ven Ian Chandler Archdeacon of Plymouth
  • God Has A Plan, Trust Him – 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


DON’T FORGET…


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.


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’.


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, 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


Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!


Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
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


stjohns21_72bigBooking 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


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 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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here


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.
• you can now once more 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


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
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.
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


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


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


For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


news & updates


stmarysseal1000pxSTILL TO COME IN AUGUST is a Coffee Concert with Robin Andrews on border bagpipes (‘not too loud’, we are assured), recorder and tin whistle. Then a few days later there’s this year’s bank holiday weekender, Sea Change Festival, which builds on its hugely successful debut in 2016, and so far looks to be presenting nine performances at St Mary’s Church over the Friday and Saturday evenings. There’s no Evensong and likewise no Messy Church this month – those two favourites return triumphantly in September. Further ahead, if you want to fill your diary early, there are the four St Mary’s events from Totnes Early Music Society‘s new season – see the newly-added listings on the Events page.
Further down this page there’s quite a bot of Community News, including a report with photos of the recent Heritage Tea Party at St John’s Church, and also some stories of those from Bridgetown who gave their lives in service during WW1. There’s some feedback from the New Union Flag project, plus the latest news from the Drop In, the Freedom Centre and Marketplace Ministries. Thanks as always to everyone who sent in words and pictures.
PS If you haven’t yet gotten hold of the August Parish Newsletter, there’s a contents list way down below and a link to download the extended, colour version.


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


Sunday 24th September at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ORDINATION to the PRIESTHOOD 
of our Curate, the Reverend Steve Jones
Celebrant: Bishop Nick McKinnel
• the Ordination replaces all other services in the Totnes Team, except for the service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes at 8am
• Steve will be celebrating his first Eucharist on Sunday 1st October at 11.15am, at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


NEW: Sunday 1st October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TEAM SERVICE
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Jones
• no services at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day


Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MONTHLY CONTEMPORARY-STYLE SERVICE
This service will be in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Sunday 13th August
meet at 3pm at St John’s car park to share cars
Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon
SUMMER PILGRIMAGE
The Tablets of the Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon have recently been restored and we a planning a summer pilgrimage there with a short Worship Celebration led by the Reverend Steve Jones, followed by a picnic tea and a longer walk.
• for more information email Joy Hanson or telephone 01803 445470


Tuesdays 15th August & 22nd August from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049


Wednesdays 16th August & 23rd August from 10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café will run on a pay what you feel basis.


MESSY CHURCH messychurchblue
August – no Messy Church
• next session Saturday 16th September


Saturday 19th August at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Coffee Concert by Robin Andrews
BORDER LANDS
hosted by the Friends of St Mary’s
Music played on the border bagpipes
– these pipes are about half as loud as the Highland Pipes and much mellower. A mixture of tunes from various British and European Traditions, as well as some original compositions. There will also be some quieter interludes with tunes on the recorder and tin whistle.
entrance by suggested donation of £5


NEW: Friday 25th & Saturday 26th August
(August Bank Holiday Weekend)
various venues in Totnes
SEA CHANGE
A community festival based in Totnes town centre – films, literature, talks and plenty of music across five venues.
Events at St Mary’s Church:
Friday
Daniel Brandt and Eternal Something
Masayoshi Fujita
Douglas Dare
Michael Chapman
Lux Harmonium
Saturday
Ryley Walker
Julie Byrne
Nadia Reid
Jim Ghedi
festival website


ST JOHN’S HERITAGE TEA PARTY


ON JULY 1st THIS YEAR, there was a big tea party at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, when people were invited to come and share memories of Bridgetown and  St John’s Church, and to bring any pictures they had to show everyone – and to see a display of pictures of historic Bridgetown, people who were part of the Church history, the church before the fire and the fire. (click the photos to view them larger)

This event was to promote the heritage of St John’s. It was a free event, but people kindly donated £237 towards the cost of the new windows.

We also have three history talks planned for the autumn. These are to promote the heritage of the church and to raise fund, all on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at St John’s. (There will be a charge for the talks.)
Duke of Somerset 27th September: The History of the Seymour Family
Bob Mann 25th October: Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Todd Gray 22nd November: The Art & History of Devon’s Ancient Churches
~ Carolyn Stilwell


REMEMBERING BRIDGETOWN & WWI



~ The Monmouth

~ The Indefatigable
Click the names below to read the stories of four of those who gave their lives in service…
Leading Stoker Frank Cudmore, HMS Monmouth (died 1 November 1914)
Petty Officer Stoker John Hodge Gribble HMS Indefatigable (died 31 May 1916)
Private Reginald Darke Cockwill (died 26 March 1918)
Rifleman Edward Torre Edmonds (died 20 September 1917)


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Feedback from the NUF Project


I took the hugely generous donation of knitted children’s clothes to the Plymouth Red Cross last Friday, where they were warmly received by the Women’s group of asylum-seekers and refugees, who meet there on Friday mornings.

I was staggered myself by the quantity and quality of all this beautiful knitting.
Who are these knitters??
One of the volunteers who run the women’s group said photos of some of the children wearing some of these garments will follow!
But meanwhile, please convey my deep appreciation to the knitters on behalf of all the recipients. I think some will go to women and children already here, some kept to add to the Welcome boxes when children come, or the packs for Family Re-unions.
~ Wendy Stayte

Comment from Liz Waterson:
The knitters are the Mothers’ Union from all over Devon and Totnes Knit and Natter, and the Totnes Bowls Group – who don’t play in the winter but knit instead!


Freedom Centre news

• click to enlarge


Drop In Newsletter Summer 2017

• click to enlarge


Marketplace Ministries July figures

• click to enlarge


Thanks for helping!
Sue and John Stabler have kindly taken over the St Mary’s gardening from Bill Mindang (centre). Warmest thanks are also due to Lylie Hardy, Sandra Nicholson, John Hawkins and Martha Fausset, who have recently joined the St Mary’s locking up team, and to Seb Brown and Emily who are helping clear the roof gutters.
• still plenty of other jobs waiting to be done – please see the notice in the porch


Flower arrangers at St Mary’s
Please remember to sign up for the summer rota.
Thank you!


church work dayTime to tidy the church
The next working party to tidy and spruce up St Mary’s Church will be on Saturday, 2nd September, from 10am to 12noon. There’s a lot going on at St Mary’s in September, so it needs to look good for all our visitors!


Totnes Team Afternoon House Group
Restarts on Tuesday 5th September at 2pm. We will meet at St John’s Church, Bridgetown. We will be studying Chapter 7 ‘Working Faithfully’, from the book, Living Faithfully by John Pritchard. Fi Eaton will facilitate the session
• any queries please ring Liz Waterson on 01803 849345


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
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 August 2017 issue is online


Parish News August 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:

  • August: a time for going places…growing places? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Caring Town Information Exchange – open and happy to help
  • Pals at Prayer in Exmouth – an Exmouth prayer intiative proves popular with children
  • Find the ‘key log’ – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • News from Exeter Anglican Org – three short articles
  • Alive to God – The Ven Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes
  • The Forgotten Christians of Baghdad – Church leaders in Baghdad are really struggling to help with the practical needs of their congregations

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


DON’T FORGET…


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.


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’.


Churches in Totnes supporting the initiative of Plymouth Red Cross for welcoming asylum-seekers
Jackie Fern and Wendy Stayte, on behalf of Totnes Quakers, are asking if other churches in Totnes would be willing to join with us for making ‘Welcome Packs’ for asylum-seekers when they arrive in Plymouth.
This is part of a ‘Welcome’ scheme that has been run by the Plymouth Red Cross for many years, and the scheme involves welcoming new arrivals when they come to Plymouth, helping them find their accommodation and generally find their feet during their first month in Plymouth, befriending them and giving them practical help.
All of this is done by the volunteers of the Welcome Project.
The part which Red Cross is now looking to Totnes to see if we can help, is the making of the Welcome Packs, which consist of shoe boxes containing toiletries and a few other useful items to have on arrival.
About 300 new asylum-seekers arrive in Plymouth per year, which means about 6 boxes per week. If a few other churches would join the Quakers in this practical initiative that would be very welcome.
We would make the collection point for the filled boxes at the Quaker meeting house (in Ticklemore Street Totnes), and would take responsibility for taking them over to Plymouth.
• more about British Red Cross support for refugees here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, 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


Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!


Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
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


stjohns21_72bigBooking 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


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 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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here


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.
• 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


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
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.
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


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


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


For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


WHAT DOES ST MARY’S MEAN TO YOU?


stmarysseal1000pxANOTHER BIG WEBSITE UPDATE is coming soon, with news about exciting projects for St John’s Church, Bridgetown – plus all the latest community news including feedback from recent fundraisers. Meanwhile, below is a Press Release about public consultations over the next couple of weeks for proposed projects in and around St Mary’s Church.
Also below are listings for other upcoming events…
Messy Church heads out of town to Exeter Cathedral for a Messy Fiesta on Saturday 10th June. But if you’re spending that day in Totnes, head down to Vire Island for the Totnes Christian Festival. There’s plenty of singing going on throughout the rest of this month – Ogwell Village Choir, the Collati Singers, and the Chapel Choir of Robinson College. There are also two special services – Wild Church presents an Oak Pilgrimage, plus a Deanery Confirmation on the 3rd Sunday.
Last and far from least, the June edition of the Parish Newsletter is now online; a contents list and a download link are below
PS If you’re near St Mary’s Church on any Tuesday until September, pop in for a Tuesday Special and enjoy refreshments and good company, and help fund Friends of St Mary’s at the same time.


PRESS RELEASE
on behalf of Totnes Trust and and Totnes with Bridgetown Parochial Church Council



EXTENSIVE PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENTS are beginning this week, to involve as many people as possible in shaping projects which will enhance the heart of Totnes. As reported previously in the Totnes Times, a major Parochial Church Council project is underway to restore and re-order St Mary’s Church for more community use. At the same time, Totnes Trust has set up another major and complementary project to realize the true heritage value of the whole surrounding area.

The two projects have come together as St Mary’s Partnership, which has been joined by Totnes Town Council, which is based in the historic Guildhall and undertakes care of the churchyard.
The work of the Partnership is of fundamental importance to the life of the town, both for townsfolk and visitors, and so can only be successful if the public is willing to say what it feels about change and improvement, and contributes creative ideas that can be incorporated into the work of the professional designers who will begin work after the consultations.

Consultation events will be held in the church from
• 12noon-7pm on 8 June; and from
• 10am-4pm on 9-10 June and 15-17 June

There will be displays showing the scope of the projects; how things look now; and what sort of improvements have been made in other places. Some key questions about the future will be set out, and volunteers will be on hand to answer queries and encourage visitors to leave a record of their own questions and ideas.
Apart from the urgent work that needs doing to repair the ‘at risk’ exterior of the church building, the PCC’s St Mary’s Renovation Project hopes to carry out a re-ordering of the church interior to make it more widely useable for the community in the 21st century.
Basic utilities like heating and toilets need to be brought up to date. Spaces could be more flexible for a wider variety of uses, and any adaptations for special types of uses and events need to be thought through. Current and potential users must have a major say in what happens.
The area around the church is one of the most importantly historic in any small town in the UK. It includes Tudor merchants’ houses facing the church across a magnificent ‘St Mary’s Square’; a churchyard underlain by the remains of an ancient Priory; the remains of the town wall ramparts walkway; the peaceful green amenity space of the churchyard; and the unique Elizabethan Guildhall hidden behind the church.
The Heritage Area Project aims to raise the quality of all these buildings and spaces, to make them a source of pride for citizens and a joy for visitors – a heritage site of national importance, and a generator of economic activity. This will only happen with full public engagement and support.
Ideas emerging from these consultations will be converted into initial sketches by design professionals, and there will be more consultation based on this in the autumn.
Help needed: We need people to help as stewards for an hour or so on the consultation days (see above for dates and times). Any time you can spare would be helpful – if you can help or want more information, please email Frances Northrop or telephone 0770 6466841.


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS


Tuesday 6th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049


Saturday 10th June
from 10.30am to 1.30pm
Exeter Cathedral
MESSY CHURCH FIESTA
All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space…
From the Exeter Cathedral website“Messy Church is a way-of-being church for families involving fun. This event will bring all the Messy Churches of Devon together to experience a little of ‘worldwide church’ and celebrate all that God is doing. It’s also a great way to bond with your Messy Families by going somewhere together as Messy Church.” If anyone would like more information please ring Diana Lusher on 01803 840702 or 07710 222955. We then start again after the holidays on September 16th.
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


NEW: Sunday 10th June from 11am to 4pm
Dartmoor
Wild Church
presents
OAK PILGRIMAGE
Join us for a longer silent pilgrimage to meet the oaks of Dartmoor. We’ll gather in the Vennford Reservoir car park at 11am.
This day is offered in stages to suit a range of fitness levels, so feel free to come along for just the morning or the full day (until around 4pm or later).
The first part of the day will be a quiet stroll around the water, which is a level walk of about 45 mins. We’ll then move a short distance onto the moor and sit beside a stream for some celtic storytelling with a taste of oak lore and our communion, followed by sharing reflections and lunch.
For those who wish to continue into the afternoon, our silent pilgrimage will then lead us deeper into the oak woods and down to the River Dart for some sacred time with the trees and the water. It’s then a good, steady climb up onto Bench Tor with wonderful views over Dartmoor, before we head down to meet Sue Blagburn at Middle Stoke Farm, Holne for a concluding cuppa with her and the horses. There is then a shorter way to walk back to our cars.
Please come prepared with lots of warm and waterproof layers and sturdy footwear suitable for going off the beaten track. You might like to bring a waterproof mat or suchlike for sitting. If you are staying for lunch, please bring a picnic to share and make sure you have plenty to drink, especially if you intend to stay for the full day. Bear in mind that you may be carrying your pack for several hours and be prepared to ‘wee in the wild’ if need be! (Toilets at each end.) Each person is responsible for their own wellbeing on this moorland walk.
email Reverend Samantha Wernham or call 01803 86254107979 057169
facebook event page


Saturday 10th June from 12noon to 8pm
Vire Island, Totnes
TOTNES CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL 2017
A Celebration of Christian Life and Culture
You are invited to come along to this free event as a member of a local church, and bring as many people as you can!
• Speaker (pictured right): Bishop Nick McKinnel


Tuesday 13th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049


Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Sam Richards
MUSIC AS LANDSCAPE
A selection of Sam’s piano pieces stimulated by the idea of music as landscape, including a brief talk about the idea of landscape.


Saturday June 17th at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
THE COLLATI SINGERS
Conducted by Trefor Farrow, The Collati Singers will sing Delius’ wordless Two Songs to be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water. The concert will also include unaccompanied arrangements of folk songs made for the King’s Singers and music by Ravel, Dowland and Whitacre.
admission is free (retiring donations invited for the church maintenance fund)
• for further information see their website
• see also their facebook page
download a printable A4 poster


Sunday 18th June at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
DEANERY CONFIRMATION
with the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Reverend Nicholas McKinnel. Please come along and support the candidates from our church.
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church on this day


Tuesday 27th June from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049


Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Concert by the CHAPEL CHOIR of ROBINSON COLLEGE, Cambridge
A mixed-voice choir who sing services twice a week in the wonderful setting of Robinson College’s Chapel.
They also sing services on feast days and special occasions throughout the academic year. The Choir tours every year both abroad and in the UK. Previous tours have included Paris, Innsbruck and Southern Spain. ​
entry £5 plus a retiring collection
• download a printable poster
website


Saturday 1st July from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HISTORY AT ST JOHN’S
A series of events, starting with a Tea Party, when older residents of Bridgetown will come and share their memories of Bridgetown generally and the church in particular, while enjoying tea and cake. Newer and younger residents may like to come along to hear about life in Bridgetown in the past.
everyone is welcome
• no tickets are needed, but there will be a bowl for donations


Tuesday 4th July from 10.30am to 1pm’ish
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!!
Toasted teacake, coffee, warm welcome – every Tuesday until September. Tables and chairs outside in the sunshine (inside seating also available). In support of the Friends of St Mary’s
• more information from Sandra Nicholson on 01626 330049


NEW: Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Marldon Community Choir presents
SOUNDS OF SUMMER 2017

A delightful mix of songs which will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer.
tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine / soft drink, call Anne on 07703 066877
• all profits to Rowcroft Hospice


updated: Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Brent Singers‘ Purcell concert
DIDO & AENEAS
director Philip Arkwright
Denise Kenoe, Heloise West & Tim Mirfin
• retiring collection
• details from 01752 892703
• download a printable poster


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the June 2017 edition is now online


Parish News June 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:

  • Choices – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Focus On What Really Matters – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Christians Urged To Vote At Election – Church of England / Devon
  • Exeter Diocesan News – various small articles
  • God Is Personal – former Army medic & vicar-in-training Kim Stanton
  • Our Churches Enrich Devon Life – Exeter Diocese
  • May Blossom Near Totnes Weir – local signs of Spring

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