Heritage for Life – rescheduled exhibition


Friday 23rd March
from 9am to 11am & 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 24th March
from 10am to 3.30pm
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
HERITAGE FOR LIFE: Consultation
Another chance to view the exhibition
, which was rescheduled due to the recent snows. 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.
Please come along and make your views known!
fuller details here


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Consultation Exhibitions + preview photos of St Mary’s Church, Totnes



Thursday & Friday 22nd & 23rd February from 10am to 5pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friday & Saturday 2nd & 3rd March from 10am to 5pm
The Mansion, Totnes
HERITAGE FOR LIFE
Consultation Exhibitions
St Mary’s Church, a Grade 1 Listed building, is in urgent need of repair and renovation. The church is on the “Heritage at Risk” register and as such its future is under threat.
The church and its community have drawn up proposals to not only address the urgent repairs required but have a scheme to provide a much need community facility for performing arts as well as continuing as a place of worship.
There are also proposals for improving and making better use of the surrounds to St Mary’s, including the possibility of a new town square.
The public consultation exhibition is being held at St Mary’s Church on 22/23 March and 2/3 March at The Mansion. Please come along and make your views known.
John Birch
READ MORE about the background and context for the consultations in a special page on St Mary’s and St John’s website, under the Projects menu


PHOTOGRAPHS of St Mary’s Church, Totnes


A selection of preview photographs of the exterior of St Mary’s Church. 
• these photographs are, or will be, available in full resolution in the Friends of St Mary’s members galleries


Views from St Mary’s Church tower by Martha Fausset
  
 
 


Views of and from St Mary’s Church by Julian Hall
           


• information about membership of Friends of St Mary’s is here


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


October updates & news


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AUTUMN IS VERY MUCH IN THE AIR and Harvest Thanksgivings are very much part of this month’s events and services.
harvestfestivalbigContinuing another theme which seems to have become a hallmark of this year, there are yet more mini-festivals and mult-performance events coming up – the very colourful Wild Harvest promises to be nearly everything at once, and events elsewhere include visiting choirs, food, street games, raft races and (next month) a Caring Town Fair. Interwoven is a medley of singular events. So, don’t let the seasonally blustery weather keep you at home!
There’s also a couple of  special services later this month: the ever-popular Evensong, and a fortnight later a Team Service takes us out of town to picturesque Cornworthy…note that due to the latter service, there won’t be the usual 9.30am / 11.15am services in Bridgetown / Totnes on that morning.
Bishop Robert Atwell has sent out a letter on the topic of vocations, entitled What is God calling you to?. We’ve reprinted it in full, lower down. And we’ve added a photo and brief bio of our new curate Steve Jones to the Who we are page.
Our website statistics show that people around the globe are fascinated by the histories of our local churches. We’ve just extended the St John’s Church history page with the story of its first curate, Reverend James Shore; read a little below, and follow the link to the full article.
One last reminder…there is a Totnes public meeting on Tuesday 11th October re. the NHS Consultations (which the Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to take part in). If you haven’t already done so, you can download the briefing document.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section includes this time some news and an appeal for help from the Night Shelter, and a reminder that the role of Gift Aid Officer is as yet unfilled – and as always, details and memos about the myriad things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
• Many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.


HARVEST FESTIVAL EVENTS & SERVICES in our Team Churches


stdavidsashpringtonSunday 9th October at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
EUCHARIST – HARVEST THANKSGIVING
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St Mary’s Church, Dartington
HARVEST COMMUNION
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Sunday 9th October (see descriptions for times)
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
WILD HARVEST
launch and fundraiser
From 3 to 6pm we have a feast of poetry, storytelling (& cake!) featuring local poet Ian Adams, reading from his latest book Unfurling, and local storyteller Helen Raphael Sands, telling the tale of the Dartington White Hart. (Cost £6 including tea.)
wildharvestpojFrom 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme PilgrimHow to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
• supported by Sacred Space
downloadprintable poster
download a two-page pdf with artist details for this event
• read about Wild Church here


stjohnbaptistmarldonSunday 16th October at 9.15am
St John’s Church, Marldon
FAMILY HARVEST SERVICE
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stjohnsfront02Sunday 16th October at 11am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HARVEST COMMUNION
with Celebrant The Reverend John Luscombe


St Peter's Church CornworthySunday 16th October at 11am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
HARVEST SERVICE


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St Mary’s Church, Totnes
FAMILY HARVEST SERVICE
with Celebrant The Rector and Deacon The Reverend Steve Jones
• Liz has asked that, instead of gifts of food, we should have a special collection for Mark Hatch’s appeal to buy a Portacabin for the Drop-In Centre, for use as an office and and as a night shelter. Please be generous!


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Cornworthy


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Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme
Introit: O taste and see – Vaughan Williams
Responses: Ayleward
Psalm: 149
Canticles: Aston in F
Anthem: Benedicite – Stephen Tanner
• musical director Ian Curror
• organist Stephen Tanner
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Choral Evensong in November. The next choral evening service will be the Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday, 27th November.


St Peter's Church CornworthyNEW: Sunday 30th October at 10.30am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
TEAM SERVICE
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s
on this day


VOCATIONS – a letter from Bishop Robert Atwell


vocations(click the image to enlarge, or click here to download a printable pdf)


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


nhsstakeholderbriefingTHE CONSULTATION is proposing to close Paignton, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Community Hospitals. This is an opportunity for you to listen to the proposals and to have your say about what is most needed for healthcare provision in your area. The MEETING for Totnes is on Tuesday 11th October at 6.30pm, in the Civic Hall.
• click here to download the briefing document
• for much more about the consultations, see a previous News post.


NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


divertimentopianotrioThursday 6th October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
DIVERTIMENTO PIANO TRIO
Louise Farrenc – Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 33 in E flat major
Saint-Saëns – Piano Trio No.1 in F major Op.18
Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 49
tickets £12 from Divertimento 01803 863677 / on door


foodfestivalSaturday 8th October
from 12noon to 6pm
Vire Island, Totnes
LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL
As part of Food Link’s Totnes10 local food campaign, TTT are teaming up with local farmers and foodie folk to run a local food festival. This is a festival to champion and shout about the amazing local food producers and products we have nearby and we’ll be holding a series of fringe events in the run up including a local food tour!
• more details on the TTT website


orpheuschoirSaturday 8th October at 7pm
St. John’s Church, Bridgetown
THREE GREAT CHOIRS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Brixham Male Voice Choir & Guests
The popular Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir is pleased to returning to the St John’s Church for a concert in aid of Totnes Caring. Also featuring include guest choirs Mendip Male Voice Choir and the Brixham Harmony Singers. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and hear three choirs sing in one evening and the programme promises to be varied, demonstrating the different strengths of each choir.
£5 in advance (contact Totnes Caring to reserve a ticket) or £8 on the door


raftraceSunday 9th October from 8.30am
Buckfastleigh to Totnes
RAFT RACE
Rafts are launched from Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh at one-minute intervals from approximately 8.30am. The finish is 14km away in Totnes. The Finish Event takes place on Vire Island, where there will be live entertainment, food, merchandise and a live commentary. Totnes Caring will have a stall there and everybody is welcome to pop by and see us!
• event website


nhsstakeholderbriefingTuesday 11th October at 6.30pm
Totnes Civic Hall

NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATION MEETING
(details above)


church work dayNEW: Saturday 15th October from 10am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHURCH WORKING DAY
Please come and help tidy up inside and outside, ready for Remembrance Sunday.
Coffee and biscuits served!


Saturday 15th October from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Trust God
We had a good Messy Church in September with 18 children. The theme was The Two Houses, and the older boys made a den and really had a good time!
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


beyondborderstotnesNEW: Sunday 16th October time tba
TOTNES STREET GAMES FESTIVAL
Come out and Play! The Street Games Festival is a one-day event. Its aim is to celebrate outdoor games traditions from around the world by bringing adults and children together to rediscover street game traditions that are dying out due to changes in children’s play patterns and the use of public spaces.
if you would like to be part of the Street Games Team and can help with publicity and marketing, researching games or leading a game on the day, please email Inez


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Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
(details above)


potluck201610NEW: Friday 21st October from 6pm to 9pm
Totnes Civic Hall
Network of Wellbeing presents
COMMUNITY POTLUCK
The October Potluck will launch our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to enable the local community to take on the running of the Totnes Community Potluck in 2017, so it becomes an event run for the community by the community.
We will be joined by the choir Singing 4 Refugees who support refugees and asylum seekers in Devon and Calais.
Come and support these two initiatives in whatever way you can and remember to bring a delicious dish to share.
The Community Potlucks are regular events, which provide the local community in Totnes with an opportunity to come together and share a meal, with everyone contributing a delicious dish. These regular events have proven to be a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and have fun!
• free to attend (donations welcome) and no booking is required
please bring a dish to share
• for further information, email NOW
We look forward to seeing many of you there!


musicswirl04Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
JUBALEE! – Songs of the American Slaves
Concert presented by Ian Wintersgill, dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, with a retiring collection in aid of Anti-Slavery International.
• more details to come


cameosingersmay2013_01NEW: Saturday 5th November at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
CAMEO SINGERS
includes Britten Hymn to St Cecilia and Gloriana Choral Dances
coffee and cakes from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door


NEW – for your diary: Saturday 12th November from 11am to 2pm
Civic Hall, Totnescaringtownfair


bunsonseatsNEW: Sunday 13th November from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetwon
BUNS ON SEATS
Poetry, music and cake with Visible Ink
In aid of St John’s church windows.
tickets £6, includes refreshments
• please phone 01803 863030 to book


Saturday 19th November from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Elijah and the Ravens
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


HISTORY


St John's Church black and whiteThe St John’s Church History page has been extended with a fascinating biography of Reverend James Shore, its first curate:

“James Shore, the first curate of St John’s, was evangelical and a great speaker. Hundreds of people came to the services. When a new vicar, William Cosens, was appointed in 1843 he realised that Shore had been preaching without a licence for nine years, and because he disagreed with his views, he refused to nominate him to the Bishop for a licence.
The Duke decided to make his chapel a Free Chapel, an independent church, under the Toleration act. Shore was reluctant at first, but 800 members of the congregation signed a petition that they wanted him to continue as their minister…” (more)
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SITUATION VACANT


caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are (still!) looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


NIght Shelter News – help needed
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(click to enlarge)
Mark Hatch needs helpers during Night Shelter opening times. Last year, two stalwart lades were regularly on hand to help. It would be great if this year Mark had more people onboard. The Drop In will be properly prepared as a Night Shelter (as mentioned above) but if you could offer to be ‘on call’ to help out when there is severe weather, please contact Mark so that he can begin to work out a support rota.


sleepingbagclipartBedding for the Drop In Centre
Many, many thanks to everyone who has given me duvets and blankets for the Drop In Centre. Mark is preparing now for the Winter Emergency Night Shelter and along with this, we have provided duvets for those in need. In all I have given out 15 duvets. Currently, I still have plenty of blankets and some bed linen, but the duvet stock in now very low.
If you have any spare duvets (single and double) please pop them in my porch and I will store them for Mark until he calls for them. It would be really helpful if you could put a label on the bag to say whether the duvet is single or double.
Liz Waterson 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER – email Liz or telephone 01803 849345
more about the Drop In Centre here


house groupsHouse Groups
Next meeting Tuesday 18th October…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
During the autumn term we will be using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

Monday 5th December Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes (with the author??)
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Michael Heather
2017:
Monday 6 February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)


jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
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PARISH NEWSLETTER – the October issue is online


Parish News October 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Coastal Landscapes – a selection of photographs
  • A Real Privilege – by our new curate, Steve Jones
  • Odyssey – by cyclist Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Sexy Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Do You Know About The ACR? – by Michael Heather
  • Our Bishops Spread The Vision – Bishops Robert, Sarah & Nick have begun their nine-month tour of the diocese
  • A Fair And Local Harvest – how we live today effects how others will eat in the future
  • Ministry Of Readers – marking the 150th anniversary
  • Responding With Love – Charlotte Payne talks about modern slavery
  • A Future With Hope – by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Enjoy Each Day – 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


REMINDERS…


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!


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Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• click here to download a printable poster


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!


foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore to wait for the first Sunday of the month. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster


Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page


dayoffClergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian C Ould) and Fridays (Reverend Debbie Parsons) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


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


table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.


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


September updates & news


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ST MARY’S CHURCH stayed open later than usual over the August bank holiday weekend, as one of the main venues for the Sea Change festival. We’ve had very positive feedback plus some photos – see below and also in the Gallery section.
Several special services  are coming up in September and October, including a couple at out of town churches, featuring the ordination of Reverend Jane Frost at Churston Ferrers – and also, at Marldon, her first holding of a service. Note that on September 11th, both of the morning services at St Mary’s are cancelled due to the Ordination of Deacons at Exeter Cathedral.
Entertainments-wise, there’s another Totnes festival coming up: the 3-day Pianarama, organised by Sam Richards and including a couple of free events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. Details of this and other September events are below. (Note we now have listings for Messy Church themes right up until the end of this year.)
Looking further ahead, there’s early news of October’s Wild Harvest – devised by the Wild Church team, who once again light up this page with their colourful imagery.
There is now a date set for a Totnes public meeting re. the NHS Consultations (which the Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to take part in). If you haven’t already done so, you can download the briefing document.
Of possible interest to those with a little or a lot of spare time, there are now TWO situations vacant, details are below.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section has quite a few new items, plus as always reminders of the myriad things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
• Many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Churston Ferrers & Marldon


stmarysexterioraug2013__07UPDATED: Sunday 11th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST to Celebrate Our Patronal Festival
Celebrant: The Rector
• no 8am or 11.15am services at St Mary’s Church
, Totnes on this day


stevejones800pxSunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
WELCOMING SERVICE
for new curate Steve Jones
Officiant: The Rector
• Steve’s details are now on the Who we are page


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UPDATED: Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme
Introit: Thou visitest the earth (Maurice Greene)
Responses: Smith
Psalm: 129 (Walmisley)
Canticles: Morley (fauxbourdons)
Anthem: O Come Let Us Sing – Anthony Piccolo
• musical director Ian Curror
• organist Paul Morgan
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


RevJaneFrostSunday 25th September at 10am
St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Churston Ferrers
ORDINATION
of our curate, Reverend Jane Frost
• Jane will be holding her first service at St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, on Sunday 2nd October, at 10.30am


stjohnbaptistmarldonSunday 2nd October at 10.30am
St John the Baptist Church, Marldon
TEAM SERVICE
• officiant Reverend Jane Frost, holding her first service, so we hope as many as possible will attend
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s on this day


SEA CHANGE FESTIVAL 2016 – feedback and photographs


seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August 2016
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
The festival featured films, literature, talks and music, across five venues in Totnes.
Events at  St Mary’s Church, Totnes included:
Friday 26th August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm: Lux Harmonium
Friday 26th August from 5pm to 6pm: Red River Dialect
Friday 26th August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm: Nathan Salsburg
Friday 26th August from 8pm to 9pm: Joan Shelley
Friday 26th August from 9pm onwards: Yorkston Thorne Khan
Saturday 27th August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm: Thirty Pounds Of Bone
Saturday 27th August from 4pm to 5pm: Howes
Saturday 27th August from 9pm to 10pm: Holly MacVe
Saturday 27th August from 10.30pm to midnight: Alasdair Roberts
• click the photos to enlarge them – or you can view them, all at once and full size, on the new gallery page
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Reports are that the festival was a very successful event – very friendly, well organised, lots of people having a great time. St Mary’s Church was pretty full from 3pm ’til 11pm on both days, and an estimated thousand+ people passed through the church. Some were really complimentary – loved the building, appreciated the fact that it was open enough to hold a community event of this type. “Wow, this is just awesome” being one favourite comment. This kind of appreciation makes it worthwhile staying into the small hours to clear and lock up!
• thanks to all the photographers, and to Mark El-Kadhi, of Totnes Pulse online community magazine, for use of some of the photos (for some more-detailed Sea Change reviews, click here)


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


nhsstakeholderbriefingThe consultation is proposing to close Paignton, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Community Hospitals. This is an opportunity for you to listen to the proposals and to have your say about what is most needed for healthcare provision in your area. The meeting for Totnes is on Tuesday 11th October at 6.30pm, in the Civic Hall.
• click here to download the briefing document
• for much more about the consultations, see the previous News post.


WILD HARVESTa Wild Church special event for your diary


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Dear Friends
Please join Wild Church for a harvest feast of poetry, storytelling, music and an inspirational talk about spiritual ecology on Sunday October 9th at Dartington Church.
At 3pm we start with ‘Unfurling’, a poetry performance by poet, artist & writer, Ian Adams followed by tea & home-made cake and a chance to discover more about Wild Church & the fascinating folks who are collaborating with us over the next year. From 4.30pm Helen Raphael Sands will spirit us away into the mythic landscape of Dartington with her tale of ‘The White Hart’ accompanied with music & song by Julia Thomas. At 8pm enjoy the magic of Dartington Church by candlelight as Peter Owen Jones reflects and invites conversation on Spiritual Ecology.
This is a fundraising event for Wild Church (as match funding for a grant award from the Network of Wellbeing) so we can offer another year of wild and wonderful retreats & pilgrimages on a donation basis. So please come along… and spread the word!
Wild autumn blessings
~ Sam

Rev Sam Wernham
Founder of River Dart Wild Church – ‘bringing spirit back to earth”
• download a printable poster
• download a two-page pdf with artist details for this event
• supported by Sacred Space


UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September
Totnes School of Piano presents
PIANARAMA FESTIVAL
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A programme of piano events with music from Philip Glass, Erik Satie and Piaf, to Poulenc, at venues including Dartington Space Studio, Bogan House and Totnes Cinema, plus on 10th September:
2pm Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
5pm Music of Ludovico Einaudi, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
• click here and here to download printable posters
• for more details, visit their facebook page


fundaysunday20160911Sunday 11th September from 11am to 4pm
Edgelands Lane, Ipplepen
Newton Abbot TQ12 5UF

Animals in Distress Rescue Centre
FUNDAY-SUNDAY
Fun Dog Show
Agility demonstration by Quintor Agility
Fun gun dog scurry and demonstrations by Oakwood Gun Dogs
Children’s competitions
Grooming by Dan’s Dogs
Temptation Alley – a fun game for dogs
Torbay Owls and Company
Face painting and tattoos
Stalls and attractions include:
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Rabbits GaloreGreyhound Rescue (West of England), Trophy Foods, Secondhand books, volunteer information stand, Blue Cross (Torbay), Podenco Support (animal rescue), “Go Fishing” game, Canine Creations (dog toys), First Aid for pets, Pandora style jewellery, Forever Living ProductsSnow Cones , barbeque and refreshments and much more…
CLASSES
1. Best Puppy (under 1 year)
2. Best Paw Shaker
3. Most Handsome Boy
4. Best 6 Legs
5. Golden Oldie (10 years plus)
6. Most Gorgeous Girlie
7. Best Sausage Catcher (knock out)
8. Dog the judge would most like to take home
9. Best Rescue
10. Best in Show
Classes entry £1 per class
We hope to see you there!
Event entry £2, children free
• enquiries 01626 812121


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from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Methodist Church Hall, Totnes
PAY WHAT YOU FEEL CAFÉ
Delicious meals from local organically grown surplus produce.
• everyone welcome


messychurchgreenSaturday 17th September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: The Tale of Two Houses
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
THE BACH PLAYERS
Pour le Souper du Roi
bachplayers
An outstanding trio of musicians
from this renowned ensemble perform music written for Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Those allowed into Louis’ inner circle were titled ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’ and provided music for the king in his private chambers. This concert offers a chance to hear music by harpsichordist and composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and includes Marin Marais’s enactment of a surgical operation (with narration) and his stirring Sonnerie
Nicolette Moonen (left, violin) is founder, artistic director and leader of the Bach Players. She directed the Dartington baroque orchestra from 1998 to 2013, has played with English Baroque Soloists and the OAE, and has led major ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Reiko Ichise (centre, viola da gamba) studied viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. She now performs regularly with many orchestras and ensembles and is a member of Fretwork, Florilegium, and Passacaglia. She teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music.
Lynda Sayce (right, theorbo) studied at the Royal College of Music and has a PhD for her research on the history of the theorbo. She is principal lutenist with Ex Cathedra, the King’s Consort, and the Musicians of the Globe and performs regularly with top period ensembles.
• in association with The Arts at Dartington
tickets for non-members are £12, tickets for students & under 18s are £5
(tickets available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30 to 7pm) or online or on the door


100milesThursday 22nd September
Sponsored Walk 100 Miles
THE PORTUGUESE WAY
Rowcroft
 
Hospice is facing difficult times at the moment, and a shortfall in funding means they are struggling to maintain current levels of care and support to local people.
• more details on the News page
• monies raised
will be divided between Rowcoft Hospice and Stoke Gabriel Parish Church
• sponsorship forms
 for this very worthy appeal are available in both of our churches – or click HERE to download a printable sponsorship form


eliefruchter20160924UPDATED: Saturday 24th September at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert with
ELIE FRUCHTER
A piano recital of preludes and fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier by JS Bach.
• in aid of Parkinson’s UK and Friends of St Mary’s
• doors open at 10.30am
• enquiries 01803 867537
• download a printable poster


SITUATIONS VACANT – two roles offered


Personal Assistant vacancy
personalassistant


caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259


CURATES – Steve Jones & Jane Frost


Due to the Ordination of Deacons at the Cathedral, there will be no morning services on Sunday 11th September at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. Please remember Steve Jones in your prayers – he will be deaconed on this day and begins his ministry in the Totnes Team. The 11.15am service on Sunday 18th September, at
St Mary’s Church, Totnes includes a welcome for Steve as a new curate.
Our existing curate, Jane Frost, is being ordained on Sunday 25th September at 10am, at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Churston Ferrers. She will subsequently be taking her first service on Sunday, 2nd October. This will be a Team Service at 10.30 at St John’s Church, Marldon, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along.
• read more about Reverend Jane Frost on our Who we are page
• details for Steve Jones coming soon


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


sleepingbagclipartBedding for the Drop In Centre
Many, many thanks to everyone who has given me duvets and blankets for the Drop In Centre. Mark is preparing now for the Winter Emergency Night Shelter and along with this, we have provided duvets for those in need. In all I have given out 15 duvets. Currently, I still have plenty of blankets and some bed linen, but the duvet stock in now very low.
If you have any spare duvets (single and double) please pop them in my porch and I will store them for Mark until he calls for them. It would be really helpful if you could put a label on the bag to say whether the duvet is single or double.
Liz Waterson 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER – email Liz or telephone 01803 849345
more about the Drop In Centre here


Totnes Drop In Summer Newsletter
dropinnewsletter2016summer• click the image to read online, or click here for a downloadable pdf version
• visit the Drop In external website


Totnes Information Centre – a farewell

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Dear all
As this is more or less the final day that the Information Centre in Totnes will be open, and the last day that Laura will be here, we wanted to write to you to say farewell.
Laura and myself have had a wonderful time here helping our customers over the past 12 years. Thank you for all your tremendous support over that time.
Please direct any specific queries you have from now on about the new structure to Catherine Marlton, Deputy Town Clerk: assets@totnestowncouncil.gov.uk. Tel: 01803 862147
May I wish you great future success, prosperity and happiness. We will miss you all.
With our best wishes – Amanda and Laura, Totnes Information Centre

download the printable information sheet – apologies for the low quality, we are working on getting a better version!


jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
.


house groupsHouse Groups
We will restart on Tuesday 20th September…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
During the autumn term we will be using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

Monday 3rd October Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Venue: Crosspark Facilitated by Graham & Gaye?
Monday 5th December Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes (with the author??)
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Michael Heather
2017:
Monday 6 February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the September issue is online


Parish News September 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 22 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • The River Dart – a selection of summer photographs
  • Letter From Spain – news & photos from Pip and Mike Shail
  • Going For Gold – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • A Moving Experience – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Pilgrim On A Journey – Reverend Nick Shutt’s journey to ministry
  • Stay Focused On Your Mission – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Open The Doors Of Fate – by the Venerable Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth

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


REMINDERS…


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!


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Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• click here to download a printable poster


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!


foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore to wait for the first Sunday of the month. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website.


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster


Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page


dayoffClergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian C Ould) and Fridays (Reverend Debbie Parsons) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


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


table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.


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


mid-August updates & news


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WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME ON THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS, whatever this very variable weather decides to do. After a quietish couple of weeks, things are starting to get busy again…
Several Special Services  are coming up in September and October, including a couple of out of town ones, featuring the ordination of Reverend Jane Frost and also her first holding of a service. We welcome St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon to complete our set of Team Churches (you can find links to them all under the Team Churches menu).
The Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to be actively involved in upcoming NHS Community Consultations – details of how to have your say are below, along with a downloadable pdf briefing document.
Entertainments-wise, there’s a Sea Change in Totnes for August Bank Holiday weekend, which includes some performances at St Mary’swe now have listings, but please keep checking their web pages for changes or additions. Also newly-added is a 3-day Pianarama Festival, organised by Sam Richards and including a couple of free events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. See below for more details, or visit the Events page for listings further ahead.
[Events often have posters to download – if you can print and display them, it really helps increase attendance and awareness of what’s going on.]
Just arrived is an invigorating bulletin with photos from Wild Church, with reports from past months alongside details of their upcoming events – you can also find all of this and more on their own page, under the Community menu.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section this time includes repeats of a few things from the last News post – for those who may have been away and missed them first time around. New for this post, though, are a free Woodwork Workshop for those who like to pamper and protect their furniture…a couple of jam-related items…a situations vacant for Gift Aid officer…and updated details of the House Groups‘ restarts.
• As always, many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.


UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Churston Ferrers & Marldon


stmarysexterioraug2013__07UPDATED: Sunday 11th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST to Celebrate Our Patronal Festival
Celebrant: The Rector
• no 8am or 11.15am services at St Mary’s Church
, Totnes on this day


stmarysexterioraug2013__07NEW: Sunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Service includes
WELCOMING NEW CURATE STEVE JONES
Officiant: The Rector
.


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NEW: Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


RevJaneFrostNEW: Sunday 25th September at 10am
St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Churston Ferrers
ORDINATION
of our Curate, Reverend Jane Frost
• Jane will be holding her first service at St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, on Sunday 2nd October, at 10.30am


stjohnbaptistmarldonNEW: Sunday 2nd October at 10.30am
St John the Baptist Church, Marldon
TEAM SERVICE
• officiant Reverend Jane Frost, holding her first service, so we hope as many as possible will attend
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s on this day


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


dioceseexeterlgoThe Diocese of Exeter is encouraging as many people as possible to be involved in the consultation which is proposing to close Paignton, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Community Hospitals. This is an opportunity for you to listen to the proposals and to have your say about what is most needed for healthcare provision in your area. Click the image to enlarge it, or see the link further down, to download it as a pdf.

nhsstakeholderbriefing

The Venerable Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes, writes:

As you may be aware, the Clinical Commissioning Group plans to consult for twelve weeks with communities across South Devon and Torbay on its plans to develop community-based services. To do this, it is proposing the closure of hospital beds so that the money can be used to provide more care in or close to people’s homes. This consultation will run from 1 September to 23 November.

The Clinical Commissioning Group wants to connect with as many people as possible and encourage them to take part in the consultation so that it can hear their views on the proposals, which include spending more on community based services, closing four community hospitals, and reducing the number of minor injury units so they can have consistent hours with increased access to x-rays.

Martyn Goss as our Diocesan Director for Church and Society and Bishop Sarah as portfolio holder for healthcare issues in the diocese have suggested that it would be helpful for clergy and mission communities in the area to be alerted to the consultation, as the Clinical Commissioning Group wants to get information and the feedback questionnaire to as many people as it can through as many groups as it can. It has also offered to arrange a specific meeting during the twelve week consultation period if requested.

Please see the attached briefing and the web links at the end. I hope this information will be helpful to you.
With best wishes,
Douglas

• download the stakeholder briefing here


UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
Totnes – various venues
SEA CHANGE
A festival featuring films, literature, talks and music across five venues. Events at  St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
Friday 26th August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Lux Harmonium
Friday 26th August from 5pm to 6pm Red River Dialect
Friday 26th August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm Nathan Salsburg
Friday 26th August from 8pm to 9pm Joan Shelley
Friday 26th August from 9pm onwards Yorkston Thorne Khan
Saturday 27th August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm Thirty Pounds Of Bone
Saturday 27th August from 4pm to 5pm Howes
Saturday 27th August from 9pm to 10pm Holly MacVe
Saturday 27th August from 10.30pm to midnight Alasdair Roberts
tickets are selling out, so get yours soon!
more listings still being added, see the official website
• see also their facebook page for last-minute news


baklava20160903Saturday 3rd September at 8pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
ENSEMBLE BAKLAVA
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
Following their performances at St Mary’s Church in May, where they had people dancing in the aisles, Ensemble Baklava are giving a full programme of acoustic music and song from around the Mediterranean at St John’s Church.
With a unique combination of traditional instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean, both contemporary and ancient.
“Beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies”
“Virtuoso performances on authentic instruments”
“Very uplifting, energetic, original and warm”
“They really rock!”
• coffee and cake available from 7.30pm
tickets £8 on the door
download a printable poster
listen to Baklava on their website


NEW: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September
Totnes School of Piano presents
PIANARAMA FESTIVAL
Microsoft Word - Pianarama Festival 2016 Poster.docx  Microsoft Word - Pianarama Festival 2016 Poster.docx
A programme of piano events with music from Philip Glass, Erik Satie and Piaf, to Poulenc, at venues including Dartington Space Studio, Bogan House and Totnes Cinema, plus on 10th September:
2pm Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
5pm Music of Ludovico Einaudi, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
• click here and here to download printable posters
• for more details, visit their facebook page


messychurchgreenSaturday 17th September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
THE BACH PLAYERS
Pour le Souper du Roi
bachplayers
An outstanding trio of musicians
from this renowned ensemble perform music written for Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Those allowed into Louis’ inner circle were titled ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’ and provided music for the king in his private chambers. This concert offers a chance to hear music by harpsichordist and composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and includes Marin Marais’s enactment of a surgical operation (with narration) and his stirring Sonnerie
Nicolette Moonen (left, violin) is founder, artistic director and leader of the Bach Players. She directed the Dartington baroque orchestra from 1998 to 2013, has played with English Baroque Soloists and the OAE, and has led major ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Reiko Ichise (centre, viola da gamba) studied viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. She now performs regularly with many orchestras and ensembles and is a member of Fretwork, Florilegium, and Passacaglia. She teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music.
Lynda Sayce (right, theorbo) studied at the Royal College of Music and has a PhD for her research on the history of the theorbo. She is principal lutenist with Ex Cathedra, the King’s Consort, and the Musicians of the Globe and performs regularly with top period ensembles.
• in association with The Arts at Dartington
tickets for non-members are £12, tickets for students & under 18s are £5
(tickets available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30 to 7pm) or online or on the door


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Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


WILD CHURCH news & upcoming events


WILD HARVEST LAUNCH & FUNDRAISERSunday 9th October at Dartington Church • NEW PILGRIMAGES & RETREATS (date corrected) begin Sunday 30th October, then on the 2nd Sunday of each month from November.CommunionJuly2016Over the last couple of years, Wild Church has met monthly, our focus being on silent communion with nature and each other. We’ve recently completed a pilgrimage from our home base in Dartington towards first the source and then the mouth of the River Dart. CanoeAdventureFor the story of our journey, with lots of lovely photos, have a look at our journal. Many thanks to all who have journeyed together, whether for just one stage or many.
We are now taking a summer break in which to cook up our next adventure! This will be a series of retreat-like days in the wild from Autumn 2016. Each event will be focussed on meeting with remarkable trees and in collaboration with some local social enterprises who share our love of mindful silence and of the wild.
Network of Wellbeing logoWild Church is delighted to have received some seed funding from Totnes based charity Network of Wellbeing.
Join us on Sunday 9th October in Dartington Church for our Wild Harvest launch and fundraiser. From 3-6pm we have a feast of poetry, storytelling (& cake!) featuring local poet, Ian Adams, reading from his latest book Unfurling and local storyteller, Helen Raphael Sands, telling the tale of the Dartington White Hart. (Cost £6 including tea.)
Then from 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme Pilgrim, How to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
Our first retreat day will be on Sunday 30th October with Myrtle Cooper from Wild and Curious and will feature wild food foraging and further delights focussed on the ancient Dartington chestnut trees. Then from November we’ll be offering monthly tree pilgrimages / retreats on the second Sunday of the month in collaboration with local lovers of the wild including Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary, Sue Blagburn from Adventures with Horses and Jo Formosinho of Wildful. More details on our website & facebook group in due course, but you can look forward to a sloe gin forage, yew mead communion, birch tapping, the magic of apples and bees, joining a horse herd under the oaks… and more!
~Reverend Sam Wernham 
Founder of River Dart Wild Church – ‘bringing spirit back to earth’
Wild Church‘s webpage
external website and facebook page


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Marldon Church
stjohnbaptistmarldon
St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, is now listed under our Team Churches menu – or click here to vist their website.


The Reverend Jane Frost
Our curate, Jane Frost, is being ordained on Sunday 25th September at 10am at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Churston Ferrers. She will be taking her first service on Sunday, 2nd October. This will be a Team Service at 10.30 at St John’s Church, Marldon, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along.
• read more about Reverend Jane Frost on our Who we are page


Pokémon Go @ St Mary’s
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If you missed the feature on Pokémon Go
in the last News post, click here!


Woodwork Workshop
woodworkworkshopYou are invited to
ST DAVID’S CHURCH, ASHPRINGTON
CARE OF WOODWORK WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY, 31ST AUGUST at 2PM
Anthony Stillwell who is a skilled furniture restorer and polisher has agreed to demonstrate the techniques for polishing and generally caring for antique or any wooden furniture. There is no charge for attending this event and you’re invited to share a cream tea at the end of the afternoon.
Everyone is welcome!
• click here to download a printable poster


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale!
Damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
.


jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!


caregiftaccountGift Aid – vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259


house groupsHouse Groups
We will restart on Tuesday 20th September…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
During the autumn term we will be using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

Monday 3rd October Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Venue: Crosspark Facilitated by Graham & Gaye?
Monday 5th December Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes (with the author??)
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Michael Heather
2017:
Monday 6 February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)


choirserviceheaderSt Mary’s Choir
During the month of August, the choir continues to rehearse on Fridays, but takes a well-earned break from Sunday duty. Services will continue to be sung but without the usual lead from the choir.


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster


Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page


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!


dartingtonbrookingbooklet20160711Dartington & Brooking booklet
Now that Wild Monastics no longer meet at Dartington on Wednesdays, the downloadable pdf booklet has been updated to reflect this.
• click here to download the new version
• more information about Dartington & Brooking is under the Team Churches menu


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!


WWIWWI Tour and the History of Bruges, Arras & Lille
Five days from £389, from 3rd October 2016
Pick-up point Totnes Rail Station
There are still one or two places available on this tour, which is being organised by Carmen Luscombe on behalf of the Devon Federation of Women’s InstitutesFamily and friends are all welcome (several husbands are already coming!).
• for more details contact Carmen Luscombe on 01803 864514 or email Carmen


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August issue is online


Parish News August 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 16 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Spreading Vision in Tavistock – Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Looking back over 10 years – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • God’s Masterpiece – Suzanne Dugmore’s journey to health
  • It’s Just an Honest Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Traveller’s Prayer – by Julie Palmer
  • Walking in God’s Sunlight – by Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Love Yourself – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Remembering Friar Maximilian Kolbe – 75 years on
  • God’s Grace Distilling – poem
  • 1500 Young People at Upload – report from a festival at Exeter Cathedral
  • Queen Awards Birthday Medal – Devon woman Anne Hawken received the British Empire Medal

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


REMINDERS…


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Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• click here to download a printable poster


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank 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 to wait for the first Sunday of the month! Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website.


dayoffClergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian C Ould) and Fridays (Reverend Debbie Parsons) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


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


table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.


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