news, events & special services


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


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


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

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

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

the first consultation event, June 2017

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

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

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

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

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


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Bridgetown


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


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


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


UPCOMING EVENTS in February & March


Wednesdays throughout February
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


TIME OUT for Messy Church


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


HELP in HARD TIMES a guide


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


COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Totnes Drop In has a new website

• click here or click the image!


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


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


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


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
Delicious jam, marmalade, chutney and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be so for some weeks to come!
• jam jars and lids are not needed at the moment!


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the February 2018 issue is online


Any donations to help pay for the newsletter’s publishing costs, however small, would be most welcome, even if you’re reading the magazine online. We can accept BACS payments, cheques to Totnes with Bridgetown PCC or cash. Email Julian Hall for details.


Parish News February 2018 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

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

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016


DON’T FORGET…


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


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


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


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


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated January 2018 with new rates, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website


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


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


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
There are various people using the Parish Giving Scheme who would be more than happy to answer any queries and help with the paperwork if necessary.
• please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 about this in the first instance


Help & Advice
The Need Help poster has recently been updated (March 2017).

• click here to download a printable A4 version


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon (enquiries will not be taken at any other times), or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!


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


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


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


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


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


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


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


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


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


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Christmas 2017 services, events & more!


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


CHRISTMAS BANNERS at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


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

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


PET SERVICE 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


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


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES in our Team Churches


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

• all welcome


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


2018


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

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

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

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


FURTHER 2018 SPECIAL SERVICES in Bridgetown & Totnes


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


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

CHARITY SUNDAY

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


FESTIVE EVENTS


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

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


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


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


Wednesday 20th December
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


2018


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


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


SPONSORED WALK to Team Churches


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


TIME OUT for Messy Church


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


COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


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


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


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


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


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


Totnes Drop In has a new website

• click here or click the image!


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


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


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


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


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


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
Delicious jam, marmalade, chutney and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be so for some weeks to come!
• jam jars and lids are not needed at the moment!


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the December 2017 issue is online


Parish News December 2017 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Advent – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • Follow Our Star – a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Journey Of The Crib Figures – by Joy Hanson
  • Reaching Out To Refugees This Christmas – Church of England, Devon
  • New Dean’s Ministry Of Welcome – Dean Jonathan Greener comes to Exeter
  • Our Compassionate God Reaches Out – by the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • Practise Humility – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016


DON’T FORGET…


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


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


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


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


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website


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


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


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
There are various people using the Parish Giving Scheme who would be more than happy to answer any queries and help with the paperwork if necessary.
• please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 about this in the first instance


Help & Advice
The Need Help poster has recently been updated (March 2017).

• click here to download a printable A4 version


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon (enquiries will not be taken at any other times), or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!


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


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


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


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


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


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


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


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


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


Happy New Year


stmarysseal1000pxWE WISH EVERYONE a Peaceful and Happy 2017!
To start the new year off
, below is a summary of events and special services, so far, for January and beyond. We’re also busily compiling a community news update, including some inspiring news about projects for St Mary’s, Totnes – so keep watching this space…
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


UPCOMING EVENTS & SPECIAL SERVICES in and around Totnes


xmastreeanimENDS: Tuesday 3rd January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Last chance to come and see this year’s glorious display – call by if you’re in town for the sales!


wildchurchwisdommeditationNEW: Wednesday 4th January at 5.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
WISDOM MEDITATION
Wild Monastics
return to Dartington Church for simple, interspiritual sacred chant and silence by candlelight. As Epiphany is approaching, which remembers the Three Wise Ones who witnessed the divine light, this meditation will be dedicated to the awakening of wisdom within the heart of us all and to new beginnings.
Dartington Church is old, beautiful and very cold – perfect for Wild Monastics! Be wise and come well prepared with many warm layers, a blanket, hat or hood (& maybe even a hottie!). We also love the dark, so you may like to bring a torch for arriving & leaving… and be assured, we are there, even if you can’t see or hear us!
• click here for the facebook event page


fromsyriawithlove2017NEW: from Thursday 5th January to Friday 20th January
(for times see poster)
The Gallery at the Ariel Centre, Totnes
FROM SYRIA WITH LOVE
A presentation about the conflict will be given by Baraaa Kouja on Monday 9th January at 6.30pm
• sponsored by Totnes Citizens UK
• click the poster to view larger


hollypilgrimageNEW: Sunday 8th January
St Barnabas Church, Brooking TQ9 6DT
HOLLY PILGRIMAGE
Please note venue change for this next Wild Church Tree Pilgrimage – to avoid risk of ice travelling to our previously planned Holne venue, we shall now be continuing to explore more local hidden wilds in the Dartington area.
This pilgrimage will draw us into communion with Bidwell Brook & the hollies around Venton. We will begin from beautiful Brooking Church, built around 1850 for Dartington Champernowne family. Gather in the porch from 10.45am for an 11am start.
After gathering together with hollies in and around the churchyard, we’ll walk silently down and along Bidwell Brook and into the woods to meet some very special grandparent hollies & share communion. This will be a slower circular walk over a shorter distance, returning to Brooking Church. The footpath may be very muddy, so walking boots or wellies are recommended.
Parking is available by the Church and please come prepared with warm layers, waterproofs and drinks & snacks (if needed) for this 2hr seasonal sacred space, which includes silent walking, reflective sharing and a collaborative, silent communion and is open to all.
donations (suggested £5 to £10) are invited
• click here for the facebook event page


prussiacovelogoNEW: Saturday 14th January at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SANDOR VEGH MEMORIAL CONCERT
by IMS Prussia Cove
with Kjell-Arne Jørgensen, Carlo de Martini, Ulrike-Anima Mathé & Krysia Osostowicz on violins; Tim Boulton & Werner Dickel on violas; Xenia Jankovic & Christoph Richter on cellos.
programme:
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 130

Schumann String Quartet Op. 41, no. 1
tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door subject to availability / free on the door for children and young people aged 25 and under: online from  or Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, or Totnes Bookshop, or Kingsbridge Information Centre 01548 853195


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NEW: Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme
Introit: Mid-winter – Chilcott
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 86 From the eastern mountains
Psalm 96
Mag & Nunc: Purcell in G Minor
Anthem: Chorus from Christus – Mendelssohn
Anthem after the prayers: Joys Seven – Cleobury
Hymn 87 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir.


NEW: Wednesday 18th January to Thursday 26th January
churches in and around Totnes
WEEK of PRAYER for CHRISTIAN UNITY
weekofprayer2017
click the list to view it larger


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st January
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
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson


MESSY CHURCH  – 2017 forward dates formessychurchblue your diary
Saturday 18th February
Saturday 25th March
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 10th June 10.30am to 1.30pm Messy Church Fiesta
at Exeter Cathedral: “All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space”
Saturday 15th July
no Messy Church in August
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 9th December (party)


sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonNEW: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January
Totnes and surrounding towns
VISIT by SARAH MULLALLY, BISHOP of CREDITON
The Totnes Deanery will be welcoming the Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, as part of the Bishops in Mission initiative, when the Bishops of Exeter, Crediton and Plymouth will, between them, be visiting every part of the Diocese of Exeter during 2017. She will be attending events of all kinds in Dartmouth, South Brent, Dartington, Totnes and other churches within our Deanery. Details of her packed itinerary will follow soon!
• read Bishop Sarah’s blog here


music-candleNEW: Saturday 28th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CONCERT
• details to be announced
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exploringfaithleafletNEW: Saturday 11th February
to Saturday 15th July
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
EXPLORING OUR FAITH

Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Members of the Clergy and Reader ministry team will be leading a series of six sessions on selected Saturday mornings looking at the following topics:
Exploring the Bible
Why do we have the Bible? Where did it come from? Personal Bible reading.
Exploring Ceremonies
The importance and meanings of baptism, confirmation, marriage, funerals & ordination.
Exploring the Eucharist
What’s Holy Communion all about?
Exploring Prayer
What is prayer & why do we pray? Praying alone, praying together. Different ways into prayer.
Exploring the Church
What is the point of church? Buildings & robes. Mission & maintenance. Choirs & congregations.
Exploring Forgiveness
The relevance of confession, absolution, wholeness  & reconciliation.
• all sessions will take place at St John’s, Bridgetown
• click here for more details and to book your place


December news & updates


WE HOPE EVERYONE is having a warm and wonderful Christmas!
Below is a summary of Christmastime services still to come at our Team Churches. There are two new sets of very festive photos to view, and some very good news about a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to St Mary’s Church, Totnes.
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section includes some fundraising feedback, a wish list for Syrian Refugees moving into this area – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Near the end of this news post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the December Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it. Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you only ever read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2016 – photos by Lynn Blackmore


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• click the photos to view them larger
• or see them all at once on the gallery page


PET SERVICE 2016 – photos by Chris Martin


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• click the photos to view them larger
• or see them all at once on the gallery page


CHRISTMASTIME services & events


xmastreeanimUntil Tuesday 3rd January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Come see this year’s glorious display when attending services or in town for Christmas shopping or the sales.
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carolbellsThursday 22nd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE
 
all welcome


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


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES


stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Eve at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTINGLE

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

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

marldonchurchChristmas Eve at 11.10pm for an 11.30pm start
St John’s Church, Marldon
MIDNIGHT MASS

stmarysberrypomeroyChristmas Eve at 11.15pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
MIDNIGHT MASS
• mulled wine served from 10.45pm

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


CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES


St Peter's Church CornworthyChristmas Day at 9.15am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

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

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

stdavidsashpringtoncropChristmas Day at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

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


BOXING DAY SERVICES


stmaryssnowBoxing Day at 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


stmaryssnowWednesday 28th December at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


NEW YEAR’S DAY 2017 SERVICES


stjohnssnowSunday 1st January at 10.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TEAM SERVICE


PRESS RELEASESt Mary’s Church gets project development award


National Churches Trust awards a £10,000 Grant to St Mary’s Church, Totnes
21st December 2016
nationalchurchestrustThe future of St Mary’s Church, Totnes, is one step further to being secured after a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to fund a Project Development grant ahead of a major building project in 2018.
St Mary’s Church has identified the need for substantial restoration, refurbishment and reordering works in order to ensure the structure is fully safe, fit for purpose and sustainable both as a place of worship and for wider community use.
The Project Development grant will allow the Church to undertake options appraisals in respect of the proposed works and further consultation within the community including exploring potential opportunities to broaden the community use of the building through working with arts / community partnerships.
John Birch, the project team leader, says

St Mary’s Church is at the heart of the community of Totnes as well as being a major tourist attraction within the town. Unfortunately its very existence is threatened by its condition and its current inability to provide a full and comprehensive community facility.
The church’s vision is to reverse the building’s physical deterioration and to have it removed from the Heritage at Risk register as well as expand its usage by creating a welcoming and thriving community facility that provides an inspiring, fully useable and fit-for-purpose place for worship, music, performing arts and arts display.
Obtaining the grant from the National Churches Trust is a good start.

• for more information on NCT visit their website
contact: John Birch 01803 84025907974243352


PCC MINUTES of 7th SEPTEMBER 2016


pccnewssnip201612Available to download as doc or pdf, or read online.
• previous minutes are located under News / PCC news
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COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


sleepingbagclipartCharity Sunday feedback
Many thanks for your wonderful generosity to the Drop In / Night Shelter on Charity Sunday this year. The two collections came to £700. Mark Hatch says that he really enjoyed joining with us for both the morning service and Advent Carol Service in the evening. He feels incredibly wonderfully supported by the Totnes Team and holds us all in a special place in his heart.
If healthy funding for Revival Life Ministries (the Charity that oversees the Drop In and pays Mark) continues, they will be able to give him a small pay rise. He is paid for 3 hours per day – just for the morning opening of the Drop In.
The Night Shelter has been open for 8 nights so far (it opens when the temperature is zero or below or severe weather is forecast). This entails a 12 hour shift by Mark (who has to be there for legal reasons) and his small team of volunteers. This work is done entirely on a voluntary basis. The work continues because everyone is precious, everyone is loved ~ A  bruised reed, He will not break  (Isaiah 42 v3)


coffeeheartCoffee Fund
Since Don Halstead was Treasurer there have been sales of jams, marmalades, chutneys, vegetables and other items to help pay for the coffee / tea which we enjoy free every Sunday. In that time we have raised over £900 for the funds, all of which has put back into the Church. We have bought a new coffee machine, 24 cups and saucers, an altar cloth, many books for the children’s corner, as well as coffee supplies.
Hexagonal Jam JarsThere will be further jams etc available after the service and in the New Year. Thanks to all who have made, grown or bought these offerings.
In addition, the recent sale of jams and chutney by Bridget Rogers, in aid of the children’s hospice charity Demelza raised £462.45, which is wonderful for a one-woman sale! Many thanks to all of you who provided jam jars with lids for this.


Wish List for refugees
refugeesupportdevonA wish list for South Hams–based Syrian families – outreach requests – in spirit of seasonal generosity, from Beyond Borders Totnes on behalf of Refugee Support Devon
The following items would be warmly welcomed by Syrian families, recently arrived with refugee status, to live in the South Hams. If you have any of these items to pass along – as you upgrade or grow out of things or just want to purchase to donate – please email Refugee Support Devon, who will have local support volunteers to collect the items from you. Any items need to be in good condition / working order. Many thanks!
Floor rugs – to cosy living rooms
Bikes – for 8, 10 and 13
Scooter for 6 yr old
Skipping ropes
Backpacks for school use for 5 children, boy aged 14, girl 10, girl 7, boy 6 and boy 4
Warm winter clothing of good quality / good condition jumpers, coats, socks (sizes approximate):
Women sizes: 12/14 and 18/20 (including tights, knee socks)
Men: sizes medium and large/XL
Boys: 4, 6, 13yr old
Tights, girls clothes  age 8 and 10
Navy or black or grey tracksuit bottoms (for PE) girl aged 10, girl aged 7 and boy aged 6
Track suits for men – M & L/XL
Men and boys’ sports clothing
and
Technology provides key support for learning English fast – so any help with these greatly appreciated:
Digital TV
Laptop / Ipad
Portable radio
CD player / boom box
Anyone wanting, in Christmas spirit, to sponsor TV licences for the families (£145 per year – in full or part) can send cheques made out to Refugee Support Devon to:
Refugee Support Devon (RSD), Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RG
refugeesupportdevonlogoThank you in advance for any offerings you might be able to make. The transitions from Syria to South Hams , from war and loss to the different daily culture and accoutrements of life in England – are vast. All these small contributions are appreciated. Please also ask around of family or friends if anyone in your personal network might have any of the above.
• please contact RSD  about any possibilities – they have responsibility for overseeing support for the families.


this is a tin of NOT BrassoBrass Cleaning
A very big thank you to the brave souls who turned up to the brass cleaning. All now sparkles for the festive season.


smallchangecoinsSponsorship for Gill & Fred Still
Please give your donations to a churchwarden as soon as possible! Some people still haven’t paid!
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house groupsHouse Groups
Both house groups are taking breaks until 10th January…
2pm at 4 Riverside (Mary Harris) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
We are studying Chapter 7 of A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club 2017 forward dates for your diary
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)


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


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon, or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


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Totnes Food Bank
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.
• please note that you can now drop off items for the Food bank at Morrisons – there is a collection bin near the toilets
• click here to download a printable poster


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 will collect them next time she is in Totnes,


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


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Delicious 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 December issue is online


Parish News December 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:

  • Christmas Services – at St Mary’s Totnes and St John’s Bridgetown
  • Mary and Joseph take to the Road Again – by Joy Hanson
  • Christmas – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just A Christmas Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Helping Hand at Christmas – Diocese of Exeter
  • SPG on TV – in a Call The Midwife Christmas Special
  • Start Taking Time Off – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Celebrating 150 Years – a special service in Exeter Cathedral
  • Messenger of God’s Love – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • University Calling – a journey from student to chaplain at Exeter University

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


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!


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


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 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


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