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


mid-April news & updates


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THERE IS choral music on Saturday 23rd April, with a coffee concert by Cameo at St Mary’s, celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
There are also several new events listed further down, for May and beyond, for those of you who like to fill your diaries early with things to look forwards to.
Prayer is another theme for this post – a Day of Prayer for the Police in early May, followed a few days later by a whole Week of Prayer, the latter in response to a call by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Keeping the information side of the website up to date, please see the new listings for Reverend Jane and Richard Frost.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section includes, amongst many other things, a couple of items from Pastor Mark Hatch, a downloadable Traidcraft price list, follow-up information about Fire Safety in the Home, plus news of a generous donation from Friend’s of St Mary’s which paid for the restoration of a damaged window in St Mary’s.


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


stmarysexterioraug2013__03Sunday 1st May at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG COMPLINE
Officiant: The Rector


UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


totnescaringbannerWednesday 20th April at 7.30pm
Totnes Conservative Club
QUIZ NIGHT
in aid of Totnes Caring
A music and general knowledge quiz, to be held in memory of Gay Edgecombe, who used to be a Totnes Caring volunteer
tickets £3, available on the door
maximum of 6 people per team
• enquiries 01803 865684


cameo20160423Saturday 23rd April from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE…… SING ON!
In celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, a feast of choral music presented by the vocal ensemble CAMEO, directed by Bob Barsby.
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
download the printable poster


calendarclipartThursday 28th April at 5pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
BROOKING & DARTINGTON APCM
• click here for the Brooking & Dartington page


FOR YOUR DIARY…


wildchurch03Sunday 1st May
WILD CHURCH – WILD MAY
Pilgrimage from Dartington to Ashprington
Telephone:
Sam 07979 057169 / Beth 07900 287158
Email: SamBeth
• see the new Wild Church page


baklava20151205Saturday 7th May from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
ENSEMBLE BAKLAVA
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
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 10.30am
tickets on the door £5 or online
listen to Baklava on their website


musicswirl04NEW: Friday 13th May at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHANGING PLACES
– an Open Arms Week event, bringing together written word performers Visible Ink and local composer / songwriter Sam Richards
Readings of international poetry and prose explore themes of exile, displacement and homeland in a mix of pathos and humour.
Music is provided with original song, improvised piano, hang drum, Appalachian dulcimer and cello.
tickets £7 from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 or on the door
• a South Devon Refugee Support Network fundraising event


musicswirl01NEW: Friday 27th May from 6pm to 9pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONCERT
with Dartington Arts, part of Party in the Town
• further details to be announced


globalharmonyvivaSaturday 11th June
from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
by members of Global Harmony and Viva choirs
• directed by Roz Walker
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
further details to be announced
• more about Global Harmony and Viva here


musicswirl02NEW: Sunday 26th June at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONCERT
pupils of Ekaterina Shetliffe (piano)
• further details to be announced


marldonchurchREMINDER: Sunday 3rd July at 3pm
Marldon Church
DEANERY CONFIRMATION
• please let Julian or Debbie know if you are interested
(children or adults)


musicswirl03NEW: Saturday 9th July from 11am to 12noon
RECITAL
Piano and Soprano
Ekaterina Shetliffe and Claudia Alvarez Calderon
• further details to be announced


WHO WE ARE – website page bios & photographs added / updated


RevJaneFrostThe Reverend Jane Frost
Curate
01803 865196
email Jane Frost
I am married to Richard and we have a daughter, Rachel, a son, Jonathan, and a cocker spaniel, Pip! We celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary in 2016.
Before training for the ministry in the South West Ministry Training Course, I was a secondary school English teacher and, latterly, spent 6 years as a lay school chaplain, out of which, came my vocation.
Gardening, singing and reading have been spare time creative outlets to date.
A cradle Anglican, I have worshipped in a range of churches: I am particularly energised by journeying alongside others and relish all things creative and reflective. Joining the Totnes Team is a training gift.E


RichardFrostRichard Frost
Team Reader
email Richard Frost
I have been a Reader in the Exeter Diocese since 2003 and am also a probationer Oblate at the Benedictine Monastery at Alton Abbey in Hampshire.
I work four days a week for the NHS supporting people for whom mental ill health affects their ability to work (Fridays are day off for both Jane and me!).
I also lead an international initiative, Mindful Employer, providing businesses and organisations with support, information and training and gained an MSc in this area of work in 2012.
I am primarily involved at Dartington and Brooking Churches and in Sacred Space. Jane and I are really enjoying living at The Vicarage in Week.


WEEK OF PRAYER May 8th – May 14th 2016


Archbishops’ Call for a Week of Prayer during the week before Pentecost
All the churches in our Team are taking part in the Week of Prayer.
WeekofPrayerposterWeekofPrayerBooklet
Downloads:
• A4 poster (pdf) explaining the aims of the week
• A4 prayer booklet (pdf) telling you what day your church is covering, who your coordinator is  and a framework for your prayers
• A4 prayer rota (docx)


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


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Easter lilies at St Mary’s

Arranged by Gina Roberts and the St Mary’s flower team.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed time and money towards this year’s Easter floral display (click the photograph to view it larger).


markhatchMessage from Pastor Mark Hatch
Dear All
I left for Kenya on Monday to visit the mission work that we have established in Kenya over many years. I recently put out a request for some funding towards buying a plot of land and establishing a church in a slum area of Eldoret called Manyaka.
With your kindness the funds came in and I go to finish and oversee the purchase of the plot of land and to build a temporary church building to be used for many different purposes in this poor community.
I am so grateful to everyone who supported this appeal, your kindness will truly be a blessing to this slum area.
I will return and share an update with photos.
God bless all of you for you support and prayers,
Pastor Mark Hatch


Totnes Drop-In newsletter Winter / Spring 2016

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download printable version


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are currently discussing Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are. We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 19th April.
Evenings 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes (Tony & Carolyn Stilwell, 01803 863030)
Afternoons 2pm to 3.30pm at Anne Binns’ house, 8 Rowsells Lane, Totnes – further information Liz Waterson 01803 849345


Day of Prayer for the Police – Thursday 5th May
NationalDayofPrayerPolice
The Christian Police Association is inviting us to pray for the Police on May 5th
Here in Totnes we are supported by Chief Inspector Andy Tomlinson and our wonderful PCSOs Jason and Gemma. You will also be very pleased to hear that Reverend Marisa Cockfield is Chaplain to Totnes Police Station.
Please remember them all on May 5th.
• click the poster to enlarge it


traidcraft01Traidcraft Price List
Following on from our feature on Traidcraft in the last News post, here’s a message from Viv Elce
Dear supporters,
Just to let you know that there is a lovely new catalogue out for Traidcraft, with some great summery things and all the usual food PLUS some more grocery lines. Traidcraft has by far the biggest selection of fairly traded goods.
traidcraft_items
I’m asking you to especially consider how you can boost sales as Traidcraft has for the last 4 years made a LOSS – please tell your friends how buying from Traidcraft is better than buying ordinary Fairtrade (good as that is) – ask me if you don’t know yourself!
I would also ask you to consider each buying an extra item from me – I am happy to refund you for anything you try and don’t like. My sales have gone down in the last few months so I am constantly looking for ways to sell more.
EVERY PURCHASE BENEFITS THE POOR and provides employment, dignity and purpose.
Traidcraft also actively campaigns against unfair trading practices all over the world.
With best wishes,
Viv Elce (Totnes United Free Church)
• telephone 01803 813915 / 07511 072808 or email Viv
• download
the price list (.doc)


DevonSomersetFireRescuelogoHome Safety
Last week’s Fire Safety Talk by David Roddy, Station Manager of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, was very interesting and informative.
For anyone who couldn’t attend (or who has mislaid their booklet), here are the key contact details:
email or telephone 0800 05 02 999
website
• you can request a free Home Fire Safety Check via the above contact details


friendsofstmarysshop_07Friends of St Mary’s donation
The Friends of St Mary’s have donated £3,500 toward the restoration of the Paige Adams window in St Mary’s Church.
This was recently damaged by vandals, necessitating the replacement of an entire panel of stained glass. The window was donated around 1900 by Mr Paige Adams in memory of his parents.
The Friends have maintained and beautified this lovely building in countless ways thanks to their tireless fundraising and church shop. As the building increasingly suffers the ravages of time, help with this vitally important work is needed more than ever, from our wider readership as well as from regular churchgoers.
St Mary’s, Totnes is one of the finest Churches in Devon and is undoubtedly Totnes’s most important ancient building, welcoming around a thousand visitors every week.
With a full programme of concerts and other events arranged for this year, there are all sorts of ways in which you can contribute. For example, baking cakes, serving refreshments, organising events, or simply becoming members for as little as £10 per year.
• Secretary: Julian Hall 01803 867537


dartingtonbrookingleafletReminder: Dartington and Brooking churches
The Brooking & Dartington APCM is at 5pm on Thursday 28th April in St Mary’s Church, Dartington.
Richard Frost is now offically Team Reader (and Newsletter Editor), see Who we are page
• telephone 01803 865196 or email Richard
download a new version of the information booklet with service times and contact details


Totnes Food Bank
Please note the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels.
emergencyfoodparcels2016
• click here to download a printable poster


Food in Community
foodincommunity01
We held the first of this year’s ‘pay what you feel’ Community Cafés, at the Methodist Church Hall, Fore St, Totnes, at the beginning of February, 2016. Encouraged by good feedback and a regular following, we have decided to continue to run these, on the first Saturday of every month.
• fresh organic food created from surplus produce is served anytime between 12.30pm to 2.30pm


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the April issue is now online


Parish News April 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Reverend Julian C Ould urges you to “take a pause and not let Easter go by as just another part of the yearly calendar
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • One year on – the latest ‘postcard’ from Pip & Mike Shaill, in Spain
  • A Messy Baptism – a very young member of Messy Church gets baptised in Colyton
  • Sarah’s Calling – a focus on vocations
  • Mother’s Union – marking 140 years of ministry
  • Curates head for Holy Land – Bishops Robert and Sarah led a pilgrimage in January
  • Today, Open Your Eyes – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • A heartening tale – how some urgent help led to a continuing connection
  • Called to be You – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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


REMEMBER…


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now 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.


Bartolomeo_Montagna_Saint_PaulIn the Footsteps of St Paul
Prebendary Brian Tubbs will lead a pilgrimage to Greece
from 23rd to 30th April 2016.
• a brochure is available giving full details
• please ring Brian on 01392 200506


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, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


events + news for April & beyond


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WE HOPE EVERYONE had a good Easter, along with the very mixed weather! The remaining few days of March take a break, events-wise at least, but things start getting busy again early-to-mid April.
We’ve received some heartwarming feedback (with video clips) from the organisers of the recent From Syria With Love art exhibition. And for those who’ve wondered what Wild Church is, we’ve added a new page with inspiring words and photographs. Also, be sure to see Liz Waterson’s Community News section for the latest updates about Dartington & BrookingGroups, Traidcraft and Emergency Food Parcels.


TOTNES to LEBANON – From Syria With Love


OVER THE WEEKEND of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February, St Mary’s Church, Totnes was host to an exhibition of art by Syrian children in refugee camps. We are delighted to have received some feedback from the organisers

Thank you everyone for coming to our exhibition and buying the paintings to support the camps in Lebanon.

View a short thank you video clip from some of the children:

How the money raised was spent…
The 1050£ sent was converted (according to Western Union) to 1350$ and here is how we have spent it:
225$ medical ear headphone for a child
50$ clothes for 3 children
45$ transportation
100$ to support the woman who is working with us (she is a refugee in the camp herself)
127$ were added to 173$ which remained from previous exhibition, and we have used to do heart arthroscopy
400$ for a drug dose to a child who has cancer
100$ diabetes medicine
162$ price of 6 food baskets, details as follow:
– 3$ 2K sugar
– 3$ 2K rice
– 3$ 2K groats
– 3$ 2L oil
– 1$ 2 spaghetti
– 2$ 1 K salt, delight
– 3$ 2 bean cans and hummus
– 4$ 1K meat fat
– 2$ 1 tea bags
– 3$ tins of beef
141$ remaining, will be used with the next exhibition’s donations

Total: 1350$

Watch another video clip, showing some of the bought supplies being unboxed by children:

see the official web page for more videos and a collection of photographs


INTRODUCING WILD CHURCHshared food and silent walking into the wild


AN INVITATION…to re-member Sundays as whole and holy time, re-visiting our local sacred spaces and returning to the community of all beings through sharing food, walking out into nature for elemental celebration, sinking into deep silence and opening to the spirit of the wild…

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We’ve now added a new page with details and photographs of the exciting and innovative Wild Church.
See also the Events page for listings of upcoming Wild Church meetings. Their current project is a two year Wild Church pilgrimage from Dartington towards the source of the River Dart on Dartmoor and then travelling back towards the sea – the next stage (Sunday 1st May) is from Dartington to Ashprington.
• you can also get to the Wild Church page via the Community menu


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are currently discussing Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are. We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 5th April.
Evenings 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes (Tony & Carolyn Stilwell, 01803 863030)
Afternoons 2pm to 3.30pm at 4 Riverside Swallowfields, Mary Harris’ house (for details, ring 01803 865772)


bookCrosspark Book Club
Monday 4th Aprilchange of venue
Peter & Gina Rogers are NOT able to host / lead the Crosspark Book Club on this date. It will now be hosted and led by Graham & Gaye Cane, Crosspark House, Crosspark, Totnes TQ9 5BQ (the first house on the left as you drive up Crosspark).
• enquiries: 01803 867117


traidcraft01Traidcraft – Fight Poverty as you Shop!
As Christians we have a duty towards the poor all over the world. At times this seems extremely daunting but there IS good news! We can make a real difference to people’s lives by, amongst other things, buying our basic grocery from TRAIDCRAFT. Fighting poverty as you buy the things you would buy anyway. How easy is that?
Traidcraft has been trading for nearly 40 years and has the widest range of fairly traded goods of any company. It was the original catalyst for Fair Trade in this country but its job is not finished. I’m sure many of you already buy fairly traded goods locally or from the supermarket (which is great) so why am I asking you to buy from Traidcraft?
fairtradelogoTheir products carry the fairtrade mark so that producers receive the vital fairtrade premium which they can use to fund schools, health care, clean water etc for the community BUT Traidcraft also practises FAIRTRADE PLUS, as shown in the next few points:
coffeecupthey work with very remote, small-scale, peasant farmers who would otherwise not be able to access world markets – the poorest of the poor, for whom they provide training and education. E.g. their high quality instant coffee is grown high in the remote Guatemalan Highlands and is packed and processed in Mexico (not in the UK)
they are not only a trading company, but also campaign to change the unfair way world trade works
they frequently pioneer new products e.g. a household range using palm oil from Ghana rather than from environmentally-damaging plantations in Indonesia
they have lost money for the last 4 years and need our support!
PLEASE consider buying from Traidcraft if you’ve never done so. If you are already a customer, PLEASE consider buying more product lines (I can easily refund anything you’re not happy with).
I am a volunteer in the Totnes area for Traidcraft. I sell products at discounted prices and I deliver to your home. Do contact me with any queries or for my stock list. I would be delighted to supply your order. I make no profit – I am simply passionate about blessing the poor and marginalised in Asia, Africa and South America.
Viv Elce (Totnes United Free Church)
• telephone 01803 813915 / 07511 072808 or email Viv


dartingtonbrookingleafletNews from Dartington and Brooking churches
The Brooking & Dartington APCM is at 5pm on Thursday 28th April in St Mary’s Church, Dartington.
Richard Frost is now offically Team Reader (and Newsletter Editor)
• telephone 01803 865196 or email Richard
download a new version of the information booklet with service times and contact details


Totnes Food Bank
Please note the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels.
emergencyfoodparcels2016
• click here to download a printable poster


Food in Community
foodincommunity01
We held the first of this year’s ‘pay what you feel’ Community Cafés, at the Methodist Church Hall, Fore St, Totnes, at the beginning of February, 2016. Encouraged by good feedback and a regular following, we have decided to continue to run these, on the first Saturday of every month.
• fresh organic food created from surplus produce is served anytime between 12.30pm to 2.30pm


REMEMBER…


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now 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.


Bartolomeo_Montagna_Saint_PaulIn the Footsteps of St Paul
Prebendary Brian Tubbs will lead a pilgrimage to Greece
from 23rd to 30th April 2016.
• a brochure is available giving full details
• please ring Brian on 01392 200506


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, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


mid-August news & events roundup


NEW GALLERIES


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TWO NEW WW1 CENTENARY GALLERIES of photographs taken inside St Mary’s Church, Totnes are now online, featuring the wonderful floral displays – plus detailed views of the exhibition boards with their archival photographs, and also the rows of printed tributes remembering local servicemen.
View ALL the photos in the galleries via the links below:
• WW1 flowers + tributes
• WW1 exhibitions


Summer Fete 2014 at St Mary's Church TotnesSummer Fete 2014 at St Mary's Church TotnesSummer Fete 2014 at St Mary's Church Totnes
ALSO NOW ONLINE are some photographs from the 2014 SUMMER FETE
 (Saturday 2nd August 2014) in and around St Mary’s Church, Totnes.
• despite the uncertain weather, this year’s fete raised £1555
• read more about the Fete here
• click here to view ALL the photographs in the gallery


PARISH NEWSLETTER


Parish News August 2014The August 2014 edition of the monthly newsletter with 12 pages full of news, articles and information is now online.

This issue includes:

  • Thoughts on war and peace, from Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought, by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • New Chapter in Life of Church in Devon – BIshop Robert’s installation at Exeter Cathedral
  • The Story of Justin (part 9), by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Dick’s Life Helping Others – a look back at a life of giving and caring
  • Nurturing Faith in Young People by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • Open the Book Project by Chris Grimshaw
  • Word for Today: Don’t Lose Your Compassionate Edge – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • The Environment: How Much Do We Really Care About It? by Julian Hall
  • How St Peter Became ‘The Rock’ by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • Facing Up to Our Giants  (part 3) – Paul Hardingham continues his series on the life of David (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac) Or click on the thumbnail to read it online.
• remember you can advertise in the newsletter
• back issues of the newsletter are also available here


ST MARY’S CHOIR


St Mary's Church, Totnes ChoirDURING 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


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


sarahskeyCROSSPARK BOOK CLUB: The next book that we will be discussing on Monday 6 October from 7pm- 9pm at The Vicarage is Sarah`s Key by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Please come with ideas for what we might read in future meetings.
• contact Reverend Debbie Parsons if you’d like to come along, on 01803 840113 or email Debbie


totnespoundsnotescropTOTNES POUND has a new page (under the Community menu) with details and photos of the relaunch of the town’s alternative currency scheme.
The Totnes Pound is currently a physical local currency, backed by Sterling and accepted in 70+ businesses in the town. It’s administered as part of the Transition Town Totnes initiative.
Project aim: To make sure that wealth stays in the community where it will can be used in a more conscientious way with lower carbon impact, lower ecological impact and higher resilience.


housegroupHOUSE GROUP: The Tuesday afternoon group meets bimonthly, from 2pm to 3 30pm
Over the next few meetings we have a change of venue:
Tuesday 2nd Sept: 8 Rowsell’s Lane – Ann Binns 840164
Tuesday 16th and 30th September – Greystones (house situated in St John’s car park) Margaret Beckwith: 862783
• please note, we are a chapter behind and will be looking at Chapter 4 on September 2nd
• further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 849345 or  email Liz
• more about House Groups here


SPECIAL SERVICES


christianmotorcyclistsassociationSunday 31st August at 10.30am
St Mary‘s Church, Totnes
Team Service:
CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS’ ASSOCIATION
• see Events page for more information
• CMA UK webpage


familiesforchildrenSunday 21 September at 9.30 pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHARITY SUNDAY
For our next Charity Sunday we will be welcoming Families for Children to St Mary’s and St John’s joint service.
there will be no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day
Families for Children website