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


Saturday 27th January at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
HOLOCAUST CONCERT
by Elie Fruchter
• further details to be announced


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


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recent news & updates


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


ORDINATION OF PRIESTS 24th September 2017


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


MARY HARRIS’S GARDEN PARTY photos from July 2017


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


COMMUNITY CAFÉ @ St John’s



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

A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Brooking, Bridgetown & Dartington


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


UPCOMING EVENTS


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


Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th October
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


BABY SIGNING CLASSES at St John’s


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


KEEPING YOUNG TOTNES SAFEa Caring Town Information Exchange event



COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the October 2017 issue is online


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

This issue includes:

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

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


DON’T FORGET…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

• click here to download a printable A4 version


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


news & updates


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


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


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


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


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


UPCOMING EVENTS


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


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


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


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


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


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


ST JOHN’S HERITAGE TEA PARTY


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

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

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


REMEMBERING BRIDGETOWN & WWI



~ The Monmouth

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


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Feedback from the NUF Project


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

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

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


Freedom Centre news

• click to enlarge


Drop In Newsletter Summer 2017

• click to enlarge


Marketplace Ministries July figures

• click to enlarge


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


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


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


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


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August 2017 issue is online


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

This issue includes:

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

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


DON’T FORGET…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

• click here to download a printable A4 version


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


news + updates for early June


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THERE ARE SEVERAL UNIQUE EVENTS coming up later this month and also in July – note that some have updated information. Choose from floral tributes with vintage tea, a colourful talk with the charismatic Ann Widdecombe, classical and choral concerts (including Evensong with St Mary’s own choir, next Sunday).
Beetroot will be sharing food and stories again at the end of this month, and then in early July there’s a Christian Festival on Vire Island offering “food, drink, music, messages, exhibitions and fun“.
ALSO IN EARLY JULY is the Deanery Confirmation at Marldon Church. And speaking of clerical events, last month we posted a photograph of the installation as Prebendaries of Reverend Cate Edmonds and Reverend Julian Ould; we now have two more photographs from the event, see below, along with a photograph taken at another event, which commemorated 10 years of service by Julian and likewise by Team Reader Liz Waterson. See below for more about everything…
SOME EVENTS HAVE POSTERS to download and print – if you can do so and display them, it really helps increase attendance and awareness of what’s going on! 

Liz’s Community News rounds off this post with, amongst other things, some requests for help, feedback from fundraising, a date change for one of the House Groups, a contents list of the June parish newsletter (now online), plus at-a-glance reminders of ways to get involved with things and where to find essential information.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


INSTALLATION of PREBENDARIES at Exeter Cathedral


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BISHOP ROBERT installed two new Prebendaries at Exeter Cathedral last month. They are Reverend Cate Edmonds, vicar of Escot, Feniton & Payhembury and Exeter Diocesan Adviser for Education Chaplaincy and Reverend Julian C Ould, Team Rector of the Totnes Mission Community.
Above are two more photographs from the event , showing (left) Reverend Julian with Bishop Robert, and (right) Reverend Julian with his wife Jane.
• click the images to view them larger


10th ANNIVERSARIES CELEBRATED commemorating a decade of ministries


julian10yearscropREVEREND PREBENDARY Julian Ould (L) with churchwardens Julian Hall (C) and Martin Harvey (R) at the Team Service at Berry Pomeroy on Sunday 29th May, following the presentation of a decorated wood carving to the Rector. The service marked the 10th anniversary of of his, and of Team Reader Liz Waterson’s, ministries, together with the recent installation of Julian as a Prebendary (see above).
• click the image to view it larger
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SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


archdeacjking52_72dpiSunday 19th June at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG in Celebration
of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday
programme
Canticles: Brewer in D
Responses: Smith
Anthems: 
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Parry: I was glad
Tallis: If ye love me
• musical director Jan Dietz
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


UPCOMING & UPDATED EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


this is a tin of NOT BrassoTuesday 14th June 
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUMMER CLEANING OF THE BRASS
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!


shakespeareThursday 16th June at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
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.
admission £5, in aid of St Peter’s Church
refreshments during the interval
enquiries to Caroline Hunt 01803 732626 or email Caroline


Microsoft Word - Vintage Tea Poster.docxFriday 17th June
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s event
A FLORAL TRIBUTE
in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s
90th Birthday

Vintage Afternoon Tea
served from 2pm to 5.30pm
• in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
• download the printable poster


Saturday 18th June from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: The Beautiful Gate
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


Saturday 18th June & Sunday 18th June
A special MIDSUMMER WEEKEND
 in aid of sacred sanctuary space in the Wood Sisters Red Tent, a sister organisation to Wild Church.
opalforestSATURDAY 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Totnes
The Opal Forest, with Jewish teller Shonaleigh – the last living ‘Drut’syla’ or female storyteller in the Jewish Midrashic tradition.
othertimesSUNDAY

10.30am to 2.30pm in Ashburton – Other Stories for Other Times, a rare opportunity to work with Shonaleigh in a small group setting, and learn more about her tradition of ‘seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary’.
• full details of both of the above on the Events page


allaboutthebass1200pxUPDATED: Sunday 19th June at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
ALL ABOUT THE BASS
The Greenwood Ensemble presents a Baroque programme featuring harpsichord, flute, cello, recorder and song.
• seasonal interval refreshments
tickets £7.50 on the door
• click the poster to enlarge it
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Sunday 19th June at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG in Celebration
of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday
programme
Canticles: Brewer in D
Responses: Smith
Anthems: 
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Parry: I was glad
Tallis: If ye love me
• musical director Jan Dietz
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


Saturday 25th June at 11.00am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Talk
A MORNING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE
in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
“A Light-Hearted Talk about Her Life and Experiences”
You will also be able to buy signed copies of Ann’s books
• home-made cake & coffee on sale from 10.30am
• admission £5
• download the printable poster


lunchtimeconcert20160626aUPDATED: Sunday 26th June at 1.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
LUNCHTIME CONCERT
performance of pianists and vocalists, presented by
Ekaterina Shetliffe & Donna-Marie Broomfield
• admission free (voluntary donations to the church)
• teas and coffees available
download a printable poster

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beetroot_poster_2NEW: Monday 27th June from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
BEETROOT
Join us for a light lunch, whilst sharing stories of the food of your life. Make recordings for a radio broadcast, eat, learn and celebrate together.
• a Food in Community voluntary project seeking to help older members of the community – they also bring fresh veg gleaned from Riverford to the Food Bank every week
no need to book
• further information from David on 07702 727009
help promote this project by downloading the printable poster


TotnesChristianFestival2016NEW: Saturday 2nd July from 3pm to 7pm
Vire Island, Totnes
One Church Totnes presents
TOTNES CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL 2016

Totnes United Free Church has booked Vire Island for a celebration of Christian life in Totnes. This day will be a feast of live music, inspirational messages, local food and drink, exhibitions of local initiatives and family fun!
The Christian community is thriving in the area, and serving the town in so many unseen ways through creative grass-roots initiatives. All of these initiatives are expressions of our belief in a good and generous God who loves to bless and to release people into wholeness. Join us on Saturday 2nd July as we celebrate the goodness of God.
– Ade (Pastor of Totnes United Free Church) • website


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


morningrecital20160709UPDATED: Saturday 9th July
from 11am to 12noon
refreshments available from 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
MORNING RECITAL
for Soprano, Violin & Piano

The concert will feature works by European and South American composers.
Yulia Northridge, a virtuoso violinist alongside concert pianist Ekaterina Shetliffe, both Russian-born, will perform:
Sonata in G-major for piano and violin No. 2 Op. 13 by Grieg,
Gypsy Airs by Saraste,
Tango “Por Una Cabeza” by Gardel, and
Hot Canary by Zabach.
Claudia Alvarez Calderón, Peruvian coloratura soprano, will sing well known arias, accompanied by Ekaterina Shetliffe, including:
Juliette’s Waltz from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod
Je Suis Titania from Mignon by Thomas
Canción del Ruiseñor from Doña Francisquita by Vives
La Ramilletera by Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales
tickets £10 (under-16s free with accompanying adult) – available on the door
or call 07505 884271
• for more information on the performers click here and here
• download a printable poster


veronikashoot01UPDATED: Saturday 16th July at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
in aid of  Friends of St Mary’s
Piano recital by
VERONIKA SHOOT
Programme to include:
Mozart Fantasy in D minor, Rachmaninov Sonata no 2 in B flat minor, Argentinian dances, Stravinsky Tango & Vladislav Shoot.
We are delighted to welcome back Veronika.
See the Events page for her bio and other details.
tickets £10 from We Got Tickets or on the door
more about Veronika here, including a chance to hear some of her music


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


this is a tin of NOT BrassoBrass cleaning at St Mary’s 
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

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Hexagonal Jam JarsThe Jam Factory
Damson jam and marmalade will be on sale this Sunday – so come and buy, and get your summer cream teas off to a great start. Thank you!


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!


christianaidChristian Aid Week – four-figure target reached
The total for the street collection this year was £533. In addition to this, £437 was received in envelope donations from the churches, bringing us to a grand total of £970. However, Christian Aid will be able to claim back £74 tax on gift-aided donations – taking us to £1,044 and achieving our four-figure target! A very big ‘thank-you’ to all who participated as volunteers and those who generously gave!
John Luscombe


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are continuing to discuss Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We usually meet every 2 weeks.
• afternoon 28th June and again on 12th July (no 14th June meeting due to absences), 2pm to 3.30pm at Ann Binn’s house:  8 Roswells Lane – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evening 
14th June, 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes – further details from Tony & Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030
NEW: On Tuesday 12th July
we are having a Retreat Day at Buckfastleigh, 10am to 3pm, with lunch at the Restaurant. The retreat will be led by Reverend Valerie Price and will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


childrenactbookCrosspark Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting is on Monday 20th June at St John’s Vicarage, Crosspark.
The book we shall be discussing is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Martin Harvey will be facilitating that discussion.
Happy reading!


Helga Wattsinmemorium
We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Helga Watts. Helga was a prolific contributor to the Parish News. She was also a wonderful musician, poet and artist and a shining example of Christianity in action.
• Helga’s funeral is on Monday 13th June at 11.30am, at Dartington


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the June issue is now online


Parish News June 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features a whopping 24 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the new and regular advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Making Choices – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Restful Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • What Causes Discouragement? – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Walk The Extra Mile – a new community for people aged 18 to 30
  • Bishops Set Off – over the next 9 months, three local bishops will be visiting people, parishes and projects
  • Letter from Pip and Mike Shail – a mid-year report from their home in Spain
  • Queen’s Birthday Celebrations – how communities and churches across the UK are responding
  • Open Hearts, Open Borders – reflections by Director of Church & Society Martyn Goss
  • A Royal Heavenly Banquet – by the Very Reverend Julian Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Installation of Prebendaries at Exeter Cathedral – Reverends Julian C Ould and Cate Edmonds

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


REMINDERS…


emergencyfoodparcels2016

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


mid-May news + updates


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AS YOU’LL SEE BELOW, Reverend Julian C Ould was recently installed as a Prebendary – congratulations to him and to Reverend Cate Edmonds, too, who was also installed at the same time.
Upcoming events this month include (on 23rd May) the launching of Beetroot, an innovative lunchtime food project which includes the opportunity to be part of some audio story-making. Try to get along to help this – the first of a series of lunches – get off to a BIG start! (You can help even more by printing and displaying the downloadable poster.)
Also new is a chance for the over-60s to take a free ‘Fitness MOT‘, see 25th May at St John’s. Towards the end of this month there is of course the Party in the Town, which includes several events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes…there’s a summary below, and a fuller listing on the Events page.
A reminder that you can come along and help commemorate 10 years of service for Julian and likewise for Liz  on 29th May at St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy, after the 10.30am Team Service.
IN EARLY JUNE there’s a newly-added music event, Elgar Chorale will be providing songs from ‘Elgar, Shakespeare and Merrie England’. And look out for several more new additions throughout June and July.
Scroll right down for Liz Waterson’s Community News: there are several important news items plus a chance to read the latest Totnes Street Pastors newsletter.
Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images!


TWO NEW PREBENDARIES at Exeter Cathedral


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BISHOP ROBERT installed two new Prebendaries at Exeter Cathedral earlier this month. They are Reverend Cate Edmonds, vicar of Escot, Feniton & Payhembury and Exeter Diocesan Adviser for Education Chaplaincy and Reverend Julian Ould, Team Rector of the Totnes Mission Community.
Prebendaries are members of the College of Canons of the Cathedral, with their own stall in the quire.  This means that they provide advice to the Cathedral when consulted and have to formally approve the appointment of a new Diocesan Bishop.
Traditionally, a Prebend was provided an annual income to supplement that derived from the parochial income. Today, with stipends standardised, each new Prebendary is presented with a loaf of bread to symbolise this ancient entitlement.


SPECIAL SERVICE in Berry Pomeroy


stmarysberrypomeroyNEW: Sunday 29th May at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
TEAM SERVICE
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s Bridgetown /
St Mary’s Totnes on this day
followed by celebration of 10 years of service by Julian and also by Liz (see below)


UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


christianaidFriday 20th and Saturday 21st May
Totnes Town Centre

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
We shall be collecting as usual in the town.
help needed – please see under Community News, below


church work dayNEW: Saturday 21st May from 10am until 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHURCH WORKING PARTY
Please come along and help! Newcomers are always welcome, even if only for half an hour!
• coffee break during the morning


messychurchgreenSaturday 21st May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Spreading the Word (Pentecost)
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


unityinmusicbigSunday 22nd May at 3pm
Great Hall, Dartington
UNITY IN MUSIC
with Dartington Chamber Orchestra
An Open Arms Week event
Music by Purcell, Handel, Kareem Roustom and others, with voice, flute, clarinet and Nay and Arab percussion.
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
tickets £20 (£12 under-18s) from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070
• facebook page


beetroot_poster_2NEW: Monday 23rd May from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
BEETROOT
Join us for a light lunch, whilst sharing stories of the food of your life. Make recordings for a radio broadcast, eat, learn and celebrate together.
• a Food in Community voluntary project seeking to help older members of the community – they also bring fresh veg gleaned from Riverford to the Food Bank every week
no need to book
• further information from David on 07702 727009
help promote this project by downloading the printable poster


fitnessMOTposterNEW: Wednesday 25th May from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
St John’s Church Hall, Bridgetown
FREE FITNESS MOT
For everyone over 60!
Test your strength, flexibility, balance, aerobic endurance and activity levels. Free personalised activity booklet to take home.
drop in between the above times
download the printable poster
• visit website or call Pauline Virgo on 07975 708130 or email Pauline


Friday 27th May from 6pm to 9pm
in and around Totnes
PARTY IN THE TOWN
partytownslider3-1024x576Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues.
Party in the Town takes over central venues and public spaces on the Friday of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the fantastic musical talent of Totnes and the surrounding area. Catch chamber ensembles, jazz acts, choirs, folk singers, street performers, rock bands, electronica and more throughout the evening.
The Party opens with a special schools commission in St Mary’s Church at 6pm, led by the charismatic Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale – there are more events at St Mary’s during the evening*.
The town’s headline act is British jazz royalty Courtney Pine and his band; their House of Legends show is at the Civic Hall at 9.30pm
*for full details of what’s happening for Party in the Town at St Mary’s Church, please see the Events page
all events are free
download the printable poster


Anniversary_10DATE & VENUE CHANGED: Sunday 29th May
following the 10.30am service
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
Julian has now been Rector of Totnes for 10 years, and Liz has been with us as a Lay Reader for the same time. We will be celebrating this on 29th May, with refreshments after the 10.30am Team Service. Please come along and join the celebrations!


Poster 2.pubNEW: Friday 3rd June at 1.15pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Lunchtime Concert
The Elgar Chorale of Worcester presents
ELGAR, SHAKESPEARE & MERRIE ENGLAND
The Elgar Chorale is a mixed voice choir of up to 40 singers, many of them professional musicians, based in Worcester.  It was formed by Donald Hunt –  Piers Maxim took over as Director of Music in January 2015. 
•  lasts about an hour
free admission with retiring collection
• coffee and cake on sale from 10.30am to 12 noon
download a printable poster


FOR YOUR DIARY…


Water Aid St MarysUPDATED: Saturday 11th June
from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
SING FOR WATER

with members of Global Harmony and Viva choirs
• directed by Roz Walker
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
download the printable poster
• more about Global Harmony and Viva here


Microsoft Word - Vintage Tea Poster.docxNEW: Friday 17th June
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Event
A FLORAL TRIBUTE
in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s
90th Birthday

Vintage Afternoon Tea
served from 2pm to 5.30pm
• in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
• download the printable poster


greenwoodensembleNEW: Sunday 19th June at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
ALL ABOUT THAT BASS
The Greenwood Ensemble presents a Baroque programme featuring harpsichord, flute, cello, recorder and song.
• seasonal interval refreshments
• tickets £7.50 on the door


NEW: Saturday 25th June at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Talk
A MORNING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE
in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
A Light-Hearted Talk about Her Life and Experiences – you will also have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Ann’s books
• home-made cake & coffee on sale from 10.30am
• admission £5
• download the printable poster


musicswirl02Sunday 26th June at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONCERT
pupils of Ekaterina Shetliffe (piano)
• further details to be announced


TotnesChristianFestival2016NEW: Saturday 2nd July from 3pm to 7pm
Vire Island, Totnes
One Church Totnes presents
TOTNES CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL 2016

Totnes United Free Church has booked Vire Island for a celebration of Christian life in Totnes. This day will be a feast of live music, inspirational messages, local food and drink, exhibitions of local initiatives and family fun!
The Christian community is thriving in the area, and serving the town in so many unseen ways through creative grass-roots initiatives.  All of these initiatives are expressions of our belief in a good and generous God who loves to bless and to release people into wholeness.  Join us onn Saturday 2nd July as we celebrate the goodness of God.
– Ade (Pastor of Totnes United Free Church)
website


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


musicswirl03Saturday 9th July from 11am to 12noon
RECITAL
Piano and Soprano
Ekaterina Shetliffe and Claudia Alvarez Calderon
• further details to be announced


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


church work dayChurch working party
Saturday 21st May
from 10am until 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes – see under Forthcoming Events, above, for more details


foodboxEmergency Food Parcels
Market Place Ministries is closed until Tuesday 31st May
• meanwhile, please see Mark Hatch at the Drop In Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon


fitnessMOTlogoFree Fitness MOT for the over-60s
at St John’s Church Hall, Bridgetown
Wednesday 25th May
 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
– see under Forthcoming Events, above, for more details


Totnes Street Pastors Newsletter Spring 2016
tspnewsspring2016screenshots
(click to enlarge)
• previous editions are available here


flowersFlowers to celebrate the Queen’s birthday (17th June)
If you are one of the church’s flower arrangers or are interested in helping put on a display for the Queen’s birthday, and haven’t yet registered an interest, please contact Gina Rogers on 01803 867011


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are continuing to discuss Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 31st May.
• afternoon 31st May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Mary Harris’ house:  4 Riverside Swallowfields – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evening 
31st May, 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes – further details from Tony & Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030


christianaidChristian Aid Week Collecting
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on Friday and Saturday, 20th and 21st May. St. Mary’s Church will be covering the Co-op gap in Fore Street, and St. John’s Church covering the bottom of the town by the Seven Stars Hotel.
• we need four people to cover the hours from 10am to 2pm on both of those days
volunteers at St. Mary’s, see Julian Hall – and at St. John’s, see John Burston


childrenactbookCrosspark Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting is on Monday 6th June at St John’s Vicarage, Crosspark.
The book we shall be discussing is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Liz Balkwill will be facilitating that discussion.
Happy reading!


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


emergencyfoodparcels2016

Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm. But note temporary arrangments in May whilst Market Place Ministries is closed, see above.
• click here to download a printable poster


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.


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


news + updates for May and beyond


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A COUPLE OF EVENTS recently added for May are part of Open Arms Week (fundraising & celebrating welcome for refugees); scroll down for a little more about that. Towards the end of the month there’s the Party in the Town, which includes events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes…we’ll do a fuller feature about that in a News post later this month. Rounding off all this Maytime bustle is a chance to indulge, perhaps, in some reminiscing – to commemorate 10 years of service for Julian and likewise for Liz you are invited to help them celebrate on 29th May (date & venue changed) at St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy, after the 10.30am Team Service. THE MONTH OF JUNE, TOO, is filling up with things to do: diary-jotters can add a pair of unique events presented by Friends of St Mary’s, both of which are in aid of the stained glass window restoration project – a Floral Tribute celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday (with ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea’)…plus A Morning with Ann Widdecombe, when you can hear her tell of her colourful life and experiences. Scroll right down for Liz Waterson’s Community News, including Copland Meadows opening their garden gate to visitors, feedback from fundraisers, help needed for Christian Aid Week – and a chance of a WWI tour of Bruges, Arras & Lille. If you want even more to read, the May edition of the Parish Newsletter is now online; scroll right down this post for the contents list. Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images!


SPECIAL SERVICE in Berry Pomeroy


stmarysberrypomeroyNEW: Sunday 29th May at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
TEAM SERVICE
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s Bridgetown / St Mary’s Totnes on this day
followed by celebration of 10 years of service by Julian and also by Liz (see below)


UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


Sunday May 8th to Saturday May 14th
WEEK OF PRAYER
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.
WeekofPrayerposter  WeekofPrayerBooklet
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)


openarmsbigUPDATED: 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
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
• a South Devon Refugee Support Network fundraising event
• facebook page


calendarclipartSunday 15th May
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
NO CHORAL EVENSONG THIS MONTH
next Evensong will be on Sunday 19th June at 6.30pm


christianaidNEW: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May
Totnes

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on .
help needed – please see under Community News, below


messychurchgreenSaturday 21st May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Spreading the Word (Pentecost)
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


unityinmusicbigNEW: Sunday 22nd May at 3pm
Great Hall, Dartington
UNITY IN MUSIC
with Dartington Chamber Orchestra
An Open Arms Week event
Music by Purcell, Handel, Kareem Roustom and others, with voice, flute, clarinet and Nay and Arab percussion.
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
tickets £20 (£12 under-18s) from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070
• facebook page


NEW: Friday 27th May from 6pm to 9pm
in and around Totnes
PARTY IN THE TOWN
partytownslider3-1024x576Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues.
Party in the Town takes over central venues and public spaces on the Friday of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the fantastic musical talent of Totnes and the surrounding area. Catch chamber ensembles, jazz acts, choirs, folk singers, street performers, rock bands, electronica and more throughout the evening.
The Party opens with a special schools commission in St Mary’s Church at 6pm, led by the charismatic Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale – there are more events at St Mary’s during the evening*.
The town’s headline act is British jazz royalty Courtney Pine and his band; their House of Legends show is at the Civic Hall at 9.30pm
*for full details of what’s happening for Party in the Town at St Mary’s Church, please see the Events page
all events are free


Anniversary_10DATE & VENUE CHANGED: Sunday 29th May
following the 10.30am service
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
Julian has now been Rector of Totnes for 10 years, and Liz has been with us as a Lay Reader for the same time. We will be celebrating this on 29th May, with refreshments after the 10.30am Team Service. Please come along and join the celebrations!


FOR YOUR DIARY…


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


Microsoft Word - Vintage Tea Poster.docxNEW: Friday 17th June
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Event
A FLORAL TRIBUTE
in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s
90th Birthday

Vintage Afternoon Tea
served from 2pm to 5.30pm
• in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
• download the printable poster


NEW: Saturday 25th June at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Talk
A MORNING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE
in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
A Light-Hearted Talk about Her Life and Experiences – you will also have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Ann’s books
• home-made cake & coffee on sale from 10.30am
• admission £5
• download the printable poster


musicswirl02Sunday 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)


musicswirl03Saturday 9th July from 11am to 12noon
RECITAL
Piano and Soprano
Ekaterina Shetliffe and Claudia Alvarez Calderon
• further details to be announced


MORE ABOUT OPEN ARMS WEEKfundraising and celebrating welcome for refugees


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We’re so excited to launch the first Refugee Week in Totnes starting on Friday 13th May.
We chose to call it Open Arms away from labels that keep people in boxes.
embracingrefugeesheartThere will be a series of events during those days to celebrate cultural diversity in South Devon and raise awareness about the current refugee crisis. Above are posters for two of the events (click them to enlarge). Keep checking the Embracing Refugees facebook page for future updates. We greatly look forward to seeing you then. With love, Saif


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are continuing to discuss Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 3rd May.
• afternoons 3rd May & 17th May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Anne Binns’ house, 8 Rowsells Lane, Totnes – further information from Anne on 01803 849345
• afternoon 31st May
, 2pm to 3.30pm at Mary Harris’ house:  4 Riverside Swallowfields – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evenings 3rd May
, 17th May & 31st May, 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes – further details from Tony & Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030


christianaidChristian Aid Week Collecting
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on Friday and Saturday, 20th and 21st May. St. Mary’s Church will be covering the Co-op gap in Fore Street, and St. John’s Church covering the bottom of the town by the Seven Stars Hotel.
• we need four people to cover the hours from 10am to 2pm on both of those days
volunteers at St. Mary’s, see Julian Hall – and at St. John’s, see John Burston


collatisingersFundraising Feedback
The recent Collati Singers concert raised £201.21 towards St John’s Fabric Fund – they are hopefully coming again on December 17th this year.


childrenactbookCrosspark Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting is on Monday 6th June at St John’s Vicarage, Crosspark.
The book we shall be discussing is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Liz Balkwill will be facilitating that discussion.
Happy reading!


coplandmeadows20160515Copland Meadows Open Gardens
Sunday 15th May from 12noon to 4pm
The Allotment Association are opening their gate to show and share their crops.
• tea & cakes
• nature trail for children
• entrance £5 per person
• on-street parking


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Martin Harvey writes: “I’m pleased to advise that the envelope to Water Aid contains the total of £258.65.”
• thanks so much to everyone from both churches for this excellent donation
• if anyone forgot and would like to make a donation then please contact Martin Harvey or John Derbyshire and it can then be sent on


getwellsoonSpare a Thought for Cliff
Reverend Cliff Berdinner has just had an eye operation which, it is hoped, will help preserve his fail- ing eyesight. Despite this, he has still managed to send in ‘A few thoughts’ for the Parish Newsletter (see below).
Thank you, Cliff.


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


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


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

This issue includes:

  • Who do you think you are? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just a Few Thoughts – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Bishops Out And About – Over the next 3 months bishops will be visiting parishes to talk about their vision to grow the Church in Devon
  • The Teacher In The Garden – a poem by Helga Watts
  • Readers Mark 150 Years Of Ministry – Bishop Sarah led a Biblical Reflection
  • Giving Scheme Reaches £1 Million – the Parish Giving Scheme returns money to local parishes
  • Wave Of Prayer For Pentecost -The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited all Christians to join them in creating a wave of prayer
  • Nickie’s Call To Mothers’ Union – “The MU helped me with the upbringing of my children in the faith.”
  • Journeying Together – by the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Constructive Complaining – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk

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.


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