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

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Drop In Newsletter Summer 2017

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Marketplace Ministries July figures

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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


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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


openarmsbig  unityinmusicbig
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


Lenten Appeal for Water Aidwateraidlogo
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


mid-April news & updates


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


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


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


UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


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


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


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


FOR YOUR DIARY…


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


baklava20151205Saturday 7th May from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
ENSEMBLE BAKLAVA
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
With a unique combination of traditional instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean, both contemporary and ancient.
“Beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies”
“Virtuoso performances on authentic instruments”
“Very uplifting, energetic, original and warm”
“They really rock!”
• coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets on the door £5 or online
listen to Baklava on their website


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WEEK OF PRAYER May 8th – May 14th 2016


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


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


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Easter lilies at St Mary’s

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


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


Totnes Drop-In newsletter Winter / Spring 2016

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download printable version


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the April issue is now online


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

This issue includes:

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

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


REMEMBER…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


latest news


NEWS


familiesforchildrenNEW: CHARITY SUNDAY feedback (Sunday 21st September 2014)
The collection for the Families For Children adoption charity raised £247.63.
• Anyone still wishing to donate or know more can visit the charity’s website.


SPRING PILGRIMAGE
Father Brian Tubbs is leading a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi from 20th to 27th April 2015, flying from Bristol.
• for more information email Father Tubbs or telephone 01392 200506


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KNITTING FOR SYRIA

We have been supporting Kate and this Charity as has the Devon Association of the Mothers’ Union – Liz Waterson
• click the image to enlarge


THANK-YOUS


Martin Harvey wishes to pass on special thanks to everyone involved in last weekend’s services at St Mary’s Church, Totnes (27th & 28th September), not least the sidespersons, coordinated by John Hawkins.
Martin writes:

Many thanks for the extra work that both you in asking the sidespersons to volunteer and the huge amount of time and effort that the sidespersons put into the weekend’s activities, which helped tremendously in ensuring that both events went so well.
This has been an extraordinary weekend with some people appearing to be living in the church for most of the weekend and everyone’s efforts have been so much appreciated by all.
I believe it was a very successful weekend with the wedding being a very happy and wonderful occasion and the Archdeacon’s retirement service was I thought quite superb.
Would you please pass on my thanks to everyone for their dedication and help.


From Marisa:

Dear Totnes team
I would like to thank you all for the cards and messages of support, and for those of you who were at the Cathedral last week for the Ordination service. Also very much for your generous gift of a book token, which I shall spend wisely! I have already bought a couple of books recommended by David Rowe, the Warden at Lee Abbey, who led our retreat jointly with Prebendary Peter Rapsey, former DDO of Bath and Wells, now living in Devon.
It was a wonderful day, the culmination of a long journey of five years study and formation. I have learnt so much during my time with the Totnes team; thank you for letting me learn with you, and for your patience and good humour throughout.
I will pray for all the Totnes parishes and their people as I now move on to the Dart Valley Mission Community team. Jan has kindly invited me to continue singing with St. Mary’s choir, so I will still be around.

Thank you! Marisa


OCTOBER NEWSLETTER now online


Parish News August 2014Hot off the press is the Parish News October 2014 – the latest edition of the monthly newsletter features 12 pages full of news, articles and information. Thanks to Julian Hall for all his efforts!

This issue includes:

  • Changing Seasons – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Moving On – by Andrew Godsall, Mission Community Development Officer
  • The Story of Justin (part 11) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Pray, Act, Give – support for those persecuted in Iraq and Syria
  • Archdeacon Retires – report on the retirement of the Venerable John Rawlings
  • The Earth is the Lord’s – by Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Word for Today: It’s Time to Take Action – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Thank-yous – from Martin Harvey and also from Marisa
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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