Happy New Year


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


UPCOMING EVENTS & SPECIAL SERVICES in and around Totnes


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Christmas at-a-glance


stmarysseal1000pxCHRISTMAS IS COMING!
There’s so much to tell you about, we’re making a two-part News post this time. First, today, is a list of all the services and entertainment events (so far), woven together and including those at rural Team Churches.
All the listings below can also be found compiled on a new Christmas 2016 at-a-glance page – or find it under the Events menu; please check it from time to time for any changes or additions.
If you’d prefer to see services and entertainments listed separately, visit these pages instead: Events and Services.
In a day or two’s time, we’ll put up a second News post, with the latest community news and other information.
Scroll right down for a contents list for this month’s wonderful as ever Parish Newsletter.
And lastly for now, by popular demand, the snow is back (on this website at least).
Many thanks to everyone who helped coordinate all of this edition’s information.


CHRISTMASTIME services & events


NEW: Friday 2nd December from 7pm to 9pm
Methodist Church, Totnes
SDRSDN Poster


Microsoft Word - Pet Service POSTER 2016 v2.docxSunday 4th December at 4.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
ANNUAL PET SERVICE
supporting Animals in Need
• everyone welcome (including pets in an appropriate cage or on a lead)
• there will be an opportunity for animal lovers the service to post their written dedications in a special box just inside the main door of St. Mary’s – all dedications will be included in The Blessing. The hope is that children will be attending the service, and Reverend Julian may use the opportunity to include them by asking them to read some of the dedications out during the service.
download a printable poster
• click HERE to view galleries from a past Pet Thanksgiving Service


Sacred Space Poster December 2014NEW: Sunday 4th December
from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SACRED SPACE
theme: Finding Your Way Home
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


stnicholas02NEW: Tuesday 6th December (St Nicholas Day)
from 8.30am to 9am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SPECIAL PRAYER MEETING
for the application to Heritage Lottery Funding for a grant of £200,000 for the replacement of our windows, new disabled toilet and upgrade of downstairs kitchen. Please join us in person or in spirit at home, as the Allocation Committee meets this day. We pray ‘Please Lord may they be as generous to us as St Nicholas was to children in throwing gold coins down the chimney!’


xmastreeanimNEW: Tuesday 6th December at 6pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (begins)
There will be a brief service to mark the opening of the Christmas Tree FestivalCome along as part of your visit to the Totnes Christmas Market!


cameochristmas2016Saturday 10th December
from 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s presents a
CAMEO CHRISTMAS COFFEE CONCERT
A Short Programme of Christmas Music
Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and a selection of carols old and new, directed by Bob Barsby.
Peter Wood – baritone
Rick Godlee – cello
Jenny Shepley – piano
programme £5
coffee and cakes on sale from 10.30am
download a printable poster


rejoiceconcert2016NEW: Saturday 10th December at 7pm
St Andrew’s Church, Sand’s Road, Paignton TQ4 6HA
REJOICE ~ A Christmas Chorus
in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit & Children’s Ward, Torbay Hospital
£7 per ticket from Veronica Layne 07780512745 or from Torbay Hospital Children’s Ward or from Choir members
• cakes and refreshments available


wildchurch02NEW: Sunday 11th December from 11am to 1pm
Sacred Yew Pilgrimage
Journey with Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary & Reverend Sam on a silent Staverton to Dartington pilgrimage to meet the ancient sacred yews in the churchyards of St Paul’s, Staverton & St Mary’s, Dartington – including a yew berry mead communion.
• more details to be announced


carols04NEW: Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CAROL SERVICE
no morning service on this day


serviceofremembranceNEW: Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
in association with Perring Funeral Directors
A service for all those who have lost friends or relatives and wish to come together to remember them at this time of year.
refreshments will be served after the service.


parviswindowNEW: Friday 16th December from 11am to 1pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SONGS AROUND THE PIANO
with Gwyn George, plus Mair and Petya on piano and flute – these gifted local musicians will entertain, hoping to raise funds towards the repair of the Parvis window (currently boarded up as seen from the street) and in urgent need of renovation. All you have to do, to support Friends of St Mary’s in this work, is to come along and join in the singing of Christmas and other favourites n the well-loved traditional way, around the piano, at this special time of year. A warm welcome awaits you.
~ Sandra Nicholson

• there will be no admission charge but donations, of whatever you can afford, will be most appreciated
• luxury hot chocolate, coffee and mince pies will be on sale from 10.30am


christmasbellsNEW: Friday December 16th at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN WORDS AND MUSIC
Words for Voices and The Devon Waites
• includes audience carols , mulled wine and mince pies
tickets £10 (under 16s £5 ) from Creative Crafts and Needlework shop opposite St Mary’s Church


carols02NEW: Saturday 17th December at 4pm
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
SERVICE of LESSONS & CAROLS
 
all welcome


devonlyvoices20161217NEW: Saturday 17th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
WINTER CONCERT
Devonly Voices and The Singers Upstairs
are joining together as usual at this time of year for their Winter Concert. Over 70 voices welcome you to a fabulous evening of BIG acappella sound, gorgeous harmonies and a very festive atmosphere
entry £10 on the door (under 16s donation)
• all money raised goes to St John’s Church Window Appeal
Devonly Voices website


ChristmasCarolsNEW: Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of 9 LESSONS & CAROLS
Traditional Service, with St Mary’s Choir, and featuring our wonderful candelabra!


carolbellsNEW: Thursday 22nd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE
 
all welcome


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


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES


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

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

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

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

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

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


CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES


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

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

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

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

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

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


BOXING DAY SERVICES


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


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


NEW YEAR’S DAY 2017 SERVICES


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the December issue is online


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

This issue includes:

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

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


November updates + news


2013sealwreathNOVEMBER is a month of Remembrance and also a transition into the Christmas period.
There are several special services later this month, including Remembrance Services in Totnes and Bridgetown on Sunday 13th November (preceded in Totnes by the usual parades and an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.
On the same morning, Wild Church offers a Wild Remembrance outdoor pilgrimage on the Dartington Estate.
The next Charity Sunday is on 27th November at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, this time in aid of the Drop In Centre and including a speech from Mark Hatch; note there won’t be the usual 11.15am service in Totnes on that day.
There is no Choral Evensong in November – there is however the Advent Carol Service on Sunday 27th November (at 6.30pm). On Wednesday 30th November, there’s a Rowcroft & Allwood Light Up A Life service at 7pm.
Christmas is coming and our Events listings are beginning to look a bit festive. We are compiling the various Christmastime services and events (please let us have details if you haven’t already done so!); we’ll then create a special Christmas-at-a-glance page covering everything from the end of this month and into the beginnings of 2017.
As the temperatures drop, the Totnes Drop In Centre always starts getting busy at this time of year. There’s a mini-feature below on the Drop In and Night Shelter, including their latest newsletter, a thankyou and a continuing appeal for donations of bedding.
Totnes Street Pastors have also just published their Autumn Newsletter, again see below to read or download it.
More thankyous are awarded to those who work behind the scenes – cleaning, polishing, arranging and providing flowers and so on – all of which help make St Mary’s (and the other Team Churches too) look their best for congregations and visitors.
There’s a further mini-feature on Network of Wellbeing, who are the driving force behind several innovative community projects.
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section also includes this time the latest dates for groups and meetings – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Rounding off this news post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the November Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it. Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you always read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Bridgetown


stjohnsheader01Sunday 13th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown:
HOLY COMMUNION by EXTENSION 
& ACT of REMEMBRANCE
Officiant: Reverend Steve Jones


2013wreathlaying05Sunday 13th November from 10.45am
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of REMEMBRANCE
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
followed by Service in St Mary’s Parish Church
Officiant & Preacher: Reverend Julian C Ould (Chaplain to The Royal British Legion)
• several albums of photographs from past years can be found under the Galleries menu: 2012 and 2013


St John's Church Bridgetown TotnesSunday 27th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
(Joint Service with St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
CHARITY SUNDAY SERVICE
in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre
Speaker: Mark Hatch
The plate collection on that day will go to the Drop In Centre. Your regular monthly giving is not included. If you aren’t able to come to the service, you can leave a donation with the churchwardens or Lynne Birch.
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day


adventcandlesNEW: Sunday 27th November at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
All welcome
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rowcrofthospice01NEW: Wednesday 30th November at 7pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
Rowcroft & Allwood Service
LIGHT UP A LIFE
All welcome


Microsoft Word - Pet Service POSTER 2016 v2.docxSunday 4th December at 4.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
ANNUAL PET SERVICE
supporting Animals in Need
• everyone welcome including pets
download a printable poster
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serviceofremembranceNEW: Wednesday, 14th December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
in association with Perring Funeral Directors
A service for all those who have lost friends or relatives and wish to come together to remember them at this time of year.
refreshments will be served after the service.


WILD REMEMBRANCE – Wild Church upcoming events for November


wildchurchsloeSunday 13th November from 11am to 1pm
Sam’s Dartington Slow Sloe Pilgrimage
WANDER SLOWLY through the hidden wilds of Dartington from the heart of the Estate to Hunters Moon with Reverend Sam. Come & have a taste of the wild wisdom way (a marriage of head & heart, body & soul) and meet the Dartington sloe thickets; including mindfulness practice, silent walking and a sloe gin communion. We will end under the ancient Dartington yew for a time of remembrance. Gather by the fallen tree on the Dartington playing field beside the old primary school for an 11am start. (Until approx 1pm).
suggested donation £5 – £10 in aid of the Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Appeal.
facebook event page


wildchurch02THIS MONTH also sees a new beginning for Wild Monastics, which this time last year involved a small group meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings for sacred chant & silent meditation in Dartington Church. We restart with a Remembrance Day for Lost Species at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30th November. More details coming soon.


SPECIAL THANKYOUS for helping St Mary’s Church look its best…


mothersdayflowersHarvest Flowers
We’d like to express our warmest thanks to all those who created such beautiful harvest displays in St Mary’s Church for the Harvest Festival Service.
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church work dayChurch Working Day
Thanks too to all those who worked so hard on sprucing up the church last week, from cancel hoovering to gutter cleaning to pew dusting. And special thanks for our lovely flower beds!


NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


Saturday 12th November from 11am to 2pm
Civic Hall, Totnescaringtownfair


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

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stmaryandstgeorgeNEW: Sunday 13th November at 4pm
St Mary and St George’s Church, Totnes
Service of Solidarity for Refugees
SERVICE FOR SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES
There will be a short service to remember those who are refugees or still in great danger in their own homes.
We hope to have the South West Lampedusa
Cross present as a sign of solidarity and hope.


walkofwitnesspostera4NEW: Saturday 19th November
depart 10am from Plymouth City Piazza (by big screen), walk to Plymouth RC Cathedral for a short service at 11am
RALLY followed by WALK of WITNESS with REFUGEES – led by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’
Millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. Pope Francis calls us to see them as “brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved”. CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter, Devon Faith and Belief Forum, Plymouth Council of Faiths and others are organising a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
• click the image to download a printable poster


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 19th November
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Elijah and the Ravens
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson


FoSMAGMNEW: Sunday 20th November at 12.30pm (straight after the 11.15am Eucharist)
Friends of St Mary’s AGM
Nomination forms for committee posts will be placed inside the main entrance to St Mary’s. New members welcome!
• Among other things, the Friends have recently funded the restoration of the Paige Adams stained glass window (cost £3,500) and have pledged over £3,000 for repairs to the Parvis room window (directly above the Porch)


cameosingersmay2013_01NEW: Saturday 10th December from 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s presents
CAMEO CHRISTMAS COFFEE CONCERT
entry £5
coffee and cakes on sale


DROP IN & NIGHT SHELTER NEWS – special feature


Totnes Drop In Newsletter
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• click the image to read online – or click here to download a printable version


NIght Shelter News
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(click the image to enlarge it)
Once planning is complete and we start to look to buy the portacabin, I’ll write a fuller article about it all, so much has happened since all this started and we are still trying to get the Flood Risk Assessment finally approved -I hope to be meeting with the Environment Agency this week.
As wheels grind rather slowly, it is a good thing that the Drop In has not been demolished (as it was scheduled to be) because at this rate we wouldn’t have anywhere for a Night Shelter to go.
We have had the Drop In thoroughly deep cleaned so that it is as heathy as the current building could be, but even before demolition we are hoping to move Mark to much better temporary premises and the portacabin will be needed (among other things) as an office.
Although the new premises (opposite the Drop In) are rather warmer and much more inviting, there is no private space for Mark, private interviews or the work of professionals who come to work with his service users during the week. As the portacabin will be situated directly behind the building to which Mark is relocating, this will be the perfect solution. ~ Liz


markhatchCharity Sunday Service
Sunday 27th November at 9.30am
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Mark Hatch (pictured right) will be speaking at a Joint Service (with St Mary’s Church, Totnes), in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre.
more details under Special Services, above


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


NETWORK OF WELLBEING – news of two projects


Community crowdfunding
potluckcrowdfundingposter
• click the image to download a printable poster


shareshop2Totnes Share Shop
Here at the Network of Wellbeing, we have been seeding a Share Shop in Totnes. The great news is we now have a venue thanks to Totnes Town Council and a grant to support us thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. The council have granted us a space to pilot the Share Shop in The Guild Hall garage on Guild Hall Yard.
The Share Shop would enable local people to borrow all sorts of useful things at nominal cost so that they don’t have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to encourage the sharing economy, to help people connect more, spend less, consume less, and waste less. (Photo just for illustration – the Totnes Share Shop isn’t yet in place!)


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Totnes Street Pastors – Autumn Newsletter
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• click the image to read it online – or click here to download a printable version
past editions of the Totnes Street Pastors newsletters, and a Prayer Booklet, can be downloaded here


house groupsHouse Groups
Both house groups will be meeting on Tuesday 15th and 29th November and then breaking until 10th January…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
We are using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

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


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Traidcraft

Christmas stall at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, after the joint service on Sunday November 27th. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee and support fair trade by buying cards, gifts and festive food.


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


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


newsletterthumb201611Parish News November 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

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

This issue includes:

  • St Mary’s Doors – Martin Harvey looks at the Devil in the Detail
  • Remember – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • Samhuin to All Saints and All Souls – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just Another Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Embrace of God – by the Very Reverend Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Working Together – the writings of John Hall
  • A Senior’s Prayer – by Jo Sollars
  • A Joyful Outloook – 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


REMINDERS…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


October updates & news


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


HARVEST FESTIVAL EVENTS & SERVICES in our Team Churches


stdavidsashpringtonSunday 9th October at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
EUCHARIST – HARVEST THANKSGIVING
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stmarysdartingtonexterior03Sunday 9th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
HARVEST COMMUNION
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Sunday 9th October (see descriptions for times)
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
WILD HARVEST
launch and fundraiser
From 3 to 6pm we have a feast of poetry, storytelling (& cake!) featuring local poet Ian Adams, reading from his latest book Unfurling, and local storyteller Helen Raphael Sands, telling the tale of the Dartington White Hart. (Cost £6 including tea.)
wildharvestpojFrom 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme PilgrimHow to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
• supported by Sacred Space
downloadprintable poster
download a two-page pdf with artist details for this event
• read about Wild Church here


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


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


stmarysexterioraug2013__02Sunday 16th October at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
FAMILY HARVEST SERVICE
with Celebrant The Rector and Deacon The Reverend Steve Jones
• Liz has asked that, instead of gifts of food, we should have a special collection for Mark Hatch’s appeal to buy a Portacabin for the Drop-In Centre, for use as an office and and as a night shelter. Please be generous!


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Cornworthy


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


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


VOCATIONS – a letter from Bishop Robert Atwell


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


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


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


NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


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


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


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


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


nhsstakeholderbriefingTuesday 11th October at 6.30pm
Totnes Civic Hall

NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATION MEETING
(details above)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


HISTORY


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

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


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


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


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


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


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


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

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


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


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


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

This issue includes:

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

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


REMINDERS…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


mid-August updates & news


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


UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Churston Ferrers & Marldon


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


stmarysexterioraug2013__07NEW: Sunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Service includes
WELCOMING NEW CURATE STEVE JONES
Officiant: The Rector
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NEW: Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


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


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


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


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

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The Venerable Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes, writes:

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

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

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

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

• download the stakeholder briefing here


UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


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


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


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


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


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


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


WILD CHURCH news & upcoming events


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


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


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


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


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


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


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale!
Damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
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jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!


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


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


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August issue is online


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

This issue includes:

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

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


REMINDERS…


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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