St David’s Church Ashprington

In the Totnes Mission Community

St David’s Blessing
Be joyful, keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things you have seen and heard me do.

St David’s Church Ashprington

St David’s Church Ashprington is one of nine churches in the Totnes mission community.  The church in Ashprington stands on rising ground above the centre of the village it serves.  Most of its current structure dates from the Middle Ages with later additions in Victorian times.

Whatever your denomination or faith you are more than welcome to visit St David’s church, to pray, to meditate, to simply find a quiet time apart or to join us in one of our services.  The church is open most days from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Church services in Ashprington will be as follows for the next 3 months September to November 2020 but please watch this website for any changes.

  • 1st Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion
  • 2nd Sunday 11.15am Village Worship
  • 3rd Sunday 11.15am Communion by Extension
  • 4th Sunday 9.15am St Peter’s, Cornworthy, Joint Village Worship
Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival on October 11th  brought a good number of folk to church  properly distanced and be-masked* but we enjoyed not only a village service but two lovely solos by Sally and Jonathan.  We sorely miss singing in church but these solos and the organ music lifted the spirits. The gifts donated by the village were many and were given to the Totnes Food bank after the service.

*As we are still in Covid times we need to continue to follow standard hygiene procedures for church services so please bring a mask.  Hand sanitiser will be available.

St David’s Church Ashprington is open for Private Prayer and Reflection all week from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Safe practices have been established and following a change of regulations by the Government and guidance by the Bishop of Exeter our doors are open to welcome you for quiet meditation within an area of the Church. Please follow the hygiene and safety instructions and procedures within the South Porch and Church.

Other Sunday Services – Each Sunday at 10.00am the Totnes Team conduct a Zoom service to which more and more people are joining.  There is also a phone-in service at 12 noon led by Tony Gregg. For further details on these two services and how to access them please see The Totnes Mission Community Newsletter.  See below.

06/09/2020 Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM)

The APCM was held on Sunday 6th September 2020.  Please <click here> for the Annual Report to the APCM 2019. Please <click here> for the Minutes of the meeting.

25/08/2020 Horticultural Fun Show

There have been some fine entries to our horticultural show.  Thank you to all who submitted them.  To see some of the photos and the results please click here.

19/08/2020 Walking for St Mary’s Totnes.

The 120-ft tower of St Mary’s Parish Church in Totnes has been a landmark for wayfarers and pilgrims for nearly six centuries. These days it is still the most defining feature of the town and the reason why countless people visit Totnes and even decide to live in the area.  However, it is now facing one of the greatest threats ever. Water ingress into the pinnacles is badly damaging the entire structure and, unless stopped, our beautiful 15 century Grade I Listed Church could be faced with closure. That would be a tragedy not only for our active congregation but for the entire nation.

Julian Hall is a churchwarden at St Mary’s.  Aged 77, he is undertaking a 77-mile sponsored walk to ‘stop the rot’.  Please give what you can and, above all, spread the word by all means possible. The tower may not survive another Winter.  For full details, to follow his journey or to donate please click here.

05/08/2020 St David’s Clock

For the last month or two St David’s clock has chimed virtuously and correctly on the hour.  The clock face though has shown the time as 12.00 noon as, due to a mechanical fault, the hands jammed as they turned and so had to be stopped.  Scaffolding was erected, clock repairers set to work and the clock is now in full working order.  Its face has been polished (disinfected against Covid see photo) and is ready to serve the village again.

Almost ready
Polishing the clock dace

25/07/2020 Walking to Ashprington.  Walking with Ashprington.

We were delighted when Jim our new team rector and his wife Harriet “popped in” to St David’s as they took a walk.

Jim led our first service after lock-down on Sunday 26 July.  We were a good number, properly spaced, wearing face masks and happy to be back in church despite the lack of singing.  Our organist Liz gave us some music to fill the musical gap which we all appreciated.  

Walking to Ashprington Jim our new rector and Harriet his wife

Parish Magazine


Totnes Mission Community Newsletter

15 October 2020

SafeGuarding – If you are concerned about the safety of anyone in the community or if you are concerned about the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults please bring your concern to our safeguarding officer Laurence Green 01803 732 437.

If you are a young person and unhappy about something happening to you please call Childline 0800 11 11.