14/03/2021 Mothering Sunday
Still in lock down but to celebrate Mothering Sunday posies were placed in a basket at the lych gate for anyone who passed by to take for themselves, a loved on, a friend or a neighbour.
The usual candlelit carol service which many villagers enjoy could not be held due to Covid19 but a simple readings with music candlelit service with correct social distancing took its place.
The normal Christingle service for children also did not take place. Instead children lit lanterns and processed up from the war memorial to the church for a simple service.
On Christmas Eve the village choir gathered, well distanced, in the churchyard to sing carols. The church was open between 3.00pm and 5.00pm for personal reflection, to light a candle or simply for a moment of stillness.
As ever villagers gave generously, placing toys and food under the tree to be donated to the Connection Hub as well as bringing homemade decorations to put on the tree.
8/11/2020 Remembrance Sunday
Villagers met at the War Memorial at 10:50am for a short Act of Remembrance lead by Liz Waterson. No service followed due to Covid lockdown but people were invited to follow a route of remembrance from the Lych Gate through the church with the “there but not there” transparent figures of Ashprington-fallen in their places with their names and a brief description. At intervals on this route of remembrance there was a prayer or meditation to read. The wooden crosses from the war memorial lined the path to the church.
11/10/2020 Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival 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 one by Sally and one by 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.
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.
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.
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.