Events

Hear about our events first!

We list our events here on our website, but you can also follow our Facebook page or read about events on the ASHBURTON Facebook group, Around Ashburton and St Andrew's Parish News.

St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors

REGULARLY OPEN from 1st May - 30th September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.

Major weekend events take place during the year as follows -

-  Ashburton Medieval Fair on the third Saturday of July. Chapel open to view major historical exhibitions in addition to visiting the building and viewing the Archives. Teas also served.

- Heritage Open Weekend on the second weekend in September. Chapel open for escorted ascents of the tower, visiting the building and Archives, major historical exhibitions, vbiewing of the new Ashburton Medieval Timeline. Teas also served.

Visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and its archives, which include archives of the building when it was Ashburton Grammar School. During the summer from mid July to the end of September see our historic exhibitions, often including work by school children.

Regular bookings

St. Lawrence Chapel has a number of regular events and activities booked each week, including:

*  Yoga classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

*  Piano lessons by Pam Canter on Tuesday late afternoons

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays.

*  Singing with India.

*  Ashburton Live regular jazz concerts, mainly Sunday evenings.

*  Summer historical exhibitions - mid July to end of Sept.

The venue has a number of rooms suitable for a wide variety of events - from art, craft and photographic exhibitions through to concerts, drama, rehearsals and other community events. It is also a venue for the Associated Board Royal School of Music exams for the South West of England and the regular meeting place of the Portreeve and Courts Leat & Baron.

For further details about bookings at St. Lawrence Chapel or to make a booking, please email us at stlawrencebookings@yahoo.co.uk

Ashburton History & Preservation Society

Meetings always start at 7.30pm.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - 2018 PROGRAMME.Illustrated Talks start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. 

Mon 5th February: Illustrated talk about 'Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton.

Mon 4th June: Illustrated talk by David Crook on 'the Perambulation of the Ashburton Stannary Boundary'.

July (date to be finalised) Annual Society outing.

Mon 3rd September: Exhibitions (including school projects) and talks about research carried out about 'Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton'.

Thurs 27th, Fri 28th and Sat 29th September: Performance of a major medieval play about 'the Life of Walter de Stapledon', Bishop of Exeter in the early 14th century. Stapledon had a manor in Ashburton, granted St Lawrence Chapel to the town in 1314, founded Exeter College in Oxford, travelled extensively in Britain and France, was Edward ll's Pay Master and was murdered by the London mob. These will be performed in St Andrew's Church, Ashburton starting at 7pm. Further details later.

All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stateabove). Refreshments at the end of meetings when there is a chance to talk to the speaker. Attendance charge for talks is £2 or £1 for Guild of St Lawrence Members (the Guild of St. Lawrence owns and manages St. Lawrence Chapel).

Refer also to the Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project below which is linked to the History Society. Year 3 of the Project has started and is focusing on Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton.

Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project

Community research, projects, exhibitions, reports and publications all over a four year period and then hopefully, ongoing.

We have received a grant  from the 'Moor Than Meets the Eye Project' for which DNPA received a Heritage Lottery Grant and will be working with their staff to undertake this project which is part of the Parishscapes Project. Our project is grant aided over four years and we hope it will be ongoing into the future.

The aim is to involve as many groups and individuals as possible, including schools, colleges, youth clubs, play groups etc in projects about medieval Ashburton, which can be lead by any group under the Parishscapes umbrella.

Year 1    we studied roads, tracks, watercourses, buildings & why Ashburton is located where it is.

Year 2    We are studying Ashburton's Medieval Industries incl. tin, wool & farming. July '16 -July '17.

Year 3    Everyday life in Ashburton. Sept '17 - Sept '18.

Year 4    Medieval culture, art, crafts, plays, prose music etc. Sept '18 - Sept '19.

If you or your organisation or school is interested in joining this diverse project please contact any of the following. You can be involved on various levels from undertaking research to stewarding an exhibition or organising a project. Your time commitment can be long or short.

Brian Lewis 01364 652768, Pete Webb 652855, or Sandra Carr 653539.

Our funding will pay in part for such things as research expenses, exhibition screens and exhibition costs, the cost of publishing reports and booklets, timeline production, costs of medieval play productions, expenses related to medieval music performance etc. This is an exciting project which should involve the whole community. Amongst those involved are - The History & Preservation Society, The Guild of St. Lawrence, U3A, Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Women Out Late, Ashburton Choirs, Ashburton Primary School, St Andrew's Church, South Dartmoor Community College, the MED Theatre, Ashburton WI, West Country Embroiderers and individual members of the local community.