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 and Fridays 2-4pm. Occasional Saturdays. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.

Also open in July on Sat. 15th, 2-5pm (Medieval Fair Day) and in September on Sat. 9th 10-4pm and Sun. 10th 2-4pm (Heritage Open Weekend).

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.

*  Community Choir Tuesdays.

*  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

Ashburton History & Preservation Society

Meetings always start at 7.30pm.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - 2017 PROGRAMME.Talks start at 7.30pm unless stated. Everyone welcome.

Monday 6th November - THE CITY OF EXETER - FROM ROMAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY. an illustrated talk by Tony Burges. He will also include reference to the Royal Clarence Hotel fire.

All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton. 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.

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. July '17 - July '18.

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

If you or your organisation is interested in joining this diverse project please contact any of ther 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, Jean Jarvis  652231, Alan Lambourne 654543 or Sandra Carr 653539.

Our funding will pay 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 and individual members of the local community.

The Two Moors Festival 13 - 21st October

St Lawrence Chapel Wednesday 18th October, 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm

St Andrew's Church, Ashburton Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm

St Lawrence Chapel - Schubert Song Cycle Day

11 am - Nick Pritchard Tenor and Jams Coleman Piano. Schubert - Die Schone Mullerin

2 pm -   Henry Neill Baritone and Jams Coleman Piano. Schubert - Winterreise

4.30pm - Nicholas Mogg Baritone and Jams Coleman Piano. Schubert - Schwanengesang


St Andrew's Church, 7.30pm - 'Soundhouse' - A concert focusing on 17th Century Instruments,Performed by the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.


Tickets from the Two Moors Festival Box Office - to 30th Sept. Mon-Wed & Fri 9am - 5pm. October Mon-Wed and Fri 9.30am - 4pm. Closed 12.30 to 1.15pm.


Planting of purple crocus bulbs

Tuesday 24th October, 10.30am, St Lawrence Chapel forecourt

followed by planting at St Andrew's Church at 11.30am

Purple crocus planting to celebrate the near eradication of polio throughout the world.

Please come and help. Everyone welcome.

Piano Duet Recital with Duncan Honeybourne and Madalina Rusu

Sunday 29th October 2017 at 3pm

A Recital of Classical Piano Duets by the internationally acclaimed pianists who are regular solo performers at St Lawrence Chapel. Two great pianists not to be missed!

Tickets £8 (£4 for under 16's) from our Box Office 01364 652768 or on the door. Tickets include interval tea and home made cakes.

Proceeds in aid of St Lawrence Chapel Tower Restoration Fund.


Schubert - Fantasie in F minor

Ravel      - Dolly Suite

                Interval with interval tea and cakes

Brahms   - Waltzes op. 39

Ravel      - Ma mere l'0ye (Mother Goose Suite)

planting of purple bulbs