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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 Choirs Festival, May 2017

Thurs 11th May 7.00pm; Fri 12th May 7.30pm; Sat 13th May 7.30pm - all at St Lawrence Chapel. 

Fri 19th May 7.30pm; Sat 20th May 7.30pm; Sun 21st May 4.30pm (Finale) - all at St Andrew's Church.


Choirs taking part include The Ashburton Singers, The Incon Singers, The Singers Upstairs & the Devonly Singers, The Viva Choir, The Collati Singers, Ashburton Primary School, Landscove C.of E. Primary School 'Song Machine', Ashburton Community Choir, The Big Noise Chorus, South Dartmoor Community College, Bovey Tracey Primary School Choir.

The detailed colour Programme giving full details will be available in March from all the choirs (including participating primary schools and Community College), St Lawrence Chapel, St Andrew's Church, Ashburton Information Centre and various shops in Ashburton. Tickets will be available from 20th March from participating CHOIRS and from ASHBURTON INFORMATION CENTRE. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door but it is recommended that tickets are obtained in advance to avoid disappointment, as the venues have specific seating numbers. 

You can RESERVE TICKETS on 07767 453844 by lEAving a message with your name, number of tickets required and your telephone number. These tickets can be collected and paid for on the door.


Thurs 11th May , 7.00pm - Festival Opening by the Mayor of Ashburton.  Bovey Tracey Primary School Choir followed by The South Dartmoor Community College Choir. Tea/coffee and soft drinks available after.

Fri 12th May, 7.30pm - The Viva Choir followed by the Ashburton Singers. Interval bar.

Sat 13th May, 7.30pm - The Incon Singers.  Interval bar

Fri 19th May, 7.30pm - The Collati Singers followed by The Singers Upstairs and the Devonly Voices. Interval bar.

Sat 20th May, 7.30pm - 'LIFTING US HIGHER'  - Ashburton Community Choir followed by the Big Noise Chorus, with some jazz interludes. Interval bar.

Sun 21st May, 4.30pm - GRAND FINALE CONCERT -  Ashburton Primary School Choir, The Incon Singers, The 'Song Machine' Choir of Landscove C.of E. Primary School, The Audience. Closing Ceremony by the 1196th Portreeve of Ashburton Nick Laity, followed by tea in St Andrew's Church Hall for Choirs and close relatives.

Piano and Violin Recital by Ekaterina Shetliffe Piano and Yulia Northridge Violin.

Friday June 2nd at 7.00pm.  Doors open at 6.30pm.

 The soloists are graduates from Russia's Dargomizsky College of Music and Petrozavodsk Conservatiore.


F. Mendelssohn Voilin Concerto in E Minor Op.64

A. Vivaldi The Four Seasons Concerto, Spring.

J. Williams Themes from 'Schindlers List'.

Tickets £10 (under 16's free). Contact 07505 884271 or or from Ashburton Information Centre.

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 5th June - THE CITY OF EXETER-ROMAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY. An illustrated talk by Tony Burges. He will also include reference to the Royal Clarence Hotel fire. 

Tuesday 11th July - Annual Outing to SHILSTONE HOUSE & DEvON RURAL ARCHIVE (nr. Ugborough). Cream tea at end of visit. Meet 2pm at house. £15 per person. Numbers limited so book early at 01364 652768.

Saturday 15th July - ASHBURTON MEDIEVAL FAIR, ALE TASTING & BREAD WEIGHING. Chapel open from 2pm - 5pm for activities, exhibitions including an exhibition of finds at North Hall, Widecombe. Afternoon teas available.

Monday 4th September - TALKS ABOUT ASPECTS OF MEDIEVAL RESEARCH & EXHIBITIONS. View the Medieval Timeline of Ashburton Medieval Industry.

Sat. 9th & Sun. 10th September HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND AT CHAPEL. Sat 10-4pm, Sun 2-4pm. Visit the unique historic building and archives, se our historic exhibitions & Timeline, climb the tower to view historic Ashburton, enjoy afternoon tea.

Monday 6th November - illustrated talk on EVERYDAY LIFE IN MEDIEVAL ASHBURTON. Speaker to be confirmed.

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, powerpoint projector, the cost of publishing reports and booklets, timeline printing 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 and individual members of the local community.


SUNDAY 23rd JULY AT 3pm.

Piano recital by the highly acclaimed young Romanian Pianist who returns to St Lawrence Chapel to play from her latest classical music concert programme. Madalina's previous visits have been truly inspirational and we would particularly extend an invitation to young musicians to attendand be inspired.

Tickets are £8 (£4 for under 16's), which includes interval tea and home made cakes, available from our Box Office 01364 652768 or on the door. Proceeds will be given to the St Lawrence Chapel Tower Restoration Fund.

ESOterics Brass Ensemble

Sunday 24th September at 3pm

Brass Quintet from Ashburton and Exeter, featuring Liz Wood on Trumpet.

Tickets £8 (£4 for under 16's) from our Box Office on 01364 652768 or on the door.

Proceeds towards St Lawrence Chapel Tower Restoration Fund.

Beacon Piano Trio Recital

Sunday 1st October at 3pm

Joyce Clarke piano, Anna Cockroft violin and Ruth Lass cello.

The ever popular trio return for a Recital of Romantic Classical Music. Programme to follow when finalised. 

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

Recital in aid of St Lawrence Chapel Tower Restoration Fund.

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.