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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 24th April - MEDIEVAL FARMING ON DARTMOOR. An illustrated talk by medievalist Dr David Stone.

Thursday 27th April - Guild of St Lawrence and History Society AGM followed by speaker to be arranged.

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 and teas.

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

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 on Sat 15th July 2-5pm (Medieval Fair Day), 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 Tueasay 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

Exeter University & Peninsula Clarinet Choirs Annual Concert

Saturday 11th March at 6pm.

Annual concert and workshops during the afternoon. Tickets £6 (under 16's £3) from 01364 652768 or from the choir leaders. 

The choirs have made remarkable progress over the last three years and will be performing a vibrant and highly entertaining concert. Interval refreshments.


 DATES  - THURS 11th 7.30pm; FRI 12th 7.30pm; SAT 13th May 7.30pm - all at St Lawrence Chapel. 

             - Fri 19th 7.30pm; SAT 20th 7.30PM; SUN 21st 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.

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 Town Hall, various shops.

Become a Sponsor of the Choirs Festival by contributing as little as £25 (or up to £100).The Festival finances are being organised through the Guild of St Lawrence in Ashburton. Cheques should be made payable to 'The Guild of St. Lawrence Enhancement Project'. cheques and cash payments can be sent to The Guild of St Lawrence, c/o 6 St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7DD or put through the door of 6 St Lawrence Lane (next to the Post Office). Please include a note of what the money is for and your details including what name you would like to have included in the printed Programme. All sponsors names will be printed in the colour Programme.

Records of full details of income and expenditure will be kept, which will be available for inspection if required and full details will appear in the Guild of St. Lawrence Annual Accounts. After payment of all Festival expenses any money remaining will be distributed to the two venues (St Andrew's Church and St Lawrence Chapel), who are allowing their premises to be used free of charge, to be spent on building restoration and maintenance works.



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.