Hear about our events first!

We list our events here on our website, but you can also read about events on the ASHBURTON Facebook and in local magazines - Around Ashburton and St Andrew's Parish News.

St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors

REGULARLY OPEN from beginning of May - the end of September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 2 - 4pm and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon, to visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and Archives, Medieval Ashburton Timeline and view historical exhibitions including drama in Ashburton. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.



Major weekend events take place during the year as follows -

No major events organised until the situation regarding Covid19 is clear.

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. We now have on permanent display the 'Medieval Ashburton Timeline' and will have an exhibition of Ashburton Drama in conjunction with Ashburton Museum.

Regular bookings

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

*  Piano lessons by Pam Canter on Tuesday late afternoons

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

*  Singing with India - choir rehearsal Thursdays at 7 pm.

*  Spanish Courses Mondays 6.30pm.

*  A.A. meetings on Thursday evening 7.30pm and Saturday lunchtime 12.30pm

* Chapel open to Visitors during Easter Holiday and Summer Opening (see Chapel open to the public section above). 

The venue has a number of rooms suitable for a wide variety of events - from art, craft and photographic exhibitions through to recitals, concerts,recordings, drama, rehearsals, seminars, meetings 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 unless stated differently below.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - 2020 PROGRAMME. Times as stated below.

Thursday 30th April, 7.30pm.  Guild of St Lawrence & History Society AGM. Short AGM followed by refreshments and a historical talk, to be arranged.     CANCELLED.

Monday 4th May, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Paul Rendell entitled 'DARTMOOR GHOST STORIES'.   CANCELLED.

Thursday 18th June History Society Annual Outing - GUIDED TOUR OF DEVONPORT NAVAL HERITAGE CENTRE. 1pm - 3pm. Numbers limited. Contact Brian Lewis 01364 652768 to book your place. There is no charge but donations are welcomed.   CANCELLED

Saturday 18th July St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors from 10am - 4pm. Ashburton Ale Tasting and Bread Weighing Ceremony Day. Free entry. CANCELLED.

Saturday 5th September open to visitors 10am - 4 pm. Teas served. Free entry. Ashburton Food and Drink Festival day. CANCELLED.

Saturday 19th September, 10am-4pm and Sunday 20th September 1.30-4pm: HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND at St Lawrence Chapel. Visit the unique Listed Building and its archives, view historical exhibitions and the new Medieval Ashburton Time Line. Escorted tower tours. Teas served. Free entry. CANCELLED

Monday 19th October, 7.30pm. Talk by Patrick Nuttgens entitled 'THE HISTORY OF MONASTICISM'. CANCELLED UNTIL 2021.

At St Lawrence Chapel we now have a community library of medieval history books about Medieval England and also a developing archive of historical records of Ashburton. Access to the library and archive is by appointment. Please contact Brian Lewis on 01364 652768. We welcome any additions to be added to the above.  

Printed copies of the History Society programme available from St Lawrence Chapel and Ashburton Information Centre. The programme for 2021 will be arranged when the Covid 19 situation is clear.



    ********************************************************************************************************************************************All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stated otherwise above). Refreshments at the end of talks when there is a chance to talk to the speaker. Attendance charge for talks is £2.50 and £1.50 for Guild of St Lawrence Members (the Guild of St. Lawrence owns and manages St. Lawrence Chapel).


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 studied Ashburton's Medieval Industries incl. tin, wool & farming. July '16 -July '17.

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

Year 4    We studied 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.

The funded part of the project is now complete but we hope that the interest will continue into the future. We have set up an archive of Ashburton Medieval History and have assembled a library resource as well. This is available in St Lawrence Chapel at present by appointment via the above telephone numbers.

Ashburton Medieval History TIMELINE

The Timeline is now on display in St Lawrence Chapel and is well worth viewing. Can be seen during Easter and Summer opening times. This will now, hopefully be in 2021.

The large coloured Community Timeline shows Ashburton Medieval history events and above, national events, in order to put Ashburton events in a context.
We would like to thank all who have contributed to the Timeline, including children from Ashburton Primary School.

Historical Drama Exhibition

Starts Saturday 6th June in St Lawrence Chapel. Sats 10-12 noon and Tues, Thurs, Fridays 2 - 4 pm, until the end of September, plus during open days.

 This is a joint exhibition assembled by The Guild of St Lawrence and Ashburton Museum and is located in St Lawrence Chapel.

It will include details of the now closed Ashburton Theatre, historic stage set minitures and more. A really interesting exhibition for all ages.

On the evening of Saturday June 27th starting at 6.30pm, there will be a screening of the Ashburton community play 'STAPLEDON' which was performed in St Lawrence Church to great acclaim in 2018.  This will be in St Lawrence Chapel. No prior booking required, just turn up.



St Lawrence Chapel & Ashburton Museum joint Family Open Day

Saturday 8th August from 10am - 4pm at both venues.

Both venues open for exhibitions (including drama exhibition), childrens historic costume fancy dress competition with prizes for the 3 best coistumes, view the exhibits in both venues (Ashburton Medieval Timeline in Chapel), childrens discovery quiz's, drinks and cakes and lots more!

Families come and enjoy a fascinating and entertainiing day and bring your friends and relatives. Entry is free at both venues.


250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven Recital Series. The Orchard String Quartet with Chris Gradwell clarinet

Sunday 13th September at 3pm

Programme: Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 no.1     Borodin String Trio for 2 violins and cello    Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Tickets £9 (under 16's £3), which include interval drinks and cake. Tickets available rom Ashburton Inforrmation Centre, can be reserved by phoning 01364 652768, or available on the door.

Proceeds to the St Lawrence Chapel conservation fund.


250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven Recital Series: The Beacon Piano Trio

Sunday 4th October at 3pm

Programme:  Beethoven Trio in B flat Op.11      Handel Trio Sonata in G minir HWV 364a     Rachmaninoff Vocalise (transcribed for piano trio by Jules Conus)       Fibich Trio in F minor

Joyce Clarke piano, Anna Cockroft violin, Ruth Lass cello

Tickets and booking as for the recital on 13th September


250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven Recital Series. Duncan Honeybourne Piano Recital

Sunday 1st November at 3pm

Final Recital in the series in which the internationally acclaimed pianist performs the last three of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas.

Programme:  Sonata in E Major, Op.109 (1820)        Sonata in A flat major, Op.110 (1821)      Sonata in C minor, Op.111 (1821/22)