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 (including the history of the building, the Ashburton Portreeve and Courts and Ashburton Grammar School which occupied the building), Medieval Ashburton Timeline and view the historical exhibitions. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams at the end of June.

Major weekend events take place during the year, as detailed below.


Visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and its archives, which include archives of the building when it was Ashburton Grammar School and of the Portreeve and Medieval Courts. During the summer from mid May to the end of September (opening times as above).


Heritage Open Weekend: Saturday 10th September 10am - 4pm and Sunday 11th 1.30pm - 4pm.

Regular bookings

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

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

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

*  Yoga Mondays 10 am

*  Photography courses Wednesday mornings.

*  West Country Embroiderers

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.

The Chapel has an excellent grand piano which is available to hire for piano practice or concerts.

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 - These will, hopefully start again later in 2022. 

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.



    ********************************************************************************************************************************************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 TIMELINE

The Timeline is now on display in St Lawrence Chapel and is well worth viewing. Can be seen during Summer opening times or by appointment. Ring 01364 652768.

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.

Duncan Honeybourne Piano Recital

Sunday 25th September at 3pm

Music will include works by Schubert and the first performance of Nicholas Marshall's Piano Sonata.

Duncan Honeybourne is an internationally acclaimed pianist and educator whose performances have often been heard on Dadio 3.

Nicholas Marshall, as long time residents of Ashburton will recall, was the Artistic Director of the Ashburton Festival from 1980-85 and has had a long cereer as a composer. This year is his 80th birthday and he will be present at the recital. So come and hear an first class recital and meet Duncan and Nicholas.

Tickets £10 (£8 for over 70's and under 16's) from Brian on 01364 652768 or on the door. Ticket includes interval tea and cake.

Beacon Piano Trio Recital

Sunday 23rd October at 3pm. Doors open 2.30pm.

A very welcome return for the much loved Trio performing a recital of music from their classical repertoire. Joyce Clarke Piano, Anna Cockroft Violin, Ruth Lass Cello.

Tickets £10 (Over 70's and under 16's £8) available on the door or booked in advance by contacting Brian on 01364 762768. Ticket includes interval tea and cake.

Proceeds in aid of much needed funds for restoration and maintenance of St Lawrence Chapel.

Autumn Concert by Pam Canter and Anna Cockroft

Sunday 6th November at 3pm

Performing a variety of music from Baroque to contemporary on violin, accordian, recorder and piano. Tickets £10 (£8 for over 70's and under 16's) from Brian on 01364 652768 0r on the door. Ticket includes interval tea and cake.

Proceeds in aid of the restoration of St Lawrence Chapel.


Historical Drama Exhibition

We hope to be able to arrange this sometime in 2022 or now more likely in the summer of 2023.

 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.