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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, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon, to visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and Archives and view historical exhibitions. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.

Major weekend events take place during the year as follows -

-  Ashburton Medieval Fair on the third Saturday of July (21st July). Chapel open from 10am to view major historical exhibitions in addition to visiting the building and viewing the Archives. Teas also served.

- Heritage Open Weekend on the second weekend in September (Sat 8th 10-4pm; Sun 9th 2-4pm). Chapel open for escorted ascents of the tower; visiting the building and Archives; major historical exhibitions; viewing of the new Ashburton Medieval Timeline. Teas also served.

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

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays.

*  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 - 2018 PROGRAMME.Illustrated Talks start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. 

Thurs 26th April: Guild of St Lawrence & History Society short AGM and talk by the MED Theatre about the research, writing and production of the medieval play about the Life of Bishop Stapledon to be performed in St Andrew's Church on 27,28 and 29th September this year (see item below).

Mon 4th June: Illustrated talk by David Crook on 'the Perambulation of the Ashburton Stannary Boundary'.

Mon 2nd July; Illustrated talk by Dr David Stone about 'Life and Death in Medieval England.

Thurs 26th July at 2.00pm: Annual Outing. This year it is a tour of Dartmouth Naval Training College. £10 per person in advance. ontacr=t Brian Lewis 01364 652768 as soon as possible if you would like to go. Numbers limited to 15 so book your place quickly.

Mon 3rd September: Exhibitions (including school projects) and talks about research carried out about 'Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton'.

Thurs 27th, Fri 28th and Sat 29th September: Performance of a major medieval play about 'the Life of Walter de Stapledon', Bishop of Exeter in the early 14th century. Stapledon had a manor in Ashburton, granted St Lawrence Chapel to the town in 1314, founded Exeter College in Oxford, travelled extensively in Britain and France, was Edward ll's Pay Master and was murdered by the London mob. These will be performed in St Andrew's Church, Ashburton starting at 7pm. Further details later, but if you are interested in performing in the play come to the talk by the MED Theatre after the short Guild of St \Lawrence AGM on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in St Lawrence Chapel, or come to the first reading session at 7pm on Thursday 24th May in St Lawrence Chapel. Contact Brian Lewis 01364 652768 for details.

All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stated otherwise above). 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. Year 3 of the Project has started and is focusing on Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton.

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. Sept '17 - Sept '18.

Year 4    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.

Our funding will pay in part 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, Ashburton WI, West Country Embroiderers and individual members of the local community.


Saturday21st April, 7.30pm at St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

Internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Beville presents a selection of children's musical classics including Mozart's variations on a theme of 'Twinkle-Twinckle Little Star',

Schumann's 'Kinderscenen', Sofia Gubaidulina's 'Musical Toys', Beethoven's Sonata in E minor, Op 90 and works by Chopin and Greig.

Tickets £11 available from Ashburton Information Centre (tel: 01364 653426) or on the door. Tea and coffee available during the interval.

short Guild AGM and MED Theatre talk re Medieval Play in September

Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm, St Lawrence Chapel

The AGM will last about 30 minutes, then there will be refreshments. The MED Theatre will then talk about the research, writing and production of the medieval play which has been commissioned by the Guild of St Lawrence as part of the Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project. 
The play is about the very colourful life of Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter in the early 14th century. 
We are seeking local actors, singers and musicians to perform in this community play, for individual parts, group schemes and the sung chorus. Please come to this meeting if you are interested in performing. There will also be a first play reading on Thursday 24th May in St Lawrence Chapel if you cannot make 26th April. For more info phone Brian Lewis 01364 652768.

The 3 Churches Music Festival, May 2018.

St. Peter's Church, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Friday 11th May at 7.30pm - Music and Ecclesiastical Art of the 16th century and Dartmoor Poetry readings. Tickets £8 under 16's £4),   including refreshments of the period.

The Church of ST. Mary the Virgin, Bickington, Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm - 'Music Through Time' recital by the 4tissimo String Quartet. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4) .Interval bar

St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Friday 18th May at 7.30pm - recital by the Orchard String Quartet, joined by friends in the second half to perform Mendelssohn's famous' String Octet'. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4). Interval bar.

St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Saturday 19th May at 5.30pm - a concert to 'CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING' performed by the Exeter Children's and Youth Orchestra. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4 and under 5's free). Interval refreshments.

St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Sunday 20th May at 6.00pm - Organ Recital performed by internationally acclaimed organist and pianist Duncan Honeybourne. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4). Interval bar. Recital in support of the Ashburton 'Bank Youth Project'.

The Festival is supported by the Guild of St Lawrence.

Tickets are £7 and £4 for under 16's. At the concert on 19th May, under 5's are free.

Free colour Programmes with full details are available from Ashburtron Information Centre, in the participating churches and in various locations in Ashburton.

Tickets are also available at Ashburton Information Centre or by contacting Brian Lewis to reserve them on 01364 652768.


We have a wonderfully varied programme and also internationally acclaimed top class performers, so come and support the Festival and have a really enjoyable time.