Category: Perspectives

Who are Totnes Caring?

You will have seen the vans around town often enough and sometimes volunteers rattling collecting boxes outside Morrisons, but if you you’re not familiar with one of the most important support groups in Totnes, here’s more… Set up in 1987 to provide support for the patients of the two GP practices in Totnes, over years…

The Kingsbridge revival…

It’s the oldest pub in town having originated circa 1684. Made from limestone rubble party walls with slate-hung return on west side. Recessed doorways with wrought iron hinges. Mullioned windows massive chamfered ceiling beams and a wide masonry fireplace with scratched graffito “C II R”. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect description of a perfect…

What’s Next for 39 High Street

27th February 2019   Trying to figure out what comes next for the seriously dilapidated and dangerous living space atop 39 High Street is a bit like watching a three-way chess game in which only one party has signalled their strategy. We do know for sure that South Hams District Councillor, John Birch and the…

When Brexit and Austerity Collide…

…towns like Totnes suffer even more Darmstadt, Germany is home to the one of the world’s largest proton accelerators – a machine that throws atomic particles against one another at the speed of sound to study the wreckage. If anyone wants to study another type of wreckage they are welcome to come to Totnes to…

Totnes Jazz Workshop

The legendary Jazz trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has been supporting the Totnes Jazz Workshop for years and has finally decided it’s time to concentrate fully on his new project ‘Dave Holdsworth’s New Brew’ following the release of his acclaimed latest album, ‘Wodgi‘. Dave has been playing Jazz in many forms since the 1960’s and is a…

Homelessness, Begging & Drugs

Over the last 50 years, drugs, always illegal, have moved from the groovy colourful 1960’s, through the grungy 1990’s to blissed out 2000’s rave scene, through to now. An underground criminal industrial underbelly that polite society would rather ignore? There have been increasing concerns over the drug culture here and as part of a Totnes…

Positive action despite adversity

The past few years have been eventful for Pa Arding. In the wake of her last incident she is still working her way through a long recovery but it’s not getting in the way of her crusade to clean up our oceans. Fortunately, Charlotte Farrer, recently appointed as a personal assistant, is also passionate about…

The Return of the Bull

Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is searching through the rooms with Rick who sells reclamation furniture in the Market at the weekend. We are upstairs and the place is a wreck. Rick scans for any items left behind in the building. Geetie claims to be Rick’s best customer and will be using reclaimed and re-purposed furniture throughout…